Sex Piston by Jamie Begley

Sex Piston by Jamie BegleySex Piston by Jamie Begley
Series: Biker Bitches #1
Published by Young Ink Press on December 22, 2013
Pages: 157 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars

Sex Piston wasn’t about to apologize to anyone for her bitch attitude and certainly not the President of The Blue Horsemen, Stud. If he thinks he’s going to be able to control her and her crew then he has another thing coming. A lapse in judgment has him thinking that he’s won this battle of the sexes but a one-night stand isn’t about to bring this woman to heel.

Stud has to prove himself as the new President of the Destructors, and Sex Piston and her crew’s attitude isn’t helping. If he has to sacrifice his body to tame the bitch then that’s exactly what he’s going to do even if it means losing his heart in the battle.

I don’t know how many I’ve read Sex Piston by Jamie Begley, but each time I’ve read it I’ve learned something new about the characters, its connection with The Last Riders, and the overall storyline of the Biker Bitches series.

From previous Last Riders stories, particularly Beth, Diamond, and Lily’s stories, we saw glimpses of the Biker Bitches but only enough to have Begley’s readers clawing at their hair to finally get the full story of one or all of the Biker Bitches. For me personally the two characters I wanted to know most about were Killyama and Sex Piston, I didn’t start to want to know more about Fat Louise, Crazy Bitch, or T.A. until after we received Killyama and Sex Piston’s story. Wait, I think that I actually put my desire to read about Killyama on the back burner because Fat Louise’s story was so intriguing that I was all for her story being the second in the Biker Bitches series.

Sorry, I’ve gotten off track, Sex Piston is about the leader of the Biker Bitches. The friendship between these ladies was seriously unorthodox but its made these women tighter than cement could ever make them. In this first installment Begley really was meticulous in fleshing out the strength and flaws that make up Sex Piston and her sisters by choice, it didn’t hurt that she threw in the Destructors and Blue Horsemen to shake things up for them.

Right off the bat you can tell that Sex Piston and her crew pretty much run undisciplined within her father’s former motorcycle club, not that they are being rebellious for the kicks and giggles it’s just that the men that make up the club aren’t worth their respect and these ladies have no issue letting them know this, especially Sex Piston. Well, the Blue Horsemen aren’t putting up with it, and Stud knows that in order for the switch over of leadership of the Destructors to go smoothly he’ll need to cut the head off of the snake and the rest of the body will follow, basically he needed to make Sex Piston submit in order for the rest of the brothers to have some semblance of peace within the club. Stud soon finds out that the job is easier said than done, and plus he wasn’t expecting to find his perfect woman in Sex Piston while he was attempting to tame her, cue the melting and fanning.

The main thing that I loved about Sex Piston was how family oriented the entire book turned out to be. Every time you saw Sex Piston and the other Biker Bitches in parts of the Last Riders series nothing really personal is made known about them, but within Sex Piston it easy to see that family and sanctity of it was what kept these ladies going forward and standing strong.

About Jamie Begley

“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.

Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.

For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.

Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.

All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

Lacybourne Manor by Kristen Ashley

Lacybourne Manor by Kristen AshleyLacybourne Manor by Kristen Ashley
Published by Self Published on August 5, 2011
Pages: 543 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars

In 1522, the very night they were wed, Royce Morgan and his new bride, Beatrice Godwin, were murdered on their way home to Lacybourne Manor. After the cruel deed was done, a local witch came across their bodies, witnessing firsthand the tragedy of star-crossed lovers. Vowing that Royce and Beatrice would someday uncross those stars, using magic mixed with murder as well as true love, she linked their spirits together with hers (because someone had to protect them) forever… or until their reincarnated souls find happily ever after.

Now arrogant, forbidding Colin Morgan lives at Lacybourne, knowing, from lore (as well as the portraits of Royce and Beatrice that hang in Lacybourne’s hall and the small fact that he looks exactly like Royce Morgan), that he is the reincarnated soul of his ancestor. One stormy night, flighty, free-spirited, scarily kind-hearted Sibyl Godwin comes to Lacybourne and it doesn’t escape Colin’s notice that Sibyl is the spitting image of Beatrice. However murder, magic, a warrior’s heart beating in a modern man’s chest, a woman bent on doing good deeds even if they get her into loads of trouble, a good witch whose family has vowed throughout the centuries to protect true love, distrust and revenge make a volatile cocktail.

This means the path to happily ever after is paved with tranquiliser darts, pensioners on a rampage, Sibyl’s bad morning moods, heartbreaking misunderstandings and all kinds of magic, good… and bad.

The drama that could be read from Lacybourne Manor by Kristen Ashley’s synopsis had me hooked….immediately. With the way that Kristen Ashley pens her stories I knew to expect some serious anger towards one or both of the main characters and their possible pigheadedness, but I would ultimately fall in love with everything Lacybourne Manor had to offer.

Colin and Sybil were equally delightful to read about, I couldn’t have asked for a better hero and heroine for Lacybourne Manor. The way things began and then worked itself out in the end was truly magical and in no way predictable. I was really expecting to loath finishing this story because of a situation that took place within its pages that I felt soured the story for me only to have to bow down to the greatest of Ashley’s pen because she blew my mind once again with how she orchestrated this sticky situation fabulously.

The mystery, and going back and forth between the past and present and sometimes a place in-between was superbly done. I loved the glimpses of the original ancestors of Colin and Sybil, Royce and Beatrice, that we were able to see, both in contrast and in clarity to Royce and Beatrice’s situation and Colin and Sybil’s. The other thing I loved about Lacybourne Manor was the fact that there was a senior citizen facility filled with some amazing elderly characters that added so much life and balance to this story.

Now that I’ve read the first two stories in Ashley’s Ghost and Reincarnation series I feel so much better about going into Penmort Castle, and I feel like I’ve gotten a better sense of the series. Lacybourne Manor simply was amazing.

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.

Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley

Sommersgate House by Kristen AshleySommersgate House by Kristen Ashley
Series: Ghosts and Reincarnation #2
Published by Self Published on December 7, 2013
Pages: 461 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

Douglas Ashton is the cold and unfeeling owner of the gothic Victorian Mansion, Sommersgate House. Julia Fairfax is his stubborn American sister-in-law. After tragedy strikes, Douglas and Julia are forced to live together at Sommersgate and raise their newly orphaned nieces and nephew.

Douglas has no desire to raise his dead sister’s children nor does he want the distraction of the tempting Julia living under his roof. Julia is struggling with grief and trying to make a go in a new country without much help from impossibly handsome but even more impossibly remote Douglas. Not to mention, she has to deal with the active hostility of Douglas’s frosty, Attila-the-Hun-in-a-skirt mother, Monique.

Douglas decides the best way to give the children what they need, get his mother to behave and give himself what he wants is to marry Julia. When he tells her (yes, tells her) she will be his wife, Julia thinks Douglas is (probably) insane. And anyway, she’s decided if she ever has another husband (since the last one wasn’t so great), he was going to be short, balding, have a paunch and worship the ground she walks on (none of these characteristics define Douglas in the slightest).

One more thing, Sommersgate House is haunted by the ghosts of the man who built the house and the woman who was the love of his life. They both died mysteriously at Sommersgate months after it was finished. When they did, a curse settled on the house making it seem strangely alive. And the only way for the beautiful but frightening house to rid itself of this curse is for its owner to find true love.

Why didn’t I first start with Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley in her Ghost and Reincarnation series?!

With the way I responded to Sommersgate House I truly believe that all things happen in their own time and with their own reason because had I not read Penmort Castle first and somewhat loathed it I wouldn’t have given Sommersgate House a chance.

While I was reading Sommersgate House I seriously dwindled away into a pile of goo. This story held everything I love in a contemporary romance story, especially a story of Kristen Ashley’s caliber. There was a broody hero, little babies that needed love, a strong-minded heroine, a mystery that kept me intrigued, a villain that I loved to hate, and a romance that was absolutely timeless. Ugh, I’m getting excited all over again, this book was so good!!!!

When I asked Kristen Ashley which order I should go in when going through her Ghosts and Reincarnation series, since Goodreads had a particular order, she let me know that I should follow her order for this series instead of Goodreads lol. I sort of feel cheated because Goodreads and Amazon stated that Penmort Castle is the first in the series so that’s why I read that first, but in reading Sommersgate House so many things now make sense that I was confused about in Penmort Castle.

Sommersgate House was an amazing start to Ashley’s Ghost and Reincarnation series, it introduced the premise of the series in a way that now if I were to read the synopsis of the other stories in this series I would at least know what the end goal would be for each couple. Ugh, I have a feeling that I’ll have a new favorite series by Ashley, I’m seriously contemplating vetoing the ranking system I have for her series because it’s starting to feel redundant.

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.

Cajun Crazy by Sandra Hill

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.

Cajun Crazy by Sandra HillCajun Crazy by Sandra Hill
Series: Cajun #11
Published by Avon on November 28, 2017
Pages: 384 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
two-half-stars

Welcome back to New York Times bestseller Sandra Hill’s Cajun country, where love heats up the Louisiana bayou . . .
Former Chicago cop Simone LeDeux is back home in the bayou, sharing a double wide in the Pearly Gates trailer park to help her mama recover from surgery. Her one rule: no Cajun men. Loved and left by too many double-crossing Cajuns, Simone puts bad experience to good use by opening Legal Belles: an agency that uncovers cheating spouses.

Suddenly she’s confronting a two-timer about to swindle his wife out of millions and antagonizing New Orleans bigwigs over an illegal sex club. Adam Lanier learns of the dangerous game Simone is playing . . . and the sexy single dad comes to her aid. Known as a rogue in the courtroom and a player in the bedroom, the ragin’ Cajun has Simone triply on guard.

With their crazy chemistry, danger on their trail, and infamous LeDeux relative Tante Lulu working her magical matchmaking, the bayou has never been this steamy.

When I read the synopsis for Cajun Crazy by Sandra Hill I was all on board to dive into its story and be taken on a crazy southern ride, but whether it was the fact that Cajun Crazy is the eleventh installment of Hill’s Cajun series or because of the intricacies of its story was so complex, I just couldn’t connect to the overall story given.

When first meeting the heroine, Simone, I found myself loving the strength she showed that exuded from the pages. The qualities that were made known about her character further endeared me to her and her possible journey within Cajun Crazy. I was following everything she experienced until she went back home, I simply couldn’t keep up with everything that was going on. It was also because of this disconnect I couldn’t give the romance the time of day.

Our hero’s, Adam, storyline was somewhat easier to follow because it somewhat felt like he was comfortable with his place in New Orleans. Plus, the supporting characters that surrounded him really made his character more attractive to me, I’m a sucker for a single father and young minded grandpa. Adam is definitely my kind of hero, but I just didn’t find the romance between Simone and him believable.

The mystery of Cajun Crazy was also lost on me because I found myself disinterested. The positives that I found with Cajun Crazy came from the individual characters of Adam and all the supporting characters, and Simone every now and then appealed to me. There were definitely a few laughs here and there, and moments where I would melt into a pile of adorable goo – mostly because of Adam’s little girl and his dad.

If Cajun Crazy sounds interesting to you give it a try and I hope that it works more in your favor than it did mine.

Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright

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.

Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne WrightLure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Mercury Pack #3
Published by Montlake Romance on November 21, 2017
Pages: 333 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Gwen Miller may be a human, but she has no problem taking a stand against her own kind. She’s going to testify against the teenage boy she saw viciously assault a lone shifter female—and no amount of pressure from the boy’s wealthy family will make her back down. But when the harassment turns violent, help comes in the form of a lean, toned wolf with winter-gray eyes.

As a guest at Gwen’s inn, shifter enforcer Zander Devlin can’t help but notice that the fierce and leggy brunette is in serious trouble. Since she’s putting herself at risk for one of his kind, keeping her safe is the least he can do. That’s not the only reason Zander wants her close. He desires her, even as the wolf inside him backs away from her. But his feral instincts are hard to keep down, and as they take shape, they’re harder for Gwen to resist. Then again, embracing them could be the only thing that could save her life.

When I say that I was equally shocked and surprised by how much I liked Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright, I am not kidding you. I really thought that Wright would continue on in her same formula of storytelling as she’s done with past stories in both the Phoenix Pack and Mercury Pack series, but that was not the case – well not entirely – with Lure of Oblivion.

Wright really took her time in giving ample page time to illustrating the background and present circumstances surrounding our main characters, Gwen and Zander, which I definitely appreciated. I’m not going to say that Lure of Oblivion had a complex storyline, nor was it completely action filled, but I will say that with the overall mixture between the romance, drama, and paranormal elements I was thoroughly entertained and engrossed in all that took place within this installment of the Mercury Pack series.

Gwen and Zander’s relationship really reminds me of how much I loved Harley and Derren’s relationship from an earlier story in this series. The strength of each character was something that grabbed my attention and made me pay focus on them as individuals before they became a ‘them.’ I usually have no issue with a story being romance led but it’s such a breath of fresh air when I can learn to love the individual characters instead of only recognizing their identity in their romantic relationship.

The main complaint I had about Wright’s latest release did find it’s way in Lure of Oblivion, but I’m both grateful and exasperated that she still chose to include it, even if it was in the last 5% of the story.  It may be nice to have a story where Wright either explains the significance of anal sex or just chooses to annex it altogether because this element is seriously starting to get old.

About Suzanne Wright

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing something, whether it was stories, poems, or even songs – though I can’t carry a tune. I only have one rule when I’m writing a book which is that it has to have a happy ending. Other than that, pretty much anything goes. I write stories that I would enjoy reading and then I just hope that others will enjoy them too.

I was born and raised in England where I live with my husband (a person who doesn’t judge me for hearing voices in my head – how often do you come across people like that?), and my two demanding children.