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Saturday, November 25, 2017

ARC Review: The Bed Mate by Kendall Ryan


The Bed Mate by Kendall Ryan is a short novella that takes place in her Roommates series, but it is a standalone story. I love Kendall Ryan's books, and this one was sweet and a great quick read. Maggie and Sam are best friends that have always had something between them, but with Maggie having a boyfriend as well as Sam dating other girls nothing has ever happened between them. Both have never acknowledged that there is anything more than friendship there, but when Maggie finds her boyfriend with someone else, things begin to change for her and Sam. 

I really liked these two. The connection and chemistry was there for them the whole way through, and it was clear that they were good together. With a novella being shorter than a novel, I always struggle a bit because it's hard to find a relationship believable in such a short amount of time. Sam and Maggie's relationship was already somewhat established though, and I didn't have any trouble believing that their relationship was genuine. It felt right and these two felt like they belonged together.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the setting of snow and winter fun, and while it isn't a holiday story it really put me in the mood for all things winter. Kendall Ryan is a great writer and I have enjoyed everything I have read from her, especially this series. If you are a bit short on time or are just looking for a great quick light read, I would recommend giving The Bed Mate a shot. Kendall Ryan is a go to author for me, and I always look forward to getting lost in one of her books. I can't wait to see what she writes next!

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Fall into Romance Event with Author Barbara White Daile


Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!

Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed "The End" to her first novel many years later...in the eighth grade. Now she's writing contemporary romance on a daily basis, with a brand-new series from Entangled Bliss (Snowflake Valley), an ongoing series from Harlequin Western Romance (The Hitching Post Hotel), and many more books on the schedule.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

ARC Review: Back Piece by L.A. Witt


Back Piece was my first book by L.A. Witt, but I was immediately drawn into the story. I enjoyed it a lot and I liked the characters. This is the first book in Witt's Skin Deep, Inc. series and I am definitely looking forward to reading more. While I did like it, there were a few things that kept this one from being a five star read for me though. 

Colin is a tattoo artist with a past he prefers to keep a secret. He keeps things casual and doesn't do commitment so that no one gets close enough to learn the truth about him. But when he meets Daniel at the gym, the shy sailor draws him in like no one has in a long time. Daniel is a virgin and after escaping his conservative family, he is looking to finally start being himself. When he spots Colin with all his tattoos, he knows he wants Colin to be the one to help him out. It starts as Colin helping Daniel to learn about sex and get the ink he has always wanted, but soon it turns to more and both begin to wonder if they could possibly have a future together.

I liked both Daniel and Colin. I thought that they worked really well together and that they were good for one another. Both had vulnerabilities and the other really helped them. It was good to see that they were so real and that they each had things that they knew they needed to work on. I love seeing characters progress from the start of a book to the end, and I really felt like both Daniel and Colin did that here. They were sexy together and had great chemistry, and their connection felt real and true.

I will say though that things were a bit repetitive in this book. It often felt like their insecurities were rehashed over and over, so while I liked to see that they were human, I grew tired of the same thing being done several times. I wanted them to get it and move on after a few times. I also felt like the end of this book was very abrupt and that not everything was as resolved as I would have liked. It seems like they had just basically solved the big conflict when all of a sudden the story just ran out of pages. I would have loved to have seen a bit down the line for them, especially in how things played out with Daniel's family. I do think that this book is worth the read though and I will continue the series. I just wish that it hadn't been so repetitive and would have ended on a stronger note for me.

**ARC Provided by Publisher**

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

ARC Review: Dirty Filthy Fix by Laurelin Paige


Laurelin Paige's novella Dirty Filthy Fix brings together two of her series, and it was great! If you are familiar with her Fixed Trilogy series and/or her Dirty Filthy Rich Men series, you are definitely going to want to read this one. If you haven't read them though, don't worry this story can be read as a complete standalone. 

By day Trish is secretary to one of New York's most powerful men, Hudson Pierce. She is no stranger to men wanting her and yet she lives a life that no one has a clue about. At work she is prim and proper, with a set of rules she abides by. But by night she owns her sexuality and is capable of bringing even the most powerful man to his knees. When she and Nathan Sinclair, a business partner of her boss, continue to find themselves drawn to one another though, Trish finds it harder to stick to her rules. 

These two were smoking hot together and I couldn't get enough of them. There was so much chemistry here, but besides just being super steamy and sexy there was a great connection as well. Laurelin Paige did a wonderful job of writing this short novella in a way that things felt real and genuine without feeling rushed or hard to believe. I often struggle with novellas, but that wasn't the case here. Nate and Trish were both well written characters that I felt invested in, and my only complaint here is that I wanted more.

I loved that these characters went after what they wanted and weren't afraid to be who they are. They owned their desires and that just made them that much sexier. I think that a lot of readers are going to enjoy this one just as much as I did, especially if you are familiar with either of these series from Laurelin Paige. I have loved everything I have read from her, and I can't wait for more. Dirty Filthy Fix is a great sexy read that I highly recommend.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Fall into Romance Event with Author Kyra Jacobs


Kyra Jacobsis an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor, and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. Her romance novels range from sweet contemporaries to romantic suspense and paranormal fantasies. No matter the setting, Kyra employs both comedy and chaos to help her characters find inspiration and/or redemption on their way to happily ever after.

When the Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she's likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.

Be sure to stop by her website www.KyraJacobs.wordpress.com to learn more about her novels, and join her newsletter for updates on giveaways and new releases.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ARC Review: Rock Solid by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde


I have really enjoyed this series from Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. Each Book Boyfriend book is a standalone, though I recommend all of them. Rock Solid was just as good as if not better than all the previous books in this series. Everything that I have read from them has been something I've enjoyed and I think readers will really enjoy Connor and Katie's story. 

Connor Prescott doesn't do one night stands but when he gets snowed in at the airport and meets a sexy stranger, he makes an exception. But after a steamy night together, Connor wants more. When he discovers that she is gone, he never expects to see her again. Years later she shows back up and shocks him when she tells him that he is a dad. 

I loved the characters here. This series has had great characters from the start and Connor and Katie were no exception. They were easy to like and relate to. Both of their lives changed with one night together, and I loved seeing them figure things out. They definitely didn't have it easy, and there were ups and downs as they adjusted to their new lives. But I thought that they had great chemistry and enjoyed seeing them build a connection. I loved their little girl too. I didn't want to put this one down. 

Overall, this story was another great one from this duo. Carly and Erika write well together, and their stories are always seamless. It feels like thees two have been writing together forever, and I have loved everything I've read from them. It was great to catch up a bit with past characters and I always like to see familiar faces. This series is one that I have enjoyed from the very beginning, and I highly recommend these books. If you are looking for a solid romance read that is filled with well thought out and likable characters, Rock Solid and the rest of the Book Boyfriend series are ones you won't want to miss.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Fall into Romance Event with Author Jody Holford


Jody Holford is a multi-published author who has a soft spot for happily ever after. So much so, she tattooed the words on her arm. She’s a mom and a wife, a friend, sister, daughter, teacher, and book-lover. Her stories have a little heat and a lot of heart. And maybe, some swoon-worthy moments that will make you smile.

ARC Review: The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane


I am a huge fan of Nikki Sloane and sports romance stories, so when I found out she was writing one I couldn't have been more excited. I enjoyed this one every bit as much as I have everything else I have read from Nikki, and I loved seeing her write something a bit different. This still had plenty of steam and everything else I enjoy in her books, but it was new and fresh as well. 

Kayla and Jay meet and instantly hit it off. But as good as they are together, Kayla is a cheerleader for Ohio and Jay is a football player for Michigan. Being a die-hard fan, Kayla finds it hard to get past Jay's team. But can a connection like theirs work when they are rivals? 

Being that these characters were a bit younger than those from Nikki's previous books, there was a bit more angst here than normally in her books. I didn't mind it though, and the chemistry between these two was strong and easy to get lost in. I liked that Jay pursued Kayla and didn't give up on her. As much as I enjoyed Kayla keeping Jay on his toes, she did irritate me after awhile with some of what she put him through. I feel like part of this was due to the age of the characters. Jay was the highlight of the story though. He was great and I couldn't get enough of his charming personality. He was sexy and sweet and I really liked him. 

Overall, this was a really good story and I enjoyed it a lot. At this point I would read pretty much anything from Nikki Sloane. She is a great writer and one that has yet to disappoint me. I think readers who like Nikki's books will enjoy this one, and those that haven't read her before should definitely give this one a shot. This book has steam and is an entertaining story that will appeal to fans of romance stories of several genres.

**ARC Provided by L. Woods PR**

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Monday, November 20, 2017

ARC Review: Bodyguard by CD Reiss


Bodyguard is the second book in the Hollywood A-List series, but each book can be read as a standalone story. While the first book wasn't my favorite, I wanted to read more from CD Reiss. I have heard such good things about her books, and while I have since read and enjoyed other books by her, this one wasn't my favorite either. I think maybe this series is just okay for me, but that won't keep me from reading other books by her. 

Emily enjoys her fame and the perks that come with it, until it also brings back her dangerous ex. Bodyguard Carter Kincaid is the best in the business, and beyond sexy. But with Emily being his new client, things between them are off limits. The more time they spend together, the more the lines start to blur. But Carter has his own past and secrets, and being with Emily would mean letting her in. 

I thought that Carter and Emily did have chemistry and I could feel the attraction between them. However what I lacked was a real connection and any kind of depth. Both were likable characters, though Emily did get on my nerves. It drove me nuts how she seemed to have no regard for her safety and was constantly putting herself in danger by ignoring Carter's rules. (I will admit that this is a common problem for me with bodyguard stories, but it tends to happen in so many of them) While I liked Carter, there were a few times that I felt he was a bit over the top. 

The other thing I was missing besides the connection between Carter and Emily was between Carter and his son. It didn't really seem like he was that close to his son, and I missed that bond. (This was a problem I had with the first book as well.) I also felt like this story was a bit slow, which also didn't help my attention span. There wasn't much going on in the story except for what felt like too much angst and drama at times. I wanted more, and it just felt like something was missing. I have really enjoyed other books from CD Reiss, and this won't be the last I read from her. I just think maybe this series isn't for me, but I do recommend giving it a shot if you think it might be one you would like, especially if you were a fan of the first book.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Fall into Romance Event with Author Victoria James


Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Victoria graduated from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and then pursued a diploma in Interior Design in Toronto, Ontario.

Victoria, her husband, and their two children decided to leave the suburbs of Toronto behind in pursuit of the small-town life that she loves writing about. She now finds endless inspiration in her charming, lakeside town. Her days are spent juggling the restoration of a heritage home, writing, and family-life.

Victoria loves hearing from her readers and enjoys posting her latest pics of their renovation. Find out more about Victoria, and get a free novella on her website at: www.victoriajames.ca

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

ARC Review: Savage by L.A. Fiore


I have never read a book from L.A. Fiore that I didn't love, and Savage was no exception. This book was fantastic and I couldn't put it down. I was immediately drawn in to Lizzie and Brochan's story and I felt like I was right there along with the characters. 

Brochan is a loner that lives in Scotland and besides a close few that know him, the town is filled with rumors of him being a monster. Lizzie is from New York and is an artist. Each one of them had terrible childhoods that changed who they were. But when fate brings them together and Lizzie finds herself in Scotland, they can't help but feel drawn to one another. 

I loved both Lizzie and Brochan. My heart went out to both of them, as each of them had been through so much. These two were a damaged and had never know love as they should have, and it was so clear that these two needed each other. I loved that Lizzie wasn't afraid of Brochan and that she was there for him, even finding out everything that she did. These two belonged together and I loved seeing them help to heal each other. The chemistry was strong, but their connection was even better. 

Overall, this book was such a rich experience. L.A. Fiore has such a way with words, and this story was as beautiful as it was heartbreaking at times. I felt like I was right there with the characters experiencing everything as they did. This book was emotional and had a lot of depth, with just enough mystery and suspense to keep me interested. I recommend anything by L.A. Fiore, but Savage is definitely one of my new favorites from her.

**ARC Provided by Enticing Journey**

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