Book Review: Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends by Melanie A. Smith

Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends
Melanie A. Smith
(Life Lessons, #2)
Publication date: May 19th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

From best-selling author Melanie A. Smith comes the second book in a new series of steamy contemporary medical romance standalone novels about life lessons that break all the rules.

Even when you know better, sometimes it’s simply too tempting…

Hospital work isn’t for the faint of heart. Becca Dillon knows that firsthand, having worked as a medical assistant in the cardiac unit at Rutherford Hospital for longer than she cares to think about. What she does care to think about is having fun, gossip, and … guys. Her favorite of the three. And why stick to one, when you can sample them all?

That’s exactly her plan when a workplace crush on a mysterious bad-boy orderly unexpectedly takes a very steamy turn. But Vincent DeMarco turns out to be nothing like she expected, and before she knows it, she’s falling hard and fast. She wants him in ways she’s never wanted anyone before, but there’s something he’s keeping from her. Something that’s holding him back. And Becca is going to find out what.

Even though she knows that bad boys don’t make good boyfriends, he seems like he might be so much more. Will her quest unlock the truth behind who he really is? Or will it end their relationship for good? Either way, ready or not, Becca’s world is about to change.

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My Review

Before proceeding with this review, let’s take a moment to admire what is underneath the leather jacket (…) Ok, now we can start.

This was such a quick and relaxing read. If you are looking for an easy book, with a strong female character who knows exactly her value and won’t take crap from any man this is your book. There is mystery surrounding the male character as well that will be revealed in the end and that you will not see coming and lots of gossip.

Becca has not had such good male models growing up and this is why she is cataloguing new-comer Vincent DeMarco as a bad boy. But they work together and have the same circle of friends, so it’s impossible not to spend time together. But what happens when the ice is broken and the bad boy does not seem so bad after all? Becca needs to decide if she is ready for a serious relationship and Vincent… Let’s say he has more on his plate!

I loved these two and I loved how they start to know each other. Their relationship starts with uncertainties and they take time to reveal them. She has family baggage that prevents her to fully commit, so it would be a big step. For both, but this is something we learn in the end. I loved Becca’s friends and how they play a role in her decisions at some point. Her support system is great.

We see things through Becca’s perspective, so Vincent remains a mystery until the end.  I would have liked to see alternative chapters here, as Vincent has a complicated story to tell. But on the good side, the lack of knowledge regarding his background remains until the end. Speaking of background, I would have liked to learn more about Becca and her family. I feel we know little about her and what determines her to act the way she does. Also, you should probably read the first book as well. Even if the romance is not related, the abundance of office drama (between nurses, medical assistants, doctors and whatnot) can be overwhelming. There is reference to the events happening in book 1, so if you don’t want to feel like an outsider in some discussions, go ahead and start reading in order!

All in all, I liked the book, it was a great, fun and quick read. Because of the items detailed above, I am giving it 4 stars and I cannot wait to read the next story. Until next time, happy reading!

Author Bio:

Melanie A. Smith is the best-selling author of The Safeguarded Heart Series and other contemporary romance fiction. Originally from upstate New York, she spent most of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles for college. After that, she spent almost fifteen years in the Seattle Area, and now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas with her family.

A voracious reader and lifelong writer, Melanie’s writing began at a young age with short stories and poetry. Having completed a bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s in business administration at the University of Washington, her writing abilities were mainly utilized for technical documents as a lead engineer for the Boeing Company, where she worked for ten years.

After shifting careers to domestic engineering and property management in 2015, she eventually found a balance where she was able to return to writing fiction.

Melanie is also a Mensan and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and driving with the windows down and the stereo cranked up loud.

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Book Review: This Is Love by Melissa Foster

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Title: This is Love (Harmony Pointe #2)

Author: Melissa Foster

Published: December 3rd 2019 by Montlake Romance

Source: Received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Actress Remi Divine is sick of bodyguards, sick of stalkers, and sick of feeling like she is always under a microscope. But this movie star isn’t helpless by any means. She’s got a rebellious streak, and she knows how to use it. First order of business: getting rid of the overbearing bodyguards who are sticking to her like glue.

Mason Swift has made protecting others his life, and when Remi ditches his two best men, he takes over and gives it everything he has. Having grown up in the foster-care system, and as a former special operative, he knows all the tricks. Nothing gets by him, especially not gorgeous, sneaky Remi.

He thinks she’s a diva. She thinks he’s arrogant. But when sparks turn to flames and their walls come down, their true hearts are revealed, and their connection is unstoppable. And when tragedy strikes, Remi realizes that being protected isn’t the worst thing in the world—but losing Mason just might be.

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My Review

The life of a celebrity is never easy. Appearances may be deceiving, danger may be at every corner, but all is good if one has the most handsome bodyguard!

Remi has been under her brother’s constant protection. For a well-known actress, there is no such thing as privacy. When she starts receiving anonymous notes her brother hires one of the best firms to protect her and investigate the case. However, she does the job impossible. This until the head of the agency comes to protect her himself. Mason is taking the job seriously: he protects her, but also teaches her how to minimize risks, while still living her life.

The most beautiful part of this story is how the main characters let down their guard and let each other in. Seeing Mason’s sensitive side is like seeing a crack in an armor. Melissa Foster took her time in developing every reaction and each gesture and for that she deserves all the praise in the world. I also loved the passion they have for their work. Remi’s dedication to her fans is impressive, although quite naïve sometimes. They put their heart and even life into it. Let’s not forget the friendships – the support system they have is great and it makes me feel sorry I haven’t read book 1 yet.

Unfortunately, there is as well one aspect that pushes me back from giving 5 full stars: the mystery. The romance was great, but the conclusion of the stalking case that brought these two together is poor and rushed. The ending was penalized by this aspect and it dragged a lot with other elements (nice elements, but the case could have had a more serious conclusion).

As it happens with all the books that I’ve read until now by Melissa Foster, something is preventing me to give my full rating. However, this is by far my favorite book by her and I cannot wait to complete all the books in the series.

Cover Review: No! While I give all the credits to the handsome guy on the cover, displaying a beautiful smile, It has nothing to do with the seriousness that Mason depicts. I just can’t see it…

Favorite Quote (there were many, but here goes one): “It sounds like they wanted to give you the world without stealing the stars from your eyes.”

Until next time, Happy Reading 🙂

4 stars

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented, the perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and women’s fiction lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name, Addison Cole here: https://addisoncole.com

Melissa loves to hear from readers! Feel free to send her an email or chat with her on social media.

Book Review: Corporate Christmas by Bernadette Marie

Chloe Richardson had just landed the biggest client of her career. A promotion was in her future, or so she thought until the handsome Jason Mitchell walked into her office with his gorgeous smile and searing blue eyesand took her job.


Losing her job so close to Christmas, Chloes only choice was to go back home to Aubrey Heights, where the Christmas spirit is celebrated in a tourist loving, wonderland. Perhaps she can pull herself together before the new yearbefore her new career search.

However, Jason follows her to Aubrey Heightswith a mission of his own. First he stole her jobnow he wants to steal her heart.

Is the spirit of Christmas alive enough in her to let that happen?

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Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty-five books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After alwaysand says she can write it because she lives it.

When not immersed in the writing/publishing world, Bernadette Marie and her husband are shuffling their five hockey playing boys around town to practices and games as well as running their family business. She is a lover of a good stout craft beer and might be slightly addicted to chocolate.

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How I love this season! All the books have this festive air around and this is such a beautiful feeling! Well, as you have seen from the tour banner, I missed my initial tour date (and many tours in the last couple of weeks, to be honest). Life got in the way again, but I’m back on track for good this time 😉

Bernadette Marie’s story is about how all the things tend to settle down properly at Christmas. Chloe has worked a lot to obtain the promotion to account manager. She has dedicated time and effort to a company that doesn’t seem to appreciate her, especially when someone else is hired for the position that should have been for her. Poor Jason, he’s supposed to work with a woman that doesn’t seem to stand him one bit!

We see the two characters learning to work together, while the attraction between them keeps growing. Two things happen that twist their relationship and now starting over seems like the best choice.

To be completely honest, I would have expected to see more substance to the negative characters and the ending was a little rushed. But we have two great protagonists. Chloe’s passion for her work and Jason’s desire to build a good relationship with his new team are inspiring. I liked the fact that he let Chloe do the job freely, only offering his support when needed. He is a good guy, even if she doesn’t consider his actions full of good intentions.

The author raises awareness over harassment at the office. Both men and women may be subject to it and I agree that it should be treated with the same seriousness in both cases.

All in all, “Corporate Christmas” is a great read for this season. It will warm you up inside, while being cozy with your best blanket and favorite beverage 😊 Happy Reading!

4 stars

 

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Book Reviews: The Chosen Coven Series #1 & #2

The Dark Awakening
The Chosen Coven Book 1
by D.L. Blade
Genre: Paranormal Thriller, Romance
He was there, in the shadows again, watching me.
Now I wait for him to strike. But I’ll be ready.
Just as Mercy pieces her life back together after a vicious attack, she notices a stranger lingering in the shadows, and watching her every move.
Mercy isn’t certain if what she’s seeing is real, but when Mercy crashes her car on the side of the road, she’s rescued by a handsome and mysterious man named Caleb, who she finds herself both drawn to, and afraid of.
Caleb reveals to Mercy that she’s strongly linked to an ancient coven; the roots slowly dragging her back to Salem. He also claims to be in love with her, but can she trust him?
This story takes you on a journey of magic, secrets, betrayal, and abduction, in a world filled with witches, vampires and werewolves, which Mercy and her friends never knew existed.
Mercy must discover who she truly is, and find the powers within her to save mankind.
The Dark Awakening has hit #1 on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Vampire Thriller and Occult Horror, and is a top 10 finalists in the Author Academy Awards.
“Hands down, one of the best series ever I’ve read!” ★★★★★
“I really loved this book! I was constantly on the edge of my seat while reading, constantly wanting to know what’s going to happen next.” ★★★★★
My Review

This was such an intense and amazing read! It has witches, vampires and werewolves and all in just the right amount.

Usually, I would feel overwhelmed with so many magical creatures around, but the author managed to introduce us to this world at the perfect pace. We learn together with Mercy what her purpose is and who the bad guys are. She feels lost, she feels she has no one to trust, but she also feels the bond. This first book is about her, getting her accustomed to her power and reintroduce her into the supernatural. To fulfill her mission, she has to face family and best friends. Mercy needs to face her childhood trauma and perform the worst act of all.

While I loved all we see in the magical sphere and how this was created, I did not enjoy the romance that much.  I could not decide between Caleb and Reily simply because I did not feel such a connection to them – and I mean here only from Mercy’s perspective. I did not feel the love she may hold for them. Later in the book this becomes a bit more relevant why, but it is still a question mark. Still, I am only reducing 0.5 stars because of this.

“Dark Awakening” introduces us to a story with great potential. The writing was amazing, the pacing was great and it made me read it in one sitting. 4.5 stars and my devotion to the series!

 

Cover Review: I do not dislike it. I like Caleb in the back, harnessing his element, but I don’t like how Mercy has been positioned, first of all. I would have preferred her a bit more …centered. And second, she has nothing to show she’s the most powerful of them all. The green eyes and the necklace are not enough for me …

So I went right on to book 2 🙂 

The Dark Underworld
The Chosen Coven Book 2
“While the first book of this series introduced you to the characters and the fascinating world the author has created; this book brings the story to a whole new level.”
Mercy’s life changed forever when she discovered that not only is she a witch, but that she was born to rid the world of vampires once and for all.
After a year of intense training to hone her powers, she and her coven are pulled into a murder case in her hometown of East Greenwich. The coven, with the help of a friend with direct ties to
the investigation, discovers that a vampire attack claimed the victim’s life. Mercy suspects the killer belongs to a new clan in town, The Black Horse, and goes undercover in the vampire underworld. There, she’ll discover dark, long-hidden secrets and face her father from her previous life, who she learns is the leader of this ruthless undead.
New relationships will develop, friendships will be tested, and lives will be lost.
As Mercy draws closer to finding the killer, a villain from her past creeps out of the shadows. Maurice, centuries-old vampire, is thirsty for revenge after her coven took down his clan.
The Chosen Coven will now have to combine the forces of the Universal Elements, to fight the darkness that falls on their city.
★★★★★
“The plot of this book moves quickly. Complete with murder, intrigue, and romance. The story will appeal to a wide audience of readers–particularly to those who enjoy a blended genre of fantasy and mystery–and of course, a touch of romance.”
Author Notes & Disclaimer:
Violence, mild language, non-graphic intimacy scene and attempted rape scene.
This is a three-book series. It is highly recommended to read book one, ‘The Dark Awakening,’ before reading book two. Their final battle will conclude in book three, ‘The Dark Deliverance,’ and will be released in the fall of 2019.
My Review

Now this is the masterpiece of the series (for now at least, until I get my hands on book 3). Immediately after finishing book 1 I started “The Dark Underworld”. It took me a few hours to go through it, I devoured it in the same crazy manner as the previous one.

This time we see the entire coven in action and we have a dual perspective: Mercy and Caleb. They have to face so many threats, I feel like they don’t manage to have a moment of tranquility.  Again, the plot was great, with so much action that you never realize when time flies by. It was so easy to become wrapped up into the magic of the elements. I was also annoyed that some enemies just don’t want to stay dead! Caleb’s perspective complements the story, especially since he has his own feelings to deal with. After the shocking decision Mercy takes at the end of book 1, there’s a lot on his plate.

Now, I must speak about the romance again. I have the same problem as with book 1, but this time worse. I was confused. I did not understand if what Caleb felt for Mercy was love or not. I did not understand Mercy’s feelings – did she love Caleb or Dorian? The ending does provide some clarification but… I am not convinced. I did not feel the romance as profound as I would have liked. Probably because of the spell at the end of book one (the ones who read it know what I mean). Also, Mercy ran a lot. She was constantly hiding – either with relatives, or friends. Not cool. And I did not understand Melissa. She is part of the story until one point when she exists out of the blue. Mercy has to witness a mass murder and I was expecting her to be more affected by the loss.

So while I enjoyed the book very very much, I find more points that could have been better treated. I have to go with 3.5 stars, which I will round to 4, since in the end it was an very good lecture!

Cover Review: taking into account the description of the two guys, the one occupying the front is Dorian, but … I was expecting Caleb, since we get his POV. We see a werewolf in the background, but I would have preferred to see the symbol of the coven, since the werewolves don’t have much to do in this book. Same issue with Mercy – I would have wanted to see something on her that would remind us she is the most powerful witch! So again, I do not dislike the cover but…

The Dark Deliverance
The Chosen Coven Book 3
**Contains spoilers from book two. Read once caught up in the series**
The upper world is ruled by the gods, the underworld by demons, and the center—our earth—holds the inhabitants which the Chosen Ones were sworn to protect. In the darkest hour, on the darkest night, these three worlds will collide, and the gates of Hell will open.
Mercy is barely holding on after losing her coven, who sacrificed themselves to save her life. But even in death, Caleb opens a path for Mercy to rediscover the ancient power that once revived her after she died the first time on Gallows Hill in 1692.
To find the magic she needs to bring back her coven, Mercy and Dorian journey to a desolate island off the coast of Barbados and uncover long-hidden secrets from a native shaman tribe. But their presence is unwelcome, and Mercy finds herself harnessing the universal elements to save the lives of her beloved coven.
Meanwhile, Maurice continues plotting to destroy the supernatural world until every last human on earth bows to him. Knowing he can’t kill Mercy, he conjures up sick and twisted games he can play with her in order to crown himself the Master of Hell.
Where there is pain and destruction, a new power emerges, and Mercy must hold on to faith that good will triumph over evil because, if not, Hell will consume them all.
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D.L. Blade grew up in southern California, but relocated to Colorado with her family in 2014.
She always loved writing, concentrating on poetry rather than prose when she was younger. That changed however, when she had a dream one night and decided to create a story about it.
In her spare time, D.L. enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, including reading, and attending rock concerts.
In the future, D.L. hopes that she can continue to write exciting novels that will captivate her readers and bring them into the worlds that she creates using her imagination.
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Hot Nights in Morocco by Catherine Wiltcher

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Title: Hot Nights in Morocco

Author: Catherine Wiltcher

Published: November 18th 2019 by Entangled Publishing LLC (Scorched)

Source: Received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

I just started my dream job. Too bad it comes with movie mogul Jake Dalton who’s equal parts sexy and arrogant ass. He’s also a man who comes with a thousand warning signs. Good thing I have zero interest in complicating my life.

But while stuck on set in one of the most exotic places in the world, the desert heat isn’t the only thing making me sweat. The more time we spend together, the harder it is to deny the chemistry sizzling between us.

When we finally give in…the sex is off the charts. But Jake has too many secrets, and combined with my past, trust is impossible. This craziness is temporary, right?

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My Review

 This was such an amazing journey, an emotional roller coaster and a crazy amount of heat (from the desert and not only, if you get my point). I loved this book to the moon and back. I read it in two days, simply because at some point I needed sleep.

With this being said, let me introduce you to our main characters: Jake and Charlie. She is just starting her career. With no idea what she wants to do with her future, she submits a CV as an assistant for one of the most important actors in Hollywood. Suffice to say that said actor is hot as sin, but when you bring his brother (the movie producer and mega boss of Global Studios), only then you understand what hot really means. Charlie’s ambitious, with a desire to learn, no intention to be pushed around by an actor’s whims or the producer’s mood swings or swearing. Jake is hard on his team, a perfectionist and in no desire to settle down.

Their story is so complicated, with many things keeping them apart. But when the two personalities collide, a fire stars, so powerful and dangerous that melts their walls with each look, banter or kiss. The Charlie we meet in the beginning will not be the same after Jake and he will change as well. I loved this evolution so much and it goes so well with the story.

The book has 400 pages, according Goodreads. I did not feel the time pass by. I was so hooked and so invested in the story! I was afraid the plot would drag at some point, but it was not the case. On the negative side, I would have wanted to have more descriptions of the places. Morocco is an exotic place and with beautiful scenery. I would have wanted more of this explored (not too much more, just a bit more). Also, the way Charlie got the job is a bit too…coincidental. It did not feel believable.

All in all, I loved this book so so much! I wish I could award it 5 stars because with all the emotions that it made me feel, with all the good time I spent reading it, it fully deserves them. But I am compelled to remain with 4 stars, although it pains me to the heart! An amazing story, with so much passion and with characters that have baggage to carry around, until the fire manages to burn the past to ashes. Happy reading!

Cover Review: Nope, not the cover for my tastes. It has a dude with a great abdomen but little to remind about the story. He doesn’t remind me of a movie producer or … of the movie industry or that matter. The font used for “Hot Nights” may resemble to the way one would write an autograph but… neah.

Favorite Quote: (a Moroccan girl to Charlie, translating what her mother is saying): “She also say you have sad eyes. We have a saying in my village: past is a cage and life is a bird. She cannot escape it, no matter how hard she beats her wings against the bars. Only when she accepts the cage will she truly be free.”

About the AuthorCatherine

Catherine Wiltcher is a mum-of-two, former TV producer and self-confessed alpha addict. Her writing is best described as sinfully sexy, and her characters always fall hard and deep for one another.

She lives in a village near Bath in the UK with her husband and young daughters. If she were stranded on a desert island, she’d like a large pink gin to keep her company. Cillian Murphy wouldn’t be a bad shout either…

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Book Review: Sealer’s Game

Sealer’s Game
Kathy Coleman
(Sealer Saga #1)
Publication date: October 22nd 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Hell hath no fury like a goddess scorned…

As Champion, Carita of Bel Auryn thought she would spend her days fighting demons. Instead, she is drawn into the latest scheme of the Moon Goddess, Ruby: a contest to choose a man who will have the “honour” of fathering her child. When Ruby encourages Carita to choose a man for herself, she picks the man she is most drawn to–and immediately regrets it.

Lucian Veradayne is the Lord of Death. He knows he must win Ruby’s game at any cost. It doesn’t matter that he has avoided her for two thousand years. Nor that she tried to kill their first child. And it really doesn’t matter that he would much rather woo Carita. The Soul Well has given Lucian a prophecy: he and Ruby must have another child. A child who will save the world.

Dealing with their mutual attraction will be the least of Lucian and Carita’s problems. They are not the only ones who have been drawn into Ruby’s game. Someone else wants to win. Someone who wants Ruby dead. Will Carita and Lucian be able to protect her long enough for a victor to be named? And if they succeed, will they be able to walk away from each other to ensure the prophecy is fulfilled?

Sealer’s Game is a 55,000 word fantasy romance novella about the King of the Underworld, a kick-butt warrior priestess, and a ruthless goddess who will stop at nothing to get her own way. It contains language, descriptions of violence, and sexual themes that may not be appropriate for all readers. Recommended for ages 18+.

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My Review

This is a super interesting fantasy story, with a complex world and characters that have developed personalities. While the blurb contains a detailed description of the plot, there is a lot more to the story than that. There are secrets, games between gods and so much more.

Let me tell you a little bit about the world. It reminds us of the Greek mythology, of a time in which gods were mixing in human affairs, or, better yet, they were mixing humans in their affairs. Here we have something similar, though quite original in the same time. Carita becomes a warrior for her goddess – Ruby. But Ruby is ruthless, cunning and with no regard for another’s feelings. Then we have Lucien – uf, he is interesting!

We have a love triangle, we have an interesting world, we have politics, secrets and intrigues. I was quickly captivated by the story and now, after finishing it, I cannot wait to check out the second book in the story. I loved the writing and, while some scenes were a bit too much for my taste (too many murders, some even may have emotional impact), all events speak to each character’s traits.

All in all, I like this first book quite a lot and I do hope you’ll give it a try, if you want to read a fantasy story, with actions happening in an alternate universe, with gods and warriors. 4 stars for now 🙂 Happy Reading!

Author Bio:

Kathy Coleman lives in a little town in Ontario with her parents, one younger brother and two mischievous little dogs named D’Argo and Coco. She attended Trent University, majoring in English and Cultural Studies.

When she is not being kept awake at 3 a.m. by characters who refuse to quit talking, she can be found performing karaoke at charity events, updating her book blog I Write, I Read, I Review, shopping, or playing video games.

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Book Review: Anyone But Cade by Penelope Bloom

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Title: Anyone But Cade (Anyone But… #2)

Author: Penelope Bloom

Published: November 12th 2019 by Montlake Romance

Source: Received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

The second novel in USA Today bestselling author Penelope Bloom’s Anyone But… series turns up the heat and hilarity with a story about second chances and promises worth breaking.

After Cade King cost me everything, I vowed I’d never fall for him again—even if he became rich and megafamous.

Now he’s back, and he’s still the embodiment of a big, shiny red button. Everybody knows you shouldn’t touch red buttons, but it’s so, so hard to resist.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it a little when I arrested him for disorderly conduct. Unfortunately, I think Cade liked it a little too. So when he asks for my help raising the son he just found out about, I know exactly what to say: “No, you stupidly sexy red button. I won’t touch you, even to help a cute little kid.” You’re damn right that’s what I said. Mostly.

Still, Cade doesn’t know the first thing about commitment. He lives completely in the moment. I’d need to have a recurring case of amnesia to believe he could change, even for his son. Or me.

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My Review

 

Oh my God, I had so much fun reading this book! Cade is so amazing and so crazy, in a funny way.  “Anyone But Cade” is a fantastic book and believe me when I say it: you will savor every page!

Iris’ relationship with Cade cost her her future. They were good together, until he did the most stupid thing and put an end to her chances at a sports scholarship. Years later, they stand face to face, she as a police officer, and Cade as a very successful businessman. However, the most unbelievable event brings them together, with Iris trying to keep Cade out of trouble and lose … the most important person in his life.

They are great together! The banter, the contradictions and Cade’s flirtatious personality are the delight of this book. I took my time enjoying every moment and every word and now I am so sorry I missed reading book 1 (something that will be rectified in the following days!). Cade’s brothers are as well interesting characters and the same can be said about Iris’ friends. I must admit I am a little scared when it comes to the next book in the series, as I am not such a big fan of Miranda’s. But I am curious to see why she is so adamant to avoid the King brothers.

I am decreasing one start mainly because some aspects of the story felt a bit rushed and other could have been better explained, though I associate this last item to the fact that I have not read part 1 (Rich and Kira’s story).

So 4 stars for Penelope Bloom’s book and I cannot wait to discover this series and her others. She is an amazing writer! I do advise you give this book a chance and come back with your thoughts J Happy Reading!

Cover Review: the sheets on that bed look expensive and it suggests the luxurious life that Cade enjoys. The same can be said about the color that was used to write his name. It mostly refers to him. Good, but I would have liked to see at least one element that would remind me of the lady in the book (at least a pair of cuffs J )

Favorite Quote: oh, so many!!! I will include one, however: “You can call a bird a pet, but it’s still going to shit on your shoulder whenever it wants.”

 

About the AuthorPenelope Bloom

 

I’m a USA Today Bestselling Author and have written nearly a dozen top 50 amazon bestsellers, including four books that have hit the top 10! Despite all that, I’m still a nervous wreck before I release every new book and I still feel like I have so much more to learn about writing and publishing than I can even wrap my head around.

I’m just beyond honored and humbled that so many readers have embraced me and found enjoyment in my words, because I can’t think of any better opportunity than this.

When I’m not writing and stressing about what I’m going to write, I’m trying to wrangle my two little girls who are 2 and a half and 1 and a half. When I’m not wrangling them, I’m trying to keep my husband in line.

Writing and helping run the family aren’t easy, but I’d never trade it for anything!

 

Book Review: A Fresh Restart by Chelsea Falin

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A
Fresh Restart
by
Chelsea Falin
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
 
A sweet contemporary
friends-to-lovers romance novella with a strong dose of second chance
at love and a sweet HEA. No cliffhangers. (Heat Level: 2 flames.)
Josette Miller and
Walker Anderson grew up together in small-town, Dade City, Florida.
Inseparable during their youth, Josette dreamed of growing up and
moving away. When she left ten years ago, Josette didn’t know how
Walker really felt about her.
But Dade City just
wasn’t the same with Josette, and Walker left shortly after,
regretting he’d never told Josette how he felt. In a twist of fate,
Josette and Walker find themselves moving home within months of each
other. They aren’t kids, anymore, and the attraction this time
around is mutual. Maybe a “Fresh Restart” is just what they
needed to get their happily ever after.
 

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My Review

There are many things that can be said about this book. What mostly impressed me are the warmth and family ties we see here. I have no ties to the Southern Spirit at all, given the fact that I am not an American. Still, I have seen and read a lot about the customs and bonds that Southern people have. I loved seeing this so well depicted in Chelsea Falin’s book.

Josie and Walker have experienced loss, betrayal and heartbreak. Family and each other have been the only constant they can rely on now, after so many years. Walker still harbors the affection and pain after Josie’s departure from Dade City. The years apart did little to change his feelings. As for her, she sees him now through the eyes of a woman. Now they need to learn to put aside their difficulties, their mistrust and connect as more than friends. If this is possible, it remains to be seen!

Overall, I liked the book and the writing. We have the sparks between the two characters, we have great lines and the natural feel of things. Each character feels natural in one way or another. The only reason I decreased my rating a little is because Josie’s change of feelings felt a little sudden and that their relationship moved a bit fast. I have to mention that in the version I have received, there were several repeats of the  characters’ names and it was a little disturbing, but I attribute this to the fact that I have received an ARC, not the finished version. But in all other aspects, we have a great love story here!

So 4 stars for “A Fresh Restart” and I am looking forward to reading Chelsea Falin’s other books. This is my first read by her and it was a great one 🙂

Cover Review: The illustration shows very well the relationship between Josie and Walker. While he has always held on to his feelings, despite the distance, she tended to move forward. Though, life pushes us back to where we belong …

Favorite quote: “So screw off, Josette, and don’t bother me again. I’ve got enough demons to fight without having to look one in the face.”

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, if you have read this book or any other by the author or if you are tempted to read it 🙂

Chelsea Falin is the 25
year old independent author of well over ten titles. She began
writing with intents to publish in 2006, at age 16, and finally
published in 2009, at age 19. Chelsea writes in a variety of genres,
including but not limited to: romance, young adult, comedy, cooking,
poetry, and dramatic fiction. Professionally, Chelsea is also a
freelance blog/article writer, web designer, and book blogger.
In her personal life,
Chelsea is the mother of a six year old daughter. In her free time,
she enjoys reading, writing, fishing, hiking, biking, traveling, and
spending time with her friends or family.
 
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Book Reviews: The Bad Boy Bachelors of Orange County Books 1 & 2

One Last Time?
The Bad Boy Bachelors of Orange County Book 1
by Khardine Gray
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From USA Today Bestselling author Khardine Gray comes a sizzling hot
enemies to lovers office romance.
Dylan has a stare colder than the Arctic.
Even so, I can’t stop staring at him.
I should – the guy’s been a thorn in my side since my father hired
him as a consultant. I’m supposed to be taking over the company but
it feels like dad doesn’t trust me at all.
To impress him I have to impress Dylan.
Not an easy task when I’m pretty certain Dylan is the devil.
The devil with the kind of gorgeousness that should come with a
warning.
One that says look but don’t touch’.
I learned the hard way one late night, when we turned into something more.
A mistake?
Yes, it should be.
Untilit happened one more time… and again and again.
Then we became a hot, sinful, secret that could cost us everything.
If you like hot, steamy, romance with gorgeous, drool-worthy bad boys
you will love this book. Dive in now for some fun.
One Last Time is a complete standalone and a part of the Bad Boy
Bachelors of Orange County series.
My Review

 

Such a great book! I loved it so much and I read it in one sitting. I was so captivated, I didn’t know when time flew by. Dylan and Taylor have so much in common when it comes to their careers, but little when it comes to life outside the office. But when they meet, a fire ignites, at work and anywhere else.

“One Last Time?” is a book full of emotions, with funny moments, with hot moments and reactions that would surprise you. I liked how Dylan has an influence over Taylor’s personality and how he makes her feel free, in a way. The way they challenge each other and their results at work is well described and this complements the intensity of their encounters outside business hours.

The reason I did not give full 5 stars is because Dylan has a bad boy reputation, a cold stare and all that jazz, but I am not convinced. I wanted more proof of that. Also, the ending was too easy. I know, it makes no sense complicating such a great relationship, but still…

Having this in mind, I remain with my 4 stars. I will add that the title is absolutely fitting! Great story, I enjoyed my time with it and immediately moved to book 2.

Pregnancy Scandal
The Bad Boy Bachelors of Orange County Book 2
From USA Today Bestselling author Khardine Gray comes a sizzling hot best
friends to lovers romance that will make you melt.
Abby wants to get pregnant.
The old fashioned way.
Without the issue of dating…
She just wants the baby.
No relationship, no fuss.
I’m her best friend, so I give her my opinion freely.
This is by far the craziest idea she’s ever come up with.
It all feels bad to me until she propositions me herself and opens my
eyes to something I might not be able to resist.
I’d always wondered what it would be like to be with her.
Abby Cartwright, the girl who’d been my best friend since birth.
Her with her beautiful, sassy smile and that live for the moment daring
personality.
I’d never been able to say no to her before.
Now would be a good time to start.
Except this idea of hers has unlocked my curiosity.
And temptation wants me to explore…her.
If you like hot, steamy, romance with gorgeous, drool-worthy bad boys
you will love this book. Dive in now for some fun.
Pregnancy Scandal is a complete standalone and a part of the
Bad Boy Bachelors of Orange County series.
My Review

Two best friends who looked anywhere else but right in front of them and a story with many complications and self-doubt. I devoured this one in the same way as book 1 from this series.

Abby and Gilly have known each other since they were kids and have been through a lot together. They know each other inside and out and nothing one of them does can surprise the other? Or? Well, Abby for sure surprises him when she drops the “I want to get pregnant and need you to help me” bomb. So… what’s the right answer here?

I loved everything abut the main characters. I loved the friendship, I loved the devotion the have for one another and I loved how naïve they both were. Many ups and downs and many hesitations complement the story very well. There are some small items that were not very believable, in the context of a great friendship, like the way they had no idea about their true feelings and later in the story Abby didn’t believe Gilly in a certain aspect, which I will not mention.

But I still loved it, I still don’t want the series to end and I cannot wait to read more and read more from the author. This is my third book by her and I still haven’t had enough 😊 And this series still has a lot more to offer! Happy reading!

 

Khardine Gray is a USA Today Bestselling author who loves writing sizzling hot
contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance.
Her books have sexy, drool-worthy heroes who will make you melt, and
sassy, fun loving, ambitious heroines.
She simply adores her readers and loves spoiling them.
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Early Review & Release: Carpool by Noelle Adams

Carpool by Noelle Adams is available NOW!

Book Info

Title: Carpool

Series: Milford College #1

Author: Noelle Adams

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing date: July 17th, 2019

Summary

The last thing I want is to share a forty-five minute commute with the most obnoxious (and attractive) man I know. But I can’t afford a new transmission right now, so I’m stuck with Marcus for at least a month.

He promises to be good, but Marcus Greene is never good. And I’m not sure how long I can resist him.

Carpool is the first book in the Milford College series, novellas about the faculty and staff of a small liberal arts college.

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My Review

 

If you are in the mood for something fun, quick, relaxing and with all the sparks and flames of a romance, this is the book for you! In my case, it could not have been a better time to read it and that is why I enjoyed it so much!

Jennifer has lived the life of a small towner. She has known Marcus all her life and has done all in her power to avoid him. He was the bad boy of her childhood, the bully, the perfect example of the man she did not want to have next to her. Adulthood has other plans unfortunately. When Jennifer is forced to ask Marcus for a ride to their workplace, she is surprised by his agreement and realizes she will have to spend a good number of weeks in the same car with the (now) man she must stay away from.

While both characters are amazing, I am inclined to like Marcus more. It is visible he is consumed by Jennifer’s attitude toward him and he gives her the possibility to know his true personality. She is a bit quicker to judge others and is very adamant not to believe in Marcus’ good traits. We have funny moments, we have moments of peace and quiet between them, we have that feeling of something amazing growing up. And I love it!

Noelle Adams did an amazing job developing the characters in such a short number of pages. The action is paced just at the right speed and the relationship glows in such way that we don’t have everything thrown at us in the end. Even if we only get the female perspective, Jennifer is observant enough to see the change in demeanor Marcus has toward her. Still, she is not brilliant enough to piece those changes together. So we do have several conflicts born out of the miscommunication and cluelessness of our female main character. This made me push back a star from my total rating.

All in all, I am going with 4 stars for “Carpool” by Noelle Adams, with additional hearts and love. This story was a great experience and I hope you’ll give it a try as well. Come back with your thoughts in the comments below 😊 Happy reading !

 

About Noelle Adams

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.