Review of The Dating Diet by Daralyse Lyons

“The Dating Diet”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book Length (Est.): 312 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

What if you found yourself climbing out of a bedroom window, naked, in the middle of the afternoon, to avoid being caught in bed with your married lover? Would you have second thoughts about dating? After Shayla Ross discovers that yet another potential “Mr. Right” is, in fact, incredibly wrong for her, she decides to go on a diet. No. She’s not going to forgo her much-loved, sinfully-delicious girl scout cookies or her (admittedly too frequent) trips to McDonalds. Shayla is going on a dating diet. An incredibly hapless and infinitely loveable heroine, elementary school teacher Shayla Ross decides to take her summer vacation from teaching as a period of self-discovery. Much to the chagrin of her meddling mother, Shayla sets out to find herself and, in the process, bumbles into a series of successive funny and heartwarming interpersonal interactions that will have readers falling in love with her.

Mindy’s Review:

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

Shayla Ross is an elementary school teacher. When summer comes she decides to do some self discovery. She decides it is time to go on a dating diet. No dating! No men! However, Shayla wants a relationship so bad and all she finds are Mr. Wrongs.

When she meets Dunkin she stresses that they cannot be anything more than friends. They hang out, go shopping and even go on a non-date.

This is not typically the kind of book that I read, but overall I enjoyed it. Her friendship with her best friend Brice is so much fun (which is really my favorite part). And you can’t help but to cheer on the budding relationship between her and Dunkin.

 

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Blog Tour – Review of Thirsty (Eastside Brewery #1) by Mia Hopkins

“My angel is walking around in black high heels.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Urban

Book Length (Est.): 240Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

A gangster hiding from his past. A single mom fighting for her future. Can she show this bad boy the man he’s meant to be?

My name is Salvador Rosas. Back in the barrio, my past is written on the walls: ESHB. Short for East Side Hollenbeck, my father’s gang—my gang. Hell, it’s a family tradition, one that sent both my brothers away. They used to call me “Ghost” because I haunted people’s dreams. Now I’ve got nothing going for me except a hipster gringo mentoring me in a new career. An ex-con making craft beer? No mames.

Still, people in this neighborhood look out for one another. That’s how I became Vanessa Velasco’s unwelcome tenant. Chiquita pero picosa. She’s little, but with curves so sweet they’re dangerous. I remember Vanessa from the old days, the straight-A student with big plans. Plans that were derailed by another kid stupid enough to think he was bulletproof. Now Vanessa knows better than to believe in empty promises. There’s fire in her . . . and if I touch her, I might get burned.

I’m trying everything I can to go straight. But when East Side Hollenbeck comes calling, I might have to risk it all to find out if there’s a future for Vanessa and me. Because she’s the only one who can quench my thirst for something real.

The Rosas brothers will return in Trashed!

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Salvador’s life didn’t turn out exactly like he wanted, but he did his time and now he’s trying to get his life together…that is if the ESHB will allow it. He struggles between doing what he thinks is right and what he thinks he’s obligated to do. One will bring joy into his life and the other will bring nothing but pain. But when you are working two jobs and living in a garage you don’t have many options.

Vanessa already fell for one homeboy. He gave her an adorable daughter. He also made her a widow for said daughter was born. Now she spends her time between working, studying, and being a mom; there is no time for a man. Let alone another homeboy who could destroy her life.

With no place to go Vanessa’s grandmother lets Salvador move into her garage. He gets cheap rent and she gets a handyman who will clean all of her deceased husband’s stuff out of the garage. What he didn’t expect to get was Vanessa. She didn’t like him being there and had no problem telling him, but she is also a very lonely woman who finds it hard not to fall for someone who’s trying his best to make a better life for himself.

Thirsty will bring you down into the hood, into the middle of gang life, and show you how it feels to try to escape it.

I liked the storyline, but there were a few things that kept me from loving the book. One, if you don’t speak Spanish (like me) then there’s a lot of words and conversations you won’t understand. Stopping to try and understand what was being said kept interrupting my reading flow. Two, there’s an underlying story where the ESHB is concerned, one that includes a rival gang moving into town, but it’s all left up in the air. Maybe there will be some more to it in the next book, Trashed. And lastly, is it just me or was there no chemistry between Salvador and Vanessa? I mean yes they have great sex and an occasionally deep conversation, but for the most part it was hard to tell if she even truly liked him most of the time.

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Excerpt:

The ride starts with a burst of music like a jack-in-the-box. We glide backward and over a couple of times. The Ferris wheel stops to let other passengers on. At the very top, our carriage swings back and forth before it goes still.

Now I can see my neighborhood from a different viewpoint, high above. The lights of the carnival are bright and beautiful. The smells of tacos, hot dogs, and popcorn fill my nose. People pack the church parking lot. Cars line the street, and in the surrounding houses, lights in the windows show where families are talking or watching TV or having dinner.

“How are you doing?” I ask.

“I’m all right.”

She’s looking at the same things I am. I wonder if she is seeing the same details. I stroke her hair and take another risk. “So what do you think?”

“About what?”

“Starting something with me?”

She takes a deep breath but doesn’t say anything.

“What are your doubts?” I say.

“Are you kidding?” She snorts. “You’re seriously asking me that?”

I laugh a little. “Okay, well. Besides the obvious.”

“You have your own life. I have mine. You’re trying to rebuild from the ground up. I’m trying to secure my daughter’s future. We’re heading in different directions.”

She isn’t wrong. Life has disappointed her in such deep and cruel ways, I don’t blame her for protecting herself. But even as she tells me this—the truth about how we’re not right for each other—I feel how right it is to talk to her, to hold her hand, to show her who I am. “I have an idea,” I say. “Probation.”

“What?”

“I’m only around for two months, right?”

“Right.”

“Spend those two months with me.” I look into her eyes. “I want to be with you, Vanessa.”

“Sal—”

“I’ll be gone before I have a chance to disappoint you.” When the words leave my mouth, I try to ignore how pathetic they sound. “We’re adults, not dumb kids. We won’t lose our heads.” I run my fingers through her silky hair. “I swear to God, every time I look at you, I feel . . .” I reach for the most honest word I can find. “Thirsty.”

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Review of Revelations (Infinity Series #1) by Bellamy Westbay

“Magic’s just science we don’t understand yet…” 

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 331 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

When modern-day twists with the old texts from the creation of time, you find a story that leads a group of friends on a journey, one that will change their lives and possibly the world’s….

Gwen Adams was faced a tough decision. On one side there was Alexander, the rich, powerful, devastatingly sexy man who intoxicated her with his very presence. On the other, the poor, hardworking, and gorgeous Ky, who’d earned her friendship and stolen her heart.

Alexander Prescott was bored with the predictability of eternity when his world was rocked by a beautiful woman who looked exactly like his long lost love. Despite the fact that she was human, he knew he’d found the woman destined for him. That was, until he met Gwen.

As outside forces push Alexander and Gwen together, another more sinister force lurks in the shadows, determined to destroy him.

Torn between the woman destined for him, and the one he desperately desired, what would he do?

This book is the first in a series that will take you on a unique journey of love, lust, revenge, and betrayal.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Gwen is a lonely girl who’s always left alone by her parents, who keeps having boy issues, and feels like an emotional yo-yo, but she still remains her sweet and caring self. She likes helping people and she likes taking care of people.

Ty has been one of Gwen’s best friends for a couple of years, but he’s always longed for her. Once she gave in and started dating him he betrayed her trust and left her brokenhearted and without the friend she once had.

Alexander is an angel. He’s fought may wars for Heaven, but his hardest battle is yet to come. He’s torn between the visual version of his long ago lost love and the girl whose every sense calls to his own. One will love him and one will betray him in the most evil of ways.

Revelations is an engrossing story that will hold you captive with its suspense…that is if you can get past the ever jumping the storyline does. I started dreading the infinity symbols as every time they appear the story jumps forward. Sometimes it was easy to follow, but more times than not it took a minute to figure out what happened and where I was causing the spell of being engrossed to be temporarily halted.

All I can say is just when you think you know a character beware because no one is as they seem and I have a feeling that there’s more to come as the series continues. The writing style may not be my favorite, however, the story itself is interesting enough to make me want to continue reading just to see where it goes. Of course, that may have to do with the slight cliffhanger book one ends on.

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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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BLOG TOUR: Review of Legend’s Promise (Legends of Dare #1) by Dani Jace

“She might as well have drained his brain with his dick.”

 

Genre:Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 91 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Hawk shifter, and bad-boy biker, Shane Cheveyo spent years trying to outride his secret life and memories of his first love, who left without a word. When his great-grandfather, the legendary chieftain of their tribe passes to his next life, Cheyenne is drawn back home to the Outer Banks of North Carolina out of respect for her heritage. Rekindled passion reveals their true magical natures, but will it save them or separate their destinies forever. (This is an enhanced re-release of White Doe with new title and cover)

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Shane is one determined man. He knows that he want Cheyenne back and he’ll stop at nothing to make it happen. Of course it doesn’t take much convincing because Cheyenne is drawn to Shane just as much as he is to her.

Legend’s Promise is a Native American tale about tribal history, customs, and the power that lie in their blood. Cheyenne is unique and her gifts hold great mystery. Shane loves being able to shift and soar high above, but keeping it secret from the woman he loves is killing him. What he doesn’t know is that she has a secret of her own. Seems a lot of people in this book have “secrets”. You’d figure with them all being part of the same tribe that they’d share information like that. Maybe the new chief will change the system.

There is a little suspense, but when it came right down to it the suspenseful moment I was waiting for fell completely flat. I was disappointed there wasn’t more to it, especially when it was hyped up here and there throughout the story. The ending is fast. Like boom, boom, done. It’s like everyone settles into the roles they were meant to have and then tied it all up with a ring.

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Excerpt:

She gripped the counter behind her. He’d never believed the bit about her mom changing jobs. If she revealed the real reason they’d left Manteo, he’d think her insane. “I’d never betray you, Shane.” Her words spilled out, sounding breathless.

The back of his knees hit the chair, skidding it backward. It tipped over as he closed in on her like a predator. His eyes darkened to molten caramel as his nostrils flared. Over two hundred pounds of sinewy muscles trapped her against the counter while large hands rested at her lower back.

Stunned, she froze. Anger and passion mixed. The pungent aroma of whiskey wafted from masculine lips hovering inches from hers.

In mocked defiance, she raised her chin. The act forced him to pause, but only for a second, before claiming her mouth.

Savagely.

Branding her.

As he had when she was sixteen.

Freewill gone, she melted into his hard embrace and prodding erection. His tongue swept past her teeth with hunger as he lifted her onto the counter.

“God, Chey.” He hissed, squeezing her ass, making her wet with need.

His hands roved under her skirt, skimming the tops of her thighs until his fingers caught the band of her silk thong. Like a hunter, he shredded the flimsy barrier.

Her head fell back in surrender as her hips bucked forward. Far better than whiskey, his touch drugged her, weakened her defenses. Nothing had changed.

 

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Review of Claimed By Power (Empire of Angels #1) by Zoey Ellis

“I trained you to protect yourself.”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 188 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Not all angels are angelic…

Thea Robinson has never needed anyone’s charity. Sure, her impoverished existence isn’t desired by most, but her ability to manipulate people’s emotions helps her to blend into the shadows of an unforgiving city. When hideous creatures threaten her life, a surly but gorgeous stranger shows up revealing a world she didn’t know existed. She refuses to put up with his rude, arrogant attitude, but how do you dismiss a warrior angel? And does she really want to when his stormy gaze sends delicious thrills straight to her core?

Cam is one of the most ruthless Power angels in the fight against evil. His devotion to kill demons has made him a celebrated warrior in the Angel Realm, even though his motivation stems from grief. When he is assigned to train and protect a half-angel just coming into her abilities, his rage is unparalleled. Until he realizes Thea isn’t like any others. She stirs a carnal passion in him that he can’t shake. He never counted on her being so beautiful… so fierce… so most definitely his.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Thea knows she can manipulate people’s emotions, it’s saved her on more than one occasion, but that doesn’t mean she understands how she’s able to do it. When Cam confronts her and tells her what she is she’s extremely hostile with him. She’s a survivor; always doing whatever it takes. Cam wants her to be a warrior; something she’s not entirely sure she’s capable of, at least not by herself.

Cam is a demon killing angel. He’s a warrior. And when he gets his new assignment, training, he isn’t too thrilled at the prospect. After meeting Thea he’ll discover she’ll drive him insane, push his boundaries, make him want to renig on a vow, and ultimately make him do anything to have her beside him.

Their connection is destined. Their bond tight. Now if only those pesky human emotions didn’t hinder everything.

Claimed by Power has a few passionate moments, some semi-intense battle moments, and a whole lot of girlie attitude. It did seem to kind of fall flat for me in spots, but I have hope that Empire of Angels #2 will dig a little deeper into the characters and develop into something even better.

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Review of Bossed by Sloane Howell

Sorry, does my love of baseball offend you?

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 203 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

He’s the boss. But she’s ready to take charge. 

Jenny: Job interviews are a bitch under the best of circumstances, but when your potential boss is the world’s biggest prick, that’s when you should simply walk away. It’s just that I need this job so badly—and I’m mesmerized by Ethan Mason’s piercing gaze. Men like him aren’t supposed to exist in real life. But under the tailored suits and GQ looks, Ethan simmers with barely restrained ambition. And no matter how hard I work to fight the attraction, I’m going to get burned.

Ethan: You don’t become a top agent without learning how to close a deal. I always get what—or who—I want, by staying cool and in command. Then Jenny Jackson walks into my office with her lush curves and “screw you” attitude and blows away my intentions of keeping things professional. All I can think about is exploring the perfect body hidden beneath those conservative clothes or shutting her saucy mouth with one hot kiss. Jenny’s worth breaking the rules over—if I can convince her to break the rules for me. 

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Jenny Jackson hates to interview. When you need a job, you go all in. Her boss is going to be the most arrogant beautiful man she has ever seen. Landing the job will set her attitude and skin on fire.

Ethan Mason has a thing for Jenny’s sassiness. So much so that he wants to explore her hidden features. Putting him in his place during the interview did not help at all. He knows that Jenny is the right person for the job but he needs to teach her to control her mouth.

This was a fun read. Jenny and Ethan clashed at first. I think because they both want to be alphas in life. In the end they found their middle ground. The chemistry was hot between them. Overall this was a good read.

 

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