The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

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sexy oneLet 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. 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.

rating

4 out of 5 stars

review

What a cute, fun read this was.

Unlike most of Lauren Blakely’s other books, this book was told by both the male and female POV’s.  Abby is a nanny to Simon’s daughter Hayden.  She really likes her job, and loves the girl she nannies for.  There is also one other thing  – Hayden’s dad Simon is incredibly sexy.

Simon is an investor in restaurants.  He’s an amazing dad.  I loved him from the beginning.  Abby was the sweetest lady.  She was very dedicated to her job, and on the side, she was a tutor in four other languages.

The chemistry between Simon and Abby was really strong.  I rarely say this, but this book wasn’t long enough.  Simon was just great.  He was such a good guys and an easy character to like.  He was so great with his daughter.  He wasn’t bitter about his ex.  There was no drama in this book.  It was just a fun read.

I’ve already downloaded the book about Simon’s best friend Tyler, and I’m excited to read that one.  Lauren Blakely can be counted on for fun books with great characters.

Happy reading.

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Would You Rather Book Tag

Thank you to  Sarah @ Btween The Pages for tagging me for this book tag!  I love doing fun tags!

Would you rather…

  1. Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N giftcard?

    I would rather have unlimited money for ebooks.  I don’t read paper books anymore, and nothing is more irritating than when you can’t find a book you want to read on Kindle Unlimited or on the library’s website.

  2. Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

    I’m not into poetry, but I would choose to meet J.K. Rowling and bring my niece Jill with me.  She’s a HUGE Harry Potter fan and watching her talk to her favorite author would bring me lots of joy.

  3.  Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favorite book for one day?

    Huh.  This is a hard one.  My favorite book is Rock Chick and I’ve been to Denver.  So I guess I would rather write a famous book.

  4. Choose  Jack  or Peter?  (Insert characters from your favorite fictional love triangle.)

    This fictional love triangle is from the Body Movers series by Stephanie Bond.  I choose Jack 1 million percent over Peter.  I love Jack.  I loved Jack from the beginning and he’s the perfect guy for Carlotta.  By far.

  5. Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost.

    Well, I’m not a Harry Potter person, so I would choose travelling around the world for one year.  Even if I was a Harry Potter fan, I would choose that.

I Tag:

James|Deanna| Romance Reader |Cori  |Sam  |Allie.  If you were not tagged, I now officially tag YOU.

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Book Review – Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

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lost riderMaverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?

Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?

rating

4 out of 5 stars

review

The Earth must be off its axis because I’ve read two cowboy books in a row!  Cowboys aren’t generally my thing, but I enjoyed this book.

Maverick Davis is a rodeo star who just found out his career is over due to too many head injuries.  He returns to his home town of Pine Oak, Texas when he receives news about his father.  Maverick HATES his father (for reasons that become clear later in the book and make YOU hate his father as well) but his siblings need him.  Home is also the place that hold Leighton James, the girl who has been in love with Mav since birth practically.

Leighton owns a pie shop called The Pie Hole.  I LOVE that name!  When Mav rolls back into town, he doesn’t recognize Leigh and assumes she’s his brother’s girlfriends.  She’s no longer than ugly duckling little girl she was ten years earlier.

Leigh was a really awesome character. She was strong. She was tough.  She had been through a lot in ten years and didn’t automatically forgive Mav and move on.  Mav had a lot of growing up to do, and he was able to do that with Leigh’s help.

There was a side story that involved Mav and his childhood, and how it affected his siblings, Quinn (who is Leigh’s best friend) and Clay.  That part of the story was quite believable and really made you understand who Maverick was and where he was coming from.

My biggest complaint would be the length of this story.  It was WAY too long and WAY too detail heavy.  I liked all the characters, including Jana, Leigh’s employee; she was really funny.  I like small town stories, and this one didn’t disappoint.

I’m a big Harper Sloan fan, so if you like her and you’ve liked her books, I would recommend this one!

Happy reading.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

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


currently reading

lost rider About 80% done.  WAY too long.  It’s good though.


recently finsihed

fire on the farm Really enjoyed this book.  Very likable hero.

swear Liked this book.  Second chance romance.


 

read next

sexy one Just got from library yesterday.

What I read after that depends on if any of the other books I’m waiting on arrive from the library.  Plus, I always intend to read on the weekends, but baseball always gets in the way:)


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

Top Ten Tuesday – Summer Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish Blog.

This week is a summer freebie.  Nothing reminds me of summer more than baseball.  So here are some of the books about baseball I’ve read.

Swing by Adriana Locke.  Romance.

Anything but Minor by Kate Stewart.  Romance.

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham.  General fiction.

Play with Me by Kristen Proby.  Romance.

The Perfect Game by J. Sterling. YA Romance.

Double Play by Jill Shalvis.  Romance.

Changing the Game by Jaci Burton.  Romance.

Calico Joe by John Grisham. General fiction.

Hardball by V.K. Sykes.  Romance.

Heat by Mike Lupica.  General fiction.

Sorry I don’t have time to post pictures, but here are my two favorite baseball players:)

Happy reading!

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Book Review – Fire on The Farm by Betty Shreffler

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fire on the farmLosing the man she loved to a terrible accident, pushes Amy Flanders into a life of independence. Her only source of comfort is her work—a business dedicated to the care and training of horses. Until one lonely night leads her into the arms of Brock Baisdin. A man who fulfills her deepest desires and reignites a flame long forgotten.

Between his picky tastes and running his own business, Brock Baisdin has little time for women, but that doesn’t stop him from looking for love. After saving Amy from a cancelled date, Brock is instantly drawn to the shy and beautiful woman hiding secrets beneath her lust-filled baby blues—secrets he finds himself eager to discover.

Undeniable attraction pulls them into each other’s arms. Hope draws them into each other’s lives. For Amy Flanders, Brock Baisdin may be the man to bring love back into her lonely life, if only she can overcome the wounds of her past and face her biggest fear—risking the pain of another shattered heart.

rating

4 out of 5 stars

review

I don’t read a lot of cowboy stories, but I’m so glad I read this one.  Amy lost her husband in a terrible accident at a young age, and had just finally moved on and was starting to live her life again.  She goes out to the bar one night and meets Brock Baisdin, hunk-a-licious Cowboy she meets.

Amy had a hard time after the passing of her husband.  She was very young when her husband passed, and felt like her life was over.  She meets Brock and realizes she has a lot of life left to live.  Brock brought her back to life really.

There were a few things I didn’t like:

  • The book was told by both Amy and Brock BUT there was NO indication who would be narrating the story.  In the beginning, there would be a differentiator but then that stopped and it was hard to tell who was talking.  Throw the names up there.
  • Brock’s mom was a truly awful character.  As the mother of two boys, I can’t imagine acting the way his mother acted.  The ONLY thing I want is for my boys is for them to be happy.  I would never stand in the way of that.
  • Brock and Amy both pissed me off a bit at the end, but they both ended up making it ok.

I’m going to say this right now – Brock will be my Man Crush Monday next week.  He was AMAZING (until he briefly pissed me off).  He was kind and caring and never pushed Amy past what she was comfortable with.   He gave and gave.  I just loved him.

Amy was a pretty strong chick given what she had to deal with at such a young age.  This book was beautifully told.  I would say it was a tad long, but I really, really enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to anyone.

Happy reading.

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Man Crush Monday

Man Crush Monday is a weekly meme created by yours truly.  I read mostly romance, so I started this as a way to introduce my readers to some new reading material.  I have since branched and do TV MCM’s as well.

The purpose of MCM is to spotlight men that are memorable & significant to you, either in print, TV or in real life.

Rules

  • Tell us who your “Man Crush” is and tell us why you like him.
  • Cut and past your post into the comments so others can see.
  • Be creative and have fun!

My Man Crush Monday for this week is Ford Landry from Swear by Adriana Locke.

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swearEllie Pagan has a list of reasons to stay away from Ford Landry.

It’s a mile long and was so much easier to stick to when he was a world away. Now that he’s standing in front of her—body hard and chiseled from a stint in the military, suit cut to perfection, and a smirk she could never resist—remembering all the reasons why just got a whole lot harder.

Ford gets Ellie isn’t his biggest fan. He just doesn’t care.

Standing in front of him, giving him hell, she’s even prettier than he remembered. All he can think about is how she felt in his arms, the taste of her kiss, the sound of her giggle in the middle of the night. He may not know how to win her back, but he does know this: he may have let her go once, but that’s one mistake he won’t make again.

I just love these Landry men, and Ford is no exception.  Ford is the soldier, who was come home to open Landry Security.  His brother Graham and his girlfriend Mallory send Ford to a new boutique opening up, claiming it needs security.  Ford is shocked to see Ellie Pagan, his first love, standing in the store.  Once Ford sees Ellie, he vows that she will be his, and he’s not letting her go.  Ellie doesn’t make it very easy for him, but Ford doesn’t give up.  He was a good alpha hero and someone I was happy to root for.

Share your MCM in the comments below.  I’m always looking for new books to read, movies to watch or TV shows to binge!

Happy Monday.

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