Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) by Harper Sloan

In Lost Rider, the first Western romance in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, an injured rodeo star encounters an old flame but will she be just what he needs to get back in the saddle?

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?

Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?

Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!

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I should tell Quinn and Clay that he’s here. But one look at him and it’s like the last ten years have never passed and I’m back at the bonfire, the awkward high schooler uncomfortable in her own skin. Marching away from him in the woods. It was the last time I saw him. How is it possible that he can affect me this much after all this time?

He hasn’t noticed me, not with his head bowed, so I quickly turn around and focus on Pastor John as he finishes up his prayer. Him being here means nothing. I should be happy that I remember the pain from that night so well, it will make keeping my walls up around him so much easier.

“On behalf of the Davis family, I want to thank everyone for coming today. At this time, the family has asked for some time alone as they say their good-byes. They wanted me to remind everyone that the PieHole will be opening up for a few hours tonight starting at five for anyone that wishes to join them.”

I keep my arm around Quinn, not looking back to where I saw Maverick. I can hear the church slowly emptying and I feel a frown pull at my lips. I had hoped that when everyone started to leave that he would have come up front to be with his family, but so far, the pew we’re in is still empty save for the three of us. We sit and wait for everyone to leave, something that Clay had asked Pastor John to make arrangements for in place of the customary recessional, knowing that no one in this town would really mean a word of it anyway. Plus, I know Quinn is having a hard time. Regardless of the fact that she wasn’t the closest with her father, she was really counting on this—Maverick home. She’s still shaking in my arms, but when I look over at Clay I realize his silence isn’t because of the heaviness of Buford’s death, but instead anger over his brother’s absence that has started to build to a boil. I fear that he’s seconds away from tipping over the edge.

I stand when Clay and Quinn do, but hang back at the edge of the row we had been sitting in as they meet Pastor John and gather their father’s ashes. I can’t wait to get out of these heels. If it would have been acceptable to wear my boots, I would have, but Quinn would have killed me. As it is, I feel like I can’t take a deep breath with how tight my dress is against my chest. I never wear tight shirts. I haven’t since my boobs became beasts of their own right. I’m too busy fiddling with the straps of my dress, trying desperately to get some of the pressure against my chest to ease up so I could take a deep breath, when I heard Quinn gasp.

“Mav!” Next thing I know she’s running past where I’m standing, her black hair streaming in the air behind her as she speeds forward right into her brother’s arms. Clay moves to stand next to me and I look up to meet his green eyes, the questions he isn’t vocalizing dancing in their emerald depths. He’s not stupid and I’m doing a crappy job at hiding the memories haunting me right now. He gives me a small smile, shifting his hold on the urn to wrap his free arm around me and pulls me into a strong hold.

“You’re shakin’,” he says against my temple and I just nod.

“I’m good, Clay. Go see your brother.”

“I’m fine right where I am, sugar.”

I keep my eyes to the ground, focusing on his worn boots instead of looking up, hating myself for making this moment about me when I should be focused on them. Like it or not, I can’t fight the feelings that being near him bring me. I’m that stupid, naive sixteen-year-old all over again. “Let’s get out of here,” he says after a few silent seconds. I look up and give him a smile, hoping that it looks a hell of a lot braver than I feel. Inside I feel like I might puke.

“You think I could have a second with my family?”

My head shoots up at the coldness I hadn’t anticipated in Maverick’s voice. He’s not focused on me, though, instead looking at his brother with a hard expression and one brow raised upward.

“Mav!” Quinn gasps and he moves his attention from his brother to her.

“Sorry, Quinn, but I’m thinkin’ that Clay’s lady friend would understand that this should be a moment for our family and give us time alone.”

“I’ll just—”

“Don’t you dare finish that sentence, sugar,” Clay all but spits through clenched teeth and drops his arm to take a step forward. “You’ve got something to say, Mav, then say it.”

“Nothing to say, Clayton, I just think it would be nice for your girlfriend to give us some space.”

“My girlfriend,” he parrots sarcastically, his deep voice vibrating in anger.

“Mav.” Quinn attempts to butt in, but stops when Maverick leaves her side and turns to stalk out of the church. I should find it comical that he obviously didn’t recognize me, or hell, maybe he did and he’s just picking up where he left off ten years ago in the middle of the dark woods. I take a deep breath. “It’s okay. He’s right. Y’all need some time as a family. I’ll head over to the PieHole and start settin’ up for tonight.”

Quinn brushes a tear from her cheek and just shakes her head. I look at Clay to see him staring in the direction that his brother just left.

“You’re family,” he finally says, not looking in my direction.

“Clay, really, it’s okay. It’s been a long time since y’all were back together and I don’t need to be there for that reunion. It sucks that it takes all of this to finally bring him home, but he’s here and y’all need to make up for a lot of time lost.”

“Shut up, Leighton.”

“Don’t, Clay.”

“Don’t what? You’ve got every right to be here. You’re just as much a part of our family as he is. Hell, maybe even more so than he is at this point. So just shut up, come with us, and ignore him.”

I shake my head, the fight instantly leaving my sails, knowing I would be arguing until the end of time if I

pressed this issue.

“I can’t believe he doesn’t even recognize you,” Quinn whispers.

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One word: Cowboys! My ideas about cowboys are probably completely wrong, but I sure like the ones Harper Sloan writes about. A broken rodeo star, with a big heart, and a hopeful future, not to mention the hat, and mostly the nicely filled out jeans. Prepare to swoon with Maverick Davis.

He left town fast, and never looked back. ‘Cause he knew if he gave Leighton a chance, he would never leave. Now that he’s back for good, she is his number one priority. Fix what he broke ten years ago, and convince her to give this lost rider a chance.

Luckily Leighton never really got over her crush, and things heat up pretty fast. There is no lack of passion, inside and outside the barn. Two strong-willed characters, pent-up emotions, and hurt feelings, yes, it gets intense.

I mostly liked how the drama isn’t dragged out. Once all secrets are revealed, apologies are made, Leighton and Maverick don’t waste time. They already lost out on ten years, and they don’t want to waste any more.

Lost Rider was a solid start for a new series. A must read for anyone who likes cowboys, broken men who try to redeem themselves, and the strong women there to guide them. It was, at times, sticky sweet, passionate, and mostly good fun. 

3.5 stars

Coming Home – Reading order and purchase links

Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) by Harper Sloan  Kiss My Boots (Coming Home #2) by Harper Sloan

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Review: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

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Have you ever tried holding eye contact with someone for three minutes straight? Not as in a staring contest, but actually looking someone in the eyes. Suddenly three minutes seems more like three hours. For shy, asocial Allison, it’s what nightmares are made of. Three minutes interacting with a stranger, and everything changed.

Esben is the complete opposite of Allison, and therefore really easy to like. He’s one of those super social guys, who people just gravitate towards, and above that he’s just the nicest. Thanks to his social media presence he also leads a public life, though he uses it to do all these amazing, wonderful things. Falling, and swooning for him is effortless.

For Allison it is not though. She grew up in foster care, and while there were some good families, and some less good families, it did leave their damage. Even adopted at the age of sixteen, Allison is still extremely wary of people, and does everything in her power to keep everyone at a distance. Even her dad. From the moment that we get to know her, your heart just breaks. You know that if she would dare to bring those walls down, she could be so much happier. That there is no need to shut herself off.

Upon meeting Esben, for the first time in her life she dares. Allison takes a chance, and slowly she lets her walls down. Esben shows her a whole new world, she lets people in, and all seems to be going so well, and happy. Until suddenly it’s 1AM, and you’re crying your eyes out. 180 Seconds will definitely give you all the feels.

Superb writing, idealistic book boyfriend, heartfelt friendships, new families, and first love, I adored every second of 180 Seconds. 

4.5 stars

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Review- The Thing About Love by Julie James

Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .

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I love Julie James’ writing, and with her latest book The Thing About Love, it’s no different. A story of two Chicago FBI agents who hate each other, though now having to work together discover there is a fine line between hate, and love.

Jessica and John were in the same class in the academy. Him with a military background, and she a former lawyer. From day one it is on between them. A classic case of miscommunication between them, leads to a bitter rivalry. After graduation they never saw each other again, until now.

It’s John’s last case as an undercover agent, and Jessica’s first as a new transfer. I do have to applaud them on their professionalism, they really manage to set their differences aside for the job. Though the longer the banter goes on between them, the more they venture into flirting territory.

I always feel there is a certain level of intelligence when it comes to Julie James’ stories. I’m certainly no professional when it comes to FBI cases, and federal procedure, but she makes it feel authentic, and thus making the story more believable. Add the witty ribbing, smart heroines, and qualified heroes, and The Thing About Love becomes one wonderful romantic story.

4.5 stars

EXCERPT

Steeling himself, John turned around and smiled as Jessica approached. “Yes, Agent Harlow. How can I be of service?”

In response to his dry tone, she threw him a glare so cold it could’ve frozen all nine circles of Dante’s Hell. Fittingly, just nine of the many places he would rather be than stuck working with her on this investigation.

“Look, I’m not thrilled about this, either.” Keeping her voice low, she came to a stop next to him at the elevator bank. “I thought you were supposed to be on the Hostage Rescue Team already.”

“And I thought you were supposed to be in L.A.”

There was a quick flash in her eyes before she shrugged off his question. “Change of plans.”

The elevator arrived at their floor, and they both stepped inside. She hit the button for the seventh floor, where the public corruption squad was located. Standing on the opposite side, he pressed the button for floor five.

They faced off as the doors shut. She folded her arms across her chest and studied him with those crystalline blue eyes that could so cleverly mask her emotions.

As he knew well.

“We’re going to have to figure this out,” she said. “We’re supposed to be business partners in this.”

Thank you, yes, being a professional, he was aware of that. He took a step closer. “It’s called “undercover” work, Harlow. If I can pretend to be a gun-buying, murder-for-hire thug, I think I can handle playing some rich investor-type who wants to skirt a few measly zoning laws.” Even a rich investor-type who was apparently masochistic enough to get in bed with the likes of her.

Professionally-speaking.

“Measly zoning laws?” she repeated.

Ooh, now he’d gone and pissed her off. How nice it was, really, that they could pick up like this, right where they’d left off.

She drew in closer, tilting her head back to meet his gaze. He was over a foot taller than her, although he noticed that she was heightening a bit with those expensive-looking three-inch heels she wore.

“Our target in this investigation is the mayor of the thirteenth largest city in the United States. That’s a pretty big deal in my book.” She gestured to his facial scruff and hair. “And while I appreciate that this . . . Sons of Anarchy motif you’ve got going might ingratiate yourself with the gun-buying, murder-for-hire, organized-crime thugs of the world, that’s not quite going to fly with this sting operation.”

“’Thirteenth largest city in the United States?’” he scoffed. “Just how many hours did you spend reviewing the case files last night?”

She smiled sweetly as the elevator arrived at her floor. “Enough to get the jump on you.”

Then the doors sprang open, and she gave him a friendly wave, once again stepping into the role of Ms. Congeniality. “So glad we got to catch up like this, Agent Shepherd. We’ll talk again soon.”

He watched her stride confidently down the hallway as the elevator doors closed between them.

Enough to get the jump on you.

Not for long, sweetheart.

Time for him to get cracking on that case file.

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Review- The Hot Shot (Game On #4) by Kristen Callihan

First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

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Grumbling, I toss on some black lounge pants and my oversized Tulane t-shirt and head to the drugstore.

My head throbs by the time I get there, and my insides are writhing. I rest my hand against my lower stomach and grab a basket before calling James to complain.

“I swear,” I tell him as I grab a bottle of painkillers. “It’s like this entire day has been cursed.”

He snickers. “Curse. Get it? Curse?”

I roll my eyes, even though he can’t see me. “Laugh it up. Meanwhile, it feels as if someone is playing Battleship in my uterus.”

“Poor Chessie bear. At least we know why you were in such a foul mood.”

A flush washes over my cheeks. “Yeah.” Lie. Lie. Lie. A tub of salted caramel gelato makes its way into the basket.

“Tell me you’re getting some gelato,” James says.

I smile. “Just grabbed it.”

“Salted caramel?”

“You know it.”

I find the feminine products aisle and search for my brand. “I’m going to go home, take a long bath with my gelato, and forget this fucking day.” Forget Finn. “And then I’m going to go on Amazon and buying a freaking year’s supply of tampons so I don’t have to make these kinds of emergency runs anymore.”

A low, deep chuckle rumbles from behind me, and all the tiny hairs lift on my arms.

“But you’ll still need your gelato,” a familiar—fuck me, seriously?—voice points out.

My insides swoop even as my cheeks burn.

“Who is that?” James asks in my ear.

I slowly turn on one heel. “The plague,” I say, glaring up at Finn Mannus’s smiling face.

“From asshat to plague.” Finn scrunches up his brow. “I’m not sure if that’s a step down or a tie.”

“Who is that?” James nearly yells now.

I don’t take my eyes off Finn. “I’ll call you back.”

James’s squawks of protest cut off as I hit the end button.

“Are you stalking me, Mannus?”

Finn a rests his hands low on his lean hips. “Having a healthy amount of conceit myself, I have to admire yours, but no, buttercup. My buddy Woodson lives a few blocks away. It’s poker night. I’m stocking up on beer.”

It’s only then I notice a twelve pack tucked under his other arm.

“And tampons?” I ask, with a pointed look around the aisle we’re standing in.

“Not tonight,” he says easily. “Though we used to keep a pack of them back in college. Light flows were perfect for stopping up bloody noses.”

A snort escapes me. “Now there’s a visual.” Somehow, I’ve taken a step closer to him. He’s freshly showered, the golden brown strands of his hair still damp at his temples. And I wonder if he’s just come from the gym or practice. “So back in college you went and bought these tampons?”

“Nah,” he says with a cheeky smile. “I’d ask one of the girls hanging around to get me some.”

“Of course you did.” My nose wrinkles with annoyance.

“Give me a little credit, Chess. I’d buy them now if I had to.”

“Hmm…” I eye him, trying not to return his smile. If only because it’s more fun when he teases. “So why are you in this aisle now, if not for potential nosebleed needs?”

“That’s easy.” He steps closer, a warm wall of muscle and clean scent. “I heard your voice.”

For a second I just blink. “You recognized my voice?”

His gaze darts over my face as if he’s trying to get a read on why I’m gaping at him. “Not to be…ah…rude, but you’re loud when you talk on the phone.”

“Yeah, but… You recognized it.” We’d only just met. It occurs to me that I’d recognized his both times he’d snuck up on me. Then again, his voice is distinctive, flowing like hot honey when he’s relaxed or hammering down like iron to rock when he’s taking command of a situation.

A soft flush of pink tints the tips of his ears. If I wasn’t staring at him, I might have missed it. He shifts his weight. “Was I not supposed to?”

“No. Yes.” I shake my head and laugh. “I don’t know.”

He grins then. “You’re cute when you’re flustered.”

“I’m not flustered.” I am.

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REVIEW

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Who would have thought that the QB would be scared to take off his clothes for a photographer? The man who gives pretty much naked locker room interviews, is unsettled by little Miss Chess Copper. This making those first interactions between them were adorable.

Finn is used to women fawning over him, so Chess’ complete lack of interest is almost unsettling to him. Though also intriguing, making her a mystery to figure out. Before they both realise it, they’ve become BFF. It’s a first for Finn, and if he’s truly honest with himself, he wants to be more than friends.

Chess is used to seeing handsome men on a daily, but she has to admit that Finn is one fine specimen. Though totally not her type. Finn is a bit too clean, while she prefers scruff, long hair, and tattoos. Still this weird friendship thing is making her see him in a different light. And, oh no, she even starts liking the guy, looking forward to his text messages. Eek, maybe even falling for him.

I loved seeing this relationship bloom from a small seed to a gorgeous sunflower. From mild dislike, and teasing insults, to smoldering texts and fierce kisses. What is going on between them is more than the physical, making it believable. The Hot Shot was a fun, and sexy friends to lovers story. Finn and Chess were highly likeable, made me laugh on occasion and overall I had a good time reading their tale.

3.5 stars

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the hook up  friend zone

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The Friend Zone (My review)

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Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen #5) by Tillie Cole

EVEN THE BROKEN, THROUGH LOVE, CAN FIND GRACE…

Secrets never stay hidden.

The burden of guilt never lifts from the heart.

Born and raised in The Order of David, Sister Phebe knows nothing but cult life. Head of the Sacred Sisters of New Zion, Phebe was groomed from childhood for one purpose: to seduce. Prized as a harlot, as a New Zion whore, Phebe is taken from the doomed cult by Meister, the notorious leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. Taken as his possession. Taken to be the woman who will obey his every sexual demand. Under his heavy hand, Phebe finds herself in a place much worse than she could ever have imagined… with absolutely no one to help. And no glimpse of hope.

Xavier ‘AK’ Deyes is content with his life as Sergeant-At-Arms of the Hades Hangmen. Leader of the infamous ‘Psycho Trio’ and ex-special ops sniper, AK knows how to fight. Experienced in warfare and schooled in military operations, AK is vital to the Hangmen. When his Vice President needs help retrieving his missing sister-in-law, Phebe, from a Klan-funded trafficking ring, AK volunteers to go in. AK remembers the redhead from New Zion. Remembers everything about her from the single time they met—her red hair, blue eyes and freckled face. But when he finds her, heavily drugged and under Meister’s control, her sorry condition causes him to remember more than the beautiful woman he once tied to a tree. Saving Phebe forces hidden demons from his past to return. A past he can never move on from, no matter how hard he tries.

As AK fights to help Phebe, and in turn she strives to help him, they realize their secret sins will never leave them alone. Kindred broken souls, they realize the only way they can be rid of their ghosts is to face them together and try to find peace.

Despair soon turns to hope, and damaged hearts soon start to heal. But when their deep, painful scars resurface, becoming too much to bear, the time comes when they must make a heavy choice: stay forever damned; or together, find grace.

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Tillie Cole always asks us nicely to review without spoilers, and I gladly oblige, though it’s damn hard to do. Here we go:

I’m glad that with Damnable Grace we get to back into the Hades Hangmen group, and get to know the other members better. Ky, Styx make appearances, and we get a lot of Flame, as he is AK’s bestie. Also we get to see more of Lil’Ash, who bumped Flame from the number one spot of favourite Hangmen. I know it will be a while ’till we get to read his story, but every mention of him so far is a highlight for me.

As for AK, he always seemed the most level-headed out of the Psycho Trio, though the hell he has been through makes it even more admirable that he’s not more effed up. His story starts out as most who sign up to fight, though war is never a good place, and leaves its marks. AK found his home with the Hangmen, brothers in arms. Though what he mostly needs again, is love, and forgiveness.

Phebe is an example that even when they favoured you at the cult, it didn’t mean you were treated well. After fallen from disgrace, then handed over to Meister’s control, hell really is a place on earth. Multiple times her story will break your heart. What they took from her, what she endured, I do not blame for one second how she wanted to escape it all.

Together they will have to face their demons. AK can finally lean on someone, who will accept him, and still love him no matter what. Phebe needs his strong, and gentle soul. Someone who will help her fight, help her see the good in the world, and who can love a broken woman.

Damnable Grace was…I always have trouble describing Tillie Cole’s novels…heart-wrenching, hopeful, mesmerising, addictive

As always I recommend this series to anyone who likes their romances dark, any MC lovers, and broken women who bring broken men to their knees.

4.5 stars

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It Ain't Me Babe  heart recaptured

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The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

She’s no Sleeping Beauty. And he’s definitely no prince . . .

Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again-her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot’s whiskey-augmented grandmother “buys” Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he’s at her door.

Impossibly charming. Impossibly sexy. And still a complete and utter jackass. Bentley’s just been coerced by his grandfather to spend the next thirty days charming and romancing the reclusive red-haired beauty who hates him. The woman he abandoned when she needed him the most. Bentley knows just as much about romance as he knows about love-nothing. But the more time he spends with Margot, the more he realizes that “just friends” will never be enough. Now all he has to do is convince her to trust him with her heart . . .

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I love it when there is a lot of humor in a story. Though in this case Bentley uses his humor to deflect. With a playboy bachelor reputation, he plays into the image people have of him. Under the surface there is so much more going on. He’s the one who keeps the family together, craves the respect of his grandfather, and fears losing those who he loves most.

Now forced together with his ex-best friend, it would be so easy to fall back into old patterns. Except Margot sees through his facade. Having to face his issues, and possibly have his heart broken, again, might be more than he can handle. This whole deeper side of Bentley was a pleasant surprise.

Meanwhile Margot has become a recluse over the years. She never fully recovered of losing her parents, and at the same time losing her best friend. Hiding behind her books has suit her just fine so far. Though there is a difference between being alive, and living. Now that Bentley is back in her life, he gives her a taste of what true happiness feels like, all Margot now has to do is dare to jump.

The Playboy Bachelor was a fun, and fast read with enough surprises and twists to keep things interesting. Plenty of humor, and I love Bentley’s tenacity. The witty conversation was a welcome counteract towards the fighting. There were a lot of issues between Margot and Bentley that needed be resolved. Not an easy path to get there, but remember that truth, and love always prevail.

3 stars

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  The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Twist (Dive Bar #2) by Kylie Scott

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they’re emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets… apart from the one that really matters.

And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.

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I love it when there is no love at first sight. Alex pretty much loathes Joe the first time she meets him. Which I was not expecting, ’cause Joe is just such a nice guy in general.

Though to be fair, he screwed up big time here. Now pushed together by circumstances, Joe has the chance to redeem himself.

I loved how that connection between Joe and Alex grew gradually. Seeing their lives intertwine, meddling friends, it’s all very entertaining.

Both have some issues, but them coming together forces them to address those, and work through them.

Twist is a great addition to the Dive Bar series. It was awesome getting to know all the characters better. Joe was a guy that was not really on my radar, but he nicely surprised me. Alex is interesting. She’ll keep you on your toes.

Twist was fun, hot, and entertaining, and exactly what I needed to relax after a trying week.

4 stars

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Happily ​Ever After (Cinder & Ella #2) by Kelly Oram

The end of one story is often the beginning of another.

Hollywood heartthrob Brian Oliver and his Cinderella princess Ellamara Rodriguez have finally found love outside the digital world. But leaving their anonymity behind creates a whole new set of obstacles for the nation’s new favorite sweethearts.

With the stress of Brian’s fame and the pressures of a new relationship weighing down on them, the It Couple quickly begins to wonder if they can hold on to their newfound joy, or if maybe happily ever after is only a fairy tale.

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Scott closed his laptop, which was a sign that he was really serious now. “Like it or not, Brian, she is in this. Up to her eyeballs in it, in fact. She won’t be able to avoid it forever, and when it catches up to her, she’s going to have some real choices to make. If you don’t bring her in with you, then your management team—along with everyone else in town—will bypass you and go straight to her. Do you really want her to meet with people and make decisions without you?”

My jaw clenched. Hollywood people could be nice enough, but they were all sharks in sheep’s clothing. Ella was a strong, smart woman, but she wasn’t used to playing their game. No way did I want her having to navigate this business on her own.

“You’re absolutely right that your team will try to use her as much as possible. That’s why you should be there when they do. At least if you’re together, you can tell her when they’re trying to work her over.”

Damn him again. Why did he always have to be right? Letting out a breath of defeat, I scrubbed my hands over my face and then raked them through my hair. “All right, all right, fine. Let’s schedule a meeting with Ella. But not yet. After the holidays. After New Year’s.”

Scott’s posture eased up a little, and he gave me an apologetic smile. “I don’t think they want to wait that long. You guys are in the headlines now. You’re the biggest story of the year. With the movie releasing in two days, they want to take advantage of all this free publicity.”

I huffed in exasperation. “The Druid Prince is the biggest release of the holiday. The studio has put millions of dollars into advertising. How much more publicity does it need?”

“Not the film, Brian; you.”

“I don’t care about the publicity. I don’t want the attention.”

I shot to my feet with a groan and headed for my coffee again. It wasn’t as hot now, so I chugged it as if it held the answers to all my problems.

“You do want it this time. And so does Ella.”

I was still frowning, but I leaned against the counter again and gave him my full attention. He jumped on the window of opportunity but spoke cautiously, as if he was afraid I might explode if I didn’t like what he said. “How you and Ella deal with this attention will affect your future, and you know it. The world loves you guys right now. You’re a real-life fairy tale. People are dying to see the two of you living out the happily-ever-after you promised them.”

“Forget the world. I want that. But if the freaking media doesn’t leave us alone, no one will get that happily-ever-after, because Ella will dump my famous ass.”

Scott’s snort of disbelief was only mildly reassuring.

“She’s not like everyone else, Scott. She doesn’t care about the money, and my fame is a problem in her eyes, not a fun perk. She’s fragile. If this gets too crazy, she’ll throw in the towel. She’ll have to. And I’ll have to let her.”

“If you would just make a couple of appearances together, do an interview or two and a photo shoot, that would satiate the public, and things would die down.”

“Tell that to Kim and Kanye.”

Again, Scott spoke right over my cynical mutterings. “It would help you both in other ways, too.  Ella is exactly what you need for your career. This relationship will completely erase your last year or so of debauchery.”

I cocked an eyebrow at Scott, trying my hardest not to smile. It wasn’t easy. “Debauchery?”

His cheeks turned a little pink, but he stood his ground. “Do you have a better word for all the partying and womanizing?”

I held his gaze a moment longer but then cracked. “Fine. Debauchery.”

“Right. And after a few appearances with Ella, as in love as you guys are, not even Kyle Hamilton will remember your previous reputation as an arrogant, immature playboy.”

My eyebrow went up again, and this time it was Scott who relented. “Okay, Kyle might. But no one else will; I guarantee it. You’ll be the mature down-to-earth A-list actor who chose to be with a physically-disabled woman when he could have anyone. You’ll be admired by all of Hollywood. And a man like that might just win himself an Oscar, whether he earned it onscreen or not—that’s simple Academy politics. Not that you haven’t earned it, but no one in the Academy would hesitate to vote for you. And no director will hesitate to consider you for a role in the future. Play your cards correctly right now, and you’ll be earning thirty million a picture for the Cinder Chronicles sequels and turning down roles you’d beg for right now.”

A year ago, that would have been a persuasive argument. “It’s not me I’m worried about. I’ll earn my A-list status eventually; I don’t need to use Ella to get there.”

“She might want to use this opportunity, though. You should at least explain to her what is going on and what it means for her. From what you’ve told me, she’s an extremely independent woman and isn’t going to want to live off of her father’s money forever, or yours. This could be a very lucrative time for her. It could help her with her future and even give her something to focus on. It could give her positive reasons for living with the fame and maybe help her make sense of how much her life has just changed.”

I shot Scott a glare, hating that last accusation, and got his Super-Assistant-Stare-Down again. “Like it or not, Brian, the moment you gave that Cinderella interview on The Kenneth Long Show, you changed her life. There’s no going back for her, so help her move forward. Help her make the best of a hard situation. Ease this transition for her by being straight with her. You know no one else will.”

I rubbed my head. All this thinking about the future first thing in the morning was giving me a headache.

“Sorry, boss, I know it’s not what you want to do, but it is what you need to do. I’d let you keep ignoring them and turn off my phone over the holiday if it wasn’t.”

My hands dropped to my sides as all the fight left me, and I met Scott’s gaze again, frowning. “Do you ever get tired of being right?”

The corners of Scott’s mouth twitched. “Not really, no.”

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Review- Goodbye Paradise (Hello Goodbye #1) by Sarina Bowen

Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh and Caleb called it home.

In Paradise, there is no television. No fast food. Just long hours of farm work and prayer on a dusty Wyoming ranch, and nights in a crowded bunkhouse. The boys of the Compound are kept far from the sinners’ world.

But Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves.

It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret.

Caleb has always protected Josh against the worst of the bullying at the Compound. But he has secrets of his own, and a plan to get away — until it all backfires.

Josh finds himself homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find him in time? And will they find a place of safety, where he can admit to Josh how he really feels?

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The first two words that come to mind after finishing Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen is sweet, and innocence. Considering it contains explicit male on male sex scenes, not what you immediately might think.

It’s mostly the characters. Josh and Caleb grew up in a cult, where they had to follow some harsh rules. Definitely no falling in love with your best friend.

While both are great guys, even after leaving/kicked out of that place, there is still a certain sweetness about them. Both are discovering this whole new world, and it’s filled with wonder. I loved seeing it through their eyes, the things we might take for granted.

Goodbye Paradise was a sweet romance story. Far less intense than I was expecting. Josh and Caleb are likeable characters, and seeing them finally being able to be themselves feels liberating.

3 stars

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After I Fall (Falling #3) by Jessica Scott

Her entire life has been a lie. Being with Eli is the most honest thing she’s ever done.

Parker Hauser lives the perfect life and knows exactly where she’s been and where she’s going. Parker has to be perfect. Perfect grades, perfect body, perfect life.

Until she meets Eli Winter.

Eli throws her entire life into chaos when he denies her the one thing she wants from him.

One chance encounter stokes her desire for the man who refused to touch her and left her questioning everything.

When Parker tries to help his new business, the spotlight turns on Eli’s military record. And sins from the war he’s tried to forget may come back to destroy them both.

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I needed to get out of my apartment and away from the creeping sadness that threatened to drown me if I stayed alone one more minute.

Tomorrow, I will find the owner of The Pint. Tomorrow I will figure out how to unfuck my life.

But right now, I’m standing in a closed-in space with a man who looks like a real-life rendition of Jason Momoa, and my panties are currently hosting their own episode of Celebration at the idea of standing just a little bit closer. I should be at the Baywater Country Club drinking top-shelf martinis and celebrating with Kylie and Bethany and Meaghan. But I can’t see them tonight. For more than the obvious reasons.

I was planning on drinking myself stupid and forgetting everything about the last twenty-four hours in the human garbage fire that my life has become. It hurts and goddamn it, I’m tired of it hurting. I’m tired of being there for everyone else while I have to smile and look pretty.

Tonight? I thought I wanted the raw pulsing music and the bodies crushed together. I thought I wanted the contact. The distraction.

Don’t make a fuss, Parker. Don’t say anything to embarrass me, Parker. 

What did you do to deserve it, Parker? Why didn’t you just do what he asked? Why do you always have to argue? 

Anger crawls up my spine and squeezes my throat once more.

For once in my fucking life, I want someone to look at me and see me. Not my father’s car, or my not-allowed-to-be-ex-boyfriend’s tailored suits.

I want someone to see me. All of me.

I don’t know what I wanted when I left the apartment, but I think I may have just found it.

And the man standing next to me with the dark beard and dark eyes and terrifying tattoos seems like just the guy to take care of everything for a night.

Except that he might be a little too perceptive. I didn’t plan on him seeing the bruises on my arm. Guess I need to rethink that career as a makeup artist if my graduate school plans don’t work out.

He’s still watching me, a dark intensity in his eyes. An intensity that feels like a brushstroke over my skin.

I wonder what it would feel like to wake up wrapped in those massive arms, to feel those hands run over my skin while I sleep. What it feels like to be really touched instead of just positioned to receive.

My eyes burn, and I blink rapidly. I will not cry about the dumpster fire of my life and the garbage that surrounds me. I didn’t set out to solve anything tonight. I came out to escape. To try and find some release from the trapped air in my apartment.

Instead I think I’ve found a solution in search of a problem.

The Solution is a big man. Rough, too. The kind of man I would expect my father would call to lead the construction on a new project.

It’s his hands, though, that capture my attention. Big and flat and broad. They’re a working man’s hands. Not polished. Not cupped in anger.

Just matter-of-fact hands. Hands that would be honest.

Hands that would feel like heaven on my skin.

I look up to find him watching me. I’ve never physically felt a look before this moment, this lazy caress of a man’s gaze moving inch by inch over my skin.

I part my lips. Just enough that he notices. His nostrils flare.

“Careful, little girl.” His voice is thick and deep and smooth. Like the gaze still trailing over my body.

“Or what?” I whisper. Kelsey’s voice slides through my brain.

This is foolish. Utterly stupid.

This is power.

And it is exactly what I need tonight. I need to feel needed. Wanted.

Tonight isn’t about rational thought. It’s about the opposite. About going in blind, completely on instinct.

“I’m not sure you want to find out.”

But he has not moved away. He hasn’t turned his back on me, and he hasn’t dismissed me as some childish twat playing grownup.

God, but those words burn in my ears.

“Maybe I do.”

The muscles in his neck bunch beneath the thick beard. “Do you always hit on random men at bars?”

I press my lips together and dare to take a single step closer. “Nope. You’d be my first.”

He lifts one brow. “Oh yeah? What’s the occasion?” He jerks his chin toward me. “It doesn’t have to do with the bruises, does it?”

I lift my glass to my lips. Slowly I part them, letting the ice cube bounce off the tip of my tongue. When I lower it, his eyes are locked on my mouth. “No,” I whisper. “It’s got nothing to do with them.”

Nothing and everything. But he doesn’t need to know that. He only needs to take me some place and touch me.

Parker.

Me. I need him to see me.

He moves in then with a quickness that catches me off guard. In an instant, he is right there, right in my space. I can smell the faint, smoky scent of him. Something woodsy and spicy and smoky.

It’s all I can do to stay still. To not back down from the challenge he presents in that single breath of space.

“What do you want?” His is a murmured question that feels like a demand.

The single word I need is lodged in my throat. It’s thick and heavy, filled with potential and promise.

“You,” I finally say.

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REVIEW

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Living your life in a way to make everyone around you happy often means you’re not happy. And Parker’s life has hit that turning point where she has to decide who she is living for; herself or her family.

Partly in an act of defiance she accepts an internship at Eli’s bar. The people there are opposite of what she knows, but exactly what she needs.

There is an instant attraction between her and Eli. Though it might start as a bit of a rebel phase, it very quickly becomes clear it’s more than that.

Eli has the tendency to take care of other people, it’s the commander in him. While others might think Parker doesn’t belong in the bar, Eli sees a girl who is hurting.Though it soon becomes more than helping her out.

After I Fall is a pretty fast read. The connection between Parker and Eli is pretty instant, but there is so much more at play here. This kind of family drama kills me. A good girl being smothered by a life she doesn’t want.

Seeing Parker trying to break free is amazing. Definitely not an easy situation to handle, and I love that she makes mistakes.

I still would have liked to get to know Eli better. Even after finishing this story I feel I don’t have a real handle on him. He’s a good guy, and I love what he does with the bar.

After I Fall was a good story, though it didn’t blow me away, or dragged me in like other stories by Jessica Scott. A good read for the fans.

3 stars

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Delayed Call (Assassins #11) by Toni Aleo

Vaughn Johansson is the Nashville Assassins’ star player. He’s brash, cocky, and talented. And he isn’t afraid to let anyone know it. He lives his life on his own terms, never forming romantic attachments, and only allowing his very closest to see his true, caring self.

Brie Soledad has the weight of the world on her shoulders. As the staff reporter for the Assassins, she balances her high-profile job and its heavy travel schedule with being the sole provider for her adult brother with Down syndrome. Sure, she’d like to find love. But who has time for that when there are bills to pay?

Brie has been the match to Vaughn’s gasoline since the day she first held out her microphone to him. They strike sparks off each other, keeping their friends, the team, and the Assassins fans in stitches. Brie’s refusal to fawn over Vaughn sets his teeth on edge and his blood boiling. Especially in that body part…

Brie’s been let down by love before, but she knows she deserves nothing less than real, forever love. Vaughn’s past has left deep, hidden scars, and there are some secrets he cannot bear to reveal. As much as Brie wants him, Vaughn may be too big a risk for her wary heart to take. But he is at his best under pressure. When the delayed call is in effect and he has no choice but to score, Vaughn always delivers.

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I believe Delayed Call by Toni Aleo is the best story in the Assassins series since Blue Lines. I fell hard for Vaughn, Brie, and her little brother Brandon.

I already loved the animosity between Brie and Vaughn in the previous books, and I’m happy I was not wrong to recognise it as foreplay.

The dynamic between them is insanely well written. This battle of wits will make you grin from ear to ear.

It really was only a matter of time before things would explode. While Brie is all in after a rough start, it’s Vaughn who’s hung up on some past issues.

Trust does not come easy for them, though they also do not give up easy.

Special mention for Brandon, Brie’s baby brother who has Down Syndrome. This guy will melt your heart, and make you fall even more in love with Delayed Call.

I love it when a book has a lot of humor, that also translates well in real life and actually makes you laugh out loud. Vaughn, Brie, Jensen, Wren…they just leapt off the pages, and became real people. So caught up I was in the story, and so well written they became tangible.

With Delayed Call, Toni Aleo has once again proved she is the queen of hockey romance.

4.5 stars

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Laces & LaceMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

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A Very Merry Hockey HolidayMy review – Amazon US ($0.99) – Amazon UK (£0.99)

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Review- Every Little Thing (Hart's Boardwalk #2) by Samantha Young

Hartwell, Delaware—the perfect place to get away from it all, and find what you never knew you needed…

Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content—her successful business, a close circle of friends, and her steady boyfriend…even if their romance feels staid after ten years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey’s blindsided by a betrayal, she’s shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy.

Vaughn admires Bailey’s free spirit, independence, and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn’s painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.

Once Vaughn begins to realize he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he’s never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they’ve found together only comes around once in a lifetime.

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I already loved the dynamic between Vaughn and Bailey in The One Real Thing, so I was very happy they got their own story with Every Little thing. A classic hate to love story, though there never was any real hate. Quite the opposite actually, as Vaughn fell for Bailey the first time they met. Except she was in a relationship with another man, and Vaughn has some issues to let women in.

The constant bickering is a form of foreplay, and oh so entertaining to read. When Bailey becomes a free woman again, the temptation becomes too much. It’s so easy for Vaughn to scare her away, though slowly Bailey sees what he’s hiding. He’s not as evil as he wants her to believe, quite the opposite. Vaughn is charming, and helpful to anyone but Bailey.

When things heat up between them, that’s when it gets really interesting. It’s a lot of push, and pull with some extremely hot scenes, charming men, and spirited women. Every Little Thing is everything I wanted it to be for Vaughn and Bailey. You’ll root for this couple from the first page, and they’ll leave you with a happy heart.

4 stars

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What I Need (Alabama Summer #4) by J. Daniels

Riley Tennyson has made a huge mistake.

At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.

Showing up to her brother’s wedding pissed off and newly single, Riley seeks comfort in solitude and an open bar, until the gorgeous and irresistibly charming CJ Tully makes her a better offer―a wild night with the master of smooth-talking where nothing is off limits.

Riley does what any single woman would do, and a connection is made. One neither one of them can ignore. But when she comes home to the boyfriend she no longer thought she had, Riley buries her secret and begs CJ to do the same.

Forget about each other. It was a mistake. That’s all it was… right?

Desires are hidden. Distance is kept. Until one night CJ makes the ultimate sacrifice, and Riley can no longer avoid the man she can’t stop thinking about.

Not with him sleeping down the hall…

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The thing about first love is that you never know any different. Plenty of times there is no problem with that, if you get treated right. Though when you have a boyfriend like Richard, Riley needs a wake up call. After a huge fight, she believes them broken up, so hooking up with C.J. at her brother’s wedding seems like an excellent idea.

To be honest he treats her very well, inside and outside of the bedroom, so consider me already charmed. Back home from the bliss, things turn a lot more complicated. Apparently not broken of with Richard, Riley is a bit in a pickle, so pretending like nothing ever happened always ends so well. (Note the sarcasm.)

Even as a friend C.J. is hard to ignore, and I love how he puts on thick when it comes to Riley. He’s constantly flirting with her, pushing her buttons, so much fun. Meanwhile Riley almost doesn’t know what to with his attention, and seeing her flustered, and flailing all over the place, it’s hilarious.

Due time things definitely heat up more and more, ’till you just know it’s going to explode, in a good way. What I Need by J.Daniels was a fun, and fast read. Riley and C.J.’s interactions go from sweet, and adorable to hilarious and extremely hot. All very entertaining to read, and for fans of the series, the rest of the couples show up at multiple times. Definitely read if you’re in need of a relaxing time.

3.5 stars

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Review- The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby #3) by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

THE CAD
Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.
Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.
The only problem is, no one believes him.

THE CO-ED
Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.
The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

THE PLAN
Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.
Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.
But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

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The Cad And The Co-Ed was so much fun to read. I even live tweeted while reading, so if you want to see my first reactions #CadAndCoEdLive Which includes beauties like this:

I definitely enjoy my unexpected pregnancy stories, it’s a plot that has been done many times before, so it’s not easy to keep it original. Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway made a serious effort. I loved seeing the change in Bryan from party animal to Friday nights with tea and a book.

I’m not a fan where women keep the daddy’s out of the loop. While in a way I could understand Eilish for the most part. The Bryan she had a one night stand with, was not father material, and her feelings were extremely hurt. At that point in his life he was not going to be the man she needed for their kid.

Though now luckily when Eilish is back in town, she gets to meet the new Bryan. Sober, almost killjoy Bryan is someone she can rely on, and be the father her kid needs, and wants. As for things between them, that’s where Bryan shows he’s not completely turned into an eighty year old man yet. His charm was smoother while being a drunk, but what he lacks in suave he makes up with honesty.

The Cad And The Co-Ed is a great addition to the Rugby series. You’ve got to love a man in tight rugby shorts, who appreciates a quiet night in with tea and a good book. From magical body parts to sweet, deep connections Eilish and Bryan will have you giggle and swoon.

3.5 stars

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Review- A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott

They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to save, but I know who saved me.

We were kids. His name was Christopher. And up until the day he pulled me from death’s grip, he was nothing more than a boy I felt sorry for. In a blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe.

And then he disappeared.

Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. While death didn’t take me that day, the things that happened left me with scars—the kind that robbed me of everything I once loved and drove me into darkness. But more than anything else, that day—and every day since—has taken away my desire to dream.

I wasn’t going to have hope. I wouldn’t let myself wish. Those things—they weren’t for girls like me. That’s what I believed…until the new boy.

He’s nothing like the old boy. He’s taller and older. His hair is longer, and his body is lean—strong and ready for anything. I don’t feel sorry for him. And sometimes, I hate him. He challenges me. From the moment I first saw him standing there on the baseball field, he pushed me—his eyes constantly questioning, doubting…daring. Still, something about him—it feels…familiar.

He says his name is Wes. But I can’t help but feel like he’s someone else. Someone from my past. Someone who’s come back to save me.

This time, though, he’s too late. Josselyn Winters, the girl he once knew, is gone. I am the threat; I am my worst enemy. And he can’t save me from myself.

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*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Holy…pff…I don’t even know where to begin. A Boy Like You is one of those stories where it’s hard to review it without spoiling the plot for new readers. I can tell you that the day Christopher saved Joss’ life, everything changed.

Time has passed and Joss stopped believing in fairytales, dreams, and happiness. There is a harshness to her, and she is just going through the motions. Living her life, without actually enjoying it. It was not easy reading about this girl, and her overall disinterest in life, and people. Her attitude is there to create a distance between her, and people who might care, one that translates well off the pages.

I also admire her attitude in a way, sometimes we should care less about certain things or people in our life. Though cutting it all off is not the answer.

Though that all changes when this boy moves into town. While Joss can’t quite put her finger on it, there is just something about him. He challenges her, pushes her, and he is always there to catch her if she falls. Though Joss pushes back, and the only thing he can’t save her from, is herself.

I have to admit I didn’t know the book was part of a duet going in. So I saw the pages shrinking, and realised there weren’t enough left to tie everything together, therefor while not really a cliffhanger, the unexpected ending took me by surprise.Though in a way I’m also glad we’ll get more of Wes and Joss.

5 stars

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Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

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I’m usually not a big fan of reality TV-shows, though I do admit a royalty dating show sounds entertaining. Definitely when the prince is Henry. Last year voted most likely to end up drunk on the front page of the tabloids, now heir to the throne of Wessco. Gone are the days of partying it up, and doing whatever he pleases.

Henry is lost in his new responsibilities. He is not trained to become king, and the new direction his life has taken needs some adjustment. I could understand where he was coming from. It was supposed to be his big brother, groomed from birth, to become king. Now Henry has to step up, and he doesn’t know if he can do that.

So he reverts to his old ways, entertaining people. And what better way to do that, than with a dating show. Him, and a bunch of gorgeous blue blood women, stuck in one house for six weeks. This is what dreams are made of, though he soon realises the reality is quite different.

Not to mention he doesn’t have any real interest in the candidates, but rather in Sarah, the sister of one of the candidates. She shuns the spotlights, and her quiet demeanour, and kind soul is refreshing for the prince. While filming he gets to know her better, and slowly realises maybe he does have with it takes to be a good king, and a good husband.

Royally Matched is a fun read, and I honestly expected more drama with the reality TV-show element. Henry is highly entertaining, and incredibly charming, making it impossible not to fall for him. I truly liked Sarah’s quiet strength, and dry humor. She keeps the prince on his toes. Their interactions were sweet, and adorable.

3.5 stars

Royally – Reading order & purchase links

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