Thursday, September 27, 2018

Book Review - Practice Husband (Trophy Husbands) by Noelle Adams

ABOUT THE BOOK


In high school, I was in love with Hunter Ness, but he friend-zoned me. Time passed. I grew up. He went to prison. And now he's going to be my husband for a year.
There are reasons.
He's not going to be a real husband. Just a practice husband so he can have a job and a place to live and I can finally experience parts of life I've only read about before. We're just friends, and I'm helping him out.
But still... He's way too sexy, and he knows me far too well. It's hard to remember he's not the real thing. But I'm going to stay smart. I'm not going to fall for my ex-con husband who only sees me as a friend.
I hope.

REVIEW

Each book I read by Noelle Adams makes me love her writing more and more.  Her spin on small town romance is less busybody where everyone is all in each other's business, and more about families and community.  Sam was first introduced in the previous novel in the series and was intriguing because she was a career student who seemed to have no real direction.  Hunter was introduced as her love interest in the final chapter and ever since I've been dying to find out what happened.  I wasn't disappointed with my wait and really enjoyed seeing how their marriage of convenience turned into something more.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn't stopped writing since.  She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Book Review - Montana Dreams by Kim Law (free with Kindle Unlimited)

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When Jaden Wilde’s girlfriend turns down his marriage proposal just months before he receives his master’s in counseling, he’s convinced that it’s cold feet. Until he learns that her no came at the advice of a new age “dream reader.” But Arsula’s hardly the woo-woo hippie his scholarly mind imagined. She’s charming, smart, and uncannily perceptive. And before long, he’s drawn to her—despite his ongoing skepticism for how her practice works.

Arsula’s intuitions led her to Birch Bay not to guide Jaden’s girlfriend—but to guide him to his best life possible. As the odd one out in an unsupportive family, Arsula can relate to the struggle to find one’s path, and she wants to see Jaden with the woman of his dreams. Although she’s cautious of being the rebound girl, what she’s starting to feel for him is too real to ignore.

When Jaden’s own volatile family issues come to a head and his doubts are made resoundingly clear, Arsula worries she’s misread the signs. Maybe they’re all wrong for each other. Maybe he should be with his ex. She’s supported him, but if he can’t believe in her, how will they ever find out if they’re truly meant to be?

REVIEW

This latest Birch Bay novel is one of my favorites.  The love/hate chemistry between Arsula and Jaden is off the chart.  While Jaden comes across as selfish and childish at times, he isn't off putting and his character develops well into someone I wanted Arsula to be with.  Arsula is easy to love and while she seems to have everything together her own struggles with her family makes her the perfect balance with Jaden.  This book is part of a series and the story might be hard to keep-up with if you haven't read the previous books, but the series is well written and almost leans a little more towards women's lit in substance with romance mixed in.


OVERALL RATING - 5 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 immediately became hooked on the delights of creating stories. Before settling into the writing life, however, she earned a degree in mathematics and worked for years as a computer programmer. Now she’s living out her lifelong dream of writing romance novels. She has won the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart Award, been a finalist for the prestigious RITA Award, and served in various positions for her local RWA chapter. A Kentucky native, Kim now lives with her husband and an assortment of animals in Middle Tennessee.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Book Review - Tossed into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds

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Can the best of enemies become the hottest of lovers? New York Times bestselling author Aurora Rose Reynolds proves that opposites can be compatible—and twice as combustible…
Libby Reed is over it. Or that’s what she tells herself. She’s lusted after one of New York’s bravest for years, but firefighter Antonio Moretti has doused her interest for the last time. As much as she wants the arrogant jerk (in a bad, bad way), they can’t even be in the same room without setting each other off…which might be a problem now that she’s volunteered to help out in his family’s restaurant.
Antonio’s been burned before. Now he knows better than to trust a pretty face and follow another pair of long, beautiful legs into heartbreak. But while Libby might rub him the wrong way, he can’t deny the heat between them. And it only burns hotter when she steps up in his time of need. The closer they get, the more he realizes he may have misjudged her. Then again, he doesn’t know the secret Libby’s keeping that could send their relationship up in flames before it’s even begun.

REVIEW

I just adore the Reed sisters.  Libby in particular is complex, being a mix of high-style and down to earth she is started out as much of an enigma to me as to Antonio.  What feels at first to be a story of opposites attract becomes more about misplaced assumptions on Antonio's part but the friction between them amps up the heat of the underlying attraction.  As always, Aurora Rose Reynolds writes a great romantic comedy with complex characters and engaging story.  I recommend for any romance lover.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Aurora Rose Reynolds is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose wildly popular series include Until, Until Him, Until Her, and Underground Kings. Her writing career started in an attempt to get the outrageously alpha men who resided in her head to leave her alone, and it has blossomed into an opportunity to share her stories with readers all over the world. For more information on Reynolds’s latest books or to connect with her, contact her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorAuroraRoseReynolds or on Twitter @Auroraroser. To order signed books and find out the latest news, visit her at www.AuroraRoseReynolds.com or www.goodreads.com/author/show/7215619.Aurora_Rose_Reynolds.

Book Review - Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

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Twenty-eight and filthy rich, Matt Cannon is the youngest broker on Wall Street. He may be a “boy wonder,” but he’s every inch a man. Ask any woman—any night. But when Matt’s latest fling makes scandalous headlines, his clients get anxious, and his bosses at Wolfe Investments level an ultimatum: keep his assets zipped, get a “real” girlfriend, and clean up his act. Only one woman can help Matt with something this hard.

For PR genius Sabrina Cross, the best fixer in Manhattan, playing Matt’s steady is going to be a challenge, even if it’s just for show. They already have an explosive history, she can’t stand the cocky party boy, and worse—she can’t stop thinking about him. So who’ll dare to break her “no touching” rule first? Because when that happens, Matt and Sabrina’s game of let’s pretend will get so hot it could set both their reputations on fire.

REVIEW

Just when I think I can't love Lauren Layne's writing more, Matt and Sabrina come into my life.  This is so much more than an enemies to lovers tale.  Their obvious respect and care they have for each other is immediately obvious, as well as their chemistry.  Their sharp banter make them so much fun to read about and the story flow quickly and easily.  This is a rom-com at its finest and a must read for any romance lover.


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.

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