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review 2020-06-11 02:39
Winning Hollywood’s Goodest Girl: A Surprise Pregnancy Romantic Comedy by: Max Monroe
Winning Hollywood’s Goodest Girl: A Surprise Pregnancy Romantic Comedy - Max Monroe




Winning Hollywood's Goodest Girl by Max Monroe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Temptation by heart is a Max Monroe specialty. If laughter truly is the best medicine, Winning Hollywood's Goodest Girl has more than enough to go around. Like a warm hug waiting to comfort, Raquel and Harrison take you out of your problems and welcome you into theirs. The harder they pull, the deeper you fall. We all need a little sunshine in our world and Monroe makes sure that we get it.

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review 2020-03-11 22:16
Taming Hollywood's Baddest Boy by: Max Monroe
Taming Hollywood's Baddest Boy - Max Monroe




Monroe will have readers laughing through their tears . Billie and Luca are a shock to the heart. Taming Hollywood's Baddest Boy will heat up the senses with a sprinkle of humor, a splash of heart and a never-ending dose of temptation. She has an agenda. He wants a life. What happens when his past life intrudes on his present serenity? FIREWORKS!!! FUN. FUN. FUN. I never grow tired of reading Max Monroe.

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review 2019-11-18 17:41
Disappointing Look at Where Some Characters Are Four Years Later
The Summer Guests - Mary Alice Monroe

So if this book had just been a follow-up to the Beach House series it would have worked much better. Instead Monroe takes on horses in this one and a bunch of characters that either didn't make an impression on me, or ones that I ended up not caring for. My favorite parts of this book was a look into Cara Rutledge's life since the last book in the Beach House series. That said, I am still disappointed we didn't hear more about her brother, nephew, etc. in this one. Instead we hear about her, her daughter, and the new man she's been seeing since the last book "Beach House Reunion."


"The Summer Guests" follows a motley crew of people who live in Tyron, North Carolina who take in hurricane evacuees. The book follows Moira Phillips (who has rescue dogs), her two parents whose names escape me at the moment, Javier Angel de la Cruz (who is an equestrian rider and former/current Olympian) who is in a relationship with Hannah McLain (who is starting her own make-up line). And then there is Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise who are horse breeders. Mixed up in this is also Beach House favorite, Cara Rutledge. Cara, David, and some of the other Isle of Palms residents leave their homes to get away from a hurricane and end up staying with the Phillips at their horse farm. While there, secrets are revealed (dun dun dun dun dun). 


The parts dealing with Cara and her adopted daughter and new love interest was great. We also get peeks at Heather and hew now husband. Even though parts of the book feels samey (remember the first book in the series dealt with a hurricane as well) this feels a bit different since Cara now feels firmly rooted and doesn't want her home to be destroyed. I think if Monroe had kept the book focused on Cara and changes in her life that would have worked best. Instead the book jumps around to other characters and we are given the time/date and estimated landfall of the hurricane it feels like every few pages.


The other characters were a wash for me. I was interested in the character of Hannah and felt annoyed by how her story-line turned out. I disliked Javier and Gerda intensely. Why this got marketed as a romance is baffling. 


The writing in this book was all over the place for me. It felt like three stories forced fit into one. The parts dealing with Cara and her fear of the hurricane and the damage it could potentially do to her mother's old cottage, now her home, was palpable. I also loved the scene of her and her boyfriend David in the eye of the hurricane.


Other than that the rest of the book wasn't great. I don't like romance reads where there is cheating and I felt turned off by most of the other story-lines due to that.


The flow wasn't great either. It just felt like an actual physical change kept happening to my brain every time we leap back from Cara's story to the other characters in this book. 


Not too much to say about the setting. I can still picture the fabled Beach House in my head, but everything else was kind of blah to me.

The ending was a mess. It was a great resolution for Cara, but everyone else, that was a hard no. I don't even know what to say about it except it read as unfinished to me. 

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review 2019-11-06 22:26
The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister by: Max Monroe
The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister - Max Monroe




Max Monroe takes addictive reading to new heights. Lena and Theo flirt their way into your heart. The Billionaire's Forbidden Little Sister may put a strain on the bro code, but the chemistry between each and every character puts it at the top of my 2019 MUST HAVE list. Former friends become new enemies. Love becomes a high priority and humor becomes a must. Monroe continues to tickle the funny bone as she puts the move on your heart.

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review 2019-10-04 03:30
Icelight - Aly Monroe
It is late 1946 and Peter Cotton has returned to Britain from having served as part of an economic mission to Washington DC. In a very short time, he is put on temporary detachment from his regular government job in London and is seconded to Operation Sea-snake. This is an operation endorsed by both MI-5 (Britain's equivalent of the FBI) and MI-6 (the British equivalent of America's wartime Office of Strategic Services [OSS] which would be superseded in 1947 by the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]), two organizations normally not well-suited for working together. Operation Sea-snake entails a ferreting out of Soviet spies and traitors, as well as coming to grips with some of the seedier elements of British society and the political establishment.

What also makes "ICELIGHT" a compelling and gripping novel is the atmospherics the author skillfully renders of the starkness of everyday life in postwar Britain as it was during 1946 and 1947. Rationing, shortages abound, and the severity of the winter of 1946-47 as it impacted upon the country: these seemingly disparate elements --- along with Cotton's efforts to carry out an assignment not always knowing whom to trust --- kept me gripped from start to finish. Furthermore, there are a rich variety of characters, great and small, all of whom the author fleshes out brilliantly. Truly, this is a novel worthy of being read again, so richly textured and compelling it is. Just what anyone could hope for in an espionage thriller. 
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