BOOK REVIEW – A Reason to Remember – Leigh Duncan

A Reason to Remember

4 STARS!

A sweet story about remembering the good times even during tough times.

Margo Langdon is waiting for her husband to get home.  They are supposed to be finalizing everything and signing their divorce papers that night.

David Langdon is late getting home, as usual.  Just after he arrives, a freak accident occurs that lands him in the hospital unable to remember the last 10 years of their life together.

Margo stays by his side while he’s unconscious, then once he’s awake, they relive their love through the years as he talks about things he remembers from 10 years ago when they were young and in love while still in college.  And they relive the early years of what he can’t remember, while she describes their wedding to him and their life through the years.

When his memory comes back, will they still be basking in the memories and love they feel with one another, or will the divorce continue with them going their separate ways?

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BOOK REVIEW – Take the Storm – Rebecca Zanetti – Rising Storm Episode 6

Take the Storm

4 STARS!

This episode deals with whether Marisol will ever agree to date Patrick, or whether she will continue to live her life for her siblings.  We also go back to touch base with several of the previous characters to see what’s happened since we last left them.

Luis Moreno, Mallory Alvarez, Lacey Salt & Jeffry Rush are all at a party and have an altercation.  Brittany Rush is having fun getting to know Marcus Alvarez.  Logan Murphy and Ginny Moreno are still seeking comfort with each other, while she continues to feel guilty about the lies she has told.

Only two more episodes to go in this part.  Can’t wait to see what happens!

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RELEASE BLAST/BOOK REVIEW/GIVEAWAY – Wishes for Christmas – Fern Michaels

Wishes for Christmas

4 STARS!

This book is broken into 3 parts.  They each tell their own story, but there is some connection of characters along the way.  I found the first part to be hard to follow, but the 2nd two parts were good and had a nice story to each of them.

And the Angels Sing
This part of the book isn’t exactly easy to follow.  I think there’s a lot of backstory in previous books about a Sisterhood, that probably have you knowing about each character, but in this particular one, they are a group of middle aged to older women and men who refer to each other as “Sisters” and “the boys”.  They team up to help Maggie do a good deed for something she feels guilty about doing or not doing in the past.  They track down a former teacher of Maggie’s and set about making her dreams come true through helping the less fortunate.

Naughty or Nice
This part centers around Teresa Amelia Loudenberry, Toots to her family and friends. and around those near and dear to her.  They are preparing for Charleston’s annual holiday showcase of historical homes.  When something arises surrounding one of the decorators working on her daughter’s home, they all rally around to help out and find some answers for this woman and her 3 kids.

A Golden Tree
This part centers around Holly Simmons and her families Inn.  She hires on a temporary assistant to help with the holiday rush.  Both of their grandfathers have recently gone to live at the Haven, where strange things are happening.  We see Toots and her friend Sophie pop up in this book to help investigate the Haven.

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BOOK REVIEW – Her Secret Christmas Hero – Mallory Kane

Her Secret Christmas Hero

5 STARS!

A heartwarming little Christmas tale!  A fast easy read that will make you smile.

Allie McHale is preparing the barn to spend Christmas Eve there with her horse.  There’s a storm coming, and she wants to be able to keep an eye on CeCe because she’s days away from having her first foal.  When she’s getting the last of her supplies set up in the barn, she hears the unmistakeable sound of a vehicle crashing over the embankment a half a mile from her Montana farm.

She makes her way there through the snowstorm and finds one lone survivor.  A prisoner in handcuffs.  She gets him loose from the vehicle and takes him back to the barn with her to wait out the storm.

Jake Reeves was being transported back to Seattle to testify against his father and brother who are big into organized crime.

Once the storm passes, Jake is taken back into custody and heads off to testify.  Will they be able to forget each other and the night they shared in her barn?

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BOOK REVIEW – Lucky Kiss – Melanie Shawn

Lucky Kiss

5 STARS!

Another sweet, yet sexy hot, love story by Melanie Shawn!

Lucas “Lucky” Dorsey had decided to join the rest of his family in Hope Falls, CA.  HIs twin brother Logan, older brother Levi, cousin Adam and his Dad, Charlie AKA Pops, the newly reconciled member of the family, all have made their home in this cozy little town.  Lucky is coming off of an awesome win in his MMA fighting career, but his head hasn’t been in the game since.

Deanna Bishop is also new to town and is the first female firefighter Hope Falls Fire Department has ever had.  She’s got a history with fame in the family, so when she runs across the big bad MMA hero, she’s quick to turn and run at the attraction she instantly feels for him.

Lucky is blown away by what he feels for her, and it energizes him to get his gym up and running and start getting his head back into training again.  Can he convince Deanna that he’s an okay guy or will she continue to give him the cold shoulder?

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BOOK REVIEW – Caught – Clare James

Caught

5 STARS!

LOVED this book!  It’s super hot and steamy from the very first page, and I loved the characters.  He’s supposed to be some stuck up famous jerk, but he’s just a down to earth guy that not many people ever take the time to really know.  And she likes that side of him … a lot!  I didn’t want the book to end, I was ready for more of these two.

Vivian Blake works for Elite Public Relations in Atlanta, but she’s been dreaming of making it to the New York office for a long time now.  Her boss keeps holding her back and refusing to send her there … but hands her a new client that she says will get her the job she’s been wanting if she succeeds in cleaning up his image and getting him to the big race in 2 months.

Jarod Cage is a NASCAR hottie, who has been caught with his pants down.  Literally.  A tape of him getting it on has been leaked to the press … and now Viv needs to put a different spin on it and clean up his image.

Will she be able to keep him under control long enough to get to that big race?  And when heat flies between the two of them over and over again, will she really want to control it?

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BOOK REVIEW – Second Chance Family – Leigh Duncan

Second Chance Family

5 STARS!

A great second chance at love story that is well written and makes you feel immersed into the story as you read along.

Travis Oak is a Phys Ed teacher at Orange Blossom Elementary and happens to be the one close by to intervene when 10 year old Josh Smith gets himself into trouble.  Travis can see that the boy has had some hard times in the last year, so he goes to bat and makes a deal with the Principal to stop him from being expelled.

Courtney Smith is at her wits end with her son’s behavior, but has a big chip on her shoulder when baseball is brought into the mix of how to help him.  She only agrees to let him work with Coach Oak in Little League because she’s given no other option.

Travis is waiting on the call to go coach for the Minor Leagues.  It’s all he’s dreamed about since an injury took away his future hope of moving up from Minors to pitch for the Majors.  Now, he’s seeing that living the life he’s living isn’t half bad.  Will he decide to settle down and stay put … especially when he and Courtney start to show interest in each other?  And will Courtney be able to look past Travis’ dream and trust him or will she continue to let her past betrayals by her Major League former husband taint her?

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BLOG TOUR – BOOK REVIEW/GIVEAWAY – Dirty English – Ilsa Madden-Mills

Dirty English

5 STARS!

A hot fighter … a damaged girl … lust at first site!  I didn’t want to put the book down, and once I got to the end, I still wanted more.  I adored Elizabeth & Declan!  A broken bird who hides away from human contact on a regular basis, lets in the British badass who should scare her just by the sight of his muscled, tattooed body.

Elizabeth Bennett is moving into an off-campus apartment as she is just about to start her Junior year at college.  She has her two best friends from high school that she interacts with a lot, but other than that, she goes to class, studies hard, works part time at the bookstore, and comes home.  She is haunted by her past, and wants her future to be laid out in her terms.  She chooses what she does, who she talks to, how she does it, and when she walks away.

Declan Blay has just moved in across the hall from her.  Originally from London, he & his brother moved to live with the father they barely knew in their pre-teen years.  Declan is ready to finish up his Senior year and get on with his life so he can stop hearing his father try to tell him what to do.

Elizabeth & Declan meet at a frat party that her friends managed to drag her to.  There’s instant attraction, but they manage to get pulled to different sections of the house until Declan sees her getting upset and rushes to her rescue.  They become friends and try to fight their attraction.  As they grow closer and reveal their pasts to each other, then share one night of hot sex, will they decide they have a future or will Elizabeth stick to her vow to walk away after one night?

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One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more.

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

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“Come to my apartment and spend the night with me.” I touched his face, my fingers stroking the softness of his sensuous lips. “Just one night and we can make this shitty world disappear.”

He exhaled. “A one-night stand?”

“Yeah.”

He cupped my chin. “Someone hurt you, didn’t they?”

My lips tightened. No one at Whitman knew about Colby except for Shelley and Blake, and I sure as hell wasn’t telling him. He’d judge me like everyone else had in Petal, North Carolina. “That’s none of your business.”

“I see.” His eyes searched mine until I felt like a bug under a microscope. “What if I wanted more than just one night?”

“Then your hands can let go of my hips now.”

He removed his hands slowly, the tips of his fingers grazing mine. “This may surprise you, but I don’t sleep with every girl I kiss.”

I’d been rejected. Again. “Blake said you got around, that you used—”

“And you believed him?” His voice was incredulous. “Dude is in love with you and he saw exactly how we looked at each other tonight—”

“Looked at each other? What are you talking about? You refused to dance with me and then you ran off with your girlfriend. Not to mention I just kissed you and you didn’t even care.” I threw my hands up.

“I wanted to fuck you the minute you walked in that party,” he snapped.

“Then why don’t you,” I bit out, tossing back my shoulders.

“You think you want me?” he said tightly. “You can’t handle me, Elizabeth. I can see it in your eyes. You’re scared of something, maybe not me, but something.”

My eyes went to his black eye.

He let out a harsh laugh. “Ah, that’s what you’re afraid of. You want the real truth? You told me tonight you didn’t like violence, but I’m an arsehole who uses his fists. That’s who I am.”

“What do you mean?”

His gaze was intense, dark and low, his face struggling as he fought to find the right words. “I’m in a fight club for money. I show up at warehouses and fight other blokes. Sometimes I beat them so bad they need medical attention. A few times, I’ve been beat to unconsciousness. I’m everything you need to stay away from.”

I inhaled, anger and lust and excitement all riding me. Anger that he was pushing me away, lust for the alpha male in him, and God help me, the fighting thing repelled me and excited me at the same time. “I don’t want to stay away from you. I want you to fuck me and stop making excuses for why you can’t.”

My words seemed to snap his taut restraint.

He pulled me back in his arms, his lips fusing with mine unerringly. His tongue plundered me in a sensual way my body had craved for years. I wrapped my arms around his neck, my anger morphing into all-out desire as he turned us and pressed me against the wall.

Yes, yes, this is what I craved.

A passion to remind me that I was real, not just some sad excuse of a girl who chose to exist on scraps of love.

Before I knew it, he’d shoved my robe off, his hands sculpting my shoulders, massaging them as he ravaged my mouth. I reveled in the warmth of his hand on my neck as his mouth skated down, kissing the hollows of my throat, sucking on my collarbone.

“Like this?” he asked, his voice dark and gravelly. “You want me to take you up against this wall?”

“Yes,” I moaned. Gone. Past caring as long as he kept his hands on me.

Out of control, my brain whispered, but I beat back the dark warnings as his warm hand found my breast and squeezed, his fingers rolling my nipple between his thumb and forefinger.

I gasped in pleasure and arched my back to get closer to his body, ignoring the fear that pricked at the surface.

The rules girl in my head stamped her foot and yelled at me. I ignored her.

But even if I wanted to stop right now, I couldn’t. My tongue tangled wildly with his, my hands pulled at his hair, spurring him on, his hand palming my breast and then tugging. Sharp sensations of need went straight to my core.

“Is this what you want? Something quick where we just take what we want and forget each other the next day?”

No. Not that. Not like the way he said it, like it was something dirty.

“Yes, like that,” I whispered against his shoulder, my mouth on his skin, tasting him as my teeth bit down.

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About the Author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She’s addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding heroes in books. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she’s a Gemini), Sephora make-up, and tattoos.

She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education.

When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.

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BOOK REVIEW – Want – Emma Rider

Want

4 STARS!

Hot MMA Fighter … need I say more? 🙂  Yes, this book is intense, sexy and a knock out of a read!  I got a chuckle out of the premise of the book, but the characters drew me in and I ended up liking them and cheering them on along the way.

Jade Andrews is a Professional Cuddler.  It’s not what she went to college for, but it’s what’s paying the bills at a time when no one else will hire her.  She’s been lied to, cheated, and taken for quite a ride over the last couple of years and for once she just needs thing to go right for a change.

Ryland Cole is a champion MMA Fighter, known as “The Savage”.  He’s a tough guy … and if he sees something he wants, he gets it.  When he sees Jade, he instantly wants to claim her for his own, so he sets plans into motion to do that.

Jade’s friend is in trouble, and she needs money to help him get out of it.  The only big offer of money she’s had lately was from Ryland, to accompany him on his fight tour.  She turned him down, but now has no other option than to warm his bed every night for the next few months if she wants to help her friend Gus.

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BOOK REVIEW – A Friendly Arrangement – Christine Warner

A Friendly Arrangement

5 STARS!

It’s fun, it’s flirty, it’s hot … I loved it!

Once in awhile you read a book and instantly connect with the characters.  This was one of those for me.  From the minute I was introduced to Holly and Roth, I loved them.  They have a fun relationship that has you grinning as you read them give each other a hard time, and they are both just very relatable.  I could imagine being friends with both of them! 🙂

Holly Haggerty and Roth Esterly live across the hall from each other and are the best of buds.  They are alike in their thinking about life and just get each other.  Neither wants to ever have a serious relationship or a family.

Holly comes from a close knit family.  Really too close for her liking.  She adores her twin sister and two brothers as well as her parents and Gram, but they all just love to smother her with advice about finding a husband, having a family, and most often about working a more reliable job instead of her own business.

Roth is somewhat close with his younger brother and Mom, but very estranged from his older brother and his Dad before his death.  He’s single and loving it, but so tired of friends constantly trying to set him up with someone.

They come up with a plan to be each other’s “Plus One” when they have an event or function to go to.  Their friends will stop fixing them up because they will think they are already dating.  It’s perfect!  Until they start feeling super attracted to each other and decide to have a little fun one night.  No problem, they just decide they’ll tweak their agreement and become Plus One’s with benefits.

When they each start to realize they are having feelings for each other, will they decide to actually be in a relationship?  And when an unexpected complication is thrown into the mix, will they support each other through it, or will it be the end of their agreement … and maybe even their friendship?

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