New Release, 5 Heart Reviews & *Giveaway* – Dark Wild Night, Christina Lauren

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September 15, 2015 By

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Synopsis

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
But what didn’t happen in Vegas seems to follow them everywhere.

Lola and Oliver like to congratulate themselves on having the good sense to not consummate their drunken Las Vegas wedding. If they’d doubled-down on that mistake, their Just Friends situation might not be half as great as it is now.

… Or so goes the official line.

In reality, Lola’s wanted Oliver since day one—and over time has only fallen harder for his sexy Aussie accent and easygoing ability to take her as she comes. More at home in her studio than in baring herself to people, Lola’s instinctive comfort around Oliver nearly seems too good to be true. So why ruin a good thing?

Even as geek girls fawn over him, Oliver can’t get his mind off what he didn’t do with Lola when he had the chance. He knows what he wants with her now … and it’s far outside the friend zone. When Lola’s graphic novel starts getting national acclaim—and is then fast-tracked for a major motion picture—Oliver steps up to be there for her whenever she needs him. After all, she’s not the kind of girl who likes all that attention, but maybe she’s the kind who’ll eventually like him.

Sometimes seeing what’s right in front of us takes a great leap of faith. And sometimes a dark wild night in Vegas isn’t just the end of a day, but the beginning of a bright new life…

Sandra's Review

5 Stars

This is the the third book in the Wild Seasons Series and I have read the previous two. Dark Wild Night has a different feel then the others and I loved it just as much. It is still funny, sexy and this group of friends still rock. The relationship between Oliver is just different, it’s not instant but the love is.

Oliver and Lola might have been married for a little less than a day a Vegas but eight months later, they are just friends. They have a very special friendship that includes knowing each other’s moods, what they will order for lunch and they bring calmness to their crazy lives. Oliver owns a comic book store and Lola recently released her first graphic novel that hit big and will soon be seen on the big screen. With all the craziness surrounding her, Oliver is the one that makes her forget.

Oliver has always known Lola was not just a drunken night in Vegas ending with a marriage. When he saw her again in San Diego he felt something but over time their friendship developed into something special. Lola feels the same way. They might be able to sense what each other are thinking but they are both missing something big. They both want more so now they have to figure out a way to tell each other without ruining what they have. Can these friends really be more?

Lola has always been the type to shut the world out when she was writing and drawing away. It was her stress reliever and now that her graphic novel is becoming a movie, it’s stressing her out. She is being pulled in all kinds of directions and has even more work to do. She also wants to be with Oliver. Once they finally figured out what their friends have been thinking all along, they can’t be away from each other. Their chemistry is amazing and he just gets her. He wants what is best for her and seeing her so stressed, he feels helpless. And Lola wants nothing more than to be with him but she needs to focus on the movie and other projects. Can Lola balance a relationship with Oliver and make her dreams for her book a reality or will it all come crashing down?

I love Oliver so much. He is nerdy cool and so amazingly supportive and loving. Lola is kick ass and I feel for her. She is usually so put together but when she loses control, she is lost. I get that. I love Oliver and Lola together because they have such an amazing friendship and speak their own language. They just get it.

Like I said this book has a different feel than the other couples. It is more of a friends to lovers relationship. It’s their own story and nobody else’s and I adored it. These two comic lovers totally rock.

Overall…it was funny, sexy, sweet and I can’t wait to see them again! And Oliver has the best pet names…love this Australian like crazy.

P.S. Just throwing this out there…I think Not-Joe needs a book. Even if just a novella. Loved him in this one.

Quotes:

I look at Lola and marvel over how similar we are- lonely childhoods turning us into introverted yet ambitious adults- and how central comics have been to both our lives.

“Sometimes I wish I could meet you all over again,” he says, slicing his banana on top of his cereal. “And pay better attention.”

“I mean, you put out the honey, you’re going to get some bees.”

Kara's Review

5 Stars

I haven’t read the other books in the series, but this can be read as a standalone. I wasn’t lost, but it made me want to go back and read the others! Lola an Oliver (swoon) got drunk and married in Vegas, but never spent the night together. They are best friends who have their own language and a ridiculously strong bond. They see each other all the time and always flirt, but one day it feels different. Lola sold her comic book to a major movie studio and she’s stressed beyond her limits. She doesn’t handle these situations well and Oliver is her safe place where she finds her calm. Their friends see things that Lola doesn’t, but when she can no longer deny that she has feelings for Oliver, she tries to make a move but gets scared. Oliver is so…perfect. He’s the perfect blend of nerdy and sexy. With the accent, the glasses and the way he talks. The way he’s open and honest about how he feels. It’s refreshing! He gets Lola. He wants Lola. He understands her signs and he’s willing to make the first move, but he knows if he pushes too far she’s going to run. Fast. Will Oliver be able to convince her to give them a try? Can Lola figure out what’s holding her back before it’s too late? I really loved this story. I loved the writing, the characters, the banter, the foreplay, and the heat. I love Oliver and I hope we get to see more of him!

 

“If George Clooney is ever accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary as a verb, that activity is immediately getting added to my bucket list.

 

“I’ve wanted to fuck you long before last night,” he says. “And now that I’ve had you, I want it even more.”

 

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Author's Bio

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced ten New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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New Release & 5 Heart Reviews – Sustained, Emma Chase

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August 25, 2015 By

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Synopsis

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

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Buy Links

Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1hWSNhx

Kara's Review

5 Stars

We met Jake in Overruled. He’s Stanton’s friend and colleague with a dirty mouth and a sharp wit. I’m was so exciting to read Jake’s story and Emma did not disappoint! I loved it! Jake curses like a sailor and tells you exactly how it is. He’s a straight shooter in an expensive suit, but under those hot clothes is a sexy man covered in tattoos. In my opinion, that’s the best kind! Jake is an amazing lawyer who knows how to defend his clients. One day he meets a kid on the street and his entire world flips upside down. When he meets the kids Aunt Chelsea, Jake is instantly turned on. He wants her badly. Jake had a rough childhood and someone saved him and set him on the right track. He can’t help but want to save Rory. He quickly gets immersed in the lives of Chelsea and her six nieces and nephews. Jake is not a family man. He has never wanted the wife and kids. He just doesn’t think he’s cut out for it. Will Jake lose the only woman he’s ever loved because of the kids? I laughed out loud so much while reading! Jake is effing hilarious and Chelsea is smart and funny. The kids are the best! I could relate on so many levels! And I love Emma more for quoting my favorite movie!

Emma is the Queen of the male POV that reading her books doesn’t even make me want to know what the woman is thinking!

 

“Then we’re going to go real slow…inch by inch…until you beg me to not go slow anymore. Sound good?”

 

What can I say. When God was passing out dick, he gave me extra.

 

Quiet – so as not to awake the cockblocking inerrupters who are all too eager to disturb us.

 

I want to lick her, lather her, rub myself all over her until she smells like me. So anyone who’s near her knows she belongs to someone.

Is that as gross as it sounds?

“Are you drunk?” she whispers.

Does she really need to ask? I used the work sheesh – of course I’m fucking drunk.

“Oh yeah, off-the-charts drunk, I am.”

Thanks, Yoda.

 

Sandra's Review

5 Stars

I read Overruled and loved Stanton but I fell for his roommate Jake even more in this book! Oh man…it is bad but feels so good.

Jake is a lawyer with a past that he worked very hard to get through. He was a troubled youth but with an expected older man coming into his life, he changed it all around. He is now a top defense attorney, he is very organized, calm and focused on his work. He also has a string of one-night hook-ups and when one surprising re-appears he decides right then…no more one night stands, he needs to get to know a woman first or at least go out with her a few times before “the deed.” What he didn’t see coming was that the woman he wants to know better is someone that could change his world upside down, sideways and totally off its axis….

After a chance encounter with a little punk kid that seems to just need some guidance from a stranger, he drives this little man home. A mansion of all places, he didn’t see that coming and what he definitely didn’t see coming was the boy’s beautiful and crazy busy Aunt Chelsea. He doesn’t know why but he feels a pull to her which isn’t like him at all but something about her get to him and after he leaves, he can’t get her off his mind.

Chelsea needs help. Legal help and Jake is the only one that she thinks to call. And Jake is ready to do just that. He wants to help Chelsea and all the craziness that comes along with her. After being around Chelsea and the kids, things heat up and they fall into a pattern with the kids during the day and with the two of them at night. The problem is that Jake didn’t plan for this kind of life, his life was organized and planned and this is the complete opposite. Could Jake really become a family man? He never thought he would be and being with Chelsea and the kids, he thinks she deserves better. Someone that won’t hurt her or the kids later on. He really has to think about whether or not he is worthy of Chelsea’s love and if he could keep his promises to the kids.

I loved this story! Jake is totally out of his comfort zone and Chelsea is trying her best with what her path in life has brought her. She is 26 years old and now has six kids! She loves here nieces and nephews and it’s crazy awesome how Jake just comes in and supports her without even knowing her. The kids are not the easiest either. There are troublemakers, smartasses, geniuses and ones that are just too adorable for words. It’s a great and wild mix which makes it fun and difficult at the same time.

Overall…I laughed my ass off, got hot and bothered, wanted to throw my iPad and I also cried. It’s a nutty, crazy, emotional and sexy ride. I can’t wait for Brent’s story!

P.S Jake has some of best tattoos! Nothing sexier than a man in a suit with tats under it.

Quotes:

“My armor was tarnished a long time ago, Brent.”
“A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.”

“Am I gonna have to pay you a dime, Jack?”
My voice is gravelly with sleep and sex. She smiles. And it’s beautiful. “This one is on the house, Rose.”

I shake his hand, then I go scoop Regan off the slide and coach her as I carry her back to the obstacle course—like Mickey talking to Rocky Balboa in his corner.

Does she really need to ask? I used the word sheesh—of course I’m fucking drunk.

 

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