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review 2017-09-16 22:58
Release Day ARC Review: Finding Mr. Wright by B.A. Tortuga
Finding Mr. Wright (Dreamspun Desires Book 42) - BA Tortuga

What do you get when you mix the enemies-to-lovers trope with a pinch of doing-the-bossman and an almost FUBAR wedding plan?

Finding Mr. Wright, is what.

Mason is a wedding planner in Colorado. His most recent contract calls for a 200-person wedding and reception at the Leaning N Ranch where Ford and Stoney (from the first book) have been busy creating a fabulous destination for weddings and other such things, all LGBTQ friendly. Yurts included. I had to google what a yurt is, but now I know.

Anyway, a few days before the wedding, Noah Wright, whose office has so far communicated with Mason by phone/email about this huge wedding, comes up to the Leaning N from Dallas, where he's got a gazillionaire oil business, to make sure everything is as planned but finds out that someone somewhere FUBAR'd - Sam isn't one of two grooms, as Mason assumed, but the bride, and as her brother, paying for the shindig, he ain't none too pleased. Matter of fact, Noah acts much like an entitled jerk at first, but the author did a fine job making him a lot more likable as the book progressed. 

But Mason is of course a professional, no matter how much he wants to climb Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome at first sight even if he's a bit snotty and snarky, and quickly rearranges things to be fit for a princess. 

Noah is impressed. Intrigued. And definitely in lust.

I quite liked this. This author has an uncanny knack for writing fun characters, and I enjoyed my time reading this book. Of course it's super tropey - this is a Dreamspun Desires title after all - but when you take away all the OTT and super rich stuff, you're still left with two men who fall hard and fast (with sexy times too), and decide that nothing shall stand in their way to their HEA. Well, Mason might not be so convinced at first, but Noah is - and what Noah wants, Noah gets. They figure it out, y'all, as they should. 

It was lovely to revisit with Ford, Stoney, and all the folks on Leaning N - they played a big part in Mason pulling off the wedding after the big oops, and I hope we'll get to see more of them in a future book. Sam, the bride, and her groom were a fun couple too, even if Sam came across as a wee bit on the spoiled side, used to getting her way. Seriously, a climbing wall? 

There were a few moments toward the end where Mason has some doubts, understandably so, based on what he's being told. I mean, I knew that they would get their HEA, but for a short while there, I was a little worried that things might not work out as planned. Mason actually shows some backbone throughout, and refuses to let Noah walk all over him. Good for him, that. 

It's a feel-good read, which is what I expect from one of these titles. This was an excellent addition to this series, and while it can be read as a standalone, why would you want to? Read 'em both, I say. They're worth it.


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2017-09-14 18:39
Book Review For: Dirty Little Secret Kendall Ryan
Dirty Little Secret (Forbidden Desires Book 1) - Kendall Ryan

'Dirty Little Secret' by Kendall Ryan is the First Book in the New Series called "Forbidden Desires". This is the story of Emma Bell and Gavin Kingsley and there story doesn't end with this book. It continues into book Two "Dirty Little Promise" So there will be a cliffhanger at the end of this book.
Emma is a Librarian who is just getting back her life after after about a year ago she got away from her controlling and abusive boyfriend. In that time she has been going to a coffee shop were Gavin too is going. They have never spoken and this goes on for several months. Gavin has turned into Emma's dream about boyfriend. When she thinks he leaves her his business card in the tip jar she starts to research him and that leads her to his company. Gavin runs a Expensive Escort Service. There she meets Cooper who is Gavin's younger brother and Quinn the older brother Cooper is friendly and outgoing where Gavin isn't. Cooper talks Emma in being a face of their business by going to social scene with him and Gavin. So she goes out with each guy to whatever social scene they have to help promote the business. Emma's attraction for Gavin is just growing. While Gavin is finding it harder to ignore Emma. But Emma looks like an old Girlfriend that ended up dying. In addition, what Cooper thought he would get with this ideal was to bring Gavin back to who he used to be....but Cooper is finding himself starting to have feelings for Emma.
Loved this book and cannot wait for the next book!!!!
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review 2017-09-14 01:17
Dirty Little Secret (Forbidden Desires Book 1) - Kendall Ryan

Emma Bell is a librarian and recently broke up with a guy who abused her.  All she wants to do is get control of her own life again.  Every day Emma goes into a coffee shop to get her usual tea order and waits until He enters...her "pretend" boyfriend!  One day he orders, looks at Emma, then drops his business card into a glass jar and leaves.  Emma takes this card to find out who he is and that's when the real fun begins.

Gavin Kingsley is President and co-owner of Forbidden Desires, a high end escort service.  He knows he shouldn't be attracted to the sweet girl he sees every day at the coffee shop, but he couldn't help it.  He left his business card hoping she would take it and make the next move.  Imagine his surprise when Emma shows up at his office!  The receptionist thinks she is there to interview for the open escort position and brings her to Gavin's office.  Gavin's brother, Cooper is also there.  Both guys are immediately drawn to her.  Gavin is dark and mysterious while Cooper is open and friendly.  Cooper knows about Gavin's past and his hidden secrets and he is very curious about his brother's obvious attraction to this girl so he sets his brother up to hire her to be their personal escort.  Of course Emma didn't come to the office for this job but she could use the money to fix up her grandma's old house so she agrees to their proposition.

The attraction between Gavin and Emma was so obvious and I just loved the way Cooper played that up, taunting his brother!  Things progress quickly between Gavin and Emma and things seem to be great until Emma finds out about Gavin's hidden secret!

This book ends on a cliffhanger and I can not wait until I get my hands on the next one!  I could not put this book down.  I just loved Emma...she was nice and sweet but she was also getting control of her life again and was a little ballsy at times.  Gavin is an alpha with a tortured soul...everything that makes for a perfect romance!  Great start to a new series!

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review 2017-09-12 16:26
Dirty Little Secret (Forbidden Desires) by Kendall Ryan
Dirty Little Secret (Forbidden Desires Book 1) - Kendall Ryan

 

It's no secret that Kendall Ryan can get down and dirty with the best of them.  Her talent shines through in every tale she pens, however there is also a sweetness to the naughtiness that keeps me thirsting for more.  Dirty Little Secret is more than just a sexy romp, it touches on some hard subjects.  Like obsession, fantasy and opening up to love. There's an edge of intensity that tends to overshadow the romance but the emotions add to the mystique of Emma and Gavin's relationship.  Ultimately, Ms. Ryan tempts readers into continuing the journey in the future with this alluring duo. A wonderful start to an intriguing series.

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review 2017-09-02 00:30
Release Day ARC Review: Finding Mr. Wrong by Charlie Cochet
Finding Mr. Wrong (Dreamspun Desires Book 41) - Charlie Cochet

This story had a solid plotline, but suffered from a bit of overload with all the extra stuffing.

Matthew Hart is a successful business man and the heir to family fortune and high-end furniture and interior decoration company Hart and Home. Twenty years ago, he thought himself in love with Jax Foster, but when Jax and his father disappeared overnight, Matthew was crushed and hasn't really had a serious relationship since. When he has a near-death experience brought on by a severe allergy, he becomes a little scared about the future and decides he needs to find a husband and have children to carry on the family legacy. He even creates a list of attributes this husband needs to have. 

Jax Foster loved Matthew Hart, but his father's gambling addiction and subsequent debts required that they ran from the town. Jax resents his father for what he's put him through, but also loves the man and cannot leave him to his own devices. He's making a name for himself as an artist, designing and creating stained glass pieces. 

When a customer of Hart and Home requires special stained glass inserts for his doors, Matthew and Jax's paths cross and converge.

Mr. Hart Sr, Matthew's father, and Adam, Matthew's PA, both help this along. I liked both of these side characters, especially Adam who really looked out for Matthew.

As Jax and Matthew rekindle their romance, and some truths come out, the suspense part of the plot increases. We have attempted murder, a kidnapping, a mobster enforcer named Rai whom Adam would like to climb like a tree, and Matthew's cousin and crazy wife also play a role.

The sex is hot, with lots of dirty talking, the dialogue had some bite on occasion, and though I didn't like the obvious "big misunderstanding", I did like their relationship. Having both Matthew and Jax alternate in being the narrator helped to understand both of their perspectives, their hopes, and their fears, and made them more sympathetic to me. I could understand that Jax didn't want to give up on his father, despite the addiction, and I could understand that Matthew was wary Jax would run again. 

The lone female in this book was the designated villain, something that I don't particularly care for, and her portrayal was totally OTT. I could believe the mobster money collector, and I could even believe that Adam had the hots for him (hopefully, these two will get their own book), but all in all, it was just a little bit too much, even for a Dreamspun Desires title.

The romance though, that second chance at love, was well done, and I wanted Matthew and Jax to find their HEA. Which, no spoiler here, they did.

Charlie Cochet's writing style is a good fit here, and thankfully not flowery at all. The plot flowed smoothly, without any lulls, and I was engaged throughout the book. It fits within the series by having a somewhat implausible setting (Matthew being a young, hot, successful and rich guy, partnered with a young man from the wrong side of the tracks - fabulous trope, that) and the scenarios within are not close to the realm of realism, but it's entertaining nonetheless. There's not a whole lot of in depth character development, but I didn't expect that from this book. I do expect a whirlwind emotional romance when I read a title in this series, and I got that here. Mission accomplished.


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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