Jerk of My Dreams #14

Jerk. Asshole. Douchenozzle. Admit it- you hate to love the jerks. That alpha male character who is so arrogant and rude but sexy as hell. That foul mouthed douche bag of a man who rocks your traitorous heart. We’ve all read them and we’ve all liked them to some extent. In real life you wouldn’t touch the man with a ten foot pole. But in the fictional world? Nothing can stand in the way! Everyone would be lying to themselves if they didn’t admit that the meaner the man, the further we run… Towards them! *sigh* 

That’s what this weekly meme is about- those jerky delicious men! Each Friday this meme will go up, and you can share your jerk anyway you want: review, interview, lines and quotes, giveaway of a book. However you want! All you have to do is sign up HERE and follow the linky. Any time you comment on someones post, leave your link so that person can comment back.

Kristen Ashley has this ability to write stories that suck you in and keep you there until the bitter end.  Her characters are flawed, they’re brutal and their loveable. At Peace is no different.
At Peace is the second in the The ‘Burg Series. One of the things I love about this series is the age of the characters. They’re in their late 30’s and sometimes 40’s. These are characters who have experienced some of life and are still trying to find their way.
Violet Winters lost her husband 18  months ago. He was a cop in Chicago and he was executed. The person responsible has been stalking Violet. To save her sanity, she moves her daughters to The ‘Burg. She happens to move in next to Joe Callahan.
Joe Callahan has been dealt some blows in life. He’s closed himself off and he’s not looking for love. He’s got his security business and life is good. Or so he thinks.
Violet and her girls invade Joe’s life and get in under his walls. They fill him up and make him whole. But Joe doesn’t want this. He’s happy with his life, or so he thinks. So….Joe pushes Violet away and right into the arms of another man.
Joe is a typical alpha male, complete with chest thumping. He’s also a jerk. He keeps pushing Violet away. And he does it at the worst times and in the worst way.
Violet is naïve in many ways. She’d been with her late husband since she was 15. She’s never been with another man before and now she’s faced with Joe. OMG! 
This story was filled with drama, kidnappings, stalking, murder and of course, a little mayhem.
Life is full of surprises and you never know when you’ll find your second chance.

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Review: Duty and Desire

As everyone knows I have soft spot in my heart for men and women in uniform. I love a good military romance. Why? These are the people that make is possible for me to read all my wonderful smuttiness!  It’s smut-tastic!
May is Military Appreciation Month. Monday was Memorial Day. So, what better way to honor our men and women in uniform than to read some wonderful smut all involving men and women in uniform.
Duty and Desire is an anthology of short stories about men and women in uniform. There are so many stories in this, there is no way I could write a review for each one. So, I’ll do an overview!
Just as with any anthology, some of the stories were more enjoyable than others, but I have to admit, I liked all of them in this anthology. It was interesting mix of stories. The stories varied in time period from World War II to Afghanistan. They also included some stories about foreign soldiers. We had some Army, Navy, Marines and of course, Air Force!
We had a MM story, a FF story a little BDSM and of course, strangers having sex! Woo Hoo! We had it all!
Not only did it include different genres, we had men in uniform and women in uniform. We had men waiting for their women who were deployed to return and women waiting for their men.

This was a wonderful, quick read and I loved them all!  So, if you love stories of men and women in uniform, pick up the book! You will NOT be disappointed!
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Claim Me by J. Kenner


For Damien, our obsession is a game. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real.

Damien Stark’s need is palpable—his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match.

I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both.

But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close . . . or shatter us completely.

J. Kenner, What’s Your Billionaire Toy of Choice?
There are a lot of fun things about writing books like the Stark Trilogy, but there’s a special appeal to peeking into the billionaire lifestyle.  After all, I’ve only ridden in a limo twice.  Once after my wedding (a present from a friend) and the other time when an editor rented a limo at a conference to take her authors to dinner (that was a blast!).
So getting to put on the billionaire persona and step into Damien Stark’s world has been great fun.
But it also makes me think:  if I could pick just one billionaire “toy” (I’m going to loosely define toy to include houses and travel!) what would I pick?
And that is a hard one.
Damien Stark loves cars, and he has some exceptional ones, ranging from classics like Bentleys to power machines like the Bugatti Veyron.  But neither of those are really practical for me, and unless I went with the limo, I don’t know that any of Damien’s cars would serve me (and my husband and two kids) as well as my mini-van.  (How sad and pathetic is that?)
So then there’s the house.  I searched Malibu high end real estate sites to get a picture of Damien’s Malibu house in my mind, and I have to say, the mental picture I have is pretty darn sweet. 
But if I choose that as my toy, then I have to consider the rules.  Does it come with maid service?  Because I can barely keep my 3000 square foot house clean.  What would I do if I had more than triple that?
I mean, that’s quite the dilemma, right? 
Then there’s art.  Or fancy cameras.  Or helicopters.  Or jets.  Or hotel ownership, restaurant interests, insane clothing budgets.  All of which sound awesome.
But I think the “toy” that appeals to me most is the travel.  Because a billionaire pretty much has an unlimited ticket to see the world, and as I was doing research on the Hotel Kempinski in Munich (in Claim Me and Complete Me) I have to admit that my jaw was pretty much on the floor.  I would love to stay there and use that hotel as a base to explore Germany.  For that matter, I’d love to stay at any number of fabulous hotels that I can imagine Damien strolling into.
So that’s it for me: my billionaire “toy” of choice is an essentially unlimited travel budget.  What’s yours?
One lucky commenter will win a copy of Claim Me! 
(print for US winners, digital for international winners!)
Answer J. Kenner’s question, “what’s your billionaire toy of choice?” and include your email address.  Good luck!
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner has written over 40 books under multiple names including Julie Kenner and J.K. Beck.  Her newest release, CLAIM ME, is the second book in the bestselling Stark Trilogy, which began with RELEASE ME, a multi-week NYT and USA today bestseller, continues with CLAIM ME (which debuted at #2 on the NYT list!), and which will conclude in July with COMPLETE ME.
You can learn more about her at her website (http://www.juliekenner.com) or connect with her on Twitter (@juliekenner) or on Facebook (http://juliekenner.com/facebook/)

Cover Reveal: Glass Hearts by Lisa De Jong

Book 2 in the Plastic Hearts series

Can a relationship survive on love alone? Is love truly enough?
Dane and Alex’s relationship has never been easy, but now they have a fresh start without the pressures of Alex’s family. Together they try to move forward while continuing to struggle with a past that they can’t seem to escape.
Sometimes no matter how hard we try to make things work, love isn’t enough.
Sometimes even after a broken heart is mended, cracks remain, and the same doubts and insecurities that once yanked us apart seep in.
Can true love hold Dane and Alex together or will their hearts completely shatter like glass?

Excerpt
I head toward the bedroom and find Alex sprawled out on the center of the bed. I’m still pissed at her for dancing with him.  I don’t know what she was thinking. I hate that fucker and seeing him with his hands on my girl was enough to send me over the edge. I immediately wanted to walk over to them but I stopped, telling myself over and over that there would be no way I could control my temper if I went anywhere near him.
I kept my eyes on them, ready to pounce if he took it any further. I started to cool down a little but deep shades of red clouded by vision when I saw him press his body closer to her.  My mind was made up; I was heading over to punch that idiot in the face if I got through the packed crowd.   I was still about ten feet away when I saw him press his lips to her cheek and it halted me in place; she let him do it.  Didn’t push him away or tell him to stop.  It took everything I had to not break his neck.  I was even more pissed at Alex for letting him do it.
I hate feeling this way.
“Dane,” she whispers, lifting her head from the pillow.  She glances at the clock.  “You’re late getting home.”
Yeah, I had a couple drinks after work.  I needed them.  “It was busy,” I say, sitting on the edge of the bed to remove my shoes. 
About the Author
Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn’t change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music.

 
Book 1 is on sale for 99 cents!! Plastic Hearts is one of my favorite reads this year!!

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Review: Tainted Love by Eva Marquez

I cannot freaking believe that I read this entire book only to realize that it ends on a freaking cliffhanger! So a little warning for all of you out there expecting to read about that happily-ever-after between Tom and Isabel… Yeah, not happening. After reading and really enjoying the first book (Sweetest Taboo) I was more than ready to dive into this book and see what the future had in store for these two love-birds… Yet had I known beforehand that the second book ended the way it did, there is no way I would have continued on with the series.

For starters, this book was a huge disappointment in comparison to its predecessor. …The main reason why? The heroine, Isabel. I don’t think I’ve ever been more frustrated with a character in all of my life. I knew going into this series that she would be a lot more immature than the hero Tom since they had such a significant age difference between each other, and in the first book it was understandable… After-all, she was still a teenager in high school. …But her actions in this book once she had graduated and went to college, were just completely unacceptable. It was as if the older she got, the more immature she got and it grated on my nerves to no end. I just felt like her character was projected in such a negative light which made it really difficult for me like her- In fact, after reading this book and getting a little more insight into her thoughts and feelings, I’m not sure if I even want Izzy and Tom to get their happy ending. Her actions and some of the choices she made throughout this novel made her seem completely undeserving of his faithful love.

In this book, we finally got to hear Tom’s point of view. Not knowing how he felt about Isabel in the first book just made the relationship seem a bit one-sided for me… Yet after finally getting the chance to hear his thoughts on things, I was finally able to see how deep his love for Isabel really did run. However, getting to know the background of his past and finding out even more about his character and the type of man he is only made me worry that if he ever does find that happy ending with Isabel, he’d only be settling once again. I will say this though: While I commend his character for many things, I also feel like he’s a total pushover… His marriage being proof of that. It’s not something that I’d typically consider an attractive quality which could be a big reason why I just feel so meh about him.

…Another thing that drives me up the freaking wall in my books? Constant inner monologue. …I just can’t take it. Occasionally is okay- But when it takes the place of actual conversation and I start to feel like I’m reading a book based on thoughts rather than interaction, then it becomes a big issue for me. For example: This book. I felt like I was reading page after page of wish-washy thoughts and it literally drove me insane. On top of that, the lack of communication between the hero and heroine was absolutely absurd. I’m a woman… Therefore I can totally understand hesitancy and self-doubt when it comes to discussing feelings- But Isabel did nothing but keep lies, infidelity and secrets from Tom yet at the same time constantly questioned his faithfulness and devotion to her- It was hypocrisy at its finest ladies and gentleman, and not a pleasant thing to read about.

I’ve never read a romance novel where I found myself not rooting for the hero and heroine to end up together in the end; It’s just never happened… Until now. Perhaps I’d feel differently after reading the final book in this series, but after finishing this one I don’t plan on even bothering with the concluding book. If you’re a fan of constant inconsiderate, childish and selfish behavior from your heroines, as well as relationships based on absolutely no trust or communication, then by all means this is the book for you. …With that being said though, I want to make it clear that I’m not saying that the love that these two characters share isn’t genuine or real- And to be fair, I probably shouldn’t judge anything too harshly before reading the next book and finishing the entire completed story as a whole first. …But since I don’t have any future plans to read the next installment to the series, let’s just say that my last impression wasn’t that impressive.

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Cover Reveal: Allison Jewell

Emmie Talbot is a quintessential good girl.

Sweet, southern, kind.

Church Goer.

Ex-bootlegger.

And In love for the first time.

Emmie’s life is a little less complicated. There will be no more working for crazy ‘ole Mr. Thomas and she now has the clues she needs find her real father. Emmie may have the best apple pie moonshine recipe in Kentucky but her bootlegging days are behind her. Or so she thinks. When Max’s condition worsens and he needs the help of doctors and hospitals in a far away town, Emmie is faced with another dilemma. To ‘shine or not to ‘shine. How can Emmie not rise to the occasion to help Walter’s family?

Silas McDowell’s life is not so uncomplicated. A fame seeking revenuer is hot on his trail. Busting up his stills, raiding his speakeasies, and smiling for newspaper pictures. It is a dangerous time for Emmie to be toying in the business again. Risky or not, she will always Rise and Shine.

 


Emmie Talbot is a quintessential good girl.

Smart, Southern, Kind.

Church Goer.

Small Town Seamstress.

Aspiring Teacher.

And A Misguided Moonshiner.

Emmie’s sole purpose in life was taking care of her moonshine loving step-father. When he is killed in a fiery crash on their farm, she is left alone and frustrated with a mountain of debt. Working as a seamstress for a crazy-old-coot shopkeeper is not the kind of life she had imagined for herself.

The curious events that surround her step-father’s death send Emmie on a quest for answers. Answers that lead to a dangerous secret tucked away on her property. Stumbling on a moonshine still was an unfortunate event for most folks in the hills of Kentucky. She was lucky not to have been shot on the spot. Emmie saw hope in the steam escaping the curved copper pipe of “Ole Maizy”. However, a series of mishaps put her front and center in a local moonshine war.

In the midst of chaos, Emmie is befriended by an attorney recently transported from Chicago. Silas McDowell is a man seeking some answers of his own. In an attempt to find a little roaring twenties glamour in the small town, he introduces Emmie to the underground world of Speakeasies and Blind Pigs. Loyalty, lies, and murder conspire to push Silas and Emmie together or rip them apart. Cloaked in secrets and unsure whom to trust, Emmie must decide to drown in darkness or find a way to Shine On.

Bio:

Allison Jewell lives in southern Kentucky with her husband, two sons, and dog. When she isn’t hard at work on her next novel, she can be found doing one of her favorite things: watching her older son chase the puck at the local hockey rink, secretly eating her mother’s homemade brownies, hanging out at home listening to records with her husband, or making up silly songs with her younger son. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom and writer, Allison worked as an elementary school teacher and education consultant. 

Shine On is Allison Jewell’s debut novel. She is currently editing the second book in this series, Rise and Shine.

Review: Thunderstruck by Kendall Grace

Thunderstruck is a touching story about second chances, finding love and believing in yourself. It’s touching, wonderful and heart wrenching.
Jo has moved halfway across the country to start over. She’s divorced from a high profile Arizona Senator and wants to start over where no one knows her. She moves to Georgia, buys a “fixer upper”, and falls in love.
Hawk Stephens is a horse-whisperer. He’s working hard to get a therapeutic ranch up and running in Arizona. He’s attracted to Jo and vows to win her over. He’s certain she’s meant to be with him. His Apache roots and beliefs have shown him what he knows to be true. He only has to convince Jo.
Hawk was the perfect man. He was relentless in his pursuit. This doesn’t mean he stayed in her face and demanded things. He gave her space when she needed it. He listened to her and paid attention to the signals she was giving off. It was nice to have an alpha male (and believe me, he’s an alpha!) that wasn’t beat on the chest, me man – you woman. Don’t get me wrong, I like those, but it’s also nice to have a different kind of alpha male. Change of pace and scenery.
Jo was pretty amazing. She’s been knocked down but she didn’t let that stop her. She was cautious but she still believed enough in herself to trust her instincts. It served her well.
Jo made some hard decisions that could have very easily cost her dearly. She was willing to risk it all in order to give the man she loved, everything he was working for, everything he dreamed of. That takes an inner strength that not all people have.

Kendall Grace managed to create characters you care for, cheer for and hope their struggles are all worth it.
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Review: Red Zone by Sherri Hayes

Gage is a t HOT football star. He’s good-looking, his star is rising, and he’s a confirmed bachelor.
Rebecca is the stereotypical FBI Government agent. She’s reserved, dresses conservatively and doesn’t do flashy.
So, how in the world is she going to pretend to be Gage’s girlfriend in order to protect him from a stalker?
One Touch….
One Kiss…
One Family Reunion….

She’s lost…and so is he…
Gage has a great sense of humor. When he gets stuck with the stuffy FBI agent as his pretend girlfriend, he decides to have a little fun with it. He decides to push her buttons and get a reaction out of her. He does it all without being mean. He just pushes her to get her off-kilter.
Rebecca tried to keep Gage at arms length. But he won’t have it. He does everything he can to get closer to her and keep her on her toes. Rebecca’s not opposed to finding love, she just wants to be sure it’s with the right person. Losers need not apply!
Then they dance. Gage holds Rebecca in his arms and they kiss. They lose sight of everything else and find an all-consuming passion with each other. Will Rebecca give in to Gage’s seduction or will she let her childhood stop her from finding happiness?
This was a great love story. We had a some suspense built in with trying to figure out who was stalking Gage. There was nothing earth-shattering with either the romance or the stalking. But, it was still good. I enjoyed both the romantic plot and the suspense plot.  Both were like a comfortable blanket you put on to keep you warm at night. They’re familiar and the make you feel all cozy inside.
Sherri Hayes is a talented writer. She draws you in to the story and makes you feel part of their lives. I love that she has different series with different levels of emotional upheaval. Her Finding Anna series is dark and twisted. Her Daniels Brothers series, while suspenseful, is full of love and laughter and all things comforting. I love the versatility!

I’m looking forward to the next one in the series. There has to be another one because I need to find out what happens between Rebecca’s sister and Gage’s brother! Bring on another Daniels Brother Romance!

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Review: Blood Warrior by H.D. Gordon

Oh wow! I’m stunned. I’m reeling from this book. I’m going to have to jump into the next one very soon because I don’t think I can wait to find out what’s happened!
Alexa Montgomery just wants to live a normal life. But her life will never be anything close to normal. She’s the last of her race and everyone is expecting her to save them. But no one knows what they are expecting her to save them from. It’s a mystery for everyone to solve.
Alexa is a warrior and feels such rage at so many things. She has so much trouble controlling that rage, yet at the same time she’s pure of heart. She wants to help people. She wants to set things right.
Then there’s Nelly. I can’t figure out exactly what her role is in all of this. She’s something more, something special, forbidden in this new world they’ve been thrust into. I can’t help but feel she’s integral to fixing what’ wrong in this world.
Jackson is the werewolf. He’s easy going and makes Alexa laugh. He loves her and in her own way she loves Jackson. He’s an enigma to me.
Kaydon. Dear, sweet, hot Kaydon. Drool worthy Kaydon. He keeps doing things to keep Alexa safe and take care of her. But he keeps doing it in bizarre ways. Alexa takes her mother’s words to heart and trusts no one. Even Kaydon. I have a feeling he’s going to end up saving Alexa.
Tommy is the golden boy. Rich, good-looking and his dad is connected. How will he fit into the picture?
All of these characters are wonderful! They beautiful on the outside and the inside. They’re all important in figuring out and solving the problem. The question is what’s the problem? Everything seems perfect. In fact, it’s too perfect.
This story will suck you in from the very beginning and not let you go!

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Review: Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines

Yeah…
So this book just wasn’t that impressive.

I was really and truly looking forward to Wood’s story since I loved him from the moment he was first introduced in the Too Far series. …And don’t get me wrong- I still love his character, even after reading this story. But with that being said, I think my expectations were just too high before starting this book.

For starters, I think the sex dominated this book more than the actual story-line. Abbi Glines can write some pretty steamy scenes, I’ll give her that… But I had a hard time believing that the heroine Della, and Woods actually had any real connection unless they were spending time behind closed doors. It was almost as if the majority of the time that they spent together and got to even know each other on a more personal level was when they were having sex. I’m all for some steamy scenes, but when a book seems to be more sex than story, that’s when I start to have issues. It just seemed like I couldn’t get through more than a few pages without Woods feeling the need to bend Della over the second they’re in the same room together- It got old and excessively repetitive. It really made it hard to form any kind of connection to these characters when the depth and development only seemed to revolve around the sex.


Another issue I had with this story was the heroine, Della. I just really couldn’t ever connect to her character and in turn I wasn’t her biggest fan. Supposedly she had some serious issues due to her very sheltered upbringing… And by sheltered, I mean she literally never left her house, minus the few times she was able to sneak out. She had no idea how to even pump gas in her car, for God’s sake. Yet, her character was just such a contradiction to her past and the way she behaved just never added up for me. You’d never think by her actions that she lived such a sheltered life, which was my biggest issue with her character. She was extremely free and sexual for a girl who was supposedly locked away for most of her life. My belief could only go so far before it all just seemed a bit too skeptical for my taste.

…Oh, and wouldn’t you know… Insta-love strikes again.


I really just needed a lot more build up to Della and Wood’s relationship. However, they meet and feel this instant attraction that both of them can’t deny. So many questions just went unanswered in this story… What I really wanted to know was what’s the real reasons behind why they liked each other aside from all the hot and dirty sex? Do they have any common interests? What about common goals? I mean, absolutely no depth went beyond their relationship aside from sex.

Over-all, this wasn’t a bad book. For me, it just fell incredibly flat. The ending was a bit cliffhanger-ish and pretty unexpected, but it didn’t affect me to the extent that I feel like I’m absolutely dying to read the next book. I may be in the minority when it comes to my feelings about this story, but needless to say it wasn’t an impressive start to a new series.

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