Review of 28 Dates (Crazy Love #3) by Stacey Lynn

“I’ve never been more certain of anything in my life. “

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Length: 191 Pages

Description:

In the age of apps and social media, how many dates does it take to find “the one”? The author of Knocked Up and Fake Wife swipes right on love with a captivating friends-to-lovers tale.

Caitlin Pappas is a lifelong commitment-phobe. The closest thing she’s had to a relationship in the last few years was a friends-with-benefits thing that fizzled out because the guy wanted more. So when she and her best friend design a new app that promises to find “the one” in 28 Dates, Caitlin is the perfect guinea pig. Little does she know that she may have already met her match. . . .

Jonas Reeves has tried his best to move on after Caitlin didn’t want take things to the next level. Now they really are just friends . . . without benefits. Caitlin’s even a regular at his bar, The Dirty Martini. But when he learns that Caitlin plans to beta-test a new dating app on his home turf, Jonas senses a golden opportunity to win her heart. Even if he has to slide into her DMs to do it. . . .

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from Netgalley via Loveswept.*

Jonas Reeves is ready to settle down. Running a bar and having a friends with benefits seems like all fun and games until Jonas discovers he has real feelings and wants to move in a more serious direction. When he brings it up Caitlin wants nothing to do with it.

Caitlin Pappas has a commitment phobia. Now that she has lost the benefits that she had with Jonas she gets to watch him try to move on with his life.

Jonas and Caitlin remain friends even though both still have feelings for each other. Caitlin does her friend a favor with a new dating app that he is programming. She has agreed to go on dates to meet new people. Although she wants to stay safe due to some personal issues she decides to meet all of her dates at Jonas’s bar.

Jonas gets the idea to join the app and try to get the one woman he wants back.

This was a fun read.

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Review of Something Honorable (Dirty Southern Secrets #2) by J. L. Leslie

“Sometimes I don’t have to chase her. She comes to me.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 171 pages

Description:

She’s the perfect incarnate of an angel. Pure. Innocent. The only reason I come to church on Sunday mornings. The only woman I treat differently than the others. The only woman I unintentionally make promises to.

Promises I do intend to keep.

I’m practically sin walking. Immoral. Dishonorable. The very reason she should be in church on Sunday mornings. The only man she has ever allowed to touch her. The only man who makes her turn her back on everything she believes in. The only man who has the capability to destroy her.

And does.

Promises aren’t always kept. Life can unravel at the seams. The decisions we make when our world is falling apart can either be cowardly or something honorable.

**Something Honorable is Tauren and Helene’s story and is book two in the Dirty Southern Secrets Series. It is a standalone full-length novel. It contains adult content, adult language, and sexual content. It is intended for mature readers only.**

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Helene Jacobs is a good girl and a preachers daughter from a very small town. Helene follows all of her fathers rules except when it comes to Tauren Holt. Helene’s father has a hatred towards Tauren that cannot be cured.

Tauren Holt is a walking sin. He races cars and loves the ladies. He tries not to make promises to anyone that he cannot keep, including Helene.

When Tauren and Helene get caught seeing each other all hell breaks loose. Helene has to promise not to see him anymore and Tauren has to promise to stay away.

Well, we all know how I feel about this author. I have read pretty much everything that she has written. This time I had to wait a day after reading to write this review. While I was reading this book I was angry, my heart was crushed then I was happy. Overall, I was a MESS! I cried (big crocodile tears) and had to pull myself back together. All of that being said I was unable to take my eyes off the pages. This book is amazing. You really get so wrapped in the story and town that you feel like you are there.

I loved this story and would recommend everyone read it. With that being said it is not for the faint of heart and have a box of issues! I cannot wait to read more. Love the Holt brothers.

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Review of Aloha in Love by Jennifer Watts

“Ohana means family”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 218 Pages

Description:

When twenty-seven year old Real Estate broker, Ashley Walsh, learns that her husband’s business trips aren’t strictly for business she uproots her life and buys a one-way ticket to Hawaii.

And what better place to start over than a sleepy little surf town on Maui’s North Shore? Life in Paia moves at a different pace and surrounded by nothing but blue skies and crystal clear water Ashley receives a warm Aloha welcome from all of the locals.

At least from all but one of them.

One kama’aina in particular who seems to have no interest in bringing Ashley into the fold is her bossy and brooding landlord, Kane Keo. At six-foot-five inches of solid muscle, Kane has a temper almost as dangerous as the rumors that swirl around him. He won’t let Ashley close but he won’t let her out of his sight either and she quickly learns that the board short clad, barefoot brute is the polar opposite of her cufflink-wearing ex-husband.

When Ashley realizes that Kane is the one who holds the key to turning her passion into a viable career she swallows her pride and plays nice with the domineering alpha to get what she wants, and for the first time since trading in her designer heels for flip flops she forges a new path that feeds her soul.

But all too soon past and present collide, threatening to take away the very peace that she’s been searching for and leaving Ashley to wonder if she’s destined for the life she once knew or if she’s finally found the perfect paradise to call home.

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Ashley Walsh is a real estate broker that works for her husbands father. Ashley has been married to her husband for four years and has even tried all kinds of fertility treatments to have baby. When she finds out that he is cheating on her she makes a decision to give up all that she has to move to Hawaii and start all over.

Kane Keo owns  bar in the small town of Paia. He also happens to be Ashley’s new landlord. Kane has had a rough past and with all the rumors going around about him he tends to keep to himself.

Ashley meets Kane at his bar called Salty’s. She quickly discovers that he is a rude, arrogant and bossy man. However he is very nice to look at.  The one good thing that came from this bar is the new friends that she is making. The locals take to Ashley right away and make her feel at home.

As time goes on she is exploring Hawaii with her new friends. However it never fails that the tall brooding man is never far away from her. The more that she is around Kane the more she wants to know about him. HIs story is heartbreaking to say the least. This is what makes you want him to find his soul mate in Ashley.

Ashley is loving her new life. That is until her husband shows up to ruin her plans. One thing about a small community is that you become family and no one messes with family. Damn, this book is HOT!

This was such a fun book to read. This is one of those books that you pray they turn into a movie. I would watch this one over and over. The characters are fun and you just feel as you have made a friendship with all of them.  I definitely fell in love with this book and would love if the other characters have their own story written.

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Review of Torian (A Mafia Forbedden Romance) by Eden Summers

“Money is power, but family is everything”

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Action and Adventure

Length: 480 Pages

Description:

He’s my nemesis.
My tormentor.
A notorious criminal with a smoldering smile to mask the devil hidden beneath.

Conniving. Threatening. Brutal.
He stalks me from the shadows.
Makes me itch to place him behind bars.

But he has an offer I can’t refuse.
A major risk with the perfect reward.

I can’t let down my guard.
Can’t be tempted to trust him.

Not even when I begin to understand his corrupt ways.

Because the only face the devil shows is the one he wants you to see.
And all I’m seeing is hunger.

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Cole Torian might not live on the right side of the law but the last thing he wants is his name to be associated with his father. Cole was raised by his father and has been in the criminal word since he could talk. The one thing that is above everything else in his life is his siblings and their families. When he has to do the unthinkable to his father a smart mouth FBI agent messes up all his plans.

Anissa Fox is a FBI agent that would love to see nothing more than the Torian family behind bars. When she crosses paths with Cole she never could of imagined what she was going to walk into.

Wow, this book caught my attention right away. Cole is a criminal that has the looks and the money. Anissa just wants to take all of that from him. When Cole and Anissa start spending time together (against her will) she starts to see a side of him that makes her think he might just be a good person. When he offers her a deal that she cannot refuse she proves that she is in come hell or high water.

This was a great read. The book sucks you in from the first chapter and you have a hard time putting it down. I had so many emotions while reading this. I really felt for Anissa and Cole. I do feel like the ending kind of left me hanging but I would definitely read it again.

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Review of Something Complicated (Dirty Southern Secrets #1) by J. L. Leslie

“In a town like Chapelwood, secrets are always exposed.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 171 pages

POV: First Person

Description:

I thought I had it all. I lived in the perfect small town in Alabama. I married my high school sweetheart. We were expecting our first child together. Everything was falling into place.

Until it wasn’t.

Life gets complicated sometimes. You can be happily married one minute and divorced the next. You can become a single father to a newborn baby when that was never in your plans.

You can fall for your ex-wife’s best friend.

Yes, life gets complicated. Sometimes it takes something complicated to make everything else fall into place again.

**Something Complicated is book one in the Dirty Southern Secrets series. It is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains adult content, adult language, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.**

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Kaler Holt married his highschool sweetheart, had a baby girl and is now a single father. Kaler feels that his ex wife left because she didn’t want a daughter that has special needs. Kaler has made Willow his number one priority. Now that she is starting kindergarten the real struggle begins.

Jenna Winston grew up in this small town. Now that she landed the new kindergarten teacher job she knows that she is going to love her new career. When she learns Willow is going to be in her class she wonders why her best friend would ever leave her daughter behind.

Let me tell you I fell so hard for these characters. Willow is my absolute favorite. She has a presence about her that just makes her shine and everyone that is around her. I felt so many emotions as I read this book. Kaler is an absolute wonderful father to Willow. When his ex wife tries to come back into Willow’s life he has his guard up and Willow’s best interest in mind.

The overall problem with being from a small town means that everyone knows everything about you. When Kaler and Jenna finally realize they are more than friends and falling in love with each other they have to take on the wrath of the town. Everyone now knows that Jenna is sleeping with her best friends ex husband.

Something Complained is the first book in the Dirty Southern Secrets series from this author. I have been so excited waiting for this new series. J L. did not let me down with this one! I am so in love and cannot wait to read more!

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Review of Part Of My Future by J. L. Leslie

“If my heart were broken, it wouldn’t be pounding in my chest right now.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 116 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

We had one night together. One unforgettable night. But that was over two years ago and we haven’t spoken or seen each other since.

Cole Taylor is a part of my past. A part that I desperately want to move on from. To forget how he made me feel. To forget the way he touched me. To forget his voice. It’s easy to do that when he’s not around.

Only he hasn’t stayed gone like I hoped he would. He’s back and I can’t seem to keep my heart from pounding when I see him. I can’t seem to convince myself that he means nothing to me.

That he’s not part of my future.

*Part Of My Future is Raegan’s story from Demons From My Past. It is a standalone novel and it is not necessary to read Demons From My Past prior to reading this. It contains adult content, adult language and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.*

Mindy’s Review:

**I received this ARC free from the author.**

Raegan wants to forget about her one night stand that she had. That is very hard to do when he happens to be a famous singer known all around the world.

Cole Taylor tries to forget about Raegan but his heart will not let him. She is the only person that he has ever been able to talk to. If he lets his secret out about his past and why he disappeared will she understand?

I love this story so much! This was a story written from the author on her Facebook page that we got snippets from and were able to leave comments while she was writing it. I was hooked from the beginning. I love that Cole and Raegan have a bond so deep that nothing can come between them. I highly recommend this book to anyone that just loves a great story!

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Review of Gravity (The Collective: Season Two) by JL Leslie

“I love her. Remy Cartwright blindsided the shit out of me.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 149 Pages

POV:  Alternating First Person

Description:

Remy…
As a rehabilitation therapist for the California State Prison, I look for the best in people. Sometimes, it’s hard for me to find the best in myself though. I only wanted an escape. That’s all I have ever wanted. I walked into that bar and found my escape in a man I had no intentions of seeing again.

I didn’t have any expectations from the stranger from the bar. I didn’t expect him to save me from a riot that broke out in the city. I certainly didn’t expect to feel this unexplainable pull to him. But I do. And now I know who he is. He’s a member of the Iron Claw MC.

Riggers…
She was supposed to be a one-time thing. Neither of us wanted more. Instead, she turned my world upside down. I don’t know who I am when I’m with her. A good guy, or the guy I have always been? The guy who follows orders from my president. No matter the cost.

I can’t expect Remy to be part of my world. She’s heaven and I’m hell. It doesn’t matter that gravity continues to pull us to each other. I can’t drag her down with me, especially when the things I do for the club will forever change her life.

**This book contains adult content, graphic language, violence, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.**

Mindy’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author.*

Riggers is a member of the Iron Claw MC. He has done a lot of bad things so when he finds himself drawn to a good girl he feels as though he does not deserve her. When he cannot shake her from his thoughts he actually feels he is losing his mind. Not to mention she just so happens to be the District Attorney’s daughter.

Remy Cartwright works as a Rehabilitation therapist for the California State Prison. She loves her job and she loves to find the good in people. Remy lets her inner bad girl out by having meaningless one night stands, The last thing she needs right now if a relationship.

I really enjoyed this book. I found myself drawn to every page and really cheering on the relationship they thought they didn’t need. I would love to see where these characters go in the future.

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