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Hold Me (Fool's Gold #16) by Susan Mallery

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Hold Me (Fool's Gold series)
Synopsis:

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does. 
Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.
Review:
Hold Me was a frustrating read. While I understood where Destiny was coming fro…

Release Day: About Last Night by Belle Aurora - Review & Giveaway

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Available now on
Amazon * Amazon.de * Goodreads

Synopsis:

***A MALE ESCORT/BROTHERS BEST FRIEND ROMANCE***
Matt Quinn has been an escort for most of his adult life. He's so good at his job that he's booked months in advance.
An enquiring email from a potential client finds him intrigued about the shy, awkward woman. A back and forth is started and before Quinn knows it, a friendship is formed.
Time passes and Quinn is smitten.
There's only one problem...
The client is his best friends little sister.
She's off limits.
He knows better.
Staying away from one another is easier said than done.

Review:

About Last Night was a fun read. Mia and Quinn were so cute together and I really enjoyed their story.

Quinn is an escort. He has been doing this job forever and he enjoys it. I don't know that I have read a book before with a male escort, but it is the kind of thing I would just be eh about. However since this was Belle Aurora I thought I would give it a try and I am so glad I did. Q…

Passion and Ponies (Chocohlics #2) by Tara Sivec

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Passion and Ponies (Chocoholics #2)
Synopsis:

Ava Gilmore has the perfect life. She’s surrounded by people who love her, she’s having sex on a regular basis and her Coach bag collection just grew by three. The problem? She’s expected to follow in her family’s footsteps at Seduction and Snacks, working with sex toys and baked goods. 
Ava loves vibrators and cupcakes as much as the next person, she’d just rather play with them than sell them. With her shopping addiction reaching an all time high and her credit card bills piling up, Ava decides to put her obsession to good use and start a fashion blog. But she has one other problem - the guy she’s having sex with has a My Little Pony addiction. 
While dealing with her family’s disappointment and confusion over her choices, she finds support in the unlikeliest of places – Tyler Branson. Tyler has slowly wormed his way into her bed and her heart and he refuses to leave. Tyler has his own family problems to deal with and for the first time ever…

Visions in White (Bride Quartet #1) by Nora Roberts

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Vision In White: Book One in the Bride Quartet
Synopsis:

Wedding photographer Mackensie "Mac" Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be's brother...an encounter that has them both seeing stars.

A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac's type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends-and business partners-to see her way to her own happy ending.
Review:
Visions in White was my first Nora Roberts book, and honestly it might be my last. If this is what her writing is like then it is just not for me. I found this story kind of boring to read. I didn't really feel the relationships between anyone or even the romance aspects. It was just not the best.

Mac is a wedding ph…

Love, Tussles, and Takedowns (Cedar Creek #3) by Violet Duke

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Love, Tussles, and Takedowns (Cactus Creek Book 3)
Synopsis:

He’s a better fighter...but she has all the weapons. 
After his combat injuries retire him from the military career he wasn't ready to give up, battle-scarred Hudson Reyes now spends his new life as a movie industry fight scene and weapons specialist simply doing what he knows best: surviving. Until he meets her. The one woman who makes him want to live again.
Sweet, angel-faced Liana Lin is a scrappy little thing--an antique arms authenticator trained in martial arts who's made a living turning the unthinkable demons of her past into the passions that fuel, and fill, her life.
He can't get her out of his head.
Even though she's everything he's told himself he can't have, Hudson can't help but want her. She's a fiery, unpredictable paradox with hidden wounds as deep as his own, and a wicked roundhouse kick he's gotten mighty acquainted with. If one woman could sneak past the barbed wires he'…

Love, Diamonds, and Spades (Cactus Creek #2) by Violet Duke

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Love, Diamonds, and Spades (Cactus Creek Book 2)
Synopsis:

A standalone companion novel to Love, Chocolate, and Beer: Rylan & Quinn’s story* 
Surprise! The flood of fan mail worked, you guys! LOL. I love that you all fell so hard for Rylan & Quinn in Love, Chocolate, and Beer (I did too). *grin* I hope you enjoy their by-rabid-request parallel story that I just adored writing for you all. Happy reading! 
She’s the Self-Proclaimed Wicked ‘Witch’ of the West 
Fiercely independent single mom Quinn Christiansen is used to flying solo. She’s been raising her young son and figuring out how to pay his pediatric hospital bills on her own for years now. And truth is, Quinn loves the notorious reputation she’s already gained in town of having a heart too hard for any man to break. Because it is. Two carats too hard, to be exact. Courtesy of the two-carat heirloom she’d had to barter to cover her ex’s debts when he took off after she got pregnant. The day she’d promised herself never again. 
S…

Solar by Ian McEwan

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Solar
Synopsis:

The literary event of the season: a new novel from Ian McEwan, as surprising as it is masterful. 
Michael Beard is a Nobel prize–winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions, and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michael’s personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned: His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her. 
When Michael’s personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from envi…

Redemption (Alexa Montgomery #4) by H.D. Gordon

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Redemption (The Alexa Montgomery Saga Book 4)
Synopsis:

The final test is here. The war is no longer a worry of tomorrow, but a reality of today. Turning back is no longer an option. Maybe it never was. It is time for Alexa Montgomery to look fate in the eyes. Death waits there for certain. The only question is... for who?
Review:
Redemption is the final chapter in the Alexa Montgomery series and I must say it was a bit of a let down for me. I don't understand why some things didn't happen while others did. It really made no sense to me at times, and the ending just annoyed me. Some spoilers ahead so if you don't want to know how this all goes down in the end don't continue reading!!

This final chapter starts out with Nelly and Alexa both in the safe haven for anyone who doesn't want to do harm to others. Only the people there find out what Nelly really is and so then they don't trust her anymore. It almost caused a riot, which would have destroyed the protection o…

The Rise (Alexa Montgomery #3) by H.D. Gordon

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The Rise (The Alexa Montgomery Saga Book 3)
Synopsis:

The supernatural world in which Alexa Montgomery has found herself is on the brink of war. She is charged with the task of raising an army, defeating an evil dictator, and struggling to contain the bloodthirsty monster that lives within her.
These are things Alexa can handle, but when the person she loves most in the world takes a turn for the worst, Alexa's loyalty and determination will be tested in the most horrifying of ways. Will she be able to rise to the challenge, or will her love for her sister kill her once and for all?
Review:
The Rise is the third book in the Alexa Montgomery series. So far there have been some ups and downs for me, but overall I am enjoying it. This continues right where the second one left off and woah no one should mess with Alexa or her sister!

Really this book is more about the sister and her dark side than Alexa. Alexa saved her mom at the end of the last book only to have her become very angry tha…

Half Black Soul (Alexa Montgomery #2) by H.D. Gordon

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Half Black Soul (The Alexa Montgomery Saga Book 2)
Synopsis:

In the past few weeks Alexa Montgomery has had her entire world flipped upside down. She's gone from living a semi-normal teenage life to a life full of vampires and werewolves who all expect her to deliver them from the control of an evil dictator. 
Alexa is the last of her kind; a Sun Warrior, and now she has left the safety of Two Rivers to search for her mother, but she's left her sister behind to do so, and Nelly is the one person that she was told that she must always protect. Kayden, a vampire who is Alexa's other half, has followed her on her journey. But, secrets are about to come out, relationships will break and danger lies just up ahead. Will Alexa be able to get through all of this and make it out alive? And, will she be able to protect Nelly from danger when she is so far away?
Review:
Half Black Soul seemed like a completely different book from the first one. Alexa is completely different in this one, i…

Blood Warrior (Alexa Montgomery #1) by H.D. Gordon

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Blood Warrior (The Alexa Montgomery Saga Book 1)
Synopsis:

When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.

The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa's instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.
Review:

Oh Blood Warrior. I have had the Alexa Montgomery series on my Kindle for awhile waiting t…

Perfect Kiss (Hope Falls #9) by Melanie Shawn

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Perfect Kiss (Hope Falls Book 9)
Synopsis:

For him, everything had fallen into place... 
Levi Dorsey didn't want much and never complained. The private, sexy bar owner was content in his life and excited to move forward with his new business project. There was just one problem--he'd never been able to forget about that kiss...or about her. 
For her, everything had fallen apart... 
Shelby Kellan was once confident in knowing who she was and what she wanted. But recent events caused the gorgeous, blue-eyed beauty to barely recognize the woman she saw when she looked in the mirror. She knew she needed a fresh start. Could she do it with his kiss still lingering on her lips? 
Eighteen months ago, Levi and Shelby shared the perfect kiss. Now, he wanted more, but would she be able to give that to him after already losing so much? 
**Author's Note: Each Hope Falls full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone**

Review:

Perfect Kiss was a nice read. Levi is so sweet and just perfect for S…

Blog Tour: The Accidental Assassin (Assassins #1) by Nichole Chase - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Available now on
Amazon * Amazon.de * Barnes & Noble * Goodreads
Synopsis:

Ava McKenzie is a creature of habit. Life is passing her by and she has nothing to show for it. She’s had the same job since she started college, she orders the same dish every time she goes to her favorite restaurant, and only reads books from authors she knows. There is nothing new or surprising in her life… until her best friend marries a man from London. When her newlywed friend asks her to house-sit while she honeymoons, Ava jumps at the chance. She thinks this could be the very thing she needs to shake up her life. Ava throws herself head first into her new lifestyle; she wants to try everything, go everywhere, and never get stuck in a rut again. Of course, offing a man in a car garage hadn’t been one of the things on her list to try.
Owen Walker spends every day in a new place with a new case. As one of the most renowned assassins in the world, he has his choice of marks—and he’s never failed in a missi…

Breakable (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber

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Breakable (Contours of the Heart Book 2)
Synopsis:

He was lost and alone. Then he found her. And the future seemed more fragile than ever.
As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.
Review:
I remember really enjoying Easy, though it has been a while since I read it. When I saw Sweet was coming out I found that I missed Breakable somehow so I decided to check it out first.  Well I was a bit disappointed in it honestly. This is the same story as Easy, only from Lucas' point of view.

When Lucas first sees Jacqueline he is drawn to her. It is in the class that he is the…

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

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Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel
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There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide…
Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.
But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.

Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancĂ© is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…
Review:

Eight Hundred Grapes was a frustrating read for me. The main character, Georgia, acts like a petulant child even though she is thirty years old. Oh she annoyed me. She thought she knew what was best for everyone even when they t…

Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

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Suddenly One Summer
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From the New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Wedding comes a novel about a man and a woman whose summer is about to get very, very steamy…
Divorce lawyer Victoria Slade has seen enough unhappy endings to swear off marriage forever. That doesn't mean she's opposed to casual dating—just not with her cocky new neighbor, who is as gorgeous and tempting as he is off-limits. But once she agrees to take on his sister's case, she's as determined to win as ever—even if that means teaming up with Ford…
Investigative journalist Ford Dixon is bent on finding the man who got his sister pregnant and left her high and dry. He's willing to partner with Victoria, despite the fact that the beautiful brunette gets under his skin like no other woman. He might not be looking to settle down, but there's no denying the scorching attraction between them. Still, the more time he spends with Victoria, the more he realizes that the one woman as …