Genre: Workplace Romance

Miss Fix-It by Emma Hart

Posted November 2, 2017 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Miss Fix-It by Emma Hart

I’m a big fan of flipping around gender roles, I hate when people assume what sex a person should be just based on what their job title is. So I liked the idea behind Miss Fix-It, that our girl is a contractor, and a pretty good one it seems. I also liked how our guy is the single dad, it always seems when its one parent doing the vast majority of the parenting it’s always the mom, so it’s good to see a dad doing it all but also being really good at it. I will say I was expecting this book to be more rom-com than it was. I love Emma Hart’s work, and she has the best humor in her books. And her characters always have the greatest little quirks. Her Holly Woods Files series had great humor even though it was about murders, and some of her others are just a 100% laugh along rom-com. This was more sweet to me, and like all the humor came from the kids, kind of reminiscent of the Burke Brothers series and Mila, except in this book it’s twins so it’s double the trouble. When Kali meets Brantley she is super attracted to him, and I think it’s pretty clear he is attracted to her as well. But Kali isn’t really looking for a built in family, I mean she has big hang ups about it. And I think for Brantley, he more rusty than anything. His wife died, but […]

Lust by Emma Hart

Posted September 14, 2017 by Kate in Blog Tour, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Lust by Emma Hart

I don’t know why, but I didn’t think I was going to super love this book. I knew I was going to like it, I really love Emma’s writing style and she has a fabulous sense of humor. But for some reason, I thought this book wasn’t going to be over the top awesome, I think it was pair up of prostitute and detective on the anti-prostitute task force, it seemed so opposite it was almost cliche. But as I read I really, really liked it a lot more than I thought I would. The characters in the book are so much deeper than the one line career description lets on, and they had a lot of moments that really pulled out the emotional stops. Perrie, if you read the previous book in the series, is Damien Fox’s sister, estranged sister. She comes from super, mega money, but was basically banished to the outside when she turned up pregnant. So she’s a single mom of a 7 year old, Lola, she lives in a not so nice neighborhood, and she has sex for money. I think what sets her apart from the idea of what a prostitute is going to be like, is how she really is just a normal mom, who wants to put food on the table, and make her kid live in a world that’s as good as she came make it. It’s pointed out many times in the book how her house looks like it doesn’t […]

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. […]

The Boy Next Door by Ella James

Posted June 2, 2017 by Kate in Kindle Unlimited, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Boy Next Door by Ella James

I’m starting to feel like I have a really big obsession with best friends sibling books, I mean seriously, I feel like I have gone out of my way to collect as many of them as I can. That being said, this book doesn’t necessarily read like that. Amelia and Dash meet when they were kids, Amelia was younger and she became fast friends with Dash’s sister, best friends actually. In high school the friendship started to grow apart, and they eventually went their own ways, so when the book starts, it doesn’t really have that best friends sibling vibe, because the best friends are best friends anymore. That being said, this book was totally without a doubt enjoyable for me, I like the emotional heartstrings that thing book pulled. Like I said, the future has arrived, and Dash and Amelia have a complicated past, Amelia was like super duper insane in love with Dash, but she was younger and so Dash didn’t really entertain her crush until after he went away to college. And then of course once the two of them come together and disaster strikes, Dash takes off and never looks back. So of course when Amelia finds out she is going to be interning under him at her dream animation job, well to say it’s tension filled would be an understatement. I like how unsure the two of them are about how to handle the situation. Yes it has been years since they have seen or […]

Mixed Up by Emma Hart

Posted May 30, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Mixed Up by Emma Hart

I love all things Emma Hart, and this book is really just a totally fun and enjoyable journey. I felt like this book is really just all about a good time. Normally when I read a book where it involves the best friends little sister it always seems to have more than a little bit of angst or at the very least a couple of tears to be shed, but this book is way more about the laughs and some serious tension. Raven and Parker have basically grown up together and for whatever reason have just never gotten along. There’s not traumatic event in their past that made them hate each other, they just never really meshed. And apparently it has resulted in years and years of snarky comments and constantly being separated by their families. Of course when the book starts these two haven’t seen each other in years, and Raven is in a tough spot with her bar, she wants a chef so her bar isn’t just about drinks but she can’t seem to find anyone qualified enough to make her plan work. Her basic nightmare scenario of having to get the world renowned chef slash personal nemesis Parker to step in and help her out is quickly becoming her reality. These two are super fun to read. They are both really sarcastic and love to push each other’s buttons, and while it starts out as kind of a openly hostile dynamic, the sexual tension starts to amp […]

Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

Posted April 26, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

If there was ever an author that I would super fan girl in front of it would be Karina Halle. Seriously, her and Rachel Vincent made me love reading again, and I can literally remember the exact moment when I fell in love with romance books, I was sitting in the guest bedroom of my moms house reading Love, In English listening to Ed Sheeran and I knew then that I would always been a romance book lover, seriously every time I hear Ed Sheeran I think back to Karina Halle. I love her darker books, don’t get me wrong, but I was really looking forward to this book because it kind of reminded me a little bit of the book that held a huge space in my heart for so long. We have the older guy, a kid is involved, kind of a family who doesn’t really understand our heroine, and a hero and heroine who are suddenly spending a lot of time together. Jackie is a single mom, and she’s a really good mom. She’s also pretty young, 25 years old with a 7 year old. I think she has been defining herself so much as a mom she hasn’t really ever gone outside of that role in a long time. She works so hard to make sure her son can everything he needs, and doesn’t think twice about going without. She left a bad situation to move back home with her parents and is trying to give […]

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 Billionaire Beast by Jackie Ashenden

Posted March 28, 2017 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
The Billionaire Beast by Jackie Ashenden

So clearly this book is a retelling of a fairytale, Beauty and the Beast, it’s also very timely given the movie just came out, but nevertheless I was looking forward to reading this book because I love modern retellings of fairytales. Obviously in the fairytale the Beast is actually, you know a beast, whereas Nero in this book is just a man, but a man who has some serious baggage that seems to have resulted in some pretty serious agoraphobia. But he does have a similar temperament I would say. So the book starts with Phoebe going to Nero as a job applicant, he has a lot of money, and is super difficult to work for and can’t keep an assistant, so he’s offering a ton of money, and Phoebe needs the cash. First off I noticed the mind games that Nero seems to like to play on anyone who comes into his domain. I wonder almost if he plays the games because it’s really the only contact he has with people, and he doesn’t seem to be very good with people. I didn’t really like how kind of stalkery he is, I mean he watches everyone all the time, from this like secret control room, where of course it turns out the whole house is outfitted with camera, it’s a little creepy. Also for me, Nero was hard to like. I mean I liked Beast in the fairytale, he had moments of being sweet or kind, his shell was […]

Womanizer by Katy Evans

Posted December 9, 2016 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Womanizer by Katy Evans

I loved this cover, so much so I bought the book without reading the blurb, well that and I knew I already liked Katy Evans. I’m really glad I ended up buying this book because I really did enjoy it. Normally I think the whole CEO thing is overplayed, but in this case I think it worked. Part of the reason why it worked was because our heroine, Olivia, has a family connection to our hero, Callan. It wasn’t like she was some doe eyed girl straight off the bus or something, while they may have never met before they still had ties to each other, like Callan is Olivia’s brothers best friend (another of my favorites things in books). Truth be told my least favorite part of the book was the beginning. Olivia came off as super naive in the first few chapters, not exactly unlikable, but a little on my nerves. Plus her older brother is like super over protective, which probably contributed to her naivety. But as soon as she started her job and met the hot guy on the roof she really came out of her shell, and suddenly I liked her a lot more. I know smoking is a terrible habit and all that jazz, but honestly sometimes a hot guy smoking a cigarette in the dark can be super hot, and Callan makes it super hot. I liked that he breaks his own rules. I liked the cute little interactions that Callan and Olivia […]

Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield

Posted October 24, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 1 Comment
Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield

I can honestly say I haven’t read any romances with climbing involved. Sure I’ve read books with some of the more adventurous sports, like snowboarding, motor biking, etc but never anything with rock climbing. I think the reason why this book appealed to me so much is two fold, one I kind of have this idea in my head that rock climbers are somewhat fearless and I want to be more like that, and two I am planning a move to Montana and let’s face it there is probably some awesome rock climbing out that way so I want to learn before I move. One thing I appreciated about this book was that even though climbing was the back drop for the entire book, the author did a great job at getting me understand enough of it to get what was going on, but didn’t overload me to the point where I got confused (seeing as how I have no experience). The author also did a really good job at describing the scene, I could picture the meadow where they met for interviews, the area where they did the final climb, and the little lake they would take a frozen dip in when they finished a climb. I love when I can see it in my head. Josh and April as characters were both pretty interesting. You get a much better feel for April early on in the book, it is her POV after all. But she really interesting and […]