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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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review 2016-11-04 00:00
Tru Blue (A sexy standalone romance)
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Truman Gritt is recently out of prison and just trying to lay low and get his life back on track. Little did he know that a late night phone call from his drug addict brother would change that life forever.

Gemma Wright is just out shopping late for some ice cream when she hears a baby crying. Going to check out why a baby would be out so late, she finds herself face to face with the hottest man she has ever seen. Curious as to why this man has two babies and a cart overflowing with supplies, she offers her help.

Gemma sees something in Tru that calls to her. As her offer to help turns into visits, and then more. Will Truman's dark past come between them or will Gemma find herself a home she has always wanted.

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I'm pretty sure that my ovaries gave up and died halfway through reading this one. GOOD GRAVY was there A LOT of hot tatted up bearded men to baby action. That aside, this was a really enjoyable, heavy on the sweet read.

It was a low angst and pretty insta-everything type of read. With just the right amount of "feels" thrown in. You will ADORE Truman. I dare you to find one thing wrong with this guy. He's a nurturer, he's a survivor, he's a lover, he is a tatted up hot piece of man candy with a heart of gold. I fell in love with him from word GO. I loved Gemma as well, though not quite as much as Tru. That's not to say she was a bad character. She was sweet and feisty and had a heart of gold as well. Honestly, NO ONE could have eclipsed Tru for me. She was a solid second though.

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"I want to wrap you up in me until you can feel how much I want you. I want to make you feel as wanted as you make me feel, because I want you Gemma, all of you. I’ve never felt like this before. I feel like this is my first time."
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As well as Tru and Gemma, we get a solid cast of interesting and dare I say smokin hot secondary characters in the form of the Whiskey brothers, and sister Dixie. As well as Gemma's BFF Chrystal, and Tru's brother Quincy. I was excited as hell to read that each of the Whiskey family members will be getting their own books.

That said, I was a TINY bit disappointed in the ending. I would have liked to see a more into the future look at this couple. I imagine though that we'll be seeing more of them in the other books. What can I say? I am a sucker for further into the future epilogues. Overall though, this was a fabulous read and it gets two big thumbs up from yours truly.

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