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

ABOUT THE BOOK


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

ABOUT THE BOOK


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.