Publisher: Macmillan

Just One Week by Alice Gaines

Posted September 11, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Just One Week by Alice Gaines

A second chance love story, yes please. I love when characters who go back home after a long time away and have to make peace with the things they left behind, and this was definitely one of those books. So we have Michelle coming back home after a really long absence, like 8 years away, and she knew going in that it was going to bring up some painful things from her past. As it turns out she was in love with her brothers best friend when she was young, and when she told him how she felt, well let’s just say that it was ugly. So like days after everything happened, she left and never looked back. The thing about Michelle is that she had this kind of perfect plan set up in her head to be able to avoid the situation, and the man at the center of it, while still being there for the anniversary party that brought her back home. I liked how decisive she was, she wasn’t a character who was wishy washy, once she made up her mind about a plan of action she went for it. I liked that she acknowledge the pain that had from the past, but how she didn’t let it hold her back, she had a plan and she was going to go for it. Alex is the guy in question, and honestly I have mixed feelings about him. I understand what happened in the past, and honestly I […]

Hold Me Until Forever by Christina Phillips

Posted July 15, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Hold Me Until Forever by Christina Phillips

I read the second book in this series, and liked it, so it was an easy choice for me to pick up this book. This book apparently has a bit more of BDSM element to it, after all our hero owns a BDSM club, so I was mildly concerned. My big issue with these kinds of books is that they are often done quite poorly, but in this book I would call BDSM-lite. While Alex is a bit of a control freak, and they use some of the lingo, there is very little actually BDSM in this book. So if that’s a hang up for you, fear not, this book is safe. More about our hero, Alex. Alex has a tragic past, his father was abusive, and one night when he was quite young, he killed his father while his father was basically in the middle of trying to kill his brothers. I think its safe to say that anyone would be affecting by having something like that in their past. And it has resulted in Alex being unable to trust himself or others, and through this has spent his life trying to control every single aspect of life, all the time. He likes Ella, our heroine, but he doesn’t trust himself with her, so he avoids her. I feel bad for him, clearly he is messed up from his past, and while there are occasions in the book where he comes off as being commitment-phobic, the reality is he […]

A Man of Honor by Miranda Liasson

Posted June 26, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
A Man of Honor by Miranda Liasson

I love a good second chance romances, especially when the its a best friends little sister situation. This book was a pretty quick read, but it was fun, and I liked how much push and pull there was between the two main characters. You have Cat, who is back living at home after being laid off from her job as a journalist, and honestly it seems like she is really just trying to find her way. A lot of her life seems to be dictated by the wills and wants of her family, and not so much with what she actually wants out of life. But the one thing she knows she really wants, and the one thing she wants to fight for is Preston. Before he deployed the had a moment where she was sure he was finally going to see her as more than just his best friends little sister, and he did. They had a sweet romance, long distance. Until he got hurt. And then he ghosted her basically. Now that he is back, she is determined to find out what the heck happened. I liked Cat, she’s a sweet girl in general, maybe a little to cutesy for me, but I still liked her. I liked that she wasn’t afraid to push when she needed to. Preston, the man in question, is definitely not in tip top shape. He is recovering from a serious injury to his knee, one that is going to require more surgeries […]

Kissed by Water by Delwyn Jenkins

Posted October 6, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Kissed by Water by Delwyn Jenkins

So I picked up this book because I love books about witches, I may have gotten a little warn out with the whole vampire thing in paranormal books, but witches and shifters are my favorites to read about. Plus with this book it seemed like from the synopsis it seemed like our hero would be coming out of a bad place, and I love having kind of a darker hero in books. So while the premise of the book was super intriguing for me, I think this is a book that has to be read in order. I haven’t read the other books in the series, and honestly it took me a long time to really feel like I had a handle on what was going on. The author does try to fill you in on everything without having to do any info dumps on you, but like I said it takes a while to really get a good grasp on everything. So this book has a lot of intrigue and build up, and I think if I had read the other two books, then I would be able to say with certainty that this is a very intricate plot line, one that is definitely interesting to read. When you start the book you have Tristan being basically held hostage in his mind, he’s in a magically induced coma and pretty much everyone has given up on him. Except of course for our heroine, Charlotte. Charlotte sneaks out, puts herself […]

Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek

Posted November 10, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek

This book was super adorable and awesome. I love me some Christmas tales, and I really like books where two people end up stuck together for an extended period of time by themselves, it makes for the perfect recipe for romance. Plus the heroine in this book is kind of an animal crusader, and I love it. So Frankie found out from some animal activist groups about this guy who basically help like a roadside zoo over Christmas to get some extra cash, and he has some elk/moose who he’s been feeding dyed food to make look like reindeer. Once the attraction is over though Frankie’s new “boss” wants them taken to the slaughterhouse. So Frankie intercepts and ends up in a truck she can’t really drive in the middle of a blizzard, trying to get these “reindeer” to the local mustang sanctuary. Only the sanctuary is being watched by Sheriff Red, who is about positive she’s in a stolen truck doing something illegal. The two of them end up at the house he’s watching when the power goes out and all the roads are closed. They could end up there for days. There is no denying that the two of them are attracted to each other, which is really kind of adorable (especially because you get to read it from both points of view). Frankie can’t help but start to tell Red what she is really doing there, and while she is super worried about getting in trouble, she is […]

Saving the CEO by Jenny Holiday

Posted October 18, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Saving the CEO by Jenny Holiday

This was definitely a good read for me, and I felt differently then I normally do about the CEO in this book then I normally do when I read books with CEOs in it. This book was really well written, and one of the things I liked the most about this book is that the hero is flawed in a bit of an unconventional way. So the CEO in this book is Jack Winter, and when the book starts he is a regular at the restaurant that Cassie is the bartender at. He comes in on a non-regular day and ends up having to eat at the bar, giving him the perfect chance to interact with one another. It turns out Cassie had noticed what liquor he liked and had even been ordering things specifically for him. Jack liked watching Cassie, everyone kind of revolved around her, and she’s super giving and kind. So it makes perfect sense that Jack is interested, although he’s only interested into a one time thing, he doesn’t do relationships. SO they have a hot and very exhibitionist encounter outside the restaurant. Jack it turns out is in the middle of some serious issues at work, it turns out his best friends and CFO has been stealing money from the company and Jack has to figure out for how long it has been going on and how much he stole. Only it turns out that Jack has a kind of form of dyslexia, except with […]

A Little Christmas Jingle by Michele Dunaway

Posted October 8, 2014 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments
A Little Christmas Jingle by Michele Dunaway

So there are three things in life I can’t live without baseball, animals (dogs specifically, hey I have six of them at the moment), and Christmas. So while this book doesn’t have any baseball in it, two out of three ain’t bad, and let me tell you the combination of animals and Christmas with a couple of people who fight to help save animals, with some romance thrown in for good measure of course, well if that isn’t the makings of a great book, then I don’t know what is. Fair warning this is one of those romances that really belong on like ABC family or the Hallmark channel or something, it’s very sugar cookie sweet, but hey it’s well written and has my favorite things, so I’m all for it. So it all kind of starts out with Kat, who runs a veterinary practice started taking in some stray or abandoned animals, and when it became more than just the occasional one or two, she saw a need and decided to fill it. Or course, the local busybody looked into her paperwork, filled a complaint and now she’s due in court and under investigation. Jack is an awesome animal cop who is looking for make humans pay for the horrible things that some of them to do to animals. He’s a little concerned about what he has heard about Kat, but when he comes across an animal in serious danger of losing his life, well he brings him right in […]

Enemies on Tap by Avery Flynn

Posted September 10, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Enemies on Tap by Avery Flynn

I do enjoy a good family feud story, and this book promised to bring some feuding and who doesn’t love a love story with a brewery as a backdrop, sounds like a good time for me (although I don’t drink beer I drink cider but hey that’s neither here nor there). So Miranda has returned to Salvation after a death in the family and inheriting the family brewery and she has every intention of turning things around for this business so that she can sell it to the company that she works for. Only it turns out that if she doesn’t get these deal to work out, she’s pretty much guaranteed to loss her job, something she is totally not willing to let happen. So she is willing to do whatever it takes to make this brewery work out for her. Only things aren’t going to be as easy as she thinks, it turns out some of the people who work at the brewery are not on board with her taking it over, and in fact were under the impression that they were going to be able to buy the place. Let’s just say there are several instances of a hostile work environment. It also turns out that the guy Miranda left behind when she left town, Logan, is the manager of the bank and he wants her property and lets just say the entire town is on his side and working against Miranda. What I liked about Logan is […]

An Officer and a Rebel

Posted August 23, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
An Officer and a Rebel

Another Christmas novella! I should warn you folks, my love for all things Christmas is kind of overwhelming, I love Christmas (I literally just bought four new ornaments for my tree months in advance of December). I’ve been reading a couple of Christmas books in the past few weeks, but be prepared for there to be a lot more in the coming weeks, because I am really enjoying them so far. So Kelsey is on her way to visit her mom for Christmas when she decided to take a detour through the town that she grew up in, she’s feeling nostalgic since her mother moved away and wanted to drive through her town one last time to say goodbye. Only a snowstorm hits, a deer darts in front of her car, and she crashes into a guardrail. Now not only is car unmovable, its also about to buried under a couple feet of snow. Nate shows up and saves the day, being a cop he was out on patrol when he saw her wreck, and of course it turns out to be the girl he always liked but that was dating his younger brother. He offers her a room at his place and she takes him up on it. I loved the attraction going on between them, it’s really kind of great and somewhat angsty. Nate is this upstanding guy who always follows the rules and doesn’t want to try anything with Kelsey because he would never do anything to […]

Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson

Posted August 13, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson

This was my second novella in two days, which is somewhat shocking because I am so not normally a fan of the novella. Even better I liked this one just as much as the one I read before it, so that’s a big win in my book. I think what I was most impressed with about this book is that these characters have a long history with each other, and even though the novella is on the shorter side, I was about to both feel like I had a good grasp of their history as well as emotionally connect to the two of them. Plus you know it takes place during Christmas time, and my obsession with all things Christmas related is well known among my friends and family. So Mindy has had a rough go of it this Christmas, her ex-husband basically whisks her kids away days before the holiday so they can go to his unscheduled destination elopement. To make it worse her husband also had the kids the previous Christmas, so she is really not feeling the Christmas spirit in the absence of her kids. Enter Josh, a guy from her past, to cheer her up. Josh and Mindy knew each other when they were younger, and Josh had a big thing for her, only her she was dating the man who would end up being her husband, and their friendship fell apart. So when Josh’s car gets stuck in a ditch right in front of her […]