Bayside Heat – Book Review and Giveaway!

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Title: BAYSIDE HEAT

Author: Melissa Foster

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About BAYSIDE HEAT:

Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.

In BAYSIDE HEAT…
Drake Savage has always done the right thing, especially where beautiful and fiercely determined Serena Mallery is concerned-even when it means keeping his feelings for her to himself. Serena has always wanted more than what their small town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts has to offer, and Drake’s roots are so deeply entrenched in the Cape, it’s all he can do to watch her pack up her life and move away.

Serena has always had big dreams. As a teenager, she dreamed of becoming an interior designer and marrying smart, musically inclined, sexy-as-sin Drake Savage. Now she’s finally landed a killer job with a top interior design firm, but though she has spent the last four years working side by side with Drake, he’s never made a move. Four years is long enough for her to accept reality, and her new job in Boston is the perfect way to move on.

A weak moment leads to sizzling, sensual kisses, opening a door through which they’ve both been aching to walk. But Serena’s determined not to give up her shot at the career she’s always dreamed of, and Drake has loved her for too many years to stand in her way. With true love at their fingertips and a world of unstoppable passion igniting between them, can the two star-crossed lovers find their way to their happily ever after?

BAYSIDE SUMMERS
Bayside Desires
Bayside Passions
Bayside Heat
Bayside Escape

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.

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About Melissa Foster:

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, and the Wild Boys After Dark. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Thoughts:

This was an amazing read and I didn’t want it to end. I loved the way these characters connected and shared themselves with each other. It as also really nice to see other characters from other books be apart of Drake and Serena’s story. I was super happy that these two were able to overcome hardships that were thrown there way.

Thanks to Melissa’s publisher for sending me a review copy!

 

 

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July Wrap Up – 2018

I had a really great reading month and I mostly enjoyed all of the books I read. I would have read more, but I didn’t have time while I was on vacation in Universal Studios and Cocoa Beach, Florida. It was really fun and if you follow me on Instagram, you can see some of the pictures I captured while in Florida! Now on to what I read in July. . .

  • Giving Up the Boss – Victoria Davies – 5 stars
  • Trust Again – Mona Kasten – 5 stars
  • The Real Deal – Lauren Blakely – 5 stars
  • #Moonstruck – Sariah Wilson – 5 stars
  • Fling Club – Tara Brown – 1 star
  • DILF Diaries: Oh Baby! – Stephanie St. Klaire – 5 stars
  • Rebel Pilot, Texas Doctor – Eve Gaddy – 4 stars
  • Royally Arranged – Nora Elite – 5 stars
  • Rock Stars Heart – Kella Campbell – 5 stars
  • The Wrong Man – Natasha Anders – 4 stars
  • The Perfect Catch – Cassidy Carter – 4 stars
  • Sparks Like Ours – Melissa Carter – 4 stars
  • One Week – Roya Carmen – 3 stars
  • Unlawful Entry – Ember Cole – 4 stars
  • Reckless – Leigh Lavelle – 5 stars
  • Coming Home – Audrey Wick – 3 stars
  • One More Moment – Samantha Chase – 5 stars
  • Kiss the Girl – Tara Sivec – 5 stars
  • Courting Carlyn – Melissa Chambers – 5 stars

Overall this was a pretty good month for reading and I want to thank any publisher or author and Net Galley for sending me any book to review this month. If you want to check out my Instagram search alotabooks13!

 

Until We’re More – Book Review

Title: Until We’re More

Author: Cindi Madsen

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publication Date: August 27, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Chelsea is smart, funny, gorgeous, and the best friend I’ve ever had. Ever since she left, I’ve been a wreck. I’ve been focused on keeping my family’s MMA gym afloat while I train and coach fighters, anything to not miss her more. But now she’s finally back, along with her grumpy, possessive cat, and things are weird between us.

By weird, I mean I can’t stop thinking about her in that way. She’s in the room next door, and it takes all my control not to storm in there, sweep her up, and bring her back to my bed. Even stranger, I’m pretty sure she’d be into it.

And this time, I’m not going to stop fighting until we’re more.

Thoughts: I fell in love with Liam and Chelsea from page one. I couldn’t stop reading this and I enjoyed every second. I loved the atmosphere that both of these characters gave off makes you feel like you are there with them, which I really love in a novel. I would love a continuation of Until We’re More, I would love to see their future and how things turned out for them. 

Until We're More by Cindi Madsen

Courting Carlyn – Book Review

Courting Carlyn by Melissa Chambers

Publication Date: August 6, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Vaughn Yarborough is ready to trade the fame and glory of the international junior pro tennis circuit for college and a more settled life. First stop: spearhead a summer camp for underprivileged kids. The girl who’s agreed to run it with him has Vaughn more intrigued by the minute, but with the strict no-fraternizing rules, he’s got to figure out how not to fall for her.
When the boy Carlyn Sadowski has crushed on for years asks her to work with him for the summer, she has to pinch herself. When his world-famed coach offers her training for free, she can’t believe her luck. He could actually help her follow in her mother’s footsteps by playing college tennis. But when she finds out the catch is she’s got to convince Vaughn to go pro, Carlyn will have to decide between her dreams and the boy currently stealing her heart.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as president for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of the Love Along Hwy 30A series and the Before Forever series (YA).

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Thoughts:

This was a really great read! I loved getting to see these two characters learn to connect and become what the other needed. I ate this novel up and I couldn’t get enough. This would be a great read for tweens and young adults to bring them into the book world. This was such a phenomenal story and I highly recommend!

Rating: 5 stars

Wedding Surpirse – Book Review

Title: Wedding Surprise

Author: Ann B. Harrison

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Publication Date: August 9, 2018

Rating: 2 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis (from Goodreads): After her mother went off the rails yet again, Mari was offered sanctuary with her high school boyfriend’s family, but a cruel misunderstanding had her fleeing yet again. Ten years later, single mother Mari is back in her small Montana hometown to open her own wedding and event business and refurbish the historic Lake hotel. She’s also hoping to make amends with the boy she once loved and left, but too many secrets are holding her back.

When contractor Ethan Benson arrives at the Lake Hotel to check out the site he’s bid on, he’s shocked to learn the girl he’d once loved and imagined marrying has moved back to Cherry Lake. He tells himself too much water’s passed under that bridge, but Mari still lights him up. Ethan’s heard that you can’t go back again, but he’s determined to give it his best shot and show Mari what’s she’s missed all these years away.

Thoughts: I did not really enjoy reading this. I didn’t care for the characters or the storyline, with the exception of her kid. 

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One More Moment – Book Review

Title: One More Moment

Author: Samantha Chase

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication Date: Septemeber 4, 2018

Pages: 353

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis (Goodreads):   Julian Grayson is taking a break
…from his cheating fiancée
…from his band
…from his life in the spotlight

Charlotte Clark is devoted to her work
…to save the world
…to help the homeless
…to get a broken man back on his feet

When Charlotte Clark offers to pay for Julian Grayson’s coffee, the world-famous drummer assumes she wants something from him. But Charlotte has no idea who he is, and Julian can’t resist keeping up the charade—being incognito is a novelty and a relief. He’ll have to tell her…eventually. But as Charlotte cheerfully undertakes to transform his life, Julian realizes there’s something about her that gives him what he hasn’t felt in years: hope.

Thoughts: It doesn’t matter the how many books I read from Samantha Chase, they all seem to get better! I have loved and do love all of her books. This was no exception, all of these characters are great and I loved getting to see these characters together!

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One Week – Book Review

Title: One Week

Author: Roya Carmen

Publication Date: June 18, 2018

Pages: 342

Rating: 3 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis (Goodreads): ONE WEEK

A new forbidden arrangement standalone novel from Roya Carmen, author of The Ground Rules Trilogy.

A troubled marriage. A one week hall pass.

Gabriella Moore has it all; a beautiful husband, two adorable children, and a dream home. Yet, when, by chance, she befriends Eli online, she falls fast. And hard.

She knows she must let him go, and saying goodbye is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, but she resolves to move on and forget about her beautiful stranger.

But then… she makes an unexpected discovery, and it shakes her perfect world to its core. Rules don’t apply anymore. An arrangement is made, and her husband gives her just one week with Eli.

The rules are clear: One week. Sex only. No contact thereafter. Seems simple enough, but it’s never simple when it comes to love.

Thoughts: I did not really enjoy reading this. I felt like it was lacking and I didn’t feel a connection to the characters. There were some good qualities to it, but it is not my favorite. 

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Unlawful Entry – Book Review

Title: Unlawful Entry

Author: Ember Cole

Publisher:  One-Handed Reads

Publication Date: July 16, 2018

Rating: 4 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis(Goodreads): Tonight, I’ll be her fantasy man…

I have a thing for my next-door neighbor’s sexy best friend. I like to picture all the things I’ll do to her, imagine the noises she’ll make as I own her gorgeous body in a hundred different ways, hear her screaming my name…

Okay, maybe it’s more than a thing.

Ryssa’s a knockout, sure, but she’s smart, and kind, and funny, and sweetly naïve, too. She triggers all of my protective instincts, but I won’t let myself have her. I may be one of NYPD’s finest, but in my mind, I’ll always be that worthless, troublemaking kid from Hell’s Kitchen.

She deserves better.

Which is why, when I find out her best friend’s setting her up with a night of anonymous, blindfolded sex, I lose my everloving mind.

If anyone is checking off every item on Ryssa’s secret fantasy list, it’s going to be me.

And with her firm “no talking” rule, I’m going to have to get real creative once I decide to make this beautiful girl mine…

Thoughts: This was a super great read, that went by in no time. It was super addictive and I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed getting to see the two characters connect and become how they want to be with each other. 

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Reckless – Book Review

Title: Reckless

Author: Leigh LaValle

Publisher: Heart Bay Publishing

Publication Date: June 26, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis (Goodreads): One workaholic CEO. One free-spirit yoga teacher. A thousand miles of temptation.

Crystal Ananda is fed up with her parents’ expectations. She has more to offer their yoga brand than just a pretty face. A wedding in the Adirondacks sounds like the perfect escape. But when a thunderstorm grounds her plane, she’s stuck hitching a ride with the bride’s brother. Bradford T. Huntington is arrogant, controlling, too handsome for his own good, and their rented Mustang is going to be a tight fit, what with all that baggage he’s carrying.

As CEO of the family business, Ford barely has time for other people’s weddings, let alone relationships of his own. But he needs his family to sign off on a make-or-break business deal, and nothing’s going to stand in his way. Not a canceled flight, not painful secrets, and definitely not an unpredictable, stubborn, way-too-flexible yoga teacher.

Crystal and Ford just want to get to the wedding and part ways. However, a speeding ticket, a bar fight, a karaoke contest, and two hot nights later, they’ve come to like each other far too much. It’s a long road to love, and neither one of them has a map. Can two total opposites go the distance?

Thoughts: This was such an enjoyable and memorable read! I haven’t read anything as funny as this in a long time. This was such a refreshing novel and I loved every second of it! I highly recommend you pick this up.

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The Perfect Match – Book Review

Title: The Perfect Match

Author: Cassidy Carter

Publisher: Hallmark Publishing

Publication Date: March 27, 2018

Pages: 211

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis (from Goodreads): In the small town of Parker Falls, Jessica Parker spends her time serving pie and coming up with ideas to save the failing diner she inherited from her grandfather. A single mom to eight-year-old Wesley, she has enough to keep her busy well into the future. But when her old high school love, Chase Taynor, unexpectedly pops up, Jess finds herself thinking not of the future but of her past with the handsome professional baseball player.

After a few bad pitches leave his dream career in limbo, Chase slides back home to Parker Falls…although the town may not be as safe as he’d expected. As Jess and Chase reconnect, old feelings return in a major-league way.

With the possibility that Chase could return to the baseball diamond at any time, will their reunion be worth the risk to their hearts? Or will it be déjà vu all over again, with Chase choosing the limelight over the woman he loved before the fame?

Thoughts: This was such a super sweet and cute read! It reminded me of all the Hallmark movies. I loved the family all-inclusive aspects of this novel. I can’t wait to watch this movie on Hallmark. This was such a great read and I highly recommend it!

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The Wrong Man – Book Review

Title: The Wrong Man

Author: Natasha Anders

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Pages: 336

Rating: 4 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Former special-ops soldier Sam Brand is used to getting what he wants. What he wants is to unbutton the buttoned-down, sweet, and shy Dahlia McGregor. He’s hot to find her wild side. She’s eager to let him explore it. So he makes his proposition—no strings, no hurt feelings, and no promises—save for one: she’ll have the time of her life.

After a broken engagement, Lia’s looking to someday find the right man and settle down. That’s some day. Now it’s all about the night. A hot, meaningless fling with a magnificently weathered blue-eyed stud like Sam couldn’t hurt: he’s sexy, and sure he’s arrogant, but best of all, he’s here. In other words, he’s perfect…for now.

But when Sam is wounded in the line of duty and left in Lia’s tender loving care, all bets are off. Because the more time they spend together, the more it becomes clear: this “one night” deal is getting steamier and lasting longer than they counted on. It started as a fun little game. Is it possible they could be playing for keeps?

Thoughts: These characters were so unique and I have never read any close to this. It helped to add to the fun aspect of reading this. The overall story was really fun to read and I enjoyed getting to see the characters grow into what they wanted to become! I would recommend you pick this up and give it a shot!

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DILF Diaries: Oh Baby! – Book Review

Title: DILF Diaries: Oh Baby!
Author: Stephanie St. Klaire
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Pages: 337
Rating: 5 stars
**Thanks to the author and publisher for sending me a copy to review**
Synopsis (from Goodreads): He likes to find them hot, and leave them wet…

Women are setting their lawns on fire and sticking cats in trees all so they can dial 911 and get a glimpse of Jack Decker’s…hose. When a firefighter looks like he does, it’s no wonder panties are melting, and hearts are ablaze all over the city because he is H-O-T…hot! Jack might put out fires like a regular hero, but it doesn’t stop him from heating up the sheets and letting them smolder.

In a burning twist of fate, Jack finds himself up all night long for an entirely new reason, a reason that’s anything but smoldering. That is until the feisty firecracker next door threatens to ignite a fire he doesn’t know how to battle…Oh Baby!
Thoughts: A phenomenal read! All of the characters were perfect. I loved every second of this book! I wish that there was more to the storyline so I could enjoy it longer. I would highly recommend that you pick up a copy and enjoy! I just needed more because I loved it so much.

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Synopsis:

He likes to find them hot, and leave them wet…

Women are setting their lawns on fire and sticking cats in trees all so they can dial 911 and get a glimpse of Jack Decker’s…hose. When a firefighter looks like he does, it’s no wonder panties are melting, and hearts are ablaze all over the city because he is H-O-T…hot! Jack might put out fires like a regular hero, but it doesn’t stop him from heating up the sheets and letting them smolder.

In a burning twist of fate, Jack finds himself up all night long for an entirely new reason, a reason that’s anything but smoldering. That is until the feisty firecracker next door threatens to ignite a fire he doesn’t know how to battle…Oh Baby!

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Stephanie St. Klaire is a Pacific Northwest native currently living in Portland, Oregon with her husband, five children, and two ferocious lap dogs that are used to the finer things in life like sleeping all day. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found with a plate full of taco’s, a side of bean dip, and probably some gummy bears while being a little bit hippy and a lot bit busy mom’ing and wife’ing.

Stephanie St. Klaire is a Pacific Northwest native currently living in Portland, Oregon with her husband, five children, and two ferocious lap dogs that are used to the finer things in life like sleeping all day. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found with a plate full of taco’s, a side of bean dip, and probably some gummy bears while being a little bit hippy and a lot bit busy mom’ing and wife’ing.Stephanie St. Klaire is a Pacific Northwest native currently living in Portland, Oregon with her husband, five children, and two ferocious lap dogs that are used to the finer things in life like sleeping all day. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found with a plate full of taco’s, a side of bean dip, and probably some gummy bears while being a little bit hippy and a lot bit busy mom’ing and wife’ing.

When she’s not tossing around gritty crime show inspired serial killers and diabolical bad guys, she likes to make people pee their pants a little with a good romcom. Sometimes, her worlds collide, and she writes really funny stuff right before she kills people off on the pages! She loves murder and mayhem as much as a good laugh and HEA! That’s why she’s a die-hard Hallmark junky but loves her gritty crime shows – balance!

Stephanie has always been a story teller, with the gift of “gab”, and a life-long goal to be a writer. Unfortunate circumstances with her health, finally afforded her the time to do so. Irony at its best, she began writing her first novel at an adverse time, to escape her circumstance and explore the stories in her imagination for relief. She is happy to share those stories with her readers, and bring a little fun, entertainment, and of course smexy characters to the pages.

Follow Stephanie St. Klaire on Social media to learn more about her, how often she really eats taco’s, and to keep up with her work.

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Rock Star’s Heart – Book Review

Title: Rock Star’s Heart

Author: Kella Campbell

Publisher: Tied Star Books

Publication Date: February 28, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis (from Goodreads)When a twist of fate throws university student Crys Murphy into an unexpected job on tour with a wildly successful rock band, her crush on the guitarist turns into powerful temptation. But there’s a dark side to the glamour and champagne: Blade has anger and addiction issues, a history of partying with groupies, and a tendency to get naked in public — and Crys is supposed to keep him out of trouble.

As she gets to know the talented and lonely man behind the bad boy behavior, the chemistry between them wavers on the edge of something deeper. But he doesn’t do relationships, and she grew up expecting a white-picket-fence future. Can he reform and open his heart to love? Will she give up her straitlaced upbringing for her troubled rock star? 

Thoughts: This was such a great read. I went on a rollercoaster of emotions while I was reading. The story was super good and went by so quickly that I need more! I would love for there to be a continuation of these characters and I would highly recommend you read this!

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Royally Arranged – Book Review

Title: Royally Arranged

Author: Nora Flite

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Pages: 268

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Hawthorne “Thorne” Badd has lived his life as a reckless playboy—not as a presumptive king. But after the death of his uncle, it can all be his: the power, the crown, and the wealth. All he has to do is govern a country he’s never set foot in…and marry the gorgeous daughter of his family’s greatest rival.

Nova Valentine is as smart as she is beautiful—and when she first met Thorne Badd, she fell hard. She’s never seen someone so comfortable in his own skin, and she’d like nothing more than to see all of it. Every bare inch. From his delicious tattoos to his bedroom eyes, Thorne is a dirty fantasy come true. But fantasy is one thing. An arranged marriage is another.

As they get acquainted, their chemistry is royally hot. But when surrounded by dark betrayal and devious schemes, can Thorne and Nova learn to trust each other…or will their families’ rivalry prove too great a hurdle?

Thoughts: I really loved reading and getting to know the characters. I enjoyed seeing the characters pasts and futures, and how they formed together. This is one of the best royal novels that I have read. The overall story was phenomenal! I highly recommend you pick this up in August!

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Sparks Like Ours – Book Review

Title: Sparks Like Ours

Author: Melissa Brayden

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Publication Date: June 12, 2018

Pages: 240

Rating: 3 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Gia Malone wants one thing and one thing only: to be the best surfer in the world. Her biggest obstacle is the annoyingly perky Elle Britton. Not only is Elle number one in the rankings, she’s also a fan favorite. But there’s a lot about Elle that Gia never noticed, like her surprising sense of humor and picture-perfect mouth.

Elle Britton is tired. After tournaments, fan meet-ups, and nonstop media requests, all she wants in the world is a little peace and quiet. But with Gia Malone closing in on her ranking, she has to surf her best. When the media picks up the story of their neck and neck status, Elle finds herself forced further into the spotlight, this time alongside Gia, the knockout with the killer shred and sexy smile.

It’s not long before there’s no denying the chemistry on and off the beach. But only one can win…

Thoughts: This was an okay read. I felt like the story dragged a little and I wasn’t as captivated as I usually am. With that said I did enjoy some parts of the novel and I enjoyed Elle’s character. The relationship between Elle and Gia was cute but I wanted more, I felt like it was being held back. 

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Rebel Pilot, Texas Doctor – Book Review

Title: Rebel Pilot, Texas Doctor

Author: Eve Gaddy

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Publication Date: June 14, 2018

Pages: 150

Rating: 4 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis (from Goodreads): When Dr. Tobi Robinson returns to Whiskey River, Travis Sullivan is the only person to recognize that the smokin’ hot babe at the gala is actually his high school tomboy buddy. Time away has changed them both. Tobi, the prospective business major, became a doctor, while Travis, his pro baseball career ended by injury, converted his passion for flying into a charter flight business and flight school.

The easy friendship they enjoyed in high school soon deepens into desire and then love. But Tobi didn’t turn to medicine by chance—a horrific accident has left her unable to tolerate even approaching an airplane. As strongly as Travis draws her, Tobi isn’t sure she can ever trust her heart to a pilot. Can Travis convince the woman he’s discovered he can’t live without that their love can conquer every trauma?

Thoughts: I really enjoyed reading this! It was super good and a fast-paced read. The characters go on a journey that is really emotional and I loved to get to be a part of it. I loved the characters and Lucky! This would be a great read for the pool.

The Real Deal – Book Review and Excerpt

“The Real Deal was a sweet, sexy, hilarious, and entertaining standalone romantic comedy, and I absolutely loved it!”

~Julia, The Romance Bibliophile~

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About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In August she’ll release UNBREAK MY HEART, an emotional second chance romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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Title: The Real Deal

Author: Lauren Blakely

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication Date: July 10, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis (from Goodreads): April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on GigsforHire since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family’s summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the GigsforHire ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play.

Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m the REAL DEAL.

Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He’s thisclose to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He’s no gigolo. Please. He’s something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April’s new beau — the bad boy with the heart of gold.

Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents’ inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.

She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.

He didn’t expect to have the time of his life at her parent’s home.

They didn’t plan on loving every single second of the game.

But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?

Thoughts: I loved all of these characters and the adventures that they went on! April has such a sweet personality and I loved that she has such a different job from any other character in any book I’ve read. The relationship between April and Theo! This is a must-read for 2018!

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Excerpt

~THEO~

I can be anyone you want.

I can transform into the boss you’re banging, your hot nerdy coworker who’s only a friend, your best friend’s brother you’ve had it bad for since he danced with you at prom way back when, the guy next door everyone adores since he mows your lawn, fixes your car, and repairs the sink. I can also pull off a fireman, a soldier, a cop, a billionaire, a rogue, an athlete, a pirate—yes, some women like to play with buried treasure—and the bad boy who will drive your family bananas.

How would you reach me if you needed me?

It’s not that hard. You just have to know what you’re looking for and plug the right terms into that trusty old search engine. You might even find me the next time you’re hawking a Cuisinart or hunting for a used exercise bike on GigsforHire. There, you’ll discover a menagerie of roles I can take on, characters I can play for you. The assignments rotate depending on the season, the needs, and what’s in demand for weddings, reunions, Christmas parties, barbecues, and any other occasion where you might need a date.

I’m not an escort, a gigolo, or a stripper. This isn’t about fluid exchange. My job is to become your arm candy, and you can pick the flavor you want. I’ve played them all.

And there’s one role that outsells all the others. By far, the most popular part has been the bad boy.

Trust me when I say I wasn’t your average bod boy. I was the goddamn dictionary definition, and this ad was my golden ticket:

Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m Your Man

I’m a good-looking 28-year-old ex-con. But I swear the time I got nabbed, it wasn’t my fault. I was framed. I can play anywhere from 19 to 31, depending on if I shave or act like I love Ed Sheeran music. My most valuable possession is a scratched-up motorcycle one year younger than me that’s painted like a snarling leopard. I’m a bartender and work till 2 a.m. at a dive bar. If you’d like to have me as your date for a wedding, reunion, or work soiree, I can pretend you picked me up when my shift ended and I banged you in the bathroom or that we’re in a serious and committed relationship. Your choice.

Fling Club – Book Review

Title: Fling Club

Author: Tara Brown

Publisher: Skyscape

Publication Date: August 14, 2018

Pages: 304

Rating: 1 star

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Cherry recently had her heart broken by her cheating boyfriend and friend Cait. She wants revenge and she’s going to get it. She hired a man to be Cait’s fake boyfriend. They are all part of the Fling Club, that they started when they were younger. Ashley is the hired man who will help the revenge plan go off without a hitch. Will the plan actually work or will it backfire?

Thoughts: I did not enjoy reading this. The summary sounded really good and the book just wasn’t. I didn’t really like anything about it. I have never read a book with such petty characters. This is a great book for you if you enjoy rich snobby characters. 

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Trust Again – Book Review

Title: Trust Again

Author: Mona Kasten

Publisher: Bastei Entertainment

Publication Date: July 10, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Dawn has been through a lot in her short years. She has sworn off men, after she was cheated on, after having been in a six-year relationship. She made it through with the help of her best friend Allie. Having friends to help her through was the best thing for her. Another thing that helped her was her writing. Even though it helped her, she has kept it a secret from her friends. She didn’t want her friends to know because her ex, he thought it was “dirty.” She becomes closer to her friends when this secret is out in the open, some closer than others. Spencer became the most important person in her life, but is he willing to stay when Dawn keeps pushing him away?

Thoughts: Trust Again was such a great read! I loved Dawn’s character and overall persona. She was very real and relatable. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to really enjoy a really awesome read. I can’t wait to pick up other books from Mona Kasten.

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#Moonstruck – Book Review

Title: #Moonstruck

Author: Sariah Wilson

Publisher: Montlake Romance 

Publication Date: July 17, 2018

Pages: 320

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Maisy Harrison is a singer and her family’s band. She has two roles in her life, one never date a musician and to never sleep with her musician. Maisy gets the offer of a lifetime, to tour with Ryan De Luna. And she also gets to pretend to be a fake girlfriend but will that break her rules? What happens when this fake relationship turns into something more? Will Maisy take the risk and break her rules to dare a musician?

Thoughts: #Moonstruck left me Starstruck for both Maisy and Ryan. This was such a fun read. I read it at times where I could and it took me forever, but I don’t mind because of how wonderful it is! This is a must-read for 2018!

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Giving up the Boss – Book Review

Title: Giving up the Boss

Author: Victoria Davies

Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC

Publication Date: July 9, 2018

Pages: 195

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Executive Assistant Lori has decided to quit her job. Her boss, Jackson, was reluctant to have her leave, without a good reason. When exiting the building’s parking garage, Lori runs into someone with her car! She runs into her boss, and it sends him to the hospital, and vendors him without his memory. They discover that Jackson has lost his memories and won’t be able to run his company without having any help. Lori steps up and helps Jackson land on his feet and learn the things that he wants new. The only thing is that Lori doesn’t work for him anymore and he doesn’t know that! Will the old Jackson come back to the arrogant Jackson that everyone hates or will he stay this new and nice version that everyone loves?

Thoughts: This was a really enjoyable read. I loved all the characters and the places that they want. It was nice to see Jackson improve himself. The two of these characters and their relationships is a great one. Overall this was a fun read, that had some awesome characters. I loved how super fast pace it was but it was definitely not insta-love, which I really loved!

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Playing Dirty – Book Review

Title: Playing Dirty

Author: Amy Andrews

Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC

Publication Date: July 9, 2018

Pages: 250

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Kyle just joined the Sydney Smoke Rugby team. He went out on the town and spotted a beautiful red-head. They hit it off immediately, and had one great night together, that each wish they could savor. Later on the next day, he spots Val at his workplace, and he realizes who she is. She is her coach’s daughter, the one he sends to stay away from. Even with the threat from his coach, him and Val still secretly date. If her dad was to find out, would he bench Kyle, and would she be the one responsible?

Thoughts: From page one of this novel I was hooked. This was a phenomenally fantastic, read. Nothing about this book was lacking or boring in any way. This was such a great read by the pool, I would recommend. There was so much that I loved and “I would tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.”

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The Army Ranger’s Surprise – Book Review

Title: The Army Ranger’s Surprise

Author: Donna Michaels

Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC

Publication Date: July 9, 2018

Pages: 234

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Kaydee Wagner is sweet enough to drop her life and move in with her grandfather, while her dad is serving in the military. While living there, she has been doing repairs around the house. For some projects she needs little extra help, thankfully there is an army ranger next door. Leo Reed has been coming down to visit his grandmother while his mom is away. These two start to work together and tile Kaydees’ bathroom, as they work things get steamy in the shower. Everything was going well until Leo’s past comes into play and makes him feel unworthy of Kaydee, as his past has caught up with him. Will Kaydee be able to survive this “toxic” man. . . And a baby?

Thoughts: This was such a great read! I love a good military romance. The way that Kaydee is an anchor for Leo, in such a short amount of time shows just how strong of a couple they are. This is an excellent story about friendships, relationships, and facing your demons. I would highly recommend you pick this up for the summer!

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Playing Her Secret Crush – Book Review

Title: Playing Her Secret Crush

Author: Casey Griffin

Publisher: Entangled Tenn Crush

Publication Date: July 2, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: All Katie wants in life is to be desired. Her father left her and her mom when she was young. She is never wanted by any of the guys at her school, and even her secret crush/best friend pick her last. It’s finally her senior year, and Katie decides it’s time to do things for her, not Alex, that is until he decides he wants help getting a date from her new neighbor.

Alex has been living with grief and denial ever since his brother died two years ago.  After being in the fast lane, he’s ready to slow down and get a girlfriend and needs help from his best friend and crush, Katie. Alex would never make a move on Katie because she is and always be his dead brother’s girl, not his.

This is the year they both decide to move on do things to make themselves happy. Who knows maybe they will end up together?

Thoughts: Although it may seem predictable it was still a great story, that warmed my insides. I really enjoyed the little love triangle that happened. I also really enjoyed Katie and Alex’s relationship even if it wasn’t official to them. You could tell that they both had strong feelings for each other even if they didn’t want to admit it. This was a good summer romance for a good day at the pool!

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What I Read in June! – 2018

I had a really great reading month! I am super happy that I finished as many books and liked the majority of them! I hope you all had a great reading month and let me know in the comments what you read in June and which was your favorite!

Title: Where the Sea Takes Me Let Me In Losing it Blocked In Harmony Happiness is All We Want
Author: Heidi R. King Erin McCarthy Cora Carmak Jennifer Lane Emma Scott Ashutosh Mishra
Pages: 340 231 189 310 380 216
Rating: 5 4 5 5 5 2
Bishop The Howling The Unbound Soul The Start Of Something Good Playing her Secret Crush Want You Wolf’s Mate
Sawyer Bennett Erin McCarthy Richard L. Haight Jennifer Probst Casey Griffin Jen Frederick Katie Reus
204 310 250
5 5 2 5 5 3 4
Against the Odds Cowboy’s Sweetheart The Breakup Counterfeit Boyfriend Guarded Desire Knuckle Down Going Rogue
N.L. Taylor Christa McHugh Erin McCarthy Cindi Madsen Christi Snow Chantal Fernando Chantal Fernando
372 164 274
4 5 4 4 5 5 5
The Army Ranger’s Surprise Playing Dirty
Donna Michael’s Amy Andrew
234 250
5 5

In total I read 22 books! This was such a great reading month and I hope that July is just as good!

Want You – Book Review

Title: Want You

Author: Jen Frederick

Publisher: Pear Tree LLC

Publication Date: July 1, 2018

Rating: 3 stars

**Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Bitsy was left stranded alone when she was five, and Leka saved her. She’s nineteen now and ready to show him that they are meant to be together and that she’s not a little girl no more. She doesn’t care if it seems wrong, everyone might think they are related, but they’re not. Bitsy is ready to have some fun with Leka.

Leka found Bitsy when she was crouched in a dark corner, hungry. If he wouldn’t, she would have been dead. He raised her and watched her grow into a beautiful woman. Now she’s fully developed. Leka is experiencing new feelings for her that he didn’t have before. He will never give into her because she needs protecting, right?

Thoughts: I enjoyed part two of this novel a lot more than the first. Pretty much the entire part one is backstory. I understand why it was needed, but I felt like it dragged on. With that said, I really enjoyed part two, and I wish that there was more of if there wasn’t as much backstory and more of the two’s relationship formation, I would have absolutely loved this, but unfortunately, that is not the case. Overall this was a good book, and I would recommend you check it out for yourself. I thank the author and publisher for sending me a review copy.

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Wolf’s Mate – Book Review

Title: Wolf’s Mate

Author: Katie Rues and Savannah Stuart

Publisher: KR Press LLC

Publication Date: July 3, 2018

Pages: 250

Rating: 4 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Erica’s time traveling the world was supposed to end in her pack until she met Hudson. Her month with him was only supposed to be just a month. Then she went and got herself pregnant…with twins! Erica is so happy but then remembers that Hudson wouldn’t take her as a mate. She doesn’t want to burden him and force these kids upon him. Will the two be able to work it out and be a happy family or will Erica only be staying in her pack for good?

Thoughts: I loved every moment of this book, and I wish it were longer than a novella. I enjoyed every character and their presence. This book was a great werewolf story that would be great for any season and occasion!

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The Start of Something Good – Book Review

Title: The Start of Something Good

Author: Jennifer Probst

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Pages: 310

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Ethan Bishop returns to his hometown after his life of being a Speical Services Paratrooper. He is ready to relax and become healthy again while staying at his sisters B and B, but then a woman comes into his life preventing this from happening.

On a business trip that drops Mia Thrush, and her clients’ daughter into the farm where Ethan and his family work and own. Keeping her calm and not thrashing out at Ethan will be her full-time summer job.

As the summer starts to unfold, some changes happen on the farm. Both Mia and Ethan realize they have more in common than they thought. They both have guarded pasts, have passion, and desire. Will they be able to break past their history and be happy with each other?

Thoughts: This was my first Jennifer Probst book, and I loved it! Her writing style is something I really appreciate. The characters were so admirable that I couldn’t put the book down. Both of the characters stole my heart from page one. I can’t wait to indulge in more!

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Going Rogue – Book Review

Title: Going Rogue

Author: Chantal Fernando

Publisher: Pocket Star

Publication Date: August 6, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

Series: The Cursed Ravens MC #3

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: The men at The Cursed Ravens MC might make fun of Rogue and call him pretty, but no one will say it to his face. Since he is the vice president and is known for his unpredictable anger, he receives the utmost respect. When he visits his mother in the local nursing home, he is a changed man. Especially when he’s around Zoe, his mothers caretaker.

Zoe knows better than to get involved with a member of The Cursed Ravens, but she can’t stay away. Pointedly away from Rogue, not with his sweet and kind demeanor.

As Zoe and Rogue spend more time together will they might for the chance to be together or will specific actions keep them apart?

Thoughts: Another great novel in The Cursed Ravens MC! I am sad that this is the last book in the series but luckily has such a great ending. I have loved getting to see past characters and new ones come together. Rogue is probably one of my favorite characters in the whole novel with all of his great features and qualities. Zoe is just as fabulous and an excellent fit for Rogue. The hard choices that Zoe had to make made me feel for her. In conclusion, this is a must read series and each novel is worth taking the time to read! I would highly suggest you pick up a copy for yourself.

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Knuckle Down – Book Review

Title: Knuckle Down

Author: Chantal Fernando

Publisher: Pocket Star

Publication Date: July 9, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

Series: The Cursed Ravens MC #2

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Jack or “Knuckles” as the members of The Cursed Ravens call him, is a father to two little girls, and they are the only ones who have the love and room in his heart. That was until he meets Celina, a fellow members old lady, Erin’s cousin. The two immediately hit it off. Even though Celina is nothing like what Knuckles is used to dating, she is put together and dresses nicely. The two start to spend time together, and Knuckles heart may be able to grow room for one more. That was until her journaling career exploits the MC. Will Knuckles be able to forgive Celina for what she’s done?

Thoughts: A great addition to The Cursed Ravens. The more I read and spend time with these characters the more I fall in love with them, and the more I don’t want it to end. Everything about this book was terrific. The more I read Chantal’s books, the more I grow an appreciation for her. Celina is such the opposite of her cousin but just as enjoyable, and I’m happy I got to see them interact together! Knuckles knows how to treat the women in his life. I genuinely love this series and each individual bok in it!

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Bishop – Book Review

Title: Bishop

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Publisher: Loveswept

Publication Date: August 14, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

Series: Arizona Vengeance #1

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Bishop Sutton takes a stroll through his new town in Arizona. He just got transferred to a new hockey team that he’s the co-captain of. While out and about Bishop sees how hot the Arizona chicks are and takes one home for just a good one night. Brooke, the woman he picked, also just wanted one night. Fast forward to the hockey arena. He steps into an office and Brooke is the one inside. They were both baffled to see each other. Brooke’s father was also shocked to see them in such a compromising position. Bishop stood there still, as he realized who Brooke actually was. She is his coaches daughter. With her father there asking questions, Brooker blurts out that they are getting married! Could this fake relationship possibly turn into something real?

Thoughts: Here is another excellent novel by Sawyer Bennett! She keeps knocking it out of the park with every book she writes. This was an exceptionally great read that leaves you wanting more. Bishop is such a great character. The relationship between the two is another great one. Sawyer Bennett really kills the hockey romance game, and I can’t wait to see what she puts out next!

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The Breakup – Book Review

Title: The Breakup

Author: Erin McCarthy

Publisher: Loveswept

Publication Date: August 14, 2018

Rating: 4 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Bella is about to get married. She is used to getting what she whats and is treated like a princess. Her life was going well then it came crashing down. Her fiance was cheating on her. She confronts him about it, and he promises to never do it again. On her wedding day, she leaves him at the altar, and gets away and stays with Christian, the hot local bartender.
Christian is no prince charming, is not going to be all Bella will need. He is good for revenge sex and that’s it. At least that’s what he thinks.

Can nothing be turned into something? Could this be Bella’s happily ever after?

Thoughts: I truly loved getting to see all of these characters interact with one another. I loved the way it turned out in the end even if it could be predicted. I really enjoyed all of the characters and their purposes. This was a fast-paced read that I absolutely adore! This would be a great read for your summer TBR.

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The Howling – Book Review

Title: The Howling

Author: Erin McCarthy

Publisher: Kensington Books

Publication Date: June 26, 2018

Rating: 4 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy**

Synopsis: For six months, Liv has been having the same reoccurring nightmare of a bride being eaten by wolves. Every time she wakes up her soon to be husband is there, who is also the brother who once stole her heart and money, then broke her heart.

Six months ago, Sebastian was almost killed by his brother, which gave him the opportunity to steal his girl. Now he’s back and ready to take what’s his.

Will the two be able to be what they once were after all of the lies Liv has heard?

Thoughts: My favorite part about this book was how short and sweet it was. I really enjoyed this, but I prefer Erin’s contemporary romance over her fantasy. With that said I still really enjoyed to dive into this world of werewolves!

Counterfeit Boyfriend – Book Review

Title: Counterfeit Boyfriend

Author: Cindi Madsen

Publisher: Cindi Madsen Books

Publication Date: June 25, 2018

Pages: 272

Rating: 4 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Ethan’s twin Evan is dating a girl, Gwen, but he is thinking of breaking up with her. Evan doesn’t want to do it before the wedding they are supposed to be going to together. Evan has other plans and asks Ethan to take his place and do a little switch.

So Ethan posing as Evan, and Gwen goes on a small road trip on their way to a wedding. Ethan starts to gather feelings for Gwen. Gwen begins to notice a change in the Evan. She has found a new spark between the two of them, that wasn’t there before. The real Evan shows up after the wedding declaring he wants Gwen back and realizes it was stupid of him to let her go in the first place. Will either Ethan or Evan have a chance once she overhears this conversation?

Thoughts: I really loved the cute and fluffiness of this story and the cheesiness of it. I loved all of the characters. Ethan was by far my favorite character. This was super fun and quick that I really enjoyed. Overall I really enjoyed getting to read about Gwen and “Evan.”

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Guarded Desire – Book Review

Title: Guarded Desire

Author: Christi Snow

Publisher: Christi Snow

Publication Date: June 21, 2018

Pages: 208

Rating: 5

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Elle was kidnapped. She is currently recovering and is going to college coed. She was abducted visiting her mom, ViviAnna or VA as Elle calls her, a rock star. She is back at school pretending like nothing happened. Except now she has Jonah, a hot bodyguard.

Jonah is one of Elle’s new bodyguards. He will do anything he can to protect her. As a way of protecting her and to not raise the media’s attention, they begin to fake date. As there fake relationship continues another relationship forms. Will Jonah be able to have a relationship with his client? Will Elle be able to let herself be free after being kidnapped? Will Jonah and Elle end up together after the crazy hand that they have been dealt?

Thoughts: This is a book I could reread several times and not become sick of. I loved the characters, plot, relationships, friendships, and pretty much anything else. I enjoyed seeing some tough choices that were carefully thought over. Jonah is so sweet in his way of tending to Elle. The two of these characters are such a dynamic couple. I would highly recommend you go buy a copy and enjoy!

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Blocked – Book Review

Title: Blocked

Author: Jennifer Lane

Publisher: Psyched Publishing

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

Pages: 310

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Lucia Ramirez has always had a secret crush on Dane Monroe, but it would be considered wrong because of who his mother is. Lucia’s dad and Dane’s mom are both running for the presidency. Lucia is also a volleyball player, like Dane, and she hopes with some things in common, they could have something together but Dane hates her and her family. The Secret Service is to watch over both of them on them from their parents’ authority. As they spend more time together will the hatred from Dane stay or will sparks fly?

Thoughts: I loved everything about this book from the characters to the storyline. Both Dane and Lucia have their own problems to work through but manage to do it separately and together. I love the realness of the anger issues to the eating disorder. The two characters complement each other in a way that is so cute but has a deeper meaning. I really appreciated the fact that the author didn’t sugarcoat things and then she didn’t make this an instant love story. I would highly recommend for your summer TBR!

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Against the Odds – Book Review

Title: Against the Odds

Author: N. L. Taylor

Publisher: Alan and Lane Media, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Publication Date: August 7, 2018

Pages: 372

Rating: 5 stars

Series: Redline Series

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Nikki Elliot is running out of money and time. After her year-and-a-half struggle of trying to rebuild her racing career from a near-fatal accident, Nikki is faced with some hard facts and hardships. Her family doesn’t want to support her, even though it’s her dream, and they fire her from their business. Nicki also needs money to rebuild her car and gets the help from Jake Masercotti. Even though he’s just her mechanic, they both become something more to each other. Secrets are uncovered, will they be able to live with some of their dead family members choices or will they let their choices control them?

Thoughts: The suspense and Mafia aspect of this book threw me for a loop, which I absolutely loved. Nikki is such an inspiration, going after what she wants and believes in. Jake is such a great character! I loved him so much, I loved everything he did and he stands for. The way that he treated Nikki was so refreshing and I love the author because of that. One of my favorite aspects was how Nikki was the race car driver and Jake was more of an artist who loved photography. Normally those rules will be reversed. Overall this was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to continue the series.

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A Cowboy’s Sweetheart – Book Review

Title: A Cowboy’s Sweetheart

Author: Crista McHugh

Publisher: Victory Editing NetGalley Co-Op

Publication Date: June 25, 2018

Pages: 164

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Rich, spoiled, Kensi is being forced to move to her aunts Rodeo Academy. She is disgusted that she has to go to stay and do chores. She is trying to find a way to get home, that is until she meets Javier Cruz.

Javier has been struggling to get custody of his brothers, well the process of struggling to avoid “princess” Kensi, he realizes some of her good qualities.

With the time that Kenzie has left on the ranch will her and Xavier be able to move from more than just a friendship? Or will the two different sides of class ruin their chances?

Thoughts: This was such a cute and fluffy breed with some serious situations. I love Javier and his will to fight for his family. I also really enjoyed the playfulness with Javier and Kensi. I love that he was the only person to see beyond Kensi’s mask. Overall this was such a cute and easy read! I would highly recommend.

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In Harmony – Book Review

Title: In Harmony

Author: Emma Scott

Publisher: Trillian

Publication Date: February 13, 2018

Pages: 380

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Willow suffer through it nobody should have to go through. She has been living with the effects even after this happened. Her parents are rich snobs and only care about appearances. Halfway through her senior year, she has to move to Harmony, Indiana, from New York. She loves the new changes and takes an interest in a fellow classmate, Isaac.

Isaac has his own store with his own problems. His mother died when he was young, and his father is the town drunk. Issac turns to act, and it became an outlet for him to express the words he didn’t want to say. When he performs, he gets to embody other characters so that he doesn’t have to face the world through himself but as other people.

The to bond over Hamlet and the theater. The each lean on each other and learn new things and how to become with the other needs. Will they be able to become a couple when her dad threatens to end Isaac’s career and have them move to Canada?

Thoughts: The story was heartbreaking. I was so captivated the entire time I was reading. Willow story is a heart-wrenching one. I felt so sorry, and I wanted to offer help and guidance to her. Isaac was so sweet to Willow and I am so happy for his successes in life. The way that the two stories collide is so cute but bittersweet. I loved reading and getting to know the characters in In Harmony. I would highly recommend as a year-round read!

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The Other Woman – Book Review

Title: The Other Woman

Author: Sandie Jones

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Publication Date: August 21, 2018

Pages: 304

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 5 stars

*Thanks to Minotaur Books for sending me an arc*

Synopsis: Beware of Pammie. She’s going to be waiting for you.

Adam and Pammie have started dating and are getting married and are happily married. The biggest set back for Emily is Adams’ mother, Pammie. She has made it clear to Emily that she is not wanted or that she is good enough for her son. She tries to scare Emily away.

Secrets are unveiled and the truth is uncovered, but remember to Beware of Pammie.

Thoughts: I’m not one to read thriller’s but I really enjoyed reading this a lot more than I expected to! The ending was so shocking and I didn’t expect and I loved that about reading it.  I was so hooked and captivated that I couldn’t put it down. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and I really enjoyed that about reading this. I loved everything about The Other Woman. I haven’t enjoyed this genre before but this book has changed my mind. Now I need to pick up more from Sandie Jones and other thrillers.

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My Summer TBR !

This summer I plan to read quite a few books! I will not be able to include any arcs I receive on this list, but I plan to read a few of those too. I want to read sixteen physical books that are in my possession now and any that I can get my hands on. The stack of books isn’t in any particular order.

Now here’s my summer reading list:

all or nothing at all – Jennifer Probst

A TV series of Property Brothers and The Marriage Bargain come together to create a heart-wrenching contemporary romance in Jennifer Probst’s Billionaire Builders series.

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STARGIRL – Jerry Spinelli

At Mica High, Stargirl is told be normal as are all the other kids that learn there. They are not supposed to break the usual trends and cliches of schools.

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Ruin and Rule – Pepper Winters

A woman has her past, present, and future twisted with lies that she has been taught to know. She is desperate to find the truth but uncovering it might bring more threats and enemies than expected.

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Made You Up –  Francesca Zappia

Alex is starting over with her life at a new school and starts to make friends and fall in love, but what happens when she can’t decipher what’s real and what’s not?

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Has to be Love – Jolene Perry

Clara isn’t ready for the rest of her life to begin, after being in a tragedy from her childhood. She has gotten used to the sympathetic looks she receives. Clara meeting strangers is a different thing, that is until a new student teacher arrives.

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Let me in – Erin McCarthy

Aubrey just fled from an abusive relationship and hides on a remote island and finds out she’s pregnant. She meets Riker an ex-assassin who is willing to do anything to protect Aubrey.

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Play the Man -Jaymee Jacobs

Jenna is super excited to be getting married after eight years of dating Ryan, but he is in no rush to get to the altar. As the two continue to work out their problems Ryan’s teammate gets an infatuation with Jenna. They all have to decide what is best.

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False Start – Jaymee Jacobs

Christopher is starting out a new life with the Dallas Comets, being on the top, but then gets a text message that makes his high come crashing down.

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Untouchable – Isabel Love

Monica Morgan is off limits and is Max might not be able to stay away.

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Losing It – Cora Carmack

Bliss is about to graduate and hasn’t done It yet. She is ready to lose it and she tries a one night stand but leaves the guy, later to know that he is her new teacher.

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Leah On the Offbeat – Becky Alberatlli

Leah doesn’t know what to do with the upcoming things in her life like prom and college. She has a great group of friends and a gay best friend Simon but is afraid to share with them that she is bi.

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When It’s Real – Erin Watt

Oakley is a pop star and Vaughn is a waitress. An unlikely pair that will only be found if unexpected circumstances hadn’t come up.

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Wonder Woman Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo

Daughter of Immortal and Daughter of Death will come together and they both will face an army.

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Because You Love to Hate Me – Edited by Ameriie

Thirteen short stories about villains.

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A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas

The fourth book in A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas

The seventh book in Throne of Glass.

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I hope you share your Summer TBR’s with me in the comments or on my Instagram!

 

May Wrap Up – 2018

I wasn’t really in a reading mood this past month. But I did enjoy most of the books I read and I thank all the publishers for sending me a review copy.

Title: Toxic Side Effect The Other Woman Just One of the Royals
The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid
Author: Sandy Magner Sandie Jones Leah Rooper and Kate Rooper Gary Robinson  Total:
Pages: X 304 197 396  897
Rating: 3 5 5 2  ~ 3.75 stars

I hope all of you had a good reading month! I should be able to read more now that school is out!

Just One of the Royals – Book Review

Happy Book Birthday to Just One of the Royals! *Thanks to NetGalley for giving me a review copy*

Title: Just One of the Royals

Author: Leah Rooper and Kate Rooper

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: June 4, 2018

Series: The Chicago Falcons #2

Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis: Super Star Hockey player Daniel Sacachelli only wants two things in life; have the Falcons win and to never have to leave him home, Chicago, for his secret. If Daniel ignores his secret, which is that he is the Prince of Eldonia. If he chooses to not go to Eldonia to take over the crown, his family line will have to give it up to the next family.

Madison Myong is best friends with Daniel and she can not believe he is a real prince. Although he seems to be less royal and more rebel. Daniel needs to step up to the plate and go to Eldonia and take the throne. He has the help of his friends and step-sister to become prepared to run Eldonia, even though he doesn’t want to. Madison becomes Daniels “fake” boyfriend. Also, they both wish to become more.

Madison wished to help Daniel, but will trying to change him end their friendship and possibly more?

Thoughts: A great continuation to the series The Chicago Falcons! You get to reflect on the past story and to experience a new one. The characters were so adorable, and friendship was the number one factor in all decisions. Daniel was so freaking cute, I loved his personality and pretty much his whole self-representation. Madison is very determined and cares for her friends and always wants the best for them. This was such a great feel-good summer romance that will make you rethink family, friendships, and relationships!

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April Wrap Up

I had a very busy month full of ARCS and school work! I read a total of 10 books and I don’t know how many pages but I enjoyed most of the books I read this month.

Title In the Eye of the Storm / Catering to the CEO Knocked Up Unforgivable Embracing Her Heart Love Beyond Opposites
Author Samantha Chase Stacy Lynn Isabel Love Melissa Foster Molly E. Lee
Pages 416 N/A N/A 324 150
Rating 5 5 5 4 5

 

Rescuing the Receiver Ace of Hearts Chasing Truth The Dylan Dilemma
Until There Was Us
Rachel Goodman Chantel Fernando Julie Cross Patricia B. Tighe
Samantha Chase
N/A N/A 400 339 384
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The Dylan Dilemma – Book Review

Title: The Dylan Dilemma

Author: Patricia B. Tighe

Publisher: Swoon Romance

Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Rating: 4 stars

**Thanks to the author and publisher for sending me a copy**

Synopsis: Kenzie doesn’t have time for anything other than playing basketball especially a boyfriend. Her school gets a new basketball coach and makes Kenzie lose her confidence, she falls into a slump and is afraid of losing her basketball scholarship. The last thing she needs is to be in a relationship with Dylan, a friend who recently went on a vacation with her family.

Dylan, on the other hand, is ready for a relationship and won’t be getting over Kenzie anytime soon.

Will the two end up together with so much at stake for Kenzie?

Thoughts: This was so cute! Kenzie is such an adorable character. The struggles and anxieties she feels are super relatable. Dylan is just as cute, his commitment to Kenzie is so adorable. I love the use of double perspectives and I can’t wait to see what else Patricia writes.

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39109223-the-dylan-dilemma

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The Dylan Dilemma by Patricia B. Tighe

Release Date: April 24, 2018

High school senior Kenzie Harper-Shea has no time for dating, especially after the arrival of the basketball coach from hell. Now Kenzie has lost her confidence, is in a slump, and in danger of losing out on a scholarship to play college ball. The last thing she needs is her “vacation boyfriend,” Dylan McCoy, distracting her with warm smiles, inside jokes, and swoony kisses.

Dylan, however, is totally ready to date. He finally lives in the same town as Kenzie and is not about to lose the chance to let their relationship grow into something more. But for now, he’ll stay in the friend zone because he’s determined to find out what has her running scared. It can’t be just about basketball.

As Kenzie spends more time around Dylan, her feelings become a jumbled-up mess. It’s obvious they’re into each other. So, why does she panic whenever she thinks about dating him? Is it connected to basketball or to something deeper? She’s not sure. Does she have the courage to examine her heart, even if it means breaking Dylan’s?

About the Author

The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.

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Liar – Cover Reveal

Today we are sharing the cover reveal of LIAR by Stephanie St. Klaire! This is a Faux-mance novel you will not want to put down! It is available for pre-order now and will release on August 23rd!

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LIAR by Stephanie St. Klaire

Coming August 23

Synopsis:

Fake it until you make it. That was the mantra Cori Dash chanted as she chased a big city dream. The more you tell people you’re on top of the world, the more they believe it – just like they believed the embellished image she sold them with her knock off designer facade. It wasn’t lying if the truth stood somewhere in the middle – and she didn’t get caught.

Dominic Blackthorne owned half of that big city…and a reputation. Rather than dispel rumors or show the world the real Nick, he let his own fake image run free. Until Cori Dash – the only person who told him exactly how it was, even if it stung.

When Cori is faced with her ex-fiance, now engaged to her ex-best friend, it’s game on. In her boldest move yet, she concocts her biggest lie to date by introducing the first handsome stranger that walks by as her new fiancé. Happy to play the part, Nick is already planning the fake wedding of her dreams.

You know what they say about lying – the truth always comes out – and it hurts. Especially when Cori finds out she isn’t the biggest Liar in this game, and she’s been out played.

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Stephanie St. Klaire is a Pacific Northwest native currently living in Portland, Oregon with her husband, five children, and two ferocious lap dogs that are used to the finer things in life like sleeping all day. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found with a plate full of taco’s, a side of bean dip, and probably some gummy bears while being a little bit hippy and a lot bit busy mom’ing and wife’ing.
When she’s not tossing around gritty crime show inspired serial killers and diabolical bad guys, she likes to make people pee their pants a little with a good romcom. Sometimes, her worlds collide, and she writes really funny stuff right before she kills people off on the pages! She loves murder and mayhem as much as a good laugh and HEA! That’s why she’s a die-hard Hallmark junky but loves her gritty crime shows – balance!
Stephanie has always been a story teller, with the gift of “gab”, and a life-long goal to be a writer. Unfortunate circumstances with her health, finally afforded her the time to do so. Irony at its best, she began writing her first novel at an adverse time, to escape her circumstance and explore the stories in her imagination for relief. She is happy to share those stories with her readers, and bring a little fun, entertainment, and of course smexy characters to the pages.
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The Charm of You – Excerpt Reveal

Today we are sharing an excerpt from THE CHARM OF YOU by Jennifer Probst. This book is a sexy standalone, RomCom title, that is releasing on August 17th. Check out the pre-order links below to reserve your copy now.

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THE CHARM OF YOU by Jennifer Probst

Releasing August 17

Synopsis:

It Takes Three Simple Steps To Make a Guy Fall in Love with you…
Determination.
Seduction.
Charm.
Let the game begin…

Presley Cabot has come a long way from the overweight, awkward college student who fell hard for the gorgeous track star, Nolan Banks, only to be humiliated after their one night together. Now, she’s one of the billionaire badass owners of LWW Enterprises and has everything she’d ever wanted in life, leaving her past behind.
But when Nolan comes back into town, and doesn’t even recognize the girl he once destroyed, she decides to invoke her own personal revenge. The plan is simple—make him fall hard for her, then dump him. She transforms herself into his perfect woman using three simple steps to spin her web.
But she never planned on getting caught up in old feelings…and new promises…

Nolan Banks leaves Wall Street behind to open up a brewery in his small college town. Finally ready to carve out his life away from the dreams of his family, he never expected to find an immediate attraction to the sexy corporate mogul who challenges him at every step. He falls hard and fast, determined to show her they’re meant for each other, until the truth of their shared past shatters their fragile foundation. But Nolan is playing for higher stakes, and he’s not about to let Presley walk away without a fight. Can he convince her his feelings have nothing to do with the game rules, and everything to do with the woman she is?

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She’d known all along he’d lied about his identity in order to secure this appointment. Admiration flowed through him, along with a strange punch in his gut that urged him closer. The spicy scent of orange blossoms and clove filled the air, making him want to breathe deeper. “How did you know?” he asked, stopping on the opposite side of the monstrous espresso structure that held two oversized monitors, dozens of papers, and a toppling pile of books. “I thought I covered my tracks nicely.”

She gave a half shrug and reached for her Starbucks cup, seemingly already bored with his conversation. “You’re predictable.”

Male pride stung, he still couldn’t help laughing. Why did he have to be attracted to a woman who gave him shit? Would be so much easier to find a more complacent partner for an affair. Unfortunately, Nolan knew it was way too late for him. He was officially smitten. “Then I’ll have to up my game.”

Another shrug. “Maybe you have no game left.” She sipped her coffee and studied him, those stunning eyes shielding her secrets. He ached to know every detail about this woman, but knew he’d have his work cut out for him.

“Come to lunch with me and find out.”

She tilted her head. Tapped her index finger again those bee stung lips as if considering. “Why?”

Her question delighted him. “Because the moment you walked into my brewery I haven’t been able to get you off my mind.”

“How sweet.” She fluttered her lashes. “Too bad I forgot you the moment I walked out of your brewery.”

He dropped into the chair opposite the massive desk and hooked his foot over his knee. He made no attempt to hide his naked admiration for those amazing legs or the brazen way she challenged him to go and try. Her foot flexed, lifting the spiked heel, and those sleek muscles clenched under golden skin. His dick practically wept and got strangled in his jeans. “Ouch. What if I confessed you were the first woman in a long while to intrigue me?”

“Yeah? What intrigues you so much?”

He warmed up to the topic. “Besides your rapier wit, and superior intelligence? Your eyes. When I look into your eyes, I seem to lose track of time. I don’t want to be anywhere else.”

Was it possible she actually looked bored with his compliment? She gave a long-suffering sigh, regarding him like he was mentally challenged. “Please tell me you have better things in your arsenal. And you better upgrade from that Peter Gabriel song because it’s been overdone. I spend every Saturday with a personal trainer who makes me throw up for fun, so I really don’t want to hear about my pretty eyes or wit. Go ahead and bring it. Tell me I have a slamming body and get creative, dude, or I’m throwing you out and you won’t get another chance to bang me.”

God, she was magnificent.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst – Bio:
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at http://www.jenniferprobst.com.

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