Escape to Paradise by Victoria Zak, D.L. Roan, Lana Williams, Xyla Turner, J.D. Monroe, Hildie McQueen, Olivia Gaines, Tigris Eden

Ever wanted to escape to a paradise island where all your dreams and fantasies can come true?  Welcome to Indulgences.

This boxset comprises of a compilation of short stories all based on the Indulgences Resort –

MIDNIGHT’S KISS by Victoria Zak & DL Roan

YOURS FOR THE WEEKEND by Lana Williams.

UNDERTONES by Xyla Turner

SUMMER IN PARADISE by J.D. Monroe

COWBOY IN PARADISE by Hildie McQueen

FRANKLIN’S HEART by Olivia Gaines

A GAME OF HEARTS by Tigris Eden

REVIEW

Came across this series of books thanks to one of my favourite authors – D. L. Roan. When the boxset was released I had to give it a try and so glad I did.  These books are cleverly written in that they all based at Indulgence Resort on Aragon Island.  There are recurring characters in all the stories – Antonio Aragon, the Islands owner, his work partner and lover, Kenderly, and Mario, the extravagant and outrageous events manager.

Each story is based around a couple, either arriving separately or together, who find themselves living out fantasies they didn’t even realise they had.  Don’t misunderstand, these fantasies don’t tend towards the kink (well not all) but more to do with finding or rekindling love in exciting and erotic ways.

Great series and a brilliant way to introduce new authors to your reading selection. I will definitely be reading some of the books by the other authors now.

The Complete Knight Trilogy – Knight #1-3 by Kitty French

Lucien Knight is the enigmatic CEO of Knight Industries, and he is looking for a new PA. When an envelope sealed with a kiss arrives on his desk he knows he has found her.

Sophie Black is bored.  Bored of her work as a building contractors PA, bored of a marriage to man who she is convinced is having an affair, and bored with the routine of dinner, T.V., bed (and not the fun kind of bed). With the help of her friend Kara she sends the application to Knight Industries.

Lucien knows that the shy, reserved woman in front of him has a wild streak he just needs to help her unleash it. When he finds out her husband is a cheating no-good liar, Lucien decides to broaden Sophie’s horizons.  Being the owner of several Adult Entertainment clubs comes in handy to loosen her up and show her that life can be anything but dull.

With a past filled with pain and no plans for his future, Lucien soon finds that he is not only the teacher but also the student, and Sophie will teach him far more about love than he ever dreamed possible.

REVIEW

Kitty French is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.  This is vastly different to the first book of hers that I read – The Skeletons of Scarborough House – but no less enjoyable.

Lucien’s character is brilliant.  The ultimate CEO of the adult industry, he has all the charm and charisma to go with it.  I love his loyalty above all else.  The one moment where he tries to purge Sophie from his thoughts I was quietly screaming ‘NOOOO!’ but it all ends well and when the love emerges there is no stopping him.

Sophie epitomises many women who find themselves stuck in a hum drum marriage with the daily routine of life.  For Sophie, getting out of it was essential.  Her husband was a lying cheater who thought that she would just forgive and forget after 3 years with a mistress, fortunately for Sophie she had Lucien on her side.  I know that technically she also cheated on her husband and she was riddled with guilt because of it, but seriously…he deserved it!

Book One brought the pair together and apart.

Book Two brings them back together and delves deeper into Lucien’s past and forges the future for them.

Book Three confirms their union and brings a little love Kara’s way.

A great series based around a taboo subject but with a touch humour along the way.

Anchor Me – Stark Trilogy #4 by J. Kenner

Nikki and Damien are ready to move on with their future.  Nikki’s own business is taking off and the demons of the past seem to be quiet.  However, when tragedy strikes a vicious blow can the couple survive the fallout to follow.  With more secrets being kept Nikki finds her strength wavering and the one person she could turn to is holding back. Can Damien be the anchor that keeps her strong or is their relationship sinking?

REVIEW

Exciting continuation of the series.  I love Damien and Nikki’s story and have followed them through thick and thin.  Damien’s love for Nikki has never waivered and he shows her at every turn, even when things are at there darkest.  Nikki is dependant on Damien to give her what she needs in preference to cutting but during this story he holds back, causing doubts to rise within Nikki which drives her even closer to the edge.  Everything is done for a reason.

Damien never disappoints.  I have been a fan of his since the opening book and the love, trust and pride he has in Nikki only reinforces my like of his character.  He has had his own stuff to deal with and has had to keep secrets all his life so it’s no wonder he finds it hard to open up, even to Nikki.

Although I really like Nikki, I was actually in agreement with her with regards the familiy issue.  I’m not saying that she wouldn’t make a great mum and that having a child may alleviate some of her anxieties, but I also know (from experience of being a mum) that children can make life a lot more stressful.  Getting her desire to cut whenever life doesn’t go quite right under control would definitely be a starting point as several times throughout this story she reached for a sharp object, so I can see why she would be concerned.

I hope there will be more in this series even in the form of novellas (there is a 4.1 out already). I don’t think Nikki and Damien’s story is finished yet.

Stark Trilogy #3.5, #3.6, #3.7, #3.8, #3.9, #3.10, #3.11 by J. Kenner

 

The continuing saga of Damien Stark and Nikki Fairchild.

From wedding drama to birthday surprises, with a Valentines Day treasure hunt thrown in, Damien and Nikki share their love and battle the past that still haunts them both in this set of Novellas.

REVIEW

If you have loved Nikki and Damien’s story so far you will be delighted with this collection of novellas that track there lives through the following two years.  There is a wedding that is not to be missed followed by an interesting Honeymoon. Valentines Day brings out Damien’s romantic side and can Nikki finally keep a secret from him when his birthday approaches.  All our favourite characters are back to share in the drama along with a few new ones – their stories are told in the companion series of Stark International, Most Wanted and S.I.N.  Also some not-so-welcome familiar faces pop up when they are least expected or wanted.

These books really are a must before you read Anchor Me, the forth installment for Nikki and Damien.

The Stark Trilogy – Stark Trilogy #1-3 by J. Kenner

Damien Stark, multi-billionaire and former professional tennis player, can have any women he wants but for some reason, unknown to her, he has set his sights on Nikki Fairchild.

Relentless and very persuasive, Damien offers Nikki a deal she cannot resist.  It is supposed to be their secret. One week. One portrait. One Million Dollars.

As sparks fly between them and a connection neither can deny surfaces it becomes apparent that not everyone is thrilled by their relationship and when unknown forces and secrets threaten to tear them apart, will their passion and attraction be enough to get them through.

REVIEW

Great series.

Damien Stark is the hot billionaire who has secrets in his past.  Nikki Fairchild is the former pageant princess-turned-computer geek with secrets of her own.

The connection between Damien and Nikki is filled with passion and sexual tension but when that tension ignites they are on fire.  Damien is Nikki’s anchor and Nikki is Damien’s comfort.  The two work well together and despite the external influences that try to break them apart they only grow stronger.

Throughout the three book series we meet some really interesting characters – Jamie, Ollie, Evelyn and Blaine – each of which brings their own special personality to the stories.

There are some very steamy sex scenes and a light sprinkling of BDSM.  The chemistry that engulfs these two through the pages is evident and the growing love they have for each other is beautiful. Damien will do anything to protect Nikki and ensure her safety, Nikki will do anything for Damien – period!

The original trilogy of this series consists of the novels – Release Me, Claim Me and Complete Me.  I highly recommend this series if you have been a fan of either Fifty Shades or Crossfire. Damien could definitely hold his own with Christian and Gideon.

There are several accompanying novellas and due to popular demand there has also been a forth full novel recently released, all to be read and reviewed soon.

 

The Wedding Rescue, Complete Series – Alpha Billionaire Club Trilogy #1 by Alexa Wilder

Leigha Carmichael is having a bad week.  Her ex has betrayed her, her new boss is being creepy, and to top it off her sister is getting married and she has no date to the wedding.

Enter Dylan Kane.

Seeing her sitting at the bar he knew he wanted her.  She was not his normal type, but then he was bored of women who only looked at him for his bank account.  Finding a real women was he needed.  Sitting next to her at the bar he knew he had found the right women, he just had to make her his.

When he made the offer, Leigha would not believe that he was really interested in her. How could this tall, rich, hot-as-hell man be interested in a plain, boring, over-weight woman like her.  He offered her the deal – he would be her date to the wedding but she would be his, completely, for  the weekend.  What happens when the weekend is up and the wedding is over?

REVIEW

Poor Leigha, she has had a really shit time of it.  Her ex-boyfriend is an idiot, not only that, he is a theiving idiot.  Her sisters are not worth the time of day.  I am in complete agreement with some of Dylan’s comments about them and I loved the part where he hung up on Christie.  I am a big woman…not huge but definitely in the over-weight catagory.  My mum and sister are both thinner than me and I will admit that they have in the past nagged me about my weight.  I know they do it more because they are worried about my health than my actual size. What they have never done is been bitchy about like Leigha’s sisters are.  Some of the things they say about her I’m amazed she still talks to them at all.  Dylan scores major points with his protectiveness over Leigha.

The main critisism that I have for this story is the speed that the characters fall in love with each other.  All it took was one evening and Dylan was vowing that he would not let her go.  Also the weekend was so full of drama, what happens when the drama stops and real life begins?  Can you fall in love in that time?

Regardless of that, I really enjoyed this story and it introduced us to other characters who also have their own stories to tell.  I will be reading more of these in the future.

Shopping for a CEO’s Wife – Shopping for a Billionaire #12 by Julia Kent

Amanda Warrick, best friend of Shannon McCormick and fianceé of Antedec CEO Andrew McCormick, is living the dream…only her dream is quickly becoming a nightmare.

With the help of her future father-in-law, an over-zealous wedding planner, and the paparazzi plaguing her every move, Amanda finds that planning the most important day of her life just became… unimportant.

Knowing that her love for Andrew and his love for her goes way beyond one day, what can a fixer do to the unfixable? She cancels it!

Join Andrew and Amanda on their journey to Happy Ever After.

REVEIW

All the gang are back again, this time to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Andrew and Amanda. It amazes me that no matter how many books there are in this series, each one is just as good, if not better, than the one before.

Andrew and Amanda really are the perfect couple.  Not because they are “perfect”, more because they aren’t.  They both have their faults, issues and insecurities but the other loves and accepts everything about them.  It has taken a while from their first kiss to get to this point where they are ready to commit however, despite not having Marie to interfere, they have someone much more destructive to their emotional well-being – James McCormick!

This story is full of comical genius. There are moments when I was smiling to full out ‘roll-on-floor’ laughing.  The funniest part for me was the Medi-spa conversation which centered around Amanda, Josh, Carol and Marie.  They are discussing a future mystery shop and as you can expect from these four the conversation goes off on a complete tangent.  Josh’s penis gets discussed at length (pun intended) and as usual mouth-to-brain filters are missing with hilarious outcomes.

This is most definitely a love story.  Don’t ever make me choose my favourite couple between Declan and Shannon or Andrew and Amanda because it just can’t happen.  This series has brought may smiles to my face and will continue to do so for a long time to come, rereading is essential!

Next up – Declan as a daddy! Can’t wait 🙂