** Book Review ** BODY CONTACT by Cathryn Fox

Body Contact

5 STARS!

Hot and steamy with a whole bunch of sweetness as Cathryn Fox’s Hands On series continues with Part 2 BODY CONTACT!

Pro footballer Jack Rider is enjoying the journey of two weeks that he promised inexperienced Danielle Long … more than he should be considering there’s an ending date already out there!  She’s sweet and sexy and so excited and willing to learn anything and everything that will please him … talk about sexy!

Danielle Lang couldn’t have picked a nicer or SEXIER guy to ask to teach her about all things sex … but the downside is, she could really fall for him!

Stay tuned for the big conclusion in Part 3!

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** Blog Tour / Book Review ** THE BEST FRIEND BARGAIN by Robin Bielman

The Best Friend Bargain

5 STARS!

A quirky friends-to-lovers romance that will have you smiling!

Olivia Lincoln has gotten herself into quite a predicament this time .. and she needs the help of her best friend Danny to get out of it!  She knows Danny will help her, because he’s always been her go to guy … that’s all it is … right?

Danny Ellis likes having a good time and enjoying life, but he decided long ago that settling down and having a family will not be in the cards for him.  Imagine his surprise when Liv comes to visit and announces to the town gossip that they are engaged and having a baby!

What starts out as a favor for a friend turns serious quickly when attractions that aren’t supposed to be there get out of control.  Best friends forever … right?

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The Best Friend Bargain

by Robin Bielman
Kisses in the Sand #2
Publication Date: August 8, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled Lovestruck, Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis: Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.

The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.

As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.

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Synopsis: A temporary agreement neither could keep…

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.

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Honor Mitchell has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, so when she promises to do the things on her dying best friend’s wish list, she’s determined to follow through and do something right for a change. But when she’s thrown together for wedding duties with the one man who complicates her vow–just by looking at him–she has to put her faith in Bryce Bishop’s pledge to help her, no strings attached.

Bryce’s near one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend’s best friend a few months ago might have been a mistake, but helping the beautiful, free-spirited Honor with her promise isn’t. His trust in women is shot, but he can’t help but play his best man card to his advantage and help Honor tick off the items on his ex’s list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans–and heart–in serious jeopardy.

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When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts all of her story ideas.
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** Book Review ** WANTING IT ALL by Christi Barth

Wanting It All

4 STARS!

Sexy, fun and hard to put down!  I enjoyed this follow up in the Naked Men series even more than the first one!  Can’t wait to see Logan come into the picture in Book 3!

Madison Abbott strikes out on her own to leave her home in Alaska and relocate to Washington, D.C. for several reasons … she’s wanting to meet the long lost brother she didn’t know she had, she has been given her dream library job, and she wants a better selection to work with in finding her future husband.  When she runs across Knox right off the bat, she’s not sure what to think!

Knox Davies is an all around ladies man.  He’s smart, successful and likes to enjoy it!  He likes fancy things, and isn’t about to limit himself to just one woman when there is such an array out there for the taking!

Instant attraction leads to a first date … genuine fondness for each other leads to more.  Madison winds up setting her mind on making Knox fall in love with her at the same time that he’s telling her he’s only in it for the short haul.  When he finds out that the brother she came looking for is his best friend Logan, he’s in an even bigger conundrum!

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** Blog Tour / Book Review ** FOR LOVE OR MONEY by Tara Taylor Quinn

For Love Or Money

5 STARS!

A heartfelt book that touches on so many lessons in life.  There’s not a huge amount of romance in it, but there’s a growing love and affection that stems from two families torn apart by heartache, that find their ways to happiness again … together!

A reality TV cooking show competition is the setting for this new series, Family Secrets, by Tara Taylor Quinn.  In this story, Janie Young is a single mother to a special needs child and needs all the help she can get to give him all of the little extras he needs to enjoy a full life.  She really needs that prize money and exposure to future success!

Burke Carter is a successful orthopedic surgeon with a teenage daughter who needs him to win this competition in order for her to be able to put a better spin on things that have happened in the past.

Both parents adore their child and only want to have them be okay … and they both like each other and can’t help themselves from becoming closer during this competition.  When a winner is crowned, how will it effect their budding relationship?

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Adult Contemporary Romance
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There’s no way that struggling single mom Janie Young is going to lose Family Secrets. Not even to Dr. Burke Carter. The prize money and media exposure from the cooking-competition show will secure the future for her and her son, who has special needs. Sure, Burke is a talented chef with his own reasons to win, but he already has so much: wealth, a beautiful daughter, great looks…and definitely her attention. As their families become closer, Janie is beginning to care too much about him. But she can’t afford to get involved. Not when everything is riding on beating him.

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** Book Review ** GAME BREAKER by Catherine Gayle

Game Breaker

4 STARS!

Another fun trek with the guys on the Portland Storm NHL team!  I always enjoy seeing these players and their friends and families interact, but I wasn’t drawn in to the romance nearly as much on this one as usual.  I think a bit of it was that they were slow to act on anything other than flirting, but another part was I was less intrigued with what was going to happen because the plot was something that we’re seeing play out in real life every day these days it seems.  I read to escape, so I don’t necessarily need to see it brought into a book.  It was written well though and brought through some good emotion … and who can’t love spending time with this team? 🙂

It’s all about the playoffs this year for the Portland Storm, and they are so close they can taste it!  Nate Golston has worked hard to improve his game and is enjoying the run more than he can say! When fans from an opposing team start stirring up ugliness and trouble, he fights hard to keep the hurt in his heart from screwing up his game play and making him lose his focus on ending this season right!

For a couple of years now, sports reporter Anne Dennison has had quite a flirtmance going with Nate.  They’ve never taken it further than the flirting, but now that she’s working on producing a behind-the-scenes web series on the Storm, they are spending a lot of time together!  If she acts on her feelings for him, it could cost her the job she’s fought through so much to earn … is it worth it?

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** Book Review ** FAMILY TREE by Susan Wiggs

Family Tree

4 1/2 STARS!

A touching story about surviving the unexpected and learning to live again!  I really enjoyed the characters and the plot of this book … highly recommend you read it.  The only thing I wasn’t overly fond of was the going back and forth between the present and the past every other chapter or so for much of the book.

Annie Rush has it all! … or so it seems … a handsome husband, her dream job producing her own TV show in LA and her first baby on the way … and in the blink of an eye it’s gone.  She wakes up in a hospital setting, clueless as to what has happened or why she’s there, unable to talk or move the way she should be able to … and is told that she’s lost a year of her life.  As Annie starts a long road to recovering herself and her life, she learns that time isn’t all that she lost.

She cocoons herself with her family in Switchback, Vermont remembering her life there on the maple tree farm that generations before her had cultivated.  She reconnects with old friends, an old beau, and with the person she used to be and lost on the road to her success.  When she picks back up her passion for cooking and producing, she is faced with new opportunities and a new life on the horizon.  Will she choose to walk away from home again?

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** Book Review ** THE BEST FRIEND BARGAIN by Robin Bielman

The Best Friend Bargain

5 STARS!

A quirky friends-to-lovers romance that will have you smiling!

Olivia Lincoln has gotten herself into quite a predicament this time .. and she needs the help of her best friend Danny to get out of it!  She knows Danny will help her, because he’s always been her go to guy … that’s all it is … right?

Danny Ellis likes having a good time and enjoying life, but he decided long ago that settling down and having a family will not be in the cards for him.  Imagine his surprise when Liv comes to visit and announces to the town gossip that they are engaged and having a baby!

What starts out as a favor for a friend turns serious quickly when attractions that aren’t supposed to be there get out of control.  Best friends forever … right?

ARC received via Publisher

** Book Review ** DEMETRIOU DEMANDS HIS CHILD by Kate Hewitt

Demetriou Demands His Child

4 STARS!

A big part of this book is secrets and lies keeping them apart, so the amount of time we have seeing their romance is not as much as we might want.  I enjoyed the story, I just wanted a little more time of them actually enjoying each other.

Iolanthe Petrakis was an innocent, sheltered young lady the night she met and seduced Alekos Demetriou.  She had no clue that the man she was having a night of passion with had a history with her father.  When Alekos finds out that this beauty in his arms is his enemy’s daughter, he sends her away without an explanation.

When Iolanthe discovers she’s pregnant, she attempts to tell Alekos, but he thinks she was all a set up pawn and doesn’t treat her well when she visits him.  She’s scared and doesn’t manage to get out the words that she’s pregnant.

Ten years later when Iolanthe is now alone in the world other than their son, she needs help … Alekos’ help.  To get him to agree to what she needs, she’s going to have to tell him about their son. What she doesn’t expect, is his demand that she marry him right away!

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** Book Review ** RISKING IT ALL by Christi Barth

Risking It All

3 1/2 STARS!

A fun, sexy read!  I had a really hard time getting into this book, but once it picked up, I really enjoyed it!  Fun characters!

Griffin Montgomery is a Coast Guard search and rescue pilot and he absolutely loves his job.  There’s nothing he likes better than helping people.  He puts it all out there and pulls off some very risky rescues.  Like the one that just got him grounded and on leave!  He doesn’t know what to do with himself if he can’t fly, so he’s milling around town and meets the lovely Chloe Widmore at the local coffee shop.

Chloe leads a quiet life.  As a professional letter writer, she can work anywhere, and loves to come out to the coffee shop on a regular basis to have the bustle of people around her while she works on her letters.  It’s her lucky day when she meets hot, flirty Griffin!

Griffin is a daredevil, bonded to his group of best friends who are like brothers to him that he writes the “Naked Men” blog with.  Chloe is a creature of habit and pattern.  They each have a memorable moment in their past that has helped carve them into who they are today … will these two people that are quite different actually be able to make a relationship work?

** Book Review ** THE RANCHER’S ONE-WEEK WIFE by Kathie DeNosky

The Rancher's One-Week Wife

5 STARS!

A fun read that flows nicely and keeps you wanting more!  One of those relationships that happened too fast to be utterly believable, but they work so well together that you enjoy it regardless!

Sexy rodeo champ Blake Hartwell is quite the catch, but Karly Ewing is planning to throw him back in!

Blake and Karly had a whirlwind romance that led to them having a quickie wedding in Vegas!  Happily-ever-after was wanted by all, but Karly got cold feet and ended it.  Now she’s hunting Blake down to get his signature on divorce papers.

When a delay keeps her stranded on his ranch longer than she planned, will it give Blake time to figure out why she threw them away all those months ago?  And when Karly finds out the secrets Blake has been hiding, will it be an even bigger set-back?

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