REVIEW: Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne

» 13 December, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

REVIEW: Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne

I admit I was a bit worried starting this book. For one, the synopsis for this book changed, and so did the name of the heroine. Not a good sign. Second, I loved Lincoln the moment he was introduced in the Sex, Love & Stiletto series. I have been waiting for his book forever. And you know, expectations has the tendency to mess with your reading mojo. BUT Lauren Layne did Lincoln Mathis’ story justice. Yup. Even the heroine change made sense. Daisy and Lincoln together made sense. Someone Like You packs quite an emotional punch. Something that I’ve never quite experience from Lauren Layne before. On the outside, Lincoln and Daisy couldn’t be more different from each other. Daisy is the epitome of a Southern good girl charm until her marriage fell apart. Lincoln is the picture of a man on the prowl. He’s fun, laid back and has women falling all over themselves to get close to him. But unbeknownst to many and even to his closest friends, Lincoln is hiding a very important part of his life. What I like about this story is how the romance between Lincoln and Daisy built from being acquaintances to friends and then to lovers. The obstacles, the insecurities, […]

Review: Downed (Gridiron #3) by Jen Frederick

» 3 December, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Downed (Gridiron #3) by Jen Frederick

At the end of Jockblocked, I hated J.R. “Ace Anderson” for what he did to Matty and Lucy. Despite that, I was still interested in reading his story. I was curios as to how Jen Frederick is going to redeem his character. At the end of Jockblocked, we learned that Ace is out of Western and transferring to Southern U. It’s a chance for Ace to start over and prove his naysayers wrong or prove them right. Bryant Johnson is Southern U’s best kept. Liked by everybody, she’s the Renegades’ unofficial PR person/muse/sister/mother…you get the picture. She’s also known as the jerk whisperer, and her next project is none other than the Renegades new quarterback, Ace Anderson. I wasn’t quite sure at first about Bryant. She seems too good to be true. But then I realize she’s as every bit as stubborn as Ace, if not more, and is not above manipulating the situation to get what she wants. I found the combination fascinating. Don’t get me wrong. Bryant is genuinely nice but beneath all that Southern bred charming is shrewd, shrewd mind. Ace has no idea what hit him. I loved the chemistry between Ace and Bryant. Ace can be grumpy and taciturn but Bryant’s sweetness just […]

Release Blitz {Review}: After We Fall by Melanie Harlow

» 29 November, 2016 » Authors, Book Tours, Reviews » 2 comments

Release Blitz {Review}: After We Fall by Melanie Harlow

This has got to be my favorite Melanie Harlow book to date! After We Fall is an emotionally charged, heart-stopping romance between a broken man who feels his chance at love has passed and a woman determined to prove him wrong. After a humiliating experience with her ex at a charity event, Margot is need of a break. An out-of-town client of their PR firm provided Margot a chance to get away for awhile. The job was simple: help a family owned farm get their branding and web presence off the ground and help boost their profit. But things start to get complicated fast when Margot meets one of the owners, Jack Valintini. Jack is the grumpy, hot-as-hell brother who is convinced that this new endeavor is a waste of time and money. He’s not that all impressed with Margot either even though he finds himself thinking more and more about her. The banter between Jack and Margot is tinged with sexual tension from the get go, and when they eventually got together, it was sooo hot and so rewarding to read. I loved it. Loved the chemistry between them. I also adored Melanie Harlow’s cheeky humor shining through the pages with this book. I found myself snort-laughing […]

Review: Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding by Jessica Clare

» 24 November, 2016 » Authors, Renee Carlino, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding by Jessica Clare

Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding might be short on page count but it’s not short on the squishy, gooey, feels. After months of preparation, including a postponement, hookups and unexpected pregnancies, Gretchen and Hunter are finally, FINALLY tying the knot. But alas, everything seems to be falling apart on Gretchen: part of the mansion, where the wedding is supposed to be held, is flooded in, she fired another baker, and Hunter is keeping something from her. On top of that, her recovering drug addict sister Daphne wants to reconnect with her. I adored every second of this book. It’s a novella but doesn’t read like one. Aside from Gretchen and Hunter’s wedding story, there’s also a sweet, redemptive story about Daphne. Remember her? Fans of the series sort of have a hate-hate relationship with her and I was curious whether or not Jessica Clare would give her a book even if it’s not with one of the billionaires. Well, she did. And it was quite lovely. Okay. A lot lovely. It actually made me cry, simply because her HEA was so hard fought, I feel like. I don’t want to say anything more except that if you’ve read One Night with a Billionaire, you’ll know who her […]

Review: Trust (Wrong #3) by Jana Aston

» 19 November, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Trust (Wrong #3) by Jana Aston

This story was a breath of fresh air. I have to admit that I’m one of those readers who love stories with lots of conflict between the hero and the heroine. The more insurmountable those conflicts are, the more I love it. Trust has none of those, and yet, I found myself swooning over this book. I finished this in one sitting and had the silliest smile on my face right after. Why? Well two reasons: Chloe Scott and Boyd Gallagher. I fell for these two as individual characters and as a couple. I adored Chloe Scott. She’s lovely, sweet but socially awkward. Painfully so. She exhibits her anxiety by telling knock, knock jokes which were so horrible, it was hilarious. I immediately connected with her character and wanted her to be happy and have her prince and her happily ever after. And the perfect PERFECT man for that job was Boyd Gallagher. I have a confession to make. I barely remembered Boyd from book one. He didn’t really register on my radar until this book. And boy, did he register. He’s probably my most favorite Jana Aston hero ever. He’s sweet and considerate of Chloe’s issue’s had me melting like a puddle of goo. Gah! He was […]

Blog Tour {Review+Giveaway}: Thief of Hearts (Hearts #5) by L.H. Cosway

» 17 October, 2016 » Authors, Book Tours, Reviews » 0 comments

Blog Tour {Review+Giveaway}: Thief of Hearts (Hearts #5) by L.H. Cosway

One of the things that I like about LH Cosway is that she writes unique stories and characters. Thief of Hearts is a great example of what makes LH Cosway work for me and a lot of readers. The book follows the story between a young widow, Andrea Anderson and an ex-convict, Stu Cross. Andrea has something or someone that Stu wants, and he’ll do just about anything to get it, including enrolling in an adult learning class that Andrea teaches. His plan was simple: seduce Andrea and then accomplish his goal. Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, everything changed when Stu got to know Andrea very deeply, and his plan just became complicated. I love stories where the hero sets out to seduce the heroine but ends up being the one who is seduced (in every sense of the word) instead. Stu might be a genius when it comes to complex mathematical equations but his genius is not match for the sizzling attraction and chemistry that burned between him and Andrea. And it’s delightful to watch a hero being brought to his knees his Stu did. Thief of Hearts started of slow. Not surprisingly since Andrea is still hesitant to move on and start another relationship after the death […]

Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay, #2) by Jill Shalvis

» 13 October, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay, #2) by Jill Shalvis

Another winner from Jill Shalvis. I will never get tired of reading feel-good romances. Never. And The Trouble with Mistletoe is a wonderful example of a feel-good romance. The second book off of Jill Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series follows the story of Willa, wrangler of puppies and Keane, beleaguered temporary cat owner and hotshot developer. They have a sort of unpleasant history between them that affected Willa a lot but was a non-event for Keane. The relationship between Keane and Willa developed slowly, largely due to Willa’s own trust issues and Keane’s reluctance to start a relationship. But the attraction burns hot between them, and Jill Shalvis can write sexual tension like no other. Like Sweet Little Lies, The Trouble with Mistletoe is punctuated by heartfelt humor and touching emotional moments. The gang is back and I love getting to know them more and more. Loved the friendship between Willa and the girls as well as the friendship between the guys. I finished this book with a smile on my face as I always do after I read a Jill Shalvis book. If you’re a fan, then you would love this book. I definitely recommend this one. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.