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Wingmen Series by Daisy Prescott

Contemporary Romance

 

The Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat (Book 2)

 

I did not read book 1, so this book can be read as a standalone, as I did. But, like all series, it’s probably more enjoyable if you read them in order.

Confessions

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Tom Donnelly doesn’t mind his tom cat reputation. He may live on an island, but most of the women he sleeps with know that he’s not the dating, and certainly not the marrying kind. So when his sister’s best friend returns home and propositions him for a one night stand, he doesn’t mind obliging her, even if it goes against his admittedly loose morals. Hailey King has known Tom for most of her life, and although she’s a few years younger, she’s heard the rumors. Hailey knows Tom’s position on love and relationships, and she isn’t about to let anyone play her the fool.

This is a quick-paced love story that follows a somewhat typical storyline for “reluctant romance.” I had never heard of that term until someone else used it in an author group I follow on Facebook. It makes sense because there are so so many of these kinds of romance novels. Guy doesn’t believe in love until one day, the right woman comes along and it isn’t until he almost looses her that he realizes how much he loves her. I don’t think I’m giving anything away by writing that because Daisy Prescott puts her on spin on it.

Tom does have a few emotional depths that are challenged in the novel, and Hailey faces her own trials that reveal her character. There are some funny parts, although that’s not the first word that comes to mind when I think of this book. Instead, I think of it as an easy read that does it’s job of taking you away from the cares of your life.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $4.98)

To me, 5 bucks is a lot of money for an ebook, so I’d say borrow it from the library or from a friend. I think I won this copy on a Facebook giveaway, which I’ve discussed in a previous post. You can read about Facebook “parties” here. But it’s definitely worth a read if you can get your hands on a copy.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try His Lucky Charm by Frankie Love. I read it recently and really enjoyed it, plus it’s set in Ireland. You can read my review here.

Faith & A Cowboy’s Honor

The McGavin Brothers & Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Honor (Book 2)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Cody McGavin isn’t even sure Faith Underwood is a girl when she suddenly propositions him. But once Faith makes her offer: Cody “deflowers” her and she’ll lend Cody her horse for his trip, he can’t stop thinking about her. Faith has spent most of her life around men, but she hasn’t given a lot of thought to love or sex. When she meets Cody . What she hadn’t bargained on was Cody being more than she dreamed.

This is a sweet, sweet novel. It’s short, relatively uncomplicated, and heartfelt. This is, in my opinion, the quintessential romance novel. There’s some sex, but mostly there’s a lot of exploration. Faith explores who she is as a woman and how she defines that in this book and it’s something I can relate to, at least. Plus, Cody is one of the best hero’s. He’s not chauvinist, he’s not arrogant, he’s not a jerk—he’s a polite, well-mannered cowboy who loves his momma and doesn’t run away from his feelings. He is probably my dream man.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

Yes! It’s a super sweet novel that is well worth the dollar!

Something else you might enjoy:

If you’d like something a little spicier and sexier, try Alexa Riley’s Branding the Virgin. It’s another short and sweet book with a lot more steam.

Don’t Underestimate a Cowboy’s Strength

The McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Strength (Book 1)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Zane McGavin hasn’t seen his childhood friend Mandy Fielding for almost a decade. While Zane isn’t quite sure what happened that made Mandy run away to New York, he knows that Montana is the only place he wants to call home. So Zane is surprised when he finds Mandy on the side of the road in need of some help. Their relationship becomes confusing as they move from old friends to lovers, despite living in two different states.

I love Vicki Lewis Thompson books, in part, because her writing is so smooth. The dialogue is great, the descriptions are vivid, and each character is unique and memorable. I’m not as familiar with Vicki’s contemporary romances, having grown up reading her Wild About You series. I am happy to say that this novel doesn’t disappoint. The plot was straightforward, heartfelt and relatively drama-free.

Zane is super hunky and sexy and if he was a real person I’d be all over him. He is a true gentleman and is my favorite character in the book. He doesn’t have the usual hang-ups of alpha men but that doesn’t make the sex scenes any less sexy. I had a much harder time liking Mandy. She is all over the place with her emotions and her responses and, honestly, I’m not sure she deserves Zane.

But probably one of the best features of the book is Mandy’s mom and Zane’s mom. As secondary characters they are very vivid. They both have their own personalities and back-stories and that’s part of what makes Vicki’s books come alive. She doesn’t write flat characters. I am really looking forward to seeing more of these two strong women in future books in the series.

My only regret is that the novel is on the shorter side. At 200 pages I read this super fast. But the pacing of the novel is great and I can’t wait until the next book in the series.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99 SALE)

Yes! It’s on sale people! Less than a dollar is a steal for a well-written book like this one.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you like hunky men who take care of animals, then try Jill Shalvis’ Animal Attraction. It’s the second book in the Animal Magnetism series but it can stand-alone. I enjoyed reading about the hunky veterinarian.

Beard Mode Book Review

The Dixie Warden Rejects MC Series by Lani Lynn Vale

Contemporary Romance

Beard Mode (Book 1)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Overall Rating: 3 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Aaron Sims is done with women. After his crazy ex-wife, Aaron isn’t exactly chomping at the bit to give another woman a chance at destroying him. But when he moves in across the hall from Imogen, he can’t help but feel the pull of the beautiful pixie. Imogen knows all about Aaron, or at least she used to. But now that Aaron is back, still sexy as ever but with new scars, Imogen isn’t sure if she’s the kind of woman Aaron wants.

I really wanted to like this book and in a bizarre way, I did. The chemistry between Aaron and Gen is sizzling. They are both fun characters because in many ways they are unexpected. Even though Aaron’s been hurt before, he doesn’t dither around like an idiot when it comes to being attracted to Gen. And Gen is a Marine Corps veteran! How unexpected is that?!

But I can’t really recommend it, or give it a good review, because the book is confusing! None of the characters are described in a way that makes me feel like I really know them. In fact, there are often times throughout the book when someone does something that makes me question the person’s character. That means there is zero character development since there is no baseline.

Also very confusing is the description of events. In one scene Gen is lying down, then suddenly she’s opening a door with no words to describe the in between. Of course I don’t want ALL the nitty gritty details (yes, I know she’s probably breathing), but knowing that she got up, out of bed, put on some clothes, drove to her apartment and THEN is opening her door would have been helpful. It’s also more of a problem in this story than in others because there is a lot of action. There are bombs exploding and guns being fired, so knowing where people are and what they’re doing is incredibly important following the action.

That being said, I really wanted to like this book. And the fact that I finished the book, despite the problems it has, is a testament to how much I enjoyed Aaron and Gen and the storyline in general. There is action, there is romance, and if there’s a few missing paragraphs or pages, oh well. In some ways I think that maybe my critique isn’t necessarily the author’s fault. I think, perhaps, it was over edited and many of the transitional sentences and paragraphs that would have held the story together more were cut in favor of saving a few pages. I’m not sure since I wasn’t a part of that process, but since the book is well written for the most part, I’m going to give the author the benefit of the doubt and blame the anonymous editing crew (sorry, I have to blame someone!). This explains why I gave it a three out of five instead of a two out of five rating.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)

Unfortunately I don’t think it’s worth buying. I hate to say this since I know the author worked long and hard on this book, but I got more out of reading the Amazon description than I did reading the book.

Something else you might enjoy:

Check out Hells Saints Motorcycle Club series by Paula Marinaro. I read the first two books in the series a while ago and liked them, the first book more than the second. There are three books in the series, so it’s worth a try if you like motorcycle club books.

Beard Mode Release Blitz

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Title: Beard Mode

Series: The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC Series #1

Author: Lani Lynn Vale

Genre: MC Romance

Release: February 23, 2017

Model: David Byers

Photographer: Michael Stokes  http://bit.ly/2fMA4aP

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Synopsis:

Aaron ‘don’t ever call me Fatbaby’ Sims is lucky to be alive. Or at least that is what everyone keeps telling him. He doesn’t feel lucky, though.

He’s scarred, has more than a little bit of a bad attitude, and there isn’t a single day that goes by that he doesn’t wish his wife would’ve just finished off the job.

After being denied his old position at the fire department, he leaves, and doesn’t look back. He heads straight to Alabama and into the semi-welcoming arms of The Dixie Wardens MC. There he becomes a part of a brotherhood that forces him to get back in the land of the living.

Imogen is a smart girl. A girl who doesn’t always make the best decisions.

Her heart is in the right place when she walks into that prison, but it doesn’t take long for her to realize that her heart shouldn’t have had any say so in the matter. Especially when one wrong move lands her in the arms of a scarred man that looks frightening enough to scare any sane woman away.

Immediately enthralled by the angry man, she tries to get closer to him. But the harder she tries to get to know him, the further he pushes her away.

The only thing Aaron wanted to do after his now ex-wife was sent to jail was escape. Escape the awful memories. The pity-filled eyes. The curious glances.

He does a damn fine job at ensuring he draws as little as attention as possible, but then that annoying woman with her startling blue eyes starts hammering away at his resolve. Makes him feel when he doesn’t want to feel.

Imogen comes into his life and carves out a place for herself, obliterating his defenses one heated kiss at a time.

It doesn’t take long, and he realizes he’s in deep. Too deep to ever want to come out.

Imogen will know what it’s like to be loved by a reject.

 

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Lani Lynn Vale has a way of taking your soul and twisting it and tearing it up, but then somehow, some way making sure that the book still makes you have a goofy freaking happy smile, and all in love with her by the end of it.” – MJ’s Book Blog

“It was sooo good and I am sooo excited that this was my first Lani Lynn Vale book…gasp….can you believe I have not read one of her books yet??” – iScream Books

“Don’t think about it, just go one click this book and you’ll enjoy it like, I did. One thing about this author is she keeps getting better every time. You will never be disappointed about it, I promise.” – Fabulous Ladies Book Blog

 

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Excerpt:

“New guy.”  Someone muttered behind me.

I turned only my head to find Stone, the president, staring at me with hard eyes.

“Yeah?” I asked him, dropping my bag on the floor and heading in his direction instead of out the door like I’d originally intended.

“You’re here because you have a special set of skills that we need.”  The leader of the band of misfits, Stone, drawled.

I nearly laughed.

“That sounds like a bad line out of a movie.” I muttered, wondering where he was going with this.

He tossed me a glare and then yelled.

“Truth!”  Stone yelled.  “Ghost! Get the fuck in here!”

Ghost and Truth walked in the door at the same time, both of them turning to the side to walk inside, and stared at Stone

“Ghost, hold Truth down so New Guy can give him the fuckin’ shot.” Stone grumbled.

Ghost tackled Truth and wrestled him to the desk, then sat on him while Stone leaned back and watched.

“No, motherfucker!” Truth yelled.  “I don’t want it!”

“It’s the fuckin’ flu shot, you dumb shit.  Not a fuckin’ tracking device. Take a fuckin’ chill pill.”  Stone grumbled, staring at the scuffle that was going down in front of him.

I picked up the syringe from the table, similar to the one I’d given everybody else’s flu shot with, and stabbed it in the meat of Truth’s arm.

Truth bellowed in rage, and I flipped the guard up on the syringe before tossing it into the trash can.

“Done?” I asked Stone.  “I have to get to work.”

Stone nodded.

“Yeah, thanks.” He nodded. “Have fun at the nut house.”

I grunted something unintelligible, causing him to laugh.

“Don’t sound so excited.” He laughed.

I flipped him off and walked out the door just as Ghost was letting Truth up

“Why you gotta be such a big motherfucker?”  Truth growled.  “If you’d been anyone else, I’d have gotten away.”

“Why do you think I called Ghost instead of anyone else?”  I heard Stone reply.

 

Author Bio:  Lani Lynn Vale

I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.

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Release Blitz, Rookie Moves by Author Shelly Alexander

hosting-rm-blitzNOW LIVE! Rookie Moves A Checkmate Inc. Novel Book 2

Bestselling author Shelly Alexander  brings you this fresh new series of super sexy, sizzling hot heroes. It’s a fun, flirty, and dirty series of romantic comedies that can be read as STANDALONE novels.

 

If you like smart, gorgeous, dirty talking guys who love bold and bright women, then this is the series for you!

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“‘Rookie? She’ll be an expert when I’m done teaching her.” –Dex Moore

Smart guys make the best lovers. We’re curious and want to learn as much as possible, especially when it comes to women. Women are the most fascinating and complicated species on the planet, right? So when we meet a lady who piques our interest, it drives our curiosity to soaring heights. We want to study her. Figure her out.

Lucky SOB that I am, I’ve built a career on this very thing. As a founding partner of Checkmate Inc., a company that’s grown into a multimillion-dollar business, I’m a quasi-celebrity. It’s a role I never expected, and out of all three Checkmate partners I’ve somehow been labeled the jet-setting playboy.

I don’t mind the smokescreen. I can’t commit to a serious relationship while I trot around the globe to oversee our expansion, a venture that could bankrupt Checkmate if I don’t keep my eye on the prize. Besides, the only woman I’d like to study, figure out, and unlock her ear-splitting cry of ecstasy is the one woman I can’t have. And since she’s one of my closest friends and my business partner’s sister, a jet-setting playboy image is the perfect facade to hide my true feelings.
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OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

ForePlay (A Checkmate Inc. Novel Book 1)

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Get Wilde – Book 3 in the Checkmate Inc. Series (Coming May 2017)

 

Sinful Games – Book 4 in the Checkmate Inc. Series (Coming Late Summer 2017)

 

If you prefer your romances sweeter with a touch of steam, try Shelly Alexander’s Red River Series.

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It’s In His Smile  Book 3

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It’s In His Arms Book 4

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1-$50 Southwest Airlines Gift Card Grand Prize

3-Signed Print copies of Foreplay w/ author swag pack (International winners will receive an e-copy of both foreplay and Rookie Moves instead of a print copy and swag.)

 

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ABOUT SHELLY

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A 2014 Golden Heart® finalist, Shelly Alexander grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I. Joes while the Barbie Corvette stayed tucked in the closet. When she had three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels and has been hooked ever since. Now, she spends her days writing steamy contemporary romances while tending to a miniature schnauzer named Omer, a tiny toy poodle named Mozart, and a pet boa named Zeus.

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Killer Style Series Book Blitz

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Killer Temptation

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Security expert Tony Falcon has never had a problem keeping his distance from his clients–until now. When his murder investigation leads him to a feisty fashionista in need of a bodyguard, he realizes he may have met his match. Going undercover as Sylvie’s boyfriend might be his best chance at catching the criminals who killed his best friend, but soon his attraction to her–and the danger she’s in–has him wondering if solving the case is worth it…

Sylvie Bissette has a closely guarded secret–she’s the woman behind a must-read blog for fashionistas everywhere. When an internet troll discovers her secret identity and escalates from stalking her to threatening her life, she turns to Tony for help. The sexy investigator from the other side of the tracks is the olive oil to her Evian water and aggravates her to no end. But if they want to find her revenge-obsessed stalker before Sylvie ends up with a literal knife in the back, they’ll have to learn to work together.

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Killer Attraction

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Devin Harris may have given up his MMA fighting dreams, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t always in control. So when someone embezzles millions under his watch, he isn’t going to let the private investigator working the case go it alone–even if she is the woman who blew him away in bed and then blew him off.</span>

A fighter since birth, Allegra “Ryder” Falcon would rather trade in her all-black wardrobe for head-to-toe hot pink than let anyone ever see the cracks in her tough exterior. So when she finally gets an assignment she can prove herself on, she’s horrified to realize it’s with her one-night stand. The one she hasn’t been able to forget. Too much is at stake for her to walk, but staying means risking more than just her life…

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Killer Charm

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Former special ops-turned private-investigator Cam Hardy leaves a trail of broken hearts wherever he goes. He’s all charm and sex appeal, and who can blame him for putting it to good use? Besides, it works damn well on the stunning and tough-as-nails makeup artist Drea Sanford. Only this time, Cam may be in over his head…
Drea is trying to keep her naughty affair with Cam a secret. After all, he’s Harbor City’s version of a Casanova…if Casanova had a motorcycle. When Cam makes their hot little liaison known to the public, however, Drea vows never to have sex with him again. Then one of her clients turns up dead. Now Drea is suspect number one–and she needs Cam’s help. But sleeping with him is one thing…trusting him is quite another.

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Killer Seduction

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Mika Ito combines her two favorite things in life–textile design and live-action role-playing (LARP)–by creating costumes for her fellow Magic Battledome gamers. Lately, someone’s been assaulting LARPers and stealing their costumes. Concerned for the safety of her friends, Mika hires Maltese Security…only to discover that the lead investigator is the super-hot stranger she just hooked up with.</p>

Carlos Castillo is all too familiar with Magic Battledome. A former legend in role-playing circles, he was all about gaming, until things went very, very wrong for him. Now he’s forced to return to the game undercover–as Mika’s boyfriend–to find some answers. Only playing “boyfriend” with his gorgeous one-night stand is more temptation than a guy can withstand…

Someone wants the costumes enough to kill for them. And when it comes to murder, nothing is what it seems…

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About Avery Flynn:

 When Avery Flynn isn’t writing about alpha heroes and the women who tame them, she is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and has a slight shoe addiction. Find out more about Avery on her website, follow her on Twitter, like her on her Facebook page or friend her on her Facebook profile. Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life. Contact her at avery@averyflynn.com. She’d love to hear from you.

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