Saturday, July 20, 2013

Get Driven with K. Bromberg

“Driven (Book 1)” by K. Bromberg

Date Published: May 12, 2013

Review by Wendy Dawn
“In Summation”:

     Rylee Thomas is known for her control. After being accidentally closed in a storage closet, her claustrophobia gets the best of her. So does her rescuer, he is the one man who can make her forget herself and enjoy loosing control.

     Colton Donavan roguish and achingly handsome professional racecar driver is used to getting everything and every woman he wants. He is the reckless bad boy constantly on that razor edge of being out of control, on and off the track.

     Rylee is the exception to the rule. As he crashes into her life like a tornado: sapping her control, testing her vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around her healing heart. Colton tears apart the world she so carefully rebuilt with structure, predictability and discipline.
     Knowing she cannot give him what he wants and he can’t give her what she needs the best is to walk away. But after a glimpse beneath the refined exterior into the dark secrets of his damaged soul, Rylee finds it impossible to go.
     Their sexual chemistry is undeniable. Is chemistry enough to bring them together or will their untold secrets and battle of wills force them apart?

“The Reviews are in”:
     Put two control freaks together and watch the sparks fly! This was seriously some hot stuff. From the moment Rylee fell out of the closet into Colton’s arms, it was “gentlemen start your engines”. And did he ever!

     “Decide, Sweetheart,” he commands. “A man only has so much restraint.” ~Colton Donavan to Rylee Thomas after their first kiss/make-out session.

     Rylee’s control was totally out the window! She was going on pure instinct. This really set the story line of how she would see Colton. He was pure temptation.

     ‘Images flash through my mind of back-arching, toe-pointing, sheet-gripping sex that no doubt would be as dominating as his kiss.’ ~Rylee Thomas during a kiss with Colton Donavan.

     Working with troubled kids, she saw something in Colton. It is something that she would continue to recognize in him through out the novel. However, he does not want to talk about it or fix it. Therefore, Rylee just observes the behavior.

     ‘He exudes an aura of raw power mixed with something deeper, something darker that I can’t seem to put my finger on. Rogue. Rebel. Reckless.’ ~Rylee observing Colton across the room.

     Rylee has her own demons to fight. She will not let any man get close to her. This really broke my heart. She was so compassionate to the boys she worked with but was making it clear she was destined to be alone.

     “Because I want to know who’s standing in my way…” ~Colton to Rylee.

     Rylee thinks Colton just sees her as a challenge and he thinks someone has to be standing in the way. Sometimes I just wanted to shake these two characters. I was actually screaming at my Kindle at one point.

     “Once I fuck you, Rylee--it’s official, you’re mine and only mine.” ~Colton to Rylee.

     Even though Rylee thinks Colton is just the kind of man to ‘love em and leave em’, she does not want to be another notch in his bedpost. Who can blame a girl?

     “You’re so sure of yourself; do I even need to show up for the event?” I say haughtily. ~Rylee to Colton after he propositions her again.

      I loved Rylee’s wit. She did not make it easy for Colton. Her sass and smart mouth were brilliant. She made me laugh out loud so many times.
     Some serious subject matter was handled very nicely here, children being placed into the foster system or abandoned. The House Rylee works in and the company she works for is a wonderful concept, I do not know if anything like this exists in real life…I hope it does. Some of the boy’s stories broke my heart. In addition, the fact that an adult like Colton Donavon’s character could relate on any level and lend fame as well as financing was beautiful and inspiring.
     I cannot wait for Book 2 of this trilogy!!!

The Ratings*:Hero: 4
Heroine: 4.25
Story/Plot/HEA: 4
*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

Friday, July 19, 2013

It's time to meet your Master...of Restraint!

“Restraint (Mistress & Master of Restraint)”
By Erica Chilson

Date Published: April 23, 2012

Review by Wendy Dawn
Note: This is a series of reviews published in reading order of the series of novels “Mistress & Master of Restraint”. Reviews should be read prior to novel, but after previous novel to maintain a *No SPOILER* point of view.
Mistress & Master of Restraint Order of ReadingRestraint
Queen Omnibus*
The Hunter (Fall 2013)
Silenced (Winter 2013/ 2014)
Integrated (2014)
*Omnibus edition includes three novels in one

“In Summation”:
     This is where the journey begins into the world of the Mistress and Master of Restraint.
We meet Katya Waters as she moves to a new city for the job of her dreams. Her desire to explore her darker-side leads her to the club, Restraint, where she meets the mysterious “Boss”. The Boss pulls her into a thrilling game of Kat & Mouse.
     Restraint is an exciting journey as Katya connects the mystery of her past with her thrilling present.

“The Reviews are in”:
     WOW! This series is so HOT! Steam was coming out of my kindle. Ms. Chilton just re-released “Restraint”; I don’t know how you could improve on it. However, I understand that as you grow you look back at your characters and say, “I wish….”      I enjoyed the plot twists and entanglements. Two hot guys to choose from, Holy crap! It is a dream come true. Which one is Master Ez? Does it really matter? And what about their friend Aaron? Three guys one girl and a female pet of her own, what a lucky girl, she has it all!

     ‘I’m not ready to admit that I’d be perfectly happy fucking all three of them. My subconscious is calling me a whore. I don’t give a fuck. I have a lot to make up for. It’s freeing. I feel independent in my whoredom.’ ~Katya Waters of the trio of men she is attracted to as her sleeping libido awakens.

     It is extremely odd relationships; born from horrible incidents that occurred while they were young. However, just when you think things will become normal, here comes a plot twist. I wonder how Ms. Chilton keeps it all strait. Even at this point, I already need a flow chart and a family tree.
     I know some people are not comfortable reading about M/M or M/F/M relationships or any variation other than M/F, but this series is not about the gender of any of the characters. At times, I found myself even forgetting one of the characters gender, and just getting wrapped up in their part of story. It was how people interact with each other and the things we inflict on each other; either intentionally on unintentional.
     Seeing actual psychology used to heal wounded characters was truly amazing to read. Even if some of it was misguided at times, it was still some spot on therapy for some of the victims/survivors.
     Each character is to have a book or books from their point of view, in the series. I look forward to seeing things thru each of their eyes, how they feel about the goings on within each family and club. I also wonder what else is going on, this has to be just the tip of the iceberg for a group of kinksters with varying degrees of morals and values. A BDSM club is the perfect setting for their story.
     Deciding to go to a BDSM club, Katya shows no outward fear. She radiates the power she has honed as a survivor. She is a dominate in search of a master. She finds a peace she did not expect before she even enters the doors.

     “Standing in line, in front of a club I’ve never entered, I feel content, at home, as if I’ve finally arrived at the destination I’ve been traveling for thirty years.” ~Katya Waters

     I loved that she could be so at peace with who she was and what she wants. She pushed thru her fears and earned her place. Her inner dialog was priceless. To acknowledge even a dominate person has self-doubt and internalizes issues while outwardly shows the world a calm fa├žade was brilliant.
     Even though, memories of her past trauma would trigger at the most inopportune times, Katya felt at ease with Master Ez. Master Ez aka “the Boss” grabs her and forces his ownership upon her without even asking.

     ‘Emotions fill my thoughts- long dead emotions that I’ve tucked safely away for my protection. My body warms at every point we connect. His body sears through my clothing. I sigh in relief because I’ve felt nothing but cold for so very long. Is The Boss offering me what I crave?’ ~Katya Waters being held by Master Ez for the first time at Restraint after he places her membership bracelet and his ownership padlock on her.

     The mystery of not knowing who Master Ez/the Boss really is and feeling so comfortable with him is strange. It is a strong contradiction for many people to accept especially those of previous violent attacks. It also tells there is more here than meets the eye with these two or three people. I was so excited to see how this game played out.
     Each player had so much to gain or loose. Katya has her secrets and her sexuality on the line. The potential candidates for Master Ez have their own secrets and risk bringing them to light. How will all these secrets affect each other? How are they intertwined? If Katya regains the memories, of her attack how will it affect her and those she has grown close to and begun to rely upon? How will the game end?

The Ratings*:
Heros: 5
Heroine: 5
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.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Take a Stage Dive with Lick

“Lick (Stage Dive #1)”
By Kylie Scott

Published by: Momentum
Date Published: July 1, 2013

Review by Wendy Dawn

“In Summation”:
       Evelyn Thomas’ plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. Like everything else in her life, she had carefully laid out plans.
     So, when she wakes up on the bathroom floor with a hangover of the century, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond ring on her finger that rivaled an ice skating rink: all she wants to do is remember how it all happened.
     After deciding annulment is the best plan, she heads home to Portland. As she exits the airplane, she is bombarded with paparazzi. That’s when she discovers her new husband is one of rock and roll’s favorite sons, the lead guitarist for the band Stage Dive, David Ferris.
     From Portland to LA to Monterrey, it’s one crazy wild ride for the girl who is used to control and having a plan. Being a country music fan in a sea of rock and roll insanity is quite a shock for the shy Evelyn.
     Will David and Evelyn annul their marriage? Or will they try to make a go of the Vegas nuptials? What will happen to Evelyn’s plans for her future? Can Evelyn fit into David’s world?

“The Reviews are in”:
     What can I say I am a sucker for a rock star romance; and I love Vegas! The fact that Evelyn woke up on the bathroom floor after being ‘sick’ with no memory of the previous evenings escapades is one of those cautionary tales. However, I felt sorry for David, the whole night of courtship and wedding meant something to him; and he really was hurt that she didn’t remember it.

     “What did we do last night?”
     “We got fucking married,” he growled.
     This time, I didn’t make it to the toilet.

     The ring seemed like it was it’s own character. She kept giving or trying to give it back to him at every bump in the road.

     “You bought me this?” I asked.
     He nodded. “Last night at Cartier.”
     “What is that even? Two, three carats?”

     His band was a mix of interesting people. His brother, Jimmy, he was horrible to Evelyn. Ben, the bassist, kept his distance. And Mal (Malcolm), the drummer, instantly liked her and befriended her.
     Mal was the most interesting to me. He was funny and full of life. He was a true ladies man that you could never take seriously, but he was a good friend to David and in turn to Evelyn.

     “Face it, child bride. You got married in Vegas by an Elvis impersonator to one of rock ’n’ roll’s favorite sons. It was always bound to cause a shit storm.”

     It was very endearing to read as David attempted to recreate some of their courtship and wedding, to jog Evelyn’s memory. Many of the recreations were hilarious and had me laughing.

     “We were both topless. Topless cuddles are best.” He watched as I absorbed the information, his face close to mine.

     I would have loved David to have more depth; he had issues that were just skimmed over. Maybe in the next books Ms. Scott can flesh out some more of his past. Or even do some kind of back tracking of before Stage Dive made it, some things just need to be glazed over and others need more explanation…David’s insecurity issues got some light shed on them but not the depth they deserved. They made him the man/husband he was to Evelyn.
     I do look forward to more of this series, just to see where the rest of the band ends up. Do they get a happy ever after?

The Ratings*:
Hero: 3.75
Heroine: 4
Story/Plot/HEA: 4.5

*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.
- 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.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Return to the '80s with Emme Rollins

Product Details

“Dear Rock Star”
by Emme Rollins
Date Published: July 1, 2013

Review by Wendy Dawn
“In Summation”:
     Sara a 19 year-old student at Iselin Academy is totally obsessed with rock star Tyler Vincent.
     Tucked away in New Jersey, Iselin Academy is a place for “non-traditional students”. Students either attending day or night classes to obtain their high school equivalency while working full-time or taking care of their kids.
     The year is approximately 1987, girls dressed like Madonna and guys looked like they walked off the set of an MTV video. You remember back when we wanted our MTV…when they played actual music videos, not just another network of reality and programmed shows.
Into Sara’s world walks Dale Diamond, a Tyler Vincent look alike. He happens to be from Maine, like Tyler and a musician. But the similarities don’t end there. He causes Sara’s loyalty to worshiping her rock star to waiver. Dale causes the butterflies in her stomach to turn into fire breathing dragons!
     Sara has secrets and so does Dale. As each layer is peeled back they encourage each others dreams. He wants to be a rock star, she wants to leave New Jersey in the dust and become an artist. Two talented people fate put together to heal each other and share all their secrets.
     When Dale’s band makes it to the finals in MTV’s battle of the bands Sara has to choose the future she dreamed about of one with Dale. Can the fantasy be better than the reality, or is the reality the thing fantasies are made of?

“The Reviews are in”:
     I felt like I stepped back in time! I was right back in High School again. I totally got the references. This was one book I could not put down and actually asked to be able to review. Call me crazy but I knew I would like it. Not just because of the ‘80s setting but the fact that I was into Art when I was in High School and followed several local bands. Identifying with the characters was awesome.
     The cast of characters were all flawed people. They were normal, not perfect automatons. They had issues and problems. Everyone could find one they can say, “Hey, I knew someone like that.” or “That was me!” Ms. Rollins did an excellent job of making the characters relatable. Even the horrible step beast (father) of Sara’s, I saw characteristics in him I see in others…not wanting to take responsibility for his actions. I may not have liked him or his actions, but I could see why he acted a certain way. All the characters had this beautiful undercurrent to their depth; it added such dimension to them.

     “Why did you even come back?”
     “Because…You’re mine. I knew it the first time I saw you. I will always come for you, Sara. Always.”

     Dale never wavers in his desire or need for Sara. It takes my breath away to read it. He has his hopes and dreams of his music, but he sees Sara fitting into those dreams. He is willing to fight for her, no matter what the obstacle.

      “Sara, listen to me.” He pressed his forehead to mine, eyes closed. “Once I choose a direction, I don’t stop. I can’t.” I nodded, loving him for it.

     “I’m like a damned freight train. Or the fucking Titanic.” He snorted, opening his eyes and meeting my gaze. “There’s no turning me away, not now. I can’t turn back.”

      I hope Ms. Rollins does a follow-up to this book. I would love to see a “where are they now”. Perhaps set in the 2000s, maybe their kids will be having the issues the next time around. I will definitely read it. I fell in love with these characters, I feel like they are some one I went to school with…should we ask to sign their year book?

The Ratings*:Hero: 4
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.