January 13, 2015

RELEASE DAY REVIEWS: Reckless Nights (Vegas Nights #1) by Karen Erickson

Join us in celebrating the release of RECKLESS NIGHTS by Karen Erickson!

RECKLESS NIGHTS (Vegas Nights Series #1) by Karen Erickson
Erotic Romance
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Sometimes dream crushes do come true.

Reagan can’t believe her luck—and not in a good way. One minute she’s hanging out with her friends at an exclusive party in Las Vegas. The next, she’s attracted the attention of a famous actor. Not just any actor. Declan Carter, the man on which she used to—okay, might still—have a fangirl crush. Whose blue eyes leave her embarrassingly tongue tied.

All Declan wants is to meet a nice, normal woman who won’t use him as a stepping stone to fame. Something about Reagan tells him she could be that rare woman, and he follows his instinct to invite her back to his suite—where they proceed to have wild monkey sex. All. Night. Long.

What was supposed to be one night of no-regrets sex stretches out into a blissful weekend of two people who can’t get enough of each other. But when the glamour of Sin City wears off, they’re standing on the edge of a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn a weekend fling into something lasting. Will they take the jump?

Erin's Review:
Talk about your weekend with the girls! What would you do if you were on a trip with your girlfriends and someone offered to have your most desired fantasy come true right before your eyes? Well, when Reagan, Natalie, and Andrea, three nurses in need of a vacation, decided to hit Vegas, it became the getaway to shame all others when a very colorful character offered to whisk them all away for a night on behalf of his employer. Prequel novella Wicked Weekend sets up the story for these three deserving ladies to have the time of their lives, and I was looking forward to seeing it all unfold!

Reckless Nights brings us Reagan’s story; her secret obsession with everything actor Declan Carter had her heart racing when she realized that she’d be meeting him on their night out. This man who she’d lusted after from afar was suddenly right within reach, and he was very much appreciating what Reagan had to offer. Reagan was literally having her wildest dream come true for one night, and suddenly her wild side was ready to play. Declan had hoped for a chance to meet a NORMAL woman, one who he could be real with and not worry about having to impress with his celebrity status. Reagan was just that, and when their banter and flirting turned into some smoking hot chemistry, they were both more than happy to see where things went. It made for some very steamy moments that were definitely yummy to read!

Reagan and Declan hit it off from the start, but whether or not that could ever lead to more was on both of their minds as their time together ticked away. Declan was about to start filming his comeback role, and Reagan had to go back to being the nurse she’d always been. It didn’t exactly make for an easy transition into a relationship, so where did that leave them? Time would tell just what they were meant to be, and it was a sweet story as everything came together for these two well-matched but very different people. Bottom line? Reckless Nights is a quick and steamy read with heart that I enjoyed curling up with!

~“Wow.” She uttered that understatement of the year at the same time she pressed her face against his neck, her lips causing a path of fire wherever they touched.

He threw his head back against the couch, his breaths ragged as she skimmed her hand down the front of his shirt, fingers tripping over the buttons as her mouth worked some sort of magic on his neck. ~p. 21

~She had a regal, pristine look to her that was driving him wild. A look-but-don’t-touch aura that made him want to do nothing but touch.

And touch and touch again. ~p. 29

~Naked in a tub full of hot water with the woman he was more and more insanely attracted to as every minute passed? Hell yes. ~p. 45

Shannon's Review:
Hot! This book is one quick, sexy, and hot read. We meet back up with Reagan who's a nurse on a bestie trip  to Las Vegas. All they were looking for was fun when they were invited to an exclusive party. 

When she was younger Reagan had a super crush on Declan, an actor who let his partying and drinking get the best of him.

 Now out of rehab and trying to make a comeback on the movie scene he just happens to be at the exclusive party the girls attend. When they meet you can see and feel the sparks and chemistry between them. 

The scenes between them are so sensual and so real. Karen Erickson knows how to write a sex scene and make you believe it, make you feel it.

So what happens when the one night stand suddenly turns into more? Will Reagan overcome her self esteem issues and accept that Declan really does want her or will her issues push him away? What about the distance between them, will they be able to overcome that? 

Book provided by WordSmith Publicity for honest review. 


“Reagan,” Declan called, drawing her attention. She turned to her right to find him sitting on an overstuffed loveseat made out of wicker, the deep red cushions plump and comfortable-looking. He waved her over and she headed toward him, her steps careful, her knees wobbling when she saw the heart-stopping smile on his face as she approached.

“I could watch you do that all night,” he murmured as he leaned forward, resting his elbows on his knees so he could dangle in his arms between his legs, his hands clasped together.

“Watch me do what?” she asked, perplexed. She stopped by a glass-topped table where

the two waters Declan ordered sat. But she wasn’t thirsty. She could hardly move, too entranced by the way he stared up at her.

“Walk. You look...incredible in that dress,” he said, letting his gaze skim the entire length of her. “Join me.”

The loveseat wasn’t very big and he was nearly sitting in the middle, so she settled down next to him, their thighs pressed together, her bare leg rubbing against the slightly coarse material of his jeans. She smiled at him as he sat up straight, his shoulder brushing against hers, and she looked away, exhaling discreetly for fear he might notice.

He flat out overwhelmed her. She could smell him, spicy and warm with a hint of soap. His body was hot—she could feel the heat radiating off of him and pulsating through her.

Or maybe that was just her, so crazily aroused for this man she didn’t really even know that she reacted like a woman with out of control hormones. He definitely sent everything within her zinging with just a look, just by sitting next to her.

“It’s a beautiful view,” she said when she couldn’t seem to take him staring at her anymore. She turned to look out at the city lights once more, the breeze blowing through her hair, lifting it from her shoulders and her warm neck.

“I agree,” he said, his voice closer than she realized, and she glanced over her shoulder, his face directly in hers, his gaze locked on her. “Gorgeous.”

She had the distinct feeling he wasn’t talking about the view of Las Vegas. More like he was talking about...her?

No way.

The Prequel Novella is FREE!!!

WICKED WEEKEND (Vegas Nights Series #.5) by Karen Erickson
Erotic Romance

What happens in Vegas…could be a fantasy come true.
Vegas Nights, Book 0.5

Between nursing school and starting their careers, Reagan, Andrea, and Natalie have had no time for dating. After saving up for a special vacation, they’re on their way to Vegas for a long-awaited weekend of fun, sun, gambling and partying.

When their luggage goes missing, an impromptu shopping trip leads them to James, who makes them an unusual offer—to be part of the female scenery at his boss’s upcoming party. Not just any scenery, but women who are pretty in a real way, not the nipped, tucked and dyed Hollywood version.

Accept a “private party” invitation from a complete stranger? These ladies weren’t born yesterday. Yet before “no thanks” crosses their lips, Reagan discovers who James’s boss really is: Declan Carter, an actor she’s crushed on for, well, forever. Now she’s determined to be the eye candy who catches Declan’s eye. No matter what it takes…

USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read - sexy contemporary romance. Published since 2006, she's a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.

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