Saturday, September 15, 2018

Review: Bad Night Stand by Elise Faber

Have you ever read a book where you loved and hated it at the same time? That is how I felt about “Bad Night Stand” by Elise Faber. The title of the book immediately caught my attention. I enjoyed the unique and the fun spin on the title. I was also hooked on the female heroine and her life. Abby has a great life. The first persona narrative really made her personable. She has a beautiful friend who gets all the attention from men. One man in particular singles her out-Jordan. Jordan likes Abby and is immediately taken with her. Abby feels the same way with Jordan. When they both give into their desires they are faced with a big consequence- a failed IUD. Abby is shocked and Jordan also but he also becomes very suspicious of Abby and questions her motives. Abby comes from a very chaotic and difficult child hood so she is determined to make sure that the baby has her as at least one reliable parent. Jordan just made one the biggest deals of his life when he sold his tech companion. He is still not sure what to make of the unexpected surprise Abby throws at him. It seems that they are doing things backwards- barely knowing each other but having a baby together.

I had so many contradictory feelings about this book. I finally made peace with a three star review. First, the heroine-Abby. I liked her and I loved the close friendships she had with her girlfriends but many times she sounded more like a teenager than an adult. Her behavior was so erratic and dramatic it was hard to get past her over the top responses. Jordan was not my favorite hero. He was very extreme or mercurial -which ever way you want to look at it. It was hard to figure him out and really it was the relationships that surrounded him that made me warm up to him. If not for the deep devotion he had with his nephew he would have been a number one loser in my book. Aside for my lukewarm feelings towards the hero and heroine was my difficulty with unprotected sex. It’s 2018, please use a better storyline. Last, the over the top scenarios: billionaires. I would have liked the storyline better if they were not all so wealthy. Finally, everything seems to happen to Abby from her father that hates her to cybercrime.

Ok so why three stars? Really, I could not put the book down. I wanted to know how Abby and Jordan would work out all their difficulties and also the last part of the story has me curious about Cecile and her mystery ex-fiancé who left her at the altar! Am I counting down? Yes, I liked Cecile and Faber really did a great job making the secondary characters interesting.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Feature and Giveaway: Vow of Atonement by Emma Renshaw

A bossy Army vet determined to atone for his mistakes with the only girl he’s ever loved. A sassy boutique owner trying to shield her broken heart.

Roman stole every part of Harper’s heart and soul over a decade ago and left without giving her back the pieces. She’s spent the past decade trying to forget him and everything he made her feel.

When a mysterious figure shows up, changing her life with just a few sentences, she does the unthinkable—calls the man who left her shattered all those years ago.

Roman storms back into Harper’s life with a vengeance, determined to prove he is worthy of a second chance. He vows to keep her safe from the danger that has darkened her door.

But they’re both pawns in someone else’s game. And this vow might just be broken before the game is over…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

ARC Review: Ravage by Jessica Prince

Ravage is actually my first book by Jessica Prince, despite being the 4th book in her Civil Corruption series. This book is a standalone story, and I had no problems understanding anything. I will say though that after finishing this book, I can’t wait to go back and read the previous books! I enjoyed this one a lot and will definitely be reading more from Jessica Prince.

Lyla has loved Mason Keller since she met him as a child. But when she finally got old enough to tell him about her feelings, he broke her heart by telling her that she was off limits as the little sister of his best friend. She tried to pick up the pieces and move on, but things didn’t go as planned and she was left more broken than ever. With the obstacles once standing in their way removed, Mace is determined to finally give in to the feelings they have both had for years. But can Lyla give him another chance after everything they’ve been through?

I loved these two, and yet they went through so much to get where they should have been all along. My heart broke for them at times, and I was frustrated and angry with them at others. The one thing that never changed for me though was that I truly believed these two were meant for one another. Lyla and Mace had amazing chemistry and a connection that was so strong nothing could truly break it. While they had moments things didn’t go their way, their feelings never wavered and I loved them for it.

Overall, I loved the characters in this series and I especially loved Lyla and Mace. I can’t wait to read the previous books to get more of the band and the guys that Lyla was so close to. Their relationship with her showed that they were all great guys, and I couldn’t get enough of them looking out for her. While they were all special, Mace definitely has a special place for me and I think readers will love his and Lyla’s story.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Feature and Giveaway: The Marquess and the Maiden by Robyn DeHart

Harriet Wheatley is the mastermind behind the Ladies of Virtue's quest to rehabilitate the gentlemen of the ton. So when it comes to selecting her own target, she knows who to choose: Oliver Weeks, Marquess of Davenport—the most extravagant wastrel in all of London.

Known for his opulent lifestyle, Oliver isn't surprised by Harriet's confrontation. It's obvious Harriet longs for any way to take him down a notch. She says she'll help him find a bride, but he knows it's only because it gives her the excuse to chastise his indulgent ways.

Oliver has good reason for his flagrant overspending, but Harriet will hear nothing of it. So he has no choice but to teach the lady a lesson, even if it means risking his heart to the hard-headed and fiery woman.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

ARC Review: Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

There is nothing that Kennedy Ryan could write that I would not read. She has proven over and over to me that she is an auto-buy author, and with each new book of hers there is never any doubt that I will love it. Block Shot is a standalone novel in her Hoops series, and honestly I couldn’t wait to read it! After seeing Jared some in his brother August’s book, I couldn’t wait to get to know him better. You can read this without having read Long Shot, but I would recommend reading them in order to get full enjoyment here and because Long Shot is amazing! 

Banner and Jared met in college and were friends, though both wanted more. Banner couldn’t believe that someone like Jared could actually be interested in her though, and when things go horribly wrong one night she was left with a broken heart. Years later, they are competitors in a field dominated by men, but Banner is no longer the same girl she was back when they used to know one another. But the attraction between them is just as strong as ever, and Jared is determined to have her. Can they get over the past and have a chance at a future together or will there be too many obstacles between them to overcome? 

I loved Banner and Jared! My heart went out to each of them, and I hated how things went down, breaking their hearts in the process. I knew these two were meant to be from the start, and I just kept hoping that they could figure things out. Banner was so strong, and to come so far from the insecure girl she once was was incredibly inspiring. She used her own experiences to help other women and didn’t ever let anyone tell her she couldn’t do anything. Jared was sexy and sweet, and I couldn’t get enough of him. I loved how he was with Banner, and the fact that he wasn’t willing to compromise his values and morals to get ahead. He went after what he wanted, but he did it in a way that you could respect. 

Overall, this was a fantastic story and I highly recommend it. I love all of Kennedy’s books and this was yet another that I couldn’t put down. Block Shot is a must read and I think readers are going to love it just like I did! You can’t go wrong with anything by Kennedy Ryan, especially if you are looking for a great story filled with depth and emotion. No one writes like she does, and I would recommend anything she has written!

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Monday, September 10, 2018

ARC Review: When We Kiss by Tia Louise

When We Kiss is a standalone story from Tia Louise, though if you have read her book When We Touch, this world will be familiar to you. I couldn’t wait to get more and Tia Louise delivered another great contemporary story here. Chad and Tabby were fun to read about and I think readers are going to love their story! 

Tabby is known as the town wild child, despite being the preacher’s niece. Chad Tucker is retired military and the Sheriff’s deputy, poised to take over the position once the current sheriff retires. They shouldn’t mix, yet since the moment they laid eyes on one another things have been simmering between them. When it becomes more than they can fight and they share a kiss, they both know that things won’t be the same. 

I loved these two. They were opposites in a lot of ways, yet they worked perfectly together. Tabby was sweet and independent, and so much more than the reputation she had. Chad was sexy and kind, and I loved how Tabby brought out the fun and playful side of him. These two were just so easy to fall for and I found myself not wanting to put their book down. They had amazing chemistry and a great connection. 

Overall, this was a great story. It was sweet and sexy and I enjoyed it from start to finish. I definitely recommend this one if you are looking for a solid contemporary romance that will keep you captivated from the first page to the last.

**ARC Provided by Candi Kane PR**

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