Release Blitz Review: Jagger by Heather C. Leigh


Jagger-ebookI sell drugs. Heroin to be specific. And I’m fucking good at my job. Enough to fight my way to the top position, controlling all of Austin’s supply.

So what if I had to kill the previous boss to do it. I do what has to be done. Never cared about consequences because I never had anything to lose.

Until I met Miri. My doll. She’s my weakness and somehow, my enemies found out about her.

If they hurt her, they will regret the day they ever heard my name. Boss. They call me Boss for a reason. What I say goes, including the price on the heads of anyone who dares to fuck with what belongs to me. My Miri.

Read a Bonus Scene HERE.


Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 

Jagger is the second book in the Broken Doll series by Heather C. Leigh. It picks up right from where the first book in the series, Junkie, left off. Jagger, or Boss, is Austin’s drug dealer king. He’s fallen for Miri, a junkie who had the nerve to stumble onto his property and ask for drugs. When his relationship with Miri is discovered by his enemies, Jagger will do anything to protect the woman he loves. That’s all you’re getting for the plot because I don’t want to spoil the cliffhanger Junkie left off with.

The second book in the series was just as dark and twisted as the first. The brutal scenes immediately start off in Austin’s drug world and continue throughout the book. There’s barely a break in drama and intensity for more than a chapter or two. Heather C. Leigh did an amazing job portraying a dark and gritty world filled with violence. I have to warn this book is not for the faint of heart. There’s way too many gruesome details. I found myself having to take mental breaks to combat the intensity of it all.

Jagger and Miri’s relationship continued its surprisingly sweet and sexy path through the violence and destruction of the drug world. The romantic in me loved the parts of the book were when they were interacting with each other. Those were my favorite moments in this dark tale. Jagger and Miri proved their willingness to do anything it took to be together. Their chemistry was off the charts, and the sensual moments that had with each other were so erotic.

Jagger was a great conclusion to a twisted series. Readers who enjoy dark romances are bound to enjoy the Broken Doll series.

**I received an ARC from TRSOR Promotions in exchange for an unbiased review.


NEW DARK ROMANCE by Heather C. Leigh

Meet Miri (Junkie) and Jagger (Boss) in the Broken Doll Series!


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Meet Heather C. Leigh

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Heather C. Leigh is the author of the Amazon best selling Famous series. She likes to write about the ‘dark’ side of fame. The part that the public doesn’t get to see, how difficult it is to live in a fishbowl and how that affects relationships.

Heather was born and raised in New England and currently lives outside Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 kids, and French Bulldog, Shelby.

She loves the Red Sox, the Patriots, and anything chocolate (but not white chocolate, everyone knows it’s not real chocolate so it doesn’t count) and has left explicit instructions in her will to have her ashes snuck into Fenway Park and sneakily sprinkled all over while her family enjoys beer, hot dogs, and a wicked good time.

My favorite authors are Dan Wells, Ken Follett, and Stephen King.

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Review: Sucker Punched by Kelley R. Martin

Sucker Punched
Series: Knockout Love, #2
Author: Kelley R. Martin
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Macy Dunham” is synonymous with “off-limits.” Not only is she practically a virgin, but she’s a walking, talking angel who’s way too good for a devil like me. She’s straight-up beautiful, and so far out of my league I want to cry. Did I mention she’s also the godmother to my future niece or nephew?

Now I have to play nice with “Aunt Macy” for the next 18 years. There’s just one tiny problem—the first night I met her, I played with her a little too nice.

Macy was only supposed to be a hook-up. I was supposed to show her a night she’d never forget—give her a little taste of what it’s like to be bad—and then send her on her way. She wasn’t supposed to stick around, and she damn sure wasn’t supposed to become my best friend.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to pretend like I don’t know how soft her skin feels, how good her lips taste, or how perfect it feels inside her? It’s torture. I’d give my left nut for another chance to sink inside Macy, but I can’t afford to mess this up and that’s exactly what would happen.

It’s too bad “Blake Whitmore” is synonymous with “screw-up.” Macy’s a sweet girl who deserves an epic love story. She deserves romance, and a knight in shining armor who slays dragons. I’m not the knight in this story.

I’m the fucking dragon.

I’ve been waiting for Sucker Punched for what feels like a very long time. I fell in love with Kelley R. Martin’s writing and characters in Down and Outand I couldn’t wait to read more of her work. Sucker Punched takes us back to the world of Down and Out. This time Declan’s brother and Savannah’s best friend get the chance to fall in love. Some of the story overlaps the same time period as the first book and, although Sucker Punched is a standalone novel, I would recommend reading Down and Out first for the back story.

Sucker Punched was an intense forbidden love story. Blake and Macy’s relationship was just as complicated as Declan and Savannah’s. It started out based on their intense sexual chemistry, but quickly became more than just sex. There was a deep emotional connection between them that I loved. They were constantly fighting their feelings for each other and trying to keep their desires hidden. There were so many obstacles for them to overcome in this story. The dual points of view made it easy to empathize with each of them  — even when it made me uncomfortable.

Normally, I try to post spoiler free reviews. I tried to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, but I do feel the need to warn sensitive readers of something. If you don’t want to know, don’t read the rest of this paragraph!!! *TRIGGER WARNING SPOILER** Sucker Punched does include intimate scenes where the hero is involved with other women. If you can’t handle that, you will want to skip this book.Some of Blake’s actions were really hard to read. There are people who aren’t going to be able to stomach the other women in this story. *END SPOILER*

Sucker Punched was a highly emotional read. Blake and Macy’s road to happy-ever-after wasn’t always fun, but their story fit them perfectly. I enjoyed getting to know them better and seeing their characters grow. I would recommend this book to readers who have loved the Knockout Love series from the beginning.

Review: Four Letter Word by J. Daniels

28963772Four Letter Word
Series: Dirty Deeds, #1
Author: J. Daniels
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from Forever via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.
Which four letter word will change their lives forever?

Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words “wrong number” in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend’s heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.

Brian Savage is living a life he’s quickly come to hate-until Sydney’s wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .

Why have I not read anything by J. Daniels before? Seriously. I’ve been missing out!

J. Daniels’s writing was impressive. Four Letter Word was told from both Sydney and Brian’s points of view. I loved the dual narration. Being able to read what was going on in both of their minds really helped cement their connection and the story. The banter between them was witty, sexy and so fun. I couldn’t get enough of it!

Sydney and Brian were amusing characters. How they met and how their relationship developed was fascinating. Their characters had such intriguing pasts. Sydney was coming to terms with the fact that her life wasn’t going the direction she always thought it would. Brian was struggling with past decisions and couldn’t see the good in his life. Their random phone call sparked a connection they never could have imagined. It was so much fun to watch the story unfold.  Plus, it was super sexy! I have to admit that I was constantly fanning myself!

Another thing I loved about Four Letter Word was the supporting characters. They were awesome! Every one of them brought something fun to the story. I could see so many possibilities for upcoming books in this series. I was super excited to see the next book is about Legs and Jamie! It’s December 6th release date can’t come soon enough!

I loved this book so much! There wasn’t one thing I would change about it. New adult readers will enjoy this incredibly sexy and funny romance.

Birthstones As Books Tag

I saw this tag for the first time the other day over at Stephanie’s Book Reviews. I thought it would be fun to do since it was different than other tags I’ve done before. 🙂

GARNET (JANUARY)- Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies, name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.

I can’t tell you who it was from Mud Vein that won the evilest character award from me, but I will say that I thought what that character did was really disturbing.

AMETHYST (FEBRUARY)- Purple is associated with royalty, name a book with regal qualities…You can base your choice on characters or choose the king (or queen) of all books.

Paper Princess doesn’t contain actual royalty, but it does have high school royalty in the form of the Royal family. Yep. Their last name is Royal.

AQUAMARINE (MARCH)- Washed out, name a ‘wishy washy’ character, a character who is not strong or is a follower.

Rachel is pretty wishy-washy. She’s always in an alcohol haze and seems so weak.

DIAMOND (APRIL)- A diamond in the rough, name a book that you loved but is not well known.

The Lace Reader is an older book, so maybe it’s well known and I just don’t know it. I feel like no one I know has really read it.

EMERALD (MAY)- Said to balance energy, name two characters who balance each other well.

Jamie & Wes from Him and Us. 

PEARL (JUNE)- Associated with loyalty, name a character who is loyal to the end.


RUBY (JULY)- Blood red, name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry.

Kudos to Kim Holden for creating the most selfish, cruel b!tch I’ve ever read with Miranda.

PERIDOT (AUGUST)- It pales in comparison to other gems, name a supporting character who you like better than the main character.

Frank Sanger completely stole the show from what’s her name (the main character). See, I don’t even remember her name! That’s how much Franky boy stole the show.

SAPPHIRE (SEPTEMBER)- Blue like the ocean which is calming, name a book that had a calming affect on you.

I was kind of in a little reading funk and Roman Crazy was the perfect escape. It got me back in the reading spirit.

OPAL (OCTOBER)- Iridescent, name an iridescent book; this can be with a beautiful cover (shiny, colorful) or you can base it off a character (quirky? unique?).

This book isn’t exactly shiny or anything, but the bright colors totally drew me in. The fact that I wanted to read it and it was good was a bonus.

TOPAZ (NOVEMBER)- Associated with resilience, name a book with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity.

I have to pick Rose Calloway for this one. She stood up for Lily and Lo when they needed it most. She took over and helped them in ways no one else had before.

BLUE ZIRCON (DECEMBER)- Associated with friendship, name a book with a friendship you want to be a part of.

Yep, back to the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. I want to be part of their loyal friendship/family dynamic. These friends would do anything for each other.

I’m going to be a little lazy and invite anyone who would like to participate to do this tag. 

Review: Lessons in Gravity by Jessica Peterson

Lessons in Gravity
Series: Study Abroad, #2
Author: Jessica Peterson
Publication Date: April 4, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Maddie Lucas is only looking for a one night stand…

While studying in Spain for her semester abroad, Maddie hopes to escape the drama surrounding her parents’ divorce—a divorce she may or may not have caused—while researching Spanish architecture for her thesis. And if she hooks up with hot Madrileños along the way? All the better.

But handsome Spaniard Javier Montoya wants so much more.

Guitarist Javier is ready to set aside his rock star ways and settle down for good with his gorgeous ex-girlfriend. But after a one night stand with sexy, passionate Maddie blossoms into genuine friendship, he begins to wonder if Maddie might be the forever girl he’s looking for.

Too bad Maddie believes forever is more fiction than fairy tale. Can Javier prove to her that fairy tales exist? Or is Maddie right to think she doesn’t deserve happily ever after?

Lessons in Gravity takes us back to Madrid and the characters we met in Spanish Lessons. The story picks up right where Spanish Lessons left off, but this time it’s Maddie’s turn to find love in the beautiful city of Madrid.

Maddie is happy to be spending the semester abroad avoiding her parents divorce. The only way she’s been able to keep her mind off of the turmoil at home is to devote herself to school work and hooking up with gorgeous Madrileños. When Maddie meets Javier, she knows he’ll be the perfect man to take her mind off things for the night. Javier reluctantly agrees to one night of passion with Maddie since he isn’t looking for a one-night stand. He’s returned to Madrid to win back his ex-girlfriend and settle down. But one night with Maddie has him rethinking his plans. Now, he just has to convince Maddie there’s a happily ever after in store for them.

Lessons in Gravity was ¡Muy caliente! Jessica Peterson turned up the heat WAY up in this novel. It started with instant attraction and the passion increased exponentially throughout the entire story. It was a mixture of lust and love, and I loved it!

It was really nice to get Maddie’s point of view this time around. She wasn’t my favorite character in Spanish Lessons because of the way she handled the Mia-Rafa-Maddie love triangle, but she totally redeemed herself in this book. Her broken heart was easy to relate to. I could feel her pain throughout the book, and I just wanted to give her a big hug.

Javier was dreamy. Not only was he gorgeous and sexually talented, but he was sweet. The way he was able to console Maddie and be what she needed made me so happy. I loved how he didn’t hold back, no matter how wishy-washy Maddie was. Their emotional connection made their sexual connection so much hotter.

Lessons in Gravity was a great addition to the Study Abroad series. It was beautifully written and had all the things I love in a great New Adult book. It can be read as part of this series or as a standalone novel. I would highly recommend it to readers looking for romances set in countries other than the U.S.

P.S. I can’t leave out how perfect this new cover is for the book! I think it’s one of the best representations of the story I’ve seen on a New Adult cover in a long time!

WWW Wednesday: September 28, 2016

Welcome to the last WWW Wednesday of September! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…

Currently reading:

I’m still working on reading The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. I’m also reading Return to the Isle of the Lost with my daughter nightly. And finally, I’m reading Four Letter Word.

Recently finished:


I had an awesome reading week! I read some really fun books. I can’t wait for you to read my reviews. 🙂

Jagger (Broken Doll, #2)
Thank You, Goodnight
Roman Crazy (Broads Abroad, #1)
Dirty English (English, #1)
Filthy English (English, #2)
Dark Water

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.

Reading Next:

I’m going to read an ARC of To Love and to Cherish (The Wedding Belles, #3) next.

Release Day Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

The Trouble with Mistletoe
Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #2
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


If she has her way …

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her …

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him …

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice …

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work …

The Trouble with Mistletoe is a Christmas romance set in Jill Shalvis’ new Heartbreak Bay series. It’s almost a second chance romance. The characters, Willa and Keane, went to the same high school. When they run into each other in Willa’s pet shop, sparks fly. Neither are looking for a relationship, but they can’t deny their connection.

If you’re a contemporary romance fan and haven’t read one of Jill Shalvis’ novels or are looking to start reading adult contemporary romances, I would highly suggest starting with this author. Her stories are fun, witty and filled with quirky characters. Her books always make me smile and laugh.

The Trouble with Mistletoe did both of those things. Willa was a character who something funny or crazy was always happening to. It was hard not to laugh at the situations she found herself in. She was always trying to save others — people and animals — but she usually ended up being the one who needed saving. Willa had such a big heart. Keane was a lot more reserved than Willa. He tried to avoid love. Keane had a wall built around his heart due that only Willa and Petunia seemed to be able to crack.

The characters who really stole the show in The Trouble with Mistletoe were the animals. They all had such big personalities and created such mischief! I loved that the author included them in this story. It reminded me of her Animal Magnetism series, which I loved.

The only thing I felt The Trouble with Mistletoe was lacking was maybe a bigger conflict. I was waiting for a big something between Keane and Willa. Their conflict was relatable, but didn’t stand out that much. In a way I liked that since it was a Christmas story, but I also wanted something a little more dramatic.

Overall, The Trouble with Mistletoe was a really fun Christmas-time romance. I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a fun and light holiday read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Books On My Fall TBR List. This list could go on and on, so I kept it at 10. Trust me, there’s way too many books I want to read to list them all. Click on the book title to head to that book’s Goodreads page.

1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

2. Well Hung by Lauren Blakely

3. To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne

4. Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

5. Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

6. The Player by Claire Contreras

7. Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

8. From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

9. The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

10. Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

Are any of these on your fall TBR?

Review: Carolina Heart by Virginia Kantra

Carolina Heart
Series: Dare Island, #4.5
Author: Virginia Kantra
Publication Date: July 19, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Determined to leave her wild past behind her, Cynthie Lodge is forging a new life for herself and her daughters—one that’s man-free and drama-free. But not everyone is so eager to let go of the past.

When sexy loner Max Lewis returns to Dare Island, seeing Cynthie again rekindles his feelings for his high school crush. Now he must convince her to take another chance on love.

Carolina Heart was a great addition to Virginia Kantra’s Dare Island series. Despite being a short and sweet novella, it had a big emotional punch. Both Cynthie and Max were trying to move on from their high school labels. Neither could see that they already had. It took falling in love with each other to prove to themselves that they weren’t who they were in high school anymore, they were better versions of themselves.

This novella was a light and easy to read story that was so much fun. It was exactly what I’m looking for when I pick up a contemporary romance. Virginia Kantra’s entire Dare Island series is. I would highly suggest it to adult contemporary romance readers who like a fast-paced and romantic read.

Reader Confessions Book Tag

I was tagged by Jesse @ Books at Dawn for the Reader Confessions Book Tag. (Thanks, Jesse!) This tag looks like so much! And you get to know a little more about my secret reading habits. 😉


Have you ever damaged a book? 

Unfortunately, yes. More to come on that in a minute.

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

This finishes the answer from above. My old boss lent my Jodi Picoult’s Plain Truth back in the day. I don’t remember what happened, but somehow the book got a little wet. There’s no way I would return a book that way, so I went out and bought a second copy to return to her.

How long does it take you to read a book? 

Depends on the book. If it’s a fast-paced romance, I can read it in an evening or two. If it’s a thriller or fantasy then it takes me longer, maybe three days or so. I need breaks for the intensity of thrillers. I’m not sure why it takes longer with the fantasies. Maybe I just need to absorb what I’m reading more. In general, I’m a really fast reader.

Books that you haven’t finished? 

I think DNF’ing books you don’t like is great. I don’t do it as often as I should. I always hope a book is going to get better. I’m trying to think of books I’ve DNF’d and only a couple come immediately to my mind:

Hyped popular books that you don’t like?

This was kind of a hard one to answer. The only books I could think of were The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Modern Lovers. They were all okay, but not as good as I was expecting. I won’t be recommending them.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

I’m pretty open about what I’m reading. I recently told some friends I was reading a book about a sex addict and an alcoholic that fall in love. The only people I might censor myself for would be my parents, my 8 year-old and other people my parents’ age.

How many books do you own? 

My best guess is around 200 physical books. I would count them all, but they’re in different bookcases in different areas of my house and I’m being lazy right now. That doesn’t include all of the Kindle books I own. I own A LOT of Kindle books. My Amazon account says it’s like 998. I don’t think that includes all the ARCS and stuff downloaded from other sources. I probably haven’t read even half of those, though. 🙁

Are you a fast reader or a slow reader? 

I would say I’m a fast reader. I think most people would agree with me. I practice reading a lot. Lol.

Do you like to buddy read?

Yes! I have a Goodreads group I do it with at least once a month. It’s fun. We have a thread where we add our comments in spoilers by chapters. It’s a great way to have a “book group” without having to meet for an actual book group.

Do you read better in your head or out loud? 

Interesting question. I think reading out loud forces me to read every single word written and not speed read over anything. I don’t do it often with books for myself, pretty much only when reading to my daughter. Right now I’m reading Return to the Isle of the Lost out loud to her each night. I did read the entire Harry Potter series out loud for myself, though. I did it when my daughter was a newborn so she could hear my voice. I swear it helped. She was talking before her first birthday. But I guess that counts as reading out loud to her…

If you were only allowed to own one book what one and why? 

Tough question. Probably Bright Side by Kim Holden. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me think about how I live my life. It was very inspiring.


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