Life is what happens when you are making other plans~ John Lennon
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind~Gandhi
The time is always right to do what is right~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Rocco: A Mafia Romance (Ruin & Revenge series Book 3) by Sarah Castille

This is the last and final installment of the Ruin & Revenge series by Sarah Castille
-Rocco DeLucchi is the best in his business when it comes to being a Mafia enforcer. He's cold, hard, takes no prisoners. He's also efficient and clean in his job, leaving nothing behind, which all the more impresses his bosses. One night, he encounters, by accident, the one woman who managed to see past the hard muscle and heavy tattoos in to his heart, to see the one woman who sees him for what he really is-a kind hearted, quick to protect man

-Grace Mantini has spent her life surrounded by the mob. Her father is the don's right-hand man and any time she can get away from things like hits on people and general mob life, she'll do it. One day, Rocco comes back into her life and at first she is annoyed because he betrayed her and broke her heart. She distinctly remembers him as being the man that ferried her and her brother to school, as a driver for their father. But as time goes on, they start to fall for each other once more.

Luca: A Mafia Romance (Ruin & Revenge Series Book 2) by Sarah Castille

This is the second in the Ruin & Revenge series
-Luca Rizzoli is currently in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He's one of the more powerful crime bosses in Las Vegas, taking over the reigns as Don of the Toscani family from its previous don, Nico Toscani. Soon, the doctors bring in another patient, despite his strict orders that his room was to have only one occupant-him. He quickly realizes that this new patient has been brought in for the same reason-gunshot wound to the chest, only he realizes this "new patient" is of the female variety.

-Gabrielle Fawkes is a member of the Las Vegas PD. She wants revenge against the person who took everything away. She was happily married and nearly nine months pregnant with her first child when she came home one night to find her husband naked and gutted like a fish in their shower, which caused her to miscarry and lose their baby. Now she wants revenge. When she starts to fall for the man she spent one night of passion with, she realizes that he will follow her through the very fires of hell as long as he gets to be with her.

Nico: A Mafia Romance (Ruin & Revenge Series Book 1) by Sarah Castille

This is the first in a series called Ruin & Revenge.
-Nico Toscani is one of the top crime bosses in Las Vegas. He's the boss or Don in Mafia talk, of the Toscani crime family. The only other rival to him is the Cordano family. But he meets a woman named Mia Cordano, who was brought to his office because one of his security guards caught her trying to break in. He is about to realize he may have just met his match

-Mia Cordano is not your average, typical woman. The daughter of a Mafia boss, she is dying to get out from under that Mafia world. Her father is trying, very stubbornly, to transform her into a typical Mafia princess-obsessed with fashion and appearance and good for only keeping house and raising kids while her mobster husband hits the town with mistresses. She runs a successful IT firm in Vegas and over time, she succumbs to Nico's powerful charm, all the while both the Toscani and Cordano families are battling over control of the city.

In Bed with the Billionaire: A Nine Circles Series (Book 5) by Jackie Ashenden

This is the fifth and final book in the Nine Circles Series by Jackie Ashenden
-Theo Fitzgerald faked his death and assumed a new identity-Jericho, a shadowy underworld figure who has been working in some not so pleasurable environs. His actual plan is to destroy the criminal empire his corrupt father established, preferably before anyone else does it.

-He has his suspicions that a woman, named Temple Cross, who worked as a personal driver for the mysterious Nine Circles Club in New York, is trying to destroy him as well as the empire. Temple, however, has a personal stake in this. "Jericho" has ruined her life for all and eternity. She wants his bloody head on a silver platter. All the time she's been planning to kill him with all the revenge in her heart, the second she's alone with him, she realizes her assumptions were wrong. He doesn't seem like a barbaric shadow figure, rather a gentlemanly man with an aura of danger around him.

Kidnapped by The Billionaire: A Nine Circles Series (Book 4) by Jackie Ashenden

This is the fourth book in the Nine Circles series by Jackie Ashenden
-Elijah Hunt had it all-a beautiful wife, a beautiful life, the fact that he was a billionaire and then, he lost it all. Seven years later, he becomes a bodyguard. He wants revenge on the man who took his family away from him. And he'll start small-by taking the daughter of the man he deems responsible. But he seemed to have bit off more than he chew when he takes this daughter.

-Violet Fitzgerald is a hippie in almost every sense of the word. She's free-spirited, does what she wants, when she wants, is outspoken, but is caring about everyone. She lived with her roommate, Honor St. James, until she moved in with her new beau, Gabriel Woolf. Elijah quickly realizes that Violet is nothing like her father. She is kind, yet outspoken, caring and she somehow manages to melt the ice around his heart and open him up to see the kind-hearted man beneath the icy surface.

You are Mine: A Nine Circles Series (Book 3) by Jackie Ashenden

This is the third installment of the Nine Circles series by Jackie Ashenden
-Zac Rutherford is a tough and demanding member of New York's upper crust society circle. He's powerful, demanding, two things that attract him to the underground S&M scene. Women flock to him like bees to honey. But his heart only holds one spot for one woman, a young mysterious woman named Eva King.

-Eva started out her life being forced into the sex trade. Because of what she went through, she has a strong reluctance to let any man touch her. But her past comes back to haunt her and she needs Zac's help to save her, on one condition-she surrender to his every need and whim.

Make You Mine: A Nine Circles Series (Book 2) by Jackie Ashenden

This is the second in the Nine Circles Series by Jackie Ashenden
-Alex St. James is an international playboy in every sense of the word. He can have whatever girl he wants. To him, things like going all-in on high-stakes poker or going to bed with high-class socialites is fun. But there's one woman who he really wants-his former Russian Olympian bodyguard, Katya. When the chance comes up to enter a high-stakes poker tournament in Monaco comes up, Alex and his bodyguard Katya pose as lovers to enter it. Along the way, they both develop actual feelings for each other, Katya beginning to see through the fa├žade Alex has and see the beautiful, caring soul he is while Alex helps Katya realize true love when she sees it.

Mine to Take: A Nine Circles Series (Book 1) by Jackie Ashenden

This book is the first in a series by romantic author Jackie Ashenden
-Gabriel Woolf is almost a literal wolf in sheep's clothing. As a former president for an outlaw motorcycle club, he left that world behind to become one of the biggest construction magnates in New York City, forming Woolf Construction. For most if not all his life, he has had revenge in his heart. He wants the man who raped and murdered his mother dead and in the ground. But as time goes on, he will be incredibly shell shocked to find the man who raped and murdered his mother also conceived him, making the man he wants dead and buried his father and a baby conceived via rape.

-Honor St. James is your typical New York socialite. She is more likely to fret over the latest Yves Saint Laurent clothing than anything else. She soon finds out that the mysterious man who picks her up one night from her law firm, a man with an aura of danger lurking about him, is connected to her father in more ways than one.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The British Knight by Louise Bay

If you know me like my parents do, I don't mind reading a romance story. But it has to have the right balance of suspense, mystery and a little adult time, lol. Not surprisingly, my sister and mom always laugh when they look at some of the romance novels on my Kindle or in my room. They always involve either some aspect or part of London, soccer, Australia, organized crime or Japan.

Sadly, the picture just had me drooling, lol. But, of course, the storyline sounded good and thank God it proved to be a good book! I do, however, have to wonder why is it that most of the romance stories I read involve some part of London or soccer? Maybe it has something to do with my hope of going there some day or maybe it has something to do with the fact that people in Britain were raised with manners and respect for others, which seems to have died out with the Black Plague years ago over on this side of the pond, lol!!
-Violet is a young woman with no desire to settle down and raise a family. She has a sister named Scarlett and a sister-in-law named Darcy, who lives in London. When Violet is offered the chance to work in London for three months at a London law firm, she could set land speed records with how fast she can pack. She's excited about going to her dream city, London, a city filled with black taxis, red phone boxes, red double deckers buses and more! For one thing, this distraction will be good for her, as it will distract her from the disaster of her breakup with her boyfriend. They both started an IT firm together, but after he broke up with her, he is about to gain millions from going live with the announcement of him taking it over. But, as she's heading to work one day on The Tube, where she says it's nothing but sexy as ever British men in suits, she stumbles and falls against an achingly hot British gent who is as gentlemanly as Mr. Darcy from the Jane Austen novels and as charming as James Bond. Dark thoughts about what she would like to do him start to fill her mind.

-Little does she know that this gentleman is her boss. She soon finds out that his devilishly handsome man, who makes her drool at the thought of him, is short tempered, moody and the most arrogant man she's ever met. Which means she's automatically attracted to him.

Keeper by Amy Daws (Harris Brothers series Book 3)

This is the third and final book in the Harris Brothers series
-As the youngest member of the Harris Brothers, Booker Harris is a Bethnal Green FC player as well. He's tired of living in the shadow of his older brothers Camden and Tanner. He's managed to carve out a path in life for himself-as a player on the Bethnal Green FC team instead of being just Camden and Tanner's baby brother.

-His childhood friend, Poppy McAdams, has left London to study abroad in Germany. When she returns, she is staying with Booker Harris until she finds some space of her own. Little do they both know that chemistry will soon take over and these two will be falling head over heels for one another.