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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

ARC Review: For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

I love Lauren Layne. Really. I have not read a bad book by her. Heather and Josh were like Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake in Friends with Benefits. They all say I don't want to fall in love, it's just sex. yadda yadda...Famous last words. Lauren Layne just keeps raising the bar when it comes to her books I swear they just keep getting better and better.

The Wedding Belles is doing better than ever and now they have the chance to nail a big celebrity client and she wants Heather. Alexis says that Heather finally gets her chance to get promoted to full Wedding Planner, no longer an assistant but first she has to plan the wedding for a social media princess who just gave her the kiss of death, she gave her carte blanche to plan the wedding. Getting free range isn’t as wonderful as it sounds, the bride will either hate it or love it and Heather is risking her career and the reputation of the Wedding Belles on this one gig. Heather knows something is up but she’s not willing to risk her chance at a promotion to call the bride on her BS. Luckily Heather has an inside track her new neighbor use to date her client.

Josh is living like he's dying, he survived cancer and now he gave up his high profile Wall Street job and is living life to the fullest. Well so he thought, but it's getting old. He plays in his band, writes music, works out and sleeps with a different woman every night is he wants to. His newest entertainment trying to seduce his new neighbor. From the first time she came over getting on to him about playing his music to loud he was hooked, she was just the challenge he was looking for. He likes hanging out with her and sex has never been so good but when it comes to his life he shuts her outs.

It was just supposed to be sex but the more they got to know each other the more their feelings came into play. Spending Thanksgiving with Josh's family and then New Years together. Heather finding reasons to spend time with Josh never even realizing the feelings she was feelings were love. Josh trying to keep Heather at a distance because the possibility that he might get sick again and not wanting her to be hurt.

Overall, this was a fun and sweet story, it also hints more at Alexis and Logan, fills you in on what’s happening with Brooke and Seth. Josh and Heather are such a fun couple with their teasing.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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ARC Review: All of the Lights by K. Ryan

I have to admit that what first drew me to this story was the beautiful cover. I have never read anything by K. Ryan before, but All of the Lights was one I was excited to take the chance on. Once I started, I was sucked in immediately and couldn't put it down. This was my first K. Ryan novel, but it won't be my last. 

All of the Lights is a modern day take on Romeo and Juliet. Rae and Jack come from different worlds. After an awful attack, Rae sends a man to prison. Trying to move on with her life years later, she takes a job working for her sister's shop and allows her friend to talk her into going out one night. She bumps into Jack, the brother of the man she sent to prison years before. Rae knows that she needs to right some wrongs, and her and Jack begin to work together. But as they begin to learn the truth, they quickly realize that not everything is as they thought and getting the facts could mean going against everything and everyone that they thought they knew. 

I couldn't get enough of these characters. They were complex and interesting, and you could feel the connection between them. They had such different circumstances, yet none of that mattered. What they had was undeniable and the attraction and chemistry between them was so strong. This one didn't have a ton of steam, yet their connection came through regardless. While I typically like my stories with more steam, I found that it didn't stop me from enjoying this one. Rae and Jack had my attention the whole way through, and there was enough going on that I didn't miss the heat. 

Overall, this was a great story. There was suspense, romance, emotion and angst. I will admit that this book was a bit of a roller coaster, yet I didn't want to stop reading. I really enjoyed it, and I think that fans of Romeo and Juliet will definitely love this one as well. If you are new to K. Ryan like I was, don't be afraid to take the chance on a new author. I definitely can't wait to see what else K. Ryan writes in the future, and I look forward to reading more from her.

**ARC Provided by IndieSage PR**

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Guest Post with Author Kira Archer and Giveaway

Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren’t looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves her romances a little playful, a lot sexy, and always with a happily ever after.

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Feature and Giveaway: For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells in the sexy second novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series that marries Sex and the City with The Wedding Planner?

When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly become a flurry of cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night.

Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ARC Review: Dirty Little Lies by Lora Leigh

I went back and checked, this is the 3rd book in this series. It is marketed as a standalone. Maybe it is but I couldn't tell. There were so many characters in this book and such a complex plot, that I really don't recommend you try to follow it without reading the first two books in the series. I didn't start the series at the beginning, I started with this book and I spent nearly the entire book trying to sort everything out. I couldn't even follow all the terminology being used because I was so busy trying to sort out who was trying to kill who and who was on whose side.

So here is what I can tell you: The couple in this book are Zack and Grace. Zack and Grace have known one another for years but both have hidden who they really are from each other. They have really been hiding their identities from every one around them to protect family secrets and alliances. Because of something her Mother did, Grace finds herself in grave danger. The only way Zack can protect her is to reveal who he really is. The problem is that who Zack really is turns out to be a grade A jerk.

Grace has gotten by and remained safe by pretending to be weak and innocent. In reality, Grace is well trained in self defense, is highly intelligent and is the inner circle of the government funded militia run by her family. Grace has had to deal with people assuming she is weak her entire life. She does not take too kindly at all to getting that treatment from Zack. Zack believes he needs to protect Grace. He is partially correct but he doesn't appreciate Grace's own abilities. The two wind up being enemies with an intense attraction to one another that is constantly boiling over.

I think there is a good story in here somewhere. But for me, I felt perpetually lost in all the intrigue and emerging plots. I'm actually going to try to read the series from the beginning, I suggest you do the same.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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ARC Review: When Stars Collide by Micalea Smeltzer

If you follow the blog or my reviews at all, you probably know that I am a huge fan of brother's best friend romance stories. They are my crack, and I can't get enough of them. Seriously it doesn't even matter what the book is about beyond that detail or who the author is as I will read every last one. But I was excited for When Stars Collide by Micalea Smeltzer because I have really loved books by her in the past. Unfortunately I had mixed feelings here, and while I liked some things, there were others that just didn't work for me. 

When Thea wakes up in Vegas and finds herself married to her brother's best friend, she should be excited since she has always wanted Xander. But she knows that her brother will never approve of them together. While Thea wants to separate as soon as possible, Xander isn't about to let her go now that he finally has her. Xander finally convinces Thea to give their relationship a real chance, giving them until the end of summer to make things work. But can he show Thea that they belong together in just a few months? 

The one thing I didn't have problems with here was the characters. I loved them together and couldn't get enough of them. Thea and Xander had so much history, and you could tel that they knew each other inside and out. Their connection and chemistry was so strong and natural, and they were the perfect fit for one another. But I did think that it was a bit weird that Thea originally fought the idea of them so much when she had wanted him for so long and it was never a question of their feelings. It was hard for me to understand her reaction based on her reasoning. If she had been opposed more due to their age or the fact that they went from friends to married over night I would have understood more, but her main reason seemed to be that she feared what her brother would think. 

Another issue I had was that all of this happened right at the start of the book, and it came off as feeling super rushed as though we were thrown into a story already in progress. I would have liked to have seen some of them leading up to the night they got married, as it felt like we were missing part of the story. This is the second book in the Light in the Dark series and is a standalone story, though I haven't read the first in the series I wonder if maybe I would feel differently about the start of this one if I had. Regardless, if this is meant to standalone I think that the beginning was a bit rough for those that don't know anything about these characters or this world. The other big thing that didn't work for me was the fact that about 70% of the way through the story there was suddenly a bunch of random new drama thrown into the story. It felt unnecessary and as though the author was trying to fill the rest of the story as though she didn't know quite what to do with the characters. It came off as forced and didn't seem to fit with with everything else up to that point. While I liked how things ended up for the characters, it just didn't fit. I still liked a lot about this book, and the relationship between Xander and Thea was sweet and sexy. I just wish that some of those other things had been different as I think that this one could have been a great story, but in the end for me it was just okay.

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Feature and Giveaway: Meant to Be by Lisa Marie Perry

Loving him was hard. Wanting him was so damn easy . . .

Sofia Mercer may have been sick as a teen, but she’s no delicate flower. And she’s proven it by making it on her own and starting a new life away from the town that turned against her, away from the boy who broke her already fragile heart. But when her aunt Luz dies unexpectedly, leaving Sofia with a mountain of regrets and the keys to a quirky boutique, Sofia has no choice but to return to Cape Cod. Only, this new life in her old town comes with complications.

Burke Wolf was Sofia’s first love—a relationship that burned bright and went up in flames. Seeing him again, Sofia can’t help but get caught up in that all-too-familiar tornado of passion and pain. He’s battled his own demons—that much is clear. But Sofia can’t afford to be careless with her heart . . . and loving Burke again might just break it completely.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

ARC Review: Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands

Two dozen Argeneau books already! Book 24 follows the kidnapped Tomasso Notte, the first half of the story runs parallel with the Dante and Mary’s story, but soon Dante and Mary along with Lucien and Justin join the fun too. Like with the last book so much happens it’s hard to tell which to pick to talk about without spoiling too much of the book. The main character, Abigail Forsythe, I really like her. She is intelligent, quick witted, and she is definitely very caring. Tomasso is a closet geek, I love it. Lynsay Sands as usual has an entertaining plot, a sexy romance, action, and humor. Also a new character, and hopefully a soon to be life mate for some lucky immortal, Jethro. Jet is Abigail’s best friend/brother she never had and it all starts because of him. 

Abigail spent the last couple of years of her life acting as her mother’s caregiver and now her mother has finally succumbed to the cancer. Abigail is all alone and with nothing to do with her life, she’s even doubting whether she wants to go back and finish med school. Jet invites Abs down for a visit and hopefully he can talk her into staying so he can help. Jet is a cargo plane pilot and gets called in for an emergency flight. He sneaks Abs on board in the cargo hold thinking she would be safe. The “cargo” is an unconscious Tomasso. Abigail sets him free, as soon as Tomasso realizes he can’t read her mind he knows he has found his life mate and well let’s just say the fun starts. Especially after they jump out of the plane Abigail hit her head and knocks herself out then they are stranded somewhere on the coast of somewhere, somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. All while Tomasso is fighting his hunger for both blood and for Abigail. Luckily they come across fishermen and get a lift back to civilization, unfortunately Abigail got sick. One of the plethora of mosquito bites she got while stranded was a carrier for a virus, and if not treated correctly can lead to something much worse and even fatal. AND there is a tropical storm keeping them from the hospital. To make matters even more exciting, they didn’t completely lose the henchmen kidnappers either. 

Overall, this was another great Argeneau novel. Tomasso and Abigail are great, so sultry and dirty. Abigail has such a dirty mind. The end hinted at a bunch more stuff that really makes me excited for what’s going to happen next.        

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Feature and Giveaway: Run to You by Rachel Lacey


Moments after meeting the most gorgeous guy ever, Gabby Winters promptly gets stung by a zillion yellow jackets and falls-not gracefully-into a stream. Yup, Ethan Hunter is trouble with a capital "hot," and Gabby definitely needs to keep her distance. Except in the small town of Haven, there's nowhere to hide from Ethan's sexy, infectious grin . . . and all the residents are conspiring against her.

At the center of the town's matchmaking is Ethan's grandmother, who's convinced their relationship is a done deal. Rather than break her heart, Gabby and Ethan find themselves cornered into pretending to be falling in love. The problem: there's serious sizzling attraction between them. And if this charade continues, they won't fool just the entire town - they might fool themselves too . . .

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

ARC Review: Bad Judgment by Meghan March

Meghan March is one of those authors that I automatically add to my TBR list whenever I see a new release, because I know I will love her books! I couldn't wait for Bad Judgment when I first heard about it, and I really enjoyed it! Once I started, I didn't want to put this one down. 

Justine is a good girl law student that has worked hard to get where she is. So with her scholarship gone, she realizes that she has to resort to tutoring Ryker in order to make things work. Ryker has been asking her out for 2 years, but she has always turned him down. With them spending more time together, Justine begins to realize that while she does like him she can't be just a one night stand to him. But Ryker is determined to show her that she is anything but a one night stand. 

I really liked these two. Ryker was so determined when it came to Justine, and I couldn't get enough of him. I loved watching him chase her while she tried to fend him off, but seeing that it was impossible for her in the end. I felt invested in them both right away, and I loved the connection that was building between them. They had a ton of chemistry and their relationship felt so real and genuine to me. The had issues like ever relationship, but the way they dealt with them felt true to life which often isn't the case with romance novels. 

Overall, I really liked this story. I did feel as though the ending was a bit too easily wrapped up for my taste. It felt as though things were just sort of thrown together and tied in a neat bow which didn't seem to fit with the rest of the story completely. It felt like a lot was unnecessary and I think had it not been for the ending that this would have been a really great book instead of just a really good one. I still love Meghan March and her books, but this one wasn't my favorite of hers, though I did enjoy it. This definitely won't be the last I read from Meghan March, and if you haven't read anything by her yet you are missing out!

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Feature and Giveaway: My Wild Irish Dragon by Ashlyn Chase


Dragon shifter Chloe Arish is hell-bent on becoming a Boston firefighter. She uses her Irish charm and fake documents to score an interview, knowing she has to work every bit as hard as a man—harder if she wants their respect.

Born into a legendary Boston firefighting family, phoenix shifter Ryan Fierro can’t possibly let someone best him on the training course or the job. He’d never hear the end of it. When a feisty new recruit comes along who’s determined to do just that, Ryan plots to kick her out—until their sizzling chemistry turns explosive…

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