REVIEW : My Perfect Ex-Boyfriend by Annabelle Costa

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My Perfect Ex-Boyfriend

  

My Perfect Ex-Boyfriend
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 Annabelle Costa
 July 2nd 2018

 

I’ve met the greatest guy ever.

Noah Walsh is handsome as sin. He’s sweet and smart and successful and sexy—all the best adjectives beginning with “S.” My six-year-old daughter worships the ground he walks on ever since he fashioned her smiley face pancakes out of bananas and blueberries. Oh yeah, and he can cook.

The only problem?

I dumped this great guy a decade ago, right after I wrecked his life.

And boy, this man holds a grudge.

 

 

 

I love this new and fresh writing style of this author. Her leads became more edgy lately and I find myself enyoing these novels even more than before.

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Last Chance Season (Plum Harbor #1) by Brenna Mills

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REVIEW : Last Chance Season (Plum Harbor #1) by Brenna Mills

 
 

July 5, 2016

 

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Title :             Last Chance Season

Author :           Brenna Mills

Series :            Plum Harbor #1

Release date :   05 Jul 2016

Rating :           4 Stars

 

Blurb : He was an outsider, taking refuge from the past. She was an adored Cape Cod local. Their summer together changed both their lives, and when they find each other again, nothing will ever be the same…As a headstrong teenager, Zach Stanley thought spending his summer at his aunt’s Plum Harbor inn was just an escape from his troubled life back in Arizona. Little did he know he’d end up meeting the love of his life, breaking both their hearts, and never forgetting her…Confident spitfire Ashleigh Jones has long since moved on with her life, but remembers that summer as if it was yesterday—the joy, the passion, the promises they made. In the end, she had no choice but to forget about her beach-season boyfriend, Zach…until, nearly a decade later, she finds herself on an Arizona horse ranch that he just happens to own. Their reunion is more than a fateful coincidence—it’s a bitter reminder of all Ash lost. Can Zach explain his past demons and earn her forgiveness? Or is it too late for Ash to recapture those long-ago Cape Cod days…and risk her heart on Zach once more?

 

Review : I just finished reading Last Chance Season (Plum Harbor #1) by Brenna Mills. It was my first book by this author and I believe it is well written.

 

But personally – and a review can only be personal – I feel that even though the reader gets a lot of background to the history of Ash and Zach in the flashbacks of this story there is something missing.

 

The story floats quite slowly and should therefore be fully developed but I just can not feel the spark between the characters.

 

Actually it might be that the flashbacks have too much content already and take away from the present story.

 

A second chance romance needs a very special kind of story to work for me and this was just not it. I think the focus was a little lost

 

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REVIEW : Bound Beneath His Pain (Dirty Little Secrets #1) by Stacey Kennedy

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REVIEW : Bound Beneath His Pain (Dirty Little Secrets #1) by Stacey Kennedy

 
 

July 5, 2016

 

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Title: Bound Beneath His Pain 

Author : Stacey Kennedy

Series: Dirty Little Secrets #1

Release date: 05 Jul 2016

Rating : 4 Stars

 

 

Blurb: Real estate mogul Micah Holt exerts absolute control over all aspects of his life. As a founding member of the Dominants Council that oversees San Francisco’s sex club scene, he keeps his dark side hidden away from the press, who will chase down any hint of scandal. He’s always in command of his world, careful to expose his closely guarded secrets only to those he knows he can trust. Then Allie Bennett shakes his legendary discipline. She’s beautiful, pure, untainted. But is Micah willing to sacrifice her innocence for his own selfish obsessions?
 
When that sexy smile makes her body burn, Allie tries with all her might to ignore it. For one thing, Micah’s her new boss. For another, he’s as complicated as he is devastatingly handsome. Still, Allie can only fight so much before she gives in to his dangerous games. She knows he’s got dark secrets. But when she discovers the true depth of his pain, Allie must decide how far she’s willing to go to light the way for love.

 

Review : While the blurb might suggest that Bound Beneath His Pain (Dirty Little Secrets #1) by Stacey Kennedy is taking place in the BDSM scene, actually if we are being honest it is not.

 

Having said that – I also said my only complain about this book – which is actually not the book but the blurb.

 

So in my case I was rather pleasantly surprised, because I almost expected a book along the lines of many other similar books. But I got more, because the plotline of this book is not only intense but it is also a little different than others.

 

There is more feeling and love inside than simple BDSM

 

.From the first second there is no doubt about Micah Holt. He is dominant and leaving no doubt that once he makes up his mind he is sticking with his decision … Or is he not ?

 

Well yes he is – but only as long as his decisions do not include the word “Allie”… For me as a reader it was funny to “watch” him trying to find out what was “wrong” with him.

 

Allie was not the “submissive” a guy like Micah would want – in fact she was the opposite of submissive for most of the story and this contradiction made the story different and interesting for me.

 

There were predictable twists and turns to the story as well as unpredictable ones. All characters had well developed backgrounds and I can easily see the plotline ahead of some of the next books in that series.

 

And I liked what I saw because for example I want to know about Allie’s half-brother.

 

If I was to give a final opinion on both leading characters, it would be –

 

“Micah might be dominant but he is no DOM and while Allie does not have a submissive bone in her body – she will gladly submit to Micah … “

 

Not sure if that makes sense to you – so in fact – you better read the book and you will understand

 

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Release Package: Hold Still by Arell Rivers

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Title: Hold Still
Author: Arell Rivers
Genre: Rockstar Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 15, 2018

 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
He’s a rockstar who lost his muse. She’s a graphic designer who discovers that kickstarting his imagination is the easy part…
 
Ozzy Martinez is smoldering.
 
Ripped.
 
Tatted and pierced. Everywhere.
 
With his sold-out Vegas residency ending, he’s scheduled to record his next album soon. Only problem? His creativity—and trust—are both MIA following a soul-crushing, deeply personal double betrayal.
 
McKenna James is feisty.
 
A Las Vegas original.
 
Brunette with an ever-changing shock of dyed hair.
 
She’s vying for a spot in a national competition that will give her the funds she desperately needs to keep her mother at home. But her contest submission hinges on new songs—from the one man whose productivity has run dry. Not to mention he embodies everything she’s vowed to leave behind.
 
For McKenna, he can’t be anything more than a ticket to success. For Ozzy, she’s an honest straight-shooter with a curvy body he remembers well. But then he finds himself divulging his darkest secrets. With every confession about his past, with every heart-pounding kiss, all the reasons why a romance between them can never happen fades.
 
Until he discovers her secret.
 
And another.
 
To have a chance at a life together, they both must learn how to HOLD STILL.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For as long as Arell Rivers can remember, she has been lost in a book. During her senior year in college, she picked up a romance novel … and instantly was hooked on the genre.
 
Arell started writing her first novel because the characters were screaming at her to do so. The story started coming out in her dreams and attacking her in the shower, so she took to the computer to shut them up. But they kept talking.

 

Born and raised in New Jersey, Arell has what some may call a “checkered past.” Prior to discovering her passion for writing romance, she practiced law, was a wedding and event planner and even dabbled in marketing. Arell lives with a very supportive husband who doesn’t care that the bed isn’t made or dinner isn’t on the table. When not in her writing cave, Arell is found making dinner in the InstantPot, working out with Shaun T or hitting the beach.

 

 
Arell is a member of the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers of America.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman

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Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman

 

December 15, 2016

reviewed for

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Title :              Once Upon a Royal Christmas

Author :           Robin Bielman

Series :            n/a

Release date :   20 Oct 2016

 

 

 

Blurb : Colliding with a prince while dog walking isn’t how Rowan Palotay pictured meeting royalty, but then lately her life hasn’t gone according to plan. With one teensy tiny mistake, her job as a news reporter took a turn for the worse and now she’s lucky to have a small pet column in the local newspaper. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and magic, but she feels like she’s forever stuck on the naughty list.Prince Theodore Chenery is in Marietta shortly after the death of his mother to meet his grandparents for the first time. When an accidental run-in—literally—with Rowan leads to an unexpected friendship, he finds himself enchanted with the outspoken, feisty country girl. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met and her special brand of kindness and honesty make it harder and harder to remember his obligations back home.Rowan can’t afford one more mistake, and Theo’s future is already mapped out, but when they find it impossible to fight the passion and deep-rooted emotions between them, they discover what matters most. Until their relationship makes worldwide news…and Theo must decide whether or not to follow his heart or his royal duty.

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Chaos (Dogs of War #1) by J.M. Madden

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Chaos (Dogs of War, #1)

  

Chaos
Dogs of War #1
J.M. Madden
June 26th 2018

 

Finally, the long-awaited spin-off from the Lost and Found Series!

Aiden Willingham has lived a hard life. As a Navy SEAL, he agreed to take part in an ultra-secret government testing program. The company running the program, the Silverstone Collaborative, has produced a serum from an Amazonian plant that’s been proven to enhance physical abilities and mental fortitude. Problem is, men– heroes– have died during the testing, and it’s time for the company to be taken down before more men die needlessly.
Aiden, along with three others, have escaped the camp with evidence of the company’s horrendous practices. Now they’re in a race to expose them. They’ve already lost one of their team, and the Collaborative’s mercenaries are converging. 
Angela Holloway knew the homeless man with sadness in his eyes was trouble as soon as she saw him hanging around the site of a murder. Uncooperative, he stonewalls her investigation, but draws her in when the badge comes off. Aiden has scars, both internal and external, that make her heart ache. It’s a serious no-no getting involved with a suspect… too bad her heart isn’t listening. As details come to light about what’s going on in her city, she has to fight for what she believes is right, as well as the man on the wrong side of the law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Good Girl by Lauren Layne

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REVIEW : Good Girl by Lauren Layne

 
 

July 10, 2016

 

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Title: Good Girl

Author : Lauren Layne

Series: N/A

Release date: 17 May 2016

Rating : 4 Stars

 

Blurb : Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.

 

Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.

 

Review : The book has been released now for a while so I guess there are definitely some people out there that are just in this second considering to read it while they check out the blurb. And yes – I can only recommend to do so.

 

Good Girl by Lauren Layne is a sweet romance, that is well written and well developed. It has totally likeable characters and is not too deep so it makes a wonderful summer read.

 

In fact – I would like to suggest the perfect setting as follows :

 

You wait for a hot day that promises a warm evening – and just when the sun is going deeper you sit outside with the view of something nice and green. If you have a swing maybe even on a porch ? USE it … take a glass of wine with you or if you don’t want alcohol … take an ice tea. Something to eat would also not be bad – don’t worry about calories – because Jenny is also learning that.

 

Jenny – by the way is the female lead in the book you are about to read. She is actually supposed to be happy – because she has it all – but is she really ? It is one of those evenings that when you breath in you can not find any difference in the temperature of the fresh air from the one you just breathed out.

 

The wine is good and I promise you you will get into this book. Did you bring a light with you outside ? If not – you should go back and get one you will need it – because you will not want to stop reading once you met Noah.

 

Gosh – Noah – our male lead he is so hot – really he will make some mistakes – I can guarantee you that – and he will have a lot to apologize for . In fact – he will do that constantly – almost that is – but who counts …when he is in the end just a really nice guy getting a wrong start at life in total and with Jenny in particular.

 

And while your sipping your 2nd or is it your 3rd glas – you will encounter more and more steam in this novel. You will not want to stop reading while the building relationship between those two really gets intense and believe me I would love to give some quotes here on this. Looking up you will notice that its complete dark now outside and you have still some chapters to go – thank god your eBook reader comes with light – right ? right !

 

Because you can not bring yourself to stop. The bottle is empty – The popcorn you got yourselfs at some point (Jenny will explain) is long gone but you can not bring yourself to stop reading because there is this big mistake about to happen.. So who cares if it is already 3 am you will continue to finish this book.

 

Then finally … the credits roll to this “movie” and you feel good – you are tired – still sitting outside and it is already getting brighter – the night will make place for the sun. Soon the birds are already starting with their good morning songs – yet you feel utterly satisfied.

 

I guess you wonder by now where I came up with that suggestion – well this is what happened to me last night … while I read this book

 

SO enjoy….

 

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REVIEW : His to Protect (Fireside , #2) by Stacey Lynn

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REVIEW : His to Protect (Fireside , #2) by Stacey Lynn

 
 

July 12, 2016

 

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Title: His to Protect

Author : Stacey Lynn

Series: Fireside #2

Release date: 12 Jul 2016

Rating : 4 Stars

 

Blurb : A warm home for broken hearts, the Fireside Grill serves up hope and healing in equal measure. Stacey Lynn’s sensual, deeply emotional series heats up as a jaded restaurateur falls hard for a woman who’s hiding from a damaged past. Declan James lost his last ounce of trust the day his wife walked out the door, leaving him to save the restaurant they built together. Throwing himself into his work, Declan swears off women—or at least, women who expect him to stick around in the morning. But when he discovers a skittish beauty scrounging through the Fireside’s trash to feed her dog, Declan offers her a job and a place to rest her head. There’s just something about her that awakens his protective side. And soon, not even that mangy mutt can stop Declan from caring for her.After one too many trips to the ER, Trina Wilson finally gathered the courage to leave her husband, taking only her car and hyperactive boxer. Unfortunately, life on the run proves harder than she anticipated—until Declan takes a leap of faith on her. But even as Trina starts to see beyond his gruff exterior, she can’t relax, even for a moment. Not with her husband still tracking her down. What Trina doesn’t know is that in Declan, she has a powerful ally—and, if she would only follow her heart, a devoted lover.

 

Review : 4 warm stars for His to Protect (Fireside #2) by Stacey Lynn.

 

Trina – the female lead – is a woman on the run. Used by her family and abused by her husband. But even hurt and broken she still remembers the woman she once was. She knows what is wrong with her – every time she flinches just when someone comes a little to close to her. She is a well written and developed character – from her appearance to her struggles and demons. They are clear to the reader and we can see quite easy the transformations she is going through

 

Declan – our male lead – was little more difficult for me. The author paid great attention to details like his appearance and even his voice. Basically everything that related to how Trina was feeling or acting because of certain things he did or said. Like when he speaks to loud or moves to fast and she flinches. But what I was missing out was his struggle. It was described what went wrong in his marriage with Mara.

 

But those descriptions felt detached – I could not make out his hurt in those. They felt like the hearsay description of events by a third party. Together they made (just) a good team – not a great one – if you get what I mean.

 

With the focus on TWO hurt people becoming ONE whole pair … one of those was missing out for me.

 

I liked the story development and the writing style so I will definitely read the next part of this series as well if the plotline will appeal to me. (The first part I left out because I was not attracted to the “mafia” background of the story – but those books read well as standalone so that is no problem)

 

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Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains

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Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains

 

December 16, 2016

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Title :              Welcome Home for Christmas

Author :           Annie Rains

Series :            n/a

Release date :   08 Nov 2016

 

 

Blurb : The bestselling Hero’s Welcome series continues with a juicy Christmas romance, a short novel set in Seaside, North Carolina, where the bustling military base keeps this small town stocked with dedicated, lovable heroes.

 

Three-hundred-and-sixty-four days a year, Allison Carmichael doesn’t mind being single. It sure beats dating another loser, and it keeps her heart safe. Then there’s that three-hundred-and-sixty-fifth day: Christmas Eve, the traditional time her entire family gathers together—and gangs up on her, demanding to know when she’s going to get married. This year, she swears, is going be different. And that’s why, at a charity auction she’s throwing on-base, she buys herself a man. Sergeant Troy Matthews insists that he’s not for sale. His time is, though, and he’s happy to donate it. Happier still when he learns the identity of the winning bidder: the redhead with the killer good looks and smart mouth who runs the veteran’s center. Allison needs Troy’s help to fool her family into believing they’re an item, and he’s all too happy to indulge her. But by the time Christmas Eve rolls around, their little charade is working a little too well . . . because Troy’s falling head over heels.

 

 

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REVIEW : Genesis (Dogs of War 0.5) by J.M. Madden

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Genesis (Dogs of War, #0.5)

  

Genesis
Dogs of War 0.5
J.M. Madden
 June 20th 2018

 

After a harrowing mission, Navy SEAL Aiden Willingham was approached to participate in a secret research project. Now he realizes the Spartan Project is a covert, multinational government testing program run by a private company called The Silverstone Collaborative. The company’s mission is to create super soldiers, men capable of recovering from horrendous illness and injuries, using a serum derived from indigenous plants in the Amazon rainforest. The program is brutal and when the men object, they go from test subjects to caged prisoners overnight.

The doctor leading the program is world-renowned for his cutting-edge cures, but Aiden sees only the madness in his eyes. The serum is producing results, but men are dying every day of testing. And, as more men die, the experiments turn more deadly. What the research team doesn’t realize is exactly what the serum is doing … creating a psychic connection between four of the men.

Aiden and his team have to break out of the camp before they’re compromised further. But getting out of the camp is the easy part. They know that actually living to bring the Silverstone Collaborative to justice is going to be the most difficult mission any of them have ever undertaken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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