Series Review: Love (Jillian Dodd)

Vegas Love
Series: Love, #1
Author: Jillian Dodd
Publication Date: November 2, 2015
Publisher: Jillian Dodd, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A sexy celebrity stand alone romance by USA Today bestselling author, Jillian Dodd.
Hollywood actress, Ashlyn Roberts, just had the worst week of her life. Her ex released a sex tape of them and just when she was convinced her current boyfriend was a keeper for standing by her side, he breaks up with her at a friend’s wedding. She’s planning to drown her sorrows in booze when she meets a sexy stranger as she’s leaving the wedding and they end up in Vegas, married.

Cash Crawford is offered a dream job working with his brother as a junior talent agent. He’ll put his shiny new law degree to good use and make a bunch of money in the process. His first task is simple: Keep Ashlyn Roberts out of trouble and don’t sleep with her.
Which might be kind of tough, since they definitely consummated their Vegas wedding.

Will this one night stand end in the quickie divorce they promised each other? Or will they realize they got lucky in love.

My thoughts:

Vegas Love is a book that sat on my Kindle for years after I downloaded for free. I’m not sure why I never picked it up, but when I started the New-to-Me Author Summer Bingo challenge it fit perfectly for one of my bingo squares. I’m glad it did because I enjoyed it so much!

What did I love about it? Ashlyn and Cash were hilarious together. Their whole night in Vegas had me cracking up. They were perfect for each other from the moment they met. I also loved how sweet Cash was and how he took care of Ashlyn so many times. Cash’s family was so much fun, too. They added to all the sweetness of the story.

What didn’t I love? At times, I had a hard time equating Ashlyn to who Cade said she was. Some of her habits didn’t line up with what I thought based on her mother’s problems, but I guess everyone deals with things differently.

Overall, this was an entertaining romance that had me swooning and hurrying to download the next book from Kindle Unlimited.


Broken Love
Series: Love, #2
Author: Jillian Dodd
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
Publisher: Jillian Dodd, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Can you get a second chance at first love?

After years of crushing and many failed seduction attempts, Palmer Montlake had finally scored the sexy Cade Crawford. Both a little drunk when they got back to her place, they were frantic with need, their desire intense. But as the night progressed, the hot-mess hookup morphed to sweet lovemaking. The kind neither had ever experienced.

But they were destined for heartbreak. She was his best friend’s little sister. He was her talent agent. And they were dating in secret. When they got into a wicked fight and broke up, all hell broke loose. The kind neither have recovered from.

Six years later, they still hate each other. But the universe seems to keep throwing them together. When they catch the bouquet and garter at a mutual friend’s wedding, sparks fly between them — their chemistry undeniable.

Will they get a second chance? Or will they be left with a broken love?

The Love Series is a series of standalone novels featuring a different sexy Crawford sibling. They can be read by themselves. However, if you do wish to read them all, they are best enjoyed in order.

My thoughts:

This second book was cute. I’m not normally one for flashbacks, but the ones in here helped give the story of the first time Palmer and Cade were together so I didn’t really mind them. It actually helped solidify their current relationship, which would have felt very insta-lovey without them. I loved both the characters and couldn’t wait from them to get everything worked out. Palmer and Cade’s second chance at romance was fun and sweet read.

Overall, Love was a fun series. I will be reading more of Jillian Dodd’s books in the future. I do have one question, though. Does anyone know if Fake Love (Love, #3) will ever be released? I saw it on Goodreads, but couldn’t find any information about it. I would love to read it!

New-to-Me Author Summer Bingo UPDATE

My blogger friend Jessica over at Reading with Jessica has set up a summer bingo challenge with Jana at Artsy Reader Girl. I am going to attempt to play along this summer. I’ll update you with how I’m doing periodically.

NEW-TO-ME AUTHOR SUMMER BINGO

The Basics:

  • This event lasts from June 1st-August 31st.
  • You can only count books towards the bingo card if you have not read that author before.
  • Each book only counts for one bingo spot. You can’t use one book for multiple spots.
  • A bingo can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.
  • Feel free to use any genre for this challenge. Multiple genres even!
  • Use the hashtag #nasbingo to share updates on social media/blog posts.

Bingo Card:

Where you can join:

*UPDATE*

Completed Bingo squares are off. Titles are linked to my reviews.

My TBR:

Recommended by a friend: Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
Over 400 pages long:
✓ Features a vacation: Vegas Love by Jillian Dodd
First in a series: The Hook Up (Game On, #1) by Kristen Callihan
Standalone: The First Score by Amie Knight

I’ve almost got a Bingo! 4 down and 1 more to go! Now, I just need to find a new-to-me author with a book over 400 pages long.

Mini Reviews: Loud Mouth & Jilted Jock

Today, I have reviews for two recently released sports romances for you.

Loud Mouth
Series: Ice Knights, #3
Author: Avery Flynn
Publication Date: June 22, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I never meant to say a word, not one single word.

But I did.

And now, because of my blog, everyone knows that Ice Knights hockey star Ian Petrov’s best friend and fellow player is actually his half brother—hello, hockey Hall of Famer dad who couldn’t keep his jeans zipped.

That wouldn’t be such a big deal if Ian knew. He didn’t, and boy howdy is he pissed. And who is he most mad at? Oh sure, he’s upset with his dad and former best friend/brother from another mother, but most of his ire is with me. It’s definitely a case of hating the messenger.

And what could make it worse? How about the two of us being trapped together in a remote cabin after a massive blizzard. Neither of us can leave. Just us, the snow, his resentment, and OMG sexual tension so thick it would take a snowplow to break through it.

I’ve got to get out of here before I do something even dumber than I’ve already done and kiss the sexy, snarly grump with his misplaced anger and perfect pecs. That would be the worst, the absolute worst. That’s why I’m not going to do it. Nope. Really. So why can’t I stop imagining what it would be like?

My thoughts:

Want a break from all the stress of the world around you? Loud Mouth has you covered. This light, slightly steamy read was nothing but fun. If you have read the first two books, I would say it’s just as good as Parental Guidance, but not quite as good as AWK-WEIRD (That one is my shining star in this series.). I really enjoyed how easy Shelby and Ian’s book felt, despite some of the deeper issues it delved into. It’s one of those books that would be perfect for the beach or just chilling at home.


Jilted Jock
Series: A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Rebecca Jenshak
Publication Date: June 28, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

He was someone who belonged on the cover of Sports Illustrated instead of in my small beach town.

A sexy, cocky Australian soccer star named Finn was the last person I expected to be living with for two weeks.

He showed up at my brother’s house on his wedding night, hot, drunk, and very much not married. Next thing I knew, we were roommates, spending nights watching TV and getting to know one another.

Those two weeks turned into more than either of us bargained for.

He was fresh off a broken heart and I had a boyfriend.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the jilted jock, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except he’s not letting me go without a fight.

My thoughts:

Rebecca Jenshak has become one of my new favorite authors this year. I love her sports romance novels, and was excited that this book was related to Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s Cocky Bastard.

Jilted Jock was a fun read. I fell in love with it from the very beginning. It was kind of a love triangle, but not really one. Normally, I would steer clear of it because of that, but it was pretty apparent the direction it was going from the beginning so no worries if that concerns you. Adele and Finn had an instant connection. I love how they became friends and then… Well, you have to read it find out what happens.

The only thing that didn’t 100% work for me in this book was that the first part of this book was in Adele’s POV of view. Then, it switches to Finn. I loved getting both of their perspectives, but I kind of missed Adele’s when I didn’t have it. I really wanted to know what was going on in her head, but I guess that was the surprise of it. I can’t really complain to much about it.

WWW Wednesday: July 1, 2020

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

This week I finished up an ARC of Crazy Stupid Bromance (Bromance Book Club, #3) from last week. Then I read Charming Like Us (Like Us, #7), All the Way (Hot Jocks, #2), Loud Mouth (Ice Knights, #3), Jilted Jock, and Spoiler Alert.


Currently Reading

I’m reading Queen Move. I actually started reading it before Spoiler Alert, but I just wasn’t feeling it and set it aside. I’m hoping that the mood I was in has passed and I’ll love it as much as her other books.

Reading Next

I think I’m going to start Vegas Love for my New-to-Me Author Summer Bingo Challenge.

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂