Drawn Together by Lauren Dane

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Drawn Together is Raven’s story. Oh…Raven…I misjudged you.  I am a huge Brown Family fan and I love all the books in the series. As I read each book Raven was there sometimes in the background, other times right in the middle of things. And…to be honest I never really liked her. Even though I was not really a fan of Raven’s I still wanted to read her story.  With that said…I will admit that I was so wrong about Raven and am so glad she has gotten her time in the spotlight.

Raven is a very big personality. She is a beautiful woman with some pretty deep scars. Raven is also guarded, opinionated, brutally honest and sometimes a bitch (. These qualities don’t make for an easy person to get to know (or like). Raven has always kept everyone at arm’s length (except Erin and the Brown family). The majority of her time is spent traveling not really staying in one place for very long. Things have changed recently and Raven has begun to put down roots while staying in Seattle longer. Meeting Jonah changes things even more for Raven. He wants more from her than any man (or women) has ever asked. He makes demands on her. Like her No-monogamy rule, he wants her to agree to be with just him.

Mmmm, Jonah Warner is delicious. He is quite the package. Successful attorney, hot body with some rockin tattoos!  To quote Raven’s description of him; “He was on fire sexy. Like Panties on Fire”. From the moment he meets Raven he is drawn to her beauty and attitude. While he initially wants a tattoo from her he soon comes to realize that he wants a whole lot more. And what Jonah wants from Raven won’t be easy to get. As Raven and Jonah continue to explore their relationship Raven’s past comes back in a big way.

Drawn Together sucked me in front the first few paragraphs. Rarely does a book grab my attention so quickly AND doesn’t let go throughout the entire story. Raven and Jonah have some seriously hot chemistry. From the moment she kneels at his feet…damn..I was hooked!!

One of the best things about Jonah (besides his hotness) is that he loves Raven for who she is, snarkiness and all! He doesn’t want to change her. Jonah also fits Raven very well because he pushes back when she digs her heals (like her no-monogamy rule). Raven has never been with a man that wanted more than some good sex. Jonah wants it all.

I really loved that I was able to see a completely different side of Raven that the one in previous stories.  Because she has begun to put down roots in Seattle she has been able to develop friendships with other people. While she has been closest to Erin, you can see now that she is truly part of the Brown Family (and their extended friends).  And she’s great with kids, who knew! Raven truly shines in Drawn Together. She finally can put her past behind her and grab a future with Jonah.

“You fill parts of me I never thought would stop hurting. I love you, Jonah”

There is so much more to this story than what I have stated and while I could go on I think the best thing to do is pick up the book and read it. I have read almost all of Lauren Dane’s books and I am never disappointed. Drawn Together is another smash hit! I truly think it’s one of her best books yet!!! It’s a must read!

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Beauty is more than skin-deep…

Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn’t hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She’s free sexually—but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior. With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit. He’s the kind of man who never takes no for an answer and always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Raven. She’s a survivor, and he finds that incredibly alluring. Jonah gets under her skin in a way Raven has never experienced. He makes her break all her rules—including her no-monogamy rule.But when a figure from Raven’s past shows up at the tattoo parlor and drops a bomb into her life, their relationship will face the ultimate challenge…

 

ARC provided by the Author.

Two Times as Hot (An Oklahoma Nights Romance) by Cat Johnson

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Two Times As Hot…I think Cat sums up her book in the title. What makes the story so hot, Erin and Logan of course! Erin heads back to Oklahoma for her sister Becca’s wedding to Tucker Jenkins, the bull rider that Becca met last year (from One Night with a Cowboy…another great story). Erin is looking forward to an enjoyable weekend and she hopes that it might just include a hot cowboy (or two?). She quickly runs into Jace, who she met on her first trip to Oklahoma last year.  After Jace’s attempt to get together last year failed, he hopes to pick up where he left off. Erin plans on keeping her options open and agrees to be Jace’s date for the wedding.  After agreeing to be his date she gets introduced to Logan.

Lieutenant Colonel Logan Hunt works at the university with Tucker and is one of his groomsmen. He has been single for almost two decades though you could say he is married to the military. Logan is smitten with Erin as soon as he sees her getting out of the car at the party the night before the wedding. He is hoping to find some time with her but keeps getting sidetracked by Tucker’s sister Tara (who has quite the crush on Logan…you can imagine the drama!). The day of the wedding he finally gets Erin outside and steals a kiss that has them both wanting to cut out of the early. As soon as they are able to Erin and Logan head to a hotel for one night together. The next day Erin heads back to NY and Logan returns to his parents’ house…when they return home things change for both of them.

Logan is now one of my favorite characters! He is a HOT military cowboy…what more could anyone want!! But there is so much more to Logan than that.  He is mature, loyal and I found very sweet (and sexy). Logan is career military man and I think know he is reevaluating what he wants in life. He soon comes to realize that what he wants is a future with Erin. I found Erin’s personality refreshing, she is genuine. She is intelligent, smart and a little bit sassy. A great combination! Together Erin and Logan generate chemistry that is off the charts. I find them to be a really splendid couple (did I say hot?!).

Cat brings back all the characters from One Night With A Cowboy. It was great to see Tucker and Becca get married as I loved them from the first book in the series. The other characters in the story are wonderful and create a really dynamic cast of characters.  Two Times as Hot is a wonderful story by a great author. It’s a must read for anyone that wants to read a story that has  the perfect mix of drama, comedy and sexiness.

My favorite quote from the book – I love you so much. You’re my light. My world

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Jenn

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From the Publisher: 

One Good Girl…After her sister snags a hot Oklahoma cowboy, Emma Hart figures it’s her turn to saddle up. And with two country boys pursuing her at once, she’s in for a wild ride…Two Sexy Guys…Lieutenant Colonel Logan Hunt can’t deny the heat between him and Emma is fierce. But Logan isn’t looking for anything serious…just a chance to blow off some steam. So why is he crazy jealous when he sees pro bull rider Jace Mills trying to charm Emma into bed? Winner Takes All…Logan knows he and Emma could have something special—and not just because she’s smokin’ hot. Now he has to find a way to prove that even a no-strings-attached guy like him can stick around for the long haul…

 

 

Beneath the Surface by M.A. Stacie

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Kyran Reese is quite a fascinating character. I found him to have two very distinct sides to his personality. Most people know him as the successful CEO of The Reese Corporation.  Very few people get to see the street fighter in the chalk circle. Kyran is successful at work because is cold and always in control.  For Kyran to deal with the stress of his family and work he turned to bare knuckle fighting. He tries to keep the fights to a minimum as he doesn’t want to come to work with a black eye. But over the past few weeks he has turned to fighting more often.

He was an addict. It just wasn’t of the chemical kind.

Dale Porter is the bold and brassy new assistant at The Reese Corporation. She is working for Taylor, which is Kyran’s brother.  Even though she is Taylor’s assistant she ends up working with Kyran more. Dale soon becomes the only person that really gets to know both sides of Kyran.  She is familiar with the business man and comes to find out that he is also a fighter at the bar, Metro where her brother works.

He let very few people see beneath the surface

After one of Kyran’s fights Dale takes him home and watches over him. They both realize that they are attracted to each other and starting having a relationship.  As Kyran and Dale grow closer there are outside sources that threaten to tear them apart.

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover, I love it! I don’t say that often about book covers, but there is something really sexy about this one.  I also found myself really drawn to Kyran. He is a very, very interesting character. I love the mix of his personality. I was charmed by Dale as she was willing to speak her mind to Kyran. She is a very strong character and I felt she was a perfect fit for him. She is also very funny at times, when she stars referencing Edward Lewis from Pretty Woman, I couldn’t stop laughing. I liked her right there. The shower scene between Kyran and Dale was OMG so hot. They have great chemistry and it is evident throughout the story.

My Favorite Quote

“I was falling in love with you. Hook.Line. And fucking sinker. You took the ground from under my feet and left me with nothing to cling to but you”

Beneath the Surface is one of the most enjoyable books I read this year. It is a well written story with really well developed characters. I found myself sucked into the story very quickly and couldn’t put the book down until it was finished. I hope to read more my books by the author.

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GIVEAWAY! An e-book of Beneath the Surface by M.A. Stacie. Leave a comment and I will pick a winner. 

Beneath the Surface:

Kyran Reese is a man in control. Driven when it comes to work, focused when it comes to play. From his office to the chalk circle of Metro’s bare-knuckle boxing ring, his only thought is to win. That thirst heightens when Dale Porter enters his life. His brother’s assistant should be off-limits, but her witty comments and sarcastic comebacks have him desperate to get her between the sheets. After receiving an unexpected left hook, Kyran gets exactly what he wants, though he makes the rules very clear.

When Dale agrees to Kyran’s relationship stipulation of no labels, she’s sucked into a whirlwind of lust, money, and underground boxing.  The agreement to keep their lust away from the office is discarded when rules are molded to suit their ever-increasing attraction. Dale fights her growing affection, trying to hide it even when the world around them spirals out of control. All too soon she realizes she can’t hide her true feelings any longer.

Kyran begins to wonder if he’s finally met his match, and with his family falling apart before his eyes, he turns to the two things he knows will keep him sane: boxing and Dale. Those crutches can’t last forever, and when Kyran finds it harder to function he is left with a decision he never thought he’d have to make.

Could playing to win mean playing for keeps?

Author Bio: M. A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy, yet angst ridden novels, she adores getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories.

 She describes herself as one huge contradiction, and though not the most conventional of hobbies, she counts getting new tattoos as one of hers. Along with knitting, listening to loud music, and playing the Wii with her children. M. A. Stacie lives in the UK with her husband and three sons.mstacieBuying link:http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/books/detail/96