Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Uncivilized by Sawyer Bennett

Genre: Erotic Romance
Release: September 8th, 2014


**Warning: This book is a wild, sexy beast of a read. 18+**

Putting a woman on her knees before me is what really makes my cock hard. I fuck with dominant force and absolute control. I demand complete surrender from my conquests.

Savage man, loner, warrior… I am dangerous at my core. I have lived amidst the untamed wild of the rainforest, in a society that reveres me and where every woman falls before me in subjugation.

Now I’ve been discovered. Forced to return to a world that I have forgotten about and to a culture that is only vaguely familiar to my senses.

Dr. Moira Reed is an anthropologist who has been hired to help me transition back into modern society. It’s her job to smooth away my rough edges… to teach me how to navigate properly through this new life of mine. She wants to tame me.

She’ll never win.

I am wild, free and raw, and the only thing I want from the beautiful Moira Reed is to fuck her into submission.

She wants it, I am certain.

I will give it to her soon.

Yes, very soon, I will become the teacher and she will become my student. And when I am finished showing her body pleasure like no other, she’ll know what it feels like to be claimed by an uncivilized man.


Let me just start by saying that I started this book around 12pm and finished it by bedtime-- 9 hours well spent.

I first discovered Sawyer Bennett through her Off Sides series when I got the bundle from the Kindle Lending Library. Though I liked the Off Sides series, I LOVED Uncivilized!

I'd describe Uncivilized as a more believable and incredibly hot version of Tarzan. Though Zach was not raised by animals, he was taken in by an Amazonian tribe after his American missionary parents died when he was only 7 years old. For years, his godfather Randall searched for them, but as the years went by the search waned and Zach slowly lost touch with his old life. This is until, 18 years later, connections are made and anthropologist Moira Reed is hired to bring Zach back "home" and help him transition into life in the modern world. Moira was a goner as soon as she stepped into the rainforest, and from there a bunch of sexy, sexy time ensues!

I've heard comments about this story being "far-fetched" or "over sexed"... Who are these people? It's a story, not real life, of course they are gettin' it on like Donkey Kong every 5 seconds! A kickass alpha male raised in the wild with a tender heart? Sign me up!

I really enjoyed reading something that was different. This story could have turned out to be silly, but for me, it was  page turner. What started out as a show of defiance and dominance, over being reluctantly taken from the only home he knows, shifted into something more-- something real. Zach's transition seemed a little too easy, but he still has his memories as a kid, he's very smart, and Moira is an extremely patient and kind mentor, so it all tied together nicely. And you wont want to miss Zach's experience with the internet-- it is good for some giggles!

Their vulnerabilities are real and heartfelt... and their numerous sex scenes will leave you tingling. After all, you may be able to take the man out of the wild, but you can't take the wild out of the man! I can't think of one thing I would change. All I know is that I want more!

Written Revelry gives Uncivilized 5 out of 5!
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Happy Reading,
Website: Sawyer Bennett
Twitter: @BennettBooks
Amazon: Sawyer Bennett

Monday, August 11, 2014

Review: The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane

 Genre: Romance
Page Length: 384
Release: August 26th, 2014
*ARC from NetGalley for honest review*

She has complete control…and he's determined to take it away 

A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton's world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly—especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley…. 

And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for. 

Even after years of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more…even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there's a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved—and the only compromise is between the sheets!

I have to admit… this is my second time reading this book, and I loved it as much the second time as I did the first. I have yet to pick up a Lauren Dane book that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed, and The Best Kind of Trouble hits all the right spots for me.

No one writes a rock star quite like Lauren Dane. Of course, they are beyond talented and sexy, but they are loyal, honest, caring, extremely hardworking men who love their families fiercely. Her female characters are equally as admirable, written as strong, brave women. They are ambitious and successful in their own right with just enough sassy wit to have you laughing out loud.

And Paddy and Natalie fit the Lauren Dane character formula perfectly.

What I love about Paddy is that even though he knows how good-looking and charming he is, he isn't a sleaze ball about it. He may have had two steamy, wild monkey sex weeks with Natalie years ago, but he doesn't use that as an easy way to get into Natalie's pants a second time around. It's obvious Natalie is no longer that long blonde haired party girl she used to be, so Paddy puts in the time to actually woo her. After a handful of stalking sessions at her favorite coffee shop, Natalie finally agrees to have dinner with the now famous lead singer of Sweet Hollow Ranch that is Paddy Hurley.

For a woman who needs control to feel safe and content, being with Paddy is a challenge at times. The sex is off the charts, and I feel like even that is putting it mildly. I mean these two are explosive, and you will not be disappointed with their sex scenes, but sex aside, Natalie has never experienced a successful loving relationship-- besides the one she shares with her college girlfriends. Natalie keeps her wall up with Paddy, but he is willing to do whatever it takes to break through that wall and gain her trust. With the help of the Hurley family, Paddy is able to show Natalie what a caring and loving family looks like and the scenes between them and his family are just as fun to read as the ones with them getting hot and heavy.

Even though The Best Kind of Trouble is the first book in The Hurley Boy's series, Damien Hurley's story is a part of the Delicious Series—and you catch more of Damian and Mary in The Best Kind of Trouble. You don't necessarily need to read his book and that separate series to understand The Best Kind of Trouble, but you won't be disappointed if you do. In fact, I would recommend y'all read The Brown Family series, The Delicious Series and then The Hurley Boy's series. Again, you don't have to read them all in order, but they are great books and you'll catch a lot of references to past characters, which is always fun!

Written Revelry gives The Best Kind of Trouble 5 doughnuts and this quote from a delicious man with a talented tongue:

"Maybe you can eat that doughnut while I eat you."

Happy Reading!
p.s… If you are a music lover you'll enjoy discovering new music from the tracklist Lauren Dane included for The Best Kind of Trouble!

p.p.s… Get ready for Broken Open (Ezra and Tuesday's story) in November! Here is a little snippet, from The Best Kind of Trouble, of how fiercely protective and awesome Tuesday is:

"That motherfucker! I'm going to hurt him and kick him in the taint for hours."

Webiste: Lauren Dane
Twitter: @laurendane

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Review: Reckless by Priscilla West

Genre: New Adult, Romance
Page Length: 267
Release: August 2014 (Out now!)

Everything about him warned me to stay away.

I'd seen bad boys before, but he had it all and more. The rippling muscles covered in tatts, the piercing eyes hiding dark secrets, the silky voice that could make a girl come with just a whisper . . .

He was exactly the type of guy that would get me in trouble, but when he jumped off the stage, inked skin glistening with sweat and breathed his seductive words into my ear, I couldn't resist the temptation.

It was supposed to be the best one-night stand of my life, but fate didn't let it play out that way. Things happened. I got upset. I got hasty. And worst of all, I got reckless.

After that disaster, I thought it was the last I'd see of him. But what I didn't know was that I'd started something.

Something that could shatter the very thing I had worked so hard to protect.

I should have known back then that the most seductive things in life are also the most dangerous.

*ARC from NetGalley for honest review*

I'm a fan of Priscilla West's Surrender Series, so I knew I was in for a good read and I wasn't disappointed with Reckless! (P.S… Check out the steamy Surrender Series!)

Main hotties—er, characters, Jax and Riley have a crazy instant connection as soon as they lock eyes in the dingy bar his band, The Hitchcocks, are playing at. Maybe it's the twinning troubled pasts or the fact she's the only audience member full dressed, but his voice oozes sexuality and her eyes spark with a mischievousness he can't deny. Their first face to face meeting doesn't go well, and just when Riley thinks she has seen the last of lead singer/sex god Jax Trenton, his label hires her accounting company for a little help.

Because Riley's purpose on the tour is to help with finances, things start off tense with Jax. She's there to crack the whip on the bands spending, but she doesn't want to come off as the bad guy or the mother hen. Finding a balance results in getting close to the long haired, dark eyed crooning siren she vowed to keep her distance from. Early morning hot tub negotiations and late night bed sharing and movie watching has Riley seeing a softer side to Jax, and what girl isn't going to fall for a vulnerable sexy rock star, am I right?

Riley has always been drawn to the bad boys, and Jax is no exception, but it's understandable why Riley doesn't want to mix business with pleasure. Is it worth losing your job over the most amazing sex with an on the rise rock star—wait, what am I saying, of course it is! ; ) Regardless of how Riley wants to keep things professional, Jax, of course, has other plans and that man is up for a challenge. The interactions between Riley and Jax, and Riley and the other band members of The Hitchcocks, added just the right amount of comedic presence when things got heavy.

Though I enjoyed their banter, I wished for a little more heat from Jax and Riley. Don't get me wrong, these two have chemistry, and we really get to see that in Vegas, but I wanted more. Anyway…

Reckless ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, a potentially dangerous cliffhanger, so I'm curious to see what happens between the redheaded beauty and her troubled rock star. Is Jax's past demons too much for Riley to handle? Will Riley's insecurities hinder their budding relationship? Will there be more cowbell? Maybe some more water gun fights or hot tub fun? These are the tough questions, and I look forward to reading more of their story when the second book comes out this fall!

Written Revelry gives Reckless 4 guitars (out of 5) in honor of Jax's sexy self!

Happy Reading!


…and just for fun, in honor of Riley's musical skills…
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Website: Priscilla West

Twitter: @PriscillaWest15

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

At It Again!

      Blogging used to be an everyday thing for me, but life, as it often does, got in the way. I'm sure a lot of you can relate! After making the decision to go back to school, my love for reading and reviewing books got lost in the fray. It was difficult to juggle school, my daughter, and blogging that writing my weekly posts became more of a chore rather than a form of expression and fun.

      I'm happy to report that my time off from blogging has renewed my love for reviewing and blogging! I've since learned how to juggle my time and priorities, and have even added event planning to the mix. After some thinking, I've decided to create a new blog instead of bringing CLNB back. This is mostly because I wanted to start fresh; my literary interests aren't so singular anymore. Yes, of course I still love chick lit, but I've been reading a lot more new adult and romance, along with its subgenres; contemporary, erotica, urban fantasy, suspense, etc.

Written Revelry is all about my passion for reading and sharing that passion with others. Here's a little breakdown:

Written (verb): A past participle of write- mark on a surface, compose, etc.
Revelry (noun): Lively and noisy festivities.

      If you look up the definition of revelry it also includes, "especially when these [festivities] involve drinking a large amount of alcohol," but I liked the simple party aspect of the word. When I get my hands on a good book I have the need to share it right away and talk about it in great detail. That involves speaking extremely fast, using lots of hand gestures, and basically wanting to throw my own little book club party on Facebook messenger with my cousins.

      During my blogging hiatus I read a lot of books, I mean A LOT of books, that I'd love to include on Written Revelry. Many of those books you may have already read, but I'm excited to share my take on them, so bear with me. Along with those reads, I have a huge pile of new books that will be releasing soon and there's nothing I love more than discovering a new book, so keep an eye out for those as well!

      Anyway, I should probably get back to reading, or watching the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer couple 8 more times!
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Happy reading,