Review: Huge Deal (Lauren Layne)

Huge Deal
Series: 21 Wall Street, #3
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Even for a top-gun banker, temptation this hot is quite a gamble, in a sexy Wall Street romp from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

An alpha among the wolves of Wall Street, Kennedy Dawson rose to the top of the pack by striking the right contracts at the right times. But there’s one deal that’s been giving him a run for his money—a pact to never again let his assistant, Kate, get under his skin. She may be smart, gorgeous, and sharp as a whip, but she’s definitely off-limits.

Kate Henley isn’t a banker, but she knows a thing or two about risk management—specifically, about managing her attraction to her smolderingly sexy boss. She already fell once, and Kennedy showed no sign of paying a return on her investment. So when Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing her, Kate figures she has the best of both worlds. Jack is charming, rich, very attentive, and the spitting image of his older brother.

It’s also making Kennedy think twice. But to win Kate’s heart, he’ll have to broker the deal of a lifetime…and prove he’s worth the risk.


It’s not very often I drop what I’m reading to pick up a new release the moment it comes out, but that’s what I did for Huge Deal. I have been waiting for this book since I read the first 21 Wall Street book. I couldn’t wait to find out what would come between Kate and Kennedy.

Lauren Layne’s writing was just as cute and fun as always. She really does a great job keeping things light while adding some deeper issues to her stories. Ms. Layne also does both first and third person very well. She’s one of the only writers who can use third person without making me cringe. Huge Deal was written in third person, and I didn’t notice it…much. I do wish she had written this book in first person because the first two books in the series were written in first. It threw me off that this one was in third for a minute, but like I said, it didn’t notice it much.

As for the actual story, I loved it! Kate and Kennedy were adorable! I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say this. I loved how Kennedy had to work through his thoughts and feelings. It was so true to his character. I loved that Kate was the opposite, despite being just as uptight as Kennedy was. They were just so stinking perfect together! Everything they went through and did for each other was so special.

If you’re a fan of this series, you will love getting to see Ian, Lara, Matt, and Sabrina again. You will also love getting to meet Kennedy’s brother, Jack. I loved that guy! I kind of hope we get a book about him at some point. I also really loved Kennedy’s dad.

You’re not going to want to miss Huge Deal if you are a fan of this series — even if third person isn’t your favorite. Kennedy and Kate are so adorable that you won’t want to miss their story.

Mini Reviews: A Bunch of Them!

I haven’t been in the mood to write lengthy reviews lately, but I wanted to be able to share some of the I’ve read lately. That means that  today you’re getting a bunch of mini reviews from me! The format is going to be a little different from my normal mini reviews because of the number of them. You can find more information by clicking on the title of each book which will link to the Goodreads page for that book.  Many of these books are off of my TBR. Here we go!


Hired
Author: Zoey Castile

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

I don’t know…I feel like I should have liked this one more than I did. I was a big fan of the first book in the series, but Hired fell flat for me. It took me a really long time to become invested in the story. Aiden and Faith were both interesting characters enough on their own. I loved that they were an interracial couple and all of the different social issues the author delved into. I just didn’t love their relationship until like 75% into the book. They just didn’t have a big enough spark or something. I was bored too much with the majority of the book. Sad, but true. I’m still planning on reading the next book in the series because I do think the author is talented. This one just wasn’t for me.

Play to Win
Author: Kelly Jamieson

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

I love a Kelly Jamieson hockey romance, and I was so excited to get to read the first book in this new series. It had everything I love about Jamieson’s books: gripping writing, two amazing characters, a fun plot, and a love story to swoon over. The only thing that bothered me at times were the myriad of new characters. The Wynn dynasty is a large on and keeping everyone straight was tough. There was a helpful family tree at the beginning, but that’s kind of a pain to flip to on a Kindle version. I’m sure as the series goes on I’ll get to know everyone better. I also wasn’t sure by the end of the book who the next one was going to be about. There were kind of two options. I would be fine with either, though. Overall, I loved reading this book and I’m happy Jamieson is giving us more hockey romance.


For Emery
Author: J. Nathan

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

For Emery is the fourth book in the For You series. It can be read as a standalone novel, but some of Grady’s personality and character traits are woven throughout the series. That is important because Emery is from further back in Grady’s past and his previous behavior is a reflection of their relationship. Emery was a great match for Grady. Her story was actually more interesting to me than his. I actually didn’t fall quite in love with Grady’s character as I hoped. There were just some times that I didn’t like him and that made me question how much I liked Emery’s relationship with him. Overall, it was a good romance. I loved how it ended.

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
Authors: Meghan Mullally, Nick Offerman

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This is probably one of my favorite celebrity memoirs ever. If I had to describe it in one word it would be fun. That’s what the entire listening experience is. These two were candid, funny, and a good time to listen to. If you like either of these two actors, you will enjoy this book. I highly recommend the audio version so you can listen to them tell their stories — they even describe the pictures in the book for you so that you’re not missing out on anything.


Love the One You’re With
Author: Lauren Layne

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I have so many reasons to be happy I finally read Love the One You’re With. It’s my last book in this series to read, my last LL book that I hadn’t read yet, and it’s the book that’s been on my Goodreads TBR the longest! Now those are all great reasons, but the biggest reason I’m happy I finally read this book was because I loved it. Grace and Jake were so much fun! They got up to some crazy antics and I loved how entertaining it all was. I also loved Grace and Jake together. They made a sweet couple.


Now That You Mention It
Author: Kristan Higgins

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

What I want to know is why did I wait so long to read this book? I have loved every single Kristan Higgins book I’ve ever read. I’m so mad that I put this one off because it was a great book about healing. Nora has been through several tough times in her life. The latest one sends her home to an island in Maine. There she not only confronts her present situation, but her past and her possible future. Kristan Higgins’s writing was amazing as always. I loved all of the quirky characters and things that happened to get Nora where she needed to be.

Review: Catastrophe Queen (Emma Hart)

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One hot mess. One hot boss. One too many hot encounters…

Catastrophe Queen
Author: Emma Hart
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

It’s not you. It’s me.

No, seriously. It is me. Not only does my name literally mean “unfortunate,” but that’s the story of my life.

Everything I touch turns to cr*p. An apartment fire—that I swear I was not responsible for—means I’m living back at home with my s*x-mad parents. Yay, me!

Which is why I need my new job as personal assistant to Cameron Reid to get back on my feet. Three months in this job and I can move back out and, hopefully, remember to turn off my flat iron once in a while.

Ahem.

On paper, my job is easy. Make coffee. Book appointments. Keep everything in order.

Until I walk in on my boss, half-naked, wearing nothing but the kind of tiny white towel that dreams are made of.

Now, nothing is easy—except our mutual attraction. But he’s my boss, and you know what they say about mixing work and pleasure: unless you do p*rn, it’s just not worth it.

Or is it?


Catastrophe Queen was a breath of fresh air. Everything about it was amusing and delightful. Mallory was an accident waiting to happen. The things that she did or happened to her were hilarious. Her attitude about it all cracked me up. I loved that Cameron wasn’t put off by her ability to make an easy task a hazardous one. The way he embraced her chaos (professionally and personally) was sweet.

Heck, the entire story was sweet. Mallory and Cameron’s relationship had a natural progression to it. I adored them together. There wasn’t any over the top drama — unless you count Mallory’s catastrophes or her crazy relatives. I appreciated that. I didn’t have to worry about a huge problem between the characters. It was simply a fun, romantic read.

I mentioned Mallory’s relatives so I need to talk more about them. Her family was hilarious. I loved her freaky mom and quiet dad. I adored her crazy great-aunt and argumentative grandpa. They were so much fun! Mallory wasn’t the only one with relatives who stood out either. Cameron’s mother was just as meddlesome. I loved them all. The book would have been missing something big without them all.

Catastrophe Queen was simply an entertaining love story. I can imagine as a romantic comedy movie. It was that much fun to read.

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Excerpt:

I took my coffee from the counter and scanned the room for an empty table. There wasn’t one, which killed my chances of wasting more time before I went home. With a sigh, I checked my phone for the time and headed for the door. I was going to end up at home earlier than I’d planned, and I needed to check with my mom to make sure there wasn’t anything kinky happening somewhere in the house. I’d considered bleaching my eyes enough in the last few weeks, thank you. I was fairly sure I was safe because my grandfather and great aunt were coming to stay to celebrate Grandpa’s eightieth birthday. It was still a miracle my exhibitionist mother shared DNA with either of them. Unlike her, they were reserved, polite, and didn’t flash their flesh in the hopes of getting out of a speeding ticket. Really, it was no wonder I was a walking disaster. I pulled up my messages and clicked on my mom’s name. My thumb was poised to type the burning question of whether or not it was safe to come home when I glanced up. And saw the car screeching to a stop, mere inches from me. I screamed and stepped back. My heel caught on the curb, sending me toppling backward, and both my coffee and phone went flying. My cup slammed against the sidewalk, splattering hot liquid everywhere right as I managed to save my phone from certain death by concrete. My heart was beating so fast it should have exploded, and adrenaline raced through my veins. I gripped my phone against me so tightly that the edges pressed painfully into my skin. Oh my God. I’d just almost died. Maybe slightly dramatic, but I probably wasn’t far wrong. I didn’t even know I’d stepped into the road. When had that happened? Had I really been in that deep into my own little world that I hadn’t even checked for traffic? Dear God. How was I still alive? The back door to the sleek, black car that somehow hadn’t run me over swung open. From my vantage position on the sidewalk, the first thing I saw was a pair of shiny, black shoes attached to legs wearing perfectly-pressed, light gray dress pants. I dragged my gaze up from the feet, over the door of the perfectly clean car, and stared at the most beautiful man known to humankind. Thick, dark, wavy hair covered his head, curling over his ears. Lashes the same dark shade of brown framed impossibly bright-blue eyes that regarded me with a mixture of shock and concern, and my ovaries about exploded when he rubbed a large hand over full pink lips and a stubbled, strong jaw. “Miss—I’m so sorry. Are you okay?” Scrambling to my feet as he approached me, I tugged down the leg of my pants and grabbed my pursed. “Yes. I mean—it was my fault. I wasn’t paying attention. I’m sorry.” He let go of the car door, showing broad shoulders and just how well that gray suit was tailored to him, and picked up my coffee cup. “All the same, I think we can share blame. Are you sure you’re not hurt?” Just my dignity, and by this point, I was running low on it anyway. I shifted, taking a step back. “I’m fine, really. Thank you.” “Can I replace your coffee? Give you a ride anyway to apologize?” His expression was so earnest, his concern so genuine that I almost gave in. Almost. I had almost walked into the front of his car, then proceeded to embarrass myself in front of everyone on the street. “No, no, it’s fine. I’m not far from home.” I clutched my phone and purse straps a little harder. “Again, thank you, but I should be going.” He nodded as if he understood. “Uh, miss? Did you drop something there?” My eyes followed the direction Mr. Dreamboat was pointing. On the side of the road, tucked against the curb, was a pair of white, cotton panties with flamingos on them. My white, cotton panties with flamingos on them. Swallowing, I met his bright eyes and shook my head. Dear God, please don’t let me blush. “No. I’ve never seen them before.” I backed up a little more. “Thank you for not running me over.” Mr. Dreamboat grinned, his eyes brightening with his smile. “I’d never be able to forgive myself if I’d been responsible for running over someone as beautiful as you.” He glanced toward my panties, then winked at me. There was no doubting that I was blushing this time around. You could fry eggs on my cheeks. So I did the only thing any self-respecting, twenty-five-year-old woman who’d just almost been run over, tripped, and dropped her dirty panties could do. I ran. But only like two blocks, because I was in heels, and I had the fitness levels of a hippo. Then I grabbed a cab.

About Emma Hart

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Mini Reviews: Tangled Like Us & The Consequence of Falling

Tangled Like Us
Series: Like Us, #4
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Publication Date: January 17, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

How to protect your heart:
Let your bodyguard have it.

Jane Cobalt is an American princess. The loyal and painfully curious twenty-three-year-old has inherited immense pressure to preserve the Cobalt legacy. But for Jane — sex, love, and life have been a series of royal failures.

After a friends-with-benefits ended in disaster, she’s sworn to a “no sex” hiatus for, well, eternity — and she has no intention of letting anyone in her bed and definitely not her heart.

Twenty-eight-year-old Thatcher Moretti is painfully professional. As the stern 24/7 bodyguard to Jane, thinking about unbridled sex with his sweet client is a sin. One that he keeps committing.

But the real act is a hard line he’d never cross.

When a family member betrays Jane’s trust, the media becomes obsessed with matchmaking the perpetually “single” Jane Cobalt and unwanted attention suddenly compromises her safety.

Thatcher would do anything to protect her, and one solution may level the threats:

Become the fake boyfriend to an American princess.

Entwined together with boiling chemistry, new “professional” parameters, and an oath, unsaid feelings threaten to rise and change everything.

​​The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them.

The Like Us Series Reading Order:
1. Damaged Like Us (Maximoff & Farrow)
2. Lovers Like Us (Maximoff & Farrow)
3. Alphas Like Us (Maximoff & Farrow)
4. Tangled Like Us (Jane & Thatcher)
Book 5 (Jane & Thatcher)
Book 6 (Maximoff & Farrow)
Book 7 (Oscar & Jack)
Book 8 (Akara & Sulli)

My thoughts:

Tangled Like Us is one of those books I absolutely loved while reading it, but also felt like it was missing something. I really liked Jane and Thatcher together. I loved their chemistry and the sweetness of their relationship. The only way I can think of describing the something that was missing is more fire. There were some great revelations and build up, but the end fell a little flat for me. It definitely set up for the next book, but didn’t have the dramatic cliffhanger I was expecting. Overall, it was an addition to the series I wouldn’t want to miss and it made me excited to find out what comes next.


The Consequence of Falling
Author: Claire Contreras
Publication Date: January 12, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

The list of things I hate is short. Not even my soon-to-be ex-husband is on that list. Nope. I save only the worst of the worst, the crème de la crème, the absolute I cannot even for this list . . .

1. Black coffee
2. Rude people
3. Nathaniel Bradley

Which is why when my father informs me that he’s making Nathaniel Bradley his new business partner, and in turn, my boss, I flip out.

1. He’s an annoying know-it-all.
2. He calls me a spoiled princess every chance he gets.
3. He disapproves of everything I do.

I go into this knowing I’ll hate every second in his presence. Except the longer he’s around, the more I find myself staring at his lips and remembering the one time they were on mine. I randomly find myself looking at his hands and wondering how they’d feel on my skin.
I try to snap out of it, but I guess I’m not as smart as I thought I was. No matter how many times I remind myself of the times I’ve practically thrown myself at him and he’s pushed me away, I keep falling little by little.

I’d always heard that it was a bad idea to mix business with pleasure and if that’s the case, this thing with Nathaniel has demise written all over it.

My thoughts:

I basically loved almost everything about this book. It was a great enemies to lovers story, if you like those. Nathaniel and Presley’s banter was really fun and their chemistry was off the charts. There was also a great emotional aspect to the story, which is exactly what I would expect from a Claire Contreras book. The Consequence of Falling is my favorite book she’s released in the past couple of years.

Review: Luna and the Lie (Mariana Zapata)

Luna and the Lie
Author: Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: December 12, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The problem with secrets is that they’re too easy to keep collecting.

Luna Allen has done some things she would rather no one ever know about. She also knows that, if she could go back in time, she wouldn’t change a single thing.

With three sisters she loves, a job she (mostly) adores, and a family built up of friends she’s made over the years, Luna figures everything has worked out the way it was supposed to.

But when one of those secrets involves the man who signs her paycheck, she can’t find it in her to regret it. Despite the fact that he’s not the friendliest man in the world. Or the most patient.

Sometimes there are things you’re better off keeping to yourself.


When Luna and the Lie released I was in the middle of reading another book. I couldn’t drop it and immediately start reading this one, so I had some time to read reviews as they were posted for Luna by readers I trust. Some were high praising, some total dislike, and others somewhere in the middle. Seeing as I haven’t met a book by Ms. Zapata that I haven’t liked, I wasn’t totally worried that might find myself not enjoying this one so much but it did cross my mind. Still, I went into it with an open mind. I’m happy I didn’t let those not so positive reviews sway me because I had a positive experience reading Luna and the Lie.

If you haven’t read a Mariana Zapata book, I think it’s important to explain that her stories are slow burn romances. Incredibly slow burning — like it usually takes characters until the very end to get together. A lot happens over a long time. That’s probably why her books are so dang long. They’re long, but they’re so good and worth every page. If you have read one or more of her books, you already knew that. I felt Luna and the Lie was a great representation of her writing and the ability it has to pull at one’s emotions. It definitely pulled at mine.

Luna is a character who completely tugged at my heart. The poor thing was the most upbeat, positive person. She could have been a whiny, complaining person and I would have understood. Luna wasn’t, though. I marveled at her positivity and dedication to happiness. It was so inspiring. I do have to point out that she was pretty hard on herself in her head and that did get annoying at times because it was repetitive, BUT it was also easy to relate to. I think we all talk to ourselves like that at times. I found Luna’s pain to be very upsetting. I have to admit that I teared up several times. Anyways. I adored Luna.

I also adored Rip. He wasn’t this shiny, perfect guy. Rip had a history and look that not many would find attractive. His current situation was better, but his past made him gruff and not necessarily friendly or nice. What I loved about Rip was his silent affection for Luna. He showed her niceness in some special ways that mattered more than words. The way their relationship built was sweet — even in the painful moments. Luna and Rip had a special bond and I loved the way it grew.

There were some other great relationships in this book besides the love story between Rip and Luna. I found all of the relationships Luna had with others intriguing. The camaraderie between Luna and her coworkers was really cool. I wouldn’t have minded knowing even more about her relationship with her sisters. That one wasn’t touched on as much as I wanted it to be. It played out exactly like I expected. I also felt like I needed to know more about other members of her family and what was going down with them. That wasn’t fleshed out as much as it could have been. Although, that would have made for a much longer book and this one was long as it was. (Not that I’m complaining. I would take more pages!)

I almost forgot to mention this, but I loved where Luna and the Lie was set. A lot of it takes place at Luna and Rip’s workplace. Luna has a job that many would say is a “man’s job”. I thought the way Mariana Zapata approached that whole subject was smart. I loved that despite the fact that Luna’s job was a “dirtier” one, she was still soft and feminine. That was so cool!

Overall, I cherished every moment I spent with Luna and the Lie. It wasn’t my favorite Mariana Zapata book, but it touched me in ways some of my favorites haven’t. It’s definitely worth a read if you’re a fan of her writing or of slow burn romances.

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: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Hate Notes
Authors: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.

Something blue.

I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.”

Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.

The name embossed on the blue stationary: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.

He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.

But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.

Something new.

But I have no idea how this one is going to end . . .


Hate Notes completely charmed me. I loved the way it began with Charlotte finding the dress and that note. It was just a really cool way to start the story. Then, once she met Reed and he was such a jerk, I knew the fun was going to continue.

Charlotte and Reed were two very different people with two very different outlooks on life. Every time they came into contact, there was this amazing tension. I loved the lust-hate thing they had going on. Their attraction and irritation about it was so fiery and entertaining. I got to laugh a lot.That’s exactly what I expect from these authors.

What I didn’t count on was the emotion and heart that bled through all of the fun stuff. Hate Notes touched me in a way I wasn’t expecting. Both Charlotte and Reed had some baggage they were dealing with. What they were going through wasn’t easy or fun. I loved how they tackled those things. Another thing I loved was that the humor in this book kept the emotion from feeling unbearable — if that makes sense.

Overall, I adored Hate Notes. I felt so many different emotions and had the best time reading it. It was one fabulous love story. Also, I have to say that the authors get extra points for that sweet epilogue.

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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EXCERPT:

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.

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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: 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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