Posts Categorized: Contemporary Romance

Dec 07
Book Review: Anna Bloom’s The Saving of Benjamin Chambers

Book Review: Anna Bloom’s The Saving of Benjamin Chambers

I had a lot of fun reading Anna Bloom’s The Art of Letting Go and adored Ben Chambers. If you haven’t read The Art of Letting Go, it’s not necessary to enjoy The Saving of Benjamin Chambers. Firstly, can I take a moment to talk about the cover? I’m totally digging it and I really think it reflects Ben and what he stands for. Secondly, ah, Ben! He was loads of fun in The Art of Letting Go and I loved how his relationship with Lilah began. In The Art of Letting Go, we find out Ben and Lilah met at her office Christmas party, but we don’t know exactly how the introduction occurred. The Saving of Benjamin Chambers answers this as well another important question regarding a particular gift… Read more »

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Dec 06
Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines + Giveaway

Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines is the fourth book in her Assassins series. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, I don’t think it’s necessary to do so to enjoy Blue Lines. Just keep in mind that Aleo does revisit past characters and touches upon past events, but no big spoilers that will impede you from enjoying the books at a later date. I wasn’t sure how Aleo was going to redeem Erik because he’s a jerk of the first order and I admit to wanting to strangle him. Let me give Aleo a high-five for redeeming him when I didn’t think it was possible. Character development is a little weak and I think it’s because we’ve known that Piper has a crush on Erik. It’s been… Read more »

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Dec 01
Book Review: Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Redemption

Book Review: Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Redemption

Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Redemption is the highly anticipated final book in the Gabriel’s Inferno series. The series was originally conceived as two books, but Reynard changed his mind after readers pleaded for a third. If you haven’t read the series, I do recommend you read the first two books before proceeding to Redemption because Reynard does revisit past characters and gives you character backgrounds that will leave you lost otherwise. Synopsis: Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father. But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given… Read more »

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Nov 29
Book Review: Bethanne Strasser’s Letters From Home

Book Review: Bethanne Strasser’s Letters From Home

I’m a big fan of unrequited love and when I came across the synopsis to Bethany Strasser’s Letters from Home, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review it. Character development is difficult in a novella because you’re limited with what you can do and Stasser gives us strong characters. Lena is a doctor in the United States Army and likes to keep busy. She can come off a little too strong and at times I didn’t like her, but it’s easy to understand why she acts the way she does. Then we have Zack who missed his opportunity to tell Lena how feels! I liked Zack and he’s honorable. He’s had to make some tough decisions, but he’s made them and is ready to move on with his life…. Read more »

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Nov 13
Blog Tour: Review-Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Much + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Much + Giveaway

Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Much is the second book in her A Little Too Far series. If you’ve read the synopsis for both books then you know Alessandro doesn’t get the girl in A Little Too Far (I really hope you don’t consider this as a spoiler). I’ll be truthful, I’m team Alessandro all the way and still believe Lexie chose the wrong guy. Either way, I’m glad Alessandro got his own book because we get to spend a little more time with him. We have good characterization and I really liked getting to know Alessandro better. In A Little Too Far, he’s reserved and there’s a good reason; he’s about to enter the priesthood and there’s a certain code of conduct. He revealed a little of his past… Read more »

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Nov 11
Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ A is for Alpha

Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ A is for Alpha

One of the complaints I hear from romance readers is how men real life rarely mirror men in fiction. Laurel Ulen Curtis’ A is for Alpha is a fun filled adventure about two women looking for their own fiction inspired heroes. Haley Whitfield and her mother Allison are big Kristen Ashley fans. When Haley voices her frustration about a date she’s just had, Allison suggests they take a vacation and Haley agrees. Before they embark on their grand adventure they make a list using the alphabet with the characteristics they want their ultimate dream hunk to be. First on the list is Alpha because the entire purpose of this trip is to find someone who is just like a Kristen Ashley hero. There’s one slight problem, Haley finds someone she… Read more »

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Nov 10
Book Review: Toni Aleo’s Trying to Score

Book Review: Toni Aleo’s Trying to Score

I’m a big fan of lovers reunited and having read the first book in the Assassins series, Taking Shots, I couldn’t wait to read Lucas’ story. If you haven’t read Taking Shots it’s not necessary to enjoy Trying to Score. Lucas Brooks hasn’t been the same since Fallon Parker walked out on him and he can’t blame her; however, he can’t remember what exactly happened in the moments leading up to Fallon discovering him in another woman’s arms. Seven years later, Fallon is living in Nashville where she works for her family. That family business serves wine at the arena where the Assassins play and she’s good friends with the team owner Elli Adler. Her world is turned upside down when she learns Lucas has been traded to Nashville and… Read more »

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Oct 29
Blog Tour: Review-Rachel Harris’ Seven Day Fiancé + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Rachel Harris’ Seven Day Fiancé + Giveaway

Rachel Harris is one of those authors I keep wanting to pick up and even have My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century on my to-be-read list, but ask anyone with a list and they’ll tell you, sometimes just don’t get around to it. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for Seven Day Fiancé, I couldn’t pass up the chance and I’m so glad I participated! Seven Day Fiancé is the second book in the Love and Games series and if you haven’t read the first, Taste the Heat, it’s not necessary to enjoy Seven Day. As for characterization, we have strong characters. Angelle is the youngest in her family and grew up full filling her parents’ wishes. When a long time family friend, Brady, asks her to… Read more »

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Oct 14
Blog Tour: Review-Anna Bloom’s The Art of Letting Go + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Anna Bloom’s The Art of Letting Go + Giveaway

A lot can happen in the course of a year and Anna Bloom’s The Art of Letting Go shows us exactly what happens when a twenty-five year old decides to enroll at university for the first time and gives up the life she’s settled for. Narration is first person and Lilah is an engaging narrator. You’ll easily fall in love with her and want to be her friend. The Art of Letting Go is written in a form of a diary, but doesn’t read like one. Bloom has a talent for combining humor and sarcasm throughout the narrative. The Art of Letting Go is everything I’ve been wanting in a New Adult novel. Often times, New Adult authors get lost in the amount of required bedroom action and forget that… Read more »

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Oct 10
Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Let it be Me + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Let it be Me + Giveaway

Toni Aleo’s Let it be Me is different from her Assassins series. It’s dark and will leave you physically ill. You might be asking why a three rating. First of all, Aleo has written about an abused woman before. In Empty Net, Audrey leaves an abusive relationship, but unlike Let it be Me, the abuse in Empty Net for the most part takes place in the background. I believe something like less than 15% of the novel actually depicts it. It was difficult to read Let it be Me where the abuse does make up over 70% of the plot. Character development is weak. I believe it’s because Let it be Me is told via Violet’s perspective and we aren’t given much back-story to either Rob or herself. My heart… Read more »

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Oct 04
Blog Tour: Review-Samantha Fontien’s How to Catch Butterflies Book 2 + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Samantha Fontien’s How to Catch Butterflies Book 2 + Giveaway

Samantha Fontien’s How to Catch Butterflies Book 2 is the continuation to her first book, How to Catch Butterflies. In this situation, it is necessary to read the first since Fontien doesn’t give you much background information regarding characters and situations that occurred in the first novel. Full disclosure: she did offer the opportunity to read the first book and if I had the time, I would have taken up the offer; however, having a very full review plate, I couldn’t. Either way, I often like to pick up books after the first to see if it is necessary to read the first in a series. As for characterization, it’s a bit weak, but then again I believe this has to do with it being the second book and not… Read more »

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Sep 30
Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Hard to Handle

Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Hard to Handle

Jessica Lemmon’s Hard to Handle is the second book in her Love in the Balance series. If you read Can’t Let Go, the companion novella (that’s how I refer it) to Tempting the Billionaire, then you know what happens between Sadie and Aiden. If you haven’t read it or Tempting, never fear-Lemmon provides enough background information and you won’t feel lost. It’s not necessary to read these prior to Hard to Handle, but you’ll have a better understanding of the events and situations if you do. Hard to Handle picks up a year after Tempting the Billionaire ends. Crickitt and Shane are now married and Aiden is back in town for the wedding. At first, both Aiden and Sadie put on fake smiles for the sake of their friends wedding,… Read more »

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