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Review of Raindrops by Lexington Justice

“I didn’t want to have to wonder ‘what if’ again!”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 338 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Stefani Tanner had it all as a corporate executive, wife, and mother, only to have her world come crashing down at once. With nowhere to turn, she surrenders and returns to the place where she felt safe as a child. At her weakest and out of options, she is unexpectedly rescued by an anonymous source, a source that not only provides her with the material needs but also opens her eyes to a life she discounted and neglected. She quickly finds herself caught between following her head and returning to the fast paced-world she worked so hard to succeed in or following her heart and a magical relationship that has changed her life forever.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

I’m not entirely sure how to write a review for this book and not give away the ending, but I’ll try.

Stefani has the worst day imaginable. She loses her job and is basically humiliated as she’s escorted out the door. Then she discovers her husband is having an affair…with her best friend! Unable to cope she escapes to her parent’s house and once she gets there things start to look up. But unfortunately something happens that devastates her and breaks her heart beyond repair. (Sorry I can’t give the details, but have tissues ready. Lot of tissues!)

Gavin has pined over Stefani for a long time. He is quite the romantic. He’d thought he’d wait to ask her out until the time was right, but she moved away to go to college before he got the chance. After that he ended up settling for his plan B, which didn’t turn out any better than he expected it to. But one day Stefani walks back into his town and then shows up in his office and he can’t let the opportunity pass again.

Raindrops is one hell of an emotional read. I was pre-warned that I was going to cry and yet still kept reading thinking it would somehow change the ending. Unfortunately the ending wasn’t what I’d hoped for, but it was one I hadn’t expected.

It was written in third person, which always makes it more difficult for me to get drawn into. The beginning – although a lot happens – seemed to go by extremely slow. And one thing that drove me crazy was that the text messages are written within quotation marks like conversation, so sometimes I didn’t know if they were actually talking or just texting. The writing, however, does hit the heart.

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Review of Going All In by Stephanie C Lyons-Keeley and Wayne J Keeley

Friendships will be tested!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 306 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Three mismatched suburban couples, Steve and Katie, Marty and Erin, and Scarlett and C. Thomas, have been neighbors and friends for years. During a pummeling Connecticut Nor’Easter, the members of the bored triptych engage in a friendly game of Texas Hold’em in front of a fire and over more than a few bottles of Merlot. The impromptu get-together eventually leads to the institution of alcohol-driven, bi-weekly poker nights.

One evening on a lark, someone suggests an alternate payout – instead of pocket change, the winner may choose a player (other than his or her spouse) with whom to spend the night. The proposition takes shape, but complications arise as these things will.

All too quickly, friendships are strained and relationships begin to crumble. Lies are told, truths are exposed, and feelings are hurt. In the end, can anyone bear the weight of this wanton self-indulgence? They are six fully consenting adults, and after all, it’s only a game. Or is it?

Mindy’s Review:

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

Steve and Katie, Marty and Erin and Scarlett and C. Thomas are all neighbors that have become close friends. They play poker every week with each other. When the game starts to get boring one player suggest an alternative. If you win the game you get to pick a partner of your choosing to stay the night with. The rules are simple. You cannot choose you own partner and what happens on  that night stays between the couple, no questions asked.

As friendships start to get tested and unravel there is no stopping the downfall. Truth starts to come out and some sanity gets questioned. All of the characters are so different from one another. They all believe they have strong marriages and friendships. Well let me tell you all of that gets put to the test.

I am not sure how I feel about this book. All I know is I could not stop ready it. I was completely drawn in from the first chapter. This is either the craziest book I have ever read or the most brilliant. One I got to the final chapter I have to go with maybe the most brilliant. It definitely left me with my jaw hanging open.

Go ahead, I know you want to read it!

 

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Review of Wife for a While by Lorna Baldwin

“Playboy. Partier. Billionaire. Handyman?” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 222 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

What’s weirder than planning a wedding for a man without a fiance? Agreeing to be his fiance.

Right when I need a bank-sized bailout, Benton Spencer strides into my life – hiring me to plan a wedding that lacks a bride. He’s handsome. He’s ripped. He’s occasionally charming (but mostly not). More importantly, he’s offering me every penny I need…if I’ll marry him. Two years of putting up with his partying, chauvinistic, rich boy ways and my money problems are solved. If that’s not weird enough for you, get this: I’m actually starting to fall for him. God help me, those pale blue eyes have got me cornered. I know I can make it for two years; but I can’t say the same for my heart.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Benton needs to be married before he’s thirty or else he loses in inheritance. There’s just one big problem with that…he’s a coke snorting playboy who has a different woman every night and he doesn’t want to change.

Jolene is a wedding planner whose business is on the verge of bankruptcy. In walks this insane man wanting to plan a wedding without even having a bride, but when he guarantees she be paid an obscene amount of money just to plan it she cannot say no. When he tells her she’s a bride contender she balks at the idea, but when a huge financial issue arises it’ll have her seriously considering selling her vows.

There’s nothing like a good woman to help a man rise to meet his potential. Benton is an amazing man, it just took someone else to see it before he could realize it for himself.

In Wife for a While two people from opposites sides of town will fall harder than ever imaginable and their lives will forever both be changed.

The storyline is good, but there’s something lacking. I never truly got attached to any of the characters and therefore did not get pulled into the story like I would have preferred. I’m not sure if it was the chemistry between the characters or their actions in general…let’s just say it wasn’t my favorite, but it’s not bad.

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Review of Sexsomnia – Sleepless in Manhattan by Anya Omah

“Even my cell phone was overheating.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 330 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Jayden King is successful, charismatic, attractive—and bored to death. Especially of women, who fall at his feet by the dozens… eventually leaving him so indifferent to sex that he decides to say goodbye to the singles scene and focus all his energy on expanding his hotel empire. He’ll need a good assistant to help him, and Abigail Davis, fresh out of grad school, seems like the perfect fit for one of Manhattan’s most sought-after jobs. Until she suddenly withdraws her application.

When Jayden hears why, he can hardly believe his ears. No woman’s ever dared tell the millionaire bachelor what she really thinks of him… and Abigail isn’t one to mince words. Jayden’s not about to take no for an answer, and changing her mind is a challenge he can’t pass up.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Abigail is one outspoken woman, but to her credit she does it justly most of the time. She is someone who would rather go without the perfect dream job rather than put up with a boss she couldn’t stand to be around. But when he gives her a proposition that puts all the cards in her hand even she can’t walk away from that….at least not for too long.

“Oh, come on. I Googled him a minute ago. You can’t tell me you don’t think he’s hot. Even my cell phone was overheating.”

Jayden is used to getting everything he wants, including women, but after a while it was something he grew tired of and instead of partying all the time he threw himself into his work. Abigail is the only woman, besides his sister (whom I absolutely love), that will stand up to him and speak her mind, which is exactly why he is so infatuated with her.

“Any way I can help with this fantasy you’re having?”

Although Abigail and Jayden start falling for each other they both still have their secrets. She has sexsomnia and is hiding the fact that she’s doing a study to try and figure out what exactly she does in her sleep. And he knows about it, but doesn’t tell her…not even after she tells him everything about it. Nothing good comes from secrets.

Sexsomnia is one of those books with a little bit of everything. It has humor, sex, intrigue, a tangled web of lies, and love and passion. I absolutely loved it.

My favorite part is this conversation he has toward the beginning of the book with his sister about hiring Abigail. I absolutely love his sister. She had me completely cracking up.

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Review of Pierced (Vampires of Scarlet Harbor, #1) by Keira Blackwood

“I caught you”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 164 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Late-night hunts for a crazed serial killer, a vampire-obsessed best friend, and a mountain of classwork is enough for any woman to juggle. But Hannah Lewis isn’t just any coed. She happens to make the best microwaved brownies in Scarlet Harbor. Plus, she’s a wolf shifter.

On a mission to investigate reports of zombie-like monsters terrorizing the masses, vampire Bennet Pierce is prepared for anything—except for the blue-eyed vixen that changes everything. How can he protect her from harm if he himself is a threat?

This story contains steamy vampire/shifter romance, action-packed and suspenseful circumstances, scorching love scenes, and a happily ever after ending. To see more of the Vampires of Scarlet Harbor, and Walter’s chance at love, watch out for Vampires of Scarlet Harbor book two–Hunted.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Hannah is a wolf shifter who moved to Scarlet Harbor not only to go to college, but to get away from her pack and find herself. Who she found was not what she’d expected. She had a roommate obsessed with vampires and hunting down some rogue vampire who was killing people, a mysterious man whom her mind nor body could ignore, and creatures who wanted to eat her, not to mention the ones who only wanted to drink her blood. Nope, not what she’d expected at all.

Bennett is a vampire assigned to investigate and kill Hannah, but he can’t. From the first time he saw her he’d been unexplainably drawn to her and his need to protect her outweighed any and every thing else…even going against his own.

Pierced is a fast paced read that alternates between Hannah and Bennett’s POVs. It gives you glimpses into each of their worlds, their feelings, and leads you to their HAE. To me it seemed to lack a little oomph. There was not really any build up to the ending, definitely lacked the suspense needed, and then everything happened quickly and I was like “What the hell just happened?”

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Review of Carolina Bad Boys for Life (Carolina Bad Boys #7) by Rie Warren

“Hell on wheels met hell in high heels…”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, MC Romance, Erotica

Book Length (Est.): 155 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Sometimes a Bad Boy can be good for a girl.

Finale of Carolina Bad Boys—the hot southern MC series readers have lusted after! The epic series epilogue includes all new original content from Stone to Chrome, featuring all the usual suspects, plus many, many more characters you won’t even expect.

One big sexily-every-after for the entire crew. ’Nuff said.

Carolina Bad Boys is complete:
Stone
Love
Ride (Novella: the book within the book from Stone)
Steele
Chrome
Rush
Tail
Carolina Bad Boys for Life

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Let me just say that this is one hell of an epilogue. It includes all the couples we fell in love with during the Bad Boys Series along with a few we wondered about. Not to mention a major jump forward at the end for a little extra entertainment.

It’s filled with humor, babies, and lots of sex!

My only suggestion for anyone who reads it is to not read it all in one sitting or you’ll get completely burned out on all the sex scenes like I did.

My Favorite Quotes:

“Since little human beings are coming out of someplace no one but you should ever see. And not like that.” She huffed, cupping the big round mound of her belly while I eased onto 17. “You’re gonna see my cookie. You should’ve had sex with me last night because I’m probably never going to let you back inside.”

Oh and…

“Will you shut those gorgeous blowjob lips for just one second?”

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Review of Tail (Carolina Bad Boys #6) by Rie Warren

“Going, going, gone.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, MC Romance, Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 236 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

I’m most known for honeys on my arms and notches on my bedpost. But this time, I’m not chasing tail. Every rose has its thorn, and I’ve just been snagged.

TAIL
I have girls lapping out of my hands, forming lines for a chance to dance on my cock. Until she shows up. And it all grinds to a halt. Madison Rose Rush. No joke there. One look at her, and I feel a rush all over my body. I want that thing all the other dudes found. Love. A mate. A classy broad I probably don’t deserve.

I know one thing.

Maddy Rush—Handsome’s sexy sister—is strictly off-limits.

Is that gonna stop me?

Hell. No. Not even with the Bad Seeds MC breathing down my neck for a debt I can’t pay.

MADDY
VP of Retribrewtion Brewery, heiress to the Rush Distillery empire, I’ve played by the family’s rules. I’m community-spirited, high-class, worldly-wise . . . but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m a good girl.

And Tail makes me want to be bad in ways I never even knew. He’s dangerously gorgeous. He’s affiliated with the same MC as my big brother. He has inked sleeves and sex on the brain and Max warned me away from him.

Is that going to stop me?

Hell no.

Nothing will stop us. Nothing. Until a rival MC—outlaw bikers—retaliates against Tail. Bad Seeds indeed.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Tail is short for Taylor, but everyone thinks his nickname fits because of all the tail that rotates through his room at the clubhouse. That is until he first sees Maddy and then she’s all he wants. Celibate and focused on woman, besides his mama, is new territory for him, but never once does he ever lose sight of his goal…Maddy.

Maddy is Handsome’s sister and runs Retribrewtion with him. The last thing she wants is to have someone with Tail’s reputation hitting on her, but when he starts showing up with babies in tow for office picnics and other random sweet acts it’s hard to keep saying no.

“Newsflash: babies…cute. But babies didn’t crap unicorn and rainbows. What came out of that tiny little bottom was nasty gunky hazardous waste.”

A debt owed to the Bad Seeds who are becoming a little more threatening, an overprotective brother who wants him far away from his sister, and an ill mother who needs constant supervision…just a normal day for Tail. But what keeps a smile on his face? One Maddy Rush.

Tail, like all of the previous Carolina Bad Boys books, was a fantastic read that had just enough suspense to keep the background interesting and just enough steam to keep the pages fired up.

My Favorite Moment: Bachelor action!

Gliding toward the stage, Maddy parted the sea of people. And when she stood directly in front of me as I toyed with the belt buckle at my waist, she looked up at me.

“Five grand.” Her voice rang out over the crowd, silencing all other bidders.

And that was fucking it. Going, going, gone.

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