Friday, June 29, 2018

Review: Rules in Blackmail by Nichole Severn

So super excited to pick up Nichole's newest and it did NOT disappoint.



Their business is your safety
Blackhawk Security Elite Protection Services – their business is your safetyBut not hers.Former SEAL Sullivan Bishop refuses to work for Jane Reise. The JAG Corps prosecutor is hard core – and he never stopped blaming her for his brother's death. But Blackhawk is Jane's only hope in fending off a frightening stalker, and she'll blackmail Sullivan to get it. Forced into her service, he soon realises he was wrong about Jane. As bullets fly," Sullivan knows he'll risk his life – and heart – to save her.

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MY THOUGHTS:
Fast paced, action-packed with hot romance...a great ride and everything I love about romantic suspense. Ah, this couple. Sullivan and Jane. They were a lot of fun to watch the angst between two bullheaded people. This heroine is all spitfire and willing to do whatever it takes to get what she needs, which is Sullivan’s help, and like the title says, she uses blackmail. Someone’s stalking her, threatening her. The twists and turns as danger closes in on their lives kept me turning the pages.
The ending was a nice surprise. This is most definitely one to pick up if you’re in need of a great suspense. And one I’ll be re-reading.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

REVIEW: How to Fall for the Wrong Man by Harmony Williams

A NEW INSTALLMENT IN THE LADIES OF PASSION SERIES!


If Mary Babington-Smith knows nothing else, it's that Lord Edwin Sutton kissed her. Regardless of who-kissed-whom, with the deed witnessed, they have no choice but to carry on with a temporary, fake, engagement. When Edwin sweetens the deal, offering Mary the money she needs to pursue her independence if she can play the lovesick fiancée for two weeks, Mary rises to the challenge. In two weeks, she'll have everything she wants, and this time she'll be the one to walk out of his life.

Despite Sutton's argumentative, self-assured nature, when Mary glimpses a sliver of the boy he used to be, she vows to peel away every layer of armor he uses to shield his emotions. Somewhere underneath that worldly exterior is the kind-hearted man she once loved, but in order to find him, she'll have to give him the power to hurt her...and he's already broken her trust once... 


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I haven't ready a historical romance in a while, but I was nuts about this couple. Mary and Edwin are a blast together. He twists Mary's arm into pretending to be his fiancé, and if she can't fake it she must marry him. She agrees because he says he'll give her money to put toward an animal shelter. Oh, she's a feisty one that will make you laugh out loud as she leads Edwin in a merry dance before stealing his heart. 

This is the third installment of Harmony Williams' Ladies of Passion series. No need to have read any of the previous, although characters from those novels do make guest star appearances. This story is utterly enjoyable all on its own. This won't be the last Harmony Williams story I'll grab!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Review & Giveaway: The Crown Princess


So pleased to share my thoughts on this new romance...

About The Crown Princess

Dependable Crown Princess of Cordova, Gwen, is dreading the day she gives up her life for her country. With the day of coronation looming, Gwen decides to make a bucket list of crazy things she wants to do before the big day. Taking her list, she travels to Las Vegas, a place where no one will question wild behavior and she can be just another normal person on vacation in sin city. Enlisting the help of Alex, a notorious entitled playboy, she finds herself checking off more than just the items on the list. Is she willing to risk it all and take a chance at falling in love? Fiercely independent Alex, the black sheep of his family, was raised in the hotel business. Breaking out on his own, he built a successful Resort and Casino on the strip in Las Vegas. When Gwen asks for Alex’s help on completing her list of ‘bad girl’ activities he readily accepts. Who else knows how to let loose but the Billionaire Playboy himself. But as he starts helping her with the list, he begins to realize that this Princess might be worth trading in his bad boy image.

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MY THOUGHTS:

Who can resist a story about a royal? This story features Gwen, the royal sibling about to take the crown of Cordova but she decides to "take a break" for the first time ever and leave it all behind for a whirlwind vacation in Las Vegas where her brother is working. Well, it happens she has an insta-love connection with her brother's business partner and roommate, Alex. I suppose it's more like instant lust which then slowly builds into love. Our author does a talented job conveying their attraction and building their relationship. I didn't entirely understand why after her brother agrees for her to visit him, and to take responsibility for her security, he's suddenly and completely unavailable to do anything with her. This conveniently leaves her in the care of Alex. But, of course, it pushes our h/H together and gave that love connection a chance to go from smoldering to hotness. 

There's a huge huge need to suspend reality to thoroughly enjoy this novel (no royal about to ascend to the crown would have any of this happen, most of all be allowed to travel without and entourage of security; let me clarify she's taking the crown now, not in the murky future but right now). Once you do so, this book is a cute, fast paced, and enjoyable ride. The characters are fun and well developed. If you're in the mood for reading a princess-finding-her-prince love story, then this is your weekend read.


About Kathleen:

Kathleen Samuels knew the moment she picked up a Sweet Valley High book that happily ever after endings were the only books to read. She began writing in junior high school, determined to become an author someday. After college, she became a teacher for children with disabilities, still writing in her spare time. Joining Romance Writers of America in 2011 focused her efforts and she created The Royals of Cordova series. Kathleen is a collector of everything based on the Cinderella story and truly believes she will find her Prince Charming one day. Until then, she will write about them in her books. Kathleen makes her home in Southern California with her two college age children and little Tibetan Spaniel, Jack.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

REVIEW: The Wonder of You

Harper Kincaid's newest is a hoot.

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The Wonder of You by Harper Kincaid

Modern Alice in Wonderland Re-telling 

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What it's about:

What if Alice didn’t fall down the rabbit hole, but instead, traveled through Lincoln Tunnel into another kind of Wonderland: New York City. The best day of twenty-five year old Alice Leighton’s life was the day she got to put her nothing special, lil Southern town in her rear-view mirror. Good-bye to phony ‘bless your hearts’ and ‘I’ll pray for you’ crap, all while talking trash behind her back. She’s New York City’s latest addition and she’s going to work her ass off proving she earned her spot in the country’s top grad program. Never again will she let some jerk derail her future and break her heart. Oh, and no more players. She’s D.O.N.E with the ‘cool guys’. Getting caught up in Dare Grangeworth, the art world’s resident bad boy, was not part of her Alice 2.0 plan, even if he is just her type, with his beard, tats sleeves and intense green eyes. When he’s not dodging the press or his cultish fan base, Dare’s making art that makes a statement. Women seem to lose their heads around him – all the more reason why he finds Alice’s candor refreshing. He’s used to women giving in – not giving attitude. He has to get to know this girl, even if it means allowing himself to be the subject of her research. Before too long, he becomes more than a simple outlier she can explain away. And for him everything starts to feel larger than life and upside down, like a heady rush, all while desperately trying not to lose his heart. Become lost and found in this re-imagined story of Alice and her cast of characters, in a world where Wonderland meets Sex-and-the-City.


MY THOUGHTS:
No it’s not a PNR.  It’s a light, funny romantic comedy. Fast-paced with entertaining banter, it loosely uses the Alice in Wonderland concept. Alice, clin psych grad student just moved to NYC to finish her degree. This is one girl who has no problem standing up for herself and doing so in a southern belle way that lays down the smackdown, but with that sweet smile. Then she meets Dare, a celebrated artist. Liked this guy because he felt real and, perhaps, unlike many stories, he didn’t sleep around.
Not always a big insta-love kinda reader but it worked in this story. I was flipping pages to the end because this couple was magic together...and boy did they know how to argue. Love an author who can make this work.
Just a heads up these characters have some rather heavy emotional baggage to sort through. There’s a rich cast of secondary characters, especially Alice’s sister and friends who are strong and sometimes overpowering but all waiting in the wings for their stories.


  Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid has moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on her head ever since. For years, she was a jill of all trades and a master of none, but is now tickled hot pink to pen stories that break and mend people's hearts for a living. Kincaid believes seduction occurs from the neck up, which is why her characters are smart, sexy, and slightly quirky - and definitely worthy to be your next hard-core book crush.
When not writing, she adores listening to indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to her laugh 'til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but has now happily settled in the cutest lil' town, Vienna, Virginia.
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Happy Father's Day


Happy Father's Day to my own dad who taught me to show respect for others, to value education, and who taught me to never stop working hard to get where I wanted to go. He taught me preparation and hardwork is the foundation of success. Love you Dad!

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Just Pretend by J.P. Nicolas

Congrats to J.P. Nicholas on his new release, JUST PRETEND ! 

About the book:

When yet another publisher rejects Hannah’s most recent book due to poor love scenes, she concocts a fail-proof plan to increase her creativity… spine-tingling, no strings attached sex. How can she write about love and lust if she's never really felt it? As the only man in her life she truly trusts, Logan is the perfect one to help her find this new side of herself—and stand in as her pretend boyfriend at an upcoming reunion. For Logan, a Broadway actor by trade and passion, Hannah’s proposal is both outrageous and intriguing—especially since he's fought for nineteen years of friendship to avoid thinking of her in a physical way. Against all reason, Logan takes the bait and agrees… then ups the ante by turning their pretend relationship into a pretend engagement in front of her entire family. Now, they just have to navigate their new situation while playing house… and somehow remember this is all Just Pretend…  


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My Thoughts:
A laugh out loud, fun ride. BFFs Logan, the actor, and Hannah, the aspiring novelist, decide to fake it for her family reunion. These two have been friends for a long time...since grade school even though they're now in their 30's. They hadn't recognized how well they would work as a couple until they fake it. Yep, there's a lot of simmering longing from both sides. Yet, they value their friendship. The premise sounds fairly cliché friends-to-lovers, but the story has some fun twists before they get their HEA.
The blurb promised a no strings attached sex in the name of research for a book, a premise of many a story that leads into a failed friendship-relationship. But it didn't exactly deliver on this premise Instead, I found the story focused on the evolution of their relationship than her need to do some sex research to boost her novelist career, which I must say was a relief.
The story is in first person and most is written from Logan's POV. We only get a few glimpses into her thoughts. It works, although his character becomes more emotional, almost out of character at times, as the book progressed. There were a few chapter-long flashbacks in her POV, which I must admit I skimmed since I'm not a huge fan of long segments on what already happened.
Overall, enjoyed this book tremendously.


 

About J.P. Nicolas:

J.P. Nicholas has the great misfortune to be A Male Romance Writer. Turns out, men are also hopeless romantics, given half the chance, and Nicholas’ fascination with love began long before he could write. His parents—high school sweethearts who are still mad for each other—left him enamored with the idea of true love, and its ability to transform and redeem even the most jaded soul. Nicholas lives to capture this magic, lust, and passion on the page; his characters known for their sizzling chemistry and chest-squeezing plot lines.   When J.P. Nicholas isn’t tapping away at his laptop, he can be found in his home state of Florida, binge-watching This Is Us with his girlfriend, or devouring Italian food with his family. His latest novel, Just Pretend, is a friends-to-lovers drama and the first in his new Sandy Heights series, to be released in June.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Splash into summer giveaway hop



Summer is here and a new giveaway hop is on! What are you looking forward to in the summer? Beach, mountains, somewhere else? Or maybe a staycation?



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