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.

Find out more about this series and Stephanie London here

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.

Find out more about Jessica Lemmon here 

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.

Find out more about this author and series here.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

eARC Book review: Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink #1) by Christine Feehan


Available January 23, 2018
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

An outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford--until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin...

Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat. 

Anya's touch is everything Reaper doesn't want--and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club--his heart and his soul.

This is first in a new series but with characters from a couple of previous series. Reaper is the enforcer for Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. He's been protecting his brothers and sisters for years, it's second nature. Anya Rafferty is new to the town of Caspar. She's hiding out working as a bartender in a biker bar owned by Torpedo Ink until Reaper tries to get rid of her. It backfires on him when Czar, the club president won't follow along. This is a intense story in many ways. The men and women of Torpedo Ink were born and raised in Russia in a school where they learned despicable things and had to do terrible stuff to survive until they could escape. Anya Rafferty had her own terrible upbringing living with her mother in shelters until she slowly pulled herself out of that life training to be a bartender. Only she loses it all and goes on the run when the she sees and hears something she should not have. This is a no holds barred series with intense sex scenes and violence and killing with some romance mixed in. If this is something you can't handle this series isn't for you.  Torpedo Ink members have made a family for themselves. They may be a bit dysfunctional after all that has happened to them but they still know wrong from right and are willing to work on fixing their issues and there are many. I liked the characters even if some where pretty intense at times. What i didn't care for was the author repeating things she's already said over and over. It wasn't crazy but more than necessary where i glossed over some of it. Over all i enjoyed the book and am curious to see what comes next. 

Find out more about Christine Feehan and this series here

Friday, January 19, 2018

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


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