REVIEW – NOVEMBER FOXTROT by Scarlett Jade

Jade, Scarlett - RHYTHM OF THE HEART #2 - NOVEMBER FOXTROT

Title:  NOVEMBER FOXTROT
Series: Rhythm of the Heart #2
Author:  Scarlett Jade
Publish Date:   05.09.14
Publisher:  Scarlett Jade
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Multicultural
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Scarlett Jade (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 06.24.14

Goodreads link: NOVEMBER FOXTROT

Description from the publisher:

Zoe is left all alone in Colorado when Calvin returns to Afghanistan. And now, as the weeks pass, she has a secret…a secret that could crumble the precarious foundation of their relationship. As Christmas comes one shock after another leaves everything hanging in the balance… Life, death, and hope…Will they be able to ring in the New Year in happiness, or will the holidays be ruined?

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is book two in the Rhythm of the Heart series. They do need to be read in order.

After the wedding, Zoe and Calvin moved to Colorado, before he was shipped off to Afghanistan. Feeling alone and depressed, Zoe is having trouble coping with the deployment. After receiving some news from her doctor, she decides to return to Major, AL to spend time with the only family she now has, Calvin’s grandparents and his little sister. While there she has to deal with the advances of her ex-boyfriend, the bitterness of Layla, surprises, and complications. When Calvin is able to come home for Christmas, he is bombarded by the multitude issues she is facing. Is it too much for such a new marriage?

*** Tissue alert ***

I just want to hug Zoe and tell her everything will be okay. She has a friend. She is not alone, ever. Layla needs a spanking, but most 17 year olds do. Grandma and Pops are both so supportive, but I love Pop’s no-nonsense manner and advice. Calvin – sigh! – He is so strong and sure of himself without being an asshat (most of the time).

Since this is loosely based on Scarlett’s life with Llerxt, I am even more in love with them as a couple and will be doubling up on the virtual hugs I send to them.

This book is a personal journey in those first few months of marriage, interrupted by all that life can throw at a couple. It is a story of hope, trust, and friendships that make a difference. It is also a story of faithfulness and learning to depend upon each other.

A personal note to Scarlett: Scar – I cried when I read about Zoe’s pregnancy and the birth of her daughter. I was thinking of your daughter’s birth and seeing it so lovingly portrayed in this book – knowing what I know. I need to say you are a brave, wonderful momma and I know Sophie is proud of you! Many, many hugs.

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

Rhythm of the Heart series:

  1. September Tango
  2. November Foxtrot
  3. February Waltz (not yet released)

Other Books from this Author:

  • Beautiful Downfall
  • Cherry Tart
  • Breathing in Snowflakes (not yet released)

Mistletoe Series:

  1. Two Tickets to Paradise
  2. The Paradise Bride (not yet released)

Just a Little Taste Trilogy:

  1. Love at First Bite
  2. One Bitten, Twice Shy
  3. Third Times a Charm

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REVIEW – RED AND THE WOLF by Anya Kelly

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Title:  RED AND THE WOLF
Series: Erotic Fairy Tales #1
Author:  Anya Kelly
Publish Date:   05.12.14
Publisher:  Anya Kelly
Category /Genre:  Erotic Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Date completed: 08.05.14

Goodreads link: RED AND THE WOLF

Description from the publisher:

Karina has just graduated from college and is going home to visit her grandmother. Instead she finds Rolf, a werewolf who says she is his mate. He’s there to complete their mating in the most pleasurable ways possible.
Will she be able to handle everything her wolf mate needs? Or will they be unable to complete the mating in time?
Warning: This book contains very HOT, erotic scenes between a werewolf and his mate. It is only recommended for mature audiences who can stand the heat!

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MY REVIEW

4 CROWN

This is the first book in the Erotic Fairy Tales series. Each is based on a separate fairy tale and can be read along.

Imagine that Little Red Riding Hood is a recent college graduate and returning home after four years away. She lives with her grandmother, but Grandma has been keeping a big secret so that Katrina could have as normal a life as possible for as long as possible. When the urges of the mating begin to affect both Katrina and Rolf, there is no longer time to wait. There is no time for explanations. The time is now. Can she adjust to her new reality quickly enough to claim her HEA?

I love fairy-tale re-tellings. To me they are some of the most intelligent type of story-telling, because you have to pull the reader away from what they already know about happened in the story and explain why it happened. I know that in this one, I was able to accept that the children’s story was “sanitized,” and this must be what really happened.

I would love to read the rest of the books in this series.

Grammar/editing: C – average writing, probably self-edited

The Erotic Fairy Tales series:

  1. Red and the Wolf
  2. Goldi and the Three Bars
  3. Jake and the Giant and the Beanstalk
  4. Beauty and the Wolf

Energy Mating Series:

  1. Alien Examination
  2. Octo’s Examination
  3. Double Examination
  4. Wolf Treatment
  5. Devil Treatment
  6. Twin Treatment

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REVIEW – FABRIC OF NIGHT by Jade C. Jamison

Jamison, Jade C. - FABRIC OF NIGHT

Title:  FABRIC OF NIGHT
Series: not applicable
Author:  Jade C. Jamison
Publish Date:   06.24.11
Publisher:  Jade C. Jamison
Category /Genre:  NA Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Jade C. Jamison in exchange for an honest review
Date completed: 08.10.14

Goodreads link: FABRIC OF NIGHT

Description from the publisher:

Her past will haunt her until she can remember it.

Teri Conover emerges from a river late at night with amnesia. She doesn’t know how she got there, and she can’t even remember her name or her past. She’s taken in by an elderly couple and feels drawn to a good-looking stranger named Bryan, but when she returns to her old life, she finds she is already engaged to another man. Teri must choose between the two men and race against time to discover what caused her amnesia. Most important, though, she must grapple with a past that she’d just as soon forget.

Warning: Not for the faint of heart! This book contains explicit sex and naughty language. Proceed with caution…if you dare.

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is a stand-alone title (no series).

Teri’s first memory is pulling herself from the river and walking through a storm. Luckily, she is taken in by an older couple as the storm rages for several days. During that time, she also meets one of their neighbors who has also been caught out in the storm and found that the road home has been washed out. In close quarters, the four become fast friends, but always Teri’s amnesia blocks conversation as it blocks her memories. When the rains halt and there is no need to look for Noah or his boat, Alex and Charise Burger take “Violet” to the police station. There she finds out that she has family planning for her memorial service! She has to learn who she was before, what were her duties at work, and what kind of person she was. Now she has to remember how she ended up in the river before her history can repeat itself.

In reading this, I could feel Teri/Violet’s fear, concern, lust, trepidation, and appall. For a while, I was Teri/Violet and dealing with amnesia, hostile co-workers, and confusing relationships. What I really loved about Teri/Violet was her refusal to back down and her determination to make her new life a better one than what she had before.

I am in love with Jade C. Jamison’s style of writing. Even without a rock star in the story, she finds the inner rock star in her characters. She is able to write strong women who are still feminine and sweet men who are not wussified (yes, it is so a word!). I would never miss a book created by Ms. Jamison

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

 Other Books from this Author:

  • MADversary
  • Then Kiss Me
  • Stating His Case
  • Fabric of Night
  • Worst Mother
  • Old House
  • Finger Bang

Tangled Web Series:

  1. Tangled Web: A Steamy Heavy Metal Novella
  2. Everything But
  3. Seal All Exits (not yet released)

Bullet series:

  1. Bullet
  2. Rock Bottom
  3. Feverish
  4. Fully Automatic
  5. Slash & Burn (not yet released)

Nicki Sosebee Series:

  1. Got the Life
  2. Dead
  3. No Place to Hide
  4. Right Now
  5. One More Time
  6. Lost
  7. Innocent Bystander
  8. Blind
  9. Fake
  10. Lies (coming soon)
  11. (not yet titled)

Wishes series:

  1. Be Careful What You Wish For
  2. Secret Wishes (not yet released)
  3. Carnal Wishes (not yet released)

Dangerous Wishes (not yet released)

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REVIEW – SUBSTITUTE BOYFRIEND by Jade C. Jamison

Jamison, Jade C. - SUBSTITUTE BOYFRIEND

Title:  SUBSTITUTE BOYFRIEND
Series: not applicable
Author:  Jade C. Jamison
Publish Date:   08.12.14
Publisher:  Jade C. Jamison
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Jade C. Jamison in exchange for an honest review
Date completed: 06.29.14

Goodreads link: SUBSTITUTE BOYFRIEND

Description from the publisher:

You might have read this novella in the HOT SUMMER NIGHTS Anthology…but this version’s longer. Yes, size matters! This version contains bonus materials that enhance and expand the story!!

Elizabeth Slade, a college English instructor, has experienced success as a romance writer, but she has a dirty little secret: She can’t write sex scenes without a little help from Ridley, a gorgeous guy who plays her pretend boyfriend and makes a booty call whenever her imagination is flailing.

She’d like for Ridley to commit to be her permanent and real boyfriend, and she thinks that’s where they’re headed until she finds him getting way too cozy with another woman in a bar.

At that point, she enlists the help of her friend, fellow college instructor Roman Decker, who offers to temporarily take Ridley’s place while she sorts through her emotions. She grows confused when she realizes she’s also attracted to Roman. When Ridley comes back to her on bended knee, does she take the bad boy who broke her heart or try to convince her friend to make a real go of it?

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This book is not part of a series.

As always, I loved this story from Jade C. Jamison. Beth is a fantastic character. At first I thought she was pretty slutty, using Ridley for working out her sex scenes, but she thought she could use sex to gain love… and eventually figured out that it doesn’t work like that. Roman is there for her. First he is there as a friend and later as, well, more than a friend. See, that’s the right order.

Ms. Jamison once again provides balanced parts of steam, sweetness, laughter, and raw emotion. Her references to the time-sucking social media that plagues all of our current favorite authors had me giggling in recognition. The characters are all mature adults leaving the childish stuff out of their relationships, even if Ridley isn’t the sharpest shovel in the shed.

I could not put this book down until I had devoured and savored every tasty word.

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

 Other Books from this Author:

  • MADversary
  • Then Kiss Me
  • Stating His Case
  • Fabric of Night
  • Worst Mother
  • Old House
  • Finger Bang

Tangled Web Series:

  1. Tangled Web: A Steamy Heavy Metal Novella
  2. Everything But
  3. Seal All Exits (not yet released)

Bullet series:

  1. Bullet
  2. Rock Bottom
  3. Feverish
  4. Fully Automatic
  5. Slash & Burn (not yet released)

Nicki Sosebee Series:

  1. Got the Life
  2. Dead
  3. No Place to Hide
  4. Right Now
  5. One More Time
  6. Lost
  7. Innocent Bystander
  8. Blind
  9. Fake
  10. Lies (coming soon)
  11. (not yet titled)

Wishes series:

  1. Be Careful What You Wish For
  2. Secret Wishes (not yet released)
  3. Carnal Wishes (not yet released)
  4. Dangerous Wishes (not yet released)

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REVIEW – CLUB SHADOWLANDS by Cherise Sinclair

Sinclair, Cherise - MASTERS OF THE SHADOWLANDS #1 - CLUB SHADOWLANDS

Title:  CLUB SHADOWLANDS
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands #1
Author:  Cherise Sinclair
Publish Date:   01.13.09
Publisher:  Loose Id
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance, BDSM themed
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Date completed: 08.16.14

Goodreads link: CLUB SHADOWLANDS

Description from the publisher:

*reprint* BDSM Erotic romance
Her car disabled during a tropical storm, Jessica Randall discovers the isolated house where she’s sheltering is a private bondage club. At first shocked, she soon becomes aroused watching the interactions between the Doms and their subs. But she’s a professional woman–an accountant–and surely isn’t a submissive . . . is she?
Master Z hasn’t been so attracted to a woman in years. But the little sub who has wandered into his club intrigues him. She’s intelligent. Reserved. Conservative. After he discovers her interest in BDSM, he can’t resist tying her up and unleashing the passion she hides within.

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is the first book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series. They do need to be read in order.

My friend, Pat, recommended this series to me. She bought me books two (Dark Citadel) and three (Breaking Free) for me for Christmas and my birthday. She then asked me every time she saw me, “Did you start to read them yet? You’re going to love them!” I put them off over and over, because I had so many promised to read for BETA, blog tours, etc. This week, I decided to make it a priority to read what my friend has so strongly endorsed to me. She officially has my permission to kick my ass – literally!

I could not put this story down. I read it from cover to cover with only bathroom breaks in just a few hours. Unlike that popular Twilight fanfic, in this book the BDSM lifestyle is much more realistically portrayed. The intensity found in scenes is enough to get me to hold my breath, (and wish for a Dom-ly gentleman of my own). More important to me was the presentation of the education available, the negotiations, and the aftercare that must be a part of every scene. I have fallen in love with Jess and Master Z. When I finished the book, I texted Pat, and commented, “Excellent book. Can I have Mr. Cullen, please?”

I am very thankful that I have the next two books and can read them immediately, though I’ve been told that neither of them is Mr. Cullen’s book. If you haven’t started reading these yet, let me know. I’ll be the friend who pesters you to read this great series that I want to share with you!

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

Masters of the Shadowlands series:

  1. Club Shadowlands
  2. Dark Citadel
  3. Breaking Free
  4. Lean on Me
  5. Make Me, Sir
  6. To Command and Collar
  7. This Is Who I Am
  8. If Only
  9. Show Me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights

Other Books from this Author:

  • The Starlight Rite
  • The Dom’s Dungeon

Mountain Masters & Dark Haven Series:

  1. Master of the Mountain
  2. Doms of Dark Haven
  3. Master of the Abyss
  4. Doms of Dark Haven 2: Western Nights
  5. My Liege of Dark Haven
  6. Edge of the Enforcer

The Wild Hunt Legacy Series:

  1. Hour of the Lion
  2. Winter of the Wolf

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REVIEW – THE TRUTH ABOUT KADENBURG by T.E. Ridener

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Title:  THE TRUTH ABOUT KADENBURG
Series: Kadenburg Shifters #1
Author:  T.E. Ridener
Publish Date:   02.12.14
Publisher:  T.E. Ridener
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to adult language and sexual content
Received from:  Tonya Ridener (a gift)
Date completed: 08.15.14

Goodreads link: THE TRUTH ABOUT KADENBURG

Description from the publisher:

***THIS BOOK CONTAINS ADULT SITUATIONS, LANGUAGE, AND SEXUAL SITUATIONS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ONLY THOSE OVER THE AGE OF 18 READ THIS BOOK.***

26 year old Presley Goult’s life is anything but ordinary. Her mother abandoned her as a toddler after her father’s death, leaving Presley to be raised by the only family she has left-her uncle Arnold. After years of being away she returns heartbroken and devastated knowing this is the last place she wants to be. Unbeknownst to her, Kadenburg is not your ordinary town. There are secrets that have been kept from Presley for her own good. Will she find out the truth of who she is and the part she will play in the war that is about to erupt before it is too late to save everyone that she loves?

28 year old Lorcan Bamey was Presley’s best friend growing up. He has always been there for her when she needed a friend and someone to lean on. Although he has always wanted more from Presley, rules are rules and he was forbidden to express his interest in having a relationship with her. You see, his upbringing was very different from most of the boys in town; the female must make the choice. It is part of Urseth’s law; laws that Presley will soon discover when her uncle finally decides to be honest about their ancestry.

Will Presley accept the truth about Kadenburg, and herself, in time to save her people?

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is the first book in the Kadenburg Shifters series. They do need to be read in order.

Presley has returned to Kadenburg after breaking up with her long-time boyfriend Tim. Once again living with her Uncle Arnold, she is working on rebuilding her life with plans to leave the small town as soon as possible. That is, until she finds out that her family and friends have been keeping a really big secret. When the lycanthropes return to Kadenburg, battle lines are drawn. The peace-loving bears know that they will need to fight to maintain their town.

Love, love, love the story. Ms. Ridener has a penchant for a couple of phrases that were used too often (e.g. hues for eyes), but the story is different. It is a paranormal romance, but it doesn’t focus as much on the couple as it does the whole community and what the return of the werewolves mean for the bear shifters (ursithropes). The bear jokes had me in stitches. For example, the firefighter who claimed to be related to Smokey the Bear. Smokey was always a favorite of mine when I was growing up. Presley complained about becoming Winnie the Pooh!

I really want to continue reading this series. I need to know what happens next!

Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors

The Kadenburg Shifters series:

  1. The Truth about Kadenburg
  2. Return to Kadenburg
  3. The Siege of Kadenburg
  4. Kadenburg Revealed

The Descendants Series:

  1. The Fire King’s Daughter
  2. The Water King’s Bride
  3. The Ice King’s Heart (coming soon)

The Blood Betrayal Series:

  1. Blood Betrayal

Mirela and Her Vampire

  1. Blood Revelations
  2. Blood Resurrection (coming soon)

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REVIEW – NO IN BETWEEN by Lisa Renee Jones

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Title:  NO IN BETWEEN
Series: Inside Out, #4
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publish Date:   08.19.14
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Gallery Books
Category /Genre:  Erotica, Romance
Received from:  Simon & Schuster Gallery Books (in exchange for an honest review)
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Date completed: 08.12.14

Goodreads link: NO IN BETWEEN

Description from the publisher:

The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sara’s relationship and leads into Mark’s story.

“Chris and I have faced our demons and bared our souls to one another in Paris. Now that we are back home in San Francisco, I want to believe that nothing can tear us apart. Not Ava’s accusations against me to the police, or Chris’s fear that he will destroy me as he feels he did Amber. And not Mark, who was once too intimately a part of our lives, and who I can see crumbling inside out. He believes he is invincible, just as I want to believe Chris and I are invincible. We have to be invincible. We need each other too much for any other ending.”

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is the fourth novel in the Inside Out series.  They do need to be read in order.

If you have not read the previous books, do not read this review.

Still with me?  Okay….

Chris and Sara have returned from Paris and are running the gauntlet of police interviews and paparazzi in connection with the trial against Ava.  Crystal is doing her best to keep everything and everyone going in New York and San Francisco. Mark is Mark….. poor Mark!

I didn’t think it was possible, but I love both Chris and Sara even more after reading this book.  Their concern for Mark is exactly what friendship is.  They reach out not only to Mark, but to so many others that it is obvious they are in the first bloom of love.  You remember that time, when you are so happy that you just want to help make everyone around you to also be happy.  Their time of happiness is shadowed by the pretrial machinations of the court system, but nothing stops them from finding the moments that they can.

I am so thankful that Ms. Jones’ team continues to contact me and allow me to read and review this series.  I wouldn’t want to miss out on the next adventure of the friends I have made here and I am looking forward to MY CONTROL the next book in this series (#4.1).

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

Grammar/editing: ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

The Inside Out series:

  1. If I Were You (1)
  2. The Seduction (1-1)
  3. The Contract (1.2)
  4. His Submissive (1.3)
  5. My Master (1.4)
  6. Behind Closed Doors (0.5)
  7. Being Me (2)
  8. The Master Undone ( 2.5)
  9. Revealing Us (3)
  10. His Secrets (3.1)
  11. My Hunger (3.2)
  12. No In Between (4)
  13. My Control (4.1) (Sept 2014)
  14. I Belong to You (5) (Nov 2014)

Other Books from this Author: Please visit her website at: www.lisareneejones.com/ to locate a printable book list.

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