Thursday, June 22, 2017

At His Mercy by Shelly Bell



Title: AT HIS MERCY
Author: Shelly Bell
Series: Forbidden Lovers, #1
On Sale: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Trade Paperback: $14.99 USD
eBook: $4.99 USD


Angel in his arms . . . Devil at her heels

One last, no-strings night of indulgence. That's all Tristan wants before he begins a much-needed new chapter in his life. Instead he finds an innocent angel in pink who brings him to his knees.

Isabella is done hiding from the world . . . and her haunting memories. Discovering courage in the arms of a perfect stranger, she finally lets go and sheds her inhibitions.

To Isabella's shock, she soon learns that Tristan is more than her mystery man—he's her professor. But Tristan isn't the only person who's found Isabella on campus. A dark figure from her past has come back for her. Now Tristan will risk anything to protect Isabella . . . even if it costs him his life.








“You want to know what I’m going to do to you if you consent to playing with me tonight?” His hot breath tickled the shell of her ear. “Anything I want.” He bit down on her lobe, causing a slight sting before soothing it with his tongue. “And what I want is to turn that creamy white skin of yours pink as your T-shirt. Then, when you’re wet and throbbing, and you’re out of your mind with the need to come, I’ll finger-fuck that pussy of yours until you see stars. How’s that to start? Does it meet with your approval?”
Holy hell in a handbasket.
The image sent a flash of heat to her lower belly, rocking her off her axis and causing her to wobble, her knees suddenly weak as a newborn foal’s. Between her thighs, the muscles clenched and rippled with what she swore was a mini orgasm. “Yes.” She coughed, clearing the rasp of arousal that had formed in her throat. “I can honestly say I approve wholeheartedly.”
His expression turned hungry as his eyes raked over her from head to toe. For a moment, she had the urge to flee just to see if he’d run after her. Pressing her hand to her chest, she shivered, the idea of it surprisingly arousing. What would he do to her when he caught her?
He didn’t give her the chance to find out, snatching his black duffel bag off the floor before interlacing his fingers with hers and dragging her through the throngs of people.
She couldn’t help but wonder what was in that bag of his that would turn her skin pink. “Where are you taking me?” she asked, her heart hammering wildly.
“Somewhere we can talk.”
Talking was the last thing she wanted to do. Her body was hovering on the edge of the unknown, and ready to make that giant leap. “Couldn’t we skip the talking?”
Tristan placed a hand on the base of her spine, directing her past the kitchen. Although the gesture probably meant nothing, it felt almost…territorial, as if he was staking his claim to her. “Safety first. This is your first time and you deserve the full experience. Besides, negotiating is part of the fun. Think of it as cerebral foreplay.”
He was right. She knew nothing about him other than his first name. To hand over her submission without at least having a conversation about safe words and limits would be foolish. But negotiation, fun? She could think of several other things she’d rather do with her mouth at that moment.


As soon as I read that this was a student/professor romance I knew I wanted to read it. This story starts off with a sort of flash back, then switches to the present. Isabella and Tristan meet at a BDSM play party that Isabella's cousin takes her to. It plays out like the standard romance, he sees her across the room and can't help but go to her. He's the experienced Dom and she's the innocent first timer. 

I really liked the fact that Isabella is finally taking over her life and making her own decisions, starting with deciding to go off the college, then going to this party. She's finally spreading her wings and that's something I can get behind. Tristan as well is trying to move on from his miserable past and it just seems to be perfect timing. The relationships starts off differently than what I'm used to in a book, they meet at the party and...stuff happens, then turns out they both head toward the same town afterward and end up meeting again! I love the tension and the student/teacher relationship, and the suspense was great as well, but for some reason I still didn't connect with the characters like I would have liked to. 

Overall I enjoyed the story and the characters were likable. There was never a dull moment and there was great build up. I am also very interested in if Ryder will get his story next. 

3.5/5 Fangs

* A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review



A sucker for a happy ending, Shelly Bell writes sensual romantic thrillers. When she's not working her day job, taking care of her family, or writing, you'll find her reading the latest romance.



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Safe in His Arms by Renee Rose



Title: Safe in His Arms
Author: Renee Rose
PublisherStormy Night Publications


For as long as she could remember, Becca dreamed of a dominant man to take her in hand, and Zac, the handsome Marine she met at her sister's wedding, filled the role with aplomb… for a weekend. Then the fling came to an end, Zac went off to war and died for his country, and Becca learned she carried a child who would be born without a father.

Seven years later, Becca has done her best to move on and forget about Zac… until the day she walks into her kitchen to find the man she believed she would never see again locked in mortal combat with her son’s nanny, and realizes everything she thought she knew about Zac was a lie.

Like all Black Ops agents, Zac doesn't exist in any government record. His life is a series of deadly missions, and relationships of any kind are unsanctioned. But he keeps one secret. He watches over Becca, the beautiful daughter of a rogue agent, and Parker, the six-year-old boy he fathered that fateful weekend. When he spots a known assassin in their apartment posing as a nanny, he's forced to reveal himself and take them to safety… whether Becca likes it or not.

While Becca may have enjoyed his dominance once, bending her to his will again may not be quite so easy. He is determined to keep her safe, however, and if a long, hard spanking is required, he is more than willing to oblige. Having Becca over his knee rekindles more than his passion, though; even when the immediate danger has passed, he finds it much more difficult to “ghost out” on his family again. Must he resign himself to protecting those he loves from afar, or can he find a way to be the man Becca needs and longs for, the man who is worthy of her
submission and her love?

Publisher’s Note: Safe in His Arms is an erotic romance novel that includes both consensual and non-consensual spankings, anal play, graphic sexual scenes, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.





Safe in His Arms didn't work for me. I had problems believing that Becca would take Zac back and trust him with her body as soon as he waltzes back into her life. I know this novel is a short one and things have to move fast but I think the need for more character development shouldn't have been overlooked. There was also a moment when Zac omitted important information from Becca that had me fuming and then Becca doing something incredibly stupid to get Zac's attention. 

So what's the story about?

Becca has a one night stand with a Marine she meets at her sister's wedding. They shared a moment of passion and then he walks away. Unexpectedly, Becca finds herself pregnant with his child. In the present, Becca and her son Parker are doing well until they find their latest nanny fighting a man she recognizes as Zac in their home. 

Zac is part of a Black Ops group. He doesn't "exist" but this has never stopped him from following Becca and Parker's life. He has been monitoring her and helping her in any way he can from afar. When he realizes they are both in danger he's ready to make himself visible again. Just one problem, he wasn't counting on not wanting to leave them ever again. 

Cliffhanger: No

2/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Impossible Vastness of Us
by Samantha Young


From New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young comes a story of friendship, identity, and acceptance that will break your heart—and make it whole again. Order your copy of THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US today!



Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 0373212429




"I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has."

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancĂ© and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…
 











The Impossible Vastness of Us was one of those books that I didn't realize I was addicted to until it was three in the morning and I just finished the book in one sitting. This book started off a little slow, but I quickly found myself absorbed in this world and the characters. I became fascinated by the characters and their stories. 

What was so captivating about this book was all the secrets. Every single character had something they were hiding, and I was dying to learn their secrets. I wanted to know their backstory, their family life, who they had feelings for, and what their dreams were. I felt like I was reading about a mysterious secret society of the rich and beautiful, AND I WAS HOOKED. 









The focus on family was really interesting in this book. Multiple characters had dark and secretive family lives. Some relationships were positive and some...weren't. It was intriguing to see some of the families deal with the challenges that they faced in this book. Sometimes it was heartbreaking and other times it was extremely endearing to read about. 

There were elements of child abuse and physical abuse, which was rough and devastating to read about. Those scenes were presented in flashbacks or they happened "off camera". I cannot speak from personal experience or knowledge, but it seemed like the author handled those issues well. My only thought was that I felt like the characters should have sought more professional help, but I am hoping/thinking they will do that in the future. 


The main character, India, rubbed me the wrong way at first. She seemed very self-absorbed and extremely worried about her social status in high school. I thought I wasn't going to like her. Boy, I was WRONG! A few chapters into the book, I realized there was so much more to India. India was a strong, kind, thoughtful, and loving person. I ended up really enjoying her character and her growth. I felt her pain and desperately wanted her to find happiness. I really loved her addiction to romance novels. I thought it was a cute personality trait that I related to SO HARD. 


Finn was an extremely swoon-worthy man. He had the brooding and mysterious thing down pat. I found myself fascinated by him, and I was desperate to know more about him. His story was heartbreaking and I was glad he found India so he had someone he could talk to. I also really liked Eloise, Charlotte, and Gabe. Their characters were all lovable and relatable in their own unique ways. 


The romance in this book warmed my heart. I WAS FEELING ALL THE FEELS. I swooned so many times while reading this book. FINN IS A DREAMBOAT, OKAY?!?! Finn and India made a beautiful couple. I felt like their souls matched up so well. I SHIP THEM SO HARD. Also, their kisses were SOOO steamy. 


I will admit that I was a little hesitant about shipping them at first. There were obstacles I wasn't sure if I could overlook, and I was relieved that India had the same hesitations. I felt like I couldn't truly root for them to get together. However, things were revealed and then I found it much easier to ship Finn and India. #FINNDIA FOR LIFE!!!









Also, there was a side couple that formed in this book that I don't want to spoil. But, I ADORE THEM TOGETHER. THEY ARE SO STINKING CUTE. I WANT A BOOK JUST ABOUT THEM, PLEASE?!

Overall, The Impossible Vastness of Us was a heartbreaking and delightful book. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new YA contemporary romance. 


*WARNING: have your tissues ready.*


4 / 5 Fangs



*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 









“You’re a great photographer, Finn.”

He leaned against the counter by the sink, seeming surprised by the compliment. “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.”

Silence stretched as we could do nothing but stare at each other, and my skin started to feel tight and hot, as if I was seconds from bursting out of it.

“Uh.” I stepped back, suddenly needing more space between us. “So we should probably arrange a time to meet up for the presentation. That’s if you’re not planning to stand me up.”

He frowned. “What are you talking about?”

“You said to meet you after school today even though you work at the Chronicle.”

“I don’t always come to the meetings. I only decided to come work here because you said we couldn’t meet,” he explained, and if I wasn’t mistaken he sounded a little annoyed.

“Oh.” I refused to feel guilty for thinking badly of him. Refused. “Okay. Well, we need to meet up some time soon.”

“Yeah.” He agreed, looking at his feet now.

“I’d suggest Theo’s but it might be distracting for you with Eloise there.”

Finn looked up at me. “Theo’s?”

Confused by the question I raised an eyebrow.

“You said ‘Theo’s.’ You didn’t say ‘my place.’”

“Because it isn’t.” It was my turn to cross my arms over my chest.

Sensing I wasn’t going to elaborate on my feelings about the house I was living in and the people I was living with, Finn eventually nodded. “Okay. My place, then. Tomorrow.”

Glad we’d finally organized a time but not so glad it meant spending more alone time with Finn, I just nodded and stepped back toward the door. “Okay. I’ll meet you out front after school.”

“Do you need a ride home tonight?”

I looked back at him, surprised by the offer, but not surprised to find him staring at his feet rather than at me. “Eloise’s director has upped her rehearsals so she’s still here, too. Gil’s picking us both up in an hour.” I would’ve thought he’d be fully aware of Eloise’s schedule.

“Right.” He straightened and turned his back on me.

There was something about it that was vulnerable. Something about him that was vulnerable. I was probably insane to even think that about him—this beautiful, rich boy—but he was getting to me.

Nobody got to me.

Crap.

“But thanks,” I found myself saying quietly.

He glanced over his shoulder. “You’re welcome,” he replied just as quietly.

Crap, crap.

My fingers slipped around the door handle as I tried to get out of there at superspeed.





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Samantha Young is the New York Times,  USA Today  and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for HeroOn Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.












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