Tamed by the Buccaneer

*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

Tamed by the BuccaneerPublished: June 26, 2015

Tamed by the Buccaneer — Normandie Alleman

The third book in Normandie’s Buccaneer trilogy is here! I loved the first two books — Rescued by the Buccaneer and Bound by the Buccaneer — so I was SO STOKED when I realized that the third book was out!

This is the end of Gaston and Freddie’s story. I have to say. I’m going to miss them.

If you haven’t read the first two books… you need to go do that. These are NOT standalone books and should be read in order.

Even though this is the end of their story…it was a wonderful end to the three books. Normandie did a wonderful job of tying up any loose ends from the previous books and didn’t leave it hanging. (Y’all know how much I hate to be left hanging…)

In this one, Gaston and Freddie have to deal with a whole new adventure. Parenthood. Gaston’s been down this road once before (it was mentioned in the first book, I believe…and is mentioned again in this book) but lost both his first wife and child before joining the pirate life. So, Gaston’s fully on board with becoming a parent again. In fact, I’d say that he was downright HAPPY about it.

Freddie on the other hand…she doesn’t take the news too well. Having really never thought about having children, she’s really freaked out by the idea of becoming a mother. How will she continue her life at sea with a baby?

I loved watching her journey from “What am I going to do I’m not prepared for this” to “I like being a mom”. It was a long journey, and it definitely had it’s ups and downs…but I loved it.

We got to see the battle with Captain Humphrey come full circle in this book. Remember him? He’s the nasty old pirate that started out the story (with having a kidnapped Freddie playing servant upon his ship and all). I won’t go into all that happens, but he gets his comeuppance.

Fun Fact: Since first starting this trilogy, I have been playing around with genealogy. I discovered that I’m related to a pirate. But… not just any pirate. Captain Henry Morgan (also known as Captain Morgan — yes, the one on the rum bottle) is my first cousin, ten times removed. I think that the knowledge that I have a little pirate in me made me love the book(s) more.

I thought this was a book to end the trilogy. Like I said, no loose ends were left (thank you, Normandie). Tamed by the Buccaneer was just as well written as Rescued and Bound. I loved the book, and I loved how it ended. I can’t wait to see what Normandie puts out next.

Tamed by the Buccaneer gets a very solid 10/10 from me, and a place (next to the previous two) on my favorites list.


Loving You Always

*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

Loving You AlwaysPublished: October 7, 2014

Loving You Always — Kennedy Ryan

Remember last year when I read When You Are Mine and I got mad? Actually… I was pretty pissed with how things ended. I actually wrote TWO posts about the book (I don’t normally).

I’ve had this book to read since before it came out. I don’t know what has taken me so long to read it. I loved this damn book. I could NOT put it down and it seriously made me go on a rollercoaster of emotions.

Loving You Always picks up right where When You Are Mine leaves off. Kerris (still love her name) and Cam are married. Walsh is on the other side of the country and is miserable. All three of them are miserable.

Kerris and Cam are trying desperately to make their marriage work. Cam knows that she still loves Walsh, and is beyond bitter about it. He holds it against her. He holds both Kerris and Walsh’s attraction to each other against Walsh.

When two people get married for the wrong reasons…things don’t normally work out too well. At least, that’s my experience. I still don’t like Cam all that much. He hasn’t really endeared himself to me in any way… but I feel like I understand him a bit better. Even if I really didn’t want to.

After Kerris is in an accident and things turn to shit, Walsh is brought back into the picture by one of Kerris’ friends, much to the displeasure of Cam. But it was exactly what Kerris needed. Cam decides that he is going to follow his own passions as an artist and knows that Kerris isn’t going to follow him. Things are too broken between them. Their sham of a marriage ends, and that’s when Walsh really steps up to the plate.

Poor Kerris. I just wanted to hug her for the majority of the book. The ending of her marriage was devastating. The results of the accident were even more so (I’m not going to spoil the book, you’ll have to read it to figure out what I mean). After all that heartache, she needed a chance to just be herself. Learn who she was again. Maybe even for the first time.

Even though Walsh wants nothing more than to finally be with Kerris, he respects her decision that she needs space. Only…that space is a YEAR. A whole YEAR. But after waiting as long as he has…what’s another year? Because he loves her, he agrees to the time and leaves her be. I can’t even express how much I loved that. I don’t know of many men (in fiction or in real life) that would give someone a year of space. It was wonderful and made me love him all the more.

I still love Kennedy’s writing. She’s got a serious talent for making you fall in love with her characters, and makes you start to reevaluate how you feel about the ones that you don’t  like. If you haven’t read either book by her, you’re seriously missing out. This book made me laugh, it made me cry (damnit, Kennedy!) and it definitely gave me my warm and fuzzy feelings that I’m always looking for in my books.

I can’t wait to see what she does in Be Mine Forever (Cam’s Book). I’m hoping that he’ll have enough growth that I’ll be able to like him. I’m seriously crossing all of my fingers AND toes on that one.

I give this one a VERY solid 10/10 recommendation.

Playing Knotty

*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

Playing KnottyAvailable: March 16, 2015

Playing Knotty — Elia Winters

I’ve read my fair share of BDSM books…spanning a wide variety of kinks. There have been some that I’ve liked more than others. This one was one that I hadn’t ever read before. I don’t just mean the book, but the kink.

Most of these BDSM books have elements of all of the BDSM in it. For those that don’t read erotica, or just don’t know what it stands for… B = Bondage, D = Domination, S = Submission/Sadism, M = Masochism.

Playing Knotty is basically ONLY about the Bondage. I found that I really loved that there was really only one kink that the book revolved around.

Emma Green isn’t someone that you would look at and think she likes being tied up. She’s a bookstore owner (my dream job) and pretty shy. She’s got some self conscious/body hangups that are totally understandable (especially after you meet her mother. Lawd).

Ian Cooper isn’t really what I’d call a Dom. He really just likes tying women up. He’s an accountant by day and a bondage expert by night. Actually, he’s always a bondage expert.

I loved Emma and Ian’s relationship. Neither are too sure of themselves and don’t know exactly what they’re doing. Are they dating? Just having fun? Neither of them can really seem to get a grasp of their situation. There are several miscommunications between the two of them. Some made me laugh, some of them made me ache and others just made me mad. There were several times that I wanted to shake them and yell “JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER”.

I really loved Elia’s writing style. She made me want to equally hug and love on Emma and Ian…and then shake and strangle them. I very happily got my warm and fuzzy feelings at the end (which is important).

I would give this one a solid 10/10 recommendation.

The Marine’s Temptation

*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

The Marine's TemptationAvailable: March 3, 2015

The Marine’s Temptation — Jennifer Morey

This book was delightful. It had a nice mixture of lighthearted banter between the two main characters (Carson Adair and Georgia Mason), intrigue, danger and of course…the romance.

I think this isn’t the first book in the series (I’m not 100% sure about that) but regardless, you’re able to jump right into the story and not feel like you’re missing anything. Well. I was, anyway.

Carson Adair is a former Marine and son of a wealthy business man. When his father dies, Carson comes back to the family to help pick up the pieces and figure out what exactly happened. His family has skeleton’s in their closet…some rather large ones.

Georgia Mason is the step-daughter of Carson’s father’s first wife. She’s also a librarian (which I just loved). She’s sassy and spunky… but she’s got a bit of a chip on her shoulder when it comes to the wealthy.

I loved the interactions between Carson and Georgia. From the very start it is very clear to the reader and to all the secondary characters that there’s something between the two of them. Carson teases her about her dislike…or is it disapproval?… of the wealthy. The way he’d do it was in a way that wasn’t too much of a jerk. He was able to get her thinking about her prejudice and start to change her way of thinking. It was wonderful.

Carson was fun to read. He’s a badass Marine and he’s also a sweet dude. He could be ruthless and deal with the multiple dangerous situations that himself and Georgia found themselves in, and he could make Georgia blush like nobody’s business. He didn’t let his injury that resulted in his discharge from the Corp define him. Sometimes the leading guy (when he’s military) in a book when he has an injury…he let’s it really effect his character…Carson didn’t have that problem. He knew what he was capable of doing and delt with things within his limitations.

Georgia was also fun to read. She’s a librarian, so she’s naturally curious. I just really loved her. She didn’t let Carson bulldoze over her, and she wasn’t afraid to call him on his shit. She also knows when she’s wrong about something, and can admit it. All around just loved her.

I loved Jennifer Morey’s writing style and how she was able to draw me right into the book. I read it while I was at work, and only put it down when I really had to. I can’t wait to see what other books she has available and for what else she puts out next.

I give this a solid 10/10.


*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

UndonePublished: July 2, 2013

Undone — Shannon Richard

I won this book in a contest that I entered. I won three other books and a tote bag… this was the first book in the set I received that I read.

Or rather… devoured.

I could not put this book down. Okay. I could. But it was really hard. I stood at the stove and cooked my lunch while reading this book. I stood at the stove and cooked my dinner while reading this book. I ate both meals quickly…just so I could get back to this story.

It took me about seven hours (with a few interruptions…humph) to finish this book. Seven torturous hours.

This book made me laugh. It made me mad (more than once) and it freaking made me cry. It is VERY RARE that a book will hit me right in the feels like that and activate my tear ducts… but lawd have mercy. I cried. Damnit.

Paige Morrison is someone that I could totally see myself being best friends with. She’s sassy, funny and once you’re her friend… you’re set. She’s a bit of a free spirit. Kind of. She has a serious love affair with shoes (the higher the heel the better) and bright colors in her wardrobe is an absolute must. She’s got some baggage from the break up, but overall she’s a pretty happy lady.

After a bad breakup and job loss, Paige moves from Pennsylvania to Florida to move in with her retired parents. Things don’t exactly go according to plan. There’s that thing about Southern Hospitality… but if you move to a small town… well. Good luck.

I LOVED that she moved to a small beach town in Florida. I’m from a small beach town in Florida. I kid you not. My beach town was further west than Paige’s Mirabelle… but things were pretty similar. When I pictured Mirabelle in my head, I pictured a combination of my hometown and Carabelle, Florida (which is totally a real place. I’ve been there).

If you’ve never spent any decent amount of time in the south, firstly… bless your heart. Secondly, 95% of the things that were portrayed in this book are so totally TRUE FACTS. Yes, you can buy doe/buck urine in stores on the side of the road. It smells horrible and if you get it on you, you’re screwed. Small town gossips are a thing and there is no getting around it. If you mess up badly, expect to see it in the paper.

Brendan King is DEFINITELY my new book boyfriend. Tall, has a southern accent (it’s sexy, okay), has pretty blue eyes and when he knows how he feels…he knows. There’s no “well maybe” with Brendan. If he likes you, you know it. If he doesn’t… you know that too. I just loved him. He was thoughtful and sweet when he should be and a badass “don’t mess with my girl” when that was called for too.

Their relationship was so sweet. They didn’t immediately jump into bed, which was a bit different from the books I’ve been reading. In fact, I can’t remember the last book that I read that the couple didn’t jump into bed within a short time frame of meeting each other. I loved that they took it slow and really got to know each other before their relationship progressed. Though, when it did progress… lawd.

I won’t tell you what made me cry…but I will say that as you get closer to the end, make sure you have tissues. I’m completely not kidding. YOU WILL NEED THEM.

Another thing I loved about this book? Each chapter has a “title”. It’s not exactly a title I don’t think, but it’s a sentence that gives you a small hint about what the chapter might contain. Example: Chapter Nine — The Case of the Disappearing Bra. Makes you wonder what happens…right?! So clever. I loved it.

I seriously loved this book. I’m so terribly sad that I’m done with it…but I’m already planning on getting the next two books in the series. I have to get them. I just have to. Shannon Richard is so talented. I loved her writing style and her ability to give me warm and fuzzies at the end…even though she freaking made me cry!

I wholeheartedly give this book a 10/10 recommendation. I loved it.


A couple of weeks ago…around Valentine’s Day, I entered into a contest that was held on Kennedy Ryan’s facebook page. We were asked why we read romance. I can’t remember what exactly what I said, but it was basically this:

I read romance because it gives me hope that love is real and not just a word that is thrown around. I read romance because I love getting lost in the stories. I read romance because I love the warm and fuzzies that I (mostly) get at the end.

Surprisingly, I won the contest!

Today, my prizes arrived. I got a cute tote bag from Forever Publishing, and four paperback romance novels.


Of course, I was more than happy to get my little ginger hands on the books. Do you see those covers!? I’m in love.

All four books are by author’s that I’ve never heard of or read before (which is SO SAD). I wasted zero time getting comfortable on my couch and curling up with one of these. Which one did I start with? I picked the one second from the right — Undone by Shannon Richard. I won’t say too much about it here, because I’m fixing to write up my review on it. But I will say… that I started it about 3pm this afternoon…and seven hours later? I’m done with it. I devoured this book. I can’t wait to read the rest. I think I’ll read the one on the far left next. Bringing Home The Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon. Or maybe I’ll read Only With You by Lauren Layne… Unleashed by Rachel Lacey? Hrmm.

If they’re as fabulous as Undone was, then I really scored!

Thank you to Kennedy for hosting the cool contest and to Forever Publishing for sending the awesome books and tote bag! I’ll definitely be using it.


Living In Secret

*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

Living In SecretAvailable: February 24, 2015

Living In Secret — Jackie Ashenden

I’m pretty sure I’ve read books by Jackie before… but I can’t find any reviews that I’d written since starting TGGR blog. Humph. That mistake ends now.

I got this book from Jackie on twitter. She’d offered a few ARC copies of the book, and I was the lucky third person to ask. I’m so so happy that I asked.

This book is the third in a set that she has. In it, we have Connor Blake. He’s a lawyer and pretty much at the top of the playing field. Rich, gorgeous, broody. What more could you want? Well. His soon-to-be Ex-Wife (if he’d just sign the damn papers) Victoria Blake could probably make you a list a mile long.

I loved Victoria. She wasn’t perfect and was pretty hard on herself for things that had happened in her past…but she was pretty strong and knew she didn’t need to be taken care of. She could take care of herself.

Connor. Oh, Connor. Some of the time I wanted to strangle him. Some of the time I wanted to hug him. Then there were the other times that I just wanted him. Like Vic, he has his own demons from his past that are affecting his present day life, and if he’s not careful…his future.

Their relationship was crazy amazing. It started off very cold. Their marriage was basically a business transaction, and Vic decided she’d had enough. Well. That and her secret finally came to light. Connor, the ass, decides that he’s not going to sign the divorce papers until Victoria spends one more week with him, so he can get his fill.

Why do men always think that they can work a woman out of their systems? Silly men. That’s not how it works.

Once the week starts, that’s when things really get heated. You might want to have some ice water when reading this. Seriously. I wish that I’d had some ice water when I read the book. Anyway. Things get seriously hot and seriously interesting.

Secrets from both of them become unburied and both Vic and Connor must deal with the discovery that neither of them are perfect. And they both have to realize that even though they’d been married for several years… they didn’t know each other. Not really.

This was such an amazing book. I loved it so much, I went out and bought the book that came out before this one! I definitely give this one a 10/10. I’d rate it higher if I could.