Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tangled (Tangled 1) by Emma Chase

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Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

Book: Tangled (Tangled 1) by Emma Chase
Published: August 2nd, 2013
Pages: 254
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Erotica
Format: Kindle
Date Read: June 01 to 02, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars

Loved this! It was refreshing to read a book completely from the males POV. Drew definitely had some interesting pearls of wisdom to share with us! I'm glad he never gave up on Kate and once her realized he loved her he continued to fight - he didn't give up a screw a bunch of girls like most guys do. Five stars!!

Happenstance 3 (Happenstance 3) by Jamie McGuire

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Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it all. Now that Erin has learned the truth about the girls who tortured her, and about the boy she loves, she finds her time before graduation dwindling at an alarming and exciting pace. What used to be summer break was now a countdown to her final days in Blackwell. Her parents, Sam and Julianne struggle with the fear that just when they’ve found Erin, they must let her go, and the tension is higher than it’s been since Erin discovered who she really was.

Finally with the girl he’s loved since childhood, Weston grows more desperate as the summer days pass. He and Erin will go to separate colleges. His biggest fear is that this means they’ll go their separate ways. Plagued with making the best of the time he has left with Erin, and finding a way to make it last, Weston finds himself in a different state of mind hourly. He is just beginning to realize that hope is like quicksand. The harder Weston struggles, the faster Erin sinks.

Book: Happenstance 3 (Happenstance 3) by Jamie McGuire
Published: February 2nd, 2015
Pages: 246
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Novella, High School
Format: Kindle
Date Read: April 9, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

I absolutely loved this novella series! Jamie McGuire hits another home run! Weston... loved him, so adorable. Erin was strong and independent - I loved her for that! Highly recommend this read!

Suddenly Royal (Suddenly #) by Nichole Chase

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Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

Book: Suddenly Royal (Suddenly #) by Nichole Chase
Published: April 23rd, 2013
Pages: 464
Genres: Romance, Famous Hero or Heroine, Swoony Males
Format: Kindle
Date Read: May 12 to 14, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars

FIVE STARS! I absolutely loved this book! Alex... Prince Yummy indeed!!! Even if I didn't love everything about this book it would get five stars just for him alone <3

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Other Fish in the Sea (Grab Your Pole #2) by Jenn Cooksey

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In Shark Bait, readers everywhere met and fell in love with the new girl, Camie Ramsey, and swooned over her sure to be future husband, Tristan Daniels. Now, in The Other Fish in the Sea, the long awaited second installment of the Grab Your Pole series by Jenn Cooksey, Camie and Tristan are back, but so are their friends!

So, find a breathing apparatus and shimmy into your scuba gear, because it's finally time to dive deeper into the lives of the GYP gang, but be warned, it's a big world out there and an even bigger ocean where danger might be lurking around the next corner and realistically, anything could happen.

Book: The Other Fish in the Sea (Grab Your Pole #2) by Jenn Cooksey
Published: April 23rd, 2013
Pages: 381
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Athlete Hero, Tattoos/Piercings
Format: Kindle
Date Read: May 03 to 04, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars

HOLY CLIFFHANGER BATMAN! All I have to say is Tristan has some major sucking up to do in the next book! And he darn well better do it! I'm currently crossing my fingers that book 3 will come out early and that there will be a HEA for Tristan and Camie!

*spoiler* I understand he was sexually frustrated at the end but the poor girl was clearly dizzy and drunk. I mean, she couldn't even concentrate on him and he gets mad she told him to stop? Party fowl, Tristan, party fowl!!!

Bring on book 3, the book where Tristan better be on his knees groveling, even though I'm pretty sure he won’t be (at least at first)! 

Moon (New Species 10) by Laurann Dohner

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Dr. Joyce Yards has never met anyone as irresistible as 466. Their therapy sessions are growing hotter, his raw sexual hunger becoming aggressive, and he refuses to discuss anything except the possibility of getting her naked. Joy understands the dire consequences if she indulges her passion. It will break her heart but she must walk away.

Moon has been drugged, his memory shattered, and he’s now little more than feral, a dangerous threat to everyone. In their need for help, the NSO doctors turn to the only female Moon ever cared about—the one who left him behind two years ago.

Moon isn’t the same male Joy once knew. There are no rules now. If sex tames the wild beast and triggers his fractured memories, allowing him moments of lucidity, then Joy will give him everything, body and soul. She’ll do whatever it takes to save him—even at the cost of her own life.

Book: Moon (New Species 10) by Laurann Dohner
Published: April 30, 2013
Pages: 263
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Paranormal
Format: Kindle
Date Read: April 30, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars

FIVE STARS! Somehow each book just keeps getting better and better! I love Justice and Slade, they have always been my favorites but now they need to make room for Moon because he ranks right up there with them!

I especially loved how Joy was the only one who could reach Moon in his feral state!! And Joy's dads reaction about Moon being a canine new species? PRICELESS!

Laurann - you keep writing great novels as you always have and ill continue to buy them all on release day and read them in one sitting! <3

Music of the Heart (Runaway Train 1) by Katie Ashley

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For Abby Renard, the plan was supposed to be simple—join her brothers’ band on the last leg of their summer tour and decide if she’s finally ready for the limelight by becoming its fourth member. Of course, she never imagined stumbling onto the wrong tour bus at Rock Nation would accidentally land her in the bed of Jake Slater, the notorious womanizing lead singer of Runaway Train. When he mistakes her for one of his groupie’s, Abby quickly lets him know she sure as hell isn't in his bed on purpose.

Jake Slater never imagined the angel who fell into his bed would resist his charms by promptly kneeing him in the balls. Of course, the fact she seems like a prissy choir girl makes her anything but his type. So he is more than surprised when after betting Abby she wouldn’t last a week on their tour bus, she is more than willing to prove him wrong. But as Jake’s personal life begins to implode around him, he finds an unlikely ally in Abby. He’s never met a woman he can talk to, joke with, or most importantly make music with.

As the week starts comes to a close, neither Abby nor Jake is ready to let go. Can a sweetheart Country songstress and a bad boy of Rock N Roll actually have a future together?

Book: Music of the Heart (Runaway Train 1) by Katie Ashley
Published: March 24th, 2013
Pages: 369
Genres: Romance, Musician, Erotica, Famous Hero or Heroine
Format: Kindle
Date Read: April 17 to 18, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars

LOVED IT! This book had it all - comedy, romance, sexy times, it even made me cry (and scream at the book)! I will definitely be reading this again! And Jake? Yum-my! As usual, Katie Ashley knocks it out of the park!  

Walking Disaster (Beautiful 2) by Jamie McGuire

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Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster; the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

Book: Walking Disaster (Beautiful 2) by Jamie McGuire
Published: April 2nd, 2013
Pages: 433
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Tattoos/Piercings, Swoony Males, Sexy Alpha Male
Format: Kindle
Date Read: April 02 to 03, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars

TRAVIS MADDOX! Five stars! That is all. I mean really, what else do you need to know? Its Trav!

Hopeless (Hopeless 1) by Colleen Hoover

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Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Book: Hopeless (Hopeless 1) by Colleen Hoover
Published: December 17th, 2012
Pages: 488
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Swoony Males
Format: Kindle
Date Read: February 23, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars

Love, love, love this book! Holder and Sky have such amazing chemistry! For such a heartbreaking storyline I found myself smiling more often than not. Holder is simply wonderful, he truly loves Sky and wants nothing but the best for her. Not many men would think or act the same way!

Five stars without a doubt, even though it was a bit predictable at times.

If You Stay (Beautifully Broken 1) by Courtney Cole

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24-year old Pax Tate is an asshole.

Seriously.

He’s a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy with a bad attitude to match.
But he’s got his reasons.

His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with guilt although he doesn’t understand why. What he does know is that he and his dad are left alone and with more issues than they can count.

As Pax grew up, he tried to be the kid his father always wanted; the perfect golden boy, but it didn’t work. His dad couldn’t overcome his grief long enough to notice and Pax couldn’t keep up the impossible perfect façade.
So he slipped far, far from it.

Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the ugliness, the black void that he doesn’t want to deal with. If he pretends that the emptiness isn’t there, then it isn’t, right?
Wrong.

And it’s never more apparent than when he meets Mila.

Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air to his hardened frown, the beauty to his ugly heart. He doesn’t know how to not hurt her, but he quickly realizes that he'd better figure it out because he needs her to breathe.

When memories of his mother’s death resurface from where he’s repressed them for so long, Mila is there to catch him when the guilt starts making sense. Mila is the one…the one who can save him from his broken troubled heart; from his issues, from the emptiness.

But only if he can stop being an asshole long enough to allow it.

He knows that. And he’s working on it.

But is that enough to make her stay?

Book: If You Stay (Beautifully Broken 1) by Courtney Cole
Published: February 7th, 2013
Pages: 351
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Tattoos/Piercings, Swoony Males
Format: Kindle
Date Read: February 10 to 13, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars

Love love love this book! For a good portion of it I just wanted to hug Pax and take all of his pain away. Poor kid.

Ahhh Pax. He truly was an asshole (especially in the beginning). He was also funny, sexy, romantic... Pax was everything all rolled up into one effed up ball. But, you couldn’t stop yourself from rooting for him and wanting him to get his act together, for his sake as well as Mila's!

As I write this I still have tears in my eyes from the feelings this book brought out in me. Pax and Mila are the epitome of the phrase, "opposites attract" but it worked for them! Such chemistry! I loved this book so much, it had it all - a couple who truly are two halves of a whole, a fascinating storyline that wouldn't let me put the novel down and flawless editing that made it such an easy read.

Wonderful book from start to finish. Awesome job Miss Cole! Brava!

Dante's Girl (The Paradise Diaries 1) by Courtney Cole

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I have spent every summer since I was ten years old with my father in London. Every summer, since I was ten years old, has been uneventful and boring. Until this year.

And this year, after a freak volcanic eruption strands me far from home, I have learned these things:

1. I can make do with one outfit for three days before I buy new clothes.
2. If I hear the phrase, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” even one more time, I might become a homicidal maniac.
3. I am horribly and embarrassingly allergic to jellyfish.
4. I am in love with Dante Giliberti, who just happens to be the beautiful, sophisticated son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise.
5. See number four above. Because it brings with it a whole slew of problems and I’ve learned something from every one of them.
Let’s start with the fact that Dante’s world is five light-years away from mine. He goes to black-tie functions and knows the Prime Minister of England on a first name basis. I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and wear cut-off jeans paired with cowboy boots. See the difference?

But hearts don’t care about differences. Hearts want what they want. And mine just wants to be Dante’s girl.

My heart just might be crazy.

Book: Dante's Girl (The Paradise Diaries 1) by Courtney Cole
Published: June 22nd, 2012
Pages: 224
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Swoony Males
Format: Kindle
Date Read: January 23 to 24, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars

This book was just what I needed today - a lighthearted romantic comedy. Reece and Dante are just too cute, I loved them. So perfect together! And Dante? *fans self* What a romantic gentleman! If only they still made guys like that! Haha.

Check this book out, you won’t be disappointed!

Bad Rep (Bad Rep 1) by A. Meredith Walters

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"Who gives a damn about their reputation? Oh, that would be me! Especially since mine had gone straight to hell in the span of thirty minutes".

Maysie Ardin is soaking up the summer before her junior year of college, shopping, hanging by the pool and shopping some more. But when her black belt in spending lands her in trouble with her parents, she is forced to take a second job at a local bar to dig herself out of a deep financial pit.

She thought she’d be miserable. But then Maysie didn’t count on Jordan Levitt, the hot, pierced and tattooed, drum playing bartender who also happens to be very interested in her. And the feelings are totally mutual.

It had the makings of the perfect romantic set up. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy has girlfriend? Okay, maybe not.

But attraction is a hard thing to ignore and soon Jordan and Maysie find themselves in the middle of a gossip induced firestorm. Maysie has to learn whether she can set aside her fear of public disapproval in order to be with the one she wants. Or will she let the opinions of others dictate her life and her heart?

Book: Bad Rep (Bad Rep 1) by A. Meredith Walters
Published: December 21st, 2012
Pages: 444
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Tattoos/Piercings, Swoony Male
Format: Kindle
Date Read: January 01 to 02, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars!

I was only going to give this book 4 stars but I loved Jordan so much I decided he's worth more!

Mays really pissed me off, the only thing that kept me reading was Jordan. I understand her hangups and its easy to see why she'd have all of her insecurities but enough is enough. Jordan did everything he could to reassure her and it still wasn't enough!!!! At one point I wanted him to stop fighting for her and find someone worthy!

*spoiler alert* Thank God they got their acts together in the end! When things were good between them they really were a perfect couple, such chemistry! So yeah this book gets five stars simply for the fact that I loved Jordan so much! He's so yummy! This book was worth the read just for him alone so check it out!  

Wishful Thinking (Swann Sisters Chronicles 1) by Evangeline Anderson

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How do you ditch your Fairy Godmother?

As her 25th birthday approaches, mild-mannered Philomena Swann lives in terror of her annual birthday wish. Sure, she has a disinterested fiance and a misogynistic boss, but from experience she knows wishing both away could result in disaster. Why? Because she and her sisters are one-eighth fairy. Not enough to give them magical powers, but enough to qualify for a fairy godmother from hell.

All Phil wants is, just once, to have the courage to speak her mind. She blurts out her wish and suddenly finds she can't stop. To her friends. Her boss. Her Nana. And her best friend, hot and hunky co-worker, Josh. Before she can do any more damage, she begs for the spell to be reversed. And it is with a vengeance. Now everyone else is compelled to tell her the truth. Including Josh.

But the fairy godmother's not done. One more wish could change Phil's world forever if it doesn't ruin her life first.

Book: Wishful Thinking (Swann Sisters Chronicles 1) by Evangeline Anderson
Published: November 18th, 2008
Pages: 304
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Magic/Witches, Paranormal
Format: Kindle
Date Read: February 07 to 08, 2012
Rating: 5 Stars!

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED! At one point this book had me laughing so hard I nearly peed my pants!!! I’m not sure what I loved more – Phil, Josh or the hysterical things that keep happening to Phil due to her wishes! Evangeline is so talented and I've loved every one of her books that I've read! MUST READ!

Justice (New Species 4) by Laurann Dohner

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Justice North is the face of New Species. Seeing him up close makes Jessie's heart race. He's the ultimate alpha male-big, muscular, exotically beautiful...and dangerous. Of course he's off limits. But then the sexy man purrs and all bets are off.

Jessie Dupree is a mouthy, fiery human female who brings out the animal in Justice. She wants to show him how to relax, and he's all for anything she wants to do, but Justice has sworn to protect his people and to take a Species mate. He's torn between the woman he wants and the oath he's taken.

Jessie knows a relationship between them probably won't end well; heartbreak is inevitable. But that won't stop her from freeing the wildness inside Justice and spending every moment she can steal wrapped around his hot body, making him roar with passion.

Book: Justice (New Species 4) by Laurann Dohner
Published: November 11th, 2011
Pages: 222
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Paranormal, Sexy Alpha Male
Format: Kindle
Date Read: November 24, 2011
Rating: 5 Stars

This is by far my favorite book in this series and I have read them all.

Justice and Jessie are both so thick-headed and headstrong that they are such a perfect match! This book had a nice build up – it certainly wasn’t “instant love” like a lot of books these days seem to have! I just love these characters! It’s about time someone “claimed” the leader of the NS!

If you haven’t heard of this series, check it out! Better yet – check out anything by this author, she is amazing and I have loved every single thing she’s ever written!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful 1) by Jamie McGuire

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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Book: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful 1) by Jamie McGuire
Published: May 26th 2011
Pages: 319
Genres: Athlete Hero, Romance, Tattoos/Piercings, Sexy Alpha Male, Swoony Male
Format: Kindle
Date Read: September 26 to 27, 2011
Rating: 5 Stars!

Love love love! I laughed, I cried and I yelled with this story. So good.

So um, where can I get a Travis?

ETA 2016: I have re-read this book quite a few times since my original review and I love it more each time. It’s a book I rate all of my books against and I always end up coming back to it and thinking of different parts at any given moment. I’d give it a more than 5 star review if such a thing was possible! I love Travis and Abby... I don’t think I’ve ever loved a book more. Movie, please!!

Hunted (Brides of the Kindred 2) by Evangeline Anderson

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A desperate girl on the run with nowhere to hide... A warrior who has made a vow never to claim a bride... Sophia Waterhouse is being Hunted and the only man who can save her is the one she fears the most...

Sophia Waterhouse has always been afraid of needles and vampires so there’s no way she wants anything to do with a modern day Count Dracula—even if he does come wrapped in the package of a huge Kindred warrior with blond hair and ice blue eyes. She’s only on the Kindred Mothership to participate in her sister Liv’s wedding and that’s all.

Sylvan is a Tranq Kindred who has made a sacred vow never to call a bride. After a devastating rejection on his home planet, his heart is a block of ice no one can melt—or so he thinks until he meets Sophia.

When their ship is forced down in the middle of a rugged mountain range Sophia and Sylvan are stranded. Running for their lives they have only each other to depend on. Will they give in to the intense attraction between them or will the evil hunting Sophia take its toll?

Book: Hunted (Brides of the Kindred 2) by Evangeline Anderson
Published: April 29th, 2011
Pages: 466
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Erotica, Sexy Alpha Males, Swoony Males
Format: Kindle
Date Read: May 21 to 22, 2011
Rating: 5 Stars

I didn't think I could like this type of book more than I did the first one but Hunted proved me wrong! Someway, somehow I like this one even better than the first!!!

It was so easy to fall for Sylvan and Sophia - both have been hurt before, both so afraid to open their hearts! Sylvan was just the perfect alpha male - protective, sensitive, honorable and so freaking hot! *sigh* Where can I get my own Sylvan?

I loved this book from start to finish and I can't wait to read the next one in the series!

You Don't Know Jack (Sexy in NYC 2) by Erin McCarthy

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Love. Sex. Destiny. And A Six-Foot-Four Psychic In A Bridesmaid’s Dress? Honey, You Don’t Know Jack...

Jamie Peters no longer believes in true love. True idiots, true scumbags, true moochers - these she believes in wholeheartedly, and she’s got the checkered dating history to prove it. So she’s more than a little skeptical when her cross-dressing psychic tells her she’s about to meet her soul mate - during an accident. Yeah, sounds about right. And then it happens. A knight in shining armor steps between her and a mugger on a subway platform. Just a regular, honest, upright Jack. The kind they don’t make anymore...

Jonathon Davidson doesn't believe in destiny - or lying to beautiful women as a rule. But now that Jamie thinks he’s just an ordinary guy, how can he possibly tell her that he’s really, (A) her roommate’s brother, (B) a millionaire to boot, and (C) the jerk who’s investigating her application to his grandfather’s charitable trust because she may be involved in something illegal? Yeah, rhetorical question. He can’t. Not until he knows what’s going on. Besides, it would require being able to resist Jamie’s luscious curves long enough to say, “Hi, my name is Big Liar. Let’s get naked.” Sometimes, destiny sucks...

Book: You Don't Know Jack (Sexy in NYC 2) by Erin McCarthy
Published: October 1st, 2006
Pages: 255
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Famous Hero or Heroine
Format: Kindle
Date Read: March 21 to 24, 2011
Rating: 4 Stars

I fell in love with Jack and Jamie the moment they 'crashed' into each other! They were by no means perfect, by the were perfect for each other! This book felt so real that it could easily pass for a true story! I could honestly see something like this happen!

I loved Beckwith - he cracked me up. And Jack's grandfather, I'd love to let him live with me. He's a hoot!!

This book was great. It had it all - drama, romance, humor, hot sexin', it was wonderful!

Claimed (Brides of the Kindred 1) by Evangeline Anderson

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Olivia Waterhouse has just graduated from nursing school and has her whole life ahead of her—until she gets drafted. Problem is, she isn’t being forced into the Army, she’s been chosen as a Kindred bride.

The Kindred are huge alien warriors—a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward—the right to find brides among the population. The chances of being chosen are about the same as those of winning the lottery—guess it’s just Liv’s lucky day.

Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the malevolent Scourge. Through the torment and pain only one thing kept him sane—the thought of finding and claiming his bride—Olivia. His need to possess her is a burning intensity that threatens to consume them both.

Angry at having her future and her family taken away from her, Liv vows to fight back the only way she can—by resisting. She has one month on the Kindred Mothership with Baird—their claiming period. If she can keep from having bonding sex with him during that time, she can go home and get on with her life on Earth.

But Baird isn’t going to make it easy for her. Every week he is allowed to touch Liv more and more intimately and according to the contract she signed, she has to let him. She’s determined to resist him but his touch sets her on fire. And just as she thinks she knows what she wants, a twist of fate and an attack by the faceless Scourge AllFather changes everything…

Book: Claimed (Brides of the Kindred 1) by Evangeline Anderson
Published: February 9th, 2011
Pages: 321
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Sexy Alpha Male, Paranormal
Format: Kindle
Date Read: March 14 to 15, 2011
Rating: 5 Stars

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I loved how different and unique it was. The alien ship and the way things were so different and advanced there was so fascinating to me. It was great!!

I loved the banter between Baird and Olivia. So cute!!! I even found myself laughing at their antics many times! Poor Baird just wanted a mate and was so good to her. But, if I was in her place I wouldn't give in so easily either. I mean, being taken from everything and everyone you know is not an easy thing to deal with or accept.

Oh and the sexin' was hawt. I want to be 'drafted' now. Yep, I want my own Kindred!

GREAT read! I loved it from start to finish and I can't wait to read the next one once it comes out!

Unwritten Rules by M.A. Stacie

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Energetic, independent Elle has found her weakness in the shy, reclusive, young man next door. Jonah Quinn is withdrawn for good reason; he harbors a dark secret. Can one night of passion between the two of them lead to more than casual glances exchanged at their mailboxes? Will Elle be strong enough to help Jonah with his personal demons. And will Jonah break his silence regarding a past that haunts him?

The Rules for this relationship are Unwritten. A story of longing, love, and forgiveness.

Book: Unwritten Rules by M.A. Stacie
Published: January 27th, 2011
Pages: 256
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Erotica, Musician
Format: Kindle
Date Read: March 1-3, 2011
Rating: 5 Stars

I started reading this book 2 days ago and I could not put it down! It was so easy to fall in love with Jonah and Elle. They were so perfect for each other and just great! The characters were so believable I felt like I was there, taking the journey right along side them!

Jonah... he's perfectly flawed. I loved him! And the pinky thing? So damn cute!!

Great read that's worth every penny! It has everything you could ever want in a book - angst, romance, comedy, sexin', memorable characters, you get the idea! I have a feeling I'll be rereading this book frequently!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Loving Lies (Men of Summer 1) by Lora Leigh

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Love will find a way…

Slade was Jessie’s life, the first love that filled her heart and soul and bound her woman’s spirit. Years of waiting culminating in an incredible weekend of sexual abandon—teaching her everything she needed to know to be his woman and branded her as Slade’s woman for life. Jessie was certain Slade had to love her.

Until he whispered the lie, the ultimate betrayal, and walked away only to wed another woman.

Now five years later Slade returns, his soul has withered without Jessie’s presence, and now he’ll have her, one way or the other. The love for her, the fierce overriding hunger and need consumes his heart and binds his soul. No matter the obstacles, Slade will get her back.

Whatever it takes.

Whatever he has to do.

Book: Loving Lies (Men of Summer 1) by Lora Leigh
Published: February 14th, 2006
Pages: 276
Genres: Sexy Alpha Male, Romance, Erotica
Format: Kindle
Date Read: October 21, 2010
Rating: 5 Stars

Okay I absolutely loved this so much I read it twice before I could review. The story made my heart ache so bad for Jessie and Slade. All they wanted was to be together and time and obnoxious people kept getting in the way!

Slade was hawt! So yummy, loved the alpha male in him.

Jessie had a lot of spunk and didn't just jump right back in his arms when he finally came back - I loved that about her!

Jessie and Slade fought hard and loved just as hard! This book was wonderful and I expect nothing less from Lora Leigh.

Oh and the lovin' between Jessie and Slade? So hot!

Right Here, Right Now by HelenKay Dimon

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For Gabby Pearson, being dumped in public before the dessert course has to be the lowest of the low, especially when it's the old, "It's not you, it's me" speech. Honestly, how about something original: "I have five minutes to live" (very possible); "It's not you, it's the voices in my head" (thanks for the warning); or "I am such a powerful sexual being I could put you into a coma with one kiss" (wishful thinking). Not that Gabby would ever know since Reed Larkin never bothered to take her to bed. Why does a girl bother (to shave)? The only thing left to do is offer the guy a goodbye forever drink on his head.

Damn. Reed did his job: he walked away from Gabby rather than drag her into his unstable life and danger. Now he's wearing her full glass of wine instead of throwing her onto his sheets. It doesn't help that the woman is smart as hell and could stop a man's breath with that wide smile and those shapely curves. Gabby has it all, and Reed wants every inch of her. And now the joke's on him, because new intel says Gabby has just become his assignment: He has one day to win her back, get information from her she may not know she has, and somehow protect her at the same time. The stakes are high. The odds are impossible. And the mutual attraction is as hot and strong as Gabby's anger. And Reed can only hope his next speech, "It's you, baby, it's definitely you," will be the start of something wild, something crazy, something dangerous, something wonderful.

Book: Right Here, Right Now by HelenKay Dimon
Published: January 1st, 2008
Pages: 305
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Format: Kindle
Date Read: August 20, 2010
Rating: 4 Stars

This book had it all - romance, humor, drama, even a bit of mystery. I fell in love with the main characters, their storyline was realistic and just wonderful. And the romance part of it? They loved hard and fought just as hard. This book had me laughing out loud pretty frequently, some scenes were just too funny that I couldn't help myself. If you haven't read this, check it out!

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons 2) by Julia Quinn

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1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, This Author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London's most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry. And in all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better...
--Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1814


But this time the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn't just decided to marry--he's even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield--the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate's the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams...

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes to not make the best husbands--and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate's determined to protect her sister--but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony's lips touch hers, she's suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself...

Book: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons 2) by Julia Quinn
Published: October 13th 2009
Pages: 384
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Historical
Format: Kindle
Date Read: May 1, 2010
Rating: 5 Stars

I loved this book! Anthony and Kate were so funny - their witty jabs back and forth were very entertaining. Julia Quinn did such a great job describing the settings and characters for this historical romance. She made it very easy to forget that I was wrapped up in a completely different time!

I will definitely be rereading this book again and again.

Talk Me Down (Tumble Creek 1) by Victoria Dahl

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What happens when the girl next door isn’t so innocent?

Molly Jennings might look like the girl next door, but she has one naughty little secret: her job. Molly is a very successful writer of erotic fiction. Until her inspiration runs dry-—thanks to a creepy ex-—and she decides it’s time to move back home to tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado.

Tumble Creek doesn’t have much going for it, but one look at luscious chief of police Ben Lawson, who starred in her girlhood dreams, and Molly is back in business. But while her fantasies are pouring out on paper, the town gossip is buzzing at her door and, worse yet, a stalker seems to be watching her every move. Thankfully, her very own lawman has taken to coming over, often. The only problem now is that Molly may have to let the cat out of the bag about her chosen profession, and straight-laced Ben will definitely not approve…

Book: Talk Me Down (Tumble Creek 1) by Victoria Dahl
Published: January 1st, 2009
Pages: 352
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Heroine Loves Siblings Best Friend, Erotica
Format: Kindle
Date Read: April 5, 2010
Rating: 5 Stars

I absolutely loved this book and will definitely be rereading it again and again in the future. It had everything that a romance book could possibly have - humor, sex, a HEA, and lots of DRAMA!

If you are even pondering getting this book, just buy it now! It is so worth it! :)

Making Chase (Chase Brothers 4) by Lauren Dane

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Matt is an expert and the Chase is on. Tate doesn't stand a chance.

Tate Murphy is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She grew up a million miles away from the easy life Matt Chase has had. She's spent her life pulling herself and her siblings up and out of that trailer by the railroad tracks and she hasn't looked back.

Matt Chase is a dream of a guy and she's certainly not going to turn down a short fling with one of the most handsome men she's ever seen! Matt Chase has watched each one of his brothers find love and he knows he's ready for that too. It's all a matter of finding the woman who captures his heart. He's certainly sampled his fair share of them but none has moved him the way Tate Murphy does when he goes to her shop to thank her for some cookies and a thank you note.

But as Matt gets to know Tate and appreciate her strength and unique beauty, he also realizes she's got some big self esteem issues about her past. To build a future, he's got to find a way past some big road blocks.

Book: Making Chase (Chase Brothers 4) by Lauren Dane
Published: June 12th, 2007
Pages: 237
Genres: Military/Men In Uniform, Romance, Tattoos/Piercings
Format: Kindle
Date Read: April 2, 2010
Rating: 5 Stars

I loved this book so much! I love it when you can easily relate to a heroine! Tate was headstrong and independent! She didn't want Matt to just come in and take care of her. She wanted to prove that could do it all on her own and still be with him! Tate's only downfall was that she had very low self-esteem. But, what female on earth isn't insecure with their body in some shape or form? Such a great heroine.

This series from start to finish was so amazing. I love it when authors continue to include all of the characters from each book as well as the town they live in. It's nice when authors make a book only about a specific couple but these types of books are also great. We get to find out what's going on with the previous couples and keep up with the wonderful Chase family. Simply wonderful!

Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

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COOL. CALM. COLLECTED.

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her–not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his role in his next big legal thriller, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms. Even if he is the Jason Andrews.

CONFIDENT. FAMOUS. IRRESISTIBLE.

Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize that she may just be his perfect match. . .

Book: Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James
Published: October 7th, 2008
Pages: 324
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Format: Kindle
Date Read: January 4, 2010
Rating: 5 Stars

This book was so great! It had be laughing from start to finish! It was absoultely wonderful! No instant falling in love here - no, we get a great build up over time, misunderstanding and - GASP! - a happily ever after. I've already read this book twice. The second time being on my kindle since I have it in softcover as well.
Buy this book, you won't regret it!

The Good Guy by Dean Koontz

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One man. One choice. Someone must die.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes this pulse-pounding thriller that starts with a terrifying decision we all might face one day: Help—or run. Timothy Carrier is an ordinary guy. He enjoys a beer after work at his friend’s tavern, the eccentric customers and amusing conversations. But tonight is no ordinary night. The jittery man sitting beside him has mistaken Tim for someone else—and passes him an envelope stuffed with cash and the photo of a pretty woman. “Ten thousand now. You get the rest when she’s gone.”

Tim Carrier always thought he knew the difference between right and wrong, good and evil. But tonight everything he thought he knew—even about himself—will be challenged. For Tim Carrier is at the center of a mystery of extraordinary proportions, the one man who can save an innocent life and stop a killer as relentless as evil incarnate. But first he must discover resources within himself of which he never dreamed, capacities that will transform his idea of who he is and what it takes to be . . .

Book: The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
Published: May 29th, 2007
Pages: 386
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
Date Read: August 7, 2009
Rating: 5 Stars

I love this book. It is so twisted its not even funny! But it is still awesome!

My favorite scene was when the killer took the heroines book and threw it in the toilet and peed on it before putting the lid down to let the urine marinate. For some reason that scene always makes me laugh!

Wild Card (Elite Ops 1) by Lora Leigh

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It was supposed to be simple. All Navy SEAL Nathan Malone had to do was rescue three young girls from a Colombia drug cartel, then allow himself to be captured just long enough to draw out a government spy. That was before his mission went disastrously wrong…and before his wife, Bella, was told that Nathan was never coming home.

Bella's mourned her husband's death for three long years. But she has no idea he's still alive. Forced to assume a new identity, the man Nathan was is now dead. If he can get back to his wife, can he keep the secret of who he really is…even as desire threatens to consume them? And as danger threatens to tear Bella from Nathan's arms once more?

Book: Wild Card (Elite Ops 1) by Lora Leigh
Published: August 26th, 2008
Pages: 430
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Military/Men in Uniform
Format: Hardcover
Date Read: December 2009
Rating: 5 Stars

I've read this book at least ten times - no lie. I even have it on Kindle and hardcover.

I love the characters - I absolutely love Nathan/Noah! Such a hot alpha male. I like Sabella too, she wasn't the typical 'poor me' heroine. It's nice to see a heroine who is smarter than the hero gives her credit for.

There are so many funny lines in this story that crack me up, and so many lines I just read and reread all over again.

This is one of my favorite books of all time so if you haven't read it, check it out!

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

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Katie Wilkinson has finally found the perfect man - but one day he suddenly disappears, leaving behind only a diary written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby, Nicholas. In it she intimately reveals the romance between herself and the child's father, her hopes for their marriage, and her unparalleled joy in motherhood. As Katie reads on, she realizes that the man she loves is Suzanne's husband. Now, filled with terror and hope, Katie must struggle to understand what has happened - and find out if her new love has a prayer of surviving.
Book: Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
Published: August 1st, 2003
Pages: 289
Genres: Romance
Format: Paperback
Date Read: October 1, 2008
Rating: 5 Stars

This is one of my absolute favorite JP books and is a must read! It's a truly wonderful story with a powerful message about the true testament of love. Its a tear jerker but you will not want to put it down.

I loved the characters in this book - they were so realistic and written very well. Check it out!

Christmas at Cupids Hideaway (Burton at Cupid's Hideaway 2) by Connie Lane

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Cupid's Hideaway is an unusual bed-and-breakfast run by the equally unusual Maisie Templeton, together with her granddaughter (and chef) Meg Burton. The B and B is on an island in Lake Erie—the perfect place for Meg to hide her broken heart.

It's also the perfect place for Gabe Morrison, who shows up during the Christmas-in-July celebrations with Duke the dog (really Diana) in tow. He's hiding from all the people who expect him to come up with the next brilliant advertising jingle. Except that Gabe's a little short of inspiration these days.

Book: Christmas at Cupids Hideaway (Burton at Cupid's Hideaway 2) by Connie Lane
Published: November 1st, 2003
Pages: 248
Genres: Romance, Romantic Comedy, Harlequin
Format: Paperback
Date Read: May 1, 2005
Rating: 5 Stars!

This book is awesome! I laughed so much!

This poor girl must have no self esteem because every time this guy touches her, kisses her, etc he thinks of food and blurts out something outrageous. Great book!

ETA 2016: I have read this book about once a year since I originally read it and I love it now just as much as I did then. It is a fantastic quick read, so well written. If you can get your hands on this book, do it!

Play Dirty (The Devils Share 2) by L.P. Maxa

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As bassist of the Devil’s Share, Smith James revels in being the ultimate bad boy, until he meets a good girl…who likes it dirty.

PILLS. PAIN. LOSS. LOVE.

Smith James doesn’t need drugs. He just likes them a whole lot. And as bassist for the Devil’s Share, they are easy to come by. So are the women. With a steady supply of both he doesn’t have to think too hard about his past. But when a beautiful physician’s assistant joins the tour, Smith can’t help but want…more.

After watching her high school boyfriend OD, there is no way Dylan Lawson is going to fall for a rock star with a tenuous hold on sobriety, no matter how sexy his New Orleans drawl. She’s been hired to do one job: monitor the health of the lead singer’s girlfriend and her unborn baby. But once Smith flashes that sweet, vulnerable smile, Dylan can’t help but want…more.

And more is what they’ll get. Love on tour is never simple, and with a music festival in Smith’s hometown, a place he’s avoided for years, near his illiterate, abusive, meth-addled father, Smith is one bad night away from a relapse. But with her heart already lost, Dylan is willing to do whatever is necessary to save him—even play a little dirty.

Book: Play Dirty (The Devils Share 2) by L.P. Maxa
Published: November 11th, 2015
Pages: 118
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Famous, Musician
Format: Kindle
Date Read: October 14-19, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

I'm loving the books in this series so much! Thank you so much to my friend for recommending them!

I don't really have much to say about this one - it was just as short as the first and equally as great! I loved the dynamic between Dylan and Smith. They balanced each other perfectly! Seriously. And I love that we get to know what is going on with the rest of the band. A lot of authors focus a book on those characters and only reference the other ones but this author included the other characters. I love it!

Check this series out, you won't regret it!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Play Nice (The Devils Share 1) by L.P. Maxa

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Rock a stadium. Bang a chick. Repeat. As lead singer of The Devil’s Share, Dash Conner could get anything or anyone he wanted—until he met Lexi Grant.

MONEY. FAME. WHISKEY. SEX.

For Dash Conner, lead singer of The Devil’s Share, everything he wanted was his for the asking. Whiskey. Drugs. Money. Sex. But not Lexi Grant. For the first time since he picked up a guitar, a girl was actually demanding he woo her. For a chance with her, Dash would do that and more.

Lexi Grant was no groupie. Just because the biggest rock star in the world smiled at her didn’t mean she had to fall into bed with him—but it was going to be awfully hard to resist that impish smile and those tatted abs. Surely one night of fun wouldn’t hurt anyone.

Unless that night ends with a broken condom.

For Lexi and Dash, that’s just the beginning. Add an overly affectionate pit bull, a missing guitarist, a house full of sorority girls, a junkie ex-bandmate and an extreme aversion to Jäger, and it’s either a recipe for disaster or true love.

Book: Play Nice (The Devils Share 1) by L.P. Maxa
Published: July 1st, 2015
Pages: 134
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Famous, Musician
Format: Kindle
Date Read: October 13-14, 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars

First of all - the ONLY reason this book is getting 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because of how short it is. I WANT MORE!

I fell in love with Dash and Lexi within the first few pages of this book. I know this type of storyline has been done so many times before but I never grow tired of it. And the band? I absolutely love them all! I love each of their little quirks and issues, they all just fit together so nicely.

Naturally, I would have liked to have seen more of a build up in Dash and Lexi's relationship before they became a couple and went the "I Love You" route but when a book is this short things are sped up a little bit. It still worked for the characters! I really can't think of any part of this book I didn't like (other than the fact that its so short)! It easily could have been another 150-200 pages so the storyline and characters were more fleshed out. But, it is what it is - I still loved it!

I absolutely love Dagger, Lexi's dog. I feel like he definitely steals the spotlight in a lot of the book - he's such an important character.

So, yeah, I loved the book… GO CHECK IT OUT!

And, now I'm off to buy the next book!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle

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“Marry me.”
“What?” I stared back at him, unblinking.
He moved closer, taking my face in his hands. “I love you, Evie. I look into the future, and the only thing I see clearly is you. Marry me.”

What’s an eighteen-year-old girl who was madly in love with her nineteen-year-old boyfriend say?

Of course, I said yes.

Twenty-four hours later, I married Adam Gunner at a Vegas chapel to the sounds of “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Not the best omen. I get that now.

Then, exactly one week later, I left him. I walked out, leaving behind my wedding ring, annulment papers, and my heart, and he never knew why.

I haven’t seen him since. Not in ten long years.

Now, he’s here, standing before me. Looking at me with nothing but hurt and hatred in his eyes, he wants answers.

Answers I can’t give.

Book: When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle
Published: November 10th, 2015
Pages: 307
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Format: Kindle
Date Read: October 11-12, 2016
Rating: 3.5 Stars

When I read the summary of this book I knew I had to get it, even though I've read quite a few books with a similar premise. I truly enjoyed both characters and learning how their relationship came to be. They are absolutely perfect for each other! Their names are Adam and Evie - does it get any more perfect than that?

That being said, I did feel that this book was so easy to predict. By about 20% in I already figured out what happened and why, hence the reason for not giving it 4 stars. That didn't stop me from reading it though! The characters were so raw and honest, it was hard not to identify with them.

I can always count on Samantha Towle for a great, fast-paced romance read! Brava!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1) by Pepper Winters

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“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?

Book: Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1) by Pepper Winters
Published: August 28th, 2013
Pages: 377
Genres: Romance, New Adult, BDSM, Erotica, Abuse
Format: Kindle
Date Read: October 7-10, 2016
Rating: 3.5 Stars

From the summary of the book, I really thought this was going to be completely different than it was and I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

The book was very well written so there is definitely no confusion as to how a character feels or why something is happening. The author did an amazing job! However, I'm just not sure I can get on board with this heroine. I get that she is unsatisfied with her love life, even though she loves her boyfriend and is "settled" in her relationship. I get that she wants more from him. But, what I can't get on board with is where her thought process goes and her rationale after she gets kidnapped (I would say more but I don't want to spoil the book for anyone).

From the summary of the book I assumed the book was going to be about a girl who is kidnapped and the journey she goes on waiting for her boyfriend to rescue her. I thought there would be parts explaining what said boyfriend does to get her back. Nope. This book is about a girl who eventually falls in love with her "master" - Stockholm syndrome at it's best. Now, I can get on board with that - I've read A LOT of erotica where the girl fell in love with her kidnappers and there is nothing wrong with a book that depicts it. However, what happens to this girl before she arrives at her masters house and during just completely turned me off their relationship. I know that it's a book and anything can happen but this one was a little bit of a reach for me.

The hero, however, I definitely liked. Q was a very intense, interesting man. I liked his backstory and what he was about. I can definitely see what made the heroine eventually fall in love with him and I would have loved to have read more about this character.

Overall, this was a very good book, it was, I just couldn't get on board with everything in it. Maybe due to the issues that go on within it or maybe its just me. Why don't you check it out and decide for yourself?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid

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There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn't know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can't refuse.

Book: Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City, #1) by Penny Reid
Published: March 14th, 2013
Pages: 394
Genres: Romance, Freebie On Amazon
Format: Kindle
Date Read: September 12-14, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I was pulled in by the character of Janie, I loved her nervous habits and her random ramblings. I actually learned a bit from her! Quinn was very sexy and intriguing but I feel like we don't really know much about him. What I do know, I like a lot, but there is so much about his character that is a mystery.

Now I must talk about Steven for a second because I truly loved this character.

Steven reached forward, squeezed my hand, and kept me in place for a brief moment. His voice was low enough to ensure the comment was not heard by the others. “He’s going to subject you to the silent twenty-minute car ride from hell. After the meeting this afternoon, we’ll order room service and have a sleepover. We can commiserate, and you cry on my shoulder.”
I absolutely love Steven! I hope the author does a book just for him. His character is just so refreshing - he says what he means, he's in tune with peoples feelings, he's smart and funny. I want Steven's book!

“Good girl. Test passed. I think I love you, Janie. Let’s get married and not have children.”
How can you not love Steven?

My only complaint, and the reason this book is not getting 5 stars, is that it just ends. We're finally getting somewhere with Janie and Quinn and their relationship woes and the book just ends all wrapped up in a bow at like 85%. A chapter ago the characters were nearly broken up and then everything is all happily ever after. What? And the characters that were prominent for most of the book are not mentioned for the last 1/3 of it - Steven, Jon... I feel like the author has such a great story here but then she just ends it without wrapping anything up. Plus, we still don't really know a lot about Quinn. We can infer a lot of things but we don't truly know.

I still think this is a great book and I would recommend it, I just wish it was longer and more fleshed out.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley Series Book 1) by Ava Miles

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Journalist Meredith Hale’s ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after—or Nora Roberts Land as her mother calls it—went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it’s time to change her life and prove her ex wrong. She’s determined to find her own small-town Nora Roberts hero, prove that true love exists, and publish a story about her quest.

War correspondent Tanner McBride has just returned stateside to work for a major newspaper, and the last thing he expects is blackmail. Yet, before he can even unpack, he’s headed to Colorado. His assignment? Make his boss’s ex-wife fall for him and then break her heart. Her article about discovering love à la Nora might air dirty laundry about her marriage to the media mogul, threatening his senate run. The mogul wants Meredith stopped, and he makes sure Tanner has no choice in the matter.

When the two meet, the sparks between them are undeniable. Meredith, who vowed never to date another journalist, begins to succumb. Could Tanner be her Nora Roberts hero? As they work together to uncover the truth behind a suspicious death, the depth of their feelings unfolds and both realize they’ve kept their secrets for far too long. But before the truth can be revealed, their investigation takes a deadly turn, one that might make Meredith’s personal Nora Roberts Land go up in flames.

Book: Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley Series Book 1) by Ava Miles
Published: July 2013
Pages: 374
Genres: Romance, Freebie On Amazon
Format: Kindle
Date Read: June 28-July 26, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars!

"Fairy tales, like shoes, come in all shapes and sizes. Frogs turn into princes. Princes assist ladies into glass slippers."
What a powerful first line for this novel! And how true it is! We all want that chivalrous guy who opens the door for us, pampers us and treats us all like the princesses we always dreamed we were!

First off - I just want to say how much I truly enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was just so well written, thought out and just AMAZING. I loved Mere and Tanner and their instant chemistry. I loved Mere's sister Jill, what a hoot that one is!

In the beginning when Mere was explaining what a jerk her ex was and how she was going to find her own happily ever after I wasn't sure that I was going to enjoy this book. There were so many elements and characters and unknowns in the beginning; I just wasn't sure this book was going to be my cup of tea. I've never been so happy I was wrong in my life!

In walks Tanner - this truly good guy who just wants to do this "job" and get on with his life. Poor guy only wants to protect his family and gets roped into doing something he truly doesn't want to do. I enjoyed this character so much and I could easily understand why Mere fell for him.

This book was so wonderful from start to finish. It had all the elements of any great novel - romance, comedy, drama, and of course - a happily ever after! Check it out, you won't regret it!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

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Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs and all.

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. What she doesn't know is her groom to be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. His past means love is no longer an option. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real. Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets...

Book: The Vampire's Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter
Published: June 1, 2015
Pages: 370
Genres: Romance, Paranormal, Vampires, Freebie On Amazon
Format: Kindle
Date Read: June 15-28, 2016
Rating: 3 Stars!

This was a cute, fun read. There was very little angst (which I LOVED) and the story moved right along. It moved at a perfect pace and everything was tied up nicely in the end.

I truly enjoyed reading this story but I finished it and felt like it just needed more. More story? More character development? I'm not sure what it needed but I felt like this was a novella rather than a novel. It was a good story, nothing was wrong with it but I just wanted MORE.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mystery #1) by Denise Grover Swank

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For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen-- do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty of secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.

Book: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mystery #1) by Denise Grover Swank
Published: December 19th, 2013
Pages: 374
Genres: Romance, Mystery, Freebie On Amazon
Format: Kindle
Date Read: June 13-15, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

It was so hard to put this book down! I just wanted to keep reading and reading - it completely captivated me from the start!

I absolutely loved the character of Rose. She was so funny, witty and REAL. Violet was okay, I like that she truly loved her sister but she was a secondary character for me.

Joe was a mystery to me for the entire book. I found myself wanting to believe what he was saying but not completely trusting him. Even after finishing the book I'm still not sure what to make of him - he truly is a man of mystery!

Great read, I highly recommend it! I can't wait to read some of the authors other works!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Rebel (Rebel Wheels #1) by Elle Casey

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Teagan Cross, college senior, rebel, and wiseass extraordinaire, goes from princess to pauper in a single phone call. Overnight, her life of privilege becomes one of survival, and no matter where she turns, it seems like the world is out to get her. She's not going to fall apart, though. She's a rebel and she's strong … determined to live life on her own terms … and nothing's going to stop her from getting things done and making things right. But when a twist of fate brings her to the doorstep of a different kind of Rebel, she's forced to figure out when something's worth fighting for and when something's worth letting go.
Book: Rebel (Rebel Wheels #1) by Elle Casey
Published: October 29th, 2013
Pages: 294
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Freebie On Amazon
Format: Kindle
Date Read: June 10-13, 2016
Rating: 3 Stars

Rebel is one sexy hunk of a man!

I truly enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down; such a good read! But, I felt like there were so many things that weren't explained - Rebel's back story could have been much more explained. I felt like some parts were just randomly added in, they didn't "fit" with the storyline. Maybe it's just me who felt that way, maybe not.

Another reason I'm not giving this book the 4 stars I feel it could deserve is because it just ENDED. Nothing was wrapped up, there were so many questions! Something big happens, we feel like Teagan is finally getting to the bottom of stuff and the books ENDS. Not cool, not cool at all. I understand wanting to leave the book open for the next one and for getting readers to want to purchase the next one but it still wasn't nice.

Anyway...

All in all, good story, it has likeable characters (some not so much) and it definitely makes you want to read the next book.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Because You're Mine (MINE #1) by K. Langston

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Madison Waters knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life. She was already working for one of the most prestigious law firms in Boston as a research assistant, and in a few short months, she would finally graduate from Harvard and collect her law degree. Everything she had worked so hard for was well within her reach.

But when Madison had to take an unexpected trip back home, she was blindsided by the one thing she never planned on.

Desperate to escape his wicked past, Holden Brooks moved to Madison's hometown five years ago. It’s was a struggle at first, but he eventually overcame the demons that almost destroyed him back in Texas. Holden was in a good place in his life and love was the last thing on his mind.

Everything changes the moment these two paths collide and they soon find out, fate has a plan of its own.

You never know when or where love will come along and change everything.

Book: Because You're Mine (MINE #1) by K. Langston
Published: September 17th, 2013
Pages: 211
Genres: Romance, Cowboy, Freebie On Amazon
Format: Kindle
Date Read: June 8-10, 2016
Rating: 3.5 Stars

This was a short, cute and fun read. I liked the idea of the storyline, even though its been done so many times before. I love the idea of pretty much love at first sight and just knowing that someone is the right person for you - it intrigues me.

I wish the book would have been longer and more fleshed out; it would have been much better had it been an extra 100 pages. I would have liked to have read more of Madison and Holden's backstory's and delving more into why they think and act the way they do about certain things. I also would have liked to have learned more about Madison's parents and what was going on with her father. She came home because he was in the hospital and after she comes home there is barely any mention of her parents. However, the book was still good as it is and I did enjoy it.

3.5 Stars!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

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He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him—just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he’s homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day.

Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls—certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.

When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she's surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it’s not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives.

Blake’s heart beats for Livia’s, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right?

Book: Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
Published: November 21st, 2011
Pages: 525
Genres: Romance, Tattoos
Format: Kindle
Date Read: May 31-June 7, 2016
Rating: 3 Stars

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It was good, I loved the idea for the storyline, but I felt like it wasn't great. The book was a bit long for a story like this and there were too many loose ends. I don't like feeling like I have too many questions at the end of a novel and that a book isn't complete.

I loved all of the characters, each and every one - they were flawed and perfect all at the same time. I especially loved Mouse and would have loved to learn even more about him.

I feel terrible for even bringing this subject up since I clearly knew what the story was about but I don't know that I could just jump into a relationship with a homeless man, I really don't. Maybe if things were more built up in the story I would have had an easier time accepting it? It was too quick for me - Blake and Livia started talking and then bam they were an instant couple. The rest of the book was them facing challenges as a couple and from the summary I thought the book was more about them becoming a couple...

Regardless, the author is very talented and I have read some of her other works and thoroughly enjoyed them. This book was good, in its own way, I just thought it was a little bit too long for my liking.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

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Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Book: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Published: June 23rd, 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Romance, YA, High School,
Format: Kindle
Date Read: March 25-May 31, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

Emmy and Oliver. Oliver and Emmy. I love their friendship and how it can withstand time and anything life throws at them.

I loved this little high school romance book; it was refreshing to read a book that, even though it had drama, wasn't too heavy on the angst! It's nice to read about a couple who are friends first and a couple second. That's so rare to read about these days!

This book should be on everyone's to be read pile. Go! Do it now! I promise you wont regret it and this book will leave you with a smile on your face when you finish it!

Friday, March 25, 2016

This Sky by Autumn Doughton

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Gemma Sayers has spent the last six days rotting in a hotel room, wallowing in a noxious combination of gin, junk food and self-pity. She’s no stranger to disappointment but nothing could have prepared her for the chaos that unfolded when her celebrity boyfriend publicly humiliated her. Now the fairytale is officially over and Gemma is determined to put the past behind her and strike out to find a new dream. Just a few teeny-tiny details to work out: she’s currently broke, homeless and unemployed.

Landon Young has his own worries. Surfer by day and bartender by night, he doesn’t have the interest or the time to be anyone’s happily-ever-after. Weighed down by the memory of what happened two years ago, Landon can barely keep his head above water.

This Sky is the thoughtful and often funny story about broken trust, an unexpected love and the hopes we keep sewn in the linings of our pockets.

Book: This Sky by Autumn Doughton (Goodreads)
Published: August 12th, 2014
Pages: 334
Genres: Romance, Rom-Com, Athlete, New Adult, Freebie On Amazon
Format: Kindle
Date Read: March 23-25, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars!

Can I just start of by saying how much I truly enjoyed the authors humor for this book? I loved Julie and her friendship with Gemma. Loved their discussions!

Landon and Gemma were absolutely perfect for each other. They each had their own demons but found a way to make things work for them. It was so refreshing to read a novel where the characters actually fell in love with each other over time! I've read so many novels where the characters meet and BOOM! they are happy and in love, yadda, yadda, yadda.

I really don't have much to say about this one except that everyone needs to read it! Its has comedy, romance, drama. This book has it all and I truly enjoyed reading it. There was nothing that needed to be added or removed. The book didn't dawdle at all and the characters were easy to envision in my mind.

I will definitely be reading other books by this author - she did an amazing job!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Within These Walls by J.L. Berg

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Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.

I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance.
Isn't that what we all do? Survive?

Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more...complicated. Born with a severe heart defect, I've seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.

I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. He thinks he's blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.

But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?

My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.

Book: Within These Walls (The Walls Duet #1) by J.L. Berg (Goodreads)
Published: August 18th, 2014
Pages: 307
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Freebie On Amazon
Format: Kindle
Date Read: March 22-23, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars!

I am absolutely in love with this book! In Love!

I loved Jude and Lailah (love the way her name is spelled, even!)! Jude was a perfectly flawed character who managed to make Lailah, as well as me, fall in love with him! He was tattooed, angsty, mysterious, kind, funny, thoughtful, the list goes on and on. He was so wonderful to Lailah and she deserved all of it and more.

A lot of books like this upset me because they promise a strong heroine and that is almost never the case. With Lailah, I found myself applauding her at every turn! She was strong, courageous and such a great soul. My favorite scene (spoiler alert!) was when she stayed up late and pretended to sleep to catch whoever was leaving her chocolate pudding while she was sleeping. I think that scene shows so much about her character, not to mention that we get a good look at how spunky she is!

Lailah and Jude, Jude and Lailah - their names were truly written in the stars; they were meant to be together.

I loved every single thing about the characters and this storyline. I love all of the hospital nurses, doctors, administration and even liked Lailah's mom! The author did such an amazing job weaving this tale and bringing these characters to life. I could picture everyone in my mind and this talented author gave me that. Brava!

This book is worth every bit of the high rating it has. If you haven't read it yet, what the heck are you waiting for?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Maybe Yes (Maybe #1) by Ella Miles

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Her future is already set, all she has to do is marry a complete stranger.

Kinsley Felton has everything. Money, a loving family, and a modeling career. She graduates from Yale in just days, but unlike a typical college student she doesn’t have to spend hours looking for a job when she graduates. Kinsley will inherit the multi-billion dollar gaming and hospitality company her great-grandfather started. The only problem is she has to do everything her family asks for in order to get that money. That includes marrying a man of her family’s choosing. That’s not a problem since Kinsley has been following her family’s orders all her life. Until a phone call from her grandfather changes everything.

Will she marry the man her family chooses or will she decide her own future?

Book: Maybe Yes (Maybe #1) by Ella Miles
Published: March 21, 2016
Pages: 192
Genres: Romance, ARC
Format: PDF
Date Read: March 18-22, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'm still reeling from the major cliffhanger at the end of this book so I'm thinking about what I want to say. Our heroine, Kinsley. Did I like her? Sometimes. I was proud of her for making her own decisions and standing her ground but other times she was like a lost puppy following her master and letting the men in her life tell her what to do and how to live. However, with the way she was raised, I'm surprised she has a brain at all since it seems her father and grandfather had total control over her life.

Killian. I went back and forth with my opinion of him as well. On one hand we have this cocky, but sweet, sexy man who only wants what's best for Kinsley. And on the other hand he's controlling, a workaholic and very closed off. All in all, I did like him - he's definitely swoon-worthy!

The cliffhanger is what killed this book for me and what caused me to give the book a 4 star rating. I don't usually care for cliffhangers in general but this one was too great for me. The cliffhanger just made no sense and made me re-think the entire book. I know, I know, that's what cliffhangers are supposed to do but in the case of this book, I felt like it didn't fit. Maybe it's just me that feels that way.... However, I'm not the author and I'm sure she has great reasons for doing the cliffhanger the way she did. I'm interested to see what happens in book 2!