Romance Books

Unexpected Bond by Kaylee Ryan

Unexpected Bond (Unexpected Arrivals #4)

 

Title: Unexpected Bond
Author: Kaylee Ryan
Rating:  5 stars
Genre: Romance

Goodreads Summary

Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, the universe decides to tilt your world on its axis.

I had a plan, and I was moving forward until the day my world was flipped upside down.

It’s a challenge I wasn’t prepared for, but one I had to face.

How do you combine the life you thought you had to the one you’re living?

One breath.
One second.
One minute.
One hour.
One day at a time, you learn to live with your unexpected bond.

Review

Get the tissues ready when you read this book, because it will put you through the ringer.

Seth Jennings works with the other guys in the series (Ridge, Tyler and Mark, along with Kent) and at a barbecue, meets a woman named Mara, who is best friends with the guys good friend Amelia.  Mara is a single mom to adorable 2 1/2 year old Finley, and the minute Finley meets Seth, she is smitten. As his is mother.

Seth and Mara text over the next several months (Mara lives three hours away) and eventually, Mara moves to the town the group lives in. Seth is the first person there to help Mara and Finley move. That’s the beginning of Seth’s alpha maleness coming out.

Seth was such amazing guy. Sometimes I questioned if he was real, he was so great. He accepted Finley with open arms.

Mara was a great as well. She was an amazing mom, and the stuff she had to deal with in this story – I won’t spoil but wow, it is deep and cuts you hard.

It was great to see all the guys and gals from the previous story still playing roles in this book, and watching how their families and lives change.

I love this series and I can’t wait to read the finale when it comes out next month.

I would highly recommend this book.

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Bad Situation by Brynne Asher

Bad Situation (The Montgomerys #1)

Title: Bad Situation
Author: Brynne Asher
Rating:  5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

Goodreads Summary

A group of women walk into a bar…

Sounds like the start of a crude joke, right? Yeah, well, the joke’s on me because I’m investigating the gorgeous one in the heels with the great ass. Jensen Montgomery.

Now I’m treading that area between right and wrong, good and bad, where sin and honor meld to become gray. Not that I haven’t been here before. Hell, I’ve made my career in the gray. I never hesitate going to battle when my gut tells me I’m right. And right now, my gut—among other things—is speaking loud and clear about Jen Montgomery.

She’s in a bad situation. Not just bad—deep and black and ugly.

And I’m about to make it worse. She just doesn’t know it yet.

Review

I had NO idea that Brynne Asher, who I am a big fan of, had a new series out, so I was very excited to learn about this book. I was not disappointed.

Imagine you find out that you’re being investigated for fraud by the FBI. Imagine you had a hot AF dance with a man at a bar – then come to realize that man is the FBI agent who is searching your office. That was the case of Jen Montgomery. 

Eli Pettit, said FBI agent, knows in his gut that the case against Jen is weak. After meeting her, and breaking his rules, he knows he will do whatever it takes to prove that Jen is innocent – even putting his job at risk.

Ms. Asher writes my favorite kind of male in romances – alpha. And she writes them well. Eli was such an amazing character. He had some mystery surrounding him, which I loved. I felt that his story was real and very interesting.

Jen is the sister of Cam Montgomery, from the Carpino series, and I was thrilled to see an old friend back (I’ve read all of the Carpino series – and the Vine series). There was family drama, and this book had a bit of suspense and mystery, which I loved.

I loved Jen. She was a real kick ass character. She stood up for herself and was incredibly loyal to her family.

The book also set up the next book in the series very well, and I”m quite intrigued to read the next one. 

I very much enjoyed this story, and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

I would highly recommend.

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That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn

That Second Chance (Getting Lucky, #1)

 

Title: That Second Chance
Author: Meghan Quinn
Rating:  4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

Goodreads Summary

It was supposed to be an innocent night, celebrating my brother’s birthday. Nothing was supposed to go wrong. We’d vowed to be on our best behavior after all . . .

But it only took one rowdy night with my brothers to flip my world upside down. One unlucky encounter saddled us with a family curse and the promise of doomed relationships. I laughed it off immediately. “Yeah, right,” I thought. “A love curse. Ha!”

Boy, was I wrong.

Word spreads quickly in a town like mine; rumors about that night soon made us the most eligible yet untouchable bachelors in Port Snow, Maine. As a subject of endless gossip and speculation, I could kiss my dating life goodbye.

It would have stayed that way if Ren Winters, the new girl in town, hadn’t crashed into my life. Brave, beautiful, and smart—her vivacious thirst for a fresh start has given me hope that maybe, just maybe, I can have one too.

Everyone wishes for that second chance . . . but could this really be mine?

Review

I’m a big fan of Meghan Quinn, so I was excited about a new series, especially a series abut 4 brothers, which is right up my alley.  Add in a picture-esque setting, and you have a winner.

Griffin Knightly is the oldest of his four brothers, all who hail from Port Snow, Maine. Years back, Griffin and his brothers went to New Orleans to celebrate a birthday, and they came into contact with a palm reader, whom they insulted. She then put a “curse” on them – which they ALL believe to be true, Griffin especially. Tragedy strikes Griffin, and he decides that he is no longer going to open himself to love.

Ren Winters moves to Port Snow to start fresh, and get away from her helicopter mom. She’s 28. And has a helicopter mom. Anyway, her first day in town, she gets into a little accident, thanks to a moose. Griffin, who is a volunteer firefighter, saves Ren from her car. Thus begins their friendship – it also turns out they are neighbors.

I have to admit that the “curse” aspect of this book was a little annoying. Sometimes bad things just happen. Griffin so deeply believed in this curse, that he closed himself off to love and he is only 30!

I also did not love how smothering Ren’s mom was. She was an only child, so I get that, but she’s a 28 year old woman. Come on. 

I loved the rest of the Knightly clan, and all their hilarious meddling. I can’t wait to read the next books (I’ve already downloaded #2). 

The feel of the town, which was small, felt real and was fun to read. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend.

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Sleeper by Kayley Loring

Sleeper by Kayley Loring

Title: Sleeper 
Author: Kayley Loring
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

Goodreads Summary

SHANE MILLER SLEEP DIARY:

Went to bed at: Late.
How long it took to fall asleep: Forever. I have insomnia. Duh.
Number of caffeinated beverages you had consumed: Zero. Thanks for advising me to quit!

My stress level is off the charts.
I can’t sleep right on a normal day, and lately my days are filled with the best kind of chaos.
My ex-wife and husband number two are filming in Poland for three months,
so I’m turning down movie parts to focus on the most important role of my life—
impossibly charming and somewhat capable young single dad.
My son won’t stop asking questions.
My daughter won’t brush her teeth unless I sing her showtunes.
Our regular nanny quit.
The only person I could trust to hire as a temp nanny is my best friend’s sister.

If Mary Poppins and Bill Murray had a baby it would be Willa.
Fresh out of grad school and beautifully weird.
She hates my movies, and my kids adore her.
I couldn’t sleep last night because she wasn’t here.
Turns out I can’t sleep unless she’s in my house now.
Turns out she’s what’s been missing from my life all along.
If my friend had any idea what I want to do to his gorgeous troublemaker of a sister,
he would smother me with a pillow.

The chances of us succeeding as a couple are about as good as that little indie movie
that I made being a huge hit.
But it’s a chance I’m going to take.

Review

A single dad and nanny/brother’s best friend story! Yay!!!

Shane Miller is a Hollywood star with a big problem – he can’t sleep. His insomnia is affecting his life, and for the next 3 months, while his ex-wife is in Poland filming a new movie, he has sole custody of his 5-year old twins, and his nanny quits.

Willa Todd is a perfumer. She is looking for a permanent job, and living on her brother, Nico’s (who is also Shane’s best friend and former Disney co-star) couch. Willa and Nico meet up with Shane for coffee when he spills that he has lost his nanny, and Nico tells him it would be a perfect situation for Willa to fill in – as she was a nanny while she lived in Europe.

Willa is an adorkable character. I loved her so much. She was funny, sweet and great with Shane’s kids, Lucky and Summer. Of course, Willa has had a crush on Shane since she first met him when she was 12-years old and kissed the back of his hand. Now Willa is all grown up and beautiful.

Shane was such a lovable character. You immediately felt for him with his insomnia. He had a very realistic, mature relationship with his ex-wife, where they both had the interests of the children at the forefront. He was caring and a really great dad (he swore in front of his kids – I felt that was very real).

Add in two adorable and rambunctious 5 year olds and you have yourself a great story. I thought the story with Willa being a perfumer was extremely interesting. I’ve never read anything like that. I just found out that Nico’s story is coming out in a few months and I have already signed up – I’m so excited.

I would recommend this story.

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Rules of Engagement by J.T. Geissinger

Rules of Engagement

Title: Rules of Engagement
Author: J.T. Geissinger
Rating:  4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

Goodreads Summary

As the owner of Perfect Pairings matchmaking service, Maddie McRae earns her living helping others fall in love. And one thing the sweet Southern belle knows for sure is that the foundation of wedded bliss is built on similarities: opposites might attract, but they don’t stay together.

Enter Mason Spark.

Rude, arrogant, and notoriously allergic to monogamy, the hottest quarterback in the NFL is Maddie’s polar opposite. He’s also her new client. Her gorgeous, infuriating new client who’s paying her an outrageous sum of money to find him a wife. With his multi-million dollar contract on the line due to his behavior on and off the field, bad boy Mason is willing to pretend to settle down.

But when he starts to fall for the adorkable matchmaker who can’t stand him, the playboy finds himself in the game of his life to keep something he never thought he’d lose—his heart.

Review

I love a good story about an athlete, and I was excited when I came across this book (I featured it on my blog about a month ago, but didn’t actually request an ARC – which I now regret).

Mason Spark is the quarterback of a football team in Atlanta. He is a seriously broken man. He had a rough upbringing, which he has carried with him into adulthood. His manager, Dick, feels that in order to save his career, Mason needs to find a wife and settle down. 

Enter Maddie McRae, owner of Perfect Pairings. Maddie is tasked with finding a wife for Mason, but they immediately DO NOT hit it off. She finds him rude and annoying, and he finds her prim and prissy. Thank goodness Maddie’s wacky Auntie Waldine sees what neither Mason nor Maddie can see – that they are perfect for one another.

One thing I found interesting about this story was that both Mason and Maddie was kind of loners. In that I mean that they didn’t have that “best friend” that can rely on for everything. Mason’s best friend is his manager, Dick, and Maddie’s is her Auntie Waldine. I found that dynamic very interesting.

Mason and Maddie were both very well written characters. You could feel Mason’s pain from his childhood, and while at times he acted like a total dick, you could get where he was coming from. Maddie had issues of her own, and she held everything in – or cleaned everything in sight. I could relate to that as well.

Mason’s transformation during the course of the book was what I found most fascinating. I’m a hopeless romantic and believe in true love, and that when you meet “the one”, you know. This book proved that.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend. It’s a bit of a slow burn, but really worth it.

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Never Enough by Kelly Elliott

Never Enough

Title: Never Enough
Author: Kelly Elliott
Rating:  3 1/2 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

Goodreads Summary

Longing to forget the pain of his wife’s death, Brock Shaw has immersed himself in the one thing that lets him escape the guilt. Bull riding. But life on the road means leaving his young son at home with his parents. They want him to give up his career and be a father to his child, but Brock needs the adrenaline to get through each day…or so he thinks.

Lincoln Pratt needs a fresh start. As a top interior designer in Atlanta, she has everything she could ever want, but she’s always at her father’s mercy. Something’s missing, and Lincoln knows she’ll only find it somewhere far away—like the rolling pastures of Hamilton, Montana, where she meets the irresistibly mysterious Brock.

In Brock Shaw, Lincoln sees the part of her that’s missing. In Lincoln Pratt, Brock sees the part of himself he thought he’d lost. But the pain of his past binds him. Can he let himself love again?
 

Review

I have read many Kelly Elliott books, so when I saw that she had a new series with a bull rider, I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I got a hero I really couldn’t connect with.

Brock is a bull rider. It’s his passion. He’s a single father to a 5 year old son named Blayze. He leaves his son in the care of his parents while he’s on the road doing what he loves, and his parents need a break.

During this time, Lincoln Pratt buys Brock’s old house, which happens to be on the Shaw’s property, so she becomes friendly with the family. She doesn’t meet Brock right away, and when she does, it doesn’t go over well.

Brock was kind of a big dick throughout this book. He was so hot and cold, it made my head spin. He had a lot of guilt about his wife’s death, which I understood, but at 27 years of age, I couldn’t understand why he was so closed off to the possibility of love. 

Lincoln wasn’t really looking for love either. She was starting a new job, but she had an instant attraction to Brock, and she was smitten with Blayze right away. Blayze was adorable.

There was also a side plot with Lincoln’s best friend, Kaylee, and Brock’s brother Ty. I’m sure the next book will be all about them.

The worst part of the story, in my opinion, was the story of Brock and his wife, and his best friend Dirk, who was also a bull rider. The whole story line just made no sense, and I didn’t care for it.

Overall, this book was pretty good but not great. 

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Love at the Bluebird by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Love at The Bluebird

Title: Love at the Bluebird
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Rating:  4 1/2 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

Goodreads Summary

With a hit song sitting at number one on the country music charts, Gavin McNeer thought he finally had everything he ever wanted.  All it takes is one look from the mesmerizing woman sitting in the front row at one of his shows and a brief encounter to make him realize just what he’s been missing. Even though he’s been burnt in the past, Gavin puts his inhibitions aside and his heart on the line to earn the trust of the woman who could be his everything.

Working in an industry where relationships start and end in the blink of an eye, Alyson Dawson has made it her mission not to get mixed up with musicians, no matter how good-looking they are. Keeping her focus on her blossoming career and clients, Aly doesn’t even have time to date much less fall in love. That is until she meets Gavin, a man who changes everything with one smoldering look.

Just when these two begin to settle into their new relationship, Aly is asked to do something that may require her to choose between the career she’s building and the man she’s falling in love with. To make things worse, Gavin’s ex decides to add a touch of drama to an already delicate situation.

Will their love survive, or become just another sad love song?

Review

This is my second Aurora Rose Reynolds book this week, and boy, did I LOVE this one! This book didn’t even have one of ARR’s signature alpha males, but I sure loved Gavin, the main character.

Gavin’s an up and coming country singer and songwriter, living in Nashville. He agrees to play at the famous Bluebird Cafe, where singers and songwriters go to perform (it’s a real place; I’ve seen stories about it – it’s very cool). While performing, he locks eyes with Alyson Dawson and he’s done. He knows he has seen the love of his life.

Alyson works in the music industry, and knows what musicians are like, but Gavin is so different. He was such an amazing character that there were times he seemed way too good to be true, but he really was! I loved Gavin so much He’s my new book boyfriend.

There are lots of characters that we’ve seen before (some Mayson’s, and I just read Aly’s sister’s book, called Until Valerie).  There were some new characters as well, like Gavin’s cousin Sosie. She was a really interesting character.

The story was sweet, and a little predictable, but it was still a very enjoyable story. I would highly recommend this book.