Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ARC book review: Complete Me by Catherine Peace

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A romance author who needs to love….

Best-selling romance author Claire Ergleston confines her passions to the pages of her books, afraid of being hurt again. When she receives a 1Night Stand date “to give her something to talk about in interviews,” can she let herself be swept away?

A rock star who needs to let go….

The past has a chokehold on former rock star Ty Krause. Instead of killer tunes, he kills time writing passable songs for a British boy band and spends his nights wishing he had the balls to say good-bye. In a last ditch effort to move on, he signs up for 1Night Stand, thinking that a night of no-strings-attached sex will help him break the leash of his past.

From the moment Claire and Ty meet, sparks fly—but can they overcome their pasts or will their potential love story end on a sour note?

 Complete me is the story of Claire Ergleston and Ty Krause both seem to be searching for someone or something they are lacking. Ty was in a band that was a one hit wonder because the band imploded when Ty's then girlfriend hooked up with another member of the band. Even now he can't let her go ten years later and when she calls he runs to her. It isn't healthy and he knows it but he's stuck. Claire is a writer having trouble finishing up her latest book and her PR lady tells her she needs to get out there and date for her image as a romance writer.  Bother Ty and Claire get hooked up through the 1nightstand website for one night of whatever.  Ty has to get past his need for his EX and that becomes more evident when he meets Claire. Claire is attracted to him too but when he leaves before morning for his ex she's done. Maybe. ... Claire and Ty each have issues to deal with but you feel a connection between then right from the start. This was a fun fast paced quick sexy read.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

ARC book review: Surprisingly (Playing For Hearts #5) by Debra Kayn

Available April 21, 2014
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Bruce Coldwell, world-class pro bass fisherman, walks into his friend Crista Johnson’s apartment and instantly falls in lust with Crista’s supermodel neighbor. The two weeks of vacation with his best friend will give him the perfect opportunity to dally with the bombshell. Now all he has to do is convince Crista to hook them up.

Excited to have her friend Bruce stay with her, Crista Johnson plans out their whole staycation. But, when he asks her to set him up with a woman she’s trying to un-friend from her life, Crista knows he’s asking the impossible. Janelle is a piranha and only sleeps with other woman’s husbands, and boyfriends, and lives to one up other women. 

When Bruce suggests Crista poses as his lover to create the perfect bait, Bruce finds out he might’ve reeled in the wrong fish … um, woman. Hook, line, and sinker!

This is the last in the Playing for Hearts series. I have only read a couple of them so I feel they can all be read as stand alone books. In this one we have professional fisherman Bruce Coldwell and athlete Crista Johnson. Bruce and Crista have been best friends for a long time and when he comes for to stay for 2 weeks she's got plans for what they can do. This all gets blown to bits when he asks her to hook him up with her bitchy gorgeous supermodel next door neighbor. She's been tolerating Janelle her neighbor for the past 2 years she's lived there even though the woman is constantly putting her down and blatantly goes after every married or taken man she sees. After several attempts at setting Bruce up with Janelle and her blowing hot and cold he starts to change his mind about Janelle especially after he sees how she treats Crista.  Suddenly he's seeing a different Crista one he never let himself think about before.  This is a quick paced read. Bruce and Crista have to find their way through this new level in their relationship. Risking their friendship for the possibility of something more. New territory for both but also Crista has some insecurities about herself she has to work through. It was fun to see Bruce have to slow down and really think about what he's doing with Crista and for Crista to really figure out she's worth it and can compete with any woman out there for the man she loves. This book also has a wrap up with all the character from the previous book. That can be a bit confusing if you have not read the other books but didn't bother me.  I never knew fishing could be so sexy!! 

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Hot Cover Monday! Barefoot in White (The Barefoot Bay Brides Trilogy #1) by Roxanne St. Claire

Available May 15th!
Destination wedding consultant Willow Ambrose has fought a battle with the scale for much of her life, but she has finally won the war. By putting her past behind her and cutting off all contact with anyone who knew her before and, of course, controlling everything she can, Willow has carved out a new body and a new life. But when she comes face to face with someone who left an indelible mark on her heart years before, all that threatens to crumble. 

Navy SEAL Nick Hershey is on medical leave, doing a friend a favor as a stand in “man of honor” at a beach wedding. He might not be that interested in the nuptials, but the wedding planner catches his eye the minute they meet. When he realizes Willow is really a girl he knew in college—and a girl he unintentionally hurt to the core—he knows he has some making up to do. 

Willow has learned how to beat every temptation...but Nick’s sweet-as-candy kisses just might be the one thing she can’t resist. But the closer they get, the more the past threatens to tear them apart. Can they finally let go of a painful past in order to find a forever future?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

ARC Book review: Turned (The Belladonna Agency #1) by Virna DePaul

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Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.

Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.

But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.

Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.

When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.

Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?

Lots going on in this first book of a brand new series. We've got the FBI and vampires combined together and a complicated story. TY Duncan is a FBI agent who finds himself turned into a vampire along with one of his other FBI friends. While still trying to figure out his new body and not knowing to much about it he joins a new agency that hunts rogue vampires.  Ana Martin grew up with a mother who was no mother at all and eventually found herself in a gang and brought her baby sister along for the ride. When things go wrong she finds herself in prison and her sister gone. Several years later she's now trying to lead a quite life and hopes to track down her sister who seems to have disappeared off the planet. Ty walks into her life and sparks fly between the two but then Ana finds out who he is and what he wants from her and she freaks. Until he offers her the chance to see her sister then all bets are off. She'll do anything for the sister she feels she failed.This is a first in a series so there is always a lot of information put out there for the reader. While that's fine sometimes i had trouble following along and sometimes i don't think i got enough info to follow along. I'm a little unsure of who some of the characters are still, but I'm hoping that will all clear up in book two. I liked the story premise but had trouble now and then with Ty. Although i know he was struggling with what he had become and not knowing that much about what being a vampire means and what he could and couldn't do he felt a bit wimpy at times. Ana was ok but she seemed a bit naive at times for someone who was in a gang and in prison. There is one mystery player that comes to light at the end of the story that seemed a bit out of place and we find out nothing really about him. Again hoping that comes to light in future books. Overall though i enjoyed the book and i like the whole idea and it feels different and new from the vampire books i have read before. I see a lot of potential and look forward to future books in this series. Worth a try for sure.

Find out more about this book and Author Virna DePaul here. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ARC book review: Taken with You (Kowalski Family #8) by Shannon Stacey .

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Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she's happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She's spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn't found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she's probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.

Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett's idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety - a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can't resist pushing her buttons, even though she's made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn't for her.

Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she's determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that's easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he's renting the house right next door...

Hailey Genest is 40 years old and thinks by this point she'll never find the right guy. Then comes along Game warden Matt Barnett and his first impression on her is less than stellar but their second meeting when he moves in next door to her perks her interest. They are a bit like oil and water. They don't mix to well. It doesn't stop the attraction between them and no matter how many times they tell themselves they won't work  it seems like maybe they do. Matt who has also been searching for the right woman that can live with his job and his crazy hours and is convinced Hailey is not that woman but time and time again she comes through and defies his expectations.  That freaks him out especially after he totally blows it with her and figures out what he really wants. This really was a excellent book. If could have read it all in one sitting i would have. Unfortunately i had to sleep some and work. The characters are familiar if you have read any of the previous books although some are new and the story is fresh and interesting. I like that the main characters were older as Hailey is 40 and Matt is 35. Kind of interesting with the ages of these two and the man being the younger of the two. I was happy to see a older couple than the norm. The ending is sigh worthy which is just what this book called for. I was happy with the epilogue. Hope to read more from this author and this series in the future.

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