Archives for October 12, 2018

* Review * GOOD LUCK WITH THAT by Kristan Higgins

* Review * GOOD LUCK WITH THAT by Kristan HigginsGood Luck with That Published by Berkley on August 7, 2018
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four-stars

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults.

For each of them, that means something different. For Marley, it's coming to terms with the survivor's guilt she's carried around since her twin sister's death, which has left her blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it's about learning to stop trying to live up to her mother's and brother's ridiculous standards, and learning to accept the love her ex-husband has tried to give her.

But as Marley and Georgia grow stronger, the real meaning of Emerson's dying wish becomes truly clear: more than anything, she wanted her friends to love themselves.

 

An emotional journey of friendship, self-awareness and finding the ideal way to just be YOU! Through a roller coaster of emotions, Kristan Higgins takes us on a journey of three women who met and became the best of friends just before they all embarked on that all encompassing journey of starting college and starting a life on their own. They stayed in touch through the years and even as life’s ups and downs took them further apart, they all held the others dear to their heart and knew one day they’d do that dream get together again. Only the end comes way too soon for one of them, and it leaves the other two reeling and finding comfort in the friendship they shared. The story brings forth a beautiful message of not judging a book by it’s cover, and to truly attempt to see people for who they really are, not through an obscured view of what’s acceptable … even yourself!

Emerson, Georgia and Marley met and instantly clicked at weight-loss camp the summer before they were starting college. Georgia and Marley settled closer together, so they stayed in better contact, but Emerson was further away and brought into the loop when possible. Now in their thirties, Georgia and Marley are saddened to be called to Emerson’s side as she wanted to secure a promise from them on her deathbed … she wanted them to complete the list of dreams they compiled as teens.

Georgia loved and lost early in life because she failed to see the worth she gave to life and her relationships. An ever unpleasant family dynamic between an impossible to please mother and a judgemental brother made for a warped view of love, family and self-worth. When a second chance at happiness crosses her path, will she be able to see a brighter future for herself in time to jump out and hold on?

Marley has spent her life living on the edge of guilt because she still has a life that she feels like the twin sister she lost at the age of four just might have deserved more than her. She comes across as the most confident of the three, but part of her doesn’t live for herself, and doesn’t allow herself to be treated the way she deserves. When faced with the possibility of love, will she be able to overcome her demons and believe she deserves it?

four-stars

* Review * THE BILLIONAIRE’S LEGACY by Reese Ryan

* Review * THE BILLIONAIRE’S LEGACY by Reese RyanThe Billionaire's Legacy by Reese Ryan
Series: Billionaires and Babies
Published by Harlequin Desire on October 1, 2018
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five-stars

“Just for tonight.”

Until their chance reunion takes a sharp turn…toward twins.

Tech billionaire Benjamin Bennett can’t resist a steamy weekend with Sloane Sutton—his crush on her goes way back. But when he tracks her down, she’s pregnant—with twins! Now their fling needs trust to survive. Benji wants a wedding; his family claims she’s a gold digger. But Sloane won’t be bought—or married. Can they find common ground…and a shot at forever?

 

One night … to parenthood! You might recognize a few of the names in this book if you read Reese Ryan’s previous Desire because they’re related to the folks at King’s Finest Distillery. This particular couple grabbed my attention quickly and the angst rolling off of them and in particular his family made for a really enthralling read. I loved their story! Fast paced, great characters and a well-developed story line.

When tech billionaire Benjamin Bennett had the opportunity for one night of passion with the woman he’s had a crush on since he was just a boy, there was no way he was passing that up! Six months later he still hasn’t been able to get her off his mind, so when he returns from his extended business trip, he goes to see her … imagine his surprise when he finds her pregnant with his babies!

Sloane Sutton knew that having a one time fling with her best friend’s little brother was not a great idea, but sometimes the best of intentions go out the window when desire takes over. Now he’s mad she didn’t tell him about the babies, his family thinks she’s a gold digger, and she just simply wants everyone to go away and let her live her life!

five-stars

* Review * GOT IT BAD by Christi Barth

* Review * GOT IT BAD by Christi BarthGot it Bad by Christi Barth
Series: Bad Boys Gone Good #3
Published by Avon Impulse on September 18, 2018
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four-stars

In USA Today bestseller Christi Barth’s last Bad Boys Gone Good novel, the brother who’s always followed the rules finally gets to be a little bad.

Kellan Maguire was a semester away from becoming a lawyer when his life imploded. Now he’s in Witness Protection, hiding from the mob and mad as hell that his brothers lied to him about, oh, everything. The only bright spot in his new life is their drop-dead-gorgeous U.S. Marshal handler. Yeah, he wants to handle her... a lot.

Federal Marshal Delaney Evans has protected her fair share of dangerous criminals. But Kellan is a whole different kind of dangerous—dangerously hot, to be specific. The charming, handsome, and utterly law-abiding Maguire brother got under her skin the moment they met and the more time she spends with him, the harder it is to deny their attraction. Delaney’s willing to give Kellan one night—to get him out of her system—and then it’s over.

Except one night isn’t enough and soon they’re breaking every rule of WITSEC to be together. Kellan’s got it bad for her, but Delaney’s career, her entire life, would fall apart if anyone found out. And then the biggest complication of all hits…

 

The good guy has finally gone bad! With the final book in her Bad Boys Gone Good series, Christi Barth brings us the story of the straight and narrow brother Kellan. I had hoped for a little more drama surrounding how the series would end, but it was entertaining none-the-less. Kellan and Delaney didn’t forge the connection that his brothers and their ladies did in the previous two books, maybe because she had been an on-going character throughout and wasn’t just being introduced. Overall the series was fun.

Kellan Maquire was just a conceited almost lawyer with one semester yet to go when he was whisked away from the world he knew and into witness protection with his mobster brothers. Kellan still hasn’t forgiven Rafe and Flynn for keeping it all a secret and for not giving him an option in how it all went down. He’s basically just going through the motions of his boring job at the cranberry plant while his brothers embrace their new lives and new loves.

US Marshall Delaney Evans hasn’t had it easy since she was assigned the Maquire brothers. They’ve been a thorn in her side for awhile now, but she can’t deny that the youngest one really gets under her skin. When she makes the mistake of giving in to temptation and starting a secret fling with him, she knows her job is on the line if anyone finds out about them.

four-stars