Review: If I Dream (Corrupted Love #1) by K.M. Scott

Title: If I Dream
Author: K.M. Scott
Series: Corrupted Love #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
If I dream, will you dare?

All I wanted was my freedom. It’s all I’d dreamed of from the first time I stood in the ring. Until I entered Robert Erickson’s world. Until Serena. Cruelty and ugliness surrounded me, but she was beautiful and good. I wanted to protect her from her father’s world, even though I knew being with her could mean the end of me.

I wanted for nothing as the daughter of one of the richest men in the world. But all my father’s money couldn’t buy what I truly craved. Until Ryder. I wanted all he was, all he brought out in me. All he made me desire.

Our love was forbidden by the one person who had the power to harm us. We dreamed of more than living in that world, though. We dreamed of having it all, but did we dare?

My Review:
If I Dream is the story of Ryder and Serena, two young people trapped in a world where power, money, and control rule the day. Serena’s father is a very powerful, rich man who runs an underground fighting ring amongst other dodgy businesses. He “buys” Ryder from the man who previously owned him and moves him into his mansion, cautioning him against touching either of his daughters. Ryder and Serena strike up a friendship that turns to love and when her father finds out he separates them and they don’t see each other for two years. When she returns, they quickly pick up where they left off.

This forbidden romance is full of angst and longing and should have been right up my alley but the execution and character development were lacking and that dented my enjoyment. I had empathy for Ryder at the start but he became weak as the story progressed and I hated that he didn’t defend Serena and that he consistently bowed to her father’s will. It seemed contradictory. Serena was a sweet girl with spunk and she wasn’t afraid to fight for what she wanted in life. Her sister was a despicable character as was Oliver. The plot regarding her mother was weak in my opinion and could’ve been fleshed out better.

It took me a while to ship this couple because the author glossed over their relationship at the start. We were told they spent six weeks talking every night but we weren’t privy to those conversations which was a shame because I felt a big disconnect until the second half of the story, but, even then it was more about sex than any meaningful connection.

In the main the writing is decent and the pacing consistent. While this was an enjoyable read, I still felt let down by certain aspects of it, but that’s probably more of a personal thing. If you enjoy forbidden, angsty romance then you will most likely enjoy this one.

Thanks to author and Inkslinger PR for providing a copy of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Review: The Feeling of Forever (Love Unplugged #2) by Jamie Howard

Title: The Feeling of Forever
Author: Jamie Howard
Series: Love Unplugged #2
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Juliet St. Clair has spent her life under Hollywood’s spotlight. While being America’s favorite girl next door has had its perks, having to testify against her stalker to put him behind bars certainly wasn’t one of them. But when she thinks about walking away from it all, she can’t help remembering the enormous pile of medical bills her family is drowning under. Bills that just keep on coming.

Felix Donovan had it all–stunning good looks, gorgeous women, and a spot as the drummer to a band that’s sitting pretty at the top of the charts. Until one life-altering decision left him paralyzed from the waist down. He doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry when he wins this year’s Sexiest Man award, but the one thing he immediately does is send out a Non-disclosure agreement. Hiding his condition from the public is hard as hell, but he’s not ready to face the world while he’s still struggling to accept his new reality.

Except this year’s Sexiest Woman–Juliet St. Clair–never looks at him with pity, only desire. But falling for Juliet means a permanent spot in the tabloids, a decision Felix isn’t sure he’s ready to make. And when Juliet’s stalker re-emerges from her past, Felix’s secret isn’t the only thing at stake, it could cost Juliet her life.

My Review:
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I was totally sucked in by the blurb and cover on this one so it didn’t take much persuasion on my part to read this book.

This time the story is focused on drummer Felix who has been paralyzed from the waist down in a tragic accident. When we catch up with him, he’s in the depths of despair and struggling to accept his new reality. He meets Jules, a very successful, famous actress when they both win awards for Sexiest Man and Woman, respectively. There’s a spark and it’s the first time Felix has felt alive in a long time.

I loved Felix and I felt his struggles and his pain. He was hot and sexy and the chemistry between our couple was through the roof! I thought the romance and sex scenes were very well done. Through his connection with Jules, he finally opened up and was able to face the challenges ahead.

I ADORED Jules – she was an amazing character. Nothing fazed her even when her life was falling apart. She wasn’t a complainer and even though she’s had her fair share of struggles she still remained upbeat and hopeful. I also loved how she wasn’t a diva and she was grateful for her success.

I figured out the stalker plotline quite early on and I was disappointed that Jules didn’t figure it out. That wasn’t very plausible to me as Jules is portrayed as an intelligent woman and she couldn’t see what was in front of her eyes. That left me a little frustrated.

The writing is great, and the plot moved along at a nice, consistent pace.

The ending was a bit cheesy and felt rushed but then I find most epilogues are.

Overall, this was a great second installment and I’m very invested in this series and I look forward to reading Gavin’s story next.

Thanks to the publisher for supplying an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Actual rating: 3.75 Stars

Blog Tour: The Play Mate (Roommates #2) by Kendall Ryan


Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Play Mate (Roommates #2) by Kendall Ryan! I had the chance to read and review this one and share my review with you today along with some nice teaser images.

The Play MateTitle: Play Mate
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Roommates #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Smith Hamilton has it all—he’s smart, good-looking and loaded. But he remembers a time when he had nothing and no one, so he’s not about to mess up, especially with his best friend’s little sister. That means keeping Evie at arm’s length … even though the once pesky little girl is now a buxom bombshell. A sexy blonde who pushes his self-control to the limit the night she crawls into bed with him.

Evie Reed knows she’s blessed—with an exclusive education, a family who loves her, and a new job managing social media for her family’s lingerie company. But she wants more, like a reason to wear the sexy lingerie herself. She has just the man in mind to help with that. She’s crushed on Smith forever. Surely tricking her way into his bed will force him to see her in a new, adult way.

Except that when Evie’s plan leads to disaster, she and Smith must decide—ignore the attraction sizzling between them, or become play mates and risk it all.

My Review:
Another fab, entertaining read from an author who pretty much nails it every time.

When I start a Kendall Ryan book, I always know that I’m going to be in for a good read. Although her books tend to be on the short side, they are always entertaining quick reads that suck me in from the first page. She doesn’t fail to deliver with The Play Mate.

Smith has been in Evie’s life since she was a little kid because he was besties with her older brother Cullen. Smith always looked upon Evie like a little sister (due to the age gap which I think is seven years) until he didn’t. There came a point where they both started to feel something different for one another but neither has acted on it to date. Evie is now 22 and determined to put the moves on Smith. Smith is struggling to fight his attraction to the feisty, intelligent, Evie and it takes enormous willpower to resist her charms. Smith is terrified that over-protective Cullen will have a freak-out and it will ruin their friendship.

Evie takes matters into her own hands and that scene in the bedroom between them was awesome. Funny and heartbreaking at the same time.

I loved reading about their relationship and I was rooting for them so badly. When they finally decided to go for it, I was their loudest supporter. I loved when Smith confronted Cullen and what he said was perfect.

This book had all the usual ingredients that make up a superb KR read – lots of great characters, lots of funny moments, plenty of steamy times, and a fast-paced plot that clipped along at a steady pace.

I’m addicted to forbidden romances at the moment so this book was right up my alley. I loved it, and I’m really enjoying this new series of Kendall’s. Looking forward to reading the next one!

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed.

About the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Review: Tell Me Not To Go by Victoria De La O

Title: Tell Me Not To Go
Author: Victoria De La O
Series: Tell Me #2
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Jeff Price is in a long-term relationship rut–nothing a move from Utah to Silicon Valley can’t solve. But when he meets Samantha, his sister’s best friend, his newfound freedom is threatened by their attraction. Headed for med school, and still gun shy from her last relationship, Sam’s not in the market for love, either. The answer is simple: a ninety-day, no-strings-attached affair. What can possibly go wrong for two people determined not to fall in love?

My Review:
Actual 4.5 Stars.

A heartfelt, flirty romance that is virtually unputdownable. This awesome series is a must-read!

Tell Me How This Ends is one of my favorite books ever – I was totally engrossed in the love triangle between brothers Ryan and Jude and sweet Lizzie. I ADORED it and was so excited to read this new book. It’s wonderful that I didn’t have to wait too long to read this one and it was a really great second installment.

We first met Jeff and Sam in the last book and both were interesting characters so I was looking forward to reading their story. Jeff is Lizzie’s sister and Sam is Lizzie’s roommate.

Jeff is the quintessential nice guy – raised to respect and protect women and he is pretty perfect boyfriend material. However, he seems to keep attracting the wrong type of girl and he allows himself get attached too easily and finds himself settling in relationships that are not right for him. His parents also exert a lot of pressure on him, not always intentionally, but he feels the weight of their expectation and that has driven a lot of his past decisions. He wants to break the mold so he moves to be near Lizzie, taking a job in a VC firm.

Sam has been burned by love and she has refused to enter into a relationship since her ex, the first guy she loved, betrayed her with her ex-roomie. So she throws herself into her medical studies and enjoys the odd hook-up. Now, Lizzie is all loved-up and nagging her about sorting out her love life, but Sam doesn’t want to get involved in anything when she will be leaving soon to train as a doctor.

Jeff had visited a few months back and the chemistry between these two was electric! Now that he is back in town, Sam isn’t sure she can resist him but she’s determined to try. After lots of sparks fly, they agree on a 90-day pact – to have a non-relationship for the period Sam has left in town and they agree they won’t fall for each other. Ha! Best laid plans and all that!

Jeff was great – a great non-bf and a great brother and it was easy to swoon over him. Sam was such a strong, resilient character but so vulnerable at the same time. Her family had me in stitches and the scene where they greet Jeff naked having just stepped out of their hot tub was hysterically funny, as was the naked, stoned, drumming session – I laughed my head off at the visual in my head.

The romance was sweet and sexy and not without its ups and downs. I was so glad our couple got their HEA in the end and they both deserved it.

I loved that we got plenty of scenes with Lizzie and her beau (no spoilers here) and it was great to see them as a couple and moving in together. Aw, shucks, be still my heart.

The writing is superb and it flowed really well. While it didn’t have quite the same intensity or that extra special magical quality/vibe that book one had it was still a very entertaining read.

Chapter one of the next book was included at the back of this book and it has me squealing with excitement. It’s the other brother’s story (the one who didn’t get the girl) and I’m anticipating lots of angst and turmoil and my drama-loving heart can hardly wait!!

I would highly recommend this to readers who enjoy well written new adult contemporary romance with strong character and emotional development.

Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Blog Tour: Cole by Tijan


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Cole by Tijan. I really enjoyed this book and share my review with you today and soeme teaser images!

Title: Cole
Author: Tijan
Series: standalone
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I shouldn’t have remembered him.
He was just a guy who walked through a restaurant. I didn’t know his name. We never made eye contact. There was no connection between us at all.
But I could feel him.
The tingle down my spine. The command in his presence. The snap of tension in the air around him. That was the first time I saw him, and I was captivated.
The second time was different.
He was in the mysterious back elevator of my apartment building. Our eyes met for a fleeting second before the doors closed, and I was staggered. My breath was robbed. My senses on high alert. My body hummed.
That was just the beginning.
He was the leader of the mafia. I was about to fall in love with him, and his name…
Cole Mauricio

My Review:
Combine one dark, sultry, mysterious man, one sweet grief-stricken woman, and add tons of smokin-hot chemistry, plenty of suspense and intrigue, a mafioso environment, and you have one heck of an explosive read. Cole is signature Tijan at her very best. I loved this book and had a really hard time putting it down.

Initially, I was a little concerned that I might not like this book. While I’m a massive fan of this author, I wasn’t a big fan of Carter Reed. However, that had nothing to do with the characters or the worldbuilding so I thought I’d give Cole a go. I’m so glad I did.

This book was extremely well written and I really enjoyed the mafia world Tijan has created. Cole is dangerous and mysterious and I ADORED that aspect of his personality. He had this aura that bled from the pages and he was swoon worthy in the extreme. I enjoyed watching as Addison slowly started to peel back his layers.

The first half of the book introduces us to the characters and lays some subtle clues as to what is going on. The suspense and the action are really ramped up in the second half and I loved it! The climactic scenes were so good and I had chills, peeps, legit chills. So intense. So good.

I totally shipped our couple and the romance was very hot. They caved to their monkey lust pretty much straight away but it worked, and I felt the believable connection between our pair.

I liked meeting Carter and Emma again, and Jake was a decent side character. I really didn’t like Sia. She was a bit of a conundrum of a character – she had the capacity to be both selfless and selfish at the same time. I didn’t like how she made comments about Cole when she knew he was her friend’s boyfriend. It goes against the girl code and is a big no-no in my opinion.

The plot was a wee bit predictable in parts – I guessed who the villain was but not what was driving his behavior so that was a nice surprise along with certain people’s backgrounds (being vague on purpose so as not to spoil anything.)

I liked that we got some of Cole’s perspective toward the end because I was expecting this book to be in his perspective and was surprised initially when it was in Addison’s. I’m not sure why I thought it was going to be in his voice but it didn’t matter anyway.

All in all, this was a superb read and is one of the best books Tijan has written. If you are a fan of this author or a fan of mafia romance in general then you will love Cole.

Highly Recommended.

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Thanks to the author and TRSOR promotions for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing Fallen Crest Six (untitled) along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

To find what to read next of hers, go to http://www.tijansbooks.com/

WALLSTREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK TIMES, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

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Release Day Blitz: Catching Carly (Barley Cross #2) by Emma Hart


Today is my stop during the release day blitz for Catching Carly (Barley Cross #2) by Emma Hart. There are some teaser images and an excerpt in this post.

Title: Catching Carly
Author: Emma Hart
Series: Barley Cross #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
My name is Carly Porter… And I’m really good at bad decisions.

How do I know this, exactly? Well, not including the time I accidentally bleached my eyebrows or sprained my ankle changing a lightbulb…

I had sex with my best friend’s brother.

Zeke Elliott has been a thorn in my side for eleven years. A very sexy, very tempting, very freaking annoying one. With big…hands.

And now my clitoris has a crush on the guy.

Seriously. I can’t look at him without my vagina performing accidental kegels. Which would be fine, but he’s Cain’s brother. I hate him. He’s off limits, right?

Right.

Excerpt
“Don’t blame me,” he says. “You’re easy to rile. You rise to the bait every time…Like a pretty little piranha.”
“Did you just—” I spin, the wet cloth in my hand, and stare at him.
He’s holding my cake. And he’s bitten into it. The frosting is on his nose.
I respond the only possible way. I throw the cloth I’m holding at his face. It’s a damn good shot, because it opens up mid-air and covers half his face, leaving one of his eyes uncovered.
Brooke coughs and looks away.
“Thanks.” Zeke wipes his face off with the cloth and chucks it back to me. “I needed that. The damn frosting gets everywhere.”
“My frosting,” I shoot at him, turning the tap back on. “My cupcake, my frosting, your karma.”
“You two are exhausting.” Brooke sighs, joining me at the sink. “You either need to be separated on a permanent basis, like three-year-olds, or just have sex.”
My stomach loop-the-loops. “Unless he comes with batteries, I’m not interested.”
“I don’t need batteries,” Zeke offers, his sexy grin now an even sexier smirk. “It’s pretty easy to keep going when you’re being prayed to mid-fuck.”
“Why? Because you’re a god?” Brooke asks dryly. “How original of you. That’s never been used by a guy in the history of ever.”
Well. In all fairness, I might have begged to a deity once or twice when we…Never mind.
Not thinking about that.
“Can we not talk about sex?” I look around the room.
“Why?” Cain grins. “Aren’t you getting any?”
I look him dead in the eye and say, “I don’t need any.”
Zeke snorts. “People always need sex, Carly.”
I turn my attention to him and raise my eyebrow. “No. People need oxygen and water and food. You don’t even need sex to make babies now. Your point is moot.”

About the Author:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Review: Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Title: Good Boy
Author: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Series: WAGs #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Sports
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Blurb:
Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.

My Review:
Actual 4.5 Stars.

I’m a big fan of Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen so it was a joy to read a book jointly co-written by both these wonderful authors. I also love sports romances and I’ve read a good few hockey ones so I automatically knew I would enjoy the setting.

Good Boy is the first book in what promises to be an extremely entertaining new series. I haven’t yet read Him or Us but I totally plan to now as I loved the glimpses we got of both Jamie and Wes. I’m so glad I decided to purchase both books when they were on 99c sale recently. I really look forward to getting stuck into them shortly. As an aside, you can totally read this book as a standalone and I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything by not having read those books first.

Anyway, on to this book! Jess’s brother is getting married and she has taken on the role of wedding planner which is a role she doesn’t enjoy but she takes very seriously – she wants to make sure Jamie and Wes’s big day goes off without a hitch. But she didn’t bargain on hot hockey player Blake Riley – her ex-hookup – wanting to railroad the event and inject a bit of juvenile humor, as you do! Once this pair is in the same room you can bet the sparks fly!

Jess is at a crossroads in her life and she’s struggling to deal with a decision she has made and how to tell her long-suffering parents her news. She has no time for distractions so boyfriends are a big no no. Try telling that to the very persistent Blake who knows what he wants and is hell bent on getting it.

I have to admit that Blake really irritated me with his immature carry on at the start and I did struggle to get into this book initially. HOWEVER, he completely won me over later on and I fell for him about the same time Jess did – he was a really good guy underneath the funny guy persona. Loyal to his friends and his family (have I mentioned how much I adored his family?) His ex was totally swinging from the cray-cray tree but he still protected her secret and that said everything about him as a person.

The writing is excellent as I expected, the dialogue is hysterical, and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. The chemistry between Blake and Jess was great and I like the slow romantic build up and the back and forth between them. The schmexy scenes were hot!

I’m really excited for this new series and hope it isn’t too long before the next book is available.

Thank you to the authors and their publicist for supplying an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Blog Tour: The Wright Brother (Wright #1) by K.A. Linde


Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Wright Brother (Wright #1) by K.A. Linde! I share my review of this book with you and there are two teasers to check out!

Title: The Wright Brother
Author: K.A. Linde
Series: Wright #1
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I’d dated his brother.

He didn’t remember and I wish I could forget.

I may have sworn off the Wright family a long time ago. But when I returned home, Jensen Wright crashed into my life with the confidence of a billionaire CEO and the sex appeal of a god. Even I couldn’t resist our charged chemistry, or the way he fit into my life like a missing puzzle piece.

Too bad he’d forgotten the one thing that could destroy us.

Because Jensen Wright doesn’t share. Not with anyone. And if his brother finds out, this could all go down in flames.

When it all was said and done, was he the Wright brother?

My Review:
Emery flees to her Texan hometown of Lubbock after a disastrous relationship comes to a crashing end. She’s actually glad to be back home, to have more time to spend with her sister and her niece and to come to terms with where she is in her career and her life.

Her best friend Heidi works for Wright Construction (her ex-boyfriends family company) and she ends up going to a Wright family wedding where she bumps into her ex, his psycho wife, and one hot billionaire CEO by the name of Jensen Wright. Jensen doesn’t recognize Emery and they share a hot and steamy make-out session that burned up the pages of my Kindle.

Jensen mistakenly thinks Emery is only back for a visit so he has no qualms in asking her out on a date. When he realizes she is back for good it’s too late to stop his heart from growing attached – not that he doesn’t try.

Jensen blew hot and cold for me at the start but I loved all the drama and the angst and I knew there was a good reason for his behavior. I sensed where the plot was going and I was right. Emery was a little too weak at times but a likable character all the same.

The romance was great and their chemistry was off the charts. I totally shipped them and was rooting for them the entire time.

I loved the added complication of Landon and his controlling, scheming, possessive wife. Man, I’ve never wanted to throttle a fictional character so much! She was a whiny gold-digger and I’m wondering how on earth Landon ever fell for her.

One of the things I especially enjoyed about this book was the side characters. All were interesting and well developed as secondary characters. I’m so looking forward to reading Landon and X’s story (no spoilers here) especially after that brill sneak peek in the back of this book. And I’m hoping the rest of the Wright siblings are getting their own book too.

The plot was a little too predictable for me and the writing was a little off at the start of the book and that’s the only reason I knocked off stars. I will say that the issues I had with the writing completely disappeared after the first few chapters and the book is well executed in the main. I’m very excited to see where the author takes this series next.

I have no hesitation in recommending this book to fans of angsty, swoon worthy contemporary romance.

Actual rating – 3.75 stars.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

As an aside, I adore that cover and it’s one of the things that enticed me to pick up this book.

About the Author:
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.
She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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Review: Leather Pants (Happy Pants #2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Title: Leather Pants
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: Happy Pants #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Romantic Comedy/ Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Comes Book #2 of The Happy Pants Cafe Series

It Only Takes One Hot Rock Star To Ruin Your Life…

The youngest woman to ever sit on the bench, the Honorable Sarah Rae Alma has busted her butt to get where she is. No fun. No distractions. And definitely no bad boys. In fact, she takes a certain pleasure in crushing their souls—yes, she has her reasons.

So when rock-n-roll’s most famous bad boy, the legendary Colton Young, enters her court, looking hotter than sin and smugger than hell, she’s just itching to serve a little justice.

But Sarah’s about to make the biggest mistake of her life. And her fate will land squarely in the hands of the world’s most notorious rock star rebel.

Will he crush her? Or will he tempt her to take a walk on the wild side?

My Review:
Leather Pants is a fantastic rom-com written in the inimitable style of the wonderful Ms Pamfiloff. I had a stomach ache reading this book because I was laughing so hard. There are some wonderful authors writing in this genre and Mimi is definitely at the top of that list. This is the third book I’ve read of hers and she is an expert at penning uproariously funny stories with witty banter and plenty of hysterical scenes. My husband pretty much hates it when I read one of her books because I can’t hold a proper conversation with him while I’m reading it – I’m snorting with laughter the entire time.

Judge Alma is quite prim and proper until she crosses paths with rocker Colt Young. It was actually quite poetic that both of them were almost the opposite of how they appeared and I wondered if they would be able to find a happy medium that would work for them as a couple.

Initially, I struggled to find Colt sexy because the long-haired leather pant wearing visual just wasn’t doing it for me, and it was a bit too cliche. However, his personality totally won me over and I just pictured him completely differently in my head and it worked! I could kind-of relate to Judge Alma, in a way, and I loved seeing her throw caution to the wind and just going with her gut, although she did end up in a world full of trouble.

The chemistry was electric between our couple even if I did wish there were more sexy times.

Mimi has a fascinating mind and I’m always impressed with the creative aspects of her world building, character and plot development. I loved the idea of the Happy Pants Cafe and Luci was a howl. I also enjoyed the other secondary characters and they were decently developed too.

The writing and pacing are bang on and it was a thoroughly entertaining read. Highly recommended. Go check it out.

As an aside, I haven’t read the first book although I have it on my kindle but you can completely read this as a standalone and not miss a thing.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC as supplied by the author’s assistant. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Review: Wait For It (Everything I Left Unsaid #4) by Molly O’Keefe

Title: Wait For It
Author: Molly O’Keefe
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #4
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
In a blistering novel of raw emotion and desire, a tormented woman teaches an alpha male that money can’t fix everything . . . but love can.

Tiffany : After fighting for a new life, I don’t want to play the victim anymore. However, with three kids to raise, I’m getting desperate enough to make a deal with the devil. My estranged brother-in-law, Blake, says he just wants to help, but he’s been trouble since I met him. I don’t know if I can believe this kinder, gentler Blake, and there’s a friction between us that has turned into the sweetest chemistry. He could be my salvation . . . or my downfall.

Blake : I haven’t always had Tiffany’s best interests at heart but I’m ready to make up for my sins. Besides, I can’t help admiring her: The girl’s a genuine survivor, tough and lean, with eyes of steel. But the more I get to know Tiffany, the more I want her. Every inch of her. Which means I’m about to make a bad situation a hell of a lot worse.

My Review:
A heartfelt enemies-to-lovers story and a great addition to this superb series.

Having read the first two books in this series, and already connecting with Tiffany, I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book. Tiffany and Annie bonded over their abusive relationships, their strength, and their determination to survive. Annie got her HEA with Dylan Daniels in the first two books so now it’s Tiffany’s moment in time.

Tiffany was trapped in an abusive marriage to Phil and she bore him three children. They are her entire world and she’d do anything to protect them including making a deal with the devil a.k.a her harsh, cold brother-in-law Blake. Tiffany took his money and ran with her kids, determined to start over with them in a new place. But when Phil reappears on the scene she has no choice but to flee and ends up running into Blake at one of the lowest points in her life.

When Blake first met Tiffany he thought she was a gold digger and that she was in on some scam with his delinquent brother, but he begins to realize he was wrong. Tiffany is running scared from Phil and Blake understands that he needs to step in and clean up his brother’s mess again. In doing so, he starts spending more and more time with Tiffany and gradually they fall for one another.

One of the things I adored about the first few books was the gritty drama, anguishing heartache, and the complexity of the characters. While we got that in this book it wasn’t quite up to the same standard as the earlier books and, in particular, I felt like Blake’s character development could have been explored a bit more. The transition from enemies to lovers came too quickly and I struggled to buy into the romance.

Tiffany is a superb character and I greatly admired her resilience and her strength. I wanted her to have a HEA because she has had so much pain and suffering in her life. I loved the addition of her kids and they added something magical to the story. I also adored the glimpses we got of Dylan and Annie and was so happy they were in a good place.

Overall, this was a very decent read and it’s a good addition to a superb series even if it didn’t quite match the brilliance of the first two books. As an aside, I didn’t read the third book as I had no interest in Max and Joan. You can totally read this book as a standalone and it works because the story isn’t reliant on the other stories and characterization is solid.

I love Molly’s writing style and she’s a very accomplished writer. Told in dual POV, the voice is strong and unique and there was never any confusion over who was narrating.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book as supplied by the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Actual 3.75 stars.