When Bae’s Boss 2 by Lucinda John

When Bae’s Boss 2 by Lucinda JohnWhen Bae's A Boss 2 by Lucinda John
on August 28, 2016
Pages: 338 pages
Source: Purchased
three-half-stars

Elias, the father of Tiny's son comes back into the picture to rekindle his relationship with his son. His true intent is shown, threatening to ruin what Mayhem and Tiny has built. Will he succeed with his wicked plan?

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned is a saying that applies to Macy. Pissed that she is forced out of the Godfrey family her ultimate goal is to bring everyone down one by one. With the help of her new man and Elias she oppose as a deadly threat to the Godfrey empire.

A simple walk down the isle to happiness turned into a trip to hell for Joie. When her secrets unfolds In front of her piece by piece she finds herself in a dilemma with Maleek, the craziest Godfrey of them all and the mother of his child, Stacy.

With old beef arising and new enemies appearing the Godfrey brothers find themselves doing anything in their power to keep their family safe, even if it may fatally cost them their life.

When Bae’s A Boss 2 was one of my most anticipated reads of the second half of 2016. With the way When Bae’s A Boss ended I lost my mind a little, I seriously needed to know what happened next. Usually with cliffhangers I will respond in one or two ways; (1) in anger which leads to me not wanting to read the next installment, or (2) having a temper tantrum because I have to wait until the author publishes the next part (sob). Luckily for When Bae’s A Boss 2 it was the later reaction, but it sucks because the sequel didn’t meet the expectations I had when I finished When Bae’s A Boss.

When Bae’s A Boss 2 jumped right into where its predecessor left off, for which I was grateful because with the amount of books I read in a month I needed a refresher on what all had happened. (Don’t get me wrong I absolutely was able to remember that I needed to know what was going to happen next in this series but I couldn’t remember why, I hope that makes sense). In the way When Bae’s A Boss 2 started off, I was given a refreshers course as well as a sneak peek into what this installment was going to bring into this series.

While When Bae’s A Boss was full of how the characters navigated and found their footing amongst the obstacles they faced, When Bae’s A Boss 2 was full a lot of relationship refining. Sadly, the main couple that I loved in the first book faced a lot of issues in this second book, but most of their problems stemmed from them not communicating nor respecting the other.

Odd enough, it was the couple that I couldn’t stand in the first book that really pulled through for me in When Bae’s A Boss 2, the relationship between Ramsey (Mayhem’s brother) and Emma (Tiny’s best friend). Even though Ramsey did Emma super duper wrong in the first story he really pulled through in showing her that he loved her no matter what in this installment.

Mayhem and Tiny, our main characters, were so extra in a lot of the things they said and did that I felt that they really needed to have a seat and reevaluate why they wanted to be together in the first place. There were so many missed ‘aha’ moments that they missed because they were so wrapped up in what the other was doing. From the beginning of When Bae’s A Boss 2 there were a lot of signs that things were going to get a lot worse than what they were if they didn’t pull their heads out of their butts and came together as a united front against their multiplying enemies, but of course their pride continued to get in the way and things just couldn’t get right.

At this point, if book 3 would come out tomorrow I’m not sure if I would automatically buy it because of the possibly storyline it would have. But, while there might be potential in the continuation of this series, the execution of it could wane and quite possibly miss its mark. So, I might be, somewhat, excited to see where this series could turn to, but I don’t know if I would want to spend money on it. I might just use my one free kindle unlimited rental for whichever month it’s released and read it.

About Lucinda John

Lucinda John was born January 27, 1993, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At the age of thirteen, Lucinda discovered her love for writing. She would write and win numerous of contest as well as earning high writing scores on standardized tests. Lucinda became an avid reader her freshmen year of high school. Reading books ranging from Sista Soulja to Harper Lee, reading became a escape zone for her. At the age of sixteen Lucinda gave birth to her first born son, Kamari and was determined for a better life for her and her child. After graduating Fort Lauderdale High School June of 2011, being a writer crossed her mind, but because of the lack of support she went another route. Although she was in college to pursue a different career she didn’t enjoy it so she decided to take a chance with her first love, writing. In September of 2014 Lucinda submitted her first book ‘Fallin’ For a Boss’ to Myss Shan of Shan Presents. Thrilled that her submission was accepted her career took off full speed. Now, not only is Lucinda John a published author, She is also CEO (founder) of Dope Pen Productions, a sub publishing company under Shan and David Weaver. Lucinda still enjoys reading, but now her passion for writing is now a rewarding career that she enjoys.

Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner

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

Dirtiest Secret by J. KennerDirtiest Secret by J. Kenner
on April 19, 2016
Pages: 320 pages
Source: Publisher
three-half-stars

It was wrong for us to be together, but it was even harder to be apart.

The memory of Dallas Sykes burns inside of me.

Everyone knows him as a notorious playboy, a man for whom women and money are no object. But to me, he’s still the one man I desperately crave—yet the one I can never have.

Dallas knows me better than anyone else. We bear the same scars, the same darkness in our past. I thought I could move on by staying away, but now that we’re drawn together once more, I can’t fight the force of our attraction or the temptation to make him mine.

We’ve tried to maintain control, not letting ourselves give in to desire. And for so long we’ve told ourselves no—but now it’s finally time to say yes.

That freaking ending!! Lately I’ve been getting suckered into a whole lot of series thanks to the first book having an ending that I just can’t ignore. Having never read a J. Kenner, or Julie Kenner, book before I really didn’t know what to expect with Dirtiest Secret, but when I started reading I could not put it down.

Lately, erotic romance stories haven’t been my thing. I don’t know if it’s the amount of sex that takes place between the characters or the kink that they’re into or what, but I just haven’t had the emotional capacity that usually comes with all the intimate moments that characters sometimes have in this genre. Dirtiest Secret had its abundant amount of sexy times, but the heartache that was given to us right at the beginning stayed on mind and heart all throughout this story.

Not only did the story of Dirtiest Secret make me want to read it when I was not in the mood for the subject matter, it also made me like the two main characters that if they had been written any other way or portrayed any other way I would’ve not only dropped any sympathy I had towards them, but I would’ve put this book down indefinitely.

Dallas was sometimes a very dense, pigheaded and clueless sexy beast, and at times I really wanted to punch him in his junk because of a lot of his actions and the words he said to Jane, but I couldn’t really get mad at him too much because he was dealing with some major baggage that he was trying his hardest to work out and face (I think that’s what he was doing with all those random women and his moments in the “club”). Jane was very likable until she wasn’t. She had an inner strength that endeared me to her right from the beginning but whenever she would hear or see something she didn’t like she would run and pass judgement without getting the whole story or even taking into account how messed up Dallas is; self preservation was her default survival mode because not only did Dallas have some messed up baggage, she carried her fair share as well.

If you haven’t already guessed, these two characters that make up Dirtiest Secret are complicated and completely unhinged. I really enjoyed their story and journey of getting to that place where the dictates of others did not control their lives, but the amount of sexy moments really worked on my nerves close to the end. Usually when the story is getting to a close I expect certain game pieces to reveal themselves so that the characters have some type of closure but that wasn’t so with Dirtiest Secret. Instead of the story winding down it sort of ramped up; the romance between Dallas and Jane, while still on fragile ground, had taken a turn and found some form of identity. The mystery, while it played an almost dormant role throughout the story, in my opinion, behind Dallas’ time with Jane and his kidnappers and their romance really held my attention. I felt that where we left Dallas’ and Jane’s relationship should’ve happened somewhere around the midway mark, but it was like the climax happened around 80% into the story and so the decision of whether or not Jane and Dallas would take their relationship to the next level shortly followed after that and it was a lot to take in.

But, I have to admit that when that last paragraph was read all my doubts and wariness flew out of the window because I was left with my jaw hanging and the detective side of me came out. I started racking my brain to figure out who did what when where and why! I have to read book two but I’m scared at the same time. Dang you J. Kenner!!

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

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

Magic Strikes by Ilona AndrewsMagic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #3
on August 6, 2009
Source: Publisher
five-stars

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that's saying a lot.

But when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games---an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament---she and Curran, the Beast Lord, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

Finding a series that continues to deliver book after book like the Kate Daniels series is such a blessing and treasure. Magic Strikes again blew me away. It should be criminal to have such a unique, engaging, and appealing storyline and to have a narrator that brings every character to life.

After the showdown that happened in Magic Burns I once again didn’t know what to expect with Magic Strikes. What went down in Magic Burns, though, were things that I couldn’t imagine on my best day, the writing duo in Ilona Andrews is the best I’ve ever seen and they eclipse a lot of individual authors I’ve invited onto my pirate ship.

When the chess pieces started to get in formation, my excitement for Magic Strikes started to ramp up in ways that I haven’t seen since reading the Others series by Anne Bishop. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any more tense, certain characters were put at risk, Kate was placed in situations where I kept wondering if this would be the moment when her true nature and power was revealed, Corran was forced to treat Kate as an equal and not a play thing, and some secondary characters really stepped up in ways that I thought I wouldn’t see until the newer books in this series.

What I also didn’t expect in Magic Strikes, was for Kate and Corran’s romance to go to a totally different level that I seriously thought my headphones were going to melt in my ears. The inflections Renee would put on Kate’s voice and oftentimes Corran’s left me looking for fans to calm my temperature because things definitely got steamy between these two in Magic Strikes.

Another thing, when I thought that the story was close to ending because in my mind certain scenes were good stopping points I was given more and more to the point where I started to realize that Ilona Andrews isn’t looking to just fill in this series with books that feed off each other for relevancy, but they’re going for Blockbuster status in giving us a full fledge installment with each story. Not one story I’ve listened to in this series has needed the one before it to validate them, and I truly believe that that’s why I’m able to go into each story (without looking a synopsis) and not have one clue about what’s getting ready to happen because there aren’t any cliffhangers to lend a hand nor are their any loose storylines (other than Kate’s origin’s) that need explaining.

Overall, this is a series I can definitely binge all day long, over and over again. I hope that before I’ve caught up in this series that I’ve accumulated all of the hard copies of the books in this series so that I can do a reread and read them myself.

Nitro’s Torment by Nina Levine

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.

Nitro’s Torment by Nina LevineNitro's Torment by Nina Levine
on September 20, 2016
Source: Author
four-stars

The Sydney Storm MC are back and war is coming.

Nitro’s Torment takes the Storm MC to a new level. Dark, gritty and fast-paced, this book is an adrenaline ride right to the very last page.

Tatum Lee is a pain in my ass.
She’s stubborn, full of attitude, and she doesn’t like to do what she’s told.
And yet, at a time when I should be focusing on the war my club is at, she consumes my mind because she’s also fearless and fierce, and I’ve never met a woman like her.

The thing about war, though, is the minute you let your focus drop, your enemy rises up and attacks. And sometimes they bring you to your knees in ways you never imagined.

The other thing about war? You learn just what you’re capable of doing to protect those you love.

Nitro’s Torment was so completely different from Relent that I have nothing to compare. The only common denominator between the two is the craziness of King, leader of Sydney Storm MC. In the difference of Nitro’s Torment I found myself going through a number of emotions and expectations, but the constant that I was grateful for was the natural relationship progression between Nitro and Tatum. In the ways things worked out between them the story could’ve been complete crap and I still would’ve read it, but thank goodness the story wasn’t crap lol.

When I ended my read of Relent and found out that Nitro’s story was next I was a little confused because there was almost nothing given of his character that would lead me to think that a full on story would happen for him, King and Hyde had more material and mystery surrounding them that I would’ve loved to have read more about them. Thank goodness I’m not an author because Nina Levine seriously pulled a rabbit out of a hat on this one and made you believe that it was magic.

As Nitro’s Torment started and continued to progress there were many moments where I thought, “Oh, we’ve definitely hit the climax and this will be the conflict that these characters will have to battle,” only to look at the bottom of my kindle screen and only see that I was 36% into the story. I’m not saying that Nitro’s Torment had a slow pace, I’m saying that so much was going on in this story that in my limited vision of what was possible for these characters I couldn’t see past my nose so to speak. Nitro’s Torment was like a new car that is advertised to have some power behind it but unless you find a road that you can really open it up on you’ll never know just how true those words are. If I didn’t choose to stick with all the twists and turns, and the character evolutions I would’ve really missed out on a twisted villain and the grit of these characters that make up the Sydney Storm MC.

Nitro’s Torment was truly a surprise for my senses. I didn’t expect to actually like Nitro because I didn’t too much care about his character in Relent, and I didn’t think that Tatum would grow on me from her first real encounter with King (talk about a clash of will). As for the next books in this series I would really love if King’s book is next because I would love to see him and Monroe together, I don’t much care for him to be with Jen although I do see that’s where things are progressing.

P.S. I really want to lick this cover! Hot dang I wish I would’ve seen this before now because I totally would’ve featured it on my Favorite Cover Friday feature. My Gosh this thang is gorgeous!!

Relent by Nina Levine

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.

Relent by Nina LevineRelent by Nina Levine
on February 23, 2015
Pages: 234 pages
Source: Author
three-half-stars

War is coming in this NEW biker series from USA Today Bestselling author Nina Levine.

A biker torn between loyalty to his club and love for his woman.

Kick Hanson's life follows a dangerous path that leads him to the Storm Motorcycle Club where he spends his days buried deep in a violent and lawless world that is slowly consuming his soul. He fights against bringing the one woman he's ever loved into this world. Until the day he knows he can't live without her.

Evie Bishop has always loved Kick but she's done. Even though they've loved each other through both happiness and heartbreak, she believes their chance to be together has long passed.

When Kick finally stakes his claim, will Evie relent and give their love another go, or has Kick left it too long to go after the woman who has owned his heart forever?

Color me surprised! I actually found myself liking Relent when I had such conflicting thoughts about Storm. It was early on that I knew that Relent was going to be a story I enjoyed, whether this knowledge came from Evie’s character or Kick’s character I couldn’t tell you, it might’ve been a combo of both.

It saddened me though, to learn that Kick and Evie’s once unbreakable relationship was in such disarray that it took the funeral of their friend to bring them back into each other’s lives. Crazy enough, my sympathy for their plight throughout Relent flew right out of the window when certain facts surrounding their romance and their friendship started to surface. When I say that things surrounding these two were convoluted I mean in the truest sense of the word. If anything the parent’s made things harder on Evie and Kick than anything else.

What I liked about Evie’s character is that she was laid back and a ‘take life as it came’ type of girl and knowing the life that Kick led made her perfect for him, and the sacrifices he made for her happiness (no matter how misguided) when those she should’ve been able to rely on showed that he was the one for her.

I’m still on the fence about how I feel about the conflicts these two characters faced. They each had some internal issues they had to face and take care of, but quite a few of the outside obstacles appeared as irritants more than anything else. For example, the loan shark type guy that Evie’s dad got mixed up with that Kick ended up taking care of for Evie’s sake didn’t seem that much of a threat considering Kick had a great deal of dirt on him, enough to make him back off of Evie’s dad. So when threats like the one I just mentioned are swimming around a story I don’t really care for them or pay that much attention to them; it doesn’t help when the time for retribution comes that its done in a manner that’s quick, easy, and simple.

Relent was an enjoyable, mindless read. If you want to read a story where you don’t want to be afraid of tears erupting from your eyes, or of having kindle murdering urges swelling up inside you, then Relent is a story you should look into. I actually found it hard to put down because the characters were so likable, so I can definitely promise you that you won’t get bored.