Friday, March 6, 2015

Review: A SEAL's Secret by Tawny Weber

Title: A SEAL's Secret
Author: Tawny Weber
Published: January 20th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Subject: Lt. Commander Mitch "Irish" Donovan

His Mission: Babysit a fitness queen with a hands-on approach!

Navy SEAL Mitch Donovan always plays to win. The push-up contest at the Halloween party should have been a piece of cake. Except that the cake in question is a hot woman dressed as a delicious dessert. Now the only exercise on Mitch's mind is restraint….

Livi Kane may be The Body Babe, but she has zero confidence. This hunky SEAL, however, makes her forget everything—except for a workout involving his hot, naked bod and a whole lot of sexy, sweaty delight. But Mitch has his secrets—and Livi certainly has hers. All it will take is one unexpected encounter to turn this steamy attraction into an even bigger secret that will start showing any day now….

My Thoughts:

The Uniformly Hot SEALs series is THE BEST SERIES of contemporary romance ever in the world! I have marked two of them as my favorites, so that tells you how insanely great they are. This one sucked me in from the first chapter and did not quit. It was so hard to stop reading.

Mitch and Livi are perfection. It all starts with a bet, and snowballs from there. The attraction is obvious, and the kisses are spectacular. It's all innocent fun at first, but feelings are developing and people are considering them boyfriend and girlfriend. Is there something more to this hot love affair than either of them realize? Because it feels like it is, and deep down they're both wishing and hoping that it is, even though they're not sure if they're ready for it.

A SEAL's Secret is the perfect romance to pick up when you're looking for something super sexy. I loved Mitch and Livi together--they had moments together where there were disagreements, but they spent more time enjoying each other's company. It was a welcome change of pace. Both Mitch and Livi were well developed characters and easily likeable. Tawny Weber is absolutely the best and I'll never stop reading her books!

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Review: Royal Heirs Required by Cat Schield

Title: Royal Heirs Required
Author: Cat Shield
Published: March 3rd 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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A prince's surprise twins may turn his royal marriage into something more….

Prince Gabriel Alessandro's top priority is continuing the family line, and he's found the perfect bride-to-be in Lady Olivia Darcy. While their royal marriage is not based on love, he desires her. Making a baby together will be pure pleasure. Then Gabriel learns he is already a father …to twins.

Olivia surprises Gabriel with her acceptance of his motherless girls, making him believe their loveless union could blossom into something more. But Olivia's agreement conceals a devastating secret. In danger of losing the dynasty he so desires, will he risk choosing love over duty?

My Thoughts:

Now this is a story! I loved seeing a story with unexpected twists in it, not only what's mentioned in the synopsis, but also throughout the book itself.

Gabriel chooses Olivia to become his bride and provide him with an heir. Their chemistry is apparent and everything seems to be going well. Then he finds out about his twin daughters and it could easily create a problem, but Olivia is amazing and accepts them without hesitation. Gabriel and Olivia have something happening between them that's blossoming into more than either of them expected going into this union. However, Olivia's secret could be the one turning point that could derail everything. Is it possible for them to move past it? Can what they feel for each other mean more than anything else?

Royal Heirs Required was a typical yet unexpected love story. Despite the speedbumps, you can feel the possibility of love leap off the page for Olivia and Gabriel. It was an honest and lovely journey. I really enjoyed this book by Cat Shield and would love to see what else she has to offer.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: More Than a Convenient Bride by Michelle Celmer

Title: More Than a Convenient Bride
Author: Michelle Celmer
Published: March 3rd 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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After all they've been through following the tornado that hit their Texas town, there's no way Dr. Lucas Wakefield will let his best friend, Julie Kingston, leave because of a green card mix-up. The only solution is to propose marriage. But what starts as a platonic arrangement quickly blooms into red-hot desire—until Luc's ex-fiancée returns to reclaim her man and Julie questions whether happily-ever-after is in the cards. Good thing Luc has no intention of giving up his passionate new bride without a fight!

My Thoughts:

I read the first Texas Cattleman's Club: After the Storm novel, Stranded With The Rancher, and thought it was absolutely lovely. I remember this "story" being hinted at and thought, "I'd really like to read more about that," so when this one came my way, BOOM! I was all over it.

Who doesn't love this kind of love story? "I have to get married to [insert whatever it is that's about to ruin their life unless they get married here]." There's just something about it. Put best friends Luc and Julie together and it's an easy fix. Then when it comes time to kiss the bride, they discover they enjoy the kisses... a lot. Well, then, there goes the whole simplicity of this arrangement. Is it possible for two best friends to fall in love after they've already gotten married?

More Than a Convenient Bride was an adorable ride. I loved it more than the first book in the series. Luc and Julie were an amazing pairing. The chemistry from their friendship translated beautifully to their relationship once they married. I will absolutely be reading the rest in this series, AND more by Michelle Celmer.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tasty Virtual Book Tour and Review: The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne


Welcome to the tour for The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne!

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Title: The Trouble with Love
Author: Lauren Layne
Published: March 3rd 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.
 
As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.
 
After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.

My Thoughts:

So very insanely excited to see another book in the Sex, Love, and Stiletto series! I wasn't ready to say goodbye just yet, I'm still not, but glad that I got the chance to revisit their world.

When it comes to those stories where one person leaves the other at the altar, the first thing you want to understand is why. Why did Alex leave Emma? Can they make things work again? Ever since I started reading second chance romances, I'm all about wanting couples to get back together. For Alex and Emma, the "why" isn't as simple to answer. There are two sides to this story: Emma thinks he left her, while Alex thinks that she didn't want him. In the game of relationship chicken, both of them swerved. Now that they're living near each other, they have no choice but to face the past. It's hard to ignore the sexual tension in the air, but they need to come to terms with living in the present and what the future can hold.

The Trouble With Love was a perfect continuation to the series. Watching Alex and Emma have to deal with their feelings--the ones from the past and the ones being stirred up in the present--is a rollercoaster of emotion. I have said it before and I'll say it again--absolutely love Lauren Layne!

My Rating:


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Author Info 
Lauren Layne is a snarky cynic with a serious weakness for happily ever afters.
Marrying her high school sweetheart was a good start. *cue Disney soundtrack.* But Lauren wanted all romance, all the time.
Now she writes fictional happy endings, and considers her job done well if you swoon while reading her books. Don't worry. You will.
Once upon a time she lived in a Manhattan high-rise, but now she's on the laid-back train in the Seattle area. If you ever find yourself in Issaquah, she'll probably buy you a drink. Maybe. 
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 


Excerpt

“Emma, a moment?”

Emma looked up from her monitor. She and the other Love & Romance girls had been in their usual pre-lunch “zone.” It was one of the few times of day when they put chatting and gossip aside long enough to get work done.

She pulled off her headphones and looked at Camille. “Um, sure. Now?”

Camille made it a point to meet regularly with all of her senior columnists on a one-on-one basis, but Emma’s scheduled time was Monday afternoon; today was Wednesday. It was never a good sign when their boss went off book.

“It’ll be fast,” Camille said, before her head disappeared from the door.

Emma pulled off the glasses she used when working on the computer and rubbed her eyes. “It won’t be fast. It’s never fast.”

“That’s what she said,” Riley muttered.

“That phrase doesn’t really work in this context, Ri,” Julie said distractedly.

“That phrase always works in any context,” Riley responded.

“Hey, Ems, see if you can get the inside scoop,” Grace said, leaning back in her chair as Emma stood and stretched. “I’m dying to know what the heck this sabbatical is about. Three months?”

“I can’t ask,” Emma said, moving toward the door. “She said it was personal.”

“Right. Which translates to interesting,” Julie said, pulling her hair into a pony.

“I’ll see what I can do.” Emma jabbed a finger toward her laptop. “And don’t touch my edits. I know it was one of you that tried to sneak the word penis into my last headline.”

“Um, yeah. Because you need some penis in your life,” Riley said.

“I’ll have you know that I had some penis in my life . . . last week,” Emma said. “No, last month. Maybe . . .”

Her three friends looked at one another, and although the shared glance was more
good-natured than it was poor Emma, it didn’t stop the irritation from rippling through her.

Emma was happy that her friends were all blissed out with their painfully good-looking men. Really. Good for them.

But that didn’t mean they had to lure her into their little club. Emma had tried the happily-ever-after route, and knew that for every woman who rode off into the sunset on a white stallion, another one got kicked in the face by that very same horse.

She’d been there. Done that. Moved on.


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Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: With Every Heartbeat by Linda Kage

Title: With Every Heartbeat
Author: Linda Kage
Published: March 2nd 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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I used to think everything was black and white, truth or lie, easy or hard, that if I could just escape my strict, overbearing, abusive father, my life would be perfect. But since I’ve found a reason to risk his wrath and leave, to help a friend in need, I’ve come to realize everything I thought I knew is wrong.

Friends have their own agenda, honesty comes with a dosage of lie, easy doesn’t even exist, keeping secrets sucks, and love...love is the most painful thing of all.

Maybe if Quinn Hamilton hadn’t asked me to skip classes for the day and help him pick out an engagement ring for my best friend, I wouldn’t have fallen for him so completely on that sunny Tuesday afternoon and I wouldn’t feel so conflicted. But I did, and I can’t take it back, no matter how hard I try. So I have to deal with the fact that even I’m not as good, or honest, or caring as I’d always thought I was, and no matter what I do next, someone’s going to get hurt. Probably me.

-Zoey Blakeland

*Don't worry! The hero and heroine are not cheaters.*

My Thoughts:

This is my first book by Linda Kage. I saw a tweet about this book, read the synopsis, and I gotta tell ya, I was intrigued. As soon as I started reading, I was so captivated by the characters that it was difficult to put the book down. I definitely stayed up wayyyyy too late trying to finish--I had to know what happened!

Quinn and Zoey have this instant attraction, but it isn't insta-love, not even insta-lust either. It's there, below the surface, and the two of them are curious about each other. Since Quinn is dating Zoey's best friend, Cora, they both know that anything more would be crossing a line. They become friends and discover how much they have in common and the deeper connection they have. When some horrible things come to light about Cora, Quinn and Zoey are drawn to each other like never before. Even though they want so much more, there are still some issues that need to be resolved, including one revolving around a secret even Zoey isn't aware of. Will Quinn and Zoey be able to pull through and find each other in the end?

With Every Heartbeat was a surprisingly amazing book! I just expected a sweet little story, but I was given so much more. The depth to the characters, their backgrounds, the realistic and sometimes painful facts of life. Everything amounted to an epic kind of story you rarely find. I'm glad I found out about this one, because now I'm going to pick up another by Linda Kage soon!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Review: Under the Surface by Kira Sinclair

Title: Under the Surface
Author: Kira Sinclair
Published: February 17th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Adult Contemporary
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Lusting after the enemy
Former SEAL Jackson Duchane has spent almost a decade hunting down the wreck of the Chimera, a Civil War–era ship rumored to be filled with gold. Now he's agonizingly close to the biggest discovery of his life. With a rival diving team hot on his tail, Jackson is determined to get there first, but he didn't bargain on a sexy distraction….
Heading up a diving team is Loralei Lancaster's nautical nightmare. Fortunately, nothing distracts a girl from her water phobia like a gloriously ripped surf god. And Jackson is hot enough to make Loralei forget everything—including the fact that he's an arrogant jerk! And when heated words lead to steamy nights, Loralei finds herself caught between the devil and the deep blue sea!

My Thoughts:

Another winner! I don't think any of the authors from the Blaze line could ever be anything but awesome. Kira Sinclair is going to be a favorite, I just know it.

In this lovely story, we're introduced to two ambitious individuals determined to get the same thing. Jackson and Lorelei are standing in each other's way in getting what they want and, of course, neither one is willing to back down, and highly reluctant to help the other. Unluckily for them both, their attraction is strong... causing them to cave into temptation, despite the fact that it will cause a rift between both teams if they're caught.

Under the Surface is a wonderful enemies to lovers tale. The banter is a delight, and the steam is mighty steamy. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Jackson and Lorelei interact--not just the in-your-face-anger kind of moments, but also the sweeter moments, like the swimming lessons. Definitely a worthwhile read!

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Write On Review-a-Thon! (Take Six!): Saturday - #reviewathon

Write On Review-a-Thon

Hello everybody! I found something AMAZING. It's called the Write On Review-a-thon! It's hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen.

* = NetGalley, Edelweiss, or review book
~ = Book that takes priority for posting next month
  = Completed
Italicized = Books I need to review this time around



REVIEW LIST:

  1. Changing His Game by Justine Elvira
  2. Slade by Victoria Ashley
  3. Seven by Claire Kent ~
  4. Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie
  5. Stripping the Billionaire by Noelle Adams
  6. Wild Temptation by Emma Hart
  7. The Wedding Favor by Cara Connelly
  8. One Night of Scandal (After Hours #2) by Elle Kennedy ~
  9. Playing Doctor by Jan Meredith ~
  10. One Night of Sin (After Hours #1) by Elle Kennedy ~
  11. Taste by Cambria Hebert ~
  12. Being Neighborly: a novella by Carey Heywood ~
  13. Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5) by Colleen Hoover
  14. From Fake to Forever by Kat Cantrell *
  15. Lost and Found by Ember Casey ~
  16. Their Wicked Wedding by Ember Casey * 
  17. Hope Burns (Hope #3) by Jaci Burton
  18. Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie 
  19. Calling California (Hunter Hill University #1) by J.P. Grider *
  20. Mending Michael (Hunter Hill University #2) by J.P. Grider *
  21. Still Me (20Something #3) by Amy Patrick *
  22. Crushed (Redemption #2) by Lauren Layne *
  23. One Night with her Roommate by Noelle Adams ~
  24. An Indecent Proposal by J.C. Reed and Jackie S. Steele *
  25. Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne *
  26. Good with His Hands by Tanya Michaels *

FINISHED:

  1. One Night of Sin (After Hours #1) by Elle Kennedy posted to Goodreads
  2. One Night of Scandal (After Hours #2) by Elle Kennedy posted to Goodreads
  3. Seven by Claire Kent posted to Goodreads
  4. Playing Doctor by Jan Meredith posted to Goodreads
  5. Good with His Hands by Tanya Michaels posted to Goodreads
  6. One Night with her Roommate by Noelle Adams posted to Goodreads
  7. From Fake to Forever by Kat Cantrell posted to Goodreads 
  8. Crushed (Redemption #2) by Lauren Layne posted to Goodreads 



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I managed to complete a total of 8 reviews! SCORE!


How did your reviewing go this weekend? How many reviews were you able to write?

Jessica