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Saturday, September 24, 2016

ARC Review: Mixing Temptation by Sara Jane Stone

Mixing Temptation is the third book in the Second Shot series by Sara Jane Stone. Each book is a standalone story that has interconnected characters. I was interested to get Caroline and Josh's story and I have to say that this has been my favorite book in the series so far. It definitely wasn't an easy journey for these characters, yet I really felt that these two were perfect for one another and deserved their HEA. 

After being in hiding, Caroline Andrews wants nothing more than to take back her life and return to normal. But after everything she has been through, she finds it hard to trust. Josh Summers knows what he wants and he also knows that he has to be patient. But he is willing to wait for Caroline as long as she eventually sees that they belong together. But just as Josh is finally making progress with convincing Caroline to try dating him for real, the past comes back and threatens to destroy everything.

I really liked these two. They were so great together, and Josh could not have been more amazing with Caroline. He was patient with her and never gave up. I loved how caring and supportive he was, with her pushing him away and his loved ones telling him to move on, he insisted that she was the woman for him and I loved that he stuck with it. Caroline had been through so much, and the fact that she was able to come back from it spoke so much about her character and strength. With Josh's help, she was able to move forward after something that no one should ever have to go through. Josh always believed in her though, and that made all the difference. These two had great chemistry and I loved seeing their friendship grow into more. Their connection was so natural and genuine, and I believed that these two were meant for one another all along. 

Overall, this was a great story. I really loved the bond between Caroline and Josh. These two were both a bit broken after what they had been through, but together they were able to heal and grow. Though it was a slow build for them, it felt like everything happened exactly as it should for them and I was so glad to see how everything played out. I have enjoyed this series, and if you are fan of contemporary romance and second chance love stories, this is definitely a series worth checking out.

**ARC Provided by Publisher**

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Feature and Giveaway: A Player for a Princess by Tia Louise

From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, the game continues…

Zelda Wilder is on the run, this time from the ruthless assassins who’ve decided she knows too much to live.

“Playboy Prince” MacCallum Lockwood Tate isn’t about to let the beautiful player who stole his heart get away—if only he could decide whether he wants to save her or strangle her for her dangerous choices.

After tracking her down to a casino in St. Croix, Cal follows Zee back to Tortola where he intends to keep her safe. One problem: Zelda’s criminal liaisons are two steps ahead of her.

Lives are threatened, and all of the players’ skills are tested in this plot to capture a killer and save a princess.

Cinderella meets Ocean's Eleven in this CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE DUET featuring secrets, lies, royal high jinks, scams and double-crosses; breathless, swooning lust, cocky princes, dominant alpha future-kings, and crafty courtiers, who are not always what they seem.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

ARC Review: Strung Up by Lorelei James

Strung Up is a standalone M/M novella in the Blacktop Cowboys series by Lorelei James. You do not need to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this story, though fans of the series will recognize some familiar faces. Strung Up centers around Creston Grant and Breck Christianson. Creston hasn't been himself since losing his partner, and Breck has suffered a lot as well. So when the two meet up again and the attraction is stronger than ever, they find themselves wondering if they could possibly have a second chance to find love. 

Cres and Breck had so much chemistry between them, and I felt the attraction right from the start. Being a novella, I worried about whether their connection would feel real within the short amount of time, but I didn't feel that way at all. Their relationship felt genuine, and it felt like more than just lust. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that these two had already known one another, but they were both at different points in the life and things were finally coming together for them. Each one had been through a lot, and that shaped who they were. I enjoyed seeing them get to know the men they had become and of course there was a ton of steam, being a story written by Lorelei James. James is a master at giving readers sexy books that have a great story to go along with the steam, and Strung Up was no exception. 

I will admit that I did feel like while the chemistry and connection were there, there were a few things that I would have liked to have been a bit different. I struggled a bit with knowing that Cres had lost what was called the love of his life, and there was something that I didn't totally agree with at the end of the story when it came to that and his relationship with Breck. I also felt like communication was an issue at times, even though that is often a problem in romance stories. But overall this was a great addition to the series and I enjoyed it quite a bit. No one does sexy cowboys better than Lorelei James, and I always know I am in for a good time when I pick up one of her books.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Feature and Giveaway: The 48-Hour Hookup by Sarah Ballance

Who knew a sweaty photo would be good for business?

Now unwanted booty calls are coming in as fast as work orders, and Liam Chase needs to get away. Cue a job upstate. His new client is hot as hell, but he left NYC to escape attention, not to hook up with the city’s “Runaway Bride”.

With three disastrous relationships under her belt, it’s clear Claire Stevens’s judgment sucks. And what’s she’s feeling for America’s newest sex god? Obviously another hormone-fueled mistake.

But when she accidentally fells a tree on his truck, leaving them stranded in a winter storm with a chocolate-snatching raccoon, there’s something to be said for body heat.

Too bad neither can trust their explosive chemistry…

Each book in the Chase Brothers series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

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Feature: Strung Up by Lorelei James

From New York Times bestseller Lorelei James…

Rancher Creston Grant retreats from the world after he loses the love of his life... Can his former flame, rodeo cowboy Breck Christianson prove he's a changed man who can give Cres a second chance at love?

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