Romance Books

Until the Tequila by Brynne Asher

Until the Tequila (Killers & Happily Ever Alpha World Crossover Novella)

 

Title: Until the Tequila
Author: Brynne Asher
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

 

Goodreads Summary

Tequila: a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant and, in Mary’s case, a truth serum.

It took one night.

No, it took one dinner, a bevy of cocktails, and a woman who’s been skirting me for months. Then, everything changed. Because the tequila did what it does best, Mary’s words flowed faster than the magic liquid she was shooting with salt and lime.
Mary had demons—ones she thought were buried. She thought wrong.
She can’t hide from her past or from me. Not anymore.
I’m Evan Hargrove and I’ll turn the world red before I let anything happen to her.

Review

I love these Happily Ever After novellas. I love the Brynne Asher Vines’ series, so I was excited when I saw this book.

This was a short book, but it packed a lot into a short story.

Mary is a hairdresser, and has moved to Virginia from Tennessee, where she moved away to get away from her horrible father. Her father gets out of prison, and goes back to the town she’s from, and he starts asking about her. Her friend, July Mayson Silver (from Aurora Rose Reynold’s Until series), warns her that her father is looking for her, at the same time that Evan Hargrove decides he’s ready to make Mary his.

Evan is a total alpha. He decides he wants Mary, and that’s it. Once he finds out she’s in trouble, he’s basically moving her in with him. Evan works for Addy at the vineyards (Vines series), but his family is a breeder of thoroughbreds and he’s quite wealthy. 

Mary, on the other hand, grew up in foster care and is convinced that she and Evan don’t work. Evan doesn’t agree, and you can imagine the rest.

There was some drama with her dad that added to the story.

But the ending is what was the best. I really loved the epilogue. I would recommend this book. It was really good.

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His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey

His Royal Highness

 

Title: His Royal Highness
Author: R.S. Grey
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

 

 

Goodreads Summary

I’ve spent eight years wishing I’d fall out of love with Derek Knightley. Blowing out birthday candles, chasing after shooting stars, making it rain spare change into mall fountains—every time it’s the same wish: forget about Derek.

But the day he walks back into my life, I realize there are two things time has yet to soften: my feelings for him and his chiseled jawline.

It’s infuriating that my heart still races when he walks into a room. I refuse to fall prey to old unrequited love, so I decide the less I’m around him, the better. Avoidance is key.

Unfortunately, Derek isn’t going to make it easy. As a teenager, I would have crawled on my hands and knees to attract his attention. Now I can’t seem to escape it.

I’m not sure why he’s bothering. He’s not just out of my league—he’s out of my tax bracket. As the sole heir to the Knightley Company, he’s as close to American royalty as you can get. As for me, I’m just a part-time princess at Knightley’s flagship magical theme park.

I spend my days playing make-believe, but Derek has no use for fairytales. His unwavering confidence makes it clear he thinks I’ll surrender in the end.

He’s just biding his time.
Making me sweat.

Review

Omg, I LOVED this book. I loved everything about it. The characters are great, the story is great. it’s just great!

Whitney works at an amusement park, very similar to Disney. She is the star of the show, Princess Elena. She started at the park when she was a freshman in college, and had a mentor, named Derek Knightley, who is the grandson of the owner of the park. She had a huge crush on him when she was 18, and he abruptly left, leaving Whitney devastated.

Fast forward 8 years, and Derek is back. Turns out he moved to London to open the London park, and now he’s back. His grandfather, Cal, took over as Whitney’s mentor, and they are very close, having dinner every week. Whitney is shocked to see Derek again, and Derek is shocked at grown up and beautiful Whitney now is.

Derek – oh Derek. I loved him. He was such a great character. His grandfather asked him to take a good as His Royal Highness, the prince to Princess Elena, and he did it, no questions asked. He was such a great grandson to Cal. Cal is also a big part of this story and I loved him. He’s the grandpa every kid would want.

This book talked about the underground of an amusement park. I’m guessing this is based on what really happens at a park like Disney, I found it fascinating.

Whitney and Derek’s story was a great one. There wasn’t a ton of drama in this story, there were great side characters, and an interesting story with Whitney’s family.

Ms. Grey continues to write these amazing stories, and I will continue to read them. This one is great and I recommend.

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Rough Love by Lauren Landish

Rough Love

 

Title: Rough Love
Author: Lauren Landish
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

 

 

Goodreads Summary

Bruce Tannen is better known by his nickname, Brutal, because once upon a time, he was a monster on the football field.
Now, he’s a farmhand on what used to be his family’s land, and change is all around him.

A new family, new expectations, and even new friends. It’s all just fine by him until he runs into the one woman to ever hold his heart. The past comes back with a wallop of a tackle that even he can’t take.

Allyson left him a lifetime ago, but she’s the only thing that’s ever felt right… in his arms, in his heart, in his life. Something’s different, though. She’s a shadow of her former self, and he wonders what could’ve dulled her shine. He can help fight her demons to bring back that sunny smile he used to bask in, but should he?

Allyson Meyers knew who she was and where she was going, but a wrong turn years ago took her on a journey she never imagined. Not even in her worst nightmares.

It was ugly, but she’s stronger now for the one person who matters… her son, Cooper.
Being a single mother is a burden she’s grateful to bear alone until she sees a pair of all-too-familiar broad shoulders and dark, knowing eyes that remind her of who she once was.

Bruce was the one she’d left behind, the path she should’ve taken. It’s too bad you can’t rewrite history. But if she’s brave enough, maybe they could create a new future?

Can Bruce open his heart to the one who shattered it?
And can Allyson blend who she is now with who she used to be and live the happily ever after she should’ve had

Review

Bruce Tannen is a cowboy –in every sense of the word. Since losing his family’s ranch, he has worked for the Bennett family and also become a member of that family as well. One day, while driving home, he sees some kids roughhousing on the side of the road at a football practice and decides to stop and intervene. This leads to him being asked to be the assistant coach. It turns out that Bruce was a beast on the football field in high school.

During a practice, Bruce realizes that one of the kids’ mom is his former high school sweetheart, and the girl who broke his heart, Allyson. He is NONE to happy to see Allyson after all these years. Allyson is also not too crazy about seeing Bruce, but knows that he will be a football coach to her son.

I love a good second chance romance. I did like this book – but it was way too long. It would have been about 100 pages shorter and it would have been just as good.

There is one other criticism I have, and it’s a bit petty, but here it is. Bruce and Allyson both had flashbacks to when they were in love (both in high school) and making love. The dialogue, which was supposed to be between two teenagers, felt unreal. It was something people who were much older and much more experienced would do and say. Just my two cents on that.

The kids on the team were really cute, and I enjoyed that part of the story, of Bruce being the coach. He was really good with the kids.

The book has a nice ending, and I will read the next book in the series when it comes out.

I would recommend.

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Release Blitz & Review ~ Too Good at Goodbyes by RC Boldt

Title: Too Good at Goodbyes
Author: RC Boldt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Blurb
First Top 40 hit at age seventeen? My first tabloid breakup scandal quickly followed. 
Earned my first Grammy? Discovered Mommy Dearest was embezzling my money. 
Landed a leading role in a movie? My fiancé called off our engagement the next day.
I might have a multi-million-dollar recording contract, a sold-out world tour, and more money in the bank than I ever imagined, but every time I hit a milestone in my career, my personal life suffers.
Then in steps my new bodyguard, rugged and with a past I connect with. The closer we get, the more powerful my feelings grow, complicating our professional relationship.
I thought Kane would be different. I hoped he’d be the one man to stand by my side, undaunted by the fame and attention that trails me. 
The press calls me the “Ice Princess of Pop” because of my unyielding façade throughout heartbreak and betrayal. Perhaps it’s time to show
them the real me. 
With every syllable, I pour out my emotions and allow them to puddle, forming lyrics from my soul’s breath. And with each word, my broken heart cries out for Kane, begging him to help me break this pattern.
To help me stop being so damn good at goodbyes.
Purchase Links
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
B&N / KOBO / APPLE BOOKS
GOOGLE PLAY / PAPERBACK

Excerpt
Copyright @2019 by RC BOLDT

SIMONE

Present Day

The Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Hard Rock Stadium

Miami Gardens, Florida

Facing what’s estimated to be over sixty-seven thousand
people with my favorite guitar strapped snug against me, I prepare to sing my
final song.

Standing up here in front of thousands of fans is second
nature. I performed in countless dive bars before breaking onto the scene and
securing my first record deal, then moving on to sold-out world tours. Which
means I shouldn’t have sweaty palms like a preteen working up the nerve to talk
to her crush.

My heart shouldn’t be racing like a horse competing in the
Kentucky Derby.

My stomach shouldn’t churn as though I’ve eaten ceviche from
a questionable food truck.

Tremors shouldn’t affect my hands like a virgin embarking on
their deflowering.

None of this should be afflicting me. But it is.

Because of him.

Because of the current state of my heart.

But this is how I deal with heartache. With tragedy. With…life.

“This is a little different, and I hope you like it,” I rasp
into the mic. Noise from the cheering fans is deafening, and like every time I
perform, the surreal quality never quite fades.

Tonight marks the first time I’ll share a song I wrote about
someone who eviscerated my heart entirely. My other relationships—and
subsequent failures—pale in comparison.

It’s no secret that love and broken hearts inspire great
songwriting. With regard to the latter, it’s never hard to find someone
mourning an unrequited love, suffering heartache, or wishing they’d find their
own glorified everlasting love.

But have you noticed when male musicians write about it,
they’re never on the receiving end of the snide, sarcastic comments of, “Oh,
poor thing. He’s rich and famous and can’t find love. Boo-freaking-hoo.”?

Yet when I write lyrics that are the closest thing to
ripping out my heart and putting it on display for the world, I receive the
“She’s probably selfish and put her career first” or “She probably cheated, and
now she’s regretting it” or “Mm. So sad. The Ice Princess of Pop is
heartbroken.”

My response? Fuck that noise. I’m writing from my heart and
soul, regardless of how damaged they might be at any given time. And as long as
my fans continue to support me, I’m going to keep on keepin’ on.

“I’d like to dedicate this song to a special person.” I duck
my chin, willing myself to maintain composure. “It’s called ‘Embers.’”

Once I strum the first note on my guitar, everything around
me fades. My voice emerges from the shards scattered within my chest where my
working heart once was.

When I play that final chord, I see tears streaming down the
faces of the fans in the front rows. And yet again, I’m reminded of something
all too easily forgotten. That there are others who can relate to lyrics
written from my soul’s breath.

Because in heartache, we’re never truly alone.
Author Bio
RC Boldt
currently lives on the southeastern coast of the U.S., enjoys long walks on the
beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the
mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular
80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost
anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.
Author Links

 

 

5 “North” Stars (you’ll understand once you read)

Last year, I found a book called The Good Samaritan by RC Boldt and it was my favorite book of the year. I loved it so much. So when I saw the same author had another book coming out, I was all over it!

Simone King is the Taylor Swift of the world – mega successful pop star with a string of bad relationships under her belt.  She’s been dubbed the Ice Princess of Pop thanks to the media – despite being anything but. When her head of security gets married, she sends him on a three month honeymoon and is replaced by Kane Windham, swoon worthy southern gentleman.

Kane and Simone start off being completely professional. Kane is coming off a broken heart and Simone decides she’s done with men. Their relationship develops naturally over the course of a few months. Kane stands up for Simone to the paparazzi (to her dismay). He defends and protects her at all costs. All while falling hard.

This is a simple story of two people who meet and fall in love. They face obstacles along the way but learn to overcome. There are also some pretty awesome songs in this book as well.

I really loved both these characters. They were both so real.  I was sucked into this story and instantly loved both Simone and Kane. Ms. Boldt has a way of writing characters that I just can’t get enough of.

There are so many great things about this story, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I loved it and can’t wait to read more of what Ms. Boldt has to offer in the future.

 

Romance Books

Book Review – Catching Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Catching Him (How to Catch an Alpha #1)

 

Title: Catching Him
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

 

Goodreads Summary

Leah Emerson isn’t looking for a man—she’s looking for the right man. But her mother’s idea of a great catch leaves her cold, and she’s pretty sure her cocky, arrogant, and way too good-looking new neighbor isn’t the one either. If only her wayward cat would stop jumping through his window, she could get on with her life.

Tyler Duncan moved into town for a new job, not to fall in love. But he always goes after the things he wants in life with steadfast determination…and he wants Leah Emerson. He wants her smiles, he wants her touch, and he definitely wants her in bed.

Unfortunately, someone else wants Leah—in the worst way. Now Tyler’s on a mission to protect the woman he’s falling in love with while proving he’s worth falling for, and Leah must decide whether Tyler is a catch worth catching…

Review

I’ve read a bunch of books by Aurora Rose Reynolds, and I’ve come to expect a certain type of male character from her – alpha, mainly; so I was excited to read this new book from her, but unfortunately, the hero wasn’t really as alpha as I hoped (not really at all).

Tyler Duncan is new to town, and his neighbor, Leah Emerson, has a cat that likes to escape – right into his house! Imagine Tyler’s surprise when he finds a half-naked woman in his house looking for her cat. They don’t exactly get off on the right foot, but that is quickly corrected when Tyler’s dog, Bruce, takes a liking to Leah and keeps escaping to go to her house!

Leah and Tyler form a friendship at first. One that involves their pets (a plot line which I absolutely loved). Leah comes home to find Bruce waiting for her. She falls for Bruce, and vice versa. It’s really cute. At the same time, Leah and Tyler start spending more time together, and you can guess what happens next.

As is typical in an ARR story, there are great characters. While Tyler wasn’t as alpha as I hoped he would be, he was still a really great character. He was very protective of his sister, while at the same time dealing with an overbearing mom.

Leah was a tough character (in a good way). She stood up for herself and for others when she had too. She was a cool aunt to her nephews and had a few close friends she looked out for. I loved that she was really close with her family. That’s one of my favorite character traits (notice my Top Ten Tuesday reference there?).

The story itself was a bit predictable, but it was still enjoyable, and I would recommend it. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Romance Books

Axel by Samantha Whiskey

Axel (Carolina Reapers #1)

 

Title: Axel
Author: Samantha Whiskey
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

 

Goodreads Summary

The NHL’s been at my door since I was 18. 
But I’d never leave the Swedish Hockey League— 
Not while raising my little brother. 
But now he’s grown and the Carolina Reapers show up with my greatest weakness: 
Langley Pierce, their new head of PR. 

I’ve never been able to say no to her. 
She’s fierce, independent, and the sexiest woman I’ve ever met. 
She also has a stubborn streak wider than my entire country. 

One comment from her smart mouth about never dating again, and I propose. 

No, really, I actually propose: 
A six-month marriage contract in exchange for signing with the Reapers. 
I want to date this woman so badly that I’m going to marry her first. 
I’ll use each day to show her how a queen should be treated. 

Our wedding day started a countdown I’m powerless to stop, 
And the faster the months fly, the harder I fall. 
She’s sworn she’ll never choose a man over her career, 
And I promised never to ask her to. 
Until I’m forced to. 

How can we move forward when we started this whole thing backwards? 
If I can’t convince her this marriage is anything but fake— 
The next document we sign will crush us both. 

Review

This is book #3 with the title of Axel in my list, and this one may be the best!!

Axel is a hockey player in the Swedish hockey league, who has NO interest in going to America to play in the NHL. His younger brother, Tage, whom he has raised, is in Sweden. That all changes when he sees Langley Pierce step off an airplane with an offer.

Langley is the PR person for the Carolina Reapers, and they send her to Sweden to try to convince Axel to come to America and join their expansion team. Turns out Axel and Langley had met a year before, and Axel is seriously smitten with her. He tells Langley he will come to America and play for the Reapers – if she will marry him for 6 months.

Langley was a likable character, but to be honest, her insecurities got a little old after a while. She had a rough childhood, with a mom who cared more about the men in her life than her daughter. Langley also had a boyfriend break up with her because she was way too devoted to her job. She doesn’t like to give up control.

But Axel. Good god, this man. I freaking adored him. He was SO good to Langley. He went into the marriage with every intention of making Langley fall in love with him. I sure fell in love with his character. He was kind, sweet, loving and incredibly loyal. I can’t say enough good things about him.

I really enjoyed the beginning of this new hockey series and I’m excited to read more. I would highly recommend this book.

Romance Books

Crazy Sexy Love by K.L. Grayson

Crazy Sexy Love (Dirty Dicks #1)

Title: Crazy Sexy Love
Author: K.L. Grayson
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Freebie

 

 

Goodreads Summary

Three-time world champion bull rider Rhett Allen has never been afraid to get his hands dirty. Hard work, sweat, and determination have gotten him where he is today—and that’s holed up in a hospital room, wondering how he let that damn bull buck him off. He’s also wondering why he thought it was a good idea to let his twin brother talk him into returning home to heal.

Rhett has a million reasons to come home to Heaven, Texas, and only one reason to stay away. That reason comes in the form of a sweet and feisty girl who stole his heart long before he ever thought to give it away. The only problem…that girl has turned into a stunning woman.

Monroe Gallagher is downright sexy with more curves than County Line Road. It’s been six years since he’s seen her, six years since he’s felt any form of peace, and six years since she gripped his heart in her delicate little hands and squeezed the life out of it. The longer he’s in Heaven, the more he starts to realize that the heart she took from him—the one she crushed into a million pieces—she also never gave back.

Review

I haven’t read a book about a bull rider before, so this was kind of appealing to me.  This is also a second chance romance, which is one of my favorite tropes. It added up to a good story.

Rhett was a tough guy. I think to be a bull rider, you have to be. He gets injured riding a bull and has to take a break, so he returns home to Heaven, Texas, where the girl who trampled his heart lives.

Monroe is an interesting character. I loved her because of her love of animals – she runs a no-kill shelter.  She’s taking care of her father, who is ill, and puts the animals and her father ahead of herself. This part of story was a bit annoying. She’s a young woman not living her life, and nobody stepped up and told her “hey, live your life”. When Brett comes back into the picture, he finally does that, but I found it a little irritating that nobody else was able to do it before him.

Mo and Rhett had some great chemistry, and there are a slew of interesting characters that will get their own books (which I want, but realize I read one already).

If you love second chance, small town romances, this book is for you.

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

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