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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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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Book Review – The Beauty of Us by Kristen Proby

Goodreads Summary

beauty of usRiley Gibson is over the moon at the prospect of having her restaurant, Seduction, on the Best Bites TV network. This could be the big break she’s been waiting for. But the idea of having an in-house show on a regular basis is a whole other matter. Their lives would be turned upside down, and convincing Mia, her best friend and head chef of Seduction, that having cameras in her kitchen every day is a good idea is daunting. Still, Riley knows it’s an opportunity she can’t afford to pass on. And when she meets Trevor Cooper, the show’s executive producer, she’s stunned by their intense chemistry.

Trevor’s sole intention is to persuade Riley to allow Best Bites TV to do a show on her restaurant. But when he walks into Riley’s office, he stops dead in his tracks. The professional, aloof woman on the phone is incredibly beautiful and funny. But can he convince her that he’s interested in Riley for himself? Or is he using the undeniable pull between them to persuade her to agree to his offer?

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

Riley Gibson is the PR manager for Seduction, one of the hottest restaurants in Portland. Seduction has been given the opportunity to be featured on a Food Network type show, and everyone but Mia, the chef, are excited about the opportunity.   The book starts with Riley venting to the girls about a horrible date she’d had.  There is a man at the bar, and he makes a comment about what a toolbag her date is.  What Riley doesn’t realize is the man is the producer of the show, Trevor Cooper.

Trevor is excited to feature Seduction on his network.   What he wasn’t prepared for was his intense attraction to Riley.  Riley is smart and funny.  And beautiful. Trevor has been married – his wife was a cheater.   But Trevor lives in LA and Riley lives in Portland, so they both know that whatever they have will be short term.

But things never turn out as planned in books, so I’m sure you can guess what happened.  One thing about Trevor that I liked is he was kind of a nerd – he was a gamer.  He loved Star Wars and some of his best friends were gamers.  One thing I didn’t like – Riley talked SEVERAL times about how Trevor wore glasses and how sexy he was – the guy on the cover should be wearing glasses!!!!  Sorry, that just drives me crazy!!

There was a little drama with a female gamer and with Trevor’s ex-wife.  There wasn’t a big focus on the show being filmed at Seduction – it was more of a sub-plot, but will be much more heavily featured in the next book.

I did like Riley – she was a tough lady.  I really liked Trevor as well.  He was a really good guy.  Nothing would pull me away from this series, or any other Kristen Proby series.  She’s my go to author, so I would recommend.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Beneath This Mask by Meghan March

Goodreads Summary

beneath this maskHe loves me, and he doesn’t even know my real name.

The limelight that follows him could expose everything I’m hiding. But even knowing the risks, I can’t force myself to stay away.

I’m going to break his heart, but mine will shatter right along with it.

Will we lose it all when I reveal what’s beneath this mask?

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

Not sure why I haven’t read Meghan March before now. Will be reading more. <soapbox moment> The blurb on this book SUCKS and gives you no information on the story. But I read it anyway <stepping off soapbox>.

Charlie is on the run. Everyone assumes it’s because of a bad relationship.  In a way that’s true.  Turns out her dad is similar to Bernie Madoff – he has robbed people of millions, and people assume Charlie has something to do with it.

Charlie is now living in New Orleans and working at a tattoo parlor and a boutique.  She’s adopted a giant dog named Huck and is living a low key life.  Until Simon Duchesne walks in and turns her world upside down.

Simon is the son of a former congressman and comes from a wealthy family.  The moment he sees Charlie, he’s smitten.  Charlie knows she has to keep a low profile – she considers herself one of the most hated people in the country.

Simon attends parties and fundraisers with photo ops, and Charlie feels she needs to stay away. Problem is, she feels a pull toward Simon that she has never felt before.

Charlie was really mature for her 23 years.  Given what she had been through, she would have no choice but to be. Her parents were really horrible characters. The best person in Charlie’s life was her housekeeper.

The last 20% of the book had me shaking my head a bit; I didn’t love the way it played out, mostly because it made little sense, but in the end, the book was still pretty good.

I loved Simon. He was a good guy, very stand up. He always looked out for Charlie, and took care of her. He was great!

Charlie’s boss, Constantine, who goes by Con, is the subject of the next book. I’m looking forward to his story.

This was a good book and I would recommend.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Royally Matched by Emma Chase

royally matchedGoodreads Summary

Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 stars

Review

Royally Matched is the second book in the Royally series, and follows Prince Henry of Wessco.  Henry is now the heir to the throne, thanks to his brother.  Henry has some serious immaturity issues.  He has some alcohol issues.  And he needs to find his potential queen.

After a royal scandal, he’s sent to exile in a castle.  Henry had been propositioned by a reality TV producer to star in Royally Matched – a show similar to the Bachelor but with a royal as the star.

Sarah von Titebottom is a nerdy, shy librarian.  Her sister, Penny, is chosen as a contestant, and Sarah’s mother says the only way Penny can go is if her sister goes with her.  Turns out Sarah has a presentation she is supposed to give for work – and she is terrified of public speaking, so this is a perfect opportunity for her to get out of the speaking engagement.

Sarah was a nice girl, but I had a hard time believing that Henry would end up with her.  She was kind of rude to him, and really nerdy. As I mentioned, Henry had some issues with alcohol and maturity, and that continued through part of the book.  I did like Henry as the end – he really redeemed himself.  And Sarah did break out of her shell.  I’m really excited for Royally Endowed!!

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Goodreads Summary

mister moneybagsI met Bianca in an elevator.
She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.
The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.
She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”—her afternoon appointment.
Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type—snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn’t appreciate the simple things in life.
So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t—a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn’t want it to end.
I began dating her as “Jay”—all the while letting her interview the real me over email.
I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot.
I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.
I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.
And she was falling for two men.
Only, both men were me.
And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.
Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for what came after.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

Mister Moneybags was a quick read – I read it in less than 24 hours.

Bianca George is a reporter with the Financial Times and she’s going to interview Dexter Truitt, CEO of Montague Industries.  Dex is a very elusive CEO.  He likes his privacy.  On her way to interview Dex, they end up in the elevator together, and the elevator stops.  Bianca has some anxiety and freaks out a little – Dex calms her down.  He asks where she’s going and she tells him that she’s going to meet Mr. Moneybags – Dexter Truitt.  She doesn’t like him, despite knowing nothing about him.

Dex is intrigued by Bianca, and tells her his name is Jay Reed. They end up forming a friendship, and start seeing each other.  At the same time, Bianca starts interviewing Dex via email  Dex is intrigued by Bianca, both as himself and as Jay.

There is a lot of drama in this book – the charade of Dex pretending to be someone else, and a whole back story about Bianca’s childhood that I won’t get into, as it’s a spoiler.  This book isn’t entirely original, but I really liked Dex.  When Dex was posing as Jay, he told Bianca he liked to whittle, despite not knowing how to do it.  He ended up making a wonderful friend in Jelani, who actually was a whittler.  I loved this friendship.

Bianca and Dex’s relationship is slow to build, but it was a good read overall.  Like I said, nothing earth shattering but good characters that you root for.

Would recommend.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Goodreads Summary

royally screwedNicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.  Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.  But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Review

How have I not read this book until now?  I LOVED this book. Loved.

Nicholas Pembrook is the Prince of Wessco.  His parents died in a car accident when he was in his teens (sound familiar?) and was raised by his grandmother.  He has gifts from Genovia (I personally loved that reference).  His brother, Henry, has been in the States and not keeping in touch with his family.  His grandmother tasks him with going to get his brother and bring him back home.

Olivia Hammond is a woman stuck in a bad situation.  She runs her family coffee shop.  Her mother passed away, her father has never dealt with his grief and her sister is getting ready to go to college.  She’s going about her day and one day, a beautiful man comes into her shop and shakes her world to it’s core.

Nicholas is intrigued by Olivia – for one, she doesn’t know who he is.  And two, she doesn’t put up with his shit and puts him in his place.  Nicholas keeps coming back, because he can’t help himself.  He and Olivia eventually start to form a friendship.

Once Olivia realizes who Nicholas is, her world changes.  There is paparazzi everywhere, and she’s not used to it – but it’s good for business.  Nicholas tries to shield her as much as possible, but there is only so much he can do.

I freaking loved Nicholas.  He was such a sweet guy.  He treated his staff and security with respect, not like servants.  He loved his brother and grandmother, even though his grandmother (The Queen) drove him crazy.  He wanted Olivia, though he really couldn’t have her – she’s not royally born or a virgin – stupid rules.

Olivia was a very strong character.  She put up with a lot from her dad, and a lot of the responsibility of her family fell on her shoulders.  She was open to new things and accepting of Nicholas’s role as Prince of Wessco.

I would highly recommend this book and I’ve already picked up the second book – so excited!

Happy reading.

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