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Review: Stripped by Jashida Wilder



So how did I get myself into this situation, you ask? Simple: desperation. When you’re faced with being homeless and hungry or taking off your clothes for money, the choice is easier than you’d imagine. That doesn’t make it easy, though. Oh no. I hate it, in fact. There’s nothing I’d like more than to quit and never go into another bar again, never hear the techno beat pulsing in my ears again, never feel the lecherous gazes of horny men again.

Then, one day, I meet a man. He’s in my club, front and center. He watches me do my routine, and his gaze is full of hunger. Not the kind of desire I’m used to though. It’s something different. Something hotter, deeper, and more possessive. I know who he is; of course I do. Everyone knows who Dawson Kellor is. He’s People Magazine’s Sexiest Man alive. He’s the hottest actor in Hollywood. He’s the man hand-picked for the role of Rhett Butler in the long-awaited remake of Gone With the Wind. 

He’s the kind of man who can have any woman in the entire world with a mere crook of his finger. So what’s he doing looking at me like he has to have me? And how do I resist him when he looks at me with those intoxicating, changeable, quicksilver eyes? 

I’m a virgin, and he’s an American icon of male sexuality. I’m a stripper, and he’s a man used to getting anything and everything he wants. And he wants me. I know I should say no, I know he’s the worst kind of player…but what my mind knows, my body and my heart may not.

And then things get complicated.



Grade: A++

Reviewed by Amber for Sunshine & Mountains

Absolutely wonderful! At first the book started out slow and then it was like BAM! Her mom had cancer and was sick and then she’s gone. I ached for this girl because I know what its like to watch someone you love die from cancer. It sucks and is devastating. I was impressed though when she still went off to college and when her scholarship ran out she did what she had to, to make things work. She tried to just work as a waitress but they didn’t make enough. She starts stripping and is disgusted with herself even though she’s not doing the other things that the people at the club ask. Then she meets this man who changes everything. At first she’s hesitant and then they are both so drawn to each other. This book was amazing. I finished it in one night. I couldn’t put it down.

Thank you Jasinda for the advanced copy! Your writing is amazing!!

**I was given an advanced copy to read and review honestly **



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Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading.  You can Email Jasinda at, or friend her on Facebook!

Review: Epiphany by Christina Jean Michaels






***Mature Content Warning*** 17+ for sexy adult situations, language, and disturbing subject matter

“I had my first psychic dream when I was nine. Psychic implied power, and powerful wasn’t a word I’d use to describe myself. I couldn’t foretell the future or conjure visions at will, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting word to describe what I sometimes saw in my dreams.”

For 23-year-old Mackenzie Hill, tossing her life down the garbage disposal is easy after a painful incident shatters her life. Her heart is bleeding, and moving to Watcher’s Point is a chance to start anew, only she isn’t prepared for the guy who walks out of her dreams and into the flesh. Literally . . . because she’s been dreaming about this sexy stranger for years.

Mackenzie is even less prepared to face the dark nature of her dreams. They’ve turned disturbingly gruesome, full of blood and murder, and when they begin to coincide with the media’s headlines, she and Aidan realize her visions might be the key to stopping a madman from killing again.

Only Aidan has painful secrets of his own, and perhaps the biggest danger of all is falling for him.





Grade: A+

I started reading Epiphany by Christina Michaels today and I finished it this afternoon. At the beginning I wasn’t sure how I felt about the book. Then as I got to know the characters and started to really get into the plot I really started to enjoy the book. This book was a great read and I am so glad that I got to read it before it is available. It held twists I wasn’t expecting. Mac and Aiden’s relationship was inevitable. I had no doubt when he started coming to the bar that they would end up together. The back story of Mac and Aiden’s life was one I wasn’t expecting and I think that is why I enjoyed this book. There were things I wasn’t expecting and I love a book that keeps me on my toes and makes me not want to stop reading. This book was one of those. I am looking forward to the second book about Logan.

This is a wonderful book, and definitely one that needs to be bought in a paperback copy, and displayed! Wonderful!



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About The Author:


Christina Jean Michaels was born in Paradise, California, but she has found the true home of her heart in Eugene, Oregon where she finds plenty of inspiration for storytelling.

When she was young, her mother said she hated words. Now she can’t imagine not writing. She became an avid reader when she was thirteen and discovered the world of Sweet Valley High. About a year later she realized she could play God and write about her own characters. She has been writing in some form ever since.

She lives with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.

Review: Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones. Sexy, Suspenseful, Amazing! @LisaReneeJones


Escaping Reality

New Adult/ Romance

Lisa Renee Jones

Publisher: Julie Patra Publishing

Romance Synopsis


Infinite possibilities….
Infinite passion…..
Infinite danger….

His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?

Romance Review

Romance A+

This book was outstanding. Lisa Renee Jones has created another spectacular novel. This book left me guessing with each turn of the page. Each situation gives you more to think about, and more to question, and more you are desperate to know! I found myself flipping pages, reading until late in the night, just hoping to find out what happens next.

Don’t let the rich alpha male, and the girl with a troubled past make you think that this novel is anything like any other erotic, romance or other new adult book you’ve read. It’s not, it’s different, and you need to pick it up.

Amy is a wonderfully well written character, with a great story, and Liam, wow, Liam is something else. I’d give this 5 stars, and then give it 5 starts again. The sex is steamy, the story line is interesting, twists and turns, and keeps you on edge until the final page. This novel is outstanding. I am already awaiting another book. Lisa Renee Jones knows how to write romance, and she shows us she knows how to write suspense as well. The two melt beautifully into each other to create a perfect novel.

Even if you’re one of those people, like me, who’s not into the erotic romances, check this one out. Jones has got something on the Fifty Shades and Crossfires, this book gives you equally good sex scenes but mixed with outstanding writing and a whole new mystery and suspense element. I promise this won’t disappoint, this is one erotic novel that would make an outstanding movie, because its so well written and interesting I couldn’t put it down! 🙂 I had the characters in my head long after I finished reading it, and I have no complaints! 🙂

**I got an ARC from NetGalley for honest review!

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at and she is active on twitter and facebook daily

Blood of Kaos by J.D Miller – Review

Blood of Kaos by J.D. Miller

Magic Synopsis
One night Etain is torn from the world of her childish innocence and plunged into a realm of deadly chaos.  Forced to run for her life, she stumbles into the world of the Alamir, human warriors with the magic who defend the delicate balance between good and evil. Even they can not protect her from the Bok’Na’Ra pursuer that murdered her family.
Lord Darknight and Midr raised as brothers are the light and dark of one single soul. Midr has known of Etain’s existence most of her life and he wants to possess the power she holds. Lord Darknight is unaware of her when he rescues her after a violent battle. His duty is to train and protect her in the ways of the Warrior.
Magic ReviewWizard A
Reviewed by Catherine for Sunshine & Mountains
A wonderful compelling read
This is a story that is centered around Etain, who has to face many challenges after faced with great loss. She has to learn how to use the powers she holds. She and her sister fall for the same guy and this guy is a demon. He has had a very hard life as well.  He and his brother are sworn enemies and they use the girls has little pieces in the battle they with each other. Etain has to endure so much through whole book, will she be able to survive?
All of the characters come together in very interesting ways. The dynamics and how things play out are very interesting. The internal struggles they all deal is fascinating, and the way they deal with them is beautifully written.
In the beginning I didn’t think I enjoy this book.  But I have to tell you that J.D.Miller has some of the most creative writing I have read in a while. I love the fantasy world in this book, it’s a very complex story and would be a great pick for anyone that loves reading about fantasy worlds.
** I was given this book to read in exchange for an honest review.  
Magic Author
J.D Miller is just a little ole Texan living in the motherland – England – with my English husband. Moved here about 3-1/2 years ago leaving all my family & friends back in Texas – parents, brother, 2 daughters, 1 son, 1 talented grandson & 1 gorgeous granddaughter. But, on the bright side, She resumed her writing which had been put on hold for far too long.

“Blood of Kaos is the first. I have learned a lot on this path and my style has changed immensely along the way. I hope that whatever I write you will always enjoy.”

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Review: Small Things by Joe DeRouen – Perfect Horror!

Small Things by Joe DeRouen



“It’s a hot June morning in a small Midwestern town when fifteen-year-old Shawn Spencer arrives at the church for his best friend Tanner’s funeral. Though his drowning was officially ruled an accident, Tanner’s sister Jenny swears she saw something rise up from the Carthage Lake to pull the struggling teenager beneath the surface.

Shawn doesn’t believe in monsters… but he will…

The real threat, however, lies in the man behind the monster, a mysterious old man who has vowed to settle an old grudge and regain something that was stolen from him decades earlier. To survive the dark days and nights ahead, Shawn must not only decipher what the man is after, he must move past his own grief, fears, and insecurities, and learn to trust in Jenny, the disgraced town sheriff, and, most importantly, in himself.

The Small Things trilogy spans forty years and three generations in a tale of murder, betrayal, corruption, sacrifice, love, redemption, faith and magic that culminates in a showdown that will pit the very forces of heaven and hell against Shawn and his family in a battle for the future of mankind and the world itself.”


Grade:  A

This wan’t a short novel ,but any means, but I didn’t want it to be either. I found myself flipping pages, over and over, getting deeper into the story, and losing hours. This isn’t just your typical monster story, though the author gets you to believe that at first. You fear the monster, you worry for the characters, then you dive deeper into the story, and see what the real monster is, and there’s no turning back. You are hooked into this story, and you want to see it play out.

All the characters are well written and interesting, and feel realistic. A nice time setting for this book, in the 70s, made everything fit together much nicely then if it were taking place in current day. We feel for the character, we root for them, and worry for them. They are a part of the story, and we become one too.

Joe has mastered horror. He gives us the creepy details, the wonderful foreshadowing, and the threat of danger. He keeps us looking over our shoulder for the monster, and leaving the lights on while reading. There’s a mix of Stephen King, James Patterson, and even some J.K Rowling in here. He crafts the horror, the mystery, the magic and suspense into one story you can’t stop reading.

Even the first sentence grabs you.. Some one is following him. Right away, we want to know, we get involved, and it’s a ride we won’t soon forget!

I’m so glad there’s more books to follow this one because honestly, Joe DeRouen is a great writer who is full of potential.

This is another one of those books that I wish I had in paperback, signed, on my shelf for everyone to see, because he’s going places with his writing, and I’m glad to have been a part of it! J

** I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and not influenced in any way.

About the Author:

Joe was born in Carthage, Illinois, and currently lives in Rogers, Arkansas with his artist wife Andee, their son Fletcher, and their cats Lucky, Milo, and Camptown. Joe is a freelance writer and a substitute teacher at Benton County School of the Arts. In addition to writing, he enjoys purchasing (and occasionally watching) copious amounts of Blu-Ray discs, listening to music, playing video games, and collecting Mego action figures from the 1970s. Small Things is his first novel. Threads, the sequel to Small Things and the second book in the trilogy, will be published sometime in late 2013. You can write to Joe at or visit his website at

Review: A Killer of Lions by Stan Weisleder

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A Killer of Lions Review


Grade: A+

I really loved this book, I have to start off with that because honestly, I didn’t expect to. I’m not a lover of war novels, or fighting books, but this one was real, touching, and just detailed enough to be interesting but not overwhelming. It has enough of real history, events and dates in order to keep it grounded and fleshed out the characters to really create an engaging story.

Buddy was a strong character, and he grew on me throughout the book! He’s struggle, and his drive to be a pilot was inspiring, and it’s nice also see flaws in main characters, and Buddy’s pride is definitely a flaw for him throughout the book. His pride gets him into more and more trouble.

The foreshadowing in this book, especially the second half, was really good. I could tell we were heading for something, and the author was trying to tip us off a bit, but I was never sure exactly what we were in for. The twist and turns in the book pulled at the heartstrings and created such joy.

The adorable relationship between Buddy and Tina, was sweet, touching and definitely a wonderful portrait of a wartime relationship, complete with the touching tributes and letters. I’m so glad that they were able to have a happy ending.

Buddy’s journey from civilian, to soldier, to pilot was touching, tough, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I was pulling for him, each time he got passed over, I was hurt, and each time he succeeded, I was so happy. You can tell this author based the story off of real people and real events. Everything felt real, nothing felt faked or forced. His interactions, letters, and general manner was real, and really created a great main character.

The author’s writing is wonderfully detailed, he paints pictures of every scene, and allows use to really feel how the characters feel and really be in the scenes. The stories range from funny to frightening, but they have such heart to them, and build up to a wonderful ending. An ending Buddy and his fellow pilots so deserved.

I’m glad to see this story getting told, so often we overlook things in history, because at the time they happened the records were overlooked. The deeds of the Tuskegee airmen helped turn the tides in WW2, and this book is a wonderful tribute to them, and what they did for our country. Stan does an amazing job keeping the factual details straight and showing an honest portrait of the Tuskegee Airmen.

For more details on where Stan got some of the information for this book, check out his website.

25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullis, 1 Perfect Book!

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25 Perfect Days
Mark Tullis
Vincere Press, LLC (2013)
ISBN 9781938475030
Reviewed by Cianna Reider for Rebecca’s Reads (07/13)

Grade: A+

25 Perfect Days” was a random choice of book for me. I knew it was fiction and set in the future. I had no idea how incredibly well crafted those 25 stories would be. The author paints a future society with an overlord of new religion, population control, impulse release options, that are frowned upon today. There is a huge class of poor, hopeless, struggling people. The stories interweave, connect and enlighten.

Dystopian tales are a dime a dozen right now, you can basically pick 5 books at random in a book store, and at least 1-2 of them will be dystopian in nature. As a society right now we are fascinated with the future and what it will look like, harking back to a later time, or jumping into a strange and terrifying reality we can barely imagine. Mark Tullis has taken his dystopian twist, and made an extremely terrifying, and disturbingly realistic look at the slippery slide of this complete and utter overall of the American culture. His book stands out to me from the other dozens of dystopian tales and novels I’ve read because we can see this future, and we can feel this future. A future of population control, hundreds of pregnant women having to pay to keep their children, of religion dictating humans place in the ecosystem, and of prisons that give you 5 minutes with the killer of your family member and turn a blind eye.

25 Perfect Days” is well written, crafted by someone who knows how to choose the right word and craft a sentence, but there’s so much more to the collection then Tullis’s skills alone. He creates a place that makes you think, makes you question, and ultimately makes you look twice. His tales are chilling, heartbreaking. At times, the tales are also uplifting when you see the person, who despite the horrible conditions and worse future, do something to save someone else. Selfless, brave, honorable. These characteristics are prevalent throughout this collection. It allows the reader to see that even in the darkest circumstances people will rise up to attempt the right thing. Each story Mark writes doesn’t necessarily need to be read in order, but each has a numerical title, lending each story to these 25 days, and 25 individual stories of people giving in, giving up or overcoming. This collection, in my opinion is outstanding. It isn’t one of those common dystopian novels that spoon feeds you the future that you must accept. This novel will make you think, and it will make you want to fight back, and want to find a way to rise above.

Well done Mark Tullis!

Casted by Sonya Loveday Released today! Best news yet!

Casted has been released! This is an amazing day for Fantasy fans everywhere!! 🙂


“Jade had spent the majority of her life running from the Triad. The Triad, are a powerful group, who would stop at nothing to obtain Jade and the missing spell book for leader, Lorenzo’s, nefarious plans. And now that she has absorbed the highly coveted magic contained inside the missing book, there is nowhere left for her to hide.

With the help of her friends, Jade steps out from the shadows and learns how to fight back. But no one is prepared for Elinor-the woman bound inside of the book that’s trapped in Jade’s mind. Now she not only needs to protect herself from the Triad, but from what’s hiding inside her mind as well.

Jade never expected the answer to it all would revolve around love.

Edge is dark, mysterious, and a sworn member of the Triad. He also hides a secret past that threatens the thin line he walks between good and evil. Lives are at stake when Jade and Edge’s two worlds collide. Can Jade learn to trust him when he says he is her pre-ordained and vows to do everything he can to protect her? But more importantly, can she trust herself and the woman in her mind?”

It sounds beyond awesome! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

About the Author

Sonya Loveday, first and foremost is a reader, an avid one. It is of that love that brought her to the realization that this was the answer to the nagging persistent feeling that ‘there’s got to be something more’.

The dream came alive in 2009 when she purchased her laptop and began the tedious step of becoming a published author.

When she’s not reading, she’s writing. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. And when she’s not doing either of those things she’s sleeping, shuttling her children back and forth to school, letting the dogs and cats in and out of the house for the umpteenth time in the last hour and dreaming of a clean house.

You can find Sonya Loveday on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and WordPress on the links below: – @SonyaLoveday

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Review: Jack Be Nimble: Gargoyle by @BenglishAuthor Ben English


Grade:  B+

Jack Be Nimble: Gargoyle is the first in the Jack Be Nimble Series by Ben English

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“The boy came to her out of water, unexpected. He was smart and strong and goofy, as boys are meant to be, but peculiar – he remembered everything.
In the span of a single summer, she made him fearless.
Now, even as Mercedes Adams is at the height of her career, forbidding changes loom over the world. That night, in the hushed calm of a spring evening, two plain-faced killers watch her home, waiting to make their approach.
A few hundred miles away, a brilliant technologist returns to his childhood town in order to begin a descent into darkness . . . in London, a military game theorist finds himself pursuing kidnappers . . . outside Prague, a hacker and a thief stumble upon plans for a weapon unique to the world . . . an FBI agent faces an unpredictable fugitive in Chicago, while in Germany, a sniper-turned-schoolteacher finds reasons to take up his ancient calling . . . and a sitting United States Senator finds his life and his work invaded to terrifying conclusion. In Paris, a widowed man begins to recognize the hints and patterns of a greater puzzle that will bring them together . . . or kill them all.
Mercedes Adams is about to find herself at the center of a vast, tightening knot of mystery, intrigue, and globe-spanning terror borne of her family’s legacy. Rising to her aid is a small group of specially-trained men and women. And at their center?
A man who remembers everything.”


Jack Be Nimble takes us on a journey through the lives and relationship of Jack and Mercedes. This is the core plot line throughout this book, and they both are struggling to keep their separate lives together, when all they want is to be together. They just haven’t completely realized it.

Note, this is NOT a romance novel, so those of you uninterested in romance keep reading, I bet this book will have something that interests you because this book has it all.

Spies, Heartbroken lovers, kidnapping, photographers, England, France, swimming, hidden weapons and action

Truckloads of action!

The other core plot line of the novel is spies, kidnapping, and secret missions. This novel could rivel any military novel, spy novel out there. It’s got all the hallmarks of a good action novel, but it also has the characters and history for a love story.

To be honest, the only reason this book got a B+ and not an A+ was because the scene switches were a little hard for me. I got lost a couple times trying to figure out if I was in real life, fiction life, or past time. The stories are amazing, well written and completely understandable once you are in a scene. I may be the only person who got confused but I loved this book so much, it didn’t hinder me from continuing! J

By the time you make it to the end of this novel, it all becomes clear, so hold on for the twist and turns and a bit of confusion from past and present stories, and enjoy it. This novel is the perfect premise for a well thought out, logical action movie!  Jack is an amazing character; the depth in the character is clearly present from the beginning, in the future scenes, current scenes, and past scenes. Jack’s character never wavers.

I love this novel, I’ll definitely be checking out his other novels, to see what happens to Jack next, and you should too! J

About The Author:


Ben English’s first thriller, Jack Be Nimble:  Gargoyle, was based on a short story written for a literary contest while he was an undergraduate student.  He was first published at age 14 in Merlyn’s Pen magazine.

He attended Brigham Young University, where he studied international relations, English, and broadcast journalism.  Ben also holds an MBA with an emphasis in Global Management.  In addition to working as a novelist, Ben is the head of marketing for an international high technology firm based in Orlando, Florida.

An advocate of education, literacy, and helping children fulfill their potential, Ben provides pro bono strategic and marketing services to Read it LOUD!, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, dedicated to raising awareness about the profound positive impact that parents have by reading aloud to their children, in their success in school and life.

Ben currently lives in the Orlando area with his wife and two children, who infuse his life with hilarity and inspiration.

You can connect with him on his website, facebook, twitter, Amazon page, and goodreads! J

**I was given a free copy of this novel in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.