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Barely Breathing (Colorado High Country # 1)

By Pamela Clare

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Synopsis

Lexi Jewell left Scarlet Springs twelve years ago, vowing never to return to the small Colorado mountain town where she grew up. Now, here she is—over thirty, out of a job and with little choice but to move back in with her eccentric father. Lexi knows it’s just a matter of time before she runs into Austin Taylor, her first boyfriend and her first heartbreak. She’s determined to show him she’s over him—until he steps out of a pickup truck and back into her life, looking sexy as hell in his mountain ranger uniform.

As far as Austin is concerned, Lexi can turn her snazzy little convertible around and drive back to Chicago. After all, she ripped his teenage heart to pieces and turned her back on the town he loves. But from the moment he sees her again, he can’t get her out of his mind. Even her smile messes with his head.

When an evening of conversation turns into something else, Lexi and Austin agree to be friends—with benefits. But as Lexi starts making plans to return to the big city, Austin realizes he’ll lose her a second time unless he can show her that what she’s searching for has been right here all along.

Review

BARELY BREATHING is a second-chance romance between Austin and Lexi, who dated through high school only to break up just before Lexi left for college.  Coming home to help her father with some personal issues, she’s forced to face her past while trying to figure out what to do with her future.

I liked Lexi a lot and thought she was a really nice and generous woman despite not having had the best experiences in life.  Her stepmother, Kendra, is a real piece of work and I didn’t like her at all.  While I liked Lexi, when it came to her father I thought she was a bit of a doormat.  He has treated her pretty horribly her whole life and then has the nerve to act all put out because she’s never come home before.  To make matters worse, he blames her for his shitty life choices, and she lets him.  She eventually stands up to Kendra, but she never really stands up to her father, and I would have loved to have seen her do just that.  I liked Austin, but to be honest, I don’t remember a great deal about him.  I remember a lot about Lexi, but Austin has nothing memorable happening in his life, past or present.

I enjoyed BARELY BREATHING, which for the most part was light and easy to read.  I loved the handcuffed-to-the-bed scene, which was sexy at first, before turning awkward, embarrassing and hilarious.  Because it’s the first book in the Colorado High Country series, there were a lot of characters introduced and trying to remember them all was difficult.  It also included cameos from two I-Team characters, but you don’t need to read their stories to understand their inclusion here.  In regards to the climbing and rescue side of the story, it got extremely technical and was hard to follow, even with the glossary included in the beginning.

BARELY BREATHING is told in dual POVs, is the first in the series where each book can be read as a stand-alone, and comes with a nice HEA for Austin and Lexi.  Austin and Lexi’s best friends get the next book, SLOW BURN.

Barely Breathing (Colorado High Country # 1)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Colorado High Country Series

Kilty Pleasure (The McLaughlins # 2)

By Shelli Stevens

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Synopsis

The line between lust and hate is often blurred…

After being ditched at the altar over a year ago, Deputy Colin McLaughlin is fine with being single. Despite the fact that nearly every eligible female on the island wants him, he isn’t looking for love. 

But something stirs his blood when Hailey starts showing up more on the island. And it’s not just the conviction that the apple doesn’t fall far from her troublemaking, drugged-out family tree. His frustration mounts that even after she ruined his twin brother’s life, the desire he’s felt for her since high school still simmers. 

Hailey Alexander knows her past is littered with mistakes. She’s done her best to make amends and move on, but a certain Scottish-born deputy doesn’t seem in any hurry to forgive or forget. 

More than just fighting the attraction that’s compromising their hearts, they face a new threat from Hailey’s past that may threaten her life. 

Review

KILTY PLEASURE is book 2 in The McLaughlins series and takes place a few weeks from where GOOD GIRL GONE PLAID finished.  Here we have Colin and Hailey, two people who crushed on each other in high school, but never had a relationship.  Hailey made an appearance at the end of book 1 to give Sarah and Ian closure, and the truth about why she broke them up all those years ago.

I liked Hailey, who didn’t have a good life growing up.  Her parents were both drug addicts, so it was up to her to keep her and her little brother fed and out of the system.  You can’t help but feel sad for her when you find out just how bad it was and why she felt she had no choice but to break Sarah and Ian up.  Like Ian, Colin was a little difficult to like in the beginning because he was quite cruel to Hailey.  Even when he wanted her and would make out with her, he’d finish it off with words aimed to hurt.  He seemed to come around a bit quicker than Ian did though, so he had that going for him.

“I slept with Hailey.”
“The fook you did.”
“Exactly.  Fuck we did.”
“Hailey? But you hate the girl.”
“Aye. At times I do. And yet, apparently at times I don’t.”

KILTY PLEASURE is told in dual POVs, with part of the final chapter being told in Kenzie’s POV, who gets the next book.  While it’s part of a series and it can technically be read as a stand-alone, there are some events and characters that would make more sense if you read the previous book.  There were two bad guys introduced in book 1 that make appearances in this book as well, and one of them has a connection to Hailey.  His involvement in this series comes to an end in this book, but the other character (who has a connection to Kenzie) is still around, and I wonder if his story will be tied up in her book.  Again, the conflict was easy to predict and the story moves pretty fast in a short period of time; a few weeks I think.  It comes with a HEA and doesn’t end in a cliffhanger.

“I don’t care about your past, Hailey.  I care about your future and only that I’m in it.”

Kilty Pleasure (The McLaughlins # 2)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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The McLaughlins Series

Private Practice (Private Pleasures # 1)

By Samanthe Beck

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Synopsis

He’ll teach her how to bring a man to his knees…

Dr. Ellie Swan has a plan: open her practice in tiny Bluelick, Kentucky, so she can keep an eye on her diabetic father, and make hometown golden-boy Roger Reynolds fall in love with her. But Ellie has a problem. Roger seeks a skilled, sexually adventurous partner, and bookish Ellie doesn’t qualify. 

Tyler Longfoot only cares about three things: shaking his bad boy image, qualifying for the loan his company needs to rehab a piece of Bluelick’s history, and convincing Ellie to keep quiet about the “incident” that lands him on her doorstep at two a.m. with a bullet in his behind. 

The adorable Dr. Swan drives a mean bargain, though. If sex-on-a-stick Tyler will teach Ellie how to bring a man to his knees, she’ll forget about the bullet. Armed with The Wild Woman’s Guide to Sex and Tyler’s lessons, Ellie is confident she can become what Roger needs…if she doesn’t fall for Tyler first.

Review

I’m going to start by saying that for a novella, this one took me a long time to finish.  I had trouble engaging with the story and while I liked Tyler, I couldn’t connect with Ellie, who I found to be too clinical and naive.  I was confused as to why I wasn’t enjoying this book because I’ve read books from this author before and loved them.  My confusion lifted when I read the acknowledgment at the end which states that this was the author’s debut novel.  Because this debut novel dates back to 2013, I’m not going to go into great detail with my review.  I will say that PRIVATE PRACTICE is told in dual POVs and is the first book in the Private Pleasures series.  I will also say that despite not enjoying this book, I know for a fact that her stories have improved, so I would gladly read from this author again.

Private Practice (Private Pleasures # 1)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Private Pleasures Series

Seducing The Boss

By Mari Carr

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Synopsis

Kellan James is unwinding at Score when he spots the last person he’d ever expect to find in his favorite bar. Sara Connelly—ER nurse, do-gooder, charitable crusader, and frequent pain in his ass. Both grew up privileged in swanky Southampton, but that’s where the similarities end. Kellan’s made it his mission to seek out life’s pleasures; Sara gains pleasure from lecturing him on his lifestyle. Kellan would never date someone like her. Ever.

But when Kellan discovers Sara’s been stood-up by an online date, something fierce and protective awakens inside of him. Typically, Kellan would enjoy teasing the jilted Sara, but something in her face sends him over to her table with a plan. He encourages her to take a walk on the wild side, one weekend of sin, no holds barred.

She accepts, but it quickly becomes apparent that one night isn’t enough. As the pull between them grows stronger, Kellan discovers it’s a very dangerous thing to say never.

Review

SEDUCING THE BOSS was a nice and easy read about Kellan and Sara, co-workers who have been just friends since they were children, until Kellan proposes adding benefits to their friendship.  Simply put, this was a classic story of two friends who add sex to the mix, but the man is resistant to relationships, so the woman walks away, man realises what he’s lost and can’t live without her anymore, makes a grand gesture, and we get a HEA.

SEDUCING THE BOSS is a novella, so everything moves very fast; Kellan goes from commitment-phobe to married man in the span of a month.  I did have some trouble following the timeline, but I think that timeframe is accurate.  The sex was hot and I loved the backstory about why Kellan didn’t believe in marriage.  It’s told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series that’s being written by multiple authors, I’d classify this as a stand-alone.

Seducing The Boss

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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Searching For Harmony (Boston Love # 1)

By Kelly Elliott

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Synopsis

Firefighter and first responder Preston Ward thought he had grown immune to the job’s emotional burns. But when he goes out on a particularly tragic call, he realizes that some scenes are too devastating to forget. And yet, if it weren’t for that terrible night, he never would have met the woman who makes him want to risk his heart.
 
More than once, Harmony Banks has watched her perfectly ordered world torn apart by fate. Now she’s finding out that what she lost wasn’t as perfect as she thought—and it’s tearing her apart. The only thing that keeps her going is the kindness of a stranger: the firefighter who saved her life the night everything changed.
 
Preston isn’t like the men who have come before. For one thing, he’s far more genuine. And the love Harmony feels growing between them is almost too intense for her wounded soul. But if she and Preston can push past heartbreak, they’ll find that something incredible awaits in each other’s arms.

Review

So after experiencing a bit of a book funk in June, I’ve been blessed with some amazing reads in July, and SEARCHING FOR HARMONY is another book I’m adding to that list.  Make sure to have your tissues handy when you start because you will need them.  Without trying to give anything away, Harmony endures quite a lot in this book and the worst is experienced in the first few chapters.

With everything she’s suffered⎯and all before she’s twenty-one⎯you can’t help but feel awful for Harmony.  All she has left in the world is her older brother, Jake, and her new friendship with Preston, that over time turns into love.  While she has moments where she breaks down, and rightly so, I loved the moments where her strength shined through.  Preston is definitely book boyfriend material.  Firstly, he’s a firefighter.  Secondly, he’s a genuinely nice guy.  It was so easy to fall in love with him, especially after the non-date he planned for Harmony, which was thoughtful, romantic, sweet and funny.  That day was totally swoon worthy.

Opening up the passenger side door, I smiled as I pushed a piece of hair behind Harmony’s ear.  Smiling, she opened her eyes and I knew in that moment I was done for.  Yep.  I’m totally fucked.

SEARCHING FOR HARMONY is a story that will have you experiencing a wide range of emotions.  It’s sad and emotional as you see Harmony suffer, but it’s also beautiful when you see her fall in love with Preston.  I thought the story flowed really well and that the romance between Preston and Harmony moved at a realistic pace.  The only thing that bothered me was the occasional skips in time that came without notice; the characters don’t mention how much time has passed until several paragraphs into the chapter, and by then I found myself feeling confused, like I was missing something.  It’s not a major thing, but just something that niggled at me enough to make it worth mentioning.  SEARCHING FOR HARMONY is told in dual POVs, appears to be a stand-alone and comes with a beautiful HEA.

I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the way her touch makes my stomach drop.  I’ve never had that happen with any girl I’ve ever dated.

Searching For Harmony (Boston Love # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Boston Love Series

Love In The Light (Hearts In Darkness # 2)

By Laura Kaye

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Synopsis

Two hearts in the darkness… 

Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers. 

Must fight for love in the light… 

Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re just too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…

Review

LOVE IN THE LIGHT takes place two months after the elevator scene in HEARTS IN DARKNESS.  Makenna and Caden are practically living together and despite some insecurities on his part, they’re both very happy.  But it’s that happiness that Caden fears most, because everyone he’s ever loved has either died or abandoned him, so when he starts to develop strong feelings for Makenna, he has a hard time trusting it.  Makenna is a very strong, loving and patient woman, which is exactly what Caden needs.  She knows about his past and the nightmares that haunt him, and she does everything she can to ease them.  But he’s kept from her how bad his depression can get, so when it starts to hit him again, he does what he thinks is best: he leaves.  Sadly, it’s at a time when Makenna needs him the most.

LOVE IN THE LIGHT is told in dual POVs and is a novella, so it’s a fairly quick read.  It’s part of a duet, so you need to read HEARTS IN DARKNESS first as it’s the story about how Caden and Makenna meet.  This was an enjoyable read and I really liked getting to know more about them as individuals and as a couple, but this is not what I would call a light read.  You will shed some tears, and following Caden’s downward spiral into depression may be hard for some people to take.

Love In The Light (Hearts In Darkness # 2)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Hearts In Darkness Series

Lincoln Hospital (The Trauma Series # 1)

By Cassia Brightmore

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Synopsis

On the twenty-third day—he hunts, bringing the scum of the earth to justice; his justice. Ending up as a patient on Dr. O’Reilly’s table could either save your life or end it in the most horrific way. 

New York City. The infamous city that never sleeps; the place where dreams either shine brightly or shatter into razor sharp pieces of metal. For Dr. Cian O’Reilly, it’s the perfect city to disguise his dark alter ego. As a top surgeon at Lincoln Hospital, he has access to resources far beyond the reach of the average person; the ideal cover for his double life. By day, he’s the epitome of professionalism. By night, the facade is stripped away and his true depraved self is revealed. 

When Dr. Athena Payne joins the roster as a new surgical intern, Cian’s carefully constructed life is thrown into turmoil. With her sunny smile and wide-eyed innocence, she threatens to break through his iron-like exterior, exposing the man beneath. Following her dream of becoming a cardiovascular surgeon, her internship at Lincoln Hospital is the first step in achieving her goals. Something about the dark air of mystery that surrounds her new boss, Dr. Cian O’Reilly, leaves Athena questioning just what it is that the good doctor is hiding. 

A killer on the loose. A doctor wielding a deadly blade. An intern caught in the midst of first love and a lethal web of murder. 

Lincoln Hospital. Where the cure can be your worst nightmare. 

Warning: Contains violence and graphic situations not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen. This is the first book in a series and ends on a cliffhanger. All books must be read in order to follow the series.

Review

From the first page, you know that Cian is not a nice guy.  He’s an amazing and well respected surgeon, but he’s also well known for being an asshole and it’s a title he wears with pride.  He also has a dark and vengeful side, one that only a handful of people know about.  He’s become a vigilante, serving up cruel and unusual punishment to those that have gotten away with their terrible crimes.  What can I say about Athena?  Not much because to be honest, I don’t really remember her, other than she forgave Cian every time he treated her badly.  Cian’s personality and actions overshadow almost everyone and everything else in this story.

Sometimes I’m in the mood for a dark book and when I saw this one pop up, it sounded too interesting to dismiss.  I did enjoy LINCOLN HOSPITAL, but I didn’t love it.  My main issue was in relation to the POVs.  While this story is mainly told in Cian and Athena’s POV, it also includes the POV of several other characters.  That would be fine, except that the POV changes without any notice at all, which often left me confused.  At one point the POV switched between three characters in as many paragraphs.  I also noticed incomplete, extra and wrong words used here and there, so it could use an editor.  LINCOLN HOSPITAL is the start of a new series and I believe it is the spin-off of her Darkness series.  I don’t think you need to read the other books first, but there was one chapter where the villains are talking about people and events that seemed unrelated to this story, and trying to figure out who and what they were talking about was useless.  The story ends in a cliffhanger of sorts, in that while the story about the missing girls will continue, I don’t think the next story will be about Cian and Athena.  It feels like they got their HEA, as happy as they can be in a story such as this.

Lincoln Hospital (The Trauma Series # 1)

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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River Of Love (Bradens at Peaceful Harbor # 3)

By Melissa Foster

River Of Love

Synopsis

River rafting and adventure company owner Sam Braden works hard and plays harder. He’s fast, focused, and determined–and never at a loss for a willing woman to share his time with. The trouble is, the only woman he wants refuses him at every turn.

Physician assistant Faith Hayes escaped her painful past and built a safe, happy life in Peaceful Harbor. She’s also put what she’s learned to good use helping others by founding Women Against Cheaters, an online support group. When her boss’s sinfully sexy brother sets his sights on sweet Faith, she knows the self-professed player is everything she shouldn’t want, and she’s determined to resist him.

Sam pulls out all the stops, proving to Faith that his past doesn’t have to define his future. As she lets down her guard and begins to trust Sam, intense conversations turn to intimate pleasures. But when real life steps in and their pasts collide, it’s Faith who’s left with something to prove.

Review

After experiencing heartbreak as a teen, Sam turned into the resident playboy of Peaceful Harbor.  But as much as he sleeps around, he treats all of his lady friends with respect and they all know the score.  Faith is relatively new to town but has already heard all about Sam Braden.  After being cheated on by the man she thought she’d marry, she has no intention of falling for another smooth talker, no matter how cute and attentive he seems.

RIVER OF LOVE was a sweet and simple read and the first book I’ve read from Melissa Foster.  It’s told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  This was a good book that was well written and I liked both Sam and Faith, but the story didn’t excite me and it took me several days to finish it.  If you like sweet stories about sweet people, this one is for you.

Sam:  “Let me love you, embarrass you, and dance with you until the day you bury me six feet under.  Then I’ll wait for you on the other side, knowing that whatever else there is, we’ll experience it together.”

River of Love (Bradens at Peaceful Harbor # 3)

My Rating:  3 Hearts 1/2

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Hearts In Darkness (Hearts In Darkness Duet # 1)

By Laura Kaye

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Synopsis

Two strangers…

Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stranded in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call, the pin-striped accountant catches only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights go out.

Four hours…

Caden Grayson is amused when a harried redhead dashes into his elevator fumbling her bags and cell phone. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.

One pitch-black elevator…

To fight fear, they must reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

Review

This is not the first time I’ve read HEARTS IN DARKNESS, but it is the first time I’ve reviewed it.  I originally read it back in 2012 and remember liking it quite a bit, which is why I was happy to read it again.  However, four years later I find I’m more critical than what I used to be and I did have one issue with this story.  It’s told in dual POVs and in my honest opinion, it was not handled very well at all.  The POV would change between Caden and Makenna without any notice at all, not even so much as a gap between paragraphs.  The story would continue on and it would take a few seconds to realise that the POV had changed.  In all fairness though, my e-book is from 2012, so perhaps that issue has since been rectified.  I still enjoyed the story and I liked both Caden and Makenna very much.  It is a novella, so it’s an insta-love and there’s not much time to really delve into things.  I think it’s smart that Laura Kaye had the characters trapped in an elevator, because it allowed her to focus on them rather than anything else.  You learn a lot more about Caden than you do about Makenna, and you can’t help but fall in love with him when you hear his story because he has not had the easiest life.  LOVE IN THE LIGHT is book two in the series and follows up with Caden and Makenna as he’s introduced to her family.

Hearts In Darkness (Hearts In Darkness Duet # 1)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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RIP

by Rachel Van Dyken

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Synopsis

Pretty things aren’t meant to be broken.
But I broke her, and now we both have to pay the price.
I’m her nightmare.
I’m her savior.
And now that I have her signature on an ironclad contract, I own her body and soul.
She doesn’t remember me.
She will.
It’s inevitable.
Because as much as I know I need to stay away, for fear of unlocking the memories I helped her father bury–I can’t.
She was the apple in the Garden, dangled in front of me, her core so tempting and sweet. A voice whispered. Just. One. Bite.
I bit.
I tasted.
I fell.
Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.

My Review

I do feel like a need a bit a therapy after reading this – what a tortured pair of lovers.

This was a great twisted tale and one of the best parts was we had both characters talking us through their tale of love, despair, secrets and heartache.

Nikolai carried such secrets and burdens and we were given clues and snippets all the way through to the last few chapters – I was glued to the pages trying to keep up – great story telling by the author.

Maya, what a beautiful girl and so strong considering who her family was and the lies and betrayals you uncover as she does.

We get to meet a whole group of can I say really hot Italians and now I find out they have their own series and I am dying to find out how the women in their lives tame them.

Nikolai and Maya – their connection makes sense as you travel through the pages and with them on their journey in finding light amongst the darkness of their lives.

RIP

My rating: 4 Hearts

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