Saturday, October 31, 2015

ARC Review: Her Sweet Seduction by Sabrina Sol

Title: Her Sweet Seduction

Author: Sabrina Sol

Synopsis:

When romance novelist and single mom Celina Preciado writes a near tell-all about her former lover, he’s the last person she expects to see at her book signing. But not only does Luke Anderssen tell her that he enjoyed her book, the stockbroker-turned-chocolatier let’s her know in no uncertain terms that he wants her back.

Celina’s been burned before and she’s hesitant to let him into the life she now shares with her young daughter. So Luke embarks on the sweetest of seductions to prove once and for all that he’s not the man he used to be and he’s ready to give her the happily ever after she deserves.

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

I really loved this short story by Sabrina Sol. Once again Sabrina delivered a believable and relatable Latina protagonist who I loved. I also really loved Luke. Despite the books really short length he still managed to make me swoon hard. He was just so perfect and adorable with the way that he set out to get Celina to give him a second chance with his seduction by chocolate. And, I got to say, I especially loved that Celina didn't cave too quickly. She really made Luke work for it until she was a 100% sure that he was right for her and her daughter and I really admired that about her. Anyway, as I said, I really loved this story. It totally satisfied my craving for more of Sabrina Sol's writing even though it was just a short story and I highly recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for a short and sweet second chance romance.

Release Day Blast: The Drake House by Kelly Moran (+ Review)

The amazing Kelly Moran rereleased another gem from her backlist, The Drake House, today!


Synopsis:

In her dreams, a ghost demands to be heard...

Trisha Eaton has been plagued by mysterious nightmares ever since her parents adopted her as a young girl. She chalked them up to childish nuisances until they return-- with a vengeance. Something about the Drake house next door to her family’s apple orchard haunts her. Now, her night terrors and sleepwalking seem to be luring her to something dark. When a series of strange events crops up, Trisha turns to Nick Mackey. As the new deputy in town, Nick just wants to put his traumatic past behind him. An undeniable attraction for Trisha has piqued interest and has him wondering if a shot at a normal life was possible. But Trisha has somehow struck a nerve, and a long-buried secret. A secret that someone they know will kill to keep veiled. Uncovered answers only seem to lead to more questions in a case where nothing makes sense. 

One chilling fact remains... some nightmares are all too real.

About the Author:

Kelly Moran is a bestselling romance author of enchanting ever-afters. She won the Catherine Award, is a Readers' Choice Finalist, and a 2014 Award of Excellence Finalist through RWA, plus she earned one of the 10 Best Reads of 2013 by USA TODAY's HEA. 

Kelly's been known to say that she gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there's always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself. Her interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don't tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and her black lab. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.

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***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. The characters where interesting and relatable. Their backstories broke my heart a little but I liked that it wasn't anything too intense or too much that it ended up overshadowing the mystery of the Drake House which was the focus of the plot.

In regard to the the mystery surrounding the Drake House, I really enjoyed it. Everything that was happening on the orchard as a result of the the house next door was just the right amount of spookiness mixed with enough mystery to keep me on the edge of my seat especially towards the end. 

The only thing that I disliked about this book and the reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was that the beginning kind of dragged for me, but once things started going and people started dropping like flies, Kelly managed to get my blood pumping and heart racing until the very end.

Overall, I really liked this book. It was a good suspenseful romance with some supernatural elements that was pretty much the perfect read for me this Halloween.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Duke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen

This week my pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" is Duke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen!

Synopsis:

Scandal can be handled...

Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he's returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl - quite inconveniently deceased - tied to his missing sister's bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he's at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals.

Miss Moore treats the crisis as though it were no more serious than a cup of spilt tea on an expensive rug. As though this sort of thing happened on the job every day. Max has never in all his life met a woman with such nerve. Her dark eyes are too wide, her mouth is too full, her cheekbones too sharp. Yet together, she's somehow...flawless. It's just like his love for her, imperfect, unexpected - yet absolutely true.

Duke of My Heart releases January 26, 2016!

Why I'm waiting:

I'm excited for this book for a few reasons. The first being that while I've only added Kelly's books to my TBR this past weekend, she has actually been on my radar for several months now. My second reason for being crazy excited for this book is that the blurb makes it sound like the historical romance version of Scandal and what's not to love about that. And my third and final reason for wanting this book more than life is its exceptionally beautiful cover. Like, seriously, look at how gorgeous the dress the girl on the cover is wearing! Covers like this one is one of my top reasons for loving historical romance!

So what are y'all waiting on this Wednesday?

***"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.***

Friday, October 23, 2015

Review Tour: One Life by A.J. Pine (+ Giveaway)


Synopsis:

In the latest from the author of One Night, tragedy causes a young woman to struggle to keep her head above water, and the only one who can help her is the guy who’s been in the friend zone for the past year . . .

Every time life throws Zoe Adler a curve ball, she changes her appearance. Freshmen year—after almost following in her mother’s alcoholic footsteps—she said good-bye to her blonde, girl-next-door image and opted for jet black hair and piercings galore. After her brother Wyatt’s death, she escapes to the city to teach a summer art program for kids. Her black hair goes blue, and she finds solace in the arms of a longtime friend, in his heart, and in his bed—but her guilt makes her unable to accept the love he wants to give.

Spock might be the guy to save Zoe. But when she learns the truth about his past, the edge she’s teetered on since losing Wyatt drops out from under her. The girl who kept it together for everyone finally falls apart. Now Zoe must choose between drowning in guilt about Wyatt or asking for help. But even if she gets the help she needs, Spock may not be waiting for her when she’s ready to let love in.

About the Author:

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers' hearts, but don't worry--she'll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality--romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she's not writing, she's of course reading. Then there's online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. You'll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago 'burbs.

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***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

So when I first read this book a few weeks ago, I originally gave it 4 stars but after thinking it over and sitting down to write this review I realized that this book was actually a 5 star read for me. A.J. Pine has once again amazed me with her writing and exceeded all the expectations I had after reading One Night earlier this year. Zoe and Spock's story made me feel all of the things. It was pretty much perfect in every way. Seriously, the more I think about this book, the more I realize that I had no complaints about it. Even with all of their faults, I really loved Zoe and Spock and really connected with them and their story. And the love these two had for each other was really heart-warming and as a couple I loved Zoe and Spock almost as much as I loved Griffin and Maggie in What If which is really saying something.

Overall, I really loved this book. It was an exceptional romance and has made me love A.J. Pine even more than I already did.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

This week my pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" is The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter!

Synopsis:

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he's back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he's unable to withstand the touch of another...and he's quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she's taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she's plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them...and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she'll have to teach him to love...or lose him forever.

The Darkest Torment releases May 31, 2016!

Why I'm waiting:

I've been a huge fan of Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series since the first book was released what seems like forever ago now, so naturally I'm crazy excited for this book to be released next year! But I'm especially excited because this will be the first Lords book to be released in hardcover and just thinking about how pretty it will look on my shelf is making me all giddy. May can't come soon enough.

What are y'all waiting on this week?

***"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.***

Monday, October 19, 2015

Virtual Tour: Best Worst Mistake by Lia Riley (Excerpt + Giveaway)


The third book in Lia Riley's Brightwater series, Best Worst Mistake, is finally going to be released tomorrow and needless to say I am crazy excited!!!

Synopsis:

The third sexy and emotional novel in debut Avon author Lia Riley’s Brightwater series set in the mountains of Northern California.

Sometimes the worst mistakes turn out to be the best…

Smoke jumper Wilder Kane once reveled in the rush from putting out dangerous wildfires. But after a tragic accident, he’s cut himself off from the world, refusing to leave his isolated cabin. When a headstrong beauty bursts in, Wilder finds himself craving the fire she ignites in him, but letting anyone near his darkness would be a mistake.

After her Hollywood life went up in smoke, Quinn Higsby decided to leave Tinseltown behind and returned to Brightwater to care for her ailing father. Spending her days in a small bookstore, her peaceful existence is up-ended by a fascinating but damaged man. Quinn is determined to not to be scared off by Wilder, not once she’s experienced the heat of his passions.

But when an arsonist targets the community and Wilder is accused, he must confront the ghosts of his past. Will his desire for Quinn flameout or will he be able to tame the wildness inside and rekindle a hope for their future?

Excerpt:

“Would you do something for me?” She inched closer.

“What’s that?”

She patted the side of the bed. “Come here. Be next to me. We don’t have to sleep together to sleep together. Maybe I’m not ready to go whole hog, but what about cuddling?”

“Cuddling?” His breath sounded labored.

“Don’t be so dismissive.”

“I’m not, it’s just that … no one has ever asked me to before. I don’t exactly have a reputation as the warm and cuddly type.”

“Or no one’s ever bothered to look close enough.”

He froze before sitting on the edge of the bed, the mattress creaking from his weight.

“There we go, that’s a start,” she said encouragingly.

“Now what?”

“Now we both lie back on your pillows, get under the blankets.”

“What about shoes?”

“Right. Shoes. Very practical. Glad one of us handles the details. See? This is what makes me a terrible Virgo.”

“You nervous?” He slowly undid the zipper to her ankle boot, easing it off, giving her toes a squeeze before proceeding to the next boot. Her stomach muscles clenched. This guy would give amazing foot rubs; she knew it.

“A little, but in a good way.”

He considered her. “You’re strange.”

“And you are terrible at giving compliments.”

He chuckled at that, tossing her boots on the floor and pulling back the blankets, tucking her in.

“Aren’t you getting in too?”

“For my sanity, I’d rather have this as a barrier.” He tugged on the thick comforter, “Otherwise, I’ll never fall asleep.”

“Am I that hard to resist?” She batted her lashes with a faux-seductive voice.

“Woman, you drive me crazy.” But he sounded happy or at least not angry, which was a change. And for not being a cuddler, he had an excellent way of putting his arm around the hollow of her waist and spooning her against him.

About the Author:

Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.



A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn't mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Release Day Blast: When the Leaves Stop Falling by Kelly Moran (+ Review)

One of my all-time favorite authors, Kelly Moran rereleased one of her backlist titles, When the Leaves Stop Falling, today and I'm so happy she did because this book is a phenomenal, emotional romance that I would not have discovered otherwise.


Synopsis:

Ten years ago, Courtney Morgan had somehow found the courage to escape a life of abuse and run. Now living a comfortable--albeit lonely--existence, she's determined to make the most of her second chance. But when a newcomer strolls into the diner where she works, a series of events lands her on a road trip from Arizona to Georgia. After she learns her travel companion has been given a terminal diagnosis and is returning home, Courtney sees this as an opportunity to pay it forward and help, like someone had once done for her. Yet, despite her good intentions, it seems fate is determined to put love and friendship in her path, forcing her to evaluate her own future and what she desires most. Offering forgiveness is hard, especially when that person needing it most is herself. And she's discovering the important things in life are about the people along her journey, not the destination.

About the Author:

Kelly Moran is a bestselling romance author of enchanting ever-afters. She won the Catherine Award, is a Readers' Choice Finalist, and a 2014 Award of Excellence Finalist through RWA, plus she earned one of the 10 Best Reads of 2013 by USA TODAY's HEA. 

Kelly's been known to say that she gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there's always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself. Her interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don't tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and her black lab. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.

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***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

When the Leaves Stop Falling was a phenomenal romance following four friends on a beautiful yet heartbreaking journey and it really pains me to think that I might not have ever read it had Kelly not decided to re-release it. This book made me feel a whole spectrum of emotions and left me feeling emotionally raw but still happy at the end which was pretty impressive.

Pretty much everything about this book was great especially the characters. My heart broke for all of them because of all the things that they had to go through but they were incredibly strong and got through it despite it all. While I loved the book in its entirety, a part of me almost wishes that the ending of this book was a different, but despite the loss that these characters had to deal with, it was a very fitting end and concluded on a satisfying and uplifting note.

The only thing that kind of threw me off about this book was how Serena, Austin, and Jake quickly accepted Courtney's psychic ability so easily without much discussion. I kind of wish they were more reason shown for their actions especially since Courtney's gift is such a big part of the plot. But in the end that was a minor complaint and it didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying this beautiful romance.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

ARC Review: 90s Playlist: A Romance Rewind Anthology

Title: 90s Playlist: A Romance Rewind Anthology

Authors: Brighton Walsh, Lorelie Brown, Amy Jo Cousins, Audra North, Rebeca Grace Allen, and Jennifer Blackwood

Synopsis:

Six stories of sex, love, and being young in the ‘90s, inspired by songs of the decade…

My Strongest Weakness by Brighton Walsh
It was supposed to be a one-time thing. No one would find out; no one would have to know. And then once turned into twice, and twice turned into several times a week, and now pierced, punk-loving, rebellious Tia Lanning is banging Mason Brooks, the big man on campus and Mr. All American. But banging him isn’t the problem. Falling for him is. Especially when he’s content to let her remain his dirty little secret.

Creep by Lorelie Brown
Roni lives for the raves in Oakland’s warehouse district. Dancing till dawn in white gloves under black lights breathes life into her soul. Nothing will get her kicked out of her underground world faster than turning over Skittles, her dealer. She refuses to provide info about the underage runaway to his big brother Tom. But Tom is going to find Skittles with or without Roni’s cooperation. But Tom is special. He’s rich, handsome and bold. Roni wishes she was special. And like the rave scene she loves, nothing lasts forever.

The Belle vs. the BDOC by Amy Jo Cousins
Shelby Summerfield is a gold star lesbian, even if she doesn’t look like one. Florence Truong is the only other dyke at Carlisle College in 1993 not wearing plaid flannel, and Shelby sets her sights on seduction. But instead of a delightful tumble in the sheets, Florence calls her out for being a straight girl. With seduction off the table, Shelby settles for revenge for her humiliation. But if all she wants is to show up her campus rival, how come Shelby can't stop herself from saving Florence instead of annihilating her?

Worthwhile by Audra North
Jill didn’t expect her semester in Leeds to start with getting dumped by her boyfriend. Especially since she only came to England to be with him. Two weeks in, all she wants to do is go home. Finding love with someone new is definitely not an option. But when she literally stumbles into grad student Stuart’s arms, her experience abroad becomes a lot more worthwhile.

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Rebecca Grace Allen
Rory Stone's days of grunge and poetry are behind her, her reality now in bags of Arabian brew, and counting the change in the tip jar. Can indie singer James Griffith rock her muse back into the present?

Little Red Thong by Jennifer Blackwood
Emily Jones is ready to embark on the most epic spring break trip of her college career with her bestie, twin brother, and her brother’s best friend, Chase. Chase has been in love with Emily since the eighth grade when she kicked his ass in laser tag. He’s not going to piss away his last chance to tell her how he feels. When the group decides to play a game of Spring Break BINGO that involves body shots, a red thong, and secret hookups, this is the perfect catalyst to get him out of the friend zone. But as things get heated, they have to decide if twenty years of friendship is worth putting in jeopardy because of a game, and what will happen when they hit dry land.

***MY REVIEW***

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

Overall Rating of Anthology:
4 out of 5 stars

"My Strongest Weakness" by Brighton Walsh - 5 stars

Out of the six stories in this anthology, Brighton Walsh's contribution, My Strongest Weakness, was by far the best. I loved this story just as much as I loved Walsh's full length novels. The characters were well-developed and despite the short length I was really able to connect with them and their story. Overall, it was a grade-A romance and I loved it so much.

"Creep" by Lorelie Brown - 3.5 stars

Creep, the second story in this anthology was the first story I've ever read by the this author and even though I wasn't sure I would like the story based on it's synopsis, I actually really liked it. It was a pretty good romance story and really the only complaint I had about the story and the reason why I gave it 3.5 stars instead of 4 or 5 was that everything seemed like everything in this story was rushed and left me wanting to know so much more about these characters.

"The Belle vs. the BDOC" by Amy Jo Cousins - 2 stars

While I really liked the idea of this story, I just couldn't really get into it. Usually, when I speed through stories it's because I just can't get enough of the author's writing, but that was not the case with this story. I ended up speeding through it to just get it over with so that I can move on to the following story, which was really upsetting because I had heard some really good things about this author and really wanted to like this story.

"Worthwhile" by Audra North - 4 stars

Like with many of the other authors in this anthology, Worthwhile was the first story I have ever read by Audra North and I really liked it. I've always loved books that are set abroad and this story was no exception. But like with the other story Creep, I felt like this story was too short. Like, seriously, it felt like in ended right when it was really starting to get good and therefore I had to give it 4 stars instead of 5.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Rebecca Grace Allen - 4 stars

I really liked this story by Rebecca Grace Allen. Despite its length, this book managed to hook me pretty quickly and held my attention fully until the very end. I really loved Rory and James so much and their story was really endearing with a romance that was both sweet and hot. Also, kudos to this author for making like a story where the women is older because I usually have mixed feelings about that. Anyway, I really liked this story and out of the 6 stories in this anthology it was definitely a top fave and I look forward to reading more by this author.

"Little Red Thong" by Jennifer Blackwood - 4 stars

One of the reasons I was really looking forward to this anthology was because I new one of my favorite authors Jennifer Blackwood was contributed and her story, Little Red Thong did not disappoint. It was a fun and hot romance. Emily, Chase, Drew, and Melissa were all really awesome characters and I liked reading about their spring break adventures. They almost made me wish I was more adventurous when I was still in college because serious the idea of spring break BINGO is kind of awesome. Lol. Anyway, I really liked this book and I think it was the perfect way to end this anthology.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

ARC Review: Playing with Fire by Alison Bliss

Title: Playing with Fire

Author: Alison Bliss

Synopsis:

Nothing ignites a fire like the perfect match…

Anna Weber is every inch the proper librarian–old-fashioned, conservatively dressed right down to her tightly clipped flaming red hair. She’s just moved to a small Texas town, and is determined to spend time with her friend before she has to disappear. Relationships aren’t easy for her. She knows too well what it means to be burned. And the last thing she ever wants to do is fall in love…

Especially not with a fireman who’s hot enough to set the entire state of Texas on fire.

Cowboy can’t resist the fiery little librarian, and he’s determined to make her his. Beneath that prim-and-proper exterior is a woman he very much wants to know–if she’d let him. She’ll test his patience. His control. Hell, his very sanity. And for the first time, Cowboy wonders if he’s found the one fire he can’t control…

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

This book was literally EVERYTHING! Just saying that I loved it is not enough because this book was too good. The first book in this series, Rules of Protection, is one of my all-time favorite books and Playing with Fire was just as amazing, if not better! Alison Bliss delivered another fantastic romance that was equal parts funny and suspenseful and kept my interest from the very first page.

When Cowboy was first introduced in the previous installment, I instantly fell in love with him and I love the fact that this book was about him. It was fun getting to know him better and seeing that he was more than just a charming playboy. But as I much as I love Cowboy, I loved the heroine of this book more. Anna was the best! She was a character who was both vulnerable and strong. Reserved and feisty. And I especially loved that she didn't put up with any of Cowboy's shit.

Aside from the characters and the steamy romance that developed between the two of them, I loved the suspenseful storyline in this book revolving around all the mysterious fires happening in the vicinity of Anna. I was really surprised by who ended up being the culprit in this book because the author did a really good job at misdirecting the reader and making one think that a different character was at fault.

Overall, I LOVED this book so much! It was another perfect romance by the amazing Alison Bliss and the only complaint I have about it is that we still don't know what Cowboy's real name is. Lol.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Review: The Millionaire's Forever by Sonya Weiss

Title: The Millionaire's Forever

Author: Sonya Weiss

Synopsis:

Sign: Gemini
There are two sides to every Gemini guy…and one of them is red-hot.

Olivia Carter has a handsome, millionaire boyfriend. She’s madly in love with him. The hitch? He doesn’t actually exist. She told the lie to save Forever, her wedding design shop. And it worked—almost too well. As the media attention increases, so do the demands for Olivia to produce her “boyfriend.” With both her reputation and career in jeopardy, Olivia is desperate enough to do almost anything…

Which is exactly what millionaire Mason Parker wants. Thanks to Olivia and her father, Mason went through hell during his teen years, and now it’s time for a little payback—starting with the announcement that he’s her one and only. Now the sexy Olivia has no choice but to do what Mason wants. But none of his plans for vengeance included falling in love with the woman he planned to ruin…

***MY REVIEW***

4 out of 5 stars

I'm so used to the adorable romances that Sonya Weiss writes for Entangled's Bliss imprint, that I was pleasantly surprised with how intense I found this book to be. My heart broke for Mason and what he went through just because he helped out Olivia that one night and although I'm not usually a fan of characters who are so focused on getting revenge for things that happened to them in the past, I totally gave Mason a pass on this one because seriously what happened to him was the worst.

I also really loved Olivia's character even though she made me want to smack her sometimes. Like I get that she didn't remember what happened that night but her refusal to believe Mason at the beginning really made me mad. Like, seriously, Mason's a successful millionaire now, why would he lie about everything now. But, anyway, I still really liked that she was a very independent and driven women who was willing to do anything to make her business successful no matter what. I also really loved that she wasn't afraid to admit that she was wrong when she learned the truth and was willing to go up against her father.

Overall, I really loved this book and I can't wait to read more from this author.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Review: Resisting Her Rival by Sonya Weiss

Title: Resisting Her Rival

Author: Sonya Weiss

Synopsis:

All’s fair in love and war…

Abby Snyder finally has the opportunity to expand her diner now that the building next door is available. Unfortunately, she must compete with Nick Coleman to get it. Abby—usually ├╝ber-responsible—shared one night of intense passion with the playboy, and she’s been trying to forget it ever since. But then Nick bets her the building that he can make her fall in love with him in thirty days.

With his reputation ruining his chances at gaining some big clients, Nick needs a way to prove to everyone that he’s reformed. Dating Abby, the most respected girl in town—and the only one he wants—is the perfect solution. Nick’s confident he’ll get Abby to fall for him, so he’ll win the building and the girl he can’t get out of his mind.

But even though Abby can’t lose, resisting Nick is harder than she thought.

***MY REVIEW***

4 out of 5 stars

This review is going to be short and sweet just like this lovely book by Sonya Weiss was. Resisting Her Rival, the second book in the Stealing the Heart series, was a super fun read and just as adorable as Stealing the Groom. I really liked getting to know Abby more, as well as Nick, the oh so swoon-worthy hero of this book. Despite all the initial bickering and arguing between the two of them, Abby and Nick ended up becoming my favorite couple in this series because the romance that developed the two of them was one of those feel-good romance that is just so nice. This book is the perfect example as to why I love romance novels so much.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Review: Stealing the Groom by Sonya Weiss

Title: Stealing the Groom

Author: Sonya Weiss

Synopsis:

Friends don’t let friends marry the wrong woman…

Chad Walker may be a take-no-chances man with a plan, but there’s no way Amelia Snyder is going to let her best bud marry Mean Girl #1—even if the wedding is solely so he can secure the controlling shares in his family’s company. But free-spirited Amelia’s at-the-altar groomnapping scheme takes a surprising turn when she ends up as the blushing bride instead.

Suddenly, with Amelia living in her handsome husband’s home—in his bedroom, no less—she starts to reconsider their strictly platonic arrangement. But Chad’s always been strictly anti-risk and definitely anti-love, and betting a lifetime of best friendship on the chance at forever might be the biggest gamble of all.

***MY REVIEW***

4 out of 5 stars

This book was all kinds of adorable. Seriously, it was the cutest and I really, really liked it. On top of being one of the most adorable romances that I have ever read, Stealing the Groom was a fun and fairly unique read in my opinion. I don't think I've ever read a book in which the groom was the one getting stolen, usually it is the bride getting kidnapped not the other way around. I also really loved the idea of matchmaking grandfathers. Chad and Amelia's grandfathers were so hilarious and I loved how much they loved grandchildren even if that love caused them to be sneaky and force Chad and Amelia into a marriage among other things.

I liked a lot about this book but the best part about this book truly was the romance that developed between Chad and Amelia. It was one of those relationships that you can't help but root for because even though both Chad and Amelia were both hard-headed and resistant to falling in love, they were so perfect for each other and the way that the author got to realize that was so fitting and just made me so happy.

Cover Reveal: Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole

Today I have the pleasure of helping reveal the cover of the fourth book in Tillie Cole's Sweet Home series, Sweet Soul, releasing December 10, 2015!

Isn't it beautiful!?


The official synopsis and pre-order links are coming soon, but in the meantime join me in checking out the previous books in this series.


Buy Links:

Sweet Home

Sweet Rome

Sweet Fall

Sweet Hope

About the Author:


Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.


Waiting on Wednesday: Dirty Deeds by Megan Erickson

This week my pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" is Dirty Deeds by Megan Erickson!

Synopsis:

Alex Dawn is saying no to men. No to bad relationships, disappointments, and smooth-talkers. Focusing on her family and her job at Payton and Sons Automotive keeps her mind occupied and her heart content. She doesn’t really miss a man’s touch, until one night, one shows up with the body of a god and a voice from her dirtiest dreams.

L.M. Spencer is only in Tory, Maryland, to scope out the town as a possible site for one of his company's hotels. The British businessman didn’t expect his car to break down or to find the hottest little American he’s ever seen holding a tire iron, piercing him with bright blue eyes.

They agree to one hot night, one dirty deed to burn out the chemistry between them. But from their first kiss, Alex can’t stop saying yes to this man. And when Spencer’s company threatens everything she cares about, they must make the choice to stand together or apart.

Dirty Deeds releases December 8, 2015!

Why I'm waiting:

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and after reading Dirty Talk, I really need to know more about Alex because what we know about her so far just isn't enough for me. Also, given what we know about her past I really want to see her get her HEA because out of all the characters in this world that Megan Erickson has created she seems to be the one who deserves it the most. If those reasons weren't enough to justify why I'm anxiously awaiting this book, let's not forget that the hero of this book is a British businessman and I do love me a sexy British love interest.

What are y'all waiting on this Wednesday?

***"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.***

Friday, October 2, 2015

Review: Her Backup Boyfriend by Ashlee Mallory

Title: Her Backup Boyfriend

Author: Ashlee Mallory

Synopsis:

One little white lie leads to more than she planned…

Straight-laced lawyer Kate Matthews always plays by the rules. But when her ex gets engaged and a big promotion is on the line at work, she blurts out that she has a new boyfriend. And now that she’s proved she “has a life” outside of work, everything is perfect. Except for one teeny little detail—there is no boyfriend. And now Kate’s liable for her little white lie…

Dominic Sorensen is hot, charming, and very definitely not Kate’s type. But not only does Dominic want to help Kate renovate her home, he’s also willing to play “boyfriend.” All he wants in return is a little pro bono work for his sister. Now instead of Mr. Right, Kate has a delectable Mr. Fix-It-Right—and some unbelievable sexual chemistry. And if falling for Dominic is a breach of contract, Kate is guilty as charged…

***MY REVIEW***

5 out of 5 stars

Had this book not been on sale, I probably would have never given this book a chance because I tend to prefer my romances to be more on the steamier side, but I'm really happy that I did give it a shot because this book really was a wonderful romance and I loved it.

This book was one of those feel-good romances that just sticks with you. Kate and Dominic where both some great and likable characters and I found myself really invested in the sweet romance that developed between the two of them. What started out as a fake-relationship to help Kate get a job and help Dominic get his sister some legal help ended up being one of the most enjoyable and heart-warming relationships I've ever read in a romance.

On top of the swoon-worthy romance, I really loved how family-oriented this book was. The rest of the Sorensen family were just as great to read about as Kate and Dominic. And of course I just loved the plot of this book and how it really chronicled a change in Kate from workaholic lawyer who kind of just did what was expected of her to be "successful" to a woman who finally takes matters into her own hands and stands up for herself in order to get her HEA and what a satisfying HEA it was.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Review: Just Say Yes by Alyssa Goodnight

Title: Just Say Yes

Author: Alyssa Goodnight

Synopsis:

He’s just what she needs…

Single mom Jade Moran isn’t ready for any big changes in either her horrible ’70s kitchen or her romantic life. Her ex did a number on her, and she isn’t interested in getting hurt again. But when she meets a super-hot contractor, she wonders if avocado appliances are on the way out and romance is on the way in.

Max Gianopoulis doesn’t have a clue why he’s so enchanted by Jade. She’s almost as big a mess as her kitchen, and he’s a guy who likes to keep things simple. He let himself get involved with a previous client, and he’s not interested in repeating the experience. But Jade has turned up the flirty heat—and he can’t keep his hands off her.

With everything moving too fast and coming too easy, Jade’s insecurities kick into high gear. She’s not sure she can trust another man again—and she definitely doesn’t believe in magic.

***MY REVIEW***

5 out of 5 stars

Just Say Yes was a really wonderful contemporary romance with a fun, magical twist. It was so quirky and so unlike anything I have ever read before and I loved it so much! Alyssa Goodnight delivered a book that exceeded all of my expectations and the more I think about this book the more I love it.

I loved all the character from the main couple Jade and Max to Jade's daughter Evie to their friends especially Opal and the guests at the supper club. They were just so fun to read about. The romance in this book was also on point. The relationship that developed between Max and Jade was so sweet. They were too adorable together and their interactions made me just so happy.

Overall, like I already said, this book was a fun, quirky, romance. I loved it too much and I can't recommend it enough. It was just so good!