Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ARC Book review: Texas Twist (Texas Montgomery Mavericks #4) by Cynthia D'Alba



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ARC ebook copy provided by publisher through the author.

Real bad boys can grow up to be real good men.

Texas Montgomery Mavericks, Book 4


Hit hard by the death of her parents, Paige Ryan needs to figure out what to do with her life. She moves to Whispering Springs, Texas, to be near her step-brother. But just as she starts to get her life on track, the last man she ever wanted to see again sends it right back off the rails.

Cash Montgomery was on the cusp of having it all. Three bull riding titles, fame, fortune and respect from his family. Until a bad bull leaves him injured, angry and searching for comfort at the bottom of a bottle. With nowhere to go, he moves into his sister-in-law's old ranch house in Whispering Springs which he's surprised to find already occupied.

As Cash rebuilds the dilapidated home and Paige starts out on her medical career, their old friendship begins to reemerge and sparks are ignited. Paige knows that Cash is nothing but a heartache waiting to happen. But maybe this bad boy has grown up to be a real good man?

Warning: Watch out for falling lumber, falling in holes, and falling for the wrong guy again. You can leave your hard hat on


I actually sat down and read this entire book on one sitting. It reads fast and the story moves along well. That in itself makes it a good read for me.  The characters that bring it to life just tops everything off. Cash was on a life high. He was at the top of his world in his profession as a bull rider. He was set to retire after winning one more season and then it all fell apart when one of the nastiest bulls on the circuit threw him and then pommeled him into the ground.  He let all pain and disappointment of  this work at his body and his soul  and took up drinking. Not to far from being a alcoholic his family tries to help but setting him up in Travis ( Cash's brother) wife's old ranch home is just what he needs. Especially when getting there he finds out that Travis's wife Caroline has already rented it out to Paige. Paige has degrees in nursing and psychology so Travis fixes it up so both can stay and maybe Paige can keep an eye on Cash. The family doesn't know it but Cash and Paige already have a history together. Cash broke Paige's heart seven years earlier. Doesn't take long for sparks to fly between the two. Some of it pure lust and some of it pure fear. Each one of them is dealing with the past. Some more recent and some seven years old. It's fun to watch it all play out with the two of them along with some of the other exciting things going on in family. A fun sexy enjoyable read you can't put down.

Find out more about the series and the author here cynthiadalba.com

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Real bad boys can grow up to be real
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Hit hard by
the death of her parents, Paige Ryan needs to figure out what to do with her
life. She moves to Whispering Springs, Texas, to be near her step-brother. But
just as she starts to get her life on track, the last man she ever wanted to
see again sends it right back off the rails.





Cash
Montgomery was on the cusp of having it all. Three bull riding titles, fame,
fortune and respect from his family. Until a bad bull leaves him injured, angry
and searching for comfort at the bottom of a bottle. With nowhere to go, he
moves into his sister-in-law’s old ranch house in Whispering Springs—which he’s
surprised to find already occupied.





As Cash
rebuilds the dilapidated home and Paige starts out on her medical career, their
old friendship begins to reemerge and sparks are ignited. Paige knows that Cash
is nothing but a heartache waiting to happen. But maybe this bad boy has grown
up to be a real good man?







Warning: Watch out for falling
lumber, falling in holes, and falling for the wrong guy…again. You can leave
your hard hat on.








Teasers

1. “Here’s the deal, slick,” she said with a lift of an eyebrow. “I’m still attracted to you and, if I’m reading your kisses accurately, the feeling is mutual.” She sat back on her heels with a sigh. “I want to finish what we started seven years ago. Don’t freak out,” she added quickly when he opened his mouth to speak. “I’m not looking for long-term or asking for a commitment. Come fall, school’s going to be time consuming and tough. I won’t have the time or the energy for a relationship.” She shrugged. “So for as long as it lasts, I propose roommates with benefits. What do you say?”

 2. Before I decide one way or the other, I want to make sure we’re clear on a few points. We have no future. There is no us. No long-term happy-ever-after. This isn’t a fairy tale, Paige. It’s real life.” He hated sounding so hard, so brusque, but she had to understand he had nothing to offer her. “If we do this, it’s just sex. Not making love or any other pretty label you might want to put on it. If it lasts through the summer, fine. We’ll go our separate ways when you leave for school. If either of us wants out before then, it’s over. No questions. No tears. No regrets.” 



























Award
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for seventeen years, she’s thrilled to be back home living on the banks of an
eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading, writing or plotting, she’s
doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her
husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with
friends and fans



















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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ARC Book review: Truly (New York #1) by Ruthie Knox



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ARC ebook provided by publisher through Netgalley

May Fredericks hates New York. Which is fair enough, since New York seems to hate her back. Just weeks after moving from Wisconsin to Manhattan, she receives the world's worst marriage proposal, stabs her boyfriend with a shrimp fork in a very public venue, and accidentally becomes notorious. And that’s before she gets mugged.

At her wit's end, May washes up at a Packers bar in Greenwich Village, where she meets a surly, unhelpful guy who hates her shoes and calls her ex a douche.

His name is Ben. He used to be a chef. Now he's a rooftop beekeeper with anger management issues. She wouldn't even like him, but he reminds her of home … and he knows where to find all the best food in the Village.

She makes him laugh. He buys her tacos and cowboy boots. The longer they’re stuck together, the better May and Ben get along … and the harder they fall. TRULY is a quirky, modern New York love story unlike any you've read before.

This book is so much more than a romance. I wasn't sure i would like it at first but as i read on i became more and more engrossed. This story wasn't one of those that you can see what's coming and as i read a long it became clear this was  going to be a bit more complicated than a simple read. Both May and Ben are these widely different people but somehow they fit. Both have perceptions of themselves that aren't what they really are and it takes them a long while to see it and to confront it and move on from it.  Ben is a Beekeeper when May meets him. He appears simple and maybe a little poor but in reality he's stuck in limbo with his life right now. He's actually a divorced world class chef with anger problems but has plenty of money.Right now he is living simply and actually staying in a friends apartment. May doesn't know this at first. May, well Ben could see what happened to May and her Pro Football fiance on social media or the news. She meets Ben after being mugged and wandering into a bar with her last five bucks. May doesn't think she's beautiful and thinks she's kind of dull. She's never felt like she fit in anywhere in her whole life and but in reality she's kept her real self hidden.  This is a wonderful story with hot sex scenes and plenty of laughs and perhaps a lesson or two about life. Loved it so much. I hated to see it end. Ruthie Knox really went above and beyond on this one.


Find out more about this book and Ruthie Knox here www.ruthieknox.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ARC Book review: No Limits (Ultimate #1) by Lori Foster



Available August 26th!
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he's never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster… 

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He's also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she's older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon. 

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather's legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette's scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he'll break all the rules to do it…


This is the beginning of a brand new series by Lori Foster. She's bringing back her MMA writing skills and also bringing back some character's from her previous series of MMA fighters. This one starts out with Cannon Colter and Yvette Sweeney. Fans of Lori Foster might know these character's from her Love undercover series. In this book we learn that Cannon is still running the rec center for kids along with the help of some other MMA fighter's. In the novella that came out before this book we met them briefly but they get more page time here. Cannon is a rising star in the MMA fighting world. Well known by man with tons of fans. Yvette has been living in California trying to forget what happened to her years ago in her hometown and move on but when she has to go back to Ohio to settle her grandfather's estate after his death she comes face to face with Cannon.  Cannon has never forgotten Yvette and now that she's older and more mature he's ready to claim her now. First he's got to convince her she's worth loving and she can be happy. Throw in a crazy ex-boyfriend stalking her and Yvette opening a new shop with the MMA boys chipping in and it's crazy, intense and hot. Cannon feels like this big protective sweet guy when it comes to Yvette but still a hard kick ass fighter who protects the innocent people in his neighborhood. How can you not just love a guy like that. Yvette is sweet and fierce and strong even if at first she doesn't see that in herself.  Cannon slowly helps her to see that she is that even more.  Lot's of fun surprises in this book. You definitely need a few hours of free time before starting this one! Loved from beginning to end! 

Find out more about this book and the other related books on Lori Foster's website www.lorifoster.com

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ARC Book review: Expose Me (Fifth Avenue Trilogy #3) by Kate Hewitt


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eARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley

The third and final step to revenge in the fifth avenue trilogy. Alex has the power…

TEN YEARS AGO ONE DEVASTATING NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR AUSTIN, HUNTER AND ALEX. NOW THEY MUST EACH PLAY THEIR PART IN THE REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE MAN WHO RUINED IT ALL.

With ruthless determination, Alex Diaz has risen up from his deprived roots to become the head of a global media empire. But he has one last thing to achieve…avenge his friend by destroying the man responsible for her death, Jason Treffen. With stunning talk-show host Chelsea Maxwell about to interview Treffen live on TV, this is Alex’s chance.
He’ll use her show to exact a very public revenge—and seducing Chelsea, if needed, would certainly be no hardship. But he underestimates Chelsea and the attraction between them, and as their relationship deepens, Alex realizes that to annihilate Treffen could also shatter the life that Chelsea has built to protect herself…

This is the last book in a trilogy of books written by three different authors. Having read all three i don't feel like it's something that you can tell by the writing. Each author for me has successfully picked up the story and went with it seemlessly. Each book in the trilogy is about one of three best friends who are dealing with guilt and regret of the death of a woman who was their friend as well and they feel they let down to detriment of her life. Now years later they are working at avenging her. This book in the culmination of that and hopefully forgiveness for themselves. In Expose Me Alex Diaz needs to get Chelsea Maxwell on board with the plan to destroy Jason Treffen. Chelsea is a talk show host that gets has been stars to break down and tell all their secrets but she dreams of being a serious newswoman and Jason Treffen is her chance.  She has scored a exclusive interview with him. Alex needs her to expose him. He doesn't want to tell her details of what that entails until she agrees. It doesn't take Alex long to find out Chelsea is tougher that he thinks. They constantly are butting heads but in between all that Alex starts to see the slight cracks in Chelsea and just maybe there is a reason she is so ice cold on the outside. Alex has his own issues and if Chelsea has to share he's going to have to as well. Great ending to the series but for me it came kind of quickly at the end. It left me feeling like there should've been just a little bit more. Maybe a epilogue 6 months later or something. This is a very dramatic and emotional series with a serious topic but you can feel the love that is brought out in the character's by learning how to trust in themselves and in each other. I wasn't sure how i would like this trilogy written by three separate authors with a continuing story but having now finished i would say they knocked it out of the park. Well done.


Find out more about Kate Hewitt here www.kate-hewitt.com