Wednesday, December 4, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Face Off By P.J. Trebelhorn

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Face Off By P.J. Trebelhorn
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Release Date: December 10th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 

After a rocky start, Savannah Wells finally has everything she wants in life: family, friends, a cat, and her ice hockey team. If she could only convince her mother to stop setting her up on increasingly awkward blind dates, life would be perfect.

Professional photographer Madison Scott isn’t going to settle for less than the happily ever after she reads about in romance novels. But her new next-door neighbor is sexy as hell, so when Savannah suggests a fake relationship in hopes of getting her mother to stop interfering in her private life, Maddie’s all in.

When fake dating, fake kissing, and forced proximity start to feel a lot like falling in love, Savannah and Madison will need to face off and decide if exchanging pretend for reality is really possible.
 

This should have been a book that really worked for me because it had two things I love in it -- hockey and fake relationships! But for some reason I just couldn't get into it. I don't know if it was the pacing or the just not feeling the characters, but I just felt kinda meh about the story line. Which is a bummer because I really wanted to like this book way more than I did.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Weekend Fling By Stacey Lynn

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Weekend Fling By Stacey Lynn
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: November 26th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 


It’s just supposed to be a weekend fling. . . . “Stacey Lynn always knows how to perfectly balance sexy and sweet.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Fresh out of a long-term relationship, Willow Parks is working two jobs and caring for her mother, whose husband left her with nothing but a pile of bills. That’s why Willow made a vow: no men until she figures out her own life.

But while she may not need a man, she could use a break. And a weekend away at a California beach to clear her head? That’s appealing. Even if the offer comes from Trey Collins, the irresistible tech-mogul millionaire who visits her coffee shop every morning like clockwork—and needs a date for his best friend’s wedding. With an adorable, occasional stutter, he refuses to take no for an answer.

Once the weekend begins, Trey is intent on proving how good they can be together. Willow’s even feeling tempted to break her vow—until reality rudely interrupts her well-deserved getaway. There’s no way she and Trey have a future, not with the colossal amount of baggage Willow has to offer.

But Trey is used to getting what he wants. He just has his work cut out for him convincing her that they want the same thing.
I have seen Stacey Lynn's books around, but never actually read them, so Weekend Fling was my first by her. It's part of her series, but you don't have to read the other ones, just the other couples show up in this book. I have to admit this book ended up being way more angsty than I thought it was going to be. If you read the author's note this make sense, but I still went into this book wanting a really light read, and I didn't get that.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Unmanageable (Forbidden Cove #2) By Lavinia Kent

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Unmanageable By Lavinia Kent
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: November 26th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 


Veronica Andersen might not need a man in her life, but in the bedroom . . . well, that’s a different story. With her eye on making partner at her father’s law firm, she doesn’t have time to think about much beyond a fling. So when she can’t get her mind off the hot young thing who walks her dog, Veronica knows exactly what to do.

Brian Walsh isn’t just a dog walker. He’s a former hockey pro who’s rebuilding his life after a career-ending injury on the ice. He’s taking his time and enjoying his current freedom—and the four-legged companionship. If only he could stop fantasizing about the best two legs he’s ever seen. . . .

Brian and Veronica can’t help coming together. Again. And again. Suddenly, Veronica finds herself throwing all her best-laid plans out the window. Could she possibly have fallen in love with a man who’s wrong in every way—except the only one that matters?
I was really excited to read this one, because you know me and hockey romances. This is the second book in a series, but I didn't read the first one, but I don't think you really need to. I ended this book just feeling "okay" with this one.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Highlander in A Pickup By Laura Trentham

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A Highlander in a Pickup By Laura Trentham
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: February 25th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 


A Highlander in a Pickup is the second book in award-winning author Laura Trentham's romantic comedy Highland Georgia series, full of love, laughs...and highlanders!
When a gorgeous new man—in a kilt—comes to town, life in Highland, Georgia will never be the same…
Iain Connors is the poster boy for the strong and silent type. Growing up a loner at Cairndow Castle in Scotland with only the cliffs and moors for company, it’s understood Iain will assume the mantle of Cairndow groundskeeper when his father is ready to relinquish it. But his stint in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces has opened up a whole new world—and now, rather than settle down, he accepts an invitation to travel to the States to take charge of the Highland Games. After all, he’s led men into battle, how hard can planning a party be?
Anna Maitland is ready to step up for her best friend Isabel Blackmoor, who can’t run the Games in their hometown this year. Surely Anna, a dance instructor with boundless energy, spirit, and charm, is up for the challenge? What she doesn’t anticipate is a man in a kilt who turns up claiming he’s the one in charge. What’s worse about this Iain? He’s so infuriatingly handsome that she can’t help but fantasize about him whispering sweet-nothings in her ear in his rumbly, sexy brogue.
Highlander in a Pickup is the second book in Laura Trentham's Highland, Georgia series. I read the first book A Highlander Walks Into A Bar and really enjoyed it. This book is about the couple in the first book's best friends. Also revolves around the highland festival from the previous book. You definitely DO NOT need to read the first book to get this book, but it does give you some background.

Friday, November 22, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: The Worst Best Man By Mia Sosa

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The Worst Best Man
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: February 4th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 
A wedding planner left at the altar. Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina’s managed to make other people’s dreams come true as a top-tier wedding coordinator in DC. After impressing an influential guest, she’s offered an opportunity that could change her life. There’s just one hitch… she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials.

Tired of living in his older brother’s shadow, marketing expert Max Hartley is determined to make his mark with a coveted hotel client looking to expand its brand. Then he learns he’ll be working with his brother’s whip-smart, stunning—absolutely off-limits—ex-fiancĂ©e. And she loathes him.

If they can survive the next few weeks and nail their presentation without killing each other, they’ll both come out ahead. Except Max has been public enemy number one ever since he encouraged his brother to jilt the bride, and Lina’s ready to dish out a little payback of her own.

But even the best laid plans can go awry, and soon Lina and Max discover animosity may not be the only emotion creating sparks between them. Still, this star-crossed couple can never be more than temporary playmates because Lina isn’t interested in falling in love and Max refuses to play runner-up to his brother ever again
This is my first book I have read by Mia Sosa. I was unsure of it at first, but once I really got into the heart of the story, I devoured it. It was a really fun, steamy book so if you are into that I definitely recommend it.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Love At the Electric (Port Bristol #1) By Jenn Hughes

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Love at The Electric By Jenn Hughes
Publisher: Soulmate Publishing
Release Date: January 11th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 


Walking wildfire Sam Owens gets Lillian hot in all the right ways, but there's more to the software CEO than just a pretty face. And a great body. And . . . Oh, right. He’s the enemy, according to the contract she signed with his rival. So when they secretly meet up for movies at The Electric, Lillian can't get too involved with Sam. She could lose her job. Her reputation. And her heart.

Sam is in love with his company, his image, his video games, and his ability to avoid commitment--at least until he levels up with attorney Lillian Walker. With her love of campy horror flicks and a body that makes him want to howl like a cartoon wolf, Sam’s found his leading lady. Too bad getting close to Lillian means tangling with her boss, a supervillain in the making.

In the nights leading up to Christmas, movies at The Electric mean more than just mutant toads and cannibal fruitcakes. Between shenanigans with old flames and an arch nemesis out to destroy any future they might have, Sam and Lillian learn the hard way that falling in love isn’t as easy as it looks on screen. So when the past gets between them and a perfect The End, there’s really only one solution--if werewolf Santas can bring them together, zombie ex-girlfriends can keep them together.

After all, anything’s possible at The Electric.
I have some conflicted feelings about this book. On the one hand, I really liked that the characters were a little older than what I read in most books. I believe Sam is written as 35, and Lillian is just referred to as "almost forty." I haven't read a lot of books with older characters, so I really liked that! I also really enjoyed that the two had a shared bond over B horror movies. That was really neat. There were just other things about this novel that made me really grind my teeth.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Win Big By Kelly Jamieson (Wynn Hockey #3)

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Win Big By Kelly Jamieson
Publisher: LoveSwept, Random House
Release Date: November 19th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 

When your name is Wynn, victory’s the only option...

Everly Wynn: As the only daughter in the Wynn family of hockey heroes, I never shared the ice with my brothers—or the approval they got from my father.
And that was before the scandal that ruined my life at sixteen.
Now that I’ve put all that behind me and built a successful career, the last thing I need is another hockey player in my life.
Especially one like Wyatt Bell.
He’s an arrogant, fast-living party boy. I hate how he gets by on his good looks and charm.
So why can’t I get him out of my mind?

Wyatt Bell: Life is short, and you’ve got to live it to the fullest. I learned that the hard way.
So on the ice, I always play to win, and on the town, fun and flirting are my game.
Because it’s better to laugh your way through the pain than to let them see you’re hurting—but I’ll never stop wishing I could find someone to share the real me with.
Something about Everly Wynn makes me think she could be the one.
But all she sees is a hockey jock hooked on good times.
If she didn’t take herself so seriously, maybe she would take a chance on being happy.

I LOVE Kelly Jamieson's hockey novels. I have read every single one of them at this point, so I was stoked to get a chance to read this book early. I am really loving the Wynn Hockey series...but now I'm concerned this might be the last one??? I need to know if there is going to be a book four!


Friday, November 15, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Love Her Or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered #2) By Tessa Bailey

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Love Her Or Lose Her By Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: January 14th, 2020
Format: ebook*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 


New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation. 
Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. 
When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp. 
Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippy. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret... and it could demolish everything.


I feel a little conflicted about this book. Okay, a lot conflicted. On the one hand, I was interested in it because I love finding romances about couples who are already together. As a person in a nine-year long relationship, this interests me. On the other hand, this book just made me feel sad for most of the time I was reading it. I read romance books because they are fun and happy, but this one was super angsty, that I wasn't even sure if they were going to have a HEA. 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Would Like To Meet By Rachel Winters

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Would Like to Meet By Rachel Winters
Publisher: G.P Puntam's Sons
Release Date: December 3rd, 2019
Format: ebook*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
In this charming, feel-good debut novel, a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her #1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back--but can a real-life meet-cute be in store for someone who doesn't believe in happily ever after?

After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she's been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency's biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.

The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer's block--and he'll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.

But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she'll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies--and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.

There have been a lot of conversations in the romance book community about what constitutes a book as romcom, but I think Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters would be a book that fits it. First of all, the book is specifically about writing romcoms, and the main characters is going about meet-cutes like in all the romcoms. I think it really fits the mold here.