ARC REVIEW: Dating Her Billionaire Boss By: Rachel Taylor

“Dating her Billionaire Boss” is the story of Layla and Calvin, who went to High School together but did not run in the same groups. Calvin was not popular and his family struggled to make ends meat; Layla, on the other hand, was from a well-off family who afforded her every opportunity.

After High School Layla moves to Los Angeles, convinced she will become a star, but Hollywood is not kind to Layla and no matter how popular she was in her small town, she is a small fish in L.A. Calvin grows up to be a successful businessman/billionaire, and he decides to use that wealth to open a Spa/Resort in his hometown. He sees this as an opportunity to show his hometown what he is now, and also to bring some much needed business to their seaside community.

As Layla’s fledgling acting career fizzes out in L.A. she stumbles upon employment ads in her hometown for a new Spa, she applies thinking she needs to head home, save some money, and get back on track. What she does not know is the position she takes is working directly for Calvin. Calvin, the same boy she made fun of in school and never had the time of day for.

As she starts her new job Layla is in for the shock of the lifetime when she sees Calvin now. Not only is he a wealthy businessman but he has definitely grown into his teen awkwardness and is handsome, smart and sexy. Can Layla maintain a position as his assistant without falling hard for the boy she once teased?

Calvin is shocked when Layla arrives for her first shift, this is the girl he crushed on for his entire awkward teenage years, despite her not having the time of day for him. He knows he has to keep it professional, and is pretty sure she would never go for him anyways, but there is that small chance that he wonders about…

This story is a full on second-chance romance with two characters you will fall in love with. Rachel Taylor is brilliant at writing novels that grip you in an instant and make you beg for the second book to come out. If you are a fan of easy to read romance books, this is for you! It will give you all the feels and make you turn page faster then you can imagine, to see where it is going.

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ARC REVIEW: “All the Right Moves” By: Becca Taylor

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All the Right Moves is the story of:

Preston

A twenty-something program developer who is broken up with in the worst possible way. Chanel decides their relationship is not working, and decides it is prudent to provide Preston with a list of every reason he was not a good boyfriend.

This obviously shatters him and leads him on a search of what women REALLY want. Preston approaches this as a survey approaching women while he is out and observing interactions. through this he develops a list of things that will make him a better boyfriend.

All he needs now is a girl to try this out on…

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Enter Tenley

Tenley has be best friends with Preston since they were seven years old and she has always harboured unrequited feelings for him.  As time has passed she has accepted there will never be anything more then friendship for them.

Until one night when Preston arrives at her apartment and begs for her help, to test out his new knowledge on women. Preston proposes a 30 day timeframe in which they will be boyfriend and girlfriend and he will test out his theories, including: kissing, flirting, dating, and sex!!

Tenley obviously struggles with this idea due to her feelings, but in the end she agrees to help her best friend.

The 30 Days

What ensues is an unrequieted romance that pushes the boundaries of friendship and makes Preston and Tenley question whether they can be a couple after years of friendship. The question of “is it worth risking everything” plays an underlying theme throughout this book. Becca Taylor handles this magically not allowing the 30 day trial to overshadow the relationship between her two lead characters. The only question is can they go back after the 30 days? or is someone bound to end up hurt?

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REVIEW

This book is comical and romantic throughout, lending an awkward realism to it. Everyone has likely experienced a platonic relationship at one time that they wondered “what if…”

What I love about this idea is that you instantly love the characters more than the story line, so you never stop rooting for them despite the humour in the “test”. I think the character development makes this book so easy to love, in fact I enjoyed it so much I read it in one sitting!

There is also the introduction of well thought out barriers to this budding relationship which builds tension but also allows the reader to really question where it will end. Will it be happily ever after? or is it doomed from the start?

I find romance can often come of as corny and insincere but in this book each page develops the plot or furthers the characters making it a true gem in the genre.

For fans of the movies “What Women Want” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, you have found the unique/book equivalent. Grab this now for a captivating love story with all the obstacles, humor, and romance you desire!

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ARC REVIEW: Strong by Kylie Scott

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“Strong” is a novella in the Stage Dive Series by Kylie Scott. It is included in the recently released 1001 Dark Nights collection, which of you have never read is a gem of short and steamy romance stories.

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Now down to business, if you have not read the Stage Dive Series by Kylie Scott, “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!?” This is easily one of the sexiest, drool worthy series in production. Each book is based off one member of the band and their journey to find love. “Strong” ventures into the lives of two secondary characters from the main series: Sam, the bands bodyguard, and Martha, ex-girlfriend to the lead guitarist.

When I found out these two were getting their own story I was soooo EXCITED!!!!!!! who better to find a happy ending then the person who protects the band and a girl who has been mostly on the outside of the band for a decade.

Sam has spent the last several year watching each of the band members find their “happily ever-after” as he continuously wonders about “Martha” who left to live in New York. Sam always had feelings for Martha, feelings that became so strong he could not invest in anyone else.

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“I’ve been waiting for you for almost a decade…”

If that does not get your stomach flipping and all of the right feelings sparked, I don’t know what will. I mean honestly is there anything hotter then a man who knows what he wants and waits for it?

When Martha returns from New York it is Sam’s chance to pursue the woman he has always wanted, but will Martha’s history with the band make her to shy to delve into a relationship with Sam? Can she really resist the handsome, strong man who has always made her feel safe? and, who has always caused this inexplicable sensation deep in her stomach.

Will Martha and Sam join the other happy couples of the Stage Dive Series or has to much time passed to really make it work?

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I rate this book 5 STARS. I mean honestly, is there a Kylie Scott book out there that is not great? I love curling up knowing I will finish her books in one sitting, and will be left with the satisfied glow that should not be possible after a book. 😉 Find a secluded spot and dive into this romantic, second chance, steamy novella, your heart and body will be thanking you!

5 stars
FROM THE PUBLISHER

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…

When the girl of your dreams is kind of a nightmare.

As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoilt brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.

Martha’s had her sights on the seriously built bodyguard for years. Quiet and conservative, he’s not even remotely her type. So why the hell can’t she get him out of her mind? There’s more to her than the Louboutin wearing party-girl of previous years, however. Maybe it’s time to let him in on that fact and deal with this thing between them.

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Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/

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“Ooh, busted,” said Lizzy. “The bodyguard caught you looking.”
“Shut it.” I inched my chin up a bit, trying not to frown because frowning gave you lines. “Sam and I have known each other for years and nothing has ever happened. You’re completely wrong about this.”
“Am I?”
“Yes, there’s nothing between us.”
“So that’s why you were staring at him?”
I chose not to answer that. “And you know he prefers to be called executive protection officer instead of bodyguard.”
At this, Lizzy burst out giggling, a malicious glee in her eyes. No wonder I liked my sister-in-law these days.
Ben shot us both an irritated glance. We both ignored it.
Of course, I’d known Sam would probably be here. Rock stars going out in public could be a delicate thing. People had a tendency to get overexcited. And while one person wanting an autograph wasn’t a problem, twenty or thirty of them suddenly swarming definitely could be. Having once been part of the entourage, I’d seen it happen to Ben and his fellow Stage Dive band members enough times to be wary. And you couldn’t get by with ordinary security. Rock stars needed protection from their over-zealous fans, but on the other hand they didn’t want the fans roughed up or hurt in any way. It required a delicate balance: control, experience, and a whole gamut of scary physical skills. Hence Sam.
Still, Portland seemed generally less crazy than the good old days back in LA. All of the guys seemed calmer and more settled away from the constant craziness of the party scene. Not to mention the effect of all of the wives/partners and various offspring. The biggest rock band in the world had officially been domesticated.
It was kind of cute. Or sad. I don’t know.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to stir you,” she lied. “What do you think of your brother’s new musical bromance?”
On the small stage set up in the corner of the room, a young man wailed his heart out while playing an acoustic guitar. Much angst about a girl who only called him after midnight. Trust a rockster to turn a simple booty call into a heartbreaking ballad. The song was damn good though. He had talent. If only I hadn’t had my fill of the type when I was younger. The kid looked to be in his early to mid-twenties. Lanky with lots of tattoos. Your typical rock ’n roll Prince Charming. Gag. These days my type ran more toward…actually, what I needed or wanted in a male was a total mystery.
And my gaze did not stray back to Sam. That did not happen.

ARC Review: Reckless Abandon By: Sierra Hill

“Reckless Abandon” is the second book in The Smoky Mountain trilogy by Sierra Hill. The first book, “Reckless Youth”, introduced us to the characters of: London, Cam, and Sage. A trio of High School friends exploring their love for one another, and grappling with the fact that their relationship is nontraditional (MFM).

“Reckless Abandon” takes place several years after the end of the first book and switches from London’s point of view to Cams. Taking place 10 years in the future, after the shocking cliffhanger of the first book, we realize how far this trio has drifted a part. Sierra Hill uses flashbacks brilliantly throughout this book to fill in what has happened over the last 10 years to cause these friends and lovers to drift apart.

After reading the first book I was anxiously awaiting this book! Sierra Hill does not disappoint as she explores the forbidden menage trois between Cam, London and Sage. The first book left us wondering if Cam would be able to open his heart to Sage or if his personal biases would forever taint the relationship. In this book we hear from Cam and watch him explore his sexuality and push the boundaries of what he is comfortable with.

This book is sexy, suspenseful, and painful. It brings the reader to their knees as they feel the pain these three friends go through and explores their road back to one another as adults. For fans of nontraditional romance that sucks you in and spins you around, this book is for you!

Watch for book 3 in this series “Reckless Hearts”, and my review to follow!!

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COVER REVEAL: Protecting Her Heart By: Samantha Lind

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Title: Protecting Her Heart
Series: Indianapolis Eagles #4
Author: Samantha Lind

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Cover Design: Jersey Girl Design
Release Date: November 1, 2018

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Laura
I believed in the fairytale.
The Happily-Ever-After.
The “till death do us part” fantasy little girls grow up believing in.
Unfortunately for me, my happy ending was divorce, and learning to find myself all over again.
I was done with men and relationships, or so I thought, until a stubborn hockey player was
determined to show me what love could really be.
But could I fall for the fairytale a second time, and trust that he would protect my heart?
Mark
From the moment I laid eyes on her, I knew she was made for me.
She was broken and I was determined to put her back together again.
I was here to prove she could have that fairytale love story after all.
To show her someone else can protect her heart and love her unconditionally.
Now I just have to convince her that someone is me.

 

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ARC REVIEW: A Heritage of Death by Alexa Padgett

“A Heritage of Death” is the second book in the Cici Gurule series by Alexa Padgett. This book starts at a fast pace and never lets up, as we see the connection between Cici and her deceased sister Ana Carmen stretch beyond the physical realm. Cici is experiencing horrifying nightmares of a possible crime, but the dreams are so real, and soon she is thrust head first into a real life crime with eerie similarities to her sleeping visions.

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As Cici tries to decipher her visions from reality she again partners with Sam Chastain, who works with law enforcement and is able to provide Cici with official information and she is able to reciprocate with information from her dreams. The relationship between Sam and Cici is essential to the story and I think brings another layer to Alexa’s storytelling. Not only is this a mystery but we are constantly enthralled with realistic characters who are working through their own struggles. I appreciate how Alexa is able to take her time developing this relationship, between Sam and Cici, and it is not an automatic romance. It lends a sense of authenticity to the relationship and character and makes it feel realistic, experiencing the ups and downs with the characters.

As Cici and Sam delvele into the mystery of a baby who was dropped at her doorstep we see Cici struggle with a gift from beyond the grave that is cryptic and does not come when or how she wants it. I like this struggle for Cici who is a Reverend and not the least bit traditional, this extra aspect of the story really shows a characters struggle with her own faith and coming to turn with the death of her identical twin.

In A Pilgrimage we were captivated by the characters and their development, in this second book that development continues, but I really felt like we were introduced to the world they are living in. The setting is easily visual with the strong descriptors Alexa uses throughout and this helps to keep the pace quick and intriguing. I love that at the beginning of each chapter Alexa uses a quote from Rousseau. I found this to be a brilliant way to provide foreshadowing and also build suspense as you entered each chapter, knowing something was going to happen that would directly relate to the quote.

“He who blushes is already guilty.” — Rousseau

This is a continuing trend from a Pilgrimage where she used quotes from Shakespeare and I LOVE IT!!! It is such a unique and foreboding way to enter each chapter.

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I need to acknowledge a few things in this book that were done so masterfully and they deserve special notice. Alexa touches on the current trend of Missing and Indigenous Women in Canada and the US. I think this is so important to have included not only for the story but to ensure it is a topic that stays at the forefront of our minds. In Canada there has been a special committee introduced to look into this horrifying trend and it has been ignored for far to long, I am so glad it is not only getting attention in the news but also in current literature.

The second part I want to acknowledge is her introduction of childhood abuse and domestic violence and how that would affect her characters. I work with high risk domestic violence offenders and I found her descriptions of the long term affects on victims to be genuine and accurate, further she did not shy away from the negative impact it has on people and how it can cause them lifelong pain that will resurface and will cause a strain in their relationships with the people around them. Again, this is such an important topic and I am glad Alexa did not use it lightly just to further the story but rather to develop a character and truly show the ongoing pain it can cause for the victim and all people connected with the victim.

“Bits of memories sped before Cici’s eyes. She tried not to be hurt by the revelations, by his disdain for her desire to comfort him now.”

I give this book a resounding 5 stars and if I could give it more I would. For lovers of Ruth Ware, Gilly MacMillan and Mary Kubica this is a must read!! I highly recommend starting this series at the beginning and following it as the next books come, which I hope is soon!!! Links to purchase are below:

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