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review 2017-04-21 03:17
A Charmed Little Lie - Sharla Lovelace

Lanie had given a lie to a dying aunt.  Now, she must prove the marriage is real.  No pressure, right?  Especially since she is not even seeing anyone right now.


Nick comes across Lanie in the middle of a crisis and is not sure to take her seriously.  She has him fitting the general description of the man she lied about.  He needs the money, so he gives in.  Then the attraction begins......


I really felt it all with this story.  There is plenty of humor, heat, sarcasm, and lots of fun.  I really wanted the characters to see what I saw for them.  There was sparks flying between them and it was fun to see the slow burn speed up.  I cannot wait to see the next book in the series.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



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

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text 2016-03-16 07:01
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Hot Rides #1
Sidney Bristol
Released February 23rd, 2016
Zebra: Kensington Books
Blazing Miami sun. Cool classic cars. Dangerous undercover assignment. In Sidney Bristol’s scorching new Hot Rides series, the cars are fast and the romance is furious…
 Aiden DeHart has a history—and secrets. His classic car garage is a front for an FBI operation. His current mission: get some evidence from a drug dealer’s ex-wife, then get out. Madison Haughton sending his engine into overdrive isn’t part of the plan, though, especially considering she might not be as innocent as Aiden thought…
 Since her divorce from her sleazeball ex, Madison has sworn off bad boys, gotten some sweet tattoos, and become a star of Miami’s roller derby scene. But however fast she skates, her ex is always on her tail. When the sexy guy in the muscle car offers to help, he could be her ticket to safety—or a detour down a deadly road…



What was he doing?



Aiden downshifted into a lower gear as they reached a busier street. Madison’s knuckles were white where she gripped the car. He could hear her panting for breath over the purr of the engine and it set his teeth on edge.


He should have sent her on her way, but he hadn’t been able to. The way her eyes had pleaded with him, the desperation.



He’d bet his Challenger she was innocent. And he didn’t harm innocents. There weren’t a lot of limits left to him, but that was one.



There was still a chance this whole thing could be a setup. Madison could be playing him. This whole divorce might be a ruse. But if it were, they had even the police fooled. No, Madison’s story was at least partly truthful. She was Dustin’s ex, but she might also be the key to learning how to pry open the inner ranks of Michael Evers’s organization.



That didn’t answer why he had Madison in his car, or why he pushed the Challenger in turns or zipped through traffic. This kind of driving was asking for trouble, but the way her breathing hitched, how she squeaked when he cut it close passing another car or skidded around a turn—it only encouraged him. By the time he reached the highway and headed toward the night’s meet-up, the pitch of her noises had changed, dropping an octave. Yeah, fast cars had that kind of effect on some people.



“How exactly did you go from being a housewife to a roller derby girl?” She baited his curiosity like few things did these days unless it was connected to Evers. His life was one, sad refrain—catch the bastard.



Madison chuckled. “Wish fulfillment. In high school I wanted the family I didn’t have. When I got divorced, I wanted to be the kind of woman who didn’t let life keep her down. Want to take a bet on what I do next?”



Her humor surprised a laugh out of him. She was an interesting woman, that was for sure.



It wasn’t long before the lights of Miami faded behind them and the Everglades stretched out on either side. 


For the couple miles it took to reach the race site, he could pretend he wasn’t doing a job. That he was just a guy, driving a fast car with a pretty girl by his side. It was a nice dream, but it wasn’t for him.



He exited onto a two-lane road that seemed to go nowhere. Unless you knew where you were going. He took a turn and taillights lit up the darkness. Other speed junkies on the search for a fix.



They’d created a loose association of drivers. Those people in Miami who felt they had what it took under the hood to go fast and drive hard met up for a little friendly competition. At least they pretended it was friendly.



He passed a four-way stop, rounded another turn, and the night came alive with headlights, running lights, and the beat of a dozen different sound systems blaring music. There were a couple of groups dancing, some popping and grinding while others pulled out the smooth, salsa moves. People milled up and down the street, taking a look under the hood of some of the most jacked-up cars in the state.



“What’s this?” Madison asked. They passed the outlying vehicles, the people lined up to watch the beginning of the race.



“This is race night.” He revved the engine and chuckled when she jumped.



“Okay, smart-ass, I can kind of figure that one out on my own. I mean,”—she waved at the crowds gathering on the shoulder, the people set up for a show and the cars—“is this a thing? What’s going on?”



She had no idea the world she’d just stepped into.



“Every couple of weeks we have race night. Rules are simple—you have to have won a race since the last race night and someone has to verify you won. We pick a place, set the track, and see who wins. Simple, really.”


A redheaded woman stepped onto the asphalt directly in front of them. She wore a tiny pair of white shorts and a bikini top. She wiggled her fingers at him and smirked.


Roni was a damn fine driver, but you wouldn’t know it looking at her. She preferred to distract with her looks, as much as her twin, Tori, preferred to hide them under grease. Another of the guys pulled a few chairs out of the way and Aiden reversed into the vacant spot.


“Who’s that?” Madison asked. Her posture had gone tense, rigid.


“A friend,” he replied.



He gave the accelerator one last tap to hear the purr before shutting it off. Too bad he’d been too wrapped up with a restoration job the last few weeks to make any of the propositioned races. It would have been interesting to see how Madison reacted when he burned over the finish line.

Some women really got into it. Was she the type? He kind of wanted to find out.



Since meeting her that afternoon, he’d rolled around a few ways to tackle this situation. He felt pretty certain coming clean with her was the best choice. The question now was how to continue. There was no denying his attraction to her. He could play that angle, which would be a perfect explanation to Dustin why he was hanging out with his ex-wife.


Aiden stepped out of the Challenger. The damp evening air wrapped around him like a blanket. This far out into the Everglades they might as well be swimming. Without the noise of the cars, they could hear the buzz of cicadas and calls of the birds that lived in the wetlands. It was a beautiful and deadly habitat.



Madison circled the car and met him at the edge of the road. He could feel the gaze of not just his crew on him, but everyone surrounding them. There was no doubt that when Aiden or Julian did something, people paid attention, but this was a little much. He let his gaze travel over those gathered, taking in the position of the major players, the sideline jockeys, the outright gang members, and the other crews who just wanted to drive fast and score quick cash.



Why the hell were they staring?


He turned toward Madison—oh.



Standing in front of his Challenger, dressed like she’d just stepped off the pages of a hot-rod magazine, of course she’d draw the eyes of everyone in a quartermile radius. Those long legs were silhouetted by the running lights of his car and the thin fabric of her shirt was practically see-through.



“Come here.” He grabbed her arm and pulled her out of the light.


“What? What’s wrong with you?” Madison grumbled.



He didn’t reply, because what was he going to say?


I don’t want everyone looking at you like that.


“Hey, mami,” Julian said. He stopped between them and peered down at Madison. Julian was a big man, of mixed Cuban and Mexican heritage. His face was scarred from an IED explosion and more than a couple fights. He still kept his hair military short, which only accentuated the broken lines of his face and his dark, soulless eyes. Julian was a man with a singular purpose in life. Little else filled him now. He was hardly the same man Aiden remembered from boot camp.



Madison arched one brow and stared up at him, as if she were issuing a challenge. Aiden might find the exchange entertaining—were she tangling with anyone else. Julian though, he wasn’t a man to be trifled with.



“Madison, this is Julian. He co-owns the shop with me.”






Julian’s gaze flicked toward Aiden, but he didn’t meet it. Why had he brought her?



She put her hands on her hips and the neckline gaped forward.



Right. How could he forget those curves?



“You still racing tonight?” Aiden asked to get Julian to stop leering at Madison’s breasts. If she didn’t need Aiden in her life, then she really didn’t need Julian’s baggage barreling into hers.



Julian’s lips curled. “Yeah, heat four.”



“Hey, boys.” Tori stepped into their cluster, holding two beers. Unlike her sister, Tori wore cargo pants and a tank top, her red hair braided on either side of her head. A grease smudge marked her cheek, which was pretty much the norm. “Oh, sorry, didn’t realize you had a third. Hi, I’m Tori.” She handed the bottles to them and wiped her hand off on her pants before offering it to Madison.



“Hi.” It was almost comical to watch Madison’s face, the way it creased. She no doubt recalled Roni’s distracting shorts and bikini-top number to Tori’s cargos and tank top.


“Hey, Aiden.” Roni crossed the street at a jog. Up and down the street people stopped to stare, which was exactly why Roni picked her race-day outfits to show as much skin as possible. Distraction was her favorite tactic.


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It can never be said that NYT & USA Today Bestselling author Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading and fostering cats.
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review 2015-12-26 23:48
So romantic
Give it Up - Lori Foster

This anthology of books has Dean Brothers & Friend series, books 1-3.  As I usually tell you, I think it is best to read them in order so you have full understanding when you read the next book in line.  This book is a standalone, in the fact it has all 3 stories included.


Some Like It Hot, story for Cary and Nora, is such a sweet story of love and trust.  She does not think someone like him can love someone like her.  He just has to prove it.


Playing Doctor, story for Alex and Libby, is a serious look at what can happen with love at first touch.  Can Alex convince Libby he no longer wants to play without her?  Absolute page turner that I could not put down!


He Sees You When You're Sleeping, story for Booker and Frances, is a story about two best friends in love with one another and getting zero communication over it.  Once they share their secret, can they share their lives too?  I was touched by this story - was such a great love story!


All 3 books made me want to share them they were so good!  Definitely a keeper for my shelf.  I give this book and stories a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



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

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review 2015-12-18 06:45
Draw the line
Line of Scrimmage (Game On Book 2) - Desiree Holt

This is book # 2, in the Game On series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  It is certainly more enjoyable to read it in order with the series and will give the reader better understanding of the material given.


Jake & Erin have an amazing night.  Then, she tells him what she really thinks about football players and they part ways.  Later, he is injured and his sister, (her best friend) tries to trick them into being together.


Erin is just disgusted with the way most famous football players act.  She has been hurt by one in the past and takes all of her frustration with him out on Jake.  Then she is thrown together with him as his assistant.  They still do not get along.


Jake is severely injured and feeling like his life is a failure.  He is not sure he can ever play football again, and that depresses him as it is pretty much his life.  The only he looks forward to is Erin.  She still won't give him the time of day.


I was truly frustrated myself by the childish actions these two got up to.  Seemed very real, and that somehow annoyed me to read.  Anyway, beyond that there is good heat and excellent banter in this book.  Hence the rating of 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC is given from Netgalley.com and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-12-15 07:05
Enter to Win an Ebook Copy of 
His Work of Art, His New Jam, or His Dream Role or
Print Copy of the New Hot And Nerdy Anthology


HOT @ND NERDY Anthology
Shannyn Schroeder
Releasing in Print December 15th
Exclusively at Books-a-Million



Her Best Shot

With college graduation looming, three childhood friends vow to make spring break their last blast of pure fun. But at least one of them didn’t count on such incredible heat…

Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe, and her future has been calculated with razor precision. Convinced to let loose over spring break, Layla is finally ready to party—until her car breaks down halfway to her destination, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. She knows more than enough about angles to learn the game, but this week she wants him to appreciate her curves…

Phin Marks has never met a girl like Layla. She’s more Star Wars geek than seductress, and when he offers her a place to stay while her car is in the shop, he’s counting on the attraction between them to set the nights ablaze, no strings attached. But every moment he spends with Layla makes it harder to let her go. Can he persuade her to gamble in the most dangerous way possible…on forever?




Her Perfect Game

Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else…

Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn’t quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she’s entering a “hackfest” over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who’s been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can’t fight the desire that comes rushing back.

Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they’re face to face again, he doesn’t know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he’s offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?



Her Winning Formula

Spring break was supposed to be a last blast of fun for three friends before the reality of adulthood set in. But for the trio’s science whiz, it’s an education in instant attraction…

Chemistry major Felicity Stone can tell you everything about the way chemicals interact, but when it comes to social interaction, she needs schooling. Abandoned by her friends, Felicity is faced with spending spring break alone—unless she accepts a gorgeous stranger’s invitation to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. Not one to turn down a research opportunity, Felicity never expected it to produce such breathtaking results…

Teacher and baseball coach Lucas Tanner is fascinated by Felicity’s potent mix of spirit and scientist, not to mention her delicious curves. When Felicity asks him to return the favor by teaching her how to pick up guys, he can’t refuse—but he’s not at all happy with the idea of her using a formula for flirting on anyone but him. Can he convince her that together they have the perfect chemistry?



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This is an anthology of 3 books and the start of the Hot @nd Nerdy series. I always recommend reading series books in order to gain full understanding and enjoyment to the book. These stories can be read as a standalone novel, as each of them are their own story.

While all 3 books are seriously fun reads, I want to concentrate with you to the first book in the anthology, if you please. This was just a fun and hot story. I found it a quick and easy read.

Layla has a lot to think about and takes a road trip to meet her best friends in Texas, for Spring Break. Her car breaks down in Georgia, and she meets a hot guy in a bar there. He wants to help her after she runs into trouble and needs to stay in town a few days.

Finn is a former gypsy and trying to figure out what he wants in life. He figures at this point, that might as well be the game of pool, and a tournament in Las Vegas. He teaches Layla how to play, and together they do well for themselves.

This ended up a fun and sexy read. The hot times are HOT! The laughter and friendship they share is fun to read also.  

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Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.
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