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The Book Barista Reviews: The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole

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Title:  The Purest Hook

Series:  Second Circle Tattoos, #3

Author:  Scarlett Cole

Release Date:  May 3, 2016

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The Purest Hook

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Can a love built on secrets survive?

Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs…and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn’t need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.

But Dred has other ideas. Pixie’s sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.


I’ve always wished that I was more eloquent in my reviews. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before so I apologize for being repetitive.  I loved this book so much that I can’t even say enough to convey how much.

Why did I love this book, you ask.  Well… without going on and on, here are a few reasons:

Reason #1:  In the previous two books we were teased with hints of attraction between Dred and Pixie (at least that’s how I remember it).  So obviously, it’s nice to have that story play itself out.

Reason #2:  Some of this book takes place in Toronto.  That’s right! The Tdot. The 6ix.  I love that the author mentions places and locations that I actually know.

Reason #3:  Maybe I loved Dred and Pixie so much because they were both so damaged from childhoods that were less than stellar. Way way less!  Yet they were still willing to try.  Even when things seemed so awful, they trudged through to get what they wanted and needed from each other.

Reason #4:  Trent and Cujo are the best brothers/friends a girl could ask for.  It was nice seeing them again in this book. I loved Trent and Cujo’s relationship with Pixie.  I also really loved the relationship that Dred has with his band members/roommates.

Reason #5:  In the book, Dred writes a song for Pixie and if you click here you can actually listen to it while watching the book trailer.

Reason #6:  Dred is a super sexy rock star.  That is all!!!

All in all, I just loved this story.  I loved their journey.  I definitely look forward to more from Scarlett Cole and this series.  I gave The Purest Hook five cups of my favourite Tim Horton’s coffee served with some of Dred’s favourite honey cruller doughnuts.



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Note:  I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Book Barista Reviews: Return of the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

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Title:  Return of the Bad Boy

Series:  Second Chance, #4

Author:  Jessica Lemmon

Release Date:  April 26, 2016

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Return of the Bad Boy


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He’s a mess…

Asher Knight has three constants in his life: music, beautiful women, and a bottle of Jack. He lives for the next gig, the next city, and dreams only of a life spent in front of an arena full of screaming fans. But Asher’s nomad ways come to a sudden stop when he learns he’s the father of a three-year-old from a past relationship and suddenly this rock star bad boy is forced to put down roots.

Only she can clean up

Gloria Shields is no one’s fool. Sure, the sexual chemistry between her and Asher has always been intense, but she’d never risk giving her heart to a man who has a perfect record for breaking them. Except the man desperate to make things right with his newfound son is nothing like the rock god she’s guarded her heart against for years. And it isn’t long before she starts to wonder if life with this bad boy might be the best thing that’s ever happened to her.


From the beginning of this series we’ve been teased by Asher and Gloria.  We knew there was something there but Jessica Lemmon made us wonder and wait until now to find out exactly what’s going on with them

Asher was the typical bad boy rock star until he finds out he’s a father and then he realizes that his relationship with his son is important at the same time he realizes he wants Gloria too.

Gloria is a strong and successful woman who is so used to fending for herself that she really doesn’t think that a relationship and love is in her future.  They’ve had encounters in the past but things did not end well. Lucky for Gloria, Asher isn’t about to give up on her.  He recognizes that they’re good together (not just in bed) even if she doesn’t.

It was also really nice to see characters from the other books and to see where they were at.

I really enjoyed Asher and how he convinces Gloria to give them a real shot. It was exactly what I hoped it would be.  Asher did not disappoint and of course neither did Jessica Lemmon.  I gave Return of the Bad Boy four hot and steamy cups of java.

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The Book Barista Reviews: Locked and Loaded by Jade C. Jamison

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Title:  Locked and Loaded

Series:  Bullet, #6

Author:  Jade C. Jamison

Release Date:  February 1, 2016

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Is it too much to believe that someone keeps returning to your life because it’s meant to be?

Zane Carson is an idealistic young man with one big skeleton in his closet when he first meets Jennifer Manders in college. They date only to break up soon after. The sexual attraction is like an electromagnet but they fight like alley cats. The relationship just isn’t worth it.

Zane’s band Fully Automatic breaks big about the same time Jennifer finishes college. One summer afternoon, they meet for coffee and sparks fly once more. It’s off again, on again, but they just can’t make it work and break it off for good, deciding it’s not worth the effort.

But Zane is drawn to her and, during a break in the music action, he tracks her down again, willing to change himself for her and needing to give her one last try. The attraction is as strong as ever, but now Jennifer is hiding something from Zane—something big, something that threatens to extinguish the spark for good. When Zane discovers her secret, will he be able to forgive her or will that be the end?


It’s no secret that I’ve really loved Jade C. Jamison’s books.  Bullet was my very first Jade book.  It’s bittersweet to see this series end.  It’s been a great ride and I am sad to see the end.

I’m having trouble writing this review without any spoilers.  I will just say that I was surprised.  Throughout the series, I thought that Zane was a bit more level-headed than the other guys, except for Brad – NO ONE is as level-headed as Brad. So I was a bit blown away when in fact he was not.  He had unresolved issues with his past and some other problems he now has to face and deal with if he wants his relationship with Jen to progress beyond the on-again-0ff-again it’s been for so many years.

I liked Jen.  A LOT!  I was a bit angry at her for a while but at the end of the day, she had to do what was right for her life.  As I read, I came to side with her.  She needed Zane to get his act together.  Loving him wasn’t enough anymore.

I took this ride with Zane and Jen and I felt hope, I felt unease and trepidation and I felt excitement.  Jade took me on this journey with these characters.  Have I mentioned that I love her?  I know that authors do research for their books but Jade made me feel that she really went above and beyond with this one (as she did with Rock Bottom).

I gave Locked and Loaded five strong and delicious espressos.  Prior to this book, Rock Bottom was my favourite in the series.  I’m thinking this one might be squeezing up there for a tie.

five espressos


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If you’re interested in the other books in the series, here are the links

Bullet Box Set (Books 1-3)


Bullet Box Set 2 (Books 4-5)




Rock Bottom




Fully Automatic


Christmas Stalkings


Slash and Burn


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“Oh, Zane, this place is amazing. Why haven’t I ever heard of it before?”

“I can tell you exactly why. Three reasons.” She raised her eyebrows as he raised his index finger. “One, it’s almost downtown, and I know you avoid downtown like the plague. If I recall, you said something about rather losing a limb than walk the Sixteenth Street Mall again.”

“I said that?”


“Well…maybe that was a little drastic.”

“Yeah, probably.” He lifted the bottle of Dos Equis and then said, “Two, it’s a little hole in the wall. It doesn’t advertise like some of the bigger restaurants—no billboards, no newspaper ads, shit like that.”

Jennifer nodded. “Okay, yeah. And what’s number three?”

Zane leaned over the table and whispered. “It’s kind of a dive.” Jennifer couldn’t help but giggle. “But in a good way.”

She laughed out loud at that. “Yeah, definitely.” She picked up a chip and dipped it in the warm queso next to Zane’s bottle. “The food is amazing so far.”

“Just wait.”

The waiter came by with a pitcher. “More water, señorita?”

“Please.” After the waiter was back on his way, she said to Zane, “I love it. I love the people and I even love that stupid TV in the corner.”

Zane glanced over. “Yeah, well…”

“No, seriously. They don’t have the sound on, but it somehow makes it feel like home in here, you know? Lights and movement, but the sounds are coming from the kitchen and some weird soundtrack.”

Zane breathed through his nose, putting on a look of mock horror and said, “What if it’s our soundtrack?”

“What do you mean?”

“What if this is our movie? A movie about our lives…and that’s the soundtrack?”

“Three things.”

Zane grinned. “What?”

“One…if this is our movie, it’s pretty damn boring. No car chases, no sex scenes, no snappy dialogue—”

“Says who? My dialogue’s plenty snappy.”

“Two, the soundtrack sucks.”

“Well, don’t be telling them that.”

“And…I don’t have a three. I guess just two.”

A smirk covered Zane’s face. “And we can take care of the sex scene later.”


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Jade C. Jamison was born and raised in Colorado and has decided she likes it enough to stay forever. Jade’s day job is teaching Creative Writing, but teaching doesn’t stop her from doing a little writing herself.

Unfortunately, there’s no one genre that quite fits her writing. Her work has been labeled romance, erotica, suspense, and women’s fiction, and the latter is probably the safest and closest description. But you’ll see that her writing doesn’t quite fit any of those genres.

And Jade is a-okay with that!

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Jade is very accessible on social media (and is so lovely to speak to).  She has so many links that I thought I’d just link you to her social media links on her website.  So go ahead and click HERE to get in touch with her.