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Review: Wild Love by Melissa Schroeder

Wild Love 

Melissa Schroeder 

Juniper Springs Series, Book 1 

250 pages
Expected publication: May 27th 2021 by Harmless Publishing
I’m not the kind of girl who expects happily ever after. In fact, I prefer my partners don’t get too clingy. Don’t get me wrong. I like a good night of loving, but beyond that, I’m happy to see them leave inthe morning, without my number.

Then I met him.

Quinn is a big bear of a man, with massive hands and amazing…staying power. Like all night long and the next morning kind of staying power. So when he asks me to spend the next day with him, I do. The only reason I give him my number is because he makes me laugh. And, okay, so I might have met up with him once or twice.

That doesn’t mean I need him. Because I am Everly Freaking Spencer, and I don’t need anyone (other than my bestie), and definitely not a man.

Only…

He shows up by chance at my store, which totally freaks me out. Finding out he’s my favorite author doesn’t help either.

And the surprise that’s dropped in our laps later that day?

Major. Freak. Out.

But, like I said, I don’t need anyone.

Right?

If I keep repeating that, I might just believe it.

Author warning: Get ready for a trip into the hippiest little town in Texas. There’s gossipy little old ladies (LOLs), an app that every teenager hates, trips to Denver and Cali, a woman who is convinced true love doesn’t exist, and  man who aims to prove her wrong by doing things to her that should embarrass the author. And she was. (Not really). Along the way readers get to spend time with the gorgeous Hawthorne brothers and gay ducks. SERIOUSLY. GAY. DUCKS. Just get the book already because you know you want to know about them. Also, there’s a happily ever after fit for a woman with commitment issues and man who just doesn’t know when to give up.

Are rules meant to be broken?
Quinn has found himself in a bit of a slump. Avoiding work is the last thing he should be doing when he reluctantly joins his brothers on a night out. For the moment he saw her, Quinn knew she was the one. He agreed to the rules she laid forth, knowing from the first spark she was the one.
Everly is a woman with sass, spunk and rules. No last name and only one night. Being burned again is not on her list of things to do. Relationships are something she just doesn’t believe in. Until on a let loose night she met the man who makes her want to break all the rules.
As a long time read of Ms.Schroeder, Wild Love is a showcase of what I love about her writing. A story with emotion and laughter, a family dynamic, well written and developed characters with love at its core. I loved Everly and Quinn from the moment they met. They were downright perfect for each other. Even though Everly was reluctant I love how she bent her own rules. Quinn played along knowing he was going to do everything in his power to change her mind. How they long for each other when they were apart and the intimacy, honesty and passion that they shared when they were together. Swoon! The setting Ms. Schroeder created in Wild One is one of my favorites and truly became a part of the story. Juniper Spring is a hippy little town where everyone knows everyone and everything that is going on with everyone. That app and the LOL’s are a hoot. It’s a fantastic small town setting. Burt and Ernie are hysterical. This is the perfect setting for small town romance. Wild Love is a new favorite for me.

Review: Fake by Kylie Scott

 

Fake 

Kylie Scott 

West Hollywood Series, Book 1

Paperback, 300 pages
Expected publication: May 18th 2021
He walks the red carpet. She’s more familiar with vacuuming one.

When a scandal tarnishes the reputation of hot as hell A-lister, Patrick Walsh, he needs a reputation rescue, pronto.

Enter waitress Norah Peers–a nobody who’s average with a capital A. She’s available, dependable, and has sworn off men for the rest of her natural born life. In other words: the perfect match for a no-strings fake romance.

For the right amount of money, she can avoid waitressing and play the part of his dependable down-to-earth girlfriend. What she can’t avoid–dammit–is the growing steam between them.

But being hounded by the paparazzi and having your life dissected on social media is a panic attack in the making. And while Patrick might be a charming rogue on screen, in real life he’s a six-foot-two confusing, gorgeous, brooding grump, who keeps her at a distance . . . but also makes her feel like this bond between them might be more than just an act.

Being dumped on cue should be no big deal. Except being fake with Patrick is the realist relationship Norah has ever had. What’s a girl to do, but flip the script, and ask for a rematch made in Hollywood?

Patrick Walsh is a Hollywood actor who has tarnished a bit of his good boy reputation. He’s a brooding man of few words. But I believe his actions speak loud and clear. He loves being an actor and is good at what he does. Norah Peer is the girl next door. A hard working woman who is trying to make a life for herself and take care of her gran. She is the lucky waitress who gets to serve the famous Patrick Walsh. When the famous actor propositions the girl next-door with an offer to make both of their lives better it makes it very hard for her to refuse that amazing smile.
Kylie Scott shows off her talents in the first book of her West Hollywood Series FAKE. A modern day Cinderella story that’s got some of the best dialogue and internal monologue that that I have read in quite a while. Everything I love about Ms.Scott’s written is within the pages of Fake. A fun and sweet romance that will make you laugh out loud on many occasions. There were moments that I couldn’t tell that there was any thing fake about Paddy and Norah. I honestly enjoyed Fake much more than I thought I would.

Review: Dark Alpha’s Obsession by Donna Grant

 

Dark Alpha’s Obsession 

Donna Grant 

Reapers Series, Book 11 

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: May 17th 2021
There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…

When Erith directs me to infiltrate the enemy and topple them from within, I immediately accept the challenge. I figure it’ll be easy until a stunning warrior goddess crosses my path and diverts my attention. The problem? She’s in league with those I was sent to take down. However, I soon discover there is more to her than meets the eye and quickly find my mission divided: disband this new group of Fae Others and save the gorgeous Light from her family—and herself. All it takes is one look, one conversation to know that she’s mine, and I will chance Death’s displeasure to make it so. But the risks are great. Because when you fall in love with the enemy, more than your heart is on the line.

Donna Grant knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Dark Alpha’s Obsession the thrilling, fast paced, newest edition of The Reaper Series. Fianna is strong and a fighter in more ways than one. Rordan has a very sad and tragic past but he has long ago dedicated himself to the Reapers. Rordan is on a mission where an unexpected meeting has not only himself curious and intrigued.
Dark Alpha’s Obsession is full of Assistance and passion. Two people that have an unlikely meeting they don’t seem too interested in each other find a common ground and an attraction that they can’t be pulled away from. I loved Fianna and Rordan together. They were fun, hard when needed and explosive when they gave in.

Review: Deadly Ever After by Eva Gates

Deadly Ever After

Eva Gates

Lighthouse Library Mystery Series, Book 8

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

Librarian Lucy’s wedding is at stake when a murder interrupts her engagement celebrations. To make it down the aisle, she’ll have to find the killer to save the date in the 8th book in the Lighthouse Library mysteries.

They’re getting married! Lucy Richardson and Connor McNeil have announced their engagement. Their friends throw a party for the couple at Coquina Beach, close to Lucy’s beloved Bodie Island Lighthouse Library.

As they’re packing up the presents and the (few) leftovers from Josie’s Cozy Bakery, who should arrive, but Richard Eric Lewiston III, Lucy’s former almost-fiancé and his overbearing mother Evangeline. Push comes to love when Evangeline makes no secret of why she’s here: to get Lucy and Ricky back together.

Lucy isn’t temped in the least, and Ricky is nothing but embarrassed at his mother’s desperate ploy. Before returning to Boston Evangeline throws a dinner party at Jake’s Seafood Bar for a reluctant Lucy and her family. Lucy hopes to get the dinner over with and see Evangeline and Ricky returning to Boson. But when a body is found at the restaurant’s kitchen door, Lucy is again forced to unwillingly put on her detective’s hat and do what she can to save her family and her engagement. Meanwhile, the classic novel reading club is reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, and open war breaks out in the Lighthouse Library when Lucy agrees to temporarily take care of a dog named Fluffy, but Charles the library cat has other ideas.

 

 

 4 Stars

Just when Lucy starts to feel a calmness coming into her life, everything starts to hit the fan.

Deadly Ever After is a fun and entertaining edition to the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series

Lucy and Connor are happily Celebrating their engagement with family and friends when out of the blue the ex and his mother show up, uninvited, to join in the festivities. When the intentions of the visit are unveiled, Lucy wants no part of this plan whatsoever. Agreeing to what should be a farewell dinner ends up having Lucy stumble upon a dead body that hits a little too close to home. And the icing on the cake is when Charles is not happy, to put it mildly, about the visitor release he brings home has his tail on edge.

I absolutely adore The Lighthouse Library Mysteries. Deadly Ever After is fun and entertaining. The atmosphere in which the book takes place is breathtaking and somewhat calming. Even with all the chaos that goes on within the story. Eva Gates does extremely well keeping her readers attention with an interesting and well plotted mystery and characters I have come to love over several books. She is able to keep us guessing and second-guessing with the turn of a page. I love that Lucy and Connor are finally getting together and I look forward to see what their future brings.

 

 

Review: Undeniable by Melissa Schroeder

Undeniable 

Melissa Schroeder 

Dominion Rockstar Series, Book 1 

Kindle Edition, 68 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Harmless Publishing

Part of the Melissa Schroeder Instalove Collection.

From the first moment I met her, I’ve wanted Pippa March. She’s sexy, smart, and funny. But she works for my band, managing us through our biggest tour yet, so she’s off limits.

Until one night, and one kiss. Once she gives herself to me, I know will never let her go. Unfortunately Pippa comes with baggage, namely her absent rockstar father. I have one night to convince her that I want her forever, and I don’t intend to fail.

Author Note: This is an instaromance with a silent bear of an Alpha hero, a spunky British heroine, lots of feels, a happily ever after with no cheating and no cliffhangers.

3.5 Stars

Undeniable is a quick read with a lot of personality. 

I very much enjoyed Gareth and Piper.  The moment they met, you could just tell.  They tried to keep it professional but it was only a matter of time. It may be an Insta love story but I prefer to say it is more of an act on your impulse story. Gareth and Piper chemistry together it’s quite explosive. Together they are raw and fierce yet gentle and loving. They definitely heat up the pages in the best of ways. I very much enjoyed Undeniable. Melissa Schroeder always brings so much personality with her characters in her stories. Even with this one being a short one, she packs in everything I love within her books. Humor and emotion along with some incredibly sexy times.  

I look forward to getting to know more of the Dominion Rock band.

Review: Meant to Be Immortal by Lynsay Sands

Meant to Be Immortal

Lynsay Sands 

Argeneau Series, Book 32

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Avon

In the newest Argeneau novel from author Lynsay Sands, an immortal barely escapes a raging fire only to kindle a sizzling passion with his potential life mate.

Mac Argeneau knows all too well: immortals can be killed. Not with holy water or silver crosses, but by decapitation or being set on fire. So when Mac’s house bursts into flames—with him inside—he’s sure it was no accident. But who would want to kill a scientist specializing in hematology? There is a silver lining: a blonde investigator appears on the scene and sparks feelings in him that have been dormant for centuries.

CJ Cummings is in town on a special investigation, but she’s been waylaid by the local police to deal with this arson case. The biggest mystery is how this sexy scientist with silvery blue eyes has emerged from a blazing inferno without a burn mark on him. He’s clearly hiding something. Sure, she’d love to see him without his lab coat, but she’s got a job to do—despite his insistence that he needs a bodyguard and…he wants her.

But when a second attempt on their lives puts CJ in harm’s way, it’s Mac who will do anything to safeguard the woman who’s destined to be his life mate.

3.5 Stars

It’s been a while since I have dived into the world of the Argeneau. Meant to Be Immortal is a nice book to dive back in on. 

Macon “Mac”Argeneau is just trying to set up his new lab in his new house. In a matter of an hour of moving in, someone torches his house, he almost dies (which is not the easiest thing for Mac) and meets his life mate. Talk about a moving day. 

CJ Cummings is a former cop who now does special investigations, is in town to investigate one of their own.  She is a smart cookie who realizes that she is getting a run around. When she arrives for her meeting  the town sheriff convinces her to do some detective work as his men are all on other calls. What should be a simple questioning and gathering of evidence turns into something she quite doesn’t understand. 

Meant to Be Immortal is an intense, hot and suspenseful read. Hooked from the first page to the last.  Lynsay Sand has her Argeneau world well built and even with Meant to Be Immortal being the thirty second book of the series she delivers surprises the reader doesn’t see coming. Mac and CJ shine in many ways through this book. From there bickering back-and-forth to the laugh out loud moments they gave the readers. She is smart and he is clever. The two of them together make quite the team. Their attraction is from the get go and their chemistry is as hot as the fire that took Mac’s house. Meant to Be Immortal was an entertaining and fun read. 

Review: Wild Dreams by Mari Carr

Wild Dreams

Mari Carr

Wilder Irish Series, Book 12

Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Expected publication: April 27th 2021
Dream big. Dream wild.

Oliver has always longed for a love just like his parents have—all three of them. He’s certain he’s already halfway to that happily ever after. His foster brother calls it wild, but Ollie knows they can find the woman of their dreams.

Gavin has always accepted that life is just one disappointment after another. Growing up in the foster system taught him that. Oliver is one of the few people he can trust, so he prefers they stay a two-man band.

Erin is a curvy, spunky brunette neither of them saw coming. But fate has another wild card in store for the three of them, one that will test everyone’s faith in their very different dreams for the future.

4.5 Stars
Even the wildest dreams can come true.
Oliver knows what he wants. Not something cooked up overnight but has dreamt after the life he wants for years. The type of love his parents have is what he wants his own life to be and with whom. Gavin carries pieces of his past with him that only allows his trust to a very select few. He’s damaged in a way that he doesn’t believe himself to be capable of being in a relationship.
Erin is sassy, smart, Open minded and beyond caring. She’s a genuine person and amazing woman. She knows she has something special with Oliver but she also understands his wants, needs and dreams. She is an extremely supportive woman and an amazing friend.
Wild Dreams is one of the top three books in the Wilder Irish series. Mari Carr pulled out everything and then some! Oliver is so optimistic and willing to wait for his dreams to come true. His openness and honesty with Gavin and Erin was beautiful. Gavin scars went so deep. His first example of love was not the best so it’s no wonder he reacted the way he did. His walls were built so high, it just took time to help him break them down. Erin was a shining light to both Gavin and Oliver. With love and friendship, and then more. Maybe it was a bit of Irish luck or maybe it was fate stepping in and putting these three together. An event that affects the whole family is the true push needed for three very special people to find their way to one another.
Mari Carr has readers stoked with all types of emotions with Wild Dreams. I laughed, cried and routed for this trio the entire time. There is nothing like a visit with the Collins Clan. You never know what you’re going to get, it will always hit you in the heart and love every single minute of it.

Review: A Cowboy Kind of Love by Donna Grant

 

A Cowboy Kind of Love 

Donna Grant

Heart of Texas Series, Book 6

Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 27th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

 

Jace Wilder has been rebuilding his life since the love of his life, Taryn, up and left town unexpectedly. But when she mysteriously returns, Jace’s dependable world comes crashing down. Taryn is hiding a dangerous secret, and no matter how hard he tries, Jace can’t stay away―especially when Taryn is at risk. And especially when the attraction he thought he’d buried long ago is back and hotter than ever. Will he be able to trust Taryn again?

Taryn Hillman’s world fell apart one horrifying night, and it’s never been the same since. When she sees a small chance at untangling herself, she takes it, though it means returning to Clearview – and seeing Jace again. But when he vows to protect her, will Taryn take a chance, and this time, never let him go?

 

 

 

 4.5 Stars

Fast paced and full of suspense, A Cowboy Kind of Love will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Jace has had a rough time to say it lightly. The baggage he carries from the military is not what haunts his thoughts and dreams. That place is reserved for the love of his life who walked away without barely a word five years ago. Worry and anger have filled his mind and suffering a bit as to never finding out what happened to her yet his love for her has never faded.

Taryn is a woman who would and did do anything to keep her family safe. Taryn got pulled into a world of darkness and crime. The last five years I have taken a toll on her and all she wants is freedom for herself and her sister. When a plan in place and the determination of a headstrong, caring woman. Things are not all them seem in Trayn’s world, making her make quick decisions, on a dime, forcing her to bring the one person into the middle of this mess that’s completely wanted to keep out of it.

Donna Grant rocked A Cowboy Kind of Love hard! I was captivated and enthralled within the first few pages. Jace may be one of the greatest heroes ever written. His sense of pride, honor and loyalty are some of his greatest drinks. His ability to see past things beyond anyone’s control and that his heart continues to love like it never missed a beat. Taryn was not at all anything like I thought she’d be. She was dedicated and devoted and went above and beyond. Stronger than she gives herself credit for. Jace and Taryn together was something quite beautiful. They both were trying to protect each other with every bit of means they had. Taryn learned with the help of Jace that family is not always blood. Their story is not an easy one but it is a very good one. Emotional and heart wrenching with danger looking over their shoulder yet healing and romantic. Twist and turns are all over the place but yet the calvary of cowboys more than willingly takes it on for friendship and family.

 

 

Review: A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder

 

A Tale of Two Cookies 

Eve Calder 

A Cookie House Mystery Series, Book 3 

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pastry chef Kate McGuire is loving life on the laid-back island of Coral Cay, Florida. As junior partner in a bakery renowned for luscious desserts–especially her cookies–life is pretty sweet. So when an old friend arrives and announces a spur-of-the-moment beach wedding, that’s just the icing on the wedding cake.

But the groom vanishes right as a television crew descends on the town to film a hot, new realty show. Is there a connection? Is her friend Desiree somehow involved? Or did groom Judson simply get cold feet? The bride and groom were paired better than warm cookies and cold milk, so Kate doesn’t buy it.

As the show’s cast runs amok on the island and the investigation into Judson’s disappearance heats up, Kate and her pal Maxi, along with town dog Oliver, will brave the rambunctious world of reality TV and a wedding weekend gone awry, in an all-out effort to find the missing groom.

4 Stars

A visit to the Cookie House is like going home.

A Tale of Two Cookies finds Kate McGuire nicely settled into her own new home of Coral Cay. The Cookie House is doing well and Oliver is as friendly as ever! The beautiful and slow pace of the resort town it’s just what a former New York pastry chef truly needed. With cookie baking classes with the locals and her mentor and friend visiting from New York for her wedding, Kates got plenty of good times I’ve had. Until the day of the wedding when the groom is a no-show and the pieces just don’t add up. Mix in a reality TV show filming within the small town really shakes things up for Kate and the Cookie House gang.

I absolutely adore this series. A Tale of Two Cookies is like a vacation with a mystery. Author Eve Calder truly transports the reader to the gorgeous island of Coral Cay. Kate and Maxi’s friendship has developed into a strong bond and I love their interactions with each other. The townsfolk are colorful and charismatic and truly help bring the series together. Kate has a way of picking up the crumbs and putting the pieces together with the help and wisdom of the Coral Cay Irregular‘s. Kate never doubted her friend Desiree even though pieces of the puzzle would have made her look like the crazy one. I love how it seems like most of the town comes together to get to the bottom of the craziness that happens in their town. A Tale of Two Cookies is a fun and twisting Mystery that had me reading from beginning to end in one sitting. You can gobble up the story just like you can Kate’s delectable cookies. This is a fine addition to the Cookie House Mystery series and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Review: My One Night by Carrie Ann Ryan

My One Night 

Carrie Ann Ryan

On My Own Series, Book 1

ebook, Published April 13th 2021
A one-night stand is supposed to end once the sun rises. Only it doesn’t always work out that way in this opposites attract and tortured hero romance.

Elise Hoover never expected this. She didn’t want to go to another party, but when her friend pulls her in, she somehow finds herself hiding in a corner with…him.

Dillon Connolly.

The smirking, so-called good guy with the shadows in his eyes. A single glance, a sweet smile, and she lets herself have one night of giving in.

Only she has to promise herself not to fall in love. No matter the cost.

4 Stars
Dillion’s story is one I have been waiting for. When meeting him in the Fractures Connection Series I knew there was something good about that kid. An old soul living within a man still coming into himself. Dillion feels like a borderline burden upon his brothers and has made a huge step and moved out on his own. Putting his nose to the grind he works his butt off to make things better for himself. Dillon is extremely insightful, has a good head on his shoulders and is very thoughtful and considerate of those around him.
Elise is an extremely intelligent Woman who has a lot of pressure from her parents to succeed. Being the daughter of two doctors is not necessarily the easiest thing but she wants to make her own choices. Keeping her head in the books and doing well is her goal but when a good friend dares her to let go and have a little fun. Elise just maybe even shocks herself a bit with this one.
I really enjoyed My One Night. I knew from the moment that Dillion and Elise met one night was not gonna be enough for them. From the initial approach and the actions that happened after you knew there was something between the two. Chemistry and attraction we’re off the charts with the two of them. Both of them struggle with wanting to keep their grades on top and do well and keep their eye on the prize but yet their feelings for each other or a distraction that could be good or bad. But who said you had to go at these things alone. Elise and Dillon find their way, even with some unexpected and heartbreaking events along the way they will be able to heal together.