Tuesday, February 9, 2016

ARC Book review: The Best of Me (Return to Briarwood #2) by Elisabeth Barrett


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Jane Pringle never meant to fall for her boss. After landing a job as a pastry chef at the exclusive Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club in Eastbridge, Connecticut, she just wants to keep her son in a good school district and find some peace and quiet, far away from her manipulative ex-husband. But when Briarwood’s charismatic co-owner takes an interest in her, Jane’s best-laid plans go awry . . . in the sweetest way possible.

Rich and handsome, the grandson of one of the most powerful men in New York City, Preston North hasn’t lived quite the charmed life everyone believes. His family taught him everything he needs to know about betrayal—and Press wants no more of it. What he wants is Jane. The gorgeous single mom is selfless and kind, plus she’s got a backbone. To win her trust, Press just needs to shake off his playboy reputation.

They’ve each been burned in the past. But now Press and Jane will have to choose between letting their fears get the best of them . . . or breaking free and following their hearts.

Just the name Preston makes Preston(Press) North sound a bit uptight. His bright and preppy clothes seems to go along with that. Yet Press comes across easily as a badass when needed in this story. I just loved him to death. Jane Pringle has been through the emotional relationship ringer. Her ex husband is a nasty piece of work. willing to do anything to make her pay for leaving him and get custody of their son. Jane is a survivor and she is used to doing it on her own. In the first book in this series she finally starts to let a few others help and in this book she is working more towards letting others in. For her doing so is a risk to herself and her son. It's the only way she can see it based on her past. Preston though clues in that if he wants to get to know her he needs patience and to go slowly. It pays off for him eventually. Jane can't help but compare Preston to her ex but slowly Preston shows her the man he really is. As i have said i LOVED Preston! He is so unexpected. Even though his own life took a hard crash a year ago he pulls himself up and is finding his way to a healthy, happy person. The relationship between him and Jane moves along slowly but steadily even though Jane is wary. I wanted to cheer when she finally decides she needs to take something just for herself. That it is OK to do that too. The support from her friends is unwavering and she realizes that she has a family at Briarwood and not just a job. I can't wait to see where Elisabeth Barrett goes with this series next.

Find out more about this book and series here www.elisabethbarrett.com

Monday, February 8, 2016

ARC Book review: Forgotten Promises by Jessica Lemmon


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Morgan Young had a perfect upbringing, and now she’s got a perfect boyfriend and a perfect future—until her twenty-first birthday changes everything. First Morgan finds out, in the most painful way possible, that her relationship is a sham. But that’s nothing compared to the nightmare about to unfold.

It’s too late for Tucker Noscalo. A brutal childhood left him with a bad reputation and a criminal record. Fresh out of jail, Tucker has a score to settle with Baybrook’s crooked chief of police—his own father. Nobody will believe Tucker’s explosive accusations without proof and a good lawyer, neither of which he has on his side. Until he sees someone he used to know, someone who just so happens to be the daughter of the best lawyer in the county.

He needs Morgan to convince her father of the ugly truth. But first he has to convince her, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get her to listen. Confronted by the story of Tucker’s dark past, Morgan feels utterly compelled to help him. And as their connection grows into a fierce bond fueled by raw passion, Morgan finds herself falling for the wrong guy—but never has the promise of love felt so right.

This short book starts off off quickly, with that amount of pages it has no choice. You are literally thrown into the story within the first handful of pages. Tucker is fresh out of prison and fresh off a beat down of his criminal father who is actually a cop. Desperate to prove his innocence he kidnaps a woman he had a thing for back in high school with the hope she can get her lawyer father to help him. This is the gist of the story from the beginning. As it goes along the details get filled in. This is really a dark and demented story and when you realize what kind of life Tucker had growing up it really makes you think.We find out who and what Tucker really is. For a seemingly bad ass guy he is whole innocent in some ways and in others whole over educated. You can feel sympathy for him so easily. Morgan on the other hand felt a little self serving and ditsy at times. She didn't seem mature to me most of the time. Granted she is only 21 and seems to have been sheltered by her dad and stepmom i can see why she's that way but it didn't make it any less annoying. I really got into the story at first but her character took away some of that instant neediness  I initially felt to read it all in one sitting. Overall i enjoyed the book and Tucker was definitely my favorite character. Morgan redeemed herself quite a bit toward the end of the book. I think the whole situation with Tucker forced her to grow up quickly and that is seen in the end. 

Find out more about this book and Jessica Lemmon here www.jessicalemmon.com

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

ARC Book review: Trapped with the Tycoon (Mafia Moguls #1) by Jules Bennett


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One snowbound night with the boss… 

Braden O'Shea needs access to Zara Perkins—to her life, to her house. So he hires the stunning event planner to keep her close. But after one magical dance, he finds himself driving her home in a snowstorm—only to be stranded by her side. And now that he's had a taste of her, seduction is his only goal… Zara stirs his blood like no woman he's ever known. 

But the commitment-shy beauty knows she must keep her distance from a man with such a risky reputation. He's her boss! He's off-limits. Now if only she can keep her hands to herself until the snow melts…

Braden O'Shea and his siblings need to fulfill their dying father's last wish. Right before passing away the elder O'Shea asks for Braden to find some valuable scrolls that were lost to the family years ago in a house they had to vacate at the time. Zara Perkins is the owner of that house now and being a party planner Zara falls right into his plans to get close and get in her house. Even luckier for Braden a snow storm makes it easier when he offers to drive her home and gets stuck there when all the roads get closed. Little did he know that he would be drawn to Zara in a way he doesn't want to let her go. Caught in a betrayal of her trust though he's scrambling to figure out how to keep her in his life once he confesses.  I grew to love the O'Shea family in this book. Just the tip of the iceburg i think in finding out about the family but a great start. Braden has to decide what's more important to him. Zara or his promise to his dad. Doing what's right or doing what you really want to do and not caring if it hurts anyone. As head of the family now he has to decide which direction that family is going to go. Zara on the other hand has to decide if she can trust and if she can love. I enjoyed this story. The only think i can say more is i wish it was longer. Can't wait for book two!

Find out more about Jules Bennett and this series here.  www.julesbennett.com

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

ARC Book review: Controlled Burn (Boston Fire #2) by Shannon Stacey


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Rick Gullotti lives the good life. He fights fires, dates beautiful women—though none long enough so they cast wistful glances at jewelry stores—and has great friends. And thanks to helping out the elderly couple who own his building, his rent is low. But when concerns about their health lead him to contact their only son, his life starts getting away from him.

Jessica Broussard has no interest in leaving sunny San Diego or her cushy corner office for Boston, but her father—who happens to be her boss—dispatches her to deal with the grandparents she's never met. She's unprepared for the frigid winter, loving relatives who aren't the monsters she's been led to believe, and the hot, scruffy firefighter who lives upstairs.

At first, Jessica is determined to get back to her comfortable life as quickly as possible. All she has to do is talk her grandparents into selling their monstrosity of a house and moving to a retirement community. But she underestimates Rick's dedication—and his considerable charm. Nobody's taking advantage of his friends on his watch, even if that makes the tempting southern California girl with the long legs his adversary. Unfortunately for them both, the only thing more urgent than the matter at hand is their sizzling chemistry, and it's quickly becoming too strong to resist.

Book two in the Boston Fire series Shannon Stacey shows us just where the sizzle is! Rick Gullotti has been renting a apartment  on the top floor of a big house from a older couple who have become like family to him. He's enjoyed low rent while taking care of anything that needs to be done around the house. When the older man falls and gets hurt a woman claiming to be a granddaughter they didn't know they had shows up. Jessica Broussard finds herself at the grandparents home she's never met. Now she's determined to get to know them and help them if necessary. Unfortunately or fortunately Rick is already there helping and they have to decide if they can trust each other. Loved this one. Rick is a great guy but faced with Jessica and his feelings for her he's unsure of himself sometimes. Being vulnerable is hard for a guy and Rick is no exception. Jessica has only ever had her dad for family. Jesssica has no idea what family is and between her new found grandparents and Rick she likes the feelings she's experiencing. I liked the grandparents and Rick and Jessica were great together. Of course the firefighters and friends are a great addition to the story. The one thing missing for me at the end is Jessica's dad. There's no resolution there. He abandoned his parents years ago and was slowly inching his way to a reconciliation and then nothing. Hopefully we find out what happens in the next book. I'm definitely looking forward to book three.

Find out more about the Boston Fire series and Shannon Stacey here www.shannonstacey.com

Monday, December 21, 2015

ARC Book review: My Kind of Wonderful (Cedar Ridge #2) by Jill Shalvis


Available December 22nd 2015
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Bailey Moore has an agenda: skiing in the Rockies, exploring castles in Europe, ballroom dancing in Argentina. Now that she has a second lease on life, she's determined not to miss a thing. What she doesn't realize is that item #1 comes with a six-foot-one ski god hot enough to melt a polar ice cap. She doesn't want to miss out on him either, but Hudson Kincaid isn't the type of guy to love and let go. And as gorgeous as Cedar Ridge is, she's not planning to stick around.

As head of ski patrol at his family's resort, Hud thinks he's seen it all. But never has he run into someone like Bailey. She might look delicate, but her attitude is all firecracker. And her infectious joy touches something deep within him that he's been missing far too long. Now he'll just have to convince Bailey to take a chance on her biggest adventure yet . . . something rare and all kinds of wonderful.

There is something about a Jill Shalvis book. I have never been disappointed and look forward to grinning and laughing before the end of chapter one. I think it happened within the first few chapters this time. Bailey Moore is finally living her life. After 10 years of being sick with the possibility of not surviving she's doing what she wants and finding out who she is. This leads her to Cedar Ridge to paint a mural at Kincaid's ski resort and .... Hudson Kindcaid. The man is there for everyone. Responsible to a fault even if he sacrifices what he needs for himself. Shalvis has a way of making you feel welcome in a series. Like you are part of the family of characters. I don't know know how she does it because you feel like you are right there in the book. This is one of those books and you feel yourself grinning and laughing out loud. Think  yup that sounds like Hud or that darn Aidan always a smart ass. If you want to be taken out of your own world for a little while and be a part of the one is this book and enjoy yourself start with this book. You can read it as a stand alone too. Great read from page one to THE END.

Find out more about this series and Jill Shalvis here www.jillshalvis.com