Book Review #195

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Published April 18th 2017

Edition Language

English

Series

Roommates #3

The House Mate was a sweet, lighthearted romance that will have you wishing you were playing house with your very own Max Alexander. Kendall Ryan continues to capture our hearts as she brings forth an addictive romance that beautifully blends playfulness and sexiness. So what are you waiting for…hot single dad romance… yes, please!!! Max Alexander is a thirty-five year old bachelor, who runs his own successful construction company. He doesn’t do relationships and commitments. So when an unexpected ex shows up at his front door and hands him a baby girl and says that he is the father, Max is completely shocked. And oh yeah, baby momma says that she can’t take care of Dylan anymore. So what does Max do? Well, the only option is to hire a live in nanny.
Addison is twenty-five years old and is in need of a job pronto. So when the opportunity came to be a nanny for Dylan, she didn’t hesitate to take the job. In fact she needed it, since it would provide her housing as well. The job should be a piece of cake for Addison since she loves kids and Dylan was a lovable baby to begin with. The only thing Addison needed to control was her attraction to hot single dad, Max. As it turns out, the feeling was mutual as well since Max couldn’t stop thinking about Addison. He knew it was wrong to be sexually attracted to his baby’s nanny but he couldn’t help it. The more he got to know her, the more she found a way into his heart and mind. So what happens when Max acts on his attraction with Addison? Will Addison be able to still do her job as the nanny and keep a relationship with Max? Or will these two discover playing house is hard to do especially when deep emotional feelings gets involved? Seriously, if there was ever a single dad to play house with, it would most definitely be Max Alexander. He was sweet, sexy, and oh so swoon worthy. He didn’t shy away his feelings when it came to Addison which I found very refreshing. He made his feelings and attraction known from the start. And as for Addison, she was indeed the girl next door who brought light, laughter, and fun back into Max’s life. So if you are looking for a feel good romance that is light on angst and drama but high on LOVE then this sweet and charming single dad romance is the book for you.

I’m more than ready to read the next book of the series: The Soul Mate.

Release Date: April 20, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

POV: Dual – 1st person S

team: 4 out of 5

Book Type: Standalone – Book 3 of the Roommates series

Saturday Review

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Kindle Edition, 105 pages

Published January 3rd 2017 by BookShots

Original Title

A Wedding in Maine

ASIN

B01F1UD5TG

Edition Language

English

Series

McCullagh Inn #2

Jeremy and Chelsea are finally moving forward with their lives and getting the Inn up and running. Jeremy wants to move forward with their lives and proposes to Chelsea. He does it in a way that won’t cause Chelsea to run away, which is her usual reaction. Chelsea then gets the idea to use it also as a promotion for the Inn and so begins their crazy wedding planning. While planning her nuptials, Jeremy and Chelsea start noticing weird things happening at the Inn. Neither one of them can explain some of them and they each start to go on alert for their safety. Chelsea discovers her dad is getting out of prison and thinks this may have something to do with that. While her dad has been absent and a terrible parent, he claims to want to make things right with his children. Chelsea doesn’t believe him and has good reason to. When she finally finds evidence that causes her to confront him once and for all, she learns some of his secrets.

The book did do a good of keeping the reader apprised with their wedding plans while also trying to unravel the secrets being kept that have led to their Inn being placed in danger. It was a nice addition to the series and did wrap up well

Book Review #194

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Kindle Edition, 302 pages

Published March 29th 2016

ASIN

B01DMSV0YG

Billy Taylor’s novel Just Friends has me on hooked and I really enjoyed it. In this novel, Ethan Knight and August Bishop have been best friends since they were 6. Ethan’s dad was not around much after his mom died. This led Ethan to spend lots of time with August and her family. August and Ethan kept a tight circle, including one other friend, Max. Ethan’s passion is magic and August’s passion is acting. As they get older, they both begin following their dreams. In the midst of this, August realizes something that will change her life. Through this story, August and Ethan share many emotions that bring them closer together. After magic, fame, movies, and money, August and Ethan realize they want to be more than just friends. The author’s style of writing was unique. Taylor wrote the whole book from August’s point of view. Billy Taylor also used dates for the different chapters, making the book feel like August’s journal. The author also added dialogue and emails between other characters and August. The one thing that bothered me a little about the author’s style of writing was the grammatical errors and typos. However, these errors were easily read over and understandable. It also made the book feel more like it was a teenager’s journal.
This book impacted my life a lot. This book taught me a lot about love and dreams. After reading this story, it became apparent to me to not be scared to tell others how I feel just because their reaction is unknown. It also taught me to take risks even if I am unsure of the outcome. Billy Taylor used a lot of different techniques to grab my attention. For one, he uses anticipation to keep the reader guessing. The author throws in obstacles to twist up the story and make it more interesting. Additionally, Taylor throws in subtle foreshadowing in the beginning of the story that becomes apparent at the end of the story. This foreshadowing adds a significant part of the story by connecting the beginning and ending, making the story come full circle. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book. Some critics say that parts of the book are unrealistic, however most stories need to be embellished in order to emphasize events. I believe the book was very insightful into the mind of a teenager. August went through a roller coaster of emotions and events because of love. Similarly, Billy Taylor put my emotions through a roller coaster ride with tears, happiness, and more. I enjoyed the style of writing the author used to write this book. I feel as if the characters were very relatable no matter who you are. The author did not just make me relate to the book, Billy Taylor made me feel like I was apart of it. The author did an amazing job pulling you into the story and once I started reading, I never wanted to put the book down. The book was told from August’s perspective, so the readers knew she loved Ethan. However, Ethan’s feeling were not shown and it kept the readers in suspense
**Spoiler Alert** “I love you… I’ve loved you from the moment I first laid eyes on you, and I will do until my dying day. I will always, always, always… love you. So badly it hurts (Taylor 269).” As a reader, I waited for this quote to be said since the beginning of the book. From the start of the book, I was waiting for this moment to happen, or not happen. Fortunately, it happened and it happened in such a way that I became very emotional at this part of the book.

Book Review #193

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Hardcover, 208 pages

Published March 21st 2017 by Waterbrook Press

ISBN

1601429444 (ISBN13: 9781601429445)

I have been a Christian all my life. However, when it came to prayer, I was always somewhat confused. Adam’s book really helped clear up many things that I was confused about, and it certainly helped me become stronger in my faith. I  Love, love, love this book – from its presentation and font choice to its content so far. “Talking With God” is approachable and feels much like the written version of a chat over coffee with a friend (which the author mentions doing several times!). I can tell it will be encouraging for my own walk with Christ and I can’t wait to see how God works through it and me I highly recommend it for those who don’t know how to pray.

RELEASE BOOST Title: Swear

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Title: Swear

Series: Landry Family #4

Author: Adriana Locke

Genre: Second Chance/Military Romance

Release Date: May 15, 2017

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Ellie Pagan has a list of reasons to stay away from Ford Landry.

It’s a mile long and was so much easier to stick to when he was a world away. Now that he’s standing in front of her—body hard and chiseled from a stint in the military, suit cut to perfection, and a smirk she could never resist—remembering all the reasons why just got a whole lot harder.

Ford gets Ellie isn’t his biggest fan. He just doesn’t care.

Standing in front of him, giving him hell, she’s even prettier than he remembered. All he can think about is how she felt in his arms, the taste of her kiss, the sound of her giggle in the middle of the night. He may not know how to win her back, but he does know this: he may have let her go once, but that’s one mistake he won’t make again.

 

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EXCERPTS #1

Our breathing quickens, the blues of his eyes growing stormy. A chill tears through me as he accidentally-on-purpose brushes his arm against mine. It’s like muscle memory, my body remembering exactly what to do around his.

My knees dip, my mouth waters, and I fight the ache in between my thighs as he looks down at me like it’s me he wants for dinner.

“What if I throw breakfast in afterwards?” he prods. “Does that make me, I mean it, more appetizing?”

That’s all it takes, that one little hint of arrogance, that brings me back to reality.

I flip him a smile. “It makes it less, actually.”

His own smile wavers. “I get that you probably hate me.”

“You’re right. I do.”

“I want the chance to explain.”

“You have the same chances of getting the chance to explain as I do of getting what every woman wants.”

“What’s that?”

I lean in, like I’m going to tell him a secret. Whispering, I say, “Being able to eat all the pizza and not gain an ounce.”

Turning on my heel, I head to the back as his chuckle fills the room. “That was good. I’ll give you that.”

I shrug and keep walking.

“You can at least let me apologize.”

The authority in his tone, like I owe him something, stops me in my tracks. I whirl around to face him. “You don’t deserve a chance to apologize to me.”

“I didn’t say I deserved it,” he says earnestly. “But I would love the opportunity to do so.” He forces a swallow, my eyes glued to his lips. “I would appreciate the chance to get to see you again.”

The snicker that comes from me is unexpected by both of us. “So charming. I forgot how good you are with words.”

“Does that mean that’s a yes?”

“That means that’s a no,” I smile. “That means I’m not about to let you come in here and look at me with those bright blue eyes and make me forget what it felt like to have you rip my heart out.”

He flinches. “I didn’t mean to do that, Ellie.”

“Don’t act surprised,” I laugh angrily. “There’s no way you thought I just went on with my life after you left. I dated you for four years, Ford. And after what we went through …”

It’s me gulping now, the anger so palpable that I almost have tears in my eyes. My hands shake as I remember the fight that ensued after he told me he was enlisting.

“You left me,” I repeat, shaking my head. “So leave me again. There’s the door. Should I hold it open for you this time?”

#2

It’s impossible not to smile that he remembered my drink of choice. It’s also hopeless to pretend that the boyish grin he’s flipping me doesn’t melt away some of the ice around my heart.

Still, I don’t want to play nice.

“I already had coffee today. But thank you,” I say politely.

“No offense, but you are kind of irritable this morning. Maybe you could use another shot of caffeine.”

“You think I’m irritable now? Keep it up.”

“You never were a morning person,” he laughs. “Some things never change.”

“And some things do,” I point out, giving him a look. “Seriously, why are you here?”

“I have business with Violet. Remember?”

“That’s bullshit anyway, but she’s not here. You’ll have to come back later.”

“Is that an invitation?” he laughs.

“Did it sound like one?” My arms cross over my chest and I’m aware it makes my boobs look bigger. As his eyes drop and catch the top of my cleavage, his gaze burns a trail on the ascent back up to my eyes.

Satisfaction paints a smug look on my face and desire burns in the apex of my thighs. As discreetly as possible, I clench my legs together to quell a bit of the ache that’s beginning to throb under his observation.

When our gazes meet, his is crackling. He lifts a single brow. “I damn sure hope that’s an offer to come. If it’s not, we have a problem on our hands.”

“No, you have a problem on your hands,” I say, shrugging. “It has nothing to do with me.”

“It could.”

#3

“Are you saying I’m not glamorous?” I tease.

“Your sneakers with paint splattered over them are so, so glamorous, Ellie.”

He laughs, a warm, rich, captivating sound that feels like a balm to so many of my wounds. It doesn’t fix anything, obviously, but it does soothe me somehow.

“You always did have a way with words,” I joke, sighing for dramatic effect.

“You should give me a chance to show you how much better I’ve gotten with words.” He shoots me a smile so sinful I have to look away.

“I bet you have.”

“I’ve gotten better at a lot of things,” he whispers.

He searches my eyes as if he’s asking for permission and in my amped-up state, I’m not thinking clearly … because I smile. It’s a tiny fissure in my persona that he takes full advantage of.

My back suctions against the paint behind it as Ford cages me in. One foot on the outside of each of mine, a hand planted on the wall on both sides of my face. My knees wobble the slightest bit as he leans down and feathers his lips over mine.

They’re as soft as I remember and my eyes flutter closed as my chin angles towards him, wanting more. We move together effortlessly, like there hasn’t been a decade since the last time we kissed.

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AUTHOR BIO

USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

 

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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Book Review #192

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Paperback, 392 pages

Published February 20th 2017 by Everafter Romance

ISBN

1635760798 (ISBN13: 9781635760798)

A.M. Madden and Joanne Schwehm prove to be an inimitable writing duo with their first co-authored novel, Finding Mr. Wrong. Sexy, fun and full of feels, Jude and Brea’s story is romantic comedy gold and the kind of book that leaves you grinning and begging for more. From the first page to the last I was hooked on the colorful personalities and fresh, humorous writing that filled the pages. Jude and Brea’s seemingly opposite personalities led to a seriously addictive push and pull that manifested itself in plenty of delicious sexual tension and hilariously witty banter. This couple shared a sizzling chemistry that begged to be explored along with something deeper and unspoken that kept me undeniably hooked on their unique journey. Madden and Schwehm expertly balanced all of the humor and steam with plenty of heart and a few gut-wrenching moments that ensured my total investment in Jude and Brae’s story.

Jude was pretty much book boyfriend perfection. Even when he was being cocky, arrogant and purposely frustrating he was somehow still funny, smart and downright dreamy. I enjoyed watching him unravel as he spent time with Brae and loved experiencing his relationships with his best friends. Madden and Schwehm certainly knew what they were doing when it came to the sexy Swede. Brae was equally unforgettable and I had so much fun getting to know the feisty, slightly awkward and adorably quirky heroine. Her strange habits made me chuckle while her selflessness and dedication to helping her family warmed my heart. Effortlessly stealing my heart, Brae and Jude made for an unlikely and yet perfectly compatible pair. They challenged one another, supported each other and together they not only revealed the truth depth of the other’s character but grew into better versions of themselves.

Madden and Schwehm also had me falling in love with each of the secondary characters that rounded out Jude and Brae’s world. They added levity and love to the novel and left me anxious to read their stories. Finding Mr. Wrong was perfectly paced to be devoured. I found myself flying through this book, desperate for more of Madden and Schwehm’s enchanting storytelling. I absolutely adored the premise – a random couple thrown together for six romantic weeks on an island and you just know there’s going to be plenty of tension and drama. Madden and Schwehm didn’t disappoint, delivering plenty of heat, a few hilarious antics and some seriously adorable heartfelt moments that left me absolutely swooning. Despite this being their first novel together, the authors worked seamlessly. Finding Mr. Wrong flowed smoothly, the voices of the characters distinct but consistent and the writing style utterly captivating.

Finding Mr. Wrong is definitely a win for Madden and Schwehm and an absolute must read for romantic comedy fans!

Book Review #191

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Kindle Edition, 227 pages

Published February 20th 2017

ASIN

B06W5J9839

This story had a bit more of a serious feel to it than the others I’ve read by Devon. Not only did the storyline contain serious issues, but the writing itself had a more mature feel to it. It is written in present tense, which I generally don’t enjoy, however, I am able to forget about that issue when the story is well written and interesting enough that it makes it less noticeable.

I love reading about damaged characters and seeing men overcome or manage their disabilities or PTSD issues. Here, we have Jay who is a bit of an unsteady guy, moving on to a new location when things don’t work out for him, which until this point, they have yet to do. He has some issues from his childhood that affect him as an adult and lead to many of his current issues. Then, there is Reese, Jay’s supervisor, and and ex-military man who suffers greatly from PTSD, in addition to dealing with a lower leg amputation. So, these guys have a lot going on.

I thought Devon did a wonderful job with the PTSD issue. Reese has been dealing with and somewhat managing it for almost a decade. It is a major part of him and his life, and thus, a major part of the story. I loved and easily saw how Jay was the perfect match for Reese and really enjoyed watching them work through Reese’s episodes. A side issue, or side affect of the PTSD is that Reese struggles with not wanting to hurt anyone (or anyone more than he already has). While understandable, there were times his inner struggles felt a bit repetitive at times, and I wanted to jump in and help him out myself. Thankfully, Jay does some major maturing and does the right thing for them both.

As a funny side, do men having office/supply closet quickies really totally undress to do so? This made me chuckle each time, and I almost wanted them to get caught just to see it all play out.