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Book Review: Roommaid: A Novel, by Sariah Wilson

Roommaid: A Novel,

by Sariah Wilson

Publication: Montlake; October 1, 2020

RoomaidAbout the book:

Madison Huntington is determined to live her dreams. That means getting out from under her family’s wealth and influence by saying no to the family business, her allowance, and her home. But on a teacher’s salary, the real world comes as a rude awakening—especially when she wakes up every morning on a colleague’s couch. To get a place of her own (without cockroaches, mold, or crime scene tape), Madison accepts a position as a roommaid. In exchange for free room and board, all she needs to do is keep her busy roommate’s penthouse clean and his dog company. So what if she’s never washed a dish in her life. She can figure this out, right?

Madison is pretty confident she can fake it well enough that Tyler Roth will never know the difference. The finance whiz is rich and privileged and navigates the same social circles as her parents—but to him she’s just a teacher in need of an apartment. He’s everything Madison has run from, but his kindhearted nature, stomach-fluttering smile, and unexpected insecurities only make her want to get closer. And Tyler is warming to the move.

Rewarding job. Perfect guy. Great future. With everything so right, what could go wrong? Madison is about to find out.

*My Review*

As I was browsing through my September options with the Amazon First Reads program, I came across Roommaid by Sariah Wilson and thought this looked like a fun, light-hearted romantic comedy. It was all that and more. This is about a young woman Madison who has been cut-off from her super wealthy family because she chose to become a teacher instead of following in her family’s footsteps. Madison wants her own life, wants to choose her own job, and most importantly – wants to choose her own husband. But when reality comes crashing down regarding the cost of apartments in Houston, Madison jumps at the opportunity to move in with Tyler and share his luxurious apartment. The only catch? In exchange for free rent, she has to do the cleaning and help take care of his dog – neither of which she has any clue about. 

I’ll admit that I worried about how I would feel about Madison in the beginning. I was envisioning this whole “poor little rich girl theme,” but it was not like that at all. Yes, Madison makes some ridiculous mistakes and does even more ridiculous things to correct them, but I found her to be hilarious, grounded, and surprisingly humble giving her upbringing. Tyler was absolute perfection from beginning to end. There was absolutely nothing unlovable about his character. Good-looking, charming, smart, funny, incredibly caring – yes ladies, he will make you swoon. 

My favorite part of this novel was Madison’s will for independence and living her own life. Anyone that has ever broken free from unhealthy family ties will certainly appreciate this novel. Years ago, I was in a similar situation regarding Madison and her mother. Did I initially miss the extreme shopping trips and extravagant lifestyle? Sure I did. Has my life  been better since the day I walked away? So much better there are no words! Besides being romantic, sexy, and hilarious, the most special theme of this novel is that you can go after the life you choose. Everyone’s lives contain challenges, but that’s all part of the fun and makes the successes so much sweeter!

I highly recommend Roommaid and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

*Thank you to Amazon First Reads for allowing me this early preview. 

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Release Blitz, Review, & Giveaway: Like You (Redwood High #2), by Rachel Leigh

 

Title: Like You
Series: Redwood High #2
Author: Rachel Leigh
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2020
Blurb
Knox
I’ve got everything going for me—the grades, the scholarship, the goals. I’ve had it all
planned out for years. Then she came along. On the outside she has it all
together—on the inside she’s damaged goods. She needs me. I just have to decide
if she’s worth everything I’m about to lose.
 
Claire
I came to this town to escape the claws of my past. A simple life in a small town—I just want to live under the radar and blend in. I was doing just that until Knox
caught my eye. They say when you know, you know—that we can’t help who we fall
in love with. The rules are pretty simple, so why am I breaking them all? I’m a
teacher, and he’s my student—this can’t end well. More than just rules are
going to be broken. I just hope his heart can be mended when it’s all said and
done.

 

**My Review**
Welcome to my stop on the release blitz tour for Rachel Leigh’s Like You. This second book in the Redwood High series is about Knox and Claire. We first met Knox in the previous book in the series, Like Gravity, as Blakely’s best friend and neighbor. Now a senior in high school, Knox is 18 years old and just biding his time until he graduates and heads to college. But everything in his life changes when a new, long-term substitute shows up in his art class. Claire is 23 and is on the run from the danger and craziness in her past. With a new identity, she moves to Redwood and rents out Blakely’s guest cottage while working as a substitute art teacher at Redwood High. After Knox comes to Claire’s rescue a few times, she reaches the point where she can no longer resist the attraction between them.
Considering I was a high school teacher for many years, I wasn’t sure if I would really get into a teacher-student romance, but oh my goodness, I was wrong! It’s impossible to read this book and not fall in love with Knox, and Knox truly carried the story. Don’t get me wrong, when Claire wasn’t stressing or worrying over life, she was fine. But Knox stole my heart from the very beginning.
Besides this being a forbidden romance, there were numerous other themes to really make this an interesting and engaging read. The author addressed friendship and loyalty, crime, mistakes from our pasts, and much more. I have to admit that there were some times that I felt things were a little too far-fetched and almost silly concerning Claire and her ex, Malcolm. But otherwise I was completely engrossed in this one from the first page.
Like You was a 4 star read for me. It was almost a 5, but again, some of the action was just too ridiculous. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this for lovers of new adult novels. Rachel Leigh is certainly talented and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future. 
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Excerpt
My heart is banging on the walls of my chest, as I stand
here with my breasts and my ass hanging out of my silk nightgown. Knox watches
me like he’s waiting for me to make a move and grab the blanket that lies at my
feet. I look down at it, but I’m frozen in place. 
I force myself not to look up. Not to look over at the
perfectly sculpted body that stands just a few feet away from—more so, the
bulge that’s growing in his boxers. I keep my head down, struggling to speak.
“I…I’m sorry, I thought the house would be empty. If I had known you were
staying here…”
“Don’t apologize,” he interrupts me. Walking over to my
side, he bends over, reaching for the blanket. I can feel the burn of his eyes
singe down my body, as he reaches for it, starting with my breasts and ending
at my toes. He comes back up, and if my heavy breathing weren’t a big enough
sign of my pent-up sexual deprivation, my trembling legs are. 
With one hand, he swings the blanket over my shoulders and
the scent of whiskey and sweet cinnamon rolls off of him. I can tell he’s had
enough liquor to intoxicate us both, as he stumbles to the side. I place a
helping hand on him to catch his fall, as he slowly lowers down to a sitting
position on the all-white sofa. “Are you alright?”
 “I’m golden. Feeling pretty damn good right about
now.” His bloodshot eyes fight to stay open. 
“You don’t look so good. Let me get you some water.” I
attempt to walk away, but his hand on my wrist has me frozen once again. I look
down at his fingers wrapped around me and feel enamored by his touch. 
He’s a kid, Claire. Stop this. 
I’m not sure why Knox has this effect on me. It’s like
nothing I’ve ever felt before. It’s so wrong, but everything about being near
him feels so right. He’s like a drug that I want to inhale, just to see how it
makes me feel. It could destroy me—or, it can free me from myself. 
He uses his grip on me to pull himself up. “Knox,” I mutter
into the empty space between us. 
He takes a step closer and leans in, his chest pressed
against mine, as he whispers in my ear, “Don’t go.” 
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Rachel Leigh resides in West Michigan and has three
beautiful children with her husband of eleven years.
Rachel overuses emojis and lol. Coffee is her guilty pleasure, paired with a
nice alpha hero romance novel. Writing is her passion. Her goal is to brighten
at least one person’s day with the worlds she creates between the pages of her
books.

 

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Release Blitz & Review: Meant to Be Roadtrip Romance #5), by A.K. Evans

 

Title: Meant to Be

Series: Road Trip Romance #5

Author: A.K. Evans
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Blurb
Zev Petersen and Tillie Fisher used to be inseparable.But when an unspeakable tragedy brings them together in a way they never
imagined, it changes everything about their close relationship. Suddenly, the
heat of the Arizona desert feels like the arctic tundra.

Tillie is crushed to learn she’s lost her best friend. Zev is consumed with
guilt over his actions.

Time passes, but their wounds don’t heal. To recover and mend their hearts,
Tillie and Zev are going to have to talk about it.

And when they do, they might just realize they were always meant to be.

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz tour for Meant to Be, the latest from author A.K. Evans. I did not realize when I signed up for this tour that this was a part of her Roadtrip Romance series, but it didn’t impact my enjoyment in the least.

For all of you tomboys out there, or at least the ones that ran with boys when you were little, this is the book for you. This novel is about two brothers Liam and Zev, and their best friend/neighbor, Tillie. They’ve been friends since they were little, but one day, when everyone has grown well into their teenage years, Liam looks in Tillie’s direction and tells his brother, “I’m gonna marry that girl someday.” Even though Zev is secretly in love with Tillie, he concedes because it’s his big brother. Fast forward several years and tragedy strikes, sending this threesome of best friends into turmoil. But a life-changing event for Tillie seems to mean something else to Zev when they are comforting each other.

O.k., so I loved this book because the level of sweet romance was off the charts. The chance of the circumstances that came to light with Zev and Tillie are slim, but it was still so sweet it made my heart go wild. On the other hand, this book was crazy sad at times. We’ve all had best childhood friends that have faded away, but these three stayed tight well into their adult years. So, it was heart-wrenching when the big turn of events happened, although it was somewhat predictable.

What I loved about this novel was the raw emotions between three childhood best friends, coupled with the new emotions that surfaced as they grew up. What greater love story than one that starts in childhood and grows into adulthood?

What I didn’t like was some of their dialogue, which I found to be inconsistent. One minute people would be spewing sexy comments into someone’s ears and the next the conversation sounded strangely formal and juvenile. This may not bother anyone but me, but I have learned over my years that when the dialogue suddenly is completely free of contractions that would be normal in day-to-day speech, it feels forced and faked to me. Perhaps I’m just subpar when it comes to casual language, but I also know what sounds like normal speech versus something cold and abnormal. But other than that issue, this was a wonderfully romantic read that I certainly recommend!

*Thanks To GMB for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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A.K. Evans is a married mother of two boys residing in a small town in northeastern
Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Lafayette College in 2004 with two
degrees (one in English and one in Economics & Business). Following a brief
stint in the insurance and financial services industry, Evans realized the
career was not for her and went on to manage her husband’s performance
automotive business. She even drove the shop’s race cars! Looking for more
personal fulfillment after eleven years in the automotive industry, Andrea
decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.
While Andrea continues to help administratively with her husband’s businesses, she spends most of her time writing and homeschooling her two boys. When she finds scraps of spare time, Evans enjoys reading, doing yoga, watching NY Rangers hockey, dancing, and vacationing with her family. Andrea, her husband, and her children are currently working on taking road trips to visit all 50 states (though, Alaska and Hawaii might require flights).
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Release Blitz & Review: Fearless King (Kings of Rittenhouse #4), by Maya Hughes

 

Title: Fearless King

Series: Standalone book #4 in the

Kings of Rittenhouse Series

Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2019
Blurb

 

My first crush. My first heartbreak. My brother’s best friend.
The butterflies in my stomach turned into full-blown eagles the second our lips touched. A kiss under the stars that changed our relationship forever. 
After a lifetime of wishing, I stared up into Ford’s eyes with his fingers caressing my cheek and my heart racing.
 
The evening ended with my heart bleeding on the ballroom floor. 
 
He destroyed my heart two years ago…but now he wants back in my life. 
 
This time I won’t fall under his spell. I’ll resist his sexy, scruffy beard, and panty-melting smirk. 
 
I thought I was over him. Hell, I fully planned to wave to him through my rearview mirror…but with one text, in the middle of the night, I know I’m in over my head.
 
Ford: I need you.

 

**My Review**

Welcome to the release blitz for the latest in Maya Hughes’ Kings of Rittenhouse series, Fearless King. Finally, we get Ford’s story! Ford is the quiet, mysterious one of their groups of teammates, friends, and family that makes up this series, and I’ve been dying to for his own story! After a longtime crush between Ford and Olivia (his best friend’s sister), Ford was ready to take the plunge and try to get things right between him and Liv. But after a misunderstanding ruined the moment, a lot of time passed between them seeing one another. But when Liv’s brother Colm asked Ford to check up on her, he was prepared to do anything to ease the tension in their strained relationship, with the added bonus of seeing Liv again. Of course, she recognizes the still-remaining sparks once they see each other again, but tries hard to keep him at arm’s length. 

I love Ford and I like Liv. I really loved their story. But there was so much pressure and drama from Colm that it drove me insane. Do you ever want to jump into a book and punch a character in the teeth? That’s how I felt with Colm for the majority of the book, so bravo to Maya Hughes and her characterization!

Anyway, yes, Liv was under extreme pressure to live up to Colm’s expectations and follow in their deceased parents’ footsteps of becoming a doctor. Unfortunately, she had a completely different dream of her own that Colm didn’t accept. I tried to step into his shoes of the protective sibling wanting what’s best for someone but struggled to understand the reasoning behind his emotions. 

Then there was Ford, also living under Colm’s scrutiny, wishing he could be forgiven for something he never did with intended malice. Whether you call it a screw-up, mistake, or whatever, Colm – it’s time to ease up a bit on the anger.

Are you noticing that Ford and Liv’s book is mostly about Colm? lol!

Setting other characters aside, this was a great love story that wasn’t just about romantic love, but the loving friendships that reside amongst this group of characters. Long-term crushes on each other or not, Ford and Liv were friends first and it made my heart happy watching things play out as they should.

Love this series, love this author, and can’t wait to read the next installment!

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Maya Hughes has always loved romance novels. One look at her Kindle is confirmation. She started writing her first romance novel while pregnant with her third child and she hasn’t looked back. Now, her romance writing addiction has replaced her romance reading addiction.
 
You can find her writing on her foldable keyboard and phone anytime inspiration strikes. Her sweet and steamy stories range from rockstars to small towns and everything in between. When she’s not writing, she’s playing with her three kids, running errands or vegging on the couch with the love of her life and biggest fan, her husband.

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Book Review: Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts Duet Book 2), by Emma Scott

Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts Duet Book 2),

by Emma Scott

Publication: October 14, 2018

long live

About the book:

Never again would I allow my heart to become the plaything of someone else.
Never again would I let a man (or men) come between me and my goals.
Never again would I love without feeling the fullness of that love in return.
Not until I knew it was real. And if that took me a lifetime to find, so be it.

Those were my vows, and after all that had happened with Connor and Weston, I was determined to keep them. To protect my heart.
And then he came home, and my vows became his promises.

He held my heart in his hands with reverence and care.
He helped me find my soul’s greatest purpose in life.
He loved me with a love so pure and vibrant, I knew I’d never feel anything like it in a hundred lifetimes.
It was real.

Until it wasn’t.
Until it all came crashing down when I discovered the deep love I thought I’d found was nestled in a web of lies—so soft and silken I hadn’t noticed it was there.
Until it was too late.

**********
Long Live the Beautiful Hearts is the emotional, heart-wrenching conclusion to the Beautiful Hearts Duet by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LOVE TRIANGLE #confusedhearts #notamenage
THIS BOOK IS NOT A STANDALONE. It should not be read without first reading Bring Down the Stars

**My Review**

Hopefully, you have seen my review from yesterday for part 1 in this duet, Bring Down the Stars. If not, here it is! The conclusion to this amazing story is Long Live the Beautiful Hearts and the best word I can find in my vocabulary to describe it is: unbelievable

Author Emma Scott was very vague in the blurb for this one, so I’m going to stick with that philosophy while reviewing, although it will be incredibly difficult. 

Picking up where book 1 left off, we discover what has happened with Weston and Connor. Each is struggling with guilt, anger, and what their lives now mean to them. Moreover, we follow along with Autumn as she tries to come to terms with what she thought her relationships were with each of the two friends, what she wanted them to be, and what she wants now. There is a reference to “twice-born” people which is so amazingly perfect for this entire novel. Each of these characters has reached a time of change and a time of discovery, in both good ways and bad. They all want something, yearn for something, but are either unsure how to get it or afraid to even hope for it. 

I am truly in awe of Emma Scott’s development of these characters. It is something you need to experience for yourself to understand, but the balance between such simple and complex emotions at once is absolute perfection.

‘Long live the twice born hearts
Like mine.
It beats only for you
My love
Unending and infinite,
I will take you with me
Into the next life
And a thousand beyond that
Always.
Forever.’ (Emma Scott)

Long Live the Beautiful Hearts is all about change, making peace with yourself and others, as well as, love. Not only romantic love, but love for friends, love for hobbies, love for words, and so on. In addition to love, this novel embodies accepting and embracing the various changes that occur in our lifetimes. They all go through so many changes, but eventually, it all starts feeling almost seamless as if it were fate just saying, “see, I was right.” This novel had me laughing at times, crying more times than I will ever admit, and in the end, I felt at peace. 

I received each of these ebooks from NetGalley, however, these are two novels that I absolutely plan to purchase in paperback so that I can share them with friends and family. From the beginning of the first book to the end of the second book, was just mesmerizing. 

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this copy in exchange for my honest review!

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Book Review: Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts Duet Book 1), by Emma Scott

Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts Duet Book 1),

by Emma Scott

Publication: August 20, 2018

bring down the stars

 

About the book:

I fell for Connor Drake. I didn’t want to; I fought against it, but I fell in love with him anyway. With his words. With his poetry. With him. The gentleness and beauty of his soul that speaks directly to mine. He writes as if he can feel my heart, hear its cadence and compose the exact right lyrics to accompany every beat and flow.

I’m in love with Connor…so why do I feel an inexplicable pull to his best friend, Weston? Grouchy, sullen, brooding Weston Turner, who could cut you down with a look. Fiercely intelligent with a razor-sharp wit and acid tongue, he’s the exact opposite of Connor in every way, and yet there’s electricity in the air between us. The thorny barbs Weston wraps around himself can’t keep me away.

But the more time I spend with these men, the more tangled and confused my emotions become. When they both sign up for the Army Reserves during a time of increasing strife in the Middle East, I fear I’ll never unravel my own heart that sometimes feels as if it will tear straight down the middle…for both of them.

**********
Bring Down the Stars is an emotional, angst-filled novel of unrequited love by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) It is Book I in the Beautiful Hearts Duet, coming this summer. Book II, Long Live the Beautiful Hearts, to be released a few weeks later. THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LOVE TRIANGLE #confusedhearts #notamenage

**My Review*

First of all, this cover is incredible! I love it, and not just because of the Dandelions 🙂 

Somehow, Bring Down the Stars is my first time reading Emma Scott. I saw this on NetGalley, as well as the second in the series, Long Live the Beautiful Hearts, and something about it piqued my interest. Typically, I have no interest in a book that has a cliffhanger and then a second book, but even knowing that ahead of time, I had to read it. And I am so glad!

This novel opens with a heart-wrenching moment with young Weston Turner, who five years later earns a scholarship to a local private school due to an essay he wrote about that event. The “scholarship” boy is a quick and easy target for the rich, snobby, shithead students with the exception of Connor Drake. The two become best friends quickly, more like family, and the story carries on to when they enter college together. Weston is a romantic academic but known more for his exceptional track and field abilities and his even more exceptional crappy attitude with his opponents. Connor is a popular athlete, and new student/Nebraska farmgirl Autumn Caldwell is taken with him the first time she lays eyes on him. Oh, but did I mention that Weston also meets her in the library? Thus begins a wonderful novel about romance, friendship, seducing one with words, and how crucial honesty really is. 

Regarding Connor and Weston, this is a classic tale of two young men secretly envious of what the other has. Connor grew up with money but doesn’t feel he meets his parents’ expectations. Weston and his mother struggled financially, but even with Weston’s amazing gift for writing, he envies Connor’s charisma and charm. But truly, they complicated each other in an amazing way, making me understand why Autumn might secretly have feelings for both of them. 

stars quote

Without spoiling the plot, the overall premise of Bring Down the Stars is based on Cyrano de Bergerac, so I’m assuming you can figure out what happens after Connor starts dating Autumn?? 

I have loved you with both
Hands tied behind my back
Bound with pen and ink
Paper and words
Sealed with someone else’s name
until this moment
in which I am nothing
but a man
who loves a woman.
There is nothing left to say
Except to give
all of my heart
For you

-Emma Scott

Getting an idea now? Anyway, this novel is beautifully crafted and developed in a way in a way I don’t often get the pleasure of experiencing. Emma Scott’s characterization and imagery transport you into this book so prepare yourself for a roller coaster of emotions. But every single awkward moment or time of frustration is worth it because of what it is all building up to. 

If you love angsty romance, true friendship, fear, guilt, longing, and so much more – then this is a must-read. But as fantastic as this one is, I have to say, the conclusion in book 2 is even better. Bravo to Emma Scott for this incredible novel!

*Many thanks to NetGalley for providing this copy in exchange for my honest review!

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Book Review: Hot Lap (Arkadia Fast), by Leslie Scott

Hot Lap (Arkadia Fast),

by Leslie Scott

Publication: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (March 6, 2019)

hot lap

 

About the book:

Starting a new life isn’t easy when the skeletons locked in her closet are the notorious town drunk for a father and a haunted past. But, Hadley Morgan isn’t one to shy away from second chances or giving them either.

When a young, single father wrapped up in an octane fueled package takes particular interest in her, she begins to dream. But well-known drag racer Aiden Casey is also her boss, making her hesitate to grab at her chance at happiness.

Will her secrets shatter their chance at love or will his past come back to destroy both of them?

 

**My Review**

First of all, let me begin by apologizing to Leslie Scott for just now getting to this amazing, sexy, exciting, and romantic read! I was thrilled to read and review this for her, however, I am becoming more scatter-brained by the day as far as keeping up with my TBR and review dates!

Anyway, this book is about the ultra sexy, romantic, masculine specimen called Aiden and a little crush that develops between his employee/tenant/sister’s best friend, Hadley. Recently divorced Aiden has two adorable babies, Logan and Molly, as well as, emotional baggage from his ex-wife and the death of a friend. Hadley has spent a life of mostly turmoil, trying to re-invent herself separate from her alcoholic father that forever changed her life years ago. When one day, out of the blue, she gets up the nerve to be a bit flirty and Aiden flirts right back, things quickly change between the two of them. However, both of their pasts come back to haunt them and test how they really feel and how committed they truly are.

Never have I ever read a book of any genre that was about racing, specifically, street racing. Who knew that I would like it so much? So, I must say that the bulk of my enjoyment revolved around the main characters, their romance, challenges, etc. But damn if the racing parts weren’t exciting too! Unfortunately, I have not read The Finish Line, which was the first in this Arkadia series, nor had I read anything by Leslie Scott, but now I’m completely hooked. 

Besides the excitement, drama, steamy scenes, and so forth – here is what I loved about this book… First and foremost, it was completely addictive from the first word to the last. I carried my iPad around while I was doing laundry and feeding the dogs because I could not put it down.

Secondly, for a fairly new author, Leslie Scott is a master of imagery. Whether it involved setting, characters, sights, sounds, smells, or anything in between, the author propelled me into the story making me feel as if I were there experiencing it all myself, rather than reading about it. 

Lastly (though not really because I loved a million things), was the beautiful portrayal of the themes involving love, friendship, lack of judgment regarding our pasts and/or family, and most of all – family does not have to be genetic. We have the amazing opportunity to love and be loved by anyone, whether blood-related or not.

Hot Lap was beyond my expectations and I so regret not reading it earlier. Aiden, Hadley, their family, and their children will be on my mind for days. What a fabulous book! 

*Thanks to Leslie Scott for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest review!

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About the Author

Leslie spends most days attempting to wrangle the voices in her head and often wishes she could clone herself so that their stories get told faster. She loves words, romance, and characters that feel like family and spends almost all of her free time with her own family; including a boisterous eleven-year-old that she homeschools and an assorted cast of rescue pets. She lives her own happily ever after with her soul mate and best friend in the northern part of Alabama and hopes you enjoy reading her stories as much as she enjoys writing them.

Leslie Scott on the internet:

Website:  http://lesliescottromance.com

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Excerpts

I had to force my gaze out the window. Private conversations in a confined space with Aiden meant thinking way too much about how long it had been since I’d been intimate with anyone. Not to mention how nice the warmth of his hand had been on my skin. Even if the touch was fleeting.

“For almost sex, it wasn’t half bad.” I tried to make light of the situation and failed.

Aiden’s ocean colored gaze caught mine. Whatever good humor he’d had before had vanished. The air grew thick and hard to breathe as he looked right through me.

He stripped me bare. If he could do that with such ease, I was way out of my league. No man I’d ever met sent me reeling so easily.

“For almost sex, Hadley, I can do way better than that.”

“Oh, wow.” I swallowed a mouthful of air.

“All you have to do is say the word”—he wheeled the truck into what would now be my driveway—“and I’ll prove it to you.”

Aiden obliged me everything, letting me do as I wished. I gave to him, anything to erase the pain and worry etched on his face.

“Hadley.” When it was over, Aiden shook my tangled hair free from his fingers and pulled me close.

“Never”—he whispered in the dark, hands stroking my back—“have you been more beautiful to me than you are right now.”

“You can hardly see me,” I whispered, his breath warm against my mouth.

His gaze caught mine and held. The sorrow gone from his face. “I always see you.” 

 

 

 

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Release Blitz & Review: Served (Odd Jobs #2), by AJ Alexander

 

Title: Served
Series: Odd Jobs #2
Author: AJ Alexander
Genre: Contemporary NA Romance
Release Date: March 28, 2019
Blurb
Against all odds, the bartender gets the girl…

 

Heather

The term friends to lovers never ends well, as a publicist, I know it’s a
walking headline of a disaster. So when things shift with my long-time friend
from college, I’m torn between what feels right and the inevitable fallout.

I’ve given up on finding “Mr. Right,” but Wyatt won’t give up on me;
and I don’t know why. Despite knowing better, I find myself falling for him.
The gorgeous bartender who’s off limits.

Wyatt

I pour drinks, while other people pour out their hearts. I’m great at giving
advice, but following it… not so much. The last time I listened to my heart
it didn’t work out so well. I chased it and nearly destroyed my friendship with
the girl of my dreams.

I can’t keep bottling up my feelings and I know Heather feels the same, but I
know I don’t deserve her I know my time to be with her is limited, but I’m
ready to take another shot at love. With her.

 

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the tour for A.J. Alexander’s latest in her Odd Jobs series, served. Hopefully, you saw my review for the first in the series, Stay, about Addison and Cole, where I was crazy excited to read this one about Heather and Wyatt! After being friends for years, Heather and Wyatt finally try dating and taking their friendship to an entirely new level. However, they both have completely different ideas of what their relationship would be like, they struggle with open and honest communication, and have several personal hang-ups to overcome.

So, I loved Heather in the last book and was definitely falling for Wyatt. However, as much as I love them, they drove me completely crazy throughout this one. They were still great characters and they had incredible chemistry, but there was a continual cycle of them going in circles and avoiding conversations and feelings that they were having. 

Wyatt tries to be chivalrous and gentlemanly while Heather is wanting to get down and dirty. Neither thinks they deserve the other, yet they wait forever to share these feelings. Jealousy runs rampant. Immaturity goes through the roof with ignored calls/texts, calling together groups of friends for plotting and planning sessions, and worrying about keeping friends close and enemies closer. So what does this mean regarding my review??

I am truly enjoying this series and like the characters, but Served didn’t give me all of the warm, fuzzy feelings that I was hoping for. I feel like everything that happened in the first 90% of the book was repetitive and immature and, honestly, felt like filler material. I had high hopes for Wyatt and Heather’s story and although I got the HEA that I wanted, I wish that their story would have been developed into more than just assumptions and immature comments/actions. 

I’m going to rate Served a three out of five stars, however, please know that I love this author and know that the forthcoming books will continue to reel me in 🙂

*Thanks to Give Me Books and the author for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest review!

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Author Bio
AJ Alexander is a wannabe psychologist, writer, and author of the
recently completed, SEAL’ed Series. AJ’s passion is writing angst-filled
happily ever afters that have to be earned by her characters. Women with no
backbone need not apply.  AJ uses sarcasm and an unlimited supply of song
lyrics to bring her romance novels to life.
AJ lives in the angst capital of the world, Seattle Washington with her
own personal knight in shining armour and her two beautiful girls.
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Book Review: As You Come Undone (The Walker Boys #3), by Molli Moran

As You Come Undone

(The Walker Boys #3), by Molli Moran

Publication: July 9, 2018

as you come undoneAbout the book:

She’s not looking for love and neither is he. But when their worlds collide, they can’t ignore what their hearts want.

Jenna Rutledge doesn’t have time for any more complications. She’s already busy battling for a divorce from her heartless ex and re-opening her small-town library. She absolutely doesn’t have time for a fling—unless it’s with charming Ethan Walker, who she meets on an escape to the beach. For two scorching nights, she forgets the reality waiting back home and all the reasons not to open up to Ethan. 

But back home, she misses how he made her feel—happy, safe, and wanted for the first time in too long. Luckily, the universe isn’t through throwing the two of them together, bad timing or not.

Ethan always puts his family first and himself last. He didn’t plan on vivacious Jenna shaking up his plans, and shattering his self-control and his routines—but she’s the one person who makes him come undone. He can’t deny his feelings for her or that, for the first time, he sees a path to happiness for himself…if he can get to Jenna’s heart.

Jenna is running out of time to decide what she believes in more: Ethan’s staying power or her fear of being hurt again. But with their toughest test threatening everything, she’ll have to make a decision once and for all.

**My Review**

Seeing that I had an unusual free day today, I decided to pick something from my NetGalley shelf to read and review. Although published in July 2018 I promise that I just downloaded this in January of 2019! As you Come Undone is the 3rd novel in the Walker Brothers series, but I haven’t read any of the previous in the series. Actually, I don’t think I realized it was a family saga until I started it today. But enough babbling… 

Here is what I liked about the novel. First and foremost is Ethan himself. What an incredible character! He was kind, loving, sexy as hell, romantic, giving, patient, and so on. I was hooked as soon as he reached the Reese’s for Jenna in the convenience store!

Secondly, Jenna had the potential to be an incredible lead female character. She was smart, beautiful, funny, and a great friend. I love seeing character rise about crap that they have experienced and/or endured and making a happy life for themselves, which gave her amazing potential of being a fantastic character. Although I had other issues with her, she scored huge points with me for being a previous book blogger turned librarian! 

I also loved the Southern setting and Southern hospitality, especially when they frequented Louisa’s diner. The small town vibe was strong in this one (to a point) and it gave the novel an overall homey feel. And of course, I have to mention the incredible sexy scenes between Ethan and Jenna. Bravo to Molli Moran for thinking up and publishing some very hot and intimate moments 🙂

Unfortunately, there were several things that I struggled with. First of all, Jenna’s angst was drawn out waaaay too long! She was only 24 and yes she was getting a divorce but she is not the first person to be cheated on by a douche of a person so I found myself getting very tired of her issues very early on in the novel. She met this incredible person and suddenly she had multiple personalities. One minute she was happy with Ethan, having great sex, meeting friends and family and so on. But the next minute she’s scared and things are moving too fast and she’s running. But then she misses him. Then she pushes him away. Had this back and forth of emotions been in a shorter novel I probably wouldn’t even mention it. However, this went on for over 300 pages

Secondly, I struggled with the writing style. I think I’ve just gotten so accustomed to first-person narratives that this being told from the third-person was odd for me. With such heavy emotions being dealt with, I think it would have been more believable told from the first-person. Not trying to be nit-picky, it just felt forced and honestly, at times, I was confused about who was saying what. 

Lastly, and please understand that this in no way suggests any personal issues with the LBGTQ+ community, but isn’t this set in a tiny town in Georgia? I realize that it’s 2019 but there were three different characters identifying as being bisexual in this novel. O.k., so one of those characters actually lived in Texas but also a tiny town. I have lived a multitude of places and had the pleasure of befriending numerous people from all walks of life with a variety of sexual orientations, however, I struggle with both Jenna and Ethan both having best friends in this little Southern town openly identifying as bisexual. Furthermore, I struggle with absolutely no one in the town caring about it. In a perfect world, no one would care or even think about someone’s sexual orientation, unfortunately, that is not the case. But what is even stranger to me is that is was such a prominent issue early in the novel, only to be sort of forgotten about later on. Why was it discussed in such an oddly emotional way so frequently in the first 1/3 or so of the novel, but then only came up maybe once more when Ethan was having yet another heart to heart with Darren?

My apologies for carrying on and on and please understand that I did like this book. As stated previously, I have nothing but love for Ethan and I had several moments of love for Jenna. I think that if this book was shorter and written in the first person, it would have been a 4 or 5 star read for me. 

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Release Blitz & Review: For Emery ( For You book), by J. Nathan

 

Title: For Emery

A For You Novel

Author: J. Nathan

Genre: New Adult Sports Romance

Release Date: February 4, 2019

Blurb
Emery
I’ve loved Jordan Grady since I was eight. 
Since he became my protector.
Since he became my safe haven each night. 
But I was younger.
Off limits…
Until high school when he finally kissed me. 
And for a few fleeting moments, everything was right in the world. 
Then I was forced to do the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do…
Disappear from his life without a trace.
Grady
I’m Alabama’s star right tackle—and a real prick. 
I live my life by a few solid truths.
Life isn’t fair.
Don’t let anyone get too close.
And those who claim to care about you can up and leave. 
But you know what they say about things that disappear….
But Emery Pruitt had never been mine.
Even if she had returned after four years.
Older.
Confident.
And more beautiful than the night she vanished.
But it didn’t erase the fact that she’d left me.
So, why find me now?

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz for the latest novel by J. Nathan, For Emery! This is the 4th novel in the For You series, and although I haven’t read the previous books, it in no way effected my enjoyment of this one. Let me warn now about possible triggers involving domestic violence, however, this story is tastefully done, sweet, and romantic. 

Neighbors Jordan and Emery meet when Emery is eight years old and Jordan is eleven. Escaping from the violence at her own house, Emery shows up at Jordan’s window one night seeking respite from everything at home. After becoming the best of friends, Jordan finally kissed Emery for the first time once she started high school. But then she and her mother disappeared. Years later, Jordan is an offensive tackle for Alabama and the new quarterback, Flip, which Jordan despises, walks into a party with none other than Emery – all grown up. Jordan has hardened over the years, still resentful about Emery leaving, but they quickly fall back into their friendship, and more.

Jordan’s character was certainly flawed when Emery and he reunite at Alabama, but I still loved his character, as well as, Emery. All of his sweetness and gentle nature quickly returned once he got close to Emery again, as well as, his fantastic sense of humor and major sexiness! My favorite thing though was the fact that Emery had loved Jordan since she was a little girl and despite the years and miles that they were apart, her feelings had not changed. 

Mery’s stepdad Wayne, as well as, the new quarterback Flip, were both obstacles to their relationship, yet they each showed amazing resilience and perseverance when it came to their friendship, blossoming romance, family, and school. And if you love a happy ending, this is definitely a must-read! Get your Kleenex ready for happy tears, because this one couldn’t have a more perfect ending. A great read that was fast-paced, engaging, and had characters that were easy to care about and invest in.

*Thanks to Give Me Books and the author for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest review!

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Excerpt
Emery stood there, her eyes dancing with amusement. Her skinny jeans
and sparkly black tank top made her fit in with the rest of the girls in the
crowded bar. But she wasn’t just any girl. “What’d you do?” 
My eyes narrowed. 
She ticked her head over her shoulder. “To make her ditch you in the
middle of the dance floor?” 
“I told her I wasn’t taking her home with me.” 
Emery stared at me, her brows drawn. “Why not? Isn’t that what you college
football players do? Get girls to go home with you?” 
I shrugged. “Not sure. You wanna come home with me?” 
She laughed and her entire face lit up like it did when we were
younger. And that right there. That was the reason the other girl wasn’t coming
home with me. She didn’t look at me like Emery did. 
The thought hit me hard, nearly leveling me. 
I wanted to be looked at the way Emery looked at me—like she saw the
real me. I deserved that. 
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Author Bio

J. Nathan is the author of new adult and sports romances with cocky heroes and sassy heroines. When she’s not writing, she’s a total romance junkie! Add an alpha
male who’s unlikable in the beginning…even better. She loves guys in backward
hats, country music, the summertime, and her amazing family and friends.