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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Taming the CEO by Hayson Manning (Review)

Oh my the yumminess of the cover of Taming the CEO by Hayson Manning. I could totally picture Alexander Gillard (Zan). Anyway, this was interesting story, because we have these two families who despise one another thanks to an age old feud. Think Hatfields and the McCoys. So, we Zan and Daisy Carter who are competing to win a resort in San Maarten. Nothing wrong with that, but they have to compete as a couple to see all the benefits the resorts has to offer before they can present their proposals.

Oh the animosity between these two at the beginning is fantastic. It's a glorious he said/she said between these two. Each of them believes their siblings would never lie or steal. However, as they go about the competitions lines are cross and it brings the game to a whole new level. That's not even the best part, because Zan is planning the game on a whole other level. Business first is his model while Daisy is family. Is he willing to sacrifice everything he has worked on for Daisy.

Seriously, Hayson does an amazing job at telling story with a feud and deceit. Honestly, I want to know if his brothers will get with Daisy's sisters. Seriously, that would be AMAZING. Anyway, pretty awesome read all that goes on in the story. If you are looking for a pretty good enemies to lovers story, Taming the CEO is a pretty good pick.

Copy provided by Entangled via NetGalley

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tasty Book Tours Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Romancing the Bachelor by Diane Alberts


Romancing the Bachelor
Hamilton Family #1
By: Diane Alberts
Releasing May 15, 2017
Entangled Indulgence




Blurb

Eric Hamilton isn’t looking for love. Hell, he isn’t even looking for a girl. He has a five-year plan, and he’s one hundred percent focused on that. But then Shelby walks into his life, and suddenly, he can’t think about anything else. Unfortunately for him, she hates his guts, and wants nothing to do with him. But he’s a man who loves a challenge.

Shelby Jefferson can’t wait to get out of the city, and back to her country roots. She moved to Atlanta for a guy who promptly left her, and the last thing she wants is to fall for another man who might make her want to stay. But Eric is nothing if not persistent, and before long she’s inside his arms, in his bed, and she’s falling for him. Hard. But when history repeats itself, and she has to choose between a man and herself––again.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Author's Pal Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: Unmasking the Earl by Elizabeth Keysian


Unmasking the Earl 
Wayward in Wessex
Elizabeth Keysian
Entangled Scandalous 
May 19, 2017




Devastated by the disappearance of his sister, the Earl of Stranraer has gone to extraordinary lengths to find the notorious rake responsible, and enters his household incognito to wreak his vengeance. But his enemy has an unexpected protector—the innocent but headstrong Miss Cassandra Blythe.

Cassie is determined to learn the art of seduction. But she is blindsided by her body's thrilling response to the wrong man—a mysterious servant who shows up at the most inauspicious moments to spoil her lessons in love with warnings of her imminent ruin. When she learns the handsome servant's identity and the reason for his deception, she resolves to help Stranraer, but only if he abandons his vow to destroy his enemy.

The earl is sorely tempted to give the meddlesome beauty a lesson in seduction she’ll never forget. But she turns the tables, and he gets his own lesson in forgiveness…and love.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

It's Me Again, Baby by Katie Reus (Review)

Okay, It's Me Again, Baby is a sweet rekindling romance. Basically we have Samantha Murphy and Maguire O'Connor who use to date, but Sam left town without any reason why. She left Maguire heart broken. Okay, what she did was pretty messed up, and I'm surprise Maguire forgave her, because I would have held the grudge forever. He's a better person than I would be.

Anyway, It's Me Again, Baby is a super quick second chance romance. Which personally I don't think there should have been a second chance romance had she gone up to Maguire and asked the question "Is it true?" Then again there wouldn't be a story. Yes, there is a little suspense. Nothing like her other stories, but a little drama. Overall, cute read.

Copy provided by author.

Rating:
3 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny by Cindi Madsen (Review)

Can I say that Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny was pretty funny. I haven't read a Cindi Madsen book that wasn't fun. Anyway, we are taking a journey along the rocky relationship of Lindsay Rivera and Ryder "Ox" Maddox. Now Lindsay use to be a puck bunny. However, after getting burn she decided to reform her ways. Her focus is on school and work, aka no fun in life. Is this going to stop Ryder, oh no he wants a chance with Lindsay and he'll do it anyway he can even tutor her in math.

I have to give Ryder props for sticking with Lindsay even when she's being challenging. Lindsay faces some challenges,  one being her mother and the fear becoming like her. Then we have Ryder who doesn't care where Lindsay comes from, but wants to be with the person who she is now.

Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny is a pretty straightforward story. You have the hockey player who wants the girl. The girl who doesn't want to go back to where she use to be. Now how are they going to make this work. However, there are a couple of surprises along the way which do popup, and I have to say I didn't see them coming. Yet, they make total sense. Overall, Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny is a pretty fun read, but at the same time got me. If you are in the mood for a little fun and chase, you might give this a try.

Copy provided by Entangled via NetGalley

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Monday, May 15, 2017

RockStar PR Spotlight + Review: Going in Deep by Carly Phillips

Going in Deep
Billionaire Bad Boys #4

Carly Phillips
May 9, 2017

Blurb:

He isn't Mr. Nice Guy…

Julian Dane thought he'd hit rock bottom — until he met a woman (isn't that what they all say?). He used her and broke her heart. Now he wants to turn things around but the damage he dealt stands in his way.

Kendall Parker's unique issues have made it hard to live a normal life. Very few people understand her and she trusts even less … but she believed in Julian once, and he only betrayed her.

Now Julian is back — a new man — and determined to win Kendall's heart. But this reformed bad boy just might find that Going in Deep is harder than it looks.

Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and Sexy as hell.

All Billionaire Bad Boys Novels stand alone!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor (Review)

All right I was super excited to get a chance to read The Bad Luck Bride, I mean it sounded like it be fun. Here's the blurb:

All were shocked at the announcement of the “cursed” Lady Claire Cavensham to Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, especially since she is already engaged to another unfortunate Lord. Perhaps she will make it to the altar this time with one of these fine gentlemen! —Midnight Cryer

No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn’t in a position to refuse...

Alexander requires the hand of his enemy’s fiancée in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It’s his good fortune that the “cursed” woman is desperate. However, what begins as a sham turns into something scandalously deeper...

By all means the story sounds pretty good, I mean we have a curse and revenge. However, The Bad Luck Bride wasn't what I was expecting. I honestly thought it would play up more of the revenge plot, but the more I read the revenge thing kind of disappear. By the way, it had to because of the circumstances of the story. What boils down about this story is a lack of communication and being honest, which is a horrible way to start a marriage. I had a hard time with Lady Claire for most of the book. A lot of that has to deal with the fact she couldn't open up with what causes her panic attacks. This is one the things she should have told her husband from the get go. Oh well. Pembrooke should have told Claire after they were marry why he did what he did. However, he never did. We find both of them afraid to communicate. There's a lot of miscommunication. Other than that issue, the writing was pretty good, and actually Claire's cousins sounds quite interesting. So, I'm curious about them.

Overall, I struggled with The Bad Luck Bride. I liked the beginning, and I thought the ending was sweet. The middle was a little rough. Am I willing try the next book, sure. You never know I might be surprised with the next one. Anyway, the story didn't work for me, but there are others who absolutely loved it.

Copy provided by St. Martin via NetGalley

Rating:
2 1/2 Stars

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Author's Pal Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: By The Hour by Roni Loren


By The Hour 
Pleasure Principle, 2
Roni Loren
April 25, 2017


From the New York Times bestselling author of Off the Clock comes a story of love, hate, and the fire that ignites when the two collide...

Dr. Elle McCray has a plan. Work hard. Be the best. And do it alone. After her ex-husband’s betrayal, she’s learned being feared is a hell of a lot easier than being humiliated. So when trouble personified, Lane Cannon, dares to flirt with her, she shuts him down cold. Too gorgeous. Too cocky. And his job as The Grove’s sexual surrogate is to sleep with patients. No, thank you.

Former escort Lane Cannon has spent enough years with people looking down on him. Stupid. Trailer trash. Rent boy. He’s heard it all. He’s worked too hard to shed his past to let some haughty doctor cut him down. But something about Elle’s ice queen act has his dominant instincts perking up and his body taking notice. He can’t walk away.

After an evening of verbal sparring turns into a night of steamy hate sex, Lane’s ready for round two. But Elle proposes a business deal. How better to keep things strictly physical than to pay him for his services?

Lane wants her, not her money. But he’ll play along in exchange for one thing—all the control. It’s only supposed to be a dirty little fling between colleagues, but these two are about to learn a lesson in love…by the hour.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

St. Martin Spotlight + Excerpt: The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor


The Bad Luck Bride 
The Canvensham Heiress, 1
Janna MacGregor
May 2, 2017



All were shocked at the announcement of the “cursed” Lady Claire Cavensham to Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, especially since she is already engaged to another unfortunate Lord. Perhaps she will make it to the altar this time with one of these fine gentlemen! —Midnight Cryer

No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn’t in a position to refuse...

Alexander requires the hand of his enemy’s fiancée in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It’s his good fortune that the “cursed” woman is desperate. However, what begins as a sham turns into something scandalously deeper...

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Friday, May 5, 2017

TLC Book Tours Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: Slow Burn Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Slow Burn Cowboy
Copper Ridge, 7
Maisey Yates 
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April 18, 2017

In Copper Ridge, Oregon, a cowboy's best friend might turn out to be the woman of his dreams…

If Finn Donnelly makes a plan, he sticks to it. After his brothers left Copper Ridge, Finn stayed behind, determined to keep their ranch going by himself. And when he realized his feelings for Lane Jensen were more than platonic, he shoved that inconvenient desire away. It was easy…until it wasn't. Suddenly his brothers are coming home to claim their share of the property. And Lane is no longer just in his fantasies. She's in his arms, and their friendship is on the line…

He's been her buddy, her handyman, her rock. But until that one breathtaking kiss, Lane somehow overlooked the most important thing about Finn Donnelly—he's all man. They're right together, no matter how much his volatile past has bruised him. Finn wants to hold Lane's body, but he doesn't want to hold her heart. But Lane is falling fast and now she's got a plan of her own…to show Finn there's nothing hotter than friendship turned to slow-burning love.

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