Review: Beard Necessities

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Beard Necessities, the final standalone in the bestselling romantic comedy Winston Brothers series from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!

Beard Necessities
Series: Winston Brothers, #6
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: November 4, 2019
Publisher: Cipher-Naught
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.

No one deserves a happily-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his lady love, Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire). Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated.

But you know who’s tired of their separation and stubbornness? Everyone. Especially Billy Winston’s family. And now they’re going to do something about it.

Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can’t stop tripping over each other in the hills of Tuscany, the catacombs of Rome, and the waterways of Venice. Billy and Claire find themselves thrown together and at the mercy of the Winston siblings’ shenanigans.

But will their forced proximity bring them together? Or push them even further apart?

This second-chance romance brings back the entire Winston gang, playing cupid in one last story of love, hi-jinks, and family collusion.

BEARD NECESSITIES is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s probably best read after books 0.5, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the Winston Brothers series.


If Beard with Me was a storm, Beard Necessities was the rainbow left in its aftermath. It was everything I needed after finishing Beard with Me. It brought hope, love and understanding in all the ways I wanted. I honestly couldn’t think of any better way to complete Billy and Scarlett’s story. It was filled with all the Winston goodness. Everyone in action to help push Billy and Scarlet together was heartwarming and hilarious. I couldn’t get enough of it. Add in the fact that there’s an epilogue that wraps up the series perfectly, and I couldn’t ask for more. Well, maybe a new Winston sibling to keep the series going, but I get that it has to end at some point.

Thank you, Penny Reid, for bringing us all full circle with Beard Necessities.

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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Review: The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister (Max Monroe)

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Question: What do you do when you fall for your best friend’s little sister?

More important question: How long can you keep it a secret before it all goes up in flames?

The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister
Authors: Max Monroe
Publication Date: November 7, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Theo Cruz, a New York man known for his family’s billion-dollar empire, Cruz Enterprises, has been indicted this afternoon in the Court of Public Opinion on charges of Bro-Code Conspiracy.

Chief counsel for the prosecution, Caplin Hawkins, spoke candidly about the accusation.

“Once thought of as a best friend to many—including myself—Theo Cruz has officially turned his back on human decency. He’s conniving and dishonest, and a habitual offender of Bro-Code Law 676. He’ll rue the day he forgot that you never—under any circumstances—get involved with your best friend’s little sister.”

Fact: I haven’t actually been arrested or indicted.
More important fact: I inadvertently messed up—big-time.

Two strangers in a foreign country, we said hello.
Hello turned into a kiss.
A kiss turned into a rendezvous.
And a rendezvous turned into more than I’d ever imagined.

But her unruly golden curls and beautiful body hid an important detail—She’s my mouthiest billionaire best friend’s forbidden little sister.

Fact: I knew not of my crimes.
More important fact: I know now, but even though I know I’m playing with fire, there’s no way I’m stopping. I can’t leave her alone.

Question: What do you do when you fall for your best friend’s little sister?
More important question: How long can you keep it a secret before it all goes up in flames?


Max Monroe are at it again! They upped the antics in this book and I totally loved it! Want to know why? Here’s a list for you.

  • It’s another younger sister/older brother’s best friend romance in Max Monroe’s Billionaire world. These NEVER get old! This one was so different from the last one of that trope. I love that it didn’t feel like a carbon copy.
  • This book was on FIRE! from the start. The chemistry between Theo and Lena was palpable.
  • Theo was just the right amount of uptight, while Lena was just the right amount of impulsive. It was a winning combination. I loved these two characters.
  • The Italian setting for the first half of the book made me feel like I was on vacation.
  • Cap. I don’t want to exactly say why, but it has everything to do with protecting his baby sister Lena.
  • Max Monroe are always funny, but this is their funniest book in the series. I couldn’t stop laughing while reading it.
  • Brogan. You need to read this book just to meet Brogan. He’s a big part of the laughing above.
  • The Billionaire Book Club was going strong in this one. I loved those texts and interactions surrounding it. They guys are such an entertaining group!

I could go on and on about all the things I loved about The Billionaire’s Forbidden Sister. It was so much fun to read. It’s my new favorite in this series.

The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister, an all-new brother’s best friend rom-com from New York Times bestselling author Max Monroe, is available now!

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

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

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Mini Reviews: Reign of Brayshaw, I Knead You Tonight, & The Simple Wild

Reign of Brayshaw
Series: Brayshaw, #3
Author: Meagan Brandy
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult?

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Trust only those who earn it.”

A sentiment I follow without direction but holds more consequence than ever before.

One decision, five lives, three futures.
This is what’s at stake.

One night, one choice, four broken Brayshaws.
That is where we’re headed.

Unless I stop it.
I 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 to stop it.

I have to remind him of what he’s chosen to forget.

My town. My choice. 𝘔𝘺 ending.


This is the third book in the Brayshaw Series, and the conclusion of Maddoc and Raven’s story.

My thoughts:

I don’t know, you guys… This series has been a solid 3 star for me the entire way through. Sometimes I love the crazy, over the top drama. Other times, I’m just not into it — it’s too crazy. Reign at Brayshaw straddled the line towards too crazy. There were some great shocking moments. Some of them rubbed me wrong, some made me happy. What it comes down to is that a lot of what happened made me slightly uncomfortable since it takes place in a high school world. None of it was believable or even okay for KIDS who hadn’t even graduated from high school yet. Maybe college, but high school no. Some things were way too romanticized and I would be having a big talk with my teen about some of it if I knew they were reading this book. I do have to say the unraveling of all the mysterious stuff was fascinating, though.


I Knead You Tonight
Series: Slice, #2
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: October 17, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I hate Drew Woods, and she hates me.

Even so, I’m not the cold jerk most make me out to be, and I have no problem moving the single mom and her baby into my home. I do, however, draw a line when it comes to acting on the way her loose lips make me feel.

Alive.

She’s too mouthy, too prying, and her curves are way too distracting.

I might have lost my way after a nearly fatal car accident, but I’m not stupid. Giving in to Drew would be a short-lived fix for this pain I’m saddled with, and I knead something permanent.

I’d be insane to think what we have could be anything other than temporary…right?

My thoughts:

I freaking loved this I Knead You Tonight. Dare I say that it could possibly be my new favorite Teagan Hunter book? Yes, I would. That’s a big deal because I adored Let’s Get Textual. There was just something about this book, though. The enemies to lovers aspect was spot on. Drew and Winston had some of the best banter. I loved the way they hated each other. 😉 I was completely shocked by Winston’ character. There was definitely more than I thought going on with that dude from the previous book, and he proved himself in some of the best ways. I couldn’t get enough of this romantic comedy, and I need Teagan Hunter to hurry up and release the next book in this series. I need it NOW.


The Simple Wild
Series: Wild, #1
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

My thoughts:

I’m kicking myself right now because The Simple Wild has been sitting on my bookshelf for almost a year now. I’ve wanted to read it, but I shied away from actually picking it up. I wish I wouldn’t have. It’s hands down one of my favorite books I have read in 2019. I loved everything about it: the writing, the setting, the characters, the plot, the romance, the emotions…just everything. The Simple Wild was just so dang beautiful. I was sad when it ended because I wanted to be lost in its world for a lot longer.

Review: The Mister (E.L. James)

The Mister
Author: E.L. James
Narrators: Dominic Thorburn, Jessica O’Hara-Baker
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
Publisher: Random House Audio
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The passionate new romance from E L James, author of the phenomenal #1 bestselling Fifty Shades Trilogy

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.  Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?

From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.


So… The Mister… You may wonder what made me want to read this book. To be honest, I was interested in what would come next for author E.L. James. I am one of the people who hopped on the 50 Shades hype back in the day and read all three books plus Grey. I actually liked the first three books. Grey not so much, but that’s okay. I wasn’t sure where E.L. James would go after that and Grey left me doubting whether or not I would like what was next. I did, for the most part.

If you’re wondering if E.L. James’ writing has changed much since her début series, the answer is no. It has exactly the same feel, so if it wasn’t for you then it wouldn’t be for you now. I didn’t find it to be a big deal because I didn’t expect anything else. She had a couple of different tenses going on in The Mister, so that took a while to get used to. Maxim’s POV was in first person while Alessia’s was in third person. By the end, I actually liked that. I think it helped that both of the narrators did a great job narrating their parts.

As for the actual story, I had to admit that I wasn’t immediately into it. It’s all Maxim’s fault. Dude was a manwhore. I don’t particularly like reading about a hero’s exploits with other women, so that made it hard to like Maxim at first. I kind of got the Caroline thing because it had to do with one part of the plot, but still…

Once Alessia was in the picture, it was easier to like Maxim. He seemed more authentic and like a better guy with her. Their relationship was way too insta-love, but I did find it to be cute. Of course, this is E.L. James’ book, so it was sexy as well. Not like 50 Shades, though. It was a more subtly sexy romance. Alessia and Maxim’s relationship would be considered vanilla to Christian Grey.

What really pulled me into the story and kept me reading wasn’t the romance. It was actually Alessia’s character and her past. It was mysterious and I liked how it unfolded. The dangers she faced made for an exciting plot. I also liked learning about her life in Albania and the differences between life in London.

Besides Maxim’s womanizing ways and the insta-love thing, my only other complaint would be about the ending. I couldn’t tell if this was the end for Maxim and Alessia or not. Things felt both concluded and open-ended — like there could maybe be more to come… or not? Personally, I was curious as to what might come next. I could have used an epilogue or maybe 2 more chapters. That’s what makes me think E.L. James might have a second book up her sleeves. I guess we’ll see.

Overall, I found The Mister to be an entertaining read. It wasn’t my favorite book, but it kept my interest and I ended up liking the characters.

Mini Reviews: Naked Love & Look the Part

Today I have two mini reviews for you. They are both for books by Jewel E. Ann and were recommended to me by Daisy Gal over at DG Book Blog.

Naked Love
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Publication Date: February 28, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

What happens when a high-heeled diva goes camping with her sister’s dog?

Avery Montgomery, fashionista and preacher’s daughter, needs a ride from Milwaukee to Los Angeles.

“Make my death quick, and please don’t tie me up. I’m claustrophobic.”

Jake Matthews, diva-hater, agrees to let her tag along on his annual but primitive trek to the West Coast.

“Okay, Princess, I’ll take you to L.A., but your crown won’t make it there in one piece.”

She’s desperate and out of options.
He’s ruthless and out of patience.

Don’t miss this sexy, hilarious, and heart-warming journey of self-discovery and raw … naked love.

My thoughts:

I have some big mixed feelings on Naked Love. I started off not liking it so much because Avery is this materialistic, clueless woman who wants a sugar daddy to take care of her. I was really turned off by the fact that she felt so slighted. Then she meets Jake. Jake is pretty much her opposite and hates Avery from the moment he meets her. Things got fun at the part with all their animosity and banter. Where things got messy for me were when they started having a sexual relationship and falling for each other. They taught each other some things about themselves, which I liked. Then everything goes sideways and they were learning some new things. I wasn’t sure what to make of Avery’s new conclusions. Part of me liked it, but part of me felt like maybe she was backsliding. I don’t know. In the end, I wasn’t completely sold on Avery and Jake’s relationship. It was a fun book to read, though.

Look the Part
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Flint Hopkins finds the perfect tenant to rent the space above his Minneapolis-based law office.

All the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted on Ellen’s application. Her references are good. And she’s easy on the eyes.

Until …

Flint discovers Ellen Rodgers, Board-Certified Music Therapist, plays music. Bongos, guitars, singing—not Beethoven administered through noise-cancelling headphones.

The cut-throat attorney serves up an eviction notice to the bubbly, constantly humming redhead who’s too sexy for her own good. But luck is on Ellen’s side when Flint’s autistic son, Harrison, takes an instant liking to her. A single dad can’t compete with guitars—and rats. Yes, she has pet rats.

This woman …

She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind.

Still …

She must go.

My thoughts:

I loved Look the Part. It was a really sweet romance between two people trying to move on from their pasts. Ellen was almost there when she met Flint, but Flint had a lot of growth and realization coming his way. I loved how Ellen pushed in him the ways he needed. I also loved how Ellen was with Flint’s autistic son. Harrison was such a special character. Look the Part was just one of those special romances that are so fun to read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

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 is Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit.


1. Charleston, South Carolina
The Stranger on Montagu Street
Author: Karen White

2. Madrid, Spain
Spanish Lessons
Author: Jessica Peterson

3. New Zealand
Chasing Crazy
Author: Kelly Siskind

4. Greece
Finding You
Author: Jo Watson

5. Vermont
Bittersweet
Author: Sarina Bowen

6. Hawaii
Juniors
Author: Kaui Hart Hemmings

7. Australia
The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks
Author: Max Monroe

8. Belize
Take Me Back
Author: Meghan March

9. New York
Hot Asset
Author: Lauren Layne

10. Road trip across North America
Mother Road
Author: Meghan Quinn

Review: The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks by Max Monroe

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The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks
Series: Jerks, #1
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: October 18, 2018
Publisher: Max Monroe LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I’m Luciana Wright.

Everyone calls me Lucky, but when it comes to love, I’m anything but.

I have a long history of dating the wrong men.
You know the ones I’m talking about.

The beautiful, charming guys who are quite literally too good to be true.

The ones who are impulsive in love and prefer short flings over long-term relationships.

I’m talking about the jerks.

The guys who taste so good, but are so very bad.

After going through the most ridiculous breakup in the history of breakups, I thought I’d learned my lesson. I officially put myself into jerk rehab and committed to changing my ways.

But, let’s be real here, love is never that easy.

Especially when an arrogant, charming, he-devil of a sexy alpha man gets involved.

Aussie accent.
Tanned skin.
Muscular, surfer bod.
Gorgeous brown eyes.

And the kind of sexy smile that brings women to their knees.
Oh, did I mention that he’s also my best friend’s brother?
Yeah. This story, my story, it’s a real doozy you guys.

The day I stopped falling for jerks, I met Oliver Arsen—the biggest jerk of all.


The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks was classic Max Monroe. It was a romantic comedy with a new twist in the way it was told. The entire story was doled out to the reader in podcast format by Lucky. This form of delivery was incredibly cool. Even though I was reading it, I felt like I was listening to it. That probably sounds weird, but it was awesome.

Lucky was an easy character to relate to. Her thoughts and behavior reminded me of my own navigation through the ups and downs of relationships. I loved how she realized that she had a broken picker set to jerk mode, but realized it and made an effort to change her ways. I also just really liked her character in general. She was slightly uptight, but also fun. I liked how the podcast gave life to her mannerisms. It was just fun to experience a character this way.

Ollie…Well, I loved what I got to know of him. Ollie was that cool guy that everyone loves, but there was more to him than his cocky confidence. He had a sweet side that was..well, sweet. Ollie seemed like a guy who knew what he wanted and went after it. I loved the way he pursued Lucky. It was a lot of fun.

There were a lot of other fun things about this book, too. The setting was amazing and inspiring. I loved both Lucky and Ollie’s jobs. The combination of them was cool. I liked how they fit both their personalities and their relationship.

While The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks was an entertaining read, it was also filled with emotion — especially toward the end. I was surprised by it. I guess I wasn’t really expecting it. I should have been because this is the first part in a duet. I wasn’t, though. It hit me harder than I expected. I was left needing to know how Lucky and Ollie’s relationship plays out rather than just wanting to know. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book! I’m looking forward to answers and getting Ollie’s perspective.

I adored The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks. Max Monroe books are my reading happy place. I know other Max Monroe addicts will love this book as much as I did.

Everyone calls me Lucky, but when it comes to love, I’m anything but.

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Excerpt:

The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks podcast

Episode 1: “Is this thing on?”

Hi, everyone.

I’d like to welcome you to episode one of my very first podcast.

[quiet, hesitant laugh]

I’m a little nervous, so please bear with me as I try to figure out how to podcast.

See, I’m more a writer of words than a podcaster of words, but what I’m about to tell you is honestly too damn big to fit into one of my columns.

Way too big.

It’s a real doozy, guys, but I have to get it out.

And I’m hoping, once I finish recording this—since my boss says I might start feeling symptomatic of, say, poisoning, if I ruin this new venture—I’ll actually be able to upload it to Scoop’s website. Apparently, I’m told, podcasting is the wave of the future, and if we—meaning Scoop—don’t get our foot in the door first, we—meaning I—might as well find another room. Room meaning office.

I’m pretty sure she’ll fire me, okay?

Still, I figure pouring my guts out to a bunch of strangers has to be at least close to therapeutic, so consider my fingers and toes crossed that my technical inability doesn’t mean it’s for nothing.

[mumble from producer]

Oh, good. I’m told the uploading portion of this podcast will be taken care of by someone else. Smart move, guys.

[laughs again]

Okay, so where do I even begin?

[long, audible sigh]

Well, I guess my love life would be a good start, huh?

I mean, it’s the whole reason I’m here, ready to pour my heart out to you.

The past.

The present.

The future, as I’ve sworn and promised it to myself.

They’re all kind of a hot mess, but it’s really the chaos I’ve gotten myself into this time that made me decide to take action.

Think of a woman trying to stand up in a hammock during an earthquake, and then throw in a writhing pit of cobras dancing below it for good measure. Add in the task of juggling several oddly shaped objects and a horrible lack of hand-eye coordination, and you might have some idea of what I look like while trying to navigate lust, like, and love.

Relationships, dating, finding love…God, you guys, it is so hard.

I envy those people who manage to find the love of their lives on a first date or—even more mind-blowing—a chance encounter a la love-at-first-sight that blossoms into a long-term courtship.

Like, how in the hell does that even happen?

It feels like some trippy, magical unicorn kind of stuff or, worse yet, an evil consecration for those with a special, dark gift. And I’m not exactly comfortable exploring how many pagan gods I’d have to promise ill-willed deeds to in order to experience the easy road to love.

Heck, even the hard road.

As long as it didn’t end in disaster, I’d be ahead of where I am now—where I always seem to be.

See, I’ve been a serial dater, a constant cultivator of bad relationships, for as long as I can remember.

Even my kindergarten boyfriend, Kenny, is a prime example of what I’ve come to know as normal.

He was a swoony little guy, even at the ripe age of nearly six, and I was a naïve five-year-old, hungry for pure love. We were happy for about a day and a half, but when another skirt-wielder, Amber Carter, ran by, the apparent love of his life—Kenny’s description of me—wasn’t the only twinkle in his mossy green eyes anymore. One push off the monkey bars, and my first official relationship promptly ended in what would be one of many breakups for me.

Think of all the very worst guys to date—the players, the weirdos, the clingy momma’s boys, and the jerks…good God, picture the jerks.

Do you have those men in your head?

Well, I, Luciana “Lucky” Wright, have dated them all.

It might sound like an exaggeration, but it’s not. I’ve been there, done that, written the book, and filmed the Lifetime movie.

And all those good-for-nothing men left me with were weeks filled with Netflix binges fueled by ice cream and the same question rolling through my mind—Where are all the good men?

You know, the men who are actually worthy of us. The men who know what they want and have good intentions to boot. The ones who know how to truly love a woman, one woman, for the rest of their lives.

Are they underground somewhere? In one of those highly discriminatory bunkers from the movie Deep Impact, perhaps? Do I actually have to discover the meaning of life to get the password?

I honestly don’t know. But I believe, in order for you to truly understand my frustration, I need to show you the final straw in my never-ending cycle of dating jerks. The moment that made me say “Sayonara, Jerks!” and write them off for good.

It’s going to feel like some serious Romeo and Juliet kind of stuff, but I can tell you, a Shakespearean love story it is not.

Keep listening. You’ll see.

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Review: Faux Pas by Natasha Madison

Faux Pas
Author: Natasha Madison
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Meghan
Five days in Paris sounded like a great idea for three friends. Especially when amazing wine was in play.

It didn’t matter that our rented “apartment” only had one bed, and barely enough space to breathe. We were in Paris and our motto was c’est la vie.

Nothing would faze us, not even the rude waiter at the first restaurant we went to, or the insanely hot manager who was insulted when a bottle of wine was returned.

Nothing could bring me down or knock me off my path to the best vacation of my life.

Alex

I had six days in Paris and then I’d go back to my wine vineyard. It was smooth sailing until three “Americans” came into the restaurant and returned my newest full-bodied, savory creation.

I ignored her until she stormed out of the restaurant looking for a taxi at one in the morning. I couldn’t leave her wandering around the streets of Paris, could I?

I’d give her a ride, make sure she was safe, and my duty would be done. Except, was it?

Something about her pulled me.

This could be a vacation fling. After all, there is no real reason for her to know my interesting secret.

I’m France’s most eligible bachelor.

This ‘faux pair’ is almost a faux pas…


Okay. Get ready because I’m going to review Faux Pas in a way I haven’t reviewed a book before.

In the beginning I was like, “Oh, no.”

Why? Well, I have to admit that Ms. Madison’s books haven’t all big 5 star hits for me lately. Her last few books have left me a little unsettled as to whether she’s an author I want to continue to automatically read with each new release or if I want to wait for reviews first. I’ve had a harder time getting into her stories and liking the characters right off the bat. It’s weird to me because I loved her Something So and Tempt series so much. Those two series almost feel like they were written by a different author — an author I prefer to the one who has written the latest releases. I feel bad saying that. I know each author evolves as they continue to write.

As for what exactly made me say “Oh, no.” about Faux Pas, it was a number of things. There was a flashback pretty early on that I wish had a been a prologue. It felt weird within that first chapter. The writing didn’t feel as smooth as I’m used to in a Natasha Madison book. I didn’t like Meghan and her two friends. They seemed so catty and not people I would want to be friends with — which sucked because the book was all about Meghan and her friends eating their way through Paris at this point. There was barely any interaction between the Meghan and Alex during the first 25% of the book. We barely got any Alex at all. All of those things had me wondering if I was going to like this book.

Then came the glorious middle.

Once Alex and Meghan started interacting, Faux Pas got so much better. It felt more like those other series I mentioned loving by Natasha Madison. There was less of Meghan and her friends and more of Meghan and Alex. Her friends became more side characters that were supposed to be at this time and less out there. I enjoyed the chemistry Meghan and Alex had at this point. It was fun to see how their relationship developed, and how the two handled all the problems that came their way.

I wish the beginning of this book would have been like the middle. The writing flowed better and the characters felt like real, more normal people.

And then it ended???

Yes, those are question marks after ended. Just when I was really loving Faux Pas it abruptly ended. I was like, “Wait! That’s the end?” It just felt like an odd end to me. There was a sweet epilogue after the end that I loved, but it felt like a huge jump from where the story ended for me. I felt let down.

For the most part, I really enjoyed Faux Pas. It makes me a little sad that I didn’t immediately fall in love with it because if I hadn’t been reading it to review I might have given up early on and not finished it. That would have been bad because it was definitely worth reading. I ended up loving Alex and Meghan’s love story. Natasha Madison is still going to be an author I reach for when a book is released.

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Review: Not Until You by Corinne Michaels

Not Until You
Author: Corinne Michaels
Publication Date: October 1, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I have two rules in life:
1. No relationships, falling in love or attachments.
2. No sleeping with clients of my interior design firm.

Since the last guy turned out to be married, they’ve been easy to follow.

Until him.

Callum Huxley is a ridiculously sexy Brit, and the connection we have the moment our eyes lock scares the ever-loving hell out of me. Thank God I came to my senses before going back to his hotel where I would’ve ended up naked, panting, and unable to forget him.

Thinking I walked away from that night unscathed was stupid. Sure enough, at the biggest meeting of my career waits the CEO of Dovetail Enterprises—him. It might be the most embarrassing moment of my professional life. And breaking my no-client rule might just be the hottest moment of my personal life.

Learning to trust has never felt so good, but falling has never hurt so bad.


For some reason I didn’t realize prior to starting Not Until You that this was Nicole’s story. Nicole is one of four friends. We met her in books about Heather (We Own Tonight) and Kristin (One Last Time). She was easily my favorite side character in both books. Nicole’s story is one I’ve wanted since I first met her character.

Nicole is one of those characters you can’t wait to fall in love. She’s feisty, unapologetic, and has no interest in relationships. I loved that she was a strong, confident woman who ran her own business. I also loved her backstory. It was a little surprising and made her outlook on relationships completely understandable.

Callum may be my new favorite male character created by Corinne Michaels. It’s hard for me to put a finger on why exactly. I just liked his personality. I also really liked how he was able to break through all of Nicole’s rules about on dating and love. He was the perfect guy for Nicole.

Nicole and Callum’s relationship was a lot of fun. It felt like something that could happen in real life. It all played out so organically. They had great chemistry. I loved the ups and downs they went through. Their story was a little predictable, but I was okay with that because it was so well written.

One of my favorite things about this book was getting to read about Nicole and all of her friends again. I love their support of each other through thick and thin. They always have each others’ back — even when they’re doing something that makes the other mad!

Overall, Not Until You was a great contemporary romance about a couple in their 30’s. It can be read as a standalone, but why would you want to miss out on the first two books?

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.