Romance Books

The Beauty of Us by Kristen Proby

Goodreads Summary

beauty of usRiley Gibson is over the moon at the prospect of having her restaurant, Seduction, on the Best Bites TV network. This could be the big break she’s been waiting for. But the idea of having an in-house show on a regular basis is a whole other matter. Their lives would be turned upside down, and convincing Mia, her best friend and head chef of Seduction, that having cameras in her kitchen every day is a good idea is daunting. Still, Riley knows it’s an opportunity she can’t afford to pass on. And when she meets Trevor Cooper, the show’s executive producer, she’s stunned by their intense chemistry.

Trevor’s sole intention is to persuade Riley to allow Best Bites TV to do a show on her restaurant. But when he walks into Riley’s office, he stops dead in his tracks. The professional, aloof woman on the phone is incredibly beautiful and funny. But can he convince her that he’s interested in Riley for himself? Or is he using the undeniable pull between them to persuade her to agree to his offer?

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

Riley Gibson is the PR manager for Seduction, one of the hottest restaurants in Portland. Seduction has been given the opportunity to be featured on a Food Network type show, and everyone but Mia, the chef, are excited about the opportunity.   The book starts with Riley venting to the girls about a horrible date she’d had.  There is a man at the bar, and he makes a comment about what a toolbag her date is.  What Riley doesn’t realize is the man is the producer of the show, Trevor Cooper.

Trevor is excited to feature Seduction on his network.   What he wasn’t prepared for was his intense attraction to Riley.  Riley is smart and funny.  And beautiful. Trevor has been married – his wife was a cheater.   But Trevor lives in LA and Riley lives in Portland, so they both know that whatever they have will be short term.

But things never turn out as planned in books, so I’m sure you can guess what happened.  One thing about Trevor that I liked is he was kind of a nerd – he was a gamer.  He loved Star Wars and some of his best friends were gamers.  One thing I didn’t like – Riley talked SEVERAL times about how Trevor wore glasses and how sexy he was – the guy on the cover should be wearing glasses!!!!  Sorry, that just drives me crazy!!

There was a little drama with a female gamer and with Trevor’s ex-wife.  There wasn’t a big focus on the show being filmed at Seduction – it was more of a sub-plot, but will be much more heavily featured in the next book.

I did like Riley – she was a tough lady.  I really liked Trevor as well.  He was a really good guy.  Nothing would pull me away from this series, or any other Kristen Proby series.  She’s my go to author, so I would recommend.

Happy reading.

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Romance Books

Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan

Goodreads Summary

kiss my bootsQuinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….

Rating

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

Jesus Jones, there was one too many Jesus Jones in this book.  Just sayin….

Quinn Davis, the only sister of Maverick (book 1) and Clay (book 3) is a “hell-raiser” (something that is almost mentioned a few too many times in this book) and an auto mechanic (this part I actually liked).  She gets wind that her old love interest, Tate Montgomery is swinging back into town, and she loses her mind.

Tate spent his summers in Texas and spent that time with Quinn, and over the course of seven years, they fall in love.  Tate goes off to college in Atlanta, and tells Quinn he will stay in touch.  He doesn’t.  This breaks Quinn and leads her to distrust men.  Tate’s grandfather dies, and Tate comes back to Texas to take over his medical practice as an OB/GYN.

Tate’s grandpa had an old truck that Tate wanted restored – and he didn’t trust anyone other than Quinn to do that.  Quinn is floored when she hears Tate’s name, but Tate has decided that nothing is going to stand in the way of him and his only love – Quinn.

I will say that I’m a huge Harper Sloan fan.  The writing in this book, especially the slang was quite cumbersome and annoying.  Lots of darlin’, sugar and Jesus Jones.  Too many.  I get that the book was set in Texas but it felt fake to me.

Tate’s reason for leaving Quinn was utterly ridiculous.  I won’t spoil it, but it was really dumb and not real believable.

Quinn was pretty quick to forgive Tate, but overall, he was a really good guy.  The Davis family has some mama issues, and they were sort of dealt with in this book.  I grew to love Clay even more, and I’m really excited to read his next book.  I’m way too invested to stop now.

Not the best book, but not terrible either. Would recommend.

Happy reading.

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Romance Books

Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn

Goodreads Summary

twisted twosomeFrom the first day I met Racer McKay, I knew our interaction was going to be incredibly brief. First impressions really do matter and unfortunately, I didn’t make a very good one.

At the time, I didn’t think much of it. I was never going to see this man again, right?

Wrong! When I’m met with the opportunity of a lifetime, there is only one man in the state of New York who can assist me. And can you guess who it is?

But what I don’t realize is he needs me just as much as I need him. I have money he’s desperate for, and he holds the key to making my dreams come true.

So, we reluctantly join forces.

Our pranks turn from sarcastic banter, to sexual tension and lust-filled glances. Bickering matches quickly morph into slow burn moments. We’re hot, we’re cold. We push and pull. I need him, I don’t want him. We’re on the verge of combusting with an agreement dangling dangerously between us. Neither one of us can afford to lose one another and yet, we’re finding it quite hard to decipher the line that rests between love and hate.

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

I have read several Meghan Quinn books and have loved them.  I tried to read Co-Wrecker and couldn’t get into it, but I thought I’d give Twisted Twosome a try.  I’m glad I did.

Georgiana Westbrook is the youngest daughter in a wealthy family, and has a seriously misogynistic father, who believes a woman’s place is in the home, taking care of the family charities.  Georgie doesn’t share her father’s views, and decides to follow her dream of opening a bridal store.  The problem – her father is against it and plans to block her from getting finances.

Racer McKay is a handyman who has been working on the pool house at Georgie’s house.  Georgie stays outside sun bathing and checking out Ryder on a daily basis.  Her best friend McKenzie has the idea to ask Racer to help with the construction of her store, Limerence.  Racer has no time for Georgie or her “rich girl” problems, and he’s a real dick to her.  Until she offers to pay him $15k for his work.

Georgie and Racer do not get along.  They barely tolerate each other.  But they have to spend time together, and the more they spend time together, the more they realize they each other pegged wrong.

Georgie is not a rich snob, despite Racer’s views on her.  She’s a person who desperately wants to break free from her family and their really dumb, antiquated thoughts on a woman’s place.  I really struggled with the storyline around Georgie’s dad.  It’s 2017, and her dad started his company from scratch, so I have a hard time believing someone in this day and age would be so old fashioned, but hey, what do I know about rich folk?

Racer was kind of a dick for the first 50% of the book.  He’s a guy who is struggling to get by.  I get that.  It’s not Georgie’s fault that he’s in the situation he is.  He treats her like is, and it was hard to like him at first.  Georgie and Racer did pull a lot of pranks on each other that were really funny.

I really liked Georgie’s brother Abe and his wife Waverly.  They were super cool.  Racer did totally win me over in the end, and I really ended up liking him a lot.  The ending was a little predictable and annoying, but this was a fun read and I would recommend it to anyone.

Happy reading.

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Man Crush Monday

Man Crush Monday

Readers,

After a two month hiatus, I’m bringing back my Man Crush Monday weekly meme.  Several memes I’ve participated in have disappeared (and I miss them), so I’m bringing this one off the shelf.  I hope that you will consider doing a post and introducing others to men you’ve read (or watched) and really liked.  Thanks in advance for your participation.


Man Crush Monday is a weekly meme created by yours truly, Sheri at Read in a Flash!

The purpose of MCM is to spotlight men that are memorable and significant to you, either in print, TV or in real life.

Rules

  • Tell us who your “Man Crush” is and tell us why you like him.
  • Cut and past your post into the comments so others can see.
  • Be creative and have fun!

My Man Crush Monday for this week is Marc Watson from His Rules by Scott Hildreth.

Goodreads Summary

his rulesMy endeavors to find the right man had afforded me countless hookups, infidelity, and a handful of one-night-stands.

Then, Marc Watson stepped into my life. He was handsome, and not the kind that could be satisfied by simply taking a second look. Hell, men like him graced the covers of magazines and were the subject of every woman’s dreams. He was also intellectual and kind. The. Complete. Package.  But. He had this ridiculous rule.

To get a shot at him, I had to agree to be in a no sex relationship for thirty days. Making it thirty minutes without having sex with him would be a stretch. Thirty days would be impossible.

It was the opposite of everything I had done in the past, but he assured me if I could comply, the reward would be mind-blowing.  I’d never been one to back down from a challenge, so I took the deal.  Little did I know that doing so would change my life forever.

To get a shot with Marc Watson, Taryn has to agree to go 30 days with no sex.  She takes one look at Marc and realizes that going to be near impossible.  Marc wants a relationship without sex for 30 days to discover if the person he’s with is the right one.  The only thing it proved is Marc is the right one.  Such an amazing guy.  I had come off a few stretches of bad books when I found this one, and I could not have loved it more.  I rarely give 5 stars to books, but this one got them – and earned every one.  I loved this book and would highly recommend it.

Share your post in the comments below.  I’m always looking for new books to read, movies to watch or TV shows to binge!

Happy Monday.

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Romance Books

Book Review – Blush for Me by Kristen Proby

As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland’s hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn’t afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she’s forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven—including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her.

Ryan “Mac” MacKenzie hasn’t been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn’t think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he’s got a handle on what life can throw at him and he’s not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can’t forget.

Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love…?

4 out of 5 stars

Kristen Proby is one of those authors who could write the phone book and I would read it. I just love her.  Book 3 in the Fusion series is no exception.

Book 3 is the story of Kat Meyers, one of the owners of Seduction, one of the hottest restaurants in Portland.  Kat needs to attend a wine convention in California, and is forced to fly.  She is seated next to Ryan “Mac” MacKenzie, and Mac instantly comes to her aid (she’s terrified to fly).

They discover that they are at the same convention, and decide to have a “sexcation” while there.  Kat never asks any questions about Mac, assuming he lives in California.  Imagine her surprise when she discovers he is on her return flight and that they live in the same building.

I absolutely loved Mac.  He was so kind and romantic.  There was some drama with his father and a gambling addiction, but it was written in a believable way and didn’t take away from the story.  I really enjoyed Kat as well.  She was strong and funny.  She is also fiercely loyal to her friends.

I’m really excited that the next book is about Mia!  She’s a firecracker and I love her, so I’m excited.  And the new Boudreaux book came out today so I have more KP to look forward to!

Happy reading!

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Romance Books

Book Review – With a Twist by Sawyer Bennett

Goodreads Summary

Wyatt Banks is ready to give one woman the world. Unfortunately, his job as a cop tends to interfere with other goals. When Wyatt is sent deep undercover to investigate a sex slave ring, he doesn’t have time to do anything but focus on staying alive in a dark and dangerous underworld.

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Wyatt isn’t alone though in his quest to save the women that are being sold into sexual slavery.

His partner, FBI Agent Andrea Somerville, is immersed just as deeply as he is, and she’s the bait to lure the sex slavers out into the open, as she poses as an erotic dancer in an attempt to snare the enemy. But danger runs as high as the sparks between them, and now Wyatt is caught between the job he loves and the woman he wants.

Rating

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

This is the 4th book in the Last Call series by Sawyer Bennett and by far the best one.  With a Twist is the story of Wyatt, a cop who is called in to work in an undercover sting operation to take down a dirty SOB who sells women into slavery, and Andrea, an FBI agent who goes in as a stripper to bring down the same operation.

This book had a much darker storyline than the previous three books, and I think that is what I found appealing about it.  Andrea and Wyatt met under some extreme circumstances, working together to bring down a corrupt organization that sells women into slavery (yuck).

The suspense in this book was pretty believable, and the pace moved nicely.  I was engaged from the beginning, and SB writes these books in the first person, alternating POV, which I LOVE.

I freaking loved Wyatt.  We’ve met him briefly in the other books, but it was nice to have a whole book dedicated to just him.  Andrea was a pretty tough chick too, and she endured the shit they went through while undercover like a champ.

I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it.

Happy reading.

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Romance Books

Book Review – The Air He Breaths by Brittainy C. Cherry

I was warned about Tristan Cole.
“Stay away from him,” people said.
“He’s cruel.”
“He’s cold.”
“He’s damaged.”

It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster.

But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me.

We were both empty.
We were both looking for something else. Something more.
We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays.

Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.

2 1/2 out of 5 stars

I purchased this book on Amazon, because it’s gotten so many 5 star reviews.  I was disappointed, and I know I’m in the minority here.

The Air He Breathes is the story of Tristan and Elizabeth.  They have both been scarred by tragedy.  I won’t give spoilers but they both lost people in their lives that they loved, in a horrible way.  Elizabeth is a single mother to Emma, and Tristan is a single man.  Elizabeth lives in the same town as her in-laws, who seem to spend an obscene amount of time with their granddaughter.

Overall, I found this book was pretty uneven.  Why?  Lots of choppiness in the timeline of events and some really unrealistic ways of dealing with grief.  I will point out that Tristan and Liz live next door to each other, and Liz spends a lot of time sneaking into his house in the middle of the night.  Leaving her 5-year old daughter home alone.  Oh wait, the daughter is hardly mentioned.  She also seemed to dump her daughter with her grandmother quite a bit. I found that very uneven and very strange.

The daughter, Emma, was pretty adorable when she was part of this story.  She had an adorable nickname for Tristan and loved his dog.

There was a side story about Liz’s mom, which was also very uneven and didn’t really have a conclusion.  I get why the author added this, but it didn’t really come to a conclusion.

I would have given this book a much better review, but the last 20% of this book had me shaking my head.  It contained a lot of stupid, unnecessary shit that didn’t need to happen that really felt like a soap opera.  The drama between Tristan and Elizabeth was extremely predictable, and I knew it was going to happen at about 40%; I was annoyed.  I also found it annoying that the author decided to paint the small town Liz and Tristan lived in as a town full gossips who had nothing better to do than talk about her/them.

The events at the end of the book….I don’t even know how to put that into words.  I felt like I was watching a bad lifetime movie starring Tori Spelling.  It was so over the top and stupid that I was just left shaking my head.  If the book ended at 80%, I would have given it an A.  But ugh, this stupid ending.

I’m not sure I would recommend buying this for $2.99.  Borrow from the library, or I can loan you my copy.