Top Ten Tuesday – Series I LOVE

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish Blog.

This week’s topic is Series I haven’t read but want to.  This topic doesn’t apply to me because I LOVE series and don’t have any I haven’t started yet.  If I see a book that’s part of a series, I’m all over that like bees on honey.  So I’m going to highlight some of my favorite book series below.  Enjoy!

  1. Rock Chick Series by Kristen Ashley.  This is one of my all time favorite series.  Each book follows a different woman and a different member of the “hot bunch”.  Each guy works with or knows Lee Nightingale.  Set in Denver with an alpha male per book, this series tops my list.

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2. With Me in Seattle series by Kristen Proby.  This series revolves around the Montgomery family from Seattle and their friends, and is a great series.  8 books in length, there was one I didn’t love but the rest are the best.

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3. Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben.  I was so incredibly sad when this series ended, because I loved Myron and his best friend Win.  Myron is a sports agent and each book follows a different story.  Mysteries.  Highly recommend.

The Myron Bolitar Series 7-Book Bundle: Deal Breaker, Drop Shot, Fade Away, Back Spin, One False Move, The Final Detail, Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar, #1-7)

4. Body Movers series by Stephanie Bond.  Body Movers is the story of Carlotta Wren, a woman whose parents are on the run for legal issues and is left to raise her hellion teenage brother, who becomes a “body mover”.  In the meantime, her ex wants her back, she becomes involved with a cop named Jack (whom I love) and her brother’s boss Coop is in the mix.  Funny series, but also a mystery as well.

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5. Until series by Aurora Rose Reynolds.  Another series about strong, alpha males with a hint of mystery and suspense.  This series focuses on the Mayson brothers, who each find love.  There is a spin-off series with the Mayson brothers children as well, which is very good.

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6. Corps Security series by Harper Sloan.  Alpha males.  Are you sensing a theme?  Each book in the first series follows an employee at Corps Security as they find love.  There is a spin-off series with their children as well.  Love this series.

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7. Knitting in the City/Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid.  KITC and the WB series are intertwined in a way, but I read the first KITC book 3 years ago and read the second one this year, and I haven’t stopped.  They are funny and fresh.  The Winston Brothers series is set in Tennessee, but their sister Ashley is featured in KITC.  Both series are good.

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8. The Ride Series by Megan O’Brien.  5 books about brothers in a Motorcycle club and the women they meet and fall for.  I wish this series would continue, I love it that much!

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9. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.  Read all but the last book because the second to last book was so bad, but in the beginning, I loved this series!  Turned into a show on HBO called True Blood, but the show was so different from the books that I couldn’t get into it.

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10. Virgin River series by Robyn Carr.  I will admit up front I didn’t finish this series, but I did read 13 of the books before I moved on to another genre.  I love small town, “Doc Hollywood” type books, and this series is the epitome of this.  Love the people in this small town and how nice and accepting they are.

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What series do you love?  I’m always looking for a new one!

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?


currently reading

banking the billionaire  Thanks to blog friend Deanna for the loan.  Loving this book so far; about two pranksters.  Really funny.


recently finsihed

only with me Loved this so much!

My son just graduated high school, so my reading has been really slow, but for good reason:)


 

read next

lucky  I never read what I say I’m going to read, so we’ll see:)


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

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?


currently reading

Technically nothing.  I started reading a book on the train and it didn’t catch my interest.  But I finally found Swear by Adriana Locke and I’ll be starting that later.


recently finsihed

against the rules Didn’t like this one much.  My review is on goodreads only.

Beauty and the Mustache Least favorite book of the KITC and Winston Brothers series.  Couldn’t relate to the “hero” at all.

full package Decent read, nothing to write home about.


read next

I downloaded a bunch of stuff on Kindle Unlimited today by authors who are all new to me.  They are:

Say You’ll be Mine by Maria Luis

Fire on the Firm by Betty Shreffler (good reviews on goodreads)

What You Do to Me by Barbara Longley

Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybe

Stone Rules by Samantha Christy

I’m also close to getting the book about Scott Peterson written by his sister and the new Harper Sloan book from the library.  I wish everyone knew they could return library books on Amazon!


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

Book Review – Blush for Me by Kristen Proby

As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland’s hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn’t afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she’s forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven—including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her.

Ryan “Mac” MacKenzie hasn’t been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn’t think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he’s got a handle on what life can throw at him and he’s not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can’t forget.

Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love…?

4 out of 5 stars

Kristen Proby is one of those authors who could write the phone book and I would read it. I just love her.  Book 3 in the Fusion series is no exception.

Book 3 is the story of Kat Meyers, one of the owners of Seduction, one of the hottest restaurants in Portland.  Kat needs to attend a wine convention in California, and is forced to fly.  She is seated next to Ryan “Mac” MacKenzie, and Mac instantly comes to her aid (she’s terrified to fly).

They discover that they are at the same convention, and decide to have a “sexcation” while there.  Kat never asks any questions about Mac, assuming he lives in California.  Imagine her surprise when she discovers he is on her return flight and that they live in the same building.

I absolutely loved Mac.  He was so kind and romantic.  There was some drama with his father and a gambling addiction, but it was written in a believable way and didn’t take away from the story.  I really enjoyed Kat as well.  She was strong and funny.  She is also fiercely loyal to her friends.

I’m really excited that the next book is about Mia!  She’s a firecracker and I love her, so I’m excited.  And the new Boudreaux book came out today so I have more KP to look forward to!

Happy reading!

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Book Review – Tonic by Staci Hart

Goodreads Summary

Joel Anderson doesn’t take anything seriously.  Not his relationships, which have been few and far between since his brutal divorce. Not the drama of working in a tattoo parlor, which seems to be around every corner. When things get him down, he smiles and cracks a joke. But he’s not the kind of man you cross, or you’ll find yourself at the wrong end of his fists.Tonic

Annika Belousov takes everything seriously.  Like her job as a reality television producer, given that she typically has something to prove. Or her love life, which is defined by a series of requirements — affluent, ambitious, accomplished, to name a few. Definitely her family, who worked their whole lives to afford her every opportunity, a sacrifice she doesn’t take lightly. When she’s tapped to produce a reality show at Joel’s shop, she doesn’t think twice, just goes in for the kill, as if there were any other way.

The second Annika walks into Joel’s shop, he makes it his mission to crack her open, but she’s not having it. He’s all wrong — too crass, too hairy, too un-serious. But it doesn’t take her long to find out there’s more to him than smirks and tattoos. And what she finds could put her career and his heart on the line.  Not that Joel cares. Because for the first time in a long time, he’s found his tonic.

Rating 

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

Tonic is the story of Joel Anderson, owner of Tonic Tattoo Shop.  Joel’s brother Shep convinces Joel to do a reality show set in their shop as a way to boost business and focus on their art.  On the first day of production,  Joel meets Annika, the Executive Producer of the show.  Annika is an uptight woman, the only child of Russian emigrants.  Joel is the opposite of every guy she’s ever been with – hairy and covered in tattoos.

I detest reality television for one main reason – it’s not real.  It’s scripted and producers try to find conflict and exploit it.  This book did the same thing – used conflict to exploit the situation.  While it’s factual, it doesn’t make it any less irritating.

Joel is awesome.  He’s funny and laid back.  He’s very protective of his staff.  Annika was a little harder to like in the beginning, but she eventually grew on me.  Her boss, Laney, was annoying and vindictive.  I really liked her cousin Roxy and her cousin’s daughter, Kira, was adorable.

The story had  a little “side story” involving Annika’s parents, and there was a some predictable drama caused by the show, but overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Garrison’s Creed by Cristin Harber

A SPY RUNNING FOR HER LIFE
Nicola is an injured CIA agent on the run from a failed undercover operation. Her escape plan shatters when she slams into the man who buried her a decade ago. Cash Garrison. garrison's creedHer first and only love. Now, sexier than her best memory and cradling a sniper’s rifle, he has questions she can’t answer. Why was she alive? And armed?

AND THE MAN SHE COULD NEVER SEE AGAIN
Cash is an elite member of a black ops organization, The Titan Group. He thought Nicola died his senior year of college and swore off love to focus on a decade of military missions. But when she shows up behind enemy lines, bleeding out and wielding a weapon, his heart and mind are unsure how to proceed.

BATTLE BETRAYAL TO SAVE THEMSELVES
Titan and the CIA join forces to uncover a mole hidden in a network of international terrorists and homegrown mobsters, teaming Cash and Nicola again. They fight old wounds and re-ignite sparks while closing in on a double agent. When disaster strikes, Nicola’s hidden past makes her the hunted target and Cash’s best kill shot may not be enough to save them.

3 out of 5 stars

This review won’t be long because is book was BORING.  Cash Garrison is an undercover agent and stumbles upon a scene where he runs into his dead ex-girlfriend.  Turns out she’s not dead after all.

The story was dull and predictable.  I liked Cash, but Nicola was a bit annoying.  She spent a lot of time trying to be a bad ass, when it really wasn’t necessary.

I liked her handler Beth and her brother Roman and the rest of the guys are cool.  But I didn’t love this book.

Happy reading.

 

 

Book Review – Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of anyride hard man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before . .

4 out of 5 stars

Ride Hard is the story of Haven Randall, the daughter of a horrible criminal who runs away from her father and is rescued by the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club.  She stays at their compound for protection.  Haven is very timid, due to years of abuse at the hand of her father.  She has a hard time trusting anyone other than her best friend, Cora.

The club president, Dare Kenyon, meets Haven and Cora and wants to protect them.  It’s what their club does.  Dare feels like Haven is naïve girl, but she’s much stronger than she seems.  Haven also has trouble sleeping at night; when she has trouble sleeping, she bakes, and apparently she’s very good.

This story wasn’t terribly deep, but it was a good book.  The ending was pretty predictable but it didn’t take away from the story.  I really liked Haven; she was a very sweet and caring girl, giving to others though she was treated poorly for most of her life.  I liked Haven and Dare together.

I’m excited for this new series.  It should be good.

Happy reading.