07. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Promise Me Light by Paige Weaver, 375 pages, read by Nikki, on 09/05/2013

At one time my life was simple. Easy. But that was before the war. Now I was no longer an average college student. I was a survivor. A woman living in a ravaged world. My future was not bright and my life was far from perfect. The war had taken so much from me… but it wasn’t finished yet. It wanted more. It wanted my heart. My soul. The one person I couldn’t live without. It wanted Ryder Delaney. My best friend. The bad boy. The one person who could fight like no other and love me like no one else. He was the father of my baby. I watched him walk away one hot summer day and I prayed he would return. I needed him like I needed air to breathe and water to drink. Without him I was lost. A light without her darkness. Until he returns, I’ll wait for him. And I believe he will return because love is powerful… And so is the light calling him home.

07. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Burn by Maya Banks, 353 pages, read by Nikki, on 09/19/2013

Ash, Jace, and Gabe: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Ash, it’s the woman who changes everything he’s ever known about dominance and desire…

When it comes to sex, Ash McIntyre has always explored his wilder side—extreme and uncompromising. He demands control. And he prefers women who want it like that. Even the women he’s shared with his best friend, Jace.

But Jace is involved with a woman he has no intention of sharing. And now even Gabe has settled into a relationship with a woman who gives him everything he needs, leaving Ash feeling restless and unfulfilled.

Then Ash meets Josie, who seems immune to his charms and his wealth. Intrigued, he begins a relentless pursuit, determined she won’t be the one who got away. He never imagined the one woman to tell him no would be the only woman who’d ever drive him to the edge of desire.

07. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley, 369 pages, read by Nikki, on 09/26/2013

For Abby Renard, the plan was supposed to be simple—join her brothers’ band on the last leg of their summer tour and decide if she’s finally ready for the limelight by becoming its fourth member. Of course, she never imagined stumbling onto the wrong tour bus at Rock Nation would accidentally land her in the bed of Jake Slater, the notorious womanizing lead singer of Runaway Train. When he mistakes her for one of his groupie’s, Abby quickly lets him know she sure as hell isn’t in his bed on purpose.

Jake Slater never imagined the angel who fell into his bed would resist his charms by promptly kneeing him in the balls. Of course, the fact she seems like a prissy choir girl makes her anything but his type. So he is more than surprised when after betting Abby she wouldn’t last a week on their tour bus, she is more than willing to prove him wrong. But as Jake’s personal life begins to implode around him, he finds an unlikely ally in Abby. He’s never met a woman he can talk to, joke with, or most importantly make music with.

As the week starts comes to a close, neither Abby nor Jake is ready to let go. Can a sweetheart Country songstress and a bad boy of Rock N Roll actually have a future together?

31. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Stealing Harper by Molly McAdams, 400 pages, read by Nikki, on 08/30/2013

Chase Grayson has never been interested in having a relationship that lasts longer than it takes for him and his date to get dressed again. But then he stumbles into a gray-eyed girl whose innocence pours off her, and everything changes. From the minute Harper opens her mouth to let him know just how much he disgusts her, he’s hooked.

But a princess deserves a Prince Charming who can make her dreams come true. Not a guy who can turn her life into a nightmare.

All good intentions go out the window when Harper starts to fall for the guy Chase has come to view as a brother. He wanted to protect her by keeping her away, but he can’t stand to see her with anyone else, and he’ll do anything to make her his. But when it comes down to Harper choosing between the two, will Chase have the strength to step back from the girl who has become his whole world if it means she’s happy?

Lines will be crossed. Friendships will be put to the test. And hearts will be shattered.

31. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen , 320 pages, read by Nikki, on 08/13/2013

The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is out. Worse, he’s facing charges for battery. The only way he stands a chance against the charges is if Callie speaks up, something he’ll never ask her to do.

Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But saving him means admitting her secrets aloud. Callie and Kayden are stronger than they think, especially when they’re together. Together they move forward, face their demons, and finally start to heal from their traumatic pasts.

31. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Falling Into Us by Jasinda Wilder , 515 pages, read by Nikki, on 08/24/2013

THE STORY YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW…

When Kyle Calloway died, he took a part of Nell with him. She wasn’t the only one left to pick up the pieces, however; Kyle’s death left a gaping hole in the hearts and lives of his parents and his older brother Colton, and ultimately broke the will of the girl he loved.

THE STORY YOU NEVER IMAGINED…

Becca de Rosa is Nell’s best friend. When Kyle died, Nell was so devastated that no one could reach her, not even her best friend Becca. As she tries to help Nell through her grief, Becca’s own life is thrust into turmoil, and everything she knows is changed.

Jason Dorsey asked Nell out the week after her sixteenth birthday, but that date never happened. Instead, he ended up going out with Nell’s best friend, Becca. He had no way of knowing, then, how that one date would send him on a life-long journey with Becca. He had no way of knowing the tragedies and triumphs he would experience, or that in Becca, he might find the love of a lifetime.

THE HEARTACHE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET…

31. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

The Game Changer by J. Sterling, 320 pages, read by Nikki, on 08/15/2013

Jack & Cassie’s story continues in the follow up to the Best Selling book, The Perfect Game.

Thrust into the spotlight, Cassie must learn how to navigate the waters of this sometimes unforgiving and cruel world. It’s a lifestyle that makes you question your happiness and sanity as the past is never truly far behind.

How do you stay together when the world’s trying to tear you apart?

31. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover , 336 pages, read by Nikki, on 08/06/2013

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

31. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malpas, 501 pages, read by Nikki, on 08/01/2013

The Manor, the very place where their passionate love affair began, fills with guests on what should be the happiest day of Ava and Jesse’s lives. She has accepted that she’ll never tame the fierceness in Jesse-and she doesn’t want to. Their love is profound, their connection powerful, but just when she thinks that she’s finally gotten beneath his guarded exterior, more questions arise, leading Ava to believe that Jesse Ward may not be the man she thinks he is. He knows too well how to take her to a place beyond ecstasy . . . but will he also drive her to the brink of despair? It’s time for this man to confess.

31. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Relentless by Cassie Leo, 232 pages, read by Nikki, on 05/28/2013

RelentlessClaire Nixon is a twenty-year-old college dropout with a secret.

To Claire, Adam Parker is just another flirty customer at the cafe, until a chance encounter and seemingly innocent comment spurs a bet between them. The bet is simple: If Adam can get Claire to reveal the secret that made her drop out of college, she has to re-enroll. If he doesn’t succeed, she gets to keep her secret and he has to stop stalking her at the cafe.

Claire thinks she has this one in the bag. She’s perfected the art of forgetting her past. But she isn’t prepared for Adam’s relentless pursuit or for him to share his own secrets. And she’s definitely not prepared for her rock star ex, and her secret, to come banging down her door one year later.

31. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Skin Deep by J.M. Stone, 286 pages, read by Nikki, on 05/22/2013

Skin DeepEmma has been drug into a tattoo shop by her best friend. She doesn’t really want to get a tattoo but once she sees Lucas, she loses all train of thought and decides to go with it. Lucas is co-owner of the tattoo shop and is gorgeous, tattooed and charismatic. He also gets what he wants, and what he wants is Emma. Though Emma can’t decide if she wants to take the chance on Lucas and get treated like she did in her last relationship. What Emma and Lucas both don’t know yet, is that there’s somebody else that wants Emma, and he’ll stop at nothing to get her.

I loved this book! Though nothing really happened until the end of the book, it was worth waiting for. Emma the main character was out right hilarious, and Lucas was the typically bad guy appearance, sweetheart underneath male character, that what any woman wouldn’t love?

20. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Playing Patience by Tabatha Vargo, 425 pages, read by Nikki, on 05/13/2013

51He+kmsowL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Zeke lives in a trailer on the crappy side of town. He plays guitar in a band, drinks, does drugs, parties and is constantly fighting. Patience goes to private school, plays soccer and is the Governors daughter. Though it seems the these two have nothing in common, they do. They both hide a secret from everyone they know. A dark secret that has both of them broken inside. So when Zeke and Patience meet for the first time, they can see right through eacother. They both know the other is hiding something serious. Eventually their one chance meeting turns into several and they begin a relationship and both find out the horror of their secrets that they’re living with.

Wow! This was a really difficult book to read. In the summary of the book you have no idea what exactly you’re getting yourself in to. In the second chapter I was completely shocked and wasn’t sure if I could even continue reading the book. It was an extremely emotional read, and really makes you think about what is going on in people’s lives, or makes you realize that these things really do happen. It was a very sad story, but one with a happy ending. One of my favorite books so far.

20. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Knight and Stay by Kitty French, 210 pages, read by Nikki, on 05/09/2013

51d5m0zwzNL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-52,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Sophie Black’s husband has just found out she’s been cheating on him with her new boss Lucien Knight. What he doesn’t know is that Sophie knows that her husband has been cheating on her for the past year and a half. So now Sophie has decided to cut ties with both men and try to get her life figured out. Eventually though she finds herself returning as Luciens PA, while trying to keep her personal life separate from him. But once Sophies husband returns to their house, she has to decide to stay with her husband, or try to make a relationship work with Lucien, who never wanted to settle down with one woman.

Well I couldn’t be happier that this series is over. This book was slightly better than the first, because it had more of a story to it. Though, it was the typical, bad boy who refuses to settle down, then meets the good girl who convinces him that he’s lovable. Just wish there was more drama, or action to it.

20. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Knight and Play by Kitty French, 211 pages, read by Nikki, on 05/08/2013

51R3qOSeHjL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-52,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Sophie Black is a married woman who is bored with her home and work life. Sophies husband is always gone for business and although she suspects him of cheating she chooses to ignore her instinct and trust her husband. So she decides to do something out of character for herself, she applies for a PA position with Knight Inc. Knight Inc. is owned and operated by Lucien Knight. A native to Norway, who has moved to London and built a wealthy company that builds adult clubs and sells adult “toys”. Once Sophie has the job, Lucien takes it upon himself to help Sophie not only come out of her shell, but also to use him as a way to get back at her cheating husband. Though neither one of them expects to fall for eachother, and when Sophie’s husband finds out, it all falls apart.

For one, I wanted to read this book because the authors name is Kitty French, and that’s pretty amazing if you ask me. I figure, if you’ve got a name that amazing, surely your book is going to be just as great. Not so in this case. The book seemed mediocre and didn’t have much of a story line at all. The whole porn industry thing, totally threw me off the book too. Just wasn’t my scene I suppose. Not to mention this book leaves you in a crappy cliffhanger, where you have no choice but to buy the next book!

29. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Promise Me Darkness by Paige Weaver, 350 pages, read by Nikki, on 04/29/2013

Promise Me DarknessMaddie is the typical good girl next door. She goes to college, lives with her best friend, dates only gentlemen and is still a virgin at 21. The only not perfect thing in her life, is Ryder. Her best friend since she was 6. Ryder grew up next door and they’ve always been close. They knew everything about eacother, shared ever secret and were always there for eachother. The only thing Ryder didn’t know, was how madly in love Maddie was with him. Maddie would never admit to Ryder she was in love with him. After all the years he spent insisting he would never fall in love, there was no way she would tell him. But after much talk of an impending war, and attacks on the US, war finally breaks out. Now Maddie and Ryder can only think of surviving and making it back home.

Oh God! I loved this book! I feel like I haven’t read a good book for so long! It’s like breathing in a clean cold breath of fresh air. The plot was completely different from what I’m used to. It’s still a smut book, but with more of a story to it. Of course it’s another cliffhanger, but I’m almost ok with it, since the book was so good. I cannot wait for the second book to come out!

29. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

The Ivy Lessons by SK Quinn, 342 pages, read by Nikki, on 04/25/2013

Ivy LessonsSophia wins a post grad scholarship to Ivy College in London. It’s one of the most difficult colleges to get in to. It’s owned by Marc Blackwell, a very famous actor. He’s arrogant, rude, cold and very strict. He’s also very handsome and young. Sophia is immediately attracted to him. Marc is intrigued by Sophia, and has decided to leave the college to keep himself a safe distance from Sophia. He soon returns and takes Sophia regardless of the college rules and backlash of the public for their relationship.

Ugh, I’m so glad this book was short. I read it because it suggested that if you enjoyed the Fifty Shades books and the Crossfire Series, then “you would just love this book!” Terrible! This book was almost impossible to finish. I actually started re-reading a book I enjoyed in between this book just to make it through. Sophia was a pushover and rarely ever stood up for herself, Marc was an arrogant prick, and there was no real story with the two of them. It was boring and I’m glad it’s over. There is another book after this one, the I refuse to waste my money on.

29. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Real by Katy Evans, 266 pages, read by Nikki, on 04/20/2013

RealBrooke was an Olympic competitor and had everything going for her. Until that fateful day she injured her leg in her Olympic competitions. Since then she has given up competitive running and decided on a career rehabilitating injured athletes. She ends up meeting Remington Tate, a bad boy underground fighter. She is quickly overwhelmed with desire upon first seeing him. He approaches Brooke with a kiss and gets her number. A week later, Remington has requested to meet with her and propositions her to go on tour with him as his employee. Quickly the fall for eachother, but not without some much added drama.

Let me first say that I read this book because of a review. I’ll quote the review “I am officially claiming Remington Tate as my book husband. I want to have little book babies with him.” Yes, after reading this review I knew I had to read it. While the plot was good, the main character Remington, was almost too scary for my liking. He had serious mental health issues, and it was just to bizarre to me that when he became manic for days, he wouldn’t remember what he did in that manic state. I don’t know, I mean even if the dude is incredibly good looking, I just don’t know if I could look past the mental issues. Seemed a little extreme to me. What I loved was the way they used songs to express what they were feeling for eachother. I though that was sweet and romantic, and I loved to find new songs.

29. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Damaged by H.M. Ward, 340 pages, read by Nikki, on 04/17/2013

DamagedSidney has left her life behind for a new life at college in Texas. Nobody knows the horror she lived with, with her ex-boyfriend back home. Her friend is constantly trying to get her to open up and live a little by setting her up on blind dates. On the latest blind date, Sidney decides to try to force herself to have fun and finally let go of her past. But she ends up meeting a man she instantly falls for. Peter who has taken a job at the university is also running away from his past. What neither of them realize is that Peter is soon to be Sidney’s new professor.

This book was mediocre. I felt like I already read this same book twice already. Though some of the scenes in this book were laugh out loud hilarious. The squirrel scene, I could hardly contain my laughter. Which was enjoyable to read. So many of the same books I read are too serious, so it was fun to have a character that was accident prone and constantly embarrassing herself. Of course like many of the other books I read, this one was a cliffhanger, with the second book not out yet. Rather frustrating, but I do this to myself. I liked this book, but what I hated was the fact that Sidney never tried to do more about her abusive ex-boyfriend. Once she got the brush off from her family about him she never considered going to the police. I feel like that’s a bad influence for other women or young adults to read. Of course it’s just a fiction book and for enjoyment, but it worries me that women would find that acceptable.

16. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Fever by Maya Banks, 416 pages, read by Nikki, on 04/16/2013

Fever-and-Burn-by-Maya-Banks450x338border-2Jace, Ash and Gabe are three of the most wealthiest men. Whatever they want they get. They have been best friends since they were 18 and have created a very successful business together. Jace and Ash share everything, even women. They prefer to have threesomes, them two and one woman. They do everything together. Until Jace and Ash proposition Bethany, a server at Gabe and Mia’s engagement party. Jace is instantly attracted to Bethany and is overcome with jealousy when Ash is touching her. Jace realizes after their threesome that Bethany is different. He doesn’t want anyone else to have Bethany ever. He is determined to make Bethany his, even if it negatively affects his and Ash’s close friendship.

This book was a little disappointing for me. I really liked Rush which is the first book in this trilogy. I hated how Jace felt like he owned Bethany. That he dictated what she wore, where she went, who she talked to. And even more I hated that Bethany wanted and “needed” that. I mean what kind of relationship are you in where your man tells you what to do constantly. As if you’re a toddler and he’s your father. It was disgusting. But that’s just at the beginning of their relationship and things do eventually change…thank God! Now I will impatiently wait for the third book in this series “Rush” and pray that Ash’s story is better than Jace’s.

16. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Rush by Maya Banks, 416 pages, read by Nikki, on 04/12/2013

51l-iMx3taL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-46,22_AA300_SH20_OU15_Mia Crestwell lost her parents at the young age of 6. Her older brother by 14 years, raised her with his two best friends Gabe and Ash. Mia has always had a crush on Gabe since she can remember. She never thought she’d actually have the chance to be with Gabe, being that he always kept his distance from her and treated her like his own little sister. But one night she decides to surprise her brother Jace by showing up to his, Gabe and Ash’s new hotel grand opening, only to find Jace isn’t there. But Gabe is. Gabe pulls Mia aside, kisses her and then puts her in a car to take her home with instructions to be in his office the next morning. Gabe propositions Mia with a contract to be his submissive lover while keeping it a secret from Jace. Mia cannot believe what he’s offering. There is no way she can say no to Gabe, but what she’s afraid of is falling head over heels for Gabe and not surviving when he walks away at the end.

Wow! When you think you’ve read it all. I mean I’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey series, two of the Crossfire series, and countless very erotic, very mature romance books. But these so far top the cake for serious kinkyness (yes I just made that word up). Some of the scenes were even a little to much for me to handle and that’s saying a lot. While this book had a good story line, I can’t really see anything past the sex scenes. Some were really hot and some were so…I don’t even know what word to use here, they were just not my style. A little too much really. Nonetheless, it was a good read and I was more than happy to hear that there are 2 more books after this one.