Review & #giveaway – Rough by Sybil Bartel @sybilbartel @xpressotours


Book details:

Rough by Sybil Bartel
(Thrust, #2)
Publication date: March 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance




I’m not your boyfriend. I’m not the guy next door. I don’t even play nice.

My hands twisting in your hair, my whispered demand in your ear—I’m the fantasy you’ll wish you never had.

When I’m through with you, every inch of your body will know where I’ve been. You won’t crave more, you’ll beg for it. Because I’m not just the cocky smile with military hardened muscles you paid five grand for—I’m the experience you’ll never forget.

One night with me and you’ll know exactly why women pay me to be rough.


This book overlaps with the time frame in Thrust (link below).  I strongly recommend that you read Thrust first, although it is totally possible to read this this volume on a stand alone basis.

So to the book itself.  I’m not going to lie.  This book is seriously hot.  And you aren’t eased into it either. Oh no.  Prepare yourself for a full on, in your face, explicit ride.  And despite the candid nature of the narrative (give it a miss if you like clean romance) there is, somehow, an underlying feeling of insecurity and tenderness wrapped up securely within it.

I really enjoyed the teasing out of the connection and growth of the relationship between these two.  Her hesitancy, his unexpected response to her.

Overall, for me, I think that this was a stronger story than Thrust.  I had a better emotional connection to the character development.  I can’t wait to see what the author delivers with Grind.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.




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About the author

Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.
Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

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Review & #giveaway – The Makeup Test by Vanessa M. Knight @VanessaMKnight @xpressotours


Book details:

The Makeup Test by Vanessa M. Knight
Publication date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Parker Breckinridge is a sophomore in college and already running her own internet cosmetics business. She doesn’t apologize for her successes—or anything else. She’s worked hard to get what where she is. She’s had to. It’s not like there was anything else in her life, despite her rich family.

Cade Adler doesn’t do relationships—especially relationships with uptight princesses. Been there. Done that. Destroyed the T-shirt. Besides, what with working full-time as a police officer and going to school, who has time for women? Not him.

With his tattoos and overall attitude, Cade is exactly what Parker doesn’t need. And between her father’s money and her piss-poor attitude, Parker is exactly what Cade doesn’t need.

So why is it they can’t stay apart?


Although this is book #6 in the Ritter University series, it is perfectly capable of being read as a standalone, as I did.

At 144 kindle pages, this is not a tale which will take up much of your time.  It is, for the most part, a light, fast paced read.

I must say that, certainly for the start at least, I didn’t much take to Parker.  I much preferred Cade as a character.  I warmed to her somewhat over the course of the story, but at first it was difficult to relate to the connection between them, other than at the most superficial of levels.

The humour works well and weaves seamlessly into the overall tone for the story.  The author has done a good job of ensuring that the story is not adversely affected by its length, and as a result has produced an enjoyable, quick read.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.




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About the author

Vanessa M. Knight has always enjoyed writing and once she found romance, she was addicted. She props her laptop in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son and menagerie of 4-pawed, claw-babies (AKA cats and dogs.) That laptop has partnered-in-crime to write contemporary romances with a dash of humor and splash of snark.

When she has a few moments to spare, you can find her singing off key (but she assures us it’s still considered singing), reading, kickboxing or killing a few brain cells as she stares at the many sitcoms and dramas available through the Internet and TV.

For more information on Vanessa, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at
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Review – Bitter Thirst (Preternatural Affairs #8) by SM Reine @smreine

Book & Author Details:

Bitter Thirst (Preternatural Affairs #8) by SM Reine

Published by: Red Iris Books

Publication date: March 27th 2017

Genres: Paranormal, Supernatural, Suspense

bitter thirst.jpgCèsar Hawke works for the Office of Preternatural Affairs, and until now, his detective work has been a secret to the nation. But a Senator has been publicly assassinated in Washington DC…by a demon. Now America knows that the preternatural are real. Everyone knows it’s real.

The doomsday clock is ticking. A change is coming. And if Cèsar doesn’t stop the Apple cult from sating their bitter thirst for power, then all Americans will end up fodder to feed hungry angels.



Sometimes I just want to curse my brain for not being able to keep up with the complexities of this huge, amazing world that Ms Reine has created. The various plot bunnies chase off and intertwine like a map of the British waterways.

This book not only has the threat from the Apple, but also issues with family AND a complicated romantic situation.  The last two are reasonably straightforward, but it is with the Apple where the waters become most definitely muddied.  And what appeared to be black and white in terms of good guys and bad guys from other books in this universe, with this volume, we are presented with varying shades of grey.

As always, Cesar seems to be (along with me) a little bit off the leading edge of the curve.  I quite like that – it makes him more relatable, but also makes the plot reveal much more organic.

I derive great enjoyment from these tales, despite my occasional inability to keep up.  Ms Reine continues to produce books which both entertain and enthrall.  And long may that state of affairs continue.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.



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About the author

smreineHi everyone! My name is Sara, and I write urban fantasy and paranormal novels as SM Reine. I collect swords, cat hair, and typewriters (which I do use for writing!). It’s a good day when those three things have nothing to do with each other.

If you would like to know the instant my next book is available, you should enlist in my Army of Evil! We have a wicked cool secret handshake, but you’ll have to sign up to learn it. 😉 Check it out — Army of Evil

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