Thursday, October 17, 2019

eARC Book review: Meant to Be Yours (Happily Inc. #5) by Susan Mallery


Available October 22, 2019
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Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.

After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse.

Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

Renee is a wedding planner that never wants to get married. That being said it seems like a weird choice for a career. Growing up she had some problems with a unique gift her mother has. She loves her but basically avoids having her mom visit her if she can. Jasper is a military veteran whose had some intense action while deployed and it's haunted him for a long while. He also doesn't think he's cut out for love and marriage because of his PTDS and everything that goes with that.  I liked both characters. Basically right from the start they have a one night stand that turns into a friends with benefits agreement and but immediately it doesn't follow that. Overall i enjoyed the book but pacing was strange. There's this big getting together at the beginning of the book and then it's like that didn't really happen. They kept seeing each other and spend time together but the benefits part of friends with benefits didn't really happen much. Renee's mother shows up and her "gift" is a odd gift that seems a bit off the wall. When it all comes out Jasper doesn't believe it until he sees it and then that's it everyone is OK with it. It makes Renee's reaction to the gift seem over blown. Disappointed in how over the top Renee is with the whole i can't trust love especially toward the end of the story.  This story was ok but definitely not my favorite of the series. I feel the secondary characters really helped this one along. 

Find out more about Susan Mallery and this series here

Friday, October 4, 2019

eARC Book review: Lethal Nights (Brute Force #3) by Lora Leigh

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Ilya Dragonovich is no stranger to the dark side. As a safe-house owner for security agency Brute Force, Dragon knows that the battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man―and, sometimes, a beautiful woman…

Emma Jane Preston needs help. After her marriage crumbled, she believed she could get back to a normal, happy life. But her ex-husband moved among some shady characters, and now she needs the kind of protection that comes at a cost―one that only someone like Dragon can provide. But can Emma Jane trust this handsome, undercover operator to keep her safe when she is in danger of falling into the arms of the deeply seductive, fiery Dragon. . .and never letting go?

This is the third book the Brute Force series but the first book in this series for me. Ilya has a dark past but when he meets the woman he wants for his own that past might be the very thing that make him lose her forever. Emma Jane married young and that marriage quickly turned to crap. Now stuck because of her vengeful ex Ilya comes to help her when she is attacked in her home. This book is typical of Lora Leigh's writing. A little bit of a paranormal flavor with some romantic suspense. Lots of sexy erotic sex scenes and hot alpha men. I loved that Ilya called Emma by her first and middle name. It was adorable and she called him Dragon also adorable. The editing left something to be desired but I'm hoping the final version of this book was better.  Some things in this book were a bit out there. Characters from previous books mentioned once and then nothing. Over all i enjoyed the book. For me the main characters were just so hot together that i didn't care about some of the things that didn't work for me. 

Find out more about Lora Leigh and this series here

Sunday, September 29, 2019

eARC Book review: Christmas Seduction (The Bachelor Pact #4) by Jessica Lemmon

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Available October 1 2019
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Under the mistletoe, all bets are off…

Christmas with his real family…
And his fake fiancé!

Developer Tate Duncan has everything under control--until he discovers his family isn't his own. Now, only the sympathy and sexiness of yoga instructor Hayden Green offers escape. He needs her. So he entices her to spend Christmas with him as he meets his birth parents…posing as his fiancĂ©e! But when they give in to dangerously real attraction, their ruse—and the secrets they’ve been keeping—could implode!

Tate Duncan gets thrown for a big huge loop when he finds out he was kidnapped at a toddler and his parents aren't really his parents. This all goes down in book three in this series but is reintroduced in this book so readers aren't lost wondering what's up. His fiance leaves him high and dry saying she didn't sign up for the drama. In the midst of sorting out the mess his life had become he meets Hayden. To Tate Hayden in a beacon of light. Hayden has her own family problems and Tate is totally out of her wheelhouse. These two are very different but very good together. Tate was in serious need of a anchor and Hayden does that for him. Of course it almost all goes to crap until a certain someone finally sees the light. Wonderful book with great characters for a enjoyable night of reading. 

Find out more about Jessica Lemmon and this series here

Monday, September 23, 2019

eARC Book review: Keeping Score (Willow Creek Book 1) by Shannon Stults

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With everything on the line, it's game on

Logan Kase has reveled in being Willow Creek's infamous wild child until one detrimental decision proved it was time for a change. Years later, Logan is back in her small hometown and ready to prove to everyone (especially herself) that she's not that same girl anymore. But the new life she's so carefully constructed starts to tear apart the second she runs into Cole Tucker.

Logan thought she'd put her childhood rival and their adolescent games behind her, but it takes her only one night before she’s forced into one final game, a series of hilariously immature challenges that has the whole town keeping score. A game that, should she lose, could destroy everything she's built her new life around.

Cole Tucker and Logan Kase have been going at each other for years. Cole always have feeling for Logan but Logan never realized it. Then when she finally saw him as something more and they gave in to sex a misunderstanding set them apart for 4 years.  Now Logan is back with a fiance and the idea she's different now. No more wild girl. That lasts about 5 minutes. These two decide on one more bet and that's when things get crazy. Logan can't decide what she wants and Cole is to scared to put his feeling out there. That bugged me often in this book. Their both young so i suppose you could see that but at the same time it was annoying at points. I enjoyed the writing and the story but sometimes it was just to much. The ending i loved. Overall it was a good read i would read again and follow along to the next book in the series.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

eARC Book review: California Secrets (Two Brothers #2) by Jules Bennett


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Will he still love her every touch…

when he finds out who she really is?

For years, Ethan Michaels has plotted to reclaim the resort his mother founded. His plan never included a lover…or a pregnancy. But his desire-fueled fling with smart, stunning Harper Williams results in just that. Now he’s getting used to the idea of a baby…until he finds out Harper’s father is the very man who stole everything from him years ago.

Ethan Michaels has had it in for his Step father for years. He stole the resorts his mom meant to leave to him and his twin brother when she died. He had his twin Dane have been working on getting them back. Dane got his in his book and now it's time for Ethan to claim his. Harper Williams is at the resort working on a project to remodel it and at the same time grieving the passing of her sister. She was always the conservative homebody sister but she's finally decided to let loose a little when she meets Ethan. It's just a vacation type fling until Harper comes up pregnant. Ethan is this guy whose in control of his world and now he isn't. Harper is not what he expected and when she tells him she's pregnant his heart begins to thaw toward love. Maybe he's not as closed off as he thought. Unfortunately there's a monkey wrench getting tossed at him he can't control. Harper's dad is also his step father his enemy. I really enjoyed this two part book series. Both brothers have cut off their emotions even toward each other. The Jules Bennett gives two brothers a happy ending they deserve with the help of two amazing women.  Finally the Michaels brothers get back together again. A quick enjoyable easy read. 

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