Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, RomCom

Review – The Risk; Briar U #2 by Elle Kennedy

The Risk; Briar U #2 (Series)
by Elle Kennedy (Author)

This review is from: February 11, 2019 By Kay Daniels (Kindle Edition-Goodreads)
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Heat Level:🔥🔥🔥🔥

How many ways are there to laugh? I could Google the answer, but instead, let me tell you just a few of the ways I engaged in LOLing my way through The Risk. I snickered, snorted, giggled, unlady-like gwafed, most likely brayed like a donkey, cackled, had bursts of uncontrollable bouts of laughter where I read and reread the same sentences over and over just so I could partake in tears-rolling-down-my-face laughing just to name a few. This book hit my funny bone in all the right spots and this is just the beginning of why I loved this book.

Brenna and Jake are two formidable characters who are evenly matched. Their wit, carisma, self-confidence, really just about everything about their person is so likeable it’s hard to find anything lacking about either one. It also makes for a great game of cat and mouse when you have two people so evenly matched in the witty brain game. Their chemistry is off the charts right from the get go. Even better, neither is ever offended from the sarcastic comments they throw at each other, which only amps up the tension between the two.

Their story really begins with Jake asking Brenna to back off from seeing one of his players. However Brenna doesn’t take directions from anyone.

“She’s bold and fierce, and those qualities combined with her beauty make her a force to be reckoned with.”-Jake

Their back and forth once Jack puts a kibosh on her booty call is a beautiful tango, but when Brenna, the unfathomable Brenna needs help landing an internship and her only ace in the hole is Jake, she does the one thing she never thought she’d do. She claims him as her boyfriend. Their fake relationship begins, however, their back and forth really began back when Jake began his meddling, but both are too proud to really own up to it.

Jake Connelly attends Harvard, the enemy of Briar- currently -since they are close to competing for the championships in hockey. Brenna’s father, Coach Jensen, coaches for Briar where Brenna also attends, so to say that Jake is the enemy is putting it mildly. Jake’s focus has always been hockey, since he was five years old. As current captain of the hockey team he’s looking out for his teammates, so when he confronts Brenna and asks her to leave one of his teammates alone it’s all in the interest of his team winning this years championship.

Hello, wave a red flag in front of a bull.

Little did he know that Brenna would end up back in his life numerous times after that encounter. Little did he know that Brenna would become more than just a girl he knew of from Briar. Little did he know that Brenna would ask him for a favor that would change everything going forward in his life.

“For some reason, the way Jake seems to get along with everyone rubs me the wrong way. It’s hard to think of him as THE ENEMY when faced with evidence that he might be a decent guy.”-Brenna

The Risk not only is filled with lots of laughs, but it has lots of heart. There was a point I had to set my ipad down and wipe my eyes, so definitely be prepared for an emotional ride.

Along with the tears of laughter and just plain tears, you’ll have bouts of anger. Brenna meets with one of the most sexist (you read that right, sexist, not sexiest-vowels are extremely important here) person I think I’ve ever had the chance of reading or meeting and honestly I’ve worked with several in my lifetime. This character tips the scales mega-douchiness. This is one more reason why I love Brenna’s character she is the bigger person., Be prepared through and hold on to whatever you are reading, because you are going to want to toss something.

Brenna and Jake make it through lots of obstacles all while consorting with “the enemy”, but at the end of the day is any of it realistic, can they really be more than just partners in crime? What they’ve had is fun, but could it ever be more than just helping each other out?

The Risk checked off every box on any list I could possibly come up with. It is a fantastic read.

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Release Day/New Release

New Release – Wanted Too by Dee Palmer

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Wanted Too
Series: Wanted Trilogy #2
Author: Dee Palmer
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance
Release Date: February 10, 2019

BLURB

Not every Prince is charming…

How long does it take to fall in love?

For my best friend Finn her fairytale took a little time: Now she lives out her HEA with her 4 ‘husbands’ on the ranch where all the magic happened.

For me, it’s more complicated:
When it comes to romance, I have a fixed and final to-don’t list.

Don’t do fairy tales
Don’t do love
Don’t do happy ever after’s

I’m a party girl.
Sex is my favourite pastime, work is my passion
And finalising this deal with Jorgen is my mission.

Jorgen Jensen is Danish royalty.
Rude, rich and secretive.
He’s also too hot for my own good and has a mission all his own in mind.

One month with him in paradise.
One month to play.
One month to change my mind.

When I find myself on Finn’s doorstep I’m a little dazed and confused and a lot desperate to forget.
I need my friend, I need a distraction
And I need to keep my mouth shut about my mistake.

That shouldn’t be too hard?

I love just three things, my best friend Finn, my mum and my life.

I’ve busted my butt growing the business my mum started when I was a kid and it’s about to pay off, big time.  Securing a multi-million pound investment with an elusive sex-god CEO is just step one . Unfortunately, that step is one giant leap I’m not remotely ready for.

Business man and Danish ‘royalty’ Jorgen Jensen is a threat to my senses and sanity. He’s also a threat to my rules and is way too easy on the eye. Although he’s not ‘technically’ my boss, he’s the money and that makes him off limits.

Rule one: ‘don’t shit where you eat’.
I’ve worked too hard to mess this up with sex, even phenomenal sex isn’t worth it and just looking at him I know that’s all this would ever be… phenomenal sex.

However, when circumstances change, I’m tempted and agree to accept the challenge of a lifetime. After all, it’s only one month, with a Nordic god, in paradise.  There are worse ways to prove there’s no such thing as love and a happily ever after for someone like me.

Who knew being right would hurt so much?

Landing on Finn’s doorstep, too ashamed to tell the truth and with my to don’t list in tatters, I really need a place to hide, to forget and to move on and where better than over the pond at my best friends Californian ranch with her four husbands.

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AUTHOR BIO

Dee Palmer lives just outside of London with her husband and (slightly embarrassed) children. Her passion is writing sexy steamy romance stories that will scorch the pages right off your kindle and are guaranteed to make your heart pound. She loves an HEA but isn’t afraid to put her readers through the ringer before she delivers.

When not at her desk she can be found either fannying around on Facebook or with her nose stuck in her Kindle. Once in a while when the lights are down she might be spotted about town searching for the best French martinis and throwing some dubious shapes on the dance floor.

AUTHOR LINKS

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New Releases

New Release – Singed by Misty Malloy

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Singed
Series: Orestaia #2
Author: Misty Malloy
Genre: Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 11, 2019

BLURB
Four hunky dragon shifter mates can be a lot to handle.I’d always thought one guy in bed was enough. Now I have four. All the extra pleasure may be more than I bargained for…but it’s so good.

On top of that, the orestaia–the fertility stone–is completely inactive. Guess who gets to figure out how to heal it? That’s right. Me.

My plan of action is a bit fuzzy. Actually, really fuzzy. All I know is I’m supposed to head out to the red rocks and blue skies of Sedona to locate the infamous Dragon Oracle.

And if I can’t find her? Well, then everyone gets screwed. My sister stays sick. A sleazy oil tycoon keeps breathing fire down my neck. And pretty much all dragon procreation ends.

All of my hopes and dreams for a baby and a family can go straight out the window, too. See you later, dragon race.

I have to heal the orestaia. All of our futures are in my hands. No big deal. Right?

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AUTHOR BIO

Misty Malloy has a self-diagnosed obsession with hair metal bands from the 80s. When she’s not listening to Guns N’ Roses or writing, you can find her wrangling dogs at the animal shelter, doing Zumba, or having brunch. She loves happy hour with lots of wine and cheese, sexy historical movies, and alpha males. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and their dire wolf dog.

AUTHOR LINKS

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Release Day/New Release

New Release – Stealing Valentine by Madison Faye

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Stealing Valentine
Author: Madison Faye
Genre: Standalone Valentine’s Day Holiday Romance
Release Date: February 11, 2019

BLURB

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
I came to rob diamonds,
But now I’m stealing her too

I’ve spent my life taking what I want, even if it doesn’t belong to me. Stealing the infamous Whistler diamonds is supposed to be my last job before I can retire wealthy beyond imagination, and I’ve planned for everything

Everything except for her.

Valentine is like nothing I’ve ever known before. Good, young, sweet, and alluring—with curves and an innocence far more tempting than any vault or priceless art. I didn’t plan on her, and I sure as shit didn’t plan on the diamonds I’m supposed to steal being draped around her neck.

…So I’m taking her too.

But when I lay my hands on the gorgeous little tease squirming against me, and with one taste of that sassy mouth, I’m lost. And when I find out she’s never been touched?

Well, that’s something else I’ll be stealing too.

I know she’s off limits. I know this breaks every one of my rules. I know I don’t give a shit about
any of that.

Claiming her cherry is going to be the sweetest sin. But stealing her heart is going to be the greatest heist this thief ever pulled…

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AUTHOR BIO

USA Today and #1 bestselling contemporary romance author Madison Faye is the dirty alter ego of the very wholesome, very normal suburban housewife behind the stories. While she might be a wife, mom, and PTA organizer on the outside, there’s nothing but hot, steamy, and raunchy fantasies brewing right beneath the surface!

Tired of keeping them hidden inside or only having them come out in the bedroom, they’re all here in the form of some wickedly hot stories. Single-minded alpha hero, sinfully taboo relationships, and wildly over-the-top scenarios. If you love it extra dirty, extra hot, and extra naughty, this is the place for you! (Just don’t tell the other PTA members you saw her here…)

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Cover Reveal, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Butt Ending by R.C. Stephens

He’s one SEXY AS SIN hockey player.
Meet Oli in Butt Ending by R.C. Stephens, releasing March 11th!!

And we ADORE this ice hot cover!

Cover Design: OkayCreations.

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BLURB:

Sloane has been on her share of dates. She just can’t seem to find the right guy to pop her virgin cherry. Sloane’s mother, a well-known sex guru, believes she’s suffering from a hostile vagina.

Poor Sloane is beginning to believe her mother’s professional diagnosis is true. Except for one small detail…

She’s been pining for her best friend’s brother, Oli, for the past decade.

Sloane’s heart is set on the unattainable, sexy-as-sin hockey player. She would give up on her Oli fantasy if it weren’t for those constant heated glares and that one passionate kiss that set her world on fire confirming her hostile vagina is right. Oli is the man for the job.

Problem is, Oli seems to have no intention of settling down and has clearly placed Sloane in the friend zone.

When crisis strikes, Oli and Sloane end up trapped in a car, driving to Canada with a sweet puppy and a whole lot of chemistry. But when Oli realizes she’s a virgin, he wants to run to the farthest hills to get away from her.

Sometimes happily-ever-after isn’t that easy…

Butt Ending is a laugh-out-loud friends-to-lovers story. Get ready for foodgasms, dirty talk, and one heck of a sexy alpha-male hockey player.

About R.C. Stephens:

As far back as R.C. Stephens can remember she was a sucker for a good romance. Of course there had to be a prince charming even if he ultimately was a dark knight and there had to be a happy ending.

She watched the movie Dirty Dancing way too many times growing up and Jean Claude Van Damme movies too. Go figure!

After years of saying she would write a book one day, she finally put pen to paper and carved out the plot line for what would eventually become the best selling Twisted Series. Now R.C. is just finishing up her tenth book and can’t seem to stop the stories running through her mind. Visit R.C. on her Facebook page to find out what’s new in her life and what releases she has coming up.

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Excerpt/Teaser Share, Release Day/New Release

New Release – Resurgent by Brynley Blake

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Resurgent
Series: Phoenix Rising #3
Author: Brynley Blake
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: February 11, 2019

BLURB 

Never Underestimate the Power of F*ck It

It’s the motto I live by, and it’s what made me the Navy SEAL I am today.  The less you care, the better.  Even when I woke up in a hospital in India with no memory of the last few months and everything pointing to me being a traitor involved with some pretty dangerous people, I knew I could handle it.

Then they kidnapped Charlotte—my little sister’s best friend and an organized control freak with a fear of commitment to anything but her ten-year plan.

I can’t remember what I’ve supposedly done, or who’s trying kill us.  All I know is I have to rescue Charlotte and get us both out of this mess alive.

But I hadn’t counted on Charlotte having her own agenda.  She’s inexplicably haunted my dreams for months, and now she’s making my reality a living hell.  Because Miss Always-in-Control is hellbent and determined to lose that control she holds on to so tightly, and she wants to lose it with me…

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EXCERPT

“I know you like to know exactly what’s going to happen and how and when.  But that’s not how it’s going to happen tonight. Tonight, it’s all or nothing.  You give all the control, all the decisions, all the power to me.  No lists, no rules, no overthinking it, no trying to orchestrate it all.  You relinquish it all to me, or not at all.”
“All of it?” My voice squeaks, but Liam doesn’t waver.
“All of it,” he says in that stern, take-no-bullshit tone that makes me simultaneously thrilled and terrified.  Then he cups my cheek in his hand and adds softly, “All of you.”
Arousal shoots straight to my sex like a flaming arrow seeking its target, but it’s accompanied by a lifetime of fear of letting go, of being vulnerable and giving anyone the power to hurt me. Can I do this?  I’m powerless to say no.  Some little part of me had wanted to keep a little control over things tonight, but faced with the choice of giving myself wholly to Liam or going back to Charleston, back to my old life with regret, if we even survive…it’s a no-brainer.   If I’m really going to be different, if I’m really going to learn to ride the waves and experience the thrill that comes from actually living, I have to stop planting my feet in the sand.  And I want this experience with Liam more than I’ve ever wanted anything.
“Okay.”
The smile he gives me could power the entire resort.  “Give me your wrists.”
“What?”
“Give me your wrists.” His voice has lowered an octave and has a rasp to it that is doing strange things to my insides.
Oh God. “Um. I…we…maybe we should take this slow?” I stammer.
“Oh, we will.” The way he says it makes me think we’re not talking about the same thing. “Now give me your wrists.”
“I have a better idea.  Why don’t we sit on the patio for a few minutes, maybe talk a little…”
I trail off as he closes the distance between us in two steps, his fingers in my hair as he wraps my hair around his hand and tugs, forcing my head back.  Distant memories of my dad flash through my mind and I think he’s going to be angry—after all, I’ve just proven I can’t even do the first thing he’s asked me without arguing—but instead he presses his lips to my neck, kissing me softly. “You always think you have a better idea, don’t you?” he says softly.
This is Liam.  Not my father, but the man who makes me feel safe, who makes me laugh, who somehow makes me feel empowered with every ounce of control I give up.
“Well, um…mmmmm.” I sigh with pleasure as his lips slowly travel toward my ear. “I do have pretty good ideas.”
“How are we going to settle this battle for control we seem to have?”  His teeth are nibbling on my earlobe now.  “Especially since you keep telling me you want to lose it.”
“Ummm.” I can’t think straight with his tongue tracing the outline of my ear.
With my hair still tightly gripped in his hand, he tugs my head back. His eyes are glittering as he says, “Don’t get me wrong, sweetheart.  I get horny as hell when you make lists and get all organized and try to control shit, because that’s when you need me to distract you most. To put you to work and quiet your mind. But if you want to dance, then you’re going to have to trust me to lead.  You’re going to have to give me all of you.  Starting with your wrists.”

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AUTHOR BIO

A lifelong reader with a taste for adventure, Brynley Blake writes the writes the kind of books she likes to read: steamy contemporary romances featuring smart, sassy heroines with a sense of humor and strong, dominant alpha males who love their women a little feisty.  She loves rainy days, books, worn-in jeans, hot coffee, cold beer, red wine, exploring new places, and happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her cheering on her kids at their activities, hanging out with friends, or crossing things off her bucket list. She writes contemporary and erotic romance as Brynley Blake and Brynley Bush.

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