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?


What I’m Currently Reading

buns I am enjoying this so far. Has kind of a “Dirty Dancing” feel. Great characters.


What I Recently Finished

beautiful mistake Very much enjoyed this one.

img_8394  Novella.  Pretty good. About marijuana plant owners. Not really my cup of tea but the characters were good.


What I Plan to Read Next


 

What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland

Goodreads Summary

beautiful mistakeThe first time I met Caine West was in a bar.
He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.
When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.
You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend–smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.
He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.
Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.
Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.
Oops. My mistake.
Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.
I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?
That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.
Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.
I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.
Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.
This was going to be interesting…

Rating

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

I loved this book so much I read it in less than 12 hours!

Rachel is a graduate student and a TA.  One night, she’s at a bar with her friend, who has been screwed over by a married guy, so Rachel walks up to the guy to tell him off.  Turns out, she had the wrong guy.  She was mortified and left without saying anything to him.

She gets to class (late) and who is the new Professor she is the TA for?  That’s right, it’s the guy she told off at the bar.  Turns out he is Caine West.  Rachel apologizes, and Caine accepts her apology.  As they continue to work together, feelings start to grow, but they both have things from their past they are trying to keep hidden.

I won’t spoil the stuff from the past, because it’s a really interesting story line.  I will say it was predictable and I saw it coming from a mile away, but it was still great and made me love Caine even more.

Rachel was a tough girl who had a rough childhood, but she endured, and was now pursuing a career in music therapy.  There was a side story from her thesis that involved a person she was doing therapy with – I loved this part of the story.  It was incredibly original and told very well.

I can’t give a lot away, but I will recommend that you read this beautiful story.  I sure loved it, and I think you will too (if you like contemporary romance, lol).

Happy reading.

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Release Day – Dear Bridget, I Want You by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU

 (A standalone novel)

Release date 9/18/2017

A Contemporary Romance Novel

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors

Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

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BLURB:

Dear Bridget,

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.

So, here goes.

We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.

But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.

I want you.

The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.

So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.

No questions asked.

Think about it.

Or don’t.

Whatever you choose.

It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.

–Simon      

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About the Authors:

Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list seventeen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7105545.Penelope_Ward

 

Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million and a half books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in seventeen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Author Vi Keeland

Facebook Fan Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ViKeelandFanGroup/

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Vi-Keeland/435952616513958

Website

http://www.vikeeland.com

Twitter

@vikeeland

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Instagram

@Vi_Keeland

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Goodreads

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6887119.Vi_Keeland

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Release and Review ~ Tripped Out by Lorelei James

Tripped Out now available

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lorelei James, comes TRIPPED OUT, a new novella in her Blacktop Cowboys Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

About TRIPPED OUT:

Where there’s smoke…

Tripped Out - Tour teaser 2Stirling Gradsky abandoned the corporate rat race for a more laidback lifestyle. So it’s ironic she’s stuck working with a hard-bodied, know-it-all scientist who treats her like a stoner instead of a stone cold business woman capable of running a large scale cannabis operation. Dr. Hot and Tattooed with the big…brain needs to stop sampling their product; he’s under the half-baked idea that he’s the boss.

Dr. Liam Argent’s doctorate isn’t in chemistry, but from the moment he meets his sexy new coworker, there’s enough heat between them to short out all the lights in the grow house. First item on his agenda? Clearing up the sassy, blunt blonde’s hazy notion that she’s in charge.

Sparks fly as their attraction blazes. But can they weed out their differences without getting burned?

Excerpt

Shirtless Man Wearing UnderwearIt was just her luck that she lost her balance as she slipped on her cowgirl boot, falling sideways into the coat tree, knocking it over with a spectacular crash.

So much for her stealth exit.

Liam raced around the corner. “Stirling? Are you…”

“Leaving? Yes. Get some rest, Dr. Argent. I’ll see you at work tomorrow.”

His eyes narrowed. “You’re pissed off at me.”

“What makes you think that?”

“You called me Dr. Argent.”

“It is your name, as you’ve repeatedly reminded me over the past ten months. Anyway, I’m not pissed off because you don’t want to discuss your past with me. It’s your choice. I’m not the type to nag or beg. But relationships require a level of trust from both parties, otherwise it’s superficial. I’ve had enough of that, so I’ll pass if that’s all you’re prepared to offer me.” She bent down to retrieve her boot….and found herself airborne with Liam’s shoulder in her stomach as he carried her in a fireman’s hold into the living room.

Stirling was so stunned by his caveman behavior she couldn’t speak.

Liam laid her on the couch and stretched out on top of her, preventing her escape.

The smart man had pinned her legs so she couldn’t knee him in the balls, either.

So she glared at him. She’d said her piece; in fact, she’d probably said far too much.

“Did you mean it?” he demanded.

“Mean what? Mean to leave? Yes.”

“No. Did you mean it that we’re in a relationship?”

The vulnerability in his eyes just…slayed her. “The pranks, the bickering, the one-upmanship… We’ve been in a relationship since day one, Dr. Dumbass. An adversarial relationship, sort of fucked-up, to be honest. But in that time… Have I permeated your thoughts to the point you aren’t sure if you want to strangle me or if you want to f*ck me? Do you have entire conversations in your head about what clever remarks you’ll toss off the next time you run into me? Or maybe you plan to cross my path just so we can have a snarky back and forth? Does your heart race when you see me? Do you imagine shutting my smart mouth with a steamy kiss? Do you fantasize about storming into my office, locking the door, bending me over my desk, fucking me in silence until we both explode, and then leaving without saying a word?”

“Yes.”

“Yes to what?”

“Yes to all of it.”

Review

Ink Slinger PR provided me with an ARC for my honest review.  I’ll admit up front that I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series, but I don’t think that was necessary.  After reading the summaries on goodreads, it doesn’t seem that these characters were in other books.

Stirling Gradsky runs a company that makes marijuana products in Colorado, where it’s legal.  She is the brains behind the operations, and her brother Macon is the investor.  Macon hires Dr. Liam Argent, who is a scientist, to work in the lab, on things Stirling doesn’t know about.  This makes Stirling crazy. So what does she do? She pranks Liam, all the time.

I have to admit that the pranks were really funny.  The stuff they came up with made me laugh out loud a few times.  But for a novella, the romance in this book was so slow to develop.  There was also a lot of “science” in this book, and most of it I didn’t understand. I am not a pot smoker, and I don’t have a lot of friends who are, so in that regard, I couldn’t relate to the book.

I did, however, really like Liam.  He had a rough childhood, living only with his Gramma. He was very loyal to her, and really appreciated everything she provided for him. Stirling grew up in a traditional family, with two parents, and two siblings. But as soon as she could, she left, and her relationship with her family suffered.  She later regretted that, and her relationship with Liam helped.

Overall, this was a cute story, and I am interested in going to read the other books in the series. I would recommend.

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Book Review – Easy Nights by Kristen Proby

Goodreads Summary

easy nightsNo one said change was easy…

Savannah Boudreaux knows what it is to hurt. To bleed. To be afraid that the man she’s promised to be true to until “death do us part” might in fact separate them far sooner than anyone had ever anticipated. But Van also knows what it is to survive. To move on. To live life to the fullest. With five brothers and sisters and a loving mother as her constant source of strength during the pain and the healing, Van realizes there is little else she needs.

But some things never change…

Benjamin Preston sat on the sidelines of the Boudreaux family for years, in love with a woman he couldn’t have. As the best friend of the Boudreaux brothers since childhood, Ben has seen both tragedies and joys in the family. And as a former MMA fighter and Krav Maga expert, Ben’s used to fighting for what he wants—and winning. His hands were tied when Savannah married her high school sweetheart not long after graduation, but now two years have passed since Ben found Savannah broken in her own home.

Sometimes what you need most has been right in front of you the whole time…

Van’s convinced that happiness isn’t in the cards for her, no matter how right it feels to be in Ben’s strong arms—and his bed. Ben is determined to win her heart and fight for her trust. He’s promised to protect her, to be her friend. But more than anything, he wants to finally make her his, and this is one fight he’s not willing to lose.

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

So, I skipped book 5 and went into book 6 (and I think I’m going to skip book 5 altogether, tbh, given the storyline). Book 6 of the Boudreaux series is the story of Vanessa, the sister who endured a tremendous amount of abuse at the hands of her former husband, who is now in jail.  Two years after her ordeal, Van is ready to move on, and the person she’s ready to move on with her life, and she knows the perfect person for the job.

Ben Preston has been part of the Boudreaux family forever. He is best friends with Eli   and has been a part of Van’s life forever.  He’s also been in love with Van forever. But he’s always considered Van off limits because of her brothers.  That’s all about to change.

This is going to be a short review because I’m super busy and don’t have a lot of new things to say.  There was not a lot of original content – except for the ridiculous story line with Van’s ex-husband.  It was so over the top and not really believable, and quite frankly, added nothing to the story.  It was also quite predictable.  There were also a few storylines that weren’t wrapped up – that was kind of annoying.

Overall, it was an enjoyable story, and I will continue to read anything Kristen Proby writes.

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?

What I’m Currently Reading


Pretty good. Don’t know a lot about pot, but I’m learning!

What I Recently Finished


All were good.

What I Plan to Read Next


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books from the year I started blogging (2013)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish blog.

This week is a freebie, and I am going to do my favorite books from the year I started blogging, which was 2013.  I read 105 books in 2013, and 16 of them were by Kristen Ashley!  Two of those books are on the list below.

These were my favorite books from 2013.

Heller by JD Nixon.  Tilly, a clumsy, hilarious girl, begins working for a security company run by the incredibly private Heller.  He has an oddball staff that works for him, and Tilly fits right in.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton.  Caroline’s new neighbor Simon is quite a “wallbanger” with the ladies.  She confronts the hot Brit and sparks fly.  Hilarious story.

Making Faces by Amy Harmon.  The story of Fern, a geeky girl who had a crush on the hot guy from school.  He goes off to war, and comes back to find Fern is the only friend he has.  One of the best books I’ve ever read.  Beautiful.

Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley.  Indy Savage runs a coffee shop in Denver, and has crushed on her best friends brother Lee for years.  A little mishap throws them together, and hilarity ensues.  Great group of characters.  Another one in my 10 all time favorite books.

Law Man by Kristen Ashley.  Mitch Lawson is a cop, and finds himself attracted to his neighbor Mia.  Mia is taking care of a family members two kids, and Mitch will do everything in his power to keep them safe.

 

Strangers by Barbara Elsborg.  A story of two very broken people who meet at the most inopportune time, and end up saving each other.  Beautiful story.

The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton.  Another funny book by Alice Clayton.  Grace is a woman acting in LA and meets Jack Hamilton, a very famous actor.  Jack is instantly smitten with Grace, and the paparazzi soon catch wind of Jack and the unidentified redhead.  Really funny book.

When you Dare by Lori Foster. First book in a series about a group of mercenaries who rescue women from dangerous situations.  I enjoyed this book and the series.

Exquisite by Ella Frank.  Mason owns the hottest restaurant in Chicago, and meets Lena, a doctor.  Sparks fly with an amazing supporting cast of characters.  I waited 3 years to read the other two books in the series. No clue why I did that.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.  I don’t really know how to describe this book other than amazing.  Not something you expect but just so good.  I would highly recommend this book.

Well, that’s my list. Happy Tuesday!

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