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.

Review: The Player by Claire Contreras

» 10 October, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 1 comment

Review: The Player by Claire Contreras

  She wasn’t my New York girl. She was my game changer.   Claire Contreras delivers another solid and emotionally satisfy love story in The Player. The story is pretty straightforward. Warren Silva meets Camila and is instantly intrigued by her. She’s a Dominican girl living in an apartment in Washington that’s about to be torn down by the same developer that Warren has a stake in. Camila is understandably wary of Warren. She couldn’t understand why a famous footballer like him would be interested in a girl like her. They live in two different worlds and from what Camila can see, they have nothing in common. But Warren is persistent. He’s willing to prove to her that they have something worth exploring, and when Warren puts his mind to something, he won’t stop until he gets it. I adored both Camila and Warren. They’re both flawed and layered characters. Camila has this quiet strength and an iron will beneath her shy exterior. And Warren is just divine. In my mind, I assumed he’d be this asshole hero who’s going to give Camila grief. Boy, was I wrong. Warren was a sweetheart. He has his moments. And he’s made some questionable choices but what I never questioned was […]

Review: Unsuitable by Samantha Towle

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

Review: Unsuitable by Samantha Towle

This book resonated with me emotionally. I loved Daisy’s journey as a character. I knew going in that it’s going to be an emotional ride based on the premise alone. Daisy was wrongfully imprisoned by a crime she didn’t commit and the consequences was devastating. She lost not just her future but her brother as well. When she got out, her goal was to get back on her feet and get her brother out of foster care. When she was offered a job as a cleaning lady for a wealthy family, she jumped at the chance. She’s determined to get the job done and get her brother back, and not even her asshole of a boss is going to stand in the way. Kastor Matis is the son of the owner of the family estate that Daisy is going to work for. He’s essentially Daisy’s boss. He’s handsome, wealthy but acted horribly towards Daisy at first. And he definitely wins first place in the hot & cold award category. The man was a mess. I will admit that he has a good reason for being a mess but still, I was happy that Daisy called him out on it, which made me like her even more. Daisy is […]

Review: Sex Machine by Marie Force

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

Review: Sex Machine by Marie Force

Right out of the gate, I knew Sex Machine was going to be a fun and sexy romp when the heroine, Honey Carmichael, boldly proposes a night of no-strings-attached sex to the town’s sexiest bachelor, Blake Dempsey. Honey is in luck since one night is all Blake can offer any woman. But Honey isn’t just any woman. First of all, they’re friends. Second, there’s always been an attraction between them that remained unacknowledged until now. Third, Blake is still hurting over the death of his first love. I really loved Honey’s character. The name is unfortunate but I still genuinely loved her sex positive attitude. Blake is started closed off. But it doesn’t take long for readers to realize that there’s more to him than just being a “machine in bed.” This guy is not only loyal but he’s also kind and a good friend to Honey. I liked how their relationship progressed. And for those who are worried about the “dead ex” thing. Don’t be. I think Marie Force did a great job separating both relationships in such a way that Honey never felt like a second choice to me. My only issue with this book was the big conflict in the third act and the anti-climactic […]