MIA

Yes, I have been MIA for a week or more. It’s not because of the holidays, but because of a reading slump! I can not find a book worth reading more than the first few pages! That’s horrible I know. 

If you can give me a recommendation, I will surely take it! 

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Until Harry by L.A. Casey

Until Harry by L.A. Casey

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult

Pages: 320

Published: July 19th 2016

Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Sumary: He was my best friend, my best not-really-big-brother, and my best protector.

He was my best everything.
He was mine.
Coming home is hard for Lane. Hard because Harry, her beloved uncle, has died suddenly, but also because of him. Kale.
Kale Hunt has been her best friend since childhood. But it was never that simple. He was Lane’s reason for leaving home and moving to New York. Seeing him with someone else, in love with someone else, shouldn’t have hurt. But it did. It really, really did. So she upped sticks and left, started a new life and cut herself off from her past.

But now she’s back, and all the feelings are right there. As if she had never left.

Emotions are running high for everyone, and tragedy has a funny way of bringing people together. But is Lane reading the signs right? Are they still just friends, or is there something more?

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Freak Stars.

My review: This book has blew my socks off. I started and finished this book this afternoon. I’m speechless as to the amount of amazing this was. 

Lane had ran from all of her problems. She had cut everyone out of her life, except for her Uncle Harry. Uncle Harry was the only person in the world that seemed to understand her. 

When Uncle Harry passes away, she knows without a doubt she has to go back to England for his funeral. She didn’t give much thought however to coming face to face with the love of her life. 

Kale Hunt had been a part of Lane’s life literally since the day she was born. He was the first man other than her father to hold her. He was also the man she loved with all of her heart. He was the main reason she had to leave six years ago and not return. For the sake of his happiness. 

I devoured this book really quickly. It was that amazing. It’s so heartbreaking and gut wrenching but in the best way. It’s about finding yourself. It is self growth and learning to be less selfish. It’s coming to terms with your past.

Go get this book and read it now! Tell me what you think! 

Pinky Promise by HJ Bellus

Pinky Promise by HJ Bellus

Genre: Romance, Contemporary romance, Sports Romance

Pages: 256 pages

Published:  October 9th 2016

Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Summary: From the USA Today and AMAZON best seller, HJ Bellus, comes a sexy standalone romance: Pinky Promise.

Baylor Jones and Stayton (State) Blake
Two lost souls raised on the streets. Young children vowing to always protect each other. He was only nine but he was her protector and best friend for years.

Even when thrown in foster care he took care of her always like a king to his queen. A silent pinky promise shared between, it was their secret protection to one another.

Then one morning he was gone. Leaving Baylor on her own to battle the streets and more importantly life in the Kings all by herself.

“I will love you, even if I never see you again.”

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️

My Review:  This story begins with Baylor and State as children. After a tragedy takes away their parents, they are sent to an orphanage. Once State is adopted and Baylor isn’t she was sure she would never see him again.

Flash forward ten or so years and Baylor is working three jobs and trying to put her self through college and she hasn’t heard from State since the day he was adopted. That is until one night she is work as a waitress and he happens to be sitting at one of her tables with a bunch of his friends from college.

Now, what happens when they see each other for the first time since they were kids was very awkward, even for me and I have read a bunch of weird books. He just reaches out and grabs her pinky finger. That’s not really the weird part, but it was the fact that she was angry with him for being adopted. And they were angry at each other like they had been lovers, like they were madly in love at nine years old, when they were separated.

I grabbed this book prior to even reading a synopsis, because it really had such good ratings. Hundreds of five-star rating. I thought it would be a great read.

I am all for reunited love, but this had so much cheese, I needed some chilli and fries to go with it. It had potential, it did, but it felt rushed and it was really predictable, especially at the end. I had figured out what would be happening early on in the book.

I hate having books that are left unfinished, so I pushed my way through.I felt even in the end there were loose ends. I am not saying its horrible. It isn’t, it just wasn’t for me. It felt childish.  The banter between the two main characters was extremely cheesy and the “drama” was just silly sometimes.

I don’t want to give out spoilers, actually I am not sure if what I am about to say would even be a spoiler, but here goes. State had said he had never even had a girlfriend before…and he wasn’t a virgin. I would think that if he was that “in love” with Baylor, he would have not had sex with other girls, but that is just me.

This is a Kindle Unlimited book, so if you want to check it out, you can for free if you are a member, but I wouldn’t be recommending this to a friend.

Conflicted by Lisa Suzanne

Conflicted by Lisa Suzanne

Genre: Contemporary romance

Pages: 352 pages

Published: September 12th 2016 by Books by LS, LLC

Links: Amazon | Goodreads | (I couldn’t find on B&N)

Goodreads Summary: “Be a good little assistant and go get me some coffee.”

Comments like this are why I hate my boss. Since taking over as CEO of Benson Industries, Cole Benson has been demeaning, arrogant, and infuriating.

For as much as I hate him, I can’t stop thinking about him. A captivating attraction passes between us each time his dark eyes meet mine. As the late nights and business trips add up, we are compelled to cross the line of our professional relationship.

But how can I call him my boyfriend when I already have a husband?

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Review: Lucy Cleary has worked at the same company for years. But when the CEO of Benson Industries steps down and give the company to his son, Cole, things change a bit for Lucy.

Cole was an asshole. He didn’t seem to respect her, he was demanding and there were days that she asked herself why didn’t she just quit her job. But there was something about him that she couldn’t get out of her head. He was hot, an alpha male, but not only was he her boss, but she was also married.

Her marriage to John wasn’t going great at the moment. John didn’t pay any attention to her any more. The only thing he did was work. She was lonely. So what harm would it do if she fantasized about Mr. Cole Benson? The harm only comes when he somehow turns into her boyfriend.

Let me just say that I have a major issue. If there is a book with a love triangle or forbidden romance, I flock to it. Let me also say that I have never, nor would I ever have an affair. I just like reading about the tension and the angst. I know, I am strange.

This book was full on tension and angst. It was great! Cole is now categorized into my “Book Boyfriend List” and once you read it, I am sure you will think he belongs in yours as well!

I felt bad for Lucy in the beginning. She was sad and lonely because of her husband. Her boss treated her badly and she just wanted to be cared for. Cole was perfect for her. One he admitted that he has attracted to her, I knew it wasn’t looking too good for that loser of a husband of hers. I would have been a goner too.

So if you are like me and like the thrill of forbidden romance, take a look at this one! It’s Kindle Unlimited!

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 276

Published: October 18th 2016 by EverAfter Romance

Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Summary: Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse-drawn carriages for Rolls Royce’s, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Review: It is every girls dream to be swept away by a handsome prince. Only, for Olivia, that dream became reality late one night when she was cleaning up her coffee shop. He walked right in….drunk as a skunk.

You see, Nicholas was the Crowned Prince of Wessco and his grandmother, the Queen, has given him the summer to go to New York City to find his younger, wilder, brother Henry and bring him home before he completely ruins their family image. But once Nicholas returns, he has to choose a bride and marry, per orders from the Queen.

Once he arrived in New York, he planned on staying very intoxicated. So when he meets Olivia, he was so wasted, he tried to pay her to sleep with him. She didn’t know who he was, but it wouldn’t have mattered, she was pissed.

Olivia was a strong woman, who worked hard to provide for her father and younger sister. She wasn’t going to let some guy come in and sweet to talk, whether he was a prince or not. Nicholas, however, wasn’t taking no for an answer.

Will they let the impending doom of the end of the summer and Nicholas’s forthcoming marriage stop them from having the time of their lives together?

I found this book from the Queen herself, Colleen Hoover that is. And if you don’t know who CoHo is, you have been living under a rock for quite sometime. She raved about this book and if she thinks its good, it HAS to be good. And it did deliver! I loved it!

This book is a part of a series, but each book will be stand alone. The next book is about Prince Henry, Nicholas’s brother.

I loved the characters in the book. Marty, the waiter from the coffee shop was hilarious and so was Ellie, Olivia’s sister. It was an easy read, I finished it in one day.

I really hope that there is a follow-up novel to Oliva and Nicholas. It would be interesting to see farther in to the future with those two. It’s a great book and I would definitely recommend it to you all!

Big D by Stephanie Brother

WARNING! This is actually two reviews, the first being Big D by Stephanie Brother and the second being Huge-A Stepbrother Romance also by Stephanie Brother. This is because they were combined in the Kindle version of the book that I purchased.

Big D by Stephanie Brother

Genre: College, Romance, New Adult

Pages: 237 (Trust me, it isn’t this long because it isn’t a full length book, it’s two novella’s together)

Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Note: I could not find this book on B&N.

Published: October 16th, 2016

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: They call him Big D because he is.
Tall and broad, with muscles so thick and good that all I can think about is getting a grip on his biceps and squeezing.
Then there’s the other reason.
All the girls talk about it. I’m not sure how everyone knows he’s hung like a horse but they do.
I try not to think about it because he’s a popular football player who everybody knows and I’m just the work-focused history major who likes to stay mostly invisible at school. But when my professor pulls me aside and asks if I’d be willing to tutor a failing student, suddenly it’s impossible to ignore.
I’m going to be teaching Big D. If he doesn’t pass he’ll be off the team and they can’t win without him.
We’re going to be together night after night, well, the ones I’m not working. I have two big secrets you see. Huge enough that I know for sure that I’m not right for Big D, even though I wish I was.
In my fantasies I imagine finding out if he really does live up to his name, but when trouble heads in my direction again, Dominic Ramsey might be the only one that can keep me safe.

Big D is a standalone Sports Romance with a happy ever after. It also features HUGE – A  Stepbrother Romance for your continued reading pleasure! Enjoy!

My Review: Big D = Big Disappointment for me. NOW, don’t get me wrong. I really loved the story, it had so much potential, however it was not a book, but a novella. I purchased this without reading a synopsis or a review, so maybe that was my fault. I love big books, but the only thing big in this read was the leading male character’s member. And let me warn you, they talk penis on the first couple of pages, so beware.

Hannah was crushing hard on the football star of her college’s team, Big D. She was assigned to begin tutoring him so that he can stay on the football team, she decided to go along with it because her professor was promising her scholarship money for getting him to pass history class.

Dominic A.K.A Big D, isn’t really like your typical jock. He seemed very caring and sweet and he was very protective, which turns out to be a good thing. He and Hannah take a fast liking to one another, but soon realize it was hard to balance all of the things they were hiding from each other.

Like I said, I did like this story. However, I was disappointed about the length and also the title states this is a sports romance, but they only mention the sports aspect maybe two times other than stating that Dominic plays football. I had my hopes up on a good sports/romance read, so if you are looking for that, look elsewhere.

Also, I stated that it had potential to be a full length book, it really did but the author shut it down quickly. I am not sure if she just didn’t know what angle to use or what happen. It was very interesting, it kept me reading along until the end and I was hooked.

Huge: A Stepbrother Romance also by Stephanie Brother

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Stepbrother.

Pages: 75

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Published: September 2, 2015

Links: Amazon | Goodreads | (I also couldn’t find this one on B&N)

Goodread Summary: I didn’t mean to see it.

It’s his fault for leaving his door open while he was getting changed.

I’ve seen my stepbrothers gorgeous, ripped body before, and have been half in love with him since he moved into my house. He’s cocky and sexy and when he calls me princess I want to punch him in the mouth.

But I’ve never seen a d*ck that big, and now that I have I can’t seem to think of anything else.

I want him, but crossing the line could risk the happiness of our new home.
Harrison would never make the first move, so I guess I’m going to have to find a way.

And the masked Halloween party at his best friend’s house seems like too good an opportunity to pass up.

My Review: Okay, so I am going to out on a limb here and say that the author has a fetish for big trouser snakes. And that’s totally fine, I mean, I am a woman and a writer and I know size matters! But the title says it all, this also includes a leading male that is well endowed.

So, this one actually was released a year prior to Big D and it tells the story of Jenna, who is Hannah’s best friend, and Harrison, who is Dominic’s bestie. They are step-siblings and at this time, they are still in high school, I would guess because they are still living with their parent’s.

Jenna was going by Harrison’s room one day and found herself face to face with his penis. He had obviously just gotten out of the shower and left his door open while he was getting dressed. It was all she could think about. She had formed this attraction for him and was plotting a way to be with him without actually “being” with him.

This one was shorter that Big D, but I wanted it to go on further. I wanted to know what happen next. If you are like me and read this book after reading Big D, you will know a little, but not enough to formulate how things went down after the book ended.

All in all, I like both stories, I really did. I just wish they were longer, which is why I can’t rate either of them high. I have to take away, but that’s because I love my books 300+ pages.

Shameless by Lex Martin

Shameless by Lex Martin

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance

Pages: 394

Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

Published: April 26th 2016

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing.

Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart.

I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things.

Katherine…

When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me.

What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love.

I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.

* Author’s note: Due to mature situations and sexual content, Shameless is recommended for readers 18+.

My Review:

When tragedy stuck in Brady’s family, he was left to take care of his family’s funeral and their farm. When he arrives in Texas, he gets more than what he bargained for.

He meets Katherine, who is holding a baby. A baby he thought belonged to her, but only the child turns out to be his niece, whom everyone thought was dead. When he learns that he has inherited the farm and has got full custody of the baby, he thinks he is in over his head. But with the help of Katherine, the neighbors, a crazy raccoon and a bunch of orphaned animals, he some how makes it work.

I really loved this book. It did vaguely remind me of the movie Life as We Know It, but don’t worry, it’s totally different. The characters were lovable and if you like tatted guys, Brady is your man…not to mention he is a tattoo artist. It does alternate POV, which I like most of the time. There is adult content so beaware of that if you are going to read it.

This was my very first Lex Martin book, so I was unaware that this book is actually a spin off from another book hers. Actually it may be a series. Overall, I have to say it is a good read if you are into young adult romance. Check it out!

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Harley and Rose by Carmen Jenner

Harley And Rose by Carmen Jenner

Genre: Romance, Contemporary romance

Pages: 316

Links:  Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier?
Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone.
Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue.
She’s always been his best friend.
He’s always been hers.
She’s in love with him.
He’s … not in love with her.
He’s … marrying someone else.
He’s … hiding something.
He’s … well—it’s complicated.

My Review:

First of all, something has to give. The past three books I have read have literally followed the same pattern. They all were full of angst and heartbreaking love. It makes me want to reevaluate my life, because for some reason I want to make my stomach tie up in knots and have a little ugly cry. In all honesty, I love it. I love it when a book makes me “feel”. You seriously feel the pain and struggle of the characters and that is amazing that words on a page can do that to you.

This book is about being madly in love with your best friend and he doesn’t seem to have a clue. Rose and Harley were next door neighbors. They grew up together, their families were best friends.So it wasn’t hard for Rose to fall for Harley.

The thing is, they grew up and he asked someone else to marry him. She was heartbroken, but journeyed on, until the day of the wedding. Everything goes wrong for Harley when his bride to be becomes a runaway bride when she doesn’t show up at the altar. Harley is left with a honeymoon in Hawaii for two, who does he ask to join him? Well his best friend of course.

Rose was a little weary about take the big trip to paradise. A trip that was suppose to be full of romance and couples massages and a part of her hoped it would get her out of the dreaded friend zone.

I have to tell you, I am a sucker for best friend love. Two of the last three books I have read have had best friend romances. There is just something about being friends with someone and then you realize that you are madly in love with them that makes my heart beat faster. It gives me a major case of the warm and fuzzies.

However!! Be aware that this book is not all warm and fuzzy! I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to ruin the ending, but I will say this, it will make you laugh AND it will make you cry. HARD.

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