Release Day Review & Excerpt: The Hot One by Lauren Blakely

 From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a hot new standalone second chance romance…

THE HOT ONE!

Want a slow burn, sexy-as-sin second chance romance filled with wit, humor and so much heart? Dive in, and get ready to swoon and fan yourself from the heat!

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A sexy, feel-good romance that makes you feel good all over, THE HOT ONE is a hot, second chance standalone romance and the story of confident, charming and cocky attorney Tyler Nichols who is determined to win back his college sweetheart when he runs into her in NYC eight years later. He’ll do anything to win her heart… including stripping naked for her at her office. Can she move on from the hurt and give love a brand new chance? Find out in this sexy, fun, and sizzling romance full of heart, charm and heat! Told in dual POV, THE HOT ONE is being called over-the-top hot and utterly addictive. Grab your copy of THE HOT ONE and get ready to laugh, swoon, and fan yourself from the heat!

The Hot One is love, laugh-out-loud humor, and lust all wrapped up in the perfect package…PURE PLEASURE!!!” ~ Bookalicious Babes Blog

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“Lauren Blakely is the QUEEN of sweet, fun, and steamy reads… Her books are utterly addictive.” ~ Angie’s Dreamy Reads

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A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely…

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?

Yeah. I’m that guy. But the instant I run into her again I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.

Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend’s place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you’ve got to play to your strengths when you’re fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I’m prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.

He’s the one who got away . . .

The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he’s not . . .? I’ve tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I’m cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what’s the harm in giving him a week to prove he’s changed in the ways that matter?

After all, how do you resist the hot one . . .?

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My Review:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Note: I received an ARC from Inkslinger in exchange for an unbiased review.

The Hot One could have been called The Cute One because it was so freakin’ cute…but I doubt Tyler Nichols would have been satisfied with that title. The guy was off the charts hot. Not only did his body sound like a sin I’d love to commit, his actions to win back Delaney’s heart made me swoon. Tyler may have been a tad bit cocky and impulsive, but he gave his all and his heart. I loved that he wasn’t afraid to admit to his failures.

I didn’t blame Delaney for not wanting to immediately accept Tyler back into her life. She had all the right reasons to avoid his temptation. I loved that she was strong on her own, but wanted to find someone “normal” to share her life with. The way Tyler wore down Delaney’s defenses was so much fun to read, and oh so sexy!

The Hot One was a very fun second chance romance. I enjoyed every minute of reading it. I don’t think I even put the book down once.The only thing I would have loved to see more of in this story was Lauren Blakely’s trademark humor. There was some sprinkled throughout, but I would have loved even more. I can’t get enough of her witty writing!

Fans of the One Love series of standalone novels are going to love The Hot One, and so will readers new to the series. It’s a fun, fresh take on the second chance romance. I highly recommend reading it.

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Tyler Nichols. Oh. My. God. The title is definitely apropos. This man is over the top HOT in oh so many ways. The Hot One is a read-in-one-sitting kind of story.” ~ Naughty Girls and Their Books

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EXCERPT:

Technically, I didn’t drop my drawers the first time I saw her again. Just my balls.

The ones in my hands. Juggling balls.

Here’s how it went down. Picture a Sunday morning in Central Park. A perfect summer day. The grass was green, the breeze was warm, and I’d just spent the last few hours getting acquainted with turtles and frogs at the children’s zoo because I’m an awesome uncle. And Carly’s one cool seven-year-old.

The kid loves all creatures, but especially the ones that jump and crawl, so I took her to the enchanted forest part of the zoo. When we finished, she tugged on my shirt sleeve, batted her hazel eyes, and asked ever so sweetly for an ice cream cone.

Like I stood a chance at resisting her. C’mon. She’s my cousin’s kid, and clearly she gets her charm from our side of the family.

With her hand in mine, we strolled across the grass near the running path, hunting for the nearest ice cream dealer.

And then Carly did that thing little kids do.

She shrieked for what seemed like absolutely no reason. Next, she pointed to an impossibly tall dude wearing a beret while juggling two Rubik’s Cubes, two orange balls, and a small green beanbag.

“He can do five, Uncle Tyler!” Carly shouted, her eyes going wide.

“Five isn’t too shabby,” I said with a shrug.

She turned to me with a questioning stare. “I’ve never seen you do five.”

“That’s because I haven’t shown you all my tricks yet.”

“Can you really juggle five balls?”

I scoffed. “Please, I can do that with my eyes closed.”

I didn’t put myself through law school juggling for nothing.

Just kidding.

You can’t put yourself through law school juggling anything but insane class schedules and lack of sleep.

Carly arched an eyebrow. So did the juggler, as he kept up the cascade of his quintet. Show-off.

“I want to see. Show me,” Carly urged.

Yeah, Carly’s a chip off the old block. She’s all about challenging me, and I’m all about rising to the challenge.

The stick-thin guy with the beret raised his chin. “Have at it, man.”

With clockwork precision, he let the balls fall out of orbit and into his palm. Next, the Rubik’s Cubes. Then the beanbag. He stepped closer, handed me the objects, and flashed a crooked, put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is grin.

Game on.

Packs of runners jogged along, cyclists wheeled over the black asphalt, and rollerbladers whizzed by on the concrete. With my feet parked hip’s width apart, I stood at the edge of the grass getting a feel for the items, weighing them, and then one, two, three, four, five, I whisked each one up into the air in a high oval arc. Round and round, in a perfect five-ball cascade.

Carly clapped, then demanded more. “Yes, now close your eyes!”

I groaned. What was I thinking? Juggling with eyes closed is fucking hard. But I could pull it off for a couple seconds. My special skill. I obliged my niece’s request, pulling off a few quick blind ovals. Five seconds later, after I’d shown off that particular party trick, I opened my eyes.

And I saw a vision from my past.

A blond beauty, with long legs, a lovely round ass, and a high ponytail swishing back and forth across her shoulders. She ran along the path in tiny orange let-me-peel-them-off-with-my-teeth-pretty-please running shorts. And that face. Dear Lord, the stunning face of an angel. High cheekbones. Deep brown eyes that saw me like no one ever had. Those red lips, shaped like a bow. Fuck me, the things she could do with those lips. The things I taught her to do with that sinful mouth.

Delaney sure as hell knew how to use it, and I don’t just mean in the bedroom. We used to talk about anything and everything when we were together in college. Days with her. Nights with her. Best time of my life. That woman was full of spark. Full of fire. So damn passionate. And look at her now.

Jesus Christ.

It had to be illegal to be that smoking hot.

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About Lauren Blakely:

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy-five times, and she’s sold more than 1.5 million books. In February she’ll release THE HOT ONE, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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Review: Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll by Sawyer Bennett

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Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll
Saywer Bennett
Publication Date: November 14 2016
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Opposites attract. Then they fall in love.

From New York Times Bestselling author, Sawyer Bennett, comes a SEXY new stand alone romance…

When you’re a rock god, fame and fortune are your two best friends, but they can be fickle bitches. Everyone wants a piece of me and I have no clue how to deal with it all. I’m being sued, pressured to sign contracts, and fending off rabid women who want to steal my virtue.
Well, not that I really have any virtue, but still… my life has turned completely bat-shit crazy.
That’s why I need Emma Peterson. She got me out of a bit of a jam once, and I know she can do it again. The only problem is that sweet, prim and totally straight-laced Emma doesn’t want anything to do with me. Not professionally, and certainly not personally.
It’s not that I want her in that way. Let’s be realistic… it would take a crow bar of epic proportions to get her to spread those legs for me.
No, I only want her legal expertise and for her to make sense of my crazy world. It’s a good thing I have just the leverage to make her do my bidding, because her refusal is not an option.

*Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll is a hot, romantic comedy stand alone.

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Review:

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

If you’re looking for a fun, sensual rock star romance Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll is the book for you. It’s filled with Sawyer Bennett’s talented writing and flirty humor. This story isn’t as deep or surprising as some of her other books I’ve read, but it was a light and entertaining read.

Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll started out really strong and different from other rock star romances I’ve read. I liked the way Evan and Emma met, and the way they butted heads. It gave their romance an almost enemies to lovers feel that was exciting. After that, it became more like other rock star romances I’ve read. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just kept this book from standing out more from others.

I liked Evan and Emma. Evan was exactly how you picture a rock star. He was cocky and charismatic. He was also what you hope any celebrity is really like — a down to earth good guy. Emma was uptight and guarded. I was going to say I didn’t quite believe that her character could be so prudish in real life, but then I remembered someone I used to know. Emma could have been based on this women. Her style, looks and attitude were exactly the same! Evan and Emma’s differences made for an interesting and super sexy love affair!

Overall, Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll was a cute rock star romance. I enjoyed the characters and their journey to love. Fans of Sawyer Bennett are sure to love it, as will contemporary romance fans.

 

Review: Thank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz

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Author: Andy Abramowitz

Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Genre: Fiction
Note: I received this book from Touchstone via Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Synopsis:

In Thank You, Goodnight, hailed by Billboard as “High Fidelity andAbout a Boy with a dose of Music & Lyrics thrown in,” the lead singer of a one-hit wonder 90s band tries for one more swing at the fence.

Teddy Tremble is nearing forty and has settled into a comfortable groove, working at a stuffy law firm and living in a downtown apartment with a woman he thinks he might love. Sure, his days aren’t as exciting as the time he spent as the lead singer of Tremble, the rock band known for its mega-hit “It Feels Like a Lie,” but that life has long since passed its sell-by date.

But when Teddy gets a cryptic call from an old friend, he’s catapulted into contemplating the unthinkable: reuniting Tremble for one last shot at rewriting history. Never mind that the band members haven’t spoken in ten years, that they left the music scene in a blazing cloud of indifference, and that the only fans who seem to miss them reside in an obscure little town in Switzerland.

If Teddy manages to snooker his band mates out of their adult lives, can a once immature, self-involved fallen idol find his way back to the top—and possibly back to the one who got away?Thank You, Goodnight is début novelist Andy Abramowitz’s hilarious, honest, and “unfailingly heartfelt” (The Washington Post) story about love, lyrics, and finding one’s legacy in the unlikeliest of places.


I’m going to have to chalk my experience of reading Thank You, Goodnight up to “It’s not you, it’s me.”  I’m giving it three stars, but it probably deserves more. I don’t know if it’s because I wasn’t in the mood for this book or that I just couldn’t identify with it? I had trouble getting into it. The writing was really good, but I wasn’t interested or invested in the story until the fourth chapter. After that, my interest in the story would come and go.

My interest in the story was sporadic because all the characters and their relationships felt like they were on the surface level. None of the deeper aspects of their relationships were truly explored. Thank You, Goodnight focused mostly on Teddy’s desire to reunite his band. I enjoyed getting to know his old band mates, but the relationship I was most interested in was Teddy and Sara’s. I wanted it to be the main focus of the story instead of what Teddy had to do to get the band back together.

Thank You, Goodnight was a good début novel with lots of great descriptions. I enjoyed the more colorful characters, but needed more of an emotional connection to them. I would recommend Thank You, Goodnight to readers who are looking for a mid-life crisis novel that’s on the lighter side.

Review: Matt by R.C. Ryan

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Series: The Malloys of Montana, #1

Author: R.C. Ryan

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Note: I received this book from the publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A MALLOYS OF MONTANA NOVEL
Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Him Away From Her

Raised beneath the big Montana sky, Matt Malloy was never meant to be a jet-setting businessman. But he’ll do anything to protect the family ranch he shares with his brothers. Coming home after a two-week trip to Italy, Matt wants nothing more than to shed his suit and tie for a well-worn pair of jeans and ride his horse up to the cabin for some alone time. The last thing he needs is a big-city lawyer invading his privacy-even if she is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen . . .

Vanessa Kettering has devoted her life to her work. As a passionate animal rights defender, she doesn’t have room for anything else. But from the moment she meets Matt, she’s taken with this rugged cowboy’s lazy smile and tender touch. When a raging storm traps them inside his cabin for the night, one steamy kiss leads to another, sweeping them away with a force that’s as wild and untamed as the land he loves. But when the morning light comes, will she lose her heart?


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Matt, the first book in R.C. Ryan’s new The Malloys of Montana series, is a classic contemporary romance novel. Matt and Vanessa meet and instantly are attracted to each other. Almost immediately, a circumstance arises that pushes them together. They slowly fall in love while trying to avoid the dangers advancing on them.

I really enjoyed Matt. The Montana scenery was beautiful and was a great backdrop for the story. Matt and Vanessa’s characters were well developed and had great chemistry. There was just enough suspense woven throughout the story to keep the reader on edge wondering what was going to happen next.

Contemporary romance readers who enjoy stories where a small town rancher falls in love with a big city girl are sure to love Matt.

Review: Give Me Yesterday by K. Webster & Elle Christensen

Title: Give Me Yesterday

Authors: K. Webster, Elle Christensen

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

High powered divorce lawyer, Victoria Larkin, is known as the ice queen. Tough. Emotionless. What they don’t know, is that ten years ago, she lost everything. Including her hope for the future.

Chase Monroe struggles with his own demons. Devastated by guilt and on a mission to correct his past, he uses his skills as a college psychology professor to help others move beyond their grief.

When Victoria is forced to attend grief counselling, she meets Chase, and there is an instant attraction. Chase is determined to help her confront her past and find happiness. Victoria is afraid to relive her pain.

Just as they begin to step forward, tragedy strikes and throws them backwards, and they find themselves, once again, shackled to the past.

Can Chase and Victoria find the path to a happy future together? Or will they forever be wishing for yesterday?

**Recommended 18+ due to language and sexual content.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Once a month, I’m buddy reading a book off the list from HuffPost Books Oh, You Little Heartbreaker! The Ultimate List of Ugly Cry Novels with my favorite Goodreads group. This month, we decided to read Give Me Yesterday. Give Me Yesterday was a sad, but hopeful book.

Ten years ago, Victoria’s nightmares came true. In order to cope with her devastation, she’s shut down all emotions and made herself into a machine. It’s worked well for her as a lawyer until she has one epic meltdown in front of everyone at work. Now, Victoria’s been given one chance to redeem herself and keep her job by attending group grief counseling.

Victoria isn’t thrilled to be attending counseling. She doesn’t need it like all those other losers do. She’s got everything under control. But the leader of the group, Chase, isn’t about to let Victoria off so easily. Chase has made it his mission to make Victoria let go and face her biggest fears. Their attraction to each other gives Chase the edge he needs to crack her tough demeanor.

Victoria isn’t the only one dealing with grief, though. Chase may be Victoria’s strength, but he’s got demons that own him. Guilt constantly haunts and eats away at him. His relationship with Victoria gives him a new hope for the future.

As Victoria and Chase begin to come to terms with their pasts, they find a love in each other that helps heal the pain. Unfortunately, their love for each other is put in jeopardy when the past comes back to haunt them.

Give Me Yesterday was a well written collaboration between K. Webster and Elle Christensen. Victoria and Chase’s characters were complex and well-developed. Their chemistry was super sexy and the way they supported each other was sweet.

The only thing I didn’t like about Give Me Yesterday was the predictability of the plot. I knew from around Chapter 8 what the outcome was going to be. There weren’t really any surprises and it made the story drag a bit toward the end. I also wasn’t a fan of the very last part of the epilogue of the book. It just felt like it was added on as an afterthought and didn’t feel like it was needed.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Give Me Yesterday because I loved the characters the authors created.

 

 

Review: Elastic Hearts by Claire Contreras

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Series: Hearts, #3

Author: Claire Contreras

Publication Date: March 20, 2016

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Victor Reuben.
Most sought out divorce attorney in LA.

Nicole Alessi.
Soon to be ex-wife of Hollywood’s biggest star, Victor’s latest client and his boss’s daughter.

In such a high profile divorce, they can’t afford any extra drama. Luckily, neither one of them has anything to hide.
Unless you count the mind blowing sex they had…
Once…
Twice…
Three times all those years ago.

As long as they leave the past where it belongs, they’ll be fine. But with her wearing those tight dresses and him giving her those heated glances, keeping their hands to themselves is proving to be more difficult than either one of them realized.

It won’t be long before the paparazzi start to smell smoke, and where there’s smoke…


 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


The first book I ever read by Claire Contreras was Kaleidoscope Hearts. I saw Colleen Hoover recommend it on her Facebook page when it was released and decided to read it because I was just getting into reading the New Adult genre. I loved Kaleidoscope Hearts. It was so emotional and brilliant. It made me fall in love with Claire Contreras’ characters and her writing. I was so excited when I saw Elastic Hearts was being released. I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for Estelle’s brother, Victor.

Elastic Hearts was a different type of second chance love story than the first two books in the series. It wasn’t based on an old, deep connection between the main characters. Victor and Nicole’s connection was based on a couple of hook-ups they had a few year ago. Now, they were being thrown together in a lawyer-client situation without anyone knowing about their connection or attraction. They had to pretend it didn’t exists. I liked this change. The secrecy around their hook-ups relationship made the story more exciting. It also put me on edge a couple of times wondering if they were going to end up in trouble.

Victor Reuben is going to be many ladies’ new book boyfriend. (I call dibs!) He was just right parts cocky and sweet. Victor knew what he wanted from life and went for it. When his wants changed, he wasn’t afraid to admit it and go for it — even if he did it cautiously. Nicole was a fun surprise. I expected her to be more confident than she was having been married to a movie star. Her little insecurities made her very relatable. I loved watching Victor and Nicole trying to keep things professional. I’m so happy the story was told in dual points of view, so I could see what was going on in each of their heads.

Elastic Hearts is one of my favorite New Adult releases of 2016 so far. It put a smile on my face the entire time I was reading it. It was witty, smart and sweet. I didn’t want to put it down and I’m sad it’s over. (Although, I can’t wait to see what’s going to come next from Claire Contreras!)  I would highly recommend Elastic Hearts and the entire Hearts series to New Adult readers who enjoy emotional stories filled with amazing characters.

 

Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Publisher: Gallery

Synopsis:

Jake Becker is a hot-shot Washington D.C. defense lawyer on his way to making partner. His cold demeanor helps him win cases. It also helps deter women that think he could be more than a one-night stand.

Jake’s not interested in having a wife or family. Having a girlfriend isn’t even on his radar. He’s content with a revolving door of women and his busy work life. Or so he thinks until Chelsea McQuaid and her seven nieces and nephews bump into his life.

All of a sudden, Jake finds himself involved in the McQuaid’s family life. If he’s not saving one kid from trouble, he’s taking one to a class. And it’s all worth it to see Chelsea McQuaid smile.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Sustained was so much fun to read. I absolutely adored it. I loved that the story was told from Jake’s POV. His thoughts were hilarious! I loved how cocky and sure of himself he was. I also loved the sweet side of him that wanted to help Chelsea and the rest of the McQuaid family. I would have fallen in love with him too, if I was Chelsea.

I also loved each and every one of the McQuaid kids. Emma Chase created an amazing and fun bunch of kids. I don’t think I could pick a favorite if I tried. Their interactions with Jake were so much fun to read.

This book was just so sweet! I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary romance that will leave them in a happy mood.