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review 2017-05-18 07:40
Second Impressions
The Beauty Within - Savannah J. Frierson

I have been a fan of this author since Trolling Nights. I've had several of her books in my tbr pile and I decided to read this one on my Kindle. I really liked this book. It starts out in an unusual fashion. Tyler and Gunnar do not have good first impressions. In fact, Gunnar is actually a jerk to Tyler when they first meet. Gunnar is a gym owner and he has to take his personal trainer's new client and his current girlfriend had pissed him off and he's not happy about it. His behavior reminds Tyler of her insecurities with her weight.

Gunnar is man enough to admit when he's being a tool. He apologizes and finds that he's very attracted to Tyler. Truth be told, Gunnar never seemed to have an issue with Tyler's weight, but he's willing to help Tyler train to be more healthy since her weight was giving her back problems. As they spend time together, the attraction grows into something much more.

I've heard some of Savannah J. Frierson's readers don't like her insecure heroines. That doesn't bother me. I think that's realistic. Most women are insecure about something about themselves, be it external or internal. I think it makes her heroines relatable. I think that one could argue that her heroes are too perfect, but Gunnar definitely isn't that. He's a good guy and he makes up for being a jerk, but he did behave that way. And his past in LA showed that he was fallible and has made mistakes. I liked both of them. I enjoyed their romance. Their relationship was sexy and romantic. I also liked how the author integrated some real life issues into the story, from poor body image, the impact of broken relationships, drug abuse, and body abuse to fit an unrealistic ideal. It wasn't done in a preachy way, which I appreciated.

I also liked how Gunnar's Swedish heritage was integrated into the story. He would use words from his parents' native language, since he spoke it fluently. Also Tyler's culture as a black Southerner was integral. I liked how Tyler was really close to her sister and the fact that her sister's man worked for Gunnar and was friends with him. Their conversations felt authentic to me. Also, the characters have unique professions. Gunnar is an ex-model and gym owner and Tyler owns and runs a barber shop.

I went through a phase where I read a lot of BBW heroines (big, beautiful women) and I sort of fell out of it. I still like the sub-genre and the fact that a woman could be larger sized and still be appreciated by a man without losing weight. I think this was handled well in the book. Tyler focuses on getting healthy (although she does go in a more unhealthy direction with the weight loss and that is a huge trigger for Gunnar). I think that was good that Frierson factored this in, because it's important to be healthy in losing weight. What I loved the most was that Gunnar appreciated her before she lost weight, and my hope is that Tyler comes to embrace herself in the shape she comes and not focus on an unhealthy ideal.

This isn't my favorite by Frierson, because I love Trolling Nights and Being Plumville so much, but I did enjoy it a lot and would recommend this book to contemporary romance readers, and those interested in interracial romance.

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text 2016-12-26 16:11
Come Home Again By Nana Malone Free!
Come Home Again: BWWM New Adult Romance (The Donovans Book 1) - Nana Malone

Anything can be fixed with a little Duct Tape and sass…

At least that’s what celebrity fixer, Delilah Donovan, used to think. She prides herself on being able to handle anything. But when she’s asked to fix the new CEO of Synth Games, she never dreams she’ll come face to face with the only man to ever break her heart.

The past can't always be fixed...

When a friend calls in a long ago favor, reformed hacker, Nate Williams, worries that his shady past will come back to haunt him. As acting CEO of Synth Games, he needs to make the world believe he’s CEO material. Too bad the one person who can help him is the one woman he had to leave behind.

Will Nate bury his demons for good or will his past dictate his future? Can Delilah rise to this challenge or will Nate shatter her heart…again.

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text 2016-11-24 16:39
A DOCTOR'S UNWANTED MIRACLE TWINS by Mia Caldwell 99 cents and Kindle Unlimited
Doctor's Unwanted Miracle Twins (BWWM Romance) - Shawna Washington,Interracial Love

This looks like fun crazysauce! 

 

Oksana Davies is a successful lawyer who has put her social life on hold despite her wishes to have kids. With her biological clock ticking, and fearing it's too late to have children, she decides fertility treatments are her best option.

Nick Carradigne is a fertility specialist and one of the best doctors in the industry. When Oksana comes in for fertility treatments, he can't help but be a bit attracted to this ebony beauty, but fights his attraction to her as she is engaged, and a patient after all.

But then the unthinkable happens, the fertility treatments are unresponsive and Oksana's engagement is broken off. Left in tears, through sheer chance she meets Nick again and can't help notice his tall, lean physique, salt and pepper blonde hair and piercing green eyes.

No longer a patient of his, and Oksana being newly single, Nick pursues her aggressively and they start a relationship together, despite the wishes of Nick's grandmother, who is almost like a mother to him. Months go by and things go great at first, but Oksana soon realizes Nick wants a family and wonders if she'll ever be able to have kids.

But with two miracles just around the corner for her, will Oksana be able to hold on?

And will Nick's hateful grandmother stuck in her own ways keep these two destined to be together apart?

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review 2016-10-16 23:20
Earned By The Billionaire
Earned by the Billionaire: A Sweet BWWM Romance - Shani Greene-Dowdell

Title: Earned by the Billionaire: A Sweet BWWM Romance Author: Shani Greene-Dowdell Publisher: S.G.D. Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rate: Five Review: "Earned by the Billionaire: A Sweet BWWM Romance by Shani Greene-Dowdell My Thoughts..... I liked this story! This author did a wonderful joy with giving the readers a story that begins with how Kayla was feed up with her boyfriend that wasn't giving her what she wanted and ending it. I was glad to see her get out of that situation and meeting Rusty the billionaire was just the icing on the cake for her. But was it? I will say as I was reading this novel I thought it was somewhat predictable, however as I kept reading I did find it somewhat different with some twist and turns that this author gives the reader that made the read somewhat different from my previous thoughts about the read. I would like to explain more but I don't want to give away too much! All I will say is that this was very well done by the author! Now, I will have to say that communication was definitely needed and was lacking that did bring about some major problems however, it seems like in the end ... well, I will stop here and say I don't want to give it all away but just tell the reader to pick up the good read for a sweet beautiful story of Kayal and Rusty. Truly Rusty had quite a story about what had happen earlier in his life that was indeed sad. However, will Kayla be able forgive Rusty in the end for not sharing with her about his situation? Will Kayal and Rusty be able to move on and find their HEA in the end? This was definitely one of those reads that was about 'life, faith, hope, tragedy, trust, death and love' that will keep your turning the pages till the captivating end. The characters from Kayla, Pam, Ju, Helen, Rusty, Cassandra and Paula to name a few gives the novel quite some storyline being well developed, portrayed and in the end one good interesting read. Another reason I enjoyed this read was that it is a standalone read.

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review 2016-09-25 21:48
Sevyn
Sevyn: Adult Paranormal Romance (BWWM Romance) (The Smoke & Fire Series Book 4) - Michele Wesley

I hoped that I borrowed this via Kindle Unlimited, but I didn't.  I paid $.99 for it and I'm disappointed.  I read to the 20% mark - part way through the fourth chapter.  This is very poorly edited.  And the first few chapters are nothing but an information dump about the heroine and what a badass she is.  Sevyn/Dana is perfect.  She looks perfect.  She acts perfect.  She dresses perfect.  She can fight.  She's a business genius.  Her brothers and father want only to marry her off because that's what they think she's built for, even though they take business advice from her.  Neal is the 10 zillionth body guard that's been assigned to her.  I quit and marked this DNF just after he meets Dana and she tries to shake him off/lose him, as she's done all the other body guards.  Their first interaction is cheesy and I was bored.

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