Hometown Heroes is a boxed set of 14 full length novels. The proceeds of this boxed set is being donated to the Pets for Vets Charity. I absolutely lo...moreHometown Heroes is a boxed set of 14 full length novels. The proceeds of this boxed set is being donated to the Pets for Vets Charity. I absolutely love the idea of this charity and will be buying my copy as soon as it's released. I was given an advanced copy of Heartbreak on a Stick by Sabrina York to review for this release.
Heartbreak On a Stick by Sabrina York
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to review this book if I wanted to. Sabrina York is the master of witty banter and dialogue, a great story, and even hotter characters. I swear every time I start another book written by this super entertaining, slightly sarcastic author I remember again why I love her so much!
Heartbreak On a Stick tells the story of how life can take you in directions you never saw coming, but somehow lead you right back to where you started and where you need to be.
Jason Sherwood thought he was loved once. Turned out he was wrong and he got his heart broken in a big way because of it. Because of this he left the small town of Ames Lake and the one that broke his heart behind. It was easy enough leaving Ames Lake. As the son of a trash collector Jason was insulted or worse on an almost daily basis. Leaving Gina was harder. Even though she broke his heart and turned out to be the same as everyone else he's never been able to stop thinking about her. It's not like life hasn't worked out for him. I mean he's the most sought after actor in the country. He's famous for his talents in and out of movies and everyone knows his name. It just so happens that his career is exactly what is forcing him back to the same town that he swore he would never return to. If an upside to any of it is to be found he knows she won't be there. Gina left town a long time ago and had no problems with never looking back.
Gina Fox is beside herself with worry. Sure the whole town is over the moon excited for the return of their hometown hero. How quickly one forgets how they treated their hero all of those years before. But, who is she to judge when she wants nothing more than to avoid the jerk at all costs. She's still smarting over the fact that he left her when she needed him most. She thought he loved her. Boy was she wrong. To make it through those hard times Gina did what she had to and has more than a couple bumps and bruises to show for it, but her life is good and she can't allow Jason to pop in and take it all away from her.
I loved Jason! Seeing as how most of the town treated him growing up Jason could've returned to town in his limo and shoved his success and life right in their faces, but he didn't. Even when he tried to be mean he couldn't do it. I loved his sense of humor and his acceptance of life and the curves it threw his way. The way he talked to Kiki and treated her was adorable and a joy to read. Gina was too accepting of the crap that people shoveled at her at times. I was just waiting for the moment when she let her sister and father have it. Turning the other cheek and being the bigger person worked for her, though. She was a good, hard-working woman and refused to let anyone else's actions change her.
Jason and Gina had a ton of obstacles to overcome, but when they got in a room together there was no doubt that they would do just that. Not only was their sizzle and attraction, but they had a true friendship that you could feel. If any of the other books in this set are even half as good as Heartbreak On a Stick I will consider it the cherry on an already perfect sundae. You'll love this book!
Passion at Dawn is yet another peek into the life of Cassandra and Trevor. I am loving the Bytes of Life companion books to t...moreHotness Rating 3 out of 5
Passion at Dawn is yet another peek into the life of Cassandra and Trevor. I am loving the Bytes of Life companion books to the Countermeasure series. Countermeasure, Countermeasure #1 was so good and honestly I didn't see the point of the Bytes of Life companions, but I thought what the heck I'll give them a read. I am so glad I did! The idea of getting a peek into the daily life of this couple after the first book ended is brilliant. In Ecstasy at Dawn, Bytes of Life #2 we get the honeymoon. In Cuffed at Midnight, Bytes of Life #3 we get a peek into Trevor's first birthday being in a relationship with Cassandra and how they celebrate it. Now, in Passion at Dawn, Bytes of Life #4, is the real life stuff that happens in a new marriage. The insecurities, the doubts, the fears, the obsessive love that one has for their new spouse. These companion books bring you so much closer to the characters and make you feel like you really know them.
Passion at Dawn was a combination of heartbreaking and sizzling. The sparks between this couple are off the charts. And like any newlyweds they explore these sparks as thoroughly and as often as possible. Can I tell you that it sends shivers down my spine every time Trevor says "Cassie girl" in his super sexy Irish brogue. Trevor broke my heart with his insecurities. Don't get me wrong, I get it! Nathan has made sure that Trevor isn't confident in his marriage, but to see this amazingly sexy, confident man drowning in his fear brought tears to my eyes. Cassie gave Trevor no reasons to worry, other than the fact that she refuses to stop talking to her old friend Nathan. I get that she has no feelings for him and she is doing nothing wrong, but Nathan is so mean and obvious about trying to tear them apart I really wanted to hear her tell him off.
Now, I'm off to read To Russia With Love, Countermeasure #2. I can't wait to read more from this amazing cast of characters.
For those of you that have read Countermeasure by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey you have to read this book. I can not tell...moreHotness Rating 3 out of 5
For those of you that have read Countermeasure by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey you have to read this book. I can not tell you how many books that I've finished and just wished I had a little more of what happens next. Ecstasy by the Sea is that book. The Bytes of Life series could be read independently of the Countermeasure series, but I would advise reading them as companions.
In Ecstasy by the Sea we get a peek at Trevor and Cassandra's wedding and their move to Ireland. I loved the descriptions of how Bob is stepping up to be the dad that he should have always been. Trevor is so sweet and works so hard to surprise Cassie with an unexpected honeymoon. Their love comes across even more in this short story and the scenes are a ton hotter.
I can not wait to read more on this couple and the characters that make up the Countermeasures series.
Holy Hot birthday presents! Cuffed at Midnight is a companion novella to the Countermeasure series by the fabulous writing duo of Chris Almeida and Ce...moreHoly Hot birthday presents! Cuffed at Midnight is a companion novella to the Countermeasure series by the fabulous writing duo of Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. For anyone that has ever read a book and just wondered what happens next these companion novellas are the perfect solution. I am loving the Bytes of Life companion books.
This book is narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds. I thoroughly enjoy Tim's narration of Trevor. He does an equally good job with Cassie. And kudos to him for reading these hot and spicy scenes so well. There are times that I can read a good sex scene, but listening to it is uncomfortable. Not in this case at all. So good!
In Cuffed at Midnight Cassandra is at a loss for what to get Trevor for his birthday. This is his first birthday with them as a couple and she wants to make it special and memorable. And boy does she. Expect edible body oils, cuffs, and lots of down and dirty sex. Trevor's reaction to his gift was hugely intoxicating. I swear my ears were sweaty by the time I was done listening to this story.
Countermeasure is the first book of the Countermeasure series and my first read by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. It will...moreHotness Rating 3 out of 5
Countermeasure is the first book of the Countermeasure series and my first read by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. It will not be my last! This book has it all - intrigue, smart characters, a sizzling attraction, sexual tension and amazing supporting characters. This book is definitely not light and fluffy. The characters are so well-developed that you "feel" right along with them. The story has depth and emotion that sucks you right in and leaves you begging for more.
This book was narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds and he was so good! Tim's smooth narration made it a joy to just listen to him. Trevor is originally from Ireland and Tim did a very good job with the Irish brogue. I will definitely listen to more books that have been narrated by this gentleman.
Trevor lost his parents under what he considers questionable circumstances. They went off on a sailing trip and never came back. Their boat was found with no sign of his parents. After a brief investigation the case was closed citing a joint suicide or accidental drownings. Trevor knows better, but without further clues finding out what really happened is on hold. As an NSA analyst Trevor is privy to private conversations. It's his job to eavesdrop. When a conversation passes his way that mentions the name of his parent's boat Trevor can't help, but delve further to see if it leads to information on his parents. In doing so, he has bought himself the attention of ex-CIA agent Cassandra James. Attention that will forever change his life.
Cassandra James left the CIA after getting shot in the line of duty. She lost all faith and trust in her fellow agents. Trust isn't exactly something that comes easy to her as it is. She's now working for her dad in his securities business. She's long since given up on making him love her and would settle for making him proud at least once. But, then the unthinkable happens. He finally gives her the lead for a top-client in making sure the drug that they are developing is secure only to have all of the data stolen right from under their noses. Kicked off the case and having shamed her father Cassandra goes at finding the data and getting it back herself. Her private investigation leads her to Trevor, but not in the way she thought. She first suspected him of guilt, but now has enlisted him as her partner.
When Trevor and Cassandra stop dancing around one another the sparks fly. I love how Trevor owns his feelings and puts them out there. Cassandra has huge trust issues and this spills over to her love life as well. She knows one thing for sure that she will never trust her heart to anyone. It destroyed her father when her mom died and left him unable to even show Cassandra love. She will never give anyone that much power over her. Or at least that's what she thinks. Trevor has different ideas and he's a force to reckoned with.
I like romantic suspense, but it's a love/hate relationship. I go crazy the entire book trying to figure out who did it and don't enjoy the book as I should. That was not the case with this story. Cassandra and Trevor just sucked me in and I was along for the ride. I thoroughly enjoyed this whole story.