Publication Day: 2 August 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
Category: Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
An exceptional read! My emotions ran the gamut of joy, laughter, anger, and sorrow with this book. Goodreads Choice 2016 Winner, Colleen Hoover, is remarkable at drawing you in with so much joy and happiness for her characters and then ripping your heart out on the next page.
Lily’s life has not been normal or easy, to say the least. She grew up in Maine watching her abusive father brutalize her mother swearing she would not let that happen to her. As a teen, she met and fell in love with a homeless boy who was squatting in the empty house next door, but he moved away. She meets the man of her dreams (a neurosurgeon) on the top of a building in Boston, but is he too good to be true? She has a wise best friend who gives her the best advice she can give her despite the consequences to Lily’s life. Continue reading “#Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover @AtriaBooks #womensfiction #abuse #mentalillness”
Maddie had no idea how many laws she’d broken in the last week. They all paled next to kidnapping. Since she’d been advised not to leave the state, she was pretty sure having temporary custody wouldn’t get her anywhere in court. Not that it mattered. She’d never get to court. She’d die before she gave Jesse up.
Maddie and her baby nephew, Jesse, are on the run from his father and the man who murdered her sister and her boyfriend. She heads to her boyfriend’s home in Galveston only to run into a charming cowboy named Zach who she shoots over a misunderstanding. To Maddie’s joy and distress, the attraction is instant and the passion is hot and heavy, but the murderer could find her any time and, unfortunately, she has to leave Zach and this town soon.
People were killed every day because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Zach has fallen head over heels for Maddie and her nephew, but is she “one of the damaged strays” that his sister says he likes to rescue? He can protect her from the dangers that she fears, but how can he get her to stay with him?
Continue reading “#BookReview: A Knight in Cowboy Boots (McKnight, #1) by Suzie Quint #SuzieQwriter”
Title: Cock Blocked
Author: Sabrina Monet
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 25, 2018
Cover Designer: Comar Covers
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
An uninvited ex-girlfriend; an overly flirtatious competitor; a completely untenable work situation…How many obstacles can one man put in his own way in the pursuit of the disinterested woman he can’t seem to get out of his head?
Camden Atwood is devastatingly gorgeous, cocky as sin and as Hollywood’s reigning “it” guy, not used to hearing the word “no” when he sets his sites on a woman. When Camden meets Kate Prescott, the ambitious, smart-mouthed new junior publicist assigned to handle him on an international press tour for his latest movie, he’s hooked from the minute his private jet is wheels up. Continue reading “#BlogTour #BookReview Cock Blocked by Sabrina Monet @iamsabrinamonet @BuoniAmiciPress”
She’d gotten nervous about her first day at The Inside Word—a tabloid! God help her, how had she come to this?—and before she knew it, she’d found herself walking out the door of her new apartment dressed in what, in her saner moments, she referred to as her slut suit.
Cleo is an up-and-coming investigative journalist who got her former employer, The Tucson Sun, a nomination for the Pulitzer. So why is she now accepting a job with The Inside Word, a tabloid? It’s complicated. In fact, her life has been nothing but. Her mother is a former Vegas showgirl who is now a choreographer in Vegas which Cleo likes to keep on the down low. Even her ex-boyfriend Martin Howard Prescott the third didn’t know about that side of her life, but now she has sold her soul to the devil and her sign on bonus will be in the bank soon to take care of some debts. Everything is going as planned…or is it? She didn’t count on having to work with sexy Alec Ramirez with those bedroom eyes and smoldering good looks.
“She’d thought that Ramirez fellow had been within a breath of backing her up against the break area’s counter and taking her right there. And for a second, it hadn’t seemed like a bad idea.”
Continue reading “#BookReview: Liar, Liar: The Omnibus by Suzie Quint #SuzieQwriter”
“You know how people start to look a lot like their dogs? Well, professors start to look a lot like their subjects.”
Professor Anne Corey normally looks forward to starting the new academic year, but this year is different. She’s been desperately trying to find a publisher for her book so she can keep her job at Fairfax College, a small liberal arts college in the San Bernardino valley, but the rejection letters are coming fast and furious. Her dad has dementia and her sister has decided that he is better off in a care facility near Anne, and this is the man who cut her off when she decided to become a professor of English Literature instead of his choice as a lawyer. Last of all, she found out that Adam Martinez, her first boyfriend, her one true love, is the new president at Fairfax. She has worked hard to be where she is today. Will these new developments be her undoing? Continue reading “#BookReview: By the Book by Julia Sonneborn #chicklit #contemporary #romance #humor”
It’s never too late to follow your dreams…
Forty-year-old air stewardess, Emily Forsyth, thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…
Catapulted into a mid-life crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside-down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!
Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?
Don’t miss this heartwarming and uplifting debut, perfect for fans of Colleen Coleman and Cate Woods!
Continue reading “#BlogTour #BookReview: The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert @JaneLambert22 @HQDigitalUK”
Kassidy Thomas’ life was about to change forever. After losing a bet with her brother, Caleb, she is destined to meet Wyatt Hamilton, star quarterback of the Atlanta Saviors. She doesn’t take risks and hasn’t dated for 4 years. He is never seen with the same girl twice and his only commitment is football.
Can she be his friend with benefits knowing that he has no interest in a relationship or love? Will he accept her offer knowing that he doesn’t date girls her type because “all his life, there’d been only one goal–to play ball”?
Continue reading “Book Review: Catching the Player by Diane Alberts (Kindle book)”
Another contemporary romance, this time featuring Ethan Roxburgh, a cynical and “fabulous” male millionaire and Dee Nichols, a free-spirited, insecure yoga instructor. Both are beautiful and both have emotional baggage so can their two very different worlds work together?
It’s a fast-paced, funny and sexy ride to see these two head-strong personalities manage their attraction while keeping their integrity.
Thank you to Ms. Paul, Random House Australia, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
Holland Bakker was a stalker. Not the scary type, but the music enthusiast type. She took the long way to work every day just to see the subway musician play his guitar with lovely abandon until a homeless man pushes Holland onto the subway tracks and changes her life forever.
Calvin McLoughlin is a Julliard graduate from Ireland with an expired visa playing guitar in the subway and in various unknown bands in New York. He is in America illegally and calls the police anonymously to help the beautiful young woman who fell on the tracks.
Continue reading “Book Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren (9781501165832)”
Kiersten Abbott receives her new job by default. Sexy Cole Harrington, president and founder of Harrington Enterprises, let his first assistant go because he wanted her to attend a conference on the same weekend as her wedding. As second assistant, Kiersten’s work is cut out for her as he looks at her and says, “Let’s hope you last longer than the last three.” Little did Kiersten know her luck would change for the good when she wins the lottery along with her friends. Just to add some retribution for the long hours and no appreciation she receives from her new boss, she decides to make his life miserable by creating the Termination Pool at work to see how long it takes for her to get fired.
Continue reading “Book Review: 69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer (Kindle eBook)”
Kasie Fitzgerald’s best friend, Simone, takes her to Vegas for one last fling before she ties the knot. Kasie feels out of place in the tight red “bandage dress” that Simone lends her, but she meets a mysterious stranger who gives her a night of unforgettable pleasure. “This man, he’s not like the man who raked my body with his eyes, all conceit and sleaze. This man isn’t pushing his agenda on me. He’s drawing out mine; reading my movements, my smiles, the quick path of my eyes. Tonight I’m the girl who is going to sleep with a stranger.” But what about her fiance Dave. “This isn’t the woman I’m supposed to be.” Or is it?
All I can say is hot, hot, hot!!! An erotic ride where Kasie battles with her desires and weaknesses which leaves you breathless and only makes it worse with the cliffhanger at the end. Can’t wait to get my hands on Part 2.
Thank you for Ms. Davis, Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for giving me this opportunity review this very hot book.
Echo and Noah are two lost teenagers who just want to “find normal again”. Echo was one of the popular girls in school until she lost her brother from the war and an incident she can’t remember with her mother changed her life completely. Echo’s thoughts are “My father is a control freak, I hate my stepmother, my brother is dead and my mother has… well … issues. How do you think I’m doing?”
Noah was part of a happy family until tragedy struck and he lost his parents in a fire and he and his two younger brothers were thrown into the foster care system which separated him and from his brothers. Noah’s thoughts are “‘Good.’ That is if you considered your foster mom and dad getting into a screaming match and throwing everyone’s gifts into the fireplace a good Christmas. I’d always dreamed of spending my Christmas in a hellhole basement watching my two best friends get stoned.” Can Echo and Noah ever trust adults again?
Echo and Noah meet each other through their new high school clinical social worker, Mrs. Collins. She recommends that Echo tutor Noah in some subjects. They are total opposites, (Echo with the popular girls and Noah with the stoners), but do opposites really attract? They push the limits to find peace in their lives and to find common ground with each other.
The reader will feel all of the emotions that the characters feel and more. All of the characters are very believable and the storyline is important for all ages.
Check out Katie McGarry’s “Two Essential Ways to Build Your Characters” at http://harlequinblog.com/2012/07/two-essential-ways-to-build-your-characters/ Great ideas!
Thank you to Ms. McGarry, Harlequin UK and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity review this book.
The story between Ana and Kane is nothing new. She is the naïve 24-year-old who is looking for love and happiness and he is the strong silent Native Indian type intrigued by her charms.
I felt the writing was hurriedly put together and it had more sex scenes than actual character-building content. Don’t get me wrong, I like the sex scenes, but I wanted balance within the story. Seeing Ana grow more intellectually and socially was helpful, but Kane seemed to stay the same and in my experience those kind of relationships can end in resentment and disappointment.
This was a quick read; but, unfortunately, this was not one of my favorites and I was hoping for much more.
Thank you to Abby Wood, Carina Press and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
T.J. (aged 16) is in remission from cancer and Anna (aged 30) is a teacher who is hired to tutor him due to the year he was not attending school for his medical treatments. They are flying to a summer rental in South Asia where T.J.’s parents are waiting for them and the seaplane they are on crashes into the Indian Ocean near a deserted island. T.J. and Anna learn to survive with many hardships on the island for 3 years when the 2004 South Asian tsunami hits and they are rescued and placed back into reality.
The book is tastefully written in light of the May/December “romance” which doesn’t physically start until T.J. is 19. I think Ms. Graves does an excellent job in creating the bond between the main characters during their residence on the island and she does just as well explaining their difficult transition back to their former lives with the “frowned upon” way they feel about each other. Do they end up staying together? Read it and see.
I want to thank Ms. Graves, Penguin Group and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
Taft hadn’t seen Laura in ten years when she left him practically at the altar and left town. Now she is a widow and back in town with two children, one with Down’s syndrome, to help her mother get her motel back in good working order. Laura’s cold shoulder to Taft is a challenge and his closeness with Laura’s children may be the key to thaw her out.
Will he find out why she left so suddenly ten years ago and can he make amends for the past?
I have read Harlequin books since I was in my early teens and jumped at the chance to read #10 in The Cowboys at Cold Creek series. I was not disappointed. This is a nice story with good, strong characters and I would like to go back and read more about Taft’s family and the tragedy that led to his misunderstanding with Laura.
Thank you to Ms. Thayne, Harlequin and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
Emma and Dexter meet in college, have one night together and become good friends. Friends is not Emma’s choice, but Dexter’s playboy lifestyle and irresponsible attitude is what it is. The book gives us a look at what Emma and Dexter are doing on July 15 of every year from the day they meet in 1988 through 2007. We see their struggles in life and relationships and how they help each other out through it all.
Personally, I found them both to be immature throughout, especially Dexter, and the book seemed to drag on too long. I felt for Emma during her struggles, but I could care less about Dexter. I guess raising these emotions in a reader is what the writer intended to do, so it worked for me.
There are a few funny moments, but I found the story pretty sad. Now a major motion picture.
Thanks to BookBrowse for giving me the opportunity to review this book.