Saturday, June 30, 2018

Review of The Cottages on Silver Beach

Brief Summary of The Cottages on Silver Beach 

Years after betraying her, he's back in Haven Point…and ready to learn the truth.

Megan Hamilton never really liked Elliot Bailey. He turned his back on her family when they needed him the most and it almost to
e them all apart. So she's shocked when Elliot arrives at her family's inn, needing a place to stay and asking questions that dredge up the past. Megan will rent him a cottage, but that's where it ends-no matter how gorgeous Elliot has become. 

Coming back home to Haven Point was the last thing bestselling writer Elliot Bailey thought he'd ever do. But the book he's writing now is his most personal one yet and it's drawn him back to the woman he can't get out of his mind. Seeing Megan again is harder than he expected and it brings up feelings he'd thought were long buried. Could this be his chance to win over his first love?


My Review

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest unbiased review. I am a huge fan of RaeAnne Thayne so when I got the opportunity to read the Cottages on Silver Beach I jumped at the chance. This is the 8th book in the Haven Point series. 

As always RaeAnne Thayne did a great job of creating well developed characters. From the moment that you open the book to the very last page are able to truly able to understand Megan and Elliot and their relationship. I felt even though I have read other books in the series that this one could be definitely be picked up by someone who hasn't read the other ones in the series and be just fine understanding what is going on as it stands alone fine. 

In addition to well developed characters I also think that the storyline was also well done by RaeAnne. The mystery aspect in adds in addition to the romance really keeps you interested through out the story. 

I can't wait to read the next book in the series to see what she has in store for us as readers! 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Review of Rainy Day Friends

Brief Book Summary Courtesy of William Morrow Paperbacks 

Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife. 

Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person?  Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.

Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Brown changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.


Review: 

I received an ARC of Rainy Day Friends from the author in exchange for an unbiased review. From very first moment that I opened this book to the very last page, Jill Shalvis has you hooked. She  does such a fantastic job of mixing romance, humor and drama all in one book. 

The character development was outstanding. I really enjoyed seeings the romance grow between Lanie and Mark. In addition, I also enjoyed seeing the relationship between Marks twin daughters and Lanie. It was precious. Especially knowing that they grew up not having a mother other than his family since theirs walked out on them. 

Another part of the book that Jill did a great job on was the humor that she added. She does this in all her books. She adds just enough to make you chuckle along with the crying parts! Honestly, it is one of the reasons I keep on coming back for her books! 

Lastly and most importantly the storyline was phenomenal. Just like the last two books in this series, Jill made this one as gripping from the very first page. I can wait to see what she has in store next! 

One of my favorite quotes from the book, "Try cupcakes. My grandma's cupcakes can make anyone happy."

Monday, April 30, 2018

Review of the Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis


Brief Summary Courtesy of Goodreads: 

After a difficult few years, Tilly Adams is ready for life to start going right. Though she has a case of first day nerves teaching art at the local community college, she knows it isn't anything a few snuggles from her rescue puppy won't cure. Until she sees Dylan Scott again, her one-time BFF and first love sitting in the front row.

Dylan knows he should've left well enough alone, but when he sees Tilly living her dream, he can't help but make contact. Ten years ago, he left Wildstone and everything in it behind, including Tilly. He had his reasons, but now he wants her back in his life, anyway he can get her.

When Tilly agrees to design the logo for Dylan's new helicopter touring company, it's business only...until she finds herself falling into his arms once again. Can she possibly open her heart back up to the only man who's ever broken it? But soon they're both realizing the truth - love always deserves a second chance.

My Review: 

I received an ARC of this book in an exchange for an honest, unbiased review. I am a huge fan of Jill Shalvis' books so when I got the opportunity to read the newest book in the Wildstone Series I jumped at the chance. After reading the first book I was very interested to learn more about Tilly's character so I was excited to learn this short novella was about Tilly. I was also excited to see that the love interest was her friend Dylan. 

I think Jill did a great job as always by creating well developed characters from the very first page that you read to the very last one. I think no matter what book you pick up in the series, you the reader understand the backstory of the characters as much as you need to. 

In addition, I think that she did a great job of creating the right level of drama and romance in the book. She didn't have everything happen out perfectly. The characters really had to work out things to get to their end solution. In addition, I think it was interesting to read more about Dylan's character because you learned more about him in this book than you did in the last one that Tilly was in. Lastly, I truly enjoyed seeing Tilly and her sisters relationship grow even more in this book. You saw this even more since returning to town a couple years after she left. 

I am very excited to read more in the Wildstone series as this book did not disappoint. Great job Jill! 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Review of More to Love by Alison Bliss

Book Summary courtesy of Forever

Jessa Gibson may be new in the little town of Granite, Texas, but in no time at all her gourmet food truck business is booming. Soon she'll have enough money to open the restaurant of her dreams. But first, she'll have to appease the hot local health inspector, no matter how strange his "violations" sound to her. No pink plastic gloves? Really?

Max Hager isn't exactly who he says he is. Pretending to be a health inspector is a (mostly) innocent mistake. A mistake made way worse by Max's immediate, electrifying attraction to the curvy, sexy, redheaded chef. Throw in a whole lot of lust, and things in Jessa's little kitchen are about to really start heating up. But can Max find a way to come clean with Jessa before his little deception turns into a recipe for disaster?

My review

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This is the first book that I have read of Alison Bliss’s. What really grabbed my attention to read this book was the title and the cover of this book. So when I was given the opportunity to read the book I jumped at the chance.

I think that Alison did a great job in the beginning of describing the first character Max. As a reader you got to read his backstory and why he was in the town he was in.  However, after that I could not get into the story. I found it hard to connect with the two main characters and to see their love start to develop. I didn't really see a connection between the two of them either.

Although there was good humor at times I just didn't connect with this story. Not to say that other readers won’t enjoy and connect to the story but it wasn't for me.  

Friday, February 23, 2018

Brother's Keeper II: LIAM Review











Book Summary:
Running blind, and hiding in plain sight may be your only option, when your villain isn’t just behind you but all around you. When a past Felicity Nichols thought was dead and buried threatens everyone she loves, that’s exactly what she encounters. There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide because her villain can follow her anywhere.

Liam O’Reilly is as loyal and protective as they come. When Felicity falls victim to a cyber stalker who wants something she has, he will stop at nothing to protect her and his family from the danger threatening them at every turn. Technology may make life easier for some, but it’s the smoking gun that can end it all for others.

Power, and money will never be enough – it will only get you so far. The power struggle threatens to turn deadly when Liam meets his match, behind the computer screen, in a race of wills against time.

Can Liam overcome his own past, or will it cost him another broken heart and shattered soul. Can Felicity be the light in his darkness and reveal that love is the most dangerous weapon of all?

Will Liam and Brother’s Keeper Security be able to bring a faceless predator to justice? Or, will Liam lose more than just a second chance at love? One thing is certain… sometimes you have to break the rules to protect what you love.

My Review:

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This is my very first book that I have read of Stephanie St. Klaire's. I have always wanted to read one of her books so when I got the opportunity I jumped at the chance. This book interested me because of not only who the author was but what the story was about.

This book does a great job of mixing romance and suspense into one great book. Having not read the first book in the series I didn't feel like I missed a bunch of information where the book didn't make sense. I think Stephanie does a great job of giving you enough information about the characters that you get caught up fast on them but not too much where it drags on.

Stephanie does a great job of grabbing your attention also right away in the book from the very first page. You want to know what the main character Felicity is doing and how Liam (the other main character) is involved and how everything will end so you just have to keep on reading.

 I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more from Stephanie!


BROTHER'S KEEPER II: LIAM by Stephanie St. Klaire just released and for a VERY limited time, you can grab it for just $1.99!



AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Stephanie St. Klaire debuted in 2016, launching her writing career with Rescued, the first book in the widely popular, five book series known as McKenzie Ridge. Stephanie is a Pacific Northwest native currently living in Oregon with her husband, five children, and two ferocious lap dogs.
As a writer, Stephanie brings realistic circumstances to the pages, and fills them with real emotion, reactions, and outcomes. Her characters are passionate, have bold personalities, and full of life. She writes happily ever after’s, with plenty of twists, turns, drama, and of course, steamy romance.
Stephanie has always been a story teller, with the gift of “gab”, and a life-long goal to be a writer. Unfortunate circumstances with her health, finally afforded her the time to do so. Irony at its best, she began writing her first novel at an adverse time, to escape her circumstance and explore the stories in her imagination for relief. She is happy to share those stories with her readers, and bring a little fun, entertainment, and of course smexy characters to the pages.

Follow Stephanie St. Klaire on Social media to learn more about her, and to keep up with her work.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Release Day Blitz: Brothers Keeper II: Liam by Stephanie St Klaire


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Synopsis:

Running blind, and hiding in plain sight may be your only option, when your villain isn’t just behind you but all around you. When a past Felicity Nichols thought was dead and buried threatens everyone she loves, that’s exactly what she encounters. There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide because her villain can follow her anywhere.
Liam O’Reilly is as loyal and protective as they come. When Felicity falls victim to a cyber stalker who wants something she has, he will stop at nothing to protect her and his family from the danger threatening them at every turn. Technology may make life easier for some, but it’s the smoking gun that can end it all for others.
Power, and money will never be enough – it will only get you so far. The power struggle threatens to turn deadly when Liam meets his match, behind the computer screen, in a race of wills against time.
Can Liam overcome his own past, or will it cost him another broken heart and shattered soul. Can Felicity be the light in his darkness and reveal that love is the most dangerous weapon of all?
Will Liam and Brother’s Keeper Security be able to bring a faceless predator to justice? Or, will Liam lose more than just a second chance at love? One thing is certain… sometimes you have to break the rules to protect what you love.

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Excerpt:

“We are not going in there. I’m not taking off my clothes, and you certainly aren’t parading around in front of all these men in…in…well, you know.”
A certain awareness fell over her at his last statement, and she was prepared to exploit it. “Well, well, well…are you jealous, O’Reilly?”
“Jealous? Of course not!” He was offended and still whispering…loudly. “I mean, we just don’t know…these people. I don’t want you…taken advantage of…because that would be…”
If Liam’s head could explode, Felicity was certain it would, given how wound up he was. “Would be what…Liam?” Her voice dropped to a sultry hum. “Why can’t I take every bit of clothing off and stand right here, completely bare. It’s not like you haven’t seen it before.” Felicity slowly started to unbutton her shirt.
“I…uh…” Liam looked around for prying eyes before landing his back on hers. It took everything to keep his view locked and not drift downward to appreciate the ample cleavage and perfectly sun kissed tone stomach she was revealing.
She paused when she reached the final button and let her shirt fly open. “Your turn, O’Reilly…start with your shirt.”
When he didn’t immediately comply, she took a step closer, narrowing the gap between them. With a tilt to her head, she dragged the back of her finger down her own cheek to her collar bone and let it rest just above her breast. Liam remembered where he was and took a big step backward while aggressively clearing his throat in a semi-cough as if it would also clear the dirty thoughts she was provoking.
“This isn’t right,” he preached. “We can’t go in there naked. That’s like a private thing.”
“Really? When did you become such a prude? I’m guessing your brothers would run right in and show off the goods.” She laughed.
“Well I’m not my brothers,” he defended. “Wait. Have you been here with them?” Liam rested his hands on his halfcocked hips while a troubled expression led to a disappointed shake of his head. “It really wouldn’t surprise me if Dace has a membership. He’s always trying to flash his damn pecker.”
“Oh my God.” Felicity laughed, buttoning up her shirt. “You really need to loosen up, Liam. You don’t have to take your clothes off.”
She pointed to the sign right behind him that touring visitors didn’t have to remove clothing.
“Were you just trying to get me naked?” Liam was shocked by her behavior, or so he wanted her to believe. He was really more embarrassed than anything. “There is something wrong with you. And it was one time, Felicity. We should have never let that happen.”
“So you remind me…every single day.” His words stung. It was clear by the hurt in her tone.
“That’s not what I meant, Felicity, and you know it.”
“Oh, I know what you meant.” She turned and slowly started up the path.
“Felicity…”
Liam didn’t get to finish whatever he was about to say, nor did Felicity get very far because at that very moment, Dick the dog reminded them of his presence by chasing a taunting squirrel. Up the path he went, across the family picnic on the grassy lawn, through the putting green and he just kept going, his playful bark, albeit loud, indicating this was his new favorite game.
Liam and Felicity chased after him, Liam screaming Dick while Felicity laughed her ass off. It was that moment in the park all over again, only this time, Liam was running like a maniac, screaming Dick through crowds of naked strangers.
“Why does this keep happening to me?” he shouted over his shoulder. “Dick, come…”
“Karma…and because it’s funny.” Felicity laughed herself breathless.
“Will you call him? He listens to women better.”
“No. It’s better when you do it. A little louder Liam. Maybe he can’t hear you,” she said.
Dick,” he yelled louder like she suggested. “Bad boy, come!”
Families skirted their children out of Liam’s path, covering their children’s ears while shocking sharp gasps fell all around them. They continued to run through the field, past the community pool, around the ninth hole on the golf course, to the top of the grassy knoll.
Liam looked to Felicity, realizing what he had fallen for. “You’re a pain in the ass…kind of a jerk. I hope that dog pisses in your car on the way back.”
Felicity tossed her head back in laughter, her run stalling to a jog, then a brisk walk while she caught her breath. Dick had been caught just up ahead, and the chase was over. A large man was knelt on one knee, on the other side of Dick, petting him while he talked to him.
“He’s not even holding his collar,” Liam whispered to Felicity. “Dog whisperer or what?”
“Oh my God!” Felicity squealed. “Johnson?”
“Felicity Nichols, I’ll be damned,” the man said. “What brings you out here? Say, this your Dick?”

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

  Stephanie St. Klaire debuted in 2016, launching her writing career with Rescued, the first book in the widely popular, five book series known as McKenzie Ridge. Stephanie is a Pacific Northwest native currently living in Oregon with her husband, five children, and two ferocious lap dogs. As a writer, Stephanie brings realistic circumstances to the pages, and fills them with real emotion, reactions, and outcomes. Her characters are passionate, have bold personalities, and full of life. She writes happily ever after’s, with plenty of twists, turns, drama, and of course, steamy romance. Stephanie has always been a story teller, with the gift of “gab”, and a life-long goal to be a writer. Unfortunate circumstances with her health, finally afforded her the time to do so. Irony at its best, she began writing her first novel at an adverse time, to escape her circumstance and explore the stories in her imagination for relief. She is happy to share those stories with her readers, and bring a little fun, entertainment, and of course smexy characters to the pages. Follow Stephanie St. Klaire on Social media to learn more about her, and to keep up with her work.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Review of About that Kiss



Brief Summary Courtesy of Avon
   
When love drives you crazy . . .

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.



My Review:
  
I received an ARC of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. I am a huge fan of Jill Shalvis and her books so when I got the opportunity to read the newest book in her Heartbreaker Bay series, About that Kiss, I jumped at the chance. Just like her previous books Jill does a great job of mixing in humor, mystery, romance and friendship all into one book.

In addition to a great storyline Jill also provided you with well developed characters, Kylie and Joe. You really felt like you knew their past and how they came to be who they are today.


I really felt a connection with the storyline in this book of Jill's. I think she did a good job of really developing their relationship. Having it grow from nothing to something. She also made it realistic that things don't always go as planned in relationships and sometimes it is hard for people to open up in the beginning no matter how well they know the person.




Can't wait to read more in this series and it is always fun to try and figure out who the next couple is going to be in her books. I recommend this book to readers who love romance, mystery and humor. With this book you hit gold.