Monday, August 29, 2016

The Songbird's Call (The Songbirds of Darling Bay #2) by Rachael Herron

The Songbird's Call
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Synopsis:

From international bestseller Rachael Herron, comes a book too delightful to put down: 

Once Adele, Molly and Lana were The Darling Songbirds, a world-famous country band. Now they're just three sisters who barely speak. But that's about to change. 

Middle sister Molly arrives in town, and is immediately drawn to the neglected little café where she worked as a teenager. Could she dare to bring it back to life? As lead singer, Molly had always been the voice of the band. But caught between controlling big sister Adele and demanding baby sister Lana, she never felt heard. If she's going to reopen the café, she'll do it on her own terms, no more being bossed. 

So the last person she should fall for is the handsome Sheriff Colin McMurty - the man whose job it is to tell people exactly what to do. 

Review:

The Songbird's Call was such a beautiful read. It has been a while since I read this author, but now I am thinking what took me so long to read the rest of her work? This story was simply fantastic and wrapped me up in the warm fuzzies that I love so much. It was almost Laura Florand like while reading. It is like the author spirited me off to a magical land where everything is so beautiful I can't help but be totally in awe of the story. That is not to say the characters and everything weren't real and have their ups and downs and everything, it just made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (even when they did things I may not like). It was wonderful.

I should note that though this is the second book in a series I haven't read the first book yet (though I will be changing that soon). As such it was fine as a standalone, but really just made me want to read more and more and more. I didn't want the story to end so it is nice that I have another book still to read. Then I wasn't so sad to see this story come to a close.

Alright as for the story itself? Well this is the story of Molly and Colin. Molly of the famous Darling Songbirds. I am not sure what exactly happened to the three sisters who used to be so close, but this story is a few years later after they have all dispersed and haven't talked much since. Molly's sister was in the first book and the first to come back to Darling Bay and settle down. Now Molly is back for a bit for a surprise visit and she is not planning on sticking around. It is hard being back where everyone knows you and everything that happened. It is just not for Molly even though she loved the time she spent there as a kid. Molly was an interesting character. She has a bit of self esteem issues. I mean she was the larger sister, so everyone always commented on her weight. I can't imagine what that would be like when you are in the spotlight and are not stick thin. People can be very brutal, especially online where they feel anonymous, and Molly still struggles with self image issues. That and some poor choices she made after the band broke up make her think she is not doing so well. She needs to stop and recharge and get herself back before she can figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

Colin is the sheriff in Darling Bay. He grew up there and hasn't had it easy. He is not used to wanting things or hoping for things as he never seems to get them, but he always liked Molly. She was the one he was drawn to, not her sisters. In his eyes she was perfect. But she would never go for him. Until she comes back to town and they start to get thrown together. Then for the first time he sees that maybe he could have something here. Something amazing. If they can both stop being afraid and face this together. They were so cute. I loved how they just kept getting in these ridiculous situations. I loved how Colin was bossy, but Molly wouldn't put up with that. I loved how long it took the two of them to see what was there between them. Really I just loved these characters.

Now I didn't always understand Molly or her reasons for doing things. She is one of those people that has to do everything herself. If she gets help then she didn't do it and it wouldn't be hers. I don't really understand that as everyone needs helps sometimes, but I know people like that. She also lets her insecurities get in the way sometimes and cause problems with her and Colin. Sometimes I felt so bad for him as she would be so hot and cold. He would think things were fine, then she would be cold and he would feel terrible that he did something to hurt her, when really it was just Molly and her issues. She also was always running and afraid of everything. Even at the end she is too afraid to try and fix some issues she has. Instead she would rather be miserable when it would have been easy to fix if she would put on her big girl pants and face her problems. She did get on my nerves at times, but the writing made it so I still loved her. Yes, I didn't always understand her, but she was still great to read. I may have yelled at her a bit at times, but that is okay. The author made me still care for her and want nothing but good things to happen.

Overall this was a wonderful read. Molly could be annoying at times, but the writing made me not care so much. Made me still love her when otherwise I might not have. That is the test of a really great author. Make me love a book and characters I otherwise wouldn't. And Colin? He was wonderful. Not perfect, but always trying to do right by those he cares about. This was such a sweet, wonderful, beautifully written story. I highly recommend it even if you haven't read this author before. Get wrapped up in the warm fuzzies. You won't regret it.

Note: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Kick Push (Kick Push #1) by Jay McLean

Kick Push
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Synopsis:

There’s a single defining moment within every skater. 
It lasts only a second. Two if you're good. 
Three if you’re really good. 
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere 
beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you. 
It’s the feeling of being airborne. 

The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the 
greatest feeling in the world. 
Then at seventeen, I had my son. 
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us. 

Seventeen. Single. Dad. 
That’s what my life became. 
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being 
airborne. 
Or at least I convinced myself I did. 
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me. 
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds. 

You know what sucks about being in the air? 
Coming down from the high. 
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick. 
Then kick, push, and coast away. 
Other times you fall. 
You fall hard. 
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again. 
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug... 

And you become her poison.

Review:

Kick Push was a great read. Really I got to the end and immediately jumped online to get the second book. It doesn't end on a huge cliffhanger or anything, but you know Josh and Becca have more story to tell. Oh it was fun. 

Josh is a single dad. His girlfriend got pregnant when he was seventeen and left shortly after giving birth so he has been raising his son Tommy alone. He loves his son so much. He would do anything for him. There was never a question of if he should give him up or anything. He is trying to give Tommy everything he needs and wants, but it is hard. He doesn't have anyone to really help, no family who will stand by him and help him out. He is struggling for sure, but he only cares because he wants Tommy to have everything. Oh he was amazing. To see how much love he has and how amazing of a father he is especially with how rough he has it was wonderful. You can't really help but love Josh when you see everything he does for Tommy. 

Luckily when Josh was really down on his luck, when he was trying not to break, an older lady steps in and helps him out. She has her reasons, but really she gives them a place to stay and a bit of support when he needed it most. And after that things started to get just a little bit easier. He found more support, more people to help him out and be there when he needed someone. He has a job and is doing well, skateboarding in what little free time he has. It is still his passion, but he can't focus on it as much as he once did. 

Josh is getting along fine and is fairly happy when Becca comes into his life. Or really her grandmothers life, the lady who took in him and Tommy. She is broken, so broken, but Josh is drawn to her. She doesn't talk, she doesn't like to be touched, she doesn't seem to like to be around people, but Josh wants to help. He is so freaking sweet with her I couldn't stand it. I loved him so so so much. 

Becca hasn't had it easy. She has a lot of demons that she needs to work on, but somehow Josh makes her feel safe. He is always there and she can't help but fall for him. Really I don't know how anyone could resist. And even though I was glad for the two of them to be together and try and work things out I have to be honest here. I never really felt like Becca was in love with Josh. He was just there and safe, but I didn't see that she cared for him as much as he cared for her. It was alright, but I didn't love her like I did him. I was just happy as long as he was happy. 

Now these two both have their issues. They both keep a lot of things bottled up and there are some rough moments. My heart would break for the two of them, especially once you learn everything Becca has been through. I can't wait to read the second book and see what is next in store for these two. I really hope Josh gets everything he has ever wanted. I hope he gets to be as happy as he deserves. And if that is with Becca like he says then I hope the two of them just have fun, happy adventures together. Really a great read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Trouble by Samantha Towle

Trouble
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Synopsis:

Mia Monroe is running. Running from a person she doesn’t ever want to find her. Running from a past she doesn’t ever want anyone to know. Desperate to find a future, that yesterday, she could only dream of having. 

Jordan Matthews likes easy. Easy women. Easy life. 

Then he meets Mia. 

She’s damaged, troubled and has more baggage than any person can carry. But the more Jordan gets to know Mia-for the first time in his life-he finds himself wanting to try hard for something … for someone … for her.

And then life isn’t so easy anymore. 

Jordan is everything Mia shouldn’t want. A whole bunch of dirty hotness, tattooed, cocky bad boy, who made his money at poker tables and picked his women up in bars. Yet, Mia finds herself falling for him. Then the past Mia was running from, quickly starts to catch up with her. Because that’s the problem with running … you have to stop sometime. 

And when you stop, you get caught.

Review:

Trouble a better read than I expected. The author took this character that most would have written in a way that annoyed me, but made me love. Mia could have been not so good, but instead I just wanted all the best for her. A sweet read that I really loved.

Mia has not had the best life. Her father is horrible and when the book opens she thinks she is finally free. Finally she does not have to live the nightmare that she has been, only almost instantly she finds herself in a similar situation. She was a hard one to fit into a box. She knows she shouldn't stay where she is, but she doesn't really know anything different. She thinks it will just happen again and again so kind of like what is the point? When something finally happens that pushes her too far she runs. She runs to try and figure everything out, what to do with her life, and ends up trying to find her mom who left her as a child.

When Mia shows up in a town halfway across the country she gets directed to a small hotel up in the mountains where Jordan works. Right off the bat she is attracted to Jordan, but also weary of him. He is a big, tough, strong, tattooed guy who obviously could hurt her if she lets him. She wants to trust, but is scared to.

For his part Jordan was amazing with Mia. He has his issues, he doesn't do relationships and just hooks up with girls and stuff, but he is such a sweetheart underneath all that. He likes Mia, but something is going on with her and he wants to figure out what. He was so wonderful, just there for her when she needs someone. He tries not to push her, to make sure she isn't afraid of him, and to let her know he would never hurt her. Not like whoever did in her past. He was wonderful.

Through the story Mia tries to keep everything together and figure out where her mom is. Jordan is right there for her ever step of the way. Sometimes it is a bit overwhelming, but he is by her side no matter what in whatever way she will let him. For the first time in his life he wants to try. He wants to be perfect for someone else. He will do whatever he can to protect Mia. Only outside circumstances enter and things get a bit dicey. Oh, I hurt for both of these characters. It was so heartbreaking and I just wanted all the best for the both of them. Mia has some other issues she has to deal with as well so when everything blows up around her it is not very good. Thankfully these two just have that connection that they can't really break. They just need time to figure everything out and be in a place where they can see where this will all go. Such a great read. I love seeing broken people find what they need and learn that they are stronger than they ever thought. I love that Mia has a bunch of issues to overcome, some that I rarely see in books I read. It was a really great story and I can't wait to read more by this author.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, August 22, 2016

All of it by Kim Holden

All of It
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Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old VERONICA SMITH has it all: a loving family, a funky car named Jezebel, and a plan to go to college after graduation. On the first day of senior year, she meets DIMITRI GLENN--a mysterious transfer student with gray eyes and a mischievous smile who seems determined to win her heart. But there's something odd about Dimitri, leading Veronica to wonder if there's more to him than meets the eye. Before long, she finds herself in a whirlwind romance that seems too good to be true--until a series of devastating events leaves her questioning everything. It's not until she chooses to think with her heart instead of her mind that she can rise from the ashes to learn the truth of their connection.

Review :

All of It was very disappointing. After reading, loving, crying through Bright Side I expected another amazing read. I know this was the authors first book, but still I wanted more. Maybe if I had read it before Bright Side I wouldn't have disliked it as much, or maybe I would have and then not read her other books. Or maybe I have just read to many other great books with similar themes that I enjoyed so much more.

So I guess I won't talk a lot about what is really going on in this story (even though I found it obvious from the beginning and a bit frustrating that it is not revealed until the end) as I don't want to spoil it for anyone. This is the story of Roni and Dimitri. Dimitri who right from the first moments is taken with Roni. Roni who sees herself as nothing special and is not really sure why he is so taken with her. Not that that stops her from letting him in and seeing where this will go.

Dimitri is the new kid at school, though he doesn't seem to care about anyone but Roni. He is so sweet with her, so kind and caring, so loving, just so great. He is an amazing boyfriend, but Roni was really frustrating to read. I didn't understand her or why she did the things she did. I was told she had a hard time asking for help, that she had to be the one everyone counted on and wanted to be there for her friends and family. That it was stressing her out if she wasn't, but I didn't really see it. I didn't see that she couldn't ask for help. I didn't see that she had this great need to be there for everyone. I just didn't see a lot of what I was told about her. It felt like there was a lot of telling not showing with a lot of the story so it wasn't as emotional as it should have been. I mean there were some big emotional stuff that happens, but I didn't really care that much because I wasn't invested. Sad as Bright Side is the only book to ever make me cry big tears while reading. I was hoping for a similarly emotional journey with this story, but it was not to be.

So I guess that is all I will really say on about this story. Dimitri was amazing, Roni was annoying, I didn't understand her, and there were a lot of ups and downs. As I said I knew what was going on from the start so it was also a little annoying that it did not come up at all until the very very end when it was revealed in this big data dump. Such a let down as for most of the book I kept waiting for it to come up, or be slowly revealed, or something. As it was I thought the story would just end without bringing it up at all. Oh well, this wasn't my favorite read. I will still read more from this author as Bright Side and Gus were amazing, but this one just didn't work for me.

Rating: ★ ★

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Unexpected Fate (Hope Town #1) by Harper Sloan

Unexpected Fate
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Synopsis:

Have you ever felt like you were living your life for a future that was predetermined? Like there was some bigger picture you just prayed you would someday see clearly? That picture has been crystal clear to me since I was old enough to recognize it for just what it was.

Or I should say recognize him for who he was.

I’ve loved Cohen Cage since I was a small child. He’s been my everything for the last twenty-two years. I’ve loved him through every girlfriend he’s ever brought home. Through his college years and then mine. I’ve loved him through two deployments. And ever since the day I told him how I felt, he’s acted like I’m a stranger.

My name is Danielle Reid, and it’s time for me to get my man. 

Our future is an unexpected fate, and no matter what our parents, siblings, and friends say…it’s going to be worth every second of the fight to make it happen. 

Review:

Since I finished reading Uncaged I have been looking forward to reading Cohen's story. That kid was adorable and I knew that he would love fiercely. I couldn't wait to get to know him as an adult and see who he falls in love with. I knew it would be amazing. 

Unexpected Fate is the story of Cohen and Dani, whose parents you know from the Corps Security series if you have read that. I loved seeing the characters I knew from that series as parents of adult kids. Axel, Dani's dad, is way overprotective of her. He smothers her a bit with his need to keep her sweet and innocent. He was cute, if a bit much for her at times. There is just something amazing about seeing these big alpha males trying to deal with protecting their children, watching them date and fall in love and all of that. I think I enjoyed this book even more than the original series. Fun times. 

Dani has been in love with Cohen forever. She knows it, she thinks she hides it, that no one knows, but everyone does. She has been waiting forever to be old enough and for Cohen to finally see her the way she sees him. For his part Cohen has always liked Dani as well, but has tried to keep it just friendly with her. He has nothing to offer her yet, he is in the special services and gets deployed for months or years with no contact. He doesn't want to start something with her then leave. He doesn't think that is fair to her and he is waiting until he is out before he even thinks about seeing what there really is between them.

Cohen doesn't realize that his hot and cold act is really hurting Dani. She loves him so much, she is all in and knows this could be amazing, but he is afraid. Afraid to start something and have it not work out and imploding their families dynamics. Their parents are so close, all of them are so close, he doesn't want to mess anything up. But when things start happening, when he finally lets himself get a taste of what it would be like to have a life with her, he can't hold himself back anymore. I loved this story so much! The first part of this story is just the two of them trying to work this all out. Dani trying to get Cohen to finally think of her as more than a friend, only she doesn't realize that he already does. That he has been thinking about more than friends with her for a really long time. It was so sweet and hot and amazing. Only Cohen still had to go as he is being deployed and Dani has to try and just be fine until he comes back to her. I loved this story so much!

While Cohen is gone Dani starts to have some not so good things happen. She is in danger and in some scary situations, but good thing she has Axel and all the Corps Security guys to help her. She also has some unexpected surprises and I loved every minute of it. I just kept waiting for Cohen to come back, to figure out who was behind all of the things that were happening, and to see these two in their happily ever after. I loved it. Cohen is amazing, Dani is amazing, and I loved seeing their parents deal with their kids falling in love. It was sweet, and cute, and hot, and fun and just amazing. Definitely my favorite story from this author this far. So much fun.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

midnight lily
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Synopsis:


Holden Scott is the prince of professional football. At least he was before he lost it all . . . or more to the point, before he threw it all away. Now he's out of a job, out of the public's good graces, and perhaps just a little out of his mind. So when a friend offers up his remote lodge in the wilds of Colorado, giving Holden some time away to get his life back on track, he can hardly say no. The last thing he expects is to see a beautiful girl in the woods—one wearing a white, lace dress who appears in the moonlight, and leaves no footprints behind. Is she a dream? A ghost? A product of his muddled imagination? Or something entirely different? 

Midnight Lily is the haunting love story of two lost souls reaching for each other in the dark. A tale of healing, acceptance, and the worlds we create to protect our own hearts. It is a story of being lost, of being found, and of being in the place between. 

This is a stand-alone Sign of Love novel, inspired by Virgo Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Review:

I am not really sure how to review Midnight Lily. I really enjoyed the story, it was not what I was expecting going in, but I feel like if I talk about it at all it will just spoil it for others. Which I don't want to do. This is a hard one. I don't know that I have read any other books where I struggled so much to come up with what to write in a review. It was an unique read for sure and you should probably just go read it for yourself. It was a fun adventure. 

The story opens with Holden being dropped off at his friends remote cabin to detox and get his act together. He is spiraling down and is going to lose everything if he doesn't straighten up. Not that he seems to care that much, but still. He doesn't expect to see anyone else while he is up there, he should just be focusing on himself, but then he sees her. The girl in the woods. The girl who is a mystery. Who is she? Where does she live? What is she doing in the woods? 

Oh this was an interesting read. I really enjoyed it and when I got to the end I had to jump online and see if I could find other people to talk about this story with. Normally I write my friend while reading a book when something crazy or fun or heartbreaking or whatever happens, and with this story I did, but they were so vague. Just Eek! Stuff is going on with characters! You must read this book so we can discuss!! Since I can't really say anything more than what is in the synopsis I will leave it at this - go read this book. This story is not something I have read before and I'm still thinking about everything that happens. Oh it was great. Go. Read it. Then you will be in the know. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Empty Promises (Promises #3) by Elle Brooks

Empty Promises
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Synopsis:
Emily ~

What would you do if you knew when you were going to die? Would you will death to come and claim you quickly? Or would you pray for more time? 
It wasn’t until I knew that I was about to die, that I decided to really live. And it wasn’t until I gave up on love, that I finally found it. Just not in any of the places that I’d been searching. 
Sometimes you don’t get the fairytale happily ever after, but if you’re lucky, you get so much more. You get a perfect beginning that you can keep hold of until the end.

Review:

After reading the first two books in this series I was excited to read Emily's story. What happened those last months before she died. I knew she found someone else, and I was interested to see even though I knew how it would end. 

Unfortunately Empty Promises was not as good as I had hoped. It was an okay read, but it was too short and hard to really get into. I wanted to really get to know Emily and Lucas, see what her last days were like, watch them fall in love, all of it. I wanted to feel. Instead it was too quick. They were suddenly in love, suddenly everything, and I didn't see it. If it was a bit longer, a bit more developed, then it probably would have been great. Instead I felt like I just got small glimpses into their lives. Just small segments that kept me from really connecting with the characters. I enjoyed the story, but I didn't love it. 

Rating: ★ ★1/2

Monday, August 15, 2016

Rath's Rebellion (Janus Group #5) by Piers Platt

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Synopsis:

After he's found guilty of murder, Rath is saved from a death sentence by a mysterious new ally. His newfound friends have a daring plan to rekindle an old revolution, and they want his help. If it all works, Rath could clear his conscience at last, and pay his debt to society. But starting a rebellion will put him squarely in the sights of Beauceron and Paisen as they rush to prevent the looming war. And even Rath's best-laid plans can go astray ...

Review:

Rath's Rebellion is the newest book in the Janus Group series. You should definitely read the prior 4 books before starting this one. This is a continuation of the same story, though the second book in a new trilogy with the same characters from the first. A what happens after the events of the first three books. 

Rath's Rebellion was so much fun. I really love these books. I love the characters, I love how the trilogy starts out with everyone in a different place doing their own thing, then somehow they all get drawn together into the same events. It doesn't feel coerced or anything, it just naturally works out that way. It is awesome!

So in this chapter we have Rath finding out who the people are who saved him and what they want. It was interesting because they were famous a long time ago for some not so good things, but like Rath the leader feels some remorse over his actions and the results. It was nice getting the addition of these new characters even if they had an idealistic view of what would happen in the end. 

We also have Paisen trying to figure out what happened to her people and what is really going on, and Beauceron and his partner looking into recent events. I also really enjoy Dasi in this series and can't wait to see where she ends up. These books have so much going on, so many different people who end up interconnected, and I need the next book to see what happens! Rath always seems to get himself into a bind, but somehow bumbles himself out of it. I love it. I love all these characters and the whole world this author created. If you haven't read these books yet do yourself a favor and go get them. They are fun, exciting, entertaining reads. I never thought I was a big sci-fi fan, but these books have made me seek out more to read. They are simply great stories. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan

Perfectly Imperfect
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Synopsis:

Mirror, mirror … who’s the fairest of them all?

I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn’t grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all ‘mean girls.’

And those mean girls were right – it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world – and I knew the answer would never be me.

The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.

The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.

Well, that’s definitely not Willow Tate.

No. That will never be me.

Because I’m completely imperfect.

And … I hate myself.

I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them. 

Review:

I really wanted to like Perfectly Imperfect, but unfortunately it just didn't work for me. I really enjoy the authors other books, but this one...not so much. 

Willow is a girl with little self esteem. She thinks she is ugly and puts herself down and everything, even though everyone else tells her how amazing she is. I get it, especially since she has dealt with years and years of emotional abuse. Her family, her father and sister, are absolutely horrible to her. Always cutting her down. And her soon to be ex-husband was no better. Really it is a pretty messed up situation. So I get why she would have self worth issues, but then suddenly she is confident and fine when she meets Kane. I just...I didn't see the transformation. I know there were some time jumps, and in that time apparently she started liking herself more. I just wish it wouldn't have been a magical guy who changes everything and instantly makes her "better." Because really? How often does that happen?

Kane is a hot shot movie star and as soon as he sees Willow he wants to be with her. Only she is with someone so he doesn't do anything. Until he sees her in her attorney's office when she is getting her divorce. Then it is game on. He wants to get to know her as she makes him feel. She is real. She is special.

So things are wonderful and great with Kane and Willow. She can eat again, she doesn't have to starve herself (which this storyline just kind of fell to the wayside. I am assuming she started eating more. At the beginning she is only eating the bare minimum so she can loose weight and be attractive again, then it is not mentioned again). Only Kane has some secret with Mia - the girl the tabloids say has been his secret girlfriend forever. And she is having his baby according to them. Kane keeps telling Willow that it is nothing, but he can't tell her what because he promised Mia he wouldn't say anything so he can't tell her the specifics. Even though Willow is suddenly much better, it does worry her on occasion.

*Spoiler alert!*

So things are going well, until the Mia issue becomes a serious issue for Willow. She meets Kane's family and his brother that Kane obviously doesn't like, and then she finally asks him straight up what is going on with Mia. Is it his baby? And he says nothing, crushing Willow. Why didn't he say anything? Because he is an idiot. Really if he loves Willow so much why doesn't he just tell Mia that she can trust her? That he has to tell her because it is messing up their relationship? That he is sorry, he knows he promised, but he can't keep this secret from Willow anymore? Why would you just let it blow up and not do anything? It was so so so so lame. I get Mia didn't want the press to know what was going on, but was she really going to keep this secret from everyone but Kane? That she wasn't going to tell the baby's grandparents they are going to be grandparents? Seriously? You should be able to trust the people who have treated you like family forever. If you can't then who can you trust? It was so lame. I didn't understand Mia being adamant that no one else can know. It made no sense to me and yeah. No good.

So overall this wasn't the book for me. The magical guy that fixes everything, not seeing Willow change and become more confident she just suddenly is, and the super lame ending with more drama than needed and it just didn't work for me.

Rating: ★ ★

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Best Friend Bargain (Kisses in the Sand #3) by Robin Bielman


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Synopsis:

Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.

The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.

As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.

Excerpt: 

The tail end of daylight cast a glow around her in one-of- a-kind beauty and he found himself tucking her hair behind her ear as she looked up at him with similar appreciation.  

When her gaze moved to his mouth, he was a goner.

He ignored the voice inside his head reminding him she was his best friend and once they crossed this line they could never go back, and gave her two seconds to say something to change his mind.

One, two…

She took a step back.

One kiss. One kiss to get it out of his head and put it to rest. She might have placed another foot between them, but Danny saw the indecision in her eyes. He inched closer anyway, unwilling to let her go without one more try. It was a jerk move, but if he didn’t get to taste her he’d go insane wondering.

He cradled her neck in his hands.

“Danny.” He liked how breathless his name sounded on her lips.

“We have to. I’m going out of my mind, Liv.”

She half gasped, half sighed, a pleasure-and- pain kind of sound he wanted to turn into one of satisfaction. They had to get this crazy new attraction out of the way so they could go back to being just Liv and Danny. “Make it terrible,” she whispered.

He smiled. “I’ll do my best.”

“To make it awful,” she reiterated.

“Prepare yourself for the worst kiss ever.”

Her small smile made itself at home inside his chest. He lowered his mouth to hers. No tongue, he told himself. Keep it innocent. Safe.

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Synopsis:

A temporary agreement neither could keep…

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she's up close and personal with the world's sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander's playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She's genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he'll just break her heart. Because nothing's more important to Zane than following the tide.


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The one guy she shouldn't want...

Honor Mitchell has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, so when she promises to do the things on her dying best friend's wish list, she's determined to follow through and do something right for a change. But when she's thrown together for wedding duties with the one man who complicates her vow--just by looking at him--she has to put her faith in Bryce Bishop's pledge to help her, no strings attached.

Bryce's near one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend's best friend a few months ago might have been a mistake, but helping the beautiful, free-spirited Honor with her promise isn't. His trust in women is shot, but he can't help but play his best man card to his advantage and help Honor tick off the items on his ex's list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans--and heart--in serious jeopardy.

About the Author:
When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts all of her story ideas.

She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.

She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com.



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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez

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ONE STORY. TWO COUPLES.

The Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez is a two part series releasing September 2016.

RETRIEVAL releases on September 13th and will bring readers the first part of this emotional second chance romance.

TRANSFER (Part Two) will release on September 27th!

Check out these beautiful covers &
Pre-order The Retrieval Duet TODAY
You will not be disappointed.

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Retrieval (Part One)
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Synopsis:

I proposed on our first date.
She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.
It was a whirlwind, but we were happy…
Until we got greedy and wanted a family.

It was a life I couldn’t give her, not for lack of trying. Fertility just wasn’t on our side. We sought out doctors and treatments. Spent money we didn’t have. Lied to our families. Smiled for our friends. Put on a brave face for a world that didn’t understand.
Finally, we were successful…
Until we were forced to bury our son.

We were left broken, battered, and destroyed.
They say love is in the details, but it was the details that ruined us.

This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.
The retrieval of my wife and our family.

Release Date: September 13th

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Transfer (Part Two)
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Synopsis:

I fell in love with a man who didn’t exist.

What started out as romance ended in hell.
His words turned to razor blades.
His kisses converted to fists.
His embrace became my cage.
His body transformed into a weapon, stealing parts of me until ultimately….
I broke.

I hated him.
My sole job in life became to protect our daughter.

I wasn’t sure I’d ever escape the prison he’d skillfully crafted from my fears.
Until the day our savior arrived.

This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.
The transfer of my life and my family.

Release Date: September 27th

About the Author:

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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.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Stranded: A Winter Romance Duet by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams

Stranded
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Synopsis:

What happens when two people who are supposed to hate each other are stranded together in a winter storm? Cool down after a hot summer with two fun, festive winter romances available together for a limited time. 

Moonlight in Winter Park by Samantha Chase - When Hope barges into the mountain retreat of her brother’s boss, demanding that he not be forced to work through the holidays, she doesn’t except to be trapped alone with him in a snow storm. And she doesn’t expect them to give into the attraction that was there all along. But will the magic still be there when the storm is over? 

One Night in the Ice Storm by Noelle Adams - When she returns to her hometown for the holidays, Rachel doesn't expect to be stranded in an ice storm with only David Harris for company. Eight years ago, David took her virginity and then broke her heart, and she doesn't plan to forgive him. She thinks she doesn't care about him anymore, until one hot night...when the ice finally melts. 

Review:

Stranded is a duet of cute romances featuring one of my favorite tropes - people who get stuck together and end up falling in love. I don't know why I love stories like these so much, since usually that means the romance must move quickly, but I do. And these two were no exception. 

First up we have Moonlight in Winter Park by Samantha Chase. This one was cute and even though Hope, the main character, could be a bit judgmental at times I still enjoyed it. The holidays are coming up and it is going to be a rough one this year and she is looking forward to spending it with her brother. Only he has to work on Christmas. And won't even be nearby so she won't be able to see him at all. How can his boss make him do such a thing? Doesn't his boss have a heart? 

When Hope starts stopping by to have dinner with  her brother, one of the few times she gets to see him since he works such crazy hours, she keeps running into Beckett who also works there. Apparently the boss is demanding of everyone and when her brother has to go back to work it is Beckett who keeps her company. They were really cute together even if Hope was always railing on her brother's boss. 

So then after Hope's brother goes off to work with his boss and he is needed at home, Hope sets off to find him and let him know what is going on. Only she ends up stuck out at a remote cabin alone with his boss! Who she hates, but maybe isn't all that bad when she really gets to know him. Oh Beckett was adorable. I understand why he puts up walls, but he also doesn't seem to understand some social interactions and stuff. I loved him and he was so sweet and it was great watching him relax a little bit. This was one of those stories where they are stuck together and manage to figure everything out. Really a cute read. 

Then we have One Night in the Ice Storm by Noelle Adams. Oh how I loved this one. Not only does Rachel get stuck in a snowstorm with someone, but the someone ends up being her brothers best friend/the guy who broke her heart. She is still not really over him, but she is too proud to let anyone see that. Really she has always been too proud to let anyone know how much he hurt her in the past so when she gets stuck with him no one thinks it will be a big deal. Rachel was fun. She is one of those people that wants to be able to do everything herself and doesn't want help from anyone, especially not David. She doesn't want to want anything from him so when he starts bossing her around trying to help it was entertaining. You could just see that these two were still so hung up on each other. 

Now as for David, yes he did do some not so nice things in the past, but he had his reasons. Overall he is a really great guy. One of those people who will do anything for someone in need. They have a bit to work out, but once they do it will be amazing. I loved them both and loved this story. 

So yeah. If you enjoy stories where people get stranded and fall in love then this is the duet for you. Both were really sweet, fun reads and will definitely go on my re-read list for the holidays. 

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Until I Met You by SL Scott

Until I Met You
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Synopsis:

Their love burned bright, white hot, and strikingly blue around the edges. 

Some thought them careless. 

Some thought them crazy. 

No one approved.

Taylor Barrett was looking for answers in a universe that had abandoned him.

Jude Boehler flooded her dark world with charisma and mystery, drawing everyone into her hurricane.

It was a most captivating of love affairs. They were shooting stars, meteors in the sky, colliding to create a spectacularly wonderful reckless romance, leaving them breathless and tethered. 

Their souls were exposed to the chaos, bare and vulnerable. Can these two star-crossed lovers survive the madness that is life?

Review:

Until I Met You was kind of a train wreck for me. The first half I couldn't look away. It wasn't the best, but I just couldn't stop reading it as I wanted to see what happened. Then about halfway through when I was going to put it down there popped up another intriguing detail so I continued on to see what was really going on. Unfortunately it just crashed and burned from there. It was a bit too convoluted and not for me. 

This books starts off with Taylor and Jude meeting at a fancy party. Jude is kind of crazy and I thought she seriously had some mental health issues. She didn't seem fun and crazy, she just seemed like she needed some help. And Taylor? He is this buttoned up guy who doesn't really have anything in his life he is really living for and is drawn to Jude for some reason. He loves her zany ways, but it just bothered me. I kept reading to see if she was in fact in a manic phase or something. 

So Jude has a lot of secrets and she doesn't share them with Taylor. Bad stuff happened in her past and is still happening. She was a bit all over the place for me so I couldn't connect with her. Really I couldn't connect with either character and didn't really understand why they fell in love. I didn't see it. Sure Taylor tries to help Jude as best he can, and he does in the end, but it wasn't that good. I didn't understand a lot of what happened - like why Jude and Taylor had to keep pretending to not be a couple when the jerk guy catches them even though Jude planned on telling her parents about them when they got home. Why? It is better to let creepy jerk guy be creepy and a jerk all afternoon? I didn't understand so it didn't work for me. 

I don't want to spoil anything, but the plot gets just a bit ridiculous by the end. Some characters are these perfect caricature of villains and I didn't like it. And Taylor is not really the best either. He is so passive and can't seem to tell people what he really wants/doesn't want. Like his ex. He needs to be way more assertive there and not meet up with her or anything if he wants a clean break. It was...I didn't like him that much. Especially when he was first starting to see Jude. He did some things, kept some things hidden, that he really shouldn't have. And Jude was just so weak I hated it. She would see Taylor talk to another girl and instantly be all of course he doesn't like me, and walk away all dejected and sad and I couldn't deal with it. 

So I didn't care for either main character, the plot was a bit of a wreck for me, overall it was not a very good read. 

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

London Bound (London Lovers #3) by Amy Daws

London Bound
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Synopsis:

*A London Lovers Series Full Length Standalone*
*The BFF gets her HEA*

When Leslie Lincoln, a spunky, red-headed American, suffers an awkward moment with an arousingly-sexy British man—she thinks her life can't get any more pathetic. 

She's done with men. 
She doesn't need them. 
She especially doesn't need their muscular thighs. 
No siree, she's going to forget all about the brooding, complicated, and seductive "Theo" who captivated her on the dance floor of a London nightclub. 

Keep telling yourself that, Lez..... 

Immersing herself into a new type of romantic cleanse, Leslie thinks she'll never lay eyes on Theo again. But somehow, he's managed to bulldoze his way back in—her cheetah-print onesie pajamas be damned. 

He wants more. 
She wants to run. 
But he can’t seem to let her go.

Both of them have a past—and neither want to share. 

How can love possibly survive in darkness? 

Review:

I wanted to really like London Bound. I loved the first book in this series (which actually came out second), didn't care for the second book and was hoping this third book would be just as good as the first. Unfortunately I just don't care for the character in London. I...I know they are supposed to be fun and sassy and whatever, but to me they were just annoying. I see where other people might find Frank funny, I see where others could enjoy it, but it was just not for me. 

Leslie has some secrets she hasn't shared with anyone. Not even her bff Finley who she is supposed to share everything with, cracks and all. She just can't talk about it. She ran away to London a few years ago and is trying to just keep the past in the past. She is not going to have a relationship with a guy again because of whatever happened and that is that. 

Theo is smitten with Leslie as soon as he sees her. He has his own secrets, his own dark past, but Leslie sparkles. She brings him back into the light and once he gets a glimpse of that he never wants to loose her. He knows she is the one for him, he just has to get her to stop running from them so they can live happily ever after. 

Now the first part of this book annoyed me greatly. I did not like the flashbacks interspersed in Finley and Brody's wedding chapters. Some of them, like how Leslie met Frank, I didn't care for at all. I could have skipped that and been happy. It just wasn't done very well for me so it wasn't good. Then Leslie obviously has something bothering her, she is always putting herself down and not trusting that Theo could actually like her, which should have made me feel for her. At least a little. I mean obviously she has been through something right? Only I did not like her at all. The way she was written was so annoying to me I couldn't stand her. She didn't feel real to me I guess. Like I didn't believe she really was struggling with something if that makes sense. I just...I kept reading only to find out what happened and when I got to that part I thought this is it? Really? I know it wouldn't have been easy and all that, but it just was a bit of a let down. 

I don't know. I liked Theo well enough, but it was really the story of Leslie so it didn't work for me. I don't think these books are for me. I don't like the "sassy" London characters. I don't find them humorous, they just annoy me. Greatly. I see where others would like it, but it is not for me. 

Rating: ★1/2

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Hope in Every Raindrop by Wesley Banks

Hope in Every Raindrop
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Synopsis:

“Small towns have big stories.” That was a lesson Katie’s father taught her years ago. A lesson she’s taken to heart. And right now, Katie is desperate for a big story. Reeling from the recent loss of her father and with her agent breathing down her neck for the next book, the twenty-one-year-old writer picks a spot on the map and finds herself bound for a middle-of-nowhere town called Bishopville, South Carolina.

Taking a chance on the words of a local grocer, Katie stumbles upon a rare breed of dogs raised by the town doctor and his nephew Kyle. The only problem? Kyle isn’t interested in telling stories—especially not to a big-city girl who can’t seem to sit still. In an attempt to win him over as the clock winds down, Katie finds herself immersed in Kyle’s world, doing everything but writing.

When inspiration finally strikes, Katie is faced with an unforeseen catastrophe and a truth she can no longer ignore. While she has come to love the dogs, the real story may be about Kyle Walker.

Review:

Hope in Every Raindrop was a disappointing read for me. I found it rather boring and didn't really understand why I was reading this story. I wish I could have read Katie's story she is writing as I enjoyed the short snippet that was included much more than what I was reading. It was just a strange read. About dogs that I didn't really get to know or understand what was so special about them, and if the real story is about Kyle then what about him? He was just a quiet guy who trains these dogs and....that is all I know about him. We don't get to know Kyle, but he apparently is the real story here. Okay, maybe it is just as simple as he loves these dogs and trains them and that is amazing. I was just expecting something more. 

The story opens with Katie stuck with writers block and on a deadline. Her father has recently passed away and the words are not coming. When she finds inspiration in a dart and a map of the US she throws the dart and heads to the town to find a story. Now I really think the writing was a bit off for me. She arrives in town and meets one person and they say something about the magic dogs so she goes out to the farm and ends up staying there. It was all very strangely written for me. The conversations didn't quite feel real and the way she ended up staying there was odd. Doc just says something about how the only place to stay in town is closed and she would have to drive a few hours to the next town then walks inside. She takes that as an invite I guess and that is that. It was just off for me. I didn't understand the characters or how they were acting. 

So Katie ends up staying on the farm and watching the dogs/helping out with the chores. She is kind of whiney about that, but really she is getting free room and board so you think she might be grateful. The way she talked about the story and the dogs and needing to get to know them was again off for me. None of it felt quite real. I didn't understand what the big deal was or what her book would be about other than a dog trainer. I expected more of an emotional read especially since there were some moments that should have been intense and sad. Only I was just annoyed reading them as how could Katie be so stupid? And if it was really such an intense situation how did everything get resolved the way it did. 

*Spoiler alert*

So the barn where the dogs stay catches fire during a storm. Kyle gets the dogs out of the barn and Katie is supposed to take them inside the house. She does, but she realizes one is missing - the one that roams wherever he wants so of course he is not there. He is probably wandering around somewhere, but Katie thinks he is still in the burning barn so she goes in to look for him. And then climbs up the ladder to the loft for some reason. I was yelling at her in my head like why would you do that? The barn is on fire! He is not in the loft! I know you think Kyle might be up there or something, but what would you do if he was? Die with him? 

So of course the loft collapses and she falls partly onto the sled and gets knocked out. Kyle was looking for her and gets trapped under some timber that fell on his legs. He can't get out and the fire is getting worse so he gets the rouge dog, his best friend, tied to the sled and in this should have been touchingly heroic moments the dog slowly pulls Katie outside. Only I kept rolling my eyes. Anyways Katie is outside, the dog had too much, his heart couldn't take it, and Kyle is in the burning barn trapped. And the fire is getting worse. Cut to Katie waking up and asking about Kyle and Doc telling her he is fine, the fire got put out by the rain, no big deal. That was really a wait a minute - if it was sooo important for Katie to get out of the barn so she didn't burn to death how did he survive being trapped in there? Either the fire was so fierce it was dangerous and she had to get out, in which case Kyle should have died, or it wasn't that bad, just a small fire that the rain could put out, in which case Katie was safe either way. I didn't understand how it could be life threatening, but also small enough for some rain to put out. 

Overall not the book for me. I couldn't connect with the character, we never really get to know Kyle or the dogs and they are a big focus of the book. I don't know how Katie and Kyle fell in love or whatever, but apparently they did. I just didn't see it. 

Rating: ★ ★

Thursday, August 4, 2016

This Love by Anna Bloom

This Love
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Synopsis:

Amber's always planned to leave her overbearing mother and their stifling small town behind as soon as she graduates. That is until her car breaks down outside Bale and Son's mechanics and she meets Freddy Bale. A boy who'd rather live in the moment than make a five-year-plan. 

Ignoring her friends' warnings, Amber puts all dreams for her perfect future on hold, and dives into the romance heart first. On their last day of school, however, Freddy decides to call off their relationship, and Amber does the only thing she can think of: Run away and never look back. Just like she'd always planned.

Ten years pass before Amber sets foot in town again, only returning to look after her ailing mother. While Freddy wants to make amends, Amber is confronted with her own wrong choices from ten years ago. Choices that could change the lives of everyone she's ever loved.

When first love is given a second chance and the secrets of the past come hurtling into the present, will Amber and Freddy be able to lay their mistakes to rest and make this love the strongest one of all?

Review:

This Love was just a meh read for me. I wanted to like it I really did, but it didn't start off that well for me and didn't get better along the way. **Some slight spoilers ahead**

So I should start by saying one of the things I really dislike in books is secret pregnancies. Unless there is a really good reason, the girl fears the baby daddy, the dad is abusive, etc., then I hate when they just decide to not tell the father they are going to be a father. I really can't stand that as no matter what you feel for the person, how hurt your feelings are, they deserve to know their child. Or at the very least the child deserves to know the rest of the family that he has. 

The first part of this story, the before story, was just okay. I didn't feel the connection between the main characters so it was not as good as it could have been. I didn't see that they were really desperately in love, but I went with it hoping it would get better in the after section. 

Amber and Freddy meet by chance one day when her car breaks down near his garage. They of course knew who each other was, but never really interacted. That was all it took for their whirlwind romance to start. From that moment they became inseparable even though Freddy was a tad older and Amber was applying for and going to go off to college. Only with Freddy still in her hometown she doesn't want to go off anymore. Especially after what happens to Freddy. She wants to give up everything to stay there with him and help him out. I liked Freddy, as much as I like anyone in this story, especially because he wouldn't let Amber give up everything for him. He knew that she would regret it one day and he didn't want to be that weight around her neck that kept her down. He wanted the world for her so in his clumsy way he tried to give her that. Only things didn't work out as planned and she stayed away for ten long years. 

When Amber's mother starts getting really sick Amber finally comes home to help care for her. And she is not alone. She has Isaac with her. Isaac who is Freddy's son he didn't know he had. After a rough start, Amber upset by how Freddy tossed her aside so long ago and Freddy angry she never told him about his son, things get back to "normal" between the two of them. The fall back into their love for each other that neither really ever let go of. There is an soon to be ex-husband on Amber's side who gives them some problems and some really stupid decision making on her part that results in way more drama than there should have been in the last part of the story. She really doesn't seem to think sometimes and the last big bad thing that happened had me rolling my eyes so hard and yelling at Amber to just suck it up and do it already!! Then when things get worse it came off as just added drama for drama's sake and Amber yet again makes some poor decisions, but thankfully Freddy comes along and saves the day. Really without him I don't know what Amber would do. So yeah. I didn't really enjoy this read. Amber annoyed me at times, I yelled at her a lot, and I didn't really see the connection between the characters. Not the book for me. 

Rating: ★ ★

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Waiting for Midnight by Samantha Chase

Waiting for Midnight
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Synopsis:

Maddie's hoping for a little holiday magic with her sexy neighbor Noah...

For the last year, Maddie's been trying to get Noah's attention, but to no avail. Until a busted light bulb, a broken ladder and a concussion lend a hand. Now with the holidays right around the corner, she's hopeful that she'll finally get her wish to kiss her sexy neighbor as way to kick off the new year.

**This is a Christmas holiday short story that was originally part of the Christmas in the City Anthology. It is a standalone story of 20K words.**

Review:

Waiting for Midnight is a fun, sweet holiday read. It is definitely going on my re-read list for the holidays. 

Maddie and Noah have lived next to each other for a year, but they don't really know each other. Maddie has a huge crush on Noah, which he knows, but tries to stifle. He doesn't need or want a commitment and he knows she would be looking for one. He just can't do that so he tries to keep her away. Only she keeps trying to be friendly to him even when he is not so nice in return. Now it is just after halloween and the holiday season is coming up. Maddie and her bff haven't had dates for New Years Eve in six years - can they find someone to spend the holidays with this year? 

Of course Maddie is hoping that someone will be Noah, but after he seems adamant that nothing will happen she realizes she might have to look elsewhere. Only Noah doesn't always know what he wants or needs and it was a cute watching these two fall for each other. I loved watching the two of them get closer even if they didn't realize it. Yes, it is a quick read and with the ups and downs only Christmas magic can bring Maddie her happily ever after, but it was a lot of fun. Such a cute story and one I will be reading again in December. 

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bleeding Love (Hope Town #2) by Harper Sloan

Bleeding Love
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Synopsis:

I've loved once. I gave everything that I had to that love. Blindly believing that nothing could ever take that feeling away from me. Away from us. And when my little world of happiness was ripped from my fingers, I felt a loss that still haunts me to this day. 

Now I use that lingering grief as a shield to keep my heart from loving again. It's that fear that keeps me from letting anyone, except my daughter, get close enough to make it hurt. To make my heart bleed when I inevitably lose again. 

Until the day I met Liam Beckett and everything I thought I had protected myself from was shoved back in my face. 

He's on a mission to prove to me that a love worth having is a love worth fighting for.

*Bleeding Love is the second book in the Hope Town series. It will follow Liam and Megan. Each book in the series is a HEA and can be read as a standalone.*

Review:

Bleeding Love was a great read. I love these seeing the kids from the Corp Security series fall in love. 

Megan is a single mom who hasn't been living since her husband was killed in combat. She hasn't has the best of lives, but her husband was her best friend and the only person she counted on since forever. She doesn't know what to do now that she doesn't have him anymore. She was in a really dark place, alone for the first time in forever, but she has her daughter to look after. She has to try and pull herself together for her. She was drawn into the Hope Town crew at the end of the last book and I was so happy to read her happily ever after. 

Liam is a police office and a really amazing guy. He knows that Megan is special from the first time he saw her. He has been waiting his whole life for the one, and now he has finally found her. He is Beck's son and I really enjoyed the parallels between the two. Liam has been biding his time trying to wait for Megan to be ready to let him in so they can start their time together. Slowly he has been getting under her skin and that scares her. Really quickly she knows that if she were to lose Liam like she did her husband she might not survive it. It was heartbreaking and hopeful and just wonderful to read. 

Liam is such a  great guy. He is so sweet with Megan and her daughter. He loves them both and oh, the daughter was a cutie! I loved how Liam was so caring with them both, how he was patient with Megan, how he pushed when he needed to to try and get her to live again. I loved how he went about doing that. How he wanted her to feel everything. Good and bad. Pain and pleasure. He wants her to feel it all. Otherwise she is not living. They were so cute together. Their own little family. It takes a bit, but Megan is able to overcome her fears and get to a really great place. Somewhere she never thought she would be with things she never thought she would have. Really a great read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★