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Whiskey Lullaby by Stevie J. Cole–Review

So, who here doesn’t want a bad boy? At least, entertained the idea of a bad boy? What makes a boy/man a bad boy? Officially speaking, a bad boy is ‘a man who does not conform to approved standards of behavior, especially in a particular sphere of activity.’

Let me introduce you to Noah. Considered a bad boy, but what people don’t know about him is his heart that he hides way down deep. He is a grandma’s boy, who owes a lot to her, since she was the one who raised him.

Hannah, the quintessential good girl in this story. She is a preacher’s daughter, who also happens to be a virgin (no shade here, just elevating her good girl standing) and is a nurse. She is a recent college graduate who moves home to help her family during a time of utter crisis. She never does anything for herself and is always thinking of others.

Hannah’s unlikely best friend is a wild child named, Meg. All three happened to grow up in a tiny little town in the south, where gossip runs rampant. Meg urges Hannah to go out with her and her father agrees that she needs to live her life a little. This is how they end up at a tiny little bar (which is the only hangout around). There is a man singing, that has captivated Hannah, just from his voice only. Hannah meet Noah, Noah meet Hannah. Despite Meg’s objections, they are immediately attracted to each other.

Noah has gotten a bad rap due to his situation.  He grew up poor with no parents, with gossip about him drinking and sleeping around, all the way to how many condoms he buys and how many different girls he has been seen around town with (got to love only having one store in town). He already has a low self-esteem and feels that he is no good for Hannah. He isn’t sure how to handle ‘wanting more’ with her, but he does know he just wants to see her smile. This is where Hannah steps in with her inner strength. Despite being of strong character, she is also a little insecure where they stand and doesn’t know how to ‘speak up’.

Whiskey Lullaby was a fantastic story with great storyline, flow and characters (BTW, I want Noah’s grandma. She is so darn cute)! If I HAD to write a negative, it would be the timing/flashbacks of the story in the beginning. It was sometimes difficult to know if we were reading about summer 2015 or late 2016. Other than that, I really liked this sweet story.

4-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!!

Marx Girl by TL Swan–Review

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I must admit that TL Swan is a new to me author, so I was unsure as to what I should expect. What I got was a truly possessive alpha male, a secret love affair and mystery like you wouldn’t believe.

Before going into the characters, I must say that there were quite a few, but they were described well that if you hadn’t read anything prior you could still follow along. With that said, Ben Statham is a bodyguard to Bridget Marx’s brother-in-law. Ben and Bridget, along with Natasha and Joshua were often coupled off as Tash is Bridget’s sister. They have a secret romance that is brewing during this time, until one day, Ben breaks it off and leaves. He doesn’t want his past catching up to him and affecting Bridget.

Fast forward to five years later, Ben has returned to Australia to claim his love. Unfortunately, she has a boyfriend, Eric. The whole Marx clan and friends are at a wedding when Ben approaches Bridget claiming he wants a second chance. Things become complicated from this point on as individuals begin to analyze their own feelings as well as explore emerging feelings towards coupledom.

‘I had to come back and give myself a chance at happiness.’

The chemistry and heat between Ben and Bridget is off the charts. They definitely know only one speed/type of sex😉. They have a lot of drama and angst that surround them.

‘I will love him to infinity and beyond’… ‘Her love is my lifeline’

Here are some things that I liked about the story:
• Ben. I don’t need to say more, but I will, because holy torpedoes is he a man!! He is alpha to the extreme and knows what he wants. He is willing to do whatever he needs to get it. Ben is also sex on a stick, aka. a walking corn dog. Ben is also much deeper than what is portrayed on the outside. He has gone through A LOT, yet nobody seems to know the true Ben deep inside.
‘It’s crazy. He is so experienced sexually, but emotionally he’s so green.’
• I flipping loved the cover. Man, 🔥😈🔥, you may need some water to cool yourself off or a towel to wipe yourself down, because he was a good representation of what ‘Ben’ should be.
• I loved the ending. Let me just say, that emotions were running high, due to all the feels that were written. It was good.
• The descriptive writing was very good. I could picture exactly where these characters were and what their surroundings looked like.

Here are some of the things I didn’t like:
• I felt like I was reading two different stories at times. One that’s a romance and the second a military mystery. I didn’t really feel the flow or intertwining of the stories.
• Bridget…🤔!? I liked her. I didn’t completely hate her, but I didn’t love her either. She just seemed as part of the story, rather than being the story. Towards the end, she appeared to get her head on straight and became the heroine that she should be.
• This leads me to Ben and Bridget as a couple. Yes, they were hot. Yes, they had amazing chemistry. Yes, they had love. What they didn’t have was…. FREAKING COMMUNICATION!! There was a lot of back and forth that was dizzying at times. They both were I love you, I hate you, I miss you, go away. It was infuriating, because I just wanted to yell, ‘grow up’. Bridget also had a lot of guilt over being with Ben, yet hurting Eric. Too much emotion not clearly defined.
• Lastly, is Eric. I was shocked and disappointed at his brief appearance in this book. There was a time, where I thought his storyline would develop further, but nope he was in and out in the blink of an eye. I felt like he was placed just to create a storyline for Ben and Bridget. It was weird.

Despite all this, I was pulled into the story and read it from beginning to end. I didn’t feel compelled enough at any time to not finish. I really hope that we get to see more of some of the side characters, as their interaction with the leads made the whole book.

‘We can do anything as long as we have each other.’

The Rebound by Winter Renshaw–Review: A wonderful second chance romance

Rebound[14449].pngThe Rebound is wonderful book about second chances and the importance of communication within a relationship. For me, it felt like a rather quick read and I was able to read it in one night.

It revolves around Yardley and Nevada who originally met back in high school. Yardley was the new girl, albeit slightly awkward girl from California. Nevada was the guy that all the girls swooned over. They realized early on that they had an incredibly strong connection and were happy together, even if they were just driving around.

Fast forward to when Nevada gets a full ride basketball scholarship in North Carolina while Yardley is still back home waiting to finish school. She has a best friend, Griffin, who doesn’t get along with Nevada. One night, Yardley is seen out with Griffin and the rumor mill starts. Oh yeah, did I mention this night happens to be Valentine’s Day? Yeah, chaos ensues.

Here we are ten years later, both parties back to living in their small town of Lambs Grove. One trying desperately not to think of the other and the other desperately trying not to run into the other. Hmmm, which is which? When they unfortunately do run into each other all the hurt, sadness and anger come flooding back. Outwardly, it appears that Nevada could care less, however, internally he is a mess of emotions. Yardley doesn’t quite know what to make of their first meeting. Eventually these two need to face their demons and learn that they need to communicate. I will say I wanted to slap Nevada a few times when he wouldn’t let Yardley explain what happened. Again, proving that communication is a good thing in a relationship and needs to be done!

After reading The Rebound, there is a prequel included that fills in some of the blanks within the book.  Only complaint is that I wanted more of these two. I LOVE Winter Renshaw books, but felt like this one wasn’t as in depth and therefore, it was a quick read. Despite this, I LOVED reading about Yardley and Nevada and was rooting for a HEA. The question is, did they get it? If you are a Winter fan (and even if you’ve never read one of her books), do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It was a great second chance romance book!!

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Crash into Us by Shana Vanterpool–Review

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Crash into Us is an emotionally charged, gut-wrenching and heart-breakingly beautiful story. Holy moly, the emotions involved are just physically draining, but in an exquisitely bewitching way.

I’m normally not into second chance romances, however, this one was so well written that it just drew a person in from cover to cover. Crash into Us is a hybrid book of sorts. It is part second chance and part sports romance. I love a good sports romance and this didn’t disappoint.

Gavin and Jasmeen have known each other since they were ten. They were each other’s first in so many ways. This friendship evolved into love and eventually marriage. Unfortunately, this marriage did not end in a happily ever after. They soon divorced when they were twenty-two.

Through some weird twist of fate, Gavin never changed his next of kin information. Four years later, at the age of twenty-six, Gavin was calling on Jasmeen to be his source of strength following a horrendous tragedy. Despite everything that they have been through, Jasmeen is there, although this is not a happy reunion on her part.

Shana has written some wonderfully telling flashbacks into this story. Some books that include flashbacks can appear to be confusing when switching from past to present. This one was so superbly executed that you truly felt that you were part of the story. They were so telling of their lives and realistic. Excellent job!!

Despite hurting each and living incomplete lives since their divorce, you can tell that they do love each other and are meant to be with each other. They just need to let their guards down and learn to love again.

Crash into Us is the first book I have read from this author and I can’t wait to read more. I absolutely fell in love with Gavin and Jasmeen, along with Shana’s writing style. Shana created quite the book hangover and I would happily read it again. The ending was so worth all the pain that was endured from the beginning of the book. Kudos to Shana for a job well done.

 

“Give it up, Jas. Give up the wrong, give up the doubt, give it all up and let’s start over. See where this goes. If it ends in friendship, fine. You were my best friend, too, and I could use one. If it ends in us dating, I’ll take it. You were an incredible girlfriend. If it ends in us getting remarried, I’ll get on my hands and knees and thank God. I think we owe it to ourselves to start over.”

5 stars

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Strip Me Bare by M. Never–Review

Strip Me Bare Ebook Cover.pngHoly Crap, let me just say a few things. One: I LOVE books about strippers. They just seem to have some sort of baggage that always makes a book great. Two: M. Never is a new to me author and after reading this book, I have figured out that M. Never is now a ‘one-click’ author for me. Three: Fan-tab-u-lous!!

This is a second chance romance that revolves around Alana and Ryan. They had known each other five years previously. They were having a wonderful time getting to know each other and the *poof*, Ryan was gone in a second.

During this time, Ryan went off to do what he felt he had to do, but NEVER forgot about Alana. He felt that she was better off without him.

The following is a motto that was pounded into his head continuously and at times, he believed it.

“The pauper doesn’t end up with the princess, he ends up on his ass.”

Without Ryan, Alana went off to law school and to her father’s delight, she is on track to become a successful lawyer. Even getting an internship at her uncle’s famous law business. While attending school, her life and future is dictated by her father, since he is paying for her schooling, apartment and daily expenses. Alana knows that she has always wanted to be a lawyer, but she gets no encouragement or love from her father. Her surrogate father is her uncle. Like Ryan, she has never stopped thinking about him and wondered ‘what if’.

While attending a bachelorette party for her cousin, she meets the famous ‘Jack the Stripper’. Well the surprise is on her, it’s Ryan Pierce. Why is he stripping? What got him here? What happened in the past five years? What happened to him, that last night they were together?

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Ryan and Alana are wonderful together. Strip Me Bare is a very emotional read with moments of hilarity, mixed in with true to life issues. So, what happens now? Are they able to overcome, their issues of the past before they catch up with them? Is there a happy and successful relationship in their future? Do they have a future? Pick up Strip Me Bare to find out.  LOVED IT!!!! I mean, just look at that cover. What a cutie!!

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Rock Solid by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde–Review

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I was immediately drawn in by the premise of this book. Normally, I’m not a second chance kind of girl, but I’m slowly being reformed. Rock Solid is a wonderful book about not only second chances, but falling in love, resolving trust issues, reuniting father/daughter and searching for one’s own true happiness.

Connor Prescott and Katie Kaswell were snowed in on Valentine’s Day in the Denver airport. He was returning home from business and she was leaving with a broken heart. From the word go, they felt some sort of attraction (not only physical, but an intellectual one as well) and decided to see where it goes. Well, it led to dinner, conversation and a one night stand (neither of which had done before). Throughout this, they maintained anonymity, deciding not to know each other’s name.

Skip to three and a half years later, and Katie has a daughter named Val (short for Valentine, get it, because they met on Valentine’s Day), a career that allows her to work from home and no way to get in contact with the birth father. That is, until she sees him in a magazine one day.

Connor and Katie have many hurdles ahead of them to determine where, if anywhere, this new relationship dynamic will take them. Connor himself is just plain hot and I don’t mean in a descriptive way. He truly embraces the role of ‘newfound daddy’ to the fullest. He is quite successful, but that doesn’t necessarily make him a great catch, he is just a great guy. He jumps in to take care of both Katie and Val and realizes that he can’t push Katie, but needs to sit by patiently to get what he truly wants😉! He has great parenting skills and to see him interact with Val is just ovary overload.

Katie has had trust and abandonment issues in the past and is slow on the reciprocal feelings for Connor. Her main concern is and always should be Val. I must give props to Katie though, because she did take the initiative and contact Connor about being a father. Some women in her situation may not have done the same.

I feel the true gem of the story, though, is Val. She is absolutely an adorable little girl. She is so smart, witty and just plain cute. Her interactions with Connor, both when she didn’t know he was her father and when she did, just stole the show. Oh my gosh, this time, ovary exploding!!

Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde did a fantastic job on this book and I look forward to reading more from them in the future. Rock solid gets a Rock Solid score from me of 5 stars!!

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5 stars