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Friday, December 21, 2018

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Ryan

Let me say that I LOVED Dirty Little Secret! Honestly, I wasn't sure what I was going to find with Jennifer Ryan's latest book. All I knew was I liked her previous books, therefore I will like this one. Actually, I'm totally excited to see what Jennifer has in store for the rest of the series. Dirty Little Secret had me grasping for more.

I absolutely loved the characters. We had Noah and Annabelle Cordero who grew up with John Cordero. Both weren't his biological children, but he raised them as his own. Then there's Roxy Cordero who was John's actual biological child, but never recognized her as his own until after his death. John had his secrets, and they were reveled until after his death. They shook and rocked Noah, Annabelle, and Roxy's world. Now all three of them have to live with the terms of his will, which seriously pissed Noah off. Yes, Noah and Roxy had a rocky start. It was mainly Noah induced. However, Roxy is smart and knows what she needs to do to make sure the ranch is thriving. Eventually, they find the balance and understanding, but not the easiest with Roxy's past lurking in the background.

Anyway, Dirty Little Secret had me begging for more. I seriously can't wait for the next book. I love the story between Noah and Roxy. I love that she understood Annabelle's needs. An amazing story! Probably my top read for this year. I can't wait to see what Roxy's sisters have in store with the series. I hope the next story involves Sonya. Actually it doesn't matter which sister, I just need another story. Austin sounds like he's in need of desperate help. By the way I love how Jennifer gives a little tease of whats to come. It's subtle, but it's there. Anyway, LOVED Dirty Little Secret, and I can't wait to see what the other Wild Rose Ranch has in store.

Copy provided by Avon

Rating:
5 Stars

Thursday, December 20, 2018

InkSlinger PR Review + Excerpt: Love, Sincerely, Yours by Sara Ney & Meghan Quinn



LOVE, SINCERELY, YOURS
Sara Ney & Meghan Quinn
October 9, 2018



Dear Mister...**strike out** no, too formal. Hey there sweet cheeks *strike out* no, too forward. 

To whom it may concern, Full disclosure; before we move forward with this email, I would like it to be known that I have consumed an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages to intoxicate myself tonight. Three margaritas, two shots, and one beer—because it was free. I think it’s important to be open and honest with your co-workers, don’t you? 

So here I am, being honest. Drunk but honest. Or just drunk with lust? You decide. 

I like you so much it’s clouding my judgment and making me do things I never would sober. Like write this letter. 

I have a hopeless, foolish, schoolgirl crush on you when you are the last person on earth I should be falling for. Did you know people around the office call you a sadist? An egomaniac. An insensitive, arrogant prick. Your bark is worse then your bite, and you don’t scare me. The fact is, I’d love that bite of yours to nip at my bare skin while we’re both wearing nothing but sheets. 

For once I want you to look at me as more than one of your employees. 

And as long as we're being honest, that navy blue suit you wear? With the crisp white shirt? It really makes me want to loosen your tie and show you who’s boss. 

Love
Sincerely
Yours.   


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Friday, December 14, 2018

TLC Book Tours Spotlight + Review: The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander

The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl
The Lady Travelers Society, 3
Victoria Alexander
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November 20, 2018

Set sail for love in this sparkling new adventure in #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander’s Lady Travelers Society series.

Harry Armstrong has spent years in Egypt, recovering relics and disregarding rules. Now he’s back in England with a new title and a new purpose: penning his exploits. But his efforts are overshadowed by London’s favorite writer about Egypt—a woman they call The Queen of the Desert, of all things. Worse, her stories—serialized in newspapers and reprinted in books—are complete rubbish.

Miss Sidney Honeywell didn’t set out to deceive anyone. It’s not her fault readers assumed her Tales of a Lady Adventurer in Egypt were real! Admitting her inadvertent deception now would destroy her reputation and her livelihood. But when the Earl of Brenton challenges her to travel to Egypt to prove her expertise, accompanied by his dashing, arrogant nephew, what choice does she have but to pack her bags?

With the matchmaking founders of the Lady Travelers Society in tow, Harry is determined to expose Sidney’s secret. But the truth might not be as great a revelation as discovering that love can strike even the most stubborn of hearts.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

TLC Book Tours Review + Giveaway: Wrangler's Rescue by BJ Daniels

Wrangler's Rescue 
The Montana Cahills
BJ Daniels
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November 20, 2018

She’ll risk everything to bring her cowboy back home…

One week ago, Cyrus Cahill told Ashley Jo “AJ” Somerfield that he’d be back in her arms by the weekend. He just needed to buy a bull for his ranch, and then they’d pick up where they left off after that romantic ride through the foothills. But now he’s gone missing and everyone—even the sheriff—believes he’s dead.

Everyone…but AJ. She suspects foul play and she won’t rest until Cyrus is back home in Gilt Edge, right where he belongs. Because Cyrus isn’t the kind of cowboy who breaks a promise. And since she’s not the kind of woman who gives up on her man, AJ will risk anything to help bring him home…even her own life.

Don’t miss this suspenseful conclusion of The Montana Cahills series from New York Times bestselling author B.J. Daniels.


My Thoughts:
Today I will be sharing my thoughts on Wrangler's Rescue by BJ Daniels, which happens the first time I'm trying her books. When I was offered a chance to read this book, I was excited. First off, I have heard of her, and she was suggested to me to checked out when I was in Montana. I never did get a chance, but this was always in the back of my mind. We moved to Oklahoma, still have read her, but decided to try Wrangler's Rescue. The story can be read as a standalone, but I feel this story would be better read in order. 

Wrangler's Rescue was pretty good read. We have Cyrus Cahill about ready to make his declaration of love to Ashley Jo "AJ" Somerfield. However, he has to leave on a business trip. Things take a turn and he ends up dead, and now he has a widow. Yet, AJ smells something fishy, and she's willing to take a chance to find whats going on with Cyrus. 

Oh man the twist and turns this story takes along the way are fantastic. I felt the need to keep reading, because I needed to know what in the world made Cyrus marry some nobody. It was interesting and mildly suspenseful. Overall, Wrangler's Rescue was a pretty awesome read. 

Copy provided by Harlequin via NetGalley

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Author Info:



NYT and USA Today Bestselling author B.J. Daniels was born in Texas but moved with her family to Montana at the age of five. Her first home was a cabin in the Gallatin Canyon and later a lake house on Hebgen Lake outside of West Yellowstone.
Most of her books are set in Montana, a place she loves. She lives now in a unique part of the state with her husband and three Springer Spaniels.




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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Audiobook Review: It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

There will be some slight spoilers, but they are required for It Had to Be You. Let me start that I have been hopping around through the  Chicago Stars stories for a little while, and I have decided to read them in order. I love the newer stories, so now I'm going to start from the beginning and work my way to the end. With that, I do like Dan Calebow later in the series. However, had I started with this one I probably would have ripped his head off. Dan isn't the most pleasant guy in this story, especially with Phoebe Somerville. There was a lot of work that had to happen between these two characters.

I truly almost stopped reading It Had to Be You, and I had to mustered through a scene. I seriously thought Dan picked up a 16 year old girl, but it was his ex-wife who was into roll playing. Definitely a WTF moment. I'm glad he felt disgusted by this, but he didn't feel that disgusted after all he slept with his ex-wife. Anyway, he had an epiphany that he wanted to settle down and find the perfect wife, which he meets Sharon. By the way I totally forgot her last name, and I only remember her with a different last name cause later in the series you see her again married to someone else. However, Dan thought Sharon was perfect person to marry, but he can't stop lusting after Phoebe.

Let's be honest Phoebe is a hot mess at the beginning. She's trying to discover herself, while still trying to get her dead dad's approval. Let's throw in a moody teenage half-sister who doesn't even like her. She has a lot on her plate and her father try to set her up for failure. Thanks dad. However, I did like Phoebe. I even felt bad for her when her backstory came to life. As the story progresses she eventually finds her true self. However, it's a good portion of the story. I do love the friendship she develops with Ron McDermott, which puzzles Dan.

After a few of the scenes in It Had to Be You pass I actually liked this story. I love how the football players stood up for Phoebe. She did develop a special relationship with Stars. The relationship between Dan and herself is a bit rough, but they manage. Now I'm going to re-listen to Bob Tom Denton's story, because he's to funny.

Before I close this off, I do have to mentions Anne Fields reading of It Had to Be You; she does a fantastic job. I love how she reads this story. She does a great job with male voices and female ones, and you definitely can tell the difference.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Audiobook Review: Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

I feel like I'm in minority when it comes to my thoughts on Sweet Tea and Sympathy. I can't really say that I liked it, but more like I tolerated. It kind of saddens me that I can't say I loved this story, because I had the dynamic duo of Harper and Ronconi; alas, this story fell short for me.

There are usually a lot of characters in Molly's book, which I'm totally fine. However it was the main character I couldn't stand. I was hoping that after the second time of re-listen I would grow to like her. Nope. I still wanted to throat puncher. She comes off so arrogant and snobby that I couldn't stand her. Yes, she had Big City oozing off her, but she wasn't likable. She had an ultimate goal of getting the heck out of dodge when the first opportunity came available. Everyone knew that she was leaving, because she let everyone know. That grated on my nerves a bit. The next issue I had with the story was her relationship was with her father. I get that she had daddy issues, but she wasn't willing to talk with the man for most of the book. Can't solve the issue if you don't talk to the man. However, my main issue was with Margot Cary.

The things I liked were the family, Kyle Archer's children (they were adorable), and the rest of the dynamic of the story. However, my sore spot was Margot, and she didn't even become tolerable until the end. Sweet Tea and Sympathy was a rough listen, even the second go around. I seriously thought I find some nuance that make me enjoy the story more, nope. So, wrong. I got to a point where I was like I need stop before I want to throw my phone. Yes, I was in the minority about not enjoying the story. Maybe I should go back and re-listen to the Nice Girls books or the Half-Moon Hallow. This is totally up to you if you want to pursue. I might try the next book, because I absolutely thought Frankie was a hoot in the story. This is my thoughts on Sweet Tea & Sympathy. I couldn't mustered sympathy for Margot when her life hit the bottom. Didn't happen. Maybe if she was a little nicer I could have.

Rating;
2 1/2 Stars

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

True to You by Jennifer Ryan (Review)

I finally got to finished True to You by Jennifer Ryan. Don't get me wrong, I liked the story. We have DEA Special Agent Dawson King aka Flash, who is getting out of prison. He's undercover, and he's going after Iceman. He has a plan, but he didn't count on falling for Iceman's daughter, Cara Potter.

So, I read this over the course of a few months. The things I remember about this story are Cara has a hard believing Flash is who he says he is, she wouldn't be wrong. However, she starts to warm up to him, and things start to get heated between them and around them.

I like these two characters. Flash is pretty awesome, because he's trying to do a job, and tries to be as honest to Cara as he can be. By the way is super hard when you're undercover. Cara is trying to live her life, and trying to avoid her father. Which isn't always easy since his business is all around. Then there's Iceman's crazy brother. He's pretty out there.

Anyway, I liked this story when I had chance to read it. You might want to consider reading these books in order, because they build on one another. Now, I need to go tackle Bennett's story.

Copy provided by Avon

Rating:
4 Stars

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Very Dragon Christmas by Katie Reus ( Review)

At the very beginning of A Very Dragon Christmas there is a warning that this isn't a standalone novella, and that's a true statement. If you haven't read any of the Darkness books go back and start with book one. This is one of the series you have to read from the first book. With that said, I think this is a fun little story that hits all the emotional points. Again, you can't start with this story, because a lot has happen.

Victoria and Drake are expecting there little guy, but he's taking his sweet little time. Yes, in the previous books she has been pregnant. He finally decides to come. Poor Victoria. There are hints of more things too happen, and I can't wait for them. I need them. Anyway, things happen in the story that you are like NOOOO!

Overall, it's a nice little holiday piece. It tidies up Victoria's pregnancy, and we might eventually see more having baby fever. A Very Dragon Christmas also gives a glimpse of things to come. Again, I can't say anymore, because you have to read the previous stories to understand the intricate details. If you have been keeping up with the series, this is a good one.

Copy provided by author

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Kiss Me At Christmas by Valerie Bowman (Review)

Today, we have Kiss Me At Christmas, which is featuring our favorite Bow Street Runner, Daffin Oakleaf. Now in this story we learn all sorts of juicy details about his life. Don't worry all his secrets aren't reveal right away, he's like a safe when it comes to his life. We've seen Daffin in previous books. He has been quite a big help, and Valerie figured he needed his own happy ending. Seriously, the man doesn't like Christmas. Again, we learn his reasoning in the story.

Now in the last book we saw Daffin flirt with a certain Lady Regina who happens to be cousin to his good friend. There was some serious flirting in A Duke Like No Other, but nothing serious. Anyway, Regina is approaching her 30th year of life, and her Great Uncle would like to see her married and secured. Gotta love when you have an edict to marry. Anyway, the guy she's kind encourage to marry is not one of her top picks. If she had her way, she would rather be single. I wouldn't blame her meeting that pompous jerk I would want to stay single. She comes up with this bright idea to give her virginity to someone she has some interest in, which happens to be Daffin. Let me say that was probably the most awkward situation in her life. It only gets more awkward when she needs Daffin's help, because her life is in danger. The awkwardness gets a little better.

Anyway, Regina's life is in danger, and it's Daffin to the rescue. Valerie always has pretty good banter between her characters, so it's always fun to watch her characters fall madly in love. Yes, you will find there are little hiccups here and there with there romance, but it makes all so much fun to read. We get a little hints about the road ahead for the Duke of Huntley. Overall, Valerie brings another fun read to her Playful Brides books in Kiss Me At Christmas. Have a little holiday fun with Daffin and Regina.

Copy provided by author.

Rating:
4 Stars

Monday, October 22, 2018

Sentinel of Darkness by Katie Reus (Review)

Sentinel of Darkness was a pretty good read. We have Dagen who is a pretty sexy dragon that basically stuck his foot in his mouth when he notice this little human, Keva. Keva has had a pretty hard life. Even though she was saved by a shifter, she's pretty leery of shifters. One bad relationship kind of ruins that trust, so Dagen has his work cut for him.

This is a fast past novella. We watch Dagen try to show Keva that he's a decent guy, and not all shifters are terrible people. The story  made me love Dagen. He's a totally hot and wonderful hero. I like Keva, but there were moments I want to say he's a good guy. However, she had trust issues to work through. It's a nice story that makes me love dragons even more.

Copy provided by author.

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Thursday, October 18, 2018

TLC Blog Tours Spotlight + Review: Lone Star Christmas by Delores Fossen

Lone Star Christmas
Coldwater Texas, 1
Delores Fossen
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September 25, 2018

A family crisis brings him home…
Just in time for Christmas

Cattleman Callen Laramie has no intention of returning to his hometown of Coldwater, Texas, until a Christmas wedding and a family secret convince him he has no choice. And when he’s reunited with his childhood crush, the girl who’d always been off-limits, Callen knows leaving might not be so easy this time.

Shelby McCall is as pretty as a Christmas snowfall, and Callen wants to kiss her under the mistletoe…and the Christmas tree…and the stars. But once Shelby knows the whole truth behind this homecoming, will their holiday fling come to an abrupt end? Or will she accept the gift of his heart?

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dream by Carly Phillips (Review)

Dream is probably my favorite out this whole series. Out of all the heroines Andrea didn't drive me nuts. I mean she had her moment towards the end. However, I could tolerate her the most. She seemed pretty leveled headed throughout the story. She knew she screwed up her friendship with Kyle, because a controlling jerk. She realize she was dumb, but by the time she realize she made a mistake it was too late.

Now Kyle. He's a likable character, and he can hold a grudge. When we see him, he's still kind of pissed at Andrea. Who can blame the guy they have been friends forever, and breaks the friendship cause of a dude. Of course, he didn't have all the facts.

Anyway, Dream is about two friends that rekindle their friendship and possibly more. However, there are bumps along the way that make this story wonder is Andrea is going to let her dream go again. This is my favorite in the series. However, Andrea does have a stupid moment, and I wanted to slap her. I liked Kyle, because he was willing to let Andrea do it her own way, which was probably the dumbest thing. Hey he supported his woman. Overall, a pretty good story.

Copy provide author via RockStar PR

Rating:
4 Stars

Monday, October 1, 2018

Avon Romance Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

Hot Winter Nights
Heartbreak Bay, 6
Jill Shalvis
Avon 
September 21, 2018

Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.


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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Audiobook Review: And One Last Thing... by Molly Harper

For the longest time I was afraid to read And One Last Thing... by Molly Harper, I have been reading her paranormal stuff and loved it. Seriously, LOVED her stuff. However, I was a little afraid that I wasn't going to like this story, because it didn't have vampires or werewolves. A true fear, so I kept this far from my mind. I have basically have done all the Half-Moon Hallows books, I even tried Naked Werewolves books, and I started the Mystic Bayou books. So, I was running out of options to read/listen to Molly Harper. I decided to take a chance. So, fearful on what going to happen, which I shouldn't have. I started the story and I was hooked. Seriously HOOKED! I had so much fun with And One Last Thing.... Who would have guess?

Anyway, I absolutely loved Lacey Terwillirger. At first she's kind of down trodden, and doesn't know how to pick up the pieces of her life. However, it's amazing what she can do when you are stuck in a cabin and your only neighbor is a recluse cranky man. Basically, she rebuilding her life, and rediscovers who she is in the long run. It takes some trials and errors. It was fun watching her fumble along the way. I love that she learns to live with out her cheating ex. It's fun to see her interaction with Monroe, the recluse neighbor. They are a hoot together.

Overall, I was worry for nothing with And One Last Thing..., seriously I had fun. I laugh, and tried not get choked up, because I was out in public while listening to this story. I was thinking Sammy the Shark needs her own story and a love life, I mean it would be interesting after all she's a divorce lawyer. Great time. So much so that I had to listen to the story again. Also Amanda Ronconi does a super job.

Rating:
5 Stars

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Hunting Danger by Katie Reus (Review)

We finally get Gage and Nova together in Hunting Danger. They have been skirting around one another for the past four books. However, I think it was worth the wait. Possibly this is best book so far. we still have one more to get to. Anyway, we have action and danger lurking through this story. Lite on the romance, but it's kind of a romance budding when you are in emanate danger. Also the obvious reason, can't fall for a co-worker, because what if it goes south fear.

Basically, Nova's friend is in danger, and Nova wants to rush off to save her all by herself. Fortunately, she has friends looking out for her otherwise it would have gone down hill fast. Gage has the hots for her, but doesn't feel that he's good enough for Nova. Why take a chance when you feel that she's out of your league. Anyway, they take a trip to Montana to save the friend, of course it doesn't go as plan, and this is where the story gets a little more interesting.

Yes, Hunting Danger does pick up the suspense a little more once they get to Montana and being chase by the bad guys. Nova and Gage have there fee issues, because of work, and feeling unworthy for the other. We have it all cleaned up towards the end, but we also have a little teaser of the ultimate plot that has been going on for sometime. Overall, Hunting Danger is probably favorite of the series. I liked Nova and Gage's story.

Copy provided by author

Rating:
4 Stars

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (Review)

The Governess Game was a pretty good read. I did enjoy this story a lot, but The Duchess Deal was way better. Don't get me wrong this was a fantastic read, and Tessa Dare does an amazing job with the banter between these two. However, I think the stars of this book would have be Rosamund and Daisy along with Daisy's doll Millicent. Seriously, that was hilarious. They would have a funeral everyday for Millicent. That was too much, but so good. However, Chase took it like a chance. He was given guardianship over Rosamund and Daisy, and he's trying to make it through until they can send them away to school after all he's a horrible example of a guardian. He stumbles upon Alexandra Mountbatten who he mistaken as the governess.

Chase basically believes he found the perfect governess, but slowly finds out he was totally wrong. However, he's stuck with her, and her unorthodox ways of teaching. Again, she's not a governess, but a clock tuner. Chase basically has closed off his heart to everything, so Alex is going to break through his wall.

Yes, The Governess Game is like your typical aristocrat wanting the governess story. At the same time there are little quirks that make it a little different. For instance, the death of Millicent. I'm telling you that's hilarious, the ways she dies. We see deep down that Chase has a heart, but is fearful of letting it out. After all bad happens when he's suppose to care. Overall, The Governess Game is a pretty good read. I had a good time, and I can't wait for of this series. So, if aristocrats and governess are your thing, you are going to enjoy The Governess Game.

Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Monday, September 24, 2018

Audiobook Review: Accidental Sire by Molly Harper

I actually listened to Accidental Sire a few months ago, and I'm just getting to writing my review. I'm guessing this is the end of the Half-Moon Hollow books, because I'm not sure who else needs a story. I guess Molly could write side stories for the characters. Who knows what is going to happen, but I'm pretty sure this is the end.

So, we finally get a story for adorkable Ben Overby, who thought his life wouldn't be mixed up with vampires after he was dumped by Gigi. I guess he was wrong. Meagan Keene was "accidentally" killed in thrilling ultimate frisbee throwing contest. Anyway, she accidentally bites Ben and turns him with just a bite. Now they have to learn to live with one another and get past the issue that Meagan turned Ben.

I loved Accidental Sire. I love both Meagan and Ben. I think my favorite is Meagan, because she feels so alone. At times in the story, she does. A lot of her issues stem from being put in the foster care system. When Ben learns more about her past, he kind of feels bad for the way he treated her, but at the same time he's trying to cope with being turned himself. Each of them have learning and growing in this story. Along with that, they are trying to stay hidden from some crazed person.

Accidental Sire is one of my favorite in the series. If this book is the end of the series, I'm glad that it end on a high note. Also Amanda Ronconi does amazing job with this story. Especially Georgie's part. Yes, we get to see a lot more Georgie in here, and her and Meagan have a special bond. Overall, loved this story. I laughed, cried, and was over joy when it all worked out for Ben and Meagan.

Rating:
5 Stars

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Blogger Shame Review Challenge 2018: Waking Up With a Billionaire by Katie Lane


We finally have tackled another book that has been my TBR pile forever. YAY!!!! I'm glad I have finished Waking Up With a Billionaire, because it now completes the series. I would recommend not reading this story as a standalone. There are a few things that happen in the previous books that come back in Waking Up With a Billionaire, epecially Chloe's past. Other than that this was book was a pretty good read. I did enjoy Chloe and Grayson's interaction. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Audiobook Review: Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper


YAY! I have tackled another Blogger Shame book. However, I kind of cheated here, I ended up buying the audiobook and it was good thing. Seriously, I would have given up on Better Homes and Hauntings a long time ago. It's not a bad story, but there's a lot going on in the story. SOOOO much going on, and at times it was a bit overwhelming. So, had I read this book and tried to keep up with what was going on, I would have thrown in the towel. So, I had an Audible book credit, and need of a book I decided to give this one a shot. I'm glad I did, otherwise this would be sitting my shelf for even longer. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Love Like Ours by Melissa Foster



Love Like Ours
Sugar Lake #3

By: Melissa Foster
Releasing Sept 11, 2018
Montlake



Blurb

One wrong move, and she meets a guy with all the right ones…

Talia Dalton lives her life on cruise control. Despite her successful career as a professor, she prefers protecting her broken heart to taking chances. She’s calm, cool, collected, and steady. Until the morning she takes her eyes off that familiar road and almost runs over the sexiest man she’s ever seen. It may not be the best way to start the day, but it might be the type of shake-up she needs.

Male dancer Derek Grant has goals, and nothing is going to get in the way of achieving them. As a graduate student and the sole caretaker of his ailing father, he hasn’t much time for relationships. Then Talia crashes into his life. Sweet, pretty—and so buttoned-up that he can’t wait to help her cut loose.

For Derek, falling in love was a beautiful accident waiting to happen. And it might be exactly what Talia needs—if she’s willing to let go of the past and embrace every surprise Derek has to offer.

LOVE LIKE OURS is being published by Montlake (an Amazon imprint) and won’t be available on other ebook retailers, but you can download a FREE Kindle ereader app to read it here, or order the paperback.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Author's Pal Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Marquess and the Maiden by Robyn DeHart


The Marquess and the Maiden
Lords of Vice, 2
Robyn DeHart
Entangled Scandalous
September 10, 2018



Harriet Wheatley is the mastermind behind the Ladies of Virtue's quest to rehabilitate the gentlemen of the ton. So when it comes to selecting her own target, she knows who to choose: Oliver Weeks, Marquess of Davenport—the most extravagant wastrel in all of London.

Known for his opulent lifestyle, Oliver isn't surprised by Harriet's confrontation. It's obvious Harriet longs for any way to take him down a notch. She says she'll help him find a bride, but he knows it's only because it gives her the excuse to chastise his indulgent ways.

Oliver has good reason for his flagrant overspending, but Harriet will hear nothing of it. So he has no choice but to teach the lady a lesson, even if it means risking his heart to the hard-headed and fiery woman.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

InkSlinger PR Review: Flirting with Forever by Kendall Ryan


Flirting with Forever
Kendall Ryan
September 3, 2018



I've waited years for the perfect girl, yet she was right in front of me all along.

My best friend, Natalie, has been by my side through everything. Leaning on my shoulder, borrowing my sweatshirts…and making my pants too tight when she flashes me that sassy smile that drives me crazy.

But she has no idea about that last part. She doesn't have a clue I've felt this way about her for years.

Until one night after too many cocktails, we fall into bed together.

I'm flirting with my forever…she just doesn't know it yet.

This book is a sexy, slow-burning best-friends-to-lovers romance with a guaranteed HEA and no cheating. Dive in, and get ready to melt for Cam!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Spotlight + Review: Hard Sell by Lauren Layne



Hard Sell 
21 Wall Street, 2
Lauren Layne
Montlake
September 4, 2018



Blurb

He’s a Wall Street wolf. She’s been hired to tame him. From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne comes a wildly sexy novel of business and pleasure.
Twenty-eight and filthy rich, Matt Cannon is the youngest broker on Wall Street. He may be a “boy wonder,” but he’s every inch a man. Ask any woman—any night. But when Matt’s latest fling makes scandalous headlines, his clients get anxious, and his bosses at Wolfe Investments level an ultimatum: keep his assets zipped, get a “real” girlfriend, and clean up his act. Only one woman can help Matt with something this hard.
For PR genius Sabrina Cross, the best fixer in Manhattan, playing Matt’s steady is going to be a challenge, even if it’s just for show. They already have an explosive history, she can’t stand the cocky party boy, and worse—she can’t stop thinking about him. So who’ll dare to break her “no touching” rule first? Because when that happens, Matt and Sabrina’s game of let’s pretend will get so hot it could set both their reputations on fire.
 “Layne can always be counted on to create an engaging, steamy, and thoroughly rewarding reading experience.” —RT Book Reviews
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Author's Pal Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Honeymoon Trap by Christina Hovland


The Honeymoon Trap
Christina Hovland
Entangled Amara
August 20, 2018



Book Blurb:

How to Survive Your Next Relationship Disaster 101

Step 1: Get pumped. Your new house, in your new town, comes with a sexy and shirtless man next door. Score!

Step 2: Don’t let your freak-out show when Mr. OMG Shirtless turns around—and it’s your old crush.

Step 3: Hold your head high when you run into him again on the first day of your new job—literally—and spill coffee all over yourself.

Step 4: Stay calm when he introduces himself as your new boss…and then announces that your first assignment is to go on a fake honeymoon together.

Step 5: Keep your $h*t locked tight when the new boss/old crush and you are forced to sleep in the same room…with one bed.

Step 6: Try to ignore just how freaking hot he is, and how much you want to touch him…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

All The Way by Kristen Proby (Review)

Let me start by saying I was super excited to see that Kristen Proby  had a new series coming out, and it was a must read. So, I got my little hands on All The Way. I started reading, and I liked London Watson and Finn Cavanaugh. They were both pretty good characters at the beginning. As the story progress, I had trouble liking London. I think part of my problem with her was she would get upset with Finn for doing somethings, and he wouldn't understand why she was upset. I was even having a hard time understanding her reasons.

Anyway, the story was pretty much them getting to know each other, but they needed to work more on their communication skills. They seriously were lacking, but that's understandable with new relationships. All The Way was an all right story. I wish they would have played up the brother's addiction problem a little more, instead of having it all come out in the end. There were a few things I was thinking London was a bit naive in thinking. I liked Finn a lot more than London. I just couldn't generate any sympathy for her. I think if there was a little more backstory between her brother and herself I would had more. All The Way was a pretty even keel read with London and Finn getting it on a lot. It wasn't bad, but it was a little too much at times. I'm hoping the series is a little better, and this was just this is the first book and it's going to get better. Overall, it wasn't a bad read, but not a great one. One of the things that I love about this book was the cover, because it does match a scene in the story.

Copy provided by William Morrow

Rating:
3 Stars

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Audiobook Review: How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper

I tend to listen to Molly Harper books on audible books, mainly because they are hilarious. When I saw that she had a new book on audible I had to grab it. Plus, it had dragons. Well, this story is a little different from her previous book. I didn't laugh out loud from the get go. It took little time to get into the story. I did listen to the story for the second time to see if I still felt the same way, and I did. It was a little easier to get into the story the second time, but it wasn't as funny as the Jane Jameson or Half-Moon Hallow books. 

We have Jillian Ramsay, and she's an all right character. Kind of quirky. Then we have Bael Boone who happens to be the sheriff of the town. We see that Molly tries to make these characters be light and fun, but it kind of falls flat. There are a few characters I think would be fun to read, like the Mayor Zed Berend. 

There are some good parts, but it wasn't like the previous stories I have read and listen to in the past. I hope the series gets a little better. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. The other thing I had an issue with was with the dual narration. Which I understand, because it has a dual point of views. Amanda Ronconi does a great job like always, and Jonathan Davis doesn't do a bad job. Yet, I'm so use to Amanda reading these books, so he was okay. I think those who have read Molly previous books might be a little disappointed. 

Rating:
3 Stars


Monday, August 6, 2018

Born to be Wilde by Eloisa James (Review)

Where to begin with Born to be Wilde? I loved this story. I loved the last book, but I think with this series they have gotten better and better. At the end of Too Wilde to Wed we got a hint of what was going on with the story. We find out that Lavinia Gray and her mother are destitute. So, Lavinia needs to come with a plan to secure the two of them. In Born to be Wilde, we see Lavinia put the plan in motion. It starts off as an epic fail. EPIC! However, Parth is willing to help Lavinia find a wealthy husband. That's when it starts to get interesting.

Okay, Parth and Lavinia have a strain friendship. They seem to rub one another the wrong way. However, as the story develops it's not that don't like each, but more they are trying to hide their feelings for one another. I love these two characters. They bring out the worst and the best out of each of each other. We watch Lavinia's character grow so much in this story, because she's force to learn about her inner strength. Parth has to go through some changes to; I mean he has to channel his love for Lavinia not come out as disdain. So, it's a lot of fun to watch these. 

Anyway, LOVED Born to be Wilde, and I can't wait for the next book. Seriously, you get a little tease at the end of the story, and my mouth was agape. Even without the tidbit on what's to happen it's a fantastic book. Those who have loved the previous books are still going to love the next installment. You can start this book without starting with the first book, but there are a lot of characters that are involve with this story. Plus, you don't want to miss out on the previous books. 

Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss.   

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting (Review)

I adore Helena Hunting writing. I mean her stories are always funny, witty, and entertaining. When I saw that The Good Luck Charm was coming out, I had to read the story. Seriously, I had a good time with Lilah and Ethan.

We have a second chance love story with The Good Luck Charm. Lilah and Ethan have a history. They were friends, then lovers, and finally they broke up. Both were hurting by Ethan's decision, but are too stubborn to fix it. Fast forward to eight years later, and they are brought together again. Now Ethan is going to do everything in his power to get them back together, after all it must be fate.

Lilah isn't sure about Ethan, and through most of the story she's guarding her heart against Ethan. He did break once, why would she want that to happen again. Ethan was dumb when he broke up with Lilah the first time, because he thought he was doing the right thing. We have him trying to win Lilah again. He has work cut in the story.

Anyway, I did enjoy The Good Luck Charm, Lilah had to overcome her fears with being hurt again. I love one the quotes in the story "Love has the potential to cause pain. It's a risk, and I think this is one worth taking." Sometimes love is a risk, but it's worth it. Anyway, I did have fun with Lilah and Ethan in this story. So, if you are a sucker for second-chance love stories, The Good Luck Charm is your read.

Copy provided by Forever Romance via NetGalley

Rating:
4 Stars

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

InkSlinger PR Spotlight + Review: Love Machine by Kendall Ryan


LOVE MACHINE
By Kendall Ryan 
July 16, 2018



A best-friends-to-lovers standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

She says she needs some help ... in the bedroom.

Come again? No, really come again.

Sweet, nerdy, lovable Keaton.

She's my best friend and has been for years. Sure she likes numbers and math, and thinks doing other people's taxes is fun. And I like ... none of that stuff. She's obsessed with her cat and reads novels I'll never understand, and yet we just click. There's no one I'd rather share breakfast burritos with or binge watch hours Netflix. She's my person. And so when she takes off her glasses and asks me to help her improve her skills in the bedroom, I barely have to think about it.

Of course I'll help her. There's no one better for the job.

I've been there for her through everything, why should this be any different?

But what happens when she's ready to take her new-found confidence and move on?

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Freed by Carly Phillips (Review)

I was kind of excited for the chance to meet Juliette in Freed, and her sisters get a chance to meet her. It wasn't a bad read, but I felt that the story could have been longer. I have said that about all of them, but with Freed I felt that it was too short. However, I did like the story. We have Juliette who wants to get to know her other siblings that she didn't know about. Basically, we watch her break free from her father's control. This could have delved in a little deeper. Oh well. Of course she meets Braden who is working for her father, by keeping an eye on her.

You can see how this is going to play out here. However, there's a few things going on in Braden's life that makes him believe he's no good for her. However, she's willing to give Braden a chance, because he's the first real man that she's had a thing for.

Anyway, Freed is a fast read, but with a little slow beginning. Once we get to Rosewood the story starts to progress pretty fast and she starts to break free from her father's control. You would think she's some kind of rich, spoil girl, bur she has a good heart. It's a good read, but a little short. I can't wait for the next book.

Copy provided by author via RockStar PR

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne


I Think I Love You
Oxford Book 5

By: Lauren Layne
Releasing July 10, 2018
Loveswept



Blurb

A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as “exemplary contemporary romance.”

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Wolf's Mate by Katie Reus (Review)

Wolf's Mate is a quick read. If you are in the mood for something quick with little drama and a quick romance, Wolf's Mate is a good pick for you. We have Erica and Hudson, they have a quick thing. They seem good together, but the lack actual communication causes them issues. They are together, but Erica doesn't know where she stands with Hudson. A lot of their problems could be solved with communication.

Wolf's Mate is perfect for that moment you don't know what you should read next, but not sure if you want to dive into a novel yet. It's the perfect little pick me up read, that can be read in a day. If are in need of something that isn't too heavy and drama filled, this is your read. Don't worry if you haven't the previous stories, you will be fine. This story focuses on Erica and Hudson.

Copy provided by author.

Rating:
4 Stars

Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis (Review)

I started  Rainy Day Friends expecting to be a sobbing mess. There were a few moments where it was touch and go. However, I didn't become a blubbering mess, and I enjoyed the story. Lets beginning with Lanie Jacobs. She's a mess. Emotionally she lost her confidence, and that's all on her husband. He did a number on her and she didn't know until he passed away. Which makes her want to close off from people. What he did was probably worse than a lot of things. Anyway, emotional reck and developed an anxiety issues. Then we have Mark Capriotti who is dealing with his own issues. He has a nosey family, and is raising twin girls. One of the girls doesn't speak a word, but understand whats going on around her.

So, we have two characters who both have a lot on their plates. We have Lanie who has basically sworn off men, while we have Mark who has burn by an ex and doesn't really want to form lasting relationship. Plus, he uses his daughters as a human shield. He uses the excuse that his daughters need to come first. Which is fine, and they should, but you shouldn't use them as an excuse not to get burned again. As we read the story, we see that they worm under each others skin.

Then we have River. Now River basically has hunted down Lanie, because they are linked together. However, Lanie doesn't know this, but develops a friendship with River. This makes Rivers task harder than expected. This budding friendship does go through a lot through the story, and it almost ruins Lanie and Mark's relationship. Not in the way you are thinking.

Anyway, Rainy Day Friends is mainly about two women trying to find a fresh start, but they need get pass their past. They have to work together figure out how they can merge forward. Also, there's a little romance. A romance that helps Mark and Lanie that helps them put faith in love again. Rainy Day Friends is a great story for a book club selections, because of all the themes that are going on in this story. So, if you are in need of a book club selection, you might give Rainy Day Friends a try.

Copy provided by Harper Collins.

Rating:
4 Stars

Friday, July 6, 2018

One and Only by Jenny Holiday (Review)

During the week of July 18-22, I did the One and Only read-alone. It was neat to see what others thought of the story as I read. Now, my thoughts for reading One and Only by Jenny Holiday. Overall, it was an all right read. I had a little trouble with the story, it wasn't the main characters fault, it was a the bride's fault. Oh my goodness, I wanted to beat the crap out of her, because she was so extreme. Bridezilla would be an understatement for her. Now if the story was solely on Cameron and Jane I would probably loved the story. When they were out doing stuff together and getting to know one another, it was a pretty good story. The times we had the bride pop in, "I was like, NOOOOOO!"

When the focus was solely on Cameron and Jane, I had a lot of fun. I mean Cameron was reckless, but you learn the reason why he was reckless. Everyone expected him to be a screw up, but Jane started to see through his facade. Jane got stuck with Cameron, playing the babysitter. As the story started to progress, Jane enjoyed her time with Cameron.

Like I said One and Only was a pretty enjoyable read, except when I wanted to throat punch the bride. I did love the time between Jane and Cameron. I'm curious on what's going to happen to the other bridesmaids. Anyway, for the most part it was a cute read.

Copy provided by Forever Romance via NetGalley

Rating:
3 Stars

Monday, July 2, 2018

Spotlight + Excerpt: Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis

Rainy Day Friends 
Wi1dstone, 2
Jill Shalvis
June 19, 2018

Following the USA Today bestseller, Lost and Found Sisters, comes Rainy Day Friends, Jill Shalvis’ moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship.

Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife. Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person? Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan. Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Green changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Author's Pal Spotlight + Excerpt + Giveaway: Tempted by the Viscount by Sofie Darling


Tempted by the Viscount
Shadows and Silk, 2
Sofie Darling
June 27, 2018


London, April 1825

Lord Jakob Radclyffe left his past behind in the Far East. Or so he thinks until a ruthless thief surfaces in London, threatening to ruin his daughter’s reputation. With the clock ticking, Jake needs the scandalous Lady Olivia Montfort’s connections in the art world to protect his daughter’s future.

Olivia, too, has a past she’d like to escape. By purchasing her very own Mayfair townhouse, she’ll be able to start a new life independent from all men. There’s one problem: she needs a powerful man’s name to do so. The Viscount St. Alban is the perfect name.

A bargain is struck.

What Olivia doesn’t anticipate is the temptation of the viscount. The undeniable spark of awareness that races between them undermines her vow to leave love behind. Soon, she has no choice but to rid her system of Jake by surrendering to her craving for a single scorching encounter.

But is once enough? Sometimes once only stokes the flame of desire higher and hotter. And sometimes once is all the heart needs to risk all and follow a mad passion wherever it may lead.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Rumor Has It by Jessica Lemmon (Review)

Talk about a fun read. Oh my goodness, I totally had fun reading Rumor Has It. So, we have two people who are probably the least likely to be together trying to fake a relationship. First off, we have Catarina Everhart. She's career driving and wants to be the best journalist she can be, and here she gets stuck with Barrett Fox who she sees as a joke. Basically, they have to fake a relationship, and it's to help Barrett get back to what he loved. Barrett says such outlandish things to Catarina that completely fluster her.

We have fun loving Barrett who got himself in a bit of a pickle, and he's finally picking himself back up. He has to work with the super serious Catarina. This makes great news. As they get to know one another they are to realize that maybe they would make a pretty good couple.

The banter between these to is absolutely fun, and totally make it worth a read. I love how this story was written. It starts off with Barrett going to his ex-girlfriend to tell her how he screwed and how he can fix the situation with Catarina. The main story is Catarina and Barrett came together and fell apart. It was a story I couldn't put down. Yes, there were a little surprises here and there. Yes, it's part of a series, and it can be read as a stand-alone. So, if you are need a little fun, and craziness, Rumor Has It would be a good pick.

Copy provided by LoveSwept via NetGalley

Rating:
5 Stars

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stripped by Tara Wyatt (Review)

So, I had a chance to finished Stripped by Tara Wyatt. It had a Magic Mike kind of vibe, but with a better plot line. We aren't even going to my thoughts on Magic Mike, but I did liked Stripped. Plus, I'm looking forward to other books in the series.

In The Blue Heat series we basically have these top notch detectives that go undercover to get the bad guys. Makes me think of Law and Order: SVU or Criminal Intent, anyway. However, one of there guys died and the team is dealing with the aftermath. However, they are going to get the bad guy. Which leads us to Sawyer Matthews who wants to get out of his headspace for a night and ends up hooking up with Brooke Simmons who has bad luck with men. Only later to find out that Sawyer is her new partner. To say they had a rough working relationship at first would be an understatement. Yet, they eventually find there groove at work and off the clock.

Like I said we have Sawyer and Brooke, and they are super hot when they finally get together. Seriously, some of the that sexual tension is pretty intense. That alone would make you need a cold shower. At the beginning of the story Sawyer is pretty intense and a dick. Some of the things he does in the story makes you want to slap him. Fortunately, he does get his head out of his ass. Brooke is pretty much kickass kind of girl. She works hard to get where she is today. I admire her for most of the story. It wasn't until the end I wanted to smack the girl, for being a girl. I get why she was so pissed, but I still wanted to smack her.

Basically, Stripped was a much better read than watching Magic Mike. Seriously, the plot is SOOOO much better. If you liked watching Magic Mike then you might enjoyed Stripped, because it had a better plot. Plus, who doesn't love a good cop romance with one of the detectives who goes into an assignment as a stripper. Plus, it's a hot read, if you are looking for a little steam. The beginning is a little slow, but story does progress. Like I said I'm looking forward to more in the series. The next one goes undercover at a school. Fun times there.

Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss

Rating:
4 Stars