Monday, July 6, 2015

Mini Reviews: Once Wicked by Ember Casey; When Things Go Wrong by Lacey Silks; and Resistor by Madelynne Ellis

Title: Once Wicked
Author: Ember Casey
Published: January 25th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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An EXCLUSIVE prequel short story to the bestselling Cunningham Family romance series...

Meet Calder Cunningham: wicked billionaire and international playboy. He's about to come face-to-face with the one woman who will change everything...

This short story is a BONUS look inside the head of the leading man of the Cunningham Family series.

My Thoughts:

This was a short story about Calder when he first "meets" Lily. It's mostly taking place in his head, and what a lovely place is that to be in. I thoroughly enjoyed his perspective, his thoughts about Lily from a distance. Even though there was no interaction between the two of them, it was still a very nice story. It's good to find out these parts in more detail. Definitely enjoyed Ember Casey's Once Wicked.

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Title: When Things Go Wrong
Author: Lacey Silks
Published: February 2nd 2015
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Lazy eyes, scarred lip and brow, muscled and tattooed, Julia’s high school best friend, the one who made her heart go pitter-patter, had definitely changed in the past five years she hadn’t seen him.

Being stuck with her mom and boyfriend number one hundred at an exclusive ski resort doesn’t seem as daunting when Julia runs into the gorgeous and enticing Scar Wagner. And when fate forces the couple much closer than Julia would ever allow a man to be, she can’t help but wonder whether it’s time to give relationships another try.

After all, when things go wrong, they turn out right.

My Thoughts:

Great story by Lacey Silks to lead into the next! The chemistry between Julia and Scar is evident, something that's been there for each of them since they last saw each other. The two of them end up alone together where all their bottled up lust combusts into hot sex.

Very sexy, very sweet--When Things Go Wrong is the perfect beginning to draw me into Julia and Scar's lives. I need to know what happens when they meet again in the future. Can't wait to pick up Cheaters Anonymous!

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Title: Resistor
Author: Madelynne Ellis
Published: June 4th 2015
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Sex is the last thing on Spook’s mind, or he wishes it was.

Spook Mortensen has one rule when it comes to relationships: just say no. He has his reasons. Good reasons. His policy of total abstinence has kept him out of trouble for years. Sex ought to be the last thing on his mind, but whenever go-getting sound engineer Allegra Hutton shows up, she doesn’t just hijack his libido, she downright screws with it. The only way to deal with her is to tie her up.

Alle realises she’s upsetting Spook’s rhythm, but she’s under no illusion that he’s the right top to warm her bottom.

A Black Halo novella about an enigmatic rock star and the curvy woman who pushes his limits… over a table, in a limo, on the floor, and in bed.

My Thoughts:

I really tried to get into this story. In the beginning, there were a lot of questions running through my mind. I wanted to understand what made Spook tick--why he avoided sex and why he's so insistent on avoiding Alle even though he's clearly as attracted to her as she is to him. Nothing was explained, nothing was referred to or implied. I just kept getting more and more frustrated with the almost-not-quite relationship between Spook and Alle because I had no clue what was happening. It got to the point where it was painful to read, but I pushed through, skimming through a lot of it to see if I would be given some sort of explanation. When I hit the end, I had to do a double take because there was no resolution or anything. It didn't even feel like a HFN. It's possible that given this book is part of a series that there will be a clearer view of Spook's deal eventually (or at least I hope), but as of right now I have no interest in struggling through to find it.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Review: Neighbors with Benefits by Marissa Clarke

Title: Neighbors with Benefits
Author: Marissa Clarke
Published: June 30th 2015
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Love thy sexy jerk of a neighbor…

CEO Michael Anderson might be something of a “control freak.” Still, he’s not quite sure why his therapist thinks dogsitting will fix anything—especially since he and the canine share a kind of mutual loathing. And to make matters worse, a house sitter moves in next door disrupting his peace—and his dates—with the worst possible music at the worst possible time... every time.

Free-spirited artist Mia Argaropolis has settled into the perfect gig—housesitting in NYC’s Upper West Side while working as an art therapist. Too bad she’s stuck living next door to a bossy control freak with a penchant for calling building security when she blasts music to drown out the noises coming through his bedroom wall.

Post-apocalyptic dinner rolls that nearly take her kitchen with them, a douchebag ex, and a Shih Tzu with the personality of Godzilla attack Mia in one day, and her unlikely neighbor comes to the rescue. Like it was her fault. And now, somehow, they find themselves engaged? Both agree, this neighborly feud just got taken to a whole new level.

My Thoughts:

Michael and Mia don't start off on good terms. He's constantly calling the manager about issues he keeps having with her. In her defense, he's the one who makes all the noise first--what else is she to do but to make it clear that he's interrupting her life? Sadly, though, thanks to all of his phone calls, Mia gets kicked out of the apartment. Michael feels guilty about what happened because if it weren't for him, she'd still have a place to stay. So he offers to let her stay with him. And in return, he'll pose as her fiancé. They realize that this is all only temporary, but their first impromptu kiss keeps them from acting rationally.

Neighbors with Benefits was an adorable fake engagement and enemies to lovers story! I loved Mia--I mean she blasted Weird Al Yankovic to drown out the noises in the other apartment. What's not to love about that? I also really enjoyed how Michael grew throughout the story. The fact that he's pet-sitting Clancy, his therapist's dog, added to the change in him, not to mention had some pretty hilarious moments. All in all, I'm very pleased to see the Anderson Brothers series continue and can't wait to see the next one by Marissa Clarke!

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Review: Caught by Clare James

Title: Caught
Author: Clare James
Published: June 30th 2015
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Watching sex tapes at the office is just part of PR professional Vivian Blake's job, especially when she has to clean up a celebrity's image. Except that her newest client isn't quite that easy. Racecar driver Jarod Cage is beyond hot, and his onscreen “performance” is already compromising Viv's cool professionalism.

While Jarod hasn’t exactly been discreet about his personal life, he never thought his reputation could cost him both his sponsor and his racing career. Now he has to put his future in the hands of a tiny, pixie-like publicist. Which is becoming a problem, because the heat between them is about to redline. But when you go this hard and fast, putting on the brakes is the most dangerous thing you can do...

My Thoughts:

Loved this! I jumped into it and found a really intriguing story--one with a story line following a NASCAR driver and the PR girl who's trying to straighten out his image. I thoroughly enjoyed the racing aspect. It was unique and added to my interest in the book.

Vivian and Jarod don't get off to the greatest start. She's bad-mouthing him on the phone, making him unsure whether he can trust her to help him. After a little bit of sexual tension and some getting-to-know-you, they fall into some sensual moments together. Unfortunately, Vivian's attitude about the sport that is his life creates some more friction between them. As time goes by, Jarod teaches her about his love of racing and she begins to understand. Their chemistry never stops and eventually things are heating up again, and it seems that it might include more than just physical attraction.

Caught was an absolutely sexy and compelling book! I loved the dynamic between Vivian and Jarod and how it developed over the weeks they spent together. The romance was hot AND sweet and I couldn't get enough. The best part was that while the book was insanely sexy, there was a lot of heart. So much love for this book! Can't wait to read more by Clare James!

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Tasty Virtual Book Tour and Review: To Tempt a SEAL: Sin City SEAL's #1 by Sara Jane Stone


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Title: To Tempt a SEAL
Author: Sara Jane Stone
Published: June 30th 2015
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
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For the first time in her life, social worker Lucia Lewis is ready to live. And the masquerade ball in Las Vegas is just the place to find a ridiculously hot guy to complete her wicked to-do list. The only rule? Her elegant Venetian mask—which conceals the scars that have always held her back from the life she deserves—stays on.

Navy SEAL Cade Daniels heads to Vegas on a mission to keep his best friend's little sister out of trouble. Except the woman he’s sent to find is all heat and flame…and perfectly capable of handling herself. And him. But the moment Lucia's mask slips, the need to heal her, body and soul, is complete and absolute temptation.

But revealing himself could cost him the one thing he isn't willing to risk...his heart.

My Thoughts:

Lucia is determined to fulfill some fantasies on her list, so she decides to go to Las Vegas and get them checked off that list. When she meets Cade, she doesn't know that he was sent to keep her safe. He knows that Lucia's sister, Natalie, would kick his butt if he tried to do anything with Lucia other than protect her. It doesn't take long before he crosses the line and volunteers to help her take care of the items on her list. Lucia just has one stipulation: The mask stays on. But at one point it comes off and Cade gets a glimpse of her scars. She thinks he'll be like everyone else--unable to look at her the same. Lucia is getting under his skin, though, regardless of what the mask was hiding. When she finds out why he was really there, how will she react?

To Tempt a SEAL is a tempting treat you have to taste. I loved the dynamic between these two--it was extremely sexy and very sweet. Cade obviously finds Lucia beautiful and he's willing to show her exactly how beautiful she is. Talk about a swoonworthy guy! They both were cheeky and adorable, and talk about fan yourself scenes. Holy whoa and a half! This is the kind of story you wouldn't mind revisiting because it gives you some feels and lots of romance. Definitely interested in more by Sara Jane Stone!

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After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! To subscribe, visit www.sarajanestone.com and look for her newsletter entry form. 
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Excerpt

“Turn around,” he murmured as he moved behind her. His fingers toyed with the straps of her red dress and lowered them down her shoulders. “And tell me what you see.”
 

“People.” She gasped as he drew her dress down to her waist, revealing her black lace bra to the night air. Her nipples pebbled, begging for his touch. “Everywhere.” 

Her breasts were left wanting as his hand moved to her legs and lifted her skirt until it bunched at her waist. A thrill ran through her. All those people below, and yet she was on the verge of losing herself in this moment. Being here, with him, felt wild and wanton, so far removed from the walls holding her trapped in her life back home. 

“When you come...” His fingers teased the edge of her lace thong, and she spread her legs, opening for him. “When you scream my name, will they hear you?” 

“No,” she gasped. His finger slipped beneath the edge of her underwear. “Maybe. I don’t care.” 

“Does this fit your fantasy? Is this what you want?” he demanded. “Tell me.” 

She turned to face him and looped her arms around his neck. His hand moved over her, and his fingers ran down her backside, touching, exploring. Her hips rocked against him, demanding friction. 

“I want you,” she said. “Make me scream your name. Over and over. I don’t care if they hear. I want the fantasy. Please.”

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review: A Change of Plans by Robyn Thomas

Title: A Change of Plans
Author: Robyn Thomas
Published: June 30th 2015
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
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She planned for everything...except him.


Sara Greaves has been planning her perfect wedding since she was five. Twenty years. Wasted. When she's dumped by her fiancé, she heads to Vegas to forget and ends up at a hotel hosting a Romance Readers conference. Cuz she's lucky like that. Mr. Tall, Dark, And Anti-Marriage buys Sara a drink, and makes her a bet...she could marry any guy in Vegas tonight and make it work.

She wasn't supposed to choose him.

Ethan Munroe is a ruthless divorce lawyer who would have been voted "Least Likely To Marry (Ever)" in school. And yet, here he is with a hangover, a wedding band, and a sexy, gorgeous bride for the next month. A bride who doesn't want to stay married to him. He never planned this, but he can't bring himself to go for the speedy divorce. Has Mr. Anti-Marriage finally met his match?

My Thoughts:

What happens when you're suddenly dumped right before your wedding? Well, run off to Vegas to get away from all the people who feel sorry for her to pawn her wedding ring and have some fun. Sara isn't expecting to run into someone like Ethan at the pawn shop, but it's lucky that she does since she saves her from possibly losing money on the $70,000 ring. (Side note: HOLY CRAP HOW MUCH???) The two of them stick together around Vegas for drinks and dinner and talking, with a few kisses along the way. Until one night, he makes a bet with her to marry any random guy in Vegas and that she'll be in love with him in a month. When they accidentally get married, he asks her to follow through on the bet.

A Change of Plans was an unexpected journey leading to love. The story kind of blindsided me since I didn't read the synopsis, but that was my own fault. The sudden marriage kind of threw me at first, but I liked how it progressed until the end. Everything leading Sara and Ethan up to it before was cute as well. There's a lot more to the story regarding Ethan's past and most recent case, not to mention Sara's ex--so I liked how the story wasn't all about the two main characters. I'm curious to see what's coming next from Robyn Thomas.

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Review: Bridesmaid Blues by Boone Brux

Title: Bridesmaid Blues
Author: Boone Brux
Published: June 30th 2015
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Maid-of-Honor Dani Brown can handle anything that comes her way when it comes to her best friend’s wedding. That is, until the bride asks for a huge favor—Dani needs to distract the best man, who happens to be Dani's ex. The ex she has fantasized dismembering for a year now. The ex she’ll have to suck it up and play nice with if this wedding is to go off without a hitch.

Businessman Jamie Kingsland is back in Seattle for a wedding. There’s just one problem – the maid of honor wants him dead. Except she doesn’t. Even though he knows he broke her heart last year when things got too serious and he panicked and left, she’s being way too nice about it now. And it scares him.

Something is up with his favorite bridesmaid, and he’s determined to find out what…

My Thoughts:

Dani is blindsided by the presence of her ex, Jamie, when he shows up for her best friend Roxy's wedding. Roxy has this crazy notion that Jamie's anti-marriage commentary is going to get to her soon-to-be husband Kyle's head. So she asks Dani to keep him distracted, even though she knows how the relationship ended. Dani reluctantly does it "for the bride" but it's not easy at first. Eventually she and Jamie have time to talk through some things to where they feel like things have reached a good point between them. Which, in turn, brings about the sparks from before, causing them to dive into a temporary friends-with-benefits relationship. Only temporary just isn't going to be enough--not by a long shot.

Bridesmaid Blues is an entertaining and super cute read. Exes with unresolved issues and underlying feelings getting put into a situation where they have to be around each other is always amusing. Dani and Jamie clearly have chemistry and you want nothing more than for the two of them to realize this instead of playing around (even though that's kinda fun, too). I found myself both swooning and giggling over everything, and completely amused at the situation in general. This second chance romance by Boone Brux is worth the read!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme where we get to let everyone know about what books we are eagerly anticipating the release of. WoW is hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine.


For fans of David Sedaris, Tina Fey, and Mindy Kaling-the new book from Jenny Lawson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED...

In LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

According to Jenny: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos."

"Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding.'"

Jenny's first book, LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. FURIOUSLY HAPPY is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it's about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways-and who doesn't need a bit more of that?

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things will be released onSeptember 22nd 2015.
What are YOU waiting on?


Jessica