Wednesday, December 21, 2016

ARC Review: Light Up the Night by Laura Trentham

Title: Light Up the Night

Author: Laura Trentham

Synopsis:

When a police chief who craves stability meets a free-thinking, colorful college professor, neither anticipate the fireworks that light up the night...

After a mugging in grad school left her with an irrational fear of the night not even her PhD in psychology has helped overcome, Sadie Wren is sure she’s found an idyllic, safe place in Cottonbloom. When a break-in at her house shatters her sense of safety, gruff, protective Thaddeus Preston storms into her life. On the surface, they have little in common, but a loneliness she’s only too familiar with hides behind his infrequent smiles. But based on her knowledge of the human psyche, Sadie is convinced her infatuation with Thad will burn out as quickly as it flared.

As the Chief of Police of Cottonbloom, Mississippi, Thaddeus Preston maintains a strict control on everything in the small town—himself included. With an older brother serving time for a crime Thad committed when he was just a kid, he lives a life of penance, not allowing anyone to get close. When a reported lurker turns into a real threat, Thad is determined to restore order as quickly as possible and get back to his virtual jail.

But Thad’s brother gets out on probation just as Sadie and the town turns to him for protection. His tidy, barren life spins into chaos, and the only thing that makes sense is the one woman who shouldn’t.

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

Light Up the Night was such a wonderful contemporary romance novella. As a part of the Cottonbloom series it was a great bridge between the first three books and the books that this author will be releasing in this series next year! I really loved Thad and Sadie's story so much. It was short in length because it's only a novella, but it didn't lack in anything else. The characters were amazing, the romance was hot and sweet and the way that the author brought everything together was absolutely wonderful. The one thing I will say is I was kind of bummed that we don't get to see the previous couples enjoying their post-HEA bliss, but Thad and Sadie were so wonderful that I was able to get over that. Lol. Overall, I loved this book and now I'm even more excited for the upcoming Cottonbloom books!

ARC Review: A Millionaire at Midnight by Naima Simone

Title: A Millionaire at Midnight

Author: Naima Simone

Synopsis:

Boston socialite Morgan Lett is having a run of bad luck. Her fiancé just dumped her for her stepsister, the charity foundation she’s given her life to is in danger of folding, and now, the gorgeous man she bid on and won at a masquerade bachelor auction turns out to be a cold-hearted jerk…and her new employer.

Millionaire Alexander Bishop needs the best wife money can buy. In order to inherit his family business, he must get engaged—fast. And Morgan, with her beauty and pedigree, is the perfect candidate. Her sharp tongue may drive him crazy, but she needs money to save the foundation she loves, and he needs a fiancée. It’s a flawless arrangement—no strings, no love. But soon she has him craving more, and cursing the platonic terms of their agreement.

Still, he won’t allow need—no matter how hot it burns—to threaten everything he’s built.

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

A Millionaire at Midnight was another great addition to Naima Simone's Bachelor Auction series! Anyone who reads my reviews knows that I'm a really big fan of the fake relationship trope in romance novels and the one that Naima Simone created in this book was a fun one for many reasons.

First off, I loved Morgan. Naima Simone never lets me down with her books' heroines, but Morgan is by far my favorite so far. And then we have Alexander Bishop.  I have to admit I didn't love him as much as I loved Morgan, but he was still a great character to read about.

As for the romance in this book like with any Naima Simone book it was 100% on point in every way. From their first meeting at the auction to them finding out that Alex was Morgan's new boss and from Morgan basically propositioning him to be his fake fiancee to them of course being unable to resist each other and falling in love. There was absolutely nothing that I did not love about this romance. It was almost flawless and books like this are why Naima Simone is one of my auto-read romance authors!

Release Week Blitz: The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes (Review + Giveaway)



Synopsis:

This first novel in a new Regency series from USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes is a spinoff of her highly popular Windham series.

THEY CALL HIM THE DUKE OF MURDER...

The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and even worse—a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman. But Megan Windham sees in Hamish something different, someone different.

No one was fiercer at war than Hamish MacHugh, though now the soldier faces a whole new battlefield: a London Season. To make his sisters happy, he'll take on any challenge—even letting their friend Miss Windham teach him to waltz. Megan isn't the least bit intimidated by his dark reputation, but Hamish senses that she's fighting battles of her own. For her, he'll become the warrior once more, and for her, he might just lose his heart.

AUTHORS LOVE THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES!

“The hero of THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES reminds me of Mary Balogh's charming men, and the heroine brings to mind Sarah MacLean's intelligent, fiery women... This is a wonderfully funny, moving romance, not to be missed!” —Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author of My American Duchess

“Grace Burrowes writes from the heart--with warmth, humor, and a generous dash of sensuality, her stories are unputdownable! If you're not reading Grace Burrowes you're missing the very best in today's Regency Romance!” —Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author

“Sexy heroes, strong heroines, intelligent plots, enchanting love stories...Grace Burrowes's romances have them all.” —Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author

“THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES has everything Grace Burrowes's many fans have come to adore: a swoonworthy hero, a strong heroine, humor, and passion. Her characters not only know their own hearts, but share them with fearless joy. Grace Burrowes is a romance treasure.” —Tessa Dare, New York Times bestselling author

“THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES is captivating! It has everything I love in a book--a sexy Scotsman, a charming heroine, witty banter, plenty of humor, and lots of heart.” —Jennifer Ashley, New York Times bestselling author of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

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About the Author:

Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor's degree in political science, a bachelor of music in music history, (both from Pennsylvania State University); a master's degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a juris doctor from the National Law Center at the George Washington University.

Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian, and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writers' conferences. She also loves to hear from her readers, and can be reached through her website or her social channels.


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***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

The Trouble with Dukes, the first book in Grace Burrowes' Windham Brides series was an entertaining historical romance novel and a great series starter. The main couple, Megan and Hamish, were likable characters that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about and the plot was well-developed with a romance that was 100% satisfying. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, light-hearted read and once I started reading it in earnest after putting it on hold for a few weeks I was able to read the majority of the book in one sitting because I just didn't want to put it down because I needed to know more about these character and was anxious to see how they would resolve the problems preventing their HEA. 

The one thing that threw me off about this book however was how many characters there were to keep track off without adequate description about who everyone was and how they were related. I get that this book is a spin-off of another series that this author has written, but I still feel like the author should have spent a little more time identifying who everyone was to make it less confusing for new readers because that confusion is what caused me to set aside this book for all those weeks before finishing it. 

That aside, this book really was wonderful! I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the other books in this series as they are released as well as going back to read other books by this author since this is only the first one I have read by Grace Burrowes. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

ARC Review: The Billionaire's Bet by Victoria Davies

Title: The Billionaire's Bet

Author: Victoria Davies

Synopsis:

Hailey Mitchel wants one thing. Her boss. The only problem is he’s never looked at her as more than a loyal employee. At least, not until his charming business rival, Caleb, drops into her life with an offer she can’t refuse. He’s willing to bet he can make her fall in love with him in a month, and if he’s wrong, he’ll help her find the keys to her boss’s heart.

Caleb Langston wants one thing. Revenge. Hailey is his ticket to finally evening the score with his old adversary. There’s just one problem. The more time he spends with her, the less he cares about his grand plans for payback. But love is always a gamble, and soon he’ll have to choose between his past and his future. And pray Hailey never discovers the secret he’s been hiding from her.

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

The Billionaire's Bet, the second book in Victoria Davies's Sexy Billionaire's series, was an amazing contemporary romance for many reasons. First off, I loved the plot. It really catered to my love of fake relationships. Plus, I also really loved that it combined the fake relationship trope with the trope of the hero "trying" to help the heroine seduce another man. These tropes always lead to some interesting situations that I can never get enough of and that was definitely the case with this book.

I also really loved the main couple in this book. Hailey was a likable and realistic heroine and the way the author portrayed her allowed me to really connect with her character. And then we have Caleb. He was a really well-developed hero in my opinion. When I first came across this book I just assumed that the only history between Caleb and Hailey's boss was a business rivalry and that caused me to be a bit annoyed with him, but the more I got into the book, the more I came to see that it was more than that. I really enjoyed that the author chose to give us little hints about what had gone down between the two men before the big reveal towards the end because it really built up the anticipation and kept me flipping the pages in this book wanting to know the whole truth. And that truth along with what he was going to do right before the big reveal caused me to really love Caleb's character.

I also loved the romance in this book because the love story in this book was exceptionally well-developed. The pace at which the author has everything between these two progress was perfect. It was not rushed nor too slow and by the end of it I 100% believed in the love between Caleb and Hailey.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. The romance was executed perfectly and it was an extremely satisfying read! I highly recommend it!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

ARC Review: Too Wilde to Tame by Tonya Burrows

Title: Too Wilde to Tame

Author: Tonya Burrows

Synopsis:

For three years, ballet teacher Natalie Taggart has lived across the hall from grumpy, reclusive, sexy Greer Wilde. Save for a handful of hellos and the occasional heated glance, they never spoke to each other.

Until the morning Greer lands on her doorstep, bleeding, beaten, and bullet-riddled.

Greer doesn’t need or want her help. He has only one goal: revenge. And nobody—not his brothers, and certainly not his too-hot-for-his-sanity next-door neighbor—is going to get in his way.


***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

Too Wilde to Tame, the fifth and final book in Tonya Burrows' Wilde Security series, was a perfect romantic suspense novel! This series is one of my all-time faves and I had been waiting for a while for Greer to finally get his HEA and Tonya Burrows did not disappoint with the eldest Wilde brother's story.

Greer wasn't my favorite brother in the previous books, but in this book he became my second favorite brother after Reece. Getting to be in his head really allowed me to connect with his character and become invested in him finding love and getting a HEA like his brothers. However, as much as I ended up loving Greer in this book it really bothered me that almost to the very end he tried to keep his brothers in the dark about what he was doing. I mean, I get that he wanted them to be safe, but at the same time given that Greer was investigating their parent's murder he should have brought them into the loop.

As for Natalie, Tonya Burrows did good with pairing her with Greer. She was the complete opposite of Greer and that really worked in this story. I also loved that Natalie ended up being more than just the girl next door. The way that Tonya Burrows connected Natalie's family history to the the death of Greer's parents was so good. I totally wasn't expecting it.

The romance in this book was perfect. When it comes to romantic suspense the most important thing for me is the way that the author balances the romantic elements with the suspenseful storyline and Tonya Burrows did it skillfully. There was just enough romantic moments to get me as a reader to believe that what was going on between Greer and Natalie was real, but it wasn't overdone. And it complimented everything else that was going on in this story.

Going back to the investigation into the death of Greer's parents, I really liked the fact that in this book that was the mystery that they were trying to solve. The circumstances surrounding the Wilde brothers' parents death has been something that has come up again and again in the previous books in this series, so given that this was the last book in the series having them finally solve the murder was the perfect way to end the series because it really allowed the brothers to finally get some closure and finally 100% move on with their lives.

Overall, this book was a phenomenal romantic suspense read. Tonya Burrows went all out with the conclusion to this series and I've never been as satisfied with the end of a series as I am with this book, especially with the epilogue that the author wrote for this book. Seriously, that one little chapter had me crying all the happy tears. It was so perfect and that combined with all the other wonderful elements in this book made me love this book so much! It's sad to finally say goodbye to these characters, but Tonya Burrows concluded everything in the best way possible that I'm okay with this series ending. Although, I will be re-reading this series at least once a year so that I can continue to experience its greatness!

ARC Review: Mr. Dangerously Sexy by Stefanie London

Title: Mr. Dangerously Sexy

Author: Stefanie London

Synopsis:

He'll keep her safe…but can he keep his distance?

When Addison Cobalt learns she has a potentially volatile stalker, she tries to hide it from her business partner, Logan Dane. The hyperprotective, supersexy cohead of their security company will only try to take control of the situation—and her.

Which is exactly what Logan does when he finds out about the stalker. Addison craves the safety of Logan's body, but that doesn't mean she's willing to give up her independence, or all of her secrets, for him. She has a few ways to shake Logan's iron control, but it's a wicked and risky game. Because the only thing more dangerous than her stalker is Mr. Dangerously Sexy himself!

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

The Dangerous Bachelor's Club series was one of the best discoveries I made in 2016 and Mr. Dangerously Sexy, the conclusion to the series was like the icing on a the cake with how good it was. Like with the other books in this this series that I have read this book was a short and quick steamy read that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading.

Having Addison Cobalt be Logan's heroine was such a treat. She was such an awesome heroine to read about. While the other heroines in this series were all wonderful, Addison was definitely my favorite. I was really able to understand her frustration with her position at the security company to the point that I was just as angry as she was at the situation. But at the same time I feel like she should have been more open and honest with Logan about her dissatisfaction instead going behind his back in the way that she did. As for Logan he was the epitome of the type of sexy alpha hero I love to read about. I really couldn't get enough of his overprotective actions.

In regards to the romance, I absolutely loved the way that the author set everything up. It had a very high stakes feel to it that paired with the thrilling suspenseful mystery focused on some creep stalking Addison had my heart racing and my blood pumping. And then of course, Stefanie London wrapped up everything in the most satisfying way possible. Everything from the reveal of the stalker and his apprehension to Logan's grand gesture to prove to Addison that he loved her was the perfect way to end this wonderful story and series!

Overall, I LOVED this book! It was a flawless romantic read that was everything I've come to expect from this author and I can't recommend it enough!

ARC Review: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

Title: The Billionaire Next Door

Author: Jessica Lemmon

Synopsis:

It's Tag Crane's job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn't perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he's ever seen.

Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It's not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it's a fantasy come true. What's the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can't be caught is the one flirting with forever . . .

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

The Billionaire Next Door was an absolutely phenomenal contemporary romance read! After devouring The Billionaire Bachelor earlier in the year, I had been anxiously awaiting Tag's book and now that I have read it I can honestly say that it was everything I wanted it to be and so much more! First off, I really loved Rachel. She was an excellent heroine. And pairing her with Tag was so perfect! The chemistry that the author created between these two was off the charts hot and their romance was more than emotionally satisfying. I absolutely could not get enough of this book. The way that the author developed the story was absolutely fantastic. I loved that Tag and Rachel got off to a rocky start because as always when it comes to books like this it made these two's romantic journey all the more worthwhile. What I'm basically saying is that Jessica Lemmon crafted a near perfect romance. 

Romance aside though, I loved that for the most part this book was a pretty light-hearted affair with nothing too intense happening with the exception of what happens to the third Crane brother, Eli. I'm not going to spoil what happens, but I am going to say that it was absolutely heartbreaking. It did however make me even more excited for Eli's book to be released next year so I guess the heartache I experienced had a purpose. 

Overall, I loved this book so much. While The Billionaire Bachelor is still my favorite Jessica Lemmon book, this one is a very, very close second favorite and I highly recommend it!

ARC Review: Hard Compromise by Samanthe Beck

Title: Hard Compromise

Author: Samanthe Beck

Synopsis:

His barely-decent proposal is too tempting to resist…

Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the afterglow. It looks like her dreams are up in smoke, but then Ethan proposes a deal too tempting to resist.

Ethan has no intention of settling for a one-night stand with Laurie. Nor does he want anything to do with the women his wealthy family wants him to meet. Not when he’s waited ten years for his chance to make his move. His deal might have strings—and Laurie may not know the stakes—but nothing will stop this sexy cop from staking a real claim on her body and her heart.

***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

Samanthe Beck is one of my go-to authors when I need a good steamy read to get my mind off real life and with Hard Compromise, the second book in her Compromise Me series, she did not disappoint me. The story which follows Sheriff Ethan Booker as he finally pursues the one girl he's craved for years, but didn't think he could be with before was so good. Given the history between these two and the fact that Ethan resisted Laurie for so long when these two finally come together it was all so wonderfully intense and passionate. And the best part about the story was that nothing felt rushed because it all felt like it was a long time coming. All-in-all this book was all the things I've come to expect from a Samanthe Beck book and more. But as much as I loved the romance, I kind of wished the side plot involving Laurie's horrible mother was more fleshed out. The author did resolve that loose end in the epilogue, but it wasn't as satisfying as I needed it to be. But that aside I loved this book! I really hope that Sam writes more books in this series because they are so good and I highly recommend them!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Favorite Romance Reads of 2016!!!

2016 is almost over, so it's time for me to list my all-time favorite reads of the year. I was originally going to do a general top 10 list, but I've read so many great romance books that I'm going to do two separate list instead. One for contemporary romance and one for historical romance.

Top 10 Contemporary Romance Reads of 2016:
  1. True-Blue Cowboy Christmas by Nicole Helm
  2. Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci
  3. Size Matters by Alison Bliss
  4. Breaking Him by Sherilee Gray
  5. Burning Moon by Jo Watson
  6. Too Wild to Tame by Tessa Bailey
  7. The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon
  8. The Player by Kresley Cole
  9. Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle
  10. Till I Kissed You by Laura Trentham
Top 10 Historical Romance Reads of 2016:
  1. The Untouchable Earl by Amy Sandas
  2. Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries
  3. Fortune Favors the Wicked by Theresa Romain
  4. Magnate by Joanna Shupe
  5. The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries
  6. My Brown-Eyed Earl by Anna Bennett
  7. How the Duke was Won by Lenora Bell
  8. How to Train Your Highlander by Christy English
  9. Discovery of Desire by Susanne Lord
  10. How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington
So now that you've seen what my favorite books of the year were, what are some of your faves? Did some of my picks make your list?

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ARC Review: Daring Fate by Megan Erickson

Title: Daring Fate

Author: Megan Erickson

Synopsis:

We all have tragic backstories in today’s world...



I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.


When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.



As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first…

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

I have been a diehard fan of Megan Erickson for years now and with this book, she has pretty much proven that she can write just about anything and have me love it. This book was such a great m/m paranormal romance read. I used to read a lot of paranormal romance when I first started reading romance novels, so I have read some really great paranormal romance heroes and both Dare and Reese are both up there with my other faves. The romance in this book was also really good. Reese and Dare's relationship had that intense almost desperate feel to it that I really love in my paranormal romances, so of course I really enjoyed the romance in this book so much. As for the other conflicts in this book regarding Reese trying to save his sister and Dare having to deal with his cousin trying to kill him and take over his pack, I really enjoyed those aspects of the story as well. They kept me on the edge of my seat and balanced out the romance perfectly. Overall, I loved this book so much! It was another amazing book by one of my go-to favorite romance authors and I can't wait to see what's up next!

ARC Review: Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London

Title: Wild Wicked Scot

Author: Julia London

Synopsis:

Wicked intrigue unfolds as an unlikely marriage leads to a path of risky desire in the lush, green Scottish Highlands

Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn't belong in a Scottish chieftain's devil-may-care world. Three years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn't looked back—except to relive the moments spent in wild, rugged Arran McKenzie's passionate embrace. But as their respective countries' fragile unity threatens to unravel, Margot must return to her husband to uncover his role in the treachery before her family can be accused of it.

Red-haired, green-eyed Margot was Arran's beautiful bride. Her loss has haunted him, but her return threatens everything he has gained. As the Highland mists carry whispers of an English plot to seize McKenzie territory, he must outmaneuver her in games of espionage…and seduction. But even as their secrets tangle together, there's nothing to prevent love from capturing them both and leading them straight into danger.

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

This book was such a treat for me. The reuniting husband and wife has become a favorite trope of mine in historical romance this year and Wild Wicked Scot was such a great example as to why I love it so much! Seriously, this was an exceptional historical romance. On top of the reunion trope, I loved this romance in general. Everything that was going on between Margot and Arran was just so good. I loved the back and forth between these two as they both learned to trust in each other and find some common ground so that they could get their HEA. As for the the plot point that was focused on whether or not Arran was a traitor was all really thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time trying to figure out how everything was going to play out. The people behind the accusations against Arran weren't a complete surprise, but it was well done and I loved the way it brought Margot and Arran together and really solidified their relationship. Overall, I loved this book to pieces! It was absolutely wonderful in every way and while it is only the first book by this author I have read, it definitely won't be the last!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ARC Review: Love Me at Midnight: a Holiday Bundle from Lovestruck!

Title: Love Me at Midnight

Authors: Robin Bielman, Linda Morris, and C.M. Stone

Synopsis:

MELTING THE MILLIONAIRE’S HEART by Linda Morris
Special needs teacher Kayla Johnston is supposed to be schmoozing at a swanky school fundraiser. Instead, she careens into a snow bank on the side of the road…straight into the path of a wickedly handsome stranger. When their chemistry ignites, Kayla’s New Year’s Eve begins to show some seriously sexy promise…

YOURS AT MIDNIGHT by Robin Bielman
Four years ago, Quinn Sobel gave Lyric Whetsone the night of her life…then disappeared. Now he’s back to make amends, but Lyric has a secret that could drive Quinn from her life forever.

ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS by C.M. Stone
Eliza knows plenty about sexy cowboy Christian Yerrick, the man who crushed her heart when they were kids. Back in town, she’s determined to avoid Chris altogether…until she accidentally rear-ends his truck on New Years Eve, and the fireworks between them burn hotter than the Vegas Strip…

***MY REVIEW***

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

YOURS AT MIDNIGHT by Robin Bielman

5 out of 5 stars

I've been really craving holiday stories lately and Robin Bielman's Yours at Midnight has been by far the best one I have read. First off, the book has one of my favorite tropes in romance. SPOILER ALERT: that trope is secret babies. Secondly, this book is a second chance romance. It's a bit of an unconventional second chance romance, given that Lyric and Quinn didn't date before, but they are still getting a second chance at actually making a relationship happen and I really enjoyed the ways in which the author had everything unfold between them. It was all very sweet and emotionally charged with lovable characters that my romance obsessed self just couldn't get enough off. Overall, I loved this book to pieces and although it's only the second book I have read by this author, I think I can say with certainty that Robin Bielman is an all-time favorite author of mine now. 

MELTING THE MILLIONAIRE’S HEART by Linda Morris

5 out of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by this author and it was so good! The story was the perfect combination of sweet and steamy and the love story had me completely absorbed from start to finish. I really, really loved Ryan. Like, loved him to the point that I actually didn't mind that he lied to Kayla for the majority of the book about who he really was. As for Kayla she was a really likable heroine. The type of character that if she was real, I would love to be friends with. The romance was on point in every way. I loved the way the author set everything and the way she had everything progress between these two. Everything happens really quickly and had a certain intensity to it that had my heart racing as read. Overall, I loved this book! I have read some really great holiday romances especially lately and this one really stood out to me and I highly recommend it. 

ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS by C.M. Stone

4 out of 5 stars

This book was a really sweet holiday romance. It's a falling in love with the brother's best friend romance, which I really loved because I really don't read enough of those and this book was the perfect example as to why I need to add more to my reading list. But that aside, the romance was just really good. It was that type of romance that just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside and makes you want to binge-watch Hallmark movies because you don't want to let go of that feeling of lightheartedness. But, anywho, let me get back on track here. This book was super sweet with a dash of steamy. The love that blossomed between these two just felt right and the author's execution of the story was extremely satisfying. All-in-all this book was a win for and I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

ARC Review: Sweetest Regret by Meredith Duran

Title: Sweetest Regret

Author: Meredith Duran

Synopsis:

The spirit of the season is festive—and clouding even the sharpest of judgments—in this Victorian era romance, perfect for fans of Jude Deveraux and Sabrina Jeffries.

At a house party in the countryside, the joyful spirit of the Christmas season threatens to sweep Georgiana Trent under the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue who broke her heart two years ago. Little does she know that Lucas Godwin has no intention of leaving until he has reclaimed her as his own.




***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

This lovely holiday historical romance novella was the perfect way for me to introduce myself to Meredith Duran's writing. This book was absolutely wonderful. I already loved holiday romances in general, but a holiday romance set in a historical setting is even better. Plus, I loved that on top of being a holiday romance that this book was a second chance romance. Second chance romances are always the most satisfying type of romance because their really isn't anything better than two people reuniting and getting a another chance at a happily ever after and with this sweet short story Meredith Duran delivered an exception second chance romance. I now can't wait to get my hands on this author's other books because if she managed to make me love a novella as much as I loved Sweetest Regret, imagine what she could deliver with a full-length book. 

ARC Review: The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries

Title: The Heiress and the Hothead

Author: Sabrina Jeffries

Synopsis:

Return to the beloved Sinful Suitors series from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries in this delightfully sexy winter-themed novella!

Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in Sabrina Jeffries’s charming yuletide story, The Heiress and the Hothead.





***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

This review is going to be short since this book was only a novella, but I just got to say even with less pages, Sabrina Jeffries still managed to create a story that completely got under my skin. This love story was such steamy, good fun. Stephen and Amanda were two captivating characters to follow and their romance was everything I expect in a good historical romance. Plus, their is nothing better than a historical romance set during a house party. Amazingly, scandalous stuff tends to happen when you have so many people under the same roof and that is exactly the case with this book and I couldn't get enough of it. 

ARC Review: The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries

Title: The Danger of Desire

Author: Sabrina Jeffries

Synopsis:

The third book in the sexy Sinful Suitors Regency romance series, this heart-pounding story shows why New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is one of the most beloved historical romance writers today.

To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother’s death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings dancing her way through high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling her way through London’s gaming hells. Then one night, handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George’s Club, recognizes her. When he threatens to reveal her secret, she’s determined to keep him from ruining her plans, even if it means playing a cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic rakehell.

Warren knows the danger of her game, and he refuses to watch her lose everything while gaining justice for her late brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted façade, can he keep her at arm’s length while still protecting her? Or will their hot desires explode into a love that transcends the secrets of their pasts?

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

I have so much love for this book! It was another outstanding addition in Sabrina Jeffries Sinful Suitors series, which has recently become one of my all-time favorite historical romance series.

The story like the previous book in this series was a fun, fast-paced romance. It was just so scandalously good with the way that Delia was trying to figure out who ruined her brother and with Warren's connection to the person who did. The whole situation made for a sizzling romance that had my heart racing from beginning to end as everything unfolded. Seriously, it was amazing!

On top of the great romance between Warren and Delia, I also really loved the way that that the author tied together this book with past books as well as set up the next one. The best part of reading historical romance series is always the way everything connects and with this book it seems like all those connections are finally clear and that made my reading experience all the more satisfying.

Overall, this was a really great historical romance! It wasn't able to overtake The Study of Seduction as my favorite Sabrina Jeffries book, but it was a very close second and I highly recommend it to all historical romance lovers. Trust me, Warren and Delia don't disappoint!

Monday, December 5, 2016

ARC Review: Discovery of Desire by Susanne Lord

Title: Discovery of Desire

Author: Susanne Lord

Synopsis:

The one man who’s not looking for a wife
Seth Mayhew is the ideal explorer: fearless, profitable, and unmarried. There is nothing and no one he can’t find—until his sister disappears en route to India. His search for her takes him to Bombay, where Seth meets the most unlikely of allies—a vulnerable woman who’s about to marry the wrong man.

Discovers a woman who changes his dreams forever
Teeming with the bounty of marriageable men employed by the East India Company, Bombay holds hope for security for Wilhelmina Adams. But when the man she’s traveled halfway around the world to marry doesn’t suit, Mina finds instead that she’s falling in love with a man who offers passion, adventure, intimacy—anything but security…

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

In Search of Scandal was one of my all-time favorite reads of 2015 and the second book in this series, Discovery of Desire, was just as amazing! Seth and Mina's love story was one of those romances that once you start reading, you just can't put down. It was exciting and sweet and so heartfelt. Seth and Mina made me feel all the emotions as their romance progressed while Seth desperately tried to find his missing sister and Mina tried to help him while also trying to find better and more stable lives for her and her own sister. This love story was just glorious in every way. But the biggest highlight for me was Seth. The entire time I was reading this book, he had me completely captivated. His character was just so good and trusting and adorable. It got him into trouble at times, but it also made him one of the best historical romance heroes I've ever read. Overall, this book was a complete win for me. I haven't heard any news about more books by this author yet, but I really hope we get more from her soon because after reading this marvelous book, I'm even more excited for what this author might grace us with next.

ARC Review: How to Train Your Highlander by Christy English

Title: How to Train Your Highlander

Author: Christy English

Synopsis:

She’s the Hellion of Hyde Park…

A foolproof plan to avoid marriage:
1. Always carry at least three blades.
2. Ride circles around any man.
3. Never get caught in a handsome duke’s arms.

Wild Highlander Mary Elizabeth Waters is living on borrowed time. She’s managed to dodge the marriage banns up to now, but even Englishmen can only be put off for so long…and there’s one in particular who has her in his sights.

Harold Percy, Duke of Northumberland, is enchanted by the beautiful hellion who outrides every man on his estate and dances Scottish reels while the ton looks on in horror. The more he sees Mary, the more he knows he has to have her, tradition and good sense be damned. But what’s a powerful man to do when the Highland spitfire of his dreams has no desire to be tamed...

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

This series has been one of the highlights of my life this past year and How to Train Your Highlander, the the third book in this series was by far my favorite. The story which follows the feisty Mary Elizabeth Waters was everything! From the moment we met Mary Elizabeth in the first book in this series I was dying to know what kind of man she would fall for. Her character was so against marriage that I knew the man that would get underneath her skin would have to be nothing but spectacular and Harry was just that. They were both characters who rebelled against what was expected of them in their own ways, so naturally they were absolutely perfect together. I loved how everything progressed between them. Their interactions were all really sweet and the author completely held my attention from beginning to end with their love story. But as much as I loved Mary and Harry's romance, their is one thing that bothered me and that was the length of which Harry decided to keep his true identity a secret from Mary. I get his reasons for doing it and it did add a good bit of drama to the storyline, but it still rubbed me the wrong way. Thankfully he made up for it with his actions at the end of the book and really you can't not love a man who would be brave enough to face all the Waters men for his love. Overall, I found this book absolutely wonderful. The perfect example as to why historical romances are my favorite type of romance novels now. 

ARC Review: The Rebel Heir by Elizabeth Michels

Title: The Rebel Heir

Author: Elizabeth Michels

Synopsis:

The Spare Heirs Society Cordially Invites You to Meet Ash Claughbane: The Imposter

Lady Evangeline Green is living a lie. To please her family, she masquerades as the perfect debutant…until she meets the wickedly charming Lord Crosby. With him, there are no rules. She’s finally free to do as she desires—but freedom comes with a price, and Lord Crosby is not what he seems…

Ash is not Lord Crosby. He’s a con artist, a noble Spare Heir living off his silver tongue. When the Green family ruined his, he swore he’d make them pay, and he never doubted his devotion to revenge…until he met Evangeline. Now, caught in a web of lies, torn between duty and desire, what’s a con to do but deceive all of London and steal the one lady who dared match wits with the devil himself?

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

According to my Goodreads account it took me almost a month to read this book, but in reality that is not the case. I actually read it in a matter of days after getting back to it after putting it aside for almost a month to read other books and I got to say I'm kicking myself for having put this book aside for almost a month because this book was absolutely amazing. The story was even better than the first book in this series. I have not one complaint about this book. Ash and Evie's love story was a thrilling experience that the author executed perfectly from start to finish. Ash was an A+ historical romance hero. He straddles the line between bad and good in all the best ways and you can't help but love him. As for Evie, she was a delightful heroine. She played the part of the perfect daughter, etc, but she was so much more than that. When it really came down to it she had a lot of spirit and backbone and like Ash it was impossible not to love her character. The romance in this book was absolutely amazing. I really loved the way everything began between these two with Ash not remembering who Evangeline was. It made everything a lot more interesting and all also made all their interactions afterward so much more satisfying because it caused a lot of swoon-worthy back and forth goodness between these two. And the non-romantic storyline focused on the con job that Ash was trying to pull, was also a lot of fun to read about and I loved how this author wrapped everything up at the last minute. She had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure how these two were going to get their HEA and then when she finally did put these two out of their misery and gave them their happy ending it was everything I wanted to be in more. Overall, this book was an absolutely phenomenal historical romance! Definitely one of my top all-time favorites!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

ARC Review: True-Blue Cowboy Christmas by Nicole Helm

Title: True-Blue Cowboy Christmas

Author: Nicole Helm

Synopsis:

BIG SKY CHRISTMAS

Thack Lane has his hands full. For the past seven years, he’s been struggling to move on from his wife’s tragic death and raise a daughter all by his lonesome. He doesn’t have time for himself, much less a cheerful new neighbor with a smile that can light up the ranch.

Christmas spirit? Bah, humbug.

With Christmas right around the corner, Summer Shaw is searching for somewhere to belong. When her neighbor’s young daughter takes a shine to her, she is thrilled. But Thack is something else altogether. He’s got walls around his heart that no amount of holiday wishes can scale. Yet as joy comes creeping back to the lonely homestead, Summer and Thack may just find their happily ever after before the last of the Christmas miracles are through…

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

I love, love, loved this book! I have really enjoyed all the books in this adorable series, but True-Blue Cowboy Christmas is without a doubt my favorite. Thack and Summer were EVERYTHING! And I mean EVERYTHING!

Summer is by far my favorite of the Shaw siblings. When we first met her in the first book in this series I found her character a little too whimsical, but in this book I realized that was not the case. She was strong and good and so loving and that was all despite the horrible home life she had growing up. She suffered a lot, but she never stopped fighting for herself and doing what was necessary to protect the people she loved and I lover for because of that. And then we have Thack Lane. His name is really silly and it took me a while to actually like it, but unlike his name I loved him as a character from the moment he was introduced into the story. the whole brooding, overprotective father and widower thing really struck a chord with me and I just couldn't get enough of his character.

The romance in this novel was absolutely marvelous. I loved the way that their relationship started with Summer and Thack meeting because his daughter had a habit of escaping when she was bored and came across Summer's caravan thinking it was fairy palace. It was a really adorable way to start things off. Then the fact that Summer and Thack initially distrusted each other made everything that happens between them throughout the book so worthwhile. Their love story was so heartwarming and captivating. It was an absolutely flawless romance that was full of so much emotion and healing for these characters.

On top of the romance, I also really loved the focus on family relationships in this book, especially all the craziness going on in the Shaw household as they finally 100% came to terms with the reality that Summer was their family. And the climactic moment in which they all came together to help Summer in the end was really wonderful and satisfying.

Going back to the romance, the way that the author concluded not only Summer and Thack's romance, but Mel and Dan's and Caleb and Delia's in this book was so perfect. Nicole Helm really knows how to write a satisfying happy ending and the end of this book was the best of example of her skills. I loved this book so much and while 2016 isn't done yet, I think I can say with absolute certainty that this book was my #1 favorite romance of the year!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blog Tour: In a Ranger's Arms by Donna Michaels (Review + Giveaway)



Synopsis:

Former Army Ranger Stone Mitchum doesn’t have time for sex. Since starting a company with his brother and two buddies, he’s had more important things on his mind. Like transitioning veterans back into society. But when his curvy new tenant falls into his arms—literally—his libido snaps to attention. Jovy Larson has four weeks to prove she’s worthy of taking over the family business. Her challenge? Sell gluten-free, vegan food—in the middle of cattle country, Texas. It’s a tough task, but not half as tough as fighting her attraction to her sexy, surly landlord.

Before she knows it, Jovy’s tangling sheets with the hot cowboy, stalked by a jealous cow, and strategizing ways to help Stone’s ranch. But by the time her lease runs out and the test is over, she’s faced with a new challenge…competing against Stone’s sense of duty to win his heart.


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About the Author:

It’s all my mother’s fault. She read to me when I was little and sparked my imagination. Now, my mind is the limit, and believe me, there’s no limit to my mind. Hello, I’m Donna Michaels, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Award winning author of Romaginative fiction. I write romance through the H’s—Hot, Humorous, Heartwarming reads with strong alpha cowboys and military men who are equally matched by their heroines. With a husband in the military fulltime, and a household of nine, and several rescued cats, I never run out of material. From short to epic, my books entertain readers across a variety of sub-genres, and one has even been hand drawn into a Japanese Translation.

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***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

In a Ranger's Arms was a fun, sexy, light-hearted contemporary romance. It was everything that I expect when I pick up one of Entangled's Lovestruck titles and more. First off, I just really loved the set up in this book. The fact that Jovy moved to town to set up a vegan restaurant to prove herself to her grandfather and Stone was her landlord was all really entertaining and led to some interesting developments. Secondly, the characters were wonderful. Jovy was a strong and driven heroine and I could really get behind her and root for her. As for Stone, he was such an overprotective alpha hero that is always shouldering everyone else problems and I loved him for it. Lastly, the romance in this book was on point. I loved the way that Stone and Jovy were together and the fact that they initially had a strong dislike for each other made everything else that happens so much better. Jovy and Stone fell so hard and so fast for each other and I enjoyed their love story so much. Even with Stone's stubbornness over some things that I won't spoil in my review, I found their love story pretty much perfect! Overall, this book was a great romance. Donna Michaels is a new-to-me author for me, so starting with this book was a good decision on my part because I loved it so much and now I can't wait to read more by this author.