ARC Review: Steal Me by Lauren Layne

25058352Steal Me (New York’s Finest #2) by Lauren Layne

Publication Date: November 24, 2015

Publisher: Forever

Synopsis:

Captain Anthony Moretti has chosen his path in life. He wants to be the police commissioner one day. Anth knows that becoming commissioner means giving up some of his other dreams: a wife and kids. He’s fine with that until Maggie Walker shows up in his family’s favorite diner.

Maggie didn’t always dream of being a waitress in a diner, but it pays the bills while she writes her first novel. Another added benefit to waitressing at the diner is getting to spend Sundays with the Moretti family — specifically Anthony Moretti. Too bad he hates her.

When Maggie unexpectedly becomes an informant in the toughest case of Anth’s career, he can’t help but throw professionalism out the door.


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Steal Me was a light and fun contemporary romance. The chemistry between the characters was great and I liked each character’s backstory. Their separate histories added a lot to the story — especially Maggie’s. I also enjoyed the hunt for the criminal, which turned out to be her ex-husband. (Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler. It’s in the book blurb.)

It was fun to meet another Moretti cop. Anthony was a little uptight, but it was easy to understand why with his previous relationship history. The frustration he felt when making choices was interesting and understandable.

My favorite thing about Steal Me was Maggie, though. I thought her attraction to the grumpy Captain was cute. I loved the way she reacted to everything he did. I also liked her family history and the way she ended up dealing with them.

Steal Me is the second book in the New York’s Finest series. It can be read as a standalone novel or after reading Frisk Me. You can find my review for Frisk Me by clicking here.

**I received an electronic copy of Steal Me from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in this series:

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fictional Families I Would Like To Celebrate With

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Thanksgiving themed Freebie — ten books I’m thankful for, authors I’m thankful for, Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc. I decided to go with Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with because it sounded like fun to think back on fictional “families” I have loved.


1. The Bright Side Crew

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I would love to share a meal and be thankful with Kate, Gus and all their friends and family. They may not have all been related by blood, but they were family.


2. The Raven Boys Gang

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This is another non-blood related family. I would love to celebrate with Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah.


3. The Walters

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Celebrating with the Walter family family would be crazy and fun!


4. Blythe and the Shepherd Family

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They may all be a little messed up, but dining with the Shepherd family would be entertaining for sure. I can only imagine trouble Sabin could get into.


5. The Sullivans

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Bella Andre’s The Sullivans is one of my favorite contemporary romance series that has a book for each sibling. I have loved reading about the entire bunch of them and would love to be part of their family dinner.


6. The Chathams

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After reading the family party scene in Saint Anything, I would love to be part of the Thanksgiving festivities at their house.


7. The Garretts

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I wouldn’t mind living next door to the Garretts and celebrating with them.


8. The Reynolds

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I can only imagine the competitions that happen during the Thanksgiving celebrations in the Reynolds’ house. I would love to be a part of it all.


9. The More Than Friends

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I absolutely love the group of friends we meet in the More Than series. They’re so close and supportive, they’re each others’ families. I would love to hang out and be thankful with them.


10. The Morenos

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I love the Moreno Brothers series and the entire clan. They’re such a fun bunch. I can only imagine the drama waiting at the Thanksgiving table.


Those were a few of the families I would like to spend Thanksgiving with. Do you have any you would add?

I wanted to wish everyone celebrating Thanksgiving this week a happy one. I’m very thankful for all my readers and blogging friends. 🙂

Release Day Blitz & Review: Red Hot Holidays Anthology

Forget shopping. Forget wrapping. Spend the holidays with these 17 gorgeous alpha males.

They have something they’d like to put in your stockings, because they’re definitely on Santa’s naughty list in these 17 all-new stories.

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About the Book:

NYT, USA Today, and top-selling authors have banded together to bring you 17 all-new, sweet to sexy books about love, romance, and the holidays.

Take a break and rip open this boxed set to cuddle up with these romantic comedy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance books. These authors have pulled out all the stops, bringing back some of your favorite characters from their bestselling series for one more bite at the fruitcake or penning stories about new characters and new love!

For a limited time, you can pick up all 17 of these naughty men for a really great price! Over 1000 pages of love, laughter, and romance! From billionaires and filthy rich rock stars to undercover police and bear shifters, we’ve gathered all 17 passionate stories in one big box with a bow on top. This heart-pounding collection is filled with confident, sexy, and romantic men you’ll want to spend the holidays with.

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My Review: 5 out of 5 stars!

The Red Hot Holidays Anthology is a hot and steamy set of books to get you into the holiday spirit. There is a little something for everyone: contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, second chance romance and more.

One of my favorite stories in the Red Hot Holidays Anthology was Noel by J.C. Valentine. Noel was a nurse trying to avoid falling for her patient, hot cop Hunter. His hot body has her in a tizzy, but she’s going to stick with her oath of not dating patients…or she thinks she is until Hunter convinces her otherwise. Noel was a really fun, steamy read.

My other favorite was Winter Tryst by Mira Bailee. It was a short and sweet second chance romance where a man realizes the mistakes he’s made over the past year with his soon-to-be ex-wife.

Those two were my favorites in the anthology, but all of the others were really good as well! A Cub for Christmas by Ella Dominguez was a fun story about an older woman falling for a younger man. Give and Take by Daisy Prescott was a cute story taking place on Whidbey Island that gives a look at the exciting Christmas happenings of several friends. Black Christmas by JC Andrijeski was an interesting Christmas tale about a couple that is apart but that can read each others minds to communicate and be intimate.

Those are just some of the incredibly fun Christmas-time stories that make up this anthology. I would highly suggest reading the Red Hot Holidays Anthology to put you in the holiday spirit! It’s only $0.99!

Stories Included Are:

Perfectly Kissed ~ Lacey Silks Mistletoes, sneaky best friend and an old lady, coerce best friends and former lovers, Millie and Dave, to reunite for Christmas Holidays.

Montreux ~ Blair Babylon Wulf von Hannover and Rae Stone are about to marry in Montreux, but Wulf’s aristocratic father makes one last attempt to derail the wedding.

Home Bound ~ Olivia Rigal and Shannon Macallan Trapped by a storm, a voluptuous architect and a sexy TV news reporter melt the ice by a roaring fire.

A Band of Heather ~ Sarah M. Cradit Colleen and Noah belong to two very different worlds, but a band of heather changes their lives forever.

Christmas on the Run ~ Daizie Draper Wannabe rock star Tristan runs from a dangerous bookie and falls for the girl he’s only using as his perfect escape.

Noel: A Blue Collar Christmas ~ J.C. Valentine Nurse Noel Walker doesn’t date patients, but Officer Hunter Davis won’t give up until he slaps the cuffs on.

Black Christmas ~ JC Andrijeski Quintin Black vanishes, leaving Miri alone after a harrowing ordeal in Thailand. Will she forgive him in time for Christmas?

Winter Tryst ~ Mira Bailee One destroyed marriage. Two broken hearts. When Sean visits Lyla to say goodbye, winter’s magic forces the lovers to face the painful truth.

Give and Take ~ Daisy Prescott You never know who will show up at the Sip ’n Stroll in Langley. Someone’s pregnant. Someone’s engaged. And someone’s getting a puppy.

Slow and Steady ~ V. J. Chambers When danger interrupts Christmas shopping, Leigh and her husband Griffin sizzle.

Take Me Home ~ Alison Foster All my Christmas wishes were snatched away by an evil brute. What can you do when the man you hate most makes your mouth water?

Bearfield Snowed In ~ Jacqueline Sweet A hunter tracking her prey finds herself snowed in with a sexy shifter. Is he her mortal enemy or her fated mate?

My Cowboy Soldier ~ Gillian Cherry Holidays draw lovers and families together, except when war tears them apart.

A Cub for Christmas ~ Ella Dominguez This May-December romance burns up the pages when Aricelli realizes that unwrapping her Christmas package is only half the fun.

Rosy Cheeks ~ Amity Wilde Good things sometimes come in unlikely packages. When an online flirt stumbles into Karen’s very real life, he might be just what she needs.

A Beary Merry Christmas ~ Jazzmyn Wolfe After a season of frustration and pain, will curvy Kassandra and Brendan finally have a beary merry Christmas?

Alec’s First Christmas ~ Felicia Tatum Daphne and Zander welcomed their baby Alec, and his first Christmas has magical surprises.

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Review: Trouble by Elle Casey

Trouble (Rebel Wheels #3)  by Elle Casey

Publication Date: January 23, 2014

Synopsis:

Alissa Benson knows she’s a burden to her new roommates. She has no money, no job, no family, no boyfriend, no place to go…and she’s pregnant. Alissa knows she should be more thankful, but her nosy roommates won’t leave her alone. They’re pushy, swear like sailors and they have enough trouble of their own to deal with. All she wants is to escape in her books and not think about the future that is quickly coming.

If all that wasn’t enough, she has to deal with her roommate’s brother. One minute, Colin seems to despise her so much he can’t even look at her. The next, he won’t leave her alone. Colin’s super sexy and surprising sweet. Alissa knows she should just ignore him. He’s trouble and she has more important things to deal with.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Trouble was a really great ending to a fun series. I liked Alissa as the narrator for this one. Her perspective was so different from Teagan and Quin’s in the first two books. She was no where near as snarky and she didn’t use (much) foul language. I loved watching Alissa’s secrets unravel and learning more about her baby daddy situation.

My favorite thing about Trouble, though; was Colin. He was presented as such a trouble maker in the previous books. It was nice to find out even more why he was one and to see another side of him. I loved the way he wanted to take care of Alissa. I also adored his fascination with her pregnancy. It was really cute.

As for the rest of the Rebel Wheels cast and their storylines, I thought they were wrapped up nicely in Trouble. I loved the way everything worked out in the end. It was a lot of fun to read.

My only complaint about Trouble is that I would have loved to have read about what was going on in Colin’s head from his point of view. I wanted to know more about him. But all of the books in the series were written from the female point of view, so I understand why I didn’t get that.

If you’re looking for a fun, steamy New Adult romance with a bit of mystery, you should try the Rebel Wheels series. It’s a lot of fun to read. You can find my review for Rebel here and Hellion here.

Other books in this series:

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Soundtrack Saturday: Dare to Seduce

Welcome to Soundtrack Saturday! This week, I’m going to spotlight the book Dare to Seduce by Carly Phillips. You can find my review for Dare to Seduce here.

Note: If you’re not mature reader (let’s go with 17+), then this post probably isn’t for you. Dare to Seduce is an adult contemporary romance and my song choices are mature.


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Soundtrack Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Erin @ The Hardcover Lover. It’s a way to relate songs to books.

Here are the guidelines:

  • You can use The Hardcover Lover’s image or make one of your own
  • Please link The Hardcover Lover somewhere in your post
  • Create a soundtrack or mini-soundtrack for your chosen book
  • Add your name to the link-up tool so others can find and read your post
  • Leave a comment on The Hardcover Lover’s blog post

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Umm…I feel a little scandalous picking this book and the music to go with it because it’s definitely more of an erotic romance. I couldn’t help it, though. Picking the songs was just too funny.

A song that you think goes well with the beginning of your chosen book:

“I’m just a bachelor…looking for a partner…” Yeah, the beginning of this book is basically the main characters hooking up.

A song you think fits a character in your chosen book:

Max might as well have sang George Michael’s I Want Your Sex to Lucy the minute he reconnected with her.

I couldn’t resist picking another song for Max: Color Me Badd’s I Wanna Sex You Up was just too good of a song choice to pass up!

A song that represents a relationship in your chosen book:

Lucy and Max…

A song that fits the ending of the book:

Love Me Like You Do is a good song to describe Lucy and Max’s love for each other.


And that’s a wrap.

Review: Dare to Seduce by Carly Phillips

26055768Dare to Seduce (Dare to Love #8) by Carly Phillips

Publication Date: November 17, 2015

Synopsis:

Max Savage has wanted Lucy Dare for as long as he can remember. Age and Lucy’s older brothers have kept Max from making a move until now. Max has a chance to make Lucy his and he’s not going to let anything stop him from making her his. He has the perfect plan to seduce her.


 

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Dare to Seduce jumped right into the seduction immediately. Max wanted (to do brazen things to) Lucy. He didn’t hesitate making his move and desires known. Lucy didn’t seem to have a problem with that since they both had harbored secret feelings for each other for years and through other relationships.

Lucy may not have had a problem with the immediate seduction, but I kind of did. I get they had pent up sexual frustration from years of longing but it felt too quick to me. It’s not because I’m against jumping into the sack immediately in books. It happens all the time. But Lucy and Max were supposed to have this amazing connection based on past history. I was told they had this connection, but I didn’t feel the connection. I’m pretty sure it was because I didn’t get to read about their previous interactions except for from their thoughts. I would have liked a flashback or two to make me feel and believe it.

I started to like the story better once I got to know Max and Lucy better and they transitioned into a relationship. It was fun watching Max’s jealous side come out. And the sex scenes…Dang! They were hot.

I wish I would have connected as well with the characters in the first half of the book as I did in the second half of the book. The book was well written, but that initial missing connection made a book that could have been great good.

Dare to Seduce is part of the Dare to Love series but can be read as a standalone novel.

Other books in this series:

           

 

How I Read Books Tag

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The How I Read Books Tag is a tag that (gasp!) asks questions about how I read. Be prepared to be wowed. 😉

Thank you to Jesse @ Books at Dawn for tagging me for this fun tag!


How do you find out about new books to read?

I find books to read in many different ways. I like to read the book reviews in the BookPage magazine I pick up at my local library. Sometimes, friends tell me about books they’ve read or been told to read. I see books on Goodreads that friends have read or a group I’m in suggests reading. I’ve also been known to find random books on bookstore shelves. One of my favorite ways to find a new book/author is to Google “if I like ________’s books I’ll like”. Believe it or not I’ve found some great ones that way.


How has your taste in books changed since you got older?

It’s definitely become more romance driven. I think I’ve lost my imagination a bit because it’s a lot harder to read fantasy type stuff than it used to be.


How often do you buy books?

Way too often. (At least, that’s what my husband tells me!) I try to get most of my books from the library or on the cheap (Thanks, Bookbub!). If it’s an author I absolutely love I will buy books at full price. I have to be careful, though. If I spend too much in a month I definitely hear about it.


How did you get into book reviewing?

When I first joined a book group, I signed up for Book Movement. I started rating and kind of reviewing the books I was reading. Then, a friend introduced me to Goodreads and I went through and rated books for a while. I loved being able to see all of the reviews on there, so I started leaving them.

As for review blogging, several friends encouraged me for a couple of years to start my own blog before I worked up the courage to go for it.


How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?

Huh. I’m not sure. I guess I may not read the next book by the author. I think the entire book would have to be completely horrible for me to really complain about it.


How often do you sneak peak at the ending to see if there is a happy ending?

The only time I sneak a peak at an ending is if it’s a paperback/hardback book and (1) if I have lost interest in the book or (2) I don’t like what I’m reading.


Tag, you’re it:

 

Alex @ Alextheshadowgirl’s Blog

Claire @ Art and Soul

Michelle @ Mishi Reads

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Before the Blog: Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve

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Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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Publication Date: November 21, 1999

Publisher: Abacus Software

Goodreads Synopsis:

On a beach in New Hampshire at the turn of the last century, a young woman is drawn into a rocky, disastrous passage to adulthood. Olympia Biddeford is the only child of a prominent Boston couple—a precocious and well-educated daughter, alive with ideas and flush with the first stirrings of maturity. Her summer at the family’s vacation home in Fortune’s Rocks is transformed by the arrival of a doctor, a friend of her father’s, whose new book about mill-town labourers has caused a sensation. Olympia is captivated by his thinking, his stature, and his drive to do right—even as she is overwhelmed for the first time by irresistible sexual desire. She and the doctor—a married man, a father, and nearly three times her age—come together in an unthinkable, torturous, hopelessly passionate affair. Throwing aside propriety and self-preservation, Olympia plunges forward with cataclysmic results that are the price of straying in an unforgiving era. Olympia is cast out of the world she knows, and Fortune’s Rocks is the story of her determination to reinvent her broken life—and claim the one thing she finds she cannot live without.

A meditation on the erotic life of women, an exploration of class prejudices, and most of all a portrayal of the thoughts and actions of an unforgettable young woman, Fortune’s Rocks is a masterpiece of narrative drama, beautifully written by one of the most accomplished novelists of our time.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Why did you choose this book? 

Fortune’s Rocks was one of the first audio books I ever listened to. My boss had checked it out from the library and lent it to me when she was done with it. I was fascinated by the story and loved listening to it.

 When did you read this book? 

My best guess is around 2005-2006.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Anyone that likes a good historical novel.

Review: Hellion by Elle Casey

Hellion (Rebel Wheels #2) by Elle Casey

Publication Date: November 30, 2015

Publisher: Elle Casey

Synopsis:

Quinlan Torres is planning ahead for her future. She needs to finish college and get out on her own. She also has a lot of responsibilities: school work, her younger brother Jersey, and helping her best friend win back her deceased father’s company. The last thing Quin has time for is a guy.

If only Quin’s best friend didn’t have a boyfriend with a smoking hot brother. Maybe then she could actually stick to her plan. But each time they see each other, they get closer and closer to combusting…


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Last week I read Rebel, the first book in the Rebel Wheels series. I loved it. It was a fun NA romantic suspense. There were so many great one liners in it. It didn’t quite end in a cliffhanger, but there were still some unanswered questions. So, of course, I had to read Hellion.

Hellion was just as much fun to read as Rebel. Quin was just as snarky and hilarious as Teagan. She has such a potty mouth! I loved getting to know her and her family better. Her family — Jersey especially — was so cool. It was also fun to see her get all flustered by Rebel’s brother(s).

In keeping with the book description, I won’t tell you which brother Quin falls for. I’ll just say the tension between them was incredible. So were their hot and heavy moments.

I really enjoyed reading Hellion. It was almost as amazing as Rebel. My only big complaint was how quickly the story wrapped up. There was a huge build up to Quin and her hellion getting together, but once they were their relationship moved too quickly for me. I can’t explain it without giving too much away. It didn’t ruin the story, I just found it a little unbelievable. That being said, it didn’t ruin the book for me or keep me from wanting to read the next book in the series.

Other books in this series:

Rebel

WWW Wednesday: November 18, 2015

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

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I am reading an ARC of Lauren Layne’s Steal Me from NetGalley right now. It’s a fun contemporary romance. This is the second book in the New York’s Finest series about a family of cops.

I’ve still got Kim Holden’s All of It and S.C. Stephen’s Thoughtful on hold I plan on finishing those two, but it will be after few other books that I need to finish.


Recently finished:

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This past weekend, I finished up the Rebel Wheels series. It was a lot of fun.

I also read the fifth book in the More Than series by Jay McLean called More Than Enough. It was quite the emotional roller coaster. It might be my favorite of the series.

Hellion (Rebel Wheels #2) review

Trouble (Rebel Wheels #3) review to come soon

More Than Enough (More Than #5) review


Reading Next:

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Yes, this is still on my reading next list. I didn’t get a chance to start it last week. Turns out it’s not due for another week. I know, I know. I want to read it. I’m not sure why I’ve put it off.

I’m also going to read Carly Phillip’s eighth Dare to Love book called Dare to Seduce. I feel a little weird having those two pictures next to each other…


What are you reading next?