Book Review – Anything but Minor by Kate Stewart

Goodreads Summary 

“She’s a nerd.”
“Heyyyy!”
“Okay, she’s a flight instructor.”anything but minor
“Better.”
“He’s a ballplayer.”
“The best that ever was.”
“Technically, you aren’t according to MLB stats.”
“See? Total nerd. She also has no filter.”
“He’s no southern gentlemen.”
“I had one last season to prove my worth.”
“I’d never seen a game.”
“He told me he was a player.”
“She told me she was a lesbian.”
“But you fell in love with me anyway.”
“Yeah, baby, I totally did.”

Rating

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

I stumbled upon this little gem thanks to goodreads, and I’m so glad I did.  I really loved this book!!

Anything but Minor is the story of Alice Boyd, a flight instructor who has just relocated to Charleston, South Carolina to start her life and get away from her strict, overbearing mother.

Alice is a googler.  She’s obsessive about it.  Once she gets an idea in her head about something, she will google it and learn all she can about a topic.  There is a minor league baseball team in Charleston, and Alice decides to go to a game.  She is sitting two seats over from Dutch, an older woman who has two seats to the game but only sits in one.  Alice mimics Dutch’s enthusiasm during her first game, catching the attention of pitcher Rafe Hembrey.

Rafe has been pitching in the minors for a while, and he is waiting for “the call” to the majors.  He notices Alice sitting by Dutch and is intrigued.  Dutch invites Alice to join her at the games for the season, in her empty seat; which belonged to her dead husband.

Rafe and Alice end up meeting up at the bar in town, owned by Andy, Rafe’s best friend and catcher.  The banter between Alice and Rafe is hilarious.

You see, Alice is kind of a nerd.  She is waiting for her “Jake Ryan”.  She is obsessed with John Hughes movies (on VHS).  She quotes movies all the time and it’s adorable.  I just loved Alice.  She was very honest – she told you how she felt, and her character grew during the course of the book.

Rafe was great too, but he was a little rougher around the edges.  This was a really fun book and I would highly recommend.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Undeniably You by Jewel E. Ann

Goodreads Summary

One crazy dog—one awkward vet—one naked pool guy—and one life-changing month in California to make friends, fall in love, and twist fate. Who gets paid to walk a dog and recline by the pool all day? Sydney Montgomery, aspiring museum curator and professional house-sitter, that’s who.

When her aunt and uncle need a house and dog sitter for thirty days in Palo Alto, Sydney can’t turn down the chance to be closer to her sister in L.A. Within twenty-four hours of her arrival, Sydney’s cleaning up runny dog poo, taking an uncooperative pooch to a undeniably youhandsome yet awkward vet, and being rescued from the bottom of the pool by a naked “pool guy.”  Lautner, “pool guy,” has a hot body and a cool persona. With eyes of iridescent blue oceans, he is mesmerizing, sexy, and addictive. What he is not—the pool guy.

Dr. Lautner Sullivan is a college wide receiver turned pediatric resident. He knows how to woo a woman with flowers, pastries, and sweet tea. Lautner is every girl’s dream, but Sydney is not every girl. She’s immune to rainbows, fairytales, pixy dust, and the “L” word. The attraction is immediate, the friendship is earned, and the love is undeniable. Thirty days is their forever, but forever is not long enough.

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

This book has been on my kindle a while, and I decided to give it a try.  Sydney has moved to Palo Alto to house sit for her aunt and uncle and on her first day runs into the “pool guy”.  Turns out he is not the pool guy, but a pediatrician named Lautner.  Why he is there is really cute and charming, and I won’t spoil it.

Lautner was awesome.  I freaking loved him; he was so sweet and funny and incredibly smart.  He knew up front that Sydney was only in town for a month.  He wooed her anyway, in the cutest way possible.

Sydney, however, was not so awesome.  She had some major issues, including her ability to NOT tell people she loved them.

There was some drama in this book, that I won’t spoil, but it was a bit annoying.  And what happened made me dislike Syd even more.  The only reason I finished this book was Lautner.

You may feel differently about Syd; I just did not love her.  But Lautner; yum (picture Chris Hemsworth).

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Mister O by Lauren Blakely

Goodreads Summary

Just call me Mister O. Because YOUR pleasure is my super power.

Making a woman feel ‘oh-god-that’s-good’ is the name of the game, and if a man can’t Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00023]get the job done, he should get the hell out of the bedroom. I’m talking toe-curling, mind-blowing, sheet-grabbing ecstasy. Like I provide every time.  I suppose that makes me a superhero of pleasure, and my mission is to always deliver.

But then I’m thrown for a loop when a certain woman asks me to teach her everything about how to win a man. The only problem? She’s my best friend’s sister, but she’s far too tempting to resist–especially when I learn that sweet, sexy Harper, has a dirty mind too and wants to put it to good use. What could possibly go wrong as I give the woman I’ve secretly wanted some no-strings-attached lessons in seduction?

No one will know, even if we send a few dirty sexts. Okay, a few hundred. Or if the zipper on her dress gets stuck. Not on that! Or if she gives me those f*&k-me-eyes on the train in front of her whole family.  The trouble is the more nights I spend with her in bed, the more days I want to spend with her out of bed. And for the first time ever, I’m not only thinking about how to make a woman cry out in pleasure –I’m thinking about how to keep her in my arms for a long time to come.   Looks like the real Adventures of Mister Orgasm have only just begun….

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review 

I started reading Mr. O a few weeks ago and put it aside.  I couldn’t find anything to read, so I decided to go back to it and I’m so glad I did.  I really enjoyed this book!

Mr. O is the story of Nick Hammer (that’s his real name). Nick is a cartoonist, and has created “The Adventures of Mr. Orgasm”, a cartoon that has been turned into a late night program on cable.  He is at a book store doing a signing when he is sexually harassed by a female fan.  Harper Holiday, Nick’s best friend’s little sister, happens to be there and comes to Nick’s rescue.

Nick and Harper start spending time together, and Harper tells Nick that she’s bad with men, and would like Nick to give her lessons on how to be better with them. Nick is super dense, and doesn’t’ realize this is Harper making a play for him; see, Spencer, Harper’s brother, and Nick’s BFF, has forbidden Nick from ever pursuing a relationship with Harper (for selfish reasons).

Nick starts giving Harper her “lessons”, and ends up with way more than he bargained for.

Firstly, I loved Nick. He was funny as hell and he volunteered with his brother to walk dogs at a local shelter (swoon).  Harper was great too.  She’s a magician who works kids parties.  I loved her – she was really quirky but in fun, not annoying way.

The banter between these two was really funny, and in the end, I’m really glad I went back to read this. Nick had a really dirty mind, and I loved his thoughts and ideas.  I’m excited for the next book for sure. 🙂

Happy reading.

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Book Review – The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn

Goodreads Summary

Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own plaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations.mother road

It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad.. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago.

What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.

Rating

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Reviw 

I freaking loved this book!  It’s been sitting on my carousel for a while now, and I finally decided to give it a go.  I’m so glad I did.

The Mother Road is the story of Marley, Porter, Paul and Bernie.  Paul is getting married, and Paul and Bernie drive across the country to pick Marley up in their 1980’s RV named Tacy.  Before their mother died, the family was going to take a trip across the country on Route 66 – so they decide to do this as a pre-wedding gift to Paul.

Paul neglects to inform Marley that his best friend, Porter, is joining the trip.  What Paul and Bernie don’t know is that Porter broke Marley’s heart four years earlier.

This book was laugh out loud funny.  I live with three males, so I know what it can be like, so I was able to appreciate this book more because of that.  Paul cracked me up; he was such a nerd and drama king.  I loved that this book was told in the first person, alternating between Marley and Porter.  Bernie, the dad, was hilarious as well.

This was a short, fun read and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Licked by Brooke Blaine

Goodreads Summary 

As the owner of Licked, an eclectic ice creamery and bar, Ryleigh Phillips doesn’t have time for that love stuff. Serving up Nibble My Nuts sundaes and Drunken Sailor boozy shakes are as close to an orgasmic affair as she’s had in months thanks to her expanding empire—until the night of her ten-year highlicked school reunion. When Ryleigh’s crush, gorgeous ex-football god Cameron Mathis, comes streaking into her life (literally—streaking), she begins to wonder if she really can have it all.

Wouldn’t it just figure that the moment you think life is perfect is when it falls spectacularly apart? Enter Hunter Morgan, the contractor in charge of Licked’s renovations. Devastatingly handsome, and a smartass to boot, he’s got his eyes on Ryleigh from the moment he finds her passed out on his couch (yeah, that’s a long story). There’s just one tiny complication—he happens to be Cameron’s best friend.  When the lines between relationships and friendships blur, and it’s impossible to choose between two delicious flavors, what’s a girl to do? Taste a sample of each? Or go out and get LICKED?

Rating

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

I stumbled upon this little gem and I’m so glad that I did!!  I loved this book!!

Ryleigh (Ry) Phillips goes to her 10-year high school reunion with the hopes of running into her high school crush, Cameron Mathis.  She ends up going home with him that night (and sleeps on his couch), and meets his roommate, Hunter Morgan.

Ry is instantly attracted to Hunter, who is “not her type” and quite frankly not Cameron, the man she’s been lusting over.  Ry owns Licked ice cream shop (geared toward adults only) and is building an “After Dark” bar on the side (90210 flashback anyone?)  It turns out Hunter is in construction and offers to help her with her renovations.

Meanwhile, Cameron has to fly to Hong Kong for work and will be gone for 3 weeks.  During this time, sparks are flying between Ry and Hunter, much to Ry’s chagrin,  When Cameron comes back from HK, he and Ry double date with Hunter, and it’s an awful night.  But it leads to some realizations for Ry.

This book was just plain fun, had some laugh out loud moments and some sexy love scenes.  Ry’s friends Shayne, Paige and Quinn were hilarious and I’m excited to read about Shayne in the next book.  The ending felt a lot like a movie, but it was still fun.  Fun, light quick read and I would highly recommend.

Book Review – Big Rock by Lauren Blakley

Goodreads Summary

It’s not just the motion of the ocean, ladies. It’s definitely the SIZE of the boat too.Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00074]

And I’ve got both firing on all cylinders. In fact, I have ALL the right assets. Looks, brains, my own money, and a big c*&k.

You might think I’m an a*&hole. I sound like one, don’t I? I’m hot as sin, rich as heaven, smart as hell and hung like a horse.

Guess what? You haven’t heard my story before. Sure, I might be a playboy, like the NY gossip rags call me. But I’m the playboy who’s actually a great guy. Which makes me one of a kind.

The only trouble is, my dad needs me to cool it for a bit. With conservative investors in town wanting to buy his flagship Fifth Avenue jewelry store, he needs me not only to zip it up, but to look the part of the committed guy. Fine. I can do this for Dad. After all, I’ve got him to thank for the family jewels. So I ask my best friend and business partner to be my fiancée for the next week. Charlotte’s up for it. She has her own reasons for saying yes to wearing this big rock.

And pretty soon all this playing pretend in public leads to no pretending whatsoever in the bedroom, because she just can’t fake the kind of toe-curling, window-shattering orgasmic cries she makes as I take her to new heights between the sheets.

But I can’t seem to fake that I might be feeling something real for her.

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

I learned a few things while reading Big Rock:

  1. I love books told from the male POV.
  2. I love books told in the first person (I already knew that, but this book just solidified it)
  3. I freaking LOVE Spencer Holiday.

After you read the book, you’ll understand my list.  Big Rock is the story of Spencer Holiday, who along with his best friend Charlotte, run a trio of successful bars.  Spencer’s father owns a jewelry store in Manhattan and wants to sell the store and retire.  Neither Spencer or his sister are interested in taking over the family business, so Spencer’s father finds a person to buy the store.

The potential buyer is a family man, with three daughters, and is a little conservative.  Spencer is a playboy and known for being such in NY, which the buyer isn’t really happy about.  Spencer devises a plan to become engaged to Charlotte.  Spencer is convinced they an pull off a fake engagement because of how well they know each other.

The “buyer” was a real dick – I didn’t like him at all.  I did love both Spencer and Charlotte.  It would have been nice to have a few chapters told from Charlotte’s POV, but I loved that the story was told from Spencer’s.  It felt real – Spencer was pretty dense about this (as most guys are).

Overall, this was a fast, fun and sexy read.  I would highly recommend and I can’t wait for the next one.

The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey

Goodreads Summary

From: JosephineKeller@LLDesigns.com
To: LilyNBlack@gmail.com
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.  I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all…
XO,
Jo

Rating 

4 out of 5 stars

Review

The Allure of Julian Lefray is the story of, you guessed it, Julian Lefray.  But it’s really Josephine Keller’s story.

Josephine is a fashion blogger from a small town in Texas, who moves to New York with dreams of working in the fashion industry.  She is dirt poor and buried in student loan debt.  She is barely scraping by when she gets a job as Julian Lefray’s assistant.  Julian is helping his sister’s company while she is in rehab and needs an assistant. He pretty much hires Jo on the spot.

The chemistry between Jo and Julian is off the charts, and their banter is truly hilarious.  This book had some laugh out loud moments.  There were also some inconsistencies throughout the book.  For example, Jo is dirt poor but doesn’t tell Julian, who is rich, and would have been willing to help.  I found that odd.  I know Jo was trying to make her own way, but really.

I liked Julian’s friend Dean, who is the subject of the next book, along with Jo’s best friend Lily.  I really enjoyed this book and will read the next book in the series for sure.