Mini Reviews: Book Bonanza 2018 New to Me Authors I Just Finally Got To

This past July, I had the pleasure of attending Book Bonanza 2018 in Denver, Colorado. I got to meet many authors I have read and loved and some that I hadn’t read yet. When I completed all the books I had to read for the month, I decide to take some time to read some of the authors from BB18 that I hadn’t had a chance to yet. These are reviews for those books.


Impossible
Series: Huntsford Hearts, #1
Author: Laurel Ulen Curtis (aka Max of Max Monroe)
Publication Date: June 24, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

One Accident. Two losses. Three years.

Veronica Russo chases storms, but runs from her past by staying firmly in the present. Unwilling to consider the possibility of a future, she’s checked out of life by using solitude and standoffishness as her armor and a sharp tongue and quick wit as her weapons.

Coleman Cade is a walking contradiction- just like his mismatched eyes. A rough and manly bull rider with a playful side. A ladies man with thousands of willing victims, but what he really wants is one woman. The right woman.

Will Roni be able to let go, move on, and find a way to fulfill her dream of having everything? Or will unsubstantiated choices and unresolved demons stand in the way of their happily ever after?

In order to overcome past tragedies and find true happiness- in order to have Everything- Roni needs to do one thing. Find the impossible.

My review:

I love Max Monroe romantic comedies, so I was very interested in reading the books they wrote on their own. I started with Impossible. This book was so much fun to read. There were parts of it I didn’t like (felt a little instant love-y, I didn’t get the whole first meeting with CJ and then his dad, and then Coleman being slightly stalker-ish), but for the most part I loved it. There was just something about story. It was deeper than I was expecting. There was a twist at the end I totally didn’t see coming. It was just such an entertaining read. I can’t wait to discover more of Lauren Curtis’ books.


Sundays are For Hangovers
Authors: J.D. Hollyfied, K. Webster
Publication Date: May 21, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

For nearly a year, they’ve been at war.
Cops. Forks. Eggs.
Two feuding neighbors who couldn’t be more opposite, forced to live next door to one another.
Neither is backing down.

She drives him crazy with her loud nineties rap music.
He gets under her skin the way he obsesses over his stupid perfect lawn.

She fantasizes about having sex with the hot nerd—but with duct tape over his dumb mouth.
He has dirty dreams of the bombshell beauty where he bangs the crazy right out of her—nightmares of course.
Anger isn’t the only thing heating up between these two.

They think this is a battle only one of them can win…
The growing attraction between them, though, seems to be far more stubborn than the two of them combined.

My review:

To be honest, I hadn’t heard of J.D. Hollyfield prior to BB18. My friend and I were eating in the hotel bar when we met her. We actually didn’t realize she was an author. I just offered her half of my meal (that I hadn’t touched) since the bar had stopped serving food. Weird, but I hated for it to go to waste! Anyways. After meeting her and seeing how cool she was, I decided to read one of her books.

I absolutely loved Sundays are for Hangovers. It was freaking hilarious! So, so funny. It was one of those perfect enemies to lovers stories. I couldn’t get enough of it. I can’t wait to read more from her! If you love a good romantic comedy, I highly recommend this book!


The Room Mate
Series: Roommates, #1
Author: Kendall Ryan
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start… I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

My review:

Okay, so I have read books by Kendall Ryan before. It’s just been a really long time since I’ve picked one up. Since she was at BB18, I’m including my review in this post. 😉

When I first started this book, I wasn’t sure it was going to be for me. I just wasn’t that into Paige’s character. She seemed a little boring to me. As the story went on, she grew on me. She was a normal person just like the rest of us. I liked how her relationship with Cannon progressed. I really liked his character. This was one of those simply fun romance reads to take your mind off of stuff.


Undefeated
Authors: Stuart Reardon, Jane Harvey-Berrick
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Stuart Reardon Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, Fiction

Rating: DNF @ 8%

Synopsis:

When your world crashes down
When they all say you’re out
When your body is broken
I will rise.
I will return.
And I will be undefeated.

Nick Renshaw is the golden boy of British rugby. When a serious injury threatens his career, he starts to spiral downwards, a broken man.

Abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him, he fights to restart his life. Maybe there’s someone out there who can help him. Maybe he can find his way back toward the light. Maybe … not.

Dr. Anna Scott might be the one person who can help Nick, but she has her own secrets. And when Nick’s past comes back to haunt them both, the enigmatic doctor is more vulnerable than she seems.

Broken and betrayed, the struggle to survive seems intolerable. Who will give in, and who will rise, undefeated?

My review:

I should probably have given this book more of a chance, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I couldn’t really get into it. For me, a large part of that is that it written in third person. It made it hard to connect with the characters early on.

Review: Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven

Professor Feelgood
Series: Masters of Love, #2
Author: Leisa Rayven
Publication Date: September 16, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

What’s a girl to do when a man who’s countless shades of wrong feels oh-so-right?

Ambitious book editor Asha Tate is a hopeless romantic. Despite her mediocre track record with men, she believes in swooning, sighing, and the everlasting love of true soul mates. Sure, sex is okay, but she’s not someone who’s ever been driven by her animal urges.

Until now.

When Asha stumbles upon the scorching hot Instagram feed of someone calling himself Professor Feelgood, she falls in lust for the first time. Not only is she left panting over the professor’s insane body, but his angst-filled poetry about losing his one true love speaks straight to her soul.

Desperately in need of a bestseller for her struggling publishing company, Asha knows the professor’s potential to sell to his millions of loyal followers could be the lifeline her bosses need. However, the ink is barely dry on a book deal before she realizes she’s made a terrible mistake. Sure, the professor is incredibly talented and sexier than any man has a right to be, but the man behind the persona isn’t at all who she pictured. In real life, he’s intense, arrogant and infuriating, and his uncanny ability to rub her the wrong way turns her dream project into a total nightmare.

Knowing that the professor is everything she doesn’t want in a man should help Asha ignore her occasional urges to mount him, but she quickly learns that explosive, unwanted chemistry can make even smart people do stupid things.


You know that feeling when you find a new author you love and you immediately want to read their entire backlist? That’s how I felt after reading Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven. I absolutely adored Professor Feelgood!

With a title like Professor Feelgood, I was expecting a super steamy read. What I got was an amazing slow burn romance. Professor Feelgood was more subtly sexy than anything. The combination of the Professor’s writings and the love-hate thing going on between him and Asha drove that. Their chemistry (even when they were avoiding it) was palpable. There was this deep bond between them that was very special. It made for a great story and romance.

I can’t say that I loved Asha at first. Not having read the first book in this series, I didn’t have a connection with her prior. I felt a little behind in her personal story. That didn’t matter that much because as the story went on I grew to know her and really like her. She had some hang ups I don’t normally read much about and I liked how that helped progress the story a certain way.

The Professor was a character I loved from the start. He was moody and raw. He wore his heart on his sleeve — or on his Instagram really. I loved his posts and the story he wove through them. I liked him even more after finding out who he was. The Professor’s identity took this book to a place I wasn’t expecting and that was so cool!

I can’t really say much more about Professor Feelgood because I don’t want to give away the surprises this romance has in store for the reader. What I will say is that it was an incredibly fun read. Contemporary romance fans will swoon over it. It’s made me want to go back and read not just the first book in this series, but all of Leisa Rayven’s books. I also REALLY want to read the Professor’s finished book!

Review: Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

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Block Shot
Series: A HOOPS Novel, #2
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Publication Date: September 10, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

JARED

If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat…
The heart everyone assumes is frozen over.
Her anger is…arousing.
Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth, gets me…well, you know.
If I had a dollar for every time she’s put me in my place, I’d be an even richer man.
I’m a successful sports agent because I assume “no” means you’ll think about it.
I’m sure what you meant to say is “Coming right up.”
They say even rich men don’t always get what they want, but those men don’t know how to play the game. The trick is to keep them guessing.
Take Banner. She assumes she’s winning, but this game?
She doesn’t even know how to play.

BANNER

If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I’d have exactly one dollar.
One night. One epic fail. One dollar…and I’m out.
I’ve moved on.
I’ve found success in a field ruled by men.
Anything they can do, I have done better.
They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.
And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?
Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats.
I’ll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.
Oh, I didn’t say the struggle wasn’t real.
But I’ve got that one dollar, and Jared won’t have me.


If you have never read a book by Kennedy Ryan, you are truly missing out. She is a phenomenal writer. The books she writes are the total package. Her stories are romances with powerful messages. There’s a social awareness to them that make them stand out. Her words and the stories they create are beautiful and impactful. I’m always a little nervous heading into one of her books because I know it’s going to make me feel all the things. I was especially nervous (and excited) to start Block Shot after the emotional rollercoaster I experienced in Long Shot, the first HOOPS novel.

From the minute I started Block Shot, I was hooked on Banner and Jared’s story. I loved how it started with their past. So much of their present was tied to their past. It influenced the way they dealt with each other, especially on Banner’s side. It made me excited to find out how they would end up together.

For me, the thing (or person) that made Block Shot amazing was Banner. She is one of those characters that I can see bits and pieces of myself in. Banner walked a fine line between being self-confident and filled with doubt. She knew she slayed at parts of her life, and she knew what her downfalls were. I liked that because I think no matter how confident a woman portrays herself, there’s always some insecurities hiding in the background. I loved how Banner took ownership of those negatives and put forth the effort to make them positives. It was inspiring to say the least.

My feelings for Jared are a little mixed. I had moments I loved him and moments I didn’t. I, personally, wouldn’t call him a swoon worthy main character. Jared was a highly flawed, like many of us are. He wasn’t a good guy, but he never claimed to be. I respected that, but I also didn’t like how he let that fact enable his decisions. Jared wasn’t all bad, though. He didn’t take the easy way out on anything. Jared worked hard for what he accomplished. The best thing about Jared was how he saw Banner.

Despite not falling completely in love with Jared’s character, I did love his relationship with Banner. They were a great match. Their story surprised me, though. I didn’t expect the nature of the obstacles that stood in their path. I should have known there wouldn’t be an easy fix for them (This is a Kennedy Ryan novel, after all.), but I guessed I hoped there would be. Their initial problem was a simple misunderstanding. I should have known that wouldn’t be the only thing they would face. There had to be some major hurdles and heartbreak. In the end, all of the good, the bad, and the ugly made for a touching love story.

There was only one thing that kept Block Shot from being a five-star read for me. A boundary was crossed that Banner tried to set with Jared. It was a boundary I believe in. I was disappointed that Jared had no problem using any excuse to cross that boundary. It made a big impression on how I felt about him and this book. His actions actually made me put the book down and walk away for a while because I was uncomfortable and afraid of what was to come. Everything that stemmed from his actions wasn’t all his fault. Banner played a part as well, which honestly shocked me, so I have some negative feelings about her as well. I guess when it comes down to it, I think the book would have still been as impactful without this part. I can understand in the end why Kennedy Ryan made the choices she did, but it isn’t something I love to read about.

Overall, Block Shot was a really great read. I loved the connection between Jared and Banner. I adored Banner and identified with her in so many ways. I know other women will, too. Honestly, that’s the most important part of this story.

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She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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Review: The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

The Butterfly Garden
Series: The Collector, #1
Author: Dot Hutchinson
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…


The Butterfly Garden is the tale of a deranged serial killer called “The Gardener” keeping the young women he hold captives in his butterfly garden until it’s time for them to meet their fates. It is told in the alternating view points of a FBI agent and the victim of a serial killer. Maya had not been murdered (yet), but she faced a horrifying ordeal. As Maya delivers her story of being held captive and the events surrounding it to Agent Hanoverian, he has to trust that she will give him the details he needs to solve his case. He knows she is keeping something from him, something big, but he’s not sure what.

If I had to sum up The Butterfly Garden in four words they would be creepy, disturbing, horrifying, and unsettling. Those four words pretty much say it all. I could barely stomach the events poor Maya and the other victims had to endure. It hurt my head and my heart. It made me feel disgusted and uncomfortable. I hated reading it, but I couldn’t stop. There was something so addictive to the tale. I had to know Maya’s story.

The weird thing about this thriller was that the story was told straight to the reader. There were twists and turns, but they didn’t really pop out at you unsuspectingly. They were delivered in the order you would expect. The biggest surprise was one that left me unsatisfied. I didn’t see it coming, but I think that’s because it didn’t make sense to me. It was too much of a coincidence. I actually felt that it ruined things a bit for me. That being said, it was probably a twist some readers would love.

The Butterfly Garden was a dark, horrifying story. If you like dark thrillers, this could be the book for you. It was on the verge of being too dark for me — even with how addicting it was. I had to read it during the day and then read a romance later that night so I wouldn’t have messed up dreams.

WWW Wednesday: September 12, 2018

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

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


Recently Read

This week was a fun reading week for me. I ended up with lots of time to read and no ARCs to finish. I decided to crack open my kindle and start picking books randomly to read. I read Girl, Wash Your Face, Impossible (Huntsford Hearts, #1), Sundays are for Hangovers, The Room Mate (Roommates, #1), and Road-Tripped (Ad Agency, #1).

Sadly, I had one DNF this week. Undefeated just wasn’t for me.


Currently ReadIng

I am reading an ARC of Professor Feelgood (Masters of Love, #2).

I’m also listening to Modern Romance.


Reading Next

Next up is an ARC of Not Until You.


What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Review: Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen

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Dirty Headlines
Author: L.J. Shen
Publication Date: September 7, 2018
Publisher: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Célian Laurent.
Manhattan royalty.
Notorious playboy.
Heir to a media empire.
…And my new boss.

I could have impressed him, if not for last month’s unforgettable one-night stand.
I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory–namely, his wallet.
Now he’s staring me down like I’m the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I’m supposed to take it.
But the thing about being Judith “Jude” Humphry is I have nothing to lose.
Brooklyn girl.
Infamously quirky.
Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch.
When he looks at me from across the room, I see the glint in his eyes, and that makes us rivals.
He knows it.
So do I.
Every day in the newsroom is a battle.
Every night in his bed, war.
But it’s my heart at stake, and I fear I’ll be raising the white flag.


You know how in real life there’s those foul-mouthed egotistical jerks you meet and you think someday this douchebag is going to meet the chick that puts him in his place? That is who Célian Laurent is. He’s ruthless, dirty, sexy, and a complete jerk. Célian’s the type of guy who intimidates people with one look. As a reader, you know he’s never going to be the nice or good guy. You love to hate him. He’s always going to be the jerk, but you also know that finding the right chick is going to soften him a bit. That makes him lovable for some reason. I found myself loving his character when I felt like I should have hated him.

Jude Humphry is one of my new favorite characters. She was the light to Célian’s dark. Jude is a woman who had nothing to lose. Literally nothing. Winding up working for the man whose wallet she stole after a one night stand would make lesser women cower. For Jude, it’s a challenge. She’s not about to let the pompous jerk interfere with the new job she so desperately needs. Jude doesn’t back down. She’s got the backbone to put Célian in his place. She gives back exactly what she’s dealt while making friends and doing a kick ass job.

Dirty Headlines was a very entertaining romance. Célian and Jude have an explosive relationship from the very beginning. Neither wants to feel what they do for the other. They fight, bicker, and banter. Their chemistry keeps them from walking away. Nothing seems easy between the two of them, and yet it kind of is. I loved the way their relationship evolved from a one night stand to more. The way they began to open up to each other was very sweet. Their connection grew from just sex to a deeper, more intimate connection. I especially loved how Célian’s feelings for Jude improved his life, but didn’t completely change him.

I also need to mention the newsroom. It was fun to see Célian and Jude in a competitive work environment. I loved everything that happened there! So much of the romance and non-romance parts of the story were wrapped up in what went down in the newsroom. It also gave Jude some cool coworker friends who I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of.

Dirty Headlines is exactly the type of book I’ve come to expect from L.J. Shen. If you loved her Sinners of Saint books and characters, then you will love this book.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s is Hidden Gems (which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?). Here are some books that I think should get more praise.


1. Something So Right
Series: Something So, #1
Author: Natasha Madison

If you’re a sports romance fan, you really need to give Something So Right a try. Natasha Madison is an amazing writer who adds a lot of humor and passion to her stories. This entire series is amazing.

2. Grip
Series: Grip, #1
Author: Kennedy Ryan

Grip was my #1 read of 2017. It’s a contemporary romance, but it’s got some great social commentary and is really with the times. The writing is beautiful, too. If you’re interested in it, start by reading the free prequel, Flow.

3. Bad Mommy
Author: Tarryn Fisher

Bad Mommy was brilliant. It completely messed with my head. The less you know going in, the better. It should have been hyped like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. I thought it was better than both of those.

4. Full Tilt
Series: Full Tilt Duet, #1
Author: Emma Scott

I randomly requested Full Tilt from NetGalley. I hadn’t heard of Emma Scott at that time. I think her books are gaining popularity, but I don’t think enough people have read this duet. It’s so emotional and gorgeous.

5. Up in the Treehouse
Author: K.K. Allen

When K.K. Allen asked me to read Up in the Treehouse, I had no idea that it was set so close to where I live. The accuracy of the setting made me so happy. So did the story.

6. Waiting on the Sidelines
Series: Waiting on the Sidelines, #1
Author: Ginger Scott

Honestly, I could have out any Ginger Scott book here. She writes YA and NA books. I know more and more people are reading them, but I want even more to. I also don’t think some of her backlist gets the attention it should.

7. Saving Toby
Series: Toby & Caudia, #1
Author: Suzanne McKenna Link

I really loved Saving Toby when I read it. If you’re an NA fan, I would recommend this one. It was fun, fast-paced, romantic, and intense.

8. Dear Daughter
Author: Elizabeth Little

I read Dear Daughter during the Gone Girl era. I liked reading it more than I liked reading Gone Girl. I don’t think it got enough hype.

9. Interference
Series: Prescott Family, #1
Author: Mignon Mykel

This is another sports romance that doesn’t get enough credit in my mind. I adored Interference. It was a great introduction to the series and Mykel’s writing.

10. Calm Like Home
Author: Kaisa Clark

When this book came out in 2015, Kaisa Clark asked me to read/review it. I loved it. I found myself relating to the main character so easily. It reminded me of my college years. It only has 47 reviews on Goodreads and that makes me sad.

Review: Intercepted by Alexa Martin

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Series: Playbook, #1
Author: Alexa Martin
Publication Date: September 11, 2018
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there’s a new player on the horizon, and he’s in a league of his own…

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She’s definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There’s just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.

Gavin fights to show Marlee he’s nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team’s wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee’s return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin’s relationship to survive the season.


Every once in a while I come across a book and I wonder how this could be the author’s début novel. That’s how I felt about Alexa Martin’s Intercepted. If I hadn’t looked up what other books she had written, I would have never have known this was the first. Intercepted was that good.

I loved the writing. It felt fresh and real. I could totally imagine all of the scenarios going down happening to a professional footballer’s girlfriend or wife. It was like watching it on one of those reality television shows. The crazy was just crazy enough to be believable.

Marlee was one cool chick. This goes back to the writing, but she felt like a real person because the voice the author gave her was so authentic. I loved her confidence and strength. Marlee had this sassy, snarky attitude. She didn’t let petty jabs get to her. It was so much fun. My favorite thing about her, though, was her independent streak. Marlee was determined to make it on her own. She wasn’t going to be the kept woman of a professional athlete.

Intercepted was all in Marlee’s point of view, but that did not stop me from getting to know Gavin well. Sometimes when a book is lacking the hero’s point of view, it feels like something is missing. This book did not feel that way. I got to know Gavin well enough through Marlee’s eyes. I loved Gavin. He was the professional athlete women hope they fall in love with. He wasn’t a womanizer and he treated Marlee like a queen. He did have his moments of stupidity, but it wouldn’t have been such a great love story if he hadn’t.

Another thing that was awesome about this book was the biracial representation. I can’t claim to identify with that piece of Marlee since I’m not biracial, but I know several readers who did. I loved everything about Marlee and how that piece of her identity worked into the story, so I think I can agree that it was well done. Normally, I might leave this paragraph out since I cannot personally identify, but I think readers who would identify should know about this.

I only had one beef with Intercepted: all of the #hashtags. Gosh, there were so many of them. At first it, I thought they were cute and kind of funny. By the end, #Iwasjustdonewiththem.

Intercepted was such a fun read. It was it was sassy, romantic, and hilarious. It brought a smile to my face. I can’t wait to read more from Alexa Martin. (Which reminds me, I read the blurb for her next book and I am dying to get my hands on it!!!)

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JARED

If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat…

The heart everyone assumes is frozen over.

Her anger is…arousing.

Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth,

gets me…well, you know.

If I had a dollar for every time she’s put me in my place, I’d be an even richer man.

I’m a successful sports agent because I assume “no” means you’ll think about it.

I’m sure what you meant to say is “Coming right up.”

They say even rich men don’t always get what they want,

but those men don’t know how to play the game. The trick is to keep them guessing.

Take Banner. She assumes she’s winning, but this game?

She doesn’t even know how to play.

BANNER

If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I’d have exactly one dollar.

One night. One epic fail. One dollar…and I’m out.

I’ve moved on.

I’ve found success in a field ruled by men.

Anything they can do, I have done better.

They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.

And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?

Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats.

I’ll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.

Oh, I didn’t say the struggle wasn’t real.

But I’ve got that one dollar, and Jared won’t have me.

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A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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Review: Mixed Up Love by Natasha Madison

Mixed Up Love
Author: Natasha Madison
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: I won this book through an Amazon Giveaway. This review is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Hunter
When my business partner asked me to do him a favor, I had no idea he was sending me on the blind date his mother had arranged for him.
I walked in the bar, saw the woman drinking her third martini, and knew I was in for an eventful night.
After the unexpected second date, she didn’t know my real name or who I really was. By that time, the lie was too far gone, and I wanted her too much to admit the truth.

Laney
It’s not every day you find out your ex-boyfriend is engaged.
I shouldn’t have agreed to the blind date, but I wasn’t in any position to turn down a night out when my mother insisted.
I will admit, I definitely shouldn’t have ordered that fourth martini before said blind date even arrived.
The man turned out to be swoon worthy, handsome, condescending—a perfect distraction.

Then I found out he was a liar.

I’ve never been in over my head to this degree.

Then again, I’ve never been mixed up in love.


Mixed Up Love is a hard book to review. To make thing easier, I’m going to showcase what I liked and didn’t like.

Likes:

  • Laney was an established woman who wasn’t looking for love.
  • Hunter’s attempt at wooing Laney.
  • Laney and Hunter’s chemistry. That had that instant connection.
  • The humor. This book had me laughing and smiling so much. There some great moments between Laney and Hunter.
  • Anthony and Sandy. Those two cracked me up.
  • Laney’s family.
  • Hunter’s mom.

Dislikes:

  • Hunter’s first chapter. Too much job detail for my liking. That added to his gruff personality made a bad first impression.
  • Hunter’s co-workers. They just seemed like additions to the story I didn’t really need.
  • Hunter’s obsession with Laney’s security. It was a little too crazy?
  • The epilogue. I didn’t like what Hunter did at the time he did it. I thought it was rude.
  • Hunter’s mom in the second epilogue.

Here’s the thing. I feel like I enjoyed this book more than my rating shows. Hunter and Laney were amazing together. I loved their relationship. It was just all of the other stuff I didn’t like. I didn’t like the beginning or the end of the book. I didn’t need all the stuff and people with Hunter’s work. For some reason, those things stick out in my mind more than what I did like after finishing the book. I wish it wasn’t that way, but it is. I would still recommend this book because that middle was great.