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Review: Fake Wife by Stacey Lynn

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This marriage is strictly business… until the temptation gets way too real.

Corbin: I loved my grandma, but I don’t need her money. All I care about is keeping the house—the only place that’s ever felt like home. That, and screwing over my dad, who wants to turn the property into a mall. There’s only one catch: To receive my inheritance, I have to get married within six months. Me, the guy who’s never dated a girl for more than six minutes. Now I need to find a woman I can trust. So when I’m rear-ended by a Prius, I figure it’s a sign that I’m supposed to meet gorgeous, down-to-earth Teagan Monroe.

Teagan: First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible… yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules… and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancé.


My Review

“I’m a Lane. I’ve been pretending since the day I was born, and this is simply one more torturous performance.”

“My grandma used to tell me when you give your body to a man, be sure to keep your heart safe. A man will take care of your body, but it’s the rare one who will care for your heart.”

“I want to kiss her. Take care of her. Her body and her heart. Show her that I’m not the asshole that I’ve been so far. Prove to her exactly how much she deserves better than Drake. I want to erase his memory from her so that she never feels another stab of pain from anyone.”

“I want his to be as desperate for me as I am for him. I need it. I need the confirmation I’m not the only one crazed and insane and overcome with emotions and realizations and hope this is real. That we can be real.”

I am a total sucker for the fake relationship/fake marriage troupe. These stories are always so much fun and they entertain me to no end. They are a total guilty pleasure and the kind of story that I just live for. And Stacey Lynn’s take on this troupe more than delivers!

Fake Wife is a sinfully sweet and romantic read. This story is well written and was so fun to get lost in. The characters are a lot of fun, they’re real and easy to connect with. I loved the instant connection and pull between them. The chemistry between Teagan and Corbin was intense and I couldn’t wait for the two of them to explore the burn. I loved watching their relationship grow. The pull was undeniable and seeing these two fall was beyond satisfying.

Overall, I really loved this book. It was such an enjoyable and entertaining romance. It was sweet and swoon-worthy with just the right amount of sexiness and angst. I just couldn’t get enough. I loved getting lost in these characters and their story. In the end, I was left with all the smiles and all the feels. This is my favorite book by this author to date and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.

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

Review: The One’s Who Got Way by Roni Loren

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A fresh new contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today bestseller Roni Loren that will rock your world.

Twelve years ago, tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a small number of students survived, a group the media dubbed as The Ones Who Got Away.

Now, web designer Liv Arias, along with the rest of the survivors, have returned to the small Texas town to tell their stories for a documentary. Which means Liv seeing former star-athlete and old flame Finn Dorsey. A lot happened between them that night and Liv is ready to end their decade-long riff and move on. But when her attempt at closure turns into a steamy kiss, moving on proves much more difficult than either of them thought…

Liv’s words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she’d known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package. The smooth face was now dusted with scruff, and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence. A thousand things were in those eyes. A thousand things welled up in Liv.

My Review

“Overnight, they’d become members of the same club. A club no one would ever want to join.”

“She’d found these women. Her tribe. And maybe, just maybe, her way way back home after all.”

I remember when I first read the synopsis for this book, I was completely moved by it. I got chills. I knew that this book was going to be a difficult read, but there was just something about this book that was begging me to read it. So, when I finally did get my hands on this book, you can bet I devoured it. My eyes were glued to the pages and my emotions were a total mess.

The Ones Who Got Away is a compelling and unique story. It is a story of horrific tragedy and those who are left to deal with fall out. Each person dealing with their past in their own way. Liv was a total mess, barely hanging on and I could only imagine what the anniversary to these events would do to her. And Finn…He was no longer the golden boy. His life forever changed; thinking of nothing else for the past few years than revenge. However, all that is about to change when Liv re-enters his life. He’s never forgotten Liv. She is the one that got away, the one that always managed to consume his thoughts despite how dark his mind currently is. I was drawn to Finn and Liv. Their pull was intense and so intriguing. I wanted nothing more than for these two to find some light in the dark, some happiness in a world that they don’t understand anymore….

The Ones Who Got Away is an intense and difficult story. It is a second chance story on many levels….A second chance at life. Finding hope amongst the pain. Learning to move past the pain and regret. Accepting that you are a hero, even when you don’t feel like one. Understanding that is ok to feel guilt about surviving, but not letting that guilt destroy your life. This story is filled with so much hope and shows the true beauty that can come from horrific circumstances. And in the end, this is a story about love and when you’re offered a second chance at love, not letting it pass you by.

The Ones Who Got Away is a very emotional and tough story. I applaud the author for tackling such an intense story-line. I thought that she handled it very well and I loved how real and honest she made the characters. The characters are complex, but easy to relate to. Their emotions are very palpable and their story just heartbreaking. Despite the tough subject matter, this really is a great love story.  It took me by surprise in the best possible way and I just loved every moment of it. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to discovering more from her in the future.

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

Review: Rocco (Ruin & Revenge #3) by Sarah Castille

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Mafia enforcer Rocco De Lucchi is the best in the business.

Cold, hard, and utterly ruthless, Rocco is the most dangerous of men. Feelings are a luxury he cannot afford—until a chance encounter brings him face to face with the only woman who found her way into his heart and touched his soul.

Grace Mantini has spent her whole life running from the mob. The daughter of the boss’s right-hand man, she is both a prize and a target. When Rocco walks back into her life, she wants nothing to do with the man who betrayed her and broke her heart. But only Rocco can protect her from the dangerous forces that seek to destroy her family. Can they escape the hands of fate closing around them? Or will love be the kiss of death for them both?


My Review

“Grace had flayed his soul until there was nothing left for him but to embrace the darkness he had been fighting for years. He had lived for her. Breathed for her. He would have died for her.”

“He had been drifting since he lost Grace. He’d lost faith and accepted his fate. But now that he’s found her again, and she had awakened something in him he had buried long ago. Hope.”

“For the first time, he felt a flicker of hope that maybe there was someone in the world that could handle all that he was, that maybe this time she could accept the ugliness inside him.”

Rocco was a totally unexpected and consuming read. It is the third book in the Ruin & Revenge series and it follows the story of Grace and Rocco.  Rocco is cold, ruthless and 100% dangerous. He prides himself on his ability to not let feelings cloud his mind and decisions. He’s lived a hard life and his life is about to get even more complicated when he has an unexpected reunion with Grace. Grace is the only one he ever let get close and in the end, he only ended up getting burned…. Grace has spent her whole life hating the mob. She wants nothing to do with them or the lifestyle. But, being the daughter of the boss’s right-hand man….it doesn’t leave her with much of a choice. When she is unexpectedly reunited with Rocco, it turns her whole world upside down. He broke her heart and some hurt isn’t easy to forget. Now, fate has other plans and both of their worlds will be forever changed. Can time heal all wounds? There is only one way to find out…

Overall, I thought this book was a terrific read. It pulled me in from the very first page and is a book that you can easily finish in just one sitting. I loved the idea of this story, and can’t help but fall in love with characters that deserve a second chance, despite all the odds. I adored Grace and understood her. Her life wasn’t easy and circumstances broke her. She made the best out of the cards she was dealt and was doing all she could to just survive….Rocco…Ugh! I didn’t know if I wanted to love him or slap him. He had me conflicted most of the time, but I won’t lie, as much as he frustrated me, I couldn’t wait for him to redeem himself.

I thought Rocco was a fantastic addition to the Ruin & Revenge Series. I loved all the drama and suspense. There was intriguing danger and action. There was romance and just the right amount of sexy good times. A great book to spend the day getting lost in.

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

Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

My Review

I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. Such a sweet and enjoyable story. The perfect marriage of convenience story-line that totally exceeded my expectations.

Roomies follows the story of Holland and Calvin. Holland has admired Calvin from afar, but has never had the courage to speak to him..that is until one night, fate intervenes and Holland finally gets up the courage to say something. That night would prove to change not only Holland’s path, but also Calvin’s. When an opportunity presents itself and Holland presents Calvin with an audition of a lifetime, their lives will once again change. With an expired visa and a marriage of convenience…what could possibly go wrong?? Will Calvin and Holland be able to keep things strictly business? Or will the lines blur and turn into something so much more? There is only one way to find out…

Overall, I thought Roomies was a terrific read. It was fun and entertaining. I loved Holland and found her easy to connect with. She was so sweet and always doing things for others in her life, but she never took her life by the horns. She was a secondary character in her own story-line…that is until she met Calvin. Calvin is sexy and mysterious and plays his guitar like no other. He is extremely talented and should be sharing his gift with the world.

I really enjoyed the relationship with Calvin and Holland. Their romance was a slow burn and I loved seeing them transform from friends who got married to help one another out, to something much much more. Calvin is totally swoon worthy and I loved watching him fall for Holland. I enjoyed watching the two of them try to figure things out and see where their relationship would go. I also really liked that Holland and Calvin were flawed. They had real problems and didn’t always think before they spoke. They were perfectly imperfect and just right for each other.

Roomies was a fabulous read from beginning to end. It hooked me from the very first page and I easily devoured it in just one sitting. I thought this story was written well and had just the right amount of drama, intrigue, and sweet and sexy times. A great book to spend the evening getting lost in.

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

Review: Run Away With Me (Come Back to Me #3) by Mila Gray

Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but just as their friendship starts to morph into something more, a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them. Within a week, Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small town determined to paint her as a liar.

Seven years on and Emerson is still living on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, helping her family run their outdoor adventure company. The last thing she needs is Jake turning up, bringing with him old memories and opening up old wounds. But Jake—even better looking than Emerson remembered and on the cusp of a bright sporting future—seems determined to revive their friendship no matter how much Emerson tries to push him away and soon they’re in the midst of a passionate summer romance that neither of them wants to end.

But if they’re to have any kind of future, they’re first going to need to confront the past, a past that most people want to stay buried.



My Review

Words can not even express how excited I was to get my hands on this book. I fell in love with the cover the moment I saw it and I got a hold of the synopsis and said “Yep, this is the read for me”.

Run Away With Me follows the story of Jake and Emerson. Jake and Emerson have been best friends for as long as they can remember, so it should be no surprise when their feelings begin to grow and change into something more. Only fate had other plans and ripped these two young lovers apart; forever changing their worlds. It will be seven long years before Jake and Emerson are reunited. Their past is painful, but the memories are unforgettable. Will Jake and Emerson be able to move on from their heartbreaking past? Will Jake and Emerson finally act on the feelings fate cheated them out of? There is only one way to find out.

Run Away With Me is my first book by this author and I can promise you it won’t be my last. I found Run Away With Me to be incredibly well written and it is the kind of story that captivates you from the very first page. The characters are real and raw and had depth. I thought they were easy to connect with and found myself desperately wanting to know more about them.

Run Away With Me was such an unexpected read for me. This story was written with so much heart and soul, I didn’t expect it grab my heart the way that it did. Jake and Emerson’s story gave me all the feels and took me on one amazing ride. I am so glad I decided to pick up this book and am looking forward to reading the previous books in this series. This author is definitely one to keep an eye out for.

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

Review: Close Contact (Body Armor #3) by Lori Foster

My Review

“It was the gentler emotions that stole his breath, the fact that this was Maxi, that she was both vulnerable and demanding, sweet and scorching hot.”

“He didn’t want to fight with her. He wanted her to open up, accept him. He wanted her to want him, in all the ways, as much as he did her. He just didn’t know how to make it happen.”

Close Contact follows the story of Miles and Maxi. Miles used to be a legend in the MMA world, but now finds himself working as a bodyguard for The Body Armor Agency. It’s different from the life he used to know, but he’s crazy good at it too. His world is about to be turned upside down again when he gets his latest assignment….Maxi is no stranger when it comes to loss and heartache. And while she doesn’t have any immediate plans for love, she wouldn’t mind having one night of unforgettable passion. That’s where Miles comes into play. It was only supposed to be one night, but how quickly one night turned into two, three and Miles wanting more. Unfortunately for Miles, Maxi can’t give him what he wants. However fate, had other plans in mind for these two. Miles and Maxi will be reunited in the most unexpected way. Maxi needs protection, but has no idea who or what she needs it from. Will Miles be able to keep Maxi safe? Will these two lovers rekindle their romance? There is only one way to find out…

Overall, I found Close Contact to be a really intriguing read. I loved the mystery and suspense of the story. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on and who had for Maxi. I thought that Maxi and Miles had some really great chemistry. Miles was protective and understanding. Yes, he had some issues with how he and Maxi left things previously, but once he learns the truth, all bets are off! Miles and Maxi were absolutely explosive together and I enjoyed seeing them navigate their way through their pasts and working towards a possible future.

Close Contact was an exciting and suspenseful read. The plot was entertaining and intriguing at the same time. I loved getting lost in this story and really enjoyed the twists and turns along the way.

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

Review: The Big, Bad Billionaire (Billionaire Fairytales #4) by Jackie Ashenden

An intensely sexy Billionaire Fairy Tales standalone novel by Jackie Ashenden that is billionaire romance meets Little Red Riding Hood with a happily ever after.

Wicked. Ruthless. Obsessed.

Sent away from his family as a boy because he couldn’t be controlled, Rafe DeSantis’s new guardian turned him into a monster. One who wants only two things out of life: To get revenge on the father who destroyed his life. And to possess the woman who was kept from him. Ella Hart has been his obsession for years, and now that he’s her guardian he’s finally in position to black mail her into his bed. And once he has her there? He’s going to eat her up.

Innocent. Alone. Hunted.

Ella has been living with her grandmother since the death of her parents when she was a child. She’s learned to pour her grief and pain into dance, and it’s become her escape. Her passion. Now she’s set her sights on a prestigious dance school in Paris. But there’s one problem. Ella was so young when her parents died, her money was left in the hands of the DeSantis family…and it’s now controlled by Rafe. A man she’s always found compelling and terrifying at the same time. Rafe offers her an ultimatum: Give herself to him, body and soul, and she’ll get the money she needs.

Ella isn’t in a position to refuse, though she tries to resist the sexy billionaire. It feels good, until her heart becomes involved. Does the big bad billionaire want to capture her heart? Or does he only want to own her body?


My Review

“Red Riding Hood? It was time to meet the Big Bad Wolf.”

“She understood that there would be nothing “fine” about a kiss. It had ravaged her, destroyed her. Made her realize how unprepared she was for a man like him.”

The Big, Bad Billionaire was a lot of fun. I really enjoy modern re-tellings of classic novels & fairy-tales and this one really took me by surprise. I love that this author decided to go a different route and gave us a re-telling that we don’t see too often; Little Red Riding Hood. I was totally intrigued from the moment I read the synopsis and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.

The Big, Bad Billionaire is seductive and intriguing. This story sucks you in from page one and keeps you begging for more. I loved the plot and the modern take on this story. I couldn’t have asked for a better wolf in Rafe. He was sexy, broken and determined. He let nothing stay in the way of what he wanted. At the same time, he was complex and complicated. He didn’t let many in and didn’t know how to handle his emotions. Ella was a great partner for him. She was his total opposite and brought out a new side to Rafe. Rafe took Ella’s inhibitions away and in turn, Ella opened Rafe’s heart…

Overall, I thought this book was a really enjoyable read. I found this story to be well written and entertaining. This book had just the right amount of sexiness and drama; a total guilty pleasure read. It is easily the kind of book that you can spend the day getting lost in. I look forward to checking out more books in this series in the future.

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