Sting (Spark Series #4) by Jennifer Ryder

 This week we’re celebrating the release of Sting book 4 in the Spark Series by Jennifer Ryder. Keep reading for all the details, my review and a fabulous giveaway!

Title: Sting
Series: Spark #4
Author: Jennifer Ryder
Release Date: February 28, 2015


Going undercover has its challenges. When Detective Ryan Clark is sent to the sleepy coastal town of Fremantle to dismantle the country’s most lethal drug syndicate, it’s worth the risk. Even if he becomes a fatality, in the war against drugs.

Ryan finds himself coming back to the same coffee shop. Blondie, the local barista, has him hot under the collar and reaching for his piece. He knows the attraction isn’t just one-sided.

She’s trying to keep her distance.

It only makes him want her more.

Willow Asher left it all behind, but not by choice.

After two long years, she’s finally getting somewhere. Willow has a busy café with her buxom business partner, Gabby, who is the closest thing she has to family.

Although Willow’s past still plagues her thoughts, she’s determined to have her happily-ever-after. As soon as her demons stop haunting her.

What she doesn’t need is the complication of Mr Sexy-Brown-Eyes, who seems to be drinking more and more coffee.

She doesn’t want the questions.

She’s still trying to get her story straight.




Is there anything hotter than a protective alpha male whose also happens to be an undercover cop? Well…if he wasn’t undercover he’d wear a uniform…but still Ryan Clark… he is hold-the-phone-panty-melting-HOT!

I (unfortunately) haven’t read the first 3 books in this series before receiving my ARC so I read Sting purely as a standalone. It was also the first book I’d read from Jennifer Ryder and it definitely won’t be the last! I fully intend to go back and read the first few books in the series now.

Ryan Clark is an undercover cop, working to infiltrate and bring down the major drug circuits. Moving up the ranks he’s thrilled to be involved in such a big case after his last one didn’t go as planned when he got involved with a woman whilst undercover. Determined to not mess up this time he vows to focus purely on the job when he moves across the country to a small coastal town to become Ryan Palmer, the new apprentice boat mechanic.

Like any other self-respecting person he can’t start his day properly without his hit of caffeine. Walking into the best looking café he can find he wasn’t prepared for the blonde beauty behind the counter. First day on the job and he’s already lusting after a woman – something he promised he wouldn’t do this time.

Getting involved with a woman when your whole life in her eyes is a lie is never going to be easy.

Willow Asher has worked hard to create a good life for herself. After a troubled past she’s moved across the country to escape…but not by choice.

Having left her family behind all that time ago and starting again with nothing she’s finally made something for herself and beginning to truly feel happy – but not safe. Constantly on edge and unable to trust, she doesn’t let many people in, apart from her fabulous bestie Gabby and the little girl who will melt your heart called Sienna.

When Mr Sexy Brown-Eyes (aka Ryan) walks into the café she isn’t prepared for the instant attraction she feels. Scared and ruled by the past life that she’s kept a secret, she pushes him away. But Ryan is persistent, charming and has a way with words with a smile to match that would melt the panties off of any red-blooded woman.

But having spent so long hiding who she is and keeping everyone at arms length will Willow ever be able to let someone like Ryan, a man who obviously has secrets of his own, in?

With both of them living a lie but unable to deny the attraction between them, will Ryan and Willow be able to put aside the identities they’ve adopted to save each other and accept the love between them?

I loved each and every character in Sting but for very different reasons. Willow carries so much pain and vulnerability from the life she left behind and yet she has so much strength and determination to overcome her fears and live the life she’s always dreamed about. Ryan is this protective alpha male who exudes so much masculinity but behind it all he wants to settle down and love a woman the way she deserves to be. The way he sets out to prove to Willow that not all men are untrustworthy is just so romantic – I mean the garden? That definitely made my heart squeeze!! As for the secondary characters – Gabby? Gosh I bloody love her!!! Sienna is just too cute and Mick (Ryan’s partner on the case) is pretty damn funny too!

A swoon-worthy alpha male and a heartbroken leading lady determined to find her happiness again Sting is a story of second chances that will teach you undercover cop romances are certainly something to get hot under the collar about. This may be my first Jennifer Ryder book but it won’t be my last!

PS. tissues, chocolate and new panties are advised during the reading of this novel.

Read Sting for yourself…


Haven’t read the first 3 books in the series? Check them out here…. 

Spark #1


Spike #2


B&N / KOBO / iTunes   

Strike #3




About Jennifer Ryder

New Adult and erotic romance writer, and author of the Spark series.

A sexy imagination, a life-long love of books and a sucker for romance, Jennifer Ryder couldn’t stifle her creativity any longer. Writing steamy adult romance has become her new focus. Living on a rural property in New South Wales, Australia, she enjoys the best of city and country.

Her loving husband is ever willing to provide inspiration, and her two young cherubs, and sheep that don’t see fences as barriers, keep life more than interesting.

Jennifer placed third in the International Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2013.

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Fancy Winning 1 of 3 Ebook copies of Sting and some Swag? If so enter the giveaway below…

Step-Lover by Bella Jewel

Released earlier than expected Step-Lover is the next book Bella Jewel has gifted us with to obsess over. Forbidden and smoking hot, it definitely doesn’t disappoint.



A STEPBROTHER ROMANCE – Intended for mature audiences only

I met him before I knew.

I loved him before I knew.

I didn’t know he was my stepbrother when I fell for Bladen. I fell for a mystery guy who I spent a long, amazing weekend with. Then he got up and left me, without even a goodbye. I was nothing more than a bit of fun.

He broke my heart.

I didn’t see him again.

Until my mom and her new husband, Jack, decide to take us all on a family vacation to the lake so I can meet my new stepbrothers for the first time.

I don’t see it coming.

When he gets out of that car, my world stops. My passionate lover is…my stepbrother.

He isn’t the same man. He’s a prick and he makes sure I know it.

I’m not the same woman. I’m in love with him and I very much plan to make sure he knows it.

He won’t make my life easy. I won’t give up.


As always whenever a Bella Jewel book hits my Kindle I know without even reading the blurb it will be amazing – it just goes without saying now. I was definitely intrigued when I saw that it was a stepbrother romance. I’ve been gifted a lot of this genre recently so was interested to see what Ms Jewel would do. Of course what she delivered (yet again) was an intense, HOT and passionate story which had me engrossed from start to finish.

Aria hasn’t had the easiest up-bringing. Having been involved in a horrifying and devastating accident at a young age, she still lives with the haunting memories of the night she watched half her family die. Now just her and her Mum, they’ve both grieved and struggled in the last 10 years or so to come to terms with their new lives. Having finished school Aria and her bestfriend Mel decide to go out and celebrate before college starts.

That night Aria meets Mystery Guy. She feels completely drawn to him, despite never learning his name or anything else other than the fact he looks completely edible with no clothes on. After spending a heated, intimate weekend with one another Aria wakes up cold and alone in an empty hotel room without a note in sight. Resigned to the fact the weekend obviously meant more to her than to him, and with no name to find him with Aria tries to forget her Mystery Guy and move on.

A few months later her Mum has remarried and she’s started her Pre-Med studies at college. A year passes and her new Stepfather asks her Mum, Aria and her bestfriend to spend the summer at his lake house with his 3 sons who she’s never met. Reluctant to go but not wanting to upset her Mum she agrees and soon finds herself in an incredible house fighting Mel for rooms.

When she hears a car park out front, her and Mel spy on her new stepbrothers from the window. And who steps out? Her stepbrothers Brody, Ripley…..oh and Mystery Guy. AKA Blade – her other new stepbrother.

Both of them finally knowing who the other is but unable to act on it, makes living under the same roof incredibly difficult. Aria’s Mum is finally happy and they decide they can never act on their feelings if they want to keep their family together.

A love/hate relationship begins spanning over the next year. Both unable to resist the other but not wanting to destroy their family for the sake of their happiness. Miserable, Aria avoids Blade at all costs whilst he continues to run from his feelings. But moving on is never that easy – you can’t choose who you love, let alone switch it off.

The road is a bumpy one filled with heartache and an intense love, but when push comes to shove will their fragile control of their feelings be enough to keep them apart for their family’s sake or will they risk it all for their chance at happiness with each other?

Step-Lover is full of drama and suspense – burning hot and deliciously forbidden Aria and Blade’s love is not without it’s troubles. There were definitely times I wanted slap Blade around the back of his head but I still loved him anyway. And I really felt for Aria, having survived something so gruesome she definitely deserved some happiness. I completely loved all of the secondary characters – particularly Ripley and Mel! Ripley’s part in the story was brilliantly written and I can NOT wait until Mel and Brody’s book! It’s their individual stories which set it aside from other novels in this genre – that and the incredibly hot sexy scenes! Ms Jewel certainly knows how to set the pages on fire!!!

I demolished this book in a few hours, all over tasks became insignificant when I had this baby in my hands. Fabulously written, ridiculously hot and deliciously tense Bella Jewel has done it again. Bring on book 2!

Read Step-Lover for yourself…



About Bella Jewel


Bella Jewel is a self published, USA  Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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