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review 2017-09-24 21:51
Review: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
Chasing Christmas Eve: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel - Jill Shalvis

4.25 stars - My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

 

You know those books that just make you smile when you read them? Chasing Christmas Eve is exactly that kind of story. Spence and Colbie’s romance is flirty and fun with a whole lot of warmth; it’s a holiday romance you can enjoy all year long.

I have a soft spot for nerdy heroes and Spence is a totally sigh-worthy one. He’s brilliant, sexy, generous, and kind – the perfect hero without ever becoming a cardboard character. He’s also quite wealthy and the way people have tried to use him for that wealth has made him wary and his friends protective. Spence was a pretty dreamy hero. He’s not without flaw – he has a huge problem with work/life balance – but I fell pretty fast and hard for him and was eager to see him get his happily ever after with Colbie. Colbie is a quirky, sweet heroine I adored. She’s also a bestselling author who is under so much pressure personally and professionally that she’s ready to crack. An accident involving rogue animals and a special fountain bring Spence and Colbie together and they click right away. Both of them are stressed out by their work, have been hurt in the past, and I liked that they understood one another so well. Colbie and Spence’s romance is both sweet and sensual and their slide into love had me sighing. Though they know from the outset their time together has an expiration date, I was rooting for them to take the leap, open their hearts, and find a way to make things work.

When Colbie flees New York for San Francisco to take a break from her life, she not only finds love, but a whole new group of friends. Colbie fits right in with the Heartbreaker Bay gang and the whole group made me go all warm and gushy. They’re the kind of characters you just wish were real so you could be friends with them. The Heartbreaker Bay cast is truly charming and helps make this story shine. Chasing Christmas Eve is classic Jill Shalvis in that it’s an excellent mix of humor and heart. I finished Colbie and Spence’s book a well-satisfied reader and I can’t wait for the next Heartbreaker Bay story!


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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review 2017-09-24 12:59
SEDUCED BY THE STRANGER by Allison Gatta
Seduced by the Stranger: A Napoline Roya... Seduced by the Stranger: A Napoline Royals Novel (The Napoline Royals Book 1) - Allison Gatta

   Tess, the black sheep of her family, has a one-night stand with Prince Antone Salvatore, the guest of honor. She has no idea who he is. He finds that refreshing. When she comes to him about being pregnant he thinks she is no different than any other woman he has met. But since the child is his heir he takes her home with him.

This sets up the Napoline Royals series and introduces the characters. I liked the characters and the storyline is a Cinderella story. The author has brought me into the story. I could feel the Tess' hurt, pain, and anger when Antone shuts her out. For her it is no different than her family's actions. She does show him though that she is ready to be at his side working for his country. He has to change his thinking. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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review 2017-09-24 11:50
SHADOW OF A HONEYBUN by Sam Cheever
Shadow of a Honeybun (Honeybun Fever) - Sam Cheever

Beginning of the Honeybun Fever series where some of the characters are introduced.  Dolfe is on a stakeout for a meth lab when he runs into Blaise who comes with a "date."  She's drunk and cannot keep up with her "date" so he leaves her so he can conduct his business there.  Gunshots ring out.

 

This is very short and is truly an introduction.  The segues between scenes is not always smooth and it feels like the story needs fleshed out at times.  The characters are good.  They make me want to read more of the series and more of them especially Blaise.

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review 2017-09-24 01:53
Review: Playing with Forever by Amy Andrews
Playing with Forever (Sydney Smoke Rugby Series) (Volume 4) - Amy Andrews

My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

 

Amy Andrews delivers the ultimate meet-cute when a hot cowboy/rugby player goes searching for help with the possibly possessed Great Dane he’s dog-sitting. Playing with Forever starts off on a high note as Ryder and Juliet’s initial meeting has all the humor and crackling chemistry I’ve come to expect from Ms. Andrews’s work. What follows is a seriously hot story that’s enjoyable, though not quite as engaging as the first three Sydney Smoke Rugby books because the characters didn’t feel fully developed.

Ryder was a pretty likeable hero who quickly went from a playboy to a man head over heels for Juliet. Ryder is charming, good-natured, and seriously sexy, but I never felt like I got to know his character well enough for him to hold my attention. As for Juliet…I really wanted to like her. She’s a woman with a dream who has been through a lot, but again, I didn’t ever really get a sense of who she was beyond the basics. Because of this, her rather frustrating habit of getting irritated with Ryder over little things made me irritated with her more often than not as the story progressed. Juliet isn’t a bad heroine, but I wanted more. The romance is mostly based on sex and because there wasn’t a lot of depth to Ryder or Juliet it was difficult for me to understand why they fell in love. That doesn’t mean Playing with Forever is a bad story. Ms. Andrews’s writing is so much fun that even with the issues I had with the romance, I still liked the story well enough. The supporting cast – both human and canine – added personality to the story. Tiny the Great Dane threatens to steal every scene he’s in and I adored any scene that featured Ryder’s teammates. So while Playing with Forever had its ups and downs for me, I absolutely love the Sydney Smoke Rugby series and cannot wait for more hot rugby heroes.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/09/review-playing-with-forever-by-amy.html
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review 2017-09-23 21:31
Review and rating includes short story 'Until the End of Time'
At Long Last - Shawn Lane

I read the LooseId edition which includes the short story 'Until the End of Time'.

 

Unfortunately there was way too much sex in this story for me. Even in a story where the characters get down and dirty on the first page I need relationship development and I didn't think I get it here. I wanted a delicious slow burn attraction and I got wham bam, thanks, but don't tell anyone I'm boning you every chance I get.

I found Preston to be selfish and I didn't think he redeemed himself at any point, not even in the short sequel. And the resolution to the conflict happened far too quickly. 

 

 

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