ARC Review: The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney

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Title: The Coaching Hours

Author: Sara Ney

Series: How to Date A Douchebag # 4- Is a standalone.

Genre: New Adult Romance

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Release Date: February 5th, 2018

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THERE ARE NO DOUCHEBAGS IN THIS STORY.

Well, there are, but they’re not who this story is about.
This story is about me—the coach’s daughter.
When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university’s take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie—living with my father would be temporary, and he’d make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone.
Wrong on both counts.

ASSHOLES ALWAYS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH.

A bet is placed, and I’m on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first.
Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more.
And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could.

 

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Before I begin, please note I will not be posting any major spoilers to The Coaching Hours, so some of my review may be vague at times. It’s for your benefit, I swear! 🙂

This is a different review for me to write, because I both loved and disliked this book. Yeah, I know, I’m a strange one. 😛 First of all, I loved the first 70% of this book, so lets focus on that first. It was witty, adorably awkward, and filled with sizzling sexual tension.

Elliot is the kind of hero that doesn’t seem to be in books too often anymore. He’s the nice guy, the one who will take care of you when you drink too much, and let you pick the show- no matter what- type. I really liked his character. I thought he was perfect without being perfect, and wasn’t annoying sweet either. He had some dirty thoughts, trust me. I thought he really made this book.

His relationship with Anabelle is a slow burn. They are strangers, then roommates, then friends. It happens slowly, and feels very natural. While there is a instant attraction between them, the tension between them is one that builds up over time. But don’t worry, there are plenty of aww moments and a whole bunch of “almost” moments. I was smiling, laughing and swooning.

For a while.

I just could not get into the last 30%. All the build up and happy feels I had inside from the beginning were disappearing, and not enough happened at the end to bring them back. There IS a HEA, please don’t worry! I just felt like due to some situations, Anabelle and Elliot lost the connection. I didn’t feel the chemistry anymore. It just felt like you were supposed to be rooting for those two, instead of doing it naturally. The whole thing felt rushed and out of sorts, and to me didn’t match how wonderful the beginning was.

I also never fully grew to love Anabelle. There was something about her character that was a little annoying. I couldn’t get a good feel of her. I don’t want to say too much about her character to give things away, but she wasn’t my favorite leading lady.

So, there you have it. I hope that everyone else doesn’t have the same problems I did, and love it 100%! It is worth a read. 🙂

 

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ARC Review: The Beau and the Belle by R.S. Grey

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Title: The Beau and the Belle

Author: R.S. Grey

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Rating: 5 Stars

Release Date: February 1st, 2018

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Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.

I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.

That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.

Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.

Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.

My old friend, Mr. Fortier.

But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.

When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.

Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.

 

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Wowow. I don’t know how R.S. Grey manages to outdo herself each and every time she releases a new book, but I’m really glad she does. The second I read the blurb for The Beau and The Belle, I was instantly excited for it. Like- needed it on my kindle right this very second- excited. But then I got nervous. Being that excited for it was a sure fire way to be disappointed, right? Not when Grey is the author! The Beau and the Belle is a true romcom- romantic, sexy, witty, and splattered with the best second hand embarrassing moments.

When we first meet the characters, Beau, a 24 year old law student, is renting the guest house on the LeBlanc property. The guest house is small, but has everything he was looking for: it’s close to his college, flexible rent and privacy. Well… maybe not complete privacy, as a pair of eyes tend to be on him a lot of the time.

Those eyes belong to 17 year old Lauren LeBlanc. Lauren has an insta crush on Beau from the moment she first lays eyes on him. And her poor, naive 17 year old heart actually believes something could happen between them.

The two form a little friendship, which ends just as quickly as it begins.

Then the story starts back up, ten years later. Both Beau and Lauren are grown up, turning those chased dreams into reality. Lauren, no longer an awkward teen, but a gorgeous woman. Men around New Orleans are quick to notice, including Beau.

Ekkk!!! Guys. I don’t want to go into too much details, but seriously, you have to read this book!

Everything about Beau and Lauren is perfection. From failed flirting, a sweet friendship, to witty banter and sizzling sexual tension. Ugh, so good!!

Beau will still your heart right along with Lauren’s. He’s intelligent, driven, cocky, and charming. He’s kinda a breath of fresh air, with so many heroes being very similar lately. Trust me when I say you want to experience Beau.

And Lauren. She’s a WCW. She felt so authentic, I’m kinda disappointed she can’t be my best friend. She’s strong, independent, romantic and a little silly. She made me laugh out loud quite a few times. Don’t even get me started on her younger years… let’s just say that Grey captured being a teen so well, you may have cringe worthy flash backs.

The Beau and the Belle is the type of book you read when you want to laugh, swoon, and fall in love.

Don’t miss out on that!!

 

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ARC Review: xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan

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Title: xo, Zach

Author: Kendall Ryan

Genre: New Adult Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: January 23rd, 2018

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The first time we met was at a party.

Your ex arrived to show off the person he’d left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date.

I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty–and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days.

The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing.

The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact.

I know I’m crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that’s the only reaction I can get out of you, I’ll gladly take it.

You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week.

I think I’m falling for you, and I know it’s wrong. I know that I’m only supposed to be the adviser to your program and nothing more, but here’s the thing. I think you’re falling for me too.

xo, Zach

 

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Swoon. Okay, I reserve the right to take this back, but until this moment, XO, Zach is my favorite Kendall Ryan book. Emotional, heartwarming, steamy, a delicious slow burn, forbidden love- this book has everything you could want.

When Poppy’s friend drags her to a party, she isn’t really expecting to have fun. And she definitely isn’t expecting to run into her newly ex boyfriend- who is there with his new arm candy. Refusing to let him see her sweat, she walks up to a sexy, tattooed guy and demands (asks?) him to play along, that he’s her date. He agrees.

Although there is an instant attraction between the two, they are shocked to learn they actually have quite a bit in common. Even more shocking is a toe curling, goosebump inducing, fireworks going off kiss they share. But Poppy leaves soon after that, declining Zach’s number.

Zach finds himself thinking about Poppy, the slightly insane and majorly hot girl from the party. Then he can barely believe it when he discovers that Poppy is the new girl he is advising.

Keeping things profession between them is a piece of cake, right?

Ha, so wrong!

But both Poppy and Zach have things about themselves the other person doesn’t know. Things that can change it all.

Ugh, I just LOVED Zach and Poppy’s relationship. It’s a slow burn, filled with witty banter, tons of flirting and oozes sexual chemistry. It’s also not easy. There are complications on both ends.

Poppy is more hesitiate than Zach is to explore the connection between them. She’s independent, strong willed, and isn’t used to having a guy completely there for her. And Zach… sigh. He’s a writer, and oh so romantic. Oh, and he happens to have a lovely dirty mind. 😉

Do yourself a huge favor and go one-click this baby!!!

 

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ARC Review: Until You’re Mine By Cindi Madsen

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Title: Until You’re Mine

Author: Cindi Madsen

Genre: Contemp. Romance/ Sports Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: January 22nd, 2018

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You might’ve heard of me, Shane Knox, the guy who rose quickly through the MMA fighter ranks, only to crash just as fast. No one cares about personal reasons when it comes to losing fights and money. I’m determined to get back to where I was. For you to hear my name again. I’ve finally convinced the owner of Team Domination to take a chance and get me back in fighting—and winning—shape. What I didn’t bargain for is the guy’s spitfire of a daughter. Factor in her two professional-fighter brothers who are acting as my coaches and the fact that my career hangs in the balance, and Brooklyn’s the last girl I should be fantasizing about.

The closer we get, the more I want Brooklyn. The stakes are high, and I know there’s a big chance of both of us getting hurt, but I won’t stop until she’s mine.

 

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I have a confession: I’m not really into MMA books. There, I said it. When I found out that Cindi Madsen’s new series would feature MMA fighters, I wasn’t sure how to feel. But when I had the chance to read this book, I couldn’t turn it down. I mean, it was a new Cindi Madsen book after all. I’m SOO glad I decided to give this book a chance. I LOVED it. It’s filled with flirty banter, witty dialogue, a swoony hero and very touching. I even found myself getting into all the MMA parts as well.

Brooklyn isn’t thrilled to be going back home to help out her family with their MMA training gym. Despite all the good memories there, there are a lot of bad ones too, especially between her and her father. It doesn’t help that she meets their newest fighter, Shane. Shane is a bad boy with a troubled past. He is the type of guy that Brooklyn wants to stay away from.

However, Shane isn’t exactly what he seems. There is a heart of gold inside of him, and Brooklyn starts to form an unlikely friendship with him. There is some major sexual attraction between them too, though despite Shane’s best efforts, Brooklyn keeps it in check. Which is kinda torturous. For her and for me. Especially during one sweaty, practice fight scene between the two. Wowza.

I loved their whole relationship. Even though they both have insta-attraction, there is a slow burn that will drive you crazy, in the best way possible.

You also get to know Brooklyn’s brothers, and they are pretty intriguing! I’m excited to read their stories.

There are some pretty bittersweet sub plots, but I don’t want to get into them too much, as I feel you will enjoy the book experiencing them first hand.

Make sure to add this book to your TBR pile, you won’t be sorry!!

 

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ARC Review: Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

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Title: Pretty Dead Girls

Author: Monica Murphy

Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Romance

Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

Rating: 3.75 Stars

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Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.

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Okay, wow. When I first started reading this book, I had no idea the rollercoaster of a ride Monica Murphy was about to take me on. I’m pretty certain I felt every emotion possible while reading this book. Pretty Dead Girls is fresh, thrilling, witty, suspenseful and even filled with swoony moments. You’re never quite sure what is going to be on the next page, but you can’t wait to find out.

Disclaimer: There are a lot of twist and turns in this book, and also a lot of things that play into the plot. Therefore, to give you the best experience when you read it, I’m not going to go into too much detail.

The heroine in this book is Penelope. She has a pretty normal life, spending most of her time cheerleading and being involved in the Larks, a small, semi exclusive club at her school. Then, her life completely changes when one by one, members of the club start to be killed off. Dealing with the mourning of her friends, the fear of being a target, and the stress from police, Pen finds an unlikely friendship forming with a boy in her school named Cass.

Cass is the bad boy/loner type, who has a history of getting in trouble. He also seems to be linked to all the girls that are being killed. And while Pen is kind of hesitate of him at first, the two do become close, and there is major attraction/chemistry between the two of them. But there are things they don’t know about each other, that could change everything.

I have to say, Monica Murphy’s writing is AMAZING in this book. The story had me completed addicted, I couldn’t put it down. Honestly, I was up late reading it and at times it had me a little scared, complete with my heart racing.

The story is written from Pen’s POV, while also being from the POV of the killer every so often. It was interesting getting an inside look at their thoughts.

My only real complaint with this story is the romance aspect of it, which is why it’s not quite a 4 star. At times Penelope and Cass were too adorable for words, then at times I didn’t like the two of them together. I get they are teens and have all the angst, but it was a tad frustrating. They are a true tale of opposites attracting which I love, and they have plenty of banter between them as well.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, witty spin on “whodunit”, make sure you get this baby! I am planning a re-read of this one!

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Review: Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

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Title: Love, Life and The List

Author: Kasie West

Genre: YA Romance

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Release Date: December 26th, 2017

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Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.

 

 

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Sometimes I get in the mood for some YA romance, and Kasie West is one of my go to author’s for those cravings.

Abby Turner isn’t having the easiest time. Her father is deployed and her mother’s Agoraphobia is getting worse. Her unrequited love for her best friend Cooper doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon and to top it off she was recently told that her paintings- the one thing she finds comfort in- lacks heart and emotions.

Wanting some quick life experience, Abby puts together a list of things she needs to do over the summer, hopefully to bring some growth to her paintings. With Cooper’s help, of course. The more items Abby checks off the list, the more she finds growth not only in her art, but in herself as well.

I found the sub plots (Abby’s family) in this one really interesting. My heart broke for Abby, watching her mother’s condition becoming worse and worse. I adored her close bond with her grandpa, who also lived with them. The two of them were a bit of kindred spirits. Obviously there is major character growth for many of the characters, which I really appreciated.

I thought Abby and Cooper had a really cute friendship. It felt real, with ups and downs, little bickering and mistakes, laced with some sweet moments.

My major complaint is that there are no huge swoon moments between the two until about the 93% mark. And while I enjoy a nice slow burn, in this case I’m not really sure you could call it that?

Still a cute, fast, fun read.

 

 

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ARC Review: TEAM PLAYER: A CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY

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Title: Team Player

Authors: LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige

Genre: Sports Romance

Release Date: December 14th, 2017

Rating: 4 Stars

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Hot jocks. We love them all.
Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!
The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick … book.
The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.
Enjoy this naughty Christmas treat!*
*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

 

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When it comes to sweet, sexy and swoony sports romance stories, Team Player knocked it out of the park. Homerun, touchdown, etc. 😉 These 11 novellas are filled with different plots, yet go together in one Anthology so well. With all the different books to pick from, it’s so easy to lose a few hours getting sucked inside the pages. Cocky heroes, witty heroines, funny meet cutes, friends to lovers, second chance loves, mistaken identity and oops babies- it has everything you could want!

The best thing about all these great authors being in one place, is you are bound to fall in love with what you are reading. Some of the novella’s I loved, others were good, and some weren’t for me.

I have decided that I’m only going to go into details over the novella’s that I loved.

 

The End Zone by L.J. Shen:

Eeek, this best friends to lovers tale was oh so sexy, oh so good!

Jolie and Sage have been best friends for years, and even though Jolie has had a crush on Sage since pretty much the moment they met, they have never crossed that line. Partly because she doesn’t want to ruin their friendship, and mostly because Sage is a huge player/manwhore. She knows that if she gets into his bed, he will leave with more of her heart, and she will leave empty handed.

Only… things are quite the way Jolie thinks they are. And when Sage asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend, things go from pretend to oh so real super fast.

This was my first L.J. Shen book and she has a new fan! Funny, steamy and filled with swoons!

 

 

Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan

This is one of the stories that tugs a little more on the heartstrings. When reporter Avery first meets NBA star Decker, he is standing there in a towel. After hitting on her and asking her out, to which she turns him down, (despite her attraction to him) they both go on their way.

Years later, Avery finds herself working with Decker as he co-stars on her show for a while. The attraction is still there, though life has changed for the both of them.

If you love a slow burn with sexual tension, you will LOVE this one!

 

 

Back in The Game by Meghan Quinn

Do you like adorable single dads, who dress up to make their daughter smile? Strong, quirky heroines? If so, you will love Back in The Game!

Calder is a single NHL star raising his little girl on his own, after his ex leaves both of them. While he is out, dressed up like a fairy, he meets meets Rachel. He is instantly attracted to her and drawn to her personality.

Some of this story is told through text messages and oh my gosh, do they bring the laughs, heat and swoons. I loved watching the natural growth between Calder and Rachel.

 

 

Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose

This was my first time reading Charleigh and man oh man, do I have to look up her other titles.

Cam is a snowboarder who loves to have fun, be out on the snow, and hook up with the ladies. One night at the bar he meets the gorgeous Mollie, who to his dismay, wants nothing to do with him.

Well, at first. 😉

The two end up enjoying a super sexy night together and Cam is actually disappointed when Mollie disappears in the morning.

Mollie knew Cam isn’t the type to form connections, especially since she’s from out of town. However, Mollie doesn’t leave empty handed. She soon realizes she is pregnant. Eeek!!

Awhile later she goes back and runs into Cam again. The fire between them is still there, but is it the real deal? And how will Cam handle the bun in the oven?

Ah, I just adored this one!

 

Switch Hitter by Sara Ney

Oh my gosh! This might be my favorite of the entire book. It has the Sara Ney wit and charm for sure.

When Amelia’s twin sister Lucy asks her to pretend to be her for a date, Amelia isn’t sure. Especially when it’s with some jock named Dash. Despite her best efforts, Amelia ends up agreeing to the date. How bad can it be right?

Well… it turns out it isn’t bad at all, but oh so good. Too good, in fact, especially since Dash thinks he is with Lucy.

Only, Dash isn’t sure the girl he with is the same one as before. There is a new found sizzle between them that isn’t there.

Eeek! There is so much chemistry between Amelia and Dash. And Dash, sigh, Dash will steal your heart. This one was so sweet, so funny, so perfect!

 

 

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ARC Review: Man Hands by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

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Title: Man Hands

Authors: Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Series: Man Hands #1

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: December 11th, 2017

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He puts the “screw” in screwball comedy…

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.

 

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Okay, I’m a little late with this one, but I’ve been under the weather. But man, oh man, if you haven’t read Man Hands yet, you need to change that ASAP! I knew before I even had the ARC in my possession that it would be good, because Sarina Bowen is one of the authors, and needless to say I wasn’t disappointed. I haven’t read anything by Tanya Eby before this, but it’s safe to say she has a new fan.

Man Hands is hilarious. As if, full on laughing out loud. My favorite thing about it is that the humor isn’t forced. Sometimes when you’re reading a comedy, you can tell the author is doing stuff to *try* to be funny, and in Man Hands the wit is just funny, plain and simple. It’s also charming, swoony and steamy.

I adored Brynn. I couldn’t help but want to be her BFF and help her taste test new recipes for her blog. She’s the type of character you can completely relate to, even if you don’t have much in common with her. Brynn is strong and determined, yet is vulnerable and has insecurities.

She’s also recently divorced and not looking for love.

But that doesn’t mean she’s not looking for some TLC for a man. And Tom might be the man for the job.

Tom. Swoon.

Tom is the kind of hero that is pretty much perfect, without being perfect. If you get what I mean. He’s thoughtful, kind, talented, and romantic. He makes mistakes. He’s a good guy.

From the very first scene together, you can tell Brynn and Tom are just meant to be. There is a connection there- they feel it, I felt it. Feelings happen pretty quickly between the two of them, but it never once felt rushed.

There is a lot of foodie talk, so this is a fair warning you might snack a lot while reading. Or maybe that’s just me. 😛  It also features a bit of home renovations, which I have to admit I’m normally not into, but didn’t mind while reading this book.

 

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Release Blitz: THE BACHELOR CONTRACT by Rachel Van Dyken

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Title: The Bachelor Contract

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: November 28th, 2017

Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #3 (Can be read a standalone)

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She’s everywhere.

Ex-wife.

Love of his life.

The last person in the world he wanted to see…ever.

And now that he’s working beside her every day, he can’t escape her. Her scent, glimpses of her smile, even the tension in the air that makes his body hum with the kind of need he’d only experienced with one person-all of it is driving him over the edge.

Brant Wellington was certain of three things:

Alcohol wasn’t going to solve this.

He really was losing his F-ing mind.

And his gorgeous ex-wife was going to be the death of him.

 

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It was Brant.

Always Brant.

Maybe that was because they’d never had any real closure. Just fighting, yelling, and then silence.

God, she’d hated the silence so much more than the yelling.

The silence crackled with tension—it was always filled with more meaning than when words were actually spoken.

It wasn’t the yelling that had killed their relationship.

It was the silence that had followed. When he had every opportunity to fix it—and didn’t.

Why was it so hard to move on? Probably because she hadn’t tried.

Instead, she’d worked. Tried to stay positive. And hoped.

Damn hope. Stupid hope.

“He’s not coming back for me,” she whispered, knowing that if she finally admitted he wasn’t coming, she would have to take her part of the blame in why. Because it wasn’t just on him to come running back. A small part of her knew that it was her job to meet him halfway. Instead, she’d ignored the need in his eyes, the desperate plea in his voice, and allowed grief to swallow her whole. Because at the time she’d needed someone to blame, and it was easier blaming him than herself.

 

 

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When I first read the blurb and discovered this would be a second chance romance book, I expected it to be packed with punches of emotion. I didn’t expect it to be so real, raw, and heart breaking. It truly brings out every emotion, and is such a lovely tale that shows that true love never fades away.

Brant has been on the road of self destruction, in the form of endless booze and women, sine his divorce. He is broken, filled with guilt and anger over what happened between him and his ex wife, Nikki. He made me both want to slap and hug him.

Nikki is also dealing with a lot of pain. She really breaks your heart at times. Since the divorce, Nikki has been filling her days with work- working as a masseuse at a resort. She finds her own little “family” there, and their love and friendship helps numb the pain a little.

Suddenly Brant finds himself working with Nikki. The two are obviously still attracted to each other, and still love each other, underneath the pain. They have a chemistry that can’t be denied.

The book also shows glimpse of the past, showing Brant and Nikki so deeply in love and happy, and gradually losing that along the way due to circumstances. (I don’t want to spoil it by saying too much).

During the emotional roller coaster that Brant and Nikki take you on, there are also moments of joy, humor, flirty banter and oh so sexy scenes. This is one of those books that is equally heart warming and heart breaking.

As I mentioned, it is number 3 in the series, and while you absoultly do not have to read the previous two (The Bachelor Auction and The Playboy Bachelor), I would recommend it! Those books feature Brant’s brothers, and you do meet Brant in them.

If you love angsty, emotional and steamy books, with a happy ending, you have to check out The Bachelor Contract!

 

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ARC Review: The Bed Mate by Kendall Ryan

1001 Dark Nights cover The Bed Mate

Title: The Bed Mate

Author: Kendall Ryan

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Release Date: November 14th, 2017

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blurb

I might be a typical guy, but these last few years, my love life’s been anything but. From crazy ex-girlfriends to one night stands who are stage-five clingers, my relationships go bad faster than the milk in your fridge. The only constant has been my best friend Maggie.

Fresh off a bad breakup of her own, I invite Maggie to my guy’s skiing weekend knowing she needs an escape from reality. But then something funny starts to happen. I start noticing things about her that I never noticed before.

She’s beautiful and doesn’t know it, she’s funny without even trying, and now she’s suddenly single for the first time in forever.

Sharing a hotel room with her proves to be the tipping point in our very platonic friendship. Suddenly I want to put my hands, my mouth, and my … other parts … all over her gorgeous body. I want to claim her, make sure no man touches her ever again. But then her groveling ex shows up, and Maggie’s torn.

Am I ready to screw up the best relationship I’ve ever had for a shot at something more?

 

review

Sam and Maggie met in college, and have been best friends ever since. They know each other like the back of their hands, and have been there for each other through all of life’s ups and downs.

So when Maggie breaks up with her boyfriend, Sam doesn’t think twice about inviting her along on his boys trip. What can go wrong?

Well, suddenly Sam is seeing Maggie in a new light. Everything about her seems different, yet she is the same old Maggie. Only now Maggie is making his heart pound and his palms sweat. Not to mention the fact he can’t stop thinking about kissing her.

But… it’s not possible she feels the same way, right?

The Bed Mate was sweet, funny and sexy. It was enjoyable, even though it was completely predictable. I thought the friendship between Maggie and Sam felt real, so authentic. Their playful banter and borderline flirty was fun, and made me smile.

I appreciated the different emotions and confusion that comes with crossing that lines from “just friends” to “more than friends”. And as always with Kendall Ryan, the writing was amazing.

I did have a few problems. Sam, while super swoony and witty, seemed too perfect at times. Too good to be true. And Maggie somehow seemed so oblivious to what an amazing guy he was.

But all in all it’s a fun, fast (novella), sweet read that will make you smile and laugh. A great read in time for the holidays!

 

A handsome man with a good muscular build putting his shirt on

 

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