REVIEW: All I Need Is You — Wendy S. Marcus

All I Need Is You

4 STARS!

Steamy!!

Neve Jaimes is a 24 year old gymnastics instructor/Adiago dancer living in New York.  She gets the idea to be a Pen Pal to an army soldier from her best friend Brooke.  She reaches out to 23 year old Rory McRoy who is from Boston and is currently deployed to Afghanistan.  They begin to exchange letters and emails filled with tidbits about themselves, encouragement for each other as they go through this situation or that, and lots of flirting and hot sexy talk!

Rory gets leave, comes to visit Neve, and after a sexy encounter, somethings happen that make Neve think that Rory has been lying to her for months and has a fiance waiting for him.  She cuts off ties and refuses to hear anything he has to say or talk to him again.

A few months later, Rory is done with his time in the Army and immediately comes looking for Neve to try to get her to listen to him about what happened.  She’s still mad and refusing to talk, but then collapses and has to be rushed to the hospital.  Rory sticks by her side while there, so she eventually agrees to hear his side of the story once she’s awake and she forgives him for the misunderstanding and allows him to stay and help her recover once she goes home.

They have a couple of months enjoying life together while she recuperates, and then she wants to go off and have her life changing experiences that she’s been planning for.  Will they come back together and share a future?  Read the book to find out!

** Received free from Net Galley to review **

REVIEW: Following Doctor’s Orders — Caro Carson

Following Doctor's Orders

5 STARS!

I really enjoyed reading this book!  It has the sexy self-confident man flirting aspect, yet turns into a sweet love story.  Keeps you reading page after page without taking a break because you just have to know will she, or won’t she!

It starts out with sexy Firefighter/Paramedic Zach Bishop constantly flirting with Dr. Brooke Brown when he drops patients off at the hospital she is an ER Physician at.  It goes on for months of her acting stand-offish while he flirts corny pick up lines.  They finally have a real conversation after a shared patient experience and she agrees to go out with him.  A romance quickly ensues, but they both carry past baggage that threatens their happiness.

Will she be able to overcome her childhood trauma to find happiness?  And will his sudden intrusion of a possible 4 year old child tear down the work he’s already accomplished with her?  Can they meld into a true happily ever after?  Read the book to find out!

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REVIEW:  SEAL’s Ultimate Challenge — Elle Jame

 

5 STARS!

I really enjoyed this book!  Hope there are more to come with the other character’s stories. 🙂

It starts out with Cory “Reaper” Nipton being injured in Afghanistan and sent to Walter Reed in Bethesda, MD to recuperate from his injury.  He meets his Physical Therapist, Leigha Fields, and is attracted to her and hates her all at the same time.  She works him super hard to goad him into seeing that he can still have a life even though he can’t be a SEAL anymore.  He finds himself falling for her, and the feeling is mutual, but it’s a taboo relationship.  #1, she’s his Physical Therapist and he’s her patient, #2, he’s engaged to Delaney O-Connell!

Through the story, Cory and Leigha grow closer when circumstances put her in danger, and he feels the need to protect her.  Will he stay true to his fiance, or will his feelings for Leigha win out?  Will he be able to keep her safe?  And what kind of life will he be able to lead if he’s not able to be a SEAL anymore?  Read to find out!  Highly recommend!

** Received free from Elle to review **

REVIEW: Having Her Boss’s Baby — Maureen Child

Having Her Boss's Baby

4 STARS!

An enjoyable read!  You are introduced to Brady Finn, and to see him on the surface he comes off as some rich mogul who cares about making money and is standoffish and cold to all he meets, very single minded in work, work, work.  But then when you see him interact with his business partners, Mike and Sean Ryan, and you see what a brother-like relationship the three of them have together, you see a softer side.  And then in walks Aine Donovan.  She’s the Manager of the hotel the partners have just bought in Ireland.  The second she and Brady meet, there are sparks.  They are attracted to each other instantly, and seem to irritate each other just as quickly.  They fight their feelings for each other for weeks while they work on the remodel plans for the hotel, growing closer every day, and then one night, they give in to their passion.  She heads back to Ireland almost immediately after, and when he goes to visit several months later, he learns he’s going to be a Daddy.

Will he learn how to have a true relationship even though he feels like he’s never known love?  Will she learn how to reach through and break down the stone wall he has built around his heart?

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REVIEW: The Pregnancy Plot — Carol Ericson

The Pregnancy Plot

5 STARS!

The continuation of the Brothers in Arms: Retribution series kept the intensity high with The Pregnancy Plot!  This was a quick read because I was too tied up in to seeing what happened next and didn’t put it down much in between chapters.

It picks up in Los Angeles with letting us meet Nina Moore, the ex-fiance of Simon Skinner who was the gunman responsible for the lab destruction in the prior book in the series, Under Fire.  Nina gets scared because she thinks someone is stalking her, possibly Simon, so she moves back home to Washington to fix up the Bed & Breakfast her Mother and Step-father ran prior to their deaths.  She had tried to locate Simon after they broke up because she found out she was pregnant, but was not able to find him.  She can’t shake this feeling of being watched and when strange things start happening around her, she is quick to pick up and go home.

Back in Washington, she quickly meets Jase Bennett, former Marine currently working for Jack Coburn as a Special Ops Agent at Prospero.  He passes himself off as Jase Buckley, a man just out of the military looking for a quiet place to write a book about his experiences.  His true objective is to keep Nina safe in case Tempest is after her while Jack investigates Max Duvall’s intel to see if there’s any truth to his stories of what happened with Simon.

With bodies accumulating around town, will Jase be able to keep Nina safe?  Who is connected to who, and what truth will come out?

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REVIEW: Hellfire, Texas

Hellfire, Texas

HELLFIRE, TEXAS — by Elle James — Part of the 12-Alarm Cowboys Collection

5 STARS

This book really drew me in from the start, and I didn’t put it down until I had read it all.  The characters are very easy to relate to, and you find yourself wanting to reach through the book and pinch some sense into Kinsey in the beginning when she’s not wanting the truth to come out.  Eventually she sees reason and you can relax again.

The story starts with Becket Grayson stumbling across old family friend, Kinsey Phillips, in need of help on the road leading to his family’s ranch.  When Becket finds out she’s fleeing an abusive ex, he is intent on helping her.  His family gets on board and they vow to keep her safe.  Being in close quarters with Becket causes the old crush Kinsey had on him to come rushing back, and he is finding grown up Kinsey hard to resist as well.  Read the book to find out what happens in this attraction of two childhood friends, and see if she is truly rid of her abusive ex or not.  I didn’t want this one to end!

** Received free from Elle to review **

REVIEW: The Rebel Cowboy’s Quadruplets

The Rebel Cowboy's Quadruplets

4 STARS!

Justin Morant lets his friend, Ty Spurlock, talk him into going to Bridesmaids Creek, Texas while he recovers from a rodeo injury that ended his career.  Ty makes him think that Mackenzie Hawthorne placed an ad on a dating site, when in reality, she isn’t looking for a man for anything other than help around the ranch.  She’s recently divorced from a dead-beat that ran off on her once she became pregnant with quadruplets.

The characters are very relatable and you find yourself pulling for them to overcome all of the obstacles being thrown at them and hoping they will wind up together.  Read and see if Justin can get Mackenzie to let another man close to her after her last experience, and see if Mackenzie can convince Justin that he’s a forever kind of guy.

** Received free from Tina to review **

REVIEW: Surrendering to the Sheriff

Surrendering to the Sheriff

5 STARS!

The continuation of the Sweetwater Ranch saga does not disappoint!  Exciting drama awaits you throughout the book as you follow the continuation of the hunt for answers.

Jewell O’Neal is in jail awaiting trial for murdering her rumored lover, Whitt Braddock, 23 years ago.  Her sister, Kendall is trying to prove her innocence, but hits a speed bump in her investigation when she has a one night stand with Whitt’s son, Aiden, that results in an unplanned pregnancy.

Aiden finds out about the baby as he’s trying to rescue Jewell from kidnappers who want evidence in the case destroyed.  Will the lifelong feud between their families out way the feelings that fly between them every time they are close to each other?  Read the book to see if Aiden can keep Jewell and the baby safe, and if love will prevail.

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REVIEW: Breaking Her Rules

Breaking Her Rules

5 STARS!

Jennifer Snow has a knock-out on her hands here!

I really enjoyed this book! From the first couple of sentences of Chapter one, you are intrigued and drawn in to see what’s going on as Grace and Walker’s story starts to unfold. Grace is a MMA Fight Promoter in Las Vegas, and when her best friend Kylie calls her up needing a favor, she of course can’t say no. So what if she’s three weeks away from ending her lease and moving in with her boyfriend Erik, she still agrees to let Kylie’s big brother Walker crash on her couch until she moves.

Walker has just dropped out of law school to move to Las Vegas to take up MMA fighting full time and his disapproving father has cut off his trust fund, so he’s broke. Sparks start to fly as the old crush Grace had on him in school flares up and Walker finally notices she’s alive. Read the book to find out if their attraction will win out or if she will still be moving in with that boyfriend in a few weeks, and to see if Walker can pull off the first big fight of his career.

** Received free from Jennifer to review **

Preserving Family Recipes

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3 STARS!
This book called out to me when I saw the cover and read the title. I am one of “those people” that has boxes of recipes from my Mom that need to be organized. I have the ones I truly treasure at this point, of being without her for over 9 years, that were written by hand. Just seeing that old familiar handwriting can take you back in time with just a glance. Then of course are the ones she cut out of magazines thinking to try someday.

In reading this book, I got some really good ideas on preserving the recipes, in particular her hand written ones, and some good points of how to showcase them. Some choose the recipe boxes, other binders that can be easily reorganized, and then others photo albums, etc.

I enjoyed the preservation and display info, and I enjoyed the writers stories throughout of her grandparents and parents through recipes that meant a lot to her. I did feel like there was a lot of filler in the latter chapters. I got the most personally out of Chapters 1 through 3 and Chapter 7.

** Received free from NetGalley to review **