Review of Bad Business (Bad Boys of Sports #2) by Nicole Edwards

“”You don’t go for good-looking guys?”

The corner of her mouth curls in an almost-smile. “Its the cockiness I’m not attracted to.””

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Book Length (Est.):

Book Description/Synopsis:

This player’s got a lot to learn if he wants to score . . . with the boss’s daughter.

Stone: Football is more than a game to me. It’s my calling. Becoming the Dallas Wranglers’ starting quarterback before I retire is a dream come true, but with a few wins under my belt, suddenly everyone wants a piece of me. And even though being in the spotlight has its perks—beautiful women, star treatment, more beautiful women—what really gets me sweating is the watchful gaze of my sexy-as-hell PR coach, Savannah Andrews. The catch? Her father is kind of my boss. . . .

Savannah: In my family, football is big business. When your dad owns an NFL franchise, you learn a thing or two about schmoozing, and from what I can tell, it’s not a skill in Jason Stone’s playbook. Sure, the veteran quarterback is literally larger than life. With broad shoulders, muscles on muscles, and a mouth made for kissing, he may be one of the hottest men in the league—and I should know. I’ve turned down enough players to start my own all-star team. But those guys just wanted to get close to my father. Meanwhile, Stone is getting temptingly close . . . to me.

The Bad Boys of Sports come to life in these sexy standalone novels by New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards:
BAD REPUTATION | BAD BUSINESS

Mindy’s Review:

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

Jason Stone plays for the Dallas Wranglers as a star quarterback. He is living his dream before he retires at the end of the year. All he wants is to take his team to the Super Bowl. Meeting a woman at a club that is not star struck definitely gets his attention. And he cannot seem to get her off of his mind.

Savannah Andrews works for the Dallas Wranglers as a PR coach. She has never been attracted to a player on the team until she realizes that Stone is not as bad as his ego lets on. Living on the edge she decides to go home with him not letting him know exactly who she is. Its only a matter of time before he realizes she is the owners daughter.

Savannah must travel with the team to keep the press away from Stone so he can focus on the game. Spending all this time with Stone will get the feeling flowing. Not to mention they cannot keep their hands off of each other.

This is the second book in the Bad Boys of Summer series and as much as I loved the first one, this was by far one of my favorite books to read of all time. I love the storyline and the chemistry between Stone and Savannah, I felt as if I was a part of their life while reading. I cannot wait for the next one to come out.

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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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Review of Show Me Something (Something #5) by Aubrey Bondurant

“Sorry, it’s just, well, it’s a really great cock.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 301 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The light of the future can only be found by stepping out of the darkness of the past…

After leaving her marriage, Juliette Walker wants to accomplish many new things, but meeting a new man certainly isn’t part of her plan.

Plagued with struggles over her past, she seeks the advice of a professional. But after unloading her most intimate thoughts to the handsome stranger with dark hair and glasses at a friend’s party, she discovers he isn’t the man she thinks he is.

Although Juliette comes into Mark Hine’s life like an unexpected tornado, he finds himself intrigued by the bundle of energy who spills her secrets in a drunken barrage.

Despite swearing off dating permanently since the tragic death of his fiancee, he keeps finding excuses to spend time with the single mom who makes him laugh and brings him out of his shell.

In the aftermath of Juliette’s most humiliating experience to date, she’s convinced Mark has permanently friend-zoned her, until the moment it becomes shockingly clear she couldn’t be more wrong.

But will demons of the past threaten to derail the opportunity for love? Or can two damaged hearts overcome their painful histories to find a future of happiness together?

***Show Me Something is for mature audiences due to steamy bedroom scenes that are in no way contained to just the bedroom.***

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Fifth book of the “Something Series”.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Juliette is a single mother who is trying to make a new life for her and her son. After leaving her husband (a dirty, drug addicted cop who cheated on her) she has relied a lot on her friends and their generosity. She isn’t one for handouts though so she does everything she can to give back to those who have continually helped her.

Mark (Love him because he has my last name!) is an unorganized lawyer who has spent years, and I mean years, unable to move on from losing his fiancé in a car accident. He’s quiet in public and a little awkward at times, but he’s an extremely nice man.

Their initial meeting leaves Juliette embarrassed beyond words, but then again she tends to word vomit on a regular basis. Her insecurities and pretty much anything else she has on her mind (appropriate or not) likes to explode filterless out of her mouth.

“I think it’s clear that either I’m going to need to gag you, which has possibilities, or I’ll need to do some more dirty talking to distract you.”

Mark finds her adorable and continually finds little reasons to swing by and spend time not only with her, but her son. He’s afraid to want more because of his past, but when Juliette goes on a bad first date with someone else he cannot hold in his desires anymore.

“Uh, yeah. I don’t know how you missed the whole groaning like a wild animal and grunting out my orgasm inside of you.”

Show Me Something is a laugh out loud while fanning yourself from the heat kind of book. It’s a little slow progressing, but once there’s fire holy cow there’s dirty-talking-gotta-have-you-now fire.

Honestly the only thing that kept me from giving this book a 5 star rating was I expected the thing with her ex to get a little more suspenseful. It had the opportunity to and then all of a sudden it’s taken care of, leaving another more heartfelt and sad issue to stand in their way. Besides, that it is a great read. And if you loved the previous Something Series books you’ll enjoy that some of the characters are very fully front and center in this one.

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Blog Tour – Review of Thirsty (Eastside Brewery #1) by Mia Hopkins

“My angel is walking around in black high heels.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Urban

Book Length (Est.): 240Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

A gangster hiding from his past. A single mom fighting for her future. Can she show this bad boy the man he’s meant to be?

My name is Salvador Rosas. Back in the barrio, my past is written on the walls: ESHB. Short for East Side Hollenbeck, my father’s gang—my gang. Hell, it’s a family tradition, one that sent both my brothers away. They used to call me “Ghost” because I haunted people’s dreams. Now I’ve got nothing going for me except a hipster gringo mentoring me in a new career. An ex-con making craft beer? No mames.

Still, people in this neighborhood look out for one another. That’s how I became Vanessa Velasco’s unwelcome tenant. Chiquita pero picosa. She’s little, but with curves so sweet they’re dangerous. I remember Vanessa from the old days, the straight-A student with big plans. Plans that were derailed by another kid stupid enough to think he was bulletproof. Now Vanessa knows better than to believe in empty promises. There’s fire in her . . . and if I touch her, I might get burned.

I’m trying everything I can to go straight. But when East Side Hollenbeck comes calling, I might have to risk it all to find out if there’s a future for Vanessa and me. Because she’s the only one who can quench my thirst for something real.

The Rosas brothers will return in Trashed!

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Salvador’s life didn’t turn out exactly like he wanted, but he did his time and now he’s trying to get his life together…that is if the ESHB will allow it. He struggles between doing what he thinks is right and what he thinks he’s obligated to do. One will bring joy into his life and the other will bring nothing but pain. But when you are working two jobs and living in a garage you don’t have many options.

Vanessa already fell for one homeboy. He gave her an adorable daughter. He also made her a widow for said daughter was born. Now she spends her time between working, studying, and being a mom; there is no time for a man. Let alone another homeboy who could destroy her life.

With no place to go Vanessa’s grandmother lets Salvador move into her garage. He gets cheap rent and she gets a handyman who will clean all of her deceased husband’s stuff out of the garage. What he didn’t expect to get was Vanessa. She didn’t like him being there and had no problem telling him, but she is also a very lonely woman who finds it hard not to fall for someone who’s trying his best to make a better life for himself.

Thirsty will bring you down into the hood, into the middle of gang life, and show you how it feels to try to escape it.

I liked the storyline, but there were a few things that kept me from loving the book. One, if you don’t speak Spanish (like me) then there’s a lot of words and conversations you won’t understand. Stopping to try and understand what was being said kept interrupting my reading flow. Two, there’s an underlying story where the ESHB is concerned, one that includes a rival gang moving into town, but it’s all left up in the air. Maybe there will be some more to it in the next book, Trashed. And lastly, is it just me or was there no chemistry between Salvador and Vanessa? I mean yes they have great sex and an occasionally deep conversation, but for the most part it was hard to tell if she even truly liked him most of the time.

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

Excerpt:

The ride starts with a burst of music like a jack-in-the-box. We glide backward and over a couple of times. The Ferris wheel stops to let other passengers on. At the very top, our carriage swings back and forth before it goes still.

Now I can see my neighborhood from a different viewpoint, high above. The lights of the carnival are bright and beautiful. The smells of tacos, hot dogs, and popcorn fill my nose. People pack the church parking lot. Cars line the street, and in the surrounding houses, lights in the windows show where families are talking or watching TV or having dinner.

“How are you doing?” I ask.

“I’m all right.”

She’s looking at the same things I am. I wonder if she is seeing the same details. I stroke her hair and take another risk. “So what do you think?”

“About what?”

“Starting something with me?”

She takes a deep breath but doesn’t say anything.

“What are your doubts?” I say.

“Are you kidding?” She snorts. “You’re seriously asking me that?”

I laugh a little. “Okay, well. Besides the obvious.”

“You have your own life. I have mine. You’re trying to rebuild from the ground up. I’m trying to secure my daughter’s future. We’re heading in different directions.”

She isn’t wrong. Life has disappointed her in such deep and cruel ways, I don’t blame her for protecting herself. But even as she tells me this—the truth about how we’re not right for each other—I feel how right it is to talk to her, to hold her hand, to show her who I am. “I have an idea,” I say. “Probation.”

“What?”

“I’m only around for two months, right?”

“Right.”

“Spend those two months with me.” I look into her eyes. “I want to be with you, Vanessa.”

“Sal—”

“I’ll be gone before I have a chance to disappoint you.” When the words leave my mouth, I try to ignore how pathetic they sound. “We’re adults, not dumb kids. We won’t lose our heads.” I run my fingers through her silky hair. “I swear to God, every time I look at you, I feel . . .” I reach for the most honest word I can find. “Thirsty.”

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Review of Playing Heart to Get (Tryst of Fate #1) by Kara Liane

“Zipper be damned, heart be damned!”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 316 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

A steamy contemporary romance unfolds. Alexi, aka Dr.Hotness, fixes hearts for a living. Although, he can’t seem to mend his own, or navigate through the deep waters of love.
Luckily, fate intervenes with a chance meeting at the hospital, as he falls for gorgeous college-student Caylan.
Alexi is immediately enamored with her beauty, soul and innocence. Caylan is equally taken with the young doctor. However, her past won’t be laid to rest until she overcomes her inner-demons; which Dr. Hotness is so desperate to uncover.
Love is a gift, and Alexi needs to learn to tread carefully when unwrapping it.
See if these two can play by the heart!

*Please be advised that this book is intended for adult readers. There is mature content and subject matter (e.g., profanity, explicit sexual scenes, potential triggers).

 

Mindy’s Review:

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

Alexi aka Dr. Hotness is a heart surgeon. He is hot headed and knows he has what it takes to score any woman that he wants. At the hospital he runs into a woman that is crying and really does not have a lot of interest in him at the moment.

Caylan is a college student that is running from the demons in her past. She moved with her parents to try to get a fresh start. Meeting Alexi at the hospital had her brain in overload.

Alexi is drawn to Caylan instantly. He cannot stop thinking about her. He wants to know who she is and her story. Breaking some rules he finally gets his chance to run into her again.

This was a sexy read. I loved Alexi and Caylan. I loved how much they really needed each other to be whole themselves again. This is very well written and I loved reading it.

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Review of Revelations (Infinity Series #1) by Bellamy Westbay

“Magic’s just science we don’t understand yet…” 

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 331 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

When modern-day twists with the old texts from the creation of time, you find a story that leads a group of friends on a journey, one that will change their lives and possibly the world’s….

Gwen Adams was faced a tough decision. On one side there was Alexander, the rich, powerful, devastatingly sexy man who intoxicated her with his very presence. On the other, the poor, hardworking, and gorgeous Ky, who’d earned her friendship and stolen her heart.

Alexander Prescott was bored with the predictability of eternity when his world was rocked by a beautiful woman who looked exactly like his long lost love. Despite the fact that she was human, he knew he’d found the woman destined for him. That was, until he met Gwen.

As outside forces push Alexander and Gwen together, another more sinister force lurks in the shadows, determined to destroy him.

Torn between the woman destined for him, and the one he desperately desired, what would he do?

This book is the first in a series that will take you on a unique journey of love, lust, revenge, and betrayal.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Gwen is a lonely girl who’s always left alone by her parents, who keeps having boy issues, and feels like an emotional yo-yo, but she still remains her sweet and caring self. She likes helping people and she likes taking care of people.

Ty has been one of Gwen’s best friends for a couple of years, but he’s always longed for her. Once she gave in and started dating him he betrayed her trust and left her brokenhearted and without the friend she once had.

Alexander is an angel. He’s fought may wars for Heaven, but his hardest battle is yet to come. He’s torn between the visual version of his long ago lost love and the girl whose every sense calls to his own. One will love him and one will betray him in the most evil of ways.

Revelations is an engrossing story that will hold you captive with its suspense…that is if you can get past the ever jumping the storyline does. I started dreading the infinity symbols as every time they appear the story jumps forward. Sometimes it was easy to follow, but more times than not it took a minute to figure out what happened and where I was causing the spell of being engrossed to be temporarily halted.

All I can say is just when you think you know a character beware because no one is as they seem and I have a feeling that there’s more to come as the series continues. The writing style may not be my favorite, however, the story itself is interesting enough to make me want to continue reading just to see where it goes. Of course, that may have to do with the slight cliffhanger book one ends on.

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