Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Book Review - Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

ABOUT THE BOOK


Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.

REVIEW

This is exactly the kind of book I've come to love and expect from Lauren Layne.  Witty and strong female lead and a sexy cocky hero.  This is a story of opposites attract.  The smolder is instant as you get to know the characters and get drawn into their individual stories the fire only gets hotter between these two.  I enjoyed every second of this read and would recommend to anyone looking to read a smart and sexy romance.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lauren Layne, a former e-commerce and web marketing manager, moved from Seattle to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. Her first book was published in the summer of 2013, and since then, she’s written more than two dozen romantic comedies, hitting the New York Times, USA Today, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists. She currently lives in New York City with her husband.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Book Review - Hot Seal Redemption by Lynn Raye Harris

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Bailey Jones doesn't know jack about babies, but she knows how much it sucks to have a deadbeat father. So when her sister drops off her newborn baby and then disappears, Bailey is ready and willing to confront anyone, including a six-foot-two, sexier-than-sin Navy SEAL sniper, and make him do his duty.

Alexei "Camel" Kamarov is not the sort of man to carelessly father a kid, but as the oldest of six, he does know a thing or two about babies. The firebrand on his doorstep might have mistakenly tagged him as the baby daddy, but Bailey is cute, and Alexei is more than willing to give her a hands-on class in Baby 101.

When a ruthless criminal comes looking for the missing sister--putting Bailey and the baby in danger--the situation escalates. Bringing them under his roof and enlisting his HOT teammates to help find Bailey's sister are easy. But as Alexei and Bailey draw closer, passions erupt and feelings tangle.

That's nothing compared to the danger lurking in the shadows--and the test that awaits them both. Bailey will need to give everything she's got to redeem Alexei's faith in love. And he'll have to move heaven and earth to save her--before someone takes her away from him for good...

REVIEW

This was the best hook for a book I've read in a long time and it kept me engaged until I finished.  I loved that Alexei is so confident that he is not the father but still continues to help Bailey out, showing just how much of a "stand-up" guy he really is.  Since we see much of the book from his point of view it is also interesting how he may not think he's a good guy because his intentions aren't entirely pure but his actions speak differently which makes him easy to love for both the reader and for Bailey.  I also loved how Bailey is such a strong female character but still doesn't have to be "badass" to prove her strength.  Both characters are able to grow which makes the story satisfying as well.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynn Raye Harris is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM SERIES of military romances as well as 20 books for Harlequin Presents. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former-military husband, two crazy cats, and one spoiled American Saddlebred horse. Lynn's books have been called "exceptional and emotional," "intense," and "sizzling." Lynn's books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

You can learn more at her website, www.LynnRayeHarris.com, or come and visit her at her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLynnRayeHarris. Lynn loves hearing from her readers! To sign up for Lynn's newsletter--where you'll be kept up to date about all of Lynn's books--text the word HOTTIES to 66866 or go to http://lynnrayeharris.com/newsletter.






Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Book Review - Burning Up by Jennifer Blackwood

ABOUT THE BOOK


Unemployed schoolteacher Erin Jenkins is back in Portland, the town she hasn’t called home for more than a decade. It’s not the way she wants to spend her last days of summer: in between jobs and avoiding her mother’s snooping by escaping to the ice-cream aisle. But when the opportunity arises for her to accompany her brother’s best friend—her lifetime crush—to a wedding, summer gets a whole lot more interesting.

Firefighter and single dad Jake Bennett has built a nice, safe wall around his heart—no romance, no getting burned. That doesn’t mean he’s ruling out a fling. Considering Erin’s visit is temporary, they’re the perfect fit for a scorching no-strings one-night stand. Or two. Or five. Until the worst thing happens: Erin and Jake are feeling more. Damn that four-letter word.

Now their hearts are on the line, and when their smoldering summer comes to a close, it’s going to be harder than ever to put out the fire.

REVIEW

On the surface, the plot to Burning UP seems a little contrived, however the quality of the writing and story is evident immediately.  Jake is instantly able to love.  He's not perfect but he is doing his best as a single dad.  Erin is awkwardly trying to navigate her way through having to move back home for the summer and will be moving as soon as she finds a new teaching job in the new school year.  Jake isn't looking for anything but definitely not looking for something temporary when he has his daughter to consider.  The development of the characters through the story drew me in and I couldn't put the book down until the end.  I recommend this to anyone who loves a great romance where you are rooting for both characters throughout.

OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jennifer Blackwood is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rule Breakers, Drexler University, and Snowpocalypse series. Aside from writing contemporary romance, Blackwood teaches English in Oregon, where she lives with her husband, son, and unruly black Lab puppy. When she isn't writing or teaching, you can find her binge-watching some of her favorite TV shows, such as Supernatural and Gilmore Girls. Visit her author website at www.jenniferblackwood.com, and follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferBlackwood and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jen_blackwood.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Book Review - Hot Response (Boston Fire) by Shannon Stacey

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The men of Boston Fire are back and hotter than ever! Don’t miss this brand-new novel from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey. 

Gavin Boudreau lives for the job, but he also believes in “work hard, play harder.” As the youngest guy in Ladder 37, he figures he’s got plenty of time before settling down becomes a priority. Soft, pretty women who aren’t looking for promises are exactly his type, and he’s comfortable with that. Working with a gorgeous EMT isn’t going to change who he is. 

The last thing Cait Tasker needs in her personal life is a firefighter whose challenges on-scene have been a thorn in her side from minute one. Her plate’s too full for a man anyway. Back in her childhood home to help her family cope with an unexpected tragedy, she’s got enough to handle without throwing a hot, testosterone-laden fireman into the mix. 

As long days on the job lead to long nights together, Gavin and Cait will discover how far temptation can take them—and what happens when the one you thought was all wrong for you turns out to be the person you can’t live without.

REVIEW

I love Shannon Stacey's Chicago Fire series and was surprised how much I loved this story that is completely outside of the Kincade family.  The Boston firefighter setting that she has created makes for a great backdrop to each of these love stories in the series and for fans of the series to this point don't worry because the Kincade family is still there and the family bar is still a central part of the story.  Gavin and Cait have the feel of a normal couple that I could easily relate to.  The attraction is there from the beginning but the romance is slow and builds at the perfect pace.  Anyone who loves books with real characters and real stories will love this book.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Shannon Stacey, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily-ever-after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she's not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Audio Review - Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster

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ABOUT THE BOOK

A captivating new sexy stand-alone romance by New York Times best-selling author Melissa Foster.
Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He's rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He's also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.
After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro's to get her catering business off the ground, and she's determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.
Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She's afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he's powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn't come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.




REVIEW - Updated with Audio Details

After reading this book I went back and listened to the audio.  It was even better in audio form and I would definely listen again.  The reader finds Bullets voice from the first chapter and easily sucks me into the world of Bullet and Finlay.

Bullet is written as so much more than just a typical alpha stereotype and turns out to be a very complex and sensitive hero. Finlay (a name I absolutely loved BTW) fits in well with the other women in Bullet's world and her interactions with them alone make me want to go back and read the previous books in the series. I really enjoyed reading how Bullet wins over Finlay and they both are able to overcome their personal obstacles to find happiness. That sounds like the plot of pretty much ever romance but I assure you that Foster really writes these characters in an interesting way that makes this stand out from the pack.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa Foster is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you hear the last minute. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented - perfect beach listens for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy loyal heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues. Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name Addison Cole.




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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Book Review - Embracing Her Heart by Melissa Foster


Grace and Reed finally get a second chance at a first love!


EMBRACING HER HEART
The Bradens and Montgomerys
Pleasant Hill ~ Oak Falls, Book 1
Melissa Foster
Releasing April 17, 2018
World Literary Press


Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again—ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.

Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape.

Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again—and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas…

Book Review


Wonderful second chance romance.  Grace and Reed had a forbidden romance as teenagers and pick-up right where they left off over ten years later.  They act like teenagers in love, but in the best way, without the angst.  They find that many of the same issues face them now that faced them as kids but I loved seeing how they handled the problems as adults, having some life experience behind them.  I recommend for anyone looking for a good heartwarming second chance romance and an easy quick read.




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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Book Review - Royal Heir by Ruth Cardello

ABOUT THE BOOK


Rachelle Westerly needs a break. After years of acting as the family peacekeeper, she’s finally ready to take a step back. Her movie-star brother has offered her the perfect escape. But on the very first day of her vacation, she steps onto a red carpet and straight into the arms of a real-life prince—and the promise of just the kind of flash and fortune that tore her own family apart.

As the soon-to-be leader of Vandorra, Prince Magnus de Bartelebon always gets what he wants—and the regal bad boy wants the sweet American schoolteacher. Although he should be announcing his engagement of convenience to a neighboring princess, Rachelle is the one he desires in his bed and by his side.

While the drop-dead gorgeous Magnus might be almost everything she craves, Rachelle can’t help but think that falling for him would be a royal mistake. He may be ruling a kingdom one day, but she’s in charge of her heart. And he’ll have to win it with more than a lap of luxury—as inviting as it is.

REVIEW

This is my favorite of the Westerly Billionaires books.  Often Billionaire stories can be so hard to relate to but Rachelle is one of the most relatable heroines I've read in a long time.  She has started living her life based on her role in her family and the expectations that have come from than thinking about what she really wants.  Magnus is the typical Billionaire/Prince type... except not quite.  Uncovering his layers along with Rachelle makes for a great story that moves quickly.  The character development for both of them is done extremely well.  I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good love story with characters with depth and dimension.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of eleven children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, and New York before coming full circle and moving back to Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and three children. Before turning her attention to writing, Ruth was an educator for twenty years, eleven of which she spent as a kindergarten teacher. She is the author of seven previous novels including Bedding the Billionaire, which was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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