Thursday, March 30, 2017

So Right by Darcy Burke

Series: Ribbon Ridge: Love on the Vine #2

♥ ♥ ♥ This was my first book by Darcy Burke. It had some good chemistry between Luke and Kelsey. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well, however, we never got to find out what happened in the teeny added on subplot of what Kelsey and her friend's are researching. Perhaps that carries on through to book 3.

At times, I did find Kelsey to be very harsh with her mixed signals to Luke. I understand she's trying to figure herself out, but it was very hot and cold. A few times I thought to myself ..Poor Luke. On the plus side he is a nice and patient guy, which is just the match to help Kelsey learn to trust again, however long that will take.

 Overall, I enjoyed the story and I would read another by her.


* I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review *


The Blurb:

Kelsey McDade realizes that her love life is one and done. Her last—and only—relationship left her broken and afraid and more than ready to be alone for the long haul. But sexy-charming vineyard manager Luke Westcott pushes all of her buttons in the right way and makes her wonder if she ought to try again.

In nearly twenty-eight years, Luke’s most successful romance has been with the outdoors. Currently single, he’s happy to pour all of his energy into his new winery until Kelsey provokes feelings he didn’t know he was capable of. He can envision their future together—if she’ll let down her guard.

When the ghost of Kelsey’s past causes her to slam on the brakes, Luke is ready to fight for her, even if it means sacrificing himself in the process. Convinced she’s only made wrong choices in the past, Kelsey must decide if Luke—and their love—is worth the greatest risk of all.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Full Package by Lauren Blakely (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Sebastian York
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ What a great friends to lovers story! Chase and Josie are wonderful together. Fun banter, great chemistry and I felt the sincerity between them that only happens between truly good friends. I love that he is a good guy who has a good heart.  Josie’s cookbook recipes were great - they cracked me up.

 There were a few sigh worthy moments and a major one... that totally brought a huge grin to my face!  Sebastian York did a great job narrating.  This book was a win for me!


The Blurb:

The #1 New York Times Bestseller!

I’ve been told I have quite a gift.

Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing....

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Spoiler—neither one of us sleeps.

Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Hot One by Lauren Blakely (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Andi Arndt & Zachary Webber


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ This was the perfect second chance story. Sweet, funny and sexy. I loved how Tyler, went all-in to win back Delaney, and I loved how she couldn't resist him. It was easy to listen to this story all in one go, as the narrators did a wonderful job!  It was exactly what I was looking for!



The Blurb:

A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely...

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?

Yeah. I'm that guy. But the moment I run into the woman I once loved madly, I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.

Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And you've got to play to your strengths when you're fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I'm prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.

He's the one who got away . . .
The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he's not . . .? I've tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I'm cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what's the harm in giving him a week to prove he's changed in the ways that matter?

After all, how do you resist the hot one…

Friday, March 10, 2017

An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Mary Jane Wells
Series: Highlanders #1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This story felt like one of the highland romances that I first fell in love with. It was easy to love the characters, and easy to hate the enemies. Add in some witty dialogue, humour and sweet chemistry and I say it's a win! If you're a fan of Julie Garwood’s highland romances, I think you would enjoy this book.

Mary Jane Wells did a wonderful job on narration as always!


The Blurb:

She never expected to marry....

Annabel was about to take the veil to become a nun, when her mother suddenly arrived at the abbey to take her home...so that she can marry the Scottish laird who is betrothed to her runaway sister! She knows nothing about being a wife, nothing about how to run a household, and definitely nothing about the marriage bed.

He never expected to fall in love....

From the moment Ross MacKay sets eyes on Annabel, he is taken with his shy, sweet bride...and the fact that she's blessed with lush curves only makes him utter his own prayers of thanks. But when an enemy endangers her life, he'll move the Highlands themselves to save her. For though Annabel's not the bride he planned for, she's the only woman he desires....

Textrovert by Lindsey Summers

Wattpad Version titled: Cell Phone Swap

♥ ♥ ♥ This book was pretty good, I do have to say it truly reminds me of being a teenager, and I am just glad I am not one anymore!! All those new emotions you don't understand yet, the feeling like whatever is happening, it is the only way things could ever be.. with no exceptions. Everything is a do or die kinda attitude..The author wrote that well.  However, I didn’t like that she ended it on a small cliffhanger, even if was dealing with a secondary character. I hate cliffhangers, and I found it unnecessary, I would have wanted to read their story without it.

* I read the wattpad arc version *



The Blurb:

It’s bad enough when high-school senior Keeley grabs the wrong phone while leaving her small town’s end-of-summer fair. It’s even worse when she discovers that the phone she now has belongs to the obnoxious, self-centered Talon and that he’s just left for football camp … with her phone. Reluctantly, the two agree to forward messages for a week. And as Keeley gets to know Talon, she starts to like him. Keeley learns there’s more to Talon than the egocentric jock most people see. There’s more to Keeley, too. Texting Talon, she can step out of the shadow of her popular twin brother. Texting Talon, she can be the person she’s always wanted to be. 
Sparks fly when the two finally meet to exchange their phones. But while Keeley has been playing a part online, Talon has been keeping a secret. He has a different connection to Keeley — one that has nothing to do with phones, and one that will make their new relationship all but impossible. Knowing what she now knows, can Keeley trust him? And can love in the present erase mistakes of the past?

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet #1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I always enjoy Julia Quinn’s writing, she's witty, romantic and sweet. Marcus was a lovely hero, he cared deeply for Honoria. Honoria, was a strong woman who would go above and beyond for her family and people she cares about. I really enjoyed all the Smythe-Smith girls. This was a sweet romance with some fun secondary characters. Lady Danbury is always a favourite!

This was a re-read for me, though I chose the audio version this time and I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first. Rosalyn Landor is wonderful!


The Blurb:

Honoria Smythe-Smith is:
A) a really bad violinist 
B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child 
C) not in love with her older brother's best friend 
D) all of the above 

Marcus Holroyd is:
A) the Earl of Chatteris 
B) regrettably prone to sprained ankles 
C) not in love with his best friend's younger sister 
D) all of the above 

Together they:
A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake 
B) survive a deadly fever and the world's worst musical performance 
C) fall quite desperately in love

It's Julia Quinn at her best, so you know the answer is ...
D) all of the above