Sunday, March 18, 2018

Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood

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Olive Brewster is a scaredy cat. She doesn't do new or risky. She’s happy enough with her job at the local market, it’s cool that she has no boyfriend to fret over, she even likes that she still lives in her childhood home. No drama, no fuss, no problems. Everything is fine. Super duper fine.

Except … Olive's best friend in the world , Birdie, is dying.

Birdie has one final wish. She wants to track down her first love, Chuck, and because she's stuck in the hospital she needs Olive's help to do it. But there’s a teeny problem: Chuck is somewhere in New York and Olive has never even left her home town, let alone roamed the crazy streets of Manhattan.

As if the big city isn't scary enough, Olive has to contend with Seth, a cocky comedy TV writer who thinks she’s a joke; Anders, a bored socialite who’s taken a shine to her; and the fact that no matter how hard she tries to track down Chuck, he doesn't seem to want to be found.

Can Olive learn to overcome her fears, abandon her old safe routine and fulfil her best friend’s last wish? It's going to take extra bravery, one badass attitude and a whole lot of big sexy love to make this happen …


Big Sexy Love was a big, not-so-sexy, mess. At least for me. Now it seems like every time I write a review for a comedy I am saying the same thing. I usually don't read them because it is not usually my sense of humor. And that is true in this case, but that is not why I disliked the book so much. Well at least not the whole reason why. Really I found this story to be tedious and not realistic and that was my main issue. I like comedy, but it has to be something that could actually happen. This so wasn't the book for me and I only made it to the end because it was a book club read. I had to finish so I could discuss.

Olive doesn't like new things. She has her routine and even if occasionally something comes up that she might want to do different, she doesn't. She can't break that routine. She is afraid of everything, afraid of new, so she keeps to what she knows. She has never really even left her hometown. She still lives in the house she lived in growing up. She doesn't like change.

Only her best friend is dying and wants her to go to NYC to deliver a letter to a guy she used to date. A guy who her bff claims is her big sexy love (I really dislike this term. I am not completely sure why, but it being the title made me think this book was going to be completelty different than it was. The sexy throws me, but I digress). So what does Olive do? Heads off to NYC. Now this is where the real issues started for me. That Olive is so afraid of new things, so afraid of branching out and doing something different, and yes she has a hard time getting on the plane and flying to NYC, but once she is there she seems pretty fine. Like way more fine than a character who I was told hated change and disorder should be. It was like that wasn't an issue anymore in New York City. One of the biggest cities, fast paced, so many people and things everywhere. But Olive was fine. Which didn't make sense. But not even my biggest complaint about the book. No my biggest complaint was that the author seemed to change reality so that she could make the wacky zany things happen. So that she could make a joke. And that just left me constantly like really? No, this isn't how x works! There is no way y could happen like this! So it drew me completely out of the story.

While reading this story it made me think of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt show. I really enjoyed that show, but even though it is over the top and wacky, it could happen. While it might not be likely, maybe never has happened, I could see that it could. Like was someone locked in a bunker underground for years? Not to my knowledge, but it could happen. But this story? There were so many things that just could not happen. Like Olive accidentally puts the letter she is supposed to deliver to the guy in a mailbox on the sidewalk. So she reaches into the mailbox and shuffles things around trying to find her letter. But here's the thing, and someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but that is impossible. You literally cannot put your hand in the mailbox and grab letters. Maybe if this were back in the day, but they changed mailboxes so that you couldn't steal mail. was added to the story to make another zany adventure, but it literally couldn't happen because you can't grab letters from mailboxes. When things like this kept happening it made it really difficult for me to read. Because if it can't happen then it is not believable and I am just not a fan. So yeah.

The other big issue I had is that *spoiler alert* Olive never fessed up to not having a fiance! Seth thought she had a fiance, was falling for her, they even had sexy times and she still didn't say anything! Really she was falling for him, but instead of doing anything she was just like welp, I guess that is that. Time to go home to my boring life I am realizing I might not like that much and forget about doing anything to even try and be happy with Seth because...well then I would have to do something. It was bad. I didn't like it. Really I don't know why she didn't tell Seth right away after the flight that she wasn't engaged. Because there was no reason to keep up the false pretenses. And I don't like that she was willing to let Seth think that she was cheating on her fiance with him. Because that is just not cool.

So yeah, this was definitely not the book for me. All of the things that couldn't happen, or wouldn't happen (like everyone in a cafe would stare at you in NYC when you walk in because of some sketch comedy show the night prior is a bit ridiculous. I mean no one cares about you in NYC. You could walk down the street naked and no one would give you a second glance. There is a reason movie stars live there), plus not actually liking the main character made it not good for me.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Advanced Physical Chemistry (Chemistry Lessons #3) by Susannah Nix

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After four lousy boyfriends in a row, chemical engineer Penny Popplestone swears off men until she can figure out why they keep cheating on her. But her no-men resolution hits a snag when the mysterious and superhumanly hot barista at her favorite coffee shop strikes up a friendship with her.

Penny strives to keep things platonic, but when Caleb gives her the kiss of her life, she realizes he wants to be more than just friends. Tired of always being “good little Penny,” she throws caution to the wind and pursues a no-strings fling with the hottie barista. It’s not like they have anything in common beyond scorching physical chemistry, so what does she have to lose?

Only her heart.

Now, this fanfic-reading, plus-size heroine faces an unsolvable problem. What do you do when being apart is unbearable…but being together is impossible?

Advanced Physical Chemistry is the third in a series of standalone rom-coms featuring geeky heroines who work in STEM fields.


Advanced Physical Chemistry is the first book I have read by this author, but it won't be the last. I really enjoyed this story full of people who seem very real and the situations they get themselves into. It was a lot of fun. 

Penny doesn't have the best luck in the boyfriend department. She uprooted her life following one of them only to find that he was cheating on her. Just like every other boyfriend she has had. She is super sweet and kind, is not a stick thin model, super smart and wonderful to read. Sure she has some body confidence issues, but who wouldn't if you had all of your boyfriends cheat on you. But she is making the most of her life in her new city. Making new friends and making it home. 

Caleb is the "hottie barista" at the local coffee shop Penny goes to every day. He has a plan for his life, everything is mapped out for him. Only maybe he doesn't want that life after all? Penny never thought he liked her, he never talks to her when she comes in for her coffee until suddenly it seems like maybe he is not so uninterested? Maybe they can be friends because that is what Penny does, befriends people. And really he is the hottie barista, he wouldn't want her. Only Caleb might not be so happy being just friends. 

I really liked Caleb. He tries to hard to do the right thing and not hurt anyone. He knows how his life is going to go so he tries to stay away from Penny. Because it would never work no matter how much he might want it to. Only he can't stay away for long when she starts working her way into his life. The two of them were so cute together. What started as a no-strings fling becomes something more. Something so much more and you can really see how much these two care for each other. It was heartbreaking reading because you know what is coming, but you have to hope they can somehow figure out a way to make things work. Because when you find that person, someone who makes your life so much better, you don't want to let them go. I loved Penny and Caleb and their story. It was a fun read and I can't wait to read more from this author.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


“Can we talk?” Penny tilted her head toward the back. “Privately.” Was it her imagination, or did Caleb’s eyes widen momentarily in fear?

He wiped his hands on a dishtowel and nodded. “Sure.”

She trailed after him down the back hallway, past the restrooms. He halted in front of the office door and turned around to face her. It was quieter back here. The voices of the businessmen had faded to a dull murmur, blending with the white noise hum of the refrigerator case at the end of the hall.

Neither of them spoke. They were standing close enough that she could see the gold in his eyes. As they stared at one another, the memory of the kiss floated in the air between them. Their fevered breaths. The way he’d moaned into her mouth. Penny licked her lips.

“I owe you an apology,” Caleb said.

The words punctured her thin bubble of hope. “I see.”

“I shouldn’t have kissed you like that.”

“Why not?” she heard herself say a little too loudly.

He flinched at the challenge in her tone. “What?”

“Why shouldn’t you have kissed me?”

The bell on the front door jangled, and there was a murmur of voices as more customers came in. Malik was out front. He could handle them.

Caleb shuffled his feet like he was itching to escape. “Um…”

“Do you have a girlfriend?” Penny asked.

He shook his head at the floor. “No, nothing like that.”

She rested her hands on her hips. “Did you not mean to do it? Am I supposed to believe it was some sort of accident? That you tripped and fell onto my face?”

“No, of course not, I—”

“Because I’m trying to understand why you’d do something like that and then run off and leave me standing there. And why you’re apologizing now for kissing me instead of for running off.”

“I’m sorry for that part too,” he said quietly.

“It wasn’t very nice.”

“You’re right, it wasn’t. I’m sorry.” God, he was beautiful when he was being contrite. It made it impossible to think straight.

Penny stared at his collarbone, which was also stupidly attractive, but not quite as distracting as his face. “So why did you do it?”

“Run off? Or kiss you?”

“Both. Either. Why are you being so weird about all of it?”

“Um.” He shifted his weight, lowering his eyes to the floor. If she hadn’t been standing between him and escape, he might have actually bolted like a horse.

She crossed her arms. “Did you not want to kiss me?”

“No, I…” He trailed off, rubbing his palms on his thighs.

Penny waited. She was prepared to wait all day if that was what it took.

He looked up. “I’ve wanted to kiss you for a long time.”

That stopped her in her tracks. “W—what?”

His eyes looked into hers. “You heard me.”

Something burned in her chest, constricting her voice to a whisper. “But you don’t even like me.”

“That’s not true.” He looked pained.

How long was a long time? Since last summer when he’d started working here? Did that mean—could she have been dating Caleb instead of Kenneth? She tried to picture it. Caleb asking her on a date, taking her out to dinner. Smiling across the table as he tried to charm her, hoping for a goodnight kiss at the end of the evening. She couldn’t even picture the smiling part, much less the rest of it.

She tried to clear her throat and made a choking sound instead. “You acted like you didn’t like me.”

“I was trying to keep my distance.” His expression turned reproachful. “You had a boyfriend.”

“Who was a cheating jerk. Which you could have told me at any time.” If Caleb had ever given her even the slightest hint he was actually interested in her, she would have dropped Kenneth like the flaming bag of dog poop he’d turned out to be.

“I was afraid you’d hate me if I was the one to tell you.”

Unbelievable. Literally, it was impossible to believe this man who’d barely acknowledged her existence had actually been attracted to her all this time. It was inconceivable, and not in the Princess Bride sense of the word.

And yet…he had kissed her. It hadn’t been a half-hearted kiss either. That was a serious kiss he’d given her. Deadly serious.

Penny swallowed. “I don’t have a boyfriend anymore.”

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About the Author:

Susannah Nix lives in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, watching stupid amounts of television, and getting distracted by Tumblr. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.


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Glam Squad & Groomsmen (Enchanted Bridal #4) by Samantha Chase

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Dressing up as a bride once a week is all fun and games until you come face to face with your ex.

Penny Blake loves her job with Enchanted Bridal. She gets to model wedding gowns and help brides plan for their big day. And yet…she’s wanting a little more. Besides wishing for her own happily ever after, she has big dreams of making her own contribution to the business in the form of her own glam squad. Her bosses all think it’s a great idea, but right now she’s needed in other ways – like helping out with the groomsmen.

Was there any greater form of torture than having to help your sister plan her wedding?

That’s what Spencer Buchanan is facing and although he goes into it with a bit of an attitude, running into the girl who got away – three times! – suddenly made this whole wedding planning thing a lot more bearable. Moving back home was never part of his plan, but once Spencer sees Penny again, all bets are off. And having her help him with his fittings on his tux turn into his favorite pastime ever! 


Glam Squad & Groomsmen was a cute read. Penny and Spencer grew up together and liked each other, they even had a pretend wedding when they were really young, but things didn't work out the way they planned. They dated, but Spencer broke Penny's heart on more than one occasion. And it really hurt her. The things he said, why he broke things off, upset Penny a great deal. 

Spencer has always thought that Penny was the one for him, but it hasn't worked out in the past. Now that he has seen her again though, he is helping his sister plan her wedding and Penny just happens to work at Enchanted Bridal, he can't help but wonder if he can recapture what he has always wanted. If he can get her to give him another chance at happiness. 

It wasn't easy with these two. Penny has been burned too much in the past to just let Spencer in again no matter how much she might want to. Because she is not sure she can trust him to not hurt her again. To not leave her again. And this time it would really devastate her. Penny was super sweet and kind, but she does have a bit too much pride at times. She has dreams and things she would like to accomplish and she thinks people see her as not so smart. Not good enough. But she loves what she does and she has great ideas. If only she could come up with a way to make her dreams a reality. 

Spencer was really sweet as well. Sure he messed up in the past, but he was only a kid. They both were. He still messes up a bit now, but he only tries to do what Penny wants. Because he cares about her so much he just wants her to be happy. It doesn't help that they don't live in the same town, or the same area even, so things are a bit tricky. They were cute together and I enjoyed watching them try and figure out how to make things work this time. 

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Need You for Mine (Heroes of St. Helena #3) by Marina Adair

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Every red-blooded male in St. Helena wants Harper Owens…as a friend. Despite her efforts at seduction, Harper seems to be destined to end up alone. The only guy with a knack for unleashing her inner vixen is firefighter and resident rule-breaker Adam Baudouin. Agreeing to a faux-mance could help him secure a promotion—and save her family’s lingerie shop, the Boulder Holder. But playing with fire has consequences. Especially when the flame comes courtesy of St. Helena’s own Five-Alarm Casanova.…

None of Adam’s quick-and-easy hookups have prepared him for a connection this extraordinary. There’s more to the milk-and-cookies art teacher that he’d love to explore. But first he has to convince her to trust the town’s most notorious playboy. Even tougher—he’ll have to trust himself to be the real-life hero this warm and sexy woman deserves.


Need You for Mine was so much fun to read! I really love these stories and will need to read more from this author. So cute, and hot, and fun, and everything I wanted. 

Harper is friends with everyone. And just friends. She keeps crushing on guys only to be put firmly in the friend zone. And she is tired of it. She wants to be in a loving relationship. She wants to get married and have kids and everything. But will she be able to find someone who will see her and love her for who she is? She grew up with an actress mother who out shown her and she was always overlooked. Still is, but she thinks she is finally going to find her guy. Finally get what she has always wanted. She has been there for the new doctor and helped him get his life back together, helped with his son, and now she is ready for them to take the next move. He is going to do it. It is their time. Only someone else keeps getting in the way. 

Adam is a ladies man. He doesn't want a relationship. Doesn't want to be tied down. If you just get in and out, one night no strings, no one gets hurt. He can't disappoint anyone. He grew up in town, grew up with Harper, but never really noticed her. Until they run into each other one night and he really sees her for the first time. Although the timing of everything is not so good for him. Plus he knows miss sunshine and rainbows is not a one night stand kind of girl. She would want forever and he can't give that to her. 

But what happens when these two keep getting mixed up with each other? When their lives intertwine and they need each others help? Oh, it was fun. Adam doesn't want a relationship, doesn't want to want Haper, but he does. She calms him and makes him feel settled in a way no one ever has. She sees the real him, the super sweet, kind, caring guy he is beneath his reputation. How he is a leader, helps others when needed, is just really a great guy. And Adam sees Harper. The real her. He doesn't overlook her or miss how amazing she is. They have a serious connection but can they work out long term? I loved these two. Their story was super cute and sweet, but also hot hot hot, and fun and everything wrapped up in one great story. It was so much fun to read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, March 12, 2018

Release Blitz: Hero (Morgan Brothers) by Lauren Rowe

Hero by Lauren Rowe is now live!! I love these Morgan brothers so much and Colby is no exception!

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A standalone contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS SERIES from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe. The story of firefighter Colby Morgan that proves heroes come in many forms . .

The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together.

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively.

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words.

No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit.

When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul.

She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling.

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me.

And I fell in love.

But what I didn’t know . . . what I couldn’t possibly know . . . was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.


Hero was a great read. A bit emotional for me and as I was reading it on the train I kept telling myself not to tear up. People will think I am that weirdo crying on the train for no reason. But Colby and Lydia tugged so hard on  my heartstrings it was hard to keep it together, and I am not a cryer. They are both so beautiful and broken in different ways, but they help each other be stronger. To fix themseleves. To be better people and work through their issues. I loved this story so much.

Colby is a firefighter who was injured on the job. He just couldn't give up and had to stay and try to make sure everyone was out. In doing so he is a hero, but an injured one. I loved Colby so so much. He is normally the quiet one, the one that sits back and lets others talk, but with Lydia he is not like that. With Lydia he is a chatterbox. Right from the first moments he wants to be with her. Sure he can't for many reasons, but that doesn't stop him from trying to win her over. He is such a sweetheart!

Lydia has had a rough time of it. She is still trying to heal from her last heartbreaks, but it is hard. She has three young kids to take care of and doesn't really have time for much else. She is a physical therapist and a really good one at that. When she is assigned to help Colby recover from his injuries she sees it as a way to help herself heal. To help her get over what happened. She doesn't count on how charming he is, how kind and sweet and funny. How she will start to fall for him and want things she shouldn't.

These two were heartbreaking to read. I loved them so much together, but they both have been through so much and have a long way to go. Lydia's kids are are also so sweet. I loved how they each have their own personalities and relationship with Colby and everyone else. I loved how supportive Lydia and Colby were for each other. How they step back and really make sure that they are doing this right. Because Lydia is it for Colby and he doesn't want to mess this up. As long as she wants him around he will do what he can to make them a little family. To suport and love and be there for everyone. I love these Morgan brothers. They are all so sweet, so kind, so caring. And Lydia and her family are a great addition to the mix. She has a lot of rough times to still deal with, but if she can handle it everything will be amazing. She will gain so much.

I loved this story. It made me tear up, it pulled on my hearstrings, but it made me so hopeful and happy as well. It was a wonderful read and a great addition to this series.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

About the Author:

USA Today and internationally bestselling author Lauren Rowe lives in San Diego, California, where, in addition to writing books, she performs with her dance/party band at events all over Southern California, writes songs, takes embarrassing snapshots of her ever- patient Boston terrier, Buster, spends time with her family, and narrates audiobooks. Much to Lauren’s thrill, her books have been translated all over the world in multiple languages and hit multiple domestic and international bestseller lists. To find out about Lauren’s upcoming releases and giveaways, sign up for Lauren’s emails at Lauren loves to hear from readers! Send Lauren an email from her website, say hi on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook by searching for @laurenrowebooks.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Release Day: Tap That by R.C. Boldt & Jennifer Blackwood

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The beer's not the only thing getting tapped.


I have a problem. A doe-eyed brunette in the form of my new co-worker. She’s taken my promotion and I intend to do everything in my power to get it back. To prove I’m the man for the job.

Nobody warned me that one night with her would change everything.


The rules are simple. Complete two months of training at my new job at On Tap Brewery and I’ll keep my manager position. Fail, and I’ll have to crawl back to my parents and die a slow and painful death at a desk job.

I never would’ve guessed I’d have to choose between this promotion…or love.


Tap That was so much fun! I had read both of these authors before so when I saw that they were writing a story together I knew I needed to read it. And it did not disappoint. Callie and Reid have that whole hate each other but really like each other thing going on. And I loved it!

Callie needs her job at the microbrewery. She doesn't know what she will do if she loses it, but she is not going to lose it. Even though she hates beer she can do this job. She is sure of it. Even if she does get herself in some pretty humorous situations. 

Reid wants the promotion to manager at the microbrewery where he has been working forever. He knows his stuff, he is a great worker, he knows he can do this. Only his boss brings in an outsider to train for the position. Callie. He will do whatever it takes to get what should have been his, no matter that he is super attracted to her. That he kind of wants to make out with her and starts to like her and all that. No, he has to keep his eye on the prize. And that gets a bit messy. 

I loved Callie and Reid together. They both want the same job and Reid was not the nicest when they start out. He knows Callie's secrets, and she really shouldn't like him, but he is also secretly so sweet and kind and caring. He is kind of wonderful and his mysterious Thursday nights don't help her keep her distance. And Callie is a sweetheart even if Reid is a bit of a jerk. When they start to get closer they were wonderful together. Of course they can't date or anything, no fraternizing at work, but how can they keep away? They were a lot of fun and it takes some of them a bit of time to figure out what they need to do, what is right in front of them, what is really important, but in the end it is worth it. Because these two were meant to be together they just have to figure everything else out first. 

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

About Jennifer Blackwood:

Jennifer is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her kiddo, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.

About RC Boldt:

RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you're in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can't recall the lyrics to a particular 80's song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she's your girl.

Release Day: Marriage of Inconvenience (Knitting in the City #7) by Penny Reid

Marriage of Inconvenience, an all new romantic comedy standalone in the USA Today bestselling, Knitting in the City Series by Penny Reid, is LIVE!

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There are three things you need to know about Kat Tanner (aka Kathleen Tyson. . . and yes, she is *that* Kathleen Tyson): 1) She’s determined to make good decisions, 2) She must get married ASAP, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Being a billionaire heiress isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks. Determined to live a quiet life, Kat Tanner changed her identity years ago and eschewed her family’s legacy. But now, Kat’s silver spoon past has finally caught up with her, and so have her youthful mistakes. To avoid imminent disaster, she must marry immediately; it is essential that the person she chooses have no romantic feelings for her whatsoever and be completely trustworthy.

Fortunately, she knows exactly who to ask. Dan O’Malley checks all the boxes: single, romantically indifferent to her, completely trustworthy. Sure, she might have a wee little crush on Dan the Security Man, but with clear rules, expectations, and a legally binding contract, Kat is certain she can make it through this debacle with her sanity—and heart—all in one piece.

Except, what happens when Dan O’Malley isn’t as indifferent—or as trustworthy—as she thought?

About the Author: 

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Teaser: Hero by Lauren Rowe

Hero, an all-new sexy standalone romance by Lauren Rowe is coming March 12th!

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A standalone contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS SERIES from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe. The story of firefighter Colby Morgan that proves heroes come in many forms . .

The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together.

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively.

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words.

No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit.

When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul.

She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling.

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me.

And I fell in love.

But what I didn’t know . . . what I couldn’t possibly know . . . was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Pretty Stolen Dolls (Pretty Little Dolls #1) by Ker Dukey & K. Webster

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This is a Dark title with adult themes

From Bestselling Authors Ker Dukey & K Webster comes,
Pretty Stolen Dolls.

Benny loves his pretty little dolls.
As long as they do exactly as they're told.
He keeps them perfect by brushing their hair
and gives them pretty dresses to wear.
He likes to toy with them late at night.
One so timid but the other likes to fight.
When his favorite doll runs away...
despite the other doll promising to stay,
his heart becomes broken and he can't help but cry.
He wants her back home or his pretty little doll must die.

Have you ever had to make a decision that haunts you every single day for the rest of your life…the life you stole back?
I have.
I ran for my survival, rocks and twigs cutting into the soles of my feet, my lungs burning and screaming for rest, every muscle tensed and fighting along with me for existence.
I left her.
I ran, ran, ran—from Benny and his lone, pretty little doll—until I couldn’t remember where to find them again.
I’m sorry.


Pretty Stolen Dolls was...not my favorite read. It seems like everyone loved this story, but I am not sure why. The characters, the story, everything was a bit blah and/or not realistic. Oh well. *Note: some slight spoilers ahead*

Jade and her sister were kidnapped when they were kids. For four years she was held by Benny in a basement somewhere and terrible things happened. She was able to escape, but can't remember where she came from. Her sister is still there and she hasn't been able to find her and save her. So now it is years later and Jade is a police officer who is still obsessed with finding Benny and her sister. She lives with her boyfriend who was the boy next door and has been there for her since she escaped. He is kind and caring and supportive even when she is a bit crazy obsessed, but he loves her. And she doesn't love him. Though she thinks she should.

So Jade. She is the main character and she didn't read like a real person to me. She obviously has issues, who wouldn't if they went through what she went through? did she become a cop? She really doesn't seem fit to be one. I get that she wants to catch the bad guys and save people like her sister, but...she didn't seem real. Like how could she just do whatever she wanted as a cop? That is not really how cops work. She was way too messed up in the head to be working with guns. Plus I...I didn't like her. I didn't care for how she switched from one thing to the other so quickly. Like she had a boyfriend, but then they broke up in a crazy fight. So then she is working with her partner who up until now she has found disgusting and didn't like at all, but suddenly he is so hot and her soul mate. It was like wait what? I didn't get it. How did she just do a total 180? The whole story was kind of like that. Things suddenly happening and it didn't make much sense.

This story itself was just so so for me and it felt a bit...blah. I love dark reads, I love horror, this should have been right up my alley, but it was not that good. The story felt like it lacked something. I couldn't connect to the characters or what happened and it was all too quick and easy. Oh well. It did end on a cliffhanger, but I didn't enjoy it enough to read on and see what happens.

Rating:  ★

Friday, March 2, 2018

Divine (House of Oak #2) by Nichole Van

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Time is a vast cosmic sea, where each life exists as rippling circles on its surface, past and future being eternally present. And occasionally, one expanding ring tangles with that of another, linking two lives together even though separated by centuries...

Georgiana Knight--born in the nineteenth century, but now living in 2013--has certain standards when it comes to mysteries: they must involve blood curdling threats, late-night rendezvous and the terror of Imminent Danger. So far, her current mystery has been a terrible disappointment. No ghosts, no dastardly villains, not even an actual murder weapon. Just a suspicious symbol, a drawing of a bloody dagger, and an old love letter. Though the centuries-old love letter is written in her own handwriting, so that's something, right? And there is a time portal in her cellar. Should she risk giving up hot showers and return to the past to discover the mysterious stranger who inspired (will inspire?) her passionate letter?

In 1813, Sebastian Carew has his own mystery to solve. As a teenager, he fell madly in love with his childhood friend, Georgiana. Ten years later, he returns from fighting abroad as an eligible man of fortune who must marry. And soon. He is determined to fend off fortune-hunting women, find Georgiana and win her affections. However, she has utterly vanished. Can he divine the truth of her disappearance and convince her to marry him before time runs out?


I really enjoyed Divine. It felt like the story and writing and everything was tightened up a bit from the first book. Not that I didn't enjoy book one, but this one felt a bit cleaner. It was a lot of fun. 

Georgina is currently in 2013. She was brought through a time portal at the end of the first book to cure her of an illness that would have killed her in her own time. She was so much fun even though she could be a bit dense and silly at times. She loves a good mystery so when she finds a love letter from the past written in her own handwriting what is she to do? She can't just ignore that! She must go investigate!

Sebastian has always loved Georgina, but he had to make something of himself before he could come back and ask for her hand. Now he has, and he has to get married quickly, so he is trying to track her down. Only problem? She seems to have disappeared. 

These two were so much fun to read. I loved how Seb loved Georgie. They were both so silly in the best of ways. 

"How was she to live without someone to keep track of her toes? She was completely toe-irresponsible."

He was always there for her wanting to take care of her and keep her safe. Not that she needed it, but it was really sweet. And Georgie was strong and independent and took forever to realize that she was in love with Seb as well, but that was okay. Through it all there is a mystry of who is Lord Zeus and what is really going on. Georgina has a tendency to get a bit carried away, but I loved that she could reel it back in and think rationally when needed. Seb and Georgie, oh how much fun they were to read. I loved watching the two of them fall in love and work everything out. Now on to book 3!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2