Genre: Fake Relationship

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 […]

Sweet Cheeks by K. Bromberg

Posted May 13, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Sweet Cheeks by K. Bromberg

I was already a pretty big fan of K. Bromberg when I got my hands on this book, and I will admit I held on to it for a while after I bought it because I was in the middle of a bunch of series, but when I finished catching up this was the perfect stand along palate cleaner. It left me feeling all nice and refreshed, and there is something great about a standalone when you have been stuck in a sea of series for a while. Plus this book had a lot of the elements that I like in a book, and second chance ex, a not so great ex, funny moments, long histories, an independent and easy to like heroine, the whole thing was just my jam. Saylor was so easy for me to like, she’s funny and the perfect amount of snarky, she’s a business owner who is really driven, and the kicker for me right off the bat, was that she knew when something was wrong in life and did what was best for her. Prior to the book starting she was engaged, and it just didn’t feel right, so she walked away (woot go her), of course this leads up to the catalyst of this book, her wedding invitation showing up (with only the brides name changed) and then the RSVP being sent back accidentally. Hayes is easy to like to, I don’t know if I loved him as much as I loved Saylor, […]

Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers

Posted May 2, 2017 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 1 Comment
Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers

So on paper this book has all the things I would normally really like in a book, hot sports guys, a fake relationship, some meddling secondary characters, an ex who meddles, it should work. But it didn’t. Not for me at least. Maybe for other people, but it just didn’t work for me. So our heroine is Marabelle, nice southern name, with a uppity, socialite, controlling mother to go along with it. I have to say though I had a lot of issues with Marabelle, but the thing I liked the most about her was how much she rebelled against her mother in her own way. She is wearing these super frumpy clothes, she does her own thing, teaching at an elementary school making not a lot of money, worked hard for a house she loves, she makes her own way. What’s not to love about that. My issues with Marabelle is she is so in her head that is just so frustrating. But she is almost so much of a contradiction sometimes that I didn’t find her all that believable. She has some serious self-esteem issues (and could seriously benefit from a counselor), she really does not see herself as a person who would ever appeal to anyone, so when she gets super hostile at other women for coming near her fake fiance, it just feel weird, like out of place. Now for our lovely Nick. I wanted to like him. He’s a coach of a football team, he […]

Distracted by Her by Caitlyn Blue

Posted February 17, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Distracted by Her by Caitlyn Blue

I got this book quite some time ago, and I read it a while ago too, I just forgot to write a review, so I reread it and it held up pretty well the second time around. I tend to really like revenge plots, they are just so juicy with drama. Plus this one had the added in fake relationship, and you just know fake relationships always turn into something more. The book is pretty fast paced, it was a quick read both times which is just what I was looking for. This book definitely has some serious complications that could have made for some super big time drama, but like I said this book is a pretty quick read so the few instances of straight up confrontation came and went pretty fast. Devlin has come back to the small town where he grew up to avenge his father who was wrongfully accused of embezzling and then died in jail. And wouldn’t you know it, the guy who set up Devlin’s father is the father of our lovely heroine, Rebecca. Rebecca is pretty mousy actually, she seems to go out of her way to be unremarkable, wrapping herself in unflattering clothing and big glasses to hide behind. That’s not to say she is unremarkable, she is beautiful and talented and what seems like an overall pretty good person. She was easy to like. But being in this small town, where the Queen Bee basically hates her is not an easy […]

Fake Fiancee by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Posted February 9, 2017 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Fake Fiancee by Ilsa Madden-Mills

I’m a big fan of Ilsa, I mean I think I have read Dirty English like twenty times by now and Filthy English was awesome too, so I was super excited when I heard about this book. I also have a tendency to really love the whole fake relationship dynamic too, plus add in some college backdrop and I am more then happy to jump right in and get lost in this book. So when we meet Sunny right off the bat you know that she hasn’t exactly had the easiest life, she’s running away from home when we meet her in the prologue, and the way she is running you know life has been hard. When the book really starts though she is well into college, just like Max is. Sunny has sworn off jocks after her last boyfriend cheated, and Max is not looking for anything other then football especially since his last girlfriend faked a pregnancy to trap him. I have to admit I love the way these two met, I mean having a groupie crash into your parked car and drive off so you have to go next door to your neighbor and demand her information is kind of a hilarious meet cute. I liked how stand up of a guy Max was, right off the bat willing to help her or even pay for the damage (granted he just really wanted to keep him image clean because he really wanted the Heisman). But you could […]

The Detective by Vanessa Waltz

Posted November 27, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Kindle Unlimited, Review / 0 Comments
The Detective by Vanessa Waltz

I’ve been really into cop books lately, like super into them. I don’t know something about a guy in uniform has seriously been working for me. So obviously with a title like, The Detective, I of course was going to pick up a copy of this book. So when the book starts off you are thrown right in the middle of everything, you’ve got cop Heath tangled up in the sheets with his mark, Jasmine, or is her name Jade. As it turns out Heath is assigned to find Jade and bring her back home, because wouldn’t you know, she’s a missing person. He wants to know why she left home and she isn’t talking, but he’s beyond determined to get to the bottom of it. Jasmine and Heath have this kind of push and pull relationship. Sometimes it worked for me and sometimes it didn’t. Jasmine has her secrets and I get that, and honestly I’m more on her side during this. But for Heath man oh man can this guy be pushy. I get that he has a job to do, but he is doing this job to get back and the guy Jasmine left behind. He’s so pushy to the point that I almost don’t like him. I mean he shows up everywhere. Joins the committees that she is on, eats where she works, etc. And then just when I think I’ve had enough the ex rolls into town and my opinion of Heath gets way better. […]

Hard Compromise by Samanthe Beck

Posted November 21, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Hard Compromise by Samanthe Beck

Small town sheriffs, ah, just something about those three words really work for me lately. I liked a good hot cop scenario, and oh boy did this book start off with a hot cop scenario. There were a lot more elements to this book other than the fact that the hero was a cop though, I actually felt like there was a decent of angst for lack of a better word. Both characters really wanted their lives to go a certain way and worked as hard as they could to get there, but the anxiousness of whether or not they would get what they wanted was heavy in the foreground. So Laurie and our hot cop Ethan have a past. Laurie is from the bad side of town with a mom who, well, let’s just say all cops in town know who her mom is. And then we have Ethan who is from the good side of town and comes from money, and works as a sheriff because he wants to do good things for his community. They meet when Laurie is a minor and he is busting her for underage drinking. She makes a pass at him, he tells her come back in 10 years and things might end differently. So 10 years later, Ethan is on a mission, and that mission is Laurie. The thing about Laurie is that she is really driven by this need to not be her mother, to be an upstanding citizen within the […]

Lyric and Lingerie by Tracy Wolff & Katie Graykowski

Posted October 4, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Kindle Unlimited, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Lyric and Lingerie by Tracy Wolff & Katie Graykowski

I’ve been a big fan of Tracy Wolff for quite some time, and every time a book comes by way with her name on it I always make sure to grab it. This is the first book I have read from her that was basically a romantic comedy, I don’t know if that’s because she has a co-author on this one, but either way this book definitely was a bunch of laughs at every turn. So when the book starts we have Lyric trying to catch a flight back home to Texas from Hawaii after finding out that her father had just had a heart attack. Which is basically how she ends up going through the TSA line in anything but travel wear, think corset, mini-dress, and big huge tall shoes. She almost missed her flight, but manages to get on board thanks to a helpful airport employee, only as she leaps onto the plan, her dress basically comes apart and she ends up basically naked. Enter the world’s funniest flight attendant, who promptly makes her a dress out of duct tape. And of course did I mention that the guy she used to be best friends with and in love with is on the flight too. The stuff in the air plane honestly was really funny, and it was nice to get a POV from both characters. Of course it gets even funnier once these two finally make it off the plane. I mean getting Lyric out of the […]

Game Saver by BJ Harvey

Posted August 23, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Game Saver by BJ Harvey

This was my first BJ Harvey book, and I have to say I enjoyed it. I really love the whole friends with benefits trope in romances, and how it of course always ends up being more than either party bargained for in the end. I know this book has ties to some other books in a series, but you honestly don’t need to have read any of the other books, although judging my the big cast of secondary characters if you have read the books you will probably enjoy seeing some old friends. So our heroine in this book is Abi, and I really like her. She’s a really confident, independent woman. I like how sure she is of herself, and her blunt honesty. I don’t think she could ever be a person who lies a lot, mostly because she almost lacks like a bit of filter, which I kind of loved. I like that she’s not ashamed of some of her life choices, including being a stripper to get out of debt. I also like that she is well educated and works two jobs. Our hero is Cade, who is basically a trust fund baby from very wealthy and let’s call it self-important family. The great thing about Cade is that while he appreciated being able to go to med school without any student loans, he really does not like the whole idea of his wealthy family, and he works hard for what he has. I liked how throughout […]

Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin

Posted July 23, 2016 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin

Step-brother romances really seem to be the thing right now, don’t get me wrong I do enjoy some of them, and some of them not so much. This one unfortunately fell into the not so much category for me. So in this book while Lily and Jackson are step-siblings, they didn’t grow up together, spent very little time together because Jackson took off, and when the book starts they haven’t seen each other in like seven years. So there isn’t much of a family relationship dynamic going on with these two. Their story is kind of a second chance romance, Lily and Jackson shared one kiss a long time ago, and where Lily’s dad walked in on them, Jackson was kicked out and never looked back. Lily did write Jackson a lot over the years but he never engaged with her, even though the letters meant a lot to him. So Jackson is back in his hometown after being injured in the military, which is the last place he wants to be. After running into Lily, she invited him to move in with her and he accepts. Of course this is just a recipe for the impending hook up. Jackson was likable for the most part. I get how and why he wanted to get away from his mother and stepfather, his mother is honestly horrible to him. And he made a good life for himself, yeah he is dealing with some issues after being in war, but overall he […]