Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Book Review: Reckless by Lex Martin

Reckless 
by Lex Martin
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Source: Author
Tori…
For the record, I’m not going to hook up with my boss.

I'm a lot of things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow, which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss.

I don't want to be tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won't get the key to my heart, no matter how much I want him. 

Ethan…
Between us, she's the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce. 

What sane man trying to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles, and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn't notice.

My focus is on my kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to mine. It doesn't matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can't have and shouldn't want, no matter how much I crave her. 


I fell in love with Lex Martin's writing when I first read Shameless and experienced the emotional roller coaster of Kat and Brady's story. I couldn't wait to read another book in that small town, farm life world! 

Tori is used to screwing up and disappointing everyone in her life. And when she finds out that the man she actually saw a future with was a complete lie, she accepts that she will never amount to anything and is destined to be alone. When her pregnant sister sets her up with a nannying job for a single dad who owns a ranch, Tori is determined to prove she is worth something. Ethan is trying his best to keep his ranch and family afloat, but it's hard juggling everything while dealing with the rough divorce from his wife. When he hires Tori to watch his kids, it's hard for him to ignore the attraction he feels for her. But the last thing he needs is to fall of this nanny, no matter how right it feels. 

I've got to say, Tori was a character that I'm not used to reading about and I actually found her very refreshing. She had made so many mistakes in her past, flunked out of college, and was "the other woman" in a relationship that really broke her when she learned he was married. She was so determined to succeed at something and I loved how natural she was with Ethan's kids. Just like Izzy in Shameless, I absolutely loved Mila and Cody and think they added something so special to this story. 

Since Tori and Ethan were so against starting a new relationship, this was definitely more of a slow burn romance where it took them awhile to even hang out in the same room together. Tori tried so hard not to get in the way, but I loved how it was impossible for her to ignore the hot, sweaty rancher she was living with. I also really loved how close Kat and Tori were in this book and how present Kat and Brady were in Ethan and Tori's lives. There were so many friends and family and I really loved the whole crew of characters we got. 

Overall, this was everything and more that I wanted from this book. If you love single dad romances or small town, ranch romances, you are going to LOVE Reckless. You won't be able to get enough of these characters or the slow development of Tori and Ethan's sweet romance. You definitely have to pick this up!




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Title: Reckless
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: February 20, 2018


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Tori…
For the record, I’m not going to hook up with my boss.

I'm a lot of things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow, which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss.

I don't want to be tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won't get the key to my heart, no matter how much I want him. 

Ethan…
Between us, she's the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce. 

What sane man trying to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles, and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn't notice.

My focus is on my kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to mine. It doesn't matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can't have and shouldn't want, no matter how much I crave her. 





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Author Bio

Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she's not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she's lived all over the country but currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin daughters.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Book Review: Up in Smoke by T.M. Frazier

Up in Smoke (King #8)
by T.M. Frazier
Release Date: February 16, 2018
Source: Author
I’m a man without a conscience. 
I deal in murder and mayhem.
I’m the best at what I do. 
Frankie Helburn is supposed to be an easy job. 
A means to flush her father out of hiding.
Simple. 
Except there isn’t anything simple about Frankie or the secrets she’s keeping. 
She’s stubborn as hell and the sexiest god damn thing I have ever seen, sending dark, dirty animalistic desire coursing through my veins. 
She’s cocaine with legs. A f*cking addiction that makes me question things I’ve never questioned before. Want things I’ve never wanted before. 
I might have her, but she isn’t mine to keep. 
If her father doesn’t show his face, she will be mine. 
To KILL.



Ever since I read and devoured King over the summer, I have been obsessed with T.M. Frazier's ability to write a dark romance. While I've only read the first three books of this series, I was excited to read Smoke's story and see another bad boy fall in love!

Smoke is out for revenge. His world was taken away from him and he's determined to bring the man who took it all away down. And that begins with taking his daughter. Except she's definitely not what Smoke expected. Stubborn and with a will made of steel, Frankie Helburn has been taking care of herself for a long time and puts up a fight when she finds herself taken by a dangerous, brooding man. Smoke is shocked by the attraction he feels of Frankie, but he needs to remind himself of why he's taken her and needs to break her before she breaks him. 

Wow, going into this one I was so intrigued by both Smoke and Frankie. They both had so many secrets and I couldn't wait to discover why each of them were living the way they were. From the moment we met Frankie, it was clear she was such a strong woman who was used to taking care of herself. When Smoke kidnapped her, she felt scared, but she was determined to push Smoke's buttons and find a way to survive. I loved her fight and how hard to pushed herself when it came to surviving. 

The romance in this was HOT and it was fun watching Smoke try to fight the rising attraction he had for Frankie the longer he spent time with her. He was such an angry, dangerous man and it was fun watching his tough guy act be threatened. I honestly could not put this book down because I wanted those two to get together so badly. I know that Smoke was hurting and angry, but he really needed an outlet for all of those pent up emotions. And I really loved getting to know his background and see him realize how many people he had in his life who actually had his back. 

Like I said, I have only read three books in this series, but it was so fun seeing some of my favorite characters make an appearance in this book. While some things were a little spoiled for the books I skipped over, I still loved seeing the characters all work together and interact with Smoke and Frankie. I am so intrigued by Rage's character now and definitely have to pick up her story! For an intense, action-packed, and steamy romance, you have to pick up Up in Smoke!




Friday, February 16, 2018

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I'm a man without a conscience.
I deal in murder and mayhem.
I'm the best at what I do.
Frankie Helburn is supposed to be an easy job.
A means to flush her father out of hiding.
Simple.
Except there isn't anything simple about Frankie or the secrets she's keeping.
She's cocaine with legs. I'm addicted before I've even had a taste.
I might have her, but I can't keep her.
But if her father doesn't show his face, Frankie will be mine.
To KILL.

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About the Author

T.M.Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and her young daughter. When she’s not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance. Well…it has a beach in it!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review: Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

Brooklynaire
by Sarina Bowen
Release Date: February 12, 2018
Source: Author
A sexy new standalone from USA Today bestseller Sarina Bowen.

You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?
 



Sarina Bowen is easily one of my favorite romance authors. I absolutely loved the Brooklyn Bruisers series and was devastated when I saw Berkley wasn't going to publish any more in that series. I have been dying to read Nate and Becca's story since book one, so I was so excited to finally have them in my hands! 

For seven years Nate and Becca have worked together. Becca knows what Nate wants, sometimes before he even knows he wants it. She's the perfect personal assistant and does an amazing job managing Nate's hockey team. When Becca bangs her head and has to recover from a concussion, Nate opens his home to her as a place of peace and quiet. The more time Becca spends around Nate, the more she starts feeling things for her boss that she hasn't felt in a long time. Nate has tried to tamp down his feelings for Becca, but when one night changes everything, he isn't so sure he can ignore his feelings anymore. 

Brooklynaire was everything I wanted and more out of Nate and Becca's story. From the beginning, I loved how natural they were with each other and how they got along so well as friends. It was so cute watching them really feel things for each other while trying to ignore them because of their boss/employee relationship. Nate was as adorable as ever and his AI in his house was a character in itself and I loved him! 

The pacing of this romance was so perfect and it had me swooning over this relationship. There was so much hesitation on Becca's side and I just wanted to shake her and tell her to run into Nate's arms. It was hard watching Becca feel so helpless after falling and it was cute watching Nate really try to take care of her. Their relationship was just PERFECT and, of course, I loved all of the hockey that they bonded over. We still got our beloved Brooklyn Bruisers and the women from the previous books, so it was like seeing old friends again while reading this book. 

Even if you haven't read the rest of this series, you HAVE to read this book! It was the perfect friends-to-lovers, office romance, AND sports romance. Seriously, this book could not have been more perfect. Nate and Becca are my favorite couple ever and I never wanted to put this book down!




Sunday, February 11, 2018

Book Review: Four Letter Word by J Daniels

Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1)
by J Daniels
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Source: Christmas Present 
Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.

Which four letter word will change their lives forever?


Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words "wrong number" in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend's heart but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.

Brian Savage is living a life he's quickly come to hate-until Sydney's wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .



These past few months I have been gobbling up books by J Daniels. I have heard so many amazing things about this series and, since it's been sitting on my shelf for a year, it was about time I picked it up! 

When Sydney Paige dials up the man who broke her best friend's heart, she unleashes all of the pent up anger she feels over men and what had recently happened to her in the love department. Once she let's it all out, though, she's mortified when she realizes she dialed the wrong number. Brian Savage is intrigued by the feisty girl who misdialed and called him, so he finds himself texting her and can't stop thinking about her. But Brian has mistakes in his past that he can never make up for, so he knows he could never be the man for Sydney. But Sydney begins to have feelings for the stranger on the phone and isn't sure if she can work up the nerve to make it into something more…

Going into this one, I was so in love with the beginning of the story. It was fun watching Sydney and Brian flirt over the phone and fall for each other without even meeting one another. Brian had such a heart wrenching background and it was so sad learning more and more about his story as the book went on. I also really enjoyed Sydney's story and her adjusting to her new life and her new job as a waitress. The whole crew at the restaurant was fun and I fell in love with them. 

When we got to the second half of this book, though, it seemed like the story slowed down and it was hard for me to get as into it as I was in the beginning. Also, the way Brian talked and dropped his pronouns started to really annoy me and I couldn't enjoy him as much as a character because I imagined him talking and it sounded so weird to me. My love for this story fizzled and I just didn't love it as much anymore. 

Overall, this one had a strong beginning that I could not get enough of, but didn't hold my interest. I will say, though, that I fell in love with all of the characters in this novel and am dying for stories from the rest of them!




Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (278)


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!

From Author

These three were sent to me by the authors this week and they were such lovely surprises! I love all three of these authors and cannot wait to read them! I already read Taming Him as an ebook, so I'm excited to have the paperback! 

From Thriftbooks

I got some books to stock up for Apollycon and they were at such great prices! I got all of these for a total of $11! I love Thriftbooks!


That's it for me! What did you all add to your shelves this week? 
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