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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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

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Kristen Proby is one of my go to authors and I love this series. So far, so good.


What I Recently Finished

beneath this mask Enjoyed this.  Already requested the second book in the series. 4 solid stars.

royally matched 3.75 stars.  Not as good as the first book but still pretty good.


What I Plan to Read Next

I did try to read some fantasy, but it just didn’t appeal to me.  Thanks for all the recommendations.  I’m going to stick with romance, which I love.  Maybe I’ll read some mysteries to change it up.

easy nights Still waiting on Easy Magic but I can read these out of order, lol.

beneath this ink Hopefully will be in today at the library:)


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

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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August Wrap up

How did the summer go so fast?  It’s almost fall, my favorite season!  Here is a wrap of  August:

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Favorite book this month: Royally Screwed

Least favorite books this month: Hard and Unfinished Business

Watched

Atypical – Netflix.  This story follows on 18-year old with autism (high functioning) trying to navigate high school and read social cues.  Sam’s sister Casey steals the show though.  8 episodes, all 30 minutes (or so).  Highly recommend.

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The Tick – Amazon.  This was a quirky, fun show – it’s only 6 episodes and each is less than 30 minutes.  My only complaint would be lack of backstory, but the acting is great.

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August was a crazy month at work, and I’m shocked I read as many books as I did.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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Release Blitz, Excerpt and Giveaway – Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely

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“Lauren Blakely is a master at writing sexy, engaging stories that draw you in and make you fall in love with her characters. A definite go-to author for me!” – NYT Bestselling Author Melanie Moreland

Excerpt:

Always a bridesmaid.

No Action Armstrong.

Ball Cap Boy.

Mr. Clean.

The Unused Insurance Plan.

Oh wait. Here’s one more, a personal fave.

Best Butt in the NFL.

Those are just some of the nicknames I’ve been given in the last few years. They don’t bug me. Not one bit. They’ve all been true, especially that last one. You should see my ass. You can bounce a quarter off my cheeks.

Here’s the thing—when you spend the first three years of your career warming the bench for the best player in the league, you can’t get a chip on your shoulder. You have to stay sharp and be ready for that moment when you swap out a ball cap for a helmet and get your pants dirty.

My time has finally come this season, and so far, we’re winning.

But tonight isn’t about what happens between the opening kickoff and the end of the fourth quarter.

Tonight is about the one game I’ve always dominated.

For the last few years, I’ve been the highest ticket item in the players’ annual charity auction, and I can’t help enjoying that. Because the guy I’ve backed up has been called a lot of things—a legend, the greatest ever, a titan of the game—but the one I most enjoy is “second-best-looking quarterback on the Renegades.”

Hey, I didn’t give him that name. The media did, deciding the dude who play second-string—me—had a prettier face. Before this season, I’d seen a grand total of 120 minutes of playing time in my first three years, but I’ve taken home the top honors in the charity auction, where some of the loveliest ladies come to bid on the players they want to take out for a night on the town.

Ah, the memories of those dates have warmed my heart, and other parts, on the sidelines when the games were dull. Evenings in limos, testing the strength of the leather backseat, nights in hotels that lasted way past dawn, mutually and blissfully ignoring the no physical contact between the winner and the player rule.

Yeah, I’ve enjoyed the fuck out of being paraded on stage in front of hundreds of women, their slender arms lifted in the air, raising their bids higher on me than all the other guys. It’s been my one chance to shine, even to stand out.

Those days are behind me, though, now that I’m finally leading the team down the field every single Sunday. I still expect to rake in top dollar for the charity I gladly support, but this time, I won’t be living it up and letting loose after hours. I have a reputation to protect, and a season on the line.

The trouble is, the woman who has her eyes on me at the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction wants my full enchilada, and it’s not on the menu anymore.

Guess that means it’s time to call an audible on the line of scrimmage.

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“Lauren Blakely never ceases to amaze me with her sense of humor, her talent to write fabulous heroes and heroines and to pull an A game with a male POV. Most Valuable Playboy is a real treasure.Becca at Little Read Reading Hood

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“The slow burn, the teasing, the kisses, OH THE KISSES!!! MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY exceeded all of my expectations. Lauren Blakely has a knack for making a reader fall for her characters.” – Jess at Jo and Isa Love Books Blog

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About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In September she’ll release MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY, a standalone sports romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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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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