Lia Peele-Definition of Stripped

Lia Peele is another new-ish author, so I’m really happy that I can share her books and get her name out in front of all you lovely people so that you can go check them out. The main book is Definition of Stripped, which has a prequel called Definition of Flawed.

In DoF, we get to meet Scarlett and Dev and learn a little bit of history about them. We get a better look at the things that drive each of the characters in DoS. In DoF, Scarlett is a young woman, just finishing with university and starting to be a little more independent. She meets a man named Paul and starts to have a relationship with him. He tells her that he’s only a few years older than she is. Turns out that he’s even older than that, and he has a teenage son named Dev, who’s only 4 years younger than Scarlett is. There’s a lot more in there, and last I knew it was free on Amazon so you can go grab it and read it to get you ready for Stripped.

In DoS, it’s been 6 years since Flawed. Scarlett has started her own very, very successful business that works with marketing, branding, and all that kind of stuff. Her business is constantly growing and she’s just been nominated for a big award. Her best friend Sian drags her to her cousin’s hen’s night. They go to a Taboo, a huge strip club so they can scope out all the hot, hot, hot male strippers. The book takes place in England, and apparently, the guys can go allllll the way down, and they do. Oh my, do they. Anyway, Adrian, who is the big star of the troupe, and yes, BIG is used in more than one way, comes out to the audience and starts dancing with Scarlett. After the show, she gets a text saying to come outside. When she does, she finds out that Adrian is actually Dev.

Dev has grown up goooood. He’s hot, built, hung, and uses that to his advantage. He does freelance graphic art during the day and strips at night. During his free time, he goes out and sleeps with any and everyone who catches his eye. The only problem that Dev has with sex is when he’s not having any. He likes boys, girls, other, in pairs, trios, and more. He just likes sex. He’s had a thing for Scarlett ever since he saw her the first time. He asks her for a meet, just so that they can catch up.

OK, it’s that time. Overall, I liked the two stories. I am looking forward to the next one so that we can pick up some of the threads that weren’t really touched on in Stripped. I do feel like there may have been a couple of places with some flow issues, but that may also just be me. Lia is still a new author and has plenty of time to figure that stuff out. It didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the book or storyline at all. Sometimes I totally hated Dev and wanted to punch him in the nads. Sometimes I really liked him. Sometimes I wanted to strangle Scarlett. Sometimes I really liked her. So, you know, very realistic feelings about the characters.  Note, Lia is English. The book takes place in England. The language is very much British English from the spelling to the slang. I don’t think that you should have a hard time with any of the slang or anything because none of it is completely weird slang. It’s just something to note before you start reading.


OK, I’m dying to find out who the stalker is. I’m 100% that  Dev’s stalker is the one who is sending strange things to Scarlett at work. I really think that it’s her receptionist, but that may just be me and my personal conspiracy theory sense acting up. I do want to know, though. It’s going to continue to pick at my brain until we find out who it is.

I’m not surprised that Dev has all kinds of weird, mixed up feelings when it comes to Scarlett. I would have that same kind of group of weird feelings too, in his position.

OK, that’s it for today. Hit up the mighty Zon, and check it out. Happy reading!


Dani Rene-Madd Ink

This is going to be a quick little review because Madd Ink by Dani Rene is a quick little read. The publishers for it specialize in quick and dirty reads for when you just want something hot and sexy to read. And Madd Ink fits perfectly in that.

Ryn learned her lesson years ago. Don’t trust men. It’s better for her if she just stays on her own with her 5-year-old daughter Roxie. And that definitely means that she needs to stay away from Slade Maddox, cop and man whore.

Slade loves women. He knows he loves women. He doesn’t think that he will ever settle down to just one woman because there are just so many women and so little time. When he goes to his best friend’s tattoo parlor to get a tattoo touched up, he sees Ryn and is fascinated by her.

OK, this is where we’re going to part. There isn’t a whole lot of story here, but you know that going in. It’s a lovely piece of fluffy candy for your mind. I am perfectly fine with that, and the story met that need 100%.


The story does move quick, but it has to. I really don’t have too much to say down here because anything I say about it is going to be a spoiler. So, I liked it. It was good. I’ll keep it in a reread list, especially for days when I need something quick and easy to read.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Happy reading!

Hannah Davenport-The Secrets We Keep

Hannah Davenport has been up here before with her scifi romance. I enjoy reading her fated mates Azzarian series. This one isn’t a scifi romance but is more in the contemporary/thriller/suspense romance category. But that’s just fine. I like those categories too, so that was all good. So, let’s talk about The Secrets We Keep.

Ariel is a young woman in hiding. Three years ago she ran away from her step-father. He had kept her locked away and hidden in the house after her mother disappeared. She was pretty sure that he had killed her mother. He was abusive and terrible to her, and she knew that if she didn’t get away from him soon, that she would have a much harder time getting away from him. Before she escaped, she went to his hidey-hole and stole all the drug money that he was supposed to hand over. She knew that she would need it to get away and to hide. Three years on, she’s hiding in NYC and still waiting for her life to get started. Her life consists of working, coming home, and chatting online to Altruist.

Luca owns a hugely popular nightclub. When Ariel’s friends and co-workers bring her into his club for her birthday, he’s immediately drawn to her. He almost feels like there is an electric current between the two of them. He has to know more about her. What he finds out is that she isn’t who she says she is.

OK, it’s time for you to choose your path. We know some of Ariel’s secrets right up front because we are told them. We don’t know if there are more secrets hiding or if we know everything about her. Luca knows that there is something about her, but he isn’t totally sure what. The story is divided up into 3 POVs. I understand why Hannah did it that way, and I’m good with that. It was really necessary to get the fullness of the story. I like Ariel and I like Luca. I don’t like the other person. I felt like they thought that they were entitled to something with Ariel that they didn’t earn or deserve and that they kept trying to make decisions for her that weren’t theirs to make. I enjoyed the book overall, especially when that particular character wasn’t on screen.


Once you’ve read the book, you are going to know who the third POV is. I just didn’t like him at all. I mean, yeah, it was good that he was already in NYC when Ariel was taken, but he just didn’t really deserve her in any way. He never saw who she was and he was a lying liar who lied. And when he wasn’t outright lying, he was lying by omission. He knew that Ariel was worried about Luca and figured that Luca had moved on, but he also knew that Luca was calling his partner every week to find out what he could about Ariel. See why I don’t like him? He’s all nasty and slimy.

I’m quite happy that the book ended the way that it did. The ending was quite satisfying to me and made me perfectly happy. Ariel deserves to get out and live her life and to try to find some happiness.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check it out, and go check out the rest of Hannah’s catalog. She writes some lovely romances with a good story wound around and through.


Jane Henry-Deliverance

I love reading Jane Henry’s books. And this one, Deliverance, is the first book in a new series, so yay for that! Similar to the Boston Doms series that Jane wrote with Maisy Archer, this the New York Doms series. Jane is writing this one solo though. Still great to read.

Diana is a single mother of a son who is autistic. She’s been single for a long time, with a few breaks for relationships that just don’t work. In fact, a failed relationship is what brings Diana to us. She and her friend Beatrice are out trying to drown Diana’s sorrows in a lot of tequila. When she sees a silver Maserati, she wants to key it because she’s sure it’s her ex’s. Except, whoops. It’s not. Turns out it belongs to a huge hunk of Dom named Tobias.

Tobias is a part owner of a BDSM club called Verge. One night when he walks outside of his club, he sees two drunk women, one of whom is keying his very, very expensive car. When he confronts Diana about it, he notices that she’s pretty much drunk as a skunk. He takes her back in to Verge, into his office. She is pretty apologetic about it and is starting to feel pretty bad about what she was meaning to do. She swears to Tobias that she will pay him back, she’ll just give him her insurance info and be on her way. When he tells her that her insurance isn’t going to cover her vandalism. Diana keeps checking her phone and tells Tobias that she has to leave. If her son wakes up and she’s not home, he’ll be very upset and could meltdown.

Except, there’s a problem. Tobias gets a bright red flashing light on his desk and a phone call from a cop friend of his. There’s been a horrific attack on a woman and it’s associated with his club. So Verge is on lockdown and Tobias has to go out to the rest of the club to deal with it, which means that Diana is going out with him. That’s when she manages to earn her first spanking.

Alright, you know what time it is. I really enjoyed this book, as I have everything else of Jane’s that I’ve read. Lots of great spanking and great sex. She also has a great story going on around it. There are a lot of stories going on within the book and a lot of relationships being built. That is something that could really get out of hand and overwhelm the other elements of the story, so it works out really well. I really loved the positive representation of an autistic kid in a story. There are a lot of stereotypes about people who are autistic, so seeing a positive and realistic example out there is important. It’s also important to get the realistic example of single moms who are dealing with kids with special needs. This is a great story, all around, and I am looking forward to the next one and to see if who I think the next couple is going to be is actually the next couple.


FTR, I’m pretty sure Zach and Beatrice are the next couple to show up. Of course, watch Jane pull someone else out of her house altogether, just to prove me wrong. LOL.

I would love to see Tobias adopt Chad, but I’m not sure that his dad would ever let go, even if he doesn’t really have much to do with Chad. I know his kind. He’s just a prick and always going to be a prick and Chad will never be enough for him because he just doesn’t want to understand who his own son is. Dickhead.

Anyhow, that’s all for today. I’m going to go plan my weekend reading now. Happy reading!


Maddie Taylor-Carly’s Crush

You’ll remember that I had a Maddie Taylor book on here just last week. Lovely scifi menage. This one is a nice Valentine’s Day short. Quick, hot, and sweet. The perfect V-Day treat for your brain. I really enjoyed reading Carly’s Crush.

So, Carly works in an upscale mall at a lingerie boutique. You know, the kind of place where two pieces of lace and 6 inches of silk cost $350. Carly loves to work with all the pretties, design the windows, and help out with the books. She works at the store part-time while she is getting her MBA. She can’t really afford the delicate pieces of silk and lace frillies that she works with, even with the discount, but she at least gets to see them.

Carly also has a huge crush on Trent. Trent runs the security firm which acts as mall security. He is the big bad badass Special Forces vet who is uber hot. She has memorized his schedule and manages to be standing out by the entrance when he walks by and she arranges to work the nights he’s there. Everyone she works with knows about her crush, and so do some of the security guards. The only person who doesn’t have a clue is Trent. He’s noticed her but he thinks that she’s too young and innocent for him.

This story is very sweet. It does have a little bit of the whole comedy of errors going on in it. That just adds to the charm and to the love story between Trent and Carly. This really is the perfect Valentine’s Day story, even for people like me, who hate Valentine’s Day.


I did laugh out loud at Carly’s seduction scene. It was so totally something that I might do. Especially trying to find the “perfect” sexy position. I just loved that. Made Carly feel so real.

I loved the whole epilogue. Very nice. Perfect ending to the whole story and a great way to top it off.


Mimi Francis-Private Lives

Mimi Francis and I share a mutual friend. That friend was nice enough to make sure that Mimi and I were able to hook up so that I could read Mimi’s new story, Private Lives, which comes out 1/23.

Private Lives was a really interesting story, because behind it all, it’s a look at privacy and what people will do to get their needs met and have some modicum of privacy.

Chris is a big television star who is breaking into movies. He gets followed everywhere he goes by the paparazzi. Every time he is seen out with a woman, the next morning all the gossip shows and media vultures are discussing what they were doing, if they are together, how long they’ve been together, so on and so forth, ad infinitum. Tired of all of that, he figured out a way to get sex without any stress or strings. He uses a high class, exclusive escort service. He always requests the same woman, and has been utilizing her services for 6 very happy months.

Sophia has spent years working for an escort company. For most of her clients, all she does is show up on their arm at whatever event they are attending. They want a pretty young woman who makes them feel better about themselves and will smile at them and laugh at their jokes. Sophia is more than happy to be that person, and she gets paid very, very well to be that person. There is only one client who she has sex with, and that’s Chris. When he started out as her client, he was very specific about what he wanted. He just wanted sex with no strings attached. It’s just a business arrangement between the two of them. At least, that’s what it’s supposed to be. Nothing is ever that simple, though, is it? Complications include a reality star named Ginny and Chris’ management team.

So, you know what time it is. You get to choose your own adventure now. I enjoyed the book. It’s an interesting premise behind it. I think that the characters could be fleshed out just a little bit more, but that’s just personal preference. The sex is very steamy, and there is a lot of it, so you never have to wait for very long for another very steamy scene to show up. It’s not just all sex, there is a good story in there, which I always approve of. It will be in KU when it comes out if you are interested in checking it out then.


I think that what happened would’ve probably happened anyway, once Chris and Sophia were seen anywhere together. That’s because people are so damn nosy and have the need to know everything, even if it’s none of their damn business.

Ugh, Ginny is just nasty. I’m glad to see what happened to her and her squad happened. Couldn’t’ve happened to a nicer person. Too bad it didn’t happen sooner. Nasty cow.

Like I said, an interesting look at privacy and how much people are owed and how much people should know.

OK, I think that’s all I have to say today. More Shanna Handel tomorrow. Meanwhile, happy reading!


M. Malone & Nana Malone-Deep

Before I get started on this review, I have two things to say. One is that there is a free prequel called In Deep that you can grab over on Amazon. It’s a quick read and it will help you with a little more backstory. The second thing, and this isn’t a spoiler since it’s right out in the open, is that this is a cliffhanger. The Malones say that the story just can’t be told in one book, and I agree with them, just as I want to curse the name Malone. Deeper comes out later this month, and we’ll just have to hold on until it does. Deep is the story of Rafe and Diana.

Rafe is a former FBI agent and professional killer. He infiltrated an organization named ORUS on orders of the FBI and spent years as their pet assassin. Now, he works for Blake Security, owned by his brother-in-law and former mentee. That doesn’t mean that the FBI doesn’t want to pull him back in. They keep trying to get more information out of him or get him to work for them again. Obviously, Rafe and the FBI can’t agree on a definition of retired or no.

One thing they keep coming after him about is information on the Vandergraff job. He killed the father because they were into human trafficking, drug trafficking, and other kinds of terrible shit. When Rafe killed him, his young daughter was in the room and saw him kill her dad. He hid her in the closet and didn’t tell anyone she was there.

Now, all these years later, the FBI and Interpol are coming to him for more information because the diamond called Jewel of the Sea went missing from the Vandergraff family at the same time that he killed the patriarch. Everyone seems to think that he took the diamond, except he keeps telling them he didn’t.

Diana has been following Rafe for months and months. She knows that he’s a stone cold killer, after all, she watched him kill her dad, right in front of her. He may have worn a mask and all she saw was his eyes, but after a lot of work, Diana Vandergraff has finally figured out who did the killing. What she doesn’t know is why and what he did with the diamond when he stole it. That means that she needs to get closer to him so that she can find out those things.

She figures out what she’s going to need to get an in with Rafe, but as Diana Renquist, not Vandergraff.

OK, this is where we are going to have to go our separate ways. This book drug me right the fuck in and wrung me right the fuck out. My poor husband listened to me cursing when I got to the end. I really didn’t want it to end and I want the next part of the story RIGHT NOW! *deep breath* I’m back under control now. Go read this. I mean it, go read this, even if you don’t like to read cliffies, don’t wait. Deeper comes out on the 29th, so it’s not too long to wait. It is so, so good.


OK, I didn’t expect the ending to happen the way that the ended. OK, I mean I did expect what happened, but I thought that it would come about in a different way. Like, I thought that the stupid Interpol bitch would be more involved in what happened than she was. At least, so far. I don’t trust her as far as I can throw her, and since I’m a huge weakling, I’m relatively sure that I wouldn’t be able to throw her all that far.

I think Diana and Rafe have wild chemistry, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Days like this I’m glad that I’m a blogger because it means that I’ll get the book sooner and will not have to wait for much longer. I’ll have much more to say after I read Deeper.

Tomorrow, we have the newest one from K. Webster, and oh, the feelz. They are huge. Meanwhile, happy reading!