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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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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

Corrode by Elle Fields–Review

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This book encompasses a love story that’s being told over a decade in the making.

Felix and Maggie are first introduced when they are eighteen years ago. This is the quintessential story of ‘good girl’ and ‘bad boy from her wrong side of the tracks’.

Despite being eighteen, Maggie is kept on a very short leash. Her father is very demanding and controlling. One night she goes to a party with her best friend and ends up meeting Felix. They click from the start. Her father of course is extremely unhappy about this and continues to urge her on her path to NYC (which is where she has a full scholarship). An ultimatum is given and she must decide what to do.

Felix along with his brother, Jared, live on the wrong side of town and live with their foster dad on a permanent basis. Felix works for his foster father, Darren, in his garage with no plans of going to college.

Felix and Maggie have an incredibly rough road ahead of them. They go through some incredible shockers in their young lives and must navigate through as a couple. Sometimes successful and other times not.

Corrode is an incredibly realistic book with themes and situations that can happen to a person throughout their lives. Ella Fields did a fantastic job of bringing realistic characters to life. She was able to evoke much emotion through their high and lows that one could feel as they were reading. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author.

 

‘Because life doesn’t always need to be easy. It just needs to be lived’.

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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

Southern Attraction by Kaylee Ryan–New Release

Title: Southern Attraction
Series: Southern Heart Series #3
Author: Kaylee Ryan
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2017

Blurb

I had everything I ever wanted, living the dream, at least
that’s what I always thought. The night we met, we had an instant attraction,
but she was with someone else. When we reunited a few months later, that pull
was still there, stronger than ever. So strong, that even though she was
hundreds of miles away, I pursued her. I told myself that I just wanted to get
to know her. Deep down I knew it was more.

I never understood the draw of living in the middle of nowhere. Born and raised
a city girl, I never had the desire to leave. Who would have thought a weekend
trip to the country would have me questioning myself? It was more than just the
country; it’s him. The way he looks at me, treats me, that smooth southern
drawl.

Am I willing to give up my legacy for her?

Am I willing to give up my dream for him?

Can two souls come together by the force of Southern Attraction?

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Author Bio

Kaylee Ryan is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling
author.  When she’s not spinning tales of happily ever after, she’s
reading or spending time with family.  Born and raised an Ohio girl,
Kaylee resides in Cincinnati with her husband and their son.

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