Review: Inferno Glory MC by J.A. Fredericks

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Title: Inferno Glory MC: The Complete Series
Series: Inferno Glory MC
Author: J.A. Fredericks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: April 18, 2016


Forgiveness in the MC doesn’t come easy…

They say you can never go home again, but I was out to prove them wrong. After a three year absence from the only home I have ever known, the Inferno Glory MC was not welcoming me back with open arms.

Until Colt Sawyer sweeps me off my bike, makes me feel like a woman again, and shows me pleasures I have never dreamed of.

Colt thinks he can save me, but I am not the MC darling everyone remembers me as, and no amount of scorching hot sex or whispering sweet nothings in my ear will change my hardened exterior.

Or at least that is what I thought.

He’s offering me passion, forgiveness and protection. And once secrets start being revealed, the protection he provides me may be the only reason I survive the Inferno Glory MC.


**Explicit sexual scenes. M/F, M/F/M, guns, violence, language, & death**

REVIEW by CeeCee

I enjoyed this sizzling tale, but I was somewhat deterred by grammatical errors in the beginning.  I’m not perfect, but in a book this loaded with steamy goodness, you have to know the difference between “drill” and “grill”.  For, a man can “grill” you in front of just about anyone, but will only “drill” you in front of a preferred few, if any at all.  It’s a minor nuisance that seems to drift away towards the middle of the book, however.

The sex scenes are wild and my kind of raunchy, while the characters fall into place with ease.  I didn’t love the heroine, but I didn’t hate her, either.  The whole loner bit grated my nerves a little, but I just passed it off as the ignorance of youth.  The hero is written perfectly, and there’s somewhat of a mystery involved.  Club life has a Hollywood spin at times, but it’s good.

The sex is great, the story wraps up nicely, and there’s a sneak peek for the new series at the end.

I see this as more of an  erotic romance more than contemporary romance.

I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.






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J. A. Fredericks is the contemporary and paranormal steamy romance author of the the Fifty Kinds of Dead series, Inferno Glory MC series and its spinoff Jawa’s Angels MC. Just like her characters, she’s really into music, tattoos, and motorcycles. Rather than riding bitch forever on her husband’s Harley, however, she hopes to one day get her license and at least pretend to be as badass as the heroines she writes about. She lives in rural Minnesota with her husband and kids.










Colonel Gabriel de Laurent departed for the war intending to die.

After a decade of bloodstained battlegrounds while fighting in Napoleon’s army, Gabriel returns to the streets of Paris a shattered and haunted soul. Plagued by inner demons, he swallows the barrel of his flintlock pistol and pulls the trigger.

But fate has a different plan.

Ariah Larochelle is a survivor. Orphaned at twelve and victim to a devastating crime, she has learned to keep her back to walls and to trust no one. But when she finds a gravely injured soldier washed up on the River Seine, she’s moved by compassion. In spite of her reservations, she rescues him from the icy water and brings him into her home.

Now scarred inside and out, Gabriel discovers a kindred spirit in Ariah—and feelings he imagined lost forever reawaken as he observes her strength in the face of adversity. But when Ariah’s own lethal secrets unfold, their new love is threatened by ancient ghosts. Can Gabriel and Ariah find hope in the wreckage of their pasts—or will the cycle of history repeat again?

Perfect for fans of Gaelen Foley’s Lord of Ice and Judith James’s Broken WingFinding Gabriel features all the dark romance, searing passion, and historical intrigue of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.


Rachel Demeter has delivered another captivating novel!

I was immediately drawn in by the distraught hero, Gabriel, and his desperate attempt to escape his tortured life.  Enter Ariah, the heroine, and I was hooked! Both characters are introduced with a resounding sadness, which makes it hard not to pull for their happiness.  The tug of war involving emotions progresses in an interesting manner, and the bonds that form are beautiful.  

The secondary characters help make the story whole, and the writing is exquisite.  Setting is brought to life with extraordinary talent, and the sensual scenes are breathtaking.  I was heartbroken as Ariah suffered a not-so-unusual mistreatment during the era, and on pins and needles as the lovers face an expected obstacle.  

I couldn’t put this down, but I’ve come to expect greatness from this author.  She never disappoints!

An extraordinary Historical Fiction that I highly recommend! 
*PTSD, suicide/suicidal tendencies, violence, and sex make this content for Adults Only*


I live in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, my goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of eleven years. I enjoy writing dark, poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.

Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been my passion for longer than I can remember. Before learning how to read or write, I would dictate stories while my mom would jot them down for me. I hold a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, I ensure every character is given a soul.

I endeavor to defy conventions by blending elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes my stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.

My dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through my words. ♥

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TOUR STOP! SKIN DEEP by @PamSparkman

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 Title: Skin Deep

Author: Pamela Sparkman

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 20, 2015

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She hates me.

I’m in love with her.

Her life is a masquerade.

Mine is cloaked in secrets.

She thinks I can’t see her.

But she’s the only thing I can see.

he thinks we have nothing in common.

We have everything in common.

And I’m done being patient.

I’m determined.

She’s stubborn.

You think you know us.

You don’t.

The things you know about us are only Skin Deep.


 This book contains instances of self harm in the form of an eating disorder and may be a trigger to some readers.



Beth had been good at pretending to be this happy carefree girl – bubbly and energetic. Looking at her now, I saw a girl who was anything but carefree. She obviously had demons that haunted her, and I knew from experience that fighting certain demons can be almost impossible.
I listened through the door, making sure Lily had gone. “This isn’t over. Me keeping your secret from Lily is not a sign I’m letting this go. It’s a sign that I’m going to be a thorn in your side until you let me help you.”
Beth prickled at my comment and unfurled herself from the protective ball she had curled into. “I don’t need your help!”
“Yes, you do.” I took another step towards her. Beth took a step back. “And the way I see it, you don’t have much of a choice.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Do you want Lily to know what you’ve been doing?”
Beth’s eyes pooled with unshed tears. She looked hurt by my words. “Please don’t tell Lily,” she pleaded in a whisper.
“I’ll tell her everything unless you let me help you.” The look of fear and disbelief on Beth’s face made me feel like a total jackass.
Her expression changed again. She glowered at me like she wanted to set me on fire. “I hate you so much right now.”
Her words, she meant them. And hearing her tell me she hated me… it hurt, because somewhere along the way I had fallen in love with her.
“I know you do. But I’d rather you hate me for the right reasons, than like me for the wrong ones. I guess we’ll both have to figure out how to fucking live with that.”



I cried, I laughed, and I swooned!
This is not your average romance novel; it’s a thought-provoking, tear jerking, and profoundly emotional love story. Family values, love in its most rare form, and friendship are the core values Sparkman has exemplified with perfection.
The narration alternates between Hayden and Beth with acute precision, making the complexity of the story line flow naturally. Sparkman’s writing style made me ache for our hero and heroine as the intimate details of their lives unfolded. Their story is never rushed, which made the relationship more genuine, and completely addictive. Serious issues are dealt with tastefully, and the supporting characters make this novel complete.
I fell in love with this story almost immediately, and I highly recommend it to any lover of romance!

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I grew up in Alabama and have always been an avid reader. I had a stack of those Little Golden Books and I can remember reading Three Little Kittens over and over and over again. It was my favorite.

Fast forward and the older I got the more in love with books I became. So, I’m admitting that I am a huge nerd. The only reading I don’t like are those math word problems. And I’m okay with that because no one has ever asked me in real life… “If I give you two bananas and take away six apples, how long will it take the southbound train to collide with the northbound train if Johnny left his house at midnight?” It just doesn’t happen.

So, yeah, books are my thing.

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Tour Stop & Review! MATTER OF TIME (A Heat Wave Novel) by ALANNAH LYNNE

Alannah LynneMatter of Time (Heat Wave #5)4/21/2015
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Some might think the phrase, “you complete me” is a just cheesy line from the movies, but Lizbeth Sanders knows better…  
In MATTER OF TIME, Lizbeth has spent the past fifteen years desperately searching for someone to fill the void left by Logan Steele’s disappearance from her life. However, rather than finding love and happiness, all she’s found is disappointment, heartache, and an ever-present longing for the man she can never have. Fifteen years ago, Logan Steele left the woman he loved to marry his high school sweetheart and be a father to the child he didn’t know he had. He’s always tried to do the honorable thing, to be a good husband and a great father, but despite his sacrifices and best efforts, the shaky foundation of his marriage crumbles and falls apart. When his identical twin surprises him with a reintroduction to Lizbeth, Logan feels like he’s been given a second chance—at life and love. But a lot can change in fifteen years, and after hurting her so badly the first time, building trust isn’t just hard, it’s nearly impossible—especially when duty and obligation pulls him away again.

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Being a native of S.C., this immediately piqued my curiosity!

Hidden within the erotic story of Lizbeth and Logan is a sweet sense of nostalgia, and what might have been. There is a great deal of sex, which was fine by me & wonderfully written, but everything else is secondary. The drama going on in the background was easily dismissed, and most of the story takes place over a weekend in Myrtle Beach.  The fast-paced storyline covers a lot of ground in record time, and comes together nicely in the end.  
Quick, sexy, and fun!


She couldn’t logically think through something that was ninety-nine percent emotional, but what if she took the emotion out of it? What if she reduced them to a baser, primal level, like animals circling each other in the wild? A dog in heat didn’t study the neighbor’s Doberman and wonder if he would be around the next day. The bitch rolled over, allowed him to take what he wanted, and enjoyed the hell out of it. Comparing her and Logan to dogs seemed ridiculous, but that was the only way she knew to cope with the overwhelming magnitude of the situation. Swallowing the lump in her throat, she slowly, tentatively reached out to him. With a barely-there touch, she pressed her index finger to the edge of his forehead, drew it across the unfamiliar scar at his temple, then down to the one intersecting his upper lip. He closed his eyes and moaned as a shudder shook his torso and his head fell back on his neck. Seeing him respond to her touch as strongly as ever gave her the courage to continue her exploration. Using a whisper-soft touch designed to drive him crazy, she traced the outline of his upper lip, then pulled a long, slow sweep along the bottom one. Her breath caught in her throat and she gasped in surprise as his lips parted and his teeth latched onto her finger, capturing her in the velvety heat of his mouth. His tongue wrapped around her and he sucked once… twice… a third time. The force of the suction shot through her arm, into her chest, and dropped into her sex with the heat and intensity of an atomic bomb. Good, so freaking good, just as always with him. Simple caresses and touches were more powerful and intimate than full-on sex with anyone else, and she closed her eyes and allowed the carnal energy swirling between them to carry her away. As the room spun and she grew lightheaded, like being caught in a massive vortex, a terrifying thought jumped into her brain. What if the past fifteen years hadn’t been a nightmare, but this was nothing more than a dream? If so, it was the best, most realistic dream she’d ever experienced, and she prayed she never woke up. She cracked her eyes open and watched his nostrils flare as the heat continued to build between them. She needed to be closer. To taste him. To feel him pressed against her. Scooting to the edge of her seat, she pressed her knees between his legs and smiled as his eyes flashed hotter and his chest rose and fell rapidly. His mouth was masterful, and while the suction on her finger did crazy things to her entire body, it wasn’t enough. When she tugged on her hand, drawing him closer while also indicating she wanted him to let her go, he released her finger with a loud pop. The sound was like a starting gun, and in the next instant, his lips crashed down on hers, hot, hard, and demanding. Logan had always been sexually dominant, but this… this was unlike anything she remembered. One hand slid through the hair at her temple, then wrapped around the back of her head and held her in place while he angled his head and deepened the kiss. His tongue thrust in and out of her mouth, harsh and nearly punishing, and when he nipped on her bottom lip, both of them groaned with the pleasurable familiarity. The past fifteen years melted away, and she was a twenty-year-old girl again, standing in his bedroom, getting ready to crawl into his bed for the first time. They’d kept their relationship platonic for a year, respecting the boundary constraining them because of his off-and-on relationship with Bobbi Jo. But the night he came back to school and told Lizbeth he and Bobbi Jo had broken things off for good, it took less than thirty minutes to ditch their friends at the restaurant and make their way back to his condo. His hands tangled in her hair and held her head in place as he ravished her mouth. She clawed at his shirt, trying to get to the hard muscle and soft skin beneath. She couldn’t get close enough, fast enough, and desperation had her whimpering into his mouth. When he drew back to grab a breath, she latched onto him to keep him close. “More. I need more.”

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Alannah believes there’s nothing more magical than finding the other half of your soul, experiencing fiery passion, and knowing you’ve found happily-ever-after. She loves going to work each day (in sweats and a T-shirt) and writing about hot heroes and feisty heroines who torment each other in the most delicious ways before finding their happy ending. She lives in the coastal region of North Carolina with her husband, who also happens to be her best friend and biggest fan. They have two sons, a dog, and two cats.

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TAKEN BY LOVE is the first of six hot, wealthy, and wickedly naughty Braden cousins, and the newest additions to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster.

Daisy Honey fled Trusty, Colorado, after years of battling rumors sparked by her gorgeous looks and lust-inducing name. Now a physician on the brink of a promising career, she reluctantly returns home when her father is injured in a farming accident. Daisy expects the small-town girls who hurt her in the past to take cheap shots again—but she’s completely unprepared for a run-in with tall, dark, and wickedly sexy Luke Braden, the only man who has ever stood up for her—and the man she’s never forgotten.

Luke Braden is handsome, wealthy, and the best damn gypsy horse breeder in the Midwest. After a restless youth, he’s finally ready to settle down—only connecting with women is nothing like connecting with horses, and he’s never met a woman worth the energy. After an arrest in a neighboring town, Luke’s past comes back to haunt him, and he realizes that his inability to find love runs deeper than he ever imagined.

A chance encounter sweeps Luke and Daisy into a world of passion. For the first time ever, Luke feels a connection, but Daisy’s life in Trusty is anything but permanent, and Luke can’t manage a future until he puts his past to rest.

Review by Victoria

Taken by Love is the fifteenth book in the Love in Bloom series and the seventh book in The Braden’s series.   While this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel with ease.

 Daisy Honey left Trusty Colorado to go to college and never planned on returning other than seeing her parents. However, her father got hurt so Daisy returned for what she hoped was temporary to help take care of her father’s farm. Daisy is a gorgeous woman and was gorgeous as a child as well. She fielded rumors left and right, and the local girls always taking cheap shots at her. Daisy has no true reason to stay well that is until she meets Luke Branden.

 Luke Branden is a hot and sexy man. Luke is a local horse breeder and one of the best.  He is the youngest out of all his brothers as well. While Luke wants to settle down he has not found anyone worth his time, well that is until Daisy walked into his life. Daisy has Luke looking back at his childhood and wanting answers to question that have always plagued him. Therefore, Luke goes looking for the answers he seeks.

The chemistry between Luke and Daisy is blistering. It was apparent from the first sight that they had a connection. I enjoyed seeing how both Luke and Daisy tried to fight the attraction and failed. I enjoyed seeing that Luke was not going to force Daisy to stay but let her make the decision that is best for her.

I found this book well written. The main and secondary characters are interesting and engaging.   I loved seeing past characters of the other books make an appearance. Overall, this was a wonderful book. Each book I read by Ms. Foster gets better and better. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.


Review by CeeCee


Foster has the uncanny ability to continuously deliver stories that enchant, entertain, and enthuse!

Daisy and Luke are lovable, as well as relatable. She’s hell bent on the big city, while his roots are firmly planted in Trusty. As these wonderful characters branch out from their comfort zones and get to know each other again, a beautiful story unfolds.

You just can’t go wrong with these novels! They’re easy to read in one sitting, the romance is perfectly timed, and there’s always an update on past characters. If you’re looking for a feel good story with a little drama, and some very sexy men, this is definitely your book! Can’t wait for the next!

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“Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal”– Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge

“What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about… desperately. This  is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked.”  International bestseller, M.J. Rose 

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 


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Blurb Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.

For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to prove to herself, her sisters, and society that her family isn’t a threat to their traditions. She willingly chooses to be purchased by a new master. A bold step that takes her somewhere she never thought she would go and to a man she might possibly fall in love with. With his help, she may just find a way to save her sisters while discovering how to stand up for herself. If she lives long enough.



Another great read by Jeneal Falor!

Growing up in Chardonia has taught Cynthia to guard her heart, as well as her ability to cast spells. Although she wants to keep her family safe, she’s tired of servitude and oppression. The men from her country are relentlessly abusive towards women, and refuse to accept a changing world. This spirited young woman earns her title as the heroine in this novel! From releasing herself of a tyrannical husband, to battling in the tournament, she fought every step of the way for her freedom. She had a little help, of course.

Lucas is a foreigner in Cynthia’s land, but he may as well be from another world. Although she’s used to Zane’s behavior towards her sister, Serena, she never thought that finding another like him was possible. I love this sweet character, as he welcomes Cynthia’s zest for life and her curiosity. His determination to stand beside her, though it put him in grave danger, was a wonderful story in itself! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for these two!

I must say that I’m enchanted by this horrific, yet amazing world that Falor has created. The characters are strong, the story line is outstanding, and the romance is delivered through intricate details that melted my heart. This novel is mostly about Cynthia becoming a respected Warlock, which is a wonderfully creative way to express women’s suffrage. Bravo!



BlurbCIA Agent Aaron “Angel” Collins doesn’t take many things on faith. He trusts his gut, his eyes, and his husband, Jordan, an Army Captain. When his commanding officers deliver news of Jordan’s death, Aaron needs proof. The facts don’t add up, and Aaron must decide if he can trust Major General Troy Hart to assist in his quest to discover the truth.
Captain Jordan Collins is battered and disheartened in an Afghanistan prison, but definitely not dead, though he learns his own government believes he is. His only mission now is to stay alive and make it home to Angel, if he can find an ally among the enemy. But someone in the US government will stop at nothing to make sure he never leaves that prison, And Jordan must reevaluate the lines between friend and foe if he is ever to return to his Angel.


Aaron Collins is a CIA agent who has worked in the government long enough that he does not take much on faith. Aaron has a nickname that only the love of his life calls him, Angel.  Therefore, when the Army comes to him reporting the death of his husband Jordan, Aaron wants proof, like a body.  Therefore, the CIA agent does what he does best and looks in it to find an answer.

Jordan Collins is captain in the Army.  He has one last mission then he is out of the Army and looking to spend more time with his husband, Angel.  What happens is he get taken prisoner and with his county not looking for him because they all think he is dead makes Jordan realize that he has to save himself if he wants to go home to Angel.

Angel’s Truth is the first book in the Angel series by Liz Borino.  I found this book well written.  The main and secondary characters were interesting and engaging.  My only issue with this book is it was not long enough and not as flushed out as I would have liked.  However, I enjoyed reading this story and I wanted to know what happens next.  I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. 


A wonderful love story involving a true test of faith that will melt your heart!

I loved the determination and strength Aaron exhibited, as everyone around him lost hope.  What seems to be an act of lunacy to others is simply an act of true love.  Of course, Jordan’s struggles amplified my compassion for such an amazingly loyal and courageous couple.   Jordan’s need to get back to his husband alive was inspiring.  The willpower to survive his horrible circumstances was matched by the bravery of a young woman risking her life to save him.   Unfortunately, with powerful enemies running the show from both sides, the outcome for all involved may not be a happy one.







Please note: This is the sequel to Angel’s Hero and these books must be read in order. 

“Freeze or I’ll shoot!” Aaron yelled and aimed the gun at Jordan’s chest.
“Angel, no, please.” Hacking fluid-filled coughs broke up Jordan’s words.
“Jordan?” Aaron whispered his name as recognition painted a mural of memories of their life together on his face.
“Yes.” He coughed red into his dirty hand. “Please help.”

So begins Angel’s Truth, the sequel to Angel’s Hero. Army Captain Jordan Collins arrives home, only to find the man responsible for his imprisonment, torture, and near-execution with his husband. Had his Angel moved on without him?

Aaron “Angel” Collins has driven his family and friends away in his quest to learn the truth of Jordan’s fate, leaving only Major General Troy Hart willing to help him. When Jordan miraculously returns, with a spirit more broken than his body, Aaron realizes Hart was really a liar with an agenda of his own. Aaron is unable to take time to heal his own emotional wounds, because he and Jordan learn Hart’s betrayal is even greater than they originally believed, threatening the entire nation. Now the reunited couple must race against time to keep a promise to Jordan’s savior and prevent Hart from bringing terrorism once again to American soil.


Aaron “Angel” Collins has driven his family and friends away because he has not accepted the death of his husband.  The only person that has stuck by him is Major General Troy Hart.  Troy is attracted to Aaron and seems to use everything he can to get Aaron to fall for him.  

Aaron is surprised by the re-appearance of Jordan.  He is also taken back by how broken inside and out Jordan is especially with the Court Marshall upcoming as to how he arrived home.  Aaron figures out who is to blame and set off to protect not just himself but Jordan as well. 

Angel’s Truth is the second book in the Angel series by Liz Borino.  This book is part of a series and is best read in order to best understand the plot and characters.  I found this book well written.  The main and secondary characters were interesting and realistic.  Overall, I loved this story.  I wonder if there will be another story about these characters in the future.  I hope so. 


This quick read was a satisfying end to an intriguing military thriller. 

Although he’s home, Jordan’s nightmares are still haunting him.  As the PTSD and physical recovery takes its toll on him and Aaron, their betrayer continues his treacherous ways. They race against time, while looking over their shoulder, to stop a killer before he strikes again.

Once again, this couple displays an amazing amount of love and support for one another.  I learned a few things during the erotic scenes that I was completely unaware of, and Aaron’s “sassy” side came out a little more in this installment.  The story line wraps up both novels in a tragic, but wonderful manner.




Unleash the wild woman…?

 Ex-cop Ryan O’Hare takes one look at buttoned-up control freak Liz Garner and just itches to loosen the woman up. Not that he’s into her. Because a woman like that comes with way too many expectations. Not to mention, she practically works for him, and he didn’t hire Liz to watch after his beloved Harley-stealing Gran so he could turn Liz loose in his bed. Still, there’s something about her, a hidden wild side, that makes him wonder what it would take.

 Liz must be crazy to work for the insensitive, arrogant, horribly…hot man she’s avoided for years. Unfortunately, she needs the money and Ryan’s grandmother needs a keeper. (Midnight tango lessons and ziplines with Gran, anyone?) Ryan’s rare smile and swaggering confidence have Liz torn between throwing her favorite pinot grigio at his head or throwing herself at him. Can this control freak find a way to let loose with the tough, no-strings guy who once broke her heart?



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The Opposite of Wild is the first book in the Clover Park series by Kylie Gilmore.  Liz is the younger sister to Daisy who she is always bailing out of situations her sister finds herself in.  Liz thinks and acts much more responsible than Daisy.  Liz is ready for children but without a man in her life, she is at a loss until her sister turns up pregnant. 

Liz starts planning for a way to help Daisy.  Liz’s second job turns out watching Maggie O’Hare.  Maggie is a seventy two year old grandmother of three who after a near death experience is hell bent on living life to its fullest.  Maggie is an amusing and fabulous character. 

Ryan O’Hare is Maggie’s grandson and an ex-cop who is a hot and sexy man.  Ryan takes one look at Liz and itches to loosen her up.  His biggest issue is that Liz is the woman a man marries.  And he is not looking for that or is he?  As Ryan and Maggie take Liz out of her comfort zone, he is drawn to her. 

The chemistry between Ryan and Liz is blazing.  There biggest issue is that they have history that Ryan and Liz both remember completely different.  The sex scenes were hot.  I loved that they did not get too descriptive. 

I found this book to be well written.  The main and secondary characters were interesting and realistic.  Ms. Gilmore’s writing style draws the reader in and does not let go until the very end of the story and leaves you wanting more.  Overall, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.  This book was marvelous. 


After this start, I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!


This series starts off with an introduction to the Garner’s and the O’Hare’s, in the sleepy little town of Clover Park, Connecticut.


Liz Garner has a lot on her plate, but she thrives under pressure.  From taking care of her inconsiderate sister, to Ryan’s saucy grandmother, she tends to forget about her own needs.  She’s a little on the O.C.D side, but she’s also a nurturer with a heart of gold.  A teacher in a small town, she never steps outside of her comfort zone, and always plans ahead.  Her lack of spontaneity soon becomes a thing of the past as Maggie, or Ryan’s Gran, starts to rub off on her. 


Although Ryan O’Hare’s worried about his grandmother, he soon becomes haunted by intimate visions of the uptight woman he hired to watch after her.  Liz, once a sweet and chubby little girl, has blossomed into a beautiful woman that’s very guarded and tense.  The thrill of the chase soon becomes too much for him to handle, as he finds himself scolding Gran’s caretaker more than Gran.


There’s a lot going on in this novel, but nothing is in excess and simply adds to the story.  The setting is a quaint little town that reminds me of home, and some of the characters resemble people I know personally.  The challenges faced by the hero and heroine were very realistic, as were their personalities.  I came from the days when Tab was king and Jane Fonda was the Goddess of Fitness, so I was completely amazed by some of the advances dieters have made since then.  The ending was fabulous, and I’m excited for the next edition.  Great read!






Kylie Gilmore was lucky enough to discover romance novels at a young age as they were strewn all over the house (thanks, Mom!). She writes quirky, tender romance with a solid dose of humor. Her first book in the Clover Park series, The Opposite of Wild, will launch in January 2014 featuring the oldest of three brothers and his lady love. The next two books in the series give each brother his dream girl (eventually).

Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.



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Ryan just stood there, his sharp eyes studying her. “You’re a puzzle, Liz.”

“I am?”

He reached out and smoothed a lock of hair behind her ear, and her heart caught in her throat at the gentle gesture. “You seem so…uptight,” he said. She stiffened and took a step back. “But I know you were checking me out when I was mowing.”

She flushed, but rallied quickly. “I was only bringing you water.” She crossed her arms and said primly, “You surprised me when you dumped the water on your head. I was merely looking to see if you were going to do any other…surprising things.”

His lips twitched. “You’re like a librarian just waiting to let loose.”

“Is that supposed to be a compliment?” she bristled, hands on her hips.

“There it is.” He smiled and stepped close, crowding her space. She drew in a quick breath, but held her ground. “The puzzle—fire and ice.”

She put both hands on his solid chest and pushed him out the door. “Next time, mail the check.” She shut the door in his face, turned and leaned against it. “Urgh!”

“That’s what I’m talking about,” he said through the door.

She ripped open the door. “Go away.”

His head cocked to the side while he bit back a smile. “Is that any way to talk to your employer?”

“Gah!” She slammed the door and locked it. She heard his low laugh as he walked away.








In BIG GIRL PANTIES, Evanovich introduces readers to Holly Brennan—a 32-year old grieving widow in need of a change. Having spent too much time mired in sadness and grief-eating, Holly heads out of town to settle her husband’s estate and try to move on. Enter Logan Montgomery—a personal trainer to the country’s most famous professional athletes who also happens to be sitting next to her on the flight home.

Holly’s mortified by the way she’s squeezed into the airplane seat, but as they chat, Logan quickly realizes she has a sharp wit and keen insight—a welcome change from the sexy but superficial women he usually dates. When he impulsively offers to train her at his private gym, Holly surprises even herself and agrees.

Holly discovers she’s a natural athlete, and as her fitness level increases, so does a new found confidence. When Logan finally introduces Holly to his best friends, baseball superstar Chase Walker and his wife Amanda (a feisty curvy woman herself), they instantly see what Logan doesn’t; Holly is knockout. As their smoldering attraction starts to spark in earnest, Holly and Logan will have to decide if their love is for real…or just about looks.

BIG GIRL PANTIES is a fun, sexy, smart, and exceptionally saucy romp—a must-have book for the summer and a debut not to be missed.



Holly Brennan is a young widow.  After the death of her husband, she became more comfortable with food and gained a lot of weight.  She is drowning in feelings of being lost and alone.  Holly has a great attitude toward life and things around her.  Holly’s battle with weight was very accurate as she came to terms with food and her eating habits.  I also loved that she made mistakes along the way.  It make the battle more realistic. 

Logan Montgomery is a hot and sexy man who is a personal trainer.  In the beginning of the story, Logan comes across like a close-minded tool.  He does not even seen beyond the exterior of Holly.  I did enjoy that he offered to train her because with his help she does beginning to loss the weight.  I was on the fence with Logan as to whether I liked him or hated him right up to the end. 

The chemistry between Logan and Holly is blistering.  However, Logan has trouble seeing Holly and anything other than how he first saw her on the plane.  Logan’s friends keep pushing both Logan and Holly together and I wonder even now if that did not happen if anything would have come of the chemistry?

Ms. Evanovich did a great job writing this story.  She embraced a tough subject and the attitudes that come with it and a magnificent book is the result.  I found this book to be very realistic.  The main and secondary characters are interesting.  Overall, I hope to see these characters again in the future to see how they are in a few years. 

Review1I really enjoyed this book.  I am a plus size girl so even though I would never have contemplated a relationship with Logan, (I think he is a douche who is obsessed with numbers) I thought the book itself was fun.  Guys like Logan are so blinded by the things that are on the outside, they miss the incredible person that is on the inside.  Logan was into Holly in a sexual way but he seemed to almost resent the fact that lust was there. 

Holly was an amazing person and I give credit where credit is due.  I am hoping that we see more from these characters in Stephanie Evanovich’s future works.


This is a novel that all women should read! 


Evanovich has such an amusing, and down to earth way of depicting her characters, I fell in love with them immediately!  The mantra of “be the best you that you can be” translates beautifully throughout the entire story.  There were times that I laughed so hard, I cried!  

I was in an accident a few years back that completely debilitated me and caused me to gain around a hundred pounds, in less than a year.  I know how hard it is to get back into a healthy routine, and quite frankly, back to life after you’ve mastered the downward spiral.  This author has taken a serious situation and turned it into one of the most comical and romantic stories I’ve read in a long time.  Holly is my hero, and I adore Logan!  Their story is not unusual, but it is unique.  She’s found the courage to live life to its fullest again, and he’s found beauty beyond the surface.  Filled with scenes that will make you lose composure for a moment, I highly recommend this wonderfully written novel!  Bravo Stephanie Evanovich!








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Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

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Title: Love Water Memory

Author: Jennie Shortridge

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publication Date: January 14, 2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

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If you could do it all over again, would you still choose him?

At age thirty-nine, Lucie Walker has no choice but to start her life over when she comes to, up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay, with no idea how she got there or who she is. Her memory loss is caused by an emotional trauma she knows nothing about, and only when handsome, quiet Grady Goodall arrives at the hospital does she learn she has a home, a career, and a wedding just two months away. What went wrong? Grady seems to care for her, but Lucie is no more sure of him than she is of anything. As she collects the clues of her past self, she unlocks the mystery of what happened to her. The painful secrets she uncovers could hold the key to her future—if she trusts her heart enough to guide her.

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Lucie Walker wakes up in the San Francisco Bay and does not have any memories of anything prior to waking up.  At the hospital they cannot find a physical cause for the memory loss and determine its emotional trauma. There she meets her fiancé Grady again.  Lucie is a strong and determined woman who is determined to uncover the past that she hid from everyone around her.  The Lucie that woke up in the San Francisco Bay is a much different than she was before.

Grady Goodall goes to San Francisco to bring his fiancé home now that she has been found.  While he was warned about the fact that she has no memory prior to waking up in the bay he is still stunned by the difference.  Grady falls for the new Lucie and wonders what he saw in the old Lucie.  He is also wary that the old Lucie will return to the point that he walks on egg shells. 

This book really makes you think about how much we reveal to those around us.  Poor Grady realized as the new Lucie asked questions that he did not really know the old Lucie as much as he thought he did.  I loved that he supported her as she searched for answers.  I also loved the fact that he did not pressure her to go back to work.  In fact it did not even come up to discuss. 

When I first started reading this book I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  It was different from what I expected to find.  I had a very hard time putting this book down as I read it.  I found the story to be very well written and interesting.  The main and secondary characters were interesting and realistic.  I do hope for a sequel to see how Lucie and Grady do as more of her memories return. Overall, this was a magnificent book. 


This was an amazing novel that I simply could not put down!


I love it when an author captures my attention to the point that nothing else exists in this world, and everything around me fades.  Shortridge has taken an unusual disorder and expressed the agony with such genuineness, I felt as if I knew the characters personally. 

I loved the suspense in this novel, and suspected everyone of wrong-doing at some point, by the end.  Pieces of the puzzle are slowly put into place, making your imagination work to see the full picture, but it’s worth the time invested.  The characters are well written, well developed, and unique.  I know there are similar stories out there, but the author has found a rare combination that makes this book stand out.

The romance is on a deeper level than physical contact.  My heart ached for Julie and Grady as each fought their inner demons and faced the reality of what stood before them.  The suffering, confusion, anger, and change in personalities are depicted as if they’re from actual events.  Each time the narration changed throughout the book, it was done so flawlessly, never disrupting the flow.  The ending was beautiful, but leaves room for you to come up with your own ideas. 

I loved it!

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Jennie Shortridge has published five novels: Love Water Memory,When She Flew, Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe,Eating Heaven, and Riding with the Queen. When not writing, teaching writing workshops, or volunteering with kids, Jennie stays busy as a founding member of, a collective of Northwest authors devoted both to raising funds for community literacy projects and to raising awareness of Northwest literature.

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