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The Infamous Ellen James by N.A. Alcorn

Goodreads Summary
Meet twenty-eight year old Ellen James. A sarcastic, feisty, foul-mouthed ER Nurse. She is snarky, sassy, and sometimes crudely inappropriate. After a terrible breakup with her fiancé, Ellen has promised herself that she will never make the mistake of falling for another man again… and physicians, well she’s more than written them off.Once she meets sexy Trauma Surgeon, Dr. Trent Hamilton, this promise is unbelievably hard to keep. This too-hot-for-Ellen’s-own-good man is undeniably sexy and down-right irresistible. He leaves her breathless, speechless, and irritatingly turned on. He makes her fantasize about him in all kinds of dirty, inappropriate ways.

With the help of her obnoxious, and often times hilarious best friend Amy, Ellen will find herself in several crazy, embarrassing situations.

This is a story of friendship, love and how one very sarcastic woman can find the strength to pick up the pieces after having her heart broken.

Rating

5 stars

Review

First and foremost, this book is HILARIOUS!!!  Rip-roaring funny.  Vulgarity.  Sarcasm.  Hilarity ensues.

We meet Ellen James, ER Nurse, while she’s doing a presentation at a conference in Nashville.  While doing her presentation, a photo of her wearing a 12 inch vibrator appears.  Smug faces ensue.  Fast forward…

Dr. Trent Hamilton comes to Ellen’s hospital as a visiting trauma surgeon.  What Ellen doesn’t know, is Trent came to her hospital because of her.  She is coming out of a relationship where she finds her fiancée in bed with another woman.  She is vulnerable and afraid to open her heart again.  She and Trent, however, are a perfect match.

Ellen lives with her best friend Amy.  She and Amy have an interesting relationship.  They call each other the funniest names (labia face).  They are hilarious together.  I loved Amy.  She was the best!!

There were some things about this book that were predictable.  I loved that it was told in the first person.  Made it so much funnier.  Overall, this book is really, really funny and a must read.  I would highly recommend.

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My Coyote Ugly Life by Jessica Spoon

Goodreads Summary 

“How on earth do I get myself in these situations? I swear it’s like a never ending bad dream. One of all my mistakes that continuously bite me in my size ten ass.”

Azaria ‘Ree’ Gable had her one experience with heartbreak and that was enough for her. She’s perfectly satisfied with her ‘One Month Rule’ and doesn’t need her life changing anytime soon.

When circumstances take her back home, she learns things have changed…
A lot…

First and foremost being with the complete and astonishing overhaul and revamp of the Belton Police Department, where apparently the application was changed to state ‘Ugly Men Need Not Apply’ and the only requirement is ‘How Well Do You Look In This Uniform?’

Ree unexpectedly catches the eye of the new ‘gina-quiver inducing Chief of Police Grayson Cole, which starts an endless game of cat and mouse.

Will Ree let go of her misconceptions about relationships and allow Grayson to show her how beautiful life can really be?

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Review

What a refreshingly funny read this was!!  Was this book perfect?  No.  But it had me hooked from start to finish, and has left me wanting more books.

Ree (short for Azaria) Gable is a late twenties party animal semi-slut.  She takes guys home, does the deed, and sneaks out in the night before they wake up.  Ree is moving home to her hometown in Iowa, from Des Moines.  Before she moves back, she ends up hammered and “coyote uglied” (for those of you unfamiliar with the term, it’s when you wake up next to a stranger with your arm stuck underneath them, trying to remove your arm without waking said stranger).  Once back in her hometown, she literally runs into the man she left in the middle of the night – and he’s pissed about it.

Grayson Cole, alpha male, Chief of Police, didn’t appreciate Ree ditching out in the middle of the night on him.  Once he realizes she lives in his town, he sets out to make her his.  Hilarity ensues.

The “supporting cast” in this book is great.  Ree’s best friends are hilarious.  Her parents and siblings are great.  The other cops are great.    The only thing that didn’t make sense was what happened with Ree at the end (I won’t spoil it).  It was semi unnecessary and came out of left field.  But the rest of the story was great, and I hope there are at least 6 more!!

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Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora

Goodreads Summary

Nikolai Leokov never thought he’d fall in love with the only girl he’s ever befriended.

Valentina Tomic has issues with commitment after the ultimate betrayal.

When Tina decides to make broody Nik’s day better, she never thought she would end up friends with the hard man.

Nik has never had a woman be so affectionate to him without expecting something in return.

Nik and Tina cordially invite you to read Friend-zoned.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Review

I’m not big on giving 5 star reviews.  A book has to be really great for me to give it 5 stars.  I am telling you that Friend-Zoned is a 5-star book.

I’m not going to spend a lot of time rehashing the story, because I really want you to read this book.  The story is about Tina, a woman who owns a clothing store and has suffered a terrible heartache, and Nik, a club owner who doesn’t do relationships.

Nik and Tina start out as friends, and their friendship develops in a natural way that is very believable.  There is also a great cast of other characters, including Nik’s brother Max (who is super likable), his “brother not by blood” Ghost and Trick, and Tina’s friends Mimi, Nat and Lola.  There is also Ceecee, Max’s child, who is honestly one of my favorite characters.

The characters in this book are SO genuine.  I really felt like I was a part of this story and friends with these people.  This book has some genuinely funny moments, as well as some touching and sad moments.  This book is truly fantastic and I hope you’ll give it a chance!

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Tangled by Emma Chase

Goodreads Summary

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life? 

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

Look at the cover of this book and you’ll think “yes, please”.  Read the description and you’ll say “yes, please”.  Read the book and you’ll think “Thank you Emma Chase for a hilarious book”.

Tangled is told from the POV of Drew Evans, the male lead of the book.  Drew is handsome, charming and can get a new woman any time he wants.  He meets Kate Brooks  and he’s done – put a fork in him.

This book is truly very funny.  Drew can be an ass at times.  Drew can be a pig at times, but in the end, Drew is a good guy looking for love.  Kate is hilarious, and at times, they have a “War of the Roses” type of relationship.  Drew’s sister is really awesome, as well as his friends.

The dialogue in the book is sharp and funny, and the story is believable.  In the end, you really root for Drew (and learn a few things too!)

My recommendation:

Read it.  Fast read and FUNNY!

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Heller by J.D. Nixon

Goodreads Summary

Despite having no experience or skills, Tilly Chalmers can’t believe her luck when she lands a dream job in a security and surveillance business owned by the dangerously attractive Heller. But she soon discovers her new boss is a man of many secrets. And what is she to make of the strange group of people who live with him? After her first two assignments go disastrously wrong, and with a ruthless competitor on the scene, Tilly must decide if she has what it takes to survive the rough world of security work.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Review

Heller is about Matilda “Tilly” Chalmers, down on her luck actress who needs a job and stumbles into Heller Security and finds herself a job.  Heller requires his staff to live on premises, which leads to some hilarious moments, as well as some very serious moments with the other characters, Daniel and Niq, who both have their own stories and bear their own scars.  And then there is Heller, probably the most alpha-male I’ve ever read.  I have to admit that at some points, he was a bit overbearing, but to be honest, I was in love with his character, and how he takes care of those in his employ.

Tilly’s relationships with Daniel and Niq are beautiful and her relationship with Heller is hilarious. 

One thing I HATED about this book was I could not figure out where it took place.  It was clearly not in the US, but I couldn’t tell if it was in the UK or Australia (my boss is British so based on the dialogue I could tell it was one of those two countries).  You figure it out in book 2, so I won’t spoil it.

This book has so many laugh out loud moments, starting in the first 50 pages with Tilly’s interview.  I would highly recommend this series, but will warn you that if you don’t like British or Australian slang (or don’t know it), this may not be the series for you.

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Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Book description from goodreads.com

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

My review:

There were so many things I loved about this book.

  • I loved Caroline. She was funny, witty and insecure all at the same time, which made her hugely likable.
  • Simon was a great character. I am madly in love with him.
  • The Mimi/Ryan/Sophia/Neil subplot was well written and believable.
The way Caroline and Simon’s friendship developed was funny and believable. Their banter, especially at the beginning of their friendship, was hilarious.  To be honest, their banter throughout this entire book was hilarious, between all the characters.
This book is laugh out loud funny. I had tears in my eyes at so many parts. I loved this book and seriously hope there is a sequel.
Love, love, love and highly recommend.

 

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Rock Chick Series by Kristen Ashley Books 1-7

Since I’m going backward with my blog, I’m going to review this series in one post, but will review each book somewhat individually and give a brief background about Nightingale Investigations.

From Kristin Ashley wiki:
Nightingale Investigations is a firm owned by Lee Nightingale. They’re largely staffed with a variety of Alpha Badasses and have their feet on both sides of the law.

They handle “investigations, mainly corporate, embezzlement, fraud, theft. We pick up some domestic investigation, only high-income, usually gathering evidence to substantiate adultery or other incontrovertible grounds to get large alimony and settlements.
Book 1 – Rock Chick
Rock Chick (book 1) follows India (Indy) Savage, who owns Fortnum’s bookstore and Lee Nightingale, who is Indy’s best friend’s brother and the man she’s been in love with since forever.  Indy has finally decided to give up on Lee, but her employee gets into some trouble and Lee has to help.
 
This books is laugh out loud funny.  The dialouge is sharp and witty, the mystery is interesting and the characters, while somewhat outrageous, are lovable and endearing.  Lee is a total alpha-male badass.  Indy is a head-strong, independent woman, and together they are very funny.  Highly recommend this book.
Book 2 – Rock Chick Rescue
Rock Chick Rescue is about Eddie, who is Lee’s best friend and a Denver detective, and Jet McCallister, who works at a strip club as a waitress and harbors some secrets. 
 
The scenes in the strip club are HILARIOUS, and in this book, we meet Daisy, a former stripper and Dolly Parton look-a-like, who is one of the best characters in the series.  This book is also laugh out loud funny and the storyline behind Jet’s secrets are believeable and also very funny.  The book also focused on Tex, who is Jet’s uncle and became Indy’s barista (and a more integral character throughout the books).
 
Book 3 – Rock Chick Redemption
This book is about Hank Nightingale, Lee’s brother, who is also a detective with Eddie, and Roxie, who is on the run from a bad boyfriend.  This book had a bit more of a serious tone, with a kidnapping and rescue, but it still had it’s laugh out loud moments.
 
I LOVED Hank.  He is one of my favorite of the alpha-male bad-asses.  He was such of softy, and was so sweet with Roxie.  This is another great installment in the series.
Book 4 – Rock Chick Renegade
This book focuses on Vance, one of Lee’s employees, who played a big part is rescuing Roxie and book 3 and became her close friend, and Jules, who works with homeless youth and is a vigilante of sorts, personally trying to rid the streets of Denver of drug dealers.
 
Jules blew in at the end of book 3, so book 4 got off to a fast start.  We were introduced to May, Jules’s friend and boss at the homeless shelter, and her Uncle Nick.  I liked that Jules wanted to take down the bad guys in Denver, but thought it was kind of dumb that she tried to do it on her own.  I loved Vance always had her back, even when she didn’t know it.  This book had a pretty serious ending, again showing the softer side of our badass alpha-males.
Book 5 – Rock Chick Revenge
This installment is focused on Luke Stark, major badass who works for Lee, and Ava, whom Luke has known forever but doesn’t recognize at first because she’s lost weight and he doesn’t recognize her.
 
I didn’t love this book as much as the first four.  Luke isn’t a warm and fuzzy guy like the others, but he grew on my by the end, and he was so sweet with Ava.  Could only give this one 4 soccer balls though.
Book 6 – Rock Chick Reckoning
This installment focuses on Kai “Mace” Mason who works for Lee, and Stella, the lead singer of the Blue Moon Gyspies, who used to date Mace, but he left her with a broken heart.  Stella has to continually clean up after band members bad decisions, and that’s how Mace comes back into her life.
 
I LOVE Mace and Stella.  They are a great couple and the story of how they came to reconcile is a very good one.  One of my favorite in the series.
 
One thing about this book that I DID NOT like was that it had an epilogue and told you exactly what was going to happen to everyone in 5 years, including the people in book 7 (which I had yet to read) and book 8, which has yet to be released.  I don’t know if Kristen Ashley planned to stop at 6, but once she moved on to 7, she should have had her publisher go back and remove the epilogue.  It was fun to know what happened, but at the same time, kind of maddening, since two stories had yet to happen.
 
Book 7 – Rock Check Regret
Book 7 is about Hector Chavez, Eddie’s brother, an undercover DEA agent, and Sadie Townsend, whose father was a drug kingpin in Denver.  They meet with Hector is working undercover at her father’s home.
 
For about 90% of this book, I HATED Sadie.  I mean hated, wanted to punch her in the face hated her.  Get over yourself girl!  She redeemed herself in the end, and Hector made this book worth reading.
OVERALL:  This is a GREAT series and I would highly, highly, highly recommend it to anyone.  I shared it with several friends and they all loved it.