Guilty – The Complete Set by Lucia Jordan

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Published:July 19, 2015

Rachel has the urge to be bad—very, very bad—and Jesse James is just the one to show her how.

Rachel Brown’s life is perfect just the way it is. Sure, she doesn’t have a boyfriend or a social life, but she has a routine and that is all that matters. Rachel’s loud and rather exuberant roommate, Layla, often comments on how boring Rachel’s life is, but Rachel doesn’t see it that way. At least, she didn’t until the night Jesse James walked into her Laundromat, and her life. Yeah, she thinks the name is absurd and his parents had a very cruel sense of humor. But the dark and simmering look in his eyes makes her body hum with excitement from the moment she first sees him. This Jesse James is not from the old west – he is dangerously seductive and irresistibly tempting.

Suddenly, the safe little bubble that Rachel has built around herself bursts as she throws all caution to the wind. But is Jesse more trouble than she can handle?

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Rachel doesn’t know what to think of the big, bold, dangerous looking biker she meets in the laundromat except that he’s trouble with a capital  T. She decides to take a risk and go with him for a ride on his motorcycle when he offers and little does she know that her life will be changed forever.

I have a reading soft-spot for bikers, MC clubs and bad boys and this series of short books has them all.  There is steamy sexual chemistry, mild domination,gun fire, a twin brother, who is a cop, no less),blazing  hot sex scenes and a hea. A great read and so short can be read in an hour or less.

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Of Winged Creatures & Nesting Grounds by A. Wilding Wells

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Published: October 17, 2016

Happy
Trapped in a cage…

I was running against time and desperate to conquer my fears with my “don’t forget to be awesome” plan.
One night, I was sulking over my uglier-than-homemade-sin life and reeling from another painful loss. As I thought about my new life, a handsome gent named Hunt Hardick sat next to me. He looked like a good start and was likely a hell of a finish. Suddenly, my plan took on a life of its own.

Hunt
After a long day as one of San Francisco’s most prominent ob/gyns, I stopped at a bar for a bourbon and a mental break from my ex, who I couldn’t seem to bleach from my system. One glance at Happy’s tearstained angelic face and I was done. I’d never been a guy to turn down a stunning woman who also looked like a beautiful project.

Hunt was a key in my locked cage that once opened meant I might fly away.

An emotionally charged, rich with feeling story about survival, triumph, and a girl named Happy Go Lucky who had a plan. A plan that didn’t include the ruggedly sexy gynecologist who inserted himself in her life.

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Of all the people who received an ARC of this book I am probably the only one that didn’t think it was fantabulous.

I think from the beginning,:  the names of the characters were a turn off. Hunt Hardick and Happy Go Lucky.

Hunt has just had his heart-broken, but remains the eternal optimist. He’s strong and confident while she’s like a deer in headlights, so their dynamic is quite a cat-and-mouse game… with TONS of tension.Happy is a woman with so many plans but doesn’t really know how to go about them. She wants to experience so many new things but hasn’t really taken the first step to achieve it. They leave you wanting to scream at them.

I have loved her other books,(check out my other reviews) but for me, this one missed the mark.

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Rapture by Lucia Jordan

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Published: May 5, 2015

When the stakes are high and things seem too good to be true, what do you believe in?

For Magnolia Burns, sculpture is her life. It’s her daily work, her greatest love, and her constant struggle. It may not be the easiest way to pay her bills, but sculpture is just about the only romance in her life. But when Front Street Gallery takes on a sexy new tenant—German painter and photographer Ranier Ferran— Magnolia’s whole life is about to be turned on its head.
Ranier is a perfectionist and a romantic. A late night rendezvous in his studio swiftly turns into a sensual exploration of each other’s desire, as Ranier learns every curve and contour of Magnolia’s beautiful body.

Now sculpture has some competition for her affections, and Ranier is about to show Magnolia the pleasure to be gained from giving up control.

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This is another free digital book from Lucia Jordan and it did not leave me wanting to read the other three.

My main complaint with the story is the “instant sex”. There was no preliminary chemistry or build up  between Magnolia and Ranier, he just told her to take off her clothes, tied her to a table and had sex with her. Then he has the audacity to paint her like that and submit in an art contest. That’s where the book ends and that’s where my interest in the characters and plot ends too.

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Hypnotized by Lucia Jordan

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Published: September 29, 2015

Ariana Wilson’s fiancé ran off with his high school sweetheart, leaving her alone in a strange town with no money, no job, and no home. Desperate work, she applies as a cook for a ranch.

Cody Carrington has a rule: No single, pretty women are to be employed on his ranch. They always cause to much trouble. One look at Ariana screams trouble with a capital T. But trouble is to be his middle name. He learns his fiancée ran off with hers, leaving him in a desperate bind. Per his grandfather’s will, he has to be married by his 30th birthday or he loses the ranch to his conniving cousin who wants to sell the land to developers. He has three weeks to find another wife. And Ariana just might fit the bill. He just has to convince her to stay as his cook, but more importantly, his wife.

Can the pair overcome their shared history to make a connection and fulfil each others desires?

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This is the first in the Hypnotized series by Lucia Jordan and was sent to me via e-mail as a free digital book.

The author writes short “books” to pull you into a certain situation hoping you will buy the three other books in the series. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.  This time I didn’t.

The story line was good and the sex scenes were very hot and steamy but I just never became invested in the characters so I’ve decided not to go any further in the series. Besides, I know what will happen – Ariana will marry Cody, there will be ups and down but in the end the feelings they have will turn to love and the will have a HEA. 

A pleasant read.

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Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

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Published: January 15, 2016

Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna’s new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can’t know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical, Uses for Boys is a story of breaking down and growing up.

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This was the most depressing book that I think I have ever read or listened to but it is also very haunting.

In the “tell me again times”, Anna’s mom tells her the story of how she was alone and had always wanted a daughter. But Anna slowly learns the truth, having a daughter is not enough to fill the void inside her mother. So she watches as her mother marries, divorces, marries, divorces, and then spends a great deal of time dating man after man and leaving Anna in the house alone.
Anna often spends night after night alone in the lying house. It looks beautiful, but it is empty. She turns on the TV to fill it with noise. She wanders from room to room. And when nothing she can do fills that emptiness, she begins to try to fill it with boys in much the same way she sees her mother trying to fill her own emptiness with men.

Anna’s story is a series of relationships, very few of them real or fulfilling:
Her mother – absent, distant, unaware
The first boy – a boy who assaults her on the school bus, although she doesn’t realize at the time what it is.
Joey – For a while, he fills the void. But then just as her mother told her all men do, he leaves.
The rapist – he haunts her.
Toy – the best friend, lost herself, but Anna doesn’t recognize this until much later.
Josh – For a while, he too fills the void.
And then Sam – here she sees for the first time what a real family must look like, and it creates in her a longing so real, so palpable that the world around her shifts.

By the time Sam comes along Anna has gotten pregnant and had an abortion but he is a virgin and wants to WAIT for their first time together.  They do wait-for awhile but the temptation is too great and they have sex, whenever and where ever they can. One afternoon Anna goes over to Sam’s house because he is sick and one thing leads to another and they have sex and his mother walks in on them and tells her to leave.  

It’s during this time of depression and loneliness that Anna discovers that Toy is as broken as she is and has been lying about all her romantic boyfriends (none of whom exist). Anna  has been trying  fill the emptiness inside of her with boy after boy after boy until she sees something else and decides she is going to find a way to make it happen for herself, and it’s  important because Anna realizes this for herself and acts upon it for herself.

The book ends with Anna feeling hopeful and that’s something she has never felt before.

Very thought-provoking.

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Winner Takes All by Saskia Walker

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Published: November 19, 2007

It started as a game, but they are both playing to win.

Tina meets Shaun at a monthly meeting of eccentric game players in a British manor house. Shaun is a loner, highly competitive, and devastatingly sexy. When he challenges Tina to a sexual relationship, she can’t resist.

In a dangerous game of seduction, sassy Tina might have met her match in Shaun. He is a forthright, dominant lover, and the atmosphere of competition extends to their more intimate moments as they pursue a passionate affair. Each encounter ups the stakes, but what has started as a game rapidly grows more intense. Both players realize they have to play their way carefully, to win the prize. But what is real, and what is gamesmanship? In a relationship brimming with conflict, the ultimate challenge will be getting their opponent to reveal their true hand.

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Tina has been invited by her friend, Kate, to a gaming workshop where she meets Shaun. Initially Shaun comes off as arrogant, dominating and  egotistical even though Tina really wants to dislike him, she can’t seem to help her sexual attraction to him. The gaming weekends take on new meaning for the two when Shaun challenges Tina to add sex games to their weekends. Before long they’re both more than a little unsure of who really has control of the game, and if it’s even really still a game.

Even though the story was predictable I enjoyed it because of the magnet-like attraction between Tina and Shaun-they couldn’t keep their hands off of each other when they were together. I loved watching each of them trying to take the upper hand and maintain control and the dual points of view also gave more depth to the story. The sex scenes were not over the top but still hot and steamy.

A very good read.

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Raced (Driven #3.5) by K. Bromberg

Book Description:

Published: August 11, 2015

This novella is a compilation of reader requested scenes from the series retold through the eyes of Colton Donavan.
Colton Donavan lived life in the fast lane, but it took Rylee Thomas to teach him what racing was all about.

Arrogant
Rogue
Broken
Conceited
Dirty-Talking
Rebel
Egomaniacal
Voodooed
Bent
Reckless

You think you know me?

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Raced is not a complete re-write of the Driven series but a companion explores pivotal scenes as well as some new ones written in Colton Donavan’s point of view that were not previously published in Driven, Fueled, and Crashed. You hear  his thoughts, experience his inner-turmoil, and laugh with him on his journey as he overcomes his demons and accepts what it means to love.
This novella is for the devoted readers of the Driven series.

It is recommended that this companion be read after Driven, Fueled, and Crashed.

Since Colton is one of my favorite book boyfriends, I loved this re-write from his point of view. Made me love him even more.

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Aced (Driven #4) by K. Bromberg

Book Description:

Published: January 11, 2016

Rylee and Colton’s ride continues…

One moment. Six years ago.

The night she made the world around me so much more than just a blur. Now it’s the catalyst that threatens to tear us apart.

Our happily was supposed to be ever after. So why do I feel like it’s slipping through my fingers?

How can one moment, when our world seemed so right, resurface and cause our perfect life to spiral out of control?

I can’t lose her.

She’s my checkered flag.

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I thought I had posted a review for this book, but I guess it was lost among the many other books in my memory so here it is-

ACED is the fourth installment in K. Bromberg’s contemporary adult DRIVEN erotic romance series focusing on Colton Donavan, and Riley Thomas Donavan. ACED covers several months in the life between the end of CRASHED (Driven #3) and the epilogue that advanced the series approximately ten years. I do not recommend reading ACED as a stand alone-too much history, backstory and personal information is missing.

Told from dual first person points of view (Colton and Rylee) ACED focuses on the relationship between our leading couple as well as their struggle to deal with past transgressions, and future hopes. This ‘imperfectly perfect’ couple must face several demons: past and present; personal and public; old and new; dangerous and dark. We get up close and personal as one family struggles to survive as their world begins to crumble against the battering paparazzi, and those seeking revenge from a time long ago.

Colton, one of my favorite book boyfriends, makes mistakes, he has flaws, he has more skeletons than a grave yard in his closet but nothing will ever stop him from protecting his family and the love of his life. This book will take you on a roller coaster of emotions. You will feel heartbroken, you will feel angry, you will feel happiness, you will feel it all throughout this read. From the moments with Xander, through the awful exposure of privacy that these two feel, Aced will make you fall in love with their love all over again.

This was a wonderful look at marriage and all it takes to keep your happily ever after!

It is a great conclusion to a rocky but beautiful love story.   Fantastic series !!!!!

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Mercy – The Complete Set by Lucia Jordan

Book Description:

Published: June 14, 2015

Mark’s expert lessons will teach Autumn the pleasure of submission, but at what cost?”

Autumn Smith has always been a confident businesswoman. Her prowess in the boardroom has helped her achieve the rank of CEO at Tech Titans. In spite of all that success, her love life leaves a lot to be desired. But the discovery of a mysterious business card one night leads her to Mark Paris- a seductively enigmatic ‘Intimacy Tutor’ who specializes in helping women realize their wildest sensual fantasies. He’s a tall and handsome gentleman with the power to control her every desire.
Soon Autumn embarks on the ultimate pleasure seeking adventure – discovering the joys of surrendering to power – with the most gorgeous man and in the most salacious scenarios beyond her imagination…

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Autumn’s boyfriend, Evan, is seeing other women because he says they will do the kinkier things that she won’t. So, when he drops a business card with the name of a sex tutor Autumn plans to take lessons and finally get him to commit to her only.

But once she meets Mark, the Sex Tutor, and she realizes how he makes her feel (like nothing Evan ever has) she begins to have second thoughts about Evan. She continues to see Mark and realizes that she feels more for him than she should. The sex between them is great and hot but could she have a relationship with him? Out of the blue Evan proposes and she finds out it’s because his parents want him married before they will give him access to his trust fund.  First she says YES and then NO. She decides to tell Mark exactly how she feels and he tells her he can not have a relationship with her or any one. Well, this is not what she wanted to hear. 

To make a long story short, she gets fired from her job, and  decides to start her own company that will empower women and hire Mark as part of her team. Mark agrees and confesses that he does love her and that she will be the only woman for him from now on. HEA!

Loved this short series of four books because there was  a plot, humor, and hot sex scenes. Lucia Jordan hit a home run with this one!

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Book Description:

Published: November 6, 1939

In his masterpiece of writing , a group of people are lured into coming to an island under different pretexts, e.g., offers of employment, to enjoy a late summer holiday, or to meet old friends. All have been complicit in the deaths of other human beings, but either escaped justice or committed an act that was not subject to legal sanction. The guests and two servants who are present are “charged” with their respective “crimes” by a gramophone recording after dinner the first night, and informed that they have been brought to the island to pay for their actions. They are the only people on the island, and cannot escape due to the distance from the mainland and the inclement weather, and gradually all ten are killed in turn, each in a manner that seems to parallel the deaths in the nursery rhyme. Nobody else seems to be left alive on the island by the time of the apparent last death. A confession, in the form of a postscript to the novel, unveils how the killings took place and who was responsible.

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I think we’ve all seen  the 1965 movie entitled Ten Little Indians, based on Ms. Christie’s book but how many of us have read it? I hadn’t, so when I found the audio version on my Overdrive account, I snapped it up. The narrator, Dan Stevens, did a great job with all the voices and nuances of the characters and I loved it.

I had forgotten about the confession at the end so the murder’s identity was a mystery to me until the very end. If you haven’t read, listened or watched the movie, I highly recommend it. It’s creepy and very entertaining.

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