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…

Saturday, December 23, 2017

To the Duke, with Love by Amelia Grey



♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ - I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I jumped at the chance to read the second. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the banter between Hawk and Loretta, which started off right away.  The secondary characters were good and I would love to watch Farley grow up a bit more and possibly have a story of his own one day.

Ms. Grey has an easy to read writing style, which I truly enjoy. Her wit is fun and her characters are well developed. I will continue to look for books by her.

** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review **




The Blurb:

There may be times when a gentleman is desperate to gain a lady’s attention, but a gentleman would never resort to desperate measures to obtain it.
―A Proper Gentleman’s Guide to Wooing the Perfect Lady


Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn is guardian for his sweet, younger sister. Due to his misguided past as one of the infamous Rakes of St James, Hawk is hoping to avoid the Season by securing a match for her before it begins. He has the perfect gentleman in mind, but for one infuriating―and unexpectedly intoxicating―obstacle: the intended groom’s own sister, Miss Loretta Quick.

Having narrowly avoided her own arranged marriage to an unacceptable nobleman, Loretta is determined that her dear brother―a gentle, good-natured soul―should marry for love. Matching wits with Hawk may be her greatest challenge yet. . .until she realizes it may also be her greatest pleasure. For the young duke’s irresistible charm has not only begun to crumble her stubborn resolve, it has claimed her heart in true love as well. . .

Saturday, December 09, 2017

The Only One by Lauren Blakely (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ This novella was a sweet second chance type story. I would have liked a little bit more time to get to know the characters, however they had nice chemistry together.

The narrators did a wonderful job.










The Blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling author of THE SEXY ONE comes a romance about fate and second chances 

Let’s say there was this guy. And he gave you the most mind-blowing night of sex in your life. And you never saw him again.
Until ten years later.
Now, it turns out he’s the ONLY ONE in all of Manhattan whose restaurant is available the night of my charity’s gala. 
The trouble is, he doesn’t recognize me.
***
This woman I’m working with is so damn alluring. The first time I set eyes on her, I’m captivated and I can’t get her out of my mind. Even if it’s risky to tango with someone I’m working with, she’s a risk I’m willing to take.
The trouble is, she won’t give me the time of day.
But I’m determined to change that.


THE ONLY ONE is a standalone novella following characters first introduced in THE SEXY ONE (Gabriel) and WELL HUNG (Penny).

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Chris Brinkley, Cielo Camargo

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Jethro is such a Gentleman. I love his manners and honesty. I felt he was both a challenge and a breath of fresh air for Sienna. Sienna was a wonderful temptation for him and together they had great chemistry.  I enjoyed seeing all the Winston brothers interact together. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Both narrators did well and suited their characters.



The blurb:

Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna. 

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston. 

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often. 

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Dating-ish by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Joy Nash


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!! I loved Matt! He was so nerdy/honest/forthright and it was awesome. Loved the way he talked, the language he used. Marie was an open and honest person and perfect for him. I think he maybe my favourite hero so far in this series.. well until Dan.. I can't wait for his story!!

I think that Joy Nash did a fantastic job narrating this story!



The Blurb:

Now a USA TODAY BESTSELLER

There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 
1) She’s fed up with online dating, 
2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 
3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of human kind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different—and crazier—solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Em Eldridge and Will Watt
Series: Knitting in the City book 5

♥ ♥ ♥  I found this book good but less funny than the others in the series. It seemed more like a serious book, lots of inner dialogue and contemplating. Because this is about Greg and Fiona’s life together and how they make it work - it was missing that first attraction feeling. There was some heartfelt moments, some funny moments and some moments where I wanted to pull my hair out because of how Greg was behaving.  I loved the letters and notes at the beginning of each chapter.

The narrators did a great job and it was nice to see Greg and Fiona’s story. I actually quite enjoy Matt (the professor neighbour) would like to see him appear in the stories again.



The Blurb:

There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.

However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true. 

Except… not. 

When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?

This is a full length, 100k word novel, and is the 5th book in the Knitting in the City Series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone except book #1.5


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ninja at First Sight by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Em Eldridge

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ Super quick novella!!! Funny and just enough to make you fall in love with Fiona and Greg! There is a cliffhanger.. so be prepared to get the next book asap!! The narrator did a wonderful job.









The Blurb:

Prequel to the USA TODAY BESTSELLER 'Happily Ever Ninja'

What do a cynical former Marine and a sheltered former Olympic contender have in common?

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

He has a girlfriend and she’s never been kissed.

He’s sullenly sarcastic and she’s earnestly empathetic.

He can’t stop thinking about her.

She knows she should keep her distance.

Nevertheless, when opposites attract the results may be unexpected, but they’re also undeniably magnetic. 


This novella is the expanded origin story for Greg and Fiona. The first 16k words of this novella are from the short scenes included in 'Scenes from the City', which is no longer for sale.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ Spence, I was looking forward to his story. He is kind and sweet and focused on work and I loved that Colbie was a distraction. Being strong and caring, she was a good match for Spence. The two had wonderful chemistry and I really enjoyed the book. There were a few good laughs, some sigh worthy moments and a wonderful cast of characters. I mean come on, who doesn't love that crew of friends Spence has! I am looking forward to the next book in the series.


The Blurb:

Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.
 

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Joy Nash

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ Wow, Drew was such a heartfelt man. I loved his words for Ashley. He wanted her and wanted her to be happy. They had great chemistry together. There were some awesome highlighting moments for me (which are usually the big sigh worthy, make your heart beat faster, sends the good shivers all over, kind of moments) and some good laughs. I didn't know what to expect from Ashley, as a character, but once she was back with her brothers it was magic.Those Winston boys cracked me up, making me want to continue reading that series as well! Also, Ashley has great taste in Pie!! (Lemon is her favourite then pecan - and I agree!)

This book is about family and how important it really is. The narrator has a wonderful southern voice. Her male voices are awesome.  I would gladly listen to her again.


The Blurb:

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit. 

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, reclusive mountain man, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee. 

This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the 'Knitting in the City' series.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Love Hacked by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by Devra Woodward

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ At only Chapter 5 and I was loving it! I enjoy how the author wrote the hero. He is smart, but young, and I feel from her writing she portrays his innocence in some things, subtly, but just enough for the reader to feel it. In all other aspects he's a mature adult.  Alex was bold and direct, the kind of guy who knew what he wanted and went after it. Sandra was a fun heroine and she made me laugh more than once with her curse words. She was a good lead.

I am still looking forward to Dan getting a story, and I just found out he has!! Which is awesome. The narrator did a wonderful job and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


The Blurb:

There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn't been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit. 

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra--near desperation and maybe a little tipsy--gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all. 

This is a full-length, 110k word novel and is the third book in the Knitting in the City series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Worth the Wait by Lori Foster

Series: Guthrie Brothers book 2
 ❤ ❤ 1/2  I was really looking forward to this book. I totally enjoyed the first and I loved the potential the other characters had for their own stories.  
What worked for me:
  • ▪2 for 1 romance - Loved the side romance between Nathan and Brooklin. I actually liked it more than the leads.
  • ▪In the beginning both couples have witty banter and good chemistry.
  • ▪Loved Colt and his parts in this book
  • ▪Happy to see that some of the chemistry was back near the end of the book.
What didn't work for me:
  • ▪As soon as the lead couple had sex, the tension and chemistry seemed to get lost and they focused too much on worrying that perhaps their relationship was only just sex.
  • ▪Both men seemed a bit too overprotective, to the point that it makes the heroine seem like he thinks her an invalid.
  • ▪From about just over halfway till pretty much the last chapter, it was mostly sex scenes, or what seemed to be scenes put in place just to lead up to sex. Just lost interest and skimmed them.
I see there are a bunch of rave reviews for this book, so perhaps I am alone in my thoughts. For me, it was missing the tenderness and fluttery “romance" feels, that I look for.  That said, I am glad I finished the book, and honestly, if Colt gets his own story, I would like to read it.
**I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review**


The Blurb:

Ready or not…love will find a way 

Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the "barbecue master" at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads…until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Hogan thought he had the recipe for happiness all figured out. But loyal, carefree Violet is daring him to trust his impulses…and see just how sweet small-town living—and loving—can be. 
Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff's badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there's more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye—but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there's something about the elusive beauty Nathan can't walk away from—and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for.



Thursday, October 26, 2017

Friends without Benefits by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by Devra Woodward

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The longing and tension between Nico and Elizabeth.. so good. The narrator took a bit for me to get used to as she has a very lazy raspy voice for Nico, but it works and I ended up quite enjoying it.

LOVED when Nico speaks Italian to her. Also, as I am one of those people who loves when bits of other languages are used in the books, but also immediately have to go look up the translation...I loved the fact that I had bought the kindle version along with the audible version because Ms.Reid included the translations of what he said in the written form.  - Perfection!

Also she had an “open door version and a closed door version of the same scene” which allowed the reader to choose which version they wanted to read. I listened to both cause it was great each time!

Wonder if Dan the security guard - gets a story. I really liked him. He didn't have a huge part.. but he stuck with me.

The Blurb:

Friends Without Benefits can be read as a standalone, is a full length 120k word novel, and is book#2 in the Knitting in the City Series. 

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she's unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit. 

Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, “benefits” with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth’s plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello- her former nemesis- she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding electrocution or, worse, falling in love.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Egomaniac by Vi Keeland (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Andi Arndt and Joe Arden

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  I enjoyed this quite romance. It was witty and charming. The leads had good chemistry and the story line flowed well. I laughed out loud a few times and smiled often. Everything I look for in a book. This is the second book I have read by Vi Keeland and I think she is going to be an author I search out.

The Blurb:

The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills.  He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.   
 
Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant. Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.   
 
Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand. 
 
The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind. I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do. 
 
The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing. And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.