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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ARC Review: Allure by CA Harms

Allure is the first book in the Brooklet Dreams series by CA Harms. This is a second generation spin-off of her Southern Boys series, featuring kids of our favorite couples and I honestly couldn’t wait to read this when I found out about it. It was great to see some of my favorite characters again and see the next generation of their families and how things had turned out. CA Harms brought everything that I had loved from that series and more here, and I fell for Rhett right along with AJ. 

Rhett thought that he had found his forever when he was just a boy. His best friend and first everything Harley was supposed to be there with him every step of the way, but when she moved away and didn’t return he was left broken hearted and waiting for her to come back. But when he saw that she had moved on, he opened himself up again and met AJ. Things soon more between them as he found himself happier than ever and not only the old Rhett, but the best version of himself possible. But just as his future is beginning to take shape once again, his past returns and everything changes once again. 

I loved Rhett so much. He was sweet and kind, sexy and thoughtful. He was such a great character and you couldn’t help but fall in love with him. It was easy to see how irresistible he would be for both AJ and Harley. He is definitely a worthy book boyfriend and the kind of hero that makes readers love romance. I will admit that I am always a fan of second chance romances and at first I really wanted Rhett to wind up with Harley. But all that changed as soon as we started getting to know AJ. She was an amazing heroine. Sweet and sassy, she wasn’t afraid to put Rhett in his place and make him work for it. But she was so easy to relate to and I found her vulnerabilities to be ones that a lot of readers will be able to relate to. She really cared for Rhett, but she was also really scared about having her heart broken and not being enough to overcome what Rhett had once had with Harley. I loved that she didn’t let that stop her from taking the risk though. She put herself out there and the chemistry and connection between her and Rhett was amazing to read about. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and the characters. I felt like things turned out exactly as they were meant to. Not only was this a great love story, but it was a great book about friendship and family as well. CA Harms excels at writing heartfelt and emotional stories that seem so genuine and believable, because the characters are unique and easy to relate to. Allure was a great start to the Brooklet Dreams series and will appeal to those that are already fans of CA Harms, as well as those that are new to her. I can’t wait to read more in this series as well as whatever else she writes in the future.

**ARC Provided by Enticing Journey Book Promotions**

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

ARC Review: Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett

Let me just say that I was unsure but optimistic to start Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett. I wasn’t sure what I was in for since R. Scarlett was a new to me author and this was a novella. I have a love/hate relationship with novellas, as they are never usually done with enough depth for me to feel satisfied with the story. R. Scarlett’s Filthy Gods has made me a believer though! Not only is she an amazing author, but novellas can be done right! I loved this story so much and I honestly can’t wait to read more from Scarlett! 

Filthy Gods is a prequel standalone novella to her new American Gods series. We get to meet the characters of the future books here, but the focus of this story is Nathaniel and Juliette. They are classmates at Yale, but they come from very different backgrounds. He is from a rich and elite group of individuals while she grew up poor and was in and out of foster homes, a fact which none of her classmates know. They match each other intellectually though, and spend their time debating and arguing with one another. The passion they have also translates to the chemistry between them, and despite all their differences they both find themselves drawn to one another in a way that they know they shouldn’t be. When Juliette goes to work for the summer at Nathaniel’s mother’s resort, she soon realizes that her secret is at risk of being discovered all while the attraction between her and Nathaniel becomes more than either of them can fight. 

I absolutely loved Nathaniel and Juliette. These two were smart and passionate, and a match for each other on every level. I loved seeing them circle one another and it was really exciting as a reader to see the dynamics between them. They each had a lot of depth and emotion to them and that was so refreshing to see in a novella. I absolutely believed in the connection and natural progression of their story, and they were each genuine and felt real. I fell right along with them, and even though I wasn’t ready for their story to be over, it was very well done and felt fully complete. 

Overall, this was a great story. Sexy and emotional, full of ups and downs that kept me from being able to put my Kindle down. I loved Nathaniel and Juliette, and I loved Nathaniel’s mysterious friends! I can’t wait to continue this series and get to know the other American Gods better. They were very interesting here and I love this world that R. Scarlett has created. This was my first book from her, but I am a fan now and I can’t wait to read more from her. I highly recommend this one, and I think readers are going to love this series just like I already do!

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Blind Date with a Book Event Winners

There are many winners to announce but before we do so, we just wanted to take the time and say a SUPER BIG THANK YOU to each and every author that helped us celebrate RFTC's 7th bloggerversary. We loved having you all come by to share some of your favorite things. Thank you so, so much. =)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

ARC Review: Worth the Risk by K. Bromberg

Normally when I finish a book, I immediately write my review, that way everything is fresh including my feelings. But with Worth the Risk by K. Bromberg, I found myself having to sit and think on it. I have been a fan of Bromberg’s since I first read Colton’s book, so naturally I couldn’t wait for this one as with everything she has released since. There was something different here though that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but I think for me it was a character thing. While I liked this book, I didn’t love it. 

After messing up at work, Sidney finds herself heading back to her hometown to prove herself. If she helps save a failing magazine, she will earn a position at her dream job. While the magazine she is tasked with saving is one that doesn’t interest her at all, she comes up with an idea to run a hot dad contest. When one of the front runners of the contest turns out to be someone that she knows from when she was younger, she never expects for him to have quite the reaction he does. Grayson remembers Sidney and his ex is the perfect example of why he doesn’t want anything to do with women, let alone a woman like Sidney since they are just alike. But as the contest progresses, both Sidney and Grayson realize that neither are the same person they used to be. Can Grayson let go of his past and can Sidney embrace a different future than she originally planned for herself and risk it all for a chance at a love together? 

As I said before, a big problem for me was that I struggled with the characters. Grayson had been hurt by his ex, and at first glance Sidney had a lot of similarities to her. There were even times that it appeared she was proving it to him. However, Sidney was also very different than his ex and very different than the girl she once was, and it seemed that no matter what she did, Grayson refused to believe it. He was so frustrating and the constant push and pull with him was more than I could take. It got to the point that I was just over it and him and no matter the good moments that he had, I felt like he was just too immature and blinded by his past and bitterness. Sidney had moments where I really liked her, and she also had moments that I struggled with her as well as Grayson. I thought that she was sweet and kind, but she frustrated me with her actions quite a bit as well. These two had chemistry and a connection that felt real, yet there were too many hang-ups for them to ever seem to really get it right and It got to the point that I stopped caring and didn’t believe that they would last long term because of the back and forth. 

Overall, there were a lot of things that I liked here and as much as I struggled with the characters, this book did have a lot of really good parts. Grayson’s son made the book and I loved him so much. He definitely seemed to be the mature one here a lot of the time, and I think that goes to show just how much I felt like the adult characters needed some help. Luke was the highlight and I wish that Grayson and Sidney had been able to live up to that as well. I am still a huge fan of Bromberg’s and I definitely recommend her books. This one just wasn’t my favorite of hers, but it won’t stop me from picking up her future releases.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Feature and Giveaway: How to Tempt an Earl by Tina Gabrielle

London society is cruel for a young woman whose father is an avid gambler. Miss Grace Ashton is not one to stand idly by while her family becomes destitute. Donning a mask, she slips into the night and attends the infamous Raven Club to confront the proprietor. But nothing prepares her for the sinfully attractive and wealthy Ian Swift.

Ian is intrigued when Grace walks into his gambling club but refuses her offer of a few jewels to pay her father’s large debts. Unbeknownst to anyone, Ian has inherited the Earldom of Castleton, and he must reluctantly take his place in Society. But Ian’s manners as a gentleman have suffered. He needs a tutor, and he knows the exquisite lady standing before him is the answer.

But soon tutoring turns to flirting, which unfortunately lands both of them in...marriage?

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