Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Devil of a Duke by Madeline Hunter book review

You may have already met the Duke of Langford in the other Decadent Dukes Society series and Madeline Hunter gifts us with a enthralling story and a beautiful book cover...delivered like a present with a fancy bow ;)

The Duke of Langford is known as a scandalous rogue, who women find irresistable. *fans self*. He ends up at a ball because he is looking for a blackmailer and who just wants to hang out with his friends. He misses his other friend who recently got married, so this is a chance to spend some time together. Even though he wasn’t really looking for a woman, he meets a beautiful masked woman (Amanda Waverly), who does not reveal herself, but does let the Duke kiss her. Of course, they can’t stop thinking about each other. Since Amanda works as a secretary with a secret past, she does not harbor any fantasies of marrying the Duke. Amanda is not looking for romance because she has more pressing matters to tend to. Her mother has been kidnapped and Amanda feels that she must save her. Amanda has been running away from her past, but has found herself right back in it.

Amanda is a strong female character who has made her own way in Victorian England. I love all the female characters in this series because they are not afraid of being looked down upon by high society, they value reading and writing and have found creative ways to find their own paths in life. The detailed encounters between Amanda and Langford will have you rooting for them long before they realize a possible future for themselves.

The character and setting details are so thorough that you will feel like you are in Victorian England watching the romance unfold. There are elements of mystery, action and romance in this book. The dialogue flows between the characters in both poignant and humorous conversations.

Hunter is one of my favorite authors and I always look forward to new releases. If you love historical romance, you will not be disappointed by this book. It should come with a warning label because you won’t stop reading until you are done. Oh, and a glass of wine will help you settle right in to this decadent story.

The Work Wife by Allison B. Hanson

The Work Wife is the third book in Allison B. Hanson’s “An on the Job” series and I have enjoyed them all so far. They can be read as stand alone books, but my personal preference is to read series book in order. It’s the librarian in me.

This friends -to- lovers story slowly builds from a solid friendship to some sizzling romantic chemistry. Because they worked together for five years, they did not let any romantic feelings enter their relationship. When Jamie proposes a marriage “arrangement”, Wes is agreeable. The figured they spend all their time together at work, why not capitalize on that relationship. After they got married they realized just how close their friendship had made them. They knew more about each other than some couples who were in long term marriages. Jamie and Weston both have a few secrets they hadn’t really shared with each other. This story takes you on that journey to uncover an even deeper love.

Once I got into this book, I had a hard time putting it down. If you pick it up during a week night, you might have a book hangover the next morning. This is a sweet, fun, contemporary romance with a satisfying ending. A perfect summer read.

Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London book review

Sizzling, sexy and so much fun! I am a sucker for a good librarian romance story and Bad Bachelor delivers.

Darcy is the hip librarian, working hard in her library that needs more funding and swearing off men for a while. She is cool, smart and witty. I loved her right away. She is a little prickly with me, but with good reason. Her friends are fun and I could totally relate to her. We’d be good friends in real life. Reed McMahon kind of starts as the man you love to hate. He is in PR, which is the total opposite of librarianship, and can spin stories with the best of them. It’s his job to make people look good and he is perfect at playing the part. However, the reader and Darcy find out at the same time that there really is a lot more to him.

There is a bit of mystery as to who is behind the Bad Bachelors app that is making Reed look really bad and is actually threatening his job. He hires a PI to try to get to the bottom of all the bad publicity he is getting through poor reviews. Reed and Darcy are opposites, but man, is the chemistry between them HOT! Their witty banter will have you cracking up throughout the book. As both their secrets are revealed, you will be rooting for them to make their relationship work. The story is set in New York City and it makes you want to go explore Darcy’s public library. You won’t be able to put this book down once you start it. Highly recommended….especially if you are a librarian.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Baking Lessons by Katie Allen book review

Why, yes...thank you. I am all about a hot Army vet that is a bit grumpy, but totally alpha. Yummy. A delicious, hot and sexy read. Bust out the fans, this has some steamy scenes!

Hamilton (called Ham by Leah) is the landlord of the building where Leah has her bakery. Hamilton is super hot, but a bit socially awkward. He doesn’t do well around women and because of his weirdness...is a virgin! Honestly, that was a new one for me and I applaud the author. I don’t think you have to guess that he won’t be a virgin by the end of this story. Leah can’t figure out why Hamilton seems to be so stand-offish with her, so she does everything she can to push his buttons. Until she realizes that she looks forward to pushing his buttons and realizes that she might be in lust with him.

It’s just such a fun story in a great setting. I’m a big fan of the authors other books, so I figured I would enjoy this one - I totally did! Buy it. You won’t be sorry.

Hot Response by Shannon Stacey book review

Ohhhhhhhh…..hello…..Mr. Hot Firefighter. *sigh* I read this book from start to finish and was super tired the next morning at work. I keep doing that to myself….but this book was worth it!

I didn’t realize that it was the 4th book in the series, so it can be read as a standalone because I still really enjoyed it. Now I have to buy the first three. Our couple includes firefighter, Gavin Boudreau and EMT Cait Tasker. Something happened in a work related incident that made the two get off on the wrong foot. So, they didn’t really go out of each way to work together again. But of course, you can’t help but run into each other.

Cait was not really looking for a relationship because she has too much going on in her life. Gavin is the youngest on his crew and figures he has a while before he has to settle down. But of course, once they get to know each other, things progress rather quickly. The attraction is hot and the chemistry is off the charts (I love it!). I would totally recommend this as a fun weekend read. If you love romance, you will love this book.

One and Only by Jenny Holiday book review

One and Only is a satisfying iteration of the contemporary bridezilla subgenre." -The New York Times Book Review 

Ok, that tagline made me crack up. I didn’t know there was a contemporary bridezilla subgenre??? 

This is the beginning of a series titled Bridesmaids Behaving Badly. This is definitely a wedding story. Elise is the bride and she is into a DIY wedding. Jane, the main character, has always been responsible and not very flashy. She loves her friend, but is getting desperate to get out of the DIY projects for the wedding. She ends up being tasked to babysit Cameron, the brother of the groom. Cameron is a returning soldier who is suffering a bit from PTSD. They are afraid he will do something wild and reckless that will impact the wedding. Jane has to keep him entertained.

They go from spending the day together, to visiting local tourist attractions, to more. The steamy sex scenes are a plus! The writing is funny, the dialogue flows, the setting is believable and the characters are likable. Even Elise, who many readers will sympathize with the fact that she is stressed from her wedding planning. The story is complex because of all the character development. You really begin to understand why the characters do the things they do.

The author was new to me, so I am glad that I chose to read this book. It was engrossing and I didn’t put it down until I finished. Which really meant that I stayed up way too late to finish this book. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

An Uncommon Honeymoon by Susan Mann book review

OMG!!!! I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! I have read each book at least twice. They are just so fun and are a perfect escape. It’s mystery, suspense, action and a little bit of romance. It really is a series for any reader. Clearly, I am in love with the main character because I want to be a librarian spy who goes on adventures around the world (who wouldn’t want that?). If you have read the first two books, you have to read this one. I think it could be read as a standalone book, I just haven’t done that. I think it’s fun to see how the characters and their relationship grows.

In this book, Quinn and James finally get married! I love weddings. It’s fun and full of love. However, they don’t have a lot of time to relax on their honeymoon as their spy services are needed. Quinn and James hatch a plan to rescue children from the Russian Mafia (in Russia) and everything has to go according to plan. The plot has child slave trafficking, drug trafficking and a Russian crime lord. The child slave trafficking is handled seriously and will probably tug on your emotions. Be prepared! The author must have spent a lot of time researching all these different topics because it seems very real.

The dialogue between the characters does not disappoint. The banter between Quinn and James is funny, witty and flirty. Their relationship will just make you want to swoon. James will become your book boyfriend for a while. I can’t say enough about this series and I recommend it to all my librarian and non-librarian friends who are looking for a can’t-put-it-down suspense book. I think you will learn some new things and also appreciate how smart librarians can be ;) Highly recommended.