Monday, December 30, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Husband Material by Emily Belden

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Husband Material by Emily Belden
Publisher: Graydon House
Release Date: December 30th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 
A young widow must face the grief she’s always set aside when an unexpected delivery throws her life into disarray

Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret: she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that leveled her world, Charlotte has worked hard to move forward. Great job at a hot social media analytics company? Check. Roommate with no knowledge of her past? Check. Adorable dog? Check. All the while, she’s faithfully data-crunched her way through life, calculating the probability of risk—so she can avoid it.

Yet Charlotte’s algorithms could never have predicted that her late husband’s ashes would land squarely on her doorstep five years later. Stunned but determined, Charlotte sets out to find meaning in this sudden twist of fate, even if that includes facing her perfectly coiffed, and perfectly difficult, ex-mother-in-law—and her husband’s best friend, who seems to become a fixture at her side whether she likes it or not.

But when her quest reveals a shocking secret, Charlotte is forced to answer questions she never knew to ask and to consider the possibility of forgiveness. And when a chance at a new life arises, she’ll have to decide once and for all whether to follow the numbers or trust her heart.
I tried with this book, I really did, and even though it was sold to me as "romance" and there is an HEA, it really doesn't feel like a romance book at all. It feel more like a women's fiction book that slapped a HEA at the end and forced a relationship into the book that didn't need it. It just felt like it wanted to be sold as a romance, but it really wasn't at all. It was actually kind of sad.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: The Best Man Problem by Mariah Ankenman (Mile High Happiness #2)

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The Best Man Problem
Release Date: January 20th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating:  
GoodReads ★ Amazon B & N


Lilly Walsh is used to keeping things buttoned-up and aboveboard. After all, the last time she hooked up with someone in a wedding party, it nearly cost her her wedding planning business. Thankfully, those rules don’t apply when she meets a handsome stranger in a hotel bar. One bad pirate joke leads to the best night of her life, but come morning, she’s got a wedding to plan.

Lincoln Reid never imagined he’d see the woman who rocked his world last night and then ran out on him ever again. But there she is, planning his best friend’s wedding with the same passion and drive that brought him to his knees. She’s adamant that wedding planner and best man can never mix, but that just means he’s got four weeks to make her see him as more than just a one-night guy. Because he’s itching for more than one night...or five, or ten
I read the first book in Mariah Ankenman's Mile High Happiness series, The Best Friend Problem and thought it was a cute romance. The same went for book two, The Best Man Problem. The second book is about Lilly, she is a cautious woman who is a bit closed off. And Lincoln, and man she has a one-night stand with and ends up being the best man to the wedding she is working on!! Lilly doesn't mix business with pleasure anymore (for reasons) and Lincoln got his heart broken, so the two are kind of both closed off, so it was fun to watch these two dummies finally figure things out!

Friday, December 20, 2019

#REVIEW: Offside By Kelly Jamieson (Heller Brothers #5)

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Offside by Kelly Jamieson
Release Date: September 29th, 2013
Format: kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
Honey Holbrook is trying hard to leave her past behind her and make a new life for herself. A former spoiled, rich, wild child, her attention-grabbing antics were tabloid fodder for years. Now she has a new job, a new home, and is staying out of the limelight. But the first day of the new job doesn’t go like she expects when her boss and coworkers make it clear she’s not wanted there, and the first project she has to work on is with pro hockey player Matt Heller.

Matt and Honey had a wild and wicked fling eight years ago when he was attending summer development camp for the California Condors – the NHL team Honey’s dad owns. But the relationship ended when they argued over the loser friends Honey hung around with and Matt had to return to college hockey. Before he left, Matt talked to Honey’s dad about Honey’s exploits. She felt betrayed and rejected, and threw herself even harder into her partying lifestyle while Matt tried to carve out a career for himself in the NHL.

Now Matt’s back with the Condors but recovering from a serious injury that has changed his whole outlook on life. He’s not impressed to be working with Honey Holbrook, although her cleaned up image arouses his curiosity. And arouses something else

Matt Heller is the youngest of the Heller brothers, and we don't know much about him, so this is the book that we really get to know him. I love a good second chance romance, so this one was really fun.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

#REVIEW: Hat Trick By Kelly Jamieson (Heller Brothers #4)

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Hat Trick by Kelly Jamieson
Release Date: January 1st, 2013
Format: kindle
My Rating: ★1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 


The Heller brothers are all heading home for the holidays in their short break in the hockey season. It should be a great family reunion since three of the four brothers are bringing their new girlfriends. But Jase and Remi just got the results of an important DNA test, and neither of them is in a mood to celebrate. Tag and Kyla also just got some surprising news that has them at odds, and Nicole’s nervous about meeting the whole family when she and Logan have been together such a short time. Instead of peace and joy, this holiday is full of angst, worry and tension...is love really enough to overcome all obstacles?

I'm super conflicted about this one because I really like Kelly Jamieson books, but this one just really missed the mark for me. This book was also kind of weird, it's not the book about the youngest brother, but rather a sort of a sequel to the other three books. It has part of the other three brothers in it and it just felt kind of weird.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: At all Cost by Katerina Winters

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At All Cost by Katerina Winters
Release Date: December 21st, 2019
Format: kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon 


The remote woods of Oregon.
A desperate young woman.
And a mean-tempered recluse.


Standing alone in the middle of the Oregon woods, Alessia Conners was officially out of options.

With no money, no family, and no friends to turn to Alessia has little hope of escaping the predator in her home without doing something--drastic. All she wanted was a safe place to call home. With a tent and some camping gear, she is determined to find refuge and a new start to life in the peaceful woods of Oregon.

There was something in his woods, something that didn't belong.

Jax Beranek is a rugged, mean recluse whose powerful presence and sharp tongue hide a damaged man who has given up on the world. He is a man that doesn't need or want anyone. He has his cabin, his peace and quiet, and above all else is solitude. So when he happens to find some young woman sorely unprepared and close to getting herself killed in his woods he gives her a hard but fair choice: leave with his aid or leave tied and gagged over his shoulder, but either way she was leaving his damn forest.

It was the pain though, that familiar soul-wrenching pain he recognized all too well inside the lonely, sad-eyed woman that struck at a cord of compassion he didn't know he possessed.

But his help wouldn't be free--he was going to put the little vagabond to work.

With her days filled with hard work, back and forth bickering and her nights filled with exhausted sleep in Jax's safe, cozy cabin, Alessia could finally for the first time in months breathe easy and forget about the monster in her past.

If only the monster would forget about her.

So this book...man I don't know where to start, there is a lot to unpack here. First of all, I wasn't one hundred percent clear on the ages between the characters until much later in the book. I DO NOT want to read adult romances where one of the characters in underage, but it was not clear in this book at all since the heroine had runaway from home. Much later in the book, it mentions she had "morning classes" so I thought, "Okay, she must be college-aged then." This is probably not a dealbreaker for some, but I would have liked more definitions.


Monday, December 16, 2019

#REVIEW: One Man Advantage (Heller Brothers #3) By Kelly Jamieson

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One Man Advantage by Kelly Jamieson
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Release Date: April 25th, 2012
Format: kindle
My Rating:  
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 
After her ex trashes her reputation in front of the media and it quickly goes viral, Nicole vows she'll never get involved with another hockey player. Too bad her job with the Minneapolis Caribou puts her in contact with sexy hockey players on a daily basis, including the newly traded center, Logan Heller. Logan's pretty sure Nicole is the perfect woman for him and he's determined to have her-in and out of bed. Nicole is equally determined to never date another hockey player. But Logan has a one-man advantage...he knows what she really wants.



I definitely think this book might be my favorite of the Heller Brothers series?? Maybe. I saw someone mention that Logan is kind of like a mix between Tag and Jace, and I think that's fair. Logan likes to be in control during sex, and it was fun to see him find his match in Nicole!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

#REVIEW: Faceoff By Kelly Jamieson (Heller Brothers #2)

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Faceoff by Kelly Jamieson
Release Date: September 9th, 2011
Format: kindle
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 

Kyla has tried so hard to be one of the boys. She was always like a little sister to Tag. One summer, things changed from sibling teasing to blazing sexual tension. When they’re reunited for a two-family reunion, the desire and lust are still there, simmering below the surface.

Tag is a pro hockey player who is cynical about women. He knows they’re only interested in him because of who he is. Kyla is an attorney who’s still trying to be “one of the boys” at her law firm. They’re both adults and neither of them is looking for a relationship. A hot summer week at the lake. Need. Attraction. There’s no reason they shouldn’t explore each other.



I liked faceoff a little bit better than Breakaway, but I wish it was just a little bit longer. It would have great to have a little bit more characterizations too. But if you are looking for a short and sexy book, I would recommend this one.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

#REVIEW: Breakaway (Heller Brothers #1) By Kelly Jamieson

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Breakaway by Kelly Jamieson
Release Date: March 18th, 2011
Format: kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 

Jason and Remi want the same thing—no-strings-attached, screw-their-brains-out, burn-the-sheets-up fun. Pro hockey player Jason just broke up with his girlfriend because she got too serious. Schoolteacher Remi just saw the last of the younger siblings she raised leave the nest. Jace isn’t ready for responsibility. Remi’s had enough responsibility. They’re perfect playmates.
But fun and sexy games get complicated when emotions get involved. Then responsibility and commitment crash the party when Jason’s past comes back to haunt him. Like it or not, Jason and Remi both have to figure out what they really want. 



It's no secret that Kelly Jamieson is one of my new faves. She also might be my favorite hockey romance author! So after I consumed her Hockey Aces, Wynn Hockey & her New Adult hockey series, I went to her backlist. To be fair, I read this book in the kindle binding of the whole series, but I will posting reviews for each book individually. 

Friday, December 13, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: My Pulse By Hanna Dale

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My Pulse By Hanna Dale
Release Date: November 29th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 1/2 
GoodReads ★ Amazon 

For single mom Tristan Maddox, moving to the small town of Broward, Georgia is the opportunity she needs to provide her daughter with a better life. A bigger house where they can each have their own bedroom, a backyard to play in, a place where they can put down roots and be part of a community, are all part of the reason she chose Broward as their new home. Nowhere on that list was her sexy next door neighbor, Owen, his adorably affable dog, Huck, or his crazy family.

Owen Gallahanger is perfectly content with his life the way it is. He has a job he loves, a family that he can count on, even if they drive him crazy most of the time, and his loyal sidekick, Huck. He isn’t looking for anything more, but after meeting Tristan and her daughter, he quickly realizes exactly what he is missing.

But not everyone is happy that Tristan is in Broward. As an unknown threat continues to escalate, Owen has to fight to protect the woman he loves, and their future together, or risk losing everything. 
This book was a fun small-town romance, but it had a couple things that just didn't totally work for me. One, I HATE love triangles. Like so much! There's not really much of a love triangle, but Owen breaks it off with a girl he was casually seeing like the day after he meets Tristan. And the girl can't take the hint. It kind of annoyed me and had me not liking the book as much. It added drama that I really didn't want.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Instacrush By Kate Meader (Rookie Rebels #2)

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Instacrush By Kate Meader
Publisher: Kate Meader
Release Date: December 10th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating:  
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 


Theo Kershaw is the luckiest guy alive.

Roaring back from a life-threatening injury, he has the world at his skates as defenseman for his new team, the Chicago Rebels. Everyone adores his big personality, his on-ice talent, and his killer smile. Everyone but his prickly neighbor - or so he thinks. One chilly Christmas Eve, Theo will learn that maybe the girl next door isn't such a hater after all ...

Elle Butler is the most embarrassing person on the planet.

How else can the ex-military-now-bartender explain her crush on the hot jock who lives across the hall? True, he has gorgeous green eyes and perfect cheekbones, but the filter between his brain and too-sexy mouth is permanently malfunctioning. Yet she can't stop checking out his Instagram antics or sneaking looks at him when he's in her bar. So. Mortifying. Running from a past filled with damning secrets, Elle's determined that this guilty pleasure remains buried in her deepest fantasies.

Because she couldn't possibly indulge with the Theo Kershaw or make a mistake that draws attention to her under-the-radar life. And she especially couldn't be a mom to a pro-athlete's baby ... could she?
Theo showed up in the first book in the Rookie Rebels series, Good Guy, and man was he a fave. He's a ridiculous man, who talks too much and is basically a puppy in human form. So of course he annoys Elle, but the sizzling attraction was so there in this book. I loved getting to read his story.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

#BlitzTour: Instacrush by Kate Meader

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Instacrush
Kate Meader
(Rookie Rebels #2)
Publication date: December 10th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Theo Kershaw is the luckiest guy alive.
Roaring back from a life-threatening injury, he has the world at his skates as defenseman for his new team, the Chicago Rebels. Everyone adores his big personality, his on-ice talent, and his killer smile. Everyone but his prickly neighbor – or so he thinks. One chilly Christmas Eve, Theo will learn that maybe the girl next door isn’t such a hater after all …
Elle Butler is the most embarrassing person on the planet.
How else can the ex-military-now-bartender explain her crush on the hot jock who lives across the hall? True, he has gorgeous green eyes and perfect cheekbones, but the filter between his brain and too-sexy mouth is permanently malfunctioning. Yet she can’t stop checking out his Instagram antics or sneaking looks at him when he’s in her bar. So. Mortifying. Running from a past filled with damning secrets, Elle’s determined that this guilty pleasure remains buried in her deepest fantasies.
Because she couldn’t possibly indulge with the Theo Kershaw or make a mistake that draws attention to her under-the-radar life. And she especially couldn’t be a mom to a pro-athlete’s baby … could she?
EXCERPT:
“Yes, I’ve seen those billboards for your underwear.”
“Fender bender when you did, right?”
“Oh, I have epic self-control. But seeing them made me realize that you’re a bit too pretty. I kind of like ’em rougher.” She placed a finger under his chin and tilted it for inspection. “You ever get into a fight? And I don’t mean those phony ballets you perform on the ice for your fan base.”
“I’m more a lover than a fighter.”
She scoffed, reluctantly withdrawing her touch. “Thought as much. Wouldn’t want to risk getting that perfect nose broken.”
He didn’t take offense. She wondered what in the world would ever bother The Theo Kershaw.
“So we’ve established I’m not manly enough for you. Any other comments?”
“Oh, I’d never be one to criticize.”
He waved a hand. “Help me out, Elle-oh-Elle. Give me some pointers on how to win a real woman such as yourself.”
She thought about it for a moment, her blood fizzing with the fun of sparring with him. “You’d need to be a completely different person. But don’t fret, your current vapid personality is probably cleaning up so don’t change a thing, ’kay?”
He didn’t look put out, probably because her jab carried no heat. They both knew she wouldn’t be talking to him like this if she really believed he was dumb and vain.
“Yeah, good thing I’m doing okay. It’s just you’re here and I’m here …” The implication being that only proximity would force him to lower his standards.
She patted his chest and suppressed a groan at how hard it felt under her fingertips. “I know you can’t help yourself. You’ve got a penis that seeks out the nearest vagina like a diving rod. It’s really not your fault.”
“True. I can’t be held accountable for my incorrigible flirting.”
He grinned and she grinned back, and that fizz in her veins bubbled bright. He’d figured out her game, matched her quip for quip. They understood each other and now they were … friends?
How odd.
And surprisingly sweet.
Theo Kershaw was smarter than he looked. Confusion must have registered on her face because he seemed to be closer, more present. A rush of awareness overtook her, not just of him, but of them and the sparking connection being formed in this sizzling moment, more powerful than mere sexual attraction.


Author Bio:
Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, a fire hose, or a hockey stick, and she's there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

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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.