Contemporary Romance

Review: The Best Kind of Trouble

The Best Kind of Trouble
The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

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A gorgeously witty, scorching and tender story of a rock god and a librarian who reunite years after a blazing two week liaison. They were young and silly, but now they’ve grown up and can’t deny there’s still an intense energy between them.

Even though rock stars and librarians seem to be in vogue, this first book in the Hurley Boys series cannot be mistaken this for the quintessential rock star story. Sure there’s sex (lots of sizzling hot scenes), drugs (not the main character) and rock and roll (we get to follow the entire process from making an album to going on tour). But this is an incredibly slow and sweet rediscovery of two people who met once and now have grown and matured.

I loved Patrick “Paddy” Hurley. A charming, flirty farmer turned successful rocker who loves his family, has gone through personal struggles as well as heartbreaking battles with his brothers brought on by the lifestyle they lead. And now, this sexy alpha with an inner gentleman is determined to win Natalie’s heart and trust.

But Natalie, who has spent years building the life she wants, where control reigns, far from the chaos of her childhood is weary of what might Paddy’s way of life might bring. But her strength, naughtiness and passion for helping are the perfect blend to anchor Paddy through the storms life presents.

I really enjoyed how Lauren conveys Nat and Paddy’s gradual, honest and mature romance developing their characters as they navigated the sometimes jarring but mostly swoony road to happiness.

“His voice was caramel and a little bit of smoke. His eyes went half-lidded as he began to sing about skin and curves. Of eyes as blue as the summer sky and hands and shoulders that held the weight of everyone’s sins…
It was about being burned alive by need, by desire and love. About holding something so beautiful and strong in his hands that he could barely breathe.”

I also appreciated all the supporting characters. Presenting the tight bonds in his family and the connections she formed with her friends was a sure way for me to anticipate the books to come.

Although the plot is wonderful and packed with incredibly endearing characters that feel real and leap out to carve a place in your heart and who I look forward to know more of, the narrative felt at times choppy and at times too prolonged. It’s the only reason I can’t give it a full five stars.

* I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review from Netgalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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Paranormal Romance

REVIEW: NIGHT UNBOUND, by Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians 5)

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Just another amazing chapter in the Immortal Guardians series. I can’t get enough of these strong preternatural, eco-friendly, organic eating, and adorable creatures. Characters you will fall in love with instantly. A mix of sexiness and non-stop action and suspense. A must read in paranormal romance.

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Like all the others, the most recent installment centered on Lissette and Zach is simply amazing. We have fallen in love with each character as the story arc progresses and this time, it was Lissette’s turn to fall in love.

I don’t want to give spoilers. I don’t want to explain who everyone is and where they came from. This is something you need to savor while reading each book in order. What I can say is, that this book is sexy, adorable, full of humor, brotherly banter and oh yes!! Bromance!!! I loved every single interaction between the group, they are more united than ever.

They have met new threats and finally, you can begin to understand the undying love and devotion of their leader. (Even if I still compare him a little to Ash!) Zach is an amazing addition to the team. I wanted to eat, lick, hug and just smooch the guy. He was that adorable yet strong, protective and loyal to the core. Lissette is a strong, determined and fierce heroine. He was the perfect match for “innocent” Zach!!!

When I was nearing the end I started pulling my hair. Aghhhhh! I cannot believe that Dianne D. is making us wait, again, another year to get ANSWERS! Don’t get me wrong, we find out several secrets on this book alone, in fact, a lot. But the most important, crucial and mysterious of them all…. NO.

I cannot wait for the next book. I will become an obsessed stalker. I need answers. I want to know who is next. Ethan? Or the “other” new addition to the team that I am not telling you about. I felt bad for the guy, even if I though he went a little overboard… he deserves to be happy.

I strongly recommend this series. It has become one of my favorite paranormal romances out there. Seriously you won’t regret it. Even of you are not a fan of PNR.

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Immortal Guardians Series:

Darkness Dawns (Immortal Gu...Night Reigns (Immortal Guar...Phantom Shadows (Immortal G...In Still Darkness (Immortal...Darkness Rises (Immortal Gu...

Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1)

Night Reigns (Immortal Guardians, #2)

Phantom Shadows (Immortal Guardians, #3)

In Still Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #3.5)

Darkness Rises  (Immortal Guardians, #4)

About the Author:

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her début novel Darkness Dawns, Book 1, was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance – Vampire by The Romance Reviews. Night Reigns, Book 2, was declared an “utterly addictive”Top Pick by RT Book Reviews and was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance 2011 by The Romance Reviews. Phantom Shadows, Book 3, was named a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and Night Owl Reviews. Her Immortal Guardians novella “In Still Darkness” was released in the Predatory Anthology in May 2013. Darkness Rises, Book 4, was also nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance. Night Unbound, Book 5 in the series, will be released on September 2, 2014.

When she isn’t writing, Dianne loves all things creative. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, she is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.

 

Contemporary Romance

Review: Made for You

Made for You
Made for You by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Two enemies face each other for the ultimate prize: love. For Will and Brynn, love really was a battlefield in a fifteen year long war.

Will fell in love with Brynn from the moment he laid eyes on her in high school but was pushed away by a seemingly prissy princess who was really an insecure and shy teenager. Will being of persistent character became best friends with her younger sister Sophie, attached himself to her family and became a constant tormentor.

“All the bickering was just foreplay”

Until she knocks on his door, giving him hope but then almost immediately crushing it and pushing him away once again. But now Will is back to get what his heart has always demanded once and for all.

Brynn’s childhood suffering has shaped and determined her life. It’s had such a strong hold on her that without her carefully structured plans and lists she wouldn’t be able to function. When she realizes all the planning in the world won’t bring her happiness she decides to take a break from herself and seeks out her nemesis.

Ever since I read about Brynn and Will in Only With You, the previous book in the series, I was eager read their story. It seemed like they would have a great frenemies adventure. At first it really was. Their banter and antics were hilarious, and I thought the chemistry and sexual tension between them would be enough to make Brynn take the necessary steps in the right direction.

“You look like you just done with a wrestling playdate with Hercules and Achilles.”
“Is that your way of saying I look like a Greek god?”

But it wasn’t and she didn’t. I was truly disappointed in Brynn. The more I read the more obnoxious she sounded even though I tried to find her redeeming qualities. Mostly I saw the shallow, self-absorbed person she’d become that couldn’t see past her long past woes to realize she was looking for all the wrong things in the wrong people and hurting the one person that could give her everything. I got very frustrated with her and their story.

“He wanted her to learn how to come to him and to learn to ask for what she wanted. But perhaps he was expecting too much from a woman who didn’t even know what she wanted.”

Even though Will was partly at fault, I really wanted to see him get to be happy. I loved his resolve and how he quietly loved Brynn from a far. Always present in her life, taking care of her, knowing what she wanted and needed even when she didn’t know it herself and even when most of the time he appeared to be a crass jerk. But he’s a sexy, caring, romantic just waiting for his chance.

“I would have done anything to get you to notice me.”

In the end Lauren gives us a sweet, swoony love story that made me smile. Her stories are fun and sexy with heart. I’m keen to know who she’ll write about next in this series.

If you’re looking for “true love hiding behind the squabbling couple” this is a choice. Even if it’s part of a series, it can be read as standalone.

* I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review from Netgalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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Contemporary Romance

Review: Reasonable Doubt: Volume 3

Reasonable Doubt: Volume 3
Reasonable Doubt: Volume 3 by Whitney G.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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As a whole I give the series 5 stars. This third volumen gets 4.5 stars

A mind blowing ending to a gripping series. I’m not sure I can pinpoint exactly what had me so addicted to these characters and their story. I am positive I will miss them.

Andrew and Aubrey’s story picks up right where it left off in volume 2 when he unceremoniously kicked her out of his apartment and his personal life. Leaving her hurt and confused. But Aubrey would not be pushed around, not by her parents and certainly not by Andrew. She held herself composed and didn’t falter when presented by a once in a life time opportunity. She faced her future head on and went for her dreams. This time it would be Aubrey leaving a clueless Andrew behind.

Life though had interesting plans for the two of them and only two questions are all that matter. Can Andrew bring himself to do what it takes to get her back? Can Aubrey forgive him?

I loved to hate Andrew throughout the series, he made me feel giddy, laugh and gasp sometimes all in one sentence. Even amidst his overconfident acerbic attitude, his dirty mouth and general anti-hero persona I couldn’t help but feel there was more to him and solving the mystery was fascinating. In this last installment all questions are answered and then some and I completely understood how and why he reinvented himself the way he did and frankly didn’t blame him.

Whitney skillfully tells about Andrew’s past through flashbacks. And while reading about it I felt my heart put in a blender along with his. I had guessed at parts of it, but I couldn’t have imagined the extent to which he was so thoroughly and callously gutted.

It was brilliant to see how Aubrey brought him back to life since we first met them. I couldn’t have picked a better partner for him, she had grit. She was strong and smart enough to know herself and what she wanted and deserved. It wasn’t easy, but the end was amazing.

My only objection in this last segment is that I felt they were more apart than they were together.

It would be wonderful if Whitney gave us more of these two, but regardless I will look forward to more of her stories.

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Review: Love in a Small Town, by Zoe York

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“I’m not moving on…. I’ve tried. I can’t do it. You’re it for me”

A lovely second chance romance, with a sexy, swoony and sweet man and a hard working girl.

Second chance romances tend to be angsty but Olivia and Rafe’s story felt genuine and very relateable.

They married almost on a whim, too young and consequently had a bad divorce. But they realize that their love is real and is worth fighting for. I never thought I would root for a couple coming from a failed marriage alredy, but these two were just meant to be.

I didn’t just enjoy their beautiful romance, the setting in a small town with great secondary characters I can’t wait to know more of. Dani, Jake, Drew, Tom even Rafe’s mother. I enjoyed all of them; and I look forward to even more as this series progresses.

I will definitely keep an eye out for the next book in the series.

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Contemporary Romance

Review: No Weddings

No Weddings
No Weddings by Kat Bastion
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars

From frenemies to so much more than friends this flawlessly written story is a fresh delight, feeling like an old school romance set in modern times.

I say old school because there’s no rushed affair or race to get between the sheets even though the electrically charged atmosphere around Cade and Hannah alone could light up a small town. No, the Ice Queen and swaggering player take their time peeling away their armor and breaking through the façades built to protect their hearts.

Cade and Hannah are great characters. Each with their unique personalities that are impossible not to love, and there’s so much more to them beneath the surface. Hannah is cunning and witty but very feminine with a certain vulnerability. She’s a great match for the overconfident man.

Cade’s sharp intellect is hypnotic and his close bond with this sisters is endearing. I enjoyed reading the transformation of the cocky philanderer. Slowly shedding his shields, facing his past and turning into a fiercely sweet, sexy and caring caveman.

I loved their frenemy banter. Their negotiations on just about everything were smart, sexy and funny and their chemistry is palpable.

“Ever ridden on a bike? Live a little, Hannah. Slide something wide between your legs and hold on tight to me. You might like it… It vibrates…”

I enjoyed that everything from their friendship to their attraction grew slowly but surely.

“For two people who’d been blindsided by love so horrifically, damaged almost beyond repair, the wait was necessary. The slow dance of ours had become much-needed therapy.”

There were so many other aspects I liked about their story. Like the fact that there was no angst or excessive drama; the way Cade included her with his friends.

“She’d become one of us with her raunchy banter and fearlessness. She was ours.”

This book is told from Cade’s POV. It was very entertaining to be in his manly man’s head. But sometimes his inner thoughts were too lengthy and felt a bit scripted which I found difficult to believe. It’s the only reason I didn’t give this book the full 5 stars.

I so excited that there is more to come. And the next part will be told from Hannah’s perspective. I can hardly wait to see what Kat & Stone Bastion have in store.

* I was graciously given an ARC of this book for an honest review by the author. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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Reasonable Doubt, Vol. 3 by Whitney Gracia Williams Book Blitz

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Reasonable Doubt: Volume Three
by Whitney Gracia Williams
Reasonable Doubt #3
Publication Date: August 26th, 2014 
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Novella, Romance

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Synopsis: I hate him…

I hate that I fell in love with him, hate that he didn’t love me back, and I hate the fact that I just made a life-altering decision just so I could get the hell away from him.

He’d always said that he was unchangeable, heartless, and cold…

I really should’ve believed him…

Final book in the Reasonable Doubt series…

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About Whitney Gracia Williams

A self diagnosed candy addict, travel junkie, and hypochondriac, Whitney Gracia Williams LOVES to write about characters that make you laugh, cry, and want to (in the case of Selena Ross) reach through your Kindle and slap them. She is the “imaginary bestselling” author of the Jilted Bride Series, Mid Life Love, Wasted Love, and Captain of My Soul. When she’s not locked inside her room, feverishly typing away on her laptop, she can be found here: http://www.whitneygracia.com She also loves getting emails from her readers, so if you want to tell her how much you loved (or hated) her stories, email her at whitgbooks@gmail.com

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