Review: Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

Bad Mommy
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Publication Date: December 24, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Suspense

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.


Bad Mommy is a mind$#%^. I don’t know how else to explain it. It was everything I expected from Tarryn Fisher, but nothing like I expected. Every time I thought I had a grasp on what was going on, I would start a new section of the book and become completely disoriented. It was such a trip!

I want to go back and read Bad Mommy a second time. That’s high praise because it’s rare for me to re-read a book. I feel like I would grasp more from the story a second time, and enjoy it even more.

Anyone who loves a great psychologically suspenseful novel will enjoy Bad Mommy. It’s dark, deceitful and will keep you turning the pages long after you should have gone to bed.

And that’s all I’m saying because I’m not going to ruin this book for anyone. 😉

Review: Dirty Doctor by Whitney G.

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Series: Steamy Coffee Collection, #2

Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: March 5, 2017
Publisher: WGW Books, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Lean back on the table and spread your legs for me…”

Being a doctor in New York City has never been easy. Especially for someone like me who has a private practice and an incompetent staff who insists on leaving me to fill in for them.

Over the past six months, I’ve performed one too many pap smears, three too many “breast exams,” and scrubbed in on several reconstructive surgeries. (This would be acceptable if I was still interested in general medicine, but I’m not. I’m supposed to be a goddamn therapist…)

When my team finally came to their senses and decided to bring someone more competent into the practice last month, I was actually elated.

Until I realized that our new “doctor” was none other than the woman I was supposed to meet over dinner two weeks ago. The same woman who stood me up with nothing more than an “I can’t meet you anymore, sorry,” after we agreed to move our online talks into reality.

I haven’t forgotten any of the filthy fantasies she told me about, and I never deleted our dirty messages. And if she thinks that I’m going to act like a “professional” and pretend like that shit never happened, she has another thing coming…


We’ve all come across a hot doctor in our lives. (Mine happens to be a blue-eyed urologist). Well, imagine this doctor is not only your new boss, but the guy you matched 100% with on a dating site. You know you shouldn’t act on his lewd requests, but you can’t deny them — even if it puts your job at risk.

This fantasy is exactly what Dirty Doctor is about. It’s a slightly dirty, incredibly sexy novella filled with bits of humor. It was a great escape and a fun romance. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a quick romantic romp. The only thing it was missing for me was more story, but I feel that way with all of Whitney G.’s novellas. I love her writing so much I want them all to full length.

Review: What I Need by J. Daniels

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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.

Review: Strawberry Wine by Darly Jamison

Strawberry Wine
Author: Darly Jamison
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Zebra Shout
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Synopsis:

How do you know if a first love is made to last?
Addison Monroe was eighteen when she fell for Jake Grady, a college student working on her family s farm for the summer. With his sapphire eyes and killer smile, Jake could have had any girl in Lakeside, Georgia. But he wanted Addy, and for those brief, wonderful months before circumstances drove them irrevocably apart they belonged to each other.
Ten years later, Addy is engaged to a doctor and working in Atlanta as a physician s assistant. Life feels full and satisfying. Yet memories of that long-ago summer and wine-flavored kisses are hard to shake. On a return visit to Lakeside, Addy crosses paths with Jake again, and soon finds herself at an unexpected crossroads. So much has changed, and Addy has chosen another route. And the magic of first love can never be rekindled…can it?”

 


Strawberry Wine is the story of a teenage girl experiencing her first love only to lose him. Flash forward ten years later, and Abby runs into her first love Jake again. Their reunion is bittersweet because Abby is engaged to marry another man. Seeing Jake again makes Abby begin to question the life she has chosen.

Strawberry Wine was a of mix of romance genres. Part One was a young/new adult romance filled with lots of immature teenage drama. It was the story of Addy’s past with Jake, and it nicely led into Part Two. The switch from Addy’s teenage view-point to her adult one was well done. She felt like the same person just older, which is what you would expect. Part Two was an adult contemporary romance.

Addie was a typical teenage girl navigating falling in love for the first time. She was dramatic and teenage girl crazy. There was an innocent sweetness of her relationship with Jake that I really loved. In some ways, I wish time hadn’t jumped so much in Part Two and that they could have resolved their issues earlier.

Jake was that hot cowboy of your dreams with a sensitive side. I couldn’t find much wrong with him other than he let Addie slip through his fingers and he made a questionable decision at one point in Part Two. Otherwise, he was perfect.

What kept Strawberry Wine from earning a higher rating from me was the inconsistency in pace of the story. The slow, drawn out beginning of Addie and Jake’s relationship in Part One didn’t feel cohesive with fast-paced conclusion of Part Two. Part Two felt like it abruptly ended and then everything was quickly explained in the epilogue. It felt like something was missing. I would have rather have experienced the time between the end of Part Two and the epilogue.

Strawberry Wine was a good debut novel. Darly Jamison is an up and coming writer with the potential to become great. She created an entertaining story with interesting characters and a lot of fun drama. I’m looking forward to reading her next novel.

Release Day Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Full Package by Lauren Blakely

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FULL PACKAGE by Lauren Blakely is Here!

A sexy and funny friends-to-lovers standalone romantic comedy, FULL PACKAGE is about a sexy, witty man as he falls head over heels for a woman, who just happens to be his roommate. It takes everything you love about a Lauren Blakely novel –witty dialogue, smoking hot sex scenes, and heartfelt moments –and puts them into one fantastic book! Told in the guy’s POV, with a creative look into Josie’s POV as well, FULL PACKAGE is the laugh-out-loud and insanely hot story of what happens when a sexy ER doc falls madly in love with his gorgeous roommate…and they’re forced to deal with all that simmering desire in a mere six hundred square feet of living space.

“Lauren Blakely has mastered the recipe for delightful and delicious. It’s called Full Package. I can’t find words to tell you how much I enjoyed this friends to lovers romance with enough sweet to melt in your mouth and enough spice to melt your panties.”

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“Lauren Blakely nailed it AGAIN. This man man is perfection! HOT, SWEET, FUNNY, SMART.”

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I’ve been told I have quite a gift.

Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing….

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Spoiler-neither one of us sleeps.

Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?

 

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My Review: 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

I’ve been excited to read Full Package ever since I read the synopsis. My all-time favorite relationship trope is best friends to lovers. There’s something so sweet about two people who already care for and respect each other falling in love. I could already imagine what humorous spin Lauren Blakely could put on the trope.

In Full Package, doctor Chase has just realized that he’s about to be the hospital staff room’s next resident. Every rental option he’s looked at has slipped out of his grasp. Luckily for Chase, his best friend Josie is looking for a roommate. Josie’s hot, but Chase has no doubts that he can keep his hands to himself. He doesn’t see Josie in a sexual way at all…or does he?

Lauren Blakely did exactly what I was hoping she would do with two best friends falling love. She created a story that was funny and extremely sexy, but also heartwarming. Her writing was just as amazing as always, but what really stood out about Full Package was its characters and their personalities.

Chase was a great narrator. I liked that he was a little bit cocky, but very down to Earth. He wasn’t the ladies man some of the other male characters have been in this series, and I enjoyed that. It made his perspective feel very fresh and new. I also really enjoyed the process Chase went through in admitting that maybe his feelings for Josie weren’t as platonic as he thought. Reading his perspective was so much fun!

I loved the little snippets I saw of Josie’s thoughts through her recipes. They were cute and gave me just enough knowledge of what her thoughts were about Chase. Although, I do have to admit, they did make me wish for dual point of view narration. I think she would have been an incredible narrator.

Josie and Chase had perfect chemistry. They understood each other in ways only best friends can. Their ability to let go with each other and act on their deepest desires made them an enviable couple. Their entire journey more than friends was entertaining and addicting.

Full Package was everything I love in a friends to lovers story. I highly recommend it and the entire series of connected standalone novels to anyone who enjoys lots of laughs and smiles while reading romances.

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“Fresh, fun, flirty, and fabulous.”

~ Karen at Bookalicious Babes Blog

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Excerpt:

I point to the curved wooden stand with a hook at the top. “This. Explain this.”

Josie sets her hands on her hips. “It’s a banana holder.”

I give her a stern look. “I can read. I don’t need to know what. I need to know why.” I poke the object on the shelf at Bed Bath & Beyond, otherwise known as the Nexus of Unnecessary Things. Pretty sure there’s some kind of vortex or force field right smack dab in the middle of this store attracting all the weird, bizarre, and odd home goods. “Why can’t they sit on the kitchen counter? Or, how about in a bowl?”

“Maybe the bananas just like to dangle?” she suggests. “Hang free and all?”

Smacking my forehead, I go along with it. “Aha. That makes perfect sense.”

“I’m here to help.” She tugs on my shirtsleeve. “But can we please get to the sheet aisle? You can’t sleep on a naked mattress.”

“That may be true, but I could definitely sleep naked on a mattress,” I offer, and she laughs as we navigate through another sardine-packed aisle in the mammoth store.

It’s one in the afternoon, and I just moved in this morning. That took all of two hours. Spending my twenties in med school and as a resident gave me very little time for the acquisition of things, so most of my possessions fit in a duffel bag. I have very little. Not even sheets for a queen-size bed. Ergo, I’m spending Saturday at Bed Bath & Beyond, which is a bit like wandering through a Buzzfeed post titled “Ten Things I’ll Never Use.”

More like five hundred. Wait. Make that five hundred and one, because I just spotted the new number one item on the list.

“That,” I say as I make a beeline for a shelf of crème brûlée torches. Grabbing a silvery one, I hold it up. “Please say we can have a housewarming party, and you’ll make crème brûlée, and I can stride all proud and awesome into the kitchen,” I say, puffing out my chest and deepening my voice. “And I can light it with a torch, and we’ll all ooh and ahh at the manly fire I made when I lit up a dessert.”

She arches an eyebrow. “A manly fire?”

I nod vigorously. “And then you’ll let the guests take turns punching me in the face for being a total douche for owning a crème brûlée torch.”

She narrows her eyes. “You actually want people to punch you?”

I’m deadly serious as I answer her. “If I ever own a crème brûlée torch, you have carte blanche to punch me, Josie. You really should.” I drop the torch on the shelf and take her hand, clasping it tightly in mine. “Promise me. From this day forward. Promise you’ll punch me if I ever own a crème brûlée torch, a rotating tie rack, or more than one kind of cheese grater. This is part of our roommate pact.”

She grips my hand tighter, her green eyes glowing with stark seriousness. “I solemnly swear to pummel you under all the aforementioned circumstances. As proof of our friendship and roommate solidarity.”

“You’re a saint,” I say, then wrap a hand around her head and tug her close for a quick kiss on her forehead.

And hello, sweet, sexy scent of Josie. What is this delicious smell? Is it . . . oh fuck me.Cherries. My God, she smells like cherries. Like the perfect summer fruit. Like the naughtiest fruit. And I’ve got to wonder if that cherry scent is her face lotion, her shampoo, or her body wash?

Body wash.

My mind is adrift, and the word association begins. Because what goes with body wash but nudity?

Naked woman in the shower. Washing. Lathering. Soaping.

 Ah, hell.

Snap the fuck out it, Summers.

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$50 Gift Card to Lush: Fresh Handmade Cosmetics for fruity scented bath products that Chase loves so much.

$50 Gift Card to Sugarfina: A Luxury Candy Boutique where you can sample some of Josie’s favorite gourmet candy.

A lovely Coach Wristlet containing a $50 Amazon Gift Card for you to spend on whatever your heart desires.

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author-pic-lauren-blakelyAbout Lauren Blakely:

Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, and THE SEXY ONE which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In January she’ll release FULL PACKAGE, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter.

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Release Day Review: Life After Dark by Marie Force

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Light After Dark
A Gansett Island Series Novel 
by Marie Force
Publication Date: December 13, 2016

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Synopsis:

Mallory Vaughn is at a crossroads in her life. A year after learning that Big Mac McCarthy is her father, she’s spending more and more time on Gansett Island, surrounded by the large and boisterous McCarthy family. When she’s laid off from her longtime job, Mallory goes to visit her family on Gansett and tries to figure out the next chapter. An unexpected job offer will have her packing up her home in Providence to move to the island for at least the summer, if not longer. She decides to make this the “Summer of Mallory,” full of new adventures, new people and new opportunities. Will a new love also be part of the Summer of Mallory? Anything is possible on Gansett Island, especially true love.
Take the ferry back to Gansett to catch up with the McCarthy family and their friends. Be on hand as Laura and Owen welcome their twins and the family comes back together for another summer of love and adventure on Gansett Island.

Review:

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

Fans of Marie Force and her Gansett Island series are sure to love her newest release, Light After Dark. It’s exactly what they have grown to love and expect from Force. There is a new and exciting love story between Mallory and a mystery man, but there are also snippets from past couples as well. It was fun to be back on the friendly and beautiful island.

Light After Dark, like all of the Gansett Island novels, is written in a third person narration. This makes it possible for the reader to experience not only the two main characters’ thoughts, but side characters’ as well. Third person is not my favorite way to read a love story, but in this case it makes the transitions between all of the characters move smoothly.

I enjoyed Mallory’s love story. It’s a bit of a possible love triangle at first, but quickly moves away from the possibilities of more than one suitor. Both Mallory and her man had deep pasts. I loved how they helped to bring them together and make them stronger as a couple. They were both great people getting a much deserved second chance at love.

What I loved the most about Light After Dark, though; was the little pieces of previous couples stories peppered throughout. There’s something about those original characters that I really love. I love them so much that I’ve had a harder time loving the newer characters as much. I’m always excited to see what they’re up to, even if I should have been focusing on Mallory and her man.

Overall, Light After Dark was a fun trip back to Gansett Island. Readers dedicated to the series are going to love it.

Giveaway:

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  • Gansett Island beach bag
  • Gansett Island fleece blanket
  • Tiki Bar hat
  • Gansett Island sweatshirt in navy, pink or grey*
  • Gansett Island “In Bed With” nightshirt in teal or hot pink*
  • Gansett Island pajama pants*
  • Map of Gansett Island
  • Signed copy of Light After Dark
  • Gansett Island charm bracelet in silver or gold

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Review: Scoring the Billionaire by Max Monroe

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Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #3
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Max Monroe LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Two love-matches made.
One to go.

Even though two of his best friends have settled down, Wes Lancaster is determined not to get sucked into some siren’s web. As owner of the professional football team the New York Mavericks and wildly successful BAD restaurant, his lifestyle is full as it is.

Well, it was, until Winnie Winslow, the new, sexy, stiletto-wearing Team Physician trash-talks him in the locker room without batting an eye.

Now he can’t stop himself from wanting her.

The only girl in her parents’ brood of five, she’s as outspoken as she is beautiful and the kind of woman who holds her own—and then some.

Always competitive at heart, if he’s going all in for love…
Wes sure as hell wants a Win-Win.

Prepare to get a little dirty because this one might go into overtime.
Game. On.

Suggested Series Reading order:
#1 Tapping the Billionaire
#1.5 Tapping Her
#2 Banking the Billionaire
#2.5 Banking Her
#3 Scoring the Billionaire


After finishing Banking Her (Billionaire Bad Boys, #2.5) I had to immediately start Scoring the Billionaire. I really, really wanted to know what was going to end up happening between self-professed ladies man Wes and single mom Winnie.

Scoring the Billionaire wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. It didn’t have the same rom-com feeling as the rest of the series. There was still Max Monroe’s great writing, over the top humor and super sexiness, but it had a more serious feel to it. Wes and Winnie had more at stake  in this novel than the characters in the other novels.

Wes has been kind of mystery to me in this series. I knew he was a wealthy ladies man who owned a football team and restaurant, but I had no clue what made him tick. His story went a lot deeper than I expected. Wes had some real commitment issues and getting to know why showed what a decent guy he truly was. Even though I wanted to kill him at times, I loved him. Winnie was an amazing woman. She took the toughest parts of her life and made them the brightest. I empathized with her the entire time and understood her hesitation to have faith in a relationship with Wes.

Together, Wes and Winnie were one hot tamale. Their story may have been heavier than Georgie and Kline’s or Cassie and Thatch’s, but it was just as sensual. Every time they were in the same room I was fanning myself. Their connections was so intense!

I loved Wes and Winnie, but my favorite part of this story was Lexi. I loved her so much! She was just so special. Her character brought so many amazing aspects to Scoring the Billionaire. She made me have faith in Wes when I didn’t want to. She made me love Winnie even more. Lexi completely stole the show!

Even though Scoring the Billionaire wasn’t quite the rom-com the rest of the series was, I still absolutely loved it. I cannot wait to read the last novella in the series, Scoring Her. I’m looking forward to seeing how Max Monroe finishes off this amazing series. Plus, I want more Wes, Winnie, Georgie, Kline, Cassie and Thatch!