Friday, April 28, 2017

The Bohemian and the Businessman (Blueberry Lane 4 - The Story Sisters #1)



Goodreads Review



Priscilla Story, the self-proclaimed “wild child” of the straight-laced Story clan, has always had a knack for getting herself trouble. Except this time, her “growing problem” is going to require a Daddy sooner than later…or she can kiss her inheritance good-bye.

Shane Olson, who previously dated Priscilla’s sister, Margaret, isn’t opposed to a marriage of convenience for the sake of furthering his business interests, but Priscilla – with her wild ways – is just about the last woman he’d choose to marry.

In order to make the marriage look convincing, they end up having to spend more time together than they’d originally planned. When rolling stone, Priscilla, who lives by the seat of her muu-muu, and seriously-ambitious Shane, who’s had his whole life planned since he was eleven, start falling for each other, it’s going to take a whole lot of compromise for this Bohemian and her Businessman to find their happily ever after.





I want to live on Blueberry Lane with all of these wonderful characters. I don’t care if they are fictional. I just do. To date this is one of my favourite series in the contemporary romance genre. It has everything I need and want in book. A balance of angst, sweetness, adorable misunderstandings, with chemistry that can’t be denied.  
The old adage that opposites do attract couldn’t be any truer when it comes to The Bohemian and the Businessman.
Priscilla Story is in a spot of bother. The wild child, the black sheep of the family has truly got herself up the creek without one single paddle in sight. Coming from one of the prominent families in Philadelphia living a life of luxury. Having anything she wanted but not the one thing she truly wanted. Love. Her only real tie to the family, her sister Margaret.
Relying too much on her Trust to come through for her. Flitting from one thing to another. A rolling stone. But this rolling stone needs to change her ways as she managed to get herself knocked up. She needs a solution pronto. Something blond with blue eyes of calm comes her way.
Shane Olsen. Adorable the last gentleman left on this earth works for Story Imports and wants into upper management. There is a condition by the god awful Douglas Story none of his daughters will ever be in that position so he needs a son in law. Shane has always wanted to belong to the upper crust coming from a farm in Wisconsin he wants to be more. Where he is so sacrificing and asks Margaret to date him so that he can achieve the plan he set when watching Wall Street at the age of ten. A business marriage is the way to go.
Let’s just say that nothing goes to plan and well he strikes with the quick solution that Priscilla suggests. Since P interned with her father she has liked to tease Shane. Gosh how I love them together. They each complement one another. They seem like an unlikely couple but that is exactly why I felt that it worked really well. One too serious and the other somewhat flighty.
They were never meant to fall in love but some things just can’t be helped and they have that electricity that spark. There were two instances where they truly said some awful things to one another but they were all true and an eye opener and they re-evaluate.
This is Katy at her best. The Katy I love and know. The one author that writes magic. She makes this old cynic believe in the happily ever afters of the world. That love will always prevail and that everything is beautiful and right and that we all deserve to be accepted for who we are to be loved for who we are and well to just be. I sound pretty sappy right now but I don’t care. 
I read it in one sitting and I love when I get to read a book like this and an ARC as well. I am just all slap happy today.
And the best of it all a male virgin. It’s like finding a frigging unicorn. Precious. I have to also say that I thought that it might be weird because P is knocked up and all but it ran smooth just the way I expected from Katy. Shane took on the role as father like a duck to frigging water. Unicorn!!!!

Oh and there wasn't a "real" relationship between him and Margaret. Helped big time.




Monday, April 24, 2017

Paths (The Killers #2) by Brynne Asher


Goodreads Review



Maya Augustine needed to disappear—her life depended on it.  When her path led her to the middle-of-nowhere Virginia, she found the perfect place to hide.  A woman on the run, Maya had no business befriending anyone, let alone allowing herself to become involved with a man … especially after her last experience.  Even so, she couldn’t help but become obsessed with the bruised, battered, and beautiful killer who walked into her life.

Grady Cain reached rock bottom.  His past finally caught up with him, causing him to lose his edge at work and in life. Spiraling down a desperate path of remorse and guilt, Grady wasn’t expecting his refuge to come in the form of a woman.  Day in—day out, she was the only thing he’d allowed himself to think about. To focus on. To consume him.

One was running. The other had nothing to run to.

Until these troubled souls crossed paths…

And two paths became one.



SPOILER FREE
„From this moment on, our paths that brought us here end-they’re done. We’re starting a new one-one we’ll navigate together.”
Ah, need I say more? Yes, you say. Well here goes…
Maya Augustine is on the run and she could have come across as the damsel in distress but she didn’t. She took the time to regroup when necessary. She knew when to stand her ground and when to take a step back and let Grady take over. As, a heroine she is strong, sassy and a perfect match for Grady.
Addy gave her a chance with an act of kindness with the bungalow and a job. Working two jobs, seven days a week. At Whitetail and at the Rolling Hills Ranch. Done everything she can to not leave a trail but Lady Luck is not on her side. Her past catches up.
All of them are getting under Maya’s skin. Especially the stoic, reserved Grady Cain.
All of this, his beauty mixed with his injuries, only fuels my fascination. There’s obviously something wrong with me. I as well am a Grady fan.
I got to say I never thought that Cam Montgomery from Athica Lane could be beat but move over Cam because Grady Cain is in the picture. Best book boyfriend 2017? Looks like that is gonna happen. Yeah, the year is still young but I have high hopes.
Grady Cain what a name right?
Grady Cain is the epitome of an alpha male. Broody, overprotective with slight stalker-ish tendencies. With an absolute soft, sweet and gooey side. He is carrot cake. And I personally love carrot cake.
I want a Grady Cain of my own. FACT!
I’m always extremely nervous when it comes to reading authors I really like and I feel a connection with and here it was no different. I loved everything from the plot to the characters to the smutty, filthy and sweet as well as adorable times. The twists and the turns have you on the edge your seat. Such a fab read and a reread as well as a recommend for sure.




Friday, April 21, 2017

Bombshell (Hollywood A-List #1) by CD Reiss


Goodreads Review


Hollywood bad boy Brad Sinclair always gets his way, whether it’s the role he wants or the bikini-clad model he has to have. But when a bombshell gets dropped in his lap in the form of a dimpled five-year-old from a forgotten relationship, he knows his life is about to change forever.

Cara DuMont isn’t exactly thrilled when she gets assigned to be the nanny for the latest box-office king. She has one rule: no celebrity fathers, especially single ones with devilish good looks and rock-hard abs.

But as soon as Cara meets Brad and his adorable little girl, she knows she’s in for a world of trouble. Because there’s something about the way Brad looks at her that makes her believe that some rules are meant to be broken…



Love can be found in the most unexpected places.

THIS. BOOK. HAS. EVERYTHING. I. LOVE. AND. MORE.

Brad Sinclair Celebrity actor near King of Hollywood. Originally from Redfield, Arkansas he is going places. A notorious playboy and the life of any party. His partying days are over when an adorable six-year-old left on his doorstep. What can I say about Brad? I loved him and hated him at the same time. He is selfish yet caring. An idiot who screws up. Old habits are hard to break but tries to make amends. With his charisma, he has no problem wooing and making you forgive him without realizing you and even if you don’t want to.

Cara DuMont is the best in the industry let me clarify that the best in the nanny industry. While helping a friend with a small blonde sweetheart with a toilet incident. She doesn’t want to be in the limelight and has tried to keep herself on the sidelines as much as possible. She doesn’t want the job but becomes the reluctant nanny. Her past has led her to believe that she doesn’t deserve certain things. She wants stability but Brad isn’t stable.

Cara is the help in Hollywood you don’t start anything with the help. Brad wants to be better for Cara and for his daughter. It is a balance of what people think to not caring what people think.

You can’t help but not fall in love with Cara and Brad. They are steaming together. They test the boundaries know that it is a good idea but weaken and break them to only go back to being what they were before. There was so much buildup with what was between them and that added more to the book. They really get to know one another and they start to change. They become an us and a family without realizing.

There are so many moments that I highlighted between the two that I have only picked two which really struck with me.

He was beautiful as ever, but starkly human. Flawed beyond belief. Emotional and broken. He needed me to fill his empty places and in letting me do that, he filled mine. – Cara –

“You’re my glue. You’ve made me bigger. Better. And you hold it all together. All my life. I’m nothing without you.” I squeezed his hand. “You were a good man before you met me.” “I was worthless.” – Brad –

Nicole Garcia is there are no words really to describe Nicole. She is bright, and meddling for her age. She knows what she wants and well she had all the important people wrapped around her little finger. Hell, I would have given her everything she would have asked for. At the beginning, I felt so sorry for her and her situation. But Cara sure did work her magic.

“Nice to meet you, Nicole. Wanna help clean this up? “Can we do my butt first?” “Great idea.” I liked this little one. Good thing I already had a job lined up or I could have fallen for her and her dad in a heartbeat.


If this is what goes on in Hollywood then I am happy that I live a normal life because it is just cray cray crazy. Bonkers, nuts.

This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. It sucked me in. It made me want to drop everything and read it in one sitting alas RL got in the way. I had so many feels. I laughed, I smiled, I wanted more. The story is flawless and flowed so well. It is real and raw in places and I love that. I never knew what was going to happen which is an added bonus for me. Like Cara I went back and forth to liking him and the cussing him for being an arse.

A delightful read with an angst level I can deal with. There is an epilogue to the epilogue and it is freaking A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E.

I am so going to read Shuttergirl I want to know Michael’s story as well.

On a side note I personally consider Ms. Reiss to be an inspiration. After 24 years, yes you read right 24 years she got signed with Publisher. Now that is what I call dedication peeps and many of us can take a page out of that.








Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tempting Justice (Sons of Sydney #2) by Fiona Archer


Goodreads Review



He’s sworn to uphold the law

His reckless behavior as a child caused the deaths of his entire family. On the lonely Sydney streets, the orphan found friends. Found “brothers.” Never again will Seattle Homicide Detective Heath Justice break the rules and risk his new family. Order and discipline govern his life…until he meets a curvaceous redhead. With two ugly murder cases to solve, the last thing he needs is this disconcertingly lovely, whirlwind of chaos, yet…charmed by her wit and intelligence, Heath can’t resist.

She believes rules are meant to be broken

Deep into writing a murder mystery, author London Shaw is shocked when she herself is implicated in a homicide. She can’t believe the ever-so-authoritarian Detective Heath Justice expects her to simply ignore the crime and go on about her business. Not happening. Although the man’s whiskey rough voice, cuffs, and masterful touch could melt any woman’s resistance—and does—she has a craving to do a little investigating herself.

When all or nothing is your only play

When Heath’s murder investigation threatens a far-reaching conspiracy, everyone he cares for becomes their target—including the woman he’s come to love.
  



After trying to find an Australian slang phrase to express my emotions on this book I've decided to go back to me good old English slang and say that this book is the dog's bollocks. I would post a drawing don't think that it would go down well though.

So, this is the dog's bollocks as I mentioned. I. Loved. This. Book. So. Much. It is an absolute riot and a must read for 2017 - well IMO and let's face it, it's the only one that counts. Lol.

Heath Justice is a sex on a stick, a walking orgasm, ladies your knickers will drop without you wanting them to. Detective with the Seattle PD. An alpha to the core with vulnerability to give him a softer edge. A born protector always there for family and friends. He wants a family of his own.

London Shaw, YA author comes from a big family. Sweet, sassy full of mischief and mayhem. A fantastic heroine. You have got to meet London's Gran she is something else.  Read and find out for yourself.

Heath & London's first encounter had me in stitches.

“When I said nothing illegal, I mean it depends on your point of view.” “My point of view is as a cop, which doesn’t leave a lot of leeway on a range of subjects.” She frowned at him, as if he was being unreasonable. “That’s a rather rigid stance. Not everything is black and white.” Heath wasn’t prepared to debate the point. “Your disappointment is noted. Now-“

Heath is a take no bullshit kind of guy and he goes after what he wants and that is London. Ladies & gentlemen (have to cover all of my bases here) they are good together.
London is doing her best to go with the force that is Heath but there is still too much shock and awe going on.
London is a creature of chaos and Heath is Mr. Rules and Regulations makes for an interesting, hilarious combination.

I liked that there wasn't a big deal made about Heath being interested in Derek and Aidan's sister it is touched upon briefly and then we move on. Thank God the author did play that card that would have sucked major balls.

When reading the chemistry between London and Heath get your fan ready ladies you will need it. There is some kink. There are steaming, scorching, intense and hot scenes as well as sweet and tender moments.

The plot is action packed with a couple of murders thrown in which kept me guessing to the very end. The unpredictability of the book made it even better. I was on the edge of my seat. I was sure that it couldn't be pulled off but it worked.

In my review for book 1 I wrote about not getting on board with the whole idea of the boys banding together and then being a adopted. I tend to be a cynic but I have changed my mind this totally worked here and an improvement to book one. Once again just my opinion.

I also wrote that I didn't like Adam but I've changed my mind on that as well.  God I really want his book. Dark, broody ex black ops. Nuff said really.

There are so much opportunities now Ms. Archer can go and write about the Shaw Brothers. Oh and don’t let me forget the delectable Declan Bishop. Pretty please Ms. Archer?

All in all you all remember that author who did kick arse heroines and alpha Heroes although long descriptive writing well this is along those lines that not long arse descriptions that makes everything drag out unnecessarily. So as I wrote a must read IMO.

No o/w drama.

I'm also glad that the author took her time with this book. The release date had been pushed back twice but that made it worth it in the end.




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sex in the Sticks (Love Hurts #1) by Sawyer Bennett



Goodreads Review



Wake up and feel the wood! In the first of a series of irresistible standalone romances from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, a city girl rediscovers love and lust in the Alaskan wilderness.

Valentine French may be the sassiest dating columnist in New York City, but the abundance of metrosexuals in her adopted metropolis is seriously cramping her style. Where are the beefy all-American boys? Hoping to find some inspiration, Val heads to Alaska, where the men outnumber the women fifteen to one and wrestle grizzly bears for sport. Or so she can only imagine. Suddenly the most eligible bachelorette in a town full of horny lumberjacks, Val is writing her best columns ever. But if she doesn’t get her nose out of her laptop, she just might miss out on Mr. Right.

Logan Burke is the sheriff of the little podunk town that Val finds so charmingly backward. He’s not that different from the guys she’s using for her little experiment; it’s just that one date would never be enough for Logan. As he listens to Val complain about love over beers in the local tavern, he realizes that she can’t see the forest for the trees. Because if she would ever give up her Prada bags and fourteen-dollar martinis, Logan would give her the only luxury that matters: his heart.




Highly amusing and very entertaining. That had me rollicking on the floor with all its glory. The last frontier of real men. Welcome ladies to Sex in the Sticks.

After having enough of metrosexual men in New York, enough of the shopping they like to do. Enough of the stock market and hair products Valentine French takes her cousin Jeremy’s advice and moves out to where the ratio of men to women is 15:1.

Alaska, here comes trouble.

The way Valentine comes off at the beginning of the book basically standoffish and a bit of a snob I was thinking oh, oh this isn’t going to go well.

But…

Ms. Bennett did such a good job with Valentine that I could just help but not like her. The more I saw the more down to earth she is. Yes, she is wealthy but she doesn’t go out of her way to flaunt it. As a dating and sex advice columnist which she does more to peeve her family off than anything she else. For her blog, she tries the dating pool in East Merritt.

I mean you can’t not like her when this comes out of her mouth

“Then call a car service for me,” she says dramatically. “I can’t believe this town doesn’t have a damn cab in it. This truly is the wilderness.”

Not to forget that she gets lost in the woods because of her dogs. Her dog nearly gets eaten by an imaginary bear. With the added spice of dates going wrong the Grizzly Plate incident. The Moose Poop Drop you will love it all.

Logan Burke Chief of Police originally from Seattle. All around good guy has also taken a liking to the new gal in town but has treated her with respect. I loved their interactions together there is a good buildup of chemistry between the two. He says that he is helping her because he is the Chief of Police but that is a lie. He even goes shopping with her or what you can call shopping in East Merritt. This isn’t New York Valley.

“I have to get ready. Shower, hair, makeup. And I have to let Sassy out. I can be ready in, say… an hour and a half.” Logan laughs. At me. Shaking his head but still grinning with amusement, he says, “You got fifteen minutes to have your butt in my truck”

The sex scenes are steamy yet have a touch of banter.

“I’m not crazy about your dog because she jumped up on the bed the other night while I was fucking you and licked my ass,” I grumble.

But Logan also screws up by listening to the gossip mill instead of from the horse’s mouth. But earns the right back to date her again that they are exclusive.

For once the heroine must grovel which I loved although the Hero is stubborn but gets his act together. But boy did she screw up. Big time. Anybody could see what she was doing wasn’t a frigging good idea.

I just might be on my best way to beginning a Sawyer Bennett fan but only more books will tell.

There is no o/w drama.



Low Blow Low Blow (Shots On Goal Standalone Series Book 4) by Kristen Hope Mazzola






**Low Blow is the fourth book in the Shots On Goal series and can be read as a STANDALONE.**
One injury - a freaking broken rib.
That's all it took to send life into a tailspin at the age of sixteen. After getting a heart transplant, I knew that I could never take life or my talents for granted - I was going to be the best of the best. Boxing consumed my life and I was on track for greatness.
Everything was perfect until I woke up one morning, ten years after my surgery with an overwhelming need to meet her - the girl whose father's heart beat in my chest.
Little did I know that she was going to save me all over again.


Warning I’m most likely overreacting to some things here or being overdramatic.

Life should never be taken for granted.

This is an easy book to read. It's fast paced sometimes too fast paced it is like the author tried to fit everything in a short time span.

Alternating between the past and the present at the beginning we see how Griffin got his second chance at life. After ten years and realising he feels as if something is missing. He's kept the newspaper article and finally decides to look Olive up.

A whirlwind of a romance takes place there is instant attraction and they can’t live without one another.

There were also very touching moments. Some were bittersweet, not to take life for granted. For everything I’ve mentioned above I still enjoyed it and although the author and I aren’t a match made in heaven she is a diamond in the rough.

I love books when there is a certain twist to them and this felt right up my alley. I liked Low Blow well at least more than Cross Checked but that isn't hard IMO.

This is where got tricky for me. Where her best friend Shaw put an image in my head of that if he has her Dad’s heart and well then is it incest? And that just really icked me out peeps. Probably being an odd bug here.

Some questions I had when reading the book.

Can a professional athlete have had a heart transplant? So I admit I was so intrigued that I did some research and yes it is possible. I don’t know why I doubted it but it just kept on niggling at me. And well I should drop it because you know fiction.

Didn't Olive know that her father donated his organs?
It came as a surprise to her that she had someone in front of her who’d received one of her Dad’s organs.





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Burn by by Dawn Altieri



Goodreads Review


Chloe Addison is on the verge of a promising career in real estate development until an explosion destroys her first major project and casts suspicion on her in an arson investigation. Her career is suddenly at risk—and possibly her life.

Firefighter Ryan Monroe wants a spot on the arson team, and getting close to Chloe might be the best way to solve his first investigation. Despite a painful past of his own, Ryan has dedicated himself to saving people, and when he realizes Chloe is in danger, she’s no exception. He just might be the perfect guy to rescue her, but their attraction could bring them both down in flames.


2.5 Stars

This book had the potential to be more. So much more. There is a good amount of angst and trying to figure out who could have been behind it keeps you on your toes. The author writes well and she keeps the story going without any hitch or anything. Add in a sexy firefighter and you are in heaven. Ryan is a fantastic Hero. There are twists and turns to the story.

Yet. The damsel in distress trope doesn’t always work. Here it did and it didn’t. There was so much push and pull between the main characters and well I guess there has to be to a certain extent but our heroine Chloe is a person of interest and Ryan’s boss is working the case and Ryan is also hoping to become a fire investigator. He puts his job on the line for a woman that he has known for a week he is an all-in kind of guy. He’s falling in love yet it still niggles him because she could be the arsonist. I felt like screaming get Reed from the BAU he’ll sort this shite right out.

Chloe also has her demons to fight and I stopped counting the amount of times she said that is a bad idea to date another man and that Ryan isn’t for her. It got tiresome after a while. Chloe as a heroine could have been depicted as stronger with more backbone. There were times where she was meek and then times where she came across as the heroine I wanted her to be.

I can see why this book worked for some and not for others unfortunately it didn’t quite work for me. There is also a lack of connection between the main characters and a lot of unnecessary misunderstanding between the two.

I won’t give up on this author as in my opinion she is an author to watch out for even if I'm not totally convinced of this book
 






 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Enforcer (Seattle Sharks #2) by Samantha Whiskey



Goodreads Review



As the Seattle Sharks number one Enforcer, nothing means more to me than hockey. I live and breathe the game.
But when my short-temper gets me into one too many late night brawls, Coach threatens to bench me if I don’t clean up my act. It’ll take more than me changing my nightlife—the media needs this bad boy to go good.
Paige Turner—the gorgeous, off-limits best friend of my bro’s fiancée—has the solution.
About to take over as acting CEO of her family’s multi-billion-dollar corporation, she’ll have to sign a morality clause basically kissing any wild-life she wanted goodbye. Her proposition?
 I, Rory Jackson—the panty dropper and bed hopper of the Sharks—give her an exclusive relationship for three entire months. Her wholesome image will only brighten my dark one in the press’ eyes, and I can help her check off some wicked naughty tasks on her very specific dirty-girl bucket list.
If I screw up and get arrested again, she’ll lose everything she’s worked her entire life for, but what terrifies me most? At the end of the three months, I won’t want to let her go, and with that morality clause—she can't keep me.


5 the Corporate Princess & the Bad Boy Stars.
Paige Turner (God how I love that name) is soon to take over as President of Cranbaby. She is then to lead a life that is wholesome and that will never taint her perfect image. She has three months to lead the life that she wants before she signs a morality clause.
Paige suggests a contract to her sex bucket list #7.
Rory Jackson Enforcer for the Seattle Sharks has a public image problem. Slight anger management issues lead him to one to many bar brawls and a strike 17. He needs to clean his act up or else. Rory beneath his I don’t give shit exterior is a good guy and he deserves happiness. He’s worth more and he needs to see it.
The expectations that her father puts on her are unbelievable and I am surprised she lasted as long as he did. Her father is a real piece of work. Paige is prepared to walk away from it all for Rory. What bothered me is that Rory played the martyr I hate it when that happens one of my pet peeves but here it wasn’t as irritating as it usually is. IMO at least.
I loved this book although the trope usually isn’t for me it worked this time. We get to see Gage and Bailey from book 1 and secondary characters who are hopefully going to get their own books. There is some angst to the book where I was hoping that the deets for the contract wouldn’t get out but it was a former puck bunny who decided to stick her oar in.
Ms. Whiskey was a surprise read for me in 2016 with her book Grinder. So, when offered the chance at an ARC who would say no? Certainly, not Moi.
My verdict:
A slap happy book with a lot of funny, sweet, sexy and downright filthy moments. That has you wanting more. I read Enforcer in one sitting and would reread it for sure. Boisterous with a touch of vulnerability as well as being adorable.