Review: The Other Man by R.K. Lilley

My  Thoughts

Scorchinga deliciously hot page turner full of intrigue and angst.

5stars

Synopsis

the other manLourdes

He was brazen as hell from the moment I laid eyes on him. He was aggressive, and dominant, with Mack truck arms, and a bar brawler voice.

He was too good looking for his own good, with a hard jaw, and harder eyes.

I’d always led a fairly peaceful life, but even I could tell at a glance that this man was dangerous. For so many reasons.

Not the least of which being that rough, dirty, sheet-clawing sex fairly radiated off him.

I’d thought I’d known how to handle every kind of man, but this one left me baffled.

To say he wasn’t my type was putting it lightly.

But you couldn’t tell that to my libido.

Not even when I found out the truth.

My lover had lied to me from the very start.

Nothing about our meeting was a coincidence.

My Review

I’m such a big fan of R.K. Lilley’s novels. They are the perfect blend of steam and story, and lately, just the right amount of suspense to keep me addicted. The Other Man is the story of Lourdes and Heath, whom we met in The Wild Side series. From the beginning, there was an instinctive allure to Lourdes… the older woman who had crushed on Dair, and who felt so put together and elegant. And then there’s Heath. He exudes mystery, hides secrets. He’s surly and dangerous. Brutish. And sexy as hell. From the moment the two collide, sparks fly, flesh craves. For a women like Lourdes, who had never felt that kind of fire, meeting a man like Heath only promised the kind of burns she may never recover from.

“I’d come to the attention of a man who didn’t play by normal rules, and my life was about to get very interesting.”

There was something about Heath that Lourdes couldn’t stay away from. She knew she was playing with flames, but her body desired to risk it all for one night of unrestraint.

“He was a wild thing that was not even close to being tamed.”

Their time together was hot as hell. But just as quickly as he had entered her life, he was gone. Vanished. It was clear that Heath hid everythingfrom his feelings to his job to something more not yet discernible. He was vague and secretive and absolutely dangerous.

“His eyes would never be the window to this soul. It was hidden somewhere else.”

But as Lourdes struggles with understanding him, with the expectations around everything to do with him, with her own desires and happiness, he continues to come back, disrupting all her best-laid plans. The more time they spend together, the more he softens. What was supposed to be a one-night stand is now suddenly more, but so far short from a relationship. Was Lourdes affecting him in a way that would nurture the possibility of a future?

“He was rough around the edges… He was uncivilized. Churlish. Uncouth. And strangely, kind of sweet.”

The story unravels through Lourdes’ perspective, but we get the sense that Lourdes does reach Heath in a way that’s real. But at the same time, the more turns the story travels, everything we’ve experienced gets questioned.

“I don’t have a future, Lourdes. But if I did… If I did, it would be yours.”

This all happens on a timeline parallel to The Wild Side series, so it was really cool to experience this other side, knowing some of what was happening. In addition, there are some scenes that had me smiling big, especially if you’re a fan of the Tristan and Danika series, and the Up In The Air series. The first half of the book really sets up just how unbridled their desire is. How they can’t stay away from each other, while the second part, anchors us emotionally with some addictive angst and heartbreak. I just loved everything about it, loved the brooding, reluctant hero. Loved to see a tortured soul find peace unexpectedly. Loyal readers of R.K. Lilley’s books will LOVE this as much as I did, and new readers can enjoy this as a sizzling standalone novel.

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About R.K. Lilley

rk lilleyR.K. Lilley lives in Texas with her husband and their two beautiful sons. She’s had a lot of interesting jobs, from being a first class flight attendant, to being a stablehand, but swears she never knew what hard work was until she had children. She’s been addicted to both reading and writing fiction since she can remember. She loves to travel, read, hike, paint, game, watch anime, and make the most of every single day. She is currently working on Boss and Crossing FireBook #2 of Heretic Daughter series.

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Let’s Talk Wedding Fiascos by Jennifer Probst

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I have loved this series by bestselling author Jennifer Probst and in today’s release, Searching For Beautiful, we finally get to read Genevieve and Wolfe’s story! I’m so excited to feature Jennifer on the blog today as she talks wedding fiascos!!! Plus, make sure to enter to win an ebook set of the series, because if you haven’t read these yet, you’re missing out on all the swoonworthy, wonderful romance!

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Synopsis

searching for beautiful coverThe highly anticipated third novel in the Searching For series from Jennifer Probst, “one of the most exciting breakout novelists” (USA TODAY), featuring a runaway bride and the man who wants to be more than just her best friend…

Genevieve MacKenzie has her life completely under control. About to wed the charming Chief doctor at the local hospital, she’s an up-and-coming surgeon with everything she could ever want. Until an escape through the church window on the day of her wedding sends her life into a tailspin…and flings her right into her best friend’s arms.

When Wolfe catches his best friend falling out a window on her wedding day, he doesn’t ask questions. He whisks her away, determined to watch over her and discover the truth behind her desperate escape. But when his feelings turn more than platonic, he realizes he may risk his most important relationship in order to protect his damaged heart, and the woman he loves.

Can Genevieve and Wolfe’s friendship turn into something deeper—or is it already too late for true love?

Let’s Talk Wedding Fiascos!

As I was writing my newest release, Searching for Beautiful, and my heroine dove out a church window to escape her wedding, I began thinking about the type of weddings we’ve all been to.

Let’s be honest. Other than trying to run away from your groom because you’ve realized he’s not the man for you, there are other fiascos that are part of the package. When you have planned every last detail of your big, dream wedding, life gets in the way. I believe it’s another reminder for us to realize we are never really in charge in this life. It’s just an illusion, and when planning a life with the man you love, it’s a good lesson to learn early.

I’ve experienced two weddings in my life. One was picture perfect. I went through my day like a ghost, watching the perfect scene before me unfold, while my heart wept rivers of tears. I wanted to be the bride that escaped out the window, but I made my choice. The marriage was a disaster and we were divorced within six months.

But the wedding kicked ass.

My second marriage was the right one. I’ve been married to my husband for 11 years now, and we fit like the soul-mates we were. But I hated my actual wedding. There were so many disasters through every step, by the end of the night I was frustrated, pissed-off, and exhausted beyond belief.

Another joke on me. My marriage was everythinig I’ve ever dreamed it would be.

So, sometimes, the event doesn’t match up to the reality of what unfolds. In my good marriage but bad wedding, many disasters unfolded, which now make me laugh aloud, even as if I prod my husband for a do-over one day!

Here’s a list of everything that went horribly wrong:

My husband’s brother got really drunk before the wedding, and the bridal party was super late for the wedding. 

Okay, I’m talking drunk groomsmen who show up at the limo an hour after they’re supposed to be there. When the limo driver (we had one to save money!) came to pick me up, he was a wreck. Apologetic. And it was already half an hour after the ceremony was supposed to start. My best friend advised me to marry his ass and then kick it after we were legal.

I did.

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After the wedding, my husband drove in the limo with his friends instead of me.

Does this really need an explanation? His drunken friends told him to get into the limo to ride to the reception with them. After we were married. When, puzzled, I asked him why he wouldn’t want to ride with me, I got some kind of garbled answer like, “We’ll be together forever, baby. Let me ride now with the guys.”

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Our minister was a psycho.

At the ceremony, after two long, long sessions with him telling him exactly what type of event we wanted, he had no idea who we were. He stumbled over his words, called us by different names, and proceeded to get intoxicated and embarrassing at the reception.

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My matron of honor was missing her bouquet.

After the flowers were delivered, we lined up ready to get in the limo and realized my matron of honor had no flowers. None. We had to call the florist last minute and wait half an hour while they put something together and re-delivered it.

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My wedding dress got stained.

I looked down at some point and found a huge black food stain on my pristine white dress. When I wanted to throw up and have a break down, my bridesmaid dragged me into the bathroom and spent endless time blotting it with seltzer, letting it dry, blotting it with seltzer, letting it dry, etc.

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We had no last dance.

When the last dance came over, and the DJ announced joyfully it was the final song of the evening, I couldn’t find my husband. Ended up he was smoking outside with all the groomsmen and missed the whole thing.

Bad, right? Yet, when we fell into real life, my husband was more than I ever could imagine to be. We laugh at it now (sometimes) and count ourselves lucky we found each other and stayed together.

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Now, it’s your turn. Share so I don’t feel so terrible! What are you most disastrous, famous wedding fiascos you’ve experienced?

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About Jennifer

jennifer probstJennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

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Read The First Three Chapters: The Other Man by R.K. Lilley

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R.K. Lilley sizzles with her hot new release, The Other Man. This is Lourdes and Heath’s story—one rife with seductiveness and suspense, mystery and emotion. Once again, Lilley delivers it all in just the right amounts. The eroticism is scorching and yet the story stands stolidly, with themes of love, hope and acceptance. To celebrate the release, I’ve got the first three chapters to whet your appetite.

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“SCORCHING—a deliciously hot page turner full of intrigue and angst.”
-Vilma’s Book Blog (read full review)

“5 STARS! My heart raced from the first page, every word in
this sinfully exhilarating romance making me forget the world around me
and immerse myself blissfully in yet another scorching R.K. Lilley story.”
– Natasha is a Book Junkie

“Absolutely 5 stars. RK really outdid herself. Heath was all kinds of dangerous and dark and sexy. BRAVO!!!!! Another spectacular read by R.K. Lilley, possibly her best yet.”
– Ana’s Attic Book Blog

Synopsis

the other manLourdes

He was brazen as hell from the moment I laid eyes on him. He was aggressive, and dominant, with Mack truck arms, and a bar brawler voice.

He was too good looking for his own good, with a hard jaw, and harder eyes.

I’d always led a fairly peaceful life, but even I could tell at a glance that this man was dangerous. For so many reasons.

Not the least of which being that rough, dirty, sheet-clawing sex fairly radiated off him.

I’d thought I’d known how to handle every kind of man, but this one left me baffled.

To say he wasn’t my type was putting it lightly.

But you couldn’t tell that to my libido.

Not even when I found out the truth.

My lover had lied to me from the very start.

Nothing about our meeting was a coincidence.

Read the First 3 Chapters

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Note that The Other Man can be read as a standalone novel.

About R.K. Lilley

rk lilleyR.K. Lilley lives in Texas with her husband and their two beautiful sons. She’s had a lot of interesting jobs, from being a first class flight attendant, to being a stablehand, but swears she never knew what hard work was until she had children. She’s been addicted to both reading and writing fiction since she can remember. She loves to travel, read, hike, paint, game, watch anime, and make the most of every single day. She is currently working on Boss and Crossing FireBook #2 of Heretic Daughter series.

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Review: ShutterGirl by CD Reiss

My  Thoughts

Sexy, evocative and gritty.
A captivating contemporary romance for those who
love to devour second chance love stories.

4stars

Synopsis

shuttergirl coverONE movie star on the cusp of greatness
ONE broken girl who touched him
TEN years to forget her
A MILLION stories in Hollywood
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I am not hurt.

I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.

While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.

This camera is all I have.

He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me.

He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.

Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.

My Review

“If they’re in public, their ass is mine. This is the story of one celebrity, and as much as the city, he is mine.”

CD Reiss’ writing style shines in this second chance contemporary romance. This is the first I’ve read of CD Reiss and I loved her sharp, engaging writing style which kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. I also loved that the story felt fresh in so many ways. Our heroine is a papparazza who is fiesty, but closed off, operating in a male-dominated profession. Her love interest, is her old crush, who happens to be a Hollywood movie star.

“So…You became a photographer.”
“I became your worst nightmare.”

In so many ways, Reiss flips the story. The heroine is the one who pushes off the notion of a relationship. She’s the one in control. She’s aggressive. She’s the girl who breaks through a bevy of guys to catch the elusive, perfect shot of Hollywood A-listers like him. Michael Greydon. Once upon a time, there was a connection. She had grounded him. He had gotten to her. And then he left and her life spiraled in a way that was irreversible.

Now Michael was at the cusp of hitting it even bigger. His next movie was a lifeline for more than just him. But the moment they met again… touched again… he knew she was trouble. She had a pull strong enough to make him lose control.

“She was a vortex. I’d avoided getting swallowed up in her once, and now, more than ever, I needed to avoid it again.”

Nonetheless, as he struggles to retain control and keep his career from tanking, and she struggles to keep her feelings from the temporary high of physical pleasure, that connection sparks once more. Unavoidably so. When they’re together, there is a rightness felt, despite them living such different lives. She sees him, really sees him, and she feels cared for and happy in his arms.

“I didn’t want normal. I wanted real. And my God, Laine was real.”

But as direct and sharp and brazen as Laine is, we realize that beneath that strong persona, she’s vulnerable. She hides a past that could further threaten his career. And when their livelihoods are truly in trouble and the past threatens to destroy their fragile relationship, could they really last? Could they withstand the pressures of their own lives? Run from the non-stop shutter clicks that captured and revealed everything?

The story is a great second chance romance. Reiss’ unique writing style pulls you in from the beginning and keeps you engaged with the perfect mix of sweet and sexy. It was a fast, enjoyable read and a great choice for fans of well-written contemporary romance.

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I wanted to find a way to THANK YOU to those of you who subscribe to my blog, and are there, week after week, reading reviews and posts and perusing VBB Weekly for the latest and greatest!!! So this month, every Sunday, I’ll give away a special signed book from my bookshelf just for ya’ll! Easy entry, closes the Saturday before the next giveaway kicks off. Open Internationally!!!

For the final week, I’m giving away a signed galley copy of MANWHORE by Katy Evans!!

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