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review 2017-07-25 17:49
Review: The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray
The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom (Dreamspun Desires Book 14) - Kate McMurray

It was a decent, if lackluster category romance. The title is misleading; Archimedes Katsaros is most assuredly not a tycoon, hence his marriage to Ondrej in order to prop up his family business. The marriage of convenience trope in contemporary romance is hard to get right, and this book doesn't really make itself an exception.

 

Archimedes Katsaros inherited a failing real estate firm after the death of his father eight months ago. Although Archie has worked at the firm for a number of years prior to his father's death, the state of the financial mess was a surprise to Archie (who has an MBA from NYU). Seems Archie wasn't paying that close of attention to what Dad was investing in; I mean, a NYC real estate firm is pretty easy to make money from. Turns out Dad had invested a lot, and therefore lost a shit ton, of money in Greek banking and real estate. Archie isn't much better at being a businessman himself.

 

Enter the rescue party, in the form of a summer intern from the Czech Republic named Ondrej. Ondrej's work visa is running out and he hasn't found "suitable" employment after his internship was over. Ondrej did not look hard enough nor really gave much thought to actively look for work; he was living on inherited money he invested and was happy to spend his days at his leisure. However, since he wasn't employed, he needed a way to stay in the country. So a marriage to Archie was devised, allowing him to apply for a green card and in return, give Archie needed funds to keep the company afloat.

 

There was a lot of sex and a lot of inner monologues about feelings and the possibility of being caught as green card marriage frauds. A lot of repetition, a lot of keeping up appearances as wealthy men so as to attract new money/business, but really no chemistry. I think there was more chemistry with Archie and the new stadium deal than with Ondrej. Ondrej was sweet and smart but LAZY as hell; Archie was to afraid of looking bad to make good business sense. The ending was fine; I like the vow renewal ceremony and party as a way of saying "fuck you" to the immigration office who decided their case HAD TO BE investigated NO MATTER WHAT. But this story wasn't anything special.

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review 2017-07-25 17:13
Review: A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City #3) by Kianna Alexander
A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City) - Kianna Alexander

A quick read considering it was a slow burn. Being a category, there is insta-lust, then a bunch of sex, the big crisis that turns into the shortest break up ever, and the making up and getting married. I thought that this was a better than average story, because the author did two things to mix it up the formula.

 

1. The heroine owned a business that is usually reserved for heroes. Joi is co-owner of Citadel, a security firm that handles both physical and cyber security for their clients. Her co-owner runs the cyber part of the business, Joi is best at physical part. They hire prior law enforcement and military women. Joi is a hands-on boss and you see her really working to make her business a success. There was no middle of day manicure session that a lot of professional heroines seem to do.

 

2. This is an interracial romance with both partners being POC. Marco is from Limon, Costa Rica, has friends he is close to in both countries, and is working as branch manager for his buddy's expanding bank firm. Joi is a black woman with friends and family of her own, plus she is good to her employees. There is no isolated loner hero/heroine nonsense. There were scenes with the heroine hanging with her crew and the hero hanging with his without the other being present or needing to be there. No clingy quasi-adults here.

 

The story line meandered a bit until the big crisis, which was actually realistic and not a flimsy excuse to move the story to warm Costa Rica from cold North Carolina. The break up was less realistic, because Joi could have calmed down and they could have hashed the conflict out pretty much then. I just felt that Joi overreacted to a nothing burger. The make up was a little over the top, but I felt that Joi and Marco deserved a little over the top since the story was such a slow burner.

 

 

 

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review 2017-07-25 04:35
White Fur
White Fur - Jardine Libaire

Title:  White Fur

Author:  Jardine Libaire

Publisher:  Crown Publishing

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

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"White Fur" by Jardine Libaire

 

My Thoughts...

 

All I can say is this is was a unusual poetical love story as this author gives the readers the ending first and then worked the story forward as the story comes full circled by the end.  So, what should the readers expect?  Well get ready for a little bit of it all...from the gritty, raw and simply painful at times that will definitely leave one saying wow!  We find Jamey Hyde who came from a rich family and then their was Elise Perez who was poor coming together being so very opposite. So, really what could one expect  would happen for all that went on with these two that definitely seemed to be on quite a roller coaster ride? Now, I will say this story wasn't just with these two but also their families and friends.  Would I say this story was similar to the Romeo and Juliet story? Yes,  a little but I found this story was also filled with so much more raw grittiness with lots of emotions. Yes, this was a very obsessive relationship, with crime, some off the chart erotic sex scenes, so be aware of that fact among some other real issues that are full of 'trials and tribulations.'  I did feel that the story went on and on a little bit that seemed to drag somewhat but the story did however pick up getting your attention as you continued on to see what was coming next and then we get a strange unexpected  weird twist of a end. If you are looking for a love story that will be told in a very unusual way then you have come to the right place for "White Fur" will be the read I would recommend to you.

 

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review 2017-07-24 16:29
Review: Force of Attraction (K-9 Rescue #2) by D.D. Ayres
Force of Attraction - D.D. Ayres

Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

Force of Attraction

K-9 Rescue #2
D.D. Ayres
Romantic Suspense - Contemporary Romance
St. Martin's Paperbacks
March 31st 2015
Paperback
352
Library

 

The only thing more powerful than fear is desire...

 

A seasoned K-9 officer with the police in Maryland, Cole Jamison has left her old life behind her. With a new home and a new partner-a protective canine named Hugo-Cole is ready for fresh challenges. A crucial position on an important drug task force is exactly what she wants...until she discovers her gorgeous, infuriating ex-husband will be the DEA agent in charge.

 

FORCE OF ATTRACTION

 

Agent Scott Lucca may be a pro when it comes to undercover assignments, but this job is daunting even for him. Posing as a happy couple on the dog competition circuit means he and Cole need to get a lot closer than they've been in years. Playing a live-in couple should seem like a walk in the park compared to tracking a brutal criminal, but suddenly nothing could be more dangerous than the passionate fire they've rekindled...

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This novel can be read as a stand-a-lone.

 

I have come to really love the K-9’s in this series. You can tell that the author knows her dog breeds and has done her research on training, showing, and all things related to K-9’s. This in-depth and accurate portray just adds to my enjoyment.

 

Force of Attraction is book two in the K-9 Rescue series by D.D. Ayres.

 

Cole and Scott have a serious past. They walked away from each other instead of working things out. Now they are partnered up together to work an undercover assignment, but Scott’s past and undercover work is coming back. The past is far from buried; between these two.

 

A second chance romance with a little mystery and intrigue throughout the story. We are whisking into a world of drug trafficking, the dog agility circuit, bikers, and undercover police work. Add in our 4 main characters, Hugo and Izzy, Cole and Scott’s police dogs and you have a delightful read.

 

I will say Hugo stole the show for me. I just love Hugo and Izzy, the K-9’s.

 

I did had some issues with a few things in Force of Attraction,but I still ended up enjoying the novel. For one I didn’t care for the first sex scene. She was getting into character and being the character when she had sex with Scott and he went along with it. These two needed to get everything out in the open, before they got intimate with each other. I felt they didn’t need to have that much intimacies to pull things off and they weren’t ready to go their, at least in my eyes. They had to much to discuss and resolve from the past first. I also wasn’t fully on board with the undercover angel in this novel. They can be a couple, but not have to get as intimate as they did. It all comes down to them not getting it all out there; before they stared their undercover work.

 

Force of Attraction was entertaining and enjoyable. All in all, I enjoyed this book. This series is engaging and fascinating. I recommend picking up the K-9 Rescue series.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

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I’m a 35 outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2017-07-23 07:50
Stone Cold by Andrea Kane
Stone Cold - Andrea Kane

Lindsey Hall has known who her father is for a long time, while her father's two children have only recently found out about her...At the reading of his will. A will that stipulates she's to receive a hefty sum, and an old mansion. Determined to refuse the house, and maybe even the money, Lindsay visit the old, abandoned, vacation home, and falls instantly in love, already thinking of way to restore it, and make it a home for her mother. To make the decision to keep the house even stronger, is Nicholas Warner, a real-estate developer wanting to buy the house only to demolish it, and build condos on the land...No way in hell, Lindsay will allow that.

But while Nicholas seems to accept her decision, there's someone else who's determined to make Lindsay change her mind about accepting her inheritance. By all means necessary, it seems. But who is this shady figure? Is it one of her step-siblings, determined to protect the family name, both of them? Or is it Nicholas himself, the very man who's seduced his way into Lindsay's heart?


Ooh, this was one heck of a story. Pity, it was so short, since the romance didn't really have time to evolve properly. As it was, it felt a bit rushed, and very whirlwind without much character development involved. It felt more like it came out of the left field, while, by the time it was finished, the two would've worked better as very close friends on their way to being something more.

But maybe that's just me.

Let's face it, the romance didn't have much time and space to take off, because most of that time and space was occupied by the mystery (yes, this was mostly mystery with a very suspenseful final part). And the mystery, let me tell you, was masterfully done. Although I suspected who the baddie was from quite early on, I don't know what gave that particular character away, there were still enough misinformation, red herrings, and sinister clues to make me suspect everybody. I even had my doubts about the hero (his seemingly about-face also came as a surprise without much intro, info, or buildup—it felt hasty and awkward), which is saying a lot.

I liked the characters, as much as I got to know them, I liked the pacing (spot-on and perfectly balanced between the calm and the storm), and I loved the mystery. The romance could've used some working on, or a few extra pages, though.

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