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Favorite MC/ Biker Books

As with all of our favorites lists, we have read all of these and give them the RAW seal of approval. Not a lot of commentary needed when it comes to biker bad boys! We love them all! We are total suckers for a book with a delicious biker to drool over! Seriously, we read the words ‘biker’ or ‘motorcycle club’ in a synopsis and it’s practically a guarantee that we will read it!

Have we missed any biker books that we should one click STAT? Tell us in the comments so we can correct the oversight!

In no particular order:

Saving Dallas & Saving Dallas: Making the Cut by Kim Jones -Check out our thoughts here & here.
  
The Chaos Series by Kristen Ashley (Preceded by Motorcycle Man and the ultimate yummy biker, Tack Allen)

Book #1- Own the Wind  Book #2- Fire Inside
  

Madeline Sheehan’s Undeniable, Unbeautifully, Unattainable
  
Reaper’s Property & Reaper’s Legacy by Joanna Wylde (Yes, Reaper’s Legacy is only for pre-order, but we have read it.)

Bella Jewel’s MC Sinners series- Hell’s Knights, Heaven’s Sinners, Knights’ Sinner Read our thoughts here &here.
    
Craving Constellations by Nicole Jacquelyn (Looking forward to more from this author!) Read our thoughts here.

The Breakneck series by Crystal Spears- Seize Me, Withstanding Me Read our thoughts here & here.

 
Outlaw by Nicole James

Biker Rockstar Series by Bec Botefuhr- Phoenix Rockstar, Heart Song, & Chief’s Angel
  

Triple M Series by C.M. Stunich- Losing Me, Finding You & Loving Me, Trusting You
 

There are so many good biker books out there, so if we missed one that you think is a MUST read- tell us in comments. We really want to know!

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Favorite Books That Make You Cry

dont-cry-be-strongBooks can evoke a lot of different emotions. For me, tears are a rarity. I am too mean to cry. But it has happened. And when I say cry, I mean the ugly cry with lots of heaving and tears and snot.  The lump of emotion in your throat does not qualify as crying for me. This list is not the longest, but they are guaranteed to make you cry.  If they made this mean old bitch cry, then everyone else is a given.

As usual, no particular order. Just books that made me ugly cry. Please add to my list in the comments since I am such a hard ass. I know there are books that I have read that have made others cry, so help me out and add to the list.

 The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton -UGLY CRY for days. If I think about this book for more than a few minutes, or try to talk to someone about this book, I cry. But it is a beautiful story filled with a lot of love. And SEX! Score.

Broken by Megan Hart -This book broke me.  I was a mess reading this book. It is SOOO much more than the synopsis leads you to believe and SOOO worth reading. As a married woman, it made me think.

 Hopeless by Colleen Hoover -I know it’s a lot younger than my usual cup of tea, but it was just so damn good.

Slammed & Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover -These books were some of my first e-books and they were not only great reads, but covered a lot of ground AND they made me cry.

The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred -This book haunted my recommendations list on Goodreads for the longest time. I was so guilty of judging a book by its cover.  I finally caved on a whim and now I have read this book more than once. It is a sweet love story with a lot of emotional angst and drama.  Totally worth reading. And it’s bargain priced.

The Last Hour by Charles Sheehan Miles -I am still upset over how this book played out, but I don’t regret reading it for a minute. Part of the Thompson Sisters series. The entire series is worth a read, but this one made me cry. Buckets.

 Shocking Heaven by D.H. Sidebottom -The Room 103 series is AMAZING. But very emotional. But AMAZING! This one really got to me. I didn’t ugly cry with the heaving and snot, but tears streamed down my face for the majority of the book.

Pieces For You by Genna Rulon You can read my thoughts here. A MUST READ!

And there you have it.  Books that make even the meanest of bitches cry. What makes you cry? Tell us in the comments.

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Favorite Standalone Romances

Sometimes you just want a good book. Not a good series, just a book. I like standalones. Sometimes more than books that are part of a series. I want to fall into a book and once it’s over, it’s over. The end. No waiting for the next book, no what happens to so and so, no unanswered questions. No cliffhangers. Just- damn, that was a good book.

SO , I compiled a list of standalones that are all RAW approved.  I have read every single one of them and rated them a 3.5 or higher. I would read them again if I had the time. Some of them, I have read again. And again. Some of them you just need to experience.

These are in no particular order. I started my list off of the top of my head and just before it exploded; I went to my Goodreads shelves and poked around and then continued my list. Am I missing a standalone that is a MUST read? Then comment away and tell me all about them. We love recommendations, doesn’t everyone?

Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway is definitely unconventional, but one that I truly enjoyed! Never thought I would find myself lusting after a cross dresser before, but I did! You will too!

Never Have I Ever by August Clearwing is over 400 pages of awesome. Plot twists, sexy, dark. This book covers all the bases.

 After Hours by Cara McKenna is a sweet and sexy read with great characters.

Don’t Make Me Beautiful by Elle Casey is amazing. Read my full thoughts here.

Painted Lines by Brei Betzold Be advised of the warning on this book. Some tough issues. My thoughts here.

Promises, Promises by Janice Baker

Jane’s Melody by Ryan Winfield Emotional read. Very.

 Wallbanger by Alice Clayton Seriously fucking funny and seriously hot fucking. Need I say more?

Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino First love, self-discovery. sweet read.

True Love Story by Willow Aster sigh, Sparrow and Ian. I loved this book so hard that the magnet graces my fridge.

Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley She’s the Queen of the Alpha male character and this book is no exception.

Play It Safe by Kristen Ashley is one of my favorite standalones. Grayson Cody. yum.

Wounded by Jasinda Wilder War is hell, but this book is beautiful.

Fear of Falling by S.L. Jennings Heartbreakingly beautiful story. Blaine is a keeper.

The Lonely by Tara Brown This book has twists that you DO NOT see coming. EPIC.

 Coffee and Cockpits by Jade Hart If I told you, I would have to kill you. This book is full of surprises and an unforgettable love story. Great dialogue and great pacing.

The Heart Has Reasons  by Martine Marchand Romantic Suspense Thriller all the way and yet it also has some steamy scenes too.

Boycotts & Barflies by Victoria Michaels So hilarious! A fun read all the way!

 The Dom’s Dungeon by Cherise Sinclair It’s worth the price if you like the kinky with a great story and characters with great chemistry. Plus, it’s Cherise Sinclair. I don’t think she could write a bad book. Ever.

So, there you go. From me to you. Standalones to fill your hearts and TBRs. Have I missed any that I MUST read? Then tell me! That’s what the comments section is for! And we love to hear from our readers.

 

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway- The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton

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5 out of 5

Do I even need to write a review for this? Book 3 in the The Redhead Series is just a funny, sexy, witty, and fantastic as the first two books were. I expected nothing less from funny girl, Alice Clayton. Between the Redhead series and Wallbanger, you can keep yourself laughing and fanning yourself for days.

And that is the beauty of Alice Clayton. Take this quote from, The Redhead Plays Her Hand: “I took him into my mouth entirely, the words he uttered through clenched teeth were equal parts obscene and nonsensical. Nice to know I hadn’t lost my touch.” Her writing is the perfect blend of sexy and erotic mixed with hilarious characters that are so real, I feel like I’ve known them forever.

And I am not blowing smoke. You should know by now that I don’t deal in bullshit. Alice Clayton is a damn fine writer. And she makes me laugh. I don’t know if this is the last we will see of Jack and Grace. I certainly wouldn’t scoff at more, but if this was it; then kudos Ms. Clayton on a fantastic series. I love how the redhead played her hand!

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The third sexy novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton’s playful and erotic Redhead series continues the sizzling romance between actress Grace Sheridan and Hollywood’s hottest leading man Jack Hamilton. 

Grace has landed the lead in a new TV series—but when the director asks her to lose fifteen pounds, she goes public with her weight struggles and suddenly develops a huge fan club who support her right to have curves. But between that and the public’s continuing fascination with her “are they or aren’t they” relationship with Jack, Grace begins to wonder if anyone’s really interested in her because of her upcoming TV series, or if it’s all speculation about the size of her ass and her bedroom partner.

Meanwhile, Jack is voted the Sexiest Man Alive and becomes a little too enamored with the party-hard lifestyle. Grace vows to give him the space he needs to find himself, but then he begins to spiral down from lovable Brit to Hollywood brat. People are talking, but are Jack and Grace? Her career is on the rise, and his continues into the stratosphere, but will she be able to catch him if he falls? Will they ever be able to just be a couple who can hold hands when they walk down the street?

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Other Books by Alice Clayton

The Unidentified Redhead (Book #1)

The Redhead Revealed (Book #2)

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Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway: Enslaved by the Ocean by Bella Jewel

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Title: Enslaved By the Ocean (Criminals Of The Ocean #1)

Author: Bella Jewel

Expected Release Date: December 9, 2013

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

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lynsey

5 out of 5

Okay, so first thoughts for this book are basically it’s going to be a typical mills and boon romance about pirates.  Oh, how wrong was I! I instantly fell in love with this book and the characters. It’s funny, scary, heartwarming and heartbreaking, to say the least. Yes, at times you just wanna smack Hendrix upside the head, but at other times you just want to give him a cuddle. Oh, and the sex, oh my the sexy scenes, let’s just say that you will certainly get very steamy and extremely hot (if you catch my drift). He’s sexy, controlling, and won’t take no for an answer but you just can’t help but fall in love with him. And when he calls her “inocencia” you just can’t help but swoon. Then there’s Indigo. She’s had a hard time of it recently and when she meets Hendrix you just know things are definitely not going to be any easier.  In short, this book was well written and well thought out, an absolute joy to read and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Favourite lines
“Why can’t a pirate watch a horror film?
He shakes his head, smirking. “You’re about to tell me.”
“Because it’s rated arrrrrrrrrr.”

“Why do pirates wear eye patches?”
“Because they can’t afford iPads.”

mandy

3.5 out of 5

Finally, a new premise for a romance novel. Pirates. And not Jack Sparrow pirates, but modern day pirates. Yes, they’re real. Our heroine, Indigo (coolest name ever), in Enslaved by the Ocean runs from one trouble right into more trouble at the hands of pirates and what ensues was fun and sexy to read. Hendrix, our pirate Hero, is rugged and oh so yummy! I am still not sure what exactly he does as a pirate. He’s not a drug runner or a human trafficker, but he sure is a bad ass. But at the end of the day, who cares what he does? He’s hot and seems to have the best of intentions with each decision laid before him. And Indigo loves him and finds the fresh start she was looking for.

I enjoyed Enslaved by the Ocean. The characters were great. The dialogue quick and witty. The pacing was fast. This was a very short read for me. The sexy times were erotic and left me panting. Bella Jewel won our hearts with the MC Sinners series and her unique writing style continues in this new series. Yes, I said series. Bella will be giving us more yummy pirate goodness to drool over in Where Darkness Lies, which will be the second book in the Criminals of the Ocean series. I will be reading it. I need to know what happens after that bombshell of an epilogue.

danielle

4 out of 5

From the first word to the last, Bella Jewel’s Enslaved by the Ocean, will captivate your attention. Struggling through a whirl wind of unexpected life changes, broken dreams, and regretful lust, the heroine Indigo hasn’t had an easy life. But unlike most heroines she doesn’t find happily ever after the conventional way, because Captain Hendrix is anything but conventional. I mean, what would you expect from a pirate? And poor Indie forced to make difficult decisions to keep her life and her heart safe, decisions that would break the average person. Thankfully everything turns around semi in her favor and we aren’t left with a giant cliff hanger. The entire concept was definitely refreshing but I felt rushed through the entire book. The major plot lines were glossed over and I didn’t have a chance to develop a strong connection to the characters like I wanted too. The sexy times were completely juvenile for my taste as well, and to be honest I skimmed over most of them. I’m still giving it a 4 because the plot line is extremely interesting and it is a really good book. The story just feels really incomplete, and yes there is a sequel about two other characters, but I need more. Hendrix is still on my shit-list and I’m not sure I can ever get over his “payment plan. “ (sorry, I don’t give shit away) That’s just kind of big, NOO for me… and he didn’t do anything worth redemption in my opinion. But I’m holding out hope that the sequel will fill me in and bring the story full circle. Until then, I guess Ill have to wait, damn it!

❤ dg

lorraine

4 out of 5

walked into this with pretty high expectations since I’ve read and loved all of Bella Jewel’s MC Sinners series, and I was definitely not disappointed.  I’ve never come across a modern day pirate tale, so I was excited, but still a bit skeptical about whether or not it would be worth reading.

This had everything I love about pirates, and even better, it left out the ripped and busting bodices synonymous with pirate tales.  Enslaved By The Ocean takes everything you’ve ever fantasized about being swept away by a pirate and brings it into this century.  I’m now dying to take a boat ride across the ocean in hopes of being marauded by Hendrix (drool!).

Ooh, I need to shake myself out before I get lost there.  Let’s put aside the pirate factor.  There was a lot to recommend outside of that aspect.  Indigo is an awesome chick.  She was dealt a really shitty hand and was able to persevere.  I love a strong and sassy chick, it makes it so easy to root for them to get their HEA.

Her friend, Eric, is a bit of a douchenozzle but I’m almost glad because I didn’t have to spend a minute hoping that Indigo would get with him.  Jess is a great character as well, major sweetness.  I really hope that one of the stories in this series gives her a chance to shine and get an HEA too.

Overall, this was a great read whether or not you like pirates, and if you’re a Bella Jewel fan this is a must-read!

 

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Please welcome our newest guest reviewer, Jess

3.5 out of 5
A modern day pirate saga…  I was curious to see how Bella Jewel could take what I would typically consider a historical plot and make it modern.  And it was a good book, but I was hoping for a little more.  While I connected with Indigo, I felt the initial story and dialogue was a little forced to skip through Indigo’s story, introduce the best friend, Eric, and get straight to the pirate drama.  The pirates were a little cliche, drawing their swords and sailing on a ship with a mermaid on the bow.  But who am I to say what a modern pirate has for weapons and amenities in 2013.  They had guns too and did not hesitate to use them.

And then there is Hendrix.  Hendrix is tough and cruel, and his actions made him all the more believable as a pirate and consequently less likable, at least initially.  I struggled to see what Indigo could be attracted to.  But as the story progressed, the physical connection (and it was steamy!) sparked the emotional one.  The big, bad pirate, did indeed have that protective, caring side I was wondering about, and yes, I liked it.

This book has a lot of what you’d expect from a pirate story – pirate jokes, rum filled nights, tropical islands, and the old pirate crew.  I’m still not sure how a girl goes from life in the city to life with a pirate on the sea, but I’m going to add Where Darkness Lies to my to read pile to hopefully find out.

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Synopsis

Indigo is running, she has no other choice. She’s done something bad, and there only way to escape it, is to flee her home, and her country. She sets out on a luxury Yacht, to take her to another country with her best friend Eric. But she runs into a problem.

The Yacht catches fire.

She ends up stranded in the ocean, terrified, and scared of the uncertain. Until they show up. The pirates. Terrified, Indigo and Eric have to face the reality that this might be the end for them. These are pirates, they are the criminals of the ocean. What chance have they got of surviving this nightmare?

Then she lays eyes on Hendrix. He’s the Captain, he’s gorgeous, rugged, and mean. He’s planning on keeping her to repay his debt to another man, by selling her. Now Indigo has a crazy ex after her, as well as a pirate she can’t seem to get out of her head.

Come on this heart wrenching, dark, angsty and dangerous adventure as two people so opposite, find something so beautiful.

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Excerpt

“Stand up, this will be easier if you do,” he orders. He stands, taking me with him, and I lose my balance when I accidentally try to lift the wrong foot. Hendrix reaches out, taking my shoulder and goes to take a step forward to steady me, only to realize he’s wrapped the rope around his ankle, and is now tangled too. As if in slow motion, we topple backwards. I scream, and land with a thump on the ground as the ropes surround me. Hendrix lands over me, but manages to put his hand down to stop me taking the force of his body. He’s pressing into me in places he really shouldn’t be.

“Fuck,” he curses, tugging his hand to try and untangle it.

“How the hell did you get tangled too?” I cry out, squirming.

“Stop fuckin’ squirming like that,” he orders, and I stop as soon as I realize why he’s asked me to. He’s hard. My God, he’s hard.

“You’re…you’re…”

“I’m fuckin’ hard because you’re squirming against me. I’m a man. Get over it.”

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About the Author

Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She’s crazy, fun, outgoing and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell’s Knights was released in August 2013.

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