Love Me (Take a Chance #2) by Diane Alberts

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Thomas Jones has come to Vegas to win yet another account for his marketing company. But when he sits across from beautiful and sensual Brianna Faulk to deliver his pitch, his desire to leave Vegas as quickly as possible is replaced by the need to get close to her. Yet she resists his
charm.

Brianna knows a date with Thomas could jeopardize her job, but he’s so maddening and insistent, she has a hard time denying him just one date. But that’s all it can be: one date. Because she has to protect her job and her secrets, even if it means giving up a chance at a life she never thought she’d have again.

 

 

 

 

 

Dolce Amore

Review:

Second in the Take a Chance series, I never thought this book would impress me as much as it did. I had already read some of Diane Alberts’ books and they never “touched” me. However, this one did.

Marketing executive Thomas Jones hates Vegas. He’d volunteered for the company business trips to the city when his sister lived there, but now that Erica lives with her husband in California, he is still stuck with them.

Thomas’ job is in jeopardy in the business meeting he has with Brianna Faulk. He needs to convince her to trust his company with her Golden Hand Casino’s marketing budget and brand image. What he never expected is to discover that the spitfire he meets just before the meeting is Brianna. During the meeting, Thomas explains to Brianna his thoughts and ideas. He suggests she should advertise the hotel more than the casino because there are plenty of casinos already, but her hotel is close to the airport.

You need to market what tired airline travelers want: a room to sleep in, a place within walking distance with food that doesn’t taste like airport fare, and a bar with the best cocktails this side of the runway. Position the restaurant with a terrace view of the casino poor, put slots in the bar, and you’ll have them hook, line, and sinker. I wouldn’t be surprised if people start missing their fights.

However, Thomas doesn’t want just the account, he is determined to win Brianna too.

“I want this account. And I want you.

She swallowed. Her throat was as dry as the desert. “You can’t have us both.

“We shall see.

When they end up having sex, Brianna runs from him. Thomas awakened feelings in her she thought long dead, along with her husband.  She doesn’t know how to handle him, especially when he comes looking for more. She thinks that the sex they had was just a way for Thomas to win the account and nothing more.  She stills feels like the chubby, insecure little girl she once was.

Eight years ago, Thomas’ marriage ended because of his wife’s affair, so when he sees Brianna’s wedding picture he is devastated. He knew she was hiding something, and now he’s sure Brianna was hiding a husband. What he doesn’t know is that she is a widow, with three kids at home. When Thomas discovers the truth, Brianna is sure that he will move away, so she simplifies her situation to make a clean break.

I’m thirty-two and a single mom with a lot of baggage. Zach’s thirteen and miserable. Katelyn’s six and thinks she’s twenty. Cody is eight, lives in his own world, and thinks Transformers are real.

But Thomas doesn’t leave her and he wins over her children: first Katelyn, then Cody and then Zach. And with them, their mother’s heart.

I loved the story! It went straight to my heart!!! Thomas has been hurt so badly he never dated in the eight years since his marriage ended. Still, Brianna got to him and there was nothing to dissuade him from pursuing her, not even discovering she is a widow, not even discovering she has three children (although he is terrified of doing something wrong while being with the little ones).

He never really envisioned himself with kids. Never even pictured a family of his own. And the idea of dating someone with kids had never even crossed his mind. He never would have considered getting involved with a woman who had children. He didn’t know how to talk to children. How to make them like him.

But this was Brianna. The idea of walking away and never getting to kiss her lips again clawed at his insides like some hidden monster, refusing to let go.

Kids or not, he wanted to be with her. Wanted to explore the new feelings she brought out in him.

Brianna lost a husband she loved and now, with three children, she doesn’t believe Thomas could want something serious with her. He gets her to commit to two weeks to see if their relationship has a future, and those days are heaven and hell for her … her love for him deepening with every new day. But her fear of losing him grows more intensely with every passing day, too.

We don’t have just awesome main characters, but also some lines full of humor that will prevent you quitting the book once you’ve started.

“What are you doing?

“Touching you.” He raised her hand to his lips and pressed a kiss to her palm. “It’s something humans do to express interest in someone. You’ve heard of humans, I assume.

“I’ve also heard of slimy snakes.

“I left my snake oil in my briefcase.

“I still intend to use your shoes to bribe you into another date with me. A real one. We’ll actually end up somewhere other than my room.

Amusement glittered in her eyes. “Those are six hundred dollar shoes. If I don’t get those back, I’ll castrate you.

And romance, too.

Their relationship might have started because of mind-blowing sex, but now it was more. He couldn’t do this halfway.

Before when they had sex, it was exactly that. Hot, sweaty sex. But now he had a feeling everything would be different. For the first time since Nicole, sex had a new meaning for him. It had emotion. And depth. Once he got his hands on her, he’d never let go. He ached to lose himself in her. Have her. Consume her. Love her. And he wouldn’t touch her unless he could have all of those things. Unless he could have all of her.

Because he already loved her. He knew that now, and even better? He wasn’t scared of it. Or of her. Without Brianna, his life would feel like a shell. Like he was going through the motions.

 

5 very deserved couples.

 

 

 

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Source : Publisher Request

Released : May 13th 2013

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The “What If” Guy by Brooke Moss Blog Tour

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Today we have invited the very talented author Brooke Moss, along with Autumn Cole and Henry Tobler, the main characters of The “What If” Guy, the book that was re-released on May 20th.

I’m glad to have you here, ready to answers my questions.

 Thanks for having me, I’m so glad to be here. 🙂

1.     For Autumn: Why did you stop creating art after you quit the art school?

Well, I had a son to support by myself, so I felt like working in galleries was a way for me to make money, AND still work with art.

2.     For Henry: What did you feel when Autumn told you she was pregnant with another guy’s baby?

Crushed. Absolutely crushed.

3.     For Autumn: Who hired you to work as a waitress when you were eight months pregnant and how long were you working there?

I worked at a diner on highway I-95 called “The Come On In”, and I worked there until Elliott was 2. They were very good to me.

4.     For Henry: What was your first thought when you saw Autumn for the first time after thirteen long years?

That she’d gotten even more beautiful…..oh, and what the hell is she doing here??

5.     For Autumn: You knew Henry was still married. What made you start dating him as he was still a married man?

There’s a difference between being married and cheating one’s spouse, and being in the end stages of a divorce and living 900 miles away from your soon-to-be ex wife, and having a completely separate life.

 6.     For Henry: Why didn’t you finish the divorce and THEN move to Fairfield, Washington?

Would you continue to live in the city where your ex spouse and his/her family are prominently featured in headlines and on the social circle where you worked? Probably not.

7.     For Brooke: What’s your favorite scene from the book and why? And what are your writing plans for the future?

Autumn clocking Henry in the face with an encyclopedia. And I’ve got a romantic comedy coming out in early July, as well as two other books, and one novella available.

Thanks for stopping by, it was a real pleasure having you here.

Thanks for having me!

   

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Book Description:

What would you do if your “what if” guy showed up at the lowest point of your life?

(Autumn Cole clocked hers with an encyclopedia.)

After losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery and finding out her father has been hospitalized, single mother Autumn Cole reluctantly returns to her tiny hometown of Fairfield, Washington to put the pieces of her life back together.

Her disgruntled twelve-year old son isn’t thrilled about going from hip to hick, but Autumn’s got it worse. She resumes her role as the daughter of the town drunk, promptly facing a crisis with her father that’s been decades in the making.

Running into Henry Tobler, and nearly breaking his nose, is almost more than she can handle, but can rediscovering love – and herself – with her “what if” guy teach Autumn to forgive before it’s too late?

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Dolce Amore

Review:

Well, from where should I start? I guess by saying I hate reading books about cheaters and Henry Tobler is a cheater. So my opinion of this book is not too good.

Thirteen years ago, Autumn “Auto” Cole had to end her two month relationship with the love of her life, Henry Tobler, when she discovered she was pregnant from a previous beau.

His girlfriend was pregnant with someone else’s child.

Henry deserved better than me.

Now, she is back with her twelve-year-old son, Elliott, to Fairfield, Washington because a neighbor of her father, Smartie Guire, called to tell her that her father had taken a spill in the garage behind his house and he’d lain on the floor for twenty-two hours before he found him. So she is back to take care of him and because she has nowhere to go after losing her job at an art gallery, she uses all her savings trying to find another job.

I understand that because of her father being the town drunk and because he used to ignore her, Autumn didn’t have a good relationship with her father, but calling him once a year and visiting him just once in the fourteen years that passed since she left Fairfield is not something I admire.

What Autumn never thought she would find here is the love of her life, Henry Tobler, and the man she so cowardly had left once she discovered she was pregnant with a guy she slept with before meeting Henry. Although he tried to talk to her for months after she confessed her pregnancy, she ignored him (if he was the love of her life, she would have find a way to make it work, or discover, at least, what he was thinking about her situation before cutting him from her life). She decided to give the baby’s father a chance, a man she didn’t like too much. Cliff tried to do the honorable thing, but in the end he decided that the family life is not for him when she was eight months pregnant. She had to quit school and start working as a waitress to pay the bills (eight months pregnant and starting working as a waitress? Seriously?).

Ok, so Autumn meets Henry when she takes his son, Elliott, to school. Henry is one of Elliott’s teachers and the first time she sees again, she busts his nose with an encyclopedia and made him bleed profusely in the classroom. And then she feels bad because he seems to hate her. Is she for real?

Autumn meets her ex-best friend Holly, who she cut out of her life after discovering she was pregnant because she was too ashamed to tell her the truth—although Holly needed her to assist in her wedding. Holly seems to forgive Autumn awfully fast, just because she made a batch of “apology cookies”… so I found no character depth here.

Autumn starts to work in a pharmacy and she keeps meeting Henry. He, too, forgives her way too fast, considering that she took off after telling him about the baby and discovering that she gave Cliff another chance.

 

“He was the guy I saw for a few weeks before you asked me out. I told you about him.”

The line between his eyebrows deepened. “The loser bartender?”

“Yes,” I admitted shamefully. “Cliff was pompous, narcissistic, and completely unemployable. Half the time, he called me by the wrong name. I only dated him because he was wild, and I was a stupid, rebellious kid.”

“Why did you go back to him, then?”

“Where I come from, that’s what you do. When you’re expecting a child with someone, you marry him and make an honest woman of yourself. Even if you don’t love him.”

He ran his hand through his hair. “So you went back to a guy you hated, to make an honest woman of yourself?”

I couldn’t look at him. “I thought I was doing the honorable thing.”

“By leaving a man who loved you for a guy who didn’t even know your damn name?”

I’m SO starting to hate this book! Who does what Autumn did? I wouldn’t, for sure.

Now, about the cheating part: Henry is going through a divorce when he starts dating Autumn. Why couldn’t he get the divorce and THEN move to Fairfield, Washington?

Autumn begins building a relationship with her father, starts painting murals (the first she does is for Layla Deberaux, a nemesis from school) and starts dating Henry. Everything is great until her father dies and Henry’s wife comes to get him. He tells her before leaving that he loves her and that he will be back, but a day passes. Then two. Then three days with no calls. A week passes. Then two. Two weeks turn into three, and then four, his phone is disconnected and she is sure Henry is back with his wife.

Besides what I already admitted that I disliked about the story, I felt no attraction between these characters, no spark, nothing. For me, the characters were unreal, with no depth. I can’t rate it more than 2 couples. And I think I’m too generous with the rating.

 

 

 

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Source : Publisher Request

Released : May 20th 2013

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Brooke writes complex, character-driven stories about kismet, reunited lovers, first love, and the kind of romance that we should all have the chance at finding. She prefers her stories laced with some humor just for fun, and enough drama to keep her readers flipping the pages, and begging for more!

When Brooke isn’t spinning tales, she spends her time drawing/cartooning, reading two books a week (ask her who her faves are), watching movies then comparing them to books, and, of course, wrangling four kids, one hubby she lovingly refers to as her “nerd”, and attempting to conquer the Mount Everest of laundry that is the bane of her existence.

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Christina’s Bear (Chestnut Rock Shifters #2) by Jane Wakely

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Christina Mills’ loud, bubbly personality gains her numerous friends and dating opportunities. Unfortunately, being labeled a “party girl” and dating a lot can give people the wrong impression. When Christina’s dates learn the truth about her, they soon move on.

James “Bull” Johnson is a restless bear shifter ready to settle down. At the urging of his friend, he relocates to the mid-sized town of Chestnut Rock. Bull hopes the nearby forest and being near his best friend will help soothe his bear and cure some of his loneliness.

When Bull and Christina meet, he recognizes her as his mate. However, their first two encounters leave Bull thinking Christina is afraid of him and Christina is confused by her feelings toward the stranger. Both Bull and Christina have secrets and insecurities that keep them guarded, but if they can trust one another, they’ll discover they’re made for each other.

Dolce Amore

 

Review :

Second in the Chestnut Rock Shifters series, this book can be read as a standalone.

After her best friend Jen moves in with her boyfriend, Christina Mills is truly on her own for the first time in her life. She is happy for her friend, but she is also envious of the love Jen and Matt are sharing. She wants to find someone to love her unconditionally too.

When his best friend Matt asks James “Bull” Johnson to move to the town of Chestnut Rock, James never thinks he’ll find his mate. However, their first meeting is full of wrong perceptions and they have to right them before starting a relationship.

 The previous book of this series had a story I found a bit rushed, the scene where Jen discovers that Matt is a shifter too written with an improbable reaction. This story was one more than that in creating disbelief. Seriously, you find out someone is a shifter and it’s ‘ho hum, onto the next thing’? Where is the REACTION so readers can connect to the character? The story seemed to race at maximum speed and the revealing scene is way too unbelievable. 2 couples.

 

 

Publisher: Rebel Ink Press

Source : Manic Readers

Released : May 3rd 2013

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Darker Days (Darker Agency, #1) by Jus Accardo Cover Reveal

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Book Blurb :

Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business. Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course…

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Seven deadly ones, in fact.

They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they’re recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing…

There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything.

 

 

 

Excerpt

“So not your biggest fan at the moment,” I said, closing the office door behind me. The runofffrom my jeans had soaked my sneakers pretty good. With each step, I gave a slight squishing noise accompanied by an annoying squeak against the old tile floor.

From across the room, Mom stared. “What happened to you?”

            “It attacked me.” Tossing my bag on the couch, I sank into her chair and made sure to grind my butt into the cushion. Got it nice and wet. I was all about sharing the love—and right now, the love was soggy.

            She laughed, waving a folder in my direction. “Surely you’re overreacting. It was one little zombie. They don’t attack people.”

            “I’m serious, Ma. It tried to drown me. And the client assaulted me with ugly footwear. As far as punishments go, I’d say we’re probably square. I’ve learned my lesson.”

            “You’re serious?” Amused expression now replaced by concern, she crossed the room and leaned over her desk to get a better look at me.

            “As a coronary.” Once I was sure the chair had sponged up all it could, I stood and huffed past her. Pulling at my favorite T-shirt—the word Fate inside a blood red heart, is a four letter word on the back—I said, “Child welfare would not be happy to hear you tried to feed your only child to a walking corpse…”

“But why would it attack? Did you provoke it?” Folding her arms, she frowned. “Insult it, perhaps?”

            I winked at her. “Provoke it? Sure. I went and wiggled my ass in front of it yelling lunch just to see what’d happen.” I’d called it Stinky, but that didn’t count as an insult. Something couldn’t be considered an insult if it was true, right?

            Right eyebrow twitching, she fought against a smile. “But you’re okay, right? No bites, broken bones, head injuries, possessions…?”

I smiled and did a little twirl. “All in one piece and still me.”

Mom had a checklist she went through at the end of each job. I was known for taking almost as much damage as I inflicted.

“Oh, and you’re probably going to get a call from the client. I sorta smashed her fence in the process.”

            Mom groaned. “I told you to be more careful.”

            “It’s not like I tried to break anything.”

            “Something tells me you didn’t try hard enough not to break anything, either.”

            “In my defense, it wasn’t a simple trap and slap…”

            “We can’t afford this.” She reached down and pulled a white envelope out from under a stack of papers. “This is the bill for that Mercedes you smashed.”

            “Oh! So not my fault. How was I supposed to know that Spring Heel was gonna land on the car? If it makes you feel any better, I think he was aiming for my head…”

            “If you keep this up, we won’t even be able to afford the rent.”

            She was right, of course, and it made me feel horrible. “I’m sorry. I guess I’m a wrecking ball wrapped in blue jeans. Take my cut of this job and put it toward the repairs. Keep my paycheck for the next month, too.” A good start, but it didn’t feel like enough. Sure, it would cover the damages—I hoped—but I felt guilty about upsetting her. The bills that were piling up kept her awake at night. This was only going to make things worse. We got a fair amount of business, but the overhead in our line of work was sky high.

As much as I hated the idea, I knew what would cheer her up. “I’ll even throw in pet possessions for the next month.”

 

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JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

 

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Jenn’s Wolf (Chestnut Rock Shifters 1) by Jane Wakely

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Jenn is used to being overlooked by men. She’s short, slim, shy and her past keeps her guarded against others—especially men. It also gets her labeled as having a “good personality.” When she sees Matt for the first time, she realizes he’s the first man she’s willing to take a chance on.

Matt is a wolf shifter worried that he’ll never find his mate. Without a mate, a shifter’s life is incredibly drawn-out and lonely. Willing to try anything, he agrees to a blind date with Jenn and is stunned to find out she’s the one.

A misunderstanding interrupts their first night together and leaves them both miserable. After determining she may have overreacted, Jenn apologizes and they agree to start over. When Matt tells her about his wolf, she has to decide whether to trust her heart or run from the only man she’s ever wanted.

 

 

Dolce Amore

 

Review :

Two years ago, Jennifer and her best friend Christina relocated to Chestnut Rock together. Christina kept Jen from locking herself away and hiding from the world.

However, when they go out for a night, Jen sees like the man she is interested in with some drunken friends and he kisses Christina, her beautiful friend. She is devastated. When he turns out to be the blind date she has the next day, she is not sure if she is thrilled or not.

Matt can’t believe his blind date is his very own mate. She is everything he has hoped for and he is ready to fight to convince her to give him a try.

Not bad for a short story, but I found it a bit rushed and the scene where Jen discovers the truth about Matt being a shifter plays a bit unreal. 3 couples

 

 

 

Publisher: Rebel Ink Press

Source : Manic Readers

Released : March 17th 2013

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Destiny’s Chance by Cara Bristol

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Destiny Grable can’t help that she’s fallen in love Chance Everett, her best friend’s boyfriend, but she’s never, ever acted on her feelings — until she and Zoe are in a car accident, Zoe is killed, and Destiny is reincarnated in her body. She never wished for something like this to happen, but perhaps now she’ll be free to love Chance the way she always wanted to.

Chance might have had pursued Destiny, but he has a kinky side and she was a nice girl. But now she’s dead, and the accident has forced him to take in his ex-girlfriend. As soon as she recovers and moves out, he’ll get on with his life.

Can two star-crossed lovers ever find happiness?

 

Dolce Amore

 

Review :

Destiny Grable fell in love with Chance Everett the first time they met, but he was her best friend’s boyfriend, and Destiny wouldn’t do something that could destroy the friendship she and Zoe were sharing.

When Destiny wakes up after a car accident, she soon understands that something is wrong, beside best friend Zoe ending dead …

Everything felt so unsettled. Odd. Like the absence of her parents. It did not make sense they wouldn’t rush to her side after she’d been in a serious accident. The only likely explanation was that they hadn’t been notified.

During the accident, she and Zoe had switched bodies. Everything associated with Destiny Grable had disappeared. She’d lost everything—her family, her friends, her business, her possessions. She didn’t even have her purse or her cell phone.

The mirror, her body, the bracelet, the nurse were wrong. But what the hell had happened?

Maybe she did need a psych consult. Perhaps the accident had caused a delusion in which she had assumed another person’s identity. Could she be Zoe? She peeked again at the ID tag. The hospital thought so. As did Chance, apparently.  Her face and body claimed she was.  Memories disagreed. She could recite Destiny’s social security number, her late grandmother’s address, and her high school locker combination. Zoe didn’t have that information.  Feelings belonged to Destiny too.

Zoe had been living with Chance, so when they ended their relationship she lost her job as a model so Destiny ends up living with Chance.

Living together made it possible for Chance to see Zoe’s strange behavior. And there are two things that convince him that Zoe is Destiny … he sees Destiny staring at him through Zoe’s eyes when they have sex and Laura, Destiny’s sister, is only too happy to see Zoe and starts to give her some of Destiny’s things. When he pushes her to tell him the truth, Chance makes her run to Laura; forcing him to turn into a stalker because he is too afraid to talk to Destiny and confess his feelings for her—until Laura pays him a visit and gives him the push he needed.

I liked the idea of Destiny hearing Zoe’s voice telling her to follow her heart and have a relation with Chance. I also liked that Laura felt Destiny in Zoe, so she didn’t lose her beloved sister. However, although the story was interesting and the characters deep, I couldn’t bond with them. 4 couples.

 

 

Publisher: Loose Id

Source : Manic Readers

Released : May 10th 2013

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Not Quite Mine by Catherine Bybee Blog Tour

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Gorgeous hotel heiress Katelyn “Katie” Morrison seems to have it all. But
when she crosses paths with Dean Prescott—the only man she’s ever
loved—at her brother’s wedding, Katie realizes there’s a gaping hole in
her life. After the ceremony she gets an even bigger surprise: a baby girl
left on her doorstep. Determined to keep the newborn until she learns
who her mother is, Katie has her hands full and doesn’t need Dean
snooping around…especially when his presence stirs feelings she thought
were long gone..
Dean Prescott knows Katie is lying to him about the baby. He shouldn’t
care what the woman who broke his heart is up to…and he most
certainly shouldn’t still be aching for her. Yet Dean can’t ignore the need
to protect Katie—or the desire to be near her every chance he gets. But
when he and Katie solve the mystery surrounding the baby, their second
chance for happiness could be shattered forever.

 

Dolce Amore

 

Review:

Second in the Not Quite series, I loved Not Quite Mine even more than Not Quite Dating. Like all the series Catherine Bybee writes, every release is better than the previous!!

 

Katelyn “Katie” Morrison has had a crush on Dean since always. But when they finally start a relationship, it ends in tragedy … Katie loses their baby and she’s told she can’t have children. Devastated and knowing that Dean wants a full house of them, Katie breaks up with him. That was a year and a half ago.

 

When Jack, one of Dean’s best friends, asks him to check on Katie, his sister, because he knows something is happening to her, Dean decides to do it and lies to himself that he’s doing it for friendship’s sake … the same friendship that had kept Katie and Dean apart for a long time and made him hide their relationship. The worst part was that when everything ended, Dean couldn’t even drink through the pain of the breakup with his best friend, because his best friend had no idea about the relationship.

 

When Jacks also informs Dean that Katie will design the interior of the new hotels Dean is constructing in Ontario, California, he makes it easy to check on her, as they will have to work together, that is— if Katie is going to appear to work.

 

After Jack’s wedding, Katie and Monica, Katie’s new sister-in-law, get the surprise of their lives when they discover a two week old baby left on Katie’s doorstep. An accompanying letter asks Katie to raise the child as her own and the mysterious mother informs her that she knows Katie can’t have children and that she wants one.

 

Savannah was conceived with love, albeit one sided, and deserves a mother who can give her everything. I know things about you that I probably shouldn’t. I know how much you want a child of your own, how impossible it is for you to do so. If you open your heart to my tiny miracle, she’ll win you over before dawn. Her father isn’t ready for her, but if my instincts are right, he will be one day. And when he is, the two of you will give Savannah the loving home she needs.

 

An additional slip of paper attached is the baby’s birth certificate.

The words “Closed Adoption” stood out in bold print. Under “Child’s Name” was “Savannah Morrison, no middle name.” Under “Mother” was “Katelyn Marie Morrison.” Katie shifted her eyes to the space for the father’s name and found it blank.

 

When Dean checks on Katie the next morning, he sees Savannah. He knows that the story Katie is telling him about babysitting a friend’s baby is a lie, but before he can discover something more, she runs to Ontario.

 

Katie decides to hide Savannah until she can discover who the mother is and have all the info before informing her family and making sure she can keep the baby. Monica is helping her with everything.

 

Already Savannah had wiggled her tiny fingers around Katie’s heart and squeezed hard.

“I want to be your mommy. Is that OK with you?” Katie whispered. A wave of unexpected tears welled in her eyes. Please, God…let me be her mommy.

Savannah blinked a couple of times and attempted a smile as one tear dropped from Katie’s eye.

She wiped the moisture away, refusing to think about someone, anyone, taking Savannah away from her.

 

Dean knows what he wants, and he wants another chance with Katie. He sees the great work she is doing with the hotels, and he wants Katie back. But this time he won’t hide his feelings for her anymore. He confesses everything to Jake, that he met Maggie after his break up with Katie and that he convinced himself that he loved her; that when she called off the wedding, she hurt just his ego, not his heart. And that now he wants a second chance with Katie.

 

When Dean discovers the truth about Savannah, he supports her … but what will happen when Dean discovers that he is the father of the baby and Maggie, his ex, is the mother? What will happen with Katie?

 

I LOVED it!!!! Wonderful! Catherine Bybee grabbed my attention with her paranormal books, but what makes me come back for more is her contemporary series like this one, the Not Quite series, or The Weekday Brides series, another series of hers I just love. She is one of my favorite contemporary authors, with outstanding characters that somehow always manage to sneak up and steal my heart. Her tales always have an interesting and wonderful storyline with great and expressive lines and a fluid and charming style.

 

Like I said, this is even better than the previous book of the series so I can’t rate it less than 5 couples, although I’d rate it a lot more if I could do it!
Publisher: Montlake Publishing

Source : Publicist

Released : May 7th 2013

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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised
in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern
California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with
waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending
most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and
has penned novels Wife by Wednesday, Married by Monday, and Not Quite
Dating. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern
California.

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Alien Adoration (Alien Next Door #1) by Jessica E. Subject

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Erotic dreams fill her with need …

Night after night, Rachel fantasizes about her sexy, playboy neighbor. But in her small town, no one changes, least of all the bad boy next door. But when Luke rescues her not once but twice from disastrous dates, she dares to believe her knight in black leather armor may be the right man for her after all.

Until she learns the truth …

Life on Earth has never been easy for Luke. Stranded as a little boy, he struggled to craft an existence for himself, but he never forgot the first human he met—and he never stopped wanting to see her again. Returning to Hanton, Luke longs for Rachel. Yet, nothing goes as he plans, and Rachel barely notices him. Convincing her he isn’t like all the jerks she’s dated means telling her the truth, but can she handle it?

Can she overcome her fears, or will she deny her alien adoration and leave him stranded once more?

 

 

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Rachel thinks she has no chance with Luke Jones, the hero of every fantasy she has had in the past two years, from the first day he moved to Hanton and became her neighbor.

Luke is using women to try to forget Rachel, but he can’t get her out of his head. When he first met her, the first night he got to Earth, she stole his heart with her kindness and her accepting nature. So when he feels she’s in trouble, he goes to rescue her from a disastrous date, only to save her again before having the courage to ask her for a date himself.

Rachel dreamed all her life of the alien boy she met when she was a little girl. But she remembers his name only after spending the night with Luke. Shocked, she realizes that Luke is the alien boy she dreamed of. She can’t believe when Luke confesses some of his feelings for her.

I came back to Hanton for you. Ever since I met you, I felt a connection to you. Growing up in orphanages and group homes where no one questioned my background, I remained determined to find you as soon as I had the chance.

However, when she’s back from training, she discovers some shocking news and thinks the worst of Luke and the only thing that can save their relationship and bring happiness is being sincere with what they feel for one another.

I like to read books that are well tided up, but this is not the case with Alien Adoration. I was left with so many questions like: Why did nobody came after Luke? How was his childhood, an alien coping alone on a strange planet?  There is only a reference to it. Does Luke have powers? What is the strange orb he has, does it have secret powers? I hope to discover the answers in the second book of the Alien Next Door series.  I rate this story 3 couples.

 

Publisher: Jessica E. Subject

Source : Manic Readers

Released : May 10th 2013

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The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy Release Day

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Book Blurb :

This isn’t a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I’d be happy to recommend one, but I don’t have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It’s the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it’s also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.

 

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This is one blurb that does not fail to live up to expectations. The story is told completely in the voice of the heroine Juliet who is exactly like the blurb, and this is what captivated me and I wasn’t disappointed. I was reeled in, hook, line and sinker. I love how Alyssa Rose Ivy captured her heroine as she heads to college and tries to follow a letter her cousin Amy gives her with this warning:

“This kind of feels like the beginning of a YA novel.” She laughed. “No. Trust me. The contents of this letter are not YA appropriate.”

Amy thinks that Juliet is sheltered and far from outgoing and wants her to live a little before she heads to college so the letter contains a list of five things to do and the last one is that Juliet must go skinny dipping. She finally gets the courage to do so one night at her family beach house a couple of weeks before college starts. She decides to do it at night in her pool so, in case she gets caught in the pool, she can cover up what she is doing. When low and behold her crush and the guy she dreams of, Dylan Bradley, walks in. She’s known him for years since his family beach house is next door and his brother is the same age. She is mortified and tries to hide her embarrassment until Dylan realizes and joins her skinny dipping. One thing leads to another and soon they are in Dylan’s bedroom. Juliet finally is getting what she wants, the guy of the dreams, but only one problem—he’s bad in bed. He may be a great kisser but he fails otherwise and Juliet chalks it up to nerves and escapes in the middle of the night.

Fast forward a couple of weeks later; Juliet is the middle of rush week at Harrison, hoping to pledge to her cousin’s sorority, when she bumps into Dylan at his Omega house party. He is not happy that she disappeared that fateful night they went skipping dipping and she agrees to go out on a date with him to make up for bolting. They start dating but things are not perfect. Juliet is blind to his faults, Dylan is controlling and, whilst deep down she knows that, she tries convincing herself otherwise as friends try to intervene. She thinks she is in love and the author highlights this with so-called love scenes and the emails to her cousin who she promised to keep updated about her college life.

To: amy_monroe@mail.com From: juliethegreat14@mail.com Subject: Boys… Dear Amy, How do you tell a guy the sex is bad without actually saying it? Don’t read too much into the question. I’m just asking. Your Almost Innocent Cousin,

I love this stereotypical character type that Juliet calls her in each of her email as she is not. Each email highlights a different day in her life as a sorority pledge means she’s on call for all sorority events and pledges. She starts to form close relationships with fellow pledges and Reed, a Kappa house member, who she thinks is a jerk and thinks that Juliet is looking for a Romeo.


“Have you found a Romeo?”
Original. So original. I forced a laugh of my own. “No, not yet.”
“Good.”


We learn that he is not like Dylan, in fact, he is the total opposite of him. He’s a nice guy who treats Juliet as if she were his sister and warns her of Dylan. Despite still going out with Dylan, he sees that Juliet is no ordinary girl and loves her for that. With Dylan continuing to get more controlling, she starts to compare them and realizes that she may have chosen the wrong guy. Will she be able to stand up to him?

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping is the NA that got me over the disappointment of one of my favourite series coming to an end. It’s a perfect combination of light and sweet with a hint of sexy and I want more of this author’s books. This was a perfect introduction to her work and I will definitely recommend that if you are new to her books, start with this one.
5 couples.

Publisher : Alyssa Rose Ivy

Source : Publicist

Released : May 21st 2013

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Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Caged Heat by Milly Taiden

 

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 Caged Heat

Milly Taiden

Black Meadows Pack – Book 2

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

 Publisher: Etopia Press

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Book Description:

 

After five years travelling through third world countries to teach impoverished children, Samira Suarez has returned home to Black Meadows. What Sam didn’t expect was to be instantly overwhelmed by the desire to be with the one man she’s wanted since she was a teen, Riel Karven.

 

Riel has been patiently waiting for Sam’s return. For five long years he’s backed off and watched her come and go. This is it. His mate is back, and he’s taking a stand.

 

Sam’s need for Ry grows to unimaginable proportions. It’s almost as if she were in heat. But she’s a human…isn’t she?

 

There’s more at stake than Sam and Ry’s future relationship when she inherits her grandmother’s estate. One of her many relatives wants her out of the way.

It’s going to take all of Ry’s determination and help from his friends to keep her alive.  And it’s going to take delving into her past to find out why a human is going into mating heat.

 

 

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Review :

After five years of being away, Samira Suarez returns home to Black Meadows the same day her grandmother’s will is read. The rest of Samira’s family is shocked and angry that everything is being left to Samira while they’d get just a million dollars each. However, when Samira’s life is threatened, she, her best friend Natalia and Riel Karven, her neighbor and an old crush, knows that someone from her family wants Samira dead because of the terms of the will.

 

If Samira Suarez dies within 30 days of Mrs. Suarez, each of Mrs. Suarez’s female children, Cecilia, Maggie, and Luisa would get a lump sum of twenty million dollars. Her son, Juan Sr. is in the will but has been disinherited. According to Mrs. Suarez’s will, he has his own inheritance from his father’s side. Mrs. Suarez’s grandchildren, Antonio, Robert, Marco, and Lucas would get ten million each and the rest would go to her designated charities.

 

The first attack is a small homemade bomb; the second is an attempt to burn her home with her inside and the third is a more direct approach. All the while as she has a relationship with Riel, there is a werewolf who has waited five long years for her as she is his one true mate.

 

We discover that Samira is half werewolf, but something stopped her from becoming one. There are two theories on this and I’ll let you discover them. Her werewolf side becomes apparent after she gets bitten by a wolf in the jungle of Brazil. I’m a very curious reader so I’ve checked if there are wolves in Brazil and discovered this:

 

The largest canid of South America is the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) and he resembles a large fox with reddish fur.

 

That information let me down. Not only that, but I knew from the start who the villains were, so the suspense was not good enough to make me consider this book a great book, or even a good book. So I’m rating it 3 couples.

 

 

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Milly Taiden was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

 

She began writing when she learned to put words together and her first book consisted of two homeless dogs living in a park for her second grade English class. She didn’t win a prize, but she acquired a love for writing that never went away.

 

When she’s not working full-time, texting with her best friend Heidi in England, chastising her son for pulling the dog’s ears, shopping with her sister Jewel or watching scary movies with her husband, she can be found writing on her laptop. She’s addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate and Dunkin Donuts coffee.

A major reader when she can get her hands on a good book, she loves reading all Mina Carter, Cynthia Eden, Cynthia Sax among others

 

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