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Book Review, Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley

5.5 hearts!!!  I loved this book!  As usual, with Kristen Ashley books, there were some laugh out loud moments, some teary moments and lots of steamy moments….squee!!

The story centers around two tortured characters who find love.  Our heroine is sweet, sassy, funny and strong Kia Clementine.  She has a murdered ex husband who abused her and cheated on her.  Our hero is Sampson “Sam” Cooper an ex-football star, ex-badass army ranger and her celebrity crush.  He, too, has a tortured past.  The two meet on vacation in Italy where they are placed at the same table by a romantic, matchmaking maitre’d.

Sparks fly….Kia overcomes her past demons more quickly than Sam.  I love that she is a strong heroine and that Sam helps her find her way back to her true self.  Her love helps Sam overcome his fears.  There is a lot of character development which made me really connect with them and feel their emotions.

We also get some cameos from other Kristen Ashley’s heroes….Lee Nightingale from the Rock Chick series and Tanner Layne from Golden Trail, the ‘Burg series.

I highly recommend this one :)

My favorite quotes:  “Wherever you are, however you got there, if it’s good, you’re meant to be there either because you earned it or life led you there and you were smart enough to hold on.”

“Then he muttered like he was talking to himself, “I don’t know if I want her to figure out she’s fuckin’ gorgeous so she isn’t so fuckin’ clueless when a player marks her or if I’m glad I finally got one who looks as good as her and has no fuckin’ clue.”
“Are you wanting me to participate in this discussion or are you having a conversation with yourself?”
“You’re participation isn’t required,” Sam replied… and I looked up to see him grinning.”

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Book Review, Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn

5 hearts!!!  In this book we have Candace, a college student who comes from a very controlling family.  In an act of rebellion, she decided to get a tattoo  ( her family will be shamed…lol) and she goes to Brian, the tattoo artist who once dated her cousin.  Brian owns the tattoo parlor, is incredibly hot with piercings and lots of tats:)

As he is inking Candace, her feelings are ignited for him.  Will she decide to stay on course by following her parents life for her of will she let Brian rock her world?

Yes, you guessed it….she lets herself experience love and freedom by falling for Brian.  Brian is so sweet and gentle with her.  There are external factors that weigh on their relationship, but they both discover the lives they want to lead and I get my happily ever after…..squee!!

There are some steamy sex scenes….which made me like Brian more and more because he is so sweet with Candace!

My favorite quotes:  “But I’d rather look back and regret something I did when I was young and crazy, than look back and regret something I never had the courage to do, and realize it’s too late.”

“-Do you love this girl ?
-I’m fucking crazy about her.
-Fucking crazy I’ve gathered. But I asked if you love her. I’m talking true, enduring, unconditional, hold-her-hair-while-she’s-pucking-from-the-morning-sickness love.”
― Cherrie LynnRock Me

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