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review 2017-07-26 20:28
Candy Cane Caper (Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery) Kathi Daiey
Candy Cane Caper - Kathi Daley Candy Cane Caper - Kathi Daley

I really enjoyed this Cozy Mystery and it had me guessing to almost the very end. I voluntarily chose to review this book. I've given it a 5* rating. And it went right along with all the Christmas in July I've been hearing lately. I like that it touched on some issues too but just in the everyday crazy of the heroine's life.

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review 2017-07-21 07:07
Best friend
Eye Candy (Real Love) - Jessica Lemmon

Vince is in love with his best friend but has no idea how to tell her, or himself.  He knows these feelings are growing for this amazing woman he spends so much time with.  They both have been hurt so badly in the past.  Together, things are just right.

 

Jacqueline AKA Jackie really does want to have a fling to enjoy.  She is still stinging from the hard slap her ex gave her by choosing another woman.  With her best friend, she is a confident and fun woman.  Where is that confidence when she needs it most?

 

This story has a little bit for everyone.  There is humor, hot guys, sexy times, pop culture, movie quotes, and more.  Did I mention there is seriously hot men?  I love the banter and the friendship portrayed here.  What is so excellent for me, is that these two show how much they care, long before we get the words.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-07-19 21:49
I want candy, I want candy...eye-candy that is...
Tartan Candy - K.C. Burn

After being seriously hurt in an accident Raven's career in the adult film industry comes to an unexpected and abrupt end.  Struggling with his battered self-esteem, no job and no interest in sex. Raven accepts an offer to attend a high school reunion with an acquaintance of his former employer as their escort, companion, date whatever title you want to give it but Raven's very clear that there are no sexual favors involved. Sadly his client turns out to be a jerk, cutting the evening short Raven returns to his room only to discover that the air-conditioner in his room has broken down. This turns out to be the highlight of his day when Caleb the HVAC person contracted to service the hotel's system shows up at his door.

 

Raven's libido definitely sits up and takes notice at the sight of the sexy service man and Caleb isn't immune to the dark haired beauty who opens the door when he makes his service call. Problem is awakened libido or not Raven's got issues to get past before he's ready for a relationship that involves getting physical and Caleb needs to find his way out of the closet he's locked himself in.

 

However, whatever the issues may be on both sides them men are definitely attracted and spending time with each other and getting to know each other is not something that either of them truly has an aversion to.

 

Raven's life has been kind of sucky. He got dealt a bad hand when it came to parents. Mom was less than interested in being a decent mother and dad was less than present. So when he came out to his mom at the age of 18 it also meant coming home to his belongings on the front porch and changed locks on the front door. Raven picked up his things and did what he had to in order to make his way in the world. He's not ashamed of his time as a porn star but that doesn't mean he's taking out any billboards for it either. He wants to tell Caleb but not until they've had a bit of time together to cement their relationship.

 

Caleb just needs to man-up and find his way out of the closet. He's convinced himself that he can never be gay because his momma wants grandchildren and it's his duty to provided them and the family would never accept him being gay never mind that they accept his cousin Jamie who is unrepentantly gay and still part of the family and loved.

 

Mostly I really liked this story. I liked Raven and thought he was pretty damned courageous person. I loved how kind and caring Caleb was towards him and how he treated Raven. Taking him on dates and not pushing him for more than he was willing to give. I loved that Caleb enjoyed being able to just curl up with Raven and kiss and cuddle. It was so sweet and romantic and then it fell apart for somewhere around 85 - 90% (sorry, I listened to the audio here to this is a guesstimate).

 

Anyways, this is towards the end and the point at which Caleb finally finds out about Raven's career in adult films. Caleb's reaction blew me out of the water. I went from "I adore you, Caleb" to "Caleb you are a freakin' bag of dicks".  

Not only was he a dick about things with Raven, he even managed to insult his best friend and cousin Jamie and to make matters worse the part where he supposedly 'fixes things' just didn't work for me. It was too easy. Even if Raven didn't make him grovel, he damned well should have and to add insult to injury his line of BS about how once he found out he didn't think he'd be enough for Raven? Seriously...no, just no. There was no coming back from that for me. Up until this happened this story would have probably gotten 3.5 or possibly even 4 stars from me but within the space of a few pages I lost all my feels for this character and I'm still not sure that he deserves Raven's forgiveness.

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David Ross was the narrator for this audiobook and ironically I've only listened to one other audio book by this narrator and I have to confess it did not go well for me, so this is where the irony comes in because I enjoyed Mr. Ross's narration of this story. His voices were good and they worked for me. They suited the characters and while they maybe weren't totally consistent with what I imagined they still felt appropriate for the characters, so like I said they worked and they were expressive giving depth and feeling to his narration.

 

I have to admit I was looking forward to this story and up until around 85% I was really enjoying it, unfortunately the last part of the story took away from things in a big way.  So I'm going to move on to 'Plaid Versus Paisley' and cross my fingers and hope that things end up a whole lot better.

 

 

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review 2017-07-18 16:52
Eye Candy (Real Love) - Jessica Lemmon

Wow!  I really enjoyed this book!  The two main characters were wonderful!  

Jacqueline "Jackie" Butler is a co-vice president at a marketing firm.  Jackie has been divorced for 3 years now and is fed up with the dating life.  She spends most of her time with her co-VP, Vince Carson.  Vince is recently divorced and is starting to see Jackie in a different light....too bad Jackie has been drooling over some guy who runs past their work place around 11:45 am most days!  Vince thinks...let's get Jackie set up with Runner Guy and then when he breaks her heart, he can jump in and save her!  Vince convinces Jackie that he can coach her on how to get a date with Runner Guy and to do so they must spend a lot of time together.  Of course, Jackie does get a date and that's when the fun begins!

Vince isn't too happy about Runner Guy and his Green Monster really starts to show.  Vince really wants to tell Jackie how he feels but he is afraid of losing one of his best friends.  Through a round of some pretty entertaining "coaching" their true feelings for each other start to emerge, but both of them are hesitant to act on them.  After some fun convincing from Jackie's sister, Bethany and Vince's best friend, Davis these two finally will be moving in the right direction for their happy ending.

This story has such great characters and so many fun, laugh-out-loud moments.  What Bethany did to Runner Guy was perfect! ;)  I'm looking forward to Davis' story next!

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review 2017-07-17 21:07
Eye Candy
Eye Candy (Real Love) - Jessica Lemmon

Jackie and Vince both work for (and share the VP duties) of a marketing firm in Columbus, Ohio. Both were married and went through divorce. They became friends after Vince went through his. Vince is attracted to Jackie, but feels he has been put in the "friend zone." Jackie likes Vince, but feels he wouldn't be interested in her. Then, this hot jogger runs by Jackie's window at work most days and at the same time. She gets curious about him. Vince, in a moment of brightness (yes, sarcasm), decides she really, really needs to ask him (the jogger) out. 
Jackie does. Vince decided to "coach" her. See, this way he doesn't have to talk about......feelings. The most frustrating thing about this book was not talking about how they really felt. Some others issues too- while JT and Jackie were "dating" he was also seeing other people. But, that was construed as cheating. Jackie makes an assumption (a wrong one- shocker there) about Vince and then later Vince does the same thing to Jackie. 
Despite that, I was engaged in their story. I liked the writing. Once I started, it was hard to put down.

eARC courtesy of Random House Publishing Group (Loveswept) and NetGalley
Out July 25th

#rippedbodicebingo- I'm using this for the "The entire conflict could have been solved with one conversation" square. This would also work (if interested) for "Hero smells like some kind of tree." Vince "...who smells like a pine forest...." Kindle location 2643 

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