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review 2017-05-16 08:01
Too easy
Trying It All - Christi Barth

This is book #4 in the Naked Men series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading this complex series in order.

 

Riley and Summer are thrown together by the fact that their best friends are a couple.  This changes the group's dynamic and even how they both look at things.  Summer is hot and reckless.  Riley is careful and cautious.  It makes for a heck of a dance.

 

Summer never wants to plan anything for the future.  She has learned the hard way in the past that even with a good plan, things can arise.  So, why is she so attracted to the ever buttoned up Riley?  Why is a kiss with him so hot it rocks her world?

 

This story is so very emotional as well as just plain sexy!  These characters are already so head over heels for one another it makes for a great read.  This series just keeps getting better with each book.  I give this installment a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-05-08 07:05
Blog Tour w/Review - The Boy Friend

The Boy Friend by Mika Jolie

Date of Publication: April 25, 2017

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

 

According to the law of attraction, women and men can't be friends.  
 
Contrary to this myth, my friendship with Coriander Phillips does not rest on unrequited love or un-actualized lust. We've been inseparable since the day I pulled one of her pigtails and she punched me in the gut.  
 
She's hilarious, fun to hang out with. Together, we're like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, wings and beer. A match made in heaven.  
 
She's the bomb.  
 
Did I mention she's smokin' hot? I've checked her out…maybe once or twice. Hey, I'm a guy.  
 
Seriously, no awkwardness, no secret yearning for our relationship to escalate beyond the purely platonic. I'm the boy friend—the loyal shoulder she cries on, the dispenser of coffee, sympathy, hugs, advice, and affection with no expectations.  
 
Until the invisible line between friends and lovers became blurry.  
 
Now I want more. I want her.  
 
All I have to do is convince her we can be more than friends.  
 
Right?  
 
If only it were that easy.
 
 

 

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The Boy FriendThe Boy Friend by Mika Jolie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Dean & Coriander AKA Cori are best friends. Yes, just friends. Only everyone around them either doesn't believe them, or thinks they should be together. How can one find a significant other in the middle of all of this?

 

Cori wants to settle down. Dean wants to be the best friend for her that he can be. So what if he is suddenly finding himself thinking of her all day and all night. Is this the time to take a chance? Would the future be brighter if they gave it a try?

 

This was a such a fun and easy read. I really love these characters. They truly care about one another. The sexy times between them are hot too. Such an incredible and funny book! I loved it and found it hard to put down. Sure hope we visit these characters again soon.

 

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

 

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Guest Post w/Author Mika Jolie

Recipe Sharing – Salted caramel brownies

by Dean Conrad Morello

 

One of Coriander ‘Moonchild’ Phillips guilty pleasures is the combination of salted caramel anything. Tonight I’m baking one of her favorites—salted caramel brownies.
 
This recipe takes indulgent, fudgy chocolate brownies to the next level with a layer of salted caramel running through the center of each bite.  
 
INGREDIENTS:
 
200g unsalted butter, plus a little extra for greasing
 
100g chocolate70% cocoa solids
 
100g chocolate50% cocoa solids
 
397g can Carnation caramel
 
1 tsp flaky sea salt,
 
plus a little extra for the top
 
200g golden caster sugar
 
4 medium eggs, at room temperature
 
130g plain flour
 
50g cocoa powder 
 
 
PREPARATION:
  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease then line a 23cm square tray bake tin with baking parchment. Melt the butter in a medium pan, break in all the chocolate, then remove the pan from the heat and wait for the cubes to melt.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 175g of the caramel with 1 tsp sea salt – it will loosen up. Put the rest of the caramel in a large bowl with the sugar and eggs, and beat with an electric hand mixer or balloon whisk until even.
  3. Whisk in the chocolate and butter. In another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa and a good pinch of table salt, then sift this on top of the chocolate mix. Beat briefly until smooth.
  4. Pour half the brownie batter into the tin and level it with a spatula. Using a teaspoon, spoon half of the salted caramel on top of the batter layer in 5 thick, evenly spaced stripes. Spoon the rest of the brownie batter on top and smooth it out, trying not to disturb the caramel beneath. Top with the rest of the caramel in the same stripy fashion. Drag a skewer or tip of a knife through the caramel to make a feathered pattern on the top.
  5. Scatter with a little more sea salt, then bake for 25-30 mins or until risen all the way to the middle with a firm crust on top. When ready, the brownie will jiggle just a little when you shake the tin. Let it cool completely in the tin, then cut into squares.
**This recipe was swapped from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com
 

 

 

 

EXCERPT:

 

I want her.

 

She wants me.

 

Just not enough. Actually, she’s smart. We’re a bad idea. I’m well aware of that, except I like bad ideas. Exhaling, I scrub a hand over my face. This unrequited desire needs to be tucked away. I should have put an end to these crazy thoughts from the beginning, but I entertained them . . . like a playful pet. Now, my desire has grown into a ferocious animal.

 

Acceptance is key here. I need to accept that I’m the boy friend, without the perks, and move on. No need for unnecessary tension. Our circle is tight. Attraction, lust, are part of the human flesh. These wild horses of my mind must be tracked down, captured, and tucked away in the Do-Not-Touch Cori file.

  Find your copy of The Boy Friend at: http://mikajolie.com/books/the-boy-friend/  
 
 
 

About Mika Jolie:

 

She loves to hear from readers. Connect with Mika on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Amazon.
 
Mika Jolie 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.

 

Find Mika Jolie Online:

 

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review 2017-05-07 03:20
Mine
On Point (Out of Uniform) - Annabeth Albert

This is the 3rd book in the Out Of Uniform series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, to avoid spoilers, and really enjoy the series, I recommend reading in order.

 

Maddox & Ben have been best friends since their BUD(S) training.  They work together, live together, and so far it works for them.  Or does it?

 

Ben is starting to see that Maddox wanting a future with someone else is not going to work.  He never wanted forever before, but he cannot sit idly by and watch his best friend find happiness with someone else.  It's time to come clean.

 

I sincerely love this series!  I loved this book, and the way it handled this friends to lovers approach.  I could not put the book down and wanted more when I was done.  These characters are so rich and complex.  I cannot wait for the next book in the Out Of Uniform series.  I give this story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-05-01 04:05
Healing
Loose Cannon (Woodbury Boys) - Sidney Bell

Edgar-Allen Church AKA "Church" is released from the system.  He needs to help to get back on his feet.  He turns to the one person he never thought he would see again.

 

Miller felt bad about the last time he saw Church.  This is his chance to repair the damage for both of them.  What he learns about himself and his friendship, however, may change them both for good.

 

Seriously sweet even with a dark tone.  I found myself compelled to read about these complex characters.  Each page had more surprises.  I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in the Woodbury Boys series.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-04-27 02:05
Honest
The Boy Friend - Mika Jolie

Dean & Coriander AKA Cori are best friends.  Yes, just friends.  Only everyone around them either doesn't believe them, or thinks they should be together.  How can one find a significant other in the middle of all of this?

 

Cori wants to settle down.  Dean wants to be the best friend for her that he can be.  So what if he is suddenly finding himself thinking of her all day and all night.  Is this the time to take a chance?  Would the future be brighter if they gave it a try?

 

This was a such a fun and easy read.  I really love these characters.  They truly care about one another.  The sexy times between them are hot too.  Such an incredible and funny book!  I loved it and found it hard to put down.  Sure hope we visit these characters again soon.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

 

 

SEE Character Interview for this story here: http://bit.ly/2oultXa

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