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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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Ace (Moonshine Taskforce #4)

By Laramie Briscoe

Synopsis

Ace is saving lives and mending hearts…….

Anthony “Ace” Bailey

I’m not a rules kinda guy

Department Policy? Kinda sucks, but I do what I have to for the job that I love.
Playing it safe? Not my thing.
Married? No big deal when I know she’s unhappy and scared.

I’m one of those guys – a sniper in the military, a little bit of an adrenaline junkie, and a member of the Moonshine Task Force. I’ve lived through some shit.

My gut has never failed me. It’s my sixth sense. Warning me of a gunshot coming my way, of a traffic stop being potentially deadly, or the tingling in the back of my neck when I go to sleep telling me I’ll be woken up by a call in the middle of the night. My gut has always kept me honest.

Like the day I walked into The Café and saw the new waitress. There was a ring on her left hand, but I didn’t care. One look in her eyes told me everything I needed to know. Her marriage wasn’t one made of love and respect. It was one made of fear and doubt.

It’s why I ignored that ring, why I arrested her husband, and the reason I’m willing to take my time. Patience is a virtue, and with this woman, I have it in spades.

Violet Miller

Meeting Anthony Bailey changed my life. He did things that no one else has ever done for me.

Feeling safe? Never happened before.
Feeling wanted? It’s been years.
Being independent? I’m learning.

It’s foreign, not having someone question my every move, being able to eat what I want for dinner, and sitting out on my front porch talking to Anthony every night while we share a couple beers.

I try to tell myself he’s just being nice; that he’s doing his job and working within the community. The problem? The night he takes the kiss we both want, everything changes, and I can no longer deny what I feel. But it doesn’t stop me from trying – and I learn quickly that Ace knows me better than anyone else ever has – including myself.

All I can do is hang on, as he takes me on the scariest journey of my life. The one that bends us until we almost break, and ends with a happily ever after I never thought I would get.

ACE includes the wedding of a beloved couple, an appearance by Reaper, and the continuation of EVERYONE falling in love with Caleb! 

Review

Ace is broken up into parts and as a result, each one takes us through the build-up of Ace and Violet making a new life together.  Slow and steady is how I would describe their love story.  The character’s constant mutual intensity is offset with humorous and family moments with the Moonshine Taskforce team.

The author lightly explained Violet’s relationship with her husband which I appreciated.  It gives you enough to understand how she became involved with her husband and the eventual realization that she was in an uncontrollable situation.

Helping to build a solid and realistic timeframe for Violets recovery, Ace does jump ahead in time.  Consequently, we, therefore, get to enjoy each step of their relationship and those special moments that will make you smile.

Mystery surrounds Violet and I highly anticipated her story yet I admit I cannot recall too much of Ace in the other books.  My favourite couple of this series is Havoc & Leighton so I was delighted we continue with them too.   She is one character from the first moment of introduction that has held my heart.

The next installment being Menace’s story I am highly anticipating.  There is a hint of a possible suitor for him and I hope I am correct in my hunch.

Quote:  “Like Finding my True North”

Ace (Moonshine Taskforce #4)

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Small Town Siren (Texas Siren Series #1)

By Lexi Blake

Synopsis

Re-released in a second edition with a prologue and three new chapters.

Two cowboys looking for love…

Jack Barnes and Sam Fleetwood met in foster care. Over the years, they’ve become best friends and partners. They share a business as cattle ranchers and a house. There’s only one thing missing: a woman to share. The men are sure they’ve found that woman when Abigail Moore arrives in their small town, Willow Fork, TX.

A woman trying to find her place in the world…

Abby left her hometown twenty years before under a cloud of scandal. She’s raised a daughter, forged a new life for herself, and is ready for the next phase when she meets the handsome cowboys.

One small town that’s ready to explode…

They’re a dream come true—Jack is the sexy Dom, and Sam the playful lover. It’s everything she’s ever fantasized about. There’s only one problem. She’s still not welcome in Willow Fork, and someone is willing to kill to keep her away. 

Review

First of all, I Love the newly revised cover and I had not read the previous version of this story released under Sophie Oak.    Upon finishing I have many questions and I do hope Siren in the City (book 2) will intensify Sam, Jack and Abby’s love story.

The connection between Sam and Abby I felt to my bones, he was caring and had humour and their interactions were lovely.

At times I found Jack hard to connect with, he was definitely an alpha male and has many underlying issues.  Hoping that in book 2 we uncover more of Jack and how his relationship with Sam and Abby is going to develop.

Jack, Sam & Abby’s sex scenes were well written and pushed all the right buttons.  When they all joined as one in the bedroom this was a favourite moment because this was very emotional and worth the build up.  Whilst Sam immediately connected to Abby’s distress, unfortunately, Jack did not which I did struggle with being he was the Dom in this group relationship.

Abby’s history with the town and the way people treated her broke my heart at times.  She was such a strong woman to bring up her daughter all by herself.  We do get to meet her daughter at the end of the story.

I will have to admit I was left slightly disappointed with the 6-week jump at the end of this story.

Small Town Siren (Texas Sirens Series #1)

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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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Rocco (Ruin & Revenge #3)

By Sarah Castille

Synopsis

Mafia enforcer, Rocco De Lucchi is the best in the business.

Cold, hard and utterly ruthless, Rocco is the most dangerous of men. Feelings are a luxury he cannot afford—until a chance encounter brings him face to face with the only woman who found her way into his heart and touched his soul.

Grace Mantini has spent her whole life running from the mob. Daughter of the boss’s right hand man, she is both a prize and a target. When Rocco walks back into her life, she wants nothing to do with the man who betrayed her and broke her heart. But only Rocco can protect her from the dangerous forces that seek to destroy her family. Can they escape the hands of fate closing around them? Or will love be the kiss of death for them both?

Review

Rocco is a great mystery Mob Romance with lots of action, twists, and surprises. I did not pick the links in the story and I was definitely surprised with the end.  I have not read the other two books in this series.

Grace and Rocco had great chemistry and a beautiful and tragic history. Grace had strong characteristics and was independent, she was easy to love. The personal story around Rocco did make me sad and also incredibly angry for him.

Throughout the story when Grace and Rocco area intimate,  it does have a balanced mix of sensual and frantic lovemaking.

The mob characters at times overtook the romance story, however, we do get a happy ending. I am incredibly intrigued to know about Rocco’s true family, it is left hanging.

Throughout the story, at times you are taken back to when Grace and Rocco first meet which helps connect the whole mob storyline.

Rocco (Ruin & Revenge #3)

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Every Dog Has His Day (Bluff Point #3)

By Jenn McKinlay

Synopsis

A stray kitten and a rambunctious poodle bring together a small-town bachelor and a single mother in the latest romance set in Bluff Point, Maine.

Bluff Point brewery owner Zachary Caine wants nothing to do with commitment. His wild bachelor lifestyle suits him perfectly—until a foster kitten named Chaos makes him a reluctant hero. Now he’s BFFs with the kitten’s two little girls and finds himself falling for their gorgeous mother, who couldn’t think less of him.

Divorced mother Jessie Connelly wants nothing to do with men like Zach. He’s sexy and charismatic and bad news, just like her ex. But her girls adore him, and he’s doing a good job filling in for their deadbeat dad. Then a snowstorm brings out the best in both neighbors, who, it turns out, have more in common than their mutual attraction…

So when Jessie’s past threatens her and her girls, Zach is determined to do whatever it takes to protect them—and live happily ever after with this family he has made his own.

Review

Loved this beautifully written and told romance story of new love for two lonely people.   This has a wonderful romantic feel but also gives you gooey and sensual moments.  The flow is perfect and I simply could not put this book down – LOVED IT!

Maddie and Gracie stole the show in this story, in my opinion, their connection with Zach and humour throughout the story was fantastic.  The way the author puts them all together in a snowstorm for two days allows you to believe the connection building at such a fast pace.  It was interesting that the author gave each daughter her own characteristics and it allowed you to love them in their own way.  The way Zach was with the girls was simply one of my favourite parts of this book.  Wait until you see the Ukelele scene at the school concert – sweet and lovely!

This is my first book in this series and it is a standalone as you meet other characters but this centers around Zach, Jessie, and her girls.  Her marriage is over and she is beaten down and has no self-belief.  It was beautiful to watch Zach break down her inhibitions and make her believe in herself.

Jessie is an amazing mother, the way she cares for her girls gave me all the great feels.  Every Dog Has His Day is a romance that is just beautiful.  We even get a suspenseful moment at the end which cements Zach into the family along with the animals.

Every Dog Has His Day

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Team Player: A Sports Romance Anthology

Synopsis

Hot jocks. We love them all.

Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.

The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

Team Player:
Adriana Locke (Cross)
Charleigh Rose (Yard Sale)
Ella Fox (Out of Formation)
Emma Scott (One Good Man)
Kate Stewart (Sweeping the Series)
Kennedy Ryan (Full Court Press)
L.J. Shen (The End Zone)
Mandi Beck (Sin Bin)
Meghan Quinn (Back in the Game)
Rochelle Paige (Slapped Into Love)
Sara Ney (Switch Hitter)

Review

Team Player is full of hot short romance stories.  My favourite of this book was The End Zone by L J Shen.

My thoughts on The End Zone in particular.

Story flows well with quick introduction to two main characters Sage and Jolie meeting as neighbours. We are then taken to college and their friendship. Being a Novella it is a fast and solid build-up to the magic moment.

Jolie was very easy to connect with and her feelings for Sage were extremely heartfelt. As a reader, I definitely became invested in them connecting in a physical and emotional manner. Sage had humour and also great alpha characteristics.

We are given drama from other characters that keep you entertained and I loved the ending, tied up perfectly. I actually could read a whole book on these characters.

Quote:  “One pulls, the other pushes. One wants, the other gives. One loves, the other hurts.”

Team Player: A Sports Romance Anthology

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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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Behind the Bars

By Brittany C. Cherry

Synopsis

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm. 

Review

Behind the Bars is an extremely intense emotional read that revolves around two people being bullied in different ways.  Jasmine by her mother and then Elliott by students at their school.  They have a bond through music and singing.

This is my first book by this author and I have struggled with the pace and to me, there was so much darkness and not enough hope or lightness.  I admit I really struggle with stories around bullying and this was extreme with severe outcomes that broke my heart.  This story brought tears to my eyes and at times I didn’t  know if I was strong enough to finish with these characters.  I admit if I had not been given an ARC I may have put it down as it upset me so much.

One character they gave me hope and helped me was Ray, he was a shining angel in this story for me.

I also loved the Epilogue, it does give you the happy ever after which I desperately needed for Elliott and Jasmine.

Quote:  “You are the lyrics, the harmony, and the melody. You were, are, and always will be my favorite song.”

Behind the Bars

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