Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

Neighbor Dearest by Penelope WardAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My copy: Purchased

Reviewer: Liz

A STANDALONE NOVEL that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book.

From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a friends-to-lovers story with sexy new characters.

After getting dumped, the last thing I needed was to move next door to someone who reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, Elec.

Damien was a hotter version of my ex.

The neighbor I’d dubbed “Angry Artist” also had two massive dogs that kept me up with their barking.

He wanted nothing to do with me. Or so I thought until one night I heard laughter coming through an apparent hole in my bedroom wall.

Damien had been listening to all of my phone sessions with my therapist.

The sexy artist next door now knew all of my deepest secrets and insecurities.

We got to talking.

He set me straight with tips to get over my breakup.

He became a good friend, but Damien made it clear that he couldn’t be anything more.

Problem was, I was falling hard for him anyway. And as much as he pushed me away, I knew he felt the same…because his heartbeat didn’t lie.

I thought my heart had been broken by Elec, but it was alive and beating harder than ever for Damien.

I just hoped he wouldn’t shatter it for good.

First and foremost I want to confirm this is a standalone book. The heroine is a character from another Penelope Ward book, however, you do not have to read that book at all. Though I have to say that other book is currently my favorite Penelope Ward book. Just saying.

In Neighbor Dearest, we meet Chelsea Jameson, who recently had her heart broken very unexpectedly by a man she thought was the one. Everything seemed perfect, until it wasn’t. Now she is trying to move forward, even as she is trying to understand what went wrong. Troubled with insecurities, she is finding it very difficult to trust a man again.

Deciding she needs a fresh start, Chelsea moves to a new apartment to start the process of moving forward. Though she loves her new place, the “angry artist” neighbor is the last thing she needs. And when she discovers he has been listening to her phone sessions with her therapist, she is beyond embarrassed and angry.

Damian Hennessy, the angry artist, is living life as he wants and answers to no one. Especially his crazy new neighbor. He does not want to get close to anyone, much less have a relationship.

Through some crazy mishaps, Damian and Chelsea develop a friendship, however, the more she gets to know him, the more she wants with him. Damian quickly explains he is in no position to be in a relationship, ever. All he can offer her is friendship. And so he begins to help her move on from her ex and enter the dating world. But all Chelsea wants is Damian and his Double Ds.

I enjoyed this story. It was very entertaining to see Damian and Chelsea become unlikely friends. They enjoy spending time together and he makes her see what happened with her ex was not something she did wrong. And even as he helps her move forward, you start to see his actions defy his words.

But the closer they get, the more Damian pushes her away. But will he eventually push her too far? This friends to lover story shows how two people can find each other when they least expect it, but somehow was just what you needed.

This was a great friends-to-lover story. The interactions between Chelsea and Damian were great, even when they first met and did not like each other.

A little side note. I have to say I was a bit concerned how Penelope would handle Chelsea’s break-up, because, I love Elec. But it was actually handled really well.

I give Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward 4 stars!

Caught in the Flames by Kacey Shea

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Title: Caught in the Flames

Author: Kacey Shea

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 23

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Callie Gordon is more than a little obsessed…

I love firemen.

Heroic. Selfless. Brave.

Not to mention the uniform with those damn sexy pants…I can’t get enough.

Imagine my surprise when local fire captain, Chase Matthews, wanders into my yard on moving day. I’ve hit real estate gold. Hot as sin with that all-knowing smirk creates an instant spark. Welcome to the neighborhood never looked so good.

But dating a firefighter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Chase keeps me at distance even when I attempt to break down his walls. A friendship with the nosy eccentric woman down the street reveals there’s more to Chase than he’s willing to share. I’m playing with fire and bound to get burned.

Secrets unfold.

Truths are brought to light.

Can I handle the heat? Or will my love for this man prove that sometimes even good girls have to burn down the house?

Fires are dangerous

Sometimes good girls

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Caught in the Flames by Kacey Shea was a nice surprise. The first half had some of the best banter and embarrassing moments I have read. I was continuously laughing out loud. The second half was a complete surprise. Let’s just say it had an unexpected twist you do not see coming.

Callie Gordon’s life could not get any better. She just landed her first real job out of college. She just purchased her first home. And the best part? The firehouse less than half a mile from her house. Who doesn’t love firemen! Callie could not ask for more out of life right now.

Chase Mathews is hot, cocky, confident and a fireman. And he is the captain at the firehouse by Callie. But he also has his secrets. Can he open up to Callie and be the man she deserves and wants?

The chemistry between Callie and Chase is instant and hot. She is instantly drawn to him. They begin to get to know each other and spend time together. But Chase seems to keep Callie at arm’s length. Every time she thinks they are moving forward, Chase seems to pull back.

This story takes some unexpected twists and turns. There were times I found myself so frustrated with Callie and her decisions, but in the end, sometimes we are afraid to face the truths in front of us. And when we do, they can be devastating

I loved having characters that were not perfect. Because you know what, no one is really perfect. We all have flaws and make mistakes and you know what, it’s okay. But when you hurt the person that loves you, sometimes there is no turning back.

Then you have the secondary characters. My favorite is Kiki. The unexpected, eccentric old lady that befriends Callie on her runs. They develop a close and unexpected relationship. You also have Jill and Alicia, Callie’s closest friends. And we can’t forget the other boys from the firehouse and Chase’s older brother Cam, also a firefighter. There were many times I found myself just laughing out loud all the interactions and connections.

This story is more than a romance. It’s a story about accepting what life throws at you, learning to adapt and finding what you need when and where you least expect it. The friendships and relationships you make can be life altering. And sometimes just what you need has been right under your nose the whole time.

There is a twist that will take many by surprise, but really, you just have to read and enjoy this story. Life is unexpected and takes you through different paths and that is okay. This is one of those stories.

I give Caught in the Flames by Kacey Shea 4 stars!

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Kacey Shea is a mom of three, wife, and indie author who resides in sunny Arizona. She enjoys reading and writing romance novels as much as her son loves unicorns, which is a lot.

When she’s not writing you will find her playing taxi cab to her children while belting out her favorite tunes, meeting friends or family for food and to share some laughs, or sweating it out in the gym. Kacey finds that picking up heavy weights repeatedly is good for her mental health as much as it is for the physical.

She has an unhealthy obsession with firefighters. It could be the pants. It could be the fire. It’s just hot. On occasion she has been known to include them, without their knowledge, in her selfies outside the grocery store.

Kacey one day aspires to be a woman hand model in a sexy photo shoot. You know, the woman’s hand raking across the muscular back or six pack stomach of the male fitness model. Yep, that hand.

Until that day comes she will continue writing sexy, flirty romance novels in hopes to bring others joy!

Kacey enjoys interacting with her fans so please feel free to stalk her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Just Married by Jenna Bayley-Burke

Just Married by Jenna Bayley-BurkeAvailable: August 30, 2016 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Comedy

Publisher: Swerve

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

Seattle attorney Miranda Rose arrives in Las Vegas determined to keep her best friend-with-benefits from making a costly mistake – marrying some stranger just to save his family trust. But once there, Miranda discovers she’s the surprise bride! One red-hot honeymoon later, they’re back to their over-scheduled lives on opposite coasts. But a marriage of convenience with regularly scheduled sexytimes turns complicated when Miranda gets the shock of a lifetime: she’s pregnant…with twins. Miranda has always wanted a family of her own, but her infertility made it impossible. Besides, Callum’s difficult upbringing places him adamantly in the no-kid zone. Now she must decide between the man she’s been in love with for years and the children she’s longed for. Or will Callum surprise her yet again and come through when it matters most?

Jenna Bayley-Burke is a new author to me who has written Just Married, the first book from her brand new series, More than Friends. It is a quick read with a friends-with-benefits storyline that moves into much more. It can be read as a standalone.

Attorney Miranda Rose was sent to Seattle from New York when her parents passed away. Miranda’s Aunt Rose was given custody of her and she always felt that she was an inconvenience to her aunt from day one. Miranda always knew she would never treat her children that way but was also told she just may never be able to conceive.

Callum Kerr has not exactly had the best childhood. Callum runs his father’s New York City based businesses, which provides him with a lavish lifestyle and an around the clock schedule.

Miranda and Callum have been friends with benefits since college. Being on separate coasts, they meet up at mutual friends’ social functions and enjoy amazing sex. Callum knows nothing about how Miranda truly feels about him. Their friends are even less aware of what’s been going on between Callum and Miranda.

With Callum’s father passing away, he will need to get married in order to save his family’s inheritance. After Miranda was there for him when he needed her most, he has decided that she would be the perfect person for a non-traditional marriage of convenience. She’s on the west coast, he’s on the east, and they could meet in the middle for mind-blowing sex. Callum tricks Miranda into getting married but they agree to the terms. Once Miranda finds out she’s pregnant and knows Callum had no plans to be a father, she takes it upon herself to raise the children.

There were a few things that bothered me with this story.

First, who tricks someone into getting married? Hey, come on out to Vegas, have sex with me to convince me not to get married and oh, by the way, you’re going to be my wife?

I felt as though there were just too many friends in the story. I was confused as to who was with whom and what was going on with all of them. Also, out of all these friends, you mean to tell me NONE of them figured out Miranda and Callum were getting it on any chance they got??

Miranda was four months pregnant, with twins, before she even knew. How is that even possible?!?

Miranda just keeps pushing Callum away even when he’s trying to figure it all out and do the right thing. Thankfully, he comes to his senses and drops everything for the wife pushing him away and then we jump right to the end where all is forgiven and we get a HEA. WHAT?!?!?!?

This book was a quick read with some very hot sex scenes but in my opinion, that’s all it had going for it.

I give Just Married by Jenna Bayley-Burke 2 stars

The Sapphire Heist by Lauren Blakely (Jewel #2)

The Sapphire Heist by Lauren BlakelyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Comedy/Suspense

Publisher: Montlake Romance

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

Keep your lover close and your enemy closer… After giving in to a fiery night of passion, island adventurer Steph Anderson and bounty hunter Jake Harlowe are back to square one. With millions in stolen jewels at stake, it’s hard for Steph not to question her new partner’s true motives—no matter how sexy he might be. Jake is hungry for more of Steph, but he can sense her growing mistrust, which only fuels his own doubts. Worse, there’s undeniable evidence that someone else is now after the jewels—and that they are both in real danger. Fighting against their magnetic attraction is a distraction these two can’t afford. In order to survive, they’ll have to pull off one more heist—and trust each other with something even more precious than jewels: their hearts.

The Sapphire Heist picks up exactly where the Sapphire Affair ended, with a whopping cliff-hanger! Jake and Steph finally gave in to temptation and now there are even more questions to be answered! Where are all these missing diamonds and what exactly is going on? Did Jake really take something that is Steph’s, besides her heart?

Once again we get to meet Steph Anderson, the goddess of the sea, scuba instructor extraordinaire. After an ex has driven her company almost into the ground, Steph is rebuilding her dive tour business with the help of her mother who has also been burned by a nasty divorce. Steph is a woman who knows what she wants but is struggling with letting her walls down and letting Jake in.

Jake Harlowe is an ex-military bounty hunter who is in the recovery business retrieving stolen items for clients. He is currently investigating Steph’s stepfather, Eli, to see if he is up to any immoral dealings with his new fiancé along with ten million dollars that seems to have disappeared into thin air. Jake has also been burned before and is trying to convince himself this is just an island tryst.

The pace of the book is awesome. Just when you think you know exactly what is going on and who done it, you are thrown for a loop and have to start putting your own clues together all over again. Who exactly stole the diamonds? Who is following Jake and Steph? How much does Eli really have to do with any of it?

The Sapphire Heist has plenty of hot, steamy sex between Jake and Steph but it also has a great story of two people coming together (in more ways than one) to work on a case and see how their relationship develops.

I truly enjoyed trying to figure out who, what, when, where, and why. I’ve got to tell you, I was truly surprised to find out exactly what happened! I’m usually pretty good at figuring out halfway through the book who done it but I didn’t see this coming a mile away! Jake and Steph do get their HEA which is great, but it’s not the usually ending to a Lauren Blakely story. Honestly, I kind of liked it J

Even after I finished this book, I still cannot get the fire and intensity of Steph and Jake out of my head. They are absolute chemistry together. I love how they can talk so freely to each other about everything, including family. I also enjoyed the way family was a necessary part of the story which made both the characters extremely loveable.

Lauren Blakely is always my #1 one-click author and The Sapphire Heist is well worth it! This was a perfect story to end my2016 summer!

I give The Sapphire Heist by Lauren Blakely 5 stars!

Mr. Corporate by J.A. Huss (Mister #3)

Mr. Corporate by JA HussAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

My copy: Sent 

Reviewer: Liz

Weston Conrad is the best headhunter in the business. That handsome smile goes a long way towards convincing most people to trust him with their future.

I’m not most people. I’m his direct competition. And it doesn’t hurt to be just the kind of woman he’s been looking for.

I’m gonna flash you these legs, Weston Conrad.

I’m gonna wear low-cut shirts and micro-mini skirts.

I’m gonna dazzle you with wit and conversation and kiss those lips like they’re exactly what I’ve been waiting for.

So don’t hate me when you figure out my secret.

You understand, right? You’re Mr. Corporate and this is just business. 

The Misters just keep getting better and better. Each time I think she is not able to outdo herself, she does. J.A. Huss is an author that, in my opinion, never disappoints. Her mind, though even I have to admit, can be a bit scary, continues to give us stories and characters we love (and love to hate). To come up with the plot twists, fresh story lines and timelines she gives us is an amazing feat.

In Mr. Corporate, we meet Weston Conrad, also known as Mr. Corporate. He is ruthless, determined and very cocky. He is the best at what he does and he knows it. Nothing and no one stands in his way. His only weakness? The woman he cannot get out of his heart.

Victoria Arias is an independent woman that stands on her own two feet. She needs no one, especially one cocky, arrogant, sexist man to come to her rescue. It does not matter who he is or what he was to her. They were always water and vinegar.

There is so much I want to say, but so little that can be said, because I do not want to spoil the story. Again a mister is found in a situation out of his control and orchestrated by others. Who can he trust? So many secrets surround all the misters. Even from each other. How do they overcome that horrible night that forever changed their lives? They move forward and are pushed back over and over.

Just when they think they may have a clue, will it all come crashing in? You will be at the edge of your seat for the entire ride!

Then you have Weston, he just stole my heart. He is not a nice guy, can be very mean when he wants too, but when he opens up and share his heart? Well, you will be a goner. When West and Tory come to a realization about each other and he explains something to her, it will steal your heart.

And Tory. She wants to be strong, she wants to succeed, but when we get to see her vulnerabilities, we get to see a whole new side of her. Why she made the choices she did.

This story is fast-paced and intriguing from the prologue to the epilogue. It will grab you and not let go until you read the last word. You will walk away with more questions, but that is J.A. Huss at her best. Her stories and series will pull you in from start to finish.

I loved this book. Loved Mr. Corporate. These are all hard men who learned early that life was not easy or fair, but they also have a side to them you can’t help to love.

I give Mr. Corporate by JA Huss 5+ stars!

This Earl is on Fire by Vivienne Lorret (Season’s Original #2)

The Earl Is On Fire by Vivienne LorretAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Avon

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Michelle

The sheltered daughter of a country baron, Miss Adeline Pimm comes to London looking for adventure… and finds it in the form of a bloody, unconscious man slumped in the doorway of her family’s rented townhouse. Though his identity is a mystery, Adeline is inexplicably drawn to the handsome, injured man and vows to nurse him back to health.

Liam Cavanaugh, the scandalous Earl of Wolford, is startled when he awakens in an unfamiliar bed, wrapped in bandages that hinder his eyesight, with no memory of why he was beaten half to death. Although he can’t see the witty young woman who tends to his wounds, her alluring voice—and a single stolen kiss from her soft lips—helps soothe his pain. But when he is fully healed, Liam is not ready to let go of the one woman who stirs his deepest longings.

Liam will do whatever it takes to see Adeline again, even if it means giving up his rakish ways. But his disreputable past is not so easily forgotten and his secrets are far more dangerous than he—or Adeline—ever imagined.

Historical romances are what I broke my teeth on in the romance genre years ago. Books like This Earl is On Fire is the reason I keep reading them. Vivienne Lorret is a new to me author, and this book is the second in a series – I will be going back to read the first – but I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

Adeline Pimm has lived a sheltered life in the country with her family. Born with a physical disability, she has never been able to conform to society’s strict standards of what a debutante should be. She knows nobody will seek her hand in marriage unless it’s out of pity, so she doesn’t expect to have a successful season. She comes to London with one hope – to broaden her horizons and have something of an adventure. Never did she think that adventure would begin with finding a beaten, unconscious man on their doorstep!

Liam Cavanaugh has no idea what happened to him. With no memory of his attack, all he knows is that he’s been taken in by strangers that he can’t even see because of the bandages covering his eyes. He’s not in the care of the Pimm family very long before he comes to appreciate their kindness – especially that of their daughter Adeline. He can’t see her, but her voice draws him to her and her touch soothes him.

The more Liam and Adeline get to know about one another, the more they are drawn to each other. Liam’s reputation as a scandalous ladies man is known far and wide. After being hurt as a young man, he vows never to marry for love, and not to marry at all until he has had plenty of years to sow his wild oats. He is a love them and leave them man, and he never regretted that until Adeline walked into his world. She’s the epitome of innocence,

and he’s the exact opposite. He knows he has no business even looking her way, let alone stealing kisses from the lady who has shown him compassion and offered her friendship.

Adeline knows she’s not the ideal candidate for an earl’s wife. She will always be the subject of ridicule or gossip, and her quiet country upbringing has not prepared her for London society. Cosseted and sheltered all her life by her parents, she refuses to enter into a marriage only to have her husband do the same thing. To her, Liam is all that is dashing and dangerous and adventure, wrapped into an enticing masculine package. She knows all of the reasons why she shouldn’t fall in love with him, but she can’t quite convince her heart to be logical.

There were so many obstacles keeping these two apart, and yet the author did a fantastic job of working through all of them. Sometimes the pacing of the story was a little slow…. I wanted something to HAPPEN! The romance between Liam and Adeline took it’s time, but it was sweet and emotional with a little sass thrown in. I would have liked a little more heat between them, but it worked.

I give This Earl is on Fire by Vivienne Lorret 4 stars!

His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie Barnes (Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #3)

His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie BarnesAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Avon

My Copy: Edelweiss

Reviewer: Pam

Richard Heartly has exiled himself from society since the war, plotting his revenge for a terrible betrayal. A masked ball at Thorncliff Manor is intended to be a brief diversion. Instead, he encounters a fascinating young woman as entranced by the music as he is. He can’t reveal his identity to Lady Mary. But her siren song keeps drawing him back, and their clandestine meetings could be hazardous to his plan—and to her virtue.

Avoiding an unwanted marriage was easy when Lady Mary was ignored by the ton. Thanks to her dazzling appearance at the masquerade, she’s a wallflower no longer. Eligible suitors abound, yet the only man she wants is the brooding, seductive companion who keeps his face hidden. A man who tempts her to disclose her own shocking secret, one that could divide them forever.

This is an enjoyable addition to the Secrets of Thorncliff Manor. A story that is a bit dark and gothic as we are treated to masquerade balls, a mysterious hero who hides in the dark and a heroine who has her own secrets.

Richard Heartly is in hiding. He came back from the war several years ago but has exiled himself to the darkness of night and his room at Thorncliff Manor. His brother is the only one that knows he is back, while most of his family and society believe he is missing or dead. He is full of revenge and until he has fulfilled this mission, he can’t seem to move past his current lifestyle. That is until he attends the masquerade ball where he can move about freely while still being incognito and he meets a woman who takes his breath away.

Lady Mary is quiet and reserved, she is happy to be ignored by the ton during her season. Unfortunately her appearance at the masquerade ball brings more attention than she has ever had before, including a masked man who intrigues her the most. During the day she is besieged by new suitors however at night she is meeting a mysterious man who brings her joy.

The mystery and intrigue had me from beginning. I loved the dark romance of the two forbidden lovers finding time to be together even when they are unaware as to who they really are and what they each are hiding.

Richard is a remarkable hero, he came home from war tortured and scarred wanting only to hide away. He had revenge on his mind for the cowardice person who left him behind to die. After several years he finally has his revenge, but at what cost? When he meets Mary he believes he has something to live for but still he hides. It is only after she is in trouble does he emerge from hiding to take his place beside her to help.

Lady Mary is very likable; she is a caring person who loves music and opera. Helping her brother throughout the years has taken a toll on her as she has kept a secret that could be her ruin. But when she is about to be revealed she realizes who will stand by her and who will destroy her.

The two together are passionate and fascinating; they meet in secret and share their love for music and each other. I love how he comes to her aid immediately when she is in trouble, even though he must remove his mask and come clean about both his hiding and his revenge which threatens their relationship. Mary also has to explain because others know who she really is, and it is heartbreaking to watch how she has to come to terms with her brother who she idolized and who comes crashing down from his pedestal.

This is the third book in the series and although there are references to past books and characters we have met, the author does a great job of keeping the reader informed so this could easily be read as a standalone. I enjoyed the mystery of the hero and heroine keeping their secrets and the revelations that almost doomed them both. There is also a continued mystery about the manor and the surrounding area that is intriguing and I look forward to finding out more about it.

I give His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie Barnes 4 stars!

Opposites Attract by Jessica Prince (The Locklaine Boys #2)

Opposites Attract by Jessica PrinceAvailable: Now Amazon

Type: Romantic Comedy

Publisher: Self

My copy: Sent 

Reviewer: Liz

Delilah Northcutt has been described as weird, nerdy. But her favorite term is quirky. The eccentric flower shop owner definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. On the rebound from a cheating ex, she’s not looking to open her heart to someone else any time soon. On a whim, her best friend convinces her that one night with a stranger she’ll never see again is just what she needs to pull herself out of the funk she’s been living in.

Overly serious, workaholic Richard Locklaine was always described as the twin determined to do the right thing. Even if it was at the cost of his own well-being. But after years in a loveless, manipulative marriage, he’s finally free and ready to build a life of his choosing. And nowhere in that life is there room for another woman—unless it’s for just one night, of course.

They are complete opposites in every single way. But for some reason, fate has decided to force the two of them together. Despite the chemistry, they’re determined to fight the attraction growing between them. Besides, what could a florist with horrible taste in music and an attorney from Connecticut ever really have in common? Only one thing is certain. When they finally come together, it’s going to be epic.

I am quickly becoming a huge fan of the romantic comedy genre. They are fun to read and leave you with a happy overall feeling. That is exactly what Opposites Attract by Jessica Prince was to me. I loved the story, the characters, the banter and all the shenanigans. I just kept laughing out loud.

In Opposites Attract, which is Book 2 in The Locklaine Boys series, a spinoff to Love Hate Relationship, which I also loved, we get Richard’s story. Richard, who is a very straight and narrow and no nonsense type of man. It’s not that he has no time for fun, he is just too busy being mature and adulting to break down and let loose. After getting out of a very bad marriage, one-night stands are all he can manage right now.

Delilah Northcutt on the other hand has always felt a bit out of place. A bit weird and nerdy, she likes to think of herself as quirky. Herself, just coming out of a bad long-term relationship, her best friend, Devon, convinces her a night out and a hot one-night stand is just what she needs to forget what’s his face. And what a night it is! Totally out of character, she gives in and has the night of her life. Not expecting to ever see that man again.

And so the shenanigans begin. Both Richard and Delilah, with recent broken hearts and disillusioned with love, are not ready or even looking for a relationship, but they are having way too much fun together. And though both know what they have is too new to be defined, they are both so much in their own heads, they get themselves and each other all twisted up. There is so much push and pull, but the fun kind that will have the reader laughing out loud over and over again.

And the banter between them is hilarious. Richard kept Delilah on her toes and when he finally pushed her too far, feisty Delilah was amazing, though still adorable. The same can be said between the secondary characters, the friends and family. They were hilarious together and made the story just that much more enjoyable. We get to see some old favorites and meet new characters. The scene at the strip bar had me in stitches.

Quick side note, this is a standalone, you do not need to read any of the other books to read this one. They are great books, so you may want to read them anyway, but this can be read on its own. The author gives you all the information you need to not feel lost or as if you are missing part of the story.

I loved this story, loved everything about it. Even when you wanted to strangle one of them, you just rooted for them and wanted to keep reading. This was a great, light read, that I would easily recommend.

I do also have to take a moment and just say, Jessica Prince knows how to give us hot-alpha males. I mean each and every Locklaine man is, in their own way, perfect. Okay, maybe not perfect, but so swoon-worthy. And she has given us four of them. Four!

I give Opposites Attract by Jessica Prince 4.5 stars!

A Season of Ruin by Anna Bradley (Sutherland Scandals #2)

A Season of Ruin by Anna BradleyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Lily Somerset’s plan for the London season is simple: courtship, marriage to a respectable gentleman, then the comfortable existence of a proper Lady. That is, until one tiny misstep leaves Lily on the edge of social ruin, forcing her to depend on a wicked rogue to save her reputation.

Robyn Sutherland doesn’t save reputations—he sullies them. He’d rather be drawn and quartered than find himself spending the season as Lily’s escort. But he has no choice but to stay until her tattered standing is mended. What begins as a ruse to deceive London soon flames into an uncontrollable passion. Robyn calls to the wild spirit that lurks beneath Lily’s prim exterior, and Lily awakens the hero’s heart within Robyn. But can these unlikely lovers trust themselves enough to let desire overrule reason?

I have been looking forward to this book since I finished A Wicket Way to Win an Earl. This author is a joy and her book continued my love of her voice and character driven stories. The hero and heroine go through transformations that had me wanting to read even when real life interfered.

Robyn is truly a forgotten son; never in line for a title he is the fun loving rogue who does not see any problems with his lifestyle. While hiding away in a dark room he awaits a tryst with a married woman but instead he gets a too prim virgin who also happens to be his sister in law. Now he must help her navigate the ton’s un-approving eye in order to secure a favorable reputation and marriage.

Lily wants order in her life. She is looking to attract the eye of a certain lord who is as boring and reserved as she is. It is unfortunate that she gets a taste of passion while being mistaken for an eager partner, but the moment has changed her forever, even though it takes some time before she realizes it. After the scandal is revealed (in the gossip papers) she tries even harder to keep her life stable as is starts to spin out of control. The two can’t seem to be together without someone finding some fault and their antics were hilarious.

With new found fame comes Lily’s grandmother back into her life, at first wary about a woman who abandoned her mother, she realizes her grandmother wants to make amends for past mistakes. Lily soon becomes the bell of the ball and the scandals fade away, it is amazing how much weight her grandmother has. As she becomes more popular, Robyn is finding it hard to watch, only now realizing what she means to him.

I love the Sutherland and Somerset families, in the first book we meet the Somerset sisters who are just emerging from the scandal that had their mother leaving the area and their grandmother abandoning them. But they are back and with one sister married to a Sutherland, the others are bound to have engaging adventures of their own.

Robyn is adorable. His relationships with both his brother and his friends are fun loving and entertaining. Yet we see a darker side of him, one where he could never live up to his father, and stopped trying. I loved his relationship with Lily from beginning to end. They were friends originally and although they experienced the kiss of a lifetime in a dark room, they try to keep their friendship alive, but the witty banter and continually getting in trouble seemed to bring their relationship to a new level, I often had a smile on my face as I read about their antics.

Lily tried hard to be a person that would never cause a scandal; she never wanted their family name to be the cause of whispers and rumors as they were in the past. However she is having a hard time keeping herself above it all as she is continuously in the gossip column whenever she and Robyn are seen together. It is only when her grandmother comes back into her life does she rise above the scandals, but she begins to miss her friend. As much as she tries to stay away, there is something that pulls them back together and the combustion is amazing. I did dread how often Lily turned her back on him, but that is probably just me wanting them to get together faster than the author planned.

As I said in the beginning, Ms. Bradley is becoming an author who I will automatically buy, her stories are entertaining and I love the characters she has created. Although this is the second in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone as the author keeps the reader informed. This is a fun, quick read and stories like this are the reason I keep coming back to the historical genre.

I give A Season of Ruin by Anna Bradley 4.25 stars!

Tailored For Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (Happy Pants #1)

Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean PamfiloffAvailable: August 9, 2016 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Comedy

Publisher: Ballantine Books

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

A sassy, sexy, laugh-out-loud rom-com between the hottest man never to be tamed and the woman crazy enough to try

SHE WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

Taylor Reed is no stranger to selfish, uncaring CEOs. She was fired by one, which is why she has created her own executive training program—helping heartless bosses become more human. So Taylor shocks even herself when she agrees to coach Bennett Wade, the cutthroat exec who got her unceremoniously canned. She’d love to slam the door in his annoying but very handsome face, but the customers aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Plus, this extreme makeover will give Taylor the golden opportunity to prove that her program works like a charm.

HE WANTS TO BUY IT.

Bennett Wade is many things—arrogant, smug, brusque—but trusting isn’t one of them. Women just seem to be after his billions. So when he hires Taylor Reed, he has no desire to change. Bennett is trying to win over the feminist owner of a company he desperately wants to buy, but something about the fiery Taylor thaws the ice around his heart, making Bennett feel things he never quite planned on. And if there’s one thing Bennett can’t stand, it’s when things don’t go according to plan. They are a match tailor-made for trouble.

I really enjoyed this book! This is my first book by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff and I have to say I read this in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down! I will be checking out all of her releases!

I am a fan of the cocky CEO stories. I started off thinking this would be just like the rest of them, (you know that they all have pretty much the same plot line) but Bennett Wade is different. Yes, he is cocky, rich, gorgeous and loves his mama. He does come off as an asshole for almost the entire first part of the book but once he starts opening up, you get to really see him and that made me fall hard.

Taylor Reed lost her job and started a new company all because of Bennett. She is shocked when he tracks her down looking for her help. Of course she ends says no but then ends up working for him thinking that they could maybe help each other.

Taylor knows she’s falling for him but is very blunt with him. The fighting between the two of them is sort of funny. It certainly was hate at first sight!

There is truly some great chemistry between Bennett and Taylor. The dialog between them was great. I also loved the weird friends, family and employees that were all brought into this story. They all brought their own part to the story and were truly enjoyable. There are some twists and turns that you will not see coming. Without saying too much and give the entire story away, Project Bali was an unexpected piece that I enjoyed.

I am now a fan of Ms. Pamfiloff and I can’t wait to read more of this series. This is a quick read with a HEA.

I give Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff 4 stars!

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