Review: Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

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Series: Oxford, #3
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.


Lincoln Mathis has been a mystery since the first Oxford novel. I’ve wanted to learn the history behind this ladies man so badly! There was something about him (besides his good looks) that had me so curious about his past. I know I wasn’t alone in that desire. Other fans of the series have been dying to know as well. I’m here to tell them it was well worth the wait.

I absolutely adored every moment of Someone Like You. It was Lauren Layne’s writing at its finest. She delivered a beautifully written and well crafted story filled with love and healing. From the moment Lincoln and Daisy met, I knew this story was going to be a special one.

I won’t go too much into the plot or the characters because I don’t want to give too much away about their secrets or their relationship. What I will say is that Daisy and Lincoln have a special connection. They get each other in ways no one else gets them. Every moment they spent together was touching in some way. Their journey wasn’t always easy, but they were a perfect match. Readers are going swoon (again) for Lincoln and love Daisy.

Someone Like You was everything I hoped it would be. Lauren Layne couldn’t have written a better story for Lincoln. I’m also excited that she was able to add a couple new characters into the mix so that this won’t be the end of the Oxford series.

I highly recommend the entire Stiletto/Oxford series and Someone Like You to romance readers. It’s such a fun, well written series. I’m happy there is more to come!

Review: The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

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Author: Lauren Blakely
Publication Date: October 15, 2016
Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Erotica

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Synopsis:

From NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy new standalone romance…

Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move…
1. She works with me every single day.
Did I mention she’s gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?
2. She works in my home.
Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means…
3. She’s the nanny.
And that makes her completely off-limits… But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her. All of her.

***

The other nannies in this city don’t call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Reminds me of some of the studs I’ve seen on videos similar to www.sexmature.xxx. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.

I can’t risk my job for a chance at something more… can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either…


Since reading Lauren Blakely’s Well Hung put me in such a good mood, I decided to read The Sexy One. The Sexy One is another one her connected standalone novels. It stars Simon (you may remember him as the hot single dad who hired Harper to do a magic show for his daughter in Mister O) and Abby (Harper’s best friend). You don’t have to read the connected books prior to reading The Sexy One, but they are so much fun that I would recommend reading them before or after this one.

The Sexy One was so much fun to read! I loved that it was written in dual points of view instead of just from the man’s perspective. It was fun to get Abby’s point of view this time. The story wouldn’t have been as strong without it. She was this really kind and sweet person, but she also had inner vixen that I loved. Simon wasn’t as cocky as some of Ms. Blakely’s other leading men. He was self-confident, but he wasn’t a womanizer and he didn’t have a huge ego. Simon was just a really great guy. His doting single dad status made him super sexy.

One of my favorite things about The Sexy One was the nanny-employer connection between Simon and Abby. It gave this book a forbidden love feel, but it wasn’t angst-y or uncomfortable. There wasn’t a bunch of drama to their relationship, and I really liked that. Simon and Abby’s relationship grew naturally from attraction and friendship. There was a special sweetness to it because of both of their relationships with Simon’s daughter.

I absolutely loved every minute of reading The Sexy One. It’s the perfect book if you’re looking for a romance that’s going to make you swoon, laugh and fan yourself a bunch.

Review: Well Hung by Lauren Blakely

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Author: Lauren Blakely
Publication Date: September 12, 2016
Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Erotica

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the NYT Bestselling author of MISTER O, comes a hot and hilarious new standalone…

Here’s what you need to know about me—I’m well-off, well-hung and quick with a joke. Women like a guy who makes them laugh—and I don’t mean at the size of his d*ck. No, they want their funny with a side of huge… not to mention loyal. I’ve got all that plus a big bank account, thanks to my booming construction business. Yup. I know how to use all my tools.

Enter Natalie. Hot, sexy, smart, and my new assistant. Which makes her totally off-limits… 

Hey, I’m a good guy. Really. I do my best to stay far away from the kind of temptation she brings to work.

Until one night in Vegas… 

Yeah, you’ve heard this one before. Bad news on the business front, drowning our sorrows in a few too many Harvey Wallbangers, and then I’m banging her. In my hotel room. In her hotel room. Behind the Titanic slot machine at the Flamingo (don’t ask). And before I can make her say “Oh God right there YES!” one more time, we’re both saying yes—the big yes—at a roadside chapel in front of a guy in press-on sideburns and a shiny gold leisure suit.

But it turns out what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. And now, my dick doesn’t stay in my pants when she’s around. I try to resist. Honest. But the more we try to keep our hands to ourselves, the more we end up naked again, and the more time I want to spend with her fully clothed, too.

The question now is…do I take this woman to be my ex-wife?


I downloaded Well Hung because I desperately needed a funny, sexy romance to put me in a good mood. I knew I could count on Lauren Blakely to bring a smile to my face, and she totally did. 🙂 Well Hung was so addicting I couldn’t put it down.

In Well Hung, Wyatt Hammer tells us all about how his assistant Natalie becomes his soon-to-be ex-wife after a business trip to Las Vegas. Wyatt’s point of view is the perfect mixture of sweet and cocky. He narrates his sexy encounters with Natalie in only a way a man could. I loved his hesitation of acting on his feelings towards his employee and watching him figure out maybe he didn’t want an ex-wife.

Well Hung is a standalone novel with new main characters, but it does include some supporting characters from Big Rock and Mister O. You don’t have to read those books to enjoy Well Hung, but I would recommend you read them anyways because they are so much fun. So. Much. Fun. Just like Well Hung was. I absolutely loved it! I highly recommend reading Well Hung to mature romance readers out there. It’s one of my most favorite Vegas marriage stories ever.  You won’t be able to keep the smile off your face!

Review: Play by Piper Lawson

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Author: Piper Lawson
Publication Date: September 14, 2016
Publisher: Victory Editing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

PLAY is a quirky 70k word standalone about life, love, and the pursuit of orgasms.
I mean, video games.

I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something girl living the dream.

OK. So it’s a big-ass lie.

I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn’t mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. It wouldn’t hurt if I’d had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn’t count.)

But when you know where you’re headed, who needs to enjoy the ride? Even if part of me longed for a little between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call.

Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing’s sexy, in an ‘are-you-in-a-band?’ way, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he’s arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly.

None of it changes the fact that I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day.

I should ignore him. But I can’t, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he’ll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.

Game on, Max Donovan.


Play is the first book I’ve read by Piper Lawson, but it won’t be my last. I was really pleased with this book. I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into it. A financial executive and a video game creator didn’t exactly scream scorching love story to me, but I was intrigued by the enemies to lovers aspect of it so I decided to give it a shot. I’m so happy I did because the writing was great and the story was so much fun.

Normally I’m a dual point of view girl when it comes to my romances, but I loved that this story was told solely in Payton’s point of view. I loved what a strong female character she was. Payton went after what she wanted professionally and personally. I loved that she stood up for herself and didn’t back down from what she believed in. It was really refreshing to read. With her narration, I didn’t feel like I needed Max’s side of things Adding his point of view would have just complicated the story and taken away from all the cool things going on in Payton’s mind. She was actually really funny!

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Max. He was a super hot nerd with a super sexy piercing. (That dang barbel! I don’t know why I found it so drool worthy, but I did.) His back story and his job added so many great situations to the book. He was the perfect match for Payton.They had amazing chemistry and some super sexy moments together. It was so much fun to watch their romance unfold. It was so lusty and kind of a slow-burn sort of thing.

I enjoyed Play a lot and found it to be a fun new adult romance with a unique storyline. I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy an office romance that’s kind of “out of the box”.

Review: The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood

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Series: The Rule Breakers, #1
Author: Jennifer Blackwood
Publication Date: May 9, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide
1. Don’t call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don’t stare at hot boss’s, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don’t get on the malicious first assistant’s bad side.
4. Don’t forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half-dressed.
8. Don’t break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules


The Rule Book is one of those e-books I picked up because it was on sale for $0.99 and the blurb was so dang cute. It sounded like a fun take on the office romance trope, and it totally was!

In The Rule Book, Lainey is starting her social media career at Starr Media and learning the ropes of her new workplace. It’s a tough task when she has an awful co-worker and a boss who is dedicated to making sure his employees follow his rules. Lainey’s determined to play by the rules and keep her job, but it’s easier said than done when her boss is the sexiest man she’s ever met.

There were so many things to love about The Rule Book. It was one of those cute slow burn romances filled with witty writing and interesting characters. Normally I like my romances to have dual points of view, but I actually loved that The Rule Book was told from just Lainey’s perspective. She had such a hilarious inner dialog, and I loved the way she expressed herself to everyone — especially Brogan. The way she came undone around him made me smile so much! I adored the way their relationship unfolded. The whole story was just so cute!

Another thing I enjoyed about The Rule Book was the setting. Being a Western Washington native, I love when a book is set in Seattle. I could envision Lainey’s surroundings perfectly, and imagine her running around the city.

The only thing The Rule Book was missing for me was a strong sex scene. It’s not that I think all romances need to have them, but I felt like this one did. There was such a build up to Lainey and Brogan acting on their attraction that it was a let down to miss this major event in their romance.

I truly enjoyed reading The Rule Book. It’s cute, funny, and subtly sexy. I would recommend it to readers looking for the perfect gateway book between young adult and new adult contemporary romance.

Review: Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe

Tapping the Billionaire
Series:
Billionaire Bad Boys, #1
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Blind dates? Online dating profiles? Been there, done that.

Georgia Cummings has zero luck with dating, and the era of the internet is not her friend.
No matter how fast she runs, how many corners she turns, she can’t find her way out of this weird, alternate universe where men think dick pics are a replacement for small talk and getting to know a girl. One more crotch selfie and she might write men off for good…

But why can’t she stop fantasizing about him?

Kline Brooks is the quintessential billionaire bad boy—dark, styled, short hair, muscles for days, and a panty-dropping smile.
Except—he isn’t.

As his employee, he won’t touch her with a ten foot pole.
But she won’t touch him either.

Too bad their hormones missed the memo.


Tapping the Billionaire is one of those books you pick up when you’re looking for a laugh or a good time. It was so hilarious. I can’t tell you how many times I found myself giggling!

Not only was it funny, but it had wonderful characters and a sweet love story. I loved the way neither Georgia or Kline saw their attraction to each other coming. The more they got to know each other and the more the closer they came, the more I fell in love with them both.

I couldn’t put down Tapping the Billionaire. I loved each and every moment I spent with it. It was everything I love in a contemporary romance. Tapping the Billionaire was sexy, funny and heart warming. It’s a book I’ll be telling all my romance loving friends to read.