Sunday, June 23, 2013

All "Tangled" up

“Tangled” by Emma Chase

Omnific Publishing
Published: May 21, 2013

“In Summation”:

     Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant. He makes multimillion-dollar business deals when he’s not seducing New York’s most beautiful women. His loyal friends and over indulgent family are worried about him. He’s hidden in his apartment for seven miserable days. 
     He tells everyone he has the flu…but we all know that‘s not exactly true.

     Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She isn’t going to let anything or anyone stand in her path to success. When Drew’s father hires Kate as a new associate at his investment-banking firm Drew’s playboy life is thrown for a loop. The professional competition she brings unnerves him, his attraction to her distracts him, and then his failure to entice her into his bed exasperates him.

     Then, just as everything he wants is within his grasp, his overblown confidence and ego threaten to ruin it all. Is he able to untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Can he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

     Will Drew Evans succeed at love?

     “Tangled” is not your typical romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows A LOT about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As Drew tells his story, he learns the one thing he never wanted in life is the only thing he can’t live without.

“Impressions & Thoughts”:
     To read a romance from a man’s point of view was very invigorating. I loved the politically incorrect narration Drew provided. It gave me a sense of intimacy with the character and insight to his desires, humorous dirty and witty thoughts.

“For many men, their car is equivalent to the perfect woman. We can build her to look exactly how we want, we can ride her hard and she won’t complain, and we can easily trade in when a newer, younger model comes along. It’s pretty much the ideal relationship." - Drew

     Drew works hard all week; he’s a workaholic. He leads a charmed life; he is considered a “prince” and can do no wrong. He has been fawned over and groomed to take over his father’s company his entire life. However, when Saturday night rolls around he and his buddies go out with the sole purpose to get laid. He uses sexual gratification as a way to relieve his stress.

     “At this juncture in my life, my idea of getting to know a woman consists of finding out if she likes it slow and sweet or hard and dirty – top, bottom or from behind” - Drew
     He thinks he knows everything about women, a connoisseur of the female persuasion, and bedding them has become an art form. Nevertheless, he has rules - no relationships, he will never give his heart away to a woman and no repeat performances. He makes no apologies for his exploits with women, sex is sex…it is what it is.

     “But here’s a fact for you – once I’m done, I’m done. I’m not the kind of guy who rides the same rollercoaster twice” - Drew

     Drew is what I consider a man-whore! Never seeing the same woman twice??? He has never had to fight for or want for female attention. Even though he is a “Love ‘em and leave ‘em” guy; he always treats them well.

     “The thing women don’t understand is that a guy can want one woman and still fuck another one. Hell, a guy could love a woman and still fuck ten others. It’s just the way it is. Sex is a release. Purely physical. That’s all. At least to men it is. Okay, okay – calm down – don’t start throwing stones at me or something. At least to this man it is. Better?” - Drew

     All his rules and “knowledge” begins to fly out the window when Kate Brooks comes into his life. At first, she seemed like she would be demure and not be able to hold her own against the likes of Drew. However, underneath the business persona was a spitfire dieing to get out. She was Drew’s match.

     “She looks like some mythical imp, some fabled pagan sex deity from a Roman legend. Or a well-acted porno.” – Drew

      After the two of them are thrown together to work on an account, the sexual chemistry becomes too much and one kiss begins to change both Kate and Drew.

     "Predictably, my cock springs up like Dracula rising from his coffin." - Drew

     He decides he just needs to have sex with her to get her out of his head so he can concentrate. She doesn’t want to cheat on her long time boyfriend/fiancĂ©, which is a non-contributor to the relationship. They try the friendship route as work colleges they are off limits, or should be.

     “It’s then that I realize that although the woman next to me occupies a permanent space in my thought, I really don’t know much about her.” – Drew

     Several miscommunications result in Drew having the man “flu”. As he is holed up in his apartment for a week, he has an epiphany that he is in love with Kate. With the help of his sister and best friend, he decides to woo her.

     “So…I have a plan. And failure’s not an option. Because this isn’t just about me, about what I want. Not anymore. It’s about what Kate wants too. And she wants me. Sure, she’s fighting it – but it’s there.” - Drew

     Drew does not do wooing half-assed! He made every effort to impress. I was oohhing and aahhing, then laughing so hard I almost wet my panties. His imagination was unreal! He had me cracking up!
     The sexual chemistry between Kate and Drew almost scorched my Kindle! Kate gave as good as she got! The intensity and passion between these two was truly unbelievable. Seeing the physical relationship build and pick up steam had me needing to take a cold shower myself. These two were perfect together.

     “She’s not just perfect – she’s perfect for me.” - Drew

     Using a male POV was definitely risky, but I never lost interest and loved this book. Emma Chase totally got it right, politically correct or not. I laughed at his absurdity and let out deep sighs when he had vulnerable moments. One of the biggest draws was that he made not one excuse for his attitude of antics; Drew was Drew. Heck he came up with the most politically incorrect term I have ever heard…NILF! Nevertheless, I still laughed til I cried because it was so Drew.

     “She was my first crush. The first woman I ever masturbated about. My first Mrs. Robinson-like-older-woman fantasy. Sister Mary Beatrice Dugan. Yep you heard me right – she’s a nun. But not just any nun, kiddies. Sister Beatrice was a NILF.” – Drew

     Ms. Chase created so many engaging characters. Drew’s gorgeous and funny 4-year-old niece, Mackenzie, is one of the most memorable. She stole every scene she was in and made out like a bandit with her “cuss” jar.

     “I don’t think Uncle Matthew can come Momma. He been too busy bein’’ pussy whipped. Wha’s pussy whipped, Daddy?” - Mackenzie

     This is one of the funniest romances I have read. Please Emma Chase write more like this!!!! You totally rocked this POV!

The Ratings*:
Hero: 5
Heroine: 4
Story/Plot/HEA: 5

*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.
Hero-The main male character of the story. Heroine-The main female character of the story. Story/Plot/HEA (Happy Ever After)-The over all story line and culmination of the main plot or theme.  


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"Random Acts Of Crazy" had me laughing at the craziness

"Random Acts of Crazy" by Julia Kent

Published: May 21, 2013

“In Summation”:
     Darla Jo(sephine) Jennings, the 22-year-old niece of Josie Mendham from Julia Kent’s the Her Two Billionaires series, never intended to pick up a naked hitchhiker wearing nothing but a guitar. A guitar. Really.
     However, when she spotted a blonde, tanned, sculpted man with a gorgeous smile and his thumb poking up and practically begging her to stop - she stopped.
     Much to her surprise, she was staring into the bright blue eyes of Trevor Connor, the lead singer for Random Acts of Crazy, an indie rock star she followed like a fanatical fileshare fangirl. How he came to be nude and lost six hundred miles from home is quite the tale, but how they fell in love is even more unreal.
     Darla is a rural Ohio chick majoring in Boredom at Convenience Store University who is all curves and frizzy blonde hair and manners so unpolished they have sharp edges that make you bleed. She has cultivated a mouth that would make a sailor blush. Nevertheless, she has made the best of her life inside the trailer park where she lives with her mother. Momma is not too shocked her daughter has brought home another naked man.
     Eventually Trevor’s best friend, Joe Ross, the bass player for Random Acts of Crazy and a man who makes Calvin Klein models look like Shrek, drives eleven hours through the night to rescue him, then it gets real complicated. It's one thing to like two different guys and be torn. But what does a girl do when maybe - just maybe - she doesn't have to choose?
    As Aunt Josie says, "It's always complicated."

“Impressions & Thoughts”:
     From the moment, I started reading the book I laughed until I cried. The humor was well timed and appropriate to the story.
     I could easily identify with some aspect of each character. I think I may have met a few of them along my life’s journey. One thing is for sure, I will never look at a hitchhiker the same way again or a chicken (never been happier to be a vegetarian)!
     Ms. Kent did a wonderful job of setting up the scenes. Her descriptions made me feel like I was actually there. I could swear at times that I could smell the tobacco infused walls of the trailer or the musty/moldy earthly smell of Darla’s purple passion palace. It was a treat to read such an artists word tapestries being woven for her characters.
     The characters no matter what their social status or background had to deal with their own issues. It was nice to see hope and inspiration in some very unlikely places. Learning valuable life lessons along their journey, don’t take life so seriously, you control your own life and destiny, you love who you love, your heart sees the person inside not just outside…Trevor, Joe and Darla took me on a wild adventure in “O-Fucking-Hi-O” and I loved every minute of it.
     I can’t wait to see if they appear in any of Ms. Kent’s future novels. I believe they will…“Aunt Josie” has some plans that should be getting set into motion very soon with the help of her billionaire friends, Darla will fit into them very nicely.
The Ratings*:
Heros: Both men get a big 5
Heroine: She’s a 5
Story/Plot/HEA: 4.75
*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.
Hero-The main male character of the story.
Heroine-The main female character of the story. Story/Plot/HEA (Happy Ever After)-The over all story line and culmination of the main plot or theme.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

"Strings" by Kendall Grey Rocked my world

Product Details
“STRINGS (Hard Rock Harlots) Book 1” by Kendall Grey
Published by Howling Mad Press, LLC
First E-book Edition: May 2013

     Letty Dillinger is not the typical heroine. She is a foulmouthed, hard core rocker chick that takes no prisoners. From the beginning she makes no excuses for her attitude, she is 100% rock and roll. Her all girl band is exactly what every girl fantasized about being apart of, just to show the boys we can rock as hard as you; if not harder.
     If you find crude honest language and adventuresome sexual escapades offensive, this is not the book for you. On the other hand if you have a wicked sense of humor and a fondness for bad boy bassists who wear “Shades”, this book will “rock your face off!”
     The hero, Todd “Shades” Armstrong, is not your typical rocker dude. He’s a rich boy trying to show the world he is more than what his Daddy can buy for him. His “open minded” willingness to “try anything once” leads to some very interesting scenes in taxi cabs, Daddy’s hotel, tour busses and a pre-concert stage.
    Letty’s attitude about romantic relationships and sex is not hearts and flowers. She is a “fuck it like you hate it”, kind of girl. Which will have you laughing out loud at her outlandish behavior and way with words. It is refreshing to have a heroine that is not a virginal sacrifice but a sluttish sex loving nympho who is not afraid to own it!
     A contest between Letty and “Shades” bands during a tour, which they share a tour bus, of who has the most fans is the heart of the story. As the tour goes on the characters experience what you would expect as typical rock n’ roll antics going within the confines of a tour bus, back stage and on the road. These expectations are merely back drops for the real dramas and antics. They also provide you insight into the supporting characters. (Ms. Grey was brilliant with her writing here as she is ingraining and endearing the other characters to us for more books in this series!)
     “Strings” is one of the most refreshing books with honest and vibrant characters. It does come with a warning! So open you mind, put on some rock music and prepare to laugh till you cry as Letty, the girls from Cherry Buzz Float, “Shades” and the guys from Killer Dillon take you on tour with them.

The Ratings*:
          Hero: 4.5
          Heroine: 5
          Story/Plot/HEA: 4.5

*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst. Hero-The main male character of the story. Heroine-The main female character of the story. Story/Plot/HEA (Happy Ever After)-The over all story line and culmination of the main plot or theme.

Introducing Wendy Dawn

     I was born and for most of my life lived in the shadows of the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. 
     My family has always owned businesses, so I grew up in the small town public eye, which caused me to have quite a rebellious streak. At my parent’s roller skating rink I learned to love all kinds of music, but hard rock and heavy metal is what keeps me going. 
     In High School, I was the editor of our paper for 2 years. This tore me in half. I loved art, drawing and painting; but I have always kept a journal and written so I tried to have the best of both worlds. I met my first husband in college. I was studying graphic design and him. 
     I dropped out and had our son. Two years later, I returned to school and got an associates degree in Business Management. After the Birth of our daughter, I returned to college and studied Accounting (until I got bored). One of my life philosophies is: If a person doesn’t like what they are doing, they should stop, re-evaluate, learn something new and move on. With that in mind over the years I have been: An assistant manager for a major pizza chain, a travel agent, the production manager for a local newspaper, a volunteer firefighter, an EMT (at a hospital, on an ambulance, then at a county jail), co-owned my own natural bath and herbal products shop (we made all the products in house).
     My children are now grown (25 and 21), I am on my second marriage, I have two grown stepchildren and two grandchildren (from my stepdaughter), and the sweetest 16 year old black cat. 
     I am a self-professed bookaholic (print books are best, but I do love my kindle for in bed nighttime reading). I own more books than the small town library where I grew up. My favorite genres are paranormal and erotic romance, which my husband calls “smut” or “lady porn”. I just smile and read on or write down my thoughts about a story I want to write someday. 
     If you are easily offended and have delicate sensibilities, you definitely have a shock in store for you. I am very strait forward, opinionated and tend to have a “potty mouth”. Nevertheless, I can be the genteel southern lady my grandmother raised, not just the “hell cat” my momma taught me to be. It all depends on the music, book and company I am keeping…yep I am one of the one’s your daddy didn’t want you to associate with… Welcome to my world where it’s not just a breezy morning but a Wendy Dawn!