Thursday, October 24, 2019

eARC Book review: One Christmas Eve (Cedar Street #2) by Shannon Stacey

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Available November 11th 2019
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Zoe Randall is busy living her life as she damn well pleases. She’s back in her favorite town, her divorce in her rearview mirror, and living out her childhood dream of running a bookstore with her cousin. She has no interest in the uptight nerd who opened his boring-ass business next to her shop…until he complains about one of her sexy window displays.

Then it’s game on.

Preston Wheeler knows he takes life a little too seriously. But when the saucy bookseller next door starts pushing his buttons, he can feel that changing. Beautiful, vivacious Zoe challenges him in all the best ways, and soon he’s pushing her buttons right back: teasing and flirting all the way through the holiday season.

As Preston loosens up and Zoe is treated to the man behind the suit (particularly his forearms), she realizes she’s more interested than she cares to admit. And Preston comes to see the beauty—the absolute delight—in adding Zoe’s bright splashes of color to his once very black-and-white existence.

Preston is the serious guy who moves in next door to the book store cousins Carly and Zoe own. Zoe is the fun loving cousin who does the window displays in the book store front window. It all starts there when Preston gives her a disapproving look for the one she has in the window for Halloween. Opposite attract and even if they kind of don't like each other at first they are definitely attracted to each other. The more time they spend with each other the more they realize they might just be good for each other. Old hang ups though have a way of messing things up though. LOVED this story. It's quick it's fun and the characters are all likable. If you like your Christmas themed stories this one had that too. This is a novella length book so things happen fast but it's a great evening or weekend read.

Find out more about Shannon Stacey and this series here.

Monday, October 21, 2019

eARC Book review: The Hitwoman and the Fallen Angel (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman #20) by J.B. Lynn

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Available October 25th 2019
eARC Provided by author

Even a good man makes mistakes…

In Maggie Lee’s topsy-turvy world, Angel Delveccio is one of the good guys, but now it seems he’s gotten himself into some trouble. Can Maggie get him out of it?

It’s not like she doesn’t have enough problems of her own. She’s struggling to pacify both the people and pets of her household -- all of whom aren’t shy about voicing their litany of complaints and demands about their new home.

Stretched thin, Maggie attempts to broker familial peace while simultaneously contending with an external threat that revolves around a human skull.

And let’s not forget that a certain mobster has tasked her with keeping his nephew out of hot water.

Can Maggie protect Angel while keeping her family safe and together, or will someone be lost?

Maggie is stretched  thin yet again as she deals with her large crazy family. Never a dull moment for Maggie. There always seems to be something going on that requires her immediate attention. Maggie has slowly been growing into herself though and in this book she turns a little take charge girl with her family and the men in her life. Totally kickass!  How she juggles everyone and everything in her life i have no idea. I do know i am always totally entertained and drawn in to each one of these stories. JB Lynn makes you care about the characters. Always keeps you guessing at what's going to happen to Maggie next.

Find out more about JB Lynn and this series here

Thursday, October 17, 2019

eARC Book review: Meant to Be Yours (Happily Inc. #5) by Susan Mallery


Available October 22, 2019
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.

After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse.

Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

Renee is a wedding planner that never wants to get married. That being said it seems like a weird choice for a career. Growing up she had some problems with a unique gift her mother has. She loves her but basically avoids having her mom visit her if she can. Jasper is a military veteran whose had some intense action while deployed and it's haunted him for a long while. He also doesn't think he's cut out for love and marriage because of his PTDS and everything that goes with that.  I liked both characters. Basically right from the start they have a one night stand that turns into a friends with benefits agreement and but immediately it doesn't follow that. Overall i enjoyed the book but pacing was strange. There's this big getting together at the beginning of the book and then it's like that didn't really happen. They kept seeing each other and spend time together but the benefits part of friends with benefits didn't really happen much. Renee's mother shows up and her "gift" is a odd gift that seems a bit off the wall. When it all comes out Jasper doesn't believe it until he sees it and then that's it everyone is OK with it. It makes Renee's reaction to the gift seem over blown. Disappointed in how over the top Renee is with the whole i can't trust love especially toward the end of the story.  This story was ok but definitely not my favorite of the series. I feel the secondary characters really helped this one along. 

Find out more about Susan Mallery and this series here

Friday, October 4, 2019

eARC Book review: Lethal Nights (Brute Force #3) by Lora Leigh

Available now
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Ilya Dragonovich is no stranger to the dark side. As a safe-house owner for security agency Brute Force, Dragon knows that the battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man―and, sometimes, a beautiful woman…

Emma Jane Preston needs help. After her marriage crumbled, she believed she could get back to a normal, happy life. But her ex-husband moved among some shady characters, and now she needs the kind of protection that comes at a cost―one that only someone like Dragon can provide. But can Emma Jane trust this handsome, undercover operator to keep her safe when she is in danger of falling into the arms of the deeply seductive, fiery Dragon. . .and never letting go?

This is the third book the Brute Force series but the first book in this series for me. Ilya has a dark past but when he meets the woman he wants for his own that past might be the very thing that make him lose her forever. Emma Jane married young and that marriage quickly turned to crap. Now stuck because of her vengeful ex Ilya comes to help her when she is attacked in her home. This book is typical of Lora Leigh's writing. A little bit of a paranormal flavor with some romantic suspense. Lots of sexy erotic sex scenes and hot alpha men. I loved that Ilya called Emma by her first and middle name. It was adorable and she called him Dragon also adorable. The editing left something to be desired but I'm hoping the final version of this book was better.  Some things in this book were a bit out there. Characters from previous books mentioned once and then nothing. Over all i enjoyed the book. For me the main characters were just so hot together that i didn't care about some of the things that didn't work for me. 

Find out more about Lora Leigh and this series here