4.5 Star Review · book review · Romance · Uncategorized

Chasing Red #WattpadSuperstars

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           If you like HOT, rich playboys and the special girls who can change their hearts,  Get Chasing Red on Your Kindle or Kindle App today!

Chasing Red by Isabelle Ronin

Sourcebooks Casablanca(2017)

ISBN: 978-1492658450

It is possible that Wattpad is a source for good books that pull at your heart guts, like Did I Mention I Love You and Remember to Forget. Well, Isabelle Ronin has penned a Wattpad blockbuster according to reviews, and after reading Chasing Red, I see why it is hailed as addicting.

Caleb has finally met his match.

After bedding down nearly every blonde he knows, one night at a bar, he meets a dark haired beauty whose dance moves are like a siren to him, and on that same night he rescues her, calling her Red because of her red dress and red nail polish.

But he learns something about Red very quickly.

She is not like other girls he has dated. Besides her very long dark hair and independent attitude, she is reserved and fearful of something, but he can’t resist her allure. Their relationship becomes one of extreme need, doubt, and the burning passionate love only true love can ignite.

I enjoyed this book for two reasons: One, I like reading about strong, feisty women who are also vulnerable. It shows they are human. Second, a handsome Caleb who is a certified player, amazes me suddenly as his heart strings are getting snatched while he literally does everything for Red just to make her happy. I swear the swoon worthy moments were just as titillating as the sexy, scorching hot ones.

“I felt him lowering both of us onto the bed. I was drowning so deeply in his kiss that I hadn’t even noticed he had walked us to the bedroom.” (Chasing Red, Ronin, 2017).

Now, I did find a couple of things troubling and it could be because I over-read something or whatever the case may be.

For example, the plot thickens when another suitor arrives but who is he and is he for or against Caleb? How does he pop up conveniently everywhere Red goes?

Secondly, there was a POV concerning Caleb’s ex Beatrice-Rose(yeah, the name drips wealth)- I basically glazed my eyes over her words…until she mentioned some really interesting things. All in all I cared nothing for her point of view. Seriously.

The book was amazing though and the author shows great command of human psychology and character development.

*This book was provided by Netgalley for my unbiased review.

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4.5 Star Review · African American · book review · Five Star Review · Romance · Uncategorized

September 2017 Reading Recap: Fae books, Slave Ships, and Black Romance

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Images of book covers are courtesy of Avon Books, Delacorte Press(“Captured and Forbidden” text titles created by Ericajean using Canva

Below are Very brief summaries of the four books I read September 2017. I read books about faeries(not the kids’ faeries), the adult fae books, as well as some black romance. Please click  the(affiliate) links to grab up  these 4.5 and 5 star reads!

 

  • First up is Iced. I was  unaware of the controversy surrounding Iced, because I’ve read the Darkfever series from 2009-2011 and stopped when I realized Iced would be in the POV of 14 y/o Dani O’Malley, but Moning did a great job of keeping the dark sensuality and sexual tension in there while also keeping the voice of the fiery Dani.

Some felt that Dani was too young to be placed in a world filled with centuries old males and that was borderline on taboo however, in a crazy violent fae driven world, Dani is more intelligent and grown up and again, Moning did a fine job of treating issues delicately concerning Dani.

In this world, ice is freezing up places in Dublin, Ireland and Dani must team up with Ryodan, Dancer, and the Unseelie Prince Christian, to dodge gut stealing hags and faeries who could sex you to death- literally!

  • In Burned, Mac and Barrons are back(after Shadowfever) and are now dueling growing potholes in the atmosphere and Mac still has the Unseelie King’s copy of the Sinsar Dubh inside her and relying on it for any power could prove fatal for her and the world if she isn’t careful. Some fans did not care for Burned because Iced reeled us in and now we want more of Dani’s story.
  • The next two books I read are by Beverly Jenkins. An African American Author who writes titillating historical fiction you just cannot put down. In Forbidden(Old West, #1), the sexy green eyed Rhine Fontaine is descended from a line of African Queens and his white father was a slave owner. To survive, Rhine lives his life as a white man until he meets the beautiful Eddy Carmichael who makes him forget about his fianceé .
  • Captured was filled with pirates, violence and sweet seduction. I loved every minute of it. Clare Sullivan, a slave, is captured by the ruggedly handsome Dominic Le Veq. LeVeq, a free black man known for bedding down women all over the world, just can’t help himself when he meets the very intelligent slave woman. The problem is, he wants her by his side: free. But if they are found out she could go back to being a house slave or possibly killed.

Another point to remember: Beverly Jenkins love using marmalade in her novels. I’ll never think of the treat the same again!

Well, I hope you get to read some of these books because they surely kept me up at night and they are definitely certified 4.5/5 star reads so it will not be a waste of your time.

Let me know what you think about any of these stories if you have read them.

What are you currently reading? 🙂

~The Write Web

African American · Five Star Review · Romance · Uncategorized

A Compassionate Pirate in This Beverly Jenkins Story

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Captured by Beverly Jenkins

 

Captured

HarperCollins e-books 2009

ISBN: 978-0-06-197631-5(Adobe Digital Edition)

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Synopsis: Clare Sullivan, a slave, is captured by one of the most virile, ruggedly handsome pirates- Dominic LeVeq. At first the capture rattled her so, but after getting to know him, she learns more about him and that knowledge leads her down a passionate, adventure filled road…

I enjoyed this book for many reasons:

  • Sailing on the open sea.
  • A handsome pirate.
  • A courageous, intelligent heroine.
  • Last but not least, steamy unforgettable scenes.

*Purchase Captured today to get swept away by an amazing story!

So, yes right off the bat I can tell you this is a five heart read. It is about more than pirates and slavery. It begged the question: How far will you go for love?

As usual, like in other books by Beverly Jenkins, you get a history lesson along with an amazing story. Also like usual: the female lead character is pure(either a virgin or never “been loved properly”) and sometimes in her stories, the woman can not stay. She has a mission. Clare has a very important mission and she will die trying to complete it.

Dominic is iron wrapped in soulful kisses and intelligence. Yes, he’s a pirate and may forever be, but he proves to not only be caring and attentive–he’s also trustworthy and resourceful and he had a crew that trusts him.

“He placed his lips against her ear, murmuring, “I could kiss you until the sun becomes the moon.”(55)

Some of the events are tough to swallow but it was a reality Jenkins’ had to paint for us since it took place in the late 1700s. The enslavement of blacks and the rise of pirates was very real during that time and so some incidents definitely made me cringe but the storytelling was great, sweeping across the Atlantic, to Savannah Georgia and the Caribbean’s.

Have you read any of Jenkins’ books? Do you also enjoy sailing on the sea kind of tales? Share and discuss below! 🙂

~The Write Web

African American · book review · Five Star Review · Historical Fiction · Romance · Uncategorized

Highly Recommended: Wild Sweet Love ( a historical romance review)

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Wild Sweet Love by Beverly Jenkins

HarpersCollins e-books(2007)

ISBN: 9780061757549

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It has been quite some time since I’ve read a good, and I mean good historical romance. There was a time I read them all day. Thanks to Beverly Jenkins, my love for historical has been rekindled by reading Wild Sweet Love(2007). I seriously did not want to leave the story behind. It has roped my heart in.

Teresa July is a known outlaw. When she is finally captured, she is sent to a corrections house but released early for good behavior. One catch: She cannot go back out West but to Philadelphia to live in the city and learn to be a lady. For one year she can no longer drink, shoot a gun, or get caught doing anything wrong.

“You’re pretty combative aren’t you?”

“And you probably prefer your women a lot more docile. Docile women don’t make the newspapers.” (Wild Sweet Love, pg. 28, 2007.)

Madison Nance does not know what to think when his mom brings in a short haired, ashen, petite woman into his home. When he learns it is the infamous train robbing Teresa July he is astounded, but as the weeks go by and Teresa blossoms before his eyes, he can not help to think that maybe he is not destined for a princess but someone who is wild yet sweet.

The book has so many strengths: historical accuracy, fully developed characters and settings that place you square in the moment.

What really held my attention to this book of course was Madison and Teresa. Teresa is very strong willed and I enjoyed the progression of her going from appearing unattractive to Madison, to her “enthralling him” with her black Seminole eyes and skin. Their banter had me laughing out loud and cheering on the love I knew would sprout between them.

The juxtaposition of the two lovers was also important. Madison, a banker, used to be a gambler too. A wily one at that. Teresa is the gun slinging, fast talking rebel and little did she know, Madison is not all prim and proper as she once thought. The passion shared between them two was so darn hot and sweet; seemingly a perfect blend of tangy and spicy.

It was also interesting to read about a fascinating, hot headed woman of color. The characters were diverse of course and even though at some points I felt as if I were given a history lesson(complete with dates) instead of seeing it play out, the book was incredibly good.

Teresa July’s transformation was not forced either. I loved how the author allow us to see Teresa grow while still allowing her to remain who she was. Madison was by no means a weak male. He was an alpha male who respected and desired his alpha woman.

Definitely a five star book. Highly recommended if you enjoy historicals filled with romance and outlaws.

4.5 Star Review · Angels · book review · Brain · Romance · Youth/Young Adult

All Things New by Lauren Miller (a review)

All Things New by Lauren Miller

Published by Three Saints Press(August 1, 2017)

ISBN: 978-0998511115

After a car accident Jessa Gray finds herself wallowing in a bout of questions and insecurities along with a new disability: aphantasia. She can no longer visualize imagery in her mind, but once she moves to Colorado to live with her dad, not only does she meets new friends, she begin to learn that maybe this disability is not a disability, but unique and useful.

This book is incredible as far as imagery and ideas. When Jessa finds her boyfriend cheating on her, it throws her into a panic attack while driving and then some car speeds past a red light and hits her causing her entire world to change. As you read, you get the feeling Jessa has always relied on her beautiful  looks in the past to cover up who she really inside- which is broken. The author does an amazing job slowly peeling back the layers of Jessa’s life and helping us to see why she thinks and behaves the way she does.

The beautiful takeaway in this story is that panic disorders are real but with the right support and love, you can heal.”

The shining light is Marshall. His attraction to Jessa seems instant. Even with her scars he see her as beautiful and wants to spend time with her. He tries to see the best in everyone and even though he has a hole in his heart, his love for Jessa could repair her own. Their romance buds pretty fast and that was unexpected, however their interaction was all marshmallows and hearts.

My eyes are on his chin, his forehead, then, finally, his eyes, which leap at me…swallowing up air between us…let go of me. But he isn’t holding on to me…He’s just looking at me.” (All Things New, 2017)

What is also interesting about the book is the references to “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. The book seems to mirror the story as far as perception and the soul is concerned. It piqued my interest in reading Oscar Wilde’s novel.

In summation, the book was definitely good if you are into serious existentialist talk, Van Gogh, and teen issues. An overall good story.

Learn more about Lauren Miller and then if you’re feeling super geeky, check out this link on existentialism and learn more about that too and click Aphantasia to learn about that as well.

This book was received for free from Netgalley!

 

4.5 Star Review · book review · Romance

Date Me by Logan Chance(My Honest Review on a Hot Novella)

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Date Me( a Sex Me Novella) by Logan Chance

Published by The Brothers Chance 2016

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According to author Logan Chance’s Amazon bio, he “tells it like it is and is a man of his own.” He has also been nominated for Best Debut Goodreads Author of 2016. With credentials like that, I was not surprised that this book would be pretty darn hot.

Erik Murphy is a bad boy pilot and he just learned his ex is getting married soon. He needs a date to go to her wedding. Someone to show off and make his ex mad- but who would go with him on such short notice?

With the help of his meddling, sailor mouth sisters, his profile is posted on a dating app and he is surprised when he gets more than a few lady callers.

One in particular, Belinda, seems to enjoy everything he enjoys. He begins messaging her back and forth and even looks forward to their light banter.

Then one day he meets Belinda’s friend Kayla.

Things get a bit ore difficult.

Erik’s growing attraction for Belinda is relegated to conversation only but her hot friend commands his fantasies with her body. They have a serious chemistry going on. He wants her- bad.

What is a man to do? Go for good conversation and a good time(He and Belinda likes the Miami Heat) or go with your instincts according to the laws of attraction?

Here is a full warning: there is a plot twist but even for a novella (which I finished in one night), it was soooo good. Right to the last drop.

Also, I think reading romance novels from a male perspective can be a new thing for me. Reading from male’s perspective, kind of confirmed that guys really do like when a woman takes control but they can also be sweet and thoughtful to the woman they love.

4 Star reviews · African American · book review · Romance

More Than a Client by Ambrielle Kirk( a review)

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More Than a Client(Seductive Romance Shorts) by Ambrielle Kirk

Published by Obsidian Gem Publishing(2014)

65 pages

Received FREE from InstaFreebie

Martin Johansson wants to keep his customers satisfied. When he goes out of his way to make amends with one of his customers, Tiffany Winters, he gets more than he bargained for. He did not expect the woman, whose voice he’s listened to and flirted with over the phone to be a Nubian beauty.

Tiffany Winters wishes the shipping company would pick up her orders on time and when she complains, the owner of Elite Courier comes to her door and she is unprepared for the owner to be as handsome or as kind.

When they meet in person, it definitely ignites the pages in this short story.

If you want to read a story that you can devour in thirty minutes or less, then this one is for you. The quality of writing and pacing is good and the characters were okay too.

Martin stepped forward. “You heard her. I might look like Vanilla Ice to you, but if you test my patience, you will see what I look like when I knock your lights out.” (More Than a Client, pg. 50)

I liked Martin and Tiffany together and they work perfectly for this little story, but I think I wanted something essentially unique this time. In this story you have Tiffany, her bothersome ex and then her newfound beginning in love all over again.

Same recycled story from most romances but again, it is a short story and I really do like the intense heat and the characters in this one.

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-The Write Web