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review 2017-03-18 01:46
Managed Mini Review
Managed (VIP Book 2) - Kristen Callihan

I love Kristen Callihan's voice. Her heroines are smart, down to earth, and funny. Her heroes can verge on the side of almost-perfect--and once they fall for the heroine, they are totally gone for her. This generally works for me because I love a caring alpha (and these guys aren't super alpha) and can barely abide an alphahole. Anyway, Managed was a similar story. Sophie, a photographer, is accidentally seated in first class next to Gabriel, the manager of a huge rock band. He wants to be alone. She isn't budging. They bicker and banter and grow closer over the long flight from New York to London.

 

The conflict is mostly internal and mostly on Gabriel's part. He doesn't let people in. This makes him the last to realize that he's fallen for Sophie. For a Callihan hero, that means he keeps her close to him, but doesn't have sex with her. Sigh. In some ways this is an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers. I loved the little moments between them like when she straightened his tie and brought him tea in a cup (that looked like a disposable one but wasn't). Gabriel was probably the best part of the book for me: English, stern, disciplined, but underneath all heart and protectiveness, and yes, scared of many things. Control freaks, which is how he is described, can be quite anxious.

 

While it was a long wait for them to finally have sex, their scenes were hot and showed that their walls were down. I wasn't really into the rock band aspect and while the band members and founders and an assistant played a role, it wasn't all concert-focused.

 

What I loved: the humor, the tenderness, a hero you fall for

What didn't work so well: too many references from the 80s and 90s that I don't think twenty-something characters would make, some pacing issues

 

It was a nice, escapist read which was exactly what I was looking for. I received this book from a fellow BL reviewer Rachel's Books (back in November 2016) and that didn't affect my review at all. :) Thanks again, Rachel!

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review 2017-03-17 14:29
Review: Own the Wind (Chaos #1) by Kristen Ashley
Own the Wind - Kristen Ashley

Review originally featured at Angel's Guilty Pleasures 

 

Own the Wind 

 Chaos #1  
 Kristen Ashley  
 Contemporary Romance  
 Forever  
 June 25th 2013  
 eBook/Paperback  
 389  
 Library  
 

 

Too hot to handle...

 

Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos--the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos' leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby's thinking about much more than friendship...

 

Tabby is everything Shy's ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can't have. She's beautiful, smart, and as his friend's daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more--much more--he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn...

 

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Own the Wind is book one in the Chaos series by Kristen Ashley. This is a breathtaking love story.

 

I’ve finally read my first Kristen Ashley novel. I started reading and couldn’t stop. I thoroughly enjoyed and liked all the different perspectives aka POV’s. The novel was that delightful and absorbing.

 

It was easy to picture everyone in this book. If you have seen Sons of Anarchy well this is like that, but light. Same brotherhood, same heart, but without the graphic violence and gore. I very much enjoyed that the club is clean and legal and that the men are still the bad ass bickers, alphas, I enjoy to read about.

 

Shy and Tabby where great, but boy did it take them a long time to get together. I liked how Ms. Ashley lade out the foundation of their relationship as a friendship that catches fire. And, boy does it sizzle. It took them a long time to hook up and I very much liked how the author made the time pass. It was easy to follow, easy to see the relationship develop, and made it that much sweeter.

 

This was a marvelous read and I look forward to continuing the series.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (Con) | New To Me (Author/Series) | Backlist Reader | Library Love(2017)

 

 

 

 

Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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text 2017-03-17 13:01
Cover Reveal - The Hot Shot

 the hot shot release date   TheHotShot Amazon-2      

 

 

TheHotShot Amazon-2First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

 

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

 

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

 

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

 

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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

 

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review 2017-03-16 19:59
Penmort Castle (Ghosts and Reincarnation #1) by Kristen Ashley
Penmort Castle - Kristen Ashley

I have to say I chose this book for the Ghost factor. I was a bit disappointed that there was very little ghost until the very end. It is still a okay book if you are into romance though. I wasn't really crazy about the lead characters at all actually all of the characters had flaws. Cash the leading man needed kicked in the nuts a time or 10 and Abby the leading lady needed a good dose of reality upside the head. I just was not as enthralled with this book as most of the other reviews.

Abby has lost her whole family in the last 6 years. Both parents, Grandmother, and then her husband. She decides to leave America and start over in her Grandmother's house in England. She is in desperate need of money to save the house she loves, and ties her to her families memory. A friend of hers tells her about becoming a paid escort for extra money. So she gives it a shot.

Cash is a rich international spy hunter. He is looking for revenge on his Uncle. To get the revenge he needs a professional escort to be his girlfriend for 1 month. Cash hires Abby. He has a long list of requirements Abby must agree to in order to get paid. Reluctantly Abby agrees. Cash is very dominating and has Abby bending over backwards to fill his commands, but she needs the money so goes with it. Shortly after their arrangements begin Cash and Abby both start feeling more for each other then Boss and employee, but neither are willing to admit it to themselves or each other.

The Ghost haunts Penmort Castle. This is Cash's family home and should rightfully be his but his Uncle and family are living their. Cash has recently bought all of his Uncle's debt which includes the Castle but has not told his Uncle. The Ghost is said to kill the true love of each of the men's as her revenge of her death. Abby does not believe she is the true love so figures she is safe. Cash does not believe in ghosts. When Abby gets hurt they both try to explain it away.

Abby ends up calling her Friend, her neighbor, and a few other people in to help send the ghost on and to save her life.

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review 2017-03-14 18:12
Cherry Picked (Shots on Goal #3) by Kristen Hope Mazzola
Sex, Vows & Babies: Cherry Picked (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Shots On Goal Book 3) - Kristen Hope Mazzola

Kristen Hope Mazzola’s CHERRY PICKED is sweet addition to the Shots on Goal Series.  NHL Rookie, Chase Harding, gets a spot on his favorite team, relocating to New York.  Nikki Jennings moves from her small town to chase her dream of becoming a ballerina. The two meet as they both set out to start their news lives in a new city.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for New Adult and Adult audiences.

 

I loved this story.  Chase and Nikki are adorable.  They both leave their small towns to pursue their dream careers. They are both talented and grateful for a shot at their revered profession.  They are likeable characters with great values.  I love how they meet.  The couple has a lot in common and seems destined for one another. 

 

I appreciated that Gavin Hayes and Brayden Cox from the first two books from the series were in this story.  I loved that Chase was a fanboy of the two and that Cox was his favorite player.  I loved hearing the perspective of a rookie first experiencing the NHL.  It was insightful and thought-provoking. 

 

Every book that I have read by Kristen Hope Mazzola keeps getting better. The story flowed well.  The characters were skillfully developed.  I enjoyed the plot.  CHERRY PICKED is a heartwarming and captivating story that I truly enjoyed.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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