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Review of The Truth About Forever (The Forever Series) by Cole Lepley

I don’t know if you can be “just friends” with a guy like Joey Carter.

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Book Length (Est.): 210 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Nicole Mason has been running from her feelings for as long as she can remember. Her only concern is to finish undergrad and attend law school next fall. She keeps relationships at a distance, including her long time boyfriend Silas.

Joey Carter has never had any intention of being in a serious relationship; that is until he meets Nicole. Even with their undeniable chemistry, Nicole is determined to keep him in the friend-zone.

The truth is, you can only run for so long before your heart catches up with you.

Mindy’s Review:

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

Nicole Mason is in college and wants to become a lawyer. She keeps relationships at a distance because she was really hurt by her high school sweetheart. She has been in a relationship with Silas for a couple of years now and she likes the comfort of it. He lets her hang out with her friends as long as she goes to him at night. Nicole is not really happy she is just trying to get by with her busy school schedule and move on into the future.

Joey Carter is a new student at the school who is known for throwing the best parties and getting any woman that he wants. When he meets Nicole in class for the first time he is instantly drawn to her and he cannot figure out why. He is not knows for relationships that last more than a night. However there is something different about Nicole and becoming her friend is just the beginning.

This was a very good read. This is more of a love triangle between Nicole and two men that she cares deeply for. She happens to be a very strong woman when it comes to her career and goals. She does not want to hurt anyone but after awhile realizes that she is only hurting herself by not listening to what her heart wants. She loves Silas and wants him to be happy but she cannot control the urges she has to keep Joey in her life. She is trying to keep him in the friend zone but when Silas makes a mistake in the relationship Nicole has to decide what is best for her and her future.

I love how this story is written. You know something is going to happen but you are not sure what to expect until it actually happens. I felt as if I was actually part of Nicole as she was dealing with the decisions that she had to make. Although I am not sure why she kept going back and forth with her decisions through out the book but it made this a great read.

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Review of Raiden’s Choice (A Ravens MC Novel) by J.L. Leslie

Back to the real world. Or my pretend world.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 274 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

I was raised in a motorcycle club. I saw things no little girl should ever see. Did things no little girl should ever do. That was my life and I loved it. The Ravens taught me about family. Loyalty. Even loss. Now I live a different life. I’m no longer part of that family. I’m no longer part of the club. I live a life where I pretend to be the person I am. I put on a show for the world and I’m good at it. I’ve perfected it. At least I thought I had. It didn’t take him long to see right through me. I have a choice to make. Keep playing pretend or finally be who I have always wanted to be. “When you’re ready to stop hiding who you really are, come find me.”

**Raiden’s Choice is the first book in the Ravens MC series. It is a standalone, full-length novel and is suitable only for mature readers. It includes adult content, adult language, sexual situations, drug abuse, violence, and talk of rape.**

Mindy’s Review:

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

Raiden was raised in the MC world. Her mother died when she was young and her father raised her around the club. She has seen and done things that she might not be proud of but it is all to protect her family. Now she lives a separate life as a nurse dating the ADA. She is dating the one man that wants her father locked up. Raiden lives as if she is two separate people. Can she have the life that she wants and protect her family as well?

Luka has never wanted to be part of any motorcycle club. His brother is in jail and Luka will do whatever it takes to get him out. Joining the Ravens MC is what he is set up to do by the wonderful District Attorney. It’s simple really, Luka gets info on the MC and his brother gets out of jail. Oh, if only it was that easy.

Raiden sees Luka for exactly what he is. She knows that he is trouble but he sees right through her. He knows that she is living a lie. She loves the smell of leather and being on a bike is where she is meant to be. He is so drawn to her that he might just forget what he is trying to accomplish. That is until Raiden and her father realize what is happening as their secrets get revealed.

This was a great read. This is the first MC book that I have read from J. L Leslie and I am in love. I was sad when the book ended just because I want to know more. This is written so good that it just pulls you in. You feel you are part of their world and just keep turning the pages. I cannot wait for more!

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Review of Teach Me Something (Something #4) by Aubrey Bondurant

“…life is too short to fake an orgasm.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book Length (Est.): 298 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Life is short, and sometimes you have to take chances…

Catherine Davenport is successful in her career, but doesn’t have the same skill when it comes to her love life. After a painful divorce, she’s finding the new world of dating both intimidating and frustrating.

Tired of striking out, she takes the extreme measure of enlisting the help of an instructor in a private club who offers sessions on how to improve her dating strategy as well as her overall sexual confidence.

‘Calvin’, the masked man with the piercing blue eyes and husky voice not only challenges her to step out of her comfort zone, but encourages her to unlock her repressed adventurous side with various lessons.

She feels like she’s making progress until her worlds collide and the identity of the man privy to her most intimate details is shockingly revealed as someone she knows.

Can Catherine put her insecurities aside to take a chance on love where she least expected it? Or will her past interfere with her ability to plan a future with the one man who truly knows the real her.

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Fourth book of the “Something Series”
Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

I loved this book! Hell I’ve loved this entire series! If you want laugh out loud comedy combined with damn I need my man here right now hotness then The Something Series is for you.

I truly enjoyed Catherine’s character in the previous books and I was so happy to finally read her story. She’s divorced, mid thirties, and has no kids and all she wants is to settle down and have babies with someone, but she can’t seem to get over the dating hurdle. With a little assistance ‘Calvin’ helps her work through her issues. However, ‘Calvin’ isn’t his real name and a mask can only hide so much when all the other details are so memorable.

“I would have put on my clothes, but the ball told me not to bother.” ~another Magic 8 ball decision. Some of these are quite hilarious.

‘Calvin’ realized who his masked client was when they were hanging out together as friends. Talk about awkward; realizing his client is a friend that he seems to hang around a lot because of their mutual friends. And what oh what to do about it when it’s obvious they both realize that their identities are no longer secret, especially when he has his own secrets to hide.

“We’re just rolling with this and not overthinking it. I mean it, Cath. You’re going to turn your brain off and listen to your body, which I plan on being inside of in about five minutes.”

These two ignite the pages with their steamy romance in Teach Me Something. Let me just say…oh yes, he’ll definitely teach her something. Between their stubbornness, his easygoingness, her mother’s over the top remarks, and the oh-my-goodness sex I couldn’t put this book down. And yes I have the red puffy eyes to prove that I was literally up all night reading.

My Favorite Laughable Moments have to be Catherine’s mother’s comments.

“My God, would you look at those abs? Cathy, please tell me the word ‘friend’ is only a cover so your parents won’t know you’re in reality sleeping with this man.”

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Review of Chased (A Changing Krysset Novel #3) by Kate Carley

If you were bolder, we’d all be in a lot more trouble.

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 409 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

Sixteen years ago their lives were ripped apart…

Whisked away from her beloved home as a child and raised by her elderly relatives on the Pacific Coast, Kendall Aasgaard has learned to roll with the punches. She’s strong, resilient, and independent. But when Kendall finds herself in more trouble than she can handle, her survival instincts tell her to run. She turns to the person she trusts the most—Ben Montgomery.

Ben has it all—a thriving construction business, all the toys a bachelor could want, and a steady stream of brunettes to warm his bed. Love, however, is something Ben has permanently relegated to his past.

When playful, unreserved Kendall lands on his doorstep—or more accurately, in his bed—Ben realizes that his heart has no intention of following some arbitrary rule he’d instituted sixteen years ago. And if Kendall gets her way, she’d abolish that rule altogether to claim Ben’s heart for herself.

But as the threat to Kendall intensifies, Ben is faced with an adversary of his own who is determined to destroy Montgomery Construction.

Together, they’ll fight for a future that is more than the tragedy that binds them.

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Kendall Aasgaard knows exactly what true lose feels like. When her family was murdered she was just a child. She was sent to live with relatives to live the life that she deserved and away from all the memories. Now that she is forced to go back to the small town she goes to the one person that she trusts the most.

Ben Montgomery has had a rough past. His childhood love was murdered in cold blood along with her family. Now he has a thriving construction business but the past is always in his mind. Not knowing how to move forward he leans towards alcohol when it gets bad. The one thing that might push him to the breaking point is coming home and finding Kendall in his bed.

Kendall is running from an abusive relationship. She knows she can get the help she needs in this small town but first she must let Ben and her cousin Cam know exactly what is going on. Cam can be really, really protective of Kendall. That includes letting Ben know exactly how he feels about Kendall being in his house. But when Kendall teaches Ben how to move on from the past a new kind of love develops between them. That is until the past comes back to haunt them both.

This was a very good read. I love all the twists and turns. Just when you think all is well more surprises are around the corner. I love the relationship that Kendall and her cousin have. He tries to be so protective but he is a teddy bear when it comes to her. I love how Ben and Kendall connect with each other. When a tragedy strikes at a young age you never know what the future holds. 

My Favorite Moment: I absolutely fell in love with her belated birthday party.

 

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Review of 120 Days (Morgan Family Series #4) by J.L. Leslie

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“I won’t stand outside the fire. I’ll dance in the motherfucking flames.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 145 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Bad things happen to good people every day. I hear this saying all the time. I’ve never really believed it. Not until I was one of the unlucky ones.

Now I have to be strong and live my life. Easier said than done. I have to figure out how to be normal again. How to be myself again. Only how do I do that when everything around me feels different? When my home is no longer my home? When my mind doesn’t think the way I want it to? When my body doesn’t even feel the same?

I try not to count the days that I can go without reliving my attack. One day…Three days…One hour…

I try to date. Be happy with a man. Only I seem to blame every man I meet. None of them understand what I’m going through. None of them understand me.

Except for one.

**120 Days (Morgan Family Series: Book Four) is a standalone, full-length novel. If you read 90 Days (Morgan Family Series: Book Three) then you had the pleasure of meeting Melanie and James. This is their story.

This book contains graphic material including rape, adult content, adult language, and sexual situations. It is meant for mature readers only.**

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Let me start by saying this is the fourth book in the Morgan Family Series. If you have not read the previous books, you need to before you start reading this one.

The next thing I need to say is thank you! Thank you J. L. Leslie for writing this one. I have been consumed by this series since I read the first one. I’m actually sad that it is over.

James is a therapist that deals with addiction. He helped Melanie’s brother when he was in rehab. Now that he is out James and Rhys are best friends.

Melanie is Rhys sister that was attacked and is dealing with her fear to be able to move on with her life. Sometimes to overcome your fear you have to have it come back full circle. Melanie likes James right away and feels really safe with him.  As their relationship grows the chemistry between them starts to grow more intense and dang is it hot!

I loved this book. I loved this entire series!

Mindy 5 Heart

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Review of Million Baller Baby (Bad Boy Ballers #1) by Rie Warren

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“You were always my one.”

 

Genre:  Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotica

Book Length (Est.): 262 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

She’s NFL royalty. He’s the star quarterback of a tanking team. When she takes ownership, balls will roll . . . and the truth will out.

Rafe Macintyre—the rocket-armed Carolina Crush quarterback—has nothing to lose and everything to prove. All because of one woman . . . Miss Peyton Fox. When the tough-as-nails chick takes over as team owner, Rafe is ready to turn the epic-fail season into a Super Bowl championship. But the winning has to start with Peyton’s love.

No stranger to playas on and off the field, Peyton Fox is born and bred NFL royalty. Been there, done him, and called the plays even before she took up the Carolina Crush crown. She has zero time for a love life and even less time for games unless they happen between the endzones. Unfortunately, Rafe Macintyre has one hell of an arm, and he’s full of hot southern charm. He’s not too bad to drool over either, but it’s been five years since she tangled with him—a mistake she doesn’t plan on repeating.

The consequences of one night of rebellion will last a lifetime. It’s all fun and games until someone gets knocked up.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

One night and one morning after reaction created a new reality for one Peyton Fox. How do you tell a new up and coming football star, who plays on your father’s team, who doesn’t even remember being with you, that you’re pregnant? For her, she doesn’t. She goes off on her own and focuses on her son. That is until her father passes away and she’s suddenly the team owner. A team that her son’s dad still plays for. A man she’s still drawn to. But her secret won’t allow her to get close to him or anyone.

Rafe never forgot that night with Peyton, but once he realized who her father was he thought it best to distance himself from the entire situation. But the moment she walks back into his locker room he’ll want nothing more than to be with her again. Too bad for him she acts like she wants nothing to do with him.

Spending more and more time together Rafe and Peyton find it hard to fight the sparks they’ve always had, but when he comes face to face with his little mini me things will explode. A son isn’t exactly a secret that can be kept for long. And to a man who believes family is everything, his reaction is amazing. Hers on the other hand is not.

My Favorite Moment is when their son gets to go to family day for the first time. That is one proud little boy.

Jenn 5 Heart

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Review of Shifter Variance (The Outlier Prophecies #5) by Tina Gower

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“You’re like werewolf crack…”

 

Genre: Paranormal  Romance, Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 235 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

After Kate Hale dodges her predicted death, she learns the anti-fate group Wyrd wasn’t her only enemy. Complicating matters, it seems a highly respected colleague tampered with a forecast. Nobody believes Kate’s discovery, so she must discreetly determine if the hero she admires is involved in the conspiracy to undermine the oracle net.

But Kate sets aside that investigation when Dalia Swanson, Becker’s maybe-sister, is flagged in a missing persons case. All she and her horny werewolf boyfriend would like is some quality time together—except this is the one case that demands their immediate attention.

With New Karma threatening to fill the hole Wyrd left, Kate and Becker struggle to define their relationship and unpredictable future, especially where it concerns Becker’s fate of turning violently feral.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

With Kate and Becker now officially a couple you’d think it would make things easier for them, but that’s never the case in their world. There’s always something that pops up that causes trouble or in this case causes a serious need for scent removal. Never a dull moment when it comes to the Outlier Prophecy.

Becker has new family, Kate has a missing persons case to thwart, and of course they overlap with a side of crazy woman who  can do a little magic. Kate will also discover there are more people like her than she thought and I cannot wait to see what happens down that road.  Nor can I wait to see what happens with the baby fever that seems to be catching.

Shifter Variance is book five in a series that pulls you in and keeps you wondering what will happen next. There’s always some little twist that I never see coming and it’s what keeps me coming back for more. Not to mention I love Becker and Kate!  And her cousin, who by far adds the humor.

My Favorite Moment is when Kate learns the meaning of her nickname, Katie Cupcake. Hank is such the romantic.

Jenn 5 Heart

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