Broken Dreams by Callie Anderson

Available: Now 

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

Ethan is the boy who climbed into my bedroom every night.

He’s everything I love.
Laced with everything I despise.

He’s every happy memory.
And every shattered dream.

He’s my everything.
But he broke every part of me.

I’m supposed to hate him.
But I can’t.
I don’t know how.

 

Broken Dreams is the story of Leslie and Ethan, high school sweethearts who were separated for 8 years due to unfortunate circumstances.

Leslie is just a girl focused on ballet. Ethan is just a boy trying not to fall into his father’s footsteps.

Leslie and Ethan were neighbors. Unfortunately, Leslie was well aware of what Ethan was having to deal with at home. One night, Leslie witnessed first hand what was going on in Ethan’s house and invited the poor boy into her room so he had a safe place to stay.

Nights turned into days, days into weeks and weeks into years as the love between Ethan and Leslie grew into so much more. Dreams were shared, plans were made and they were moving on from town once they graduated high school. However, life got messy and one night, an accident changed their lives, their hopes and dreams, forever.

Eight years later, Leslie is back in Arizona to deal with family issues all while trying to avoid the man she so desperately has tried to forget. Her first love, her first everything. Leslie has spent years trying to forget the man who just up and left her when she needed him the most.

Coming back to Arizona, dealing with family, old friends and a lover she never could get over make Leslie and Ethan’s trials and tribulations far from over.

Will Leslie ever be able to forgive Ethan? Did Ethan really leave Leslie likes she thinks? How will Leslie ever be able to go back to her life outside of Arizona?

I’m not usually a fan of stories that go back and forth from past to present. However, this story was written so well that I didn’t mind it one bit. The story of how Leslie and Ethan came to be, their trial and tribulations were explained flawlessly. The issues that both of them had with their parents, get ready to pull out your tissues. And the twist I didn’t see coming towards the end? It made their relationship that much more meaningful.

I give Broken Dreams by Callie Anderson 4 stars!

The Negotiator by Avery Flynn

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Kim

Wanted: Personal Buffer

Often snarly, workaholic executive seeks “buffer” from annoying outside distractions AKA people. Free spirits with personal boundary issues, excessive quirks, or general squeamishness need not apply. Salary negotiable. Confidentiality required.

Workaholic billionaire Sawyer Carlyle may have joked he needed a “buffer” from their marriage-obsessed mom, but he didn’t need a waiting room filled with “candidates” to further distract him. (Thanks, bro.) But when a sexy job applicant shooes his mom and the socialite in tow out of his office, Sawyer sees the genius of the plan. And the woman. In fact, Miss Clover Lee might just get the fastest promotion in history, from buffer to fake fiancé…

This “free-spirit” might look like hot sunshine and lickable rainbows, but she negotiates like a pitbull. Before Sawyer knows what hit him, he’s agreed to give up Friday nights for reality tv, his Saturdays for flea markets (why buy junk still baffles him), his Tuesdays and Thursdays for “date nights” (aka panty-losing opportunities if he plays his cards right). And now she wants lavender bath salts and tulips delivered every Monday?

Yup, she’s just screwing with him. Good thing she’s got this non-negotiatable six-weeks-and-she’s-gone rule or Sawyer may have just met this match…

Let’s just start with the cover, shall we?!? Wow…that alone is worth the price of admission 🙂

Avery Flynn, I’m not quite sure why I had not read any of your books until now, but I promise you, if the rest of your books are anything like The Negotiator, you have a new fan.

After the death of his father, Sawyer Carlyle is drowning with the responsibility of his family and their business. Sawyer’s mother plans to get him married off sooner than later and is throwing socialites at him left and right. However, Sawyer is content running the family business and growing the Carlyle legacy. When an ad has been placed for a “buffer” between Sawyer Carlyle and his mother, Sawyer had no idea what he was in for.

What could possibly go wrong with this cover up??

Jane “Clover” Lee is a free-spirited woman who jumps around from job to job and is looking to make some money to get her off to Australia. She is well traveled and tries to make a difference wherever she lands. Answering an ad for a “buffer”, Clover goes in for the interview and tells off Sawyer’s mother instantly. OMG, I died laughing! This girl has it all…brains, beauty and such a smart-ass mouth to top it all off!

“I love that even without saying a word, you’ve out negotiated me. Every time.”

The CHEMISTRY between Sawyer and Clover just makes this book! Their banter is one for the ages and was funny as hell. Clover absolutely makes this book. Her intelligence and charm totally win everyone she meets over. Through the entire book, the dialogue between the main characters was written with plenty of fun, touching moments and a bunch of attitude 😉There were plenty of touching moments as well as the “what are you thinking?” moments.

The Negoitator has enough sass, fun times and a little drama to make it a great read. I highly suggest one-clicking this book!!

I give The Negotiator by Avery Flynn 4 stars!

The Boy Friend by Mika Jolie

Available: Now 

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

According to the law of attraction, women and men can’t be friends. Contrary to this myth, my friendship with Coriander Phillips does not rest on unrequited love or un-actualized lust. We’ve been inseparable since the day I pulled one of her pigtails and she punched me in the gut. She’s hilarious, fun to hang out with. Together, we’re like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, wings and beer. A match made in heaven. She’s the bomb. Did I mention she’s smokin’ hot? I’ve checked her out…maybe once or twice. Hey, I’m a guy. Seriously, no awkwardness, no secret yearning for our relationship to escalate beyond the purely platonic. I’m the boy friend—the loyal shoulder she cries on, the dispenser of coffee, sympathy, hugs, advice, and affection with no expectations. Until the invisible line between friends and lovers became blurry. Now I want more. I want her. All I have to do is convince her we can be more than friends. Right? If only it were that easy.

I have never read Mika Jolie before…WHY didn’t anyone tell me what I was missing out on! The Boy Friend just gave me the book hangover of the weekend!

This book, well, it’s simply everything. The cover is yummy, Dean and Cori were amazing, the storyline was excellent, the entire book read like a dream. The titles of each chapter…I LOVED that!

And if this tells you anything, I just read it and as soon as I’m done with this review, I’m going back in for round two!

Friends for twenty years, things change between Dean and Cori when she decides it’s time to start looking for her forever. A husband, a family, the works. Dean is less than thrilled as he knows his time with Cori will change forever once she finds her “lobster”.

While deciding to help Cori on her journey to find her forever, Dean starts to wonder if he could be the one for Cori. Up until now his life has just been woman after woman, no strings attached. His family is pushing him to find the girl of his dreams as they keep asking for grandbabies…and whether or not Cori could be the one to share that life with him.

You know damn well that Dean is going to screw this all up because, hello…men and feelings don’t exactly mix well. Especially when chances are taken and things change. Jealousy rears its ugly head and it makes people sit up and take notice. Everyone else sees what Cori and Dean don’t, they have always been more than just friends. They have spent 20 years acting like a couple. But yet in Dean and Cori’s eyes, they have not. They are strictly friends.

Friends that are just friends…that can never become more…that have never thought about each other in an intimate way. Or have they? Can Dean help Cori to find the one? What will happen to their friendship when that happens? Will their friendship survive Dean and Cori finding their lobsters?

I absolutely love how this was written. Details without being too detailed, in Dean’s POV. Loved it. I actually didn’t want to know Cori’s side of the story, Dean explained it that typical guy way. Saying it without saying it I guess you could say? It was fabulous. And the ending??? Obviously, I can’t tell you but it was a HEA to beat all others!

If you are looking for a friends to lovers romance, THIS is the one for you!!

I give The Boy Friend by Mika Jolie 5 stars!

Save Me by Logan Chance

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Save Me

A Sex Me Novella

By Logan Chance

Cover by: Judi with Concierge Literary Designs

Release Date April 25th

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A friends to lovers romance.

Life changes us all. But, not as much as the military. Ryan Wagner is fresh out of the service, and trying his hardest to settle into his life in Miami.
The only souvenir from his time spent overseas is a shoulder injury which brings him closer to his best friend.

Lizzy ‘Lizard’ Packer hasn’t seen Ryan since he left for boot camp. The boy who left is nothing compared to the man who has returned.
As a physical therapist, Lizzy gets to rub her hands all over his strong arms.
It’s just a friendship.
A friendship she’s cherished since she was a little girl.
But, when the lines blur and then become nonexistent, will she be able to keep her feelings at bay?
What happens when life throws you a curve ball, and nothing is as it seems?
Sometimes you never truly see someone until it’s too late.
For others, sometimes seeing someone is all it takes.
But for these two, sometimes seeing is just an illusion that one day fades.
Follow along as these two try to help each other seek the answers they’re both searching for.

**REVIEW FROM LIZ**

Save Me by Logan Chance is the next in his Sex Me Novella series. All of which are standalone novellas. In Save Me we get a friends to lovers story about two old friends reconnecting after years of not talking. This was both a sweet and heart-wrenching read.

Lizzy Packer and Ryan Wagner were best friends for years. Lizard and Cryin’ to each other. Always there for each other, they promised to be friends forever. But sometimes life has other plans. Ryan joined the marines right after high school and Lizzy went on to get her degree. They lost touch with each other.

Four years later, so much has changed. Ryan is home, but with demons that haunt him and injuries that trouble him. He is trying to find his way in this new normal for him. He is a bit lost and broken. I really liked Ryan. Even as life weighed on him, he was strong, determined and caring.

Lizzy was finally succeeding in her career, but her personal life, not so much. She had great friends and was very likeable, but was just not connecting to anyone. She was so sweet and understanding.

Lizzy and Ryan reconnect and after a few awkward moments, easily fall into friendship again. But the more time they spend together, they realize there may be something more there. But Ryan is fighting

his demons and feels Lizzy deserves so much more than a broken man. Lizzy has always cared for Ryan, but kept her feelings at bay to keep their friendship, could he ever feel the same way?

For a novella, there is so much happening. I was consumed from beginning to end. I loved both Lizzy and Ryan, even as they stood in their own way of happiness. Lizzy and Ryan have a lot to work through, but if they can be honest and open with each other, the payoff would be so worth it. My heart broke for them throughout their journey.

As always, Logan Chance delivers such a tantalizing read in a novella. The characters were real and honest. I devoured this story. And it was a nice surprise to see Kayla and Erik as well. A great, quick, fun and emotional read.

I give Save Me by Logan Chance 4-stars!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Logan Chance enjoys the simple things in life. Star Wars, music, and pretty girls. Always in trouble at school, he was made to copy the dictionary while the others played. This began his word fascination.

With a love of words he then realized he loved stringing those same words together to create stories to inspire all.

From Boston, and relocated to Florida, he lives out his days writing, reading, and avoiding the beach.

Not afraid to tell it how it is, Logan is definitely a man of his own.

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Checkmate: This is Effortless – Drew & Courtney by Kennedy Fox (The Checkmate Duet Series #2)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: New Adult/College

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

Courtney Bishop is as sugary sweet as her famous blueberry muffins.

Southern belle at heart, Cali girl by choice.

She barged into my life and easily became my best friend.

All was great as roommates and just friends, but then I fell for the girl who could chop firewood, deliver baby calves, and bail hay without breaking a sweat.

She’s the perfect mixture of sugar and spice, and I love her.

Being more than friends and trying to build our future isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Moving forward and creating memories is all I want for us, but when the past continues to come back and haunt me, I’m not so sure she’ll stay for the ride.

Loving her is easy, but losing her will break me. Burning passion combined with an undeniable chemistry constantly pushes and pulls us together. In the end, I’ll prove we’re worth the fight, even when the game is far from over.

Checkmate, sweetheart.

**This is book 2 in the Checkmate Duet Series–a friends to lovers romance. You must read book 1, Checkmate: This is Reckless first. Highly recommended to read the Checkmate Duet, This is War and This is Love first, but not necessary. This can read as a standalone duet.**

The huge cliffhanger at the end of This Is Reckless had me going crazy!! I couldn’t believe Drew and Courtney’s story ended on that note and was seriously counting down the days to This Is Effortless!

Courtney and Drew are friends and roommates. Courtney is hilarious and one of those people everyone wants to be friends with. How she can live with Drew, the sexy cop AND her best friend, without wanting to jump his bones, I’ll never know.

Throw in the bitch of a girlfriend, Mia, and you feel nothing but sorry for poor Drew. If he would only see what is right in front of him…

By the time, we get to This Is Effortless, Drew and Courtney have admitted their feelings for one another, have had some awful things happen while trying to nurture a new relationship and are taking a much-needed break to Las Vegas. Well, the ex Mia came to play with Drew and she had a little help from a friend which set this up to be one hell of a story.

Unfortunately, I feel it went downhill from there.

The upside of the book is that the story delves deep into the relationship between Drew and Courtney and how they will do anything they can to protect each other and how deeply the love each other. You get a good idea of how Courtney grew up with her family in Texas as her and Drew travel there on occasion. I enjoyed how Courtney is sassy with everyone in her life, especially Drew.

Now, I really, REALLY wanted to love this book like the first one. I expected this to be an epic story but it ended up being not exactly what I was looking for. So, in the midst of all the chaos with Mia, they rescued a dog. Now, all of the sudden, it seemed like half of the book was about the dog! I mean, great, they got a dog but I felt like chapter after chapter was about the dog. I wanted more family time, more on their friendships and definitely some drama with Mia.

Mia. I had high hopes for you girl, I really did. Now, don’t get me wrong, there were some definite moments that were awesome, especially when they uncovered who was helping Mia, but overall I was not impressed. The story gave a tiny bit of background info on why Mia was acting the way she did but I really thought it would be drawn out into a good portion of the story. It was not. What totally floored me, and not in a good way, was how things ended with Mia. It even was written that it was “like something out of the movies” which it totally was. I just expected so much more from that scene.

I enjoyed This Is Reckless and even the beginning of This Is Effortless. Half way through the book, I was no longer enjoying it and really was uninterested in finishing it. I did finish it but really don’t feel a certain way about it. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad either. However, I am intrigued by Logan and Kayla, two supporting characters who will be getting their own book, Checkmate: This Is Dangerous, this summer.

I give Checkmate: This is Effortless – Drew & Courtney by Kennedy Fox 3 stars!

Feels Like The First Time by Marina Adair (Destiny Bay #2)

What’s wrong with a little white lie?

There are a lot of things Ali Marshal doesn’t do: pink anything, a day without chocolate, and Hawk, her sister’s ex-husband. Sure, he’s a sexy former NHL star who can make her pulse pound with just a wink. But he belonged to Bridget first. And no matter how long she’s had a crush on him, how great he’s always been to her dad, or that her sister is engaged to someone else now and Ali needs a date to their engagement party, she can’t give in to temptation. Can she?

It’s been years since his disastrous marriage crashed and burned, and Bradley Hawk has finally moved on. So when Bridget blows back into town with her new fiancé, throwing the engagement party of the year, he could care less . . . until Ali tells one little lie that lands him smack dab in a fake relationship. After one promise to be Ali’s date and two of the hottest kisses he’s ever had, Hawk can’t deny how much he wants her. But what happens when this fauxmance starts to feel very, very real?

**REVIEW FROM MICHELLE**

Every book I pick up by Marina Adair turns out to be a solid read, and this one was no exception. Feels Like the First Time brings us back to Destiny Bay where we first met Ali Marshal in Luke and Kennedy’s book. This wasn’t your run of the mill friends to lovers story. Marina Adair took that classic plot and added a complicated twist – one that had me wondering right up until the end how it was going to work out.

Ali and Hawk have a history, but not a romantic one. For as long as she can remember, Ali has been in love with Hawk. Unfortunately, Hawk fell in love with her sister Bridget instead. Watching from the sidelines as the former NHL star fell for and married Bridget while keeping her own feelings inside was one of the hardest things Ali has ever done. Taking care of her family, putting other’s needs before her own, is what she’s used to, so for years Ali focused on her career and spent her time taking care of her ailing father.

Hawk was devastated when his marriage to Bridget fell apart. He poured himself 100% into their relationship and he had to work hard to redefine himself after he lost the woman he loved as well as his career due to injury. He only asked for one thing in the divorce: his hometown. He had a plan to pick up the pieces of his shattered dreams, but he couldn’t do that with Bridget still in his life. She left, he stayed, and he carved out a new life that he loved….a life that kept him in close contact with his former father-in-law and Ali.

Hawk wasn’t sure when he finally got over Bridget and started looking at Ali as a woman instead of his ex-wife’s sister, but a pretend date and a hotter than hot kiss had

things changing in a hurry. Suddenly his future seemed a whole lot brighter and a lot less lonely. What started out as a fake romance turned real overnight and Hawk was determined to show Ali they could be more than just “sexy friends”. Ali was devastated when her mother left – and took Bridget with her – after her parents’ divorce, and secretly crushed when her sister wound up with the man she’d wanted for herself. Even though she’s all grown up and Bridget had been away for a long time, all it took was her sister sweeping back into town for Ali’s doubts and insecurities to rise back up.

I really loved Ali and Hawk. They were both real, honest and vulnerable. I loved the way they each took care of the other in their own way, and I like the way the author took them from friendship to flirtation so easily. This book was heartfelt and sexy. I enjoyed the little cameos by Destiny Bay’s other residents, and I was desperately hoping for a happy ending right alongside Ali.

I give Feels Like the First Time by Marina Adair 4 stars!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marina Adair is a #1 National bestselling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Destiny Bay series, she is also the author of the Sugar, Georgia series, the St. Helena Vineyard series, and her new Heroes of St. Helena series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive.

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Lost Rider by Harper Sloan (Coming Home #1)

Available: April 25, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Pocket Books

My Copy: Netgalley

Reviewer: Liz 

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?

Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago? 

What is not to love about a sexy, alpha cowboy? Especially one given to us by Harper Sloan? Lost Rider is a western romance with a sexy cowboy, the girl he lost and a second chance at love.

Maverick Davis had one goal when he turned eighteen. To leave and become a rodeo star. It was all he ever wanted, even if he crushed those he left behind, including the girl who held his heart. But ten years later, he is coming home to the one place he never thought he would see again. A place that held pain and loss for him.

All Leighton James ever wanted was Maverick Davis. But after he broke her heart on his way out of town, she learned to move on, even if her heart did not. She built a life she was proud of, even if she was never able to give her heart to anyone else. Maverick may be back, but she was a strong and independent woman now who did not need him at all, right?

I really liked Mav. He was lost and broken, but once he made up his mind on something, he followed through with all he had. Yes, he could be cruel and harsh, but as we learn more about his past, we begin to understand him more. And what he wanted was a future with Leigh. Leigh who was now strong and determined. So different than the girl Mav had left behind. She was sweet, loving, loyal and caring. She was determined to keep Mav at arm’s length, but life never works out as we think we want it too.

Once Mav comes home, he begins to realize how much he actually lost when he left. As he reconnects with his siblings and the town he left behind, he finally begins to realize things could have been different. We see him struggle to find his place. Meanwhile, Mav and Leigh can’t seem to stop pushing each other’s buttons. The sparks fly all around them.

I liked Mav and Leigh. Mav had so much weighing on him he never shared with anyone, that it nearly broke him. Leigh was so hurt by Mav when he left, she was afraid to give her heart away. Will they finally be able to be open with each other and see where they go from here?

Lost Rider by Harper Sloan was a sweet second chance at love story about two people who were always meant to be together, but lost their way. Their journey was not easy, but both worked hard for what they wanted. And I absolutely loved Quinn and Clay, and the quirky town people. A good read, especially if you love cowboy romances.

I give Lost Rider by Harper Sloan 4-stars!

The Player by K. Bromberg (The Player #1)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance/Sports

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.

So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in the renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.

Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.

And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to side in the club’s best interest if he’s ready to play.

But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat or is one of them bound to get burned?

K. Bromberg writes damn good books. I was a little late to the game but I thoroughly enjoyed The Driven Series along with everything else she’s written. I just recently read Sweet Rivalry, Holy Hotness! That book was amazing! Needless to say, I really enjoy a good K. Bromberg book. But, I was a little worried about The Player. I hate to say it with my Cleveland Indians going to the World Series and all last year but I’m not a baseball fan. At all. I would rather watch paint dry than go to a baseball game.

Ms. Bromberg has changed my mind. Completely. This book was written so beautifully I’ve actually started to watch baseball, much to the joy of my husband and son!

I fell in love instantly with this book.

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. His father is a legend and expects great things from Easton, which he has accomplished up until now. A dirty play injures Easton’s arm and he is on the disabled list for the time being. However, this cocky player is determined to get back to the field sooner than later and will be working hard to make that dream a reality.

Scout Dalton is about to turn his life upside down.

Scout is a PT who is following in her father’s footsteps. She knows all too well how players “play” and she refuses to succumb to their advances. And there are plenty of them tossed her way…the guys just can’t seem to stay away from the hot woman PT.

Scout is in for the experience of a lifetime trying to hold her own against Easton and he will do whatever he needs to get back into the game he loves. However, they both have so many issues their relationship may sink before it even truly starts.

“I’m putting myself out on a limb for a woman who wants to run, when for the life of me, I’ve never been one to stay. But I’m not going anywhere.”

The chemistry between Scout and Easton is incredible. The push and pull from both of them, WOW. She can give it back to him as good as he gives it. The build of their relationship, from Scout being his PT, to their friendship, to an actual relationship is written so flawlessly, I was mesmerized with every single word. It was a nice change of pace to see the heroine who wants to run while the hero patiently waits for the woman he loves.

“But, I want tomorrows with someone. I want yesterdays, tomorrows, and next years with someone because I’ve never gotten that chance before.”

The Player is an excellent read. I cannot recommend it enough. I enjoyed every single aspect of this book…. along with the cliffhanger ending (and what a cliffhanger it is)!! I cannot wait to see how Easton and Scout’s story comes to an end in The Catch!

I give The Player (The Player #1) by K. Bromberg 5 stars!

Wolf’s Mate by Chantal Fernando (Wind Dragons MC #5)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Gallery

My Copy: Sent

 Reviewer: Nikki

Vinnie was once the youngest prospect at the infamous Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club but finally, he’s going to be initiated as a full-fledged member! But when Vinnie (now known as Wolf) puts on that WDMC leather for the first time, little does he know what he’s in for. The Wind Dragons have made enemies, and being a member means being on the front lines…

First, I loved this book, so what I’m about to say may sound a bit weird. What is up with that blurb? That’s not even remotely a good blurb. Not only isn’t it accurate, but it tells you NOTHING about this book at all. Vinnie isn’t newly initiated into the club in this book, nor does anyone call him Wolf. Wolf is his road name but I think they mention it once, maybe twice throughout the book. This is NOT the blurb on the back of the book, however this is the blurb on Goodreads, Amazon and B&N. Here is the better, on the back of the book blurb:

“Vinnie – or Wolf, as he’s known now that he’s no longer a prospect but a full-fledged member of the Wind Dragon’s MC – has always been a man of his word. So when Talon, the leader of a rival MC, cals in a favor, Vinnie must respond, even if his fellow Wind Dragons aren’t too keen on it. Little does Wolf know that the “favor” is babysitting Talon’s cousin Shayla, who’s known to be a spoiled princess whose daddy embezzled his way into the slammer. 

But when he meets the damsel in distress, she’s far from spoiled – in fact, Shayla’s pretty amazing. But her security is crap, and Talon’s guys don’t know what they’re doing. It’s up to Wolf to take matters into his own hands, and not even his brother in the WDMC can help with this one, Shayla’s all his – if he can keep her alive”

See? Much better, although still not great because again, not newly initiated, but I’ll take it. Ok, now where were we? That’s right, how much I loved this book. I actually love this entire series. There’s just something about MC books that I can’t get enough of. The men are alpha, yet they treat their women with such care. I. Love. It.

Vinnie has very concrete rules about his life. His brothers come first because they are the only family he’s ever had. When he meets Shayla he’s thrown because he was expecting a spoiled princess and she’s much more laid back and caring than what he was told. She’s been sequestered away in hiding due to her father cooking the books of some of the roughest men in the area and now they are looking for her because they think she has what they need to keep their dirty hands hidden. So of course she’s a bit grumpy being couped up for days on end with shit security. Vinnie quickly learns that his growing attachment to Shayla isn’t something he wants to fight, but embrace. Regardless of what her cousin Talon may think.

Shayla had no idea her father was up to his eyeballs in dirty accounting, and is devastated when he went to prison. Now, all she has left is her cousin Talon. She knows she needs his help keeping out of the line of fire and so she does whatever he asks of her, even after he sends in someone from a rival MC to watch over her. Vinnie is unlike any man she’s ever met and the sparks instantly fly between them. Add in all his protective brothers and their women and Shay may have just found the family she didn’t know she was ever missing.

The Wind Dragons are a fearsome group for sure. They protect what is theirs from the moment they decide to bring someone into the fold. They may live be a different set of rules than most people, but those rules are what make them so special.

The only thing I can say somewhat negatively about Wolf’s Mate was the lack of action. In the past books something generally happened towards the climax of the book and I didn’t feel like this one had that aspect. It seemed like it was leading up to it but it fizzled out without much fanfare.

Overall, another wonderful romance from Fernando! I can’t wait for more!

I give Wolf’s Mate by Chantal Fernando 4.50 stars!

 

Behind The Curtain by Beth Kery

Available: May 2, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Cultures clash and passion ignites in the novel that will leave you begging for more—from the bestselling author of The Affair and Looking Inside.

There’s something about this woman…

On a break between overseas jobs, journalist Asher Gaites returns to his hometown of Chicago—and allows his friends to persuade him to check out a hot new singer. At a downtown jazz club, he’s soon transfixed by the lyrical voice and sensuous body of a woman who performs behind a thin, shimmering veil…

…That could bring a man to his knees.

The veil gives Moroccan American Laila Barek the anonymity she needs since she has never been able to reconcile her family’s values with her passion for music. But one man is inexplicably drawn to her. And when Asher confronts her on a subway platform after a gig, he’s shocked to recognize the woman who walked away from him nine years ago…

Laila has never been able to forget the touch, the feel, the taste of Asher. And despite the doubt and fear that wind their way into their lives, they must trust the heat of their desire to burn down the walls the world has placed between them…

Behind The Curtain was a very interesting, poignant romance, with the majority of the book taking place as a flashback.

Asher knows the moment he hears her voice onstage, behind a veil, that the woman singing is the one woman who brought him to his knees years before. Having been out of the US for years, and only newly back on home soil, he’d only wanted to get out and enjoy an evening with his friends. Instead he finds himself instantly reliving his past in the sultry voice of the woman he once loved.

Being a Moroccan American means Laila straddles a line between her family/faith and the American way of life. As a teenager, even her love for Asher couldn’t trump her need to please her family. Now as an adult she’s determined to show Asher that they should fight for the love they once shared.

When I picked this one up I figured it would alternate between the past and the present, but about 75% of the book takes place when Laila is a teenager and Asher is in his early twenties. Because of that, the romance is there but it’s very tentative since Laila is so young and inexperienced. I would call it more sensual than sexual, at least until the last 20% of the book where it fast forwards back to present day. It was very well done overall, even if it took a different road in getting there. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting but it was a beautiful story that spanned years.

I really enjoyed the ethnic thread that Kery has woven into her characters in this book. I thought she portrayed Laila and her family very well, explaining their traditions and familial ties that bind them so close together. Laila was in a tough situation as a teenager, between her family and her budding attraction and love for Asher. Knowing her family would never approve of her dating him caused her to lie and sneak around which inevitably made it worse when everything is revealed.

Although there is no series name at this time, Asher’s two friends play a large part of the book (both in the past and the present) and I’m betting they each end up getting a book of their own.

I give Behind The Curtain by Beth Kery 4 stars!

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