ARC Review: My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

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Author: Jill Shalvis

Publication Date: December 22, 2015

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Bailey Moore has a clean bill of health and new lease on life. She’s going to do things she never imagined she would be able to do. One of those things involves painting a mural. Luckily, she’s been contracted to do just that in Cedar Ridge, Colorado.

As soon as Bailey steps foot in Cedar Ridge, she meets Hudson Kincaid. Hudson’s the town cop/head of the ski patrol and a member of the family that contracted her to paint the mural. He’s also sexier than sin. Bailey quickly adds Hudson to the top of her to-do list.

Hudson Kincaid doesn’t have time for any distractions — especially the female kind. He’s way too busy with the ski patrol, being a cop and helping his family run their ski resort. But Hudson can’t resist brave and determined Bailey. She looks like a delicate flower, but the fire in her calls to him. Plus, he knows it’s only for now. Bailey’s got too much to do herself.

When their feelings for each other start to become more than just for today, Bailey and Hudson will have to decide whether to take a chance at forever.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


I get excited every time I see Jill Shalvis is coming out with a new book. I know I can always count on her to write a contemporary romance that is going to make me smile. My Kind of Wonderful did exactly that.

My Kind of Wonderful is the kind of story I want to read when I reach for a contemporary romance. The storyline was cute and humorous. I loved Bailey and Hudson wanting each other but not wanting to fall in love with each other. It was steamy and sweet all at the same time. Jill Shalvis created lovable characters who I couldn’t help but root for.

Hudson and Bailey weren’t the only fun characters, though. Every character in My Kind of Wonderful added so much amusement to the story. The entire Kincaid family was entertaining. The way they interacted with each other was comical. Things got even funnier when you added in all of the people they came in contact with on the mountain.

If you’re looking for a lighthearted contemporary romance to put you in a great mood, I would highly suggest My Kind of Wonderful. It’s the second in the Cedar Ridge series and can be read after Second Chance Summer or as a standalone novel. You can find my review for Second Chance Summer here.

**I received an electronic ARC of My Kind of Wonderful from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in this series:

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Soundtrack Saturday: Trouble

Welcome to Soundtrack Saturday! This week, I’m going to spotlight the book Trouble by Elle Casey. I will be posting a review for Trouble on Monday.


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Soundtrack Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Erin @ The Hardcover Lover. It’s a way to relate songs to books.

Here are the guidelines:

  • You can use The Hardcover Lover’s image or make one of your own
  • Please link The Hardcover Lover somewhere in your post
  • Create a soundtrack or mini-soundtrack for your chosen book
  • Add your name to the link-up tool so others can find and read your post
  • Leave a comment on The Hardcover Lover’s blog post

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A song that you think goes well with the beginning of your chosen book:

Papa Don’t Preach by Madonna was the first song I thought of when I thought about Alissa. Her parents are conservative and want nothing to do with her because she’s unmarried and pregnant. Her baby daddy isn’t like the one in the song, though.

A song you think fits a character in your chosen book:

I can’t help it. It’s doesn’t really fit Colin based on the lyrics, but I have to pick this song because TROUBLE! It’s his nickname and Alissa did know he was trouble when he walked in. It’s I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift.

A song that represents a relationship in your chosen book:

Opposites Attract is perfect for this unlikely pair. They don’t have a lot in common but there is a ton of attraction.

A song that fits the ending of the book:

I’m going back to Madonna for this one. It’s kind of silly, but Colin makes Alissa feel good about herself and, well, I think the lyrics actually fit how Colin and Alissa ended up.


And that’s a wrap.

Review: Rage by Elizabeth Reyes

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Publication Date: November 20, 2015

Synopsis:

Baseball player A.J. “Rage” Moreno  is known for his temper on and off the baseball diamond. When he was a teenager, he let himself become unhinged easily. As an adult he’s managed to tame his rage and channel it into his position as catcher with the San Diego Padres.

Addison Lara has one rule when it comes to dating: No baseball players. She learned that lesson the hard way. But thanks to her biggest mistake, she has a beautiful little girl. A little girl she’ll do anything to protect — including keeping the father’s identity a secret from everyone for as long as she lives.

When his catching coach introduces A.J. to his daughter Addison and granddaughter Claire, A.J. can’t help but fall in love with both of them fast. There’s something special about the mother and daughter duo.

As A.J. begins to get closer to them both, he begins lose his ability to channel his rage. He can’t help but feel possessive of the Lara girls. It doesn’t help that Addison’s relationship with Clair’s father is a secret she can’t or won’t share with him. A.J. has zero tolerance for secrets or lying and the situation will put his temper to the test.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


One of my favorite things about all of Elizabeth Reyes’ books is the way she creates strong male and female characters. The men are always alpha males with jealousy issues and the women are independent and stand up for themselves. The combination of those two types of characters leads to dynamic love stories because when they get together the chemistry is off the charts! Rage is the perfect example of that with A.J. and Addison.

A.J. was your typical hotheaded sports star — except he wasn’t a jerk. He had a huge heart and cared a lot about the people he loved. He won’t let anyone talk poorly about the people he loves. He sees red any time anyone mistreats them. He also has a jealous side that comes out when he thinks of Addison with anyone but him.

The way A.J. was with Addison’s daughter Clair was my favorite thing about him. He didn’t just placate her, he was actually interested in what the little girl had to say. I loved the way he was with Addison, too. He was willing to support her through (almost) anything.

Addison was a little harder to love all of the time but that’s what made the story so entertaining. The way she snuck around behind A.J.’s back to deal with Clair’s father was totally wrong but I could understand why she did it. I just couldn’t believe how long she did it knowing how irate it would make A.J.

Clair was my favorite character in the book. The little smartypants was just too dang cute! I couldn’t help but smile every time she talked to A.J. I loved that she was such a huge part of A.J. falling for Addison.

Rage was so much fun to read. The story was entertaining and fast-paced. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters. I would highly suggest Rage or any other of Elizabeth Reyes’ books to contemporary romance readers.

Other books in this series:

Fate (Fate, #1) Breaking Brandon (Fate, #2) Suspicious Minds (Fate, #3) 

 

ARC Review: Steal Me by Lauren Layne

25058352Steal Me (New York’s Finest #2) by Lauren Layne

Publication Date: November 24, 2015

Publisher: Forever

Synopsis:

Captain Anthony Moretti has chosen his path in life. He wants to be the police commissioner one day. Anth knows that becoming commissioner means giving up some of his other dreams: a wife and kids. He’s fine with that until Maggie Walker shows up in his family’s favorite diner.

Maggie didn’t always dream of being a waitress in a diner, but it pays the bills while she writes her first novel. Another added benefit to waitressing at the diner is getting to spend Sundays with the Moretti family — specifically Anthony Moretti. Too bad he hates her.

When Maggie unexpectedly becomes an informant in the toughest case of Anth’s career, he can’t help but throw professionalism out the door.


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Steal Me was a light and fun contemporary romance. The chemistry between the characters was great and I liked each character’s backstory. Their separate histories added a lot to the story — especially Maggie’s. I also enjoyed the hunt for the criminal, which turned out to be her ex-husband. (Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler. It’s in the book blurb.)

It was fun to meet another Moretti cop. Anthony was a little uptight, but it was easy to understand why with his previous relationship history. The frustration he felt when making choices was interesting and understandable.

My favorite thing about Steal Me was Maggie, though. I thought her attraction to the grumpy Captain was cute. I loved the way she reacted to everything he did. I also liked her family history and the way she ended up dealing with them.

Steal Me is the second book in the New York’s Finest series. It can be read as a standalone novel or after reading Frisk Me. You can find my review for Frisk Me by clicking here.

**I received an electronic copy of Steal Me from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in this series:

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fictional Families I Would Like To Celebrate With

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Thanksgiving themed Freebie — ten books I’m thankful for, authors I’m thankful for, Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc. I decided to go with Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with because it sounded like fun to think back on fictional “families” I have loved.


1. The Bright Side Crew

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I would love to share a meal and be thankful with Kate, Gus and all their friends and family. They may not have all been related by blood, but they were family.


2. The Raven Boys Gang

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This is another non-blood related family. I would love to celebrate with Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah.


3. The Walters

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Celebrating with the Walter family family would be crazy and fun!


4. Blythe and the Shepherd Family

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They may all be a little messed up, but dining with the Shepherd family would be entertaining for sure. I can only imagine trouble Sabin could get into.


5. The Sullivans

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Bella Andre’s The Sullivans is one of my favorite contemporary romance series that has a book for each sibling. I have loved reading about the entire bunch of them and would love to be part of their family dinner.


6. The Chathams

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After reading the family party scene in Saint Anything, I would love to be part of the Thanksgiving festivities at their house.


7. The Garretts

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I wouldn’t mind living next door to the Garretts and celebrating with them.


8. The Reynolds

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I can only imagine the competitions that happen during the Thanksgiving celebrations in the Reynolds’ house. I would love to be a part of it all.


9. The More Than Friends

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I absolutely love the group of friends we meet in the More Than series. They’re so close and supportive, they’re each others’ families. I would love to hang out and be thankful with them.


10. The Morenos

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I love the Moreno Brothers series and the entire clan. They’re such a fun bunch. I can only imagine the drama waiting at the Thanksgiving table.


Those were a few of the families I would like to spend Thanksgiving with. Do you have any you would add?

I wanted to wish everyone celebrating Thanksgiving this week a happy one. I’m very thankful for all my readers and blogging friends. 🙂

Release Day Blitz & Review: Red Hot Holidays Anthology

Forget shopping. Forget wrapping. Spend the holidays with these 17 gorgeous alpha males.

They have something they’d like to put in your stockings, because they’re definitely on Santa’s naughty list in these 17 all-new stories.

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About the Book:

NYT, USA Today, and top-selling authors have banded together to bring you 17 all-new, sweet to sexy books about love, romance, and the holidays.

Take a break and rip open this boxed set to cuddle up with these romantic comedy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance books. These authors have pulled out all the stops, bringing back some of your favorite characters from their bestselling series for one more bite at the fruitcake or penning stories about new characters and new love!

For a limited time, you can pick up all 17 of these naughty men for a really great price! Over 1000 pages of love, laughter, and romance! From billionaires and filthy rich rock stars to undercover police and bear shifters, we’ve gathered all 17 passionate stories in one big box with a bow on top. This heart-pounding collection is filled with confident, sexy, and romantic men you’ll want to spend the holidays with.

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My Review: 5 out of 5 stars!

The Red Hot Holidays Anthology is a hot and steamy set of books to get you into the holiday spirit. There is a little something for everyone: contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, second chance romance and more.

One of my favorite stories in the Red Hot Holidays Anthology was Noel by J.C. Valentine. Noel was a nurse trying to avoid falling for her patient, hot cop Hunter. His hot body has her in a tizzy, but she’s going to stick with her oath of not dating patients…or she thinks she is until Hunter convinces her otherwise. Noel was a really fun, steamy read.

My other favorite was Winter Tryst by Mira Bailee. It was a short and sweet second chance romance where a man realizes the mistakes he’s made over the past year with his soon-to-be ex-wife.

Those two were my favorites in the anthology, but all of the others were really good as well! A Cub for Christmas by Ella Dominguez was a fun story about an older woman falling for a younger man. Give and Take by Daisy Prescott was a cute story taking place on Whidbey Island that gives a look at the exciting Christmas happenings of several friends. Black Christmas by JC Andrijeski was an interesting Christmas tale about a couple that is apart but that can read each others minds to communicate and be intimate.

Those are just some of the incredibly fun Christmas-time stories that make up this anthology. I would highly suggest reading the Red Hot Holidays Anthology to put you in the holiday spirit! It’s only $0.99!

Stories Included Are:

Perfectly Kissed ~ Lacey Silks Mistletoes, sneaky best friend and an old lady, coerce best friends and former lovers, Millie and Dave, to reunite for Christmas Holidays.

Montreux ~ Blair Babylon Wulf von Hannover and Rae Stone are about to marry in Montreux, but Wulf’s aristocratic father makes one last attempt to derail the wedding.

Home Bound ~ Olivia Rigal and Shannon Macallan Trapped by a storm, a voluptuous architect and a sexy TV news reporter melt the ice by a roaring fire.

A Band of Heather ~ Sarah M. Cradit Colleen and Noah belong to two very different worlds, but a band of heather changes their lives forever.

Christmas on the Run ~ Daizie Draper Wannabe rock star Tristan runs from a dangerous bookie and falls for the girl he’s only using as his perfect escape.

Noel: A Blue Collar Christmas ~ J.C. Valentine Nurse Noel Walker doesn’t date patients, but Officer Hunter Davis won’t give up until he slaps the cuffs on.

Black Christmas ~ JC Andrijeski Quintin Black vanishes, leaving Miri alone after a harrowing ordeal in Thailand. Will she forgive him in time for Christmas?

Winter Tryst ~ Mira Bailee One destroyed marriage. Two broken hearts. When Sean visits Lyla to say goodbye, winter’s magic forces the lovers to face the painful truth.

Give and Take ~ Daisy Prescott You never know who will show up at the Sip ’n Stroll in Langley. Someone’s pregnant. Someone’s engaged. And someone’s getting a puppy.

Slow and Steady ~ V. J. Chambers When danger interrupts Christmas shopping, Leigh and her husband Griffin sizzle.

Take Me Home ~ Alison Foster All my Christmas wishes were snatched away by an evil brute. What can you do when the man you hate most makes your mouth water?

Bearfield Snowed In ~ Jacqueline Sweet A hunter tracking her prey finds herself snowed in with a sexy shifter. Is he her mortal enemy or her fated mate?

My Cowboy Soldier ~ Gillian Cherry Holidays draw lovers and families together, except when war tears them apart.

A Cub for Christmas ~ Ella Dominguez This May-December romance burns up the pages when Aricelli realizes that unwrapping her Christmas package is only half the fun.

Rosy Cheeks ~ Amity Wilde Good things sometimes come in unlikely packages. When an online flirt stumbles into Karen’s very real life, he might be just what she needs.

A Beary Merry Christmas ~ Jazzmyn Wolfe After a season of frustration and pain, will curvy Kassandra and Brendan finally have a beary merry Christmas?

Alec’s First Christmas ~ Felicia Tatum Daphne and Zander welcomed their baby Alec, and his first Christmas has magical surprises.

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Review: Trouble by Elle Casey

Trouble (Rebel Wheels #3)  by Elle Casey

Publication Date: January 23, 2014

Synopsis:

Alissa Benson knows she’s a burden to her new roommates. She has no money, no job, no family, no boyfriend, no place to go…and she’s pregnant. Alissa knows she should be more thankful, but her nosy roommates won’t leave her alone. They’re pushy, swear like sailors and they have enough trouble of their own to deal with. All she wants is to escape in her books and not think about the future that is quickly coming.

If all that wasn’t enough, she has to deal with her roommate’s brother. One minute, Colin seems to despise her so much he can’t even look at her. The next, he won’t leave her alone. Colin’s super sexy and surprising sweet. Alissa knows she should just ignore him. He’s trouble and she has more important things to deal with.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Trouble was a really great ending to a fun series. I liked Alissa as the narrator for this one. Her perspective was so different from Teagan and Quin’s in the first two books. She was no where near as snarky and she didn’t use (much) foul language. I loved watching Alissa’s secrets unravel and learning more about her baby daddy situation.

My favorite thing about Trouble, though; was Colin. He was presented as such a trouble maker in the previous books. It was nice to find out even more why he was one and to see another side of him. I loved the way he wanted to take care of Alissa. I also adored his fascination with her pregnancy. It was really cute.

As for the rest of the Rebel Wheels cast and their storylines, I thought they were wrapped up nicely in Trouble. I loved the way everything worked out in the end. It was a lot of fun to read.

My only complaint about Trouble is that I would have loved to have read about what was going on in Colin’s head from his point of view. I wanted to know more about him. But all of the books in the series were written from the female point of view, so I understand why I didn’t get that.

If you’re looking for a fun, steamy New Adult romance with a bit of mystery, you should try the Rebel Wheels series. It’s a lot of fun to read. You can find my review for Rebel here and Hellion here.

Other books in this series:

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Soundtrack Saturday: Dare to Seduce

Welcome to Soundtrack Saturday! This week, I’m going to spotlight the book Dare to Seduce by Carly Phillips. You can find my review for Dare to Seduce here.

Note: If you’re not mature reader (let’s go with 17+), then this post probably isn’t for you. Dare to Seduce is an adult contemporary romance and my song choices are mature.


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Soundtrack Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Erin @ The Hardcover Lover. It’s a way to relate songs to books.

Here are the guidelines:

  • You can use The Hardcover Lover’s image or make one of your own
  • Please link The Hardcover Lover somewhere in your post
  • Create a soundtrack or mini-soundtrack for your chosen book
  • Add your name to the link-up tool so others can find and read your post
  • Leave a comment on The Hardcover Lover’s blog post

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Umm…I feel a little scandalous picking this book and the music to go with it because it’s definitely more of an erotic romance. I couldn’t help it, though. Picking the songs was just too funny.

A song that you think goes well with the beginning of your chosen book:

“I’m just a bachelor…looking for a partner…” Yeah, the beginning of this book is basically the main characters hooking up.

A song you think fits a character in your chosen book:

Max might as well have sang George Michael’s I Want Your Sex to Lucy the minute he reconnected with her.

I couldn’t resist picking another song for Max: Color Me Badd’s I Wanna Sex You Up was just too good of a song choice to pass up!

A song that represents a relationship in your chosen book:

Lucy and Max…

A song that fits the ending of the book:

Love Me Like You Do is a good song to describe Lucy and Max’s love for each other.


And that’s a wrap.

Review: Dare to Seduce by Carly Phillips

26055768Dare to Seduce (Dare to Love #8) by Carly Phillips

Publication Date: November 17, 2015

Synopsis:

Max Savage has wanted Lucy Dare for as long as he can remember. Age and Lucy’s older brothers have kept Max from making a move until now. Max has a chance to make Lucy his and he’s not going to let anything stop him from making her his. He has the perfect plan to seduce her.


 

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Dare to Seduce jumped right into the seduction immediately. Max wanted (to do brazen things to) Lucy. He didn’t hesitate making his move and desires known. Lucy didn’t seem to have a problem with that since they both had harbored secret feelings for each other for years and through other relationships.

Lucy may not have had a problem with the immediate seduction, but I kind of did. I get they had pent up sexual frustration from years of longing but it felt too quick to me. It’s not because I’m against jumping into the sack immediately in books. It happens all the time. But Lucy and Max were supposed to have this amazing connection based on past history. I was told they had this connection, but I didn’t feel the connection. I’m pretty sure it was because I didn’t get to read about their previous interactions except for from their thoughts. I would have liked a flashback or two to make me feel and believe it.

I started to like the story better once I got to know Max and Lucy better and they transitioned into a relationship. It was fun watching Max’s jealous side come out. And the sex scenes…Dang! They were hot.

I wish I would have connected as well with the characters in the first half of the book as I did in the second half of the book. The book was well written, but that initial missing connection made a book that could have been great good.

Dare to Seduce is part of the Dare to Love series but can be read as a standalone novel.

Other books in this series: