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Battle Of The Sexes

By Adriana Locke

Synopsis

Carver Jones’ partner at Jones + Gallum had to step down for medical reasons. He’s absolutely devastated. He swears. Just ignore his cheeky grin, okay?

When word reaches his fancy corner office that Gallum is replacing himself with his daughter, Amity, Carver is ecstatic. 

For real this time. 

Jones squashes men in the business industry flat. A woman? Pfst. He’ll be completely in charge in no time, doing whatever he wants. He’s so ready for this. 

But is he ready to fight the hardest fight of his life? No, not the one to maintain control of his company. The one to keep control of his heart.

The battle may begin in the boardroom, but the war will definitely be won in the bedroom. May the best sex win.

Review

BATTLE OF THE SEXES was a quick and lighthearted read about two ex-childhood friends, thrown back into each others lives and forced to compete for the same CEO position in their families business.

It took me a while to warm up to Carver, mostly because the sexual innuendos he laid on Amity at the beginning were laid on way too thick.  Can you say “Sexual Harrassment”?  That being said, he has very fond memories of Amity and you could tell that despite a few idiotic choices, he genuinely liked her…then and now.  I liked Amity’s tenacity and that she gave as good as she got from Carver.  I also liked how she had to guts to tell Carver exactly how that one night all those years ago affected her, and still affects her to this day.  Don’t worry, she’s not a “woe is me/I’ve never been able to love” person; she’s too strong for that.

Overall, I enjoyed this story, though I will say that I was disappointed with how the battle for the CEO role was won.  Yes, it was sweet and I could understand the reason behind it, but I was disappointed nonetheless.  BATTLE OF THE SEXES is told in dual POVs and at this time, it appears to be a stand-alone.  It’s also a novella, so it’s a fairly quick read.  From memory, we see a bit of foreplay but no sex, so if you’re looking for a read that’s steamy, you won’t find it here.  But if you’re after an ex-friends-to-lovers story with witty banter and a HEA, this one is for you.

Battle Of The Sexes

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Vegas Love (Love # 1)

By Jillian Dodd

Synopsis

Hollywood actress, Ashlyn Roberts, just had the worst week of her life. Her ex released a sex tape of them and just when she was convinced her current boyfriend was a keeper for standing by her side, he breaks up with her at a friend’s wedding. She’s planning to drown her sorrows in booze when she meets a sexy stranger as she’s leaving the wedding and they end up in Vegas, married.

Cash Crawford is offered a dream job working with his brother as a junior talent agent. He’ll put his shiny new law degree to good use and make a bunch of money in the process. His first task is simple: Keep Ashlyn Roberts out of trouble and don’t sleep with her.
Which might be kind of tough, since they definitely consummated their Vegas wedding.

Will this one night stand end in the quickie divorce they promised each other? Or will they realize they got lucky in love?

Review

VEGAS LOVE is a book I’d seen around Amazon for a while now, and when I saw it was available through Kindle Unlimited, I downloaded it right away.  I wanted something light and fun, and I thought this would fit the bill.

Unfortunately, the writing had me thinking about giving up several times by the 30% mark.  The story moved at an incredibly fast pace.  I’m talking warp speed.  It moved so fast that I didn’t have time to get emotionally invested in the story or it’s characters.  Most chapters were broken down into several smaller scenes, which I found not only odd and annoying, but also added to that rushed feeling.  There were so many repetitive and abrupt changes in thoughts and topics that I thought I’d end up with whiplash trying to keep up with it all.  Finally, if you’re after some sexy reading, you won’t find it here because all the sex either happened behind closed doors or was over with in less than a page.

VEGAS LOVE is told in dual POVs and comes with a HEA for Cash and Ashlyn.  While I considered not finishing this story, I kept giving it a chance and made it to the end.  But sadly, even the sweet ending wasn’t enough to save this book from a 1❤️ rating.

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Love Series

Boomerangers

By Heather M. Orgeron

Synopsis

Boomerangers [boo-muh-rang-ers] noun, informal: an adult that moves back home to live with a parent after a period of independence.

Spencer

I love sex. I love the power, the intimacy, the euphoria it brings. Too bad I’m not having any . . . You’d think as New Orleans’ most renowned sex therapist that I’d be swimming in single men. In a way, I am . . . except for the fact that one is in diapers and the other two are drowning in preteen hormones. As a single mother of three, my days are devoted to my clients and my kids, and my nights are spent with Fabio, my trusty vibrator. When my world begins to unravel, I have no choice but to move back home. And when my high school sweetheart comes waltzing back into my life, comedy and chaos ensue.

What can I say? I never said I could pick ’em, but you can bet your ass I know how to fix ’em.

Cooper

As soon as the ink dried on my divorce papers, I made myself a solemn vow: I was done with relationships. Moving home to take over my father’s firm was the plan, until Spencer decided to return, along with three souvenirs from the life she’s lived without me. 

I’ve been in love with the girl next door for nearly all of my life; the rest was spent trying to forget her. I’d give almost anything for a second chance with her, but I have no time for distractions—especially the kind that involve diapers, bottles, and eighteen-year commitments. 

The problem is, she’s already got me by the balls . . . and I’m beginning to feel the noose tightening around my heart.

Review

BOOMERANGERS is the first book I’ve read from Heather M. Orgeron and I found it to be an enjoyable read.  It’s a second chance romance between Spencer and Cooper, who broke up at the end of high school.  In the fifteen years since then, they’ve both been married, divorced, and Spencer has had three children: twelve year old twins Landon and Lake; and two year old Kyle.

I liked both Spencer and Cooper and was rooting for them to get back together.  Although to be honest, I can’t figure out why Cooper broke up with Spencer in the first place.  You see his reason during a flashback scene, but it just didn’t make sense to me, especially given that he didn’t capitalise on it.  To me, the way he behaved in that flashback looked like he was being forced to break up with her when he really didn’t want to.

I liked that Cooper accepted total responsibility for their breakup all those years ago and that he regretted letting her go.  The only thing that annoyed me about him was how fixated he was on the fact that Spencer’s kids were not his.  It’s almost like he resented their existence, although that is too harsh a description.  That being said, I loved his one-on-one time with Kyle.  In one particular scene, he became Kyle’s defender and protector, and facing off against that other adult and getting into lawyer mode was just plain hot.

BOOMERANGERS is a romantic comedy, and while there were times where I laughed, I also thought some of the humour was a bit forced, and that a scene or two were random and thrown in for humour’s sake.  It is told in dual POVs and comes with a very nice HEA.  As I said above, this is the first time I’ve read Heather’s work, and I would gladly read from her again.

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Serenity (Inevitable Book 5)

By Janet Nissenson

Synopsis

Matthew Bennett has suffered the worst sort of betrayal a man can ever know, and he’s trying to put his life back together after years of unhappiness and emotional neglect. He desperately needs the care and devotion of a good woman, someone who will not only erase the hurt he’s experienced, but help him cope with the tremendous stress and responsibility he endures daily as the CEO of a multibillion dollar corporation.

Through the yoga classes that she teaches, and her successful massage practice, Sasha Fonseca spends her days helping others improve their health and wellbeing, and also learning to combat stress. She leads a simple but serene life, content with the little she has, but shies away from any sort of long term commitments or serious relationships. Her unconventional upbringing has also made her fiercely independent, and she won’t let anyone try to mold her into something she’s not ever again.

Sasha is enlisted to help Matthew in a professional capacity, but it isn’t long before she finds herself drawn to him on an emotional and physical level as well. With a woman like Sasha in his life, Matthew finally believes he’s found the happiness that’s eluded him all these years. But will his scheming, soon-to-be ex find a way to destroy him once again, or will he get the happy ending that he deserves?

Review

Serenity is book 5 of the Inevitable Series and I have not ready any of the first four books and I don’t believe you need to.  There are characters you meet and their back stories are lightly told so you know where they fit in an whose friends they are. The Epilogue  was lovely and this is a really nice romantic read as it has a bit of drama and some wonderful supporting characters that help this love story blossom.

I love all the covers of this series, they are different and the pop of colour is classic.

Matthew and Sasha were an interesting couple and I did find the flow of the story at the start slow and there were sections particularly for Sasha where we went back to her growing up that I did find a bit tiresome.  I put this down to the fact I knew we were heading for some major game playing from Matthew’s ex-wife and I was eager for the drama to commence.

My favourite chapter was New Years Eve where I finally felt their emotional and physical connection and I loved that and I must say I did enjoy their meeting in the first chapter at the wedding as well.  Chapter 23 was a favourite for me with Casey and this made me smile again for Sasha and Casey became my hero in the end, he was a wonderful son for Matthew.

Matthews ex-wife and daughter provide some interesting moments that had me cursing out loud and hoping they would both get their just desserts.  My heart did break for Sasha when Matthews ex-wife and daughter make their final play to break them up and I was shattered.

I enjoyed the second half of this story more.

Serenity (Inevitable Book 5)

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The Banker (Modern Love # 3)

By Piper Rayne

Synopsis

Who knew my brother’s friend could be Mr. Right, and not just Mr. Right Now?

My brother refused to introduce me, so I blame him. If he’d just caved, and introduced me to Jasper, I wouldn’t be in this mess. I mean, really, what’s the big deal? I’m not interested in the guy’s looks.

Oh no, I want his cold hard cash. (Be honest, you were expecting that other four letter ‘c’ word weren’t you?)

Now, before you go getting all judgy, I’m not a gold digger. I have a legitimate business opportunity for Jasper to invest in. The problem is that my stick-up-his-ass brother is embarrassed that his twin sister invents kick ass sex toys. His problem, not mine.

So, I took matters into my own hands. Defeat isn’t a word in Lennon Hart’s dictionary.

Using my stealthy P.I. moves, I narrowed my search to a time and place where I knew I could find him. It was completely innocent. A chance meeting that would give me the opportunity to pitch my business.

It wasn’t until I sat down across from the gorgeous panty soaking man in front of me, that I realized I wanted so much more than just his money. I could very well want his heart if I wasn’t careful.

Apparently my P.I. skills aren’t as stellar as I thought because Jasper had his own secret—and it changed EVERYTHING.

Review

If you’ve read the previous two books in this series, you’ll know that Lennon is loud, proud and sexual, and she’s not afraid to show it.  I loved her personality.  I also admired her courage when she started a relationship with Jasper, especially considering she had never been in a committed one before.  I will say that I was a little disappointed with her family and how they treated her.  Yes, they love her, but they were also embarrassed by her looks, career choices and dating habits, and I was offended on her behalf several times.

Jasper is Lennon’s perfect match both in and out of the sheets.  I loved their coffee scenes and the chemistry between them was hot.  I can’t say much about Jasper other than he’s rich and he has a slightly kinky side that was fun to read.

I did enjoy this book, but I thought the conflict towards the end was too easy to predict; keeping secrets will always come back to bite you.  I was also disappointed that we never found out if Lennon got her sex-toy business off the ground.  After hearing about it throughout all three books, it seemed like it went no-where, which was a total let-down.

THE BANKER is told only in Lennon’s POV and it comes with a very sweet and romantic HEA.  While it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  THE BANKER is the final book in the Modern Love series, and it’s sad to say goodbye to these three amazing women and the men who love them.

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Modern Love Series

Fighting For Love (Boston Love # 2)

By Kelly Elliott

Synopsis

Finn Ward has two passions: being a firefighter and being single. Although his parents are constantly nagging him to settle down, Finn just wants to enjoy himself while he’s young. Then, at a union meeting, he meets a gorgeous lawyer with a dazzling smile—and suddenly, settling down doesn’t sound so bad.

Rory Adams is fresh out of law school and looking to make a name for herself at her mother’s firm. She doesn’t have time for silly games anymore. But when she catches the eye of a dashing fireman who makes her body tingle from across the room, something instantly ignites between them. The only problem? Her father is Finn’s boss.

Their relationship turns both of their lives upside-down. Rory tames Finn’s wild ways, while he shows her that life can’t be all work and no play. But it’ll take some serious determination to keep their love secret—and real courage to admit the truth.

Review

After reading and loving SEARCHING FOR HARMONY last year, I jumped at the chance to read FIGHTING FOR LOVE, the next book in the Boston Love series.

I don’t remember any of the secondary characters from the last book, so I had no idea who Finn was.  Turns out he’s the brother of Preston, the male lead from the previous book.  He’s also a firefighter, one who has a playboy reputation.  Or at least he did, until he saw Rory from across the room one day and became smitten with her immediately.  I loved reading all the romantic gestures he pulled trying to win her affection, and in his spare time he reads to kids at the local library.  Swoon.

“It’s our first date.  I wanted it to be special for you, because you’re special to me.”

Rory was a lovely young woman, but too much of a people pleaser.  She became a lawyer to please her mother.  She stays away from firemen to please her father.  She works harder than anyone else at her mother’s firm just to prove to her co-workers she’s not there just because of her mother.  But in saying that, she’s not always a push-over.  She had no problem putting her chauvinistic co-worker in his place several times, and she does finally stand up to her parents to find her own happiness.

There is one character in this story whose behaviour didn’t sit right with me, and that was Rory’s father.  His insistence that she never date a firefighter was understandable, but only up to a certain point.  When your daughter is twenty-six years old, you really need to let go.  What was more disturbing was his over-the-top reaction to when Finn first declared his love for Rory.  The way he treated Rory and Finn was disgusting, and I was disappointed that he wasn’t man enough to resolve things in the end.

FIGHTING FOR LOVE is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  It was an enjoyable read and I’d love to visit this series again if/when the next book comes out.

Fighting For Love (Boston Love # 2)

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Boston Love Series

Tempt The Boss

By Natasha Madison

Synopsis

Lauren
Going back to work was supposed to be a painless transition, but when my new boss turns out to be an arrogant, cocky jerk, he quickly turns my professional life into a world of torture. Okay, fine, calling him an asshat before knowing he was my boss wasn’t my finest moment. Hating him should be easy. I just never counted on him being so gorgeous or charming when he’s not annoying me.

Austin
I expected my new assistant to be professional and punctual, but all I’m getting are dirty looks and rude comments. I should fire the little hellion, but instead all I can think about is bending her over my desk and breaking every rule I’ve ever made for myself.

One look. One touch. One night. If we break the rules, our lives will never be the same again. 

Good thing rules were made to be broken. And besides, it feels so good to Tempt the Boss.

Review

TEMPT THE BOSS was the perfect light-hearted read I needed after having just finished a book that was very deep and emotional.

I tell him my number, and when he asks my name, I gladly tell him.
“The woman whose car you hit because you were texting while driving.”
He looks at me and his eyebrows pinch together.
“Is that name already taken?”

I liked both Lauren and Austin and thought they were a really good match for each other.  Six months after finding out her husband was cheating on her, Lauren is now a single mother to her two children and is re-entering the workforce after being a stay-at-home mum.  She’s temping as Austin’s PA and the two of them can’t help but rub each other the wrong way as they try to deny their attraction.  Both of them give as good as they get, especially when it comes to playing their pranks.  Was it childish?  Yes.  What it funny?  Absolutely.  The sexual tension between them was palpable and when they finally came together…HOT!

I’m not sure how I’m going to get anything done, because fucking her on my desk is the only thing I can think of that needs to be done right now.

I liked all the characters in this story (except for Jake⎯the cheating ex-husband⎯of course).  I liked Lauren’s sister, Kaleigh, and the bond they shared.  I liked Austin’s friends and the way they joked around with each other.  I also liked Barb, Austin’s former nanny and current employee, who was not afraid to tell him when he seriously messed up.

I really enjoyed this story, but there were a couple of things that got to me.  Firstly, I did get sick and tired of reading about what the two main characters were always wearing, right down to their accessories.  Secondly, there were two scenes where I felt like I was missing important backstory; for example, Austin knowing Jake’s mistress and Matthew’s relationship with Karrie.  The best way I can explain it is that I felt like those relationships had appeared in other books, but going by Natasha’s Goodreads booklist, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

TEMPT THE BOSS is told in dual POVs, which is fine, but be warned as there was quite a bit of scene repetition when the POV changed.  While it is a stand-alone, it is connected to SOMETHING SO RIGHT, as some of the characters from that book make a small appearance in this one.  I did see a big similarity between these two books, in that the lead female is a mother of two whose husband left her after cheating, who then regretted it and wanted her back.  I found the final chapter odd because it didn’t seem to focus on Lauren and Austin, instead focusing on Noah and Kaleigh, who started dating in this book.  The epilogue however was all about Lauren and Austin, and they do get their very happy ending.

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Bossed

By Sloane Howell

Synopsis

He’s the boss. But she’s ready to take charge.

Jenny: Job interviews are a bitch under the best of circumstances, but when your potential boss is the world’s biggest prick, that’s when you should simply walk away. It’s just that I need this job so badly—and I’m mesmerized by Ethan Mason’s piercing gaze. Men like him aren’t supposed to exist in real life. But under the tailored suits and GQ looks, Ethan simmers with barely restrained ambition. And no matter how hard I work to fight the attraction, I’m going to get burned.

Ethan: You don’t become a top agent without learning how to close a deal. I always get what—or who—I want, by staying cool and in command. Then Jenny Jackson walks into my office with her lush curves and “screw you” attitude and blows away my intentions of keeping things professional. All I can think about is exploring the perfect body hidden beneath those conservative clothes or shutting her saucy mouth with one hot kiss. Jenny’s worth breaking the rules over—if I can convince her to break the rules for me.

Review

BOSSED is the first book I’ve read from Sloane Howell and I’m sad to say that I struggled with it.  I even considered not finishing it a couple of times, but I pushed through.  It started out okay, but it quickly became boring and repetitive.  I think the biggest issue for me was that Jenny and Ethan’s behaviour was extremely childish.  They would scream, shout and storm away instead of having an actual conversation to sort the problem out.  For the first half of the book, all they wanted to do was push each other’s buttons to see what kind of reaction they would get.  Good or bad, they didn’t care; they just wanted a reaction.  The second half of the book was mostly sex mingled with break-ups and make-ups.  Ethan’s rude attitude right from the start made him hard to like, and Jenny’s over-the-top reaction to everything had me shaking my head.  BOSSED is told in dual POVs, comes with a HEA and can be read as a stand-alone.

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Series

Kiss Cam

By Anie Michaels

Synopsis

Life was smooth sailing for Riley Smith. She’d earned a promotion, was living the dream as a singlegal in a big city, and treated herself to one of her favorite things – a professional basketball game. In Riley’s opinion, nothing ruined a good basketball game like the halftime gag, the Kiss Cam. When the camera lands on her and the sexy stranger in the next seat over, peer pressure from the arena forces them to kiss. It was supposed to be quick, meaningless, and comical. Instead the kiss was hot, delectable, and left her reeling.

It hadn’t been a great night for Camden Rogers, son of Portland’s mayor. On a date with a woman he didn’t care for out of obligation to his politician father, meeting the sassy and intelligent Riley was the last thing he expected. Kissing her, however, was the hottest thing he’d ever experienced. Never one to back down from a challenge, convincing his hesitant kissing partner they could be more would be his biggest accomplishment yet.

They came from two different worlds, a divide Riley was sure they couldn’t overcome, but Camden was convinced she was the one. Will Riley be able to let her guard down and let Camden in? Or will the Kiss Cam be their only sexy encounter?

Author’s Note: Kiss Cam was originally published in June of 2016 as a 19,000-word novella in the Passion in Portland anthology. I have added 55,000 new words and expanded the story into a full-length novel. If you read the original novella, you will not want to miss out on the expanded story. 18+ for mature content.

Review

I liked Riley, who is a nice woman and a hard worker, but she was often plagued by bouts of insecurity when it came to the financial gap between her and Cam.  She’s considered the help and he’s considered political royalty, so she was always worried that she was not good enough for him.

Cam was a really nice guy and I liked how open he was with Riley.  He refused to hide his feelings or excitement and he wasn’t interested in playing games with her.  He wanted a relationship with her and he wasn’t afraid for her to know it.

KISS CAM is a stand-alone romantic comedy, which I found to be a very easy, light and fun read, but ultimately a little forgettable.  There’s some humour and some sexy scenes, but there’s no real conflict, nothing that gets the heart racing.  It is told in dual POVs and it comes with a nice HEA.

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This August (Next August #2)

By Kelly Moore

Synopsis

August Rylan had a reputation for being a brilliant businessman with no emotional attachments. He avoided having any personal ties except for his best friend Sam. His father’s past pushed him into building his life around secrets and lies.
His world came crashing down when he met Nashville, a sweet-talking southern girl who stole his heart. For the first time in his life, he wanted to give his heart to someone. He gave up his world for her after all his secrets were exposed.
Now, he’s a changed man. He’s given up his suits for cowboy boots for the woman that stole his heart. He wants to give her the world and all she wants is HIM. He’s fiercely in love with Nashville and their passion for each other is sizzling hot. He had finally found balance in his life.
August thought he was done paying for his father’s sins until a new threat emerges. The stakes have never been higher. He stands to lose everything he’s worked to build. The new threat will shatter their world, hell bent on revenge.
Will they figure out who it is before it’s too late? There is no escape, someone’s life will be changed forever.

Review

Firstly I love the cover of This August (Book 2) of the series (Next August) – this is not a standalone you definitely need to read Next August – they are a package deal and you will not be disappointed.

I Loved Next August where we first meet August and Nash with Sam & Anna their friends, they had many hurdles to overcome.  With This August well it is their love story continued but with one last mystery from his dad to overcome.

We get POV from both characters which I love especially with so much happening.

I did find the first half was very fast paced, there were large moments of time jumped and it is more my problem as a reader as I really wanted to know every detail of their lives. The second half of the book just explodes, loved the honeymoon and when the mystery bad guy is revealed and August has to rescue Nash well I was glued to the pages. Nash’s mum and dad are a large part of this story along with Sam of course. Now Sam is one character I adore and to see him stepping up was a pleasure to see.

August is still the domineering lover and there is plenty of enjoyable romantic and passionate scenes for the reader to enjoy. It was also wonderful to have Anna back in their lives even after they are married.

I cannot wait for Sam’s story, I think it will be one highly emotional story considering what he has gone through in his short life, it is going to be a special woman to break down his barriers.

This August (Next August #2)

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