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I Flipping Love… this book

I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

Contemporary Romance

I received a free copy of this book. I decided to review the book because I really like it.

Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

I Flipping Love You

Quick & Dirty summary: Rian Sutter and her twin sister are on the verge of moving to their next goal in life, flipping houses. They just need to sell a few more homes and they’ll have enough cash to buy and fix-up a house in the hot Hamptons real estate market. But when Rian’s sister scratches an expensive car, and the owner of the damaged car corners Rian in the grocery store, their goal may be put on hold unless Rian can negotiate a good deal. Luckily Pierce Whitfield can’t seem to keep his eyes off Rian. After a big of negotiation, the two settle, but life keeps throwing them together. The chemistry between Rian and Pierce is off-the-charts, but Rian is afraid that if her and her sister’s secrets come out, Pierce will leave and their careers will be ruined. Rian’s not sure she can risk letting some one close when her and her sister’s dreams are so close to coming true.

First, if you’ll notice, my summary is NOT like the summary on Amazon. This is primarily because the summary on Amazon is misleading. I don’t like enemies to lovers stories. I don’t even like frenemies to lovers stories, so I was worried I wasn’t going to like this one. But that’s not really the central theme of the plot. So I changed the summary in my review to reflect what I think is more accurate.

Second, I really enjoy this book. It was a fast read for me because I couldn’t put it down. It reminded me of all the reasons I love Helena Hunting’s writing and even caused me to buy another book, Shacking Up, since it was on sale. The dialogue is probably one of my favorite things about Hunting’s books and this one does not disappoint. There are a lot of funny moments in this book, but also a lot of sweet ones.

Third, and last, the sex scenes in this book are hot. If you’re not a fan of sex scenes, you might want to skip this book, and any other book by Helena Hunting. But her characters have great chemistry together. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Rian’s twin sister. I’m definitely going to keep reading.

Is it worth buying? ($4.99 Kindle)

If you’ve read other books by Helena Hunting then this one will be well worth the five bucks. If you are new to Helena’s work, I’d recommend trying the library. I think her books aren’t necessarily for everyone, and at $5, it would suck if you didn’t like it.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you’d like to jump into a different sub-genre of romance, try Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison. The heroine of this story also has a secret. There is tons of chemistry between the main characters. And it’s the first book of a great series.

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New Release: A Twist of Wyrd

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A Twist Of Wyrd
(The Ways of Wyrd #1)
by Author PJ Friel



They say a person’s wyrd – their destiny – is carved into Yggdrasil’s branches long before they are born.
The Norns have a plan for everyone and mere mortals aren’t meant to stray.
But three hundred years after Odin’s gates between the Nine Worlds malfunctioned, Outlanders left behind on Midgard have forgotten their wyrd and have integrated into society so thoroughly that few humans are even aware of their existence.
PI Bryn Ullman spends her days using her unique gift of retrocognition to assist the local police force in solving otherwise impossible crimes. Her nights are spent alone in hiding, very literally, from the shadows themselves and from those who want her to fulfil her birthright.
Trygg Mackenzie, berserker in hiding from Odin and the eternal servitude that he owes, buries his secrets behind the calm facade of a security professional, working for the mob.
But he’s just one stressor away from losing it all to the monster inside him.
When a murder investigation thrusts Bryn into his life, Trygg is more than willing to risk exposure and even his life in order to protect the courageous beauty who sets his blood on fire, but the one thing she values the most – the truth – might be more than he’s willing to offer.
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Living in a small village was peaceful–for the bedraggled Mr. and Mrs. Friel, parents of eight children. For their daughter PJ, the village of Gnadenhutten was a study in boredom. Her only excitement was found in skulking around the old graveyard at midnight with her friends and badgering the librarians at the local library. When told she wasn’t allowed to read adult romance (at the age of twelve), PJ decided to use the mail-order library instead.
Sirena the Sea Siren sailed into her life (courtesy of Fern Michaels) and a respect for bold, gutsy women was born.
When PJ isn’t terrorizing the highways of Ohio in her red, mid-life crisis, sports car or crunching numbers in Excel spreadsheets, she’s writing about sword-wielding, ass-kicking, wilful, sometimes wanton women and the men who are strong enough to love them.  
Her hobbies include reading and creating artwork that reflects the juxtaposition of sensuality and strength in women.  
She is currently single and lives with her son, who thinks he’s the boss of her.
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A Fascinating Take on Vampires

I have been reading a ton, but have been avoiding my computer which means not a lot of book reviews. So I decided to share what I think about one of the books I’ve read recently, Enduring Bond by Christa Paige, by filming a short video review.

You can find the review on the blog’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/loveserially). Click here for a shortcut.

In summary, it’s a great book with a strong heroine, a fascinating new take on vampires and main characters who don’t speak English as their first language. All interesting layers to an exciting book.

New Book by Penny Reid: Beard in Mind

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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.

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Food Fight Cover Reveal

Title: Food Fight

Series: Strip Mall Duology #1

Authors: T. Torrid & Heather Ohhh

Genre: Eroticomedy (Erotica/Romantic Comedy)

Cover Design: Juliana Cabrera, Jersey Girl

Release Date: August 10, 2017

Blurb

FOOD FIGHT is the first book in a new eroticomedy duology.

Each book in the Strip Mall series contains two separate stories from the same

universe. No cliffhangers… just a lot of laughs and some really hot sex!

BANANAS AND DONUTS: It’s a food fight of epic proportions when this

not-so-sweet baker gets her hands on a gorgeous grocer’s goods.

BAGELS AND BRATS: A buff butcher bites off more than he can chew when he

“meats” the vegan vixen next door.

*Intended for immature audiences 18+

T. Torrid

T. Torrid is a pop-culture junkie, a movie aficionado, and a

lover of all things 80s.

A lifelong Jersey girl, she currently lives there with her husband and two

sons.

She also writes romance under the name T. Torrest!

Heather Ohhh is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion for romance. Residing with her husband and five sons, she is quite fluent in sarcasm. One spoiled little princess finishes off this brood adding a little drama and sparkle to the mix. Life is chaotic, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. 


She also writes romance under the name Heather M. Orgeron.

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.