Blog Tour – Review of Called Up (Calling It #2) by Jen Doyle

Called Up

Called Up!

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Book Length (Est.): 242 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

There’s one thing Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on besides his old high school teammates: Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with his best friend’s sister is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz giving in to the feelings they’ve both been fighting for far too long.

Fitz knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she’d rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.

But with Deke, Fitz feels dangerously close to falling in love. She can’t risk another broken heart—especially if it means losing one of her best friends for good. Now it’s up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Max “Deke” Deacon is the bartender and knows all the secrets to his hometown. He can also count on his friends and family for any support that is needed. When he learns of a dark secret that his best friend is holding in he realizes that he might not know her at all.

Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins was known her entire life by her fathers choices. Losing her mom and dad as a teenager, learning that she has two siblings and being adopted by her siblings mother has changed her life.  One thing she can always count on is her best friend Deke.

Deke and Fitz have been friends forever. What Deke does not understand is why he is so overall attracted to her lately. There is no way he can date one of his best friends sisters. But he cannot contain what he is feeling for her. When he learns all of the childhood secret’s that she is holing in that have everything to do with him he realizes that his life could have changed a long time ago. When their lips lock for the first time they both realize there is no chance of them not doing that again.

This was a fun read. Fitz has a lot to lose if Deke breaks her heart. Deke on the other hand wants to show her that she can be happy and let her guard down. The chemistry between them is scorching. They were friends first but seems they might be willing to see where this can go. That is if she can get over the past.

Mindy 4 Star

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Excerpt:

“Hey, Dorie,” she heard from above her. “Do you know where Fitz wants these bottles of water?”

Speak of the devil. Fitz brought her head up a little too suddenly, banging it on the underside of the table. “Ouch!” Her hand going to the back of her head, she came up frowning, and…

Oh, God, was he this gorgeous before? Had he always smelled amazing?

Doing everything she could to keep herself immune from his physical charms, she spun on her heel. “Back here.”

Very specifically not looking in Deke’s direction so that she didn’t give anything away, she forced herself to act exactly as she always did around him. Except she suddenly couldn’t quite remember how that was. Did she flirt with him? Did she flat-out ignore him? Did she generally just go around in a state of low-level irritation? Because right now she had absolutely no clue.

She had even less of a clue as she bent down to open up the lid to the cooler and he crouched down next to her, his head so close all he’d need to do was turn it slightly to the left and his mouth would be on her breast.

And was that…?

Oh, hell, no, her nipples had not just hardened. She slapped her arms over her chest.

Because they had. And Deke, with his superhero sex god extra sensory perception, had definitely noticed. He at least had the decency to look down at the ground as he grinned.

“It’s the cold,” Fitz snapped. “From the cooler.”

Pushing the bottles down into the ice, Deke just answered, “You’d be amazed at all the bits and pieces I can warm up with my tongue.” 

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Blog Tour – Review of Bedded Bliss (Found in Oblivion #1) by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott

Bedded Bliss

Cheers to Drunken Decisions!

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Rock Star Romance

Book Length (Est.): 375 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…
until someone ends up married.
Michael Shawcross is living the dream, opening up for his idols, Oblivion, on his band Warning Sign’s first tour. Until an overzealous fan goes too far and his hard-partying ways catch up to him in the form of an ultimatum from his manager, Lila Crandall.

Clean up your image—or else.

Single mom Chloe Adams is in Vegas for a rare girls’ night out. She wasn’t ever supposed to be attracted to another rockstar. In fact, she’s in rockstar rehab, and the cure for her addiction definitely isn’t a sexy, smart-assed guitarist with wicked fingers.

She never expects to accidentally end up his wife. Or to have her new husband suddenly decide that she’s the solution to all his problems. And surprise…he’s happy to show his appreciation in a number of interesting, inventive ways.

Pretending their marriage is real might just be the hottest proposition she’s ever been given.

But what happens when a lie becomes the truth?

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Two people. One undeniable connection.

Chloe had the rock star fiancé and when he died all he left her was a son to raise all by herself. She wanted no part of that world anymore. Her sole focus was providing for her son. But her son’s godfather thought she deserved a weekend away with her girlfriends in Vegas and lets just say that they may have gone together, but they all left separately. Bet those friends have some stories of their own to tell.

Michael needed to clean up his image thanks to a crazed fan who happened to be engaged to Mr. Rich and Powerful, but never in his wildest dreams did he think settling down with a wife and step son was in that equation. Because of his parents and their many marriages he didn’t think to highly of marriage and he swore to himself if he ever did say ‘I do’ that it would be forever…even if he didn’t remember saying the words.

Chloe is sweet and hardworking, she never wants a handout, and would do anything for her son. Michael, however, came from money and due to his up and coming rock star career he has plenty of his own too, but he’s not the type of person who would flaunt it.

There are moments when I actually felt bad for Michael, because he had to deal with a ghost who still had a hold on Chloe. He is incredible and goodness gracious I wish men like him were real. At every turn he was trying to prove to her that he was worth her love. Her, on the other hand, I occasionally wanted to yell at for trying too hard at keeping her distance.

Bedded Bliss brings happiness out of what otherwise could have been a huge drunken mistake. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that we all like our bad boy rock stars, but we absolutely love when they’re hopeless romantics underneath all that rock god persona, and if you agree with that then you’ll love this book!

The only part I wasn’t a complete fan of was toward the end of the book it starts jumping – two weeks here, two weeks there – and it felt too fast compared to the rest of the book.

My Favorite Moment: Valentine’s Day!

Jenn 4 Heart

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Excerpt:

Chloe moaned. Why couldn’t she move?

Had she ended up with another Johnson sleeping with her again? Jinx wasn’t usually the cuddling type, but Ivy liked to spoon sometimes. She grunted and tried to wiggle free.

Was Ivy groping her boob? Okay, that might require a conversation about personal space. And seriously when had Ivy become close to two tons? She opened her eyes and immediately slammed them shut. Too bright.

Not good.

So not good.

Just how much had she guzzled last night? And her mouth tasted like death. Thank God it was Sunday. Obviously, she didn’t know how to handle Vegas.

A groan dented her personal flogging. Not a girl groan.

“Oh, fuck.”

No. No. No.

She squeezed her eyes shut so tightly that sparklers started going off behind her eyelids. She didn’t. She wouldn’t.

Flashes of bodies grinding in a dark room tightened her throat.

You can do it. Open your eyes. Big girl panties, goddammit.

Was she wearing panties? She wiggled her legs.

Sweet peaches, she so wasn’t.

Chloe forced herself to open her eyes and look down. Definitely not the shirt she’d been wearing last night. Was that Dave Grohl? Why had her boobs had grown at least two sizes?

Because a male hand was cupping each of them like she was his own personal rock wall.

She suppressed another moan when the man’s hands tightened. His thumb flicked over her nipple and it responded instantly.

“Oh God.”

He groaned and pushed up her shirt. “Round two?” he asked in a fuzzy mumble.

“Round none!” She kicked out and connected with something before she scrambled up against the headboard.

“Fuck me.” The man curled into a fetal position.

Dark hair and naked shoulders. Was that a tattoo? Was he naked under the sheet?

She didn’t wait to find out. She leaped off the bed. Not her hotel room. This one was bigger with only one bed. A lake-sized mattress with tangled white sheets.

She was going to be sick. She lunged for the bathroom, slamming the door and locking it before she skidded in front of the toilet. Her stomach revolted until there was nothing but dry heaves shuddering through her.

“Are you all right?”

No, she wasn’t all right. She’d awakened in a strange hotel room with a strange man. She gripped the edge of the bowl, frowning as something clicked against the porcelain.

She pulled shaking fingers away and flushed, then stumbled to the sink.

Her eyes were bloodshot, her pupils absolutely huge. Blindly, she fumbled with the faucet, causing another clink of metal against metal. She stuck her head under the spray to rinse away the sick.

She needed eight toothbrushes and a magic eraser for her brain.

Actually, not so much on the erasing because she couldn’t remember a damn thing.

How had she ended up here?

Why couldn’t she remember?

Where the hell was her phone?

Auto-pilot kicked in as she pumped soap on her hands. Metal clicked against metal. She still had on Snake’s ring. She couldn’t seem to take it off, but she’d moved it to her right hand.

That was only one hand.

Something flashed on her left hand.

On her ring finger.

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Review of Standard Deviation of Death (The Outlier Prophecies #4) by Tina Gower

Standard Deviation of Death

A Werewolf Turning Point

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 256 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

As a fateless, Kate Hale shouldn’t receive any predictions. Let alone of her own death. The death notice may be fake, and a set up from the group determined to alter fate to their design, but the threat is real. Wyrd wants her eliminated.

Her romantic relationship with Accidental Death liaison, Ian Becker, presents a new challenge: how to calm a werewolf obsessed with keeping her safe.

When Michelle Kitman—math genius hero and the inspiration for Kate’s entire career—offers to work a case with her, Kate convinces Ian that it will benefit the investigation into her own death. But can he keep her safe if Michelle’s case thrusts Kate directly in Wyrd’s path?

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

At the end of book three Becker and Kate decided to try an actual relationship, not just the pack thing. The transition is a little awkward for them at times, and Becker – with all his protectiveness – will not make things any easier, but as always they’ll find a way to make things work.

“The door bangs open. Aaaannnndd cue a sweaty protective werewolf.”

This is book four in the Outlier Prophecies series and let me just kind of update you on what’s happening by answering the questions we all want to know (and no I won’t give away specific details, you’ll have to read to discover those)…

Is this the final book? No, it is not. Do they get a little bit closer to finding the bad guys behind everything? Yes, they do, but holy cow when Kate finds out who the leak is her world will come tumbling down. Does Becker have a sister? Those DNA results have not been disclosed as of yet. As a matter of fact, the topic is barely touched upon. Do Becker and Kate finally have sex? I’ve seriously been waiting for this to happen for the last three books. I mean the sexual tension between them has been insane and let me tell you that if you’re waiting for some amazing thing to happen, like I was, you’ll be disappointed. **P.S. After writing my review I was informed there is a deleted scene available. So if you like fade to black then good, but if you want the steamy details check the back of the book or ask the author for it!**

There is a cliffhanger ending, more so than the previous books. There will be an altered prediction that will affect everything and goodness gracious I cannot wait for the next book to see what happens.

My Favorite Moment: Now that they’re dating Kate wants to call Becker by his first name, Ian, but every time she does he reacts a little weirded out by it.

“I’m, uh, fine with Becker?”

“Professionally or personally?”

“Uh…both?”

I cross my arms, press back into my seat. If I wanted confirmation that he’s pulling away I just got it. “So you’re fine with me screaming out ‘Becker, oh gods, Becker’ in bed?”

“I’m – wait, what?”

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Reality of Life (Perception #2) by Shandi Boyes

Reality of Life

Grab a box of tissues!

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult

Book Length (Est.): 290 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

The reality of life is sometimes bad things happen to good people, especially when they least expect it. How will Noah overcome his latest tragic event?

Continue to follow Noah on his next journey and see which path his life chooses to take.

You will laugh and you will cry, but the story of Noah Taylor will stay with you forever.

From the Author that brought you ‘Perception of Life’ comes the next instalment in the ‘Perception’ series.

**This book is not recommended as a standalone. It contains adult content and sexual references.

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Noah is the lead singer of Rise Up. He just tragically lost his fiancé to an accident. He is not dealing with this very well at all. His best friend shadows him to make sure he does not do anything to hurt himself. All Noah wants to do is be with Emily again.

This is the second book in the Perception series. I thought I was an emotional wreck for the first one. That is until I got my hands on this one. This book has the biggest twist I have ever read. It will keep you turning the pages to wrap your head around what is going on. I was captivated to say the least. I knew from the moment I read the first book in the series that I had to follow through with these characters. The author does a wonderful job at keeping you engaged and making you fall in love with each character. And the plot twists are the best that I have seen so far.

Warning, make sure you have lots of tissues!

 

Mindy 5 Heart

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Review of Body Shot (Last Shot #1) by Kelly Jamieson

Body Shot

A Little Tequila Show & Tell

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 275 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

The bestselling author of the Heller Brothers series stirs up a tempting cocktail of fun and seduction as a sexy SEAL-turned-bartender treats a buttoned-up scientist to a wild weekend . . . and a change of heart.

Former Navy SEAL Beck Whitcomb left a world of privilege to prove he could make his own way. Money, mansions, expensive cars—none of it could heal the loss of his older brother, or buy his parents’ love. Now, after using his trust fund to open the Conquistadors tequila bar with his brothers-in-arms, Beck has it all: good friends, fine liquor, and hot hookups. When it comes to women, commitment’s not his thing—until he gets a taste of the pretty professor who walks into his bar . . . and winds up in his bed.

Hayden Miles knows all too well that emotional decisions can lead to heartbreak, and nothing screams “bad decision” like a playboy bartender with inked biceps and a wicked smile. Still, their chemistry is off-the-charts explosive—and Hayden knows her chemistry. For once, this good girl longs to let loose. But is she willing to risk the pain to quench her thirst? With the promise of more on the table, Hayden’s eager to believe . . . before she misses her shot.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Has anything ever good started with the words ‘Tequila Tasting’? I’d venture to say no, but for Beck and Hayden the answer is a definite yes.

Beck knows what it’s like to live in hell and since he got out of the military he’s been living it up and enjoying everything life has to offer. He owns a tequila bar with his friends, he skydives for fun, and can have any girl at any time. That’s the man everyone sees. But underneath he has a heart of gold and he gives way more than he gets.

Hayden is a straitlaced, job focused kind of girl. Her priorities all lie within her work and dating isn’t on her agenda. Then Beck happens. He’s a whirlwind that sucks her in and she’ll love every minute, except for when she over thinks, which she does quite often.

They’re complete opposites, but every time they test each others limits or see what they themselves are capable of it pulled me in a little more. From the witty conversations to the dirty talking moments there’s never a doubt that Beck and Hayden have what it takes.

Body Shots is sexy and humorous rolled up in romance. The characters were loveable, the storyline captivating, and overall I enjoyed every single page.

My Favorite Moment: Beck’s reactions to Hayden are hilarious, especially the first time he displays a little jealousy.

Jenn 5 Heart

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This song is referenced in the book and it fits the story…plus I love this song!

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Review of Perception of Life (Perception #1) by Shandi Boyes

Perception

A Must Read!!

Genre: New Adult

Book Length (Est.): 340 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

Noah Taylor is on the cusp of stardom with his band ‘Rise Up’. Noah’s soul has been shattered beyond repair after a series of devastating family events. The last thing that Noah wants is a committed relationship. But Noah soon learns that life doesn’t always work out the way you plan. Sometimes life can take you on a small detour.

You will never want another book boyfriend after you meet Noah Taylor.

This novel is sexy, gritty and a little bit raw. It also has adult content, swear words and sexual references. 

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Noah is at the start of his career. He has worked so hard to get a record deal with his band. Noah has not had the best childhood but is making the most out of his life. He has great friends and when he meets Emily for the first time he can really see a future with her.

Emily is trying to finish her high school career and move on with her dreams.  When she meets Noah in her hallway for the first time she knows he is a bad boy and she wants all of him.

Wow, what a story! This book had me turning the pages and begging to see where the story was going to go. I laughed, I cried (at work while reading) and I cried some more. This is a very emotional read about two people that are so in love and trying to figure out where they are going in life. Dreams are coming true for Noah and Aubrey is just trying to fit into his busy lifestyle. When she moves on to college and Noah gets the break that he is looking for their relationship will be tested.

I have to say that I have never had a story hit me as hard as this one did with emotions. But this is a very well written book that just pulls you in and does not let you go. I cannot wait to see where this story takes me. I am ready for the emotions to continue.

I would recommend this book to anyone that loves a great story and loves to get wrapped into the pages as if you are living in it. 

Mindy 5 Heart 

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Review of The Fabrizio Bride (Sizzling Sexy Santa Barbara Book #1) by Alyson McLayne

Bride

The Fabrizio Bride

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 176 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

A year after being dumped by her childhood friend-turned-lover, Sarika Dkany has decided to move on with her life. No more waiting for Rafe to come back for her. No more putting her life on hold. She wants everything he can’t give her: a home, husband, and family, and she’s going to get them – with someone else.

She’s done trying to make him love her.

But then Rafe shows up and turns her world upside down – again – and it takes every ounce of determination she has to keep her hands to herself and keep saying ‘no’…even though she’s waited half her life to hear the question.

* * *

For all of Rafael Fabrizio’s trappings of success – his old-money family, his multi-national company, his movie star good looks – he’s a man afraid to let his guard down and take what he really wants: Sarika, his grandmother’s Goddaughter and only woman to set his body – and soul – on fire. A fire that burns so hot, so all-consuming, he feels out of control. So when his grandmother falls ill and he has to bring Sarika back to Santa Barbara, he’s determined to keep his distance – except Sarika does the unthinkable and says she’s over him. Faced with a lifetime without her, Rafe realizes he needs her and vows to convince her he’s changed – before she finds someone else who’s not afraid to love her.

* * *

But has he really changed? Sarika doesn’t think so. To prove it, she has a plan, and if he truly wants to be with her, he’ll get on board…no matter where it takes them. 

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Rafael Fabrizio is a very wealthy man that has everything he wants in life. Except the one woman that he loves. He dumped her a year ago as things started to turn serious. He can never be the man that she deserves. The things that happened in his childhood prevent him from loving a woman.

Sarika Dkany was taken in by the Fibrizio family as a teenage when her mother died. She has always loved Rafael and when she finally got to be with him he crushed her heart by breaking up with her. Now that she has decided to move on with her life she has goals. Husband, kids, career and a family.

Rafael learns of Sarika’s plans to meet a man, fall in love and have his babies. Over Rafael’s dead body! Trying to deal with the emotions he is feeling towards Sarika and her new plan he has a plan of his own. Marriage.

This was a good read. Rafael is very protective of Sarika and loves her with all of his heart. Until he deals with his past he will never truly have a future. And Sarika deserves all of him!

Mindy 3 star

 

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