Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Top Five Book Boyfriends in Contemporary Romance

My BFF is always joking about how I have a harem of book boyfriends and recently it got me thinking about which ones I love the most. And good Lord figuring out which ones I love the most was one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make. The only way I accomplished it was by separating my loves by sub-genre, which then gave me the idea to do a series of posts listing my faves in each romance sub-genre. So with that said, behold my top five book boyfriends in contemporary romance!

1. Remington Tate from the REAL series by Katy Evans. Remy was one of the first contemporary romance heroes that I really fell in love with when I first got hooked on the genre and to this day I'm still a little obsessed with his character. I mean how could I not be. He's an underground fighter with some serious baggage. That's like hero crack to me!

2. Cade Jackson from Rebel Love by Jodi Linton. My love for undercover cop Cade Jackson is so big that even the author knows how obsessed I am with him. And the best part about my love for him is that I can't exactly pinpoint exactly what makes me love his so much. Before I knew what was happening he got under my skin and there was nothing I could do about it. 

3. Daniel Chase from Line of Duty series by Tessa Bailey. I have read all of Tessa's books (I'm actually reading her most recent release now) and while all of her heroes are amazing the one I love the most will always be Daniel Chase. As a result, I re-read his book, Officer Off Limits, every few months because I just love the idiot so much and he just gets me every time.

4. Drew Callahan from One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy. Like Remy, Drew is one of the first heroes I fell in love with when I first started reading contemporary romance in 2013 and til this day I still can't get enough of him. One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend are books that I re-read over and over again because Drew is just perfect in all his imperfectness and I don't see him getting replaced on this list anytime soon because he's special.

5. Alec Stone from Make it Count by Megan Erickson. I love me some Alec Stone. He was the first hero of Megan's that I read and still is my all-time fave of the men she's created. While Megan has upped the nerdiness in her recent series, Gamers, Alec was the original nerd and as a result he will always hold a special place in my heart.

So what are some of y'all's favorite book boyfriends in contemporary romance?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

ARC Review: Emergency Engagement by Samanthe Beck

Title: Emergency Engagement

Author: Samanthe Beck

Synopsis:

He needs the kind of rescue only she can provide…

Glass artist Savannah Smith expected a marriage proposal for Thanksgiving—just not from her strong, silent, super-hot neighbor. But when misplaced mail and a wayward can of paint lands them in a compromising position right as her family arrives for dinner, they assume he’s “The One” she’s been talking about.

Then his family shows up.

Fate dealt a crippling blow to paramedic Beau Montgomery’s heart, and he isn’t about to put it at risk again. Except, with his mother crying tears of joy over his surprise engagement to the sexy little blonde next door, he can’t bring himself to ruin her “Christmas miracle.”

Somewhere between the paint can to the head and the chaotic family trip to the ER, Beau manages to talk Savannah into being his fake fiancée long enough to survive the holidays.

If, of course, they don’t fall in love first…

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

Emergency Engagement, the first book in Samanthe Beck's Love Emergency series was another great romance by this author. I loved this book so much!

Savannah and Beau's story was everything. These two made me feel so much, both good and bad and I became so invested in their relationship that I couldn't put the book down until I witnessed their HEA and what a glorious HEA it was. But as much as I loved their HEA, all the goodness leading up to it was the highlight. I love it when characters think that they can just have sex and not fall in love in a romance novel because I really get a kick out of seeing how long they will try to hold out and not admit their feelings.

And talking about refusing to admit their feelings, while I do get a kick out of a character's stubbornness on the matter, Beau really tested my patience towards the end. Especially with the way he behaved towards Savannah at the Christmas party and while he did make up for it the end, I still think that Savannah should have made him grovel a little bit more because what he did was a really asshole move.

But, overall, this book really was great. It was a Brazen book at it's best and as of right now it is my favorite of Sam's books!

Friday, January 29, 2016

ARC Review: Accidentally in Love with the Biker by Teri Anne Stanley

Title: Accidentally in Love with the Biker

Author: Teri Anne Stanley

Synopsis:

Aspiring writer Kelli Dalton needs a man, and fast. When she’s rear-ended by a sexy-as-sin biker on the way to a Vegas romance readers convention, she sees her chance. If he’ll pose as her fake boyfriend long enough to impress a bestselling author, Kelli has a shot at saving the bookstore for underprivileged kids she runs back home.

Quinn Anderson doesn’t know what to make of the cute little writer who stirs his heart and his libido, but he does know he wants to get better acquainted. And if that means keeping up their sexy ruse all week, he’s game.

Quinn knows girl like Kelli deserves someone with a secure future to help with her store, not a guy struggling to turn a profit on his chopper shop. But if his motorcycle designs win the big Vegas competition, he’ll have enough prize money to fund his dreams…and hers.

***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

I'm really enjoying Entangled's Lovestruck's What Happens in Vegas books! These books are all just so much fun and sexy and Teri Anne Stanley's contribution, Accidentally in Love with the Biker, was another great addition.

This book which follows an aspiring romance author as she attends a romance readers convention in Las Vegas was really good. I loved Kelli. Out of all the What Happens in Vegas books I've read I felt like she was the most relatable and the one I also rooted for the most because her life was really not in a good place when we first meet her, but she never gave up. And then we have Quinn, who is another great example of the perfect romance hero. But with that said he was different from what I was expecting. Like Kelli at the beginning of the book I really judged his character hard and then he went and surprised me in all the best ways and made me like his character even more.

The romance in the story was super cute. I get a kick out of stories that feature romantic tropes like pretend relationships and this one was a particularly fun one that I don't see myself forgetting any time soon. The only thing I was iffy about in this book was Kelli's friendship with fellow romance writer Brae. I found Brae's character as well as her fiancé crazy annoying and whenever they would show up I couldn't help but role my eyes. Although, given their part in helping resolve some of Kelli's problems by the end of the book, I actually started to like them towards the end. Hooray for character development!

Overall, I really liked this book. It was a sweet and flirty contemporary romance that just put me in a really good mood and I would recommend it to lovers of lighthearted, feel-good romances.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ARC Review: Can't Forget Her by Molly McLain

Title: Can't Forget Her

Author: Molly McLain

Synopsis:

Ryan Croft has three goals—enjoy his Tahoe vacation, figure out why the hell he’s so restless and, once and for all, forget about the woman who broke his heart nine years ago.

Rosemary Shaw has three goals, too—do the best job she can for her movie-star boss, settle into Hope Falls as quickly as possible and, at long last, come to terms with her past.

Running into each other after all this time? Not the plan. Feeling the same sizzle and spark after all this time? Not on the agenda, either, but since when does anything in life go as planned?

The chemistry between these former lovers is undeniable. Then again, so is the guilt and broken trust

***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

Molly McLain's River Bend series is one of my favorite series ever! And this River Bend crossover with the Hope Falls series was so good.

In the River Bend series, Ryan was not one of the characters that I really thought much about and when I first learned he was going to be the hero of this book I actually had to ask the author to remind me who he was because I had completely forgotten. But despite the fact that I didn't pay much attention to him before, he actually was a really great character and I ended up really loving him so much in this book and I feel so bad about forgetting him before. I also loved the heroine of this book, Rosemary. She was a really likable character, but at the same time I was kind of annoyed with her for her reason for leaving River Bend and Ryan years before. But with that said I really liked how quickly she came clean with him in this book and going along with that I really liked Ryan's reaction when he learned the truth. If things would have gone even a little bit differently I might have ended up hating these character so thank the Lord that was not the case.

The romance like those of this author's other books was extremely sweet and I loved it. I really loved that these two characters didn't really have any intense or dire circumstances and situations trying to keep the two of them apart and as a result it was just a really nice story about these two characters reconnecting. And while we did have the issue of how they were going to attain their HEA because they lived in different states, I really loved how quickly that was resolved allowing these two characters to have the beautiful HEA they deserved.

But while I loved the characters and the romance in this book there was still something missing not allowing me to give this a 5 star rating like I gave the other River Bend books. And that thing was I needed more background about Ryan and Rosemary's romance from before. I feel like that would have added more substance to their romance and it would have made the HEA even more satisfying because it would have felt more like something that was a long time coming that these two worked for but sadly it was kind of lacking in that department and left me wanting so much more!

Overall, I really liked this book. It was a really adorable second chance romance and it's made me really want to read the other books in the Hope Falls world.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Dragons Among Them by Kyra Jacobs

This week my "Waiting on Wednesday" pick is Dragons Among Them by Kyra Jacobs!

Synopsis:

Two worlds. One unstoppable passion. A fiery secret that could destroy them all.

Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir to Edana’s throne, is betrothed to the lone princess of rival kingdom Forath. While his heart is not in the arranged marriage, he will do his royal duty.

When he finds a beautiful stranger cornered by a pack of wolves, he doesn’t hesitate to shift into his golden dragon form to save her. She thanks him by taking one look at him and fainting dead away.

Photographer Adelaide Miller is in England for a career-making shoot when a bizarre jogging mishap lands her in a dangerous, medieval-like world of royals, wizards and dragon-shifting men. Her first instinct is to find her way back, but the fire-breathing prince intent on protecting her threatens to melt her heart.

Zayne’s burning passion for Adelaide not only jeopardizes the fragile peace between two kingdoms, it uncovers a ruthless plot to destroy his family. Remaining together may change Adelaide’s very definition of home—and expose one searing secret that could forever shift the balance of power in Zayne’s world.

Dragons Among Them releases April 19, 2016!

Why I'm waiting:

I loved Kyra Jacobs's contemporary romance novel, Her Unexpected Detour, so when I learned that she had a new book out and this one was gonna be a paranormal romance about DRAGONS I might have gotten way too excited. This book sounds all types of awesome and I NEED it to be April already so that I can read it already!

So 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.***

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Virtual Tour: Reckless by Kimberly Kincaid (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)


Reckless, the first book in the Rescue Squad series by Kimberly Kincaid released today!!!

Synopsis:

SOMEONE’S BOUND TO GET BURNED…



Zoe Westin may be a fire captain’s daughter, but feeding the people in her hometown of Fairview is her number one priority. Running a soup kitchen is also the perfect way to prove to her dad that helping people doesn’t always mean risking life and limb. But when she's saddled with a gorgeous firefighter doing community service after yet another daredevil stunt, the kitchen has never been so hot.



Alex Donovan thrives on adrenaline, and stirring a pot of soup doesn’t exactly qualify. He’s not an expert at following the rules either, not even when they come from the stubborn, sexy daughter of the man who's not only his boss, but his mentor. Determined to show Zoe that not every risk ends in catastrophe, Alex challenges her both in the kitchen and out. One reckless step leads to another, but will falling for each other be a risk worth taking, or will it just get them burned?


Excerpt:

Recalibrating her thoughts back to the task at hand, she pushed past the twin swinging doors leading from the back of the kitchen into the bare-bones dining room. Pale, early morning daylight filtered in through the oversized windows at the front of the long, rectangular space, offering just enough visibility for her to make her way behind the dinged up cafeteria-style counter set up along the rear wall. Not wanting to add injury to the insult she’d already racked up this morning, Zoe hit the panel of light switches by the commercial grade coffeemaker. She turned to grab the filters from the adjacent storage drawer and let the rhythm and the smells and the simplicity of the food soothe her like they always did.

But she wasn’t alone in the dining room.

Zoe’s heartbeat locked in her throat as she registered the man sitting at one of the tables closest to the counter, although sitting was actually pretty generous. His long, jeans-clad legs were kicked out in front of him, crossed one over the other at the ankles of his heavy-soled brown leather work boots. His chin lay tucked against the chest of his navy blue jacket, just enough for his fashionably tousled blond hair to obscure his face, and the soft sound rising up from his chest doubled the shock pumping through her veins.

Her party crasher was snoring.

“Okay, Sleeping Beauty. Time to rise and shine.” Zoe barked the words in her best drill-sergeant voice, although she kept her Danskos planted firmly on the business side of the counter. This guy was pretty horizontal for someone with bad intentions—not to mention far more well-kept than their average residents—but she was still on this side of the shelter all by herself. Looks could be deceptive as hell, and despite the security measures she and Tina had been scraping to put into place, Hope House wasn’t exactly in a pristine neighborhood. No way was she taking any chances by sounding too mousy or getting too close. “I don’t know how you got in here, but breakfast doesn’t start until seven. You’ll have to wait back in the residence until then.”

He woke up all at once, perfectly upright and focused with just two blinks, and holy cheese on a cracker, he was gorgeous. “I’m not here for breakfast. I’m—”

“Alex?” Recognition slammed into her senses, working on a five-second delay with her mouth. But this had to be a mistake. No way could Alex Donovan, the cockiest and most reckless firefighter in her father’s entire house, be standing here in front of her with shoulders twice as broad as the last time she’d seen him and a smile so sexy, the damn thing should come with a sternly worded warning label.

“I’m sorry,” he said, his Caribbean blue eyes tapering in confusion as they took a slow trip from her face to her feet and then back up again. “Do I know you?”

Zoe’s cheeks went hot, although whether it was from the way Alex was focused on her so intently or the fact that she was forgettable enough to go unrecognized, she couldn’t be sure.

“Zoe.” She paused, waiting out his continued lack of a light bulb moment for another few seconds before adding, “Westin.”

Alex’s eyes went as round and dark as ripe blueberries in August, and ding, ding, ding. They had a winner. “Holy shit. I mean—” He straightened, tugging a hand through his sun-kissed hair as his grin turned decidedly sheepish. “Your father mentioned you’d moved back to town, but I didn’t realize you were . . . jeez, didn’t you just graduate from college?”

Zoe’s defenses prickled to life. “Five years ago.” Two months before the last time she’d seen him, to be exact. Come to think of it, Alex had treated her like a little girl that day, too.

Right. Because just what her blush needed was more fuel.

“Oh. I guess time really flies, huh?” He tried on another smile, this one all sweet talk, and God, some things never changed. “Anyway, you might be able to help me out. I guess I’m looking for your boss.”

“My who?”

Alex pointed toward the painted cinder block wall that the soup kitchen shared with the shelter. “The only door that was open when I got here was the one to the shelter. The lady behind the desk walked me through the security doors and told me to wait here for the director of the soup kitchen. It’s kind of a long story, but I got stuck with this stupid community service assignment because of an even
more stupid work thing, and this was the first available placement. To be honest, I just want to get it over with.” He tipped his head at her, sliding his hands into the pockets of his jeans like no great shakes. “What’d you do to land here, anyway?”

Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me. Of all the possible community service assignments in the galaxy, this one took the freaking crown. She might not have clapped eyes on Alex Donovan since she’d made a colossal idiot out of herself in front of him at the Fairview Fire Department annual barbecue five years ago, but clearly, he hadn’t broken the firefighter mold, and she’d been around Station Eight enough to know his reputation by heart. Alex flew by the seat of his bunker pants twenty-four/seven, taking unnecessary risks the way most people took Motrin.

Not happening in her soup kitchen. She might be understaffed, but she wasn’t overstupid.

“The way I landed here was simple, actually,” Zoe said, knotting her arms over her chest tight enough to test the seams of her T-shirt. “I interviewed for the position as director and I got the job.”

The silence extended between them for a beat, then two, before . . . “Wait. You’re the director of the soup kitchen? As in, you run the whole program? I thought you went to some five-star culinary school.” Alex stared at her over the glass and stainless steel food service counter, and at least she’d found the antidote to his smirk.

“Surprise. But don’t worry. You won’t be stuck with this stupid community service assignment for long.”

Her pulse kicked into motion along with her feet, and she angled herself toward the darkly shadowed hallway leading to the pass-through to the shelter. With any luck, Tina would get to work early and could send his arrogant ass packing before Zoe served her first cup of coffee.

“Zoe, wait.” Alex’s long legs ate up the space between them before she could even make it halfway to the dining room door. “I think we got off on the wrong foot here.”

She gave him a tight smile without breaking stride. “At least being a firefighter has kept your observational skills sharp.”

His shoulders snapped into an unyielding knot, his stare flashing cool blue as he kept up with her, step for step. “You want to know what else I picked up with my keen observational skills? You’re in here by yourself, Gorgeous. And that tells me that like it or not, you need all the help you can get to run this place.”

Zoe’s gut took a downhill slide toward her hips, and she froze mid-pace on the threshold of the shadow-lined hallway. “Help from someone who isn’t serious about being here isn’t going to help at all.”

“Oh, I’m absolutely serious,” Alex said, triggering a borderline unladylike snort from her lips.

“You fell asleep on the job before you even started, then you called your assignment in the program I started from scratch ‘stupid.’ As far as I’m concerned, that makes you about as serious as a tabloid headline, no matter how shortstaffed I happen to be.”

One corner of his mouth lifted upward, disappearing briefly beneath his golden brown stubble before he folded his lips back to neutral-expression territory. “Look, you and I might not see eye to eye on the value of community service, but I can promise you this. I’m as determined to do my job as you are to do yours. The city sent me here for a reason. I can’t go back to Station Eight until I do my time, and you need a volunteer. So are we going to help each other out here, or what?”

Zoe opened her mouth, her own personal version of or what preloaded and ready to launch from her tongue. But if there was one rule she lived by above everything else, it was not putting what mattered most at risk, and what mattered most was feeding the residents at Hope House. As much as she knew firefighters—especially ones like Alex Donovan—were nothing but a great, big recipe for disaster, Zoe needed him.

And that meant she had no choice but to spend the next four weeks with the arrogant, impulsive firefighter in her kitchen and under her skin.

About the Author:

Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting crosslegged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber,” she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

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***MY REVIEW***

4 out of 5 stars

Kimberly Kincaid is another one of those authors who I keep hearing other people rave about, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about when I was given a chance to read Reckless, the first book in her new Rescue Squad series, and I got to say all the praise I've heard for her books is well deserved because Reckless was a really good romance.

I absolutely loved Zoe and Alex's story. They are complete opposites with Alex being a reckless firefighter who is always getting in and out of trouble and Zoe being the good, playing it safe chef who wants to avoid heartache, but somehow they were couple that I could really root for. Despite all their differences they were so perfect for each other and really made each other better throughout the book.

What I especially loved about this book was the way it focused on the problems that both characters had to deal with in their personal lives without getting to heavy or having some crazy drastic plot surrounding the romance. I also really liked how the secondary characters were portrayed in the book. Although they weren't the main characters, they still really grabbed my attention getting me excited for future books in this series.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, romantic read and a great start to a series. I can't wait to read more from this author!

*Book review originally posted in a post on January 4, 2016.

Release Blast: The Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle (Excerpt + Giveaway)


The Knave of Hearts, the fifth book in the Rhymes with Love series and Elizabeth Boyle's 20th Avon Romance released today!!!

Synopsis:

In the fifth novel of the captivating Rhymes with Love series from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle, a young woman’s hopes of a match encounter a wickedly handsome complication…

Lavinia Tempest has been eagerly anticipating a spectacular Season. But one disastrous pile-up on the Almack’s dance floor derails all her plans. Add to that, the very stunning revelations about her mother’s scandalous past have become the ton’s latest on dits. Lavinia’s future has gone from shining bright to blackest night in one misstep.

Alaster “Tuck” Rowland admits he’s partly to blame for Lavinia’s disastrous debut. But it’s not guilt that compels him to restore her reputation. Rather, he’s placed a wager that he can make Lavinia into of the most sought-after ladies in London. Who better than an unrepentant rake to set Society astir?

Tuck’s motives are hardly noble. But in teaching the lovely Lavinia how to win any man she wants, he suddenly finds himself tangled in the last place he ever imagined: in love.

Excerpt:

London, 1811

Lavinia walked down the aisle of the London church, her gaze searching every pew.

“Looking for this?” Up near the altar stood the charwoman, who’d come in right behind the wedding party. In her hands she held an elaborate bouquet of roses and peonies.

A bridal bouquet, to be exact.

“Oh, dear, yes. I don’t see how that could get left behind,” Lavinia exclaimed as she hurried forward to claim the lost treasure.

“Well, there were quite a few tears being shed, my own included,” the lady said, “so it isn’t hard to see why these beauties might be forgotten.” The old woman smiled. “’Sides, ’tis my experience that it’s a love match when so many have to reach for their hankies.”

“A love match? Oh, yes, decidedly,” Lavinia agreed as the lady handed over the mislaid bouquet.

“Still, such a fancy collection of posies. Would be a terrible shame for them to be left behind,” the old woman said, not even seeming to mind the petals falling where she’d been sweeping. She looked down at them and smiled. “I do like the roses, even when they leave a mess. Pretty bits of confetti, I like to say. I takes them home and dries ’em.”

Lavinia couldn’t help herself, she inhaled, and the sweet scent of roses surrounded her.

And just as quickly she found herself tearing up again. She dashed at her eyes with her sleeve, having already ruined two handkerchiefs.

“Oh, there now,” the old charwoman told her kindly. “Weddings do that to a soul. Leave one all tied up in knots. Why, when me sister got herself married, I cried for a week.”

“You did?” Lavinia began. “I suppose I am still in shock. When we came to London, my sister made it quite clear she had no intention of ever being wed … and now …”

Lavinia looked over at the altar.

“Glad tears, though,” the charwoman said. “Always glad tears at a wedding. Your sister seemed ever so happy when she married His Lordship. And everyone saying him a big brute, but he looked over the moon with her at his side, now didn’t he?”

Lavinia shifted the bouquet from one hand to another and looked away. “Yes, they are quite meant for each other.” And once again, a sheen of tears rose in her eyes.

Oh, the devil take her! Would she ever stop crying? Louisa had married her beloved Piers … and now …

“Those are tears of happiness I see, aren’t they?” the charwoman prodded.

Really, the woman was a terrible busybody, but having come from the village of Kempton, a place rife with such spinsters, Lavinia found the old lady’s inquiry oddly comforting.

So she leaned closer to the woman and said, “I have to admit, as I watched my sister marry her viscount, the tears you witnessed were hardly charitable ones.”

The charwoman prodded her toward a place in the pews. “Tell old Tildie all about it.” She plopped down in the front row and patted the space next to her.

Lavinia looked down the aisle toward the open door. Outside, the May sunshine shone brightly. Beckoning. “I really should be going—”

“Oh, come now, no one is going to leave without you. Besides, do an old woman a favor and tell her the story.” The woman winked with a cheeky glee. “I saw that kiss at the altar. I’d wager my broom there’s a bit of scandal and romance to all of this.” Then she looked at the door as well. “And more to come if I’m not mistaken.”

Lavinia smiled, for Tildie had the right of it. Everything about this wedding and the days leading up to it were filled with scandal … and romance.

About the Author:

ELIZABETH BOYLE has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as “page-turners.” Since her first book was published, she’s seen her romances become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and win the RWA RITA Award and the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice awards. She resides in Seattle with her family, her garden and always growing collection of yarn. Readers can visit her on the Web at www.elizabethboyle.com.


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Monday, January 25, 2016

ARC Review: Naked by Gina Gordon

Title: Naked

Author: Gina Gordon

Synopsis:

The deeply sensual Body & Soul series kicks off with “a fun, sexy emotional read” (Lisa Renee Jones), as one woman discovers the courage to face life’s greatest challenges—and explore her connection with a handsome neighbor.

Violet Walker has been hiding. Withdrawn after a terrible car accident, she is worried about going back to her high-pressure job, where she’s expected to project confidence and sleek refinement. Allowing herself a distraction, she’s been watching her sexy neighbor work on his house. But when the shirtless, grinning hunk catches her in the act, Violet is struck by the unmistakable jolt of physical chemistry, a sensation that’s both thrilling and terrifying.

Noah Young is used to moving from one construction job to another, never laying a firm foundation. The same goes for the women in his life—until Violet changes all that. His beautiful voyeur embraces his rough edges and shows him a hint of real love. But even Noah can tell that she’s holding back, hiding her body and her heart from what they both truly want. If only he could get a little help convincing Violet to see herself as he sees her: perfect in every way.

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

I hadn't really known much about this author before I picked up this book but after reading it I think I need to pick up more books by this author. This is one of those books that I love more and more the more I think about it. It was just a really good contemporary romance with a good message of loving oneself.

I really loved everything about this book. Violet was a great heroine. While she initially comes off as superficial, there is actually a lot to her character that is revealed throughout the novel. She's dealing with a lot of self-doubt as a result of an accident that she suffered prior to the story's timeline and is trying to come to terms with how the accident has changed her. Violet goes through a very long process to finally reach her HEA at the end, but I thought that her process was very realistic although I do wish she would have confided in some people sooner especially the hero, Noah. And talking about Noah he is pretty much the perfect romance hero and I swooned over his character from the very first moment he appeared until the very end. The thing I loved the most about him was how patient he was. While I do wish Violet would have told him the truth from the beginning and let him help her, I still really loved that he never pushed her and respected the boundaries she set. I also really loved the secondary characters in this book. I'm always forgetting the names and roles of secondary characters in romances but the ones in this book were all really memorable and I can't wait until I can learn more about them in the rest of this series.

The overall plot of this book was really amazing. It was a really body positive and really good story about learning to love oneself and realizing that physical appearances aren't everything. And that made me really happy and was the part about this book that I loved the most after the oh so adorable HEA that left me a puddle of contentment because it was just so perfect!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Review: Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey

Title: Crashed Out

Author: Tessa Bailey

Synopsis:

His inspiration. His torment. And his temptation…

Jasmine Taveras is the reason Sarge Purcell grabbed his six-string and bailed the hell out of New Jersey four years ago. She’s the fuel for every song he’s ever written—each one laced with bitter, hard-edged, hungry lust. Now, with his hugely successful band on temporary hiatus, Sarge is determined to prove to Jasmine that this “kid” turned into every inch the man she’s always needed…

Men are slim pickings for a single factory girl in Hook, New Jersey…until tall, broad-shouldered hotness walks—or rather storms—into Jasmine’s life. Sarge’s return shouldn’t affect her this way. He’s her best friend’s much younger kid brother, and the kind of rough, gritty, sexiness Jasmine has no right to taste for herself. Even if he lets her.

But lust is a blinding, insatiable force. And when it crashes, it will take both Sarge and Jasmine down with it…

***MY REVIEW***

5 out of 5 stars

I've got to say I have never read a book by this author that I didn't absolutely love and Crashed Out is not an exception. While I was a little hesitant about whether or not I would like this one because I'm usually not the biggest fan of older women dating younger men in my romance but Tessa made me love it!

This book was amazing. I really loved the characters. Sarge and Jasmine were both great characters and their relationship developed beautifully. It was all very steamy because this is a Tessa Bailey book, but it was also very sweet the way Sarge had been in love with Jasmine for years. But while I loved this book to pieces there were a couple of things that happened that annoyed me. While I did say I'm not usually a fan of older women with younger men in romance, Jasmine really annoyed me with how focused she was on that detail even after they were already sleeping with each other. Also, Jasmine's hang-ups about singing anymore. She was so focused on the fact that everyone was going to think she was just using Sarge for his connections that it affected my enjoyment of the book at certain points. But other than that this book really was a great sexy romance with a super satisfying HEA and I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

Rambling Down the Book Hole (Jan '16) - Monthly Wrap-Up / Haitus Notice


January is almost over, so it is time for a quick recap of the posts that I shared this month as Ashley from the Falling Down the Book Hole and I read Built by Jay Crownover.

The Rambling Book Junkie:

So with the month now over, it makes me sad to say that Ashley and I are going to take a hiatus from this book club for a little while because life has gotten in the way. Hopefully, we will be able to start it up again in a couple of months because I really did enjoy making these posts every week, but we'll have to wait and see what happens. :)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Review: Compromising Her Position by Samanthe Beck

Title: Compromising Her Position

Author: Samanthe Beck

Synopsis:

He’s not who she expected, but he’s exactly the man she needs…

When Chelsea Wayne drags Santa into a supply closet for a little office party nookie, she assumes the man in the suit is her on-again/off-again coworker boyfriend. Instead, it’s Rafe St. Sebastian, a man known for his hard-driving ways in business as well as the bedroom–and, kill her now, the brand spanking new owner of Las Ventanas–who grants her naughtiest Christmas wishes.

So much for her reputation, not to mention her career.

Rafe needs to close three acquisitions to prove to his father he’s ready to take the helm of St. Sebastian Enterprises. A hot interlude in a supply closet after deal number two seems like the perfect illicit Christmas bonus. Unfortunately, when that “bonus” becomes the key to the final deal, he finds himself back in bed–so to speak–with Chelsea, and after their steamy tryst, he’s not interested in keeping things professional…

***MY REVIEW***

5 out of 5 stars

This books was all kinds of HOT. Like really, really hot and I loved it so much! This is only the second book by this author I have read and it has really proven to me that I really need to invest more money in this author and buy her other books because this book was just so damn good.

I loved everything about this book. The characters Chelsea and Rafe were both great and grabbed my attention and had me hooked from the very first word to the very last. Their romance is one of the more memorable ones I've read in an Entangled's Brazen. The two of them sizzled but what I really loved about this romance was the sweet moments between the two of them that led them to fall in love.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was everything I love about Entangled's Brazen books and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a super fun and sexy romance. Seriously, it's a must read!

My Rambling Thoughts: Backlists

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows I have a love/hate relationship when a new-to-me author that I really want to read has a crazy long backlists. You would think that them having a long backlist would be a good thing because that means more material for one to enjoy, but in reality it's kind of like a double-edged sword. At least for me it is because while that does mean more books, I'm one of those readers that when I discover an author I love I want to read and buy anything by them, which is pretty much impossible especially if I want to keep up with and discover other authors. Then there's also the possibility that because an author has such a long backlist that the first book I pick up by them will be the bad apple in the group and then I can't justify investing more time in them, so I might be missing out on some really awesome books just because I started with the wrong one.

This might seem like crazy thinking to some people, but it is how my brain operates and as a result it has made me a really super picky reader when it comes to deciding to invest my time in a new-to-me author. To give you an example, it took me like a year to finally decide to purchase Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane books since the series was already 8 books deep. And I was on the fence for months about getting an Eloisa James book before I finally gave in and pre-ordered her newest historical romance novel. And those are just two authors I've gone through this with. I'm also going back and forth about whether I should jump in and read books by historical romance authors Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, and Sabrina Jeffries as well as contemporary romance author Kristan Higgins.

Seriously, these decisions stress me out and I drive my BFF insane because I usually tend to bombard her with "Should I buy a book by this author?" messages. Lol. And the thing is that I don't have this issue with debut authors and authors with smaller backlists. I get one-click happy with debut historical and contemporary romance authors and that actually makes my TBR a lot bigger than investing in the authors with an extensive backlist, so really my reasoning doesn't make sense, yet this my process for deciding which authors to read or not. Lol.

Anywho, what are y'all's thoughts on when authors have extensive backlists? Do you find them intimidating like me or am I the only weird one? Lol.

*My Rambling Thoughts is a bi-weekly feature on this blog in which I vent, rant, and/or gush about bookish topics that are currently on my mind.*

Friday, January 22, 2016

Review: Tied to Trouble by Megan Erickson

Title: Tied To Trouble

Author: Megan Erickson

Synopsis:

A sexy new M/M romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Between love and hate, there’s a whole lot of trouble…

Chad Lake only showed up at his sister’s party for the free food, but when he spots an uptight nerd at the edge of the crowd, he can’t resist trying to ruffle the guy’s perfect bow tie and impeccable hair. The hottie’s ready for him, though, and in the end, it’s Chad who’s left wide-eyed, his ears still ringing with the filthy things Bow Tie whispered in his ear. No one gets the upper hand on Chad. Ever.

Owen Hawkins has heard all about the cocky Adonis from Chad’s sister—the same sister who holds Owen’s career advancement in her hands. He has every intention of steering clear of the other man…until Chad’s sexy taunts push him too far. There’s something intriguing about Chad, and even though Owen knows that getting tangled up with the infuriating man is trouble, he can’t seem to stay away…

***MY REVIEW***

4 out of 5 stars

This book had a lot of hype and for the most part it met my expectations. Chad and Owen's story was a really hot M/M romance and I really enjoyed it.

This book was definitely on par with the previous two books in this series in terms of the steaminess and the overall nerdiness that I love the most about this series, but unfortunately it fell short on getting me to become fully invested in the two main characters. And the worst part is that I can't really put my finger on the reason why I wasn't able to connect with them as much, I just couldn't. But that aside, their romance was super adorable and made me ridiculously happy especially after they worked out all their issues and attained their HEA.

But while Owen and Chad were adorable, the real highlight of this book for me was a scene towards the end that had nothing to do with them. This is kind of a SPOILER, so I suggest skipping to the end of the review if you hate spoilers but OMG this book had the most epic proposal scene ever! Seriously, what Austin did for Marley was so PERFECT and the way that everyone helped was just too wonderful.

Overall, I really liked this book! Tied to Trouble was another fun, steamy and oh so nerdy romance that I really love from this author and I highly recommend it.

Review: Dirty Deeds by Megan Erickson

Title: Dirty Deeds

Author: 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.

***MY REVIEW***

5 out of 5 stars

After learning about the horrible relationship that Alex was in in the previous book in this series, I was really looking forward to reading Dirty Deeds because I was dying for her to get her own HEA. And I go to say, I loved this book so much. Alex totally got the story I thought she deserved and so much more.

I really loved the main couple in this one. Obviously I had already loved Alex from before but this book made me love her so much more and she actually became my favorite heroine in this series. And then we have Spencer. The author made it pretty much impossible for me to not absolutely love him. I mean, come on, he's a British businessman. Anywho, these two made a great pair and I have no complaints about how their romance developed in this book. There was a perfect mix of cuteness, steaminess, and seriousness. And I just loved everything about it.

But romance aside, the thing I loved the most about this book was Alex and how she was able to stand up for herself and get over the emotional abuse she suffered in her past relationship. She has all these great men in her life now, Spencer, Brent, Cal, and Jack who would do anything to keep her safe but when it really came down to it she got shit done on her own and I really loved that about her.

Overall, I really loved this book. Dirty Deeds was another really great contemporary romance read from one of my favorite authors and I honestly cannot recommend this book and the others in this series enough.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cover Reveal: Fly with Me by Chanel Cleeton

Today I have the pleasure of helping the reveal the cover of the first book in Chanel Cleeton's new Wild Aces series, Fly with Me releasing May 3, 2016!


Synopsis:

From the author of the Capital Confessions Novels comes the first in the steamy Wild Aces Romance series.

U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Noah Miller—call sign Burn—loves nothing more than flying hard and fast. When he meets a gorgeous and sassy woman while partying in Las Vegas, he immediately locks on to her.

Jordan Callahan owns a thriving clothing boutique, but her love life is far less successful. Her luck changes when six feet, two inches of sexy swagger asks her to dance and turns her world upside down. 

One scorching weekend becomes an undeniable chemistry that they can’t leave in Vegas. But the long distance relationship and their different lives threaten to ground their romance. And when the dangers of Noah’s job become all too real, Jordan learns being with a fighter pilot means risking it all for a shot at love…

Check out an excerpt of the first chapter here: https://chanel-cleeton.squarespace.com/fly-with-me-chapter-one


Praise for Fly With Me: 

“Sexy, funny, and heart-wrenching—this book has it all!”
- Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author

“A sexy fighter pilot hero? Yes, please. For anyone who’s ever had a Top Gun fantasy, Fly with Me is for you.”
- Roni Loren, New York Times bestselling author


Pre-order Links:
Amazon | B&N | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

Also check out Book 2 in the Wild Aces series, Into the Blue (out July 5, 2016):

From the author of Fly with Me and the Capital Confessions Novels comes the newest in the sexy Wild Aces Romance series.

Eric Jansen—call sign Thor—loves nothing more than pushing his F-16 to the limit. Returning home to South Carolina after a tragic loss, he hopes to fix the mistake he made long ago, when he chose the Air Force over his fiancée.

Becca Madison isn’t quick to welcome Thor back. She can’t forget how he shattered her heart. But Thor won’t give up once he’s set his sights on what he wants—and he wants Becca.

Thor shows Becca that he’s no longer the impulsive boy he used to be, and Becca finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But will Thor be able to walk away from his dream of flying the F-16 for their love or does his heart belong to the sky?

Pre-order Links:
Amazon | B&N | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

About the Author:

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure. 

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband. 



Chanel writes contemporary romances, women's fiction, and thrillers. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, Assassins, and Wild Aces series.

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Review Tour: Between Shadows by Chanel Cleeton


Between Shadows by the lovely Chanel Cleeton released this week!!! If you haven't bought it yet, I highly recommend it because this book was so good!

Synopsis:

A sexy new thriller about love and revenge from the author of the Capital Confessions and International School series…

X lives by three rules: Show no weakness. Trust no one. Don’t get caught. She lives by the rules they gave her.

The Academy—set in London, shrouded in secrecy—it trains spies, computer experts, and assassins. Their mission? Dispensing justice and altering the course of world politics. Or so they think. In a world where secrets are weapons and some kills are impossible to forget, everything X thought she knew about her life is about to change.

They taught her to fight. To blend into the shadows like a ghost, to operate on the fringes of society, to change her identity with ease. They taught her to kill.

She’ll need every skill they taught her, to stay alive.


Praise for the novels of Chanel Cleeton:

"Sexy, funny, and heart-wrenching--this book has it all!" - Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author 

"A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension and plenty of breathtaking scandal. I loved this book!"--Monica Murphy, New York Times bestselling author

"A sexy fighter pilot hero? Yes, please. For anyone who's ever had a Top Gun fantasy, Fly With Me is for you."--Roni Loren, New York Times bestselling author of Call On Me

"A sassy, steamy, and sometimes sweet read that had me racing to the next page."--Chelsea M. Cameron, New York Times bestselling author 

"Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!"--New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris

"Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious."--USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King

"Fun, sexy, and kept me completely absorbed."--Katie McGarry, author of Nowhere But Here



About the Author:

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure. 

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband. 



Chanel writes contemporary romances, women’s fiction, and thrillers. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.

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***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

Between Shadows was a really good read. It was very different from the contemporary romances that I've become used to from this author since this book is more of a romantic suspense/thriller but it was great nevertheless. The heroine, X, was really badass and I liked her almost immediately. The hero, Luke, was also pretty amazing although it took me a little while to completely warm up to him.

The plot of this book was really intriguing. Everything involving the assets and the organization they worked for had my heart racing and kept me flipping the pages to find out more. What I especially liked about the plot was that it was intricate but not confusing. I really liked the pace at which information about these characters's pasts and what was really going with the academies and Ares was revealed. It was really easy to follow and built up the anticipation without dragging on for too long.

I also really liked the romance in this book. There was so much going on in this book that romance wasn't the most important thing but I actually liked it that way. There was enough focus on the romance to get me invested in the relationship between Luke and X but it didn't overshadow the action-packed assassins on the run storyline that I really enjoyed.

The only thing that was bit of a letdown was how quickly everything was resolved in the end. I was kind of hoping for it to be drawn out some more because of the amount of build up but it all happened so quickly and I felt like these character deserved a more satisfactory and climactic resolution after everything that we found out about their pasts.

Overall, I really liked this book. While I do love this author's contemporary romance books with heroes who make me swoon hard, I'm actually really looking forward to more books like Between Shadows from this author because sometime I just need a good blood pumping thriller to balance out my reading and she has proven that she can deliver.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The One Real Thing by Samantha Young

This week my pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" is The One Real Thing by Samantha Young!

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street is back with the first in a sexy new romance series set in a small town on the Delaware coastline.

Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life.  Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations.  But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her.

Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for….

The One Real Thing releases September 6, 2016!

Why I'm waiting:

I'm a big Samantha Young fan so it's no real surprise that this book is one of the books I'm most excited for this year! But even if this book wasn't written by one of my favorite romance authors it would still be at the top of my to-buy with that cover and that blurb. Seriously, this book sounds like the perfect read and I can't wait until I can read it in September!

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

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Release Day Blitz: Between Shadows by Chanel Cleeton


Between Shadows by Chanel Cleeton is finally live today!

Synopsis:

A sexy new thriller about love and revenge from the author of the Capital Confessions and International School series…

X lives by three rules: Show no weakness. Trust no one. Don’t get caught. She lives by the rules they gave her.

The Academy—set in London, shrouded in secrecy—it trains spies, computer experts, and assassins. Their mission? Dispensing justice and altering the course of world politics. Or so they think. In a world where secrets are weapons and some kills are impossible to forget, everything X thought she knew about her life is about to change.

They taught her to fight. To blend into the shadows like a ghost, to operate on the fringes of society, to change her identity with ease. They taught her to kill.

She’ll need every skill they taught her, to stay alive.


Praise for the novels of Chanel Cleeton:

"Sexy, funny, and heart-wrenching--this book has it all!" - Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author

"A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension and plenty of breathtaking scandal. I loved this book!"--Monica Murphy, New York Times bestselling author

"A sexy fighter pilot hero? Yes, please. For anyone who's ever had a Top Gun fantasy, Fly With Me is for you."--Roni Loren, New York Times bestselling author of Call On Me

"A sassy, steamy, and sometimes sweet read that had me racing to the next page."--Chelsea M. Cameron, New York Times bestselling author

"Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!"--New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris

"Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious."--USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King

"Fun, sexy, and kept me completely absorbed."--Katie McGarry, author of Nowhere But Here


About the Author:

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband. 



Chanel writes contemporary romances, women’s fiction, and thrillers. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.

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Blog Tour: Her Secret Lover by Robin Covington (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)


Her Secret Lover by Robin Covington released yesterday!!! If you haven't gotten this book you need to get it ASAP because it is amazing!!!

Synopsis:

Kelsey Kyle will do whatever it takes to get into the management trainee program at the casino where she works. So when she’s given the opportunity to get a VIP customer’s endorsement for the program, she jumps at the challenge. All she needs to do is arrange a one-on-one fan experience with the woman’s favorite author, tall-dark-and-intense Micah Holmes.

An entire week at a Vegas romance readers’ convention, surrounded by hundreds of people, is Micah Holmes’ idea of hell. But one look at Kelsey, his assigned hotel concierge, and the attraction is immediate. Maybe this week won’t be so bad after all…

Anything beyond a “strictly professional” relationship will get Kelsey fired, but she needs to get close to Micah to get the super fan experience her client wants. Hot sex in her apartment pool begins a game of “undercover lover” that quickly escalates to something more. But when Micah discovers her secret agenda, all bets are off.

Excerpt:

“Is this a booty call? Is that your emergency?” She wanted her tone to carry more heat due to anger rather than her lust for him, but she knew she failed miserably. Deep down she didn’t care why he called her; she was glad to see him, but she wasn’t letting him off the hook so easily.

“I finished the book and all I could think about was telling you and celebrating.”

Her heart did a wonky flip in her chest as an answering flush of lust spread over her skin. Micah did it for her, and the thought that he’d chosen her when he wanted someone to tell his news was absurdly romantic in her cynical mind. She fought the urge to go all mushy on him and opted for door number two: humor and an orgasm.

“And by celebrate you mean...”


“Peeling off your clothes and making you come.”
He wasn’t even pretending to be contrite, his grin making him look wicked and boyish at the same time. It was a combination guaranteed to make her do whatever he wanted. Bastard.

She gave up even the thin pretense of being mad and laughed, pulling him closer and wrapped her arms around his waist. Micah groaned a little and resumed the kiss, this time delving in deep and wet into her mouth, kissing her until they both had to surface for air.

“I missed you,” Micah half-whispered into the space between them, and it caught her off guard, her heart thumping hard in her chest at the words. He cupped her cheek with his hand and rubbed his thumb over her bottom lip, dipping in a little for her to taste and suckle briefly.

“I missed you, too,” she breathed against his chest, grateful for not having to look him in the eye when she said it. The words had popped out of her mouth before she engaged the keep-it-casual filter.
“Good.” Micah stepped back and tugged her with him, spinning her so that he was guiding her backward into the bedroom area of the suite. He leaned in to kiss her, pushing her jacket off her shoulders, and she heard the whisper of fabric as it slid to the ground at their feet.

The bedroom area was bright with sunlight streaming through the floor-to-ceiling windows, but the heat of the day was nothing compared the fire in her belly as her desire spiked with each pass of her hands over his skin. She trailed her hands over his chest and pulled him down to her, taking his mouth this time in a kiss that communicated to Micah how much she wanted what he had to offer.

It had just been a few hours ago and she craved his touch, the way he made her feel. She knew he’d deliver on his promise to make her come, and she shivered in anticipation. His rough fingers brushing against her breast as he undid the buttons of her blouse was delicious. The cool air of the room against her exposed flesh as he tugged down the cups of her bra only increased her pleasure.

“I was writing the last scene, a sex scene, and all I could think about was tasting your nipples and you making that stuttery gasp sound.” He dragged his thumb across the tip of her right breast, and she closed her eyes on her exhale. Micah half laughed and half growled. “Yeah, fuck, that one.”

“Did you write us into a book?” she asked, shoving her hands underneath the waistband of his sweats and squeezing his ass. “Did you fuck me in your book?”

“Don’t worry, I changed your name.” Micah grinned, gently shoving Kelsey the last few steps into the bedroom. She stumbled back with a breathless laugh, pulling her blouse out her skirt and undoing the last few buttons and letting it hang open. “Even though I heard you screaming mine in my head.”

About the Author:

A USAToday bestseller, Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her books. Her stories burn up the sheets. . .one page at a time. When she’s not writing she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Chris Evans.  Don't send chocolate . . . send eye candy!

Robin’s books have won the Golden Leaf Award and finaled in the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. 

She lives in Maryland with her handsome husband, her two brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!), and her beloved furbabies.

Drop her a line at robin@robincovingtonromance.com - she always writes back.

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***MY REVIEW***

5 out of 5 stars

Her Secret Lover, Robin Covington's contribution to Entangled's Lovestruck's What Happens in Vegas series is a really great romance. Like seriously what's not to love about a book set in Las Vegas during a romance book convention where the male protagonist is a hot and nerdy romance author. 

I loved Micah Holmes so much. He was burned emotionally by his ex-wife and despite saying that he doesn't believe in love, he manages to write hot, sweet romances that everyone is in love with and takes a chance at love when he meets the heroine, Kelsey Kyle. I also absolutely adored Kelsey. It was so easy to relate to her character. She was driven and independent women who knew what she wanted out of life, but at the same time even though she was a "do whatever it takes" kind of woman she was loyal and despite her thinking in the beginning of the book, when it came down to it she didn't betray Micah when push came to shove.

I really loved Kelsey and Micah as a couple in this one and it's not just because of the illicitness of their forbidden romance. The relationship was overall really sweet and the connection between the two of them felt very real. They were too adorable and their HEA had me swooning hard.

Overall, this book was a really fun romance. It had all the steaminess and sweetness that I love in my romances and grabbed my attention with its outrageous and funny plot centered around a romance book convention. While this may be the first book by this author I have read because of it I have become a fan for life.

*Book review originally posted in a post on December 17, 2015.