Romance Books

Book Review – Bossman by Vi Keeland

Goodreads Summary 

The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression. I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.  He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.  So I told him to mind his own damn bossmanbusiness―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.  When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked. When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out. But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.  My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.  When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again. I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people? Then again…What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

I was really excited to get my hands on Bossman.  From the blurb, this book sounded really funny.  It didn’t disappoint.

Bossman is the story of Reese Annesley, a single woman living in New York City.  One night, she is on a date with a guy who is boring her, and she excuses herself to use the restroom and call her friend to call her to get her out of the date.  While leaving the message, a man comes over and tells her she’s a “bitch” for getting out of her date.

Reese goes back to her date, and a few minutes later, the guy from the bathroom comes over and pretends to know Reese from her childhood.  The guy, Chase, makes up some ridiculous stories about he and Reese’s childhood.  The night ends and Reese can’t get Chase out of her head.

Fast forward one month, and Reese is at a job interview when she runs into Chase.  She overhears Chase telling his HR person not to hire her; she gets pissed and walks out.  Turns out Chase didn’t want to hire Reese because he is attracted to her.

Reese and Chase have some really funny banter.  Reese doesn’t put up with Chase’s crap.  However, Chase has a backstory that was really depressing.  I didn’t love his backstory, but I did like the way it was handled.  Chase had some series baggage to get past and I feel it was handled well.

Overall, this was a good read and I would recommend it.

Happy reading.

 

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Things Books made me want to do after reading them

I didn’t think I would be able to come up with anything.  I was wrong:)

Travel to Italy

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown and Playing for Pizza by John Grisham inspired me to want to go to Italy.

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Hug My Dog

I read Marley & Me when my dog was 12 years old and it made me cry for hours and hug my dog for hours.

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Go to a football game

The Baller by Vi Keeland.    Many others too but this book was so funny.

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Learn Archery

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Katniss is a bad ass who can shoot things with arrows.  Enough said.

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Become a Baker

Tied with Me by Kristen Proby.  Nik is a baker who lands a smoking hot cop.  Yes please.

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Hug my kids

Abruption by Riley McKenzie.  There is a sick child in this book, which made me hug my kids and appreciate how lucky I am.

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Move to Denver

The Rock Chick series (or pretty much any book by Kristen Ashley).  She makes Denver seems like such an awesome city (which is totally is).

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Take a Cross Country Road Trip in an RV

The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn.  After reading this book, I wanted to take a fart filled trip across the country in an RV.

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Learn American Sign Language

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan.  The main character is deaf and can’t talk to anyone in his town because none of them can sign.  My son is learning it – I want to learn as well.

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Be a Nurse

The Infamous Ellen James by NA Alcorn.  Ellen is a hilarious nurse who meets her own McDreamy.

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What’s on your list?

Happy reading.

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Man Crush Monday

Man Crush Monday #15

This is my 15th installment in my Man Crush Monday meme.  Since I read mostly romance, I thought I’d share some of my “book crushes” with you, and possibly introduce you to some new reading material.

My Man Crush Monday for this week is Simon Parker  from Wallbanger by Alice Clayton.

Synopsis from goodreads:  The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic wallbangerprowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight…

Oh, Simon, how I love thee.  If you haven’t read Wallbanger (seriously, what are you waiting for), you need to now.  Why?  Simon Parker is why.  This wallbanging hottie is funny as hell and just as sweet.  You will instantly fall in love with him.  Do yourself a favor and check him out:)  Plus he sells out pretty easily for food – what woman doesn’t love a man she can control with food:)

Here is what I picture Simon looking like (you’re welcome).

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Happy reading.

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Romance Books

Book Review – Until June by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Goodreads Summary

June Mayson and Evan Barrister’s whirlwind courtship resulted in a secret marriage right before he left for boot camp. Evan knows deep in his gut that June is too good for him, but after getting a taste of the beautiful life they can have together, he’s unwilling to let her go. June promises to wait for him, knowing neither time or distance will ever change her feelings for Evan—that is until she’s served with divorce papers while he’s overseas and she’s forced to let him go.until june

Her marriage and divorce a well-kept secret, the last person June expects to run into when she moves back to her hometown is Evan. Angry over the past, she does everything within her power to ignore the pull she feels whenever he is near. But how can she ignore the pain she sees every time their eyes meet? How can she fight the need to soothe him even if she knows she’s liable to get hurt once again?

Is it possible for June and Evan to find their way back to each other again? Or will they be stopped by an outside force before they ever have a shot?

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

Book 2 in the Until Her series focuses on sister June, daughter of Asher and November and sister to July, book 1.  June married a man named Evan when she first moved to Alabama for college; she knew the minute she saw him that he was the man she wanted to marry.  Evan was getting ready to go the Marines.  While he was deployed, he served June with divorce papers, via his mother.

Fast forward a few years, June is done with college and back home in Tennessee near her family.  It turns out that June was dating a guy in Alabama who was arrested for being a drug runner with his family.  Jax (June’s cousin) assign’s his “guy” Evan to watch June.  June can’t handle that Evan is protecting her.

June and Evan eventually start talking again.  Evan is an even bigger alpha than Wes and Jax and I didn’t think that was possible.  I freaking loved Evan.   Evan had some major self-esteem issues when it came to June, but it actually made him a more likable character.  I liked June as well – she really stood up for herself.

I will continue reading this series as long as books are coming out.  I would recommend anything that Aurora Rose Reynolds writes.

Happy reading.

 

 

 

Romance Books

Book Review – Sacrifice by Adriana Locke

Goodreads Summary

My life changed forever the night my husband died.
I was left with a shattered heart, a heap of bills, and our daughter, EVERLEIGH. I don’t sacrificewant to rely on anyone, least of all CREW GENTRY. He’s my first love and the man who almost destroyed me, the man who has let me down every time I’ve needed him.
But when tragedy strikes a second time, Crew just might be my only hope.

My life changed forever the night my brother died.  I was left with a guilty conscience, a pile of mistakes, and little else. I take care of JULIA GENTRY, my brother’s widow and the love of my life, and their daughter. I know she doesn’t want my help, but she gets it anyway. I owe her that.

When another disaster hits, I’m given the opportunity to make things right. I’m taking it. I’m willing to sacrifice it all.

Rating

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

This review is going to be very short, because there isn’t a lot I can tell you about this book that won’t spoil it.

This is a very emotional book.  This is the story of Julia, who lost her husband in an accident and is raising her daughter on her own.  It’s also the story of Crew, her brother-in-law and her first love.  I liked Crew a lot.  He was a normal guy – worked on the docks making ok pay and Julia was struggling just to pay her bills.  It’s nice sometimes to read about real people – not everybody is wealthy – most of us are hardworking folk living paycheck to paycheck.  And Julia’s daughter Everleigh was about the cutest kid ever.

It’s the story of second chances and growing up.  There are some very serious subjects in this book; and parts of it were hard to read (because of the subject matter).  But overall, it was a good story.

My one complaint would be that the book was about 100 pages too long.  The last 10% dragged out way longer than it needed to and the epilogue – well, just read it and you’ll understand.  This was a really good story about love, family and triumph.

Happy reading.

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books Set Outside The US I enjoyed

I thought I was going to struggle with this a little bit, but given my history with reading mysteries, I found 10 books in no time flat:)  Here is my list.

ttt july 19Angels & Demons by Dan Brown.  Set in Italy, specifically, Vatican City, although that’s technically a country, so just Vatican City:)

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown.  Set in Paris and England.

Heller by J.D. Nixon.  To be honest, I took my until the third book in this series to figure out where this was set, but I’m now positive it’s Australia.

The Third Secret by Steve Berry.  This book is set in Vatican City, but the MC travels to Bosnia and Romania as well.

The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry.  About 90% of the Cotton Malone series is outside the US, but this is not a Cotton Malone book.  This book is set in Russia and is a must read.

Congo by Michael Crichton.  A writer way ahead of his time.  I think the title tells you where the book is set:)

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.  Jurassic Park is an island off the coast of Costa Rica.  And a scary place:)

Deception Point by Dan Brown.  This intense thriller is set in the Arctic Circle.

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham.  I personally loved this book (surprised by the low rating), set in Parma, Italy, where the people are as good as the pizza they serve.

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young.  This book was set in Scotland.

What’s on your TTT?

Happy reading!

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Man Crush Monday

Man Crush Monday #14

This is my 14th installment in my Man Crush Monday meme.  Since I read mostly romance, I thought I’d share some of my “book crushes” with you, and possibly introduce you to some new reading material.

My Man Crush Monday for this week is Porter Smith from The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn.

Synopsis from goodreads.comNever in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own mother roadplaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations.

It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad.. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago.

What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.

Porter Smith is Paul’s best friend, and been secretly pining for his sister, Marley, for years.  Porter broke Marley’s heart four years earlier – but Paul doesn’t know that.  Porter is a total sweetheart.  I loved him.  He was absolutely hilarious – playing pranks of both Marley and Paul, but at the same time, just being sweet and hilarious.  This book was really funny, and I would highly recommend it.

Happy Monday!

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Romance Books

Book Review – Until Jax by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Goodreads Summary

Ellie Anthony isn’t looking for love. She isn’t even looking for a man, but when Jax Mayson insists on keeping her and her daughter safe, she’s left with no choice but to trust him. Now she just hopes she doesn’t get hurt when she falls hard for a guy who’s known for breaking hearts. until jax

Jax Mayson knows that Ellie is his BOOM the moment he sees her. When he finds out she has a daughter, he realizes he wants a family, and he will do whatever is necessary to keep both of his girls safe, even if that means facing the demons from his past.

Rating 

4 out of 5 stars

Review

Until Jax is the story of Jax Mayson, son of Cash and Lilly Mayson (Until Lilly).  Jax is grown up and working with his Uncle Nico to stop human trafficking.  When his cousin July is kidnapped, she meets Ellie Anthony, and when they are rescued, Jax meets Ellie – and instantly falls in love.

I am not a big fan of insta-love.  But it didn’t bother me too much in this book – mainly because for a while, it was pretty one-sided.

Ellie has a daughter, Hope, who is 3 and she was the absolute cutest little thing ever.  The way she talked, and everything about her was just adorable.  There were quite a few spelling and grammar errors in this book, but I’m way too invested at this point to care too much (though it does annoy me).

There are some pretty dark topics in this book, so if you have an issue with human trafficking, you may want to avoid this one.

This series could go on for another 12 books – if you do a book for each kid in the series, and I hope it does.  ARR writes a great alpha male and I really enjoy reading them.

Happy reading and hope you’re having a good Saturday.

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

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Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The goal of Feature & Follow is to meet new bloggers, make friends, and gain readers.

My favorite Character Archetypes

I had to google the different types of character archetypes – I didn’t know what they were.  Here’s a map:
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For male characters, my favorite is Hero.  Since I mostly read romance, this shouldn’t be surprising.  I LOVE alpha males in books.  I tend to gravitate to books with alpha males.
For female characters, my favorite would be the Caregiver.  I like them because I can relate to them.  I’m a mom, and a caregiver myself.
What is your favorite character archetype?
Have a great weekend!
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Romance Books

Book Review – Until July by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Goodreads Summary

Wes Silver wasn’t looking for love, but when July Mayson literally knocks him on his ass during their first encounter, his world is turned upside down by the quirky blonde, and every moment with her makes him more determined to until julyprotect her.

July Mayson doesn’t understand the pull she feels toward the bad boy biker Wes Silver, but she knows being with him is like nothing she’s ever felt before. Now all she has to do is tell her overprotective father, Asher Mayson, that she’s found her boom.

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

Until July has been sitting on my kindle for a long time now, so I decided to finally give it a shot – and I’m so glad I did.

Until July is a spin-off of the Until series – July is the daughter of Asher and November of Until November.  She’s the oldest of five daughters (all named after months) and a veterinarian.  She’s out on a motorcycle ride (she rides a bike, cool) and she swerves to avoid a bird with a broken wing, and pretty much runs a group of bikers off the road.

The bikers follow her and confront her, and she comes face-to-face to Wes Silver.  Wes yells at her and she tells him that she’s a vet and wanted to save the bird, and Wes comes close to her, she tazes him.  July ends up taking the bird home – and naming it Taser.

A few weeks later, Wes shows up at her vet clinic and that’s pretty much it.  He is her man from that second on.

Wes is the ultimate alpha male.  July had a little bit of a hard time with it in the beginning, which I found funny (her dad, Asher, is a total alpha male).  Her sisters and cousins are sweet (the next book is about her sister June) and I loved her parents.  The description makes it sound like Asher was going to be an asshole and he totally wasn’t.

This was a fast read, and has another spinoff series starring cousin Jax (Cash and Lilly’s son), which I’m already reading.  I would recommend.

Happy reading and have a good weekend!

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