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#BookReview – The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to admit, I started reading this book after seeing an excerpt in some article somewhere, and I wondered if this book would really live up to its hype.

Mystery solved… it does!

From the well-beyond-ordinary characters that I completely fell in love with, to the slow-burn romance, to the steaming hot love scenes between these diverse, unconventional people, Hoang has definitely turned me into a fan.

Stella has a Ph.D. in Econometrics. She’s brilliantly smart, hardworking, and there’s nothing more she likes more than her work… so much so that she works even on her days off. As such, her parents are filthy rich, and she herself, even outside of her family money, has more money than the poor girl knows what to do with. She’s also on the Autism Spectrum.

As a super-introvert myself, I have to say I can 100% relate to this part of the story, but Stella at some point realizes she must turn the act of learning how to be good in social settings into a task to master, including how to successfully be in a romantic relationship with a man. These things do not come naturally to her, so the best way she can come up with to master such a thing is to hire someone to teach her.

Introduce Michael. Michael is a Vietnamese man a few years younger than Stella, described to be very handsome and often said to look like two different movie stars. Michael is such an endearing character on so many levels. So what if he makes money on the weekends as a Male Escort? He has his reasons… and it’s lucky he did when you think about it, because otherwise, he may have never met poor Stella.

When these two get together, sparks fly, and the push and pull of will-they-won’t-they is just enough to keep you wildly flipping the pages to get to the “they will!” parts. The way he takes her and puts her at ease, making her feel comfortable in her own skin, making her see how a man should treat her and making her see that what she wants is just as important as what her partner wants, and making her see that she’s perfect just the way she is, labels be damned.

This book will challenge you, and it will break your heart, and it will restore your faith in humanity once again when all is said and done. If you add one Must-Read book to your TBR this year, I’d say this one should be it.

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#BookReview – The Protector: Men of the North Book 1 by Elin Peer

“I can’t wait to meet the women who would inspire two such magnificent warriors to do something this stupid.”
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The Protector
by Elin Peer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow… where do I even begin?

This book was fantastic. I’ve had it on my TBR list for quite some time, and it took me a while to finally take the plunge, but when it was released recently in Audio, I snapped it up and devoured it in every spare (and possibly not-so-spare) moment I had.

This book is based on a futuristic, almost post-apocalyptic type society (which I seem to really like, judging from how much I also loved In Blood We Trust by Elodie Colt). In this book, Parts of the world that are still inhabitable include the Motherlands, and then the Northlands. In the Motherlands, women outnumber men 14 to 1, but women are no longer attracted to the men who are there, for reasons I’ll let you read for yourself.

Then there’s the Nmen, the Men of the North, where men outnumber women 100,000 to 1. These men are virile, strong, and masculine – everything that men from the Motherlands are not, and the people of the Motherlands have been taught to fear them because of their crude and violent natures. The borders between the two lands are guarded, and no one is allowed to cross them without approval that is not easy to come by.

Now, enter the romance. Historian and Archaeologist, Christina Sanders, volunteers to be sent to the Northlands to excavate for books to preserve history. What she finds there is Alexander Boulder who’s charged by Khan Aurelius, their ruler, to protect her. They clash on so many levels, but the chemistry between them is magnanimous and explosive.

There were so many parts in this book where these two argued over how things ought to be, each with their own, opposing opinions of what was right or proper, and I found myself saying… neither of them are wrong… and how fitting that is in the society we live in now where it seems everyone has such a strong opinion about every stupid little thing.

I loved this book. If 5 stars is the limit, I’d give it a 6, especially with the two who narrated the audio. They could not have done a better job. This is one of those books I can see myself re-reading when I’m in a funk and can’t find anything that speaks to me.

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Audio Audition Voting – Round 2

The numbers are in from the first round of voting, and there was a clear winner.  I’ve reached out to Mr. Dawson McBride (yes, he did have such a yummy sound, didn’t he?).  The bad news is, Mr. McBride is a little too far outside my price range, and though I think he’s worth every penny he was asking for, I just can’t afford him right now, I hate to say.  He did try to work with me and came down a little, but even his bottom line minimum was out of my reach.

Vote results

So… with that being said, I have a 4th audition, so I’m doing ONE MORE ROUND of voting!  I’m putting it in your hands, and it’s the All-or-Nothing, lightning round between the 2nd place winner of the last vote and the new audition.  Let me know who you like best, for the win!

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Let me know what you think! Voting will end Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 11:59 PM CST.

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Get Ready For My Best Book Yet!

I’ve been quiet in the blogosphere lately, and for good reason. I’ve been toiling away these past few weeks with a self-imposed deadline, working on my newest book, and as of yesterday, I finally finished the last chapter. I spent the remainder of the day doing a full read-through to self-edit and make sure everything flowed, everything fit, added some extra details here and there, and got it ready to send off to my editor.

I’m excited to introduce…

Boss Unwavering

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What’s exciting about Boss Unwavering?

  • Strong female lead
  • Role reversal (female boss)
  • Enemies to Lovers
  • Alpha Hero
  • Military Romance (former Navy, former NCIS agent)
  • Protector
  • Suspense and Danger
  • Slow burn romance

Elaina Evans is my strongest female character yet. She’s the owner of an upscale bar in Houston. She’s used to the high rollers and rowdy thugs who frequent her bar, and she knows how to keep her patrons and staff in line. When Elaina speaks, people listen. She’s independent, confident, and like any woman who knows how to get what she wants, she’s stubborn as a mule.

Enter Sebastian Stone. He’s as dominant as they come, having spent years training with the Navy SEALs, even more years fighting crime lords and terrorists with NCIS, and now, he’s hung up his hat for a slower pace as a self-employed Private Investigator. He’s smart, tough, and oh, by the way, throw in a sordid past and the fact that he’s a recovering alcoholic.

Put these two in a room together bidding on the same, prized item in a salvage auction, and someone’s bound to get hurt, one way or another.

These two both end up learning just what they’re made of when Elaina’s life is threatened and she must surrender control, something she would never willingly do, and put her life in Sebastian’s hands. Boundaries are tested and passion abounds when Sebastian makes Elaina an offer she can’t refuse.

Boss Unwavering Teaser

While we’re waiting for my editor to work her magic, there’s a couple things you can do.

Grab an exclusive, sneak peek of the first 6 Chapters.

Preorder now for only $0.99 and have it delivered to your e-reader the moment it goes live.

 

Narrator Wanted

I’m looking for acting talent to narrate the audio book, so if you know of someone fantastic, send them my way or have them audition here.