Wild Man by Kristen Ashley

Wild Man by Kristen AshleyWild Man by Kristen Ashley
Series: Dream Man #2
Published by Forever on October 29, 2013
Pages: 528 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

She's about to walk on the wild side . . .
While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O'Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he's an undercover DEA agent-and he's investigating her possible role in her ex-husband's drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.
Brock disagrees. He's committed to his anti-drug mission, but he's fallen in love with the beautiful woman who's as sweet as her cupcakes-and he'll do anything to win her back. Standing between Tess and Brock are their own exes, one of them a drug lord who's determined to get what he wants. Now as danger threatens, can Brock break the rules he's lived by and let loose his wild side to protect the woman he loves?

I read the books in this series completely out of order, lol.

I started off reading Mystery Man, then Motorcycle Man, and lastly Law Man, back to back a few months ago. I can’t believe it took me this long to pick up Wild Man, although after I finished Mystery Man, I didn’t care for Brock, I was all for Hawk beating him to a pulp, but then I read Law Man, and I saw him in a different light. The new light that was shed on his character in Mitch’s book got me curious, but not enough to pick this book up immediately.

The title was what really made me cave and finally read this book. I wanted to know what made Brock Lucas a wild man when pretty much every man in this series was leaning towards the crazy side. I wanted to know what made him different.

I really didn’t have any high hopes for the heroine, Tess, because the women in this series have been kind of weak and I saw them as an unnecessary evil that I would have to deal with (sad but true). Tess surprised me though, she didn’t at the beginning but I forgive first time bumps in the road. She was very self aware even when she thought she wasn’t, she was a solid, reliable character that’s always needed in a chaotic storyline (and this story had some drama, a lot of it). She was kind hearted and fierce which are qualities that I always look for in my heroine. It made me giddy to know that Brock not only loved that about her, but didn’t try to tone it down or stifle it. Just because she was kind hearted and fierce she wasn’t a ditz with it as most character can be. When things weren’t going the way she hoped she didn’t come unglued, she stuck it out, and communicated with her man so they were both on the same page.

I want to say that Wild Man is my favorite out of the whole series but I keep thinking of Mystery Man and all the feels I had with that book. I’ll just chalk it down to a tie between the two.

Elivra needs her own book. (If she does can somebody put the title in the comments section, please).

This story flowed really well for me, there wasn’t a whole lot of those alpha male dialogues that Kristen Ashley’s alpha’s like sitting their women down to have, which I was grateful for because it doesn’t seem fair that I have to listen to the speech but can’t get the man (it’s not fair!). Because this is a Kristen Ashley book it’s already a must read but with how good the story was I might be revisiting this story in the near future, maybe when I’m in a reading slump.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

Lights to My Siren by Lani Lynn Vale

Lights to My Siren by Lani Lynn ValeLights to My Siren by Lani Lynn Vale
Series: The Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC #1
Published by Self Published on January 22, 2015
Pages: 313 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

You’re The Lights...
Sebastian had one rule: No women on the back of his bike. Period. The one time he broke that rule, he killed the woman that was carrying his child. Then comes Baylee Roberts. She makes Sebastian want to break every single rule he’d ever implemented. Hell, but she even makes him consider that dreaded H word. A helmet.
To My...
Baylee Roberts innocently walked into her bathroom never expecting that she’d find a man in there. It is her bathroom after all, and she lives alone. From the instant he placed his hat on her head to protect her from the sun, Baylee’s mind becomes filled with thoughts of a certain biker. She really shouldn't go there. There’s no telling what kind of dangerous things he does for The Dixie Wardens MC.
Siren...
Nothing is ever as easy as it should be. Their relationship’s one of them. Baylee’s brother is a cop. Baylee’s father is a cop. Which inevitably means that Baylee’s going to have certain hang-ups about being with a man like himself. Sebastian has a lot on his plate with his busy job as a firefighter, a single father, and the vice president of The Dixie Wardens MC. Not enough, though, to keep him away from Baylee. When a series of arsons rattle their hometown and puts Sebastian’s life on the line, Baylee finally realizes the only fire Sebastian can’t put out is the one inside her heart.

I had read some of the reviews for Lights to My Siren before I read it, and while I understood where a lot of the reviewers with 3 stars and less were coming from I still felt like we were reading two different books because this book was so good! From beginning to end I was hooked. I loved the fact that Sebastian was a triple sexy (a Marine, firefighter, and VP of an MC) alpha-male that was a great father to the sweetest little boy. He was in all ways perfect to me. Not that Sebastian was looking, but he found his greatest partner in Baylee.

While Baylee thought that her ADHD was a disease and something burdensome I saw it as something that made her extra unique. Her struggle with ADHD really educated me on the true meaning of the disorder. Yes, I could’ve googled it, but that would’ve been clinical and impersonal. To me nothing is better than hearing/reading an account of what a person goes through directly from them whether fictional or not. Everything that made Baylee who she was just added to her own awesomeness and helped her personality jump off the pages. She became the mother that Johnny needed, and the companion/life-partner that Sebastian desired.

Light to My Siren was laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreaking, steamy, and drama-filled. I finished this book within a couple of hours of opening its pages and I consumed all that was before me and I couldn’t wait to read about Sebastian’s best friend’s, Kettle, story. This series can only get better with each characters introduced filling it’s slots.

About Lani Lynn Vale

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Romantic Suspense and has a love for all things romance. Lani is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. You can find Lani in front of her computer writing away in her fictional characters world…that is until her husband and kids demand sustenance in the form of food and drink.

Tracker’s End by Chantal Fernando

Tracker’s End by Chantal FernandoTracker's End by Chantal Fernando
Series: Wind Dragons MC #3
Published by Gallery Books on August 11, 2015
Pages: 320 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
five-stars

Tracker is everything I’ve ever wanted. I see him. I’ve watched time change him. I’ve been patient, but he still hasn’t noticed me. Not the way I want him to. The more time I spend with the MC, the more I understand. When you want something, you have to take it. You have to fight for it. And Tracker is more than worth fighting for…

It’s such a blessing to be writing this book review and to have been able to read it in advance because Tracker’s End was phenomenal! My goodness, I thought that Arrow’s Hell would’ve been my favorite out of this series, but I seriously think that this book right here has knocked it out the freaking park!

We first meet Lana in Arrow’s Hell seeing as she’s the best friend of Anna, Arrow’s old lady, and in that introduction we also get to se the fireworks go off between Lana and Tracker. Why didn’t they get together then, you might ask? Well, during that time Tracker had an attachment to a very unpleasant leech that had hopes and dreams of becoming more than she was destined for and she was also being a complete witch to Lana whenever she felt the urge, at the time. Lol, get the picture?!

Tracker was always my favorite Wind Dragon MC brother (wait, don’t tell Sin or Arrow, this will be our large/small secret) ever since we got to see how attentive he was to Faye in Dragon’s Lair. In his own book, Tracker’s End, Chantal Fernando did a great job of making this man even more yummy if that’s even possible. That scene where he was at the photoshoot almost had me melting where I stood/sat (<- not sure where I was when I read this scene). Lana is one lucky heroine.

At first I thought that Lana was the weaker one out of the friendship she had with Anna, but man was I wrong. Both of these chicks are crazy! While Anna is big and bold with her words and actions, Lana is like an assassin – you won’t know what hit you until she’s there in your face with her fist.

Bottom line is, Tracker’s End was one of the books that I’ve read lately that has satisfied my craving for good solid characters, comic relief, and a steamy romance between an ALPHA male, and his in-the-closet ALPHA female. Like I said phenomenal read.

About Chantal Fernando

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty six years old and lives in Western Australia.

Her published novels include four books in the Resisting Love series – Chase, Kade, Ryder and James; the New York Times Bestselling novel Maybe This Time and its follow up, This Time Around. Her latest releases include Toxic Girl, Saxon, and a USA bestselling biker romance novel Dragon’s Lair.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

Dirty by A.C. Bextor

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Dirty by A.C. BextorDirty by A.C. Bextor
Series: Vengeance Duet #1
on July 13, 2015
Pages: 208 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
Goodreads
three-half-stars

DIRTY
A seemingly innocuous five letter word until you pull back the layers of its meaning. Imprisoned in a small room within the walls of the Satan's Creed Motorcycle Club compound, Casey Richards struggles to survive the only life she was raised to know. Her mother, a club whore, and her father, an unknown outlaw she’s never met, Casey’s fate is all but sealed in the eyes of the club.
Trapped in a loveless marriage, and with no children of her own, Emilyn Carsen is the only living soul willing to fight for her niece, Casey. She’s all but given up on saving her until the one man she’s longed to see again unexpectedly finds his way back to town and into her life. Max Taylor, former-biker of a disbanded MC, has been holding onto reasons to avoid coming back to the small town he grew up in. The same ghosts that drove him away eventually force Max to find his way back. Now that he's home, he may be Casey’s only chance for freedom.
In order to get to Casey, Max must find a way to infiltrate the MC. Setting up a meet with Hoss, Satan's Creed’s President who’s known for his depravity as much as his double-crossing ways, it’s made clear that forming an alliance is going to be more of a challenge than he expected. Now he must prove his loyalty to the club and in doing so, he’s forced to get his hands…

Oh my freaking goodness! Dirty cannot end like this!! But the fact that it did is an injustice to all of the reading society! Ugh!!

Deep breath, woman!

Before I start voicing my thoughts on Dirty by A.C. Bextor, lets talk about this cover. Um, Um, Um! Tommy you are one fine male specimen, goodness gracious I can just stare at this cover for hours, or I can just go to your profile on Facebook and perv on you there, but that’s a discussion for another time.

It’s book review time…

I was scared to read Dirty, and sadly, this reaction is not foreign to me. I get this way every time I pick up, or am blessed with the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy, of any of A.C. Bextor’s work. Her stories are always so raw and gut-wrenching that I’m scared of what emotions I will be put through each time one of her books is in my hands, and Dirty was no exception.

Even with Casey not having many parts in this book she seriously stole the show. Yes, I understand what Em and Max’s role gave to this story, but I craved any mention and scene where Casey was featured.

Em’s character I didn’t so much care for and it boggles my mind that in almost all of A.C. Bextor’s stories that I end up not liking one of, if not the main, heroine, and I almost always end up loving the hero(es).

Max was uber yummy, and I really want to know more about Aimes and Lelow because they sound like just the type of men I love reading about.

In all honesty the story did not pick up for me, outside of the glimpses of Casey, until around the 50% mark. I didn’t really care about Em and Max’s old or present crushes on each other, and I didn’t care about Em’s absent and all-time jerk of a husband. I didn’t care about none of that until it started to coincide with Casey’s potential home life once Max got her out of that cesspool.

Casey’s character alone made this story for me. Anna ended up being the character that I liked more than Em’s, I have a feeling she will be in more of the second book just because of the role she plays. What’s funny is that if Max wasn’t so hung up on Em I would’ve be rooting for Max and Anna to be the main couple.

Another surprise, and something that I’m not all that shocked about now that I think on it, was that Casey’s mother didn’t make an appearance in this installment. But, that would’ve added extra drama on a boiling pot overflowing with drama already.

Whew!

Book two, I hope, will have a lot of answers to a lot of questions that have been floating in my head since I started and finished Dirty, I hope to have a lot of clarifications to the backgrounds of certain character relationships, and I hope to have a lot of solutions to a lot of the mysteries that are in abundance in this book.

I truly believe that book two will be bigger and better than Dirty, part one to this unique and gut-wrenching series.

In classic A.C. Bextor fashion she leaves us wanting more.

About A.C. Bextor

AC Bextor lives in a small town in the Midwest. When she’s not writing she can be found reading or watching her favorite sports teams. She enjoys spending time outside fishing, swimming, or camping.
Her first book, Holding On – Lights of Peril, published in October 2013.

Play Nice by L.P. Maxa

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Play Nice by L.P. MaxaPlay Nice by L.P. Maxa
Series: The Devil's Share #1
Published by Boroughs Publishing Group on July 1, 2015
Pages: 134 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
Goodreads
five-stars

Rock a stadium. Bang a chick. Repeat. As lead singer of The Devil’s Share, Dash Conner could get anything or anyone he wanted—until he met Lexi Grant. For Dash Conner, lead singer of The Devil’s Share, everything he wanted was his for the asking. Whiskey. Drugs. Money. Sex. But not Lexi Grant. For the first time since he picked up a guitar, a girl was actually demanding he woo her. For a chance with her, Dash would do that and more.
Lexi Grant was no groupie. Just because the biggest rock star in the world smiled at her didn’t mean she had to fall into bed with him—but it was going to be awfully hard to resist that impish smile and those tatted abs. Surely one night of fun wouldn’t hurt anyone. Unless that night ends with a broken condom.
For Lexi and Dash, that’s just the beginning. Add an overly affectionate pit bull, a missing guitarist, a house full of sorority girls, a junkie ex-bandmate and an extreme aversion to Jäger, and it’s either a recipe for disaster or true love.

I’ve already said this before, but I have no problem saying it again, “Rock-n-Roll stories are not my thing!” But, now this is the new information, I have officially found the second author that has become the exception. I loved Play Nice from beginning to end, I seriously didn’t want it to end. To be completely honest I didn’t have high expectations, but I knew that it would be entertaining considering that this author was recommended to me by one of my favorite authors, Sasha Marshall author of the Guitar Face series.

The story flowed extremely well, and the characters were really strong, you won’t find any weak links in this story. L.P. Maxa is definitely on my watch list.

Everything I look for in a five-star read this book had it. The heroine was strong and had common sense, the hero was attentive and strong, the supporting characters did an amazing job of supporting the main character (one in particular sometimes too much lol), and the drama and romance was on point all the way through to the end of Play Nice.

I cannot wait for Smith’s story. I really thought that Luke’s story might’ve been next because we got a lot more of his back story than Smith, but you will not hear me complaining, I’ll take these hot men any way they’ll come.

Thank you, thank you, thank you L.P. Maxa for this great opportunity and gift.

About L.P. Maxa

I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, daughter, 3 rescue dogs, 1 stray cat, and one fish (that keeps dying and I keep replacing so my toddler doesn’t notice). I love reading as much as I love writing. I’ve read a lot of the classics, and I appreciate the hell out of them. But, nothing is as fun as curling up with a glass of wine (or beer or whiskey) and a fun romance novel.

I would love nothing more than to hear from my readers. Tell me what you love about your favorite characters and what you wish for them. Also, send me a message if you are interested in becoming one of my beta readers. You can get advanced reader copies of upcoming books!