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The Playbook

By Kelly Elliott

Synopsis

My life revolved around two things. Football and my cock. And not necessarily in that order.

Being the head football coach for a top university in Texas had its ups and its downs.

The ups? Endless women to f*ck.

The downs? The politics that came with the job.

From the moment Aubrey Cain walked into my office, she turned my world upside down. Being forced to have her follow me around for a month was going to be a pain in the ass. Especially since I couldn’t keep my eyes off of her.

The best I’d hoped to come out of this was a few nights with her in my bed. I never imagined she’d be the game changer.

Brett Owens was my assignment.

Head football coach for a top college, bad boy reputation, short temper, and handsome good looks should have scared me off. But I was tougher than that.

From the first words out of his obnoxious, dirty-talking mouth, I knew it was going to be a long month. It wasn’t five minutes after meeting him, he hit on me. If only I had known his blue eyes would haunt my dreams and awaken a desire inside of me I never knew existed.

This was business. There was no way I would be tempted by him no matter how good looking he was or how many things he whispered in my ear.

He was only supposed to be my assignment. Not the man who threatened to destroy both my heart and my career. I would follow along with his playbook for now. But who would end up winning was anyone’s guess.

Review

I’ve read a couple of books from Kelly Elliott before and I really liked them, so it’s disappointing to say that I struggled to get into THE PLAYBOOK.  So much so that it ended up taking me a few days to finish it.

I’m just going to put this out there: I didn’t like any of the characters, and that includes the main ones.  In the beginning, Brett comes on so strong with women it’s actually disturbing and a huge turn off.  The worst example is when he was first trying to seduce Aubrey and he bragged that he f*cked another woman three times earlier that same day.  While Aubrey was disgusted by this, she still found him attractive, and this is just the first time she comes off as indecisive.  Other times include when she pushes Brett away but then feels disappointed that she’s successful, and that even though she’s not ready for kids yet, she gets upset when Brett wears a condom.  Desperate is another word I’d use to describe her.  After dating Brett for just a few weeks, she pressures him about marriage and kids and then breaks up with him when he says he’s not ready yet.  I found them both to be just too much, and that’s all I can remember about them.

THE PLAYBOOK is a stand-alone, is told in dual POVs, and comes with a HEA for Brett and Aubrey.  As I said at the beginning, I’ve enjoyed other books by this author, so while I didn’t like this one, I would read this author again.

The Playbook

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Her Billionaire Bosses: A Menage Romance

By Samantha Twinn

Synopsis

My bosses like to share everything and now they’ve set their sights on me…

I love my job and am good at what I do. I’m on the cusp of reaching my dreams, but when my path literally collides with my bosses, everything changes.

Leo and Asher are titans of industry, but I have something they need.

When they offer me a job to work on a special project, I know it’s the break I’ve been waiting for, but I’m nervous. I’ve heard the rumors about them. They do everything together…in the office and in the bedroom.

They’re magnetic; gorgeous, intelligent, powerful. Everything I’ve ever wanted in a man, times two.

I’ve worked hard to build what I have so I’m determined to keep things strictly professional, but with every look, every stray touch, I fall a deeper under their spell.

And I know if I give them everything they want I’m going to risk everything I have.

Review

HER BILLIONAIRE BOSSES is a quick read that involves Leo and Asher, two long-time friends and business partners, who like to share women and the next woman they set their sights on is Rose, their employee.

HER BILLIONAIRE BOSSES was an ok read, but not one I’d feel inclined to read again.  The threesome scenes were definitely hot, but there were only a handful of them, if that.  The relationship, from beginning to conflict to resolution to end, was predictable and has been done before.  However, the suspense side of the story towards the end was unexpected.

HER BILLIONAIRE BOSSES is told in the POV of all three main characters and is a stand-alone.

Her Billionaire Bosses: A Menage Romance

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Temporary

By Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

Synopsis

The most beautiful man I’ve ever seen is the same one who can ruin everything.

The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he’ll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent and thousand dollar shoes, he’s just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants.

And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle’s estate.

I can’t afford either one. I’m the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system. He may have money and charm on his side, but I have something even more powerful — pure desperation. This temp job at his mother’s company can become a full time job for me. It has to.

But when Callan’s eyes rake over my body, sometimes I forget my obligations. His piercing gaze finds the fun, optimistic girl I used to be and not the tired person I’ve become.

And it works–if only for a moment. Our night together was a mistake. I can’t afford to get sucked into his high-powered family’s treachery. But the closer I get to Callan, the more layers I find beneath those expensive clothes. Though I can’t forget this is temporary. He’s temporary. I have too much to lose.

Too bad my foolish heart didn’t get the memo…

Review

TEMPORARY was an enjoyable read that held my attention from beginning to end.  I’ve read several books by Sarina Bowen, but Sarah Mayberry is a new author for me, and given how much I enjoyed this book, I may have to check out more of her work.

I liked Grace, who has not had an easy life.  She sacrificed her dreams to take care of her teenaged sister, and she works very hard trying to create a better life for them.  Sometimes her sister would act like a spoiled brat and she certainly pushed Grace to her limits, but it was nice to see she could act like a grown up when push came to shove.

I loved Callan, who comes across as a careless playboy at first, but he’s quite the opposite when you really get to know him.  You will like him so much you’ll want to punch in the face all the people he’s loved and trusted for how they’ve betrayed him.  After the death of his uncle—the only family member he liked and respected—he took a good hard look at his life and didn’t like what he saw, so he changed who he was and I enjoyed watching him grow.

And what, exactly, was I a part of?
The silence pressed in on me as I considered the question.  I’d left Australia because I didn’t want to waste my life being Vicky’s lackey.  Instead, I’d wasted it in a dozen other insubstantial ways.
What a rebel.

TEMPORARY is told in dual POVs and while it’s currently listed as a stand-alone, it ended in a bombshell discover that left us open for a second book.  Don’t worry, we get a happy ending for Callan and Grace.  With the information uncovered at the end, if there is a second book it sounds like it would be about Callan’s sister, Claire.  If there is a second book, I will be happy to read it.

Temporary

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Misadventures of a City Girl (Misadventures #1)

By Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss

Synopsis

Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again.

Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find.

When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feel anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?

Review

Misadventures of a City Girl is about a women who escapes her life after a failed marriage and finds a new life on a mountain.

Madison really is a city girl with all the trappings of a high profile divorce.  She needs a break from all attention that she is getting from the paparazzi, so she decides to go to a retreat for some much needed quiet. She quickly discovers that this retreat isn’t exactly what she had envisioned.  Madison soon finds herself going off on her own to escape the retreat.

Luke is a man who has lived in solitude for a very long time.  He doesn’t feel like he can rejoin society after his last tour of duty.  He has been living off the grid and barely goes anywhere outside of his own comfort zone.

I really liked Madison.  She is trying to find out who she is after her marriage ended. And while she was finding out who that is, she helped a man to find his own life again.  I think Luke was ready to take baby steps to rejoin society again he just needed motivation.  Luke has a lot of issues but he loves Madison more than the issues that control him.

Madison and Luke are really good for each other and I really liked how their characters developed throughout the story.  Plus from their first meeting, their chemistry was off the charts which led to some really steamy scenes.

Misadventures of a City Girl

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UnPlanned

By M. Piper

Synopsis

I’m Lincoln West.

First sibling of three, and the other two couldn’t be any more opposite of me.
Single father extraordinaire to the coolest kid on the face of the earth, and I have parents that think the world of my son.
I’m a family guy. At twenty-two, I’ve embraced my fate as a lifetime member of the uncool single dad club. It’s the Lincoln and Carter show…until I meet Wren. That’s when everything changes. And I mean everything. More laundry in the machine, a third toothbrush at the bathroom sink, Cosmopolitan magazine next to the bed. More importantly, a home that feels full.

Complete.

Wren’s the beauty in my ugly days. She’s full of life, and talent, and she’s the exact mother figure my son needs. It’s surprising because she’s the daughter of two very shitty people. Pardon my French. Two people who taught her to hate herself because she didn’t follow their plan for her. Two people that drop a hell of a bomb on us. Right when we think the world’s stopped pitting against us, her family proves us wrong.

Now we’re out to prove that even though unplanned, our unconventional life is absolutely perfect.

Review

I stumbled across UNPLANNED because of its hot cover and, after reading the blurb, I quickly added it to my Kindle.

I liked Lincoln; he’s a great father to Carter, a good brother to his siblings, and a good son to his parents.  He’s a hard worker and cares deeply about the family business.  The only time I didn’t like him was when he confessed to sleeping with dozens of women in college without protection.  There’s a big difference between being wild and being grossly irresponsible.  I also liked Wren; she’s is a nice girl who has been dealt with the most awful family.  What they’ve put her through is truly terrible and your heart will break for her with how far they’re willing to go to protect their way of life.

I liked the characters and the story, but the telling of the story was a bit of a letdown.  I came across quite a few mistakes and inconsistencies that I can’t believe were missed by the editor and beta readers.  Several scenes didn’t flow very well and/or weren’t descriptive enough to explain how a character got from Point A to Point B.  Instead of ending the story with the HEA for Lincoln and Wren, it ended with Wren having an important discussion with her sister, which I thought was not the best place to put that scene.  I predicted the twist very early on in the story, and I’m not sure if it was supposed to be that way or if it was supposed to be a big surprise.  However, I must say that it was a very interesting twist and that the author did a great job in making that particular scenario believable.

UNPLANNED is told in dual POVs and comes with a HEA for Lincoln and Wren.  Their siblings are all single, so maybe they’ll get stories at some point, but at this stage, UNPLANNED is a stand-alone.

UnPlanned

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Nineteen Letters

By Jodi Perry

Synopsis

What would you do if the love of your life had no memory of you?

The 19th of January, 1996 … I’ll never forget it. It was the day we met. I was seven and she was six. It was the day she moved in next door, and the same day I developed my first crush on a girl.

Then tragedy struck. Nineteen days after our wedding day, she was in an accident that would change our lives forever. When she woke from her coma, she had no memory of me, of us, of the love we shared.

That’s when I started writing her letters.The stories of our life. Of when we met. About the happier times, and everything we’d experienced together.

What we had was far too beautiful to be forgotten.

Review

NINETEEN LETTERS is a beautiful story about learning to live and love again after everything that makes you “you” has been lost.

I may have lost my past, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a wonderful future.  I have the power to not only reinvent myself, but to write my own ending.

I loved Braxton, who could very well be the sweetest book husband I’ve ever read.  He was kind and patient, and he did a great job of getting Jemma to fall in love with him again.  His letters and gifts to her were beautiful and sweet, and I loved being able to see their entire relationship through his eyes, from the first day they met as children until the day of the accident.

When the accident happened, I worried she would never wake up, and I would lose her.  Not once did I contemplate the possibility that she would wake up and I would lose her anyway.

NINETEEN LETTERS is a stand-alone told in dual POVs and comes with a nice HEA for Braxton and Jemma.

Nineteen Letters

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Lovestruck

By Lila Monroe

Synopsis

Will Cassidy is hot, infuriating, and the guy behind the biggest heart-stomping humiliation of my life. He’s also hosting my BFF’s destination wedding at his super-luxe tropical resort, so short of a hurricane or outbreak of the plague (here’s hoping), I’m stuck within t̶o̶n̶g̶u̶e̶’s̶ arm’s reach of him for the next seven days.

But I’m not a naive college girl anymore, and there’s no way I’m falling for his (many) charms again. I just have to ignore the romantic wedding shenanigans, his miraculous abs, all those intimate beach sunsets… And did I mention those abs?

Maybe a wild vacation fling is exactly what I need to even the score… But between the scorching chemistry and all-inclusive margaritas, I’m getting drunk on love. Which definitely isn’t part of the plan.

Can I keep my heart zipped – even if my bikini bottoms are lost somewhere on that nude beach? And how do you let go of the past when you’re holding on tight to the past’s (very ripped) torso?

Review

LOVESTRUCK was a fun and lighthearted read, and a second-chance romance between Will and Ruby.  I say it’s a second-chance romance, though technically, the pair never dated while they were in college.  Instead, Ruby had a huge crush on her good friend, but cut him out of her life after he hurt her feelings and crushed her heart.  They’re thrown together again five years later at the airport as they fly out to attend the same wedding.

I really liked Ruby and I felt her conflicting emotions towards Will were realistic.  She hates him and wants him with equal measure.  She was smart and feisty, and she had me cheering and laughing out loud in the skinny dipping scene.  You go girl!  Will’s a nice guy who had no idea why Ruby cut off all contact, and when you find out what really happened back in college, you’re rooting for him to get the girl.  But he’s also a cliché.  He really likes Ruby but hides how he feels, tells her it can never be more than sex, and then gets upset when he thinks she doesn’t return his secret feelings.  Sigh.

In the digital version I read, Will and Ruby’s story ends at the 38% mark, followed by excerpts from other books and another one of Lila’s full-length novels for you to read if you want to.  So when it says it’ll take you over ten hours to finish, it will take less than half that.  LOVESTRUCK is told only in Ruby’s POV and comes with a nice ending for Will and Ruby.

Lovestruck

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Mustang Daddy

By Sienna Parks

Synopsis

A.B.

I thought moving back to Kingsbury Falls would be good for me… until I saw him.

Maddox Hale was my high school sweetheart, and the best friend I ever had.
We shared all the important firsts together, but when faced with making him choose between me and the life he wanted, I made the decision for him. I left without a word, or an explanation.

Now I’m back, and so is he… with his daughter.

Maddox

A.B. Clark broke my heart and made me swear I would never return to my hometown. I left to become a champion bronc rider. Eleven years later, I moved back, with a wife and a baby on the way. Now I’m a single daddy, running the family ranch. My daughter is the only woman in my life… until A.B. shows up, throwing my world into disarray. I don’t know if trust can ever be earned after it’s been broken, but she makes me want to believe in the possibility.

With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Dr. A.B. Clark sets out to win back not just the trust, but the heart of her first and only love, single daddy Maddox Hale. With the best intentions, not to break his heart a second time, A.B. is faced with a decision that could risk losing everything she’s ever wanted.

Can Maddox risk not only his, but his daughter’s heart being broken by the one woman that sets his world on fire?

Review

The first thing I want to point out is that, at the time of this review, MUSTANG DADDY finishes at the 19% mark of the digital version, after which there are another three full-length novels to read if you choose to do so.

For most of the story, MUSTANG DADDY was a 3❤️ read for me.  I found it a little slow and repetitive at times, and while I could understand Maddox’s anger at Annabeth (and others), I thought he was a bit too bitter and mean throughout most of the story.  But what ultimately affected my overall enjoyment of the story, and what dropped it down to a 2❤️ read, was when—*spoiler alert*—Annabeth left without telling Maddox she was leaving…again.  Especially when the reason for leaving just didn’t make sense.  I get that she wanted to help, but I guess I just don’t understand why she had to leave town in order to provide that help, other than to form the basis of the conflict.  MUSTANG DADDY is told in dual POVs and comes with a nice HEA for Maddox and Annabeth.

Mustang Daddy

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My Hot Boss

By Betty Shreffler

Synopsis

Emma
From the moment I met Grayson Cole, I knew he was someone I wanted to let in my panties and maybe, even in my heart. One night, one sexy-as-sin kiss, and several drinks later, our incredible evening turns into a disaster and I’m apologizing for the vomit spatter on his fancy, black shoes. I never thought I’d see him again after that, no matter how many nights I spent wishing I would. Until a month later, he waltzes into my office as—MY NEW, HOT BOSS.
I’m so screwed.

Grayson
She was meant to be a fun f*ck. That’s all I wanted. That’s all I needed. But Emma Williams could never be just that for me. The quirky, brunette vixen challenges me at every opportunity. My desire to have her has me working for her affections, like I’ve never done before. What is this woman doing to me? Not only am I her Boss, but I don’t do feelings. There’s only one way I see this ending.
I’m f*cked for sure.

Review

My Hot Boss should have been called My Steamy Hot Boss.  Betty Shreffler has written a story with heart, heartache and steaminess.

Emma is a woman who has been through some heartache and is extremely careful about jumping back into the dating game.  In a way it seems like she has become resigned to the fact that she is never going to find that one guy.  I found her to be written honestly.  Even though she has been through a lot with her last relationship and her confidence is shaken, she gave everything of herself hoping for the same in return.  I loved her wit and her self doubt.

I could fall for Grayson.  He is a complex character that is learning about himself and what it means when someone else loves you.  But because of his family and his past, he was hold himself back from giving Emma what she really deserved.

Betty does an amazing job of drawing out these characters so by the end they feel like friends.  And she writes some very hot sex scenes.  I would love it if she would consider a book for Emma’s best friend!!

My Hot Boss

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The Forbidden

By Jodi Ellen Malpas

Synopsis

A new story of dangerous temptations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man trilogy.

Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously sexy and mysterious Jack. It’s not just a spark that ignites between them. It’s an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who’s had such a powerful impact on her must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he’s forbidden. 

Review

The Forbidden made me question my conscience and beliefs.  Annie Ryan broke down my barriers and I was with her every step of this journey.  The story was told with all the ugly truths and it is not all hearts and roses.

Annie Ryan’s personality shone through in Drew’s Story in All I Am so I was looking forward to seeing her again.

First of all, Jack & Annie’s meeting in the bar, those first few chapters just sucked me in.  I was with them for the long haul and how could they turn away?  As Jack attends the house warming party I was blindsided by the revelations and I felt physically ill.

How can this author make me love Jack Joseph? On reflection, she made him human and not afraid to wear his emotions.  We simply do not know what goes on behind closed doors.

There is plenty of drama, Annie’s friend’s reactions are true and reflective of society and so they should be.  This is one topic I really struggle with but I found myself wanting to get to the end with Annie & Jack.

I loved the way the Author gave closure to all the characters, it left me totally satisfied.  The concluding few chapters were honest and my soul was fed like Annie’s was at her parents.

Quote:  Are we supposed to let that person pass on by, turn away from someone who finds your soul and kisses it?

The Forbidden

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