Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley Book Review

Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley Book Review

Synopsis

The ride of her life . . .
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy---until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . .
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa---or ride away forever . . .

Book Review

Ride Steady is about Joker and Carissa. We learn both their stories and learn more about the Chaos Motorcycle Club.
Kristen Ashley captures our hearts with googly woogly baby talk and pulls at our heart when a man helps a man that tried to do right by him at a young age. Ashley praises teachers in her book, and for that I give her a standing ovation. She will forever have my heart for the glorification of teachers that care, matter and take time to go the extra mile for any student.
Ride Steady teaches us lessons that we all need to learn. Lessons in patience, lessons in kindness, lessons in helping others and much more. If we took the love story out of the book, Ride Steady is a fantastic book for people of all ages to learn from. Honestly. Carissa learned the hard way right in the beginning.
Oh, and on a final note, as icing on the cake, if you have read any of Kristen’s other books, we see some of her other characters make appearances and you will swoon. I know my tummy did little flips and flops when they showed up. At the very end, I couldn’t help but do a big fist pump. Justice was served.

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Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton | 4 Star Book Review


Summary:

In this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?

USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!


Review:
A great way to wrap up a well loved Wallbanger. Rusty Nailed wrapped Simon and Caroline’s story up seamlessly in the tradition Clayton way. We [the readers] are able to learn about Simon’s past, which he has been very secretive about, and get to be the fly on the wall as their relationship ebbs and flows with their demanding careers. 
Rusty Nailed is a bit lighter on the humor, still funny mind you, a lot lighter on the Clive, but still funny and a fantastic read. Clive still has a story line, but it is closer to the end. Don’t worry, it is kinda epic how it all ends.  

Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski | 4 Star Review

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Book Blurb:

Determined to live a dark life in the company of the assassin who freed her from bondage, Sarai sets out on her own to settle a score with an evil sadist. Unskilled and untrained in the art of killing, the events that unfold leave her hanging precariously on the edge of death when nothing goes as planned.

Sarai’s reckless choices send her on a path she knows she can never turn back from and so she presents Victor with an ultimatum: help her become more like him and give her a fighting chance, or she’ll do it alone no matter the consequences. Knowing that Sarai cannot become what she wants to be overnight, Victor begins to train her and inevitably their complicated relationship heats up.

As Arthur Hamburg’s right-hand man, Willem Stephens, closes in on his crusade to destroy Sarai, she is left with the crushing realization that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. But Sarai, taking on the new and improved role of Izabel Seyfried, still has a set of deadly skills of her own that will prove to be all she needs to secure her place beside Victor.

But there is one test that Izabel must face that has the potential to destroy everything she is working so hard to achieve. One final test that will not only make her question her decision to want this dangerous life, but will make her question everything she has come to trust about Victor Faust.
Review:
Once again I feel that Jessica hit it out of the park with the follow-up book to her In The Company Of Killer’s series. The first book in the series is Killing Sarai.
Reviving Izabel is fast paced, suspenseful and criminal read. You find yourself rooting for the bad guy(s) and cheering human torture. Who would think they would be happy reading about human torture? I can’t imagine the research Jessica read to know how it works. eeks.
The Company of Killer’s series is technically a romance story, but of a very different variety. If you want a romance, I don’t know that you would be happy with this series. It isn’t hearts and flowers. It’s killing and torture and luring the bad guy while having an atypical relationship that is really quite secondary to the story. If you’re looking for insta-love or steamy sex scenes, this isn’t the book for you. If you’re looking for an adventure, a story of survival, a story of reinvention, a story of killing, THIS is the book for you. Cheers Jessica.

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Naked by Raine Miller | 4 Book Review

I had forgotten that I hadn’t reviewed some on the books in this series. With the recent release of Rare and Precious Things, I thought I would go back and fix this. It is an oldie, but a goodie.

Brynne Bennett is living the good life. An American art student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s putting her life back on track with school and lots of hard work. When ultra successful London businessman, Ethan Blackstone, buys her nude portrait, he isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer. He wants Brynne in his bed and makes plans to keep her there no matter what. His dominant nature captivates and ensnares despite the demons she carries inside her. But there are secrets in this relationship. Huge ones. Can Ethan free Brynne from the past that has marked her? Will Brynne let him or will the specters tormenting her resurface to destroy them both…


My Review:

I’m liking the first book in this series. Miller created likable and relateable characters that readers could easily connect with.
Brynn is a strong heroine (nice for a change) while Ethan is a dirty talkin’ control freak with his own demons. 
The only thing that I’m kinda eh about with this book is the insta-love. I mean, yes, there is insta-love out there, and no, they didn’t just get married right away, but you know it’s there. There’s no taking it slow. Ethan is controlling her almost past the point of alpha male.
So, is Naked a good read? Hell yes. Do I want to read book 2? Hell yes. 

a yummy David Gandy inspired read from the romance queen herself.

*Naked is very similar to the Stark Trilogy, the Entwined with you series and the Fifty Shades of Gray series. If you like any of those, you will like this series.

Sex. Love. Repeat. | 4 Star Book Review

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I love two men. I screw two men. I am in a relationship with them both, and they are both aware there is another. That is all they need to know, that is all I let them know. They don’t need to know a name; they don’t need to know anything, but that they are not alone in my heart.
They have accepted the situation. Stewart, because his life is too busy for the sort of obligations that are required in a relationship. Paul, because he loves me too much to tell me no. And because my sexual appetite is such that one man has trouble keeping up.
So we exist, two parallel relationships, each running their own course, with no need for intersection or conflict. It works for us, for them, and for me. I don’t expect it to be a long-term situation. I know there is an expiration date on the easy perfection of our lives.
I should have paid more attention, should have looked around and noticed the woman who watched it all. She sat in the background and waited, tried to figure me out. Saw my two relationships, the love between us, and the moment that it all fell apart.
She hates me.
I don’t even know she exists.
She loves them. I love them.
And they love me.
Everything else hangs in the balance.

Review:

Sex Love Repeat has a taboo story going for it right away. There was not a small introduction to characters or a gentle nudge into the story, no, it was your dumped full into this amazing story that is totally believable and could honestly happen to anyone. 
As you can read from the description, Madison is in love with 2 different men for different reasons. They all know about it, but don’t know the details. It works for them until the accident happens. That is the day every thing changed.
Madison has never wanted her two men to meet, but unfortunately the time comes and it’s inevitable. They meet in the most surreal circumstances. The author gives us a nice blender moment: add one girl, add two men, blend it up and now it’s time for the result. Oh, don’t forget the girl who is spying on Madison. She is the cherry on top.  That twist is good, oh so good. 
The originality of the story is pretty good. It kinda was, kinda wasn’t a love triangle because they were all very aware that there was one extra person totally separate from Paul and Madison and everyone involved is very okay with it. Madison always knew she would eventually have to choose, not because they would make her, but because things she wanted out of life would make her. 
I really liked Sex. Love. Repeat. A nice change for me. I’ve been stuck in a romance genre rut lately, and I really needed something different. This is different. You should try it.

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Eversea by Natasha Boyd | Book Review

Book Blurb:

Eversea, a love story, is a Winter Rose Contest FINALIST 2013. Emilia Pisani of Simon & Schuster (judge) says “Great southern flavor!” and “Jack is an alluring leading man!”

An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.

A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose. A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever. When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her new director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler. Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.

The digital version of Eversea by Natasha Boyd carries a QED Seal: Quality, Excellence, Design, the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval™” for ebooks and apps. “This title has received a QED seal for quality in eBook design. It can be read easily on screens both large and small.”


Book Review:
Yep, something a little different. I have read the other Hollywood hunk books where they stumble upon unsuspecting regular people and fall in love with them, and Eversea isn’t too different, but still different enough that it makes it a good read.
I guess what makes the book is the heroine, Keri Ann. She doesn’t put up with Jack’s crap, and I don’t blame her. She does introduce him to new things and helps him grow as a person. That is what relationships are all about, helping the other person to push their boundaries and grow as a person. Who knew? lol
Keri Ann has great friends and a brother who help her push her boundaries. They help her realize that maybe being Jack’s friend isn’t such a bad thing, even if it isn’t going to last.
There is a bit of a twist throughout the book that makes you wonder what the solution is. You are trying to figure it out along with the couple. However, the twist at the end was a bit of a shock. I didn’t see it coming, and I pride myself on my ability to figure stuff out.
So, my final rating? 4 stars. Will I read the next one? Yep. Oh, side note. This book doesn’t have much sex in it. It really does focus on the relationship. I feel like this is an important point since more-so-than-not, the romance books have had a ton of sex lately. If you want smut, this isn’t it, but instead has a character driven story line.
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Remy by Katy Evans | Book Review


Book Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans expands upon the intense love story begun in Real–this time from Remington “Riptide” Tate’s point of view.


Underground fighter Remington Tate is a mystery, even to himself. His mind is dark and light, complex and enlightening. At times his actions and moods are carefully measured, and at others, they spin out of control.
Through it all, there’s been one constant: wanting, needing, loving, and protecting Brooke Dumas. This is his story; from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew, without a doubt, she would be the realest thing he’s ever had to fight for.

Review:
In tradition Katy Evan’s style, Remy is written fluidly and passionately. I’m not a huge fan of books that are created solely for the purpose of telling a different perspective, but in the case of Remy, that wasn’t what happened.
Yes, it is Remy’s voice and he tells his story of Real and Mine, while also telling the current story. Sound vague enough? I don’t want to spoil anything. Katy mostly tells Remy’s story from the past perspective, but there is one event that she currently throws in there that is happening in current time. 
In Remy we get to find out what really went down with Scorpian, which I was insanely excited to hear about. You also get to hear what is happening to him when he “gets put down” during that very energetic scene in Real that Brooke is so ticked off about.
I feel like I got to know a different Remington. I mean, we think we know who he is after hearing Brooke describe everything, but hearing from Remy, he is like a whole different person to me. I really got to know a different character when he described him and Brooke playing songs for each other and what he really thought about his staff.
I know there are two more books in this series and I like that Katy has left it as a blank slate. She really can go anywhere she wants to now and I excited to see what high’s and low’s she takes us on. I do know that Remy is a fighter; a good guy, and will always be the winner. 4 Stars.


About the Author:
 Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three 


dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you 

for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like 

I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear 

from you!

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Now and Again by Brenda Rothert | Book Review

Book Blurb:
Once again, 26-year-old Layla Carson has the attention of a man eager to satisfy her. Ben Montrose, the hot, confident cop who gets off on frustrating her, is eager to show her just how arresting he can be. But as a reforming sexaholic, Layla’s sworn off casual hookups, and doesn’t miss the days of her early 20s –much.

Ben’s caught off-guard when the sexy, outspoken attorney turns him on and then turns him down. But the confident former Marine knows he can handle the simple seduction of a beautiful woman. He finds Layla’s weak spot – competition, which he happens to share – and challenges her to a game that could make them, or destroy them.

As they compete to crown the master of seduction, Ben and Layla discover there’s more to their game than power and foreplay. But as the stakes go up, they realize the game has changed, and they both stand to lose more than they bargained for.


Book Review:
I read and reviewed the first book, Now and Then and really liked it. The dorky kid in school who pines for the hunky neighbor next door. I was excited when I found out about Now and Again and it was Layla’s story, the horribly popular, always gets what she wants old sister, who, by-the-way, dates the incredibly hunky neighbor next door.
In Now and Again, Layla has sworn off men and refuses to be slutty anymore. She has given up on her list that she created back in high school and is focused on her career. 
Well, when she can’t reached an investigator at the police station, she goes over there unannounced all Layla style, and meets incredibly hunky Ben. 
So, I’m not sure how I completely understand how this competition all came to be, but it was full-blown on. She wouldn’t let him sleep with her, made him woo her, and then they both knew that when he gets to be in charge, they were gonna do it. That part was made very clear. 
Without giving too much of the plot away, there is still a lot of jealousy happening with her sister, and Ben is helping her realize it doesn’t need to be, and defends her. Hello alpha male. 
There are some hot scenes in this one, and the story keeps a great pace, just like Now and Then. Said is my best Joan Rivers voice, 4 Stars!

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Brenda Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed writing a wide range of stories.

These days Brenda writes New Adult Romance in the Contemporary and Dystopian genres.

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Take My Hand | Book Review | 4 Stars


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Book Blurb:
Twenty-four year old Dexter Michaels has arrived in the UK for a fresh start – leaving everything and everyone he knows behind in the states. Determined to put right some of the wrongs he’ll never be able to forgive himself for making and make his Aunt Sarah – the only person left who still believes in him – proud, he lands in London with the intention of working hard, getting his degree and keeping himself to himself. He can’t destroy anybody else that way…

His heart and his body have other ideas however when he finds himself sitting next to nineteen year old Emily Barton in his Psychology class. Moving down south to find her own New Life, Emily is shy, smart and beautiful – everything Dexter knows he should stay away from… everything he knows would be too easy for him to break. But she makes him feel things he’d forgotten even existed. She makes him laugh, smile, care… forget. Without her trying, and without him realizing, Emily has wound her way into the one place he swore to keep locked away forever – his heart. But can she stay there when she discovers the dark past he’s so determined to keep hidden from her? Or will he destroy her too, just like he always expected? (Not recommended for younger readers due to language, drug/alcohol abuse and sexual content)

Book Review:
So, from the book blurb you would think that the book was written from Dexter’s perspective, however, Take My Hand is written from both Dexter and Emily’s perspective. I’m really starting to like this trend in books. 
Emily has a super controlling Mother and needs some freedom, so she and her BFF, Snickers, head to London for college. Okay, so Snickers isn’t her BFF’s real name, it is Rachel, and I absolutely adore her.
Rachel may the character that stole the story a bit for me. She is a paraplegic, tattooed, foul-mouthed awesome character that I believe should have her own book. Hear that Nicola, I hope Rachel gets her own book, because it will be hilarious!
Okay, back to the main story. I really liked this book. I was feeling this book. It was a book that I wanted to read. It was a book I couldn’t wait to get back to. It was a book that sucked me in. I didn’t feel bored. I didn’t feel like I would rather be doing one of my other hobbies. It was a good story. 
Yes, it was a typical case of boy-doesn’t-want-a-relationship-but-finds-himself-in-one-anyways-and-can’t-see-himself-without-the-girl-and-pushes-her-away story. But it was also a bit suspenseful because you know he’s hiding something, but you just don’t know what. Don’t those just piss you off sometimes? Ack…..
So, I’m reading right along hoping and thinking that I have figured it out, but I didn’t have it all straight and then, BAM! out of nowhere, the ending happens. I would totally say it’s a cliffhanger, but not one that pisses you off since the next book isn’t ready. I mean, yes, you want to know what happens, but you can totally live until the next book is out. So, I would totally read this one instead of waiting for the next because emotionally, you’ll be okay.
So, read Take My Hand. Read about Marshmellow’s, Snickers, Tootsie Pops, all those people. Yep, people. Oh, we can’t forget the M&M’s. those are the tricky ones…..
4 Stars

About the Author:

nicola hakenI live in Rochdale, England with my wonderful family. I have two novels under my belt (Inevitable and Saving Amy) and have just finished writing Take My Hand – book 1 in a 3 part series – which will be released in October.

When I’m not playing with my imaginary friends I can usually be found looking after my four adorable (sometimes!) children (five if you include the dog, six if you include the hubby!) or studying towards my English Literature degree. All in all I’m just an ordinary mum with an addiction to reading about hot book guys, writing about hot book guys and Pepsi Max!

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Now and Then | Book Review |

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Book Blurb:
Now Emmaline Carson is a sharp, settled graphic designer who loves painting, cooking and girls’ night out with her older sister Layla. But then – in the years before she went to art school in Paris – she was a shy, awkward teenager with frizzy hair, a flat chest and a massive crush on the boy across the street, Cole Marlowe. Too bad her incredibly hot neighbor only had eyes for Layla.

Cole is now a confident, laid-back attorney who’s even hotter than he used to be. He’s planning to stay single while working his way up the corporate ladder – until he’s knocked off course by a chance run-in with Emma.

Everything is different between Cole and Emma now. He finally sees her in a way she only dreamed of, and their hot chemistry is fueled by a growing friendship. But Emma’s deception of her sister – who wants Cole for herself – and the secret Cole’s been keeping for more than a decade threaten to tear apart what’s only just begun. Because sometimes the only thing standing in the way of now is then.

My Review:
Now and Again is book come to live vicariously through your middle school diary of sorts. The story is written in post past and present tense, hence the title Now and Then.
I very much enjoy the few books out of the market right how that do this style of writing, and also add in both main characters thoughts throughout.
The way Cole and Emma reconnected together was just perfect. I can see that as a real situation, other than blind on-line-dating. <yikes? As a reader I could tell Cole was instantly infatuated with Emma, but Emma was still hung up on the old Cole instead of who was standing right in front of her.
As the story progresses and we learn that Emma’s ?Bratty? sister always gets what she wants and she is going to get Cole. 

The wonderfully light and fun read made me pissed and irritated. I was completely irritated with every single one of them, except 
Cole. Shocker…..I know.

Movin’ on. Without giving the plot away, I will say that things became more tense between people/families, cafe’s ect. Whoa, a bad time was had by all during this transition period.
My most favorite line/most connected with the book line would be: I didn’t get and Manolos, I got this owl at a trade show. “Designer shoes are mass produced, superficial and not all that special But this…”he held up the art deco owl, “is unique, beautiful and alluring.

About the Author:

Brenda Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed writing a wide range of stories.
These days Brenda writes New Adult Romance in the Contemporary and Dystopian genres.



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