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Review: The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

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Is it love, or is she just his good luck charm? New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting absolutely delights with this witty and fun standalone contemporary romance.

Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career, or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.

Ethan Kane wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.

Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let him in, though, she finds out their reunion has nothing to do with her and everything to do with his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he’ll do anything to keep from losing her again.

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My Review

“My heart remembers that he broke it, but the rest of me seems to have forgotten.”

“His touch could calm me and excite me simultaneously. Like being given a sedative and a shot of caffeine at the same time. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this kind of intense draw to another person.”

The Good Luck Charm is a sexy and exciting second chance romance from author Helena Hunting. The Good Luck Charm follows the story of Lilah and Ethan. Lilah is busy trying to live the dream. Her day starts off a total mess. From destroyed clothes to divorce papers, the last thing she ever expected was to see a ghost from her past. Lilah hasn’t seen or heard from Ethan in over 8 years and the pain is just as fresh when she sees him again. He wants her forgiveness, but she doesn’t know if she can let go of the past. Ethan will stop at nothing to try and have Lilah by his side again. And just when things seem to be going his way, fate throws in another curve-ball. Will history repeat itself once again or are Lilah and Ethan in it for the long haul?? There’s only one way to find out.

Stories like this are totally my jam. I just can’t get enough of the separated lovers reunited by chance. And this one was just fantastic. I was sucked in to Ethan and Lilah’s story from the first page. The tension between the two of them was just so palpable. I could tell that there was something still there; something worth fighting for and I couldn’t wait to see just how their story was going to play out. Now, the road to happily ever after was not an easy one for them. Leliah had a lot of hurt and pain to work through. But, I loved how genuine Ethan seemed. He thought he was making the best decision at the time and now is grabbing on to his second chance like his life depends on it.

The Good Luck Charm is a terrific read from beginning to end. I’ll be the first to admit that the pacing is a bit slower than the books I normally gravitate to, but for this book, I think the slower pacing worked. I got a good feel for the characters, their story, their connection and all that was lost. I got to see them work to rebuild what was lost. Whether circumstances were right or wrong, these two had some real growing up to do and priorities to get straight. I really enjoyed seeing how far they came and couldn’t help but find myself rooting for them.

The Good Luck Charm is fun and sexy with a great mix of sweetness. This story will suck you in and keep you begging for more. Neither character is perfect and I found them both very easy to relate to. Their story is one of first loves and fighting for that second chance. It is a story of forgiveness and heart. A story of communication and a love that even years can’t take away. The Good Luck Charm is a solid four star read for me and just the book I was looking to spend my afternoon with.

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

Review: Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins

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Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults.

For each of them, that means something different. For Marley, it’s coming to terms with the survivor’s guilt she’s carried around since her twin sister’s death, which has left her blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it’s about learning to stop trying to live up to her mother’s and brother’s ridiculous standards, and learning to accept the love her ex-husband has tried to give her.

But as Marley and Georgia grow stronger, the real meaning of Emerson’s dying wish becomes truly clear: more than anything, she wanted her friends to love themselves.


My Review

“Life was kind and full of chances. Sometimes we didn’t take them. Sometimes we hid our truth and acted out of fear. Sometimes we turned away and closed the door. But sometimes,  there were moments like this, when I was kissing the only man I had ever loved, and the snow fell gently around us like a blessing. Good luck, I imagined the universe saying kindly, infusing the phrase with gentleness and faith. Good luck with everything.”

I had no idea when I picked this book up that it was such a controversial read. While I do feel that this book isn’t for everyone, I will tell you that this book is honest. This book is real. This story deals with some deep issues and insecurities. So even though it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I’m glad I picked this story up. I’m glad I gave it chance.

I want to start off by saying that this type of story is a departure for me. I don’t usually read a lot of women’s fiction. I’m a huge romance fan, but there was just something about this synopsis that grabbed me and made me want to pick up this book. Good Luck with That is a story about 3 friends who met at fat camp when they were younger. When one of the girls, Emerson dies tragically, she leaves her besties with one last wish. Her last wish if for them to complete the “when I get skinny” list they made as kids and finally conquer their fears. This list for Marley & Georgia isn’t easy. They will be forced to really look into themselves and see the truths that they have ignored. It will force them to open their eyes and see the possibles. It will force them to see the amazing women they are and learn to love themselves again….

Like I said, this story is not for everyone and everyone is not going to like it. It will be hit for some and a miss for others. For me, I thought the story was very real and honest. There was some darkness to it and at times, it wasn’t easy to read. However, I loved the honesty of the characters and seeing them come to terms with their insecurities. I loved seeing Marley & Georgia grow and transform as the story went on. I was intrigued by these two woman and was curious how their story was going to end.

Good Luck with That is an a story about loss and self-discovery. It is a story of acceptance and hope. It is a story of finding yourself and coming to terms with your true self. It is a story of friendship with a dash of romance to keep this romance lover happy. Overall, I thought this book was well written and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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

Review: Deep Cover (Love Over Duty) by Scarlett Cole

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ARE THEY IN TOO DEEP?

Ex-Navy SEAL Cabe Moss always comes when called to duty―at all costs. Even though the death of his fiancée nearly destroyed him, Cabe won’t let his past interfere with any work that has to get done. When his latest task pushes him to team up with FBI Agent Amy Murray, a fierce beauty with the undercover skills to match, Cabe must admit that, for the first time in years, he wants to do more than just complete their mission together…

Amy was born ready for this assignment, but working side-by-side with the the strong, silent, and frustratingly professional Cabe seems to be the biggest challenge of all. But when the sparks begin to fly―and the stakes rise to dangerous heights―the only thing Amy is left worrying about is how she can resist him. Their lives may be in danger, but their hearts hold the biggest risk of all…

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My Review

Deep Cover is the third book in The Love Over Duty Series and is an interconnected stand-alone novel. Deep Cover follows the story of Cabe and Amy. Cabe is the guy you can always count on when you need him. When called to duty, he’ll never let you down. When his fiancee passed away, it nearly destroyed him. He will face his biggest challenge to date when he gets paired up with FBI Agent Amy Murry. Even though Cabe may appear to be the strong, silent type, there is more to him than meets the eye. The stakes are high and sparks are flying all over the place. Will Amy be able to resist Cabe? Will they be able to keep things professional and solve the case?? There’s only one way to find out…..

Deep Cover is my first book by this author and overall I thought it was an ok read. I was really intrigued by the story-line and the characters. I wanted to know more, though I will admit, the first part of the story did move at a slower pace than I would like. Since the story is not told from the first person point of view, I will admit that I was distracted. With so many characters and the different pov type, I found it hard to concentrate on the story. 2nd & 3rd Person POV is something that I personally struggle with, but do try my best to overcome.

Anyways, I liked Amy and Cabe together. Amy was smart and witty. She challenged Cabe and made him want to have a life again. And Cabe was an alpha male with the biggest heart, even when he seemed closed off and wanting to keep things professional. Together, I thought these two meshed well and was looking forward to seeing how their story was going to play out.

Deep Cover is one of those stories that I think will be a hit for some and a miss for others. For me, I thought it was an ok read. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. There was a few issues with the story that made it a little hard for me, but in the end, I’m glad I didn’t give up on Amy and Cabe’s story. I loved the danger and suspense that Deep Cover had to offer and appreciated the light drama associated with Amy and Cabe’s romance.

As I stated before, this is my first read by this author, and while it wasn’t a 100% hit for me, I’d still opening 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*

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: Heart of Glass (Fostering Love #3) by Nicole Jacquelyn

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The next standalone novel from Nicole Jacquelyn about love, friendship, and forgiveness.

Henry Harris was living his dream as a staff sergeant in the Marines. When he’s killed in action, his devastated family is in for one more shock: he had a daughter they never knew about.

Morgan Riley has been raising Etta on her own, and that’s always been fine by her – until Henry’s brother Trevor arrives on her doorstep, willing to do anything to help and make up for his brother’s mistakes. Their attraction feels wrong, but Morgan can’t seem to turn him away.

Trevor is suddenly in too deep. He has always wanted a family, but Etta and Morgan come with complications. Yet as Etta brings them closer together, Trevor begins to imagine giving Morgan and Etta the life his brother never could. But he wonders if Morgan will ever learn to trust another man with her heart, especially a man whose last name is Harris.

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My Review

Heart of Glass is the third book in The Fostering Love Series and follows the story of Morgan and Trevor. While this book is the third in its series, it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. When I first picked up this book, I was floored by the prologue. I wanted to know more about Henry and the reason he stayed away from his daughter. To then find out he was killed in action….well, lets just say I was shocked. Then we meet Morgan, and we see that she’s struggling. She’s trying to do the best that she can with the cards life has dealt her, but it’s not easy. And when Trevor shows up, he is a complication that Morgan just doesn’t need. Trevor wants to right all the wrongs his brother committed, but truthfully, I think Morgan would be happy if he stayed away. As time goes on, Morgan and Trevor start develop feelings for one another. Feelings that seem so wrong, but just can’t be ignored….

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. It was definitely a quick one and I was able to finish it in just a few short hours. When I first started reading this book, I was hooked right off the bat. I was intrigued by the story-line and wanted to know more. Morgan wasn’t the easiest character to love or connect with for me. But, I did appreciate her determination, strength and independence, even if she was stubborn most of the time. And Trevor…well, he was impossible to not fall in love with. He is a total family man–nothing is more important to him. He’s devoted, sweet, understanding and just totally perfect. Together, I thought these two made an interesting pair, especially with their history.

I also really enjoyed the family drama and dynamics. You could tell that Morgan loved Etta more than anything in the world and that there is nothing she wouldn’t do for her. You could also tell that she was very protective of her other family members and would try to help them out of any situation. And Trevor’s family, while they weren’t perfect, they meant well and you could tell just how much family meant to them.

I did have some issues with this series. As much as I enjoyed Trevor and Morgan together, I was left wanting more from them. Their situation was definitely one of insta-love and for me, it just didn’t work. For their type of story, I needed more emotion. I need more build up. I wanted to really see them fall and fight for each other. Don’t get me wrong, there was some romance and sexy good times, but for the most part, it was light on the romance. This story was definitely more family centered, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn’t what I was expecting to be the focus. My only other issue was the angst, or the lack there of. I really, really missed the angst. It was pretty much nonexistent and that is one of the things that I have come to know and love from this author.

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I liked the overall theme of family and how important it is to have them around/in your life. Heart of Glass is sweet story, but just left me wanting more. And while it’s not my favorite in this series, I’m still glad I checked it out.

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

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: 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*