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Damage Control by Eva King

 

 

 

Damage Control

  

Damage Control
Eva King
May 2017

 

Recovering from a broken relationship, Emma Mitchell moves in with her best friend. Her life is quiet and uneventful, just how she likes it. Little does she know that the events of the following months will change her life forever. 
 
Famous Hollywood actor James McNair is a renowned womaniser with a penchant for partying and hitting the tabloids for all the wrong reasons. When a night of partying a little too hard means he finally has to take stock and reevaluate his lifestyle, a week away from the flashing lights of Hollywood is just what he needs. What better place to hide than in his childhood home in Edinburgh, Scotland?
 
When the old friends are reunited, feelings resurface and sparks fly. But James must keep the pretence of his new persona until the premier of his biggest film in his career. He just has no idea if he’ll be able to keep his feelings for Emma under wraps until then.

Sometimes it takes more than damage control to find a happily ever after.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wallflowers: Double Trouble (Wallflowers Series #2) by C.P. Smith

 

 

Book #2 in the Wallflower Series. Recommend you read Book #1 to follow story.

“ ’Tis better to never have loved and lost than to live with the regret of your stupidity.” ~ Sienna Miller, Wallflower

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or in this case, Wallflowers to behave. Then again . . .

Sienna Miller spent her whole life being the odd woman out. Shunned and misunderstood by her family, she finally has a chance for a new start thanks to Calla and Poppy, her Wallflower sisters. Now all she needs is a Prince Charming.

Bo Strawn is a cop with a troubled past. He’s stubborn and set in his ways until a certain Wallflower shakes up his life for good. Bo’s finally got a shot at happily ever after. That is, he’s got a shot if he can solve a mystery surrounding the Wallflowers and keep his headstrong woman off the back of a horse.

Rated mature for language and sexual content.

 

 

Gonna keep it short and sweet. I love this author’s work. She writes alpha males and instalove like no other and I squeal with joy every single time. Alas this did not work for me. At all. I’ll tell you why.

The main characters aggravated me to no end. That it actually ruined the whole book for me. The heroine has no self-preservation. There is being stubborn and then there is being Sienna. The voice of reason once in a while? Cali from book one.

They went from one crazy situation to the next and didn’t learn from their actions.

As to the Hero of the book?

I wanted to love Bo but he just didn’t work for me and I wish he did. Not once did I feel as if he was in any way kind to Sienna. There were so many communication problems and before it could be discussed the both threw hissy fits. I was so annoyed.

The revelation at the ending was very surprising which will lead me to most likely read the third book I just hope that Poppy and Nate are a better match than the two in this book.

 

 

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Train Wreck by T. Gephart

 

 

 

 

“No passion, no emotion, no originality—a train wreck of epic portions.”

Those were the words to describe Eve Thorton’s exhibition. Not even a fine arts degree from Yale or her daddy’s bank account could save her from the scathing reviews. And failure was a word Eve would never be comfortable with. Not even close.

Plotting the demise of every critic who’d written her off was her first instinct. But that would come later. Instead, she would show them that she wasn’t a bored socialite with more money than talent.

She would prove everyone wrong, and she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But when her journey for redemption crashed headfirst into Josh Logan, the sexy, talented tattooist from Queens, getting her hands dirty took on a whole new meaning.

Josh was everything Eve wasn’t, translating on skin what she couldn’t onto her canvas. All she had to do was convince him to share his jaw-dropping brilliance, and help her—seeing him naked—a bonus. Then she could go back to her regular life, vindicated.

It should have been easy. Pity her plans had a habit of derailing.

 

 

In a field of white sheep once again I am the black one. Going to keep this short and sweet. I can see why everyone finds it appealing as I did enjoy the beginning and the end of the book. The middle? Meh not so much but I can truly say it is me and not the book.

I think I can’t deal with romantic comedy neither in books or films. The author has a unique writing style that is funny and keeps you smiling throughout the book. We also get the Hero’s POV which is seldom in books.

I didn’t like the heroine. I loved the Hero but somehow it still all felt somewhat flat to me. I’m tickled pink for all of you who liked it and this is solely my opinion on the book. One of many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog Tour – Seven by K.D. Robichaux

Seth Owens, co-owner of Club Alias, has always taken full-advantage of the endless supply of willing submissives who frequent his high-end establishment. But he’s never trusted anyone enough to let them get to know the man beneath the leather mask.

Twyla Quill has always been the good girl, the responsible one, which has left her no time to indulge in the many pleasures of life—much less a relationship.

When Twyla finally convinces her sister to leave her abusive boyfriend, they have no choice but to move across the country and hide out, away from the monster determined to get her sister back. With their savings quickly running out, Twyla takes a position at the local sex shop—where she meets Seth, a man who is all too willing to show her what she’s been missing out on.

What happens when the witty Dom meets the sweet new girl in town? Sparks fly and a whirlwind romance neither ever saw coming begins. But will Seth be able to protect the woman he considers his?

Seven is a spinoff of The Confession Duet, but can be read as a stand alone.

What to say about this book?  

It wasn’t bad per se. It just isn’t for me. The first 40 % was fun, hilarious and I enjoyed every moment of. Then it seemed to go downhill from there. I have mixed emotions. I liked it and I didn’t. The writing style is simple but good and entertaining especially with all the pop culture references. One of my favorites was mentioned. Friends. And I learnt something I now know where that’s what she said comes from. Yeah. We don’t have The Office where I live.

 

Seth/Master Seven lives and breathes his BDSM club that is until he needs to make a run to Toys for Twats to stock up. Where he meets the new employee, and is smitten with her from the start.

 

Seth is too jovial. He is a happy go lucky kind of guy. A ray of sunshine and he annoyed with his sunny disposition. He is a kind and a good man but just too happy.

 

Twyla is a chemical engineer but now works selling sex toys. She has no experience with the toys and is yes you guessed it still a virgin at the age of 24. She left everything behind so that her sister could live her abusive relationship.

 

I’m quite ambivalent about her so I can’t really say anything about her. Nothing really stuck out.

There was good chemistry and build up until it all was rushed and the ILY dropped pretty quick from both of them. So, you could say that is instalove/lust.

 

A lot of things were glossed over IMO. The plot could have been more in depth and fleshed out. It’s like the author didn’t even scratch the surface. Another thing that bothered me were unnecessary time jumps. Either flesh it out more or don’t tell us how much time has passed. People will fixate on that time line.

 

This is where my believability muscle kind of clicked on or out cause they also run a security business as well. Does Seth ever sleep? Day job and night job? Even if he is a child prodigy.

 

This author isn’t for me but in the grand scheme of things that doesn’t mean squat.

 

 

 

 

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Review – Goaltending: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle Book 8) by Jami Davenport

Goodreads Review

WANTED: single dad needs nanny.
In more ways than one.

Martin “Brick” Bricker is living the good life. He’s playing the sport he loves, has all the women he can handle, and parties like a rock star. At twenty-six, he has no interest in slowing down or taking anything seriously —except hockey, of course.

Then a knock at his door changes everything. Suddenly he’s the single father to a five-year-old daughter he didn’t know he had, and he’s trading his playboy ways for barbies.

Amelia Stacey struggles to make ends meet and juggles her day-care job with a full load of college classes. When she’s offered a temporary, two-week nanny position making more money than she imagines, she jumps at the chance. Before she knows it, she’s in over her head, not just with her five-year-old charge but with the girl’s hot single father.

Brick always goes after what he wants, and he wants Amelia. Only responsible Amelia doesn’t want anything to do with the party boy. Struggling with fatherhood and his unexplainable attraction to his nanny, Brick has to figure out where his daughter and Amelia fit into his life. If they fit at all.

But one thing’s for sure: Brick can’t block this shot straight to his heart.

Going to keep this short.

I hated this book and those that know me I rarely react so negatively towards a book. But this book oh made me so mad! I’m always game for reading the nanny trope but this was truly awful.

I didn’t like the Hero in the book he is an imbecile, a muppet, a douchecanoe. He has no redeeming qualities and I would have punched him if I had been the heroine. Instead of getting to know his daughter he was trying to get into the nanny’s pants and ignored his daughter. He missed his playboy lifestyle and only at the very end did he see the light.

I went on about conquests he could have, ditched his daughter to go out drinking with his teammates just so that he could be cool. Had women hanging off of him although he was really interested in the heroine.

I didn’t get the heroine. She could have done so much better. It is tragic what happened to her but to put up with this shit. Nah wouldn’t have done it.  Macy is the real star of the book. She sure did brighten it up.

Ms. Davenport can write an engaging story but for me it was anything but that. I had constant moments were I rolled my eyes and where I thought that it wasn’t really original and that the book could have been more. This author and I aren’t well suited and it happens. Good luck to all of you that loved this book and the author. I’m just one of very few. Most likely anyway.

 

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Review – Burn by by Dawn Altieri

Goodreads Review

Chloe Addison is on the verge of a promising career in real estate development until an explosion destroys her first major project and casts suspicion on her in an arson investigation. Her career is suddenly at risk—and possibly her life.

Firefighter Ryan Monroe wants a spot on the arson team, and getting close to Chloe might be the best way to solve his first investigation. Despite a painful past of his own, Ryan has dedicated himself to saving people, and when he realizes Chloe is in danger, she’s no exception. He just might be the perfect guy to rescue her, but their attraction could bring them both down in flames.

2.5 Stars

This book had the potential to be more. So much more. There is a good amount of angst and trying to figure out who could have been behind it keeps you on your toes. The author writes well and she keeps the story going without any hitch or anything. Add in a sexy firefighter and you are in heaven. Ryan is a fantastic Hero. There are twists and turns to the story.

Yet. The damsel in distress trope doesn’t always work. Here it did and it didn’t. There was so much push and pull between the main characters and well I guess there has to be to a certain extent but our heroine Chloe is a person of interest and Ryan’s boss is working the case and Ryan is also hoping to become a fire investigator. He puts his job on the line for a woman that he has known for a week he is an all-in kind of guy. He’s falling in love yet it still niggles him because she could be the arsonist. I felt like screaming get Reed from the BAU he’ll sort this shite right out.

Chloe also has her demons to fight and I stopped counting the amount of times she said that is a bad idea to date another man and that Ryan isn’t for her. It got tiresome after a while. Chloe as a heroine could have been depicted as stronger with more backbone. There were times where she was meek and then times where she came across as the heroine I wanted her to be.

I can see why this book worked for some and not for others unfortunately it didn’t quite work for me. There is also a lack of connection between the main characters and a lot of unnecessary misunderstanding between the two.

I won’t give up on this author as in my opinion she is an author to watch out for even if I’m not totally convinced of this book