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review 2019-01-18 01:00
Book Blitz: Kissing Princeton Charming by C.M. Seabrook & Frankie Love with Giveaway
Kissing Princeton Charming
C.M. Seabrook & Frankie Love

Publication date: January 17th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

We have reputations for a reason.

His?

Spencer Beckett:

Princeton Charming. Ivy League Playboy. Rich AF.

Hers?

Charlotte Hayes:

Campus sweetheart. Virgin. Working her booty off to get through this last semester.

When a bet pushes these two together it’s fire and ice … and Charlotte is melting.

Fast.

But Charlotte has a chip on her shoulder. She doesn’t believe that fairy tales exists in the real world.

One kiss tells her this is a bad idea.

Two kisses tells her he’s too good to be true.

Three kisses and she’s royally screwed.

Spencer Beckett might be everyone else’s Prince Charming but can he sweep this princess off her feet.

 
 
EXCERPT:
 
His eyes are bright, like he sees something he likes, something he wants. It takes me a moment to realize that thing is me.
 
His hand cups my cheek. “You are an enigma, Charlie Hayes.”
 
I draw in a tight breath. “And you are very smooth.”
 
Wait, how does he know my last name? Or for that matter where I live. This whole thing is unnerving.
 
“You like smooth?” His mouth is so close. His lips practically on mine.
 
God, I want him. But warning bells blare in my head. I should tell him to leave. Instead, I stutter over words, “I’ve never had smooth.” It’s the truth. I’ve had boys kiss me who didn’t know what they were doing, sloppy and unremarkable. I’ve had guys kiss me who were desperate and trying way too hard.
 
But Spencer Beckett is neither a high school boy nor a clingy college guy. He is something else entirely. He knows what to do as he lifts my chin ever so slightly. As he licks his lips, tempting me to lick my own. His eyes search mine and for a moment I feel found — or at least seen.
 
“You said yes before,” he rasps, blue eyes searching mine.
 
I whimper, “I…”
 
“I’m going to kiss you now, Charlie.” His head lowers, and his lips brush against mine before I have a chance to change my mind.
 
One kiss and I know I’m in trouble.
 
One taste and I know my resolve is gone.
 
 
Author Bio:
Frankie Love writes filthy-sweet stories about bad boys and mountain men. As a thirty-something mom who is ridiculously in love with her own bearded hottie, she believes in love-at-first-sight and happily-ever-afters. She also believes in the power of a quickie.

Author links:
 
 
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Amazon bestselling author C.M. Seabrook writes hot, steamy romances with possessive bad boys, and the passionate, fiery women who love them. Swoonworthy romances from the heart!
 
Author links:
 
 
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text 2019-01-17 07:10
Book Blitz - Kissing Princeton Charming

Kissing Princeton Charming
C.M. Seabrook & Frankie Love


Publication date: January 17th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 

We have reputations for a reason.

 

 

His?

 

Spencer Beckett:

 

Princeton Charming.

 

 

Ivy League Playboy.

 

Rich AF.

 

 

Hers?

 

Charlotte Hayes:

 

Campus sweetheart.

 

 

Virgin.

 

Working her booty off to get through this last semester.

 

When a bet pushes these two together it’s fire and ice … and Charlotte is melting.

 

Fast.

 

But Charlotte has a chip on her shoulder. She doesn’t believe that fairy tales exists in the real world.

 

One kiss tells her this is a bad idea.

 

Two kisses tells her he’s too good to be true.

 

Three kisses and she’s royally screwed.

 

Spencer Beckett might be everyone else’s Prince Charming but can he sweep this princess off her feet.

Goodreads / Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXCERPT:

 

His eyes are bright, like he sees something he likes, something he wants. It takes me a moment to realize that thing is me.

 

His hand cups my cheek. “You are an enigma, Charlie Hayes.”

 

I draw in a tight breath. “And you are very smooth.”

 

Wait, how does he know my last name? Or for that matter where I live. This whole thing is unnerving.

 

“You like smooth?” His mouth is so close. His lips practically on mine.

 

God, I want him. But warning bells blare in my head. I should tell him to leave. Instead, I stutter over words, “I’ve never had smooth.” It’s the truth. I’ve had boys kiss me who didn’t know what they were doing, sloppy and unremarkable. I’ve had guys kiss me who were desperate and trying way too hard.

 

But Spencer Beckett is neither a high school boy nor a clingy college guy. He is something else entirely. He knows what to do as he lifts my chin ever so slightly. As he licks his lips, tempting me to lick my own. His eyes search mine and for a moment I feel found — or at least seen.

 

“You said yes before,” he rasps, blue eyes searching mine.

 

I whimper, “I…”

 

“I’m going to kiss you now, Charlie.” His head lowers, and his lips brush against mine before I have a chance to change my mind.

 

One kiss and I know I’m in trouble.

 

One taste and I know my resolve is gone.

 

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Frankie Love writes filthy-sweet stories about bad boys and mountain men. As a thirty-something mom who is ridiculously in love with her own bearded hottie, she believes in
love-at-first-sight and happily-ever-afters. She also believes in the power of a quickie.
 
Author links:
Website / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest
 
--
Amazon bestselling author C.M. Seabrook writes hot, steamy romances with possessive bad boys, and the passionate, fiery women who love them. Swoonworthy romances from the heart!
 
Author links:
Website / Facebook / Goodreads / Twitter
 

 

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review 2019-01-10 21:48
Kissing the Captain (The Roses of Ridgeway #1) by Kianna Alexander
Kissing the Captain - Kianna Alexander

Date Published: February 18, 2012

Format: Kindle

Source: Personal Copy

Date Read: December 24-25, 2018

Winter COYER

 

Blurb:

In 1879, near the small northern California town of Ridgeway, Lilly Warren is a young black woman who has recently lost her father. There is little time for mourning, though, as the responsibility of running the twenty-six acre farm now belongs to her. To make matters even more complex, her father has deeded the house and the land to her in his will with an interesting condition: that she share the land with a person she's never met, or forfeit ownership.


Ricardo Benigno is a Spanish captain of the Anna Juanita, a shipping vessel bringing spices and oils to the shores of California. Seeking out the farm of his old friend Leonard Warren, he discovers that the older man has passed away. To his surprise, Ricardo has also been willed joint ownership of Warren land, as long as he shares it with Lilly, Warren's only child.


The attraction between them is instant, and they both agree that marriage is the only acceptable way they can share the land. But can two people from such different worlds learn to love each other, or will Lilly's heart be broken if she dares to kiss the captain?

 

Review:

In summary - 

 

I have read, and really enjoyed, Alexander's previous self-published novellas. But this ain't it, chief. I cringed from the moment hero meet heroine and got an ache in my jaw from holding that cringe through the rest of the book.

 

First, Alexander locates this new series (The Roses of Ridgeway) in northern California rather than her standard North Carolina. That change alone showed she took author choices that don't work for the story; she didn't really do her homework and gave a rather North Carolina-ish description of the farm the heroine (Lilly) just inherited from her dad. Well, half inherited; the other half is bequeathed to the son (Ricardo) of the dad's business partner. And in order for both to fulfill the terms of the dead daddy's will, the two have to marry within two weeks or so. 

 

Lilly was a fine heroine; her father raised her to be independent and hard working, plus she has a real talent for fashion design and as a seamstress. Her mother died when she was young. She grew up on a farm that she doesn't know how to run - she only did a few chores, focusing more on her sewing talent. She has a really great BFF and an aunt that comes to California to comfort her. Lilly was a fat shaming bitch when it came to the villain, but more on that in a minute. Otherwise, I really liked Lilly and felt she got shafted with this bad story and hero.

 

Oh, this hero was ridiculous on such a scale I thought I was reading a parody. Alexander did absolutely no fucking research at all about Spanish people and relied heavily on Antonio Banderas GIFs. The shit that came out of the mouth of Ricardo made me roll my eyes so hard when I wasn't cringing or yelling at Lilly to run far away, give up the farm - he wasn't worth it. He insta-lusted Lilly from the moment they met and in a weird way fetishized her African-American-Portuguese ancestry as it related to her looks and how he imagined her in bed....ewwww. The dialog between hero and heroine was just awful.

 

Then there was the villain - he was the richest man in Ridgeway, twenty years older than Lilly, and had been harassing her into marrying him for quite awhile. I think the villain is the reason why daddy forced Lilly into marrying Ricardo, because in doing so he protected her from the villain. The villain is fat by the way - it is only mentioned EVERY DAMN TIME, MULTIPLE TIMES WHEN THE VILLAIN ENTERS A SCENE. FAT! FAT! FAT! Okay, he was also bald too. But the sheer amount of fat=evil and fat shaming by the hero and heroine was absurd. 

 

Overall, this hot mess of a novella left me feeling really cold. I would have preferred if Lilly and her BFF were the couple and ended up in a Boston marriage situation - they were the only ones with any chemistry. I won't be reading anymore from this series, but I haven't given up on the author yet because I know she can craft a wonderful story.

 

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review 2018-12-26 11:02
"Agatha Raisin And Kissing Christmas Goodbye - Agatha Raisin #18" by M C Beaton
Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye - M.C. Beaton

I don't normally start a series at the eighteenth book but I wanted something linked to Christmas and there it was. It turned out that being in the middle of everything was not a problem, it may even have skipped all that "who is Agatha Raisin and how did she get here?" stuff that can make the start of a series a little slow.

 

The Agatha Raisin I saw was someone who has started a second career, done well and become bored, Someone who sees herself as a tough cookie who has used sheer force of personality to climb from a bad home to being a successful woman, running her own small detective agency. Someone with an instinct to kindness and fairness that she hides, even from herself, with ex post rationalisations about return on investment that maintain her tough cookie self-image.

 

The story revolves around a new client, a rich old widow who lives in a stately home and owns the village around it, who asks Agatha to investigate who in her household is trying to poison her. Agatha imagines a sort Poirot investigation. A lot of the humour comes from how far away the reality is from Agatha's imaginings.

 

What I liked most about the book was Agatha's slow realisation of her changing desires. Hiring (rescuing might be a better description)  a very young but brilliant (and lucky) detective from a background similar to her own, holds up a mirror to Agatha. It allows her to see that she's become older but that that isn't a bad thing. It lets her review her strengths and her achievements and puts her in a position to think about what she really wants.

 

At the beginning of the book, what she really wants is to have the perfect Christmas meal, in her cottage, with all her friends and to end up under the mistletoe in the arms of her ex-husband. By the end of the book, what she wants has changed as she slowly acknowledges who she is and how much she likes being who she is.

 

This was a light read with a funny and clever plot and engaging characters. A good book to settle down with before Christmas (or to bring Christmas back when you feel the need for it.

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text 2018-12-02 14:53
24 Festive Tasks - St. Andrew's Day Book
How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You - Tara Eglington

Book: Andrew was the first apostle; read the first book in a series. OR:  Andrew and Peter were brothers; read a book about brothers. OR: Read books about or set in Scotland or by a Scottish author, or set in Charleston, South Carolina (which is where the celebrations as we know them today began – by a group of Scottish expats – according to scotland.org).

 

 

How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is the first book in the Aurora Skye series, so I'm using it to claim this door.

 

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