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Review: Love Machine by Kendall Ryan

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A best-friends-to lovers standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan. 

After a rather uncomfortable ladies’ night involving a cucumber-wielding instructor with judgy eyes, I’m forced to admit my weaknesses. Rather than point blame at my lack of a sex life, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

As a junior executive who’s clawed her way up the corporate ladder, failure is not in my vocabulary. Confident and bold in other areas of my life, I have to admit it’s time to up my bedroom game.

Asking my friend Slate Cruz is really the only option. Slate is like a walking billboard for sex. The man gets more ass than a toilet seat. There’s no way I’ll want more from this playboy than a little inspiration to revive my inner sex kitten.

Except, what happens if I do?

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My Review

“If she wants me to be her personal love machine,  let’s face it, I’ll jump at the chance. “

“Holy hell, his kisses are like a Class 2 narcotic–highly addictive and extremely dangerous. “

Sometimes you just want a book that’s a ton of fun and doesn’t have a ton of drama. And for me, Love Machine was just the book I was looking for.

Told from dual points of view, Love Machine follows the story of Slate and Keaton. Keaton is smart, fun and sexy. She’s married to her job and totally confident in what she does. However, the one area she is lacking her confidence in is the bedroom. As much as she doesn’t want to admit it, it’s time for her to master it and who better than to call on but her bff Slate. Slate is a walking, talking sex machine. He oozes confidence and is totally comfortable with himself. Having your best friend help you in bedroom should be a recipe for disaster, but these two have a friendship that can withstand anything. Lessons will be taught and lines will be blurred. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Slate and Keaton’s story is about to take you on one satisfying and exciting ride….

Love Machine was such a fun read. I mean I just loved it. Keaton and Slate were impossible to not fall in love with. Their friendship was so solid and completely special. You could just feel the sparks jumping off the pages. I loved watching these two interact with one another and the ease between them. Their chemistry was intense and you could tell just how deep their feelings ran, even if they didn’t want to admit it. The road to happily ever after was a little bumpy for these two, but I’m happy to report that the angst and drama is pretty light in this story.

Love Machine was just the book I was looking for. It was a quick and easy read for me. Love Machine was well written and just a ton of fun. It gave me everything I could ask for in a friends to lovers romance. From great banter to a fun story-line to moments that made you laugh like crazy and left you with a big smile on your face. To moments that steamed up the pages and had you swooning all over the place. Love Machine was a total hit for me and is another great summer read.

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

Review: I Think I Love You (Oxford #5) by Lauren Layne

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A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as exemplary contemporary romance.”

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.

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My Review

“He was the perfect combination of elusive and attainable. He had a bit of that will he ever settle down vibe going on, with just enough Midwest niceness to make him the of guy women wanted to settle down with.”

“You’re you. We’re us. I trust you in a way I don’t trust anyone else.”

“This was what it meant to ache for a kiss. To want it so badly, a little piece of you would die if you didn’t feel his lips on your, like she couldn’t survive if Hunter didn’t kiss her….”

I Think Love You is a super sweet and swoon-worthy romance. It is the ultimate friends to lovers/workplace romance. The characters are real and easy to connect with. Their story will suck you in and keep you glued to the pages. It’s the kind of story that you can easily devour in a single day and that will leave you with a ridiculous smile on your face.

I Think I Love You is a fantastic addition to The Oxford Series and follows the story of Hunter and Brit. Hunter and Brit are the best of friends. Brit knows she can count on him for anything. So, when her dating life produces less than perfect results, Brit decides she needs help in the seduction department. And who better to call on for help, but her BFF, Hunter…When Hunter hears Brit’s request, his world is knocked off its axis. To him, Brit is the total package and even though he knows he shouldn’t, he can’t help but agree to his friends request. Will Hunter and Brit be able to keep things strictly friendly? Or will all these lessons uncover a passion unlike any Hunter or Brit have ever experienced? There’s only one way to find out….

I absolutely adored Brit and Hunter together. They had the best friendship and the most explosive chemistry. It’s the kind of chemistry that is so palpable, you can feel it oozing off the pages. It’s the kind of chemistry that everyone around them can see and will be left wondering how long Brit and Hunter can ignore it. I knew from the moment that Brit came up with her “I need to learn to seduce” plan that things were going to head in a certain direction. But, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story. Nope. There is just something about a Lauren Layne book. I can’t help but get lost in the characters and their story. And when it comes to Hunter and Brit…I just couldn’t get enough of the two of them. I mean their pull was just insane and I appreciated how careful and real they were about what was happening. They knew the risks, but sometimes you have to jump in order to get what you’ve always wanted…

I Think I Love You was the perfect icing on the cake to The Oxford Series. I loved everything about it from beginning to end. From smart writing to a sweet story-line. To familiar faces and happy endings. To swoon-worthy romance and light drama. This story was just the read I was looking for.

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

Review: Wildest Dreams (Sweetbriar Cove #7) by Melody Grace

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Paige Bennett is ready for an adventure. She’s spent her life being the good girl, but after another underwhelming break-up, she decides it’s time to shake things up. No more diets, Spanx, and searching for Mr. Right. She wants passion and excitement… And she knows just the man for the job.

Bad boy chef, Declan James, lives by three simple rules: 1) Life’s too short for cheap whiskey. 2) Everything tastes better with butter, and 3) Good girls mean trouble. So when the sweet, polite Paige proposes he teach her about life on the wild side, he knows he should steer clear. But it turns out, Paige is hiding a few surprises of her own…

Their connection is immediate, and soon, this unlikely couple is heating things up in Sweetbriar Cove. But will they take a risk search of new love? And can the sparks between them burn out with the fireworks on Fourth of July?

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My Review

“One, everything tastes better with butter. Two, life was too short for cheap whiskey. And three, good girls were off limits.”

There’s nothing better than hearing that one of your go-to authors has a surprise book release. For me, the Sweetbriar Cove Series is just like coming home. The story-lines are sweet and satisfying. The characters are easy to connect with and they make you feel like you’ve known them forever….

Wildest Dreams follows the story of Declan and Paige. Paige is tired of her boring, plain life. She’s ready for change. She no longer wants to be the good girl and is ready for some adventure….Declan is an amazing chef and loves the life that he lives. As long as he abides by his three rules to life, he couldn’t be happier. That is until Paige enters the picture. Paige is everything he shouldn’t want, but can’t stay away from. She makes him yearn for a life he’s never wanted. Will Declan take a chance on a love he never saw coming or will he let fear ruin the best thing that’s ever happened to him?? There’s only one way to find out…

Wildest Dreams is the 7th book in the Briarcove Series. I do believe that you could read and enjoy it as a stand-alone novel, however if you’re new to this series be aware that there will be spoilers.

I was hooked on Paige and Declan from the very first page. These two characters intrigued me and just had me begging to learn more about them. I loved the banter between the two of them. The sparks between the two of them were instant and I couldn’t get enough of it. On the surface, Paige and Declan couldn’t be more opposite. She is the good girl who doesn’t take risks. She’s not impulsive and feels like her life is just plain boring. And then there’s Declan. He’s the total bad boy. He’s successful and a total player. Even though these two are opposites, the pull is too hard to deny. They challenge one another and bring out things in each other that they never saw coming. Just being together makes Paige and Declan envision a future they never saw coming….

The road to happily ever after for Paige and Declan wasn’t all hearts and flowers. There were some definite bumps along the way. And those bumps just made me fall harder for these two characters. Would they fight? Would they take a chance on their love? Could they live a life with so much regret? So many questions that I just couldn’t wait to find out the answers to.

Wildest Dreams is the perfect addition to the Sweetbriar Cove Series and is an excellent beach read. This book fun and entertaining with just the right amount of angst, sexiness and swoon-worthy romance. Declan and Paige’s story left with me with all the feels and butterflies in my stomach. Wildest Dreams is a terrific read to spend your day getting lost in and promises a swoon-worthy good time.

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

Catch up on The Sweetbriar Cove Series Today:

#1 Meant to Be #2 All for You #3 The Only One #4 I’m Yours #5 Holiday Kisses #6 No Ordinary Love #7 Wildest Dreams #8 This Kiss (November 2018)

Review: Devoted to Pleasure (Devoted Lovers #1) by Shayla Black

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The first in an all-new sexy contemporary romance series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shayla Black.

Bodyguard and former military man Cutter Bryant has always done his duty–no matter what the personal cost. Now he’s taking one last high-octane, high-dollar assignment before settling down in a new role that means sacrificing his chance at love. But he never expects to share an irresistible chemistry with his beautiful new client.

Fame claimed Shealyn West suddenly and with a vengeance after starring in a steamy television drama, but it has come at the expense of her heart. Though she’s pretending to date a co-star for her image, a past mistake has come back to haunt her. With a blackmailer watching her every move and the threat of career-ending exposure looming, Shealyn hires Cutter to shore up her security, never imagining their attraction will be too powerful to contain.

As Shealyn and Cutter navigate the scintillating line between business and pleasure, they unravel a web of secrets that threaten their relationship and their lives. When danger strikes, Cutter must decide whether to follow his heart for the first time, or risk losing Shealyn forever.

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My Review

 

Devoted to Pleasure is the first book in the exciting new Devoted Series and follows the story of Cutter and Shealyn. Cutter is a former military man turned bodyguard who will do whatever it takes to get the job done. He has one last assignment before beginning a new role. The one thing he never saw coming was Shealyn. Shealyn had a quick rise to fame, but with fame, danger sometimes follows. When she starts getting blackmailed, she hires Cutter to keep her safe. The chemistry between Cutter and Shealyn is scorching and the lines between business and pleasure begin to blur. Will Cutter be able to win Shealyn’s heart and still keep her safe?? There’s only one way to find out.

Devoted to Pleasure was a quick and easy read for me. I loved the idea of this story and couldn’t wait to dive into it. I thought the characters were intriguing and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next with them. I loved the chemistry between Cutter and Shealyn. These to certainly steamed up the pages and left you begging for more.

I think this series is off to a terrific start. Devoted to Pleasure was well written and entertaining. It had just the right amount of drama, suspense and sexy good times. I thought this was a good read to spend my afternoon getting swept up in. Devoted to Pleasure is my first book by this author and definitely won’t be my last.

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

Review: You Complicate Me by Isabel Jordan

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Grace Montgomery has a very simple plan. Fly to her younger brother’s wedding, stop the wedding, go home, make partner at her law firm. Almost getting arrested by air marshal Nick O’Connor? Not part of the plan. Neither was puking on him. (Don’t ask) Finding out he’s her soon-to-be brother-in-law…also a minor setback to her plan. And don’t even get her started on her untimely attraction to the tall, dark, and dead-sexy jerk.

If Nick had a plan, it wouldn’t include getting involved with a woman as complicated as Grace. It especially wouldn’t include road tripping with her to attend a week of pre-wedding family events. But as it turns out, traveling—and sparring—with the lovely, sharp-witted Grace is the most fun Nick’s had since, well, ever. And their sexual chemistry? Off. The. Charts.

It doesn’t take long for Grace to realize there’s a lot more to her air marshal than a pretty face and a big, um, gun. If she’s not careful, she just might lose her highly prized control—not to mention her heart—to Nick. But before Grace and Nick can set foot on the road to happily ever after, they’ll have to deal with Grace’s meddling ex, a slew of dysfunctional family members, and a contaminated pumpkin bisque (long story) … and that’s all before the end of day two.

It’s gonna be a long, complicated week…

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My Review

“I like that we’re so different; it keeps us interesting. I want you to complicate me, and I want to complicate you.”

When I first heard about You Complicate Me, I couldn’t wait to dive in. I mean this book is right up my alley. Romantic comedy: check. Stand-alone novel: check. Fun characters: Check Check! This is my first book by this author and it certainly won’t be my last.

You Complicate Me follows the story of Nick and Grace. Grace’s life is anything but simple. One might say it’s even complicated. She’s sworn off men and romance. The last thing she ever planned on was meeting Nick. Nick doesn’t do complicated, but when he meets Grace, he just couldn’t stay away. She was perfectly imperfect; a total hot mess and she gave him a run for his money. The chemistry between these two is instant and undeniable. They shouldn’t get involved, but can’t stay away. Will these two take a chance on romance despite all the complications or will Grace end up swearing off men for good? You’ll just have to pick up this book to see for yourself.

You Complicate Me was a really enjoyable read for me. It was well written and entertaining. I loved getting to know Grace and Nick. Nick doesn’t do complicated and Grace is 100% complicated. She’s not looking for love, but can’t deny the pull she feels towards Nick. Add in one regretful ex, pre-wedding festivities and an entertaining family and you’ve got all the elements for a totally fun read. I loved Grace’s family. They were a little intense, but you could tell they meant well and loved hard. I loved how real Grace was. She was a total riot and even though she made a fool out of herself time and time again in front of Nick, I just couldn’t get enough. I loved their story and loved watching the two of them fall. Was it insta-love? Kind of, but let me tell you, it worked.

Overall, I thought this book was a great read. You Complicate Me is author Isabel Jordan’s first attempt at contemporary/romantic comedy and for me, I think she knocked it out of the park. I was hooked on these characters and hooked on their story. I can’t wait to read more in this series and discover the other books this author has written. Great debut in this genre!

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

Review: It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

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In this hilarious romantic comedy, USA Today bestselling author Jenny Holiday proves that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas…
 
All’s fair in love and war
Wendy Liu should be delighted to be her best friend’s maid of honor. But after years spent avoiding the bride’s brother – aka the boy who once broke her heart – she’s now trapped with him during an endless amount of wedding festivities. Luckily she’s had time to perfect her poker face, and engaging Noah Denning in a little friendly competition might just prove that she’s over him for good…
Noah Denning is determined to make his little sister’s wedding memorable. But it seems Wendy is trying to outdo him at every turn. Challenging each other was always something he and Wendy did right, so when she proposes they compete to see who can throw the best bachelor or bachelorette party in Sin City, Noah takes the bait – and ups the stakes. Because this time around, he wants Wendy for keeps. And when you’re fighting for love, all bets are off.
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My Review

It Takes Two is the second book in The Bridesmaids Behaving Badly Series and can be read as a stand-alone novel. It Takes Two follows the story of Noah and Wendy. Noah and Wendy have known each other for forever. In Wendy’s eyes, Noah is the one she’s always wanted, but he broke her heart. Wendy has spent many years trying to avoid Noah. But when Noah’s sister gets married, staying away is no longer an option…..

It Takes Two is a super sweet romantic comedy with a bit of forbidden flare. I’m a big fan of the friends/bff’s older brother troupe and this one was a lot of fun. Noah and Wendy fought like cats and dog and were always trying to out do each other. I loved watching these two interact. Their banter was entertaining and led to some seriously delicious tension.

Wendy is the sweetest girl. She’s hard working, smart, isn’t afraid of a challenge, and is a fan of casual sex. That brings us to Noah. Noah is hard-working, dependable, protective and a serial dater. He has a bit of an attitude when it comes to causal sex, but doesn’t judge others on their preferences. These two have so much in common and such explosive chemistry. I really enjoyed the two of them together and loved watching them try to figure things out.

It Takes Two was a really fun book to spend my day swept up in. I loved the characters and the story-line. There is a bit of an insta-love quality to this story, but I think it works really well. It Takes Two had just the right amount of romance, steamy moments, laughter and light drama. I think book is a perfect summer read that will leave you with a smile on your face.

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

Review: Broken Promise (Sons of Broad #3) by Tara Thomas

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In this next novel in the explosive, brand-new romantic suspense Sons of Broad series from Tara Thomas comes a novel of deadly secrets and hidden danger. In the sultry streets of Charleston, one family, ruled by its powerful, take-no-prisoners sons, has risen to the top. But a merciless enemy is out to destroy them…and everyone they hold close…

SHE SWORE TO KEEP HER PROMISES. 

BUT CAN SHE KEEP THEM SAFE…AND PROTECT HER HEART?

Charleston Police Officer Alyssa Adams made a promise years ago to protect innocent women from harm. Now, she won’t rest until she can reunite every lost daughter with her family. Bring closure to every grieving husband. And, most of all, find out what happened the night her own sister disappeared, more than ten years ago…

As the eldest of the Benedict brothers, Kipling will stop at nothing to protect his family from a threat that aims to destroy them once and for all. But when a long-lost sibling is kidnapped by a powerful adversary, Alyssa is the only one he can turn to to get her back.

As Alyssa and Kipling band together to find their lost siblings, a powerful attraction builds between them that they can’t ignore. As the truth comes to light, will one broken promise tear them apart?

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My Review

What a fun, thrilling ride!!

Broken Promise is the third book in the Sons of Broad Series and can be read as a stand-alone novel. That being said, I highly recommend getting your hands on the previous books in this series and reading them first to have a better understanding of what has been going on in this series.

Just like the previous books in this series, Broken Promise hits the ground running and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Finally, all your burning questions will be answered and the identity of “The Gentleman” will be revealed.

Broken Promises is a great addition to the Sons of Broad Series. This story will suck you and keep you begging for more. I loved the pace of the story, the action and suspense. I loved trying to figure out what was going on and who the killer was. I loved all the twists along the way and the romance between Kipling and Alyssa. While their romance wasn’t the main focus of the story, I still couldn’t help but fall for these two. I thought they were great together. I think they had wonderful chemistry and just loved how these two challenged one another. They were a perfect balance and I think they made a solid team.

Overall, I thought this book was a really enjoyable read and I look forward to seeing what this author has in store for next!

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