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2014 Love Is … Book Awards

2014 Crime
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Crime

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Non-Fiction

2014 Romance – Animals
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Animals

2014 Romance – Enemies To Lovers
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Enemies

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Fake Relationship

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Friends to Lovers

2014 Romance – Novella
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Novella

2014 Romance – Reconciliation
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Past Love

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Sport

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Suspense

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Unknown Child

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Virgin

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Entangled

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He’s So Fine by @JillShalvis Blitz

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Shalvis_HesSoFine_MMBook Summary:

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?

Author BiographyJillShalvis

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.

You can learn more about Jill at:
JillShalvis.com
Twitter @jillshalvis
Facebook.com/jillshalvis

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

He’s So Fine by @JillShalvis

He's So Fine (Lucky Harbor, #11)Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Aaaand she’s back.  She being the wonderful Jill Shalvis and not that she was ever really gone.  But whilst I really liked Book #10 in the Lucky Harbor series, I didn’t LOVE it.  Well, I definitely LOVED Book #11.

“H-hang on to m-me,” she said, and …dunked him again.
For the love of God.  “Stop trying to save me,” he told her.  “I’m begging you.”
Her hair was in her face, and behind the strands plastered to her skin, her eyes widened.  “Oh my God.  You’re trying to commit suicide.”
“What?  No.”  The situation was ridiculous, and he was frustrated and effing cold, but damn it was hard not to be charmed by the fact that she was trying to save him, even as she was going down for the count herself.  “I’m trying to keep you from killing me.”

From the opening scene of He’s So Fine when Olivia jumps into the water to ‘save’ Cole followed swiftly by the ‘let’s get naked to warm up, friends walk in, Cole/Olivia left trying to explain that this isn’t what it looked like’ scene, I was in love with this book.  So much of the dialogue between Cole/Olivia made me grin.

As individual characters, they were easy to like.  Olivia is a former child star with an infamous past and a money-grabbing mother.  With family like that, you could completely understand why Olivia pretended they were dead and why she wanted to get away from her old life.

Cole is suffering from mild PTSD due to an explosion on the rig he Jill Shalvis- Coleworked on and losing his best friend.  I wholeheartedly love Cole.  Whilst he may be rigid (“Am I … rigid?”  “I don’t know man,” Tanner said, “But I’m really hoping not.”) I can totally understand why he is that way and whilst he may see things in black and white he has a great heart and is always willing to help people.

I think the novel as a whole ended rather abruptly.  We never got to find out how much of Cole’s love declaration ended up on TV as being part of the special or whether doing the program got Olivia’s mother and sister off her back.  It would also have been interesting to have a chapter to see how life changes for Olivia in Lucky Harbor after her secret is revealed.  I also thought that as part of the ‘big blow up’, Cole would find out that one of his sisters knew who Olivia really was and kept it from him aka Sam and Tanner keeping the Susan/Gil thing from him.  Also, did Cole ever really deal with his fear of flames/PTSD?

So overall, whilst I loved it, He’s So Fine didn’t really feel complete.  However, I am sure we’ll get glimpses of Cole/Olivia in the next book which will hopefully resolve some of the loose ends.

Talking of the next book, love the idea of bringing in Lucille’s family as a way to round up the Lucky Harbor series!

Book: 5*

Cover: 3* – why is there a photo of a couple on a bicycle when Cole/Olivia never rode a bike in the whole book?!

It’s in His Kiss by @JillShalvis

It's in His Kiss (Lucky Harbor, #10)Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Given how amazing the previous trilogy in the Lucky Harbor series was, Jill Shalvis would be hard pushed to top that.  Does she succeed with It’s In His Kiss?

In my opinion, no.  Don’t get me wrong, fans of the series will still enjoy this book which introduces a new trio of hot guys and has memorable appearances of some familiar characters like Lucille.  So why does it fall short?

For me it just didn’t contain the raw emotion that the previous books did and the all-consuming rip-roaring love story was absent.  In its place you have Becca and Sam.  Becca is trying to escape from her concert-playing past and Sam is a grumpy surfer guy who she sleeps with and then ends up working for. I just didn’t engage with Becca’s past and it really bothered me how her parents and brother treated her for years and yet after one conversation from Sam, her mother and father were falling over themselves to ask for her forgiveness.

Sam’s father is another character I found hard to like.  Don’t get me wrong the ‘deadbeat Dad trying to win back his son’s love far too late’ can be interesting but I just didn’t like the way Becca let him take advantage of her.

So overall not a 5* read but still a perfectly above-average contemporary romance from one of the masters.

Book: 4*

Cover: 4*

Between The Sheets by @MollyOKwrites Guest Post

Following on from my Between The Sheets review and Book Blitz, I am delighted to be participating in the Blog Tour for this fantastic book.  I am excited to feature an interview between the author, Molly O’Keefe, and Casey, one of her characters from Between The Sheets.

Casey is an fourteen year old boy who was sent into foster care after his mom was arrested when he was eleven. Taking his own future in hand he sought out his Dad, Wyatt Svenson who never knew Casey existed. This interview takes places two years after the end of BETWEEN THE SHEETS.

MOK: Hey Casey, thanks for taking the time to talk to me.
Casey: No problem! Mom said I didn’t have to, but it would be a good idea.
MOK: Mom?
Casey: Shelby. That’s what I call her.
MOK: Awesome, and what about Ty, what do you call him?
Casey: A pain in my butt? Can I say that?
MOK: You can say whatever you like. I heard you guys were working on a bike together.
Casey: We are! A sweeeeet little Night Hawk. It’s almost done. Mom’s freaking out because I’m only fourteen but Dad told her that we would wait until I had my licence.
MOK: That’s funny, because I heard you were riding it out on the dirt roads south of Bishop with Ty.
Casey: (looking remarkably guilty and a little bit scared) Are you going to tell her?
MOK: Your secret is safe with me. So, you guys are doing all right.
Casey: (staring down at his shoes for a second) You know when I walked to Ty’s shop so I could get out of that foster home I was in, I thought maybe things would get better for me. It’s not like they could get worse. But I never thought this would happen.
MOK: What do you mean?
Casey: Like a family. A real one. We took a vacation this summer to the Grand Canyon! And we stayed in hotels with swimming pools and we went to restaurants and Dad let me eat like seven million orders of fried shrimp and Mom didn’t even say anything about vegetables!
MOK: Sounds like a good family vacation. How was the Grand Canyon?
Casey: Have you ever seen it? It’s so wide and so big you can’t see the edge of it. Someday Dad and I are going to go back and hike to the bottom of it. Mom said how amazing it must have been to be the first person to see it. And I said, I bet it was a little scary too. Amazing and scary all together. And then Dad said I know what that’s like – but he was looking at us, so you totally know he was talking about me. And Mom.
MOK: Your mom started crying, didn’t she?
Casey: Totally crying. Like bawling all over the place. Someone walked by and gave us a kleenex. It was embarrassing.
MOK: I hear you’ve got some more great news.
Casey: (Doing this excited clap thing that only proves that he’s still part kid) We’re going to have a baby!
MOK: Congratulations!
Casey: Oh my god, it’s so cool. SO COOL. Mom thinks it’s a boy. Dad thinks it’s a girl. I don’t even care. At all.
MOK: You sound excited. How much longer until you find out?
Casey: The baby is due next month. Cora and Sean are going to have a baby too! Did you know that? She’s super sick, Sean says all she can eat are popsicles. So it’s like baby crazy right now. Just tons of baby crap everywhere you go between Mom and Cora and Brody and Ashley’s twins and Jackson and Monica’s kid.
MOK: Sounds kind of happy, if you ask me.
Casey: It is. It totally is. We still do this counseling thing once a month, Mom and Dad and me. And sometimes Mom gets really sad about her mom, and Dad gets angry about Vanessa – she’s my birth mom – but mostly…Mostly it’s just really really awesome.
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Dear @JillShalvis, why is there a pear on your book cover?

Dear Jill,

I am a big fan, huge in fact, like one of those industrial fans you get on film sets to spray the fake snow everywhere, and I’ve liked everything you’ve written (well, apart from The Bachelor’s Bed, which according to Goodreads I rated 1* but I suspect this might have been in error) since I first discovered contemporary romance when I read Animal Magnetism.

However, something has been giving me great consternation over the past few weeks: why is there a pear on the new front cover of He’s So Fine?

In fact, why is there fruit on any of your book covers?  Is it part of a worldwide campaign to get readers to eat their ‘5-a-day’?  Is there a deep, fruitful meaning behind your books which I am just failing to get?!  Is the pear a reference to the pairing?  Are the cherries are a reference to virginity (if so what are they doing on the front cover of the first book?)  Also, if you’re going to put fruit on the front cover of a book, why not use it as a ‘theme’ for a trilogy rather than use it for Book #1 and then Book #11?

Why are there flowers on the cover of Book #4, Book #7 and then Book #12?  Are they linked in some way?

Why is there a Christmas jumper on the front of Book #6?  Surely that would be better suited for Book #1?  Just like the boat on Book # 9 would be better to represent Ford in Book #3 or for any of the books in the final trilogy?

Does your publisher think that we Brits just like conundrums?

You won’t believe my sense of relief when I finally managed to figure one of the riddles ……. the cupcake on Book #9 obviously represents Leah the pastry chef.

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Remember when your books had pretty covers with sexy couples in love on them?  Yes, I miss those days.

Yours,

Sleepless in Lucky Harbor

Between The Sheets by @MollyOKwrites Blitz & Giveaway

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I am so pleased to be part of the promo for Molly O’Keefe’s latest book in her fabulous Boys of Bishop series.  Molly is one of my favourite romance authors and you’ll be hard-pushed to find a contemporary romance series as good as this one.

GooBETWEEN THE SHEETSdreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18750587-between-the-sheets

Book Summary:

Perfect for readers of Susan Mallery and Rachel Gibson, Between the Sheets is Molly O’Keefe’s final book in the Boys of Bishop trilogy, featuring a sizzling romance between a sexy motorcycle bad boy and the girl next door who can’t resist him.

After years of running, Wyatt Svenson has now parked himself in Bishop, Arkansas, trying to do the right thing and parent a son he didn’t even know he had until recently. Over six feet tall and packed with muscles and power, Ty likes to get his hands dirty, fixing his motorcycle at night and keeping his mind away from the mistakes he’s made. Then his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.

Though Shelby Monroe is safe in her structured life, she is drawn to Ty’s bad-boy edge and rugged sexuality. What if she just lets it all go: her worries about her mother, her fear of heartbreak, and her tight self control? What if she grabs Ty and takes a ride on the wild side? “What if” becomes reality—intense, exhilarating . . . and addictive. But Ty wants more than a secret affair. He wants it all with Shelby. But will she take a chance and open her heart? Ty is determined to convince Shelby to take the biggest risk of her life: on him.

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Between the Sheets by @MollyOKwrites

Between the Sheets (Boys of Bishop, #3)Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Before I get onto how much I loved this book, I have to say that the title (and therefore the cover) confuses me: with all the hot sex Ty/Shelby have, none of it actually occurs in a bed so isn’t Between the Sheets a bit misleading?  Hmm.  A bit like how this is the ‘final book in the Boys Of Bishop trilogy’ …. but is followed by a fourth book, the awesome Indecent Proposal which, whilst doesn’t unfold in Bishop, is part of the same universe. Maybe we can market Indecent Proposal as being the start of a new spinoff trilogy (with, you know, WES getting his own book next)?  *hopeful eyes*

Anyway, pushing my neuroses aside, let’s talk about how much I love this book.  Because I did.  A lot.  And even though the other 3 books in the series were perfection, I stupidly thought, based on the summary and the cover, that this one, whilst undoubtedly still being good, could not possibly be as good.

I was unforgivably wrong because this book was as heart-wrenchingly good as the others.  Molly O’Keefe really knows how to rip your heart to shreds and slowly put it back together again.

Apart from the gut-wrenching emotion, the thing I admire the most about Molly O’Keefe’s writing is her ability to write convincingly about anything.  Whether  it’s Alzheimers, surviving a sex scandal, bad boy bikers, a reformed rock chick, an abandoned, abused 11 year-old, the golden boy politician, she brings you into their world and makes it feel real.

Whilst Wild Child tackles the world of reality TV, Never Been Kissed Molly Okeefe - Tyexplores surviving a hostage situation and Indecent Proposal focuses on life in the political limelight, Between The Sheets is all about the real, day-to-day life and troubles that ordinary people face, whether it be Ty’s relationship with his son, Shelby’s relationship with her mother or Ty and Shelby’s relationship with each other.  Trust me, it is well worth taking the ride with these characters but hang on tight because it’s a rocky road!

PS. Molly, it was extremely cruel showing us Ty and Shelby starting to have phone sex and not letting us see that play out in its full glory.  😉

Book: 5*

Cover: 3*

Indecent Proposal by @MollyOKwrites

Indecent Proposal (Boys of Bishop, #4)Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Reading one of the books in Molly O’Keefe’s Boys of Bishop series is a bit like being strapped into your seat on a rollercoaster ride that takes you across the whole spectrum of human emotion.  You swoon, you cry, you laugh at the subtle humour ….. and by the end you are left completely drained (in a good way.  *spoiler alert* Indecent Proposal has a happy ending!)

Ever since we were first introduced to Harrison in Never Been KissedMolly Okeefe - Harrison I have been waiting on tenterhooks for his story and it definitely didn’t disappoint.  When Ryan first meets him at the hotel bar, he adopts the persona of ‘Harry’ which makes you (and Ryan) fall in instant love with him.  Molly O’Keefe does a great job at balancing the whole !instantlove with realism and the hotel room scene was HOT!

However, when he appears again in her apartment he has done a complete 180 and the way he threw accusation after accusation at Ryan gave me chills.  But never fear, ‘Harry’ reappears before the end to convince you that Harrison deserves Ryan.

I loved all of the secondary characters, even the ones you are meant to hate, and Wallace/Noelle especially made me smile.

In terms of Harrison’s political career, if I were wearing a hat I would definitely take it off to the author for having Harrison lose the election.  In terms of fake relationship tropes, the fake relationship is nearly always successful in helping the Hero or Heroine achieve his/her ultimate goal but I love how Molly O’Keefe took the unexpected route.

The only thing which could have possibly made this book better for me was perhaps have Wes appear for a scene in the latter half of the book.  This is because 1) he played such a key role at the start, it would have made sense to maybe have him turn up when Ryan goes back home and 2) I am really hoping he gets a book of his own in the near future!

Finally, a huge thanks to the publisher for including my Wild Child review at the start of this book.  It literally made my day when I sat down to start reading Indecent Proposal.

Book: 5*

Cover: 4*