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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Once Upon An Alpha Presents: Billionaire's Matchmaker by Sierra Cartwright; #BlogTour,

Billionaire's Matchmaker
An exclusive private society of the world’s most powerful ambitious gentlemen
Sex, Secrets, and Intrigue
Rating:  4 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Once Upon An Alpha and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

Rich, powerful men don’t intimidate matchmaker Hope Malloy. So when she’s hired to find a bride for billionaire Rafe Sterling, she’s certain the assignment will be easy. Not only is he sexy and a renowned philanthropist, the man is heir to one of the country’s largest hotel fortunes. Who wouldn’t want to marry him?

The last thing Rafe wants is a wife. Too bad it's the one thing he desperately needs. His father ran off with a woman half his age, and Rafe can't become permanent CEO of Sterling Worldwide unless he's married.

When he’s ambushed by the competent matchmaker, he’s captivated by her intelligence and seductive innocence.

All of a sudden, he is thinking about a future and having her under his complete and total command.

Will she run when she discovers his deepest, darkest secrets and shocking, sensual demands?

* * Although Billionaire’s Matchmaker is part of the Titans world, this sexy story is a standalone book with a feel-good Happily Ever After * *

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My Thoughts:

Rafael “Rafe” Sterling’s day is not off to a good start.  He’s a man that likes to make demands – be in command of his domain.  Hope Malloy isn’t often rattled when it comes to her job but she’s not quite sure of what to make of her newest client.  She’s not what Rafe expected – and who doesn’t like the unexpected.

Rafe is very passionate about what he wants.  There’s no denying his strong personality but what surprised me was that it didn’t work on his father.  I also found it interesting that we see more of his father than of his mother.  If not for his mother, he would not have met Hope.  Hope even has a character that pops up every once-in-a-while which will give you the chuckle factor.  One character that had me wondering what her story was is Celeste – what’s up with her?

This story had some similarities to one of my favorite reality shows titled “Millionaire Matchmaker”.  Although, there’s no way I can picture Patti Stanger as Hope.  Patti has a much stronger personality.  I could picture Hope as one of her employees but I don’t think Rafe would be a good client.  I think that they would clash and try to come out on top.  There are times that I wondered how Patti would handle his extracurricular activities.  Even though there are BDSM elements I don’t feel they were strong enough to turn a reader off.  I understand some people are turned off by that lifestyle but that’s not all there is to this story.  It’s just a part of who Rafe is as a person.  I found the ending interesting because I just couldn’t figure out if it was a true ending or just something to get us ready for book two in the Titans series – and Ms. Cartwright’s not talking.

The air conditioner kicked on. The whispering cool air did nothing to dissipate the heat between Rafe and Hope, his beautiful, but unwanted matchmaker. He slid his hand around to the back of her neck, then feathered his fingers into her hair. “I want to kiss you, Ms. Malloy.”


“Ask me to.”

She scowled.

“I won’t have you pretending that you’re not curious. This room is swimming with your pheromones. Deny it.” She sagged a little against his hand, and he tightened his grip on her hair, as much to offer support as to imprison her. “You’ll remember this moment, fantasize about being mine.”


“Invite me to kiss you or tell me to release you. The power is yours. Yield to temptation or leave, wondering if it’s as good as you imagine it will be.”

“This can’t be happening.”

Despite her protest, she didn’t try to escape. “It’s the first time I’ve had any sexual longing for an adversary. Ask me to kiss you,” he repeated instead of arguing. “Be sure to say please.” He loosened his grip, and she leaned toward him, keeping herself hostage. Rafe didn’t smile with triumph.

“Kiss me.”

“There’s nothing I’d enjoy more.” That wasn’t the entire truth. There were a hundred things he’d like to do to her, but he made no move

Her internal standoff lasted longer than he thought it would. Excellent. She had a stubborn streak.

Hope glanced away and sighed. Then she looked at him with clear, confident eyes. “Please kiss me.”

He could drown in her and be happy about it. He captured her chin to hold her steady. On her lips, he tasted the sweetness of her capitulation. “Open your mouth, sweet Hope.”

She did, and he entered her mouth, slower than he would ordinarily, softer than he would if she were his submissive.

Hope responded with hesitation, and he continued on, driving deeper, seeking more. Within seconds, she yielded.

She moaned and raised onto her tiptoes to lean into him. A few seconds beyond that, she wrapped her arms around him. Hope, his adversary, had now become his willing captive.

He released her chin and moved his hand to the middle of her back, then lower to the base of her spine.

Rafe drank in the scent of her femininity. His cock surged, not from ordinary arousal, but from soul-deep recognition. Her eagerness sought the Dom in him. It took all his restraint not to press his palm against her buttocks.

He wasn’t sure how he’d banish this memory of her—strength and suppleness in one heady package.

She offered more until she was panting and desperate, gripping him hard.

Instead of giving in to the driving need to possess her, he distracted himself by tugging on her hair harder. As he’d requested, her eyes were open. So trusting. Did she have any idea how close he was to shredding the veneer of civilization that hung between them to claim her, mark her as his?

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USA Today Best-Selling Author, Winner of the 2015 Best BDSM Book of the year (Bind), 2015 Reader’s Choice Best Erotic Romance (Bind), 2015 Golden Flogger (Crave), 2014 LASR Book of the Year award (In The Den), 2013 Best BDSM Book of the Year award (Over The Line), Golden Flogger Award 2015 nominee for her books Command, Bind, and Brand.
Sierra was born in Manchester, England where she spent her early years traipsing through castles. After living in Denver for a number of years, the internationally acclaimed author now resides in Galveston, Texas. She loves the way history blends with Southern manners (being called “sugar” is an experience unto itself).
She invites you to join her on a sensual journey where the limits are explored and expanded.

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Enticing Journey Book Promotions Presents: Honor by Andi Jaxon & A.J. Alexander; #ReleaseBlitz, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #Live, #Review, #Giveaway

Title: Honor
Series: SEAL'ed #1
Author: Andi Jaxon & AJ Alexander
Genre: Contemporary/Military Romance
Release Date: June 27, 2018
Rating:  4.5 Stars
Told in the first person.  Alternating persons.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Enticing Journey Book Promotions and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

Logan has been running from a death bed promise for years, but he’s finally decided to face his fears and claim his forever. Now all he has to do is convince her to take another chance on love.

Katie buried her husband and made peace with never finding a love that strong again. But when a smooth talking cowboy asks her to dance, fireworks explode, leaving them both desperate for more.

However, their happiness is darkened by a secret – the secret of who he really is.

Logan isn’t happy about a promise he made.  He’s not afraid to show us his vulnerability.  Katie is a woman who’s been body-shamed a lot in her life.  She’s a little timid about showing us her strength.  If you love military reads than you might enjoy this one.  For me, I felt it was more about their relationship than him still being in service to our country.  That’s not to say that I can’t picture him as a SEAL but this story shows part of the life they have outside of their service.

Katie has a couple of friends that I found myself wanting to know more about.  They left me thinking “there’s a story there”.  Now, their story could end up overtaking what’s developing between Logan and Katie but our authors did a good job at reigning them in – but I’m sure it was a tough thing to do.  There are times when I feel a lot of heat – and I’m not talking about the heat outside. 

I almost felt like a ghost in this story.  I’m watching everything unfold but invisible to the characters.  It’s a story which may be written by two authors but you can’t tell who might write what.  This shows how perfect they are together.  They’re also not afraid to tackle a female character that is not model thin – I applaud them for that.  They will also get you to laugh – and that’s never a bad thing.  At times I was a little sad how quickly I was getting to the end but I knew it was going to come eventually.  It also leaves it impossible to drag out a scene too long and even the chance of losing out attention.  Our authors also add in a scene that tells me that there’s no way that I’m going to stop reading now until I get to the very end  - which of course is a happy one.  And if you read to the very end than you know that my “story there” is “story next”.


Raised all over the country, I'm a interesting mix of East Coast meets West Coast with a little bit of Southern thrown in, just for good measure. I married a sexy man in uniform who let me spawn and am now raising a mutinous army of hell raisers that I created myself, all while he defends our country. I drink too much coffee until it's late enough to drink too much wine and am sexually frustrated for your freedom. If you see me online, I'm probably sitting in a closet, hiding from my kids. 

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Fluent in sarcasm, Supernatural, and song lyrics, I like talking to people and finding what makes them tick, though that probably has to do with the Psychology degree. I’m up before the sun because my kids don’t sleep, chugging tea and coffee to keep my eyes open and my brain semi functional. Being married to a man in uniform means I’ve lived a lot of places, survived seeing my husband for half the amount of time I’ve been married, and spent a lot of time raising my kids alone. 

I love to write messed up psychos with lots of angst, happily ever afters that have to be worked for. Women with sass and backbone, men with a twisted hero complex and the need to control are my favorite to read as well as write.