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Putting Out Old Flames (Pineville) by Allyson Charles

Posted by [email protected] on August 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

TOO HOT TO HANDLE

Jane Willoughby has a temper. Sure, in her day job answering calls for 911, she can keep her head no matter what the emergency. But when her ex appears on her doorstep on her first sick day in years, expecting her to act happy he’s her co-chair for the annual fireman’s ball, she feels a little righteous wrath is justified.

Chance McGovern broke up with her with a greeting card, for crying out loud. He doesn’t get to just sprout some washboard abs and put on a uniform and behave like any other tasty firefighter.

Jane has no idea what’s happened to Chance in the last nine years—and no interest in finding out. Not even a teeny-tiny spark. No matter how hot he is. Or how well he remembers the little things that make her laugh, and cry, and spontaneously combust.

And she’s going to be working with him one-on-one. At least there’s a fireman on call . . .


Janet's 4 Star Review:

This was a very pleasant surprise. It has a nice writing style, a brisk pace and was funny.

 

Jane and Chance were high school sweethearts but it all ended abruptly when Chance left town for college and ended it with Jane by postcard! Ten years later they meet again when Chance takes a job as assistant Fire Chief and Jane works as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Seeing Chance brings back the feelings of hurt and rage for Jane and she is not eager to forgive and forget (even if she is still attracted to him). Chance also feels the sparks, but he has a little boy and (almost) ex-wife to deal with.

 

As they are both organizing the charity ball for the Pineville Fire Department in one month they are stuck with each other.

 

This is a second-chance story and it was well executed. There are some interesting secondary characters and there was no over-the-top drama. Nicely done!


Going Down by Katherine Stevens

Posted by [email protected] on June 28, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)


The plan for Cici Carrington was to steadily climb UP the corporate ladder, and hopefully do so without her skirt tucked into the back of her underpants. Unfortunately, there was no contingency plan for the aftermath of spending a night trapped in an elevator with a suit-wearing Elevator Sex God named Cole Danvers. A one…or two-time dalliance wouldn’t normally throw off the course of someone’s life…unless you find out you have to work together the next day.

To further complicate matters, Cici’s best friend is also her Human Resources Director. She has to hide her secret from every person she knows. Her only confidant is her one-eyed cat, and his loyalty is tenuous at best. Toss in an accidental mugging, a bungled disguise, secret meetings, and unintentional arson, and Cici’s beautiful, careful plan has fallen by the wayside.

Perhaps there aren’t any hard and fast rules in life. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too. Sometimes following the rules doesn’t get you ahead.

And perhaps sometimes you can get off between floors…


 What do you do when you are stuck in an elevator with a hot stranger?

You have elevator sex of course.

What do you do when you find out that the guy you slept in the elevator with is your new assistant?

You runaway and try to hide your identity while trying to think of ways to escape the country.

What do you do when you can't stop seeing this man and your best friend is the HR director for your company?

You end up leading yourself into a tangled web of lies, even if you are a bad liar.

I haven't laughed this hard while reading a book in a very long time. Plus, all of the euphemisms Katherine came up with just amazed me. I think my favorite with 'womb broom'.

When everything went down (see what I did there?) and their secret wasn't such a secret anymore will CiCi and Cole be able to handle the situation together or will CiCi do what she does best and run away?


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Get Lucky by Lila Monroe

Posted by [email protected] on June 28, 2016 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

What happens when you wake up in a hotel suite next to a gorgeous naked man with absolutely no memory of the past twelve hours?

I guess it's true what they say. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Or at least I hope it stays here. The Romantic Style convention was meant to be a weekend of raucous fun with friends, sun, and enough poolside margaritas to forget about my ex. But now, instead of meeting my fans and signing books, I'm stuck with cocky divorce lawyer Nate Wexler. He's arrogant, infuriating, and I can't keep my hands off of him. Judging by the state of our hotel room, last night was wild. I just wish I could remember it.

Janet's 4 Star Review

Get Lucky is the first Lila Monroe book I have read. And what a fun ride it was!

Julia and Nate wake up together after what must have been a wild night.

With a massive hangover, they both have trouble remembering the night before. Only yesterday they bumped into each other in Vegas, with a mutual instant dislike.

Julia is a newly-divorced romance author, in Vegas for a convention. Nate is a divorce lawyer and he is there for a wedding. Shocked they both try to move on as if nothing has happened, but when the manager of the hotel confronts them with a certain video, they have no choice. They must try to piece together what they know about last night.

The story is told from dual POV and with flashbacks to the day and night before. And wow, was that some night!! While Julia and Nate trace their own tracks they are bickering and bantering and they slowly realize that maybe opposites indeed attract.

I had so much fun with this story. The chemistry betweenJulia/Nate was sizzling. And all the things they did in just one night! Nice epilogue.


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The Rule Book (The Rule Breakers #1) by Jennifer Blackwood

Posted by [email protected] on June 22, 2016 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide

1. Don't call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.

2. Don't stare at hot boss's, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)

3. Don't get on the malicious first assistant's bad side.

4. Don't forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.

5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.

6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.

7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.

8. Don't break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.

9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.

10. Never forget the rules.


Joy's Four Star Review:

I really fancied this book, it made me gleeful and sorrowful. I found myself snicking out loud while read this story at work and I caught more than one funny look from my coworkers. I really thought I had this book completely figured but boy was I wrong! I adore being pleasently surprised by a book like I was by this one. I can't wait to read more work by Jennifer!

I found a few issues with the time line in the beginning, which is why I had to kick it down one star.


Hayden, I Hate You by Kristen Flowers

Posted by [email protected] on June 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

My life was going great until HE came along and ruined everything by making me the most famous person in the world.

He is Hayden Dunn—the obscenely rich and famous videogame-creating-internet bad boy.

And he’s just plastered my face onto his newest creation: Via Mace—the big breasted, scantily-clad, vulgar, videogame vixen that’s instantly becoming the biggest pop culture phenomenon ever.

And I look exactly like her!

Now I’m tracking him down to get my life back. Too bad he’s an arrogant A$#hole that’s determined to keep his game exactly how it is. I want to hate him so bad, but when his baby-blue eyes look me up and down like I’m God’s greatest gift to Earth, I start to wonder if I even CAN hate him.

Now, with every flutter in my chest and nervous breath I take, I just want to smack him across his gorgeous face even more. Could I really have feelings for this man? The guy who completely turned my life upside down?

No. Impossible. I’ve got business to take care of.

Hayden, I hate you

At least that’s what I keep telling myself...


Joy's three star review:

This is Kristen's debute full lenth novel.  I LOVED the concept of this book, there was so much potential and I had really high hopes for this book going in.  I enjoyed the original concept with the video game! 

I loved Ali's reaction to the game and they felt very real.

I loved the prologue and I felt like I was actually watching a video game trailer.

I even adored Hayden.

All of that said, this book needs some tweaking, which is why I am giving it three stars.  The POV's were really awkward at times.  The entire book is told from Ali's persepctive, but at times Ali was inside of Hayden and another characters head telling you what they thought.  I feel that we could have done without those perspectives and we could find that out later through different avenues. Also, we spent more time in the heads of the Ali and Hayden then we did with dialouge.  The ending also felt rushed.

But, even with all of those issues I loved the overall concept and originality of the story.  I can't wait to seewhat Kristen comes up with next and I how she improves.

Tempting Mr. Wrong (Wrong Man) by Kerri Carpenter

Posted by [email protected] on June 20, 2016 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

Lance Townsend craves freedom after years living a structured existence in the Army. But just as he’s about to start on his bucket list, Lance receives an unexpected request: check in on his goddaughter. The problem? The adorable little girl’s aunt is the one woman he’s never been able to forget.

Carly Quigley can’t believe her brother’s best friend, the man who jilted her years ago, is at her door. He claims her brother asked him to check in on her niece and their fixer-upper, but all either of them can focus on is their undeniable attraction. Carly knows Lance is counting down the hours to leave, which makes him the wrong man for her. Unfortunately, the wrong man has become oh-so-tempting.

Each book in the Wrong Man series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:

Book #1 Kissing Mr. Wrong

Book #2 Tempting Mr. Wrong


Janet's 3.5 star review:

Very nice contemporary, well written romance.

Carly is guardian of her 4 year old niece Mya after the death of her brother and sister-in-law Gretchen over a year ago. Lance is an old army buddy of her brother. They met at her brothers wedding but Lance was unwilling to start something with the baby sister of his friend. After Carly sends him an old letter of her brother she found, he decides to visit and work at the house, as requested by Chris (her brother). He has just left the army and has a bucket list he wants to work on. After being raised by his Korean 'tiger mom' and being enlisted 8 years he feels a strong need to expand his horizons.

Both Carly and Lance and especially Mya were great characters. They form a little family and the attraction between Carly/Lance is sizzling. But he has plans and these do not include a family (yet).

I liked the story. It was well rounded and very sweet. There are some steamy scenes but not too explicit. I read it quite fast. For me this rates 3,5 stars. The reason I give it 3 stars is because - although I really liked it and it has a fresh feeling to it - I have still read it before.



The Player and the Pixie (Rugby #2) by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

Posted by [email protected] on June 17, 2016 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

THE PIXIE

Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby.

As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

THE PLAYER

Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.

His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

THE PLAN

Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.


JANET'S FIVE STAR REVIEW:

Penny Reid is one of my favorite authors although it is mostly a hit or miss. This is #2 in the Rugby series. In book 1 (The Hooker and the Hermit) we met Ronan and Annie. And Ronan's rugby 'mate' (rather enemy) Sean Cassidy.

Although I loved Ronan and Annie, I adored the story of Sean and Lucy (Ronan's sister). When I read the book would be about Sean, the sleaze ball from book 1, I doubted I would like the book.

Really, Sean!?? I thought it would be about Tom, or one of the other hot team mates.. But Sean totally won me over. I liked the fact he and Lucy were so honest to each other and I could understand their reasons for keeping their 'thing' a secret. There was no contrived or over the top drama. The reasons for their actions are quite natural and human. I loved and enjoyed it.

The ending was great but it could have been a bit more romantic for me...


Smut by Karina Halle

Posted by [email protected] on June 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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by Karina Halle (Goodreads Author)

4.04 · Rating Details · 2,943 Ratings · 545 Reviews

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

JOY'S FIVE STAR REVIEW:

What a book! This book was phenomenal! I had an idea of what I was getting into when I started this book, but boy was I wrong. I thought it would be sex scene after sex scene. And while it was about sex it wasn't always about them having sex which is a nice change of pace for me. It's hilarious and I love Blake Lovecox!

To Hate Adam Connor by Ella Maise

Posted by [email protected] on June 14, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

FIVE STAR REVIEW BY JOY:

This is Olive from To Love Jason Thorn's best friend, Lucy's book.

 

I couldn't get enough of this book and I wish there would be more of them.

 

Lucy moves in with Olive and Jason, after her boyfriend leaves her. She belives this is because there is a curse on her family and she will never fall in love again.

 

Adam Connor moves in next door with his son after she asks him for a divorce.

 

I loved banter between the two and the heat and sexual tension was palpable. Adam was a such a good daddy. I loved him. You suggest you read this book. Today.