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review 2017-08-11 06:20
Hot & Bothered
Irresistible You (The Chicago Rebels Series Book 1) - Kate Meader

The Chicago Rebels series continues with the story about Remy and Harper.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and for full understanding of the series, I recommend reading this hot series in order.

 

Harper has had many emotional blows in a row.  Trying to be a good team owner, she makes the decisions based solely on what the team needs.  Always sacrificing her own needs to keep the team solid.

 

Remy had thought he would finish his career on a winning team.  Never thinking he would be traded at the eleventh hour.  Also not sure what to do about his feelings for his new boss.  They do not even get along most of the time.

 

Such a great addition to the series!  A very slow burn, and you know how I love those.  So many surprises in this story to enhance the read.  Hockey is always scrumptious to read about, and with a very hot couple who cannot stop touching each other - HOT!  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-02-06 20:57
Book Review: The Green Mile by Stephen King
The Green Mile - Stephen King

Stephen King should stick to writing these sorts of books. Don’t get me wrong, I love most of his horror stuff, but it’s this sort of subtle supernatural genre that I think really shows his talents as a writer and story-teller since the horror element isn’t overshadowing everything else within the novel.

 

The Green Mile is a little long, being comprised of 6 novellas and it is definitely slow-paced. That doesn’t mean it isn’t exciting, though! The slowness of the story really allowed me to delve into the characters and the story King has created. I felt like I got to know all the characters, especially Paul, whose first-person narrative it is. This made the action parts even better, since I had a connection with the characters and cared about them.

 

I liked how the narrative jumped from Paul as an old man living in a nursing home to Paul as a middle-aged man meeting John Coffey. I think it added a lot to the intrigue, as there were multiple mysteries you were trying to solve at once. The Green Mile has a great message and is a compelling story that will leave you in tears by the end.

I saw the movie before reading the book and honestly, if you’ve seen the movie, the novel won’t add all that much for you. The movie is very true to the book and captures the most important events. Naturally, the book has other elements that added to my appreciation of the story. The parallelism between the prison and Paul’s nursing home, for example, and a deeper understanding of the characters.

 

There were some things I didn’t like — like I said, the pace was too slow at times. But then again, King’s books always seem to drag just a little bit for me. I also didn’t like how at times the characters all laughed at something as if it were hilarious, and I didn’t think it was funny at all. Besides that, though, it was a good story and I enjoyed the read. I definitely recommend this.

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review 2016-10-27 08:05
Virtual Tour w/Review - To Love And To Cherish
  
 
After 8 years of waiting...he's got 1 month to make her his.

 

 
TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH
The Wedding Belles #3
Lauren Layne
Releasing Oct 18th, 2016
Pocket Books

 

 
Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, a contemporary and witty romance series about three high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding—but their own.
 
Alexis Morgan has spent the past six years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premiere wedding planning company, The Wedding Belles. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn towards her much neglected personal life, and Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Not a part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Belles, and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. But Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan’s all business, all the time—except when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss that leaves the usually cool and together Alexis reeling.
 

 

Logan has lusted after Alexis since the day he walked into the tiny Harlem apartment that used to double as her office. But the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable...until now. Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally clear that he’s not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister’s last minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it’s the perfect time to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets—and beneath the pinstripes and glasses lies a hot-blooded heartthrob. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan’s out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever...

 

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Hello.”

 

The sexy British accented startled Alexis out of her thoughts, and she glanced up, both alarmed and intrigued to find that the face that awaited her was every bit as appealing as the voice.

 

The man was about her age—early, maybe midtwenties—and ridiculously cute. His hair was dark and maybe just a touch too long, as though he intended to get a haircut but kept forgetting. The eyes were brown and friendly, accented by trendy black-framed glasses.

 

The chunky cable-knit sweater with elbow patches—for real—bordered on dorky, but then, Alexis had always had a soft spot for dorky. He had a bit of the Clark Kent thing going on, which had always been far more her type than the overrated Superman.

 

Hi,” she replied quickly, realizing that she’d been staring.

 

His smile grew wider as he extended a hand. “Logan Harris.”

 

Darn. Even the name was good.

 

Alexis,” she said.

 

Does that come with a last name?” he teased, lowering himself to the vacant barstool beside her.

 

Not to strange men,” she retorted.

 

I could buy you a drink. Get rid of the ‘strange’ part.”

 

Alexis’s smile slipped as she remembered that romance, even flirting, wasn’t part of her plan. She’d learned the hard way that she could have one or the other—her own business or a boyfriend—not both. And even if she wanted the latter, the latter didn’t want her back.

 

No thanks; I’m fine,” she said, letting the slightest amount of chill enter her voice. The ice-princess treatment, Roxanne called it.

 

Logan shrugged, undeterred. “All right then. May I borrow your menu?”

 

She nodded, and he picked it up, perusing it for several moments and paying her no attention.

 

It was both a relief and also a bit of an insult, if she was being entirely honest, to be given up on so easily.

 

Alexis tried to turn her attention back to her laptop but watched out of the corner of her eye as he finally shut the menu, waiting patiently to catch the bartender’s eye.

 

Hi there,” he said, when the bartender ambled back over. “I’d like a Stella, and a maybe bite to eat?”

 

Alexis didn’t miss the once-over that the bartender gave Logan before the curvy redhead leaned over the bar, displaying perky boobs as she clicked her pen and pulled a notepad out of her back pocket.

 

Shoot,” the bartender said flirtatiously, looking a good deal friendlier than she had when she’d spoken to Alexis.

 

Not that Alexis blamed her. A cute Brit could do that to a girl.

 

All right then,” Logan said. “I’d like the burger, medium, with Swiss. Fish and chips, extra tartar, and . . . how’s your chicken club?”

 

The bartender blinked. “It’s good. But you want all that?”

 

I do. Thank you.”

 

Suit yourself,” she said, scribbling Logan’s order on the pad.

 

Hungry?” Alexis couldn’t resist asking after the bartender moved away.

 

Logan gave a sheepish smile. “I’m a recovering student. I sometimes get so wrapped up in my day that I forget to eat.”

 

A recovering student. What does that mean?”

 

He turned slightly toward her. “Someone’s showing plenty of interest in a strange man.”

 

She bit her lip. “I’m sorry if I was rude before. I’m just not really in the market for . . . you know.”

 

He gave her an easy smile. “Everyone’s in the market for a friend, Alexis.”

 

She opened her mouth and then shut it as she realized he was right. She could use a friend. She’d spent her entire life in Boston and knew almost nobody in New York. This guy seemed nice and nonthreatening enough—what would be the harm in a little conversation over dinner? It had been too long since she’d had somebody to share a meal with.

 

Logan seemed to know the moment she capitulated, because he turned more fully toward her. “A recovering student, Alexis, is a recent graduate. One who hasn’t quite absorbed that there will be no more finals, no more requisite all-nighters, and no more dorm sex.”

 

Alexis laughed. “Undergrad, then?”

 

He gave her a wry look. “How young do I look, darling? MBA from Columbia. Just finished up end of last year.”

 

She felt a little stab of relief that he wasn’t twenty-two.

 

He leaned toward her slightly. “Twenty-five next month, just in case you were wondering. As a friend.”

 

She tried to hide her smile and failed. “Columbia, huh? You’re a long way from home.”

 

Noticed that, did ya?” He winked. “I came out here for undergrad, also Columbia. Always figured I’d go back to London and maybe someday I will, but . . .” He shrugged. “Seems I have stuff to do here first.”

 

Such as?” She took a sip of her wine, dismayed to see that it was half-empty.

 

Well, this will probably shock you, given my vast amount of brawn, but I’m an accountant. Or at least I will be, once I get my business up and running.”

 

Alexis was impressed. “Your own business?”

 

Most twentysomethings, even those with an entrepreneurial bent, opted to get a few years of work under their belts for someone else before branching out on their own.

 

He nodded. “I’m working out of my flat for now, but I’m hoping to lease some office space soon, get some legitimacy. If nothing else to get my father off my back.”

 

He’s not a fan of your plan?” Alexis asked.

 

Logan’s shoulder lifted, and for the first time he seemed a little sad. “Both parents have had it in their head that I’d come home. Run the family business in London.”

 

Which is . . . ?”

 

He spun his beer glass idly. “Financial consulting firm. My father’s the CEO, Mum’s the COO.”

 

Wow, that’s . . .”

 

Scary?” Logan supplied.

 

I was going to say impressive. That they work together—without killing each other, I mean.”

 

They’re in love. It’s atrocious,” he said with a wink. “What about your folks?”

 

Alexis laughed. “Not in love. They divorced when I was in high school. Dad’s remarried and happy now, I think. Mom not so much.”

 

And you?” he said. “Are you happy, Alexis?”

 

She pursed her lips, surprised and yet not entirely unsettled by the personal question. “It’s been a while since anyone asked me that. Since I even thought about it, really.”

 

Think it out. I’ll wait,” he said with a wink.

 

She didn’t have to think that long. “I’m almost happy.”

 

You sound quite confident on that.”

 

She shrugged. “Let’s just say that I need a few things to fall into place in my professional life, but once that happens . . . yeah. I’ll be happy.”

 

She’d make sure of it.

 

 

 

To Love and to Cherish (The Wedding Belles, #3)To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the 3rd and final book in The Wedding Belles series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this fantastic series in order.

Alexis & Logan met and became business partners shortly thereafter. He has always wanted more, but her single minded business kept them from pursuing more. Alexis has secrets from her past, and they may be why they are still apart.

Logan has been in love with her for the better part of a decade. Now time has run out. He has to make a decision and make it in a hurry. Can he have both? Does he want one more than the other?

This series nearly ripped me apart! This story was so - gah. How do I describe it? These characters have been throughout the entire series and without spoiling it for you, I finally got my HEA. Then, I got notice that this is the end of the series. Heart crushing, I tell you. I cannot wait for the next book out by this author. She never disappoints!


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

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Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!

 
 

 

 
 

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review 2016-10-27 06:14
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To Love and to Cherish (Wedding Belles) - Lauren Layne

This is the 3rd and final book in The Wedding Belles series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this fantastic series in order.

 

Alexis & Logan met and became business partners shortly thereafter.  He has always wanted more, but her single minded business kept them from pursuing more.  Alexis has secrets from her past, and they may be why they are still apart.

 

Logan has been in love with her for the better part of a decade.  Now time has run out.  He has to make a decision and make it in a hurry.  Can he have both?  Does he want one more than the other?

 

This series nearly ripped me apart!  This story was so - ugh.  How do I describe it?  These characters have been throughout the entire series and without spoiling it for you, I finally got my HEA.  Then, I got notice that this is the end of the series.  Heart crushing, I tell you.  I cannot wait for the next book out by this author.  She never disappoints!  I give this story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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text 2016-10-05 08:05
Blog Tour - Sparking The Fire

 

 

 

SPARKING THE FIRE

BOOK 3

A HOT IN CHICAGO NOVEL

KATE MEADER

Pocket Books

September 27, 2016

ISBN 9781476785936

$7.99

 

Praise for Sparking the Fire, Book 3:

 

“The tale of hot firefighters and the women—and one man—who love them has come to an end. Meader ends this series with role playing, fierce family loyalty and multiple orgasms. The male protagonist goes through a transformation that showcases his vulnerability, insecurities, possessiveness and protectiveness. The many instances of a family sticking together through it all are more than enough to tug on the heart strings, but the steamy sex and sentimental pillow talk make this book a must-read.”

RT Book Reviews Four Star Review, Scorcher

 

“Can a firefighter and a movie star really make it work? Meader (Rekindle the Flame, 2015) immerses you in Wyatt’s tight-knit family of foster siblings that she’s built throughout the Hot in Chicago series, and readers will feel like part of the family in no time. Her descriptions of Chicago will leave fans wanting to travel to the Windy City and fall in love with their own firefighters.”

—Booklist

 

 

About Sparking the Fire, Book 3:

 

Heating up reading lists this Fall will be Kate Meader’s highly anticipated Sparking the Fire, the “sexy and sassy” (#1 New York Timesbestselling author Jude Deveraux) steamy third novel in the Hot in Chicago series, where former lovers unexpectedly reunite for a sizzling affair that will have the director yelling, “Quiet on the set!”

 

AN OLD FLAME STILL SIMMERS…

 

Wyatt Fox, resident daredevil at Engine Company 6, needs a low key job to keep him busy while he recovers from his latest rescue stunt. Consulting on a local movie shoot should add just enough spark to his day. But then in struts Molly Cade: the woman who worked his heart over good, and then left him in the Windy City dust.

 

BUT WILL A NEW SHOT AT LOVE LEAVE HER BURNED?

 

Actor Molly Cade, America’s fallen sweetheart, finally has her shot at a Hollywood comeback with a dramatic new role as a tough-as-nails firefighter that promises to propel her back into the big time. And she’s not going to let anything stand in her way—even a certain brooding, blue-eyed firefighter she’s never quite been able to forget…Their story is straight out of a script: irrepressible, spunky heroine meets taciturn, smoldering hero. But these two refuse to be typecast, and when the embers of an old love are stoked, someone is bound to get burned…

 

 

About the Author:

 

Kate Meader was raised on romance. An Irish girl, she started with Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, and spiced it up with some Mills & Boon. Now based in Chicago, she writes romances of her own, where sexy contemporary alpha heroes and strong heroines match each other quip for quip. When not immersed in tales of brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, Kate lives on the web at katemeader.com.

 

 

 

Blog Tour:

 

September 14:

RT Book Reviews - Excerpt

 

September 20:

Heroes and Heartbreakers - Excerpt

 

September 23:

USA Today’s Happy Ever After - Excerpt

 

September 26:

Harlequin Junkie - Interview

Under the Covers - Interview

A Midlife Wife

Mrs. Leif’s Two Fangs About It

 

September 27:

Collector of Book Boyfriends

Literary Gossip

The Romance Reviews

Once Upon a Twilight

Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews

 

September 28:

Four Chicks Flipping Pages

In Between the Pages

Reviews by Crystal

Read Love Blog

 

September 29:

Abigail Books Addiction

Read Your Writes

Booklovers for Life

Dirty and Thirty

 

September 30:

Lush Book Reviews

Art, Books & Coffee

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

The Lovely Books

 

October 3:

The Romance Dish

Margie’s Must Reads

Girl Meets Books

Dirty Girl Romance

Jen’s Reading Obsession

Jackie’s Books ‘n Bags

What's Better Than Books?

TJ Loves to Read

Curvy and Nerdy

Hot Guys in Books

KT Book Reviews

Four Chicks Flipping Pages

 

October 4:

About That Story

Love is a State of Mind

Closet Geeks and Slow Mo

Book Junkiez

Books Are My Friends, Come See Why

Off-Grid-Momma’s Bookshelf

Fire and Ice Book Reviews

Polished Book Worm

Ingrid’s Book Blog

Thoughts of a Blonde

E-Reading After Midnight

 

October 5:

Cocktails and Books

WTF Are You Reading?

Alathia Paris Morgan

The Reading Café

Those Crazy Book Chicks

Anonymisses

The Sassy Bookster

Always Booking

I Love Romance

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

***Kitty's Book Spot!*** (You are here now)

Pretty Sassy Cool

 

October 6:

Bea’s Book Nook

Kricket’s Chirps Romance Blog

Ever After Book Reviews

Marie’s Tempting Reads

Jenerated Reviews

I’m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore

Ebookobsessed.com

A Fortress of Books

Author Liaisons

Sexy Bibliophiles

The Librarian – Blog Talk Radio Author’s on the Air - Interview Only - Listen Live at 7:30 pm ET!

Amy’s Books Obsession

 

October 7:

Once Upon a Page

Ramblings from this Chick

Southern Yankee Book Reviews

Dog-Eared Daydreams

Oh My Growing TBR

Bujoijoi22

After Dark Book Lovers

Literary, Etc.

Misty’s Book Bin And More

Fiction Fangirls

The Book Quarry

Red Cheek Reads

 

 

Sparking the Fire buy links:

 

S&S  ~ AMAZON ~ B&N  ~ BAM  ~ INDIEBOUND ~ IBOOKSTORE (ebook)  

KINDLE (ebook) ~ NOOK (ebook) ~ GOOGLE PLAY (ebook)   

 

 

 

**HOT TIP: Kate is also offering a $25 Amazon gift card during the Sparking the Fire release tour. It will run Monday September 26 to Friday October 7. Enter here.

 

Fire Giveaway:

 

We are excited to do a Fire Giveaway to celebrate the third in Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago series, Sparking the Fire. This giveaway will include Flirting with Fire (Book 1) and Playing with Fire (Book 2). You can visit all sites on the blog tour to enter the Fire Giveaways – but keep in mind you can only win once! U.S. only.

 

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