Always You by Denise Grover Swank #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Always You by Denise Grover Swank #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Always You by Denise Grover Swank
Series: Bachelor Brotherhood #3
Published by Forever on November 28th 2017
Pages: 353
Format: Paperback
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five-stars

"Swank's fluffy, feel-good storytelling proclaims the primacy of love as a force to which everyone should surrender-the bachelors destined to star in future installments haven't got a chance." --- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Only You

First love is better the second time around.

Matt Osborn had no idea coaching his five-year-old nephew's soccer team would get him so much attention from the mothers-attention he doesn't want now that he's given up on love and having a family of his own. Yep, Matt's the last of his bachelor buddies, and plans on staying that way. That is, until he finds himself face-to-face with the woman who broke his heart.

Single mom Anna paused her life in England to help her father recover from an illness. She can't afford complications, and too-hot-for-his-own-good Matt Osborn-her almost former fiancé-is definitely a complication. He's a reminder of what might have been-or should have been. That irresistible pull between them isn't over. Not even close. But if she's not careful, she'll break both their hearts . . . again.

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Also in this series: Until You

Review

Always You is the third book in the Bachelor Brotherhood by Denise Grover Swank. It is the final book in this series and though you can technically read them as standalones, you won’t want to.

Matt is the last of his bachelor buddies and he has no plans to change that anytime soon. Little did he know that he was about to come face to face with the woman who broke his heart twelve years ago when he became the coach for his 5-year-old nephew’s soccer team. Anna is back in town to help care for her father. She signs her son up for soccer and runs into none other than Matt. She turned down his proposal all those years ago to pursue a career in international finance. She is still obligated to return overseas and her ex wants a second chance but she has always loved Matt. Will they be able to make it work now?

I absolutely love second chance romances and Denise Grover Swank does an excellent job of delivering a sweet story that is heartwarming a little humorous. I really enjoyed these characters especially the kids! I am sad to see this series come to an end but I look forward to reading more from this author in the near future.

About Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese, which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty (in her own mind) Facebook comments and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe

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five-stars

Scandal of the Season by Liana LeFey #Review

Scandal of the Season by Liana LeFey #ReviewScandal of the Season by Liana LeFey
Published by Entangled: Select on May 30th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 300
Format: Paperback
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five-stars

Five years ago, Lord Sorin Latham fled England’s shores to avoid heartbreak and scandal in the form of one Lady Eleanor Cramley. On returning home, he finds the young miss he used to scold for lack of decorum is now a stunning woman who fires his blood. But he must resist temptation or risk losing his honor as a gentleman and the friendship of those he holds dear, including Eleanor.
Lady Eleanor is determined to be the paragon of propriety Sorin urged her to become. But now that he’s back, the man she once thought of as an older brother makes her long to be anything but proper. She must make Sorin see her as worthy of his heart and his desire without losing his good opinion, or her Season will end in disgrace.

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Review

Lady Eleanor has become a woman while her dear friend Lord Sorin was away. She took his words to heart five years prior and is determined to be a proper lady and cause no one to be ashamed. When he returns, Sorin has feelings for Ellie that he cannot explain or do away with. Will a marriage proposal scare her away? What will her guardians and his best friends say?

I love this book so hard!! I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end! I love Ellie so much! She truly cracked me up at times with her thoughts on marriage and Sorin. I loved that she was independent and didn’t want to rely on a man. I liked Sorin for the way he treated he women in general. He was quite a bit older but it didn’t seem that way at times. I was rooting for him the whole time!

five-stars

Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt #BlogTour #Review #Playlist

Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt #BlogTour #Review #Playlist

Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt #BlogTour #Review #PlaylistDuke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt
on October 17th 2017
Pages: 364
Format: Paperback
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four-stars

A LADY OF LIGHT
Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and-nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him…only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS
Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER…AND DESIRE
Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involes herself in his life—and bed. Soon he’s drawn to both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

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Review

Duke of Desire is book 12 in the Maiden Lane series. It’s the first book in this series that I have read so I was a little lost on some things but I don’t think it took away from the story. However, I pick up books in the middle of a series quite often. 😉

Iris has been kidnapped by the Lords of Chaos in a case of mistaken identity. They plan to sacrifice her in a ritual but one of the members saves her and offers her protection through marriage. Her reputation is ruined so she marries him. He’s the Raphael, the Duke of Dyemore and he is determined to bring down the Lords of Chaos and stop the evil they commit.

Raphael is emotionally scarred because of the things his father did to him as a child. His father used to be the leader of the Lords of Chaos and that’s why he is so determined to bring them down. I will say that the Lords of Chaos do really evil things that are quite gruesome so if that’s not your cup of tea, you might not enjoy this series. These are real things that happen in the world though. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would and I want to go back and read the rest of this series.

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four-stars

The Gamble, Sweet Dreams, and Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley #BookBlitz

The Gamble, Sweet Dreams, and Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley #BookBlitzThe Gamble by Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #1
Published by Forever on June 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 640
Format: Paperback
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Love is the greatest gamble of all . . . Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiance who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up. The owner of the house, Holden "Max" Maxwell is surprised by the beautiful woman who turns up at his door. But when Nina becomes ill, Max spends days nursing her back to health. A private man with a broken heart, Max finds himself drawn to the strong-willed woman. Soon it becomes impossible for Nina and Max to deny their growing attraction to one another. Yet even as these two wounded lovebirds think about taking a chance on a relationship, a dangerous secret from Max's past emerges-and threatens to end their love for good.

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The Gamble, Sweet Dreams, and Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley #BookBlitzSweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain, #2) by Kristen Ashley
Published by Forever on June 20th 2017
Pages: 656
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"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!"---Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author
When you lose everything, anything is possible. Lauren Grahame needs a whole new life. A simpler life. After leaving her cheating husband, she moves to Carnal, Colorado, takes a job as a waitress, and realizes she might have finally found the hometown she'd been searching for. Except things are about to get a lot more complicated . . . Lauren's fresh start does not include her growing feelings for her boss, Tate Jackson. She'll take the new friends, the new job, not to mention the incredible banana bread from the local coffee shop, but love is not on the agenda. However, the people of Carnal know chemistry when they see it, and they're not about to let Tate and Lauren miss their chance.

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The Gamble, Sweet Dreams, and Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley #BookBlitzLady Luck by Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #3
Published by Forever on June 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 560
Format: Paperback
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Is love in the cards? Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: to pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side . . . For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Yet when the high-stakes poker player sees the leggy Lexie, he suddenly has other desires on his mind. Realizing that Ty is innocent, Lexie tries to stop his plan for vengeance and help him become a better man. But as Ty battles his inner demons, dirty cops and criminals plot to take him out. Can he and Lexie find a way to escape the past?

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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake.

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John GreenLooking For Alaska by John Green
Published by Speak on December 2006
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 221
Format: Paperback
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four-half-stars

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words-and tired of safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps". Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Review

This is the first book I’ve ready by John Green. (I know, I know how could I have not read A Fault In Our Stars? It’s on my TBR list.) I must say say this book was incredible and I want to read everything he’s ever written. There are parts of this book that I will not be able to talk about because I refuse to reveal any spoilers that will ruin this book for anyone else who may not have read it yet. I will say that this book was definitely not what I was expecting but I think it was better because of it. 

This book is written from the view point of Miles Halter, a skinny 16 year old nerdy guy who is fascinated by famous last words. This fascination leads him to seek his “Great Perhaps” by attending boarding school at Culver Creek where he meets his roommate “the Colonel”, a boy named Takumi, and a girl named Alaska Young. Miles falls in love with the beautiful, intelligent, mysterious, unattainable Alaska.

The book is divided into the Before and the After, but you don’t know what the turning point is exactly until it hits. The Before is made up of mundane happenings: going to class, pulling pranks, doing stupid things, and hooking up. The central discussion in the book is about Simon Bolivar’s last words: “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?”

So what’s the labyrinth? I asked her… 

 That’s the mystery, isn’t it? Is the labyrinth living or dying? Which is he trying to escape-the world or the end of it? 

When the After comes, the “labyrinth” becomes an important question encompassing all characters.

This book is about how one person can influence another person’s life. I like the way Alaska is presented as mysterious and moody. I feel that most teenage girls and are that way and though we don’t know a lot about her, this book is about the way she influences Miles. Miles is such a relatable character especially for people who were nerds and didn’t quite fit in during their high school years.

Verdict: Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it! There are several good quotes in this book and it makes you think.

four-half-stars