Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

» 17 April, 2017 » Authors, Book Tours, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

I adored this book! It checked all my “swoony romance” checklist: Swoony hero? check Capable and sassy heroine? check Witty banter? check Feel-good romance factor? Double check!! Jessica Harlow and John Shepard are FBA agents who started off as enemies during their FBI training to frenemies as they worked on their first case together to eventually becoming lovers. If you’re looking for plot-twisting, ulcer inducing, angsty story, then this book won’t be for you. But if you are in the mood to read about two people who had to work on changing their perceptions about each other, fall in love and then learn navigate and balance their growing love for each other and their chosen careers, then this book is for you. Julie James has a way of crafting stories that just oozes romance from page one ’till the end. I love her heroes and her heroines, and these two couples are no exception. Their chemistry is palpable throughout the book. I loved how these two characters fit together and how they work hard to make their relationship work, how willing they both were to change considering that their first meeting wasn’t exactly the best. Another thing I really liked about Ms. James is the way she incorporates […]

Review Blitz: Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase

» 24 February, 2017 » Authors, Book Tours, Reviews » 0 comments

Review Blitz: Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase

Whether it’s through humor or the whip-smartassery of her main characters, Emma Chase never fails to deliver a romance which is not only funny but also full of heart. *Some SPOILERS for Royally Screwed up ahead* If you haven’t read book one yet, stop reading this review and go read Royally Screwed. You won’t be sorry. I promise. Anyways, Royally Matched is the second installment of the Royally series. Henry, Wesco’s spare heir finds himself being the next in line to the throne after his older brother Nicholas abdicated his claim. The problem is Henry is not prepared to be king. He’s the fun Prince who shuns responsibilities hence his decision to host a reality TV dating show where Henry would choose among the lucky ladies who would someday become his Queen. Yeah, really good idea there, Henry. Hilarity, of course, ensues as the ladies vie for his attention. Henry is in his element. Then he meets Sarah. The shy, bookish sister of one of contestants who’s only there to chaperone her sister. Despite being opposites on the surface, Henry and Sarah connected on a deeper level, but this newfound attraction to Sarah posed a problem with Henry’s commitment to the show. Henry has to come to terms […]

Review: Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen

» 8 January, 2017 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen has been consistently delivering heartfelt romances with really strong characters, and Hard Hitter is another Bowen book that I enjoyed thoroughly. Patrick O’Doul is one of NHL’s top enforcer for years. But now age is catching up to him. I have to say that Patrick is probably Sarina’s most self-contained hero. I found it very hard to get a feel for what he’s all about. But I love me some grumpy, taciturn heroes so it came as no surprise that I fell hard for his character, especially his backstory. Ari is the same thing. I started the book not quite sure what she’s all about. At first, I thought that Ari was very much like the hero which worried me a bit because I like it a lot more when there’s contrast between the hero’s personality and the heroine. Chemistry, opposites attract and all that jazz. But again, Sarina’s writing, the way she crafted these characters made a believer out of me. I absolutely enjoyed reading how they both started to change their perception about each other and their feelings start to grow. The pace of their romance was just right. And like Rookie Move, there are plenty of interaction between Patrick and his teammates. And […]

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: 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 […]

Review: Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

» 1 August, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Sarina Bowen so far. But this, THIS BOOK, might be my favorite out of all she’s written. Steadfast is an emotionally heart-wrenching tale of love, addiction, and redemption. All wrapped in Sarina’s exquisite authorial voice. I was floored by how emotionally on point this book was. Addiction in romance is not a new thing. Unfortunately, a lot of what I’ve read in the past made me weary of this particular trope in romance. They either undermine the issues that comes with addiction or they glorify it. Steadfast managed to avoid those issues. Jude Nickel’s addiction was his undoing. It destroyed not only his future but the one person who meant the world to him: Sophie Haines. The book starts off with Jude coming back to his hometown of Colebury after his time with the Shipleys. He’s now an ex-con. He has no job prospects except for his own father’s garage. Not only that, Colebury is a place that would test Jude’s sobriety. It is also the place where he left his heart. Sophie Haines is living in a limbo ever since that devastating night three years ago. Her mother is a shell of her former self and her father is still the […]

Review: Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton

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

Review: Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton

I discovered and fell in love with Chanel Cleeton’s writing when I read her Capital Confessions series. Her stories are a perfect mix of sweet with a touch of angst thrown in. Into the Blue perfectly represents what makes this author work for me. Becca Madison and Eric Jansen are two people who are in love with each other but are being pulled in different directions by their ambition and their quest to find themselves. They went from being in love and engaged to nothing. Eric walked away to become a F-16 fighter pilot while Maddie stayed home to become a successful lawyer. The devastation that it brought almost destroyed Maddie. She was the one who was left behind. While I’m not saying that Eric heart wasn’t affected, at least he had everything to gain in their break-up. It took me a while to warm up to Eric’s character, to be honest. I thought that the way he broke up with Maddie was shitty and the fact that he stayed away for 10 years made me question his love for Maddie at first. I understood his motivation but it’s still heartbreaking to see how much it destroyed Maddie. But Ms. Cleeton was able to show readers the growth […]