Review: Treyton (J. Nathan)

Treyton
Series: Savage Beasts,#2
Author: J. Nathan
Publication Date: February 3, 2020
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Treyton Collins is Savage Beasts’ drummer.
He’s the band’s resident bad boy with the
tattoos and tongue ring to prove it.
And though his big personality hides secrets and
his smile conceals a troubled past,
no woman has yet to be immune to Treyton’s charm.
That’s why he’s fascinated by the one who is…

Brielle Patrick is Savage Beasts’ publicist.
She couldn’t be any more different than Treyton.
She’s business suits and he’s torn jeans.
She’s bossy and he’s fun-loving.
She’s got an attitude and he can’t stand it.
And, her latest publicity stunt left her on the outs with the band.
But, if nothing else, Brielle is persistent.
And she’ll prove it by spending the summer on tour with the band.
She’s convinced herself she’s there to keep Treyton out of trouble.
But that isn’t the only reason she’s overseas for two months.
She’s searching for something her life is missing.

Is it possible she could find it when she least expects it?
With the guy she least expects to find it with?


I loved Kozart when I read it last year, so reading Treyton was a given for me. I was excited to see what the Savage Beasts were up to as a band, and where life and rock and roll was going to take them. What I wasn’t expecting was a romance between the person who almost ruined Z and Aubrey in the last book and Treyton. This added a really cool aspect in it surrounding trust.

Brielle was one of those buttoned up chicks who spent way too much time trying to be perfect and prove herself to her father. It made her boring, uptight, and she missed out on a lot of life and friendships. I liked seeing her break out of her rut and fall in love.

Treyton was a bada$$ drummer. He wasn’t always the nicest, but his attitude and actions made a lot of sense. I loved how he pushed Brielle’s boundaries and helped her find herself. They were both super strong people, and their relationship made both of them softer somehow.

I don’t want to say too much more because it would give the entire plot away. There’s a lot of great friendship and family moments in this book. I enjoyed reading it a lot. If you like rockstar romances, this is one that is full of summertime fun with just the right amount of emotion and angst spattered through it.

Review: Heartless King (Maya Hughes)

Heartless King
Series: Kings of Rittenhouse, #5
Author: Maya Hughes
Publication Date: April 23, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Two blue lines. That means not pregnant, right? Right? Oh, sh*t.

Five years ago, Colm Frost asked me to marry him and I ran. I ran from my painful past too raw and fresh to escape. He was the only one who looked at me like I wasn’t broken and made me believe it. He made me feel it.

Now, he’s the hot, angry, hockey player on the mend.

I’m the physiotherapist who’s supposed to get him back on his feet.

I don’t think our night together was what his doctor prescribed, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamt of him every time I close my eyes. I woke up beside him with my body still singing from the way he fanned the flames of my desire, but I couldn’t stay.

His lips on my neck. His hands wrapped around my waist. His impressive…ahem, touch leaving me breathless.

One moment of wild inhibition and it’s come back to bite me in the butt. Kind of like he did that night.

But a baby? Our night was supposed to be a one time thing, closing a door on the future I couldn’t handle.

Will this new bump in the road be everything we needed to find our forever?

Heartless King is a standalone friends to enemies to lovers, accidental pregnancy romance that brings all the laugh out loud, angsty feels!


I feel like I’ve been waiting on this last Kings of Rittenhouse book for a long time. It was nice to finally get Colm’s story — and his side of things when it came to everything that went down in the last book. I can’t say I loved or even liked how he dealt with Liv and Ford, but finding out how he hit rock bottom cleared some things up. His actions/reactions didn’t make me feel bad for him, but it did make me understand him. When the blurb talks about angst, it’s pretty much all Colm created.

Imogen (or Imo for short) was one of those nice people who give everything to others. She sacrificed so much of herself to her past, her clients, and to Colm. Her journey in this one was just as important as Colm’s — if not more so. So, yeah, she had big stuff going on too.

Colm and Imo together… Sigh. These two had nothing but an uphill battle. A lot of that was due to their separate issues and things only got easier when they worked together. I loved that. I could truly feel their relationship building as they worked through Colm’s injury. Col and Imo were actually great together.

As for the accidental pregnancy… I have some mixed feelings about this one. I don’t wan to give too much away, but how the timing all worked out was fine. It was where things went with it after. I felt like I was missing some doctor appointments and such. I guess maybe that part of the story felt rushed? I mean, I like what the pregnancy did to the love story.

Overall, I found Heartless King to be a great ending to a wonderful series that I will miss.

Review: The Guy in the Middle (Kate Stewart)

The Guy in the Middle
Series: The Underdogs, #3
Author: Kate Stewart
Publication Date: February 29, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Sports, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I was born to play and bred to win.

My priorities were instilled in me early on—family and football. Those ideals led me to TGU and a coach whose ironclad principles mirrored my own.

With one last college season to play, my goal was singular—get drafted. By realizing my NFL dream, I could save my family, our ranch, and the only home I’d ever known.

Two birds, one ball.

Playing hard was my only option, but there’s always a wild card.

For all of my planning and hard work, I never anticipated falling for the coach’s daughter. Harper was a fair catch, but who knew loving her could be the one play to throw my career before it started or that the weight of our secret would change the game.


Back when the Team Player 2 Anthology was released, I read a preview of The Guy in the Middle. I had read the first two books in the series and knew I wanted to read this one to finish it off.  To be honest, this book was really hard to review because each part almost feels like a book of its own.

Part 1 is all about Lance and Harper’s college relationship. It’s full of secrecy and falling in love when they least expect it. Things end dramatically for them and they go off to do their own things for a while. I loved how they fell for each other. I wasn’t a big fan of how Part 1 ended at first, mostly because I didn’t want to leave this college setting.

Part 2 is Lance going after he wants, but it’s complicated. Lance and Harper’s lives are in different places. It’s a bittersweet, frustrating section of their relationship. I liked this part, but, like I said, it was frustrating. I wanted to hurry up and get to that happy ending. I was also super shocked by some revelations. I think I got whiplash for a second.

Part 3 is where both Harper and Lance figure their stuff out. It was full of ups and downs, and I loved every angst-filled moment. There were more revelations and reactions and I felt for these characters every minute of it all. I loved how things worked out for Lance and Harper.

I lied. It was actually 4 parts. The Epilogue was basically its own part. At first, I wasn’t sure I liked going back to characters from the first two books. I ended up really liking how it wrapped everything up, though. It was fun to find out where everyone was and how their friendships and relationships weathered.

After writing this all down, I’m still a little confused on my feelings for this story in its entirety. It still feels a little disjointed. When it comes down to it, I did love reading the entire story — even when it stressed me out a bit. I think fans of the series will appreciate how everything came full circle and love Lance and Harper together.

Review: One Big Mistake (Whitney Barbetti)

One Big Mistake
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Publication Date: February 27, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is an unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

One night together could ruin everything…

Keane Colburn was my best friend. Ever since childhood, we could always count on each other to be there no matter what—though when I confessed my love to him, things didn’t turn out as planned.

Thankfully, my little crush didn’t ruin our friendship. I shoved those feelings to the back of my mind, watching him chase after other girls and silently wishing it was me. I resigned us to friendship—that was more important than anything else.

But a drunken one-night stand changed everything. Because even though we vowed to forget about it, I couldn’t get it out of my head. And as old memories began to rise to the surface, our lives collided in ways we had never imagined.


I’ve been in this weird reading mood lately — almost a funk of sorts. I’ve read some good books and I’ve read some mediocre books. When One Big Mistake hit my Kindle, I thought, “This is the book I’ve been waiting for.” I don’t know how I knew it was going to get me out of my funk, but I was right. One Big Mistake WAS the book I was waiting for.

Why? Well, let me break it down without giving too much away.

This is a best friends to lovers story that starts off with an accidental bang…if you know what I’m saying. Keane and Navy have a lot of feelings to work through. Navy – her unrequited crush on Keane. Keane – not seeing Navy as someone other than a best friend. It’s all very cute, even when it was a little distressing.

Navy is a nice girl who tries to help everyone. She puts herself last. The little distressing I talked about before goes with this aspect of her personality. It is both one of the best and worst things about her. A few times I wanted to give her a good shake. Keane, on the other hand, is a much more relaxed character. He is kind of oblivious, but totally lovable. Together, they balance each other out in a good way. Their friendship and possible relationship is super sweet and all sorts of fun.

A couple other things to come play in this book. Family has a big impact. Keane’s family issues are subtler in this book, but just as important as the family drama going on in Navy’s life. Navy’s sisters…Oh please, dear God. Do not let my daughter act like them when she gets older!

One thing that surprised me was I expected other friends to be a bigger part of this book.  This books is related to One Little Lie and I just expected those characters to be a larger part of the story. They all weren’t, but at least Tori played a little part. Navy’s interactions with her were priceless and important.

Overall, One Big Mistake was a great best friends to lovers romance. I could tell Whitney Barbetti put a lot of thought into the actions and reactions of Keane and Navy. Their relationship felt like something that could truly happen in real life between best friends. I loved every minute of it.

Mini Reviews: Doughn’t Let Me Go, Fake It ‘Til You Break It, Bad Business & AWK-WEIRD

Doughn’t Let Me Go
Series: Slice, #3
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication: February 6, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

It was just supposed to be one night.

No kissing. No feelings. A wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am tangle in the sheets and we go our own ways.

Only it’s a small town, and I was bound to run into the irresistible Porter Jones again.

I just didn’t expect it to be at my job interview…which he’s conducting.

Now the live-in nanny to his adorable seven-year-old daughter, I’m doing my best to avoid falling for his charms.

Except it’s much harder than either of us anticipated.

What’s a few romps between friends?
No kissing. No feelings. Just fun.

Sounds simple, right?
Right…

My thoughts:

The Slice series just gets better and better with each book. I adored Doughn’t Let Me Go. It was both funny and sweet. There were so many little tugs at my heart from both Porter and Dory’s back stories. I loved Porter’s relationship with his daughter and how Dory fit into that. Everything was just so perfect! Porter and Dory’s story was just what I hoped it would be.

Fake It ‘Til You Break It
Author: Meagan Brandy
Publication: February 5, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Mature YA, Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Fake.
That’s what we are.
That’s what we agreed to be.

I thought it would be harder, convincing everyone our school’s star receiver was mine and mine alone, but we played our parts well.

So well, the lines between us began to blur until they disappeared completely.

The thing about pretending, though, someone’s always better at it, and by the time I realized my mistake, there was no going back.

I fell for our lie.
And then everything fell apart.

It turned out, he and I were never playing the same game.

He didn’t have to break me to win.
But he did it anyway.

My thoughts:

Fake It ‘Til You Break It is hands down my favorite book I’ve read by Meagan Brandy. While it was angsty and drama filled like her previous books, it also felt less crazy and lighter. The fake relationship between Demi and Nico was actually super cute and I loved their transition from almost enemeies to boyfriend/girlfriend. There were still some a little out there twists and absent parents, but while I noticed those things they didn’t ruin my reading experience. I appreciated that there wasn’t some crazy cliffhanger. This is Meagan Brandy’s best book yet. I’m hoping she writes more romances like this one.

Bad Business
Series: Bad Boys of Sports, #2
Author: Nicole Edwards
Publication: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

This player’s got a lot to learn if he wants to score . . . with the boss’s daughter.

Stone: Football is more than a game to me. It’s my calling. Becoming the Dallas Wranglers’ starting quarterback before I retire is a dream come true, but with a few wins under my belt, suddenly everyone wants a piece of me. And even though being in the spotlight has its perks—beautiful women, star treatment, more beautiful women—what really gets me sweating is the watchful gaze of my sexy-as-hell PR coach, Savannah Andrews. The catch? Her father is kind of my boss. . . .

Savannah: In my family, football is big business. When your dad owns an NFL franchise, you learn a thing or two about schmoozing, and from what I can tell, it’s not a skill in Jason Stone’s playbook. Sure, the veteran quarterback is literally larger than life. With broad shoulders, muscles on muscles, and a mouth made for kissing, he may be one of the hottest men in the league—and I should know. I’ve turned down enough players to start my own all-star team. But those guys just wanted to get close to my father. Meanwhile, Stone is getting temptingly close . . . to me.

My thoughts:

I had a hard time rating this book. I loved the instant chemistry between the characters and the general story line. What kept me from rating it higher was that it was kind of anti-climactic. There was a build up to drama that just kind of fizzled out. The love story was so good, though.

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eries: Ice Knights, #2
Author: Avery Flynn
Narrators: Tim Paige, Kelsey Navarro
Publication: October 11, 2019
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.

So when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party… You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the fact that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me.

There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again…right?

Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?

Oh my God, I wish I knew…

My thoughts:

This book wasn’t awkward or weird. It was totally adorable from beginning to end. I loved Tess and Cole. It was just such a cute romance. I couldn’t stop listening to it.

Review: Dear Ava (Ilsa Madden-Mills)

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Dear Ava
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Publication Date: February 3, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

WSJ bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a sizzling enemies-to-lovers romance.

The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world—until they destroyed me.

The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them.

Please. I hate those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer? Knox, the scarred quarterback, Dane, his twin brother, or Chance, the guy who dumped me . . .

Dear Ava,

Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.
Sh*t. That’s stupid.
What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL.

It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you.

I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall.
I’ve missed you cheering at my football games.
I’ve missed the smell of your hair.

And then everything fell apart that night.

Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark.
I just want to make you mine.
Still.

Not part of any other series. Dark high school romance. Recommended for 18+.


I ended Dear Ava with a giant smile on my face. I know that’s beginning at the end, but it’s important because I started this book feeling sad. If you have read the preview to Dear Ava in Team Player 2, you will understand this. Ava’s been dealt some horrors to deal with, and returning to school is not something she is doing lightly. The attention Knox, one of the people who could be responsible for her troubles, is putting on her is both scary and exhilarating. Their story is both romantic and stressful due to the angst and subject matter. All that stress was worth it in the end, though. I loved the way everything played out.

 

DEAR AVA AN

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Help You Transition From YA to NA Contemporary Romance

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:

Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

I honestly expect every book I read to be 5 stars, so I’m branching out on my own today and changing my topic to:

Ten Books to Help You Transition From YA to NA Contemporary Romance

1. If you liked Second Chance Summer, try Left Drowning.

 

What they have in common: Big on emotions, dealing with grief, and great friendships.

2. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, try Bright Side.

What the have in common: Big on emotions, star-crossed lovers, great friendships, lots of great quotes, and tears.

3. If you liked Nowhere But Here, try Nine Minutes.

What they have in common: Motorcycle gangs, mysteries, and romance.

4. If you liked On Thin Ice, try The Deal.

What they have in common: Hockey players falling in love and great friendships.

5. If you liked Simon vs. the Homo Sapians Agenda, try Him.

What they have in common: Sweet LBGTQ+ romances.

6. If you liked Catching Jordan, try Sacked.

What they have in common: Football players falling in love.

7. If you liked The Distance Between Us, try Jock Row.

What they have in common: Cute, feel good romances.

8. If you liked When It’s Real, try Maybe Someday.

What they have in common: Musicians.

9. If you liked Anna and the French Kiss, try Spanish Lessons.

What they have in common: Study abroad romances.

10. If you liked Cold Day in the Sun, try From Lukov with Love.

What they have in common: Strong female athletes who push the limits.

Wherever You Are (Krista & Becca Ritchie)

Wherever You Are
Series: Bad Reputation Duet, #2
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

I WILL RUIN HER.

You know that old saying “opposites attract” — well, no one ever tells you what happens after the attraction part.

Do opposites stick together forever?

Or do they just self-combust?

And then there’s the third option: someone or something forces them apart.

Look, the third option isn’t happening to us. I will end the bastard who thinks he can keep me from her. I only need to worry about one thing. . .

Epic, soul-crushing self-destruction.
Because I screw up everything I touch.
Even her.


I just have to thank Krista & Becca Ritchie for not making us wait forever for Wherever You Are. One week was long enough to stew over that end in Whatever It Takes. It was nice to be able to quickly jump back in right where the story left off.

I loved how Willow and Garrison’s story came full circle in Wherever You Are. Their love story was sweet. It was satisfying to see them make it through a long distance relationship, the media focus on them, and really everything life through at them. Their story was both a little heartbreaking at times, while also being very uplifting.

My only little issue with this story was all the back and forth between present and past. It didn’t bother me in the first book, but I felt the switches more in this one. Part of that was probably because I was wanting that happy ending. The other was that with every past section, the time in the future jumped so I wasn’t taken back to the last present moment. It was a little jarring at time. It didn’t ruin my reading experience or anything. It was just noticeable this time around.

Overall, this Wherever You Are was a strong conclusion to the Bad Reputation Duet. I’m so happy to have finally gotten Willow and Garrison’s story!

Review: Heartland (Sarina Bowen)

Heartland
Series: True North, #7
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

An emotional friends to lovers romance full of risky secrets and late-night lessons in seduction.


Dylan is my best friend, and the only person in my life who understands me. He doesn’t mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his family’s orchard.
But I know better than to confess.
Now that we’re both in college together, I’m seeing a new side of him. College Dylan drinks and has a lot of sex. None of it with me.
Until the night I foolishly ask him to tutor me in more than algebra…and he actually says yes.
But the cool morning light shows me how badly I’ve endangered our friendship. And I don’t know if anything will be the same again.


From the moment I opened Heartland, I felt like I was back where I needed to be. Reading a True North novel is like coming home. Well, all of Sarina Bowen’s books feel like coming home to me, but especially this series. There’s just something about small farm town Vermont that makes me feel all warm and gooey inside.

I normally start out a review with what I love about a book, but with Heartland I’m going to start with the one and only thing that drove me a little nuts. If you’re a fan of this series, then you know Dylan Shipley is a man who likes the ladies. He’s a commitment phobe. There’s some other woman drama in the beginning of this book that made me cringe. It wasn’t so much that it made me want to stop reading. It did make me question Chastity’s sanity a bit.  BUT, as a die hard Bowen fan, I knew she had a path in this romance that would lead me to happiness and it did.

Despite Dylan’s wild woman ways, I still loved his character. Mrs. Shipley only raises the best of children, and Dylan was a guy who really cared about people — especially Chastity. (She’s the girl who ran away from the cult and is now neighbors with the Shipleys.) He had some stuff to work out in this book, but I loved how it all came together for him.

Chastity was a breath of fresh air when it comes to sheltered, virginal young women characters. I loved how she challenged the beliefs she was raised with and came to terms with how she viewed sex and relationships. This book was sex positive in ways I wasn’t expecting and loved.

Dylan and Chastity’s romance is one of those book romances where you can’t wait for them to get together because you’re already invested in them as characters from previous books. It wasn’t an easy road to romance, but it was one that was appreciated because of all the prior knowledge I had of them, their families, and the town they grew up in. That’s not to say you couldn’t enjoy it without reading the previous six books, it was just more fun having had the knowledge to understand and love the characters despite their flaws.

As for the rest of the Shipleys and friends… All of my old favorites were around to spend some time with Dylan and Chastity. I love how they were woven into the story. There were also a couple of newer characters that I loved meeting. I’m pretty sure Sarina Bowen gave us some hints at what’s next in the True North series, and I honestly can’t wait!

Heartland was a great trip “home” to Vermont. Despite a few reservations at first, I ended up truly loving Dylan and Chastity’s romance. It was sweet with moments of humor and a couple of tears. If you’re a fan of this series, you will love finding out how they get their HEA.

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Mini Review: King of the Causeway (T.M. Frazier)

King of the Causeway
Series: King, #9.5
Author: T.M. Frazier
Publication Date: January 9, 2020
Publisher: Frazier Publishing
Genre: Dark Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A massive hurricane looms off the coast of Florida while a different kind of storm is brewing in Logan’s beach.
A mysterious newcomer is vying for the title of King of the Causeway. He’ll do anything to steal the crown, including bringing someone back from King’s past who will threaten a lot more than the title King has spent his lifetime earning.
A hurricane is coming.
And it could destroy everything.
(This novella features King & Ray from King & Tyrant)


King of the Causeway was a fun return to the King series. I loved being back in King and Ray’s relationship. It was also fun to get glimpses of other beloved characters from this series. I do wish it would have been a full length novel because there was a lot going on that could have had more attention placed on it and some things happened so quickly it was almost unbelievable, but overall it didn’t really matter. This was still a good addition to the series.

Note: King of the Causeway MUST be read after the first 9 books in this series or you WILL be spoiled. Each series within this series has some great revelations that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.