Thursday, July 27, 2017

I'm going on a blogging hiatus...

So I have been feeling crazy overwhelmed lately. If you follow me on social media, you probably would have read that I recently moved from New York to Pennsylvania and between that move and all the extra hours I have been putting in at my day job there are just not enough hours in a day, which means that I have found myself in a blogging slump. It's gotten so bad that I was starting to not enjoy running this blog and was seriously considering abandoning it. But after giving it a lot of thought, I've decided that I don't really want to abandon this platform because I really do love talking about books and sharing my reviews, but for my own sanity I have decided that I will be taking a two week hiatus from blogging starting immediately and ending August 13th. I will be spending those much needed two weeks to regroup and and get back into the right mindset where I actually enjoy blogging again. In the meantime if you want to keep up with me I will still be popping by on my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads to talk about books every once in a while, so don't hesitate to come say hi. Other than that, I'll be back and ready to go on Monday, August 14th with my review of Irresistible You by Kate Meader!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

REVIEW: Need You Now by Nicole Helm


Synopsis:

He’s mountain-tough. She’s city-smart. The sparks are about to fly…

Only the most resilient of souls could breathe new life into an all-but-forgotten town nestled in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains—but what they get in return might be worth the heartache it takes to make it happen…

Gracely, Colorado, was once a booming mining town. No one knows that better than Brandon Evans. His father’s company kept the town thriving for years—until Brandon threatened to expose his illegal practices and drove him away. Everyone blames Brandon and his brother for turning Gracely into a ghost town—but the tenacious residents cling to a long-held legend about the land’s healing powers. And Brandon has a plan to spin that legend into reality…

Lilly Preston took a leap of faith and moved to Gracely a year ago to save her nephew from an abusive situation. She would do anything for him, even sacrifice her glamorous job. Reluctantly, the former PR hot shot takes a job at the ruggedly handsome Evans brothers’ Mile High Adventures, a company offering restorative Rocky Mountain vacations.

Brandon thinks PR is pointless, and Lilly knows less than nothing about the outdoors. Which is exactly why they need each other—in ways neither ever imagined…

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

Need You Now, the first Mile High Romance by Nicole Helm was such a good romance. It wasn't my favorite book by Nicole given that that spot is still taken by True-Blue Cowboy Christmas, but it's definitely my second favorite. I wholeheartedly enjoyed reading about Brandon and Lilly. Lilly was a good heroine. I loved how determined and loyal she was. As for Brandon, he was bit grouchy, but he was still likable.All in all he was good man, trying to fix his father's mistakes, which was quite honorable. The romance developed a lot slower than I usually like in the romances that I read, but the author developed it so wonderfully that I really worked and I found myself really loving these two together. All in all this book was a good series starter and I recommend it.

REVIEW: Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland


Synopsis:

He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.

A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.

When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.

My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.

I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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MY REVIEW

5 out of 5 stars

Cocky Bastard was one of those books that everyone had raved about and had been on my radar for a while now, but I never had the chance to read for one reason or another, so when I was offered a free copy of this book through an author's newsletter I finally decided to give this book a shot and see what everyone was talking and OH. MY. GOD!!!

First off, I got to say the ridiculous title and cute and sexy sounding blurb did not prepare me for what I was about to read. Seriously, I ended up texting my friend who had read this book already to vent because I felt like I had been sucker punched in the chest with all the feels that these two authors had me feeling from all the things that where happening in this book!

Also, the romance in this book was fantastic! Everything from how these two met to their road trip to their reunion was absolutely perfect! Like I already stated, the love story made me feel so many feelings because some of the things that happened were intense, but this story was also really sweet and humorous and basically all the things I was expecting this book to be when I decided to read it.

Overall, this book was a flawless romance novel. I loved it so much and I'm so happy that I finally got around to reading it because it definitely ended up being one of top favorite romances I've read this year and I would even go as far as saying it is one of my top reads of all time! Needless to say, I really recommend this book!

REVIEW: Big Rock by Lauren Blakely


Synopsis:

It’s not just the motion of the ocean, ladies. It’s definitely the SIZE of the boat too.

And I’ve got both firing on all cylinders. In fact, I have ALL the right assets. Looks, brains, my own money, and a big cock.

You might think I’m an asshole. I sound like one, don’t I? I’m hot as sin, rich as heaven, smart as hell and hung like a horse.

Guess what? You haven’t heard my story before. Sure, I might be a playboy, like the NY gossip rags call me. But I’m the playboy who’s actually a great guy. Which makes me one of a kind.

The only trouble is, my dad needs me to cool it for a bit. With conservative investors in town wanting to buy his flagship Fifth Avenue jewelry store, he needs me not only to zip it up, but to look the part of the committed guy. Fine. I can do this for Dad. After all, I’ve got him to thank for the family jewels. So I ask my best friend and business partner to be my fiancĂ©e for the next week. Charlotte’s up for it. She has her own reasons for saying yes to wearing this big rock.

And pretty soon all this playing pretend in public leads to no pretending whatsoever in the bedroom, because she just can’t fake the kind of toe-curling, window-shattering orgasmic cries she makes as I take her to new heights between the sheets.

But I can’t seem to fake that I might be feeling something real for her.

What the fuck have I gotten myself into with this…big rock?

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MY REVIEW

5 out of 5 stars

Big Rock was one of those books people kept telling me I needed to read and now that I have finally read it I can say that those people were absolutely right in telling me to read this book because it was absolutely amazing! This books was all types of hilarious and sweet and of course lets not forget absolutely steamy. And if those three things weren't enough, this book also featured one of my all-time favorite romance novel tropes, the fake relationship and it was by far the best fake relationship romance I have read. The story that the author crafted focused on Spencer and Charlotte was everything! I loved that before everything that they were best friends. That fact made the romance that developed between them as result of Spencer's little lie so much more sweeter. The fact that they were friends also made it really easy to root for these two as a couple because based on their friendship and everything that happens between them in this book it was impossible to not to. These two are absolutely adorable together and while through the entire book they are just pretending to be together nothing between them ever seems fake. Their relationship always felt very much real and I couldn't help but become extremely invested in their love story. Overall, this book was an exemplary romance novel and I can't recommend it enough! 

REVIEW: Sinful Distraction by London Hale


Synopsis:

She’s the one thing he won’t give up on
The calls started a year ago. I needed an easy release, and he was there, for a price. One call turned into two, and before I knew it, I was falling for the voice on the other end of the line. When he shows up and introduces himself as the newest firefighter on the island, I’m terrified...at first. As the mayor, the last thing I need is a scandal. But Riley won’t take no for an answer, and I’m finding it hard to refuse him.

He’s a distraction she can’t afford
Kate, the mayor of Temperance Falls, has a naughty little secret. Except I’m not so little and a hell of a lot more than just naughty. A year of weekly phone calls with our identities disguised has left me craving more. Being together could ruin everything she’s worked for, but there’s no turning back. Now that we’ve actually met, now that I’ve had a taste, nothing will stand in my way of making her mine.

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

I love, love, loved this book! It was absolutely amazing and as of right now my top favorite of all the London Hale books I have read to date! Riley and Kate's story was everything I was expecting it to be and more. Usually I'm not the biggest fan of the woman being other than the man. It just doesn't work for me, but in this case it really worked for me. Also phone sex is not something that I usually find all that sexy, but this book made me love it. It made this book especially entertaining and romance extra exciting and satisfying. Phone sex aside, I just really loved the way that Riley and Kate were together. There romance was sexy and sweet. Everything I have come to expect from a London Hale couple and so much more. And to top it all off the ending off this book was extra wonderful and totally was the icing on the cake. Overall, as I stated at the beginning of my review I love, love, loved this book and I really recommend it!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

RELEASE WEEK BLITZ: Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes



Synopsis:

As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he's a titled gentleman, he's still fighting—this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige.

Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear.

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RELEASE BLAST: Can't Stop Lovin' You by Lynnette Austin



Synopsis:

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Maggie Sullivan can't wait to get out of Texas. Luckily, she just got the break she needed to make her big-city dreams a reality. But then Brawley Odell swaggers back into Maverick Junction, looking hotter than ever in his dusty cowboy boots and well-worn jeans. He's the guy she still dreams of at night. The guy who broke her heart when he left her behind.

Fed up with city life, Brawley jumps at the chance to return home and take over the local vet's practice—and get back to the smart, sassy woman he's never been able forget. He couldn't be prouder of Maggie's new wedding-dress business . . . until he realizes it may mean losing her all over again. Determined to win her back, Brawley must find a way to convince Maggie that their one true home is with each other.

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Lynnette Austin, a recovering middle school teacher, loves long rides with the top down and the music cranked up, the Gulf of Mexico when a storm is brewing, chocolate frozen custard, anything by Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and Thomas Rhett, and sitting in her local coffee shop reading and enjoying an iced coffee. She and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida's beaches and Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up in a small town, that's where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody...and all their business, for better or worse. Writing for Grand Central and Sourcebooks, she’s published twelve novels and is at work on a new series.

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

The third book in Lynnette Austin's Maverick Junction was another wonderful romance. The story was a second chance romance which is one of my favorite tropes, so it is no surprise that I really enjoyed this book. When it came to this romance, I loved everything about it. I especially loved the way that the author set everything up within the series. Saving Brawley and Maggie's story for last meant that there was a lot of built up to this story, so by the time I started reading this book I was dying to find out the truth of what went down between Brawley and Maggie when they were teens and dying to see how they were going to get past their past and move and get their own HEA like Cash and Annie and Ty and Sophie. And I got to say that Lynnette Austin did not disappoint with Brawley and Maggie's story. The reason why they broke up when they were teens and more specifically the reason that Maggie was so angry at Brawley was heartbreaking and as heartbreaking as it was it really worked for me. But what worked for me most in this story is the way that Brawley and Maggie's relationship developed in the present. Given their painful history, it was gonna take a lot of groveling on Brawley's part to get Maggie to forgive him and for them to move on and I liked the way the author made Brawley go about it. To me it really proved that he really did love Maggie and made the overall romance very satisfying. Overall, this was a great contemporary romance and I really recommend it.

Monday, July 24, 2017

JULY HISTORICAL RELEASE BLAST


Synopsis: 

Vivienne La Fleur is one of London’s most sought after opera dancers and one of England’s best weapons: the spy known as the Flower. When a French agent pressures her to change allegiance by abducting her sister, Vivienne is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who doesn’t want her, Maximillian Westwood.

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Synopsis:

Lady Mariel is an archeress of unrivaled skill, as is Robert, the Earl of Huntington. With a tongue as sharp as her arrows, Mariel wants nothing to do with the gallant earl. Robert is intrigued by his Scottish wilding but they are no match made in heaven.

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Synopsis:

Lord Henry Radcliffe can only exorcise the demons of his past through physicality. Intent on scandalizing London, Princess Irina Volkonsky is a hellion and every gentleman’s deepest desire. She knows better than to provoke the earl, but will stop at nothing to win the heart of the only man she’s ever loved.

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Synopsis:

Nicholas would give up his family and his fortune if Amelia would ever see him as more than a childhood friend. He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining both, because he’s got a plan that will change her mind.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

VIRTUAL TOUR: Lucky Charmed by Sharla Lovelace



Synopsis:

Carmen Frost hates honey. And bees. And in her hometown of Charmed, Texas, which practically invented the stuff, that’s a problem. The good news is that the summer Honey Festival is finally over. Even better, so is the annual Lucky Hart carnival, a road show that made off with her dreams years ago—including the boy she loved. Now she’s got a divorce behind her, and a successful law career in front of her, but in a tiny town, big memories die hard. Or they don’t die at all—as Carmen discovers when she runs into an all too familiar pair of eyes—older, wiser, and just as heart-melting as ever . . .

Sully Hart has had enough of the nomad lifestyle. Travelling with his father’s carnival gave him adventures, but it cost him much more. Now he’s home to stay, contracted to create an entertainment complex in Charmed. He wants roots, a house with a yard and all the mundane pleasures that go with it. But the girl he loved has become a woman who still wants freedom. Can she still want him? It seems he and Carmen are at each other’s throats one minute—and on each other’s lips the next. Someone’s gotta give . . .

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About the Author:

Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of sexy small-town love stories. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her retired husband, a tricked-out golf cart, and two crazy dogs. She is the author of five stand-alone novels including the bestselling Don’t Let Go, the exciting Heart Of The Storm series, and the fun and sexy new Charmed in Texas series. For more about Sharla's books, visit her website, and keep up with all her new book releases easily by subscribing to her newsletter. She loves keeping up with her readers, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Lucky Charmed, the second Charmed in Texas book by Sharla Lovelace was such a wonderfully adorable and heartfelt romance. This second chance romance was almost perfect and I loved it so much. I had already loved Carmen from the first book and after seeing her have to deal with her annoying ex-husband, Dean, in the first book, I was dying to see her find real love in this book, so her reconnecting with her past love Sully in this book was EVERYTHING. And talking about Sully, he was pretty much the perfect guy in my opinion. I loved him from the moment he showed up and my opinion of him only increased as I continued reading. I especially loved him when we found out why he left Carmen 15 years before. I understand why Carmen was still mad at him and she had a right to be mad because a bunch of people were playing god with her life, but Sully's part in the whole mess just proved to me that he was a good man and that he truly loved Carmen. But while I loved so much about this book, there was one thing that was a bit unsatisfying for me and that was the whole part focused on who Carmen's father might be. It was too much of tease and the whole thing with Carmen having a vision when she and Sully visited Bailey just seemed unnecessary and out of place. Other than that I loved this book to pieces. As of right now it is my favorite Sharla Lovelace book and I can't wait to see what she has in store next for the residents of Charmed in the next book!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

REVIEW: Million Dollar Cowboy by Lori Wilde


Synopsis:

The illegitimate son of a Texas ranching dynasty, Ridge Lockhart left home ten years ago with one goal: to become more successful than the father who never accepted him.

Mission accomplished, but now he’s back at the Silver Feather Ranch for a wedding—three days of best man duty until he can hightail it out. Then he spies Kaia Alzate, and suddenly leaving isn’t quite so appealing.

Kaia Alzate grew up the daughter of the ranch foreman, servants to the mighty Lockharts in the mansion. Back then, she followed Ridge around like a puppy. Now, she’s fighting the attraction she feels for this sexy CEO. She’s determined not to make a big mistake—but when Ridge takes her in his arms she’s stunned…could he be the man she’s waited for all along?

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Lori Wilde is one of those authors who I've always been meaning to read, but kept putting off and now that I have read my first book by her, Million Dollar Cowboy, I am so kicking myself for not picking up one of her books sooner. Million Dollar Cowboy was a wonderful romance novel in every way. First off, the principle characters, Ridge and Kaia were amazing. They weren't perfect characters, but they were interesting and held my attention from start to finish. And their relationship was everything. I loved the way that everything played out between them throughout the book. And I especially loved that these two had history because it made the progression of their relationship so much more satisfying and made their HEA all the more sweeter. Add on all the family drama that occurred throughout this book and this novel was a near perfect romance. I loved this book so much and I so recommend it!