Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell

 ❤ ❤ ❤ ½ This was a decent listen. There were a few chuckles and even though the authors used a few words which were not my favourite, more times than I would have liked, the storyline was good. I enjoyed the texting between Graham and Soraya they worked well together. Both leads were strong characters and seemed to keep their ideals which was good. Graham was uber possessive and a wee bit of a jealous monger. Soraya worked through some past trauma with her father which allowed her to grow.


The two narrators did a great job. I would listen to them again. 

The blurb: 

Four consecutive weeks on the New York Times and #1 in Romance.
It started out like any other morning on the train.
Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.
He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.
Who did the stuck-up suit think he was...God?
Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.
When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.
I might have picked it up.
I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.
I might have held onto the mystery man's phone for days―until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.
When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.
So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk's office.
I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.
I didn't expect him to text back.
I didn't expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.
I didn't expect to fall for him―all before we even met.
The two of us couldn't have been any more different.
Yet, you know what they say about opposites.
When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract―we consumed each other.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn't prepared for where I'd wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Duke in My Bed by Amelia Grey (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ This was a good read. There were some parts that really pulled me in and showed me the feelings between Bray and Louisa, but sadly, for me, there wasn't enough of that. The storyline was good and I enjoyed Bray learning about what a family is.  I enjoy the way this author writes and will definitely continue with this series.

This was the first time I listened to Barrie Kreinik. I felt she did a good job.


The Blurb:

HERE COMES THE GROOM
As a notorious member of the Heirs' Club, Bray Drakestone can't resist a challenge from one of his well-heeled colleagues-especially when it involves money and horses. But the friendly wager takes an unexpected and deadly turn. Bray is forced to agree to marry one of his challenger's five sisters-sight unseen. Now gamblers all over London are placing bets on whether Bray will actually go through with it...

THERE GOES THE BRIDE
Miss Louisa Prim, the eldest sister, doesn't care a whit what the reckless rogue at the Heirs' Club promised her brother-she has no intention of marrying the future Duke of Drakestone. Bray, however, sees her rejection as another challenge. He bets that the fiery Miss Prim will not only agree to marry him, she will propose to him! With four sisters behind her, Louisa knows she can't lose. But why does her opponent have to be a divinely handsome scoundrel? And so sweetly, irresistibly seductive...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Someone Special by Eva Moore

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ I have had this book in my tbr pile for a while, because well, the wounded hero plot is not one of my favourites.

I am glad I finally picked it up. The writing is good. I liked the banter and chemistry between Nick and Dani. And while I was not a huge fan of Nick’s destructive behaviour, I understand why it was in there. I loved the messaging that went on in the book (always a favourite for me) and in the end, I really quite.enjoyed this story. The door scene.. loved it! *sigh*.  I will gladly read this author again and plan to pick up the next book in the series.


The blurb: 

Dani Carmichael’s life has turned upside-down in a matter of months. Sex is the very last thing on her mind. Processing her grief? Yes. Rallying her girlfriends? Definitely. Starting a new career? Sure. But finding a man is way down on the list. Until she meets her new neighbor, Army Vet Nick Gantry. His hidden wounds and his bare chest tempt Dani to risk her bruised heart.

Nick is looking for a place to hide away and heal, after his last tour in Iraq. The apartment building close to the VA seems perfect, until he discovers the girl next door he can’t ignore. She deserves more than he can give her, but her sexy smiles and sinful cookies shake his ‘just friends’ resolution.

After their undeniable chemistry explodes, Nick beats a hasty retreat, afraid of hurting her. Dani is left angry and alone, picking up the pieces. He’ll have to battle his demons to convince her that she is truly someone special. She must decide if she can trust the man who broke her heart.
 


Thursday, January 04, 2018

Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Sebastian York and Jennifer Grace

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ To be honest I completely skipped over this book and moved on to the second, thinking it was short novella/second epilogue kind of thing… it's not. It is a full length book. I came back to read it now, because I am OH so very much looking forward to Dan’s book release (March) and Ms. Reid mentioned that his book was for people who have read the entire series - if you haven't, you may not get the references.. so I wanted to make sure I hadn't missed anything.
The book is very much more of Janie and her quirks. Quinn trying to get her to marry him, which, I was enjoying it until Janie started getting all “women's rights" on me. She doesn't like Quinn holding the door, pulling out her chair.. she doesn't like that she had the spa to herself because Quinn has money.. she doesn't like that she is getting “prepped" polished, plucked, pedicured etc. That things have to be done because of tradition… but then why is she even wanting her lazy lack-of-a-father to walk her down the aisle… because it's tradition… she says!! Ugh, talk about contradiction!
   Anyway...now that I have given a somewhat spoiler (sorry) and got that off my chest, the rest was quite good. I loved the Vegas scene read by Sebastian York! He made that scene come alive!  It was funny and silly in perfect Penny Reid fashion, I loved the extra bits of Dan I got to see… YEAH!! And the lead up to Nico and Elizabeth's book. Jennifer Grace did a fantastic job narrating Janie. She spoke just like I would imagine Janie would.

   I am glad I went back and read this book and I can't wait till March!!! Dan’s book is gonna be good!!


The Blurb:

There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ it is book #1.5 in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series, and it is a full length, 100k word novel.

Again, you must read ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ first before reading this book.

This book is written in first person, alternating POV (Janie Morris AND Quinn Sullivan; but more Janie than Quinn).

Friday, December 29, 2017

Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis


♥ ♥ ♥ ½ This was a super quick novella.. almost too quick. It was nice to visit all the other characters of the series, but I would have liked a bit more time to get to know Charlotte. I am looking forward to the next in the series.


Blurb:

It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!

When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.

The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate.

But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

On the Fence by Kasie West

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ I read this in one sitting.  Loved the boy-next-door/brother's friend plot. It's also a story about being proud of who you are, and also being willing to try something different. I really enjoyed it.



The Blurb:

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Kasie West is a wonderful Young Adult author, and the premise of anonymous letter writing always appeals to me. This book did not disappoint. I would totally recommend it!

Blurb: 

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…