Rock the Heart by Michelle A. Valentine

Rock the Heart (Black Falcon, #1)
Grade-B
Hotness Level-Inferno
Kink Level-No Kink
Series-Black Falcon #1
Genre-Contemporary
Reviewed by Kay
330 pages

If you thought you couldn’t have both, which of the following would you choose?

1.) Stay with your struggling musician first love?

or

2.)Go on to college and get a degree to provide financial stability?

Lanie Vance chose the second. It broke her boyfriend’s heart and her in the process. Now four years later she’s a marketing intern being given her first big chance and her past just slapped her in the face.
Her assignment is to secure her firm to do the marketing for the rock band, Black Falcon’s favorite charity. Noel Falcon, the band’s front man, is the man whose heart she broke.

Noel can’t believe it when he looks down into the crowd at one of his concerts and sees Lanie. He’s never stopped loving her but tried to move on by excessive drinking and man-whoring. But none of that could erase Lanie from his memory. He doesn’t handle seeing her very well. He dedicates the song Ball Busting Bitch to her on stage and later, when she comes to see him about the charity, he has two topless blondes on his lap.

Noel is a really good guy. Almost too good for my tastes but he loves himself some Lanie. To have the chance to reconnect with her is like a second lease at life for him. Lanie has always worried about her place in Noel’s world. As secrets and insecurities threaten to tear them apart again, you see two people who never stopped loving each other get their much deserved second chance.

This book has been sitting on my Kindle TBR list for a long time. I’d see it and think, Yeah I need to read that and then promptly forget about it. Now I could kick myself because I waited so long. This is a good book with second chance love and steamy sex. It reads easily and captures your heart.

Favorite quote of the book:

“The only mistake when it comes to love, is not going for it.”

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Three Weeks With A Bull Rider by Cat Johnson

Three Weeks with a Bull Rider (Oklahoma Nights, #3)
Grade-B
Hotness Level-Inferno
Kink Level-Mild Kink
Series-Oklahoma Nights #3
Genre-Contemporary Western
Reviewed by Kay
320 pages

I love cowboy romances whether they’re contemporary or historical. I love the rodeo cowboy storyline and find it very interesting since I don’t know the first thing about it. The risks they take with their bodies, their relationships and their families. That being said, I was super excited to read this book.

Jace Mills is a veteran rodeo cowboy on a somewhat of a winning streak. He’s fairly successful because of his winnings and his normal job of landscaping. He has been in an on-again off-again relationship with his ex-girlfriend for eight years. She was a former rodeo queen who we find out is bipolar. To say their relationship was tumultuous is an understatement. He wants his best friend, Tuck to go on the circuit with him but Tuck declines because of his newlywed status. So after yet another fight with his ex, Jacqueline, he decides to go alone and ends their relationship, again. He runs into Tuck’s little sister, Tara after her recently purchased POS car dies.

Tara is in the last semester of college for sports medicine but has to do an internship with the rodeo. She’s nursing a broken heart after her long time crush gets married to someone else. She sees her car breaking down as yet another setback in her life. When Jace offers to travel with her to save on expenses, she reluctantly accepts. They’ve always had a hate/hate relationship but you gotta do what you gotta do.

As times goes on she gets to see Jace in a different light and gets the medical experience she needs. She then comes up with the idea that she and Jace can have a traveling partners with benefits relationship. After it’s over, they can go their seperate ways. She can get the sexual experience she feels she needs so she doesn’t lose another man and he gets strings free sex. Jace is at first horrifed. There are lines that just aren’t crossed and your best friend’s sisters are definately that line. His body’s reaction to Tara makes the decision for him ultimately. Seducing and being seduced by your best friend’s virginal sister takes it’s toll on his conscience. Can these two very unlikely people find happiness for three weeks while trying to move on from their heartbreaks?

Cat Johnson does a great job of writing these two characters. You feel Jace’s pain over the failure of his relationship with Jacqueline, the first woman he ever loved. His sense of guilt over the decision to become Tara’s lover is felt through the pages. Jace is a good guy. Tara tries to prove she’s grown up despite the loss of her childhood crush. This story takes two people, broken in their own way, who find in each other what they need to heal. The author did an excellent job with the balancing of story, humor, sex and love.

My favorite line from the book:

Jace’s sex life had been in such a slump, he wouldn’t be able to identify a pussy in a line up.

Mine to Crave by Cynthia Eden


                      Mine to Crave (Mine, #4)
Grade-B
Hotness Level-Inferno
Kink Level-No Kink
Series-Mine #4
Genre-Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by Kay
280 pages
 
Romantic Suspense is one of those sub genres in romance literature that can be very, very good or very, very bad. This is an example of very, very good.

You have a former military man who now owns and runs multiple casinos with a tortured past. He has everything that money can buy but happiness. To have happiness you have to trust and Drake Archer trusts a very select few people but never a woman. He learned that lesson the hard way a long time ago.

Jasmine Bennett is a thief, or is she? She’s on the run from a so called bounty hunter while she’s in pursuit of Drake for information about his business dealings. She herself trusts very few people. She’s always had to pretty much rely on herself, even from a young age. Her own past is interwoven with Drake that leaves her vulnerable and in turmoil.

From the moment she crooks her finger at Drake the first time to the second time she does it, it’s non-stop action. I couldn’t hardly put it down. I even stayed up late to read it. Cynthia Eden, I just want to kiss you and hug you so tight. You had my heart racing with the suspense, fanning myself during the love scenes and my eyes misting at the emotional parts. That’s not just good romantic suspense but that’s a good novel.

In closing, a couple of my favorite lines:

The memory of being in Drake’s bed was too strong. I could still feel him on my skin.

She tasted just like he remembered. Like every dream he’d ever had. Like everything he ever wanted but didn’t deserve.