Review: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

» 15 August, 2017 » Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell My rating: 4.5 stars! The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.  New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love. Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…   Soooo goooood!! <3 If you’re looking for a slow-burn romance featuring two equally gorgeous and equally stubborn characters, Illegal Contact is the book for you. Santino Hassell hit it right out of the park with Gavin and Noah. I was […]

Review: When I Need You (Need You #4) by Lorelei James

» 5 August, 2017 » Reviews » 2 comments

Review: When I Need You (Need You #4) by  Lorelei James

When I Need You by Lorelei James Rules are tossed aside when a pro football player join forces with a spitfire cheerleading coach in New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James’s brand-new romance… Heir to Lund Enterprises and ladies’ man Jensen “The Rocket” Lund has three conditions when it comes to dating: 1) No single mothers 2) No cheerleaders 3) No medical personnel So it makes no sense that he’s wildly attracted to Rowan Michaels, who breaks all three. Rowan Michaels didn’t pass the rigorous requirements to become an athletic trainer and Vikings cheerleader in the hopes of landing a pro athlete: been there, done that, and she has a young son as proof that football players and fidelity don’t go hand in hand. When Rowan learns her new neighbor is Jensen Lund, the smoking-hot tight end who takes being neighborly to a whole new level, she’s grateful for the team’s strict “no fraternization” policy because the sexy man defines temptation. But Jensen is intent on rushing straight to the goal line to prove to Rowan he’s much more than just a player…on and off the field.   This series is getting better and better with each book! When I Need You follows the story of Jensen “The […]

Review: Beauty Like The Night (Spymasters #6) by Joanna Bourne

» 3 August, 2017 » Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Beauty Like The Night (Spymasters #6) by Joanna Bourne

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne 4.5 stars! Loved this cleverly written historical romantic suspense by Joanna Bourne. Sèverine de Cabrillac was a former military intelligence who is now using her “skills” as an investigator. As intelligent as she is beautiful, Sèverine is one of the most interesting heroines I’ve read in a long time. Drawn back into the world she tried to leave behind, Sèverine must confront the demons of her past at the same time help Raoul Deverney discover his estranged wife wife’s killer and his missing daughter. The characters, the dialogue, the plot just works seamlessly. This is the first book I’ve read from this author and my first historical-suspense in general, and I got to say that I’ve become an immediate fan. Clever and interesting, Beauty Like the Night will draw you in from the very first page. The romance between Raoul and Sèverine was lovely and interesting. My only gripe is that the hero isn’t as interesting as the heroine. But that said, Sèverine more than made up for it. She’s a very interesting and unique character. I highly recommend this book. ARC provided by the publisher. View all my reviews

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: 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: On Broken Wings (Wild Aces #3) by Chanel Cleeton

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

Review: On Broken Wings (Wild Aces #3) by Chanel Cleeton

In all honesty, I was a bit worried about the theme of this book going in. While I do like the dead ex trope, most of the books I’ve read and enjoyed, it was the hero who needed to get over the loss of a wife or a girlfriend or fiancée and not the other way around. I always find it harder to read when the heroine is the one who lost the love of her life because I feel like women feel more deeply and takes a lot more time to get over a relationship especially when that relationship was a loving one. I know it’s prejudiced to think this way but I cannot help it. Hence, my worry that I won’t be able to enjoy it as much. I was wrong. I repeat. I WAS WRONG! This book slayed me. Chanel Cleeton found a way to make this story shine. And there are a couple of things (really smart decisions on her part) the author did that really made this book work for me. One, she made this book messy. Yup. You heard me right. This book didn’t shy away from all the messy emotions involved in trying to get over someone you love. You feel […]

Wild Aces Re-Read Tour: Into the Blue (Wild Aces #2) by Chanel Cleeton

» 10 December, 2016 » Authors » 0 comments

Wild Aces Re-Read Tour: Into the Blue (Wild Aces #2) 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 […]