Pulse by Amity Cross ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@amitycross)

After finishing Beat, I had to grab Pulse to see what happened to Ash and Ren! It was just as action packed as the first book with plenty of character and relationship growth.
Pulse (The Beat and the Pulse, #2)
Title: Pulse
Author: Amity Cross
Series: The Beat and the Pulse #2
Genre: Sports Contemporary Romance
Published: February 5th 2015

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Ren Miller never dreamed her life would turn out quite like this.

On the cusp of qualifying for the brand new woman's UFC league, she's finally found the thing that makes her tick. She finally has a whole new life before her, but it’s one that doesn't include Ash Fuller.

No one has seen or heard from Beat's Golden Boy in six months, not even Ren. He's disappeared off the face of the earth and he's just another person who's ended up abandoning her when she needed him the most. He broke her heart, but he took the one thing that was hers. Her spirit.

When someone unexpected turns up at Beat with an ultimatum, Ren must make a decision. Go after Ash and her own heart or make her Dad's dream of winning a Championship come true.

Will Ren choose to fight?

Or sacrifice everything to save the man she loves?

Pulse began six months after the end of Beat. Ren has been training like crazy since Ash left and is moving up in the AWUFC. She’s continued to fight in the underground and was doing well there as well. Whilst she was training at her father’s gym, she’s approached by a woman and her life is turned upside down. She not only knows where Ash is but wants Ren to help him live again.

I loved seeing more growth in Ren throughout Pulse. She had worked through a lot of her anger and channelled it into her fighting. She took her time to face Ash again, and even then was hesitant because he already broke her heart once.

Even Ash's anger was more focused in this book. He knew what he lost already and once he had Ren back was determined to keep her forever. But when his problems from the past returned, he needed to choose between keeping her safe forever, or to just keep Ren.

I love the bond Ash and Ren have with one another. They seem to complement one another and are better people together. They have a lot in common and their passion for each other continued soar.

I enjoyed seeing more of the secondary characters and the potential relationships forming throughout Pulse. I loved seeing more of Josie, the twins and another fighter, Hamish (I do love the Irish!). The relationship between Ren and her father was better too. He was there whenever Ren needed him and backed her with every decision she made.

Pulse was the perfect wrap up for Ren and Ash's story. They worked through some difficult issues and came out better in the end. I'm looking forward to more stories from this world, and I noticed that we'll revisit this couple again!! I have thoroughly enjoyed Amity Cross’s writing style, the action, the characters and the way she hooks me into her world’s!

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

This was a big moment for Ren and Ash... it certainly made me swoon!

“Ren?” he asked and I glanced up at him.
“I love you.”
I froze; my body rigid against his.
“I love you,” he said again. “I have since that first night I found you training at Beat in the middle of the night. I just wish it hadn’t taken all this crap for me to realize it.”

Kindle Page 153

Originally inspired by YA Bound

Amity Cross
Amity Cross isn't her real name. That's no secret.
She is the author of wicked stories about rock stars looking for redemption, gritty romances featuring MMA fighters and dark tales of forbidden romance. She loves to write about screwed up relationships and kick ass female leads that don't take s**t lying down.
Amity lives in a leafy country town in southern Australia and can be found chained to her desk, held at ransom by her characters.
Don't send help. She likes it.

Other reviews featuring Amity Cross
The Beat and the Pulse series
Beat #1

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Waiting On Wednesday # 191 – Smut / Gun Shy

Hehehe... Smut, what a title, and written by Karina Halle, should be fun!
Lili St. Germain blows my mind with her dark writing, Gun Shy is a must read for me! 
Title: Smut
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: May 9th 2016

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership together using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

Gun Shy
Title: Gun Shy
Author: Lili St. Germain
Genre: Romantic psychological thriller
Expected Publication: May 10th 2016

A standalone romantic psychological thriller.

There are two thousand people living in Gun Creek, Nevada.
Only one of them knows what really happened that night.

One year ago, my boyfriend almost killed my mother.
One year ago, my stepfather became my legal guardian.
One year ago, my whole world ended.
The boy I loved was the boy who ended my world; Leo drank too much, got behind the wheel and smashed his car into my mother's as she drove home from work. I believe him when he says it was an accident, but there’s only so much you can forgive when you’ve seen your mother laid out on a hospital gurney, all pale skin and damp hair from where they’ve tried to wash the blood away. There's only so much you can forgive as you watch a nurse feed her through a feeding tube, because your mother has turned into a ghost.

There’s only so much you can forgive when your stepfather—the untouchable town Sheriff—moves into your bedroom and forces you to fulfill his every dark desire.

Yesterday the mailman handed me a letter from the prison where Leo’s being held. Leo’s getting out. The boy who stole my mother and thrust me into this hell? He gets to walk free after one lousy year. He gets to move on with his life, and start again, and I’m trapped in this nightmare that never seems to end.

One year ago, my boyfriend almost killed my mother.
One year ago, my stepfather became my legal guardian.
One year ago, my whole world ended.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine where I have the chance to spotlight upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.
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Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder ~ Audiobook Review & Teaser Tuesday (@JasindaWilder)

I picked up my first Jasinda Wilder and was swept away in the relationships and emotion that was entwined throughout this story. It was a great read and I look forward to reading more! 
Falling Into You (Falling, #1)
Title: Falling Into You
Author: Jasinda Wilder 
 Narrators: Piper Goodeve & Gabriel Vaughan
Series: Falling #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 18th 2013 (first published January 1st 2013)
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I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn't teach me how to live. He didn't heal the pain. He didn't make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

Falling Into You is a very emotional read. I spent the first part of the book learning about Kyle and Nell. I saw them when their friendship turned into something more and in a split second Kyle was gone. It was heartbreaking and hard for Nell to get through. Colton tried to help in the aftermath, supporting Nell and helped her to unwind, before he left to head back to New York. Two years later they cross paths again and Colton can still see the sadness in Nell. She hadn’t dealt with her loss properly and he wants to help her. They become close and they both face demons from their pasts together.

Nell was a sweet girl, but I could see that she was struggling in life. She found ways to cope, but not all of them were healthy for her. When Colton came into her life he helped her face her issues instead of burying them.

Colton had regrets from his past too. It wasn’t an easy path for him to get to where he was. His history slowly unravelled and I could see that there was more to him than the rebellious teenager that he was. He grew up after a rough start on his own and found his way.

I loved seeing Nell and Colton together. They both used music as an outlet and for Colton it helped him express his feelings. They both grew together and faced some hard times that shattered my heart, but made them stronger together.

I enjoyed every moment of reading Falling Into You. Some hard issues were faced and the characters learned new ways to deal with it together. Listening to the book was splendid too. Both Gabriel Vaughan and Piper Goodeve gave great voice to both Colton and Nell, and I think they made me more emotionally attached to the story. Jasinda Wilder wove the story perfectly… allowing me to connect to the characters and hoping desperately that they would find happiness together. I will definitely read more in this series, because this book is going to stay with me for a long time!

Nell and Colton struggle with their feelings for one another. Colton is protective of her, but doesn't really understand why, and his curiosity wins out here...

She feels my presence, twists her neck to glare at me.
“Well you’re an asshole.”
“Should’ve closed your door.”
“I told you to leave.” She reaches into a drawer and unfolds a pair of jeans, steps into them.
Watching a girl dress is almost as hot as watching her strip.
“But I didn’t, and you knew it.”

Kindle Loc 1299

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Jasinda WilderNEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, WALL STREET JOURNAL and international bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include ALPHA, STRIPPED, WOUNDED, and the #1 Amazon and international bestseller FALLING INTO YOU. You can find her on her farm in Northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her six children and menagerie of animals.

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Viktor by Clarissa Wild ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@WildClarissa)

I've read quite a few of Clarissa Wild's books and I have really enjoyed her dark romances. Viktor was another fabulous, gripping read. 
Title: Viktor
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Published: April 27th 2016

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Animal. Monster. Beast. That’s what they call Viktor Melikov, the man who hides in the dark … But even monsters need to be loved. The moment he sees the girl hired to dance for him, everything ceases to exist. It’s a feeling he’s unfamiliar with … and craves more than anything.

Alexis Kidd sells her body. Not because she wants to, but because she needs to. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to support her family and survive.

Now she must dance for a man hiding behind a veil.
But when the urge to take a look grows too strong … Alexis gets more than she bargained for.
More than Viktor was willing to give.

Inspired by a fairytale, VIKTOR is a standalone Romance by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Clarissa Wild.

Clarissa Wild knows how to deliver a dark romance, and she’s done it again with Viktor! Alexis and Viktor have both come from troubled and dark pasts; Alexis hides behind her looks to get what she needs, and Viktor uses his scars to hide from the world. Once these two crossed paths, I could see a connection, but didn’t realise how deep that connection went.

Alexis will do anything for her sister – Alisha – and although selling her body was not the ideal job, it was the easiest and quickest way to get the money to buy food and to keep a roof over their head. After an incident with Viktor, Alisha went to Viktor’s for revenge and Alexis offered herself in exchange for her sister.

Viktor was an angry and bitter man, who hid in his house where it was dark and behind his scars. He hadn’t interacted with anyone besides his butler– Winston – in years. He was unsure what to make of Alexis and when he got a second chance with her he made it hard for her to walk away.

Alexis and Viktor struggled in the beginning, I could feel their connection, but they were both hiding secrets from one another. I loved how Alexis could see past his bitterness and scars to the guy who wanted to do right. Viktor had not always been a good person and one act of selflessness changed his whole world. I could see that he still struggled, but I liked seeing him change into a better person the longer that Alexis was around. Together, they supported one another and the sexual chemistry between them was undeniable.

Viktor was such a great story and I enjoyed watching their stories and secrets unravel. I had a feeling of what was going to happen, and even though I was right on one aspect, I didn’t realise how deep that particular thread went. I am so glad that Clarissa Wild was still able to keep me guessing, right until the end. If you haven’t read a book my Wild yet, I suggest you pick this one up! It is the perfect standalone read that will have you keen to read more of her work! 

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this moment! Viktor realising that Alexis was able to look past his scars!! 

“Don’t look at me, please.” I swallow. It’s at times like these when I miss my mask the most. I can’t hide behind it anymore.
“What are you trying to hide?” she murmurs, grabbing my hand. She pulls my arm down, and I let her.
“You shouldn’t have to look at this.”
“At what?” She smiles. “I don’t see anything except you.”
You. What does that even mean? Me. Who am I really?
Who have I been these last couple of years?
Just a monster with a scar … instead of the man she apparently sees in me.
I admire her ability to see beyond the surface.
No, I fucking worship it.
And just like that, I begin to realize I’m starting to fall for her. Hard.

Kindle Arc Loc 2177

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Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. Her novels include the Fierce Series, the Delirious Series, and Stalker. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

Other reviews featuring Clarissa Wild
Fierce series
Fight #0.5
Fierce #1
Flame  #2
Filthy #3

Mr. X
Twenty-One (21)
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Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up 181 – Struggling!

I have really struggled this week... I haven't been able to get back into the swing of things at all. We did have a public holiday on Monday, and a few things on over the weekend, so it could be just that. I will try harder to catch up next week. I will come visiting, I promise! I might even schedule some posts, right now I have done until the end of next week... way behind for me!

I have jumped back into Netball season too. Being in a higher grade I am finding it hard to get my groove, but hopefully that'll happen soon. It is hard to fit into a new team with people you haven't played with before... So far we've won 3, lost 1. 
One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy ~ Review & Quote-tastic
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #190 – Mister Org@sm / Ruined
Beat by Amity Cross ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
The Randy Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn ~ Spotlight & Teasers
Viktor by Clarissa Wild ~ Review & Quote-tastic
Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder ~ Audiobook Review & Teaser Tuesday 
Waiting On Wednesday #191
Pulse by Amity Cross ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
I received this one a couple of weeks back for a tour, but forgot to send it to my Kindle App!
The Bad Boy's Baby
The Bad Boy's Baby by Cindi Madsen

And something that I have been dying for! Thank you Bloomsbury Publishing!! 
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up is a combined meme with the Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book ReviewerBought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Braine @ Talk Supe and Stacking The Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
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The Randy Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn ~ Spotlight & Teasers (@authormegquinn, @wordsmithpublic)

The Randy Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn was released April 16th and today I'm sharing a couple of quirky teasers from the book. The first book was so much fun and I'm sure this follow up read will be too! 
Title: The Randy Romance Novelist
Author: Meghan Quinn
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Published: April 12th 2016
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It finally happened, I lost my virginity. Cue applause and cheers.

For a while life was all rainbows and kittens prancing in a sky full of cotton candy clouds…that was until the demands of the real world set in.

My best friend is getting married and she asked me to be her maid of honor. She’s not worried about flowers, or the dress, or the food at the venue. No, she’s worried about the bachelorette party, what kind of penis crown she will wear, and the nipple size of the stripper who will be attending.

I’m in way over my head trying to balance life with a boyfriend, planning a penis party, and writing my romance novel. Something is bound to give.

This is my life after my happily ever after…

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Beat by Amity Cross ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@amitycross)

I have finally picked up an Amity Cross book... and have found a new author that I love! I love the characters that's she's created and I'm excited to continue the journey!
Beat (The Beat and the Pulse #1)
Title: Beat
Author: Amity Cross
Series: The Beat and the Pulse #1
Genre: Sports Contemporary Romance
Published: October 6th 2014

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Renee "Ren" Miller was five when her Dad left to go to the shops and never came back.
Left to grow up with a cancer riddled mother, things have never been easy for a teenager who had to be wise beyond her years. Then one day they lose the battle and she's all alone.
Now twenty-two, Ren reluctantly goes to find her estranged father. He owns the down and out boxing studio Beat, and Ren finds herself drawn to the ring. She thrives on learning a new way of fighting a life that kept kicking her down...instead of struggling against the current, she kicks it right between the legs.
Then one day Ash Fuller, her Dad's star fighter comes back to town. Mysterious, handsome... Dangerous... Everything Ren doesn't need.
But he's got other ideas...
...and so does she.

I picked up Beat when it was on sale recently, and I am so glad that I did! It’s been a while since I’ve read a fighter book and Beat got me out of a bit of a lull that I was going through. It was a fast paced read that I devoured quickly as I fell head first into the MMA world and the developing relationship between Ren and Ash.

Ren finds herself at Beat, a boxing studio that her father owns, because her mother’s final wish was for her to track him down. My heart broke for her knowing what she went through and she was treated rather poorly by her father. She did manage to make some friends, the meathead twins in the gym, as well as Josie and the local coffee guy Seth. When an intruder enters the gym after hours, and Ren tries to take him out with a cricket bat, she finally comes face to face with Ash; the former star fighter that used to frequent the gym. Ren and Ash bicker constantly, and appear to dislike one another, but the sexual tension was heavy between them.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Beat! Ren was at a low point in her life and was able to find a purpose again by training and learning to fight. I loved that she was so passionate about it that she would practice after everyone had left. Ash started to come back after hours too and gave her tips, but he was drawn to her more than he led on.

The relationship between Ren and Ash was strained in the beginning; Ash was trying to deny his feelings and kept pushing Ren away, but they couldn’t stay apart forever. Ash liked to be in control and was very possessive of Ren, he didn’t want to let her into his world and he would destroy anyone who threatened to hurt her. When these two got together, it was scorching hawt! All their pent up sexual frustration exploded all over the pages and I couldn’t get enough! Ren was also able to calm the beast and anger that Ash has running through him, unlike anyone else.

This is the first book that I have read by Amity Cross, and I loved the way she sucked me into her world! Beat was actually set in Melbourne, Australia and I have been to some of the areas mentioned and I felt a connection to the story that way. She created characters that are flawed but are passionate about fighting and one another. The ending was a killer though… I need to get the next book to continue the story! 
*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

I loved this moment between Ash and Ren... It proved that he wanted her for good!!

“A man should protect his woman from getting hurt.”
My whole body began to tingle. “I’m your woman ?”
“Of course you fuckin’ are, Ren. I thought I made myself clear that once I got a taste, I wasn’t letting you go. I can’t.”

Kindle Page 240
Originally inspired bYA Bound
Amity Cross
Amity Cross isn't her real name. That's no secret.
She is the author of wicked stories about rock stars looking for redemption, gritty romances featuring MMA fighters and dark tales of forbidden romance. She loves to write about screwed up relationships and kick ass female leads that don't take s**t lying down.
Amity lives in a leafy country town in southern Australia and can be found chained to her desk, held at ransom by her characters.
Don't send help. She likes it.

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