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Jul 05
Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ A Gentleman Never Tells + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ A Gentleman Never Tells + Giveaway

The Essex Sisters series is one of my favorite books by Eloisa James. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for the newest novella in the series, A Gentleman Never Tells, I couldn’t pass up the chance! If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy A Gentleman. We have good character development. Lizzie Troutt is a young widow who is kind and only wants to live her life on her own terms. She has no desire to remarry and keeps to herself. And we have Oliver Berwick, a country gentleman who deeply regrets his involvement in circulating nicknames given to a few women. Now charged with the care of his teenage niece, Hattie, Oliver is quick to see the… Read more »

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Oct 11
Book Review: Seduced by the Game (Anthology)

Book Review: Seduced by the Game (Anthology)

What do ice skates and sticks have in common? Hockey! Welcome to the fastest game on Earth (and dare I say, the best sport?). Anthologies are often difficult to review because you’re reading more than one novella and there’s always one or two that you enjoy the most. I’m going to review Seduced by the Game a little differently from my usual style and give you five reasons you should purchase a copy! Please note: while I was given a copy for review, I’ve purchased a copy to support “Hockey Fights Cancer.” Before I get to my list, here’s a look at the novellas featured in Seduced by the Game. You can read a Catherine Gayle excerpt and enter the giveaway here! “Tangled in the Laces” by Toni Aleo (Website… Read more »

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Feb 25
Book Review: Tracy Wolff’s Ruined

Book Review: Tracy Wolff’s Ruined

I was really excited to read Tracy Wolff’s Ruined because a few friends really enjoyed it. In the end, it fell a bit flat. Character development is a bit weak. Ethan went from being this beach bum type of guy to suddenly suit wearing CEO. For the most part, he remains mysterious and even when he tells Chloe a bit of his past we still don’t know exactly who Ethan Frost is. The whole beach bum vs CEO felt a bit off. Out of all the characters we get to know Chloe fairly well. It makes sense since she also narrates it. As a narrator I think she’s trustworthy. It’s clear something traumatic happened to her and she doesn’t tell us exactly what it is nor does she give us… Read more »

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Jan 07
Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Whammy

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Whammy

Unemployed former police officer Davis Way is down on her luck when she gets a job too good to be true. Working undercover in a Biloxi casino Davis is given a set of instructions and that’s to figure out how a particular slot machine is won. At first Davis grudgingly takes on the job, but the further she digs the more she finds that some things just don’t make sense. For example, what does her ex-husband have to do with the slot machines? Suddenly Davis finds herself in too deep and when she’s arrested for attempted murder no one believes her story and to make matters worse, there’s questions surrounding her identity. Will Davis be able to prove her innocence before the real culprit skips town? We have good character… Read more »

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Sep 04
Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Can’t Let Go

Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Can’t Let Go

Jessica Lemmon’s Can’t Let Go was originally scheduled for an October release with Hard to Handle set for September, but the dates were changed. While some may hate the ending to Can’t Let Go and call it a cliffhanger, it really isn’t one. If you haven’t read Tempting the Billionaire, you don’t need to in order to enjoy Can’t Let Go, but I do recommend it because you’ll have a better understanding of the time frame. It’s not necessary though! Those that read Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire will remember Sadie and Aiden. Both are secondary characters and we know from Tempting that Sadie ends up dating Aiden. What we don’t know is exactly what happened between the two of them. Crickitt attempts to get to the bottom of it, but… Read more »

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Aug 27
Book Review: Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right

Book Review: Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right

I feel that I owe you a reason as to why I decided to read Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right. I attended a local book festival and she was on a panel. She was so much fun and I felt bad I hadn’t read her books and afterwards when I went to have a few books signed for a blog giveaway we talked. I had her sign First Grave and promised I’d read it and did. Initially I wasn’t going to write a review because the book has been out for a while, but Octavia from Read Sleep Repeat wanted a review and here goes. Charley Davidson has a secret and one that’s helped solve some of Albuquerque’s most difficult cases. She’s a grim reaper and as one… Read more »

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Aug 19
Book Review: Maya Cross’ Lockout

Book Review: Maya Cross’ Lockout

I wish Lockout was one of those novellas you could easily pick up and read from that particular moment, but alas it is not. If you haven’t read Locked then read it before proceeding to Lockout otherwise you’ll be lost. Maya Cross’ Lockout picks up right where Locked left off, with Sophia walking away from Sebastian after the text she sees he receives. When Sebastian wakes the next morning, he’s stunned to find her missing and attempts to make thing right. Sophia doesn’t want anything to do with him, but against her better judgment she relents. A majority of the novella takes place with Sebastian traveling, but he leaves her with a gift and specific instructions that she follows. Sebastian is training her to become his sub and she willingly… Read more »

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Jul 11
Book Review: Elizabeth L. Silver’s The Execution of Noa P Singleton

Book Review: Elizabeth L. Silver’s The Execution of Noa P Singleton

Regardless of which side you’re on concerning the issue of the death penalty, Elizabeth L. Silver’s The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is a thought provoking debut. Six months before her execution, Noa P Singleton receives an unexpected visit. The mother of her victim, Marlene Dixon, informs her she’s had a change of heart and doesn’t believe in capital punishment. Working with her associate, Oliver Stansted, she creates an organization, MAD (Mothers Against Death), but Noa doesn’t want anything to do with Marlene or her organization. Oliver works tirelessly on Noa’s behalf, but Noa doesn’t talk. As the countdown begins to her execution, we’re left with questions regarding Noa’s version of events. Will Noa be granted clemency or will she be tied to her fate? Narrative is first person and… Read more »

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Jun 09
Book Review: Nikki Worrell’s The Enforcer

Book Review: Nikki Worrell’s The Enforcer

The Enforcer is Nikki Worrell’s debut and holy smokes, she can write a smoking hockey player! Lacey Benoit’s life hasn’t been the best lately. Her brother’s death and finding out her fiancé cheated has taken a toll and she’s contemplating moving. When her best friend, Zoe Millis, mentions the San Diego Scorpions are hiring she recommends Lacey apply. Lacey accepts the challenge and moves to San Diego where her world is turned upside down. Jody LaGrange is the Scorpions newest enforcer and he has no reason to see a sports psychologist, but it’s required by the Scorpions. Reluctantly he agrees to meet with Zoe Millis, but when he spots Lacey, she’s all he can think about. Jody is disappointed when Lacey announces she’s not interested in dating, but he realizes… Read more »

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May 21
Book Review: Maya Cross’ Locked

Book Review: Maya Cross’ Locked

I kept seeing Maya Cross’ Locked at a few blogs and the cover kept catching my eye! Look at it-it’s gorgeous! I knew I had to read this as soon as possible and even though I always read a synopsis before purchase, I didn’t do it for Locked. Maya Cross has us asking, who is Sebastian Lock? Readers will be intrigued the moment he makes an appearance and no doubt you’ll find yourself a bit smitten. Sophia Pearce is enjoying a night out with friends when they notice a group of people entering the bar and heading straight towards the back. They pay no real attention until they recognize an actor with an entourage and suddenly Sophia has a plan to infiltrate the exclusive party and find out what is… Read more »

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May 14
Book Review: Colleen Hoover’s This Girl

Book Review: Colleen Hoover’s This Girl

It pains me to write this review as well as give it the rating I do because I LOVED Colleen Hoover’s Slammed. I knew This Girl was going to be Will’s point-of-view, but what I didn’t expect was to read Slammed all over again. If I wanted to reread it, I would have just picked up my copy and saved the $8 I paid. Colleen Hoover’s This Girl is the highly anticipated third book in the Slammed series. Will and Lake are now married and are on their honeymoon. One night, they are reminiscing on how they met and Lake asks Will to tell her what his first impression of her was. Will reluctantly agrees and along the way Lake discovers Will has been harboring a few secrets of his… Read more »

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May 10
Book Review: Darlene Panzera’s Sweet On You

Book Review: Darlene Panzera’s Sweet On You

Darlene Panzera’s Sweet on You is the first novella in the Cupcake Diaries series. The second novella, Recipe for Love, and the third, Taste of Romance, will be released in the next two weeks. If you’re looking for a quick light read then you’re in luck! I enjoyed Sweet on You and particularly loved the opening scene! Andi, Rachel, and Kim have come together to celebrate Kim‘s birthday. The trio has a tradition that involves splitting a cupcake three ways every quarter. Unfortunately Andi was pressed for time and couldn’t buy one until she spots a man with a bakery box. With a little encouragement she walks up to Jake and offers to buy his cupcake. What ensues is cute tête-à-tête between Jake and Andi that will leave you with… Read more »

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