New(ish) Release Review! SWEETLY, DEEPLY, ABSOLUTELY by Kira Archer (Sweet Love #3)


Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely

by Kira Archer

 

Synopsis:

Hello, Mr. Right…for Now.

With a month off from culinary school, Jenny Boyd has some serious party plans. Especially when the hottest guy in the club literally lands in her lap.  He’s 6’2” of cocky, sexy, man-candy, and just as commitment-phobic as she is.

She’s definitely off limits…

Graphic designer Jared Crew is shocked when his best friend’s sister-in-law doesn’t remember him right away. Luckily, she is more than willing to let him jog her memory, no complications required.

It’s all fun and games…until the condom breaks…

 

Review:

A sweet story!

I was really looking forward to Jenny’s story after reading her big brother’s (Totally, Sweetly Irrevocably) and seeing all of the mayhem she managed to cause there. And the Jenny of the first few chapters didn’t disappoint. Their meet (meet again, technically) cute was especially entertaining:

He was even hotter closer up. Who was she to turn away a gorgeous man who introduced himself with his face in her lap? That would be rude.

Both Jenny and Jared are young and free and fun, and reading about them feels just as fancy free…until things happen.

Don’t get me wrong, though–it’s still a great read, but our hero and heroine have to pause and take stock of things, which quickly get complicated. They have to take a good look at their lives and decide what they really want, what they’re willing to change, and what will be worth the effort of reaching for–regardless of the ultimate outcome of their “oops” moment. In some ways, the carefree, most-likely-to-be-arrested-in-a-food-truck Jenny is no more, but since time has gone by and she’s discovered and been moving toward her calling (culinary school in Paris, nonetheless!) that makes sense. It needed to happen. She’s growing up and finding her way, a way which may or may not include a certain fun-loving, live and love for the moment friend of her older brother who also needs to think about moving forward and taking his own risks.

And…maybe anther somebody too? I’m not telling you; you’re going to have to find out for yourself 😉

A sweet conclusion to a delectable series–readers will get to see prior heroes and heroines living out their HEAs, ooh and aah over baby owls (!), and maybe even drool a little–or a lot–over the idea of a wedding cake made of baklava. (Google it. You won’t be sorry. Though you’ll probably be hungry…)

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.


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New Release and Giveaway! SWEETLY, DEEPLY, ABSOLUTELY by Kira Archer (Sweet Love #3)

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SWEETLY, DEEPLY, ABSOLUTELY
Sweet Love #3
Kira Archer
Releasing Oct 17th, 2016
Entangled Lovestruck

Hello, Mr. Right…for Now.

With a month off from culinary school, Jenny Boyd has some serious party plans. Especially when the hottest guy in the club literally lands in her lap. He’s 6’2” of cocky, sexy, man-candy, and just as commitment-phobic as she is.

She’s definitely off limits…

Graphic designer Jared Crew is shocked when his best friend’s sister-in-law doesn’t remember him right away. Luckily, she is more than willing to let him jog her memory, no complications required.

It’s all fun and games…until the condom breaks.

 

 
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“So let me draw you, then.”

“What, like pose for you?”

“Yes.”

She hesitated. “Like those?” She pointed at the portraits he had hanging on the wall.

He shrugged. “Any way you’d like to pose.”

Hmm. Lying naked on a couch like in Titanic?”

He laughed and pulled her in close. “If you were naked on a couch I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my hands on my pencils.”

“Ah, but touching the model wouldn’t be professional, would it?” She ran her hands up his chest and he put his hands over hers, hoping she’d leave them there. He’d missed her touch. Had begun to crave it like an addict going through a withdrawal.

For a moment he thought she might draw him closer. But the moment passed. She dropped her hands and stepped away and he closed his eyes against the near physical pain of it.

“Well, I’m nothing if not professional,” he said quietly.

She didn’t look at him for a moment, but when she did her smile was back in place. “How do you want to draw me?” She raised her gaze to him and held it, her sea green eyes boring into his until he felt like he was drowning in them.

He grabbed his sketch pad and a pencil and held out his hand. “Come with me.”

She cocked an eyebrow at him, but took his hand. He led her out of the studio and down the hall to his bathroom where a big, old fashioned claw tub stood.

“You want to draw me taking a bath?”

He chuckled. “I’d actually love to watch you taking a bath, but I’m not sure how long I could remain on the outside of the tub.”

Her cheeks flushed and it was all he could do not to crush her against him and kiss her until she was moaning in his arms. He took a deep breath to get a little control and led her over to the tub and handed her a big, fluffy towel.

“I want to draw you sitting on the edge, your back to me, bare,” he said, his hand tracing the outline of her body down to where her waist met the swell of her hips, “down to here. With the towel draped over the rest of you.”

She watched him watching her, and then she held out her hand for the towel. He’d meant to turn around, give her privacy to undress. He wasn’t sure why. They’d seen each other naked. Several times. The image of her beautiful body would be ingrained in his mind until the day he died and hopefully long afterwards.

But she didn’t give him the option. She pulled her shirt off over her head. Unbuttoned her jeans and pushed them down her legs until she could step out of them. She stared right at him as she reached behind her to unhook her bra and let it slide off her arms. Her panties followed.

She stood before him, bare, breathtakingly beautiful. Neither one of them moved. His heart jack-hammered in his chest, while his body warred with itself. The desire to touch her, draw her into his arms and hold her there forever, made him ache. But the privilege of standing before such perfection was a moment he’d cherish the rest of his life. He wouldn’t ruin it by making an advance that might drive her away. For now, it was enough. More than enough, to just look and worship the unique beauty before him.

A faint smile touched her lips and she turned to sit on the edge of the tub, arranging the towel beneath her. She leaned forward and turned the faucet on. Within moments, steaming water began to fill the tub.

She glanced at him over her shoulder. “Seems a shame to waste the chance to soak in such a beautiful tub. Since I’m right here.”

Jared smiled and began to draw.

She raised her arms to gather her hair in a bun. A few tendrils escaped to tumble down her back. Absolutely perfect. He sketched quickly, his fingers drawing the lines he longed to touch in person, following the contours of her body.

He finished one sketch and pulled out more paper. She shut off the water and stood, swirling the water about with one foot. He drew her from that angle as well. Long, strong lines. Muscles defined beneath the soft curves of her body. He drew until he couldn’t take it anymore.

And then he put the paper aside and went to her.

 


Kira Archer 
resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren’t looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else.

She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her
imagination run away with her. She loves her romances a little playful, a lot sexy, and always with a happily ever after.

 

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Totally, Sweetly Irrevocably
by Kira Archer
Sweet Love#2
Publication Date: July 18, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled Lovestruck, Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

When Officer Rick Boyd answers a call about a peeping Tom, he doesn’t expect to find a gorgeous woman holding the binoculars. But Gina Silvano’s no peeping Tom, and she can catch her cupcake truck’s kinky vandals herself, thank you very much. No sexy cops required.

No matter how hot their stakeouts, by-the-book Officer Boyd can’t see a future with a dangerous, rule-breaking wild-child who despises the law. He’s never felt more alive, though, and expunging her from his heart might be impossible.
But loving each other might cost them more than they are able to give.

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Rick moved closer to the rustling bag while Gina stood stock-still, her eyes wide and anxious.

“What is it?” she whispered.

“I think a mouse has decided to help himself to the rest of our cupcakes.”

“What?” she shrieked.

Before he could say another word, she’d jumped up on her chair. Not designed for trampoline practice, the thin plastic promptly shredded. Rick reached out to catch her as one leg went through the plastic and the rest of her went sideways. He caught her before she hit the ground. But apparently their movements landed them a little too close to the occupied bag for her comfort because she took one look down, gasped, and climbed him like a tree.

“What are you doing?” he asked, both laughing and grunting as she twisted around him.

“Get rid of it!”

“What, the bag?” He grabbed her around the waist to keep her from falling ass-first onto the hard roof.

“No! The damn mouse, or rat, or whatever the hell it is!”

The bag rustled again, and she squeezed her legs around his waist and gripped his neck so tight she was dangerously close to strangling him.

“I can’t do anything if you don’t loosen your grip.”

She tore her gaze from the bag o’ death at their feet and looked at him. “Oh. Sorry,” she said, letting up a little.

He took a nice deep breath. “Thank you.”

His eyes met hers, and she seemed to realize the position she’d gotten them into. Her legs and arms wrapped about him. His hands beneath her butt and thighs, holding her up. Their faces only inches apart. All their delicate bits pressed as close as they could get with their clothing still on.

Her cheeks flashed fifty shades of red in the faint light coming from the streetlight below.

“Sorry,” she murmured again. “You, um, can put me down now.”

He tightened his hold on her. “You sure?” he asked, not wanting to let her go. He liked the way she felt molded to his body. The vanilla scent of her hung in the air between them, whetting his appetite for something a little sweeter than the cupcakes in the rat bag. All he had to do was close the distance between them…

Her breathing sped up, her lips parting with a little sigh. Her gaze zeroed in on his lips and there was no hiding from her how he felt about her wrapped around him. For a split second, her legs tightened their hold on his waist, pressing even closer. Her eyes fluttered closed. But then she shook her head and loosened her grip.

“Yeah, I’m sure,” she said, pushing away from him. “But…put me on the chair until you get rid of that thing.”

He chuckled and reluctantly deposited her on top of the chair he’d been sitting in. Then he bent and swiftly scooped up the bag, rolling the top down so whatever was inside couldn’t get out.

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Review:

Funny, fun, and sweet! So, so many highlighted passages (gotta love ebooks!)

I had an absolute ball reading Gina and Rick’s story. Their banter was just too funny, and some of the situations Gina got herself (and often by extension, Rick) into were laugh-out-loud. I may even have snort-laughed once or twice.

Or possibly three times. But I digress…

Gina and Rick have the best kind of opposites attract story here–she’s a rule-bender with a long-standing dislike of cops, especially by-the-books ones; and he’s the cop who was the stick-to-the-letter-of-the-law hall monitor in fifth grade and who hasn’t changed much in the interim. (Well, except for all the muscles. And the total hotness. And the actual growing up. But other than that, he’s pretty much the same guy. ;)) They can’t deny their attraction, though–even though they both give it their best shot.

What the hell? She and her body needed to have a serious talk about who it was allowed to be attracted to. An anal-retentive cop was notsupposed to be on the menu.

Resistance, of course, is futile. And soon both Gina and Rick find themselves doing things they never thought they would–like when Rick takes Gina home to meet his family (and all FOUR sisters!), a first for both of them:

“Really, try not to stress too bad. I’m not going to lie; my sisters will probably pester the sh*t out of you, and I’m expecting a full interrogation.”

“Well, that sounds lovely.”

Rick laughed. “I’ve told them all that we are friends and I’m helping you out with a little situation you’ve got that required my expertise.”

She snorted at that. “What expertise? Sitting around on your a**, eating snacks, and staring at nothing all night?”

“Hey. Don’t knock it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d rather be sitting around watching a game of a movie than a stationary truck that no one has looked twice at the whole time we’ve been watching. But, you know, your thing is fun, too.”

Note that she did leave fighting off mafioso rats off of her description…surely that changes things? 😉

Speaking of Rick’s family–I loved, loved, loved the fun dynamics that were going on there. So much craziness and love. Dare we hope that Rick’s two unmarried sisters might have their own books in there somewhere? Or at least Jenny? Gina’s friends–Nat and Eric from book one ( Truly, Madly, Sweetly) and Jared–were a lot of fun too. Really, it’s the characters and their interactions that make this story what it is–a highly entertaining way to spend a few hours. I’d honestly love to spend time with any or all of them in person–if they actually existed.

Well, not Alejandro (of the rat cartel) so much. But everyone else…

Gina and Rick were adorable together, and so much fun to root for. Though the event that triggers their ultimate reconciliation is a bit clunky, the actual we-need-to-get-back-together scene was fantastic and the epilogue triggers all kinds of feels. Though it’s the second in the series, it worked just fine as a standalone.

Totally, Sweetly, Irrevocably was my first book by Kira Archer *as* Kira Archer, though I’ve read and loved others written by her alter ego. Book one in the series has already been added to my TBR, and I will definitely be doing the same for the rest of her backlist!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Synopsis: An inherited parking spot. That’s all it took to make Natalie Moran’s food truck dreams come true. But her dream space is attached to a bakery inherited by someone else—drop dead gorgeous Eric Schneider, a financial consultant who wouldn’t know a cupcake from a cannoli. And he wants to buy Nat out, no matter what she has to say about it.

Eric’s determined to build his own business, but he needs the super cute klutz with the cupcake truck to help. If Nat will teach him the basics of running a bakery, he’ll give her free kitchen time. Except…neither expects the heat burning between them or the possibility that their arrangement might become permanent.

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Kira Archer

Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren’t looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves her romances a little playful, a lot sexy, and always with a happily ever after.

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Sweet Love #1
Kira Archer
Releasing April 4th, 2016
Entangled: Lovestruck

An inherited parking spot. That’s all it took to make Natalie Moran’s food truck dreams come true. But her dream space is attached to a bakery inherited by someone else—drop dead gorgeous Eric Schneider, a financial consultant who wouldn’t know a cupcake from a cannoli. And he wants to buy Nat out, no matter what she has to say about it.

Eric’s determined to build his own business, but he needs the super cute klutz with the cupcake truck to help. If Nat will teach him the basics of running a bakery, he’ll give her free kitchen time. Except…neither expects the heat burning between them or the possibility that their arrangement might become permanent.

When it all blows up, Nat is convinced his actions mean betrayal. It’s up to Eric to regain her trust and show her he’s a man who is truly, madly in love with her, before she disappears from his life forever.

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Nat leaned back against the counter, her arms folded, a smile already on her face. “Five…four…three…two…one…”

“Natalie!”

She broke into a full-toothed grin and poked her head out of the kitchen. Eric was standing, holding the pint of gelato away from him like it was a snake about to strike. A large blob of the stuff lay on the floor at his feet with more of it dribbling down his chin.

“Yes, Eric?”

He looked at her, his mouth hanging open. “What the hell did you do?”

She blinked innocently. “Oh nothing. I just thought you should have something extra special to celebrate with so I went to that garlic bistro and picked up a pint. I paid a bit more to have a little extra flavor mixed in. It was a little more expensive, of course, but nothing is too good for you,” she said, batting her eyelashes at him.

He wiped a hand across his mouth. “And exactly what flavor is this?”

“Garlic and anchovy.”

“What?” he shrieked.

Nat grinned wider. “Payback’s a bitch, baby.”

“Oh, you are so going to pay!” Eric dropped the ice cream and lunged for her.

Nat shrieked and ran laughing into the kitchen but Eric was hot on her heels. There really wasn’t anywhere to run. He had her pinned against the sink in under ten seconds. He scooped a bit of the ice cream off his shirt.

“If I had to eat it, you do, too,” he said, trying to get the stuff in her mouth.

She shrieked again and tried to dodge his hands, though it was hard to keep her mouth closed when she was laughing so hard she could barely breathe. He managed to get a little in and she immediately spit it back out.

“Oh my God,” she laughed, “that is truly foul.”

“Ha! Serves you right, defiling my gelato like that.”

“It’s better than putting vegetable oil in my glass cleaning solution! That was just mean. I still can’t get the streaks off that mirror in the bathroom.”

Eric chuckled and held on tighter when she squirmed to get away. “Okay, okay. I call a truce.”

Nat stopped squirming. “You mean it?”

“I mean it. I’ll stop messing with everything around the kitchen, if you promise you will never, ever touch my gelato.”

She laughed and nodded. “Okay, fine, I agree.”

“Good,” Eric said. But he still didn’t let her go.

They were breathing hard from their mock battle and both of them suddenly realized they were molded together, from hip to chest, their arms locked around each other, their chests heaving in unison with every ragged breath they took.

Eric’s gaze met hers and he leaned in, slow enough that she could pull away if she wanted. She should. The smart thing to do would be to push him away. But since when did her body ever listen to what was smart when it came to Eric?

 

Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren’t looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves her romances a little playful, a lot sexy, and always with a happily ever after.