Friday’s Five Star Finds

Five Star Books

Five Star Books that I’ve reviewed in the past week

(click on book to read the review)

September 29, 2017 (recap over past several months)

Absolving His Sins by Samantha A. Cole

The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz

Dirty Like Brody by Jaine Diamond

Dirty Like Us by Jaine Diamond

December 9, 2016

Love Connection by Camilla Isley

November 18, 2016

I Came, I Saw, I Coffeed by Bruce Miller

October 21, 2016

Entropy by Joshua Edward Smith

Tempting Tristan by Melissa Foster

September 30, 2016

Angel in the Shadows by Amy Deason

A Gift to Remember by Diane Thorne

Another Gift to Remember by Diane Thorne

September 16, 2016

Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

September 2, 2016

Her Confession by S. Valentine

August 19

Tickle His Fancy by Samantha A. Cole

August 5

Rule by Jay Crownover

July 22

Bet Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant

July 15

Bound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy

June 24

Raw Redemption by Tessa Bailey

June 17

Let the Waves Come In by J.L. Leslie

That Girl by Rachel Strong

June 10

Colleen Hoover – November 9

June 3

Take the Money and Run by Samantha A. Cole

Legend by Katy Evans

May 27 

Stripped and Bound by Rebecca Moon

Love in a Small Town by Zoe York

May 20

Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Roomhate by Penelope Ward 

April 29

Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton

April 22

One With You by Sylvia Day

April 15

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

April 8

Bound to You by Skylar Nightingale

Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton

April 1

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

March 18

Debt by Rachel Dunning

March 4

Helena Hunting – Pucked

Dani René – Broken By Desire

February 26

The Master by Tara Sue Me

February 19

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

February 12

Boiling Point by Tessa Bailey

Wild Aces by Marni Mann

A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley

January 29

Brave Enough by M. Leighton

January 22

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Prince Hudson by Lily Cahill

January 1

Blood Kiss by JR Ward

She Whom I Love by Tess Bowery

What Five Star Books have you read lately?

Cover Reveal for Defiant Attraction by V.K. Torston

Defiant Attraction comes out November 16th!

Title: Defiant Attraction

Author: V.K. Torston

Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Erotic Romance

Release Date: November 16th, 2017

About the Book

Dan might be the enemy of my enemy, but I’m not sure that makes him my friend. He’s definitely not my ‘step brother’, no matter what everyone at school says. Honestly, I don’t know what he’s supposed to be to me. Or what he’s becoming…

Fact: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

In the yearbook, I’ll be Sophia Ramos: Valedictorian. Years of honor roll certificates, AP classes, and lugging around an obnoxiously large cello case are about to finally pay off. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll escape these decaying suburbs for a top university across the country.

The problem? A few years ago, my mom met someone just as broke, just as drunk, and just as impulsive as she is. Approximately five seconds into their relationship, they decided it would be an excellent idea for him—and his son, Dan—to move in with us. (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t).

Now I share a house with none other than Daniel Cole. Even though Dan dropped out two years ago, he’s still the tattooed, bad boy, heartthrob, legend of St. Anthony’s Academy. He and I aren’t supposed to have anything in common.

Living together means war. First, Dan and I were at war with each other. Now, our rivalry is giving way to an unlikely alliance—two opposing sides teaming up against a common enemy: our respective parents.

Which is to say, we’ve been hanging out.

Question: What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

Here’s the thing: My brain is a complex organ. One hundred billion neurons, each with an average of seven thousand synaptic connections to other neurons. My brain is my ticket out of here.

My heart, by contrast, is a pump. It moves blood around.

I know Dan is off-limits. I know I shouldn’t do something I’ll regret. And I know how much is at stake (my family, my future).

So why can’t I stop thinking about him? Those inscrutable jade eyes. The smile that can say a thousand different things at once. That tattoo curving across his abs…

Even though I know better, I feel that pounding in my chest. And it’s getting harder to ignore.

But if I follow my heart, I can never go back.

Answer: There is no such thing as an immovable object.

About the Author

V.K. Torston is a millennial and ‘cool aunt’ to a brood of nieces and nephews. She was born and raised in San Francisco, attended university in New York City, and aspires to one day live in London. A veteran of the independent music scene, she began writing nonfiction in her late teens. Then she realized that making up stories was way more fun than coming up with endless synonyms for ‘frenetic’ and ‘danceable.’ Her hobbies include drinking too much coffee, making up stupid songs, and ranting about current events. Defiant Attraction is her first novel.

Twitter: @vktorston

Website: www.vktorston.com

Goodreads Author Page

Jaine Diamond – Dirty Like Us (Dirty Series #0.5)

REVIEW

Hands Down – A 5 STAR Book. It was a fantastically fun page turner. It was better than even being a guest at Zane and Maggie’s event. In this short novella, the author covers every emotional angle from each character’s perspective without repeating the characters’ thoughts but also not skimming over what could be complicated feelings. It was fun, filled with humor, and had an excellent dose of hot and sexy. I’m not usually a fan of novellas, but this author ROCKED IT! I can’t wait to continue with this series!

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What happens in Vegas… better stay in Vegas. Maggie Omura has never been a gambling woman. As assistant manager of Dirty, the hottest rock band on the planet, she brings order to the lives of four crazy-ass rock stars. But when the band lands in Vegas, a streak of bad luck lands Maggie in a bind—and in the penthouse suite, with the last man she’d ever want for a roommate. Zane Traynor, lead singer of Dirty. Rock god. Sex god. Total nightmare for women. And the only man who’d make Maggie a proposal so insane it just might work. A night of chance. An irresistible gamble… It’s time for Zane and Maggie to go all in.

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Jaine Diamond – Dirty Like Me

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AUHTOR BIO

Jaine Diamond is the author of the Dirty contemporary rockstar romance series, and the DEEP erotic military romance series. She is fond of writing the love stories of built and badass men endowed with massive hearts, and strong, complex women she’d love to have a cocktail with.

She lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada with her real-life romantic hero (Mr. Diamond) and their little girl, where she reads, writes, and drinks copious amounts of tea.

Find out more or chat with Jaine at:
http://www.jainediamond.com

Jaine Diamond – Dirty Like Brody (Dirty, Book 2)

REVIEW

I love love love this book! Without a doubt a 5 star book. As a reader, I was pulling for Brody and Jessa to get together from the first page. I was rooting for Jessa in spite of the fact that she was a supermodel. Typically, that I would automatically hate this kind of character. However, she was riddled with self esteem issues that made her real and likable. I respected Brody as his internal compass always pointed North, even if he walked along a diverted path.

There’s heat and angst in spades! I love how we learn about the progression of their relationship through the years that started during the age of adolescence. The way the characters acted were age appropriate throughout the book.

There are plenty of unexpected turns in this book. And don’t bother trying to guess the ending – great ending.

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He was all she ever wanted. Then she broke his heart…

As longtime manager of Dirty, the hottest rock band on the planet, gorgeous and brooding Brody Mason has had his share of beautiful women. Yet the only one he’s ever wanted is the one he never had—the one who tore his heart out.

Beautiful and elusive Jessa Mayes appears to have it all. Talent, money, and a glamorous life. But she also has a secret. Six years ago, she ran away—from her dream career as a songwriter with Dirty, and the only man she’s ever loved—without telling anyone why.

Now Jessa’s doing the one thing she swore she’d never do. She’s coming home—to be a bridesmaid in her brother’s rock star wedding… and face the mistakes of her past.

It won’t be easy.

Love this intense never is.

Dirty Like Brody is the second full-length novel in the Dirty series—a rockstar romance series about the members of the rock band Dirty and the women and men who love them.

Novels in the Dirty series are interconnected standalones, each with an HEA. (There are ongoing storylines that develop throughout the series, so reading them in order is not crucial but is recommended.)

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Jaine Diamond – Dirty Like Me

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AUTHOR BIO

Jaine Diamond is the author of the Dirty contemporary rockstar romance series, and the DEEP erotic military romance series. She is fond of writing the love stories of built and badass men endowed with massive hearts, and strong, complex women she’d love to have a cocktail with.

She lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada with her real-life romantic hero (Mr. Diamond) and their little girl, where she reads, writes, and drinks copious amounts of tea.

Find out more or chat with Jaine at:
http://www.jainediamond.com

Brené Brown – Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

REVIEW

I listened to this audiobook after listening to the author’s very popular TED Talks. As for the audiobook, the long title is reflective of a long winded book. The content of the book is truly interesting and most definitely worth reading. However, SKIP the audiobook! The most disappointing aspect was that the author does not actually narrate her own book. The reason why I chose to read the book was because her Ted Talks were amazing. She is extraordinarily  charismatic. It was a huge loss in her audiobook.

It is very difficult to rate this book. The audiobook I would only give a 2.5 (round to a 3). I kept increasing the speed to try and get through the book more quickly. The standard book I would give a 4. The content is great, but I still felt it was a little long and repetitive. But listening to her Ted Talks, I would give her a 5.

Check out her TED Talks

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From thought leader Dr. Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”—Theodore Roosevelt

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”

Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatlyis a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.

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AUTHOR BIO

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation-Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. Her latest book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone, will be released Fall 2017.

Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 30 million views.

In addition to her research and writing, Brené is the Founder and CEO of BRAVE LEADERS INC – an organization that brings evidence-based courage building programs to teams, leaders, entrepreneurs, change makers, and culture shifters.

Brené lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.

L.D. Rose – Sweet Sacrifice (The Soul Mate Tree Book 9)

REVIEW

This book had great originality but I lost interest when a battle ensued with a snake-like creature and was then remedied with yet another snake. Admittedly, I really don’t like reptiles.

As a romance novel, the pull between Irene and Bash was authentic. Despite the elements that were off putting, the romantic elements were good enough that I was inclined to finish the novel. This is actually saying quite a lot as I really really despise reptiles.

This was the only book that I have read in this series and I felt as if I was missing a critical element.

3 Stars 

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Former Navy SEAL Sebastian “Bash” Lockard died in Afghanistan after leaping on a grenade to save his comrades. Little did he know his act of heroism would grant him a ticket into Heaven’s elite army as one of the few and powerful Archangels. Struggling with his new existence, Bash still retains his human memories, leaving behind a wife he loves with all of his heart. Although he’s forbidden to see her, he can’t resist her lure, or the mortal desires he harbors for her.

As a young widow and nurse, Irene Lockard still mourns her husband two years after his untimely death. His absence is everywhere, and when her best friend weds, she hits an emotional rock bottom. As if summoned from the skies above, Sebastian appears before her, and they share an unforgettable night. But when he once again vanishes, she wonders if she’s truly gone mad with grief.

The only way Sebastian can remain with Irene is if he makes the ultimate sacrifice. But will she overcome her fear of losing him again to another war?

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AUTHOR BIO

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes dark paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a PAN member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive Boxer, and her two devious cats.

Olivia Cunning – Outsider (Exodus World Tour – Volume 2)

REVIEW

This review is months overdue, which is no indication on how much I enjoyed this book. If you have read my other reviews of the Sinners on Tour series, you would know that I am a huge Trey fan. I was thrilled to finally get to see the threesome of Trey, Reagan, and Ethan find their happily ever after. Based on the characters state of distress and lack of comfort with their sexuality, the majority of this book focuses on Reagan and Ethan. Each of them had to trudge uphill to openly embrace their relationships. I enjoyed the story but would have liked it more if Trey was more of the focus. Also, I didn’t think the ending was befitting the characters. While I savored the story, I was a bit disappointed. Nonetheless, I still would categorize this as a MUST READ book for fans of the series.

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Reagan Elliot should be living her dream…

She’s touring with Exodus End as their new rhythm guitarist and gaining more notoriety and fame than she ever imagined possible.

She’s earned the devoted love of not only one, but two spectacular men. Her committed threesome with sexy guitarist Trey Mills and her hunky bodyguard Ethan Conner is stable, loving, deep, and satisfying for all involved.

But sometimes the world sees things differently and is determined to destroy what it doesn’t understand.

Can Reagan’s relationship with Trey and Ethan survive the cruel backlash of the media, her family, and a bigoted public? Or will the talented musician lose everything she holds dear in the face of her own burgeoning doubts?

Outsider is the second book in the Exodus End World Tour series. It’s also the sequel to Double Time, the fifth book in the Sinners on Tour series.

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Olivia Cunning – One Starry Night

Olivia Cunning – Take Me to Paradise

Olivia Cunning – Tease Me

Olivia Cunning – Tell Me

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AUTHOR BIO

Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians. Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She’s been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction — first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own. Growing up as the daughter of a career soldier, she’s lived all over the country and overseas. She currently lives in Quincy, Illinois.

Amy Schumer – The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Review

First off, I listened to the audio book that was done by Amy Schumer. I would highly recommend the audio over the regular book as Amy’s well-honed timing is a true art.

Listening to this book was like eating a gallon of chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream. The ice cream is cool and refreshing, but it is really those tastey treats of candy sprinkled throughout that makes the dessert delicious. Did I mention that I’m lactose intolerant? So after eating the entire carton or reading her book, I vowed to never listen to her comedy routines in the future. I had more than enough of Amy Schumer. However, there were enough of those candy bites or humor to warrant a rating of 3 stars.

Her overuse of the word footnote started causing me to have an involuntary tick.

A couple of highlights included an explanation of her IQ and an incident with Men’s Health magazine. She explains that when she took an IQ test she tested as a genius in half the categories and incompetent (something to that effect) in the other half. After listening to her book, I would have to agree with her intelligence assessment. She can be an amazingly well spoken individual. The way in which she deals with an awkward situation with Men’s Health magazine demonstrates her high intellect and gift with words.

Blurb 

The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is—a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend—an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably—but only because it’s over.

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Author Bio

Amy Schumer has become one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer, and director. Her smash hit television series Inside Amy Schumer, has won a Peabody award, a Critics Choice Television Award, and two primetime Emmy awards. She wrote and starred in her first feature-length film, Trainwreck, which dominated the 2015 summer comedy international box office and was nominated for two Golden Globes and won both the Critics Choice award for Best Actress in a Comedy, and a Hollywood Film Award for “Comedy of the Year.” As a stand-up comedian, she continues to perform to sold-out audiences around the world. Her 2016 tour was voted Pollstar’s Comedy Tour of the Year. Schumer was raised in New York City and Long Island and loves her brother and sister the very most.

Tiffany Reisz – The Confessions

REVIEW

This is a MUST READ! Okay, I would probably say that anything that is about Soren is a must read. But this really is worth it! I mean what was going through Soren’s mind when he first met Eleanor? The reader gets to be the fly on the wall for both Soren’s and Eleanor’s confessions. What could Eleanor have done that made her feel guilty? Bottom line, this book book is worth the price of admissions.

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Three Sinners. Three confessions. And all the dirty little secrets you could possibly desire…

Father Stuart Ballard has been Marcus Stearns’ confessor since the young Jesuit was only eighteen years old. He thought he’d heard every sin the boy had to confess until Marcus uttered those three fateful words: “I met Eleanor.”

So begins the 40-page “The Confession of Marcus Stearns,” a moving coda to the RITA® Award-winning Original Sinners series. Originally published as a limited-edition paperback for the 2014 RT Booklovers’ Convention, and available worldwide for the first time.

This collection also includes “The Confession of Eleanor Schreiber,” a companion 36-page story written exclusively for this book.

And, finally, all secrets are revealed in “The Confession of Tiffany Reisz,” an exclusive, in-depth interview.

“This is the reward for the tempestuous journey of all those who have read the [Original Sinners] series…” — Heroes & Heartbreakers

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Tiffany Reisz – Captivated

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Tiffany Reisz – The Original Sinners Series

Tiffany Reisz – The Queen

Tiffany Reisz – The Virgin

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Author Bio:

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany’s books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as “literary friction,” a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. If she couldn’t write, she would die.

Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G.

Cover Reveal

New book from a great author.

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Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…

I’ve hated Rachel Dawson since I was seven years old. My next door neighbor and number one sworn enemy, she’s the reason why almost all of our childhood fights ended with me setting something of hers on fire. (Or, vice versa.)

She snitched on me when I broke curfew.
I snitched on her when she lied about having a boyfriend.

We went back and forth like this throughout high school, both vowing to never talk to each other again when we went off to college.

But that was until she showed up at my apartment during my senior year and asked me for a temporary place to stay. Until I realized just how much between us had changed, and the line I thought we’d never cross became harder and harder to ignore…

**This is a standalone friends (to enemies) to lovers romance**

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Whitney G. – Sincerely, Carter