Monday, June 26, 2017

Book Review: Boys, Toys - Oh My! #3 Business of Sex Series by A.M. Willard

Boys, Toys - Oh My! Vol 3
Business of Sex Series
A.M. Willard
Romantic Comedy


I’m no longer the girl who blushes at a drop of a hat or from the sight of a novelty toy. No, I’m bold and brazen, the one who stands up and takes what she wants. Well, until it backfires on me and the plan is no longer in my favor… Or is it? 

Cooper has a way with words, a way with my heart, and not to mention my body. I shouldn’t have been surprised when he tricked me, or should I say made the front-page of the newspaper with an anonymous announcement that even has me at loss for words. 

Don’t worry, I still sell toys and I might still have the guy of my dreams. It’s just all happening backward for us. I’ve learned along this journey that life is full of surprises and you have to roll with the punches. And boy if this surprise just isn’t one that has left me in shock and awe. But I’m Charlie… nothing will hold me back from what—or who—I want. Mixing business with pleasure may not be suggested, but I’ve learned to take risks…

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Favorite Quote:

I know when we’re at work we are not an item. That’s easy to do, I’ll just pretend you’re this fat old bald man from the third floor and you have a wart growing off the side of your face.

My Review:


This is the final and my favorite installment of the series and is highly eventful and full of intrigue.  A blast from his past caused Cooper to make a major misstep that caused considerable strife and required several new action plans, to rectify.  The storyline was engaging, highly eventful, deliciously steamy, and highly amusing.  I was sad to see it end but more than satisfied with the conclusion. 

Empress DJ 


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Bestselling Author, A.M. Willard resides in Savannah, Georgia. She joined the Peach State many years ago after leaving the crystal blue waters and sugary white sand behind from the Panhandle of Florida. She's also known for being a wife, mother, and caretaker for her farm animals. A.M. loves anything sassy, glittery, and is a sucker for the Hallmark Channel. That last one might be the reason she believes in soulmates or it could be because she married her high school sweetheart almost twenty years ago.

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Book Review: Recluse by Jaycee Ford

Title: Recluse
Series: Spider #1
Author: Jaycee Ford
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 Release Date: June 26, 2017


You were my brother in the line of duty.
My partner.
My best friend.
You were the man who had it all.
Your thoroughness and precision made you a great cop.
It’s what got you killed.
And now I live with the darkening shadows of your memory.
You weren’t here when I needed you to save me.
You weren’t here when I needed help solving the most gruesome murder this town had ever seen.
But most of all, you weren’t here to keep me from falling in love with your wife.

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Favorite Quotes:

If Grayson appreciated the picture, she must have been a knockout. He was picky as hell with women. If they weren’t a debutante, he wasn’t giving them a second glance; however, most debutantes didn’t really hang around police stations. Grayson Cooks was still very single.

She told me last night that if I didn’t marry you, I was too ignorant to be her mother.

My Review:

Recluse was packed with an odd assortment of quirky and interesting characters as well as an intriguing storyline wrapped around a tractionless murder investigation with no leads and inexperienced detectives.  I was coasting along merrily, fully engaged in the story (although it took me a few beats to realize the setting was the same town as her previous Love Bug books), when that slippery and crafty trickster known as Jaycee Ford tossed me a heinous and despicable cliffhanger.  I am still stamping my little foot and foaming at the mouth in a complete pique.  I am fully invested and on the hook with this one, I cannot let it go and must know how this mystery resolves.  I was easily drawn to the endearing characters and ever so curious about the crime.  Sigh… hurry Ms. Ford.  Please!  Hurry!  Despite her vile cliffhanger, I remain a Faithful Ford Fangirl - for life.

Empress DJ

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Bestselling author Jaycee Ford grew up chasing street cars around the city of New Orleans. After doing a four-year stint at Louisiana State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and fled for the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. New Orleans beckoned her home again where she put her love of the foothills into a series of romance novels. In between writing, she’s found behind her desk at a top rated law firm … or still chasing street cars.

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Book Review: Changing Fate (Endgame Series #5) by Leigh Ann Lunsford

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Title: Changing Fate
Series: Endgame Series #5
Release Date: June 26, 2017


Caden Monroe loved the game of baseball. Until one rogue swing of a bat took it all.

His memory.

His best friend.

His Picasso.

Struggling to remember the past . . . trying to build a future . . . it forces his true love to flee.

He has a plan and calls in all the reinforcements he needs to implement it . . . the only question is . . . will she come home?

Avery Michaels is his endgame— but what happens when your past, present, and future are at war with each other and you’re the one left alone? 

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Favorite Quotes:

‘He still hasn’t seen the stripper pole you put in the basement?’  I question. ‘No. He doesn’t go into my office. We established it’s my space and I don’t want to get him excited until I perfect the routine.’  She pouts.

Avery, please. I’m sober because I’m pregnant. In a few months all the ball bitches will leave their home on Whore Island and come after my man when I’m as big as a house and I need something to whisper in his ear.

I hand Caden my phone. ‘Don’t answer it. Unless it’s the Pope offering me an extra day of sainthood for that conversation.’

‘Lord, he needs sedatives.’  Emberlee sighs. ‘At least with that vixen he won’t need Viagra.’ 

I wasn’t waiting for the one because you were the one… You’ll be the better half of me until the day I die.

My Review:

Changing Fate had me smirking, snorting and barking with glee at the irreverent humor, salacious wit, clever banter, erotic sensual scenes, and an entertaining storyline packed with naughty fun among the life altering changes of graduations, babies, weddings, moves, and new careers.  I cherished my time with this quirky, loud, uninhibited, and outrageous grouping of potty-mouthed friends.  I gasped and held my breath more than a few times but sighed contentedly at reaching that oh so satisfying HEA where everyone’s dreams really did come true, and then some.  I enjoyed this highly amusing and smoking hot series from beginning to end.

Empress DJ


Other Books by Leigh Ann Lunsford:

Endgame Series Box Set 1-3 (Playing Fate, Kismet, Karma)
Fighting Fate (Book 4 Endgame Series)
Karma (Book 3 Endgame Series)
Kismet (Book 2 Endgame Series)
Playing Fate (Book 1 Endgame Series)
Embracing Emma Companion to Brise
Bellissimo Fortuna (Book 1 in The Family Trilogy)
Bellissimo Lotta (Book 2 in The Family Trilogy)
Bellissimo Rilascio (Book 3 in The Family Trilogy)

Author Bio:

Leigh Ann Lunsford is a stay at home mom turned author. She writes Romance/New Adult and loves her happily ever after in all books and movies. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs in Fleming Island, Florida. When she isn’t writing or reading you can find her stuck in front of really bad reality shows or watching Sons of Anarchy. Leigh Ann has a filthy mouth and a huge amount of sarcasm that knows no end. She hopes to give the voices in her head an outlet with many more novels to come. 

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review, Giveaway: MOMENTS OF CLARITY - Moments series #2 by JB Heller

With the events of one night, the clarity with which I once saw my life vanished.

Moments Series #2
JB Heller


That was me.

In every way that mattered anyway. I had a close, loving relationship with my parents, my older brother was my hero, and with graduation right around the corner, I was on the verge of turning my love of photography into a career.

Then there was Carter, surprisingly he turned out to be the yin to my yang. Where I was alternative, slightly nerdy and a whole lot awkward, Carter was smooth, popular and confidant. Yet somehow, we fit.

Or so I thought.

With the events of one night, the clarity with which I once saw my life vanished. Leaving me completely unprepared for the reality I would now have to face and the choices that accompanied it.

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Favorite Quotes:

The best seduction technique I have at my disposal is my extreme awkwardness. Who needs flirty when you’ve got awkward, right?

It’s hilarious. Mr. Perfect wants Ms. Awkward. It’s comedy gold. I mean, seriously, how is that going to work? Are you even capable of carrying on a conversation with a hot guy without divulging something horrifically embarrassing, or rambling about weird facts that only you care about?

So what, you’re getting into matchmaking now? Running the paper doesn’t tickle your pickle anymore so you thought you’d dip your toes in Cupid’s pool?

‘Mumma, Papa, this is Carter,’ she says, while gesturing over her shoulder with her thumb to me, ‘He’s my super hot boyfriend with a spectacular arse.’  I choke on the air I’m breathing, coughing and trying not to laugh. Then I hear a voice similar to Chance’s, but older, more sophisticated, say, ‘Well, turn around then, show us the goods.’

My Review:

Moments of Clarity was populated by unique and quirky characters, ah, my favorite kind.  I enjoyed their amusing descriptions, interplay, steamy chemistry, odd fashion sense, and witty banter.  Then the family secrets blew open and damn if it wasn’t angst by the bucket – a fest of misery and emotional tension, which is just not my favorite cup or tea.  I cringed, winced, flinched, sighed but stayed the course, as I trusted the author to circle back around and make it worth the agony.  And, thankfully, she did. 

Empress DJ 

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J B Heller is an Aussie Indie Author of Steamy Contemporary and Comedic Romance. She has three wildling children, two giant Great Danes, one permanently terrified cat, five birds of various species (One of whom thinks she’s helping by running across the keyboard repeatedly while JB tries to work. Lucky she’s tiny.), and a gazillion fish. Oh, and we can’t forget the man-child she calls her husband.

After years of working in assorted fields including a Butchery, Remedial Therapist Receptionist, Hairdressing, and Checkout Chick Extraordinaire, she finally found her place amongst like-minded people in the writing community.

She published her first book in 2013 under the pen name Eliza Brown, and has since evolved into J B Heller with more than 10 titles to her name.

On her limited downtime, you’ll find her reading, trolling Pinterest for her next muse or online stationery shopping (she has a mild addiction to stationery and she refuses to seek help).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Book Review, Giveaway: Just An Illusion - EP, The Illusion Series by D. Kelly


Just An Illusion - EP

The Illusion Series

by D. Kelly

Cover Design: Regina Wamba / Maeidesign and Photography

Release Date: June 21, 2017


Lives are turned upside down … 

Everything was perfect before life came to a screeching halt. 

When devastating loss flips Amelia’s world on its axis, she loses her spirit. Mel isn’t the only one hurting, though; the members of BAD are also struggling to find their way after that tragic night. 

Life goes on … 

Amelia’s friends move heaven and earth to help ease her sadness. Knowing she’s on a dangerous precipice, they fight through their own pain to bring her safely to the other side of her grief. 

Love can conquer … 

Amelia knows bottling up her feelings isn’t helping anything. With love at her fingertips, all she has to do is reach for it. Mel’s loved ones desperately hope she can once again find her way to happiness. 

Can Amelia overcome her fears to let love in again, or will she let the weight of that night continue to drown her in sorrow? 

Just an Illusion – EP is book three in The Illusion Series    


My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

I don’t know if she’s crazy or just a whore, but one usually follows closely behind the other.

At some point, I started wondering if we should get him checked for some sort of chemical imbalance. No normal person could be as inherently good as Noah was.

My Review:

A pox on that clever and talented scribe known as D. Kelly, she wrecked me!  She is a wily one who has more tricks than Penn and Teller.  Of the three books in the series, EP contained more angst than the first two combined and twice over.  So basically, it was an angstfest, which, admittedly, will never be one of my favorite things.  However, despite the pain, agony, and significant character losses in the storyline, I remained enamored with the remaining group and intrigued in how the tale would end.  Compared to the first two books, EP was a darker journey on a twisty road full of potholes, but the final destination was worth every bump.  

Empress DJ

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About the Author

D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.
Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.
A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it. For all things D. Kelly, you can visit her website:
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