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review 2017-05-19 21:22
The McCullagh Inn in Maine
The McCullagh Inn in Maine - Erin Bennett,Jen McLaughlin,James Patterson - foreword
I Picked Up This Book Because: Wanted a quick listen while waiting for my next audiobook to be available at the library

The Characters:

Chelsea O’Kane: A woman who is really good at running from her past. First she runs from her home in Maine to Florida then she runs right back after life there became a mess.
Jeremy Holland: Former best friend who never got over his real first love.

The Story:

This book reaches out and grabs you from the first sentence. A stolen car with a gun on the passenger seat! What is going on?!? But it quickly devolves into a more predictable tale. Second chance love, revenge from “the cartels and a HEA (which I wanted). Overall it was just an okay story.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:


3.25 Stars
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text 2017-05-16 09:05
Teaser Tuesday - Grand Slam




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Grand Slam by Author Heidi McLaughlin. Are you ready for more of the Boys of Summer? Meet the next sexy ball player …… Travis.


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Win the game. Lose your heart.


Everyone knows who I am and that I could have any female fan I want. That’s supposed to be the “per” of playing left field for the Boston Renegades. But I don’t want just any woman; I want her.


She should be just another face in the crowd, but I can’t stop thinking about the one night we spent together-and her look of regret the morning after.


Because Saylor Blackwell is the kind of woman who haunts a man. Smart, sexy as hell, and one of the best managers in the business. She’s every ballplayer’s dream woman. And I’d do anything to make things right with her.


I’m done sitting on the bench when it comes to Saylor Blackwell. Time to swing for the fences.


#BoysofSummer #Baseball #SportsRomance #Sexy #PreOrderNow #Amazon @banbpromotions @HeidiJoVT



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review 2017-02-09 14:41
Review: Dare to Lie by Jen McLaughlin
Dare to Lie (The Sons of Steel Row) - Jen McLaughlin

Scotty, a Fed for the DEA, is deep undercover and a member of the ruthless Sons of Steel Row gang. Scotty is pulled aside by head of gang, Tate, and told a huge secret... Tate has a sister who knows NOTHING about his gang life. He wants Scotty to attend a charity bachelor auction his sister Skylar is hosting, but if he touches her, his life is forfeit.


Skylar, a hard-working, independent 23-year old medical school student, is holding a charity bachelor auction. When she meets Scotty, she knows it’s a destined-to-be arrangement and bids on Scotty for herself. Even though he tells her he’s no good, Sky cannot stay away. 


Dare to Lie was a mixed bag for me. Honestly, the first quarter of the book irritated me. There were too many issues and eyerolling moments. Yet, I stuck with it, and after the halfway mark, I couldn’t put down the book. Scotty and Sky do make a good couple, despite their dishonest start. The couple keeps secrets within secrets, neither being 100 percent upfront, so of course, there are major issues once the truth slowly works its way into the light. I didn’t mind the secret-keeping parts because it was all part of the bigger story, but I did have issues with other aspects of the book.


First of all, Sky is portrayed as a woman who has an amazing gift of seeing people for exactly who they are on the inside. Yet, she supposedly has no clue her brother is the head of a ruthless gang. While this is eventually addressed, it comes of as an inconsistency in the character development and bothered me more than once. Also, this… 


"because even though I hadn't looked at him yet... Something about him brought me to life."


Sky literally bumps into Scotty for the first time, and without even looking at him or hearing his voice, they have a connection? Just no. This did not work for me at all.


One other thing that bothered me up front was the humanizing of Tate, the head of SoSR. This is a Southie (Boston) gang known for utter violence. Yet here is Tate, suddenly a softy in many ways. It didn’t sit well with me. One cannot be the leader of a gang like this without being cutthroat and amoral. I need my bad guys to be bad.


Even with these upfront issues, I kept reading the book, and suddenly found myself glued to my Kindle. The layers of subterfuge unraveled, keeping me on the edge of my seat. The back and forth between Scotty and Sky worked, and even broke my heart a bit. And although everything tied up a bit too neatly for me, I liked the ending and was glad I read the story.


In the end, Dare to Lie was a fairly engaging story. There were definitely some eyeroll-moments, and it was a bit too shiny for a gang book. However, I liked Scotty and Sky together, despite the hokey "we are destined to be" opening. It was tough watching them seesaw through their issues, but it gave me an emotional connection to the pair. It was a rough start for me, but about 50% on, I couldn't put down the book.


My Rating:  B- Liked It, but I had a few small issues

Originally posted on That's What I'm Talking About

Review copy provided by publisher

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review 2017-01-30 20:18
Nanny Returns- Review
Nanny Returns - Nicola Kraus,Emma McLaughlin

Hey everyone and how are you all doing?! I hope amazing. I'm doing pretty good myself, feeling a whole lot better. I got sick over the weekend and I was suppose to do this review on Friday, but since I got sick and I wasn't home for a bit. I didn't post this review. So, let's jump in shall we.


So, of course I will be review "Nanny Returns" by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus


Nan returns home after living with her now husband Ryan (a.k.a Harvard Hottie) and is ready to settle down in one spot. She has a new business that she is getting off the ground and trying to get the couple's fixer upper of a house well fixed! On top of the chaos Ryan wants to start a family and Nan isn't ready. Then, the icing to the cake a now sixteen year old Grayer comes back in to Nan's life and wants to know why she left him. Nan feeling guilty ends up helping Grayer and his brother Stilton with some things. That means coming face to face with Mr. and Mrs. X and it's up to Nan to change things around.


Okay, so this story was really interesting and really had me going. As most of you could tell by my updates. For one, Nan's guilt for leaving Grayer is understandable, but I could see that he was using her and it was so out of line. But, happy to see Nan finally snap on him and make him see straight. Like I've mentioned in the updates there were a lot of minor characters that just needed to be hit with a baseball bat. I was getting frustrated at the problems that a school where Nan works was handling something serious. Why are some people so dumb. The entire time when it came to Nan being at work, I was hoping she would let loose on these people and tell them how it is, but nope not once. It's understanding giving that this is her job and she doesn't want to screw it up. But, still if this is how some people are in real life, then damn I am so glad I'm not around them, because I would probably hurt a lot of them. Nan, I know wants to help out Grayer so much, but when you see that they don't want it, then you have to back away. This book just made me mad a lot and it just hurts to know that there are people in real life who are like some of these characters. It's very eye opening again and I like that very much. I could go on some more, but really I think that you all should read this if you haven't and see where I'm coming from. 


So, that's it from me, I know I sound all over the place. I was just going with the flow of things! I will be back on Friday with another post. I hope you all are having an awesome day/night and I'll write to all later.



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review 2017-01-29 19:07
Dare to Lie (The Sons of Steel Row #3) by Jen McLaughlin
Dare to Lie (The Sons of Steel Row) - Jen McLaughlin



As an undercover DEA agent in the most powerful gang in Boston, Scott Donahue accepts the risks of living a double life.

But when Tate Donovan, leader of the Sons of Steel Row, assigns Scotty to take his place in a bachelor’s auction sponsored by his sister’s sorority, he’s exposed to a whole new level of danger.


Even though Tate makes it very clear—Skylar is off limits—the second Scotty sees her, he’s a goner. But how does he tell Sky she’s falling for a man who doesn’t exist?

Sky can’t resist Scotty’s cool confidence or the raw, edgy power oozing from his perfect body. She’s always been the good girl, but he brings out the bad in her.


And even though she knows so little about who he really is, Sky’s willing to take the biggest risk of all. But putting her heart on the line is no guarantee that Scotty won’t slip through her fingers.




I think the three star rating was my fault. Dare to Lie felt like an adult erotic romance trying to be a YA romance trying to be an NA but was still an Adult Novel. It was a little confusing for me which put me into a funk that was hard to pull out of.

Dare to Lie was entertaining and I liked Scott but his relationship and intimate involvement with Sky felt a little disjointed and not really a great fit for him with my struggle to feel for where this book fit in as far as genres go because I couldn't seem to figure out which way this book was leaning. I couldn't tell if I actually liked it or if it actually bothered me.

In the end I think Sky could have used a little more maturity (even though she is an adult) and that Scott could have used someone a little more in his league but it was still worth the read.



Jen McLaughlin




This title will be available for purchase Feb 7th, 2017!



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