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review 2017-10-11 02:11
All along
An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly) - Lauren Layne

This is book #5 in the Love Unexpectedly series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Kelly & Mark have been best friends for so long.  They can finish each other's sentences.  They can tell when a relationship is not working.  What Kelly cannot seem to notice is their attraction to one another.

 

Mark has been waiting for the right moment to sweep her off her feet.  Kelly is always in another city, with another man, or just plain oblivious.  Will Mark ever get his chance to be the man Kelly really needs?

 

This was such a great story.  I laughed, cried and even laughed while I cried.  This author never disappoints.  Such a truly sweet read about best friends and why they are truly the. best for you.  I loved every page and honestly hope we see these characters again.  This book gets a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-10-10 08:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Explicitly Yours

 

 

Mika Joie

Explicitly Yours
A Platonically Complicated Novella
Release Date Oct. 10, 2017

 

 

Marriage.

 

The final frontier. The end of dating. The number one cause of divorce.

 

I bet you every man who is about to take the plunge experiences a wide range of feelings. As a guy, whose wedding day is only seven days away, I know this.

 

Anxiety—Nerves are kicking in. Yeah, even confident, cocky guys like me are bound to face nuptial stage fright.

 

Let’s face it, forever is kind of a long time, right?

 

Excitement—Coriander and I are going to make it official. I’m marrying my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with.

 

Nothing can top this moment.

 

That is until I got the biggest surprise of my life…

 

Buy links:

http://mikajolie.com/books/explicitly-yours/

 

 

 

 

Explicitly Yours Excerpt:

All relationships have one law, never make the one you love feel alone, especially when you’re there.”

 

Dean

 

CORI AND I are waiting.

 

Waiting to see if we are bringing a new life into the world. Every second feels like an hour.

 

Two lines or one?

 

In two minutes, we will find out if a mini version of us will be calling me dad. I am hoping with every fiber of my being that the result will not let Cori down.

 

She wants this.

 

Surprisingly, so do I.

 

My stomach is a roller coaster of emotions. With each passing second my excitement builds, reaching new heights, and then fear brings me crashing back down again.

 

Cori is sitting on the bed, legs crisscrossed, chewing her bottom lip, twisting one loop of hair around her finger. “You’re okay? We’re okay?”

 

Always, Moonchild.” I’m pacing, from the wall to the door, throwing a glance every few seconds at my Rolex. One more minute to go. This reminds me of that Velveeta commercial that used to be on TV, where one minute feels like a million.

 

A part of me wants to run inside the bathroom and take a peek, but the other part of me feels heavy and scared to look.

 

Who would have thought that the possibility of becoming a father could elicit such a strong surge of emotions?

 

My phone vibrates. Time’s up. I drag my palm along my jaw, take a steady breath, and say, “I’ll get it.”

 

Okay.”

 

Here goes nothing. I stride on shaky legs toward the bathroom. Once there, I close my eyes, count to ten, then glance at the stick sitting on the vanity. My heart does a stupid somersault, and then I swear it stops . . . just fucking stops for a long second before it starts beating again.

 

 

 

 

 

Explicitly Yours - A Platonically Complicated NovellaExplicitly Yours - A Platonically Complicated Novella

by Mika Jolie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is probably what I would consider The Boy Friend #1.5. This should not be meant to be a standalone read. It takes place following The Boy Friend. I recommend reading them in order to avoid spoilers.

Coriander AKA "Cori" is going to finally marry Dean. We leave off 6 months after the last book ended, with this couple so happy together officially. Cori just has secrets she is afraid to approach with Dean.

Dean has so much love for his bride to be. All he wishes is that she would communicate with him so they can solve what is wrong. He knows he will do anything for his dear Cori.

This is such a sweet, if short jaunt back into the lives of our favorite couple. Trying to keep their bliss, they encounter some rough spots on the way to matrimony. Worth the simple and hot read.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author:

 

Mika Jolie is the bestselling author of the Martha’s Way series. She lives in New Jersey with her Happy Chaos—her husband and their energizer bunnies. A sports fanatic and a wine aficionado, she’s determined to balance it all and still write about life experiences and matters of the heart. Let’s face it, people are complicated and love can be messy. When she’s not weaving life and romance into evocative tales, you can find her on a hiking adventure, apple picking, or whatever her three men can conjure up.

 

She loves to hear from readers.

 

 

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review 2017-10-08 14:11
Only you
In Over Our Heads (Stories from the Shore Book 2) - CJane Elliott

This is book #2 in the Stories From The Shore series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading in order.  

 

Anthony AKA "Tony" & Walter have a hot and heavy history that Tony is sure had its time and has since burned out.  However, fate has more than one surprise in store for this couple.  Can time and proximity change the result this time?

 

This book was such a roller coaster ride!  Lots of happenings in such a small package.  The MC's have excellent chemistry, however, I wish we had seen more actual couple time.  This series seems to be heating up.  Cannot wait to see what is next.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-10-08 13:45
Always
Explicitly Yours - Mika Jolie

This is probably what I would consider The Boy Friend #1.5.  This should not be meant to be a standalone read.  It takes place following The Boy Friend.  I recommend reading them in order to avoid spoilers.

 

Coriander AKA "Cori" is going to finally marry Dean.  We leave off 6 months after the last book ended, with this couple so happy together officially.  Cori just has secrets she is afraid to approach with Dean.

 

Dean has so much love for his bride to be.  All he wishes is that she would communicate with him so they can solve what is wrong.  He knows he will do anything for his dear Cori.

 

This is such a sweet, if short jaunt back into the lives of our favorite couple.  Trying to keep their bliss, they encounter some rough spots on the way to matrimony.  Worth the simple and hot read.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-10-08 11:21
Once more
Nailed It - Cindi Madsen

Ivy is best friends with both Jackson, and his sister.  They are almost like family.  Almost.  Except she has serious feeling she does not want to admit about Jackson.  They have a hot history in more ways than one.

 

Jackson has always wanted Ivy for his own.  They have serious chemistry and sparks are always flying when they are in the same room.  Now, he has the chance to spend time with her and maybe get her to see him in a new light?  

 

Lots of humor, and very sexy story!  I loved the characters right from the get go.  I really felt like this was a compelling and interesting story with deep characters.  You can actually feel their pain and happiness leap off the page.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by its publishers, along with Netgalley.

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