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Ruffles and Beaus by Carina Adams–Review

Love triangles can be a tricky subject to write. Some people don’t care for ‘cheating’, some don’t understand the dynamics of a love triangle and sometimes it’s just plain hard to fathom depending on the writing. Carina Adams has written Ruffles and Beaus perfectly. I will not say ‘how’ this is a triangle, but if they’re not your thing, you should give it a read. Dynamically it was written differently and done well.
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Now, let’s get into the fun stuff. Our leads are Cady, Reid and Roman. I loved Cady. She was not your stereotypical model like lead, but more of a true to size real life woman. She was feisty, tough, incredibly snarky, yet had insecurities about herself. Reid and Roman have been friends forever and own a burlesque club. Due to a shortage of cash and an inability to not get fired, Cady finds herself in need of a job and quickly. Everyone, let me introduce you to Ruffles McGee (aka Cady). She not only makes the best of a bad situation but excels at it. It was wonderful to read about her transformation.

‘Good girls bend at the knees, bad girls bend at the waist.’

Without giving too much away, I will say, that Roman and Reid are interesting co-leads. They are the ying to the others yang. Where one in dark, the other is light. Where one is friendly and smiley, the other appears to be an insufferable prick. It was hard not to be drawn in and enthralled by their characters though. They were enduring and lovable in their own way.

Ruffles and Beaus was such an enjoyable read. I was sucked in from the beginning. The pacing and storyline was well developed and had no lags. Carina wrote an enjoyable story with many dynamics to keep you engrossed in the book. I loved this book so much, that I really wish there was more to read about. I, highly recommend Ruffles and Beaus, but please don’t get hung up on the ‘love triangle’. It really was written well.

‘It’s love. It doesn’t fit in a neat little box. It doesn’t have rules that we all have to follow. Nothing about it will ever make sense. It isn’t perfect. And it hurts like hell.’

5 stars

Hot Heir by Pippa Grant–Review

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Hot Heir is the story about Peach, Papaya (Peach’s sister) and Viktor. Peach and Viktor have an irritate each other to hate relationship. It was so fun to read about their antics with each other. It reminded me of a twelve-year-old boy who pulls the pigtails on the girl that he likes. Such a comedic romance book.

Viktor is currently the head bodyguard for Manning (the royal hockey player from Royally Pucked). Peach has a best friend, Joey, that she co-owns, Weightless, a flight adventure company with. Joey is from ‘The Pilot and the Puck-Up.

Peach finds herself in a precarious position, that just happens to include Viktor. Peach is trying to obtain legal guardianship of her sister, but the judge has ordered that Peach must marry first before this can happen. Consequently, Viktor finds himself in a position he never thought he’d be in. He just found out that he is king of Amoria (a small country that his grandfather was dethroned from). However, life as a royal may not be so ‘peachy’ (ha-ha, see what I did there😉). For Viktor to become king he needs to have a wife. Hilarity ensues as these two work to solve each other’s problems.

Hot Heir is a hilariously, well written book that is full of heat, chemistry, craziness, mishaps and love. Ms. Grant wrote another book that can be swung out of the park. It was a wonderful read!!

High School Lover by Rose Croft–Review

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Rose Croft is a debut author and High School Lover is her debut book. I was unsure of what I was going to experience prior to reading, but I was pleasantly surprised. I had surmised that it was a ‘friends to lovers’ type of setting, but it is so much more.

Andrew and Loren are good friends but are also friends with Mike. Loren and Andrew’s relationship eventually transitions into a love relationship, however, not all are happy with their new pairing. Because of this, they are forced to breakup and eventually lose touch with each other. An unforeseen and unexpected moment happens in their life that brings them back together.

Now you need to read this book to see what happens up to this point and after their reunion. Rose wrote a well-written book that takes you on the journey of these two main characters from high school to adult. Many hard-hitting topics were discussed and written well. I believe that we all could be transported in time from our own high school self through adulthood. I, truly, felt for Loren and Andrew. There were many times that I was screaming in frustration (at both these two characters and Ms. Croft) for the quest that she had created.

Besides, teenager angst and adults that had communication issues. She touched upon the stereotypical ‘norms’ that unfortunately are present in modern society. The concept of ‘judging a book by its cover’ is well covered throughout. It made me stop and think about this concept in real life.

High School Lover is well written with good topics. The ending is phenomenal!! The pacing and flow of the book was consistent, except for a small portion of the middle. The progress was still forward, just at a slower pace than the rest of the book. As I mentioned though, the ending was spectacular and made it all worth it!!

Congrats Rose on a job well done!! PS…you will fall in love with John, Andrews brother. I can’t wait to read his story!

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New Release with Review: Seven Minutes ’till Midnight by Sunniva Dee

**(Mind Blown) ** Please give me a few moments to re-assemble my thoughts within my brain.  (1, 2, 3…10).
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Ok, I think I’m good now. Have you ever experienced that feeling of complete weightlessness, like every bit of air in your lungs has left them leaving you suspended in time? That feeling of floating, not knowing where your next breath is coming from and all time stands still? Yep, I didn’t think I’d ever experience that in my lifetime either, however, following Seven Minutes ‘till Midnight that’s how I felt. I, very cautiously put my kindle down (despite me wanting to throw it repeatedly) and just absorbed everything I have read. OMG, y’all, this book is EVERYTHING!!

I never knew that I needed a ‘Troy’ in my life, but I immediately want to put my order in for one of my very own. From his tri-colored dreads to his passion in playing the drums, I need everything about this man! (🙋🏻‍♀️Have you seen the cover model? Anybody have a name for that man with gorgeous eyes?👀)

Troy Armstrong is a mountain of man. He is tortured yet is epically sweet with a beautiful soul. There is so much understanding and love behind the intensity of those safari green eyes. Eyes that are luminescent and make a person feel as if he is probing your soul. Troy is kind and dedicated about his endeavors. One of which is his drumming.
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Aishe Xodyar is a mid-20’s gypsy girl, who was the ‘merch girl’ for Clown Irruption the previous summer and has made friends with the band and their wives/girlfriends. She is a spitfire and will dole out the verbal lashings and comebacks before you can blink. Despite being this outgoing girl with a fiery personality, she isn’t very keen on having the attention on her. Aishe has left her gypsy family to come to America. She believes in her gypsy heritage and customs immensely and hopes that she has outrun some of them in the US. (This becomes an important concept between Aishe and Troy).

‘Troy is the air I breathe and the godd*amn devil I want to stomp out like a cigarette under my shoe.’

I am always in awe at the worlds and storylines that Sunniva creates. She has a way of creating deeply thought out fictional stories that suck you in. I don’t know how she does it, but it is a breath of fresh air. Her ability to create characters that are rich, full-bodied and in tune with multiple cultural/social/ethnic diversities is stunning and completely out of this world. I always leave learning a little bit more about our world!

“‘Drago Fuoc.” I breathe my people’s fear out in a shudder. “Different clans have different names for it, but this is ours. It’s our Romani name for the love fire.'”

“‘What you call ‘love fire’ I would call ‘heartbreak'”.

Here’s the difference between a Sunniva book and others. A good book sucks you into that fantasy world, making you a part of it instead of a spectator. An excellent book not only sucks you into the story and makes you a part of this experience, it also leaves you learning a thing or two and truly thinking about sociological issues with society.  Ms. Dee has taken this concept and upped it by 20 times. Her storylines are that good!!

Sunniva is not only a ‘thinking’ author with storylines to match, but her technical writing is on point. Throughout her books, she fully embraces her characters and their back story. She is completely thorough, and it shows that she has researched whatever character has as a job, beliefs or customs, both national and internationally. As a former percussionist, I appreciated reading about flam-taps to triplets to single and double paradiddles! It brings back my playing days and I fully drummed along with Troy and I could empathize with his need to drum along his thigh, table or chair. That was me too. It still is. Y’all should see me driving while drumming my fingers.

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Now, without a doubt, hands down, do yourself a favor and pick up any of Sunniva Dee’s books, especially ‘Seven Minutes ‘till Midnight’. She will leave you aching, blown away and yearning for more. Sunniva is a Mistress of Words and a genius with her writing. She is a profound, technical professional in assembling these thoughts, concept and beliefs into an extraordinarily well-read book.
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‘Moixcha. Is that what he said? Troy called me “forever love”. 

5 stars

Flip Trick by Amo Jones–Review

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Amo Jones is the master at dark romance and I love her for that. With, ‘Flip Trick’, she is expanding into the contemporary romance genre. So, color me intrigued when I found out about this.

Flip trick is about Amethyst and Maddox. Amethyst is the kind of heroine that you love to read about. She is quirky, spunky, sassy and oh, so fierce. She is a very strong female. Then you have Maddox. I believe some will either love him or hate him, but he is just a male lead that is slow to show himself. He has so many wonderful layers, it just may take you awhile to get his full character. However, once you reach that inner core, you will see how hard it will be to get him out of your head. I loved Maddox and it was easy to see that he and Ame belonged together.

Now, does this sound like a sweet and nice little book that will be easy to read? I’m here to tell you, heck no. There were so many twists and turns just like Hang Time roller coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm and ups and down like Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point. She continues to live up to her moniker as the ‘Mistress of the Mind F@ck.’

Flip Trick is a work of literary genius from such a linguistical master. She has such a knack to create an imaginary world that will suck you in. Her characters are complex with multiple layers just like her story lines. She has the uncanny ability to create a multitude of emotions and feelings that are pulled from the reader. There were many times I was cursing out her name, exalted in joy, pulled at my hair yelling, ‘What the f@ck’. If I had an endless supply of Kindle’s, I would’ve been throwing them left and right at the emotional upheaval she was writing about. Despite all this, Ms. Jones, wrote an incredibly wonderful tale of hopes, dreams, love, loss and the importance of family.

Flip Trick (contemporary romance) is a wonderful departure from her norm (dark romance). I will be looking forward to reading what she comes out with next. Well played, Ms. Jones, well played!!

My One Regret by Claudia Burgoa–Blog Tour

 

My One Regret by Claudia Burgoa

Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:

When he left her, he made the biggest mistake of his life. But now she might be gone for good.

Kaden Hades couldn’t handle touring with his rock band and a relationship— until he discovered Sadie, the love of his life. But when tragedy struck with his teenage daughter, Kaden broke off the engagement, swearing to put his kids first.

Then he gets the phone call. Sadie’s been in a car accident.

By the time he reaches her side, she is critical.

With Sadie in a coma, memories flood Kaden’s mind. Her kisses. And all the wonderful experiences they shared. The day it all went wrong…and Kaden made the biggest mistake of his life. Now, as her last line of defense against those who’ve given up hope, he’ll move heaven and earth to protect her.

Because she’s always had his heart—but if he loses her, his world will come apart.

Check out my review: 

https://wordpress.com/post/lagerlefsebookblog.com/1815

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:


Claudia is an award-winning, international bestselling author. She lives in Colorado working for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. And a wonderful husband who shares her love for all things geek. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

 

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American Cinderella by Krista Lakes–Blog Tour

Title: An American Cinderella
Author: Krista Lakes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2018

 

Blurb
“I’d give up my whole kingdom to be with you. I want to be your Prince
Charming.”
Aria has a big heart but bigger problems. Her whole life is a mess thanks
to her controlling stepmother. But when she’s knocked over- literally- by the
hottest man she’s ever had the pleasure of tangling up her body with,
everything changes.
Henry Prescott, second-string rugby player for the Paradisa Royals, is
funny, sweet, charming, and oh-so-sexy. He’s got a rock hard body and tackles
her in bed as fiercely as he tackled her in the park. Knowing nothing about
rugby, but absolutely intoxicated by his accent, she finds herself falling for
him.
There’s only one problem: Henry Prescott doesn’t exist.
The man she thinks she loves is actually Prince Henry, second in line for
the throne of the nation of Paradisa. He’s the man who Aria’s entire department
has to impress for trade relations. And that makes Aria’s stepmother’s plans
even more dangerous.
He’s the man who could destroy her world or make all her dreams come
true.
He lied about being a prince… did he also lie about being in love?
NYT Bestseller Krista Lakes brings you this brand new sweet-and-sexy
royal romance. This standalone novel will have you cheering for an American
princess’s happily ever after.

 

Blog Review:

https://wordpress.com/post/lagerlefsebookblog.com/1811

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Available at other retailers soon

 


Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Krista Lakes is a
thirtysomething who recently rediscovered her passion for writing. She is
living happily ever after with her Prince Charming. Her first kid just started
preschool and she is happy to welcome her second child into her life,
continuing her “Happily Ever After”!
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