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review 2017-09-08 07:14
Emotional
Untouchable: An Unacceptables MC Standalone Romance - Kristen Hope Mazzola

I'll be the first to admit that I don't read many MC romances, but this series has me hooked. It's a rare treat to find such complex characters in book of this length and the emotions that the author packs into those pages run the gamut. This group of people is more than just a club, this is a family in every sense of the word. The club is still reeling from the loss of their president when Sloan rolls into town and meets Trent. This pair certainly has some obstacles to overcome - he's a recovering addict and she's on the run from an abusive ex - but when they come together, the sparks fly. There is reference to the abuse that Sloan has suffered and the story of how Trent was introduced to heroin is absolutely heartbreaking. The romance is some pretty quick love and fan yourself sexy, but these two seem so right together. Overall, Untouchable is a novella length read that is beautifully written, and packed full of action, suspense, emotion, romance, and steam. I can't wait to see what's next for this series. Note that the story does get violent and there are some graphic descriptions.

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review 2017-07-17 21:32
Slow pace
The Guardian: A Standalone Romance Novel... The Guardian: A Standalone Romance Novel - Pamela Ann

The story started out with a good pace and what I thought would be an interesting and fun storyline, then it went off the rails. There is cheating in this tale and I know that some find it offensive. While I don't agree with cheating - ever - I can read about it and it has nothing to do with my rating on this one. What did affect my rating was the agonizingly slow pace and the constant back and forth and miscommunication between Jared and Gisele. It became tedious and after awhile it was no surprise when they were on the outs once again. The book is quite long and eventually, I just didn't care if this couple worked it out or not. There were also several extraneous circumstances - I say extraneous because they were just dropped without resolution or explanation. I did finish the book, mainly because I can't start a book and not finish, but this one was way too easy to set aside and finishing began to feel like a chore about halfway through.

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review 2017-05-20 08:21
Arc review: Indiscretion: A Standalone Forbidden Romance by Lane Hart
Indiscretion: A Standalone Forbidden Romance - Lane Hart

 

Not what I was expecting! 

Although I’ve heard great things of this author this is actually my first book by her. I’m not much of a contemporary romance reader unless it’s packed with action and suspense but there was something about the blurb that caught my attention and I just couldn’t pass the chance to read this book. 

 

So, for starters, Clark Kent as my physical therapist? Sign me up!

 

 

 

The story begins with what Sam thinks is a little white lie to her PT, Dr. Grant Matthews, never imagining it could potentially ruin the man’s future. What starts as silly flirtation and later sizzling make-out sessions turns into something deeper and more meaningful before either one of them realizes it.

 

I’ll be honest and say that I’m not too fond of stories told in the present tense or in the first person POV but that didn’t even bother me here because it was just that well-told. All characters’ personality jumped out of the pages and that’s something I can always appreciate. Sam was innocent without sounding dim-witted; I think she was just a woman acting her age. Grant on the other hand kind of grew on me because when the story started I sort of hated the man, like big time, sexy glasses and all.

 

The story had plenty of twists and turns that I did not expect, some that I could see coming but were still interesting, plenty of laugh out and tear-jerking moments, and some that had me cheering for love and justice to triumph over everything. I’m not so sure about the ending because I thought it was tied up way too nicely however overall it was a great story and I’ll definitely be reading more from this author.

 

 

 

** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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review 2017-01-11 22:06
This book will tug at your heartstrings!
Tru Blue (A sexy standalone romance) - Melissa Foster

What an AWESOME book! Melissa Foster did such a great job creating characters that feel so real and tug at your heartstrings. Truman is a teddy bear wrapped up in a sexy, tattooed, muscled body. Gemma is a beautiful darling with a huge heart. Together, they make the perfect couple! This book made me cry reading about the atrocities Truman and his brothers and sisters went through. Then I laughed watching Tru get a crash course in babies! Truman really embodies my every fantasy because he’s so loyal and strong and sweet, his character makes the whole book. There’s so many ups and downs in the plot, it reads really fast and then I just wanted more. I can’t wait to read about the other characters in the story! Told from dual POVs with a sweet and happy ending.

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review 2016-11-16 17:21
Tru Blue (A sexy standalone romance) - Melissa Foster

"He wore the skin of a killer and bore the heart of a lover. That was the tangled web of lies he’d created to protect those he loved, and it would forever more be the cloak that shrouded him. Once he revealed his past, she’d never look at him like this again".


OMG! I have read my fair share of Melissa Foster’s books. There were some that I loved, and some not so much, but none has never owned my heart the way Tru Blue did. This book took me on an emotional roller coaster ride, which I am yet to recover from. Tru Blue is the kind of story that will bring tears to your eyes and put a smile on your face. It's filled with hope, love, joy, heartache, passion and tenderness.

The first thing that caught my attention was the cover. It sent a very powerful message, which is backed up by the contents of the book. When I began reading, I could barely contain myself as the heartbreaking scenes began to unfold. From that moment, I knew that this story would take a different turn from all the other books that I have read from this author.

The story was not the only thing to own my heart. Truman took a piece for himself. I love it when a man is loyal, caring and protective and Truman Grit was all that and more. He did not have an easy life growing up. He was abandoned by his father and his mother was a drug addict. Truman was able to rise above this, however, fate had different plans for him when he was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. It is said that prison hardens a man, but Truman was anything but hard. He may appear hard on the outside, but beneath that hardened exterior laid a heart bursting with love. The way he stepped in to care for his siblings with no hesitation was an indication of the loving person he was. It was quite understandable why Gemma was drawn to him.

Gemma Wright dreams of finding a man who knows how to love, who is a good father and would not run at the first sign of trouble. All the things her own father was not. The night she met Truman, she knew her dream had become a reality. She is very pushy and takes no for an answer, which Truman will come to discover, when she unwittingly wormed her way into his life. She exploded in his life in such a manner that he had no desire to push her out. His only fear was that he would lose her when she discovered his secret. Gemma, accepted Truman for the loving and protective person that he was. She did not judge him. She was perfect for him, despite their different backgrounds.

Melissa Foster is known for writing hot and sweet romance stories and Tru Blue was no exception. The way Tru and Gemma met was absolutely adorable. From that moment their attraction to each other developed into something meaningful. This story was not just about romance. It touched on real life issues such as drug abuse and wrongful incarceration. I have seen firsthand the ravaging effects of drug addiction so I could understand what Truman was dealing it from a very young age. Watching his mother and brother spiralling out of control could not have been easy.





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