Tag Archive | HEA

Gift From The Hitman by Zoey Parker –Review

Zoey has written another original storyline that’s full of heart, passion, anger, resentment among other emotions. What I loved about this book is that both main characters were extremely strong personalities. Neither one seemed to overpower the other. Now don’t get me wrong, Andrei is a complete alpha that needs to be in control. However, through his ‘relationship’ with Kelly he begins to learn that having someone else in control once in awhile isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Andrei is a thirty-two year old mob boss with no family. It dawns on him one night that he desperately needs to have an heir to pass the Petrov mafia to. This borns the idea of him needing to ‘acquire’ a surrogate (of sorts).

Kelly is a twenty-five year old unemployed women with many responsibilities. Her mom has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer leaving her mom unable to work, therefore no health insurance. Kelly has recently been fired from her job, due to downsizing. She has mountains of bills being racked up and no way to pay for it. Because of this, she is forced into desperate decisions.

Andrei and Kelly are wonderful together. Can Andrei keep her safe from his past? Can Kelly change this brute from his bitter ways? One click to find out!

Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G

Thirty day boyfriend by Whitney G is a cute, fun and a quick little read revolving around an office romance.

Nicholas A. Wolf is considered the literal Wolf of Wall Street. He is an infuriating workaholic who appears to be very cold and callous.

Emily is his lovable Executive Assistant who is celebrating her two-year anniversary at the opening of the book. She is also a workaholic, but can’t seem to stand working for Mr. Wolf anymore.

When she was hired she had a four-year employment contract, but doesn’t feel like she can handle staying one more day. Without giving away too much, she tries to find another job, but is unsuccessful due to our beloved Mr. Wolf. He comes across a situation revolving around one of his contracts and seeks the lovely Emily for help.

Emily and Nicholas were a riot together. I loved the sexual tension between them which ultimately led to loads of laughs! Whitney G has done it again with another great read!

Dear Everly by Lobdon Casey and Jaxson Kidman–review

Dear Everly is by far the best writing that the Casey/Kidman duo have done, thus far. This book is about Emily, Jake and Sadie.

Emily is relocating and attempting to start over in life. She has been a caretaker to her grandmother due to her recent decline in health. After her grandmother passes away, she has no one and feels lost. She is excited to have a new house, but questions if it is home. While returning to her career of writing poetry, she also starts a part time job at a daycare. Emily is a saint. She is kind, caring and is always friendly with people she comes across. Despite having gone through numerous hard times, she still is optimistic towards the idea of love and when she feels it she is determined to not let go of it.

Jake is a wonderful hero. He is a mechanic by trade and co-owns the garage he works at. Besides being a mechanic, he is a father to an extremely intelligent and lovable four-year-old, Sadie. She is adorable, yet innocent and steals the scene at times. Jack and Sadie have suffered a huge and devastating loss in their life. Together they are trudging through their daily existence. Jake feels an extreme amount of pressure weighing down on his shoulders.

Dear Everly is a hauntingly beautiful, gut-wrenching, heart breaking and heartwarming story. Part of this story is beautifully expressed through letters written to Jake’s deceased wife. As a reader, I truly felt the struggle of a man forever in love with his wife, yet trying to move on as well.

Jake and Emily together took you on an emotional roller coaster. You truly feel what they are feeling throughout the whole book. There is no way you can’t read this book and not get choked up at some point.

Rating: Excellent, excellent book. 5 Stars (Plus) without a doubt.

Blocked by L.P. Dover–review

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Blocked is another fabulous read from LP Dover. It centers around Callie and Dallas. Dallas is the goaltender for the Charlotte strikers. Callie is an OR/ER nurse whose brother happens to be on the same team as Dallas.

Justin and Maddox (brother and cousin to Callie) do not like Dallas and are furious when they find out they’re dating. Promises were made to never hurt Callie and a semi truce was made.

Through multiple misunderstandings Dallas appears to be the bad boy that he was prior to Callie, causing heartache and grief. Through meddling friends and family though things get resolved.

This book is much more than just a bad boy hockey player falling in love. It encompasses true heartache, incredible joy and complete sadness.

LP Dover knows how to write a fabulous hockey read that revolves around two strong characters with an incredibly funny supportive cast.  One click this read for a great story.

5 stars

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Ideal Image by Freya Barker and KT Dove–Review

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Ideal Image is about Stacie Gustafson and Nick Flynn.  Stacie is a single mother of a nine-year-old named Mak. She is a lawyer by trade, but is currently working from home, doing research for other lawyers. Nick Flynn is a corporate lawyer who lives in the small town that the Gustafson’s live in.

This is considered the second book in the ‘Snapshot novel’ series; however, there is a prequel and book number 1 that go along with Ideal Image. It is highly recommended that you read, Shutter Speed and Freeze Frame first, as each book builds on the previous. There is a different plotline in Ideal Image as they pertain to Nick and Stacie, however, Stacie is still suffering personal and emotional repercussions from the previous books.

This is a wonderfully emotional story that is full of heartwarming and heart wrenching moments. It is full of drama, suspense and mystery, along with romance and love. Freya and KT have written an exquisite book that is a huge paged turner.

Nick knows Stacie from back in college, however, Stacie doesn’t remember who he is. She is very self-conscious of some physical scarring that she had obtained in a previous accident. Through her sister-in-law, Isla, she becomes involved in a local children’s burn foundation. Isla has taken a multitude of portraits of Stacie to be auctioned off. Nick has always admired her from afar, but doesn’t think he has a chance at a beauty like Stacie. So, he continues to admire her from afar, by purchasing one of her portraits at the auction. Through these pictures, she encounters a ghost from her past. She learns that she must rely on those that love her, along with friends and people in her community for support. She doesn’t need to do things on her own.

It has romance, but also has elements of learning self-love and acceptance. Freya and KT have written an exquisite book that is more than a story, but an incredible telling of real life situations and scenarios. Their use of slightly ‘unorthodox’ heroes is great twist on usual take on usual romance books. In reading you realize that not all good things happen in your 20’s; there is a lot of living for other generations as well.  I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it!!

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Move the Stars (Something in the way, book 3) by Jessica Hawkins–Review

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Rating: 5.0 stars

To be honest, I don’t know how I feel about this book, which I don’t believe is necessarily a bad thing. My first reaction after getting done reading it, was that I hated it. Just plain hated it. But after some downtime and soul searching I realized why. It was because, that was how Ms. Hawkins wrote it. It was intended to be frustratingly emotional, angsty and heart wrenching. In order to write these characters with so much grit there needed passion to be involved. Passion for the characters, passion for the words the author wrote and a passionate response from the reader themselves.

I love the idea/concept of Lake and Manning together. They just seem to fit. I just couldn’t wait for these two to get their act together.  I really did dislike Tiffany and her obnoxious behavior (carryover from Something in the Way, book 1). However, she wasn’t the only one. Manning needed to up his game and seemed to fall short. It was difficult to read about these two, because just when you thought it was finally time for them to get together, something else would happen. To say they had many factors against them is an understatement.

When I think about why it hit me so hard, it’s because of the many things these guys went through. It is so easy as the reader (an outsider) to see what they’re doing and what could be done to correct it, yet can’t seem to get it right. In that aspect, Ms. Hawkins did a fabulous job to not give us a cookie cutter romance. I would love to see more of their future together as well as updates on Tiffany, mom and dad, etc. This series tore me apart and ripped me open, but I was finally able to piece myself together at the end.

With all that being said, I am SO going to miss Lake and Manning. They had a quintessential angsty love story that hits you hard. Kudos Ms. Hawkins for writing a stellar ending to this series. Despite everything I have said, I, truly, LOVED this book (series) and am sad to see Lake and Manning go.

5 stars

Hunter by Stasia Black–Review

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I knew to expect Hunter by Stasia Black as a hot, sexy and steamy read, but I was unprepared for what I read. Hunter is so much more than that. It was emotional; full of true highs and lows, made you laugh, was full of drama and could leave you in tears. The author gave you the ability to delve into these characters and realize that they are more than where they came from and that family truly doesn’t just mean by blood.

Isobel is a third-year veterinary student, but has been on leave due to her father’s recent illness and passing. She comes from a broken home, but not in the standard divorce situation. She does have, however, a crazy stepmother that is just vile. While she was home for the funeral, she realizes that her boyfriend of three years has not been the most loving and faithful boyfriend. After an incident with her stepmother she flees her family home and ends up in Hawthorne, Wyoming.

Hunter is a large animal vet in Wyoming, but has been trudging through life the past year just existing. He meets Isobel one night at the bar and for the first time in a year he feels something for someone. Surprise, surprise they end up having a one night stand, but Isobel leaves early in the morning, due to insecurity issues she has.

Sometimes life just has a funny way of working out and they encounter each other that next day. The thing about these two is they both have insecurities, but don’t know how to voice their concerns with the other. This was frustrating for me, because I just wanted to reach through the book and shake some common sense into them. Ms. Black creates a wonderful emotional and physical dichotomy between these two that is hard to read about, but is truly leading towards a bigger picture. There was one scenario later in the book that I was thinking ‘for real?’, but lo and behold all was explained in the next chapter.

Stasia knows how to write one heck of a good book. I am so excited to read about the other characters in the book. This band of characters sound like a ‘hoot’!

 

“What if it’s not running away from the bad stuff? What if it’s more about running towards something good?”

 

5 stars