Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hearts of Blue (Hearts #4) by L.H. Cosway

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Synopsis:

She upholds the law. He breaks it.

Two blue hearts, both alike in bravery
In not-so-fair London, where we lay our scene
From gun crime to petty theft
Where family is blood and survival makes hands unclean
In this place, we find two hearts who should be foes
And yet, amidst the turmoil their love still grows
Misadventure abounds and the divide will bring them strife
But with luck, death doesn’t always mean an end to life.

Hearts of Blue is a standalone contemporary romance that tells the story of star-crossed lovers Karla Sheehan and Lee Cross, a police constable and the thief who steals her heart.

Review:

Gah! This book! Eeek!! I frickin loved it!! Seriously why did I wait so long to read it? I know I know, it is because I have been busy with other books I have to read and whatnot, but Gah!! Hearts of Blue was amazing! For reals! I don't think I have used enough exclamation marks yet!!!!

Karla is a cop. Lee is a criminal. What happens when there is an undeniable attraction there, when you start falling for each other? What happens when he won't give up on pursuing you and you are not even sure you really want him to? How can this ever work out?

I seriously loved this story. Karla is a cop so she has a duty to uphold the law. She has always wanted to be a cop to spite her father. He is one as well, but he would always go on about how women can't/shouldn't be cops. Karla has this innate goodness to her which she sure didn't get from her father. She says at one point that she doesn't hate her dad, but she doesn't love him either. She is more indifferent to him which was nice. It was nice to see someone who had not the best childhood, but who was okay despite that. That you don't have to go to hating the other person all the time. She always wanted to be a cop to help people. She sincerely just wants to help people in need. Because there are some people who don't have the resources to help themselves. She was wonderful.

Lee is a criminal. It is not like he planned it that way, but sometimes life doesn't give you very many choices. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do to survive. He is not a bad person, he will never touch drugs nor let his brothers do so, and I loved him. Sure, he is not all on the up and up, but he was so much fun to read. He liked Karla from the moment he saw her and the more he gets to know her the more he falls for her. He wasn't expecting it, especially not with a cop, but what can you do? He has always been the one to take care of his family, always by himself, but it might be nice to have someone else by his side. Someone like Karla.

These two together were incredible. They just worked. They were perfect together! Sure there are a lot of sticky situations that arise. Karla has to do her job and Lee's family does what they do and sometimes the two cross. She feels terrible when she has to arrest one of them, but what is she supposed to do? She keeps trying to push Lee away as she shouldn't want him, shouldn't be with him, no one could ever know, but it is hard. She likes him. Really likes him. But how will this ever work out?

Oh this story! It was amazing! I loved watching these two try and work everything out. Try to find a way to be together. I loved Lee so so much. He was so much fun. And Karla was such a sweetheart. It was wonderful. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Such a great read.

Rating: ★★★★1/2

Thursday, May 25, 2017

To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles #1) by Lauren Layne

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Synopsis:

USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne is the “queen of witty dialogue and sexy scenes” (Rachel Van Dyken)! Now, Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true... but their own.

Discovering her fiance is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin's business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya's fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiance is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning... is theirs?

Review:

To Have and To Hold was such a fun, cute read. I loved Brooke and Seth and everything in this story. 

Brooke is new to New York. She just moved from LA to get away from the disaster that was her life. Her fiance was arrested by the feds on the alter. He is a conman and she almost married him. If only the arrest had happened a little sooner maybe she could have salvaged her wedding planning business, but afterwards no one wanted to be associated with her. She was dealing with heartbreak plus the loss of her business and it was not good. When she gets the opportunity to work for The Wedding Belles she jumps at the chance. They are the cream of the crop, the best of the best. 

Seth is the sister of Maya, a hotel heiress who is getting married. He is not at all happy that she springs this on him especially since he doesn't even know the guy she is marrying. Seth is a planner. He is organized and has to have everything in its place, and Maya's sudden marriage doesn't fit. It is a surprise and he doesn't like it. His gut says he shouldn't trust this guy, that he is just after her money, so he plans to be there every step of the way to try and figure out this guy. What he is really after and to save Maya from herself. 

When Seth and Brooke first meet they are both instantly attracted to the other. But then Seth opens his mouth and he can come across as quite rude. He is not happy and everyone knows it. But still there is something there. Sure, Brooke could never act on the attraction, he is the one paying her, but she can't quite ignore it either. These two were so much fun! And super hot! I loved Seth and how he tried to keep everyone safe. Sure, he doesn't always do it the right way, he messes up, but it is only because he cares so much. And Brooke is so conflicted. She hasn't really dealt with the fact that her fiance was a criminal and is going to trial soon. She was one who always pushed aside the bad things and only focused on the good. Well you can only do that for so long. Thankfully Seth is always there for her. They have their ups and downs, especially at first, but they were amazing. I loved this story and can't wait to read more. 

Rating: ★★★★1/2

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

From This Day Forward (The Wedding Belles 0.5) by Lauren Layne

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Synopsis:

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in this prequel to USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s The Wedding Belles series about three high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding—but their own.

Up-and-coming wedding photographer Leah McHale’s career is on the rise–thanks in no small part to the Wedding Belles, the elite New York wedding planning agency that always throws top-tier business Leah’s way. So when one of the Belles asks Leah to fill in at the former First Daughter's wedding, Leah is overjoyed to say yes–until she finds out who she’ll be working with.

Jason Rhodes is the one man who was able to capture Leah’s heart and, once he had it, promptly stepped all over it and left her broken. Now he’s working side-by-side with her at the biggest wedding of the season and Leah is determined to give him the cold shoulder. Despite his persistence, she is not going to fall for his charming, impish ways again. Not even if he still has that killer, irresistible smile...

Review:

When I first started From This Day Forward I thought I don't know about this. I don't think this will be my cup of tea. But I was on a plane and didn't have anything else that jumped out at me to read so I soldiered on. Boy am I glad I did. I ended up really enjoying the story. It is cute and sweet and hot and quick and fun and everything I wanted.

Leah is a wedding photographer. She loves her job even though she is not sure she believes in love. She thought she had it once not that long ago, but the guy turned out to be a creeper so...

Jason is also a wedding photographer. He dated Leah not that long ago and he thought they had something good going, until she left and refused to speak to him again. She broke his heart even if she thinks he broke hers.

When The Wedding Belles need photographers last minute for the First Daughter's wedding neither can say no. Even if it means working together. Leah wants nothing to do with Jason, even if she is still attracted to him. She wants to keep her distance and just get this over with. Only Jason doesn't let her.

These two were a lot of fun. When you find out everything that happened oh my heart broke for Jason. He was such a sweetheart and he didn't have the best of lives as a kid. I just wanted to pick him up and give him all the cuddles and make everything okay. And Leah? At first you feel for her, but then I wanted to yell at her for hurting Jason. I know she didn't try to, but oh these two. They have a lot to work out, some misunderstandings and such, and it was fun watching them do it. A great start to this series!

Rating: ★★★★

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Boarded by Love (Bellevue Bullies #1) by Toni Aleo

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Synopsis:

"Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but

I’m good at it...really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.

She’s beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking.

She’s my game changer."


"He’s trouble from the moment I see him. I don’t know what I’m thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I’m his. It’s a scary feeling.

I’ve never trusted anyone outside my aunt and uncle—and even that took months. I didn’t have it easy growing up. My mom was usually strung out, and she didn’t give me a second thought. Drugs and the men who paid her were more important to her. It was horrible, but I’m stronger today. Because of my past, security is what I need most. Money assures me that I can take care of myself today, tomorrow, and next month. I don’t want to ever be hungry or go without again, so I work hard for every penny.

Oh, by the way, I’m Claire Anderson. I’m a hard-studying sophomore at the University of Bellevue, dancer for the school dance team, and a burlesque dancer at a club, but that’s my secret.
You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue. It’s not easy falling in love… or living happily ever after. At first it may seem so, but when is anything worth having ever won without a fight?

Especially when you’re boarded by love."

Review:

So this story did not really work for me. It was way too long, way too repetitive, way too cutsy romantic and the girl got to be incredibly annoying by the end. It was not for me. Some spoilers ahead.

So first up let's talk about Claire. She is a dancer and works at a Burlesque club. Cool. No problem. That was huge when I was in college and no one would have batted an eyelash if you told them this. Yet Claire feels she has to hide it from everyone cause she doesn't want them to think she is one of those terrible strippers! I mean she doesn't strip naked!! It is a respectable business unlike being a stripper. Or so says the characters in the book. So you know. This is great. Really she is kind of judgmental about other girls. All the slut comments were not cool! Like "You think I'm gonna sleep with some guy I just met? I'm not a slut" Ugh. Seriously? Why? Why do this? Why make these super judgmental characters? I don't like that, especially when it is seen as normal and okay.

I don't really know why she has this big hang up about how Jude will hate her if she tells him what she does. I didn't get it. Why not just tell him? The story goes on and on and on about how she can't tell him, he will hate her, she just needs a little more money and then she will stop and he will never find out. Yeah, that is a great plan. Cause a) those plans always work and b) if you can't tell the love of your life who you actually are are you guys really that in love? So lying to him all the time is better than just telling him and seeing what happens? I know she had some bs reason she HAD to keep doing it, she just needs a little more money, but I wasn't buying it. The writing didn't make me believe she had a real issue with being stable herself so she doesn't depend on anyone. I know it told me she had issues because of her mom, but I didn't believe it. It wasn't really shown to me so...it didn't work. It just made me keep yelling at her to just tell Jude already!! It is not that big of a deal!! If he hates you for it then you guys obviously aren't meant to be together like you think. The whole last part of the book seemed to just be Claire worried about telling Jude/Jude finding out she dances burlesque and not just choreographs the dance routines. It got to the point where I was just like please let him find out so Claire can stop her poor me I need to tell him but I can't routine.

Oh, one other thing about Claire, I hate hate hate that at the beginning she is all I will call you Hey Jude. Like the song. Cause your name is Jude. Then she would all be "See you later, Hey Jude" or something which no. Just no. If you wanted to use Hey Jude as some stupid nickname fine, but at least make it work. Simply switching around the above - "Hey Jude, see you later!" would work. Not with the Hey Jude at the end so it just makes me cringe when I read it. Every time. It would be easy to make it work, but it is like the author didn't want to or something. Maybe it is just me, but it bugged me a lot.

So yeah this wasn't the story for me. I hated Claire. She doesn't trust Jude, she lies to him, and yet she is all cutesy over the top romantic with him. It is lots of passages like I love you more - no, I love you more! - no, I love you more! kind of thing. Not my thing. Way too cutesy for my tastes. He was a ladies man, slept around and never committed to anyone until Claire. Why her? Who knows. But he instantly changed his ways when he saw her. Really I didn't mind that so much, but Claire ruined the story. Not that I loved it regardless, but she sure didn't help. Alright I am done ranting now.

Rating: ★1/2

Friday, May 19, 2017

Searching for Perfect (Searching For #2) by Jennifer Probst

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Synopsis:

The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist, nerd extraordinaire, and Kennedy’s newest client.

Kennedy vows to work her magic and transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself . . .

Though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from a tormented past and lifelong struggle with weight issues. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else?

Review:

Searching for Perfect was such a cute read! Ken and Nate were adorable together! Oh I loved these two. Especially Nate. He was a lot of fun. 

Ken works for a matchmaking firm and is running a speed dating night. She loves her job, loves matching people and helping them find connections. Only something goes amiss this time and she will not have that. 

Nate shows up for speed dating looking for a wife. Only it doesn't go so well. His appearance is unkempt (for example he has a stains on his shirt) and he always says what he thinks. But not in a tactful way. He doesn't understand that anything is wrong with the way he is. He is looking for a wife, not some relationship that will go nowhere or a one night stand. He has focused on his job as an aerospace engineer for so long and now he is ready for his personal life to be better. He lives with his brother who tells him how to get women, and it might work for the brother, but the things he says definitely don't work for Nate. He puts people off with his unapologetic way of saying what he thinks. He doesn't know how to talk "normally" to girl and he can come across as a right jerk when he is really trying to find a connection. When he upsets one of the girls Ken, whom Nate had previously seen and thought was the most beautiful woman ever, pulls him aside and asks to meet him at the place across the street. She is all ready to set him straight and tell him his jerk ways are not appreciated...but she finds that he is being sincere. He doesn't know what he is doing wrong. It was really cute. She decides to take him on as a client, to give him a makeover and teach him the ways to find someone he is compatible with. Someone he will be happy with. 

Along the way they both fall for the other of course. Nate liked Ken immediately and I loved him! The more time he spends with Ken the more he falls for her. Not only is she beautiful, but she is kind and smart and sweet and fun and everything. But Ken doesn't want to want Nate. She doesn't want to be falling for him. She shouldn't be. He is a client. It doesn't matter that her coworkers, her friends, don't mind and can see what is happening. When she realizes she has really fallen for him she tries to save him from herself. She is a mess! She has some issues and hangups still and normally I wouldn't enjoy this kind of storyline so much, but this one was so much fun I don't know how you couldn't love it! She tries to keep a lot of parts of herself hidden away, the fact that she is super smart and interested in aerospace engineering for example. That she understands what Nate is talking about when he talks about his job and asks questions and such. Only Nate could see right through her. He could see behind her shields and see who she really was. She has reasons for her insecurities, I totally understand, but Nate was so sweet with her. They are so good for each other and perfect together. I really enjoyed this story. It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to read more from this author. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love #1) by Nicole Jacquelyn

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Synopsis:

What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend?

If you're Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane's in the military and away for long periods helps—but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.

After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel's death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.

Shane's been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too—for sleeping with his wife's best friend and liking it... liking her. Kate's ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.

Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate's only choice is to fight for the future she deserves—with or without Shane...

Review:

Oh man, I loved Unbreak My Heart. I was hesitant to start reading it as it didn't seem like something I would enjoy. Oftentimes I find the moving on from the death of a spouse stories to be too...not my thing. Somehow it cheapens the original relationship or something. I don't know. I have read some I did enjoy, when the person didn't just instantly move on with the best friend or something like that, but still. I don't seek books like this out. But this author will be at a signing I am going to in June and I am trying to read a book by ever author so I gave it a try. And I am so so so glad I did. This story was amazing! So much better than I expected. Oh, it had a lot of things in that I normally don't like, that normally annoy me in a book, but with this story it was okay. It worked. The writing, how it happened, everything came together into a beautiful read. 

Katie is incredible. She used to be bff with Shane, they kind of grew up a bit together, and they spent a lot of time together. Sure, she has always had a crush on him, but it was fine. Until she introduces him to her roommate and he drops her in an instant for said roommate, Rachel. He marries Rachel and then acts like Katie never existed. It hurt, a lot, which is understandable, but she is friends with Rachel and always there for her. Shane is in the military and deployed a lot, and unbeknownst to him Katie is always at his house when he is deployed. She is there for Rachel, helping to take care of the kids, just doing whatever needs done. She is as much of a mother to those kids as Rachel is. 

The story opens when Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, is killed in a car accident. The child survives, but Shane and Katie are devastated. And Kate is still there, still doing whatever needs done with the kids. She doesn't interact with Shane much, but she loves those kids as her own and would do anything for them. Oh these two. I loved this story. When things start to change, when Shane starts to realize that maybe Katie is pretty freakin amazing, it was wonderful even though there was a lot of ugly in the story as well. Shane was...he was such a jerk to Katie at times. Oh, he made me angry, but I still liked him. I think it is because he would go off on Katie, or whomever, when he is angry, say a bunch of really terrible things, but then when he calms down he realizes he shouldn't have done that and tries to make it right. He always apologizes afterwards. Not that that makes it okay, but it helps me not hate him for always being a jerk. Plus I can understand. When your wife dies it is probably very difficult. And when you start to have feelings for her best friend, who used to be your best friend, it is complicated. Oh, my heart broke for Katie so many times, but she is incredible. She is always forgives Shane eventually. 

There is this constant push/pull with these two. I don't really know how Katie deal with it, but she is a better person than I. Really those kids help a lot. There is a bit more to the story, a lot of things that normally I would have found annoying, but enjoyed the way this author presented them, but I don't want to give everything away. I will say there was one moment that made me so angry with Shane I thought maybe this won't be a happily ever after. I know they are both trying to figure out their way through these murky waters, but man he goes way too far sometimes. Like maybe Katie has finally had enough. I...these two just got to me. I loved watching Shane figure things out even if he messed up a lot. His realizations about Katie and Rachel and everything was wonderful to read. It is not easy for these two, but oh I loved them. I wanted nothing but great things for them. And Katie never felt like a consolation prize, nor Rachel. It was a great read. I definitely want to read more from this author. Amazing. Simply amazing story. The writing was phenomenal and if all the authors books are this good I would read anything by her. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Release Day: Dating-ish (Knitting in the City #6) by Penny Reid

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Dating-ish, an all new standalone from the USA Today bestselling Knitting in the City romantic comedy series by Penny Reid is now LIVE!

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'Dating-ish' can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.
There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She's fed up with online dating, 2) She's so fed up, she's willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.
After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:
Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he's not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different--and crazier--solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja. AuthorPhoto-500x500-300x300

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