Saturday, October 7, 2017

ARC Review: Forever Our Boys by Heidi McLaughlin

Forever Our Boys by Heidi McLaughlin is a sort of check in for Beaumont fans. This short novella mainly features the wives of our favorite 4225 West rockers. It also sets up her new spin-off Beaumont Next Generation series. If you have enjoyed the Beaumont series, you will want to check this one out. 

With Katelyn and Jenna now living in California, they don't get to see Josie as often as they would all like. When their husbands basically push them out the door, the girls leave the kids at home with their guys and head out for a much needed vacation of girl time and visiting with their best friends.

It was great to check in with our favorite characters and see what was happening for each of them. I loved that we got to see how each family's HEA was progressing. I have loved all these characters and their husbands as well as children, so it was nice to be able to look into their lives after their books finished. I will warn readers that this one is short and leaves you on a cliffhanger, anxious for more. It leads perfectly into Holding Onto Forever, which is Peyton and Noah's book. I can't wait to get their story and see how our favorite kids from Beaumont get their own HEAs, just like their parents. If you haven't read the Beaumont series by Heidi McLaughlin, I definitely recommend it. Especially before the spin-off series and before Forever My Girl the movie comes out.

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Feature and Giveaway: One Summer Night by Caridad Pineiro

An offer that’s impossible to accept…

Maggie Sinclair has tried everything to save her family’s business, including mortgaging their beloved beach house on the Jersey shore. But now, she’s out of options.

The Sinclair and Pierce families have been neighbors and enemies for almost thirty years. That hasn’t stopped Owen Pierce from crushing on Maggie, and he’s determined to invest in her success. Now he has to convince her that he’s more than just trouble with a capital T…

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Feature and Giveaway: Thrill of Love by Melissa Foster

Do you believe in fate?

World-renowned mountain climber and nature photographer Ty Braden never believed in second dates, much less heart-pounding, steal-his-breath love. But that was before a trip to Saint-Luc, where he met funny, strong, and entrancingly beautiful Aiyla Bell, a ski instructor and fellow photographer whose hopes and dreams, and love of the outdoors, aligned perfectly with his—and whose kisses alone turned him inside out.

After spending five magical days and four sweet, soulful nights falling in love, Aiyla couldn’t imagine a day without Ty. But when he asked her to go with him on his next assignment, his reputation for having women at his beck and call stopped her from upending the life she’d worked so hard to create.

Months later fate steps in when a chance encounter brings Ty and Aiyla together for a five-day wilderness event held in the Colorado Mountains. Their deep, passionate connection is stronger than ever, and Ty is bound and determined not to lose her again. But when tragedy strikes and their worlds are turned upside down, their love faces the truest test of all.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Feature and Giveaway: Mine for the Week by Erika Kelly

As the top collegiate shortstop in the country, Ryan O’Donnell’s life is about discipline and training. But a growing restlessness causes him to bail on his baseball team over spring break to join his buddies at an exclusive singles resort. He just needs a few days to escape his life, and then he’ll get right back on track. But not twenty minutes after he arrives he meets HER, and the world as he knows it changes irrevocably. It should only be a hookup—that’s what spring break’s all about—but one taste of this sexy, vibrant woman isn’t enough. He has to have her. Even if it’s only for a week.

Sophie Valentine—yes, that Valentine—just found out her siblings want to sell off Crazy Hearts—the Peeps of the Valentine’s Day world. Being the youngest by eight years, she’s used to feeling left out, but selling off her family’s legacy without talking to her first? Not gonna happen. Upset, she takes off with her friends on their spring break vacation. She only wanted an escape—she never imagined meeting HIM. He’s smoking hot and intensely protective of her—and she loves it. But he’s about to start a major league baseball career, and she’s launching a battle to keep the family company. They have no future. It’s just…she’s never felt this way for anyone before.

Are they really going to walk away from this kind of connection…this passion? Or can a week turn into a lifetime?

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ARC Review: Hot Stuff by Kim Karr

If you have read Sexy Jerk by Kim Karr, you will recognize the hero of Hot Stuff as Nick's younger brother Lucas. Hot Stuff is a standalone story though, and you do not need to have read Sexy Jerk in order to enjoy Hot Stuff. I would recommend reading them both though as they are great books and ones I really enjoyed. 

Lucas has worked hard to go pro, and having been recently drafted as a quarterback in the NFL, his career didn't start the way he thought it would. He expected to wind up on one team but a twist of fate had him being drafted by his home town team the Chicago Bears. Lucas has a lot to prove though, and if he wants to make it as their starting quarterback he will have to show them that he is more than the cocky college star that got him noticed. But when he meets his new head coach's daughter Gillian, they both know that the attraction and connection they feel is one that ruin their futures. Can they find a way to have it all, or will the them crossing the line be what destroys everything they've both worked for? 

I really liked these two. Their chemistry and connection was so real and genuine right from the start. I thought that Lucas and Gillian were great for each other, and I loved their interactions. These two were really cute together and I had a lot of fun reading their story. Lucas was more than just the cocky guy he came off as and I thought that Gillian balanced him out a lot. They were very supportive of each other and it was so great to see two characters that cared about one another and weren't afraid to do what it took to put the other first, even if that sometimes meant making choices that I wasn't always happy with.

Overall, this one was cute and fun and just a really great read. I read it in one sitting as I just didn't want to put it down. It was light and quick, and the characters were ones I had no problems relating to or finding things to like about them. If you are looking for a really good romance read, this is one that I recommend. Kim Karr has never disappointed me, and Lucas and Gillian's story was no exception. I can't wait to see what she writes next!

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Feature: The Duke by Katharine Ashe

Katharine Ashe continues her lush and sensual Devil’s Duke series with a sweeping story of unbreakable love.

Six years ago, when Lady Amarantha Vale was an innocent in a foreign land and Gabriel Hume was a young naval officer, they met . . . and played with fire.

Now Gabriel is the dark lord known to society as the Devil’s Duke, a notorious recluse hidden away in a castle in the Highlands. Only Amarantha knows the truth about him, and she won’t be intimidated. He is the one man who can give her the answers she needs.

But Gabriel cannot let her learn his darkest secret. So begins a game of wit and desire that proves seduction is more satisfying—and much more wicked—the second time around…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ARC Review: Protecting Lily by Jenika Snow

Protecting Lily by Jenika Snow is a short suspense set in the Susan Stoker Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle world. While I had never read anything by Susan Stoker or in that world before, I didn't have any problems understanding this story. I think that this story was good and that fans of the series will enjoy it, while new readers will be able to enjoy reading it as well.

Brock and Lily have both wanted each other, but they knew that it was forbidden. Though he has been in love with her, Brock has never told her how he really felt. But when a danger from his past comes back and threatens the one he loves, he will do whatever it takes to protect Lily. Locked away in a cabin for safety, these two find themselves unable to fight what has been growing between them. 

I have a hard time with novellas and short stories because while I like the stories usually, there usually aren't enough pages to really do them justice. Unfortunately that was the case here for me. While I liked both Brock and Lily, it all felt very on the surface for me. I wanted more and missed any kind of depth with them. It was clear that they cared about each other and that there was something there, but I just wanted more. 

I also felt like the epilogue could have been a bit longer or given the reader a look down the line into their HEA. I just felt like this one was missing something, so while I liked it and felt like it could have been great it just didn't fire on all cylinders for me. If you are looking for something quick and sexy with some suspense, you might give this one a shot.

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Feature and Giveaway: Royal Pain by Tracy Wolff

He’s a womanizer. He’s cocky. He’s not exactly a prince. Only he technically is. Meet your new royal obsession in this addictive novel from New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff.

Being rich opens a lot of doors. When you’re rich and royal, those doors lead to a new bedroom every night. I should know. The tabloids call me His Royal Hotness, Prince Kian of Wildemar. Women across the world see me as a naughty fairy tale, an image I’m happy to indulge. As the spare to the heir, I’m the prince with none of the power . . . and all of the perks.

Then my twin brother is kidnapped, and suddenly I’m the one who could be king. The crown chasers start circling—and yet it’s a luscious waitress who catches my eye. With a smart mouth and the curves to back it up, Savannah Breslin is as brazen as I’d expect an American commoner to be.

But Savvy’s not interested in playing Cinderella. As sexy as she is, she’s no stranger to heartbreak. Besides, a nice guy wouldn’t drag her into all the drama that comes along with royalty. Lucky I’m not a nice guy. And, as it turns out, I might not even be her first prince . . .

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Monday, October 2, 2017

ARC Review: Show Me the Way by A.L. Jackson

I absolutely love A.L. Jackson's writing style! She blows me away with each book of hers I read, and I can't even begin to describe how beautifully she weaves her stories. Show Me the Way is the first book in her new Fight For Me series, and it was so good! It was everything I have come to love about her books and more. Such a great start to this series that I can't wait to read more of! 

Rynna Dayne ran from her home in Gingham Lakes at a young age after having her heart broken and being betrayed in a horrible way. She left her beloved grandmother behind as well as her dreams. When her grandmother passes away and leaves her business and home to Rynna, she knows it is finally time to return. When she meets her new neighbor Rex, he is surly and bitter but she can't help but want to get to know him better. Especially since his daughter is adorable and she finds herself falling for her right away. But while Rex is attracted to Rynna, he wife burned him leaving him to raise their daughter alone and he is no stranger to heartbreak either. Can Rynna convince him that some chances are worth taking and show him that she is around for good? 

I really loved these characters. I felt like they belonged together and I loved watching Rynna and Rex get to know one another. Rex had been through a lot, and I loved that he saw what was important. His love for his daughter was so touching and I couldn't get enough of them together. I was so glad that Rynna was able to get under his skin though, because she was perfect for him and Frankie Leigh. She was exactly what they needed and she had so much love to give both of them. She really felt like their missing piece and I was so glad that she didn't give up when Rex tried to push her away. They had great chemistry and a clear connection, and Frankie Leigh added into that was perfection. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were great and I felt emotionally connected. Once I started I didn't want to stop reading. Frankie Leigh really stole the show here, but honestly I loved everyone together. Rex's friends and the girls that Rynna met early on just fit and the camaraderie between them was so much fun. I am looking forward to more in this world and getting to see how things go from here. I will say that I did see the twist coming, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this story. You can't go wrong with anything by A.L. Jackson, but Show Me the Way is definitely one of my favorites from her yet! I highly recommend this one.

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Feature and Giveaway: Secret Games by Suzanne Rock

Event planner Zoe Burkhart’s biggest event–the upcoming celebrity wedding of the year—is going to kill her. Nothing is ready—including the chapel. So she heads to the local bar and ends up venting her frustrations to a handsome stranger. The more they talk, the sexier he becomes, and it isn’t long before her Screaming Orgasm cocktail turns into the real thing. But in the morning, she learns that it’s his construction company that’s put her job on the line.

Playboy turned construction boss, Tate Carrington, is going crazy trying to please the diva bride-to-be. But he’s sure attracted to wedding planner. One night with her isn’t nearly enough. When she offers him a sexy deal—one he knows will land her back in his bed–he believes it’s a win-win situation.

That is, until he starts wanting more than just her body. Now he wants her heart, and everyone knows that whatever Tate Carrington wants, he gets…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

ARC Review: On A Tuesday by Whitney G.

Alright I have to start by saying that I have loved Whitney G.'s books since I first read Reasonable Doubt. I couldn't wait for On A Tuesday as I also love Adele, so when I first heard it was inspired by her song When We Were Young I was so excited. Whitney has decided to make this the first book in a series of standalones, called the One Week series. Each will be based on a different day of the week, inspired by a different Adele song, and each will be different romance tropes. While I couldn't put this book down and I still love Whitney G., I had some issues with this story. 

Grayson and Charlotte met on a Tuesday, and things didn't get off to a great start. But when she is assigned to tutor him, they eventually become friends and then lovers, also on a Tuesday. They begin planning their future together, law or art school for her, and professional football for him. But then everything fell apart, of course on a Tuesday. Now seven years later with no contact from each other, it is once again a Tuesday when they find themselves face to face. 

I will admit that for most of the story I loved Grayson and felt as though he was the more likable of the two here. Not knowing what went down or the reason for these two falling apart, I was more on team Grayson. Charlotte came off as prickly and cold, while claiming to be the hurt one. But Grayson was easier to like and also claimed to be the hurt one. Once I had found out all that had happened though, I immediately felt for Charlotte. I can't imagine going through what she did, and I am sure that I would be much the same as her if it had happened to me. With the truth finally revealed, I have to say that I was a bit pissed at Grayson. It wasn't entirely his fault, but I also really struggle with how things went down, how he handled them, and the fact that his lack of action at times was what ultimately led to everything going wrong. I didn't want to feel that way, but he kind of had himself to blame. These two had chemistry and a connection, but without spoiling anything, there were just so many things that had me scratching my head and wondering how they let some of this happen! 

Overall, I couldn't put it down and I felt like these two had a genuine connection and chemistry. But there were so many things that just didn't really make sense to me and I struggled so much with that! How could Grayson let these things happen, and just not handle anything himself? How could he just let it all go after everything and not really handle the cause of the problem? How could he be with someone else so soon after having his heart broken, even if it was for publicity only? Especially when he was supposedly waiting for Charlotte to come back to him? So many things just didn't really ring true for me here and as much as I wish I could move past them, days later I am still questioning Grayson's actions. The ending was also pretty abrupt and like I mentioned before everything was pretty much swept under the rug as no big deal so that it could all be tied up with a nice neat bow. I mean great for them that seven years later they wound up back together, but for me there was so much that had happened in between and to cause those lost years that should have been better dealt with and I felt like that didn't happen here at all. Not my favorite from Whitney, but it appears that mine is an unpopular opinion, so it's worth giving the shot if this sounds like one you might like.

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Feature and Giveaway: Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase

As soon as the mistletoe goes up, that's when life gets really interesting

Darcy Shaughnessy has gotten used to her overbearing brothers chasing away any man she wants to date. But a chance meeting with a brooding – and deliciously handsome – artist is about to make this holiday season one to remember.

There's only one thing Benjamin Tanner loves more than his woodcarving: solitude. Then he gets snowed in with Darcy in his cozy cabin in the woods, and their heated feelings begin to melt the icy barrier between them.

With Ben's need for privacy and Darcy's love of family and social life, will opposites still attract once the snow clears and the holiday festivities come to an end?

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