Genre: Alpha Guy

SIN by Emma Hart

Posted July 19, 2017 by Kate in Blog Tour, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
SIN by Emma Hart

First off, I kind of new this book was going to be awesome, because from just the blurb you knew you had too characters at odds with each other, it’s set in Vegas (land of fun times), and honestly, it’s Emma Hart, so you can’t go wrong. I have to say right up front that the banter between our main characters just made the book so fantastic, it made for a great, fun read. The banter reminded me a lot of the banter you saw in Holly Woods Files, it was sometimes funny, always amusing, charged with sexual tension, occasionally heartwarming, basically my cup of tea. Dahlia is our oh so lovely heroine, and when we meet her she is just back Vegas after losing her father. It’s time for her to go back to running the family business, a bar in Las Vegas that is book themed. Can we just stop right there are make unbelievably clear that if this bar existed near me I would be there all the time. I have to say that Emma did a great job with painting a picture of what the bar looks like, I mean I felt like I could picture the bar in my head, and it is just such a cool idea. I liked Dahlia a lot, she’s smart, well educated, clearly a good boss, seems like she was a good daughter, and she’s got the perfect amount of sassy and sarcasm, I liked how she held her own. […]

House Rules by Cathryn Fox

Posted June 1, 2017 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
House Rules by Cathryn Fox

I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting this book to be. I mean of course I read the blurb, or more likely just glanced at it. The thing is all I really need to see if the whole best friends sibling thing and I’m pretty much guaranteed to pick up the book. I think what was most interesting about this blurb is the the whole dossier thing. This is the second book in the series so I assume in the first book they outline what the dossier is in more detail, or at least how they came to make the pact, but what I worked out was that a group of friends each picked a name and on the birthday of the name picked they would make a dossier of activities for that person to do all arranged for. I think it was a way to give their friend a great experience while also pushing them outside of their own boundaries, and honestly if anyone needed to be pushed outside of their boundaries it was Kennedy. So Kennedy is museum curator in Chicago and she seems to pretty much have no life. She lives in her own well crafted bubble. So when he dossier sends her to London and tells her that they have arranged for her to be a stripper for a night at one of the most exclusive gentlemen clubs in the city, well let’s just say she’s not exactly on board. I thought the stripper thing […]

Worth It by S.M. Shade & C.M. Owens

Posted May 31, 2017 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Worth It by S.M. Shade & C.M. Owens

I have a couple of recommendations about reading this book. First, if you are depressed and want to cheer up, this is your book. Second, if you just like to laugh this is your book. Third, if it’s midnight and you want a book to read, this is not your book unless its the weekend or you can call into work the next day because you aren’t going to want to stop reading this book. I can’t even explain how much I love this book, it was hilarious, and honestly I wish I could see it in movie form because it would be the best train wreck ever. One of the fun things about this book is that it is not centered on two people, it is more like four main characters and a couple other secondary characters that are pretty big players in the book. Normally when books have this many people I feel like things get to crowded and inevitably the characters stories suffer, this is so not the case in this book. The book is short in terms of time, but not much else, in everything else it’s BIG. So three friends are going to the wedding of one of their exes, oh and did I mention that one of the girls is the stepsister of the ex of the other girl. So it’s all kinds of family and ex drama. But these three girls are thick and thieves and want to be supportive and also kind […]

Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones

Posted May 8, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones

Okay biggest downside to duets, waiting for the second one to come out. I picked up this book with every intention not to read it until the second book came out (I am seriously not a person with any kind of patience), but the cover was so pretty and it kept staring at me from my kindle, so I broke and I read it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I read it, but I’m so bummed I have to wait to find out what happens next. I want to say I have read a book by Lisa Renee Jones in the past, but it’s been a long time, but remember enjoying the book I read by her in the past, and since this is a duet, I figured this would be a good place to jump in and try out her writing again. I think if you are unfamiliar with her, this would be a good choice to jump in a try out her writing. There are a lot of things about this book I liked, some of them are small and nuanced, others are big themes, but needless to say there are a lot of things I enjoyed about this book. So honestly, when you first meet Nick (a.k.a. Tiger) he’s at a function at Faith’s family winery. I honestly didn’t pick up on the fact that Nick knew who Faith was until after their first meeting, so either it was good writing or Nick is just that […]

King by Jess Bentley

Posted May 7, 2017 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
King by Jess Bentley

I really like older guy romances, especially when the age gap is more than 10 year, which is why I picked up this book. I must admit I was more than a little leery when I saw the “Daddy’s Best Friend” clarifier, because mostly it makes it sound kind of skeezy and skeezy just isn’t my jam. I’ll admit the book had some promise in the beginning. When you meet Jordan for the first time she is in a state of transition, her best friend had just died and she is obviously having some big feelings about this. Especially since these two clearly had some serious issues, Jordan was seriously co-dependent and the best friend was more than a little bit manipulative and emotionally abusive. She goes home to her parents house after the funeral and meet King, her dad’s old college best friend and new business partner. To be honest I don’t understand why this book was marketed as a “daddy’s best friend” book when King and Jordan’s dad interact once during the book and it was only at the beginning to facilitate the meeting, other than that it’s not like it was ever really an issue or anything. Most of the book takes place in France, in Paris actually, which was fine, it was interesting seeing how Jordan got around in a country where she didn’t speak the language. But honestly I have massive issues with this book. It moves really quickly, which basically means there is not […]

Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

Posted May 2, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

I don’t know what I was fully expecting out of this book, but honestly whatever I was expecting, the book was way better. I think I went into this thinking it was going to be more romantic comedy then anything else, mostly because that’s kind of how much online dating books tend to go, a lot of weird first dates, finally finding the right guy (although almost always not through the website) and some laughs and a HEA as the cherry on top. This book totally had some funny moments, don’t get me wrong, but I wouldn’t call the book a romantic comedy. I loved how the book started off, frankly Silver at a party throwing drinks at people is good way to both get a good laugh, and get good sense of her personality. Silver is sassy, sometimes combative, has a lot of guts, has great inner monologue, and she is just honestly fun to read and easy to like. As for the whole vampire element to this book, I have to say I like how it was handled. Vamps are out in the open, but it’s almost like nonchalant like, sure there are vampires out in the world, but they don’t require blood, and no one really fears them. That actually kind of worked for me, mostly because the vampires were more like people, they had the same traits they had when they were human, they just were stronger, maybe had an ability or two, and lived forever […]

Bossed by Sloane Howell

Posted April 5, 2017 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Bossed by Sloane Howell

This book should have been a home run for me, it was not. It really did seem to have everything going for it, I mean I was really excited about anything having to do with sports, especially if it had to do with baseball. I also really have a big time affection for workplace romance, I just love the whole you shouldn’t be getting down and dirty with the boss thing. I have to say right off the bat, I had some issues with this book. It did not feel organic to me in any way. I honestly felt like the characters talked in a way that normal people don’t actually speak to each other, and in some cases, act. The way these two meet, it made me not really want to continue on. But I pushed forward, I figured beginning aren’t always smooth, let’s keep giving it another chance. It didn’t work. Ethan was, I don’t know how to explain it, but he was not an attractive character to me at all. Sure he might have money and know how to look good in a suit, but he was not my dream guy, in any way. In the beginning especially he was like super jerk, and had a touch of the man-slainning going on, and there is nothing worse than a manslainer. Jenny was more likable. She was smart, had good motivation to get the job with Ethan, and she did have some sass that worked for me on […]

The Stranger by Abigail Barnette

Posted April 4, 2017 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments
The Stranger by Abigail Barnette

Okay, seriously, why has no one told me about this book before? I mean really, I have been missing out. And frankly, you have too. I am not a person who enjoys novellas, occasionally they work for me when they are like the middle of two books in a series to fill in a gap, or maybe to sometimes set up a series, but even then it’s not like I love them. I’m sorry I just need more, lots of words, give me all the words. But this book, LOVE. As the blurb sets it up, Sophie is our heroine, and Leif (a.k.a Neil in future books), meet at an airport, their flight is cancelled and Sophie who is basically bailing on college and striking her own path in life, without much regard for planning, gets the courage to go up to the hot older guy and hit on him. Things obviously progress quickly. If you are looking for some kind of love connection here, look somewhere else, I mean for real. This is all about the hot and sweaty and dirty and maybe the occasional shower to clean up afterwards. I’m not sure why I was able to love these characters the way I did without fully knowing them, because frankly there isn’t a lot of story here, it takes place over like 24 hours and mostly consists of sex, but it just works. I think the thing I like the most about Sophie is that she learns to […]

Hot for the Fireman by Gina L. Maxwell

Posted March 31, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Hot for the Fireman by Gina L. Maxwell

I love books with firemen, they are definitely one of my favorite men in uniform guys for sure. I also really like books where the two characters have a one night stand and then they show up in the future in each others lives, it always makes for some interesting situations. I like the chemistry that Olivia and Erik had right from the beginning, and I think part of why that chemistry worked is because they both seemed to be in the same place emotionally. Erik is going through something at work, he’s basically been taken off active duty until he gets some PTSD issues under control, so I think that is leaving him feeling pretty out of control and a little bit in denial as well. Olivia on the other hand is also living a little bit in denial, well maybe no denial, but she’s pretty much refusing to move forward in her personal life. It’s like she pushed the pause button after her last relationship ended, and when she finally decided to try moving forward she was quick to quit. So when these two meet at the liquor store after each ditching their respective plans for the night, they have a great dynamic, and are honestly just what the other person needs. Erik is likable for sure. I wasn’t expecting him to be prior service military, or for basically his entire team at the firehouse to be people who served in the army (some of them even served […]

Take Me Back by Meghan March

Posted March 30, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Take Me Back by Meghan March

I was super looking forward to this book, I love books where the main characters are already in a relationship, don’t get me wrong, I love a good meet cute as much as anyone, but when the relationship is already in place it has a tendency to be angsty and I love angst. This book is not at all short on the angst. So obviously the blurb sets it up with two people who have been married for two years and things aren’t going well, so they go on vacation to try and fix things in their marriage or to walk away. Normally it takes some time for me to feel an emotional connection with the characters in a book, I mean at least a fourth of the way through a book. But here, I felt something for Kat right away, she just seems so broken down, it was hard not to have your heart break a little bit reading about how desperate she was to get her husband back. It’s also really clear from the beginning that these two didn’t really do anything to each other, so there is no real bad guy here, more like life happened, and sometimes that means things get hard. It’s easy to relate to. Kat is not someone who deals with grief, and not long after her marriage starts grief struck, and she coped the only way she knew how to shut down and build walls. Her husband Dane, dealing with his own […]