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review 2018-02-09 21:56
Contemporary Romance
Earning It - Angela Quarles

Earning It by Angela Quarles is supposed to be a romantic comedy, and it did have some humor in it, but there was more angst than comedy.  This book is written in first person/alternating point of view format, my least favorite...I think this is a book that would have worked better in 3rd person.  Pepper and Luke's second chance story was loaded with drama, bits of humor, sizzle and fantastic characters.  I know this sounds like a negative review, but I did enjoy reading Earning It.  Earning It is book 1 of the Stolen Moments Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2018-01-09 04:12
This one had the makings of a really adorable story...older MCs, second chances, babies!!!! So much potential...
Earning His Trust - Alicia Nordwell

Evin is a single dad raising his son on his own...this wasn't the plan but you know what they say...life is what happens when we're busy making other plans. 

 

When Evin finds himself at the local emergency room following an accident in the kitchen while baking the last thing he expects to encounter is the man who he once thought he'd spend his life with. A man whose just as surprised to see Evin sitting in the patients chair much less see him sitting there with a small child in tow. But when opportunity knocks...Ben's willing to answer the door.

 

Ben thought that ending things between him and Evin was the right thing to do after college their lives were heading in different directions he was sure it was the best solution for them both. What he didn't realize was that years later he'd still love Evin and want him in his life even if it was only as friends. 

 

Ben quickly realizes that while he may want more what Evin truly needs is a friend and he's determined to step up and be that friend and if luck's on his side maybe he could win back Evin's trust and they'd get that happily ever after that he'd so carelessly thrown away.

 

I really liked that Ben was willing to be patient and to prove to Evin that a second chance was something that they both deserved and that Ben also recognized that Evin had some other issues that he needed to resolve before they could be together. 

 

In general this was a sweet story but unfortunately it seemed to keep getting lost in the day to day details to the point that at times it just really distracted from the developing romance for me. I think if there had been a little more focus on Ben and Evin rebuilding their relationship had been added it would have gone a long way towards helping me to become more invested in Ben and Evin being reunited. 

 

Mickey Hamm was the narrator for this story giving me 'a new to me author and narrator' to discover and while 'Earning His Trust' didn't work as well for me as I'd hoped it would I was comfortable with the author's writing style and am definitely think that there's potential for the future with this author and I definitely look forward to seeing what Mickey Hamm brings to the audio book format in future. I enjoyed the narration on this book and the narrator definitely added to this story in a positive manner for me. 

 

'Earning His Trust' appears to be the Mickey Hamm's first audio book and he definitely ticked off my 'what I look for in a narrator' list and I'll be keeping this narrator on my 'watchlist'. 

 

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An audio book of 'Earning His Trust' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-09-28 12:52
Earning His Trust by Alicia Nordwell
Earning His Trust - Alicia Nordwell
Earning His Trust tells the story of Evin. He is a single dad due to his partner being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is having a hard time of it, and just does his best to get by from day to day. Things go wrong when he severely burns his hand, and has to go to the hospital. There he receives another shock when he is treated by his ex-boyfriend, quite literally the one who got away. Ben is also shocked when he sees Evin, and wonders what has happened in his life to make him change from how Ben remembered him. So Ben makes it his mission to reunite with Evin, only as friends if need by, but hopefully more as Ben has never stopped loving him.
 
This was a great second chance novel that gives a lot detail in some area, but not so much in others. There is no explanation of why Ben disappeared without a trace, apart from he didn't think it would work. There's no explanation of how Daniel died, apart from he go shot. And Evin quickly decides to let Ben in, which came as a bit of a surprise given how much he had been hurt in the past.
 
Still, overall, this was a very good story, that kept my attention throughout. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I would recommend this book.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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review 2016-02-12 04:40
The game of love
Earning a Ring - Kristina Mathews

This is book # 4 in the More Than A Game series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  It would be better enjoyed with reader full understanding.  This can be achieved by reading the series in the order intended.

 

Bryce and Rachel have had an on and off again fling of sorts.  He can never seem to pin her down.  She has no plans for commitment.  Maybe he shouldn't either?

 

Rachel reports on his team for the local media.  She has insider access to both him and the team.  Who knew the attraction would get so hot?  

 

This story was such fun!  Lot's of heat, lots of laughter, and lots of great story.  I found this to be a hard book to put down.  Great addition to the More Than A Game series.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-02-09 17:52
Review - Earning a Ring (More than a Game #4) by Kristina Mathews
Earning a Ring - Kristina Mathews
The story is good, but the amount of inner dialogue from the characters was a bit much. I would have much preferred to have them talk to each other, or at least other people, about the way they were feeling. Bryce is actually a good guy, but clueless when it came to dealing with Rachel most of the time. Luckily he gets his act together and figures out what he needs to do for his family. I love the way Rachel is into baseball, since it is my favorite sport. I only wish she would have been more open with Bryce as well. Their chemistry is good, but this book was lighter on the sexiness. Overall a good read, looking forward to the next book in the series, there are plenty more Goliaths that need to find their HEA.
 
I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
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