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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ARC Review: Finding West by June Gray

findingwestfbeditFinding West by June Gray

Advance Review Copy provided by author

Available: August 20, 2013

Blurb:

Kat Hollister is a tomboy who lives in t-shirts and dirty jeans and doesn’t give a shit what the world thinks. She lives alone in a small town in Alaska and closes everyone out, with only her dog Josie by her side. For Kat, love and relationships are for the weak, and she is anything but.

Until one cold night when she finds a stranger stumbling on the side of a dark road, a man who has lost his memory.

She gives him temporary shelter against the snowstorm, but what she doesn’t count on is the friendship that blooms. This man—who has no identity—starts to teach her things about herself she never knew, and she begins to wonder if maybe she’d been wrong about love and trust all along…

So, what do you do when you’re not fond of people in general and you stumble upon a guy who doesn’t know who he is?  Well, you bring him home and figure out that people in general aren’t so bad if you open yourself up to the possiblities.  I’ll admit that Kat was hard for me to connect with.  But, I think she is that way just by her nature.  She has learned to rely on herself, convincing herself that she doesn’t need anyone.  They all leave anyway… right?

“West” comes  along and rocks her boat.  Her realization that having someone around isn’t such a bad thing, especially he’s a whole hunk of burning love. (and “burning” is the key word, here) Lots of hot and steamy lovin’ in this one!!  I enjoyed West’s tranformation from not having a clue as to who he was or why he was in Alaska.  These two truly lost souls find each other just as much as they find themselves.  West discovers that he really wasn’t that great of a guy to begin with and as a reader, I wonder, is who we used to be as important as who we are right now?

And our girl, Kat, never truly realizes how beautiful or smart and talented she is until West is around to hold up a mirror and point these things out. He gives her a lot to think about as far as how she has hidden herself under baggy clothing and has also hidden her talents away from everyone.

Now, the name of being  ” Straight Shootin’ ” I’ll say that this has a mini cliffhanger of sorts.  But, I didn’t feel like “OMG, I can’t believe she is going to leave us hanging like this.”  I felt like it was a realistic “wrapping up” to this “phase” of Kat and West.  And don’t worry, we don’t have to wait long to enjoy the continuation of this one.

“Heading East” will be released in November of this year!  Definitely, something to look forward to.

4 stars

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

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