Review: Breaking Love by B.B. Reid

Breaking Love
Series: Broken Love, #4
Author: B.B. Reid
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
Publisher: B.B. Reid
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

She’s the girl who got away, but now she’s back…

Four years was all it took.

I told myself I didn’t need friends. I didn’t need family. I sure as fuck didn’t need him.

And you know what?

I was right.

He had been inside of me, coursing through my veins.

So I cut and bled Dash Chambers until I was free.

But the day I returned to Six Forks and was thrown at his feet, I realized I would never forget how it felt to have every inch of him inside me.

…and he’s waiting.

Angel thought if she ran far enough, she’d be free.

What’s mine will always be mine.

This time I do things my way.

* * *

DISCLAIMER: While Breaking Love isn’t dark, the first of the series contains sensitive themes many people aren’t able to swallow. 


Okay. First, I have to comment on that disclaimer above. I disagree with it. Breaking Love IS dark. The themes may not be quite as sensitive as the first three books in the series, but they are still sensitive. The relationship(s) depicted in this book is not healthy.

That being said, the writing and plot other than the relationship is very addictive. It’s what has kept me reading. The mystery / suspense plot continues through each book and is built on. It got even more twisted and interesting in Breaking Love. I loved all of the revelations and how they effected the entire cast of the series.

Back to the relationship aspect of this book… Dash might not be the monster Keiran or Keenan were in the previous books, but he wasn’t a saint. He was manipulative in more ways than one. His relationship with Willow was sweeter than any of the others. Despite a few of his actions, I actually liked Dash a lot. His intentions were a lot purer than his friends’.

I hate to say it, but I am not a fan of Willow after reading this book. I didn’t like how she treated her friendships with Sheldon and Lake. Her whole reason for being absent was just ugh. When Willow did return to town, she made one bad decision after the next. She hid things she didn’t need to hide. I don’t know why she couldn’t trust the people who obviously had her back, but it made me so irritated.

This may sound weird, but my favorite thing about Breaking Love was the end. I wasn’t expecting it and it was an amazing cliffhanger! I was so happy to have the next book ready to read.

Review: Fear Us by B.B. Reid

Fear Us
Series: Broken Love, #3
Author: B.B. Reid
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: B.B. Reid
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

KEENAN
It’s been four years since I ran away—from home, my brother, and my maybe father. I created a life free of expectations while pretending I wasn’t being hunted by all of the above. I managed to stay under the radar all this time… or so I thought. When big brother shows up and saves my ass, I’m forced to face everything I left behind, including her.

SHELDON
It’s been four years since I became another statistic. I made a lot of mistakes when it came to Keenan Masters. The first was loving him at all. He took something from me the night he left, and when I told him I still loved him, he told me he’d always hate me. After that, I learned how to be okay… until he came back. Gone was the boy who always knew how to make me laugh, and in his place was a cold, arrogant monster.


I’m completely addicted to the Broken Love series, and yet I’m a little disappointed in the direction it has continued to go. The first two books in the series, Fear Me and Fear You, were great with the exception of Lake and Kieran’s abusive relationship. That relationship made me so mad. I wanted to love them together, but I couldn’t. I was really, really hoping that Keenan and Sheldon’s book was going to be different. Was it? No, not really.

Fear Us takes place four years after Fear You left off. It’s important to have read the first two books prior to Fear Us because a big part of the story is woven around situations that take part in the past. Everything leads up to where Keenan and Sheldon are now. I had a feeling I knew where Keenan and Sheldon’s story was headed — I just didn’t know it was going to be so twisted and maddening.

Keenan pretty much turned himself into a version of Kieran. That made me sad for a couple of reasons. One, I liked who Keenan was for the most part prior to anger taking over his life. He was tough like Kieran, but he had a jovial sweetness to him. I missed that Keenan. I didn’t want mean Keenan. Two, I was done reading about a volatile, abusive relationship. I mean, why do all these guys have to be so abusive? Why can’t they be alpha without the intimidation and forcefulness? The things these brothers have done make me sick to my stomach.

I was proud of Sheldon in so many situations in this book. She didn’t back down to Keenan when it came to some of the most important things. I do wish she wouldn’t have given into Keenan in other ways, but I guess it does show the reader how love can make people stay/put up with situations they shouldn’t.

What surprised me the most in this book was Ken. It wasn’t Ken’s character so much as how Kieran’s relationship with Ken was depicted. I was surprised by how much I liked that part of the story. It made Kieran seem like less of a monster to me. I could almost — not really — forget his past.

My favorite thing about Fear Us was the same thing as the first two books. I loved the mystery/suspense plot that continued. It kept me wondering how everything was going to play out for this group of friends.

So…Plot good. Abusive relationships bad. I know that’s how the whole series is going to be. I should get over the abusive part, but I can’t. I won’t. It’s just too wrong…but I need to know how everything is going to shake out in the end, so I will keep reading.

Review: Fear You by B.B. Reid

Fear You
Series: Broken Love, #2
Author: B.B. Reid
Publication Date: March 11, 2015
Publisher: B.B. Reid
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

What happens when she’s had enough?

Lake Monroe has given in to her childhood tormentor too many times. She knows it, he knows it, and even their enemies know it. When he returned after being found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit—a crime he thought she set him up for, he returned darker than ever, demanding her body and her submission. To survive him, she knew she had to give in to fear once more or suffer the deadly consequences…

But Lake experienced what it was like to submit to the dark and demanding boy who invaded her dreams. Now she’ll experience what it’s like to fight him.

What happens when he wants more?

Keiran Masters has a past that is both shocking and dark. Once enslaved, he now has demons he can’t escape—demons that have followed him for ten years, demons he blames his beautiful obsession for. He promised to make her pay. He promised to make her break…

But after Keiran had conquered her body and tasted her submission, he found a new addiction instead—one he has no intention of giving up.

As secrets unfold,
Identities are revealed,
Danger closes in,
And they both discover what it really means to fear…


Fear You is the second book in the Broken Love series. It begins where the first book, Fear Me, left off. Without reading book one, you won’t understand the plot or the relationship dynamics. Just a warning: This book contains sensitive themes that will be disturbing to some readers. You can check out my review for Fear Me here, if you’re curious.

Like I said above, Fear You continues Lake and Keiran’s story. They’re not on good terms–not that they ever truly were on good terms. Lake has to deal with the fall out for what she’s done to Keiran. He’s back to torment her, but this time she feels she has the power to stand up to him. It is hard because Keiran is relentless. He’s not willing to give Lake up. She’s his obsession.There’s also the matter of Keiran’s past haunting both Lake and Keiran. His demons have shown up, and it puts both of them in danger.

Fear You was a little easier for me to stomach than Fear Me. The abusive relationship between Lake and Keiran was still there, but I got some answers I needed. I now understand why Keiran is the monster he is. I still hate it, but I understand it. Lake stood up for herself as much as she was able to without completely giving in to Kerian, so I appreciated that. There were actually a few loving moments in Fear You that bordered on sweet. I still believe they both need years of counseling and that this book needs a warning about abusive relationships and where to get help if you’re in one. Basically, Keiran and Lake’s messed up relationship was pretty close to what it was in Fear You. It was horrible and no one should live that way.

What was outstanding about Fear You was the writing itself. It was utterly addictive. The story that was wrapped around Keiran and Lake’s twisted love affair was so good. It was suspenseful and kept me wondering how it would all play out. It is the only reason I kept reading this series other than to hope I would get to see Lake and Keiran get some therapy. I couldn’t believe some of the twists B.B. Reid came up with. I loved how the plot wrapped up — with the exception of Sheldon and Keenan’s arc. They moved into dangerous territory. Fear Us, the next book in this series, is theirs and I’m worried it’s going to be another Fear Me / Fear You situation. I don’t know that I can handle another abusive relationship like Lake and Keiran’s. I guess I’ll find out since I’ve already started reading the third book.

Series Review: Infamous by N.A. Alcorn

The Infamous Ellen James
Series: Infamous, #1
Author: N.A. Alcorn
Publication Date: February 18, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Meet twenty-eight year old Ellen James. A sarcastic, feisty, foul-mouthed ER Nurse. She is snarky, sassy, and sometimes crudely inappropriate. After a terrible breakup with her fiancé, Ellen has promised herself that she will never make the mistake of falling for another man again… and physicians, well she’s more than written them off.

Once she meets sexy Trauma Surgeon, Dr. Trent Hamilton, this promise is unbelievably hard to keep. This too-hot-for-Ellen’s-own-good man is undeniably sexy and down-right irresistible. He leaves her breathless, speechless, and irritatingly turned on. He makes her fantasize about him in all kinds of dirty, inappropriate ways.

With the help of her obnoxious, and often times hilarious best friend Amy, Ellen will find herself in several crazy, embarrassing situations.

This is a story of friendship, love and how one very sarcastic woman can find the strength to pick up the pieces after having her heart broken.

In her first novel, N.A. Alcorn provides interesting takes on the word vagina, while giving you a reason to re-think your next visit to the Emergency Room. This book is bound to make you laugh, smile, and provide you with enough sarcasm to choke your grandmother. No, N.A. doesn’t want anything bad to happen to your Grandma Ruth, but she does want you to strongly consider re-naming your vibrator after a guy who’s at the top of your spank bank rotation. Be prepared for dripping juice-boxes, awkward pelvic thrusting, and a little suspense to keep your snatch on edge.

My review:

If you didn’t know, N.A. Alcorn is one half of Max Monroe. When I found out this summer who these authors were, I decided I had to read their individual works. I had several people recommend The Infamous Ellen James to me. I am so happy they did because I loved this book so much!!!

Ellen was outrageous. If she was my friend, she would have the nickname Crazy Ellen. She’s that friend who doesn’t mean to do dumb, crazy, funny stuff but always ends up making a scene. The things that happened to her are only things that could happen to Crazy Ellen. (I have a friend like this in real life, so I feel like I could totally see everything going down the way it did!)

Ellen wasn’t alone in her craziness. Ellen had her best friend Amy Jackson to back her up. Some might say Amy is even crazier than Crazy Ellen. (That’s something I will have to come back to when I review Avoiding Amy Jackson.) Ellen and Amy had the best friendship. They got into some insane trouble, but they always had each other’s backs.

Since Ellen was so fabulously outrageous, she needed a special man to fall in love with her. Dr. Trent Hamilton was that man. He wasn’t afraid to embrace the craziness of falling in love with Ellen. He saw her for the true gem she was.

One thing that really surprised me about The Infamous Ellen James was the serious place it went towards the end. It was all fun and games until something major happened. Then it became more emotional. I liked that N.A. Alcorn was able to take a book that was extremely fun and flirty and make it something deeper and more emotional.

The Infamous Ellen James was laugh out loud hilarious. I cannot even put into words how much joy this book brought me. I loved everything about Ellen and Trent. Their story of falling in love was a crazy good time. I can’t believe this was N.A. Alcorn’s first novel. It was so good!


Avoiding Amy Jackson
Series: Infamous, #2
Author: N.A. Alcorn
Publication Date: February 18, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Meet Amy Jackson. An outspoken, raunchy, in-your-face, loudly inappropriate ER Nurse who makes a career out of indulging.

One-night stands have always been her thing.

Commitment and relationships are two words that are not in her vocabulary.

Amy doesn’t have dreams of soul mates and white picket fences. She adamantly refuses to even consider the idea of getting married and starting a family. She’s also obstinate in allowing a certain physician to get on her good side…

James Williams. A cocky, smug, too-damn-good-looking orthopedic surgeon who has his sights set on the very feisty Amy Jackson. He is more than intrigued and ready to do whatever it takes…

“I want this woman. I’m the type of guy who will fight for what he wants until he gets it. I will take my time with Amy. I won’t rush her. I will continue to slowly slide myself into her life until she realizes that I belong there. And then…I won’t let her go.”

My review:

N.A. Alcorn gives a bit of preview of what’s to come in Avoiding Amy Jackson in The Infamous Ellen James. I’m happy she did that because the Amy and James’ story was… Well, I’m not even sure how to describe it! Amy was so angry wi James for turning down her offer of a one night stand that she decided to hate him. She was mean and rude to him. For some really crazy reason, he still wanted to be with her. I didn’t get it, but it made for a great story!

Amy Jackson and Ellen James are two peas in a pod, so I was worried this book could feel like a repeat of the last. It wasn’t. Amy was just as crass as Ellen, but she had her own issues. She didn’t believe in love and she was all about the one night stand. That was bothersome at times to me, but as her issues slowly revealed themselves I began to understand her decision-making process. It didn’t make me feel any better about her actions, but at least I could understand them. She had a lot of pain inside, and seeing how everything played out made me like her more as a person than I did at the beginning.

James was an idiot. Or an extremely patient and nice guy. It’s hard to determine which based on his holding out for Amy. I’m not quite why he continued to pursue her when she was so nasty to him. I did like how he waited her out and used some sneaky tactics to make her fall for him. He was really very sweet to her, and I loved how he treated her. I just didn’t completely get why he did it. That’s okay, though. It made for a great romance.

Now back to Ellen…I was happy she and Trent played such a big part in Amy and James’ story. It gave me the opportunity to get a little more of their love story. It was also fun to see Ellen and Amy back in action together. I also can’t leave out Ellen’s sister Lizzy. I loved the sneak peek at what was going on there. I was excited to see that Lizzy had a book coming — until I remembered that Max Monroe said they’re only writing books together right now and Avoiding Amy Jackson was released in 2014, so I might not get Lizzy’s story. 🙁

Avoiding Amy Jackson may not as been as amazing a read as The Infamous Ellen James for me, but it was still very good. It had humor, deep emotions, and a sweet love story. I’m crossing my fingers that N.A. Alcorn will eventually give me that third book in this series about Lizzy. I’m dying to read it and find out what else is to come in the Infamous world.

Review: The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred

The Sweet Gum Tree
Author: Katherine Allread
Publication Date: May 12, 2005
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, New Adult, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Sweet tea, corn bread, and soup beans—everyday fare for eight-year-old Alix French, the precocious darling of a respected southern family. But nothing was ordinary about the day she met ten-year-old Nick Anderson, a boy from the wrong side of town. Armed with only a tin of bee balm and steely determination, Alix treats the raw evidence of a recent beating that mars his back, an act that changes both of their lives forever.

Through childhood disasters and teenage woes they cling together as friendship turns to love. The future looks rosy until the fateful night when Frank Anderson, Nick’s abusive father, is shot to death in his filthy trailer.

Suddenly, Nick is gone—leaving Alix alone, confused and pregnant. For the next fifteen years she wrestles with the pain of Nick’s abandonment, a bad marriage, her family and friends. But finally, she’s starting to get her life back together. Her divorce is almost final, her business is booming, and she’s content if not happy—until the day she looks up and sees Nick standing across the counter. He’s back…and he’s not alone.

Once again Alix is plunged into turmoil and pain as Nick tries to win her love, something she resists with all her strength. Only one thing might break the protective wall she’s built around her emotions—the truth about Frank Anderson’s death. But when that truth comes out and those walls crumble, neither Alix nor Nick is prepared for the emotional explosion that could destroy as well as heal.


The Sweet Gum Tree is not a book that I normally would have picked up. Honestly, the cover and title wouldn’t have appealed to me. Luckily, I read a review of it by Stephanie. Her review made The Sweet Gum Tree sound so interesting. I decided I wanted to read it and requested it from my local library. I’m so happy I did! I ended up really enjoying this book. I didn’t want to put it down. I read it one night, and stayed up super late to finish it.
When I first started reading The Sweet Gum Tree, I wondered what I was getting myself into. While the story was written in my favorite first person narration, it was told straight to me by the main character Alix rather than experiencing it with her. That felt really odd to me. I got used to it and kind of forgot about it. It didn’t ruin the book for me.

I loved the setting of The Sweet Gum Tree. I’m a big fan of books set in the southern United States. This one was even more special with it being set in a small town. I could easily imagine how closely tied together all of the characters were.

I really liked how the story started when Alix was a young girl and grew with her until adulthood. This was done in a great way. I got just enough of her story at important times in her life to understand how she ended up where she was an adult. I loved seeing how her relationship with Nick in all those years changed Alix. I adored Alex and Nick’s love for each other. It was so sweet and it grew from a very special friendship.

What drove me nuts about The Sweet Gum Tree was the lack of communication between the characters. That caused the majority of the problems, and showed just how immature the characters were — even into adulthood. Another thing that was a little frustrating was all the cheating involved in the story. It wasn’t described, so that wasn’t the problem. It was the way that the characters all reacted to it. It seemed like no big deal and was easily forgiven. That was just so odd.

Overall, The Sweet Gum Tree was a surprisingly addictive read. It wasn’t perfect in my eyes, but that didn’t matter. It drew me in, kept my attention, and left me satisfied in the end. If you’re a fan of women’s fiction, books set in the South, or books set in a small town, you might want to give The Sweet Gum Tree a try. It’s a special book.

Review: Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer

Road-Tripped
Series: Ad Agency, #1
Author: Nicole Archer
Publication Date: August 21, 2016
Publisher: Twist Idea Lab, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

What’s worse than driving a phallic-shaped RV across the country with a coworker you hate? Falling in love with them.

Copywriter Callie Murphy has a bad attitude, a vicious tongue, and a serious aversion to Shimura Advertising’s resident manwhore, Walker Rhodes. Know where he can stick his good looks and Southern charm? She can think of a few creative places. Avoiding him wouldn’t be a problem, except her boss threatens to fire her if she doesn’t go along with him on their RV client’s cross-country tour.

Burnt-out art director, Walker, is sick of his job, tired of women, and in a big old creative rut. The upcoming client road trip is just what he needs to shake things up and rediscover his lost passion. But his plans go south when his partner drops out at the last minute, and Callie, the foul-mouthed tiny terror, takes her place. Unless he can find a way to thaw his icy coworker, he’s looking at two months of pure hell.

Road-Tripped is a stand-alone novel and the first book in the Ad Agency Series.


Callie Murphy is not a fan of her co-worker Walker Rhodes. The guy is a manwhore working his way through all of the gorgeous woman they work with. Callie has no desire to be one of those women, so she stays as far away from his pretty face as she can. That lasts until Callie is forced to go on a cross-country RV trip with Walker to save the company they work for. Walker isn’t exactly happy to be stuck traveling with prickly Callie either. Living and traveling with each other day in and out shows them sides of each other they weren’t expecting. Maybe there’s more to the other than either of them anticipated.

I’m not sure what inspired me to download Road-Tripped or when I even did it, but I’m so happy I did! This was a book that was sitting on my Kindle for who knows how long. I didn’t have any ARCs to read, so after looking through all of the titles I own and I haven’t read yet I decided to pick it up. I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Callie and Walker were adorable! They had amazing chemistry like only enemies to lovers characters can have. They were both holding onto so many negative things. It was nice to see them run through all of their emotions together and apart. Their characters grew so much. I loved how they ended up growing together. Their experiences on their road trip were simply magical.

The one thing that would have made this book even better was if it had been in first person. Don’t get me wrong, I barely even noticed the third person narration after the first couple of chapters. It worked well. I just prefer first person narration. I felt that I would have connected even more with Walker and Callie if their thoughts and feelings were in first person. Still, like I said, I barely noticed it was in third while reading.

Overall, Road-Tripped was a great romantic read filled with humor and emotion. It is one of my favorite road trip books yet. I am very excited to read more of Nicole Archer’s books.

Review: Guilty as Sin by Meghan March

Guilty as Sin
Series: Sin, #2
Author: Meghan March
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Publisher: Red Dress Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Guilty until proven innocent.
That’s the way the world works, right?
I’m tired of being convicted without evidence, all because my last name is Gable.
The Riscoffs might own this town, but I’m done following their rules.
If only I could forget just how easily Lincoln Riscoff can drag me under his spell.


Holy moly! Why do I NEVER see Meghan March’s cliffhangers coming? This entire book was fun to read, but that ending! Oh, man. I was expecting that! I can’t wait to see where the third book is going to take me. But I’m jumping past the rest of this book. I need to tell you all about it.

Guilty as Sin picked up right where Richer Than Sin left off. Whitney and Lincoln are at odds again. This time, Whitney’s not standing down to Lincoln and his money. Lincoln, on the other hand, has a lot to figure out. I loved the current dynamic going on between them. The drama was amazing!

Book two wasn’t all about the present. The past was perfectly sprinkled throughout the story. I loved finding out more about what went down ten years ago when Whitney married Ricky Rango. There was some juicy stuff there, and I couldn’t get enough.

This is where I should have put that first paragraph, but I was so excited and shocked that I couldn’t wait. So, I’ll repeat myself a bit. I didn’t see the ending coming at all. I love it when that happens! There were some major revelations in this book that have me wondering how things are going to pan out for Whitney and Lincoln. I know it’s going to be a wild ride!

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From New York Times bestselling author Meghan March comes a brand new saga of forbidden love and second chances.

A Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after. Our family feud is the stuff of legends.

Ten years ago, Whitney Gable caught me off guard with her long legs and grab-you-by-the-balls blue eyes.

I didn’t know or care what her name was.

Like any Riscoff worth the family name, I went after what I wanted. We burned like a flash fire until she married another man.

She hates me, and she should.

I objected on her wedding day.

Now she’s home, with those same long legs and man-eater stare, but there’s no ring on her finger.

They say a Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after . . . but I’m not done with Whitney Gable.

I’ll never be done with her.

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Whitney Gable is the kind of woman you fight to the death to protect.

To keep.

To cherish.

I’ve finally learned my lesson, and it’s time to prove I’m the man who’s worthy of her.

I don’t care what it takes, because failure is not an option.

No matter who or what stands in our way—this time, she’ll be mine forever

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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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About Kennedy:

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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