Jul 31

Tangled Bond by Emma Hart

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Tangled Bond by Emma HartTangled Bond by Emma Hart
Series: Holly Woods Files #2
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Source: Author
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Humorous, Law Enforcement, Mystery, Romance
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five-stars
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One date with the sexier-than-sin Detective Drake Nash. Simple.

Until you take into account that my brother finally proposed to his girlfriend, so Nonna is on a warpath—and the crazy old bat has Cupid by the balls.

The upcoming mayoral elections has everyone running on full speed, and while I couldn’t give any less craps about the corrupt Holly Woods mayor’s office, a dead body in the middle of a campaign speech has me thrown right into the middle of it. The victim is close to the mayor, but all he cares about is minimizing the damage to his campaign, so he hires me to work alongside Drake to close the case as quickly as possible.

Bad news for our tentative relationship.

We disagree far more than we agree, but being at loggerheads won’t get this murder solved… Or deal with the arrival of someone from his past.
The mysteries behind the murder aren’t the only things unraveling, and despite being knee-deep in lies and corruption and bonds so tangled they’re almost indecipherable, I have to figure out if I’m willing to fight for Drake the way I do justice…
Or if he’ll be my one who gets away.
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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I love Emma Hart. I love her writing and the chemistry she is able to create with her characters. I have to say, without a doubt though, that this series has got to be my favorite of this year, and definitely my favorite of Emma Hart’s work. It’s just the perfect mix between humor, heat, and mystery.

So we meet Noelle again shortly after the events of book one, so basically she is avoiding Drake and the date she promised him and trying to find a replacement employee for “computers” that she lost in the last book. What I love about Noelle is that she is seriously hilarious, even in her day to day things, I mean she has this great point of view, and she says the funniest things and thinks the funniest things. She still has Nonna on her 24/7 about finding a man and getting married, and let’s face it Nonna is hilarious too. One of the great things about this book is there are some really good family moments in this book, and while I liked the family in the first book, by the second you really know them and love them.

Drake is still so very Drake in this book, and oh how that is such a good thing. I love and adore Drake. He has to be kind of pushy in order to get Noelle to open up to the idea of the two of them, I mean she is literally hiding in the bathroom to avoid going out on the date she promised with the hot guy she clearly likes. These two have chemistry is droves, and I love them together. What I loved about this book and their relationship in the book is that when they are working together, Drake isn’t fighting it like he was in the first book. And when you put the two of them together working on the same case, I have to say they are a force to be reckoned with.

I love the mystery element in this book, trying to figure out who the killer is. I have to say in both books my initial instinct about who did was totally wrong, and I love that about the book. I mean I don’t know about you, but I love being surprised in mystery, and I especially love a mystery that makes me laugh out loud and fan myself from how hot the pages are burning up. Highly recommend this book, this series, and this author.

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About Emma Hart

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. Emma is currently working too many books to even count - including Playing for Keeps, the companion book to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Love Game. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to when all the ideas come to life.

Jul 30

Tangled Bond Release Day

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Tangled Bond Release DayTangled Bond by Emma Hart
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One date with the sexier-than-sin Detective Drake Nash. Simple.

Until you take into account that my brother finally proposed to his girlfriend, so Nonna is on a warpath—and the crazy old bat has Cupid by the balls.

The upcoming mayoral elections has everyone running on full speed, and while I couldn’t give any less craps about the corrupt Holly Woods mayor’s office, a dead body in the middle of a campaign speech has me thrown right into the middle of it. The victim is close to the mayor, but all he cares about is minimizing the damage to his campaign, so he hires me to work alongside Drake to close the case as quickly as possible.

Bad news for our tentative relationship.

We disagree far more than we agree, but being at loggerheads won’t get this murder solved… Or deal with the arrival of someone from his past.
The mysteries behind the murder aren’t the only things unraveling, and despite being knee-deep in lies and corruption and bonds so tangled they’re almost indecipherable, I have to figure out if I’m willing to fight for Drake the way I do justice…
Or if he’ll be my one who gets away.
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“We’re both fools, Noelle.”

I take a deep breath and look down at my hands clasped around the mug. “I’m sorry,” I say softly. “I just…”

“You’re not used to anyone other than your brothers stepping up and protecting you.”

I hate it when he’s right. Really, really hate it.

He closes the slight distance between us and gently takes my hands from the mug. “Hey.” He touches his fingers to my chin and lifts it, making me look at him. “I get it. I already told you I don’t want someone who needs saving. But saving and protecting are two vastly different things, cupcake. I don’t care if you need protecting from a killer or some sleazeball hitting on you because he’s loaded and wears fancy suits. I’m gonna protect you, whether you like it or not. I’m not afraid to stake my claim where dicks like him are concerned. One-up me on solving murders every day of the week, but don’t be mad at me for doing what feels right. Nothing matters more to me than protecting you, bella.”

Of all the things he calls me, I’ll never let him know how much bella affects me. Because just about every time he says it, I stop breathing. It’s always at that moment when my heart is already pounding.

“I know.” I raise an eyebrow. “I’m not apologizing again though.”

“I’m surprised you said sorry once.”

I purse my lips at his wide grin. “It won’t happen again.”

“I didn’t think it would.” His eyes spark in amusement. “I’m sorry too, but I can’t help it if your badass gene pisses off my alpha complex.”

“My badass gene is laughing at you.”

“My alpha complex wants to smack your ass.”

I grab my purse, put it over my butt, and walk backward. “Nope. That’s not how we’re starting today.”

“You’re right.” He stalks toward me with a lusty glint in his eye. “We’re gonna start it like this instead.”

He slams me back against my front door and I drop my purse. He dives his hands into my hair and seals his lips over mine. Fireworks erupt across my skin as I curl my fingers around his neck.

He devours me, plain and simple.

“Now,” he breathes, smiling. “Now, we’re gonna go and get some work done.”

I flick my thumb across his bottom lip, wiping away the smudge of my lipstick. “Now, we are.”

Photograph cheating spouses. Hand over the evidence. Cash my check.
That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator.
Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeah… Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason I’m single is because of my job.
Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until I’m hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash.
My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch.
Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life.
So now all I have to do is avoid my nonna’s blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones.
All while I hunt down the killer.
Sounds totally simple—until a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences don’t always end up that way…
(Twisted Bond is book one of the Holly Woods Files series and while it does not end in a cliffhanger, it is not a standalone.)

 

About Emma Hart

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. Emma is currently working too many books to even count - including Playing for Keeps, the companion book to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Love Game. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to when all the ideas come to life.

Jul 29

Chaos by Jamie Shaw

Blog Tour, Liked It, Review 1 ★★★★

Chaos by Jamie ShawChaos by Jamie Shaw
Series: Mayhem #3
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Musician, New Adult, Romance, Second Chances
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four-stars
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From the moment she saw Shawn Scarlett perform at a school talent show, Kit Larson has loved two things: the guitar, and the gorgeous, green-eyed boy who inspired her to play. But one careless night in high school shatters her hope of ever being more than a notch on his bedpost.

Six years, two bands, and one mostly-mended heart later, Kit’s about to make her rock star dreams a reality as the new guitarist for Shawn’s band, The Last Ones to Know. He may not remember their reckless night together, but Kit has never forgotten… and she’s determined to make him eat his heart out.

The release of their new album means a month cooped up on a tour bus, sleeping inches away from the ridiculously sexy musician she’s never quite gotten over. And as Kit gets to know the real Shawn—not Shawn Scarlett, the rock god, the player—their attraction becomes too hot to resist. But the past is paved with secrets, and when they finally surface, Kit could lose everything: the band, the music, her dreams… and Shawn.
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I love books where you get to revisit the people from your past, especially when you happened to be in love with the guy who is suddenly in your life full time. All kinds of fun stuff for me! I love musician books, I love the whole idea of being a musician, living on the road, working hard to make your dreams come true.

So Kit was head over heels in love with Shawn when she was a teenager, he’s even the reason why she picked up the guitar, and one night at a party she finally got the courage to go up and talk to him, and they had one night together, leaving her with a broken heart and his twin brother with a serious hatred for the guy. Fast forward a couple of years and she is trying out for their band, only it seems like Shawn has something against her. I liked Kit, she was definitely a girl I would be friends with. She has great style, she’s confident in her talent, and she isn’t afraid to go after her dreams. I also really loved her family dynamic, I can’t imagine growing up with that many overprotective brothers, it’s no wonder she keeps her new band gig a secret from them.

Now as for Shawn, I really thought I was going to dislike him a lot more than I did, considering how his first interaction with Kit went. But honestly the situation was understandable, and they were young, people do stupid stuff when they are young, I know I did. But when we fast forward to the present, I have to admit I was a little annoyed at how evasive he seemed about Kit, like he was pissed at her for just being around. I liked how their friendship started to evolve though, at first it was very friendship like and then it started moving into something more than that. I loved their dynamic, and how they could make each other laugh and just seemed to genuinely work well together. Also when he met the family for the first time, let me just say that whole scene was awesome, it was both intense and funny all at once.

This book was such a fun read for me, it had everything I want in a new adult book, humor, great chemistry, hot musicians, and great family dynamics. If you like new adult books I would check this book out.
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Jul 29

Lucky’s Choice Release Day Blast!

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LUCKY’S CHOICE
The Last Riders #7
Jamie Begley
Releasing July 29th, 2015
Young Ink Press
Life dealt him a dead man’s hand.
 
Lucky had always led a life of service, always putting his life on the line for someone else, managing to survive by pure luck and skill. After bringing an end to a multi-state drug ring, he was finally able to live the life he had wanted as a Last Rider.
 
A good man would walk away and not touch the curvy woman who had been tugging on his heartstrings. Lucky wasn’t a good man. Therefore, the bad-ass biker in him had a choice: once again become the man he had pretended to be and stake his claim or take the devil’s highway.
Some girls had all the luck.
 
Willa wasn’t one of them. All she wanted to do was give a home to the children she had made orphans. Instead, she found herself needing help from the man who had left the pulpit behind to embrace a life of sin.
Painfully shy and withdrawn, she wanted a quiet life, a simple man, and well-behaved children. The last thing she had ever expected was for Lucky to want her size twenty body and show her a passion that would lead her straight to hell. 

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Jul 28

Love on the Ledge by Zoraida Córdova

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Love on the Ledge by Zoraida CórdovaLove on the Ledge by Zoraida Córdova
Series: On the Verge #2
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, New Adult, Romance
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four-stars
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Sky Lopez thought she had it all—the perfect job, the perfect relationship, the perfect life…until she discovers her not-so-perfect boyfriend has been cheating on her. So when her uncle asks her to help plan his Hamptons wedding, Sky jumps at the chance, leaving all of her “perfect” future plans in the rearview mirror.

The wedding doesn’t prove as good a distraction as she’d hoped, because when her relatives and friends find out she’s single, they put Sky in their match-making sights. Never mind that she’s only twenty four. Never mind that she doesn’t want to settle for anyone other than Mr. Right. Seemingly everyone in Sky’s life wants her to get married and have babies. Like, yesterday.

So when Hayden—a sweet, sexy roofer—plummets through the ceiling and practically falls into her lap, she can’t help but think that maybe nice guys do just fall from the sky.

Soon Sky finds herself juggling crumbling wedding plans, the cheating ex who’s trying to win her back, the cute plastic surgeon her family thinks is perfect for her, and the hot roofer she can’t seem to get off her mind.

As the wedding date draws closer, Sky will need to choose one—or none—to keep herself from falling off the ledge, and maybe into love.
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Ah the destination wedding, complete with all kinds of family drama. Only with this book it wasn’t the heroine’s wedding, it was for her uncle and she is basically the wedding planner. Honestly I loved the setting of the book, and the circumstances that allowed for all those family members to be in the same place under the same roof.

So our heroine in this book is Sky, and I have to say I really enjoyed her as a character. Her family in a lot of ways reminds me of mine, only hers is much bigger and in this case are all in the same place. So Sky is helping to plan her uncles wedding after finding out her long term boyfriend was cheating on her. I think part of the reason why I liked her so much is because she left him and decided to start her life over, she knew she wasn’t happy and that she wanted more from her life, she was just using her time at her uncle’s to figure out where she was going to go from there.

Hayden is a roofer who is working at her Uncle’s house, when he literally falls from the sky into her room. I liked him, he was just a good guy in general. There is more than one instance when one person is mistreating another and Hayden always is ready to step in. He’s there for Sky when she needs him no questions asked, and goes out of his way to do good things for her family, even when not everyone is overly fond of him. It’s easy to see why Sky would want to be with him.

There are a lot of other characters in this book. Sky’s mother drove me bananas, she has it in her head that her daughter should marry for money or go back to her ex who cheated on her. She even tries to set her up over and over again with this total jerk Xandro, even though Sky made it unbelievable clear she is completely uninterested. Sky also has a cousin, Maria, who is clearly holding a serious grudge against her, I would have liked to have had a confrontation between Sky and her, but she definitely provided some tension to situations.

Sky has a group of two girls who are her bests friends and family, and I loved seeing them together. One of them is going through such a hard time and it’s so great how they really rally to make sure that she is okay and help her with whatever she needs. I really hope that we get to see these three girls together again. All in all I really enjoyed this book, it was fun romance, with some great chemistry and even better family dynamics.

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About Zoraida Córdova

Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She made her way up north and now works in the glittering New York City nightlife. She likes shiny things like Christmas, merdudes, and the skyline at night. She loves making new friends.

Jul 28

Frisk Me Release Day Blast!

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by Lauren Layne
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New York’s Finest #1
Lauren Layne
Releasing July 28th,2015
Forever Romance

After a photograph of Luc Moretti saving a tourist hits social media, he instantly becomes New York’s most famous and beloved cop. When a major network decides to run a special on the “American Hero,” Luc’s boss gives him no choice but to cooperate in the name of good exposure for the department. Luc doesn’t mind the celebrity status-what he does mind is the gorgeous brunette journalist who’s been assigned to follow his every move. Especially since she also happens to be the same knockout that rejected him rather publicly the week before.

Ava Sims is a woman who gets what she wants. And what she wants is to be CBC’s lead anchor-but to get there, she’ll need to nail the fluff piece on the playboy cop. Luc Moretti is everything Ava knows to stay away from: a stubborn charmer with a hero-complex. But the more Ava gets to know Luc and his oddball family, the more she realizes that beneath the swagger and the blue uniform is a complex man who makes her heart beat too fast. Soon, Ava’s doing the unthinkable, and falling for the best of New York’s finest …

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Jul 27

Take the Fall by Marquita Valentine

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Take the Fall by Marquita ValentineTake the Fall by Marquita Valentine
Series: Take the Fall #1
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Military, New Adult, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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three-half-stars
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As a teenager, Seth O’Connor went to jail for a crime he had nothing to do with. He took the fall to protect the girl he loved, but the cruel realities of prison hardened him. After doing his time, Seth shuts her out and enlists in the Marines—until his grandmother’s funeral forces him to come home and face Rowan Simmons once again. The woman she’s become puts all his high-school memories to shame, and Seth wants her more than ever. Can he be honest about why he denied her for so long?

After Seth pushed her away, Rowan swore that no man would ever hurt her again. But the boy who broke her heart has become a sexy Marine, capable of fulfilling her every desire—and now that he’s back in town, old feelings are simmering to a boil. Rowan wants to stay strong, even as her body surrenders to his expert touch. She only hopes that by taking him back, she can finally help heal the wounds that drove them apart.
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This book starts off so heartbreaking! I mean seriously, all the characters are young and doing crazy things like street racing (I’m not ashamed to say I went along for a ride or to when I was young and naive) but instead of being able to grow out of the crazy behavior, they got into it with the wrong guy and said guy had a gun. When the fight is all said and done, Rowan (our heroine) loses both her boyfriend and her brother. No they didn’t die, but one went to prison and the other did some jail time and then was sentenced to join the Marines, her boyfriend goes off to be a Marine and he makes it clear he does not want her along for the ride. I just felt so bad for everyone right up front, but hey it means I was invested, and I like being invested in the characters.

So I love second chance romances, and I think I have made that clear over the years, so this story is right up my alley. And what worked for me in this book was how much you could really see and feel how much Rowan was fighting her emotions, trying to be strong, to make Seth believe she wasn’t hurt, I mean I was right there with her. Rowan had great sassy attitude that I really liked. I also really liked that after her boyfriend and brother went to prison she started a non-profit that helps ex-cons get work, I mean she could have just felt sorry for herself, but she went and tried to make other people’s lives better, can’t help but love a girl like that.

 

Seth, hmmm Seth. Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I wanted to punch him. Sometimes I felt he was pushing too hard, without really making up for what he did to Rowan seven years before. I mean in a lot of ways I think he was just getting swept up in being around her again and how much chemistry they still had, and sometimes just forgot to address some of the issues that really needed to be addressed. I liked the give and take relationship he had with Rowan, I think that these two needed someone who would be able to see through each others BS and they totally do.

I liked how the book ended, it was satisfying. I liked the chemistry between them, although I’m not sure it needed quite as much sex as was in it, but it was hot, so I won’t complain about that too much. I liked that the author really made me feel like I was going along for the ride with Rowan, and I liked that.
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Jul 27

And Then Forever by Shirley Jump

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And Then Forever by Shirley JumpAnd Then Forever by Shirley Jump
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Source: Author
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, New Adult, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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four-stars
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Welcome to Fortune’s Island, where the only rule is to follow your heart.

Love is an extravagance Darcy Williams can’t afford. She prefers the simple life, which includes waitressing at The Love Shack on Fortune’s Island and avoiding temptation. But when a forbidden part of her past steps off the ferry, her safe, guarded existence is turned upside down.

Kincaid Foster has never gotten over his first love. When he sees the wild, beautiful blonde again, dancing her way around The Love Shack, the memories of Darcy’s soft skin, gentle touch, and heated kisses come rushing back. As the privileged son of a wealthy family, Kincaid was too young to stand up to his overbearing father when he and Darcy were together. Now, he’s back on the island—free of the family shackles—and the chiseled, big-time lawyer wants a second chance.

But, Darcy made a promise to keep a secret from Kincaid—a secret that is now a six-year-old girl who looks just like her daddy. If Kincaid finds out about their daughter, Darcy could lose everything. But, she can’t resist the man who stole her heart all those years ago. And it doesn’t take long before both of them realize that anything can happen at The Love Shack on a hot summer night.
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I really do love a great second chance romance, especially when the two people in question started their relationship when they were young. I think for me I like seeing how and if too people can still work as a couple after years have changed them and they have grown into adults. Plus this book also have that small town romance feel to it, so I was excited to read it.

I read this book in one sitting, and I think the main reason why was because I really liked Darcy, she was hands down my favorite character in the book. She left home when she was young and started a life for herself on the island she always dreamed of living on. What I like about Darcy is that she has been able to maintain such a good attitude when it would have been easy to let the stress of being a single mother get her down. She’s so grateful for her life, and you could tell how much she loves the people she has in her life, and she’s done such a great job of building herself a family. She’s a good person, and a good mom. I tend to have a hard time sometimes with mothers who don’t tell the dad that she was pregnant, but honestly I can understand the decision she made. It wasn’t that Kincaid was a bad guy, but that she had good cause to be genuinely afraid of what would happen, you’ll understand what I mean when you read it.

As for Kincaid, well I liked him too. I think one of the things that I liked about him was that he would have this initial reactions to things, you know that sudden oh my god I just got new information and I am jumping to severe emotional reaction and conclusions, but then he would think about it and he always came to be in a good place. It’s clear how much he cares about Darcy, and how much he wants his life to be something different. He’s also just a really good guy, and he’s a great brother to his sister who is the reason for him being back on the island in the first place.

I thought the chemistry between Kincaid and Darcy was really good, and I liked the interactions they had together, they were just enjoyable to read. I also really liked the secondary characters in this book, the people who are in Darcy’s life. Everyone from Nana (the grandmother figure) to the family who owns the bar she works at and have taken her in as their own, they all make you feel like family, and I loved it. If you like a small town romance, you should check out this book.

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Jul 23

Release Me by Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers

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Release Me by Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. RogersRelease Me by Amy K. Rogers, Ann Marie Walker
Series: Chasing Fire
Format: eARC
Source: Author, Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance, Second Chances
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four-stars
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Alessandra Sinclair knows that Hudson Chase is the last man she should want. The boy from the wrong side of the tracks has grown into a man who would do anything to get ahead, even if it means breaking Allie’s heart. But whenever she’s near him, the attraction between them is undeniable. And now that they’re working together, keeping her distance from Hudson is almost as impossible as keeping her feelings in check…

Hudson already lost Allie once and he refuses to lose her again. He’s determined to use their new business partnership to rekindle the spark he knows is still there. Only the closer he gets to winning her over, the clearer it becomes there are still secrets that could tear them apart for good…

 photo synopsisgraphic.pngSo this is the second book in the series, and honestly you have to read the first book before reading this one, you would just be missing out on way to much if you don’t. So while I liked the first book in the series, I have to say I think this one inched its way forward just enough for me to say I liked this one more. Be forewarned, pretty much everything I say about this book will be a spoiler if you haven’t read the first one (especially cause the first kinda ended on a bit of a cliffhanger).

So I have to say first and foremost, I was completely surprised by how this book opened. I mean I was completely unprepared for the turn of events. I warned you about spoilers, so here we go. The book opens with Allie’s parents having been murder, which of course changes the entire direction of the book and Allie’s life. I mean one minute she is going to confront her parents about her jerk faced ex-fiance Julian, and then next she is crying while talking to the police and suddenly has become the majority share holder of her families company. Needless to say life has completely changed for Allie.

I really liked Allie in this book, I liked how strong she was in the face of all the tragedy that befell her in this book. I liked that she somehow managed to keep her head on straight and keep moving, and how motivated she was at both being successful and at continuing with life. I don’t know if I would have been able to celebrate the holidays after the recent history she had had, but she did her best to find some happiness and I was just really impressed by her.

As for Hudson it was great to kind of see how he was dealing with everything. I really felt for him in this book, I mean you could tell her was really hurting because he had lost Allie. In the previous book you only really see him as this confident alpha guy, so in this book you get to see him with a heart and in a lot of ways vulnerable because he was so heartbroken. You could just tell how much her really loves Allie and how he would do just about anything to fix everything for her and for her to smile again.

Once again Julian… ugh Julian. I mean seriously, way to give the French a bad name. The only thing I can say about him in the positive is he speaks French (and the only reason why that counts for me is because its the only other language I don’t completely butcher). Harper and Nick make appearances in this book, and once again I love how good of a friend Harper is. I also really like the guy who Allie hires as her assistant, I hope to see him in the next book too.

Overall, great second book in the series. Once again ends on a cliffhanger, and now I have to wait until October to find out what happens (I am seriously marking this on my calendar). So you have time to catch up before the third book comes out, and I suggest you get on it asap.
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About Amy K. Rogers

Amy K. Rogers writes contemporary romance and is co-author of the Chasing Fire series (Remind Me, Release Me, Reclaim Me) from Penguin Books. She and her writing partner Ann Marie Walker met online and instantly bonded over their love of alpha males, martinis and British supermodel David Gandy.

About Ann Marie Walker

Ann Marie Walker writes steamy contemporary romance and is co-author of the Chasing Fire series (Remind Me, Release Me, Reclaim Me) from Penguin Books. She and her writing partner Amy K. Rogers instantly bonded over their love of alpha males, lemon drop martinis and British supermodel David Gandy.

Jul 22

Once and Again by Elisabeth Barrett

Blog Tour, Liked It, Review 1 ★★★½

Once and Again by Elisabeth BarrettOnce and Again by Elisabeth Barrett
Series: Return to Briarwood #1
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance, Second Chances
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three-half-stars
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Growing up in Eastbridge, Connecticut, Carolyn Rivington was a young debutante who did whatever her parents asked. So when her father demanded that she break things off with the boy from the wrong side of the tracks or else, she did. Now Carolyn’s family is deep in debt. She’s no longer a member of the Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club, she’s an employee. And the tanned, tattooed, dangerously handsome stranger who saunters into her lobby isn’t just her new boss . . . he’s also her first love.

The last time he saw Carolyn, Jake Gaffney was in the back of a police cruiser, handcuffed and humiliated. But seeing her again stirs other memories: a blanket on the beach, the moon above their heads, and the most expensive bottle of wine he could afford. Now the tables have turned. As a real-estate magnate and Briarwood’s new owner, Jake doesn’t have to answer to anyone. But now that he’s back home, he’s finding it hard to live down his old reputation.

Before they can move forward, Jake and Carolyn must face their pasts. But it’ll take more than sizzling chemistry for them to heal old wounds and return to the love they once shared.
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I love a good second chance romance. I liked the idea behind this book because I have a history of liking books where the family gets involved, ah forbidden romances, how I love thee. Of course in this book Carolyn went along with her family’s wishes and cast her love aside, and now of course the tables have turned, she’s from the poor family in the midst of a scandal and her old love Jake just bought the place where she works. It has all the making for a drama filled love story.

So I think what I enjoyed the most about Carolyn is that she is pulling herself up off the ground. I love strong women in romances, and I love that even though her situation has drastically changed, she is doing the best she can. I can’t imagine that it would be easy to work at a place like a country club where her and her family used to be members. I like that she faced the situation head on, although I have to admit from a personal standpoint, I’m not sure how responsible I would feel for helping my parents out of debt, or truth be told I’m about positive neither of my parents would let me take on that responsibility unless I had won the lottery or something.

Anyway, Jake showing up as the new own of the country club was definitely interesting. I mean you could tell right from the beginning that he has a lot of unresolved feelings about the time when he was younger. Yes he used his anger about the situation to kind of drive him to make himself into a success, but behind those feelings of anger are really the feelings you have for your first love.

Part of what I really liked about this book was that I knew there was going to be some tension/a bit of hatred between the two main characters in the beginning, and I have to say I liked the verbal sparing. I wish I had gotten a few flashbacks or something to kind of build up their past, but I really enjoyed the chemistry that these two had on the page. I also liked the secondary characters in the book, although they had a bigger role in the book then I expected, but I think that’s because this is going to be a series in the future and we are going to see those characters again, and the storylines for the secondary characters hadn’t exactly resolved all the way through. All in all though I think this was a good start to the series and if you like second chances romances, then this might be the book for you.
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