Review of Control (Shamed #1) by Laura Marie Altom

Control

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Hotness Factor: Will Make Your Frisbee Soar!

Book Length (Est.): 

Book Description/Synopsis: 

Laura Marie Altom’s heart-stirring new romance will have you believing in the power of love—and passion—to heal even the most wounded souls.

Never again. Fleeing her hometown to escape an abusive marriage, Ella Patton swears she has surrendered to a man for the last time. But while living under a new name, she meets a kind, handsome stranger who seems different—and will be moving on soon, making Ella reckless enough to break her rules. With a kiss, the stranger opens the door to desires Ella believed she would never know. Then he makes an unexpected proposal.

A dot-com billionaire from humble beginnings, Liam Stone is a man whose past has made him compassionate yet guarded—much like the beautiful, secretive woman he stumbles upon in a remote Southern town. Though he intends only a dalliance, when the time comes to return home to San Francisco, Liam cannot bear the thought of leaving her behind. But when he tries to entice her to join him, he finds the tables turning dizzingly fast. Suddenly a little seduction becomes a huge battle for one thing: control.

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Ella Patton is on the run from her abusive husband. Trying to get as far away as she can from her husband and parents, the ones who do not believe she is in any danger, she finds herself in a small town with a new job, new identity, and a new interest. Ella swears she will never surrender to a man again. While working at Wal-Mart she finds herself attracted to the man that just placed his order. When Ella’s friend Willow invites her to a party things turn completely upside down for her.

Liam Stone is a billionaire that just happens to be in town while his G6 is being repaired. He is in control of his entire life except where this intriguing woman is involved. Liam runs into Ella at a party and recognizes her from the store. Once he determines she is broken and in need of protection he is determined to be the one to provide it to her. Deciding he will give Ella the proposition that he gives all the girls, he brings her and her friend back to San Francisco.

Wow, do sparks fly! And I’m not talking about all good ones either. Hearts get broken, friendships get tested, and will Ella ever really be able to trust a man again? Liam learns a lot about Ella and decides he loves her just the way she is. I’m not even sure all the money in the world could fix all of Ella’s problems. She has a lot of problems that seem to just go on and on. Liam is determined to spend the rest of his life with Ella but when he gets the nerve to go through with it he gets the shock of his life.

I liked this book. It is very well written and a great storyline. The detail can be a bit much at times but overall I am very excited to read the second book in the Shamed series Possess. Yes, this book ends on a very high cliffhanger which sometimes I love and sometimes I just don’t.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a romance with some suspense.

My Favorite Moment: I really love how Ella explains her feelings for Liam. 

“One moment, I considered him my protector. My knight and shining armor. The next, he was a spoiled brat in need of a spanking.” 

Mindy 3.5 Star

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Review of Truth or Dare (Dare to Love #1) by Mira Lyn Kelly

Truth or Dare

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Hotness Factor: Cookies and milk with a side of steaming desire!

Book Length (Est.): 265 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

In a deliciously sexy twist on the classic game, USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly proves that when playing truth or dare—always choose dare.

After her one attempt at commitment ends in the worst kind of betrayal, Maggie Lawson vows that the only people she’ll love ’til death do they part will be her friends. Unfortunately that means Maggie letting her bestie rope her into a year-long dating dare: score a new date each month or pay a penalty. Seems doable—until Maggie’s date stands her up, leaving only one option: the sexy stud who just moved in upstairs. The problem? He and Maggie can’t stop fighting—and that’s just the beginning.

His name is Tyler Wells and the last thing he needs is his neighbor distracting him with her girl-next-door smile and sharp tongue. Tyler’s in Chicago for one reason: to woo back his selfish ex in order to reclaim the child he once thought was his—and that means keeping Maggie out of his bed. A tall order, since Maggie has become a bigger temptation than he ever expected to face. But before they can even consider leaving the past behind, Maggie and Tyler must accept a brand-new dare: real, forever love.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Maggie “Apartment Two” is content with her life the way it is, and when her bestie, who’s just like her when it comes to romance, wants to change up the rules and start dating she tries to understand the reasoning, but when her friend turns the tables on her and includes her in this new dating game she wants no part of it. The things we do for our friends…even go on crazy dates for the sake of not losing a bet.

Tyler “Apartment Three” just moved in and already there’s a hot girl stopping by his door. He has too much going on in his life to get involved with a woman, no matter how hot he thinks she is, so what does he do? Oh yes, he’s a complete jackass towards her. Problem is, she was just trying to be neighborly and bring by homemade cookies and milk, but instead she kept them and offered up her own version of smack talk.

For months their relationship consists of hidden ogling and face-to-face smack talk. But when Maggie gets stuck in a last minute bind and is about to lose the bet she made with her bestie Tyler shows up and saves the date. The only problem with the last minute “fake” date is that it turns out to be a really good date and that leads to complications. It’s hard being friends with someone whose clothes you want to rip off.

Tyler and Maggie learn to navigate their new relationship while Tyler still holds onto the hope his past will become part of his present. When things suddenly take a drastic turn downhill its Maggie who stands by him…even at the chance of losing him. She’d rather him get everything he wants and lose him than have him and risk him always feeling like something’s missing. She just wants him to be happy even if it breaks her heart, and not even Hot Doc can completely patch it back together for her.

Truth or Dare is a sweet and funny story. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll pull at your heartstrings, and it’ll crank up just enough steam to get you sizzling.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: When Maggie started talking about a dirty dream she had and mentioned it involved one of her friends…and it wasn’t Tyler. Talk about an interesting trip to the emergency room. 

My Favorite Moment: Maggie’s text to Tyler after their first time together and the stampede that followed. 

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Facing the Music by Andrea Laurence

Facing the Music

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Hotness Factor: Rekindled Love and Smashed Guitars

Book Length (Est.): 250 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

In this sizzling and hilarious contemporary e-book romance, pop sensation Ivy Hudson returns to her small town to face her ex. Only trouble is, she made her Taylor-Swift-like career with the hit song “Size Matters”—and the football hero has had to live it down ever since.

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters,” hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.

For fans of Kristen Proby and Colette Auclair, Facing the Music hits a perfect balance between small-town romance and big-time success. Follow Ivy and Blake as they fall back in love and figure out what does matter in the end…

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review*

Famous pop star Ivy has to go home for a benefit concert and in a town as small as hers she realizes avoiding her ex Blake is unlikely, but she’ll do her damnedest. Her career took off after their breakup when she wrote a song called Size Matters and even though she never said who it was about a reporter linked it to Blake and blasted him all over the tabloids. Not exactly the reunion anyone would want.

Ivy’s song was only the beginning of Blake’s downfall. After a NFL knee injury he found himself back home coaching. Not exactly the future the envisioned for himself. Now he discovers the once love of his life is back in town and oh how he meets her again is priceless.

Forced to work together for the town’s fundraiser activities put a tension between them that she can’t afford to erupt in front of the public. Her image is already a little rocky and she needs the good publicity, so she takes the high road and apologizes…Very Loudly!

With the angry tension no longer between them neither can overlook the attraction still between them, but Lydia wants Blake and she’ll do anything to come between them. And that is one crazy and conniving woman.

Facing the Music is a sweet romance filled with humor, jealousy, sneaky reporters, and a love worth fighting for.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Blake and Ivy’s first encounter at the cabin. Poison Ivy…HA! 

My Favorite Moment: The end. I mean how can you not love Malcolm’s “assistance”. 

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Chasing Love (The Circle R Ranch Series Book 2) by Tamara Hoffa

Chasing Love

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance 

Hotness Factor: Take me to bed cowboy!

Book Length (Est.): 73 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

What’s a girl to do when she finds out her lover is a younger man? She runs for the hill! But Chase Ryan isn’t taking “no” for an answer… he’s Chasing Love.

Samantha Cross went out in search of a one night stand to celebrate her thirtieth birthday. She found more than she was looking for, when her sexy cowboy turned out to be her new neighbor, and seven years younger than her too.

Chase Ryan was looking for the one. He found her and she disappeared on him into the night. When he shows up at her door with an apple pie, the fun begins. Samantha may run, but he is Chasing Love.

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Chase Ryan has taken over the family ranch after his brother’s wedding. Everything is going great for him, being a coach for a little league team, teaching the school rodeo team, I mean what could be any hotter than a guy that has his stuff together and looks great? When a new owner starts to make changes to the ranch next door he starts to get a little concerned.

Samantha Cross is the new owner of the ranch next door to Chase’s and she’s opening up her own store in town. Celebrating her 30th birthday she decides she wants a great one night stand and then will get back to her daily living. What she didn’t bargain for was having a one night stand with her new hot and sexy younger neighbor. Chase wants a relationship and Samantha is nowhere near even thinking about one, but Chase is willing to chase after what he truly wants.

I was really disappointed when it ended. This could definitely be turned into a complete story as I was kind of left with some questions. With that being said, I still loved the story. The writing is good and the characters are so fun together. And let’s just say that are not lacking any steam in the love department. This is a great love story about a one night hook up that involves a lot more emotions than just walking away.

My Favorite Moment: I loved it when Chase’s mother met Samantha for the first time. Being friendly and bringing the neighbor pie never turned out more awkward. I think I laughed so hard I had tears.

“Samantha?” The name escaped his lips before he could get his brain to even register her presence. 

Carolyn took one look at the deer in the head lights look on Samantha Cross’ face and turned to see the dumbfounded expression on her son’s. With a huge sigh she extended her hand to Chase. “Give me your keys.” 

Chase dug the keys from his pocket and deposited them in his mother’s hand. She shoved the pie into his stomach and he caught it reflexively. “I will see you at home,” she said. “If you can’t find a ride, you can walk.” 

Mindy 4 Star

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Review of A Special Kind of Love by Tamara Hoffa

A Special Kind of Love

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance 

Hotness Factor: A special kind of sweetness!

Book Length (Est.): 116 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

Through Fights and Fire, Prejudice and Passion, Burns A Special Kind of Love

A Special Kind of Love

A divorced school teacher, estranged from her family, wants to start over. Sharon Daily moves to Gaines, Wyoming with her ten year old autistic son, Aaron. She hoped to find kindness and acceptance in this small town. She wasn’t looking for love…

Tanner West, the Fire Chief of Gaines, seems to have it all. Great job, loving family, and any woman he wants to warm his bed at night. But, Tanner has suffered too. A Native American in a white world, he longs to find love and acceptance. He is ready for more than someone to share his bed. He wants someone to share his life. And Sharon really lights his fire.

Making a life with Sharon will require A Special Kind of Love.

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Sharon Daily has moved to Gaines, Wyoming looking for a fresh start for her and her son. Away from her family who does not have patients for Aaron and an ex-husband that does not have time for his son. Aaron is a 10 year old thriving boy that suffers from Aspersers’ Syndrome. Sharon loves to make her son smile and his love for horses is undeniable. Sharon meets some very nice people in the small town and even gets her and Aaron some riding lessons.

Tanner West is the small town’s fire chief who just happens to be a very hot and sexy man. Immediately being drawn to Sharon and Aaron, he gives riding lessons along with tours to the fire station and even introduces them to his family. Tanner loves children and is so patient and kind with Aaron that Sharon’s heart just beams when Tanner is around.

I laughed and cried and really felt joy while reading this story. The chemistry between Sharon and Tanner is hot and intense. But overall I really fell in love with Aaron. The things that come out of his mouth will make you giggle one minute and want to cry the next. This is a great read for anyone that can enjoy a man really wanting to take on a child that he wants to love as his own and provide Sharon will all the love that he has to give.

My Favorite Moment: I absolutely love the relationship between Aaron and Tanner. The undeniable love is just breathtaking.

“Can I all you daddy?” Aaron asked. “My daddy doesn’t like me. You like me and I’d like you to be my daddy.” 

My Favorite Quote: There are so many that I like in this book but let’s go with a hot one. 

“I’m going to eat you until you scream my name,” he said. 

Mindy 4 Star

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Blog Tour: Review of Anyone But Alex (The English Brothers #3) by Katy Regnery

Anyone But Alex

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Hotness Factor: Fiery Kisses Meets Intense Sweetness

Book Length (Est.): 199 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

“Anyone but Alex” is the third of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

(Sort of. Barrett and Fitz are officially off the market, Alex has sampled every piece of available ass from Rittenhouse Square to the Liberty Bell, Stratton can’t seem to see what’s right in front of him, and don’t even get me started on Alex Pettyfer look-alike, Weston…)

Alex English, the well-known man whore of the country club set, has always preferred to play the field, eschewing a chance with Miss Right for a satisfying quickie with Miss Right-Now. But after seeing his two older brothers take the plunge, something has been aching inside of Alex, and no amount of casual sex seems to fill the void in his heart.

Jessica Winslow, whose older brothers are best friends with the English brothers, has returned home from a fifteen-year stay in England, only to find herself face-to-face with her childhood crush, Alex English, on her first night home. She’s heard all the rumors, but Jessie remembers the older boy who was so kind to her as a child, and can’t help reaching out to Alex in friendship.

Between disapproving brothers, scheming exes, and the biggest business deal of English & Sons’ illustrious history, Alex and Jessie’s budding romance is going to be put to the test. The question is…will it be strong enough to be their happily-ever-after?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*

Alex is the bad boy of the English men. He’s a womanizing, different woman every night, love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of man. Everyone even calls him “The Professor” because he could school any man on how to get and what to do with a woman. But lately something is missing. He used to get a thrill out of hearing a woman scream his name, now he’s just glad when it’s over. Of course that was the old Alex…the moment he laid eyes on Jessica everything changed in him. He just wasn’t entirely sure what he was doing. Wanting to belong to someone and have her belong to him was new territory.

“For the first time Alex could remember, sex on its own wasn’t enough. He wanted – no, he needed – something more.” 

Jessica is the youngest and she has four very protective older brothers who all know Alex’s reputation. Hell they even work with him and hang out on occasion! But when it comes to their baby sister they want her to stay far far away from Alex.

“Alex,” warned Cam with genuine menace, making Alex’s neck snap back up. “If you don’t stop checking out my little sister, God help me, it’ll be the last thing you ever do.” 

Ever since she was a kid Jessica has looked up to Alex. Even though he was older he was always there for her, letting her be on his team, letting her come in when no other girls were allowed, being there for her when her father died, and ever since she could remember she’s always looked up at him with love and adoration. Now she’s all grown up and back in town and the moment their eyes met she realized she still sees all the same things she did when she was a little girl. His reputation be damned! She could care less… Or well she’ll try to care less.

“She wanted him like a heroine wants a hero, like a lover wants her beloved, like a woman wants a man – she wanted his heart and his soul and his body.” 

When two people cannot take their eyes off of each other everyone will see what they themselves eventually will. Anyone But Alex is a story about breaking habits and following your heart even when it scares the hell out of you. It’s filled with an intense sweetness that will bring a smile to your heart.

One of my favorite parts about this series is that you don’t lose the other English brothers that you’ve grown to love. You still get to follow the wedding plans and pregnancy fun. And I absolutely cannot wait for Stratton’s story! Katy Regnery you’ve went and done it again. You won me over with The Vixen and The Vet and completely captured me with the English Brothers.

My Favorite Moment: I loved it when Alex and Stratton meet Cameron and Chris for squash. I laughed so hard when Stratton left after being in the room for like two seconds and held my breath as the conversation between Alex and Jessica’s brothers escalated.

“Do you think I have a death wish? Hell no, I’m not playing squash with you and the Winslow’s. What do you think I am? Crazy?”

Alex grimaced at Stratton over his desk, “Please Strat? They want to play doubles.”

“They want to play ‘Kill Alex’. Just Cancel.” 

Jenn 4.5 Heart

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Blog Tour: Review of Falling for Fitz (The English Brothers #2) by Katy Regnery

Falling for Fitz

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Hotness Factor: Charged with Undeniable Romantic Passion

Book Length (Est.): 165 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Falling for Fitz is the second of five books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are absolutely not on the look-out for love.

(Except Barrett, who fell in love when he was eight-years-old. And Fitz, who met the girl of his dreams at nineteen. And maybe even Weston, who just doesn’t know it yet.)

Fitz English and Daisy Edwards fell in love during one magical summer when they were teenagers. When something tragic happens at the end of the summer, Daisy tells Fitz she never wants to see him again. Despite his feelings for her, he respects her wishes and for almost a decade Fitz and Daisy go their separate ways.

Nine years later, when Daisy moves home to Philadelphia, they meet again, and both are shocked to discover that the feelings they had that summer are just as deep and real today. There’s a little snag, however. It seems that Daisy is engaged to someone else, and she’s come home to get married.

Can Fitz get Daisy to fall for him all over again before it’s too late? Only if Daisy can learn to trust the man who shattered her heart once upon a time.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*

Just because the words are not said does not mean that they are not felt.

Fitz and Daisy had a summer fling nine years ago that ended up with her pregnant, them engaged, and both of them living on different continents. When tragedy struck there was no longer anything keeping them together. She wanted to let him out of his obligation and he wanted to respect her wishes…too bad they were too young to realize their mistake.

Daisy has been in love with Fitz since that summer, but knew all he felt for her was obligation. He’d never said otherwise. But when she sees him again she realizes that her feelings for him hadn’t diminished over time, they’d intensified.

“I love you. Tell me you love me.” 

Fitz has been in love with Daisy since forever…he thought she knew it. Boy was he wrong! He wants her back, but when she shows up back home with a fiancé in tow he thinks he’s lost her before ever having a second chance. Only that fact doesn’t deter him for long.

“I don’t want you to marry Dr. M..” He wet his lips, his heart beating impossibly faster. “I want you to marry me.” 

Working through their past is the only way to move forward in the future. And when they do it’s sweet and emotional and you can’t help but love them both. Fitz has a tender heart beneath that meticulous brain of his and Daisy is gun-shy beneath her carefree exterior…together they break down the walls keeping them apart and move forward with the knowledge of how they’ve always felt for each other.

Falling for Fitz is sweetly romantic. It is slightly emotional, but the humor in it keeps it balanced and entertaining.

My Favorite Moment: When Daisy comes clean about Dr. M to Fitz. I loved his reaction!

“You know, I love you so much right this minute. I don’t even know what to do with myself. I haven’t laughed that hard in years, Daisy.” 

Jenn 4 Heart

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