Bad Teacher by Clarissa Wild ~ Review, Giveaway & Swoon Thursday (@WildClarissa, @GiveMeBooksBlog)

Want something a little taboo and kinky? You need to try Bad Teacher! I really enjoyed this story and meeting Thomas. He had secrets, and they were heartbreaking! 
Bad Teacher
Title: Bad Teacher
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Erotic Romance
Published: June 28th 2016

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My name is Thomas and I’m always hard.
No really, that’s my last name. Thomas Hard, the pleasure is all mine … literally.
I can’t help it that my name suits me well.
You know what else suits me well? That girl sitting across the bar, with her lips right where I tell them to be. I want her, and when I want something, it’s gonna be mine.
One night. No names. No phone numbers. Just me, her, and pure pleasure.
Except, that one girl turns out to be the biggest mistake of my life.
Because I broke my cardinal rule …
Never bang a student.

Author’s note: Don’t like reckless decisions & unbridled screwing? Don’t love girls that are obsessed with ice cream, rainbows, and unicorns? Don’t enjoy a bit of corny humor sprinkled on top? Then this book is not for you. And last but not least, if you hate cats with giant jewels … Don’t even bother.

Clarissa Wild always delivers sexy and twisted reads, and has done so once again with Bad Teacher! I don't mind reading something that's a little taboo, so I was on board for this one! Thomas Hard was exactly what I needed, a dominating man in the bedroom, with secrets in his past that hold him back. He wasn't looking for a relationship, but spending one night with a girl who was a natural submissive makes him want to break his one night rule. What he wasn't expecting was that girl turning up as a student in one of his classes.

Hailey was a young girl who went to college to escape her unpleasant family life, and to discover more about herself. She went out on her own and that night changed everything for her. She learned more about her sexuality and what she needed from one night with Thomas Hard. When she realised what she had done she tried to escape, but Thomas only pulled her back in.

I liked seeing Thomas and Hailey together. They were sexually compatible, with Hailey willing to do anything that Thomas asked of her. When they realised that their world's were entwined, they tried to keep the distance between them, but were often pulled back together. Thomas started to let Hailey in, he stalked her on FB and took her on a date, something he wouldn't usually do. I could see that he was trying to hold back but Hailey was under his skin.

Hailey was sweet, and a little innocent, but I liked seeing her grow throughout this book. She didn't plan on finding a guy but was blown away by Thomas. He tried to push her away, and she was upset by it, but she was willing to fight for him. Some of the things she did were a little over the top, but it worked out in her favour!

I really enjoyed Bad Teacher, and Clarissa Wild spun the story perfectly. The chemistry was sizzling and the connection between the characters was intense. She touched on some difficult issues, abuse and depression, but she did so in a tasteful and believable manner. I enjoyed the alternating perspectives too, so I could understand what both Hailey and Thomas were thinking.

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

This tease is a bit naughty... but shows that things get a bit dirty in this book! ~~ Be warned! ~~

“You want me, you’ll get me the way I am, and that includes my dirty fuckery, along with all the butt plugs and toys you can think of, everywhere and any place. I like my life spiced up, and I think you do too, more than you enjoy being normal. Whatever the fuck that is.”

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. Her novels include the Fierce Series, the Delirious Series, Stalker Duology, Twenty-One (21), Ultimate Sin, VIKTOR, and Bad Teacher. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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Other reviews featuring Clarissa Wild
Fierce series
Fight #0.5
Fierce #1
Flame  #2
Filthy #3

Mr. X
Twenty-One (21) 

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Waiting On Wednesday # 199 – Hitched: Volume One / The Argument (@KendallRyan1, @PepperWinters)

I'm going through a romantic comedy phase at the moment, and Hitched sounds like a must have for me!
The Argument sounds interesting... maybe a little darker, but I need it regardless!
Hitched: Volume One (Imperfect Love, #1)
Title: Hitched: Volume One
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Imperfect Love #1
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Expected Publication: July 5th 2016

Marry the girl I’ve had a crush on my whole life? Check.

Inherit a hundred-billion-dollar company? Check.

Produce an heir… Wait, what?

I have ninety days to knock up my brand-new fake wife. There’s only one problem—she hates my guts.

And in the fine print of the contract? The requirement that we produce an heir.

She can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Says she’ll never be in my bed.

But I’ve never backed down from a challenge and I’m not about to start now.

Mark my words—I’ll have her begging for me, and it won’t take ninety days.

On the heels of her smash hit and New York Times bestselling SCREWED series, Kendall Ryan brings you HITCHED, a romantic comedy that delivers heart and heat. A NYC playboy turned business mogul has ninety days to win over the woman he's always desired in order to save his father's company. One tiny problem: She hates his guts.

The Argument
Title: The Argument
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: July 2016

They say the key to a good relationship is one with no drama.
They say you’re not trying hard enough or married the wrong person if you fight.
Sorry, but I call bulls***.
I’ve had plenty of relationships: some sweet, some happy, most an utter failure.
Until I met Harriet.
Our first conversation was an argument.
Our second conversation was an argument.
Our entire connection was based on…yep, an argument.
We tore up the rules of chance encounters and polite first meeting etiquette. And after the week I’d had, I was ready for a punch-up.
Hell, I craved one.
And Harriet was there to antagonise me.
The first time we met, we spent every hour from dusk to dawn, arguing.
And when the sun rose, neither of us wanted to stop.
Because there was something so refreshing about being honest. Saying exactly what you thought. Picking faults just because you itched to fight.
It was only supposed to be one night. A night where the town was our battlefield, the clubs a microphone to our bickering, and the stars a listener to our squabbles.
Only…I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.
You see, arguing turned out to be the best damn thing I’d ever experienced.
So, instead of agreeing to the terms we’d set, I revoked them. I went home with her. I refused to leave. And our argument turned into something so much more than a random quarrel.
It turned into war and our love wasn’t sweet…it was hostile.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine where I have the chance to spotlight upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.
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Rake's Redemption by Chantal Fernando ~ Review, Giveaway & Teaser Tuesday (@ChantalFernando, @FMR_BG)

Rake's book is finally here! I have been eager to get my hands on this one! Rake has been a character that I've loved from the very beginning!
Rake's Redemption (Wind Dragons MC, #4)
Title: Rake's Redemption
Author: Chantal Fernando
Series: Wind Dragons MC #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 28th 2016
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In New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando’s latest novel in the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series, Rake—baddest of the bad boys—gets his own romance at last!

Rake is known for being up for anything, in and out of the bedroom. He’s wild, he’s deadly, yet quick with a joke or a stolen kiss. Known as the player of the WDMC, he loves women, the more the merrier. However, behind his womanizing fa├žade, Rake hides the pain of losing his first love, Bailey. He hasn’t loved anyone since, and doesn’t think he ever will.

Seven years after their split, Rake and Bailey run into each other at the MC’s favorite club. Old wounds resurface, secrets are spilled...and passionate feelings are awakened. But they’ve each done things to hurt the other, hurt them too badly to get over it—haven’t they? Only when Bailey’s connection to Rake puts her in danger from another Club member does he realize that there’s nothing he won’t do to protect her—and claim her as his once again.

I have been a fan of the Wind Dragons series for a long time and have been eager to get playboy Rake's story, because he was always cheeky and fun! I wondered if there was a girl from his past and sure enough there was! Rake's story is a second chance at love, and they realise that misunderstandings kept them apart for the past seven years.

Rake has been one of my favourite characters in the series. He was a little more sexually active, and very loyal to his brother's and family. He didn't handle being back in Bailey's presence very well, and soon realised that he had no say in the matter. I could see that he still had feelings for Bailey, but didn't want to let her back into his heart again.

Bailey was convinced that she'd never see Adam (Rake) again until she ran into her old friend, and Rake's sister, Anna again. She wanted to rekindle her friendship with Anna, but wanted to leave her demons from her past right where they were. She had moved on with her life: had a good job, house, and a family she called her own.

These two had serious sexual chemistry, and no matter how hard they tried, it continued to sizzle. They tried so hard to avoid one another, but a series of events kept bringing them back together. They both were heartbroken after their break up and handled the last seven years differently. The more they got to know about each other again, the harder it was for them to stay apart. I loved the change in Rake, seeing his sweet side come out, and to see Bailey take a chance and allow Rake into her complicated life. They were hot between the sheets and Bailey let Rake take charge and his dominance was hot!

I devoured this book in only one day and thoroughly enjoyed Rake and Bailey's story. I liked seeing all the characters from the previous books too, and how they all gel together as a club and a family. There are other characters I want to see more of too, like Irish and Talon from the Wild Men MC ( need to get the novella's and get all caught up). I also loved the little cameo appearances of Reid and Ryan from Fernando's Maybe series! Chantal Fernando sure knows how to weave a great MC series, with the right amount of romance, sexual tension and suspense that leaves me wanting more!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Here are a couple of sweet moments with Rake. He can be sweet and tender. He wanted Bailey so badly!

He pushes my hair off my neck, and says, “You look beautiful today.”

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“You’re a beautiful woman,” he continues, and I turn around and look him right in the eye.
I stop breathing as he reaches out to cup my cheek with his palm. The feel of his hand on me has me wanting to both jump in his arms and run away from him at the same time.

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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty six years old and lives in Western Australia.

Her published novels include four books in the Resisting Love series – Chase, Kade, Ryder and James; the New York Times Bestselling novel Maybe This Time and its follow up, This Time Around. Her latest releases include Toxic Girl, Saxon, and a USA bestselling biker romance novel Dragon’s Lair.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

Represented by Kimberly Brower from the Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency.

Other reviews featuring Chantal Fernando
Wind Dragons MC series 
Dragon's Lair #1
Arrow's Hell #2
Maybe series
Maybe This Time #1
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Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@AlyMartinezAuth)

You know I love a good fighting book, but this book had a deeper storyline that hooked me from the beginning. It was sweet to see these friends grow into something more, and having to deal with elements they couldn't control!
Fighting Silence (On the Ropes, #1)
Title: Fighting Silence
Author: Aly Martinez
Narrator: Laura Jennings
Series: On the Ropes #1
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: July 7th 2015 by Aly Martinez (first published February 16th 2015)

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Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.

Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.

I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.

Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.

Fighting Silence actually took me surprise! Reading the description shows that it was going to be a difficult ride, but I wasn’t expecting to be so emotionally attached to these characters as they grew from teenagers into young adults. They faced some difficult hurdles; their parents, raising two children (Till’s brothers) and even fighting the feelings they have for one another. It truly was a beautiful read and I’m glad that I took the chance with this book because now I need more from this world.

I enjoyed seeing the relationship develop from the beginning between Till and Eliza. They had their own sanctuary where they met every day that made them feel safe and gave them a break from their difficult lives. It was sweet to see Till make it homelier by adding little touches to improve the condemned room. Every moment they spent together strengthened their relationship and before long they were seeing each other as more as friends.

However, insecurities, secrets and superstitions held them back. I liked seeing Eliza try and break Till down, but he was so afraid to lose what he already had, until it was almost too late. I loved Till’s passion and dedication, and how he always put everyone else’s happiness before his own, and he was so focused on providing for his family. I liked that he found boxing and it soon became something that he was a natural at and made him a better person.

Eliza had a great relationship with Till’s brothers, Flint and Quarry. She helped them whenever they needed it, from homework to cooking. She was good for the Cole family too, she was able be the cool head when needed and supported them through good times and bad. But my favourite moments were when she was Till, fighting for what she wanted and seeing the love they had for one another. They were a sizzling couple and I could feel their connection every time they were together.

I really enjoyed the narration by Laura Jennings too. The book is told mostly from either Till or Eliza’s perspectives and she did a fantastic job at portraying them. But it was the remarkable storyline that had me hooked and I’ve become an instant fan of Aly Martinez’s. She created a world with damaged characters that are passionate and were willing to fight for one another. The ending was beautiful, but was left open for more books in the series and I’m excited to read Flint and Quarry’s stories! 

This was just a sweet moment between Eliza and Till.

“But even if all of that was suddenly gone, I would still be madly in love with you. I wanted to spend forever with you at thirteen. Nothing has or ever will change that. Eliza, I love you. And I am unquestionably serious about spending the rest of my life with you.”
They were really good words.
But Till Page was saying them . . . to me.
They were perfect words.

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Aly Martinez
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five- including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

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Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up 189 ~ Sad

Well... I'm still sick, but the hubby is worse, he's been off to the doctor a few times now. I finally bit the bullet and went to the doctors too, because I can't get my voice back, and the doctor said I had something viral, stuck in my throat!

We had a sad week too. Our dog died this week, we've had her for 10 and a half years. She went pretty quickly, between us noticing there was something wrong, and the next day we woke up and she died in her sleep. Very sad week all round.

I'm behind with blogging yet again... but I have read a lot and have written reviews, so next week I'll get stuck into scheduling. 
The Trouble with Goodbye by Sarra Cannon ~ Review & Quote-tastic
Wed to the Bad Boy by Kaylee Song ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #198 – Rake's Redemption / The Bourbon Thief
Mr. Romantic by J.A. Huss ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Hartstrings by L.L. Collins ~ Excerpt
Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez ~ Review & Quote-tastic 
Rake's Redemption by Chantal Fernando ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #199
Bad Teacher by Clarissa Wild ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Rocking Kin by Terri Anne Browning ~ Blog Tour
I only had 2 review books... until Friday, when I cleared out emails and browsed on Amazon. They were all free or 99c!
Taming The Biker (The Biker, #5)
Taming The Biker (The Biker #5)
by Cassie Alexandra

Screwed (Screwed, #1)Once Upon A Half-Time: A Secret Baby RomanceRoommates: A Standalone Stepbrother Romance (Soulmates Series Book 1)
Screwed (Screwed #1)
by Kendall Ryan
Once Upon A Half-Time: A Secret Baby Romance
by Sosie Frost
Roommates: A Standalone Stepbrother Romance 

(Soulmates Series Book 1) by Hazel Kelly
Tackled: A Football Romance (The Alpha Ballers #1)
by Lucy Snow

Bad TeacherRake's Redemption (Wind Dragons MC, #4)
Bad Teacher by Clarissa Wild
Rake's Redemption (Wind Dragons MC #4)
by Chantal Fernando

Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up is a combined meme with the Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book ReviewerBought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Braine @ Talk Supe and Stacking The Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
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