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Playmaker by LP Dover–Review

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Despite being the third book in this series, Playmaker can be read as a standalone book. I have read the other books in this series and was anxiously awaiting Maddox’s story.

Let me preface this by saying, I LOVE Maddox, but between him and Lacey, I just wanted to smack them upside their heads. I’m getting ahead of myself here, let me give you a quick synopsis.

Two years prior, Lacey and Maddox are in Las Vegas and have a good time together. That time spent together led them to a Las Vegas chapel where they got married, however, next morning Lacey has ghosted on him leaving absolutely NOTHING behind. During this time, Lacey is waiting to finish med school. Maddox, however, has hired a private investigator to see if he can find his wife, ‘Paige’. He gets his hands on a copy of the wedding certificate and sees who he truly married. Fast forward to eleven months from the present when they are both together in the same room for a function and neither approaches the other. Misunderstandings and immature actions are done which led them to present time which is Callie and Dallas’s wedding.

While reading I just sat their yelling at them through the screen, so wanted to smack them upside their heads and scream out of frustration, which I did. I felt for Maddox as he was trying to do everything right to get his wife back. Did he do some immature things, yes, but he realized it was wrong to do. Lacey, though, I loved her, but completely hated her. She was so wishy-washy and back and forth with Maddox, that I don’t know how he was able to maintain his sanity. Their chemistry and connection was fierce and fiery, if only they could get over some of their issues.

I am a huge fan of LP Dover and this series, but I just wasn’t completely feeling it like I did with the other books. As I’ve said, I love Maddox, but Lacey just seemed to have to many insecurities that made her slightly neurotic and unable to trust Maddox. All in all, though it was a good book and there was HEA.

Reckless by Lex Martin–Review

75e61-reckless2bebook2bcoverFour words for you: One click this NOW!! Lex Martin is a new to me author, but I’m extremely happy that I found her. I was unaware of her previous book, Shameless, that was about Tori’s sister. Being that this book is in a series, my not reading the first one, didn’t matter as this could be read as a standalone.

Tori is a twenty-three year old UT college student. She is spunky, young, fun, lovable and considered the outcast/black sheep/loner of the family. She is not the picture-perfect student and more concerned with partying and having fun. She thought she had a wonderful boyfriend, Jamie. However, she has experienced an extremely horrible experience with love and Jamie not being who he says he is. This affected her life greatly with the biggest being that she is now a college dropout after failing her classes her senior year. She has decided to go on a ‘man free’ diet for a year and try to get her head on straight. Kat, Tori’s sister, is extremely pregnant and lives about 40 minutes outside of Austin. She tells Tori the news that she is considered a ‘high risk pregnancy’ and approaches her with a job as a live-in nanny to their neighbor.

Ethan is a phenomenally caring and loving man who truly does have the world on his shoulders (luckily, he’s got some great shoulders😉). He is going through an extremely god-awful divorce to a shrew of a woman. He is trying to co-parent with her, but she, unfortunately, doesn’t want anything to do with them and ignores them, unless it benefits her. So, Ethan, is busy raising his kids by being mom & dad, keeping the family farm afloat, take care of his mom and younger brother, Logan. He feels pulled extremely thin and when Logan approached him with Tori as a live-in nanny, he is reluctant, but slowly acknowledges he needs help. Let’s just say, these two created sparks and friction from their first meeting and not necessarily good ones. Luckily, the children love Tori and even Ethan notices that they need some normalcy in their life and if Tori can give it to them, he will take the sacrifice of not necessarily getting along.

Considering their backgrounds with love and the opposite sex, both are guarded and reluctant to expose themselves to the other not to mention even entertaining the idea of a relationship. There is also the little matter that technically Ethan is her boss and she doesn’t want to get involved in a boss-employee relationship. Despite all this, sparks are developed over time and they realize they are attracted to each other. Ethan and Tori have many obstacles they need to encounter before they can think about a HEA.

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I flipping loved these two together. I loved Tori’s spunk and sassiness. I loved seeing her grow from beginning to end. She turned out to be an extremely strong character. Ethan, oh Ethan, who in their right mind would leave him. Hello, with his shaggy dirty blond hair, sun-kissed skin, muscles for miles, extreme love for each of his children and in my mind an extremely sexy southern drawl. Seriously, who would leave him? His children were FREAKING adorable. Yes, they are five and two, but they had some serious personality and character. Lex Martin wrote these two children perfectly (especially the daughter) in regard to how young children are affected and how observant they are during divorce. Beautiful and sad at the same time.

“Pretty sure the people next to us hear my ovaries explode and splat on the floor.”

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I, wholeheartedly, approve of this book. I love every aspect of this book. Seriously, click don’t sample, this book.

Secretly, I am crossing my fingers and toes for a book about Logan and possibly Joey🤞!!! Here is a little taste of Logan’s humor and personality.

“‘You know, some girls don’t consider anal to be sex.’ This is why every father in a twenty-mile radius locks up his daughter when Logan Carter’s around.”

Lake + Manning by Jessica Hawkins–Review

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Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . .
A home he built us on the unshakeable foundation we fought for.
A life of laughter carved out of heartache and betrayal.
A love story to stand the test of time.But between a trust that can’t be broken, joy that can’t be bridled, and passion that would scorch the sun, the empty spaces are becoming more and more difficult to ignore . . .
Fears that keep Manning up at night as he slips from our bed.
Our complicated relationship with a man he respects and one I don’t know how to forgive.
And a sprawling, beautiful home with one small room I’m afraid I’ll never be able to fill.
 
Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . . 
But I’ll beg the heavens for just one thing more.

 

I have a feeling, I’m going to be in the minority here, so here it goes. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t completely hate it either. Move the Stars had a completely unique ending for Lake and Manning. The concept of ending at their beginning, while although frustrating at the time because I wanted more, was in retrospect done beautifully.

I was one of those people that had wanted more of Lake and Manning. So, when I heard there would be a book 4, I was completely excited to get that glimpse into their future. I was intrigued as to where things could go from the ending of Move the Stars.

Lake + Manning is almost told as little vignettes. I had to keep highlighting where they were in their life (season and year) and then do the math in my head to determine their age. It was slightly frustrating and distracting. It felt choppy and lacking flow.

I still don’t like Tiffany, nor did I like her story. It felt like Jessica had tried to write her as a mature adult (thirty-eight ish), but she didn’t come across that way. Family still treated her with kid gloves and waited for her to ‘blow up’ at any minute. It appeared that the storyline perpetuated the rivalry between the sisters (Tiffany did something first before Lake that she desperately wanted). I just didn’t like this.

What I did like was Lake and Manning themselves. I loved reading about their future and life as a wedded couple. Yes, they were happy together, but still had to go through everyday issues. Their coveted happily ever after is achieved with hard work, love and communication. I was perfectly content with the true official ending and was happy with the way it ended. I feel like I, as a reader, finally had achieved that ‘Aww’ moment on the last page.

The Devil’s Match by Amo Jones–Review

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My first foray into the world of Amo Jones was with, The Silver Swan. I was instantly addicted to her writing style and ability to suck you into her written fantasy world. Since then, I have also read Razing Grace part 1 and 2 and absolutely loved it. Fast forward too, The Devil’s Match. Amo Jones did not disappoint.

Blurb:

The Devil’s Match picks up where Razing Grace, part 2 ended. Ella is in the process of packing up to head off to college at NYU. She is the sister, aka “The Princess of Darkness” 😈, to Raze/000/The Executioner, Miles (not by blood, but by choice) and Beast, the International president of The Devil’s Own MC. In the meantime, Frost has gone Nomad while still being a part of The Devil’s Own. There are reasons as to why Frost is going Nomad and may be gone up to six months.

“One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi….”

Review:

Let me start by saying this book was just freaking phenomenal. I am utterly amazed at the dark and twisty mind of Ms. Jones and the ability she has to fully engulf oneself in her dream world. She never disappoints. With every book of hers that I have read, she just leaves me shredded to point where I am still thinking about it days after. There are so many twists and turns, highs and lows and flat out, no they didn’t!! Every word said about this book, could be a potential spoiler, so with that said, let’s keep this short and spoiler free. 😉

Frost is a pleasantly delightful psychopath🤨. He is so deranged, yet so smooth and sweet talking it made him an intriguing character to read. I loved him, yet hated him for some things he did. I loved his crazy a@@ and his overly aggressive roughness. Totally hated him sometimes for the way he treated Ella, but in reading its part of his ‘growing’ process. In the end, I LOVED Frost, because of the ending with Ella.

Ella was a surprising character. At the end of Razing Grace part 2, she is perceived as this soft, delicate little flower not to be disturbed or messed with. Well, hello, Ella in The Devil’s Match. Initial emotion while reading about her was shock and then a ‘hell, yeah’! I loved reading about this side of Ella. I always felt that something was off with her and there was more to it, than having three overprotective brothers trying to save her from the darkness and evil of this world.

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When talking about Frost and Ella as a couple, they were far from perfect, yet as with any couple it is a process. They are a match made in psychotic heaven!! 💑

Gah, there is so much that I want to say, but I WILL NOT spoil it for anybody. There were so many good times, bad times, shocking times and even some, ‘Hell yes, you go girl’ times, that made The Devil’s Match a knockout hit. Now, I will warn you, this will not be for everybody and that’s ok. It’s dark, erotic, a complete and total mind f@ck, yet so dang good. If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea and you don’t enjoy, just know this is as a heads up for the faint of heart. However, if you’re feeling like stepping out of your comfort zone box, pick up an Amo Jones book.  Her writing is completely above and beyond!! 5 fist pumping ‘hell yeah’ stars!!! I am so excited to read about Miles, Blake and Willow next. Can’t wait!!

“That kind of love, the kind you both have, doesn’t die. It doesn’t even fade. It remains and intensifies, but never dies.”

5 stars

 

Found by Claudia Burgoa–Review

If you’ve read Claudia before, you know that she writes emotionally passionate books that pull on your heartstrings. Found is no different. It is so beautifully executed that it isn’t long until you are feeling and going through exactly what the characters are going through. Found is told from triple POV, but isn’t a triad.

Found revolves around Hazel. She is an extremely strong, independent woman who is always looking out for others. While being this strong and charming individual she battles a secret that affects her daily.

Scott Everhart has had to grow up quickly and in doing so, he becomes everyone’s rock and solid ground. He has put up an emotional wall to remain unavailable and detached. However, there is one person who can see through that wall and knows the real Scott. That would-be Hazel.

Elliot McFee is Hazel’s first love. She honestly thought they would be together forever until she caught Elliot in a lie. He has never stopped thinking about her and when he accidently sees her again, he is determined to try and win her back.

Found is an exquisitely gorgeous book about finding one’s true self, realizing what you deserve and seeking that elusive HEA. Hazel’s journey as well as the Everhart boys truly bring this story to life. There are episodes of extreme high’s and low’s, gut-wrenching pain and hilarity (mostly because of the Everhart’s. Gosh, I love them!) It was very easy to get sucked into the story and feel like you were one of the characters. I was instantly pulled in from beginning to end and am still thinking about Found. That is how you know that it was a good book. Do yourself a favor and pick up Found, but don’t forget to have the tissues ready!!

Combust by K. Bromberg–Review: A slow burn that will leave you wet with tears

Ms. Bromberg wrote a fantastically heartwarming and emotionally heavy book with Combust. Sometimes it truly isn’t about what’s on the outside, but also what’s on the inside.
Grady Malone is a hero among hero’s. He’s deep, emotionally cutoff and suffers some massive amounts of regret and grief. He doesn’t truly understand his worth among society, community and his family, not to mention his own self-esteem. He comes across as hard edged and displays moments of a-holeness, but this is just a cover to what’s truly inside.
Dylan McCoy is refreshing. She’s a lost girl/woman in the world after walking in on her boyfriend with another girl. She is the oval that’s trying to fit in the circle shape that is known as LA. She can fine tune herself to meld in, but that isn’t her true self. She’s a feisty, talented songwriter trying to make it in LA, where everywhere she looks she sees skinny, big chested blondes (like the one her boyfriend was caught with).
‘Music is my therapy, so I offer the same to him.’
Dylan needs to get away to re-coup and center herself, while she works on writing songs for her loser ex. Yep you read that right, she is contractually obligated to fulfill one more album with the douche before she can officially part ways. Her brother has a friend that is a firefighter, who is willing to let her stay while she works through her issues/songs. Her brother feels safe with allowing her to stay at Grady’s, since she hates firefighters (you have to read the book to know why😉). Grady and Dylan never expected to find each other/the other half to make them whole, while staying in the same house. As you can imagine, sparks fly in the most unbelievable way. This is a slow burn romance where they find that the other is the balm that they need to fix what’s wrong with themselves.
‘I look at him often as I work through the lyrics. Words about love and loss pass over my lips, run through my head, and are jotted down, and yet, he’s the one I keep looking for a reaction from. His fingers thrumming to an imaginary beat he hears in my work the only response he gives.’
Grady stole my heart and a little piece of my soul. Words can’t fully describe how wonderfully written he was. Imagine, this big, beautiful man in his turnout gear with eyes that burn bright, yet grief weighs heavy on his soul as a visible blanket. Oh man, he is just perfection. Dylan is truly the yin to his yang. Grady makes her feel valuable and wanted. Slowly her self-worth and self-esteem begin to grow and this is evident in everything she does.
If you are looking for a heartwarming, emotionally filled, slow burn romance that has a strong hero (despite what he is keeping inside) and an adorably invigorating heroine, this book is for you! You will truly feel ‘all the feels’ and fall in love like I did!
‘Because love is rarely pretty. It’s messy. It’s complicated. It’s often ugly, but that’s how you know when it’s right. Pretty doesn’t always last. It’s the things you have to work at that make the reward that much sweeter.’

 

Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen–Review: Run, don’t walk, One-click, don’t sample this book. OUTSTANDING!!

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HOLY FREAKING PHENOMENAL can Leigh write!!!! Where to start on this one, there are a million positive thoughts that are flying through my mind right now. How about on a side note. Look at this freaking book cover. Is it not beautiful?! Not only can she write, but she has great book covers.

‘Alex Winslow was beautiful in a way storms were—only from afar. Just like them, he had the power to sweep and ruin you, two things I was too busy surviving to entertain.’

I am in LOVE with Alex Winslow. He is a rock star, who is beautifully broken and flawed, yet is a sweetheart when you get down to his core (which you need to dig very far to get too). He has many demons that are screaming down his neck to which he is fighting and trying to outrun. Due to this, he has done some things that he’s not proud of. One happens to be becoming an addict. His addictions have really hurt him, as a person and an artist. He has been to rehab already and is trying to remain sober, despite all the temptations around him. He is rude, a jerk and a nasty self-centered a-hole! Despite all this, I flipping LOVED him! Gosh, there’s just something about a misunderstood asshole! 😍

‘Soooo. Spill it, girl. What’s he like?’…’Disgusting, Gorgeous, Rude, Sexy, Screwed-up. Witty. Broody, Unbearable. Trouble. Trouble. Trouble. Alex Winslow was all those things and more.’

He is about to embark on a world tour and has been assigned a babysitter. This babysitter is tasked to keep him clean and sober. She is to report back to his management team if she notices anything amiss with him. Sounds extreme, but this almost thirty-year-old has a lot riding on remaining sober. First and foremost, his good name, reputation and his own soul. Secondly, if he remains sober and has a killer tour, his second album can be and will be more to his liking and not so ‘manufactured’.

‘Welcome to my mess, New Girl. It’s a bumpy ride from here on out.’

Insert, Indigo ‘Stardust’ Bellamy, aka…Indie. She is as unique and breathtaking as her name and blue hair. She is sweet, pure, puts people first and loving. They are two souls that shouldn’t make sense together, yet somehow do. She is an incredible heroine in this book. She is strong and doesn’t take crap from anyone (especially Alex), yet is completely unselfish and loving. Her one and only fault is her loyalty and need to take care of those that are closest to her and her heart. I, honestly, don’t know if I would have put up with her brother as much as she did. Because of her loyalty, she needed this job.

‘I needed this job like Mark Wahlberg needed to show his real junk in Boogie Nights.’

This book is everything!! Asshole male…. check; sweet yet strong female…check; Rockstar romance…duh, check; a story that has so many intertwining layers, the book should be called ‘The Midnight Blue Onion’…check; hot romance…double check; drama and angst…check; emotions that are so strong you find your heart in your throat…triple check. The only thing I wish I had…. MORE ALEX and INDIE!!😢

Leigh did everything right in Midnight Blue from plot, storyline and pacing, to writing remarkable characters that spring to life and include you on that roller coaster of emotions. She made me love Alex and his Rockstar romance!!

“When I look at you, I see something broken that isn’t worth fixing. And you look at me like I’m a cheap thing to replace the expensive one that’s been stolen from you. See, we’re all vases. And you’re the one scattered on the floor, shattered beyond repair. So I’ll let someone else pick you up. It’s really that simple. Have fun with your temporary glue.”