Monday, May 21, 2018

I flipping love you by Helena Hunting


Here is what it is about...


SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

HE’S A FIXER UPPER

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?




Here is what I thought...


     I'm not going to lie, I love me some Helena Hunting and have for awhile now.  Her stories always make me laugh and are always filled with fun, sassy females that you cannot usually find in romance stories. I flipping love you is no exception.
     While I felt that the ending was a bit rushed, the rest of the story is paced well.  There was a bit of predictability in one small aspect of the story but it did not take away from the story for me in any way.  I think Rian is a great female lead and loved her sassy-ness and her strength. Ms. Hunting, as usual, writes a great male character in Pierce. He isn't what Rian expects and he is the perfect match for her.
     I am always happy to get a chance to read and review an HH novel.  While nothing will beat the Pucked series for me, I flipping love you is a sexy, touching story and a great addition to your summer reading pile! 4/5 stars


Author's site:  http://helenahunting.com/

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center


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     Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment. 

     In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect. 

     How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.




Here is what I thought...


     I fully went into this story expecting it to be dark and depressing but it is actually quite funny any many places! There are sad times but it is also a great story about courage, love and family that will make a great summer read.
     I really liked Margaret, the main character, and many of the other characters are just as enjoyable and funny.  Chip, the boyfriend, and Margaret's mom were super annoying and I really wanted to smack both of them but everyone else was great. But sister, Kit? She is a long lost breath of (hilarious) fresh air that the family needs.
     There were times when a new secondary plot line would pop up that I would stop and think "really? this might be too much" but honestly, I ended up not caring. This book was touching, hilarious and will give you just the right amount of romance for your summer reading.  4.5/5 stars


Author's site: http://katherinecenter.com/


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Sunburn by Laura Lippman




Here is what it is about...

One is playing a long game. But which one?

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through.

Yet she stays and he stays—drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets that begin to accumulate as autumn approaches, feeding the growing doubts they conceal.

Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other’s lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away—or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them?

Something—or someone—has to give.

Which one will it be?







Here is what I thought...


I heard a lot of hype about this book and was really looking forward to a nice, juicy thriller but alas I was disappointed....again.  None of the characters were likable and I just felt like I knew almost exactly what was coming the whole time. 

I barely managed to finish this and have to admit that I mostly skimmed the last one hundred pages or so just to see if my hunches were correct. They were. I don't mind if I figure things out ahead of the story if the journey getting me to the end is great but this story fell flat for me.

I think I need to stop going for the latest "it" book. 2/5 stars


Author's site: http://www.lauralippman.net/

Thursday, May 3, 2018

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Only Him, an all-new sexy and emotional second chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow is coming June 4th!

Title: Only Him

Author: Melanie Harlow

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: June 4th

Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designers

Photographer: RafaGCatala

Model: Fabián Castro

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Sometimes your first love deserves a second chance…
He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.
But I’m not a lovesick teenager anymore, and I’d never let that cocky troublemaker break my heart again.
So when he shows up out of the blue asking me to have dinner with him “for old time’s sake,” I say I will. After all, it’s been twelve years, and I’m stronger and smarter than I was back then.
Except…he still does something to me. He’s got those eyes that make me weak, those hands that drive me wild, and a body I can’t resist—especially once I see the tattoos. It doesn’t take long for our trip down memory lane to go from sweet to sizzling.
We’re just as good together as we were back then—better, even—and I’m willing to give the only man I’ve ever loved another chance.
But he’s got to tell me the truth.
* * *
All I wanted was to see her again. Tell her I’m sorry. Make her smile.
Okay, that’s a lie. I wanted to do more than that—a lot more. But I know she’s better off without me, and I promised myself I’d behave.
Except I’ve never been much good at keeping promises…or my hands to myself when I’m around her.
I can make her laugh, I can make her cry, I can make her body surrender to mine in ways that neither of us could have imagined back then. I can—and I do—love her more than she’ll ever know.
But I can’t tell her the real reason why I’m here.
And I can’t stay.

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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she's not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak. Melanie is the author of the AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

 •.☆.•ROAD TRIP COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY•.☆.•


Romantic comedy authors Andie M Long and Laura Barnard have teamed together to bring you the hilarious Road Trip!  Out on 23rd May, get your one click fingers ready ;-)

Synopsis

After the end of a car crash relationship can Katy find true love?

After catching her sister in bed with her fiancé, school teacher Katy Cornish enlists playboy colleague Felix Montague to help her save face. What she doesn’t bargain on is them both losing their jobs in the process.


With finances running out, Katy must endure the rude and arrogant Felix while they embark on a road trip around the country in hopes of securing a new job. But there’s just one problem... they’re up for the same posts. This road trip is going to be unlike any other, with them doing whatever they can to sabotage the other.


Can they see past themselves and their egos to each other? Or will their desperation to continue their careers drive them apart?



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Monday, April 23, 2018

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May



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     Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he - or she - has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it. 
     Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed - and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?
     There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events. 
     With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.



Here is what I thought...

     I went into this one expecting a quaint little cozy mystery about a young woman running a cozy shop in a small English village but that is not quite what I got. This ended up being more of a story about Rosa and her growing up with a couple of little side mysteries to give some suspense to the story.
      I liked Rosa immediately though felt she had some emotional issues she needed to work on and many of the secondary characters were funny and interesting.  I enjoyed the story but did feel at times that there was just a bit too much going on; a hit and run, Rosa's mysterious benefactor, several relationships up in the air, missing jewelry, deaths, and poor doggie injuries!  
     All in all an enjoyable read that I liked but wasn't in love with.  3/5 stars

Author's site: http://www.nicolamay.com/

Monday, April 16, 2018

Our Little Secret by Roz Nay


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They say you never forget your first love. What they don't say though, is that sometimes your first love won't forget you...

A police interview room is the last place Angela expected to find herself today. It's been hours, and they keep asking her the same inane questions over and over. "How do you know the victim?" "What's your relationship with Mr. Parker?" Her ex's wife has gone missing, and anyone who was close to the couple is a suspect. Angela is tired of the bottomless questions and tired of the cold room that stays the same while a rotating litany of interrogators changes shifts around her. But when criminologist Novak takes over, she can tell he's not like the others. He's ready to listen, and she knows he'll understand. When she tells him that her story begins a decade before, long before Saskia was in the picture, he gives her the floor.

A twenty-something young professional, Angela claims to have no involvement. How could she? It's been years since she and H.P., Mr. Parker that is, were together. As her story unfolds, it deepens and darkens. There's a lot to unpack... betrayal, jealousy, and a group of people who all have motives for retribution. If Angela is telling the truth, then who's lying?   



 

Here is what I thought...


     Holy unreliable narrator, Batman!!!  I am a big fan of the mystery/thriller genre and have read A LOT of them but lately they have all felt a little stale and repetitive to me.  I have been slightly bored with the genre only because nothing I have read lately felt new or different then I received this book....whoa!
     Angela is a great narrator and even though she is obviously a little messed up you still can't help but like her just a little.  I also felt a little sorry for her in that she seemed very alone and basically was raised by two very selfish parents.  All of the characters are believable and great...even though you kind of hate most of them.
     Our Little Secret is a great thriller that I could not put down and devoured it a just a few short sittings.  This may not exactly be a new plot line but Ms. Nay writes it so well that you will enjoy every single crazy minute of it! 4/5 stars

*Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review! All opinions are mine and are completely honest!*
 
 
Author's site:  https://roznay.com/