Happy Book Birthday to HUNTER!

Hi there! Today I get to share my review for the newest release from indie author Rie Warren. You know I’ve loved her Carolina Bad Boys, (check out my reviews for STONE, LOVE and STEELE) and now she’s spun off a new motorcycle club romance. HUNTER is the guy the spooks call in to clean up their messes. And he’s found the right people to change his life for…

Hunter (Bad Boys of Retribution MC, #1)About the book:
Hunter:
My call-sign is GHOST. My roadname, too. I keep my head down, stay off the grid, fly under the radar. I’m the rough, gruff, good guy who does bad things for pay.

JB is my most recent mistake. The MC babe is innocence wrapped up in a rockin’ body. Don’t get me wrong, she has a wicked side, too. She’s kickass in bed, when we make it that far. But she’s the ultimate wholesome good girl, and I don’t want to dirty her up.

Hey, no one said life was all fun and games, right?

JB:
Good girl? I prefer to think of myself as a rebellious hellion. I live my life like I ride my bike: carefree, in your face, and full throttle. My soft side? Well, that’s reserved for my job.

I’m not looking for love, and I certainly don’t need any relationship complications. Too bad complicated is the only way Hunter comes.

He’s a quiet, deadly storm. He prowls. He hunts me. He wants me. He’s sexy, sinful . . . secretive. Hunter will turn my life inside out no thanks to his dangerous past about to come back and bite us both in the ass.

Who’s gonna save us now?

Warning: Graphic sex, graphic action, graphic language. Triple X caution.

My Review:
We’re all friends here; you can admit to licking the cover of this book. 😉

This is the first book in a spin-off series, but I’m happy to report that it’s fully-readable as a standalone. There’s not a lot of jabbering explaining past book events or persons, which is also awesome. I love when I can just hop into a whole new world with only minimal introduction.

Hunter “Ghost” Sexton is a part-time liaison to the Mt. Pleasant Police, now on furlough from his government mercenary job. His last big mission went sideways, resulting in a lot of dead specialists and one escaped drug lord. Hunter is always on guard against the creeps finding out about his little boy, an adorable 6 y/o named Jack, so he keeps he true last name under wraps, and keeps a low profile.

Still, even a ghost needs lovin’ and he’s really, really attracted to a fellow biker, JB, aka Miss Jessica Barnes, who knows Ghost’s little Jack in the teacherly sense. I loved the banter between these two. JB is no shrinking violet. She rocks a Ducati and corset like the baddest of biker babes, but she’s also tender and smart with a wicked humor.

Ghost learns Jack and JB are being targeted and is ready to sacrifice himself and what does JB do? She smacks some sense into Ghost’s brain. Good girl!

As you can imagine, there’s gonna be an Okay Corral-type showdown–only it happens with a horde of Retribution bikers at Hunter’s back. He’s not only found the woman he never dreamed of, he’s found a real home for the first time. And, this is an erotic romance. So..sexytimes galore. (Can I get an amen?)

(Thanks 31.media.tumblr.com That gif hits my spot. Or something… 😉 )

Interested? You can find HUNTER on Goodreads and Amazon. $.99 for a limited time!
Rie WarrenAbout the Author:
Badass, sassafras Rie Warren is the author of Sugar Daddy and the Don’t Tell series—a breakthrough trilogy that crosses traditional publishing boundaries beginning with In His Command.

She lives in gorgeous Charleston, South Carolina with her small family where she basks in the sunshine during the day, and adjourns to her woman cave at night. A nocturnal creature, she stays up way too late talking to herself, her characters, and anyone who will listen. She’s all about writing with heat, heart, and a hint of the dark, and she doesn’t shy away from the impossible.

Rie’s work has been called “edgy”, “daring”, and “some of the sexiest smut around”.

You can find Rie online Goodreads, Facebook and twitter.

Thanks for popping in and keep reading my friends!

He Will STEELE: INTO YOUR HEART–Release Day Review

Hi there! I’m so excited to share with you my thoughts on a contemporary erotic romance from Rie Warren. I’ve really enjoyed STONE: AT YOUR SERVICE and LOVE: IN THE FAST LANE, both books in her Carolina Bad Boys series. STEELE: INTO YOUR HEART is the third book, but can be read as a standalone.

Steele: Into Your Heart (Carolina Bad Boys, #3)About the book:
Brodie Steele is a badass MC dude. Ashe Kingston is a sexy police officer with an attitude. Their bad blood runs deep. But after they hook up at a wild biker week, can they keep their pact? What happens at Bike Week stays at Bike Week. Yeah, right.

Riding out the rough years following a family tragedy, Brodie is still trying to put his life back together when he finds something he never expected with Ashe. She annoys the ever lovin’ hell out of him, and turns him on so much he can’t see straight. He keeps coming back for more.

Ashe isn’t just a hard-nosed police officer. And she wants no part of Brodie outside of their no-strings-attached fling. There’s no way he’s settling-down material but he’s hard to resist with his inked sleeves and rebellious ways, not to mention piercings in places that make Ashe melt. Brodie Steele is dangerous, delicious, and suddenly determined to have her.

If there’s anything more risky than laying his heart on the line for this sexy woman, it’s Ashe’s job. It puts her life in danger in a way he can’t possibly protect her from. Can their hot bond win out over the bad blood of years past? Or will Ashe be taken from Brodie before she lets him into her heart?

My Review:
As with the previous books in this series, it’s written entirely from the male lead’s POV–so we get the inside of Steele’s filthy mind, as well as his filthy mouth. Thing is, it’s awesome, because Brodie Steele isn’t just a big bad biker–he’s a good guy.

He works hard, and loves his siblings and misses his parents and wants a real life with a real woman. He’s played the field a good long time, and we can’t believe the connection he makes with Officer Ashe Kingston on his Bike Week vacay to Myrtle Beach. No, the tough-as-nails cop who, years ago, arrested his junkie sister (Cat, from LOVE IN THE FAST LANE) cannot be the sexy tiger lily tatted sex nymph with whom he spends five luxurious days and five incendiary nights.

Well, okay, it’s the same gal, but he doesn’t think about her the same after that. Some people have a Come-To-Jesus moment, Brodie has a Come-With-Ashe week, and it’s not okay that she cuts him out the second their tires hit the serene streets of Mt. Pleasant.

Brodie can’t handle the separation, but he does, out of respect–but soon the lines get blurred and he and Ashe reconnect, only to have him be on the outs again. People in his motorcycle club think he’s a traitor for dating a cop, but all he wants is a real try with Ashe, one she isn’t willing to give him…until her daughter walks in.

That’s right, Ashe is a single working mother, and she never brings men home. But Cara is a charmer, and she has NO problems with Brodie, or his tats or his motorcycle, because Cara sees how happy Ashe is when Brodie’s around. And, Brodie? Absolutely smitten with this 8 year old truth-bomb-dropping soccer phenom.

But, as Ashe and he get closer to the real deal, life gets in the way. Ashe is promoted to Detective, and her first case is investigating Brodie’s motorcycle club. Brodie and his brother Boomer–who run the club–are good guys and squeaky clean, but there are brothers in their midst who are not, and it looks like Ashe is a big target for them. Brodie’s already lost his parents, losing Ashe isn’t even an option.

As always, with these books I’m just along for the ride. Living and loving alongside a stand-up guy who will melt the heart of his chosen one. Brodie is as delicious as they come, from groomed goatee to body art to junk jewelry. He loves with his entire self, and will not turn his back, even to protect his own heart. Ashe is a strong, fierce woman who won’t take crap from anyone, except, perhaps, her daughter.

You want a sexy read with a seriously good guy, not a controlling lover? Steele is your man.

Interested? You can find STEELE: INTO YOUR HEART on Goodreads and Amazon. For release day it’s on sale for $.99. You won’t regret it…

Again this is the third book of delicious Carolina hotness, from Rie Wareen. You can find the buy links for STONE: AT YOUR SERVICE and LOVE: IN THE FAST LANE in my review pages.

Rie WarrenAbout the Author:
Badass, sassafras Rie Warren is the author of Sugar Daddy and the Don’t Tell series—a breakthrough trilogy that crosses traditional publishing boundaries beginning with In His Command.

She lives in gorgeous Charleston, South Carolina with her small family where she basks in the sunshine during the day, and adjourns to her woman cave at night. A nocturnal creature, she stays up way too late talking to herself, her characters, and anyone who will listen. She’s all about writing with heat, heart, and a hint of the dark, and she doesn’t shy away from the impossible.

Rie’s work has been called “edgy”, “daring”, and “some of the sexiest smut around”.

You can find Rie online Goodreads, Facebook and twitter.

Thanks for popping in and keep reading my friends!

They found LOVE: IN THE FAST LANE–A Review

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a review for Rie Warren’s contemporary erotic romance, LOVE: IN THE FAST LANE. It’s a story about trust and faith, and plain-out redemption. It’s a sequel in the Carolina Bad Boys series, but can be read as a standalone.

Love: In the Fast Lane (Carolina Bad Boys, #2)About the book:

New York Times bestselling paranormal author, Nicky—Nick—Love is anything but successful in love. For years he’s lost himself in his writing career, but now he’s ready to get back to his rebel-boy roots. While restoring a motorcycle at Stone’s Auto Service, he meets the Wildcat of his dreams. She’s a shock to the system for the romance writer who doesn’t remember a damn thing about wooing a woman.

Cool-as-ice, Catarina “Wildcat” Steele is utterly untouchable until Nicky ignites a spark she can’t control. Their electric attraction explodes as Nicky pursues her, but he comes bearing the baggage of a family tragedy he’s hidden from everyone. He knows love has no guarantees.

Their passionate romance falls apart when Nicky discovers Cat’s secret rivals his own. The truth about her past reopens Nicky’s raw wounds and awakens a ghost he never laid to rest. He doesn’t know how to have Cat, and now he can’t trust her. Will they be torn apart . . . or tamed by love?

My Review:

Romance author Nicky Love isn’t looking for love. He’s used to being mostly on his own. His wealthy parents dumped him on his gram’s doorstep a week after his elder brother OD’ed on heroin and he hasn’t seen to them in the intervening years.

He grew to be fast friends with Josh Stone, and is happily celebrating in Josh’s upcoming wedding to a fellow author and good friend. Nicky’s a little sad to lose his wing man, but that’s nothing compared to seeing Josh so happy. Still, he doesn’t miss the allure of Josh’s new parts supplier–Cat Steele. She’s all kinds of buttoned-up this skirt-chasing bachelor would love to undress.

Thing is, Cat’s not interested. She makes every effort to dismiss Nick from her life. Their close connection through Josh does have some benefits. Nick is able to woo Cat’s body, but not her heart. And, that’s such a frustration that he actually tries to get into her tattooed skin.

There’s a huge secret surrounding Cat’s past, however, and her burly, protective brothers are always on hand to force Nick to turn away. Which, only sets his sights more fiercely on the woman whose cold exterior hides a burning Wildcat.

This is the second book in the series and I liked both of them. Nick has a many “come to Jesus” moments here and has to really overcome his own demons of abandonment in order to see past the problems in Cat’s life. She’s had her own tough road, if the remembrance sleeves permanently inked on her arms are any clue. The story has a got lotta heart, and a good lotta sex. I do love the close bond between Josh and Nick. They have a serious bromance happening, and the whole Stone Service family is a fun experience.

Interested? You can find LOVE: IN THE FAST LANE on Goodreads and Amazon.  (Free for Kindle Unlimited)

Stone: At Your Service (Carolina Bad Boys, #1)You can also check out my review for STONE AT YOUR SERVICE, a sweet romance with a huge dash of humor and heaping helping sexy on the side. (And in the middle! And at the end!!!)

And here are the purchase links in case it tickles your fancy. (Goodreads, and Amazon)

(Note, fancy tickling does occur in the book!)

Rie WarrenAbout the Author:

Badass, sassafras Rie Warren is the author of Sugar Daddy and the Don’t Tell series—a breakthrough trilogy that crosses traditional publishing boundaries beginning with In His Command.

She lives in gorgeous Charleston, South Carolina with her small family where she basks in the sunshine during the day, and adjourns to her woman cave at night. A nocturnal creature, she stays up way too late talking to herself, her characters, and anyone who will listen. She’s all about writing with heat, heart, and a hint of the dark, and she doesn’t shy away from the impossible.

Rie’s work has been called “edgy”, “daring”, and “some of the sexiest smut around”.

You can find Rie online Goodreads, Facebook and twitter.

Thanks for popping in and keep reading my friends!

Cephalopod Coffeehouse Dec 2014–STONE AT YOUR SERVICE

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Hi there! Welcome one and all to the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, a cozy gathering of book lovers, meeting to discuss their thoughts regarding the tomes they enjoyed most over the previous month. Pull up a chair, order your cappuccino and join in the fun.

This month I’m featuring an Alpha Male romance from Rie Warren. What I found so interesting about this book is it’s a romance told entirely from the man’s POV, and while it’s not the first book I’ve read like this, it’s also a complete hoot.

Stone, At Your Service (Carolina Bad Boys, #1)About the book:
Hell on wheels meets Hell in high heels.

Bad boy mechanic Josh Stone likes to get his hands dirty any way he can—the filthier, the better. Ever since his wife walked out on him and their young son, he’s only had room in his heart for two loves: the kid and cars.

Roped into playing his best buddy’s gay boyfriend during a romance writers convention, the player meets the girl who’s gonna rock his world. Leelee Songchild. Shy, bashful, beautiful Leelee who blushes at the drop of a hat yet writes hardcore smut to rival Josh’s backlist of Penthouse Forum.

The only problem is his hands are tied. Josh can’t stab his old friend/fake lover in the back even though all he wants to do is take luscious Leelee to bed, and maybe, love her. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose.

Too bad romance is just for books.

My Review:
I do love me a strong, funny man! Josh is a super lovable, very sympathetic single father. His four year old son, the kid (JJ, named in honor of Josh’s late father), is four and traumatized by the abandonment of his mother. Josh has never left him alone for more than a night–and now he’s going on a week-long trip with his BFF Nick, aka indie romance author Nicky Love. Nick has had some bad run-ins with fans and fellow authors and, despite his hetero reality, he has cultivated a “gay persona” to shield himself from unwanted attention. After all the support Nick has given Josh–helping out with JJ and at his garage–Josh agrees to posing as his boyfriend for a fan convention.

Josh has no interested in another relationship. He’s super bitter over the abrupt end of his marriage, and then he sees Leelee from across the hotel’s crowded lobby and he’s struck. He’d like to add her to his list of anonymous conquests, but meeting her turns a switch in his brain. She’s beautiful and demure, a real Southern lady–who writes some of the filthiest romance he’s had the pleasure to consume. In short, he swoons. But…he’s the very public boyfriend of Nick and that’s a big problem.

Josh is such a fun narrator. Watching him straddle the line between supporting Nick and wooing Leelee is pure heaven. This is an adult read with plenty of cussing, carousing and cock-ups, not the least of which is poor Josh’s continually interrupted self, uh, “management.”

For her part, Leelee is a temptress. She’s totally attracted to Josh, but has her own dark secret, and it’s exactly why Josh is just not he right man for her. So she thinks…

I adored the banter between Josh and Nick, Josh and Leelee, well, Josh and anyone. He’s such a great sport about all the come-on’s and flirts of the conventioneers, even allowing himself to get rolled into a cover model’s contest and hitting the highlights/lowlights of a sex shop and a male strip club as part of the junket. Throughout, Josh’s just implacably funny.

I already have the sequel, Nick’s finding love story, so I’m on board with the series.

Interested? You can find STONE AT YOUR SERVICE on Goodreads, and Amazon.

Thanks for popping in and don’t forget to check out other reviewers’ picks on today’s hop.

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3. Hub City 4. mainewords
5. Cherdo on the Flipside 6. Trisha @ WORD STUFF
7. My Creatively Random Life 8. A Creative Exercise
9. StrangePegs — An Acceptable Time 10. Words Incorporated
11. V’s Reads