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Seducing Lola
by Jessica Prince
Publication Date: July 18th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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I’ve had my fair share of bad relationships. I’ve dated liars, cheaters, shoe fetishists, and everything in between. Sure, these experiences would make any woman cynical when it comes to dipping her toe back into the dating pool, but I used my past for good and made a career out of helping other women avoid going down the same paths I had.

And I was damn good at it.

Until a random act of fate set my life on a course I’d been avoiding for years, and put me in the crosshairs of a man that made me feel things I swore to never feel again.

Now I’m in his sights and it seems like he’ll stop at nothing to seduce the hell out of me. He might hold my career in the palm of his hands, but if Grayson Lockhart thinks he can blackmail me into submission with his sexy voice and sexy hands and sexy everything, then he’s…probably right.

Excerpt:

Prologue

If you’d have asked my twenty-year-old self what I saw in my future ten years down the road, I probably would’ve answered the same way as every other naïve co-ed living the college dream on Sorority Row.

I’d be married to the love of my life, raising our two perfect children in the suburbs—because the city is no place to bring up a family, obviously—and driving a top-of-the-line SUV that all the minivan moms would envy because I had way too much style to ever be caught dead driving a minivan.

Clearly, my twenty-year-old self was an idiot.

It was she who forgave—then was subsequently dumped by—my college sweetheart after finding him pile-driving my sorority sister from behind on the handmade quilt I’d spent countless hours creating out of his old high school football T-shirts as a birthday present. His brilliant excuse?

“You’re just not adventurous enough, Lola. She’s willing to try things in bed that you aren’t.”

Apparently refusing to allow him to film us having sex and entering it into a contest on a porn site was just too vanilla for him. Last I heard, he was making a killing on the amateur scene.

Unfortunately, my twenty-one and twenty-two-year-old selves weren’t all that smart either.

It was my twenty-one-year-old self who discovered I’d unwittingly been made a beard by Brad, the guy I had dated for six months, because his evangelical parents just “wouldn’t understand.”

BTW, Brad and Phillip’s wedding was a really lovely affair. He asked me to stand as his best woman—since he considered our relationship the reason he finally made his way out of the closet—but I turned down the honor, choosing instead to get annihilated on mojitos at the open bar.

My twenty-two-year-old self thought I had finally found a decent guy. That was until I came home to find him doing something I’ll never be able to unsee to a pair of Louboutins I’d spent the better part of a year saving up for.

The saddest part? I hadn’t even had a chance to wear them before his defilement. I didn’t have the heart to throw them in the trash, so I let him take them with him when I kicked his ass out.

I should’ve known better, honestly. It wasn’t like I’d grown up in a home with my very own personal June and Ward Cleaver. Oh no, my parents split when I was only six years old. And it was anything but amicable. My mom never kept her hatred for my father secret. And dear old Dad never hid the string of women he kept on tap, one for whatever mood he may’ve been in. It was shocking that I hadn’t grown bitter at an even younger age, having to deal with their drama, but I was in my early twenties and still a believer in happily ever afters.

Like I said, I was an idiot.

Now I know what you’re thinking. After three miserable failures, I was probably a jaded cynic who was convinced true love didn’t exist.

Well, you’d only be half right. See, I believed in love, sure… as long as it was happening to anyone other than me. I’d been the fateful target of that bastard Cupid’s stupid-ass arrow three times already; I had no desire to go for a fourth. I wasn’t anti-relationship when it came to other people. To each their own and all that jazz. And I didn’t hate men. I just didn’t believe they were of any use to me for anything other than a few hours of fun that eventually led to a—hopeful—mutual release before I sent them on their way.

I learned from my mistakes, grown wise as the years passed. I knew exactly what I wanted out of my life, and believe me, there wasn’t a shitty picket fence in sight. If the suburbs were for families, then the city was exactly where I was meant to be. I was a successful, accomplished thirty-two-year-old woman who’d gotten where I was in life by hard work, perseverance, and the cluelessness of women all around the world.

My name was known in households all throughout Washington State. I, along with my two best friends, hosted Seattle’s most successful female-based talk radio show, aptly titled Girl Talk. I’d managed to make more money in the past ten years by offering relationship advice to helpless women than I’d ever know what to do with.

It was safe to say the rose-colored glasses were off. I lived in the real world where men cheated and women drowned their sorrows in vats of Ben & Jerry’s.

Sure, I wasn’t living the future I saw for myself when I was twenty, but then again, at twenty, I still thought Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were meant to be, that Wedding Crashers was cinematic brilliance, and that the whole Tom Cruise/Oprah couch jumping “I’m in love with Katie Holmes” thing was actually romantic. What the hell did I know back then?

A lot had changed over the years. And as I gazed out the floor-to-ceiling windows of my penthouse apartment, overlooking the Puget Sound, I could honestly say without a shred of doubt that I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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About the Author:

Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.

In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.

Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.

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BOOK REVIEW

I was given a copy of this book. I enjoyed it so I voluntarily chose to review it.

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Lola is paid to give advice to women about romance. Too bad she isn’t interested in love herself. After years of being honest with women on a radio show she hosts with her two best friends, Lola struggles to be honest with herself, especially when it comes to the handsome executive who challenges her at every turn.

The first fourth of this book is hilarious. I was giggling right and left with Lola’s wise cracks and blunders. There is a bit of physical comedy in the book, but not so much that I found it annoying. Instead, the initial banter between Lola and Grayson is great.

My problem came midway through the book when the pacing of the novel slowed down. The relatively simple conflict driving the plot at the beginning of the story stalls. Instead of moving the narrative along to other issues, Lola seems immature and whiny.

About three fourths of the way through the book, the plot starts to become more interesting as the characters develop. There isn’t a lot of character development in this novel, which is disappointing. But, there is a nice cast of secondary characters that fill in the gap.

Overall I enjoyed reading it. The secondary characters are vivid enough that I’m curious about subsequent novels in what I’m assuming will be a series. And anytime I can giggle my way through a book is time well spent.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)

I’d recommend borrowing the book, or, if you have Kindle Unlimited, reading it through KU. Four dollars is a bit steep for a book that has a problem with pacing, but, it’s still a worthwhile read for the funny banter and hot sex scenes.

Something else you might enjoy:

I love Jennifer Crusie! All of her books make me giggle. For a book with at least one similar plot point, try The Cinderella Deal. I enjoyed it.

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Book Review of Plight + Giveaway!

Title: Plight
Author: K.M. Golland
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 29, 2017


Blurb
Plight
[plahyt]
Noun: a difficult, or otherwise unfortunate
situation.
Verb: pledge or solemnly promise. Be engaged to be
married.
I promised
myself to a man. Well, technically, I promised myself to a boy. We were eight
years old. Neighbours. He gave me a Cheezel, pushed it onto my finger, and
asked me to marry him.
I ate the
Cheezel.
I also
said, “Yes” but that we’d have to wait until we were thirty.
It was my
thirtieth birthday last week and now he’s calling in that promise.
Seriously,
Elliot Parker is insane if he thinks
that an out of the blue private Facebook message stipulating the binding law of
an oral contractual agreement is going to seal our twenty-two-year bullshit
engagement.
Insane.
I wonder if
he really does look like his profile picture, though.

 

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“I’m an author. I am married. I am a mother of two adorable
little people. I’m a bookworm, craftworm, movieworm, and sportsworm. I’m also a
self confessed shoe-aholic, tea-aholic, car-aholic, and bridge-aholic.”
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, K.M. Golland is a
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Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Danielle Cunningham and Elliot Parker were childhood friends. Best friends in fact. The kind of friends who promise to marry each other when they turn 30 with cheese snacks as a ring. Now Danielle thinks Elliot’s crazy because he’s holding her to that promise even though they haven’t spoken to each other in years.

I really enjoyed this book. I found Elliot to be delightful and his love for Danielle authentic. Danielle is great too, but I think her backstory needs to be expanded a little. The resolution of the novel is somewhat complicated, emotionally, and I got a little confused. It made an otherwise satisfying ending less so.

I read this pretty much in one go. I laughed a lot, giggling, walking around with a silly smile on my face, as I read this book. It made me feel so good! I love books where the guy knows his mind and himself enough to know when he’s found love. It melts my heart every time!

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

If you are feeling a little bit blue, need a pick-me-up, or want a book that’s going to make you giggle, then yes, you should 100% buy this book.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try Creed by Kristen Ashley. It’s a lot darker. But it’s another story about childhood friends who are reunited. You can read my review of the book here.

 

Would Liked to Have Enjoyed Masquerading More

Masquerading with the Billionaire by Alexia Adams

Contemporary Romance

 

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

 

Overall Rating: 3 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Jewelry designer Remington Wolfe knows that he has a leak in his company and with the biggest design competition coming up, he needs to call in a plumber (so to speak). Kat Smith is one of the best cyber-security experts out there, but she also has her share of secrets. When the chemistry between Remington and Kat heats up, they may catch a traitor, but loose their chance at love in the process.

 

I’m going to write this review a little differently than I’d normally write. Instead of narrative form, here are some quick bullet points about my thoughts on the book.

 

Things I enjoyed:

  1. The overall plot is interesting and I enjoyed the general series of events.
  2. I like the Russian culture/trip to Russia as a unique element to the story.
  3. I enjoy that Remington is a jewelry designer and Kat is a hacker. The switching of expected professions due to gender constructs is fun.

 

Things I did not enjoy:

  1. The writing is difficult to follow due to a lack of transitional phrases and sentences. This made the narrative seem stilted and I had a hard time understanding what was going on and why it was happening. Usually I only mention writing issues if it impedes my understanding of the story and in this case it did.
  2. It was difficult to always know whose point of view I was reading as there were no line breaks or other formatting indicators to help me know when the shift happened. In alternating first person narratives this can be difficult in ebook format, especially ARCs, but again it was to such a degree that I had a difficult time following the story.
  3. Secondary characters were not well developed even though they played an important role in the plot. Margaret-Mary is a good example. I would have enjoyed more time flushing Margaret-Mary and Harry.

 

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

I’d pass on buying this novel. If you’re not as much of a stickler about grammar and what-not, you should give it a go, but I’d borrow it from the library or a friend if possible.

 

Something else you might enjoy:

Try His Undercover Princess by Avery Flynn. It’s got a bit of that mystery/suspense feel, but the writing is a bit stronger in my opinion. You can find my review of Flynn’s book here.

Enjoy Her Scottish Mistake

A Perfect Escape Novel by Michele De Winton

Contemporary Romance

Her Scottish Mistake

I read a complimentary copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

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Overall Rating: 3.25 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Janie Milan can’t believe she’s finally in Thailand. It’s a littler earlier than she expected, but she’s been waiting her whole life to get off the beet farm and into the world. When she meets Blaine Galloway, Janie’s first impression is that the hot Scotsman is out of her league. But when Blaine, aka Bevan, goes from seemingly 75% interested in her to 100% interested in her, she knows she has the chance of a lifetime to have a romantic fling on an island resort. When things get a little too real for the vacationing couple, their true characters are revealed.

I like Janie and Blaine together. Blaine makes Janie feel good about herself, gives her confidence and seems to delight in her enthusiasm at seeing the world. Conversely, Janie is excited to have a handsome man treat her like she’s special and Blaine does everything in his limited power to protect Janie, which I find sweet. Really, though, Janie is the one who won me over the most. I like who she is by the end of the novel and I think I’d want to be friends with her if she were a real life person.

For me, there are two primary issues with the novel that prevented me from enjoying it more. The first is that Blaine’s perspective felt distant and emotionless. While I see the appeal of Janie as a character, Blaine’s observations of her didn’t quite synch up with my reading of the scenes. He says that she makes him feel like a better version of himself, which is great, but I’m not sure why he feels like that. It didn’t make sense based on the events of the book.

Second, the pacing of the novel is a bit off for me. It lagged from about 40%-60%. At the beginning I really enjoyed the book and got into it. But then it seemed like it was on a loop, without anything really happening. Once I got past the 60/65% mark, it picked back up again and I was glad I stuck with it because I enjoyed the end.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

I don’t necessarily think it’s worth buying, but I do think it’s worth reading, especially if you enjoy dreaming about or traveling to places like Thailand. The descriptions were great and I was happy to see Thailand the destination, since it seems generally overlooked in the romance genre as a place to go.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid. It is a hilarious book and has some similarities with this one. A famous actress meets a country man, they trade some jokes and some smoldering looks. They don’t go to Thailand though. It’s pretty awesome. You can read my review of the book here.

Her Scottish Mistake

by Michele de Winton
Publication Date: April 10, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Lovestruck, Contemporary, Romance

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Aspiring blogger Janie Milan is finally on her dream trip to Thailand. But when an unfortunate piña colada incident lands her in the path of a hot Scotsman, Janie finds herself dying to find out what’s under his kilt. Only the frustratingly sexy man isn’t who he’s pretending to be…

After cutting a deal to keep his brother safe, Scottish heartthrob Blaine Galloway is hiding from the press. But his secret identity starts to slip the second he meets small-town blogger, Janie. Now the press is hot on their heels and Blaine’s life is tumbling into a tabloid-sponsored hell. Coincidence? He’s not so sure.

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ABOUT MICHELE DE WINTON

It’s no wonder that Michele’s first romance has a little sparkle of the stage tucked into its pages as she was a performer long before she got adicted to the page. Being a writer was not what she was supposed to be when she ‘grew up’ but then neither was a dancer. Her poor parents. They thought that when she toddled off to law school they’d bred a responsible, useful adult and instead they got a performer and word junkie.
She now writes full time in a studio surrounded by the whisper of wind in the trees and only intermittent interruptions from her young son, husband and hunger pangs. She’s based in New Zealand (land of beaches and hobbits) loves chocolate, yoga, sunshine, her boys and happy endings.

You can get in touch through facebook or twitter or through her website and blog http://www.micheledewinton.com

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Title: Oliver
Series: This Is Our Life #3
Author: F.G. Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: April 6, 2017

Blurb

Soulmates destined to collide.

Six years after surviving a tragic loss, a photograph of a young woman turns Oliver Bishop’s world upside down. He’s on a mission, tracking her from state to state. Each stop bringing him closer to finding her. Will his search find the ghost vixen, or will the madman stalking her get to her first?

After fourteen years of running from a nightmare, Fallyn Blackwood barely escaped her stalker’s clutches in Washington. When a sexy stranger walks into Ray’s Diner, her entire world shifts on its axis. Scared and determined, she finds herself fighting his protective nature—and her desire. The problem is, she’s not looking to be saved.

He’s come too far to back down. He found her, and he won’t let go. Freedom from the past is within his grasp, and he’ll fight for her love.



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F.G. Adams
writes contemporary and paranormal romance about sexy alpha heroes and
feisty-mouthed heroines. The wonder twins forming F.G. enjoy a healthy
obsession of reading that started at a young age. Their books reflect an avid
imagination that was cultivated by their grandmother who taught them the mind
has no limits and to use both hands when reaching for the stars. Partners in
writing, they both thrive on creating unique storylines for you, the reader to
enjoy.

When not writing, you can find them on a beach with their significant other
enjoying the waves or riding a Harley on a country road somewhere in the USA.


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Hard Ball Review & Giveaway

Hard Ball by Heather Stone

Contemporary Romance/Sports Romance

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

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Cole Callahan is your typical baseball player, emphasis on player. He’s arrogant, hot, and talented, but to Mackenzie, Cole’s childhood friend, he’s just Cole. More than anyone else in the world Makenzie knows that Cole is a good guy, despite his escapades in the bedroom and in the tabloids, so when Cole is injured during the season, she’s willing to do just about anything to help him. Cole is itching to get back on the pitcher’s mound, but he’s distracted by a new attraction to Makenzie. Can friends really become lovers?

For me, this book is a simple friends to lovers story. A happily ever after and some steamy sex scenes make it a reliable romance novel for those who enjoy a somewhat drama-free love story. While there are major events in the novel, it isn’t angsty, if that makes sense.

I would have given the book a higher rating, but the characters fell a little flat for me. While I have no problem with the writing and dialogue, there wasn’t enough there for me to get emotionally invested. That being said, I enjoyed the book. It was fun to read and I was pleased that MaKenzie and Cole were likeable people.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99 for a limited time)

If you need a quick pick-me-up, feel-good story, then you should read this one.

Something else you might enjoy:

I’m not sure why, but the story makes me think of Alexa Riley, if Alexa Riley had any sports novels. It’s probably because of the epilogue. If you’d like something a little more erotic, but not sports or friends-to-lovers, try Snow & Mistletoe. It’s very sweet!

 

 

 

Title: Hard Ball
Author: Heather Stone
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance
Release Date: April 3, 2017

 

Blurb
Arrogant.
Womanizer.
Sexy as hell.
These are all words that have been used to describe my best friend. They might be true, but to me, he’s just Cole Calloway. The one person who has always been there. Now it’s my turn to reciprocate. Coming off an injury, Cole needs me. I won’t let him down.
It’s easy to fall back into old habits with friends, but with Cole something is different. He’s different with me. The touches are gentler. His eyes linger on me. There’s something there that wasn’t before. My heart flutters just a little too much every time I look at him. What’s the worst that could happen if I stopped overthinking and just let go?
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Midwest born and raised, Heather Stone has lived her life in the clouds. Constantly daydreaming and concocting stories in her head, she finally decided to give writing a shot. Heather is a wife to her price charming and mother of two.

 

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