Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Book Review - The Last in Love by Terri Osburn

ABOUT THE BOOK


Abby Williams lost her husband—and the future she envisioned—to a roadside bomb in a foreign land, so a kitchen fire is no big deal. When the local firemen show up to put out the blaze, the army widow finds herself attracted to one hot volunteer firefighter…until she realizes it’s Justin Donovan, a man five years her junior.
Justin has long carried a torch for Abby. But after she got married ten years ago, he put her out of his mind, left Ardent Springs for Chicago, and got a job as a real estate developer. Now he’s back—for reasons he’d rather not share—and he wants to prove to Abby that age is nothing but a number. Will Abby’s reluctance and Justin’s secrets extinguish any attempts at romance? Or will the sparks between them ignite a second chance at love?

REVIEW


I have loved the Ardent Springs book and the characters have been so much fun to get to know.  Abby hasn't always been the easiest to like but definitely easy to sympathise with up to this point, and I liked that getting to know her in her own story wasn't about the grief for her lost husband but instead about moving on in her life.  Another theme that Osburn often has in her books that is present throughout is that while this is certainly a love story about Abby and Justin, it is also a story about how Abby moves on with her life in general and finds her own direction.  The entire story is uplifting and hopeful while still humorous and romantic along the way.  This could be read as a standalone, but would probably be better read after the other books in the series, but I recommend them all to anyone who is looking for books about hope and strong women who overcome obstacles to find happiness for themselves.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning author Terri Osburn fell in love with the written word at a young age. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood, and the romance genre beckoned during her teen years. In 2007 she put pen to paper to write her own heart-melting love stories, and just five years later she was named a 2012 finalist for a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her debut novel was released a year later. Terri resides in Middle Tennessee with her teenage daughter and a menagerie of high-maintenance pets. To learn more about this international bestselling author, visit her website at www.terriosburn.com.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Book Review - Called Out by Jen Doyle

ABOUT THE BOOK


Jen Doyle is back with another hot and heartfelt home run of a contemporary romance. Fans of Jill Shalvis should prepare to swoon over Jack and Lola's HEA. 
Jack "Ox" Oxford is used to being alone. Granted, when you screw over your friends, being alone isn't always a choice. Playing for the Chicago Watchmen is a last-ditch effort to save his career…and right some of his past wrongs. He's not expecting a warm reception, but he's also not expecting a flat tire to change everything. 
Recovering control freak, single mom and semiprofessional chaos wrangler Lola Deacon McIntire doesn't need an arrogant ballplayer to swoop in and save her from anything, much less her flat tire. And she definitely doesn't need her body to betray her and decide this is the guy to wake up her rusty libido. She isn't about to upset her sons' lives for any man—much less one who so clearly doesn't think he's dad material. 
Jack never thought he'd find someone who wanted to build a life with him, but the more time he spends with Lola and her boys, the more it starts to feel permanent. Even tough-as-nails Lola concedes there just might be a future here—the big, beautiful, messy future neither of them was looking for—but only if Jack will accept he deserves it. 



REVIEW

I love Jen Doyle.  I am sure I said that last time I reviewed one of her books, but I really can't say that enough.  This story was such a quick read, and not due to a lack of substance.  The story is very well written and the character development is very well done as well.  The supporting characters are all great additions to the story and having read the previous books in the series, it was nice seeing them again, but certainly not necessary to have read the books to understand what is going on.  I can't imagine reading this book and NOT wanting to go back and read Nate's story, because while Jack and Lola were the stars of this story, Nate really comes through as the true hero and another character with an impressive amount of depth considering his supporting role.  I recommend this to anyone who likes a good story and enjoys some humor and romance mixed in.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


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 Chapter, 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”).

Her first book, which will be published by Carina Press in April 2016, was the winner of The Beacon, the Finish the Damn Book, and the Melody of Love 2014 contests in the Contemporary Romance category, and was also the Contemporary Romance winner as well as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Gateway to the Best contest.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Review - In the Heir by Ruth Cardello (Free on Amazon Unlimited!)

ABOUT THE BOOK


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello returns with an irresistible series about sexy billionaires and the strong-willed women who tame them.
Brett Westerly is his father’s golden child, but it’s come at a cost. As head of the family corporation, he throws himself into his work—hiding in his office is easier than confronting the reality of his broken family.
After a bitter divorce that split the family and divided loyalties, the wealthy Westerly matriarch offers an early inheritance to any grandchild who marries and invites the entire family to the wedding. Brett’s brother Spencer rashly gets engaged, and Brett knows it’s his duty to intervene. But he never imagined the unwelcome desire Spencer’s fiery fiancée would spark in him. Now the man who’s used to getting everything he could want has met the one woman he can’t have.
Ever since she was a girl, Alisha Coventry considered Spencer and his sister Rachelle the family she didn’t have. When Spencer asks for her help, Alisha has no problem becoming his fake fiancée—until she meets Spencer’s sexy older brother Brett. The chemistry between them is undeniable—forbidden—but as their relationship deepens, Brett is determined to have her.
Alisha only wanted to help the family make amends. Now she’s falling for the wrong Westerly.

REVIEW

This is the first book in a new series for Ruth Cardello.  The family has two parts that are estranged from each other through a bitter divorce when the children were small.  Some long buried secrets are discovered and the gap only widens.  In the middle of all of this, Brett finds himself attracted to his brother Brett's fiancée Alisha.  Alisha would do anything for Brett but finds herself attracted to Spencer as well.  

Alishia truly brings out the best in Spencer and his character growth really shown throughout the book.  Alisha also is able to grow and become more independent and learn more about herself as she is challenged from her normal comfort zone through the events in the book.

I look forward to reading more about the family and how the rest of the members deal with the eccentric matriarch and her meddling. 


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’s lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York, and Rhode Island again before moving to Massachusetts, where she now lives with her husband and three children. Before turning her attention to writing, Ruth was an educator for two decades, including eleven years as a kindergarten teacher. She is a New York Times bestselling author who loves writing about rich alpha men and the strong women who tame them. In the Heir is the first book in her Westerly Billionaire series. Learn about Ruth’s new releases by signing up for her newsletter at www.RuthCardello.com.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Book Review - Sex God by Marie Force

ABOUT THE BOOK


A sizzling hot stand-alone contemporary romance!

I inherited a life I never intended to live.
I've upheld my responsibilities admirably.
And I’ve taken care of my own needs privately...
I'm biding my time until I can get the hell out of here.
But I didn’t count on having unfinished business
With one of my very best friends…

When a man has a certain “reputation" to uphold,
There can be no unhappy customers left behind.
Lauren is a loose end that won’t be tied up no matter how hard I try.
And I try hard. Really, really… hard. 


Sex God is the much-anticipated follow-up to Sex Machine


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SEX MACHINE is currently on sale for .99 cents! 





REVIEW


This is a great sequel to Sex Machine but can easily be read as a stand-alone.  Garrett and Lauren have chemistry from the start and I love the fact the book picks up after they've already had sex.  As always, Marie finds a way to put a new and interesting twist on what seems like a stale story from the outside.  For such a sexy book, the story and characters are still well developed and the plot moves quickly.  I recommend anyone looking for a steamy summer read.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold nearly 3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold 1.5 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

Join Marie's mailing list for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @marieforce and on Instagram. Join one of Marie's many reader groups. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review - Wrong Turn, Right Direction by Elle Casey (Free on Kindle Unlimited)

ABOUT THE BOOK


Tamika Cleary takes a wrong turn up a one-way street—and straight into Thibault Delacroix’s leg as he steps into the road. But Mika’s in a hurry, and she certainly doesn’t have time for a guy who can’t even look both ways before crossing, even if he does have a cute face, a body to die for, and the darkest, thickest eyelashes she’s ever seen.
Unfortunately for Mika, fate has other ideas. When she’s threatened by her employer, a Russian mafia boss known as “The Thief”, she’s forced to accept Thibault’s help. As the co-owner of the Bourbon Street Boys security firm, he believes he can keep her safe. But Mika has a whole load of trust issues—and the pushier Thibault is about helping, the more stubbornly she tries to resist.
Mika may have taken a wrong turn the day they met, but will she finally let someone steer her in the right direction?

REVIEW

Wrong Turn, Righ Direction is a light hearted Romantic Comedy.  At least as light hearted as a "I didn't know I was pregnant" moment while being chased by the Russian Mob can be.  Casey pulls the seemingly absurd plot into something believable.  The characters are well developed and each have their own unique voice.  While this book is part of the Bourbon Street series, it could easily be read as a stand-alone as the other characters are introduced organically and fit into this story effortlessly.  


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Elle Casey, a former attorney and teacher, is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling American author who lives in France with her husband, three kids, and a number of horses, dogs, and cats. She has written more than forty novels in less than five years, and likes to say she offers fiction in several flavors. These flavors include romance, science fiction, urban fantasy, action adventure, suspense, and paranormal.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sex God Release Day!


Today we are celebrating the release of SEX GOD, a sizzling hot stand-alone contemporary romance title by Marie Force. Check out the purchase links for the book below. The previous book in this standalone series, Sex Machine, is just .99¢ for a limited time, so make sure you grab it while you can!

 

SEX GOD by Marie Force

A Standalone Contemporary Romance!

 

Book Blurb:

A sizzling hot stand-alone contemporary romance!

 

I inherited a life I never intended to live.

I've upheld my responsibilities admirably.

And I’ve taken care of my own needs privately...

I'm biding my time until I can get the hell out of here.

But I didn’t count on having unfinished business

With one of my very best friends…

 

When a man has a certain “reputation" to uphold,

There can be no unhappy customers left behind.

Lauren is a loose end that won’t be tied up no matter how hard I try.

And I try hard. Really, really… hard.

 

Sex God is the much-anticipated follow-up to Sex Machine.

 

PURCHASE IT NOW!

Kindle | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google

PURCHASE IN PRINT FROM AMAZON | MARIE'S STORE
 

PURCHASE THE PREVIOUS BOOK IN THIS STANDALONE SERIES

ON SALE FOR JUST .99¢!

 
SEX MACHINE (A Standalone Contemporary Romance)
 
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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold nearly 3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold 1.5 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide! Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news. Join Marie's mailing list for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @marieforce and on Instagram. Join one of Marie's many reader groups. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com.  

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Review - Murphy's Law by Lori Foster

ABOUT THE BOOK


ANYTHING THAT CAN GO WRONG. . .Nothing is going to go wrong. Ashley Miles has worked too hard for her independence to let some Bentley-driving hunk named Quinton Murphy interfere with her plans—or her freedom. Yes, the chemistry is phenomenal. Kind of scary, actually. But that’s it. NO emotional commitments.

. . .WILL

But he’s SO wonderful—a woman could fall in love . . . How did that happen? That wasn’t part of the plan! But can she trust him? Really trust him? The man is just so mysterious. There’s only one solution: put it all on the line and see what Quinton does when she tells him how she feels. And hope everything that can go wrong. . .won’t. . .



REVIEW


Our heroine, Ashley has a plan to make something of herself and no-one is going to stop her from escaping the poverty of her past.  Unfortunately, Quinton didn’t get that memo and pursues her like he has no other.   Ashley doesn’t understand why her sarcastic wit and aloofness isn’t driving Quinton away but actually acts as a catalyst to bring them together.  When Ashley finds herself in the crosshairs of a revenge plot, Quinton will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.   Sparks and bomb fragments fly in Murphy’s Law by Lori Foster.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lori Foster is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author. 
She has received the Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Series Romantic Fantasy and for Contemporary Romance; 
Amazon’s top-selling romance title for Too Much Temptation; 
Amazon’s Top Ten editors’ picks in romance for Causing Havoc; 
Waldenbooks’ second “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance for Say No To Joe; 
BGI group’s “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance for the The Secret Life of Bryan, “Bestselling Romantic Comedy” for Jude’s Law, and “Bestselling Romantic Suspense” for Back in Black;
Plus Amazon’s #1 Editors’ Pick in Romance for Servant: The Acceptance.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. 

To give back to the community, Lori does an annual “benefit” book where all advance and royalties go to a charity: http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/ 

She also hosts the annual “Reader & Author Get Together,” facilitating major interaction between readers, authors, and industry professionals while also donating all proceeds from raffles to local charities. http://readerauthorgettogether.com/

You can find out more about Lori's books at her website LoriFoster.com
Listen to her books on Audible: http://tinyurl.com/LoriFosterAudible 

Lori enjoys visiting with readers. Find her at her various social media sites.

Facebook Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/lorifoster/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LoriLFoster
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lorilfoster/
Newsletter: http://lorifoster.com/newsletter/
YouTube video channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/lorifosterauthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17597.Lori_Foster
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lorilfoster/

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book Review - Until Tomorrow by Nancy Naigle (Free on Amazon Unlimited)

ABOUT THE BOOK


After yet another heartbreak, Flynn Crane is pretty much done with dating. She’s not even sure she can keep her grandparents’ struggling bed-and-breakfast afloat. But just as she’s about to give up on both her business and her dream of settling down in Boot Creek, Ford Morton walks back into her life.
Even from thousands of miles away, Ford never forgot the spark that ignited when he first met Flynn. Now a monthlong artists’ residency near Boot Creek gives him the perfect opportunity to find out just how intense the fire between them can get.
Neither of them expected just how that little spark would turn into heated passion. With Ford’s return to Alaska looming near, Flynn is torn between her life in Boot Creek and a chance to move to the wilderness for love. Can Ford and Flynn find a way to share tomorrow together—before they both lose their hearts in Boot Creek?



REVIEW

This is a nice cute rom-com that is the third book in the series.  One of the things I have always liked about Nancy Naigles writing is that she tells real stories about real people who you be me or someone I know.  What I loved about this story is that not only are Flynn and Ford real people, but the end is somehwat open ended (but it still has a satisfying ending) to leave me to imagine how their lives progress... at least until another book in the series comes out.  This is a nice summer read that isn't light in substance but light enough to keep your attention through the end.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a whole lot of heart. She began her popular contemporary romance series Adams Grove while juggling a successful career in finance and life on a seventy-six-acre farm. She went on to produce works in collaboration with other authors, including the Granny series. Now happily retired from a career in finance, she devotes her time to writing, antiquing, and enjoying the occasional spa day with friends. A Virginia girl at heart, Nancy now calls North Carolina home.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Book Review - Making it Right (A Most Likely To Novel) by Catherine Bybee - Free on Amazon Unlimited

ABOUT THE BOOK


In the final book in bestselling author Catherine Bybee’s Most Likely To trilogy, River Bend’s rebel follows in her father’s footsteps to become sheriff. But it might be time to forge her own path…
Some kids inherit a family business; Jo Ward inherited a badge. Once voted Most Likely to End Up in Jail, the town wild child has become sheriff—hell-bent on uncovering the truth about her father’s mysterious death. Life is quiet in rustic River Bend, but Jo longs for something beyond her small hometown and the painful memories it holds. All that keeps her sane is the support of her best friends, Melanie and Zoe.
But when Jo signs up for an expert law enforcement training seminar, she meets Gill Clausen, whose haunting eyes and dangerously sexy vibe just may challenge her single-minded focus. Commitment-phobic Jo can’t deny her attraction to the arrogant federal agent, and when odd things start happening around River Bend and danger surrounds her, she realizes she’ll need his help to discover who’s out to remove her from River Bend…permanently.
As Jo and Gill work together, it’s clear they make a great team. But can Jo loosen her grip on the past enough to let love in and reach for the future?



REVIEW

Another great book by Catherine Bybee.  I fell in love with River Bend last year when I first ready Doing It Over, and honestly Jo always seemed the least interesting of the gang.  Boy was I wrong.  As it turns out Jo is one of the more interesting characters in these books and her story was a great read.  The contract between Jo's professional life and her personal interactions with her friends and especially Gill.  Both Jo and Gill are interesting characters and well developed, but Jo is definitely the more complex one.  If this is the last of the Most Likely books I'll be sad to see these characters go but have very much enjoyed reading about them this past year.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Catherine Bybee is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-five books that have collectively sold more than three million copies and have been translated into twelve languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite series, the Weekday Brides series, and the Most Likely To series.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona) by Rachel Van Dyken

ABOUT THE BOOK

She's no Sleeping Beauty. And he's definitely no prince . . . 

Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again-her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot's whiskey-augmented grandmother "buys" Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he's at her door. Impossibly charming. Impossibly sexy. And still a complete and utter jackass.

Bentley's just been coerced by his grandfather to spend the next thirty days charming and romancing the reclusive red-haired beauty who hates him. The woman he abandoned when she needed him the most. Bentley knows just as much about romance as he knows about love-nothing. But the more time he spends with Margot, the more he realizes that "just friends" will never be enough. Now all he has to do is convince her to trust him with her heart . . .



REVIEW

This is the second installment in The Bachelors of Arizona series and I was pleasantly surprised how charming Bentley was.  I had previously been somewhat charmed by him and his twin in the previous book but he came across like a bit of an airhead and a shallow pretty face.  In this story Bentley is written as a much more complex character than he seemed previously.  Margot is a charming recluse who also goes through a great deal of character growth through the book.  If you are looking for a good second chance romance with well written characters this is a great read and I highly recommend it.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. 
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!