The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@SarinaBowen)

I started this series last year, reading the first two books quickly, and even though it's been a while since I read Scarlett and Bridger’s book, I was excited to dive back into Sarina Bowen's fabulously crafted world!
The Understatement of the Year (The Ivy Years, #3)
Title: The Understatement of the Year
Author: Sarina Bowen
Narrators: Teddy Hamilton & Christian Fox
Series: The Ivy Years #3
Genre: Sports Romance, M/M
Published: June 20th 2016

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What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.
Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexual preference from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

Warning: unlike the other books in this series, this heartbreaking love story is about two guys. Contains sexual situations, dance music, snarky t-shirts and a poker-playing grandmother.

It's been a while since I read the first two books in the Ivy League series, and why not jump straight back in with a M/M romance!! I actually haven't read a M/M before, but I was quite surprised as to how much I enjoyed it. The way one of the guys acted was a bit of a surprise for me. But nevertheless, it was a sweet and intense sports romance that had me hooked until the final page.

Michael Graham and John Rikker (Graham and Rikker) were close friends at high school. They had a strong connection and gave into their feelings until an incident occurred and Rikker was sent away. Fast forward five years and Rikker walks back into Graham's locker room after a controversial transfer.

I loved how open and honest Rikker was, although he was a bit of a loner as he didn't have any friends at this new college. The team learned early on what his sexual preferences were, and even though most of them treated him the same, there were others that didn't handle it so well. It surprised me the way that Graham reacted having Rikker around again. I could see that he was struggling with what happened in the past, his feelings towards Rikker, and his public appearance.

I liked seeing Graham and Rikker together, although it took a while before they crossed those lines. Graham's feelings were getting stronger and Rikker couldn't deny his first love. They were sweet and caring when they were together, but in public they hardly interacted.

It still boggles me the way some people see same sex relationships and that people go to extremes to keep their straight lifestyle, regardless of who they love, I just wanted Graham to forgave himself and own who he was.

I can see why people are addicted to M/M romances. They have their own set of challenges but are just as intense and sexy as any other read I would pick up. I am continuing to love this world that Sarina Bowen has created, and even listening to the book was remarkable too. Teddy Hamilton & Christian Fox delivered both characters superbly and I was pulled into the story by their strong voices. I am keen to get my hands on Bella's story next!

I'm sharing a couple of teasers today so you can get a feel of Graham and Rikker's connection and the passion that they have for one another.

“Rik?”
It took me a second to answer, because I was swallowing tequila. “Yeah?” I stood up to put my glass onto the desk beside his.
Before I could retreat again to my corner, he moved into my space. When his big hand landed at the side of my neck, I quit breathing. Time slammed to a halt for a second, until I realized that he was examining the place under my jaw where Eros had slashed me with his stick.
“How bad does it look?” I whispered, just to say something normal.
But Graham wasn’t even listening. He dropped his hand, only to put it on my bare waist. And then his mouth dipped down to graze the juncture between my neck and my shoulder. A pair of soft, moist lips began to nibble at my skin.

Kindle Page 117


“Rik,” he whispered. “I had fun tonight.”
“Me too, G.”
He moved then, hitching across the seat to reach me. “One more,” he breathed. “For old time’s sake.” Then he turned my face toward his, capturing my mouth in a kiss.

Kindle Page 156

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Sarina BowenSarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of HIM and US.





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Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@ReadAlessandra)

Love, Chloe was a freebie that I picked up from an author's newsletter (for the life of me I can't remember which one!). I've read a few of Alessandra's books and was excited to get into this sweet read!
Love, Chloe
Title: Love, Chloe
Author: Alessandra Torre
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Published: March 14th 2016

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You know girls like me. You hate girls like me. The privileged blonde who skips her Ivy League classes when she's had too many Soho martinis. The one draped on the asshole's arm because he drives a Bugati and screws like a champ.

I was that girl. I loved being that girl.

Then, my door was broken in. Literally.

And in that moment? Everything changed.

Love, Chloe was such a fun cute read! Chloe, a privileged rich girl, had her world turned upside down after everything she had was ripped from her. Seeing her struggle through life, trying to find her feet for herself was an eye opener, but it made her such a stronger and better person.

I liked seeing Chloe grow throughout the story, she wanted her diploma and took on a job that was well beneath her. She pushed through, sleeping on a friends couch before she scraped together enough cash to get her own space once again. I was sad for her too though, because I could see that she wanted the support of her parents, but they seemed to have pushed her aside for their own selfish needs. I did love how she had such strong friends that stood by her despite her fall from her socialite status.

Chloe developed a few new friendships while in her new job, ones that she will keep forever. She also fell for someone that she wouldn't look twice at if she still had money. She was vulnerable and opened her heart to him, and I think this change in her was what I enjoyed the most.

I love the way that Alessandra Torre told Chloe's story, with short chapters spread out over about 14 months and tweets from Chloe. I was able to get Chloe's full picture and understood her struggles. I've read a few of Alessandra's books now, and whether it be a light or darker read, she sure does suck me into her world! I'll be keeping an eye out for her next project, I assure you! 

*** 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! ***


Hehe... the tension was building between these two, it was only a matter of time!

“Are you sure you lost your keys,” he grumbled, “or did you wake me up for something else?”
I put my hands where I’d wanted to for the last ten minutes, sliding them down the bumps of his abs and over the line of his hips, hooking my fingers underneath the waist of his pajama pants. “Both?” I whispered.
There was a moment of silence, his eyes on mine. They were wary, as if he didn’t trust me. And hungry, as if he was fighting just to keep away. I stared up at him, my breath catching in my throat, and begged him for more with my gaze. He sighed, his eyes falling to my mouth, and I felt the moment he gave in, his head lowering, his lips pressing to mine.

Kindle Loc 1648
Originally inspired by YA Bound
Alessandra Torre
A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written nine novels, five of which became #1 Erotic Bestsellers.

Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, became a breakout hit, rising to the top of the charts on Kindle and Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for her erotic thriller The Girl in 6E.

From her home near the warm waters of the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.

Torre has four books slated for release in 2015. To stay informed, consider subscribing to her popular monthly newsletter.





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Anarchy Chained by JA Huss ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@jahuss)

The final mind tripping book in the SuperAlpha series is finally here! I've loved every moment of being in this twisted world and meeting these Alphas, and the women that are their weaknesses! 
Anarchy Chained (SuperAlpha, #3)
Title: Anarchy Chained
Author: J.A. Huss
Series: SuperAlpha #3
Genre: Superhero Romance
Published: June 12th 2017

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Everyone wants revenge.
That’s what I tell my new would-be partner in crime, Sadie Scott.
“You’re crazy,” she says. “Certifiably insane.”
Just a little. But isn’t everyone a little crazy?
“And I’m gonna get the hell away from you as fast as I can.”
She’s so cute when she’s defiant.
“As soon as I get my memory back and figure out who I am.”
Yeah. That little problem is definitely working in my favor.
“So stay away from me, Thomas Brooks. Or I will…”
She’ll what? We’re perfect for each other and she knows it. But if she needs a little more convincing… Well, there’s a friend of mine she needs to meet.
He’s very convincing.
Yes, Sadie Scott, you’re mine now. We were made to be together.
Body, mind, and soul.
We were made to be together.
Just the three of us.
Together. Forever.

What a mind trip Anarchy Chained read was! But really, I should be used to it when I pick up a read by Huss! I knew that the final book was going to be an epic conclusion to the series, and the twists... I did not see them coming!

It was interesting to get inside of Thomas' head... that man is one odd but calculated character. I didn't think I would get a good grasp on him, but he's just a complex person and was determined to pull off the plan. There were times I was sure he was doing his own thing, and he did twisted things that had my jaw dropping, but as the story unfolded, I began to understand him better.

I liked Sadie, she was a weapon herself, but after meeting Thomas, she was a little lost. I liked that she got to know Thomas and was able to form her own opinions of him, because he was one odd man! But they fit well together and were a great team. Her back-story was revealed slowly, and I was glad that she found Thomas!

This was an intense read, with twists and turns that had my head spinning! I loved seeing the connection grow between Sadie and Thomas, even though it was touch and go there for a while. J.A. Huss sure knows how to create complex characters, put them into a warped world and write an intriguing plot that I can't help but get lost in! Huss may be a little perverted and crazy, but she's damn good at it... that's why she's a must read author for me!

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

I've picked a few snippets from the book today, so you can get a real taste for the connection built between these characters, and a little bit of fun that's injected into the story!

“Why do you want me?”
“Because you’re special, Sadie. So obviously special.”

Kindle Arc Loc 1386


“We can change things, Sadie. We can make them pay for turning us into little science projects. For stealing our childhoods away. Taking our innocence. Us,” he whispers as his mouth covers mine once again. “We are the enemy they’ve been waiting for.”
I give in. Hell, who am I kidding? I practically melt against him. I want more. I want him to touch me again. I want him to take what he wants and not ask for permission. I want him to control me the way they did. I want my submission to set me free.

Kindle Arc Loc 1432


“Cathedral City belongs to us, Sadie,” Case says. “It’s ours. And we want it back.”
“We can do this,” Lincoln says. “With your help, Sadie. So what you do ya say? Wanna join the team? Wanna be on Team Take Down the Assholes?”

Kindle Arc Loc 4316

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JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction (www.newadultaddiction.com).

If you're interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, or information on her upcoming personal appearances, you can join her newsletter list (http://eepurl.com/JVhAr) and get those details delivered right to your inbox.




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Love Sprung From Hate by Sienna Blake ~ Review, Giveaway & Swoon Thursday

It has been a while since I picked up something by this author, and she has swept me away once again with her great writing style and the exciting world that she has created! I am dying for the next book!
Love Sprung From Hate (Dark Romeo, #1)
Title: Love Sprung From Hate
Author: Sienna Blake
Series: Dark Romeo #1
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Published: June 15th 2017

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I didn’t know she was a detective, the only daughter of the Chief of Police.
I didn’t know he was a mafia Prince, heir to the Tyrell’s bloody empire.
It was only supposed to be one night.
God help me, I can’t stop thinking about that night.
So, when she walked into the interrogation room my heart almost stopped.
I can’t believe he might have tortured and killed someone.
I have to avoid her at all costs.
I will be his downfall.
So begins a deadly game of cat and mouse, of blood and lust, of love and duty, and of an attraction so fierce the consequences are inevitable…

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this is a retelling for mature audiences. Don’t enter the Underworld if you’re scared of the dark.

How good was Love Sprung From Hate, you might ask? It was freaking fantastic! From the opening scenes I was pulled into this world as Julianna and Roman's story unravelled, and I could see that they had insane chemistry. It was packed with action, suspense, intensity and a few sizzling scenes that will hook the reader into wanting more.

Julianna was a detective, and Roman was the youngest son of the Tyrell Mafia Empire. I could feel how attracted Julianna and Roman were to one another, as they spent one unforgettable night together. I loved seeing how passionate they were, and the soul deep connection that they shared, and that they were reluctant to part ways. However, forces outside of their control brought them together again and they had to face each other from opposite sides, while trying to hide the connection that they have for one another.

I was quite impressed with Love Sprung From Hate, it left a lasting impression on me and it established the perfect base to the Dark Romeo series. I was able to see Julianna and Roman together, and also a glimpse into both of their worlds. I devoured the book quickly, and was swept away in Sienna Blake's fabulous story telling. I enjoyed her picturesque descriptions so it felt I was right there seeing what was going on. I enjoyed the how the story became intense and built up... to leave me craving the next book! Bring on July, I CANNOT wait!

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

*** 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! ***


Two swoons today, the feeling of a kiss, and some sexy flirting!!

I needed her. I knew she could feel what she was doing to me. Her mouth parted as she sucked in a breath. Those fucking lips, so plump and inviting, so pink and juicy. I needed those lips.
I closed my mouth on hers before I knew what I was doing. She was soft, so fucking soft, as I sucked on her bottom lip.

Kindle Arc Loc 780

“At this rate, we won’t get to your hotel room,” I complained half-heartedly. I wasn’t kidding.
“Whose fault is that?” he said, his hands still roaming my body, threatening to tip me over into a full-blown distraction.
“Yours. Stop kissing me like that—”
“Stop being so kissable.”
“—and touching me like that.”
“Stop being so sexy.”

Kindle Arc Loc 848
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Sienna Blake is a pen name for a USA Today Bestselling Author. She loves all things that make her heart race — rollercoasters, thrillers and rowdy unrestrained sex. She likes to explore the darker side of human nature in her writing.

If she told you who she really was, she’d have to kill you. Because of her passion for crime and forensics, she’d totally get away with your murder.



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Mister O by Lauren Blakely ~ Audio book Review & Quote-tastic (@LaurenBlakely3)

I can't help but pick up a Lauren Blakely read, because I know she will deliver a romance that will get me hooked! Since I met the characters in Big Rock, I knew it was going to be a fun, entertaining ride!
Mister O
Title: Mister O
Author: Lauren Blakely
Narrator: Sebastian York
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 10th 2016 (first published April 30th 2016)

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Just call me Mister O. Because YOUR pleasure is my super power.

Making a woman feel ‘oh-god-that’s-good’ is the name of the game, and if a man can’t get the job done, he should get out of the bedroom. I’m talking toe-curling, mind-blowing, sheet-grabbing ecstasy. Like I provide every time.

I suppose that makes me a superhero of pleasure, and my mission is to always deliver.

BUT then I'm thrown for a loop when a certain woman asks me to teach her everything about how to win a man. The only problem? She's my best friend's sister, but she's far too tempting to resist--especially when I learn that sweet, sexy Harper, has a dirty mind too and wants to put it to good use. What could possibly go wrong as I give the woman I've secretly wanted some no-strings-attached lessons in seduction?

No one will know, even if we send a few naughty texts. Okay, a few hundred. Or if the zipper on her dress gets stuck. Not on that! Or if she gives me those get-over-here-and-take-me-eyes on the train in front of her whole family.

The trouble is the more nights I spend with her in bed, the more days I want to spend with her out of bed. And for the first time ever, I'm not only thinking about how to make a woman cry out in pleasure -- I'm thinking about how to keep her in my arms for a long time to come.

Looks like the real Adventures of Mister O have only just begun....

After reading Big Rock, and seeing the chemistry between Nick and Harper, I knew I had to grab Mister O, to see whether they would act on their feelings. It turned out to be a fun and sexy read, as Nick tried to school Harper on dating, and being around a guy. It was amusing, I tell ya, watching them flirt and fall for one another!

Nick was a nerdy type guy, handsome, hot, built... wears glasses and had a beard! He had a successful dirty cartoon that he created, that had set him up for life. He crossed paths with Harper, his best friends sister, while he was signing autographs at an event his network set up. Harper was an interesting character; a magician by trade, good with children but a fumbling mess when it came to the opposite sex that she was attracted to. I liked that she was relaxed around Nick and spoke what she was feeling, most of the time.

Nick and Harper had a solid, carefree relationship where they could talk about anything. It was good to see their relationship shift and they slowly gave into their attraction to one another. Nick was constantly thinking of his best friend, and trying not to act on his feelings, but Harper was irresistible.

Mister O was told solely from the male perspective and I think Lauren Blakely is a master of delivering strong, dominant male characters. She has created a world that I like to return to, and I know I will again in the future. I enjoyed seeing Spencer and Charlotte again as well, and knowing their relationship continued to strengthen. And have I mentioned Sebastian York? He is one of my favourite narrators and I thought he delivered another fabulous read. He has that beautiful voice that mesmerises me, and he portrays all the voices perfectly. I'm sure I will be back in this world sometime soon!

Hmmm... Nick and Harper were so good together, and you can tell through these little snippets that the chemistry was amazing!

“You have good hands. You know what to do with them.”
“I do know what to do with them, and what I want to do with them,” I say, as my fingers travel to the edge of her shoulder. Even this small touch turns me on like crazy. “And I want to touch you so fucking much.”
“Oh God, please touch me.” The words spill out of her in a breathless rush.

Kindle Page 141

“Strip for me.” Tossing my jacket on a chair, I park myself on the couch and lace my hands behind my head. “Do it nice and slow.”
She nods, reaching for her jacket. “Everything, Professor Hammer?”
I shake my head as I rake my eyes over her. “Take off the jacket, sweater, and skirt. Leave everything else on. That’s the lesson. How you can drive a man wild when you’re half-naked.”
“Do I drive you wild?” she asks, as she joins me in the living room and shimmies off the coat.
“So much,” I say, my voice husky and my eyes never straying from her as I nod to her skirt.

Kindle Page 199

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy-five times, and she's sold more than 1.5 million books. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, FULL PACKAGE and THE SEXY ONE. In February she'll release THE HOT ONE, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter






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