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 […]

Blog Tour {Review+Excerpt}: Kiss Me That Way by Laura Trentham

» 14 June, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 2 comments

Blog Tour {Review+Excerpt}: Kiss Me That Way by Laura Trentham

Kiss Me That Way is a sweet, second chance love story that between two people from opposite sides of the the river. On one side is Monroe Kirby of the Mississippi side of Cottonbloom. She’s a ‘Sip–wealthy, beautiful and off limits to someone like Cade Fournette who lives across the opposite side of the river. Cade grew up knowing love from his family until they were tragically taken from him. He had to become an adult fast, taking care of his younger siblings after the death of parents. One fateful night, Monroe and Cade met and became confidantes. Despite coming from opposite sides of the river, they’re kindred souls.  Their friendship grew and Monroe trusts Cade completely. But fate, once again, intervened. Cade left Cottonbloom leaving his younger siblings and Monroe behind. Fast forward to years later, Cade is now a successful engine developer. An injury bought him back to Cottonbloom and straight into Monroe’s life. I loved how they started to rebuild their friendship and explored the attraction that was simmering between them. The romance between them was sweet and developed slowly over the course of the book. I enjoyed the way Laura Trentham slowly peeled back the layers of the two sides of the town and […]

Review: Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

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

Review: Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

I went into this book with lots of trepidation especially since I didn’t really liked the last two Jacquelyn books I read. It was all for naught since I loved this book. Unbreak my Heart has all the elements that would make any angst lover happy. Unrequited love? Check! Dead ex? Check! Hero fighting his feelings? Check! And those are just some of the major ones. There were so many things that made this book worked for me. Aside from the emotional hook, Unbreak My Heart, also has two very flawed main characters. And when I say flawed, I mean, they make decisions that might make readers want to throw their Kindles across the wall. But they do get to a place where you can’t help but root for them to get it right. And that’s part of why this book appealed to me. The situation that Kate found herself in, watching the love of her life marry her best friend was like a punch in the gut. Despite that, I couldn’t bring myself to hate Rachel, the best friend, or Shane because there were a lot of good things that came out of their marriage. Mainly, the kids. That said, it’s easy to point fingers and hate […]

ARC Review: Everywhere and Every Way (Billionaire Builders #1) by Jennifer Probst

» 2 June, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 1 comment

ARC Review: Everywhere and Every Way (Billionaire Builders #1) by Jennifer Probst

This is my sixth Jennifer Probst book, and once again, she did not disappoint. It’s only the first book but it already sets up the other story lines in the series perfectly. Everywhere and Every Way follows the oldest Pierce brother, Caleb. Reeling after the death of his controlling father, Caleb gets a rude awakening after his father changed the conditions of his will. Betrayed and hurt, Caleb has no choice but follow the conditions his father had set: work and live with his estranged brothers (they hate his guts) for a year and turn out a profit for the company or lose everything he’s worked for. Morgan, design consultant to the stars, is hell bent on hiring the Pierce Brothers to build her client’s dream house and doesn’t take no for an answer. She plotted and schemed to get Cal and his brothers to say yes. This immediately put Cal and Morgan at odds with each other, which created some really delicious sexual tension throughout the book. But aside from the simmering chemistry between Morgan and Cal, Everywhere and Every Way packs quite an emotional punch, which I did not expect. Morgan, despite the icy demeanor she projects, hides a vulnerable side to her due to some […]

ARC Review: The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake

» 31 May, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

ARC Review: The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake

Jessica Clare once again delivers a well rounded story filled with swoony romance, delicious steamy scenes and everything in between. The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake is jam-packed with everything I’ve come to love about this series. Just for context sake, the Billionaires and Bridesmaids series is a spin-off from the Billionaire Boys Club. It revolves around the wedding preparation of one of the couples from the BBC series and their wedding party: the grooms men and the bridesmaids. The story is interconnected but in my opinion, you can still read this as a standalone. Although, reading it in order is definitely much more preferable as it enhances one’s reading experience. Anyway, this is the fourth book in the series, which I have been waiting for ever since book one and saw the seeds being sown for this book and this pairing. So yes, I’ve been waiting for Asher and Greer’s story ever since the first book so my expectations are crazy high. Asher started off as a jerk. I was worried he wouldn’t be able to redeem himself but I was worried for nothing because after he realized he fucked up, he worked on winning Greer’s heart. There’s nothing hotter than a man who realizes he fucked up and […]

ARC Review: Wicked Heart (Starcrossed #3) by Leisa Rayven

» 17 May, 2016 » Authors » 0 comments

ARC Review: Wicked Heart (Starcrossed #3) by Leisa Rayven

This book!! The characters, the conflict, the angst, the dialogue, the writing…everything just worked for me. I was instantly drawn into the lives of Elissa Holt and Liam Quinn. From the moment Elisse and Liam met, I was invested in their relationship. While their attraction was instant, it took a while for them to get together. I loved the waiting and tension. And when it finallu happened, it was so good. So I was gutted…GUTTED when circumstances conspired to keep them apart. The angst just about killed me especially when they met each other again and Liam looked like he’s moved on. Unlike in the previous books where the conflict I felt was dragged throughout the book, here, it builds. With the attraction still simmering between Liss and Liam, along with Liam’s popularity and not to mention his fiancèe, the tension built slowly and sure until it reached fever pitch until shit just hit the fan. I was expecting it but I was still unprepared by how much it emotionally affected me. Leisa Rayven did a phenomenal job in making readers feel invested in these characters. I’ve always loved Liss in the previous books, and in this book, I fell in love with her character even more. She […]

ARC Review: Dare to Take (Dare to Love #6) by Carly Phillips

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

ARC Review: Dare to Take (Dare to Love #6) by Carly Phillips

My first Carly Phillips in 16 years, and I’ve forgotten how skilled this author is in writing steamy but heartfelt romances. Dare to Take reminded me of that. The story is quite simple. Years ago, back when Ella was only 18, she snuck into Tyler Dare’s bed and spent one passionate night with him. The aftermath was one of Ella’s most humiliating experience in her life. She never really got over it. Tyler for his part didn’t handle the situation well. His potent reaction to young and off-limits Ella scared him, but instead of handling it like an adult, he ran. Tyler Dare has successfully avoided spending alone time with Ella for years. But then Ella got into trouble and is stranded at St. Lucia. At the urging of his sister, Avery, Ella’s best friend, Tyler went down to St. Lucia to take care of Ella, forcing both of them to confront the simmering attraction between them. Right at the get go, I was invested in Tyler and Ella’s story. Tyler has his own demons, having been an unwitting party to his father’s philandering in the past. It colored his perception about love and relationship. And although he loves his family, he wasn’t quite sure if he’s capable […]