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Review of Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh, No!) and the Amazing Cast That Fixed It by Judith Wolf Mandell

Awesome Children’s Book

Genre: Children’s Book

Book Length (Est.): 32 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

One minute your child is fine. The next minute, a broken bone. Hours later, in a clunky cast. For weeks or months, sidelined from favorite activities. If your child is like Sammy, (s)he gets glum and grumpy as days slog by.

Help is pages away in Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh, No!) and the Amazing Cast That Fixed It, a whimsical book to entertain a child in a cast for healing a broken bone, or in a spica cast for hip correction (hip dysplasia).

Children in a cast will delight in a troupe of Kisses who cheer for Sammy and coach her to be patient. The Kisses are Sammy’s secret: only she can hear them. How and when they whooshed into her life will amaze and amuse.

It all goes to prove: One Kiss for a Boo-Boo. A Bazillion Kisses for a Cast!

Mindy’s Review:

Sammy loves to jump, twirl and run. That is until she falls and breaks her leg.

The illustrations in this book are wonderful. The details of the hospital visit can make any child feel safe and comfortable if they are ever in this situation.

Everyone has a child that loves to be a kid. All of the jumping and running can lead to a fall. My daughter is 9 years old and she acts just like Sammy. So we read this together and she loved it as much as I did. This is a book that we can read over and over again. And if anything was to ever happen to her or one of her friends I think they would find comfort in this story.

I will recommend this to all of my daughters friends to read.

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Review of Hot Shot (Last Shot #2) by Kelly Jamieson

“Occupying  Vagistan!”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 235 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

A former Navy SEAL and current bad boy bar owner learns to trust a free spirit in this steamy novel of unexpected romance from the bestselling author of Body Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Marco Solis knows that if he gets too close to people they disappear. His parents were deported back to Mexico when he was fourteen, his fiancée married someone else while he was in the military, and now his business partner’s spending more time with his girl than with Marco. For better or worse, that’s how Marco meets Carrie Garner. She’s legitimately model-hot. She’s also a nut—a wild, artsy, unapproachable nut. So why is Marco so interested in cracking her shell?

Although Carrie Garner is a natural in front of the camera, her dream is to make it as a photographer. Soon she’ll be heading to Spain for design school, and she’ll miss her best friend, Hayden, like crazy. She’ll even miss Hayden’s boyfriend, Beck—but she won’t miss Beck’s partner, Marco. Bossy, brooding, and annoyingly sexy, Marco really pushes her buttons, though he obviously wouldn’t mind pushing her buttons in an up-against-the-wall, hard-and-fast kind of way. The craziest part is, if Carrie lets him do that, well . . . she may never want to leave.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Marco has been interested in Carrie since the night they met at his Tequila tasting. Their friends hooked up and got engaged, but Carrie just doesn’t seem interested in him. As a matter of fact she pretty much seems to hate him, but that won’t stop Marco from figuring out why.

Carrie doesn’t want to be defined by the fact that she’s a model so when Marco tries all the typical lines on her she pretty much runs as far away from him as possible, but when he comes up with a plan for their friends she can’t help but participate.

Surprise party planning causes Marco and Carrie to spend more time together than she would have liked, but when her niece goes and does something that forces them to spend even more time together there’s only one determined outcome…they’ll slowly learn things about each other and closer and closer they will become until they can’t bear to be apart.

Hot Shot is a fun read about fierce determination. Damn, but Marco is one determined man! It’s about insecurities and pasts that continue to haunt their presents. It’s about overcoming preconceived notions and bumbling comments. It’s about love and how it sneaks up when you least expect it to. It’s another great book by Kelly Jamieson and I look forward to book three, Long Shot.

“You’ve deduced my dastardly plan to debauch you.”

“Oh wow. That was a good sentence.”

He choked. “Glad I impressed you with my words.”

“Oh, you’re impressing me with more than just words. Those hands…God.”

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Review of Free Baller (Bad Boy Ballers #2) by Rie Warren

“Beyond the hottest experience of my life.”

 

Genre: Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 270 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Where the guys play hard, but the girls play dirty.

Brooklyn Holt, Carolina Crush’s top tight end, made a vow after his wife left him: never fall in love again. He doesn’t need a long-term lady. Hell no. He has the magic hands, the downfield rushes, the easy chicks by the dozens. And finally a team on a winning streak.

Being a free agent with the ladies is exactly what Brooks wants. Until Delaney Jones happens. The hot bitch with the serious attitude shows up with her own team in pretty much half the uniform he wears. Quarterback of the all-female Carolina Cougars, she’s sleek as a racehorse, mean on the field, and immune to all his moves. Every time she gives him no time just makes him hungrier for her.

Delaney Jones takes her work and her personal life seriously, and she’ll never be mistaken for a cheerleader, in spite of her athletic body. She’s never rah-rah’d with her pom-poms for any man—hunky, hot as hell tight end or otherwise.

Brooklyn Holt has swagger. He has strut. But Delaney isn’t about to be the free baller’s willing slut. Until she scratches the surface and discovers his wounds run as deep as hers and his heart is warmer than she’d ever thought. It’s just too bad the past won’t die. When the danger she’s run from for years catches up to her, she’s determined to keep Brooks out of the crossfire. Even if it means Game Over.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Brooklyn is the tight end for the Carolina Crush and he has set his sights on one unobtainable object and everything and everyone else fell away. Delaney became his personal obsession. He was intrigued by her and wanted to know more. Hell, he wanted to know everything. And he’s willing to go the distance.

“Delaney naked with my Stetson on. Fuck me.”

Delaney is quarterback of the all-female Carolina Cougars. She’s been hurt and abused and the last thing she wants or needs is a man in her life. Even if that man is the sexy and determined Brooklyn Holt.

Brooklyn will wear down Delaney’s walls with his sincerity and Delaney will open her heart to the potential that is Brooklyn. Free Baller is filled with intense and pleasurable sexual scenarios, it has equal amounts of cover your mouth laugh out loud humor, and a plot just interestingly heartbreaking enough to hold your full attention. I love how Rie crosses her series by randomly including one or two characters from a previous series. All the characters are unforgettable and it’s great to see them popping up when least expected.

My Favorite Laughable Moment is when Brooklyn performs a little Flo Rida number on the field. I think I laughed as hard as Delaney.

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Excerpt:

Brooklyn Holt was concerned about me, but to be honest? I could not wait to get my hands all over him. The moment he’d stepped into the living room and I saw his reflection in the windows, I knew I had to have him.

The unbuttoned shirt showed off his supercharged body—the well-sculpted broad torso—and those jeans. Those jeans plastered to the hard edge of his thighs, his ass, his . . . oh my God . . . the Girth Brooks cock made every single part of me swell with need.

In his bedroom he stood in front of me, not touching. His shirt hung open, his eyes hooded low, and his breath struck in and out of his chest.

“You’re in charge. Whatever you want.” His words came out thick and hoarse.

I drew my finger from his stomach and slipped it between my pursed lips. “Oh, I already know I’m in charge.”

I thought Brooklyn’s eyes were going to fall out of his head. His hips surged, bringing my attention to the long hard formation at his groin. Nnnnh, that belt buckle just set everything off perfectly. I figured I owed him a little payback since he’d gone down on me so completely I’d nearly lost my voice—coming so hard from the hot strikes of his tongue on my pussy.

My breasts brushed against the hair on his chest, and I reveled in the feel. I skimmed my fingers over his huge shoulders, behind his neck, into his thick, wavy hair.

Drawing him to my lips, I cried out when he cupped my backside, tugging me up and into him.

Our kiss long and hot and wet, I pulled away, panting.

“I want you.” His pelvis kicked again.

“I know.”

He palmed my breasts, thumbing across my nipples. I almost lost my concentration, but I stepped behind him. Dragging the shirt from his thickly muscled arms, I kissed down the center of his back.

“Oh, wow.” My fingertips skipped up the center of his laddered sinews fanning out. My breath held as I took in the total artistry and sheer fuckhotness of his ink-covered back.

“You’ve seen my tats before,” Brooks spoke in a ragged voice, and chills rose on his skin beneath my fingers.

“Not close up.” The tat was a landscape of horses . . . steeds, a whole herd of them in black and shades of gray with majestic manes. Dust flying beneath their soaring hooves. Red eyes glowing.

The magnificent tattoo was made even more so by the muscular canvas of his entire back.

“I’ve never seen anything like this.” Placing my hands on his lean hips, I followed one curving line with my tongue, licking.

“Fuck.” Immense muscles flexed as his head craned back.

I bit then sucked along his lats.

“Jesus.” His shoulders knotted.

I kissed at his tats, sucking and swirling my tongue.

“Delaney . . .”

“Are you going to beg me now?”

When I rounded to face him, he curled an arm around my waist.

I stopped him before his mouth crashed to mine. “I thought you said I was in charge.”

Rushed ragged breaths chugged in and out of his chest. He looked at me as every sinew in his body—his highly trained form—tightened.

“Fuuuck. You’re the boss.”

I smiled, tossing his shirt onto a chair. “That’s right.”

“But no fuckin’ shit? I’m so close to blowing my load just looking at you.”

Walking toward his bed, I swished my ass. “I know.”

“I’d rather come in your cunt.”

A hot swirl of need simmered between my legs at his rough raw language. “Not my mouth?”

 

 

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Review of Down and Dirty by Tracy Wolf

Down and Dirty

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.):  203 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

This hard-bodied football star is used to scoring. But he needs all the right moves to get past a fiery redhead’s defenses in a steamy standalone novel from the bestselling author of Ruined.

Emerson: Talk about bad first impressions. I have too much riding on this job to show up late on my first day looking like the winner of a wet T-shirt contest, all thanks to an arrogant quarterback who drives like he owns the road. Hunter Browning thinks that because he’s famous, he can fix everything with a smile and a wave of his hand. He’s too bronzed, buff, and beautiful for his own good. Or mine. I can’t let on that I’m a fan . . . no matter how much fun we’d have in the sack.

Hunter: Hitting that puddle was my best play since winning the Super Bowl with a touchdown pass. Sure, it’s not my preferred way to get a girl wet, but I’ll make an exception for Emerson Day. She’s got a sharp tongue and a red-hot temper, even with her soaking clothes plastered to her every curve. Now I know exactly what my next play will be: hire Emerson as my personal real-estate agent, save her job—and see if I can take her off the market.

Mindy’s Review:

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

Emerson Day just wants to make a good impression on her first day of work. Since she has started the day with running late not much more can go wrong. Except that is does. Her car breaks down, the Uber driver gets her to work late and some arrogant ass with a bog truck just made her look like she is in a wet t-shirt contest. When she meets the driver face to face she does not give him the satisfaction of falling at his feet.

Hunter Browning is a star football player that has everything going for him. All he really needs to do is find a house and soon. Now that he has arrived and seen what he has done to the woman on the street he feels sorry for her but is also very intrigued by her sharp tongue and temper.

Hunter needs to find a house for his family. His twin sister is dying and he needs to have something for his niece and nephew to call home. Hunter makes millions of dollars but wants just a simple family home on the beach. When he demands that Emerson shows him the houses he is in it for more than finding a home. He has never met anyone that will call him out or that will not fall to his feet. The more they get to know each other the more that the lines get crossed. But as their feelings start to grow Hunter has bigger issues when his sister passes away. He starts to keep everyone at arm’s length  including Emerson.

I loved everything about this story. I felt love, sorrow and damn is he hot! (Except when he is being an ass) Wow, I cannot praise this author enough. I felt as if I was living the story with them.

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Review of His to Seduce (A Fireside Novel) by Stacey Lynn

“It’s going to be a beautiful life”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.):  238 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

An honorable man who’s lost his way . . . A career woman who hides behind her button-up suits . . . Unexpected romance is the specialty at the Fireside Grill as Stacey Lynn’s captivating series comes full circle.

Becoming an ER doctor had been David McGregor’s mission ever since he could remember. But after tragedy strikes at his hospital in Chicago, David runs away from the guilt—all the way back to Latham Hills, Michigan, where he takes a job tending bar at his childhood friend’s restaurant. That’s how he meets Camden Reed, and the way Camden refuses to give him the time of day should be a turnoff. Instead, he’s drawn to her tough, tightly wound exterior, and soon David realizes that he has a new mission: to see her tightly wound beneath him.

Camden’s fighting tooth and nail to resist the desire she feels for David. Growing up dirt-poor, raised by a single mother, she worked twice as hard to get where she is today, and she doesn’t have any patience for the kind of guy who’d give up a decent paycheck to sling drinks. But when the sexual tension finally combusts between the sheets, Camden discovers that people aren’t always what they seem. As David pushes her past her limits, Camden begins to loosen up—and to trust that, when she falls, there will be someone waiting to catch her.

Mindy’s Review:

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

David McGregor works as a bartender at his friends restaurant. Running from his past failures this gives him something to do. Through his friends he meets Camden, and she wants nothing to do with him. But he knows he will keep trying.

Camden Reed is a list person. She works really hard to keep the lifestyle that she has. Being raised by a single mother and having a rough childhood keeps her wanting the best in life. She needs stability. That is why she is trying so hard to fight the desires that she has for David.

When their friends get married everyone goes to Jamaica for the nuptials. Spending time with David is a given as they are the only singles there. As the tension heats up between them all bets are off. David wants Camden to relax just while they are out of town and throw all her securities away. He pushes her to her limits and has her face her fears. But they both have secrets that could destroy their new found interest in each other.

This was a fun read. This is the fourth book in the Fireside series. I really enjoyed how David tries to make Camden relax and show her that some people can be trusted. The way that he showers her with endearment warms my heart. With that being said it also breaks my heart when the truth reveals itself. Both need to come clean to each other if they want to have a future together.

My Favorite Moment: I really enjoyed when they were scuba diving. The ocean seems to make everyone feel good.

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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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