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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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Man Hands Series

Valiant (New Species # 3)

By Laurann Donner

Synopsis

Tammy has always tried to be prepared for any calamity life might send her way, but a sexy, lion man-beast is way outside the norm. He’s huge, has the most exotic, golden cat-eyes she’s ever seen—and she’s so terrified of him, she’s speechless for the first time in her life. He’s stalking closer, growling at her, and she’s too unnerved to even flee.

Valiant has always hated humans. But when he gets a whiff of the adorable human female who has invaded his territory, he’s forced to reexamine his feelings on the matter. Her fear scents of pure, sweet temptation and the closer he gets, the more appealing she becomes. Once he’s got his hands on her, he isn’t about to let go. One thought will change his life. MINE!

Before Tammy can regain her senses, she’s flat on her back in Valiant’s bed. Now he just has to use every inch of his big, buff body to convince her to stay with him forever.

Review

VALIANT is the third book in the New Species series, and Valiant is one of my favorites because of how incredibly sweet he is.  Sure, he can hunt and kill animals bare-handed.  Sure, he’s scary looking, growls a lot, and even other New Species are afraid of him.  But man, when he cares about something or someone, he is incredibly kind, sweet and very easy to love.  All he wants is companionship, a mate, and when he finds it in Tammy, he’ll do anything to keep her.

Tammy is lovely and she takes to living around New Species very well, but I can’t say much about her because in my opinion, Valiant really stole the show.

As with the previous two books in this series, there are scenes of brief torture that includes the threat of rape, which may be triggers for some readers.  We find out that there are still some Mercile facilities that haven’t yet been raided where New Species are still waiting to be freed.  We got to see a bit more of Slade and Trisha, who were hilarious in trying to keep their relationship and pregnancy a secret from Tammy.  VALIANT is told in dual POVs and comes with a HEA for Valiant and Tammy.

Valiant (New Species # 3)

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New Species Series

Roomies

By Christina Lauren

Synopsis

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.

Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.

Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

Review

Roomies is a standalone romance about two people with different passions. Calvin who only wants to make music and Holland who wants to find her muse again.

Calvin, who is here on an expired visa, is given the opportunity of his lifetime.  He has to turn it down because of his immigration status.  But Holland believes Calvin is the best for her uncle’s show and will do anything to make sure he will join it.

I found that the story started a little slow but I realized quickly that the pace of the story reflected the pace of Holland’s life at the moment.  She was not moving through life very quickly.  She earned her degree in writing but after graduating the words didn’t come to her very easily so she started working for her uncle selling merchandise for his show.

Holland keep herself busy stalking Calvin until she was attacked on the subway where he was busking.  But it wasn’t until this crazy idea of how to get Calvin a legal status to work in this country did this story really start moving for me.  And it is at that point that Holland’s life started to move.  Her creative side started to come to the surface.

I really liked the way the story went.  Strangers that needed something from each other to two people who were passionate about each other.  It was obvious that Calvin was unique and cared very deeply for Holland. And Holland obsession turned into a relationship. Both had to get over hurdles to finally get to a good place in their lives.

This story was very touching and fun to see how these two found their way through this crazy arrangement.

Roomies

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Wolf Hunger (SWAT #7)

By Paige Tyler

Synopsis

Wolf shifter and SWAT Officer Max Lowry falls hard for she-wolf Lana Mason, but things spiral out of control when wolf hunters track her down, and Max realizes Lana has no idea who—or what—she really is.

Review

Wolf Hunger is the seventh installment in the SWAT series.  Max, like all the other SWAT members had a tough transition.  He still has a hard time controlling his shift especially if he is confronted with domestic disturbance calls. Lana is just back from college and moved back in with her parents.  Her dad is also Deputy Cheif.

I loved Max.  He had such a rough childhood that led to his transition then he works hard to fight for the kids that are suffering.  The moment he meets Lana he is blown away by her. Unfortunately she has a very protective father who also happens to out rank Max.

This is a very confusing time for Lana.  She doesn’t know how special she is yet.  But she does know that she is crazy for Max and she isn’t going to let anyone make relationship decisions for her.

I think that this is my favorite so far in this series. There is definitely a rollercoaster of emotions that happen both inside of their relationship and with the other parts of this story.  There is still “the one” theme that is happening but I love the fresh take with Lana’s situation.  Plus, we go deeper into what the Hunters are doing and who is involved. I still love all the guys and the advice they give because each of them may know that they have someone out there but winning over that person is another story.

I love this series!!!  Each member of SWAT brings something new and you want to fall in love with each of them.  I can’t wait for the next installment.

Wolf Hunger

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Marked for Death

By J C Valentine

Synopsis

Tiffany
Leading a nomadic life, I’ve been on the run from my rich ex-husband for years. I’ve learned every trick in the book, staying one step ahead of him and his trackers. He’s taken everything from me, and despite everything, I’ve managed to carve out a life. But he’s getting close again. It’s time to hit the road, to start over…but it looks like the universe has other plans.

Ryder
As Sargent at Arms, stalking the crazy man trying to kill my MC brothers is part of my job description. Protecting the club is what I live for. Unfortunately, today I’m the loser in our never ending game of cat and mouse. The last thing I remember before waking up in the emergency room is staring up at the sky while bleeding out onto the cold, hard pavement. Then the pretty nurse walks in and turns my world sideways, and those soft hands know just how to handle a big, angry biker like me. With a psycho on my tail, the stakes couldn’t be higher. I know I should walk away, but self-preservation has never been much of a strong suit. As my enemy closes in, I’ve got no gun, three bullet holes, and absolutely zero patience left. The question is, who will be the one to sign my death warrant—the crazy-ass biker who’s gunning for me…or the sexy-as-sin nurse I’ve got a hard-on for?

Review

A quick read that held me captive from the first page.  It ended far too soon for my liking.  I read this story in a day and could not put it down.

The chemistry between the two main characters provides moments of humour, passion, and friendship.  From their initial meeting to moving forward together covers around five or so days so it is intense.  Due to individual circumstances, they are both wanderers.  It was interesting for them both to realize they had found someone to have their back and heart.

Ryder owned every scene and he was such a strong presence particularly in his interactions with Tiffany.  Their time at the hospital and then, in particular, the cabin was highly entertaining.

Firstly there are two stories within this, one for Ryder and one for Tiffany.  The author neatly tied up Ryder’s story.  However, I am left slightly disappointed that Tiffany’s personal story is not fully explained.

In conclusion, I am so intrigued by her background that I will be waiting with baited breathe for her past and future to clash.

Marked for Death

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Stubborn as a Mule (Sex and Sweet Tea # 2)

By Juliette Poe

Synopsis

Down in Whynot, NC, there are three things that hold true: 1) life moves just a little bit slower, 2) family means everything, and 3) you don’t mess with history.

When his family decides to sell a home that’s been part of their history for over a century, Lowe Mancinkus is madder than a hornet. To add insult to injury, the woman who purchased it is some fancy pants, city girl looking to fix it up and sell it off. Doesn’t matter that she’s sexy as hell or that just being near her gets his blood racing like never before. That home belongs to his family, or at least it did until she came to town.

Well that just won’t do, now will it?

From the moment that she laid eyes on the historical home in rural North Carolina, Melinda Rothschild knew Mainer House was something special. The perfect escape from life in New York City, Melinda signed the papers and set to work restoring the house to its natural beauty. That is until an angry Lowe showed up on her doorstep one day. With a scowl on his handsome, chiseled face. And a shotgun in his strong, muscular arms.

Is it getting hot in here?

Melinda’s about to get a lesson on life in the south, but Lowe is about to learn a lesson of his own – this city girl doesn’t back down from a fight.

Review

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read STUBBORN AS A MULE, because I knew it was going to be about Lowe and I really disliked him in the previous book.  He was rude, bitter and angry, and I just couldn’t see him redeeming himself.  Well, it doesn’t happen very often, but I’m happy to say that I was wrong.  Very wrong.  Once you get inside his head and hear why he was so upset, it is very easy to understand and forgive his behavior.  I ended up liking him a lot, especially his sense of humor.

I can’t say much about Melinda, other than the town (including Lowe) judges her a little unfairly simply because she’s an outsider with money.  She can be just as stubborn as Lowe, which was why their relationship was so volatile in the beginning.  Despite their rocky start, they were both able to quickly calm down and act like grown ups, and I liked watching their affection for each other grow.  I loved Morris D—Melinda’s gay, drag queen best friend—and the pranks between him and Lowe were hilarious.

STUBBORN AS A MULE is a very quick and enjoyable read, and I loved how the first chapter really drew me into the story and the battle between Lowe and Melinda.  If you’re looking for a steamy read, you won’t find it here because all the action happens behind closed doors.  My only complaint is that the conflict towards the end was easily predicted at the halfway mark, so I spent the rest of the book hoping to be surprised, but ultimately not.

STUBBORN AS A MULE is told not just in Lowe’s and Melinda’s POV, but also in the POVs of several of Whynot’s residents, which gives a little extra kick to the story.  While it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone as it comes with a HEA for Lowe and Melinda.  I’m looking forward to reading BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE, the next book in the Sex and Sweet Tea series.

Stubborn as a Mule (Sex and Sweet Tea # 2)

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Sex and Sweet Tea Series

Blind Magic

By Natalina Reis

Synopsis

Will her promise to heal the man who’s captured her heart put him in danger? In Natalina Reis’s whimsical novel of spells, desire, and unwavering determination, a hot detective with a painful past and an impulsive witch armed with potent tea are linked by an instant connection and the promise of possibility.

Marcy has never been in love. But when Oliver Dawson walks into her store, she falls head over heels. Unable to shake the feeling that she and Oliver were made for each other, for the first time in her life, the quirky witch considers casting a love spell for herself.

Oliver’s life is turned upside down when he’s shot and almost killed. Even though events haven’t been kind to the sexy police detective, he’s determined to make the best of his situation. But still, nothing could have prepared him for feisty Marcy breaking down his defenses, nor the healing tea that leaves him gagging.

Unconventional and hell-bent on getting her man, the little witch soon weaves her magic and captures his heart. He’s more than willing to give it to her, but when faced with his painful and turbulent past, neither are sure they’ll get their happily ever after.

Review

Blind Magic is a sweet romantic comedy.  Oliver is a detective that lost his sight on a protection detail and is having hallucinations.  Marcy is a white witch that helped one of Oliver’s friends and Oliver is hoping that she can cure him of his hallucinations.

From the moment Oliver met Marcy he found her intriguing and different.  He wants to get to know her better.  Marcy doesn’t know why Oliver is interested in her but she is completely smitten by him.

I really liked Marcy.  She was different and awkward at times.  Marcy knew who she was and totally embraced it.  She wasn’t going to change herself for anyone. Oliver is great.  He doesn’t want Marcy to change even though she is nothing like what his family had in mind for him.  He already had what had what his family had in mind for him and it didn’t work out.  In fact that part of his life is still haunting him.

This is the first time I have read Natalina Reis and this story is cute and adorable.  I love all the little insecurities that play out in this story.  These two characters make each other stronger. I really had fun getting to know both Marcy and Oliver.

Blind Magic

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Twisted Truths (Blood Brothers #3)

By Rebecca Zanetti

Synopsis

You can’t escape the past . . .

Noni is desperate. Her infant niece has been kidnapped, and the only person who can save her is a private detective with too many secrets to count–and more enemies than he can name. A man who walked away from Noni without any warning a year ago, a man who broke her heart. But with Talia’s life on the line, Noni needs his help now more than ever–and this time, she won’t take no for an answer . . .

The moment Denver Jones sees Noni, the memories come rushing back. The fire in her eyes. The determination in her voice. The danger of having her in his life. Denver had to push her away once, but now with vicious criminals threatening Noni and her niece, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect them. But enemies from his past are circling, and they’ll use anything–and anyone–to get to Denver.

Review

Twisted Truths is the third and final installment to the Blood Brothers series.  It centers around Denver and Noni. Denver had left Noni without a word to keep her save but Noni needs help and has now put herself in danger by trying to contact him.

I love Denver.  He was exactly the way I wanted him to be.  We got to see more of how the boys grew up and came together in this book.  Denver, as a young boy, only wanted to be loved and to have a family. Instead he got abusers.  Until he met Ryker and Heath, Denver didn’t know what it was like to have people who cared about him.  Denver would do anything to keep them safe and he definitely  did not want to bring another person that could get hurt into his life until Dr. Madison was dead.

The only thing that Noni wants is to get her niece back and she is willing to go to any length to do that.  She only knows one person who can help her and that is going to put a spotlight on her. She fell for Denver while he was on an op and then he just disappeared.  Noni was left heartbroken but she has to find her niece. Once Denver saw that Noni was looking for him, he knew that she would be in danger and he had to go to her to keep her safe. I really liked Noni, she was driven and wanted to keep the people around her safe.

This book has everything in it.  Like other Rebecca Zanetti books, this book is packed with action, suspense and emotion.  There are secrets revealed and Denver finds out the true meaning of family.  I am so happy that we get more of the Dean bothers and we get to see more of Malloy. Plus we already knew that Dr. Madison was psychotic but she always manages to throw something in there that will surprise you.  I love this series!!!

Twisted Truths

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Thirty Day Boyfriend

By Whitney G.

Synopsis

I should’ve never agreed to this arrangement…

Thirty days ago, my boss–Mr. Wolf of Wall Street, came to me with an offer I couldn’t refuse: Sign my name on the dotted line and pretend to be his fiancée for one month. If I agreed, he would let me out of my employment contract with a “very generous” severance package.

The rules were pretty simple: No intimate kissing, no actual sex. Just pretend to love each other for the press, even though I’ve secretly wanted to knock that sexy smirk off his face since the first day we met.

I definitely didn’t need to think twice about this. I signed my name and started counting down the seconds to when I would never have to deal with his special brand of ass-holery again.

I only made it to one minute…

We argued the entire four-hour flight to his hometown, failed to make a convincing impression with the welcoming press, and right when I was about to knock that arrogant look off his face in real life? He purposely dropped his bath towel in front of me, distracting me with his nine-inch cock to “show me who the bigger person was” in our relationship. Then he gave me his trademark smirk once again and asked if I wanted to consummate our marriage.

Tragically, this is only day one.
We still have 29 more days to go…

Review

THIRTY DAY BOYFRIEND was a very quick and entertaining read that will grab you from the first chapter and won’t let go.

“Are you checking to make sure I haven’t broken away from my chains today?”
“You’ve fantasised about me putting you in chains? Let’s discuss that.”

Emily is the Executive Assistant to one of the most powerful men in New York, and one does not get—and hold—that position by being weak or a pushover.  She’s not afraid to go head-to-head with Nicholas, and she’s very good at negotiating to get what she wants.  As much as she “hates” her boss and her job, it’s clear that she’s very well respected by Nicholas and by all those that deal with her.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know why Emily “hated” Nicholas so much.  Sure, he’s a little cold and detached, but he’s a high-powered CEO, so that kind of behavior is to be expected within the workplace.  Sure, he’s also a little bullish, but I found some of his bullish ways to be very entertaining.  But deep down, underneath the cold and aloof exterior, lies a man who’s a total sweetheart…for the right woman.

THIRTY DAY BOYFRIEND is told in dual POVs and comes with a HEA for Nicholas and Emily.  It’s a stand-alone novella, and the only complaint I have with it is that the ending is rushed.

Thirty Day Boyfriend

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Misadventures on the Night Shift (Misadventures #6)

By Lauren Rowe

Synopsis

Hotel clerk Abby Medford has always enjoyed the quiet solitude of the night shift. The long, boring hours allow her time to study her law books. But when bad-boy-rocker Lucas Ford checks into the penthouse suite one night and demands Abby personally deliver his room service request, her formerly quiet nights are quickly filled with Lucas’s erotic games.

But as Abby soon learns, if she thinks she can indulge her innermost desires with Lucas without giving him her heart, she’s dead wrong.

Review

Misadventures on the Night Shift will have every fangirl squealing with joy.  Imagine your favorite rock star walking into where you work and you have to confront him.

Abby just happens to be alone at the front desk at a hotel when Lucas Ford walks in with his handler.  He has been having a bad night and is a complete jerk.  Even though Abby is having a fangirl moment on the inside, she will not put up with any of his crap.  Lucas finds this intriguing and must get to know Abby better.  She ends up becoming his muse in a kind of indecent proposal.

I really liked Abby.  She is quiet and wants to be the good girl for her parents because of a problem that she had as a teenager to young adult.  Or what others let her perceive as a problem.

Lucas was a great bad boy. He was who he was.  He didn’t want to be imprisoned to his record label and was acting out in anyway that he felt necessary.  The record label was holding him back.

I really liked the way they brought out the best in each other. I really liked this book until the end. The two together were amazing together.  I just had a slight issue with the ending.  I’m not going to give it away but I just thought that Lucas contradicted himself a little.  But I really enjoyed reading this book and definitely going to read more by Lauren Rowe in the future.

Misadventures on the Night Shift

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