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review 2017-07-21 07:49
Connection
Trust with a Chaser (Rainbow Cove Book 1) - Annabeth Albert

This new series starts out with a zap as we meet Nash & Mason, whose families have been enemies for decades.  Mason comes back to his hometown to open a tavern with friends.  Nash is the Sheriff now, and visits the tavern often to eat.

 

Nash is attracted against his will so quickly to Mason.  He does not want to want him.  He just cannot help it.  For Mason, the attraction is mutual.  It is also agreed upon that they should not do anything about it.  There is too much history between their families.  But the heart wants what it wants.

 

I thought this was a very well thought out plot.  The characters were well matched and had a series stack of problems against them.  Ideally the road to love is smooth, but in real life, family is just one of many factors that can get in the way.  I loved these characters and hope to see them again in upcoming books for the Rainbow Cove series.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for a completely honest review.

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review 2017-07-21 07:07
Best friend
Eye Candy (Real Love) - Jessica Lemmon

Vince is in love with his best friend but has no idea how to tell her, or himself.  He knows these feelings are growing for this amazing woman he spends so much time with.  They both have been hurt so badly in the past.  Together, things are just right.

 

Jacqueline AKA Jackie really does want to have a fling to enjoy.  She is still stinging from the hard slap her ex gave her by choosing another woman.  With her best friend, she is a confident and fun woman.  Where is that confidence when she needs it most?

 

This story has a little bit for everyone.  There is humor, hot guys, sexy times, pop culture, movie quotes, and more.  Did I mention there is seriously hot men?  I love the banter and the friendship portrayed here.  What is so excellent for me, is that these two show how much they care, long before we get the words.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-07-20 20:16
ARC Review: Where I Need To Be (McKenna #3) by Jamie Hollins ~ Giveaway/Excerpt
Where I Need To Be (McKenna Series Book 3) - Jamie Hollins

 

Where I Need To Be

McKenna # 3
By: Jamie Hollins
Releasing July 18, 2017
Self-Published

 

Blurb


When heroin stole James Foley’s wife and destroyed his marriage, he poured all his energy into raising his young son and running his auto garage. There’s no room in his life for anything else until Megan McKenna walks into his shop. He finds it impossible to resist the sexy school teacher.

 

After an ugly divorce, Megan lost her home, her job, and a big chunk of her self-respect. With her posh lifestyle now a memory, she starts over by indulging in an unexpected fling with a hard-bodied mechanic.

 

What begins as something casual turns into something meaningful. But how can their relationship survive when it’s built on half-truths?

 

James and Megan soon discover that being honest with themselves is just as important as being honest with each other. Only then will their relationship fire on all cylinders.

 

 

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This is my first time diving into the McKenna series and reading author Jamie Hollins. I usually don’t go for Contemporary reads unless it’s Romantic Suspense, but the blurb peeked my interest. I liked the idea of two adults, both divorced, with pasts and issues to deal with ending up coming together and finding strength, love, and a true partnership.

 

James. I loved him. He’s perfect yet not, has issues to deal with, always has grease on him, overworks himself, and is doing the best he can in raising his son with the help of his father. We see several different sides to him and so you can not help but fall in love with him. His dedication to his work and how he put his kid’s feelings above his own. Perfect. Sweet.

 

Megan. I found her to be smart and sweet, but also a little week and her issue of not confiding in her family about her divorce and dating James really upset me. She was doing great, turning her life around, found a job she loves, and a man who was exactly what she needed, but she disappointed me in making excuses and not ripping that banded off with her family.

 

The story was good and I liked it. I enjoyed the characters and found the romance to be sweet, adorable, and satisfying. I liked that they took their time getting to know each other and that they also communicated, where open, and upfront from the start. It made the romance and relationship seem so real.

 

The epilogue wrapped everything up marvelously and I loved seeing the whole family be together.

 

Where I Need To Be is a charming and heartfelt romance, with a few laugh out loud moments, and some hot sexy scenes. I had a delightful time and will be check out previous books in the series.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Jamie Hollins via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

Was this review helpful? If so, please consider liking it on Goodreads (Angela)!

 

 

Challenge(s): New To Me (Author/Series) | Pick Your Genre (Con) | New Release (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

Megan nibbled on her lower lip as she looked everywhere but at him. He desperately wanted to ask her what was bothering her, but he stopped himself. She wasn’t his. It was none of his business.

 

He needed to be straight with her.

 

“About Friday night…” He paused before deciding to begin a different way. “I need to be upfront with you and tell you that I’m not interested in a relationship. I’ve got a lot going on in my life with the shop and with my son. And a steady woman just doesn’t fit into my plans at the moment.”

 

She nodded but didn’t say anything. Shit, if she broke into tears in his parking lot, he didn’t know what he would do.

 

“I like you, Megan. I sure as hell liked what happened on Friday, and I’d like to see you again. But beyond that, I can’t give you anything more.”

 

“So are you saying you’d like to date but not exclusively?”

 

Was that what he was saying? That he wanted to date her? 

 

“If by dating you mean periodically getting together and having sex, then sure, let’s go with that.” 

 

As soon as the words were out of his mouth, he wished he could take them back. He was being honest, but it had made him sound like a dick.

 

She looked skyward and smiled. “Thank God. That’s exactly what I was going to say.”

 

He frowned. “You were?”

 

“Yes!” She laughed. “What a relief. I had a lot fun with you. But jumping back into a relationship…I just can’t right now.”

 

“So we agree on this?” he asked incredulously. 

 

“Absolutely.”

 

Huh. Wasn’t that something? 

 

“Oh, but there is one thing I did want to add,” she said, grimacing slightly.

 

He knew there had to be a catch.

 

“If we’re…” She looked back toward the garage at the guys congregating around the open doors, pretending not to eavesdrop. “If we’re sleeping together, I’m not going to hold you to being exclusive, but I would hope you could extend the courtesy of letting me know if you meet someone else who you’d like to sleep with.”

 

He couldn’t help it, he let his chuckle slip. He wasn’t laughing at what she said. It was perfectly reasonable. He was laughing at the idea of wanting any other woman when he had Megan in his bed.

 

“That’s fair,” he replied. “And I’d expect the same courtesy from you.”

 

Smiling, she extended her hand. “Deal.” 

 

He frowned, taking her outstretched hand. Instead of shaking it, he lightly tugged her toward him. “Sweetheart, I’m not shaking your hand like we’re conducting some business deal.”

 

She blinked, her mouth falling open before she closed it quickly. Pulling her hand from his grasp, Megan clutched the strap of her purse. “Of course, I’m sorry. That was stupid.”

 

He smiled, taking a step closer and leaning in slightly. “Not stupid, and you have nothing to apologize for.” He watched as her eyes fell to his lips and he liked the way this woman thought. “Now tell me…when can I see you again?”

 

She swallowed before nibbling on her lower lip. It took everything he had not to reach up and pull her rose-colored lip down with his thumb. James knew all of his employees were watching. They’d stopped the pretense of being busy the moment he’d pulled her toward him.

 

“How about we do dinner this weekend?” he asked. “It’ll have to be late, after Cade goes to bed.”

 

She nodded slowly. “I’d like that.”

 

“Saturday around nine o’clock?”

 

Her clear blue eyes smiled as she nodded again. “It’s a date.”

 

“It’s a date,” he repeated. 

 

 

Jamie Hollins was born and raised in rural Northeast Ohio.  After graduate school, she embarked on a perilous career in Human Resources where she met plenty of real life characters.  When she’s not writing or chasing after her toddler, she enjoys reading and golfing.  Jamie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their dog, Winston.

 

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Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2017-07-20 18:22
Rebound sort of felt like a rebound book from the love I had for Boomerang...hoping Bounce is what I'm really looking for.
Rebound: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August

 

 

Book Title:  Rebound

Author:  Noelle August

Narration:  Dahlia Salem and Vikas Adam

Series:  Boomerang #2

Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Setting:  California

Source:  Audiobook (Hoopla)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

♫Be My Forever by Christina Perri feat. Ed Sheeran  --the lyric video goes with the book cover and with the setting...so yeah, I was under inspired on this book for a theme song.♫

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

3.8/5 STARS

B

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I loved the first book in this series, Boomerang…I think I loved it so much because I adored Mia.  I didn't really care for Allison, though…So, I was reluctant to read this because of how I felt about her, I just didn't think I could relate to her as a heroine.   It turns out that Adam's character mostly made up for what Allison was lacking.  So...I did like them, I just didn't love them.  I really didn't understand Allison's relationship with her dad either. 

While the writing is still stellar in this second installment, the characters were only so-so in capturing my attention, there story was lacking something that Mia and Ethan had in Boomerang.  I'm hoping to recapture with Bounce, the next book in the series. 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes!

 

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review 2017-07-20 02:40
The Return Journey - Maeve Binchy 
The Return Journey - Maeve Binchy

Adventures of the timid. Bunch does a thing where two people meet, strike up an immediate friendship, and proceed to give one another excellent advice about managing their lives. She does that here,and it is really good, pragmatic advice. Anyway, stories about middle class adults and their working class parents, with some affairs included to keep things dramatic, to amusing effect in Excitement. And no one else has done a better job of portraying just how tiring it can be to be a modern woman trying to keep everyone else happy.

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