Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Book Review - Knocked Up by Stacey Lynn

ABOUT THE BOOK


First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in a baby carriage. Just not necessarily in that order. . . .

Braxton: I should probably be dead or in jail right now. Instead, thanks to some tough love, I worked my ass off and now I own a string of tattoo parlors throughout the Pacific Northwest. And yet the one thing I’ve always wanted—a family—still seems out of reach. When my best friend gets married, I’m just hoping to blow off some steam with the super-hot maid of honor. But after Cara Thompson tracks me down to tell me she’s pregnant, she’s more surprised than I am when I tell her I’m all in.

Cara: For the first time in my life, I’m living for myself—not for my parents and their ridiculous expectations. I gave up on my MBA, dropped out of the Ivy League, and moved to Portland to pursue my dream of becoming an artist. And what’s the first thing I do? Get knocked up. For a tatted-up sex god, Braxton Henley seems way too eager to “be there for me.” Is this guy serious? Maybe. He sure is patient. Because he won’t back down until I admit what I know in my heart: that our one night stand might’ve led me to the one.

Praise for Knocked Up

“Stacey Lynn always knows how to perfectly balance sexy and sweet, and has a modern writing style that makes all of her stories feel fresh and fun.”New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

“A broody alpha hero with heart . . . I fell madly in love with Braxton from the very first page. Prepare to pull and all-nighter with Knocked Up.USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy
Knocked Up is secret-baby trope perfection! Loved the very sexy, overprotective Braxton. A great read!”—Wendy S. Marcus, author of All I Need Is You“Braxton is your ultimate tattooed father-to-be—sweet and ever so sexy.”—Stina Lindenblatt, author of the Pushing Limits series

The steamy standalone novels in Stacey Lynn’s Crazy Love series can be read together or separately:
FAKE WIFE | KNOCKED UP

REVIEW


Knocked Up was a surprisingly nice summer read.  The characters were quirky and not only well developed but also had fun personalities.  Braxton is a great mix of soft Alpha that any woman would easily fall for and Cara is easy to respect and root for.  Anyone who loves a surprise pregnancy trope will love this book but if you enjoy a nice sweet love story you'll enjoy this as well.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Stacey Lynn is the author of more than two dozen romance and erotic romance novels. Many of which have been Amazon Best Sellers.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Book Review - Tempted by her Island Millonaire by Nina Singh

ABOUT THE BOOK


A vacation with the millionaire…!

A tropical temptation!

After escaping her stifling marriage, Rita Paul is on beautiful Maui for her best friend’s wedding and her first adventure as a single woman! Rita isn’t looking to settle down again, but she’s still intrigued by the bride’s brother, eternal bachelor Clint Fallon. A week on the exotic island tempts Rita and Clint closer together. But back in the real world, will they break their no-commitment rules?

REVIEW

This is a sweet story if not a little predictable.  Both characters gradually grew throughout the story which made it more interesting and stand out from other similar plots.  This is the first book by Nina Singh I've read but would be interested in reading more by her in the future.


OVERALL RATING - 4 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


Friday, July 13, 2018

Book Review - The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely

ABOUT THE BOOK


Get ready for your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL, from 
#1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely!

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on GigsForHire since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family's summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the GigsforHire ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play.
Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m the REAL DEAL.

Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He’s this close to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He’s no gigolo. Please. He’s something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April’s new beau -- the bad boy with the heart of gold.
Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents’ inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.
She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.
He didn’t expect to have the time of his life at her parent’s home.
They didn’t plan on loving every single second of the game.
But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?

REVIEW

Funny, sexy, well written, great characters... there is so much to love about this story.  First the whole concept of one-off acting jobs through craig's list as a date is such a modern idea and crazy yet entirely plausible.  Theo is a very interesting character and I really enjoyed getting to know him and his family and their backstory.  April's family on the other hand steals the show in the book.  Again, her family is so over the top, yet could totally happen in real life.  Between the antics and the chemistry this story is a really fun read and I recommend for anyone looking for a good summer romcom.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she's sold more than 2.5 million books. In August she'll release UNBREAK MY HEART, an emotional second chance romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter




Thursday, July 12, 2018

Book Review - I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne


They were "just friends." Until one tried to teach the other the art of seduction ... And became thoroughly seduced.


I THINK I LOVE YOU
Oxford - Book 5
Lauren Layne
Releasing July 10, 2018
Loveswept


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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Review
I can't even tell you how excited I was to see this Oxford book released.  I had thought the series was over and have grown to love these guys.  I love friends-to-lovers stories and Brit and Hunter were so much fun to read about.  I particularly like the fact that neither of them were attracted to each other previously and that this was an organic progression.  As always, Layne brings the funny and the sexy, and I recommend this for anyone who loves a romantic comedy.


Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in nine languages. Lauren's work has been featured in Publishers WeeklyGlamourThe Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is based in New York City.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Book Review - Anythng for Love by Melisa Foster


Neither Charlotte or Beau is looking for an attachment or a fling, 
but true love is hard to ignore.


ANYTHING FOR LOVE
The Bradens and Montgomerys
Pleasant Hill ~ Oak Falls, Book 2
Melissa Foster
Releasing June 27, 2018
World Literary Press


After Charlotte Sterling loses her last family member, she moves to Sterling House, her family’s Colorado mountain inn, to live a solitary life. As an erotic romance writer, her days and nights are filled with passion and intrigue—even if only fictional. She loves her busy, quiet lifestyle, and she learned early on that real men can’t live up to the fictional heroes she creates—until ruggedly handsome Beau Braden arrives to do some work at the inn and, for the first time in forever, she’s intrigued by a real man.

Beau lost his first love years ago, and he’s never let go of his guilt over her death. As he nears the anniversary of his loss, he is on the cusp of becoming the star of a home-renovation reality show. Escaping the painful memories of his past to work at the defunct old inn is just the promise of solitude he needs to clear his head before diving in to the all-too-public career. But he didn’t count on being attracted to the whimsical, adorably sexy innkeeper.

Neither Charlotte nor Beau is looking for an attachment or a fling. But the more they learn about each other, the closer they become. Romantic evenings lead to intimate conversations, and neither can deny their deep connection or the passion it sparks. They’ve never fully healed on their own, but together maybe anything is possible.

BOOK REVIEW

This is the lighthearted romance I've come to expect with unique characters.  I have to admit that the uniqueness of Charlotte was almost too much for me to begin with but as I learned more about her I grew to love her just as Beau did.  The dynamic between the playful Charlotte and serious Beau made the story flow easily and make the heat sizzle.


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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.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Book Review - Hooked On You by Kate Meader

ABOUT THE BOOK


The steamy Chicago Rebels series returns with this racy and sassy tale of embittered hearts, second chances, and going for the goal—on and off the ice.

Violet Vasquez never met her biological father, so learning he left his beloved hockey franchise—the Chicago Rebels—to her is, well, unexpected. Flat broke and close to homeless, Violet is determined to make the most of this sudden opportunity. Except dear old dad set conditions that require she takes part in actually running the team with the half-sisters she barely knows. Working with these two strangers and overseeing a band of hockey-playing lugs is not on her agenda…until she lays eyes on the Rebels captain and knows she has to have him.

Bren St. James has been labeled a lot of things: the Puck Prince, Lord of the Ice, Hell’s Highlander...but it’s the latest tag that’s making headlines: washed-up alcoholic has-been. This season, getting his life back on track and winning the Cup are his only goals. With no time for relationships—except the fractured ones he needs to rebuild with his beautiful daughters—he’s finding it increasingly hard to ignore sexy, all-up-in-his-beard Violet Vasquez. And when he finds himself in need of a nanny just as the playoffs are starting, he’s faced with a temptation he could so easily get hooked on.

For two lost souls, there’s more on the line than just making the best of a bad situation… there might also be a shot at the biggest prize of all: love.

REVIEW


I absolutely fell in love with broken and cranky Bren immediately and that only grew throughout the story.  He has been an intriguing character through the entire series and I really enjoyed getting to know him better in this story.  If Bren was intriguing, Violet has been fascinating, seemingly both tough and wild, I enjoyed learning more about what makes her tick.  The chemistry between the two that has been brewing has been almost combustible before we ever saw into their heads and was not at all disappointed by the reality in their story.  This was probably my favorite book in the series, although I've enjoyed all of them, and I highly recommend this to any who loves a good romance.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wanted:
Grumpy, bearded Scot, recovering alcoholic hockey player needs a nanny for his two adorable daughters, aka the nearest and dearest people to his heart. Smart mouths and sex sirens need not apply.


Bren's and Violet's story! These two have been slow-burning their way through the previous Rebels books and their time has come. Can their overwhelming attraction to each other survive the playoffs, their pasts, and the meddling of an entire pro hockey franchise? Let the games begin!

HOOKED ON YOU is Book 4 of the Chicago Rebels series about three estranged sisters who inherit their late father's failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man's world, their family's demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.

*** All the Chicago Rebels books work perfectly as standalone romances  ***

The Chicago Rebels series

0.5 IN SKATES TROUBLE (Ford and Addison)
1. IRRESISTIBLE YOU (Remy and Harper)
2. SO OVER YOU (Vadim and Isobel)
3. UNDONE BY YOU (Dante and Cade)
4. HOOKED ON YOU (Bren and Violet)

About the Author

Originally from Ireland, Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, a fire hose, or a hockey stick, and she's there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines (and heroes) who can match their men quip for quip. Visit her at KateMeader.com.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Book Review - Blazing Summer by Denise Grover Swank

ABOUT THE BOOK


Summer Butler had no idea that Darling Investigations would be such a smash. But ratings don’t lie—fans love watching the former star solve real-life crimes in her hometown. With the first season wrapped, the reality-show PI is feeling the pressure to make the next one an even bigger success.

Though finding a new case won’t be easy—it’s not like another dead body will just fall in her lap—Summer’s willing to give it a try. Besides, reconciling with her family—not to mention her old flame, police chief Luke Montgomery—is a nice way to spend her downtime.

But Summer’s rekindled romance isn’t the only thing burning up Sweet Briar. It seems the town is harboring an arsonist, and all the smoldering signs point to the same culprit: her cousin Dixie. Although this case may be too close for comfort, it seems season two is already bringing the drama—and for Summer it could also be too hot to handle.

REVIEW

This Mystery Romance has a little bit of everything.  Intrigue?  check.  Humor?  check.  A little sizzling romance?  check.  I was already a little bit in love with Summer and her family but now it's full on love.  What I love about this slow burn romance is that the romance really takes a back seat to the mystery plot.  None of the characters are perfect and the growth doesn't come immediately.  These are real people and easy to relate to (aside from all the crazy murders that happen in this small town!).


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Denise Grover Swank is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of the Rose Gardner Mystery Series, the Magnolia Steele Mystery Series, The Wedding Pact Series, The Curse Keepers Series, and others. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomad, living in five cities, four states, and ten houses over the course of ten years before moving back to her roots. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in her own mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children (quite badly, if you believe her offspring). Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity—or so she leads you to believe. For more information about Denise, please visit her at www.denisegroverswank.com.

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