Saturday, September 19, 2020

Well Played (Well Met #2)



Well Played by Jen Deluca 

Goodreads Summary:

Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it's been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she'll even find The One.


When Stacey imagined "The One," it never occurred to her that her summertime Faire fling, Dex MacLean, might fit the bill. While Dex is easy on the eyes onstage with his band The Dueling Kilts, Stacey has never felt an emotional connection with him. So when she receives a tender email from the typically monosyllabic hunk, she's not sure what to make of it.


Faire returns to Willow Creek, and Stacey comes face-to-face with the man with whom she’s exchanged hundreds of online messages over the past nine months. To Stacey's shock, it isn't Dex—she's been falling in love with a man she barely knows.


My Review:

I really loved the first 40% of this book! The hero and heroine are communicating through e-mail and text message. I love books like this where we get to see the couple learn more about each other and grow their relationship through letters (or in this case, e-mails). They always seem to be more upfront with their wants and their fears this way, and I love seeing how this helps them further develop their connection. 


(Semi-spoilers ahead- a lot of it is in the synopsis) 


However, I was not a fan of how the hero turned out to be cat-fishing her (FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR). I did predict this pretty early on in the book. So while it was frustrating, it didn’t completely ruin the book for me. What did upset me was how quickly she forgave him. It was almost instantly. There was not much groveling on his part because she was just okay with it all of a sudden. I understand that she realized she actually liked Daniel after getting to know him the last several months, and could build more of a relationship with him than Dex. Even knowing that though, what he did was still wrong. I definitely feel like she should have made him work for it a little bit more. 


All in all, I enjoyed their romance. There was just a little too much miscommunication and not enough groveling if you ask me. 


3.5 stars

I received this book for free in return for an honest review. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Beat Match (Showmen #3) by Kelly Siskind


The Beat Match (Showmen #3) by Kelly Siskind


Goodreads Summary:

Two DJs. One beat. An off-limits romance neither of them expected.


Weston Aldrich is known for his devastating looks and crisp Italian suits. He's been groomed to take over his family business and is on the brink of closing a massive merger. Only two wild cards can derail him.


Wild Card One: If anyone learns he moonlights as a masked DJ, his credibility will be toast. 

Wild Card Two: Annie can’t-hold-a-job Ward.


The Annie Ward he promised to help raise after her brother died. The scatterbrained girl who makes it her mission in life to drive him crazy. The gorgeous woman he’s not supposed to fantasize about, let alone kiss. 


Annie hates Wes’s insanely overprotective nature, and how his ridiculous bone structure makes him look like a Greek god. His jokes about her plethora of jobs are beyond irksome. She has no plans to tell him about her latest aspiration, to match beats as a budding DJ. Until she learns what Wes does at night. Now she plans to prove Weston Aldrich has met his match.


My Review: 

This is a great friends to lovers and brother's best friend romance, that I thoroughly enjoyed! Annie's brother passed away when they were younger, and his best friend has taken over the brotherly job of looking after her. They have become close friends over the years, and have a good relationship. I loved watching their romance develop out of their friendship. 


The reason this is a four star read for me and not a five star is because of the last quarter of the book. There were some conflicts that seemed like they were trying to be romantic suspense-like. However, it wasn't really ever that suspenseful. Which is totally fine, as I know this is a romance book, but I felt kind of disconnected from the story at this point. I couldn't feel the pressure or the rush to get answers like I usually would in a similar situation. For example, book two in this series definitely had some suspenseful elements that had me turning pages as fast as I could! 


I did love their relationship, and how they transitioned from friends to more than friends. Music is also a huge part of this book, and that was done really well! 


Overall, I really enjoyed this book! Trigger warnings for death of a loved one and shootings.  


4 stars

I received this book from the author in return for an honest review. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

When the Earl Met His Match




When the Earl Met His Match by Stacy Reid

Goodreads Summary:
When Hugh Winthrop, the future Earl of Albury, decides to advertise for a wife in the London paper, he never expected an anonymous response from a woman who matches him wit for wit. Their back-and-forth letters on the true nature of love, something they disagree on wholeheartedly, leave him shocked—and intrigued. But then the woman he’s been corresponding with shows up on his doorstep, enticingly beautiful and offering a marriage of convenience in exchange for his protection…

Lady Phoebe Maitland expected to marry for love and nothing else, until the man she gave her trust betrayed her. The more intrigued she becomes by the mysterious and devastatingly handsome Hugh, however, the more she realizes he’s holding back from opening his heart due to long-held secrets she struggles to understand. As passion flares wickedly between them, their marriage bed is quick to heat up. But when Phoebe’s past threatens to destroy the fragile bond they’ve formed, even a budding belief in love might not be enough to save them.

My Review:

This was my first Stacy Reid book, but it definitely won’t be my last! I went into the book blind, and fell in love with it! Marriage of convenience is one of my favorite tropes, so I was excited when I realized this book was a marriage of convenience. Neither main character is marrying for love, but that quickly changes when they start to have feelings for one another. 


At the beginning of the book, the couple start communicating through letters before they even know who the other person is. I loved this aspect of the story, and felt like it added a lot to the background of the story a way that kept it interesting and fast paced for the reader. Once they meet in person, we quickly learn that Hugh is mute. Phoebe put a lot of effort into learning sign language so that they could communicate, and I loved that! 


Hugh’s sister Caroline was a great addition to the book. I loved how she quickly bonded with Phoebe, and they had a sweet friendship. I really enjoyed the part she played at the end of the story too, which made everything work out with a happy ending! I am hoping the next book in the series is Caroline’s story! I can’t wait to read it! 


5 stars

I received this book for free in return for an honest review. 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Heart Bones


 Their bond is too intense to ignore. 

 

Heart Bones, the unforgettable contemporary romance that will pull on your heartstrings and show you the power of hope by #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover is available now! 

 

 

 

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of Verity and Regretting You.

 

Beyah comes from a life of poverty and neglect; Samson from a family of wealth.

When the two find themselves spending the summer as neighbors, they soon realize money is one of the few things they don't have in common.

Their bond is too intense to ignore, but with only ten weeks separating them from the start of their new lives on opposite ends of the country, Beyah and Samson decide to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling.

What they don't realize is that a rip current is coming and it's about to drag both their hearts out to sea.

 

 

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Excerpt

 

Samson’s knee brushes high up on my inner thigh and I’m glad he can’t see anything from my chin down, because my body is covered in chills right now. 

“I didn’t think there were many people in the world like me,” he says. 

“You think we’re alike?” I want to laugh at that comparison, but there’s not an ounce of humor in his expression.

“I believe we have a lot more in common than you think we do, Beyah.”

“You think you’re as alone in this world as I am?” 

He folds his lips together and nods his head, and it’s the most honest thing I’ve ever seen. I never would have thought someone so well off could have a life as shitty as mine, but I can see it in the way he’s looking at me. Everything about him suddenly seems familiar to me.

He’s right. We are alike, but only in the saddest ways.

My voice comes out in a whisper when I say, “When I first met you on that ferry, I could tell you were damaged.” 

There’s a flicker of something in his eyes as he tilts his head to the right. “You think I’m damaged?”

“Yes.”

He moves even closer in the water, but there wasn’t much space left between us to begin with. It’s deliberate, and so much of me is touching so much of him now. “You’re right,” he says quietly, slipping a hand around the back of my left knee. “There’s nothing left of me but a fucking pile of debris.” He pulls me to him, wrapping both my legs around him. That’s all he does, though. He doesn’t try to kiss me. He just connects us together as if that’s enough while our arms keep us both afloat.

I’m swiftly succumbing to him. I don’t know in what way. All of them, maybe. Because right now, I need him to do something else. Anything else. Taste me. Touch me. Drag me under.

We watch each other for a moment and it’s almost like looking into a broken mirror. He leans in slowly, but not toward my mouth. He presses his lips against my shoulder, so gentle it feels like a graze.

I close my eyes and inhale.

I’ve never felt anything so sensual. So perfect. 

 

 


 

About Colleen Hoover 

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of thirteen novels and multiple novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

 

 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Heart Bones

 


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Verity and Regretting You comes a breathtaking romance with a magnetic suspense that will keep you glued to the pages.

Beyah comes from a life of poverty and neglect; Samson from a family of wealth. When the two find themselves spending the summer as neighbors, they soon realize money is one of the few things they don't have in common.


Their bond is too intense to ignore, but with only the summer separating them from the start of their new lives on opposite ends of the country, Beyah and Samson decide to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling.


What they don't realize is that a rip current is coming and it's about to drag both their hearts out to sea.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Always Only You by Chloe Liese (Berrgman Brothers #2)




Always Only You by Chloe Liese (Berrgman Brothers #2) 


Goodreads Summary:

Get ready for an emotional ride filled with laughter, longing, and a sweet slow-burn in this sports romance about love’s power not in spite of difference, but because of it. 

Ren

The moment I met her, I knew Frankie Zeferino was someone worth waiting for. Deadpan delivery, secret heart of gold, and a rare one-dimpled smile that makes my knees weak, Frankie has been forbidden since the day she and I became coworkers, meaning waiting has been the name of my game—besides, hockey, that is.

I’m a player on the team, she’s on staff, and as long as we work together, dating is off-limits. But patience has always been my virtue. Frankie won’t be here forever—she’s headed for bigger, better things. I just hope that when she leaves the team and I tell her how I feel, she won’t want to leave me behind, too.

Frankie

I’ve had a problem at work since the day Ren Bergman joined the team: a six foot three hunk of happy with a sunshine smile. I’m a grumbly grump and his ridiculously good nature drives me nuts, but even I can’t entirely ignore that hot tamale of a ginger with icy eyes, the perfect playoff beard, and a body built for sin that he’s annoyingly modest about.

Before I got wise, I would have tripped over myself to get a guy like Ren, but with my diagnosis, I’ve learned what I am to most people in my life—a problem, not a person. Now, opening my heart to anyone, no matter how sweet, is the last thing I’m prepared to do.

Always Only You is an opposites-attract, forbidden love sports romance about a nerdy, late-blooming hockey star, and his tough cookie coworker who keeps both her soft side and her autism diagnosis* to herself. Complete with a meddling secretary, tantric yoga torture, and a scorching slow burn, this standalone is the second in a series of novels about a Swedish-American family of five brothers, two sisters, and their wild adventures as they each find happily ever after. 

*This is an #OwnVoices story for its portrayal of autism by an autistic author.


My Review:

The first book in the series is my favorite book of 2020 so far, so my standards were set very high for this book. Well, not only were those standards met, they were way exceeded! This is an amazing “office”/forbidden romance, friends to lovers, slow burn, sports romance with own voices autism representation and I loved every single second of it. 


I have never really felt the need to have a “book boyfriend” like others say they have, until this book. Ren is mine. I am claiming him now. 😉He is the biggest cinnamon roll character, and I love him. The way he loves Frankie and patiently waits for her, and then the way he cares for her is so swoon-worthy! He takes care of her so sweetly, but without making her feel like she is not capable of doing anything on her own. 


Frankie is a grumpy heroine, and I love her for it. She is a rockstar at her job and how she manages all of these pro athlete’s social media presence. Frankie also has autism. While autism looks different in every person, I loved seeing the way Chloe wrote Frankie. It was so real! I am a teacher, so I love and teach many autistic kids and see these characteristics on a daily basis. Many people may not know what it’s like to be autistic though and this book did an amazing job at representing that. Frankie also has arthritis. While I am not as familiar with this, I feel it was also represented really well in this book. 


Ren and Frankie’s chemistry is so good, y’all! I was hooked after the first chapter! They can’t be together because she works for the sports team that he plays for, but they become really good friends. I love that it kind of turns into a friends to lovers story as well as the forbidden romance. I was swooning and obsessing over their chemistry from the very beginning of the book. I was just holding my breath waiting for them to get together, and was so happy when they did. 


5 stars 

I received this book for free from the author in return for an honest review. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Love Scam



The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson 


Goodreads Summary:

Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it’s not something that would normally be a problem...except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank account of millions. Or who in the world is Lillith, the charming little girl claiming to be his long lost daughter. For the first time in his life, Rake is on his own and throwing Benjamins around aren’t going to solve his problem. Now if only the gorgeous, fun, and free-spirited woman who brought Lillith into his life was willing to help the situation…


Claire Delaney finds Rake’s problems hilarious and is not in the least bit sorry of adding to them by bringing Lillith into the mix. A pretty Midwestern girl with a streak for mischief, Rake is not the kind of man Claire hangs around with. Even if he is drop-dead handsome and charming as all get-out. Even if he needs help and she has all the answers. But if this helps Lillith, she will go out of her way. And with a guy like Rake, she’s willing to bend her rules a bit for some fun. But when adventure-filled days turn to romantic nights as they search for answers, and someone starts following them through the streets of Venice, Claire realizes she's playing more than just a game. And maybe, just maybe, she isn't willing to let go of Rake or Lillith just yet.


My Review: 

I was so excited for this book, but it sadly fell flat for me. The writing at times is difficult to follow. The author interjects the characters’ thoughts into the story in italics and parenthesis, but does so in the middle of a sentence. It can be really confusing at times. 


While this book does have a romance, the majority of the plot is a “mystery” of a con. As the reader, we spend most of the book very confused. It comes together at the very end, but I was mostly just glad that it was over. 


2.5 stars

I received this book for free in return for an honest review.