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Review of Quiet Love (Chapters of Love #2) by Helena Rac

“You’re my star. You’re my whole universe.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book Length (Est.): 228 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Daniel has been best friends with Rose since they were born. He’s been in love with her for years. The only problem? She has no idea, and he’s not about to tell her and ruin their friendship. The solution? Leave Chicago to travel the world, pursue his dream of becoming a photojournalist, and try to forget the red lips that he could kiss for hours. If only she’d let him…

Rose knows true love is out there somewhere; she just has to try hard enough to find it. That’s become more complicated, though, since her best friend Daniel has moved in with her after being away for two years. Somehow thoughts of him keep getting in the way, making her morning showers a little too hot for comfort. If only he’d see…

In Helena Rac’s second novel, best friends become roommates and discover through sloppy towel tucks, stargazing adventures, and a very sexy photo shoot that sometimes love can be found in the most unlikely place: right in front of you.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

Daniel met Rose the day he was born and they became lifelong friends, but at nineteen he fell in love with her and had no clue how to tell her. After a few years of falling harder and harder he decides to tell her, only his plan didn’t work out like he’d expected. As a matter of fact it didn’t work out at all, which led to his sabbatical after school. What he didn’t expect was that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

“That was undoubtedly the most knee-wobbling, heart-throbbing, near-orgasm-inducing kiss I’ve ever had. And it came from a person I never would have thought could kiss like that.”

Rose wanted the fairy tale happy ending, but after bad relationships and sucky first dates she was beginning to wonder if that was even a possibility for her. Then her best friend, Daniel, came back to town and moved in with her. After a misplaced touch here and an awkward moment there she began wondering what it would be like to be with her best friend, but always dismissed the idea as her needing a date.

“And then she moans – a sultry, smoky kind of sound – and I swear it’s the most erotic sound that’s ever graced a person’s mouth.”

Although they fall in love with each other at different times their love is a slow burning one meant to last forever. Quiet Love is a heartwarming friends to lovers book that will leave your heart content and a smile on your face.

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Review of Dancing In The Rain by Kelly Jamieson

“Friends”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 311 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Happily ever afters aren’t just for fairy tales. In this heartfelt novel, a retired athlete must become a father to the daughter he never knew—just as he discovers the power of love with a woman who reignites his passions.

Drew Sellers is drowning in broken dreams and empty beer bottles. Hockey was his world, until a bum knee reduced him from superstar to has-been. Then he learns that, thanks to a one-night-stand back in college, he’s the father of a preteen girl with major issues. Her protective aunt sees right through Drew’s BS, but “Auntie P” is no stereotypical spinster. With her slender curves, toned legs, and luscious lips, she has Drew indulging in fantasies that aren’t exactly family-friendly.

At another point in her life, Peyton Watt would have been all over a cocky alpha male who pushes all her buttons like Drew. Right now, though, she needs to focus on taking care of her niece during her sister’s health crisis, all while holding down a job and keeping her own head above water. Besides, Drew’s clearly no father of the year. He’s unemployed. He drinks too much. And he’s living in the past. But after Peyton gets a glimpse of the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade, she’s hooked—and there’s no going back.

Mindy’s Review:

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

Drew Sellers had everything going for him in his hockey career. He was on top of his game until a knee injury forced him into retirement. Now he has no idea what to do with his time or his future. When a one night stand catches up with him and he learns he has a preteen daughter that he knew nothing about. He finds out that the mother of the child is dying and that is why she wants him to have a relationship with his daughter.

Peyton Watt is the caring sister that takes care of her dying sister and her daughter. When she gets a phone call to get home she is on the next flight out. Things are not looking good for her sister and neither is the story that she learned about her niece’s father.  When she finally gets to meet him she knows that she has to be protective of her niece.

This was a good and sad read at the same time. You feel for all involved with a dying family member. I am glad that the sensitivity shows in the writing. The characters are strong and realize if they want to stay above water they all need to work together.

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Review of The Truth About Forever (The Forever Series) by Cole Lepley

I don’t know if you can be “just friends” with a guy like Joey Carter.

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Book Length (Est.): 210 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Nicole Mason has been running from her feelings for as long as she can remember. Her only concern is to finish undergrad and attend law school next fall. She keeps relationships at a distance, including her long time boyfriend Silas.

Joey Carter has never had any intention of being in a serious relationship; that is until he meets Nicole. Even with their undeniable chemistry, Nicole is determined to keep him in the friend-zone.

The truth is, you can only run for so long before your heart catches up with you.

Mindy’s Review:

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

Nicole Mason is in college and wants to become a lawyer. She keeps relationships at a distance because she was really hurt by her high school sweetheart. She has been in a relationship with Silas for a couple of years now and she likes the comfort of it. He lets her hang out with her friends as long as she goes to him at night. Nicole is not really happy she is just trying to get by with her busy school schedule and move on into the future.

Joey Carter is a new student at the school who is known for throwing the best parties and getting any woman that he wants. When he meets Nicole in class for the first time he is instantly drawn to her and he cannot figure out why. He is not knows for relationships that last more than a night. However there is something different about Nicole and becoming her friend is just the beginning.

This was a very good read. This is more of a love triangle between Nicole and two men that she cares deeply for. She happens to be a very strong woman when it comes to her career and goals. She does not want to hurt anyone but after awhile realizes that she is only hurting herself by not listening to what her heart wants. She loves Silas and wants him to be happy but she cannot control the urges she has to keep Joey in her life. She is trying to keep him in the friend zone but when Silas makes a mistake in the relationship Nicole has to decide what is best for her and her future.

I love how this story is written. You know something is going to happen but you are not sure what to expect until it actually happens. I felt as if I was actually part of Nicole as she was dealing with the decisions that she had to make. Although I am not sure why she kept going back and forth with her decisions through out the book but it made this a great read.

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Review of Restrained Under His Duty (Dirty Little Secrets) by Stacey Kennedy

I need the intensity, the thrill.

Genre: Erotica

Book Length (Est.):  193 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

As the chief of security for a prominent senator, Ryder Blackwood is stunned when an anonymous source sends him a compromising photo of his boss’s twenty-five-year-old daughter getting down and dirty in an underground sex club. If it gets out, the media firestorm could ruin her father. More troubling for Ryder is how arousing he finds the whole situation. He’s known Hadley Winters since she was a kid. And now she’s the woman in all his most private fantasies.

Wild behavior helps Hadley get through those painful, lonely nights, but she’s been waiting a long time for a man like Ryder to protect her from herself. Ryder is raw. He’s real. And he makes her feel safe. Now that they’ve both become pawns in a blackmailer’s dangerous game, there’s more at stake than her father’s political career. As the intimate threats tear apart a tender new love, Hadley is forced to trust Ryder with her life—and her 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*

Ryder Blackwood runs a security business that is one of the best in the world. His main job is to protect the senator. He has worked for the senator for many years and loves what he is doing. Someone is after the senator and they will stop at nothing to get him to retire. And the one person they are going after is his daughter. Ryder intercepts an email that shows Hadley in a sex club.

Hadley Winters is the senator’s daughter. Hadley has been lusting over Ryder for years, And now she really needs him. Some of her private moments have surfaced and she is scared that the truth will hurt her father’s and her own career.  Now that Ryder is aware of the situation she feels that he will be able to handle it. The real question is can they handle being around each other.

This is the third book in the Dirty Little Secrets series. Ryder and Hadley become part of the game and the blackmailer is pulling all of the strings. Ryder has his team working every angle that he can think of. Of course there are twists and turns but the heat and passion is what takes this book to the next level. I really enjoyed reading this book and would love to know how this series is going to wrap up.

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Review of Raiden’s Choice (A Ravens MC Novel) by J.L. Leslie

Back to the real world. Or my pretend world.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 274 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

I was raised in a motorcycle club. I saw things no little girl should ever see. Did things no little girl should ever do. That was my life and I loved it. The Ravens taught me about family. Loyalty. Even loss. Now I live a different life. I’m no longer part of that family. I’m no longer part of the club. I live a life where I pretend to be the person I am. I put on a show for the world and I’m good at it. I’ve perfected it. At least I thought I had. It didn’t take him long to see right through me. I have a choice to make. Keep playing pretend or finally be who I have always wanted to be. “When you’re ready to stop hiding who you really are, come find me.”

**Raiden’s Choice is the first book in the Ravens MC series. It is a standalone, full-length novel and is suitable only for mature readers. It includes adult content, adult language, sexual situations, drug abuse, violence, and talk of rape.**

Mindy’s Review:

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

Raiden was raised in the MC world. Her mother died when she was young and her father raised her around the club. She has seen and done things that she might not be proud of but it is all to protect her family. Now she lives a separate life as a nurse dating the ADA. She is dating the one man that wants her father locked up. Raiden lives as if she is two separate people. Can she have the life that she wants and protect her family as well?

Luka has never wanted to be part of any motorcycle club. His brother is in jail and Luka will do whatever it takes to get him out. Joining the Ravens MC is what he is set up to do by the wonderful District Attorney. It’s simple really, Luka gets info on the MC and his brother gets out of jail. Oh, if only it was that easy.

Raiden sees Luka for exactly what he is. She knows that he is trouble but he sees right through her. He knows that she is living a lie. She loves the smell of leather and being on a bike is where she is meant to be. He is so drawn to her that he might just forget what he is trying to accomplish. That is until Raiden and her father realize what is happening as their secrets get revealed.

This was a great read. This is the first MC book that I have read from J. L Leslie and I am in love. I was sad when the book ended just because I want to know more. This is written so good that it just pulls you in. You feel you are part of their world and just keep turning the pages. I cannot wait for more!

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BLOG TOUR: Review of Truly, Madly, Whiskey by Melissa Foster

“My girl doesn’t swallow well. Noted.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 320 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Watch mysteriously sexy Bear Whiskey claw his way to his happily ever after with sassy, rebellious Crystal Moon.

In TRULY, MADLY, WHISKEY…
Eight months is a long damn time to have the hots for a woman who keeps a guy at arm’s length. But Crystal Moon is no ordinary woman. She’s a sinfully sexy, sass-mouthed badass, and the subject of Bear Whiskey’s midnight fantasies. She’s also one of his closest friends.

Just when Crystal thinks she has her life under control, scorching-hot, possessive, aggressive, and fiercely loyal Bear pushes all her sexual buttons, relentless in his pursuit to make her his.

The more Bear pushes, the hotter their passion burns, unearthing memories for Crystal that are best kept buried. But there’s no stopping the collision of her past and present, catapulting the two lovers down an emotionally charged road that has them questioning all they thought they knew about themselves.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Crystal had a rough past; one she kept thinking a little reinventing would overcome. With the help of a therapist and one very determined man she’ll eventually be able to move forward and share the real her with her family and friends.

Bear has wanted Crystal since the moment he saw her and even being continuously turned down for eight months straight could deter him. He knew she was the one and not one other woman could even catch his eye from that moment forward.

She’s hesitant and very resistant, but he’s one good-natured, loving, kind, and overly determined man…oh and how could I forget, conceded.

“There’s no difference between going out with me and going out with a guy who’s not in a motorcycle club except I’m better looking, tougher, smarter, and a million times hotter in bed.”

Truly, Madly, Whiskey has equal parts humor and sadness. They combine well, mixing in Bear’s humor keeps the story from falling into the despair of Crystal’s past. I enjoyed it, loved when the kids were part of it (kids always make a story cute), and oh the ending was pretty perfect for their story.

My Favorite Laughable Moment is when words have double meaning and the innuendos that transpire.

“I’m surprised at how monstrous it is.”

His eyes turned volcanic.

“Ohmygod. The bike!”

“If I have my way, this won’t be the last time you feel something monstrous between your thighs.”

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Review of Teach Me Something (Something #4) by Aubrey Bondurant

“…life is too short to fake an orgasm.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book Length (Est.): 298 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Life is short, and sometimes you have to take chances…

Catherine Davenport is successful in her career, but doesn’t have the same skill when it comes to her love life. After a painful divorce, she’s finding the new world of dating both intimidating and frustrating.

Tired of striking out, she takes the extreme measure of enlisting the help of an instructor in a private club who offers sessions on how to improve her dating strategy as well as her overall sexual confidence.

‘Calvin’, the masked man with the piercing blue eyes and husky voice not only challenges her to step out of her comfort zone, but encourages her to unlock her repressed adventurous side with various lessons.

She feels like she’s making progress until her worlds collide and the identity of the man privy to her most intimate details is shockingly revealed as someone she knows.

Can Catherine put her insecurities aside to take a chance on love where she least expected it? Or will her past interfere with her ability to plan a future with the one man who truly knows the real her.

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Fourth book of the “Something Series”
Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

I loved this book! Hell I’ve loved this entire series! If you want laugh out loud comedy combined with damn I need my man here right now hotness then The Something Series is for you.

I truly enjoyed Catherine’s character in the previous books and I was so happy to finally read her story. She’s divorced, mid thirties, and has no kids and all she wants is to settle down and have babies with someone, but she can’t seem to get over the dating hurdle. With a little assistance ‘Calvin’ helps her work through her issues. However, ‘Calvin’ isn’t his real name and a mask can only hide so much when all the other details are so memorable.

“I would have put on my clothes, but the ball told me not to bother.” ~another Magic 8 ball decision. Some of these are quite hilarious.

‘Calvin’ realized who his masked client was when they were hanging out together as friends. Talk about awkward; realizing his client is a friend that he seems to hang around a lot because of their mutual friends. And what oh what to do about it when it’s obvious they both realize that their identities are no longer secret, especially when he has his own secrets to hide.

“We’re just rolling with this and not overthinking it. I mean it, Cath. You’re going to turn your brain off and listen to your body, which I plan on being inside of in about five minutes.”

These two ignite the pages with their steamy romance in Teach Me Something. Let me just say…oh yes, he’ll definitely teach her something. Between their stubbornness, his easygoingness, her mother’s over the top remarks, and the oh-my-goodness sex I couldn’t put this book down. And yes I have the red puffy eyes to prove that I was literally up all night reading.

My Favorite Laughable Moments have to be Catherine’s mother’s comments.

“My God, would you look at those abs? Cathy, please tell me the word ‘friend’ is only a cover so your parents won’t know you’re in reality sleeping with this man.”

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