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Man Card (Man Hands # 2)

By Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Synopsis

Nothing ventured, nothing banged.

Ash
I still don’t know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor—our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down…
It can never happen again. I don’t even like Braht. He’s too slick. He’s a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
So why can’t I get him out of my head?

Braht
There are two things I know without question.
One: Ash and I are destined for each other.
Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
Ash is my missing my piece. She’s the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don’t call her the Ashkicker for nothing.
Eventually I’ll win her over…if my past doesn’t ruin everything first.

Review

I really liked MAN CARD.  It was a fun read from the very first page to the very last, and it was a great way to spend a few hours.

I liked Ash.  She’s determined, she gives as good as she gets, and she’s a great friend to her two besties: Brynn and Sadie.  But I can’t say much more about Ash because in my opinion, Braht stole the show.  I loved his boudoir photo shoot scene, as well as his pedicure scene with his octogenarian friends.  Both scenes were hilarious and really highlighted his playful and sweet sides.  But while he might be a prankster who likes his skin to be as soft as a baby’s bottom, he’s strong and smart enough to take care of what’s his.  He’s been looking after his little brother since he was seventeen, and when Ash was being harassed by an ex, Braht came up with ways to help keep her safe.  Together, their banter was always witty and fun.

MAN CARD is told in dual POVs and while it is part of the Man Hands series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  We did see a little of the previous couple, Brynn and Tom, and it was nice to see how they were doing and what was new with them.  I’m assuming—and hoping—Sadie will get her own book next, given that her husband is a dick who doesn’t deserve her.  MAN CARD comes with a sweet and humorous epilogue that was oh so Braht and Ash, and just perfect.

Man Card (Man Hands # 2)

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New Releases – January 2018

Here’s a quick look at some of the new releases coming out this month.
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Michael: A Scrooged Christmas

By F.G. Adams

Synopsis

Do holiday wishes really come true?

For kindergarten teacher, Holly Mary Edwards, she’s banking on a miracle when the man of her dreams returns from duty abroad.

Decorated army doctor, Michael Barnes, is not ready to face the holiday season after his fiancé leaves him for another man. Michael is convinced it’s time to put happiness in a tight little box and ship it back to the North Pole.

He wasn’t expecting Holly. And when the sexy Holly-jolly nymph takes it upon herself to divest him of his Mr. Scrooged attitude, she’ll do anything to bring him into the jingle bell jolly.

Can Holly convince him ‘tis the season for love?

Review

Unfortunately, MICHAEL: A SCROOGED CHRISTMAS was a DNF for me at the 18% mark.  I usually try to last a little longer than that, but I just couldn’t continue on when a flashback scene appeared out of nowhere and had no connection to the scene I was reading.  At least, I think it was a flashback scene.  I honestly can’t be certain.  It appeared so randomly and without notice that I thought I’d missed an entire page, so I went back two pages and re-read everything, but the result was still the same: great confusion about what I was reading.  So I made the decision to stop reading and move on to another book.  I researched the author’s work and found out that the two people Michael was angry at⏤Grayson and Ella⏤had their own story already, and I wonder if the flashback would have made more sense if I had read that other book first.

Michael: A Scrooged Christmas

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Fake Wife

By Stacey Lynn

Synopsis

This marriage is strictly business . . . until the temptation gets way too real.

Corbin: I loved my grandma, but I don’t need her money. All I care about is keeping the house—the only place that’s ever felt like home. That, and screwing over my dad, who wants to turn the property into a mall. There’s only one catch: To receive my inheritance, I have to get married within six months. Me, the guy who’s never dated a girl for more than six minutes. Now I need to find a woman I can trust. So when I’m rear-ended by a Prius, I figure it’s a sign that I’m supposed to meet gorgeous, down-to-earth Teagan Monroe.

Teagan: First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible . . . yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules . . . and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancé.

Review

I really liked FAKE WIFE; the story and its characters drew me in from the very first chapter and did not let me go.

I liked Teagan, who really had it pretty rough in the beginning of this book.  She loses her job, catches her boyfriend cheating, and then crashes her car into the city’s sexiest millionaire bachelor…all in the span of a few hours.  How can you not like a woman who can remain polite, classy and—mostly—put together after going through all of that?  The only time I was disappointed in her was when she believed someone, who she knew was untrustworthy, over Corbin and everything he’d told her.  But, I did like that after she calmed down and thought about it, she realized she was probably very wrong and apologized quickly.

I liked Corbin for the most part, but he was a little wishy-washy about what he wanted.  He offered Teagan money to be his wife for two years.  No sex.  No emotions.  Just business.  Then he starts to fall for her but won’t tell her, and then gets upset because he thinks she’s only in it for the money.  Gah!  He was also very rude to her when he was trying to hide his attraction to her, and I felt that kind of behavior was unnecessary.  But, when he wasn’t acting like a prick, he was very down-to-earth and very likable.

FAKE WIFE is told in dual POVs and comes with a lovely HEA for Corbin and Teagan.  It’s currently listed as a stand-alone, but two of Corbin’s friends might have a little something going on, and I imagine they could have their own story at some point.  I would classify FAKE WIFE as an insta-love, because the entire story (not including the epilogue) takes place over just shy of two weeks.

Fake Wife

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Wicked Choice (Wicked Horse Vegas # 4)

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

Rachel Hart and Bodie Wright are nothing more than teammates. As mercenaries for hire with the elite Jameson Group, they have each other’s backs in the most dangerous of circumstances. But after a mission gone deadly wrong, Rachel does something she’s never done before. She crosses the professional line and takes comfort in Bodie’s arms.

One night of passion turns their lives upside down with a pregnancy neither of them expected, and one that Rachel was too terrified to ever want. Bodie, however, is a family man through and through, and he’s determined to raise their child alone if necessary.

The only common thread Rachel and Bodie have is their membership at The Wicked Horse, a sex club that lets them both fulfill their dirtiest fantasies with each other. As they become more intimately entwined, the strong, steady man with a heart of gold makes Rachel question everything she ever thought she knew about herself. Their wicked nights together make them so much more than teammates and Rachel is about to discover the choices she thought were the most difficult are actually the easiest ones to make.

Review

I have to admit, I was a little unsure about how I’d like WICKED CHOICE.  A friends-to-lovers romance with an unexpected pregnancy thrown in sounded great.  It was the fooling around at a sex club on top of that, that I was unsure about.  After finishing the story, I felt the same way.  I loved the romance side of this story, but not the club scenes.

Okay, that’s not entirely true.  There was one club scene between Bodie and Rachel that I really liked.  The scenes I didn’t like were the ones that took place in front of their coworkers.  I just couldn’t get my head around believing Rachel’s coworkers—men that she leads and commands—could see her as anything other than a sexual plaything after watching Bodie dominate her right in front of them.  On purpose!  This was the only part of the entire story that I didn’t like.

I liked Rachel, who is strong and doesn’t take shit from anyone, but I also liked that she could let go with Bodie and really let him in.  As weird as it sounds, I enjoyed watching her struggle with her decision not to raise their child because she didn’t want to give up the job she loves.  I think I liked it because while she struggled, she was always honest and was never afraid to talk about her feelings.

“I think you would be a fantastic mother. Our child will lose so much without you in its life.”

I liked Bodie, although I had a hard time with his name and kept wanting to call him Brodie instead.  I loved that when Rachel told him she was pregnant, he immediately stepped up to the plate and was willing to be their child’s sole parent since Rachel didn’t want to be a mother.  He was an all-around great guy, calm in any situation and would put his child before anyone or anything else.  In short, he’s a catch.

WICKED CHOICE is told in dual POVs and comes with a sweet HEA for Bodie and Rachel that left me smiling.  It’s also the introduction to a spin off series that will launch in early 2019 that is being written by Sawyer and another author.  It will focus on the members of the Jameson Group, and I’m hoping through that series we’ll see more of Bodie and Rachel, and we’ll hopefully find out if it’s a boy or a girl.

Wicked Choice (Wicked Horse Vegas # 4)

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Wicked Choice – Release Blitz

Title: Wicked Choice
Series: Wicked Horse Vegas #4
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: January 2, 2018

Synopsis

Rachel Hart and Bodie Wright are nothing more than teammates. As mercenaries for hire with the elite Jameson Group, they have each other’s backs in the most dangerous of circumstances. But after a mission gone deadly wrong, Rachel does something she’s never done before. She crosses the professional line and takes comfort in Bodie’s arms.

One night of passion turns their lives upside down with a pregnancy neither of them expected, and one that Rachel was too terrified to ever want. Bodie, however, is a family man through and through, and he’s determined to raise their child alone if necessary.

The only common thread Rachel and Bodie have is their membership at The Wicked Horse, a sex club that lets them both fulfill their dirtiest fantasies with each other. As they become more intimately entwined, the strong, steady man with a heart of gold makes Rachel question everything she ever thought she knew about herself. Their wicked nights together make them so much more than teammates and Rachel is about to discover the choices she thought were the most difficult are actually the easiest ones to make.

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About the Author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two.

When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both. Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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Top Reads – 2017

Welcome to our list of Top Reads for 2017

How do we determine what books appear on our list of Top Reads?  That’s easy.
Every book on this list was given a 5 Heart review, which means WE LOVED IT!!!
Hopefully you will too if you’re here looking for a good book to read.

We should point out that not all of these books were released in 2017,
but they were reviewed by us this year.
What a year it was, with 121 books being added to this year’s list.

From here you can check out our reviews, or if you’re feeling a little crazy and daring, you can just go ahead and buy the book by clicking on the buy links or the book covers.  Easy peasy.

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we did.

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Top Reads – December 2017

Here are our Top Reads from December 2017

Castle of Kings

* Stand-alone *
By Betty Shreffler
Released: Dec 1, 2017

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Saved

* Honor Bound # 1 *
By Angel Payne
Released: Dec 19, 2017

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The Charmer’s Gambit

* Mershano Empire # 2 *
By Lexi C. Foss
Released: Dec 5, 2017

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Valiant

* New Species # 3 *
By Laurann Dohner
Released: Sept 14, 2011

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Winter of the Wolf

* The Wild Hunt Legacy # 2 *
By Cherise Sinclair
Released: Mar 23, 2012

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Wolf Hunger

* SWAT # 7 *
By Paige Tyler
Released: Dec 5, 2017

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Man Hands (Man Hands # 1)

By Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Synopsis

He puts the “screw” in screwball comedy…

BRYNN
At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.
But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.
Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.
Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM
All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.
I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.
But I will find her.

Review

In MAN HANDS, we have two people recovering from failed relationships.  Tom is mostly in hiding after having his girlfriend reject his proposal…on live TV.  The same woman who only used him to propel her own career.  Brynn is recently divorced from a man who loved her cooking skills but was not attracted to her fuller figure, who made her feel so undesirable it greatly affected her confidence.  Trying to regain some of that confidence, and with her best friends at her back, she literally jumps on the first man she sees at a party, which happens to be Tom.

I liked Tom and Brynn, and I thought they were perfect for each other.  I liked that even though they had both been hurt, it didn’t stop them from trying a new relationship together. Their relationship gave both of them the confidence they needed to stand up to their exes when they popped in to cause trouble, and both scenes were magnificent.  What I also liked about Brynn was that she listened to her heart, and didn’t make wrong assumptions about Tom’s feelings for her.  And Tom?  Well, he always knew the right things to say.

“Like my ex would even notice.”
“Of course he will. If I were married to you, and then I lost you, the regret would be pretty intense.”

MAN HANDS is labelled as a romantic-comedy, and I won’t deny that it was funny.  For example, here’s the ending to their first time together, and I cracked up laughing.

He pulls out and collapses next to me. His leg is over mine, and he reaches across my naked breast to grab my hand.  “I’m Tom,” he says.
“Brynn,” I breathe back.
“Well, Brynn…It’s really nice to meet you.”
We shake hands.

However, I did feel that some of the humor was a little too much, a little too forced, and a little too immature given we’re talking about two people who are 34 and 38 years old.  Tom’s dick talks to him throughout the story—it even has its own mini chapter towards the end—and I can’t decide whether I thought that was funny or not.  That being said, the story made me laugh, and isn’t that the point?

MAN HANDS is told in dual POVs and comes with a HEA for Tom and Brynn.  While it’s part of a series, I think each book can be read as a stand-alone because each book will be about a different couple.  The second book in the series, MAN CARD, comes out in January and I am looking forward to reading it.  It will be about Tom’s best friend, Braht, and one of Brynn’s best friends, Ashley, who had an interesting and fiery “relationship” throughout this story.  Will Brynn’s other best friend, Sadie, get her own story?  I’m not sure, but given she seems to be in the middle of an unhappy marriage, anything is possible.

Man Hands (Man Hands # 1)

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