Mini Reviews: Bad Apple & One Night of Scandal (Elle Kennedy)

Bad Apple
Author: Elle Kennedy
Publication Date: August 13, 2019
Publisher: Elle Kennedy Inc.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A flirty standalone novel* from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy!

One night with him will change her life…

Between her waitressing job, volunteer work, and college classes, there are never enough hours in Maggie Reilly’s day. Especially not for a relationship. Luckily, she’s got the perfect arrangement: a lover she meets three or four times a year. But when she shows up at the hotel expecting to hop into bed with one man, she accidentally ends up with another—Ben Barrett, Hollywood’s most notorious bad boy.

Ben, determined to lay low after another scandal, just wants some much-needed sleep. What he gets is a scorching make-out session with a gorgeous, naked redhead. He won’t accept her apology, but what he will accept is a place to hide out…and if there’s some hot, no-strings sex involved, why the heck not?

But Ben soon discovers that one week with his sassy, bed-hopping waitress is definitely not enough. He wants more. A lot more.

Now he needs to convince relationship-averse Maggie that a bad boy might be oh so good for her—and the best thing that’s ever happened to both of them.

* Previously published in 2008, Bad Apple (formerly Midnight Encounters) features almost entirely new content, including a point-of-view switch. Enjoy this new version of an old favorite!

My thoughts:

I really liked Bad Apple. It was a lot cuter than I thought it would be. The synopsis sounds like it would be a sexier read, and it was, but Ben Barrett brought a tenderness to it. I loved how he knew he wanted more than a few nights with Maggie and set out to prove to her a relationship was worth it. Bad Apple was one of those fun, quick reads that are perfect for a hot summer night. I never read the original release of this book, but whatever Elle Kennedy revised or added to it made for a great story.

One Night of Scandal
Series: After Hours, #2
Author: Elle Kennedy
Publication Date: September 8, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

The wrong man never felt so right…

Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize a friendship over a woman—especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her…all bets are off.

Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s no denying Reed is just the man to give it to her. Although she has no interest in dating a bad boy, and certainly not her ex’s best friend, it’s impossible not to melt beneath Reed’s skillful touch. Now it’s just a matter of setting a few ground rules—and hoping her rule-breaking, sweet-talking bad boy agrees to follow them. But if she lets Reed into her bed, does she stand a chance of keeping him out of her heart?

My thoughts:

I’ve read several of Elle Kennedy’s books and I always love her writing. This After Hours series is one of her older ones with Brazen. It’s written in third person, which isn’t my favorite but worked for me in this one. I loved the chemistry between the characters. Darcy and Reed were on fire. I liked how Darcy’s ex was Reed’s best friend and what that brought to the story. The only thing I was big on was the drug plot. It just seemed not very hard-hitting and like something extra added just for drama. Overall, this was one of those fun, flirty reads.

Review: Hollywood Dirt (Alessandra Torre)

Hollywood Dirt
Author: Alessandra Torre
Publication Date: September 7, 2015
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there’s a new bad boy in town.

Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year.

We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him.

From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me.

Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.


Alessandra Torre is an author I’m slowly discovering. The three books I have now read written by her have all been different. Moonshot was romantic suspense. The Ghostwriter was a psychological thriller. Hollywood Dirt was a contemporary romance. I think I can safely say that Torre’s writing can’t be confined to one box. She’s able to crossover genres and write just about anything. I love her writing style no matter what she’s writing.

As I was saying, Hollywood Dirt is a contemporary romance. It’s set in the small town of Quincy, Georgia where there are a bunch of Coca Cola stock millionaires. The heroine, Summer, is not one of those people. She’s a young woman who hasn’t had the best of luck. Summer is the town outcast until Cole Masten comes to town. Cole is a uber famous actor who is making a movie about the history of the town. Summer and Cole are fireworks from the start. They don’t get off on the right track and quickly become enemies, but there’s that thin line between love and hate…

What I loved about Hollywood Dirt is that I was instantly drawn to Summer and all things Quincy. I loved the small town feel of the book and all the little things went into living in Quincy. I loved slowly discovering Summer’s history with the town. Her inner strength and how she was capable of standing her ground no matter who she was dealing with was awesome. She had spunk and I loved it. Summer wasn’t perfect, though, and her doubts and insecurities were so relatable.

My relationship with Cole Masten was much like Summer’s: it was love-hate. I didn’t particularly like him at first. He had the ego to go along with his celebrity status. I did like how his character grew and reexamined his choices, though. He ended up being a good guy in the end. I think my biggest issue with him (and this book) was the way he approached a part of his (non-)relationship with Summer. His actions were just sketchy and kind of skeezy.

Overall, I really enjoyed Hollywood Dirt. It had a great summery feel that would make it a fun beach read. I can easily see why it was made a movie.

Review: Hollywood Prince (Natasha Madison)

Hollywood Prince
Series: Hollywood Royalty, #3
Author: Natasha Madison
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Behind the “lights, camera, action” of Hollywood lies a world of deception, love, and seduction.

Are you ready for Hollywood Royalty?
Carter
A blonde, a brunette, a redhead…he can have his pick of them all on any given night and he knows it. They wait, hoping he looks up and gives them his signature smirk, choosing them over the others because that’s his game.

Except now he’s signed the contract of a lifetime, one with a pesky little clause that says his zipper must stay up and his playboy image has got to tamp down. It’ll be fine—a piece of cake, even—he can do this and he’s almost convinced himself of that … and then she walks in the room

The new PR girl whom they’ve hired to change his image, she’s the star of all his dreams, but there’s one tiny little problem … she can’t stand him and all of his player ways.

He knows he only has thirty days to show her why they call him Hollywood’s Prince. He’s up for the challenge, so game on.


I was a big fan of the first two books in the Hollywood Royalty series, so it pains me that I did not love Hollywood Prince as much as I was hoping. That’s not to say I didn’t like reading it. I did. There were just some things I had trouble with.

What I loved about Hollywood Prince was Erin. Her story was so much fun. She’s an intern trying to prove herself at her PR firm when she is given the hardest client’s image to transform. Erin really wants to advance in the company, so she’s going to do her best to rehab sex addicted Carter. Since this is a romance, Erin falls in love with the “bad boy” the more she gets to know him and who he really is. That whole apart of the story was enjoyable. I liked how Erin was a sweet person, but also had a strong presence when it came to her job. I just wish she had someone else to fall in love with.

Carter was my issue with this book. His bad boy stuff didn’t work for me. I didn’t connect with his character and wondered many times how Erin did. I guess she could see past his attitude and past when I couldn’t. Carter made way too many excuses. I don’t know that I could have gotten past the number of women he had been with. He was with like 12 different women in a 10 day period or something. Personally, that’s a huge turn off. It’s one thing when someone knows their crush is a bad boy and has gotten around. It’s another thing to know exactly how much and who he’s gotten around. What made me even more uncomfortable with the situation was that Erin and Carter didn’t talk about safe sex prior to doing the deed. There was no talk of testing. That’s insane to me with all the action Carter got and how smart Erin seemed. The only time I found myself liking Carter was right toward the end when he became a completely different person.

Let me get back to the other things I loved about Hollywood Prince. There was a little bit of a mystery about who Erin’s dad was. I was curious the entire time and looking for clues. When it all came out, one of my guesses was right! I loved the build up to this and what it meant for Erin and Carter. I really love Erin’s dad.

Which reminds me of something I didn’t get. I didn’t get Erin’s choice to become involved with Carter while working with him, but understood why the story went there. Sometimes I just wonder how smart women make such stupid choices and risk the careers they’re working so hard for. That wasn’t really what I didn’t get about the whole thing, though. What I didn’t get was that Erin’s boss wasn’t upset with her for her choice. Neither were her co-workers. I thought it should had been a big deal. Other things in the story eclipsed that, I guess.

What I think I’m trying to say is that while I didn’t like every part of this book, overall I enjoyed reading it. If you liked the previous two books, you will most likely have a good time reading this one. It just wasn’t the perfect book for me.

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Review: Hollywood Playboy (Natasha Madison)

 Hollywood Playboy
Series: Hollywood Royalty, #1
Author: Natasha Madison
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Behind the “lights, camera, action” of Hollywood lies a world of deception, love, and seduction.

Are you ready for Hollywood Royalty?
Jessica

An entertainment journalist was the last thing I thought I would be doing.
I thought once I got my degree, I would be reporting on stories that made a difference, but now all I do is report on who broke up with who and who is dating who.
I was over it.
Then I got my next assignment.

He’s Hollywood’s bad boy.
He works hard, and he plays even harder.
He’s rude, he’s condescending, and he’s made it known he doesn’t want me on the tour.

With one month on the road with him, two things might happen
One, I may never work in this industry again.
Two, I may just be like everyone else and fall for Hollywood’s Playboy.


I am a huge fan of Natasha Madison’s Something So series and some of her other standalone novels. Her most recent series/books were good, but not my favorites. I was kind of wondering if something had changed with her writing or if I outgrown it or something. I debated reading Hollywood Playboy, but I am extremely happy I did. Hollywood Playboy read and felt more like her previous works that I loved.

Hollywood Playboy is written in dual, first person point of view. I loved that. It made it easy to understand why Jessica and Tyler didn’t like each other at first and then fell for each other. The way their jobs as celebrity reporter and actor conflicted very interesting. It added another layer to the enemies to lovers trope. Jessica or Tyler could have been egotistical, cocky, or a jerk, but they weren’t. They were both nice, down to earth people despite their careers. That was refreshing. I loved every minute of their love story.

Even though I absolutely adored everything about the romance in this book, there were a few things that bugged me a little. One was the clothing descriptions. Every piece of clothing for every event was described down to the brand name. I know brands are probably a big deal in Hollywood, but it distracted me a bit from the story. Another thing that bothered me was the whole “Hollywood Playboy” thing. Tyler didn’t really seem to be a playboy. There was only a couple mentions of other women. That just didn’t fit to me with how secretive he was.The last thing that I thought I should point out, but didn’t truly bug me, was that I could tell where the book was going from pretty early on. I knew (and hated) the person who was going to cause all the trouble. What saved thing was that I liked the plot.

I’m so happy that I am back to being in love with Natasha Madison’s writing! I was sad to finish Hollywood Playboy because now I’m stuck waiting for Hollywood Princess.

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Series Review: Between the Lines (Tammara Webber)

Once again, I’m working on my backlist. Between the Lines is a series I’ve wanted to read since I fell in love with Tammara Webber’s Contours of the Heart series. I was excited to finally get around to reading it. Here are my thoughts on each of the four books in the series.


Between the Lines (#1) ★ ★ ★

I didn’t love this book, but I didn’t dislike it either. Between the Lines is told in two perspectives. The first was Emma’s. She was an almost eighteen year old who was cast in a movie along side Reid, one of the hottest young stars of the moment. I liked Emma a lot. She seemed like a teenager trying to figure life out. The other perspective was Reid’s. I hated Reid. He was a tool and a jerk. It was really hard reading his thoughts and choices. He is what made me not love this book — along with the fact that there is a third player in this story. Emma also has a developing “friendship” with another actor names Graham that makes a love triangle out of this book. As this book comes to an end, big secrets are exposed and the triangle is sorted out. I’m glad it didn’t leave me hanging. In the end, this one felt a big set up for the rest of the series to me. I am going to keep reading because I’m curious and have the rest of the books.

Where You Are (#2) – ★ ★ ★

The Reid – Emma – Graham triangle continues! Well, it becomes a love square as Brooke jumps in on the action and increases the drama. I still hated Reid, but he did do one thing I respected. I loved Emma. Graham turned out to be a total sweetheart. Brooke…I loved her last book, but now I feel as good about her as I do Reid. Where you Are was a wild ride.

Good for You (#3) ★ ★ ★

I really, really didn’t want a book about Reid falling in love. I mean, the guy is a total turd. I didn’t want it to be a woman who changed him because that wouldn’t be real life. I wanted him to change himself. That being said, I liked who Reid became. He grew up. It was refreshing to see him come to some conclusions about himself. Dori was okay. I liked all the stuff she had to go through.

Here Without You (#4) ★ ★ ★ ★

This, in my opinion, was the best book of the series. Everything came full circle for the remaining cast of characters. I loved how it was done. I also really loved how Tammara Webber wrote River. This ended up being an interesting celebrity coming of age series. It’s worth a read if you’re a fan of the author.

Review: This Will Only Hurt a Little (Busy Phillips)

This Will Only Hurt a Little
Author: Busy Phillips
Narrator: Busy Phillips
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Genre: Memoir

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, and Cougartown who has become “the breakout star on Instagram stories…imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” (The New Yorker).

Busy Philipps’s autobiographical book offers the same unfiltered and candid storytelling that her Instagram followers have come to know and love, from growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona and her painful and painfully funny teen years, to her life as a working actress, mother, and famous best friend.

Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From film to television to Instagram, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all.

“I’ve been waiting my whole life to write this book. I’m just so grateful someone asked. Otherwise, what was the point of any of it??”


I love listening to celebrity memoirs. It’s so much fun to hear all of their stories come out of their own mouth. When I heard that Busy Phillips was releasing one, I knew I wanted to listen to it. I was a fan of Dawson’s Creek and I have always enjoyed her acting. I didn’t, however, realize that Busy Phillips was big on Instagram with her stories which is what speared the writing of this book. (Or at least I think that’s what did?)

This Will Only Hurt a Little was a big surprise to me. I wasn’t expecting the tone. Busy Phillips sounds a little bit angry and the whole lot negative. Even the good times had a not so good feelings surrounding them. I was a little disappointed and a lot sad about that. I was expecting more humor and lightness since she’s a comedic actress.

Another thing that surprised me was that half the book was about her teenage escapades and not so good things she had done or that had happened to her. It wasn’t that I didn’t expect to hear stuff like that, it was that it took up SO MUCH of the book. I was more interested in her acting career. Maybe that’s selfish and mean of me, but that’s what I want from a celebrity memoir.

As for the acting career part, it was pretty interesting. Her thoughts and impressions of people, places, and her career were a little scandalous. I would be very interested in hearing what her co-workers and friends would say about it all. I especially interested in her Blades of Glory story. That’s probably the biggest, most exciting to me information I took away from this memoir.

Overall, This Will Only Hurt a Little was a book that it only hurt a little to listen to. When Busy Phillips says, “I am a lot.”, she truly is. Wow. She really laid it out all there. The good, the bad, the ugly. This book is worth reading if you’re at all interested in her life or her stories about her rise to fame and all those she encountered along the way.

 

Review: America’s Sweetheart by Jessica Lemmon

America’s Sweetheart
Series: Real Love, #5
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Old flames burn bright. When a disgraced starlet returns home to lick her wounds, she discovers that her high school sweetheart is just as tempting as ever.

“No one writes big-hearted bad boys like Jessica Lemmon!”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

Allison: When I left for California, I gave myself a new name and never looked back. Now my carefully crafted good-girl image is getting torn to shreds in the press thanks to my Oscar-winning A-hole of an ex-boyfriend. So I escape to the only safe haven I know and trust—my hometown—to take a breather while I plot my triumphant Hollywood comeback. However, when I arrive at my parents’ house, Jackson Burke answers the door instead. And suddenly the past comes rushing back. . . .

Jackson: First kiss. First time. First love. Yep, Allison Murphy and I shared a lot of firsts back in the day. When she left, she took half my heart with her. Now she’s back in town, and even though I swore I’d keep my distance, her parents hired me to remodel their house, and I’m going to finish the job. But one hot kiss later, suddenly the press is calling us the next big celebrity couple. Sure, I’ll play the part, for Allison’s sake—but I refuse to let her close enough to break my heart all over again. . . .


I have mixed feelings about America’s Sweetheart. I’m not sure I agree with the structure of this book. It started out in Jackson’s point of view. I loved Jackson. He was a totally normal, nice guy. He made his dreams a reality with the exception of losing “the one” back in college. Jackson loved his small town life, and he made me love it, too. I felt bad for him that he lost Allie and still hadn’t quite been able to move on from her. When she showed up back in town, I was excited for Jackson and what it could mean. I loved how he handled everything and his part in this book. What I didn’t love was Allie’s personality.

I didn’t like what I met of Allie through Jackson’s perspective. She actually seemed like a pretty horrible person. I know that’s because I didn’t know her side of the story. She didn’t have a POV at fist. All of her actions really bugged me. It made me wonder how Jackson could still be so attracted to her. I hated her. Then, half way into the book, bam! Her point of view shows up. It threw me off guard because there wasn’t a heading or anything letting me know of the change. As I got to know and understand her, I understood she was just as weary and hurt as Jackson. I liked what she learned about herself after returning home. I still wasn’t 100% sold on her, but I felt better about Jackson’s feelings for her than I had during his POV…until I didn’t again. The way she messed with Jackson’s feelings and was constantly acting was messed up. Her priorities were never straight. Once they were, I was over her.

To sum it up, I loved Jackson. I liked his relationship with Allie when she wasn’t being Nina. I never truly connected with Allie nor did I end up liking her. The only thing that might have made this one better me was if Allie’s POV had been mixed in with Jackson’s at the beginning. Maybe then she would have seemed like she had more heart or something. If it wasn’t for Jackson, I wouldn’t have liked this book at all. That makes me sad because I’m a fan of Jessica Lemmon’s writing.

Release Blitz Review: Stone by Max Monroe

Stone
Series: Stone Cold Fox
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: March 25, 2018
Publisher: Max Monroe LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

First, hate. Then, want. But in the end? Heartbreak.

My celebrity life was supposed to be easy, and this movie was the biggest break of my career. But from the moment Officer Levi Fox gave me a speeding ticket on my way into town, he’s been nothing but a thorn in my side.

Dominant. Cocky. Callous.
Midnight blue eyes, a bad attitude, and muscles for days, he’s exactly the kind of man I should avoid.

But as the Cold, Montana Police Department’s official movie liaison, he’s taken up a permanent place in my life that I can’t shake.

We fight. A lot.

Then, we kiss—and my carefully crafted hate toward him no longer feels so much like hate.

I’m falling
falling
falling.
But how often do alpha-jerks cushion the landing?

Note: Levi and Ivy’s story will continue in Book Two—Cold.

 

Disclaimer: Please ensure your imaginary seatbelt is fastened…tightly. This ride wild, sexy, bumpy, and angsty AF, and without a restraint, you’re liable to get bruised.

 

Disclaimer for the disclaimer: Sadly, there are no imaginary seatbelts for e-reader devices. Therefore, the authors cannot be held accountable for any broken devices due to the emotions STONE’s wild, crazy, fast-paced, and intense story may invoke.


Ivy has come to Cold, Montana to portray Grace, a police officer killed by a serial killer. Not everyone in town is excited for this movie to be made. One of those not excited: Levi Fox. He was Grace’s partner and now the liaison between the police department and movie set. Levi hates the idea of this movie so much that he transfers those feelings to Ivy. Ivy isn’t exactly impressed with him either. The more time Ivy and Levi are forced to spend together, the more their mutual dislike for each other begins to turn into something more.

Max Monroe said this book would be angsty, deeper than their other books and they were right. I really loved the plot of this book. The movie being made about Grace and the serial killer she hunted gave the story a dark vibe. It amped up Levi’s already intense personality. I loved the glimpses of what might have been that he held onto so tightly. I understood his anger and stupidity. It made me want to know more about what actually happened. I also loved his infatuation/hatred of Ivy. That was also really intense. Despite being a jerk, I really liked Levi’s character.

Ivy was a breath of fresh air in this dark tale. Her character brought the light. There was just something about her. She was so positive and upbeat. What I loved most about Ivy was that she wanted to do Grace justice and that she gave Levi as good as she got. Ivy, despite her insecurities, was a strong female lead.

I was so wrapped up in Stone that I didn’t see the end coming. When it ended, I was shocked. Max Monroe left me…with a lot of questions. I know there are two more books coming, but I don’t want to wait. I really, really want to know where Ivy and Levi’s story is going. I am also more curious about the serial killer and Grace’s story. Stone did an excellent job setting the story up and leaving me begging for more. I loved it. I love this new side of the duo that is Max Monroe. Don’t get me wrong, I still want them to write romantic comedies, but this departure was so good, so addicting.

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Review: One Last Time by Corinne Michaels

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One Last Time by Corinne Michaels
Release Date: February 26th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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From New York Times bestselling author, Corinne Michaels, comes a new heartwarming standalone romance.

I’m getting really good at cutting my losses.

First, the husband. Divorcing him was the best decision I ever made. But between single-parenting and job-hunting, I can’t catch my breath. When a celebrity blogging position falls into my lap, I’m determined to succeed.

That is, until I get my first assignment and actually see Noah Frazier for the first time . . . practically naked and dripping wet. My heart races and I forget how to form complete sentences. His chiseled abs, irresistible smirk, and crystal blue eyes are too perfect to be real. So, what do I do? Get drunk and humiliate myself, of course.

I’m ready to forget the awkward night, yet Noah has no intention of allowing me to move on. Instead, he arranges for me to write a feature on him, ensuring a lot more time together. One embarrassing moment after another, one kiss after another, and before I can stop myself, I realize—I’m falling in love with him.

But when the unthinkable happens, can I even blame him for cutting his losses?

What I wouldn’t give for just one last time . . .

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Here’s the thing I love about Corinne Michael’s books. They are contemporary romances about women over 30 that have the feel of new adult romances. It’s a little hard to explain, but there are times I read contemporary romances about women my age and I cannot connect to them. The women read so much older than I feel. I can’t imagine myself acting or talking like them. (I guess in my mind, I’m still in my early 20’s or something.) That’s not how I feel when I’m reading Corinne Michael’s books. I can identify with them easily and put myself in their places.

I absolutely loved One Last Time. There were so many amazing things about it, but my favorite part was the transformation Kristin went through. While I haven’t been through Kristin’s situation, I could identify with many of her feelings. It’s easy to feel like you’re not enough — not skinny enough, not productive enough, not a good enough parent or spouse, not good enough at just about everything. Kristin embodied what it feels like to be in your late 30’s and 40’s. You’re supposed to be an adult and have your stuff figured out, but there are a lot of times you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. I loved how Kristin dealt with it all and learned to value herself. I loved how her friends were there to help her through it all. I loved how all the positive changes she made led her to Noah.

Noah met Kristin at the perfect time in his life. He was a favorite actor, but he was beginning to yearn for more than just a career. I loved how helping Kristin through her struggles made him come to a realization about his own life. They both had so much to learn, and figuring things out together made their relationship fun to read. It was also very sweet and sexy.

As much as I loved Kristin and Noah, I must say the breakout star of this book was Audrey. Kristin’s daughter was the cutest thing ever. She added an adorable humor that was perfect. Her moments with Noah made me smile so hard.

One Last Time was filled with tough emotions, but felt lighter than other Corinne Michael’s books I’ve read in the past. It was a really fun, great read. Now that we’ve got Kristin and Heather’s books, I’m hoping we’ll get Danielle’s and Nicole’s!

Excerpt:

Before I can make a move either way, the glass door slides open and Noah walks through the threshold.

My legs start to quiver as his eyes meet mine. All I can think about is how I’d like to climb him like a tree and shake his coconuts. I thought he was hot in the photo, then he was better through the window, but up close, he’s otherworldly.

“Hi.” Noah’s throaty voice floats around me. “You must be Kristin.”

Instead of speaking, I stand here with my mouth hanging open. Some small sounds that could be words escape, but they aren’t coherent.

Kill me now.

“Noah, this is my best friend, Kristin. Who we told you about.” Heather elbows me.

“Yes. Me. Hi. Kristin. I. You. Hi.”

Smooth. Someone should video this because I’m sure it’s highly entertaining.

“Right.” Noah flashes a blinding smile. “I hear you’re a reporter?”

Okay, Kristin, you have to speak in more than one-word increments or grunting noises.

I grab Heather’s glass she just poured and hope it’ll act as a talisman. “Yes, for a small blog, but I’m that. A reporter. For a blog. I write.”

And a bumbling idiot.

Noah’s green eyes are filled with humor. He moves a little closer and places his hand on top of mine. “Eli filled me in a little. I’m happy I came.”

I’m pretty sure I just came. At least we’re all coming.

“Me, too.”

His lips turn up as his eyes rake my body. “See you out there.” He winks and walks back out.

My ovaries have officially disintegrated.

I turn back to Heather, who bursts out into a fit of laughter. “Oh, that was epic. You all said I was starstruck when I met Eli? You should’ve seen that!” Heather continues to laugh at my expense. “Yes. Me. Um. Blog. Er—” She mocks.

“Shut up.” I laugh—because, really, what else can I do—and bump her hip before moving around the bar and grabbing a glass. “Now, pour me a shot before I drink straight from the bottle.”

There’s only one way to get through tonight.

Alcohol.

Lots of Alcohol.

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Meet Corinne:

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of nine romance novels. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife.

After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.

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Blog Tour Review: Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne

 
 “Lauren Layne gets the red rose for this one, and fans of The Bachelor will fall in love with this thoroughly charming story.”Kate O’Keeffe, bestselling author
 
 RUNAWAY GROOM
I Do, I Don’t – Book 2
Lauren Layne
Releasing Jan 30, 2018
Loveswept

For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it.
 
Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of
that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .
Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook
endings.
 
NOW AVAILABLE!

MY REVIEW:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

In Runaway Groom, Ellie has agreed to be one of the contestants on a Bachelor-like television show. She’s not doing it for the chance to find love, but for the chance to promote her new t-shirt company. Ellie has no interested in meeting Hollywood heart-throb Gage at the altar.

Gage isn’t exactly thrilled to be on the reality television show either. He lost a bet, and there’s nothing he can do to get out of being the “groom”. The only thing good about the situation is meeting Ellie. She’s real and refreshing in a way the other contestants aren’t. Gage just needs to convince Ellie that he’s not the Hollywood playboy he’s been made out to be.

Runaway Groom is the second book in Lauren Layne’s I Do, I Don’t series. I loved the first book, Ready to Run, but I found Runaway Groom to be even better! The format was so much fun! I loved that not only were first person dual points of view used to narrate, but text messages and official letters to the contestants. It also had what I love about every Lauren Layne book — great humor! Oh, and I can’t leave out the setting. Who doesn’t love reading books set in tropical locals?

Gage and Ellie were both pretty pessimistic at the beginning of Runaway Groom. I loved how that initially brought them together. I don’t want to spill how, but I thought it was so cool! Lauren Layne came up with a great plot there. It was so easy to understand how Gage and Ellie were meant for each other.

Honestly, Runaway Groom was perfectly written. I wouldn’t make any changes to it. It was so much fun to read! If you’re a Lauren Layne fan, you need to read this book. If you haven’t read her stuff before and love contemporary romances, you need to read this book! You don’t have to read the first book in the series to read Runaway Groom, so basically everyone needs to read this book.

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies.
She lives in New York City with her husband. A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she’s written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.
 

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