The Finn Factor by Rachel Bailey

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Release Date: September 28th 2015

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, I have to admit I was so excited to get my hands on this ARC. I have a weakness for the friends to lovers type of story line, and I’ve been going through withdraws. I’m happy to say The Finn Factor did not disappoint.

Scarlett Logan is in the middle of a dry spell. While she has no problems getting a first date, she can’t quite get them to stick around for a second one. And even though her best-friend (and roommate) Finn Mackenzie insists it’s not her, it’s the guys she picks, Scarlett can’t help but feel something is wrong with her. Like her kissing perhaps, since that is usually the last thing that happens before the guy is never heard from again. So she decides to ask, er, beg Finn to kiss her and give her the honest truth. Maybe even a lesson if she needs one.

Finn is hesitate to cross that line with Scarlett, especially since he knows Scarlett’s dry spell is not her fault. In fact, it’s kind of his. Being protective over his best friend, Finn feels the guys that Scarlett brings home are only after her looks and don’t want to get to know her at all. So he scares them away. It’s for her own good, but she looks so upset, he can’t help but give in and kiss her.

They share this mind blowing kiss, one that takes them both by surprise, and has them both craving another one. They both agree their friendship is too important and precious to screw it up over some hormones, but suddenly they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other (which leads to a super sexy scene involving a bookcase that you do not want to miss). Both Scarlett and Liam know they are all wrong for each other- Scarlett wants stability while Liam can barely remember who he is dating at the moment, but sometimes you can’t make a connection vanish.

This was my first book by Rachel Bailey and I really enjoyed it! The characters were well written, and had several layers to them. While it is slightly predictable, there was a lot more to it than I expected. While Scarlett and Liam have the most adorable friendship, they also have sizzling hot chemistry and talk about sexual tension. Phew.

I strongly recommend reading this book! For more information on The Finn Factor, check it out on Goodreads and Amazon!

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Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Starts

Release Date: September 14, 2015

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to start off by saying despite the semi low rating, this book was really cute, sweet and well written. I just wished there was a bit more oomph to it.

Paige Westfeld is the ultimate perfectionist, with dreams of going to med school at Standard. She is fourth in her class, but that still doesn’t seem good enough, especially with the pressure her parents are putting on her. To say she is stressing would be an understatement, and when she receives a D on her calculus test, she is pretty sure her dreams are over.

Then she has a chance encounter with Ben Franklin, who is third in the class and a whiz in calculus. When Paige begs him to tutor her, offering him money, he is tempted to agree. Coming from a single parent home, they aren’t doing the best money wise, and Ben is saving for Texas A&M. However, as nice as extra cash sounds, there is something he wants more from Paige- a date with her best friend Zoey.

Paige agrees, even though she doesn’t think Ben is Zoey’s type, and the more time they spend together, the more Paige starts to realize he might just be her type. And while Ben is suppose to be tutoring Paige to get closer to Zoey, suddenly Paige is the one he is thinking of.

While I thought this book would be completely predictable, there were a few nice twists and turns along the way. The characters were nice, each with a dept to them and each with their own voice. I even started to really like Zoey, who first came across kind of shallow. There is an epilogue from Zoey’s POV, which makes me believe there will be a book from her POV.

All in all this was a cute, fast, and pretty fun read! For more information on Finding Perfect, check it out on Goodreads and Amazon.

Saturday Spotlight- Getting Lucky Number Seven

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Author: Cindi Madsen

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb:

Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she’s played it “safe” quite enough, thank you. So she creates a “College Bucket List”โ€•with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex…

But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.

Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla’s transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he’s not careful, he’ll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7.

I just love this book! Lyla and Beck meet when they are paired up as chemistry lab partners and have been best friends ever since, despite the fact they are complete opposites. Lyla is sweet, studious and slightly awkward, while Beck is a charming, outgoing hockey player. They have the sweetest friendship ever- I found myself wishing I had my very own Beck.

When Lyla decides to change a bit to get a real college experience, Beck never dreams that him and Lyla would fall into a friends with benefits type of situation, let alone start falling for her. This book is full of feelings as Beck and Lyla try to navigate through emotions, hormones and the friendship they both value.

If you haven’t checked this out yet, I highly recommend it! Find it on Amazon and B&N and for more information check it out on Goodreads.

Bounce by Noelle August

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Author: Noelle August (Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger)

Release date: August 25th, 2015

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, wow, wow. I have been waiting for a while now to read this book (pretty much since I finished Rebound) and was slightly concerned I was building up the anticipation too much, and might be a bit let down when I finally read it. Now that I have read it, I can say with certainty- that did not happen. In fact, it was so much better than any idea I had crafted up in my own mind.

Bounce is the third book in the Boomerang series, following behind Boomerang and Rebound, and the only thing disappointing about this book is the fact it will be the last one in the series. Though I try to forget about that little fact.

When nineteen year old Grey Blackwood throws a party that ends up causing serious damage to his brother Adam’s house, Adam makes Grey work for him on his newest film project to help payback the cost of the repairs. Grey doesn’t work willingly, as he would rather spend his time with his band, trying to make it big. That changes when he meets twenty-two year old Skyler Canby, a girl with pink hair who is on her first audition, and who knows more about playing the cello than acting. When Grey has to stand in for the male lead and read lines with Skyler, their chemistry is UNDENIABLE and it leads to a kiss so steamy, it couldn’t possibly be acting.

Despite the fact they are clearly attracted to each other, Skyler decides it can’t go anywhere, since Grey is younger than her, and has a bit of growing up to do. Just like Grey, I wasn’t too pleased with that decision, but the friendship they form is sweet, supportive, and sometimes crosses the line. I have to admit I was yelling at Skyler sometimes, because when Grey wasn’t acting so tough, he was caring, thoughtful and downright adorable. I mean, the guy may or may not have wrote a song for her. Or two.

While Grey and Sky are both doing other means of work to pay the bills, they are both musicians at heart, and that is only part of the bond that grows between them. They are also stubborn, a bit closed off, as they are used to holding in their emotions, and are dealing with family issues that weigh heavily on them.

The thing I love most about them is the fact that they are there for each other. No ifs, ands, or buts. Even though they may butt heads, fight and mess up at times, they can’t deny that they care deeply for one another. It completely melted my heart and I’m pretty sure I was grinning throughout most of the book. Thankfully, there are some more steamy moments in the book- and I mean steamy!

I also loved that we get to see Mia & Ethan and Adam & Ali again. Since Adam is Grey’s brother, he has a pretty big role in this book, and I loved seeing more of their relationship. Though strained at times, they always have each other backs, and the amount of love they have for each other causes so many feelings.

This is a great summer read- humorous, steamy and heartwarming. I’m anxious to see what Veronica and Lorin do next, and I’m hoping this isn’t the last time they pair up together!!

For more information on Bounce, check it out on Goodreads and you can find it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It will be released August 25th, 2015.

Fan the Flames by Michele Dunaway

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Release Date: August 18th, 2015

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Two years after Scarlet loses her husband Todd in a Navy SEAL mission, she packs up and moves back to her hometown, with her four year old daughter. There she is reunited with Brad, her late husband’s best friend, and the boy she shared an amazing kiss with while in high school. Brad had promised Todd he would take care of Scarlet and Colleen if something should happen to him, and so has them stay in the house he is fixing up. Brad has been in love with Scarlet since forever, and seeing Brad causes Scarlet to remember that hot kiss they shared.

They start becoming closer as time goes on, Brad even forms a sweet relationship with Colleen, and though they insist they are just friends, there is a lot of sexual tension between Brad and Scarlet. Which is soon followed by stolen kisses, and the feeling of wanting more.

This is my second book by Michele Dunaway, and Fan the Flames is the 3rd book in her Man of the Month series. Unfortunately, I wasn’t completely wowed by this one- it was completely predictable and nothing stood out to make this book different from the other ones with the same plot line. Don’t get me wrong, it was well-written, romantic, and touching; it just fell a little short for me.

It was a really fast read, and felt a bit rushed along at times. The chemistry between Scarlet and Brad was nice, though there was more build up than anything else. It was an okay book, though one I wouldn’t re-read.

For more information on Fan the Flames, check it out on Goodreads.

Author Spotlight- Sarina Bowen

AuthorSpotlightSarina Bowen is one of those authors that delivers every single time. I’m in awe of her ability to write such thoughtful, deep, humorous and sexy books. The type with angst, romance, and plenty of moments that make you sigh happily. And the fact that her books features hot athletes doesn’t exactly hurt either. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Each of her books are vastly different, yet they are equally as amazing. Sarina’s writing is spectacular, and from the very first word you will be pulled into a new world. If you haven’t read any of Sarina’s books, well, you owe it to yourself to check her out. You won’t be sorry.

Below is a list of all of Sarina’s books, click the title for more information.

The Ivy Years

Gravity Series

HIM (written with Elle Kennedy)

Maybe you’ve never read anything by Sarina, or maybe you are already a fan- either way, I think a giveaway is in order…

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I am giving away one E-book copy of any of Sarina’s books. Want to enter? Here’s how:

  1. Make sure you like my Facebook page.
  2. Comment on the post regarding this contest.
  3. Try to decide which one you want to get your hands on. ๐Ÿ˜›