Maggie Way – Sydney (Entangle Me Book 1)

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REVIEW

This is a fun quick read.  Lacey’s rehearsal dinner turns into a complete disaster, but her reaction to Adam is laugh-out-loud funny.  He is so awful that you can’t help but laugh.

Lacey … GO GIRL POWER!  She’s a bit sassy and determined but a romantic at heart.  You can’t help but like her for the mere fact that she doesn’t allow her a**hole ex-fiance destroy her spirit.

Gabe is the fantastic gay best friend/business partner.  He brings a bit of levity to the situation.

Looking forward to getting to know Tristan better in the next book in the series.

The only thing that would have made this better, is if I were drinking a glass a wine along with the characters.  Oh, maybe some chocolate, too.  (If Lacey gets to imbibe, I should, too)

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A jilted girl…
A wicked boy…
A forbidden kiss…
A happily ever after?

Lacey Ryan’s perfect life was well underway, until her fiancé blindsides her with a betrayal so deep it changes everything. Now her life’s gone to hell, and the only way out may be at the hands of the last person she’d have expected to come to her rescue, Tristan Keys—the deliciously sexy player she’s fantasized about her entire life.

Sure he’s arrogant, cocksure, and frustratingly handsome, but he’s also offering exactly what she needs, a fresh start planning destination weddings. First class flights, the chance to see the world, and maybe a little harmless flirtation while she’s at it. Yes, it’s just what she needs.

Only there’s one glaring problem: Tristan happens to be her brother’s best friend. Which means he is completely off-limits. She knows it, he knows it. It’s completely forbidden. Even though she’s always followed all the rules, suddenly Lacey find herself wanting to break them all. Is he worth the risk? Or will he only break her heart—and possibly her bed springs? There’s only one way to find out, and it’s going to involve a lot of suitcase packing, merlot and chocolate.

Thank You Arc to Maggie Way!

Abbi Glines – Under the Lights

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REVIEW

It is amazing how easily I can get sucked into one of Abbi Glines’ stories.  No matter how busy my schedule, I know that once I start one of her books, I’m sure to finish it that day.

The best part of Abbi Glines’ characters are how they act true to their age.  The high school kids are a bit reckless, reasonably immature, reactionary, and struggle to do what is right.  There is always an underlying hope that they will make the right decisions, but there is always the distinct possibility that they will not be able to prevent themselves from making wrong choices.  All of this made the love triangle in this story very suspenseful.  Throughout the story, it was never clear how the three would end up in the end.  Unpredictability makes for a great romance.

Truly enjoyed the story.

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In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—which bestselling author Kami Garcia called “tender, honest, and achingly real”—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle.

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

See Related Post

Abbi Glines – Until Friday Night

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Celebrating Authors/Books that I didn’t blog about but haven’t forgotten (Week 7 – More Sweet than Sensual)

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Week 7 – More Sweet than Sensual

Karen Bedore – The Bard

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REVIEW

I decided to take a step outside my normal contemporary romance genre and read a little historical romance.  I was drawn in by the science verses religion aspect of the story.  The story fell short on any in depth discussion of the motivations of both organizations.  There were a few points in the book where the author tersely touches these issues in a profound manner.  But what the author failed to state made think about how life must have been during that time when science was coming to fruition.  In this case, it was not necessarily the words that were written that made me enjoy the book but the overall schematics.

This book is part one of The Bard Trilogy.  Perhaps, there is a more in depth approach taken in books 2 and 3.

Additionally, as a romance, it was very simplistic and predictable.

Overall, I rated this book 3 stars.

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After losing her mother and fiancé, Alcinia and her father travel west to Turin in the Duchy of Savoy to begin a new life. Getting adjusted to a new way of living in Renaissance Italy, Alcinia falls in love with a mysterious bard, and through their secret rendezvous is beginning to find happiness once again. Until…she finds out that her small-town father isn’t who she thought he was. Alcinia gets caught in a web of intrigue, and sets out to save her father from a scientific organization bent on using a biological weapon to destroy all men of the cloth. Her father’s life might be the only way to stop it… When she discovers the truth, it will change her life forever, for better and for worse.

Thank You Arc to Karen Bedore!

Dallas Coryell – Melody’s Key

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REVIEW

A clean romance set in a small town in England.  The writing is a unique blend of contemporary dialog with narrative that has a much more soulful description.  The feel of the words perfectly parallels the English countryside.  The verses paint a remarkable layered depth that is rarely seen in contemporary romance books.

The plot and romance reveals itself in a great fashion that provides angst, heartache, and wonderful twists.

The story contains many song lyrics.  Here’s one of the songs performed by the author …

For more songs from Dallas Coryell see https://www.youtube.com/user/DallasCoryell1

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“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.” Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

Thank You Arc to Dallas Coryell!

About The Author

Dallas Coryell is a musician and author residing deep in the untamed wilds of Michigan, USA, where he desperately attempts to assign meaning to his world through bouts of maniacal creative catharsis and pitifully doomed hopeless romantic fantasies. All of the songs written by the characters in this novel are real and can be viewed on the author’s fledgling YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DallasCoryell1 Selfies and other assorted randomness can be found on the author’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dallascoryell

J.D. Brick – Shelter From the Storm

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REVIEW

If you read Book 1, which I really liked, then you know why I chose to read this book.  Book 1 had left the reader on a cliff.

I enjoyed the twists and turns that the story followed in Shelter From the Storm. The legal aspects of the story completely sucked me in. I found the complications and resolutions  completely satisfying. Most importantly, awesome HEA!

I liked how the side characters continued to create havoc in Keegan and Blue’s lives.  It definitely helped move the story line along.

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The epic love story that began in Tangled Up in Blue continues in Shelter from the Storm

College students Keegan and Blue find themselves at the center of a storm of their own making. Blue is called to account for his actions when he was a soldier in Afghanistan. He tries to do the right thing. But almost overnight, he is enveloped in a raging controversy that threatens the well-being of everyone close to him, especially the girl he so desperately loves.

As their relationship is put to a thunderous test, Keegan and Blue take comfort in each other. Every choice they make, though, comes at a cost. Lies are exposed. Vengeance is taken. But the demands of justice and the merciless machinations of fate seem to offer no escape.

SEE RELATED:

J.D. Brick – Tangled Up in Blue

Thank You Arc to J.D. Brick!

Molly McAdams – Taking Chances

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If you are a fan of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, I highly recommend this book.

REVIEW

Don’t judge a book by its cover.  I chose this book based on a computer generated recommendation list and a quick glance at the cover.  I admit that I didn’t even bother reading the book blurb – shame on me. Looking at the cover, I’m anticipating some type of menage story. Am I wrong? Apparently my guess was wrong.

This is a love triangle story (not menage).  The story is unique and moves quickly.  I was never bored.  There are some serious twists to the story (not going to spoil anything).  The heat level in the story is more sweet than sensual, but very heartfelt nonetheless.

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Her first year away is turning out to be nearly perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything

Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit, she’s on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate’s brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she’d be happy.

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