Sunday, 21 January 2018

Review: Fake Wife by Stacey Lynn

This marriage is strictly business... until the temptation gets way too real.

Corbin: I loved my grandma, but I don’t need her money. All I care about is keeping the house—the only place that’s ever felt like home. That, and screwing over my dad, who wants to turn the property into a mall. There’s only one catch: To receive my inheritance, I have to get married within six months. Me, the guy who’s never dated a girl for more than six minutes. Now I need to find a woman I can trust. So when I’m rear-ended by a Prius, I figure it’s a sign that I’m supposed to meet gorgeous, down-to-earth Teagan Monroe.

Teagan: First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible . . . yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules . . . and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancé.

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 219 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Loveswept
Series: Crazy Love #1
Genre: Romance/Contemporary Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:
** I received an advanced readers copy from Loveswept in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Fake Wife was the story of Corbin and Teagan. When Corbin's beloved Grandmother passed away she willed him her property that was near and dear to him on the condition that he get married. This was a problem for a man without a steady girlfriend. Teagan lost her job and her long term boyfriend on the same day she rear ended Corbin's car. It was almost like it was fate.

This is a story line that has been done a million times before so my expectations weren't high for Fake Wife. However, I have read all of Stacey Lynn's Fireside series and adored it so I was excited to see what the first book in this new series offered.

I have to admit to seriously liking this book. It had the two things that I always require in this genre of book in order to thoroughly enjoy it. What is that you might ask? It would be chemistry and anticipation. Lynn was bang on with the two. She perfectly captured the chemistry between the two characters but gave the reader enough anticipation to really give you the feels.As with most things in life, anticipation is half the fun and sexy time in a book is just sex unless there is a build up of chemistry and lust to make it steamy. On top of that, both characters were really likeable. Both were respectful of each other and were genuinely good people. It was easy to route for the two of them.

I look forward to following the rest of this series to see what other kinds of crazy situations Stacey Lynn comes up with.

About the Author

Stacey Lynn is a simple girl raised in the Midwest. Over the long, frigid winters, she would read every book she could get her hands on, from John Grisham and Danielle Steel to Ann M. Martin and C. S. Lewis. She began writing poems and short stories long before she reached high school, and now, as a wife and mother to four children, she finds solace from the craziness of her life by creating steamy, sexy stories. After publishing her first book, what began as a hobby has now turned into an unending passion.

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Review: Golden Opportunity (Romance By Design #3) by Virginia Taylor

They grew up together yet worlds apart. But a wealthy young man and a classy young woman find that some bonds can’t be broken . . .

The only thing Marigold Reynolds and billionaire Hagen Allbrook ever had in common was their attraction. Marigold made sure that never went anywhere by cutting ties with him six years ago. Now, however, she needs a job—and Hagen’s design assistant desperately needs someone to fill in for her at his family’s construction firm. Trusting that time has dimmed the electricity between them, Marigold accepts. But as she undertakes his challenging renovation of her own ancestors’ home, it’s soon clear she’s mistaken.

A year after his wife’s death, Hagen is coming to terms with the past. He’s as drawn to Marigold as ever, but as they finally cross long-held boundaries, a misunderstanding, and Marigold’s belief that she can never measure up to his perfect wife, threatens to tear them apart once more. Hagen’s only chance of winning her back is to reveal the truth about his marriage. And perhaps then Marigold will reveal a heartfelt secret of her own .

ebook, 200 pages
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Lyrical Shine

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher vis Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Although this book is part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand alone.  Considering this is the third installment and I had only read one of the two that came before it, there was zero impact to this story.  To be honest, I am not even sure which characters were present in the other story and which ones were not.  It didn't matter.

This story follows the standard formula one would expect in this genre.  There is the push and pull of attraction, the denial, and ultimately giving in.  Mix in some drama caused by a shared past and emotional baggage and voila you have a story.

This story did exactly what I expected it to.  It entertained me in the sense that it did not pretend to solve or even address the worlds issues.  This was exactly what I was looking for.  While it may not end up on the top of book club picks, it provided me with a pleasant way to pass the time.

On a side note, it was funny to read about a car crash that was caused by a kangaroo.  Coming from a geographical region that does not have these animals I did a double take when I read it.  It is not something I hear about often although I am sure it can happen frequently.  I guess it would be the equivalent of hitting a deer where I am from!

About the Author

Virginia is a full time writer who used to be a nurse/midwife, a scenic painter and designer, a renovator of heritage houses, and still is an avid gardener. She is also a bad driver, an unenthusiastic cook and a reader of all things bookish.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Review: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins welcomes you home in a funny, emotionally charged must-read novel about the complications of life, love and family 
One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.
Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There's only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn't necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.
With a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter—a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was—Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.
But as some relationships crumble around her, others unexpectedly strengthen. Balancing loss and opportunity, a dark event from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise…and the chance to begin again.

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by HQN Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I reveived an advanced readers copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank You!**

I read this book a while ago but a severe concussion didn't allow me to write my thoughts on it. Normally I like to discuss a book while it is still fresh in my head so I hope I can do this book justice.

Now That You Mention It was a cute story about a woman who was essentially stuck between two worlds. There was her childhood life and the adult life that she made for herself. When circumstances had her returning to the place she couldn't wait to leave, she wasn't very happy.

My biggest enjoyment in this book was the setting. I adored reading about Scupper Island and I felt like I was a part of the tiny community. It was easy to visualise it and I could almost taste the salt air. For me, this was the best part of the book. The other thing that I really enjoyed was the large cast of quirky and unique characters.

This book had some pretty funny moments in it but there were times that I felt like it was meant to be funny and it really wasn't, almost like it was trying too hard. The other thing that really stood out was the over abundance of Harry Potter references. There would be nothing wrong with that if everyone has read it and could understand what the author was talking about but that is not the case. I have never read it (I know, I know) and the references, quotes and comparisons were completely lost on me. One or two could easily have been overlooked but there were many in this book.

All in all it was a pleasant read that I am happy that I got the opportunity to enjoy. It wasn't the first book by this author for me and I look forward to enjoying many more in the future.

About the Author

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. Her books have been honored with dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, the New York Journal of Books and Romantic Times.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Review: What The Valley Knows by Christie Heather

Millington Valley is a quintessential small Pennsylvania town: families go back generations. Football rules. Kids drink while adults look the other way. High school is a whirlwind of aspiration and rivalry, friendship and jealousy.

When smart and pretty Molly Hanover moves to town and attracts the attention of the football team’s hero, Wade Thornton—a nice guy with a bad drinking habit—longtime friendships are threatened and a popular cheerleader tries to turn the school against Molly.

The young couple’s future is shattered when Wade, drunk, wrecks his truck and Molly is thrown through the windshield. She wakes from a coma to find her beauty marred and her memory full of holes. As she struggles to heal, she becomes sure that something terrible happened before the accident. And there is somebody in the valley who doesn’t want her to remember.

Paperback, 1st Edition , 250 pages
Expected publication: January 25th 2018 by Black Rose writing

Terri's Thoughts

I had received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

I can't say a lot about this story without giving anything away but I will say the book synopsis captures the plot well.  I will also say, aside from said mentioned parts I can't mention, this reminded me a little of my high school days.  Although football is not such a big deal here, the high school football players were still the top dogs in school.

This story deals with more than one heavy topic.  Since it is in the YA genre, it doesn't go too with the topics as far as details however fair warning that this is not a light and fluffy read.  This is more for those who prefer their topics serious.

While I feel the story would have been good enough with only delving in to one of the serious issues, it was still interesting without being overwhelming.  I would read more from this author.

About the Author

Heather Christie grew up in rural Pennsylvania and, at age seventeen, took off for New York City in hopes of becoming a movie star. Flash forward several decades, a couple degrees, a bunch of cats, two kids and one husband later, she's back in Pennsylvania writing her heart out and chasing dreams again. She loves to read, run, drink tea, and make Sunday dinner.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Review: Kiss the Sky by M.K. Schiller

Love can move mountains . . .

Strong, athletic, and driven, Tristan Sinclair is determined to fulfill his late brother’s wish to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain. He never expects part of the challenge will be getting along with one of his fellow climbers—or that the greatest peril may lie beyond the summit . . .

A passionate, life-long climber, Pakistan born Farah Nawaz is skeptical of the hotshot from Arizona. But as she and Tristan help each other conquer obstacle after obstacle, they find they have more in common than they thought—including a simmering attraction. And when suspicious deaths put them in the sights of a ruthless killer, they’ll have to cover their tracks long enough to find out why—and stay alive for a future together . . .

Kindle Edition
Published January 2nd 2018 by Lyrical Shine

Terri's Thoughts

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

I had no idea what to expect with this story.  It was centered around mountain climbing which I have no desire to do nor any real knowledge on it.  I thought what the heck, I will give it a shot.

I actually really enjoyed the story.  Instead of a simple romance, this actually had an interesting plot.  With the backdrop of the mountain and Pakistan, this story felt like it held some substance that can sometimes be lacking.  The reader also learns about the characters long before any romance takes place, I liked this.

The part about the climb was interesting to me even though it was a little glossed over.  I can't even imagine what it would be like to stand on the summit of the world's second highest mountain.  Who am I kidding, I don't even want to step to the top of a ladder!

To be completely honest in my review, the point that the characters reach the summit was also the "summit" of the story for me.  From there is kind of went a little downhill, pardon the pun.  Not completely, however the twists in the storyline got a little far fetched and crazy afterwards.  As I was invested by this point I just settled in for the ride to see where the plot took me.  Without spoilers, I did guess the what and the who before it was revealed.

This story was interesting in a good way for me and I really enjoyed the backdrop in which it was set.  Enough so that I will be keeping an eye out for more work by Schiller.

About the Author

Not knowing a word of English, MK Schiller came to America at the age of four from India. Since then, all she’s done is collect words. After receiving the best gift ever from her parents—her very own library card—she began reading everything she could get her greedy hands on. At sixteen, a friend asked her to make up a story featuring the popular bad boy at school. This wasn’t fan fiction…it was friend fiction. From that day on, she’s known she wanted to be a writer. With the goal of making her readers both laugh and cry, MK Schiller has penned more than a dozen books, each one filled with misfit characters overcoming obstacles and finding true love.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Review: After Hours by Melinda Di Lorenzo

Six foot two. Lips to die for. And boy, can the man fill out a suit. The gorgeous stranger sending Aysia Banks steamy looks from across the bar is the perfect way for her to take her mind off her high-stress job, and maybe even forget about her ex. An invitation to dance leads to a smoldering night, which turns into a weekend of uninhibited, toe-curling, blow-your-mind passion. Things are starting to look up for Aysia—until Monday morning . . .

Another city, another company to save. It’s nothing new to executive Marcelo Diaz, who’s used to calling the shots and getting what he wants. But what is different, is Aysia: the vixen he spent the weekend rewriting the entire playbook with. But before Marc can take things any further he’s shocked by what he discovers . . .

Marc was hired to keep his employer’s reputation squeaky clean.

Part of Aysia’s job is to enforce her department’s strict no-dating rule.

And they work for the same company.

Now, with their red-hot connection doused by office policies and politics, Aysia and Marc try to put their fling behind them. It should be easy. But when a behind-the-scenes power play threatens their careers, they’ll have to bring their hearts to the table . . .

ebook, 304 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Lyrical Press

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Due to a hectic schedule, I am just getting around to writing my review now.

As you can guess by the story synopsis, the story starts out as a one night stand, so you know there is going to be some sexy scenes.  In fact, reading this on my kindle, I was at 33% completed by the time said one night stand was completed and the rest of the storyline began.  So those who like their stories on the cleaner side may want to avoid this one.  On the other hand, those who like their reads steamy, this would be a good choice.

While the attraction between Marc and Aysia is evident from the get go, it was perhaps too evident.  I did struggle with the fact that their physical attraction seemed to override all other priorities such as work and family.  Neither of these places/people were off limits when it came to succumbing to their physical needs.  While I appreciate a strong physical attraction, I do also recognize the fact that there are boundaries that should perhaps not be crossed.

That aside this was a pretty enjoyable read.  The characters were likeable and it was easy to read.  A good choice for fans of steamy fiction

About the Author

Friday, 12 January 2018

Review: Dreaming of Manderley by Leah Marie Brown

Going from old money to no money, the three Maxwell sisters' lives are about to change drastically. Now, one by one, each must blaze her own trail to happily-ever-after . . .

Manderley Maxwell has always been the dependable, hard-working one while her younger sisters live
A-list lives, courtesy of their family fortune . . . until it's suddenly lost, leaving behind a truckload of debt! Now Mandy is faced with two choices: play perpetual caretaker to her spoiled siblings, or finally break out of her predictable routine--by way of France . . .

When Mandy's boss relocates for the summer, Mandy is really just trading in coffee runs for running errands through the streets of Cannes--until handsome, debonair Girard Fortune Xavier de Maloret sweeps her off her feet--by saving her from falling off a cliff. Mandy's walking on air--except that she's living in the chic shadow of the first Madame de Maloret, complete with whispers about the suddenly secretive Xavier's part in her disappearance. Again, Mandy has two choices: be the unfortunate, duped American--or the gutsy, fierce woman who'll track down the truth in the name of true love . . .

Published December 26th 2017 by Lyrical Press, Inc

Terri's Thoughts

I had received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  While I read it before its publication date, my busy schedule is only allowing me to post my review now.

This is the first in a new series from Brown.  Those familiar with her It Girls series will want to pick this up.  It has the same quirky sense of humor that was found in her previous works.  The same fish out of water leading lady, swoon worthy leading male and pop culture references (although thankfully slightly tones down).

A few minor things bothered me.  I did get a little sick of hearing how many times Xavier's hand was on the small of her back, however it seemed to be a big deal for Manderley so I overlooked it.  I also felt Manderly was a little step backwards for all womankind.  I wont go in to detail, I will just say that a woman can have it all, a high power career and a loving man.  There is no need to wish it is the forties.

Now that I got that out of the way, the story was just fun.  This is something I have discovered with Brown's work so far.  Her characters always tend to be a little bit of a train wreck that can make us appreciate that our lives are vastly different.  I look forward to reading about the rest of Maxwell sisters because based on the little bit this book shares of them, they are way bigger train wrecks than Manderly could ever hope to be.  It should be fun.

About the Author

(From her Goodreads profile)

I am an American writer with a penchant for Paris and all things pink!

Before writing novels, I worked as a print journalist for a Pulitzer prize winning newspaper and served in the United States Air Force as a Radio and Television Broadcaster.

An avid traveler, I have had adventures and mishaps from London to Tokyo, which I write about on my blog, On Life, Love & Accidental Adventures, and in my contemporary romantic series, The It Girls.

I was once a collector of truly useless bric-a-brac and cheesy tee-shirts. My cheesiest? A tee with a cartoon Jesus riding a surf board and the words, "And on the eighth day, Jesus went surfing in Greece."

Today, I prefer to gather friendships and memories as travel souvenirs.

I live in the shadow of Pike's Peak Mountain, near Colorado Springs, with my family and shamefully pampered poodles.

In my free time, I like to watch movies, read, and snap photographs. You can view my photography by clicking on the Adventures tab above or by following me on Instagram.