Review: Fraternizing by C.C. Brown

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Fraternizing by C.C. Brown

Fantastic book, right off the bat. A military romance, Fraternizing is about Alex Cruz, a Marine instructor who falls in love with Cassie, his student. They first meet at a bar, before school started and they lusted after each other all night. Things get complicated after they find out who each other were, since the Marines are very strict about fraternizing between soldiers. This small detail apparently had no effect on the responses and feelings to each other, even if they did try to stop things.
The story was fantastic, the characters were amazingly developed, they truly became one of my favorite couples. The storyline and plot are very well executed and clear. Just all-around hot, perfectly written, sexy, and it kept me on my toes from beginning to end.

Synopsis :
Intended for 18+. Strong sexual content, violence and vulgarity.

Sometimes rules must be broken.

Sometimes your beliefs are challenged.

Other times… you just have to follow your heart.

For Marine Corps Sgt. Alex Cruz, the Corps’ rules and regulations have served as a blueprint for how he should live his life. In his mind, the way to maintaining proper conduct and order relied heavily on the ability of the individual to follow orders without question. Alex was that individual.

Until…

Pfc. Cassie Bennett.

She is brand new to the Corps, looking to cement a place in the world for herself after breaking free from the oppressive life she’s lived with her mother. Making it in the Corps is her way of showing her mother that she is more than she thinks she is, while also proving to herself she can survive one of life’s biggest challenges.

Both Alex and Cassie are tested when an intensely strong attraction develops between them. They feel it, they want it, but one thing stands in their way… The Marine Corps order on Fraternizing. Their lust filled thoughts, their strong and aching cravings for one another, and their conflicted minds lead them on a roller coaster of emotions and feelings that neither can ignore, no matter how hard they try.

Loyalties will be tested, hearts will be broken, and careers will hang in the balance. Can Alex and Cassie keep their forbidden relationship a secret, or will they lose it all by Fraternizing?

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Review : Driven / Fueled by K. Bramburg

Driven was a bittersweet read for me as it reminded me a bit of Fifty Shades of Grey in terms of dialogue and character development. I found that in Driven, the first installment, the dialogue is a bit pretentious during the first half of the book, not because it was bad writing, but because it didn’t fit the characters.
The story evolves around Rylee, a caretaker for abused children with a traumatic past experience with her ex-fianceé and Colton Donovan, a famous race car driver with a reputation to match his ego. They meet in an unexpected way and slowly and with a bit of sexiness, understanding, wit, fighting and attitude, tear at each other’s conventional views of relationships and emotional defenses.
While it did infuriate me to no end in the beginning, I worked through it and finished it. I was glad I did. Driven was by no means the best book I ever read, especially after all its hype on social networks, mainly because of excessive clichés and unfitting dialogues and word choices. It is a great story, with awesome characters. While Rylee was a bit of a prude at first, she was still strong, kind, hard-working but had her normal swooning, bitchy and weepy female moments which made it easy to relate. Colton is sexy and strong-willed but not over-the-top alpha that can be easily overplayed in these scenarios. Their constant give and take , fighting made for a never boring story line.

Fueled , the second installment, was a huge improvement over Driven in terms of plot development , story line and word choices. Everything was better in Fueled. The author masters manipulating the reader’s emotions, the characters are easier to read and understand, a lot of things make complete sense and just when you think you caught your breath from this rollercoaster ….. The huge cliffhanger at the end will have you writing down the next book’s ( Crashed) release date on your calendar as soon as its confirmed.

As always, thank you for reading.

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Review for Tattered Love by Lola Stark

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Inked men. Strong, sexy and fierce female leads. A lot of hot sex. Sweetness. Hope. all those things, and what do you get? A hell of a good book. 

This story has a bit of everything, which is probably why I liked it. It had all the necessary elements of a good romance, but a bit mixed up with a lot of tattoos, piercings, primal sex scenes, fun banter, a hilarious drunken night, and a bit of action and nail-biting scenes. Really good writing, never boring and phenomenal characters. Scar, the female lead, is strong, sexy, fierce and independent without over-playing or exaggerating past issues.  I loved that about this book. Mace, male lead, is a military guy who just got out and is looking to build a new life for himself. That was a big selling point for me, the fact that past issues, while a big part of the story , were not the focus and not over-played. It was more about the life they wanted to build for themselves, and how that past affected them in some ways as well how they deal with that. This is something I think some writers should take notes on. 

Gorgeous writing, simple, snarky yet tasteful. Great characters and plot. ***** 5 out of 5 stars *****

 

Synopsis: 

When ex-Special Ops bad-ass Mace walks into Needle’s Kiss tattoo parlor, he never expected to find the girl who would turn his life upside down.

Hard as nails Scarlett has been unlucky in love: she’s been burnt, chewed up and spat out. Reluctant to have another relationship, can she keep her wits about her when hot-as-sin Mace walks into her tattoo parlor? Or will he break her down and leave his mark within her ink?

What starts out as a little fun, turns into something so much more.

Can Scarlett look beyond Mace’s devastating past or will his demons come back to haunt them both?

Content warning: contains steamy, anywhere-goes sex, an alcohol induced embarrassing night out and two headstrong lovers taken on a whirlwind of crazy.

Review: Sempre by J. M. Darhower

Officially, my new second favorite book. The first is occupied by the one that introduced me to romance novels. Sempre was a majestic, awe-inducing, nail-biting masterpiece of a story. The characters are exceptionally developed, the writing is outstanding, the best I’ve seen in a long time, and let me tell you I read about 5 or so books a week. This is a 10 out of 5 stars book. Before I keep going, let me tell you what it’s actually about.

The story revolves around Haven, a girl born into the human slavery world related to the Italian mafia, and Carmine DeMarco, an Italian mafia Principe raised by La Cosa nostra to lead a life of slaves, guns, crime and murder. Both are teenagers, but find themselves deeply and irrevocably in love as Haven deals with her new life in the DeMarco, where she was brought to as a slave. Unbeknowst to the couple, there far greater issues at hand and the reason she was brought to the DeMarco household was soon apparent as she becomes the target of many in the mob. Carmine tries desperately to not fall in the same lifestyle that took his beloved mother and wrecked his family, but circumstances make him fail and see his mistakes time and time again.
Ok, so now that you have an spoiler-free idea, let me keep praising. Humor me a minute. There is a lot of blood in this book, true, a lot of shooting, and mafia-related business. But there’s a lot of sweetness , forgiveness, redemption-seeking, determination and hope. The writing is highly descriptive, the narrative is engaging.
The book starts out with an alarming statistic :
“Human trafficking is the second most lucrative crime in the world, making more money every year than Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined. It happens everywhere, from the poverty-stricken providences of Cambodia to the affluent suburbs of California. Two children are trafficked every minute—that’s 2880 a day.”

Excerpt From: J M Darhower. “Sempre.”

Other blurbs:
“Colpo di fulmine. The thunderbolt, as Italians call it. When love strikes someone like lightning, so powerful and intense it can’t be denied. It’s beautiful and messy, cracking a chest open and spilling their soul out for the world to see. It turns a person inside out, and there’s no going back from it. Once the thunderbolt hits, your life is irrevocably changed.”
“He burst into laughter. “I think you’re delirious. How about we take that nap now before you tell me I smell like sunshine or something.”
“You do smell like sunshine.”
“And how does sunshine smell?”
“It smells like the outside world. Warm. Happy. Safe.” She paused. “Green.”
“Green?”
She nodded. “Green.”

One last thing… Not spoiling anything, don’t worry.
The ending. Wow. I was seriously impressed. Not only did the author manage to write one hell of a semi- cliffhanger so you know there’s more coming, it leaves you with completely satisfied at the same time. Of course, there’s still a hundred unsolved things, tons that still need to happen, but you feel satisfied with the ending and it’s not going to be a huge pain in the bum to wait for the next installment, which will hopefully be out by the end of the year.

As always, thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did.

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