Book Review: To Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne

Book Review: To Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne

I received this book for free from NetGalley, Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: To Have and to Hold by Lauren LayneTo Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne
Series: The Wedding Belles #1
Published by Pocket Books on July 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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four-stars
Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true…but their own.

Discovering her fiancé is an international conman just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Burke’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet, if slightly spoiled, hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse springs.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancé is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning…is theirs?

For a lover of romantic fiction, it might be a little weird, but I’m not really a fan of weddings. I mean, I love it when people care about find each other, but I was never the kind of girl who dreamed about what her wedding day would be like and plotted it out from the flowers to the music to the games (do people have games at weddings? Doesn’t matter; I did). Incidentally, I did plan out my funeral. But despite never really being interested in what goes into a fabulous wedding, I’ve an abiding respect for wedding planners, and I’m fascinated by what they do. So of course when I heard about Lauren Layne’s new contemporary romance series, The Wedding Belles, I was instantly intrigued. And once I got my hands on book 1, To Have and to Hold, I pretty much raced through the read. Read More »

Bookalikes + Review: Love Blooms on Main Street by Olivia Miles

Bookalikes + Review: Love Blooms on Main Street by Olivia Miles

I received this book for free from NetGalley, the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Bookalikes + Review: Love Blooms on Main Street by Olivia MilesLove Blooms on Main Street by Olivia Miles
Series: Briar Creek # 4
Published by Forever on July 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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four-stars
Love is always in season…Florist Ivy Birch fantasizes about the day a man will surprise her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Especially if that man happens to be Brett Hastings. One stolen kiss at her best friend’s wedding and Ivy can’t get the sexy ER doctor out of her head.

In the small town of Briar Creek, you can’t avoid anyone for very long. Not that Brett has been trying to avoid Ivy. He just can’t afford to let anything distract him from his work—not again. So when a hospital fundraiser throws them together, love is the last thing on his mind. But with her quick wit and sweet laugh, soon the one woman he’s tried to keep at arm’s length is capturing his heart.

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that, as far as I’m concerned, there’s no contemporary romance like small town romance, so I’m always happy to take a walk down a new town’s main street, and I got the chance to do precisely that with Olivia Miles’ Briar Creek series, whose fourth book, Love Blooms on Main Street, was recently released. Keep reading to learn about some of the author’s Bookalikes picks and for my review. Read More »

Book Review: A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen

Book Review: A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen

I received this book for free from NetGalley, the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: A Duke to Remember by Kelly BowenA Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen
Series: Season for Scandal # 2
Published by Forever on July 26, 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
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five-stars
Elise deVries is not what she seems. By night, the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleon-like ability to slip inside her characters. By day, she uses her mastery of disguise to work undercover for Chegarre & Associates, an elite agency known for its discreet handling of indelicate scandals. But when Elise is tasked with locating the missing Duke of Ashland, she finds herself center stage in a real-life drama.

Noah Ellery left the glamour of the London aristocracy to pursue a simpler life in the country. He’s managed to avoid any complications or entanglements-that is, until he lays eyes on Elise and realizes there’s more to this beautiful woman than meets the eye. But when Elise reveals her real identity-and her true feelings for him-the runaway duke must confront the past he left behind . . . to keep the woman he loves forever.

After reading the first book in Kelly Bowen’s Season for Scandal Regency romance series, Duke of My Heart, I had the thought that there was no way the next book would be as good. But a few chapters into A Duke to Remember, I knew this book was exactly that. While what I loved about it was quite different from what I loved about the first book, my heart is no less engaged. And, hey, if you’ve been following this blog a while, you know I love me my dashing dukes. Read More »

Playlist: Crushingly Close by Stella Torres

Playlist: Crushingly Close by Stella TorresCrushingly Close by Stella Torres
Published by indie author on July 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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At twenty-four years old, Agnes Escueta has risen from the ranks to become a producer for Sports Tonight. No one can touch her, it seems—not even crush-worthy anchorman Daniel Ferrer, who she gets to work with every single day. When a road trip to Indonesia throws Agnes and Daniel together, they find themselves working in close quarters. It doesn’t take long before Agnes finds herself being charmed by Daniel, and her defenses start to melt with his touch. With deadlines looming and a big game coming, Agnes must figure out how to let Daniel into her life without risking her professional reputation—and without breaking her own heart.

Stella Torres’s sophomore release has been a long time coming, given that her sweet (in more ways than one) read Save the Cake came out back in 2013. In her first book, she explored the world of pastries and family businesses, but in Crushingly Close, released on July 19, she dives into the newsroom, specifically the sports newsroom, with a new set of characters. Get into the mood for this contemporary read featuring Filipino characters with the playlist she’s prepped below:

 

Playlist for Crushingly Close by Stella Torres

I started this playlist on Spotify with a few tracks to motivate me while I was doing the rewrites for the story.  The list grew when I started saving songs from the Discover Weekly track lists every week, until the whole thing became over four hours long! Below are the choice cuts from my playlist, which corresponds to the moods that I wanted to evoke during certain moments within the story.

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Book Review: Two Across by Jeff Bartsch

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Book Review: Two Across by Jeff BartschTwo Across by Jeff Bartsch
Published by Hachette Book Group on August 4, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, General Fiction, Romance
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five-stars
Highly awkward teenager Stanley Owens meets his match in beautiful, brainy Vera Baxter when they tie for first place in the annual National Spelling Bee-and the two form a bond that will change both of their lives.

Though their mothers have big plans for them—Stanley will become a senator, Vera a mathematics professor—neither wants to follow these pre-determined paths. So Stanley hatches a scheme to marry Vera in a sham wedding for the cash gifts, hoping they will enable him to pursue his one true love: crossword puzzle construction. In enlisting Vera to marry him, though, he neglects one variable: she's secretly in love with him, which makes their counterfeit ceremony an exercise in misery for her.

Realizing the truth only after she's moved away and cut him out of her life, Stanley tries to atone for his mistakes and win her back. But he's unable to find her, until one day he comes across a puzzle whose clues make him think it could only have been created by Vera. Intrigued, he plays along, communicating back to her via his own gridded clues. But will they connect again before it's all too late?

F-E-E-L-S. Feels. Definition: “A wave of emotion that sometimes cannot be adequately explained” (Urban Dictionary).  To use the word in a sentence: Jeff Bartsch’s novel Two Across is made of feels. Because hot damn, this book gave me a dizzy light-heavy thumping in my chest that had nothing to do with my acid reflux and everything to do with how much love and pain and laughter and anger was packed into every chapter.

This is one of those books that, to quote the movie Jerry Maguire, had me at hello. I was engrossed not two pages into the read, and while I had to occasionally stop reading to give way to the mundanity of making a living and keeping myself fed and hydrated, I otherwise inhaled this novel. Read More »

Book Review: Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Nightshades by Melissa F. OlsonNightshades by Melissa F. Olson
Published by Tor Books on July 19, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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three-half-stars
Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations—the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.

Or vampires, as they’re more widely known.

Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late.

Nightshades is a new gritty urban fantasy from Melissa F. Olson.

I’ve been a fan of Melissa F. Olson since I blazed through something like six or seven books from a couple of series set in her Old World universe in the span of a week earlier this year, so I was really excited about getting the chance to read her newest release, Nightshades, which is set in an entirely new world. And, having finished it in one sitting, all I can say is, “Keep ’em coming, please.” Read More »

Excerpt: Up in the Treehouse by K.K. Allen

Excerpt: Up in the Treehouse by K.K. AllenUp in the Treehouse by K.K. Allen
Published by indie author on July 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.

Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.

Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy—sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.

Now it’s too late . . .

Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other’s lives. Haunted by the past, they’re forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can’t seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.

Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn’t the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?

Friends-to-lovers romance is a favorite trope of mine, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting far enough into my review stack that I can start treading K.K. Allen’s Up in the Treehouse, and I’m hoping it lives up to what I’ve seen of it so far! The book launches today, so click on the buy links above and get your hands on a copy. But if you want to have a quick look-through before you buy, check out the excerpt below:

 

Excerpt from Up in the Treehouse by K.K. Allen

His face twists, resembling an old string of holiday lights most would have given up untangling years ago. It’s a messy, broken, and hopeless jumble of old memories . . . one that, for some reason, I can’t bring myself to throw out. Just like my relationship with Devon Rhodes. Read More »

Bookalikes [Video] + Review: Classified: A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs by Georgette S. Gonzales

Bookalikes [Video] + Review: Classified: A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs by Georgette S. GonzalesClassified: A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs by Georgette S. Gonzales
Series: Les Dames des Fleurs
Published by indie author on June 24, 2016
Genres: Crime Fiction, Suspense/Thriller
Amazon three-stars
Danilo Halili was not an investigative journalist. He was simply a photographer who accompanied the publication’s news reporter to cover the city-wide festivities held in that town in Quezon. But his curiosity was piqued when he overheard something he was not supposed to hear. And we all know what they say about curiosity killing the cat.

Ramon Tanchangco had no doubt in his mind and in his gut that the victim of the gruesome murder in Quezon was his brother Danilo, who had been unable to get back to Manila from his assignment. Angered and aggrieved, all he wanted was to find out who the killers were and why Danilo died the way he did.

He had a vague inkling that there was more to the crime than met the eye, and he was ready to expose what that conspiracy could be. If only the French nun would refrain from detaining him at the Couvent du Sacre-Coeur with her hospitality.

I may not have joined the #HeistClub class or been able to attend their book launch last month, thanks to illness and a few unfortunate events, but I’ve kept track of and fully supported the authors who decided to dip their toes into the (hopefully) burgeoning milieu of local crime fiction. My first taste of this book was the novelette from Georgette S. Gonzales, a friend of mine who has previously written mostly romance and romantic suspense in Tagalog or Taglish.

I also got to sit down with her and nag her into doing a video bookalikes session! Check it out below, and keep reading for my review:

 

 

Bookalikes for Classified: A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs by Georgette S. Gonzales

I had a little coffee-fueled conversation with the author, and she was happy to share her bookalikes for her novella, Classified. Check out the video below!

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Book Review: Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

I received this book for free from Nina Bocci PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Steadfast by Sarina BowenSteadfast by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #2
Published by indie author on July 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there’s no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

Sophie Haines is stunned by his reappearance. After a three year absence, the man who killed her brother and broke her heart is suddenly everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never volunteer in the church kitchen.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie’s police chief father. But it’s a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

Sarina Bowen sold me on hot farmers last month, and I remembered thinking after reading Bittersweet that she’d have a tough time topping that in the series. Well, maybe not. In book 2, Steadfast, we get the story of recovering drug addict Jude, who was an endearing character in book 1, so full of pain and regret you could almost trace it on him with your hands. But he was also funny and sporadically wise and old for his age. I knew this would be a feelsy read going in, so I braced myself emotionally, but let me just say, I was not prepared.  Read More »

Book Review: Three of Hearts by Kristina Wright (editor)

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Three of Hearts by Kristina Wright (editor)Three of Hearts: Erotic Romance for Women by Kristina Wright
Published by Cleis Press on March 17, 2015
Genres: Erotica
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four-stars
Three’s company? No, three’s a charm! Three of Hearts features sexy trios who are not just falling into bed, they’re falling (or have already fallen) in love. These stories explore the threesome dynamic emotionally as well as sexually. Whether it’s a couple introducing a third person to their relationship for just one night of fun or for a lifetime commitment, or a woman torn between two lovers who decides not to choose, the focus of this collection of sexy stories is entirely on female pleasure.

When it comes to erotica and romantica, menage isn’t for everyone, and even when you enjoy this subgenre, you might find it difficult to find reads you can really get behind. I know that’s the case for me, anyway. So I was intrigued by Cleis Press’s Three of Hearts anthology, edited by Kristina Wright, which promised a sampling of menage via a series of short stories by erotica writers, some of whom were known to me and others who were completely new. Read More »

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Book Review: To Have and to Hold by Lauren LayneBookalikes + Review: Love Blooms on Main Street by Olivia MilesBook Review: A Duke to Remember by Kelly BowenBook Review: Two Across by Jeff BartschBook Review: Nightshades by Melissa F. OlsonBookalikes [Video] + Review: Classified: A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs by Georgette S. GonzalesBook Review: Steadfast by Sarina BowenBook Review: Three of Hearts by Kristina Wright (editor)Book Review + Giveaway: The Virgin and the Viscount by Charis MichaelsBook Review: Wicked Lord of Thessaly by Rachael SlateBook Review: Bella and the Beast by Olivia DrakeBook Review: Reliquary by Sarah FineBook Review + Giveaway: A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa JamesBook Review: Game of Shadows by Amanda K. ByrneBook Review: The Duke of Daring by Darcy BurkeBook Review: Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale

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