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Roomies

By Christina Lauren

Synopsis

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

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

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

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

Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roomies

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Misadventures on the Night Shift (Misadventures #6)

By Lauren Rowe

Synopsis

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

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

Review

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

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

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

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

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

Misadventures on the Night Shift

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Puck Love

By Carmen Jenner

Synopsis

Stella Hart is the hottest thing in country music. For ten years, she’s been Nashville’s darling. She’s pure, sweet, and a positive role model in an industry rife with scandals, sex, and sequins. Men want to own her, women want to be her—everyone wants a piece of her, and Stella? Well, she wants out.

As the center for the Calgary Crushers, Van Ross isn’t afraid of the spotlight, but he doesn’t much like it either. Despite his reputation as a player, the NHL’s bad boy lives for only two things: the game, and his younger brother. That’s why when he comes across a country music superstar seeking refuge at his home in the Canadian Rockies, he’s not too happy with the media shitstorm this surprise houseguest brings.

With a nationwide manhunt, paparazzi dogging their every move, producers of a reality TV show baying for blood, and a record label desperate to see their “good girl” returned safely home, Van and Stella’s lives are snowballing out of control.

While Van would like nothing more than to show the purest of them all how well he handles his er … stick, Stella is no puck bunny. Nor is she as innocent as she’d have the world believe.

With chemistry like theirs, tension runs high on and off the ice, but the end game is the same for both players: line up the puck, take the shot, and score. If only their hearts understood the play.

Puck fame and fortune.
Puck right and wrong.
Puck love.

Review

PUCK LOVE is the first book I’ve read from Carmen Jenner, and overall I found it an enjoyable read.

“Van, what happened to my panties?”
“I took one look at them and they just disintegrated into thin air. That happens quite a bit when I’m around.”

I liked Van.  Yes, he could sometimes be a bit of a pig, especially to Stella before they started sleeping together, and he came on to her pretty damn strong, but I did find humour in some of his comments.  I loved watching him with his little brother, Emmett, who has Downs Syndrome and who he clearly loved very much and would do anything for.  I know there are a few readers who hated him because he “cheated”, but since he and Stella were broken up at the time and he put a stop to it very quickly, I don’t consider what he did cheating, so I’m not going to hold that one scene against him.

I liked Stella, but I don’t really have much to say about her other than she suffered from severe panic attacks when performing, but was suddenly cured after starting a relationship with Van.  This was a woman who was questioning her entire career and life choices, but when the time came to return said career, she did so very easily and was suddenly loving it.  I guess I just don’t understand how getting a boyfriend can change how you feel about your job.

I thought PUCK LOVE was written well.  I didn’t notice any spelling or grammar mistakes, or any inconsistencies, and it did hold my attention pretty well.  That being said, there were a few things that slightly bothered me.  We never found out how the paparazzi discovered where Stella was hiding.  The first half (ish) of the story takes place in the span of a few weeks, but after that the story takes huge skips in time, ranging from one month to four months.  After feeling their connection build in those first few weeks, it was hard trying to feel that connection continue when they were apart for months at a time.  Lastly, Van and Stella had a huge conflict around the middle of the story, so I thought it was odd to add another conflict at the 90% mark, especially when it was just a misunderstanding and was resolved within a couple of pages.  It felt a bit pointless to me.

PUCK LOVE is told in dual POVs and is currently a stand-alone.  However, that could change as Van’s friend and Stella’s manager seemed to have a little something going on in this story, but in regards to Van and Stella, they got their HEA.

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The Road Back (Limelight Series #2)

By Piper & Jack Davenport

Synopsis

18+ for language and sexual situations…

Hadley Simon risked everything to earn her spot as the manager for America’s fastest rising band. They have been invited to open for rock royalty in a once in a lifetime summer tour, and it means she finally gets to do what she loves. She is the consummate professional and knows how to keep her emotions in check…until a sexy as hell drummer enters her life and turns her world upside down.

Jack Henry is living with his demons in relative seclusion…until he’s convinced to go back out on the road with his old band. The death of his wife ruined him, and he has fought his way out from under a pile of easy women, booze, and blow, but doesn’t know if he can resist the old temptations that nearly killed him. When he meets the beautiful and sassy manager of his opening act, he feels things he hasn’t in a very long time, bringing to the surface ghosts he thought were exorcised long ago.

But she is his new drug of choice, and he doesn’t know what scares him more…pursuing a life with her or the thought of one without her.

Review

What a fantastic read The Road Back was for me.  I loved the beginning, middle and ending, I feel so satisfied.

A favourite character for me was Hadley from the first book of this series.  There was something about this woman that just clicked.  The age difference between her and Jack was perfect for me and provided great moments of him stepping up for Hadley.  The way he cares for her during the road trip and ultimately stands up and claims her was pure hearts & roses.

The Road Back has humour, suspense and flows perfectly.  I could not put this down. It is just such a great rocker romance about being on the road and amongst family.  Rex & Roxie return as do Bam & Lucy and they definitely influence some of the storyline and provide some wonderful moments along the way.

Hadley & Jack’s connection both physical and emotional soothed my soul and sung to my heart, this was pure romance with an edge.

Finally, I was so happy with the way this story ended for Hadley & Jack.  I loved this rocking romantic tale and I could have read so much more on these two soulmates.

Quote:  You’re the dream I thought was lost

The Road Back (Limelight Series #2)

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Broken Road (Limelight #1)

By Piper & Jack Davenport

Synopsis

Life on the road is hard, love on the road is even harder…

Lucy Haddon is rock royalty. She’s the daughter of one of the biggest rock stars on the planet and is now in charge of her father’s empire, including planning the most anticipated reunion in rock history. She’s no stranger to the dangers of touring life, but has always managed to stay out of trouble by following her own set of rules. Her biggest rule…no dating musicians…even when it comes to her teenage fantasy.

Bad boy drummer “Bam” Nelson’s band has just been offered the opportunity of a lifetime… the last thing he should be thinking about is women. The meteoric rise of his band and the crash landing of his last relationship has left him burned out and closed off, but when a red-headed rock princess walks into his life, he realizes she could be the one to finally heal the wounds of his past.

He just has to convince her to break her own rule. 

Review

Broken Road is a surprising read for me as I do not normally enjoy Rock Star Romance however it had a great ensemble of leading and supporting characters and also had humour which was brilliant.  I have also loved Piper’s MC Romance so I was interested to see her take on this new world!

Firstly love Lucy and as any onion ring lover knows – onion rings solve all of life’s dramas and make everything good again – so Lucy is my kind of girl!

Considering Broken Road is written by two authors it flowed really well and kept its consistency and we are given quite a bit of background history on both bands.  With the series continuing to other characters it all formed a good base for when we pick up the next instalment “On The Road”.

Now Piper has a great knack of entwining characters from her other series and I have read the Dogs of Fire so I could follow random characters that appear in this story especially when the drama started to affect Bam and Lucy’s road to love.

Lucy’s parents were one of my most favourite components of this story!  They were funny and really explained Lucy’s overall outlook on love, life and no bullshit.  Sullivan Wallace her bodyguard was a constant companion for Lucy and I was enamoured with the way he cared for his girl. Bam was a typical artist and it was great to know the background of Roses for Anna and also Lucy’s dad’s band and their passionate love scenes were perfect.

My only complaint was I felt the story with Bam in the middle returning to his home was a little rushed and kind of thrown in to me and I was actually expecting a bit more drama/danger to Lucy/Bam?

I must admit I cannot wait to read “The Way Back” which  is Hadley & Jack’s story, I have a feeling it is going to be epic as Jack’s background story immediately pulled at my heart strings.

Favourite Quote:  “Hmm, onion rings. The meeting went that badly?”

Broken Road (Limelight #1)

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Twist (Dive Bar # 2)

By Kylie Scott

Synopsis

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot bearded bartender Joe Collins only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, fascinating, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman—except that she lives across the country. Soon they’re emailing up a storm and telling each other their deepest, darkest secrets…except the one that really matters.

When Alex pays Joe a surprise visit, however, they both discover that when it comes to love, it’s always better with a twist.

Review

I have been a fan of Kylie Scott’s since I first read LICK from her Stage Dive series several years ago and because of that, it pains me to say that I’m not feeling much love for TWIST.

Story-wise, I felt like it didn’t flow very well.  I often found myself thinking, “I don’t remember that.”, or “What are they talking about?”, or “How did the conversation shift from this to that?”.  I’d go back several pages to see if I missed a paragraph or something, but I never found anything that would explain my confusion.

Character-wise, not only did I not connect with Joe and Alex, but I also didn’t feel a connection between them.  There was nothing in their email communications that would explain why Alex would hop on a plane to surprise her “beloved”.  They had no chemistry and their relationship ran hot and cold from beginning to end.  There were things I liked about them, but for every one thing I liked, there was another thing I didn’t like.

TWIST is told only in Alex’s POV, but it also includes their email communications as flashback scenes.  While it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone and it does come with a HFN ending for Joe and Alex.  Joe’s brother, Eric, gets the next book, but I disliked his man-child attitude so much that I have no interest in reading it.

Twist (Dive Bar # 2)

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Dive Bar Series

Bounty (Colorado Mountain #7)

By Kristen Ashley

Synopsis

Justice Lonesome has enjoyed a life of bounty.

Even so, she’s inherited the curse of the Lonesome. A poet’s soul. Which means she’s still searching for something. Searching for peace. Searching for the less…that’s more.

And when the foundation of her life is pulled out from under her, grieving, she goes to the mountains to find her oasis. She hits Carnal, Colorado and decides to stay.

Deke Hightower lost everything at the age of two. He lost it again at fifteen. His life has not been about bounty. It’s been about learning to live with less, because there’s no way to get more.

Deke’s also watched all his friends go down to the women who gave them what they needed. He wants that for himself. But he knows that search isn’t going to be easy because he’s a rider. His home is the road. That’s the only place he can breathe. And the woman who takes her place at his side has to do it sitting on the back of his bike.

When Deke meets Justice, he knows she’s not that woman. She’s cute. She’s sweet. And she’s into him, but she’s got it all and Deke knows he won’t fit into that. So he holds her at arm’s length. Establishes boundaries. And Justice will take it because she wants Deke any way he’ll let her have him.

But when Justice finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game, Deke makes a decision.

When he does, he has no idea he’s just opened himself up to bounty.

Review

Bounty, #7 of the Colorado Mountain is another great addition to this series. Now in all honesty it is not my favourite however I have always wanted to read a story on Deke.  Deke is a character that has stayed with me especially as he has played a role at significant moments in other books in this series. He was with Lauren in Sweet Dreams #2, hence he and Tate have that connection and I must say Tate delivered one of my most favourite parts of this whole series.  Tate stood back in his alpha male way and monitored Justice to make sure she was going to fit his friend and then how he cares for Justice at her most critical and highly emotional part in this whole story just brought tears to my eyes – I fell in love with Tate all over again. Deke also made a connection with me in Lady Luck with Lexie and also Breathe with Faye – I mean this man is an enigma – he is a traveller and in this book he found his Gypsy.

Another favourite moment was when Deke races to the police station and realises his emotional connection and need to protect Justice. Their love grew deeper and I kept returning to that poignant moment as for Deke it truly was his realisation of his need for this woman and he then became her warrior. I thought the part when Justice explained her old truck to Deke was beautiful and made you understand Justice’s inner thoughts on her life.

Now Joss rocked as her mother and another favourite character was Mr T – he was brilliant especially the way he cared about Justice. Can I say Krystal and Bubba as parents – OMG what an amazing little story in Bounty for them and I loved the name.

So my only complaint is that I really felt that all the characters from books 1 to 6 kind of got thrown into this story just for the hell of it – however perhaps the author was trying to show how they all have their own Bounty?  I really do not think it was needed and at times I was like – ok the whole gang is here – say hello and all go home as I want to get back to Deke and Justice. I would have been fine with her making the friendship connection with everyone at Bubba’s as that made sense, she sang and drank there and also Sunny and Shambles as they were the first to realise who she was when she moved to the town and I can understand Chance being a major player considering the dramatic situations that occur to Justice at her home. So many return characters and it just wore me down however I am very interested that at the end of the book it tells us that Woods and Maggie are coming as I felt really sorry for Woods when he lost out on Lauren to Tate – although I am team Lauren and Tate all the way !!

The ending was just perfection, it really did confirm to me they are kindred spirits both wanting and needing the road – I could have read more on Deke and Justice and would have loved to see a little Gypsy baby.

Bounty (Colorado Mountain #7)

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Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll

By Sawyer Bennett

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Synopsis

When you’re a rock god, fame and fortune are your two best friends, but they can be fickle bitches. Everyone wants a piece of me and I have no clue how to deal with it all. I’m being sued, pressured to sign contracts, and fending off rabid women who want to steal my virtue.

Well, not that I really have any virtue, but still… my life has turned completely bat-shit crazy.

That’s why I need Emma Peterson. She got me out of a bit of a jam once, and I know she can do it again. The only problem is that sweet, prim and totally straight-laced Emma doesn’t want anything to do with me. Not professionally, and certainly not personally.

It’s not that I want her in that way. Let’s be realistic… it would take a crow bar of epic proportions to get her to spread those legs for me.

No, I only want her legal expertise and for her to make sense of my crazy world. It’s a good thing I have just the leverage to make her do my bidding, because her refusal is not an option.

Review

After recently reading a few intense books from Sawyer Bennett, it was nice to pick up one that was⎯for the most part⎯nice, easy and laid back.  SEXY LIES AND ROCK & ROLL definitely fell into that category.

Emma is a very intelligent young woman, but she’s also very insecure.  She won’t believe a hundred compliments given to her, but she will believe⎯wholeheartedly⎯a single negative remark aimed her way.  She’s also a loner, preferring to spend her time surrounded by books and legal paperwork instead of people.  Evan is a manwhore, sleeping with women whose names he doesn’t know and then rudely kicking them out the next morning.  His first scene was eye-opening and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like him, but you quickly get to know him and understand why he does what he does, and your heart breaks for him a little.  At times he was cocky and arrogant, but in a cheeky and fun way that you can’t help but like him for.

Evan and Emma are like fire and ice, total opposites of each other, but somehow they just work.  He helps bring her out of her shell and she becomes someone he can trust completely.  I was quite surprised when the first night of sex between them was done behind closed doors, because I don’t recall Ms Bennett ever doing that before.  I’ll admit I was worried we’d never get an actual sex scene, but this is Sawyer, so I should have known better.  I thought the conflict was believable⎯albeit a little predictable⎯though I didn’t like that Emma dragged it out because she refused to listen to reason.  It comes with a HEA epilogue, but I was hoping for a bit more of an ending as I would have loved to have seen a glimpse of their lives a few years down the road.  SEXY LIES AND ROCK & ROLL is told in dual POVs, is a stand-alone and is a perfect way to spend a few hours of your day.

Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Renegade

By Heather Dahlgren

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Synopsis

Brooklyn Adler has the life she’s planned for. Job, house, and boyfriend – in that order. It’s a boring, routine life where there are no surprises and nothing is spontaneous. It’s safe, it’s mundane and she’s fine with that.

Crosby Fitzgerald, better known as Fitz from the band Renegade, has a life he never planned for. Popularity, women and success – not always in that order. Everything he does is spontaneous and exciting, because life is worth living to the fullest.

A chance meeting with Brooklyn and Fitz alter both of their worlds – ensuring neither will ever be the same.

Review

This is my first book by this author.  I thought this was a wonderful read, we get POV from both two main characters and we even get a little excerpt at the end of the story by Brooklyn’s friend Poppy who created great humorous moments throughout this romantic journey.

I have not been a great fan of rockstar romance but Renegade has changed that for me.

My favourite part of this story was simply following Brooklyn’s growth as a woman and finding her place in life and finally following her dream.  I loved how Fitz helped Brooklyn to realise her full potential as a strong and sensual woman.  I understood and respected Brooklyn for how she dealt with Hank, she kept true to her beliefs and she just did not jump into bed with Fitz.

I thought when she left New York and then the story jumps a month, it was perfect, I as a reader wondered what had happened, we get flashbacks and I simply devoured them and they helped connect the two character back together for their reunion.

The physical and emotional connection between Fitz and Brooklyn was perfect and the romance sexual scenes where just right.

The other favourite part for me was the whole inner family that was Renegade, how the guys and girls were more family than friends – it was great.

Renegade

My Rating: 4 Hearts

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Just A Girl

By Ellie Cahill

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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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