Review: Take Me Home by Inez Kelley

26th Nov 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Take Me Home by Inez KelleyTake Me Home by Inez Kelley
Series: Country Roads Kelley #1
Published by Carina Press
Pub Date: November 25th 2013
Pages: 165
Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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4 Stars

Logging manager Matt Shaw is wary when Kayla Edwards, the owner of Mountain Specialty Spices, hires his firm to harvest timber on her Appalachian property. It’s a place he knows better than the back of his calloused hand—it’s his family’s old homestead, lost years ago in a painful foreclosure. He’s hauled himself up from dirt-floor poor since then, and resolves to stay professional… But Kayla’s vivacious beauty makes it hard to focus on his job.

Home. That’s how army-brat-turned-foodie Kayla feels about her new mountain hideaway. What’s more, the hottest lumberjack ever to swing an axe has agreed to manage her timber crop and get the old maple syrup operations back on tap. Matt’s ruggedly sexy ways and passion for the land have her falling hard.

The heat between them grows wild…until Kayla discovers that Matt hasn’t been upfront with her. She feels devastated, and worst of all, used. How can Matt prove it’s her he wants and not her land?

I’ve always been such a big fan Inez Kelley’s contemporaries. They always tug at the heartstrings and they’re always steamy. I love the concept behind Take Me Home. Matt falling for the girl who lives on the land once owned for generations by his family. What a pickle!! But see, Matt is such a good guy that resentment or payback was never his game. He just plain ol’ fell for this girl from the start. His mistake was not telling her about his history with her land. I’m sure you can guess how that played out. Yup. It was a really emotional last third of the book for me. I loved that Inez gave them both time to figure things out. It was the right way to go, especially after the type of hurt Kayla felt.

But let’s rewind a little. Matt and Kayla have a great relationship. They have common interests and are both tough and confident. I loved that Kayla made the first move. I’m a first move kind of girl myself. ;) They have great chemistry, in and out of the bedroom. I also loved the setting and the fact I learned some things on foresting and maple sugar making. The cast of characters we got to meet in Take Me Home have me super excited about other books in this series. They were all memorable and interesting.

Inez Kelley does it again and gives us a touching, sexy contemporary in Take Me Home. It’s perfect for this time of year too, so you should definitely add it to your holiday reading lists. And you can’t beat the price of under $3!! Or enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 copies below!

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About Inez Kelley

INEZ KELLEY was born and bred in the mountains of West Virginia. Although you can never take the hillbilly out of the girl, her knight in shining armor transplanted her to the Midwest. She has a Distinguished Honors degree in Creative Advertising that lead to several unique job opportunities.

Her first book, Jinxed, was a CAPA nominee in 2009 and won 2nd place in the Romance Writer’s Ink “More Than Magic” contest for Best First Book and Best Romantic Comedy in 2010. Her second book, Myla by Moonlight, a romantic fantasy, finaled in the 2011 EPIC awards. The spicy contemporary, Turn It Up was nominated for a 2011 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award. The deliciously dark Sweet as Sin was named #1 2011 English Contemporary Romance from French review site BLUE MOON and a ‘Desert Island Keeper’ by All About Romance.

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Review: Turn It Up by Inez Kelley

1st Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Turn It Up by Inez KelleyTurn It Up by Inez Kelley
Series: Turn It Up #1
Published by Carina Press
Pub Date: August 31st 2011
Pages: 242
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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4 Stars

Dr. Bastian Talbot and self-proclaimed sex goddess Charlie Pierce heat up the air waves with their flirty banter as radio hosts Dr. Hot and the Honeypot. Off the air, they're best friends...but Bastian wants to be so much more. He wants Charlie—in bed, and forever.

Problem is, Charlie doesn't do commitment. Sure, she's had X-rated fantasies of Bastian, but he was always just a friend—until he impulsively proposes and unleashes the lust they've been denying for years. Charlie's willing to explore where their wild chemistry leads, but she won't marry him. And he won't have sex with her until she accepts his proposal, despite her seductive schemes.

What are Dr. Hot and the Honeypot to do? Ask their listeners for advice on how to tame a sex kitten and turn a perfect gentleman into a shameless lover. The Race to Wed or Bed is on...who will turn up on top?

I loved the originality of this love story. The fact that Bastian and Charlie have been best friends for years when we meet them was quite refreshing. I really enjoyed when they would talk about stories from their past – the funny ones and the heartbreaking ones – that included each other. I adored Bastian! I wanted to marry him from page one! He had such a good, kind heart.

Another thing I really loved was the relationship between Bastian and Caz, aka Boo. Which by the way, is the best nickname ever for someone named Casper. Casper’s story was another heart-tugging one, with his musical genius abilities and drug abuse past. The secret he’s keeping is heartbreaking. (Inez actually wrote a short story for him that takes place after Turn It Up! It’s free on her site, go HERE to download it!)

“Talk is foreplay.” That’s one of Charlie’s favorite sentences. Well, this book was total foreplay! Inez Kelley sure wanted to torture us. There were times when I would just growl at Bastian, “Oh, just do it already!” Haha! But it was worth the wait. :)

There was so much I loved about Turn It Up. The characters, the sexual tension, the relationships, the banter…it all made for a heartfelt love story. There’s no doubt I’ve turned into a life long Inez Kelley fan, and I look forward to reading many more of her stories.

 

About Inez Kelley

INEZ KELLEY was born and bred in the mountains of West Virginia. Although you can never take the hillbilly out of the girl, her knight in shining armor transplanted her to the Midwest. She has a Distinguished Honors degree in Creative Advertising that lead to several unique job opportunities.

Her first book, Jinxed, was a CAPA nominee in 2009 and won 2nd place in the Romance Writer’s Ink “More Than Magic” contest for Best First Book and Best Romantic Comedy in 2010. Her second book, Myla by Moonlight, a romantic fantasy, finaled in the 2011 EPIC awards. The spicy contemporary, Turn It Up was nominated for a 2011 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award. The deliciously dark Sweet as Sin was named #1 2011 English Contemporary Romance from French review site BLUE MOON and a ‘Desert Island Keeper’ by All About Romance.

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Review: Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley

24th Feb 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Sweet as Sin by Inez KelleySweet as Sin by Inez Kelley
Published by Carina Press
Pub Date: January 31st 2011
Pages: 288
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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5 Stars

John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night stands—he's driven to explore every curve of her delicious body.

Pastry chef Livvy knows that giving in to the temptation that is John Murphy won't lead to anything permanent, but she deserves a passionate summer fling. John discovers she's as sweet as the confections she bakes while Livvy slowly unravels his secrets. But what will happen when she uncovers them all?

Upon first meeting John Murphy, I fell for him because he is hot, and he irritated me because he knows he’s hot. But John is also a writer. I love stories where one of the main characters is a writer, especially when it’s a guy and he’s attractive. I find intellectual hot guys irresistible, so I let his cockiness slide, just a little though.

There was no way Murphy was not going to fall for Livvy. Livvy is great! She is attractive, smart, funny, sweet and self-sufficient. She doesn’t need a man, but she wants one. She wants a marriage and kids and is aware that Murphy is not that guy. That doesn’t mean she’s not lusting over him as much as he’s lusting over her, and so her sister convinces her to have a fun summer fling with him.

Even though they enter this fling knowingly, Livvy is not prepared to immediately jump into bed with Murphy, which he takes in stride. The sexual tension build-up between the two is electric and soon enough, everything aligns and they give in. Without realizing it, especially on Murphy’s part, they begin to fall in love. Livvy starts to see below Murphy’s surface. She begins to see that Murphy’s pain runs incredibly deep and she coaxes some details from him but not many. I never anticipated just how damaged Murphy would be. I never thought his deep secrets would make my heart ache for him. No child should ever have to suffer like that. Murphy can’t fathom why in the world he keeps sharing pieces of his past with Livvy. But she is really easy to talk to, laugh with, care for and this begins to scare him. When they both finally give in to their emotions, and openly voice their love to each other I was so incredibly happy for them.

Then Murphy freaks. And he pushes Livvy away in an incredibly cruel way. To be honest, I don’t know how Livvy stood there and took half the things he flung at her. I would’ve walked away after the first. But she knows Murphy is not an easy man to love and she tries to make him see that she loves him despite his monsters. Of course, this only makes him push harder, and crueler, until he hits her in the one spot guaranteed to shatter her. In turn, my heart broke as well. I think I spent the last third of this book crying.

While all that is going on, we also get to read parts of the book Murphy is writing. It’s obvious that the characters in the book are all parts of Murphy, and so we get to in a way decipher his feelings by what the characters are going through. It was a really nice part of this book. I haven’t read any book with that particular aspect in it.

Sweet as Sin is my first contemporary romance read, so I can say with absolute certainty that it is the best one I’ve read to date! :) I loved it. I went into it thinking it was going to be a fun, sexy story, but it was so much more than that. It was so emotional! It was also a really steamy read. The intimate scenes are very well written and will leave you fanning yourself. I fell in love with ALL of the characters in this book, they were just so real that you can’t help it. I will definitely be reading this book again and again, so I recommend you give it a try.

Oh! And I’m dedicating a song to Murphy & Livvy and this book. Every time I hear this song, they are all I think about.

 

About Inez Kelley

INEZ KELLEY was born and bred in the mountains of West Virginia. Although you can never take the hillbilly out of the girl, her knight in shining armor transplanted her to the Midwest. She has a Distinguished Honors degree in Creative Advertising that lead to several unique job opportunities.

Her first book, Jinxed, was a CAPA nominee in 2009 and won 2nd place in the Romance Writer’s Ink “More Than Magic” contest for Best First Book and Best Romantic Comedy in 2010. Her second book, Myla by Moonlight, a romantic fantasy, finaled in the 2011 EPIC awards. The spicy contemporary, Turn It Up was nominated for a 2011 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award. The deliciously dark Sweet as Sin was named #1 2011 English Contemporary Romance from French review site BLUE MOON and a ‘Desert Island Keeper’ by All About Romance.

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