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Review: Dirty Scoundrel (Roughneck Billionaires #2) by Jessica Clare

In a sizzling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Dirty Money, there’s rich, and then there’s filthy rich when an oil tycoon takes being a roughneck billionaire to a new level. 

Clay Price has everything he’s ever wanted, except the one thing money can’t buy—Natalie Weston. Years ago, Clay and Natalie were in love…until she turned down his marriage proposal. Now Clay and his brothers are oil-rich billionaires, and they can have whatever they want. And what Clay wants is Natalie in his bed, no matter what it takes. If it means being ruthless, he’ll do it.

Natalie gave up on true love years ago when the realities of the world destroyed her fairy-tale hopes. Giving up Clay is her biggest regret in life, and she’s excited to see him return…until she finds out why. Clay’s got one hell of a proposal for her: he’ll save her father’s business and bail Natalie out of debt if she’ll agree to become his very personal assistant. It’s clear that he wants more from her than just typing.

It’s also clear that Natalie has no choice. This scoundrel’s bet could destroy any hope they had of reconciliation—or it could bring them together once and for all…

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My Review

“I’ve been the peacemaker for too long. The price brother that never makes waves. The one that tries not to get ruffled feathers over anything. Fuck all that.”

Dirty Scoundrel is a bit of a tough book for me to review, as I had a major love/hate relationship with this book. I loved the synopsis and the sound of this story. I think revenge stories that turn into second chance romances can be a lot of fun if executed correctly. However, this book just frustrated me to no end. There were so many times I just wanted to either shake or throw my kindle in frustration. Dirty Scoundrel started off really well. The story-line between our two main characters was intriguing and at the same time heartbreaking and had me excited to see where it all was going to go. However, things went downhill pretty fast after Clay and Natalie were reunited after 7 years of being apart. My first impression of Clay was that he was a total jerk. I know he thought he had been wronged by Natalie, but the way he treated her was just awful. He was mean and cruel and it felt like all he wanted to do was hurt her; like he had no heart what so ever. I hoped that he would eventually win me over, but sadly he didn’t. He became tolerable at best. And Natalie, she drove me just as crazy. I hated that she let Clay treat her the way that she did. I don’t care how much she loved him in the past, he was a total ass now and really needed to be taken down a peg. I felt bad for her because she had a lot of insecurities about all the changes she’s gone through over the years, but it honestly got old fast. I couldn’t connect with her at all. My other issue with this story was the lack of communication. A lot of jumping to the conclusions and misunderstandings that could have been avoided if the just would have talked to each other.

Now, I know it sounds like I didn’t like this story at all and you’re probably wondering why I gave it 3 stars. I gave it three stars because I liked the fact that it brought out so many emotions in me. I liked the overall idea of the story, but could not connect with the characters. I thought that the characters had great chemistry and when Clay wasn’t being a jerk, I loved the push and pull between him and Natalie. This story does have a lot of angst, which I am total sucker for. And despite all my dislikes, there were some really sweet moments.

Overall, this book was just an ok read for me. I think it’s one of those stories that will be a hit for some and a miss for others.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

 

Release Week Celebration with Review: Deal Breaker (Billionaire Bosses #2) by Tara Leigh

Three cheers for the release of Tara Leigh’s DEAL BREAKER! Follow the tour as we share reviews, excerpts and get readers take on the swoon-worthy Nash Knight! Plus enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and three runner-up’s will win a digital copy of book one in the Billionaire Bosses series, PENTHOUSE PLAYER.

Nash is Wall Street, Nixie is Williamsburg. In DEAL BREAKER, the next standalone installment of Tara Leigh’s Billionaire Bosses series, these two opposites definitely attract. When lust becomes love, will their untamed emotions be a deal breaker? Fans of Keeland and Ward’s STUCK UP SUIT and Lauren Blakely’s MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY will devour this smart and steamy marriage of convenience romance. 

Title: Deal Breaker

Author: Tara Leigh

Release Date: November 14, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, SWERVE

Series: Billionaire Bosses #2

Genres: Romance

Format: Digital

Nixie Rowland is having a bad day. Rushing home to drown her sorrows in ice cream and reality television, she decides to take a shortcut to the subway where things take a turn for the worst. But Nixie’s bad luck doesn’t end there—the white knight who comes to her rescue is none other than the Dark Knight of Wall Street, a cocky Manhattan mogul whose ego barely fits inside his penthouse. To her horror, Nixie discovers the sizzling attraction between them is off the charts, and rising fast. Spending the night in his bed does nothing to lower the heat… And everything to set her heart on fire.

Nash Knight doesn’t have room in his life, or his heart, for anything beyond one-night stands or casual flings. And he certainly doesn’t make a habit of rescuing damsels in distress. Except that this particular damsel slips beneath his armor, the vulnerability she covers with a false show of bravado hitting him somewhere deep. Nixie is everything he never wanted… And exactly what he needs.

With Nixie on the run from a controlling ex, and Nash trying to salvage a business deal at risk because his conquests in the bedroom are overshadowing his wins in the boardroom, there’s one simple solution for them both: a marriage in name only. But when lust becomes love, will their untamed emotions be a deal breaker?

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My Review

“God help me, I wanted to grab hold of a sword and slay whatever dragons dared turn their fire on her.”

Deal Breaker was a quick and easy read for me and follows the story of Nash and Nixie. Nixie’s life is anything but perfect. Her luck is terrible and she is about to find out how bad it is. Just before things can really take a turn for the worst, she is rescued by a handsome stranger. This stranger though is anything but perfect. He’s rich, cocky and doesn’t take no for an answer. The last thing Nixie needs is to get involved with a man like him. However trying to stay away might prove to be harder than she originally thought. Will Nixie take a chance on this mysterious stranger or will her past catch up to her and ruin everything? You’ll just have to pick this book up to find out for yourself….

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. This book pretty much hits the ground running and never looks book. The story-line is intriguing and fast-paced. I enjoyed the chemistry between our two main characters. Their lives are complicated and while is should make things extra messy, I think it only makes things interesting. My only complaint about this book was that is was a little too fast paced for my liking. I would have liked to have seen the characters really get to know one another and really work on their relationship. I feel like their issues got resolved a bit too quickly. And in the end, I just needed more.

Even though this book wasn’t a complete hit for me, I’m still glad I checked it out. I think this author has a ton of potential and I look forward to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

 

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About Tara Leigh:

Tara Leigh attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie.

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Review: Seducing the Defendant (Conflict of Interest #2) by Chantal Fernando

New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns to her latest, steamy Conflict of Interest series with this electrifying tale of murder, justice, and intense attraction.

Jaxon Bentley is a hardnosed criminal lawyer whose entire life revolves around his work. He’s been asked to represent Scarlett Reyes, a woman accused of murdering her police officer husband in cold blood. All the evidence points to Scarlett being guilty and Jaxon is sure it’s an open and shut case.

But when he meets his client, he can’t help but feel that she’s innocent and that there’s more to the story than meets the eye. With a bit of digging, he uncovers a connection to the notorious Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and realizes that Scarlett’s case is a complicated and difficult one. It certainly doesn’t help that the two share an immediate and passionate attraction. Will Jaxon be able to prove Scarlett’s innocence or are the two doomed to fail both in court and as a couple?


My Review

Overall, I thought Seducing The Defendant was an ok read. I really loved the first 40 or so % of the book. I was really intrigued by the story-line and was excited to see how it was all going to play out. Scarlett was a really interesting character. All the evidence certainly painted a guilty picture, but my instincts kept telling me there has to be more to the story here….And while Jaxon was an amazing attorney, in fact the most sought after, he had his own demons to fight. But, if anyone could prove Scarlett’s innocence, it was Jaxon.

I really enjoyed unraveling the case against Scarlett and all the twists along the way. As a fan of the Wind Dragons MC Series, I enjoyed that connection/crossover into this series.

However, I did have some issues with this story. As I previously stated, I loved the first half of the story. However, once the case against Scarlett wrapped up, I sort of felt like the story began to drag. I didn’t know where the story could possibly go since the case took up so much of the story and was such an important part of it. Also, I enjoyed the slow build of Scarlett and Jaxon’s relationship, but I didn’t think we needed another 50% of their story after the case wrapped up. I know I’m probably not explaining it right, but I just feel like this story was too long when it didn’t need to be. Please don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy it, I just feel that it could have been wrapped up quickly-er then it was.

Overall, I think Seducing The Defendant is going to be one of those books that is going to be either hit or miss. For me, I thought it was an ok read, but definitely not my favorite in this series so far. I think this series has a lot of great potential, so despite this one not being an 100% hit for me, I will still continue on with this series to see who’s story will be told next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

From bestselling author MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, comes a dazzling retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a Christmas twist.

Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her dad and little brother.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32 and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?

MELISSA DE LA CRUZ’s next adult novel will be a sweet, sexy and hilarious gender-swapping, genre-satisfying re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, set in contemporary America and featuring one snooty Miss Darcy. 

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My Review

Pride and Prejudice is probably one of my favorite novels ever written. So, when I heard about Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, I was excited to get my hands on it and see how this author would adapt this story. I thought Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe was a lot of fun. I loved the idea of swapping genders and putting this story to a contemporary background.

Overall, I found this book to be a fun, sweet and easy read. I easily finished this book in just one sitting. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Shock Jock, A Lair Novel by A.M. Madden

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Shock Jock

I’m Vaughn Lair.
You might have heard of my rock star cousin, Jack.
I’m on the radio for entirely different reasons.
My voice may not cause women to swoon through music and lyrics…it’s the content of my syndicated radio show that has them desperate to talk to me.
I’m a sex therapist who doles out great advice.
My doctorate gives me license to hold nothing back.
My listeners have crowned me the King of Romance.
I change relationships for the better.
I’m the SEXpert.
The erotic shock jock.
The man with a plan.
Until one call on the air turns the tables on me.
A stranger suddenly has me questioning everything I thought I knew about myself.
And then an unexpected turn of events between my best friend and me only worsens my confusion.
I have all the answers, except when it comes to my own damn love life.
This man no longer has a plan.
This man is now the one needing advice.

This book is a contemporary stand alone novel from the male pov meant for mature readers who are 18+. It contains explicit language and graphic sexual content.


My Review

When I first came across Shock Jock, I fell in love with the synopsis. I was really intrigued by it and loved the fact that this story was told from the male point of view. There is nothing I love more than getting to see a romance through the eyes of a man and I think this author did a wonderful job staying in the male point of view.

When I started reading this book, I was absolutely hooked. I loved Vaughn and his radio show. I loved his attitude and the advice that he would give to his callers. I thought he was an overall fun guy and was looking forward to getting to know his story.

However, things went downhill for me pretty quickly. I am going to be 100% honest with you and tell you that I didn’t realize at all that Haven was going to be Vaughn’s love interest. I don’t know how I could have missed that, but I really didn’t see it coming. Like I got that they were best friends and that Vaughn relied heavily on Haven, but I never felt romantic vibes from either of them, so it really threw me off. Like maybe I could believe these two could be friends with benefits to pass the time, but never anything romantic. Sadly, their romance d idn’t make sense or work for me.

And I hated, hated, hated their pet names for each other! I love, love, love a good pet name, but come on, Mooner & Perv….It just turned me off…And maybe that’s just me, and that’s totally ok.

I will say that even though the overall romance between Vaughn and Haven didn’t work for me, Vaughn and Haven did have some excellent sexual chemistry. Sexually, these two had chemistry for days and burned up the pages together.

So, overall, I thought this book was ok. For me, I thought it started out really great and then just kinda fell flat. For me, this is a case of hit for some and a miss for others.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota #3) by Julie Hammerle

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Danny Garland is so out of Holly’s league. And her family is only back in North Pole, Minnesota, long enough to sell Grandma’s house and say “Merry Christmas.” So telling her basketball-star, too-hot-to-be-real long-time crush that she’d like to kiss him under the mistletoe just isn’t going to happen.

And now he’s asked out her cousin, Elda. Elda is a mess at flirting, so when she begs Holly to intervene, she does. Holly helps her flirt with him over text. And then again. And again. Now she’s stuck texting him as her cousin, and Elda is the one going on the date. Holly thought she could settle for just conversation with Danny, but talking with him is some kind of magic. He’s got the perfect comebacks, she makes him laugh, they text until everyone is asleep.

She just can’t ever tell him it’s her he’s really texting.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book has hot texts, gingerbread wars, and a slow-burn romance that could melt a Minnesota winter.


My Review

It’s that time of year. The weather is getting cooler and I can’t stop myself from diving into the holiday reads. This time, I took a bit of a departure and switched things up with a YA read. When I came across Approximately Yours, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the synopsis of the story and just knew I’d have to dive in.

Approximately Yours was an absolutely cute read and while I do think this book could be enjoyed by any age group, I do think that leans more to the younger side of YA. With festive names and holiday details around each corner, there is no denying that this is one festive book. Danny is one of the sweetest guys ever and is getting over a broken heart. When he asks Elda out, he has no idea that Holly is the one really texting him. Holly and Danny’s banter is entertaining and you can feel the chemistry between the two of them. I loved watching the two of them get to know one another and couldn’t wait to see what would happen when Danny realizes he hasn’t been talking to Elda this whole time….It is the perfect YA set-up.

If you’re looking for a book that is sweet, light, festive and totally YA, look no further.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: The Devil’s Advocate by Michaela Haze

Dahlia Clark is a Hell Broker. You want to sell your soul, she’s your girl.
The only problem? She’s not seen her boss, Luc, in over two centuries.
Not since he forced her out of hell, out of his bed and condemned her to be his eyes and ears on the surface.
As far as breakups go, it could have been better!

When Dahlia meets Samuel Rose, a male incubus with the London Underground scene wrapped around his finger, things are looking up in the romance department.
At least she can dust off a few of those cobwebs.

Wrong.
Lucifer doesn’t like it when people play with his things.
It doesn’t matter that he dumped her over two hundred years ago. The Devil wants Dahlia back, whatever the cost.

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My Review

“I plan to claim you. Mark you. Never again will you question my love and loyalty to you.”

You know, I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect when I picked up the Devil’s Advocate. I mean, it’s not everyday that you meet the woman who wants to buy your soul. Dahlia is one unique creature with an even more interesting job. As a Hell Broker, she is the eyes and ears for Luc; although it’s been more than two centuries since she’s seen him. Luc may have broken Dahlia’s heart, but he is never too far away. And when Samuel enters the picture, that just might be the push Luc needed to reclaim Dahlia for his own….

Overall, I thought this was a really intriguing book. I thought it was dark and really unique. I loved how original the story-line was and how the characters pulled you into their story. This book is dark and sexy with some surprising twists and an ending that leaves you begging for more.

I think this author has a ton of potential in the paranormal romance world and I look forward to seeing what she’s got in store for us next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*