Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin #Review

Title: Dearest Clementine
Author: Lex Martin

Genre: New Adult Romance
Serires: Dearest #1
Format: eBook, 370 pages

Publisher: Lex Martin
Publication Date: May 25th 2014

Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good. 

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course. 

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

Review

Clementine is used to being called bitchy and even encourages it to protect herself. She has been through a lot with her high school boyfriend cheating with her best friend and being stalked by one of her professors her freshman year of college. On top of all that, her parents are billionaires and don’t support her because she refused to be her mother’s puppet. 

Clem accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs help finding inspiration for her story. Gavin is an RA who also happens to play guitar for Clem’s friend’s band. He doesn’t buy into Clem’s bitchiness and convinces her to hang out with him “as friends”. While studying, Gavin offers to be Clem’s book boyfriend and helps her find the inspiration she has been looking for. Will Clem be able to open herself up?

I love Lex Martin’s style of writing. It makes the story more real since she writes like she talks. The characters are extremely relatable and I definitely want to introduce my friends to the game “Out Skank” that Clem and her friends play. 

There is a little bit of suspense in this novel with the professor that stalked Clem being back on campus and a girl that went missing over the summer that Gavin is writing articles about for the school newspaper. I don’t read much romantic suspense but I loved that aspect of this novel. 

If you read Dearest Clementine be prepared to love it so much that you will want to read the other two books in the Dearest series immediately after. 

Rating: 5 stars 

Weekly Book Recap #32

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme now hosted by Book Date.

I’m hosting two reading challenges for 2016! Be sure to check out the sign ups below and join in if they interest you!


What I Posted: 
Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin
Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin
Kissing Madeline by Lex Martin

Currently Reading:

Wife Me Bad Boy by Chance Carter
Up Next: 
Stealing the Bachelor by Sonya Weiss

Seduction and Surrender by C.C. Gibbs #Review

Title: Seduction and Surrender
Author: C.C. Gibbs

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Reckless #2
Format: eBook, 432 pages

Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: December 1st 2015

**I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

From the peaks of erotic ecstacy—to the point of no return . . .

Power. Passion. Pleasure beyond imagining. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini offers all this—and more—to the beautiful Nicole Parrish, a young American traveler with a taste for adventure that matches his own. From the private yachts of Monte Carlo to the palatial estates of Geneva to the glittering penthouses of Bangkok, Rafe has shown her a world of unimaginable sensual delights. Now, he is ready to take her to the next daring level. Of danger. Of desire. Of deliciously erotic self-discovery . . .

Nicole has never known a man as sexy, as strong—or as commanding—as Rafe Contini. Night after steamy night, he turns up the heat, tests her boundaries, and pushes the limits of her body and soul to the point of sweetest agony. But when this masterful lover sweeps her away to a secluded island getaway—where anything can and will happen—Nicole must decide just how far she wants to take this game. And just how much she can bend Rafe’s rules . . .

Review

I absolutely loved Power and Possession and have been anxiously awaiting the continuation of Rafe and Nicole’s story. It did not disappoint. The chemistry between Rafe and Nicole is explosive and sizzling hot. It’s easy to forget that they haven’t known each other for very long. I still don’t like how jealous/possessive Rafe is about Nicole’s past considering his past but she holds her own against him so I can overlook it. 

The sex scenes in this book are super steamy as you would expect from an erotic romance. The thing that some people might not like about Seduction and Surrender is the fact that it is written in multiple 3rd person POV. This didn’t bother me as I thought it added more to the story. There is so much going on what with Rafe and Nicole’s lives being in danger at the end of the first book leading into this one and Rafe trying to protect them and his friends and family. 

I would highly recommend this series. 

Rating: 4 stars

Say You’re Mine by Diane Alberts #Review

Say You’re Mine by Diane Alberts #ReviewSay You're Mine Published by Entangled: Brazen on December 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 181
Format: eBook
four-stars

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...
She's a challenge he can't afford to lose...
Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has only ever been able to count on three things: waking up in the morning, going to sleep sometime during the night, and Lauren Brixton. She's been his best friend since grade school, and what they have is the only relationship he's managed not to ruin.
Until one drunken night puts that all in jeopardy.
Lauren's watched Steven flit from one-night stand to one-night stand, seemingly not interested in something more. So when the long-ignored attraction between the two of them blows up in their faces, she does the only thing she can-she pretends she doesn't want him. But all's fair in love and war, and Steven's not about to lose the only person in his life who matters...

Review
I love the friends to lovers trope and this book did not disappoint. Steven has been best friends with Lauren since grade school and she’s the only one who knows the real Steven. One drunken night leads to a one night stand that threatens their friendship. 
 
Lauren has always been in love with Steven and has watched him go from one girl to the next. She doesn’t want to be just another one of those girls so she pretends that what happened between them means nothing to her. Steven refuses to lose her. Can things work between them? 
 
This was such a sweet story with some really steamy moments. I’m definitely a fan of Brazen and have yet to find a book they publish that I don’t like. I will be looking into reading some more of Ms. Alberts’ work. 
 
four-stars

Monthly Wrap-up: December 2015

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is over! 2015 was a great year for me with the birth of my daughter but it wasn’t what I expected as far as reading goes. I only completed 3 of the challenges that I signed up for but that’s okay. 2016 is a new year and I will be trying for several challenges again. 

Books Read: 

The Butterfly Code by Sue Wyshynski
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans
Persuasion by Violetta Rand
Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey
His to Take by Katee Robert
Say You’re Mine by Diane Alberts

Seduction and Surrender by C.C. Gibbs

Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin

Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin

Reviews Written: 
The Butterfly Code by Sue Wyshynski
Persuasion by Violetta Rand
A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans
Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey
His to Take by Katee Robert

Reading Challenge Updates:

You can see my main starter post here.

Where Are You Reading? Challenge
Illinois: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
England: A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans
Texas: Persuasion by Violetta Rand
New Jersey: Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey
Massachusetts: Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin
Massachusetts: Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin
22/50 states
12 other countries
8 fictional places

Young Adult Contemporary Challenge
7/16 books

Historical Romance Reading Challenge
6. A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans
6/12 books

Erotic Romance Reading Challenge

8/24 books


Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge– sign up post

21/26 books

Books in Translation Reading Challenge

3/5 books

New to You Reading Challenge
40. The Butterfly Code by Sue Wyshynski (new to me author)
41. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (new to me author)
42. Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey (new to me author)
43. His to Take by Katee Robert (new to me author)
44. Say You’re Mine by Diane Alberts (new to me author)
45. Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin (new to me author)
45/72 books

Literary Pickers Reading Challenge- sign up post
Completed 11/24/15
Back to the Classics Reading Challenge
2/6 books

Pages Read Challenge- sign up post
December: 2,859 pages
Total so far: 23,963/ 52,000 pages

Banned Books Challenge
2/15 books
What’s in a Name? Reading Challenge
A word containing ‘ing’- Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin
An animal- The Butterfly Code by Sue Wyshynski
2/6 books

You Read How Many Books? Challenge
74. The Butterfly Code by Sue Wyshynski
75. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
76. A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans
77. Persuasion by Violetta Rand
78. Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey
79. His to Take by Katee Robert
80. Say You’re Mine by Diane Alberts
81. Seduction and Surrender by C.C. Gibbs
82. Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin
83. Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin
83/200 books

Victorian Reading Challenge
2/5 books

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
Completed 11/17/15
Netgalley Challenge- sign up post
26. A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans
27. Persuasion by Violetta Rand
28. Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey
29. His to Take by Katee Robert
30. Say You’re Mine by Diane Alberts
31. Seduction and Surrender by C.C. Gibbs
31/30 galleys- finished 12/13/2015

Reading Challenge Addict- sign up post
Netgalley Challenge- completed 12/13/2015

Short Hiatus

As you might have noticed, I’ve been absent from the blog for the past week. I gave birth to my beautiful daughter last Wednesday December 16th. I feel very blessed to be a mommy so I will be taking a short break from the blog until after the first of the year. I will still be around some to answer comments left on any of the posts and any emails I get. I’ve left the links below to the 2 Reading Challenges I will be hosting in 2016. I would love for all to join in!

2016 You Read How Many Books
2016 Pages Read

Weekly Book Recap #31

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme now hosted by Book Date.

I’m hosting two reading challenges for 2016! Be sure to check out the sign ups below and join in if they interest you!


What I Posted: 
Persuasion by Violetta Rand

Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey

His to Take by Katee Robert
Say You’re Mine by Diane Alberts

Currently Reading:

Seduction & Surrender by C.C. Gibbs
Up Next: 
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

His To Take by Katee Robert #Review

Title: His To Take
Author: Katee Robert

Series: Out of Uniform #3.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, 76 pages

Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Publication Date: December 7th 2015

**I received this ARC for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

A sexy category romance novella from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Truth or dare…

Erin Robinson is having an epically bad year. Her blossoming career on Broadway tanked, forcing her to crawl back to home to Wellington. The icing on her failure cake? Her former on-again, off-again fling is in town, and the sexy Marine is taking up way too much space.

Warren Davis always knew Erin was special, which is exactly why he can’t have her. A girl like her deserves something permanent–something neither of them wants. But now that they’re both back in town and she’s right there in front of him, a challenge in her eyes he’s never been able to resist, he’s questioning everything.

That challenge quickly escalates into an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin’s sure she’s got him on lock, but as the night progresses, Warren’s dares intensify, drowning her in lust. But with the past still breathing down their necks, there’s no way either of them can win… 

Review

This is the first book from the Out of Uniform series that I have read but I didn’t have any problem following along. Everything you need to know is covered in the story. 

The game of Truth or Dare will never look the same to me. I haven’t played Truth or Dare since I was 13 or 14 so it definitely looked nothing like the game Erin and Warren played. Warren knows he can get Erin to open up to him and possibly entertain the idea of a relationship if he challenges her to an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin doesn’t back down from a challenge and immediately accepts the dare to flash the sheriff. 

As the night progresses, the game takes a more sexual turn. There are several steamy scenes that follow. Since this was a novella, it was a quick read and it made me want to read the rest of the Out of Uniform series. 

Rating: 4 stars 


Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey #Review

Title: Crashed Out
Author: Tessa Bailey

Series: Made in Jersey #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, 175 pages

Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Publication Date: December 7th 2015

**I received this ARC from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.**

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…
His inspiration. His torment. And his temptation…
Jasmine Taveras is the reason Sarge Purcell grabbed his six-string and bailed the hell out of New Jersey four years ago. She’s the fuel for every song he’s ever written-each one laced with bitter, hard-edged, hungry lust. Now, with his hugely successful band is on temporary hiatus, Sarge is determined to prove to Jasmine that this “kid” turned into every inch the man she’s always needed…
Men are slim pickings for a single factory girl in Hook, New Jersey…until tall, broad-shouldered hotness walks-or rather storms-into Jasmine’s life. Sarge’s return shouldn’t affect her this way. He’s her best friend’s much younger kid brother, and the kind of rough, gritty, sexiness Jasmine has no right to taste for herself. Even if he lets her.
But lust is a blinding, insatiable force. And when it crashes, it will take both Sarge and Jasmine down with it…
Review
Sarge is the lead singer for Old News, a band whose lyrics are so dirty they aren’t suitable for kids. He comes back to New Jersey to see  his sister and meet his 3 year old niece for the first time. His sister is worried about what it will do to his niece when he leaves, so she gets her best friend, Jasmine, to let him stay with her. The thing is Jasmine has been the inspiration for every single one of Sarge’s songs and she has no idea. 

Jasmine was determined to make it as a singer but never did. She ended up stuck in New Jersey working in a factory. When she sees Sarge for the first time in four years, she doesn’t realize it is him and is instantly attracted to him. For her, the biggest problem is that she is seven years older than him. She worries what the town will think if they have a relationship. 

The lust between Sarge and Jasmine is super hot. There are several steamy scenes in this book and I loved them! The writing style was excellent and the characters were very relatable. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Rating: 4 stars

A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans #Review

Title: A Whisper of Desire
Author: Bronwen Evans

Series: The Disgraced Lords #4
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, 300 pages

Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: December 1st 2015

**I received this ARC via Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.**

Sensual heat melts the ice in the new Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, as a marriage of convenience leads to delightful pleasure—and mortal danger.
Lady Marisa Hawkestone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets.
Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.
Review
I absolutely love The Disgraced Lords series and this book did not disappoint. Marisa is in love with Lord Rutherford and is anxiously awaiting his proposal. While at a ball, her brother’s best friend, Maitland, catches Lord Rutherford with his mistress talking about how he is only going to marry Marisa for her money. The next morning Marisa wakes up naked, with no memory, next to Maitland. 

To prevent a scandal, Marisa must make a choice: ask for Rutherford’s forgiveness and deal with the scorn or marry Maitland and let the scandal disappear. She decides to marry Maitland even though she swore she would only marry for love. The passion that ensues between them in the bedroom is scorching hot. 

A Disgraced Lords book wouldn’t be complete without the villainess, who we don’t know the identity of, trying to kill one of the Libertine Scholars or their loved ones. She goes after Marisa to get to Maitland, so now he must do everything in his power to make sure she remains safe. 

Marisa might be my favorite female in this series so far. She’s spunky and doesn’t let anyone tell her what she’s going to do. She has a kind heart and genuinely wants to help people. She has insecurities about Maitland and his feelings for her but I think most women have doubts at some point. 

Maitland has a very difficult past to overcome and I was overjoyed when he finally opened up to Marisa about it. She finally made him see that the past wasn’t his fault and that he could overcome it. 

I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical romance with steamy scenes. 

Rating: 5 stars