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Heat It Up

By Stina Lindenblatt

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Synopsis

Some games are hotter off the ice…

Sofia Phillips feels cursed. Her father cheated on her mother, her boyfriend cheated on her—she’s done with dating. A summer work-exchange program in Finland is the perfect escape. But instead of gaining experience as an athletic trainer, she’s cleaning toilets. Awesome. The trip is a disaster, and even better, she meets Kyle Bennett. In the sauna. Naked.

Sexy hockey player Kyle was the star right wing for an NHL team. But after an accident killed his wife and left him injured, Kyle has appreciated the “therapeutic” benefits of booze and puck bunnies. Now in Finland for the summer, he’s coaching in an elite hockey-training camp for teens. When Sofia’s grandmother decides to set her up with a nice Finnish man, Sofia recruits Kyle as her make-believe boyfriend. Neither expects their first kiss to sizzle. And neither expects, while stranded on an island during a storm, to have a scorching night of passion.

But as their charade, and then their attraction, develops into something deeper, the past comes back, threatening to destroy them. They must decide if their feelings for each other are strong enough to survive—or it will be game over.

Review

Unknown to each other, Sofia and Kyle have travelled from Minneapolis to Finland to get a temporary break from their painful pasts.  When they happen upon each other at the local sports centre, the attraction is instant, but Sofia doesn’t trust men to be faithful and Kyle is too busy enjoying his current lifestyle of one-night stands to consider a relationship.  But as they spend more time together, they wonder if they’ll get more out of this trip than they were expecting.

HEAT IT UP is told in dual POVs and at this point in time, it appears to be a stand-alone.  I liked both Sofia and Kyle; I thought they made a great couple and I could feel their attraction through the pages.  However, I did feel that Sofia was a little weak with how she handled the love triangle, and it was hard to sympathise with Kyle at times when his lifestyle of booze and women was less “grieving widow” and more “making up for lost time”.  I’m not a fan of over-the-top drama and angst, so I was really happy to see that I didn’t need to be worried about that in this book, especially given the youngish ages of Sofia and Kyle.  That being said (and this is where I come across as completely hypocritical), I think this book could have used a little more angst and/or drama, as everything that happened between Kyle and Sofia was a little too easily forgiven and resolved.  Overall, I thought HEAT IT UP was a nice way to spend a few hours.

Heat It Up

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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Survivor (First to Fight #3)

By Nicole Blanchard

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Synopsis

I knew falling in love with him was bad for us both, but I did it anyway.

For a brief moment, we had it all. Even though he was leaving to join the Marines and I had four years of college ahead of me, he was everything I ever wanted and didn’t think I deserved.

But real life has a way of dashing dreams—and that happy future we envisioned together? It disappeared at the hands of a monster.

Ten years have passed and I’m not the same naïve girl that believed in happily-ever-afters. When unforeseen events draw me back to our hometown and I find myself caring for my two teenage brothers, the last thing on my mind should be reconnecting with the hottie-turned-hero who I loved at seventeen.

As the past begins to repeat itself and old threats resurface, I’ll have to trust him with the secrets that tore us apart if I want a second chance at his heart.

Review

Could not put this down, once I started I needed to finish this story of love broken and then repaired – second chance at romance for me and I devoured this.

This is the second story in the series, I highly recommended reading Warrior (First to Fight #1) as although not linked you do have characters from Warrior that return to Survivor and I have a feeling that Savior (First to Fight #3) we will have these characters return.  We also do have an Epilogue – 5 Years Later – which I love for Standalone stories and this one did not disappoint.

Firstly you get dual POV which for such a highly emotional storyline I think definitely helps you understand each characters reflections of history and how events they could not control directed their relationship.

Sofie and Jack – they simply were destined for each other and how Jack never gave up was a beautiful thing to read.

Warning this storyline does include references and reflections upon rape and aggression so be prepared but I really thought they were well written.  The sex scenes between Sofie and Jack when required for soft and sensual but then we were also given some great passionate and intense Romance Between The Sheets.

Sofie is definitely a Survivor, her two brothers also help give this story some humour and tender moments of forgiveness and family.

Survivor (First To Fight #3)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Ransom (Ransom #1)

By Rachel Schurig

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Synopsis

Daisy Harris has no reason to suspect that her day will be any different than usual. She’ll go to class, alone. She won’t speak or make eye contact. She’ll spend her entire day doing her best to go completely unnoticed. That’s what life is like for Daisy now—an endless cycle of loneliness and fear. A life lived hiding behind the walls she so faithfully maintains.

Then she sees it. A magazine, left behind in class. A simple picture—just his face. And it changes everything.

It’s been a year since she’s seen Daltrey Ransome. A year since he and his brothers left town to pursue their dreams of rock and roll superstardom. A year since he left Daisy behind—left her to watch as everything she knew crumbled around her. She’s been running from Daltrey ever since, desperate to keep her secret.

But she can’t run anymore. And now that Daltrey has found her—the girl he’s loved his entire life, the girl he’d give up everything for—he’s determined never to let her go again.
**The first book in a brand new series from USA Today bestselling author Rachel Schurig. This New Adult Contemporary Romance novel is a complete story with no cliffhanger.**

Review

This story will stay with me for a long time, we were given moments of darkness however when the light shone for Daisy and her friends – it was simply outstanding and so rewarding.

What I loved about this story is we follow Daisy, in my view this is her journey not Daltrey’s and in the end she makes some tough and inspiring decisions along the way to fight her way towards living life and allowing herself to love again. We follow her and Daltrey’s physical connection but I was glad this story was more about their emotions and it did fit well with the overall theme of her journey.

The traumatic event that happens to her is unfortunately what young people today have to deal with and I think it was handled in a respectful and appropriate manner.

The way Daisy’s relationship with her dad and new friends is a beautiful thing to see, those two girls entered her life and helped her climb to the top, gave us laughs and tears. I loved their OCD lists, rules about who gets the take out, driving and road trip games – just brilliant – they gave some relief to the sensitive subjects being covered in Daisy’s story.

I did not realise Daisy’s mum had a secret that was being kept by her dad but I had a sneaky feeling about Daltrey’s dad and how much he knew.

Daisy’s living of life was being held to Ransom and through family and friends she was brought to the open to live life to the fullest – just an amazing story.

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My Rating:  4 Hearts

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One Night Stand

by J.S. Cooper & Helen Cooper

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Synopsis

**STANDALONE BOOK with no cliffhanger**

New Sexy Standalone from New York Times Bestselling Authors Helen Cooper and JS Cooper

It was only supposed to be one night!

We met at a wedding. He was hot. And I’d been in a year’s drought.

He smiled. We got drunk.We flirted. We hooked up. I left early the next morning without saying goodbye. It was only meant to be a one night stand. I didn’t want the awkward morning after moment. Not at all.

Then I went home for the weekend. And he was there. Sitting on the couch chatting to my dad. Turns out he was more than just a stranger. Turns out that my one night stand was about to cause a whole heap of trouble. Turns out that it never just stops with one night.

Readers should be 18 and over due to mature situations and language.

My Review

Ok, I am a bit torn with this story, it could have been really great but was just a quick enjoyable read for me.

What I liked, the quirky friendship of these two girls, they had each other’s backs all the way through, did not overly judge their mistakes and for that I loved their friendship, they just did their own thing and supported each other. 

This was too quick in the end for me, I felt the first half we went around in circles with the sneaking around with each other and then all of a sudden we are rushing towards the finish with everything being tied up and big chunks of story being left out that I really wanted to know about.  We miss a major component of the relationship that is Gabby and Xander and how it in the end affects Liv, especially a significant 2 week period that perhaps if included would have given more depth to the storyline and perhaps made it a bit more believable. 

This would have been great if we had chapters from both POV I think as I would have liked to have understood Xander more and his relationship with his brother Henry, especially considering Henry’s involvement.

I did think the last chapter “3 months on” was probably one of my favourite parts of the book, it gave me hope for all these characters particularly that of her friend and brother and their possible future.  Look whilst there is cheating in this book, I use that term loosely as Xander and Liv –  I was with them the  whole way through as deserving to be together, it was just timing and circumstances were not on their side.

Lastly Gabby is a total bitch, what an awful person to have as a sister and I could not understand why her mum and dad were so hard on Liv and not her considering the position Gabby got herself in – just strange the whole family situation but saying that Liv’s brothers were great characters who I enjoyed reading about.

My Rating: 3 Hearts

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Unforgettable 3 (A Hollywood Love Story # 3)

By Nelle L’Amour

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Synopsis

Brandon: I fucked up big time. She never wants to see me again. I may have a cock that belongs in a museum, but I’m the biggest dick in the world. My psycho fiancée, Katrina Moore, has got me by the balls. In just a few weeks, we’re getting married live on TV. With my career on the line, I have no choice. I’m facing the most difficult decision I’ll ever have to make. I’m damned if I do; damned if I don’t.

Zoey: How could he do that to me? He used and abused me, made me his doormat. All the things he said and did to me were just an act. Stupid me for falling in love with him. He stole my heart, my body, and my soul. But there’s one thing he’s not going to take away from me—my dignity. There’s a reason I don’t own a TV. I can’t bear to watch him say his forever vows to the girl he chose over me. Oh, Brandon Taylor…my dreammaker, heartbreaker. You’ll always be unforgettable.

Hold on to your seats for the steamy, action-packed conclusion to Nelle L’Amour’s bestselling new series. Will one little adorable dog be able to save the day?

Review

Damn.  How do I talk about UNFORGETTABLE 3 without giving away any spoilers?  Let’s see.  Who hit Brandon and left him for dead is finally revealed.  Whether or not Scumbag Scott was in on Krazy Katrina’s crazy-arse plan is also revealed.  Whether or not Zoey gets the man who murdered her mother is also revealed.  Of course, until the big reveal at the end, I was left biting my fingernails in suspense, hoping that Brandon and Zoey would find a way to be together.  I still think Brandon was a little dumb not to see that he was being played, but I guess there’d be no story if he was able to figure it out.  I loved Zoey in this book, who was heartbroken over Brandon but tried her best to move on.  Not one to be kept down, she rose up and made some drastic changes in her life which worked out amazingly well for her.

So there are a couple of things I had an issue with.  First is that we knew Brandon’s mentor, Bella, was someone important to him because it was implied in the previous two books, despite him not remembering why she was so important.  This was also revealed in this book and honestly, I found it a little weird, even more so when we get to the epilogue.  Once again we have a fairly huge revelation merely discussed in just a few paragraphs⎯mostly through Brandon’s inner monologue⎯before we’re moved right along.  Second is that some of the sex talk was a little…interesting.  Wet chasm of love???  I couldn’t decide whether to laugh or say “Ewww”.  I think I did a bit of both.

Other than that, I quite enjoyed this story and I think everything was wrapped up perfectly.  UNFORGETTABLE 3 is told in dual POVs and cannot be read as a stand-alone as this is the conclusion of Brandon and Zoey’s story that spanned over all three books.  Thankfully, all the bad guys get their just desserts while Brandon and Zoey get their HEA.  I loved the epilogues, based one and five years into the future, that are also told in dual POVs.  And will Krazy Katrina be back for more?  Only time will tell.

Unforgettable 3 (A Hollywood Love Story # 3)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Unforgettable 2 (A Hollywood Love Story # 2)

By Nelle L’Amour

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Synopsis

Brandon: I’d kill for her. I want to see the bastard who murdered her mother burn in hell. No other woman has made me feel so much. My heart aches for her more than my cock does. I want her to be mine. I want to own every ounce of her body and her soul. But I’m trapped by another who’s holding a gun to my balls.

Zoey: Who am I kidding? I’m helplessly and hopelessly in love with my boss, Hollywood heartthrob, Brandon Taylor. Our pasts are entwined just like our hearts. He makes me feel things in places I’ve never known before. But I don’t stand a chance against America’s It Girl, Katrina Moore. Forget it. There won’t be a happily ever after for me. 

As his memory returns, Brandon’s need to dominate and possess his curvy assistant in every way consumes him while Zoey finds herself succumbing to his magnetic charm. Unexpected events and a fluffy little dog bring the twosome closer to their destiny, but an evil force threatens to end their journey. Fate’s a bitch, right?

Review

Zoey and Brandon’s story continues on from UNFORGETTABLE 1 and they discover that their lives are connected in a way they never could have imagined.  Brandon’s memories have mostly returned, but we only know this because we’re simply told that he’s regained his memories.  There was no lightbulb moment, no event that sparked his memories to return, which is what I was expecting.  All we got was a scene of “Oh, didn’t I tell you?  I remember everything now except for the accident and the month leading up to it.”.  Talk about a letdown.  I was also a little thrown by the sex scenes, only because Brandon’s desires and sexual preferences seemed to come out of nowhere.  I loved the dreams that Brandon had, even if he’s too slow to realise what his brain is trying to tell him.  Brandon’s relationships with Katrina and Scott are still very suspect and I can’t wait to find out what the deal is with both of them.  Are they in this (whatever this is) together?  Who knows.

UNFORGETTABLE 2 is told in dual POVs and ends in a doozy of a cliffhanger, so it cannot be read as a stand-alone.  I can’t wait for the third and final book in this series to see how it all ends.  Will Zoey and Brandon get their HEA?  If they do, I think it’s going to be a rough ride to get there, one I’m looking forward to going on with them.

Unforgettable 2 (A Hollywood Love Story # 2)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Frosted Sweets

by A M Willard

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Synopsis

A.M. Willard brings you a romantic comedy with a touch of contemporary romance and a dash of chick lit, which takes you on a journey of friendship.

Frosted Sweets is the first installment of A Taste of Love Series in which we follow the lives of Morgan and Jayden, who are discovering life is anything but what it seems.

Morgan Lewis, the owner of The Polka Dot Café & Bakery, is about to wed the man she’s spent the last four years building a life with. What she doesn’t know is, that’s all about to change. Can her life move past a wedding disaster? Can her crazy friends help her pick up the pieces? And what’s in store for this sweet baker? Along with a booming business, the Christmas holiday rush, and her friends, Morgan is really sent into a spin when Jayden Rivers moves to town.

Jayden’s focus is on his career in production, but what he wasn’t expecting was to be knocked off his feet by a woman in the park. Sparks fly, but he’s not sure if she’s truly available or taken. With a severe sweet tooth and an addiction to Morgan Lewis’s treats, he can’t seem to stay away.

Will it turn into sugar and spice? Or a friendship over some frosted treats?

“A balance of friends, family, and love.”   When does our past stop picking at our scars and start letting them heal?

 

My Review

What I loved was the friendship of these four different and individual women.  Morgan had a passion and it was interesting to follow how it fed her soul and repaired her heart.  I was glad she eventually felt sorrow for her failed relationship at a particular moment in the story it was well developed and I truly felt sorry for her and wanted to sit on that bench with her.

The love triangle between the men keeps you on your toes, I did not entirely feel Jayden;s connection immediately with Morgan but then when he literally stepped up to help Morgan at a poignant moment was when I fell in love with him.

Towards the end of the story you learn more of her friends and this will obviously lead into the other stories of this series, I particularly want to see how Frankie’s story plays out and Natasha too.

This story starts slow but then rises to perfection and tops it off with all round sweet and fluffy goodness.

My rating: 4 Hearts

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Reawakened Secrets (Reawakened # 1)

By Mari Denae

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Synopsis

Some secrets should never be kept… 

Growing up in the servants’ quarters at Haven Hill, Claire Brown was a poor outcast, living in a world of money and privilege. Her only solace was best friend, Alice Sinclair, and secret desire, Jackson Montgomery. Rich and connected, they were perfect in every way and perfect for each other.  

Still, Claire was foolish enough to fall in love with Jackson, and desperate enough to hide it. When Alice found out, there was a terrible accident that left her in a coma. Jackson disappeared, leaving New Haven without even saying good-bye. 

Ten years later, Claire has managed to build a life without them. So when Jackson calls out of nowhere to say Alice is awake, Claire’s first thought is Thank God. Her second? I’m screwed. Lusting after Jackson destroyed her. It’s nothing compared to what she’s hiding now. 

But nothing stays hidden forever.

Review

Caught up in a love triangle, Jackson left Claire ten years ago to stay by Alice’s bedside while she was in a coma.  Now that Alice is awake, he plans to win Claire back because he’s been in love with her since he was a teen.  But Claire, who was left devastated by Jackson’s departure and that he never once contacted her, has no plans to let him back into her heart if she can help it.

REAWAKENED SECRETS is the first in a three-part serial novella about Claire and Jackson and does end in a cliffhanger.  It’s told in Claire’s POV and contains flashbacks to her teen years before Alice’s accident.  REAWAKENED SECRETS is the debut novel for Mari Denae and while it’s not a bad story, it was predictable and I found myself skipping sections to get to the end.  While I wasn’t a fan of the story, I thought it was written very well for a new author and the cover is absolutely beautiful.

Reawakened Secrets (Reawakened # 1)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Unforgettable 1 (A Hollywood Love Story # 1)

By Nelle L’Amour

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Synopsis

Brandon: I’ve just woken up from a life or death coma. And learned that not only am I Hollywood’s number one heartthrob, but I’m also engaged to America’s It Girl, Katrina Moore. She may be a blond goddess, but my mind can’t remember shit. And my cock doesn’t give a shit. Because my heart started beating for another the minute she came through the door. 

Zoey: Screw Brandon Taylor. Recovering from his hit and run accident, my demanding, egotistical boss is more of a jerk than ever. And with those violet eyes, more ridiculously panty-melting beautiful. As his personal assistant, I have to attend to his every whim and need as well as contend with his stuck-up fiancée. Life isn’t easy for me. Despite my visible size, I’ve always been invisible. Maybe, the amnesiac is beginning to remember. A girl can dream. No man is more unforgettable…in every way. 

Join Brandon and Zoey as their unlikely Hollywood fairy tale unfolds in three full-length books releasing a month apart. From Los Angeles to the South of France, their love story has it all—romance, passion, steamy hot sex, glitz and glamour, plus an adorable little dog and a murder that could unravel everything.

Review

This is the first book I’ve read from Nelle L’Amour and it is aptly titled UNFORGETTABLE.  It’s also unputdownable.  Before I started reading, I knew it was going to end in a cliffhanger.  I knew it was part of a three-book series.  I knew that all three books were being released a month apart and that book two hadn’t even been released yet.  So you’d think there’d be no need to rush through it, that I could take my time with it.  And yet I couldn’t put it down.  I climbed into bed, started reading and was up until after 2am finishing it.  That’s right.  I read this bad boy in one sitting.  Or laying, if you want to get technical about it.

Let’s talk characters.  I really liked Zoey.  She was orphaned at the age of five and grew up with her aunt, uncle and cousin.  Despite losing both parents, she seems to have had a good childhood and grew up to be a fairly well-rounded woman.  She’s hardworking and patient; two things she needs to be while working as Brandon’s PA.  I liked Brandon as well, but that boy needs to learn how to use his manners and is in dire need of a serious bitch-slapping.  He’s also an orphan, but he has that spoilt sense of entitlement that can only come with fame and fortune.  He has amnesia stemming from a hit-and-run, but I hated how he blindly went with what he was told and ignored his instincts.  I’m sure there’s a reason that will unfold in the coming books, but it’s the only part of the story I disliked.  His fiancé, Katrina and his manager, Scott, are absolutely awful people and are the two that are in Brandon’s ear telling him what to do.  I can’t wait to see them get what they deserve.

UNFORGETTABLE 1 is a full length novel that is told in dual POVs and ends in a cliffhanger.  It’s got a bit of everything in it to make it a great read: mystery; humour; frustration; anger; and most important, sizzling sexual chemistry.  I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get started on book 2.

Unforgettable 1 (A Hollywood Love Story # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Redemption Lane (Crossroads #1)

by Rachel Blaufeld

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Synopsis

Sometimes the past bleeds into the future.

Bess, a wild party girl running from herself, literally falls victim to her demons when she collapses in the most unexpected of places.
Lane, a tightly wound, up-and-coming CEO who can’t seem to stop enabling his brother, doesn’t know what hit him when Bess falls at his feet and into his life.

It was a night she doesn’t remember, and one he can’t forget.

But rather than stay and help the needy college coed, Lane decides to teach his brother a long overdue lesson––a decision that later comes back to haunt him and only adds fury to the transgressions of his past he is already fleeing from.
Years later, Bess and Lane meet again. She doesn’t know him, and he doesn’t share that he knows what happened on that ill-fated night when she almost died. After all, he has a web of complicated lies from his own youth to protect.

Both are seeking salvation in the arms of others and ignoring the truth—that the only road to redemption lies in confronting your past.

When the past and present collide, is there any chance at redemption?

My Review

Firstly Cover is Beautiful, it is what drew me into reading the synopsis.

The best thing about this story is the layers of characters that in a sense need each other to rise to the challenges that life has thrown their way, meet obstacles, face demons, provide comfort and ultimate happiness and love. Bess and Lane’s romantic physical scenes were spot on, I loved the tender but also the passionate heat of the moment, some of just the kissing scenes got me seriously worked up and then when Lane grew a beard and went downtown wholly hot dam, one moment we are passionate and then curve ball emotions are thrown our way, it definitely kept me turning those pages into the night.

Bess and Lane, Camper and Jake and of course AJ and let’s not forget Brooks Bailey all provide great moments within this story and one of the best components that enabled me to totally connect was that we got Bess, Lane and AJ’s perspectives – you truly needed this as a reader for this type of story to understand where these emotions and feelings were heading. I am so happy the time frames in this romantic relationship were realistic and probably spot on for these characters with all their issues and how they were really quite protective of their hearts and controlling compulsions.

Bess and Lane, two broken people, this was a truly beautiful romance journey to read, yes it was sad and hard at some stages to follow these two characters through some pretty dark times but it was so worth it, the ending of this was outstanding , thank you for giving us proper closure for the characters – love when authors do that.

AJ was a character I watched with intrigue and to see him explode and repair himself was an integral part of this story, he was one character that I was probably the most conflicted about.
Jake, well can I say I will be reading his story and I need to know more about the twins interesting combination and what part is Camper taking, we have not seen the last of her maybe?
Bess is beautiful to me, weak yes but also incredibly strong to slowly put her life back together after so epically failing at a point in time with bad decisions. The way she controlled her entire life with meticulously timing and planning was so spot with the characteristics she was fighting to repair herself physically and mentally.

I just cannot rave about this enough, once started you will want to ride the journey to redemption.

Redemption Lane (Crossroads #1)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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