ARC review: Only Him by Melanie Harlow

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Title: Only Him

Author: Melanie Harlow

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 stars

Series: One and Only #2- can be a standalone

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.

* * *

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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Eeek! Another sexy, emotional, swoony book by Melanie Harlow. This book was a complete emotional roller-coaster, and took me through every emotion. More than once.

Maren is shocked when Dallas shows up at her doorstep. The last time she saw him was 12 years before, when they were still couple, the night he broke her heart. But now there he is. Looking better than ever, giving her that same smile, wanting to make amends for hurting her.

When a dinner turns into much more, and Dallas being in town for “one night” turns into multiple nights, they both know they are in trouble. The feelings they had for each other have never gone away, and they are feeling stronger than ever.

But can Maren trust him not to hurt him again? Especially when it starts to seem like Dallas is hiding one major secret..

This was a really great second chance at love book. Maren and Dallas have obvious chemistry and a connection they can’t seem to shake. Of course it’s not that easy, as Dallas is battling something that brings a really emotional aspect to the plot. (HEA tho, don’t worry!!)

All in all, this was a great read. I really enjoyed both the characters, as well as seeing Emme and Nate from Only You. I can’t wait for Stella’s book!

 

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The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

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It was just announced Sarina Bowen is writing a YA romance book! Ahh!! The Accidentals is arriving July 10th! Cover reveal coming soon!

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Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.
I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3
player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.
My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never
met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.
When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive
world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost.
Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named
Jake, and the burning questions in my soul.
There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts
distance between me and the boy I love.
My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

* * *

 

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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ARC Review: His Wasted Heart by Monica Murphy

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Title: His Wasted Heart

Author: Monica Murphy

Series: Damaged Hearts #2

Genre: New Adult Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: April 26th, 2018

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Jensen is a mystery I can’t figure out. She’s a liar. A thief—though the only thing she stole is my heart. She tried her best to escape me and by pure luck, I found her. In the very last place I expected.

No matter how hard we try, we can’t resist each other, and as we grow closer, she’s starting to reveal pieces of herself. Sharing her secrets, sharing her truths. Yet she’s still hiding something from me, and I can’t figure it out.

Soon I have my own secrets to keep. One that has the potential to ruin everything…

 

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Just like my review for Her Defiant Heart, I’m not going into too much detail, as this book is plot heavy, and I don’t want to ruin it for you. This series keeps getting better and better. It’s steamy, witty and FULL of twists and turns.

His Wasted Heart picks up right where Her Defiant Heart leaves off, and Rhett’s POV does not disappoint. I like this book more than the first one. Rhett is caring, charming and swoony. It’s so interesting seeing things from his perceptive. Not to mention getting a chance to meet his family, who are…interesting, to say the least.

The chemistry is still there in this book between Jensen and Rhett, more so than ever, but we also get to see their growth. They are bonding more emotionally, and not just physically.

In this book we get some questions answered, but we are also thrown some curve balls. AHH! I didn’t want the book to end, yet at the same time I was trying to read as quickly as I could.

If you loves series that are twisty and steamy, this is the series for you!

 

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Blog Tour: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

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Title: Birthday Girl

Author: Penelope Douglas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 17, 2018

My Rating: 5+++ Stars

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JORDAN

He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.

He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.

He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.

I have to stop this. It can’t happen.

My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.

Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one.

I am.

 

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I took her in, because I thought I was helping.

She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.

As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.

The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.

But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.

And her boyfriend’s father.

Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.

 

*BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+.

 

 

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Pike and his son’s girlfriend are in the kitchen, chopping watermelon as a party rages by the pool outside.

 

PIKE

 

The remnants of the party run around the back yard, some kid catching a squealing girl who’s half-naked, and I drop my eyes again, feeling fucking stupid like this isn’t my house, and I’m some seventy-year-old pervert spying on teens gone wild running around my own damn yard.

I see Jordan glance through the window in front of us and then quickly to me, probably gauging my annoyance. There are topless women in my backyard, after all, and I freaked out over her wet T-shirt mowing the lawn the other day.

But instead, I resort to sarcasm this time. “Do you think Cramer next door is enjoying the view?”

She snorts, faltering in her chopping, and follows it with a laugh.

After a moment, though, I hear her taunting voice. “Are you?” she replies.

I widen my eyes a little, surprised, and look down at her. She casts me a cocky little smirk.

“You’re still young,” she points out, joking with me. “Still look energetic. Why don’t you go out more?”

Who says I don’t go out? My bar-hopping days are over, but I had friends over tonight, too. Granted that’s not ‘going out’, but I’m not a hermit.

“You’re not gay, are you?”

I shoot her a look. Excuse me? Didn’t we talk about my dating habits the other night?

But she shakes her head right away, clearing it. “Yeah, never mind. Didn’t think so.”

Jesus.

Granted, I don’t have as much of a social life as I could. I know that. I’m not even forty yet, and my downtime resembles my grandfather’s retirement.

I pause a moment, searching for the easiest words to explain it to her. “I like my boring life,” I tell her, my voice kind of sounding like an apology. “Most women don’t.”

“Maybe girls don’t,” she replies, a light humor in her voice that I appreciate. “I find you far from boring. You should go out more. There’s a shortage of men in this town. Too many boys.”

I smile to myself. She sees me as a man, not just someone’s father. I shouldn’t like that as much as I do.

And yes, there may be lots of boys, but there are also lots of women, and none of them are for me. Believe me, if my future wife lived in this town, I would’ve found her by now.

She slices one of her sections in half and turns it sideways to cut triangles in twos. I follow suit.

Outside, a young woman with a long brown ponytail scurries across the pool deck, her orange bikini making her tanned skin look darker.

I jerk my chin. “Should I go after her?”

Jordan glances up at the girl outside the window and drops her eyes again, continuing to slice the fruit. “She’s too hot for you.”

“You think I can’t keep up?” I joke, cutting off two more triangles. “I’ve been around the block, you know?”

“Several times by your age, I’m sure. Need a nap yet?”

Why, you little—

I slice through the fruit, and the knife comes down, its point jabbing me right on the inside of my middle finger on my left hand.

“Shit!” I drop the knife and bring my hand up, the ache sinking down to the bone. I suck in air through my teeth. Dammit.

“Oh,” Jordan gasps and drops her knife, too, wiping off her hands. “I’m sorry.” She offers a regretful little laugh. “Here, come here.”

I suck the blood off my finger, barely taking notice that she’s pushed me down onto a bar stool at the island as she retrieves bandages from the cabinet.

Did I put those there? I didn’t put those there.

Rushing over to me, she peels a package open, and I see it’s a wet wipe, probably “anti-bacterial” something or other.

“I can do it.” I hold out my hand.

But she moves in anyway, inspecting the pea-size drop of blood balling on my finger again. “I know,” she says, “I just feel bad. I didn’t mean to piss you off and distract you. I was just teasing.”

I hiss as whatever’s on the wipe hits my open wound. “You didn’t piss me off,” I tell her, but it comes out as a growl. “Well, you did, I guess. You always do, but it’s in a good way.”

“In a good way?” Her brows furrow.

Yeah, like, you know, fun. You’re fun. And kind of funny. And pretty interesting. I don’t know how she makes my temper rise so quickly, and over stupid, petty shit, and I can’t explain why, but I like it.

I don’t know how to tell her that, though. It sounds weird.

When I don’t answer the question, she continues, her voice quiet and serious. “You know,” she says, not looking at me. “If you are interested in her, I can bring her around more. If you want.”

The girl in the orange bikini?

“Bring her around?”

She nods, wiping my finger still. “A sleepover or something maybe? You won’t have to make a move. She’ll jump you.”

She won’t look at me, but I stare down at her nevertheless. She wants to get me laid?

I feel a warm, light sweat cover my spine as I become aware of the heat of her body standing between my legs. I watch as she blows hair out of her face only for it to fall back into the same spot again.

Orange Bikini isn’t the one I want jumping me.

Absently, I reach up and brush the hair out of her eye, grazing her forehead as I tuck it behind her ear for her. Her gaze rises, meeting mine as I let my hand fall down the strands of her smooth hair, and my heart skips a beat as we both stand there, locked.

I can almost feel her face in my hands. The urge is so strong to know what it’s like to hold just a part of her.

Jesus Christ. I drop my hand, looking down at the small wound on my middle finger.

“So do you want me to?” she broaches quietly, almost like she’s afraid of what I’m about to say.

I shake my head. “No,” I finally tell her. “She’s not bad, but she’s not what I like.”

She unwraps a Band-Aid and fastens it to my finger, slowing smoothening over the bandage again and again.

My fingers tingle where she holds them, and I watch her face, her focus still not leaving my hand.

And then suddenly, she nearly whispers, “Well, what do you like?”

I watch as she licks her lips, her breathing shallow, and there’s a jolt to my cock, making me feel damn near ready to tear something apart with my teeth.

What is she doing to me?

 

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Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the standalones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and now Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), coming later this year, and the standalone, Motel, coming in 2019.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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Cover Reveal: Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey

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Title: Arrogant Devil

Author: R.S. Grey

Release Date: May 10th, 2018

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Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

 

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Saturday Spotlight: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

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Title: Starry Eyes

Author: Jenn Bennett

Genre: YA Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: April 3rd, 2018

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Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

 

 

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Cover Reveal: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

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Title: Birthday Girl

Author: Penelope Douglas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 17th, 2018

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JORDAN

He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.

He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.

He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.

I have to stop this. It can’t happen.

My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.

Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one.

I am.

 

PIKE

I took her in, because I thought I was helping.

She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.

As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.

The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.

But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.

And her boyfriend’s father.

Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.

 

 

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