Monday, August 7, 2017

eARC Book review: Stud by Jamie K. Schmidt

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Terri Cooke wishes she could give Mick Wentworth a piece of her mind. The infuriating stud muffin walks into her coffee shop every morning expecting his regular order at 8:57 on the dot, without ever acknowledging Terri’s presence—except for staring at her cleavage. And yet she can’t deny that Mick Wentworth has an animal magnetism that’s stronger and richer than any espresso . . . which explains why Terri says yes when he suddenly, inexplicably asks her out.

After the morning coffee run, Mick’s day is all downhill from there. His family’s marketing firm is dysfunctional in more ways than one, so to save the business, Mick desperately needs to impress their newest client. When he learns that Terri’s a fan of their trendy product, he tries to get inside her head. It doesn’t hurt that she’s the barista he’s been lusting after for the past five months. But as things heat up with Terri, Mick finds that a little steam is just the jolt he needs to turn his whole life around.


This a new to me author. Honestly the cover kind of jumped out at me and i thought i need to read the blurb on this. So here I am! Terri Cooke had a good life a boyfriend the job she always wanted. Then her brother got sick and she lost it all to take care of him. Mick Wentworth has money and is part of a family that owns a ad agency. He seems like he's got it all. Except his family sucks.  He's trying to get his families company out of the hands of his parents and back on track when he finds out that Terri who he's been seeing at the coffee shop she's been working in. Sparks fly! You know Mick comes off as a jerk off and on in this book. You can understand why trust is hard for him once you see what his family is like. Terri had the opposite type of family. Her parents and brother loved each other and then her parents died and it was just her and her brother. He fell ill and she would do anything to care for him. Something Mick knows his family would not do for him. There's a lot of crazy stuff going on in this story but Mich and Terri sizzle on the page when they get together. If you are in the mood to try something new this is only around 200 pages and its a hot sexy read! Well worth the read.


Find out more about Jamie K Schmidt here www.jamiekschmidt.com

Friday, August 4, 2017

eARC Book review: Worth the Wait (Guthrie Brothers #2) by Lori Foster

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Ready or not…love will find a way 

Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the "barbecue master" at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads…until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Hogan thought he had the recipe for happiness all figured out. But loyal, carefree Violet is daring him to trust his impulses…and see just how sweet small-town living—and loving—can be. 

Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff's badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there's more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye—but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there's something about the elusive beauty Nathan can't walk away from—and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for.

Lori Foster's two book series ends with two new couples. Hogan Guthrie is Jason's brother from book one. He was just settling in to a new life with his son staying with his brother in book one. Now he's juggling a accounting job and BBQ master rib griller at a local diner. The diner is owned by Violet Shaw who is a women who can take care of herself and doesn't like to need help or accept it. The attraction is pretty instant for both of them. Hogan has some pretty big emotional barriers to get through to have anything with Violet that isn't superficial and she needs to learn how to let people help now and then. The other couple Nathan Hawley is the town sheriff and used to be on a SWAT team when a something went terribly wrong and he was left injured and a coworker killed. He still senses trouble when he meets Brooklin Sweet. Brooklin is hiding. From what is the million dollar question. You're kept guessing for a good part of the book until Nathan can win her over.  I like how the author  combined two couples into one cohesive book. They each had their own stories but were intermingled in a way that didn't take away from either couple. Colt steals the show for me. Colt is Hogan's 17 year old son and who would not want a son like him? He's thoughtful and smart and pays attention and is planning for his own future. Great story telling you are made to feel like you are a part of the story and i loved the wrap up at the end. Solid read!

Find out more about Lori Foster and this two book series here www.lorifoster.com



Thursday, July 27, 2017

eARC Book review: Eye Candy (Real Love #1) by Jessica Lemmon

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Jacqueline: As an adult woman--and the vice president of a marketing firm--I shouldn't be waiting by my office window to ogle the mystery man who jogs by every morning at 11:45. Sure, he's a gorgeous, perfect specimen of the human race, but I can't bring myself to hit on a total stranger. However, my best friend-slash-colleague Vince Carson thinks I should do more than talk to the guy. In fact, he's borderline obsessive about "getting me laid." (His words.) But the more time we spend together, the more it's clear: The one I'm falling for is Vince.

Vince: Jackie Butler's got it bad for some pompous, over-pumped A-hole who struts his stuff past her window. That doesn't bother me. I know she deserves nice things. What does bother me is that she friend-zoned me big-time last year, so I can't ask her out myself. But what if I set her up with Mr. Steroids? Then, when he breaks her heart, I can swoop in and save her like the nice guy I am. Everything's going according to plan . . . until we share a ridiculously epic kiss. And suddenly anything is possible.



You know the beginning of this book a man runs by Jackie Butler's window and she drools over him. I really thought this book was going to have him as the hero. I was not correct in that thinking. After a couple minutes of disappointment i loved on and enjoyed the rest of the book! Ha! Jackie Butler and Vince Carson are both divorced and co-workers. Jackie thinks they are solidly in the friend zone and she needs a good friend. Vince was in the friend zone but he really wants to move on from that. Getting Jackie there with him in that endeavor is kinda what this book is about. He takes the hard way to get there and there are a ton of bumps along the way. They have their divorce history to deal with and the uncertainty of getting into a serious relationship again and of course trust.  This book turned out to be a lot of fun. I really like Vince's friend who is kind of mysterious even though there are mentions of his history i am sensing a story there. Jackie's sister is hilarious and even Vince's crazy neighbor was fun. Great emotional big finish which who doesn't love one of those! Love the characters and the story telling. A solid read!

Find out more about Jessica Lemmon and her work here www.jessicalemmon.com





Friday, July 21, 2017

eARC Book review: Leader of the Pack (The Dogfather #3) by Roxanne St. Claire

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Available July 21,2017
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Very few things ruffle K-9 trainer Liam Kilcannon. Stoic and steady, he has the patience and skill to transform a harmless puppy into a highly protective “schutzhund,” and the quiet strength to lead his five younger siblings through the storms of life. A former Marine who doesn’t waste words or squander emotions, Liam is also a man who very much wanted to spend his life with one special woman by his side. He found her… and lost her. And Liam won’t ever let himself slide down the Andi Rivers Slippery Slope to Misery again. But when his father tells him Andi’s house has been broken into, he doesn’t hesitate to offer her his beloved protection dog, a decision that will put them in close and constant contact.

Architect and single mom Andi Rivers knows nothing in life is certain, having first-hand experience with unexpected changes and tragedies that upended her world. Determined to protect her deeply shy little boy from another heartache, she’s vowed to stay single and unattached no matter how long and lonely her nights might be. Hesitant to take Liam’s dog at first, she soon changes her mind when an estranged relative launches a campaign to take custody of little Christian. A dog won’t be enough…Andi needs a family to protect her son. When the Kilcannon clan moves into action, the solution they offer is drastic but perfect. Liam and Jag are there to protect Andi’s home and child…but what will protect their hearts from the risk of falling in love – and failing – one last time?
 


Liam Kilcannon is a glutton for punishment. He's loved Andi Rivers since he laid eyes on her.  The K-9 trainer at the family business he's tough and  stable on the outside. On the inside he's soft and squishy. He's looking for a love like his parents had and thinks Andi is the one. Unfortunately after only a month of dating the father of her 6 year old son stepped back into the picture and she ended them. Three years later Andi needs his help but her heart is still holding up a stop sign any time he gets close.  I really am enjoying this series and the big family of Kilcannon's too.  I loved both Liam and Andi and Andi's little boy Christian. Liam and his protection dog Jag open shy and sweet Christian up and he's like a new kid. When you think there is only one bad guy in this story you might be surprised when the bigger picture opens up. I really wanted to Andi to get  a clue about Liam sooner than she did. The back and forth was started to get to me by the end.  I loved seeing all the secondary characters woven in and out of the story. The author wraps this up wonderfully and i was so happy with the Epilogue. This has been one of those series you get comfortable reading because you know you're going to enjoy every book. 

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

eARC Book review: Rocky Mountain Home (Six Pack Ranch #11) by Vivian Arend

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Available July 18th
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The FINAL NOVEL in the bestselling SIX PACK RANCH series by New York Times Bestselling Author Vivian Arend. 
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There’s no distance you can run to escape the past. 

Too stubborn to face his sins, Jesse Coleman bolted from the Six Pack Ranch, only to fall straight into the arms of a beautiful stranger. Twelve hours later, the seductive firebrand is nothing but a whiskey-laced memory—but one powerful enough to convince Jesse tracking down his elusive lover is worth the effort. 

Darilyn Hayes figured it was her lucky night when the sexiest cowboy in Alberta interrupted her annual drink-until-I-fall-over wake. At least until four weeks later when she discovers she’s pregnant and her one-night-stand is nowhere to be found. Still, as she’s shared with her devoted blog readers, Dare has dealt with life’s not-so-gentle surprises before. She’ll make it on her own. 

When an internet picture gone viral leads to their reunion, Jesse’s floored by Dare’s news. She’s very clear she’s not looking for a commitment, but screw that. He’s going to do the right thing by her and his unborn kid. The fact they lit the sheets on fire is a bonus, but with a baby on the way, both their lives are gonna change. 

Jesse’s got a ton of family to reconnect with, including his estranged twin. Dare holds family loosely—even though she loves them—because she knows too well how fragile life can be. Between her and Jesse, they’ve got enough baggage to open a store. 

But they still have a shot at forever—if they’re willing to fight for it. 

Jesse Coleman left town without saying goodbye to his family especially his beloved twin brother. Running away from his problems wasn't the smartest thing but it led him straight into his destiny. Darilyn Hayes is having her own get away party of one when Jesse walks in to the bar she is drowning old sad memories in. They hit it off right away and after a unforgettable night Jesse wakes up alone. Neither one forgets the other and when Dari realizes she's pregnant she needs to try and find Jesse. Thankfully he finds her when she posts about him on her blog and includes a sexy picture. I loved Jesse and Dari together. They clicked for me right from the beginning. Jesse struggles with the stuff he messed up before he left home and some of the other stuff he feels he did wrong over the years. Dari struggles with what she's going to do with a baby on the way and missing her parents. Changes all around for them both. Dari helps Jesse work through everything and Jesse is there for Dari while both learn about each other.  I felt their love for each other right away but of course they didn't know it realize it themselves. It was fun watching them get to know either other and their respective families while finding their way to love. Hate to see this series come to a end but i know there is a spin off series coming up involving Dari's family. I don't think we've seen the last of the Coleman's just yet. 


Find out more about this series and Vivian Arend here www.vivianarend.com