Kristen Hope Mazzola-5-fer

Today is an interesting treat. We’ve got 5 Kristen Hope Mazzola books in one post. Four of the books are from the Unacceptables MC series and the 5th is a hockey book. They are all from Kindle Worlds and Kristen rereleased them today, with some extra stuff included, I believe. As I didn’t read them before, I can’t swear to it, but I’m pretty sure that I saw that. All 5 books are super quick reads. I don’t think any of them took me more than about 75 minutes or so to read, so you know that they are getting down into the relationship fairly quickly. But, they are all enjoyable reads, perfect for when you need something quick and relatively short to read.

Since the hockey story is all by itself, let’s start with Cherry Picked. This the story of Chase and Nikki. He’s come to NYC to play for his dream hockey team, she’s come to NYC to become a prima ballerina with the NY ballet. They are both pretty young, Nikki is just 19, so this is a new adult kind of romance too.

Nikki and Chase meet in a bookstore because she’s reading his favorite book. He pretty much immediately falls in love with her and her with him, and they spend the next 2 weeks together as much as possible, only separating when Chase has to practice.

The story is a sweet one and the sex scenes are pretty tame when it comes to description, so if you like sweet and just a little steamy, this is probably a good one for you.

The Unacceptables

The Unacceptables are a motorcycle club that has several chapters. Four, I think. There are 9 books in the series altogether, and I read 5, 6, 7, and 8. Each of the books is basically a standalone, with the couple’s story winding up in the book, but there is some kind of rough storyline. I haven’t read the first 4 books, but I didn’t feel like I didn’t know what was going on, and I got to know the characters pretty well, so it all worked out OK. I will mention that I think the books bounce back and forth chronologically a bit, probably because they were all in various Kindle Worlds. I would probably read these in this order, 5 & 8 then 6 & 7, and that’s how I have them listed here. That’s just my opinion, and you don’t have to follow it.

Unbearable

Bear is an Unacceptables Prez. He and his VP Jaxon are riding home following a terrible event. On the highway right before they get to their exit, they come across a motorcycle on the side of the road and a woman who was obviously on it. Bear does CPR while waiting for the first responders to show and then follows her to the hospital. There’s just something about her that he is drawn to.

Scarlett walked into her house after grocery shopping to find her husband balls deep in her best friend. She takes her friend’s clothes, lights them on fire, then throws them out the window. That’s pretty damn epic if you ask me. Then she pulls a gun on her husband and tells him that it’s over. She grabs some panties, tosses them in a bag, jumps on her bike, and heads to Atlanta. The next thing she knows, she wakes up in the hospital, with a tattooed guy in a cut standing there.

Unscarred

We’re back with Bear and Scarlett sometime after the end of the first book (but before its epilogue). Her now ex-husband and shown up and wants to cause some trouble. Bear and Scarlett escape out to some of the other chapters so that Scarlett can be safe while Bear takes care of business.

Undeniable

Ryan is Cass’s brother’s best friend. Along with his brother, the 4 of them are inseparable and have a good old time. Then Ryan’s older brother, who is in the service, dies. On the night of his viewing, they all go out to have a bonfire like they used to before Cam died. Ryan and Cass spend some quality time, then he tells her he’s joined the Marines.

Ten years later, she’s engaged to another man, Ryan’s an Unacceptable. But when the two of them see each other again, it’s almost like no time has passed at all.

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Ryan and Cass have been together for a while now, and while he no longer wears the patches, in his heart, he’s still an Unacceptable. So, when things come up, what’s he going to do?

I would consider the books MC-lite, except for Unscarred, which does get a little darker in places than the others are. The stories are spicy but more like banana pepper spicy and not ghost pepper spicy. They are all pretty good, and the characters have a good connection.

So, no spoilers today. Go check out these books, they are all in KU and the 9th book of the Unacceptables comes on later this month. Happy reading!

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Jessie Cook-Wolf

So, this is another motorcycle club book. I really enjoy reading these books. I mean, the bad boy is such a hot and sexy idea, right? I don’t know that I would actually want to hook up with any of these guys, but that won’t stop me from thinking about it and reading the books. And frankly, if any of them were like Wolf, I may certainly consider it.

This is sort of the first/second book of a spinoff series. There is a prequel to this book, but in my opinion, it’s much less a prequel and much more a first book, with this one being the second. In fact, if you look at it on Amazon, this is listed as Wolf 2, so it’s up to you how you want to think about it. It’s a spinoff of the Southside Skulls MC books, but if you haven’t read them, don’t sweat it, this is a standalone and you will understand what’s going on.

Here’s the story. Wolf is the head of the Westside Skulls, in CA. They are trying to partner up with the Southside Skulls in Boston. To that end, they’ve created a MMA gym and some of the guys from the Southside Skulls are there to train because one of them is going to go on a big pay-per-view fight.

Meanwhile, Wolf is dealing with the betrayal of his wife and all the fall out. He isn’t looking for a new ol’ lady because he’s pretty sure that he will never love anyone ever again. He’s just perfectly happy occasionally spending happy sexy fun times with his soulmate, who is his best friend. They don’t love each other romantically, but they are absolutely best friends and incredibly close. (I love that Wolf thinks of Tricia as his soulmate and says something along the lines of soulmates don’t have to be romantic love, they just have to come into your life and match your soul. I think that’s a great idea. I also like that Jessie wrote it so that the only people they have sex with without condoms is each other. For some reason, that was just an interesting point to me.) Anyway, he finds out that his Veep is having problems with trying to figure out the money, so they try to get their money guy, only to find out that he’s missing. They get a message from the person who says he has him and he wants stuff, because of course.

On the other of the law, we have Bailey. She’s a psych for the Department of Corrections. Her job is to talk to parolees and such to determine if they are safe to come out and be around society and to make sure that they are meeting the conditions of their parole and aren’t a danger to anyone around them. When her weasally co-worker sends one of his patients over to her, the guy ends up kidnapping her. Apparently her scummy co-worker had been bondying with Mouse, the kidnapper, and told them that he and Bailey were lovers and that she was fucking kinky. When Mouse was betrayed, he decided to pay the scumbucket back by taking, raping, and killing his girlfriend.

Wolf and his guys are looking for their money man, who just happens to be tied up with Bailey, and they end up saving Bailey and their guy, while Mouse ends up dead. Bailey and Wolf aren’t able to get the other out of their mind, even though they are both sure that nothing will work out between them.

There are a lot of things that happen in this book. There’s betrayal, love, lying, stress, hot sex, and of course, MMA fighting. There are also a lot of discoveries, apparently even brothers from another mother can have secrets from each other. I didn’t particularly like Bailey’s suggestion as to how Wolf could handle certain things, but I understood where she was coming from. I also understood where Wolf was coming from when it came to her suggestion and how he handled it. They have two opposing viewpoints from opposite sides of the world and it was one of those things that made it difficult for them.

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I think that Bruf’s history is very interesting, and I can’t wait to find out more about his story. I’m really pulling for him and Sabrina, because it’s so obvious how much they want to be together. I think Wolf needs to get the hell out of their way and let it happen.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Lane Hart & D. B. West-Chase

Another day, another book, and another bad boy on a motorcycle. Husband and wife DB West and Lane Hart have brought us Chase, the first book in a new MC series.

This one is a second chance romance, which, if you’ve read here for a while, you know that I have a soft place in my black little heart for second chance romances. This one made me happy and made my black little heart a little less black for a little while.

Chase and Sasha were just teenagers when they first fell in love. Right after her 18th birthday, they went and got their names tattooed on each other. He had Sasha put on his chest, she had Chase tattooed on her wrist. This led to one of the nicest little quickie scenes I’ve seen in a while, which led to her agreeing to elope with her. o bad that none of this could last. They get in a bad accident because a drunk driver hits them. Chase gets off pretty easy, but Sasha ends up in the hospital and has to have a lot of surgery to repair various problems. This causes them to end up breaking up and spending 10 years apart.

Fast forward 10 years, Chase is a VP in the MC he was prospecting when he and Sasha were dating. Sasha is now a reporter for the local TV news. He watches her every night on the news. One particular night, she’s reporting from the scene of a car accident. One that Chase may or may not have caused and where he may or may not have been seen. And that’s where all the trouble starts.

Torin, Chase’s brother and prez of their MC, tells Chase that he needs to get Sasha under control because she’s going to cause problems. Sasha, being a reporter, finds out that there is stuff going on that Chase didn’t know about. There is intrigue and suspense all over the place, as well as some really, really hot sex.

So, I really love both Sasha and Chase. Even better, I really love them as a couple. And I have to say, I love that there are brothers named Abe and Gabe in this MC. I also gotta love a MC that’s thinking ahead and wants to keep the really nasty drugs out of their area and attract more tourists for more money for the area. That’s a little different from what you normally see in MC books, but it’s a nice change. It lets the series stand out a little more. I didn’t like Torin at any point in the book, and when it comes his time for a book, I’m going to really hope that the authors can rehab him. It’s not always easy to do that.

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I would be good money that the secret that Torin was trying to hide was that he fucked another woman. That’s the only thing that I could see him doing that would be as damaging as he said it would. I’m just wanting to know how well paying off that blackmail money worked for him. Damn, yeah, I know that makes me sound cold-hearted, but then again, I am. I said I didn’t like him. I don’t think he deserved what happened, but I still don’t like him.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. The book was well-written and the story moved well. Go check it out. Happy reading!

Jordan Marie-Devil

Jordan Marie is a new to me author. We all know how much I love finding a new author. This book is the first book in a new series, and it’s a spinoff from another series that she wrote. I haven’t read the first series, obviously, since this is the first book of her’s that I’ve read, but I had no problem knowing what was going on. It worked out well.

So, on to Devil and our story. Devil is a member of the Savage MC, based in Tennesee. One day when he’s out stocking up on beer and condoms, lots and lots of condoms in the large size, he runs into a beautiful woman. He tries to invite her to a party where the beer and condoms will feature heavily, but she tells him that it’s not her kind of party. When he tries to convince her that it really is, he finds out that she’s a nun. Really not her kind of party. But he can’t get her out of his mind, which means that Devil is going to have to just go track her down.

Torrent may be a nun, currently, but she isn’t really nun material, in any way, shape, or form. You see, she’s just there to hide out. Her dad is the prez of another MC and he has problems . Among other things, he is pretty sure that he has a mole. He wants for Torrent to be safe so he sent her into hiding. Torrent thought that hiding would  be something like being hidden away on a private tropical island, but nope, it’s a nunnery. Seriously, who wants to go into hiding in a nunnery. When she notices Devil sitting outside the convent regularly and watching her, she likes the attention. Eventually, she can’t help herself and she starts talking to Devil. Not only that, she starts sneaking around with him.

OK, we know what time it is. There are a lot of terrible things that go on in this book. Torrent doesn’t have a really nice time of it for most of the book. I feel pretty sorry for her and for everything that she has to go through. Devil doesn’t have a party through it either. I mean, really. Neither one of them have an easy time. I enjoyed the story overall.

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I did guess one of the twists, but I don’t think it was really obvious. It was more of a it would be interesting if… situation and less of a I know that this is what’s happening… But, I still felt vindicated for having figured it out. Yay me. Guessing it didn’t lessen my enjoyment any. Guessing a twist rarely does for a lot of reasons. One reason is I like to see how the author got from point A to point B. I don’t necessarily know how I got there, so seeing what the author does to get there makes me enjoy it more. Unless I guess the twist in the first two chapter, then I generally give up.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check this out. Happy reading!

I have another blog post coming out later today, so keep your eyes peeled.

 

TL Smith-Sinister Love

Well, here we are, another day, another book. Have I mentioned lately how much I love my reading life and getting to read all kinds of fantastic books? I get to find a bunch of new authors and find books that I might not otherwise have seen. Today’s book is the sequel to Distorted Love, Sinister Love by TL Smith. And this one is as good as the first one, and kept my mind going crazy trying to figure out what was going on. So yay, that is great.

Warning, there will be spoilers for Distorted Love, so if you have read it first, go read it before reading this review. I can’t not spoil parts of DL, just because of the way it left off. You guys know that I try really hard not do that, but sometimes it’s pretty unavoidable. So, you’ve been warned.

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Continue reading “TL Smith-Sinister Love”

Winter Travers-Maniac

Today’s book is the third book in the Winter Travers’ Fallen Lords MC series, Maniac. Before I get too far into the start of this review, I do want to point out that the book does cover a suicide attempt and memories of sexual assault. If you feel like this is a trigger to you, please be conscious of what you read.

These books really aren’t standalones. You really need to read the series in order so that you know what’s going on and so you can really keep up with what’s going on. You could read it on its own and still enjoy the book, but you would enjoy it so much more if you go in order.

So, Maniac. Wren is a friend of Cora’s. Cora has been staying with the Fallen Lords because her brother is one of their higher-ups. So our guys have been keeping her safe. When she finds out about her friend Wren needing help because of the Hell Captains MC, she gets the Fallen Lords to bring her to the clubhouse so she can be safe. The Hell Captains have cruelly used and ill-treated Wren. In fact, she’s a bare shadow of herself. She’s scared of all the Fallen Lords, and even of pretty much anyone but Cora. She seems like a shadow of a person, instead of anything else. Wren is soul-weary and just is ready to be done with it. Everything that happened to her is weighing heavily on her and she’s just ready to lay down her burden, so she tries to kill herself.

Manic has been appointed as her babysitter to make sure that she’s guarded and protected. He isn’t exactly a willing volunteer, but he’ll do what the Prez tells him to. When he breaks into the locked door in the bathroom of his room, he finds a nearly dead Wren.

Next thing we know, Maniac and Wren are living in a small, one-room cabin in the woods near a small town. There are two reasons for that. One is that it’s a place for letting Wren heal, both in body and in soul, and the other is that it’s a very safe place for her. The Fallen Lords are still trying hiding her from the Hell Captains and they are looking for Wren.

OK, I like reading MC books. I dunno why, but I’m not going to argue with it. I like the dynamic of the alpha men who are good men but not good guys but not necessarily bad guys either. The women in the books generally are pretty strong characters as well and can stand up against and to the men. Wren may seem like a departure from that, but she’s really not. She had horrible, terrible things happen to her and even the strongest person is going to break at some point. In fact, I’d go so far as to argue that Wren is a lot stronger than a lot of people because she made it out of a super-shitty situation. That’s my opinion on the matter, at least.

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One of my favorite scenes in this whole book is when Maniac goes to get vengeance for Wren. I think it’s great how it happens, but all the one-liners and byplay that goes on between the Fallen Lords make that scene just kind of completely awesome.

That’s all for this one. Go check it out on Amazon. Happy reading!

T.L. Smith-Distorted Love

Oh my,  there are so many things I have to say about this. This is my first TL Smith book, but it sure as hell isn’t going to be my last. There’s a second book to this duet, but anything else she’s written, I’m going to go check out.

Before I get into it, Distorted Love is part of a duet, and you know how authors love to do us. If you are one of the people who hates hanging on until the next book, wait. Also, this book takes place in Australia, but it’s mostly written in American English, so USicans should have no problem with slang and such.

Saskia is in her next to last year of school. She goes to an exclusive private school, even though she lives on the wrong side of the tracks. She gets a scholarship and wears her cousin Livia’s hand-me-downs. Saskia has been crushing on Ryken Lord as long as he’s been in the same school. He’s a year older than she is and very popular. Her friend Robert urges her to go talk to him, but Saskia would rather be the wallflower, the person no one sees. When Livia asks her if she likes Ryken, Saskia tells her no.

Ryken Lord is in his last year of school, and waiting until he turns 18. When he turns 18 he’s going to take over his father’s nightclubs, while his father continues to run the seedier part of the business. He always sees Saskia, his Barbie, no matter what. Sometimes that’s all he sees. He doesn’t talk to her though.

On the first day of school, Ryken and his best friend through a huge party. Livia drags Saskia around to the party with her. Livia wants to hit on Ryken, Saskia wants to go home. When they get there, some older guy named Quinn starts talking to her. Ryken comes out and tells him to get lost. Turns out Quinn works for his dad and collects young women to be sold. Saskia, pretty young Saskia with very few familial connections, is a perfect target. Quinn tells Ryken he won’t take Saskia on one condition, Ryken has to leave her alone. If he can stay away from Saskia, Quinn will leave her alone. Ryken tells Quinn that won’t be a problem. Quinn thinks otherwise.

That’s as far as my synopsis is going to go. This is a strangers to enemies to friends to lovers to enemies to something else altogether story. It would my brain around like you would wind spaghetti with a fork. It was hard to keep track of everything as a reader but in a good way. I can’t imagine how Saskia and Ryken were able to keep track of everything. The two of them are combustible and explosive. When the two of them get together, it’s like putting det cord and plastique together. You get a huge fucking boom and a lot of heat, and everything around it gets destroyed. That’s Saskia and Ryken. The problem is, they can’t stay away from each other. They are drawn to each other like two powerful rare earth magnets. They will knock everything out of the way to get to each other. Even when they hate each other, they love each other and vice versa. The story is a total mindfuck and trying to figure out what is going on will keep you guessing and wondering. I reached the end in a huge burst of adrenaline like I had been running a race. I can’t wait for the next one.

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OMG. The end. The end of this thing. I can’t even.

I have to say, I don’t trust anything that Livia has said, so I’m thinking that the announcement is a lie. At least, that’s my opinion of the matter. I guess I’ll have to wait and see. I never really liked Livia anyway, I thought that she was bad news for Saskia and that she treated her like crap anyway. So, there’s that.

That’s all I have to say on this today. If you want to talk more about it, then you’re going to have to come find me somewhere. I’ll telll you alllllll my opinions, I swear. Happy reading!