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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 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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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 Stripped Bare (A Vegas Billionaire Novel) by Heidi McLaughlin

I’ve died and gone to Cinderella fucking heaven.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 217 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

They don’t call it the Strip for nothing. . . .

In this sinfully sexy Las Vegas romance from bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, a man who has it all reunites with a woman who takes it all off.

Living in Sin City, Finn McCormick is no stranger to one-night stands, but the last person he expects to find losing big on the casino floor is a former high school fling. Even though Macey Webster’s clearly down on her luck, she’s still a knockout, and she’s dressed like a stripper—because she is one. Drunk off an unfamiliar cocktail of lust, pity, and compassion, Finn offers to pay Macey’s debts if she cuddles up to him around town . . . and does whatever he wants between the sheets.

Macey came to Vegas for one reason only: money. She’s got a young daughter to support, and the tips really are bigger in Vegas. But when she blows her earnings on blackjack, her guardian angel is the rich boy who once stole her heart and never called her back. Although Macey would love to turn the tables on Finn, she can’t afford to refuse his proposition—and soon she’s enjoying herself much more than she cares to admit. Macey’s used to baring her flesh, but baring her soul will take far more courage. 

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Finn McCormick is a very wealthy man. He is no stranger to one night stands or having any woman that he wants. When he sees a familiar face in his hotel he must find out more about her.

Macey Webster is a single mother and will do anything to make sure her child is taken care of. Being a stripper in a small town does not pay the bills. When a friend tells her the money is bigger in Vegas she decides to give it a try. What she did not count on was running into a former fling that could turn her world upside down.

Finn remembers Macey from a one night stand that they had as kids. He knows that she still seems hurt by the past but he is drawn to her and will spend time with her at any cost. When he asks her to be his for a week she cannot refuse the proposition since she already lost all her money in blackjack. As they spend time together Macey and Finn tend to get lost in each other. Macey is hiding a very big secret from Finn that could cost her everything.

This was a fun read for me although I could predict the outcome early on. Macey wants to do what is best for her and her daughter’s future. Finn is willing to give her more than enough money just to get to spend time with her.  One thing is for sure, secrets will always be revealed.

 

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Review of Reaper’s Rival (Satan’s Sons MC #2) by Simone Elise

“I told you a long time ago I loved you unconditionally.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, MC Romance, Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 532 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

The steamy and dramatic sequel to the Best Selling Reaper’s Claim by Simone Elise.

After the events of the first book Abby has joined her half sister’s gang Hellbound. Can Reaper claim her back?

Reaper:
This life gives you regrets on a silver platter. This life makes you colder, and there is a coldness in you now Abby, and I don’t like seeing it. It is what I was trying to protect you from. You always had an innocent heart, but something got inside and messed around with it, and I don’t like it. You can come back from this. Let me take all the bad from you, so you can go back to being you. Ain’t ever gonna stop trying to make you mine.

Abby:
You have to lose yourself to really find yourself. You have to crawl through the dark times to understand and crave the light. And sometimes you need to lose the man you love to realize that what you had in the first place was in fact love. We had a history between us. But more importantly, we had love between us and time doesn’t affect love, or at least I hope it won’t affect our love. Right now I don’t belong anywhere, but I know that no matter what happens or where I am, my heart will always belong to him.

Being together might be dangerous, but outlaws are meant to break the rules.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

First I have to say that I was given an ARC of Reaper’s Claim (Satan’s Sons MC #1) and apparently it was split into two separate books because most of what is in Reaper’s Rival was in the original copy I read/reviewed, therefore, my review fits for this book too. However, there is one part that was added and for me it not only messed up the flow of the story, but it also added a few continuity issues. I personally liked the original version better.

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Abby was the President of Satan Son’s MC’s daughter. Her and her twin sister were raised in the club and although she may hate it at times it’s who she is.

Reaper isn’t the type of man you want to cross paths with and he was perfectly fine with who he was…until he realized how much Abby kept crossing his mind.

“I would never let you down. I would never have hurt you. I would have given up everything for you. I would have fought everything and everyone for you. You were my world, Abby, and you just ripped it away from me.”

Reaper’s Rival isn’t just one plot, its several wrapped up in motorcycles, club politics, tightly wound emotions, and some badass people. This isn’t a sweet romance, this is a look into the keep dark corners of club life and how it affects all the people in it. Abby and Reaper may have a connection that keeps pulling them back to one another, but when they’re apart all hell breaks loose.

There is so much that happens in this book that I feel like giving any details will give away the storyline. I can say this… Satan’s Sons MC is a very long story, it starts when Abby is 16 and takes place over many years. I’m not sure where Reaper’s Claim left off since I originally read the version where book one and two were all one book, however I cans say that the pages are still filled with perfect balances of love and hate; passion and death; pain and family; misunderstandings and trust. It was easy to get pulled into, but let me warn you there is one hell of a cliffhanger ending. 

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Review of Sentinel’s Kiss (Sentinels of Babylon) by Jamie K. Schmidt

Once a soldier, Always a soldier.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 216 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

A fiercely protective bad boy. An innocent reporter in serious trouble. They shouldn’t work, but after he throws her onto his bike, there’s no going back.

If Josh Lehman learned one thing as a Green Beret, it’s patience. Josh founded the Sentinels of Babylon because he was sick and tired of watching scumbags cheat the system—scumbags like the man who murdered his sister. Of course, if Josh’s sniper rifle was linked to the death of his ex-brother-in-law, that might be a problem. The bigger problem is the nosy reporter who’s this close to exposing the club. Josh has to find a way to keep her hot mouth from talking . . . but he’ll be damned if he lets someone take her from him. Not on his watch.

Ashley Carver thought she’d do anything for a scoop. That was before her latest story leads to multiple attempts on her life. Ashley’s been investigating a homicide that has gone unsolved for five years when she uncovers evidence tying the vigilantes of the Sentinels of Babylon to a revenge killing. Now she’s in their crosshairs. But after Josh defies all notions of club loyalty to come to Ashley’s aid, soon they’re burning up the sheets—and taking on the world.

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Josh Lehman is a member of the Sentinels of Babylon. He became a member because he was tired of watching scumbags cheat the system. His sister was recently murdered and he has his eyes on his brother in law. Josh must show some patience and wait until the time is right so he cannot be linked to his murder.

Ashley Carver is a reporter and is wanting to do a follow up story on an unsolved murder. She must get in close with the husband of the deceased and the brother. Ashley knows Josh because the last time that she seen him they were in the backseat of his car after his sister’s funeral.

Josh finally found where his sister’s husband has been hiding out for the past two years. Keeping an eye on him and waiting until the right time to make his move is interrupted by the beautiful Ashley trying to get a story.  However, she brings him new information that might just stop him from going after the husband. All bets are off when Ashley is the one that ends up in danger.

Josh and Ashley have a chemistry that they know will have them under the sheets if they get to close together. Josh is counting on that.

This is the second book in the Sentinels of Babylon series. These are a good read if you like the idea of vigilantes cleaning up the streets after the system lets the bad guys go free.  Someone must do the dirty work, right? 

 

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