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Mr. All Wrong by R.C. Stephens–Review

 

Mr All WrongMr. All Wrong is completely Mr. All Right!! R.C. Stephens is a fairly new to me author, but I am loving her and her writing style. (I read, Halo by her as well and that was a truly phenomenal read).

This story is about Colton and Evie who come from different socio-economic status, familial backgrounds and academic/professional backgrounds. Despite these factors, they could recognize some very common similarities as well.

Colton is a super sexy, powerful and appears to be a confident man. However, he is a flawed man. He is the Governor of Illinois with considerations to make a run at POTUS. This is something that he is questioning if it’s more for his personal well-being or something his father wants and is living vicariously through Colton. Colt also has major trust issues, especially when it comes to women. I won’t say why, but they are a result from his mother and secondarily because of his father.

‘I was a fucking grown man who was scared. Yes, I can use that word in my head only. I was scared to stand up to my old man. Fuck that was a difficult internal confession to swallow.’

Evie is a simple, yet beautiful, women that is more than happy to blend into the background. She is a single mother who is a teacher at a local deaf school that is fiercely independent. Through she has secrets of her own, they are more of a maternal protective nature. She meets the notorious panty dropping playboy after she throws a cream pie at his face during a rally. Colton is immediately enamored with her, even if he only sees her as a blur of red hair while running from the police.

‘When I spotted the female with the shouty voice, she had a cream pie flying at me faster than I could think. It slammed me in the face. The cool feel of whipped cream practically blinding.’…’The red-haired vixen got away’.

Mr. All Wrong is a perfect combination of steam, drama, soul-searching and hilarity that abounds. There were many touching moments from Colton as he expressed his love, faithfulness and trust towards Evie. The interaction between Colton and Carter (Evie’s 10-year-old son) was beautiful and ovary shaking. Colton’s willingness to adapt to Evie’s surroundings was just perfection.

Unfortunately, with the good comes the bad. As mentioned earlier, Colton’s issues include his runaway mom, domineering and threatening father, manwhore best friend and trust issues. Soon, Evie gets swept up in this family drama and things don’t appear to end well for Ms. Evie. She, unfortunately, has to make a choice that will cost her the only man she ever loved or her own personal sanity and safety.

Besides the h and H, we have the secondary characters, who are just as poignant as the main ones. They each brought their own pizazz to the story. R.C. Stephens wrote an incredibly well rounded romantic comedy/drama with a list of characters that felt like a whole family. The story and plot line flowed well with in depth histories of each character. Mr. All Wrong was a complete page turner keeping me intrigued from beginning to end.

Colton and Evie are such a great, steamy and heartwarming couple together. They have many twists and turns, revelations and hills that they need to counter both individually and as a couple. There was no question that they loved each other, but the question remains…Will they make it?

As usual, I’m an epilogue whore. I love that you get one little more peek into these characters lives, before you officially announce, ‘the end’. This epilogue did not disappoint! Thank you, Ms. Stephens for writing such a well-rounded, all-encompassing book with ‘all the feels’ and ‘oh no’s’!!

‘She was more than lovely, she was beautiful, the way her blue eyes danced with mischief as she ran away from the police was now ingrained in my brain maybe forever. She was a free spirit and her smile breathed sunshine.’

5 stars

Personal Foul by Hayley Faiman–Review

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Ok, so here’s the deal, I am normally known for long reviews. Here’s the thing though, all I had to go on was the blurb. No reviews, no promotional material, etc. So, with that being said, I want you to be able to go into this blind and just reading the blurb.

Hayley Faiman is a fairly new to me author, but her writing on this book was phenomenal. The plot, storyline and characters were top notch. Fortunately, (or unfortunately depending on the character) these characters were very relatable. Ms. Faiman does touch on some taboo/possible triggering topics.

As far as the characters go, I love Cole and his interactions with Jessa. Throughout the book you really feel the love and protection that he has towards Jessa. I will say that Jessa did a lot of maturing through this book and it was wonderful to see.

In all honesty, though, this is a really good book and I wouldn’t hesitate to one-click it!! As far as the rest of the book goes, let’s see if I can some it up some using GIF’s.
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Commander in Chiefs by Kristy Marie–Review

I got done reading this yesterday, but needed to ponder this for a moment.  It was a strange book hangover mashup and, honestly, I still don’t know how I feel. Let me try to explain. It begins with one word, Theo.

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Theo is an ass. There is no other way to put it. His asshole tendencies seem to increase when he didn’t get his way and Anniston started to do her own thing. He is like a splinter caught under your fingernail that keeps burrowing its way further under your nail. He’s annoying, childlike, pampered and completely an ALPHA male. Here’s the thing though, I’m not mad about it. I hated it so much that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book. Kristy Marie has a knack of not only bringing these characters to life, but make you feel like they are your best friends. Every dumbass thing he did, I wanted to scream and smack him upside the head. (Apologies to our dear couch who had to endure the ‘smacks’ upside the head and to my husband who jumped every time I did this, asking ‘are you alright? That good of a book that it requires reader participation?’. Sorry dear)

Anniston was my home girl. What turned into a simple 😉 request among friends turned into SO MUCH MORE (and I’m not talking about her relationship with Theo). She is the be all, end all IT heroine. She has endured so much in her life, yet just like the rest of us is trying to figure where her life is headed. As a Doctor in Sports Medicine, she is basically everything to Theo and his playing career. His personal 😉 MD, trainer, coach and morale support. She grew up with a love of baseball from her grandfather and it never left her. To see her interact with Cade and the other men, is INCREDIBLE. Oh yeah, did I mention that this book is a ‘hybrid’ of sorts between a sports romance and a military romance. (Kristy Marie two thumbs up for phenomenal writing of this mashup. ABSOLUTELY loved it!!)

Cade. What can I say about Cade. I FLOVED HIM and I can’t wait to read his book!!! Being the bleeding heart that Anniston is, she finds him on the street and can’t help herself, she has to help him. She takes him in, nurses him back to health and makes him feel loved and wanted. Her thought process of returning to the Marines was brilliant (reverse psychology at its best). She works him to the bone and in the process, they develop a Commander and Major relationship. Here’s the sticky thing with our asshole hero, he doesn’t like someone sniffing around ‘his’ goods. He feels threatened by Cade and his relationship with Anniston. Cade thinks he loves her, but knows that nothing can happen. Let’s just say that Theo asserts his dominance (aka…pissing contest) frequently to show the other men in her life to keep their hands off. Anniston is Theo’s and vice versa, but neither have gone to next step of making it ‘official’. Besides being a medical doctor, Anniston, takes it upon herself to heal war veterans back to health. Now, don’t think she is the Florence Nightingale type, she is more the drill Sergeant type to whip these men into shape. Hence, where the Commander came from. The way it was written and how she went about loving these men is downright ingenious. She truly deserves a medal.

Now you may question why I started writing about three characters. Well, that’s because this story is about Theo, Anniston and Cade (including a few other military men). I know what you may be thinking, but no this is not a love triangle type of book. There is no cheating, so if you’re squeamish about that, there’s no need to be. Relationship boundaries are tested, but that make this a fabulous, explosive read. The connection between the a-hole and the firecracker heroine is undeniable. There will be fireworks for you as a reader long after the read is done. They are hands-down a steamy couple with no regards to when and where that steam takes place. Theo and Anniston take you on some crazy shenanigans and rampant rides, but their love for each other is truly evident. These capers that they take you on are hilarious, heart-warming and downright bloody brilliant.

Commander in Chief is a book like no other. Kudos and hands up to Kristy Marie for an astounding, breathtaking and mind-blowing first book. I devoured this book and have no qualms in saying, ‘I want more’. I can’t believe their wild ride is done. Kristy Marie, you left me in an emotional upheaval! I want to THANK YOU for that epilogue (insert sigh).  I love epilogues and that was a perfect ending to a perfect book. I must say you have skills, girl, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. Tiny request from one little reader/blogger…Do we REALLY have to wait until mid-2018 for Cade’s book, because, I so want it. Like now😊! I, truly, highly recommend this book. If you love your asshole heroes and your incredibly strong and quick-witted heroines, you will love this book.

 

 

“I am certain I’ve loved Theo Von Bremen since middle. His quick wit and assdole personality appeasled tome like chocolate and sweatpants on a Friday night. We became fast friends, but anything further was too complicated.”

5 stars

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Hero Next Door by Lara Swann–Review

Hero Next DoorHero Next Door is a fun, quirky, sensual, sexy and emotional read. It is about Naomi, Mack and Tyler. Both leads have experienced abusive and emotionally damaging relationships. The difference is that Naomi’s only include her, unfortunately including both emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her ex. Mack has a son named Tyler and both have experienced emotional abuse and potentially damaging self-respect issues, especially aimed towards his young son.

Naomi has finally ‘grown a pair’ and left her abusive ex. After some bouncing around, she has finally landed in a small town and feels that she is finally home (as well as losing her ex in the process). She meets Mack just after moving in. His son comes over to help her try and move one last piece of furniture into her house. Mack comes over looking for his son and meets Naomi. They have an instant attraction to each other, but as you’ve read up until here, they both have issues.

Mack is a security consultant and works for a private security company. Due to this, his house is very well equipped with a security system. He ex still lives in the small town, but because of what happened between them, he tries to have no interaction with her for both his and Tyler’s sake.

To say that these two have issues (great now I have Julia Michaels song, Issues, in my head) 😊, is an understatement. However, the beautiful thing about this book is that they work on them together, even though their intent is to stay away from the other. Impossible to do for a few reasons: 1) Naomi works as a teacher at the same school that Tyler goes to. In fact, she is a teacher in the same grade, except he is in the other classroom. 2) Naomi and Mack live next door to each other. Whether it’s coming or going or they see each other out in their respective yards, they can’t seem to avoid the other. 3) Lastly, Naomi LOVES to bake and this is the one thing her ex gave her heck on, so she never did it. Now, it relaxes her and she does it all the time. Besides bringing treats to work, she usually ends up at Mack’s house with a batch of something.

Mack and Naomi are just beautiful together. They each have a strong personality, using their past experiences to build themselves up. They just needed to find their ‘perfect match’ to make them complete. Tyler is just the cutest kid. Oh, my goodness, he was easy to fall in love with. I really loved this book and felt attached and invested with all of them. There are many twists and turns throughout the book that will keep you hanging until the very end.

5 stars

Lips Close To Mine by Robin Bielman–Review and New Release

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Lips Close To Mine is the second book in Robin Bielman’s ‘Wherever You Go’ series. This can be considered a standalone with Mateo and Teague making an appearance from Talk British To Me (reading this first isn’t necessary to this story.) LCTM revolves around Levi and Harper. Robin writes an exquisitely beautiful story full of angst, romance, humor and, of course, sexiness. The banter between the them is hilarious!

Levi is another book boyfriend for 2017. He is a sweet soul with manners, wears his heart truly on his sleeve, despite being afraid of being hurt again.
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Harper is a well-loved former swimmer who does things to protect herself. She is close to her family and friends, but is leery of a relationship. She is a feisty person who is good at concealing her emotions.

“Levi Pierce is impossible to forget. He’s also maddening, infuriating, irritating and the reason my body hums even when he’s not near.”

Both Levi and Harper have experienced severe emotional trauma with lingering heartbreak. They both handle these issues in different ways. Harper is very closed off to anything emotional regarding love. She will not allow herself to get close to anyone of the male persuasion. Levi, on the other hand, has big trust issues, however, he has always felt something for Harper, but just doesn’t understand why she pushes him away. Can these two get it together and make it work? Will Levi’s past stay in his past? Will Harper learn how to let go and love again?

“Your heart is your friend, not your enemy”.


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One Shot by B.J. Harvey–Review

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Ms. Harvey knows how to start a story. Dang, the prologue just sucks you in and makes you *gasp*. It is a very strong beginning to a great story. Since it was so intriguing, it was a very quick read that was easy to get immersed in and loose track of time.

One Shot is full of angst, tons of drama, happy romantic times as well as plenty of heartbreaking moments. Millen and Kenzie were enthralled with each other from the get go. Their chemistry is off the charts electric and the banter between them incredibly funny at times. This was one couple that just clicked from the get-go.

Millen is so incredibly sweet, but keeps personal and professional life close to his chest. Expectations were placed on him that he felt he had to obliged to, because he was the only son. He doesn’t agree with what’s expected of him, but doesn’t know what to do. One thing he never expected was Kenzie. She is his one and only.

Kenzie is a thirty-two year old manager at a local bar. After a brief stint as a cop in San Francisco she realizes her heart isn’t in it and decides to return home. She is happy and content with her life when Millen enters her bar. It was an immediate magnetic attraction. Due to some familial issues, she has a hard time trusting guys and has some personal rules she lives by. After spending an astounding weekend with Millen, she gets ghosts by him. This causes some internal strife. Does she stay and fight for him? Does she just give up and move on? Does she even trust her feelings? All this combined to one incredibly angsty book. Wow, what an ending.

There are some secondary characters that round out this immensely enjoyable cast. One of them happens to be Kenzie’s best friend, Gaby. The relationship between these two is off the charts hilarious. I love Gary’s spirit and was a welcome addition.

Overall, I give this book 5 stars. For this who may be leery to read this book, there is no cheating between the main characters. Truly, BJ Harvey has outdone herself with One Shot, proving that sometimes all you need is One Shot at love!

‘And I’m going to spend a lifetime loving you. Tonight, and all the tomorrows.’

 

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Becoming Daddy by R.R. Banks–Review

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Becoming Daddy by R.R. Banks is his best book yet. It is a quick, sweet and heartwarming read that is full of laughable moments.

Rue and Richard are the heroine and hero of this book. Richard is a prominent businessman who is looking to become a father. He has a girlfriend/significant other who is truly a wretched woman. She is an icy, elitist who appears to be above becoming a mother and looking for a surrogate. This, however, does not stop Richard from finding one. It is shown through the writing that Richard has true devotion to this process of having a baby.

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Rue is an adorable character. She is strong, loyal, kind, caring and lovable. Rue has become a city girl, but is really a country girl at heart. She is a no nonsense girl with a level head who understands the value of family. By accident she ends up at the contract baby interviews. How she got there though is an incredibly funny story. She ends up going through this process, not only because she needs the money, but she enjoys the idea of helping a childless couple bring life to their home. This does not make her greedy, she is trying to save her Grammyma’s house, which happens to be the house she grew up in. There is a tradition that started with Rue’s mom, which she carries on with her surrogate baby. It is a tear jerker, heartwarmingly tender and emotional moment. Absolute perfection and so sweet!

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Becoming Daddy is wonderful read that focuses around the concept of love, family and home. Rue and Richard are a wonderful dichotomy as a couple (She’s a country girl, he’s an upper crust city boy). This works well together in the standpoint that no matter where you come from there truly is nothing like family and home. Richard has a wonderful transformation from upper crust society to Whiskey Hollow everyday man. As I mentioned before, this is by far R.R. Banks best book yet!

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5 stars