Friday, September 22, 2017

eARC Book review: Promise Me Forever (Barefoot Bay Kindle World) by Jules Bennett


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a Kindle World novella

Nobody likes a blind date…

Dance instructor Katie Foster embarks on a trip in Mimosa Key to oversee the renovations on her aunt’s historic home. All she expects is sun, sand, a little dance, and a few fruity cocktails. What she didn’t expect is coming face to face with her past. Roman Grant, all of the hopeful, passionate, devastating feelings from eight years ago come flooding back. But Katie is stronger. Smarter. She also has a secret—one, if Roman knew, that would end their affair before the next sunset.

Especially with an ex…

An out of town job in on a picturesque island promised long days of hard work followed by nights in paradise. Roman sure as hell doesn’t expect paradise to come in the form of his ex-wife. Katie looks great, feels better, and once he gets another taste of her lips, Roman knows he’ll do anything to win her back. Now that he’s working on her aunt’s home, this gives him the exact angle he needs.

But will this time lead to forever…

The more he pursues her, the farther Katie retreats. Roman succeeds in getting her into his bed, but there’s something she’s not telling him. There’s no way he’ll pass up a shot at a second chance with Katie. Once upon a time, he vowed to stay with her forever. It’s past time to make good on his promise.

I don't often hang out in the Kindle Worlds but they are often a lot of fun. All you need is a favorite series that has a Kindle World and read. Jules Bennett is delving into Roxanne St Claire's Kindle World with her Barefoot Bay series. Authors get to play in the world but make up their own story. These are easily stand alone stories. Promise Me Forever is a second chance story. Katie Foster is escaping to her aunts house for a bit while she wait to see if her new adventure is going to work out. A dance studio for children. Waiting to see is she'll get the loan she needs she agrees to oversee the renovations on her aunt's house. Roman Grant is the guy doing the work and surprise also Katie's ex-husband. They haven't seen each other in years but sparks fly between them anyway. Watching these two figure out if they can take another shot at forever was fun. I so loved Roman. You can read this in one evening and do nothing but sit back and enjoy!

Find out more about the Barefoot Bay Kindle world series and Jules Bennett and Roxanne St Claire here.

Roxanne St Claire  
Jules Bennett

Thursday, September 21, 2017

eARC Book review: Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex (Demon Hunting #5) by Lexi George


Available Sept. 19th 2017
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Southern-fried demons. Hell-raising rednecks. And one killer ex-boyfriend...

This with is on fire

Cassandra Ferguson McKenna, aka the Witch of Devil River, has only one thing to say to her demon-hunting ex: We are never ever getting back together. Sure, Duncan Dalvhani may be the hottest thing this side of the Mason-Dixon line. He’s got a body to die for—which is hard to ignore when he skinny dips in her river every day—and swears he loves her. But as a demon hunter, Duncan is the sworn enemy of a demonoid sorceress like Cassandra. Give him another chance to break her heart? Witch, please. But when Cassandra is attacked by a werewolf, Duncan not only comes to her rescue, he helps her take on a band of magic-drunk moonshiners, fire-breathing demons, shifty shapeshifters, and a pet Sasquatch named Sugar. Welcome to Alabama. But when a portal opens up for even more hellaciousness, Cassandra has to admit that Duncan is slowly opening her heart—to a whole new world of unearthly delights...

This is the 5th installment of the Demon Hunting series.  This is not really a stand alone book so if you haven't read the previous books read at your own risk. Cassie and Duncan had a past. This went horribly wrong and Duncan said something really hurtful and crushed Cassie. Her brother's three children were in her care and died and she blamed herself. With all that she fled. Duncan came back 2 weeks later to find her gone and had been searching for her ever since. Even though they've both been back to Hannah they were never there at the same time til now. I liked seeing all the familiar characters from the previous books in this series and would love to have seen more of them. In the first few books there was so much comedy in them and there is some in this one but not like the first books and i missed that. I like the slang as well but at times in this book there was to much and it made it hard to understand what was trying to be said.  It's just not as good as the first books in the series but still a solid read. I love the quirkiness and the whole world and can't wait to see how the loose ends with some of the characters will play out in the next book. 

Find out more about this series and Lexi George here

Thursday, September 14, 2017

eARC Book review: Second Chance Girl (Happily Inc. #2) by Susan Mallery


Available September 26th 2017
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

Mathias Mitchell's easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California—the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his "no promises, no pain" lifestyle. Yet he can't stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes. 

Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she's not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising—and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she'll always come first in his heart?

This is the second book in the Fools Gold spin off series. Luckily for Fool's Gold fans  we get to see some of those characters from that series. Three of the Mitchell brothers moved to Happily Inc from Fool's Gold. Nick got his story in book one and now it's Mathias' turn for a HEA. Mathias spent over 20 years thinking he was a twin. His dad blew that all apart when he announced that he had a affair and his mistress at the time was the mother of Ronan his twin. That broke the bond between the two brothers. Mathias is a glass artist like his two brothers and father but he gave up the fine glass work when his dad destroyed a piece of his finest work and told him it was crap. Now he makes dishes and vases. Carol is his neighbor and takes care of the animals at her families animal preserve. She thinks she's a plain jane and no where near in Mathias' league. These two start out as friends but are there for each other when they need it. There's also a side story with Carol's sister Violet that's sweet but quick. Much of the story is about helping Carol raise money for Millie her lone Giraffe at the preserve but also the relationship between the Mitchell brothers and their parents as they prepare for the oldest brother Del's wedding. There were some slow spots in this book but overall i really enjoyed it. If your looking for a good relaxing read with some funny bits this book will work for you.

Find out more about Susan Mallery and this series here

Monday, September 11, 2017

eARC Book review: Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis


Available Sept. 26th 2017
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

Jill Shalvis continues the Heartbreaker Bay series with Chasing Christmas Eve. Our favorite nerd finally get his story. Colbie Albright ran away from home. No she's not a kid and yes she really needed to. A series of not good events put Colbie in the position of being the boss of everyone in her family. Spencer Baldwin is the resident geek of the bunch that hangs out together in the Cow Hollow district where he lives and works in San Francisco. When Spence is responsible for knocking the newly arrived Colbie into the fountain in the courtyard of his building sparks fly.  There's a zip between the two as soon as Spence hauls Colbie out of the water. Spence is a great friend to every one of his posse but he's clearly been hurting and keeping it to himself.  He doesn't think there's a happy ending for him. He's tried before and it blew up in his face when he couldn't seem to pull back from his work to notice his girlfriend. Colbie has had to be the adult of her family even when she was a young kid. Her dad  left when she was six and her twin brothers were babies. She stepped up to help her mom and ended up having everything put on her shoulders. Now a successful YA author she finally has the money to help her family but they seems to depend on her for every little thing still. Her career is dangerously close to going off the rails even as she's at the pinnacle of her success.  With all this weighing on her shoulders she arrives in San Francisco and meets Spencer within a hour of arriving. Boom bangety bang and there are fireworks! It was fun watching these two together.  Of course Spencer's friends are there to add to the excitement. I love how Shalvis makes it feel like they are all a family. They may fuss and fight a bit but they still look out for each other and have no trouble adding Colbie into that mix. Want a book you can sit back and enjoy cover to cover? This is it. I don't think you need to read the other books in this series to enjoy this one either. 

Find out more about Jill Shalvis and this series here

Saturday, September 2, 2017

eARC Book review: Deacon (Gideon’s Riders #2) by Kit Rocha


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Ana has trained most of her life to achieve one goal: to prove that anything men can do, she can do better. Now she’s Sector One’s first female Rider, and being the best is the only way to ensure she won’t be its last. Distractions aren’t allowed--especially not her painful attraction to the reserved but demanding leader whose stern, grumpy demeanor has already gotten into her head.

Deacon has spent the last twenty years trying to atone for his past, but the blood he spilled as a mercenary and assassin will never wash away entirely. If his riders knew the extent of his sins, he’d lose their trust and respect. It’s easier to keep them all at arm’s length, especially Ana. But his newest recruit’s stubbornness is starting to crack his defenses.

And their sparring matches are driving him wild.

The passion sparking between them can’t be denied, but neither can the vengeance barreling toward Deacon. When his old squad comes back to punish him for his betrayal, Ana and the Riders are squarely in the line of fire. The only way to save his people may be to make the ultimate sacrifice. 

But first, he has to convince Ana not to follow him straight into hell.

Deacon is in charge of all the Riders and Ana is the first female Rider. That's a lot of stress right there. That's just the tip of the ice burg for these two. Deacon wasn't always a Rider and his past seems to be catching up with him quick fast and possible deadly. Ana has been training to be a Rider since she was little when her dad was a Rider and taught her everything he knew. With him gone she's on her own now and feels she always got to prove she belongs. The pressure from that as well as all the little girls who look up to her is a lot. Then there is Deacon. There's a lot of pressure in being the boss and dealing with everything that goes with it but keep your feeling remote is something that seems necessary until Ana.  Ana forces him open and once he's open his whole life changes. His secret past life comes out twenty years since it ended. The Riders all struggle with it but there is a greater risk. His past is coming back to kill him or is it? It sure seems like it. This story has some twists and turns. I loved Deacon and Ana together. They didn't seem to fight the attraction long in this story but their relationship as it was has been brewing for a while. So not as quick as it seems. The Riders have to think fast when their is a final showdown and decisions have to be made.  Kit Rocha delivers another great read. The pace was quick and steady and the story compelling. I'm ready to see what happens next!

Find out more about this series and Kit Rocha here