Saturday, November 25, 2017

Make Me Want by Katee Robert

I think this book is a pretty good start to the new Harlequin Dare line.  The story is a bit edgier, a little more explicit, but still a very tasteful romance.  The story, the dialogue and the setting are realistic and contemporary.  I love that Lucy, is a high powered attorney that always wins.  She wants a promotion, but since she works for old fashioned men, she feels like she might need to get married to secure the promotion.  I don’t think this was meant in a disrespectful way, but it is still the reality for women in the workplace.  Lucy is pretty much ready for an arranged marriage.  She can’t trust herself to find the right guy.  She tried and she is still recovering from the heartache and betrayal from her ex-fiance. She asks for some help from Gideon Novak, who was her ex-fiance’s friend (but her friend as well), because he is a successful headhunter who knows a lot of people.  The reader will quickly see that Lucy and Gideon have a thing for each other and have for a very long time.  Gideon can’t believe that Lucy is asking him to find her a husband, but he agrees because he feels partly responsible for what his cheating friend did to her.  Lucy also asks Gideon for some sex lessons because she has been made to feel like she is totally inadequate in the bedroom based on what her ex used to tell her.  Gideon is reluctant to agree to this outrageous request, but not because he doesn’t want Lucy, but because he doesn’t want to lose her friendship again *swoon*.

Hot sex ensues and you can tell that both characters are getting their feelings for each other all mixed up.  Gideon finds it almost impossible to try to find a husband for the woman he loves, but doesn’t totally realize that he can see where this is going…  It takes some meddling from others to get things on the right path for Lucy and Gideon.  Fortunately, the reader gets to enjoy some scorching sex, witty dialogue and just an all out enjoyable story that will have you cheering at the end.  Pick this book up if you are ready for a happy ending!

Getting Down to Business by Allison B Hanson

I picked up this book because I had read the first one and really enjoyed it.  It can be read as a stand alone, but a few of the characters from the first book are mentioned in this one.  Our characters, Alyssa and Grayson, are in New York City.  Alyssa does not do relationships, but she does do one night stands, which is how she meets Grayson.  As she leaves the next morning, she figures she won’t have to see him ever again and there will be no awkward 2nd date.  However, Alyssa’s roommate is pissed that she was kicked out of her apartment for a hookup and she decides to kick Alyssa out.  She needs to find a place and quickly.  To make things worse, she runs into Grayson while at her usual coffee stop and then comes to find out he works in her building for the same company!  Things cannot get any worse as far as running into a one night stand.  However, both Alyssa and Grayson keep thinking about each other and it’s clear that the chemistry is explosive between them.  They seem to be a perfect match.  However, Alyssa’s past has something dark in it and she won’t let herself end up in another relationship.  Grayson has his work cut out for him.

There is a secondary couple in this book, Chanda and Doug.  They seem to be an opposite match, but they are so cute together that you can’t help but root for them.  Both Alyssa and Doug had their self-confidence shattered in previous relationships, so a lot of patience is needed from Grayson and Chanda.  But that is what keeps the reader hooked.  You won’t be able to put this book down once you start reading it.  You’ll be rooting for most everyone to have a HEA :)  So far, it’s been a cute series that takes place at work and will make your heart happy.

Off Limits by Clare Connelly book review

This is a fun, sexy, steamy romance to start and finish during a lazy weekend.  The author will introduce you to billionaire sexy Irishman, Jack Grant.  He’s been very successful in his business life and not so much in his love life.  Although he does manwhore his way through hordes of women.  Gemma Picton, Jack’s in house counsel, has been developing feelings for her boss and she tries pretty hard not to feel those feelings.  She knows something bad happened with Jack’s wife, but she doesn’t push because that part of his life is closed off to everyone. The reader will be along for the ride with Gemma as she discovers his secrets.  Gemma also has some secrets of her own that deal with her family.  It is important for Gemma to use her education to help other people and she is really good at what she does.  Gemma is very career driven and successful.  Her grandma plays a very sweet and funny secondary character and as a reader, I was rooting for Grandma to make Gemma listen to her advice.

There is a lot of sex in this book, but it does not take away from the plot and the romance.  The reader will be drawn into the story, trying to figure out what makes Jack and Gemma finally change their minds about love.  Their chemistry is off the charts and this makes for a perfect HEA read.

Friday, November 24, 2017

A Week to be Wild by JC Harroway book review

I was really excited to start reading the new Harlequin Dare line of books and as I started reading this story, I realized I had read it before.  I must have received a copy through some other reader group.  It was probably a pretty early ARC so that I hadn’t seen a cover reveal yet.  This cover is pretty hot!  I’d say that it goes along perfectly with the new Dare line.

Overall, it’s a pretty quick read, but if you are looking for a quick romance with an erotic edge, this book might be for you.  I had expected that newer stories would be a bit more erotic/explicit, not crossing over into anything taboo...but just a bit more risque.  This book definitely dials up the heat a bit, but there is still some mystery and you are trying to figure out more about the characters backgrounds.  I’d still put it in the contemporary romance category.

The main characters are Libby and Alex Lancaster, who is a sexy, single, British billionaire. He is clearly successful and usually gets what he wants, and his pursuit of Libby is no exception.  Libby is a small business owner who is really good at marketing.  She goes to London to present at a lecture and Alex has definitely noticed her.  He wants to hire Libby for some work, but she doesn’t really understand why he would ask her, so she keeps turning him down.  Partly because she is totally attracted to him and cannot imagine a strictly professional relationship...the story is gets pretty good as Alex puts some effort into pursuing Libby ;)  Their chemistry is definitely explosive and they grow to mean a lot to each other in just a short week.  Libby is convinced this is all going to be over because she lives in the US and Alex lives in England, so she is still a bit hesitant, although she does decide to enjoy her week with Alex.

This book is a great choice when you know you are in the mood for a HEA and some steamy sex scenes. The cover is sexy and I think it does a good job reflecting the tone of the story.

Tempted & Taken by Rhenna Morgan book review

I feel like I can’t do this series justice with this book review of Tempted & Taken.  First of all, I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!  I’ve read each one at least 3 times.  It’s not particularly easy to find a good romance series that you want to keep coming back too.  It’s a good day when a new book is released in this series….although I know it’s also going to be a long night because this book was just as un-putdownable as the previous three.

Soooo, I feel like I keep coming back to #TeamZeke, but for the duration of this book and a few days after….I was #TeamKnox.  I love myself a hot, smart, computer nerd.  I am all about a partner who can continuously challenge you intellectually.   The loyalty he demonstrates towards his friends and family is worthy of a swoon.

I think this book could be a standalone, but it is SO much better if you have read the previous ones because you will feel like you already know the character a little bit.  And you have the backstory as to what is going on and how Jace, Zeke and Trevor found their significant others.  You also have high expectations for some hot, kinky, scorching sex scenes. *fans self*

As soon as you meet, JJ Simpson (aka Darya Volkova), you know she is hiding something.  She has a job that pays her bills, but she wants more for herself and she went through great lengths to set up a meeting with Knox Torren to ask him to become her mentor.  It seems as though Knox knows she is hiding something, but he can’t figure it out and it’s driving him crazy because he can always figure things out.  He agrees to mentor Darya, but they try to keep things at a friend level because they are co-workers.  Their attraction is off the charts and being “friends” is not going to work out.  They both fall hard for each other, they just need to figure out a way to get out of the mysterious mess that Darya is in.

This book took a bit of a different approach as to who the “bad guy” was.  Because of Darya’s background, the storyline is a bit more international.  Some high-tech spying, hacking, mystery, suspense and off the charts sex, you will wish you picked it up sooner. Once you start reading about Darya and Knox, you won’t be able to stop.  If you have been reading this series, then you probably already bought this book.  If you are looking for a new series to start on this Black Friday, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Halloween at the Graff by Sinclair Jayne book review

Walker Wilder found herself in the small town of Marietta, Montana, trying to move forward after her previous life imploded, leaving her at the point of starting over.  We get the impression at the start of the book that she is done with men.  Her energy is focused on bring guests to the Graff hotel and making them a destination.  She wants to start by working on a family friendly Halloween event.  Walker needed some publicity for the hotel, so she invited Calum Quest and his Ghost Quest to see if the setting at the Graff would make for a good show.

Calum wants to be done with is show because it’s just gotten too big and he is not passionate about it anymore.  He’s been on the road too long and now something is just missing.  He is more than ready to film the finale of his show.  He came to Marietta because it’s on his way to his friend, Laird Walker’s, house where he will take a much needed break.  He wasn’t really looking for a location for his last show.

This was the first book that I have read by Sinclair Jayne and I didn’t really know what to expect.  It was definitely a sweet romance.  I love the Halloween holiday theme and the bit of paranormal activity.  I don’t think I have ever read a ghost hunting romance, so it was fun!  This book has some hot chemistry, some awkward moments, funny lines, an underlying mystery and definitely adventure.  The dialogue between the characters flows effortlessly and the sparks definitely are flying.  Calum was totally my book boyfriend while I was reading this book.  He was hot, romantic and had a take-charge attitude.  The author can’t go wrong with a man looking for a long term commitment ;)  Read this book if you are looking for a sweet romance. *dreamy sigh*

Monday, October 23, 2017

Totally His by Erin Nicholas book review

I have been WAITING for this book!  Finn is my current new book boyfriend because I totally fell in love with him in this story.  He and Sophie are perfect for each other.  I think this could be a stand alone book, but I would read the first two to just get the background on the other characters before moving on to Sophie.

I have been loving this Opposites Attract series because the female characters are wonderfully geeky and nerdy in their own ways.  Sophie is a theatre geek and acting and dressing up is her thing.  She knows a lot about the community theatre and it shows in the plot and dialogue.

I think Finn is her perfect match.  One, it's hard to resist a sexy cop out to protect you and two, he is sort of protecting her from the criminal actions of her father.  The character development of the family that Sophie has chosen for herself is sweet and endearing.  I love Finn's extended family and the author made me want to be a part of it.  You will get sucked into Sophie's journey of discovering that love does not have to hurt.  She can find the perfect person to complement her personality.  The story wraps up with a sweet and sexy HEA.  I recommend this book to any contemporary romance reader.  The perfect escape for fall.

Holiday House Call by Jen Doyle review

The hook for this book?  It's the woman who is the doctor out saving other people with her knowledge.  Love it.  While it should not be uncommon, I still feel that this book stood out to me because the female character is a doctor.

Also, I cannot resist a hot, alpha male cop.  *sigh*

Karen (Dr. Carmichael) just had a bad day at work and while she is crying, her driving becomes erratic.  Of course, Officer Tucker pulls her over and administers a sobriety test.  They both recognize each other as a past one night stand and things get awkward real fast.  While the sex was hot, they were not looking to run into each other again.  Karen is not interested in a long term relationship with someone who risks his life for a job every day. 

The author will entertain you with her laugh-out-loud dialogue between the characters.  Seriously.  They both have some baggage, which they need to deal with to make their relationship work.  I love that Carina Press allows writers to take liberties with the language and it just makes it sound more real.

The chemistry between Karen and Tuck is just super sexy. The sex scenes work and I love that Tuck was the one trying to convince Karen a "no-strings" relationship was not the best option.  He did such romantic things for will have a hard time not swooning.

This was the first book that I read by Jen Doyle and I enjoyed it so much, I will be on the look out for new books. This book is the perfect escape for cold winter nights.  You will not be disappointed by this HEA.

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A Talent for Temptation by Sabrina Jeffries review

I did not read the details of this book and realize it was a novella.  I dived in expecting a full length novel and thought I had pushed the wrong button on my reader when I reached the end 😁  So, I definitely enjoyed and didn't want the story to end.  I really like the series, so the title and the cover reflect that brand perfectly.  I am a big fan of historical romances and I look forward to Sabrina's new releases.
In this story, Meriel Vyse is a widow who has turned into a spy for her brother in law.  She keeps doing what he asks because she feels that she owes him a lot.  She doesn't really think she can get remarried because of her work, but she is definitely sweet on Quinn Raines.  Meriel has not been truthful about what she does for her brother in law.  Humor abounds in this novella. The dialogue and banter is fun and witty.  Quinn thought he would try to win Meriel's love by staging a fake abduction.  Unfortunately, he did not know about Meriel's spy background to know that she normally travelled armed.  But at least she got to nurse him back to health!
I like the female character because she is doing a non-traditional job and getting remarried at the ripe-old age of 27. She bucks the conventions of the time period.  Secrets always lead to some sort of miscommunication and it was fun to see how this couple figured out their new relationship bumps. The story has a good mix of humor, action, mystery and romance to keep you entertained for a few hours.  I recommend this if you are a fan of the series or if you want to get into a new historical romance series.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Help Wanted by Allison B Hanson

I’ll admit I was intrigued by the cover on this book. It looked like a sweet summer romance and I was definitely in the mood for a sexy HEA. Well, Hanson delivered with her great story. This book was funny, clever, empowering, had some great elements of friendship and was just an overall enjoyable read. I had never read anything else by Allison Hanson, but she is now on my list of authors to watch. I have not read a lot of virgin tropes and I wasn’t sure what to expect. By the time I was done reading the explanation, I was like, yes...this could happen :) It hooks you from the beginning because how does a virgin get fired for sleeping with her boss’s husband? (gotta read it to find out).

Kenley Carmichael and Zane Jackson can barely keep their hands off each other. But Zane is her boss and they both decide that it needs to stay professional. Kenley needs her job and Zane needs an assistant to run his business. Zane felt like he was a dork in high school and he still has some unresolved issues from back then. Should he be over them? Yes...but then there would be no drama. His sister works to set him straight and she is hilarious. I also liked that there was a secondary romance going on. Brady was an interesting character and while their back story was not the focus, I think it complemented the main story.

The story is not explicit. I tend to like a little more heat to my sex scenes...but the author did the couple justice. It’s a good weekend read when you are looking for a romantic book escape.

A Covert Affair by Susan Mann

I had been looking forward to this book ever since I read the first one. I love the premise of this series. It’s seriously like my own spy/librarian fantasies come true. Add to that a super hot spy boyfriend and I just can’t even stop reading this book! Just like the first book, this one is unique and you can totally tell the author’s ideas were heard and left in the book. To top it off, it was a bit of historical fiction woven into this romance/suspense genre. There really is nothing else to compare it to that I’ve read in contemporary romance.

The setting is uniquely set in India, tracking down historical clues (that will eventually lead to missing library books….my inner dork sings). I find that most HEA romance books will not take place in India, exploring a sensitive topic. This is Mann working her super-librarian skills into her writing.

This is truly a must read for every librarian (or anyone who just loves a good librarian story) out there looking for a reading adventure and a book boyfriend. While not explicit, the sex is hot and the chemistry between Quinn and James remains off the charts. *fans self* This series has been my guilty pleasure escape and I will recommend it to anyone who listens!

Protection Detail by Julie Miller

I have really been enjoying Harlequin Intrigue books lately and this one did not disappoint. This one could be a stand alone book because I really liked it and I did not know it was the last book in the series. This book was unique because both of the characters are a bit older. They have both lost a spouse and just have a little bit of that life experience that comes out in the details of the story. There is not a lot of over the top romance drama. The drama comes in the form of the mystery suspense woven into the plot.

If you are looking for a hot cop story, then you have found your book. Thomas, the main character, and his whole family are involved in law enforcement. Jane, our heroine, is a nurse who is in WITSEC and she is trying to protect herself and those around her. Clearly, she has experienced a tragedy or she would not be in WITSEC. It’s a sweet, flirty romance. Thomas and Jane want each other, but they are mature enough not to jump into anything and they both carry some baggage. Thomas is afraid that he is too old for Jane, but she does not even consider the age difference.

 I just think a hot romance is what most readers are looking for (I definitely am!) I like the setting. I don’t really know much about Kansas City, so I feel like the details in the setting made me a bit more familiar with areas that I have never been too. This book is a fast paced suspense story with a bit of romance.

Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins

I wish I would have read the first book! This 2nd one in the series was so much fun. Lady Daphne Forsyth is a pretty, but odd woman. Her social interactions are a bit awkward because she has spent her life studying mathematics. She is a brilliant mathematician and we are introduced to her quirkiness as she has just inherited part of an estate and she has a cipher to solve. For the first time in her life, she is getting to know other women. These women also have just inherited a piece of the estate that they find themselves at. Each woman has a particular skill that is needed to solve the cipher.

 The Duke of Maitland, Dalton, also finds himself at the manor home and he is intrigued by Daphne. They really do have some funny conversations and find themselves in awkward situations. The dialogue makes for a fun read. The main premise of the book is the murder mystery that everyone is there to solve. Things get a little tense when the dead body is found in the house, but at that point, you will not be able to put the book down. I enjoyed the unique characters, the fun setting, the intrigue and the humor that was part of this happily ever after story. It’s not often that you find women deemed “bluestockings” as the main character of a historical romance. I think the pieces of the puzzle reveal themselves at the right points in the book to keep the action going. The chemistry and sex is definitely off the charts between these two characters.

 You can’t help but fall in love a little bit with the Duke of Maitland. This was my first Manda Collins and it won’t be my last. I love the author’s style of writing and I feel like she is one of my people ;) #librariansunite

Monday, August 28, 2017

All I want for Halloween by Marie Harte book review

Ready for Halloween?  If you want to get in the mood in October, I recommend this book.  It will get you in the mood for Halloween and give you a funny, sassy, somewhat reality-tv based contemporary romance.  It seems to be a stand alone book, which is nice if you are not looking for a new series.

The two main characters Sadie Liberato and your (soon to be) book boyfriend, Gear Blackstone are a treat to read about.  They are not perfect and both have some emotional baggage to overcome before committing to a new relationship.  The author makes it fun throughout the book by throwing out tidbits about what Gear's real name is and  what Sadie's family is like.  I liked all the nuances of stable family lives from both of the main characters. Those details really add to the fun of the story.

I think it's a bit refreshing that Sadie is a woman who knows what she wants.  There is no shame in the story (nor should their be), but after the first few chapters will know what I mean.  I like that Sadie is a successful business woman who is doing what she enjoys.  It's not quite what her dad had in mind for her, but it makes her happy.   That is a message we can all take away from the story.  It also throws in a new perspective about staring in a reality-tv series.  Since I have no experience in that area, I can only assume that Harte did her research because it all seemed plausible to me.  So, the sign of good fiction writing?

I think this is my first book that I read by Marie Harte and I really enjoyed it.  A perfect fall read!

Friday, July 28, 2017

On the Chase by Katie Ruggle book review

This was the first time I read anything by Katie Ruggle and I would like to read more! I did not read the first book of this series, so I think it can be a standalone because I was not confused by the characters. On the Chase is book #2 in this series. We are introduced to Kaylee, who is at a fancy dinner with a new guy she has been dating. She feels that she is lucky to have landed such a great guy. However, Kaylee witnesses something she was not supposed to see and is now forced to flee. She lets her best friend know she is leaving, and takes off to a small Colorado town. She has some help in setting up and new identity and from that point on, she is known as Grace. Hugh, who is a K9 cop that has been injured and currently on desk duty, shows up with his friend at the house that Grace is staying at. He notices her right away and starts to question who she is and where she came from. Needless to say, Grace is quite flustered. However, as her past threatens to catch up with her, she finds that she can trust Hugh. One of the secondary characters, Lexi, Hugh's K9 partner, really likes Grace. She story has a lot of suspense, action, intrigue and definitely some scorching romance. Huge and Grace make a good couple. The story is not particularly explicit, it's more of a slow burn romance and it's sweet. Hugh is definitely an alpha male - in and out of the bedroom. There are some humorous parts that will have you laughing out loud. The dialogue flows well. The author did a nice job with the setting, characters and action. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it. The ending is satisfying, mystery resolved and readers can look forward to another book by Katie Ruggle.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fit for You by Cynthia Tennent book review

This book is the 4th book the the Truhart series, but it can be read as a standalone.  I jumped into the 4th book and then proceeded to buy the previous ones. Lily Shue arrives in a small town in Michigan because of a government grant to get the town moving towards better fitness.  It is a little bit awkward because Lily arrives injured and on crutches and it feels like she is being judged because she can't exercise -- and she is supposed to run exercise classes.  Lily is from California and adjusting to live in a small Michigan town will take some getting used to.  Things are made more difficult because the terms of the grant were not completely truthful and when Edge shows up to pick her up, he puts her up as his mom's house.  She was promised her own apartment. So now Lily is stuck in a house full of strangers and a hot guy she does not want to be interested in.

Edge Callaghan is a former skier and Olympic hopeful.  His skiing career ended and he has been living in a small town doing all sorts of odd jobs.  He is close to his family, which Lily finds endearing but he also frustrates her at every turn.  The readers are introduced to Edge while he has a full on beard going, so Lily can't really tell what he looks like.  She prefers to ignore him, but as she gets to know him, his personality grows on her.

This book is more of a slow burn.  There is a lot of character development going on and the plot is quite detailed.  I think the setting is unusual, the characters don't quite hit it off right away and there is a lot of humor.  It turned out to be a pleasantly surprising, quirky book.  The romance is still there, but it just took a different path to get to the HEA.  I love the competitive nature of both of the characters.  I love the setting and I might be somewhat biased towards stories that take place in Michigan ;)  The writing is good, the plot/setting is unique, the dialogue and characters are fun and unusual. I think this book will appeal to contemporary romance readers.  Perfect to take with you "up north" and disconnect from reality for a bit.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Duke with Benefits - book birthday today!

 (from the publisher) "Bestselling author Manda Collins returns with the second novel in her Studies in Scandal series, DUKE WITH BENEFITS (St. Martin’s Paperbacks; June 27, 2017; $7.99; 978-1-250-10988-0). This time around she brings us the story of fan-favorite Lady Daphne Forsyth and the charming duke she’s set her eyes on, Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland.

Collins weaves together the mystery of a hidden cipher, lost treasure, and a lusty love affair with wit and humor. LADY + DUKE = TRUE LOVE? Lady Daphne Forsyth is a brilliant mathematician with a burning passion for puzzles. When she learns that the library belonging to her benefactress houses the legendary Cameron Cipher—an encrypted message that, once solved, holds the key to great riches—Daphne is on the case. Unfortunately, her race to unlock the cipher’s code is continually thwarted by a deliciously handsome distraction she hadn’t counted on . . . and cannot resist.

Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, is curious as to why Daphne is spending so much time snooping around his aunt’s bookshelves. He’s even more intrigued by her bold yet calculating manner: She is unapologetic about her secret quest . . . and the fiery attraction that develops between them both. But how can they concentrate on solving a perplexing enigma once the prospect of true love enters the equation?"

Review coming soon!  I'm almost done with it and I'm really liking it :)

Monday, June 5, 2017

At His Mercy by Shelly Bell book review

Definitely romantic suspense in the erotic category.  *fans self* This was the first book I have read by Shelly Bell, so I was looking forward to discovering a new author.  The author delivers with a great story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, when you are not fanning yourself during their explicit scenes ;)

I love Isabella and Tristan as a couple.  He is a bit older than Isabella, but nothing unusual in the romance category.  It took a bit of a turn when it turned more into a student/professor relationship (no spoiler since it's in the book description), but it was tastefully done.  They were keeping it a secret, but readers will know they met each other at a play party before the university thing happens.

Isabella thought she was going to die by the hands of her boyfriend and after physical recovery, therapy and a new outlook on life, she is ready to start over as a university student.  If you live in Michigan, you will appreciate the Michigan references.  That may have influenced how much I loved the story, but then the characters were really complex and the story was full of unexpected twists and turns.  The story may set you on the path to emotional overload, but the expected HEA will keep you reading.  The author does not disappoint and I think I may have found someone new to fan girl over.

Tristan is hot, smart, rich and a Dom.  He is getting over a failed marriage and has a few hurdles to overcome.  He is working hard to get his business off the ground with his partner and friend, Ryder.  The semester he is spending as a professor is a bit of a reset button for him as well.  If you are on the hunt for some well written, explicit, romantic and suspenseful stories, this book is for you.

Scot on the Run by Janice Maynard review

ummmm....hello??? Kilted Scots? Yes, please!

 How have I not discovered this series before the 4th book? I'm so glad I found this one on NetGalley because I am in love with the author and her stories. Now, I just need the first 3 πŸ˜‡

 While this is a part of the Kilted Heroes series, it can be read as a stand alone and be thoroughly enjoyable *blush*. Bella is a bit of an academic nerd, which totally hooked and made her very likable. She travels to Scotland to house sit for her brother, Finley, while he is on his honeymoon. Bella has plans to see the sights, do some work and possible find inspiration for her dissertation. She is settling in nicely in her brothers house, in the nice, calm quiet town of Portree; when his friend shows up demanding to be let in. Ian Larrimore is one of Britain's most eligible bachelor and he is on the run from the paparazzi and women. Bella lets him in because he is her brother's friend, but she is not impressed by his celebrity status. As we get to know Ian a bit more, we find that he is also a geeky academic, who has found fame and fortune because of his inventions. No wonder all the women want him. While he may be totally hot, he is still a bit socially awkward.

 Readers will enjoy the smart, witty, funny dialogue between Bella and Ian as both struggle to get the upper hand in their developing relationship. Neither one of them were looking for a relationship, but the magic of Scotland must have worked ;) Because Ian has become so famous because of all the good work he is doing, the Queen wants to honor him. He asks Bella to come with him to fend of the paparazzi. The chemistry definitely sizzles as they travel to Edinburgh and get all fancy for meeting the queen.

This will make for a great summer read. I love that this contemporary romance portrays both characters as intellectuals. They are also both well off, so they start off on equal footing which is not necessarily a given for female characters. The scenery sounds beautiful and will want to make you pack your bags for Scotland. A quick, funny, enjoyable read.

Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries

This is the 4th book in the Sinful Suitors series. While I personally enjoy reading the books in order, this can be a stand alone book. I think the Pleasures of Passion was a good title choice. It really bring attention to the cover, which is quite sexy. Niall Lindsey, the Earl of Margrave, has to flee England because of an unexpected duel, he is hopeful that his love interest, Brilliana Trevor, will go with him. Brilliana has family obligations she must uphold, so really, her decision is made for her. The reader will get a glimpse as to where the misunderstandings occur between this couple and then we flash forward to the present (in the novel) as the couple gets a second chance at romance. Both Niall and Brilliana have gone through some personal struggles that they believe changed the essence of who they once were. They seem to both be filled with some regrets, but as non-communication goes between men and women, it is not resolved until towards the end of the story.

I think the characters are well developed. Niall’s description turned him into my perfect book boyfriend for the weekend. The dialogue was witty, there was humor woven throughout some scenes and we have a bit of a mystery. The reader will be wondering about who the real counterfeiter is. I love the idea of Niall being a spy, even though it can be a common occurrence in historical romances. I think what makes Niall unique is that he is a reluctant spy, who lost the love of his life for duty to his family. That makes him noble and quite swoon worthy. I think that Brilliana being forced to wed, is historically accurate and makes me think about how lucky we are to live in this age of equality! She is a strong female character, forced to deal with the circumstances that life has thrown at her. 

Readers will be able to empathize with the love that Brilliana has for her son and makes a nice secondary story within the book. This is a fun, sexy story with a little bit of mystery and intrigue. The sexual tension is palpable and you will want to grab a glass of wine when they finally surrender to their desires. Then you will probably re-read the sex scenes. If you are looking for a happily ever after, this book delivers.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Police Protector by Elizabeth Heiter book review


This book has a great hook.  We are introduced to Shaye Mallory in a scene where she is being shot at.  It's suspenseful and definitely made me not want to put the book down.  Shaye was already traumatized because she survived an earlier shooting at a police station.  She is in this situation because she is a forensic computer expert and works right next to the police station.  Cole Walker is a detective who has been interested in Shaye ever since he met her.  However, he does not believe that he is marriage material because his job is dangerous. Family plays a large role in this story.  Cole is very close to his brothers and I love that they accept Shaye as someone they have to look out for.  I'll take 4 alpha males looking out for me any day ;) *fans self*

You will be dying to figure out who the shooter was in the first chapter.  It sets up the plot for the book really well.  The dialogue flows and the chemistry between Cole and Shaye sizzles.  I wish they would have hooked up sooner than they did.  I like this Harlequin Intrigue series.  I would not have picked up these books in the past because I didn't think I liked romantic suspense.  But it turns out that I do.  I definitely recommend Elizabeth Heiter's book.  It will make for a great summer read!

Falling for Trouble by Sarah Title book review


Punk rocker, Joanna Green was just about to become famous with her group, the Bunny Slippers, until she walks off the stage during a big concert.  After the crash and burn of her career, she goes back home to Halikarnassus, New York. She is mortified to be coming back as a failure.  She feels like she let herself down and that is basically what everyone was expecting to happen to her.  It just so happens that she can cover up her embarrassing return home by telling everyone she came back to take care of her grandmother, as she recovers from a broken leg.
Liam Byrd is the hot new librarian in town.  He loves everything about Halikarnassus, New York.  He likes knowing people on the street, he loves being able to make changes at the local library he runs and he is all about reading and books.  *major swoon moment*  Some of the more hilarious scenes detail how the grandmas come out each day to "run into" Liam on his daily runs.
I loved this book!  I love a good librarian story that is not about a stereotypical librarian.  Liam is male (definitely a minority in the library world), he is hot, well read, active, interesting....what's not to love???  But he knows his library stuff.  He knows how to bring in new readers, how to manage and run a public library and has the patience of a saint when dealing with the public.
The nail biting climax (no pun intended) will make it impossible for you to put the book down.  Joanna has to make a major decision about her career and her relationship.  What does she want?  You won't stop until you find out.
I love the cover.  The photographer did a nice job capturing the authors vision of what the characters might look like.  It's attractive and fun.  The book is a quick, entertaining and engrossing read.  I love a good HEA.  I would totally reread this book.  And ask the author to send me one hot male librarian :) ...

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Buns by Alice Clayton book review

So, I can see where this story may have been inspired by some hotel renovations shows (in a good way). Clara, the woman in charge of turning hotels around is a total bad ass and really good at her job.  She has grand visions of bring back the Bryant Mountain Resort's former glory with a more modern twist.  When Archie meets her, it is clear that he does not want Clara meddling in his hotel business.  He likes to believe that change will be bad and that doing things as they have always done is, is perfectly fine.  Part of their tension is sexual tension, but part of it is that they are hard workers.

I love how the author describes the area surrounding the hotel.  The location of the story is Bailey Falls, New York. I've never been anywhere like that, so the imagery was great in Clayton's story.  It definitely sounded like a place I would like to go visit.  I also love that Clara was into keeping the old charm of this historic mountain resort.  I feel that way in real life.  Once Clara and Archie started to get to know each other, it was just a matter of time before they hooked up.  Both their back stories are interesting and are playing out as Clara and Archie get to know each other.  I like that both of them were totally professional when they needed to be, but we got a glimpse behind the scenes.  The sex scenes are really well written.  Archie is so romantic *swoon*.  Their chemistry is scorching and it just adds to an overall great book.  This is a great choice for a fun read....preferably relaxing somewhere on the beach.  Or maybe at a luxurious hotel.
There is way more to this story than the title would imply.  This is my first book that I have read by Alice Clayton,  so maybe it's just the way her titles go.  I would say this book is perfect for fans of Jill Shalvis or Erin Nicholas.  I love this tweet from the author. Archie is now my official book boyfriend:

Erotic Experiments by Katie Allen book review

I love the idea of Claire being a hot, but smart science geek. Her hot love interest is Edward, who we first meet as a bouncer at a club.  He saves Claire from her gross boss, Gordon.  Edward doesn't give us much to go on in the beginning.  He is mysterious and protective, which in turn is a total turn on.
I began to notice that Edward was somehow enhanced during the fire scene.  Granted, there were a few clues, but I didn't really get it.  Once the plan to discredit or kill Claire is set into motion, Clair and Edward go on the run.  The author introduces us to the idea that Edward's friends can help them.
Edward is hesitant to have sex with Claire at first.  The reader may wonder why (as I did).  But once they give in to their desires, the chemistry is explosive.  Their sex scenes are panty melting HOT.  I think the author did a great job.  Overall, it was a quick, short read.  If you are looking for a steamy, romance with an HEA or a (HFN?) story, this is a good one.  It has some elements of science fiction, which was a surprise to me based on the description, but I quite enjoyed it.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley book review

This is the 2nd book I have read by Erica Ridley and I really enjoyed it.  It took me about a day to finish because I was up really late at night reading it.  One of my favorite things about this book was the masquerade ball.  It's been a really long time since I have read a historical romance that took place where the main characters didn't have to hide behind manners and societal expectations.  It was a lot of fun.  The Lord of Pleasure is Lord Wainwright, or Michael and Lady X is Miss Cameillia Grenville, who is firmly on the shelf.  No one has offered for her hand, so her parents are desperate and match her with someone twice her age.  She decides to live it up while she can and heads to the masquerade that her sister was supposed to go to.  There she meets Lord X.  She is not looking for an affair, she just wants to be to person she has always thought she was and not the wallflower everyone else thinks she is.  Michael is intrigued by her and enjoys the conversation.  Women usually only want him for sex or for money.  Then he ends up in the gossip column.  He wants to change his image and takes a bet with his friends that he is determined to win.
I love that they got to know each other sort of anonymously because of their masks.  They didn't know each others real names.  But one thing was clear, they liked each other for who they really were.  Michael was then determined to find out Lady X's real name and court her in real life.  He was looking for a countess and a wife who viewed him as smart and hard working.  Not as the Lord of Pleasure.  Overall, it was a great read. Michael was romantic and determined to win Camellia over.  Their chemistry was hot.  The sex scene was panty melting.  Worth reading over several times ;)  I would definitely recommend buying this book.

One Night with a SEAL by Tawny Weber and Beth Andrews

This book is a little bit unique in that there are two stories in one book.  Each story follows a couple written by one of the authors.  Author Tawny Weber wrote the first story about Zane and Vivian. Zane has a short break from the Navy and he is stationed in Virginia.  The thread that runs through both of the stories are the challenges that Zane's friends come up for him and his brother when they visit home.  This time, however, Zane does not want to do any challenges and it's sort of making him hesitate to come home.  But he does not turn down a challenge.  He is traveling home for his 10 year high school reunion, where he will be honored as a hero.  Zane doesn't really want that either.  Then he meets Vivian.  He feels like he sort of knows here (he does) but he knows that he never dated her.  Vivian is working on her dream of having a bakery that makes naughty treats for parties and she is really good at it.  Her parents and brother a just a bit too conservative to appreciate her talent.  As the sparks fly with Zane and Vivian, they go out, they get to know each other and then she finds out about the challenge.  This will keep you reading.

The next half of the book is all about Quinn and Xander.  It is written by author Beth Andrews. Xander is Zane's twin brother and he's had a thing for Quinn for quite a while.  He wants to be done with the challenges.  In fact, he'd be happy not doing them again because he feels that he has outgrown them.  Xander is also a SEAL, but stationed in California.  He is not enjoying the spotlight and being honored as a hero at the high school reunion.  He just wants to lie low and hang out with Quinn.  While he is totally attracted to her, Xander is trying to get Quinn to trust him.  Quinn has a hard time trusting men because of her past relationship.  Their chemistry is hot!  Whew!  They have some explosive sex scenes that will keep you reading.  Overall, this is a fun book.  If you don't have a lot of time, you can read the first half and the 2nd story later.  The authors do a nice job co-writing.  The writing styles mesh together very well.  Definitely recommended.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Most Dangerous Duke in London by Madeline Hunter book review

Madeline Hunter is one of my favorite regency romance authors and I had been looking forward to this book for a while. She did not disappoint. This is the first book in a new the new Decadent Dukes series. In this book, we are introduced to The Most Dangerous Duke in London, Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton. He is portrayed as dark and brooding and others are afraid of his temper. Adam has recently returned to London after spending time with is mother in France. All of the ton have heard rumors about Adam's family and those of his neighbor the Earl of Marwood. The secrets are revealed towards the end of the book. Believe me, they will keep you reading.

 The Dowager Countess of Marwood invited Stratton to their estate after years of no communication. She wants Stratton to propose to her beautiful granddaughter, Emilia. She has been bred to be the perfect society wife, however Lady Clara catches his eye. Clara is Marwood's daughter from his first marriage and is firmly on the shelf. She wants no part of marriage and is not really interested in suitors. She would rather spend her days with friends, writing and riding horses. However, Adam is quite taken with Lady Clara and decides to propose to her. The chapter leading up the the proposal is one of my favorites because it is hilarious. The way Hunter writes the dialogue and describes the emotions of Clara had me laughing out loud. At this point you will not want to put the book down because you will be dying to know the ways that Adam tries to woo Clara. Clara wants nothing to do with Adam and is intent on getting her own life started as an independent woman. But Clara does not anticipate the chemistry between her and Adam. (Oh man, the chemistry between these two is scorching). I love their interactions.

The sex scenes are tastefully written. In fact, they are a bit more tame than some of Hunter's books. But still HOT! You can tell throughout the book that the author knows a lot of history as the details are so accurately described. The colors, the smells, the atmosphere. This is story telling at its finest. The romantic gestures will make you swoon and you may also fall in love with Adam's friends. The Duke of Stratton is currently my book boyfriend. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a historical romance with a HEA. I also love the cover. The cover artist added a bow to the cover making it seem like a gift. This book is definitely a gift for romance lovers. This is the perfect book for some fun summer reading. I'm looking forward to the next story in this series.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Stranger she can Trust by Regan Black

I've fallen in love with hot EMT's, so I am on the lookout for a good EMT hero romance.  I had never read anything from the Harlequin Romantic Suspense line (series?) so I didn't really know what to expect. I chose it from NetGalley because the cover was interesting and the book description hooked me.  It's definitely more about the suspense part of the story and there is not as much emphasis on the sex part.  I guess that would be the Harlequin Blaze books ;)  So, I tried something new and I enjoyed it.

Carson is an EMT who is recovering from an injury while on duty in his rig.  He is passing the time (recovering) and working part time at the Escape Club.  This club was opened by a former police officer and it tends to attract those who need an escape or need a safe haven.  Melissa stumbles out of a taxi one night and into the arms of Carson, who quickly takes her inside to look over her injuries.  She refuses to go to the hospital, but has a hard time explaining things because she is suffering from amnesia. Definitely time for our hot EMT to come to the rescue!  He keeps things professional for the first few days, but it gets harder and harder as Carson and Melissa get to know each other.  As events of her trauma unfold, Melissa needs protection.  The suspense definitely keeps you on edge to the last chapter.  The chemistry between Carson and Melissa is undeniable.  They are both dealing with traumatic events, but being together makes them stronger.  A perfect HEA.  It's a good quick read.  I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

Claim and Protect by Rhenna Morgan

Trevor was totally my book boyfriend for the week. I fell in love.  He is so alpha and so protective; what woman can resist that?  I offer no resistance whatsoever ;)  The Haven Brotherhood series is quickly becoming one of my favorite series.  I've already started rereading this's so good.  I like that the author gives a bit of a glimpse as to what is going on with Jace and Vivian and with Zeke and Gabe. I enjoy the continuity.  Although it could be read as a stand alone.

I like how Trevor's background factors into the budding relationship with Natalie. All of the Haven Brotherhood series characters have had some sort of trauma or event that shaped who they are presently.  I think Natalie's story was tactfully done and to be so fiercely protected by Trevor is exactly what she needed.

The sex scenes are once again panty melting.  And worth rereading. It definitely falls into the erotic romance category.  Exactly what the publisher promises ;) One of the unique things that sets Trevor's story apart is his growing relationship with Natalie's son, Levi.  Levi really needed a good male role model in his life.  The relationship is very realistic.  From mimicking things Trevor says and does, to throwing a birthday party at his ranch.  It's a great secondary story.  There is more than one HEA in this story.  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a steamy contemporary romance.  It's gritty and real...and justice always seems to be served where it needs to.

The Librarian and the Spy by Susan Mann

I found out about this book through the RT VIP Salon and as soon as I saw the cover, I went to see if it was available on NetGalley.  Imagine my librarian excitement when it was there!  I honestly think Susan Mann and I could be best friends in real life.  We share the same career AND the same spy aspirations ;)  I will admit that I look at librarian jobs on certain government websites.  Just to see what is available and consider the possibility of applying.  It would be quite the change from my library career today....but it is ok to fantasize.  I never even thought about writing or even looking for a book about a librarian and a spy.  Needless to say, I LOVED it!  I plan on rereading it.  And recommending it to every librarian that I know.
About the story, I love how Quinn was introduced in the context of her career.  Mann really set out to dispel the myth of the stereotypical librarian.  And then I just melted when James first shows up at the library needing the help of a professional researcher.  Total swoon moment.  While the chemistry is noticeable from their first interaction, the reader can tell that James is trying to keep things professional (backbone of a good story).  It makes for some good dialogue when the main characters have an obvious attraction to each other.
I love all the literary tidbits sprinkled throughout the story.  It is obvious that Quinn and her family are well read and they share books as a family.  Quinn is a bit of a bad ass, having grown up with a bunch of brothers.  She can definitely hold her own.
I don't want to give away any spoilers at this point, but as the story progresses, James and Quinn have to work together as a result of her research.  As they spend more time together, it's obvious that James is losing the battle with staying professional (as a reader you will be dying for things to progress) and I was starting to question his hesitancy.  Then the twist and all is explained.  I could not put the book down!!!  Then ending was totally unexpected and worth staying up late to finish reading.  The story is part mystery, action and definitely romance.  It is not very explicit for a contemporary romance...but the story was so good....I wasn't really expecting more.
My librarian heart squealed in delight at the conversations about MARC and DDC.  They were so integral to solving the mystery part of the story that they really could not do it without Quinn.  I'm glad the editors let this stay in because it is sort of librarian jargon, but on the other hand - medical romances are full of medical/doctor-y terminology.  I think it's ok to let readers see the technical aspects of a professional career. It really puts us in a more professional light and shows that we are not there to shush patrons and reshelve books for a living.  I'm clearly biased about this book.  But I loved it so much!  I cannot wait for the next one.  I will be obsessively checking NetGalley for a release date.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Little Secret, Red Hot Scandal by Cat Schield

This was a fun, fast contemporary romance read.  I really enjoyed it.  It was one of those situations where I needed to go to bed (since I need to work in the morning), but I wanted to keep reading.  #bookproblems.

I have to admit, that the main character was Adam Levine in my head :)  What can I say... A tall, lean, muscular, singer/songwriter, celebrity.  But Nate is a good name too;)  The passion between Nate and Mia was scorching.  I loved that he felt that way about her.  The author really made me believe that she deserved it because of the somewhat abusive relationship she had with her parents and sister.  The dialogue flowed really well throughout the story.  I like the unique twist of adding ASL to the story.  I would say that the connection would be strong in real life (when 2 people meet and can sign to each other), so that was interesting to read.  The choice of making the font italics, where they were signing were also a good call ;)  It really made them have their own private world.  For readers who might panic at the thought of becoming pregnant, be prepared.  For those who are ready for an overjoyed man, excited at the thought of becoming a father - this book is for you!  I'm not very familiar with the LA/Vegas music scene, but it felt like the author gave us a bit of a glimpse into that world.  So, well done!  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good romance.  Just in time for Spring Break.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Love this article by Maya Rodale

She says it better than I can.  Totally agree with everything she wrote in this article:

Bedding the Highlander by Sabrina York

I am a fan of this author and she did not disappoint in this BookShots short novel.  Like the preface promises, it was fast paced and engrossing.  I finished in almost one sitting.  Historical romances are a personal favorite of mine.  This story takes place during the Stuart period in Scottish history.  The main characters are Kirk Rannoch and  Katherine Killin.  There has been an arranged marriage between two warring clans.  The idea was initiated by an English Duke and Kirk was chosen to go and acquire the promised bride by any means necessary.  But the time he arrives at Killin Keep, he finds that the bride has run away.  This bride was promised to Kirk's brother, Ben.  Kirk and his friend, Brodie, leave the castle empty handed and start to make their way back home.  They stumble across 2 women in the woods, who were trying to steal their horses.  Turns out one of them is Katherine, but they have concocted a lie they are sticking too and the men don't know they have been deceived by a case of mistaken identity.  They do their best to protect the women and Kirk is particularly taken by Ann (who is really Katherine).  Things happen, they arrive at Rannoch castle, but the plan goes awry.

The chemistry between Kirk and Ann/Katherine is evident right away.  There is a part of the story that is a bit darker because Katherine has been a victim of physical abuse at the hands of her brothers, but Kirk is the man to show her what a gentleman is.  The first sex scene is totally hot (although I would not love the location and the rain).  Kirk takes charge in protecting his woman, who he has decided he wants to claim (swoon).  I love the twists of the story and the characters are a lot of fun to discover.  I'm a sucker for an HEA and this book delivers.  It's a good choice for when you don't have a lot of time to commit to a longer book or make it a beach read.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Forever Mine by Erin Nicholas

Oh man!  I had been waiting for the release date for this book since I finished the first one.  I could not believe my luck when it just so happened to be posted on NetGalley.  Some of the perks of being a librarian :)

Readers are first introduced to Maya in the first book of the series, Completely Yours (so good!).  I was really looking forward to her story.  Nicholas totally delivers on a great story and my expectations are met.  And then some.  Maya is a totally kick-ass heroine.  She was a cop who got injured on the job and rather than work a desk job at the police station, she opens up a martial arts studio.  I love that she promotes these kids classes where they get to become superheros.  If this was real life, I would totally sign my daughter up.  Then there is Alex.  He is described as totally swoon worthy, hot and I want to date him!
The chemistry between them is hot.  They are kind of opposites.  Maya is a total risk taker and jumps into any situation full force.  Alex is way more laid back and careful.  He has to think things through.  He is conflicted about getting into a new relationship because his existing professional and personal life keep him quite busy.

I like all the details about their group of friends.  It's like we are totally getting to know them as our friends :)  The story just draws you in.  Great sex, funny dialogue and geekdom were never so cool as they are in this book.  I think I like it so much because I feel like I have a lot in common with Maya.  I love science fiction, cosplay and nerding out with some good tv shows.  You just don't always find that in contemporary romance.  I think that is part of what makes this series unique.  Pick this book up when it comes out!  Read the first book if you have not read it yet.  Totally a weekend read.  I LOVED it!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz

I read the 3 books in the Men at Work series by Harlequin Blaze.  One of them I had won from a Romantic Times contest and the other 2 just showed up from the publisher.  I am not sure if it is because I won the first book, or if I just got lucky :)  I had never read any of the Harlequin series books before because I just didn't think I would be into them.  However, I was wrong.  This series was awesome AND I had to go and look up more of the Harlequin Blaze books.

Her Naughty Holiday may be in the panty melting category.  Loved it!  The story centers on Clover Greene (clever for a nursery owner) and Erick Fields, who is a single dad.  The chemistry had always existed between Clover and Erick, but Erick's daughter, Ruthie, works for Clover and no one wanted to mess up the dynamics.  It was the first time Ruthie was serious about work and was trying hard to impress Clover.  Erick was grateful that Clover had given Ruthie a chance.  Although, being a teenager, Ruthie picked up on the chemistry between Clover and Erick and  hatched a plan.  The plan was successful.  I could not put the book down as the relationship began to heat up.  The sex scenes are hot and worth reading a few times ;)  I'm glad that the cover model matches the author's description of Erick.  Read it.  Totally worth it.

Cold Hearted by Toni Anderson

So, I normally don't read romantic suspense novels.  I don't have anything against them, I just don't usually pick that.  I had committed to reading package of books and this one was included.  I gave it a shot.  I ended up really liking it.  I like that the main character, Erin Donovan, is a tough cop but can be feminine and is hot.  She brushes off any come ons at work, which happened a lot at the police station...but she ignored it all.  Until Darsh Singh, FBI, ended up working with Erin in the Forbes Pines Police Department in New England.  The reader soon finds out that Erin and Darsh had previously met and now they are trying to keep their distance.  Fortunately, the chemistry is hot between and the sex is scorching.  I am all about HEA's and this one delivers...just with a crime story mixed into the plot.  It does get a bit violent, but if you know that going into it, it's fine.  I definitely recommend this book.  I have not read the rest of the series, but it is on my list now.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Falling Hard by Stacy Finz

I finished this book in about a day and half.  I really loved it!  Annie and Logan have great chemistry, even though they come from different backgrounds.  I think the back stories of these main characters really make the story.  Logan's background of being a Navy SEAL and growing up in the city.  However, his roots are in Nugget and I like how the author weaves that into the story.  Annie is interesting in that she is definitely a farm girl, but a well educated, smart farm girl.  I think that goes against the stereotype. You really need to know a lot about running the agricultural and economic aspects of a farm. I feel like I actually learned a lot :)  I like that Annie and Logan didn't really deny their attraction to each other, but Annie didn't want to get involved knowing that Logan was leaving.  Smart of her.  However, love is unpredictable.  Mix that with smoking hot chemistry and you have a great mix for a HEA book.  Speaking of happy endings, I like the resolution of some of the other relationships in the story.  Made for a satisfying ending.  All in all, I definitely recommend this book.  It's a great escape.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Good blog to follow...USA Today HEA

I don't always have a ton of time to read blogs, but I do enjoy Madeline Hunter's articles on USA Today's Happily Ever After section.  I like the behind the scenes thinking about the genre and author questions.

I'm looking forward to Julia London's book mentioned in this article:

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Wild & Sweet by Rhenna Morgan

Holy smokes was this ever a good book!  I wouldn't read it until I read the first one and I'm glad I did not read it as a stand alone.  It's just nice to be in on some of the background.  I liked Zeke in the first book and I'm glad he was the 2nd one to get a book.  I read somewhere that this story was "panty melting" and I totally agree.  I love the dominant alpha male who will protect his woman.  It's just really sexy.  I also love this series so far in that the guys are all hot, smart, but really down to earth.  I like that they don't flaunt their wealth.  I think the whole club scene is part of the fantasy of this series.  This book is a little bit unusual in that it IS a bit dark and gritty, a bit of a romantic suspense, but I see potential of bringing a little BDSM into Axel's story.  I can't really identify with Gabrielle, but I like that the author tried to being in some understanding of social anxiety.  She's not perfect, she is real and Zeke liked her for who she was.  I think all the things that Zeke did for his dates with Gabe were really romantic. The story kept going with the mystery of who was involved with the development company.  The character development is coming along with all of the characters.  This book definitely focused on Zeke (since it was his story), but the first book gave him a good introduction.  Who can resist a hot doctor?  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a HEA story.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Her Highland Master by Anya Summers

This is a good book for fans of 50 Shades or Cherise Sinclair books! I would say it's panty melting. 😍The setting is unique because most books in Scotland tend to be Regency Romance books. I love that this is a contemporary setting. The characters are pretty well developed. I think the chemistry between Zoe and Declan was apparent to the reader. The sex was sizzling and the romance was hot for this genre. Zoe is a strong character. She was obviously successful in her professional life and the Hollywood backstabbing was believable. Her getaway to Scotland was a good choice to rethink her direction in life. The epilogue was creative. I have not seen that before and I guess for more details...tune in to Book 2 of this series

Heating Up by Stacy Finz

Sizzling romance story! What an enjoyable read. The author wrote the couple in such a perfect way. Dana is not perfect. She is self conscious and has had her fair share of disappointments and tragedy in her life. She has been in two serious relationships that did not work out because she was second best. Dana is smart and confident in her job and her work abilities. She just does not have a lot of friends because she is shy in her new town. Clearly, Aidan is the fire department hottie. He thought he was a commitment phobe because he did not want to get married to the person he was with for 3 years. Dana quickly changes his mind. Nugget was a great small town setting. The people in the town were quirky and fun (mostly). The author made it seem like a town that would be great to visit. Hot men everywhere make it even more tempting :) I like the suspense of the arson mystery, the element of trying to keep things secret in a small town and the happily ever after. A perfect blend for a fun, enjoyable read.

Once a Soldier by Mary Jo Putney

I love the name "Rogues Redeemed" for the series. I could not put the book down once I got into the story. Some of the unique aspects of this story were that they did not take place in England. The story was set in a fictional kingdom between Spain and Portugal. It was also unique in that the main female character was the illegitimate child of a duke. She made her home outside of England, although she did miss her home. She is smart, successful and enjoying her freedom. The developing romance was believable. Will did not give up in his pursuit of Athena, which made the story really good. I also like that he worked on becoming friends with her. The author was able to weave a fun love story into some of the secondary characters, especially Justin and the Princess. This is definitely a well written, fun HEA with a unique twist. Very enjoyable!

A Scandalous Proposal by Kasey Michaels

What a fun read! I definitely enjoyed this book even though I did not read the first one. It can be read as a stand alone. I love the Regency setting. All the gossiping and antics of the ton, adds humor to this story. The first thing that stood out to me was Cooper being written about in the chapbook...which reminds me of the paparazzi in our current gossip magazines. Cooper was trying to deal with that (and fending off husband hunting women) and at the same time Dani was also being blackmailed. The literally ran into each other and from that point on sparks started to fly. They realized they were being blackmailed by the same person, so of course they had to figure out who it was ;) I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters. It was funny and well written. I also enjoyed the mystery of the blackmailer, in addition to the romance. I can't wait for the next story!