Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Review: E L James's "Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as told by Christian (Fifty Shades as Told by Christian #2)."


E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.

Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.

But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?

And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?

Review: Jo 

As a huge Fifty Shades fan, I have had this book on pre-order as soon as it was possible to do so. When "Darker" landed on my kindle at midnight, I was so excited and started reading immediately. I can't remember the last time I was so eager to start a new book. I absolutely loved "Grey" and couldn't wait for this second opportunity to get inside Christian Grey's head. I was more than ready to revisit some of my favourite scenes from FSD and to discover what Christian was truly thinking and feeling during certain parts of the story. It was pretty clear that things had changed so much for Mr Grey and I quickly noticed a big difference in how much power Ana now had in their relationship. I also loved learning how desperate Christian was to have Ana back in his life. She held all of the cards from the very beginning of this instalment.

"I’m feeling my way in this relationship. It’s new to me. I don’t know the rules. 
And right now, all I want is to take care of Ana and give her the world."

Another change from Christian was a more softer and caring approach. Gone was the cold and arrogant man that I met at the beginning of Grey. Falling in love with Ana had truly changed Christian for the better and it was a joy to see. Because it has been a while since I had read or listened to the Fifty Shades series on audio, I had completely forgotten about how many gorgeous scenes there were in this trilogy and I absolutely adored reading them all over again from Christian's perspective. It made me realise how much was missed out of the film. I also loved rereading those emails. They will NEVER get old for me. They make me swoon like crazy every single time. Reading this book was like peeling off the layers that surrounded the delicious Mr Grey and uncovering every little new thing about him. I loved reading the parts of the story that made me chuckle as I realised how immature Christian could be, but there was also moments that broke my heart when I discovered how negative Christian was towards himself. He truly was a tortured soul. And of course, there were many flashbacks included in this story, both from Christian's childhood and from his earlier time spent with Mrs Robinson. 

"...here she is, doing what no one’s ever done. Kissing me. Accepting me. 
Accepting this dark, dark side of me. She’s slaying my demons. 
My brave girl. My beautiful brave girl."

If you have loved this trilogy as much as me, this book is a must. E L James has once again delivered another book that I fell madly in love with. You won't be disappointed. Now I'm left wanting more so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that E L will write Freed from Christian's POV too.

"She is the love of my life. It will only ever be Ana."

"Darker" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Review: Meredith Wild's "Misadventures of a Virgin (Misadventures #14)."


It’s been years since June Bell shared a stolen moment with her girlhood crush, Kase McCasker. It’s been just as long since Kase’s father nixed the sale of the McCasker farm to expand the grounds of the Bell’s grand hotel. Now that Kase is back home for good, June might be the only person who can persuade him to reconsider the abandoned plan. But how can she face him again after he left her without a word? 

Four years ago, unexpected news shook the foundation of Kase McCasker’s world. Escaping Falls Edge for college was the perfect excuse to chase his demons and bury his pain. Now, with a degree in hand and a void he can’t fill, he’s back in the little mountain town he thought he’d never call home again. Searching for purpose, he’s determined to put down roots and take over the struggling farm that’s been in his family for generations. 

Time and distance haven’t taken the edge off his preoccupation with June, the spitfire daughter of his father’s rival. He hasn’t forgotten their time together and all the things they did and didn’t do. One look at her has him reconsidering the future and making a dangerous deal to win her over. Is a chance at her heart worth risking everything else? 

Review: Jo 

Out of all the books that I have read so far from this series, this one was one of my top favourites. I loved June and Kase's romance. It turned out to be so much more than a sexy story about a virgin. 

"I'm getting a second chance, and I'm not letting you go this time." 

June and Kase's book was a gorgeous tale of second chance love alongside a story of family secrets and scandal. I was engrossed throughout the entire story and captivated by the relationship that June and Kase shared. The pair made a beautiful couple and it wasn't long before I realised how they were both truly meant for each other. I loved reading about June and Kase's past and how they really felt for one another over the years gone by. I was so happy that June and Kase had found one another again and were getting another chance at love. 

"His words are poetry written on my body, inked into my psyche, 
carved into new desires I never knew I possessed. "

The story was mainly written from June's POV but there were a few special chapters from Kase's perspective that were a treat to read. It was lovely to read his true feelings and thoughts about June. Kase made my heart all warm and fuzzy, especially after reading the epilogue which was so sweet and dreamy.

"You were always the one. This is always where I wanted to be. 
I knew I could never have you, but I never forgot about you, June.." 

If you love a gorgeous second chance romance this one is for you.

Misadventures of a Virgin gets 4.5 ❤️'s from me.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Review: Kate Baxter's "The Wicked Vampire (The Last True Vampire #6)."


Sasha Ivanov was born to be wild. A vampire party girl, she stalks the L.A. clubs at night. Dancing. Drinking. Indulging her darkest appetites. Never sated, she's always looking for more: more danger, more excitement, more blood. But when she enters a supernatural fight club--and is tethered to her mortal enemy--Sasha realizes she's playing the most dangerous game of all...

Ewan Brun was born to kill vampires. A powerful berserker and unbeaten champion, he doesn't need a weapon to be deadly. He is the weapon. But when his soul becomes captive to the most beautiful vampire he's ever seen, he is all but powerless. He cannot resist Sasha--and cannot fight his desires. Is their love strong enough to defeat the gathering forces of darkness that threatens to destroy them both?

Review: Jo 

I've missed a few of the previous books in this series so I was very much looking forward to starting this one and returning to the exciting paranormal world that Kate Baxter has created. "The Wicked Vampire" did not disappoint. It contained all of the elements that I have come to expect from this series. I loved this passionate tale of Forbidden love in the underworld. 

"Aren't we supposed to establish some sort of safe word before we get started?"
"Safe word? Oh love, there isn't a word in existence that will keep you safe from me." 

The story of Sasha and Ewan sure was a bumpy, but thrilling ride. Their relationship was filled with drama and danger and I feared what was in store for the couple. Sasha and Ewan's love was forbidden, they were supposed to be enemies-never to fall in love, but they did and what followed was a book that I read with my heart in my mouth for the majority of the time. I was scared to turn the pages, knowing that Sasha and Ewan were taking so many risks being together. I had a whole lot of bad feelings about their romance. 

"He could never, ever let her go. 
And his selfish want of hers was bound to destroy them both." 

Despite all of the problems that Sasha and Ewan faced, they did make a gorgeous couple. Every step of the development of their relationship was just beautiful to watch. So much passion, so much chemistry and so much heart. There was no way that Sasha and Ewan could resist each other even when being together wasn't going to be easy. I loved both Sasha and Ewan. They were strong and stubborn characters with enough courage between them to face their obstacles. Because Sasha and Ewan were both stubborn there relationship made for some heated arguments and banter but it also made for some steamy scenes. This couple were insanely hot together. I loved everything about their relationship. 

"He touched her as though he'd known her body for centuries 
and spent every single night learning it's secrets." 

If you love paranormal romance that contains a sexy alpha and a gutsy heroine, I highly recommend picking this standalone story up. Now, I need to catch up on the stories that I have missed. 

"...I'll yank the sun right out of the sky for a few more hours with you." 

The Wicked Vampire gets 4.5 ❤️'s from me.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Review: The Confession: Rhyannon Byrd's "London Affair Part 3 (London Affair: An International Love Story #3)."


When American art-history graduate Emmy Reed arrived in London, she was looking for an exclusive scoop on a famous reclusive artist. Encountering millionaire playboy Jase Beckett, Emmy agreed to be his date for a family wedding when she discovered that her sought-after artist was his grandfather.

After a stunning weekend of intense sexual connection, neither Emmy nor Jase wanted to let go. But both had been burned by a lifetime of family tragedies and were unable to admit their feelings, so Emmy returned to San Diego. Determined to win her back, Jase followed, only to be forced to end things between them for her protection.

Now, back in London, Jase is undone when Emmy shows up demanding an explanation - and he can't let her go again. With her at his side, he's ready to uncover the truth about the damaging secrets that have cursed the Beckett family. But as the revelations keep coming, it's clear the danger isn't over. And all Jase and Emmy know is that they can only trust each other...

Review: Jo 

This final instalment in this trilogy continued with the same intensity that I found in the previous book. "The Confession" was a fast-paced, exciting and sexy conclusion to a series that I have thoroughly enjoyed. 

"I want you so much I can’t breathe. Can’t sleep. 
Can’t eat. I want you forever. For always."

Jase and Emmy's relationship has been filled with non-stop drama and passion. I can't believe how much has happened for this couple in such a short amount of time. There hasn't been one dull moment between them and I have been riveted by every single thing that has occurred. I have spent the majority of this book on the edge of my seat. I really had no idea how Jase and Emmy's story would end up but I hoped they would get their HEA. They definitely deserved it. 

"He’s binding me with his need. 
With his pain and his passion and his hope for what we’re building together, 
and I love him so goddamn much that it hurts."

As well as the many events that happened in Jase and Emmy's life, there was also a whole lot of love and red hot sex. I adored the relationship between Jase and Emmy. They fell in love so quickly, but it was a believable love and I was invested one hundred percent in this couple's story. The pair also shared one hell of a great sex life. Jase and Emmy were extremely steamy together, with one particular scene that was on fire. They were so damn hot! 

"He’s the perfect answer to every question my heart has ever had, 
and I want nothing more than to take him into every part of me 
and keep him there forever."

This series was my first read from this author, but I'm certain it won't be my last. I have loved Jase and Emmy's thrilling story. It was a trilogy that was well worth the read. 

The Confession gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Blog Tour: C.D. Reiss's "Bodyguard (Hollywood A-List #2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for C.D. Reiss's "Bodyguard (Hollywood A-List #2)."


Emily enjoys all the perks of fame—the parties, the glamour, the tours—but they’ve brought her back to the attention of a dangerous ex-boyfriend hell bent on getting her back.

Enter Carter Kincaid, a bodyguard so crushingly sexy he takes her breath away.

Carter’s the best in the business and Emily is—professionally speaking—off-limits. But when it comes to stirring his desires, she’s hitting all the right notes. What’s happening between them is so hot it could get both of them burned. As Emily’s past gets closer, Carter is willing to break every rule of the job to save her. But letting Emily into his life also means letting her in on the secrets of his own past. For both of them, falling in love could be the greatest risk of all.

Review: Jo 

"The Bodyguard" was a story that just got better and better with each new chapter. By forty percent in I was hooked. Carter and Emily's story was jam packed with a gripping plot, a gorgeous romance and an unexpected twist to the story as well as a few nail biting chapters thrown in too. This was another book from this author that I loved. 

"I wanted to eat her alive. Put my hands on every inch of her. 
Take her body on the hardwood. Everything." 

The bodyguard of the story was beautiful, protective alpha, Carter. This stunning man had so much responsibility on his shoulders, so much to worry about. My heart went out to him and I wanted to magic all of his problems away. I wanted him to have a happy life and not be drowning in the stress of the secrets that he was hiding. I'm pretty sure his heart was going to give out on him if things didn't improve. Poor Carter. 

"I found strength in his eyes. A calm in the storm.
 A stability when everything around me was unsure and dangerous."

Emily, the heroine of the story also had a stressful life. I guess you could say that Carter and Emily were perfect for one another in a lot of ways, however their relationship didn't quite go as perfectly as they deserved. So much was happening in their lives that made the couple's relationship seem impossible, especially for Carter. 

"You weren't supposed to come in the middle of a storm. 
You were supposed to walk into my life when all the storms were gone." 

Carter and Emily's story had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what next could go wrong for the pair. Despite the difficulties the couple faced, there was also a lot of swoony love that made me fall more and more in love with Carter. A romantic story, great plot and CD Reiss's fantastic writing made this another hit for me. I highly recommend adding this standalone read to your kindle. 

"Nothing was guaranteed. Life wasn't sure, protected, or secure. 
But he made love feel as if it wasn't a risk." 

"The Bodyguard" gets 4.5 hearts from me.


"Are we going to have another 'about last night' conversation?" I asked.

"If you want to."

What did I want to say? Everything. but mostly, I wanted to tell him how much I liked kissing him and how conflicted I was. I wanted to demand answers immediately and give him space at the same time.

All the words tried to jump forward, but when he stopped at a light, our eyes met in the rearview. The words landed in a tangle, unsaid.

He tapped the steering wheel when he turned it, using both hands for the first time since I'd gotten in.

"Hey," I said.

"Yeah?" He briefly looked at me in the mirror.

"What happened to your hand?"

"Burn." he brushed his left hand over the bandage at the top of his palm, right where you'd burn it if you were picking up a hot pot handle. He caught my eye in the rearview again. 

I didn't know if I believed him.

"What were you cooking?"


"And you still went to get a Danish?"

He rubbed his upper lip with his left hand and tapped the wheel with the bandaged one.

"I burned my eggs."

Right. Hot pot. Burned hand. Smoke-filled kitchen.

"You know what's funny?" I said.

"The Three Stooges."

"I don't know anything about you. You could live in your mother's basement."

"That's just where I bury the bodies."

Blatant avoidance. It had been cute before; now it was getting on my nerves. 

"Are you married?"


He could have been lying, buy lying liars always lied. There wasn't a thing I could do about that except make sure I asked.

Something was wrong. We'd kissed twice, and twice he'd shut down. I should have been the one shutting down. I was the one with all the ex-boyfriend baggage. Why was I the one who was always so willing?

But there he was in the front seat, driving with both hands on the wheel, glancing at me once in a while to make sure I wasn't choking on my tongue in the back seat. Discomfort radiated out of him.

Here I was with my hands in my lap thinking about ways to kiss him again.

He pulled into the little lot and wedged into a space. He turned off the car, popped his seat belt, and stared at the wheel for a split second too long. I was about to open the car door myself when he turned all the way around, arm over the back of his seat, bandaged hand on the back of the passenger side.

"Kissing you..." He stopped and looked at my lips so intensely I folded them back and bit them. "You're dangerous. I can't even see your lips, but I can taste them. I couldn't brush the taste of you out of my mouth this morning. Right now. The honey. I can taste it but not enough. I want to kiss you again, and I can't. I lose my shit around you. I can't do it. My job is control. Do you understand what I'm saying?"

My jaw loosened, and I let my lips go.

"No, I don't. I've met bodyguards before. You're a stoic bunch, but you're not all celibate. And if you think this is easy for me, you're wrong. I'm afraid too. I'm afraid you're going to get hurt because of me. last night..." I put my fingertips to my lips as if that would keep the choking sob from coming. I kept it back. "Last night he showed me he's back, and if he'll hurt me, he'll hurt you."

If I thought seats would be a barrier between us, I was wrong. He launched himself between them and placed his lips on mine. Our third kiss was unexpected, uncomfortable with him stretched between front and back. I wove my fingers in his hair, giving him my mouth, and taking his.

I wanted that kiss to tell him it was all right. He could lose control. He could bemore than a protector. He was as safe with me as I was with him. But I couldn't without lying to both of us.

He yanked his lips away.

"Trust me." He leaned his forehead against mine. 

About the Author: 

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. 

Connect with CD Reiss:

Website: www.cdreiss.com

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Review: Rhyannon Byrd's "The Chase: London Affair Part 2 (London Affair: An International Love Story #2)."


When American art-history graduate Emmy Reed arrived in London, she was hoping to land her dream job with an exclusive scoop on a famous reclusive artist. Thrown into the path of millionaire playboy Jase Beckett, Emmy found herself agreeing to be his date for a family wedding when she discovered that her sought-after artist was his grandfather.

After a stunning weekend of intense sexual connection, even amidst his family's devious scheming, neither Emmy nor Jase wanted to let go. But both had been burned by a lifetime of family tragedies and, with neither able to say what the other wanted to hear, Emmy returned to San Diego.

Now, realising he's been a fool, Jase follows Emmy, determined to leave the past behind and fight for his future. But will San Diego be far enough away to escape the dark, damaging secrets that surround the Beckett family - especially when the revelations threaten his and Emmy's lives, as well as their relationship?

Review: Jo 

Wow! This series has definitely stepped up a gear with this second instalment. So much happened for Jase and Emmy that I could hardly catch my breath. Sometimes sexy, sometimes thrilling and sometimes heart-stopping. I loved "The Chase." 

"I want the beautiful, stubborn, frustrating,
 fascinating, addictive Emmy Reed in my life and in my bed
 and in my fucking heart."

In this second part I saw Jase and Emmy give their relationship another chance. They had time to get to know one another and work out what they both wanted-which was obviously each other. This part of the series was passionate and steamy as well as seeing a few secrets revealed and a dramatic conclusion that left me desperate for the final book. I'm so glad I waited until these last two books were released because the cliffhanger ending would have killed me! Lol.

"Hold on to me,’ I tell her. ‘Whatever happens, Em, don’t let me go." 

"The Chase" was a brilliant read and gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Release Blitz & Review: Laurelin Paige's "Dirty Filthy Fix: A Fixed Trilogy Novella (Fixed #5.5)".

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Release Blitz & Review for Laurelin Paige's "Dirty Filthy Fix: A Fixed Trilogy Novella (Fixed #5.5)". 


I like sex. Kinky sex. The kinkier the better.

Every day, it’s all I think about as I serve coffee and hand out business agendas to men who have no idea I’m not the prim proper girl they think I am.

With a day job as the secretary to one of New York’s most powerful men, Hudson Pierce, I have to keep my double life quiet. As long as I do, it’s not a problem.

Enter: Nathan Sinclair. Tall, dark and handsome doesn’t come close to describing how hot he is. And that’s with his clothes on. But after a dirty, filthy rendezvous, I accept that if we ever see each other again, he’ll walk right by my desk on his way to see my boss without recognizing me.

Only, that’s not what happens. Not the first time I see him after the party. Or the next time. Or the time after that. And as much as I try to stop it, my two worlds are crashing into each other, putting my job and my reputation at risk. 

And all I can think about is Nathan Sinclair. 

All I can think about is getting just one more dirty, filthy fix.

Review: Jo 

Woah! This was one red hot read. I have always loved Laurelin Paige's work. Her books have always been the perfect balance of heat and heart and this novella was no exception. "Dirty Filthy Fix" was a book that definitely lived up to it's title. 

"I loved sex. Kinky sex. All kinds of dirty, filthy, kinky sex.
 I like to watch. I like to participate."

This quick read was all about Trish and the gorgeous Nathan. I had previously met Trish in the "Fixed" series but this story gave me the chance to know more about this kinky secretary. Trish seriously loved sex. Any kind of sex that was on offer, She just couldn't resist, especially when it came from Nathan Sinclair.

"My eyes found him, and it felt like finding myself, like finding home."

Nathan shared Trish's dirty fantasies, so as you can imagine their relationship led to some smokin' hot scenes that I loved. With Laurelin Paige, the sex never disappoints. I enjoyed Nathan's part in the story, however as this was written from entirely Trish's POV there were times when I wished I'd known how Nathan was truly feeling about what was happening with Trish.

"I don't want to fly alone for the rest of my life. 
I want to know that there's someone to fly with.
 I want that person to be you." 

The story of Trish and Nathan was a quick, spicy read that finished with an ending that was just about perfect for this kinky couple. 

"Dirty Filthy Fix" gets 4 hearts from me.


“I’d like a try.” It was the stranger with the green eyes.

Hot damn.

Of course the night would ramp up right when I announced I was leaving. I looked up at him expectantly, but he didn’t approach. I realized he was waiting for my invitation. He was definitely new. Everyone else knew Miss T was one of the most ready and willing participants in the room—to the point where some tried to take advantage of it. I never needed to issue invitations, but I often needed to reinforce boundaries.

“What are you waiting for, then?” I sat up straighter, ignoring Chuck’s grunt of complaint.

The stranger came forward with slow, swaggering steps. When he reached me, he loosened his bowtie a little before lowering himself to one knee at my side. He placed his arm next to mine on the chair, his fingers barely grazing my skin. Goosebumps sprouted up my forearm all the way to my neck, and he hadn’t even bent in to whisper yet.

And then he did. His breath skated over the shell of my ear, and my heart tripped unexpectedly in my chest.

How long had it been since that had happened from just the feel of someone breathing against me?

“I’m going to kiss you one way or another tonight,” he said, low and with such surety a shiver ran down my spine. “It’s your decision whether it’s now or later.”

So. Not just a voyeur then.

He sat back to study my features. My jaw was slack, and I scanned his expression, searching for a hidden motivation. My body tingled from head to toe. I was used to men—strangers—wanting me. I was used to them approaching me. I was used to them telling me how much they desired me.

Why was this man so different?

Maybe it was because those other men always looked everywhere in the room. When their eyes landed on me, I knew I was just one of many options.

This man…

He’d looked around the room. I’d watched him throughout the night. But nothing had interested him. I could tell by the way he was still wearing his jacket, by the way his eyes were only now beginning to dilate as they stared into mine.

He’d studied the room and decided nothing here had interested him but me.

That was definitely not the kink that usually got me off. That was Cinderella-story kind of kink. The fairytale kink with a happy ending was traditional, but a kink all the same—being chased. Being placed on a gilded pedestal. I never wanted to be somebody’s Only One in the Room. I liked having my own space. I liked being able to disappear when I wanted. I liked not having chains or boundaries. I was turning thirty-five soon. I wasn’t a starry-eyed teenager anymore. I knew what I wanted from life and love and relationships and sex. And it wasn’t a pedestal. 


About Laurelin Paige:

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.