Publisher: Loveswept

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 […]

Devil’s Mark by Megan Crane

Posted January 3, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Devil’s Mark by Megan Crane

A few years ago I went through a massive pile of books about MC’s, I loved them, could not get enough, and then I burnt myself out. I’ve started reading them again, and thankfully I am remembering why I loved them in the first place. Plus I really liked the heroine in this book is basically like the town princess, so the idea of her hooking up with the town bad boy is kind of hot. When we first meet Killian, or “Uptown,” as he is known to the club, he has a big chip on his shoulder. He definitely didn’t grow up easy, and he is finally at the point where he can bring down the hurt on the town mayor. As it turns out Killian and the mayor have a past, the mayor used to provide Killian’s mom with drugs and hook up with her. Totally understandable why he would hate the mayor. So when the mayor’s daughter Holly walks into the club bar looking for a job, Killian sees this as the perfect opportunity to get back at the mayor and maybe even get Holly into his bed. I really liked Holly, she had a lot more backbone then I was expecting out of her. She grew up a princess, always following the rules, doing exactly what he dad wanted her to, basically little miss perfect. And now that it’s come out that her father isn’t the guy she thought he was she is feeling kind of […]

Could’ve Said Yes by Tracy March

Posted December 13, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Could’ve Said Yes by Tracy March

I can honestly say I don’t think I have read a book where someone works for the EPA, sure there have been the occasional book where one of the characters is really big on the environment, but never someone who worked for the EPA. So because of that reason I was pretty interested in reading this book. I actually really loved the environmental aspect of the book, it really worked for me. Ellie is back in town after a disastrous break up with her ex, she’s finally doing what she really wants to do now that she is on her own. She opened her own art gallery and does some side photography work for the newspaper, all in all her life is going pretty good. She also has some really good relationships with her brothers, who I really liked. So when the new guy shows up in town, it definitely opens her to the possibility of a relationship, something I don’t think she was expecting. I really liked the way the author was able to describe Ellie’s photography and art, sometimes its hard to visualize in my head what exactly an author is talking about when it comes to art, but this was really easy for me to see, and I loved it. I also really loved the dynamics between Ellie and the town, it’s a small town so everyone knows everyone, and they all really seemed like good people. Now as for our hero, Collin I really liked him. […]

Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains

Posted November 8, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains

I think I’ve made it unbelievably clear in years past how much I love Christmas, I mean Christmas is my jam, if it could happen year round I would be in heaven. So needless to say I love when Christmas books start making their rounds, yes please! So this book is cute I guess is the best way that I would describe it. It is clearly a feel good book, definitely a steady dose of candy and sweetness. So Allison is our heroine, and she is dreading the family events for Christmas. That’s not to say she is dreading Christmas itself, she loves this time of year, but her mom points out her man issues at every turn. I get why she wants to avoid that. So she solves the problem with a fake relationship with a military cop that she “purchases” at a charity auction. Allison is likable for the most part. She’s clearly a good person, she works with vets, volunteers with orphans, goes above and beyond to help people, there is even an instance when she gives away her lunch when she’s hungry. But I didn’t love her. For someone who is so dedicated to helping people get back on their own feet, she is sorely lacking conviction and confidence in her own life, and she lets other people in her head so much that I just couldn’t love her. Troy I liked more. He’s the cop that Allison bought at auction. Now he’s not such a […]

My Addiction by Cassie Ryan

Posted October 23, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
My Addiction by Cassie Ryan

I must admit that I’m not the world’s biggest fan of BDSM books, and it’s not because I don’t like the content, but rather because the BDSM elements always seem to be done badly, or the elements overwhelm the book to the point where the characters are more like caricatures. I am one of those people who NEED character development in my books. The blurb on this book convinced me to take a chance on this book. I’m glad I did, it really was enjoyable. So we meet Dex, who is my kind of man physical & personality wise, he is coming into a new dungeon, but it’s not all for fun, it’s because he has a job to do. He was sent to The Dungeon as an undercover cop who is sent in to make contact with Kate, a woman who is suspected of helping to funnel money to terrorist organizations. It turns out she is a sub whose Doms all seem to be high powered men who may also be involved in this plot. From the moment we meet Dex, I liked him. He intercedes when he first meets Kate in a bad position, he doesn’t overpower her or treat her like she is fragile, which I really liked. He is cares about Kate and seems determined almost from the beginning to make sure he can prove that Kate had nothing to do with what is going on. I liked how sweet he was with Kate. I also […]

Vindicate by Beth Yarnall

Posted October 5, 2016 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Vindicate by Beth Yarnall

Okay, truth. I love this book. I just do. I was not super enthusiastic about the blurb or the cover, but I like the idea of P.I.s and I liked that Cora was so invested in her investigation (or so it seemed from the blurb), so I figured why not, I’ll try it. I’m so glad I did, because I loved it. I picked it up when I couldn’t fall back asleep, though I’ll read two or three chapters and then go back to bed, didn’t work out, I read it from beginning to end in one sitting, and now I’m tired cause I didn’t get to sleep. No regrets though. Cora, our heroine, is lovely, and interesting, and has blue hair (my pink hair self loved that about her), and most interestingly, Cora is on pause. There no other way to explain it. I don’t like stories where the heroine is a virgin, it doesn’t read authentic to me, I’m sorry by when I read a romance and the girl 22-25 years old and a virgin, I don’t believe, you have to back it up with some kind of reasoning cause I just don’t by it. But with Cora, I did! When she was young, before 16 I believe, her brother was convicted of murder and rape of his ex-girlfriend. Cora has devoted her life, getting emancipated when she was 16, investigating, using all her money to try and free her brother, just everything about her world is about […]

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 […]

Accelerate by Tracy Wolff

Posted July 7, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Accelerate by Tracy Wolff

I’ve been a big fan of Tracy Wolff for a while now, the Ethan Frost series was one of my favorites, so every time I see something by Tracy I know I have to pick it up. I must admit that this book brought me back, I used to know my fair share of drag racers in high school, and I am definitely a woman who can appreciate a nice car, so this book was right up my alley. We meet Jordan right away, she’s like a fish out of water. You can tell she isn’t 100% comfortable being a drag race, and I don’t think it had much to with the actual drag racing, more more the lack of control. She doesn’t like new situations, doesn’t trust the people around her, or really anyone. Jordan has a traumatic past, one that isn’t fully explained until the end of the book, but its fair to say that she has good reason not to trust the human race. Early on when she meets Nic, as he is stealing her car mind you, I loved that she fought hard, that she didn’t just cower. She might have been scared for her life, but she was fierce in defending herself. I liked that she opens herself up in this book, that she recognizes that she has to overcome the things that happened to her, and that’s so much easier said than done. So Nic, our car thief, is actually a pretty good guy. […]

Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Posted May 12, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, loved it, Review / 1 Comment
Good Girl by Lauren Layne

So I really enjoy Lauren Layne, I’ve read a couple of her books before and she is one of those authors where I know going in I am going to enjoy the book. That being said, this one was a step above for me, mostly because I was so emotionally invested in our heroine, I was right there with her throughout the entire book and at the end when it was all over I left the book feeling really satisfied and happy, and frankly these days that doesn’t happen as often as I would like. Jenny was really an awesome character for me, and on paper she isn’t necessarily I would normally gravitate towards. So Jenny is a country music star who is temporary living in L.A. to work on writing her next album when scandal hits. So she does what any self respecting starlet who didn’t actually commit the actions in the scandal would do, go into hiding. So that’s how she ends up in the Louisiana bayou in a house that is beyond run down with a hot yet grumbly caretaker in the middle of DIYing it back to life. So Jenny is actually a fairly inexperienced person romantically, which is something that tends to annoy me in books, but in this book it really worked for me, and it also read really authentic. I loved how Lauren was able to convey Jenny’s insecurities without ramming them down my throat, they were all believable and understandable, it was […]

After the Hurt by Shana Gray

Posted May 12, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
After the Hurt by Shana Gray

So there were elements of this book that really worked for me, and then elements that really didn’t. I will say the reason this appealed to me was because I seriously find MMA guys hot, and I love second chance romances. And honestly this book sounded like it might be a little darker or at least strong on the emotional components, which is way up my alley. So the gist of Pepper is that she was involved with Tank for a really long time, and they were in the process of opening up a restaurant together. When her mother passed away, everything really changed for her, she really kind of fell down a hole of depression and decided to just up and leave her life. She spent a great deal of time away and is now in back in town wanting to make things right with Tank and kind of putting her life back together. I really liked her, and I wish could put my finger on why I liked her so much, but I’m not really quite sure. I think part of it is that there have been more than one occasion where something has happen in my life and I just wanted to take a bit of time out somewhere else. But I think what made her work for me in the story was that she was really patient with how she handled Tank, I mean she knew she had hurt him so she made sure that he […]