Book Review – The Hot One by Lauren Blakely

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the hot oneEver notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?

Yeah. I’m that guy. But the moment I run into the woman I once loved madly, I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.

Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend’s place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And you’ve got to play to your strengths when you’re fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I’m prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.

He’s the one who got away . . .
The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he’s not . . .? I’ve tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I’m cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what’s the harm in giving him a week to prove he’s changed in the ways that matter?

rating

3.75 out of 5 stars

review

Lauren Blakely’s books are so much fun to read.  They aren’t super deep or thought provoking, but they are fun.  She writes characters that are relatable, and this book is no different.

8 years ago, Delaney and Tyler broke up.  Fast forward to the present day, and Tyler is at the park with his niece and he runs into Delaney.  He can’t believe it, and then decides he’s going to pursue her again.

Delaney isn’t very trusting when it comes to Tyler, and it’s not surprising.  He dumped her to focus on law school.  She ended up leaving law school and going on a different path.  Tyler works really hard to get Delaney trusting him again, and their story is really cute.  There nothing new here, just a cute little romance.

Short and sweet today.  I would recommend.  Fun and cute read.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels

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say you'll stayOne word.
Stay.

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was seventeen years ago.

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .

rating

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

review

I love a good second chance romance, usually, but in this case, I just liked it.

Presley has suffered the ultimate betrayal by her husband, which I won’t spoil, but I sure wasn’t expecting it.  She has two young sons, and is now penniless.  She has no choice but to leave Philadelphia and head back home to Bell Buckle, Tennessee, where her parents live.

Her children have a hard time adjusting to their new reality, but the help of Presley’s brother, Cooper, and the ranch foreman, Wyatt Hennington, they make progress.

There is another reason Presley doesn’t want to return to Bell Buckle (BB), and that reason is Zach Hennington, former love of her life, who left her 17 years earlier.  Turns out Zach is also back in BB running his father’s farm.  Zach and Presley have a lot of things to discuss about the past, but both are too stubborn to do so.

For two people in their 30’s, both Zach and Presley acted pretty immaturely.  I was annoyed with both of them at different points of the book.  I will say that Presley always put her kids first, which I respect.  But when it came to her unresolved past with Zach, she was pretty annoying.

I loved the other characters in this book; Angie, Presley’s sister-in-law; Wyatt is great; he’s really sweet and funny, and the next book is about him.  I really liked Cooper, Presley’s brother.  A good guy.  Not a ton of drama in the town, which I was thankful for.  But this book had a whole lot of secret keeping.

This was a good read, but not great.  I’m hoping the second book is better, and I look forward to reading Wyatt’s story.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

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egomaniacThe night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office.  I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills.  He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.   
 
Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant. 
Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.   
 
Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office.  He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. 
Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent.   
I was swindled out of ten grand. 
 
The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.  In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. 
I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients.  But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind.  
I never expected my body to react every time we argued.  Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do. 
 
The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell destroyer of relationships.  And my job was to help people save their marriages.  
The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing.   
And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.   

rating

4 out of 5 stars

review

First paper book I’ve read in several years.  I have to say, I read paper books much faster than I read e-books.  Knocked this puppy out in less than 24 hours!

Egomaniac starts off with poor Emerie Rose discovering that the office she paid $10,000 in cash for wasn’t actually on the market.  She had been scammed, and the owner of her office space, Drew Jagger, wasn’t too thrilled to find her in his office.

Drew was returning from a 2 week Hawaiian vacation, on New Year’s Eve (which is significant in this story).  He accompanies Emerie to the police station to file a report, and takes pity on her.  He offers to allow her to stay in his office and run her business (she’s a marriage counselor, he’s a divorce attorney) until she gets back on her feet, but she has to help answer his phone, because his secretary is out.

Emerie and Drew fight a lot.  About everything.  It was cute.  It made their relationship seem more realistic.  Drew had some major trust issues (bitch ex-wife).  But he was an amazing guy.  I won’t spoil the part of the story, but what he does  – just wow.  Wow.  He was an amazing character, who wasn’t really an egomaniac (but sort of).

Emerie followed a guy to New York because she was in love with him, but he didn’t return her feelings.  The guy, Baldwin (pretentious name) was a real dick and I didn’t like him at all.  But Drew….

There was some ex-wife drama, but nothing over the top.  Both characters were great and likable.  Makes the story read much faster.

I would recommend.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Interference by Mignon Mykel

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There’s only one thing he wants to do

Having grown up in a hockey family, Caleb Prescott knows better than most the ins and outs of a season.  If there’s one thing he has vowed to stick by, it’s that he’s there to play the game, not be the face gracing media.

Sydney Meadows is finishing up her degree and decides to intern with a casting company. Fun, right?  Until she’s given an impossible task–get a well known hockey player, who has very little media presence, to agree to star on a dating show.

What starts as a challenge, quickly turns difficult in other ways…

But sometimes plans change…

rating

5 out of 5 stars

review

Thanks to Deanna at A Novel Glimpse for recommending this series to me.

Interference is the story of Sydney Meadows, recent college graduate who gets an internship with a casting agency.  Her first assignment is to convince hockey star Caleb Prescott to be on a new dating show.

Caleb Prescott has no desire to be on a dating show, but when he talked to Sydney on the phone, he was half listening and agreed to meet with her in person.  That was all it took to get Caleb to agree to be on the show.

Fast forward to the show – it’s the Love Boat meets the Bachelor, where the man is at sea on a Hawaiian cruise, trying to woo these women.  Sydney picked all the women for Caleb, based on what he wanted – which was the opposite of her 5’2 redheaded pixie frame.

The first week of the cruise is a free week for Caleb, and he discovers that Sydney was given a week as well for a job well done.  They start to spend time together over that week, and feelings develop.

What happened with the show was a little predictable, but I didn’t really care.  I really loved both Sydney and Caleb.  They both had big families (who were both part of the story) that they were very close to.  Caleb was so sweet and loving. Sydney was a little leery at first with Caleb, basically because he told her his ideal woman was someone taller (he was six three).

Caleb and Syd had such great chemistry.  I truly believe that when you meet the right person you know.  There was some drama (there was a reality show involved), but it wasn’t too over the top.

This was a great little find, and I will keep reading the series (at least until I cancel my Kindle Unlimited membership later this month).

Happy reading.

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Book Review – His Rules by Scott Hildreth

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his rulesMy endeavors to find the right man had afforded me countless hookups, infidelity, and a handful of one-night-stands.

Then, Marc Watson stepped into my life. He was handsome, and not the kind that could be satisfied by simply taking a second look. Hell, men like him graced the covers of magazines and were the subject of every woman’s dreams. He was also intellectual and kind. The. Complete. Package.  But. He had this ridiculous rule.

To get a shot at him, I had to agree to be in a no sex relationship for thirty days. Making it thirty minutes without having sex with him would be a stretch. Thirty days would be impossible.

It was the opposite of everything I had done in the past, but he assured me if I could comply, the reward would be mind-blowing.

I’d never been one to back down from a challenge, so I took the deal.  Little did I know that doing so would change my life forever.

rating

5 out of 5 stars

review

Wow. Just wow.

This book has amazingly good ratings and reviews on goodreads, and for good reason.  It’s incredibly good.

Taryn Fisher is a woman in her early thirties going through the motions, and men.  She meets Marc Watson, and goes home with him.  She is drunk, and thinks he’s a killer (because his house is so clean and void of paintings/pictures), so she leaves.  She feels bad, and goes back to the bar to find him and “start over”.

Marc is not a serial killer.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  He’s a detective.  Marc is an unusual guy.  He’s a little OCD (okay, a lot) and has very strict criteria for what he’s looking for in a woman.  He tells Taryn they can’t have sex until after 30 days.

Taryn is put off by this, of course.  What she doesn’t realize is how much the next 30 days will change her life.

Marc and Taryn both changed so much during this book.  Watching their character development was quite fascinating.  I really liked the concept of getting to know each other first, before jumping into bed.  I truly believe it would make the experience so much better.

Marc is awesome.  I just loved him.  He’s very caring and sweet, and I loved the young girl he had breakfast with everyday, Charlee.  She was a great character, and added a lot to the story.

Taryn was a great character as well.  She was funny as hell, but also realized that the way she had been living her life wasn’t the most productive.  Marc’s family was great as well.

Overall, just a wonderful story of two people finding each other.  No extra drama or stupid stuff, just a real, grown up story.  Loved it and would highly recommend.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett

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sex in the sticksValentine 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.

rating

4 out of 5 stars

review

I devoured this book in less than 24 hours!  Such a cute, fun read.

Valentine French is a wealthy socialite from Manhattan, who also happens to write a popular dating/sex blog called Valentine’s Couch.  Tired of the guys in New York, Val’s cousin Jeremy suggests a change of scenery – namely, Alaska, where men outnumber women 15:1.

Val takes Jeremy’s advice and heads to Alaska, and makes plans to stay in East Merritt.  Upon getting off her airplane, she’s shocked to learn there are no ubers or taxis (such a New Yorker).  Lucky for her, the police chief from East Merritt, Logan Burke, happens to be in town picking up a shipment.  He offers to drive Val to town.

Val is immediately the most popular girl in town.  She’s beautiful and funny.  Everyone takes to her right away, including Logan, though he’s a little slow to admit it.  Val has some misadventures in Alaska, like getting lost in the woods before nightfall and not realizing how cold it gets in Alaska at night.

Val’s plan is to date some of the local guys, which she does, to no avail.  After getting lost in the woods, and Logan finds her, she ends up at his house (because he has a bath tub) to warm up.  Their relationship changes from there.

I love small town stories like this.  I liked the people in this fun little town.   I will admit I didn’t like the way Logan acted when he found out about Val’s blog.  He was kind of a douche for 15% of the last 20% of the book.  He sure wasn’t acting like a 37-year old man.

Val’s blog didn’t bother me, but it was odd that she would blog about things in the town, and talk about the town by name.  And talk about the fact that Logan was the police chief.  Maybe she thought people outside of New York didn’t read her blog.

Val’s action in the last 20% of the book made me like her even more than I already did.  It’s odd when I like the woman more, but in this case, I do.

This was a super cute and fun read and I would recommend it.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

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shacking upRuby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before.

Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick.

Seeing his role in Ruby’s dilemma, Bane offers her a permanent job as his live-in pet sitter until she can get back on her feet. Filled with hilariously awkward encounters and enough sexual tension to heat a New York City block, Shacking Up, from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting, is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.

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4 out of 5 stars

review

After reading two 3 star books in a row, this was so refreshing!!!  Shacking Up is the story of Ruby Scott, daughter of a wealthy businessman who is a struggling actress in New York.  After being evicted from her apartment (due to daddy cutting her off), she is almost homeless until her best friend Amie comes up with an idea of having Ruby move into her friend Bancroft’s apartment to take care of his exotic animals.

It turns out that Ruby and Bane (his nickname) have met before – notably, when he kissed her at Amie and Armstrong’s engagement party.  Bane thought Ruby was his date (she wasn’t), and he ended up getting her deathly ill (he was ill) and causing her to blow an audition.

Bane moves Ruby into his apartment, where he introduces her to his ferret, Francesca, and his tarantula, Tiny.  Turns out Bane is leaving the country for five weeks and needs someone to watch his pets (and ferrets are illegal in NY apparently).  Ruby hits it off his with pets right away.  She also hits it off with Bancroft, and they begin a “long distance relationship”.

Their relationship is not conventional.  They know each other for a few days when Bane leaves, but once his in Europe, he begins video calling Ruby daily, and they form a friendship.

One thing that really annoyed me about this book was the whole “old money” scenario.  Ruby’s dad is super rich but won’t give her money because she’s pursuing her dreams.  She gets a job at an interesting place to make money.  She struggles to pay rent because she wants to do it on her own.  Bane, on the other hand, has a rich family as well, and his mother was a little annoying.  As a side note, Amie’s fiancée, Armstrong, was an annoying twit.

I have to admit that I didn’t love the epilogue.  It took place four weeks after the last chapter.  I prefer my epilogues be farther in the future.

Overall, though, this was a very enjoyable story and I would recommend it.

Happy reading.

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