Review: Checkmate: This is Dangerous by Kennedy Fox

Checkmate: This is Dangerous
Series: Logan & Kayla, #1
Author: Kennedy Fox
Publication Date: July 6, 2017
Publisher: Kennedy Fox Books LLC
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Logan Knight is a real life knight in shining armor. 
A detective godsend in a sleek black suit has me thinking less than secretive thoughts. Brooding and mysterious, he’s the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it’s no wonder I can’t help the way he makes me feel whenever I’m near him. 
Too bad he’s unavailable—or so he says.

He thinks I’m a do-gooder who shouldn’t get involved with a guy like him. His past is messy and relationships just add to that. He insists the timing is all wrong and he’s devoted to his career, but I don’t buy that excuse for a second. I see the way his body tenses and his jaw ticks every time another guy is around me. He just won’t admit it, but I’m more determined than ever to show him what he’s missing.

I’m a devoted animal rescuer and I’ll risk everything to save them, but when a dramatic turn of events puts both our lives at risk, I’m positive Logan will write me off for good. But when he asks for my help with a personal crisis, I know it’s my last chance to finally show him I can handle anything he throws my way—messy past and all.

He might think he has me all figured out, but I’ll prove him wrong no matter what he thinks. This game of push and pull has me running in circles. One wrong move and we could both lose.

Checkmate, Knight.


This past week, I binge read the Checkmate series. The series is set up uniquely with each couple getting two books. At the end of the first books for each couple there’s a shocking cliffhanger that immediately had me reaching for the next book. Each book also included first person dual point of view for the male and female main characters of the story. Sometimes the chapters overlapped in time to show what each character was feeling during an event. I loved the way it was all set up. I’ve now read Travis and Viola’s duet, Drew and Courtney’s duet and now this first book in Logan and Kayla’s duet.

This review is obviously for Logan and Kayla’s first book, and I have to say it was SO. FREAKING. CUTE. I adored it. It’s my favorite in the series so far. It’s definitely because of Kayla. Her love for animals and finding them permanent homes made my heart swell. She was such a good person and persevered through so much in her lifetime. I loved how she made her friends her family, and didn’t give up on Logan.

I loved finally getting Logan’s back story. He was so secretive throughout the rest of the series. I wanted to know what was going on with him. Logan had more to overcome than expected. When he finally put his trust in Kayla it was nothing short of spectacular. They were the perfect team.

Once again, the cliffhanger ending shocked me. I truly wasn’t expecting the surprise I got. I can’t believe what happened! There’s a little bit of mystery to this story and I have a couple of guesses. The next book in this series cannot come soon enough! I need to know what happens next NOW!

Mini Romance Reviews: Hot Cop, Sex Symbol and Dr. ER

Good morning! Today, I have three mini reviews for three hot romances for you!


Hot Cop
Authors: Laurelin Paige, Sierra Simone
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

You have the right to remain sexy.

Anything you say can and will be used to get you in my bed.

You have the right to use my body to give yourself a delirious, life-changing orgasm.

If you have trouble…don’t worry, I’m a bit of an expert in that department.

There’s nothing ‘thin’ about my blue line, if you catch my drift, and trust me, I know how to put those handcuffs to good use.

***

Livia Ward wants a baby before she’s thirty.  And even though Officer Chase Kelly is exactly the kind of cocky jerk this librarian has sworn off, he is undeniably hot.  Both of them think they can give each other what they want–a few nights of fun for Officer Kelly, a no-strings baby for Livia–but this hot cop is about to learn that sex, babies, and love don’t always play by the rules.

My review:

I was excited to learn Laurelin Paige and Sierra Simone were releasing another book together. I read Porn Star when it came out, and thought it was a lot of sexy fun. Hot Cop was just as fun. I loved the dynamic between the characters, their witty banter, and the off the charts hot sexy times. Man, those sexy times were great!

There was one little negative thing that kept popping up in my mind while reading Hot Cop. It reminded me of another new release that I recently read. Both books have women who are looking for a sperm donation and use it as a bargaining tool to satisfy the guy’s need to have sex with them. They weren’t exactly the same story, but they were pretty similar. I couldn’t help comparing the two, but I loved both books so I’m not sure why I’m even pointing it out.

This book was a great romantic escape. It’s not a book you’ll want to read when little eyes can peek over your shoulders, but that’s part of the fun of it!


Sex Symbol
Author: Laurelin Paige
Publication Date: June 28, 2017
Publisher: Paige Press LLC
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Micah Preston is Hollywood’s #1 sex symbol.

A rich and famous actor who has sworn off any serious relationships, the playboy is the media’s favorite bachelor.

But he wasn’t anybody when Maddie Bauer met him seven years ago. Then he was just the hot guy at the party who gave her an amazing orgasm and never called her again.

Now her job as a camera assistant has landed her on the set of his latest movie, and despite her vow to ignore his charm, she finds him pulling her focus.

She just has to make it through the shoot without landing in his bed. But when the legendary bad boy sets his sights on her, how can she possibly resist?

The book was previously published under the title Take Two.

My review:

Sex Symbol was an entertaining celebrity romance. Maddie and Micah had met at a party in their early twenties and immediately hit it off. He promises to call her after the party but doesn’t because his agent suggests he stay single to make it to super stardom. Years go by before they see each other again, but the spark is still their between them.

I loved the way Sex Symbol started out with Maddie and Micah meeting in their early twenties. They had that instant-attraction thing, but I could also feel a real connection between them. (I almost wished seven years hadn’t gone by between their contact because I think there could have been a fun story that way, too.) Their reconnection 7 years later was full of sexy fun. I really enjoyed how their story played out. It’s another book I’d recommend if you’re looking for hot sexy times.


Dr. ER
Series: St. Luke’s Docuseries, #2
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Max Monroe LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Dr. Erotic.
That’s what they’ve decided to call me, Scott Shepard, the head of St. Luke’s Hospital Emergency Department.
Just thinking about it makes me smile.
As the new face of the reality docuseries, The Doctor Is In, I plan to take his power and recognition right to the streets of New York City and into the pants of willing women.

Well, that was my plan.

Until her—feisty, beautiful, and addictively sexy Harlow Paige.
A gossip columnist that just loves writing about yours truly, she’s everything I thought I never wanted and then some.
She drives me crazy.
Problem is, she doesn’t want to be anything when it comes to me—not friends, not lovers, not even adversaries.
God, I love a good challenge.
Get ready, Harlow. Love is contagious.

My review:

I can’t get enough of Max Monroe’s writing. They are my favorite romantic comedy duo at the moment. Everything they write has me laughing uncontrollably. Dr. ER was witty, fresh and so sexy! I have no how they come up with the stuff they do, but I love it!

Dr. ER. Scott’s pursuit of Harlow was so much fun to read. His cocky confidence in his abilities was perfect for Harlow. She had spunk and wasn’t going to let his ego get away from him. Their strong personalities could have clashed, but instead created an insane chemistry.

One thing that really surprised me about Dr. ER was the twist in the story. I wasn’t expecting it. There were signs, but I somehow I missed them. I liked where the twist took the story.

If you’re looking for a humorous romantic read filled with a lot of amazing sexy times, look no further than Dr. ER or any of Max Monroe’s books.

Release Day Review: Wrecked by Jeannine Colette

Wrecked
Author: Jeannine Colette
Publication Date: June 21, 2017
Publisher: Jeannine Colette
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Take one sexy bartender. Add a badass cop. A splash of sweet, that’s me. One sour, that’s him… and serve over ice.

That’s how you’ll get to my current situation.

You know the girl – the one who commands the scene, bottle of liquor in hand, pouring liquid fire into the willing throats of patrons as they let loose at the local bar?

That’s me. Leah Marie Paige.

I may be known as the town party girl, but in reality I’m this close to my dream of opening my own bar – McConaugheys. Yes, it will be named after the acclaimed actor. What can I say? I’m a sucker for that sexy Texan.

Everything was going as planned until the night I had a few drinks and accepted a ride home from a friend. A misunderstanding leads to an arrest, and now I’m at the mercy of the one man I can’t stand, and trust me, the feeling is definitely mutual.

Adam Reingold is six-feet-tall and built like a stallion — the man is the epitome of male. He also happens to be the town narc and hates my guts. There’s a story to our past and it’s not a pretty one.

So, now, here I am, chained to him for the summer like a hardened criminal, doing whatever he tells me to do. Problem is, I can’t help but look at him when he’s not watching and wonder what our future could be like if things were different.

There are so many reasons why he’s all wrong for me. Even more reasons why I need to stay away from him.

It’s a cocktail of trouble. Best served shaken, not stirred.


Leah Paige is known for being the life of the party. She works the behind the counter at the local country bar. Leah’s not just a party girl. She has bigger dreams than those around her know. They include running the bar on her own, and re-branding it McConaughey’s after her favorite actor. Leah’s all set to make that happen when she accepts a ride from a friend that gets her in trouble. That’s when her biggest enemy and cop, Adam, steps in. Her offers to save Leah and her dreams if she willingly volunteers with him. It’s the last thing Leah wants to do, but she’ll do anything to keeps her dreams of running McConaughey’s alive.

Wrecked has a little bit of everything going for it. For the most part, it was an enemies to lovers romance filled with witty banter and intense sexual attraction. It was also a little bit of a second chance romance. Leah and Adam had a lot of history that binded them together, and their previous connection speared their hate for each other. Wrecked was also an amazing slow burn romance. All that witty banter, sexual attraction and hate created a lot of anticipation for Adam and Leah to finally act on their true feelings.

Leah was a great character. She wasn’t what she seemed to be on the outside. The fun-loving, shot pouring girl was smart and determined. Leah knew what she wanted and went for it — Well, except when it came to Adam. I loved Leah’s push and pull with Adam. They were both so mad at each other and it made their attraction that much more explosive. The only thing I wanted for Leah was a little more confidence in herself. She let what everyone else thought influence her more than she should have.

Adam’s point of view wasn’t included in Wrecked, so I didn’t get to know his thoughts. This book would have been even more fun to read if it had been included. The single point of view worked out okay, though; because Adam’s characters was easy to read from Leah’s perception. Leah might have doubted his feelings for her, but they were apparent to the reader. Everything Adam did, he did for Leah. He was way sweeter than he seemed. Quiet Adam was the perfect match for outgoing Leah.

Wrecked was the first book I’ve read by Jeannine Colette, but it won’t be my last. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I enjoyed every minute I spent with it. It’s a book I know other contemporary romance readers will love as much as I did.

Review: Say I’m Yours by Corinne Michaels

Say I’m Yours
Author: Corinne Michaels
Publication Date: March 25, 2017
Publisher: BAAE Inc.
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

I spent twenty years waiting for Trent Hennington to open his eyes and see me. But it was all for nothing. He chose to keep himself guarded and let me walk away, proving that my time and efforts were wasted.

I’m done being invisible.
It’s time to move on.

A single dance sets my new reality into motion, and I welcome it. After all, Cooper Townsend is perfect. He’s kind, sexy, and attentive—everything a girl could want.

I thought I got it right this time.
That my heart could mend, and I would be happy.
Apparently, some things really are just too hard to walk away from.


Say I’m Yours is a second chance romance of sorts. Grace has wasted years in her on-again off-again relationship with Trent waiting for him to realize she’s the one. At thirty-six, she’s decided she can’t wait any longer. Grace needs to make a break from her feelings for Trent, and find a man who will want a future with her. That man might just be her best friend’s brother, Cooper.

Cooper is everything Grace should want, but she’s having a hard time committing to a date much less a relationship with him. Cooper’s not the problem. It’s Trent. The guy won’t leave Grace alone. He’s set on proving to her he’s still the one for her.

I wasn’t a fan of Trent at first. He was a big idiot. Everyone, including Grace, warned him what would happen if he didn’t make things permanent with Grace. I’m happy he didn’t let her go, but it was frustrating to watch him woo her. Even with all of the sweet things he said and did, I wasn’t convinced that he shouldn’t have let her go. But the heart wants what it wants, and Grace’s wanted Trent.

Grace had major strength. I don’t know that I would have been able to walk away from Trent like she did. I know she questioned every minute of it, but every step she took was right. Every set back she had felt real, and I could imagine any of my friends in Grace’s position. I love that she followed her head and heart equally.

Poor Cooper. He threw himself into the impossible. I hated this love triangle for him. I knew he would never win, so that was good, but I still felt bad for him. Cooper was such a great guy. I wanted him to have an actual chance with someone. I hope Ms. Michaels will deliver us his story…It kind of felt like she might.

Say I’m Yours was a great book. I enjoyed every minute I was reading it, but there was something missing from it for me. I can’t really describe easily what it was. The first two books in this series had something this one didn’t. It was something they made me feel. Say I’m yours just didn’t touch me as deeply, I guess. I still loved every moment of it and know fans of the Hennington boys will, too.

Review: What I Need by J. Daniels

What I Need
Series: Alabama Summer, #5
Author: J. Daniels
Publication Date: March 5, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author, J. Daniels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel.

Riley Tennyson has made a huge mistake.

At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.

Showing up to her brother’s wedding pissed off and newly single, Riley seeks comfort in solitude and an open bar, until the gorgeous and irresistibly charming CJ Tully makes her a better offer―a wild night with the master of smooth-talking where nothing is off limits.

Riley does what any single woman would do, and a connection is made. One neither one of them can ignore. But when she comes home to the boyfriend she no longer thought she had, Riley buries her secret and begs CJ to do the same.

Forget about each other. It was a mistake. That’s all it was… right?

Desires are hidden. Distance is kept. Until one night CJ makes the ultimate sacrifice, and Riley can no longer avoid the man she can’t stop thinking about.

Not with him sleeping down the hall…


It’s only March, but I’m going to go ahead and say that What I Need is one of my favorite romance novels of the year. It was utter perfection. I’ve loved every book in this Alabama Summer series, but this one is by far my favorite. It was everything I love in a romance novel. It was well written, fast-paced, flirty, sexy, funny and a little deep. The characters were so wonderful, and their story was so much fun to read.

C.J. Tully just became one of my all time favorite book boyfriends. Everything about the guy was AMAZING. Seriously, he couldn’t get any more perfect. He was a gorgeous physical specimen and an all around great guy. I loved being in his head and getting to know his thoughts on Riley. He was so intuitive and really got her. I absolutely loved what he was willing to do to make her his. Gah! I just can’t even tell you how much I love C.J.! (I think I might need to make my husband start calling me “darlin'” now. I wonder if I could get him to learn a Southern accent? Because that nickname, though simple, has to be one of the hottest freaking nicknames I’ve read in a while. It probably wouldn’t pack the same punch as it did coming out of C.J.’s mouth.)

I loved Riley almost as much as I loved C.J. She truly reminded me of my younger self with her apologies and willingness to accept what she thought was love. I could easily relate to some of the conversations she had with C.J. at the beginning of their getting to know each other. I got her, and it made the way C.J. dealt with her feel even more special to me.

C.J. and Riley’s relationship was so freaking cute. Every moment of it made me smile. I loved their fun times together. I loved seeing their friendship develop. Most of all, I loved their sexual connection. Dang! It was hot. I’m surprised they didn’t burn down C.J.’s house with the energy they were putting off.

It was also very fun to get little glimpses of all my favorite couples from the previous Alabama Summer books. The perfect amount of spotlight was put on them. There was enough catch up to find out where they were in life, but their lives didn’t take over the story. Someone picking up What I Need as their first Alabama Summer book wouldn’t be bogged down by past characters, and would feel right at home reading this book without knowing them.

I am so in love with this book. So. In. Love. I couldn’t get enough of What I Need. I was so sad when I came to the end of it. I really, really wanted more of C.J. and Riley. My only consolation is that there is going to be a sixth book in the series. I cannot wait for C.J.’s brother’s story. I’m hoping he’s just as passionate as C.J. is.

Release Day Blitz Review: Chain Reaction by Tara Wyatt

ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Chain Reaction
Author: Tara Wyatt
Series: Bodyguard #3
On Sale: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Formats: Mass Market
Price: $7.99 (mass market)
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SYNOPSIS

Blonde. Beautiful. Talented. Alexa Fairfax is practically Hollywood royalty. But growing up in a family of legendary movie stars also puts her in the spotlight for danger. And after she discovers a plot more deadly than any movie script, Alexa desperately needs a bodyguard. A man like Zack De Luca. A true friend with a good heart, a protective nature-and the hard, chiseled muscles to back it up.

Zack has always been wildly attracted to Alexa. But since he’s training day and night to be an MMA fighter, he’s afraid his gorgeous friend will only distract him from his goal. Indescribably sweet and irresistibly sexy, Alexa needs Zack to pretend to be her boyfriend after her life is threatened. Now this fighter-in-training will have to fight his own intense feelings-to keep their little charade from turning into a major disaster . . .

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Romantic suspense is one of those tricky genres for me. I either find myself deeply involved in the storyline or completely bored with it. In the case of Chain Reaction, it was deeply involved.

Tara Wyatt’s writing quickly pulled me into the story. It was fast-paced and moved the story along quickly. Nothing was too drawn out or boring. The story contained just the right amount of suspense, and was entertaining. I found myself easily connecting to the characters.

Alexa and Zach were so adorable! I loved how the author set up their back story. It turned what could have felt like insta-love into a believable romance. They way they tried to avoid a romantic relationship but couldn’t was cute. And once they acted on their feelings for each other — dang! The story took a super steamy turn. The last third of the book was over the top sexy times. I loved it!

The only slight issue I had with Chain Reaction was that it was written in third person dual points of view. This isn’t my favorite style of narration, but it worked for the most part in this story. The only problem I had with it was at the beginning when Zack is introduced. His character is presented in the middle of a party and his name kind of got lost in the mix of other male characters to me. It took me a while to remember who he was. That could be related to the fact I hadn’t read the previous two books in the series and had no idea who all of the other characters I was being quickly introduced to were. Had the story been told in first person, it might have been easier for me to navigate.

Overall, Chain Reaction was a great romantic suspense novel. It kept my attention the entire time, and had me invested in the characters’ lives. I highly recommend it to readers who like a series with interconnected characters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tara Wyatt has been making up love stories ever since she fell head over heels for the Backstreet Boys almost twenty years ago. Winner of the Unpublished Winter Rose Award, Linda Howard Award of Excellence and the Heart of the West Award, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with the cutest dog in the world and a husband that makes all of her heroes look like chumps.

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Review: Taking Care of the Target by Cindi Madsen

Taking Care of the Target
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: January 23, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Synopsis:

Vince DaMarco always liked Cassie, the shy waitress who works at the restaurant that serves as a front for his mob boss uncle. Unfortunately, she witnesses a back alley hit, and while fleeing, she’s struck by a truck. Now she’s at the top of the hit list. Desperate to stop anyone who’d draw out Cassie’s death, Vince volunteers to take care of it.

Cassie Dalton has no recollection of her accident, but she’s told she’s lucky to be alive. A few years are missing from her memory, and the unsettling feeling that something isn’t right—along with the creepy sensation that she’s being watched—won’t go away.

Vince shows up right when Cassie needs him most. In a world of confusion, the rugged stranger is the one thing that makes sense. But little does she know, she’s found refuge in the arms of the very man who’s been sent to kill her.


This is a difficult review to write. I wanted to love Cindi Madsen’s new release, Taking Care of the Target, but I had a hard time reading it. The writing was good — I just never connected with the characters or the mob-related story. I tried several times. I would put it down, and then come back later to see if it was a mood I was in or something. Sadly, I just wasn’t pulled in enough by a third of the way through to care about what was going on or to have a desire to finish reading it. I wish that wasn’t true. I have no doubt Taking Care of the Target will speak to other romantic suspense reader, but it just wasn’t for me.