Wednesday, January 23, 2019

eARC Book review: The Fearless King (The Kings #2) by Katee Robert


Available Feb 5th 2019
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Fake boyfriend. Real danger.

Journey King is an expert at managing the family business. But when her father returns to Houston hell-bent on making a play for the company, Journey will do anything to stop him, even if that means going to Frank Evans for help. Frank deals in information, the dirtier the better. Rugged and rock solid, he’s by far her best ally—and also the most dangerous.

Frank knows better than to get tangled up with the Kings. But something about Journey’s rare vulnerability drags him deep into enemy territory . . . and into her darkest past. Pretending to be her boyfriend may be necessary for their plan to work, but Frank soon finds helping Journey is much more than just another job—and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Journey King looks like a tough girl on the outside and she handles herself in her families company. It's all a facade that quickly crumbles when her father shows back up  in her life and tries to take over the company.  The king siblings were all abused by their dad but very few people know this. Frank Evans isn't exactly a friend to the Journey but she needs help and she doesn't want her brothers to get involved if she can help it and Frank is a powerful man.  I loved these two together. Frank starts holding Journey up at the beginning of this story but slowly with Frank's help and patience Journey takes control of her fears. When Frank gets threatened all bets are off. She turns into a total bad ass. I love how these two are a team.  One of the great things about this book is there is no way to guess what's coming. It's a surprise right up to the very end. I can't wait for book three. 

Find out more about Katee Roberts and this series here

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

eARC Book review: Best Friends, Secret Lovers (The Bachelor Pact) by Jessica Lemmon


Available Feb 1st 2019
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

The leap from friends to lovers means they have everything to gain...or everything to lose...

Colleagues, confidants and best friends for years, Flynn and Sabrina have never crossed that line. Until one searing Valentine's Day kiss. And when circumstances force Sabrina to move in with Flynn...that line disappears. But becoming friends with benefits must stay a secret. Because if word gets out, they'll be risking their professional reputations and their relationship...

First in a four book series. Jessica Lemmon introduces us to four college friends. Sabrina and Flynn have been best friends for a long time. Sabrina took a back seat when Flynn got married but he's divorced now and their friendship is blossoming again. The other two college friends are Reid and Gage and the three guys make a pact to never get married. In Flynn's case never married again. When Sabrina has some trouble with the plumbing in her apartment she moves in with Flynn for a while and romance flares to life.  They decide to explore if there is more to their relationship than friendship. This is one of those shorter Harlequin books that are so fun to read when written well. Jessica Lemmon gives you  a great story of friends to lovers. With a little over two hundred pages you feel like you get a full story and get to know all four friends to a extent. I loved Flynn with Sabrina and was rooting them from page one!

Find out more about this series and Jessica Lemmon here

Monday, January 21, 2019

eARC Book review: Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis


Available Jan 22, 2019
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

If you’re planning on falling in love… 

When it comes to the confident, charismatic Caleb Parker, Sadie Lane feels the spark—the kind that comes from rubbing each other the wrong way. She’s a tattoo artist, he’s a straight-laced mogul. But after they accidentally co-rescue an abandoned dog from a storm, Sadie sees a vulnerable side to the seemingly invincible hottie.

you’d better be sure… 

Caleb doesn’t do emotions. Growing up the underdog, he’s learned the hard way to build up an impenetrable wall. Perfect for business. Disastrous for relationships. He’s never worried about it before—not until he finally gets behind Sadie’s armor and begins to fall.

… someone is there to catch you. 

Both guarded and vulnerable, Sadie and Caleb are complete opposites. Or are they? Shocked at their undeniable connection, can they ever admit to wanting more? That all depends on what they’re each willing to risk.

Caleb Parker is a suit wearing success story. Looking at him you'd never guess how he struggled growing up and that he had three older sisters who did everything they could to look after him to make him a success. Now he's a successful business man and a millionaire who can afford to employ all his sisters in his companies. He just can't handle hugging a stray three legged dog.  He recruits Sadie Lane the struggling local tattoo artist to help him out. He thinks he's allergic to dogs but for some reason he doesn't have the reaction he's expecting. Considering his sisters always told him he was allergic to dogs. Hmmmmm.  Watching these two find their way to their happy every after was amazingly fun to watch. One is rich and one is poor but both are equally hurting and dealing with their hand ups from previous relationships gone bad.  Nothing is easy and they struggle their way through with the help of their new dog they rescued together and each claim as their own. Caleb's sisters over protectiveness is cute if a bit annoying and the rest of the gang from this series only add to the fun of this story.

Find out more about this series and Jill Shalvis here

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Book review: Big Bad Cowboy (Once Upon a Time in Texas #1) by Carly Bloom


eBook provided by author
Available October 2018

Who's afraid of the big, bad cowboy? 

After one too many heartbreaks, Travis Blake hung up his cowboy hat and put Big Verde, Texas, behind him. But when he gets the call that his young nephew needs him, he knows he has to return home. His plan is to sell the family ranch and hightail it back to Austin, but there's a small problem: the one person who stands in his way is the one person he can't resist.

Maggie is pretty sure she hates Travis Blake. He's irritating, he's destroying her business, and . . . and he's just so frickin' attractive. But when they're forced to work together, Maggie discovers that the Most Annoying Man in the World is more than he seems. He's sweet with his nephew, he helps out in the community, and he makes her heart flutter. Maggie doesn't want to risk everything on a man who wants to leave, but what if she can convince this wayward cowboy to stay?

First book in a new series and my first time reading this author. Travis Blake has never had the best family and when he could get out of town he did into the Army. Now he's back to take care of his little nephew when the little boys mom passes away and his brother is prison. He starts out with a plan on how he's going to sell the family ranch and find a better place for his nephew. This plan starts taking a nose dive pretty quick when the residents of his hometown take him into their fold and he doesn't realize it. Then there a chance encounter with Little Red Riding hood aka Maggie Mackey.  Maggie starts out hating Travis and believing in some misconceptions on who he is and what he's like. Things aren't always what they seem though. I loved this book. The nephew is a 5 year old scene stealer. I swear half the best lines in this book come from him. You can't help but root for Travis in this book. He's a great guy who just doesn't realize he's a great guy. It's one tough break after another all his life but when the people around him lift him up he starts to see he's got friends and a home if he wants it. Definitely going to be reading more of this series and from this author. There were so many laugh out loud parts in this book. Looking forward to what comes next with some of the secondary characters from this book.

Find out more about Carly Bloom  and this series here

Friday, January 4, 2019

eARC Book review: One Tough Cowboy (Moving Violations #1) by Lora Leigh, Veronica Chadwick


Available Jan 29, 2019
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him…


And, lo and behold, Hunter still has feelings for Samantha. The long-smoldering heat of their innocent flirtation has grown into a full-raging fire. But when tragedy strikes, and their small-town community is shattered, Hunter vows to do everything he can to keep his childhood sweetheart safe. But can Samantha trust that Hunter has her best interests at heart…and that, after all these years, his love is true?

This is the first book in a new series and i liked the blurb and cover so i wanted to give it a try. It started out interesting  with backstory and Samantha coming back to town for her aunts funeral. It's just slowly started falling apart from there. There's all this stuff going on in the area, drugs, trafficking and terrorists and yet these two are having sex every other page. Hunter is supposed to be the law and he's screwing around in the police station with Sam. To many people in the story and we don't know who they are. Lots of loose ends and after what happens to Samantha at the end of the story she's suddenly hunky dory the next day? No way.

Find out more about Lora Leigh and this series here