Review: Can’t Text This by Teagan Hunter

Can’t Text This
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: October 11, 2018
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Hi Monty. Wanna see my python?”

That’s how I ended up in the bathroom of some dive bar with a stranger.

Me, Monty Andrews, the quintessential virgin girl next door.

I was so out of my element, but there was no denying our explosive attraction, even via text.

Commence Operation Bang Each Other Out of Our Systems, because that was all it was—unfinished business.

I had no intention of falling back into the sheets with the tattooed, muscly, dirty-in-the-best-kind-of-way single dad over and over again…but I did.

Everything was going great—until we discovered I was his son’s teacher.


Everything I’ve been reading lately has been intense, dark, or emotional. I had been looking for the perfect fluffy love story and hadn’t been able to find the one to lighten my mood — or at least I hadn’t until I picked up Can’t Text This.

Can’t Text This is was so much fun! Robbie and Monty couldn’t be more different. He’s covered in tattoos and swears. She’s prim and proper. Robbie is all about textual innuendos and Monty’s curious but also apprehensive. It’s all fun and games until they fall for each other.

I absolutely loved everything about Can’t Text This. It was so adorable! The banter, whether over text or in person, was hilarious. The things these two came up with to text and talk about made me laugh so much. Robbie and Monty were just so cute. Their relationship had ups and downs, but they weren’t ones that broke me. They were ones that were easily resolved and added to the entertainment value.

Oh, I can’t leave out Xavier! Robbie’s relationship with his son was so sweet. I loved how he parented and how his friends had a part in Xavier’s life. I also liked how Robbie’s ex was dealt with. It made my heart so happy!

As you can tell from this glowing review, I really enjoyed Can’t Text This. It was the perfect contemporary romance to get me out of an emotional book slump. I loved it, and I really hope Teagan Hunter will continue on with this texting series. Maybe a book for Denver? I would read that!

If you’re into fun and fluffy romances, I would definitely recommend picking up Can’t Text This. It’s a standalone, but it has two related novels with several recurring characters. You don’t have to read Let’s Get Textual or I Wanna Text You Up before Can’t Text This. The only reason I would recommend reading them first is so that you don’t miss out on all the fun of those two books. Teagan Hunter does an amazing job hooking readers with hilarious text messages and then making them fall in love with her characters. It’s fun to see the characters again in each book.

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TEAGAN HUNTER is a Missouri-raised gal, but currently lives in North Carolina with her US Marine husband, where she spends her days begging him for a cat. She survives off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. She enjoys cold weather, buys more paperbacks than she’ll ever read, and never says no to brownies. For more information, please visit www.teaganhunterwrites.com.

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Review: Love, Sincerely, Yours by Meghan Quinn and Sara Ney

Love, Sincerely, Yours
Authors: Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Dear Mister…**strike out** no, too formal.
Hey there sweet cheeks *strike out* no, too forward.

To whom it may concern,
Full disclosure; before we move forward with this email, I would like it to be known that I have consumed an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages to intoxicate myself tonight. Three margaritas, two shots, and one beer—because it was free.
I think it’s important to be open and honest with your co-workers, don’t you?
So here I am, being honest. Drunk but honest. Or just drunk with lust? You decide.
I like you so much it’s clouding my judgment and making me do things I never would sober. Like write this letter.
I have a hopeless, foolish, schoolgirl crush on you when you are the last person on earth I should be falling for. Did you know people around the office call you a sadist? An egomaniac. An insensitive, arrogant prick. Your bark is worse then your bite, and you don’t scare me. The fact is, I’d love that bite of yours to nip at my bare skin while we’re both wearing nothing but sheets.
For once I want you to look at me as more than one of your employees.
And as long as we’re being honest, that navy blue suit you wear? With the crisp white shirt? It really makes me want to loosen your tie and show you who’s boss.
Love,
Sincerely,
Yours.


Love, Sincerely, Yours is one of those books where I just want to write “I LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT!” and be done with my review. There’s no way I can convey how much fun I had reading this book by simply describing the plot and/or characters. It was one of those books that made me truly happy while reading it. I can only imagine what my face looked like while reading Love, Sincerely, Yours. I must have had a permanent grin on my face. It was one of those rom-com gems.

For your sake, I’m going to go into more detail. Love, Sincerely, Yours was an office romance. Rome Blackburn is the boss everyone loves to hate. He’s cocky, confident, and expects loyalty and perfection from his employees. Peyton Lévêque works for Rome’s company. She’s confident, sassy, and intelligent. In all the time she’s worked for him, she’s lusted over the arrogant prick, but he’s never noticed her. One night, in an alcohol induced confidence, Peyton anonymously sends Rome a sexy email to get his attention. Angry and slightly turned on, Rome goes on a quest to discover which employee sent it.

What made this book so much fun were the two relationships going on at the same time during this book. There was Rome and Peyton’s employee/employer relationship that was sort of a love-hate thing. Then there was Rome and his email relationship with “Yours” that was also a love-hate sort of thing. Rome was filled with so much anger and curiosity. Everything Peyton did drove him absolutely nuts. Everything Rome did made Peyton irritated. Rome would act like the jerky boss he was and Peyton had no problem flipping what he was dishing out right back at him. Yet both were secretly infatuated with each other. They had this off the charts chemistry.  It made for great banter, attraction, and an overall fun experience. The fact that Peyton was his sexy secret tormentor made it all that more exciting to read.

I honestly don’t have anything very negative to say about Love, Sincerely, Yours. There was one little character that shows up only once and then was kind of left out of the epilogue, but I’m wondering if maybe that was fixed before the final book was released. It was something that I noticed, but had forgotten about until I was discussing the book with friends. Otherwise, I absolutely ADORED this book.

I hope I have convinced you to read it. I highly recommend this book if you love witty dialog, hilarious confrontations with loads of sexual tension, and fun office romances.

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I open the company messenger app on my phone and scroll through the executive names, knowing full well I’m about to break a policy. It’s the company’s phone, and the company’s app, and I’m about to use it for personal use. To flirt.

With my boss.

I close my eyes, find his name—next to it is a little, green dot, which means. . .

He’s on the app.

I’ve never talked to him live before so this is a huge step, but then again, it might be more fun to get his initial reactions to my comments.

Debating it for all but two seconds, I type out a message to him, making sure I’m signed on under my LSY persona.

HandsRomingMyBody: Hey you.

My text turns into a new message on the app and I wait on bated breath to see if he will respond. Nerves prickle up my spine, my fingers feeling numb, my mind playing mutiny with my heart just as little dots appear letting me know he’s typing.

Oh God, I don’t think I’ve been more excited.

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Review: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

My Favorite Half-Night Stand
Author: Christina Lauren
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author that “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly) comes a sexy romantic comedy about online dating, and its many, many fails.

With a world-famous speaker at their university, Millie Morris and her four woefully single male colleagues make a pact that they’ll all find dates. Unfortunately, Millie has more success helping them make matches online than she does navigating the onslaught of lewd pics in her own feed. But when she creates a fictional name for a new account, Millie finds herself vying for the online attention of a man she sees every day in the flesh.


2018 has been a great year for Christina Lauren. They have graced readers with the emotionally gripping Love & Other Words and the hilariously entertaining Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. Now they are releasing their third book of the year, My Favorite Half-Night Stand.

My Favorite Half-Night Stand had a lot to live up to after the two completely different and amazing books Christina Lauren released earlier this year. To be completely honest, it wasn’t as good as Love & Other Words or Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. I’m not saying that to drag My Favorite Half-Night Stand. It was still a great book. There were just some things that drove me a little batty at times.
The story starts off with the reader getting to know five friends and co-workers: Millie, Reid, Chris, Alex and Ed. Millie is the only girl in the group of guys, and she’s never thought of having anything, but a platonic relationship with any of the guys…until that one night when suddenly she’s noticing things about Reid she hasn’t noticed before. Just when Millie is considering new feelings for Reid, the group decides to sign up together for online dating. As they create profiles and being receiving matches Millie, Millie decides to create an account with a fake name. She’s immediately matched with Reid under her new persona. Unsure of how to proceed, not-Millie sends Reid a message and what follows could be a reality television show.
Let me start out with my favorite thing about My Favorite Half-Night Stand. I adored the friendships. They were so special. Millie and the guys had this amazing camaraderie and support system going. I loved how they played off each other. I honestly could read a separate book about each and every one of them. I was kind of sad that I only got Millie and Reid’s story because I wanted to know more about all of them.
Another thing I loved about this book was that it was written in dual point of view. I loved being able to see what was going on in both Reid and Millie’s heads at different times. I think if I only had Millie’s perspective, I would have been angry a lot of the book.
Okay, I have to deviate from what I liked to what I didn’t like after mentioning Millie’s POV. Millie drove me batty. I couldn’t believe for someone so smart she made such a horribly mean decision. She deserved what ended up happening to her relationship with Reid and her friends. I understand why she did what she did, but I didn’t like it. I didn’t really like her…until the end. Once she finally let all those bottled up emotions out and became real, I loved her. I wish I would have loved her the entire time.
Back to things I loved! REID! The guy was amazing. He had patience of a saint when it came to Millie. I was surprised given how emotionally in touch he was that he was okay taking what Millie would give him for as long as he did. I loved reading his thoughts and his online dating communications. He was the main star in this book for me — quickly followed by all of his friends.
I want to keep gushing about the friendships in this book! Partly because I love them, party because without them this book might have tanked for me in the middle when Millie was being dumb. I’m really happy they helped carry that middle because I absolutely adored the end of My Favorite Half-Night Stand. It was so sweet and vulnerable. It pretty much made me forget how irritated I was with the decisions Millie made before it and made me like her. The ending brought the story full circle in the best way possible.
So while My Favorite Half-Night Stand wasn’t a Love & Other Words or a Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, it was a good romance with some of the best side characters I have read in a long time. It is worth reading simply for the friendship aspect.

Review: The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

The Good Luck Charm
Author: Helena Hunting
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Sports
Note: This received this book from the publisher. This review is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Is it love, or is she just his good luck charm?

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting absolutely delights with this witty and fun standalone contemporary romance.

Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career, or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.

Ethan Kane wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.

Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let him in, though, she finds out their reunion has nothing to do with her and everything to do with his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he’ll do anything to keep from losing her again.


The Good Luck Charm is a special second chance romance. Ethan and Lilah were first best friends and then high school sweethearts. When Ethan broke up with Lilah eight years ago to pursue a career in the NHL, they were both devastated. Lilah tried her best to move on. She created a whole new life for herself — a life that came crashing down around her the same day Ethan returned to town. Ethan wants nothing more to have Lilah back in his life, but Lilah’s not the same girl she was all those years ago. She’s not willing to be that girl again, and she’s not so sure she could stand to lose him again. Ethan is willing to do anything to prove to Lilah that they belong together.

Ethan and Lilah were a couple who deserved a second chance. From the moment I met them, I could tell how deeply their friendship and love ran. They may have been apart for eight years, but their chemistry was so strong they immediately fell back in sync with each other. Their romance was sassy and fun, but it was also filled with strong emotions. The ups and downs in this book felt like ones that could possibly happen in real life. I loved how Ms. Hunting was able to mix her witty dialog and sexy scenes with ones filled with angst.

One of the things I liked about this book was how easy it was to relate to Lilah and her concerns about losing herself in Ethan. Ethan was a larger than life hockey player whose confident personality easily overtook Lilah’s quieter demeanor. He went big while she went smart about things. That meant that sometimes Ethan didn’t hear what Lilah needed. She was quick it cave into his demands because she loved him. It’s easy to give up parts of yourself for someone you love. I liked how she dealt with it all. It took strength and courage on her part. Some might feel Lilah’s character was too much of a pushover, but I felt that she was actually a very strong person who just didn’t want to lose someone she loved so much. I also liked how this situation affected Ethan and gave him some new insight into their relationship.

Another thing I loved about this book were all the side characters. Ethan and Lilah’s families added so much to their story. I loved how involved they were in it. It made me want their stories as well — especially Carmen’s.

The Good Luck Charm is now my favorite book by Helena Hunting. In my opinion, it was contemporary romance gold.

Series Review: Kiss and Make Up by Sara Ney

Kissing in Cars
Series: Kiss and Make Up, #1
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: January 26, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Will she, or won’t she…

Studious and (mostly) sensible, the only thing Molly Wakefield wants to do is get through Senior Year and graduate. Well, that and hit the beach in her spare time. Okay, fine – and go shopping every once in a while for a new dress… (and who could blame her?)

And things are going according to plan – until the day she spies Weston McGrath, handsome star athlete and scholar, spying on her in study hall.

A tad creepy? Maybe.
Thrilling? Absolutely.

You see, Weston McGrath happens to be one guy no one can get close to.

Despite her best efforts to avoid it (because let’s face it – the guy isn’t exactly “boyfriend material”) Mollly and Weston form a friendship.
And more….
Sort of.
But it’s a friendship that comes with a price – because Weston just cannot seem to stop screwing things up. Or saying all the wrong things. Possibly in that order…
And who has time for an 18 year old “fixer-upper” that should know better?
Not Molly.
Or does she?

Review:

Oh my goodness.This book was so dang cute! Molly and Weston were just too adorable. I loved how everything went down between them. All the embarrassing, does he/she or doesn’t he/she like me moments were true the high school crush experience. It was cringe worthy, but sweet. Kissing in Cars was just so much fun to read. I felt like I was back in high school myself. I cannot wait to read the second book in this series!


He Kissed Me First
Series:
Kiss and Make Up, #2
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: November 27, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Trust me – If there’s one thing I’m not attracted to, it’s an arrogant, selfish and foul-mouth hockey player. I know what I want, and Matthew Wakefield isn’t it.” – Cecelia Carter

From the first moment they laid eyes on each other, all Cecelia Carter and Matthew Wakefield do is bicker. Fight. Even though he is her roommates brother, Cece just can’t stand the sight of him, and Matthew – well. He could never resist a challenge…

That can’t be a good combination, can it?
But sometimes, love happens when you least expect it.

Review:

I have mixed feelings about He Kissed Me First. On one hand, I loved Cecelia and Matthew’s banter. I loved what an idiot he was when it came to relationships and how everyone could see what he couldn’t. I loved how Molly and Weston from Kissing in Cars fit into the story and all of the new characters.

All of that was a lot of fun, but there were some things I wasn’t a big fan of. I didn’t really get Cecelia nor did I connect with her. She felt like a contradiction. Cecelia seemed liked the chick who didn’t care what she looked like, but then she had this uptight thing going on too. It just didn’t mesh well together. She had a major reaction to something Matthew said, but it wasn’t ever really explained and I didn’t get her reasoning. She just felt like this big mess while you knew what you were getting with Matthew.

Overall, He Kissed Me First was a fun read. I just expected a little more from it.


A Kiss Like This
Series: Kiss and Make Up, #3
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: May 31, 2015
Publisher: Sara Ney LLC
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

ABIGAIL DARLINGTON IS AWKWARD…

She will never be “that” girl. You know the one: that girl on campus, confident in her own skin. Always saying the right things. Putting herself out there. Knows how to talk to a guy without stammering.

Nope. Shy but clever, and easily embarrassed, Abby is fine being the wallflower in her circle of outgoing, beautiful friends; she would rather read about a sexy book boyfriend than actually have a live, breathing one.

…BUT CALEB LOCKHART IS WORSE.

Star goaltender for the University’s hockey team, Caleb is quiet and broody, preferring the solitude of his orderly, regimented life. He doesn’t like, or need people—and plans to keep it that way. One more year left of hockey and he’ll be long gone.

AWKWARD NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD.

Both their lives change the day that Abigail falls for Caleb. Well, falls directly on top of him, to be accurate. Because sometimes we don’t settle into love.

We fall there.

Review:

As you can see above, this series so far has been a little hit or miss for me. A Kiss Like This was giant hit for me. I absolutely ADORED this book. Sara Ney’s writing feels more timeless and current in this book. I can really see how her writing evolved to what it is today. I loved it.

A Kiss Like This was awkwardly sweet and romantic. Caleb and Abigail were just too dang cute for words. Neither of them knew what the heck they were doing when it came to a relationship and it was romance gold. I can’t even…I just want to keep going on and on about how freaking adorable and amazing this book was. A Kiss Like This was such a great, classic NA romance. I absolutely loved it!

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: 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: Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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About LJ Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Review: Intercepted by Alexa Martin

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review: Mixed Up Love by Natasha Madison

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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

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

Then I found out he was a liar.

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

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


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

Likes:

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

Dislikes:

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

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