What I Love About You by Rachel Gibson

What I Love About You (Truly, Idaho, #3)Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Rachel Gibson was one of the first authors I tried when I first got into contemporary romance. I swiftly devoured her back catalogue and as soon as I hear about a new book from her, it quickly goes on my ‘Must Read’ list.

What I Love About You will never be my favourite book of hers.  After all the Hero is something of a sex-mad player with an alcohol addiction and as soon as he sees Natalie he has one single thought: getting her naked!  Then there is Natalie’s ex-husband Michael who you’re never quite whether he’s going to respect her wishes regarding custody of their daughter and the fact that she’s never going to get back together with him.

Nevertheless, Blake, the hero won me over in the end, helped, nRachel Gibson - Blakeo doubt, by Sparky the cute puppy the he and Natalie end up co-owning.  He works through his issues and gets his priorities straightened out and ends up proving himself worthy of Natalie.  Michael, the ex-husband, whilst he would never make it onto my list of swoonworthy guys,is bearable in the end, as is Charlotte, Natalie’s daughter.

My favourite scene in the whole book is when Natalie goes over to Blake’s house and, unbeknownst to her, ends up having an intimate conversation with his identical twin before fainting (incidentally, I wonder if she ever does end up pregnant – I feel like that was hinted at in that scene but never resolved).

A solid addition to Gibson’s Truly, Idaho series.

Book: 4*

Cover: 4*

Indecent Proposal by @MollyOKwrites Blitz

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Today is the release day for INDECENT PROPOSAL, the 4th book in the Boys of Bishop series by Molly O’Keefe. Check out the contest below for a $50 Gift Card!

 

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Perfect for readers of Susan Mallery and Rachel Gibson, Molly O’Keefe’s gritty and sensual tale of passion and politics features the brother of the heroine from the author’s beloved novel, Never Been Kissed. He’s a driven man who refuses to be distracted—until he meets a beautiful bartender who just may change his life.

With his chiseled jaw and his thick blond hair, Harrison Montgomery was born to lead. Four generations of Montgomery men have served the state of Georgia and now he’s next in line. Harrison, though, is driven to right wrongs: namely to clean up the political mess left by his father’s greed and corruption. But Harrison must first win his congressional bid, and nothing can get in his way—not even an angel who served him whiskey and gave him a shoulder to lean on and a body to love for a night. Problem is, she’s pregnant. Scandal is brewing and there is only one solution: marriage.

Damage control? Ryan Kaminski can’t believe that a cold, calculating political animal now inhabits the body of the emotionally vulnerable stranger who’d given her the most unforgettable night of her life. Really, she doesn’t want anything from Harrison, except to be left alone to have her baby in peace. But Ryan is broke, jobless, and essentially blackmailed by Harrison’s desperate family to accept this crazy marriage deal. For two years, she will have to act the role of caring, supportive wife. But what is Ryan supposed to do when she realizes that, deep in her heart, she’s falling in love.

 

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MOLLY O’KEEFE’s Bio:

Molly O’Keefe is the RITA Award winning author of over 25 books and novellas. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband, two kids and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.

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He’s So Fine by @JillShalvis Blitz

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For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It’s the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she’s rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she’s ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to “save” him. In fact, he’d like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He’s just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole’s heart, or will it be the end of Olivia’s days in little Lucky Harbor?

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Love Is A State Of Mind Review: H E R E

The Buried by @ShelleyCoriell

The Buried (The Apostles, #2)Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I absolutely loved the first book in this series but I’ll be honest, I spent most of the first couple of chapters wondering why on earth an author would start the book with one of the main characters finding out he had a son he never knew about whose mother is not the other main character (and the one he is obviously destined to get his HEA with, courtesy of the reconciliation trope).

Well, it turns out that Alex (the son in the above equation) is actually quite a likeable, and key, character once you get past his juvenile delinquency.  I especially loved his relationship with Grace when he tries to make her laugh to get her mind off of the murders, and Hatch finding out about his son is a huge reason his outlook on life changes and he is able to give it another go with Grace.

And Alex isn’t the only unknown, long hidden relative in the book.  <spoiler> I have to say that the I was pretty shocked at the identity of the perp and even more horrified about what she had endured.  And poor Grace, how would anyone get over finding out that about their father!)  </spoiler>

Whilst the relationship between the Hatch/Grace is central to the book, most of the book is concentrated on the case rather than the romance.  I liked the way we got introduced to a secondary case as worked by Detective Tucker and how that tied into the main case and the role he played at the climax.

Overall, this is a very strong follow-up to a cracking first book.

Book: 4*

Cover: 5*

TV Mix 2013/2014

TV Soundtrack

1. The Who – You Better You Bet
(The Newsroom: 2×01 – First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers)
2. Wolf Gang – Suego Faults
(Covert Affairs: 4×03 – Into The White)
3. Wildlife – Lightning Tent
(Camp: 1×01 – Pilot)
4. KT Tunstall – Feel It All
(Unforgettable: 2×03 – Day Of The Jackie)
5. Fitz & The Tantrums – Spark
(Camp: 1×06 – Parents’ Weekend)
6. The Lumineers – Stubborn Love
(Camp: 1×07 – The Wedding + The Night Shift: 1×01 – Pilot)
7. Luminate – Let My Love Open The Door
(The Newsroom: 2×09 – Election Night, Part 2 -> Watch scene)
8. Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
(Parenthood: 5×01 – It Has To Be Now)
9. Fitz & The Tantrums – The End
(Grey’s Anatomy: 10×05 – I Bet It Stung)
10. Sleeping At Last – Sun
(Grey’s Anatomy: 10×07 – Thriller)
11. Nashville Cast – What If I Was Willing
(Nashville: 2×03 – I Don’t Want To Talk About It -> Watch scene)
12. Billy Joel – Piano Man
(Criminal Minds: 9×07 – Gatekeeper -> Watch scene)
13. Lorde – Bravado
(Grey’s Anatomy: 10×08 – Two Against One)
14. OneRepublic – Counting Stars
(NCIS: LA: 5×06 – Big Brother)
15. Sleeperstar – I Was Wrong
(Chicago Fire: 2×08 – Rhymes With Shout)
16. AC/DC – If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
(Hawaii Five-0: 4×09 – Ha’uoli La Ho’omoaika’i)
17. Jill Andrews – Total Eclipse of the Heart
(Grey’s Anatomy: 10×12 – Get Up, Stand Up)
18. Nashville Cast – This Town
(Nashville: 2×05 – Don’t Open That Door)
19. Fleetwood Mac – Landslide (cover version in episode)
(NCIS: LA: 5×10 – The Frozen Lake)
20.  Nashville Cast – Don’t Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet
(Nashville: 2×13 – It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right)
21.  The Wind + The Wave – Time After Time
(Grey’s Anatomy: 10×15 – Throwing It All Away)
22. Sleeping At Last – Private Eyes
(Grey’s Anatomy: 10×19 – I’m Winning)
23.  Tegan and Sara – Where Does The Good Go
(Grey’s Anatomy: 10×24 – Fear (Of The Unknown))
24.  Nashville Cast – Black Roses
(Nashville: 2×19 – On The Record)
25. Elvis Presley – Burning Love
(Parenthood: 5×05 – Let’s Be Mad Together)
26. Band Of Horses – The Funeral
(The Night Shift: 1×02 – Second Chances)
27. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
(Parenthood: 5×08 – The Ring)
28. Allman Brown – Sons and Daughters (feat. Liz Lawrence)
(Parenthood: 5×15 – You’ve Got Mold + The Night Shift: 1×03 – Hog Wild)
29. St Leonards – Best Part Of Me
(The Night Shift: 1×05 – Storm Watch)
30. The August Empire – There’s A Rumor
(The Night Shift: 1×06 – Coming Home)
31. Thirty Seconds To Mars – Bright Lights
(Nikita: 4×06 – Canceled)

The Wedding Hoax by Heather Thurmeier

The Wedding HoaxReceived an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

3.5*

I really liked the first half of the book with the set-up of reuniting two ex-lovers for a marketing ploy to benefit both of their businesses.  However, after they slept together the first time, things went downhill simply because of the endless cycle of Daisy feeling the attraction and then pushing Cole away.

Cole’s brother was slimy but his father, god his awful father!  What an odious man!  I would have been much happier if the resolution to that toxic relationship was that Cole quit his job and refused to work for his father any more.

The biggest flaw of the book, in my opinion, was the fact we had Cole maintaining all the way through that he would never marry and give up the single lifestyle but then all of a sudden, in a blink of an eye, he decided things had changed and whoosh he’s off trying to get Daisy back.  This sudden change just wasn’t believable to me.

Book: 3.5*

Cover: 4*

Saddles and Sin by Jessie Evans Blitz

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SADDLES AND SIN by Jessie Evans’ releases today and we’re so excited! If you’re in need of a smouldering cowboy to swoon over (and who isn’t?), you have got to meet this one!

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Even sweet cowboys have a sinful side…

Robert Lawson—Bubba to his friends—is six feet, four inches of tall, dark, and handsome cowboy, with a panty-melting voice and a face made to launch a country music career. But when his family’s ranch hands go down with the flu, Robert cancels his high-profile auditions in Austin, and returns home to Lonesome Point to help out. Fortune and fame are all well and good, but family and friends come first. Besides, he’s ready to enjoy some off-the-clock time with his manager, a woman who has him dying to show her what a good man can do to a woman when he’s given permission to be bad.

Marisol Medina has been looking for her golden ticket since she became a country music manager. A scandal with one of her clients nearly destroyed her, but now she’s close to launching an artist who will make her career. Robert Lawson has it all—talent, charisma, and a naughty side that flicks all of Marisol’s kinkier switches. But Robert is off limits. She refuses to mix business and pleasure, even if it will be hell resisting temptation while spending a week at the Lawson family ranch, doing her best to convince Robert to ditch the saddle and embrace his future as a star.

But as Marisol and Robert grow closer and the passion between them ignites, Marisol must decide if fear is stronger than love, or if a chance at forever is worth breaking all her rules.

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About Jessie Evans

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary Southern romances she loves to read.

She’s married to the man of her dreams, and together they’re raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.

When she’s not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.

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No More Mr. Nice Guy by @AmyAndrewsbooks

No More Mr. Nice GuyReceived an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

This book is one of those perfect sexy reads that you can’t help but get through in one sitting.

I really like the ‘best friend’s brother’ trope and this one plays out exactly as you want it to, especially in conjunction with a sexy to-do list.

The sex scenes were HOT, the writing fantastic and the author gave you characters that you genuinely care about.

I really hope that we are going to get Sal’s story soon?

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Book: 5*

Cover: 5*

Melt For Him by Lauren Blakely Blitz

MFH RDL BannerWe are so excited to bring the Release Day Launch for Lauren Blakely’s MELT FOR HIM! MELT FOR HIM is the first full length novel Lauren’s written in the Fighting Fire Series published by Entangled Brazen. Snap up this saucy read today! MELT FOR HIM releases on Sept. 8, and is $2.99 for pre-order and release week, and will then go to $3.99. Her novella BURN FOR ME is free for a limited time!!

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He knows exactly how to make her burn…

Fire captain and bar owner Becker Thomas usually spends his nights alone, trying to escape painful memories from his past. When he meets a sexy, free-spirited brunette outside his bar, he knows he’s found the perfect way to forget for one night. But when he later discovers the woman he’s itching for another night with is his best friend’s sister, everything comes to a halt.

Just out of a toxic relationship, Megan Jansen is only in Hidden Oaks to visit her brother, photograph the firemen’s calendar, and then slip off to another adventure. The brooding man who gave her the best sex ever is an unexpected surprise. The problem is, he’s her brother’s friend and a fellow fireman, and Megan’s rule is no firemen. She knows she’s going to get burned …but keeping their hands off each other is easier said than done.

50% of all preorders and release week sales will be donated by the author to the National Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund.

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“Why didn’t you tell me you were from here?” he asked, holding his hands out in question.

She furrowed her brow. “What?”

“I had no idea you were Travis’s sister,” he said, and he sounded pissed.

“And I had no idea you were a fireman,” she said, parking her hands on her hips.

He shoved a hand roughly through his hair, shook his head. “And I had no idea you were the photographer. You said you were an artist.”

“I am!” she said, her voice rising. What the hell? “I can draw, and I do tattoos. I also happen to be good at shooting pictures. Besides, you said you were a bar owner,” she pointed out, as if they could both redo this colossal mistake by rehashing the moments they both could have been more honest. “Why didn’t you tell me more about yourself?” she countered.

He didn’t answer. He moved closer, maybe a foot away now. The anger felt like a pulsating life force, but there was something else between them, too. Heat. And want. The nearness was intoxicating. She could reach out and touch his chest. That broad, sturdy chest that she’d loved having her hands all over.

She was edgy now, nervous, as they stood like two sparring partners, tucked away in the back hallway of the coffee shop near the restrooms. She wanted him to touch her again, and she hated that she was still thinking of last night, and how they’d connected so deeply in bed. But also in their conversations all through the night and up to a few minutes ago when they were texting. She was torn between needing to leave and wanting him to pin her against the wall and bury her in kisses that made her weak in the knees.

Too bad she could never do any of those things with him again.

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Message from Lauren:

I want to let you all in on a little secret about me. I love hot firemen. I stare at hot fireman. I slow down when driving past the fire station to try to get a better look at the men inside. Which might explain why I wrote a sexy firefighter series! But all ogling and firemen lust aside, not only are firefighters sexy, they are also brave, courageous and active in their communities. As I wrote MELT FORHIM, I learned more about the work that volunteer fire departments around the country do — both in responding to emergencies and in helping their communities. And because firefighters have given me so much inspiration, I wanted to be able to give back with this book.
That’s why I will be donating half of all my proceeds from the preorders and release week sales for MELT FOR HIM to the NVFC Firefighter Support Fund that supports the nation’s volunteer fire and EMS departments. Together, I believe we can all make a difference and help support the men and women who serve our local communities and come through for us when we need them most!

xoxo
Lauren

Author PhotoAbout Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In UsPretending He’s MinePlaying With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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Wicked Nights by Anne Marsh

Wicked NightsWhat a super hot and sexy frenemies-to-lovers story.

I loved the bickering, betting and competitive nature between Piper and Cal and the sexual tension was radiating from the page full force. However, I equally loved the way they looked out for each other with Cal still worrying about Piper’s knee and Piper attempting to help him through his fear of drowning.  Their backstories are a great counterpoint to the generally fun and flirty banter and I loved how Piper especially accepted that her dream of winning diving gold was no longer a reality and managed to move on rather than sinking into a deep hole of self pity.Anne Marsh - Cal

An added bonus is that the author really made you feel immersed in the island life and undergoing the diving experience with Piper.  (I want to swim with sea-lions dammit!)

This book was a perfect weekend read, a whole lot of fun and zero angst.

Book: 5*

Cover: 5*