Charmed by the Bartender by Piper Rayne #AudioReview

Charmed by the Bartender by Piper Rayne #AudioReviewCharmed by the Bartender by Piper Rayne
on September 28th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Length: 6 hours and 42 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Amazon
five-stars

A sexy romantic comedy standalone in the Modern Love series.

Who knew sleeping with the enemy could be this fun?

Was the one night stand a good idea?

Well, no. Probably not in retrospect.

In my defense, I had just moved back into my grandparents' house, I'd lost my dream job, and a guy on Tinder had stood me up. It was like life had suddenly stamped 'loser' on my forehead.

So when the guy behind the bar started giving me the look...you know, the one that promised I'd be screaming his name into the wee hours of the morning? When that guy also has the perfect amount of scruff on his chiseled chin, biceps bulging out of his t-shirt, and a cocky grin you knew he'd earned in the sack...when he gives you that look, you don't bother to figure out what your six degrees of separation are. You jump on that horse and ride it!

Pun fully and completely intended. And accurate, by the way.

I fully admit to feeling sorry for myself and acting impulsively, but by the time I'd figured out who the bartender was, I was already falling for him.

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Review

I love all of Piper Rayne’s books so much and I was ecstatic when I learned they were releasing an audio version of The Bartender. I didn’t think the book could get any better but I was blown away by how much I loved listening to this book.

Molly Mermelstein brought such life to these characters and I don’t think anyone could have done it better. She truly encompassed the essence of this story and delivered it wrapped up with a nice bow on top with the emotion and voices she brought to the table.

I can’t wait to hear the rest of the Modern Love series!!

five-stars

Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis #BlogTour #Review

Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis
on November 7th 2017
Genres: Romance
Pages: 133
Format: eBook
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four-stars

It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!

When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.

The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate.

But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air.

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Review

Holiday Wishes is a quick read that will get you in the Holiday spirit. The setting is a bed and breakfast that is decorated for the holidays and I could just picture everything being Christmasy.

Sean is trying to host the perfect bachelor party for his brother and never dreamed he would run into the girl who was his first. The problem is that he was her first as well and he never bothered contacting her after. Lottie is not pleased to see Sean but decides it can’t hurt to have a little fun. Will these two be able to make it work this time? Or is that what they even want?

I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more in this series.

About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

four-stars

Doggie Style by Piper Rayne #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Title: Doggie Style
Series: Dirty Truths #2
Author: Piper Rayne
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 20, 2017

 


Rumors never bothered me. If people want to guess at my sexuality because I design dog clothes for a living—let them. I know the truth.

I’m a red-blooded heterosexual male and just because I don’t have my tongue hanging out of my mouth around every female like my dog Cooper, doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the female form.

Now with Teegan Lowery in my life I’m suddenly panting right next to Cooper, hoping for a taste.

I hired her for her stellar PR skills, but she’s slowly weaseling her way into a spot I’ve kept a NO VACANCY sign on for years. Everything about Teegan screams unavailable. The last thing I need is another dramatic, high maintenance woman in my life. Believe me, been there and done that.

But the sexual tension between us is like a game of tug-of-war and neither of us wants to lose.

I love dogs.
She hates them.
Turns out, we both love doggie style.

Doggie Style is book 2 in the Dirty Truths series. It is exactly what I have come to expect from Piper & Rayne. They write witty, humorous, sexy romances and this one gets the added bonus of dogs.
Leo is a pet groomer who owns his own Etsy shop and designs clothes for dogs. Since he doesn’t date ever, most people think he’s gay. He hires Teegan to do some PR work for him and they get off to a rocky start when she walks into his shop screaming at someone on the phone. She believes Leo is gay so there is this huge misunderstanding between them for a while.
I really enjoyed this book and love that as always we get to see more of the characters from the first book. I cannot wait to get my hands on Jagger’s book!
Rating: 5 stars

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two established authors for the price of one. You might be wondering if you know us? Maybe you’ll read our books and figure it out. Maybe you won’t. Does it really matter?

We aren’t trying to stamp ourselves with a top-secret label. We wanted to write without apology. We wanted to not be pigeon holed into a specific outline. We wanted to give readers a story without them assuming how the story will flow. Everyone has their favorite authors, right? And when you pick up their books, you expect something from them. Whether it’s an alpha male, heavy angst, a happily ever after, there’s something you are absolutely certain the book will contain. Heck, we’re readers, too, we get it.
What can we tell you about ourselves? We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

 

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Unexpected Arrivals by Stephie Walls #ReleaseBlitz #Review

 Title: Unexpected Arrivals
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Coming of Age/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Blurb
It had to be a joke.
Any minute now, a van would drive up and Ashton Kutcher would slide the door open, laughing hysterically at my melodramatic performance on the front porch.
But nothing happened.
The words on the page jumbled into a toxic mess my brain refused to comprehend, much less accept.
Please consider this letter as a formal request to arrange a paternity test (DNA).
I barely remembered Chelsea Airy.
That wasn’t true—we’d gone out once, and we’d been friends for a while after. But I hadn’t heard so much as a peep from her since I’d gotten married. I’d reached out a handful of times, but she’d quit responding and fell off the face of the earth. There hadn’t been a text, an email, a phone call, not even a Facebook message, much less a stork in the last five years.
My wife could forgive a lot, but she’d never wanted children—much less another woman’s.
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Review
Unexpected Arrivals is an emotional read about finding the one you love and want to be with and then life happening and things not working out. The blurb makes you believe things happened one way when in actuality it is another.
This story is told in three parts and encompasses several years. It is not an easy task to accomplish this in a cohesive way that captures attention but this author nailed it! I couldn’t put this book down because I had to know how it ended. Would the wife leave? Would James and Cora be together? I would highly recommend this book!
Rating: 4.5 stars
Author Bio

Stephie Walls is a literary whore – she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has six novels out, four short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world. 

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Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti #ReleaseBlitz #Review #Playlist

Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti #ReleaseBlitz #Review #Playlist

Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti #ReleaseBlitz #Review #PlaylistTwisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti
Published by Forever on November 14, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
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four-half-stars

One year ago, Denver Jones blew up his life and left everything behind. To stay alive, he had no other choice. But now, when video footage of the woman he could never forget goes viral, begging for his help, he has no choice but to go to her. Her niece has been kidnapped and Denver and his blood brothers are the only people she can trust.

But Denver isn't the only one watching that video. The deadly forces from his past see it too-and they'll use anything--and anyone--they can to lure Denver out of hiding to exact their revenge.

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Review

Twisted Truths is book 3 in the Blood Brothers series by Rebecca Zanetti. These books should be read in order to understand everything. I have never read the Sin Brothers series that this series is a spin off from, but I feel that it should probably be read first to avoid confusion.

Noni is determined to find her 3-month-old niece and her kidnapper but she needs Denver’s help. The problem is that Denver broke her heart a year ago and now she has no way to find him. She posts a picture of them on the internet in hopes that someone will know where he is. However, this sets Dr. Madison and Sheriff Cobb’s sites on her as a potential target to get to the Blood Brothers. Denver never told Noni about his past and he left when he fell in love with her to keep her safe. Now with the help of his brothers, he must find the enemy while also finding a kidnapper and a baby. Things are about to get intense; so much so that they call in the Sin Brothers for backup.

This is a phenomenal conclusion to the Blood Brothers series. It wraps everything up with a nice bow. Maybe nice is the wrong word since this book is intense and filled with fast-paced action and suspense. This author does a fantastic job of weaving a story that has not one but two different suspense filled storylines that compliment each other. Plus we get to see Denver and Noni’s passionate reunion! This is a series you don’t want to miss!

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About Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher's Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat...and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off...and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.

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four-half-stars

Damaged by Willow Winters #BlogTour #Review

 Title: Damaged
Author: Willow Winters
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Blurb
I married the bad boy from Brooklyn.
The one with the tattoos and the look in his eyes that told me he was bad news.
The look that comes with all sorts of warnings.
I knew what I was doing.
I knew by the way he put his hands on me; how he owned me with his forceful touch.
I couldn’t say no to him, not that I wanted to. That was then, and it seems like forever ago.
Years later, I’ve grown up and moved on. But he’s still the man I married. Dangerous in ways I don’t like to think about. Sexy as sin, he attracts all the wrong kinds of temptations.
The kind that lands a couple like us in the gossip columns.
The kind that’s unforgivable.
The kind that splits up marriages.
I did this to myself. I knew better than to love him.
And now I’m fucked.

I married the bad boy from Brooklyn. And I don’t know how to survive this.


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Review

Damaged is the first book by Willow Winters that I have read. It is emotional and raw and just real. The story is about a married couple who had a ton of secrets between them. They grew apart over a 5 year period due in part to lack of communication. Will their marriage make it?

I really enjoyed this book and the writing style. It’s told from dual POVs which I love so that we get both sides of the story. It does end on a cliffhanger so now I’m impatiently waiting to find out what happens next.

Rating: 4 stars

Author Bio

Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. She likes her action hot and her bad boys hotter. She certainly doesn’t hold back on either one in her writing!Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.

In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne #BlogTour #Review

 Named Best Book of the Month by Amazon
 AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
Love Unexpectedly
Lauren Layne
Releasing Nov 7, 2017
Loveswept

She’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.

NOW AVAILABLE!
 
Review
 Kelly is told by a psychic that she has already met the one. Naturally, she assumes this means he is one of her exes so she decides to figure out which one it is by Christmas. She makes herself an ex list to help her out. Her best friend, Mark, has already seen these guys break her heart once and he doesn’t want to watch them do it again. He has feelings for Kelly and hoped she would feel the same for him but he’s tired of waiting. Will he give up or will she realize the one has been in front of her this entire time?
I love a good friends to lovers romance. There is no instalove because it’s been building through their friendship. The banter between Kelly and Mark was great and I found myself laughing quite a bit! I enjoyed the holiday theme in this book but the ending was a little rushed. Overall, I would highly recommend.
Rating: 4 stars

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she’s written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.
 

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Snowbound With the Billionaire by Lili Valente #Review

Panties off, Kitten. I want a hell of a lot more than your mouth under the mistletoe tonight…

I’ve got a reputation for being a good man, a generous man, who does compassionate things with his fortune.

But tonight’s generosity isn’t about money. It’s about my hands, my mouth, my undivided erotic attention, and a set of vintage nipple clamps with Dakota Joy’s name on them.

The only woman I’ve ever loved isn’t going to be won back with glittering presents under the tree. She’s a submissive who needs to be reminded that I’m the only man who makes her blood hot and her body ache, that I’m the one who crashed through the walls around her heart and convinced her to kneel at my feet.

Getting snowed in at my abandoned hotel on Christmas Eve is a stroke of good luck.

What I do with that luck is sweet, sinful holiday magic…

We haven’t even gotten started, sweetheart. Tonight, I’m going to make you forget who you are, what you are, that you were ever anything but mine.

WARNING: This WHITE HOT holiday read contains Domination, spanking, naughty toys, and a sexy as sin alpha male who will rock you all around the Christmas tree and then some. Hotness level—Frosty melts into a puddle, Rudolph’s nose flashes hot damn red, and Santa just moved your name to the top of the naughty list.

Snowbound with the Billionaire is a Standalone love story!

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Review

Snowbound with the Billionaire is part of the Master Me series by Lili Valente. All of these books are standalones and can be read in any order but Ms. Valente suggests reading this one first.

Garrett and Dakota were made for each other. They understand how the other one ticks but Garrett broke up with Dakota out of nowhere years ago and ever since she has been broken. He will do whatever it takes to get her back but will she listen to him? He knows how to make her listen one orgasm at a time.

Oh my! This book is HOT!!! It’s a quick read full of naughtiness and a story that will leave you wanting more. There’s a reason I always read anything Lili Valente writes and this book is a prime example. Yes you get lots of steamy scenes that are well written but it adds to the story and isn’t the whole story like some other books I have read. If you like your books steamy and love a happy ending, I would highly recommend this book!

Rating: 5 stars

 

SNOWED IN WITH THE BOSS
(Available now)
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MASQUERADE WITH THE MASTER
(Available now)
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Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn’t be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich’s red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale.

These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts.

Visit her at www.lilivalente.com

November Lovestruck #ReleaseBlitz

 Meet the Authors:

Kadie Scott

Award-winning contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

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Stefanie London

Stefanie London is the USA Today bestselling author of over ten contemporary romances with humour, heat and heart.

Originally from Australia, she now lives in Toronto with her very own hero and is currently in the process of doing her best to travel the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, lipstick, romance novels and zombie movies.

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About the Books:

The Attraction Equation

FBI agent Max Carter lives his life by a strict set of rules—rules that don’t allow for distraction, deviation…or a relationship. But tell that to his matchmaking mama. To avoid yet another set-up, he announces he has a girlfriend. And now has to produce said girlfriend at Christmas dinner. Maybe Santa has a suitable actress in that red bag of his…

Gina Castillo is about to break her building’s iron-clad “no pets” policy to give her little brother the perfect Christmas gift—a dog. Too bad Max, the most inconveniently sexy tenant in the building, catches her red handed. Gina expects to be evicted, but instead finds herself blackmailed into playing the role of his girlfriend.

Two lies plus one dog should equal a hot mess of a holiday, but attraction and Christmas magic might just defy the rules…

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Review

The Attraction Equation is such a cute fun read. Max is super strict about rules while Gina is a rule breaker. They meet when Gina is sneaking around trying to hide a dog that breaks her building’s “no pet” policy. Max needs a pretend girlfriend to keep his family from trying to set him up so he blackmails Gina into being that girl.

I loved that these characters are complete total opposites. On the surface it doesn’t seem like they would necessarily go together but I think that’s what makes it work. Gina is fun and flighty while Max is a no nonsense FBI agent. He is super quirky and Gina accepts all of his quirks.

I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read more from this author!

Rating: 4.5 stars


Trouble Next Door

McKenna Prescott is the queen of picking the wrong men. When her latest boyfriend dumps her, she decides to devote her time to “exploring herself” (read: drinking wine and ordering sex toys online) and starting her freelance makeup business. That is, until an embarrassing delivery mix-up puts her sexy, gruff neighbor in her path…
Beckett Walsh is married to his job…which is a deal-breaker for the woman he’s supposed to be marrying. Even worse, his would-be father-in-law has pulled support from Beckett’s startup and now Beckett stands to lose everything. But the gorgeous, crazy makeup artist from down the hall has an equally crazy but mutually beneficial idea: if he convinces his sister to hire McKenna for her high-society wedding, McKenna will teach him about what women want so he can get his fiancée back.
All he has to do is make sure he doesn’t fall for the wrong girl.
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Review

Trouble Next Door is a fun romantic comedy that will leave you wanting more. Stefanie London has written a fantastic book and I don’t know why I haven’t read more from her already.

McKenna wants to start her own makeup business and decides that since she is giving up men she will focus on that. When a package she ordered is delivered to the wrong person, she meets her sexy neighbor, Beckett. Too bad that mix up was super embarrassing and hilarious. Beckett is essentially married to his job which costs him his fiance and her dad’s money for his startup. He makes a deal with McKenna to get his sister to hire her for her wedding in exchange for McKenna teaching him how to get his fiance back. Of course, it isn’t going to be easy.

Beckett reminds me of a few of my guy friends with his geeky ways and I loved this! I wasn’t sure if I was going to like McKenna at first but I ended up really liking her by the end. I was smiling pretty much the entire time I was reading this book and it’s been a stressful couple of months so I really needed that! I look forward to reading more from this author.

Rating: 5 stars