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Love Crazy (Welcome To Spartan Book 1)

By Ashley Lyn

Synopsis

Alice
I shot him with my paintball gun.
It was instant lust, the moment I caught sight of his tattoos, well-muscled body, and cocky grin. However, it was ass over tea kettle love the minute that sexy bastard brought me coffee and a bacon wrapped donut.
I fell hard, and I loved every minute of it.
I was lucky enough to grow up in Spartan, but I’d been contemplating a move to somewhere more populated. Lucky for me, Luke moved here and showed me how awesome it is to meet someone who’s crazy matches your own.
It’s not all unicorns and rainbows, when an unwanted blast from my past blows into town, and tries knocking me off my pedestal of awesomeness.

Luke
She didn’t shoot me. She missed by a good ten feet.
I fell in love with her the minute I caught sight of her cute little ass in a big pair of flowered granny panties. I tell her it was her pretty eyes, and gorgeous red hair, but really, it was the underwear.
Moving to Spartan was the best decision I’d ever made. I never thought I would meet the love of my life when I moved to this small town.
The people who live here take a bit of getting used to. They sometimes forget what appropriate clothing is, and will use any excuse to party.
I wish I could say that everything followed the fairy tale path, but people intrude, and bring the devil with them.

Review

Love Crazy is a story of love at first sight or may first surprise.  These two were meant for each other.  it is not just a story about Alice and Luke but all the people who love Alice.

Alice knows how to make a first impression.  She has a vibrant personality and attitude.  She has a spirit that draws Luke in.  Along with paintballs.

Luke is the cool guy that moves in next door and instantly see something in Alice.  He has the tenacity to pursue Alice.  He jumps in with his heart first.

Both have family that are quite unique.  Alice was raised by two women because her own mother is the worst excuse for a human being.  The two women are characters to say the least and you can tell where Alice gets her personality from.  But they love Alice more than anything. And Luke has his sisters which gives Alice a chance to stand up for herself and the relationship that she is building.

Love Crazy by Ashley Lyn nicely blended fun, quirky and heartfelt moments with more serious and terrifying moments.  When two people with so much chemistry meet, they can overcome anything thrown in their way.

Love Crazy

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Coma Girl: Parts 1-6

By Stephanie Bond

Synopsis

In COMA GIRL, a victim of a tragic event lies in a hospital bed, at the mercy of friends and relatives who think she can’t hear them. But she SO can.

COMA GIRL, Part 1 novella is a month’s worth of daily segments taking place in July.
COMA GIRL, Part 2 novella is a month’s worth of daily segments taking place in August.
COMA GIRL, Part 3 novella is a month’s worth of daily segments taking place in September.
COMA GIRL, Part 4 novella is a month’s worth of daily segments taking place in October.
COMA GIRL, Part 5 novella is a month’s worth of daily segments taking place in November.
COMA GIRL, Part 6 novella is a month’s worth of daily segments taking place in December.

Review

I decided to review all six parts of COMA GIRL as one because I didn’t see the point of every review saying “She’s still in a coma” and “Another secret and/or confession was revealed”.  All six parts take place between July 1st and December 31st and total about 600 pages.  Apart from Part 6, every novella ended with a cliffhanger that I didn’t see coming.

Marigold was involved in a terrible car accident in June which left her in a coma, however she’s able to hear everything that is said around her.  Throughout the months she has regular visits from her family, her best friend, a scary but hilarious nun, the detective investigating her accident, a mystery man who reads poetry, and a doctor who won’t give up that one day she will wake up.  Almost every person who visited her confessed their secrets and personal problems, and it was evident very early on that her parents treated her differently from their other children and that her entire family is not involved in her life and know nothing about her.  Which is scary because her family now have the right to make medical decisions on her behalf.

I’ll be honest, there’s not much of a romance element to this story, at least there isn’t until you reach the end of November.  Assuming she would one day wake up, I kept trying to figure out who she was going to end up with as there were a couple of possibilities, even though she was pining for a man who was marrying someone else.  Spoiler Alert:  She does wake up.  She tells a few people that she could hear everything, but when it came to her family she decided to keep their secrets and start fresh.  Her quick forgiveness of her entire family for all they said and did was probably the only disappointing part of this entire series.  No-one can heal and move on if everyone is still keeping secrets.

COMA GIRL is told only in Marigold’s POV and to get the most out of the series, it needs to be read in order.  The author calls it a daily serial and it is written almost like a journal, with each new chapter being a new day and just a few pages long.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a book laid out in such a way, and I found I didn’t mind it.  There is no epilogue, which was disappointing as I would have loved to have seen a glimpse into Marigold’s future.

Coma Girl: Parts 1-6

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A Cranberry Inn Christmas

By Beth Ehemann

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Synopsis

Christmas at the Murphy household has always been a big deal, but with her daughters getting older, Kacie Murphy is feeling a bit sentimental, so she decides to give her family the perfect Christmas.

Plans of cookie baking, sleigh ride taking, and snowman making are quickly put in jeopardy when Kacie receives devastating news—her mom has sold the beloved Cranberry Inn. 

Not one to let his wife stay sad for long, hockey hunk and husband extraordinaire, Brody Murphy, hatches the ultimate surprise to save Kacie’s perfect Christmas.

When fate and the weather threaten his plans once again, Brody, Viper and Andy might just have to phone in a favor to Santa himself to save Christmas at the Cranberry Inn. 

*This low-angst, heartwarming novella of family and Christmas is the final farewell of the Cranberry Inn gang that readers have grown to love over the years.

Review

A CRANBERRY INN CHRISTMAS was a fun and light-hearted read that included the entire gang from the Cranberry Inn series.  It’s told in multiple POVs, but mostly in Brody and Kacie’s as they try to create the perfect Christmas.

I’m not going to spend too much time on this review because the story itself is a novella and is a final farewell to the entire gang and series.  It was an adorable read that will leave you with tears in your eyes and a smile on your face.  I was surprised⎯and a little saddened⎯to see that the Twinkies didn’t call Brody “Dad/Daddy” after six years of living with him, and this is the only complaint I have.  While the story focuses on Brody and Kacie, Viper often steals the show with his dirty and cheeky humour.  But I’m still Team Brody all the way.  The road trip with Brody, Viper and Andy?  Hilarious.

It’s always sad to see a beloved series come to an end, but I thought A CRANBERRY INN CHRISTMAS was the perfect way to say goodbye.

A Cranberry Inn Christmas

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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The Pool Boy

By Penny Wylder

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Synopsis

The second I saw her, I had to have her.
When my friend asked me to cover for him at his pool cleaning job, I figured I’d make some extra cash. I didn’t expect to find myself face to face with a sweet set of curves named Vera.
Then she started strutting around in her bikini.
I guess her goal is to piss her rich dad off. I’m clearly not the kind of guy he wants her near.
But if she thinks I’ll let her toy with me and not follow through… I’ve got a surprise for her.
A huge surprise that wants to rip through my pants.
I’ll screw her in the pool shed, the garden, and right in her room while her parents sleep down the hall.
I don’t care if her dad finds out or not—this girl is MINE.

Review

THE POOL BOY is a hot and quick read, and is the first book I’ve read from Penny Wylder.

James and Vera are very likeable characters and you could feel the chemistry between them right from the start.  Vera is not your typical rich girl.  She cares about those less fortunate than her and it’s her dream to work for a company that designs and builds homes for those that need them.  James is not the kind of man her father would ever pick for her.  He’s not from a wealthy family and is filling in as caretaker for their estate.  Vera is attracted to him at first sight, and if it pisses off her father that she’s sleeping with the help, well that’s just a bonus.

The sex between James and Vera dominates this story and it is hot.  Scorching hot.  That scene involving the garden hose?  Yowza.  The entire story (except the epilogue) takes place in the span of a week, so it is an insta-love.  Vera’s father’s involvement in her job-hunting endeavours was easy to spot right from the start and by the end of the book, the status of her relationship with her parents is left unresolved.  THE POOL BOY is told in dual POVs and is a stand-alone novella that comes with a nice HEA.  There is an option to read another epilogue that takes place a year later, but to access that you need to sign up to the author’s newsletter, which I think is sneaky.  I mean no offence to the author, but I’m not going to sign up to a newsletter just to find out how the story really ends.

The Pool Boy

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Falling For Flynn (Hockey On Tap # 1)

By Kate Willoughby

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Synopsis

Tracy Duval has spent her life proving women can play hockey. From leading her college team to coaching little girls, she’s been a champion of the sport. But when a sexist ad for the Barracuda Fantasy Hockey Camp seems to exclude women, she signs up to teach the boys a lesson.

Retired NHL player Flynn Hammerstrom meets Tracy at the local ice rink and is immediately intrigued. She’s mature, confident, sexy—and hello, she plays hockey. He’s ready to settle down again and, after his tumultuous marriage, he’s looking for a woman who is high on fun and low on drama.

Unfortunately, even though he’s nuts about her, the drama he desperately wants to avoid flares up at the fantasy camp. 

And Tracy is smack dab in the middle of the fire.

Review

FALLING FOR FLYNN is the first book in the Hockey On Tap series, which is a spin-off (of sorts) of the In The Zone series, but you don’t have to read that series in order to enjoy this story.

Flynn is a retired Barracuda who owns a bar with his fellow team mates, Cole and Slater, who I assume will get their own books.  He’s attending the Fantasy Camp in the hopes of expanding their business and falls in lust with Tracy at first sight.  Unfortunately, I was slightly turned off by the description of his hairstyle before he changed it.  I’m sorry, but I just can’t find it in me to consider a man sexy when he’s three quarters bald and wears what’s left in a ponytail.  I liked Tracy, who’s intelligent and giving; she’s an OB/GYN who spends her spare time coaching a young girls hockey team.  After some persuasion from her best friend and business partner, Naomi, she decides to take on the Barracudas and their sexist attitude towards women and hockey.  Flynn is her all-time favourite player, and I liked that she didn’t fan-girl all over him when they met, and that she stood up to him when he was being a jackass.

It was refreshing to read a story about a couple finding love in their forties, and I’m looking forward to reading the future books in this series.  FALLING FOR FLYNN is told in dual POVs and is a novella, so the story is short and sweet.  Personally I wish it had been a bit longer, perhaps including more time spent at the bar and a bit more backstory on Flynn and Tracy.

Falling For Flynn (Hockey On Tap # 1)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Bind Me Before You Go (Serve # 8)

By Harper Kincaid

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Synopsis

His heart is bound tighter than the bondage he craves…

Determined to put her past behind her, Cassidy Peyton moves to the Big Apple. But New York has a few dark secrets of its own, including Serve, an exclusive BDSM club. It’s a place she isn’t sure she’s ready for, until she sees him watching her. Hot. Intent. Knowing. With eyes that leave her stomach tied in knots, because the loneliness he’s trying to hide matches her own.

Security expert David Cavill has more secrets than any man should. Secrets that forever shut down any possibility of love, marriage, or family. Yet Cassidy draws him in, an intoxicating combination of strength, candor, and sensuality that David can’t resist. But as their bond deepens, Cassidy must decide if she can love a man whose heart is bound tighter than the form of bondage he craves…

Review

BIND ME BEFORE YOU GO is a quick little BDSM-ish read.  I say BDSM-ish because while there are a couple of scenes in a BDSM club, there’s not a whole lot of BDSM going on, apart from the Shibari rope bondage.  I’m not familiar with Shibari, but it sounded like the author did her homework and she explained it fairly well.  When David was explaining the purpose behind it, about how it binds you to your partner which in turn binds them to you, I found it interesting and sweet.

Because of how quickly the story moves and the gaps in time, I didn’t really feel a connection between David and Cassidy.  Both of them have their issues, but where Cassidy is open to the possibility of love, David has closed himself off.  He insisted she trust him and open up about her past, but he never offered her the same courtesy.  Because of all his past relationships, when Cassidy declared her love for him, he rejected it and hurt her in the process.

BIND ME BEFORE YOU GO is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of the Serve series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  It comes with a nice HEA for David and Cassidy, and I’d classify it as an insta-love given the story’s short time frame.

Bind Me Before You Go (Serve # 8)

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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Ignite (Legacy # 0.75)

By Rebecca Yarros

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Synopsis

It only takes a spark…

In Legacy, Colorado, I buried my father alongside his elite Hotshot team. 
Ten years later, I’ve followed in his footsteps—fighting fires in the mountains of Alaska with my brother.
Amid the flames, nothing ignites me like Avery Claire.
She’s stubborn, strong, sexy as hell, and my best friend. 
She also has no idea that I’m in love with her.
But Colorado is calling me home, needing every Legacy-born firefighter to successfully rebuild our fathers’ team. 
One night will change everything between us, 
But she’s tied to Alaska and my future is in Colorado.
Now I’m torn between what my honor demands, 
And what my heart can’t live without.

Review

IGNITE is the second prequel novella in the Legacy series that takes place in roughly the same timeline as POINT OF ORIGIN.  As with the first novella, the Legacy Hotshot crew is still trying to come together, still trying to get enough legacies to reinstate the team.  River and Avery have been best friends for seven years, and have secretly been in love with each other for most of that time.  Now that he might be headed back to Colorado, River feels it’s time to make his move on Avery, to take their friendship to the next level.

I liked Avery, but I did have my issues with her.  I can respect that she took care of her father, but at the same time I hated that she let him treat her so horribly.  He’d use the word “family” to guilt her into helping him, but not once did he treat her like family.  I liked River, who was a very patient and understanding man when it came to Avery.  I loved that he was willing to make so many sacrifices just to keep his relationship with Avery alive.

IGNITE is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  As with the first novella, there’s no firefighter action to be seen, but maybe we’ll see some in a future novel.  This novella was short and sweet and came with a nice HEA.

Ignite (Legacy # 0.75)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Mistletoe Games (A Play-By-Play Anthology)

By Jaci Burton

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Synopsis

Holiday Games
For the high-achieving Elizabeth and her husband, baseball player Gavin Riley, failure is not an option. So when it comes to making a baby, they’re not about to let any holiday distractions get in the way of their necessary pleasures…
 
Holiday on Ice
It’s the season for giving and superstar hockey player Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer is ready to give dancer Stella Slovinski his heart wrapped up in bow. But he’ll have to melt the ice surrounding her heart to keep her from walking away…
 
Hot Holiday Nights
Christmas in Hawaii brings sports agent Tori Baldwin two presents: a young surfer at the top of his game and his business manager. But this hot threesome has to decide if the romantic wave they’ve caught is nothing more than a vacation fling, or the kind of love that could change their lives forever…

Review

As a person who has never read a book by Jaci Burton before, I thought MISTLETOE GAMES would be a good way to check out her work.  It’s an anthology in the Play-By-Play series, and I assumed that all three novellas could be read as stand-alones.  That was the case with HOLIDAY ON ICE and HOT HOLIDAY NIGHTS, but not with HOLIDAY GAMES.  All three stories revolve around athletes and sports stars, and are told in dual POVs.


HOLIDAY GAMES is a follow up story to CHANGING THE GAME, book 2 in the Play-By-Play series.  For the most part, I thought it was enjoyable and I liked both Liz and Gavin.  For a novella, there was a lot of sex, so much so that I began skipping the sex scenes just to get back to the story.  The story not only catches up with Liz and Gavin, but with all the Riley clan and their partners, so there were a lot of people to try and keep track of.  I think I would have gotten more enjoyment out of this story if I’d read the previous books relating to this family.

Rating:  4 Hearts


HOLIDAY ON ICE is the story of Trick and Stella, two people who are not interested in a relationship but who end up falling in love with each other.  I liked Trick and thought he was great boyfriend material, but Stella didn’t win me over.  Her reason for not wanting a relationship⎯and then using it to break up with Trick⎯was ridiculous and silly.  Despite really liking Trick, I felt this novella was the weakest in the set.

Rating:  3 Hearts


HOT HOLIDAY NIGHTS is the story of Tori, Alex and Ben.  Yes, this novella is a threesome story and is definitely the raciest in the set where I didn’t skip the sex scenes.  Tori is a middle-aged woman who starts a holiday fling with Alex⎯who’s younger then her⎯and Ben⎯who’s her age and Alex’s manager.  Their story takes place in a very short period of time and I’d classify it as an insta-love.  While I enjoyed this story the most, I found some of the dirty talk to be a little laughable, and sometimes the POV would switch without any notice, which caused some confusion.

Rating:  4 Hearts


Mistletoe Games (A Play-By-Play Anthology)

My Rating:  3 Hearts 1/2

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Between Clouds and Stars

By Sharlyn G. Branson

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Synopsis

My life is perfect. I have money, power, good looks and countless women ready to do anything to get their hands on me, and my rather large package. My business brings in billions every year and my airline has the fastest airplanes in the world. In short, I have everything a man can dream of. Or so I thought until I met Estelle Klide. 

The second I saw her, I decided to make her mine. 

Her body was sinfully sexy. She had amazing, mesmerizing indigo eyes. Her sweet scent was the epitome of temptation and evoked images of wild, animalistic sex in my mind. 

I couldn’t help but fall for her – hard. Letting her slip through my fingers was not an option. 
In involving myself with her, I entered waters I’d never thought I’d have to swim in. I set off on a journey filled with mystery, fear and a lot of love. 

The only thing that threatened to ruin this paradise and destroy everything, was her ex-husband, who turned out to be a real monster. 

* BETWEEN CLOUDS AND STARS is a standalone romance novel, which takes place in the fantastical world of the future. 

Review

When I started reading BETWEEN CLOUDS AND STARS, I wasn’t aware that it was set in the future, so that was a bit of a shock.  But that’s ok, it wasn’t a problem for me and so I kept reading.

So why the low rating?  The story moves extremely fast and has way too much happening for a novella.  Within the first few pages I thought that if I were to blink while reading, I might miss something important.  Because of how fast it moves, you cannot connect with the characters or what’s going on because there simply wasn’t enough time to do so.  Even the characters themselves don’t have time to react or be emotional before they’re moved on to the next part of the story.  I get that this is set in the future and that it’s fiction, but I still expect a book to be somewhat realistic.  Spoilers ahead.  How did Estelle’s ex-husband escape from jail?  Why was she not notified by the police that he had escaped, given that he tried to kill her?  How did he tamper with Nick’s plane?  Why wasn’t the crash of Nick’s plane investigated?  Why would a couple lie about Estelle dying as a child so they could adopt her, only to treat her like crap her entire life?  How could they just adopt some random child without proof of birth?  Why would her family believe a doctor saying she had died and not speak to the police?  All these questions tell me that the story was full of holes and loose ends.

While writing this review, I tried really hard to think of anything I liked about it.  Sadly, the only part I liked was the HEA ending.  BETWEEN CLOUDS AND STARS is told in dual POVs and is a stand-alone.

Between Clouds and Stars

My Rating:  1 Heart

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Anchor (First to Fight #1)

By Nicole Blanchard

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Synopsis

I’ll do anything to save her.

A woman I’ve never met, whose name I don’t even know, gambled her own life to protect my child. In return, she was taken by a mad man.

I’ll put my career, my security, and my life on the line to get her back, even if it means facing the truth about my own mistakes.

The only thing she can’t trust me with…is her heart.

This is a FULL LENGTH, STANDALONE with a HEA and NO CLIFFHANGER.

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Review

Anchor starts with a whirlwind of action and drama and does not stop until the very last page.
A fast paced story including an alpha male and a strong female leading lady who delivers on emotion and determination with insta-attraction all the way.
A short story that is part of a series that I absolutely have loved, I would have enjoyed this even more with perhaps a bit more substance but I still rate this a satisfying read.
The drama storyline flowed and I did not guess the mad man’s connection to Gabe until all was revealed. I found the captain storyline a bit strange whilst reading however it does make sense towards the end why he was always mentioned throughout the dramatic ordeal.
Loved the scene in the hospital and also the epilogue was really romantic so always love a HEA.

Anchor (First to Fight #1)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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