Saturday, October 31, 2015

Then We Kissed by Juliet Spenser


Blissful Kisses (Bliss Harbor)

Synopsis:

A curvy, no-nonsense baker wakes up with regrets over a night with the sexy soldier who stole her heart, but a mix-up sends her straight back into his arms. 

Review:

Then We Kissed is the final book in the Blissful Kisses short story collection. This is probably the most ridiculous story in the collection, but that is not a bad thing. Charlotte just tries to run from everything, but luckily Bradley won't let her get too far.

Charlotte and Bradley first met before he was deployed when he came to a cooking class Charlotte was teaching. She thought they had a connection, he would always stay after and help her clean up and chat and whatnot, but then he left without even trying to stay in contact. She did send him a drunken letter telling him she loved him and she heard nothing back.

Now Bradley has returned and Charlotte in a drunken night she doesn't remember ended up sleeping with him. She is fuzzy on the details, but also embarrassed. She was fun even if she jumps to conclusions and won't hear Bradley out. They have some things to work through, but they can get there. A fun, cute short story.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Blog Tour - The Fall Up by Aly Martinez - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway




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Synopsis:

I wanted to jump.
He made me fall.

As a celebrity, I lived in the public eye, but somewhere along the way, I’d lost myself in the spotlight.

Until he found me.

Sam Rivers was a gorgeous, tattooed stranger who saved my life with nothing more than a simple conversation.

But we were both standing on that bridge for a reason the night we met. The secrets of our pasts brought us together—and then tore us apart.

Could we find a reason to hold on as life constantly pulled us down?

Or maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall in love at rock bottom—up.


Review:

The Fall Up is another great read from Aly Martinez. I am so glad I found her books recently as I have pretty much loved all of them. Her characters are so well written you can't help but love them. Normally I don't like famous/rich people in my books, but The Fall Up was wonderful. I think it is because it was not the main focus of the story. The characters just happened to be famous/rich, not that is all they are. Such a great read.

The Fall Up is the story of Sam and Levee. They meet under some unusual circumstances, both of them up on a bridge. I love how everything was revealed slowly. What was Sam really doing on the bridge? Did he want to jump? What are his secrets from his past? And Levee - why is she up there? What brought her to the point that she keeps coming back night after night. It was really an amazing read. 

Sam is fine. His job is fine, his friends are fine, his life is fine, everything is fine. He is getting tired of fine. He wants something great. Something better than fine. Something that will make everything that much more than it is now. 

Levee is not fine. Not at all. If you ask she will say that she is, though if you look carefully you will know that is not true. She is struggling and she doesn't even know why. She just knows that she always feels like she is free falling and she cannot really take it anymore. She wants it to stop. She wants to stand still and just be, but she doesn't know how to. She is famous, people love her, but she is also very much alone. She struggles with some mental health issues and I loved reading her. She was so real. She felt like someone you could run into in the street. And she was kind of amazing. 

For all of her struggles Levee has a huge heart. She tries to use her fame for good, to help sick children in the hospital. She just goes a bit overboard with it. She tries so much to help others that she doesn't even think about herself. She is so determined to bring a smile to these poor, dying kids that she is running herself into the ground, but she can't figure out how to stop. She doesn't know how to turn off her brain so she can sleep or remember to eat or anything. She is kind of a mess, even though she pretends all day that she is not. She has the bridge though. 

When Sam keeps seeing Levee up on the bridge he knows she needs help. He knows something is wrong and he wants to be there for her. He has some darkness in his past, some people he wasn't able to help, but he doesn't want Levee to be added to that list. When he first meets her he doesn't even know who she is and assumes her life is worse than it is. He was so sweet. Really the two of them together were amazing. They both have dark spots in their pasts, but together they don't seem as dark. Sam has an amazing ability to make things lighter when they need to be. Their humor was so much fun to read. They can really be goofballs sometimes. Ah they were so sweet together. 

As I said above Levee has some mental health issues. She can easily spiral down into an unhealthy headspace. She feels like she is falling all the time, until she meets Sam. Sam who makes things better. Sam who makes her feel safe and secure. Sam who is so sweet, but needs Levee to be okay so they can really have a future together. Levee is the great things Sam has always been searching for. When I found out what happened in Levee's past, what brought on this need to help the sick children and when, I was really surprised. Not at all what I expected and really highlighted the mental health issues. It was dealt with in such a great way, but I just wanted to scoop Levee up and make everything better. Levee is such an amazing person. Together with Sam they are magnificent. 

This book deals with some serious issues, but it can be so lighthearted and fun at the same time. Sam and Levee just joke around a lot and it was great to read. It really highlighted that no matter what happens, what life throws at you, if you care about someone enough and them you it is all worth it. You can make something beautiful, something light and bright, even if you started in darkness. This story was a really great read. I loved the characters, I loved how the issues were dealt with, I loved the story, I just loved it. Sam and Levee are wonderful together and it just made me so happy seeing them happy. A great read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


Excerpt:

“You’re overdoing it, Lev. I know this job isn’t exactly nine-to-five, but it’s not twenty-four-seven, either. You have to stop being Levee Williams all the time and just be you.”

“I know,” I responded.

I didn’t though. I felt like a robot parading around in a lost woman’s body.

Smile.

Pose.

Turn.

Toss in the occasional song.

Repeat.

What little time I did manage to carve out for myself was spent at various children’s hospitals across the country.

Smile.

Pose.

Turn.

Watch a child die.

Repeat. 

With every day that passed, the smile became less and less genuine, the pose more and more forced, and the turn took me further and further away from who I really was. 

My career was soaring while, personally, I was plummeting. Every single day felt like a terrifying free fall in no particular direction. I was stuck in the middle with no way up—or down.

“You remember that girl, right?” Henry asked, tucking a hair behind my ear.

I nodded.

I did remember her. She was fun and carefree. She loved going out and dancing at nightclubs until the very last song played. She slept until noon if she could. Then, fueled by coffee alone, she’d spend the day with a guitar strapped around her neck and a notepad at her side. She had a huge heart, but she knew her limitations.

Oh, I remembered that girl. I just couldn’t figure out how to get back to her.

About the Author:


Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Warm Winter Kisses (Bliss Harbor) by Juliet Spenser


Blissful Kisses (Bliss Harbor)

Synopsis:

A bed and breakfast manager is determined to avoid her feelings for her best friend, a hunky detective, but there’s no avoiding the heat between them when a blizzard strands them alone together. 

Review:

Warm Winter Kisses is the second short story in the Blissful Kisses collection. This time we have Hannah the divorced bed and breakfast owner and Liam, her best friend whom she suddenly realized she has feelings for. Since she sure he doesn't reciprocate those feelings she has been avoiding him for the past little while. She just cannot ruin her friendship with him because her feelings changed to more than friendly. 

When a winter storm rolls in and Hannah and Liam get stuck alone together there is really no where for her to escape to. And Liam is not going to let her get away with ignoring him completely. Things heat up between them and it was a quick, cute read. 

Rating: 
★ ★ ★1/2

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Kiss Me Again (Bliss Harbor #1.5) by Juliet Spenser


Blissful Kisses (Bliss Harbor)

Synopsis:

A high school teacher writes naughty love stories just for fun, and she’ll do anything to get her secret stories back when her notebook falls into the hands of the sexy, fun-loving guy who loves to tease her. 

Review:

Kiss Me Again is part of the Blissful Kisses short story collection. I hadn't read anything by the author before so I thought this would give me a quick introduction. 

Kiss Me Again was a cute, quick read. Rachel is an english teacher at the local high school and in her free time she writes naughty romances. She doesn't ever want anyone else to read them, it is just something fun she likes to do. When Tyler surprises her in the park where she is writing she gets flustered and then annoyed and wanders off without her notebook. Of course she thinks the worst will happen - Tyler will tell everyone what he reads in it and she will lose her job. That cannot happen.

Tyler and Rachel have always had not the best relationship in Rachel's mind. Sure he is hot and all, but he is always doing things that embarrass her and he just annoys her all the time. It is not like he would ever like her. When she realizes he probably has her notebook she is upset, but luckily she sees it in Tyler's house only he is not home. What to do what to do. 

Rachel was a bit ridiculous about the notebook, but it was just fun. She gets her friend to help her try and get her notebook back only things don't turn out quite as she planned. It was fun, and cute, and I really enjoyed this short read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tyrant (King #2) by T.M. Frazier

Tyrant
Tyrant (KING Book 2)

Synopsis:


I. Remember. Everything.

Only now I wish I didn't. 

When the fog is sucked away from my mind like smoke through a vacuum, the truth that has been beyond my reach for months finally reveals itself. 

But the relief I thought I would feel never comes, and I'm more afraid now than I was the morning I woke up handcuffed in King's bed.

Because with the truth comes dark secrets I was never meant to know. 

I will put the lives of those I love most at risk if I let on that my memory has returned, or if I seek help from the heavily tattooed felon who owns me body and soul. 

I don't know if I'm strong enough to resist the magnetic pull toward King that grows stronger every day. 

He's already saved me in more ways than one. Now it's my turn to do whatever it takes to save him. 

Even if that means marrying someone else... 

Review:

Man Tyrant gets dark. Not that King was all light and fluffy, it had its moments, but Tyrant...this author does not hold back. I loved that. Most books seem to not go that far, but this one is just like oh snap. We are doing thing. Crazy in a good way. 

First off let me just say that I feel like the synopsis is a bit misleading. Yes, everything in the synopsis is in the story, but it is not at all what I expected the story to be based on that information. Really this is the story of Doe being sent back to her old life, with lots of surprises, trying to remember who she was, while King tries to tie up some loose ends. 

At the end of King (if you haven't read that yet you really should before reading on) King had made a deal with Doe's dad to give up Doe in exchange for his daughter Max. He has been trying to do whatever he can to get Max back, but he is a felon and is not eligible to be her father for reals. Only when her dad shows up the second car is a cop who immediately arrests him. That is where King ends and Tyrant begins. Man this book. Things are not what they seem. King has been set up worse than he knew, and he has other bad guys coming after him for what happened in the last book. He has always counted on his friend Bear and Bear's MC guys to have his back even though he is not a member, but man those other guys in this story? If that is how they are, like King said, I wouldn't want to be a brother either. They have a lot of things to work out, things that don't always go as planned and things that get really bad at times, but King must fix this to get back to Doe. She is his everything and he needs her. Yes he gave her up, but that was never going to be permanent. She is his as he is hers. 

For her part Doe is put back into her old life with all of these people she doesn't recognize. She gets more than a few surprises and when she starts to get her memories back things slowly unraveled. Man I was not expecting what happened. How Doe ended up losing her memory was just crazy! I thought I knew what was going on, what might have happened, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Every time you learn something new it was just like no way!! And everything that happened after she remembers....I will say this - Doe is one strong lady. She can put up with way more than I would ever be able to. She can have things happen and just work through it super quickly. She is not a victim, she refuses to be treated like one. She is amazing. 

This story has a lot of surprises in store and man it was good. I stayed up way too late trying to finish it. I just couldn't put it down. I got to a point and it was bedtime and I thought oh, I will just finish this chapter, this is a good place to stop. Only by the end of that chapter it was on and I needed to see how everything worked out. Really dark, really intense, really crazy, but really a great read. Now I can't wait for Bear's story to come out. I want to see him happy since he has had a lot to deal with. Oh, one last thing, I am so so so glad we still get to see some Preppy in this book! He was my favorite character from the first one and he just is perfect at lightening things up just a little bit when they need it. I loved him. I wish we could have had a whole book about his story...oh well. Some things are just not meant to be. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Monday, October 26, 2015

King (King #1) by T.M. Frazier

King
King

Synopsis:

Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go. 

Warning: This book contains graphic violence, consensual and nonconsensual sex, drug use, abuse, and other taboo subjects and adult subject matter. Although originally slated to be a standalone, KING is now a two part series.

Review:

Alright where to start with King. Phew. Man that ending. I....I need to get this out so I can move on to the next book and see what happens. It is quite the cliffhanger here so you might want to have it ready if you start reading this book. 

Doe is homelss, hungry, desperate for some sense of security. She was in an accident of some sort and doesn't remember who she is or where she came from. She has been trying to survive on the streets, but it is hard. She is starving, she is always trying to stay away from the bad people on the streets, she is lost. Her druggie friend talks her into going to a party to try and hook up with a biker. To try and be a bikers old lady so they will protect her and take care of her. At least then she will have a roof over her head and food to eat. 

Only she is not really able to do that. She is disgusted with herself for even trying, but when she runs into King accidentally things change. King just got out of jail and is not his old self anymore. He used to party it up all the time, sleeping with women, doing drugs, doing whatever he wanted. But it just doesn't have any appeal to him now. Until he sees Doe. When she offers herself to him when Bear sends her up to him King can't use her like he wants. There is just something about her. Then when her friend tries to steal his money things go from bad to worse. She is locked up, she is sure King is going to kill her. 

This book was intense. It was right on the line of enjoyable and too far. Like if King would have gone just slightly farther, been just slightly worse, I wouldn't have enjoyed it. It straddled that line and stayed on the enjoyable side for me. Of course Doe is drawn to King and his jerk attitude and his scary presence. Of course she is. You just have to go with that. Then things start to get good. Watching both of them struggle with their attraction with the other was a lot of fun. 

I will say I really got annoyed with Doe and her don't do anything because the person I used to be might not like it thing. You can't just not live because some day your memory might come back. That is a pointless, lame life. You only get one go of this so why not live while you can? You want something, you like something, so why not do it? What if you never remember? You will just be happy to waste away doing nothing? She was annoying at times.

The real star of the book for me though was Preppy. Man I loved him. That prologue when Kind was 12 and first meets him...hilarious! Gosh he was awesome. I wish we could have had more time with him as he was just so much fun. Neither King nor Preppy had a good childhood, but when they became friends they decided they would make their lives better and that is what they did. They created something so they could live and do whatever they wanted. Oh it was great.

It took me a little bit to get into the story, but once I did I was all in. The end...gah! I need to see what happens!! I read the synopsis for Tyrant and man....I am sure it is going to be an edge of my seat intense read cause I don't know how these two are going to figure everything out. I cannot wait to get started.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Broken Course (Wrecked & Ruined #3) by Aly Martinez

Broken Course
Broken Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 3)

Synopsis:

Seven years ago, my life changed forever. One accident and the person I saw in the mirror no longer resembled the woman I used to be. I was lost and confused inside my own body. I felt alone and disconnected from the world, carrying the incredible weight of guilt and loss that wasn't even mine to harbor.

Then fate led me to Leo James. He taught me that crazy could be perfectly normal and it shouldn't hurt to breathe. Don't get me wrong. Leo isn't perfect. He has his own cross to bear, and the truth is, that might be why I fell for him in the first place. But despite everything he does for me, learning to forgive myself is infinitely harder than overlooking the flaws of another.

Now, the secrets and lies of our past have begun to dictate our future—threatening to ruin us before we get the chance to try. Perhaps we were cursed from the start. Or maybe, just maybe, the remnants of our fractured lives will fit together to form one whole, where love isn’t questioned and being happy is…well, easy.

Can a second broken soul be enough to fill the voids of my own? Or will such scarred pasts prove too much for our love alone to overcome?

Review:

After reading Among the Echoes I was really excited to start reading Leo's story. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this one as much as the others since it is also Sarah's story and I really did not care for her. She was super crazy in the first book and just went too far. However she quickly won me over and I loved Broken Course just as much as all the others. 

If you have read the prior books in the series you already know Sarah. She was married to Brett when she was in an accident that killed her best friend. She has been consumed with guilt because she thought she was driving therefore she killed her friend. She just couldn't seem to get past that and was not a good person, especially in the first book. She was so angry and bitter she was not my favorite person. When this story opens she has been going to therapy for a long time and has really changed. She has been trying to get her life back together and be a better person. She is trying to move on and live again.

Leo has similar demons. He struggles with what he let happen to Erica, though truly he didn't have much of a choice. In Erica's book you see him struggle somewhat, but you don't see just how broken he is by what happened. When he had Erica to take care of, to keep safe, it was better, but now that she is happily married he doesn't have anything to drown out the memories. They just keep playing in his head, though when this story opens he too has been going to group and working through his issues.

Sarah and Leo definitely have a meet cute and Leo is drawn to her. He wants to get to know her. He is worried though that once he does, once she gets to know him and finds out about his past, she won't like him much. These two were so perfect for each other! They both have that dark past, the things they did that they are not proud of, but they both are moving past that. They just are perfect since they really know what the other is going through and can help. Oh I loved them. Sarah is not really sure at first if she is ready to date, but her sister pushes her which I loved.

Leo does have some secrets that when I found out in the beginning I just thought oh no! This is going to be bad when this comes out. And it was, but not as bad as I had originally though. Sarah likes to think worst case the world is going to end, but she has people who make her see that maybe things aren't always as bad as she first thinks. They talk her down and make her see things in different, more positive ways. Ways that even I didn't see, but once the other characters pointed it out I was just like oh, yeah, that makes sense. She is always thinking, always making things a bit worse than they are, but Leo really helps her get out of her head and just be happy. I was really surprise how much I enjoyed this story. These two were perfect together and I loved them both. You also get to see snippets of the past couples. Oh and it took me until this book to realize that Slate, Erica's husband, is the same guy who opens the boxing gym and helps Till and his brothers so much in the On the Ropes series! Man that made me love this even more since it tied everything together somewhat. These books were all such great reads. Really this is one of my new favorite authors.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Virginia Day Zero by Sean Cregan

Virginia Day Zero/>

Synopsis:

Murph and Rory Caulfield are two regular kids in the small town of Coombs in rural Virginia. When their uncle goes to fetch the local sheriff after finding "something bad" on his farm, the boys go to check it out for themselves. What they find is more than just bad, though - it could kill them and everyone they know.

The race is on now. First to escape, then to find out what's happened to their family and their town. If they can do that, they can think about finding a safe place to hole up away from the horrors that pursue them.

But day zero is here, and maybe there are no safe places. Not any more.

Virginia Day Zero is a sci-fi short story about the end of the world.

Review:

Virginia Day Zero is a quick read, but I really enjoyed it. Two kids overhear their uncle calling the sheriff after finding something in his field and they go to investigate. Only whatever is happening is bigger than they knew and the are now running for their lives. There are monsters out there, creepy things that seem to be multiplying, and they don't really know what to do. 

Even though it is not very long it was sufficiently creepy for me. The monsters seem pretty cool and I want to read Day Zero now to find out more. A quick read, but entertaining. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Among the Echoes (Wrecked & Ruined #2.5) by Aly Martinez

Savor Me
Among The Echoes (Wrecked and Ruined)

Synopsis:

*Among The Echoes is a stand alone novel which contains material that may be offensive to some readers. Including sexual abuse, graphic language, and adult situations. Intended for readers 18+.*

My name was Dr. Erica Hill. I was a victim, then a witness, and then I ceased to exist altogether.

I may still be breathing, but stripped of my identity, I have long since stopped living. I am invisible, and my life depends on my ability to stay in the shadows.

But he sees me.

Slate Andrews is the embodiment of everything I have been taught to avoid. He’s rich and famous, and one image of him with a woman would earn millions for any paparazzi lucky enough to snap it. He has vowed to protect me with his life, yet he exposes me with his every breath. I should be stronger and walk away. I should disappear. But I’m terrified he would come after me.

I’m on the run, determined not to take him down with me but absolutely unable to let him go.

My name is Riley Peterson…at least for today.

Review:

I really enjoyed Among the Echoes. The opening, the beginning, is pretty intense and man there are some messed up situations, but it all works out in the end. I started reading it thinking there would be a tie in to the first Wrecked & Ruined books, quickly forgot that this was part of the series, got towards the end and thought man, I wish there was a book about Leo and what happened to him then realized that is what book 3 is! Now I am really excited to read Sarah's story. 

Among the Echoes is an intense read. Riley/Erica and Dave/Leo are in witness protection. Some things went down and people are after them. Erica has a lot of issues still. She hasn't really dealt with what happened and she is not really living her life. Until she meets Adam/Slate. She doesn't know he is a famous boxer. She doesn't know if he were out in a major city he could have paparazzi following him. She doesn't know that he could endanger her and Leo if people ever found out where he was. At first she only knows him as Adam the down on his luck boxer who doesn't have much. Right from the beginning she trusts him more than anyone else but Leo. When Leo sees how she is actually happy, actually starting to live with Slate he pushes her towards him. 

Slate knows that Erica is not telling him the whole truth. He knows that she has a dark past, that someone hurt her before, and at first he just wants to help her. His mother was assaulted and he wants Erica to have the chance to live without fear of those who hurt her. He wants to give her the chance his mom never had. Only he quickly starts to fall for her. She showed up as this scared girl, but underneath that is a brave woman that is funny and smart and kind and he just can't get enough of. 

This was a really rough read. Erica can't tell Slate about her past because that could endanger him. But as they get closer it gets harder to not say anything. It gets harder to keep him at a safe distance. Man these two. Slate loves her completely. He would do anything to keep her safe and luckily he can. They are so good together. I love that he was so kind and gentle with her always letting her take the lead. He never wanted to hurt her or have her be afraid if he can help it. It was so sweet when he got her to tell him everything that frightens her so he can make sure to never do any of them. He was such a sweetheart! He is a famous boxer, but he is also very private. He hates all the limelight. He just wants to live his life and do what he loves.  He just wants to be with Erica. He was amazing. 

I loved watching Erica grow and become more confident. The end? I was just cheering so much even though I was so stressed out about what was happening/going to happen. I loved it. These two just worked and it was a really great read. I debated whether I should read this or dive right into Sarah's story first, but I am so glad I read this one. Now I am looking forward to getting to know Leo more and see if I can resolve my issues with Sarah. It should be a great read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Savor Me by Aly Martinez

Savor Me
Savor Me: A Novella

Synopsis:

I lost my virginity at age thirteen. I know what you're thinking, and the answer is no. I wasn't raped or molested. Nothing horrible happened to me. I don't have a daddy complex, or a shit life that I need to be rescued from. I just happen to like boys...a lot. I like them all. Tall, short, skinny, buff, light hair, or dark, I don't discriminate.

I realized early on that one man wasn't enough for me. It's a simple mathematical fact. Why have one man when you can have two? Any more than two gets complicated. Hell, half the time even two gets complicated. But it’s worth it. Sometimes every woman has to make an exception though, two crappy losers or one smoking hot man. 

The night I laid eyes on Hunter Coy, I made my choice. At least until he introduced me to Mason Wynn.

Review:

I was excited to read Savor Me and get to know Hunter a little better. Plus one girl with two guys? Yes please. I thought this would be a continuation of his story, but instead it is his past. The girl who got away. 

Unfortunately I didn't really like the story that much. It is obvious that Lacey wanted to be with Mason more so than Hunter. She obviously felt a connection with him right from the start and wanted Mason, but she is afraid of being in a relationship with just one person. What if they leave her? The way she was written I did not care for. She would be really mean and hurtful. I mean she was always using Hunter in public, pretending to be just Hunter's, when really she just wanted Mason. Mason would say something and Lacey would get upset and use Hunter to hurt him. It was not very good. I wanted fun sexy story, not broken girl using guys to hide from her issues. As a way to not feel things she is afraid of. To not have to face her fears and admit that she loves Mason. 

Really the way the story is written made Hunter seem kind of annoying. He was always all over Lacey and didn't really care what Mason thought. It was clear she wanted Mason and yet Hunter still thought that she would choose him in the end. He was just...I didn't like him. Though I did feel bad for him as he didn't realize that he would be the one left behind if she were to choose only one of them. 

Overall the story just didn't work that well for me. I didn't like Lacey, I didn't like the situation (I felt bad for both of the guys) and it was a bit disappointing. Oh well, it is a short, quick read. 

Rating: ★ ★

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Stolen Course (Wrecked & Ruined #2) by Aly Martinez

Stolen Course
Stolen Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 2)

Synopsis:

**Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone.**

I fell in love with Manda Baker eight years ago, and I loved her to the core of her soul. We were supposed to have that elusive happily ever after and spend a lifetime together. But that was all before she was STOLEN from me. 

Her best friend, Sarah Erickson, killed her. It wasn’t intentional. It was far worse. Everyone claims it was just an accident, but I can see through the lies. Even if it’s with my dying breath, I will make her pay for what she did.

Fate hates me. It robbed me of my first love and left me to navigate through this world emotionless and numb. Then, one day, spiteful fate gave me a woman to fill my shattered soul and make me feel again. It gave me Emma Jane Erickson. Now I spend my days searching for the answers that will ruin Sarah and my nights falling in love with her sister—the one person who is bound and determined to save her. 

But what happens when everything you know to be true explodes around you? Who will be left to pick up the pieces, and who will need to be saved from the wreckage? 

Review:

Stolen Courses was a great read. I really enjoyed the first book, loved Brett and Jesse, but this one...I heart Cale and Emma so much! They were just great together. Both books are about these people who were changed years ago because of an accident that killed one girl and turned another into this mean, angry, guilty lady. I loved watching the characters come back to life again after dwelling on the past for so long.

Caleb lost his fiance the night of the accident. He loved Manda, but she wouldn't set a date. He was very frustrated with the whole thing and it was really important to him for them to be married. Then he lost her just when she was going to tell her why she wouldn't set a date. Why she wouldn't commit to really marrying him. He has hated Sarah, the one who lived but is now a bitter, angry woman, since then. He is convinced that she was driving after drinking and she killed Manda. He has not stopped investigating the accident as he wants to lock her away for what she did.

At the end of the last book Sarah really went too far. She shot at Brett and convinced everyone she was holding Jesse at gunpoint. Brett was the only one who hadn't given up on her, but after that he was done. Caleb took her to the hospital and waited there until someone else came. That someone happened to be Emma, Sarah's sister. Right from the start Caleb couldn't stop thinking about her and she him. They knew they shouldn't get involved. After all he hates her sister, but there is just something there between them. Emma lives far away and when she finds out how much trouble her sister is in she decides to pack up and move to be closer to her. While she is tying things up back home so she can move Caleb and Emma start talking every night. They are so great together, they are falling for each other, and they cannot wait to be in the same place together.

Only things don't work out exactly as planned. They never really talked about Sarah and that causes some issues. They do make a plan, but really Emmy knows it will all blow up eventually. Caleb was amazing though. Where Brett was hesitant to get serious again, Caleb knew he was in love with Emmy. He knew he wanted her to be his future. He let Manda go and was all in with Emmy. I loved him. I loved how he was not afraid to move on, to live and love again once he found someone he wanted to do that with. Yes, he can be a hard headed jerk at times, but it comes from a place of caring. He just doesn't want anything to happen to Emma.

The real problem is Emma in this one. Even though she falls in love with Caleb she doesn't see it lasting forever. She is not all in when he is and that hurts him. There are things that happen and then he realizes that while he was planning forever she was not. He does have issues still to deal with that Manda left him with, like having another girl not want to commit to him, but oh my heart kept breaking for him. They both have strong, stubborn personalities so when they clash things get bad. Emma keeps thinking that Caleb is not really there for her even though he is 100%. It was funny how she talks to Brett at one time and says how Caleb is just with her because he is a good guy and Brett just laughs. He is just like Caleb is a good guy, but not that good. It was funny. Emma is determined to think that he is not there for her, just because he feels like he has to be with her, makes her seem like she is not all in which hits Calebs weak spots. Oh it was heatbreaking.

Then the last parts, oh my goodness! Sarah has been making strides in this book to not be such a terrible person, she finally got some help to try and move on, but she still wasn't my favorite. I am kind of like Brett, she went to far at the end of the last book. But then we find out more about what happen and man oh man. I thought I hated Sarah, but phew. Once the bomb is dropped I was just like are you kidding me?? Who are you people?!?! I...I hated them. I cannot imagine how someone could do what they did. I just...it was crazy. And leads to more intense emotional stuff. My husband was trying to talk to me as I was in those last chapters and I was just like ah - give me time. I need to see what happens!! It was crazy, it was intense, but it was such a good read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sweet Temptation (Sweet Evil #4) by Wendy Higgins

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Sweet Temptation (Sweet Evil Book 4)

Synopsis:

Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it. 

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve. 

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

Author Note:
Sweet Temptation will encompass the entire trilogy in a condensed version, beginning with Kai's life before he met Anna, and taking readers through the epilogue of Sweet Reckoning. Sweet Temptation is a companion novel, not meant to be a stand alone story. It will definitely be a richer experience for those who have read the original trilogy.

Review:

Sweet Temptation is a companion novel to the Sweet Trilogy. It is the the entire trilogy from Kai's point of view and condensed. I loved the original three books so I was super excited to get to see what Kai was thinking the whole time. 

If you haven't read the original three books you probably should. There are some time jumps, not everything is covered in this book, and I imagine it wouldn't be that good of a book if you read it as a stand alone. I think you would probably be confused at times. Really the other books are so good why wouldn't you want to read them first? 

Kai and Anna are so amazing together. I loved re-reading pieces of this story with Kai's voice in my head. I knew he had a hard time with things, but he is so sweet. He just wants to keep Anna safe even if that means pushing her away. He was great and I love spending any time I can with these characters. 

You don't see as much of Anna in this one since they did have such a long time apart. You really see how often Kai wanted to call her, how she changed him and made him want to be a better person. He has a lot of insecurities, but man it was great. 

It was fun read for me. I was reading at first all tense like what is happening? Will they be able to figure this out? Will Kai finally let Anna in?? And it is just like wait, I know what happens, calm down. It will all be okay in the end. Really a great addition to this series. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined #1) by Aly Martinez

Changing Course
Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 1)

Synopsis:

I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was twenty-one years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn’t die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had. 

I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can’t hold on to someone that doesn’t exist anymore.

It wasn’t until I met Jesse Addison, a barista at the local coffee shop, that I realized I didn’t just lose Sarah that tragic night, I lost myself as well. Jesse taught me how to let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when your past haunts your present and the woman you used to love refuses to accept the woman you can’t live without?

**Intended for readers 18+. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.**

Review:

After reading and loving the authors On the Ropes series I thought I would give Changing Courses a try. It sounded interesting and I was just hoping it would be as good as the other books by this author. 

When I first started reading this story I thought eh, I don't know about this. I wasn't enjoying it that much. I didn't care for Sarah and I didn't really see Sarah and Brett being in love. I get why we have a little background, have Brett tell us how he met and fell for Sarah, a bit about how their life was before the accident, but I just didn't like it that much. I was a little disappointed. Then we get to the present day and meet Jesse and everything got so much better. 

Jesse is such a kind, compassionate person. She puts up with more than most people would without thinking badly of people. She was amazing. She starts dating Brett not knowing that Sarah is still alive, and man those first few days between Brett and Jesse were crazy. There must have really been something between the two of them for her to stay like she does. I don't know many people who would put up with their boyfriends crazy wife. I loved her even if at times I was like how can you keep doing this? How can you just put up with the roller coaster ride you are on? 

Brett doesn't love Sarah anymore, but he is not the smartest a lot of the time. He still feels like he needs to stand by Sarah, be there for her even though she hates him. Even when it hurts Jesse he has to try and help Sarah. He feels obligated to. Man Sarah is crazy. Like seriously needs some help crazy. I don't know why she hasn't gotten it sooner. Jesse was wonderful with her. Even though Sarah would attack her and be horrible to her Jesse still felt compassion for Sarah. Jesse really is an incredible person. 

Their story is long and bumpy. Brett doesn't know how to move on, doesn't think he can be in love or promise someone forever again, and man you just want to shake him at times. Like get over it dude! You are going to lose this amazing woman if you don't figure your issues out. It must be hard and I was so happy to see him with Jesse, to see him start to move on. They really were so cute together. Brett is great for her as he helps her be more confident. He won't let her just close up or just let him do whatever even if it is not what she wants. He makes her tell him what she wants, what she likes and doesn't, and not just accept things because she is too insecure to say anything. Really they were great together. All the drama would break my heart, but then you have the happy happy calm times that made it all worth it. The end is a bit intense, but oh I did enjoy this story. Overall a really great read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Tough Love (Stripped #0.5) by Skye Warren

Tough Love
Tough Love (Stripped 0.5)

Synopsis:

A prequel about the sacrifices we make for love...

I sneak out of my room every night. My father's guards don't see me.

No one sees me, except him.

He's the son of a foot soldier. My father is his boss. The boss. I shouldn't even know Giovanni. And I definitely shouldn't kiss him. Our relationship is doomed to fail, but that won't stop me from being with him.

Not every girl wants to be a princess. I just want to be free.

Review:

Tough Love was a better read than I thought it would be. Yes, Clara can be a little naive, but she has been kept locked away secluded her whole life so it makes sense. Plus she is only fifteen years old. 

Clara dreams of being able to roam around in the outside world. She wants to go to school, and parties, and just anything except being locked up in her room all the time. She does have a secret though - she sneaks off at night to the pool house and tries new things. It is there that she met Giovanni who is two years older and a foot soldier's son. There could never be anything between them no matter how much they both might want it. 

Clara's sister has just gotten engaged to this horrible man who is taking over the business from her father. He is not a good person and when things happen that put Clara in jeopardy as well as her sister they need to escape. Can she leave Giovanni? Or maybe he will go with them? What should they do and how can they get somewhere safe from their mob family? 

This was a quick read, but better than I expected. I liked Clara even though she was naive, and maybe we will get to see Giovanni and her again in a future book. We shall see as the next book, book 1 in the series, is about Clara's sister. Overall a good read and I look forward to reading more about these characters. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Savage Secrets (Titan #4) by Cristin Harber

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Synopsis:

Caterina Cruz has no home. No loyalties. No objection to exacting torturous revenge. Her life’s mission is to destroy the terrorist who murdered her family. Then she steps into an elaborate game of charades alongside a Titan Group operative posing as an arms dealer—and her newlywed husband. The sexy distraction may be more than she can handle.

Attacked with a psychedelic drug weeks before, Rocco Savage is plagued with hallucinations that threaten his new rank as Titan’s second-in-command. No one knows and he wants to keep it that way. Throwing him further off his game, he now has a wife with her own secrets he can’t crack and an agenda he can’t control.

Their mission—an elaborate deception of heated glances and passionate kisses—spins out of control. With Rocco's mind already compromised, can he keep his secret and his distance? And with Caterina's tragic past controlling her every move, can she keep the con up long enough to secure her revenge? Or will both go down in flames?

Adult audiences: book includes violent scenes.

Review:

Man these Titan series book are always so intense! I love them, but I can't stop reading once I start. There is always a lot of action, people in trouble, Titan coming to save the day, just lots of intense situations. Savage Secrets was no different. I wish these characters were real as I would love to hang out with them all for a while. I just love every last one of them.

Savage Secrets is the story of Caterina and Rocco. Rocco who was stabbed in a fight a few weeks ago that causes him to still hallucinate once and a while. He hates it since he doesn't have any control over it and never knows when it will happen. But he can't tell anyone or else he will get kicked off the team and he does not want that. I really liked him. He is such a sweetheart but you wouldn't want to get on his bad side.

Caterina is a special operative who is trying to take down the bad guy terrorist who killed her family in front of her years ago. She has been on a revenge mission ever since then. She is this fiery Spanish girl who first meets Rocco when he is tripping. He is stumbling down the street and she helps him back to his hotel. He doesn't remember in the morning, but she definitely remembers him.

When an opportunity opens up for Caterina to get close to the guy she has been hunting she calls in Rocco to be her partner in crime. He is supposed to pose as an arms dealer the bad guy has never seen before and Caterina his new wife. Of course Rocco tries to not think about Caterina as more than a partner, knows that would be a bad idea, but he can't help it. After watching most everyone else settle down he tried that as well, but he chose the wrong partner. Caterina though....There is just something about her. He doesn't always understand what she says, but he loves it when she talks Spanish to him. When she gets all riled up and angry rants to him and he doesn't understand anything she is saying, he is in heaven. He was so cute!

Caterina thinks once Rocco knows what she is really about, what her end game is, he will hate her. After all he is a play by the rules kind of guy and she is determined to kill the bad guy not hand him over. Of course he doesn't though. I mean how could he? He is totally falling in love with her. He can't stop thinking about her and he does what needs to be done.

I love all these big, tough Titan guys and how they try to just fix everything. Sometimes you can't fix things for other, sometimes you have to let others fix things for themselves. It takes Rocco a long time to come to grips with that, and he almost doesn't, but in the end it all works out. Caterina can be a bit of an idiot at times, there were times where I was yelling at her to stop and think or two seconds as obviously something bad is going to happen here, but I still loved it. Her quest for revenge was very deeply ingrained so the end was a bit rocky, she doesn't always think straight, but Rocco is such a great guy he won't let her just fade away from him. I love these stories. I love all the characters, I love all the secret missions, I love all the ladies, I just love them. Another great read in this series.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Rumor (Renegades #3.5) by Skye Jordan

Rumor
Rumor (Renegades, Book 3.5)

Synopsis:

Former Navy SEAL Josh Marx thinks he has it all figured out. He’s living the bachelor lifestyle in southern California, running risk assessment for the Renegades, but most importantly, he’s finally gotten over the unrequited love he’s harbored for his former teammate’s ex wife. Then his buddy calls from overseas, worried because he hasn’t heard from his ex, and asks Josh to check in on her. Josh doesn’t want to get involved, but the same code that urged him to walk away in the first place is suddenly pushing him to change his Christmas plans.

Grace Ashby doesn't appreciate the sexy SEAL trying to step in and take over. He thinks she’s hit rock bottom by working at a strip club, but she knows differently. She could set him straight, but he’s already rejected her once, and she doesn’t need one more man judging her.

She tells him to butt out of her business and her life. But Josh’s conscience won’t let him walk away this time.

Review:

I love when I find books by authors I love that I didn't realize were out. It is like a special surprise. Rumor was one of those books. I thought I had read all the Renegade books, but nope. I had this one to read! How excited am I? 

Since it has been awhile I didn't quite remember who Josh, or any of them, were at first, but it slowly started to come back to me. Josh is not a Renegade guy, but close enough. He is friends with them and was a Navy SEAL until a shoulder injury took him out of duty. When this story opens he is hanging out with all the characters from the first books, but he is not very happy. Something is missing for him. Being around all these people who are so in love just makes him want that too. But he can't. The only lady he has ever really loved he can't be with. 

Grace and Josh used to be really close. She was married to one of his Navy SEAL buddies and even though they divorced a few years earlier Josh still can't go there. Even though he loves Grace he can't have her. When his buddy, her ex, calls him up and asks him to check in on her for him since she is not responding to him Josh grudgingly goes. He doesn't want to, but when he finds out she is might be stripping he knows something must be wrong. She is a dancer, she had all these dreams, if this is what she is doing now she has to have a reason. 

When Josh shows up Grace is not very happy. After all he left her broken hearted last year and she just barely was able to recover from that. She can't let him back in, she can't have him walk away again. His life is in LA, hers in San Diego. She knows this and it will never work. 

Man these two were so hot together! Even though Josh at first tries to fight it it is inevitable that they will get together. I loved this story. It was great that Grace is working at the strip club, but not stripping (though she has learned a few things while teaching the other girls to dance). Yes at first Josh is upset when he finds her there, but once he sees what she is doing he quickly changes his mind. He loves her and she him and they just need to work everything out. It was hot and fun and just a great read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set A Watchman
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel

Synopsis:

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch--"Scout"--returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchmanperfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past--a journey that can be guided only by one's conscience. 

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision--a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic. 

Review:

I only read To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time about a year ago. It was a book club choice one month and I really loved the story. Atticus is portrayed as this perfect person, this guy who does no wrong. Scout really idolizes him and she learns a lot from that time spent with him growing up. I remember the negative reaction to Go Set A Watchman when it came out a few months ago. We had already decided to read it for this month for book club, so I was curious to see how I would find the book since so many people were so upset with it. Atticus is a racist in this one, something people had a very hard time with. I'm glad I read To Kill A Mockingbird before this book came out and was around for all the outrage. It is fascinating to me. 

Go Set A Watchman starts off when Scout is older and coming home for a visit. She comes home every year from New York, but this year really shakes things up for her. She finds out that Henry and Atticus are not really who she thought. She really finds that the town is not what she thought anymore. She has a hard time with all the racist issues that she sees everywhere in her town now. She is such a great character. She wants to run away from it all, leave it all behind as she is disgusted by it, but while she is there she doesn't always just let it go. There were some hilarious moments when I just thought you go Scout. 

"'That's odd. A hundred years ago gentleman had colored women, now the trash have them.'
'That was when they owned 'em, silly.'"

When she finds that Atticus and Henry as just like the rest of the town, they participate in the council where the super racists guys spew their garbage, she is physically ill. Her whole world comes crashing down on her. She doesn't understand how Atticus could be there, be part of all of this. 

"The one human being she has ever fully and wholeheartedly trusted had failed her; the only man she had ever known to whom she could point and say with expert knowledge, 'He is a gentleman, in his heart he is a gentleman,' had betrayed her, publicly, grossly, and shamelessly."

It was really interesting to me as people reading the book also had a very strong reaction to it. It seems like those who hate this story because of Atticus and the way he is now are just like Scout/Jean Louise. They held Atticus up to this incredible standard, they saw him as perfect, and when they see that as an old man he is not, his thinking is not as perfect as it was once thought, their world crashes down. It made people angry, just as it made Jean Louise angry. I found that to be so interesting. How people reading this book and their reactions mirror Jean Louise so much. How people are so upset by what happens just as she is. I loved it. 

Really I thought this book works well with To Kill A Mockingbird as a companion novel. It is probably not very good as a standalone novel, but together I think it is a great story. You have the story told from Scout's point of view, but an older perspective. Of course she idolized her father so he is seen as near perfect in To Kill A Mockingbird (though I never thought he was as his views on some things, namely women, were not very good). Now, all grown up, she is realizing that that lens she used to view him through is not wholly accurate. You still get that calm, respectable guy, and he doesn't think he is that bad, but he is not perfect. He thinks he is helping those black people, as they are just in their infancy and they can't really be ready to have full civil rights, after all

"They've made terrific progress in adapting themselves to white ways, but they're far from it yet." 

For as much as some of the discussions angered me, as much as the way people thought was terrible, it felt true to the time. It felt like this could have been how it was. Jean Louise was wonderful. Even though she now sees that her father isn't perfect, she got enough goodness from him raising her that she can go on to be the warrior he is not. She can go on to be the leader, to try and change the way things are, to try and change people's opinions if she wants to. Because she saw so much good in Atticus as a child she was able to really grow up and view people as people. They all look different for different reasons, but race had nothing to do with it. Because she grew up to just view people as people she has a particularly hard time now that race is supposed to be an issue.

I really enjoyed this book. I think it makes Atticus more human and it is a great partner to the first book. It really shows the differences between how you see things as a kid and when you learn as an adult that not everything you thought as a child was as true and right. I remember having those moments with my own family and so this story really resonated with me. Yes, it is maddening, a lot of the characters made me angry with their views, but I still see it as a hopeful story. As a story that things can change, this will change slowly, and maybe Jean Louise can help. I see it as a story of the time. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise

Bet Me
Bet Me

Synopsis:

Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Even if he is gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey. Cal knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. Even if she does wear great shoes and keeps him on his toes. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again.

But Fate has other plans, and it's not long before Min and Cal meet again. Soon, they're dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kreme donuts, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a freakishly intelligent cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of. Including the biggest gamble of all—true love.

Review:

I put Bet Me on my to-read list after listening to an NPR podcast on romance novels. Part of their summer romance reading thing. One of the people on the panel mentioned this book, that it was a fun, cute, good first read for people new to the genre. I thought why not give it a try? 

When I first started reading this story I thought I don't know about this. Minerva is not a stick thin girl, and her mom is always on her case to lose weight. Her sister is getting married and she has had a year to fit into the smaller size dress her mom wants her to wear so Minerva is pretty miserable. She doesn't eat carbs or butter or anything that is on her mothers no eat list. She seems happy enough with herself, but it was just eh the way that was written. Really it is just...Like I don't know why she stayed with her ex. The book opens when she has just gotten dumped by him, and then she thinks back to how he was and he was horrible right from the beginning. He makes slight comments about her weight and so she wouldn't sleep with him, hence why he broke up with her. It was just...I didn't get it. I know Minerva doesn't like taking risks and she just wants something safe and secure, but why would you stay with that jerk? 

Then when out with her friends they want her to go talk to the super hot guy across the room. She hesitates, but when she finally makes her way over there he is talking with her ex and overhears what she thinks is him agreeing to the bet that he can get her to sleep with him in a month. For $10. Of course Minerva is not very happy about that. She just knew this guy was a jerk. I mean he is so good looking he has to be. 

Only that guy, Calvin, is not a jerk at all. He couldn't wait to get away from her ex and only agreed to the $10 bet that he could get her to leave with him that night. He never would bet that he could get her to sleep with him, a bet of $10,000, because that is just wrong. He is too much of a good guy for that. 

It quickly became a really fun read. Min doesn't hold back with Cal. She is pretty angry since she thinks she is just some bet to him. She was pretty funny. And Cal? He was such a good guy. He wanted food so he asks her to dinner, buys her dinner, then expects to never see her again. Only they do. They keep running into each other for different reasons and it was fun. She drives him crazy and she keeps trying to keep the fact that she is just a bet in her head so she doesn't fall for him and his kind ways. Man I loved the time in the park with the doughnuts and it was hot and fun and silly and just great. The whole book was great. Cal was amazing, always trying to get her to have just a little bit of the thinks she loves to eat but can't. He thinks she is beautiful the way she is. She is gorgeous and if someone can't see that that is their problem. Loved them together. 

Even though Min thinks she is a bet she can't help but fall for Cal. And even though she drives him crazy Cal falls for Min. It was so sweet. Cal's ex is kind of crazy, as is Min's but not to the same extent, and they were a bit ridiculous, but oh well. It all ends up great. Really those last scenes with Cal and Min in her apartment - that was so awesome! So much fun and kind of hot and a little bit of everything. Just a silly, hot, fun read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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