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Jilted (Love Hurts # 2)

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.

Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be.

Review

JILTED is the second book in the Love Hurts series, and while I get the feeling this is supposed to be a light and easy read, I found myself surprisingly emotional at times.  That’s not a bad thing, it’s just something I thought I should point out.

Eden is a lovely woman and I really liked her.  My heart broke for her in the very first chapter, and then again when she returns to her home town only to realise that she’s being shunned by everyone.  She is a woman who wears her heart on her sleeve, but that doesn’t mean she’s not strong because when she’s pushed, she pushes back just as hard.

Cooper is a good guy, but it’s hard to see that at the beginning because of how harsh he is to Eden.  Obviously he has his reasons, and you will find out what those reasons are, but for a man who says he’s doesn’t care, he was certainly holding on to some bitterness.  But when he learns the truth and starts treating Eden better, that’s when we see the real Cooper, and he’s a keeper.

As much as I loved JILTED and would happily read it again, there were a few things that bothered me.  Firstly, the synopsis doesn’t exactly match the events in the story, which is odd.  Secondly, Brad makes an sudden appearance in the middle of the book and then we never hear from or about him again.  Third and finally, what happened with Brad’s movie that Eden was supposed to cameo in?  There was talk of a lawsuit, but just like Brad, we never heard anything further with that.  These things might not be a big deal to some people, but for me, points two and three gave those parts of the story an unfinished feel.

JILTED is told in dual POVs and, while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  JILTED is set in a different location and involves a completely different set of characters from the previous book.  I’m not sure if there’ll be a third book in this series, but if there will be, I’ll definitely be reading it.

Jilted (Love Hurts # 2)

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Some Kind Of Hero (Troubleshooters # 19)

By Suzanne Brockmann

Synopsis

Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

Review

SOME KIND OF HERO is the first book I’ve read from Suzanne Brockmann.  It was an amazing blend of humour, suspense and romance, and you step right into the action at the very first page.

Shayla is a divorced romance writer and a mother of two teenaged boys.  She’s been ogling the hot Navy SEAL who moved in across the street for months now, so when he flags her down asking for her help, who is she to refuse.  Shayla is a very likeable character because she’s funny, kind and smart.  The only thing about her that irked me was Harry, the imaginary voice of her favourite character in her head.  I eventually accepted the fact that it was just one of her quirks and tried to ignore he was there.

Peter is the hot Navy SEAL Shayla’s been fantasising about for months.  He’s also a newly single father to a teenaged daughter he can’t seem to connect with, no matter how hard he tries.  Regardless of how Maddie feels about him, he loves her, which is proven by how far he’s willing to go to get her back safely.  I loved the emails he sent to Maddie while she was missing; they were so sweet and really allowed her to see that her father was not the bad guy she thought he was.

The story (with exception of the epilogue) takes place in just four days, so I would definitely call this an insta-love.  The epilogue was short and sweet, and the perfect way to end their story.  While this is part of a series, and couples/characters from previous books make their appearances here, it can be read as a stand-alone.  SOME KIND OF HERO is not only told in Peter and Shayla’s POVs, but also in several other characters POVs as well.  This did make it a little confusing, but it didn’t happen too often and it was good to sneak inside the minds of the other characters for certain scenes.

Some Kind Of Hero (Troubleshooters # 19)

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Digital Velocity (McAllister Justice Series #2)

By Reily Garrett

Synopsis

The deadliest weapons are the ones we never see. Keyboard prodigy, Lexi Donovan has risen from teenage orphan of the streets to complete independence with little help along the way. When a friend is threatened, Lexi sends an anonymous message to police, leading to a firefight that leaves a cop wounded. Detective Ethan McAllister’s well-ordered life turned upside down the day an obscure text message led to a sexual predator’s identity and arrest. Since then, Callouston PD’s finest can’t trace the elusive hacker sending him tips. The latest text leads him to a brutal mutilation and a riddle indicating the identity of the next murder victim. The dark net houses a playground for the morally depleted and criminally insane. When Lexi discovers a killer’s digital betting arena, she finds herself centered in the cyber stalker’s crosshairs, a psychopath bearing equal talent. Street life strengthened her while toughening her protective shell, but nothing could shield her from the shrewd detective forging a path to her heart.

Review

Digital Velocity is a story of a socially awkward girl who can make a difference in the world. Lexi is extremely smart and talented.  But she has been given a tough road through life. Ethan has been on a different path but is extremely ambitious and wants to do good for the world.

In this book we get to see where their relationship has evolved to since they first got started in Tender Echoes. Lexi has been feeding information to Ethan about a serial killer but she hasn’t realized the can of worms she has opened.  She has worked hard to cover her tracks but when Ethan gets injured because of her she has to make sure he is okay.

Ethan is a great detective who has made it his mission to keep Lexi safe. After she reveals herself to him, he becomes aware that she will put herself in harms way if she thinks that she can find the person who is committing all of the murders. And the dominant side of his personality will not stand for it.

I really like where Reily Garrett is taking these characters.  She has written a really good murder mystery that allows Lexi and Ethan’s relationship to take off.  I love Ethan’s bothers and sister. And I also love how that allows Lexi to enter into a family.  Reily really made Lexi’s introduction into his family believable for me.  And Lexi allowed herself to have faith that Ethan would not let her down. I can’t wait to see where Reily takes this series!!!

Digital Velocity

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The Sweetest Burn (A Broken Destiny Novel #2)

By Jeaniene Frost

Synopsis

Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerous—and dangerously sexy—Adrian. Ivy isn’t sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between the demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian, who’s decided that come hell or high water, he will make Ivy his.

At first, Adrian tried to resist his feelings for Ivy. Now, determined to break the curse that dooms their love, he’s vowed to save her and to have her. If only he can persuade her to forgive his past sins. But defying destiny—and surrendering to the smoldering desire between them—will bring consequences and sacrifices they never imagined…

Review

In this second novel of A Broken Destiny series, we find Ivy is looking for Brutus.  He hasn’t come home yet and it is almost dawn.  While looking for him, she manages to find a demon gateway on the beach.  With demons coming through to this plane.  She is on the run and guess who saves her, Adrian.  Ivy is blown away by having him back but she isn’t going to make it easy for him.

The Sweetest Burn is a fantastic follow up to Beautiful Ashes.  In this second book we see that Ivy is different now.  She is no longer naive to the world.  Ivy now knows that demons and Archons are real and they are at war.  She knows her lineage and what her destiny is.  But she also knows Adrian’s destiny and they are focused on changing it.

In this second book, I saw Zach in a new light (especially near the end). Jasmine and Costa are finding their roles in this new reality.  And secrets about Adrian are revealed.  Adrian must prove to Ivy that he has decided to fight his destiny.  Ivy doesn’t know how to deal with him.  She has feelings for him but they have a huge task in front of them and the human plane hangs in the balance.

I really enjoyed the dynamics of this relationship.  They had so much thrown at them.  Everyone is against them, even their destinies are against them.  In parts, it almost has a Romeo and Juliet feel to the story.  I also loved Zach’s role in this story.  He really makes you think about Angels and how they consider us humans.

There is so much action, emotion and mystery in this story.  And a grumpy gargoyle. (I will never look at a seagull the same). I can’t wait for book three!!!

The Sweetest Burn

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Benn (Demons After Dark Book 2)

By Laurie Olerich

Synopsis

A former shrink in the SuperMax prison, Benn’s positive he’s lost his damn mind when he wakes up in the body of an uptight antiquities professor. One glance in the mirror and he knows he’s not in Hell anymore. After he’s brought into Expat Security, the archangel Raphael hands him a mission he can’t refuse if he wants to get home again. Live in Rome, raft into jungles, and risk life and brand new limbs? Oh, hell, yeah! To this rush-loving extreme athlete ex-demon, this sounds like his idea of Heaven! There’s only one problem. He can’t do the job without the help of a beautiful grad student who can’t stand the sight of him. He may not remember their past, but he’s ready to make their present a whole helluva lot more fun.

Grad student Lainey Hayes has done everything she can to escape her mother’s embarrassing world of psychics and palm readers. Throwing herself into her studies, she’s perfectly happy until she’s assigned to a special project with the egotistical, narrow-minded, and condescending Professor Daniels. The smug academic discounts anything and everything related to the paranormal–including her mother. The idea of spending months tramping through ruins with him sounds like her vision of Hell, but she’s shocked to discover this adrenaline junkie with a zest for life is nothing like the jackass she remembered.

Review

Hell is under attack. There is an ancient artifact that is out there that can kill Lucifer.  Vanek and his team need to find it first in order to save Hell and stop a civil war from breaking out and spilling over to the human plane.

Benn is a psychiatrist for Hell (who knew there are psychiatrists in Hell). He has be given a task from Raphael to find the artifact because his transporter is a specialist in artifacts.  He needs help because he didn’t get any memories from professor Daniels.

Lainey is a research assistant that has a history with Professor Daniels.  She doesn’t know that Daniels has turned into Benn.  She still thinks that he is the jerk she met a long time ago.  Lainey also has the ability to sense when someone is telling the truth or not and it doesn’t help that Benn has to lie to her.

Book 2 takes this series to the next level.  I love how Benn is slightly awkward and tries to fix his relationship with Lainey even though it was Daniels that wronged her. I also found that Lainey was adorable.  She is head strong and willing to do what it takes to achieve her dreams.  I also really like the interactions between all the demons.  They know what is at stake for the world but they still manage to show that they are more than coworkers that they are family.  I really love where Laurie is taking this series and can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

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Catching The Cowgirl (Cotton Creek # 3)

By Jennie Marts

Synopsis

California video game designer Adam Clark knows that, in his business, authenticity is the key. So, for their newest Western adventure game, he and his partners decide to try out Cowboy Camp. Only Adam’s friends never arrive, leaving him a bit—okay, a lot—preoccupied, trying to resist the gorgeous cowgirl who owns the ranch.

Single mom Skye Hawkins is too busy trying to keep her family’s dude ranch out of the red to even think about romance. But she’s having trouble avoiding Adam. He’s smart, he’s sweet, he’s funny…and he’s hot! Maybe it’s the mountain air, but she finds herself letting down her guard. And the fireworks are definitely worth it. 

The only problem—they live in totally different worlds. Still, Adam is nothing if not resourceful. Sure, he wants to catch the cowgirl. But more importantly, he needs to find a way to keep her.

Review

CATCHING THE COWGIRL was a sweet and funny romantic read, and I loved Adam and Skye.  Skye is hardworking, strong and independent, but that also means she can be very stubborn at times.  Adam is so easy to like because he’s sweet, geeky and a little bit awkward, but in an endearing way.  He always knows exactly what to say to Skye to make her heart melt, because everything he says comes from the heart.

CATCHING THE COWGIRL is the third book in the Cotton Creek series and, while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  It is told in dual POVs and comes with a lovely HEA for Adam and Skye.  If you’re after a steamy romance with lots of hot sex, you won’t find it here, because other than some foreplay, everything happens behind closed doors.  But even without the sex, I really enjoyed this story.

Catching The Cowgirl (Cotton Creek # 3)

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Playing Irish

By Brooke Harris

Synopsis

Evangeline Andrews is quiet and unassuming, or at least she hopes that’s how people see her. Fleeing her life in New Jersey to hide in Dublin the last thing she needs are her secrets following her across the Atlantic. And what’s the best way to keep a secret? Keep your mouth shut.

Life is one big game for online-gaming genius Julian Harte, and he plays to win every time. Becoming a self-made millionaire before his 30th birthday, Julian’s office is his playground, and he sets the rules. Julian hasn’t lost a round yet and he’s used to getting everything he wants. He wants Evangeline. But she doesn’t want to play.

Meet the Irish Alpha with a rule-book as thick as his accent.

Review

Playing Irish is a story full of game playing both in the workplace and bedroom for Evangeline who is quite a lonely character.  I immediately connected with her and wanted to know more about her and I loved the  boat chapter and office ball where so much was explained finally.

Playing Irish for me started slow and then heads into a fast paced finish where so many secrets are revealed.  There are so many sex scenes and I admit at some points I was like less sex please and more communication between these characters as I wanted the emotional as well as the physical.

Personally I did not like Julian at all, I became quite frustrated with his hot and cold actions and really felt for Evangeline and actually wanted her to go with Nathan as he was at least being a friend if not a Stage 5 stalker friend.  I think in the end I got really sick of the games and just wanted some open and honest communication between the two main characters and her work environment was just weird in so many ways, especially the masked ball and how the girls were all excited and the top floor antics with Mr Doe?

Probably half way through this book I began connecting the dots in this Irish game and started realising who was playing what games with Evangeline and her isolated heart.

Playing Irish ends with the realisation there will be another instalment to Evangeline’s story and I would not call it a cliffhanger as I was left with some sort of closure.  The next book I think will actually be the one I really want to read now as I hope we get some clarity for Angeline and less Irish game playing as Angeline needs to close the chapter on her past to move forward and play the Irish way if that is what her heart wants.

Playing Irish

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I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford # 4)

By Lauren Layne

Synopsis

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

Review

I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE is the fourth book in the Oxford series, but it’s only the third one I’ve read.  Since it’s been a while since I read the first two books in the series, and because I haven’t read the third, I’m not sure if Nick and Taylor have appeared in the series before, or if they’re new.  The first several chapters are set in the past, ranging from one year to six months ago, before continuing on in the present.  This really gave the beginning of the story a fast-paced feel, but it was a good way of providing us with this couple’s backstory.

Taylor could be a hard character to like, because she’s so defensive and very quick to attack.  She was bitchy to Nick from the moment they met simply because of the way he made her feel.  But because you get to see inside her head, you learn that underneath her cool and aloof exterior, she’s just a woman who wants someone to love her.

What can I say about Nick?  Not much, because compared to Taylor, he doesn’t really shine.  By that I mean I took a lot of notes about Taylor, but hardly any about Nick, which tells me that he didn’t really do anything noteworthy.

I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE is told in dual POVs, and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  There are mentions of the previous couples, but they weren’t done in a way that left you feeling like you were missing something.  I’m not a fan of a couple never using a condom, or when the conflict happens right at the end and is then resolved very quickly.  Unfortunately, both of those things happen here.  However, it does come with a lovely HEA for Nick and Taylor that I really liked.

I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford # 4)

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Bite Somebody Else (Volume 2)

By Sara Dobie Bauer

Synopsis

Imogene helped her newbie vampire friend Celia hook up with an adorable human, but now Celia has dropped an atomic bomb of surprise: she has a possibly blood-sucking baby on the way. Imogene is not pleased, especially when a mysterious, ancient, and annoyingly gorgeous vampire historian shows up to monitor Celia’s unprecedented pregnancy.

Lord Nicholas Christopher Cuthbert III is everything Imogene hates: posh, mannerly, and totally uninterested in her. Plus, she thinks he’s hiding something. So what if he smells like a fresh garden and looks like a rich boarding school kid just begging to be debauched? Imogene has self-control. Or something.

As Celia’s pregnancy progresses at a freakishly fast pace, Imogene and Nicholas play an ever-escalating game of will they or won’t they, until his sexy maker shows up on Admiral Key, forcing Nicholas to reveal his true intentions toward Celia’s soon-to-arrive infant.

Review

Bite Somebody Else is a comedy carefully put together around a small group of vampires and one human that now find themselves a family.  Celia and Ian are getting ready for their baby and everyone around them are still in disbelief.  Celia’s best friend is Imogene and they have an amazing bond. Lord Nicholas is called in to help with the pregnancy since no other vampire has ever given birth before.

I loved Imogene’s character.  She is non-apologetic and curses up a storm.  She is comfortable with her life and doesn’t see a need to change it.  She is also a bad ass that will do anything to protect her friends. Then Nicholas comes to town and she just knows that there is more going on than what he has told everyone.

Lord Nicholas is a vampire on a mission.  He is brought in to help Celia with her baby  But along the way he finds Imogene very interesting.  Nicholas is not a stuffy as he seems and he has a secret that he is trying to keep from everyone.

I have to admit that I did not read book one before reading this book but I didn’t find that I had any trouble understanding the dynamic of the bonds between all the characters. This book was extremely funny and a great read.  Sara Dobie Bauer did a great job with Imogene’s character. She really grew throughout the story.  (And I loved the baby’s first word.)  I liked how Sara made their world really normal and they had relationship issues like everyone else.   (Especially when the ex’s come back to town.)

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Sexy Bad Neighbor (Sexy Bad # 1)

By Misti Murphy & Tami Lund

Synopsis

What happens when your neighbor hires you a stripper? 

It starts one hell of a prank war. A war that involves goats, phallic chandeliers, stolen kisses in the rain, strawgasms, and eating out on the kitchen counter. 

A war that could damn well involve two hearts and a plan. Her plan doesn’t involve falling in love. His life doesn’t involve plans.

This could be a problem.

Review

SEXY BAD NEIGHBOR has been on my TBR list since it was released, because the cover looks fun and the blurb sounds fun.  It’s dislike-at-first-sight for Chloe and Paynter, who spend about one third of the story playing pranks against each other as they try to get the upper hand.  Their pranks are certainly inventive and ultimately hilarious, and it’s not long before dislike turns into lust.

Chloe took a long time to warm up to because of her attitude.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s a nice woman who I liked by the end, but she did come across as shallow and judgemental the first few times she interacted with Paynter.  She has tunnel vision when it comes to climbing the corporate ladder and is fixated on not trusting any man because her last boyfriend was a douchebag who stole her promotion.  Paynter, on the other hand, was very easy to like with his friendly and laid-back personality.  He was also very adorable when he was drunk.

SEXY BAD NEIGHBOR is told in dual POVs and comes with a HEA for Chloe and Paynter.  It is part of a series, but as each book will be about a different couple, they can be read as stand-alones.  Overall, I found this to be a fun and light-hearted read, and I would gladly read the next book in the series.

Sexy Bad Neighbor (Sexy Bad # 1)

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