Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review - Irresistible You by Kate Meader

ABOUT THE BOOK


Hot in Chicago series author Kate Meader returns with her all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series, featuring her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (Romantic Times). Three estranged sisters 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.

Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?

He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…

REVIEW


This is the first book in a new series by Kate Meader and I am in love.  There are so many great things going on in this book to love.  Hot romance.  Complicated family relationships.  A woman trying to understand how to fit family in with a career.  As relatable and likable as Harper is, Remy is even more so.  His tough exterior makes him hot but his sensitivity and ambition is what makes him sexy.  Meader has created a world I can't wait to get back to and I recommend to anyone who loves a steamy romance with two well written strong and stubborn characters.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Originally from Ireland, Kate 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 or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

The Chicago Rebels series features three estranged sisters who inherit their father's failing hockey franchise . . . and get their hearts checked by a band of hard-bodied ice warriors.

0.5 IN SKATES TROUBLE (Ford and Addison) - novella
1. IRRESISTIBLE YOU (Remy and Harper) - August 2017
2. SO OVER YOU (Vadim and Isobel) - December 2017
2.5 UNDONE BY YOU (Dante and ???) - February 2018
3. HOOKED ON YOU (Bren and Violet) - May 2018

The Hot in Chicago series stars the Dempseys, a family of firefighting foster siblings, and the blazing hot love interests who tame their daredevil ways:

0.5 REKINDLE THE FLAME (Beck and Darcy), novella
1. FLIRTING WITH FIRE (Luke and Kinsey)
1.5 MELTING POINT (Gage and Brady), novella
2. PLAYING WITH FIRE (Eli and Alex)
3. SPARKING THE FIRE (Wyatt and Molly)

In the Tall, Dark, and Texan series, a trio of hot, rich tycoons take the Windy City by storm and meet the women who will bring them to their knees:

1. EVEN THE SCORE (Hunter and Tess)
2. TAKING THE SCORE (Brody and Emma)
3. ONE WEEK TO SCORE (Flynn and Olivia)

The Hot in the Kitchen series turns up the heat with the DeLucas, a Chicago-Italian family of restaurateurs, and the sizzling chefs who love them:

1. FEEL THE HEAT (Jack and Lili)
2. ALL FIRED UP (Shane and Cara)
3. HOT AND BOTHERED (Tad and Jules)

... however Kate's books can also be read as standalone romances.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Book Review - Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

ABOUT THE BOOK


Beloved bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful standalone novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all—to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.
 
Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.
 
Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.
 
The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.
 
But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.

REVIEW


Usually I love Macomber's stories and I look forward to their mix of romance and women's lit.  This one fell a little flat for me.  The whole book just felt overly preatchy to me, so far as an actual preacher as one of the primary characters.  I liked Shay's story and the relationship she has with Drew's kids, I just never really felt Drew's character and that made the whole romance half of the book not work for me at all.  If you love everything you've read by Macomber, you will probably enjoy this book, but if you are just looking for a nice romance, this may not be the book for you.  

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Sixteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2016, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (February), Sweet Tomorrows (August), and Twelve Days of Christmas (October) and an adult coloring book, The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home To Color (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove Series. These include The Grey House CafĂ©, formerly the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove Series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book Review - More Than Love (The Barrington Billionaires Book 5)

ABOUT THE BOOK


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello returns with a hilarious addition to Barrington Billionaire series. 

What happens when a normally reserved billionaire tries to be a regular guy and discovers he has a wild side? Grant Barrington is a quiet hero who is about to flex his alpha billionaire muscle.

Viviana Sutton is living in Boston after being swindled by her ex-boyfriend. She’s done with relationships and isn’t looking for forever. Giving in to one naughty, incredibly hot romp with a financially challenged stranger actually makes her feel better until she takes a pregnancy test.

To help his family, he’ll need to be the man she makes him feel like he can be.

For the sake of her baby, she’ll give him a chance to prove what they had was more than sex—and he’s more than just a regular guy.

REVIEW


This is a funny and charming installment in the Barrington Billionaires series.  When Grant decides he wants to see what it is like to become "regular" what we get is a sexy awkward billionaire, and hijinx ensue.  Add some sexy chemistry with Viviana who is in Boston trying to figure out her own stuff without worrying about a man, and a great romantic comedy is well underway.  The book keep-up a quick pace when you add in in an unplanned baby, the mysterious death of Grants brother nearly thirty years ago, and some protective brothers.  This is my favorite installment so far in the series and proof that Ruth Cardello can certainly bring on the funny.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ruth Cardello hit the New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers Lists for the first time back in 2012. Millions of sales are evidence that her her books are akin to potato chips, addictive from the first one. She has created a multi-series billionaire world with a combination of escapism and realism that has gained her a faithful following of readers.

What Kindle Reviewers write about her:

"Wow hot at every page. Heart stopping, fear raging, mind blowing wonderful."

"I'm a true fan of Ms. Cardello. I ran on to her first book a few years back and have been hooked ever since. I could go on and on about the story like of this book, but I'm not. All of her books are total page turners, unique, heart wrenching, and I love them all. There isn't two alike in the bunch and I feel like i know the characters personally. I personally read 97 authors books. And I buy every book they put out. This author is in my top 10. Great job and keep them coming."

"Love this series. Got me to start reading again. I look forward to the next book. Thank you for giving me the love of reading back."

Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York--then came full circle and moved back to New England. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene. 

She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she's not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm or connecting with her readers online.

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The Westerly Billionaires
Book 1: In the Heir
Book 2: Up for Heir (November 2017)

Lone Star Burn Series 
Book 1: Taken, Not Spurred
Book 2: Tycoon Takedown 
Book 3: Taken Home
Book 4: Taking Charge

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The Legacy Collection
Book 1: Maid for the Billionaire (FREE on Amazon!)
Book 2: For Love or Legacy
Book 3: Bedding the Billionaire
Book 4: Saving the Sheikh
Book 5: Rise of the Billionaire
Book 6: Breaching the Billionaire: Alethea's Redemption 
Book 7: (Novella) A Corisi Christmas

The Andrades: 
Book 1: Come Away With Me (FREE on Amazon)
Book 2: Home to Me 
Book 3: Maximum Risk 
Book 4: Somewhere Along the Way 
Book 5: Loving Gigi 
Christmas Novella: A Recipe for Love (Maddy and Richard)

The Barrington Billionaires:
Book 1: Always Mine
Book 2: Stolen Kisses 
Book 3: Trade It All 
Book 3.5: A Billionaire for Lexi
Book 4: Let It Burn
Book 5: More Than Love (August 2017)

The Temptation Series: 
Book 1: Twelve Days of Temptation
Book 2: Be My Temptation

Taken by a Trillionaire Series
Book 1: Taken By a Trillionaire - by Melody Anne, Ruth Cardello, JS Scott
Book 2: Virgin for the Trillionaire 

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Book Review - Modern Love by Beau North

ABOUT THE BOOK


"Love at first sight wasn't meant for millennials," thinks Alice Aberdeen: art student, recovering addict, David Bowie enthusiast. Alice is among the recently dumped and only wants to keep her nose to the grindstone until she finishes her degree. Her sister has other ideas and sets her up with new-in-town Will Murphy--tall, dark, and aloof. To say it wasn't an instant attraction is an understatement: He finds her abrasive, with her sharp tongue and don't-screw-with-me attitude. She thinks he's excessively reserved, too damn serious. But the more time Alice spends with Will, the more their slow burn begins to thaw her heart. A man of two worlds, half-Irish, half-Indian, Will feels at home with Alice. He soon realizes her tough shell is hiding extensive scar tissue--from her addiction and recovery to her spectacularly bad ex-girlfriend to the loss of her mother. Modern Love isn't a story about love at first sight but learning to love yourself before being able to see the one you love.


REVIEW

This is a refreshing story that reads like a quirky romantic comedy except the main character isn't a sweet girl looking for love.  She is a damaged young woman who has a questionable past but is finally getting her life together and is trying to get through life the best way she can, which isn't always (or even usually) with a smile and happy face and something pleasant to say to everyone.  She is a regular person!  I randomly picked this book up based on the title and description and I am so glad I did.  This will not be for everyone, but anyone who loves a good romance and real characters with actual life experience and sass will love this book and I can't wait to read what Beau North writes next.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beau North is a native southerner who now calls Portland, Oregon home with her husband and two cats. She attended the University of South Carolina where she began a lifelong obsession with English Literature. In her spare time, Beau is the brains behind Rhymes With Nerdy, an internet collective focused on pop culture.



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Book Review - Suddenly Engaged (A Lake Haven Novel Book 3) - Free on Amazon Unlimited!

ABOUT THE BOOK


Single mother Kyra Kokinos spends her days waiting tables, her nights working on her real estate license, and every spare moment with her precocious six-year-old daughter, Ruby—especially when Ruby won’t stop pestering their grumpy next-door neighbor. At first glance, Dax Bishop seems like the kind of gruff, solitary guy who’d be unlikely to offer a cup of sugar, let alone a marriage proposal. But that’s exactly what happens when Ruby needs life-saving surgery.
Dax showed up in East Beach a year ago, fresh from a painful divorce and looking for a place where he could make furniture and avoid people. Suddenly his life is invaded by an inquisitive munchkin in sparkly cowboy boots—and her frazzled, too-tempting mother. So he presents a practical plan: his insurance will help Ruby, and then they can divorce—zero strings attached.
But soon Kyra and Dax find their engagement of convenience is simple in name only. As their attraction deepens, a figure from the past reappears, offering a way out. Can Kyra and Dax let go so easily—or has love become a preexisting condition?

REVIEW


This was a quick but emotional summer read.  I really loved the relationship between Dax and Ruby and how he cares so much about the little girl that irritates him so much early on.  Kyra and Dax are both well- developed characters as well and I particularly liked the complexity of Dex being more than just a guy coming in to save the day.  It was Kyra and Dax as a couple that fell a little falt for me. I am huge fan of Julia London's other books and the story in this one didn't feel quite as strong as some of the others but was still enjoyable.  I just didn't feel the pull between Kyra and Dax.  I still very much recommend the book, the story is really well done and better than most in the genre, and fans of London will not be disappointed.



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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than forty romance novels. Her historical titles include the popular Desperate Debutantes series, the Cabot Sisters series, and the Highland Grooms series. Her contemporary works include the Lake Haven series, the Pine River series, and the Cedar Springs series. She has won the RT Book Club Award for Best Historical Romance and has been a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Book Review - Turbulent Intrigue (Billionaire Aviators Book 4) by Melody Anne (Free on Kindle Unlimited)

ABOUT THE BOOK


The final novel in bestselling author Melody Anne’s Billionaire Aviators series finds Ace Armstrong back home after years away in the CIA. Faced with the stipulation in his father’s will to find a wife or lose his inheritance, the “black sheep” of the family takes to the skies like his aviator brothers. Soon Ace encounters temptation in the form of the sexy and confident Dakota Forbes, a female pilot who just so happens to be his new sister-in-law’s best friend…and should be off-limits. But Dakota is used to getting what she wants—and she makes it clear she wants Ace.
Ace’s previous line of work is not so easily left behind, and soon someone from his past threatens both him and all he holds dear. As Ace’s relationship with Dakota heats up, he’ll be forced to choose whether to walk away in order to keep her safe or risk it all on the breathless high of passion.

REVIEW


I have been anxiously waiting for this book since I started reading this series.  Melody Anne has done a great job of setting-up the mystery behind what Ace has been up to for all these years.  I was not at all disappointed and very much enjoyed the conclusion to the series.  Dakota is a great match for Ace and the dynamic between them is fun to follow.  I would not recommend reading this if you have not read the previous books in the series, however, all the brothers are sexy alpha piolets, so there is no reason not to go back and read the other books.

Minor spoiler here, but it is mostly given away in the description, I love the fact that the brothers have been so sure the whole series that Ace was upset about the inheritance and that is why he was staying away and had gone down a dark path, and in reality it is only what made him leave and he stayed away because of his involvement in the CIA.



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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melody Anne is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written a number of popular series, including Billionaire Bachelors, Surrender, and Baby for the Billionaire. Along with romance and young adult novels, Melody has also recently collaborated with fellow authors J.S. Scott and Ruth Cardello for Taken by a Trillionaire. Turbulent Intrigue is the third book in Melody’s Billionaire Aviators series. A country girl at heart, Melody loves the small town and strong community she lives in. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and beloved pets. Most of all, she loves being able to do what makes her happiest…living in a fantasy world (for at least 95 percent of the time).