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Surprise! Kissing Tolstoy

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Kissing Tolstoy, an all new standalone from USA Today bestselling author Penny Reid is available now!

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What do you do when you discover that your super-hot blind date from months ago is now your super-hot Russian Lit professor?

You overthink everything and pray for a swift end to your misery, of course!

‘Kissing Tolstoy’ is the first book in the Dear Professor series, is 46k words, and can be read as a standalone. A shorter version of this story (28k words) was entitled ‘Nobody Looks Good in Leather Pants’ and was available via Penny Reid’s newsletter for free over the course of 2017.

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USA Today bestselling author Penny Reid lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, three kids, and an inordinate amount of yarn. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books.
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Wanted: Mom for Christmas

Cates Brothers series by Lee Kilraine

Contemporary Romance

 

Wanted: Mom for Christmas

 

I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley. I decided to post this review because I think you might enjoy this book as much as I did, if not more!

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Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Nora Joy needs some time to regroup. As an Olympic volleyball player, Nora is no stranger to set backs and losses, but the problems are beginning to pile up. Taking a temporary job as Rent-A-Mom, Nora is surprised to find herself face-to-face with her high school ex-boyfriend Hawk Savage. Hawk is pretty happy with his life, despite his son’s insistence that he needs a mom. When Nora Joy shows up at exactly the right moment, Hawk can’t help but spend the holiday season reliving some of his greatest memories with her. What happens after the holidays, though, is unclear to both Hawk and Nora.

I really enjoyed this book. Nora is great. She’s a strong woman with a good head on her shoulders who is facing adversity with grace. I love how the drama in this book is straightforward. Nora and Hawk have a past. They deal with the past and move into the present quickly and realistically.

There are a bunch of components that make this story interesting and lively. The pacing of the book is quick and while there aren’t a whole lot of secondary characters that stand out, Hawk’s kids Heather and Henry are sweet. There are a few life lessons that Nora is able to pass along to the kids that deepen her relationship with the kids in great ways.

A part of me wishes this book was longer, because I loved the last chapter/epilogue. I wish I could have seen more of what life was like during their happily-ever-after, but the end left me happy and smiling. I can’t really ask for much more in a holiday romance.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $1.99)

This is a quick read, but definitely worth buying. It’s a great Christmas story with some wholesome lessons snuck in between the naughty bits.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try the Time in Between by Kristen Ashley. It’s not a sweet holiday romance, but it does have a cute little girl who helps the romance along.

McGavin Brothers Book 5

The McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Courage (Book 5)

I received an advance copy of this book. I chose to review it because I like it and I think you will too. If you’d like to read my reviews of the previous books in this series, please click here.

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Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Trevor McGavin has a busy life. He’s a volunteer firefighter on top of a full time construction worker. He enjoys building things and he enjoys protecting those things from fire. Olivia Shaw has been Trevor’s mom’s accountant for a few years now, but Trevor’s never paid much attention because Olivia was married. It’s been three years since her husband died and Trevor is working hard to save her house from a random fire. As Trevor pays more attention to Olivia, he can’t decide if she’s the one who needs saving, or if his heart will need saving.

I really love Trevor. He’s sweet, strong and incredibly kind. Olivia is a bit annoying and she’s the primary reason I didn’t rate the book higher. While there is a lot of action in the book that show Trevor’s sterling personality, Olivia seemed a bit oblivious. It is a little frustrating.

Despite that, the pacing of the novel is great. There is a lot going on that reveal the hero and heroine’s character and the McGavin brothers all appear in this book, so we continue to see their happily ever afters. This is a fun book to read with wholesome characters who do not engage in unnecessary drama. Just real life situations that would get the best of anyone, and sweet couples who work their way through them.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

Yes, this is some change well spent. Enjoy the weekend or relax one afternoon with this sweetheart.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you enjoy firefighters, you might enjoy Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts. It’s really exciting with a very attractive smoke jumper!

Review & Giveaway of Beg, Borrow or Steal

  Title: Beg, Borrow or Steal
By: Susie Tate

Publication Date: Sept 28, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Jamie is proud of everything he’s achieved. A consultant anaesthetist and the Medical Education Director – he’s a pretty big deal. So when one of his medical students falls asleep, right in the middle of a tutorial, he is furious. He’s a bloody good teacher, damn it!

Maybe he could have been a little more understanding. Maybe he didn’t have to try and humiliate her. But the shock of how beautiful this particular student was when she finally opened her eyes, and his inappropriate reaction, only fuelled his anger. He’s tired of lame excuses from wild party animals burning the candle at both ends, and he’s going to make an example of this one.

For Libby, pride is a luxury and beauty is currency. Pregnant at seventeen and an aspiring doctor, she couldn’t afford to be proud, so she cashed in on her looks instead. She will beg, borrow or steal to achieve her dreams and give her daughter the life she deserves, even if she has to forgo sleep – even if she has to leave her dignity behind.

Only now that she’s not just sitting in lecture theatres like her first two years of medical school, now that she’s working in a real hospital, Libby is realizing that the thread she’s been hanging onto for so long may be about to snap. The last thing she needs is to have riled the gorgeous, judgmental Head of Medical Education. But there’s only so far you can push yourself, only so much pressure you can be under until you break. Libby’s been on that cliff edge for a while; her health may just tip her over.

A kick in the shin from a gorgeous little four-year-old girl and a confrontation with her tearful, exhausted mother soon forces Jamie to see what a bastard he’s been. Libby may not accept his help, but he’s relentless when he wants something, and it’s not long before he realizes that this mother and daughter belong with him. So when a stag night he’s on ends up in the best strip club in England and he sees who the main attraction is, his reaction is explosive.

Despite everything, Libby finds she still has some pride left. This man has made her feel small twice now. He won’t be getting a third shot. No matter how gorgeous he is, no matter how persistent …

This book is a full-length contemporary romance of approximately 90,000 words with no cliffhanger and its own HEA.

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Susie Tate is a General Practitioner and when she’s not working she’s looking after her four yummy boys under nine (okay, well one is actually over thirty-nine but it’s the mental age that counts!). She loves hearing from anyone who has taken the time to read her books.


REVIEW

 

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

Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Libby will do anything to achieve her dreams. The fact that her dreams are centered on giving her daughter a wonderful life with a mom she can be proud of is not a secret. What is a secret from everyone except her best friend is how Libby is supporting her daughter and paying her medical school fees. Jamie knows medical school is difficult, but he’s shocked when Libby falls asleep in his class twice. Jamie knows what beautiful women like Libby do late at night to keep them up late, and he tells her in no uncertain terms that she needs to grow up if she’s to be a good doctor. However, when Jamie realizes that the assumptions he’s made about Libby are wrong, he can’t figure out how to make it right. Jamie continues to get it wrong with Libby and Libby isn’t sure when he’ll ever get her.

 

The primary storyline is one that most of us have heard before, if we’ve ever watched Grey’s Anatomy. However, I think Susie Tate is very successful at delving more deeply into the characters who make up this drama. Their motivations, their pasts, and their hurdles are on display in their interactions, conversations and choices.

 

I especially like Libby. She is this wonderful combination of vulnerability and self-doubt, while also being strong and determined. It would have been so easy to make Libby into a flat character either extremely self-confident to the point of arrogance or full of shame and low self-esteem, but she’s a beautiful, realistic mix of confidence and guilt.

 

There is a little dip, for me, with the action about two-thirds of the way through the book, but its pretty minor. I enjoy the secondary characters as well and look forward to the next books in the series to follow their journey. I will definitely be reading more of Susie Tate.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

Yes! I think it’s worth buying. And if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free, which is always worth it.

Something else you might enjoy:

Kristin Ashley wrote Daisy and Marcus’ tale in a short story in Rock Chick Reawakening. It’s a kind of prequel to the Rock Chick series, but you can read it as a standalone (except for the epilogue). Daisy is happy with her profession, which I love.

 

New Book by Penny Reid: Beard in Mind

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Beard in Mind, an all new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid, is LIVE!

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All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.

She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.

Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.

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Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

 

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Seducing Lola Excerpt & Review

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

Seducing Lola, an all-new romantic standalone from Jessica Prince is available NOW!!

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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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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.

Enjoyable Short Tale of the Longest Fall

Title: The Longest Fall
Series: Whisper Lake #1
Author: Anna Argent
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 15, 2017

Blurb

Daisy Grace fell in love with her best friend’s brother before she was old enough to wear a bra. But Mark barely noticed she was alive. She held out hope for years until he set his sights on the older, more glamorous Janey, Daisy knew Mark would never see her as anything more than a friend. He was taken. Forever.
Years later, after
Janey’s tragic death, Daisy is once again forced to face the only man who has
ever made her heart pound.
All Mark wants is to
be left alone to grieve in peace. For nearly two years, he’s lived in
isolation, punishing himself for what happened to his fiancée. When Daisy comes
to convince him to attend his baby sister’s wedding, his life of quiet grieving
is shattered. Daisy makes him feel things he has no business feeling, but no
matter how hard he tries, he can’t convince the force of nature that is Daisy
Grace to leave him alone.
Daisy refuses to give
up on him. If she can’t lift Mark out of the dark place he’s made for himself,
the man she’s been falling in love with forever will be too far gone to save.
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Author Bio
After spending years working in corporate America as an
engineer, Anna traded it all in for a quiet life in the country. She lives with
her husband on a small cattle ranch in the Ozark Mountains, penning stories
filled with love, lust and a healthy dose of magic. She loves to hear from her
readers at anna@annaargent.com.
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I was given a complementary copy of the book. I decided to review it after I found that I liked the book.

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Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Daisy Grace has had in love with her best friend’s brother since she was little, but Mark never noticed her. When Mark started dating Daisy’s friend Janey, she put her school-girl crush aside to be happy for her friend. When Janey dies in a freak accident, Mark slips into a depression that no one can touch, not even his family. But Daisy is determined to reach Mark, no matter what it takes, even if it means loosing her heart again.

This is a short, sweet read. Daisy and Mark are honest, relatively-drama free people who are in an extreme situation. Mark is paralyzed with guilt over Janey’s death and he can’t move forward. Daisy wants to see her friend happy, even if that means he moves on from Janey with someone else. So the emotion from each character seems honest and authentic.

I don’t want to give anything away, and since it’s a short book, there’s not a lot for me to say that wouldn’t spoil it in some way. But I found Mark to be sweet and Daisy to be strong and courageous. Plus, I love that Daisy in an electrician. I love a woman who knows her way around tools.

My only negative is that since this is the first book in a new series, there isn’t enough interaction with secondary characters to make the next books interesting. I’m not invested in Daisy’s brothers or cousins, so I’m not anxious for the next book to be released. The flip side of that, though, is this reads as a complete standalone. If you never read another book in the series, you’ll still finish this one satisfied.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

This book is a little over a hundred pages, so I’m not sure I’d recommend buying it at $3. But, if you had Kindle Unlimited it’s free, so I’d recommend picking it up then. If you don’t have KU, check your local library for a sweet read.

Something else you might enjoy:

Another childhood crush to lovers book is Truth or Beard by Penny Reid. It’s the first book in her Winston Brother’s series, and since she’s set to release the fourth book in the series on August 01, 2017, you might as well start reading now so you’ll be caught up by release date. It’s a great, funny, smart read. You can read more about what I think about Truth or Beard here.