Mini Review: Worth the Risk (Claudia Connor)

Worth the Risk
Series: McKinney Brothers, #2
Author: Claudia Connor
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

When a McKinney brother falls in love, powerful emotion and overwhelming desire are never far behind.

Two hearts locked away . . . Hannah Walker spends her days coaching children through injury and trauma, one therapeutic horseback ride at a time. She knows all too well how violence can change a child and leave scars that never heal. It’s easy for her to relate to the kids; what isn’t easy is the thought of facing her own harrowing past.

Millionaire playboy Stephen McKinney could use a little coaching himself. Five years ago he encountered his most horrible nightmare—and the nightmare won. No matter what he achieves, nothing can make up for that awful night . . . or so he believes.

Both desperate for a second chance . . . Stephen is used to getting what he wants. And he wants Hannah. So when she turns him down, he’s intrigued. What he doesn’t know is that her secrets will lead him to a place he never wanted to go again . . . to a side of himself he’s tried to forget . . . a side that would scare Hannah away from ever loving him. Now his only chance to win her trust is to bare his soul, risking everything he tried so hard to protect. mega888official


When I started Worth the Risk, I was surprised at how different it felt than Worth the Fall. It was more angsty. I wasn’t sure if I liked how jaded Stephen was at first. I guess I just wanted some more of that sweet feel Matt gave the last book. His attitude and the sweetness did improve as the book went on, which I was glad for. I really liked Hannah. Her strength was a cool thing to experience. I liked how the last part of both Stephen and Hannah healed together as they fell in love. Overall, it was a good romance.

WWW Wednesday: July 15, 2020

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

This is going to be a shocker, but I read one book this week. Granted, it was over 600 pages.  I read the One More Step anthology. I’ve just been super busy getting some stuff done around the house for part of it, and now my husband is on vacation from work so we’re spending time as a family. i918kiss

Currently Reading

I’m reading The Girl in the Love Song (Lost Boys, #1).

Reading Next

My plan is to read Love Lettering. I won this one from Goodreads and the book finally showed up. 😉

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Cover Reveal: Hate the Player (Max Monroe)

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I can hate the player but still secretly love his addictive game.

I’m sure of it.

Hate the Player, an all-new enemies to lovers romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Max Monroe is coming August 13th and we have the smokin’ hot cover!

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“Roses are red, violets are blue, stay away from Andrew Watson’s *ahem* because no other women ever do.”

That’s quite the way to start a conversation at a casual lunch, huh? Grilled chicken, French fries, and pelvic-fatigue, oh my!

And that’s not even the worst of it.

My friend Raquel didn’t pull any punches when she warned me about my brand-new costar and his notoriously player-esque ways. Apparently, my most important mission on my first role in a feature film is to stay immune to his charms.

Are you kidding me? Production costs on this movie are in the hundreds of thousands a day, and staying away from a panty-whispering, vajayjay-charmer is supposed to be at the top of my list? Pfft. Puh-lease.

It doesn’t matter that he’s annoyingly attractive, uber rich, crazy famous, and lusted after by ninety percent of the female population; Andrew Watson is trouble with a capital T—especially for a woman like me.

As a preventative measure, I’ve decided to go ahead and hate him.

Don’t worry, you guys, I’m completely in control. There’s absolutely no way I’m going to do something stupid like fall in love with him.

I can hate the player but still secretly love his addictive game.

I’m sure of it.

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About Max Monroe

A duo of romance authors team up under the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you sexy, laugh-out-loud reads.

Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far. ​

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Cover Reveal: The Wedding Game (Meghn Quinn)

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The Wedding Game by Meghan Quinn

Release Date: February 9, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Montlake Publishing

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USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn’s latest bauble is the charming story of a crafting queen battling a jaded divorce lawyer on a wedding reality show.

Luna Wu is a veritable crafting genius—she can bedazzle and bead so hard her Etsy site is one of the hottest in the world. So it’s only natural that Luna would convince her brother and his husband-to-be to compete on The Wedding Game, a “do-it-yourself” TV show, for the title of Top DIY Wedding Expert. As a jaded divorce lawyer, Alec Baxter scoffs at weddings and romance. But when his recently engaged brother begs him to participate in The Wedding Game, Alec grudgingly picks up a glue gun and prepares for some family bonding.

Both fierce competitors, Luna and Alec clash on national TV as harsh words and glitter fly with abandon. But as they bicker over color swatches and mood boards, they find themselves fighting something else: their growing mutual attraction. While Luna is torn between family loyalty and her own feelings, Alec wonders if he might have been wrong about love and marriage all along…

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USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book. M_Quinn_photo Facebook | Follow on Goodreads | Website | Amazon Author Page | Instagram | Follow on BookBub

Cover Reveal: Leo (Jay McLean)

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One single summer changed them forever, and one moment of devastating silence destroyed it all. 
Growing up with six siblings, Leo Preston has always struggled to find his voice.
While his brothers are loud, greedy, and somewhat obnoxious, Leo is forever the quiet one.
The thinker. 
The listener. 
He watches his life pass by as an outsider in his own world, absent and alone. 
Lost.
Until he finds her. 
For Leo, Mia Kovács is like a prize, a gift wrapped in passion and devotion.
And she’s his—his very own secret he doesn’t have to share. 
Together, they can overcome anything…
heartache and destruction, guilt and regret. 
Mia gives Leo everything he didn’t know he needed, 
including her fragile heart. 
The only thing she doesn’t give him… 
are secrets of her own. 
 
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and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, 
she can be found running after her three boys, 
investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries 
and binge-watching reality TV.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can 
make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, 
in her dream home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Made Me Smile

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Today’s topic is:

Ten Books That Made Me Smile

There so, so many books that have made me smile over the years. Here are ten of them.

1. Good Boy
Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

2. Banking the Billionaire
Authors: Max Monroe

3. Girl at Heart
Author: Kelly Oram

4. Sustained
Author: Emma Chase

5. Co-Wrecker
Author: Meghan Quinn

6. When It’s Real
Authors: Erin Watt

7. The F List
Author: Alessandra Torre

8. You’d Be Mine
Author: Erin Hahn

9. From Lukov with Love
Author: Mariana Zapata

10. Miss Fix-It
Author: Emma Hart

Mini Review: Worth the Fall (Claudia Connor)

Worth the Fall 
Series: McKinney Brothers, #1
Author: Claudia Connor
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.

They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.

But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.


This book was so stinking adorable I can barely stand it! I mean, a Navy SEAL goes on vacation and falls in love with a single mom and her brood of four kids. How can you not find that situation adorable? Not just that, but Claudia Connor has the writing chops to take that plot and turn it into magic. I didn’t even mind that she did it in third person (I dislike that tense!). I absolutely loved Matt and Abby together. I hate to say it, but I think I loved the relationship between Matt and Abby’s kids even more. My only teeny tiny complaint was that sometimes it seemed just a bit too insta-lovey for me. I can look past that, though, because I loved this book so much.

Review: Hard Pass (Sara Ney)

Hard Pass
Series: Trophy Boyfriends, #1
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

“Hard pass.”
That’s what the last girl I slept with said when she got her first sober glimpse of me. She laughed, walked out of my penthouse—and I never saw her again. It doesn’t matter that I’m a rich, professional athlete; what mattered was my face. Beauty might only be skin deep for some—but I know better.

“Pay up.”
That’s what the last girl I spoke to said over the phone when I made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. Desperate to sell a set of rare baseball cards, she’s clever and entertaining. I’m instantly smitten, but nowhere ready to reveal myself. Thank god she has no idea who I am—or what I look like.
I’m a professional athlete–how hard can playing the love game be?


I feel like my 3.5 star rating doesn’t accurately portray the happy feeling this book gave me. It had some of the same vibe as The Learning Hours (my favorite book by Ney) did in many ways and was all sorts of fun. I loved the way Noah and Miranda met, and the drama that unfolded because of Noah’s insecurities. They way the clicked and their instant attraction/chemistry was so cute. I even loved Noah’s self-appointed,annoying best friend, Buzz. Hard Pass was just one of those books that made me smile the entire time I was reading it.

Why only 3.5 stars then, you ask? Well, I needed more. It felt like one date and then BAM! Everything goes down and is wrapped up so quickly. I thought there could have been a little bit more of a story there. Or maybe I just wanted longer so that it wasn’t completely instant love between Noah and Miranda.

No matter what, it was still an adorable read. Almost had the feel of a mixture between the Douchebag series and the Jock Row series. I loved that. I hope the rest of the series is as cute!

Cover Reveal: The Wrong Family (Tarryn Fisher)

Tarryn Fisher has a new book coming out this December, and I have the creepy cool cover to share with you today. Check it out the cover for THE WRONG FAMILY below!


Title:  The Wrong Family
Release Date:  December 29, 2020

Goodreads info: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49668494-the-wrong-family

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Review: Hands Down (Mariana Zapata)

Hands Down
Author: Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: July 2, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Before he was Big Texas, he was Zac the Snack Pack.

Bianca Brannen knows time—mostly—heals all wounds. Including those your once loved ones might have unintentionally given you. (Those just take longer.)

She thinks she’s ready when a call has her walking back into her old friend’s life. Or at least as prepared as possible to see the starting quarterback in the National Football Organization. Before the lights, the fans, and the millions, he’d been a skinny kid with a heart of gold.

Waltzing out of Zac Travis’s life should be easy. Just as easy as he walked out of hers.


Sigh. I am so happy Mariana Zapata wrote Hands Down. I didn’t know I needed a story about Zac (The Wall of Winnipeg and Me) or Bianca (The Best Thing), but I am so glad I got one. Hands Down was a happy place for me. It was a a slow burn romance that I wanted to keep burning. I loved the way it combined friendship and love. There was also a great family aspect. This was one of those books that had it all. pussy888official

Now, if you’re familiar with Zapata’s writing you will understand what I’m talking about next. There are times this book is a little too wordy. There are times the words and thoughts feels redundant. I knew this was the way that it was going to be, so it was easy to look past for the amazing characters and their story.I just went with the flow, got lost in the story, and forgot that things could be a little repetitive and predictable. I did that, and I fell in love with this book.

I did have one big beef with this book in the form of nicknames. How many nicknames for a character are too many? I have never thought about this before, but one. One nickname is more than enough. There were WAY TOO MANY nicknames in this book. For Zac: Big Texas and Snack Pack. Probably only needed one of those, but I guess both worked. It was Bianca’s nicknames that killed me: Bibi, Little Texas, Blanca (just a jerky boss, but added to the number), and kiddo. Yes, KIDDO. That one right there is what killed me. Zac called Bianca “kiddo”. Yes, it was leftover from childhood, but STILL. They hadn’t seen each other in 10! years! That one needed to go. At least before they began a relationship. ICK.

Anyways. After finishing Hands Down, all I could think was that I wanted another new book by Mariana Zapata like now. I enjoyed this one so much, and finishing left me feeling both happy and sad. I think I’m going to have to either re-read this one soon or another one of hers.