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review 2017-09-20 15:29
Great Story and Characters
Arm Candy (Real Love) - Jessica Lemmon

Grace found a two dollar tip left for her on the bar and there was a phone number and the  name Greg on one of the bills. Grace wondered if a guy really thought that worked on a bar mistress as Grace l8iked to be called and she worked at McGreevy’s Pub. Also Grace didn’t believe there was a real Mr. Right for a woman. Every relationship had an expiration date as far as Grace was concerned. Grace’s parents had been divorce lawyers and they were divorced then Grace’s dad took off and she tried but had no relationship with her dad that ended when he didn’t show up for her college graduation. Grace had worked at the pub since the beginning of summer. Davis comres in the pub most every day he asked they turned  the tv to CNN instead of sports for him. He had a seat at the bar that he claimed as his own. Davis ordered a bottle of Sam Adams and kept his eyes to the tv in between trading barbs with Grace. Lately he has paid more attention to Grace then she likes. Grace is attracted to davis so she copes with that with antagonism. Davis wears his standard attire of a pressed expensive suit. Davis noticed when Grace had changed her hairstyle. Even if Grace and davis had more than a passing curiosity about each other Davis likes his women in pearls not rhinestones. Blondes not redheads, loose pastels not skin tight skinny jeans, and no ornamental piercings and tattoos and Grace had both. Little did Grace know she excited Davis but he didn’t like it. Davis had a brush with that type of danger and he didn’t want to get burnt again. Davis dates a lot and the women aren’t exciting and blonde. Grace is a redhead and exciting. There’s nothing controlled or routine about Grace. Grace is hot in such a way that a man could go blind in both eyes and still notice Grace. Nothing’s as attractive as the way Grace’s voice dips into a husky alto when she is serious and when she lilts into laughter when she is not. Davis can’t pound out the tension brewing brewing between them in a marathon of sweaty no-holds- barred sex so they pick on each other. Grace’s brand of fiery excitement and unpredictability could disturb the smooth surface of his carefully maintained Zen. That davis can’t allow, he plays by his own set of rules and has for some time. Grace strikes davis as a girl who couldn’t be boring if she tried. Davis had been engaged to Hanna who was a redhead and they were to marry but she left him while he was standing at the altar and she was forever gone. Grace bets Davis he won’t ask a redhead out and he turns around and asks Grace out who he calls Gracie. Davis had slept with Grace but didn’t spend the night as tomorrow was the day Davis makes a sandwich and remembered how Hanna liked Brie cheese and the memories hit him and that hadn’t happened in four years he thought that would have been the last time but apparently not. Gracie had let davis know she would be there if he needed someone to talk to if he wanted to. Then Davis’s friend Vice asked Grace the last time she had seen Davis. Later she gets a call from Vince that Davis is home and alright but wants to be alone. Grace is still worried and goes to Davis’s house and he was on his way out and not even drunk . then davis tells Grace he was on his way to find her Davis had decided to get over what had happened to him that day but six years ago . They had slept together two times when Davis started to talk after they had sexz and told Grace he was suppose to have been married six years ago and told her about Hanna and what had happened.

I loved this story. I loved the the pace and plot. I loved how Gracie and Davis’s feelings grew throughout the book. I loved how Grace and Davis were with each other before their first date.  I loved how davis got the courage to back to the pub  after Grace broke up with him and hurt him  and went in even though Grace was on bar. Davis is a great character and my new book boyfriend. I loved how Vince and Davis were close and how they were with each other. I felt bad grace didn’t have a relationship with her dad until he was dying. This was an all around good read and actually seemed very realistic to me. I couldn’t find anything to complain about in this book and that is great. I loved the characters and the ins and outs  of this book and I highly recommend.

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review 2017-09-14 15:07
Assaulted Caramel
Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) - Amanda Flower

Author: Amanda Flower

Series:  An Amish Candy Shop Mystery #1

Rating: A solid 4 stars

 

Book Blurb: Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey’s up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.

She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebediah King’s chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .

 

This was a great read.  Bailey is a likable MC who has come to a crossroads in her life. What I liked about this start to a cozy series is usually the series start with the death of a family member or a divorce in the MC's recent past and our journey begins as she tries to pick up the pieces. Here, Flower decided to start her story as the catalyst for change is happening. Unusual, at least in the cozies I have read. It paid off. You know what's coming, but it was a welcome switch to be on the emotional ride that caused the MC to seek drastic change. 

 

Of course, the risk is that you then become attached to people that the MC has to inevitably say goodbye to. Rarely do cozies get me  as emotional as this one did. But it also meant I was invested, so when Bailey decides hey - I'm gonna upend my life to change, you get it.

 

The mystery in this book was great. Yes I suspected the murderer at some point, but there was enough red herrings to keep me guessing at least. There was a point towards then end I was thinking WHAT IS GOING ON? which is a good sign when I'm reading a mystery. Also the twists lead to other questions you know will be explored in future books, not all loose ends are tied up.

 

The minor characters, which are key for me to continue on with series like these, were likable. Aside from Nutmeg the cat, my favorite is questionable as to if they will be a part of future books - we were left on a cliffhanger as to their status. Won't elaborate cuz spoilers. Which guarantees I will be reading the next book when it comes out in February.

 

Would I recommend it? Without hesitation if you are a fan of cozy mysteries.

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text 2017-09-13 22:07
Reading progress update: I've read 46%.
Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) - Amanda Flower

The cat's name in this book is Nutmeg.

 

I LOVE THAT NAME.

 

You see him on the cover? Isn't he cute? I want a cat named Nutmeg!

 

About halfway through and this is a solid first-in-a-series so far. No awkward world building slowness. Held my attention from page one. I'm reading it for a Goodreads  challenge and had meh feelings about reading it, but I am pleasantly surprised. 

 

 

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review 2017-09-09 14:05
Heat
Arm Candy (Real Love) - Jessica Lemmon

This is the 2nd book in the Real Love series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and to enjoy and understand this series, I recommend reading in order.

 

Davis has wanted Grace for some time.  They banter and give one another a hard time.  This hides the sexual attraction nearly ready to explode between them.

 

Grace thinks she has never seen anyone hotter than Davis.  He is seriously out of her league.  Yet here he is, a regular of hers.  Can she take the chance on him?

 

This story was so much fun to read.  I enjoyed the characters from previous series books here as well.  I laughed, cried, and enjoyed every page.  I cannot wait for the next book in the Real Love series.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Book Spot!

 

 

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

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review 2017-09-04 09:21
Witty and Fun
Arm Candy (Real Love) - Jessica Lemmon

Arm Candy surprised me. When I sat down to read, I expected humor and I got that. What I didn't expect was the sweet story that unfolded in this romance. Davis and Grace each have their own issues about relationships and the one thing they agree on is that neither of them want one - until they do. The story has a good, steady pace and while their is some angst, the levity throughout lightens things up. The characters are interesting and so well developed, even the secondary characters were likable and made me want to know more about them. Davis and Grace have great chemistry and are so good together and their banter was witty and fun. I found myself at least chuckling and even laughing out right, but I have to say that my favorite part of the dialogue was Davis' speech at the end. When I have big, happy tears rolling, the author has certainly done her job. This is my first read by Jessica Lemmon, but it certainly won't be my last. She's woven a romantic tale that made me laugh, cry, and even had me fuming at a couple of characters. Arm Candy is emotional, funny, sweet, and oh so sexy. It's one that I can easily recommend to anyone who enjoys the genre.

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