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Wild Heart (Viper’s Heart # 2)

By Beth Ehemann

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Synopsis

For Lawrence “Viper” Finkle, hockey isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life. Since the first time he stepped onto the ice at just eight years old, he knew what he was meant to do, and he does it well. When his career takes an unexpected hit, and his relationship is pushed to the breaking point, he’s left sidelined and wondering what his future holds. 

Just when he’s sure things can’t get any worse…they do. 

Can Viper pull himself together in time to save his career, his girl, and his sanity? Or will he be permanently benched?

Review

WILD HEART is another winner from Beth Ehemann.  If you’ve read CEMENT HEART (and the Cranberry Inn series), you know that Viper is easy going, carefree and the life of the party, but when things get real, he can’t cope and usually handles tough situations in the worst possible way, and that’s still the case here.  His future in the NHL is at stake, which sends him to a dark place, and while trying to cope with that, he gets some more news that he wasn’t expecting, which takes right him over the edge.  Instead of leaning on those that love him for support, he shuts down and shuts everyone out.  He becomes angry and who does he punish most?  Michelle, of course.  It’s been a long time since I wanted to reach into my Kindle and slap the shit out of a character, and Viper’s actions certainly brought that desire out of me.  Thankfully, after some reflection, wise words and tough love, he redeems himself and becomes the Viper we all know and love.

“No man ever lay on his death bed pissed off that he apologised too may times throughout his life, but plenty wish they’d apologised more.”

I loved Michelle, who once again went through the emotional wringer.  When Viper broke her heart, my heart broke for her.  When he came back ready to admit his mistakes, I liked that she stood up for herself and her kids, showing that she wasn’t a pushover and wouldn’t tolerate that sort of behaviour again.

“You weren’t here when I needed you most.  You rejected me⎯and my kids.  How are you gonna fix that?”

WILD HEART is told in dual POVs and is part of a duet, so it can’t be read as a stand-alone.  Well, maybe it can be, but you’ll love CEMENT HEART (book 1), so why not read them both?  This book had me feeling a whole lot of things, such as sadness, happiness, fear, frustration, anger and humour, and those are just the emotions I can think of at the top of my head.  I love it when a book grabs me, when I feel like the characters are real and I feel real emotions for them.  After being taken by surprise by the direction of Viper’s story in CEMENT HEART, I made sure to mentally prepare myself for WILD HEART before I started reading it.  As with all of Beth’s books, I couldn’t put it down and I when I got to the end, I had a smile on my face.  While I found it was nowhere near as emotional as CEMENT HEART was, there were times where tissues were a must.  I loved the characters, both primary and secondary.  I loved the story.  I loved the humour.  I loved the beautiful HEA.  In short, I loved it.  I can’t wait for Andy’s story in EVEN THE SCORE.

Wild Heart (Viper’s Heart # 2)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Searching For Harmony (Boston Love # 1)

By Kelly Elliott

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Synopsis

Firefighter and first responder Preston Ward thought he had grown immune to the job’s emotional burns. But when he goes out on a particularly tragic call, he realizes that some scenes are too devastating to forget. And yet, if it weren’t for that terrible night, he never would have met the woman who makes him want to risk his heart.
 
More than once, Harmony Banks has watched her perfectly ordered world torn apart by fate. Now she’s finding out that what she lost wasn’t as perfect as she thought—and it’s tearing her apart. The only thing that keeps her going is the kindness of a stranger: the firefighter who saved her life the night everything changed.
 
Preston isn’t like the men who have come before. For one thing, he’s far more genuine. And the love Harmony feels growing between them is almost too intense for her wounded soul. But if she and Preston can push past heartbreak, they’ll find that something incredible awaits in each other’s arms.

Review

So after experiencing a bit of a book funk in June, I’ve been blessed with some amazing reads in July, and SEARCHING FOR HARMONY is another book I’m adding to that list.  Make sure to have your tissues handy when you start because you will need them.  Without trying to give anything away, Harmony endures quite a lot in this book and the worst is experienced in the first few chapters.

With everything she’s suffered⎯and all before she’s twenty-one⎯you can’t help but feel awful for Harmony.  All she has left in the world is her older brother, Jake, and her new friendship with Preston, that over time turns into love.  While she has moments where she breaks down, and rightly so, I loved the moments where her strength shined through.  Preston is definitely book boyfriend material.  Firstly, he’s a firefighter.  Secondly, he’s a genuinely nice guy.  It was so easy to fall in love with him, especially after the non-date he planned for Harmony, which was thoughtful, romantic, sweet and funny.  That day was totally swoon worthy.

Opening up the passenger side door, I smiled as I pushed a piece of hair behind Harmony’s ear.  Smiling, she opened her eyes and I knew in that moment I was done for.  Yep.  I’m totally fucked.

SEARCHING FOR HARMONY is a story that will have you experiencing a wide range of emotions.  It’s sad and emotional as you see Harmony suffer, but it’s also beautiful when you see her fall in love with Preston.  I thought the story flowed really well and that the romance between Preston and Harmony moved at a realistic pace.  The only thing that bothered me was the occasional skips in time that came without notice; the characters don’t mention how much time has passed until several paragraphs into the chapter, and by then I found myself feeling confused, like I was missing something.  It’s not a major thing, but just something that niggled at me enough to make it worth mentioning.  SEARCHING FOR HARMONY is told in dual POVs, appears to be a stand-alone and comes with a beautiful HEA.

I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the way her touch makes my stomach drop.  I’ve never had that happen with any girl I’ve ever dated.

Searching For Harmony (Boston Love # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Heat It Up

By Stina Lindenblatt

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Synopsis

Some games are hotter off the ice…

Sofia Phillips feels cursed. Her father cheated on her mother, her boyfriend cheated on her—she’s done with dating. A summer work-exchange program in Finland is the perfect escape. But instead of gaining experience as an athletic trainer, she’s cleaning toilets. Awesome. The trip is a disaster, and even better, she meets Kyle Bennett. In the sauna. Naked.

Sexy hockey player Kyle was the star right wing for an NHL team. But after an accident killed his wife and left him injured, Kyle has appreciated the “therapeutic” benefits of booze and puck bunnies. Now in Finland for the summer, he’s coaching in an elite hockey-training camp for teens. When Sofia’s grandmother decides to set her up with a nice Finnish man, Sofia recruits Kyle as her make-believe boyfriend. Neither expects their first kiss to sizzle. And neither expects, while stranded on an island during a storm, to have a scorching night of passion.

But as their charade, and then their attraction, develops into something deeper, the past comes back, threatening to destroy them. They must decide if their feelings for each other are strong enough to survive—or it will be game over.

Review

Unknown to each other, Sofia and Kyle have travelled from Minneapolis to Finland to get a temporary break from their painful pasts.  When they happen upon each other at the local sports centre, the attraction is instant, but Sofia doesn’t trust men to be faithful and Kyle is too busy enjoying his current lifestyle of one-night stands to consider a relationship.  But as they spend more time together, they wonder if they’ll get more out of this trip than they were expecting.

HEAT IT UP is told in dual POVs and at this point in time, it appears to be a stand-alone.  I liked both Sofia and Kyle; I thought they made a great couple and I could feel their attraction through the pages.  However, I did feel that Sofia was a little weak with how she handled the love triangle, and it was hard to sympathise with Kyle at times when his lifestyle of booze and women was less “grieving widow” and more “making up for lost time”.  I’m not a fan of over-the-top drama and angst, so I was really happy to see that I didn’t need to be worried about that in this book, especially given the youngish ages of Sofia and Kyle.  That being said (and this is where I come across as completely hypocritical), I think this book could have used a little more angst and/or drama, as everything that happened between Kyle and Sofia was a little too easily forgiven and resolved.  Overall, I thought HEAT IT UP was a nice way to spend a few hours.

Heat It Up

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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Wicked Need (Wicked Horse # 3)

By Sawyer Bennett

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Synopsis

Rand Bishop’s dreams of Olympic gold were shattered years ago but he’s left that all behind, settling into a new career and lifestyle that would make any man jealous. While he may not be competitively racing down the ski slopes anymore, he’s just as happy getting his rocks off as a Fantasy Maker for The Silo. 

He’s good at what he does. 
Damn good. 

But while life couldn’t be better for Rand, it seems to be falling apart for Catherine Lyons Vaughn, the dark haired, brown-eyed beauty that has captivated an entire sex club. 

Having spent years degrading herself on her husband’s whim and now left destitute after his death, Catherine has hit rock bottom. With nothing but her body to peddle, Catherine is merely trying to figure out how to survive in a harsh, cruel world. Lucky for her, Rand has taken her under his tattooed wing, and he’s determined to give her a safe life where she can be the woman she was always meant to be. 

Now all Catherine has to do is believe she deserves the chance. 

Review

In WICKED NEED, we have Cat, a young woman left homeless and penniless after her much older billionaire husband died and cut her out of his will.  When Rand finds her sleeping in her car in the Silo parking lot, he offers her a place to stay while she gets back on her feet.  Cat’s had a fairly miserable life.  Her mother neglected and used her and she’s never known her father.  She married a wealthy man in the hopes he’d provide her with a home and financial stability, but she quickly learnt that she had to earn those two things by servicing her husband’s associates.  What can I say about Rand?  He’s a nice guy who likes to help those in need.  His financial future is set thanks to his time as an Olympian.  He’s very adventurous when it comes to sex, so anything goes, and I do mean anything.  In short, he’s nice, he’s rich and he’s a kinky mo-fo.  Really, what more do you need to know?

What I really liked about this story was how open and honest Rand and Cat were with each other.  They revealed all their secrets and were both very mature when it came to their relationship.  When Rand’s ex-girlfriend popped up, he didn’t try to hide it for “Cat’s own good”.  He hung up the phone and told her all about it.  When Cat revealed what her life has been like, Rand held no judgement and gave her the encouragement to move forward with her life.  When Cat had doubts about her self-worth, Rand went above and beyond to show her that she meant something to him.

Rand:  “I’m falling in love with you and I’m sorry if that makes you uncomfortable, but you need to know for a woman who doesn’t think she amounts to much, you’re pretty much amounting to my everything.”

WICKED NEED is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I think each book in the Wicked Horse series gets better and hotter.  The scene with Cat, Rand and Logan was F#$&ing HOT!!!  God, I’d love to be a fly on that wall.  Scratch that.  I’d love to be Cat in that room with those two hot men going at it.  Damn!  Sawyer told me this was the hottest one yet and she wasn’t kidding, but I honestly think it could get hotter still.  What I’ve noticed is that when the men of the Silo meet their women, their need for the Silo tends to fall away, which I suppose is romantic, but at the same time it kinda sucks.  Let’s face it, the series is based around a secret sex club, yet we don’t see much action happening inside the club.  From memory, this story only contains two scenes in the Silo and one of those didn’t even involve sex.  Logan’s story is next in WICKED RIDE, which comes out on June 28 and maybe, just maybe, we’ll see some more scenes from the Silo.

Wicked Need (Wicked Horse # 3)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Reserved (A Love Story # 4)

By Tracy Ewens

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Synopsis

If only life were as simple as making a reservation. 

Makenna Rye Conroy was living the dream—with an amazing husband and a beautiful new baby daughter—when one night changed everything. 

Almost six years after Adam’s death, Makenna and her daughter Paige have built a solid, happy life together. Makenna manages her brother’s trendy restaurant, The Yard, and helps out at Ryeland Farms, the family business, all while navigating the world of private school parenting. Sure, being a single mom has its challenges, but she hardly has time to pack her daughter’s lunch in the morning, let alone think about dating. 

Travis McNulty, the middle child and biggest disappointment of the McNulty clan, is a chef at his best friend’s new restaurant. He gave up apologizing for not being the football hero his family wanted a long time ago. In fact, Travis apologizes for very little these days. He loves creating great food—it’s more of a passion than a job—and he lives life on his own terms with few complications.  

For the past couple years, Makenna and Travis have worked side by side at The Yard, bickering, teasing, and never taking each other very seriously. That is until Makenna has her usual reoccurring dream; but this time, instead of her late husband as the featured man, Travis stands in his place. Travis may be attracted to his best friend’s sister, but she’s a widow and a mother, which tops the charts for complicated in his book. 

As the game changes, Makenna and Travis, with a little help from Paige, have to figure out what they are willing to risk to reserve a table for three. 

Review

RESERVED is a friends-to-lovers story between Travis and Makenna, who have known each other for a few years while working at her brother’s restaurant, The Yard.  Makenna is a widow and a single mum who hasn’t been in a relationship since her husband died five years before, and Travis was left broken hearted by a woman years ago and has since turned into your typical manwhore.  Makenna has never been interested in Travis as a potential lover or a father to her daughter, until she has a dream about him that kickstarts her libido.

RESERVED was a nice enough read, but I wasn’t overly happy with it.  I was hooked for the first 20-30% and couldn’t put it down, but after that it seemed to fall apart.  What started out as an emotional and promising read ended up being slow, boring, repetitive and weak.  I liked both Travis and Makenna and thought they made a nice couple, but at times they annoyed me too.  Makenna uses her mother’s abandonment as a reason to push Travis away the first time he makes a mistake, and Travis disappointed me when he decided to confront his family.  He’s somehow able to get years of toxic torment off his chest in just one page, and he’s not even harsh about it.  Talk about anticlimactic.  RESERVED is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

Reserved (A Love Story # 4)

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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Worth The Risk (The McKinney Brothers # 2)

By Claudia Connor

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Synopsis

Two hearts locked away . . . Hannah Walker spends her days coaching children through injury and trauma, one therapeutic horseback ride at a time. She knows all too well how violence can change a child and leave scars that never heal. It’s easy for her to relate to the kids; what isn’t easy is the thought of facing her own harrowing past.
 
Millionaire playboy Stephen McKinney could use a little coaching himself. Five years ago he encountered his most horrible nightmare—and the nightmare won. No matter what he achieves, nothing can make up for that awful night . . . or so he believes.
 
Both desperate for a second chance . . . Stephen is used to getting what he wants. And he wants Hannah. So when she turns him down, he’s intrigued. What he doesn’t know is that her secrets will lead him to a place he never wanted to go again . . . to a side of himself he’s tried to forget . . . a side that would scare Hannah away from ever loving him. Now his only chance to win her trust is to bare his soul, risking everything he tried so hard to protect.

Review

WORTH THE RISK is the second book in the McKinney Brothers series and it’s quite different from the first book, WORTH THE FALL.   If I had to use one word to describe WORTH THE FALL, I would use emotional.  For WORTH THE RISK, I would use dark.  The suffering both Stephen and Hannah have experienced are briefly described in this story and be warned, it’s not pretty and could be triggers for some readers.

After suffering a devastating loss five years ago, Stephen went to a dark place and distanced himself from everyone, including his family.  He feels responsible for what happened and believes he doesn’t deserve happiness, until he sees something in Hannah that brings out his protective instincts.  Hannah made an innocent choice twelve years ago that changed her life forever.  She has no real interest in being with a man until she meets Stephen, someone other than her brothers that makes her feel safe.  I liked Stephen and Hannah and thought they made a nice couple.  Stephen was vital in helping Hannah achieve that final step in her healing, as was Hannah to Stephen.

WORTH THE RISK is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  With the introduction of Hannah’s four brothers (FBI, Army, Cop, Firefighter), I have to wonder if they will end up with their own series.  The youngest McKinney brother, J.T., will get the next book, titled WORTH IT ALL.

Worth The Risk (The McKinney Brothers # 2)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Worth The Fall (The McKinney Brothers # 1)

By Claudia Connor

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Synopsis

They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.
 
They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.
 
But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

Review

Matt is a Navy SEAL who is grieving the death of his best friend.  On a forced beach getaway with a cousin, he stumbles across Abby and her children playing in the sand.  The kids are in desperate need of a father figure and really cling to Matt after they meet.  Matt’s not in a very good place, but he enjoys spending time with Abby and her family, so he inserts himself into their lives for the week they’re away.  But one week is not enough and they start a long-distance relationship while Matt decides if his future is with his SEAL team, or with Abby.

I loved everyone in this book⎯Matt, Abby and her kids.  Abby has always dreamed of having a large family, one that would never leave her.  But her husband travelled overseas for work and was never there for her or their kids, so when he died, it wasn’t much of a loss for her.  I liked that she didn’t cling to Matt in the beginning, despite her attraction to him.  She took her time, she was cautious and she made sure he was serious before starting anything with him.  What can I say about Matt?  He’s sweet.  He’s hot.  He’s a wonderful man to Abby and a wonderful father to her kids.  You just know that he would do absolutely anything to keep them safe and happy.

“I can’t breathe when you look at me like that.”
“Like what? Like I love you? Because I do. More than I ever thought possible.”

I’ll be honest, when WORTH THE FALL came out in September 2014, I wasn’t interested in reading it.  A book about a man falling in love with (and presumably having sex with) a pregnant woman who already has four kids?  Yeah, that didn’t sound like something I’d be into.  But as time went on, I kept seeing the book and the series pop up in my FB newsfeed, so I finally decided to give it a try, and I’m so glad I did because it truly was a beautiful story.  WORTH THE FALL is told in dual POVs, is the first book in the McKinney Brothers series and I believe it is also the debut novel from Claudia Connor.  The only fault I had with the story is that there were times where a conversation or a thought didn’t make sense, only because said conversation or thought seemed to come out of nowhere.  Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading book two, WORTH THE RISK, real soon.

Worth The Fall (The McKinney Brothers # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Loving Daniel

By Stacy Ford

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Synopsis

When Kenzie Hart’s boyfriend dumped her and broke her heart, she didn’t let it stop her from living life. Kenzie went out and made a great life for herself. She has a loving husband, two kids, and a thriving career. She is living the life of a modern day fairy tale. But if Kenzie should have learned anything, it’s fairy tales are a work of fiction. There are no happily ever after’s. When tragedy strikes, she moves back to her hometown to start over with her friends and family at her side. 

Daniel Roberts has always regretted the way things ended with Kenzie. There has not been a day in the last twenty years he has not wished he could go back in time and change what happened. Now she is coming home after the loss of her husband. He is determined to show her he can be the man she and her kids need.  

Will Kenzie be able to forgive Daniel? 
Could he give her a second chance at a happily ever after?

Review

Kenzie and Daniel were high school sweethearts, but Daniel joined the Army and didn’t want to leave Kenzie waiting for him at home, so he broke up with her on the night of their senior prom.  Twenty years later, Kenzie has been married, had two children and lost her husband to cancer.  Knowing that she’ll head back home, Daniel retires from the Army with the sole purpose of winning Kenzie back.

I liked Kenzie a lot and thought she was an amazing character.  She’s lost her husband and is raising two kids by herself as well as running a home business.  She has a great support network and is not afraid to ask for help when she needs it.  I also liked Daniel and his determination to win Kenzie back.  He made it very clear he was not out to replace her husband or her children’s father and he did a wonderful job with helping them honour Ben’s memory.  But I was a little disappointed with some of his actions.  He avoided his brother’s wedding because he didn’t want to see Kenzie with her husband, and when he got the news that Kenzie’s husband was dying, he dumped the woman he’d been in a relationship with so that he could go home to win Kenzie back.  Some women might swoon over stuff like that, but it didn’t sit right with me.

LOVING DANIEL is a sweet and sometimes emotional read that is told in dual POVs.  You’ll definitely need tissues when Kenzie talks about her late husband.  I did notice several spelling and grammar mistakes, and there was also an issue or two with the timeline, so it could use an editor.  My copy of LOVING DANIEL was an ARC/Master Copy, so perhaps by the time it went live, the mistakes I found had been fixed.  And I’m not sure if this will make sense, but the story felt like it moved quickly, but moved slowly at the same time.  But for a debut novel, I thought this was a pretty good read.

Daniel:  We have consumed way too much soda and pizza, but that’s what you do when the wives leave.  No one is going to get a balanced meal, but we’ll keep them alive.

Loving Daniel

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Claiming Addison (69 Bottles # 1)

By Zoey Derrick

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Synopsis

For Addison Beltrand, PR rep for Bold International, Inc. climbing the corporate ladder is all that matters in life. Her hard work is finally rewarded with the promotion she’s worked her ass off to earn—but the gig comes at a price. She leaves in two days for a twelve-week tour with America’s hottest alternative rock band, 69 Bottles. 

Talon Carver, lead singer of 69 Bottles, has no problem with women–as long as they’re gone by morning. When Addison shakes up his world, it’s a huge problem—compounded by the fact that Addison’s not the only one he wants. 

Kyle Black, manager of 69 Bottles, has a secret. He and Addison are closer than she thinks, but telling her could keep her away. When Talon sets his sights on Addison, Kyle uses his secret to push her into Talon’s arms, only to discover she isn’t the only one he needs. 

Two men. One dilemma. 

Talon is wild, reckless and loves control. 

Kyle is calm, collected and loves passion. 

The perfect balance…or Addison’s ultimate undoing? 

Talon and Kyle push their boundaries and Addison’s, but can they throw their reservations to the wind and claim her together? 

Two men. One woman. A rock band. A tour bus. One Wild Ride…

Review

I saw the amazing ratings CLAIMING ADDISON had on Amazon and Goodreads and thought I’d grab a copy.  Rockstars and threesomes with some M/M action thrown in?  Sounds like it could be a good read.  And it was good, up to a point.

My main issue with this story is Addison.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s a perfectly fine character.  However, this is a woman who, for the past several years, has been successfully working her way up the corporate ladder.  Her current assignment with 69 Bottles is an amazing opportunity, and if she can pull it off, it’ll be great for her career.  But in under 24 hours of her arrival, she’s allowing every member of the band to kiss and grope her before they go out on stage???  And then by day three or four she’s sleeping with two of them???  I find it hard to believe that a woman who was the ultimate professional would suddenly throw her professionalism out the window.  I also thought it was odd that her bosses know she’s sleeping with two members of the band, and they don’t care.

CLAIMING ADDISON is part of a series and is told in Addison’s, Talon’s and Kyle’s POVs.  The sex was hot and I liked the story well enough, even though I felt it moved a bit slowly.  While the book doesn’t really end on a cliffhanger, it does just end, because apparently this threesome’s story will be told over three books.  I assumed that each book would be a standalone, and I’m regretting that I didn’t research this series a little more before I started.  I just don’t think I have it in me to read about the same threesome over three books, not when I didn’t love the first book.

Claiming Addison (69 Bottles # 1)

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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Coach Maddie and the Marine

By Blaire Edens

BR Coach Maddie and the Marine

Synopsis

He’s the one man she refuses to fall for…

After the combat death of her Marine husband, grief counselor Maddie Westerfield has thrown herself into helping other families—leaving no time for dating. Which is just fine with Maddie since falling in love again, especially with another man in uniform, is out of the question. No matter how gorgeous he is. Plus, she’s busy looking after her eight-year-old nephew for her deployed sister. 

For the last eight years, Lieutenant David Sterling has lived with the guilt of losing one of his soldiers in an ambush in Afghanistan. So when the opportunity presents itself, he jumps at the chance to help the beautiful widow coach her nephew’s football team. But keeping things strictly professional between them is harder than he expected. And even though he knows a relationship with Maddie will only lead to heartbreak, he can’t help falling for her.

Review

Unfortunately, COACH MADDIE AND THE MARINE was a book I just couldn’t get in to.  Both Maddie and David ran too hot and cold for my liking and I didn’t feel any chemistry between them at all.  Even for an insta-love, everything seemed to move way too fast and felt more like a teen romance read.  After just one date⎯that didn’t involve sex⎯both Maddie and David talk about marriage and being together forever.  Maddie⎯who is almost 30⎯even starts doodling her future new name in a notebook and planning her wedding, again, after just the first date.  And in a move that takes women back about 50+ years, Maddie has been without a man in her life for eight years, but as soon as David enters the picture, she’s suddenly unable to stand up for herself and confesses that it’s nice to have a man do it for her.  I was expecting a sweet read that might make me cry a little, but that’s not what I got.

Coach Maddie and the Marine

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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