Monday, April 20, 2015

Blog Review Tour ~ Igniting Passion One Story At a Time ~ Books by Author R.E. Hargrave


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R.E. Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX where she prides herself on being a domestic engineer. Married to her high school sweetheart, together they are raising three children from elementary age to college age. She is an avid reader, a sometimes quilter and now, a writer. Other hobbies include gardening and a love of a music.
A native 'mutt,' Hargrave has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories on location in South Carolina and Texas, but its anybody's guess as to what the genre will be!

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Catherine O’Chancey is a reserved, demure, and graceful submissive. All traits she trained hard to enhance when she discovered the world of Dominance and submission in college. In an attempt to start fresh after the unexpected death of her last Dom, Catherine moves to Dallas, TX to escape the shroud of darkness he left behind in her life. She has tried to fight the need that resides deep within her to submit, but finally has to admit she can’t for it is not a choice, but part of who she truly is. After months of mental preparation, she ventures back into the lifestyle by attending a coveted open-night event at Dungeons and Dreams, an exclusive BDSM club.
Is it fate or coincidence that Catherine garners the attention of one of the club’s board members who happens to be on the hunt for the perfect sub – a partner who enjoys receiving pain and pleasure as much as he enjoys doling it out?
Jayden Masterson is many things: a firm Dom, a shrewd businessman, and a gentleman. What he isn’t, is someone who partakes in relationships outside of contractual ones with his multiple, uncollared, regular submissives. While he likes rough sex, he is not an animal, and can find pleasure only if it is consensual. What his harem is missing is a pain slut; could there be one in his future?
Upon meeting Catherine, Jayden feels an instantaneous spark inside him that has him wanting to know not just her body, but her mind. He wants to unravel her mysteries and discover her secrets. Through pain can they find the pleasure they seek? Can part-time pain lovers find full-time fulfillment when it’s not in their contract?
***Contains explicit sexual content (including multiple partners and gender pairings) and mature situations which could be trigger-inducing for some readers. Not meant for underage readers.***

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Over the past year of being Jayden Masterson’s collared submissive, Catherine O’Chancey has worked through the mental terrors left behind by her old Dom—she thinks. To celebrate their collaring anniversary, Jayden organizes a special day, during which her final limits and fantasies will be realized. Will it prove to be more than she can handle? Can she endure the erotic onslaught her mind and body will experience and survive unscathed?
While Catherine faces dark shadows and pleasurable highs, Jayden finds his own inner strength being tested. He has come to realize that, somewhere along the way, Catherine has taken possession of his heart, mind, and body. Now he faces his biggest challenge ever; he must let go of all his submissives but one: his jewel, Catherine. Can he leave his philandering ways behind? Has he made the ultimate mistake by putting his jewel into the hands of others?
***Contains explicit sexual content (including multiple partners and gender pairings) and mature situations which could be trigger-inducing for some readers. Not meant for underage readers.***

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***2015 Nominee for BDSM Writers Con Golden Flogger Award for Best BDSM Novel of the Year***
Catherine O'Chancey is a young submissive who has found her happily ever after, with a man far better than she’d ever dreamed.
Or has she? Is life that easy?
Jayden Masterson first opened his playroom to Catherine—a provocative Irish beauty with a penchant for pain—and then his heart to her everyday persona, Erin. For him, life has never been more perfect . . . Or more confusing.
He's comfortable as a Dominant, but still finding his way as a lover and equal partner. Jayden is also learning that he can't protect his jewel from everything—nor should he. Some battles she must fight on her own.
The travesties of Erin's past still haunt her, and as the couple move forward in their merging relationship, they must now cope with the physical damage left behind by her abuser.
Catherine and her Master have a lot to learn—about each other, and about themselves. If Jayden and his jewel can overcome the challenges they'll face on the next leg of their journey, their ending just might be . . . Surreal.
***Contains explicit sexual content (including multiple partners and gender pairings) and mature situations which could be trigger-inducing for some readers.***

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Serena Peters has made her place in life writing an exclusive column for a popular foodie magazine. She has fame and fortune, what she doesn’t have is companionship or love. Chef Stuart Wellings comes from an embittered past and has had to fight for the simple way he lives. When Serena shows up to interview him and his small town diner, will an appreciation for food be the only thing they have in common, or will there be more?

Serena is a taste tester, travelling around the world for her much respected column in a famous publication. She's acclaimed, in the prime of her career... but she's alone in her beautiful condo.
Then we have Stuart, a survivor from LA streets until Mr. & Mrs. B a loving couple owners of a diner, took him under their wing, gave him a home, love, education even sending him to a prestigious culinary school where he graduates top of the class.
Following old Mr. B’s fatal heart attack, Stuart heads back home where he ties his apron and takes the helmet of Char's.
Stuart loves Serena's column and when his idol food critic is set to visit the diner, he's in seventh heaven. The kitchen is ready ...oops, the stage is settled.
Serena comes in unannounced and is instantly charmed by the food she's regaled with but most of all, she's swept off her feet by the chef. Stuart is also intensely attracted to her and voila, an invitation for a breakfast is made, on the only dinner's day off.
For the next four chapters what follows is one of the most erotic descriptions of a sexual rendezvous in a kitchen.
In spite of it all Serena thinks they can't be together and goes back home, broken-hearted but ... after a life-changing event she dons her critic hat, throws caution to the wind and comes back, not before publishing her last column praising the diner in words poured with emotion.
They clear the air and another impromptu *and quick* sex session leads to what I could say a very fulfilled experience.
The author outdone herself in this one, both in the construction of the characters and their upbringing, with some depth albeit briefly enough not to bore the reader, giving us a picture perfect of all the idiosyncrasies of our couple as well as some side characters.
Serena and Stuart’s acquired taste for food is a common ground which plays an integral part in their story.
Serena’s description of her favourite foods around the world is mouth-watering. Char's portrayal and its faithful clientele (including one of Serena's cousins) is endearing, it makes you yearn for a place like that in your hometown.

I could almost ‘savour’ the taste of the food and if I close my eyes, I could ‘see’ the family dinner. Amazing reading.

~ Review by Muse ~

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Marshall Chandler is a true American who grew up wanting nothing more than to serve his country to the best of his ability, by becoming a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. On the eve of his first assignment, he meets the woman that will haunt his dreams and change his life.
 A single night to connect, but a decade to realize it . . . when one man is torn between the love of his country and what might have been the love of his life, how does he stay sane? How does he cope? And will he ever get a second chance at love?
Sometimes fate works in mysterious ways.

This is the love story of Marshal and Melody.  But it’s not your typical story.  This is a story that lasts 10 years of love, lust, regret, and acceptance.

Marshal only dreamed of being a fighter pilot.  The night before he is shipped off he decided to one night of passion.  He meets Melody. What he did not expect is that Melody will fill the void that he has.  For ten years that night haunts his dreams.  He ends up drowning his sorrow in a bottle.  Eventually he ends up in therapy where he begins to wonder what happen to her.  It’s an all-out search for the one women who he should not have let go.  Will he find her?  What has happened to her?

This is a short read but do not let it fool you.  This book is packed full.  Loved it.

~Review by Kellie~~

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Lacey Harrison has been dealt an unexpected hand in life: being a single mom. With her father's help and that of the residents at Royal Hills Nursing Home, she thrives and goes on to become a successful baker. She is content with her life but knows that she and her daughter Candy are missing something. Will things change for the better when Trent Childress moves into town and adds some spice to her sugar?

After having fallen into the clichĂ© ‘high-school-crush, teen pregnancy and no help from the father-to-be aka a promising QB Lacey is the single mother to a too smart for her own good Candace aka "Candy" with the full support of her father and the whole town that loves them.
Such a small place, all stories intertwine: Lacey is the proud owner of the town’s bakery, always doing charity work and never dating and her dad works for a nursing home, Royal Hills home to the mother of new-in-town Trent, a gorgeous temporarily unemployed teacher who had decided to move to be closer to his mum.
As fate has it, Trent is hired as a coach and guess who's the girl that catches his heart? Yup, Candy.
Following Valentine's day we drift to St. Patrick's and Easter – with a sweet “what are your intentions towards my mum” conversation rolling between Trent and Candy, and we smoothly browse through a picnic date. Lacey is weary of another heartache but a heartfelt confession from Candy of how she wished she had a dad makes her realize it’s time to give Trent a chance. After all if daddy and kiddo trusted him, why wldn't she? Mother's Day comes with a dinner date and alas, a kiss seals the deal.
By Candy's b-day they finally get together and after a few bumps on the road they move into a new life *no pun intended*.
I loved the pace of this story, you eagerly follow them dancing around each other through every event, in a sweet slow burn. Her dad, her snarky kid and his mum are also rich side characters, enhancing a very enjoyable love story.

~Review by Muse~

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Distracted by the everyday routine of raising children, being a wife, and keeping a home, Lorraine Morrissey let life pass her by. Her wake up call comes when she realizes that with their children gone, her husband Richard is rarely home, and she’s filling her solitary days with trivial tasks. A crazy idea to save her marriage leads to a summer beach vacation unlike any she’s ever taken; one that involves unknowingly buying a haunted house.

Lorraine is long married to Richard with 3 grown up children already out of the house. Rick still thrives in being really good as a lawyer leaving Raine caught up in a boring children-less life - quilting, volunteering and reading - she is curiously digging her own roots, with a specific and not clearly explained interest in the Gullah culture (something to do with voodoo). Feeling they have grown apart, they decide to buy properties, tweak them and sell them, making a good profit whilst trying to retrieve the love in their marriage.
Their first purchase is an intense experience to Raine with strange occurrences taking place including the ‘apparition’ of a slave whom she later finds out is the grandmother of the local cafĂ© owner slash voodoo queen.
After facing a dangerous situation, Rick realizes how distant he’d been to his true companion and they get reacquainted. Raine immerses into the history of the land and under the guidance of her new friend Fay (the voodoo queen) discovers something that will change her life. I thought there was a blood relation between Raine and Fay but it wasn’t mentioned.
Within those 90+ pages covering a prologue, seven chapters and an epilogue, the story flows nicely albeit describing a bit more of the Gullah culture and/or the history of the area, would have given more depth to the characters. I would have loved reading it.

~Review By Muse~


Heather Marsden and Cody Stevens have been an item since their first year of high school. With their future planned and their college graduation within reach, Cody gets devastating news from his doctor. Heather must now cope with the knowledge that she might lose the man who was supposed to be her forever.
While trying to come up with a grand final birthday surprise for him, Heather ends up befriending the new girl in town. Suzanne Cross lives a hippie life full of color and extravagance, seemingly without a care in the world. In truth, she’s all alone and hides a secret.
Heather’s new friend is something more than human, but how far will she be willing to go to save Cody? Just how much faith in “love” can she muster?
***Contains adult material, including sex and recreational drug use. Meant for readers 18+***

Cody and Heather have been together forever.  Everything was perfect till Cody learned that he is dying of cancer.  Cody knows that he is dying and accepts it, but Heather is trying to learn how to face a world where Cody doesn’t exists.  But so that she doesn’t get lost while she still has him, she decided to make sure he experience list to the fullest.  That also includes his sexual fantasies.  One of his fantasies is to have Heather and another women.  Enter Suzanne, a women who is on no one’s radar even her parents and is lost herself.  Makes her perfect.  How did it all play out?

This is a short read and I will not give too much away. But I really enjoyed it. 

~Review by Kellie ~ 

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1 comment:

  1. THANK YOU so much, Muse and Kellie, for the beautiful reviews. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and share your thoughts. <3