Friday, January 19, 2018

eARC Book review: Bad to the Bone (The Dogfather #4) by Roxanne St. Claire

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Available January 26th 2018
eARC Provided by author

Trace Bancroft has been in prison for fourteen years, paying for a mistake that cost a man his life. Now released, Trace heads back to Bitter Bark with his mutt, Meatball, and runs into Daniel Kilcannon, who offers to provide some medical care for the dog. Trace knows that would mean seeing Molly Kilcannon, a girl who shared one crazy night with him before his life took a turn for the worst. But when Meatball’s illness intensifies, Trace has no choice. He has to face Molly again and pray she’ll save his dog, no matter what their history.

When Trace Bancroft arrives at Waterford Farm with a critically ill dog, Molly Kilcannon’s entire world is rocked to the core. Firmly believing Trace died in a bar fight years ago, Molly never told anyone that the bad boy of Bitter Bark was the father of Prudence Kilcannon, her very good thirteen-year-old daughter. But Molly has promised to tell Pru the truth about her conception, and now that truth is a living, breathing ex-conwhose very existence could change everything, including a precious mother-daughter relationship.

It doesn’t take long for Molly to realize there’s more to this sexy man than his dark past and tattooed arms. And while the realization that he’s a father is the best thing to ever happen to him, Trace doubts anything could make him worthy of Pru or her spirited veterinarian mother. As they nurse Meatball back to health and grow ever closer, Trace and Molly have to decide when and how to tell Pru the truth. But will the secret that binds their hearts be the very thing that breaks them apart?


It's the long awaited Molly's book. Molly is a single mom with a smart and sassy 13 year old daughter. She also had a huge secret. She's ready to tell her daughter Pru who her father was. For years she's believed he was dead until he shows up in Bitter Bark all of the sudden.  While things are getting sorted out they decide to keep the secret a bit longer. I've got to tell you i was drawn into this book from page one when you get the history of how Molly became pregnant and what followed. Even though Molly's mom is deceased with this you get to see their relationship. You can see throughout the story the effect that relationship has on Molly as she is raising her own daughter.  Then there is Trace Bancroft. Here's a man who has never really known love or affection or anything good. Molly was his little bit a good 14 years ago then he lost everything. Watching the journey unfold for him and Molly was amazing and then the relationship he tries to foster with his daughter Pru. Roxanne St Claire did a outstanding job telling this story. What stands out for me in the last chapters of the book with Trace's real insurmountable pain at the realization he is losing everything again and know he can't do anything about it. When everything comes out and the aftermath of it. The author makes you feel like you are right there.  It get you right in the heart, the unfairness of it. I love that she wrote a strong man who can be vulnerable and doesn't hide it. If you haven't read this series yet now is a great time to start. 



Find out more about Roxanne St. Claire and this series here www.roxannestclaire.com

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

eARC Book review: About That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5) by Jill Shalvis

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Available January 23,2018
eARC Provided by publisher through Edelweiss

When love drives you crazy . . .

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.


Joe and Kylie have the same set of friends. They hang out in some of the same places so when Kylie and Joe kiss it's explosive and a bit scary. Then Joe seemed to pretend it never happened. Hooboy! Unfortunately Kiley needs Joe's help when something important to her gets stolen. She's rather pretend he doesn't exist. Joe might have appeared like he didn't care about the kiss but he cared more than he could afford to. Avoiding Joe seems like a good idea to Kylie until she needs him and something that seems silly turns serious.  There isn't much we know about Kylie or Joe before this book.  Both have some serious secrets and hang ups. Joe sees himself as someone who doesn't deserve love and Kylie doesn't trust it. It was fun to watch these two fall for each other and see the the other characters from previous books popping up and adding to the story. As always Jill Shalvis will make you laugh often and maybe cry a tear or two. She puts you in the story with her vivid characters that draw you in and make you want to hang out a while. 


Find out more about Jill Shalvis here www.jillshalvis.com

Monday, January 15, 2018

eARC Book review: Don’t Go (For You #3) by Alexa Riley

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Available now. eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley


CEO Henry Osbourne has only ever desired one woman—the one who got away. New York Times and #1 ebook bestselling author Alexa Riley returns with Don’t Go , a virgin-hero insta-love contemporary romance in the For You series

I’ve spent the past ten years convincing myself that what I felt for her was teenage infatuation. That love so consuming couldn’t be real. Then everything went to shit, and in an instant, she was gone.

Kory Summers knew returning to New York meant running into Henry. The way her heartbeat picked up at just the thought was nervousness—not anticipation. Oh, no. She never expected to find him on her doorstep looking as handsome as ever.

She’s mine. She always has been. I’ve waited this long for her…but time’s up. I’ll use all my power, all my connections, to convince her she’s the one.

Kory ran from a boy, but a man of power and persuasion now stands in his place. 


This is a new author for me. I liked the cover and the blurb so i thought i would give this book a try. Kory Summers and Henry Osbourne met in high school. Kory was from the wrong side of the tracks so to speak and Henry was from one of the richest families in the school. Henry invited Kory to prom and something went terribly wrong at the after prom party and that was the end of them. No matter how hard Henry tried to fix it he couldn't get through to Kory. Now years later Kory walks back into his life. This was a fun little two hour read. If that's what you need this is the book for you. Don't expect a deep plot because there is no time for that. Everything happens quickly. It was still a very enjoyable book. Sometimes what you need is a story that is cut and dry and easy.

Find out more about www.alexariley.com

Thursday, January 11, 2018

eARC Book review:Unraveled (Whiskey Sharp #1) by Lauren Dane

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Available January 30,2018
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

The sharpest ache comes from wanting what you think you can't have

Maybe Dolan has lived independent, free-spirited and unattached since leaving home at sixteen. Whiskey Sharp, Seattle's sexy vintage-styled barbershop and whiskey bar, gave her a job and a reason to put down roots. Cutting hair by day, losing herself drumming in a punk rock band by night, she's got it good.

But a longtime crush that turns into a hot, edgy night with brooding and bearded Alexsei Petrov makes it a hell of a lot better.

Maybe's blunt attitude and carnal smile hooked Alexsei from the start. Protecting people is part of his nature and Maybe is meant to be his even if she doesn't know it. Yet. He can't help himself from wanting to protect and care for her.

But Maybe's fiery independent spirit means pushing back when Alexsei goes too far. Still, he's not afraid to do a little pushing of his own to get what he wants her in his life, and his bed, for good. Maybe's more intoxicating than all the liquor on his shelf and he's not afraid to ride the blade's edge to bind her to him."


Maybe Dolan lived a life with parents who seem to hate her until she escaped at the age of 16. Years later she put herself back in their path to help her older sister. Maybe and her sister Rachel bought a house together and moved in next to Alexsi Petrov's aunt. It wasn't long beforenthey were pulled in to the family fold. Alexsi is the owner of Whiskey Sharp. A barber shop/bar where Maybe works. Two years after meeting and ignoring the attraction between them Alexsi is ready to start a relationship. I liked parts of this book. I loved Alexsi and his family. They take Maybe and Rachel in sensing they need care and making them feel welcome. Alexsi is all for Maybe. Whatever she needs he's there for her. I liked their relationship. What i didn't like was the main female characters name Maybe. It was a nickname and it was cute how she got it but it was confusing. There is some intense stuff that has happened with both sisters. The explanation for what happened with Rachel was only hinted at. It's extremely bad from what we're given but it felt like i missed something.  Something needed to understand what's going on now. We're also left with a cliffhanger and i am not a fan of that. The threat to Rachel and Maybe is not resolved. I think Rachel's book should have maybe came first. I think Maybe's story would have made more sense that way. I'm not sure. Rachel's book is coming up next. Despite the things i didn't like i still feel invested in the characters which is a testament to the writing of Ms. Dane. Hopefully things with Rachel and Maybe will be more resolved in the next book.

Find out more about Lauren Dane and this series here www.laurendane.com



Thursday, January 4, 2018

eARC Book review: Man Candy (Real Love #3) by Jessica Lemmon

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Available January 9th 2018
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Dax: After spending the summer buried up to my eyeballs in my family’s affairs, I’m ready for a break. The kind of break where I can spend two solid weeks camping and fishing in the company of absolutely no one. Then I find myself directly in the path of a drop-dead gorgeous tornado by the name of Becca Stone. Who can resist a night with a damsel in distress? Especially when she happens to be a leggy blonde? The last thing I expect is for Becca to show up on my cabin doorstep the next night, shivering in the rain and ready for seconds.

Becca: One minute I’m admiring the rock-hard jaw of the Magic Mike lookalike who walks into my bar, and the next I’m getting fired by my own brother. Loudly. In front of everyone. Luckily Dax Vaughn is a gentleman who aims his white-hot smile at me. Oh, it’s on. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Then a torrential storm washes out the main road and causes a massive power outage, giving us two whole weeks to enjoy each other’s company. At which point Dax will go back home, leaving “us” in the rearview mirror. That’s the plan. Or it was . . . until I started falling for him.


If you've been following the Real Love series your in for a real treat with this book. If you haven't been following the Real Love series guess what? You're still in for a real treat! Dax has appeared in the previous books but we really were not told much about him. Now he's on a vacation of sorts. He's been a grump so he decided he needed to be alone for a while. Soon as he gets where he's going things don't go right. Rain. Lots of it. This means he can't get to his remote cabin for all that peace and quiet. Fortunately he does get to witness hot spitfire Becca Stone get fired from the bar her brother owns. It's his lucky night. A one night stand with Becca turns into a two night and a three night.. Are you with me?  Anyway.... I love Dax! I love when authors take a secondary character that we don't know much about and show us what a wonderful guy or girl they are. In this case Dax was kind of this static background and then he steps up and he's full of glorious colors screaming look at me! Dax and Becca are great together. They each have their separate issues but they battle their way through their doubts about themselves to be there for each other. I was so excited to see their HEA at the end because they deserved happiness so much. I wanted to clap and jump up and down reading the last bits of this book. The only thing i wish we could've had just a bit more was the couples from the previous books.  There are three in the series so far and as I've read each one I thought it was my favorite. Dax is my favorite. I'm really hoping there's at least one more book in this series but we'll have to wait as see. 

Find out more about this series and Jessica Lemmon here www.jessicalemmon.com