New Release Review! LOST WITHOUT YOU by M. O’Keefe (The Debt #1)

Lost Without You
by Molly O’Keefe

Synopsis:

ALL DEBTS MUST BE PAID

Tommy

Seven years ago, I thought I could save Beth, the girl I loved from the monster who was supposed to take care of us. I thought I could keep Beth and all the other kids at St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles safe.

I failed. Badly. Now we all have blood on our hands and owe a dangerous man a very dangerous debt. We don’t know when he’ll come calling for payment, but when he does – we pay, or we suffer.

When my turn comes, I’m ready for anything.

Except seeing Beth again.

LOVE IS NEVER FREE

Beth

No one ever tells you that the cost of having your dreams come true is literally every single other part of your life. Yes, I’m a huge pop star these days, but I’m pretty much a mess, too.

I’ve spent my life hiding behind disguises, make-up and costumes, all to protect myself from the kind of pain that comes from revealing your true self to someone.

I did that once. With Tommy. The only person I ever loved. It didn’t turn out so well.

And now, with everything else falling apart around me, I’m suddenly in the backseat of his car.

Being kidnapped.

And the past we’ve both tried to run from is catching up with us.

Contains The Debt: A Prologue and 50,000 more words in the continuation of Tommy and Beth’s story.

Review:

I should have been prepared after her Everything I Left Unsaid series… Once again Ms. O’Keefe has left us at a major OMG moment at the end of the first full novel in her The Debt series, and I’m dying to get my hands on the next book! (Where I Belong, not out until June 26…sigh.)

Like the prequel novella (The Debt), Lost Without You draws you right in to the world of (now-seven-years-older) Tommy and Beth from the very beginning, not letting you go until the very last page–where the before-mentioned OMG moment ensures that the “letting go” involves some kicking and screaming on the part of the reader. (Wait, what? What do you mean, I have to wait to find out what happens???) Also like her Everything I Left Behind series, this one is pretty dark in tone and brings on the angst–these young adults seem to have been living the life every parent hopes their children never will. (Well, except for maybe Beth’s mother–what is up with her? Hopefully we’ll find out in the next book, because that whole situation seems worth another OMG or two. Or possibly a dozen.)

Life has been better since they left St. Jude’s–sort of. However, Tommy’s mostly alone, except for Simon, who is gone more than he’s around, and Pest, Tommy’s squirrel/dog. Beth is…well, I’m not going to give it away ahead of time, but Beth’s pretty much alone too, even though she spends her days literally surrounded by people. She’s still having trouble sleeping, so much so that her daily life involves a pretty scary cocktail of possibly not-quite-legal drugs from morning to night. Neither of them has managed to get over each other, and neither has been able to truly put the events at St. Jude’s in the past–Tommy even more so than Beth, since he has the complication of the “debt.”

The debt comes due early on, and it brings Beth and Tommy back together, though from the start you know it’s not going to be a sunshine and roses kind of reunion. But GAH, these two are so good together…and then she leaves us hanging. Hopefully I can find something to do to keep me occupied until June 26 and not obsessing over what’s happening with Tommy and Beth…

Darn you, M. O’Keefe! 😉

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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New Release Review! THE DEBT by M. O’Keefe (The Debt #.5)


The Debt

by Molly O’Keefe

 

Synopsis:

LOVE AND SECOND CHANCES ARE NOT FREE

For the five kids who live at St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles, life is a nightmare.

Carissa, the youngest, has been there the longest. And barely speaks. Rosa is sixteen and pregnant.

Simon keeps his head down and studies, hoping to get back the life he lost.

Beth and Tommy, in the middle of the darkness, have found each other, and all they want is to be together. But when they get caught making out at school, it puts everyone in danger. Tommy is used to the beatings from their foster father, but when Beth is singled out for punishment, Tommy can’t sit back and let it happen.

AND ALL DEBTS MUST BE PAID

What happens that night rips apart the lives of the five teenagers forever.

After the blood has been spilled, a bargain is made. A deal with the devil that should have solved things. It should have fixed everything.

But nothing is free – not love, not innocence, and certainly not freedom. And sooner or later, all debts must be paid…

 

Review:

The Debt does exactly what it needs to–introduces readers to the five teens who survived the horrific St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles, vividly shows what happened on their last night there, and sets up the concept of “the debt” that will be a major plot factor in the next two series books.

In short–it gives you just enough to make you want more, sand want it now! Fortunately for me, my copy of book #1 (Lost Without You) included this prequel novella, so I didn’t have to wait!

Though book #2 is another story…how soon is its release???

Rating: 4 stars / A-

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New Release Review! DOG COLLAR CHAOS by Adrienne Giordano (Lucie Rizzo Mystery #4)

Synopsis:

Lucie Rizzo–Mafia princess-turned-dog accessory entrepreneur—is riding high after scoring a partnership with Buzzy Sneider, America’s leading craft and interior decorating mogul. A collaboration that is sure to move Lucie’s fledgling business into the next tax bracket.

When Buzzy turns up dead and Lucie’s BFF and business partner, Roseanne, is accused of the murder, Lucie will stop at nothing to prove Ro’s innocence. Even if it means keeping secrets from her new squeeze, sexy detective Tim O’Brien, who’s determined to keep Lucie from running one of her screwball investigations.

With Ro behind bars and Tim hot under the collar over Lucie’s meddling, Lucie is forced to accept her father’s help to clear Ro’s name and save their business. But will doing so put a killer hot on her heels?

 

Review:

Another fun entry in the Lucie Rizzo series!

Somehow Ms. Giordano keeps coming up with the most hilariously implausible yet somehow possible crimes for Lucie et al to get swept up in (murder by atomic wedgie? Only in this series!) and all we can do is sit back and go along for the ride–with a great big smile on our faces. The quirky characters, offbeat crimes, and laugh out loud humor of this series reminds me of the Stephanie Plum books, but better–no PITA love triangle, because Lucie’s definitely picked her man (and the right one, as she should…though it’s easy to see why Frankie would be tempting too, but not. Because, Tim.)

This time Ro’s in the big house, at least partly because of trouble she got into via Twitter(!) and Lucie’s not only trying to solve a crime–again!–she has to do it without her bestie at her side…and while giving her boyfriend a heart attack, of course. Another over-the-top funny animal gets added into the mix (not a dog this time–though the dogs are pretty funny too) and Lucie ends up figuring it all out because of information from perhaps the last place she thought she would.

I can’t wait to see what’s up next for the gang! Dog Collar Chaos would work okay as a standalone, but it’s even more fun when you already consider the series characters to be besties 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / A-

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New Release Review and Giveaway! THE GIRL WITH THE MAKE-BELIEVE HUSBAND by Julia Quinn (Rokesbys #2)

When the truth comes out, Edward may have a few  surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

THE GIRL WITH THE MAKE-BELIEVE HUSBAND
Rokesbys #2
Julia Quinn
Releasing May 30, 2017
Avon Books
While you were sleeping…
With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He’s unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier’s life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie…
 
I told everyone I was your wife…
When Edward comes to, he’s more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he’d always assumed he’d marry his neighbor back in England.
 
If only it were true…
Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

Manhattan Island

July 1779

 

His head hurt.

Correction, his head really hurt.

It was hard to tell, though, just what sort of pain it was. He might have been shot through the head with a musket ball. That seemed plausible, given his current location in New York (or was it Connecticut?) and his current occupation as a captain in His Majesty’s army.

There was a war going on, in case one hadn’t noticed.

But this particular pounding—the one that felt more like someone was bashing his skull with a cannon (not a cannonball, mind you, but an actual cannon) seemed to indicate that he had been attacked with a blunter instrument than a bullet.

An anvil, perhaps. Dropped from a second-story window.

But if one cared to look on the bright side, a pain such as this did seem to indicate that he wasn’t dead, which was also a plausible fate, given all the same facts that had led him to believe he might have been shot.

That war he’d mentioned… people did die.

With alarming regularity.

So he wasn’t dead. That was good. But he also wasn’t sure where he was, precisely. The obvious next step would be to open his eyes, but his eyelids were translucent enough for him to realize that it was the middle of the day, and while he did like to look on the metaphorical bright side, he was fairly certain that the literal one would prove blinding.

So he kept his eyes closed.

But he listened.

He wasn’t alone. He couldn’t make out any actual conversation, but a low buzz of words and activity filtered through the air. People were moving about, setting objects on tables, maybe pulling a chair across the floor.

Someone was moaning in pain.

Most of the voices were male, but there was at least one lady nearby. She was close enough that he could hear her breathing. She made little noises as she went about her business, which he soon realized included tucking blankets around him and touching his forehead with the back of her hand.

He liked these little noises, the tiny little mmms and sighs she probably had no idea she was making. And she smelled nice, a bit like lemons, a bit like soap.

And a bit like hard work.

He knew that smell. He’d worn it himself, albeit usually only briefly until it turned into a full-fledged stink.

On her, though, it was more than pleasant. Perhaps a little earthy. And he wondered who she was, to be tending to him so diligently.

“How is he today?”

Edward held himself still. This male voice was new, and he wasn’t sure he wanted anyone to know he was awake yet.

Although he wasn’t sure why he felt this hesitancy.

“The same,” came the woman’s reply.

“I am concerned. If he doesn’t wake up soon…”

“I know,” the woman said. There was a touch of irritation in her voice, which Edward found curious.

“Have you been able to get him to take broth?”

“Just a few spoonfuls. I was afraid he would choke if I attempted any more than that.”

The man made a vague noise of approval. “Remind me how long he has been like this?”

“A week, sir. Four days before I arrived, and three since.”

A week. Edward thought about this. A week meant it must be… March? April?

No, maybe it was only February. And this was probably New York, not Connecticut.

But that still didn’t explain why his head hurt so bloody much. Clearly he’d been in some sort of an accident. Or had he been attacked?

“There has been no change at all?” the man asked, even though the lady had just said as much.

But she must have had far more patience than Edward, because she replied in a quiet, clear voice, “No, sir. None.”

The man made a noise that wasn’t quite a grunt. Edward found it impossible to interpret.

“Er…” The woman cleared her throat. “Have you any news of my brother?”

Her brother? Who was her brother?

“I am afraid not, Mrs. Rokesby.”

Mrs. Rokesby?

“It has been nearly two months,” she said quietly.

Mrs. Rokesby? Edward really wanted them to get back to that point. There was only one Rokesby in North America as far as he knew, and that was him. So if she was Mrs. Rokesby…

“I think,” the male voice said, “that your energies would be better spent tending to your husband.”

Husband?

“I assure you,” she said, and there was that touch of irritation again, “that I have been caring for him most faithfully.”

Husband? They were calling him her husband? Was he married? He couldn’t be married. How could he be married and not remember it?

Who was this woman?

Edward’s heart began to pound. What the devil was happening to him?

“Did he just make a noise?” the man asked.

“I… I don’t think so.”

She moved then, quickly. Hands touched him, his cheek, then his chest, and even through her obvious concern, there was something soothing in her motions, something undeniably right.

“Edward?” she asked, taking his hand. She stroked it several times, her fingers brushing lightly over his skin. “Can you hear me?”

He ought to respond. She was worried. What kind of gentleman did not act to relieve a lady’s distress?

“I fear he may be lost to us,” the man said, with far less gentleness than Edward thought appropriate.

“He still breathes,” the woman said in a steely voice.

The man said nothing, but his expression must have been one of pity, because she said it again, more loudly this time.

He still breathes.”

“Mrs. Rokesby…”

Edward felt her hand tighten around his. Then she placed her other on top, her fingers resting lightly on his knuckles. It was the smallest sort of embrace, but Edward felt it down to his soul.

“He still breathes, Colonel,” she said with quiet resolve. “And while he does, I will be here. I may not be able to help Thomas, but—”

Thomas. Thomas Harcourt. That was the connection. This must be his sister. Cecilia. He knew her well.

Or not. He’d never actually met the lady, he felt like he knew her. She wrote to her brother with a diligence that was unmatched in the regiment. Thomas received twice as much mail as Edward, and Edward had four siblings to Thomas’s one.

Cecilia Harcourt. What on earth was she doing in North America? She was supposed to be in Derbyshire, in that little town Thomas had been so eager to leave. The one with the hot springs. Matlock. No, Matlock Bath.

Edward had never been, but he thought it sounded charming. Not the way Thomas described it, of course; he liked the bustle of city life and couldn’t wait to take a commission and depart his village. But Cecilia was different. In her letters, the small Derbyshire town came alive, and Edward almost felt that he would recognize her neighbors if he ever went to visit.

She was witty. Lord, she was witty. Thomas used to laugh so much at her missives that Edward finally made him read them out loud.

Then one day, when Thomas was penning his response, Edward interrupted so many times that Thomas finally shoved out his chair and held forth his quill.

“You write to her,” he’d said.

So he did.

Not on his own, of course. Edward could never have written to her directly. It would have been the worst sort of impropriety, and he would not have insulted her in such a manner. But he took to scribbling a few lines at the end of Thomas’s letters, and whenever she replied, she had a few lines for him.

Thomas carried a miniature of her, and even though he said it was several years old, Edward had found himself staring at it, studying the small portrait of the young woman, wondering if her hair really was that remarkable golden color, or if she really did smile that way, lips closed and mysterious.

Somehow he thought not. She did not strike him as a woman with secrets. Her smile would be sunny and free. Edward had even thought he’d like to meet her once this godforsaken war was over. He’d never said anything to Thomas, though.

That would have been strange.

Now Cecilia was here. In the colonies. Which made absolutely no sense, but then again, what did? Edward’s head was injured, and Thomas seemed to be missing, and…

Edward thought hard.

…and he seemed to have married Cecilia Harcourt.

He opened his eyes and tried to focus on the green-eyed woman peering down at him.

“Cecilia?”

I’ll admit I was probably predestined to love this book, just because it’s 1) loosely based on While You Were Sleeping and 2) written by Julia Quinn. I am happy to report that even though 1) the story ends up very different from WYWS in a significant way and 2) some of Ms. Quinn’s recent efforts haven’t been my favorites (blasphemy, I know) I absolutely loved Cecelia and Edward’s story.

Having the story take place in the colonies during the Revolutionary War was an interesting decision. I wasn’t sure at first, what to make of a book in the Bridgerton universe that doesn’t take place in England, but I can honestly say that once the story got going, I didn’t miss London or the ton at all. Since Edward wasn’t fit to fight for the bulk of the story and New York Town was under British control at the time, there wasn’t a lot of war drama going on, but that’s fine, because Cecelia and Edward brought their own drama to the table.

I loved the way Ms. Quinn used letters in this book–how Cecelia and Edward fell in love through them, and the way she used snippets of those to start each chapter. The ones that weren’t received or weren’t sent practically slayed me, and the two toward the end that were in there in full? Oh. My. Gosh. Reduced me to tears. In fact, the whole end of the novel was fantastic, full stop. I wanted to stop time right there and then and just bask in the perfectness of the moment as I got to the end.

(Except for the bit where she teases us about Andrew’s story. Seriously, Ms. Quinn, are you trying to kill me here? How am I supposed to be able to wait patiently after that?)

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (phew, that title’s a mouthful) can absolutely work as a standalone, since its events occur concurrently with the first book in the series (Because of Miss Bridgerton ) and Cecelia and Edward have no idea what’s going on back home until the very end either. In some ways, it might even be better that readers don’t realize a certain plot point that concerns book one until the end anyway 😉

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book


Julia Quinn 
is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.


 

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New Release Review! SOMEHOW, SOME WAY by Jennifer Probst (Billionaire Builders #2.5)

SOMEHOW, SOME WAY by Jennifer Probst is now live! This is a 1001 Dark Nights novella in the Billionaire Builders series.

SOMEHOW, SOME WAY
by Jennifer Probst

Billionaire Builders, #2.5

BLURB:

Bolivar Randy Heart (aka Brady) knows exactly what he wants next in life: the perfect wife. Raised in a strict traditional family household, he seeks a woman who is sweet, conservative, and eager to settle down. With his well-known protective and dominant streak, he needs a woman to offer him balance in a world where he relishes control.

Too bad the newly hired, gorgeous, rehab addict is blasting through all his preconceptions and wrecking his ideals…one nail at a time…

Charlotte Grayson knows who she is and refuses to apologize. Growing up poor made her appreciate the simple things in life, and her new job at Pierce Brothers Construction is perfect to help her carve out a career in renovating houses. When an opportunity to transform a dilapidated house in a dangerous neighborhood pops up, she goes in full throttle. Unfortunately, she’s forced to work with the firm’s sexy architect who’s driving her crazy with his archaic views on women.

Too bad he’s beginning to tempt her to take a chance on more than just work…one stroke at a time…

Somehow, some way, they need to work together to renovate a house without killing each other…or surrendering to the white-hot chemistry knocking at the front door.

 

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Review:

So much fun–loving this series! Brady and Charlie absolutely did not disappoint–they were just amazing together. Watching them go from can-barely-tolerate to can’t-stay-away was soooo much fun. Their relationship conflict was believable, and nicely resolved. (Brady’s sit-down with his parents was looooong overdue, though. How did he get to be his age and still not truly understand his parents’ relationship? Poor, deluded man…) I can’t wait to catch glimpses of Charlie and Brady being all couple-y in book 3 ( Any Time, Any Place ) 🙂

If you haven’t read the other books in the series yet, this one would be a fine way to start–a great intro to the series, without being too spoiler-y for the others. As a novella, it really focuses on the main couple over the previous two. If you have read the others, though, you’ve been looking forward to seeing what would happen when Brady and Charlie were forced to spend time in close proximity–so settle in and wait to be entertained!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

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Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.

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New Release Review and Giveaway! VIABLE THREAT by Julie Rowe (Outbreak Task Force #1)

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Special Forces soldier and medic Walter River would give anything to snatch more than a few seconds of down time to see if he can rattle the no-nonsense and incredibly hot Dr. Lloyd he’s protecting, but dodging explosions, snipers, and student radicals who’ve unleashed a lethal bio-engineered microorganism have made that almost impossible. Maybe he’ll get a chance—if he can figure out how to keep them both alive.

CDC microbiologist Ava Lloyd races to find a cure for a bio-terrorism organism sweeping El Paso. The few stolen moments with her very hunky bodyguard River have been explosive, but no matter how alluring he is, she can’t afford to get distracted. The clock is ticking, people are dying by the hundreds, and once this crisis is solved, they’ll both be off on their next assignment, thousands of miles apart.

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Excerpt:

She rested her head against the back of the seat and gave him a strange sort of sad smile. “You know what I’d like to do right now?”

He grunted and wagged his index finger. “That is a trick question.”

She laughed. “Yeah, I guess it is.”

He liked seeing the smile on her face. He liked seeing her face, period. “Tell me, Mouse, what would you like to do right now?”

She waved him closer, and he leaned toward her. She did it again, then put a hand on his shoulder and pulled herself up so she could whisper in his ear, “I’d like to take that respirator off you and kiss you, silly.”

She let go of him and resumed her previous position on the seat. He sat perfectly still. It took just about everything in him to not rip the mask off and grant her wish.

“I’m sorry,” she said, with as close to soundless as a voice could get. “I didn’t mean to make you feel uncomfortable.”

He looked at her and realized she thought he was embarrassed or some shit like that.

“I’m uncomfortable,” he murmured. “Because I’ve had a damned hard-on since I bandaged you up.” Her pupils widened, and her mouth dropped open. “When this is over, you can kiss any part of me you want for as long as you like, just as long as I can return the favor.”

“Oh,” she breathed out. When her tongue licked over her lips, he had to chain his hands to his sides to keep from grabbing her.

Though a blush heated her cheeks, tears filled her eyes until they spilled over and tracked down her face. “Chances are, that’s just a dream.”

It just about killed him to see her so sad. “Hey.” He couldn’t keep the growl out of his voice. “No Negative Nancys allowed on this trip.”

“I’ve got a headache, River. A fever can’t be far behind.”

“That happy bastard Henry is going to come up with some kind of magic potion that will kick this bug’s ass.”

“If that were possible, we’d know.”

“We’ve been so busy blowing shit up, we might not have been told.”

She slanted a disbelieving glance at him. “You just spoke with our boss. I think she would have mentioned any magic potions, if they’d been available.”

He ran his hands through his hair. “Could you work with me, Mouse? We’ve got a mass murderer to catch, and I need you ready and able to help reel in the son-of-a-bitch.”

“Ah, I see what you’re doing. Trying to put me in a good mood.”

“Jesus fuck, woman, you think I’d tell you how much I want you just to put you in a good mood?” He leaned down, grabbing the top of the seat on either side of her head. “Do I look like a motivational speaker?”

She studied him, her gaze flicking across his face and uniform. Covered in dirt, debris, and blood, he looked like a walking nightmare. “You look like a soldier on a mission.”

“That’s true, but not all of it.” He whispered, “I’ve got another mission. A personal one. You.”

Review:
Whoa–open up this book and hold on tight, because it’ll take you on one heck of a ride!

Seriously, Viable Threat is pretty much a disaster movie in book form–non-stop action. And the back-and-forth between Ava and River really added to the action-movie feel–their relationship was a whole lot of fun.

“Any idiot can go through life without making enemies,” River said cheerfully. “Congratulations. It takes character and intelligence to make people want to kill you.”

Truer words were never spoken, unless you count these:

“Just because a girl has an ugly cry doesn’t mean she isn’t busy plotting to kill you. In fact, if you’re the cause of the ugky cry, she probably is plotting to kill you.”

Okay, so that last one wasn’t actually directed at River, but at several points in the book, it certainly could have been!

I had so much fun reading this book–the characters, the non-stop action, the fact that I absolutely did not know who was behind it all until the characters figured it out–all good things. I can’t wait to see what the next book in the series brings!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

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Meet the Author:

Full-time author, freelance writer and workshop facilitator, Julie Rowe’s debut novel, Icebound, was released by Carina Press on Nov 14, 2011. Ten novels and eight anthologies have followed. Her most recent titles are the MEN OF ACTION boxed set and VIRAL JUSTICE book #3 of the Biological Response Team series. Julie’s articles and short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today’s Parent magazine and Canadian Living. Julie facilitates business writing and communication workshops at Keyano College in her home city, and has presented writing workshops at conferences in the United States and Canada. She’s also a strong supporter of life long learning and moderates a free announcement loop for the promotion of online classes, workshops and webinars

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New Release Review! RIPTIDE by Skye Jordan (Renegades #8)


Riptide

by Skye Jordan

Synopsis:

When pro surfer Zach Ellis isn’t traveling the world-wide competition circuit, he works as a Renegade stunt double for the hit TV series, Hawaiian Heat. After years of tangling with the ocean, his body has paid the price. So when he gets a shot at a star role on the show, Zach’s all in. He celebrates the career opportunity by taking a chance on a woman who’s not his usual island-girl type, only to discover he can’t bear to let her go.

Tessa Drake belongs mired in legislation battles in Washington DC, not standing on the sidelines of a filming set in Maui like a wannabe starlet. But even more important than her law career, Tessa needs Zach Ellis’s signature on legal papers. Papers that relinquish his parental rights so Tessa can adopt the girl who already calls her mommy. When she discovers Zach has slipped out of town before she makes contact, Tessa takes solace in the sexy star of Hawaiian Heat. A man whose warmth and dazzling grin makes her Mensa-level IQ vanish into thin air.

After an electrifying night together, Tessa is horrified to discover just who rocked her world. Zach is stunned to learn he’s a father. And both find themselves caught in a riptide pulling them in the opposite direction of their dreams.

Review:

These two females were like riptides. They’d snuck up on him, grabbed hold, and dragged him under.

Riptide is a secret baby story…with a few complicated twists. It’s my first read in the Renegades series, and at first I was a bit overwhelmed–the whole Zach/Ian aspect of the plot (how Tessa managed to confuse the two was a clever plot twist, but it added to my wait, what’s going on…? feeling at first ;)), and who exactly the Renegades were–but everything soon smoothed itself out, and just like Zach, I found myself sucked into the story and dragged into the lives of the characters.

Tessa. Sophia (OMG, what a cutie. And what a three-year-old. Poor Tessa and Zach!) And Zach. Three characters who it’s pretty much impossible not to root for–and yep, what a ride they take us on!

So yes, my first book in this series will absolutely not be my last!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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New Release Review! SAYING I DO by Tracey Alvarez (Stewart Island #8)


Saying I Do

by Tracey Alvarez

Synopsis:

Marriage and happily-ever-after are for suckers…

Joe Whelan was fooled once on the way to the altar, and the Irish doctor isn’t about to be an eejit over a woman again. Especially not one who witnessed his broken-hearted humiliation years ago. He won’t be swayed by the sparks that fly whenever his eyes meet MacKenna’s or distracted by her sweet kisses. The only thing Joe cares about is preventing his sister from making the biggest marital mistake of her life.

MacKenna Jones loves a good wedding—so long as she’s sewing the bride’s gown, not walking down the aisle herself. Falling for Joe Whelan’s sexy bedside manner wasn’t on the cards, neither was a seven-day road trip with him to Las Vegas, the Marriage Capital of the World. When the stakes are so high, will these two gun-shy cynics ever say I Do?

SAYING I DO is the eighth story in Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling Stewart Island books set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heart-warming, sexy & seductive small-town romances with a touch of humor, you’ll love sharing the journey with these authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.

 

Review:

Another great addition to the Stewart Island series–and an enemies-to-lovers, to boot! Can’t go wrong 🙂

I really liked MacKenna and Joe’s story–enemies-to-lovers can be so much fun, especially when we get to see the whole push-pull of not really liking the person you’re totally attracted to dynamic from both characters’ POV. Hearing their internal dialogue as they try to resist, and seeing them give into it anyway is always such delicious fun–and Mac and Joe were definitely a great example of the troupe!

I have to admit, Ms. Alvarez had me a teensy bit worried at about the 80-something% mark–though I was excited about the turn the story was taking, what the two of them were doing didn’t feel quite right…and then it all went very, very wrong–but I should have known better. Everything worked out exactly as it should have in the end, and everybody stayed in character on their way to their HEA. Win-win!

And…can I just say? That cover? As swoon-worthy as the story!

Probably more so than most of the others in the series, Saying I Do would work well as a standalone–though Mac’s Holly’s (Playing For Fun) cousin and several of the Due South/Stewart Island crew make brief appearances, Joe and Mac and some new characters that they bring along with them (Joe has brothers! And Mac’s got single co-workers…hint, hint) are really more of the focus here, so you’re not really at a loss if you haven’t read the other series books already. But seriously, do yourself a favor, and try them all 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / A-

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New Release Review! SEX GOD by Marie Force

SEX GOD, a sizzling hot stand-alone contemporary romance title by Marie Force is now live. Check out the purchase links for the book below. The previous book in this standalone series, Sex Machine, is just .99¢ for a limited time, so make sure you grab it while you can!


SEX GOD
by Marie Force

A Standalone Contemporary Romance!

 

Book Blurb:

A sizzling hot stand-alone contemporary romance!
I inherited a life I never intended to live.
I’ve upheld my responsibilities admirably.
And I’ve taken care of my own needs privately…
I’m biding my time until I can get the hell out of here.
But I didn’t count on having unfinished business
With one of my very best friends…

When a man has a certain “reputation” to uphold,
There can be no unhappy customers left behind.
Lauren is a loose end that won’t be tied up no matter how hard I try.
And I try hard. Really, really… hard.

Sex God is the much-anticipated follow-up to Sex Machine.


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Review:

A sweet and sexy friends-to-lovers story!

I loved how the story began–Garrett and Lauren have been friends since the sixth grade, and close friends since adulthood. They tried–and spectacularly failed–to take things to the next level six months earlier, and Garrett, the legendary-but-secret (he thinks, since he only sleeps with tourists…you’d think he’d know better, living in a small town all of his life) “sex god” of Marfa, Texas is obsessed with his one and only fail between the sheets and determined to make it all better. So he devises a plan…

…which Lauren does her best to derail, with an assist from Garrett’s (ahem) other brain. (OMG, the talking-tos he had with that organ. And when it talked back? I’m pretty sure there was some snort-laughing going on over here.) What follows is all of the sexy, and most of the sweet, and an HEA it’s easy to get behind. True, just about every source of conflict here is due to Garrett’s being an idiot who’s slow to recognize what he really wants and needs, but fortunately he’s a quick learner and even better groveler.

Oh, and the sex god bit doesn’t hurt either.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold nearly 3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold 1.5 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.
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New Release Review and Giveaway! REMEMBER ME FOREVER by Sara Wolf (Lovely Vicious #3)

Remember Me Forever
(Lovely Vicious #3)
by Sara Wolf
Publication Date:  May 2, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

 

Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks.

The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved and sort-of-maybe-definitely hated has dropped off the face of the planet in the face of tragedy, leaving a Jack Hunter–shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University.

But the smile lasts only until he shows up. The menace from her past—her darkest secret, Nameless—is attending OSU right alongside her. And he’s whispering that he has something Isis wants—something she needs to see to move forward. To move on.

Isis has always been able to pretend everything is okay. But not anymore.

Isis Blake might be good at putting herself back together.

But Jack Hunter is better.

 

“What a rush! Brilliantly crafted, sharply written, and completely unpredictable–the perfect ending to an all-time favorite series! Sara Wolf is a fresh voice in YA, and her characters never fail to make me laugh and think. If you’re in the mood for an edgy, witty, one-of-a-kind romance, this is definitely for you!” —Rachel Harris, NYT bestselling author

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Review:

I didn’t used to cry so much, and I want to tell her that, but I realize the story would be too long. You could fit in in, like, at least three books.

Isis Blake, Remember Me Forever, Lovely Vicious book 3

Phew, what an ending!

Okay, so some things were resolved just a little too quickly and nicely here, but since Isis is still Isis (OMG, her habit of thinking out loud. Cracks me up every. Single. Time) and Jack is still Jack (thank you, God) and I love, love, love them together and wanted an HEA for them more than almost anything, so…yeah. I can deal with a little too quick and nice. Because Isis and Jack.

This really isn’t a standalone–actually, I kind of wished I’d had time to re-read books 1 and 2 ( Love Me Never and Forget Me Always ) first, because it’d been a while. Stuff came back to me–there was a lot of oh, yeah, that happened… throughout–so I managed. But if you’re new to the series, do yourself a favor now that all three have been re-released and read them all at once.

I’m sad to say goodbye to Isis and Jack, but glad I got to see them through to their end–and looking forward to what Ms. Wolf has for us next!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

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