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review 2017-09-22 06:30
Let There Be Love (Sled Dog) by Melissa Storm
Let There Be Love (The Sled Dog Series Book 1) - Melissa Storm

 

 

I have always been fascinated by dogsledding.  The picturesque scenery, the beautiful dogs and the connection that builds between the dogs and their trainers.  That sport is truly a thing of beauty to watch.  Naturally, I was drawn to Let There Be Love for that reason. However, I stayed because I am in awe of the author and her ability to create powerhouse tales of courage that mix the fairy tales of old with the lessons of life.  Ms. Storm manages to inspire as she informs.  Her stories are thought provoking, emotionally charged works of art, despite the subject matter her stories get people talking and that's a trait that every author hopes for.

 

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text 2017-09-21 22:16
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
The Hazel Wood - Melissa Albert

A dark-tinged fantasy reminiscent of Neil Gaiman, the bleaker stories of Diana Wynne Jones, and John Connelly, and, and, and. And this doesn't mean it felt derivative. The Hazel Wood felt fresh as it spiraled its characters into what could have been charted territory.

Alice is 17 and for as long as she can remember bad luck has trailed her and her mother as they drove across the country, never staying long in a single place. In fact, Alice has more vivid memories of the books she read during her childhood than of anything else that has happened to them. Well, books read and the bad luck. Employment drying up, flooded basements, infestations. Whatever it was, Alice and her mother would pack up and move on. Until her grandmother, the mysterious and famous author Alice has never met, passes away. The one time Alice got her hands on a copy of her grandmother's book of dark fairy tales it was snatched out of her hands and her mother refuses to speak about it.

After receiving news of her mother's death, Alice's mother decides to settle down in Manhattan, marries, and enrolls Alice in prestigious school. Then. Suddenly. Alice comes home and finds out her mother's been kidnapped and her stepfather refuses to have anything to do with her or to help. On her own, and on the run, Alice teams up with a friend and has to solve the riddle of the Hazel Wood and save her mother. Ahead are dark secrets and the knowledge that fairy tales and fiction may not mean what Alice thought they did.

I loved the hell out of this book.

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review 2017-09-17 18:50
Thrill of Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor) by Melissa Foster
Thrill of Love: Ty Braden (Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor Book 6) - Melissa Foster

 


Thrill of Love
by Melissa Foster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Love is an uphill battle and this couple had to deal with more than most. Thrill of Love is a triumphant journey of pain that is at times heartwrenching but always inspiring. Ty and Aiyla will change the way you look at life, love and hope. Kleenex is a must.




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review 2017-09-15 20:08
Boss Battles (Geek Actually #1.3) by Melissa Blue Review
Geek Actually: Boss Battles (Season 1 Episode 3) - Rachel Stuhler,Melissa Blue,Cecilia Tan,Cathy Yardley

Meet your new best girlfriends in this sexy, genre-busting serial that's all about feminism, friendship, and fandom.

Taneesha's brother can always cheer her up, but this is going a little too far: trying to engineer her love life? On the other hand . . . his friend Diego is definitely sexy, and owns a game store, to boot. Elli thinks of her new job like a video game (complete with an evil wizard), in an attempt to make this one last, while Aditi tiptoes through a visit from her in-laws.

Join this tight-knit group of lady geeks as they navigate the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives. Michelle is a hard-nosed fantasy and sci-fi editor used to things going her way. Taneesha is a talented video game programmer used to being the odd (wo)man out. Aditi is a fantasy writer on the verge of her big break. Christina is a rebel on the sidelines of Hollywood. And Elli is a fan-of anything and everything that keeps her from "proper adulting." They might live far apart, but through the power of the internet and a shared love of all things geek, they are ready to face the world together.

 

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Oh how I want to like this...but I don't....

I love circle of friends and geek girls. I struggle with the serial format and this jump for me is made even more difficult as this series is written by different writers so there is a mesh issue. Especially in this one. 

This one is too short and nothing really happens here. 

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.

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review 2017-09-15 08:10
Blog Tour w/Review - The Real Thing
 
 
This sassy, spirited baker is fine with heat—
but is her fake fiancé too hot to handle?
 
 
 THE REAL THING
Sugar Lake #1
Melissa Foster
Releasing Sept 5, 2017
Montlake

 

 
Bakery owner Willow Dalton’s friendship with Zane Walker has always been a bit complicated. Now a scrumptiously hot A-list actor, Zane’s always had a reputation as player. He’s arrogant, and he’s definitely not boyfriend material. Sure, he did Willow a favor by agreeing to take her virginity before college, but is that reason enough to go along with a fake engagement a decade later—even if it comes with a real diamond ring?
 
Zane should have known better. Nothing involving Willow has ever been easy. Still, he knows her better than anyone, and becoming America’s hottest new leading man means cleaning up his reputation. An “engagement” to curvy, sass-mouthed Willow is the perfect PR move . . . provided no one gets hurt.
 
Now Zane and Willow’s little white lie has turned into an irresistible recipe for sweet temptation. And soon no one will be able to tell the difference between their fake engagement or the real thing—including them.
 
**THE REAL THING is being published by Montlake (an Amazon imprint) and won’t be available on other ebook retailers, but you can download a FREE ereader app to read it HERE, order the paperback.
 
 
 
 
 

You're sleeping on the couch,” Willow said for the fifth time in as many minutes as she and Zane left their suite. He was busy texting, and she wasn’t sure he was even listening anymore. He used to be such a great listener. When they were younger, he’d never acted like he was above her, despite the fact that he was the star quarterback, lead pitcher, and eventually the prom king, and she was two years behind and as awkward as a foal on new legs.

 

Are you listening to me?” she asked as they walked down the hall.

 

Yes. I just got confirmation. You’re catering breakfasts for the set. Cool?”

 

Yes, perfect. But did you hear what I said?”

 

She had almost backed out of their deal twice since she’d accepted. First when she’d seen the king-size bed, which really drove home their situation, and again when Zane had whipped off his shirt to change and her sex-starved body had buzzed to life. She was still a little nervous about the whole thing, mostly due to that second issue, but she felt a certain obligation to help him. Regardless of how arrogant he was, she’d never forget how tender he’d been with her when she’d given her almost-eighteen-year-old self over to him, and he was a true friend, even if they had a weird friendship. The truth was, even if he hadn’t done her that favor before college, she would have agreed to his plan. She liked him despite his insatiable appetite for women. He was everything she loved in a person and more. He was confident and funny, direct and thoughtful, and honest when it counted. Painfully honest. The exposure for Sweetie Pie Bakery was just the icing on the fake-fiancée cake. What a difference national exposure could make.

 

Zane shoved his phone in his pocket. “Yes. Sleeping on the couch. Got it. But you can’t blame a guy for trying.”

 

She laid her best damn-right-I-can stare on him and pushed the button for the elevator.

 

Fine. I’ll behave. Jesus, Wills, you’re never this uptight when I visit.”

 

You mean that five minutes twice a year?” Willow remembered how happy he’d been when he’d finally left town to pursue his dream of being an actor. He’d been bursting at the seams for a bigger life. But her “five minutes” comment wasn’t really fair. He never missed Ben’s birthday, and he almost always made it back for a few days over the holidays, even though his parents had moved to Florida right after he’d graduated from high school and left town. He’d been back a few other times when he was filming nearby. Even though she rarely saw him, their texts—and the fact that he was her first real love, even if he didn’t know it—had kept him in the forefront of her mind. Unfortunately, it also kept her heartbreak pretty close to the surface, no matter how deep she tried to bury it.

 
 
 
 
 

The Real Thing (Sugar Lake, #1)The Real Thing by Melissa Foster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Willow & Zane are the best of friends. He just has no idea how she feels about him. They have some seriously hot history. Now he needs her to help him out.

Zane tricks Willow into being a part of a charade. Be fake-engaged to me? Sure, like it is hard to pretend to be crazy about a guy she is head over heels for.

This is such an achingly sweet story with a real sexy twist. I absolutely loved it! I feel like this is the author's best work so far. I am excited to read more from the new Sugar Lake series.


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

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.
 

 

 

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