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Misadventures of a Backup Bride (Misadventures #4)

By Shayla Black

Synopsis

An Overnight Billionaire…
When Carson Frost inherits a confectionary that rakes in billions but is too cash-strapped to last another sixty days, he agrees to take a loan from his late father’s rival. There are two catches: Carson has to sign over a permanent stake in the company and marry the man’s daughter.

Concocts a Fake Bride…
Two weeks before the wedding, he gets cold feet and claims he’s in love with someone else. The investor says he’ll still hand over the cash if Carson takes a stroll down the aisle—with the woman who owns his heart. Since he isn’t even dating anyone, Carson panics. Where is he going to find a bride willing to jilt him at the altar on such short notice?

And Whips Up a Little Love.
Ella Hope is an actress happy for any paying gig, but jilting a hottie in public isn’t what she had in mind. Still, she needs rent, and he’s in a bind. How hard can it be? While playing at matrimony, suddenly their intimacy isn’t so fake. Ella can’t help but fantasize that Carson is her groom and they will live happily ever after. But once his company is safe, will he want her anymore?

Review

Misadventures of a Backup Bride is about a man with a problem. In order to save his late father’s company he has agreed to marry the daughter of a rival CEO in order to get financial backing and still maintain control of his company. But he has devised a plan to make sure that he can keep his company and marry the person he wants to.

I had so much fun reading this book.  I don’t think Carson and Ella realized how perfect they were for each other in the beginning and it was a treat watching them navigate the crazy mess that Carson was in.

This book also had a twist at the end that had me rooting for every character which made their story even better. I can tell how much fun Shayla Black had writing this book.

Misadventures of a Backup Bride

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Most of All You

By Mia Sheridan

Synopsis

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior, and carries within her a deep mistrust of men who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness about him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world that had stolen everything from them would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts. 

Review

Most of All You is a heartbreaking but incredibly uplifting story of finding love and forging ahead. Gabe & Ellie gave each other so many firsts in life and my eyes tear up thinking of those.

Chapter 23 simply shattered me, when we learn fully of Gambit, Racer, Shadow, Lemon Fair, Lady Eloise – talk about arrow straight through my heart. I could not breathe once I realised the full significance of these pieces of Gabe’s puzzle. As I remember this moment I have tears in my eyes.

Gabe and Ellie both tell us their stories which entwine amongst each others recovery to be open to love. Both had stories of their youth being taken from them and losing family.

The first 30% of this book is incredibly hard to read. It is depressing to watch Ellie and how she accepts her life. My favourite part of this whole journey was Gabe showing her she is capable and entitled to a better life.

“The man who’d loved me enough to wait for me to love myself”

The last 30% is my favourite, so much repair and new love and life. The way Ellie on her own starts to rebuild her life is amazing and gave me pure joy.

So many wonderful moments in this story where I would highlight paragraphs of beautiful words.

I wanted to scream, cry, yell, curse but then I laughed, held hope and ultimately fell in love with this dynamic couple.

Chloe at first I did not like, I was like a protective shield wanting Ellie to have it all. The turn of events for Chloe was surprising for me. Dominic who is Gabe’s brother well at the start I understood his reservations and I loved how his character grew over the story and how his shell also opened from his guilt.

The passionate and emotional scenes and slow build up for Gabe and Ellie was just perfect for me, it was believable.

Gabe and his sculpting, it was like we were watching not only him sculpt William, he was cracking away at not only his shell but Ellie’s too. Gabe and Ellie gave each other so many firsts in life and my eyes tear up thinking of those, it gives me joy and reminds me why I read romance books.

“I don’t create beauty, Eloise, I just reveal what’s already there”

 

Most of All You

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Calico

By Callie Hart

Synopsis

Coralie

Twelve years ago, I ran to stay alive.

Port Royal, South Carolina, was my home. I was born there. I fell in love there. And I nearly died there. I never thought I’d go back. Now, after so many years, I have to return to bury the man who made my life a living hell. Some nights, I used to cry myself to sleep, praying my father would die. Other nights were different. Other nights, there was him.

Callan Cross.

My first confidante. My first kiss. My first love. My first everything: Callan was the glue that held me together when everything else was falling apart. He was my savior. He was there for me whenever I needed him…

Until he wasn’t.

Every night, I’ve seen the love of my life in my sleep.
I just never thought I’d have to face him again.

Callan

Twelve years ago, I f*#@ed up big time.

Living life through a camera lens is sometimes easier than dealing with it head on. Scratch that. It’s always easier. For over a decade, I’ve been a master of my art, taking photographs all over the world. Yet despite all of the countries I’ve visited, the amazing things I’ve seen, the beautiful women I’ve screwed, my heart has remained in pieces.

Coralie’s the only woman I’ve ever loved, will ever love. And I’m determined to show her that we’re meant to be together. Even if it means unearthing the bones of the past in the process.

A lifetime and a thousand miles have stood between us.
Now, there’s no length of time I won’t wait, no distance I won’t travel, in order to make her mine.

Review

With the great ratings and reviews CALICO has on both Amazon and Goodreads, as well as how interesting the blurb sounds, I thought this was going to be a slam dunk of a great read for me.  Sadly, it was not. The first and last 20% of the story grabbed me, but the 60% in the middle was, for lack of a better word, boring.  It took me a few days to finish and there were several times I considered not finishing it at all, which was really disappointing.

I noticed several spelling mistakes, incorrect word usage and missing words throughout the story, which I’m surprised haven’t been fixed since it was published eighteen months ago.

What Callan and Coralie have been through and endured, especially Coralie, is truly awful, but apart from one flashback scene towards the end, I didn’t experience the strong emotions I was expecting to with this kind of story.  Whether that’s because I was bored or because of the storytelling, I honestly can’t say.

I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that at least two adults knew Coralie’s father was beating her, but neither went to the police to report it.  Neither of them were willing to help a teenage girl get out of a terrible situation, especially Friday, a mother figure who was clearly very fond of Coralie.

Finally, the second time they were intimate—in the present—had the potential to be a truly beautiful scene, but it changed so quickly I felt like I had whiplash.  One minute they’re loving and emotional and declaring their feelings, and in the next, Callan is asking Coralie if she can handle a good fucking before taking photos of her in sexual poses.  Then he starts telling her about all the women he’s had sex with and how they don’t compare to her.  I think it was supposed to be a romantic gesture on Callan’s part, and if that is the case, it missed the mark spectacularly.

CALICO is told in dual POVs and in both past and present time.  It is a stand-alone and it does come with a HEA for Callan and Coralie.  It contains scenes of physical abuse, suicide and bulimia that may be triggers for some readers.

Calico

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In Pieces

By Danielle Pearl

Synopsis

Three years ago she was left in pieces . . . Most college freshmen love the newfound freedom of living on campus, but none of them craves it like Beth Caplan. One ill-fated night when she was fifteen left her locked in a posh prison of private tutors. It’s for the best, everyone said, and maybe it was. But after years of hard work and healing, the one person who never thought of her as broken could be the one to break her all over again. And Beth can’t seem to stay away now any more than she could all those years ago. As soon as David March learned his best friend’s little sister was enrolling at his school, he promised to look after her, and promised himself he’d keep a safe distance. But the sweet little girl he’d grown up with has transformed into a gorgeous young woman, and she’s attracting attention from people she shouldn’t-like the ex who nearly destroyed her and a strange new student with a disturbing habit of showing up wherever Beth goes. But for David, the most troubling discovery is realizing that he doesn’t just want Beth to be safe. He wants her to be his.

Review

In Pieces is a friend to lovers college romance that has some incredibly emotional and intense moments. Both Bethy and David tell this love story which helps you to connect.

As a reader, you can easily follow their inner thoughts and feelings.

Firstly, I loved David, the poor guy has loved Bea since childhood.  The constant battle he wages with himself will have you pulling your hair out about his unconditional love.  At times I really wanted this story to move quickly as I became frustrated as I wanted Bea to realize David’s love.

The beginning has Bea and her sadness with her young story.  Even as we near the end of In Pieces we are still finding out her secrets.  I am openly advising I hated her brother and his meddling ways in her life.  I became frustrated with her family and to see her stand up for herself was brilliant.  Bea is a strong character and it was wonderful watching her grow.

Supporting characters provide humour and friendship along with some interesting secrets.  An interesting character was Brody, however, I admit I had sneaking suspicions and was pleasantly surprised and happy.

The romantic and sexual moments for David and Bea are beautiful in more ways than one.

Bea & David are friends first and become lovers and we do get a beautiful ending and I am left fully satisfied.

Quote:  “I know, beautiful girl, because I’ve always known”

In Pieces

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Misadventures of a Super Hero (Misadventures #3)

By Angel Payne

Synopsis

Working the night shift at a five-star hotel in downtown Los Angeles, I get my fair share of weirdos. But none of them prepared me for the night I met Bolt. He saved my life.

Now, he’s my super hero—the hunk I’m yearning to thank in more creative ways than a damn kiss on the cheek. Too bad he’s actually Reece Richards, my full-on nerd of a real-life boss.

He’s got some commitment issues thanks to his evil ex and global empire—and from having to save the city from a maniac out to destroy everything he loves.

But there’s something that just may interfere with all those plans. My heart.

Review

Misadventures of a Super Hero is a story of a normal man who was made a bad choice in a girlfriend and ended up with a super power.  And a girl who is trying to be successful in the work world.

I really had fun with the story.  Reece (a.k.a. Bolt) is an interesting character who I became addicted to.  After his unfortunate transformation he was afraid of intimacy because he didn’t know how his power would affect his partner.  It seemed like Reece had changed from his party days and now has found that he had to become responsible for his actions.

Emma was so much fun.  She felt that she had to have some restraint because of the position that she held compared to the position that Reece held.  And she didn’t know that he had a connection to Bolt.

This story had some laugh out loud moments that even now I still find myself laughing over.  These two had amazing chemistry.  Plus I love that Reece had to make more than one transition in his life.  He had to figure out how to deal with his super power but also he had to change his ways. I found that I couldn’t put this book down and it was fast paced.  This was the first time that I had read Angel Payne but not my last.

Misadventures of a Super Hero

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Imperfect

By Kelly Moore

Synopsis

Dr. Ashe Manning- aka Lucifer- CEO and founder of the MTA Crisis Division, Neurosurgeon
I’m an imperfect man in love with the perfect woman. She’s gorgeous, smart, and sexy.
I broke her heart. I took everything beautiful between us and smashed it to hell.
That was the old me. Now I’m in control. I’ve found different means to feed the adrenaline junkie in me. My mind is no longer free, but my heart is owned by one woman. The one woman I can never have because she saw my imperfections.

Dr. Aedon Thatcher- Partner, Thoracic Surgeon
I’m a woman in love with an imperfect man. I see his heart and mind, it’s a beautiful thing.
I left him all alone. I took everything beautiful between us and threw it away.
The stronger me, still loves him. I’m polished on the outside, but uncontrolled on the inside. I disguise my feelings well. I don’t want to love him, but I have no choice. He owns me, even if he doesn’t know it.

Dr. Wren Adams – Partner, General Surgeon
The man standing between the two of them.

Certified HEA

Review

First and foremost, I love the cover of Imperfect.

The note to the author’s friend about an Epilogue at the end made me laugh.  I simply loved the way it ended and it is why I love romance.  Imperfect has dark and light moments of an emotional love story.

Imperfect’s love triangle will have you second-guessing the motive of each character. I too struggled to make a decision, just like Aedon. We travel with these doctors as they work in the field of some tense situations.  Each time they return it seems to take a toll on Ashe as he grapples with his medical condition.

Whilst reading the first half I really wanted the romance journey to start sooner.

Wren broke my heart many times and I felt such sorrow for him as I always felt he was the underdog.  There was something about him that personally, I connected to.

As I read the second half of this story we really get to delve into the love triangle.  This broke my heart many times and I could not breathe whilst reading these moments.  Most of all this was a hard journey for Aedon as she begins to get such clarity for her true feelings.

The characters keep you guessing right up to the end and there is no unnecessary drama.

The male relationship between Ashe and Wren was one of my favourite parts of this whole story.

All characters are given a happy ever after and this is a wonderful standalone.

Quote:  No I’m scared to not love you because if I don’t, I’ll never love another man and my heart will always be broken.

Imperfect

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Misadventures of a Good Wife (Misadventures #2)

By Meredith Wild and Helen Hardt

Synopsis

Kate and Price Lewis had the perfect marriage—love, fulfilling careers, and a great apartment in the city. But when Price’s work takes him overseas and his plane goes down, their happily-ever-after goes down with it.

A year later, Kate is still trying to cope. She’s tied to her grief as tightly as she was bound to Price. When her sister-in-law coaxes her into an extended girls’ trip—three weeks on a remote island in the South Pacific—Kate agrees. At a villa as secluded as the island, they’re the only people in sight, until Kate sees a ghost walking toward them on the beach. Price is alive.

Their reunion is anything but picture perfect. Kate has been loyal to the husband she thought was dead, but she needs answers. What she gets instead is a cryptic proposal—go back home in three weeks, or disappear with Price…forever.

Emotions run high, passions burn bright, and Kate faces an impossible choice. Can Price win back his wife? Or will his secrets tear them apart?

Review

I was completely unprepared for Misadventures of a Good Wife.  This book is so good.  Unlike other books that I have read, I did not read the synopsis and that actually made for a better mystery for me.

I instantly adored Kate.  She is written just the way I imagined I would be if I lost someone tragically.  But she a lot of inner strength and the need to not lose anymore than she has already lost.

Price would do anything to keep his family safe. This includes disappearing from everyone’s life forever.

When I first started reading this story I was not prepared to lose Price and I my first thought was that Meredith Wild and Helen Hardt were evil but in a good way. This story had so much emotion in it and a good mystery to solve.  I really liked Kate and her unwavering belief that they can survive and have the life that they deserve together.

Misadventures of a Good Wife

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Cross (Devils Nightmare MC)

By Lena Bourne

Synopsis

Cross

I’m the guy whose name brings fear into the hearts of even the hardest men. They call me Cross, because I’ve killed enough men to fill a cemetery, and I never saw any problem with that. Until a woman, I hardly remember brought my eleven-year-old daughter that I didn’t know existed, to my doorstep and left her for me to take care of.

At first, my daughter was a complication I didn’t need, but now I’ll do everything I can to raise her right. I’ll even stay away from her hot-as-sin guidance counselor Roxanne, who makes me feel like I’m twenty again, and not pushing forty. Which isn’t to say I wouldn’t show her what a real man can do with a woman like her.

Roxie

My father was the president of an outlaw MC, and until I turned twenty-one a world of bikers, mayhem and crime was all I knew. Then a rival gang destroyed it all, killed my family and everyone I held dear, and made me the property of a brutal, ruthless man. I ran away, got an education, and haven’t looked back.

Now I’m the guidance counselor at a small town junior high school, my old life so far behind me it might as well be someone else’s past, and I was happy to leave it there. But then I met Cross, the bad boy biker father of one of my wayward students. He makes me yearn for the life I lost, crave all the excitement that used to be my everyday. Makes me want to be a bad girl again, if only for one night.

But I won’t go down that road again. It doesn’t lead anywhere good.

Cross: Devil’s Nightmare MC is biker romance novel, which contains steamy sex scenes and deals with disturbing themes that may be uncomfortable for some readers. Intended for 18+ audiences. 

Review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Cross and it was my first book by this author. Beginning with a traumatic event for Roxie and entwining to current day with suspense.

It was fantastic to follow as all the pieces of the puzzle started to form.  Paced perfectly and kept me entertained and wanting to turn those pages and not leave the characters.

Their romance has a slow build up at the start as Roxie really fought the pull of returning to what she grew up in.  Cross was definitely the alpha male protector for her.  Roxie has a great inner strength and her trauma as a young girl was intense.

The relationship with Cross and his daughter was an interesting inclusion.  I thought the whole Motorcycle group of characters around Cross provided great support to the story.

My favourite component was Roxie’s family history. I loved how Cross stepped up with his Motorcycle group and repaired her life.

Finally, it has a great balance of romance and action that will keep you entertained until the last chapter.

Cross

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Melt

By Carrie Aarons

Synopsis

You scream. I scream. We all scream during … well, you get the point.

After a failed eight-year relationship and a cross-country move, the last thing I’m looking for as a single mom is a new flame. In fact, diapers, walls marked in crayon, and daycare pickup are the only things on my to-do list.

Enter Jake Brady, your friendly neighborhood food truck owner whose dimples and delicacies won’t seem to leave well enough alone. With more popularity than the president, his wine-infused sweet treats have our nation’s capital hooked. He’s spontaneous, smug and all-American gorgeous; a dangerous combination considering he has no interest in taking on the responsibilities that rule my life.

But when we can’t seem to sample enough of each other’s … desserts, things start to get complicated. Jake is biting off more than he can chew, and when I watch him with my daughter, I can’t seem to freeze my melting heart.

Maybe it’s his waffle cone. Maybe it’s his … banana split. Either way, I think I’m in trouble with a cherry on top.

Review

MELT is the first book I’ve read from Carrie Aarons, and I found it so enjoyable that I’ll be reading her again.  It was a sweet and easy read, one that kept me turning the page from beginning to end.

No one ever told me that dealing with a toddler was like deciding whether to cut the red wire or the blue wire.

I really liked Samantha and her gorgeous three-year-old daughter, Lennon.  After finally having the courage to leave her deadbeat partner and father of her child, she moved across the country to try and give herself and her daughter a better life.  She’s a hard worker, and I really felt for her when she was trying to find the perfect balance between being a single woman, a mother and a provider.

I loved Jake, who is kind, friendly and an all-around great guy.  Though how he ended up so nice is a mystery considering how absolutely awful his family is.  I liked that he finally came to terms with the fact they were never going to support him the way they should, and that the best thing for his mental health was to simply walk away.  He did run a bit hot and cold with Samantha because of Lennon, but I guess that’s understandable for a man who enjoyed being a bachelor before meeting Samantha.

While I enjoyed this story, there were a couple of things that I wish had gotten more attention.  I would have liked some closure in regards to Jake and his family.  Does he still speak to them and are they a part of his life?  I also would have loved to have seen the opening of his new store, especially since there was a lot of talk about it throughout the story.

MELT is told in dual POVs, is a stand-alone and comes with a HEA for Jake and Samantha.

Melt

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Scandalous (Sinners of Saint #3)

By L J Shen

Synopsis

They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what beautiful chaos it will be.
 

Review

Scandalous again proves the Hotholes are one dynamic tribe of men hell-bent on supporting each other – they are family.

Surprising me were the many twists in this story and I did not guess any of them.  Perfectly planned plots will have your second guessing characters and motives. Many times I put the book down and had to take a moment as I was petrified for Edie.

Edie was a simply stunning character, her strength, and resilience.  Her father was a major manipulator and his evilness knew no bounds.

Many times I had to put the book down and take a moment as I was petrified for Edie.   At times I truly felt such deep despair for her and such hatred for the adults in her life.

Edie and Trent’s sex scenes were off the charts hot.  They offered different levels of emotional connection between them.

Trent’s daughter Luna was a beautiful character and I saw hope for Edie.

Scandalous again proved that the Hotholes are a united front and I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series.

Quote:  My friends were my tribe, my custom-made, hand-selected family

Scandalous (Sinners of Saint #3)

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