Friday, March 16, 2018

eARC Book review: Claimed: A for Her Novel: A Full-Length for Her Novel (For Her #3) by Alexa Riley


Available March 27th 2018
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Jordan Chen is the man behind the screen. As part of the elite security team for Osbourne Corporation, he has an iron grip on protection, all without having to make close connections with people. Until he meets the beautiful Jay, and suddenly his quiet life doesn’t seem so perfect anymore. He needs more. He needs her.

A workaholic to her core, Jay Rose doesn’t have a lot of men in her life. Smiling in the face of her enemies gets her the results she wants at work, but doesn’t exactly project a warm, welcoming vibe. So she’s surprised when the enigmatic security expert strikes up a friendship with her—surprised but flattered, and maybe a little bit turned on.

A company as powerful as Osbourne Corporation has powerful enemies, and when Jay becomes a target, Jordan realizes there’s nothing he won’t do to bring her home safe.

Jordan is a security expert and when he meets Jay Rose assistant to the boss it's love at first sight.  Jay seems to put him directly into the friend zone. Jordan takes his times coaxing her to out of that belief. Once he does though things get hot. This book confused me at times. I liked Jordan and Jay but  the intensity and focus of this story seem to slip from one extreme to another. I thought it was a contemporary romance but when Jay gets into some serious trouble things get extremely intense. Jordan comes across as this nerdy type in some ways and alpha in other ways. Jay is this strong woman who knows how to handle herself at work and then let's Jordan tell her what to do. I somehow still really enjoyed the book. I loved Jordan and Jay because they would do anything for each other. 

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Friday, February 23, 2018

eARC Book review:Fast Burn (Body Armor #4) by Lori Foster


Available March 20th 2018
eARC Provided by Publisher through Netgalley

For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…

The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.

Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when Sahara needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?

This final book in the Body Armor series is one that many have been waiting for. Sahara has been this larger than life character. A strong kick ass woman who knows her mind and knows what she wants. Brand Berry has been kind of hanging out in the background a bit until this book. He wants Sahara but thinks Sahara mostly wants him to work for her. This book did not get me excited until the second half. Brand seems to assume a lot of things about Sahara and he underestimates her often. Sahara who has always come across as confident and self assured kind of becomes this train wreck.  I thought Lori Foster was going to disappoint. Finally a bit after halfway Brand finally starts to see the real Sahara and she let's her guard down and allows herself to not always be in charge. Well worth hanging on and going the distance. In this last book you really get to see how much all the characters in this series have progressed from book one and I was happy to get that glimpse into how everyone is doing. Great ending of the series.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

eARC Book review: Bad Bachelor (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London


Available March 6th 2018
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Everybody’s talking about the hot new app reviewing New York’s most eligible bachelors. But why focus on prince charming when you can read the latest dirt on the lowest-ranked “Bad Bachelors”—NYC’s most notorious bad boys.

If one more person mentions Bad Bachelors to Reed McMahon, someone’s gonna get hurt. A PR whiz, Reed is known as an ‘image fixer’ but his womanizing ways have caught up with him. What he needs is a PR miracle of his own.

When Reed strolls into Darcy Greer’s workplace offering to help save the struggling library, she isn’t buying it. The prickly Brooklynite knows Reed is exactly the kind of guy she should avoid. But the library does need his help. As she reluctantly works with Reed, she realizes there’s more to a man than his reputation. Maybe, just maybe, Bad Bachelor #1 is THE one for her.

Reed McMahon is a PR genius but he finds he needs a PR genius of his own when he becomes the star of the a new app called Bad bachelors. Serial daters beware. Darcy Greer has been burned by love and left hurt and embarrassed and with not so great relationship with her mother she's not in the market to trust. Reed shows up at her library, where she works to help with a fundraiser and that's when things get interesting. This is a new author for me.  I loved the main characters. Reed is not just a glossy shiny package. The author shows us the real Reed slowly with the help of the heroine in this story. In turn Reed helps Darcy see who she really is. She's spent years hiding herself and Reed has spent years doing almost the same. Watching these two figure themselves out was a sometimes a interesting and wild ride. I felt bad for Reed because he really gets raked over the coals with the Bad Bachelor app. There is a HEA for the mail couple in the series though. I don't really like how it wrapped up who was behind the app and maybe that might be resolved more in the next book in the series. It felt like that character was kind of cruel considering who it ended up being. Of course because there is no real insight as to why that characters did what they did it's hard to tell the why. Cryptic yes but i don't want to give away to much. Looking forward to seeing what plays out in the next book.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

eARC Book review: Lone Star Lovers by Jessica Lemmon


Available March 6th 2018
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

This sexy Texan was only a one-night stand.Until he became her client--then her fake fiance! Penelope Brand's hookup with billionaire Zach Ferguson was casual. Until he announces her as his fake fiancee to avoid scandal--and she discovers she's pregnant. Now Zach demands they say, "I do," for their child. But Pen won't settle for a sham marriage. If Zach wants to keep his Lone Star lover, it's his whole heart or nothing...

This is one of those quick evening or weekend reads. Penelope Brand and Zach Ferguson find themselves together when a hook up ends up with Pen pregnant. Penelope is helping Zach with his image as she's a fixer of public relation problems. Things get complicated when she finds out after a one night stand, she's pregnant and becomes Zach's fake fiance.  Watching these two navigate their relationship is sweet and fun at times and heartbreaking when they can't seem to figure out how each other feels. Love Penelope and Zach and the secondary characters. When a author can write one of these shorter books and make you feel like you've gotten a full story you know you've found a author you're going to want to read again. Jessica Lemmon does that beautifully.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

eARC Book review: The Bastard's Bargain (The O'Malleys #6) by Katee Robert


Available February 6th 2018
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

When Keira O’Malley was a child, she used to picture her perfect wedding. The flowers. The dress. Her husband. But nothing could have prepared her for saying “I do” to Dmitri Romanov—cold, domineering and always one step ahead of everyone else in the ever-shifting power plays of New York City. She agreed to his bargain to secure peace for her family, and she may want the bastard more than she’d ever admit, but she’ll be damned if she’ll make this marriage easy for him.

Dmitri knows better than to underestimate Keira for one second. Molten desire smolders between them, a dangerous addiction neither can resist. But his enemies are already on the move, and he needs every ounce of his legendary focus and control to keep them alive. Keira could just be his secret weapon—if she doesn’t bring him to his knees first.

Dmitri and Keira are enemies. Their families detest each other but Keira makes a deal to marry Dmitri to protect her family. Dmitri sees the way Keira has self destructed her life since her brother was killed but he still sees a fire in her he wants to help her get herself back. I came into this series late as i believe this is the last one. The author is new to me also but the cover the blurb attracted me and i took a chance this would be a book that could stand alone. I think that reading the series from the beginning would help but I also think this book stands alone well enough. I enjoyed the characters and the story. Keira is not a quitter and Dmitri is a rock for her and once he gets her back on her feet she's a rock for him. I love that although they were wary of each other they still had each others backs. By the end it made me wish i had read the previous books because as a whole I think it's probably a really good series. I hope to read more from this author to back that up for myself. Well worth the read on it's own.

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