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May 25, 2015 · 8:07 am

Review of Bidding on Brooks (Winslow Brothers #1) by Katy Regnery

Bidding on Brooks

Sail away with his heart…

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 256 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Bidding on Brooks is the first of four books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome Winslow brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

(Except Preston. He’s been down that road before and only escaped by the skin of his teeth. And maybe Cameron, because he’s super hot, but too hot-headed to be decent boyfriend material…)

Railroaded into a bachelor auction by his sister, Jessica, Brooks Winslow asks his friend, Skye Sorenson, to bid on him to avoid the possibility of any romantic entanglements. Fiercely competitive and protective of those he cares for, Brooks was profoundly affected by the loss of his father at an early age. A witness to his mother’s terrible loneliness and his siblings’ grief, the ex-Olympian has never allowed himself to fall in love.

Skye Sorenson, the plucky mechanic at Sorenson Marina, where Brooks moors his three sailboats, is a credible sailor in her own right…and has quietly lusted after Brooks for years. But her longstanding friendship with Brooks has always made romance seem impossible.

When Skye agrees to bid on Brooks, the two cast off for a weeklong ocean adventure on Brooks’ sailboat, The Zephyr, where the last thing Skye expects to lose is her heart.

Return to the world created in the English Brothers books with this fresh foursome of scorching hot Winslow Brothers! 

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Brooks has one hell of an outlook on his future. I understand his reasoning behind it, but goodness gracious I don’t know how anyone could function in life with that expectation looming on the horizon. He is sweet, he loves his family, and he takes care of those he cares for, but outside of family he just doesn’t have the capability of loving anyone else or allowing them to love him.

“I’m not perfect, and frankly, I don’t want to be the man of your dreams.” 

Skye is a hardworking, down to earth, sweet and lovable girl who lives in coveralls and baseball caps and works on boats in her father’s marina. She’s not the kind of girl who dresses up and attends high society function, but for her Brooks and a chance to skipper she’ll do just about anything.

“I had no idea you could look like this. Why don’t you ever, you know, dress up?”

“You mean…so people would see me as a girl?” 

Stuck on a boat for a week is heaven to both Brooks and Skye, but being stuck on it together makes things a little more difficult. When a longtime friendship is challenged with more intense feelings both will fight against them for different reasons, but in the end they’ll both realize neither is perfect and fighting against their hearts is a losing battle.

“…he was past the point of deciding whether or not he should have feelings for Skye. He already had them.” 

If you loved the English Brothers series then this is a must read. Katy Regnery does it again with another wonderful story. Bidding on Brooks is filled with sweetness, sadness, and a love that could no longer be denied.

My Favorite Moment: A daring rescue. We all wish for someone who’d risk everything, without thinking, for us. 

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Once Pure (Shattered Past #3) by Cecy Robson

Once Pure

Sometimes all it takes is Matchbox cars and M&Ms

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (MMA)

Book Length (Est.): 258 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

She bears the scars of the past. He blames himself for things he can’t control. Their defenses are up, but in Cecy Robson’s latest Shattered Past novel—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—true love lands a knockout punch.

Sofia Tres Santos remembers a time before her life went sour, before her innocence was ripped away, before she began punishing herself with risky behaviors and unworthy men. Now, at twenty, she just hopes she’s ready to rebuild some of what she lost. One way or another, it always comes back to her childhood friend and longtime crush, Killian O’Brien.

As strong as Killian is, Sofia has always been his one weakness. He knows Sofia has suffered and wants to ensure she’s never hurt again—not like before, and definitely not under his watch. When Sofia agrees to work at his mixed martial arts gym, Killian seizes the opportunity to help and protect the sweet girl he’s always cared for. And yet, as he trains Sofia to defend herself using his hard-hitting MMA techniques, he’s drawn to the vulnerable beauty in ways he never expected.

As Sofia grows stronger, she also grows brave enough to open herself up to love. And along the way, she challenges everything Killian believes to be true, showing him that no matter how much he dominates in the ring, the real battle is fought in the heart.

 

YAY – Double Review!

 

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

If you’ve read the previous two books you understand when I say…now we’ll know why Teo is so angry at Kill and can’t say that I blame him at all.

For the longest time all that’s told is how Sofia is scared of Killian learning about her past and all of her baggage, it’s not until closer to the end that we find out everything Kill has be hiding. Their secrets will tear them apart. Their love will bring them back together.

Sofia will learn how not to be afraid. She’ll learn how to defend herself and when push comes to shove, others. She comes a long way both emotionally and physically throughout the pages.

Killian broke a promise that cost him more than he ever wanted to admit. Now’s his time to make up for that, but is just making up for it enough?

There’s not really much I can say without giving away a lot of the details and I don’t want to ruin the surprises for anyone. Once Pure is an emotional up and down read that’ll keep you tied to the pages because you’ll want to know what happened to cause everything to turn out the way it has. However, I do just have to say that the epilogue was completely weird.

My Favorite Moment: When Finn and Wren setup Sofia in order to help her overcome her fear. 

My Favorite Laughable Moments: Wren is hilarious and I kind of hope to see her get her own HEA. When she grabs the kid in her class…OMG the things she says to him are so bad that you can’t help but laugh and then at her brother’s fight the things she says to his fans was perfect.

Jenn 4 Heart

 

Mindy’s Review:  

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

Sofia Tres Santos is the youngest of the Tres Santos siblings. Trying to rebuild her life she returns home after being a rebellious teen and letting guys get away with more than they should. Helping out a childhood crush with his website and accounts brings back all of her feelings for the now MMA star.

Killian O’Brien was raised in the same neighborhood as the Tres Santos siblings. Being best friends with Sofia’s older brother Mateo means he must watch out for her when Mateo is not around.

Killian has always had one weakness….Sofia. He knows she has had a rough past and he feels he is to blame for some of that. Teaching her to defend herself with some MMA techniques proves that she can try to overcome her past. But will she let him in on a deeper level?

Opening yourself up to love proves to be hard when you can’t overcome the past. With Killian by her side and love starting to bloom anything can happen.

This is the third book in the Shattered Past series. I have been a fan of this series since I read Mateo’s story in Once Perfect and this story is no different. The characters are well developed and you really feel Sofia’s pain while reading her story. I did feel the epilogue was rushed but overall this was a very good read. Being known as the poor girl who got raped can make your confidence very low. That is until you have Killian on your side that does not take anything from anyone when it comes to his girl.

My Favorite Character: Besides the main characters I absolutely loved Killian’s sister Wren. I really hope that she has a story of her own that we get to fall in love with. 

My Favorite Moment: I have to say my favorite moment was when Killian was talking to his mom on the phone in front of Sofia. Absolutely hilarious!!

Mindy 4 Star

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Review of Hammer & Nails by Andria Large

Hammer & Nails

The perfect set-up!

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book Length (Est.): 189 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Harley Jameson is not your typical woman. She’s a rough and tumble, beer drinking, hockey loving, smart mouthed, kind of woman. In fact, she owns her own contracting company. Most men just treat her as one of the guys; that is, until she meets her newest client…

Nolan Hammerstein is most definitely not a guy’s guy. He’s rich, spoiled, well dressed, and oh yeah – rich. His father owns the NHL’s Boston Bruisers, and he’s worked for his father since graduating from Harvard. Needless to say, he lives the life of luxury. When he purchases a new home, Nolan calls Jameson Contractors to schedule a consult with a man that he thinks is the owner…

Harley and Nolan’s first meeting does not go well, so you can imagine her surprise when he actually hires her to renovate his house. While snarky comments and arguments are simmering on the surface, sexual attraction and tension are brewing underneath. But will Nolan’s uptight father and a handsy hockey player get in between their already volatile relationship? Or will they learn to accept each other’s differences and bond tighter because of them?

Note: This book is a standalone with a HEA. For mature audiences only, as there are hot, steamy, and explicit sex scenes throughout the book.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

I love a good book that can literally make me laugh out loud and this one did multiple times.

Nolan is a typical spoiled rich guy whose daddy’s old fashion views have begun rubbing off on. He’s rude and sexist and at the beginning of the book I just wanted to smack him upside the head. Luckily Harley always knew just what to say.

“We start for the driveway. I eyeball his car again. A fucking Maserati? Really? Arrogant douchebag.” 

Harley isn’t the typical woman. She owns her own renovation company and does the labor herself with her crew. She’s not afraid of getting her hands dirty, unlike her newest client, who she can’t help but tease relentlessly.

“Like when he’s sleeping. I’m going to get some of those pre-waxed strips and I’m going to slap them on his legs and yank them the fuck off, see how he likes it!” 

They always say there’s a fine line between love and hate and when arguments turn into kisses they’ll definitely see how fine of a line that actually is. Harley and Nolan are hilarious together. She breaks down his walls and he learns to follow his heart instead of his pocket book.

“But you can’t just keep kissing me whenever you feel like it. Especially when you don’t even like me. It’s weird.” 

Hammer & Nails is a fun and entertaining read. The storyline and characters are well developed and even though it has a HEA you’ll still be left wanting more because you won’t be ready to put it down.

My Favorite Laughable Moments: When Harley sings You Can’t Touch This while doing her little dance and the ending was priceless, but the whole bathtub incident…I laughed so hard I was crying! 

My Favorite Laughable Family Moment: Harley’s family is a big part of this book and I loved all of them. When they’re all sitting around the table talking about relationship statuses I was reminded of why siblings are the best.

“I am not bi!” Shane exclaims. “One time! One time, I kiss a guy in a challenge and this is the shit I get! I hate you all!” 

Jenn 5 Heart

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Review of Sin (Devil’s Den #3) by Violetta Rand

Sin

Entertaining and HOT

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 231 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Sin proves that passion goes beyond smoldering desire when hearts dance to their own special beat.

Every woman at the Devil’s Den strip club has a story to tell, and Macey Taylor is no exception. Smart and self-reliant, she’s got a chip on her shoulder, a broken heart, and no patience for a sexy new manager with an Ivy League pedigree and a strict set of rules. Macey prefers to break rules, something she lets Joshua Camden know from the start—even as he ignites a fire in her that goes beyond the hottest club in town.

Joshua is working the Devil’s Den for all it’s worth, learning everything he can about the adult-entertainment game before investing in a place of his own. Macey is a surprise: a woman as strong-willed as she is gorgeous. Joshua wants to get inside her world, to see through her eyes. But he soon discovers that seduction is a two-way street—and expecting redemption without risking his heart may be the greatest sin of all.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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*

Macey Taylor is one of the dancers at Devil’s Den. She has always been one to break the rules. Macey is a smart woman that knows what she wants and does not want. When Wesley cheats on her while she is away in Paris she knows she wants nothing to do with him again.

Joshua Camden is the new manager at Devil’s Den. He has been briefed and warned about all the girls at the bar. Nothing can prepare him for the return of one of the best dancers there. Macey takes his breath away the minute he first meets her.

This is book three in the Devil’s Den series. If you have read the previous books then you know that Macey carries a chip on her shoulder and loves to push the boundaries. Having a new manager at the bar will test her patience and her will to fight the spark that is ignited the moment they meet each other.

I have been waiting for Macey to get her own book and I was not let down at all. I cannot give this series praise enough. I absolutely love this series and it has become one of my all-time favorites. Between psycho ex’s and a love that can change everything….I was hooked!!

This book is hot, passionate, scorching and sexy!

My Favorite Moment: I love when Joshua meets her for the first time. The conclusion is right on.

“I’ve just met my mother’s nemesis.” 

Mindy 5 Heart 

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Review of Lawless in Leather (New York Saints #3) by Melanie Scott

Lawless in Leather

Freakin’ hot dark lord.

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Book Length (Est.): 321 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

SHE’S GOOD AT HER GAME. Raina Easton never dreamed she’d end up playing ring master to a bunch of baseball cheerleaders. But when the New York Saints offers her a job to coach its new squad–the Fallen Angels–Raina can’t refuse. As the owner of a burlesque club, she can certainly show the girls more than a few good moves. But as for her new boss? That is, as they say, a whole ‘nother story. . .

AND HE’S GOT IT BAD. Army veteran, biker, and all-around tough guy, Malachi Coulter isn’t your typical sports-team owner. For one thing, he doesn’t think cheerleaders belong on the baseball field. Another: he can’t seem to separate business and pleasure when he meets his somewhat scandalous new employee. Seems the major-league bad boy has met his match in the gorgeous, feisty Raina. All’s fair in love and baseball…could it be that, after all this time, Malachi is playing to win?

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of St. Martin’s Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review*

Army veteran Malachi Coulter is not a typical sports team owner. He loves the game but security is his number one priority. His co-owners believe having cheerleaders for the New York Saints will put their team on the map. Malachi thinks it is a crazy idea and will have to up his security detail.

Reina Easton will do anything to save her building that houses her business for her burlesque club. Training the cheerleading squad for the New York Saints will help financially but when there is a flaw in her security at the club she just might have to accept her boss’s help.

This is the first book I have read for this series. Being book three in the New York Saint’s series I think it might have benefited to read the first two. Although I really liked the story I felt this book was rather slow. I would find myself going hours without wanting to read. With that being said the storyline itself was great. And there are many parts that really made me laugh, which makes me really fall for the characters of this book. I really liked how Malachi can be his bad boy self but let loose when he needs to. Reina is just pure feistiness that is a great quality for a lead character.

My Favorite Moment: I loved how Reina and Malachi would negotiate the details when it came to something they wanted.  

Mindy 3.5 Star 

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Review of His Unquenchable Desire by Joy Tremay

His Unquenchable Desire

Beware of balconies and beach walks…

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 183 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

No Woman Has Ever Denied Him… Until Now

In the urban jungle of Los Angeles, hard-working city girl Cathlene Patterson has her hands full juggling two jobs. She meets wealthy and cynical businessman Nick Maxwell who immediately falls hard for her independent spirit. He offers to rescue her from the daily grind but she’s no damsel in distress. Although she craves Nick with a burning lust, she challenges his advances at every turn. He boldly and ruthlessly bends rules to win her love, only to have them backfire. Cathlene delves deep into his bad boy persona and touches a part of him he had long buried. Her stubbornness rivals his own and distrust keeps them apart, but nothing will prevent Nick from claiming His Unquenchable Desire.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Cathlene works hard to take care of herself and her debts. The last thing she wants is a handout or some hot rich guy trying to take care of her. 

Nick gets what he wants and what he wants is Cathlene. He’s never had a woman say no to him or his money, so when she does he’s at a complete loss on how to win her, but that won’t stop him from trying.

Nick goes above and beyond stalker. He watches her, he has people watch her, and he bribes information about her from other people…he’s kind of creepy in that aspect. He does have his sweet moments, but the overpowering ‘I get what I want’ attitude gets a little much.

Their relationship is hot and cold and honestly didn’t feel quite right to me. Cathlene has kind of a poor me feel about her, while on the other hand I couldn’t quite decide if I even liked Nick or not.

“You should know that sometimes guys tend to act stupid when they’re getting too close to a woman.” 

As for the writing, it switched back and forth between Cathlene and Nick entirely too often. Sometimes it would only be a sentence or two and then it would switch back. For me it was just too much. However, His Unquenchable Desire is a fast read with an interesting storyline.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: A birthday party when alone time is loudly interrupted.

Jenn 3 Heart

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