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Searching For Harmony (Boston Love # 1)

By Kelly Elliott

BR Searching For Harmony

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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The Azure Kingdom (The Iridescent Realm # 1)

By Michelle Dare

BR The Azure Kingdom

Synopsis

One key, one door, one man, one leap. 

Alison Wescot inherited the antique store the day her mother died. It was nothing she wanted, but she couldn’t part with it. The antiques inside were all she had left of her mother. She thought she knew every piece in the store, until one day she discovered a box with a key inside, along with a letter from her mother. A key to a door she never knew existed. 

Lucas Azure is the leader of the kingdom’s elite guard, a group of men whose sole purpose was to protect their territory and people. The youngest of the king’s four children, he was also the deadliest. The men in his group followed him faithfully, never questioning his orders. When Alison appeared, he knew he had to protect her at all costs. 

The day Alison walked through the door, her recurring dream became a reality. The man who always remained a mystery was standing before her. There were dragons flying overhead and a castle in the distance. She was now in the Azure Kingdom.

Review

I don’t read many paranormal romances anymore, but when I read the synopsis for this one, I was definitely intrigued.  A woman crossing over to another realm and literally running into the man of her dreams?  Sounds too good to pass up.

Alison is a 23 year old divorcee whose mother died a year earlier from cancer, leaving her the antique store she owned.  Taking over the store as a way to stay connected to her mother, she feels like she’s just wondering through life.  When she discovers an antique box containing a key and a letter from her mother telling her about her father and about the portal to another realm, she barely thinks twice before going through the portal.  When she arrives, the first person she sees is the man from her dreams, who has been dreaming about her as well.  It would seem that Alison and Lucas are fated to be together, that is until she tells him her father’s name.  Alison is left unsure who to trust: follow her heart and be with Lucas; or follow her mother’s letter and go to her father.

For a young woman, Alison was quite mature.  She takes a giant leap into a world she knows nothing about and handles it all very well.  I liked that she wasn’t one to go back and forth doubting her choices or decisions.  She has some doubts about whether she can trust Lucas’ family, but she follows her heart and in the end it works out for her.  I can’t remember a lot about Lucas as almost the entire story is told in Alison’s POV.  What I can remember is that he is fierce, strong, protective and loyal…and he rides around on a dragon.  That’s right, a freakin’ dragon.

As I said, THE AZURE KINGDOM is told in Alison’s POV, with the epilogue being told in Lucas’ POV.  It comes with a HEA and at this stage it does appear to be a stand-alone, but I wouldn’t mind if it was turned into a series as I’d like to see other characters in this book find their soulmates as well.

The Azure Kingdom (The Iridescent Realm # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Forgotten Promises

By Jessica Lemmon

BR Forgotten Promises

Synopsis

Morgan Young had a perfect upbringing, and now she’s got a perfect boyfriend and a perfect future—until her twenty-first birthday changes everything. First Morgan finds out, in the most painful way possible, that her relationship is a sham. But that’s nothing compared to the nightmare about to unfold.

It’s too late for Tucker Noscalo. A brutal childhood left him with a bad reputation and a criminal record. Fresh out of jail, Tucker has a score to settle with Baybrook’s crooked chief of police—his own father. Nobody will believe Tucker’s explosive accusations without proof and a good lawyer, neither of which he has on his side. Until he sees someone he used to know, someone who just so happens to be the daughter of the best lawyer in the county.

He needs Morgan to convince her father of the ugly truth. But first he has to convince her, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get her to listen. Confronted by the story of Tucker’s dark past, Morgan feels utterly compelled to help him. And as their connection grows into a fierce bond fueled by raw passion, Morgan finds herself falling for the wrong guy—but never has the promise of love felt so right.

Review

Tucker is on the run after beating his father⎯again⎯as soon as he’s released from prison.  He has evidence proving his father is the real criminal at his family’s home, but he got caught trying to retrieve it.  He sees another opportunity for help when he spots the county’s best defense attorney’s daughter at a convenience store.  Morgan’s 21st birthday goes from bad to worse thanks to Tucker.  As if being told by her boyfriend that he’s been seeing her best friend on the side isn’t bad enough, she gets kidnapped and thrown into the trunk of Tucker’s car.  Worst. Birthday. Ever!  Tucker needs to gain Morgan’s trust so that she’ll convince her father to defend him and put his father in jail.  But he also needs to trust her with the details of his past and trust that she’ll do the right thing when the time comes.

FORGOTTEN PROMISES is told in dual POVs and is a stand-alone.  It’s also a novella, so it’s a fairly quick read.  That being said, I thought the story flowed very well, not too fast or too slow, with the exception of the final chapter or two; once Tucker has his proof, the story moves very quickly.  I thought this was a great read and I thought the author did a good job with how she handled the difficult topics mentioned in this story.  Do I think the book could have been longer to address these topics better?  Yes, I do, but it was still an enjoyable read and I was happy with the level of closure we got.

Please note: This book discusses topics which may be triggers for some readers.

Forgotten Promises

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Just A Girl

By Ellie Cahill

BR Just A Girl

Synopsis

After getting kicked out of her own band—by her own boyfriend—Presley Mason finds herself back in Wisconsin, helping her parents run their renowned music store. Instead of belting out powerhouse vocals to sold-out crowds in L.A., she’s stocking shelves and inspecting rental violins. But the shop isn’t all bad: When she’s vacuuming up late one night, she bumps into the guitar teacher with the smoldering amber eyes and the killer tattoo. And that’s when things take an interesting turn.
 
Presley soon finds that Paul Kellerman is as good in bed as he is on guitar. So why isn’t he stoked to share his band, Jukebox Bleu, with her? Turns out Paul has crippling stage fright, which he’s been self-medicating without much success. But when Jukebox Bleu’s lead singer gets called for military service, the other members beg Presley to front them. Even though she swore never to mix men with music again, the temptation to perform is almost as intense as her chemistry with Paul. Now Presley must decide what’s more important: a second chance at love . . . or rock stardom.

Review

This book does a really good job of grabbing you from the beginning.  It starts with Presley getting kicked out of the band she started with her boyfriend, the same boyfriend that just teamed up with the other band members to kick her out.  What a prick!!!  Three years of her hard work went down the drain in the span of a few minutes.  Devastated and angry, she heads back home to lick her wounds and it’s there she meets Paul, a guitar teacher who works in her parent’s music shop.  They quickly start a relationship, despite her vows to never date another guitar player again after being so badly betrayed by the last one.  Things get even more tricky when she’s asked to be the lead singer for his band, because she also vowed to never date another bandmate, and that’s one line she’s not willing to cross.

I liked Paul and Presley and thought they made a really nice couple.  The chemistry between them was palpable and the sex was hot, although some of the sex scenes are done behind closed doors.  Between the two, I liked Paul the most.  His struggle with stage fright was heartbreaking and you can’t help but feel sorry for him after what happened with Presley and his band.  I liked Presley, but the conflict she caused between her and Paul, and then between Paul and his band, really frustrated me, and I have to admit that during that time, I didn’t like her much.

JUST A GIRL is told only in Presley’s POV and appears to be a stand-alone.  Several chapters include texts between Presley and her BFF, Tweets and song playlists for whatever moment Presley is going through, which I thought were really interesting.  I will say that I was disappointed with the lack of closure we got regarding Presley’s old band.  Overall though, I found this book to be an easy and lighthearted read.  I liked the story and the humour that popped up every now and then.

Just A Girl

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Heat It Up

By Stina Lindenblatt

BR Heat It Up

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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Remember Me Always

By Angela Snyder

BR Remember Me Always

Synopsis

PENNY 

Five years ago, I left for college in New York, leaving behind my hometown and my high school sweetheart. I had a plan after I graduated; but somewhere along the way, my train, which was on a one-way trip to happily ever after, somehow got derailed. And so I’m back in Willowbrook, Alabama for one reason and one reason only — to confront Colton Crawford, the guy who broke my heart and a lot of promises. But instead of getting the answers I’m looking for, I only end up with even more questions. 

Colton doesn’t remember me, and I suddenly lost the most important person in my life in the blink of an eye. I don’t know if I can win back his heart, but I’m going to try with every fiber of my being to bring Colton back to me. 

COLTON 

Everything changed five years ago, and my memory was basically wiped clean. A clean slate was exactly what I needed since I wasn’t able to save my brother in the accident that almost claimed my own life. Bringin’ up the past just makes me realize how much I’ve lost, and so forgettin’ is what gets me through the day. Not wantin’ to remember wasn’t really a problem until a pretty blonde by the name of Penny Preston shows up in my bar demandin’ answers…answers that I can’t give her. 

I try to ignore the longin’ in my heart, but it’s almost impossible. Somethin’ keeps drawin’ me back to her…no matter how hard I try to push her away. And even though my brain can’t remember her, my heart just can’t seem to forget.

Review

“Are you gonna forget about me when you start makin’ all your new college friends?”
“I could never forget you, Colt.”
“Remember me?”
“Always.”

Penny and Colton have known each other since they were five years old.  As teens, that friendship morphed into a relationship that was fiery, passionate and loving.  But a few months after Penny left for college in New York, Colt stopped calling and she eventually found out why: he had met someone new.  Heartbroken and devastated, she cut all ties to her hometown outside of her parents.  Five years later, she’s determined to put the past behind her, but to do that she needs to find out why Colt so easily threw away everything they had.  Only when she returns home and confronts Colt, she finds out that he was involved in a terrible accident that stripped him of his entire memory.  If that wasn’t bad enough, she learns the truth about why he shut her out all those years ago and the betrayal cuts deep.

Penny’s a fighter.  She’s determined to make Colt remember their past and fall in love with her again because she knows what they had was special and won’t be found again.  She goes through the emotional wringer, trying to sort out her feelings while working out what’s best for her sanity and her future.  However, I didn’t like that she was stringing along another guy while trying to win Colt back.  Colt is one stubborn SOB.  He knows in his heart that Penny is someone special, but he refuses to accept what he’s feeling because she’s a part of his past he doesn’t want to face.  He doesn’t remember his life before the crash because he chooses not to, because he doesn’t want to remember the family he’s lost.  But I think it has more to do with Penny than his family.  While he loved his family, he loved Penny more, and I think subconsciously he knew that having lost her would be the worst thing he could remember.

I get this overwhelmin’ feelin’ that my heart knows somethin’ that I don’t. 

REMEMBER ME ALWAYS is a beautiful and heartbreaking story and you will need a few tissues when reading.  I enjoyed it, but there is a lot of pushing and pulling, not just between Colt and Penny, but also in regards to their heads warring with their hearts.  I’ll be honest, the amount of pushing and pulling in this book would normally frustrate the shit out of me, but I found I wasn’t too bothered by it here.  REMEMBER ME ALWAYS is told in dual POVs, is a stand-alone and comes with a HEA.

“Out of all the things I’ve forgotten, I regret forgettin’ you the most.

Remember Me Always

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Ladies Man (Manwhore # 3)

By Katy Evans

BR Ladies Man

Synopsis

TAHOE ROTH. 
Irreverent, cocky, playful and naughty. 
He’s not the guy you date. 
He’s the one night stand. 
The one your mother warned you about. 
The one your body craves. 

You’d think the man who called me succulent would want to strip me down and spread me out on his bed—like he’s done with countless others. 
But he passed on my offer…. 
Just like I’d once passed on his. 
He’s wary, like I am. 
He’s broken, like I am. 
And everyone knows two broken parts can’t ever make a whole. 
Tahoe and I are strictly friends. 
So I distract myself with other men. 
He doesn’t think my new man is good enough. This blond blue-eyed beast doesn’t think any man is—himself included. 
But the more time we spend together, the more confused I feel. 
I’m trying to open myself to love. 
Yet I’m quickly realizing that the only man I want is Tahoe Roth. 
The one man who will surely break my heart. 

Review

LADIES MAN is the story of Tahoe and Regina, two people introduced to us in MANWHORE.  Tahoe is very popular with the ladies; women flock to him wherever he goes and he’s never without a willing partner for the night.  Regina might want him, but he’s admitted he’ll never be monogamous and, to Regina, monogamy and faithfulness are vital to her relationships.  After being cheated on and having her heart broken by her college boyfriend, she’s not interested in letting another man into her heart.  But her feelings for Tahoe make her realise that maybe she is ready to date again, even though she knows the man she wants is the man she’ll never be able to have.

What can I say about LADIES MAN?  I enjoyed it, I did, but at the same time I felt it was very drawn out.  The story takes place over a year, with Regina and Tahoe dancing around each other and their feelings the entire time.  There’s no sex between the pair until the 90% mark, so if you’re expecting a lot of sexy times, you won’t find it here.  What you will find is angst and a lot of it as the two try to sort out their feelings while keeping their friendship intact.   What I liked most about this story is that while Tahoe was sleeping around, Regina wasn’t waiting for him.  Yes, she pined over him, but she dated and had sex with someone else.  Hallelujah!!!

LADIES MAN is part of the Manwhore series but it can be read as a stand-alone.  It’s a friends-to-lovers story, but I will say that I found their friendship to be very awkward, which I suppose is probably the point.  It’s only told in Regina’s POV but I would have liked to have seen an occasional switch in POV, as some of Regina’s thoughts were repetitive and it just would have been nice to know what Tahoe was thinking at times.

Ladies Man (Manwhore # 3)

My Rating:  3 Hearts 1/2

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Love, Chloe

By Alessandra Torre

BR Love Chloe

Synopsis

You know girls like me. You hate girls like me. The privileged blonde who skips her Ivy League classes when she’s had too many martinis. The one draped on the asshole’s arm because he drives a Bugati and screws like a champ.

I was that girl. I loved being that girl. 
Then, my door was broken in. Literally.
And in that moment? Everything changed.

Review

LOVE, CHLOE is the story of Chloe Madison, a NYC society girl who falls from grace when the FBI seizes her family’s assets for insider trading.  Left with only the clothes on her back, she’s forced to *gasp* work to pay for basic necessities such as food and rent.  While she’s navigating the singles scene and trying to fix the disaster that is her life, she also has to deal with a very demanding psycho-bitch of a boss, a secret that’s tearing her up inside and parents that seem to have forgotten she exists.  Each challenge and setback she faces turns her from a spoilt and shallow princess to a woman who, well, who acts like a grown-up.

LOVE, CHLOE is a stand-alone that is told in Chloe’s POV, except for the epilogue which is told in the POV of the man she chooses.  I had a love/hate relationship with the “Who is Chloe going to pick?” guessing game.  Will it be Vic, her wealthy but cheating ex-boyfriend who clearly still loves her and is willing to do anything to get her back?  Will it be Carter, the really nice Super in her building who will never earn enough to provide her with the life to which she was accustomed?  Or will it be Joey, the hot but egotistical actor working alongside her boss?  I’m not going to tell you, so you’ll just have to read it for yourself.  LOVE, CHLOE was my first book from Alessandra Torre and I quite enjoyed it.  The only issue I had was with the number of characters throughout the story and I found myself wondering more than once “Who’s this again?”, especially when most of those characters faded in and out.  But other than that, it’s a cute read.

Love, Chloe

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Taking Back Beautiful

by Devon Hartford

TakingBackBeautiful

Synopsis

For the first time in her life, Daphne Bowman wants to get in shape. She wants her beauty back and she’s determined to get it.

The last thing she’s looking for when she signs up for a membership at Body Fitness is a love connection.

Apollo Armstrong is a personal trainer with an emotional hole in his heart that he is trying to fill with the love of a good woman. He’s tired of meaningless dates with meaningless women who have nothing to offer but their bodies. He wants a real connection.

From the moment they meet, their connection is electric. But is it enough to keep them together forever?

TAKING BACK BEAUTIFUL is a fast read with loads of sweet and sexy feels, the scorching hot sex you expect, and the happy ending you demand. Both kinds.

Recommended for ages 18+

My Review

Devon Hartford delivers a romantic tale with two characters whose connection is sweet, seductive and humorous.

Loved that the two characters were in their late 20’s, it made their immediate connection more believable in their need to want to settle down together so quickly as by that stage once you see something your want, you simply jump and you take a chance with your heart.

Loved Daphne’s resolve to fix her health, heart and happiness, for someone with very little experience with the opposite sex she was simply a breath of fresh air.

We get lots of passionate moments and also sentimental parts especially with Apollo and his mother, it was great to see a physical man show respect.

I could have read so many more pages on this great couple, they were friends then lovers which is the great basis of any great romantic tale.

My rating: 4 Hearts

Taking Back Beautiful

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