Monday, June 20, 2016

Unbreak My Heart (The Rough Riders Legacy #1): By Lorelei James

Rough Riders Legacy Book 1

The right love is worth the wait.
Seven years have passed since I fell for Boone West. The brooding bad boy. We were friends, even when I secretly wanted more, but I settled for what he offered. After he left Wyoming—and me—I grew up. Moved on. Or so I believed until he blew back into my life with the scorching force of an Arizona desert wind.
I’m not that innocent sixteen-year-old girl anymore—I’m a businesswoman who swore never to settle again. But this older, wiser, hotter version of Boone unsettles me. How am I supposed to resist his megawatt smile and his built-army-strong body? Especially when he’s inserting himself into every aspect of my life? Now he’s determined to prove he can offer me everything that he couldn’t before—and he’s the only man that can fix the heart that he broke.
Joining the army? Best decision I ever made. Even though it meant I had to leave her behind. Sierra McKay. The wide-eyed beauty, who saw more in me than I saw in myself. I didn’t dare offer her anything more than friendship, because one kiss, one touch and I wouldn’t have had the guts to go.
I’ve worked hard to become the man I am. I have a career. A purpose. After a chance encounter with the one woman I never forgot—I’m not leaving anything else to chance. Now that I’ve chased her across three states, I’m ready to demonstrate that the passion we couldn’t act on before burns hotter than ever between us. And I’ll use every weapon in my arsenal to show Sierra McKay that she’s always been mine.

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"Unbreak My Heart" is the first book in a new Young Adult series called, "The Rough Riders Legacy" by Lorelei James. 

I loved the story and it is a great start to a new series!! It is the next generation of Mc Kays. I really  loved seeing Kyler, Anton, Hayden, and even AJ’s nephew Mase as college-aged men. They were still kids in the original Rough Riders series. The way they are all friends, how they look out for one another and spend a lot of time together, is great to see how close they are. 

I have been a fan of Ms. James' books since I started reading the Rough Rider series over three years ago. I have read every book in that series and loved each one of them. 

The characters Boone West and Sierra McKay were introduced in the 12th book in the Rough Riders series called, "Gone Country". That is one of my favorite books in the series. Boone and Sierra were just secondary characters in the story, but I am very happy that they've had their own story written.

In "Gone Country" they were best friends that had an attraction to each other but never acted on their feelings and then Boone left to go into the Army.

Now seven years later, Boone and Sierra have grown up. They have matured and each have successful lives, but they've never forgotten each other or the attraction and feelings they've shared.

Boone is an Army nurse and helps treat Sierra at the medical clinic in Wyoming because she is sick. He tells her that he has to talk to her. She isn't ready to talk to him and leaves to go back home to Arizona when she is better. 

After talking to Gavin, Sierra's father, Boone goes after Sierra to talk to her. He wants Sierra to give him a chance and show her what they can have together. 

While reading the story you can now understand more the reasoning why Boone left and his background. They each have issues in their past to deal with, but they find it is easier to get through together.

I would definitely recommend reading this story. There is a wide spectrum of emotions throughout this story and it is written beautifully! I am very much looking forward to reading the next stories in this series with the other McKay cousins!!

Meet The Author:

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romances in the Rough Riders series, the Blacktop Cowboys® series, the Mastered series, the Need You series and the Legacy series.
Lorelei also writes dark, gritty mysteries under the name Lori Armstrong. Her books in the Julie Collins and Mercy Gunderson series have won Shamus Awards and the Willa Cather Literary Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota.






Wednesday, June 15, 2016






Security specialist Jodi Tyler has a great job and a great relationship with her boss, Mark Rodriguez—in the office and in the bedroom. Their casual arrangement is all she wants, and she’d thought it was all Mark wanted too. Right up until she’s busted while testing the security of a Lake Arlington mansion. To her surprise, and with the help of the mansion’s owner, Sam Watson, Jodi’s no-strings affair with Mark is about to become a little more…binding. 

Sharing Jodi with his best friend Sam was supposed to be fun. But as the intimate evening progresses, certain feelings come to light, feelings Mark didn’t know he had. Feelings he doesn’t know what to do about. But Sam does. And he knows exactly what to do about them. 

By evening’s end, the decisions Mark is forced to make will change everyone’s lives. He will either disappoint them all—or claim Jodi as his own private property. 
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Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of two sons, Leah Braemel is the only woman in a houseful of men—even their dog and cat are male. After a conversation with her eldest son about how he needed to follow his dreams, Leah decided to follow her own advice and make her dreams of getting published come true. She was thrilled when her first sizzling romance, Private Property, was published by Samhain Publishing in 2009.

Since then the reviewers have awarded her books numerous Top Pick and Recommended Reads designations. The reviewers at  The Romance Reviews nominated Tangled Past, as “Best Erotic Menage and More of 2011” and The Romance Studio nominated Private Property for a CAPA award for “Best Erotic Romance,” Deliberate Deceptions as “Best Contemporary Romance of 2011”, Hidden Heat as “Best Romantic Suspense of 2012”, and Leah herself has been  nominated in the “Best Erotic Romance Author” and “Favorite Author.”
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Would unpredictable love break Jory Walker’s heart?

Uh oh. Amber signed her sister’s name on a pen pal letter to a Marine. As usual, Jory Walker was stuck fixing her sister’s little white lie.  

When letters poured in from SSGT Trent Stevens in Afghanistan, Jory had no choice but to correspond. Sure he’d be drooling over Amber’s bikini photo, thinking it was Jory. Since they’d never meet, what harm could it do if she sent him a few letters?

Would her charade boomerang replacing happiness with pain? What started off as an innocent ruse, morphed into a monstrous web of deceit. Maybe unpredictable love was destined to break her heart. 


Jory Walker plucked three letters from the mailbox in front of the house. Two bills and one envelope addressed to her that looked like it had been through a war. It had, according to what was scratched in the upper corner.

SSGT. T. Stevens

Anger bubbled up inside her. She made a beeline for the house, only to collide with her sister.
“Amber! What the hell?” She waved the envelope in the young woman’s face.
“I just sent him one letter.”
“This is the fourth you’ve gotten from him. When are you going to write back?”
“It was a mistake…”
“You can say that again. Especially the part where you signed my name!”
“Laura was so convincing. I thought she meant one time. Only one letter.”
“She asked people to sign up to write to guys in the military. Not to write only one letter and include a lewd photo.”
“It wasn’t lewd, whatever that means. Just me in a bikini. I’m not good at writing. Much better at pictures.” Her beautiful, blonde sister, with a Miss America figure, grinned.
“And the reason you signed my name?”
“I always liked yours better. Besides, if he wanted another letter, I knew you’d write it for me. So, it might as well have your name on it.”
“Don’t give me that bullshit smile. I’m on to you. And the answer is ‘no.’” Jory shoved the envelope from T. Stevens into Amber’s hand.
“Please? Pleeeaassseee, Jory. You’re the writer. Not me.”
“That’s right. You’re the pretty sister, and I’m the smart one.”
Amber nodded. “I don’t mean it like that. You’re so much better than me.”
“Than I.”

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Release Day: Rock Steady( Rock Band #2) by Dawn Ryder

Rock Steady

Second in Dawn Ryder’s sizzling new Rock Band series.

He kept it casual

Superstar guitarist Ramsey’s reputation as a bad-boy rocker is exceeded only by his dedication to his music. He’s worked hard for the success of his hit metal band Toxsin, and he intends to enjoy it-completely. When a jilted groupie gets back at him for a one-night stand with an intimate-and completely inappropriate-tattoo, he needs it fixed, and fast. Sparks fly between Ramsey and his new tattoo artist, and Ramsey finds himself hoping for more than new ink.

Until she made him want more

When a high-profile tattoo job lands Jewel an invite on Toxsin’s latest tour, she can’t say no. It’ll be great exposure, after all. What she’s really worried about is ruining the gig by hooking up with the first guy to completely rock her world. She knows she should resist-Ramsey’s not the kind to stick around for a morning after. But the way he makes her feel-as an artist and a woman-could be worth any risk.


“Tell your mom you’ll call back. I need you right now.”

Okay, fried wasn’t nearly hot enough a word to describe the sensation going through her. The guy in front of her was a god. Six and a quarter feet of raw muscle, with black eyes that looked like they’d been carved out of a moonless night sky at midnight. His shoulder-length hair was spiky and screamed nonconformity. But it was the flash of arrogance in his eyes that drove home just how raw he was.

This guy took what he wanted and never apologized for any of his desires.

It should have raised her hackles. Instead, it made her wet.

And she wasn’t sure she liked it.

Scratch that. She was sure she didn’t like it, because it felt like she was losing control.

“Mom, I’ve got someone in the shop.”

Her voice had become raspy. She blinked, trying to scrape together some poise. It felt like mission impossible as the god grinned at her, his lips curving in a sensual way that sent a bolt of heat straight into her clit.


The guy was sex-on-a-stick. And his leather pants made it clear he had quite a stick.

“How can I help you?” she asked.

“So, you’re open?” She’d never realized the god had companions. One was an Asian man with short, spiky hair, black as a raven’s wing, with a flash of blue fire that made it look amazing.

“Oh…sorry. I was talking to my mom.” Her tongue felt like it had gone lame. “When you walked in, that is. We’re always open.”

And her day was suddenly looking up. “I’m Jewel. What are you gents looking for?”

“Do you do tattoo rescue?” The blond one was talking now. His hair fell just to his shoulders, and his eyebrows were slashes.

“You can only go darker. So if it’s already black, your options are limited. But sure, I do rescues.”

“Wait,” the Asian guy insisted. “Do you have a portfolio?”

“Of course.” Jewel pulled a large book from under the counter.

She was used to seeing leather and brawn in the shop, but there was a level of detail on all three of them that spoke of money. The pants were all custom-made, or she’d pack up and start sending out marketing resumes like her parents advised. She knew the difference between wannabes and genuine badasses.

These were the real McCoy.

“I mean, nothing personal, but we can’t have this done by an amateur,” the Asian continued as he started flipping through the pages of her work.

“Speak for yourself, Taz.” The dark-eyed one was leaning farther across the counter, making the air between them sizzle. “I’d like to get very personal with you.”

His voice was like black velvet. It would be super easy to just let it rub all over her. She got the feeling she’d end up purring. There was a flash of something in his eyes, sending a tingle of apprehension through her.

He knew exactly what sort of effect he was having on her.

God, that was sexy. It really redefined her concept of the word. He knew exactly what to do with every inch of her body.

She ended up rolling her lower lip in and setting her teeth into it. His dark gaze dropped to the little nervous motion, his lips curving rakishly in response as he leaned on the counter, moving closer to her. He was too damned smooth, pushing in on her comfort zone with an ease that was annoying, but at the same time, forced her to admit she admired it. A ton of guys thought they were good at getting under a girl’s skin.
This guy was amazing at it.

He was arrogant, but with a solid core of confidence that sent a shiver down her spine. Part of her really wanted to put him to the test.

Which wouldn’t help her pay the rent. She dug deep, trying to get a grip on her professionalism.

“You might want to see these too.” She lifted another album from beneath the counter and handed it over. “These are my awards, and the back half are rescues, before and after shots.”

The blond took it in a flash, leaving her once again staring at the dark-eyed god. Her mouth actually went dry when he opened his mouth and bit the air between them. “Maybe you should let me in on the…problem?”

His grin grew into a huge smile that showed off gleaming white teeth. “Thought you’d never ask me to open my pants.”

He’d straightened up, giving her another glimpse of just how tall he was before he was popping the button on his fly .

It was totally unprofessional for her to get a buzz out of his brazen attitude.

But frickin’ awesome nonetheless.

She was actually holding her breath as he worked the buttons .



Oh, hell, the guy was chiseled.

But the delicate pink blossoms hit her like a bucket of ice water. “Oh, that is just wrong.”

“Hmmm…” The dark god made a soft sound under his breath and reached for her head. For a moment, she was caught in that second, waiting for his fingers to land on her.
She came around the counter, her attention fixed on his lower belly. Jewel sank to her knee to get eye level with the cherry blossoms. It was a sacrilege, like putting pink ribbons in the ears of a panther.

“Don’t be an idiot, Ramsey.” Taz smacked the hand away. “These pictures are good. We don’t need her getting pissed off because you get touchy.”

“Looked to me like she wouldn’t mind me…touching.” There was a brazenness to him that should have pissed her off.

Really, it should.

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The Rock Band series by Dawn Ryder is the first time that I have read anything by this author and I really like the series so far!!!

Rock Steady is the second book in the series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I read the first book, Rock Me Two Times, just before this. I wanted to have the background of the characters and story line. The band Toxsin is made up if four best friends that have known each other for years, including their time serving in the military before becoming famous.

Ramsey Brimer is the guitar player of the group. He enjoys the bad boy rocker image he projects to others. He seems to love the excess that the life of a rock star possesses, including the groupies who constantly want to be with him. When one of the groupies gets him drunk and has a cherry blossom tattooed on his lower stomach, he needs it fixed fast.

Jewel Ryan is an artist and recent college graduate who is struggling to make it on her own.  She is working at the tattoo parlor Ramsey and the band members go to have his fixed. After looking at her portfolio, as well as the drawing she had done for him, Ramsey has her make a dragon to cover up the cherry blossoms.

There is instant chemistry between Jewel and Ramsey and he is very impressed with her art work. After she loses her job for helping him, Ramsey starts to pursue her, including a visit to her apartment. When he sees how she is living, he decides he wants to give her a job that includes her coming on tour with the band for a few weeks so she can finish the tattoo.

Ramsey is very forward with his feelings for Jewel and she is reluctant to give in to her feelings. In addition to their budding relationship, there is the newness to the environment of being involved with a band. There are a lot of things that Jewel has never had to deal with, that she is learning about now.

Ramsey has realized he no longer wants to be the “bad boy” with a different girl every night. He wants Jewel for possibly more than the four weeks she is originally set to be with the band. He also likes how she sees beyond the image he projects and sees who he really is.  

You see the struggle Ramsey has between maintaining his bad boy image and wanting to change to be with Jewel. When she leaves because she sees him with a groupie, he realizes what he is doing wrong.

As Ramsey tells Jewel, "he wants to be everything she has always thought he can be, but he can't do it without her to anchor hiim." So he can have what he wants, which is to be with only her.  

This is a hot romance, full of emotion that you won’t want to put down.

I am looking forward to reading the next story in the series. I will also definitely be reading more of Ms. Ryder’s books in the future!!

About the Author
Dawn Ryder is the erotic romance pen name of a bestselling author of historical romances. She has been publishing her stories for over eight years to a growing and appreciative audience. She is commercially published in mass market and trade paper, and digi-first published with trade paper releases. She is hugely committed to her career as an author, as well as to other authors and to her readership. She resides in Southern California.
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