ARC Review: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

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Title: Speakeasy

Author: Sarina Bowen

Series: True North Number 5 (can be read as a standalone!)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 5++++ Stars

Release Date: May 29th, 2018

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Sometimes you fall for Mr. Right. And sometimes for Mr. Right Now…


May

Did you hear the one about the girl who walks into a bar and catches her live-in lover kissing someone else? No? You’re the only one in town who missed it.
Luckily Alec is there to wrap me up in strong arms and carry me out the door before things get too ugly. And that’s not all Alec is good at. Our unexpected chemistry makes him the perfect rebound guy.


Alec
I should know better than to hook up with my rival’s little sister, but the fiery look in May’s eyes really turns my crank. She needs cheering up, and I’m just the guy for the job.
It’s not like I’ll fall in love. Not even after a string of scorching hot trysts, and the realization that we’re good at the same things: wild nights and familial disappointment. I don’t do love, never have, never will. So this is the perfect arrangement, for both of us.
Nobody would approve, but nobody has to know…

 

review

Have you ever had a Drumstick ice cream cone? You start off eating the chocolate shell, covered with peanuts and you think it can’t get any better than this. Then you get to the cone, lined with chocolate and ice cream that has caramel in it and think, okay, it really can’t get any better than this. But then, at the very end you find a solid piece of chocolate and you realize it did get better and better as you went along. Yet it was utterly delicious every step of the way.

That’s exactly what it’s like to read Speakeasy. I loved everything about this book. It stole a piece of my heart, and is going to be a book I go to time and time again. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love.

Alec and May have the type of love story where most of the odds are against them, yet it shows you that sometimes love does conquer all. It also shows that love isn’t easy and it isn’t perfect. It’s also completely unpredictable.

May is one of those people who want to have love, but always seems to find herself with the wrong lover. Or on the wrong side of unrequited love. She is intelligent, hard working, and has a huge heart. She also is vulnerable, self conscious and too hard on herself at times. May is also a recovering alcoholic.

Alec doesn’t want love, he just wants his bar to succeeded. To prove people who have doubted him wrong. Instead of romance, he prefers hook ups. Alec is determined, cocky, and witty. He is one of those heroes that unexpectedly sweeps you off your feet.

The two of them start an unlikely friendship, and sigh, Alec had me feeling like I would burst from the cuteness at times. Of course, the friendship changes when a kiss happens, showing off the sizzling, undeniable chemistry the two of them have.

Okay, Alec and May seriously gave me an epic case of the swoons. I adored their friendship, yet right away could sense the connection they have. It’s effortless. I don’t know how Sarina Bowen does it, but I could feel them falling in love. So damn well-written.

I don’t want to give too much about this book away, because trust me, you want to experience it on your own. This is one of the best forbidden romance books I’ve ever read. Hands down. There are a million reasons why they shouldn’t be together. Can’t be together. Yet…

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Also, if you have read the previous books in the series, you will understand my love in seeing the Shipley‘s and Rossi’s again! I can’t wait for more!

 

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ARC Review: One Baby Daddy by Meghan Quinn

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Title: One Baby Daddy

Author: Meghan Quinn

Genre: Romantic Comedy/Sports Romance

Series: Dating by numbers #3

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: May 17th, 2018

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“What are you doing now that your team is out of the running for the Stanley Cup?”

Forget.

I need to forget. I need an escape.

Only one person isn’t falling for my reputation as the NHL’s Golden Boy; she captured my attention the minute she called me out for snooping through my best friend’s house. She didn’t want to hear my reason–she only wanted to playfully give me a hard time.

Adalyn is bold, sassy–and the perfect escape.

She’s everywhere. In town and in my dreams, and suddenly I need to spend every waking moment with her.

And I do, making this summer the best off-season I’ve ever had.

But in the midst of getting lost in Adalyn, what I don’t expect is to get her pregnant.

And what I definitely don’t expect is having to fight for her affection.

 

review

The Dating by numbers series are all stand-alones, but they are connected, so you first meet Hayden Holmes in Three Blind Dates. Hayden was charming, romantic, and was easily the kind of guy that stole your heart. I loved him in that book, and was super excited for when he would get his own. It didn’t disappoint!

Hayden is a NHL star, and Adalyn is a feisty nurse. The two of them quickly discovered they have chemistry, and decide to test it out. Only… things don’t go exactly according to plan, and Adalyn get’s pregnant. However, winning over her heart turns out to be harder than expected.

Hayden is one of those characters that is nearly perfect, but has some flaws to keep him from being boring. Adalyn is the type that wants to have fun, but doesn’t let anything get too serious, in fear of being hurt. The are opposites that way, and it works 100%! While Hayden had me swooning, Adalyn was kind of annoying at times. I wanted to yell through my kindle at her. BUT she does grow up and grow on you as it goes along.

The two of them form something kind of precious, and it makes for one emotional, heart-warming, and special read. It was witty, filled with flirty banter, and a sizzling chemistry. There is also a natural connection between the two, and so many feels. EEKKKK!!!

 

 

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Cover Reveal: Only Him by Melanie Harlow

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Title: Only Him

Author: Melanie Harlow

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 4th, 2018

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Sometimes your first love deserves a second chance…

 

He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.

But I’m not a lovesick teenager anymore, and I’d never let that cocky troublemaker break my heart again.

So when he shows up out of the blue asking me to have dinner with him “for old time’s sake,” I say I will. After all, it’s been twelve years, and I’m stronger and smarter than I was back then.

Except…he still does something to me. He’s got those eyes that make me weak, those hands that drive me wild, and a body I can’t resist—especially once I see the tattoos. It doesn’t take long for our trip down memory lane to go from sweet to sizzling.

We’re just as good together as we were back then—better, even—and I’m willing to give the only man I’ve ever loved another chance.

But he’s got to tell me the truth.

 

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All I wanted was to see her again. Tell her I’m sorry. Make her smile.

Okay, that’s a lie. I wanted to do more than that—a lot more. But I know she’s better off without me, and I promised myself I’d behave.

Except I’ve never been much good at keeping promises…or my hands to myself when I’m around her.

I can make her laugh, I can make her cry, I can make her body surrender to mine in ways that neither of us could have imagined back then. I can—and I do—love her more than she’ll ever know.

But I can’t tell her the real reason why I’m here.

And I can’t stay.

 

 

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