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Gin Lovers #3Society Sinners (Gin Lovers #3) by Jamie Brenner
* I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

After a passionate night with Jake, Charlotte can’t help but wish she was a free, unmarried woman. But when a trip to visit her parents reveals a devastating truth about her mother, Charlotte knows she is trapped in her loveless marriage. When Jake confides in her about a risky business deal in the works, he offers her a way out. But will it be too little, too late?

The Gin Lovers is a six part series about life and times of the twenties during prohibition that focuses on the Delacorte family.  During this trying time Charlotte is learning a lot about herself and her relationship with her husband; she doesn’t like what she sees and starts things in motion to do something about it.

Society Sinners picks up right where book two left off.  Charlotte is exploring life outside of her marriage with hottie, Jake.  He makes her realize what it’s like to have someone love her properly and now she can’t look at her husband the same way.  She starts thinking about the future but after an impromptu visit home, things change and she realizes that she may not be able to make the changes that she would like to.

The longer Charlotte stays married to her husband, the more she starts to hate her life.  She starts making small changes to her appearance, first with a shopping spree with Mae and now a trip to the beauty salon.  She is expected to be the role model for their family and her sister-in-law Mae but in truth, Mae is showing her how to live.

Society Sinners (Gin Lovers #3) by Jamie Brenner * I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

The Gin Lovers is a six part series about life and times of the twenties during prohibition that focuses on the Delacorte family.  During this trying time Charlotte is learning a lot about herself and her relationship with her husband; she doesn’t like what she sees and starts things in motion to do something about it.

Society Sinners picks up right where book two left off.  Charlotte is exploring life outside of her marriage with hottie, Jake.  He makes her realize what it’s like to have someone love her properly and now she can’t look at her husband the same way.  She starts thinking about the future but after an impromptu visit home, things change and she realizes that she may not be able to make the changes that she would like to.

The longer Charlotte stays married to her husband, the more she starts to hate her life.  She starts making small changes to her appearance, first with a shopping spree with Mae and now a trip to the beauty salon.  She is expected to be the role model for their family and her sister-in-law Mae but in truth, Mae is showing her how to live.

Charlotte knows that her husband is up to something and it can’t be good based on what she found in his office.  She is also starting to suspect that there is more than friendship between him and Amelia.  In some respects I think she would be relieved if there was something going on between William and Amelia because it would let her “off the hook” so to speak.    William is a product of the society during that time period.  He believes in trying to protect his family name and image and that women are meant to take care of the home.

It was nice to see the stories of the other characters continuing and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen with the rest of the story, especially how this one ended.   I enjoyed this installment in the series and am looking forward to reading the next installment.  I give Society Sinners 3½ Flaming Hearts.  3.5 Hearts

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Torn #3Torn, Miss Chatterley #3 by Logan Belle
* I received this ARC free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

Surprised by Cliff’s sudden attention, Connie is caught between the life she always wanted and the passion she never knew she needed. Luckily, Connie’s wild, older sister Hillary comes to town to talk some sense into her—don’t throw away your future for a passing fling. But can Connie forgo the ecstasy of Mellors’s touch for a future with Cliff? Will Cliff be too distracted with the IPO to realize what’s at stake?

Connie continues to struggle with her feelings for Cliff and her attraction to Mellors.   She intends to end it with Mellors but she can’t fight her attraction to him.  On a weekend getaway, Cliff offers her the life she has always wanted with him but guilt gets in the way.

Connie knows that her relationship with Mellors is wrong but she is drawn to him but she just can’t walk away.  After nearly getting caught, she realizes just what is really at stake and decides to make the needed changes in her life.  Unfortunately, Mellors is out when she visits him to tell him it’s over.

Cliff has realized that he is going to lose Connie if he doesn’t change the way things are between them.  He plans a romantic evening for the two of them but things don’t go as planned.  He knows that she still loves him but that she is very unhappy there.  With the help of her sister, they set a plan in motion that is sure to make things better between them.

After losing her job, Connie’s sister Hillary shows up in California with a mission.  She is determined that Connie isn’t going to go through what she just did.  While she is staying with them, Cliff hires her to do some consulting work at Chatterbox, she doesn’t realize that it could lead to a love connection for her.

Ivy and Dukes are still up to no good and determined to get Cliff to go public.  Dukes employee’s Ivy’s help to do get dirt on Connie and her sister using whatever means necessary, to get them out of the picture.  Ivy’s greed is really showing and she will do whatever Dukes asks her to do.

This was the best one yet and I can’t wait to share the final installment with you.  I really enjoyed Miss Chatterley Part III: Torn and give it 3 ½ Flaming Hearts.  3.5 Hearts

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Dirty #2Dirty, Miss Chatterley #2 by Logan Belle
* I received this ARC free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

Consumed by desire, Connie’s body yields to Mellor’s outrageous demands even as her heart yearns for her sweet, steady boyfriend. Connie reaches out to Cliff to save their relationship but he is too distracted exploring a different sort of temptation—the promise of quick and easy money from the shifty Tommy Dukes. Can Connie stop Cliff before he makes an epic mistake? Can she stop herself before she falls too far to ever come back?

Connie is beside herself with guilt after her latest workout session and she isn’t looking forward to her weekend with Cliff.  She can’t get Cliff to change his mind but she is saved when he has a crisis at Chatterbox.  Even though she is mad as hell at him for choosing work over her, she is also relieved.  She fully intends to end things with Mellors but things don’t always go as planned.  Will it be too late to save her relationship with Cliff?

Connie is still battling with self-doubt and boredom.  She doesn’t have anything to occupy her days while Cliff is spending hours at Chatterbox.  They are having problems in the bedroom and she’s afraid that Cliff isn’t attracted to her anymore.  Connie puts her energy into working out and her art but every time she tries to draw it seems that Mellors is her inspiration.

She knows what she did was wrong but she is drawn to Mellors and can’t seem to walk away from him.  He is their Crossfit coach and Cliff is super excited about them training together.  If she can only convince Mellors to drop them as clients, she won’t have to be the bad guy.

To me, Cliff is oblivious to what is going on between him and Connie.  He is so wrapped up with Chatterbox that he doesn’t realize that their relationship is falling apart.  He spends more time with his “assistant” Ivy than he does at home.  Ivy has an ulterior motive for everything she does and thinks that by working with Tom Dukes she is going to achieve the financial success she desires.  Tom Dukes is only out for himself and he will get what he wants no matter what it takes or who gets hurt in the process.

Even though these are short stories, it doesn’t take long to become fully vested in these characters.  I don’t agree with what Connie is doing, but I still don’t want her to get caught.  What she is going through is not uncommon and I can understand the need to feel desirable and Mellors provides that for her.  He may be sexy but Cliff is the one that is going to be there for her through thick and thin.  Connie just needs to take a step back and look at her relationship with Mellors and determine whether or not she is willing to “walk away”.

I loved the second installment of this series; it moved quickly and was very sexy.  I love the characters and can’t wait to see how everything is going to play out.  I know that Ivy and Tom Dukes are going to cause trouble for Cliff and Connie somehow.  Overall I enjoyed this installment and give Miss Chatterley II: Dirty 3½ Flaming Hearts.  3.5 Hearts

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Hungry Miss Chatterly #1 - Logan BelleHungry, Miss Chatterley #1 by Logan Belle
* I received this ARC free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

Connie Chatterley isn’t exactly thrilled about the move to Palo Alto. What will she do in the land of tech billionaires and IPOs? But when her boyfriend Cliff says he needs to do it for his company, she agrees. Isn’t compromise a part of every good relationship?  Once in California, Cliff spends all his time with his demanding assistant Ivy Bolton and shark-like investment banker Tommy Dukes, leaving Connie with nothing better to do than go to the gym. But when she starts training with rugged CrossFit coach Oliver Mellors, Connie feels a dangerous attraction to the sexy stranger. And after one shocking moment of weakness, the move isn’t the only thing Connie starts to question.

Connie and Cliff have been together for four years in New York.  Connie has just graduated from college and has plans to start her master’s program in the fall.  Cliff is an up and coming software designer and his future is in Silicon Valley.  Can he convince Connie to give up her dreams and family and follow him to California?

Connie is having trouble fitting in now that they have moved to California.  It seems like Cliff doesn’t desire her anymore, much less have any time for her.  He spends all his time at Chatterbox with his assistant Ivy and Connie is feeling dejected.  She and Cliff are invited to a party at Tommy Dukes house but things with the Mr. Dukes aren’t what they seem.  He has an agenda where Cliff is concerned and Connie doesn’t trust him.  Ivy, on the other hand, has become his eyes and ears into Chatterbox.

After seeing the CrossFit trainer at the local gym, Connie decides to give it a try.  The sexy trainer, Oliver Mellors, puts her through the paces and she almost doesn’t go back but there is something about him that pulls her back for more.  After a particular grueling session in the park, things between them are taken to a new level and it could jeopardize her relationship with Cliff.

I haven’t read the original Lady Chatterley’s Lover but I loved this take on it.  The first installment is mainly an introduction to the characters and background about the situation.  It’s easy to see the connection between Cliff and Connie from the beginning and the issues that they are facing are issues that a lot of people face in everyday life.  The characters are likeable and interesting and I wanted more, especially the way the first installment ended.  I give Hungry, Miss Chatterley Part 1 3½ Flaming Hearts.  3.5 Hearts

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Gin Lovers #2Little White Lies (Gin Lovers #2) by Jamie Brenner
* I received this ARC free from the author/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Charlotte’s cloistered, high society world quickly spirals out of control as she discovers her husband, William, is keeping some big – and potentially dangerous – secrets. Unsure of who to trust Charlotte falls deeper into the thrall of sexy Jake Larkin and New York’s ever-exhilarating and increasingly carnal jazz scene. Charlotte must decide where her true loyalties lie? With a man she has just met or a husband she barely knows?

The 2nd installment in the Gin Lovers series picks up right where the first one left off.  Charlotte is surer than ever that her husband is up to something but she just can’t figure out what.  He is gone on “business trips” more than he is home and his is hiding large amounts of cash and a gun in his office.

Charlotte’s sister-in-law Mae is fit to be tied.  She helps Charlotte spice up her wardrobe with something more fitting of the times and then end up in a club in Harlem listening to jazz greats before they were great.  During the night, Charlotte becomes more enthralled with Jake Larkin.

During prohibition the DEA were out to shut down the clubs that sold alcohol and whatever cost necessary.  This story doesn’t disappoint.  There are undercover cops, speakeasies, Jazz and lots of alcohol throughout the book.  The club owners will do everything they can to keep their clubs in business, including making their customers “happy.”

Charlotte steps outside her comfort zone and really starts to experience life with the help of Mae and Jake.  She married into the Delacorte family but didn’t really know what she was getting into, especially after her mother-in-law passed away.  She was expected to take her place and be the role model society and her husband wanted.  She is tired of being on “display” all the time and not allowed to mess up or be herself.  She always dressed prim and proper and when Mae introduced her to the new styles she fell in love with the freedom she felt while wearing the scandalous dress.

Jake is an interesting character and he is fascinated by Charlotte and she is drawn to him.  I am not usually a proponent of affairs, you can’t help put pull for the two of them, especially the more we find out about her husband William.  I can’t wait to see how this whole situation is going to end – I can see it ending very badly if William ever finds out about Jake Larkin.

I loved that we got to see characters introduced in the first story, like Mae and the butler.  They added to the growing story and I can only imagine the roles they will play in the next few installments.  Will the butler be an ally to Charlotte or an enemy and will Mae ever get to live her own life.  Big brother has taken over her finances and life and he expects Charlotte to be her baby sitter while he is off on another business trip.

This period has always interested me and I love reading stories set in twenties, especially ones that have sexy men and woman in it.  I thought the second installment in this series was better and can’t wait to see where the author goes with this serial.  I give Little White Lies 3 ½ Flaming hearts.   3.5 Hearts

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Stygian's HonorStygian’s Honor (Breeds #27) by Lora Leigh
* This book is part of my personal library*

Window Rock, Arizona, is the last known location of Honor Roberts, who vanished when she was just thirteen. It was her only sanctuary from the Breed research that would surely have ended in her death—one such insidious experiment should, indeed, have killed her. That she lived is both a miracle—and a great mystery.

Stygian’s mission is to find Honor Roberts, no matter the cost. Now, with the help of Liza Johnson, assistant to the chief of the Navajo Nation, he is closer than ever to his goal. But will the discovery of Honor Roberts mean the destruction of the mating heat that has developed between Stygian and Liza?

The hunt for the three missing teens continues; the breeds must find them before the council soldiers or Gideon do. The search has led them to Window Rock, Arizona and with the help of Liza Johnson, they hope to uncover their identities. The Tribal Elders will do anything they can to keep the secrets of the past including lying to their own daughters.

Liza has had a happy life; she has been working for the chief and training to be a part of their underground breed recovery program. She may have a photographic memory but nightmares have been plaguing her years. She has learned to compartmentalize them and she never remembers them when she wakes up, that is until Stygian comes into her life. He makes her question her life and who she really is.

Stygian has been a loner for most of his life. He is a breed enforcer that works for Jonas and has been assigned to find Honor Roberts, no matter what the cost. He has been intrigued with Liza since he first spotted her and realized that she was his mate. Because Liza is hiding within herself, the mating heat is reacting different and doesn’t seem to be affecting her like it has other mates. Will Stygian lose his mate when the truth comes out?

Jonas will do anything to save his daughter and he hopes that Liza is the key. They run keep running into roadblocks at the Navajo Nation who are determined to protect the secret of what happened that night no long ago. The car wreck not only changed the lives of Liza and Claire but everyone else involved too. Now that Liza’s life is in danger, she has to come to terms with the nightmares and memories that have been plaguing her for years.

For me, their story helped progress the overall story and revealed some of the missing pieces but at times it seemed the story dragged along too. Honor’s story seemed to drag out a little more than it had too, I understand that it had to unfold a certain way but it just seemed to go on and on. I did enjoy the connection between Stygian and Liza and I felt bad for her as everything came out. I can’t imagine what all she was going through but she handled it well. I can’t wait to read the next one to see what else is revealed and if they find the other two missing people. I am waiting on them to find a cure for Amber too.

Overall Stygian’s Honor is another solid installment in the Breed series. I am ready for the next book. I give it 3½ Flaming Hearts.  3.5 Hearts

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Goldie and her BearsGoldie and Her Bears (Naughty Nursery Rhymes) by Dorris O’Connor
* I received this ARC free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Take one very human girl. Add three bear shifters and one BDSM club. Shake well. What do you get? Lots of delicious fun.

When Goldie Lockwood receives an explicit note, signed by none other than the man she fell head over clit in lust with on first sight, there is only one thing she can do – obey. After all she is dying to find out what goes on behind closed doors at the exclusive BDSM club.

Having his Goldilocks pounced on by his brother and sister had not been in Jason Stanhope’s plan, even if the little human’s responsiveness blows the triplets away. Porridge, chairs, beds, she tries them all.

But, can she be the sweet sub they need? Or will Goldilocks live up to her name and run away screaming?

Goldie’s boss has been star of her fantasies ever since she walked in on him changing his shirt. She receives a mysterious note with specific instructions, including what to wear or rather not wear. With much trepidation she decides to take a chance on the unknown and gets in the cab waiting outside her home.

Jason and his siblings own the premier BDSM club in town. They are a close family that shares everything, even their subs. When Goldie shows up at the club, Jason has other plans for her though, that is until she blows all his expectations out of the water.

Goldie didn’t know what to expect when she stepped out of the cab but she was in for the weekend of her life.  She hasn’t had much luck with her sexual encounters and rumor around the office is she is frigid.  She has just never had the right DOM to show her what has been missing from her life.  Now she has not one but three DOM’s to instruct her in the pleasures of sex.

Jason wants to keep Goldie for himself; he sees something in her that intrigues him.  He wants to share his secret with her but he isn’t sure how she will react and he doesn’t want to lose her.  When she finds out, she shocks them all with her reaction and needless to say, they are very pleased.  She intends to show one bear in particular that her name may be Goldie but she isn’t a scared little girl.

This is a short sexy retelling of Goldilocks and the three bears like you’ve never seen before.  It is full of sexy bear shifters and one very willing sub with plenty of sex. The story is fast paced and most of it takes place in the BDSM club.  It is not for the faint of heart and does contain sex with multiple partners.  I give Goldie and her Bears 3 ½ Flaming Hearts.   3.5 Hearts

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