Review for Moonlight & Whiskey by Tricia Lynne

“I know it in my soul that your body was made for mine.”

 

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Length: 270 Pages

POV: First Person

Description:

When life gives you curves, you gotta learn how to rock them.

Successful businesswoman Avery Barrows likes her dips and curves, but she’s sick of the haters telling her that she should be ashamed of her body instead of embracing it. Determined to send them a big f*** you, Avery resolves to cut loose during a girls’ trip, hightailing her quick-mouthed, plus-sized self to New Orleans. So, what’s a smart woman with a little extra gotta do to get laid in this town?

Not much if you ask Declan McGinn, the lead singer of BlackSmith. Tall, dark, and tattooed, with a body made for sin, Declan prefers his women as curvy as his guitars. Avery’s sharp tongue and keen mind makes him want her even more.

As they burn up the sheets, Avery and Declan realize this is no one-night (or even one-week) stand. But for all of her bluster, Avery isn’t sure she can handle any more rejection. Besides, Declan has demons of his own. Now Avery has a choice to make: play it safe, or place her trust in the hands of a man who’s as tempting as the devil himself.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley.*

Avery and her girlfriend slip down to New Orleans post Mardi Gras for a little fun and relaxation. She may have wanted to get her groove on, but never expected to lose her heart in a matter of days.

Declan doesn’t do relationships. No one has ever captured his attention long enough. However, one little mishap in a lobby where he not only literally fell over Avery, but then proceeded to get his balls handed to him by her, and he was a goner.

From the very beginning Moonlight & Whiskey captured my attention. At first it was a trip to get waxed that had me laughing so hard I was crying. Followed by steamy rock star loving that had me needing a cold shower. And it was all mixed up with the things that randomly flew out of Avery’s mouth. Tricia Lynne did an incredible job with this book!

I also wanted to add that Avery is a curvy girl (like me) and the things she worries about are genuine concerns for girls like us. Her character was written perfectly to portray real world truths, wrapped in a little sass for entertainment. Okay, a lot of sass. Her mouth has almost no filter. Love it!

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Book inspired video. By the way…I love this song!

 

Review of Ice Hot (New York Nighthawks #1) by Tracy Goodwin

“Fierce. Feisty. Mine.”

 

Genre: Sport Romance

Length: 211 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

The Nighthawks are hockey’s new expansion team. They’re ice hot. And they’re all about the chase.

Christian: They call me a hockey god because I’m a beast on the ice . . . and off. Men want to be me and women just want me. But now that the New York Nighthawks expect me to lead their team to victory, it’s all work and no play. My eyes are on the prize. Until I meet Serena Ellis, a sexy, curvalicious blonde who doesn’t know me from jack. And just like that, I’m hooked.

Serena: I don’t do one-night stands—especially with celebrity jocks who date models. Lots of models. But the god of hockey is a temptation that’s hard for mere mortals to resist. And after the best kiss of my life, I’m ready to throw my one-night stand rule out the window. Except Christian Chase won’t let me. He doesn’t want a one-night stand. He wants it all.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept.*

Christian appeared to be this ladies man who could get anyone he wanted. And he could, problem was he didn’t really want any of them. He instead put his focus on his new team and trying to make them an actual team.

Serena is the girl who came from money, but could never live up to her parents idea of what she should be (or look like) so she basically walked away from the money and made her own way.

Thanks to a blue raspberry Slurpee incident not only did Christian and Serena meet, but they did it with a style no one could ever match. Right down to her strutting out in his shirt. Drool bib for Christian…definitely needed. LOL!

“Too late for peace. I have Slurpee goo in my underwear, you’ve frozen my lady parts, and now the ice is melting.” She looks down at the blue puddle on the concrete. “Oh, God. It’s dripping. It looks like I’m peeing a Smurf in public.”

Ice Hot is sweet, spicy, and hilarious to boot. From drunken flirty moms to panties in pockets there was never really a dull moment. It was a great way to start a series and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for book two.

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Review of Dahlia (Dark Desire #1) by Viola Calvary

“… will you still want me tomorrow?” 

 

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Suspense

Length: 262 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Nothing’s black and white. Not love, not desire. Not heroes or monsters. They all have a dark side.

Dahlia makes people nervous. Gifted with dangerous psychic abilities, she’s no pushover. The only person who makes them even more nervous? Captain Kenneth Ravin. Savage, deadly, and concealing his own secrets, Ravin is exactly the last man she should be interested in. So why can’t Dahlia seem to shake her insane attraction to him?

Everything begins to unravel when an enemy in the shadows targets Dahlia in a plot that pulls everyone around her into a battle for their lives. With no choice but to accept Ravin’s offer of an ally, Dahlia finds he’s pushing her closer to the darkness that lies buried within her, her own deadly secret. Caught in the chaos, can she stay in control or will dipping her toe into those dark desires send her tumbling over the edge into madness? Does she even have a choice?

No cliffhangers. Strong heroine. Shifters. Suspense. Fantasy. Adventure. Alpha males. Adult content.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Dahlia is unique even amongst the other distinctly talented commanders. She’s known as the puppet master to those above her, although no one believes there’s any relation to the to the true Puppet Master.

She has intense psychic abilities which causes discomfort to those around her, all except her squad of oddball individuals. And Kenny. He has abilities only he knows about…and Dahlia. They have a unique animalistic bond that seems to remove all barriers and secrets they usually keep from others.

“No, he recognized she was strong enough to protect herself. It was a mark of possession, he had begun to think of her as his and wouldn’t accept anyone interfering. Dahlia couldn’t hide from the part of her that was fascinated by the idea.”

Dahlia takes you on a journey of self discovery through battle worn and traitorous times. This is one of those books that’s difficult to find a stopping point. Whether its fight scenes or crazy hot sex, there’s always action, and any simple distraction can be completely annoying and cause you to lose the energy of what you were reading.

It does end on a minor cliffhanger, but mostly because it seems like Dahlia’s story is just getting started and I cannot wait to read the next book in the Dark Desire series. And can I just say…I love Kenny!

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Review of Let’s Talk About Sext (Let’s Talk About Sext #1) by Evie Claire

“Is it medically possible to break your vagina?”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 284 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Her: Unstoppable, workaholic, driven force of nature.

Him: The exact opposite of that.

Phebe Stark needs a punching bag. No, on second thought, she needs a donut. No, on third thought, she needs to escape into a dark bar with a strong drink. She’s just been harassed, for the umpteenth time, by the slimy supervisor standing between her and a shattered glass ceiling at her high-pressure Atlanta firm. But then a tall, bearded, sexy lumberjack of a bartender saunters over, and suddenly Phebe knows she doesn’t need gin . . . she needs him.

Brody Cantrell didn’t exactly intend to become a bartender. He planned to help out at his ailing uncle’s bar for a year, then get an advanced degree and rise to the top of his field. Instead, he got a Ph.D. in Real Life from his customers. Brody thinks he’s seen everything—until he meets Phebe Stark. And when he gets a load of her fearless sexting skills, he just has to see what’s under that power suit. Brody’s certain they’ll have a good time or two—nothing serious. Then again, all these steamy messages and breathless trysts have him seriously considering . . . Why not?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley.*

“Brody Cantrell. Bartender, resident psychologist, and all around badass.”

“Phebe Stark, budding CEO, day drinker and all-around ballsy bitch.”

Those quotes pretty much sum up the two main characters. They are complete opposites, but somehow their differences only complement the other. She brings out a part in Brody he had been trying to deny. And he brings out a side in Phebe that she desperately needed.

Brody came from money, but he walked away from it all. He did what made him happy and carried on his uncle’s legacy. Never in a million years did he imagine a woman like Phebe walking into his bar, nor could he imagine ever wanting someone like her, but he’d been drawn to her from the moment she sat down.

“He wanted to share this. He wanted to see the look in her eyes when he pushed into her – the ecstasy, the pleasure, the pain, everything. He had to know. Was this real or was she just having fun?”

Phebe was a woman in an man’s world and she busted her butt everyday to prove herself, but she did just that. She’d created one hell of a reputation for herself, which led to a wonderful opportunity. One that couldn’t have come sooner with creep of a boss. What she did not have time for was men. But when a bad day got worse and she found herself sitting in a bar in the middle of the day, she did not expect to find a crosswording sexy bartender who made her speechless.

“God, when that boy smiled so wickedly, it was everything. Like the sunshine decided his face was the only surface worthy of touching that day.”

Let’s Talk About Sext is the perfect mixture of sweet and dirty. I know I’ll be daydreaming about pool tables for the unforeseeable future. It drew me in and held my attention, but there was just something that kept me from completely loving it and I’m not entirely sure I can place my finger on what exactly that is.

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BLOG TOUR – Review of Flare Up (Boston Fire #6) by Shannon Stacey

“I’m not going to be able to stay away from you.” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 352 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Nursing a broken heart while everybody around him seems to be drowning in happiness has Grant Cutter wondering whether staying with Engine 59—or even Boston Fire—is in his future. It’s tempting as hell to pack up what fits in his Jeep and hit the road. But then a 911 call brings the woman who shattered his heart back into his life, and he knows he won’t ever be able to fully leave her in his rearview mirror.

For a few months, Wren Everett had thought the nightmare of her past was behind her and she might live happily ever after with Grant. Until she got the phone call letting her know the time her ex had spent in jail for assault hadn’t cooled his temper or determination that she belonged with him. Cutting ties with Grant was the hardest thing she’d ever had to do, but it was also the only way to keep him safe.

Now that Grant is back, he’s not letting Wren push him away again. And even with the trust issues between them, Wren dares to hope she and Grant might have a future together after all…if they’re willing to fight for it.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity.*

Grant is a fireman. One who got his heart-broken, out of the blue, by the woman he loved. Then one night he rescued a woman from a fire…his woman.

Wren loved Grant, but her past had caught up with her and in order to protect the one she loved she ran. Breaking her own heart in the process. However, sometimes things are meant to be. One moment she’s in her rundown apartment and the next she’s in the arms of the man she missed more than anything.

Wren’s ex may have terrorized her, caused her to make bad choices, but in the end her mind was her worst enemy. Especially when you have friends like Grant and Wren do.

Flare Up is a reconnection story. You can’t run from what’s meant to be.

I have to say that the suspense turned out to be a little underwhelming. It was built up to be more than it turned out to be. The romance, however, was perfect for the over all story line.

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Excerpt:

The apartment was small—one room and probably barely legal—so it only took a few seconds to follow the coughing to the person on the floor near the window. While Aidan did a quick check of the bathroom and under the bed to make sure there was nobody else, Grant crouched down next to the person he was pretty sure was a woman, despite having a throw blanket over her head.

“Fire department,” he said. “Let’s get you out of here.”

Her cough was so weak and ineffectual, he didn’t bother asking if she could get up and walk. Instead he rolled her, intending to lift her and carry her out.

Then the throw blanket slipped away from a sleep-tangled mess of blonde curls, revealing dark blue eyes he saw in his dreams, and Grant’s world stopped.

“Wren.”

He hadn’t seen her in five months, since she’d told him on the phone she didn’t want to see him anymore and then ghosted. No explanation. No compromise. Nothing but five months of a broken heart that hadn’t even begun to heal yet.

What the hell was she doing in this place?

Grant. Her mouth formed his name, though no sound got through her constricted throat. The grayish cast of her skin and lips terrified him, and he started to hoist her up.

Aidan was at his side. “I’ll carry her out.”

“I’ve got her.” Despite the shock and pain from seeing her again, Grant wanted to hold her. He wanted to cradle her in his arms and feel that sense of contentment holding her had always brought him in the past.

There was no time for that. After draping her over his shoulder, he stood and headed for the door. It wouldn’t be a comfortable ride for her, but the only thing that mattered right now was getting her out of the building and to an ambulance, where they could give her oxygen. Her body had gone totally limp by the time he reached the stairs, but he refused to consider the possibility she’d need medical care beyond that.

They’d gotten there in time, and that’s all there was to it.

He heard voices in his radio and was aware Aidan stayed right behind him, but Grant didn’t stop moving until he hit the clear, frigid air.

He paused to get his bearings and then headed for the ambulances on standby. Some of those voices in his radio must have warned them he was coming, because Cait opened the back of her truck and waved at him.

Cait Tasker was not only an EMT, but she was engaged to Gavin Boudreau, who was Grant’s best friend and with the Ladder 37 crew. E-59 and L-37 were parked side-by-side in the firehouse and always rolled out together, so Gavin was on scene, too. And Cait knew Wren. The four of them had spent a lot of time together before Wren walked away from him and didn’t look back.

By the time he reached the ambulance doors, he could feel her stirring. Not a lot, but she had to be breathing in order to regain consciousness and that was enough for now.

Because it was so damn cold and she was small, they didn’t bother with the stretcher. He handed Wren up to Cait’s partner, Tony, who turned away with her.

“Oh my God, Grant.” Cait looked at him, her expression mirroring his thoughts. “What the hell was Wren doing living here?”

“I don’t know. She’ll be okay, right?”

“We’ll take care of her. Are you okay?”

He didn’t answer. As he watched Tony fit a mask over Wren’s face, her eyes met his and, no, he wasn’t okay.

Questions tumbled through his mind. Why was Wren living in this place? Why had she disappeared from his life so abruptly? How could she still be in the city and not miss him enough to at least send a text message?

Had she known he’d been days away from buying her a ring and asking her to spend the rest of her life with him?

 

Review of The Sailor’s Tiller to by Noël Wolf

“So I Set Some Ground Rules.”

 

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Length: 82 Pages

POV: First Person

Description:

How did the most embarrassing date of my life turn into the most amazing sex of my life? Sometimes dating feels like a job and sometimes it has major benefits. Right now it’s paying off in a rocking orgasm. The boat I’m on is pitching to a different rhythm than the thrusting of my date’s hips and its making my body feel like it’s on fire.

The irony of all this heat building up while I’m surrounded by the Pacific Ocean isn’t completely lost on me. Neither are the penetrating brown eyes and bulging biceps of my modern day Sailor. Unfortunately, when we return to the marina tonight, I’ll be taking a very embarrassing item home with me in a to-go bag. And I’ll need to restart my Tinder search for happily-ever-after tomorrow. How exactly do people make love work when at our foundation, we’re all human?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Cassie ventures into online dating, which can be a little funny. She meets Sailboat Boy (aka Liam, which you don’t find out until about the last page). Things like that made it difficult to get in touch with the characters.

“Dating has become therapy. Sometimes therapy has large arms attached to men who are willing to make out if I feel like it and who buy me drinks and/or food and often give me compliments. I have learned to enjoy therapy.”

Even though it was written in first person, from Cassie’s POV, it seemed more like a narrative. The characters had no real depth and the storyline was okay at best.

Not to mention I cannot stand books that use ‘single quotation marks’ instead of “double quotation marks” around speech. It just doesn’t flow right and makes it difficult to follow at times.

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BLOG TOUR – Review of Work For It (Irresistible Billionaires #3) by Ashley Bostock

“The cookie made me do it.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 235 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Billionaire CEO Dylan Truex was burnt out. Not from his empire, DIRTY GAINS, but from his celebrity status. Having the body he did as well as the motivation to lead the pack, was no longer all it was cracked up to be. Heading to Estes Park for a two-week getaway all by himself sounded like the perfect solution to all his problems. Until he arrives and finds that the condo has been double-booked. Sharing the condo, he can handle. Cute blondie tempting him to break his no-sex bet, err…

When Lina Armstrong runs away from her old life—walking out on her job and leaving behind her family—the best thing she can do is reclaim her true self. No boss. No family. No men. No anybody. Then comes handsome stranger Dylan Truman threatening to wreck her alone time at Pine Lake. Yeah, he’s cute and all, but so are the elk and that doesn’t mean she wants to share a condo with them.

When the blizzard hits and whiteout conditions make it unsafe for either of them to go anywhere, they are forced to stay put in the condo together. What started off as a bad thing, starts to turn into something good. Two weeks with this cocky hard body? Alright, if she must.

It shouldn’t be a problem as long as she can keep her hands to herself and stop imagining if his tongue has as much stamina as the rest of his body.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Buoni Amici Press.*

Let’s just say that Dylan makes a mistake he definitely knows how to make up for it.

Lina had a meltdown, decided she couldn’t do her life anymore, quit her job and basically ran away to start over. The first two weeks she spent in Estes Park were wonderful. She ignored her phone, and worked on writing a book. Just something she wanted to try doing.

Then everything changed. He showed up.

Dylan needed a break. He was getting burnt out on always trying to please everyone and needed a trip to Estes Park to regain his calm. He did not expect to walk into the house he booked to find a log wielding woman.

“I’ve never wanted a woman as badly as I want you. You taste like sunshine.”

A ‘blizzarding’ event forced them to be roommates. Each wanted to be alone. But neither could stop the buzzing connection they felt. Two weeks is all it took to turn Dylan’s world upside down and to start Lina on a new and exciting path.

From flashlight lit showers to nosey neighbors interrupting steamed truck windows Work For It is packed full of hilarious little moments. The characters are likeable and the story is adorable…with a few oh hell yes moments thrown in.

“Are you going to let me show you all the tricks my tongue can do, Lina? Prime you for my cock?”

I loved how he kept searching for the maker of the sugar cookies, but in the end gives up. It may have taken him a while to admit how wrong he’d been, but he definitely apologizes in style.

My only wish is that I would have read the previous books in the series. I don’t think they were needed, but as some of the other characters came into play I realized I wished to have read their stories too. Maybe I’ll go back and catch up.

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