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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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?

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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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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.

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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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Book Review – 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.

rating

4 out of 5 stars

review

Have you read that second chance romance novel where the girl instantly forgives the guy for what he did in the past?  Yeah, well, that’s not this book.

Swear is Ford Landry’s book.  I have been eagerly awaiting Ford’s book; he’s the last Landry brother left who hasn’t had book.  Ford is the former soldier turned security consultant.  Ford is asked by Graham and Mallory to stop by a new boutique to do a security plan and runs smack dab into the former love of his life, Ellie.

Ellie was Ford’s first everything.  He left for the military, leaving her behind.  10 years later, they find each other again.  Ford has decided that he’s never letting Ellie go again, but Ellie is a little more reserved and she’s not willing to forgive and forget as easily.  She’s closely guarding her heart.

What I liked about Ellie was that she made Ford work for her trust.  She didn’t automatically forgive him and jump back into bed with him.  He had to prove to her that he was worthy of her trust.

One thing I love about these books is how much time we get to spend with the Landry family.  I love that family; all of them.  I love how accepting they are.  And Lincoln is my favorite and we see him a lot in this book.

I love the Landry family.  I really hope that the kids of the Landry’s get their own spin off series.  I would recommend.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid

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Beauty and the MustacheThere are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, reclusive mountain man, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.

rating

3 out of 5 stars

review

Beauty and the Mustache is the 4th book in the Knitting in the City series and technically the 4th book in the Winston Brothers series, but in actuality, it’s set BEFORE the Winston Brothers series begins.  Follow?  Yeah, neither did I.

The only Winston sibling without a penis, Ashley, is the focal point of this story.  The story takes place BEFORE book 1 of the WB series.  Ashley has been trying to get in touch with her mother, and her mother is not responding to her.  Instead of calling one of her 6 brothers, she hops on a plane and heads back to Tennessee, and the family she ditched 8 years ago.

Ashley talks to her mother all the time, but has NO CLUE what her brothers have been up to for the past eight years.  How is that even possible?  I have a sister-in-law I haven’t seen in almost 9 years, but I know what the hell is going on in her life, thanks to other family members who think I care.  The fact that she never kept in touch with any of her brothers is totally perplexing, and contradictory to the men we have read in the WB series of books.  These men are fiercely loyal, and would never let their sister just waltz out of their lives.

Anyway, Ash goes home and finds her mother is ill.  Being a nurse, she decides to be her mother’s full time care giver, and informs her employer in Chicago that she is taking FMLA to help Momma.  Her first night home, after 2 hours of sleep, she is awoken by her brothers revving a car engine, and goes out to yell at them.  She reaches in the car to give Cletus a “purple nurple”, only to discover the person she just molested isn’t Cletus; it’s Jethro’s boss, Drew.

Here’s where my big problem with this book comes to play.  Drew.  I didn’t really get/like him.  He is a “bearded Viking” according to Ash (yes, bearded; not sure where the title came from).  He doesn’t talk much; he writes poetry; Ash thinks he has a thing for her momma; he is the Power of Attorney on behalf of Momma and so on.  He was under the impression that Ash was a man.  Wrong.

Ash, on the other hand, could barely take care of herself while she was caring for her momma (eating, showering).  Her brothers were way too forgiving, in my opinion (except Billy).  How do you just abandon your family like that?  I don’t have brothers, but I have uncles, and I’ve heard the stories of their childhood.  Yes, you were tormented.  Get. Over. It.  People grow up.  My aunt used to tell this embarrassing story about my dad – from when he was 10.  One day, I finally told her I never wanted to hear it again.  My dad was like 55.  Get. Over. It.

One good thing is we get to see our friends from the first three books in the KITC series, especially Sandra and Alex, who Ashley is good friends with.  The girls come down to help Ashley and comfort her, and I really enjoyed that aspect of the book.

So, in summary, I had a very hard time with Ashley’s abandonment of her family, her brother’s quick forgiveness, and Drew, and how incredibly hard of a character he was to root for.

I will say I’m way too invested in both series to stop reading now, but overall, this book was a disappointment.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Full Package by Lauren Blakely

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full packageI’ve been told I have quite a gift. Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing….

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Spoiler—neither one of us sleeps. Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too. What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?

rating

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

review

You’ve read Full Package before.  Maybe not this exact book, but the concept.  Guy and girl are best friends who are secretly in love with each other, end up having sex and then end up pushing each other away because they are too afraid to lose each other as friends.

This version of events starts Chase Summers, ER doctor who needs a place to live, and real estate is hard to find in NYC.  Enter Josie Hammer, best friend of Chase, whose roommate just moved out, opening the perfect situation for Chase and Josie to be roommates.

Josie runs a bakery and also likes to cook, so there are some fun recipes in this book (not sure how real they are, but hey, they’re there).  She and Chase share lots of meals and laughs while watching random HBO shows.

I liked both Chase and Josie, and I loved that this book was told from Chase’s POV (as all of Lauren Blakely’s books are).  I enjoyed reading about Chase’s interesting patients, and meeting his brother Max and getting to know him.

But overall, I was bored.  It was obvious that Chase and Josie were in love with each other, to everyone but them.  There was no family drama, or dramas with exes, so that was a plus, but the concept of BFF’s falling in love is just getting boring to me.

It certainly wasn’t a bad book; in fact, it was a good book, but the trope is just boring me now.

Happy weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

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Book Review- All About the D by Lex Martin

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all about the dI’m known for being formal. Meticulous. Professional. So you’d never suspect I spend my nights photographing my impressive junk for a NSFW blog. Don’t roll your eyes. I’m not bragging. I have millions of followers who’ll tell you they live for my posts.  I’m like a superhero, saving humanity one dick pic at a time.

Except leading a double life means I need someone to help me protect my anonymity, so that no one, especially my family, ever discovers my online celebrity. When I call one of the most respected law firms in town, I expect quality legal advice and confidentiality. Not a sinfully sexy attorney whose dangerous curves and soul-piercing gray eyes make me want to personally demonstrate my particular skill set.  I shouldn’t be tempted.  Especially when she knows all of my best-kept secrets. But everyone has a breaking point. And I’ve met mine.

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4 1/2 out of 5 stars

review

All About the D is the story of Josh Cartwright, youngest son of a very prominent Portland family, and the child everyone feels is the “screw up”. After discovering his girlfriend was cheating, and the resulting breakup, Josh has a hard time dealing.  His best friend, Drew, makes him a bet – put a dick pic on the internet and see if you can get one woman to look at it.

Well, as it turns out, women love looking at penises on the internet, but Josh’s blog took off, having over 2 million subscribers. Problem is, nobody can know Josh is behind All About the D – it would devastate his family.  Enter Evelyn Mills, Intellectual Property attorney.  Evie agrees to take Josh’s case, but has a hard time convincing her partners to get on board, based on the content of the website.

As you can imagine, Josh and Evie have instant chemistry. Josh is out for a run and stumbles upon Evie and her devil dog out on a walk, and Evie ends up in a pile of mud – with a twisted ankle.  Josh ends up taking Evie home and “nursing” her back to health, and washing her dog.

Evie and Josh can’t deny their chemistry, and eventually, nature takes it course. I really liked both Josh and Evie.  Josh, despite what he did (the porn blog wasn’t his full time job), was a real stand up guy.  He was super sweet, thoughtful and romantic.  He was really swoon-worthy.  Evie was interesting – an attorney who likes doing home improvement projects.  That was a unique twist in the story.

There was some background drama with Josh’s ex and his overbearing mother (two things I hate, per my TTT this week), and his best friend Drew wasn’t a super likable character. He was always drunk and causing problems.  Evie’s dad had his heart broken by Evie’s mom and couldn’t seem to get over it, which was annoying.  Some of the stupid crap that went on in Evie’s office was annoying and not believable (I work in a  law firm – associates aren’t selling work; they are doing the work partners pass down to them).

Overall, this was a really good book I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.

Happy reading.

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