New Release Review! APPROXIMATELY YOURS by Julie Hammerle (North Pole, Minnesota #3)


Approximately Yours

by Julie Hammerle

Synopsis:

Danny Garland is so out of Holly’s league. And her family is only back in North Pole, Minnesota, long enough to sell Grandma’s house and say “Merry Christmas.” So telling her basketball-star, too-hot-to-be-real long-time crush that she’d like to kiss him under the mistletoe just isn’t going to happen.

And now he’s asked out her cousin, Elda. Elda is a mess at flirting, so when she begs Holly to intervene, she does. Holly helps her flirt with him over text. And then again. And again. Now she’s stuck texting him as her cousin, and Elda is the one going on the date. Holly thought she could settle for just conversation with Danny, but talking with him is some kind of magic. He’s got the perfect comebacks, she makes him laugh, they text until everyone is asleep.

She just can’t ever tell him it’s her he’s really texting.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book has hot texts, gingerbread wars, and a slow-burn romance that could melt a Minnesota winter.

 

Review:

Adorable!

Holly and Danny are such likable characters that even when they’re being totally blind and frustratingly dense, it’s hard to get too mad at them, because if you’ve ever been an awkward teen you totally get where their insecurities come from, at least a little. Through it all you can see just how absolutely right they’ll be together, which will keep you turning the pages like no one’s business (except for the brief breaks you may need to take in order to Google one–or fifty–of the gifs they end up texting to one another. Thanks, Julie Hammerle, for making this book take me twice as long to read… ;))

All in all this was a fun read that kind of makes me want to take up competitive gingerbread housing. (Who knew this was a thing?) Though Holly’s cousin Elda’s ending here gave me a bit of a pause (maybe I’d feel better if she had her own book? I’m not questioning her choice, just how quickly things happened there) overall this was a cute read and a fun way to spend a few weekend hours while I wait for sweater weather to (finally) arrive.

P.S.–read the author’s “Airing of Grievances” at the end. Even if you’ve never seen a single episode of Seinfeld (do such people really exist?) they’re good for a laugh.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

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New Release Review! STORM GATHERING by Rebecca Zanetti (Scorpius Syndrome #4)

Storm Gathering
by Rebecca Zanetti

Synopsis:

Even before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Greyson Storm was a lone wolf navigating minefields. As a kid, he learned to take a hit and find safety. As an adult, he joined the military and quickly learned how to protect and defend. When the world ended, he created a mercenary camp with military precision, no entanglements, and a promise to avenge a fallen friend. As part of that vow, he kidnapped Maureen Shadow, but now that he has let her go, her blue eyes and intriguing mind keep haunting him…

As possibly the only Biotechnology Engineer still living, Maureen Shadow might be humanity’s one hope to survive the aftermath of Scorpius, making her frighteningly valuable to both allies and enemies. Even after sexual tension explodes with Greyson, she’s not sure which camp he belongs to—friend or foe? Worse yet, survival may mean thwarting his prime mission, putting her in even more peril. When danger and seduction collide, there is no safety in this new world.

 

Review:

OMG, I love Maureen Shadow–it’s like we’re sisters from another mister. Proof positive:

The only way civilization will survive is if the women just take over. Duh.

You go, girl! And then

At this point, she never wanted to leave the Bunker. Forget Vanuard and Merc territory. There was hot water and mealoaf here.

Spoiler alert: there’s Twinkies too. That Superbowl commercial was totally right! (I knew it!)

But seriously, I really am enjoying the world that Ms. Zanetti has created here. Though perhaps enjoying isn’t exactly the right word–overall, it’s pretty darn terrifying–but the people she’s put there? They’re something else. Strong, smart women and the alpha guys who love them–even when they disable their garage doors to keep them from doing something stupid. (I direct you back to the first quote above. It’s a recurring theme.)

Gathering Storm is the 4th book in the series, and yeah, reading them in order is probably your best bet to completely follow the plot threads that continue from book to book. You do get a bit of background here to remind you/bring you up to date with what’s going on in this world and why, but it will all have more of an impact if you’ve kept up with things all along. Plus, then you’ll better understand why I’m so anxious for Damon’s book–and no, it’s not just because he’s the one with the Twinkies… 😉

Rating: 4 stars / B+

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New Release Review! SHINING THROUGH by Elizabeth Harmon (Red Hot Russians #4)

 

Synopsis:

The Biggest Season of her Career…

America’s sweetheart Tabitha Turner is on track to win figure-skating gold in the Winter Games. Her family has sacrificed everything for her career, but the pressure is taking its toll. Burned out and living a lie, can Tabitha let off a little steam without melting the ice?

The Last Chance of His…

Russia’s bad boy of skating Daniil Andreev is determined to prove the toughest thing about him is his competitive fight. When Tabitha tempts him to help her take a secret walk on the wild side, he gives her a taste of the freedom she craves, never expecting that one unforgettable night could turn into something more.

Two Hearts on Thin Ice…

Chicago, Vancouver, Paris… the international figure skating season unfolds. Tabitha and Daniil compete and fall in love, but as the pressure mounts in a make-or-break season, can they set aside their painful pasts and spiral into a shining future together… or will their dreams shatter like thin ice?

 

Review:

As someone who can’t stop on ice skates without using the boards (that’s why they’re there, surely?) I’ve always loved watching other people skating, whether it’s competitive figure skating or hockey. (Those are the only two sports that compete at the winter Olympics, right?) So reading about figure skaters and hockey players? Totally right up my alley. So when I heard that there was a new Red Hot Russians book, my response was, “Yes, please!”

Shining Through was a solid addition to the series. Tabitha and Daniil are the couple who shouldn’t work at all but somehow totally do. She’s “America’s Sweetheart” who’s trying to finally bring home Olympic gold in her last competitive season, the girl whose family has made sacrifices for her to be able to skate her whole life. He’s the son of a Russian oligarch who’s rebelled against…well, pretty much everything…by being the bad boy of ice skating, so much so that his own country’s program won’t sponsor his career. They shouldn’t work together, yet somehow they do. Until they almost don’t…

I liked both Tabitha and Daniil–it was easy to root for them, both in their skating and in their relationship. Things were a tad bit rushed toward the end of the book, but as I was anxious for them to get to their HEA, I didn’t mind too much. (Still–no actual page time for their Olympic routines was a bit of a bummer…)

Shining Through is the fifth book in the series, but could absolutely be read as a standalone–some of the other series characters make appearances, but it’s not necessary to have read their stories (yet!) to enjoy this one.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

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New Release Review and Giveaway! BREAKAWAY by Sophia Henry (Pilots Hockey #5)

Breakaway
Sophia Henry
Published by: Random House: Flirt
Publication date: September 5th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

In a standalone hockey romance that tugs at readers’ heartstrings, a broken ex-pro learns to live and love again—all thanks to the complicated, wonderful nurse who gives him a second chance.

Brianna Collins needs to break away from her overbearing family. Her parents expect her to “fix” her brother after a series of concussions derailed his hockey career. Unfortunately, no doctor will give him clearance to play, and she’s finished with being the person they rely on to perform a miracle that will never happen. For Bree, a six-month nursing assignment at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the perfect escape.

Luke Daniels, former forward for the NHL’s Charlotte Aviators, has spent close to a year rehabbing a career-threatening injury—and distracting himself however he can. Worlds collide when Luke realizes that the girl from his latest one-night-stand happens to be the new nurse at the hospital where he volunteers in the pediatric unit. What’s more, Bree’s the only person who makes him excited about life again.

Despite her initial reservations, Luke can’t help pursuing sweet, beautiful Bree. Then he realizes it was her brother whose career he ended with an accidental hit, and he falls back on the thing that’s always helped suppress his demons: alcohol. But if Luke doesn’t kick his old habits, he just may lose the one thing he loves more than hockey.

 

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Review:

Breakaway wasn’t exactly what I was expecting (I don’t think I read the blurb too closely–or maybe at all? I just saw “Pilots Hockey, #5” and got grabby hands)–there wasn’t too much hockey here, though both MCs have had some connection to it their whole lives–but I still ended up liking it a whole lot. Neither Bree nor Luke are looking for a relationship, and in fact they spend a good half the book as f*uck buddies and are more than okay with that, but of course that eventually morphs into something else–this time for him before it does for her, which was a refreshing change.

I really liked Bree and Luke together and was rooting for them from the first page (not to mention from the cover, though I don’t know who that guy is, because you sure as heck couldn’t put that hair into a ponytail…) though it did feel a bit at the end like things were resolved a bit too easily, especially with the family issues they both had. Still, the actual ending was very sweet. Previous series characters make brief appearances in the book–mostly in the beginning–which was fun for those who have read their books but shouldn’t cause a problem at all for those who haven’t.

Now all we have to do is wait for book #6… 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

Author Bio:

Award-Winning Author, Sophia Henry, is a proud Detroit native who fell in love with reading, writing and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.

She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts.

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New Release Review and Giveaway! THEIRS TO TAKE by Laura Kaye (Blasphemy #4)

Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…

12 Masters. 12 Desires. 12 Fantasies Come to Life.
Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…

About THEIRS TO TAKE (Blasphemy #4, 9/26/17):

12 Masters. Infinite fantasies. Welcome to Blasphemy…

She’s the fantasy they’ve always wanted to share…

Best friends Jonathan Allen and Cruz Ramos share almost everything—a history in the Navy, their sailboat building and restoration business, and the desire to dominate a woman together, which they do at Baltimore’s exclusive club, Blasphemy. Now if they could find someone who wants to play for keeps…

All Hartley Farren has in the world is the charter sailing business she inherited from her beloved father. So when a storm damages her boat, she throws herself on the mercy of business acquaintances to do the repairs—stat. She never expected to find herself desiring the sexy, hard-bodied builders, but being around Jonathan and Cruz reminds Hartley of how much she longs for connection. If only she could decide which man she wants to pursue more…

As their attraction flashes hot, Jonathan and Cruz determine to have Hartley for their own. But the men’s erotic world is new and overwhelming, and Hartley’s unsure if she could really submit to being both of theirs to take…forever.

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I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of my super hot and emotional Theirs to Take, the next erotic standalone romance in my Blasphemy series, about the twelve Masters who run and play at Baltimore’s most exclusive club. Theirs to Take is a sexy menage about what happens when two prior navy best friends and business partners meet a woman who makes them admit to desires they’ve never before voice. I think you’re going to love Jonathan and Cruz! I know I adored writing them! Even more fun, there are characters and scenes in Theirs to Take that cross over with the amazing Jennifer Probst’s brand new Reveal Me – and the best part is that both are standalones so you can dive right in!

Now, read in for a taste of Theirs to Take…

Standing over the two people who had become his whole life over the past four weeks, Jonathan stroked his cock, more aroused than he’d ever been before. Because this time was laden with emotion. Emotion that they’d all acknowledged, at least to some extent.

“You two look so hot I could get myself off to just the sight of you laying like that. Shoot my load all over you while you fuck each other in front of me.” He shook his head. “Mmm. Another time.” He got to his knees, and then he paused. “Where are you, Hartley? What color?”

She forced her gaze to his and gave him a smile. “Green, Sir.”

Damn, she was doing so good, proving once again how right she was for them. “Making me so proud of you. You’re doing great, you hear me?”

“Thank you, Sir,” she whispered, her expression going soft at the praise.

Her sweetness made Jonathan need her even more. “It’s time for the three of us to come together, all at once. Just like this.”

“Fuck, Jay, you need to get in her,” Cruz said, his hands moving over her breasts, her stomach, and reaching down to where Jonathan was lining his cock up at her pussy.

“Yes,” Jonathan said, entering her and finding her tighter than ever before. But she was so wet that her slickness eased the way.

“Oh, my God!” she cried. “Ohmigod, ohmigod.”

Jonathan released a harsh breath. “Where are you, darlin’?”

“Green. I’m green. It’s so good but it’s so much,” she babbled.

“Take us, baby. Take both of us,” Cruz rasped. “Do you feel that? Jonathan rubbing against me through you?”

Hartley’s writhed. “Yes, I feel it. I feel everything.” She reached a hand down to her clit.

Jonathan pushed her touch away. “Your orgasms are ours to give tonight.” He grinned at her whimper, and then he was the one spilling a harsh groan of need, because he bottomed out inside her. She’d taken them all—of course, she’d really done that days ago when she’d taken their hearts. A realization that put words on the tip of his tongue. Words he hadn’t yet said. But just then, Jonathan could only manage to say one thing. “Hartley,” he rasped.

“Move, please. I need to feel you move in me,” she pleaded.

“God, she begs so pretty, Jonathan. Give her what she needs,” Cruz said.

Review:

OMG, this book–it’s capable of steaming up your reading glasses…that’s not even a tiny bit of an exaggeration. Seriously.

Theirs to Take is the latest offering in Kaye’s erotic romance series, Blasphemy, featuring 12 Masters who all co-own a BDSM club named, of course, Blasphemy. This book has two of them, Cruz and Johnathan, best friends and coworkers and…something more? Maybe? Probably?

I really liked the three main characters–Cruz, Jay, and Hartley–and felt they all worked well together. Things moved a bit on the fast side here, though, at least where Hartley is concerned (the other two have known each other for ages, so they get a pass on the falling in love in a novella issue) and I would have liked to have seen more relationship development along with all of the whoa-did-that-just-happen? scenes…in other words, this would have been great as a full-length read. Still, this one fits right in with the series sexy, steamy, and romantic all at once–it’s nice to see two more Masters find their HEAs, and many of the other series characters make appearances here as well, which was fun.

Theirs to Take would probably work okay as a standalone, but honestly if you read and like an excerpt of it, you’ll more than likely enjoy the whole series…so do yourself a favor and grab this one but start at book one ( Hard to Serve ) to get the full experience.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

Books in the Blasphemy Series:

Hard to Serve #.5

Bound to Submit #1 – FREE EVERYWHERE!

Mastering Her Senses #2

Eyes on You #3

Theirs to Take #4 (9/26/17)

On His Knees #5 – Coming Winter 2018

 

 

About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

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New Release Review and Giveaway! BREAKUP IN A SMALL TOWN by Kristina Knight (Slippery Rock #3)


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Breakup in a Small Town
Slippery Rock #3)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
September 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

This isn’t the man she married… 

Jenny Buchanan never considered what “for better or for worse” meant when she married Adam Buchanan at nineteen. Six years and two little boys later, “for worse” arrives in the form of a tornado that ravages Slippery Rock and injures Adam. Now he’s a stranger to his family…and love won’t be enough to bring him back.

Only when Jenny asks him to move out does Adam become the husband she needs…but Adam isn’t the only one who’s changed. As their attraction sparks back to life, Jenny and Adam must learn what it is to grow up—and grow together—before this small-town breakup lasts forever.

 

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Review:

I knew Adam and Jenny’s story was going to be tough to read, and I wasn’t wrong. Seeing them be all happy and married in much of book one ( Famous in a Small Town ) and then him nearly dying in the tornado and then his bitterness and their distance from each other in book two ( Rebel in a Small Town ) was difficult enough–seeing things from their perspectives, though? Was sure to be even harder.

And it was…and wasn’t.

It was a relief to see the reasons behind what they were doing, even when I didn’t agree with them–and there were parts that I strongly disagreed with. Why couldn’t they just see that they still had a life, a future together? That she wasn’t pitying him, and that Jenny and the kids didn’t “deserve” better? Couldn’t she see that Adam really was trying?

This book was hard to read, but rewarding at the same time, because Adam and Jenny do (eventually–talk about waiting until the last minute; argh!) figure it out. And watching two people who have been together forever but are just finally figuring out how to really be together at last makes for one heck of a story. I’m really looking forward to seeing them together again in future series books, as they continue to work their way through being a stronger, better family…together at last 🙂

Breakup is the third book in the series, and though you do have enough background here for it to work okay as a standalone, it will have a lot more impact if you’ve read the first two books first and have seen this one coming up in the rearview. Plus, the first two books a great stories in their own right, so you’ll be doing yourself an extra-special favor by reading them all. 😉

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Other Books in the Series:

Famous in a Small Town
Slippery Rock #1)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Lifestyles of the small-town famous

Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn’t humiliating enough, on her way into town she’s rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.

His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn’t need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can’t be denied. And when disaster strikes, they’ll both be surprised by who’s still standing when the dust settles.

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Rebel in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #2)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

He’s not giving up his family without a fight

James Calhoun has never been able to resist Mara Tyler, or her knack for mischief. Her reputation as a reckless teenager drove Mara from their hometown. So Slippery Rock is the last place James ever expected to see her, and Mara’s timing couldn’t be worse. With the upcoming election for sheriff, she threatens the squeaky-clean image James needs to win. Because Mara has brought with her the result of their steamy affair: his two-year-old son, Zeke. After the initial shock, James is determined to have both his family and career. He just needs to convince Mara that her home is where it’s always been. With him.

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Christmas in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #4)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Running out on her wedding was the best decision ever!

A cheating fiancé sends Camden Harris fleeing to her grandparents’ home in Missouri. When her ex follows, determined to win her back, Camden makes a deal with neighbor Levi Walters: they’ll pretend to be in love and she’ll support his plan to buy her grandparents’ land.

The boy from her childhood has grown up into an impressive man. His charm, good looks and sweet gestures make it difficult for Camden to remember this is fake. And Levi’s kisses only confuse her more.

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About the Author:

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

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New Release Review! COVER OF NIGHT by Laura Griffin (Alpha Crew #3)

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Cover of Night
by Laura Griffin

Synopsis:

Sparks fly when a journalist and a Navy SEAL cross paths in Thailand in this third entry in the thrilling and sexy Alpha Crew series from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin.

Journalist Karly Bonham is on her first overseas mission, covering the new United States ambassador to Thailand, when she is taken hostage by terrorists, with only her wits and courage to keep her alive—until help arrives in the form of Navy SEAL Ethan Dunn.

As part of an elite SEAL team called Alpha Crew, Ethan has been on countless harrowing missions, but he knows this one is different the instant he meets Karly—the sexy young reporter who somehow managed to escape the terrorists’ clutches. Ethan is impressed by her, especially when he learns she has intel that could be the key to a successful rescue op. Ethan knows working with a civilian raises the stakes on an already dangerous mission. But with the clock ticking down, he enlists Karly’s help to thwart a vicious plot and bring a terrorist mastermind to justice.

 

Review:

Cover of Night is a fast-paced, quick read–right from the start, it’s a high-adrenaline rush with terrorists and SEALs and danger around every corner. I really liked both Karly and Ethan–they were really good together–but then I’d have to remind myself that they’d just met. (Yes, there’s a longish stretch of time in there, but as he’s out of town on a mission, it barely seems to count, so…) Still, I liked them as a couple and would have loved to have seen more of them together. This book definitely could have been expanded into a full-length novel and given us more of…well, everything. Still, if a high-adrenaline read you can get through in a sitting or two with some smoking hot chemistry is what you’re looking for to fit into your busy weekend, look no further 🙂

This is the third book in the series, but it worked well as a standalone. Ryan (hero of books 1 and 2–At the Edge and Edge of Surrender) plays a role in the initial mission, and we hear enough about him and Emma to make me add both books to my TBR. I’ll definitely be looking for more from this series in the future, and that teaser for the next Tracers book at the end (Touch of Red) has me counting the days until November!

Rating: 4 stars / B+

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New Release Review and Giveaway! MAKE ME WANT by Rebecca Brooks (Men of Gold Mountain #3)


Make Me Want
by Rebecca Brooks
Men of Gold Mountain, #3
Publication Date: August 28, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Brazen, Contemporary, Romance, Erotic, Standalone

SYNOPSIS:

Abbi Haas likes them big, bad, and out of her bed the next morning. So when a smoking hot firefighter shuts down a possessive ex by pretending to be her boyfriend, she’s happy to play along—and stay for the no-strings-attached sex under the stars. But her knight with bulging biceps had better not think she’s some damsel in distress. She’ll handle her ex like she does everything: on her own.

Wildland firefighter Tyler McCall is supposed to be taking a break from danger. First step to having fun: pick up a sexy stranger by pretending he’s her man. Too bad his fake girlfriend is also his new coworker…and their little white lie has already spread. Tyler knows he should walk away before he gets burned. But he can’t stay out of trouble, and there’s no way he’s letting her go.

 

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“Wow,” he said, one hand snaking around her stomach as his lips found the side of her neck. “I’m sure your house is nice, but…wow.”

They’d arrived at the edge of a clearing, a large field that sloped gently back toward where it disappeared into another copse of trees. It was where school groups came to play, and a place couples rented for weddings. They couldn’t see the view at night, but Abbi could feel it, the dark stamp of mountains rising to a starry sky.

“It’s my favorite place,” she said, and then revised her statement. “I mean my favorite place that doesn’t take three days to hike to.”

She pulled out of his grasp and took off, racing to the gazebo at the far end of the field. When he finally caught her, he spun her and pressed her back against the railing.

“No more running,” he panted.

“What’s the matter? Can’t keep up?”

His teeth found her bottom lip. It wasn’t a playful nip but a hard, possessive bite, so greedy it sent a rocket of flames to her core. “No more getting away from me.”

Tyler may have just scrambled her brain, but she still knew the answer to that. “Then don’t let me get away.”

 

Review:

Make Me Want is intense. Tyler and Abbi start an intense relationship–physically intense, and though it starts out as “fake” it soon is anything but and becomes intense in a whole other way–they’re both hiding very intense events in their past from each other, and oh my gosh, they both live through an unbelievably intense event together just before everything falls apart for them. Honestly, I went into this one expecting…well, pretty much what you’s be expecting, given that cover…and found out that there is so much more between those covers.

What I especially liked here is that both Tyler and Abbi let their issues get in their way, they both let them negatively impact their relationship, they both took an active part in their black moment, and they both put work into getting back together by each realizing what they were doing to sabotage things and worked to repair their own problems in order to go forward together. There was a greater sense of equal responsibility in their relationship than is often seen, and I really liked that.

Plus, these two were incredibly hot together, even if they do have a tendency to get busy in the great out of doors, where everyone knows there’s spiders. [shudder] 😉

Make Me Want is the third book in the series, but works just fine as a standalone.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

ABOUT REBECCA BROOKS:

Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind to try something new—and find the passion, excitement and purpose they didn’t know they’d been missing.

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by Miranda Liasson

Synopsis:

Liz Kingston spends her life delivering babies and longs for one of her own. All she needs is someone with fabulous genetic material. Who better to ask than her sexy ex-fling, who has no interest in ever settling down or being a father.

International correspondent Grant Wilbanks loves danger and travelling the world. But nothing in all this Brit’s experience could have prepared him for the way a torrid affair with Liz makes him feel. When she asks for his assistance, he figures he can help her out with a simple donation. No strings, no emotions, just…test-tube science.

But this simple favor gives them both more than they ever bargained for. Grant agrees to her terms, but stepping away gets harder and harder because the more time they spend together, the more he finds himself falling…and losing the battle to safeguard his heart.

 

Review:

I enjoyed Liz and Grant’s story–a sweet second chance romance with a baby surprise 😉

Liz was a strong character, knowing what she wanted and doing what she could to get it for herself all by herself (well, as by herself as she could, anyway!) I would have liked her to have felt less conflicted about telling her family the truth, though–not that I blame her at all for hesitating, but I wanted her to own it sooner than she did in the end. Still, she’s a great character, and it’s easy to root for her from the very first page.

Plus, she’s got an awesome rescue dog–how can you not love her?

Grant, Grant, Grant…I wasn’t too sure about him at first, but he won me over 🙂 The scenes with him and the males in Liz’s family were absolutely priceless, and oh, that ending…

A great addition to the series, this one would work fine as a standalone too (confession time–I’ve only read book #1 so far–A Man of Honor is still waiting on my TBR!)

Rating: 4 stars / B+

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New Release Review and Giveaway! YOU SAY IT FIRST by Susan Mallery (Happily Inc #1)

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YOU SAY IT FIRST Synopsis:

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool’s Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc, a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale…

Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks–mainly the venue’s captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won’t let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he’s all in.

Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can’t turn the floundering business around, she’ll have no choice but to cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family’s bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn’t belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he’s right—where she really belongs is in his arms.

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A sweet start to a new series!

Though the town’s origin/purpose is unique, it’s also a bit on the hokey side (come here and get married because of a fictional history…)–still, it (and the quirky cast of characters that inhabit it) will give Ms. Mallery a host of possibilities for future stories. Nick and Pallas were a lot of fun–their “we can’t be together” reasons weren’t the best, but a good case was made for why they believed them. They were good together, though, even if the way they kept insisting that it was just temporary was a bit annoying. Knowing an HEA was coming made it easier to bear. 😉

I loved the idea of Pallas’s business–even more so once she shifted her focus slightly–and can’t wait to see what future wedding challenges this series will offer!

Rating: 4 stars / B+

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. She’s best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.

Susan lives in Washington state with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her online at SusanMallery.com.

 

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