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Review: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

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No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for their chance to grab one of the girls in order to make their fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

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MY REVIEW

The Grace Year is a title that I have been impatiently waiting to get my hands on. From the synopsis alone, I just knew this book was going to be special and that it would be thrilling. I mean, it sounded like all of my favorite dystoptian novels were wrapped into one. So, if you’re a fan of The Hunger Games, The Handmaid’s Tale or even Lord of the Flies, you are in for a real treat with The Grace Year.

The Grace Year follows the story of Tierney James. Tierney has always dreamed for a better life than the one she knows. She lives in a society where dreams are forbidden and where women are seen as the weaker sex. When a girl reaches her sixteenth birthday, she enters what is called her grace year, a time that no one dares to talk about. Rumor has it that women are filled with magical power that they must accept and eradicate in order to return home pure and ready for their husbands. But, what they don’t tell you is that you will be pitted against one another, that your friends are not who you thought they were, and that there is more to fear than just poachers in the woods….

As a huge fan of YA Dystopian novels, I couldn’t wait to see what The Grace Year would bring to the table. And let me tell you, it does not disappoint. This story is filled with mystery and intrigue. The plot is totally unique, yet has similar elements to some beloved dystopian novels. This story is gritty and intense at times and it will certainly keep you on your toes. This is a story of survival in the worst of circumstances, yet there is also hope for a better life and future. The Grace Year does have some romantic tones, but the romance does not drive the book, the plot does. The Grace Year is filled with lots of fantastic twists and turns and at times will have you questioning what you have gotten yourself into.

Overall, I found The Grace Year to be a very enjoyable read. I thought it was very unique and written well. I found myself glued to the pages and unable to put this book down. I know this is a YA book, but do not let that fool you. This book packs a punch and keeps you guessing the entire time.  If you’re a fan of dystopian novels, I definitely would recommend giving The Grace Year a try.

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

Review: The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.

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MY REVIEW

“You’re real, Evie. It doesn’t matter who you used to be or who you thought you were. You are real, and I see you.”

The highly anticipated sequel to The Darkest Star is finally here and I don’t know about you guys, but I have been anxiously waiting to get this bad boy in my hands. The Burning Shadow picks up right where The Darkest Star left off and leaves no stone unturned. Evie is still trying to come to turns with who she is and why her memories are all messed up. However, with every answer Evie gets, she is left with a million more questions and this quest for the truth only stands to bring her closer to the one and only Luc. Luc is all that and a bag of chips with the arrogance to back it all up. And while Luc may think he’s in love with Evie, Evie herself can’t help but fall for Luc. The question of what is real and what isn’t has never been more critical to Evie. And if dealing with her own crisis isn’t enough, it seems there’s more on the horizon to worry about. A new threat looms and is spreading panic far and wide. Will Evie find out the answers she so desperately needs? Will Evie, Luc and the gang be able to stop the new threat from spreading??? There’s only one way to find out….

Overall, I found this book to be a really enjoyable read. I loved getting wrapped up in the Luxen/Origin world again and seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones. This book is filled with Jennifer Armentrout’s signature humor and swoon worthy romance. It checked off all of my boxes giving me a read that is filled with romance, sarcasm, mystery, intriugue, suspense and lots of twists and turns. Yes, that is one thing I love about JLA’s writing is that her twists always knock me off my feet and just leave me begging for more.

I will say that for me, the pacing for The Burning Shadow was a bit slower than I would have liked, but that being said, the slower pace did not take away from all the action this book had and once I got into the stories groove, I could not put it down. The Burning Shadow has a lot going on in the best possible way and I loved how the author left little breadcrumbs for readers to follow along the way.

The Burning Shadow is a terrific addition to The Origin Series. It kept me on my toes and left me with a ton of questions that I am just dying to have answered. I have no clue how this story is going to play out in the end, but I can definitley tell you that I will be waiting anxiously to see where this series will take us next!

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

Review: Married in Michigan by Jasinda Wilder

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Cleaning up after playboy Paxton deBraun is a full time job.

His family is worth billions. They are the elite. They influence politicians. They’re the power behind the power. Paxton is their golden child, wealthy in his own right, a rising star in Washington DC’s political scene…a 21st century Jay Gatsby, prone to throwing lavish, expensive, wild, and destructive parties.

I’m a housekeeper at a hotel owned by his mother, Camilla deBraun, and I’m sent in to clean up after such a party.

What I wasn’t expecting was to find Paxton naked in his bed, passed out and breathtaking even hungover.

Even more unexpected is the proposal bombshell he drops on me: Marry him.

A man I met once, a golden god, richer than belief, gorgeous beyond comprehension, and arrogant beyond fathom.

Me, a hotel maid working three jobs to make ends meet…Marry him.

It’s supposed to be fake, more of a business agreement than marriage proposal.

Only…it turns out there’s more to this sexy billionaire than meets the eye.

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MY REVIEW

“Sometimes, a kiss is just a kiss–the first time, that’s what it was, Paxton kissing me to prove a point. Other times, a kiss is something more. It’s a gateway drug to the heavy stuff. This is one of those kisses.”

Jasinda Wilder has another hit on her hands with Married in Michigan!!

Married in Michigan is the latest installment of the 50 States of Love Series and it follows the story of Paxton and Makayla. From the moment I dove into Makayla and Paxton’s story, I was hooked. Makayla’s life hasn’t been an easy one. She’s working three jobs just to keep her head above water and take care of her sick mother. However, Makayla’s world is about to get turned upside down. She’s used to cleaning up after the rich and famous, but when she meets Paxton, she gets more than she ever bargained for…..Paxton has big dreams and a playboy reputation. So, when his mother tells him he needs to clean up his act and get married, Paxton wants nothing more than to rebel. His big plan??? Marry the girl that is the total opposite of him in every way. It was supposed to be easy; no strings, no romance, no nothing. But fate has other plans for Paxton and Makayla. Can these two opposites pull off a fake marriage? Will their relationship turn into the real deal?? There’s only one way to find out…..

Married in Michigan was a terrific read from beginning to end. I feel instantly in love with the characters and couldn’t wait to dive further into their story. Makayla was a force to be reckoned with. She was smart, professional and wasn’t afraid of hard work. She wasn’t ashamed of where she came from or the struggles she had to endure. And then we have Paxton. Paxton is used to a certain lifestyle and always gets his way. He’s arrogant and a total playboy. But, there is definitely more to Paxton than meets the eye. When he cares about someone, he goes all in. He loves big and has some seriously swoon worthy moments. Together these two couldn’t be more opposites, but their chemistry can’t be denied. The push and pull between Paxton and Makayla was fantastic as was their banter. I loved watching these two navigate their way through a fake relationship and couldn’t wait to see how their story would end.

Paxton and Makayla stole my heart from the very beginning and left me with a big smile on my face in the end. I had a terrific time getting lost in Married in Michigan and look forward to the next installment of the 50 States of Love Series.

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

Review: Wrapped Up in You (Heartbreaker Bay #8) by Jill Shalvis

It’s love. Trust me. 

After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy’s reinvented life is on solid ground. And she’s guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she’s worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O’Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren’t so delightfully naughty and irresistible.

Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy’s a spicy reason to give his short-terms plans a second thought. Best of all, she’s a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy’s past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she’s told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy’s willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.

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MY REVIEW

Wrapped Up In You is the 8th story in the Heartbreaker Bay Series and it follows the story of Kel and Ivy. Ivy is used to being constantly on the move. She is in an expert in all things and has never stayed in any place for a long time. San Francisco might be the place that changes everything for her. She has a job she loves and has a place to call her own. She’s guarded and insn’t ready to let anyone in. And when Kel O’Donnell comes into her world, he threatens to turn her normal upside down….Kel too is a guarded man. He’s burned too many times to count, but there is just something about Ivy that calls to him. She is everything that he’s been searching for….or so he thinks. When Ivy’s past threatens her new life, Kel will find himself questioning everything he thought he knew…

Overall, I found this book to be a quick and easy read. The characters were easy to connect with and I loved the way that Kel and Ivy balanced one another. I thought they had great chemistry and loved that they weren’t perfect; each of them having their hearts broken before. Kel and Ivy’s story delivers on the swoon and steamy moments without going over the top.

Wrapped Up In You was a great read from beginning to end. I enjoyed getting to know these two characters and of course enjoyed catching up with our old friends. I can’t get enough of this small town setting and can’t help but look forward to see who’s story will come next. If you’re looking for a sweet, small town romance that’s filled with heart, friendships and characters you can’t help but root for, then look no further, Wrapped Up In You is just the book you’ve been waiting for.

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

Release Blitz with Review: The Dugout by Meghan Quinn

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The Dugout by Meghan Quinn

Release Date: September 19th

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Let me ask you a question:

If someone is vying for your spot on a team and just so happens to injure you during practice, would you believe it was on purpose?

Word around campus is . . . it was no accident.

That injury has cost me everything; my starting position, my junior year—and the draft. Now, I’m a senior fresh off recovery, struggling to find my groove, until the day I run into a nervous, fidgety, girl with freckles, in the dining hall.

They call Milly Potter The Baseball Whisperer, The Diamond Wizard, and The Epitome of All Knowledge. She believes in baseball. She breathes it. She’s the queen of an infamous dynasty, but no one actually knows who she really is, and she plans to keep it that way.

One mishap in the panini line, one miscommunication in the weight room, and many failed attempts at an apology equal up to one solid truth — Milly Potter never wants to speak to me again — no matter how good my forearms look.

Little do we both know, she’s about to become more than just my fairy ballmother.

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MY REVIEW

“Our connection dives way past the surface and is going past the layers to the very core of our souls.”

The Dugout is the latest sports romance from author Meghan Quinn and it follows the story of Milly & Carson. Right off the bat, Milly and Carson couldn’t be more opposite. After suffering and injury, Carson is struggling to get back into his groove. He’s moody and standoffish towards everyone. Who knew that when Carson would bump in to Milly, his whole world would be turned upside down?? When you first meet Milly, she’s awkward and nervous. But don’t let those qualities fool you. Milly can dish it out just as good as the others. And when it comes to baseball, no one knows the game like Milly….Chance encounter after chance encounter keeps throwing these two opposites together and before Carson knows it, he soon discovers that not only does Milly know what she is talking about, but there is more to her than meets the eye. Carson and Milly couldn’t be more opposite, but you know how the saying goes, opposites attract and when it comes to Carson and Milly, you are about to be taken on one crazy ride…..

Overall, I thought this book was a really cute read. I was hooked on Carson and Milly from the very beginning. Carson had a heart of gold and was truly a sweet guy. He just had to get over his funk and let the real Carson shine through. And when he did, we were met with one of the sweetest, more caring, swoon worthy guys. And then there is Milly. Milly has big dreams and is determined to make her own name. When she loves, she loves hard. I honestly think everyone could benefit from having someone like Milly in their life. She is just so real and down to earth. She was just what Carson needed in his life.

Speaking of Carson and Milly!! The push and pull between these two was insane. I loved their banter and chemistry. Their interactions had me living for the next one and dying to see how their story would go. The road to happily ever after wasn’t without bumps for these two. The angst towards the end was incredibly palpable. Carson didn’t just break Milly’s heart with his words, but he broke mine too. I was left hanging on each word and bursting with anticipation to see just how Carson could fix the mess that he made….

The Dugout was a fantastic ride from beginning to end. I loved all the laugh out loud moments and the ones that left me breathless. I swooned. I fell in love. I felt like I had my heart ripped out. This story took me on such an incredible ride and I loved every single second of it.

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

Excerpt:

**CARSON**
Everyone knows me as the easygoing, fun-loving guy without a care in the world. You know who I’m talking about, right?

The guy who cheers when a couple kisses, who says stupid shit like YIPPEE when he’s excited, the guy who has no shame in shimmying his bare, bright white ass to his friends just to make them laugh.

I’m also the guy who is magically smart, can lead an entire bar to harmoniously sing any Taylor Swift song, lucks out in everything he does, and has impeccable taste in clothing—despite wearing a baseball hoodie every Monday. A dude must make himself feel better when the Monday blues hit and a hoodie does just that.

But have you guessed it? Do you see where this is going?

I’m not that guy anymore.

Nope.

Easygoing and fun-loving? Not anymore.

I spit venom at whoever dares to be in my presence. You know the old man who throws endless piles of shoes at the street youths as they walk by? That’s me, minus the incontinence problem and mothball smell.
My days of singing Taylor Swift with a crowd are over.

Instead—if I even make it to a bar—I bury myself in a corner and sneer. Oh boy, do I fucking sneer. I sneer at anything and anyone that even
attempts to look at my face.

That impeccable fashion sense I was boasting about? Gone. I think I’ve been wearing the same pair of athletic shorts for a month—not really—but maybe it’s a little true.
And the guy who lucks out in everything he does? Ha, my luck was cut short at the beginning of the season thanks to the square ass, dirty dick named Kirk Babcock, also known as Kirk BADcock by my team.

What did this Badcock do, you ask?

If you’re thinking he poked me with said bad cock, you need to get your mind out of the gutter.

What he did was even worse than winging his willy around on the baseball field.

So bad that you might need to brace yourself . . .

**FLAILS ARMS**

He committed a sin against all baseball etiquette.

The cardinal sin.

The biggest sin of all sins.

Are you sitting? I don’t want you to faint from the blasphemy I’m about to share.
Deeps breaths, everyone . . .

He . . . damn it, he slid late . . . at practice.

Gasp, I know.

I told you it was bad . . . my balls are shriveling up into my taint just thinking about it.
The dumbass freshman, who had too much juice in his junk, decided to book it to second during a practice game while Holt and I were fleshing out a double play. The dingleberry slid into second base two seconds too late.

Why is this a problem?

For those of you who might not be in the know—don’t worry, I won’t hold it against you—back in 2016, the gods of baseball developed a new rule; all players sliding into second must hit the ground first before touching the bag to avoid injuring the opposing players.


Layman’s terms: don’t be a dickhead and hurt people.

Apparently, Badcock didn’t get that memo, because the little turd nugget charged second base like an out-of-control steam train . . . just as I slid my foot across the base for the out. His dirty slide took my leg out, twisting me in the process, and tossed me to the ground.

As I fell, I heard a resounding snap that would make any grown-ass man throw up into his lap, followed by an immense amount of pain shooting up the back of my leg.
The motherfucker—stenchy bad cock—ruptured my Achilles tendon.

Like Achilles himself, I buckled to the ground and wallowed in pain while holding my leg, as if I let go, it would detach from my body and float right on up to heaven where it belongs for the many good years it gave me.

Badcock proceeded to fling his helmet off his head, get in my face, and apologize profusely, making up some excuse about tripping over his own damn feet. Yeah, okay, fart breath.

I’d like to see the tape for a full review, because I’m questioning the shit out of that statement. Tripped, my left nut.

If I was a freshman and got hurt, I wouldn’t want to rip the skin off Badcock’s scrotum, maybe just give him a swift lodge of my foot up his ass. But ripping scrotum skin, nah.
But guess what? I’m not a goddamn freshman.

I’m a fucking junior, and if you know anything about baseball, you know being a junior in college is one of the most important times in a guy’s life.

Because that’s the year you’re eligible to be drafted.

DRAFTED.

Brentwood University is known as a breeding ground for exceptional baseball players; it’s where the scouts come to find their next top prospects. If you want to play professional baseball, you either choose to go into the draft right after high school or be recruited by Brentwood. I chose an education so I had a possible career to fall back on in case something happened to me . . . like rupturing my Achilles tendon.

Can you guess where this is going?

Strike up the violins, because a sob story is coming your way.

I was ushered off the field and straight to the state-of-the-art training room where, after an excruciating physical exam, I had an ultrasound. It was then confirmed I’d be out of commission for the season. I underwent surgery, had the stupid thing stitched back together—let’s take a moment to be physically ill over the thought of that—and then put through an extensive rehab, missing my chance to be drafted.

You read that right, I was not drafted. My best friends were . . . I was not.

Because no one wants an injured player, even if he has tons of promise.

Even if he was the best second baseman in the country.

Even if he was supposed to be drafted in the first round.

Not one single team wanted to take the gamble to see if I could make a full recovery.
Isn’t that just peachy?

So needless to say, Kirk BADcock stays as far away from me as possible. As for me, I’d like to say I’m not a bitter man with a chip on his shoulder, but that would be a massive lie.

I have the biggest damn chip on my shoulder, so big that I named him Aloysius and I high-five him every morning, agreeing that we’re going to try to make at least one person’s life miserable that day.

My suggestion, if you see me around campus? Steer clear, run away, duck and hide, because I’m a polluted motherfucker with an equally rotten Aloysius on my shoulder ready to raise hell in your life.

Carson Stone is out for vengeance thanks to one moronic badcock.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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Review: Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact #2) by Lauren Layne

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne comes the second delightfully charming installment in the Central Park Pact series, following a young widow whose newfound cynicism about love is challenged by a sexy, rough-around-the-edges contractor. 

There’s never a bad time to fall in love in the city, right? Wrong. According to the recently-widowed Claire Hayes, it’s very, verywrong. In fact, after finding out her late husband was a liar and a cheat, Claire’s convinced there’s never a good time for romantic notions. Determined to rid her home of anything that reminds her of her philandering husband, Claire sets out to redesign her entire Upper East Side brownstone and make it her own. But when she meets gruff and often-cantankerous contractor Scott Turner and realizes not all men are scumbags, Claire must decide if she’s ready to risk her heart again.

Scott needs a change of pace from the corporate offices and swanky hotels he’s been building lately, and bluntly makes it clear to Claire that he only took on her house for that reason, adding that he has no patience for a pampered, damaged princess on his job site. But when long work days soon turn into even longer nights, their mutual wariness morphs into something more complicated—a grudging respect, and maybe even attraction…? Scott knows he’s not one to settle down, but then why can’t he bring himself to put the finishing touches on Claire’s house and move on to the next job?

Filled with laugh-out-loud scenes that blend perfectly with the touching friendships Layne brings to life on the page, this “hugely entertaining” (USA TODAY) novel is perfect for fans of Lauren Weisberger.

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Love on Lexington Avenue is the second book in the Central Park Pact Series and it follows the story of Claire and Scott. Now, if you remember from the first book, Claire is actually the widow of Brayden and it was Brayden’s death that brought this whole story into motion. When Brayden passed away, Claire might have lost her husband, but she gained two amazing friends and has discovered the woman she lost along the way.

When we meet up with Claire in Love on Lexington Aveune, Claire is ready for the next phase of her life. She’s tired of the status quo and is ready to make some colorful changes with her life. And what better way to start this change, then a home renovation. What Claire didn’t plan on was Scott…..Scott is looking for a change of pace from corporate renovation and despite his reservations, working with Claire might just be what the doctor ordered…..

Overall, I found this book to be a really fun and enjoyable read. I loved getting to know Claire and see how things with Brayden truley effected her. I loved that despite everything she had been through, she came out stronger than ever and formed an unbreakable friendship with two women that she should hate. I feel like Claire’s character came a long way since we first met her. She wasn’t just this meek and fraigle thing. She was strong and ready to take on the next phase of her life. She might not have been looking for love, but you know how the saying goes, it hits you when you least expect it.

Speaking of love, I really enjoyed Scott and Claire together. Of course they butted heads in the beginning, but the tension and chemsitry was there. Both Scott and Claire had their own baggage and weren’t ready to put their hearts on the line. Their romance had a nice slow burn to it. I enjoyed watching them try to figure things out and fight for their happily ever after.

Love on Lexington Avenue was a terrific read from beginning to end. I loved getting to catch up with Claire and the girls. I enjoyed getting swept up in all that was Scott and Claire. Claire’s story wasn’t just a romance, but it was also a journey of self discovery and letting go. This story has real, strong characters. It is sweet, yet swoon-worthy all at the same time and has just the right balance of steam and angst. In the end, Love on Lexington Avenue will leave you with a smile on your face and butterflies in your belly. This is the pefect book to spend your summer afternoon getting lost in. And I for one, can not wait to see what lies ahead for us with the next book in this series!

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Review: Handle With Care (Shacking Up #5) by Helena Hunting

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For the last few years, Lincoln Moorehead has been working for non-profit organizations around the world. When his father suddenly passes away, as the eldest son, Lincoln reluctantly returns home to New York City to inherit the family business–much to the chagrin of his younger brother, Armstrong. What he doesn’t expect is that he’s been assigned a handler, a woman who he finds extremely sexy but frustratingly annoying.

Wren Sterling has a goal: to start her own children’s charity in honor of her sibling that died when they were young. But she lacks two important things: the money and the connections. So when Frederick and Gwendolyn Moorehead hired her as a “handler” to deal with their youngest son’s various indiscretions, she accepted, no questions asked. With Frederick’s sudden death and Lincoln’s return, Gwendolyn makes her a new offer: “handle” both of her sons short term, and she would double her pay and introduce her to all the right connections to help get her charity started.

Lincoln and Wren butt heads in the beginning, but soon their relationship progresses from professional to physical and becomes one of attraction and mutual appreciation. As Wren helps Lincoln adjust to being back in the corporate world, they discover that Frederick had a lot of skeletons in his closet, ones that his mother never expected would be revealed. But Gwendolyn has damning information in her possession—information that would wreck Wren’s family if she can’t stop Lincoln from digging further into his father’s secrets.

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MY REVIEW

Handle With Care is the 5th book in the Shacking Up Series, yet it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Handle With Care is a sexy and humorous office place romance. Lincoln & Wren’s story took me by surprise in the best possible way and I found myself unable to put their story down…

When we first meet up with Lincoln and Wren, I for one couldn’t wait to read more. Their chemistry was instant and just oozed off of the pages. I had a feeling the dynamic between these two would be complicated and they did not disappoint. You see, when Lincoln’s father passes away, the last place Lincoln wants to be is in New York running his father’s company. As if that wasn’t enough to frustrate him, he finds out that he’s been assigned a handler; someone to clean up his image and get him CEO ready. Lincoln, however, was no way prepared for Wren. Wren takes her job very seriously. She’s bossy and doesn’t take anything from anyone. Not only is she smart, but beautiful too and completely off-limits….

Overall, I thought this book was a really fun read. It has a bit of a different vibe from the other books in this series and I found that to be totally refreshing. Handle With Care has the humor that we have come to know and love from this author, but it isn’t over the top. It’s well placed, and I feel like this story had a bit more of a serious vibe to it. It had a great office place romance vibe to it. I loved the tension and banter between Lincoln and Wren. They totally butted heads in the beginning, but that led to the most delicious passion. These two characters just clicked and left me begging for more. I couldn’t think of a better match for Lincoln than someone who could take what he dished out and boss him right back around.

Handle With Care is fun, sexy and smartly written. It had sexy good times, fun characters and an air of mystery about it. There was some angst and drama, but like I said, nothing over the top. And of course, I can’t forget the fun twists at the end.

Handle With Care is a terrific addition to the Shacking Up Series and I had a terrific time getting swept up in Lincoln & Wren’s story.

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