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Falling Hard (Colorado High Country # 3)

By Pamela Clare

Synopsis

A Gold Star wife alone…

Ellie Meeks promised her pilot husband that if he was killed in combat, she would live her life to the fullest. Three years later, she is still alone, raising the twins he never met. She has no interest in dating or meeting men—until one snowy night when a stranger helps her get her sick kids safely home. That stranger turns out to be a former Army Ranger and a member of the elite Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. He’s also tall, rugged… and irresistibly sexy. 

All it takes is one kiss…

Jesse Moretti came to Colorado to get Iraq out of his head, using the adrenaline of extreme sports and high-risk mountain rescues to keep his mind off the past. But getting involved with Ellie might be the riskiest thing he’s ever done. It’s not just their explosive chemistry. There’s something about Ellie that gets inside him, opening him to feelings he’s tried hard to ignore. 

When passion ignites…

Ellie feels alive in Jesse’s arms and happier than she ever thought she’d feel again. But their relationship comes at a price for him, and soon Ellie sees that she must help Jesse fight the demons of his past to protect the love of a lifetime—and save the heart of a hero.

Review

Ellie is a single mother to soon-to-be three-year-old twins (Daniel & Daisy) after her husband died in Iraq while she was pregnant.  She has a wonderful support system not only in her family, but in the small town where she lives.  I liked her a lot and thought her hesitations about dating again were realistic, though I did feel that her reaction to Jesse’s “secret” was a little irrational.  In fact, her reaction was the only part of the entire story that I didn’t like.

Jesse is an incredibly nice guy and I really enjoyed getting to know him.  He’s been living next door to Ellie for over two years and although they have never met, he knew about her husband and helped her out anonymously whenever he could.  He has saved many lives throughout his careers, but he focuses on the ones he couldn’t save, which affects him badly.  While he willingly jumps into frozen lakes without any hesitation, he hates the spotlight and doesn’t think of himself as a hero, which of course only makes him more likeable.

I have read all three books released in this series so far, and I have to say that this is the first time I’ve really gotten a feel for the small town.  When tragedy strikes, everyone in the community comes together to do and give whatever they can to help.  I don’t remember having that feeling in the first two books, but in this book that feeling was front and centre.

FALLING HARD is told in dual POVs, and quite often the POV would switch several times within a chapter.  While I did find that slightly annoying, I was grateful that the switch was marked by a symbol which made the change easily identifiable.  While FALLING HARD is part of a series, it can most definitely be read as a stand-alone.  The HEA is beautiful and sweet, but also achingly sad.  The final chapter took me the longest to read because I had to keep stopping to wipe my eyes.  Even re-reading it while I composed this review had me tearing up again.

FALLING HARD is the third book in the Colorado High Country series and is my favourite.  Any book that can draw out my emotions like this one did deserves the highest rating.

Falling Hard (Colorado High Country # 3)

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Shaken, Not Stirred (Last Call # 5)

By Sawyer Bennett

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Synopsis

She swore she would never fall to any man.
He took one look at her and vowed to bring her down.

Casey Markham is a man-eater in a rut. Swearing off relationships may keep her heart safe, but she’s beginning to question if her casual flings will ever leave her satisfied. She’s wondering if it’s finally time to let go of the past and stop letting history control her future.

Bad boy biker, Tenn Jennings can’t get Casey off his mind. A chance encounter with the beautiful blond has left its mark, and now he’s determined to prove her wrong about everything she thought she knew about men.

It’s safe to say… Casey Markham has met her match.

Review

SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED is the fifth and final book in the Last Call series and is about Casey (Hunter and Brody’s little sister) and Tenn (a new arrival in town).

After having her heart broken at the tender age of eighteen, Casey has sworn of relationships.  She avoids good, kind and honest men because those types have the potential to thaw the ice around her heart.  Instead, she sleeps with men exactly like her first boyfriend, because when she disposes of them and makes them feel worthless, she doesn’t feel worthless herself.  I liked her enough, but at times I found her a little immature and I didn’t like it when she played games, especially with Tenn.

I really liked Tenn.  He seemed like a cool and easygoing guy and I loved how much he loved his daughter, willing to move across the country to be closer to her.  However, for a man who hates his ex-wife because of the mind games she plays, I was surprised that he didn’t seem to have a problem with Casey’s games and that he would play them himself at times.

SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  I thought I recognised Tenn’s name, but it wasn’t until he talked about being a cowboy that I realised he’s Woolf’s brother from The Wicked Horse series, which is a spin-off of this series.  Yes, I read the series out of order.  It also took me a while to realise that Kyle (Andrea’s brother) is the same Kyle from WICKED BOND, the undercover ATF agent that was killed.  Spoiler alert:  He wasn’t really killed, because his own book, FINDING KYLE, came out last month.

Shaken, Not Stirred (Last Call # 5)

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Last Call Series

Trick

By Laramie Briscoe

Synopsis

A forced sentence leads to a reckless passion…….

Hadley

When my husband walked out on me over a year ago, it devastated me. When the divorce papers came, it killed me. When we had to sell our house, it broke me.

But then he moved in with his new flavor of the month and told our daughter his new woman wasn’t into children. That pissed me off.

Now Riley feels abandoned, and I can’t make it better; no matter how hard I try. I’m desperate to help her adjust to the loss of a male figure in her life. The companion program that matches adults up with children who have loneliness and abandonment issues is my last hope.

The counselors tell me he’s doing community service hours, and I ask to sit in on his meetings with Riley. The minute I see him astride the matte black Harley, I know neither my nor Riley’s life will ever be the same again.

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Community Service. Two words I should be thankful for, but I’m not. I resent the hours it’s away from building my business. The two previous kids I’d been paired up with didn’t work out because their mothers were more interested in getting in my bed. This next match with a little girl is my last hope. Unless this kid works out, I’m destined to serve time.

When they push her into the room wearing pink converse with a black dress, her crazy curls barely held back by the barrette in her hair, and studious glasses on her face, I can tell she’s scared – of new people, of change, of being pushed aside. Something inside of me breaks, and I want this girl to feel wanted again.

What I’m unprepared for is meeting her mom. The second our hands touch, there are fireworks, bright lights, and a picture of the future I could one day have. The future I’ve never allowed myself to wish for.

Community service becomes more than a chore, more than time I resent for being taken away from me. In the months that follow, I realize they’re just like me: they’ve been abandoned, left behind by the world, forgotten by those who should love them.

Thanks to the one last hope in both our lives – we found the light in the darkness we’d been searching for.

Review

Hadley is a single mother to her six year old daughter Riley, and has been for the past two years since her marriage ended.  She’s struggling to provide the basics for her daughter, but one thing Riley doesn’t lack is her mother’s love.  She has no desire to date, but that changes when she sees Trick for the first time.  Trick is a nice guy who made some bad decisions that saw him on the wrong side of the law.  As part of his community service, he’s entered into the Companion Care program and is matched up with Riley, a girl in need of a male figure in her life after being abandoned by her father.  I liked both Trick and Hadley, as well as Riley.  Together they make a nice family and it was nice to see how quickly and easily Trick fell in love with Riley and vice versa.

TRICK is told in dual POVs, is a stand-alone and comes with a nice HEA.  From memory, there’s no conflict between Trick and Hadley at all, and the only real test of their relationship came from an unlikely source.  I thought G, a customer of Trick’s, was going to cause problems considering his dark threats at the beginning, but he just faded into the background which left me wondering why he was even in the story in the first place.

I did like TRICK and I finished it pretty quickly because it easily held my attention.  That being said, I spotted some pretty big errors that I’m surprised weren’t picked up by the beta readers.  Hadley says receiving the divorce papers destroyed her, but later on she says she filed for divorce.  Riley says her mom is twenty-nine and her dad is forty-two, but later in the story Hadley says her ex-husband is fifteen years older. I also struggled with the timeline surrounding Trick and Hadley’s relationship and his community service hours.  Trick has nine hundred hours to do and they are together for about two months when his hours are completed.  At sixty days, that works out to fifteen hours of community service every day, which is not possible with him working and Riley being at school five days a week.  Without these errors, this would have been a 4❤️ read for sure, and maybe these will be fixed in the published version.

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Healing a Heart

By Amy Lillard

Synopsis

The author of Loving a Lawman invites you back to the ranch…
 
As cowboys, the Langston brothers of Cattle Creek, Texas, know it’s easy to mend a fence. Mending a broken heart, however, takes time…
 
Rancher Jake Langston prides himself on being the sensible type. But five years after the loss of his wife left him to raise their daughter alone, he indulges in a one-night stand with a sexy stranger. He thought he’d never see the woman again. Four months later, though, she’s standing in his drive with a big surprise.

Bryn Talbot wants nothing from the hunky cowboy who got her pregnant, but her Southern nature demands she at least tell him about it. When Jake’s family persuades her to stay for a while, she’s soon won over by their charms—and by Jake. But with the losses the two of them have suffered in the past, neither is sure if they’re ready to take the leap to forever…

Review

Firstly I love the cover of this book, I just want to sit in that chair on that Texas ranch.

My favourite character of this whole book was Wesley, that girl captured my heart and to me was the intricate character to bring Jake and Bryn together.

This story flowed beautifully and jumped ahead at parts and I did not feel as if I missed out on where their relationship strengthened.

Jake’s mother’s story must continue into the next book as it was not resolved by the end.  I also have not read the first book of this series but we meet his brother and Jessie.

Now onto Jake, my only complaint is that we did not see him open up to Bryn about his hang ups until the 95% mark after she gives birth.  I really wanted him to open up to Bryn and I felt a bit deflated after the custody chapter with the lawyer, it did not feel resolved to me.

Overall a lovely romantic story that kept me turning the pages and gave me wonderful moments of love, family and new beginnings. 

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Max (Cold Fury # 6)

By Sawyer Bennett

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Synopsis

The ice is a cold mistress. As the league’s most eligible goalie, Max Fournier has access to his fair share of willing puck bunnies, but right now he’s more interested in bringing home another championship than a one-night stand. A romantic at heart, Max believes in love; he’s just not great at relationships. So when he finally meets a nice girl who’s not blinded by his celebrity, he’s feeling the heat—and the pressure to save her from herself.

Between working two jobs and raising her sister’s kids, Julianne Bradley doesn’t have time for sports—or men. All she knows about Max is that he’s the sexiest customer to ever grace her gas-station counter. And he sees past her tired eyes and makes Jules yearn for things she can’t have: a glamorous fling, a passionate lover, and the time to enjoy both. Max makes her feel like Cinderella, even though Jules has enough baggage to crush a glass slipper. Luckily, he’s no prince—only a fierce competitor determined to win her heart.

Review

“Why are you such a good guy, Max?”
“It’s easy for the right girl.”

It’s quite possible that Max has become my favourite man in the Cold Fury series.  He’s not a man marred by some dark and haunting past.  He’s not a manwhore vowing to never fall in love.  He’s just a nice guy who wants to find a nice girl and spend the rest of his life with her.  He respects how hard-working Jules is, and while he doesn’t have a hero complex, he does want to make her life easier and help her to fulfil her dreams.  He’s not only a champion for Jules, but for her niece and nephews too.  He’s totally swoon worthy.

“I went back there to see you.”
“Why would you do that?”
“Pretty girl, I didn’t see a wedding ring, and I wanted to talk to you more.  It’s what happens when a guy is interested in a girl.”

Jules is a strong and independent woman, one who became the legal guardian to her sister’s three kids.  She’s struggling financially, works two jobs and doesn’t have much support, but she’s determined to give those kids a happy life.  While she doesn’t have a reason to doubt his intentions, she believes that Max is too good to be true and therefore struggles to let him in completely and pushes him away, which is the only fault I had with her.

MAX is a very easy and sweet read and has one of the coolest epilogues I’ve ever read.  I loved both Max and Jules and I thought they were a perfect match for each other.  MAX is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

Max (Cold Fury # 6)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Pursuit: Blood Bandits MC

By Cora Black

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Synopsis

“Go to hell.”
“I’m already there, babe.”

Two years after his fiancée was shot and killed by crossfire during a skirmish involving his MC, Dominick Fiarelli has sworn off love. Women are just a means to an end – nothing more, nothing less. He planned on keeping it that way forever.

But then Kara showed up.

“He’s trying to take everything from me.”
“Over my dead body.”

Kara Vance just wants to raise her daughter in peace. But then her abusive ex-husband shows up at the diner where she works, spewing threats and laying his hands on her. It’s a flashback to the life she’s been trying desperately to flee. Just when she thinks the scumbag is going to beat her senseless, a man she’s never seen before swoops in to the rescue.

That’s when everything changed.

It started with a bang.

Dom hears a violent commotion from the back of the diner and goes to investigate. When he sees a slimy bastard in an expensive suit about to hit a defenseless waitress, he stops him in his tracks. The man utters a threat before leaving, but Dom couldn’t care less. He’s locked in on the girl. The fire between them builds and he knows they’re venturing into dangerous territory.

Kara feels it, too, but her life is fraught with danger. The last thing she needs is this dark, mysterious man adding more drama to the mess. She tries to push him away, but he sees right through her. Before she knows it, they’re kissing, holding, biting… and that’s just the beginning.

But her ex isn’t done with just yet. If Kara isn’t careful, the life she’s built may be gone in a flash.

“Screw the pursuit of happiness,” Dom told her. “The only thing I want is YOU.”

PURSUIT is a full-length, standalone romance novel with steamy hot sex, strong language, a happily every after ending, and NO CLIFFHANGERS. Contains dark and disturbing themes, and over-the-top sexiness that may be uncomfortable for some readers.

Perfect for fans of Sam Crescent, Jenika Snow, L Wilder, Sabrina Paige, Lauren Landish, Vanessa Waltz, Jordan Marie, and Nicole Snow.

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Review

Firstly, love the cover of this book.

What immediately drew me into this story was Kara and her fierce love for her daughter Emma who whilst young in age was an extremely old soul, interesting how children pick up on things. Their relationship I loved reading about and how Dom integrates himself into that family dynamic. Their sex scenes were intense and off the charts hot – I was not disappointed.

This flowed well most of the time and did have odd moments. I found the ending scenes with Kara, her husband and Dom strange in that I mean you knew something major was going to happen but I grappled with Dom finding himself alone in that situation and thus being in danger. This story basically happens over a few weeks and is very intense but in no way really I would call it a total MC story as it takes place more in Kara’s world than Dom’s. Dom’s MC world really felt added in at parts and the two worlds did not mesh together well into the story. I would have connected more if Kara had perhaps had a bit of interaction with the MC club before they all race in to rescue her.

The MC basically comes into the story right at the suspenseful conclusion and then in the epilogue where it all gets tied up nicely. I must say I was pleasantly surprised that Kara gets to finish her dream of study and I thought that was really significant considering what her husband made her do when she was so young.

I would have loved the MC to have played more of a part with perhaps a few more escalated events to the thrilling conclusion to help the connection between the two worlds.

This is definitely a standalone with steamy sex scenes and a HEA.

Pursuit: Blood Bandits MC

My Rating: 3 Hearts

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My Healer (Bewitched and Bewildered # 3)

By Alanea Alder

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Synopsis

Fun loving wolf-shifter Colton Albright’s usual concern…his next meal, has been replaced by haunted dreams. The nightly visions of the sad, anxious face of his mate have this jovial jokester withdrawing from his fellow Alpha Unit members.

Rheia Bradley is a dedicated professional that lives to help others, but has long forgotten how to help herself. When she arrives in Lycaonia seeking the protection of the warrior units, Colton is ecstatic to discover that she’s his mate. His relief is quickly eclipsed by one small problem, a tiny, solemn four-year-old girl who happens to be his mate’s adopted daughter. Which means… he is now a father! 

While Rheia settles into her new job, Colton and all his fellow warriors are about to get a crash course on little girls. The men quickly learn that not one ounce of their centuries-long training has prepared any them for this precocious child.

When Rheia uncovers something about their enemy that puts her name next to her daughter’s on their hit list, Colton is willing to do anything to keep his new family safe. But will it be enough?

Review

MY HEALER is the third book in the Bewitched and Bewildered series and was another read that I couldn’t put down and finished quickly.  The story continues on from MY PROTECTOR and follows the mating of Colton (shifter) and Rheia (human).  Again, despite this story being about another couple, a fair bit of the story revolves around Meryn and the impact she’s having on the military units and the paranormal world.

“My name is Colton Albright.  I’m your escort into Lycaonia.”
“How do I know that? Do you have any ID?”
“Do you mean the official Lycaonia ID that states I’m a wolf-shifter from a secret paranormal city? No, I left that in my other pair of pants.”
“You don’t have to be snarky about it.”

Rheia has been surrounded by paranormals for most of her life, but that hasn’t prepared her for life at Lycaonia.  Nor has it prepared her for when she discovers that Colton is her mate and what it means to be mated.  She’s a wonderful mother to her adopted daughter, Penny, who is an orphaned shifter.  Penny is heartbreakingly adorable and it was wonderful seeing her blossom at Lycaonia.  Colton is the fun, friendly, jokester member of the Alpha Unit.  That’s not to say he doesn’t take things seriously, but if he can make a joke to lighten a situation, he will.  When it comes to Rheia and Penny, he’s an absolute sweetheart.

“I’ll love you until the day I pass from this world.  Even as my body turns to dust, I will wait at the very veil of existence for you to join me, because heaven would be incomplete without you.”

MY HEALER is told in dual POVs, with the epilogue being told in Darian’s POV, who will get the next book.  Despite the large number of characters introduced in the first book, more characters are being introduced as the series continues so it’s still really hard trying to keep track of who’s who.  We’ve learnt a bit more about the ferals and what they’ve been doing, but I get the impression that we still have a long way to go before we see any real resolution with this story arc.  Once again, there were a lot of laughs to be had, from the nappy shopping scene to the poker playing scene to the Penny training scene, just to name a few.  Looking forward to book # 4.

My Healer (Bewitched and Bewildered # 3)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Rush (Austin Arrows # 1)

By Nicole Edwards

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Synopsis

Kingston Rush
Becoming a goaltender in the NHL is the only thing I ever wanted for myself. 
Goal accomplished.
Two years ago, I was the best goalie in the league, for the third time. With our Stanley Cup win, the Austin Arrows were on top of the world. Nothing could possibly bring us down.
Wrong.

Turns out, even when you’re at the top, you can find yourself back at rock bottom. 
But it gets worse.
Not only did the team fall from grace, then I did too. I was accused of something I didn’t do. And now I’m being forced to repair my tarnished reputation.
Only I don’t know how to do that.

When the suggestion is made for me to pull off this ruse for the media, I know what I’m getting into. I also know there’s only one right answer.
But it’s complicated, and I’m not the only one who could get hurt. 
There’s only one major problem.
I can’t say no.

Review

RUSH is the first book in the Austin Arrows series, and the first book I’ve read by Nicole Edwards.  Unfortunately, I found myself struggling to get through this one.  I usually like to read a book fast, but this one took me about three days because it wasn’t keeping my attention and I kept putting it down.  There was a lot of repetition throughout the entire book, which was frustrating.  I also felt the way the characters behaved was not appropriate for their age.  Most of the characters are in their mid-thirties, but the sometimes childish, petty and bitchy way they acted was what I’d expect to see in a YA or NA novel.  Overall, there just seemed to be too much drama.

There were times I liked Kingston and Ellie, and there were times I didn’t.  My favourite parts of the entire story are when Kingston and Ellie text each other.  It was cute, flirty, a little sexy, and most of all, no overthinking.  Just simple conversation.  I think what got me frustrated the most was that they were so afraid to tell the other how they really felt.  Ellie never believed any of the nice things Kingston said about her and thought he was just sleeping with her to kill time.  No way would he risk his friendship with her or her brother just to get some action, but she never thought of it that way.  In regards to Kingston, I thought it was a little creepy that he kept calling Ellie a little girl, especially when they were having sex.  There’s also a good portion of the story dedicated to Ellie’s twelve year old daughter, Bianca, as she searches for her father.  As with Kingston and Ellie, there were times I liked her and times I didn’t.

RUSH is told mostly in Kingston and Ellie’s POV, with a few chapters being told in other characters POVs.  It is a series, but I’m assuming each book could be read as a stand-alone.  Sadly, this one didn’t win me over enough to give the rest of the series a try.

Rush (Austin Arrows # 1)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Hot Puck (Rough Riders Hockey # 2)

By Skye Jordan

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Synopsis

The pressure has never been more intense for Rough Riders’ star defenseman Beckett Croft. With his contact expiring, Beckett has to live up to his badass reputation every minute of every game to earn the next big deal. A deal that will secure a stable home for his five-year-old daughter. So when an injury on the ice threatens to send him to the ER, he fights protocol—until the feisty EMT refuses to take no for an answer. Beckett likes his women assertive, and the spark between them is nothing short of scorching. Her indifference to his fame and money only intrigues him more. And by the time he peeks beneath her tightly sealed edges to see her beautiful but deeply wounded soul, he’s in way too deep to pull back.

After years of shutting herself off from men, Eden is tempted by the heat that blazes when she is around the NHL’s most notorious bad boy—even toying with an inkling of “what if”. But life has taught her how painfully that kind of fire burns. And how deeply it scars. So Eden denies the spark room to grow, the same way she shut out the violence from her past, focusing instead on her career and finishing paramedic school. She’ll never rely on a man for money or security again.

But when the heat between them becomes too hot to ignore, one night isn’t enough. Soon, Beckett and Eden find themselves caught between desire and fear—with painful pasts pulling them in one direction and a fragile new love pulling them in another. All while the family and careers that matter most hang in the balance.

Review

HOT PUCK is book 2 in the Rough Riders Hockey series and a great read, even if you’re not a hockey fan.

I liked Beckett and Eden and thought they made an amazing couple.  Their chemistry was off-the-charts hot, as was their naughty little bar scene.  Yowza!  Eden has had a rough few years which has left her a little fragile, but at the same time, has made her a much stronger woman.  She’s a woman who has chosen to live life instead of wallowing in the past, and I loved that about her.  She’s smart, kind and honest, and is not at all interested in fame or fortune, which makes her a perfect match for Beckett.  On to Beckett, who is cocky, charming, sweet and loveable.  He’s the team’s captain and a single dad to his adorable five year old daughter, Lily.  He’s under a lot of stress in this story, trying to secure another contract with the team while also trying to gain sole custody of Lily from her gold-digging mother, but not once does he direct that stress at Eden or Lily.  He senses Eden’s fragility, so he’s gentle and patient with her, but he also knows when it’s time to push her out of her comfort zone.  Did I mention he’s cocky and charming?

“I don’t know any hockey players.”
“You do now.”
“Hardly.  We met thirty minutes ago.”
“Not only did we meet, but we’ve had our first fight and made up⎯all in half an hour.  The next step is always makeup sex.  Imagine where we could take this given a couple of uninterrupted hours.”

I think it could use a bit more editing because there were a few times where I noticed some repetition.  I also felt the whole Kim issue was not finalised very well.  I would have loved to have seen Beckett defend himself through the media and was deeply disappointed when it was all resolved in a single paragraph without really telling us anything.  Other than that, I enjoyed HOT PUCK and thought it was a great read.  HOT PUCK is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  As with QUICK TRICK⎯book 1 in the series⎯the conflict towards the end was believable, before ending with a wonderfully sweet HEA for Beckett, Eden and Lily.

Hot Puck (Rough Riders Hockey # 2)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Barely Yours

By Charlotte Eve

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Synopsis

This is strictly professional … right?

William – I’m a serious businessman. A devoted father. And right now I’m at breaking point. I’m all my daughter has in the world, since her mother was so cruelly taken from us – just three years ago. I thought I didn’t want Tabitha raised by a nanny. But then I met Chrissie – young, passionate, and full of life. She captured Tabby’s heart in an instant, but now I must be on my guard. Because it seems like she’s melting mine, too …

Chrissie – Whoa! I did not expect the most gorgeous guy I’d ever seen in my life to offer me a job looking after his daughter. My new boss is a real English gentleman: charming and handsome. But there’s something cold about him, too. What happened to make him so distant, so reserved? And how the hell do I stay professional, now that I’m starting to develop feelings for him?

Please note: this book ends on a cliffhanger.

Review

BARELY YOURS is the story of William, a thirty year old English single dad to his adorable daughter, and Chrissie, a twenty-two year old U.S. college student living in London on a twelve month work visa.

I liked William, who truly loves his daughter, but at times he was a bit hard to take.  He would lead Chrissie on and then slam on the brakes, leaving her hurt and confused in the process.  But when he finally realised what the problem was, he admitted it, he accepted it and he was ready to move on and give all he had to Chrissie.  I liked Chrissie too, mostly because I thought she acted her age.  She’s a young woman who’s smart and loving, and she has a good head on her shoulders.  That being said, the ending is all her fault because she makes a rash decision without thinking.  If she were a thirty year old woman behaving that way, this review would not be so kind.  But because she’s only twenty-two and, in what I assume is her first real relationship, I can forgive her stupidity.

BARELY YOURS is told in dual POVs and is the first book in a trilogy about this couple.  I must warn you, it does end in a cliffhanger, which I didn’t realise until the story ended on said cliffhanger at the 87% mark.  Clearly I need to read the ENTIRE blurb before starting on a book, only so I know what I’m getting myself into.  That being said, I enjoyed the story and I would read the next book, but I may wait until all three books have been released.  The story will continue in NEARLY YOURS, but I don’t have a release date on that one at the time of this review.

Barely Yours

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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