Friday, September 30, 2016

Book Review - Hot Seal Rescue by Lynn Raye Harris

ABOUT THE BOOK
From New York Times bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris comes the next explosive story in the HOT SEAL Team series!

Abducted at gunpoint by a gorgeous woman...

Navy SEAL Cody "Cowboy" McCormick is in Las Vegas for a little R & R before his friend's wedding when a beautiful blonde jams a gun in his side and abducts him from a casino in broad daylight. He could stop her, but he plays along because he's intrigued--plus he's convinced she's in danger.

CIA agent Miranda Lockwood's life is on the line when an undercover operation goes wrong. Little does she know when she sashays up to the biggest, baddest looking dude in the casino lobby that she's kidnapping a Navy SEAL--or that she'll be unable to resist his charm when he turns up the heat.

When the CIA labels her a rogue agent, Miranda's faith in everything she believes in is shaken to the core. Cody's the only one she can trust to help her find the traitor in the agency. But even though she's forced to betray him, she can't get over the SEAL who made her feel safe in his arms. Miranda will have to fight harder than she's ever fought for anything if she wants his forgiveness--but Cody's not in a forgiving mood in spite of the sparks that still fly when he's forced to team up with her again.

When disaster strikes and they're caught in the line of fire, Cody will do everything in his power to keep them both alive. Because if he doesn't, he'll never get to hold Miranda close again...

NOTE: If you read the first part of this story in SEALs of Summer 3, this is the complete book.

HOT SEAL TEAM SERIES:
Book 1: HOT SEAL (Dane & Ivy)
Book 2: HOT SEAL Lover (Remy & Christina)
Book 3: HOT SEAL Rescue (Cody & Miranda)

THE HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM SERIES:
Book 1: HOT Pursuit (Matt & Evie)
Book 2: HOT Mess (Sam & Georgie)
Book 3: HOT Package (Billy & Olivia)
Book 4: Dangerously HOT (Kev & Lucky)
Book 5: HOT Shot (Jack & Gina)
Book 6: HOT Rebel (Nick & Victoria)
Book 7: HOT Ice (Garrett & Grace)
Book 8: HOT & Bothered (Ryan & Emily)
Book 9: HOT Protector (Chase & Sophie)
Book 10: HOT Addiction (Dex) ~ Coming soon!
Book 11: HOT Valor (Mendez) ~ Coming soon!



REVIEW


Somehow Lynn Raye Harris keeps coming up with fresh new HOT stories.  This time Cody allows himself to get kidnapped by CIA agent Miranda, who may not be quite the badass as some of his female teammates, but can certainly hold her own in combat.  Sparks fly, hijinks ensue, and they find themselves in dangerous situations and find some sexy time in between.

Always good for a quick fast paced sexy read, I recommend anyone who loves military romance, badasses, or are a sucker for a guy in Uniform.


OVERALL RATING - 4.5 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.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Review - May the Best Man Win by Mira Lyn Kelly

ABOUT THE BOOK


An Amazon Best Book of the Month!
Four friends
Each a Best Man at a wedding
One chance to get it right
Jase Foster can't believe his bad luck. He's been paired with the she-devil herself for his best friend's wedding: Emily Klein of the miles-long legs and killer smile. She may be sin in a bridesmaid dress, but there's no way he's falling for her again.
They can barely stand each other, but given how many of their friends are getting married, they'll just have to play nice-at least when they're in company. Once they're alone, more than just gloves come off as Jase and Emily discover their chemistry is combustible, and there may be something to this enemies to lovers thing after all...

REVIEW

This is one of those books that stuck with me for a couple of days after I read it.  On the surface it should have been a really light, almost too many coincidences to handle, forgettable romance.  But it wasn't.  I found myself telling my husband about these characters and he was doing the obligatory husband eye roll, because lets face it... trying to explain the plot to this story to him does seem a bit absurd.  Which is when it became obvious that it wasn't the story that was so compelling, but the characters that really got me.  This isn't a friends become lovers story.  This isn't exactly an enemies become lovers story either.  It is just a story about two people who have such strong chemistry that no set of circumstances are going to keep them apart no matter how hard they try.   These characters were easy to relate to because they are real and make real mistakes and have real pasts.

Kelly has built a world that I am very much looking forward to reading more books in.  While I obviously connected with Jase and Emily, the secondary characters were also engaging and interesting as well.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mira Lyn Kelly grew up in the Chicago area and earned her degree in fine arts from Loyola University. She met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, only to discover he d been living right around the corner from her. They live in rural Minnesota.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Blog Post - The Last Kiss of Summer - By Marina Adair

ABOUT THE BOOK


He's one bad apple she just can't resist . . .

Kennedy Sinclair never dreamed she'd own a pie shop and an orchard in a small town like Destiny Bay. But nestled between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it's the perfect place to cross something off her "Life's short so eat the icing first" list and start her life over from scratch. Her shop, Sweetie Pies, is famous for its hot, flaky apple turnovers and sinfully delicious deep dish pie. For Kennedy though, nothing is more enticing than the tall, strapping slice of temptation who keeps coming back for more.


Luke Callahan is determined to make his hard cider business a success. With his beloved father's cider recipe and the opportunity of a lifetime in his grasp, he'll stop at nothing to get this deal done. There's just one catch: he needs Kennedy's apples. At first, he thinks it'll be as easy as pie to charm those apples right off her trees. But Kennedy isn't falling for his tender charms or his wicked ways. When the negotiations start heating up, so do the feelings they have for each other. And it takes just one kiss to seal the deal . . .

REVIEW

At first I wasn't so sure about this book.  Would Kennedy really leave her job as an Accountant to bake?  And if he'd been an accountant, would she have overlooked something as obvious as where the apples were coming from??  But it quickly became easy to overlook that as I came to know Kennedy and Luke.  Kennedy's passion for everything was almost as enchanting to me as it was to Luke.  Watching Luke try and resist Kennedy and believe he stood a chance was almost comical, knowing inevitably what would happen.  The charisma between these two was magic from the beginning.  Well done Marina Adair.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marina Adair is a #1 National bestselling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Sugar, Georgia series, she is also the author the St. Helena Vineyard series, and her new Heroes of St Helena series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive. She also loves to interact with readers and you can catch her on Twitter at @MarinaEAdair or visit her at www.MarinaAdair.com. Keep up with Marina by signing up for her newsletter at www.MarinaAdair.com/newsletter.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Review - Montana Rescue by Kim Law - Free on Kindle Unlimited

ABOUT THE BOOK


Championship bull rider Nick Wilde is the face of Montana Pro Rodeo, with all the acclaim and fans he can handle. But is that enough? Contemplating his next career move, he’s come home to his family’s cherry orchard—and to his childhood crush, helicopter pilot Harper Stone. But Harper’s not quite the sexy, badass girl he once lusted after. Recently widowed, she’s broken in two. Wanting to help her move on, Nick finds himself aching for the kind of stability he never had as a child.
True love comes once if you’re lucky, and Harper already had her shot. An accident took her husband eighteen months ago and left only pain and guilt in his place. Now Nick is waking up her body and heart to everything she might still have to gain…or lose. A second chance is more than she thinks she deserves. But with a man like Nick doing the persuading, maybe it’s time to try.



REVIEW

One of the things I love about Kim Laws writing is that she tackles complicated topics.  The Wilde family is the definition of complicated.  It is often difficult to write in these tough areas in the romance genre because the expectation is that in the end, the guy gets the girl, and everyone lives happily ever after.  Law still manages to live up to that promise while still staying true to the complicated world she has built in her stories and the complicated charters she has created.

In Montana Rescue, Harper is possibly even more broken than Nick, but are in very different places in their paths towards recovering.  This story of strength and friendship and chemistry is well written and is an quick read, but not always easy.  It asks hard questions sometimes and could hit home with the reader at times for anyone who didn't always live in a perfect home or lives in a home that always appeared a little more perfect on the outside than on the inside.  This story is just as much as about characters as it is about romance, which is why I always look forward to Kim Laws books and I recommend it to anyway who enjoys a good character driven story.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a child, award-winning author Kim Law cultivated a love of chocolate, anything purple, and creative writing. She penned her debut work, “The Gigantic Talking Raisin,” in sixth grade and got hooked on the delights of creating stories. Before settling into the writing life, however, she earned a college degree in mathematics and worked for years as a computer programmer. Now she’s living out her lifelong dream of writing romance novels. She’s won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, has been a finalist for the prestigious RWA RITA Award, and has held various positions with her local RWA chapter. A native of Kentucky, Kim lives with her husband and an assortment of animals in Middle Tennessee.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Book Review - For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

ABOUT THE BOOK

In For Better or Worsethe sexy second novel in USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series, an up-and-comer Wedding Belle butts heads with the literal guy next door. Will their brewing tension boil over into something more?

He’s driving her insane . . .

When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from elite Wedding Belles assistant to full-fledged planner, she’s determined to put her best foot forward. Unfortunately, her first celebrity client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in three months. Heather’s days become a flurry of cake tastings, dress fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night. Heather vows to put this entitled man-child in his place, whether he likes it or not.

But a little crazy might be just what she needs.

Five years ago, Josh Tanner was a young rising star on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there’s more to life than the corner office. He kicked the cancer and dedicated his life to following his passions; now, if he could just convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. Once Heather begins to show him her softer side, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.

For Better or Worse will have readers engaged from the start, and wedded to the idea of a summer and fall season filled with Wedding Belles! 

REVIEW

At first it is hard to understand why Heather is attracted to man-child Josh, but my trust in Lauren Layne's storytelling kept me engaged.  It quickly became apparent that there was more to Josh than just being an overgrown adolescent who had too much money and time on his hands and as the chemistry between the pair grew the more my love for Josh grew too.  Layne does a great job creating a story with complex characters who manage to grow realistically through the novel.  She also writes a great supporting cast of characters that makes me look forward to coming back to read more.


OVERALL RATING -4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto contemporary romances and the all-new Pocket Books series The Wedding Belles. She lives in New York with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. Visit laurenlayne.com, meet the author on Facebook at LaurenLayneAuthor, or follow her on Twitter @_LaurenLayne.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Book Review - Called Up by Jen Doyle


There are two things Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on: 
his old high school teammates and Fitz Hawkins.


CALLED UP
A Calling It Novel
Jen Doyle
Releasing Aug 29th, 2016
Carina Press


There are two things Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on: his old high school teammates and Fitz Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with one of his best friends is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz looking at each other in a whole new way.

Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she’d rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.

With Deke, Fitz finally feels like she's back in the land of the living. But she won’t risk another broken heart—even if it means saying good-bye to Deke for good. It’s up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.


REVIEW

I have a new favorite author and a new favorite series.  I fell in love with Fitz and Deke immediately. And then I fell in love with all of their friends.  Jen Doyle created a town that I would love to live in and could just as easily be my friends... if my best friends owned a bar and played professional baseball.  There is nothing new about Fitz and Deke's love story.  They've been friends forever.  All of a sudden they begin seeing each other as something more than friends.  Hijinx ensue.  Doyle does a great job of writing this with a perfect mix of humor, romance, and sexiness.  Since this is the second book in a series, I had to immediately go and read the first book, and I guarantee you will too.   


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A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. Jen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of the New England, New Jersey Romance Writers and Music City Romance Writer chapters of RWA. She is represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”).




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