Book Review: Magic & Survival (From Siberia With Love #4)

Title: Magic & Survival (From Siberia with Love #4)
Author: Ilana Cohen
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
Rating: 4 stars
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Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wild sex adventures and orgies mix with scientific discovery at Siberia University

Encounter the naughty side of life at the university in Siberia where, like at most colleges, anything goes: sexual adventures, orgies, and more. Alex’s academic work there is cutting edge. It enables top scientists to produce the first information storage discs that herald a new era: the computer age.

Experience the enticing Tel Aviv singles scene

Then take a peek at the wildness and intensity of the life of young people in Israel. Edith’s daughter, Ruth, moves in with her boyfriend in Tel Aviv, leaving Edith very lonely. In her daughter’s neighborhood, Edith discovers a group of young former soldiers in the big city for the first time, for better or for worse. They attend university by day and pour drinks by night.

Can Edith induce her lover to leave all else and fulfill their shared destiny?

“Why am I alone, actually? I’m always alone. Inside this great love”, Edith muses. She presents her lover, Alex, with an ultimatum: He must leave his wife and family and come live with her. Will Edith finally fulfill what she believes to be her destiny and have her beloved all to herself?

I previously read and reviewed the first three books in the series: Joy & Survival and Mystery & Survival were both 3 star reads and the third book, Charm & Survival, was a 3.5 star read for me. After enjoying the series so far, I was looking forward to reading book number four, Magic & Survival. And guess what? The book didn’t dissapoint at all. In fact, it was my favorite of the series.

In this book, Edith’s daughter Ruth has moved in with her boyfriend, leaving Edith rather lonely. On top of that, Alex is still officially married to his wife… And Edith feels very alone and like no one understands her. She wants Alex to break up with his wife, and leave his family… But will Alex make that choice? And if he doesn’t, will Edith be strong enough to move on? And if he does… Will they be strong enough to be together, and be the epic love Edith so desires?

I loved this book, and how it brought the relationship of Edith and Alex to the next level, and really forced Edith to think about her priorities and what she wants in life, and in love. She was less naive here than she was in the previous books, which was a welcome change too. With several hot and steamy scenes, it’s an excellent erotic romance story.

Book Review: Charm & Survival (From Siberia With Love #3)

Title: Charm & Survival (From Siberia with Love #3)
Author: Ilana Cohen
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
Rating: 3,5 stars
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Steaming hot lovers are reunited by tragedy . . .

Edith can’t capture Alex, the wildly attractive ladies’ man who she believes to be her destiny. On his way to a romantic rendez-vous with another woman, Alex suffers a terrible car crash. The tragic event returns him to Edith. After a long stay in the hospital, bandaged and injured, Alex is now a broken vessel, his beautiful face cracked with ugly scars.

Edith’s reward for undying love that does not judge: five-star sex!

Edith welcomes her lover back. In her arms Alex becomes himself once more and graces his beloved with the professional, five-star sex that Edith has come to know and love.

Tantalizing sex with tales of mind-boggling adventure from the wilds of Siberia

Alex also regales Edith with countless stories of his wild and daring exploits in the wilderness of Siberia. His audacious personality and bold curiosity led him to experience unbridled sex and adventure in the untamed forests, mines, and villages of that huge Soviet wasteland. Join Edith as she is transported to Siberia by Alex’s descriptions and then return to their steamy love-nest in Israel.

I previously read and reviewed the first two books in the series: Joy & Survival and Mystery & Survival, and rated both of those 3 stars. Charm & Survival, in my view at least, surpassed both books, being my favorite in the series so far.

Alex is a ladies’ man. Edith, who believes Alex is the love of her life, should know that by now yet she stubbornly refuses to admit it to herself, even when Alex goes out for a romantic rendez-vous with another woman. On the way over, Alex suffers a terrible car crash, though, an event that turns him to Edith. As he’s now stuck to a hospital bed, injured, scarred, Edith becomes his confidante.

He tells her of his adventures back in Siberia, some of those rather sexual in nature, and Edith and Alex grow closer together as Alex heals.

More than the other books, there’s a strong erotic element in this one, and Alex and Edith are finally becoming like real partners in a relationship. Maybe not a very conventional relationship, but a relationship nonetheless. I liked Alex more in this book than I did in the previous ones. Edith also appears slightly more naive, although sometimes I still wanted to knock some sense into her.

Anyway, fans of travel stories, of erotic adventures, and of struggling characters will enjoy this book. Definitely for adults, though, as it comes with a lot of steamy scenes.

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Book Review: Joy & Survival (From Siberia with Love #1) by Ilana Cohen

Title: Joy & Survival (From Siberia with Love #1)
Author: Ilana Cohen
Genre: Action, Adventure, Travel
Rating: 3 stars
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Edith falls for a man from the other side of the world. The impulse and passion he has brought to her world will turn her life upside down.

After Edith’s husband dies, she invests herself in her day job at the bank when, one day, she is paid a visit by a handsome, mysterious man who will change her life forever.

Alex, a charismatic and brilliant scientist of Russian origin, immediately dazzles Edith with his wealth, achievements and style. She listens attentively as he narrates the memories of his childhood in Siberia – a previous life in a distant world, hard to imagine and impossible to ignore. Edith is blinded by his shimmering presence, but Alex is married.

An invisible thread connects the two strangers who have been brought together by destiny – but for what cause?

In Alex, she finds an escape from reality – into the distant and foreign landscapes of alienated and frozen nature. It is within this distant, almost imaginary landscape that she is able to find herself, for the very first time. Within the stories of this perfect stranger, who has grown in the other side of the world, Edith finds a familiarity and a precious sense of belonging. What will she be willing to risk for this frozen love?

An exciting novel about untainted love, sweeping emotions, faith and passion that will sweep you off your feet.

I first read Mystery & Survival (the second book in the series) before I read Joy & Survival. I do recommend starting with the first book, as it will all make more sense that way. However, I still enjoyed book two without having read book one first – but now I’ve read the first book, I enjoyed the series even more.

Anyway, on to the story. After the death of her husband, Edith dedicated herself to her work. She doesn’t know what else to do, and she’s not really interested in dating anyone. That is, until she meets Alex.

Alex is a brilliant scientist of Russian origin. He’s charming and enigmatic, extremely wealthy, and also very confident. He seems like the perfect catch. One problem, though. Alex is already married.

As Alex shares his story of his childhood growing up in Siberia with Edith, a near stranger, the two of them form a connection that might prove unbreakable.

Edith is a tough character to like, first because she falls for a married man, but also because she’s very naive. However, that part of her is also endaring, and it made me feel sorry for her more than anything. The back stories of both main characters were fleshed out and interesting, and I liked that, it gave them dimension and personality.

Having already read the second book, I knew a little of what to expect, but I was still pleasantly surprised at times.

Book Review: Dirty by R.L Kenderson

Title: Dirty
Author: R.L. Kenderson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
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He’s a player. She’s too smart to let him in her pants. Until a night of drunken sex has her kicking herself and vowing she’ll never let it happen again. Or will she?

Elise Phillips returns home due to her father’s illness and doesn’t expect to run into an old acquaintance from college. Luke was a player back then and seems to be a player now, and Elise had always prided herself on not being another notch on his bedpost. But when a few rounds of pool and a couple of shots lead to one night of hot sex, Elise knows that it can never happen again.

Luke Long has always thought of Elise as the pretty girl that was friends with his roommate’s girlfriend, but now she’s all grown up. When their night of passion rocks Luke’s world he knows he must have her again.

The two enter a friends-with-benefits relationship with the agreement that they’re just going to have fun. But when Elise sees a side of Luke she didn’t know existed, she finds herself falling in love, without realizing there’s a side to her that could ruin it all.

Dirty is the first contemporary romance from paranormal romance author R.L. Kenderson. If you like laughing out loud, sexy book boyfriends, playful couples, and dirty, dirty sex, then you’ll love this fun contemporary romance.

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Dirty is a thrilling, exciting contemporary romance. Back in college, Elise Phillips vowed to never let Luke Long, one of the campus’s most notorious players, in her pants.

When she returns home due to her father’s illness and she runs into  an old acquintance from college – Luke – he doesn’t seem to have changed one bit. She’s still wary and refuses to get dragged into his little games, until a few rounds of pool and a couple of shots lead to one night of hot sex.

Their one night of passion means a lot more to Luke than he thought possible. He knows he must have her again… But he’s not ready to commit, and neither is Elise, who is afraid he’s just in it for fun and nothing more. Despite their worries, both of them keep coming back for more, and they enter into a friends with benefits relationship.

Despite Elise’s vow to just keep things light and sexy, and that she just wants to have fun, when she discovers a side of Luke she didn’t know existed, she starts falling for him. And Luke might just fall ofr her too…

Elise and Luke have so MUCH chemistry between them, it’s amazing. All of their scenes are hot, hot, hot… And sometimes funny too. This mix of hot, funny and sexy, gives the book a light summer feel, making it a great summer read, the kind of book you can read on the beach or while chilling at the pool. Luke is so flirty and sexy, it’s a miracle Elise can resist him for so long.

 
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Book Review: Feeble Connections by Meghana Sarathy

Title: Feeble Connections

Author: Meghana Sarathy

Genre: New Adult Romance / Sports Romance / College Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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A charming Casanova; Brandon
A Beautiful, Sassy woman in search of true love; Jennifer
A cocky basketball player; Linden
Three lives, two best friends and one uinque love story.
Feeble Connection spins the tale of two friends- Jennifer and Brandon, who meet in college. They were opposite on many grounds and yet perfect for one another. More so as best friends. The love that blossomed in their hearts never made it to their lips. It was Jennifer’s lost hope or perhaps Brandon’s ignorance to understand his own feelings that made him pave the way for Jennifer to meet Linden . He was very different from Brandon and yet he managed to steal her heart.
Can first love be truly forgotten?
Is second love truly that strong?
Is it even possible to love two people at same time?
* The Love Connection Series can be started with Feeble Connections. It is the prequel to Love Connection. Love Connection  and Love Reconnection are already available for purchase on amazon.
** NOT a menage
Recommended for 18+ due to sexual content and profanity.

Feeble Connections is a prequel of sorts, to the Love Connection series. I hadn’t read this series yet but the first book has me intrigued, so I might pick it up when I have some spare time. From Goodreads, it looks like there are already two books out in that series, so I have some catching up to do.

Anyway, Feeble Connections is the story of Brandon, a charming Casanova; Jennifer, a beautiful young woman desperate to find true love; and Linden. Jennifer and Brandon meet in college and they connect as friends. While they’re both in love with each other, neither of them dares say it out loud and then, before Brandon can truly understand the depths of his own feelings, Jennifer is swept away by Linden. While very different from Brandon, Linden nevertheless manages to steal Jennifer’s heart.

This is a story of friendship, love, heartbreak, of connections forged and destroyed, of romance. I preferred Brandon over Linden, I thought Linden was actually quite selfish and that he chose his own interests over Jennifer’s way too often. I was rooting for Brandon all the way.

An intriguing NA romance suitable for audiences 18+.

 

Book Review: The Women Who Love Rome by London Tracy

Title: The Women Who Love Rome
Author: London Tracy
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
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Rome is a rich, successful movie producer, accustomed to having his way; Thursday is sweet, naive, and eager to please. When the two ex-lovers cross paths, it’s love at first sight all over again.

After an explosive reunion, Thursday learns that Rome now shares his home with two ladyloves and has every intention of making her his newest conquest. Together, they embark on a daring, unorthodox living arrangement that pushes the boundaries of lust, love, and the forbidden.

The Women Who Love Rome is an unorthodox contemporary / erotic romance novel that pushes the boundaries of relationships and how we know them, in literature and in real life. Thursday runs back into her ex, Rome, a rich and successful movie producer. She still feels attracted toward him, and he feels the same towards her. The only problem? He’s already in a relationship.

He has two girlfriends already, and he wants to make her his third conquest. But will Thursday be able to cope with that, and with the complicated dynamics of being in a polyamorous relationship?

The book is at times hilarious, at times eye-opening. It’s an interesting book, that’s for sure, and fans of erotic / contemporary romance looking for something new, should give this book a try.

Book Review: Someone to Stay by B.M. Sandy

Title: Someone To Stay
Author: B.M. Sandy
Genre: New Adult Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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Life is short – this Cassie Mills knows. In the wake of a devastating loss, she has reshaped her life, carving out a limited place for herself with her grief-narrowed perception of the world. But when Jake Mason, an elusive yet famous British actor, comes to her small Pennsylvania town with an entire movie crew to film for two months, she is asked to cater to him and his colleagues in the hotel restaurant where she works. After a strange, but memorable meeting, she tells herself she’ll never see the kind and handsome man up close again. The very next night, though, he shows up again for dinner, and the spotlight is on Cassie again.

Jake Mason’s career is flooded with endless Do Not Disturb signs. He’s notorious for hiding during shoots; nobody seems to really know him. He’s worked hard for his career, and he accepted a long time ago that privacy was a valuable commodity that he should never relinquish. Accepting a leading role in a film that places him in a small town in Pennsylvania, he is forced his first night there to attend a private dinner with nineteen of his fellow cast and crew – definitely outside of his comfort zone. But after losing his phone, he finds himself intrigued by the waitress who helps him, and begins to wonder if some sacrifices might be worth making after all.

In Someone to Stay, Cassie Mills’ life was turned upside down because of a terrible loss, and she’s struggling to reshape her life. Jake Manson, an elusive yet famous British actor, come to her town with his movie crew to film for two months, and Cassie is asked to cater to Jake and his colleagues in the hotel restaurant where she works. She has a strange but memorable meeting with Jake Mason, the actor who is otherwise best known for keeping to his privacy. Cassie fears she may never see him up close again… But then she does, and the two of them connect in ways she never thought possible.

Cassie and Jake are amazing characters. The author did a phenomenal job crafting them as believable and realistic. The story may not be the most original (superstar falls ofr small town girl) but Cassie and Jake’s personalities make it really worth your time. The story is sweet and swoonworthy, and the writing is excellent.

Recommended to anyone who enjoys sweet NA romance novels.

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Book Review and Giveaway Place to Belong

Title: Place to Belong

Author: Claire Boston

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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Sean Flanagan has spent a lifetime alone and rejected, constantly hiding who he really is.

With a father who deserted him and a mother who despised him, Sean didn’t think things could get much worse … until he was kicked out of home for being gay. Now he’s discovered he has three half-sisters on the other side of the world. This might be his last chance to find people who will love and accept him. But he’s terrified that if they find out who he really is then they’ll reject him like the rest of his family.

Sean arrives in Houston and is stunned by the warm welcome he receives from his sisters. He begins to hope that maybe this time things will be different. That’s when he meets Hayden Johnson. To follow his heart means risking everything with his newfound family.

Hayden is tired of endless dating. He’s looking for a man to love, someone to spend the rest of his life with. His boss’s new brother ticks all the boxes on the attraction scale, but there’s just one problem – he’s not gay.

Will Sean let his fears rule him, or will he let in the chance of love and find a place where he belongs?

In Place to Belong, Sean Flanagan has spent his entire life hiding who he really is. He got kicked out of his home for being gay, and now has discovered he has three half-sisters on the other side of the world. Desperate to find a family who loves rather than despises him, he sets out to find his sister, although he’s terrified that they’ll reject him like the rest of his family did.

Sean is stunned by the warm welcome he receives from his sisters. When he meets Hayden Johnson, he risks everything with his newfound family to follow his heart.

I felt so sorry for Sean. He was easy to relate to, and I felt so bad he had to hide his sexuality. Hayden brought out the best in him. Hayden is an amazing character, very patient and loving. The romance is sweet and engaging, and I rooted for both these characters. They were perfect together.

This book is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone. I didn’t read the rest of the series and still very much enjoyed this book. A perfect contemporary romance read.

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Book Review: Take Me To The Starts by J.R. Kavit

Title: Take Me To The Start
Author: J.R. Kavit
Genre: Romance
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
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If you could change one moment in your life what would it be?

When Sophia loses her job on one of the worst days of her life, she meets Benjamin King, an enigmatic British Scientist that makes her wishes come true and then disappears. When a big secret comes to light, Sophia and Benjamin’s relationship takes a surprising turn.

A mysterious, sexy and deeply moving novel about loss, pain and the courage to confront one’s past through love.

Frustrated with the disappearance of the socially alienated thirty year old Scientist that changed her life, Sophia who defines herself as asexual and damaged, goes on a mission to find him and when she does, they discover that if they want to be a part of each other’s worlds, they’ll have to deal with their dark pasts. The past they worked so hard to hide. To make it work they will have to overcome their fears… or go back to the start.

A fresh and engaging novel you will not be able to put down.

Take Me To The Start is a romance novel about how the past echoes in the present. It’s about our battle with the greatest question of all: what if we could go back and do it differently? It’s a gripping and provoking read.

Take Me To The Start is the first installment in the Take Me To The Start trilogy.

Take Me To The Start is the thought-provoking story of Sophia, who meets Benjamin King, an enigmatic British scientist, on one of the worst days of her life. Benjamin is everything she ever wished for, and understands her in ways no one ever could. But then he disappears, and Sophia is more heartbroken than ever…

Until she makes the decision to go on a missoin to find him. When she does find him, she discovers that if they want to be part of each other’s worlds, they will have to deal with their dark pasts… Pasts they’ve both worked very hard to hide.

They can’t be together until they face their fears. But can they find the courage to do so?

This was a very relatable book, with a heroine who is both complex and intriguing but also the kind of character you feel an instant connection to. The plot was unique and suspenseful, and although I could sometimes anticipate what would happen next, other times I couldn’t anticipate that at all.

An engaging read for people who enjoy reading thought-provoking, moving books.

Book Review: Sweet by Lisa Hahn

Title: Sweet
Author: Lisa Hahn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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Cat Brown spends the first six years of her career as one of the lowest-ranking members of the Bretton Falls Ballet. Despite the dancer’s undisputable talent, artistic director Lillian Smith insists Cat is too short for a leading role. When Lillian is forced to retire, world-renowned ballet dancer Dmitri Fedorov takes over and casts Cat as the premier performer in his first production with the company. Cat struggles to fend off a host of distractions as she prepares for the most important role of her career: the most insurmountable of which is her instant attraction to the new boss.

Dmitri, once known for his theatrical performances and womanizing proclivities, disappears into seclusion after a horrific car accident shatters his knee and renders him unable to dance. Looking to escape the constant reminders of how far he’s fallen, Dmitri escapes to Bretton Falls in hopes of elevating the small ballet company there to international prestige. The task proves to be more challenging than Dmitri had bargained for when his surprising interest in Cat Brown becomes fodder for gossip among the company.

Cat and Dmitri both have a lot riding on their upcoming production of The Nutcracker, knowing that their careers depend upon the outcome. However, the biggest challenge they face will be staying away from one another.

Cat Brown is a struggling ballet artist – she’s one of the lowest ranking members of the Bretton Falls Ballet, not due to lack of talent but because artistic director Lillian Smith insists Cat is too short for a leading role. When Lillian retires, renowned ballet dance Dmitri Fedorov takes over and casts Cat as the lead performer. But her leading role is the least of her worries when Cat finds herself falling for her new boss.

Dmitri had to give up his dreams of dancing after a car accident shattered his knee. He finds his new goal in life: to bring international prestige to the small ballet company of Bretton Falls. But he never expected to be falling for his lead star…

I’ve read only a handful of ballet romances, but I’ve enjoyed most of them, and Sweet is no different. I really enjoyed the interactions between Cat and Dmitri – they had real chemistry that sizzled off the pages. The ballet world is an intriguing world that asks a lot of the people in it: discipline, dedication, talent, strength. The characters are great, and the writing was excellent too, and I really enjoyed this sweet romance.

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