ARC Review: Reckless by Skye Jordan

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Reckless by Skye Jordan

Advance Review Copy provided by author and NetGalley

Blurb:

A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi LaCroix’s image means everything. But crossing paths with a sexier-than-sin, bad-boy biker makes Lexi realize how much living she’s sacrificed for her success and one touch is all it takes to threaten her carefully choreographed life. When that touch fills far more than just Lexi’s physical needs, she finds herself torn between the career she needs and the bad-boy she craves.

Jax Chamberlin gave up the superficial life of acting for the thrill of running his own stunt company years ago. But a recent betrayal proves he’s still too close to the limelight to find a woman who doesn’t plan to use him as a stepping-stone to success. When the charming and mysterious Lexi offers him a totally anonymous hook-up during an out of town trip, Jax accepts. Only Lexi is more sextacular than charming, and Jax wants more.

But Lexi’s got a major hang-up over his renegade lifestyle, and Jax isn’t willing to change his ways. Especially not when he discovers who she really is. Because if she finds out his connections could catapult her to the top of her career, he’s afraid the fantasy woman he’s falling for might just end up like all the other gold-diggers. And this time, it’s not just his bad-boy reputation at risk, but his heart, too.

I feel like someone just dropped a very beautifully wrapped present in my lap.  For real.  I kept track of this book via excerpts and I was literally rubbing my hands together!  I was soooo very happy when the book EXCEEDED my hopes and expectations.  (This is the part where I use my made up words.).

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(this is how I felt Friday night)

 This book was so frick fracking hot.  So passionate and steamy.  And at the same time, Lexi and Jax were so warm and affectionate with each other.  The word “Adoration” came to mind where Jax and Kexi are concerned.  Initially, they get to know each other via texting (which I loved reading) and they had chemistry from the very beginning.  Ms. Jordan pulled me in and had me by the throat throughout this whole book.  I didn’t want to stop reading Friday night/Saturday morning.  Frankly, if my youngest didn’t have a his birthday party, Saturday morning, I would’ve kept on reading.

I mean, they were trading measurements while texting each other in the airport!  It was…awesome.  I loved their rapport with each other:

JAX: You are not a hired killer.

She laughed out loud.

JAX: God, you’ve got a great laugh.

Get your ass in here.

Jax and Lexi were MFEO.  (Made for each other…Sleepless in Seattle shout out)  No two ways about it.  From the first text to the last page of the book, it was obvious that the writing Gods blessed Skye Jordan  (aka Joan Swan) when they planted Lexi and Jax in her head.

‘Hard and fast, Lex.’  His voice was dark in her ear.  His body wrapped around her.  His hand drove her.  And one of the last sensations that floated through Lexi’s mind was one of being completely taken over.  Yet safe.  Cared for.

So  yeah.  I’m struggling with this review only because it feels like I’m endlessly gushing.  And that’s all I can come up with right now.

But seriously, a beautifully written love story with passion and sex that was so deliciously edgy.  There is an oral sex scene and OMG…it’s one of the best I’ve ever read.  For real, have a cold drink nearby.   For instance:

Christ, the way he moved.  He made her see stars.  He didn’t thrust.  He rocked. Undulated.  Varied pressure.  Moved her hips to his strokes.  Like a dance.  The same way he kissed.  This wasn’t a fuck.  It was an art.

Ok.  If you haven’t gone and bought this yet.  Go now.  (well after the end of my review).  Because there are also, great secondary characters!  Wes and Rubi!  Rubi is such a great friend to Lexi.  She holds the mirror up for Lexi when she needs a kick in the pants and she is Hi-lari-ous. Rubi  talking about Wes:

‘You know he’s going to think about me when he does his girl tonight,’ Rubi said, her voice dreamy, watching Golden Boy’s truck disappear onto the 405.  ‘It’ll be the best sex he’s had in months.  And he’ll remember me.’

Rubi and Wes had their own boombastic chemistry going on.  I do hope we get more of them in the next books.  And yes…this is a series!  Which pleases me to no freaking end.  But I know I’m going to hate the wait.  HATE IT.  So, I’ll have to re read this one.  A lot.

So to conclude: Superhot and sexy and sweet guy = Jax.  Supersmart and hardworking and loving and passionate = Lexi.  So much yummy goodness in this book.  Go get it.  Seriously…go. Now. (Oh and Ms. Swan, you’re on my TBR list now for sure.  Especially after that tasty little morsel you gave us in the Wicked Firsts anthology, “First Temptation”)

5 Stars

I received a complimentary copy from the author and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  This is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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Beating the DNF blues AKA Red River Series by Victoria James

I had 2 books I started this past weekend that I DNF’d at about 55%.  They just did not work for me.  I got an email from Entangled with some of their new releases and lo and behold, The Best Man’s Baby (A Red River Book)  by Victoria James jumped right out at me.  I grabbed it, knowing that it was the second book in the series. Now, normally I am absolutely anal about reading books in their intended order. Apparently, I was so desperate for a good book that I threw out all of my “reading rules” and went for it.

Let me tell you, I was not one bit sorry I did it.  I fell in love with Jake and Claire and their story.  But let me backtrack a bit here.  I went back and read the the first book in the series, A Risk Worth Taking: A Red River Series Book.  

Riskworthedit.jpg Blurb:

 Interior designer Holly Carrington worked hard for her success. Then tragedy struck, leaving Holly the sole guardian of her infant niece. Now she’s swapped her designer purse for a diaper bag, and is going ahead with plans to renovate—and sell—her childhood home in Red River. But facing her past also means coming face-to-face with Quinn Manning all over again…Quinn was the object of her girlhood crush—and heartbreak— and is more gorgeous than ever. He’s also the only person qualified to oversee the renovation. Now they’re butting heads every step of the way… and their attraction is more electrifying than ever! But once the house is sold, Holly needs to return to her real life. And falling for Quinn all over again is one risk she can’t take…

Quinn is absolutely delicious. I loved the history he and Holly had between them. The first two books the H/hs have a long history with each other and everyone grew up with each other.  Teenage crushes everywhere!   It’s nice to have the relationships/friendships already established and it really deepened the connection that they had with each other.  Quinn had a special connection with baby Ella from the very beginning and it was nice to see how that helped Quinn move on from some past experiences.  Loved these two and I’m kicking myself for not reading this first because I would’ve enjoyed Quinn and Holly more in the second book.

Speaking of the second book… The Best Man’s Baby (A Red River Book)

bestmanbabyedit The Blurb:

Florist Claire Holbrook has always played by the rules her entire life, but breaks them to spend one night with sexy lone wolf Jake Manning, a man she’s adored since she was a teenager. Six weeks later things get complicated when she discovers they created a bond that will last a lifetime…Jake has never played by the rules. Getting Minister Holbrook’s daughter pregnant wasn’t part of any life plan, but he won’t run from his responsibilities. He’ll step up and be the best man he can, even if he doesn’t have a clue where to begin. The more time he spends with Claire, though, the more he wants her, and the harder it is to get close because that would mean sharing the one thing he hasn’t with anyone–the truth and his heart. 

Oh Jake…you big stud.  Jake certainly lives up to his bad boy reputation in the beginning of this one!  But, you gotta love Claire, she truly left him speechless when she told him that she was pregnant with his baby.  Seriously, that scene… I would love to tell you about it but it’s worth you reading for yourself.  Despite her upbringing, Claire is no shrinking violet!  She is a strong and confident woman and she owns her own floral design business.  I really liked her and I loved how she didn’t back down from Jake.  Now, to Jake’s credit, once he found out he was going to be a Daddy, he pulled his head from his ass and began working towards making Claire his.  The one thing that really struck me with both of these books was that our H/h’s all had some issues to deal with.  I mean, these weren’t crazy issues, they were real life issues.  The way Ms. James presents them, it creates a wonderful texture and layers to the characters.  It just sucked me in and endeared me to Quinn and Jake, especially.

Both books are 5 stars.  These are contemporary romances with some sexytimes!  I would not call them erotic but they are sexy and steamy nonetheless!!

So yeah.  Got get this series!  Next up is the 3rd brother, Evan.  Ummm, I need Evan’s story, like, NOW!!!  There is an excerpt from it in Jake and Claire’s book. Please, please, please Ms. James… I want Evan’s story.  PRONTO, STAT, ASAP!!! 😉

Buy it: 

Book 1: A Risk Worth Taking

Amazon / Nook / iTunes

Book 2 : The Best Man’s Baby

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