Claiming the Enemy by Lauren Hawkeye Book review and Release Day

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ABOUT CLAIMING THE ENEMY

 

Piper Dawson has spent a lifetime living by other people’s rules.

She’s worked hard to get what she wants—a residency at her first choice hospital—and no one will ever tie her down again, not even her severe yet incredibly sexy supervisor, Dr. Alexander “Ace” Lennox.

Ace is done with love. He’s had his heart shattered, and he never wants to go there again. But when he’s inexplicably enticed by the sexy, tattooed woman with blue streaks in her hair and a perpetual smile on her lips, he figures that maybe he can keep it to just sex.

The problem? He thrives on control, and Piper dances just around the edges of it.

But when they’re together, control is the first thing to go…

Each book in the Pulse series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book #1 Engaging the Bachelor
Book #2 Seducing the Boss
Book #3 Claiming the Enemy

 

Get your hands on CLAIMING THE ENEMY:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Claiming-Enemy-Pulse-Lauren-Hawkeye-ebook/dp/B01KT95EDY/

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EXCERPT:

“Are you just teasing me? Going to poke fun at me tomorrow for being all over you?”

Ace just stared at her for a moment—she was pretty sure she’d shocked him, but she had no idea why. Finally, a dark laugh escaped his throat, and those granite eyes locked with her own.

“I find this situation anything but amusing.” He closed the distance until there was nothing more than a slender ribbon of space between them. “I don’t get tempted…ever. And yet, ever since you kissed me today, all I can think about is what you’d look like with your legs wrapped around my neck.”

He did not just say that.

“Jesus, Ace.” Piper’s mouth went dry, and she ran the tip of her tongue over her lower lip. His eyes tracked the movement intently, and she felt a surge of moisture between her legs. “How the hell are we supposed to work together tomorrow?”

“No idea.” Sucking in a deep breath, he pressed his forehead to hers. “All I know is that I want you.”

Against every shred of good sense that she possessed, Piper felt her knees weaken. That wasn’t fair. Saying things like that while he stood there looking all smoldering and delicious—how was she supposed to put up a fair fight?

Danger, danger.

“I…” Closing her eyes, Piper stretched out a hand for the last shreds of self-control in her arsenal. “It’s a bad idea. A really, really bad idea.”

I can’t give in. I won’t.

“It’s a horrible idea,” Ace agreed, and when she opened her eyes the feral glint in his eyes had her pulse stuttering. “But right now, when I can see your pulse beating at the skin of your throat? When I can see the flush on your skin and know that it’s because of me? I don’t care.”

“Ace.” Piper’s voice was weak. “If we do this, it will be really hard to go back to what we usually are.”

“And what are we, usually?” Ace’s voice held no trace of the humor she’d expect during this absolutely bizarre conversation. No, he was completely serious.

Serious about seducing her.

“Pains in each other’s asses.”

 

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Claiming the Enemy is the first book I read by Lauren Hawkeye. It is the third book in her Pulse series.  The synopsis was really good and I love an enemies to lovers story.  But while this did have amazing sexual chemistry and scenes, I felt the interaction between the two really fell short.

We find Riley at the local bar drinking the day away after a hard shift at the hospital that she is a Dr.  There she runs into an ex, and upon seeing Dr. Ace Lennox, she uses him to ward off the attention of her ex.  But then the tables are turned when Ace, needing help from his meddling mother, gives the impression of a relationship between the two.

They agree to the premise of a no strings relationship because really neither wants to be tied down again.  For Ace, he doesn’t want to open up to the heartache of loss again after his wife died a few years before.  And for Riley, she simply doesn’t want the connection and the complications that go along with a relationship especially when it goes bad.  The sexual scenes are hot and do not disappoint.

However, there could be more desired from the interactions between Ace and Riley.  They rarely talked about anything except what a bad idea it was to get involved because they are scared the other will want more despite them wanting more from that person.  They didn’t talk about their past, or even see how they were enemies in the first place.  The last chapter had the most feeling and conversation between them than the whole book except when they were having sex.

I really wanted to love the book but I can only give it 3 ½ stars.  I would have given it more if there was more character development with Ace and Riley. But like I said I don’t discount the sexual chemistry between the two, it was very palpable and I looked forward to when they got together.  Despite my rating, do give this book a chance, you may have a different opinion of this book.

three-half-stars

About Lauren Hawkeye

Lauren Hawkeye/ Lauren Jameson never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living… though when she looks back, it’s easy to see that she’s the only one who is surprised. Always “the kid who read all the time”, Lauren made up stories about her favorite characters once she’d finished a book… and once spent an entire year narrating her own life internally. No, really. But where she was just plain odd before publication, now she can at least claim to have an artistic temperament.

Lauren lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, toddler, pit bull and idiot cat, though they do not live in an igloo, nor do they drive a dogsled. In her nonexistent spare time Lauren can be found knitting (her husband claims that her snobby yarn collection is exorbitant), reading anything she can get her hands on, or sweating her way through spin class. She loves to hear from her readers!

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz | Book Review

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz | Book Review
When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it's property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.

In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.
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I’m a huge fan of Tiffany Reisz. I have read all of her books and love them. The Bourbon Thief is her next book to be released and I just finished it.
I found The Bourbon Thief to be a great read for fans of V.C. Andrews. The family has major problems with twists and turns you don’t see coming.
I learned a lot of bourbon in this book. I love learning news things, so that bumped the book up higher for me in my rating. It wasn’t just a story about bourbon, family, love and mysteries. You actually learn about the process of bourbon becoming bourbon, and it is fascinating.
While Tiffany said this book is darker than her previous book, I don’t think that there is anything in the book that would indicate a warning on content or a trigger factor. What I thought she meant by darker was in regards to how dark her “Original Sinners” series books are, but I can see where she is coming from. It definitely has a darker theme, but it is revealed in layers, like an onion. It isn’t until the very end,when the events and secrets are revealed and come together, what a mess the whole situation truly is.
I don’t know what it was about this book, but I personally didn’t enjoy it as much as her others. It is a huge departure from her other work, but that wasn’t it. I read all genres of books, so I didn’t care if it had sex, kinky sex or no sex in it. It was a little slow, and like a previous reviewer said, it was depressing.
Tiffany did a lot of work for this book and it definitely shows. I can see why she wasn’t on social media. All of the research that had to be done is inspiring. Like I said early, I learned a lot about bourbon.
It really bothers me that I have to give this book 3.5 stars because I am such a huge fan of Tiffany, but I have to be honest to readers and tell them that The Bourbon Thief just wasn’t a book that squeezed my heart or blew me away.
To any Tiffany Reisz fan, I know you will like it. I know you will read it because it is Tiffany. Hell, that’s why I read it. Go in with an open mind and expect it to be more of a women’s fiction book with minor elements of romance. Expect to learn a legacy of a family and just how twisted it can be.

*Book provided for an honest review courtesy of Netgalley*

three-half-stars

About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz The Confessions of Marcus Stearns from the Original Sinners series

Tiffany Reisz (pronounced Rice) lives with her fiancé (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.
When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).
If she couldn’t write, she would die.

The Queen by Tiffany Reisz

The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
Once upon a time, Nora and Søren made a fateful deal—if he gave her everything, she would give him forever. The time has finally come to keep their promises. Out of money and out of options after her yearlong exile, Eleanor Schreiber agrees to join forces with Kingsley Edge, the king of kink. After her first taste of power as a Dominant, Eleanor buries her old submissive self and transforms into Mistress Nora, the Red Queen. With the help of a mysterious young man with a job even more illicit than her own, Nora squares off against a cunning rival in her quest to become the most respected, the most feared Dominatrix in the Underground. While new lovers and the sweet taste of freedom intoxicate Nora, she is tempted time and time again by Søren, her only love and the one man who refuses to bow to her. But when Søren accepts a new church assignment in a dangerous country, she must make an agonizing choice—will the queen keep her throne and let her lover go, or trade in her crown for Søren's collar? With a shattering final confession, the last link in the chain is forged in The Original Sinners saga. It's the closing chapter in a story of salvation, sacrifice and the multitude of scars we collect in the name of ecstasy—and love.
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I felt I had a hard time answering the question that was posed in the book: What were the two times that Eleanor almost came back to Soren? I think maybe coming back to present time for each story would have been best to differentiate between the two times Eleanor almost came back to Soren.
I would have liked to seen more current time and the end of the book being told. Although I really like how Tiffany wrapped the book up with where the characters lives landed, I just would have loved to spend more time with the current them and not with the past them.  I don’t think that my less than enthusiastic review is because I am sad that the book has ended, I just feel that it wasn’t plotted out as well as the other books. I just know I’m going to get my butt whipped for my review, but girls, I’m being honest here.

 

 

 

three-half-stars

About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz The Confessions of Marcus Stearns from the Original Sinners series

Tiffany Reisz (pronounced Rice) lives with her fiancé (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.
When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).
If she couldn’t write, she would die.

Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia | Review, Author Interview & Giveaway



Summary:
Beckett Taylor is a murderer. His calling, his craft are destruction and intimidation—whether he wants it that way now or not. He left Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers safe, to keep Eve safe. Set up with happy lives to live, they’re better off without him, right?

But all his willpower crumbles when he hears his brother Blake’s frantic voice on the phone. An unknown enemy has moved in on his old territory, and Livia’s been taken. In an instant, Beckett knows it will take an attack only he and Eve can execute to bring her back. All his self-imposed embargoes are torn to shreds, perhaps along with the new man he’s struggled to become.

“Brother, call Eve. I’ll be there soon.”

In this emotional and action-packed sequel to Poughkeepsie, Debra Anastasia conjures a tale of love at its most raw and ragged. With Beckett and Eve, how could we expect anything less? But even when it’s messy, not magical, true love perseveres. Real love finds a way—for better or for worse until death does part.

Review:
I have to say that I liked Return to Poughkeepsie better than the original. Gasp….did I just say that?
Okay, since I haven’t reviewed the first book on here, I’ll give the jest of my feelings on the first book, then move on to the second.
Poughkeepsie is one of those books that everyone raves about. Every review that I personally read loved this book. Even the ratings on Amazon and Goodreads showed that lots of people really like this book, so, all those people can’t be wrong.
I really went into this book having no idea where it was going or what it was about. Sometimes I look at the summary, and sometimes I don’t. 
The story is about 3 “brothers” (brothers from another mother) who will die for each other, literally. They all have their own demons and Poughkeepsie is the story of them fighting them in adulthood and moving past them.
Each brother has a story. The book started out slow for me, mostly speaking about Blake’s and Livia’s story and how it unfolds. I feel like Debra didn’t go into as much detail about either one of the boys stories as much as she did Blake and Livia’s, but that could be because she was introducing all the other characters at the same time. -remember, I didn’t know anything about the story.
I don’t want to say too much because really, anything more at this point would give away plot points, and I just can’t do that.
I will say that I found myself less interested in Livia and Blake’s story and Cole and his woman’s story once Beckett was introduced. All I wanted to do was read about him. So I skimmed. Yep. I said it. I skimmed.
So, moving on to Return to Poughkeepsie. I felt like Blake & Cole’s story were wrapped up nicely in Poughkeepsie, but I just couldn’t get enough of Beckett and Eve. Man, I’m fucked up in the head. I need counseling to cheer for such a man that can do so much evil, but show heart. I feel like an abused women giving excuses about why I love her man. Well, maybe that isn’t an exact analogy, because Beckett doesn’t hurt those he cares about, but will kill others without a second thought.
Return to Poughkeepsie had lots of action and lots of moments that had me turning the pages, but it was only when I was reading about Beckett or Eve. I found myself skimming again when I was reading about Blake or Cole. I know, I suck, but I felt like their lives were good already. I needed closure with Beckett. 
So, do we get closure with Beckett? Yeah, kind of. If you read until the end of the book, there is closure, but if you read the sneak peak of book 3, no, no closure. You are pissed at Debra. Why…..why did you do that to me…..
So, if you want a HEA, don’t read the sneak peak. My advice to you.
Overall rating of Return to Poughkeepsie, 3.5. 
5 stars to Beckett’s story, but 2-3 for Blake and Cole’s. That is just me. If you loved their story and want to see how they continue, you will love this book, but if you found yourself skimming their story in the first book, you will probably do that in parts of this book too. Beckett’s story is too good to not read though!

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Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There’s dinner, the dogs, the two kids, the two kids, and her ongoing battle with…ahem… digestive issues, which combined with her adolescent boy sense of humor makes for colorful and sometimes cringe-worthy social media updates. Her first love and crowning achievement is her thriving career as the weirdest mom on the block.
Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when–along with the animals and humans in her house–the voices of characters started whispering stories in Debra’s ear. Insomnia was the gateway to plots that wouldn’t give up, wouldn’t let go. Now they stalk her everywhere. Halfway through making lunches, a twist takes hold and–fingers full of peanut butter–she finds somewhere, anywhere to write it down.
She’s eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published four of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and two in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) She also very much appreciates her open-minded readers, who embrace everything she has to offer, with a focus on anti-heroes and bathroom humor.
Debra lives in Maryland with her family. You can find her at DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared.

Interview:

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? I’m an extrovert god help us all. I’m not like a dancing on the table swinging my boobs like helicopter blades outgoing, but I have no trouble talking the people I don’t know?

Do you have a book boyfriend and if so, who is it? Right this very second my book boyfriend is Beckett as I write the third book in the Poughkeepsie series. He needs some extra love! 

Favorite drink while working? Arizona Iced Tea. The one with the checkerboard on the front. Everyone must love that too because it is always out at my local stores. I buy three gallons at a time it is so rare to see it.
Cliffhangers or no cliffhangers? (do you like to use them)  I like a cliff dangler, but I need to give the reader some closure too. I’m not a huge fan of reading them unless the next book is coining out  fairly soon.
Music/TV or Silence? What are you listening to while your write? I have to have music. All the time, but especially when I write. In my upcoming Enhanced Poughkeepsie Collector’s Edition App, the music plays while you read! Ron Pope is featured because he was always on whenever I write about the Poughkeepsie characters. 

What is your guiltiest pleasure? No judging here on Chapter Break. I think it would be easier to tell you what I do that doesn’t make me feel guilty!i think I feel the worst about eating chocolate cookie dough when I’m supposed to make cookies out of them.
What is the best best advice you ever received? “If you’re not having a good time it’s your own god damn fault.” That’s from my amazing grandfather who wore all white suits and was the life of every party. I miss him!

What is one thing you do better at than most? I like to be loyal to friends. Not sure I do that better than most, but I’m proud of how deeply I love people.

What is one thing that you do worse at than most? I suck at writing down things while people tell me how to spell them. And I can’t tell my right from my left without my wedding band. And I can’t stop laughing when I fart. I have a lot of problems.
Last words or words of encouragement? Anything else we would love to know? My words of encouragement are always that tomorrow is a hope, not a promise, enjoy the day you’re in. I think people need to know that whenever they fart, somewhere I’m cherring them on!

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Working It by Kendall Ryan | Book Review


Boob Blurb:
A story of heart-stopping, toe-curling passion by the beloved bestselling author of Hard to Love, Resisting Her, and The Impact of You.


Straight-laced and well-mannered southerner Emmy Clarke is out of her depth in New York City’s fashion world, but when she lands a job as an assistant at a modeling agency it seems like the perfect mix of business and pleasure. Working under the notoriously tyrannical Fiona Stone is a nightmare, but there’s one distinct perk: ogling the ridiculously hot male models who parade through the office—particularly rising star Ben Shaw.

Ben is everything Emmy’s not: exquisitely gorgeous, highly paid, and well-traveled. He’s also got more issues than Vogue. Emmy looks after Ben on photo shoots, but she refuses to become another one of his lusting groupies. Ben finds Emmy’s refreshingly real attitude to be surprisingly attractive.

Against a backdrop of the most fashionable cities in the world, casual flirting turns into an illicit affair, but when Ben’s twisted past is revealed, and the bitter Fiona catches wind of their relationship, their careers and hearts are threatened.

Book Review:
Reading inside information into a male model’s thoughts and life? Yes please. I was ready, willing and able to read Working It. 
Kendall promises steamy sex and hints that there may be sex toys involved. Interested yet?
While Emmy’s brain always tells her NO! when it comes to Ben, she can’t turn him down, ever. Emmy’s character reminded me of an Anastasia Steele personality, but add a bit of country into it and some sexual experience. 
Emmy had to deal with Fiona, a real bitch of a boss reminiscent of Devil Wears Prada, or Ana Wintor, but younger. She was always criticizing and dismissive of Emmy. It seemed like one minute Emmy didn’t care about the shaming, but in another scene she would be totally demure. 
Ben has a complicated relationship with Fiona. I get him and I agree with Emmy’s later confession that maybe she was a bit too hard on Ben. However, if I was Emmy, I would totally (and do) have the same insecurities that she has/had. 
Overall, 3.5 stars for Working It because I like the originality of the scene. Who doesn’t want to know more about the modeling scene and read explicit sex scenes with a well hung man…..or two? 



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Torn | Book Review

3.5 stars

Here’s a little summary about the book:

Description

Two people with battered souls are thrust together unexpectedly, leaving a profound impact on each other’s lives.
In K.A. Robinson’s USA Today bestselling debut novel, Torn, Chloe hasn’t had the easiest childhood. With a mother who was absent most of the time, she practically had to raise herself. Determined to start a new life and leave her demons behind, she heads to West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan. On the first day of classes, she spots a student who takes her breath away. Drake is a pierced, tattooed bad boy, and no matter how hard she tries to fight it, he’s all she can think about.

Drake has never cared about anyone other than himself, but when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, he is instantly drawn to her. Drake is left wondering whether this girl can take his cold, womanizing heart and alter him forever.

Falling for each other was never a part of their plan, and when it happens, things do anything but fall into place. Long-hidden feelings are revealed and friendships are tested to the brink as Chloe and Drake become helplessly entwined in each other’s love.
My thoughts on the book:
What the book description has left out is that there is a love triangle. I don’t feel that by telling you that Chloe’s love triangle is with Logan, her best friend and Drake. That is given away fairly early in the book and is quite important to the story. Chloe has to discover who she loved, why she loved them and who she wanted to be with because both boys, of course, want to be with her.
I really felt like Chloe had the best intentions going into this book. I have read several reviews that said she fell into a relationship way to easy, but I don’t feel like she did. My thought is she made the best choice out of an impossible situation. As readers, I think some of us always want the heroine to make the choice that Chloe did, but in reality, if this was us, would we have been brave enough to make that choice?
I think Robinson did a great job of creating the dare I say, “typical” college experience where you are learning hard lessons in life, getting a job while going to school, trying to have the college experience, first loves, first independence, first everythings. I felt like that world was very real. Even though Chloe has had to pratically raise her self, she really hasn’t been able to experience any of this before. 
What the description also fails to go into detail about it how crucial her Mother is to Chloe’s behavior. I know, it always comes down to Mommy issues, right? lol
Twisted is the next book in the series, which Mom is very important to the plot. Mother Dearest is with us throughout the book, but in a more “thought” process than in the physical form in Torn. It seems like that might just change, no matter how hard Chloe tries to hide from here in Twisted.
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