Summer of ’16: Dinero’s Dilemma by Charae Lewis

Summer of ’16: Dinero’s Dilemma by Charae LewisSummer of '16: Dinero's Dilemma by Charae Lewis
on June 6, 2016
Source: Kindle Unlimited
five-stars

What happens when you fall for the most reckless member of the DeMao clan? Asia Parish asked herself this question quite often when it came to Dinero DeMao. He’s rude and obnoxious, but Asia cant seem to shake her feelings for him. She was always apprehensive in revealing her love for him, but when they find themselves in an unusual situation, they decide to give their relationship a try.
Dinero has never been a relationship type of guy, but when Asia enters his life, he begins to reconsider. She’s everything he’s never wanted but can’t seem to be without. Yet, when a blast from the past pops back onto the scene, he’s caught between a place of lust and love.
After a series of events takes place, Asia finds herself on the losing end of the stick when a new man enters her circle. He comes in and rearranges everything in her life, including her relationship with Dinero. While she fights to prove that things are not what they seem, Asia is hit with a truth that sends her into a frenzy.

Even though I read the synopsis for Summer of ’16: Dinero’s Dilemma I still didn’t know what to expect from this story, but, as I got to reading it I found it hard to put down.

Before reading Summer of ’16: Dinero’s Dilemma I didn’t know that Big (Dinero’s brother) and Aimee (Asia’s twin sister) already had their own story (which I will definitely be reading next). Even knowing that it didn’t feel like I had to read their story in order to understand everything that was happening in Dinero and Asia’s story.

It’s rare for me to find a story where the couple featured just got married, which happens here in Summer of ’16: Dinero’s Dilemma, or are already married. For whatever reason I love stories with couples already committed to each other. But, what’s also rare is finding characters who were previously in a relationship, get married after some drinks in Vegas, and the next day get into a rip roaring fight and words like “annulment” are being tossed out. I have to say that I felt some pains in my heart, and I remember thinking, “Please stop fighting guys, marriage is a beautiful thing, you can make each other happy!” While I was thinking all these feel good thoughts I could’ve never imagined the pain that was coming their way.

I will admit, Dinero took some getting used to. He didn’t want to be married to Asia, or anyone for that matter, but he loved her and didn’t want to be without her so he decided to try this marriage gig out. Asia, on the other hand, wore her heart on her sleeve. She did feel that with the way Dinero acted after he found out they were married, and how he tried to make it seem as if she trapped him that she shouldn’t have gone through with remaining married, but she loved him. Asia was an open book 100% of the time. Even when I thought she would hide certain things from Dinero she wouldn’t, she took her being his wife and him being her husband seriously.

Sadly, all it took was an old flame and a rejected suitor to break these two apart. Usually, I’m not one for all the heartache and tears, but the way Dinero treated Asia off of a lie told by someone else instead of the declarations of his wife and his sister-in-law really had me torn. Not only did Dinero abandon Asia, he cheated on her as well. The stuff that Asia had to go through in his purposeful absence would’ve made me hang up the towel as well, since for a whole month Dinero didn’t contact or take her calls, and he never even cared enough to check on her from those he knew were close to her until he was caught cheating. Now, this is where I became torn, when he found out much being prideful had him missing out on and neglect he showed his wife, he did everything in his power to try and reconcile. Cue, the heartache. My gosh, I understand why she wanted nothing to do with him but at the same time I hoped she’d take him back.

I really hope this isn’t the end for Dinero and Asia. To be honest I can’t envision anyone coming along to complete either one.

Unexpectedly great story.

Unleashed by Scott Hildreth

Unleashed by Scott HildrethUnleashed by Scott Hildreth
on May 13, 2014
Source: Kindle Unlimited
four-stars

Mike Ripton “Ripp” is a ruthless fighter and a Dominant male.
A woman has had an ‘other than consensual’ sexual encounter. One problem – the woman is Ripp’s sister.
He resolves the issue on his terms.
His terms aren’t legal, not even in Texas.
He’s going to need an attorney, and a very good one.
His submissive is a Federal Attorney who takes no prisoners in the courtroom, but he’ll have to allow her to call the shots during the trial.
Can Ripp submit in the courtroom, find a happy medium, or continue to live his life with reckless abandon?

I wasn’t going to write a review on Unleashed because I didn’t think that I could come up with anything new to say about Ripp. I also didn’t know if I would have anything really to say about the story in its totality since Unleashed and I got off to a rocky start. But, since something (Unleashed‘s review I presume) is knocking at my mind to be let out I am going to put pen to paper, keystrokes to screen and let words fall as they may.

On the heels of Unstoppable, Unleashed carried on right where it ended. It actually took me a minute, two, maybe five, to get into the story. See, where in Unstoppable, Ripp’s dominance and just all that he was filled it’s pages, but in Unleashed it was Vee who became the beast, showing her dominance. The transition took some serious getting used to. It was after Vee laid out how things were to be in order for Ripp and her to be successful in the court proceedings, and when he didn’t object but rolled with it that gave me a sense of satisfaction and let me know that I could now jump into Unleashed with both feet and both eyes open, unafraid of what all was getting ready to happen.

There’s nothing sexier to me than a man who can swallow his pride, and actually find pride, in the fact that his woman knows what she’s doing and that he needs to let her take charge. Not only did Ripp have me feeling some type of way, but Vee also gave me a lady boner. When I say that she’s a beast in the courtroom, she’s a freaking, bloody beast.

Just when I thought that there couldn’t be anymore surprises or revelations to be had for Vee and Ripp they one up me by showing a different side to them. While Ripp can be crazy and all around intense, he mellowed out in Unleashed. He didn’t drink or fight as much, he just seemed content. Vee, on the other hand, became a little wild. I think since she let out her inner beast in the courtroom and Ripp was able to see and accept that part of her that it loosed something in her. Some of the things she found herself doing shocked me, especially when she’s usually very well mannered. It goes to show that Ripp and Vee can bring out the best and worst in each other, that they balance each other out.

Since I’ve only read two books out of the Selected Sinners MC series, Making the Cut and Ex-Con, it was a treat to read about A-Train’s character and the support that the brothers gave to Ripp in Unleashed. I’m not going to lie, when I finished Unleashed I wanted to immediately postpone reading Unbroken because I wanted to catch up in the Selected Sinners MC series to see what happens between A-Train and Bug “Katie.” That decision is still up in the air and that’s why I haven’t downloaded Unbroken to my kindle yet.

The ending of Unleashed literally left me looking around my reading space wondering what the heck I’m supposed to do with myself now. The ending got me right in the feels, which now has me thinking why I am procrastinating on reading Unbroken. I guess y’all will just have to stay tuned to see the line up of books I will be featuring in the coming days, maybe you’ll see Unbroken in the queue.

About Scott Hildreth

Born In San Diego California, Scott now calls Wichita, Kansas home. Residing in Kansas with his wife, Jessica, and six children, he somehow finds twelve hours a day to work on his writing. A hybrid author who has published more than two-dozen romance and erotica novels, his three book series through Harlequin is due to start release with the first book in summer 2016.
Scott has spent his entire life pushing boundaries, and his writing is no exception. Addicted to riding his Harley-Davidson, tattoos, and drinking coffee, he can generally be found in a tattoo shop, on his Harley, or in a local coffee house when not writing.
Loyal to the fans and faithful followers who allowed him to make writing a full-time career, Scott communicates with his followers on Facebook almost daily. He encourages his readers to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James

A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa JamesA Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James
on June 28, 2016
Source: Publisher
five-stars

Eighteen months ago, Lizzie Troutt’s husband died in his mistress’s bed, leaving her determined to never marry again….and unfortunately virginal.

Eighteen years ago (give or take a few) the Honorable Oliver Berwick blackened his own soul, leaving him hardened and resolutely single.

When the chance for redemption in the form of a country house party invitation comes his way, Oliver is determined to prove himself a gentleman.

Until he breaks all the codes of gentlemanly behavior…once again.

A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James was both a refreshing and completely satisfying read; the easiest 5 star rating I’ve ever given!

“What on earth are you talking about, Mr.-” she stopped, catching the look in his eye. “Oliver.”

“Say it again.”

“What -” Oliver succumbed to temptation and pulled her into his arms. “Say my name again.”

“We shouldn’t do this,” she breathed. He looked down at her.

“We should.”

“Oliver,” she said, frowning at him. “I can see that you are – you are – well, I’m not sure what you’re doing.”

“Planning to marry you.”

“Absolutely not!”

“Seduce you?” She looked rather horrified, which made Oliver grin. “May I kiss you?”

“No! I think you have lost your mind,”

“That is quite possible.” She had the most delightful, straight nose he had ever seen. They would make beautiful offspring, as long as the poor scraps inherited her nose, not his. “Do you truly loathe the idea of children?”

“This conversation has gone far enough,” she said, pulling out his arms and trotting off towards the other side of the rooms as if the furies were at her shoulder.

I have never read a Eloisa James story until now, and I can promise you that A Gentleman Never Tells will not be the last. Even while A Gentleman Never Tells was on the short side – being that it’s an in-between story – it was very well balanced and completely satisfying.

From the beginning to the moment that Lizzie started to realize her worth, thanks to the attentions of Oliver, my heart went out to Lizzie. The lot that was cast to her by the actions of her father, while his actions was somewhat shrouded in good intentions, left her defenseless and in the hands of someone who wouldn’t love her at all. Thank goodness for her meddlesome sister who had the gumption to no longer allow her sister to wallow in her self-induced shame because the men in her life didn’t treat her as the precious jewel she was.

Oliver was all around my type of hero. He was his own man and refused, or just didn’t see the need, to adhere to the dictates of society; except for some foolish actions when he was younger. He knew what he wanted and let nothing come in between his conquest. He had a swagger about him that was just so appealing to me that I was thoroughly seduced.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a historical romance that bought humor, steam, and common sense all in one story. A Gentleman Never Tells had everything that I look for in a great story. The one thing I wished for, though, was that Lizzie would’ve visited or wrote that letter to her father before the story ended.

Oliver and Lizzie were perfect together! I can’t wait to read more by this author and this series.

Bearly Accidental by Dakota Cassidy

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.

Bearly Accidental by Dakota CassidyBearly Accidental by Dakota Cassidy
Published by Tantor Audio on May 24, 2016
Source: Publisher
two-stars

At the request of their friend Antonia, Wanda, Marty and Nina find themselves trekking up a snowy mountainside, in search of Toni's brother. Wanted by the mob, Cormac Vitali is hiding out in the Colorado Wilderness, where the ladies from OOPS finally catch up to him . . . freshly tranqed by a bounty hunter. Bear shifter Teddy Gribanov realized that Cormac was her life mate about five minutes after shooting his big, muscly bod with her trusty dart gun. She'd be shocked by that revelation, if she weren't too busy getting stabbed, shot, and hunted down by a crooked cop and the Russian mob. Oh, and there's also her psycho ex, freshly sprung from the pokey, and hell-bent on making Teddy pay for putting him there. Sometimes love finds you when you least expect it, and when it's least convenient. Join Wanda, Marty, Nina, manservant Archibald, sweet zombie Carl, and demon Darnell as they hatch a plan to bring down everyone standing in the way of Teddy and Cormac's accidental happily ever after.

I’ve always wanted to read a Dakota Cassidy book because they look so fun, and the reviews have reflected that as well. But, it was when I began reading Accidentally Dead, the second book in the series that Bearly Accidental is in, when I found myself having trouble getting into its story.

After some thought, I decided that this series would be audio only for me. I thought the different (quirky), and crazy antics these characters were sure to find themselves in would surely shine if it was acted out in a narration. When I was given the opportunity to listen and review Bearly Accidental I was so excited! The synopsis intrigued me and I was sure that I was in for a laugh or two just off the craziness I was sure the characters were going got get into. Sadly, the mystery and romance were really bland to me and that fell mostly on the narrating of Toni’s character, and Toni herself.

Even though Toni was a bounty hunter she was a little wimp. When she first stepped on the scene I thought her job and assumed tough exterior would cause a problem in the future courtship between her and Cormac. No, once she realized that her gig in returning Cormac for his bounty was going downhill things went left; she was getting shot at and throwing out the life mate gig. If it wasn’t for the OOPS crew guiding her and keeping her and Cormac safe she probably would’ve been killed already.

Cormac was a solid enough character but the ladies ran Bearly Accidental from beginning to end, so other than gaining pertinent info that would move the story along and getting close to Toni, he wasn’t all that relevant.

I feel that if I would’ve read books 1-11 of the Accidental series, the questions I had pertaining to the OOPS trio in Bearly Accidental would’ve all been answered, but regardless they were the highlight of this story. They had the competence I wished Toni would’ve had. They were also freaking crazy with their antics and that kept Bearly Accidental somewhat entertaining.

The narration really was unappealing to me. I thing that Hollie Jackson did an okay job but I just couldn’t stomach that the voices for the female characters were that high and squeaky. Her narration of all the female characters made them sound like they were in high school. I probably would’ve laughed at some of the things they said but instead I became irritated because they came off as immature. Hollie Jackson did the male voices perfectly, which is probably why I tolerated and actually looked forward to their parts more.

I am interested in listening to other stories by Dakota Cassidy and narrated by Hollie Jackson since I now know Dakota Cassidy’s writing style and what to expect from Hollie Jackson’s narration.

Audacious by Beth Moore

Audacious by Beth MooreAudacious by Beth Moore
on November 1, 2015
Source: Purchased
four-stars

Thirty years in the making, Audacious is a deep dive into the message that has compelled Beth Moore to serve women around the globe. Glancing over the years of ministry behind her and strengthening her resolve to the call before her, she came to the realization that her vision for women was incomplete. It lacked something they were aching for. Something Jesus was longing for. Beth identifies that missing link by digging through Scripture, unearthing life experiences, and spotlighting a turning point with the capacity to infuse any life with holy passion and purpose. What was missing? Well, let's just say, it's audacious and it's for all of us. And it's the path to the life you were born to live.

After watching the 3-part TV series by Beth Moore on audacity I put two and two together and came up with the need to read/listen to Audacious by Beth Moore. As to reviewing it for my blog I was hesitant to do so because I didn’t know if I could write a review on a non-fiction, christian living book, and I didn’t know how it would fit into the set of books I feature here on Literary Treasure Chest. In the midst of all these doubts, though, the question of “why not?” started to surface and rain truth on the mud that began to accumulate. So here it is, the honest and colorful review of Beth Moore’s Audacious

Audacious wasn’t my first exposure to Beth Moore’s writing, nor the first time I’d listened to an audiobook authored and narrated by her, so I’m very comfortable with her writing style. With that said, I did feel that the transition from listening to her on her TV series about the topics covered in this book, to listening to her read from her book was a little rocky. I also felt that the beginning of Audacious was poorly done seeing as she read her own dedication and I felt that it would’ve worked better if she, or the producers, would’ve had someone else read that portion, as have happened in other audiobooks I’ve listened to.

Audacious didn’t resonate as well with me as the other books I’ve read and listened to by Beth Moore. The only logical reason I can entertain for why this is falls to having previously watched the 3-part series over the topics discussed in Audacious. It sort of felt like I was listening to the same message all over again. But, I know had I not watched the series over this, Audacious would’ve impacted me something fierce.

What let me know that listening to Audacious for myself instead of just soaking in the message from Beth Moore’s 3-part series over it, was the very last chapter. My goodness, that last chapter warmed my heart something fierce that I’m still thinking about it almost a week later.

While Audacious wasn’t the best Beth Moore read/listen it still packed a powerful spiritual punch. I’ve never been good with keeping up with devotionals, but whenever I need an uplifting, or swift kick in the butt about my relationship with Christ the first voice of reason I want to hear is Beth Moore’s, so I’m glad that I have added a new listen to my collection of Beth Moore Christian Living books (So Long Insecurity is the first one.

Have some audacity to live the life that God has for y’all, no more compromises!