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Held Against You by Season Vining (Book Review) (Spoilers Included)

Accused of a horrible crime and on the run, Kat has been rejected by everyone she loves. She’s a fugitive from her past, flitting from town to town with nothing but the clothes on her back. Until she meets a man who literally stops her in her tracks.

This notorious bounty hunter, with his stunning good looks and powerful instincts, never fails to capture his prey. But there’s something about his newest mark that gets under his skin–and it’s not just the naked innocence he sees in her eyes. Behind his ice cold demeanor, he has his own secrets… and now his lively, vulnerable captive is about to crack him wide open.

As they drive across the country together, neither of them can deny the spark of attraction between them. Will their journey force these two passionate opposites together…or will their dangerous secrets be too much to bear?

Kat and Samuel disproved Jack’s theory in Speed (1994 blockbuster hit), “I have to warn you, I’ve heard relationships based on intense experiences never work.” 
There’s not only worked but became stronger with each passing day. 
If she can forgive him for actually being a hitman instead of a bounty hunter, then I’m pretty sure he could do no wrong in her eyes. 
Speaking of the plot, Season delivers many twists and turns which will keep her readers highly entertained. I’m not saying certain aspects weren’t predictable. I’m only stating that I think you’ll like the ending very much. 
As for the main stars of the show, Kat was a hoot. I thoroughly enjoyed how she called Samuel a different name because he didn’t/couldn’t fess up to who he really was. But, when he did, how that scene played out, was very touching. Predictable but touching. 
My only SMALL complaint —-> The death of Boots….. It was a bit let down. His end didn’t have the wow factor I was hoping or looking for. However, for Natasha, all I can say is ……hasta la vista, BITCH!

Oh one more thing I must mention because it deserves acknowledging and because I want to end this review on a high note. 

Season, I loved all your 80’s references. Folks, if you prefer 80’s movies/tv/music to today’s hits, then you are gonna love Season and Kat. Anyone who uses Bender’s (The Breakfast Club) escape route and mentions the epic scene is my type of gal. Plus, how can you not love someone who digs Bon Jovi as much as I do. 🙂

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤ ( due to the 80’s tribute)

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The ‘Love Under the Big Sky’ Series by Kristen Proby (Multi-Book Review)

“Loving Cara”

Josh King is an expert at running his family’s multi-million dollar ranch in Montana. (And all that outside manual labor has done wonders for sculpting his six-foot-three body, too.) But as sure footed as he is when it comes to the ranch, Josh doesn’t know anything about how to deal with an adolescent boy—so when his twelve-year-old nephew, Seth, is dropped off on his doorstep, looking scared and acting surly as hell, Josh knows he needs help in straightening him out.

Cara Donovan loves her quiet life as a teacher in her sleepy hometown, so she jumps at the chance to make a little money over the summer as a tutor. But when she learns she’ll be teaching Josh King’s nephew, Cara’s sweet summer job gets a little bit hotter. Cara tries to focus all her attention on tutoring Seth, but Josh proves to be a delicious distraction, while Josh’s memories of the shy girl he once teased in high school are nothing like the beautiful woman he’s facing now. Can he persuade her that there’s more between them than a summer fling?


“Seducing Lauren”

Now that his best friend, Josh, has happily settled down with his true love on a Montana ranch, small-town lawyer Ty Sullivan starts thinking that maybe single life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And when Lauren Cunningham’s no-good ex-husband comes after her for an unexpected trust fund, Ty steps in to protect her. But soon he can’t help but think of her as more than a client. Lauren’s in no mood to jump into another relationship, so how can Ty convince her that her mistake wasn’t getting married, but marrying the wrong guy?

“Falling for Jillian”

Jillian thought she was a city girl through and through; the fast cars, high fashion, and glamour—she loves it all. But when her ex tells her he’s having a baby with his new wife (after Jillian struggled for years to get pregnant), she hightails it back to Montana to cry on the shoulder of her best friend, Cara.

But in truth, Jillian would rather be comforted by someone else…specifically Zach, Cara’s brother-in-law. Zach is a veteran of the Iraq War who came back to the family ranch to raise his preteen son after the boy’s mother took off. He’s struggling to re-establish a relationship with his son, and warding off the demons of PTSD, which still haunt him. The last thing he needs is bold, brassy Jillian…but why can’t he keep his hands off her?


Bonus Read!

With Kristen Proby, ski slopes are quite delightful. Grace Douglas is sure she’ll never learn to ski, but instructor Jacob Baxter could teach her lessons of a different kind…


There are a few crucial items I take into consideration when I decide on a rating and/or if I will purchase another book from an author.
A.) Are the characters relatable? Likable? Great Chemistry?
B.) Is the plot idea new, unique in any way? Thought out/delivered seamlessly or almost seamlessly?
C.) Does the story make me ‘feel’ things? 
D.) When I read the last page, do I feel let down?
E.) Would I ever read it again?
With this series, my answers to the above questions are yes, yes, yes, no and yes. 
With each of three primary stories above, I found myself remembering things from my past – some good and some not. 
Like Cara, I am self-conscious about my body. Yes, I dealt with the ‘mean girls’ too. Most of you can relate or know someone who can. Also like Cara, most of my adult life has been teaching and cultivating our future leaders’ minds. Teaching is a hard, yet rewarding job. 
As for Lauren and Jill, I, too, have exes I wish I never met. Of course, none of my exes were as loco as Lauren’s. Zack (Jill’s man) also had a doozie of an ex-wife. Bitch be crazy!!!!! Her mothering skills made me see red. And that’s why I gave question C.) a yes. *smiles* 
As for the bonus read, I wasn’t overly impressed by it and I don’t believe you have to read it to fully enjoy the series. However, by all means, pick it up. It was an okay read. 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤

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Because You Are Mine by Beth Kery (Book Review)



The moment Francesca and Ian met, the attraction was mutual, an exquisitely physical charge that ignited between them. To Ian, she was the kind of woman he couldn’t resist. She was a true innocent. To Francesca, he was the kind of man she feared and desired—dark, extreme, commanding, and forbidden. What happened between them couldn’t be ignored—only indulged, evolving into an inescapable bond.

From a private jet to an interlude in Paris, from a daring tryst in a public museum to the intimacy of a luxury hotel, Francesca and Ian come together whenever the need is aroused. But as their relationship grows more intense, Francesca discovers something about Ian—and herself—that forever changes the game and the players. It’s something they never expected, something that sends both their lives spinning deliriously out of control . . .


The similarities between this book and Fifty Shades of Grey were uncanny.
1.) Ian: billionaire, Dom, battling childhood trauma – same as Christian. 
2.) Francesca: innocent/naive virgin who engages in an “agreement” to “please” him – same as Ana.
3.) He told her upfront it was all about sex and not to fall in love. Guess what, she did. No surprise there.
4.) He didn’t sign on to fall in love with her but guess what, he does. 
5.) Both characters had play rooms.
6.) Both used their money/power to help further their woman’s career. 
7.) Similar scenes when they didn’t know the whereabouts of their woman.
I could go on but I won’t.
What I can/will say is this…… Because You Are Mine had a lot more kink. Way more!!

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

(Points deducted due to the apparent similarities to the famed book/movie listed above.)

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The Bold and The Dominant by Shayla Black (Book Review)

After spending weeks trying to reach Raine Kendall, Dominants Liam O’Neill and Macen Hammerman have finally broken past the walls to their submissive’s wounded heart. Before they can enjoy their newfound closeness, Liam’s past comes back to haunt him when his ex-wife drops in—with a secret that could tear his world apart. Forced to leave Raine in Hammer’s care, Liam is stuck on the outside, stewing in frustration and insecurity…and wondering if Raine no longer needs him or if Hammer alone completes her.

Always the pillar of strength, Hammer tries to help Liam while sheltering their woman. But Raine soon discovers the truth that threatens the trio’s chance of a happily-ever-after. Determined to hold them together, the two men cook up a scheme to uncover the ex’s secret. When an old nemesis returns and targets Raine, can Liam and Hammer come together to slay the danger and save the woman they both love?

—–> Review (Spoilers included) <—–
I knew Liam’s ex-wife was a conniving shrew but she really took her bitchiness to a whole new level in this installment. She not only pretended a baby was Liam’s and hers, but she also paid Raine’s dad to kidnap Raine so she could get her claws into Liam. 
Luckily, she will be serving hard time but not before Raine had to endure more physical and emotional pain courtesy of her dad, Bill. 
While he kept her hostage, he divulged the abuse he administered to her older sister and the death of said sister at his hands. He also killed her mother. Luckily, he was able to save her own life but he inflicted more pain onto her….or ended her life. 
She is no longer a victim. Raine has became a strong woman through the trials has taught her. Way to take back your life!!!! 
As for Beck and Seth, the stage has been set and it’s going to be a “Heavenly” sight to watch them fall. Pun intended. 🙂

My only complaint….. I like love bites but not to the extreme in this tale. Biting hard enough to draw blood is not sexy in my book. The two guys literally left so many marks on her body officials assumed it was part of her assault.  In my opinion, that’s pushing the pain aspect of what should be a sexy, sensual part of lovemaking. 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤

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A SEAL’s Secret by Tawny Weber (Book Review)

Subject: Lt. Commander Mitch “Irish” Donovan

Mission: A fitness queen with a hands-on approach!

Navy SEAL Mitch Donovan always plays to win. The push-up contest at the Halloween party should have been a piece of cake. Except that the cake in question is a hot woman dressed as a delicious dessert. Now the only exercise on Mitch’s mind is restraint…

Livi Kane may have “abs of steel,” but she has the all the confidence of a pudding cup. This hunky SEAL, however, makes her forget everything—except for a workout involving his hot, naked bod and a whole lot of sexy, sweaty delight. But Mitch has his secrets—and Livi certainly has hers. All it will take is one unexpected encounter to turn this steamy attraction into an even bigger secret that will start showing any day now…

Two people who take pride in their bodies – you can’t get a better match-up if you tried. Their relationship started on a push-up dare/challenge and turned steamy fast. Yeah, the dare might sound boring but it was actually written quite well with flirty moments weaved into the minute standoff. 
My only complaint was the plot was sort of lacking and I found myself more interested in the supporting characters than the ones I was supposed to be concentrating on. 
However, I did enjoy this tale. Maybe enough to give the author another purchase. 🙂
Heart Rating System – 1
(lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤1/2
Purchase links ——> Kindle and Paperback

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