A Jeri Release Day Review: The Luckiest Master (Iron Eagle Gym #3) by Sean Michael

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

The Luckiest MasterWhen Master Damien Richardson (Day to his friends) takes over the front desk manager job at the Iron Eagle Gym, he knows he’s going to need an assistant. But finding the right person for the job is harder than he thought it would be. When he meets Saw, he thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, and maybe something more.

Sawyer Whitehead lost his master to a tragic car accident some years ago, and since then one opportunity after another has gone sour on him. Thoroughly convinced he’s cursed and a jinx to everything and everyone he touches, he refuses to officially become Day’s assistant because he knows that as soon as he does, something terrible will happen. He’s even more determined not to get involved with Day, despite his attraction, because it would kill him to be responsible for tragedy befalling the lovely man.

Day must convince Saw that he’s not cursed and that together, they can face any challenge that comes their way—in both their professional and personal partnerships.

This is book 4 in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. I hadn’t read the previous 3, so that’s a good thing for me.

I had to infer some things, but it wasn’t difficult.  Day takes over as the manager of the Iron Eagle gym. Almost immediately he realizes it is way too much work for one person. He asks a regular member to help him recruit someone to help.

Sawyer, known as Saw, is a member who had lost his previous Master to a car accident years ago. They lived a 24/7 life and Saw was drifting and lost. Between that and other failures, Saw feels cursed. He agrees to help, but without pay and only until a permanent replacement is found.

The chemistry between Day and Saw is immediate and palpable. Saw has committed himself to being alone, but Day knows what Saw needs. Him.

I really enjoyed Day pulling Saw out of his shell and getting him to believe that he is worthy of a loving relationship.

Saw is an ultimate sub, and even though he said he wouldn’t be anyone’s sub again, it is so natural for him, he slips right into the role without realizing it. Day never takes that for granted though. He is loving and nurturing.

This book is chock full of sex. Dirty and loving, sweet and hot.

There were parts that were a bit repetitive,  including endearment and Master. There were a few continuity issues with it being read as a stand alone.

A good BDSM book, but I recommend reading the previous three first.

Cover art by L.C. Chase is good and works for the story.

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Book Details:

ebook, 210 pages
Expected publication: August 22nd 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634773187 (ISBN13: 9781634773188)
Edition Language English

A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Betrothed: A Faery Tale by Therese Woodson and Matthew Lloyd Davies (Narrator)

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

betrothed-a-faery-tale audiobookFaery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different—except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.

Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn’t thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through. If he can’t win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos. Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck’s crown, they’ll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.

This is a delightfully sweet and fun faery tale romance between two royal faeries: one full-blooded, one half-human.  Prince Chrysanths is half-human because, in her youth, his mom escaped the kingdom in a fit of temper and crossed through to the human world where she met a handsome stranger one day.  The result was the prince, or Puck, as he likes to be called. His parents never married because his grandparents forbade it, but Puck has been allowed to go visit his dad occasionally and has a nice relationship with him. 

When Puck finds out Prince Sky Song of the Clouds is on his way to marry him to fulfill a commitment to unite the sky kingdom with Puck’s earth kingdom, he shows his inherited temper by fleeing to his father’s home in the human world.  Bound and determined to go through with the wedding, Sky asks Puck’s BFF to show him the way, and he arrives on Puck’s doorstep to Puck’s great surprise.

With Puck’s father’s support, the two hang out together and become friends. Though Puck continues to see a girl he once slept with, it’s more as a friend—at least from his perspective. But Sky doesn’t know that, and jealousy rears its ugly head. Then when Sky becomes ill, and Puck is mired in his own mess, things go from bad to worse. The good news is that this is indeed a faery tale, and our princes eventually make their way to a happy ending.

Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davis, this audiobook version feels very genuine and flows smoothly in his beautiful UK accent. 

The cover by Anna Sikorska is a striking depiction of Sky, complete with faery wings and the sky-blue tattoos on his arms.

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Audiobook Details:

Audible Audio, 7 pages, 6 hrs 25 mins
Published June 30th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published September 23rd 2015)
ASIN B01HQFCNJ2
Edition Language English

A Lila Review: And the Survey Says by Karma Eastwick

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Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

 

And the Survey SaysProject Director Zane Caldwell has a major problem-a charming, go-getter hotshot from Chicago named Ford Trionni, recently hired at Widdley Finch Inc., a Connecticut-based marketing research company. The man, whom the secretarial pool nicknamed “The Italian Stallion” based on his stunning good looks and sexual aura, has also gained the reputation of a superstar in the industry due to his innovative analytical techniques. The trouble is, the man wears his accolades like a badge on his lapel, strutting around the office like a peacock.

Ford’s self-centered, lofty attitude drives Zane to utter distraction. Even worse, the man seems to know it, intentionally using his sizzling sex appeal to tie Zane’s patience and libido into knots while giving off mixed messages of mutual attraction. But from what Zane can tell, Ford’s already involved in an intense relationship with someone else, and the last thing Zane wants is to fall for a guy who not only treats him like a peon instead of an equal, but intends to make him a side dish to his current love affair.

Yet as he works with Ford on an important account, Zane begins to realize there’s more to Ford than the man lets on, and all may not be what it seems. As the heat between them builds into an inferno despite their contrary work relationship, Zane vows to get to the bottom of Ford’s confusing behavior once and for all. Is the man playing games with Zane’s job and his heart, or is there a chance they might actually discover they’re the perfect partners?

And the Survey Says… didn’t live up to its potential. The setup in the opening scene is intriguing, but the language, even when Zane is musing about Ford, pulls the reader out of the story. And this continues all the way through the book. The choice of words and descriptors were awkward, making the dirty talk and sex scenes lackluster.

I liked Zane and Ford, individually and as a couple. The settings and characterizations were well-written, but the plot seems to lose steam early on, and it’s entirely based on miscommunication. If they had talked for five minutes when they started working together, the whole thing would have been solved.

The book has interesting moments and some cute banter. Also, the contention point between the main characters added a degree of empathy and amusement into the story. That particular subplot was very well written; as well as Ford’s and Zane’s friendship.

Overall, I expected more from this story since it is the second edition. Most of the prose challenges could have been re-worked to create a well-rounded story. Unfortunately, the opportunity was missed.

The cover has a good composition but seems a bit generic. The two models are nothing like what I imagined Zane and Ford to be.

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Book Details:

ebook, 151 pages
Published: July 16, 2016, JMS Books
ISBN: 9781634861199
Edition Language: English

A BJ Review: Crisped + Sere (Immemorial Year #2) by T.J. Klune

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Rating:    4 stars out of 5

Crisped + SereTwenty-one days.

In a world ravaged by fire and descending into madness, Cavalo has been given an ultimatum by the dark man known as Patrick: return Lucas to him and the cannibalistic Dead Rabbits, or the town of Cottonwood and its inhabitants will be destroyed.

But Lucas has a secret embedded into his skin that promises to forever alter the shape of things to come—a secret that Cavalo must decide if it’s worth dying over, even as he wrestles with his own growing attraction to the muted psychopath.

Twenty-one days.

Cavalo has twenty-one days to prepare for war. Twenty-one days to hold what is left of his shredded sanity together. Twenty-one days to convince the people of Cottonwood to rise up and fight back. Twenty-one days to unravel the meaning behind the marks that cover Lucas.

A meaning that leads to a single word and a place of unimaginable power: Dworshak.

Like the first book, this one is dark and creepy. The excellent world-building continues, and the character development of all the people we met in book one was excellent. Also, this read smoother to me than the first, whether because I had a background now and wasn’t confused as I had been often in the first, I’m not sure. I don’t think there was as much of the hopping around like in the first book, there was some, but it flowed better.

This time we get more of a relationship between all of the characters. It’s not just about Cavalo and Lucas, but about all the people that formed his strange family. As before, Bad Dog was a huge favorite for me during the whole of this story.  I was glad to get more info on Lucas and came to feel the connection between all four of them (including the robot SIRS) as a family that worked. Cavalo thinks of himself as a monster, a bad guy, and yet in this we see him risk everything to help others, including those outside of his little family. While I didn’t feel invested in them as a couple in book one, by the end of this book, I most definitely did. And loved the end. Reminded me a bit of Star Trek, and I am a trekkie since a teen.

The way it was written without us really knowing if Cavalo actually heard Bad Dog and Lucas in his head, or if it was part of his mental issues, worked for me. As a movie, this would definitely be horror… maybe something like The Stand, only even more gory. There are definitely plenty of visual images to fill that screen with action, special effects, and blood. I’d like to see it.

The pace in this one felt right most of the time, but I think it could have been tightened up and the story shortened and still read just as well. There was an event about midway that made me say… UGH, not again. However, later on I came to accept it and even like that it had happened because of what else came after.  It really came to bug me how they kept speaking of killing Lucas, not just once but so many times.

BTW, when reading the first book, I didn’t actually realize where the titles originated. This time I did. It’s from the poem Ulalume by Edgar Allan Poe. I feel like I should have gotten that, but I’m not much of a poetry reader.

While not everything was bright or wrapped up, this ended much more hopefully than book one and does not have a cliffie. I’d still like more in this world though to see if they rebuild and how.

The cover is creepy as hell, and the feel of it fits the book.

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Book Details:

ebook, 340 pages
Expected publication: August 23rd 2016 by DSP Publications
Original TitleCrisped + Sere
ISBN 1634770684 (ISBN13: 9781634770682)
Edition LanguageEnglish

Series: Immemorial Year

NEW COVERS for Choosing Happy & Just Stay (More Than Friends Series #3 & #4) by Aria Grace (character interview)

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Zach’s ex, Steve, is living in Portland with many regrets. He has alienated the people he cares most about by making bad choices that continue to haunt him. When he meets a kid that’s in a bad relationship and needs some help, Steve reluctantly offers it, knowing it’s his chance to redeem himself. What he doesn’t expect is to find happiness. It’s there, all he has to do it choose to accept it.

 


When Spencer agreed to help take down the leader of a Portland crime family, he didn’t realize he’d end the night with the bloodied body of an unknowing accomplice in his arms. His initial interest in Dylan was purely physical but when Dylan stepped in front of Topher’s gun and saved Spencer, the lust quickly turned into something more. Something he wasn’t sure he’d ever find in the fast-paced dot com world he was from. 

 

Interview with Steve from Choosing Happy
Enticing Journey: 
Steve, thanks so much for taking the time to meet with us today. I know you’ve got a lot going on right now.

 

Steve: 

 

No problem. I’m happy to be here. Rachel is watching the cart so I’m good.

Enticing Journey:
Excellent. So let’s just jump to it. How are things going with you and Joey?

 

Steve: 

 

Joey is good. We’ve got to deal with a few demons in his past. But once I get a few things straightened out, I think he’ll be just fine.

Enticing Journey:
And when you say demons, what are you referring to?

 

Steve

 

He has a debt that he’s been working off, so to speak. But he um, quit that job, so I’m going to take of that debt for him.

Enticing Journey:
You’re just paying off his debt. He’s basically a stranger. Why would you do that for someone you barely know?

 

Steve: 

 

When you put it that way, it does sound a little strange. But the truth is, he’s a good kid that just needs a break. I’ve hit rock bottom a few times in my past and it wasn’t until someone held out a hand to me that I was able to get my shit together. Joey isn’t in the same situation I was but I feel like I owe it to him to give him that same chance someone once gave me. 

Enticing Journey:
And who was the someone that helped you out?

 

Steve: 

 

It doesn’t matter now. He’s gone. Motorcycle accident. The point is, I’ve screwed up a lot of lives in my past. Now I’m at the point where I can start helping people. I dunno. It just feels like what I’m supposed to be doing.

Enticing Journey:
And after his debts are paid, do you see anything more coming from your relationship.

 

Steve: 

 

I’m not gonna lie and say I haven’t dreamt about something like that but I’m no fool. Joey has a lot of living to do before he should even think of settling down. It’s a nice idea but totally unrealistic. That’s not why I’m helping him. Although, if he wanted to take my swing for a ride, I wouldn’t say no.

Enticing Journey:
The swing! Is that an important part of your sex life?

 

Steve: 
Important? No. Part of it? Yes. Most of the guys I bring home are looking for as much of an escape from reality as I am. I don’t use it often, but it’s a fun way to spend an evening. But I wouldn’t even consider it until after his current situation is resolved. That prick DeMonaco might not give him up so easily. 

 

Enticing Journey: 
Well, promise us you’ll be careful and keep in touch. Whether Joey stays in your life or not, we want to know what happens with his debt.

 

Steve: 
Will do. And thanks for sharing my story. Now, I better run. Rachel has to pick up her daughter in an hour and if she’s late, she makes me pay the $5 per minute late fee. Preschools are a total racket these days.

 

Enticing Journey: 
Okay, okay. You get out of here. Just promise not to be a stranger.

 

Steve: 

 

No worries. I’ll come back in a few months with an update.
Born and raised in beautiful California, Aria enjoys the year round sunshine and laid back environment of the west coast. Her career started out in tech writing and web development and has evolved into all things marketing with fingers in everything related to book publishing. 
She lives with her husband and two children and more pets than she can keep track of. Despite her crazy schedule, she loves the time she carves out to read and write. Whether it’s on the beach or on the couch at 2am, she is a woman obsessed!

 

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