Tuesday, February 7, 2017

EMBODY by S.E. Hall

Title:  EMBODY
Series:  Full Circle #1
Author:  S.E. Hall
Publish Date:   01.29.2017
Publisher:  S.E. Hall
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Received from:  S.E. Hall (as a gifted ARC copy)
Tour by:  Love Affair Fiction
Goodreads link: Embody
Date completed: 01.20.2017

Description from the publisher:
I'm not "damaged." No horrible childhood or demons in my past I'm trying to outrun. In fact, my family is ideal — funny, supportive and filled with couples that all follow "our" golden rule:

Find her. Protect her. Love only her, with everything you are, every day, for the rest of your life.

So why is it the mere thought of a monogamous relationship, more than one night with the same woman, sends me bolting in the other direction?

Because I hadn't met Bellamy Morgan yet.

When I do cross paths with her, everything starts to slowly make sense. Why men change overnight — suddenly blind to all women but her, happy to hold her purse and watch corny movies.

Just one problem — she's my little sister's best friend.

Embody is a spin-off, STANDALONE novel from the bestselling Evolve Series.

EMBODY is the first book in the FULL CIRCLE series which is a spin-off to the EVOLVE series that I loved.  The books will each stand alone, but I highly recommend reading all and in the order of release.

As much as I loved Dane and Laney in EMERGE, I love their son, J.T., even more and his spit-fire "the one," Bellamy, is adorably cute, amazingly smart, and indescribably sweet.  In fact, the new adults that make up The Squad (the children of all of those couples that were The Crew from the Evolve Series) are all as protective of each other and lust-filled as you could imagine – these apples did not fall far from their trees!

I was supposed to be sleeping, but it was another night of finding it difficult to fall asleep.  I decided to pull out a book and start reading.  That usually does the trick – I relax; I succumb to the sandman.  Instead, I got pulled in and did the “one more chapter” until I literally passed out – at about 55%!  The next day, I was supposed to be packing – my house is sold and I need to get moved out – I kept taking breaks to read just one more chapter (that became two or three), until I finished the book at lunch time and could then dedicate the rest of the afternoon to completing the tasks at hand. 

Here is my recommendation – read the book!  Read the book, but plan on not putting it down!  Read on a Friday night when you can sleep in the next day (after you have read through the night and finished in the wee hours of the morning).  Read on a Saturday when you can send the kids/husband out to the park for the whole day.  I’m telling you now, you will not want to put it down and you may as well make a plan!

The last couple of years have been crazy busy for me and I have missed a lot of books from S.E. Hall.  Thank God she took pity on me and never removed me from her crew.  I’m back and so glad this was my first book on my return.  I even missed a couple of books from the Evolve series, and I can say with absolute confidence that EMBODY stands on its own with no need to have read the sister series.  Still, knowing those characters does add to my own smirk factor when these kids go to their parents!

I’m looking forward to reading more of the Full Circle Series!  Bring it on!!

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Full Circle series:
  1. Embody
Also from S.E. Hall:
  • Unstable
Evolve Series:
  1. Emerge (free)
  2. Embrace
  3. Entangled
  4. Entice
  5. Sawyer Beckett’s Baby Mama Drama Guide for Dummies
  6. Endure
  7. Sawyer Beckett’s Guide for Tools Looking to Date My Daughter
Finally Found Series:
            1.      Pretty Instinct
            2.      Pretty Remedy
Also from S.E. Hall & Erin Noelle
  • Conspire
Also from S.E. Hall & Angela Graham:
  • Matched
  • One Naughty Night
  • Stirred Up
  • Packaged
  • Handled
  • Handled 2
  • Filthy Foreign Exchange
  • Filthy Foreign Exchange 2



Going to fucking attack her. In the nicest way possible of course, but nonetheless.

She expects me to sit still, way over here, when I could be on her in one move? Sliding my tongue over the firm swells about to topple out of her top. Inching those little panties down her long, smooth legs to sink my face into her sweet, bare pussy.

Yeah, this isn’t gonna work for me. My baby’s smokin’ hot body is barely hidden, a few teasing strips of lace the only things standing between me and fucking nirvana. What kind of man would I be if I didn’t show her, Right. Now. How good I can make her feel?

And what has gotten into her? My sweet, shy, virginal Bellamy has gone all wildcat on me…not that I’m complaining, just wondering is all.

She knows I’m looking my fill; her cheeks flushed a beautiful, innocent pink, her chest rising and falling with her shallow breaths. God, I want her. Want to devour every single part of her, slowly the first time—memorizing all the trembles, whimpers and soft moans I know she’ll give me.

Then start over, like a fucking savage—biting, sucking and tasting until she begs me inside her, never to leave.

I hear my own deep, frenzied breaths as I adjust my rock-hard cock, threatening to bust out of my zipper. Feeling the leak of pre-cum, the deep, pulling ache in my balls.

“Jefferson,” she purrs my name, uncrossing her legs only to sexily cross them again. “I see I have your undivided attention, so there’s a few things we need to discuss.”

“Do I want to eat you out? Yes.”

She gasps, as though offended, but the sheer lace betrays her, showcasing her nipples that harden into sharp little points, begging for my mouth.

Her lids droop lazily and a desire, matching my own shapes her raspy voice.

“No, and don’t be so vulgar. We already talked about lying, so we won’t rehash that. We will, however, move on to other behaviors that need rectified. I believe in positive reinforcement and since you speak Mars and I speak Venus, we’re gonna learn to meet in the middle and speak Earth. Thus, my risqué ensemble.”

“I don’t care if we talk in Neptunish, so long as you keep wearing it. Or let me take it off you,” I practically howl, nearing my breaking point.

“The car,” she breezes right over my reasonable request and states in a no-nonsense voice. “I didn’t want it, and don’t feel comfortable having it forced upon me. Jefferson, what you need to learn is how to harness your protective, alpha instinct in a way that makes me want what you want. It’s called finesse. The fine line between turning me on so much that I can’t wait to make you happy and pissing me off so bad I want to slap you, again.

Now, tell me what would be a better way to approach that type of thing next time.”

She brushes her long, auburn locks behind her shoulders, giving me an unencumbered view of her chest and beautiful, mouthwatering cleavage. And I’m supposed to think?

“Baby,” I try not to whine like a virgin with the tip already in, “I don’t know the answer. Help me out here, I’m dying.”

“Why did you insist on the car?” She may be trying to pull off “emboldened,” but her hand trembles as she lowers one thin strap of her top a few inches off her shoulder, baring just a hint of one swollen, dark pink areola. I groan in actual pain, shifting again to give my swelling cock some room to suffer.

“Because I care about you, very much, and the thought of your long bus rides with God only knows how many horny, ill-mannered men makes me crazy. With a car, you can sleep in, sit down and have a decent breakfast, toss your books in the backseat and give us more time to spend together. Time we currently spend chasing each other around town because of bus schedules, my job and miscommunication.”

That’s what you should have said, discussed with me before pulling into the dealership. Do you see the difference?”

“I see part of your nipple.” I scoot to the edge of the couch.

She shakes her head with an exasperated tsk and no, God, no…pulls the strap back up.

“Okay, I get it! Pull it back down, baby.”

“Try it. Pretend it’s yesterday and talk to me about your car idea.” She grins, thriving on my torture.

Any thought I’ve ever had about luring Bellamy out of her shell, building her comfort level to be physical with me…this is not what I had in mind. Leave it to my feisty lil’ woman to switch up the plans on me.

I begin to recite the same speech I just gave her, inserting a “please,” “whatever you want,” and “totally up to you” as often as I can. When I’ve said all I can possibly think of in a deep, sexy voice, I wait.

“Very good, babe. Remember that though next time you get some crazy idea on rearranging my life or bossing me into something. I don’t want lip service. I want mutual respect, and sexy assertion that I can’t resist, even when I’m clothed.” She dazzles me with a disarming smile … and lowers the left strap all the way down.

Fucking beautiful. Real, round, high, firm and topped with a rosy nipple of the perfect size. My chest vibrates with my approving rumble, my lips and fingers both twitching for a sample.

“Bellamy,” I warn her, feral and untamed, scooting closer, the very edge of the couch quickly disappearing.

“Stay put, Jefferson. I mean it. We’re not done. I’ll be paying the sales tax and the fee to register the car. And if things between us don’t work out, I’ll be giving it back.”

Precious. But wrong. So wrong. “The sales tax was paid as part of the deal. If paying to register
it makes you happy, fine. As for the other,” I slowly inhale, weighing the consequences, and decide to go on, “I don’t want to think about us not working out.”

“I don’t either,” she smiles sweetly. Glad she agrees because not working out simply isn’t an option. “You’re quite the quick study, Jefferson.” Her hooded, jade eyes hold my gaze prisoner as she slips the right strap down over the tan slope of her shoulder. Her whole, gorgeous chest is bared to me now, skin flushing under my unwavering, lascivious stare.

My girl is stacked. If I wasn’t a “boob guy” before…I sure as hell am now.

“Baby, damn. I have to touch you,” I growl, starting to rise.

Thank you Love Affair Fiction for hosting this tour.

Friday, February 3, 2017

AWAKEN by Demelza Carlton

Title:  AWAKEN

Series:  Romance a Medieval Fairytale #2

Author:  Demelza Carlton

Publish Date:   01.26.2017

Publisher:  Lost Plot Press

Category /Genre:  Paranormal romance, Fairytale Retelling

Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content

Grammar/editing:  B – a few small errors

Received from:  Amazon purchase

Date completed: 01.29.17


Description from the publisher:


A sleeping beauty. A kingdom frozen in time. Only one can save them all.

Once upon a time...

Lord Siward intended to go hunting, but when he stumbles upon a ruined castle and accidentally wakes the mysterious maiden sleeping inside, he knows his holiday is over.

With the kingdom in trouble, Siward should be protecting the realm, but every time Rosamond looks at him, he gets lost in the girl's green eyes. Who is the mysterious beauty, and why does he feel she holds the key to the kingdom's deliverance?




AWAKEN is the second book in the Romance a Medieval Fairytale series.  Each will stand alone as a complete retelling of our childhood favorites.  AWAKEN is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty.


I was so excited to get this book and absolutely was not disappointed.  Demelza Carlton has done it again!  AWAKEN is a perfect re-telling of Sleeping Beauty with wonderfully imaginative additions that give the tale more life than it ever had before.  Let’s face it; Sleeping Beauty has probably always been one of the most vapid of the princesses, a pretty shell waiting for her prince to make his entrance.  Now she has heart, personality, and she is allowed to grow in this fantastic re-telling of the classic love fantasy.  She even has a little magic!


The first chapter of DANCE, a retelling of Cinderella, was at the end of the file for AWAKEN and I loved it as well.  I’m looking forward to many more fairy-tales retold by the talented Demelza Carlton.


Romance a Medieval Fairytale Series:

  1. Enchant:  Beauty & the Beast Retold
  2. Awaken:  Sleeping Beauty Retold
  3. Dance:  Cinderella Retold

Also from Demelza Carlton:

  • Halcyon
  • How to Catch Crabs
  • Maid for the South Pole
  • Melody Angel’s Guide to Heaven and Hell

Turbulence and Triumph Series:

  1. Ocean’s Justice
  2. Ocean’s Trial
  3. Ocean’s Triumph
  4. Ocean’s Ride
  5. Ocean’s Cage
  6. Ocean’s Birth

Mel Goes to Hell Series:

  1. Welcome to Hell (free short story)
  2. See You in Hell
  3. Mel Goes to Hell
  4. To Hell and Back
  5. The Holiday from Hell

Ocean’s Gift Series:

    1. Water and Fire
    2. Ocean’s Gift
    3. Ocean’s Infiltrator
Nightmares Trilogy Series:

    1. Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer
    2. Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller
    3. Afterlife of Alanna Miller
Romance Island Resort Series:

  1. Maid for the Rock Star
  2. The Rock Star’s Email Order Bride
  3. The Rock Star’s Virginity
  4. The Rock Star and the Billionaire
  5. The Rock Star Wants a Wife
  6. The Rock Star’s Wedding