Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for Battle-Tested Love by Lynda Bailey!
We are really excited to be pimping this book.
Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for Battle-Tested Love by Lynda Bailey!
We are really excited to be pimping this book.
Ok this post is gonna be a little different than the norm. It’s for three books, all in the same series! I recently finished book three in the Sweet Seduction series by Nicola Claire, after having read books 1 and 2 back to back. I was so enthralled in this series, I LOVED them all! And since I couldn’t even take the time to do the books justice by writing proper reviews for each book, as I was too anxious to get to the next one, they all got short, but sweet reviews to express my undying love!
I abso-freaking-lutely LOVED it! I have no words right now! I also have about 20 pages of highlights on my kindle to comb through for my review! Full review to come! 😉
As you can see, I never made it back to complete the review. That was because I went on to read book two and was immediately sucked in and, as we all know, I can’t multi task. But here are a few highlights I finally went back to get just for this post! 🙂 But since you know me and I can never do anything small, here’s the link for a few of my favorite highlights! 😉
Book Two: Sweet Seduction Serenade
And again, absofuckinglutely AWESOMSAUCE!!!!!! I was planning on writing my review for book one before reading this but I couldn’t wait. Now I’m in love with both Anscombe brothers! There are no words! Nicola Claire has just blown me away with her talent! I have the biggest, dumbest grin on my face too! The epilogue alone is worth 5 stars! LOVED IT!!!
Once again, after this quickie review I dove straight in to book three and was hooked from page one.
Book Three: Sweet Seduction Shadow
I think this one may be my favorite so far! I loved Ben and Abi! Their pasts were heartbreaking and the way they came together was simply beautiful! Again I have so many highlights on my kindle but I don’t even know where to start with a longer review! All I can say is I absofreakinglutely loved this book and the entire series thus far! I can’t wait for Jason and Katie’s story next!!!
So as you can see, not very detailed I’m afraid, but definitely to the point!
All three books have a love at first sight aspect to them, which would normally turn me off as I feel that’s a little unrealistic. However, Ms. Claire does it so well and in a way that I fell in love at first sight right along with the characters! It was astounding how awesome of a job she did here! Along with that, there was flying bullets, flying punches (some by the kick ass heroines ;)), lots of drama to keep you on the edge of your seat, and some serious hot sex! ( ) me fanning myself before my cold shower 😉
Considering that I was sucked into these three books, I know you’re thinking that I went on to devour book four…and you would be right…but alas, I wasn’t able to because it hasn’t been released yet. BUT! I have it on good authority (straight from the author herself!) that it will be out within the next few weeks! So, check back and you can see if I’ll be able to do it justice with a longer review!
Here’s three more random quotes that I liked:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When your past controls your future, how do you move forward?
Velaney Wills knows about that all too well.
Weak, powerless, and fearing the one person who has hurt her the most…can she overcome the barriers to move forward?
Being saved by a muscled Godsend was never on her agenda, but when firefighter, Eric Reilley comes into her life unexpectedly, everything changes.
Velaney has never felt loved or cared for, and her past prevents her from letting anyone in. Eric manages to break down her walls—despite the repercussions that come for them afterwards.
They have an undeniable spark—something she has never felt before, but will it be enough? Can love overcome all obstacles? Can they save each other to protect their love or will her past shatter everything she never knew she needed…?
**Spark is for mature audiences only – strong language, explicit sexual content, and sexual abuse are apparent.**
Welcome to the Cage blog tour!!!!!!! Not only are we celebrating Greg Cage, but we’re completely in love with all the guys at Corps Security!
You wouldn’t believe how excited we were to get a copy of this book to read & review.
Seriously, Nikki practically had a fit when it was released.
Um, don’t play innocent there Lindsay… You were excited too! OK … maybe I did go a little overboard with my stalking…. *looks away guiltily*
And so, we have some confessions to make.
We are officially card carrying members of the Author Stalker Club.
And if you notice, Nikki is a VIP member.
CAGE is a complete story with a HEA.
Nikki: I also liked the story a lot. It was pretty faced paced and flowed nicely. Greg and Melissa had an instant chemisrty that I couldn’t wait to see where it lead. And of course, the rest of the Corps guys were always yummy…errr.. nice to see again!
Lindsay: As for Greg… I
was disappointed in him. At the end of Axel, and even in the beginning of Cage,
he was hot, he was alpha, he Was AWESOME!!!!
(and pierced but that’s neither here nor there ) . But somewhere along
the way, Cage changed. And my thinking of him changed. When he was a hot alpha,
he was Cage. But then he became Greg…the non alpha idiot that let everyone around him take charge.
Nikki: Greg was hot. Hello! THREE piercings! Swoon Although I have to also admit, he wasn’t what I was expecting in his own book after meeting him in Axel. I guess since we got to get inside his head this time and see what he was thinking… Don’t get me wrong, I loved him, but I was a little surprised by him. I agree that as Cage he was uber badass and as Greg he seemed to lose some macho man points.
Lindsay: And that was a problem for me! He went from
Lindsay: Do we dare start talking about Melissa?
Nikki: I already know what you’re gonna say about Melli!
Lindsay: Ok smarty, what am I going to say?
Lindsay: Well….Maybe But I was going to be nice and say that I didn’t like her.
Nikki: LOL! Well, I can see that. I liked Melissa, but I couldn’t bring myself to love her. It’s hard to really love a female character sometimes. I liked how she worked hard to take care of her mom and nephew and how she didn’t take shit from anyone, especially random skanks who try to take her man. But there were still some things about her that just irked me. For once we (mostly) agree!
Lindsay: Lol. You are far too kind about her. Like you, I admired her for working so hard to take care of her mom and her nephew. I felt bad for her because of everything she had been through. But I didn’t like her. She was cold to Cage and when they finally got together, I didn’t feel the chemistry between them. When Melissa and Cage were together, I felt like he handed in his man card and she became ALPHA. Don’t get me wrong, I like strong women. And I could have liked Melissa…if she had been with someone else. She just wasn’t what I pictured Cage ending up with.
And when she found out about the connection between her sister and Cage’s sister, she went off the deep end blaming him for something that he had no control over.
Nikki: When she found out, her reaction and his reaction to her reaction was a little irritating. I felt like she overreacted by running away but then again, I could understand her sister’s death being brought to the surface and her needing space. I do agree she could have handeled it better and shouldn’t have blamed Greg, like yousaid, he had no control over that.
Lindsay: Instead of continuing my rant, We’ll move on. My favorite parts of the book were actually some secondary characters. Oddly enough, I liked Cage’s psycho bed buddy Mandy. She was funny and when she showed up, you always knew hijinks would ensue!
The other part I liked was Axel’s son Nate and Melissa’s nephew Cohen. They cracked me up and were adorable. And Cage was great with both of them. The two kids, Mandy and the other guys from Corps Security made the book for me. And of course, I loved seeing more of my boyfriend Axel.
Nikki: Mandy! That chick was psycho! But I did enjoy those hijinks! I also loved Cohen and Nate! Cohen especially was hilarious and such a great addition to the book! My favorite parts were… you guessed it! The SEX! I also enjoyed the other Corps guys and catching up with Lindsay’s boyfriend Axel!
Lindsay: So, that wraps up our review!
Nikki: You changed my words!
Lindsay: I did no such thing!
Nikki: Sneaky little…… #$%%$^#^&%#!!!!!
Lindsay: Are you trying to swear at me?
Lindsay: Hey! We agreed after our Axel review that Axel was mine! You can have Cage!!!
Nikki: In conclusion, We had mixed feelings on this one, but still recommend it! Lindsay is a book boyfriend stealer, Greg Cage is hot in bed and Cohen stole the show!
Anyway, our collective rating is:
Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened and Feb broke Colt’s heart then she turned wild and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.
Fifteen years later, Feb comes back to help run the family bar. But there’s so much water under the bridge separating her and Colt everyone knows they’ll never get back together.
Until someone starts hacking up people in Feb’s life. Colt is still Colt and Feb is still Feb so the town watches as Colt goes all out to find the murderer while trying to keep Feb safe.
As the bodies pile up, The Feds move in and a twisting, turning story unravels exposing a very sick man who has claimed numerous victims along the way, Feb and Colt battle their enduring attraction and the beautiful but lost history that weaves them together.
Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.
For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband.
When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.
Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.
How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?
Nikki: My first thought was Holy Hot Cover Batman!!!And the blurb sounds good too!I also couldn’t wait to get my hands on this! And yes, I may have bombarded Lindsay with my extreme excitement just a little…
Lindsay: See! I told you she stayed up all night! And yes, I have felt that way, but I decided that I needed to let my hair grow back after I spent a lot of this book pulling it out. But…I could spend every day with Axel and be happy! *happy contented sigh* Axel could do no wrong with me. I have no complaints about that hot guy.
Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed ‘Estrogen Ocean’, much to her husbands chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero–the super alpha kind!
Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn’t take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.
Warning: This is not a typical love story. This is an all-consuming, soul-crushing, tear-your-heart-into-pieces story. It’s intense, gritty and raw, dark and disturbing, and it doesn’t happen overnight. This is an epic love story that knows no boundaries and has no time limits. It grows and
develops—with hurt, sacrifice, and heartache—over the span of a lifetime.
Eva Fox is the princess of the Silver Demons Motorcycle Club. Growing up with bikers in the club lifestyle is all that she knows. When she’s a young girl, Eva meets the reason for her existence. Deuce West is the sexy, biker bad-ass of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club. Like Eva, he was born and raised in the club—but that’s where the similarities end. Their first meeting is innocent, but as Eva matures into a woman, their chance reunions evolve into a fit of lust and love. Fate continues to bring them together time and time again, but their twisted journey is filled with pain, betrayal, and bloodshed that could tear them apart. Eva sees in Deuce what he cannot see in himself—a man worthy of love—and Eva spends her lifetime proving to him that her undeniable love is the one thing he can’t live without.
This is Eva and Deuce’s story.
It wasn’t easy. Nothing worth doing ever is. And love is worth everything.