Tuesday, June 30, 2020

REVIEW: Blocked by Elise Faber

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Blocked by Elise Faber
Publisher: Elise Faber
Release Date: Feb. 25th, 2016
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ 

This is her shot.

Brit has the chance to make history by being the first female goalie to play for an NHL team, the San Francisco Gold. So, when she is introduced to Stefan, the Gold's captain, she is determinedly not interested.

Stefan is sexy, charming, and has a publicly documented list of conquests a mile long. But Brit is unwilling to risk mixing business with pleasure, even when that business is wrapped up in a six-foot-plus, gorgeously muscled package. When management pushes Brit and Stefan together in an effort to gain good press for the beleaguered team, Brit finds that her carefully calculated disinterest doesn’t mask her body's desires. The more she falls for Stefan, the more she risks her career.

Will she be able to have it all—a starting position and the heart of the captain? Or will she lose everything?
Elise Faber is another new to me hockey romance author. One of the things I loved about this first book in her Gold Hockey series is that the heroine also plays hockey! That's kind of my catnip and I need more hockey romance books like that.

Monday, June 29, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Del Ray
Release Date: June 30th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic artistocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful treat” (PopSugar).
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

I have complicated opinions on this book. One, it's by a favorite author so I really wanted to like it and I was upset that this book didn't work for me. Two, I 100% know that the subject matter and setting of the book is WHY it didn't work for me. So this book was just not for me. And that's totally okay.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

#REVIEW: In Skates Trouble By Kate Meader

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In Skates Trouble by Kate Meader
Publisher: Kate Meader
Release Date: May 1st, 2017
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon 

He'll give her what she needs . . .

Addison Williams isn't looking for romance, but when she encounters an eavesdropping stranger on an adjoining hotel balcony, she figures she's due a little fun. She just hadn't reckoned on the "fun" escalating so quickly to "out of control." One minute she's flirting with a whiskey-graveled voice in the dark, the next that same voice is telling her to do things. Hot, wicked things.

Cup-winning hockey player Ford "Killer" Callaghan can't believe he let the anonymous woman who blew his mind slip away into the night. He'll track her down because once could never be enough—even if discovering her identity places her strictly out of bounds.

Stolen kisses. Secret hook-ups. Deliciously forbidden in every way. Can a passion that started in the dark find a lifetime of love in the light?

Kate Meader is fast becoming a fave author of mine. yay hockey romances! I read a couple of her books that are in the spin-offs series to this one, but I haven't read this particular series. This one is a short one that predates the Chicago Rebels series so it was cool to see those characters get introduced.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

REVIEW: The Brick Wall By Stephanie Julian

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The Brick Wall
Publisher: Moonlit Night Publishing
Release Date: May 9th, 2016
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ 

Redtails Hockey goaltender Shane Conrad had been having a great year…until recently. His slump couldn’t happen at the worst time. He needs to get his head in the game, not find a woman to screw with it. Until he meets Bliss Vescovi. She’s the perfect distraction—hot as hell in bed and smart enough out of it to realize their affair will end with the season.
Bliss isn’t looking for a commitment, especially not from an intense, driven man used to control. Her ex’s need for control had nearly made her his emotional slave and she’s sworn she’ll never give another man that kind of hold over her again. But a one-night stand with a hot hockey player who won’t be around forever? Totally doable.
Until Shane’s off-beat humor and killer smile get around the guard on her heart. And Bliss’s open warmth makes him believe the game might not be everything there is in life.
When Shane gets called up to the NHL, Bliss believes she’s found the perfect excuse to break up and avoid heartbreak later. But Shane’s nickname isn’t Brick Wall for nothing. He won’t go down without a fight because he knows, no matter where he is, Bliss belongs at his side.

The Brick Wall was my first book by Stephanie Julian but I don't think it will be my last. I love finding new hockey romance authors! I also think this book was set in my state, which I love.

Friday, June 26, 2020

#BLOGTOUR #ARCREVIEW Hate Crush by Angelina M. Lopez

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Hate Crush by Angelina M. Lopez
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 29th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
A fake relationship could help Princesa Sofia save her kingdom. Only problem: she’ll have to fake it with the man who broke her heart.

Ten years ago, wild child Princesa Sofia Maria Isabel de Esperanza y Santos fell in fast crazy love with heartbreaker Aish Salinger during one California harvest season. Now, all grown up and with the future of her kingdom on her shoulders, she hates him as passionately as she once loved him.

Even if her body hasn’t gotten the hate memo.

Faking a relationship with the now-famous rock star for the press and public will ensure the success of her new winery and the prosperity of her kingdom. All she has to do is grit her teeth and bear his tattooed presence in her village and winery—her home—for a month.

Trying to recover from his own scandal, fallen superstar Aish Salinger jumps at the chance to be near Sofia again. Leaving her was the biggest mistake he’s ever made, and he’s waited ten years to win her back.

He never counted on finding a woman who despised him so much she didn’t want to be anywhere near him.

A war of wills breaks out as the princess and rock star battle to control their fake relationship. She wants to dictate every action to keep him away from her. He wants to be as close as he can be. She’s already lost so much because of Aish—he won’t be the reason her people lose even more.

But he also won’t make her break her life’s most important vow: to never fall in love again.

I wasn't too into the first book in this series, I had some issues with the dubcon in it, but I really liked Mateo's little sister so I wanted to read her book. Honestly? I felt like I was reading about a completely different character here.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

#REVIEW: Master Baker By Pippa Grant

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Master Baker By Pippa Grant
Release Date: October 18th, 2019
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ 
He's a master baker with a big...cannoli.
They call me the sugar whisperer.

Anything your tongue desires, I can bake it. Scones? Child’s play. Cupcakes? I’ll frost them so good you won’t know what hit you. Donuts? Please.

You’re talking to a master baker.

But there’s one egg I’ve never been able to crack.

My best friend.

Correction: My former best friend.

She’s the apple in my pie. The whip in my cream. The lemon in my meringue. The wish in my bone.

She’s the one who got away.

After ten years in the military, she’s back. She’s bruised and battered by life, but she’s back.

Except she’s not my second chance. She’s gone to the dark side.

Running a rival bakery in a town not big enough for two.

So now I have to decide—which do I want more?

My bakery?

Or the woman I never should’ve let go of in the first place?

Master Baker is a deliciously fun friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy featuring a smooth-talking baker, the one who got away, and a goat with more matchmaking tendencies than a nosy old grandpa. It stands alone with no cheating or cliffhangers.
This was my first Pippa Grant book, I've seen her around before but never jumped in. Honestly, this one kept popping up for me so I decided to finally check it out. I thought this one was stuff a fun book. I haven't read the other books in this series, but I really felt like you can read this one as a standalone.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

REVIEW: Mastering Her Curves by Piper Sullivan

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Mastering Her Curves
Publisher: Piper Sullivan
Release Date: October 18th, 2019
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ 

Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
I just dodged one massive mistake, and stepped smack dab into an even bigger one.
And it all started with a kiss.
One unforgettable, scorching hot kiss with Nate Callahan.
Which turned into one unforgettable night.
And now the big sexy rescuer wants to win me over.
And it’s kind of working.
Only I’m keeping a huge secret that could tumble into massive mistake number three.
Third times the charm, right?

I like my relationships like I like my women, short and sweet. 
Only there’s something about Mikki Russo that keeps me coming back for more.
Maybe it’s that sexy southern belle accent.
Or all those feminine curves she shows off proudly.
Maybe it’s the way she kisses…
Or maybe it’s the way she took me in when a rescue went wrong.
All I know is that proving to her that I’m a better man is suddenly my top priority.
Until I found out what she’s been hiding from me.
Now I have to decide if one lie of omission is worth throwing away everything for.

Okay. not gonna lie I read this book like last year and I barely remembered it. It was okay. It wasn't terrible but it clearly didn't leave a lasting impression on me. I haven't read the other books in the series, and so parts I was confused but other times it wasn't a big deal.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

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The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: June 9th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 
USA Today bestselling author Farrah Rochon launches a new series about three young women who become friends when the live Tweeting of a disastrous date leads them to discover they've all been duped by the same man.

Samiah Brooks never thought she would be "that" girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she's been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other "girlfriends," London and Taylor-have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she's always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there's no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?

I'm really conflicted about this review for a couple reasons. I loved that this was about a black woman in tech who knew all her stuff and it doesn't shy away from talking about the micro-aggressions she goes through in the workplace. But at the same time the plot about WHY Daniel was at her workplace just didn't interest me all that much. I honestly felt like there was a lot on that conflict that the romance took a back seat. So while I did enjoy this one, there were things about it that I didn't enjoy.