Around The Bend
Recent release from last week, with a blurb that had my attention. A woman with a seemingly perfect life that was privately unraveling. And then publicly. I was dying to know what secrets she was spilling…  and this?

“…what if along the way, as we were spilling those secrets, we realized that things aren’t always what they seem and with that knowledge, it changed the whole story?”

WHOA! I had to know more!

Nikki: Around the Bend by Britney King is amazing! I finished it in one night!!! My favorite book by her yet!!

Samantha: This book is AMAZING!!!! This is a tissue grabbing, emotional and inspiring read!!!

Heather: This one was an emotional journey. Great books make the reader feel like they are apart of the journey and that’s exactly what Around The Bend does.

And I must say, I agree. Absolutely gorgeously written, detailing the story of a woman on a downward spiral (not necessarily of her own making) and that of a man trying to catch her.

He lowered his voice and spoke clearly, calmly – as though he were trying to talk her down from a ledge that she wasn’t even aware she was hanging from. Jess knew better. She’d already fallen.

WOW right??!!! I was SO IN! And I could already see this as a movie. The intro to this story? So easy to get into right from the start. That heart wrenching beginning… her internal dialogue, she was so lost… it was so beautifully devastating. I was hooked.

However, every juicy storyline expectation I had going in (yep, I already had decided upon a plot and what those secrets must have been) proved to be 100% inaccurate on my part. In fact, it was not near as sordid, and as shameful as I thought it would be, considering that blurb.

Sure, she was unraveling, sure she had some serious issues to overcome, some mountains to climb, and some bridges to mend, but I quickly realized, this wasn’t her fault. Not of her own choosing. Meaning, you’re going to sympathize with her. Sure, there was much personal growth and healing involved, but I promise you, you’ll not hate this character. You’ll root for her!

So what’s it about?

Jessica and Spencer are wealthy and well… she’s a socialite of sorts. Raised by a rich family, coming into the marriage with a big inheritance. Seemingly happily married to a workaholic, jet-setting husband. They seem to have it all. Two kids, maids, cooks, butlers, nannies, socialite friends that she “lunches” with while he’s at work, you know the drill. ;)

But they have a terrible car accident, and Jessica is nearly killed in the process. Barely surviving, terribly injured and surrendering to months of hospital time, and physical therapy. All the while, feeling so alone as her husband continues to be away on business.

And that’s when her whole life changes. Severe pain and loneliness and fear of losing her “spot” in her socialite group have Jessica turning to pain medication and alcohol to cope.

Had she been sober, she might have the right mind to be angry, or to be hurt, or even devastated as she rightfully should’ve been. Instead she fund she was indifferent.

“Well… sayonara. And here’s to you.” She raised her glass, then threw her head back and laughed. The man she’d loved for the past decade was, for the most part, walking out on her at a time when she clearly, really, really needed him, and she found it funny. That’s how much trouble she was in. And Jess didn’t even have the good sense to know it.

And the more she “copes” the more she falls apart.

And that’s where I’ll leave you. There ARE tons of secrets to be revealed, and there just might be that hero in disguise. ;) However, don’t get too comfy. This one will throw you for a loop. A few times.

I really liked it. I especially loved the writing and the very personal “feel” of Jessica. When we were seeing life through her eyes, that was my favorite. However, I did find many situations, heartaches and experiences that could have really provided even more depth to this already seemingly “deep” story were glossed over. Everything was there, but only enough to tell the story, and not enough for me to feel it deep inside. To be crushed with her, excited with her, in love with her, despondent with her. And I realize now, that this story being only 196 pages would likely account for that “lack”, for me.

SO much potential here, but just not enough personal detail, depth and intensity for me to want to scream about this one from the rooftops. There were too many missed opportunities. However, that said, the letters… all of the letters… *sob*. LOVED!!! The growth. LOVED!!!

And a little er… *something* else? Not so loved, but I could definitely appreciate. Life is what it is and you (me, you, him, her) we are the only ones that can determine our own outcome. But it always helps to have a little help from our friends. ;)

“Here, let me,” he said taking the shoes from her hands and bending down to slip them on her feet. She raised her brow. “You’re like a regular ol’ boy scout. All prepared and everything.”

Myles glanced up and saw the way she was looking at him, a surprised expression upon her face. “Something like that.”

He stood and smoothed her dress a little. “But, honey, you’re no Cinderella.”

Yep. Really really good!

4 stars <— 3.5 stars for the story overall (due to my lack of truly feeling some parts that could have been AMAZING in emotional detail), and 4.5 stars for the writing. Maybe even 5 stars for that.

Good stuff for sure, and I will be checking out this authors’ other books (I’ve heard great things about her book Bedrock). Write another one, Britney!! But make it longer this time. Let us LIVE it (and every emotion, especially the hard ones) in it’s entirety. There was a part or two where I should have been made to suffer. But I didn’t cry… and I know I *should* have, you know?

P.S. Thank you to the author for sending me a review copy!

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Yep… so I’ve been talking about getting myself a Kindle Paperwhite. I LOVE my iPad, don’t get me wrong, but it does have a *few* drawbacks. Like when I’m reading outside, or in the car… and it’s sunny? Or too bright out? Well… I can barely see the screen. It’s just… uncomfortable reading and sometimes I just LOVE to read outside. On the beach, on a perfect spring day… or even next to a bright window.

That, and the fact that the iPad is a bit large and heavy, so carrying it around in one of *my purses* which tend to be small, doesn’t work well. And for the fact that if I wanna FaceTime with my mom in Canada for a few hours, I have to do it on a laptop, so I can have my iPad free, in case I feel like reading while she does her thing on the other end. That’s fine and all, but every time I want to move to a different area, I have to unhook the laptop, the mouse, and anything else plugged into it to carry it around. I’d rather just have HER on my iPad, and my books on an actual Kindle, and then we can “hang out” together anywhere I feel like being, and I can still read.

So there ya go. My reasons for needing a Kindle. And the fact that my fellow readers have convinced me to get one, well. I must!

Rebecca: I totally think you should grab that paperwhite, Maryse…I don’t think you will regret it. I read on it exclusively now- it is so much better than reading on a tablet. The light makes it the most perfect device…ever. I go nowhere without mine. :)

MichelleS: The paperwhite is my 5th Kindle, literally…. and it’s the one I use exclusively now. Easy to use. Manage collections. Read in bed. Just love it. it is FAR superior to the other kindles.

Maryse: Thank you guys!!! I’m getting one.

Shelly: I’ve been thinking about getting a Paperwhite also. I love my Fire HD, but it is harder to read with it outside & I’ve heard the Paperwhite is awesome for that. :)

Michelle F: Yes, Maryse, you should grab that Kindle Paperwhite while it’s on sale!  I do alot of camping and read outside alot and the Paperwhite is perfect.  Took it to Mexico for two weeks on vacation and read out on the beach for hours every day in the full sun.  No glare, no tilting it to avoid reflection.  It’s great!  I turn it to airplane mode when I’m away from home and don’t need the wi-fi so my battery lasts for days and days without recharging.

Yep! How can I resist? So… tell me why YOU would also need a Paperwhite and one lucky commenter here will get one, too!

Now for the Paperwhite Giveaway!

How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment (tell me why YOU would also need a Paperwhite), and by 10pm EST, Monday December 22nd 2014, I will randomly select ONE winner for a Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (212 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance.

Open to U.S. and Canada! But all are welcome to comment!

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The new year will be here SO soon, and I couldn’t help but take a peek into what reading we have to look forward to next year! And OMG once I got in there, I couldn’t stop. THERE ARE SOOOOO MANY coming out. So many already up for pre-order (let alone the ones that will be released each day by our favorite indies that we don’t even know about yet).

So much to look forward to, and continuations of our FAVORITE series, from indie authors to those that are “traditionally published” to those that are a sort of hybrid of both.

Jamie McGuire will continue the Maddox Brothers in the new year, Abbi Glines will be continuing her Rosemary Beach series, Colleen Hoover will be releasing multiple books (she rocks my world!!), Karina Halle, I already know has TWO standalone coming out next year, MORE KELLAN by S.C. Stephens (*thud*!!!!!!!!!), Kristen Ashley, the writing-wonder and one of my all-time faves will be releasing a bunch next year, too! Jessica Redmerski (she gave my goosebumps with her book The Edge of Never) and my fingers are crossed that this one will give me the same effect. Jennifer L. Armentrout has three coming out, too (and probably more, I just haven’t run across ‘em yet)!

PLUS! J.R. Ward will be releasing book #1 of a brand new series (not paranormal), Karen Marie Moning will be bring MAC BACK!!! (and Barrrrrronnnns!!! Oh Barrons. You can dominate my reading world ANY day).  Oh! And releases by Maya Banks go all the way to 2016! She’s another writing machine!

Oh God I could go on and on… but instead… take a look for yourself. Yep… I have a LOT of reading order guides to update. ;) These have all been added to the main BOOK RELEASES page (this is just a shortcut to see the latest ones I’ve added to it).

                                                      

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FORBIDDEN ROMANCE ALERT!! I’ve been getting a few requests, lately, for an more “focused” student-teacher list. I already have a main book list that is comprised of anything “teacher-student” romance related, but it appears there aren’t that many where the teacher is a woman. These are few and far between. But some of you are asking for list and I’m happy to oblige.

Touchy subject especially considering the news stories over the last few years, but still a worthy risqué, exciting, angst-filled, dramatic, eeeeeeep-inducing reading subject, am I right?

Shubhankar: hi! could you recommend me some female teacher male student romance books?

Denisa: Do you include female teacher - male student relationships on the list? I miss those that I know. If any books on your list fall into that category, could you tell me which ones?

Jean: …have never read anyteacher/student books before so I am a little scared! haha!

Maryse: Tee hee Jean!! As well you should be. Joinnnnn ussssss on the risqué-read side. We have cookies and they’re racier here. *snort* :P

Fabi: Maryse, I love student/teacher romance (in books only)  they are so -idk- illicit or something.

Maryse: *waggles eyebrows* IN BOOKS. Yes… great clarification. ;) Onlyyyyy in books.

MichelleS: I Love a good student teacher romance – all that “forbidenny” stuff….

Lindsay: IDK what it is about student/teacher romances, but I get anxiety reading those books!

Linda: On the Island and To Professor, With Love!!! Yes!!! HIGHLY recommend them both. Both are beautifully written and unputdownable!! No brainer. You can trust me on both! 5 stars.

We love the butterflies in our stomach, don’t we? Biting our nails, on the edge of our seat while the swoon-y butterflies and the ‘fraidy butterflies battle it out.

So here it is! And Denisa starts us off with the first three:

  • Prey by Lurlene McDaniel <— “All the kids are talking about how hot she is–and she is especially interested in Ryan Piccoli.” Eeeeeeep! See I’m already eeeeping!
  • Notes on a Scandal: What Was She Thinking?: A Novel <— secrets revealed…
  • Tampa by Alissa Nutting <— This one sounds CRAZY! Not a romance and was told extremely contraversial and Lime says: “TAMPA isn’t a romance (I’d say erotica, but that feels a bit wrong given the subject matter). It’s dark and cynical and very taboo. Lots of black humour. Kind of like YOU by Caroline Kepnes ((if anyone liked that one, they’d probably like TAMPA).
  • On the Island: A Novel by Tracey Garvis-Graves <— YESSSS!! I LOVED this one. She’s in her 20′s and I think he’s 16? 17? She’s his tutor but still has that whole forbidden aspect to it. One of my favorite books ever! And Cindy agrees! “Oh, good list. On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves. That one was unforgettable.” (my review)
  • SCHOOLED 4.0 by Deena Bright <— Melissa suggests this one! “Schooled by Deena Bright involves a female teacher and two of her former students.” and it was all the risqué rage a few years ago!
  • To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men Book 2) by Linda Kage <— From the blurb… “I never expected to connect with anyone like this or want more beyond one night. This may be the real deal. Problem is Dr. Kavanagh’s my literature professor.
  • Run to Me by Erin Golding <— Eliza recommends this one, saying: “Run to Me, by Erin Golding. I think the book is set in Australia. It’s also better written than most.” And here’s a bit from the blurb: “Abby is a teacher tortured by her unfulfilled dreams. When she takes on the role of running coach at Whateley School, she never imagines it will unravel her whole life.”
  • Hot For Teacher by Mandee Mae, M.C. Cerny, Phalla S. Rios, Niquel, Missy Johnson, Carly Grey, Amalie Silver, Elle Bright, Vicki Green, Liv Morris, Nicole Blanchard <— A few books in this anthology feature a female teacher and male student…
  • Her Master’s Teacher by Lily White <— Feifei suggests this one! “Oh Maryse!! I’m so silly, I totally forgot Her Master’s Teacher by Lily White! She’s the guy’s teacher before she gets kidnapped by him eek
  • Living in Shadow (Living In… Book 1) by Jackie Ashenden <— Timitra suggests this one! “Living In Shadow by Jackie Ashenden features a female teacher and a male student”
  • Boy Toy by Barry Lyga <— Michelle reminds us that this one needs to be on the list.
  • True North Book 3 – Finding Now Kate and Sam by Allie Juliette Mousseau <— Amanda suggested this one saying, “She is a professor and he is her student”
  • Then There Was You: (So Much It Hurts Series Book #2) by Melanie Dawn <— Feifei found us this one! “Here’s another one that *might* fit the bill – Then There Was You: (So Much It Hurts Series Book #2)! Not exactly the typical student/teacher but she’s his much older counselor”
  • Feel again by Faith Andrews <— Sharon found us this one! She says: “Feel again by Faith Andrews comes out jan 12 teacher is women.”
  • One Summer by Karen Robards <— bev suggests this one! “Read this many years ago and remember liking it.”

             

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First —> KINDLE SUPER SALES! All of ‘em are awesomely priced and I think I’m getting a Paperwhite at that price. Reading my iPad outside during the day is difficult and this might be just the ticket! I think there’s still time to get ‘em by Christmas.

Next… I couldn’t help myself. Had to start a brand spankin’ new one from Tuesday’s list (Around The Bend by Britney King) that as just calling to me and the writing so far is fantastic!!! The perfect life… or so it seemed, and now she’s a mess… and I’m dying to know where it’s gonna take me.

P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).

P.P.S. Also, while these bargain finds and new releases “look” great (and/or have awesome reviews and recommendations), unless I have my own personal review link next to it, I likely haven’t read it myself… I just found it and wanted to share it in case it’s awesome. So if you read it, let me know if it’s awesome. LOL! :D

NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order.

Todays latest reader recommendations and bargain ebook finds:

  • Enforce (Eagle Elite) by Rachel Van Dyken <— JUST RELEASED!!! Here’s the Eagle Elite Series Reading Order and Lisa says: “Love these guyz and girls”
  • Sweet Submission (The Submission Series Book 1) by Roxy Sloane <— JUST RELEASED!!! Part 1 of a four part serial. “You wonder, what would it be like with a man who truly commanded you? How sweet would the release be, giving yourself up completely?
  • Claiming Serenity: Seeking Serenity Book 3 by Eden Butler <— JUST RELEASED!! I really liked #1, so exciting to see she’s turned this into a series. “Donovan Donley wants nothing more than to knock Layla off her princess pedestal. He hates her stuck up attitude and her soft, tempting lips. He especially hates that her father is his coach. But he’s fine with their arrangement—act horrible to each other during the day, attack each other naked at night. It works…” (until she doesn’t show up one night…) Check out my review of book #1.
  • Friends With Multiple Benefits (Friends With Benefits Book 6) by Luke Young <— JUST RELEASED!
  • Southern Rocker Showdown (Southern Rockers Book 3) by Ginger Voight <— JUST RELEASED and this one concludes the trilogy!! (Here’s the reading order).
  • Broken #5 (The Broken Series – Book #5) by Claire Adams <— JUST RELEASED!
  • I Love You, Salvatore (The Five Families Book 1) by Marita A. Hansen <— JUST RELEASED!! Sounds angsty! “… I would rather live for only one day with him, than suffer a lifetime without him. Being with Salvatore was worth a thousand deaths. Through him, I experienced heaven on earth, something very few people find. So don’t cry for me, I was truly happy. But if you can’t stop your tears, save them for Salvatore… The one I left behind.
  • Beyond by Chantal Fernando <— JUST RELEASED!!! Oh this sounds intriguing. Sheltered (is it a commune?) and her father tells her to choose a man to marry. She chooses the man she’s been crushing on, but… “Dane Mitchell doesn’t want to be forced into marriage. He is a soldier, a fighter, and has a bigger purpose in life. He doesn’t have the time to deal with a spoilt pampered princess such as Olivia, but owes his life to Evan, Olivia’s father. He accepts the marriage. But that doesn’t mean he has to like it.
  • Sugar and Spice by Heidi McLaughlin, Caisey Quinn, Melissa Pearl, Anna Cruise, Elizabeth Lee, Megan Squires, Kelly Walker, T. G. Ayer <— JUST RELEASED!!
  • Finding Myself In You by Melanie Cole <— JUST RELEASED!! “Eighteen year old Taylor has had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Ryan, for five years. When she finally manages to get him, he’s not what she’d hoped he’d be. He’s a total player, using her for sex. When she begins failing her classes, she decides that school is more important. She convinces her professor to give her a second chance. He recommends one of his prior students to tutor her. She can tell that her tutor, Matt, has some serious issues by his cool surly attitude. There’s something about him, that makes her want to help him, but he refuses to let her in.
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover <— SUPER SUPER BARGAIN priced!!! This is one of my favs! Here’s my review of Hopeless.
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel #1 by Sylvia Day <— ON SALE!!! I FLIPPED OUT over this one, and now most of the series (so far) is on sale. Only book #2 isn’t, but 3 out of 4 ain’t bad! ;)
  • Entwined with You (A CROSSFIRE NOVEL #3) <— ON SALE!!! This one too!
  • Captivated By You (Crossfire, Book 4) by Sylvia Day <— ON SALE!!! And this one!
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel (The Shining Book 2) by Stephen King <— OMG THIS ONE’S on sale right now!!!! Who can resist a good fright a la “King”. ;)
  • Hollywood & Vine by Olivia Evans <— recent release and HIGHLY recommended by Kandace (and crew!). She said: ” I read it and loved it. He’s an actor and she’s a costume designer for the movie he’s working on. He’s a complete a$$ but in a delicious way. I loved their chemistry. It had a work romance feel to it and I’m a total sucker when the main characters work together. It is full of angst. It’s a full length standalone. Definitely a good read. I think a lot of your readers will love it.”
  • Beautiful Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire <— Oh yessssssss!!! One of my absolute FAVORITE books in the whole wide world is also on super-sale right now!!!! If I could, I’d buy it all over again… <— *SQUEEEE TRAVIS!!!* (my review)
  • Walking Disaster: A Novel (Beautiful Book 2) by Jamie McGuire <— And Travis’s POV is on super-sale at that same price, too!!! I loved it also. Travis is my #1!! Walking Disaster.
  • Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes <— Who wants to cry really hard? Wait.. that would be *sob* wouldn’t it? TOTALLY WORTH THE SOB. 5 STARS!!!! And on super-sale!

Becky: Loved that book!

Joedi: Great book but sobbed and sobbed.

Sherry: Oh how I loved this book!! Can not wait for this movie

Maryse’s Book Blog: Me tooooooo… ugh. SO good. Oh there is NO way I’ll be able to watch this in public…

Jg: I ugly cried for the *********, lol!

Megan: I may hay ugly cried

Cindy: Could hardly read the ****** threw my tears

Kara: Favorite book ever

Michelle: another one I found through your blog – and a GREAT recommendation – just fantastic!

  • The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You by Laurelin Paige <— Marsha loves it! “Have you read the Fixed on You series by Laurelin Paige? If not…..OMG….it has to be your next read. AWESOMENeSS!!! I loved it so much I want to read it over and over!! The series order is: Fixed On You, Found in You, Forever with you, and Hudson. WOW! Kudos Miss Paige!!!” and Lauren agrees! “I loved this series. I started it when the 1st book came out so I had to freakin WAIT for each one….I went crazy!!!”
  • Stephanie recommends this one! “I just finished reading Til Death by Bella Jewel. There’s a cliff hanger so now I am impatiently waiting for part 2. It was so good!! To better understand the story the jokers mc books should be read first and believe me you will want to read those anyways!! They are so good!!”
  • Broken (A Redemption Novel Book 1) by Lauren Layne <— This is the RECLUSE/HERMIT BOOK Nancy recommended! She says: “Last week I told you about Broken (A Redemption Novel Book 1) being on sale… If you liked The Vixon & the Vet by Katy Regnery then you would like this one. It is still on sale… It can be read as a standalone, but the 2nd book: Isn’t She Lovely (A Redemption Novel Book 2) is now on sale…”
  • Isn’t She Lovely (A Redemption Novel) by Lauren Layne <— and here is book #2 that she mentioned…
  • The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks <— Stephanie found us some bargains! SUPER SALE on this… OH WHOA!!!!! This sounds AWESOME!!! Two love stories… a 90 year old man dying after a car crash, and his wife by his side telling him to hang on and making him remember their beautiful love story (but she’s been gone for years now…) AND: “A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.” This sounds AH-MAZING!!!!!
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green <— FABULOUS author of the tear-jerker “The Fault in Our Stars” is having a SUPER-SALE on this one today. “He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young.
  • Where She Went (If I Stay, Book 2) <— I loved this “duet” and here is book #2 on super-sale also! (My review)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky <— Stephanie found us this super-sale too! “…a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up”
  • Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes Book 2) by J.M. Darhower <— And Kat found us this recent release on super-sale!!!
PRE-ORDERS:

“so, this is happening… My story, Perfectly Reckless, is about this girl and this guy and they fell in love but it didn’t work out (for reasons) and then she’s all like, BUT I LOVE YOU and he’s all, BUT I CANNOT, I CANNOT DO THIS THING BECAUSE BOY REASONS, and then she’s all, well, sucka, have fun watching me date other men, and he’s all

BUT I LOVE YOU!”

LOL!!!! MINE!!!!

                                              

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Sexy series with 4 books out, and a 5th on the way in just a couple of weeks! The author sent over a few sexy quotes that made me blush. HARD! ;) And a sexy series trailer for us to drool over…

Plus, Joy loves this one!

Joy: Finished reading it on Monday. It was AWESOME and HAWT. I highly recommend it!

And the author has sent over Five super fun and sexy quotes from the Dare Series (These aren’t your mother’s Carly Phillips novels – unless your grandma likes sizzling hot sex and alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to go after what they want).

Dare to Love – Ian:  “I should have cuffed her to the bed until she saw reason. A little dominance once in a while doesn’t hurt.”

Dare to Desire – Alex: “I need to f**k you, Angel. I need to be so deep I don’t know where you end and I begin.”

Dare to Surrender – Gabe: She was taken and all he could do was admire. Look and not touch. But if she ever became available, all bets were off.

Dare to Submit – Decklan: Damn woman thought she was too curvy? Too big? She’d deserved to have that ass slapped. Next time he wanted to bite. To mark her and gain the satisfaction of seeing his imprint on her skin.

Dare to Touch – Dylan: He reached into his pocket and pulled out a silk scarf. “Much as I wouldn’t mind getting kinky and tying you up, this is actually to make sure you don’t bring security running in here with your loud moans.”

*blush* eek
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About book #1:

When it comes to family, Ian Dare gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. Until one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him dealing his half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Riley Taylor believes herself immune to domineering men – until charismatic Ian Dare turns a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and she discovers she likes his brand of control in the bedroom. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined. But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s dominance might just cost her everything. (love story, contemporary romance, alpha heroes, beach reads, sports heroes, bad boys, billionaire)

   

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The conclusion to this ROCK STAR trilogy is releasing tomorrow (I posted it below).

Cheryl: Love Ginger Voight but think I’ll wait till her new series is complete.

Maryse: It’s ready Cheryl!! No more waiting…

And it’s sort of a crossover (spinoff?) from her fantastic angsty rock star series “Groupie Trilogy” that made me FREAK OUT! LOL! (check out my review). Check out our fellow “Groupie” lovers:

Lisa:  I enjoyed the Complete Groupie Trilogy by Ginger Voight.

Lucylou: These books are AWESOME!!!!   I love the picture of Vanni,  he is HOT, HOT, HOT!!!! :)  Ginger, you’ve got the right stuff when it comes to creating our fantasy Rock Star!!!  Thank You!!!  :)

Kelsey: Brilliant series. I can’t stop raving about it. I’m like a bad penny turning up everywhere ;)

Kelly: Read this series and WOW! A bit of Thoughtless meets Avoiding Series with a touch of Taking Chances. Wasn’t sure if I was rooting for Vanni or Graham until the end….. while Graham was thoughtful & caring, Vanni had a way of sucking me in when I really wanted to hate him. Really enjoyed the angst and drama in all three books.

I wonder if this series will have the same effect? I’m thinking yes, by this part of the blurb:

“Enter music executive Graham Baxter, who offers them both a way out…by competing for a recording contract they both need.”

Good ol’ Graham. ;) He always throws a monkey wrench into rock star love.

About book #1:

When Jonah Riley’s father dies unexpectedly, he, his grieving mother and ailing sister are forced to move from the country to Austin, Texas. Jonah finds work at an auspicious night spot called Southern Nights, where he earns a few extra bucks as a bouncer-turned-musician.

There he meets fiery songstress Lacy Abernathy, who has no use for him or anyone else in the club when she’s not on stage. This is an entirely new experience for this ladies’ man. The opportunistic club owner latches onto this chemistry to fill her club, playing with their hearts and livelihoods for her own questionable motives.

Enter music executive Graham Baxter, who offers them both a way out…by competing for a recording contract they both need. Now if only they can fight the intense chemistry that keeps them locked in battle, when they’re not locked in each other’s arms, that is!

  

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Oh this sounds like fun! She grew up poor, but eventually moved in with her extremely wealthy grandparents and meets “Channing” at her new school.

“He’s beautiful, mean, arrogant, and turning her on. Before long a war is fought, leaving Paisley wondering if she’ll be ruined or made.”

Sounds like our kind of angst. ;)

Debi: I LOVE this series!!! It’s great!

About book #1:

Paisley Vaughn grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. After finding her mother dead from an overdose, Paisley and her baby sister are shipped off to live with her maternal grandparents.  She always knew they were rich, she just didn’t realize how rich they were. Now she’s being forced to go to a prestigious high school. One where the tuition is more money then she’s ever seen.

Thinking these rich kids are going to be snobbish and rude, she’s surprised to find the Vaughn name means she’s untouchable. Well unless your name is Channing Southerland.

Paisley has to navigate her new life and all the new people in it. While her mother might have lied about her grandparents, no one is lying about Channing. He’s beautiful, mean, arrogant, and turning her on. Before long a war is fought, leaving Paisley wondering if she’ll be ruined or made. Though she might just fall irrevocably in love.

  

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