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review 2019-05-22 06:43
Holding Out (Returning Home #4) - Serena Bell

This is book #4, in the Returning Home series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.


Griff finds himself attracted to the most off limits woman.  She is the little sister of his friend.  He also does not do commitment.  Best to avoid her for now.  If only she wasn't so attractive......


Becca has a thing for Griff.  If he could help her with her predicament, things would be so much better for her.  She just needs someone she trusts for a one and done.  As long as nobody starts to have feelings for the other.....


This was a great story.  I loved the banter.  These characters so obviously should be together.  The pace was good, the heat was such a good build, and goes great with the series.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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text 2019-04-17 15:10
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She’s done being a virgin. He’s willing to help her out. Only now he has a problem of his own: He can’t stop wanting more. 


The answer has to be no, of course. No way Griff Ambrose is going to help Becca Drake lose her virginity. Not only is she his friend’s little sister, but Griff doesn’t do commitment—not since the day he came home from war to find his house empty and his wife gone.

But he can’t get Becca’s request—or pretty much anything else about her—out of his head. What can it hurt, anyway? If it’s awkward afterwards, they can just avoid each other. Right?


Becca Drake has turned her life around, and she’s proud of how much butt she’s kicking. The shy girl with the self-esteem problem has been shown the door, and New Becca’s in the driver’s seat. There’s just one more demon she has to exorcise. Virginity is messing up her sex life. Guys who might be okay with giving her a test drive act like they’re being auditioned for marriage when they find out she’s never had intercourse.

Griff is the perfect candidate to do the deed: He’s her friend, he’s sexy as heck, and neither of them wants anything serious.


Then Becca’s job goes belly up and she takes a temporary position at the veterans’ retreat where Griff works. Now she and Griff can’t stay out of each other’s way—and their entanglement keeps getting messier—and sexier. Worst of all, it’s getting harder and harder for Becca and Griff to lie to themselves about what they really want…



About the Author:

(Photo credit Susan Young)

USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes contemporary romance with heat, heart, and humor. A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and you can often find her scribbling in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head. 


Serena’s books have earned many honors, including an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, Apple Books Best Book of the Month, and Amazon Best Book of the Year for Romance. 

When not writing, Serena loves to spend time with her college-sweetheart husband and two hilarious kiddos—all of whom are incredibly tolerant not just of Serena’s imaginary friends but also of how often she changes her hobbies and how passionately she embraces the new ones. These days, it’s stand-up paddle boarding, board-gaming, meditation, and long walks with good friends. 


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review 2018-01-28 00:45
Do Over - 2nd chance romance
Do Over - Serena Bell

I love a good second chance romance and Do Over has all the elements - the not so likable playboy who does redeem himself (finally), the woman who loves him but doesn't trust him, the child they share, and the circumstances to put them together. In spite of that, the result was rather mediocre. Maybe it was the constant denial of compatibility from both characters, the conversations between Jack and his buddies, the lack of real communication, the determination that they were just hooking up, or a combination of all those things, I never felt a romantic connection between Jack and Maddie. Sharing a child without any commitment certainly shows that there is lust between the couple, and maybe even friendship, but it felt more like they were playing house than building anything together. On the whole, the story is well-written, but there's really nothing to set it apart from any other second chance romance, making it a little too predictable. On a positive note, there were a few chuckle worthy moments and young Gabe was absolutely adorable, which did somewhat redeem the book for me. 

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review 2018-01-21 22:46
Do Over - Serena Bell

This was a sweet, sexy second chance story.

Jack Parker is a sexy guy who doesn't do relationships which Maddie Adams learned the hard way.    Five years ago Maddie showed up at Jack's door in tears and that night quickly resulted into their 4 year old son, Gabe.  All Maddie ever wanted was to be part of a family with Jack but he is too selfish to every be a husband and father.

Fast forward five years....Maddie is in a serious relationship and life is looking good until she walks in on her live in boyfriend with another female!  Maddie finds herself heading to Jack's house, where Gabe currently is.  After hearing Maddie's story, Jack offers to have Maddie and Gabe stay at his house until Maddie can get back on her feet.  Reluctantly, Maddie agrees, plus there will be no sex!

As Jack and Maddie spend more time together and Jack truly is being a dad, he realizes that maybe being a family isn't so bad.  When emotions between Jack and Maddie start turning deeper, Jack realizes what he really wants now in his life.....his family.

I really enjoyed this story.  It was a fun, sexy second chance story that had a wonderful happy ending.

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review 2018-01-17 11:12
Do Over - Serena Bell

Jack has been in love with Maddie for so long.  He has no idea how to tell her he wants to try again.  He is trying so hard to be a good dad to their son.  He makes room for them in his life.   To the consternation of his friends, he makes her a priority.


Maddie has a hot past with Jack.  They are making it also a hot present.  Can she trust a man who has admitted to cheating on her?  Is there a way to meet in the middle?  When her current man breaks her heart  - it is easier to give up then to trust again.


This was a sweet but completely hot book.  I found the sexy times more than sparks that were jumping off the page.  You can feel the heat between these two.  Their sincere love for their son.  It just humbles you to read this and with a surprise ending, is worth every page.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



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

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