Review: Big Easy Temptation by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

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Series: The Perfect Gentlemen, #3

Authors: Shayla Black, Lexi Blake

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Note: I received this book from the publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series present the third scintillating novel featuring the privileged, wealthy, wild men of Creighton Academy—the Perfect Gentlemen.

Years ago, Naval officer Dax Spencer and NCIS agent Holland Kirk indulged in a steamy affair—until she betrayed him in the wake of his father’s death. Dax tried to put her behind him with a payback of his own. But he never forgot Holland…

Now, as Dax and his fellow Perfect Gentlemen unravel a web of lies, he discovers his family’s tragedy is part of a much larger conspiracy. Soon, all clues point him back to New Orleans…where Holland waits, protecting her deadly secret and holding a torch for the only man she’s ever loved.

Once reunited, they can’t fight the passion flaring hot and wild. But something sinister lurks around every corner, from the elegance of the Garden district to the beauty of the bayou. Dax and Holland may find their way back to each other—if they survive…


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I haven’t read the first two books in The Perfect Gentlemen series, but I have a feeling it would have been helpful to have read them prior to reading Big Easy Temptation. The background and storylines of all of the gentlemen would have been helpful. That being said, I was still able to read it and understand what was going on.

The writing in Big Easy Temptation was very good. It was a dual point of view story and both Holland and Dax had distinctive voices. I also couldn’t tell when the authors switched back and forth. It could easily have been written by one author. The plot was mysterious and kept me guessing.

Dax was a man who grew up with many privileges but chose to work hard. He was devoted to his family and friends. I loved his cocky and almost forceful nature. Dax went for what he wanted and wasn’t likely to take no for an answer.

Holland was sweet and intelligent, but she also had a lot of strength. She was willing to put the safety of those she loved before her heart.

Dax and Holland’s relationship was my favorite part of the story. They were both strong personalities, so their interactions were filled with intensity. When they clashed, neither was willing to give in. When they loved, they burnt brightly. It was easy to see why their separation didn’t leave much room for them to bond with other people.

The one major thing I didn’t enjoy about this book was the way it was set up. Between the Prologue and Chapter 1, the book abruptly flipped back and forth between three different time frames. Since I was new to the series and was still trying to figure out the characters’ relationships, it confused me a bit. From the first chapter on, the book was set in the past. It mostly set up the present and I found it slower paced than I would have liked. I had to keep pushing myself to read. The second half of the book was set in present day. I loved this part of the book. It was fast-paced, exciting and steamy. I wish the book had focused more on the present and less on the past.

Overall, I enjoyed the mystery and romance of Big Easy Temptation. I would recommend readers who are interested in Big Easy Temptation start with book one to get the most out of the story.

 

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Coast by Jay McLean

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COAST (Kick Push 2) – by Jay McLean

Series: The Road #3, Kick Push #2

Release Date: June 7, 2016

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One life-changing summer.

One boy.

The boy.

The boy who offered me safe touches and heart-stopping smiles – smiles he shared with his son.

We filled our days with porch-step kisses,

filled our ears with laughter,

filled our hearts with love.

Deep, soul-aching, desperate love.

But love is misleading.

It’s an invisible, fleeting moment.

Somewhere between false adoration and pure hatred comes an emotion, a vulnerable need, a single desire.

It lives within the ones who miss it, who crave it,

who know better than to expect it.

Love is relentless.

Even when that love turns to hate, turns to loathing,

turns to pain.

Love should heal you.

But it can also break you.

Believe me, I know…

Because I’m Becca Owens – a broken girl…

…And he’s Josh Warden – the boy who broke me.

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Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show. She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel. For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film, or television, please contact her agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.

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Review: Up In Flames by Abbi Glines

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Series: Rosemary Beach, #13

Author: Abbi Glines

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Rosemary Beach series ends with a bang when the troubled character readers love to hate gets her very own happily ever after in this eagerly anticipated and overwhelmingly requested story. Known for causing problems for everyone in Rosemary Beach, Nan has been growing up lately, and she’s finally taking center stage—and finding love with the man she least expected.


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I haven’t read all of the Rosemary Beach novels, but I have read several and there’s always been one character that’s interested me: Nan. She’s the character everyone loves to hate. She’s beautiful, impeccably dressed and a complete bitch. Nan’s made almost everyone in Rosemary Beach’s life hell at one point or another. I wondered how Abbi Glines would be able to make me fall in love with evil Nan.

All Nan wants is for someone to love her. She’s created a protective suit of armor around herself with her appearance and bitchy attitude, but when it comes down to it, she wants someone to love her as much as they love her sister-in-law, Blair, or her half-sister, Harlow. Nan’s hoping Major is going to be the man to sweep her off her feet, but she knows she doesn’t have his complete attention.

When Nan decides Major might not feel the way she does, she takes off for Vegas. In Vegas, she finds herself suddenly involved in an affair with the ruggedly handsome and mysterious Gannon. He brings out a side of Nan she never knew she had.

Returning home to Rosemary Beach after her intense time with Gannon leaves Nan feeling adrift. She can’t stop thinking about her experience with Gannon and how he made her feel. On top of that, Major is doing everything he can to woo Nan back. Nan will have to decide which man she truly desires.

I wish I could say that Up In Flames made me love Nan. It didn’t. I did come to like her, but I didn’t love her. I didn’t truly get to know her and her motives well enough in this book to fall in love with her. I wanted to connect with her character more than I did.

What I enjoyed about Up In Flames was the plot.  The Major-Nan-Gannon love triangle made the book. I liked knowing what Nan didn’t and watching the entire situation unfold. A little bit of mystery and suspense added so much to the love story.

What kept Up In Flames from being a 5 star read for me was the connection I didn’t make with Nan and Gannon’s sexual preferences. Even though Nan was down for his dark and dirty wants, I found them to be a turn off and bordering on creepy.

Overall, Up In Flames was a fun book to read and a great ending to a much-loved series. Fans are sure to enjoy it. Readers unfamiliar with the Rosemary Beach novels will want to start at the beginning of the series to truly enjoy this book.

Review: Hustler by Megan Quinn & Jessica Prince

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Authors: Megan Quinn, Jessica Prince

Publication Date: May 9, 2016

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

I make my living as a hustler, and I’m great at it.
I don’t have a single tell and I use that to my advantage to manipulate any situation.
I’ve always known what a person is about to do before they’ve even decided.

That is, until I met Penelope.
I can’t get a read on her, and what’s worse, she doesn’t want anything to do with me.
Which only makes me want her more.

Now I’m in for the hardest hustle of my life.
Somehow I have to convince her she belongs with me.
Good thing I’m always up for a challenge.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


I first saw Hustler on My Tiny Obsessions. Cristina gave it such a great review and made it sound so funny that I hurried right over to NetGalley to request a copy. I’m so happy I did!

When I first started reading Hustler, I thought “Oh no. Not another cocky millionaire playboy with commitment issues.” There’s so many of those stories out there and they all start to feel the same after a while. I shouldn’t have worried, though. Hustler was a story that stood out from the crowd.

What made Hustler stand out was that it was hilarious. I couldn’t stop myself from laughing. My husband kept looking over at me like I was crazy. I couldn’t help it. The banter between Nell and Gavin was just so funny! I loved how the more she tried to push him away, the more he tried to persuade her. And not only was their banter funny, but they were funny on their own. Nell and her friends and Gavin and his were so much fun. I loved that the laughter carried throughout the entire story.

This was a romance, though; it wasn’t all about the laughs. Gavin and Nell had an instant attraction to each other. It wasn’t insta-love, but it was insta-Iwanttoscrewthisperson. Their romance slowly built around their need for each other until it became love. It was so much fun to read. Although, I do have to admit some of Gavin’s moves to get what he wanted were a little over the top and borderline sexual harassment, but he was a cocky millionaire so I guess I expected his dominance.

Another really cool thing about Hustler was the setting. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read a story set in the poker world of Las Vegas before. It made the billionaire aspect of the story feel fresh and new.

Oh! One more thing to mention. The cover on this book has NOTHING to do with the story. No orgies involved. 😉

Hustler was a very fun and sexy romance that New Adult fans will love. I highly recommend it! I’m crossing my fingers that there are to be books for Gavin and Nell’s friends because I am already invested in their possible relationships!

 

WWW Wednesday: May 18, 2016

IMG_1384-0Welcome 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.

The Three W’s 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’m so excited to be reading When We Collided  because I loved Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You.


Recently finished:

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This week I read:

From This Day Forward

Waking Amy

Hustler

Only You

Up In Flames

Big Easy Temptation

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.


Reading Next:

Next up is Lethal Temptations. It’s the fifth book in the Tempted series. I read book 4, Reckless Temptations and it made me want to know what was going to happen in this one. 🙂 Although, I do have to admit the guy on the cover of this one creeps me out a bit.

Review: Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

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Author: Steven Rowley

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Note: I received this book from the publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.

When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.

The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details.

We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.

For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.

Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

Remember the last book you told someone they had to read?

Lily and the Octopus is the next one.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


The blurb for Lily and the Octopus couldn’t have been more right. Lily and the Octopus was a magical, unforgettable novel about a man and his dog. I absolutely adored the story, the characters and all of the feelings it gave me. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like this book. It’s a book everyone should experience for themselves. I would highly recommend reading it. I loved it!

I know this is probably the sparsest review I’ve ever written, but it was so much fun being in the dark going into this story. The only other thing I will say is that Ted reminded me a little of Sheldon Cooper with a dog. I have to admit that Sheldon’s voice was the narrator in my head.

Lily and the Octopus is definitely the next book you should read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim. These are books I picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about them.

Most of these books are from a time when my daughter was a baby and my mom would come over once a week to watch her so I could get out. I would go walk around Borders and read book descriptions or hang out in the Seattle’s Best Coffee shop there and read. Most of these are books I randomly bought while browsing (Loved those 30-40% off coupons!).


1. The Beach Trees by Karen White

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I randomly picked this one up, read the description and decided to try it. It’s still one of my most favorite books.


2. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I was attracted by the cover of the third book, Forever. When I realized it was part of a series, I bought the first book.


3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I bought this book when it first came out because of the creepy pictures.


4. Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

I saw this one on a library shelf. I was intrigued by the description, but for some reason I thought it was a vampire story. It wasn’t.


5. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

I randomly bought this one when Borders was having it’s closing clearance. It was one of the books left on the bestsellers table. It was so funny.


6. Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson

I think this is one I randomly pulled off the shelf at Borders and decided to buy. I ended up going on to read more of her books.


7. Grave Mercy by Robin La Fevers

This one I saw at Barnes and Nobles one day. I thought it sounded interesting, but didn’t buy it. I saw it at the library later and grabbed it.


8. Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah

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I used to listen to audio books when I drove to and from work before I had my daughter. This is one I randomly selected. It’s what started my love of Kristin Hannah books.


9. Forever Mine by Elizabeth Reyes

This just might be my first random Kindle book. I saw it on the free top 100 and decided to give it a try.


10. Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

This was another book I got off Borders closing clearance sale. It made me bawl. So good.


Have you read any of these? Was it on a whim?

Review: Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker

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Series: Ten Tiny Breaths, #3

Author: K.A. Tucker

Publication Date: November 4, 2013

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Goodreads Synopsis:

When a gorgeous young dancer walks through his door, a strip club owner must decide whether to follow his rules or his heart in the third novel by the author of One Tiny Lie and Ten Tiny Breaths.

Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control… and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her can’t get distracted by romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.


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I’ve been slowly making my way through reading K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths series. I absolutely loved the first two books, Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie, so I was excited to learn more about Kasey’s ex-boss, Cain.

Cain is the owner of Penny’s, a classy strip club in Miami. He makes it his business to hire and help turnaround women’s lives. When gorgeous Charlie walks into his club looking for work, Cain feels a spark that he hasn’t felt for a long, long time. He knows he shouldn’t hire her, but he can’t help himself. Night after night, Cain does what he’s never done before. He watches Charlie strip. She seems to be putting a show just for him.

Charlie knows she’s shouldn’t act on her attraction to Cain. She has too many secrets that keep her from having a real relationship. But she can’t seem to stop herself from seducing him on the dance floor every night.

The closer Cain and Charlie get, the closer Charlie’s secrets get to destroying their relationship.

Cain was such an amazing character. I loved the way he took the bad in his life and tried to turn it into good. He did so many awesome things for so many women. Charlie was a mystery to start with. I loved the way the author built up her story and slowly revealed things to the reader.

Four Seconds to Lose was a really fun book to read. Cain and Charlie’s love story was sweet and incredibly sexy. The suspense aspect of the book was very cool and had me reading even when I should have been in bed. I loved this addition to the series and I can’t wait to see what’s up for Ben in the next book.

The Harry Potter Book Tag

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Thank you to Kelly @ Kelly’s Rambles for tagging me for The Harry Potter Book Tag. 🙂 I know I’ve done it before, but it’s been a while so I thought I would do it again.


A book you found interesting but would like to rewrite:

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Less Mare Barrow Bone Marrow thinking anyone can betray anyone and more action, please.


A first book in a series that got you hooked:

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Want a mind*$&#? Read this book and the rest of the series. So good.


A book you wish you could have right now:

There’s no cover yet, but I want A Gift of Time. It’s the third book in the Nine Minutes series. All of my friends would be so jealous.


A killer book:

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There is a killer in this book. And it’s one of my faves.


A book you found confusing:

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I wouldn’t say this book confused me a bunch, it was just all of the characters with names starting with the same letters. It was hard to keep track of all of them at first.


Your spirit animal book:

My best friend once told me that Mindy Kaling (and her character Mindy Lahiri) were me if I hadn’t gotten married and had kids. I don’t know if I should be proud or worried. I do love Mindy, though!


A dark, twisted book:

It was so disturbing that I wanted to stop reading it at times.


A book that surprised you in a great way, reveals to be more than it is:

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All I’m going to say is that I yelled s#!t when I finished it.


I nominate the following people to indulge in this magical tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm

Arec @ Rainy Thursdays

Ashley @ What’s She Reading?

Beth @ Betwixt These Pages

Carrie @ Reading Is My Superpower

Claire @ Art and Soul

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Jennifer @ Wonderland Review

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

and anyone else who would like to do it!

Review: Waking Amy by Julieann Dove

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Series: Amy, #1

Author: Julieann Dove

Publication Date: February 23, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit

Note: I received this book from the author via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Amy Whitfield is blindsided when she comes home and finds a note on the fridge from her husband, Wesley, stating that after four years of marriage, he’s leaving her. Amy was in the midst of trying to spice things up, to bring life back to their boring marriage. It seems now that she was too late.

As Amy sits with her head between her knees, trying to figure out what to do next, a call comes from Mercer General Hospital. The ER nurse is telling Amy’s answering machine that Wesley has been in a car accident.

When Amy arrives at the hospital, she finds her husband in a coma. The doctors say there is no sign of brain damage, and Wesley will eventually wake up. Relieved, Amy sees this as her second chance: the chance to get it right this time. To channel the girl Wesley won’t leave when he regains consciousness… She just needs some help to pull it off. After all, she was voted girl most likely to die a virgin in high school.

Amy would never figure on getting that help from Mark Reilly…Wesley’s doctor! He’s a non-committer, too-cute-for-his-own-good bachelor, and completely the guy Amy begins falling for. It’s a race against time to see who wakes up first—Amy or her husband.


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It’s not very often that I read a romance where the thirty-something heroine is quite as sheltered or innocent as Amy was in Waking Amy. It certainly made for an interesting storyline.

Waking Amy is the story of a woman on the verge of an emotional, sexual and fundamental shift. Amy’s hit rock bottom in her marriage, her husband having left her prior to ending up in a coma. She’s willing to do anything it takes to get Wesley back. In order to make herself more desirable, she asks Wesley’s womanizing doctor, Mark, to help her. As Mark guides on her path of self-discovery, she slowly starts to wonder if maybe she’s trying to impress the wrong man.

Amy was way more naive than any 30-year-old I know. She didn’t show skin, wasn’t really interested in sex and was very conservative. The struggles she went through, how she examined her upbringing and the way she tried to recreate herself was inspirational. But I didn’t really connect with her or like her. Her naiveté kind of annoyed me at times. It gave a snotty tone to some of her point of view. And once I got to know how her relationship with Wesley evolved, I was a little disgusted with her.

Mark I liked. His storyline was my favorite. I loved when Amy stepped in and helped him several times. He had some great witty dialog and was fun to read about.

I didn’t care for the addition of Tom’s character and the love square it created. Amy already had enough going on with Wesley and Mark. He just seemed like extra thrown in to show she decided to take care of herself first.

Waking Amy felt more like Women’s Fiction/Chit Lit than Contemporary Romance. While there was romance to the story, it was mostly about Amy discovering who she truly wanted to be. I liked the story a lot, I just wish I had been fonder of Amy. I am interested to see where life takes her next, but I am a little surprised this is going to be a series. The ending wrapped up the book really well.

I would recommend Waking Amy if you enjoy novels about characters discovering their potential.