Review: Rumor Has It by Jessica Lemmon

Rumor Has It
Series: Real Love, #4
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

This is one bad boy who’s fit to print. A notorious jock tackles life—and love—after football with a type-A journalist in this sexy standalone from the author of Eye Candy.

Barrett: As a former pro football star, I’m used to playing the field. After injuries cut my NFL career short, my second act as a broadcaster ended on live television when a hot mic picked up a little verbal . . . indiscretion. But this latest publicity stunt might just land me back on top—much to the chagrin of Catarina Everhart, the prissy, beautiful journalist who’s been assigned to date a bad boy (i.e., me) and write about it. Catarina swears I’ll never touch her, let alone kiss those full lips of hers. Based on our chemistry, I’m not buying it. . . .

Catarina: Barrett Fox seems to be doing everything in his power to make me hate him. The cocky egomaniac is infamous for his bad behavior, and now, thanks to my boss’s harebrained schemes, he’s apparently my problem. As one fake date leads to another, I start to see a different side of Barrett. He’s close with his family. He does volunteer work. And, okay, he kisses like a dream. Am I really dating Barrett Fox? Or is he playing me? Because suddenly I’m risking my reputation—and my heart.


So far, my experience with Jessica Lemmon’s Real Love series has been that each book is better than the next. That experience continued with Rumor Has It. It’s my new favorite book in the series. Rumor Has It was exactly what I was hoping for. It was upbeat and fun. There was a great enemies to lover vibe from the very beginning and some very entertaining banter. I adored that Rumor Has It had the How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days romantic comedy vibe.

The characters in this book were so much fun. Catarina was the type of woman I like to read about. She knew what she wanted in life. She was career driven, but had a romantic side to her. I loved that she didn’t put up with Barrett’s crap, but also that she could see beyond it.

Barrett was kind of a mess. He was all swagger and cocky confidence, but there were some surprising self-confidence issues hiding behind it. I didn’t adore his attitude, but I did like some of the things it created. His nickname for Catarina made me laugh — most because of how it fit within the story and their experiences. I also liked how he treated her beyond their initial meeting. He was a surprisingly cool guy, with one exception.

That exception? Well, it’s the only thing I didn’t like about Rumor Has It. Barrett’s verbal indiscretion was offensive in so many ways. Honestly, it didn’t surprise me that Jessica Lemmon went there. What surprised me was that she did and then didn’t really make Barrett learn from his mistake. I didn’t feel like he was truly sorry. He apologized which would make it seem like he was, but some of his later comments contradicted that. I don’t know. It bugged me. Oh, and I also wanted something better for Mattie. I didn’t get a resolution for that, but maybe that’s just because Mattie was only used to show Barrett’s softer side.

Other than that, I loved this book. Catarina and Barrett’s relationship was amusing and so enjoyable to read. I loved how they interacted with each other. I loved how they reacted to each other. Everything about it was so entertaining — especially the scene with More Than Words. Rumor Has It would be a great book to take to the beach or wherever you’re relaxing this summer.

Release Blitz: I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Bad Ass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but “Bad Ass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.
Curious.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day?

One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

After the semester ends, will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

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Ilsa LogoWall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She’s best known for her angsty, heartfelt new adult college romances.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

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Review: 25: Angels and Assists by Mignon Mykel

25: Angels and Assists
Series: Enforcers of San Diego, #3
Author: Mignon Mykel
Publication Date: April 29, 2018
Publisher: Mignon Mykel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the author of Prescott Family, comes the next installment in the Enforcers of San Diego interconnected series, featuring a widower father who learns: sometimes forever has been in front of you all along…

After growing up in a household without a mother and with a father who could not care less, Mikey Leeds took his world into his own hands. Being drafted into the Ontario Hockey League at seventeen, then the National Hockey League at eighteen, should have been the height of his dreams…but that was only the icing on the cake.

Moving to Canada for hockey was only the beginning of the good life. It also brought him Trina Perri.

Life was good.
Life was perfect.

And it all came crashing down one night in late December.

Year after year, the twenty-second of December brings darkness into Mikey’s life. He can’t catch a break.

This December, he’s taking a page from his own book. He’s going to take back his life, and not let hockey superstitions hold him back.

He has an angel on his side, while another has always been in front of him.
He just needs to see the assist for what it is, and not let her go…

Again.


Mignon Mykel is one of the authors I wish more romance readers knew about. I love her writing. All of her characters have interesting stories that are emotionally deep. I especially love her hockey romances. 25: Angels and Assists is one of my new favorites of hers.

25: Angels and Assists had my emotions on high alert from the beginning. I had no idea Mikey had been through so much! The loss of his wife was so devastating. I hurt for him and what his loss meant — but I loved his new love interest. Molly was his wife’s best friend / his son’s nanny. Even when they weren’t together, they created a special little family. Their relationship started out rocky and was an emotional rollercoaster, but the pay off was worth it! Mikey and Molly were perfect for each other. I loved every minute spent with them.

Another thing I loved in this book, as well as Mykel’s other books, was the attention given to the sport. 25: Angels and Assists had some great professional hockey scenes. I felt like I learned a few things about the sports that I didn’t know before. It’s always fun to learn something new.

If you’re a fan of hockey romances, you really need to check Mignon Mykel’s books! They’re emotionally raw, filled with great characters, and wonderful love stories.

Cover Reveal: Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

I am so excited to reveal the cover for Folsom by writing duo Tarryn Fisher and Willow Aster coming on May 29th!

The nation as we know it is a thing of the past.

With the male species on the verge of extinction, a society called the End Men is formed to save the world. Folsom Donahue is one of twelve men whose sole purpose is to repopulate the Regions. The endless days spent having sex with strangers leaves Folsom with an emptiness no amount of women, money, or status can fill.

Until Gwen.

Gwen has wanted a child for as long as she can remember, but when she finally gets a chance to have her own, she uncovers a long hidden truth. The injustice she sees moves her to help save the men whom no one else believes need saving.

A forbidden love, grown in a time of despair, ignites a revolution.

Folsom and Gwen, torn between their love for each other and their sense of duty, must make a choice. But some will stop at nothing to destroy them.

Folsom is book one of the End of Men series.

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Contemporary Romance with a side of Dystopian

Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of nine novels. Born a sun hater, she currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington with her children, husband, and psychotic husky. Tarryn writes about villains.

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Willow Aster is the author of True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, and Lilith. Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming and make fun of her for reading while cooking.

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Review: Rose by Elle Casey

Rose
Series: Red Hot Love, #3
Author: Elle Casey
Publication Date: July 12, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:


If you haven’t read the Red Hot Love series, it’s the story of three women raised as sisters on a hippy commune in Maine. Their mothers created the commune to hide them all from their rock star fathers. When the men learned about their possible daughters, they sent a lawyer out to contact them to offer a meeting with the band and a large sum of money. Each book is about one of the sister’s experience of falling love and getting to know the men who could be her father. Rose is third and final sister Rose’s book.

Rose was my favorite book in the Red Hot Love series. It still had an insta-love feel to it like the previous books, but it was less of one because of Rose’s beau. Greg Lister, Red Hot’s lawyer, has been around since the first book and his relationship with Rose felt like a natural progression. The timeline in the book did make the blossoming of their relationship feel fast, but that was okay for me. I really liked Rose and Lister together.

Another thing I really liked was the bit of mystery surrounding Rose’s animal shelter. Things started happening and I thought I knew where the story was going, but I didn’t. It went where I wasn’t expecting. I liked that.

My biggest gripe with this book was the conclusion. We. Still. Don’t. Know. Who. The. Fathers. Are!!! It killed me. I have wanted to know this from the very beginning. It’s kind of why I started reading this series in the first place! This isn’t really that spoiler-y because I feel like I knew I wasn’t ever going to find out, but STILL!!!

Even though I didn’t get my answers, Rose was a fun, quick read. It was a good ending to the Red Hot Love series. I think fans of this series will really enjoy it.

Review: Real Duet by Meghan March

Real Good Man
Series: Real Duet, #1
Author: Meghan March
Narrators: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
Publication Date: January 6, 2017
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Fall for a woman over text messages? No way in hell.
Reality can never be as good as the fantasy, right?
Wrong. It’s better.
Banner Regent is smart, funny, and she’s so far out of my league, she might as well be royalty.
I’m a mechanic from Kentucky. She’s a New York City party girl.
We were never supposed to meet, but one text started something neither of us saw coming.
How do you seduce the woman who already has everything?
Show her what it’s like to be with a real good man.

REVIEW:

I’ve been all about binge listening to Meghan March’s books lately. I love her writing and the narrators who read her books. The combination of those two things is always a winning combination. What drew me to pick to listen to Real Good Man next was the blurb. I was intrigued by the whole meeting over text message thing.

While the text message thing was what drove me to pick up the book, it was a huge focus in the book. That surprised me. The characters had already been texting for a couple of weeks by the time the story began. Real Good Man started closer to the time Banner and Logan met. I was a little disappointed in this, but it didn’t stop me from loving this book.

Real Good Man was so much fun to listen to. Banner cracked me up. She was so blunt and unapologetic. Banner wasn’t one to hide anything. That made her falling for a small town guy who kept his life private so entertaining.

I loved that once Banner came to town, Logan didn’t want to keep his life private anymore. He was all about staking his claim on his woman. It didn’t matter to him who he upset making it known Banner was the one for him. I liked seeing some of those women pawing after him hear the news.

I also loved the small town Kentucky setting. The whole town came alive in Meghan March’s descriptions. I especially loved the people Banner came across. The friends she made and how she made them brought a smile to my face.

I was sad when this book ended with a big old cliffhanger because I didn’t have the next audiobook from the library yet! I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next for Banner and Logan!


Real Good Love
Series: Real Duet, #2
Author: Meghan March
Narrators: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I’ve had my fair share of bad boys, but nothing prepared me for what it was like to be with a real good man.
Logan Brantley changed everything.
Somewhere along the way, what started as a fling became the best part of my life.
He makes me want all the things I’ve never had, like forever and happily ever after, but nothing worth having comes easily.
Everyone is betting on us to fail, but I’m ready to fight for this real good love.

REVIEW:

I am so happy I finally got my hold on this audiobook. I was dying to get back to Banner, Logan, and all the crazy shenanigans going on in Kentucky! Banner and Logan were just as cute together as in the first book. I loved seeing them take their love to the next level. I also really loved all of the mystery surrounding the drugs in the area. I didn’t see it ended like it did, but I loved it all! I couldn’t have thought of a better conclusion for Banner and Logan.

The Real Duet was amazing and I highly recommend it! It’s my favorite duet of Meghan March’s I’ve listened to yet. I also suggest listening to the audio version of this duet because Andi Arndt and Sebastian York are the best narrators EVER! I can’t wait to enjoy more of Meghan March’s books!