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PAPI, based on a true story

by J.C. Valentine
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Genres: Adult, Erotic, Short Story, Novella, Contemporary, Romance

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A scintillating standalone novella based on a true story coming soon from bestselling author J.C. Valentine.

Dating is hard.
Especially when it’s a younger man.
Alejandro is everything I ever dreamed of:
Sexy.
Driven.
Dominant.
He’s my Spanish lover.
My every fantasy come true.
My weakness.
And he wants me. All of me. Maybe even more than I have to give.
But the way he talks to me…looks at me…touches me drives me crazy in the best way possible.
And he knows it.
He knows the power he holds over me…and he wields it like a blade…
Straight through my heart.
Everything I have, everything I am, is in his hands…
Because Alejandro is everything and nothing I expected.
He may be my downfall…
But I am more than eager to take the plunge.

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Oh.my.word.  What a short, sexy read that I needed right now.  Yes, it’s short.  The sex is hot but more importantly, it’s based on a true story.  Without giving too much away, it starts with an online dating profile and blooms from there.  I loved that JC writes this story in 1st person.  I like this POV for a number of reasons but for the purpose of this review, I’ll just say that right now, I don’t want Papi’s version.  I need to hear it from Julie.  This is her journey, her awakening, and her words.

I will admit that this is the first book that I have read from JC.  The story flows, there is some humor, heartbreak, and hope.  Word of caution, this book ends in a cliffhanger.  I know, I hate cliffhangers but with this story, it needs to be continued and I can’t wait to read it.  Great job JC.  I can’t wait to hear more from Julie and Papi.

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ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

Living in the Northwest, she has three amazing children and far too many pets. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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ARC #Review of Leather Pants (Happy Pants Cafe series #2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @MimiJeanRomance

Leather Pants

Book #2 of the Happy Pants Cafe Series

by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Comes Book #2 of The Happy Pants Cafe Series

It Only Takes One Hot Rock Star To Ruin Your Life…

 

The youngest woman to ever sit on the bench, the Honorable Sarah Rae Alma has busted her butt to get where she is. No fun. No distractions. And definitely no bad boys. In fact, she takes a certain pleasure in crushing their souls—yes, she has her reasons.

 

So when rock-n-roll’s most famous bad boy, the legendary Colton Young, enters her court, looking hotter than sin and smugger than hell, she’s just itching to serve a little justice.

 

But Sarah’s about to make the biggest mistake of her life. And her fate will land squarely in the hands of the world’s most notorious rock star rebel.

 

Will he crush her? Or will he tempt her to take a walk on the wild side?

I swear…like on my kid, where have I been this whole time?  Another book by Ms. Pamfiloff and another winner.  After I finished reading this book, I went to Barnes and Noble and bought the other two books in the series.  Yes, I BOUGHT books.  I had to know how the series started and I seriously needed to read Bennett’s and Taylor’s story.  This book is brilliant.  I expected a rock star romance and if you looking for it…it’s not here.  This a great rom-com, character driven, sexy story about letting go and forgiveness.  It also makes you realize that some dreams fade and that new dreams can come true.

Colt is damaged.  I don’t mean just physical but mentally.  I really liked the “notebook” and him writing in it all the time but when he realized that Sarah has the power for him to remember all the good and bad that has happened in his life is just jaw dropping.  The times that he couldn’t remember and then remember.  Those instances were brilliant written and Ms. Pamfiloff tugs at your heart with them.  When Colt finally gets all of his memories back, there will be hell to pay for everyone involved.

Sarah, I just loved her.  To have sex with your rock god crush (I’m thinking Jon Bon Jovi for me) and then realizing how just awful it will be to her career?  Again, Ms. Pamfiloff pulls off the impossible with Sarah and her inner dialogue.  I will have to say that her relationship with Taylor and even Bennett…I’m jealous.  And Jack, oh Jack!  He must find love again.  Someone like him is just too good to pass up.  Speaking of the other secondary characters…damn…Luci, Holly, Melissa, Maria and even Judge Wright were perfection.  Mike is a complete douche.  He and Judge Wright got what they were coming and in the end, I did feel bad for Colt in regards to Mike.  I couldn’t imagine what Colt felt when he totally got the whole truth about the depth of Mike’s betrayal.  Sick, just sick.

I have to comment on the sex or actually lack of it in the book.  Yes, they hook up very early in the book but watching the build up for their next encounter is just funny, sexy and just right.  Ms. Pamfiloff writes great sexual tension and in every book that I have read by her…the sex is secondary.  This story didn’t need it except in the beginning and I would have been fine with it.  Again, character driven story, snappy dialogue and the suspense element that is woven in, is just wanted I needed.  I do, however, need to mention that the actual romance of the book is awesome, too.  Colt and Sarah are completely out of their element when it comes to this and watching them dance around and fall in love.  I literally swooned.

Do yourself a favor?  Buy this book!  Hell, buy any of her books.  You will not be sorry.  I’m glad that I did and there is no looking back now.  Bring on Jack’s story.  In the meantime, I have Harper/Austin and Bennett/Taylor’s books to keep me company.

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MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men

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#Review of A Millionaire at Midnight (Bachelor Auction #4) by Naima Simone w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Naima_Simone

A Millionaire at Midnight

by Naima Simone
Bachelor Auction, #4
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Indulgence, Contemporary Romance

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Boston socialite Morgan Lett is having a run of bad luck. Her fiancé just dumped her for her stepsister, the charity foundation she’s given her life to is in danger of folding, and now, the gorgeous man she bid on and won at a masquerade bachelor auction turns out to be a cold-hearted jerk…and her new employer.

Millionaire Alexander Bishop needs the best wife money can buy. In order to inherit his family business, he must get engaged—fast. And Morgan, with her beauty and pedigree, is the perfect candidate. Her sharp tongue may drive him crazy, but she needs money to save the foundation she loves, and he needs a fiancée. It’s a flawless arrangement—no strings, no love. But soon she has him craving more, and cursing the platonic terms of their agreement.

Still, he won’t allow need—no matter how hot it burns—to threaten everything he’s built.

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“Since you’re my betrothed, I can share my worries with you,” Morgan propped a hip on the edge of his desk. “I’m not going to pretend a humility I don’t have—I’m hot.”

“You’re right.” Alex paused. “You don’t possess any humility.”

“The point is, men have been hitting on me before I grew breasts. But not you. Of course, I could chalk that up to you being a little, uh…” She pursed her lips, squinting her eyes. “A little emotionally challenged. But then it occurred to me that in addition to not liking me, you just might not be attracted to me.”

She rose from her perch and flattened her palms on the desk top, leaning forward. Her breasts pushed against the silken material of his shirt, the tiny row of buttons earning their keep by containing the soft weight of her flesh. His body tightened, a rush of lust pouring through his veins and culminating in his cock. His erection strained behind his zipper, and he grasped hold of every scrap of control he possessed not to fist the thickening column through his pants.  

Fuck, this was crazy. He wasn’t even sure he liked her, and yet thoughts of shoving that tight skirt up around her hips and tasting everything the clothing hid consumed him.

The woman was slowly shredding his control, and he hated it.

Feared it.

Yet, as he stared into her eyes that glittered with something reckless, a little bit wild, he felt nothing but hot, control-searing need.

“I think you should kiss me,” Morgan stated.

The matter-of-fact tone didn’t match the slightly taunting smile she wore or the hooded gaze that barely concealed a sensual gleam. For him.

His mind questioned the veracity of her attraction.

His body didn’t give a good goddamn.

“What are you doing, Morgan?” He couldn’t eliminate the rasp from his voice. Not with lust roughening it like a plow churning up newly turned earth. “What game are you playing?”

“The game you’re buying me a building for. Be the best fake fiancée possible. And as two people desperately and deeply in love, PDA will be expected. So let’s do a trial run. Kiss me. See if we need to work on it before taking this show on the road. So. Kiss. Me,” she murmured.

“No,” he ground out.

“Why not?” she countered. “Scared you won’t be able to live up”—her gaze dropped to his lap and the rigid flesh that mocked him—“to the occasion?” When she returned her attention to his face, that blue scrutiny fucking smoldered.

With a growl, he rocketed to his feet.

In three long strides, he rounded the desk and, as she turned to face him, he cupped the back of her neck. Dragged her forward until her chest and thighs pressed against his.

The heat in those eyes had accomplished what her words couldn’t.

They snapped his restraints.

He crushed his mouth to hers, answering the siren’s call that had been tempting him since they’d walked into the office. On another, deeper, growl, he thrust his tongue into her mouth, parting those pretty lips.

Jesus. The taste of her. Sultry. Sweet. Like ripe, delicious fruit. He entwined his tongue around hers, licked the roof of her mouth, drawing on more of her flavor. Burying his other hand in her hair, he fisted the strands and tilted her head to the side and dove deeper. Demanding she give him what he needed, wanted. Not that she was holding back. She opened wide for him, meeting him thrust for thrust, lick for lick, suck for suck, groan for groan. Her fingers curled around the lapels of his jacket, and she rose on her toes, grinding her mouth to his.

The kiss was wild, a little messy, a lot raw, carnal. Addictive. And not enough.

 Apologies for this being late.  Should have posted yesterday but I honestly forget.  Please don’t kill me Ms. Simone.  You know I love you.  In fact, one of your Indulgence books was on my top ten list from last year.  The book I’m talking about is Aiden and Noelle’s book.  Damn!  Talk about all kinds of sexy and even better, the friends to lovers trope.  You know how I love my tropes.  Ms. Simone surprised me with this book.  She had not one, not two but three different tropes going on in this book.  Enemies to lovers, boss to an employee and of course, the marriage of convenience.  Crack baby, just crack for this junkie.

Ms. Simone delivers a sweet, emotionally powerful story about two people that have been hurt badly by past relationships including from their family that I really didn’t think it was going to work out for them in the end.  Alex isn’t your usually Indulgence hero.  He never comes across as the AlphaHole.  In fact, he’s more beta than anything.  Loves to read, dislikes crowds and loves his half sister and hates his father for everything that he did or didn’t do about her and Alex’s on upbringing.  If there is a hero that needed a hug or two, it’s Alex.  Not that he is wimpy but he just knows that besides Kim, his sister, he isn’t cut out for anything lasting when it comes to relationships.

Morgan is just so damn funny.  Snarky but that attitude is covering up for the ultimate betrayal.  I just can’t even…I mean really?  By her step dad and then her step sister?  Hell no and ick.  I did, however, love her sister Merri and their mother.  She knew that she was loved and taken care of but what really got me is that she could have gone the whole socialite role but no, Ms. Simone wrote her story with dignity and grace. And a bit of snark when needed.  I also liked that fact that she had an actual job.  Very smart, good at what she does and has a heart big enough for her charity.

Now the sexy times are great..well, Ms. Simone writes them they way I like them but I also liked the aloofness, too after their first time.  I kinda expected it but instead of the big insta love thing after their first time, it instead made both of them think about having an actual relationship with each other and that scared the crap out of both of them.  They realized that all the snark, dancing around each other was just foreplay for them.  *sigh*

Again, I LOVE, JUST LOVED this book.  A great edition to the series and no one writes for Indulgence like Ms. Simone.  I almost feel like she interviewed me when she started writing for the line and asked me what I liked and didn’t like.  Or let me beta read for her.  One or the other, she just gets me and my loves.

ABOUT NAIMA SIMONE

Naima’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Linda Howard many years ago. Though her first attempt at writing a romance novel at 11 never saw the light of day, her love of romance and writing has endured. Now, she spends her time creating stories of unique men and women who experience the dizzying heights of passion and the tender heat of love.

She is the wife to Superman – or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent – and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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