ARC Review: The Learning Hours by Sara Ney

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Title: The Learning Hours

Author: Sara Ney

Series: How to Date a Douchebag #3 (Can be Standalone)

Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All The Feels: 5+++

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Release Date: September 26th, 2017

 

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He’s not a douchebag; but that doesn’t stop his friends from turning him into one.

MY FRIENDS WANT ME TO GET LAID.

So much so that they plastered my ugly mug all over campus, in bold printed letters:

Are you the lucky lady who’s going to break our roommate’s cherry?
Him: socially awkward man with average-sized penis looking for willing sexual partner. You: must have a pulse. He will reciprakate with oral. Text him at: 555-254-5551

The morons can’t even spell. And the texts I’ve been receiving are what wet dreams are made of. But I’m not like these douchebags, no matter how hard they try to turn me into one.

THIS ISN’T THE KIND OF ATTENTION I WANT.

One text stands out from hundreds. One number I can’t bring myself to block. She seems different. Hotter, even in black and white.

However, after seeing her in person, I know she’s not the girl for me. But my friends won’t let up–they just don’t get it. Douchebags or not, there’s one thing they’ll never understand: GIRLS DON’T WANT ME.

Especially her.

 

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*Per the author’s request, this review will contain NO spoilers. That includes the Hero and Heroine’s names, so please keep in mind this review will be on the vague side for now.*

I have been reading and reviewing Sara Ney‘s books for over two years now, and I can say- hands down and without a doubt- that this is her best book yet. You know that scene in How The Grinch Stole Christmas when the Grinch’s heart grows five times its size and nearly bursts out of his chest? Well, that was my heart while I was reading The Learning Hours.

This book was witty, charming, and hilarious. It was awkward, embarrassing and realistic. It was frustrating. It was steamy and romantic in a way that stole my breath away at times. It was heart-breaking AND heart-warming. It’s the kind of book that surprises you- it’s nothing like you are expecting- and makes you realize just how much you needed a book like this.

Ney’s writing was flawless, in an effortless way. Just pure, raw, natural, magical talent. Very few books have taken me on an emotional roller-coaster like this one, and when I tell you it will make you have all the feels, I mean that 100%! It captured my mind and heart from the very beginning. I read it in one sitting, despite my best efforts to make it last.

The characters were incredible. They weren’t perfect, both had flaws, but damn, did Ney hit it out of the park with them. You’ll cheer them on, want to give them hugs, and at times want to yell at them. It’s impossible not to have your heart stolen by them and their journey. Not to mention the chemistry they had and the sexual tension that was so heavy it fogged up my glasses. Well, it would’ve if I wore glasses. 😛

The Learning Hours isn’t the type of book you read once. It’s one you read over and over, again and again. You’ll read it when you’re happy, when you’re sad and when you want to fall in love.

 

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ARC Review: TEMPORARY by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

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Title: TEMPORARY

Authors: Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: September 11th, 2017

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The most beautiful man I’ve ever seen is the one who can ruin everything…

The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he’ll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent and thousand dollar shoes, he’s just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants.

And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle’s estate.

I can’t afford either one. I’m the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system. He may have money and charm on his side, but I have something even more powerful — pure desperation. This temp job at his mother’s company can become a full time job for me. It has to.

But when Callan’s eyes rake over my body, sometimes I forget my obligations. His piercing gaze finds the fun, optimistic girl I used to be and not the tired person I’ve become.

And it works–if only for a moment. Our night together was a mistake. I can’t afford to get sucked into his high-powered family’s treachery. But the closer I get to Callan, the more layers I find beneath those expensive clothes. Though I can’t forget this is temporary. He’s temporary. I have too much to lose.

Too bad my foolish heart didn’t get the memo…

 

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Okay guys, I just adored this book! Fun, witty, romantic, and tugged on my heart strings. As a long time fan of Sarina Bowen, it was everything I had expected it to be. Charming hero, strong heroine, and a love story you can’t help but smile about. This was my first time reading Sarah Mayberry’s work, and I can honestly say she has a new fan now.

Grace Kerrington is one of those heroines you would have for your WCW. She’s strong, feisty, intelligent, beautiful, and has a big heart. She has not has the easiest life, and is struggling to take care of her her little sister Olivia. Her sister and a steady pay check are the only things that matter to her.

Callan Walker is carefree, cocky, gorgeous, and extremely rich. At least that is how he appears to be. We learn that Callan is also thoughtful, romantic and cares about people. He is a bit guarded. He also can make a kickass coffeee. And can we talk about his accent?! (Yes I’m aware you can’t actually hear it, but it’s so well written you will swear you can.)

Grace and Callan have little in common other than family troubles and a mutual attraction. But when they start to work together the sparks between them are undeniable. Being with Callan would mean Grace has to risk a lot, and Callan might not be around long enough to be worth it.

I loved their relationship. What starts off as an unlikely friendship turns into something so swoon worthy. If you like books where there is a good connection, mega chemistry and sizzling attraction then you know what you need to be reading.

The writing was incredible. If I didn’t know, I wouldn’t think there were two author’s behind this story. It’s flows flawlessly, and their character’s voices stay strong and steady throughout. They both have a gift to bring the characters to life, and create an amazing world for you to visit.

There were also several side characters that I would love to hear more about, and I’m pretty sure I may get that wish.

While some parts may seem predictable, the entire book felt fresh and new to me. I will definitely be re-reading this at some point. If you haven’t read this yet, check out my Q&A with Sarina and Sarah!

 

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Blog Tour HATE TO LOVE YOU by Tijan

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Title: Hate To Love You

Author: Tijan

Genre: New Adult Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: August 28th, 2017

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Rule #1: No hot guys.

It might sound ridiculous. I get it. It kind of is, but college was supposed to be my sanctuary. It was my place to start over. The rumors, the whispers, and the jealousy I endured through high school would all be gone.

No one would know me at college.

Rule #2: No drama.

I’d major in pre-law. I’d make a few loyal friends. Everything would be easy breezy. No one was going to use me or hurt me. I wouldn’t let them.

Rule #3: New year. New place. New me.

Right?

Wrong.

And all because of Shay Coleman.

Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. I hated him on sight . . .

. . . and he was about to break all my rules.

 

excerpt

I was almost grinning from delight as I shoved open the back door. If I hit him, hey, all was fair in the war we were fighting of who could piss each other off the best.

It didn’t.

He was leaning against the wall, the back of his head resting on the brick, and he looked over to smirk at me. “I want to see your room.”

I thrust my hand out. “I’ll take those notes.”

That smirk just widened. He patted his bag and pushed off from the wall. “They’re in my email. I need to get on a computer.” He patted my arm and moved past me, heading inside. “I can use yours.”

“Hey!” I followed him in.

He was looking up the stairs. “Sabrina said you were on the fourth floor. You saw my place. I want to see yours. It’s only fair.”

He wasn’t waiting for my go-ahead. He was already up and rounding second floor to third. He’d be at my floor before I could get there. “Stop! I am not okay with this.”

He was at the third-floor door. He glanced down with that same goddamn smirk. “Better tell me which room or I’m going to hang out in the hallway.”

“Why are you always smirking? Is it permanently attached to your face?”

“What room, Clarke?” He was at my hallway door.

Fucking hell. I gritted my teeth. “Wait. Just wait. My door automatically locks.”

He’d opened the door but let it shut. Waiting as I covered the last set of stairs, I refused to let him see me panting. I stood there, purposely holding my breath until he narrowed his eyes and cocked his head to the side. “Breathe, Clarke. You’re going to pass out.”

I almost burped out the small pocket of air I’d been holding. “I hate you so much.”

“Yeah, yeah.” He waved that off. “We get it. Eternal damnation in hell, the whole shebang. Whatever.” He nodded to the door. “Stop stalling. I want to see your room.”

I was picturing pitchforks and fire. Maybe that was the burning smell he mentioned. It was hell, and all the fire in there. I yanked the door, glaring as I did. “Was this Sabrina’s idea?”

“Nope. All mine.” He was right behind me. I could feel his breathing. “She refused to tell me your room number, said I had to call.”

My eyes widened at the thought of him coming up by himself, strolling down the hallway, and then knocking on my door. Good Lordy gracious. Too many would’ve seen him at my door. I would’ve been the talk of the dorm.

I shuddered, unlocked, and entered my room.

 

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Warning- You may want to set aside a chunk of time before you start reading this book. To say it is extremely addictive would be an understatement. 😉 Tijan is the queen of dramatic, angsty, sexy college books and Hate To Love You is no different. The true definition of a page turner, it will hook you in from the first sentence until long after it’s finished.

Kennedy is one of those heroines that you automatically connect with, no matter how much you have in common with her. She’s independent, head strong, feisty and has a big heart, even if it is a little guarded. There has been a lot of things thrown in her direction, so she isn’t your typical carefree college student.

I knew Shay was going to make me swoon, but I didn’t realize HOW much. I just adored him. He’s a tad cocky, a big jock, but also is thoughtful, romantic and fights for the people he cares for. He is a good friend, especially to Kennedy. The two of them together are just pure magic. It’s not always smooth sailing, there are ups and downs, but they are just so perfect for each other. Their chemistry was sizzling hot!

Tijan has a knack for writing College novels. She portrays them so flawlessly, so effortlessly, it’s insane. All the characters have strong voices, and you can’t help but embrace them, their flaws and all. From the witty dialogue, fun flirting, omg embarrassing moments and great inner thought- few do what Tijan does.

There are a few twists and turns and moments that caught me off guard in this book, so it’s definitely not a fluff read. There are some real raw moments in here. I don’t want to get too much into that and spoil anything though.

You need to one-click this baby or at least add it to your TBR list. You won’t be sorry!!!

 

 

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ARC Review: Fallen Heir by Erin Watt

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Title: Fallen Heir

Author: Erin Watt

Series: The Royals Book Four

Genre: Mature YA

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: August 28th, 2017

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These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

 

review

I’ve been wanting another Royal book from the second Twisted Palace ended, so I have to admit I let out a scream when I saw an ARC pop up on my kindle. My heart was racing and my palms sweating, and yes, this was before I even started the book. That might seem like an extreme overreaction, but if you are familiar with The Royals series, you totally get it. 😉

Before I start the review, I just wanted to specify that this review is SPOILER FREE! In fact, at times I may be a bit vague because Fallen Heir is one of those books that you’ll want to experience yourself.

Oh Easton. You get an idea of his character in the first three books (Paper Princess, Broken Prince and Twisted Palace) but in FH you really get a look at how flawed, vulnerable, complex and broken he is. There were times I wanted to hug him and times I wanted to shake some sense into him. Easton has so many layers to him, I honestly believe he is one of the best written characters out there. His thoughts, actions, pain and hopes feel so damn real.

You don’t get to know Hartley as well as Easton, but it appears she has quite a few layers to her character as well. She’s strong and independent, yet guarded and unsure at times. There is a lot that plays into the reason she is how she is, but I don’t want to get too much into that. I do have to admit at times she was a little frustrating to me, but that is just part of who she is. No one is perfect.

They are good for each other, even if Hartley doesn’t want to admit it. They had that connection that you don’t find everyday. Their journey is filled with ups and downs, sweet and raw moments, and a genuine friendship.

Of course, being a book in The Royals series, there is plenty of drama and OMG moments. It wasn’t quite as dramalicious as the first three installments, but I have a feeling the next book will make up for that!

Like all other Erin Watt books, Fallen Heir is filled with witty dialogue, fun banter, swoon worthy moments and twists and turns that steal the breath from your lungs. Erin Watt is truly the master of writing addictive stories with characters that steal your heart. And knock five years off your life. 😉

You do not want to miss this book. It’s everything you didn’t know you needed. I’m counting the days until January!

 

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ARC Review of Trust by Kylie Scott

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Title: Trust

Author: Kylie Scott

Genre: Mature YA

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: July 18th, 2017

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Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

 

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“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”

I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”

“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”

“Bastard.”

“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.

“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”

“Not funny.”

I shrugged.

“You barely know the guy.”

“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”

“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.

“No we are not.” And I retreated.

“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.

Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”

“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”

“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”

He said nothing.

Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”

He slowly shook his head.

“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”

“What? What the hell are you talking about?”

“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”

“This is crazy.”

“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”

He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”

“I’m just trying to be practical.”

“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”

“It does to me.”

Again, he said nothing.

In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.

“What?” I said, finally.

He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”

 

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I have one piece of advice for when reading TRUST by Kylie Scott.

Remember to exhale.

Seems pretty easy, huh? Well, I lost count over how many times I found myself holding my breath while reading this. It’s safe to say that some parts are pretty tense. And while it will have your heart racing, it’s also raw, romantic, bittersweet and tugs on all the heart strings.

I loved how authentic Edie felt. Not only all her thoughts and emotions during and after the robbery, but just how she is a teenage girl. Unsure of herself, and trying to figure out who she really is. Tough yet vulnerable. She has a good heart and a good head on her shoulders, yet at times doesn’t know her worth. It was heartwarming to see all her overcomes.

And John… swoon. It’s easy to think that John is the typical bad boy who turns soft for the girl, but that’s not the case at all with TRUST. John is heavily flawed, that’s true, but man, he has a heart of gold. He just might not realize that. He was, hands down, my favorite part of this book. There were so many levels to him and it was great seeing how much he changed from the beginning to the end. He was selfless, kind, funny, and even romantic. But most of all, he was a really good friend to Edie, when she needed it.

The relationship between the two is a slow burner. Obviously they have this connection, being in a traumatic even together, but their friendship starts off slow, and has it’s up and downs. And yes, as the friendship grows, there is an attraction there. Not to mention some serious sexual tension. And when they finally do cross that line? Well…. you’ll see. 😉

There are also some great secondary characters that really add to the story.

As much as I liked it, I do have a few minor complaints. They are minor and didn’t take anything away from the story at all, as you can see with my 4 star rating. 🙂 The one thing that did bug me a little was Edie didn’t always sound like a 17 year old. I’m not sure what it was. There were several times she used the word “properly” that just didn’t sound like something her character would say. John was a home run though!

The second thing was I felt one certain scene near the end was completely unnecessary. It felt like unneeded drama in my opinion, and the book already had enough suspense. I do know that others thought the scene was thrilling, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.

This isn’t a lighthearted read. It’s not your typically romance, but it is a great, unconventional love story that I think everyone should read! It’s hard to say too much about this book, as I don’t want to give it all away.

 

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ARC Review: Jilted By Sawyer Bennett

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Title: Jilted

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Love Hurts #2 (Can be read as a standalone)

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: July 11th, 2017

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Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.

Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be.

 

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Eeek! Sawyer Bennett sure takes everyone on an incredible ride with Jilted! It’s a second chance, enemies to lovers story that is sure to deliver the laughs, swoons, and fast heart beats.

After Eden Goodnight is embarrassed beyond belief, the only thing she can do is escape to her hometown to try to save what’s left of her ego. While she thinks she’ll get to wallow in peace, she quickly discovers that won’t be happening when she finds Cooper Mayfield living in her family’s home. Cooper was her first love, her everything, until she took a chance at being an actress.

The two get along like oil and water. Not only is Eden a hollywood star and Cooper a country boy, but then you also throw in the fact that they are exes. The bickering and banter between the two of them are amazing! Funny and flirty. There is an undeniable attracted between the two of them, chemistry that can’t be turned off. So, soon the bickering turns into them being tangled up together in bed.

But it’s just a little rebound fun, right?

The more time they spend together, in bed and getting to know the other person, the more it feels like something more than a little fling. There is just this spark between them that can’t seem to fade out. But Eden won’t be in town forever. And Cooper doesn’t want to be left again. So, sometimes love doesn’t conquer all, right?

I love how Sawyer Bennett took a plot that’s been done a dozen time, and turns it into something fresh and new. It probably has something to do with her amazing writing, witty dialogue and characters you can’t help but fall in love with. If you are looking for a book to make you smile and tug on the heart strings, this is the book for you!

 

 

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ARC Review: Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow & David Romanov

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Title: Strong Enough

Authors: Melanie Harlow & David Romanov

Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All the Feels: 5 Stars

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I wasn’t looking for Derek Wolfe.

I wasn’t looking for anybody. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.

He’s smart, successful, and sexy as hell—I can barely sleep knowing he’s right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us explodes one night with fierce, fiery passion, it’s hard to deny there’s something real between us.

But he does.

He says he was drunk. He says it was a one-time thing. He says he’s not into guys and what we did meant nothing.

He’s lying. Because it happened again, and again, and again. And it’s better every time.

I know we could be good together, and I want the chance to try, but I’m done hiding. If he’s not strong enough to admit the truth, I’ll have to be strong enough to walk away.

 

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I’m a big fan of Melanie Harlow and so I was excited to see how her first MM book would turn out, especially co-writing it with David Romanov. I have to admit my expectations were a little high, given that I was familiar with Harlow’s work. Well, Strong Enough completely blew me away.  It was heartwarming, sexy, sweet, gut-wrenching- a total roller-coaster.

From the moment Maxim steps off the plane in America, things aren’t going his way. After a string of bad luck, he finds himself being taken in by Derek Wolfe. The two are complete opposites in almost every way- Maxim follows his gut, Derek follows his brain- yet there is this connection, chemistry even, between them that is undeniable. The more time they spend together, the more the spark grows. Maxim thinks whatever happening is simple and easy, while Derek knows it’s anything but. Torn between his heart and his mind, Derek is in a rough spot. For the first time ever he has these incredible feelings, but will he let himself feel them?

Maxim was one of my favorite parts about this book. He’s younger, only 24 years old, yet is wise beyond his years. There is a dept and maturity to his character that is hard to describe. But at the same time, he is carefree, loving, and thinks you should always follow your gut and never second guess things. He has a big heart, and isn’t afraid to love. He is Russian, and it was interesting getting to know more about the Russian culture. Gah, he was so adorable!

Derek was so different from Maxim. He was a bit older 36 years old, and everything was logically thought about with him. His ultimate goal in life was to have a wife and family. You know, a “normal” life. Yet, he is carrying a secret. Derek is attracted to women… but he is also attracted to men, especially Maxim. He has battles within himself over this throughout the book, more so when he starts to really care for Maxim. I have to admit, at times I got mad at Derek. Frustrated with him. Wanted to yell at him. But, at the same time, I appropriate how realistic his character was. Derek was raised a certain way to believe certain things, and his struggle to accept himself is one that many people go through.

The relationship between Maxim and Derek is everything. From strangers, to unlikely friends, to much more. They just click. The complete what the other is lacking, and bring out the very best in each other. The way Derek softens around Maxim is super sweet. And the chemistry? WOWZA! It’s off the charts! There are some serious steamy scenes.

The writing was incredible and I was very impressed with David Romanov’s debut. I look forward to reading more from him! And of course, it was another hit for Melanie Harlow.

You seriously don’t want to miss this touching tale.

 

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ARC Review: Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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Title: Stay

Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Series: Wags #2 (Can be read as a stand alone)

Genre: Sports Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 Stars

All the Feels: 5++++++

Release Date: June 20th, 2017

 

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Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch—an anonymous virtual assistant service—is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting… until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth—that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

 

 

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Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy have written some damn great books together. I didn’t think it was possible for any to surpass my love for HIM, but wow, Stay is reallllly trying to do that.

Stay has the witty banter, humor, and oh so steamy scenes that comes along with books that Sarina and Elle write, but it also tugged at my heart strings a lot more than I was expecting. The writing is excellent and really makes the characters come to live. Their emotions feel raw and genuine, which I really appropriate.

I know some people might be weary to see the word “flirting online” in the blurb because E-mails and messages between characters can get boring. Let me tell you, this is SO not the case. The interactions between Hailey and Eriksson are golden. I lost count at how many times I laughed out loud.

I loved Hailey‘s character. She was the kind of character that most people could see bits of themselves in. She was shy, uncertain at times, but also hungry for success and sure of herself. There is more I’d like to say about her relationship with another character, but I don’t want to give away too much. I know that’s a tease. 😛

As for Eriksson… sigh. He is so swoony. He’s been hurt so he has a bit of a hard shell, but it’s impossible not to fall in love with the guy from the beginning. Seriously. His interactions with his daughters are too cute for words. It will hurt your ovaries. His inner thoughts about Hailey will make you swoon so hard, you will be a puddle on the floor. Total closet romantic. Oh, and did I mention he is one of the best dirty talkers? YEP! I’m still kinda blushing from it.

The chemistry between them is amazing. So hot, it was burning my fingers as I held my kindle. 😉 But more than that, they just have this connection that makes you sigh. It’s so real, so sweet. It’s not all easy, but you can’t help but smile at them. One of the cutest couples.

Of course, I have to mention Rufus, the dog that likes to steal the spotlight. He might not be able to talk, but man, you have to love him! Sometimes he helps makes things deliciously awkward, and other times he helps breaks the ice.

You also get to see Blake and Jess (From Goodbye) and Wes and Jamie (HIM/US). I love, love catching up with them. There are some new characters as well, but I don’t want to give too many details away.

All in all, you really don’t want to miss this. A perfect summer read!

 

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ARC Review: THE FOXE AND THE HOUND by R.S. Grey

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Title: THE FOXE AND THE HOUND

Author: R.S. Grey

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heat Rating: 4 stars

All The Feels Rating: 5+++ Stars

Release Date: June 1st, 2017

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

blurb

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.

It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.

 

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What do you get when you have one sexy, charming vet and one klutzy, determined woman with a side of a dog that is too big, too friendly, and doesn’t know the meaning of no? All the makings for a perfect read. THE FOXE AND THE HOUND by R.S. Grey is filled with witty banter, sizzling chemistry, and a dog that sounds cute, I’m mad I don’t get to pet him. Yeah, that’s right Grey, I have some beef with you about that! 😛

R.S. Grey is one of my favorite authors, and my go to for the best Rom Coms. So effortlessly. If you haven’t read any of her books, you need to change that ASAP. Seriously. THE FOXE AND THE HOUND is the definition of a true feel good read. Not only is it hilarious (I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud), but it also made me grin like a fool, swoon, and tugged on the heart strings a little bit.

Madeleine Thatcher is down on her luck. She’s single, not doing well as a realtor, and adopted a puppy, Mouse, that seems to gain 15lbs a night. But at least Mouse behaviors amazingly…. yeah, one could wish! Mouse acts like the puppy he is, while looking nothing like a puppy. What else could go wrong?

How about a muddy run in with the new vet, Adam Foxe? (Thanks Mouse, sigh). Adam is sexy, moody, and has a thought or two on how Madeleine is training Mouse. The two clash -cue some of the best banter. Then when Adam needs a favor he turns to Madeleine for help. So what if he needs her to pretend to be his girlfriend, it’s not like things about to get interesting…. right?

You first meet Madeleine Thatcher in Anything You Can Do as the little sister of the hero, and best friend of the heroine. I adored her character in that book so I was super excited when she was getting her own book. (THE FOX AND THE HOUND can be read as a standalone!) She didn’t disappoint staring in her own book. She’s not where she wants to be at 27, a feeling many of us can relate to, regardless of age. She’s sweet, caring, loyal and strong. I love that she’s spunky and trips over her own feet.

And Adam, sigh. He is so swoony! He starts off kind of tough, but I love seeing his softer side come through. And the two of them together? Wowza. Talk about chemistry. They bicker and push each other and have enough sexual tension that you can feel it in the pages. If you want a book that delivers all the feels, yep, this is it!

This book is also filled with great secondary characters. Some new, and some we’ve met before. 😉 Mouse really finds a way to your heart.

THE FOX AND THE HOUND is the perfect summer read: tho you may need to jump in the pool to cool off after! 😉 I can’t wait for what’s next from R.S. Grey!!!!

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ARC Review: When It’s Real by Erin Watt

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Title: When It’s Real

Author: Erin Watt

Genre: YA Romance

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heat Rating: 1 star

All The Feels Rating: 5+++ Stars

Release Date: May 30th, 2017

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

blurb

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

review

You know when the weather is perfect, and you’re driving with the windows down, music blaring, singing along to your favorite song? You get that feeling of utter satisfaction that you want to hold on to forever. Well, that’s how I felt when I was reading When It’s Real. Yep, it’s that good. Though that’s a complete understatement, since it’s hard to put into words just how sweet, fun and swoon worthy this book really is.

Oakley Ford is a famous pop star who can’t seem to keep out of trouble. And unfortunately for Oakley, his less than desirable antics are constantly splattered all over the tabloids. When his popularity with his fans start to dwindle, there is only one thing to do- clean up his image. That’s when Oakley’s manager drops a bombshell: the fastest, and most sure fire way to revamp Oakley Ford is with a sweet, innocent, normal girlfriend. Welp, how bad can that be?

Vaughn Bennett has zero interest to play girlfriend to Oakley Ford. Unfortunately for Vaughn, she has a lot of interest in the amount of money she will earn by being Oakley’s image booster. After all, it’s not just Vaughn that needs the money, but her siblings as well. So what if she has to flirt with him on social media and hold his hand from time to time. It’s not like they have to get along. It’s not like she actually has to like that self centered jerk. It’s not like lines will be crossed. Right?

Eeek, just writing about it makes me want to go back and re-read it!

The relationship between Vaughn and Oakley is PERFECTION. When the two first meet, they don’t really like each other, and there is some amazing banter between the two of them. The friendship they form surprises them, and I have to applaud how authentic it felt. There is this vulnerability between then that gave me chills. They are a lot alike, yet vastly differently, and they compliment each other really well. It is a bit of a slow burn, and the chemistry between them is off the charts.

I really appreciate how well-written and developed Vaughn and Oakley were. Oakley is cocky and kind of an ass at times, but there is SO much more to him than meets the eye. He is thoughtful, genuine and unexpectedly really romantic. Seriously. He made my heart skip a beat a few times. Vaughn is strong and independent. She’s caring, intelligent and put others before herself. She had a true old soul feel to her, yet still had the battles that every teen girl goes through. I also really love her family.

I know some of you are thinking “But I don’t like YA….”

Come on now. This is Erin Watt we are talking about! You are going to love it! The writing is amazing, and even though this plot has been done before, it felt fresh. I promise it’s not all fluff, there are some issue that both Vaughn and Oakley are going through, and they both have a mature feel to them.

Do yourself a favor and read When It’s Real. You won’t regret it!

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