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If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen most of the pictures in this post. But for those of you that don’t sit back and enjoy the photos of our trip to Orlando, FL to Universal Studios.
Universal Studios Orlando is split into two parks; Universal Studios and Universal Islands Adventure. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (the happiest place on Earth, sorry Disney!) is broken into two parts; Hogwarts (Universal Studios) and Hogsmeade (Islands Adventure). You can buy a park-to-park ticket and ride the Hogwarts Express (so cool!) between the parks.
My favorite area was Hogsmeade because there were more things to see and do, which included Knockturn Alley and Diagon Alley.
I’ve always been a fan of the Harry Potter movies and I read books 1-3 but after visiting the park I want to read the whole series with my son.
Oh and we did a few other things on our long weekend in Orlando like visit the Kennedy Space Center.
Celebrate The 4th of July with the Americans in the group by reading a book with red, white, or blue on the cover or the words red, white or blue in the title. Read-a-thon is from July 4th – 10th.
Second Change Summer – #43 Read a book that takes place during the summer. 3 points
Caged – #2 Read a book with a cover that is at least 51% blue. 1 point
Afternoon Delight – #4 Read a book with a red item on the cover. 1 point
Stars and Stripes – #24 Read a book that fits in the LGBT genre. 2 points
Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.
A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.
Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.
Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye is a prefect ending to her Hard Ink series.
If you haven’t read Kaye’s Hard Ink series you should start with book 1, Hard As It Gets since the series focuses on the story arc of the guys clearing their name from an event that happened while they were in the army together. And with the series being a relative short one you can play catch up quickly.
We’ve followed the guys and gals of Hard Ink through action, danger and mystery to get to the collective HEA of everyone. And in Hard to Let Go Laura Kaye pulls out all the stops. I’d have to say that Kat and Beckett are my favorite couple and relationship of the group.
They fight like cats and dogs that translates into some serious attraction smoking hot sexy times. Really I don’t remember the other books being this hot. Oh the whole series is super sexy but dang Kat is one lucky lady with Beckett. He’s known in the group as the quite one and comes off as an ass but it’s all the mask he wears to hide what’s going on in his head. But when is his soft and sweet to Kat it just melts my heart and his back story makes me what to just hug him until I get massive paper cuts (cuz he’s a fictional character in a book).
The trade mark humor is very present in Hard to Let Go. I love how Kaye lightens the darker notes of the series with the funny as hell one liners and zingers these guys through at each other.
“Glad he’s not,” Charlie said, humor and embarrassment mixed in his voice. He crossed his arms. “He’d probably wear his ‘I’ve got a pole you can dance on’ T-shirt just to spite me.”
Marz burst out laughing. “Charlie Merritt! I didn’t know you had that in you,” he managed, still laughing.
Charlie gave Beckett a Did he really just say that? look, his embarrassment easing in favor of amusement.
“Dude. Think about what you just said and remember you’re talking to a gay man.”
What’s not to love about a tough as nails alpha hero with a heart of gold in need of some major snuggling to get over his low self-esteem. And a smart and sassy heroine that needs some snuggling herself.
“Stay,” he said, closing his arms around her back. He pulled her in tight.
And as they stood in the dark holding each other, Beckett had a goddamned ridiculous realization.
He could count the number of people who had hugged him before this moment on one finger—Becca, when she’d apologized to him for what they’d all thought her father had done. Before that, Beckett couldn’t ever remember being hugged. Not once.
Hard to let go is how I felt finishing Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye. I can’t wait to read the spin-off series that will focus around The Ravens, the motorcycle gang that came in earlier in the series to help the Hard Ink gang take down the bad guy and finally find out the truth. Here’s hoping we’ll get some cameos from our soldiers and their gals.
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
I started Audiobook Month off with my favorite male narrators now it’s time to close the month with my favorite female narrators. This list will be longer because I’ve listened to more female narrators than males. These ladies can bring it!
These ladies will have you laughing your butt off!
These ladies have the best voices for those steamy scenes. They can melt your ear buds. And they’re really good at delivering the male voices to make you swoon.
These ladies can narrate anything!
Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…
For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.
Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.
Dark Heir is the 9th book in the Jane Yellowrock series and I still hate Leo! Why Jane doesn’t just stake him is the most infuriating part of the series. Leo is one of those “gray” characters, he’s not 100% good and not 100% evil. In fact all the vampires are pretty much in the same area as Leo. Oh sure some are more evil than others but Faith Hunter’s vampires are not the cuddly kind, not even the “nice” ones.
Like many of the vampire troubles Jane finds herself in is due in big part to the Master of New Orleans, Leo. Jane and her partners, the Younger brothers are trying to stop a crazy old suck head that Leo had chained up in his basement. There’s a lot of vampire politics involved keeping Jane from just staking the dangerous vampire.
As Jane and the gang work to bring down the vampire there’s a lot of emotional and relationship stuff going on for Jane. She and the Younger brothers are becoming more of a family than just partners. Molly, Jane’s BFF and witch is walking the line between being a good witch and a bad witch and their friendship is still not back on solid ground. Then there’s George aka Bruiser. He and Jane seems to be heading in the right direction for their relationship when I really enjoy seeing now that I’m back on Team George.
One thing I could have done without was a phone call with Ricky. But at least it was short and Jane had the right reaction to it.
Dark Heir is not to be missed by Jane Yellowrock fans. While it was not my favorite book in the series it was still an enjoyable listen and I can’t wait to see where Faith Hunter task Jane and Beast.
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter writes dark urban fantasy and paranormal thrillers, including the Skinwalker series, featuring rogue-vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock, and the Rogue Mage series, a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality series, featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. She has a new series under wraps.
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AN UPTIGHT BRITISH EXECUTIVE. AN ADVENTUROUS AMERICAN NEWBIE. A SEXY INTERNATIONAL SCANDAL IN THE MAKING.
When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.
Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?
Beautiful Secret brings the story of Naill, Max from Beautiful Stranger and Beautiful Beloved younger brother. And Naill is painfully British. He comes off as aloof and very proper. He’s always in a suit and nothing is ever out-of-place.
While Max has been living in New York for a while running a business and getting married Naill’s has been over in England running a business and getting divorced. But a business trip brings him to New York for a bit so we get to see some of our old favorites from other books, which is always fun.
Naill and one of the other guys from the company were to travel to NYC but something has come up and instead of Andrew coming along with Naill, Ruby, Andrew’s intern is coming with.
Ruby has had a huge crush on Naill ever since she laid eyes on him 6 months ago. But Naill’s has just started to notice Ruby. But when he takes notice things really start to heat up.
The thing I like the most about Beautiful Secret is that Naill’s is the one that’s inexperienced with relationships instead of a play boy. He’s only been with one woman, his wife. Ruby is the one with the experience and she helps Naill’s get out of his comfort zone. While Naill’s is older, Ruby is his match in every way from the bedroom to the meeting room. The two really work well together on all levels.
The dual narration that Charlotte Penfield and Jonathan Cole brought to the series was amazing. I already love Cole’s work as Max and now Naills. I love his performance of the two Stella brothers and look forward to listening to more of his work. Penfield is new to the series and she was perfect for Ruby. She delivers a great performance with the right mix of sexy and innocent that Ruby brings to the story. I’m not new to listening to Penfield, I listened to her work on one other audio book, Twisted by Emma Chase and like Cole I look forward to listening to her work again.
Now that I’m all caught up on the Beautiful Bastard series I’m going to listen to Christina Lauren’s Wild Seasons series while I wait for the next book in the BB series to release. I wonder who it will be about. Christina Lauren has mentioned that Will and Hanna from Beautiful Player will get a novella so maybe that will be next.
Yes, there are two of us! Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right).
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced nine New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages.
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
Piper and Michael Collins have it all. They’re in love, both have successful jobs, live in a nice neighborhood, and have a great sex life—that is, up until recently. Over the past six months everything has started to drag. Even though they’ve led an “extracurricular” lifestyle for a long time, things have gotten boring.
It’s up to Piper to liven her marriage up, which she does with a little encouragement from her pal Caroline at their weekly STD happy hours. She jumps in without pause and sparks between she and Michael fly. First with hot selfies, office sex, and later with some much needed risk-taking.
From there, Piper and Michael make a Top Ten Sex List and start ticking off their wildest fantasies. Piper is fearless, but when they both arrive at Michael's number ten, is Piper really ready?
*This book is super steamy hot, filled with out-of-the-box moments. The book contains: explicit sex, hardcore toys, and group sex.
I’ve loving the Pushing the Boundaries series by Amanda Abbott so much! Why? Because it focuses on married couples that are trying to reconnect in their sexual needs and wants after being together for a few years. And each couple is at a different point in their relationship and it’s gratifying to see what happens with a couple after they’ve had their HEA. Marriage is all about work to keep things interesting. And boy are these marriages interesting!
What Piper Needs followings Caroline and Jace from book 1, What Caroline Wants, neighbors, Piper and Michael. Through Caroline and Jace’s eyes, Piper and Michael seemed to have the sex part of their marriage figured out and where old pros at the lifestyle. Piper was freely giving out advice to Caroline but as Piper’s story unfolds we find out that she and Michael’s marriage like everyone else’s is not perfect.
In fact Piper hasn’t had an orgasm in a long time and even though she is very out spoken about sex she has closed herself off to it in many ways after a bad experience a few years ago when she and Michael had a night with another couple.
Michael and Piper are both worried about the slump they’ve been in but neither really knows how to fix it. Their biggest issue is not communicating with each other. Piper is afraid to talk about their issues for fear of making Michael unhappy and Michael only wants to make Piper happy but he’s not sure that is anymore.
Even though some of the sex is over the top (but really, really hot) I connected with Piper and Michael like they were real people. The issues they have are real issues that you would find in any marriage and it was great to see them work through their issues to be a better couple by the end of the book. I felt all the emotions that they were feeling from loneliness, lust and finally enjoy. Amanda Abbott does a remarkable job bring these couples to life and making me care about their happiness. I can’t wait to read more on the other couples that are introduced in pieces in series so far.
I highly recommend What Piper Needs to all those married romance readers out there. I think you will really connect with these characters and their problems. You don’t have to be in the lifestyle of group sex, sex clubs or the like to get what Piper and Michael are going through. Sure the series has tons of sex involved but at the heart of it, it about working on ones marriage and getting to that place where you are open and honest with your partner.
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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
What Caroline Wants by Amanda Abbott
Series: Pushing the Boundaries #1
Published by Amanda Abbott on May 18th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
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Caroline and Jason Stratton have always been hot for each other. Married right out of college, they’ve had a great sex life. But when they discover that their best friends and neighbors, Piper and Michael Collins, have experimented with a few extracurricular adventures during their ten year marriage, Caroline and Jace’s sexual world is rocked.
The Strattons quickly find that inviting others into their bedroom might be something they want to explore. But getting Caroline to reconcile her Southern guilt is another matter altogether. So they decide to take it deliciously slow, exploring every avenue.
Their adventures lead them to Emma and Pete, and after a fun, sexy dinner date out, and an incredibly hot car ride home, they’re in. But once they decide to scale that mountain, all bets are off. In the end, Caroline must make a decision—and it’s one she’ll have to live with forever.
*This book is ridiculously sexy, filled with high-octane moments between the couple as they figure out what makes them tick. The book contains: explicit sex, voyeurism, and light couple swap. **There is no cheating, everything is consensual between all participants.
It’s about a married couple! I’ve not read many in fact I can only think of one book I read about a married couple. Most romances (at least the ones I read) are couples getting together and working toward a HEA. So What Caroline Wantswas a refreshing read for me. I loved seeing how a happily married couple worked through their sexual needs as a couple.
After being married for so long your sex life can get a little boring if you don’t work at it. And Caroline and Jason really worked!
After I was pulled into reading What Caroline Wants, I kept reading until 1am because of the characters. I really connected with Caroline and Jason. Here you have a married couple that’s been together for nine years and married for five of those years. They love each other so much and it comes through in Abbott’s writing.
Caroline was brought up in a very religious house and has all kinds of guilt about sex. Even after being with Jason for nine years he is still having to slowly bring out her sexuality. Jason is much more open about sex so he balances out Caroline very well.
Like many people Caroline has fantasy that she thought would never be played out. But through her loving relationship with Jason her needs are met and she is brought to a whole new level of living but it’s an emotional ride for the couple as they deal with their guilt after one amazing night with another couple.
I won’t spoil you but just so you know there is no spouse swapping or group orgies in What Caroline Wants. So if you are looking for a romance between a married a couple that’s seeking a little supplement in their sex life then you will enjoy Caroline and Jason’s journey into a new world of pleasure. And if you enjoy hot sex scenes with real emotion you should give What Caroline Wants a read.
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
Piper Perez has always wanted to be a superhero. Always wanted to wear a cool costume, have amazing abilities, and save the day. There’s just one problem—Piper doesn’t have any superpowers.
So she focuses on other things. Facts, figures, memorabilia. Piper knows and collects it all, about both the superheroes and the ubervillains who roam the streets of Bigtime, N.Y. Piper’s friends jokingly call her a fandemic—someone who is a superfan of all things superhero. The nickname is truer than anyone knows, especially since Piper can’t stop thinking about Swifte, the speedy hero who broke her heart months ago.
But someone has been killing off Bigtime’s heroes and villains. When one of Piper’s friends is murdered, she vows to do whatever she can to help bring the killer to justice, superpowers or not. All the clues and information she gathers lead her to believe that Swifte is the killer’s next target. Piper has always wanted to be a hero, and now she’ll have to use all of her fandemic knowledge to save the man she loves—or die trying….
Piper is a big fangirl when it comes to superheroes, her friends call her Fandemic because of her obsession with them. She collects all their merchandise and knows all their powers, fight stats and even most of their real identities. But when she let’s it be known to her boyfriend that she knows his secret superhero identity that’s when the relationship hits a road block.
The struggle between Piper and Kyle is a real one and it’s heartbreaking to see these two be apart when it’s clear they love each other. But Kyle has trust issues when it comes to his superhero identity. He thinks that Piper only wants to be with him because he wears a mask and spandex.
Fandemic is a great addition to Jennifer Estep’s Bigtime series, showing us that not only do the superheroes get their HEA but the everyday gal on the street does too. Piper started out doing whatever she could get her own super powers like taking an annually trip to the Bigtime Nuclear Power Plant in hopes that a core reactor would melt down and give her powers through a radiation leak. But by the end of Fandemic, Piper was happy just being her, no powers included.
If you’re a superhero fan and looking for a fun and quirky series you should give Bigtime series by Jennifer Estep a go. Each book could be read as a stand alone but they are more enjoyable read as a series in order. Start with book 1,Karma Girl.
Love when authors can poke fun at themselves:
“I’m talking to you, hot mama,” the guy crooned again.
“Really?” I asked. “Hot mama? That’s your line?”
The guy frowned. “What’s wrong with hot mama?”
I shrugged, “For starters, it sounds like some cheesy book title.”
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. She is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more information on her books, visit Jennifer’s website at www.jenniferestep.com.
WATCH OUT, HOLLYWOOD!
Grace Sheridan is back. Ten years after discovering that looks and talent are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, she’s wriggling into a pair of badass jeans and ready to show the film industry that there’s way more to her than just a head of gorgeous red curls. And Hollywood’s newest Brit super-hunk Jack Hamilton certainly sees a lot to like. Grace is trying to restrain herself from jumping a man who is nearly a decade her junior, but Jack is making it clear that he personally has zero problems with that idea.
While Grace and Jack are still swapping innuendo-loaded quips and text sex though, the paparazzi have caught up with them, headlining the “unidentified redhead” who’s been photographed trysting at a restaurant with the heartthrob of the year. Now Grace is in stuck in a double bind. She’s head over heels in lust with Jack, but there’s her own career to think of as well. A sizzling romance with the newest “it” boy may garner her industry attention . . . but is it the kind of attention she’s always dreamed of?
The Unidentified Redhead is a no brain needed, fun, sassy and very sexy listen. I’ve not laughed or smiled so much while listening to a romance like I did with this one. Seriously I got some funny looks from people at the gym when I was LOLing on the elliptical.
“Yeah, she’s right here. She’s in the shower, in fact…Oh, Jack! I told Grace the funniest joke about the British invading her hoo—Wait, what?…Hold on…Grace, Jack would like you to know that he has seen the pictures and he thinks you were pointing that shrimp at him far too aggressively…No, she isn’t acknowledging you. She’s now banging her head against the shower tiles…Oops, now she’s glaring at me…she’s turning off the shower, Jack…she’s coming towards me…she’s naked, Jack…and angry…she’s naked and angry, Jack…you would probably love angry, naked Grace. It’s something to see. She’s hitting me, Jack…I think she’s going to take the phone away from…”
Novelist Alice Clayton makes her home in St. Louis where she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up after, and is trying desperately to get her long-time boyfriend to make her an honest woman–and please buy her a Bernese Mountain dog.
After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and educator, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career: author. Having never written anything longer than a grocery list, she soon found writing to be the creative outlet she’d been missing since walking away from the theater 10 years before.
She has a great time combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, and she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, the first two installments of The Redhead Series–The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed. Her latest novel Wallbanger is a return to her trademark comedic erotica, or funny smut, that Alice has become known for.
Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast (check them out on iTunes) and has recently partnered with actor Greg Grunberg, blogger Brittany Gibbons, and actress Keili Lefkovitz on a new travel show that will begin filming in January.
Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Marys, eight hours of sleep and a good pounding.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
When his wife was murdered two years ago, Special Agent Levi Lazaro turned his back on everything he cared about. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. Now he's finally uncovered the identities of those who killed his wife—and he's ready to destroy them at any cost. He won’t let anything stand in his way—not even a beautiful NSA agent on a mission of her own.
Special Agent Selene Wolfe prides herself on being the best. Her fearlessness and quick-thinking make her the perfect person to take down a deadly terrorist cell. But she needs Levi’s help, and the moment he shows up, Selene knows her objectivity—and her heart—are in trouble.
As the two strike an uneasy alliance, Levi finds himself tormented by his desire for Selene—a feeling he thought long dead. But when their mission takes an unexpected turn, he finds himself faced with an impossible choice: either put aside his need for revenge, or save the woman who’s reawakened his soul…
Shattered Duty is the third book in Katie Reus’ Deadly Ops series but it’s my second book to read in the series. I know, I know. I need to go back and read/listen to book 1, Targeted. It’s on my reading plan.
I highly recommend Katie Reus’s Deadly Ops series to Romantic Suspense readers. They are a great balance between romance and action. You could start with Shattered Duty but you might miss a few connections on some of the secondary characters if you don’t start from the being with Targeted.
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.