Friday, August 23, 2013

Kitchen Affairs (Riverside Trilogy #1) by Brooke Cumberland

Shelly rates this book 3.5 stars


"Drake Stagliano is a high maintenance man from a wealthy empire family in Chicago. He managers The Riverside Hotel/Restaurant where he only expects the absolute best. With a past filled with being used and heartbreak, the last thing he expects is to find a woman he can't control himself around... a chef intern.

Molly Woods is not your typical 23 year old. She's a single mom in her last semester of culinary school and interning at Drake's restaurant. She's closed dating off her list - her only priorities are finishing school & her 4 year old daughter. When Molly is pursued by Drake, she does everything she can to deny the chemistry and sexual tension. However, that doesn't last long & she finds herself completely mad over him.

When an intimate video goes public, Molly's internship and credibility is threatened. She's lusts for the one man she's been able to connect with after the sudden death of her late fiancé - but can Drake hold on for the emotional ride? Molly will need to let go of her past in order let Drake in. Fall in love with this steamy, funny, & romantic story of two people who find each other just when they both need someone the most.

~For mature audiences, 18+"



This book was alright.  Not good, not bad, just mediocre.  I think that Molly character is very strong, but not very deep.  Drake is deep, but not very strong.  I love Molly's interactions with Stella and her BFF Michael, but her relationship with Drake was very rushed.  

Enter Travis, this is why I say her relationship with Drake was rushed.  She has feelings of some sort for Travis, and if she was truly in love with Drake she wouldn't have questions concerning Travis.  

Kendra dying before she could really even interfere with Molly and Drake much kinda was a buzz kill.  I was hoping for a little more drama there, but didn't get it.

My thoughts are I give Brooke 2 thumbs up for this being her debut novel, and for her first book, it was decent.  Im hoping that Kitchen Scandals will be better, and her first stand alone, Spark, has some good reviews, so I'll let you all know my thoughts on that soon.   

Double Time (Sinners on Tour #5) by Olivia Cunning

Shelly rates this book  3 stars!!! (and I'm being generous because its Trey's book!)


Book #5 in reading order of events in book series, per author

Olivia Cunning delivers the perfect blend of steamy sex, heartwarming romance, and a wicked sense of humor in this menage story featuring the hottest guy in the Sinners band.

Trey Mills, the notoriously sexy Sinners rhythm guitarist, gives up his bisexual lifestyle and is swept into a hot, heady romance with Reagan Elliot, a female rock star sensation. But when Trey encounters Reagan's sexy bisexual roommate, Ethan Conner, he can no longer deny who he is or what he wants. Reagan heartily agrees to a solution that opens up a hot new world of sexual experience--and love--with the two men she wants the most.



I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!  I love Trey Mills, and to have his book be my least favorite of the series, really gets me down!!  

Its was rushed, and the way he fell in love with both Reagan and Ethan was unrealistic! I mean really, Reagan and Ethan were lovers.  She caught him cheating on him with a man, so their relationship ended.  However, they stayed BFF's and are roommates to boot!  I mean really??  That NEVER happens!!!

Then she meets Trey at an audition she is having for his brothers band.  She doesn't even know him for more than 2 seconds and she's all lusty and getting down with him? Two seconds after that, wait for it, their in looovvee!  No way, I'm not buying it !!  

Then the whole Ethan/Trey relationship...same goes!  Ethan falls too fast for Trey, and then seduces his BFF's man... with her consent...I was just turned off.  Also, to mention, the m/m sex scenes were a little TMI for me.  Not saying I don't enjoy a good man on man action, but this was just way too much for me.  

I'm glad I didn't read this one before Eric's book came out, because I probably wouldn't have bothered.  I'm not going to let one book ruin my opinion of Olivia Cunning, but as far as an authors worst book, I'm hoping this is her only one!!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning (Sinner's on Tour #4)

Shelly rates this book 5 stars


"From the moment he lays eyes on Sinners’ new front of house soundboard operator, drummer Eric Sticks knows he has to make Rebekah his. Unfortunately, she’s too busy trying to seduce guitarist Trey Mills to pay him much attention. Rebekah never planned to fall for the tall, goofy drummer with the weird sense of humor and a heart the size of the galaxy. But Eric makes her laugh and his constant attention makes her feel sexy and irresistible–exactly what she needs after the things her last lover said to her. A woman who gives as much as she takes, Rebekah makes Eric feel like a total stud–exactly what he needs after surviving a decade of watching the incredibly talented members of Sinners from the wings." (


It is official!  Each Sinner's on Tour book I read, I like better and better.  Eric has never really been one of my favorite characters in this series.  This book has changed my whole look on him.

Who knew that Eric Sticks, would turn out to be a closet romantic?  I sure as shit, never thought that.  The way we swooned over Reb the minute he laid eyes on her....sigh!  I fell for Eric that second.  Too bad, Rebekah had eyes for Trey instead of Eric.  Luckily, for Eric, Trey saw how he was swooning for her, and decided he'd help Eric come to his sences and pursue the sexy FOH.  Trey, being Trey, didn't miss out on his part of the action, however.  

Reb's character really changed throughout the book.  At first, I can honestly say she was kinda average.  However, the further the book progressed the more interesting she got.  I think she is my favorite "Lady Sinner" yet!  I love how Kinky she is, and how she isn't afraid to go "balls to the wall" in anything she does.  

I have said it before Olivia Cunning sure knows how to write a book!  I'm not sure how much better Double Time can be, but if things keep going like this, I will be the best one yet!  Check in soon to find out the answer!!  


Friday, August 16, 2013

For the Love of Gracie Release Day Blitz - Amy McClung

Title: For the Love of Gracie (The Southern Devotion Series #1)
Author: Amy K McClung
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 16, 2013
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Gracie Walker doesn't have much luck with finding Prince Charming. Hudson James enters her life, the bad boy who gives her a reason to hope that he is Mr. Right. Gracie's problem is, she doesn’t fall for the right guys. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee where the nightlife is always hopping. She spends her days in college and her nights hanging out with her closest friends at local bars. Her best friend Cameron is her rock. Cameron introduces his friend Ashton into Gracie's life and it changes everything. Ashton manages to make her fall head over heels for him, without even knowing it. He's the perfect guy. He's sweet, charming, funny, and unbelievably gorgeous. They have so much in common, including the fact that they are both attracted to men. Gracie is determined to make things work with Hudson and forget her feelings for Ashton. That's easier said than done. An event happens and it changes her life forever. Cameron struggles with his inability to protect Gracie from her own choices in life. Ashton blames himself for not noticing the signs. Who will be the one to pick her up when she falls? Will Gracie be able to have a normal life? What lengths will someone go to…For the Love of Gracie?

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**This book will be part of a New Adult Series. Each book will have an ending though, no Cliffhangers! They will all be New Adult and have similar themes with crossover characters***


Author Bio 

Amy McClung was born in Nashville, TN. She is the second oldest of four girls. She married Daniel McClung in September 2005 and they currently reside just outside of Nashville. She graduated from Father Ryan High School in 1996. In 2002 obtained her general certification in medical coding and billing and in 2009 she obtained a specialty certification in Hospital medical coding and billing. Amy and her husband are both fans of fantasy novels as well as avid movie collectors. The Parker Harris Series is the first series of books by this author. Cascades of Moonlight is Book #1, Dreams, Spells, and Moonlit Tales is Book #2, and the third book is The Dark Moon.  Her next projects are For the Love of Gracie, a NA Contemporary Romance to be released in August 2013 and The Crispin Sinclair Chronicles, a YA Fantasy to be released in Spring of 2014.  Her favorite past times include watching movies, drawing, and reading fantasy novels. Her first book was a means of therapy for her as it enabled her to escape reality for a while during a difficult transition in her life.



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Monday, August 12, 2013

Hot Ticket Sinners on Tour book 3 by Olivia Cunning

Shelly rates this book: 5 stars


"Book #3 in reading order of events in book series, per author

There are things in bassist Jace Seymour’s past that he is unwilling to share with anyone. To cover his guilt and anguish, he seeks dominatrix Mistress V (Aggie) to temporarily placate his inner turmoil.

Aggie doesn’t have much use for men–besides the power rush she gets when they’re begging for mercy at her feet–but Jace isn’t like her usual clients. His cool defiance and unexpected dominance in the bedroom drives her to distraction and quickly steals her heart.

When circumstances threaten Jace’s position in Sinners, Aggie must help him regain his rightful place in the band while showing him that time and love can heal all wounds"


This is my favorite Sinner's book yet!  We all know that Jace is the hottest Sinner there is, with his sexy boy next door looks, but what puts him over the top for me is his character.  He has it all, ooks, personality, a "HUGE" package, and yet, isnt all "In your face, I'm a god!"

I think Aggie is the perfect match for him.  They both have their dark side and relish in it!  They understand each others reasons for why they need that darkness.  

The story between Trey and their drummer, Eric Sticks, is written really well, in my opinion.  I think that Eric being Trey's idol was a good addition!  I also thought that the relationship between a teenage Jace, (Jason) and Kara Sinclair tied into the book really good.  We found out a little bit more about the type of person Kara was, and the connection between Jace and Sinners from the beginning.

As like all the books in this series, this one is a must read!!  Olivia Cunning is an amazing writer, and there isn't a book of hers yet I haven't enjoyed!  

Olivia Cunning Sinners On Tour Giveaway!

Head on over to Olivia's Blog page, and enter her giveaway for some Sinners swag!!  Who's your favorite Sinner??  Mine is the hot and sexy Trey Mills!!!  Here is my Trey <3

Ella's birthday hop Winners!!!!

Grand prize winner of Ella's birthday hop!

Good Morning!

I just wanted to thank all of you for helping me celebrate! We had such a successful hop. I hope you all picked up some new readers/followers and maybe found a new author or two ;)

I've gathered up all of the comments on your blogs and according to the grand prize winner of the $100 Gift Card is...

Book Attict from Kristabel Reed's blog. I'll be contacting her today.

Just a reminder to you all to choose your winners if you haven't already done so.

Thanks for opening up your blogs and offering prizes. A big thanks to all who contributed toward the grand prize. I appreciate all of you! 

Have a great week!


Winner of my giveaway......BLHmistress, Dawna Newman!!!!  Congrats!!!  I will be contacting you shortly!  Thank you everyone for participating in the blog hop!!!   

Friday, August 9, 2013

Ella Jade Birthday Blog Hop and Giveaway

Ella Jade's Birthday Blog Hop and $100 GC Giveaway!!!
August 9-11, 2013

A fond birthday memory I have is when I turned 16 years old.  My mother bought me my very first real gold  ring.  It was white gold and had diamonds and sapphires (my birthstone).  I loved it!  The sad part of this memory is that somewhere in the last 15 years, it has been lost.  Even though I am sad that I lost this beautiful ring, the memory of it will always be clear in my mind.  Have any of you ever lost anything that was real precious to you? 


A breakout Indie author, Tyler Lazar, is releasing her debut novel, The Last Glass, book 1 in The Creatures of Grimmsburg series, this fall!  


"Tori Knight moves to a small New York town where things aren't always what they seem. Though reluctant to leave her old life behind, she meets new friends, and falls for a guy.

Crispin DeMortimer is the most popular boy at Grimmsburg High. He had a summer fling with Natalia, the rich doctor's daughter, and also heir to a secret society. However, when he sees Tori for the first time, he feels an instant connection with her, one he has never felt before. Lucky for him, Tori feels the same.

It's the start of a new chapter, for both Tori and Crispin, and Grimmsburg, NY is where untold secrets will be revealed, and challenges beyond anyone's imagination will be brought forth. Will the secrets of Grimmsburg bring Tori and Crispin together, or will these life changing secrets be too much for them both?

This is book one in the series The Creatures of Grimmsburg by T.M. Lazar." (

Please follow her links, so you can stay updated on the release of this awesome YA Paranormal/Romance series!  



Ella is offering a GRAND PRIZE!!! $100 Gift Card!!  All you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on this post, to be entered!!  Make sure to leave your email address so that she can contact the winner!!!  

I am also offering a giveaway as well!!  My giveaway is going to be on my Facebook page!  All you have to do is go to my FB page, , LIKE AND SHARE, than comment that you did so, and let me know who your favorite author and/or book is.   I will then randomly select a winner, and they will receive a FREE EBOOK of their choosing (up to $2.99).  For those of you that do not have a Facebook account, leave that information and your email on this post, to be entered as well!!  

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