Tempting by Alex Lucian ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@AuthorALucian)

I pre-ordered Tempting back in November and was impressed by the first book by Alex Lucian. It was good, but unfortunately I wasn't blown away.
Tempting (Tempting, #1)
Title: Tempting
Author: Alex Lucian
Series: Tempting #1
Genre: NA/Erotic/Romance
Published: November 23rd 2015

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His body climbing over mine.

My teeth biting his neck.

His scent on my skin.
My nails carving a path down his back.
His commands whispered in my ear.
All of my senses filled with him.
I knew it was bad. But I craved more. 

It had begun innocently enough, bumping into one another in a crowded Boston bar. What followed that night had been anything but innocent.

Because I'd known, even as he'd slid inside of me, that he was my professor. I'd pursued him, a predator stalking its prey.

And he didn't know I was his student.
But he would.


Author's note: This isn't a jail bait student/teacher novel with a butterflies-in-the-belly kind of romance. The characters portrayed in this novel are consenting adults with functioning brains. If curse words, sex, and hard ass college professors with secrets offend you, move right along.

I like student/teacher reads and I was hoping to really love Tempting, but sadly it turned out to be just an ok read for me. In the beginning I thought that Adele was a bit stalkerish! The way she tried to pursue Nathan after their one night stand, flaunting herself in front of him and coming on strong really annoyed me. I found it hard to connect with her.

Nathan I liked a bit more though. He tried to be stern when it came to Adele, and put distance between them, but she was a bit relentless. His story actually crushed me and I really wanted him to get the second chance that he deserved. His father was a piece of work; he’s more concerned about himself and appearances, and I wanted Nathan to grow a set instead of being walked over.

It soon became obvious that Adele and Nathan had more in common than either of them realised. Nathan shattered the carefully constructed walls that Adele had erected, and showed how vulnerable she really was. When they were together, there was no denying the chemistry they both had, but their indecisiveness and outside factors kept tearing them apart. I didn’t understand the brother-in-laws appearance… it just seemed to be just a little bump in the road that made no impact, and kind of just thrown in there.

In the end it turned out to be a sweet read, and both characters grew a lot throughout the story. Nathan dealt with his past, let his guilt fade and was ready for a new life with Adele. I liked that Adele decided to become her own person and worked through her issues without relying on others to do it for her. I didn’t like her father or sister very much, they seemed to be very controlling, but her mother was sweet and I could see that she loved Adele so much. Adele and Nathan both deserved to find happiness and even though it took time and plenty of heartache, I was satisfied with how it all ended.

This moment made me snicker... it was exactly like what I was thinking at the start of the book!

“Because you’re intimidating as fuck. When you want something, you don’t just go after it—you stalk it. You grab it by the balls and demand its attention. You’re like that bitch from Fatal Attraction, without the crazy.”

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Alex Lucian is an author living on the eastern coast of the United States who appreciates being anonymous, for personal and professional reasons. Tempting is Alex's first novel.

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Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up 172

I have had a pretty good week! I have managed to go blog hopping, caught up on comments etc! What slows me down is that little box you have to click, verifying that you're not not a robot... then the damn captcha. I am not on good terms with it! I am so glad this didn't happen at every blog though.

The kids went back to school fulltime this week. They are enjoying their new school, although my youngest, who is 6, is finding the transition the hardest - not as many tears at the end of the week.

Stripped by Piper Lawson ~ Review & Quote-tastic
Vegas Love by Jillian Dodd ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #177 – Legend / Reign of Shadows
Every Time He Leaves by Anna Karington ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
Tempting by Alex Lucian ~ Review & Quote-tastic
To the Stars by Molly McAdams ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #177
One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Steel Rush by P.T. Michelle ~ Review
I read and loved Seven Weeks to Forever! And I grabbed the first two book in the Enthrall Sessions series because I won a signed copy of the third one last year.
Seven Weeks to Forever (A Love Story)Enthrall (Enthrall Sessions, #1)Enthrall Her (Enthrall Sessions, #2)
Seven Weeks to Forever (A Love Story)
by Jennifer Farwell
Enthrall (Enthrall Sessions #1)
Enthrall Her (Enthrall Sessions #2)
by Vanessa Fewings

Steel Rush (In the Shadows #5)
Steel Rush (In the Shadows #5)
by P.T. Michelle

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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Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez ~ Excerpt & Giveaway (@AlyMartinezAuth)

Look at this cover!! You know I needed it on my blog! Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez was released this week! I think I am missing out on this series... definitely something I would enjoy! 
Fighting Solitude (On the Ropes, #3)
Title: Fighting Solitude
Author: Aly Martinez
Series: On the Ropes #3
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: February 2nd 2016
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I was born a fighter. Abandoned by my parents, I spent my life forging my own path—one guided by my fists and paved with pain.

Untouchable in the ring, I destroyed everyone who faced me, but that’s where my victories ended. Outside the ropes, I repeatedly failed the few people who loved me. Including my best friend, Liv James—the one person I’d die to protect.

Even though I didn’t deserve her, Liv never stopped believing in me. Never gave up. Never let go. After all, she understood what I’d lost, because she’d lost it too.

Liv was everything to me, but she was never truly mine.

That was going to change.

I lost my first love, but I refused to lose my soulmate.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting to be the man she deserves.
Fighting the solitude of our pasts.
Fighting for her.

Fighting Solitude

“Mia!” I shouted.
It was worthless. She’d been deaf since the day I met her.
She’d never once heard my voice.
She’d never heard the deep rumble of my laugh when she was excited, signing so fast I could barely keep up.
She’d never heard my content sigh when she barged into the locker room after a fight—just her presence soothed the lingering madness brewing within me.
She’d never heard me whispering my deepest fears into her ear as she fell asleep on top of me.
She’d never heard the reverence in which I cried her name each and every time I took her body.
And she’d never once heard the ease in which the words I love you tumbled from my lips as I stared into her deep, jade green eyes. 
But as I screamed her name while watching her petite body seizing in the passenger seat beside me, I’d never needed her to hear me more.
“Mia. Oh God. I’ve got you, baby.”
She was still thrashing violently as I made my way around to her door, yanking it open while pleading with whatever god was willing to help.
When she stilled, a whole new level of silence filled the air around us. It wasn’t the absence of sound.
 It was the absence of life.
“Mia, breathe!” I roared as her chest remained agonizingly still. “Help me!” I screamed at the closed emergency room doors, but no medical savior rushed out with the miracle I so desperately needed.
My hands shook wildly as I released her lifeless body from the seatbelt.
“I’ve got you, just hang on. Please just hang on, Mia,” I whispered lifting her into my arms and sprinting through the sliding doors. “I need a doctor! She’s not breathing!”
Nurses rushed towards me in slow motion as the seconds without air in her lungs passed at a terrifying speed.
 A doctor appeared with a gurney and quickly took her from my arms.
The immediate loss was staggering. 
Hope became my only solace.
She needed help that I wasn’t capable of giving her, but that didn’t stop me from following close behind as they rolled her away. I was on the verge of self-destructing; letting her out of my sight wasn’t an option.
I stood motionless in the doorway while doctors and nurses swarmed around her. Their mouths moved frantically, but without my hearing aids I was worthless to make out the words their faint voices carried.
I never wore my hearing aids when I was with Mia. There was no point. She rarely spoke with her voice.
We’d spent four years building a relationship with our hands.
Those hands had told me animated stories that made me laugh until my face hurt from smiling.
They’d fought with me relentlessly, but always ended the night raking down my back in silent ecstasy.
Her fingers had fluidly signed I love you more times than I could ever count—or forget.
But as I felt the nurse attempting to physically remove me from the room, my eyes became fixated on her limp hand dangling off the side of the bed. It was the only sight more frightening than watching her flail mid-seizure.
It ripped the heart straight from my chest.
That hand was supposed to be full of life.
It was the very essence of Mia.
Oh God.
Sucking in a deep breath, I held it until the room began to spin.
It provided me no relief even as it forced me to my knees.
There would be no distraction from this.
I was going to lose her.
Yet another woman I couldn’t save.  

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

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Every Time He Leaves by Anna Karington ~ Review, Giveaway & Swoon Thursday (@annakarington, @XpressoReads)

Today I have the pleasure of bringing you Every Time He Leaves by Anna Karington. It is the first book in The Raeven Sisters series. The second book, Every Time I Fall, is also available for purchase.
Every Time He Leaves
Title: Every Time He Leaves
Author: Anna Karington
Series: The Raeven Sisters #1
Genre: Romance
Published: September 25th 2015
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I'm different now. I won't be that girl again. I'm in control. I'm the one who's going to leave him wishing he'd given me his everything when he had the chance...

Lana Raeven and Jarek Dean shared a night of passion, but the next morning, she woke up alone. Nine years later, Lana works as a successful event coordinator for a prestigious company. Bold and confident in every area but love, she hasn’t ever recovered from Jarek’s abandonment. However, a chance encounter with her former lover grants her an opportunity to take back her power.

Rather than chastising him for his cruelty, she plays unfazed and invites him back into her life. Using her ingenuity and sensuality as weapons, she draws him in with the intention of destroying him as he once destroyed her. But her plan for revenge isn’t as simple as she initially believed, for the more time she spends with Jarek, the more she’s reminded of why she loved him. And if she isn’t careful, she could lose him all over again.

Every Time He Leaves is Anna Karington's debut novel and I thought it was a good introduction to her work. Told from Lana’s perspective, we journey with her as she tries to seek revenge on the guy that broke her heart and left her right when she needed him most.

Lana is quite the reserved character. When she first sees Jarek again, she tries to act indifferent even though she is freaking out on the inside. Knowing they had a strong connection when they were younger makes it hard to face him again. I liked how she thought she could be the stronger person second time round, and I knew it would backfire on her.

Jarek was a great character, after all the time apart I could see that he only had eyes for Lana. He has worked hard to become a better person for her and is now quite the successful business man.

I enjoyed watching the relationship between Jarek and Lana rekindle. It took some time for them to work through the issues from their past, but when they did they were scorching between the sheets!

Lana's sister Kelsey and mother are not characters that I liked. They prefer to live the life of those with money and prestige and use men for their own gain. They treated Lana poorly and I really couldn't stand them. Janet was a better character, but was fighting her own demons and I was glad that Lana and Janet were there for one another and their relationship strengthened again.

It was a solid introduction to Anna's work. I really liked the story, but I felt it all played out without any major twists. A lot of the twists were a bit too obvious and I predicted where the book was heading. I am curious about a few other characters and hope they get their own books so I can understand them better.

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

Here is a short and sweet quote 

This moment feels just as delicious, as carefree. As my body rises nearly to the peak of excitement, I hear the distant memory of the words he whispered, with lips caressing my ear as he spoke just before my climax: “You mean everything to me, Lana.”

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Anna is from Atlanta, Georgia. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing love stories.

Anna Karington is a pseudonym and fictitious persona.

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Waiting On Wednesday # 178 – Legend / Reign of Shadows

I love the real series by Katy Evans... and I must read Maverick's story.
And this knew series from Sophie Jordan sounds interesting. Keen to read more.
Legend (Real, #6)
Title: Legend
Author: Katy Evans
Series: Real #6
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: February 9th 2016

Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he's known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He's got a personal score to settle with the Underground's one and only Remington "Riptide" Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town--and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she's none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who's supposed to root against him and a girl he's supposed to stay away from.

But Maverick fights for the woman in his heart, and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion; the ultimate LEGEND.

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)
Title: Reign of Shadows
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Reign of Shadows #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Expected Publication: February 9th 2016

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.

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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Vegas Love by Jillian Dodd ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday (@JillianDodd)

I pre-ordered Vegas Love and I finally found time to read it. It was a fun light read and I hope there are more stories from this world!
Vegas Love
Title: Vegas Love
Author: Jillian Dodd
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 24th 2015
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A sexy celebrity stand alone romance by USA Today bestselling author, Jillian Dodd. 

Hollywood actress, Ashlyn Roberts, just had the worst week of her life. Her ex released a sex tape of them and just when she was convinced her current boyfriend was a keeper for standing by her side, he breaks up with her at a friend’s wedding. She’s planning to drown her sorrows in booze when she meets a sexy stranger as she’s leaving the wedding and they end up in Vegas, married.

Cash Crawford is offered a dream job working with his brother as a junior talent agent. He’ll put his shiny new law degree to good use and make a bunch of money in the process. His first task is simple: Keep Ashlyn Roberts out of trouble and don’t sleep with her.
Which might be kind of tough, since they definitely consummated their Vegas wedding.

Will this one night stand end in the quickie divorce they promised each other? Or will they realize they got lucky in love?

It’s been almost two years since I’ve read anything by Jillian Dodd, and I intrigued by this book whilst visiting a blogging friend. I always love a read about a one night stand that turns into accidentally getting married, so I was keen to try this new standalone read. It was a cute and enjoyable read that I devoured quickly.

As you may have read from the blurb, Ashyln’s life was a bit of a rollercoaster ride in the beginning. She’d already broken up with a boyfriend and her current guy acted like a jerk and then broke up with her at her best friend’s wedding. As she stormed out of the wedding with a bottle of champagne she ran into ‘Sexy’ and soon  ‘Sexy’ (him) and ‘Hotass’ (her) were jetting off to Vegas for a night of fun and end up getting hitched.

I enjoyed seeing Ashlyn and Cash together. Their night in Vegas was entertaining; they were both carefree, truthful with one another and made the best of the time they spent together. They both had regrets afterwards, but the wedding wasn’t one of them. When they crossed paths again, the attraction was still there, and they continued to get to know one another.

Ashlyn liked being treated like she mattered for a change; her life had been difficult and she put on a brave front when she was secretly trembling inside. She was too trusting for her own good at times, and soon found out who her real friends were. I liked seeing her bare her soul to Cash and how easily she grew to trust him. I didn’t like how she wouldn’t fight for herself though, she was quick to run from conflict instead of fighting for what she wanted.

Cash had been working at a top corporate law firm in Seattle, and had decided he needed a change and returned home to Southern California to take up a position working for his brother’s talent agency. Being a lawyer, I thought he’d know the basics, but certain details slipped past him that confused me a little. But he was a great character and always looked out for Ashlyn. He went above and beyond to fight for her, and did a lot of sweet things along the way.

If you are looking for a quick entertaining read I would definitely recommend Vegas Love. There’s a bit of drama introduced, and I liked the developing relationship between Ashlyn and Cash. Jillian Dodd has an easy to follow writing style and having alternating perspectives allowed me to see what they were both feeling and thinking. I hope that there are more stories from this world in the future, especially from Cash’s siblings! 

This guy know his way to a woman's heart!!

“Cash, I don’t just Vegas love you, I love you love you.”
I kiss her face, her cheek, and her forehead. Then I look her in the eyes and say, “I love you too. And as soon as I’m done showing you how much, I’m ordering you a pizza.”
“You do know how to sweet talk me,” she says then kisses me.

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Jillian DoddThe Glitter: I admit it. I love anything sparkly, hot pink, or bright orange. I’m hoping to have a midlife crisis soon, so I can justify the purchase of a hot pink car with thick black racing stripes. I love to paint, doodle, draw, design interiors, rearrange furniture, cheer for my Huskers, cook, entertain, and shop for shoes. I’m addicted to diet coke, Donald Pliner shoes, reading, and buffalo wing popcorn.

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