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Review of Hooked On You by Brittany Anne

“Sometimes, you need to fight for what you want in life.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 217 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

They were each other’s biggest mistakes. Hers, for letting him in, and his, for letting her go.

Seven years after what was supposed to be the best night of Victoria’s life, she is finally ready to return home and face the memories that she spent so long running away from. She is certain she has moved on, but the minute she sees Gabe Matthews, all of the feelings she repressed come right back up to the surface. Gabe says he’s changed, but can she ever truly trust the man who shattered her heart all those years ago?

Gabe Matthews was not a good man, but he had spent the last three years doing everything he could to redeem himself. When the only girl he ever truly cared for walks back into his life, he is faced with the ultimate test: do the right thing and let her go, like he tried to do so many years ago, or be selfish and make her his. He wants to be the good guy, but sometimes, chemistry just can’t be controlled, and Gabe will be damned if he lets Victoria walk out of his life a second time.

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This book contains mature content and language, including (but not limited to) sexy romance scenes and plenty of f-bombs. You’ve been warned.

Mindy’s Review:

Gabe Matthews has spent the last several years trying to be a better man. Losing his sister at a young age made him get sober. He feels it is his fault for not being a good example. Gabe has made some bad decisions in his life and all he wants to do is find happiness.

Victoria knows all about Gabe and who he is. When he walks into her life again she tries to keep her feelings suppressed and remember that her heart was shattered by him all those years ago.

Gabe and Victoria have a rocky past. She was in love with him for so long. That is until he slept with her and then acted like nothing happened the next day. Victoria knew not to get involved with her best friends older brother but her heart lead the way.

This book deals with loss, addiction and love. I really felt for the characters. I could feel their pain while talking about Gabe’s sister. I love how this book was written (although it was predictable). Feeling like you are part of the characters is what really draws you in.

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Review of Knocked Up (Crazy Love #2) by Stacey Lynn

“I’m not falling for Braxton Henley. I’ve already landed.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 3394 locations (estimate)

Book Description/Synopsis:

First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in a baby carriage. Just not necessarily in that order. . . .

Braxton: I should probably be dead or in jail right now. Instead, thanks to some tough love, I worked my ass off and now I own a string of tattoo parlors throughout the Pacific Northwest. And yet the one thing I’ve always wanted—a family—still seems out of reach. When my best friend gets married, I’m just hoping to blow off some steam with the super-hot maid of honor. But after Cara Thompson tracks me down to tell me she’s pregnant, she’s more surprised than I am when I tell her I’m all in.

Cara: For the first time in my life, I’m living for myself—not for my parents and their ridiculous expectations. I gave up on my MBA, dropped out of the Ivy League, and moved to Portland to pursue my dream of becoming an artist. And what’s the first thing I do? Get knocked up. For a tatted-up sex god, Braxton Henley seems way too eager to “be there for me.” Is this guy serious? Maybe. He sure is patient. Because he won’t back down until I admit what I know in my heart: that our one night standmight’ve led me to the one.

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Braxton and Cara have a hot one-night stand at their best friends wedding. Neither one are looking for a relationship but some fun in the sheets cant hurt, can it?

Braxton gets a surprise visit from Cara letting him know that he is going to be a daddy. After letting him know she passes out from being so sick. Cara ends up having a condition that makes her have severe morning sickness throughout her entire pregnancy. Braxton wants to take care of her any way that he can. Including having her move in with him.

Braxton has all he has ever wanted except or a family. Cara seems to bring that straight to him. He will do whatever it takes to make sure that Cara and his baby have all that they need. Braxton never had a family growing up and Cara’s parents are not the parenting type. Together they can make their future very bright. They have to realize they are in love with each other first. Braxton has a hard shell but underneath he is a soft teddy bear that has a heart of gold. Cara wants to be independent but loves being taken care of by Braxton.

This is a very fun book to read. I was unable to put it down once I started.

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Review of Hooked On You (Chicago Rebels #4) by Kate Meader

“Club Chase-Bangs-a-Rebel”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Book Length (Est.): 384 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The steamy Chicago Rebels series returns with this racy and sassy tale of embittered hearts, second chances, and going for the goal—on and off the ice.

Violet Vasquez never met her biological father, so learning he left his beloved hockey franchise—the Chicago Rebels—to her is, well, unexpected. Flat broke and close to homeless, Violet is determined to make the most of this sudden opportunity. Except dear old dad set conditions that require she takes part in actually running the team with the half-sisters she barely knows. Working with these two strangers and overseeing a band of hockey-playing lugs is not on her agenda…until she lays eyes on the Rebels captain and knows she has to have him.

Bren St. James has been labeled a lot of things: the Puck Prince, Lord of the Ice, Hell’s Highlander…but it’s the latest tag that’s making headlines: washed-up alcoholic has-been. This season, getting his life back on track and winning the Cup are his only goals. With no time for relationships—except the fractured ones he needs to rebuild with his beautiful daughters—he’s finding it increasingly hard to ignore sexy, all-up-in-his-beard Violet Vasquez. And when he finds himself in need of a nanny just as the playoffs are starting, he’s faced with a temptation he could so easily get hooked on.

For two lost souls, there’s more on the line than just making the best of a bad situation… there might also be a shot at the biggest prize of all: love.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Simon & Schuster – Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review*

The chemistry between Bren and Violet has been entwined throughout the pages of all three previous books, getting to finally read their story was the icing on the series.

Violet was the mystery Chase child, conceived during a one night stand. She didn’t know her sisters and didn’t really care to…until she had to. Sister nights, as awkward as they were in the beginning, became the bonding time the sisters needed in order to really love one another.

Her first day in Chicago lands her in a bar next to Bren, she’s wanted him since that first day.

Bren’s life went uncontrollably down hill because of his unhappiness and drinking. Luckily his team gave him a chance to clean it up and be the Captain they needed. His focus is on the game, his team, and missing his daughters…not the captivating woman who is always around.

His first day out of rehab landed him opposite some not so happy fans and a beautiful woman who tempted his restraint beyond its limitations…and no matter how badly he wanted Violet he couldn’t tempt his sobriety or his job.

When push comes to shove Violet is the one who comes through for Bren and his daughters. She’s the one he counts on when there’s no one else and when she finally lets down her guard he’ll be the one she learns to depend on. Hooked On You is a powerful story that proves love, when you let it in, can conquer anything. It was the perfect ending to the Chicago Rebels series.

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Review of Undone By You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader

“Leave the orgasm, take the cannoli?” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Gay Romance (M/M)

Book Length (Est.): 147 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Dante Moretti has just landed his dream job: GM of the Chicago Rebels. And screw the haters who think there should be an asterisk next to his name because he’s the first out managing executive in pro hockey. He’s earned the right to be here and nothing will topple him off that perch—especially not an incredibly inconvenient attraction to his star defenseman, Cade “Alamo” Burnett. Cade has always been careful to keep his own desires on the down low, but his hot Italian boss proves to be a temptation he can’t resist. Sure, they both have so much to lose, but no one will ever know…

As Dante and Cade’s taboo affair heats up off the ice and their relationship gets more and more intense, they’ll have to decide: is love worth risking their careers? Or is this romance destined to be forever benched?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Simon & Schuster – Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review*

First of all let me say that this book takes place behind the scenes of books one and two. If you were curious about things Harper or Violet saw…you’ll discover what actually happened when you read Undone By You.

The Chicago Rebels got a new GM…a new gay GM. A sexy, suit wearing Italian that makes Cade’s mouth water. No one knows that Cade is gay or that his hockey hero is none other than their new GM, Dante Moretti, or how his spank bank fantasy just walked into his daily life, and boy does he do a good job at hiding it. Not even Dante knew. That is until Cade shows up in the one place he never expected to see him or any of his other players.

Cade is a Texas boy who doesn’t want to disappoint his dad. Dante is a man who gave up a lot so that he could be true to himself. One’s afraid he isn’t good enough. The other afraid he’ll lose everything. Not to mention the whole GM and player thing that completely goes against certain ethics and policies. But when Cade and Dante are together nothing else matters.

Undone By You is sexy with a lot of heart. It was the perfect ‘short’ book to give the series a little something extra.

“Aren’t you forgetting something?”

“Am I?” My name, my social, my no idea.

“You said your fantasy was to be naked while I was dressed.” His mouth twitched. “Time you stripped, Burnett.”

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Review of So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2) by Kate Meader

“Are you offering to apologize with your penis?”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Book Length (Est.): 401 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s sizzling Chicago Rebels series. In this second entry, middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the Rebels….

Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won Olympic silver, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then… let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless.

Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual.

That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice…

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Simon & Schuster – Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review*

Isobel had known Vadim before he got traded to the Chicago Rebels, but what she didn’t know was how much she’d really meant to the “Czar of Pleasure”. Forced into co-ownership of the Rebels has put Isobel into a sticky spot. She loved her coaching job, but the logistics was too difficult to work out and in order to fulfil her duties as her father had so graciously put into his will she quit, moved into her sister’s house, and started helping out with the team more. Her job…to get Vadium back to his awesome skating ability after his knee injury. That head understood her job, her body and heart was a different story.

“Damn that fuckwomble Russian!”

Vadim’s career took a major detour after Isobel’s father had found them together as teenagers, but he never gave up. He worked hard and eventually ended up back in the NHL, then got injured, traded to the losing Chicago Rebels, and just when it couldn’t get much better his mother decided to reenter his life. But his road also led him back to the woman he’d always wanted so all was good in the land of Petrov.

“I have waited my entire life to love you and I refuse to let your stubbornness take you away from me.”

He knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. She’s just figuring out what she wants and isn’t at all sure how to move forward. Together they’ll figure everything out.

So Over You is sweet, romantic, and filled with Russian humor. I enjoyed how two lives had affected one another even if the other hadn’t known it. From Isobel and Vadim following each other’s careers to moments one was present without the knowledge of the other.

“I wish we had a closet of knee pads up here,” she said as she headed toward the door.

“Why?” Violet asked.

“Because when a girl has to grovel, she likes to do it with protection.”

As for the backstory…the Rebels are still on their way to a playoff spot. Remy and Harper came out to everyone about their relationship. And I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next.

The writing…was filled with a lot of self doubting characters, which put a little damper on the awesome, but the ‘take me right here right now’ scenes seemed to make up for it.

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Review of The Chosen (The Descendants #1) by Aurora Grace

“How serious were you when you said you want to be like Wonder Woman?”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 260 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The stage is set for the ultimate battle between good and evil.

When Elizabeth Summers jams on the brakes to avoid knocking into a man standing in the middle of the road, she is thrown into a world of angels, demons, and gods. A world where a shadow organization, the Elect, will stop at nothing to get her.

There’s no one she can turn to but Ian Knight. He has saved her once, and he promises to protect her.

But Ian is part of the Elect, one of their very best.

Will he give up all he has ever known and all that he’s been taught,[ original no comma. Think about it] for her? And with enemies in two separate realms, will Elizabeth and Ian ever be safe?

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Elizabeth “Lizzie” thought she was having reoccurring nightmares…turns out they were premonitions. Even after witnessing firsthand that her dreams were reality she kept trying to convince herself that they were dreams because for them to be real meant either she was going crazy or her world was fixing to get turned upside down.

Ian was supposed to save Elizabeth and he did, but she wasn’t one of his normal charges. He couldn’t walk away from her as he’d done all others before. He was drawn to her, needed to know her, and to help her. However, in order to help her he has to go against everything he’s been taught to believe.

“Your laugh does weird things to me.” He brushed his thumb under her lower lip. “It makes me feel better than saving people.”

Elizabeth is pulled into a world she never knew existed. And Ian is learning that everything he’s ever know is a lie. Together they will learn to trust each other and to stand up for what’s right against any obstacle that lies in their path.

In a world of angels and demons The Chosen will take you on a journey of discovery that will leave you enthralled and wanting more. It is book one in The Descendants Series, it does not end on a major cliffhanger, but it does end in a place that will have you ready for book two.

“Doing my best isn’t good enough if I can’t keep you safe.”

She put down her utensils and shifted closer to him. “You said I burst into flames.”

“You did.”

“And you saw the man burn.”

He nodded.

“Yet you ran straight to me. You could’ve burned; you could’ve died.”

“I just wanted to get you out of the fire.”

“I get it that it’s your job to protect me, but please don’t do that again – especially if I burst into flames again. I don’t know what happened, and – “

“I’ll do it over and over again.”

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Review of Underneath It All (The Walshes #1) by Kate Canterbary

“Before you say no,” he said, holding up a hand. “Just say yes instead.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book Length (Est.): 340 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

If I had known I’d have a hot architect balls deep inside of me before the end of the weekend, I’d have made time for a pedicure.

Lauren
It’s all the little things—the action plans, the long-kept promises—that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos.

After I met Matthew Walsh.

I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to run screaming or rip his pants off, and most days I wanted a little of both. If I was being honest with myself, it was rip his pants off, ride him like a workhorse, and then run screaming.

Matthew
A rebellious streak ran through Lauren Halsted. It was fierce and unrelentingly beautiful, and woven through too many good girl layers to count, and she wasn’t letting anyone tell her what to do.

Unless, of course, she was naked.

She wasn’t looking for me and I sure as shit wasn’t looking for her, but we found each other anyway and now we were locked in a battle of wills, waiting for the other to blink.

Sometimes the universe conspires to bring people together. Other times, it throws people down a flight of stairs and leaves them in a bruised and bloodied heap.

 

 

Mindy’s Review:

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

Lauren has almost everything that she has ever wanted. The only thing missing is having her own school. She needs to find a great location. The only issue with the location that she wants is it is about to collapse. Needing an architect she meets Matthew.

Matthew and his family own their own business. They love to restore historical places. Matthew decides to help Lauren find the perfect place for her school.

Mathew and Lauren are instantly attracted to each other. Lauren does not have time for anything more than a one night stand. Knowing that they are in a business situation they try to keep it that way. Until they can’t.

This was a very fun read. Two very busy people who happen to find each other and have incredible chemistry. Once they make the decision to cross the line, all bets are off.

I would recommend everyone that loves a great story to read this.

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