Rogue by Katy Evans

Rogue

Synopsis

HE SAYS HE’S NO GOOD FOR HER.
SHE HATES THAT HE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

Brook Dumas found Remington Tate in REAL, and now it’s her best friend Melanie’s turn to find the man who makes her heart sing. After years of searching, one night in the rain, the strong and mysterious Greyson King comes to her rescue. He’s bold, and maybe just the lover, friend, and protector she’s been searching for. When they make love, he says her name like it means something. Like she means something—and that’s everything she’s ever wanted.

He disappears for days without a word, and when he’s around, he says he’ll only hurt her. Buy when he’s away, her heart hurts more.

Then Melanie uncovers the dark world he’d been determined to keep hidden, and suspects that their random first meeting might have not been so random after all.

Caught in a free fall of emotions, Melanie has no one to catch her but the man she should be running from. . .

But what do you do when your Prince Charming has gone Rogue?

Review

This review isn’t easy to write. I absolutely adore Katy Evans and have been in love with Remy’s and Brooke’s story since I first read “Real” and the two following books. The harder it is for me to admit that “Rogue” did not click that much with me. Maybe it a subconscious expectation to read something similar to “Real”, but although I loved the story per se, it didn’t give me the feels.

“Rogue” is about Brooke’s best friend Melanie, who is searching for her Prince Charming, only to fall for Greyson, a guy who couldn’t be farther from a prince if he tried. As both of them hide secrets from each other, his are the ones that could destroy them and the feelings that have been growing between them.

What made this book lose a lot of brownie points for me was the character of Melanie. I can honestly say that there wasn’t a single moment I didn’t want to choke her. She is a young woman who has vowed to live life happily and enjoy every moment, wanting to find Prince Charming and have a family. Instead, she goes from one one-night-stand to another and then is surprised to find that no guy sticks around. Really?!? She is basically living a lie and makes it seem like she is the victim of everyone else’s expectations, while she is the one that makes herself miserable. I didn’t find anything redeeming about her. She was self-centered and took her friends for granted. The fact that she didn’t question the weird, elusive and secretive behavior of a man she just met and instead fell in love with him, which resulted in her thinking with her lady parts instead of her brain, made her seem like a blonde barbie – with the intelligence to match. I really tried to like and tried to find excuses for her behavior but there were none. And when she tried to use Riley and hurt his feelings, that made my blood boil something fierce. To me, she lacked depth and was as shallow as they come.

Thankfully, her character’s faults were minimized by Greyson, who was so much more likeable despite being of questionable character. Growing up with a violent and well, psychotic father in the Underground Fighting Circuit, he has made a name for himself being a ruthless and heartless criminal. But it wasn’t a role he took on willingly. Forced by his father’s actions and the loss of the only person he loved, he did what he had to do to survive and get back what he lost. So although he is calculating, possessive, analytical and cold at times, he has feelings and emotions buried deep inside of him that are brought to the surface by Melanie. No matter how much he fights his feelings for her, he isn’t successful at keeping them buried. Though he doesn’t always make the right decisions, he has Melanie’s best interests at heart and will do anything to protect her from the evil that surrounds him. He is intense and protective. He is all alpha with bottled up emotions that can erupt at any time like a volcano. And he is a saint for loving Melanie the way he does.

The story itself was good and intriguing. It was captivating and especially towards the end there were quite a few surprises in store. For my taste it focused a bit too much on the sex though at the expense of the relationship development between Melanie and Greyson. Especially with the secrets that Greyson was keeping from her, I would have like to see more of their interactions and heart-to-heart talks instead of them getting down-and-dirty. It is hard to see where their emotional connection comes from, which makes their relationship seem very superficial.

Overall, it is a good and intriguing story with an awesome writing style, that unfortunately, did not win my heart the way Remy and Brooke did.

3.5 king-of-the-Underground stars.

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Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush by Victoria Pinder Review Blitz

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Book Title: Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush
Author: Victoria Pinder
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 2014
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Penny moves back to Miami to start her a job with a list of things to accomplish.

1. Find a place to live.
2. Avoid her gold-digging mother.
3. Reconnect with old high school friends: her best friend Sandra, the dramatic Eva, the dark Michael, her half-brother Wyatt, and her former crush Jay.

Jay may have kept her firmly in the “friend zone”, but that didn’t stop her from wanting more. Her five friends have stood by her through some difficult times and she’ll need their help now to accomplish her first two goals.

As soon as Jay sees Penny, he puts his plan into motion. His investors need to see him with a stable woman, one who isn’t all flash and no brains; Penny fits the bill perfectly. There’s just one hitch—he wants more.

Their pretend date sets off a whirlwind of plots. From mothers who want to control their children’s lives to the loss of her exciting new job, Penny’s world turns upside down. She knows she can overcome all obstacles except one—she’s falling for Jay all over again.

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This book was given to me for my honest review.

Jay (Dimples) and Penelope (Penny, Cutie) have very different parents. I say this because this book is a love from first high school talk. Coming from different sides of the tracks but taking control of each one of their lives. Jay the jock from high school and Penny the nerd both have one thing in common that was evident through the entire book. Controlling Parents (Ha Ha)

Jay is the kind of guy that dreams are made of. The one guy that you think that doesn’t see you but has seen you all along if you just looked. His mother is a controlling witch that thinks the world should revolve around her and has the “do as your told when your told” attitude and she thinks she holds all the purse strings but does she? Passages of this book that contained his mother I just screamed at and you will so read why.

Penelope was the nerdy girl from high school. What’s every girls dream? To be just like Cinderella well Penny is just that. She has the sassiness, the legs, and the hotness along with a dash of calmness. Her mother is the user mother. Her mother is out for herself and doesn’t care whom she tromps on to get it.

Jay and Penny relationship is thrilling and refreshing. At the same time a bit old. I use the word cause these two are relaxed with one another like time didn’t take it’s ugly toll on them to get to this point in their lives. Penny and Jay have loved one another since high school this is just one more step that each of them had to make in order to get to this point. There everlasting.

The parents in this book are way too off the wall for me. The mothers were just irritating to me. It’s like how many times I have I told you NO but we as children don’t listen to our parents but in turn when we know what is right for us and we voice our opinion our parents but they don’t hear us.

This book is a great summer beach book. It is fast paced and keeps you guessing through the entire book. Kudos to this author for an amazing read of two characters that come from different sides of the proverbial tracks but aren’t really different at all. They both have an off the wall mother so really now lol

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Take the journey of everlasting love with these two awesome off the wall funny characters.

Happy Reading

 Five stars.1

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Chapter One

Jay Marshall pressed his lips together as he held the phone. His hands curled into a ball then straightened. He stared out his bay windows overlooking the ocean. Another beautiful day on the beaches of South Florida, not that he cared. Sunshine never filled him with joy. The humidity outside suffocated the spirit, but somehow, with this deal, he’d break free.

“Yes, you’ll see I mean business, Mr. Danvers. My business plans are long term.”

Danvers sucked in his breath, as if he were doubting the sincerity of Jay’s words, then told Jay. “And I’ll meet your girlfriend. It’s always telling with people from Miami. Flashy women and cars do not make good investments on my end.”

Jay gritted his teeth and tugged at his free ear, but kept the phone on the other. Miami advertised plastic women on the highway as a special brand. Flashy came with the area code. Instead he nodded his head and told the potential investor, “I understand. See you next week.”

He hung up the phone and stared out the window. The brightness showed his reflection and his grim frown. Jay needed to win. His eyes squished together. He¹d pay the price for success. He had no other choice.

Jay’s mind raced to his technical girlfriend. Eva was the epitome of flashy, beautiful, and fake. She’d been a friend since high school, and two months ago, they¹d ended up dating. On paper the award winning dramatic actress, his money, and their history should be a match. Yet he couldn’t imagine his entire life videotaped.

If he walked away from her, there would be no regrets. His investors hoped he had a nice, sweet woman on the side. His cousin and her friend, Penelope, flashed in his head before he dropped the thought.
He pushed his hand on the glass window before he stepped back into the shadows of his office.

Darkness didn¹t suit him either. Nothing stirred inside him anymore, though he craved something. Anything other than boredom from the sticky heat of his life.

He shook his head and poked his head out of his office. His secretary sat there typing. “Call Eva. Set up an appointment for us to talk today.”

With the click of the door knob he rolled up his sleeves. He needed the deal to put his goals in line with his investment portfolio.

His eyes narrowed in on the first words, long term growth.

Long term read to his eyes like a rescue rope. He blinked. Life should be lived with long term goals to reach. Freedom meant change.

Today, he’d break up with Eva. In his heart, he’d always hoped for a woman that tugged at his heart strings. But hopes didn’t earn freedom. He’d prove to himself, and the others, John Jay Marshall came out of the game of life on top.

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Meet the Author

Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.

She always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious.

The Zoastra Affair, Chaperoning Paris, Borrowing the Doctor, and Electing Love will be published from Soul mate Publishing. Mything the Throne will be published with Double Dragon Ebooks. Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush will be published with Jupiter Press.

Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

Also she’s the Vice President of Programs for the Florida Romance Writers. She’s gone to multiple conferences and intends to continue. Her website is www.victoriapinder.com.

Member of Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA, Celtic Hearts and Savvy Authors.

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Conflicted Hearts by Savanna Grey – Review

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In the second book of the Garrett’s Point series, Kathryn and Grady are in a battle of wills and hearts.

Kathryn
Friends she adores. A career she loves. Life is good and stable. An important business deal, an old legend and dormant passions threaten her balanced life.
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Sherriff Grady McCloud will be faced with protecting the citizens of Garrett’s Point and fighting for the love of his life.

Will ghosts of past and present jeopardize Kathryn’s chance at a future with Grady, or will she be strong enough to accept the things she cannot change and embrace what is being offered?
Who will win in the battle between conflicted hearts?

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Desert is always best when it is served first.

“I’ve got to handle this. I’m hitting the pause button so we can pick up where we leave off right now!” Grady to Kat

Kathryn-pretty, beautiful reporter

Grady-local sheriff, hot and steamy

Brick-beautifully built, mysterious

What can I say about Grady and Kathryn’s (aka Kat) journey? This journey of these two young lovers takes place in Garrett’s Point. Grady and Kat have known one another forever. They both live separate lives but Kat has one fear that seems like it will never disappear. Does it?

Grady is the hometown boy that turns Kats world funky. He is not afraid to admit his feelings for her. Kat is the bees knees for him.

When a strange developer comes to town wanting to turn a mansion into a resort the town’s axis is thrown off kilt. Strange things start to happen inside the mansion. Once a left untouched for 30 plus years the mansion holds the key to finding salvation between the town and these two loves.

Can past loves be reunited by the mansions ghost of the past? Yup you read that right. This read reminds me of Casper the friendly Ghost and for this you will have to pick up the book to read why the comparison. You will not be disappointed.

I will let you know that there is some major spontaneous combustion going on between Grady and Kat when they finally do get together. But do they stay together? Hmm

I think the author did a wonderful read with this story of Grady and Kat. You have the mystery, love, a bit of paranormal with a kick of a few bad guys to boot. This is her second book in this series. You so will enjoy this couple as much as I did.

Great summer’s read for sure.

Four stars.1

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Savanna Grey

Wife and mother of three daughters and one son, life is never dull. I fell in love with the written word as a young girl. My enchantment with the act of falling in love was cemented after reading Pride and Prejudice in the 10th grade.
I love being able to crawl inside a book as if I am a bystander watching it all unfold live. Now that’s a good book!

My desire is to share my fictional friends with you so that they become your friends too! When you read my books, if you don’t end it by saying “Best Imaginary Friends EVER!” then I haven’t done what I set out to do.

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Indebted by Pepper Winters Blog Tour – Review & Giveaway

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“I own you. I have the piece of paper to prove it. It’s undeniable and unbreakable. You belong to me until you’ve paid off your debts.”

Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Being the first born daughter, her life is forfeit to the first born son of the Hawks to pay for sins of ancestors past. The dark ages might have come and gone, but debts never leave. She has no choice in the matter.

She is no longer free.

Jethro Hawk receives Nila as an inheritance present on his twenty-ninth birthday. Her life is his until she’s paid off a debt that’s centuries old. He can do what he likes with her—nothing is out of bounds—she has to obey.

There are no rules. Only payments.

A modern day Dark Erotic Romance.

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ONE – Nina’s POV

Huge disappointment, Ms. Weaver.” His cold glare sent a snowstorm wiping away the bonfire in my belly. “I’m done playing games, so cut the bullshit. Time to begin the day.” His voice gave no room for interpretation. A cold draft shot down my back.

My brief reprieve from debts and horrible Hawks was over. I’d been shown something I desperately wanted, but denied it because I failed to please him.

“You could teach me…show me how…” I couldn’t make eye contact with him. Mortification painted my cheeks for both admitting I was clueless and asking a monster to coach me.

Jethro laughed. “You think that will save you from what’s coming? Was that your little plan? To make me fuck you in the hopes I might feel something for you?”

Review

I’m a huge Pepper Winters fan. I loved the Monsters in the Dark series. This book is different though. It is still dark and Pepper’s writing draws you in and you just have to know why Nila’s family is indebted to Jethro Hawk’s family. Pepper doesn’t lie in her synopsis (the one on Goodreads) when she says the information she gives will be slow. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

It’s hard not to compare Jethro to Q. I think it is only natural but Jethro is nothing like Q. I so wanted to find a redeeming quality in him but it is hard. You think you found one and the bastard does something that you just want to scream about. I’m still holding out hope but I have a feeling that I’m going to be disappointed.

Let’s get to a bit of the story. Nila is a fashion designer and on the night of a very successful runway show Jethro comes to collect his debt. Nila lived a very sheltered, yet affluent life, with her father and twin brother. She was never allowed to date and really, I got the impression she was somewhat okay with that because she was scared to give her heart over to anyone.

This book focuses more on her arrival at her estate and her first night/day there. They do have some chemistry and that’s why I want so badly to believe that Jethro with have some human quality in him. However, I so hope she gets her revenge on the men in the estate, especially Jethro’s father. He’s a sick bastard.

Back to dishing out information, Pepper leaves us hanging at the end. I’m looking forward to reading the next book but I wish I knew the reason why she was taken. I reread one particular part of the book to make sure, in my late night reading, I didn’t miss what I was looking for but didn’t find my answer. I didn’t mind the ending. I did scream out in frustration when I saw I was at the last page but I kinda like books like that.

Four stars.1

Meet the Author

Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

Her Dark Erotica books include:

Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)

Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)

Her Grey Romance books include:

Destroyed

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The highly anticipated sequel to the Naive Mistakes Series!

This is a full-length novel with no cliffhanger and which can be read on its own! (Although the author won’t complain if you read Books One to Three first…)

What People Said After Book Three:

“Loved it and want more!” ~ B&N

“…wish there was a 4th book…” ~ Amazon

“Loved the series — would love a 4th book” ~ Goodreads

Well, now there is…

Here’s how we roll in Book Four:

Conall Williams – billionaire, British, inked to the max and sexy to the core. Heir to a fortune so large that people shiver at mention of his family’s name.

Leora Caivano – raised privileged on the Upper East Side, kickin it up in Britain now, living it up with the hottest, sexiest, most amazing bad-ass to hit the face of the earth. (Did we mention Conall?)

But now… Bettina Langford—High Queen and biatch of the University of England. Kicking her ass just ain’t simple enough. Because she’s connected.

There’s that haute coutere fashion designer who has them running until they’re falling asleep on the train on their way home. There’s Kayla’s mom—high-class Madame from New York City. There’s Leora’s mom (basically, a drunk.) There’s Leora’s Dad (“Tony”)—but we can’t tell you much about him…yet. There’s a pool fight, a barfight, a chick-fight, a man-fight… There’s Trey—the MI6 (we think…) best friend of Conall. The West-End Boys. “Clint Eastwood.” There’s computer hacking, there’s sex, intrigue, secrets. There’s a break-up. There’s a wedding…

In other words, this is Naïve Mistakes, baby. And nothing in Naïve Mistakes is simple. Something is always happening, there’s always danger, there’s always love, and there’s always steam, lots of steam. Dripping loads and buckets of it…

Enjoy the ride…

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