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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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Review of Good Girl’s Guide to Talking Dirty (Girl’s Guide to Love #1) by Alice Faris

“Precision matters in a lot of things.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 360 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

Talking dirty as a phone sex operator isn’t what straight laced school psychologist East Winters had in mind as a portable counseling job. But after being budget-cut out of employment, she needs the cash to get out of town fast and hitchhike to Maine for her dream job working at a school with a bigger pocketbook and no knowledge of her family’s nasty history.

Ex history teacher, Ansel Andersson, resents his boss tacking on a team driver at the last minute for his first cross-country delivery. Sure, she’s a sexy redhead that gets him hot and bothered, but he had other plans. Historical sites. Greasy food. Avoiding his PTSD issues from surviving a shooting. Oh that—he’d rather not think about it.

You know what? Maybe this clean, proper psychologist is exactly the perfect distraction. If he could only get her to stop running off blushing into her phone, he’d teach her all kinds of filthy things.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

East is trying to start over new somewhere far away from where rumors can run her life. And to get there she took on a job that she isn’t too thrilled about. But it’s the journey there that will ultimately rewrite her future.

Ansel is running from his life and what everyone thinks he should be doing. He’s attempting the fake it to you make it routine, which doesn’t exactly work with an intriguing redhead is always around. He’s stuck in a place where terror still has a grip on him and it keeps him from moving forward and until he has the strength to face it he’ll never move forward.

“Her. The dick whisperer – and wouldn’t the moment be complete when, yep, his body reacted positively to the news. Shit.”

Stuck in a truck together. Neither too happy about their circumstances. Each wishing they were making the journey alone. Good Girl’s Guide to Talking Dirty takes you on a road trip that will force two people into situations that will bring them closer than either wishes for. They’ll each have to overcome their own hurdles before either can open up to the other, but they each do so in their own time.

“You’re hot,” she blurted. He stopped, twisted around to look at her. “I mean I’m hot. You must be hot. We’re all hot. It’s just…hot.”

East is entirely too awkward and bumbling in the beginning, but her character does eventually develop into more. It’s the getting to it part that kept me not as interested as I wanted to be. It is an okay book and the storyline is good, but I just didn’t care all that much for the characters.

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Review of All I Ever Wanted (Heartthrob #1) by Luann McLane

“Compromise.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 250 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

From author LuAnn McLane comes the first in a brand new series featuring the sexy Heart brothers: formerly the members of the cult-phenomenon boy band Heartbeat, they’re all grown up and back together for one last reunion tour…

When Grady Heart, former lead singer of the cult-phenomenon boy band Heartbeat and eldest of the brothers, decides to bring the group back together for a highly anticipated reunion concert, he doesn’t expect to be met with so much resistance from his brothers. He also doesn’t expect them to hire his ex-girlfriend and ex-Heartbeat choreographer Arabella York to help the band rock some new dance moves.

Back in Heartbeat’s glory days the brooding bad boy fell hard for Arabella; the studious, stable dance teacher tamed Grady’s wild side but her lack of trust in him eventually drove them apart. Although their chemistry burns hotter than ever, Grady tries to keep his relationship with Arabella strictly professional this time around but in his heart, he might just still long to find out what could have been.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review*

Grady is the lead singer of Heartbeat and the eldest of the brothers. Since they’d all outgrown the “boy band” age they were only reuniting to do a benefit to help their mother’s charity.

They’re all out of shape and out of practice…not that they’d admit to that easily…and getting their old coordinator back would be ideal. Only problem with that is Grady and Arabella had a past and he doesn’t want her anywhere around him.

Thank goodness his brothers never listen.

Arabella left Heartbeat with a broken heart and something a little extra. She never wanted to go back although her heart never truly left. She has a little issue with her business and so when she’s asked to work with them again she knows financially she has to take it, but seeing Grady again…she don’t know if she can take that.

Of course it doesn’t take long for sparks to reignite and walls to fall.

The storyline was okay, there were a few twists thrown in. The only part I had a difficulty with was getting interested in it. The beginning is slow and whiny. Nothing even remotely interesting happens until about a quarter of the way through.

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Review of Taken By The MC (Penetrators MC #1) by Devyn Douglas

“You’ve always got an out Harmony.”

Genre: Erotica

Book Length (Est.): 110 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Sometimes you have to get dirty…

There’s no one dirtier than the local MC.

Harmony’s used to her mom’s BS hitting her doorstep. She’s mastered saving her mom’s ass, but her latest stunt might get them both killed. The local drug dealer, as well as the Mexican Mafia, want blood. Unfortunately, the sexy MC President wants more from Harmony. To keep them both breathing, she’ll work off the debt—on her knees. A slave to the MC.

No one was ever supposed to find out about Harmony’s darkest fantasies—but the Penetrators MC has, and they intend to fulfill every dirty detail.

 

Mindy’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from After Glows Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Harmony has always been attracted to the local MC’s President and Vice President. Now that Harmony is paying off her mother’s debt to the local MC and they learn about her naughty fantasies they make her a slave to the MC.

I have been debating on how I want to rate this book. The title of the book is exactly what you get. The storyline is solid, the men in the book are true alphas,  and you are warned in the synopsis that she becomes a slave to the local MC. However, I am still trying to put my thoughts together. I love alpha men, I love bikers and I love when they are combined into a great read. What I am not sure about is Harmony. Yes she has fantasies and she becomes a true slave in this book. No back talk, no resistance, just does as she is told. WHAT?

Overall this is a good fast paced read.

 

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Review of Speared by a Merman: A Merman Erotic Short Story by Shady Fae

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“Now that’s how you Zen.”

 

Genre: Erotica, Short Story

Book Length (Est.): 14 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Fantasy. Desire. Tail-pounding water sex.

Pop star sensation Jacee needs some Zen time, far from the hectic hubub of prying paparazzi and raving fans. So when she takes her private yacht out to sea, she figures the only action she’ll get is inside one of the romance books she brought — or with the captain, though he’s not exactly her type.

Imagine her surprise when a man pops out of the water as she’s lounging on the deck, sipping on wine and considering her options.

Except he’s not a man.

The exotic merman is all muscle, dimples, and cerulean eyes, and she soon finds out he’s more than ready to take her for a ride. All she has to do is say yes and dive into the real-life fantasy swimming in front of her.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Jacee is a pop star who needs some zen time away from the paparazzi. On a yacht with only her captain she realizes how boring it can be without technology to keep her entertained. She even contemplates maybe sleeping with him to pass the time. But then a sexy merman appears and suddenly she mentions that she doesn’t just fall into bed with anyone. That was a little amusing since she just commented on the captain being a potential partner and then immediately starts drooling over Cerulean.

Cerulean is a merman who saw a goddess he wants to spear. And spear her he shall.

Speared by a Merman is exactly what the title says. It’s a quickie read about a bored girl and a horny merman who find passion amongst the waves. If you’re looking for any sort of depth you will not find it here, but if you want to know what it’s like to be with a merman and only have fifteen minutes to spare then this is the book for you. However, I should warn you that it’s kind of written like a cheesy porn with things like… “He filled her, his squirt bathing her insides.” Yeah, that makes me laugh every time I read it.

Jenn 3 Heart

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Review of Sydan: Galactic Guardians by Cianna Rafael

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“I fear I am becoming dangerously enraptured by you.”

 

Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy

Book Length (Est.): 163 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Rowan Sharpe Is surviving on a ravaged earth… barely. An alien invasion has left her with nothing except her survival instincts and a few stolen canned goods. When a sexy alien warrior swoops in and takes her to his ship, she is sure she is done for. And in a way she is.

Sydan is not just any alien warrior, he is a Prince. He’s charming, good looking and trained in combat to be a defender of the galaxies. He’s been happy living the life of a bachelor soldier, being with whomever he desires. But a chance encounter with Rowan Sharpe has changed all of that.

The Varikan mating bond is strong, and evokes deep passion with those that have been pulled together. Rowan and Sydan must decide if the reward of their mating is worth the risks.

Just when life is finally turning around, it becomes abundantly clear that some people are not happy about this intergalactic affair and will stop at nothing to prevent it from happening. Will Sydan and Rowan be able to enjoy the pleasures of mated life or will their relationship parish before it has really had a chance to start?

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Rowan goes through a lot in a very short amount of time. From student to surviving a planetary attack, to finding out she’s the mate of an alien, to transforming her DNA (along with a few other modifications), to being a Princess and a mom. The fact that she handles everything with such ease made her a little unrelateable. Don’t get me wrong, she does have emotions and sometimes they are fierce, but overall she just kind of accepts the hand she’s dealt and moves forward.

Sydan never expected to find his mate on Earth, but one touch and they both end up with the mark stating it’s truth. He struggles a little with fearing rejection, but he’s a sweet, sexy, warrior winged Prince…what more could an Earth girl want?!

“Being mated to you is going to give me a terrible ego. I quite like being the sex fantasy husband.”

Sydan: Galactic Guardians navigates the borderline between peace and war amongst alien beings. It will bring you into the depths of the Varikan people and how they and their world differs from ours.

Everything between Rowan and Sydan happens very quickly and then they are thrown into chaos. Deceit, betrayal, and family secrets fill the pages alongside love, faith, and hot alien sex.

There are several parts that seemed to lack depth and therefore it had a difficult time holding my attention, but simple curiosity kept me turning the pages.

 

Jenn 3 Heart

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