Release Blitz & Review: The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

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Title: The Hot Shot

Author: Kristen Callihan

Series: Book 4 in the Game on Series (Can be read as standalone)

Genre: Sports Romance

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All the Feels: 5 stars

Release Date: April 17th, 2017

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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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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CHESS

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.

 

 

review

Gah, I just ADORED this book! The Hot Shot is the type of book that you know you will re-read before you even finish it the first time. Funny, sweet, and oh so sexy.

Finn Mannus is a famous NFL Quarterback. He’s young, successful and loving life. Well, until he has has to pose nude for a charity calendar. To make matters worse, he gets off on the wrong foot with the photographer, Chess Copper. The two start to bicker, despite the metal attraction they feel for each other. Then when it’s over, Finn can’t stop thinking about Chess. The girl who isn’t his type, and loves to push his buttons.

Chess Copper isn’t sure why Finn won’t leave her alone. He wants to be friends, but she isn’t so sure about that. They probably don’t have anything in common, is what she keeps telling herself. It isn’t possible the fact that he’s so good looking, so charming, that she can’t stop her thoughts from going to the naughty side.

When Chess finds herself suddenly living with Finn, an unlikely friendship forms between the two of them. A friendship filled with SO much sexual tension it’s hard to breathe.

Hands down one of my favorite things about this book, is Finn. His thoughts are so damn romantic at times that I can hardly handle it. I love how opposite Finn and Chess are, yet at the same time they get each other like no one else can. I love the banter, the swoon worthy moments. I love how realistic the flow of their relationship is. The chemistry between the two of them could melt my kindle.

Like other Kristen Callihan books, there are some great secondary characters as well. The writing is filled with natural wit, and I didn’t want the book to end.

Such. A. Great. Book.

I don’t want to give too much away about it, because it’s truly best to enjoy every moment without knowing too much, but if you haven’t one-clicked it yet, do so now!

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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Release Blitz & Review: Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

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Title: Walk Of Shame

Author: Lauren Layne

Rating: 4 stars

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: April 18th, 2017

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ARC Received in exchange for an honest review.

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Sparks fly between a misunderstood New York socialite and a cynical divorce lawyer in this lively standalone rom-com from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Love Story.

Pampered heiress Georgianna Watkins has a party-girl image to maintain, but all the shopping and clubbing is starting to feel a little bit hollow—and a whole lot lonely. Though Georgie would never admit it, the highlights of her week are the mornings when she comes home at the same time as her uptight, workaholic neighbor is leaving to hit the gym and put in a long day at the office. Teasing him is the most fun Georgie’s had in years—and the fuel for all her naughtiest daydreams.

Celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney doesn’t have much time for women, especially spoiled tabloid princesses who spend more time on Page Six than at an actual job. Although Georgie’s drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also everything Andrew resents: the type of girl who inherited her penthouse instead of earning it. But after Andrew caps one of their predawn sparring sessions with a surprise kiss—a kiss that’s caught on camera—all of Manhattan is gossiping about whether they’re a real couple. And nobody’s more surprised than Andrew to find that the answer just might be yes.

 

 

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And who is he, you ask?

Andrew Mulroney, Esquire.

I know this because we moved into the building on the exact same day, and right before we got into a horrendous fight over whose movers should have access to the building loading dock first, he handed me his business card.

The thick white card stock declared that he had a fancy law degree to go along with the fancy suit he was wearing on a Saturday.

Andrew handed it over with such superiority, I actually wished for a half second that I had a business card of my own that would somehow be better than his. Like, lined with gold or something. No, platinum. With a diamond in the corner. It would be too heavy for him to hold, and he’d drop it, thus having to kneel at my feet to pick it up.

But then I realized it was just as well that I didn’t have a business card.

Because it would say . . . what? Georgie Watkins, professional party girl?

Anyway, I digress. Despite the high temps of that swampy July morning, the encounter had been the start of an epic cold war.

Me, the socialite in apartment 86A against the uptight esquire in apartment 79B.

I’m not entirely sure I’m winning the war, but I’ll never tell him that.

I let my gaze drift over Andrew, even though his appearance rarely holds any surprises. The man’s a lesson in sameness, like some sort of anal-retentive version of Groundhog Day.

There’s always the black mug with some healthy gunk inside held in his right hand, Tom Ford briefcase and Armani garment bag in his left, containing what I know to be a perfectly tailored three-piece suit.

Andrew’s coppery hair is perfectly styled, although I’d swear that there’s some natural curl in there threatening to disrupt his perfect order. I imagine that annoys him, so it therefore makes me happy.

Let’s see, what else about my nemesis?

He’s got a hard, unfriendly jawline that’s perfectly shaven.

Dark brown eyes, cold and flat. Black gym bag over one shoulder.

I suppose you could say he changes up his attire, because he does alternate between black and gray gym shirts. But considering that they seem to be the exact same fit, both colors molding perfectly to his impressively sculpted upper body, we’re not giving him any points for variety there.

Same goes for the lower half. The black shorts worn in summer have given way to sleek black sweatpants now that October’s upon us, but they’re both black and Nike, so we’ll give him no credit for changing it up there either.

The shoes, though . . .

I do a double take.

Well, well, well . . .

Instead of the usual black gym shoes, the man’s shoes are red. I don’t know how I missed it before.

I drag my eyes back up his body with a grin, and he gives just the slightest roll of his eyes to indicate that he’s noticed my slow perusal and isn’t fazed in the least.

“You went shopping, Dorothy!” I say happily.

He stares at me. “I don’t shop.”

Of course not. Far too frivolous.

“No, that makes sense,” I say, pointing at his feet. “Glinda would have given these to you.”

Andrew looks down at his Rolex watch. “I’ve got to go. Have a good day, Mr. Ramirez.”

“You too, Mr. Mulroney,” Ramon says with a deferential nod. “Enjoy your workout.”

“Yes, do,” I say, turning and watching as Andrew moves toward the front door of our building. “What’s on the schedule today? Treadmill, or just skipping down the Yellow Brick Road?”

Andrew Mulroney, Esquire, doesn’t respond. He doesn’t even turn before pushing through the revolving doors and stepping out into the still-dark autumn morning.

Now come on. Tell me that wasn’t at least a little bit fun, despite the ungodly hour.

 

 

review

Thank you Lauren Layne, for writing this book and getting me over a book hangover. I’m going to pretend this one was just for me. 😉 Seriously though, Walk of Shame is witty, laugh out loud funny and oh so sexy. A delicious enemies to lovers story. The type of read that leaves a smile on your face.

Georgie is a socialite, but not a typical one. She’s sweet, thoughtful, intelligent. She is super rich, but never comes across as stuck up. I was slightly worried by the blurb that her character would drive me nuts, but I was happily surprised at how down to earth she is. Her wealth gives her a lot of options, so she tends to be more carefree, go with the flow type.

Andrew is the opposite. As a successful divorce attorney, Andrew is busy and thrives on routine. He’s kind of awkward, and doesn’t have an endless parade of women coming in and out of his place. It was refreshing to read about a male character that isn’t such a playboy.

The two of them don’t get off to the best foot, and kind of clash. Their banter is EVERYTHING. They are so cute together, even before they are aware they are cute together. The fighting gives way to an unlikely friendship, which surprises them. Even more surprising, is the sexual tension that keeps building up every time they see each other.

There are some great twists and turns, but I don’t want to give everything away.

Lauren Layne is an exceptional writer, and Walk of Shame is no different. The characters have a realistic vibe to them, with strong voices. The flow of the story is perfection. I enjoyed the secondary characters. Most of all, I love the connestion, the chemistry between Andrew and Georgie. Wowza, hot!

If you love rom coms, you need to check this book out!!

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Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

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ARC Review: Confessions of a Carpool Captive by Dawn L. Chiletz

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Title: Confessions of a Carpool Captive

Author: Dawn L. Chiletz

Genres: Romantic Comedy

Rating: 4 Stars

Heat Rating: 3.5 Stars

All The Feels: 4+ Stars

Release Date: March 24th, 2017

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ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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My name is Liz Foley. I love my accounting job because I’d rather deal with numbers than talk to people.

My best traits:
I have (RBF) Resting Bitch Face.
I give snarky come-backs.
I have no friends.

My worst traits:
I speak in run-on sentences when I get nervous.
I’m attracted to assholes.
I’m broke.

Enter Finnigan Walsh – the new guy at work.

His best traits:
He’s kind of hot, I suppose.
He has a working car.
He sings to me and brings me coffee.
Nothing ever gets to him, even when I add more people to our carpool.

His worst traits:
See above

I don’t like him. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.
After all, it’s not about how fast you get there. It’s the journey. Right?
Damn this carpool.

You’d better buckle up.

 

review

This is my third book by Dawn L. Chiletz, and one of the things I love about her is how different each of those books are. It takes talent to be able to switch up genres like that, while keeping your writing voice strong. If you haven’t read any of her books yet, you should change that! I would have to say she is one of the most creative writers,  is amazing at storytelling and the master at throwing in the unexpected.

Liz Foley is witty, full of dry humor and loves to keep to herself. She’s not shy, she just doesn’t feel like dealing with people. Unfortunately for Liz, her co-worker, Finnigan Walsh- or Finn- is the complete opposite. He’s outgoing, charming and loves to be around people. The two cross paths in a big laugh out loud moment. And even though Liz would very much like for that to be the end of their communicating, Finn, and fate, have other plans.

Even though the two are clearly as different as night and day, thanks to carpooling, the two form a very quirky friendship. Which leads to an oh so delicious slow burn romance. Finn will make your heart melt. He is so caring and seems to understand Liz more than she does at times. He is the type that says the right things, does the right things, and all for the right reasons. I love how there is also more to him than meets the eye.

Liz is a nut. In the way she has a hard shell to crack. Liz has flaws, but man, she has one journey through this book. Her life is truly like a roller-coaster.

Their unexpected friendship is filled with sexual tension, fun banter, and heart to heart moments. It’s sweet and feels real. The chemistry between them feels natural, and the progression of their relationship flows perfectly.

In addition to those two, there are several side characters that are amazing. Side characters are always fun, but these ones really bring the book to life. Not to mention are hilarious. I don’t want to give too much away, so I won’t say much more on them!

Confessions of a Carpool Captive is light, fun and romantic. It feels like a super fast read, probably because of how captive it held me. Pun intended. 😛

I know at times it’s a little scary reading a new author. And I know that Dawn L. Chiletz may be new to you, but you won’t regret checking out her work. You will most likely end up with a new fave author!

 

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Dawn L. Chiletz is the author of The Contest, Waiting to Lose, Enough, Can’t You See, The Fabulist and Confessions of a Carpool Captive.

“Sarcasm and humor are my favorite tools. I write whatever I’m feeling. Sometimes that means a romance, a mystery, a thriller, or a tear-jerker. I like giving everything a little twist and I try to stay original. I hope people like not knowing what to expect from me. I never know what I’ll write next either.”

Dawn currently resides in Illinois with her husband, two boys, and three dogs. When she’s not binge writing or reading, you’ll most likely find her on Facebook or playing taxi driver to her kids.

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ARC Review: GOODBYE PARADISE by Sarina Bowen

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Title: GOODBYE PARADISE (Previous titled: In Front of God & Everyone)

Author: Sarina Bowen

Genres: New Adult, Romance, M/M

Rating: 5 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All The Feels: 5++++++ Stars

Release Date: March 21st, 2017

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh & 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?

Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain, and love against the kitchen counterThis book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone.

 

 

review

Okay, guys. I know it’s only March, but I’m going to go ahead and say it: GOODBYE PARADISE is one of my top reads for 2017. This book is romantic, sexy, heart wrenching and pulls on every single damn heart string! I was hooked from the first paragraph, and every page is pure perfection. Not to mention GOODBYE PARADISE delivered all the feels, so you might want to keep some tissue nearby. Seriously. I was wiping away the happy tears when I finished. The true definition of a feel good read.

Josh and Caleb are born and raised on a polygamist ranch named Paradise. Which is ironic, since it’s about the furthest thing from Paradise. Obeying the strictest of rules, working from dusk to dawn with never enough food, the only true comfort they have is each other; they have been best friends since they were toddlers.

Except Josh is hiding a big secret from Caleb, one he is sure would make Caleb hate him if he ever found out: Josh is in love with him. It’s forbidden in so many ways, so Josh keeps his feelings buried deep down.

Suddenly (I don’t want to go into all the details and spoil it all), Josh finds himself out in the world, free of Paradise. He is in a world he doesn’t understand, and one that doesn’t understand him. His saving grace is that Caleb is there, of course, right by his side helping him. Like always.

Caleb always protected Josh, and that wasn’t going to change now. He has a safe place in mind and is determined to get the two of them there. The only thing is, Caleb has a secret of his own… one that might even mirror Josh’s.

First of all, I apologize for being vague at times in this review. It’s just that I personally felt like it was a really powerful read, and I don’t want to take that away from anyone else.

I think the idea that they were raised on a polygamist ranch is so interesting. Sarina Bowen did a fabulous job of creating such a realistic world with Paradise. It was fascinating getting a glimpse into their world- you can tell she really did her research. The feelings and thoughts that Caleb and Josh have, both on and off the ranch, made me forget at times that these weren’t real people.

And gah, I just LOVE Josh and Caleb. I love forbidden romance and best friends to lovers and this has both!!! Being raised the way they were, they both clearly have issues. The biggest one, particularly for Josh, is knowing his self worth. There were times where I wanted to hug the crap out of him, even though he isn’t a real person. Their friendship is adorable on its own, but when it starts to move to something more… well, let’s just say these two made me swoon so freaking hard. Their love, their chemistry, their vulnerability all hit you right in the heart. The journey these two go on, the connection they have, and the growth they go through…well… I dare you not to cry!

One of my favorite things about Sarina Bowen’s books are her side characters. They always bring so much life to her books, and GOODBYE PARADISE was no different. I feel in love with several side character’s: Daniel, Maggie, Miriam, and particularly Washington (you’ll see why!).

The writing is amazing, it’s filled with great dialogue and has characters that honestly take a piece of your heart. Do yourself a huge favor and read this book. You will not be sorry!!

GOODBYE PARADISE is the first book in the series, but can be a standalone. Book two, HELLO FOREVER has no release date yet, but hopefully will be out soon. I’m not sure if there will be a third, but man, I hope so!

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ARC Review: Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen

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Title: Operation Prom Date

Author: Cindi Madsen

Genre: YA, Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Heat Rating: 1/2 Star

All The Feels: 4 Stars

Release Date: March 13th, 2017

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.

Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.

The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains stargazing, accidental swimming, and poker swindling. This kissing practice will melt your ereader…and give you a new couple to ship.

review

Cindi Madsen + YA Romance = YES! Okay, I’ve been a fan of Cindi Madsen for years now, so when I heard she was writing this YA book, I was so excited. I love a good young adult book to make me all nostalgic. And Operation Prom Date doesn’t disappoint. It’s fun, romantic, and made me had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading it.

Kate only has one goal left to her senior year of high school: Get Mick, her long time crush, to not only notice her, but get him to ask her to prom. The only problem is the odds of that happening is slim to none. So she convinces her friend Cooper to help her get Mick’s attention, in exchange to help him while his rowing partner is injured. Easy, peasy, right?

Cooper really doesn’t want to help Kate. It’s kind of weird, teaching her how to flirt with another guy. But he’s in a bind, and needs her help with rowing. And really, what can go wrong? Well… the more time Cooper and Kate spend together, the more Cooper can’t help but think it should be him taking Kate to prom. And unfortunately for him, his little ideas to get Mick to notice her… are working.

I know the fake dating to get another guy to pay attention has been done A LOT, but I have to say, this plot didn’t feel repetitive. Maybe that’s because I enjoyed the characters so much, Cooper especially. He is the kind of guy you wish you knew at 17. Charming, sweet, a good friend, and worthy of swoons. Kate is quirky, kind and while she’s not perfect, she tries to do what she thinks is right. Cooper felt more mature to me than Kate, who felt like a realistic 17 year old girl. She was sometimes over the top and dramatic, which is how a lot of girls are in high school.

The chemistry between Cooper and Kate is there from the beginning, even if they aren’t super close when the book starts. This is defiantly a slow burner, filled with a bunch of “almost” moments. It’s really sweet watching their friendship develop along the way.

Since it’s YA, it is a fast, light read. However, the characters did have dept to them, and both dealt with family issues, and realistic insecurities. It’s well written, with little unnecessary drama.

If you like sweet, silly YA romance you will love this book! I’m excited to see what’s next.

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ARC Review: All the Frogs in Manhattan by Carrie Aarons

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Title: All The Frogs In Manhattan

Author: Carrie Aarons

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Heat Rating: 3.5 Stars

All The Feels: 4 Stars

Release Date: March 5th, 2017

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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You know how Cinderella had the whole glass slipper, pumpkin carriage, fairy godmother thing?

Yeah…with foot-destroying stilettos, Uber, and a Twitter horoscope, my life is far from a happily ever after.

In fact, instead of Prince Charming, I end up dating every slimy, scaly, brainless frog in the kingdom of Manhattan. And by frog, I mean all of the stereotypical bad guys that Mom and Lifetime movies warned you about.

The meathead player.
The mommy’s boy.
The namedropper.
The cheapskate.

If they suck at relationships, I’ve probably kissed those cold, clammy lips in the hopes of finding love. Until one day, when one man with commitment issues offers to help me find the Romeo to my Juliet.

But what happens when the frog, who was never supposed to turn into a prince, kisses you at midnight? Ok fine, he propositioned me for some afternoon delight after brunch, but not everything can be straight out of a fairytale.

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Let me start by saying, this book has one of the most authentic feel to it when it comes to dating and trying to find love. I appreciated the way Carrie Aarons was able to portray a single girl in her mid 20’s, trying to find the one. This book was fresh, fun and made me snicker quite a few times.

Gemma Morgan almost has it all- A job she loves, good friends, great shoes. However, the one thing she doesn’t have, and wants desperately, is a man. Her own prince charming. Which of course, is easier said than done because there are a lot of frogs out there. Frogs that do not turn into a prince after they are kissed.

Oliver Anders thinks he has it all- Tons of money, a career that keeps him busy, and tons of no strings attach sex.

When Gemma and Oliver meet, there is no insta love, but they discover they have great sexual chemistry between the two of them. Despite the fact Gemma is looking for the one, her and Oliver fall into a friends with benefit situation. However, the more time they spend together, the more feelings that start up. But is Oliver really the one for Gemma? Or is he just another frog standing in the way of her prince?

I liked Gemma character for the most part. She’s smart, sassy and has a big heart. I’m not sure what it was, but at times she kind of annoyed me. Oliver is charming, sarcastic, and is a better person that he lets on. I thought they were cute together. They form a cute friendship and the sexual tension between the two of them is never ending.

The writing was good, nice flow, and there was plenty of witty dialogue. The beginning starts off a little slow, and I thought at times scenes felt a little rush, while others seemed to drag on. At times I was completely consumed, but other times I felt a tad bored.

Overall, this was a fun second chance love story. It’s light, full of swoon worthy moments and fun bickering.

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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and On Thin Ice, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and can’t imagine a better or more maddening profession.

When she isn’t in a writing coma, Carrie is chasing her Great Dane/Lab puppy through the dog parks of New Jersey, or trying to make her husband binge watch the latest Netflix craze.

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ARC Review: UNWRITTEN by Jen Frederick

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Title: UNWRITTEN

Author: Jen Frederick

Series: Woodlands, #5 (Can be a Standalone)

Genre: New Adult Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All The Feels: 4 Stars

Release Date: March 6th, 2017

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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After years of trying to hit it big with his band, Adam Rees’ dream is finally about to come true. A new lead singer brings with him a hot tour invite, but with a catch—his sister has to come with them. Despite an off-limits edict, Adam is instantly attracted the smart and beautiful Landry. But if he wants to claim his woman, it might be at the expense of all his ambitions.

Landry Olsen has had success at every stage of her life, except when it comes to men. She’s put her heart on the shelf, but one look at Adam and she’s a goner. The hot rocker heats her from the inside out, and she wants him as much as he wants her. The only thing standing in their way of their happiness is Landry’s brother—she ruined his musical hopes before, and she won’t do it again. Even if it means saying no to the one guy who makes her believe in love again.

There’s no fruit more tempting than the forbidden kind…

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Adam Rees is living the life. His band is finally taking off, they are on tour, and he has an endless supply of women throwing themselves at him. Then, in an instant, a red haired beauty in the crowd changes everything when she steals his heart with a single glance. Just when Adam is about to make a move, things get a little complicated- she’s the little sister of his new band mate.

Landry Olsen life is complicated.  Between dealing with a stalker, out of town parents, an older brother forcing her to go on tour with his band, and spending every day with a mega hot singer, Landry could write the book on complications.

Landry knows Adam is unattainable. So crushing on him is no big deal right? Adam knows Landry is off limits. So spending every second thinking about her is no big deal right? They are just friends. Only the more time they spend together, the more the friendship starts to feel like a lot more. And then suddenly, it does seem like a big deal, with so much on the line.

One of my favorite things about this book are the characters. I love how cocky and head strong Adam is, and how Landry brings out this caring, soft, romantic side of him. A side not even he knew he had. I love how smart, determined and loving Landry is. I appreciate while Adam can make her melt, she stands up to him when the time comes. She is no door mat. Things between them are definitely a slow burn, but the friendship that slowly builds between the two of them is really sweet, and filled with sexual tension. Think: living together on a tour bus while wanting to rip each others clothes off. The two of them together bring a whole lot of lust, passion, jealousy and romance. And some pretty sexy stolen moments. 😉

If you love rock star plots, this is the book for you. You get to see tour life, behind the scene moments, lyric writing, fights between band mates, groupies and much more. Even a bit of suspense thrown in there. There is also the forbidden love aspect, as well as the protective older brother in the picture. There are times where it seems to drag along, but other than that, it was a great read!

It is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone!

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ARC Review: Running Mate by Katie Ashley

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Title: Running Mate

Author: Katie Ashely

Rating: 4 Stars

Heat Rating: 3 Stars

All The Feels: 4 Stars

Release Date: February 28th, 2017

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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The name’s Barrett Callahan. Yeah, that Barrett Callahan—the one the press dubbed “Bare” after those naked sexting pictures surfaced. At twenty-five, I was armed with an MBA from Harvard, an executive position at my father’s Fortune 500 company, a penthouse, and a different piece of delectable eye candy in my bed every weekend. I had a life most men dreamed of. But then my father decided to run for president, and my playboy lifestyle became a liability to his campaign that was built on family values. My “makeover” comes in the form of a fake fiancée who I don’t even get to choose–one who is an uptight, choirgirl acting priss but also sexy-as-hell.

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My latest relationship had gone down in flames, and I was drowning in a sea of student loans when in true Godfather status, James Callahan made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Seven figures for seven months on the campaign trail pretending to be the adoring fiancée of his son, Barrett. As soon as he won the election, our engagement would be dissolved amicably for the press, I was free to ride off into the sunset a million dollars richer, and because of the NDA, no one would be the wiser. Sure, I’d never met the guy, but I’d been a theater nerd in high school. I could pull off any role from Lady Macbeth to Maria Von Trapp. But that was before I met my fake fiancé—the infuriating, self-absorbed, egotistical, drop-dead-sexy King of the Manwhores.

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If done right, one of my favorite tropes is fake dating. And this book is done right. Running Mate is funny, witty and romantic. Unexpected tugs at the heartstrings. This is my first book my Katie Ashley, and I’m going to have to check out her other work ASAP.

Addison Monroe was having a day from hell and it looked like it was about to get a lot worse when she gets called into a meeting with Senator Callahan- the man she is helping to earn a presidential nomination. Instead, Addison finds herself getting a life changing proposition: Pretend to be engaged to Senator Callahan’s son, Mr. Playboy himself, Barrett Callahan. Despite her initial reaction- hell no!- Addison is tempted when a large some of money enters the equation. It would sure help with her student loans. So Addison agrees… how bad can one guy really be?

Barrett Callahan just got a huge bomb shell dropped on him. Apparently, the one thing hurting his dad’s chancing for a presidential nomination is his reputation with women. And to fix this problem, his dad wants him to pretend to be engage to a gorgeous stranger. It doesn’t seem all that bad until he meets Addison. She doesn’t fall at his fight, yet argues with him. Fights with him. Pushes him. The next few months being with her are sure going to be a pain in the ass.

Only… the more time Addison and Barrett spend together, the closer they grow. Addison sees another side to Barrett. One where he is caring, fun to be around, and even a little romantic. As far as Barrett goes…. well, Addison is making him feel things he never felt before. Never thought he wanted to feel before.

I love Addison. I love that she’s just as intelligent as she is gorgeous. She’s down to earth, a bit klutzy and has a good heart. She’s strong, yet vulnerable at times. I love how she helps Barrett see the good in himself. And Barrett… sigh. He’s cocky, charming and a better guy than most people give him credit for. He is deeper than he lets on, and has some jealousy issues with his older brother. Barrett and Addison have a hate to love relationship that flows at just the right speed. A bit of a slow burner, with tons of almost moments and sexual tension. I love the friendship they form and the natural connection that grows between them.

There are a ton of laugh out loud moments, moments that make you swoon, and moments that play with your heart. Running Mate also features some lovable secondary characters and has great side plots too.

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Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

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SWEET RIVALRY by K. Bromberg

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SWEET RIVALRY

By K. Bromberg

Release Day: Feb 28, 2017

ARC received in exchange for an honest review!

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Ryder Rodgers had a plan.

He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell.

Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival. More like a constant thorn in his side. And his ego’s.

When he heard her voice, he was brought back to years before. To the bitter taste of being second best. But the woman who meets his gaze is nothing like the drab wallflower he used to know. Hell no. She was all woman now: curves, confidence, and staggering sex appeal. And no doubt, still brilliant.

The fact that she’s gorgeous and bright won’t distract him. This time, Ryder’s determined to be the one on top. But not if Harper can help it.

 

 

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He takes a step toward me then hesitates, but before I can process anything else, his lips are on mine.

And not just on mine––not just a brush of lips against lips—but I’m talking all in. Hands on my cheeks, tongue licking between my lips, body pressed against mine, groan in the back of his throat, type of all in.

I don’t react at first. I’m stunned. Flabbergasted, my mind reeling from the anger to the  surprise to now this without any warning at all.

This is Ryder.

My rival.

My supporter.

My crush.

The thoughts flicker that this is what I’ve wanted. But they soon shift to panic. To insecurity I don’t kiss well enough. That this is all a joke and I’m the butt of it.

But then I feel. Everything. All at once.

And I know this is real.

It’s like I can’t catch my breath and have too much air all at the same time.

My body is on fire. And not just from his touch but from that burn deep inside that feels like it’s exploding and imploding all at once.

 So this is what it feels like to really be kissed.

It’s a fleeting thought before the sensations, the moment, the emotions, consume me whole.

His hands move my face to change the angle of the kiss. His fingertips on the line of my jaw singe my skin. His lips move expertly against mine, and all I can do is feel. All I can do is want.

Thinking isn’t an option.

The anger from before has morphed to want. The adrenaline has recharged with desire.

There is no rivalry.

There is no graduation ceremony tomorrow I’m missing to catch my flight.

There is no panic over if I’ll ever see him again.

It’s just him.

And me.

The scent of his cologne in my nose. The heat of his body against mine. The taste of hunger in his kiss.

 

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I have to say this might be one of my favorite novellas. Sweet, sexy, hilarious, sexy- wait did, I say that already?- this book is completely captivating. Second chance romance mixed with enemies to lovers and a whole lot of sexual tension.

Ryder Rodgers and Harper Denton knew each other in college. While they were typically always competing with each other, they did share one sizzling hot kiss.

Now it’s 13 years later, and once again Ryder and Harper are competing with each other. Only now they are both grown. Both more mature. And both utterly attracted to each other.

This is my second read by K. Bromberg, and she is becoming one of my must read authors. Sweet Rivalry had great dialogue, fun banter, characters you can’t help but love, and delivered on the feels. The connection between Ryder and Harper was perfect, as was everything else about them- the bickering, the kisses, the tension, the romance.

This is a very quick read, but still felt pretty complete. Nothing felt rushed. I would’ve loved if it was a lot longer, but I’ll take what I can get. 😛

If you like fast, sexy, heart warming reads you will want to check this out!

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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift), and a novella (UnRaveled). She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out November 14th.

Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (2 books: The Player, The Catch) and the Everyday Heroes series (3 books: Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit). She’s also writing a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series that will be out in February 2017.

She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media.

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ARC Review: Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey

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Title: Anything You Can Do

Author: R.S. Grey

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Rating: 5 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All The Feels: 5+ Stars

Release Date: February 2nd, 2017

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.

It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.

The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.

I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.

The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.

Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good.

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Warning: Reading Anything You Can Do may cause extreme laughter, rapid heart rate, a spike in temperature and a permanent case of the swoons. Do not read while consuming a beverage, as your reading device may be at risk. Please consult R.S. Grey if the book hangover you experience lasts more than a week.

Seriously though…

I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK.

When Daisy Bell heads back to her small hometown after being away for 11 years, she has one goal in mind: to finally get her own practice. Her dreams crushed when she discovers she isn’t the only one with that goal- the oil to her water, Lucas Thatcher, has that very same one.

Okay, fine. Daisy can handle working with Lucas. They are grown up after all. Daisy can remain professional, even though she still hates Lucas.

And she does still hate him.

Who cares if his nickname should Mc’Too sexy for his own good. Or that he’s actually a decent human when he’s not trying to destroy her. Or that she can’t stop thinking about his kisses.

That practice is all hers….

Anything You Can Do is the epitome of romantic comedy, and should be made into a movie, pronto. I have zero complaints about it.

Lucas Thatcher is what book boyfriends are made of. He’s sexy, charming, intelligent and he delivers all the feels. He is the kind of guy that sweeps you off your feet before you even realize it’s happening. While the book is from Daisy’s POV, we do get a glimpse inside Lucas’ thoughts in a really clever way. It had me absolutely swooning.

Daisy is my new favorite heroine. She’s gorgeous and intelligent. Her inner dialogue is utterly fantastic. She’s quirky and fun, and I connected to her from the very first page. Her battle between her heart and brain felt so real and perfectly paced. Her little gimmicks nearly made me spit diet Pepsi all over my kindle.

And the two of them together? Ughhh. It’s hard to even put into words. There was fun banter. Moments of sexual tension that gave me legit butterflies in my stomach. Sweet, romantic moments that had me grinning like a fool. Everything about the two of them together felt so genuine. The chemistry was off the charts.

I’m a huge fan of R.S. Grey, and this book still blew me away. Flawless writing and amazing dialogue. The perfect mixture of romance and comedy, in such an effortless way. Such a feel good read; I laughed out loud more time than I can count and had my heat skip a beat. It was a quick read, but that might be due to the fact I couldn’t put it down once I started.

You will regret not 1-clicking this book asap!!!

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I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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