REVIEW : Strangely Normal by Tess Oliver

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Strangely Normal

  

Strangely Normal
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 Tess Oliver
May 10th 2013

 

A unique summer job lands eighteen-year-old Eden Saxon into a lifestyle completely different than her own. She becomes a companion for nineteen-year-old Finley King, the daughter of a rock legend. Finley suffers from severe anxiety, and her father fears her being alone. Eden leaves her loving, but wildly dysfunctional, parents and dreary apartment and enters a world where no luxury is overlooked. She instantly adores Finley and her charming, quirky personality. The whole situation has only one flaw– Finley’s older brother, Jude. Jude King is cocky, arrogant and irritating. Unfortunately, he’s also completely irresistible.

Eden realizes she’s underestimated the depth of Finley’s problems, and suddenly her dream job turns out to be a lot more than she’d expected. Eden soon finds herself in over her head . . . and her heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PROMO / REVIEW : Face the Music (Love, Hate, Rock-n-Roll #3) by J.B. Salsbury

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Face the Music (Love, Hate, Rock-n-Roll, #3)

Pastor Ben Langley is irresistible.

His wife died giving birth to their daughter six years ago. His tragic past doesn’t keep me from wanting to unravel him, strip away his buttoned-up goodness, and discover what kind of man lies beneath. If that makes me evil, so be it. I’m far beyond redemption anyway.

Ashleigh Kendrick is freedom personified, an unpredictable wind I want to grasp hold of.

Every Sunday she watches me preach from the front row, wearing her halter tops and tiny skirts, a dangerous temptation. Her favorite words are the four-letter variety, and her smile lights up the darkness inside me. I vowed to love one woman forever. I never realized that vow would be impossible to keep when confronted with a chance to love again.

Face the Music is an opposites attract romance with emotional ties to the past that run so thick they feel impossible to overcome.

 

 

 

 

One of the last few books of my reading year 2019 was “Face the Music” by JB Salsbury.
I was super happy and surprised to be able to read it this early.
Reading and reviewing as many books in one year as I do it is often not easy to recall the plots of previous books (which is why I avoid reading unfinished series where basically your opinion on the whole plot depends on still remembering what you read months ago) – but the second I saw the plot of Face the Music I remembered how I intrigued I was when I first “met” Ben previously in that series … like more than a year ago or so …Believe me for him being not even a secondary but more a third kind of character (is there even such a thing as that?) in that previous book that truly speaks a volume. If you followed the series then you know Ben and his Background with Jesse Lee, his childhood and his tragedy. So you can already guess that you will join quite the ride with this plot and believe me the blurb tells you not even half of it. Because being the amazing author that she is JB Salsbury uses everything she can to draw the reader in and her writing style will refuse to let you go.The ingredients couldn’t be more perfect …. With his Background and Family Ben already has enough of a story to tell to fill this book but throwing the very let’s say “colorful” Ashleigh into the mix as well as his “job” – the reader will not be able to stop reading – of that I am positive. This is like the modern rock and roll version of “The Thorn Birds” – only with much more enjoyable leads, slightly different obstacles, a more intriguing plot…OK OK I admit actually it is almost nothing like “The Thorn Birds” but still I could not get that book/movie out of my mind as I hated it a lot as a child (my mother was a fan) I simply wanted Ben and Ashleigh to have a better ending than Ralph and Meggie – but with all that is in their way – let’s face it (har har pun intended) it is not looking very good …As a Pastor, Ben not only places high expectations on himself but with his tragic background it is only logical that he is all kinds of damaged when it comes to relationships. Ashleigh isn’t any better, but also she has her reasons and she has high walls around her made from slutty clothes and she hides behind foul language and some kind of “You think I am bad? Well, probably it’s worse than you think” attitude. That alone would be enough to fill the pages of this book.

But don’t worry. Ms. Salsbury made sure that there is even more because it will be outside forces that set the tone of the plot and bring me back to my “Thorn Bird” thoughts.

I read several books of this author in the past and while “Split” will probably remain my favorite – this series has taken a good and strong second place. And I cannot wait what this author is up to next (secretly hoping it will be something wicked with a damaged character like in “Split” or at least someone like “Jesse Lee”)

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Never Let You Go (Never Tear Us Apart #2) by Monica Murphy

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Never Let You Go

Author :

Monica Murphy

Series :

Never Tear Us Apart #2

Release date : May 3, 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

Darkly sexy, emotional and forbidden, a woman unwittingly falls in love with the son of her abductor. The conclusion of a two-book contemporary romance series by New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy.Lies hurt. Lies destroy. I tried my best to understand why Ethan kept his secrets but it was so hard. Until I realized that I couldn’t deny myself any longer — I needed to be with him. We needed each other. Despite my family’s wariness, the media’s fascination with us, the fact that his father still has a stranglehold on our lives, we belong together. No matter what. I will never let Ethan go. But sometimes love destroys us too, and we’re too weak to banish the demons. Especially when our demons are determined to ruin us…

Review :

“Never Let You Go” is the second book in the “Never Tear Us Apart #2” series by Monica Murphy and should not be read as a standalone.

I was so intrigued by this plotline that I especially took the time to read “Never Tear Us Apart” directly in front of this book. Ms. Murphy really attack her readers with the full amount of forbidden.
I would not even know where to start when I tried to explain.
So I will not even try as I it is impossible without giving away to much of the story. The storyline flows well and the characters are so well described that not only will the readers feel the tears (because they will be leaving their own eyes too) but also the anger towards “Ethan’s” father and helplessness when confronted with the media.
This is a very interesting plotline that I can fully recommend – even though I had my slight issues in the beginning with the way Ethan “kind of rediscovered “ his attraction, because of the story I refuse to call it “Insta-love” as this hole plot is too complex to use such a simple phrase.
Please enjoy this series in the right order.
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PROMO / REVIEW : Inappropriate by Vi Keeland

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INAPPROPRIATE IS LIVE!

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#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Vi Keeland

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Terminated for inappropriate behavior.

I couldn’t believe the letter in my hands.

Nine years.  Nine damn years I’d worked my butt off for one of the largest companies in America, and I was fired with a form letter when I returned home from a week in Aruba. 

All because of a video taken when I was on vacation with my friends—a private video made on my private time. Or so I thought…

Pissed off, I cracked open a bottle of wine and wrote my own letter to the gazillionaire CEO telling him what I thought of his company and its practices.

I didn’t think he’d actually respond.

I certainly never thought I’d suddenly become pen pals with the rich jerk.

Eventually, he realized I’d been wronged and made sure I got my job back.

Only…it wasn’t the only thing Grant Lexington wanted to do for me. 

But there was no way I was getting involved with my boss’s boss’s boss. Even if he was ridiculously gorgeous, confident, and charming.

It would be completely wrong, inappropriate even.

Sort of like the video that got me into trouble to begin with.

Twowrongs don’t make a right.

But sometimes it’s twice as fun.

 

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

 

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OK I give up …. And by that I mean that from now on I’ll not only add the writing duo “Ward/Keeland” to my 1Click list but also Vi Keeland on her own. I am one lucky Girl being able to read “Inappropriate” this early and what can I say? Except … “GO BUY THAT BOOK” –  ?

Well I can say that it was easy to get lost in that book … the thing is – I knew I was going to love the writing style but the question mark is always on the subject of the book itself. And this one is one of the deeper ones which I did not expect when reading the blurb … but after a few chapters, I had a certain feeling …. Sometimes you simply KNOW.

The difficulty is how to write something without giving away anything.  What I can tell you is that this book is a prime example for when a reader will fall in love with a fictional character. Because while there was a lot of banter, great chemistry, a solid backstory and a really hot male lead – there is also the same amount of depth and emotion.

Everything you need for a “rainy day read”.

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Look Don’t Touch (Look Don’t Touch #1) by Tess Oliver

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Look Don't Touch

  

 Look Don’t Touch 
 Look Don’t Touch #1
 Tess Oliver
January 14th 2018

 

Raised by a father who was as brilliant as he was insane, I learned from an early age that strength came from will power and self-denial. My life was about control and without control I had nothing. Then I saw her.

I’d made the deal with Shay to prove that nothing could break me. … but I was wrong.

A sinfully sexy standalone novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : One Night with the CEOby Mia Sosa

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Title:One Night
Author : Mia Sosa
Series:The Suits Undone #2
Release date:03 May 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE

After some disappointing dates, Karen Ramirez has concluded that great sex is for other people. Especially since medical school won’t leave her much time for romance anyway. Then she runs into tall, dark, charming, and ridiculously wealthy Mark Lansing–and quickly reconsiders celibacy. Adding to temptation? Mark will be the best man at her sister’s wedding and the nuptial destination is sultry Puerto Rico. Now this trip might just be sensory overload–or the perfect chance for Karen to find the groove she’s never had.F
or CEO Mark Lansing, his perfect match would be smart, sweet, and funny, with long legs and silky hair the color of dark chocolate. In short, someone a lot like Karen. But Mark’s looking to settle down, while a relationship is the last thing on Karen’s mind. So Mark proposes a plan: he and Karen will use their weekend in paradise to sizzling advantage–before downshifting to friendship. The only problem? Karen is all Mark can think of when he gets home. Now his most challenging negotiation will be for the one thing money can’t buy . . .
Review :
I was happy to get my hands on an ARC of “One Night with the CEO” (The Suits Undone #2) by Mia Sosa. As I read “Unbuttoning the CEO”, which was the first book in the series – I already knew what to expect of the writing style and plotline. And I was not disappointed
But unfortonately after a great start the story itself did not develop the way I expected it. I was used to a certain pace and handling from the first book and this book felt very different to me. And as the same characters appeared in this book I was actually kind of shocked about the way Ethan and Mark were presented to the readers.
I guess they were nice enough yes and if I had not read the first book I might not have noticed anything. But I read it and I cannot erase that picture I have in my mind about those two. And the Ethan that is presented to the readers in this book felt like laundered with fabric softener. And Mark – OMG – he felt so “fluffy” #shaking my head.
I could not follow the scheme of their actions – because it was not consistent. If they do not want to be together because of certain reasons the reader should at least for a short period of time have the feeling that they are actually at least trying to follow through with their intents. But their inner monologues felt like they were only filling the pages without meaning.
And for that reason I could not summon up the right amount of feelings to empathize with the leading characters.
As I really liked the first book I now hope that the next book will fall back to the original spunk of the series
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Release Package: Valentine’s with the Single Dad by Whitley Cox

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Title: Valentine’s with the Single Dad
Series: Single Dad’s of Seattle Book 7
Author: Whitley Cox
Genre: Steamy, Contemporary Romance; Rom-Com; Single Dad; Holiday
Release Date: February 18, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
When a business arrangement takes a personal turn …
 
Welcome to Seattle, the Emerald City and home to The Single Dads of Seattle. Ten sexy single fathers who play poker every Saturday night, have each other’s backs, love their children without quarter, and hope to one day find love again.
This is Mason’s story …
 
Single Dad of Seattle Mason Whitfield made some big changes in his life five years ago, starting with quitting his Fortune 500 job and moving away. Now he’s back in Seattle, he bought a bar and is finally a father—life is good. But when a beautiful mystery woman keeps coming to his bar interviewing men night after night, Mason’s curiosity is piqued and he just has to know more.
 
Five years ago, cancer nearly killed Lowenna Chambers. Then her husband left her—for her sister. Now in remission, she just opened up her own chocolate shop and is determined to live the best life possible. Until she’s asked to do the impossible: design an enormous chocolate center piece and give a speech for her sister and ex-husband’s wedding, on Valentine’s day of all days. A perfect opportunity to show them she’s moved on. But first, she needs a date. A drool-worthy hunk who will steal the show. Cue, Mason who is tall, dark, dangerous and with two sleeves of tattoos to boot.
 
But as the wedding approaches it’s no longer a simple business arrangement between Mason and Lowenna. She likes him and he wants her, but love is never that simple and a future together begins to look unattainable.
 
Can Lowenna get over her pain and heartache and spend Valentine’s with the single dad, or will she let yesterday haunt her today, ruining any chance of a beautiful tomorrow?
 
**Note: This book can be read as a standalone. It includes lots of steamy scenes, cursing, and of course as with all my books, this has an HEA and no cliffhanger or cheating. If you like single dads who take charge, this book is for you.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
He handed her the water bottle, and she took a sip, pulling her dress down over her knees and tucking her breasts back into the top of her dress at the same time. Even though he told her she wasn’t allowed to be shy, she was having a hard time looking at him. 
She located her G-string, but it was too far away on the floor, and for some reason she didn’t think he’d be too pleased with her if she stood up and retrieved it. So instead, she simply sat there, staring at her knitted hands, her stomach churning, her pulse thundering in her ears and her thighs slick. 
“Lowenna.” His deep, calm voice drew her to look at him. How could she not? His gaze was kind but avid, almost concerned. Heat still flickered behind the intense blue, but there was also a wariness there now too. “You okay?”
She nodded for what she felt like was the millionth time. “Yeah.” She exhaled. “I’m more than okay.”
That earned her a big smile. 
“Good. Me too.” He reached over and tucked a strand of hair behind her ear, his hand lingering and then cupping her cheek, his pinky finger resting along her neck, undoubtedly feeling her rapid pulse. “I’ve wanted this for so long, Lowenna. Wanted you. Since the moment you came into my bar and sat there with your little notebook and pen, interviewing man after man … ” He shook his head and huffed a laugh, glancing down at his lap. “Even if you weren’t interviewing gigolos or, I dunno … if you were a madam of some kind, I wanted you. Wanted to get to know you, everything about you.” 
She blew out a breath and leaned into his hand, closing her eyes. “Mason … I … ” She blinked rapidly a few times as she took a moment to process everything he’d just said. When she lifted her head to his meet his gaze once again, the look that greeted her was no longer worrisome or wary. It was intense and heated, and it made her entire body tremble instantly. 
He ran his free hand through his hair, exhaling another shaky laugh. “Hell, I didn’t even know you yet, had the opportunity to kiss half a dozen women on New Year’s Eve, and I didn’t, because all I could think about was you. I’m falling for you.” His lips twisted. “Or maybe I’ve already fallen, I don’t know. But I don’t want this to be a business arrangement anymore. I want us to be real. I want us to be together. I don’t want to just give you the boyfriend experience, I want to be your boyfriend.”
Holy shit. 

 

Desire … and something else rolled through her in big, lazy waves, touching every inch of her until her entire body burned like the surface of the sun for the man whose soulful blue eyes were at that moment looking at her like no man had ever looked at her before.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Canadian West Coast baby born and raised, Whitley is married to her high school sweetheart, and together they have two beautiful daughters and a fluffy dog. She spends her days making food that gets thrown on the floor, vacuuming Cheerios out from under the couch and making sure that the dog food doesn’t end up in the air conditioner. But when nap time comes, and it’s not quite wine o’clock, Whitley sits down, avoids the pile of laundry on the couch, and writes.
 
A lover of all things decadent; wine, cheese, chocolate and spicy erotic romance, Whitley brings the humorous side of sex, the ridiculous side of relationships and the suspense of everyday life into her stories. With single dads, firefighters, Navy SEALs, mommy wars, body issues, threesomes, bondage and role-playing, these books have everything we need to satisfy the curious kink in all of us.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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REVIEW : That Time with Sugar (Sinful Suspense #3) by Tess Oliver

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That Time with Sugar

  

That Time with Sugar
  Sinful Suspense #3
Tess Oliver
March 30th 2015

 

“Sugar, Jules and I had run for our lives. Only our shadows had followed us. And no matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t outpace them.”

New York Times bestselling author Tess Oliver brings us an edgy new adult romance that is fraught with emotion, suspense and scenes that sizzle.

After years of anger and rebellion, bad boy Tommy Jameson discovers the only addiction he ever truly needed. Sugar Scarborough.

When a court order lands Tommy, the twenty-five-year-old heir to the Jameson fortune, in rehab, he finds two equally flawed allies in Sugar Scarborough, a girl with a tortured soul, and Julian Fitzpatrick, a heavily medicated, socially dysfunctional genius. Although the three form an instant bond within the walls of Green Willow Recovery Center, their friendship is truly tested when a grisly murder sends them fleeing.

Outside the protective walls of Green Willow, the danger only grows as sickening truths are exposed. While piecing together the clues to a horrifying mystery, Tommy, Sugar and Julian are forced to confront their inner demons and overcome their troubled pasts.

Approx. 75,000 words.
*Contains strong language and adult content.*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Until Tomorrow (Flirting With Trouble #2) by Annie Kelly

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Until Tomorrow

Author :

Annie Kelly

Series :

Flirting With Trouble #2

Release date : 15 Mar 2016
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb :

She’s trying the straight and narrow… Carson Tucker only has one thing on her mind: getting her life back on track and pursuing her teaching career. She can’t afford to be distracted, yet no amount of good sense can compel her keep her mind—or eyes—off the brooding and mysterious Wyatt Sands. She agreed to be his tutor and help him finish his degree, but now she’s wishing she could inspire him in more ways than one… He makes her want to break all the rules… Still reeling from the tragic accident that took his best friend’s life and left him wheelchair-bound, all Wyatt Sands wants to do is forge ahead without any attachments. His solitary lifestyle works well until the after-hours sessions between him and his tutor turn hot and steamy. As the chemistry between them fuels a passion that is too electrifying to be denied, will Carson be able to break down the barriers that Wyatt has erected around himself—or will their fiery passion burn them both?

Review :

“Until Tomorrow“ was the first book by Annie Kelly I read . Even if it is the second book in the “Flirting With Trouble” with trouble series it can be easy read as standalone.

BUT you can be sure that I will pick up not the first book as well.
The author created interesting characters that both struggle through different issues of their life. Still they are able to point out not only what seems to be broken with the other one – but they are also able to see their own problems as well. In certain moments I felt like they were both growing with each others help.
Like this one intense moment when Wyatt reaches for Carson’s hands to stand up – that was such a tiny gesture but if there had been a soundtrack I would have expected a drumroll #pun intended when looking at the drummer in this story.
The actual surrounding story took a backseat for me as I found myself focusing only on the developing relationship between the two leads. They were well written and I really loved Wyatt – he was so strong that even his minor cracks in the amour (as Carson called them) only added up to his character.
5 WOW stars for a strong character development
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REVIEW : Saved By The SEAL (Battle Scars #2) by Diana Gardin

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Title:Saved By The SEAL
Author :Diana Gardin
Series:Battle Scars #2
Release date:March 8th 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

He saved her life. She showed him how to live it . . .When he sees a woman drowning, Grisham Abbot immediately leaps into action. The Navy SEAL forgets his training, his past, and the explosion that forever scarred his body and his mind. He can only remember what he was born to do. But saving Greta Owen is a complication Grisham is definitely not ready for. She’s stunning and gorgeous—like sunlight after months of darkness. Yep, Grisham is so, so screwed.Greta knows that the smart thing to do would be to run from Grisham. He’s a wounded warrior, and his head is a big-time mess. The problem is that Greta wants to make him her mess. One kiss and she’s completely in over her head. And if this SEAL risked himself to save her, then she must find a way to bring him back to life . . .

Review :

This was an “OK” read for a SEAL novel – not to exciting but the storyline was good and the writing was well developed so I can recommend it

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