Review of Malsum Pass (Malsum Pass #1) by Kimberly Forrest

“I can’t believe she shot someone.”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance

Book Length (Est.): 282 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

After locating some letters her mother had kept hidden from her all her life, Tara Mason journeys to the small town of Malsum Pass, Vermont to find the family she never knew she had and to discover just why her mother had kept this place such a secret.

The town seems idyllic despite the townspeople’s odd habit of staring and… sniffing? And her new neighbor Riley Cooper looks like he could have been conjured from one of Tara’s fantasies, but there is definitely more going on here than meets the eye. Tara is determined to uncover all of the secrets, even if it reveals things she never knew about herself.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Tara grew up with her mother and step-father, but after her mother passes away she finally learns the secrets of where her family comes from and everything that goes with it. Wanting to connect to her roots she travels to find her long lost grandfather and ends up finding a lot more.

Riley is drawn to Tara the moment he sees her and goodness gracious he doesn’t seem happy to have to wait. HE’s a downright pain in the rear that needs his mouth taped closed half the time, but whereas his mouth gets him in trouble his actions make him seems quite wonderful.

Malsum Pass is what I imagine a Disney shifter book would be like. Yes there’s a little violence, nudity, and sex, but the townspeople are one song away from being a Disney cast. Everyone is too nice and accepting that I kept waiting for something sinister, but even the ‘evil’ stepmother was disappointing in that aspect.

The writing itself was in serious need of an editor. Sentence structure and punctuation can be quite annoying to read when it’s incorrect.

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Review of Ticket to Love (A Cedar Falls Love Story #1) by R.C. Matthews

“Before today, I never wanted to be a crumb of cake so badly.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 292 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

After only one year on the police force, I’m already eyeing my first promotion. Chasing my dreams is hard when my family is disappointed that I chose not to run our B&B. Not to mention writing tickets, keeping the peace, and arresting criminals is hard on your love life.

That’s why I went for Don: he’s smoking hot and just passing through town. Our evening between the sheets was perfect … until it wasn’t. Turns out my one-night stand is actually my best friend’s wedding planner. He’s hanging out in our small town for the next three months, meeting with my friends, negotiating deals, looking at houses, and oh—he’s also the main suspect in my first police investigation. The case I must solve to become a detective. And the crux of it all? I’m falling head over heels for the guy.

I’ve dreamed my whole life of this promotion. I thought I’d never find love. Now I’m afraid I might lose both.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from NK Author Services in exchange for an honest review.*

Kristy just celebrated her first year of being a police officer and she’s working hard to get detective, but her first case has her newfound love interest as a possible suspect. He’s also present at several other crimes making it difficult for her to do her job when her heart keeps second guessing everything and vice versa.

Don is a wedding planner. It isn’t a job most men do, but he has his reasons, and he’s damn good at it. He has a way of making everyone feel included, averting possible problems, and doing it all with a genuine smile. He’s a sweetheart and he knows what he wants in life. He just wish Kristy was as sure of herself as he was of her.

Ticket to Love has more small town drama than romance or suspense. Everything seems to revolve around the small town life and small town politics and it drowns out the romance. And yes there’s a little suspense, but it’s not really suspenseful if that makes any sense whatsoever. Most of the time it’s finding out about Don’s past and why he should be a suspect, everything outside of that just sort of happens and then bam the culprit is identified.

It didn’t draw me into the story like I would have wanted. Even though it’s written in first person I felt like an outsider looking in. Don’s character felt more developed than Kristy’s, which seeing as how it’s from her POV may be the reason for the disconnect.

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BLOG TOUR – Review of Living with Her One-Night Stand (The Loft #1) by Noelle Adams

“What was the best sex you’ve ever had?”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 162 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Jill has never been good at taking risks, but she spends one hot night with a sexy stranger, knowing she’ll never see him again. Then Lucas shows up the next morning as her new roommate. He was supposed to be a one-night stand, but now he’ll be living in the empty room in her shared apartment for the next six months.

Jill needs stability and a long-term relationship, and she knows Lucas can never give her those things. He’s looking for a life free of commitments or obligations. She knows he’s wrong for her. She shouldn’t want him for more than one night.

But she lives with him. He’s around all the time–with his sexy smile and his hard body and the soft heart he pretends not to have. Not wanting him isn’t really an option.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Jill is a sweet girl who got done wrong by the man she expected to spend forever with. Now she’s out to find her ‘forever man’. She wants the man, the house, the family, the roots. What she didn’t expect was to get stood up and find herself talking to a hot stranger in a bar. Nor did she expect to find herself in bed with him having the hottest sex she’s ever had. And she definitely did not expect to see him in her home the next morning as her new roommate.

Lucas’ life changed two years ago and now he’s a drifter with no ties to anything or anyone. He likes it that way. He never expected actually developing feelings for the hot little thing he met in a bar, but once he moved in as her roommate and seeing her everyday he couldn’t resist. He fought against it, but he never truly was a drifter, he was a forever kind of man too.

Living With Her One-Night Stand brings everyone’s worse nightmare into reality. I mean who’d want a one-night stand to show up as their roommate the next day…? Lucky for Jill and Lucas it’s exactly what they both needed to happen. Sometimes fate has a strange way of making things work out.

I will always prefer stories told in first person, but sometimes third person can be good too…this is not one of those times. It gives too much nonessential information and at times I’d be like “goodness gracious get on with it already”. However, it’s not a bad story. I enjoyed the overall situation. I just didn’t like the writing style and it made it difficult to fully enjoy.

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Excerpt:

On Monday morning, Jill overslept.

She set her alarm for seven, but it was seven thirty-five when she finally woke up. As soon as she registered the time, she flew out of bed and ran to the bathroom.

She hated being late. As much as it annoyed her when other people were late, she hated it even more when it was her.

She took a three-minute shower, grabbed an outfit that wouldn’t take any effort to pull together—a knee-length A-line dress in a vintage print—and snatched a handful of jewelry that might possibly work with it. She’d barely gotten her shoes on before she was rushing into the kitchen to get some coffee.

Michelle was at the counter with her laptop as she always was, eating cereal and working. But what surprised Jill was finding that Lucas was up too.

He didn’t have to work. He didn’t have a schedule. He could still be in bed.

But there he was, sitting at the counter with a cup of coffee, putzing on his phone. Wearing nothing but a pair of old sweatpants. His hair was mussed, he needed to shave, and he wasn’t wearing a shirt.

So the first thing Jill saw as she came into the kitchen was a whole lot of gorgeous male back and shoulders and arms.

She didn’t need to see that this morning.

She dumped her pile of jewelry on the counter as she poured herself a cup of coffee.

“Morning,” Lucas said, sounding friendly and casual.

What was he even doing up this early?

And why did he have to sound so awake? Awake and masculine. Awake and masculine and sexy.

First thing on a Monday morning.

She did her best to suppress a snarl.

“You’re running late,” Michelle said, without looking up from her laptop. “Did you oversleep?”

“I don’t want to talk about it.” Jill was trying to drink her coffee and put on her earnings, bracelets, necklace, and rings at the same time.

Lucas was watching her with laid-back interest in his green eyes.

She tried not to snarl at him again.

His eyebrows went up slightly, and she realized she must not have done a good job at the suppression.

She turned her back to him, reaching into the cupboard for a breakfast bar. She preferred to eat cereal, but she didn’t have time this morning. She kept her back to Lucas as she gulped down more of her coffee.

“You missed a button.”

She stiffened, glancing over her shoulder to verify that Lucas had been talking to her. “What?”

“You missed a button.” He gestured toward her dress. “You want me to get it?”

“I can get it,” she gritted out, contorting her arms until she could feel which button on the back of her dress was undone. Discovering it, she stretched her shoulders painfully so she could button it.

When she glanced back over at Lucas, she saw that his mouth was tilted up slightly.

He was laughing at her. Silently but definitely laughing.

She didn’t try to hide her snarl this time.

He didn’t have to be up and dressed and at work by eight in the morning. He didn’t have to sit there in her kitchen, looking smug and gorgeous and amused and irresistibly rumpled when she could barely pull it together.

What kind of malicious turn of fate had made him her roommate at all?

When she’d managed her button, she poured more coffee into her cup and took it with her, grabbing her bag on her way out as she left.

She did remember to mumble out a “See you later,” before she closed the door.

It was just the first Monday morning of Lucas living in her apartment.

It was going to be a long six months.

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Review of Forget You (The Kingman Brothers #1) by Nina Crespo

“It may have happened once, but we’re not done.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 183 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Sophie Jordan dreams about hooking up with Nicolas “King” Kingman—the gorgeous CEO of her company—but as her boss, he’ll always remain out of reach. King knows he isn’t built for happily-ever-afters and only indulges in brief romantic encounters. But when Sophie agrees to fill in as his last-minute date to a charity gala, an unexpected discovery quickly escalates their platonic relationship to one of passion.

King is determined to ignore their attraction and, feeling betrayed, Sophie severs ties with him and the company. Everything changes, however, when he’s injured in an accident, and Sophie agrees to help until he closes a major deal. Unfortunately, he’s developed amnesia, and although he doesn’t remember their night together, desire binds them in ways they can’t resist.

Time is running out on closing the deal, as well as Sophie moving on to her new career. Will King deny love in favor of winning and lose Sophie forever?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Sophie loves working as King’s assistant. The increasing daydreams about him are more of an annoyance than anything, but when the chance presents itself she can’t refuse. Too bad she didn’t listen to her inner voice because sleeping with the commitment-phobe boss isn’t exactly the best way to better a work relationship.

“Magnum. More like mag-DAMN. She’d orgasmed harder than she’d ever had in her life.”

King promised his brother that there would be no work romances to complicate their office, but one taste of Sophie and he can’t stop. If he could just move past it and get Sophie to forget it ever happened then his life would be great. But she can’t and then he’s in an accident and can’t remember the past few weeks. Lucky for him, bad for her.

“Having sex isn’t the problem. It’s the emotions that come with it.”

King may not be Sophie’s favorite person, but when he needs her, when the company needs her, she’s there. She won’t put her personal dreams on the line to do it, but she does way too much for someone w ho treated her like one of his many flings. It’s funny because I hated him in the beginning, hated her in the middle, and then just kind of felt they deserved each other in the end.

Forget You is a sort of second chance book. Once all of the red tape is gone it’s easier for them to actually see each other for who they are. King thinks he’s his father’s son and afraid to be more. Sophie is afraid to follow her dreams and let her mom down if she fails.

King’s amnesia and the way he keeps seeing things that remind him of things that he can’t place is probably accurate, but after so much it gets old fast. I found myself getting annoyed at points. And with Sophie putting herself second to him after the way he treated her…I wanted to smack her upside the head. I did not like the characters at all, and the storyline was easily foreseen.

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Review of Ruined By Power (Empire of Angels #2) by Zoey Ellis

“I need you. And I will always protect you.”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 212 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

“I will not tolerate him touching you, looking at you, breathing any air you breathe.” He kissed her hard and pulled her into his body as his desire burned. “You’re mine.”

Powerful, half-angel Thea faces the scrutiny of the Angel Realm and is beginning to realize that angels are nothing like how they are depicted in the human world. She is intrigued to hear information about her family and pursues the history that has been hidden to her for so long. As Thea tries to get the answers she needs, her faith in Cam is shaken when truths about him are revealed.

Power angel Cam is concerned when he realizes the Angel Realm has plans for Thea he wasn’t made aware of. He fights to keep her close and protect her from the challenges she faces. However, when the pressures on their relationship bear down, he teeters on the edge of a darkness that could cause her to walk away from him forever.

Ruined by Power is the second book in the Empire of Angels series, a paranormal alpha angel romance series. If you’re a fan of alpha heroes, powerful heroines, paranormal worlds and destined mates, start with the first book, Claimed By Power.

About the end: This book is a continuation of Cam and Thea’s story and there is cliff-hanger at the end.

Sexual scenes and strong language included. Not suitable for readers under 18.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Ruined by Power picks up right where Claimed by Power left off with Thea arriving in the Angel Realm. And boy oh boy it’s one hot entrance.

Thea is adjusting to a new place, new people, and basically an entirely new way of life. She needs Cam for support, but he’s dealing with his own issues and an assignment that’s putting a lot of pressure on him.

A place that should bring them closer as mates is slowly tearing them apart. Nothing is happening like either  of them thought it would and neither have control of any of it.

Thea’s learning more about her past, her mother, and herself.   And Cam’s losing himself a little at a time as he battles his way through the Legion demons.

As the story progresses you’ll see the tribulations of love and also its strengths, but beware… the ending… definitely an OMG type of cliffhanger!

On a side note:  there’s so much miscommunication and the sex is sometimes used like a weapon or maybe even a bandage… only destroying or healing, not just for the love and passion it once was. It was too much at times.

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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 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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