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review 2017-09-20 15:39
Review: Ultimate Courage (True Heroes #2) by Piper J. Drake
Ultimate Courage - Piper J. Drake
Ultimate Courage

True Heroes #2
Piper J. Drake
Contemporary Romance - Romantic Suspense
Forever
July 26th 2016
Paperback
336
Library

 

LOVE IS AN ACT OF BRAVERY

 

Retired Navy SEAL Alex Rojas is putting his life back together, one piece at a time. Being a single dad to his young daughter and working at Hope's Crossing Kennels to help rehab a former guard dog, he struggles every day to control his PTSD. But when Elisa Hall shows up, on the run and way too cautious, she unleashes his every protective instinct.

 

Elisa's past never stays in her rearview mirror for long, and she refuses to put anyone else in danger. But with Alex guarding her so fiercely yet looking at her so tenderly, she's never felt safer . . . or more terrified that the secrets she keeps could put countless people in grave peril. The only way for both to fully escape their demons will take the ultimate act of courage: letting go and learning to trust each other.

 

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Ultimate Courage is book two in the True Heroes series by Piper J. Drake. We get a little mystery, suspense, and romance.

 

I enjoyed this one more then the first book, Extreme Honor. The characters appealed to me more. We have Alex, his daughter Boom, his dog Souze, and Elisa.

 

I find that kids and pets always add something special to a book I’m reading. Very few times am I disappointed or don’t like having them around. Boom, I enjoyed her sassiness. Souse, I liked how he understood Elisa and also Alex. As for the story it was nice, but the pacing was all over the place, dragging in some areas and moving way to fast in others.

 

As for the romance between Elisa and Alex’s it was sweet; though it does move quickly. I did enjoy how Alex approached Elisa. It suited the situation she was in. Alex well he’s dealing with PTSD and being a single parent. As things progress we get to see his PTSD and how it’s affect him. Souze tied in nicely and helped both Elisa and Alex work out their issues.

 

The book was decent, but things took a turn at the end that was a little upsetting and the issues where so unnecessary. One, someone is out to get his girl, but when a person shows up spouting out stuff that you haven’t seen any evidence of and you believe this person over your girl. No, just wrong and sad! Two, one week you guys are together and you believe the most heinous thing about your girl, but then suddenly everything is all a ok and we are moving in together. Sigh!! All of this is within the last 15% of the book.

 

This will be my last read in the series. I started the series with book 3, but had to put it down; because it tied into the first two and I was miss connections and more, so I deiced to read from the beginning. Well book one was just Eh and two was Ok. So with that I’ve deiced to drop the series and not even attempt to read book three again.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an 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 2017-09-16 21:50
69 Million Things I Hate About You
69 Million Things I Hate About You - Kira Archer

Title:  69 Million Things I Hate About You

Author:  Kira Archer

Publisher:  Entangled Indulgence  

Series:  Winning the Billionaire #1

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Four

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"69 Million Things I Hate About You" (Winning the Billionaire #1)  by Kira Archer

 

My Thoughts...

 

When I first started reading this novel I was wondering would I like it this particular read.  Well, I dd finding it a sweet humorous read that will keep your attention till the very end.  I tell you that Kiersten Abbott really puts it on Cole Harrington  and in the end how it all comes together being quite a nice fun enjoyable read. Truly winning that lottery ticket with her friends started it all!  I did find it somewhat predictable in spots but it was still a good read with some of the funniest scenes...one of them being [Kiersten and Cole's mother] that will have you laughing out loud!

 

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC in return for my honest review.

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400 First Kisses
400 First Kisses (Book 1 of the "First" series) - E.L. Todd

Title: 400 First Kisses

Author:  E. L. Todd

Publisher:  E.L.T.

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

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"400 First Kisses" by E. L. Todd

 

My Thoughts....

 

This new series by this author featuring Bree, Cypress, Amalie, Ace and Blade that will definitely keep your attention with there being so much going on in this romantic emotional dramatic story.  You will have to keep up because the reader can get lost in the story as it unfolds. This was quite a shock for Bree when she finds out that she is married to this guy Cypress who had cheated on her.  Now, you will have to pick up this well written story to see who this all happened. I found this story very well thought out with some well developed amazing characters that will keep you turning the pages to see what was coming next.  Yes, you will see how Bree was cheated on by Cypress and what all he tried to do to make up for all his wrong. I could definitely understand Bree thought pattern as she was trying to deal with all of this situation that she found herself in.  Then next part of the read moves on to the story of Amelia and Ace.  Hopefully, there will be a story coming from all of that situation in the next reads.  Yes, this one will end in a cliffhanger and we will have to get the next part "325 First Fights" to see more of how this story will turn out for each of these interesting characters.

 

Thank you to the author for the read.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-16 16:50
Review: Wild & Sweet (Haven Brotherhood #2) by Rhenna Morgan
Wild & Sweet - Rhenna Morgan
 Wild & Sweet

Haven Brotherhood #2
Rhenna Morgan
Contemporary Romance
Carina Press
April 18th 2017
Paperback
432
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Live hard, f*ck harder and follow only their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six men of the Haven Brotherhood live and bleed by, refusing to conform to society's expectations, taking what they want and always watching each other's backs.

 

Zeke Dugan is not a man who walks the straight and narrow. He may have sworn an oath as a trauma doc, but he has zero problem leveraging his medical skills outside a hospital if it means giving the Brotherhood—the group of men he calls family—an advantage. Blood before business. All that changes when shy Gabrielle stumbles into his life and ignites his protective instincts.

 

Mechanic Gabrielle Parker prefers the complexities of an engine over men. Her life wasn't always quiet and well-ordered, but now that it is, she finds peace in the solitude. When a robbery in her neighborhood forces her out of her safe bubble, she never fathoms that a dangerous, cocky trauma doctor will fix more than her injuries.

 

Zeke doesn't play by the rules that Gabrielle follows but knows that he's exactly what she needs in her life. He'll show her the fierce and uncompromising protection that comes from belonging to a man like him.

 

When tension outside the Brotherhood threatens Gabrielle, Zeke will do anything to keep her safe, and damn the consequences. No one will hurt his woman, even if it means putting the very men who saved his life at risk.

 

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OMG I have a new favorite series. Contemporary Romance is not my typical read or one I fall for, but WOW have the Haven Boys hooked me.

 

After finishing book one, Rough & Tumble, I new I was going to continue the series. I went out and bought book two, Wild & Sweet. I couldn’t resist buying. And, so after finished book two, I bought three, Claim & Protect. Do you see what’s happening? Ms. Morgan has acquired a fan and one who will be complete the collection for the Haven Brotherhood series as they come out. Now let’s get to the novel.

 

Zeke, oh my darling doctor. He is so sweet, understand, and patient with Gabrielle. It was so endearing to see how wonderful he was with Gabe. I loved that he has a plan. How he takes his time, notices when she’s having trouble in certain environments and situations, and then he helps to make it easier for her.

 

Gabrielle is the adorable in a tomboy/girl next door way. She’s got some issues and one is anxiety. It’s affect her life in a big way. I like how the author incorporated this issue into her character and how it was talked about. Haveing anxiety is tough and many people can relate, so when Zeke shows up and doesn’t give up on her, but helps. It truly is sensational and will melt your heart.

 

Their romances was so wonderful. Little by little Zeke breaks her down and helps Gabe to blossom and in the process Zeke finds the calm and quiet he’s been searching for.

 

Besides the romance we have a little action suspense when things in Danny and Gabe’s neighborhood start to happen.

 

This novel is swoon worthy. It’s emotional, captivating, and heartfelt. I highly recommend picking up this series.

 

Rated: 5 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an 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 2017-09-16 15:48
Clueless in San Francisco...
The Pact - Karina Halle

 

 

Book Title:  The Pact

Author:  Karina Halle

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Friends to Lovers

Setting:  San Francisco, CA

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  2.5/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  2.7/5

Theme or Tone:  2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  2.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total:  2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

This book drove me insane…like, not right away, but about 1/3 of the way in and I was just…ugh.  I felt like this was just made up drama, that would never play out like this in real life, just for the purpose of juicy story.  I don't believe anyone wants somebody that intensely and pushes them away with that same intensity.  And over a complete douchebag of a friend.  Seriously! 

 

Bbbuuttttt……I have to give Karina Halle some credit, because she can write some sex scenes…like holy hotness, with just the right amount of sizzle and no lame-ass words for body parts here…so…I'm torn... (continued below)

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  …should I read more by her?  I mean, are her other books less over-the-top dramatic?  Please tell me?

 

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