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review 2017-09-14 07:27
Simple
The Cinderella Fantasy - Sara Jane Stone

Lucy plays a princess by day and is looking for her prince charming by night.  While having her brother and his best friend and business partner watch over her.  Too bad his partner pushes all her buttons, since he is not even in her league.

 

Jared stopped thinking of Lucy as a little sister when he got a good look at her legs.  She attracts him on several levels, but he does not want to mess up a good friendship with her brother by acting on that attraction.  Still, he cannot help the way he feels.

 

This is an amazingly sexy and fun story.  It puts so many elements together in a terrifically sweet package.  The characters banter, the ocean views, well... let's just say if it were a movie opening weekend would blow the critics away.  I loved the simple and strong characters and all that they are to one another.  I cannot wait to see more with this theme.  In my opinion, this is the author's best work to date.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-09-01 15:28
The Cinderella Fantasy (Playing the Princess) by Sara Jane Stone
The Cinderella Fantasy - Sara Jane Stone

 

Who doesn't love the fantasy?  The princess finding her prince in a world full of negativity and doubters. Whether pint - sized or adult shaped we all hang our dreams of happily ever after on a childish fairy tale. With The Cinderella Fantasy, Ms. Stone modernizes a legendary romance into a realistic and witty walk down memory lane.  Of course, no Sara Jane Stone tale would be complete without her special brand of seasoning to add spice to the canvas. Lucy and Jared are a reminder of why fantasies exists.  So we never lose the ability to hope.  As long as the heart is open, the mind will be also.  Dreaming gives the chance for the impossible to become a reality. 

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review 2016-09-27 18:55
Mixing Temptation, Sara Jane Stone
Mixing Temptation: A Second Shot Novel - Sara Jane Stone

I really enjoyed this romance.Because it deals with abuse, this one is not suitable for the under 18 group, although it covered a lot of the issues that go along with it. Parts of this story, were very uplifting and towards the end, caught a few tears falling. A very nice job. I've given this a 4.5* rating.

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review 2016-06-17 08:05
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STIRRING ATTRACTION
Second Shot #2
Sara Jane Stone
Releasing June 7th, 2016
Avon Impulse
 
 
The second, sizzling book in Sara Jane Stone's Second Shots series...
 
When Dominic Fairmore left Oregon to be all he could be as an Army Ranger, he always knew he’d come back to claim Lily Greene. But after six years away and three career-ending bullets, Dominic is battered, broken, and nobody's hero—so he stays away. Until he learns Lily has been the victim of a seemingly random attack. He’ll do anything to keep her safe . . . even go home.
 
Lily is starting to find a life without Dominic when suddenly her wounded warrior is home and playing bodyguard—though all she really wants is for him to take her. But she refuses to play the part of a damsel in distress, no matter how much she misses his tempting touch. He’ll leave as soon as she’s safe and Lily knows her heart will never heal.
 
 
But as attraction stirs to so much more, danger closes in. With more than Lily’s heart at stake, Dominic can no longer draw a line between protecting Lily and loving her . . .
 
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Prologue

 

 

“You painted your toenails pink.”

 

 

Dominic Fairmore stared at Lily’s bumble-gum colored nails. He didn’t trust himself to look up. Downstairs, his dad’s dogs made the familiar trip to the water bowl and back, probably stopping to sniff the bag of Chinese take-out he’d abandoned on the kitchen table. The animals’ nails tapped against the hardwood floors, but otherwise silence filled the farmhouse. His little sister was at the beach and his dad was pulling a double at Forever, Oregon’s woefully understaffed police station. And yeah, he kept track of their locations because at twenty-two he still lived at home.

 

 

Lily raised one perfect eyebrow. “I have two hours before my mom expects me home and you’re looking at my toenails?”

 

 

Her ironic tone pushed him damn close to his breaking point. He’d take her. Here. Now. Against the wall, pictures falling to the floor. Because he knew she reserved her humor for him. The rest of Forever saw a blond-haired, blue-eyed woman who charmed a room full of five-year olds day after day. A girl who’d been born here, grown up here, and put herself through the local university while still living at home to care for her wheelchair-bound mother and alcoholic father.

 

 

But Dominic saw the only girl he’d ever loved. If he closed his eyes, he could still picture her, walking down the halls of their high school. She’d been one year ahead of him. She’d graced the dreary high school halls with her sunshine smile and confidence. And yeah, her short skirts.

 

He’d memorized the way her cheerleaders outfit teased her thighs while she led the squad her senior year. He’d been a junior, but already shepherding the football team to one victory after another. And sometimes it felt like he busted his ass on the field and won the game just to see her smile . . .

 

 

But he couldn’t close his eyes and block out the way Lily looked right now. His gaze drifted up her calves. Every inch of bare skin wrapped around his heart like a noose. He took in the curve of her thighs and tried to go slow. His jaw tightened and his eyes disobeyed.

 

Fuck slow.

 

His gaze locked on the slip of fabric disappearing between her legs.

 

 

“Your panties match your toenails,” he growled. There wasn’t a hint of humor in his voice. He couldn’t picture laughing now. In two days, he’d wreck her heart. He would shatter their love and leave her with nothing but memories and the promise that he’d come back.

 

I swear I’ll come back for her.

 

But so much could change while he was on the other side of the country training to be all he could be. And later, once he deployed, on the other side of the world.

 

Two more days. Two more nights. How many times could he make love to this woman before they ran out of time?

 

 

“Are you sure they match?” she teased. Her fingers brushed the waistband of her panties and then her thumbs slipped beneath the pink fabric.

 

 

His hands formed tight fists at his sides, watching as she drew her underwear down to her toes. Her upper body stole away his view of the blond curls, instead offering the sight of her full, bare breasts hovering in front of her legs. Long locks of blonde hair drifted down as she compared the color of her underwear to her nail polish.

 

 

“Lily,” he growled and stepped closer.

 

 

She glanced up at him and slowly, as if she knew every movement of her body turned him on and pushed him closer to that place where he lost control. But hell, after six years together, Lily Greene damn well knew how to drive him crazy with lust and longing.

 

 

“My nails are a light pink. I think the bottle said ‘Ballet Slipper.’ But my underwear is closer to fuchsia.” She tossed her panties at him. “See?”

 

 

Years of training on the football field kicked in and he caught the slip of fabric in his right hand. “You’re right,” he said and he took a step forward. He threw her underwear down to the carpet without bothering to study them.

 

 

“You need to be home in two hours?” he asked.

 

 

Her teasing smile faded at the reminder of the reality beyond the bedroom walls. “You know I do.”

 

 

“We might not have time for the Chinese food.” He momentarily blocked his view as he drew his ‘Go Army!’ T-shirt over his head. He discarded the reminder of where he was heading in two days’ time. He wanted to leave this town and the dead-end future it promised, but not Lily.

 

 

“I hate Chinese,” she said.

 

She reached forward and grabbed onto the belt buckle his father had given him after he won the state championship with his high school football team. He pressed his palms flat against the wall, one on either side of her head. He couldn’t touch her. Not yet.

 

 

“I know.” He allowed her to pull him close, her fingers working to free his belt and undo his jeans. “I didn’t want to run the risk that you would want to eat first.”

 

 

She smiled as her hands won the battle with his belt. Drawing his zipper down, she leaned forward and whispered in his ear. “Smart man.” Her hands pushed his pants over his hips and then went in search of their target.

 

 

“Lily,” he gasped as her fingers wrapped around the part of his body that thought ‘slow’ spelled disaster. Hell, it just might. He wanted her so damn much he might come in her hand. “Careful,” he added. “Or I’ll be about as useful as I was the first time. In the front seat of my truck.”

 

 

“Have as much self-control now as you did at seventeen?” she challenged, her hand moving up and down now.

 

 

“You know it.” He took his right hand off the wall and cupped her jaw. Angling her lips up to meet his, he kissed her. He knew her mouth. He’d memorized the way she liked his tongue to tease hers.

 

His hand moved down her neck and over her shoulder. His fingers froze, hovering on her collarbone. He knew the feel of her soft skin as well as he knew his own. But dammit, he couldn’t take the weight of her breast in his hand, her nipple brushing against his palm, and still maintain control.

 

She broke the kiss. “Don’t hold back, Dominic,” she whispered. “You never have before. Don’t start now. You know how to touch me. You’re the only one—”

 

His growl cut off her hushed words. He was the only one who knew the color of her panties. The only man in her bed. The only one who heard her sly humor. And yeah, the only man in Forever, Oregon who loved her.

 

For now . . .

  

 Stirring Attraction (Second Shot #2)Stirring Attraction by Sara Jane Stone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is # 3 in the Second Shot series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. In order for the reader to have complete understanding for this relationship story, I recommend reading the series in order.

Dominic and Lily were an item for many years. He left to serve his country. He could not wait to get out of what he felt was the small town to no where. Now, he is back to help Lily. She no longer wants his help.

Lily survived a tragedy that would have ravaged a lesser woman. She doesn't want Dominic back on these terms. She wanted him to come to her on his own. Can they learn from their losses and love again? Only time will tell...

Such a hot and sweet read. I loved their story. I really enjoy how this series is all connected. Full of great and complicated characters. I cannot wait to read the next installment.


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

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After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! Visit www.sarajanestone.com and look for her newsletter entry form.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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review 2016-05-18 04:03
Forever yours
Stirring Attraction: A Second Shot Novel - Sara Jane Stone

This book is # 3 in the Second Shot series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  In order for the reader to have complete understanding for this relationship story, I recommend reading the series in order.  

 

Dominic and Lily were an item for many years.  He left to serve his country.  He could not wait to get out of what he felt was the small town to no where.  Now, he is back to help Lily.  She no longer wants his help.

 

Lily survived a tragedy that would have ravaged a lesser woman.  She doesn't want Dominic back on these terms.  She wanted him to come to her on his own.  Can they learn from their losses and love again?  Only time will tell...

 

Such a hot and sweet read.  I loved their story.  I really enjoy how this series is all connected.  Full of great and complicated characters.  I cannot wait to read the next installment.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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