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Trope: Reconciliation Romance
Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio
POV: 3rd Person
One-Sentence Summary: A ridiculously gorgeous group of friends from the journalist world hang out together in NYC and fall in love – this is Emma and Alex’s epic story of love and betrayal
Review: When I saw I had been approved for this ARC I just about hyperventilated as this is one of the romances of 2015 that I was most looking forward to getting my paws on, and boy it definitely didn’t disappoint!
Well, this book did not disappoint – as well as the juicy backstory, which was actually kind of plausible, it had oodles of UST – OODLES I tell you! Alex/Emma pretending not to steal glances at each other, Alex forcing Emma to write about her exes, Alex and Emma falling back in love with each other …….
It was nice to see the other members of the gang as well with their hilarious banter and sarcastic comments.
Really hope that Cole’s story is next? Maybe Emma persuades Daisy to come to New York and she and Cole fall in love?
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Trope: Small town Southern romance
Chemistry: Low boil
POV: 3rd Person
One-Sentence Summary: Big city girl almost gets run out of town by a mob of angry grannies
Review: Let’s start by saying that I am a big Marina Adair fan and I love her St. Helena’s Vineyard series. She writes banter so well and those hilarious one-liners which made her Vineyard series so great are present in the first book of her latest series.
Unfortunately, also present are some rather unsavoury characters that no matter how hard I tried were still in my bad book to the very end. Who am I talking about? The Granny mob of course! I get that every small town romance needs to have at least one interfering busybody lady of a certain age but the ones in this book were downright mean. Breaking and entering? Firing a gun? Spitting? Are you freaking kidding me? Josephina handed them with a lot more grace that I would have that’s for sure! I would have had them arrested, locked up and thrown away the key. I get that there must be ‘big cliché’ characters in a book of this kind but there is such a thing as taking the trope too far.
Kudos to the author for giving the ‘rich sporting celeb’ a sport seldom seen in sport romances: golf. However, there’s a reason why golf is seldom the hero’s sport – I’m with Josephina when I say it’s boring as hell so unfortunately that didn’t win Brett any points with me. He did seem like an all-round nice guy but the way he was at everyone’s beck and call made me want to grab him by the scruff of the neck and tell him to grow a backbone.
As to Josephina herself, she was an okay heroine but I didn’t warm to her and I really did just want her to put everyone in their place.
The book was 2*s for me all the way until the 2/3rds mark when it crept up to 3*. However, it was all just too OTT and the characters too clichéd to make me want to return for the rest of the series.
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Can a determined woman executive and a playboy billionaire survive being stranded together in a snowstorm? Jennifer Probst depicts an encounter almost too hot to handle…
Drew and Kate play an encore to Tangled in this sexy take on a “Christmas Carol” by Emma Chase. When a Christmas Eve argument condemns Drew to a troubled night, three dream women teach him that no gift could be more tantalizing than Kate…
With Kristen Proby, ski slopes are quite delightful. Grace Douglas is sure she’ll never learn to ski, but instructor Jacob Baxter could teach her lessons of a different kind…
Can a southern California transplant survive Montana’s deep snows? Melody Anne, author of the bestselling Andersons series,melts the icy drifts completely away with the heat between sexy Hawk Winchester and brand-new teacher Natalie Duncan…
What could be hotter than a firefighter? Kate Meader shows how hot it can get as Beck Rivera and heiress-turned-tattoo-artist Darcy Cochrane discover that nothing ignites holiday flames like rekindling a lost love…
About The Authors:Jennifer Probst’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels, novellas, and ebooks include the acclaimed Marriage to a Billionaire series, as well as Searching for Someday and Searching for Perfect. She lives in upstate New York. Visit her at www.jenniferprobst.com.
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Tangles, Twisted, Tamed, and Tied. She lives in a small town in rural New Jersey with her husband and children. Follow Emma on Twitter and Facebook, or visit her atwww.emmachase.net.
Kristen Proby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Loving Cara and Seducing Lauren, as well as the popular With Me in Seattle series. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her atkristenproby.com.
Melody Anne is the New York Times bestselling author of the indie published Billionaire Bachelors series, the Baby for the Billionaire series, and the Surrender series, and she has a new series coming soon from Pocket Books. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her at www.melodyanne.com.
Kate Meader is the author of the sexy new series Hot in Chicago, coming soon from Pocket Books. When not writing she works in an academic library in Chicago. Visit her at www.katemeader.com.
Nobody does Christmas like Miranda Hamilton, and now that she finally has her chance to chair Magnolia Bay’s tree lighting and the cotillion, which benefits her late mother’s breast cancer foundation, this Christmas is shaping up to be the best ever. That is until her childhood nemesis Logan Mauldin buys his way on her committee and starts making plans of his own.
Logan Mauldin loves to get under Miranda’s very sexy skin, and it’s only fair. She’s been getting under his since long before their first kiss at 13. Logan’s the last man interested in co-chairing a Christmas committee or participating in a sexy bachelor auction, but since that night he interrupted Miranda on a date and cornered her under the mistletoe, he can’t stop thinking about her. Or vying for her attention and bugging the hell out of her.
Christmas cheer isn’t the only thing that heats up between the Miranda and Logan, but, thanks to a lie that is as much her fault as it is his, he loses the woman he’s loved since forever. Logan will need a Christmas miracle for Miranda to forgive him. A grand gesture to melt her heart and win her back just in time for Christmas.
Kim Boykin Bio:
Kim Boykin is a women’s fiction author with a sassy Southern streak. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair, Steal Me, Cowboy, and Palmetto Moon (Summer 2014.) While her heart is always in South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, 3 dogs, and 126 rose bushes.
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At 35-years-old, Cole Stanton is burned out. His high-paced, uber-successful career has left him yearning to start over. He finds Indigo Island, buys a restaurant and settles into an uncomplicated life. But Christmas is a mess. He has over-committed the small restaurant’s resources again, and is over his head. He finds himself longing for everything he has left behind, until a chance encounter with gorgeous Lily offers a spark of salvation to his business and, perhaps his life.
Beautiful pastry chef Lily Edmonds is thirty years old and heartbroken. It’s just before Christmas and she’s just been dumped by via telephone by her fiancee. Her best friend Avery Putnam invites her to Indigo Island, hoping to add joy back into Lily’s life. A chance encounter with the sexy owner of a local restaurant makes Lily feel an attraction she thought she’d never feel again, and offers her a business challenge to keep her mind focused on something other than her broken heart.
Cole Stanton and Lily Edmonds are both starting over. Will the joy of the holiday season bring them together or will the troubles with Christmas push them apart?
Kaira Rouda Bio:
Kaira Rouda is an award-winning and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. Her books include: Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs; Here, Home, Hope; All the Difference; In the Mirror; and the short story, A Mother’s Day. She lives in Southern California with her husband and four children and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, @KairaRouda, and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books. And of course, on Pinterest! For more about Kaira and her books, please visit her website KairaRouda.com.
After a mission goes terribly wrong, ending in the death of a teammate, Navy Seal, Drew Lanham, is forced to take a leave from active-duty. Retreating to his godmother’s beach house in coastal Magnolia Bay, Drew plans to spend the three weeks R&R licking his wounds and catching some rays while the nightmares from his failed op fade. The last thing he wants to do is mingle with the locals. What he doesn’t count on is an early morning encounter with a goddess rising from the sea. His interest is piqued and his body put on alert when he finds out that same woman may or may not be after his godmother’s money.
Marine biologist, Jenna Huntley, has been searching her whole life for a place to call home and Magnolia Bay is that place. Unfortunately, she’s underutilizing her education giving tours at the town’s turtle rescue center. With the help of an octogenarian patroness, she maps out a proposal to develop a turtle hatchery on-site. Everything is going as planned until the older woman’s godson arrives. Suddenly, nothing is as it seems and Jenna’s future is hanging in the balance, with a sexy warrior pulling all the strings. Her natural tendency is to help the damaged hero, but she’s sworn off letting military men in her life ever again.
Will Drew and Jenna be able to put their pasts behind them and learn to trust their hearts long enough to enjoy their Holiday at Magnolia Bay?
Tracy Solheim Bio:
Tracy Solheim is the international bestselling author of the Out of Bound Series for Penguin. Her books feature members of the fictitious Baltimore Blaze football team and the women who love them. In a previous life, Tracy wrote best sellers for Congress and was a freelance journalist for regional and national magazines. She’s a military brat who now makes her home in Johns Creek, Georgia, with her husband, their two children, a pesky Labrador retriever puppy and a horse named after her first novel. Her fifth book for Berkley, Back To Before, will be released in January. She also has a digital holiday novella for Tule Publishing’s Southern Born Books coming October 20. See what she’s up to at www.tracysolheim.com. Or on facebook at Tracy Solheim Books and Twitter at TracyKSolheim.
Cookbook author Marley Chambers can’t think of a more festive way to spend Christmas than at a friend’s holiday wedding in her hometown of Magnolia Bay. If only her soon-to-be ex-husband, all-star pitcher, Beckett “Beck” Chambers wasn’t bringing his new girlfriend—and if only he wasn’t still the sexiest man to ever walk out onto the mound…
Beck never wanted the chaotic life of a sport star—especially not at the cost of his marriage to the only woman he’s ever truly loved. But his career is a runaway train—and he’s afraid it’s too late to hit the brakes.
But when a mix-up leaves Beck and Marley stranded together for Christmas Eve on the barrier island where Beck proposed years before, old memories burn bright—and sparks fly hotter than a bonfire on the beach.
Could the magic of the season bring the gift of a second chance, just in time for Christmas?
The tinsel-and-holly-draped lobby of the Bay Breezes Inn looked as if Mrs. Claus herself had decorated it, but the only thing Marley Chambers could see when she stepped through the frosted glass doors was her soon-to-be-ex-husband at the front desk—and the willowy brunette pressed against him.
Her heart twisted like a candy cane.
“I can’t believe he actually brought her,” Gina Martin said, giving her straight black bob an indignant toss.
Marley appreciated her best friend’s loyalty, but she was determined not to let it get to her that Beck had chosen the wedding of their high school friends to debut his new girlfriend.
“We’re separated, Gee, remember?” Marley said, hitching her purse higher up on her shoulder. “He can bring whoever he wants. I don’t care.”
Gina wrinkled her lips dubiously. “If you don’t care, then why are we stalling behind this Christmas tree waiting for them to clear the desk so we can sign in?”
“We’re not stalling—we’re simply soaking up the décor,” Marley said, giving the closest fir bough an appreciative tweak before it snagged on her loose, blond ponytail.
“Do you know Jezebel’s name?”
Marley did—but only because she read the tabloids like every other internet-addicted American who foolishly cared about the dating lives of celebrities and sports stars. In her case, she had a good excuse: up until a year ago, she and Beckett “Beck” Chambers had been headed toward their tenth anniversary so it behooved her—for legal purposes, mind you—to know who he was taking up with before the ink was even set on their divorce papers.
“Her name’s Denise Weathers,” Marley answered finally.
Gina snickered. “I’m betting that name is as fake as her perfect boobs.”
Marley sighed, shifting to avoid a mouthful of fir needles. “If this is your way of helping get me out from behind this tree,” she whispered, “it’s not working.”
“I’m sorry but I still think it’s gross that he brought her here, when he knows these are all your friends, too—your hometown, for God’s sake! The place where you and he grew up and fell in love. It’s just wrong.”
What could Marley say? She’d felt the same way when she’d learned from Erin, the bride-to-be, that Beck was bringing a date to Erin and Kyle’s holiday wedding. Surely Marley was bringing one too, Erin had asked. Marley had bluffed, not yet ready to admit that—as much as she wanted to bring a date—she had a better chance of being eaten by a shark. On land.
“So has Beck seen you yet?” Gina asked.
“No,” said Marley, “and I’m hoping he won’t.”
“Marley, it’s a wedding. I’m fairly certain they expect all the guests to be at the church at the same time.”
Unfortunately, Marley thought, catching another glimpse of her estranged husband and his nubile girlfriend cuddling up against each other like giddy teenagers. But when Beck’s hand drifted down the woman’s skinny body to rest on her rear, the sight was so unsettling that Marley darted back and collided with a bellhop’s filled cart, sending a tower of luggage tumbling to the floor, the crash loud enough to make every head in the lobby swerve her way.
Erika Marks Bio:
Erika Marks is a women’s fiction writer and the author of LITTLE GALE GUMBO, THE MERMAID COLLECTOR, THE GUEST HOUSE and IT COMES IN WAVES (July, 2014). On the long and winding road to becoming published, she worked many different jobs, including carpenter, cake decorator, art director, and illustrator. But if pressed, she might say it was her brief tenure with a match-making service in Los Angeles after college that set her on the path to writing love stories (not that there isn’t romance in frosting or power tools!) A native New Englander, she now makes her home in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, a native New Orleanian who has taught her to make a wicked gumbo, and their two little mermaids. For more on Erika’s books, visit her website at http://www.erikamarksauthor.
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Today I am delighted to be hosting a Q&A with Jill Shalvis in honour of her new release One In A Million, the final book in the much-loved Lucky Harbor series.
Q. How did you first get the idea for the Lucky Harbor series?
A. When I started this series about three estranged sisters who get stuck together running a beach resort, I decided I was out of my mind. I don’t have sisters. I have a brother, and we like each other just fine. Then at the dinner table that very night, my three teenage heathens started bickering and fighting, and I just stared at them in awe and wonder.
I had my fodder! “Keep fighting,” I told them — much to their utter shock, since I’ve spent the past fifteen years begging them to get along.
After that night, it was a piece of cake to write the sisters. So then all that I had left to do was find the three sexy guys who could handle them.
It just so happened that, at the time, my neighbor was having an addition put on her house. For six glorious weeks, there were a bunch of guys hanging off the roof and the walls, in perfect line of sight of my office.
Which is really my deck. It’s a wonder I got any work done at all.
A. I collect good names as I hear them and keep them in a file. When I start a new book, I flip through the saved names until I find one that suits me at the time.
Q. If you had to choose just one, who is your favourite couple out of the 12 Lucky Harbor couples?
A. Definitely Sawyer and Chloe from HEAD OVER HEELS. Wait, no. It’s Josh and Grace from FOREVER AND A DAY. No, wait. It’s Ben and Aubrey from ONCE IN A LIFETIME. No wait!! It’s Callie and Tanner from ONE IN A MILLION… 🙂
Q. What’s your favourite trope to write?
A. reunited lovers! Or in Callie and Tanner’s case, a crush turned love. 🙂
Q. As your ‘Lucky Harbor’ series is now coming to an end, do you know what your next series will be about?
A. I do. 🙂
“I’m a bartender, Harry. I am an expert on lots of things.” She chucked the mint stem into the trash under the bar. “Lay your burdens down, my friend.”
“It’s my sister. She’s in trouble.”
“Ah, oddly enough, this is a subject in which I have plenty of experience.”
“You have a sister who gets in trouble?”
“I am the sister who gets in trouble.” Something buzzed up the back of her neck. A warning to shut her mouth and walk on, perhaps send Lindsey over. But she ignored it, despite having gotten so much better at heeding those internal warnings. She grabbed more mint just so she’d have something to do with her hands.
“So, is she in big trouble or little trouble? Like if one is dating a jerk and ten is living on the streets, where does she fall?”
“She isn’t even on that spectrum.” Something in his voice made her realize the jokes were soon to be offensive. That there was no part of this he was going to find funny. And funny was a huge part of her armor. And without her armor she was just vulnerable and sympathetic – two things that had gotten her in more than her fair share of trouble.
Leave, she thought, switch sides with Lindsey. Forget about Sad Ken Doll.
But that was impossible. His anger and grief were magnetic.
She put down the mint.
“I’m so sorry, Harry,” she told him sincerely.
“It’s fine.” His smile revealed the dimple and for a moment she was distracted enough not to realize he was lying. But she had been a bartender for over a decade and she could smell a lie a mile away. And whatever the situation was with his sister – it was far from fine.
“That’s what you’ve been working on for the last few days. With the phones? Trying to help your sister?”
“I couldn’t stare at the walls of my room anymore. All day, every day trying-“
He sighed, pushed away the plate with the half-eaten chicken on it. For a moment Ryan thought he was going to walk out, he was coiled, poised to just vanish.
And that would be for the best, she thought. For her. Maybe for him. Because the last thing he probably needed was a sister in trouble and a hangover in the morning. And the last thing she needed was this compassion, this empathy and curiosity, the rusted guts of her desire – making her decisions for her.
But then he relaxed back into his chair. Back into the moment with her.
She exhaled the breath she hadn’t totally realized she’d been holding.
“Not that it has done much good. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to help her.”
There was an invisible barrier down the middle of the bar. This one and every other upscale bar in the five boroughs. The barrier was well-documented in The Indigo Bar employee handbook, but also in her own rule book; no fraternizing with the drinkers. A lesson she’d learned twice the hard-way.
But she shoved her fist right through that barrier and put her hand over his. To her surprise he grabbed her fingers, held them tight in his like a lifeline he was terribly in need of.
“She’s…she’s my baby sister. And she hasn’t needed anything from me in so long and now…now that she does, now that she really needs me, I might not be able to help her. It’s killing me.”
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Book: He’s So Fine
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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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?
“Dry off,” Cole said, and stepped back from Olivia.
She nodded but didn’t move.
“Olivia?” he asked.
Her face was a mask of misery. “Mmmy arms won’t wwwork.”
Shit. He quickly and gently pushed her back down to the bench, sat at her side, and began to pile blankets over the top of them both.
“Wwhat are you ddoing?”
“Sharing my body heat,” he said.
“I cccan’t feel any hhheat.”
“You will.” Beneath the blankets, he reached for the towel she still had wrapped around her. “Don’t freak,” he warned. “I’m just going to remove the wet towel and pull you into me.”
She opened her mouth, but using her sluggishness to his benefit, Cole quickly stripped the towel away from her, wrapping his arms around her, pulling her into him as two things happened simultaneously. One, she squeaked. Probably trying to formulate her next threat.
And two—holy shit—he realized she was completely, totally, one hundred percent naked beneath the layer of blankets.
And pissed. “Yyyour pants!” she gasped. “Thththey’re cccold!”
“Sorry, but I’m trying to do the right thing here,” he said through clenched teeth. Jesus. He couldn’t see a thing below her neck, but he could sure as hell feel her. His hands were on her hip and low on her back, respectively, not touching anything he shouldn’t be, but damn she was soft, and at the feel of her, his brain clicked off. Just completely flatlined.
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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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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, no 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.