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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Book Review! Sweet Heat at Bayside by Addison Cole




Sweet Heat at Bayside (Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers #3) by Addison Cole
Genre: Adult Fiction (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: August 8, 2018
Publisher: World Literary Press

Drake Savage has always done the right thing, especially where beautiful and fiercely determined Serena Mallery is concerned—even when it means keeping his feelings for her to himself. Serena has always wanted more than what their small town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts has to offer, and Drake’s roots are so deeply entrenched in the Cape, it’s all he can do to watch her pack up her life and move away.

Serena has always had big dreams. As a teenager she dreamed of becoming an interior designer and marrying smart, musically inclined, sexy-as-sin Drake Savage. Now she’s finally landed a killer job with a top interior design firm, but though she has spent the last four years working side by side with Drake, he’s never made a move. Four years is long enough for her to accept reality, and her new job in Boston is the perfect way to move on.

A weak moment leads to sizzling, sensual kisses, opening a door through which they’ve both been aching to walk. But Serena’s determined not to give up her shot at the career she’s always dreamed of, and Drake has loved her for too many years to stand in her way. With true love at their fingertips and a world of unstoppable passion igniting between them, can the two star-crossed lovers find their way to their happily ever after?

Sweet Heat at Bayside is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you'd expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you're looking for a steamy romance, pick up the steamy edition, Bayside Heat, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa's sweet-romance pen name.


Sweet Heat at Bayside is the third book in the Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers series by Addison Cole. This is Drake and Serena's story. I absolutely love these two together. They've known each other forever. They've been secretly crushing on each other on and off(mostly on) forever. It takes a Boston job opportunity to finally light a fire under their tails. Long distance isn't easy though. Drake is so patient and understanding as she goes for her dream and figures out what she wants with her life. Serena is brave. She goes for it without letting fear hold her back. She stands up for herself and doesn't take crap from those around her. I loved her character. I read this one super fast. I just couldn't put it down!

The ARC of  Sweet Heat at Bayside by Addison Cole was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.




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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.
Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

To learn more about Addison Cole and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebookInstagramPinterestBookBub, and Twitter.


Book Review! One Second by Dannika Dark




One Second (Seven #7) by Dannika Dark
Genre: New Adult Fiction(Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy)
Date Published: April 3, 2016
Publisher: Self

Love. Family. Brotherhood. 

Lexi has faced personal struggles, but nothing has prepared her for the most perilous battle of her life. Shifters are on the brink of war as Northerners target Colorado in an attempt to infiltrate the borders. Texas winds up on the hit list, and the Weston pack prepares to fight for their land… and for their lives. 

Austin’s courage is put to the test when rogues want to seize his land and slaughter his pack. But that’s not all he’s facing as two shocking revelations turn their lives upside down. His love for Lexi is unwavering, but their future is uncertain. 

Will the local packs set aside their differences to fight together, or will this be the end of peace among Shifters? Stand witness to the epic conclusion of the Seven series. 


One Second is the final book in the Seven series by Dannika Dark. I hate to see this series end, but I loved how it ended... right down to the final sentence, which brought us full circle in a way. I haven't read the two novellas yet either, so I still have those to look forward too. Yay!

I love that this book didn't feel the need to break apart Lexi and Austin as a couple in order to keep the thrill of the chase alive for the reader. I hope that makes sense. You know how so many times in a story, once the two people are securely together, some of the thrill of their story is gone in a second book?(This was very much a Lexi/Austin sequel, because we get Lexi's perspective again.) Well, the thrill is not lost, my friend. Their story still, very much kept my attention. There is a lot going on to worry about: an upcoming war, a baby, life and death situation. There's quite a bit of madness going on, and I ate up every Second of it! 

I have to say this author is quite talented. She's completely brought these characters to life. While I like to say Denver is my favorite, because his goofy personality makes him so stinkin' irresistible, each character has grabbed a part of my heart in their own unique way. I simply/not so simply love them all. 


“Not now,” she said, pushing him away.

He kissed the curve of her neck. “If not now, when?”

“We’ll be late for dinner.”

He smiled against her skin, breathing in her scent. “The chili can wait.”

“Maybe so, but Reno’s appetite can’t.”

Austin narrowed his eyes and stepped back. “Say again?”

Nothing about the look Lexi gave him was innocuous. “Well… it seemed like a waste for you to cook all that chili for just us.”

“Alexia Talulah Cole…”

She folded her arms and jutted her hip to the side. “What have I said about using my middle name? Look, we didn’t drag our friends all the way out here to isolate them in some godforsaken cabin in the middle of nowhere while we’re busy having primal sex.”

Austin had no doubt the other couples were engaging in their own mating rituals—perfectly happy to spend time alone for the rest of the trip. He sensed Lexi was creating a diversion. She’d been doing it since they arrived two days ago, always finding something to do whenever he got aroused.

“If that’s the way you want it,” he said gruffly, folding his arms and turning away. “Guess I don’t care to see what’s in your bag, either.”

She laughed brightly and snatched the handle, swinging the bag around as she strutted toward the ladder to the loft. “You obviously didn’t see everything in here.”

“What makes you say that?” Images of Lexi in those lacy panties flitted through his mind, and he gripped the chair, caging his growl when he swung his gaze up and saw her naked at the top of their loft.

“Because, Mr. Cole, if you had seen everything in this bag, you’d already be up here having your way with me. But since you’re not interested,” she sang, moving out of sight.

The next thing he knew, his blue flannel shirt came flying over the edge and landed on a lampshade, followed by his dark-wash jeans.

“All right, smartass,” he shouted, changing clothes in the middle of the cabin. “We’ll do your formal chili dinner with everyone, make Vampire jokes, and then we’ll have drinks. But once they’re gone, you have a date with everything in that bag, and I’m the chaperone.”

“Dream on,” she replied.

He zipped up his jeans. “And that’ll be the song we make love to.”

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Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance books. Her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist. In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing in her cave, she enjoys indie music, reading, Netflix, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

To learn more about Dannika Dark and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebookGoogle+SpotifyPinterest, and Twitter.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Book Review! Two Minutes by Dannika Dark




Two Minutes (Seven #6) by Dannika Dark
Genre: New Adult Fiction(Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy)
Date Published: April 25, 2015
Publisher: Self

After years of living abroad, Maizy returns home to the only family she’s ever known—a pack of wolves. When she confronts her childhood watchdog to see where they stand, his resentment leaves her uncertain about where she really belongs.

Behind Denver’s charming smile is a tragic past—one that’s made his wolf savage and unpredictable. Only Maizy has been able to tame that darkness, and when they’re reunited after many years apart, he no longer sees a child he once protected. She’s captivating and intelligent—a woman with the world at her fingertips and two suitors offering more than he ever could.

Torn between two worlds, Maizy must choose how her fairy tale ends. Tragedy, murder, passion, and imprisonment all collide with a heart-stopping twist.

Destiny will find you.


Two Minutes is the sixth book in the Seven series by Dannika Dark. I've read Denver's story! Finally! I have to say, he's my favorite of the guys so far. I love that Maizy gets her story too. At first, I thought... hmmm.. this could be weird, but once things got going, it really wasn't. Maizy was an amusing little girl, and I love how she has grown up into such a fun character. She kept her fun-ness and so did Denver. He's like a goofy, little kid sometimes.  I love it, but he's also quite the steamy dude. Who knew? These two have always been adorable together. Now, they're a different kind of adorable. Maizy is definitely the ying to Denver's yang. I love it!


“Don’t you like me, Denny?”

He shifted his stance. “I’ve never looked at you like that before.”

My voice fell to a whisper. “Then look at me like that.” I rose on my tiptoes until our faces were close. “Don’t make me beg for something you want too. Give me a good memory in this house, Denny. Kiss me the way you would if you loved me.”

His hands slipped behind my neck and his mouth crushed against mine. Warmth. Wetness. Desire. Eagerness. He kissed me hard—our lips parting and tongues intimately discovering each other. I flattened my hands against his sides, up his strong chest, and then over his broad shoulders.

Someone moaned. Was it me?

Or was it him?

Denver delivered a smoldering kiss that would set the bar high for future suitors. It was demanding and experienced. His lips melted against mine, slowing down and searing into my memory. My legs trembled, and my body ached for him to hold me again. His fingers slipped into my hair, tickling me with soft strokes.

Just when I thought it was dying down, Denver moved in for the kill. This time he moaned audibly. Passion stirred as his body seemed to harden and warm all at once, and images flashed in my mind of us doing things in that room—naughty things. I stood on his feet to get as close as I could.

When he dragged his mouth away and rested his cheek against mine, I curved my arms around his back and put my feet on the floor. We could have pressed on, but Denver embracing me right after was more intimate than the kiss itself. Feeling his chest move with breath, his body warm me with heat, and his muscles tense as they held me tight, filled me with a sense of belonging.

“Is this wrong?” he whispered against my ear.

“Does it feel wrong?”

“No. But maybe I need someone to tell me it is.”


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Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance books. Her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist. In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing in her cave, she enjoys indie music, reading, Netflix, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

To learn more about Dannika Dark and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebookGoogle+SpotifyPinterest, and Twitter.

Book Review! Three Hours by Dannika Dark




Three Hours (Seven #5) by Dannika Dark
Genre: New Adult Fiction(Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy)
Date Published: April 3, 2015
Publisher: Self

Naya James is a confident woman who also happens to be an exotic dancer. She doesn’t care if people judge her, just so long as they don’t disrespect her. Life has been good, but when two dancers from her club are kidnapped, Naya risks everything to uncover the truth.

Wheeler is the black sheep of the family, evident from his extensive tattoo collection to his dark personality. Nothing like his twin brother, Ben, who can do no wrong. Wheeler’s pack loyalty is put to the test when Austin orders him to act as a bodyguard for a woman he’s despised for years—one who presses his buttons every chance she gets.

A dark secret unravels, uniting two enemies and threatening to fracture the brotherhood of the pack. A tortured soul, a violent past, a fiery romance, and a shocking twist that will leave you breathless.

Destiny will find you.


Three Hours is the fifth book in the Seven series by Dannika Dark. This one was super hard to put down. There was always that lil something between Naya and Wheeler in the past books. Sure they "hate" each other, but even in the small amounts they were around each other in the previous books... you could just feel the tension. Within this book, that tension could be felt in spades, and it just kept growing. I loved every bit of it. Their bantering was intense and funny, not to mention addictive. I loved the couch pillow scene. Too funny! (and awkward!) 

This book may be my favorite in the series so far. Didn't I say that about the last book too? I can't help it. They are just that good. 


I leaned forward and gripped the top of the chair on either side of his head. “I don’t like this situation any more than you do, but I’ve never had anyone speak to me this way. I don’t form unhealthy friendships with people, but this isn’t exactly a friendship. I need a bodyguard, and neither of us seems to have any choice in the matter. So let’s just play nice, okay?”

His eyes glided down my neck and settled between my breasts.

Wheeler’s pupils widened and, my God, I needed to get away from him. The closer I got, the more I picked up his heady scent. Wheeler was the opposite of the refined men in my life—powerful men with expensive clothes and imported cologne. Most were shorter or had a leaner frame than his medium build. Something began to culminate between us that I knew he must have felt, because he didn’t have a comeback. I wondered how it would feel to have those inked arms wrapped around my body, for the bristles on his face to scratch against my stomach as he laved my breast with his tongue. Would his hands feel as rough as they looked? Was he a gentle lover or animalistic?
The ropes of muscle in his arms were taut from the tight grip he had on the armrests of the chair.

Oh, no. This couldn’t be happening.

My cell phone rang and snapped me out of my fantasies. I stood up and put my hands on my hips. “I have a feeling that before this is all over, we’re going to end up killing each other.”

A sardonic smile tugged at the corners of his mouth. “Now that sounds like fun.”


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Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance books. Her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist. In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing in her cave, she enjoys indie music, reading, Netflix, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

To learn more about Dannika Dark and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebookGoogle+SpotifyPinterest, and Twitter.