Romance Books

Erik by Sawyer Bennett

Erik (Arizona Vengeance, #2)

Title: Erik
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Public Library

 

 

Goodreads Summary

I’m having the time of my life with my new brothers on the Arizona Vengeance. We may be an expansion team, but after notching some big wins, the entire league knows to watch out for Erik Dahlbeck. That’s me.

The only person who doesn’t seem to think I’m so great? Blue Gardner, the hot-as-f*** flight attendant on our team plane. I sure wouldn’t mind joining the mile-high club with her, but besides bringing me lukewarm coffee, she won’t give me the time of day. Whatever I did to rub Blue the wrong way, my teammates think it’s hilarious. After all, we’re used to women flocking to us. #puckbunnies

When I run into Blue back on land, I’m shocked to learn how she spends her time off: taking care of her handicapped brother. There are layers to this girl I never imagined, layers I can’t wait to peel away. And that’s a new feeling for me.

But first I’ve got to find a way to melt that ice-cold stare. Because as much as I try to pretend I don’t care what Blue thinks of me, how can you not care when you’re falling for someone?

Review

I LOVE hockey romances. Book two in Sawyer Bennett’s new Arizona Vengeance series picks up right where book one ends off. 

Erik Dahlbeck is a defender on the Vengeance. He has a crush on Blue Gardner, one of the team flight attendants (on the team private plane), but Blue won’t give him the time of day. Once he finds out why, he’s pretty bummed, but it has a good, positive influence on Erik.

Blue is taking care of a handicapped brother. He’s all she has and she feels very protective of him. Her brother, Billy, lives in a home, but she goes to visit him all the time. Once Blue finally forgives Erik and they form a friendship, part of that is Billy, and I have to say, Erik is great with him. I loved this aspect of the story.

I love the Vengeance guys. There is a lot of build up to Legend’s story, which is next and it’s going to be good!!!

Overall, this was a good story and I would recommend.

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Romance Books

Game on by Kelly Jamieson

Game On (Aces Hockey, #8)

Title: Game On
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Public Library

 

Goodreads Summary

Cam Brickley and his pro hockey teammates bet on everything: who can win five faceoffs in a row, who can do forty pushups in less than a minute, who can eat a ghost pepper without puking. But when his buddies bet him he can’t date the same woman—like, say, the hot blonde over at the bar—for two months and not fall in love, he’ll take that bet all day. Then he’ll laugh all the way to the hockey arena, where they’ll be washing his jock straps for the rest of the season, because Cam’s never giving up his bachelor lifestyle.

Olivia Lockwood, heiress to the Lockwood Industries fortune, is used to people using her for her money and family connections. When Cam Brickley hits on her in a club, Olivia’s first instinct is to brush him off. But he couldn’t be using her for her money, since he has more than enough of his own. Cam’s gorgeous and built, and it would be no hardship to go out with him . . . besides, he’d be the perfect spokesperson for the children’s charity she works with. Maybe it’s time for her to start using people.

Cam and Olivia are both in it for something. What they don’t know yet is that they’re playing for keeps.

Review

I LOVE hockey romances. I’m not sure why; oh, yeah, because I LOVE hockey. Add to that this book took place in Chicago (my town) and added a lot of actual Chicago history and landmarks, and I’m sold!

Cam Brickley is a hockey player on the Chicago Aces. Olivia Lockwood is an heiress to Lockwood Industries, but branched out from the family business and started a not-for-profit to help kids get moving. When Cam hits on Olivia after making a bet with his friends that he could date someone for two months without falling in love, Olivia decides to see if she can get Cam to be the celebrity spokesman for her charity.

Their relationship started off rocky. I won’t give a bunch away, because this book has some really funny moments between Cam and Olivia.

Olivia has some lingering self-doubt from her childhood, but feeling she could never measure up to her siblings, and Cam’s most serious relationship ended very badly. Watching them fall in love was sweet. It was obvious they were in love to us, even when it wasn’t to them.

Hopefully this isn’t the last of the Aces. I’ve enjoyed those I’ve read. And I would recommend this one.

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Romance Books

Real Deal by Piper Rayne

Real Deal (Single Dads Club, #1)

Title: Real Deal
Author: Piper Rayne
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle freebie

Goodreads Summary

Red Flags…

Too loud.
Too clingy.
Too much make-up. 

I could go on and on. The other guys in the Single Dad’s Club would say I’m obsessed with finding them. But none of their kid’s mothers call a maximum-security prison home either, so their opinions mean shit.

Caterina Santora has her own list of red flags…

She’s too young.
She’s my client’s daughter.
She’s my five-year old’s camp counselor.

Even after repeating this mantra to myself every morning on the way to Lily’s summer camp, guess what happens the moment I see Cat? Yeah, that mantra turns into ride me, doggie style and reverse cowgirl. 

Every. Damn. Time.

The fact that she doesn’t remember me from six years before grates on me until I don’t have it in me to leave her alone any longer. I have to have her. But our lives are opposites in every way. In no way compatible.

When we’re together all the complications fade away and I have to keep reminding myself, even if I can have her— I can’t keep her. 

Review

I found this as a Kindle Freebie and I am SO glad I gave it a try because I absolutely LOVED this story.

Marcus is a single dad to five-year old Lily. He signs her up for summer camp and runs into Caterina Santora, a woman who hit on him when she was 18 and he turned down in a rather cruel manner. He’s found that Cat is all grown up and quite beautiful. But his daughter comes first.

Cat comes from money, but she’s an artist, and determined to make it on her own. She signs up at the camp as a way to get kids interested in art. She is Lily’s counselor, and of course, she remembers Marcus, but pretends that she doesn’t.

The sexual tension between the two is palpable. Once they get together, it’s explosive. Marcus’s friends, Garrett and Dane, are the next two books and man, do I wish they were on Kindle Unlimited. I really want to read them! If anyone has them and will let me borrow, thanks in advance:)

Anyway, I loved this book. I loved the characters and the flow of the story. Highly recommend.

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Romance Books

Accidental Romeo by Nicole Snow

accidental romeo

Title: Accidental Romeo
Author: Nicole Snow
Rating: 3 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

 

Goodreads Summary

A perfect stranger just kissed away the worst day of my life.
Emphasis on perfect.
Hunter Forsythe is so far out of my league I can’t even buy tickets.
And now he’s insta-date to my stuck up sister’s wedding?!

Brace for everything to go hilariously wrong.
But my mysterious new hero is no flipping joke.
Rich as sin. Knockout eyes. A snarlypants single dad. Muscle, muscle everywhere.
Too good for the quiet baker girl no one ever noticed.

Then I find out what – and who – put him up to this insanity.
I’m so mad I could spit nails.
Imagine my surprise when Romeo keeps coming.
Hear my door slamming in his face.
Witness my jaw hanging when he starts wooing me for real.

Dream dates, family dinners, and soul-branding nights.
I’m in full Juliet mode before I see the crack in his world.
The longing. The loss. The secrets. The danger.
Does love even fit in Hunter’s jagged heart?
Or is a Shakespearean tragedy in our stars?

Review

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Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey

Hotshot Doc

 

Title: Hotshot Doc
Author: R.S. Grey
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

 

Goodreads Summary

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.
I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

Review

This has been sitting on my kindle since the day it came out and now I’m wondering why…..because this book was great!

Bailey is basically a single mom to her teenage sister, working as a surgical assistant. The doctor she has been working with retires, and she needs a new doctor. Dr. Matt Russell needs an assistant, but has an awful reputation. Despite her gut telling her not to, Bailey takes the job.

Matt is pretty much a giant ass for the first half of this book. We don’t really know why he is the way he is (a workaholic married to his job). He’s the antithesis of Bailey. She’s light and hope and happiness – he’s dark, moody and rude.

The characters in this book are really great. Bailey is a great heroine. She has put herself on the back burner for years, but it hasn’t charged who she is. She is raising her sister the best she can. Her sister, Josie, is hysterical. She is wise beyond her years.

Matt, while an ass at first, is a really good guy. His main goal is to help kids – he’s a pediatric spinal surgeon. How can you not like that? And he was so sweet to Josie once he got over himself.

This book was really great, and I highly recommend it.

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Cover Reveals/Blitzes, Romance Books

Release Blitz & Review ~ Enchanted by You by Hilaria Alexander

Title: Enchanted by You
Author: Hilaria Alexander
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: December 6, 2018
Blurb
I had no idea that my seven-year marriage would implode
during our long awaited and needed vacation to Albuquerque—the city that will
change your perspective. Unfortunately, our attempt at fixing everything wrong
in our relationship backfired, big time.My husband left me alone in Albuquerque, with no friends, no family . . . and
no idea what my future holds or if I’ll ever find happiness again.As I begin to move on, I can’t help but notice the man who was there for me
during my darkest hour.
Esteban Garcia is the dashing hero you want on your side, even though I’m no
damsel in distress.
With his dazzling smile, bright green eyes and golden skin, he’s a brand of
gorgeous I’m not used to, and mysterious enough to drive me crazy with thoughts
of him.I wouldn’t be surprised to find out I’ve somehow been enchanted by him . . . or
maybe he was my fate all along.ADD TO GOODREADS
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“By
the way, how are you settling in? Still in love with the apartment?” he teases,
arching one eyebrow, his voice loaded with humor.
 I make a face. “What exactly are you hinting
at?” I ask, and he lets out a laugh, his eyes bright with amusement. He puts
his hands in his pockets, and relaxes, slouching his shoulders a little. “Is
this your way of asking me if I’ve experienced any paranormal activity?” The
sound of his laughter stirs something in my chest, a happy feeling I haven’t
felt in so long. I don’t miss the looks I’m getting from the women he was
talking to. Also, I just can’t miss the opportunity to tease him in return.
“Oh, yeah.
I haven’t had a chance to tell you. There’s a ghost who visits me every night.
I haven’t been getting much sleep but all in all…I can’t really complain,”
I tell him with a knowing look, and his face falls immediately.
He looks
pale, and I almost feel sorry I lied.
Almost.
“You’re
joking,” he tells me, jaw taut, a panicked look in his eyes.
“Not so
funny now, is it?” I quip and see him slowly regain the color that had gone
amiss from his cheeks. His eyes sparkle like emeralds as he recovers, and the
corner of his lips tilts into a grin that tells me he’ll make me pay for it.
I wouldn’t
be opposed to the idea, if it entails certain things.
He points a
finger at me and shakes his head in disbelief.
“That
wasn’t funny, Ines.”
“That was very funny and you know it.”
“Alright.
You got me. I’m going to stop teasing you now, okay?”
Oh, please don’t.
I shrug. “A
little teasing never hurt anybody, am I right?”
He nods
slowly, a small smile stretching across his face. His eyes linger on me, as if
trying to read me. I felt bold a moment ago, but now that he’s staring at me
with such intensity, I feel my cheeks redden and look down.

Author Bio

Hilaria Alexander never thought she’d be a writer one day.
Reader? Yes. Book hoarder? You betcha. Then, she started reading romance – that’s
when she felt the need to write a story. Unfortunately, she didn’t listen to
her gut, and talked herself out of it A MILLION TIMES. She finally gave up a
few years ago, when the urge to write was stronger than self-doubt. She loves
funny, sexy romances wrapped with a huge happily-ever-after bow at the end. Her
inbox is always open if you want to chat about one of her books.
For upcoming teasers, samples, and all things new-release-related, join her
Facebook reading group:
Author Links

4 stars
I was intrigued by this book by the blurb, and then I saw the cover and YUM. Not only is the guy on the cover gorgeous, so is the character he is based on.
Ines takes a vacation to Albuquerque with her husband of 7 years, in hopes that they can turn their relationship around. It’s been bad for a while, but Ines really hopes things can change. She quickly learns they will not, when she tells her husband she wants a break while in a restaurant. Her husband causes a huge scene, and the restaurant manager comes over and intervenes. Ines decides to stay in Mexico and her husband returns home, without her.
Ines sees a flier for a room for rent, and the restaurant manager, Esteban, tells Ines he knows the owner. It happens to be his sister. Esteban gives Ines space, as she deals with going through her divorce and acclimating with a new city. They only see each other a few times over a two month period.
In the meantime, Ines is ready to move on. Her divorce is in progress, and her ex is a lawyer, pushing it through quickly. She sees Esteban again and she knows she is crazy attracted to him. He also makes it clear he’s interested in her. So they start a slow-burning relationship.
It turns out that Esteban has a secret he’s been keeping. It was a little far-fetched, but it was interesting and added to the story.
I can’t properly explain how great Esteban is. He was so kind and loving to Ines, and to his sister and her family. He was so swoon-worthy.
I liked Ines as well. She became much stronger over the course of the story. She and Esteban were so great together.
This was a good story and I would recommend it.
Romance Books

Until Nox by Layla Frost

Until Nox (Happily Ever Alpha)

Title: Until Nox
Author: Layla Frost
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

 

 

Goodreads Summary

Not all heroes are good guys.

With a body count on his soul and blood on his hands, Killian Nox lived in the gray. Ruthlessly single-minded, if he wanted something, it was his. And when it came to the gorgeous lass with a fiery attitude, he didn’t just want her.

He needed her.

With southern-bred manners and a snark all her own, Augusta ‘Gus’ Allan was a connoisseur of cheap wine, delicious Mexican food, and good TV. Unfortunately, her taste in men wasn’t as well-developed. When her knight in shining armor turned out to be a douche in tinfoil, Gus never expected her real hero to be a sexy-accented, tattooed beast of a man.

But he was exactly who she needed.

Gus had no clue how comforting a monster in the dark could be…

Until Nox.

Review

I am loving this Kindle Alpha World, where I get to see the Mayson’s all the time (despite the weird time line where July is a baby).

Gus is about to move in (temporarily) with her boyfriend when she discovers he’s cheating. The neighbor across the hall hears all of this commotion and asks Gus to move  in to help take care of his dog, Nolan, because he’s going on a business trip for 3 weeks. Having no other options, Gus moves in to help Killian out.

Gus has relocated to Boston from school. She gets a call that her Meema has had a stroke. Killian pays for her to fly back to Tennessee – to see her Meema. And guess who her neighbors are? The Mayson’s!!!

In the meantime, Gus and Killian are developing a relationship over the phone and through text, though Killian knew the minute he saw Gus that he wanted her. Gus doesn’t really know what Killian does – and she’s surprisingly cool with it.

This was a quick read but I loved the characters, especially Meema. I would recommend all these Kindle Alpha books.

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