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review 2020-09-22 07:30
Tools of Engagement - Tessa Bailey

This is book #3 in the Hot & Hammered series. This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader to enjoy and avoid spoilers, I would recommend reading the series in order.


Bethany likes to have her life in order.  She prides herself on the ability to be the best at what she does.  Then the one man who can spin her whole life out of control is the one who volunteers to help her when it counts.


Wes is glad to have a good job and be appreciated.  He also has been trying to get Bethany to go out with him for so long.  Now they must work together and dating and more is off the table.  Better to help her get her business off the ground.


This story was a slow burn.  The attraction between the characters is obvious from the beginning.  The book picks up pace, and so does the main characters.  Then they are invited to do more and add humor, and well I cannot spoil it.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2020-06-25 15:14
Night Shine - Tessa Gratton
Night Shine - Tessa Gratton

Since life is short, and money not too easy to come by, I run a couple of TBR lists including one for books I hope to be able to get from the library - there's no way I could possibly afford to buy everything that sounds good and, to be honest, I've been burned many times by books that sound like they were written for me but turn out to be disappointments... Night Shine was on that list as soon as I heard about it, then I was fortunate enough to get an e-ARC.


I can imagine, if Night Shine had been about when I was in the target audience age category (so, many years ago...), I would have been completely obsessed with this book. It certainly has many of the things involved in it that draw me even now when it comes to fantasy books: a search for your own identity, a found family, a mysterious destiny you can't quite figure out. Our protagonist, we discover at the outset of the book, is Nothing - we first meet her killing the prince to whom she is bound because he's not himself but an impostor, while she's the only one who realises this. 


The real prince, Kirin, has been kidnapped and is currently held captive by a sorceror who has a bit of a reputation for usually stealing the hearts of teenage girls - there are plenty of Names In All Capital Letters in this book, in time-honoured fantasy tradition, as well as true names that give you power over the other person. In this case, Kirin has a bit of a secret known only to a few that makes him a target for this sorceror as well.


Along with the prince's bodyguard, Nothing sets out to rescue the prince and that all seems pretty straightforward to begin with: rescue the prince, get him accepted as heir to the throne, get on with your life as before. Except, as Nothing is to discover, there's a link between her and the sorceror that has to do with her own identity and she can't help picking away at it even if it challenges what little she thought she knew. Kirin, after all, is not the only one who's not quite what he seems to be. 


If there's one fault with Night Shine, it's that at times there's a little too much navel-gazing for my liking, so I'm feeling mean and dropped it from 5 stars to 4. There's a lot to like about this book though, so I hope it sells well and plenty of other people get to enjoy it too.


Thanks to the author and publisher for a free advance copy of this book, which I received in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2020-02-25 21:29
Love Her or Lose Her
Love Her or Lose Her: A Novel - Tessa Bailey
Hot & Hammered, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series.

The Characters:

Rosie Vega:
Dominic Vega:
Georgie, Bethany, Steven, Wes (West?),

The Story:

WOW this couple burns up the pages. If you are looking for a dirty talking alpha male look no further than Dominic Vega. As attractive as all that is Dominic has his shortcomings too and Rosie is tired of them. With the help of their friends, a weed smoking therapist and honesty and bravery from them both they have to learn to get back on the right tract in their relationship or end it all.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:


4 Stars
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review 2020-02-17 18:26
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
The Governess Game - Tessa Dare

I loved The Duchess Deal, book one in this series, so much I did something I almost never do and immediately requested book #2 from Overdrive on audio. I am seriously the worst at following a series.

The Governess Game was a decent read but I didn't fall in love with it as much as I'd hoped. The characters are fun, their banter decently amusing but it didn't have the certain thing that I cannot describe that makes me want to keep listening even when I should probably be doing other things.

What it did have was some pain in the butt misunderstandings/miscommunications/doubts/insecurities/separations and some "I'm not worthies" to top it all off. Those things aren't really my favorite. But the humor was good. Major points for the humor. It also featured two morbid little girls and I loved them. I don't typically (ok like NEVER) enjoy kids in a book but these two were little darklings and I couldn't help but enjoy their scenes. And that's about all I've got to say about this one.

"I don’t care if you’re gently bred, roughly bred or a loaf of brown bread with butter."

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review 2020-02-15 15:17
Hot Nights, Winter Lights (A Steamy Winter Romance) by: Christa Wick, Tessa Wood
Hot Nights, Winter Lights (A Steamy Winter Romance) - Tessa Wood,Christa Wick




Hot Nights, Winter Lights shows there is a softer side to Christa Wick. She's repeatedly proved she can do intriguing and sexy, but Wick finds her sense of humor while working with Tessa Wood. In my opinion Wood is the ice cream to Wick's hot fudge. They bring out the best in each other and Gary and Laney are proof. So catch up with a few old friends, make some new acquaintances and give your heart over to the magic that is this dynamic duo.

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