What a sweet story! I love a good book that involves second chances and small towns. Years ago, Nate made a mistake when it came to Shelby, and now that she's back in town he has a chance to make it up to her. Their feelings haven't gone away, not by a long shot, and they bloom as they spend some time together. But Shelby is returning to New York in a matter of days. She knows they can't be together if she's far away, yet she doesn't want to be back in the place that holds unpleasant memories. Will love be able to find a way?
A Kiss in Kite Harbor is a beautiful and touching story. I loved how our heroine is strong and determined. She doesn't let other people tell her what she can and can't do. It's admirable. And Nate is a sweetheart--genuine and caring. The two of them together was lovely. Stefanie London has a knack for amazing characters and stories. Definitely get your hands on this charming book!
What a cute, quirky, and sexy story! Mike is recovering from an injury while staying at a friend's house when Tori comes into his life. She's decided to take on the project of fixing up the house she inherited. When Tori literally falls into his arms after working on something on the roof, Mike doesn't know what hit him. She's unlike anyone else he's ever met--smart, determined, and a touch odd. But the passion between them is impossible to tame. Once basketball season starts again, Mike has to leave. Will that be the end for them?
The Player Next Door delivers a sweet and unique romance. One of my favorite aspects of this story is that it didn't take place over only two or three weeks--it took a little bit longer than that. They took their time and got to know each other. Definitely made the story better. I also liked how Tori isn't your usual heroine--she had her own preferences in life and she didn't apologize for it. I still don't understand why she spent so much of her life with her loser of an ex (god, he annoyed me), but I was glad to see her make her own decisions. A nice story from Kathy Lyons!
I think I could spend the rest of my days reading fake engagement/fake relationship stories and never get sick of it. Ever. And that includes this adorably sexy read.
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This book features two tropes I adore: the fake relationship/engagement AND enemies to lovers. Since I hadn't read the synopsis until right before I started, I was pleasantly surprised and excited times infinity to get started. The book drew me in immediately and I was consumed by Tess and Hunter's story.
Tess and Hunter have a past--one that involves Tess convincing his fiancee and her best friend to not marry him. When they run into each other again for the first time since that unfortunate wedding day that didn't happen, the tension is still there. But a new tension develops that neither expect that includes an unexpected desire between them. Hunter proposes the idea of her pretending to be engaged to him so he can gain a property he really wants and she accepts. They try their best to only "act" like they're involved around the people they need to, but it becomes impossible to resist when they're alone. But is it all an act, or is it for real?
Even the Score was romance perfection in a book. I loved the sexual tension, the desire, the lust, the romance, everything. It had the right blend of banter and sexy. I couldn't get enough of Hunter and Tess. I thoroughly enjoyed how the story progressed and how the truth behind Tess ruining his wedding day came to light. I cannot wait to read more by Kate Meader!
I freaking love this series! I love how this story continued with the main character not even being in the band Seconds to Juliet. I thought it was a great little twist to add to the awesomeness that is the Backstage Pass series.
Anya is hanging around on the tour so that she can interview Will and write blog posts about being on the tour. But Will is actually Matt, his twin brother, taking over temporarily while he's away. When Anya meets Matt, she's surprised at how talkative he is. I mean, he's supposed to be the shy one, right? They spend time together, talking interview questions and other things. The close quarters leads them to a kiss, then another kiss, and yet another. It's all extremely romantic and made me feel all giddy. But the secrets they each keep are about to come out. Can this budding romance go the distance or will the truth tear them apart?
Anya and the Shy Guy was adorable from the start! I absolutely fell for Matt--he was totally a swoonworthy book boyfriend. And my heart went out for Anya and what she was dealing with in her life. Then add in all my favorite boys always around throughout the book... it just can't get any better! Great installment by Suze Winegardner, and can't wait for the last book.
What happens when you're suddenly dumped right before your wedding? Well, run off to Vegas to get away from all the people who feel sorry for her to pawn her wedding ring and have some fun. Sara isn't expecting to run into someone like Ethan at the pawn shop, but it's lucky that she does since she saves her from possibly losing money on the $70,000 ring. (Side note: HOLY CRAP HOW MUCH???) The two of them stick together around Vegas for drinks and dinner and talking, with a few kisses along the way. Until one night, he makes a bet with her to marry any random guy in Vegas and that she'll be in love with him in a month. When they accidentally get married, he asks her to follow through on the bet.
A Change of Plans was an unexpected journey leading to love. The story kind of blindsided me since I didn't read the synopsis, but that was my own fault. The sudden marriage kind of threw me at first, but I liked how it progressed until the end. Everything leading Sara and Ethan up to it before was cute as well. There's a lot more to the story regarding Ethan's past and most recent case, not to mention Sara's ex--so I liked how the story wasn't all about the two main characters. I'm curious to see what's coming next from Robyn Thomas.
When you first meet CoCo, there's a strong chance you're going to dislike her. I had my frustrations with her in the beginning, especially with the way she treated the situation she's in. Rian came to her for a reason--to protect her at the request of her father. Once she finds out how real this situation is when somebody finds them, then she starts to realize what's at stake. While CoCo and Rian are hiding out at his brother's house, they find out more about each other--things they never expected. Even though Rian knows they shouldn't, the desire between them is too high. It becomes necessary to follow through on that with one steamy moment after the next. What happens when he no longer needs to protect her?
Sex, Lies and Designer Shoes was full of passion and had just the right amount of intrigue. The threat hanging in the background had the perfect level of intensity--you knew it was there, but it didn't take away from the romance of the story. It was amazing how CoCo grew, and how Rian helped her along just by being there and caring. I was also excited to see Laci and Kane from the first book in the series again! It was great watching them all interact with each other. While I did love Laci and Kane lots, I found that I loved CoCo and Rian a little bit more. Such a great pair of books from Kimberly Van Meter.
Can I give the book more than five stars? Or more than ten? Because reasons. Reasons like how I already want to reread the book and I just finished it.
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So, I was out somewhere waiting my turn and decided to start a new book. My intention was to read a different book than this (because the other book was releasing sooner), but when I accidentally tapped this one I decided to just go with it. And oh... my... god... let me tell you something--the universe knew how much I needed to read this one next.
Lexi and Mac have been the best of friends for years. Their relationship is pretty awesome--they're always there for each other, even as "dates" when needed for events and parties. After another one of their "date" nights, they go back to her place with food and sit around talking. It leads to a very intense sexually charged moment that fills the air between them. Let me just say... FIRST KISS, FIRST KISS, FIRST KISSSSSSSSS!!! And I was dying. I just don't know how to express how amazing it was. In fact, I've read it about fifteen times since finishing the book, that's how much I love it. Their one night together leads to another, but neither time do they discuss how the dynamic of their relationship changed. One thing's for sure--they need to figure it out, and fast, before a simple misunderstanding could wreck their friendship for good.
Her Stand-In Boyfriend is one of the most captivating sexy and sweet stories ever. I love love loved how Lexi and Mac were friends first and how that was the bedrock for the possibility for something more. It's so adorable how Mac feels about Lexi. Book boyfriend alert! Major swooning over here, I'm jealous of Lexi something serious. I am anxiously awaiting more books by Kelly Jamieson!
Allie has always been the girl Greg* couldn't have because she's his best friend David's sister. After he goes with David to be in the Marines and comes back alone, it's his responsibility to take care of Allie. This turns out to be more difficult than imagined since there's a clear desire on both sides. They end up going on a little road trip together to help promote Allie's shiny new idea for the distillery. She's afraid of how everyone will respond to this idea, but she's determined to make something of it. The desire between the two of them gets sparked and neither of them can contain themselves any longer. Will the desire turn into more?
Drunk on You is entertaining and touches the heart at the same time. I will admit that I had trouble with the story at the start, but once I reached the end, the feels got to me when Greg is talking about David. It's one of those clutch your heart kind of moments. The romance between Greg and Allie is built piece by piece. Very nice story from Teri Anne Stanley.
* Not sure if the name gets changed from what it was in the ARC I downloaded, but the name of the love interest is Greg in my copy and not Justin, just FYI. Guess we'll find out when it gets published, right?
This a short but quite enjoyable read! Kylie is in Vegas to meet with the owner of the hotel she's staying at for business. She and her friends decide to make the most of the trip and have fun while they're there. Kylie ends up meeting Jake before her meeting with him. Due to a little bit of confusion, she thinks his name is Macon and that he's head of security. When Jake hears her use the wrong name, he doesn't correct her because he wants to see if a girl could like him without knowing who he is. Turns out to be a big mistake because they're falling for each other quick. Will she be able to forgive him for not telling the truth?
Masquerading with the CEO is a quick read but a nice one. It's fun and sweet, plus Kylie and Jake together definitely generates the heat! It's a lighthearted story that has the perfect pace and just the right amount of conflict. Even though some might say it's too short, I say it was just right to tell Kylie and Jake's story. Dawn Chartier brought it and I'm looking forward to more by her!
It's rare to find a story where the relationship starts off the story. Annie and Alec meet while she's at work. Both of them have a past--her with a cheating ex and him losing his wife--but they would like to move on. They spend time together flirting and then dating. Everything is wonderful between them, but Annie has some insecurities about the relationship. Her mother doesn't help matters with her unkind words that make Annie doubt Alec has true feelings for her. She allows what her mom says to get to her, even though deep down she cares deeply for Alec. It all comes down to whether the two of them can get over what happened in the past, and celebrate the possibility of a future together.
Simmering Ice was a heartwarming romance. I loved how sweet the story was--the budding romance from the beginning and the way they interacted with the kids at the hospital. It all progressed perfectly, reasonably, realistically. You know Annie and Alec are meant to be, they just need to get by the challenges and trust in love guiding them home. I am very interested in checking out the first book in the Atlantic City Hustlers series, and any other books Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley write!
From the start, I could completely empathize with Nina: when your life feels like it's not going the direction you'd like it to go and you're not appreciated for what you do. It would be nice to abandon your life, just for a little while, and experience something new and challenging. So when a duck waddles into the road causing Nina to drive her car into a quarry, she sees her chance and grabs onto it with both hands. Armed with only her phone and the clothes on her back, she runs into Joe who assumes she's there to work as his maid. She goes with it because this is exactly what she needs--a complete change. The attraction between Nina and Joe is apparent, although both of them realize they shouldn't since they work together. The temptation builds beyond their ability to resist and they fall into bed together. But Nina's secret might be the one thing that could hurt Joe more than anything.
His Millionaire Maid was a funny and cute story! It was a teensy bit ridiculous as far as the circumstances Nina fell into by chance, but it was amusing and led her to where she wanted to be. The relationship with Nina and Joe was what they both needed--for her to live a simpler and more fulfilling life, and him to let loose a little bit. It was sweet and charming. I enjoyed all the side characters Nina encounters when she's in Hartley working for Joe. Coleen Kwan's story is a worthwhile read!
The Thunder Mountain Brotherhood series is seriously the best ever! I doubt I'll ever get tired of reading these stories. They're just so lovely in every way. In this story, we get to follow Finn and Chelsea, two people who have a strictly business relationship. Finn knows that if he allows Chelsea into his life in any way except professionally, it's just going to create chaos. He's too focused on business, and it's that way of thinking that ended his first marriage. However, he and Chelsea are working together closely and the sexual tension is extremely high. They've spent years fighting their feelings, but in just one night they culminate into something neither one of them can stop. It's a passionate start, but they know there can be more, and they both want more. There's only one thing their relationship will come down to: Can Finn be able to find the balance needed to keep it alive with Chelsea?
Rolling Like Thunder is such a gorgeously written book. I've got to hand it to Vicki Lewis Thompson--she is beyond amazing at creating stories you fall for deeply. The main reason, other than the absolutely lovely romance, has to be because family is the center. It's the most important thing with these stories, and all the characters get that deep down. Chelsea integrated into Finn's family seamlessly, it was beautiful. And then there's the dancing... *sigh* So sweet. I don't think I can express how excited I am to read more! I just can't wait.
Talk about reeling you in from the start! The very beginning of the story is when Kit and Shawn are younger and share an intimate moment together. Right after, they're separated and don't see each other for years. That's when Kit joins Shawn's band. She knows who he is, but he doesn't seem to remember her. The two of them have a rocky start since Kit knows so much about him and she keeps giving him attitude. After some time, they become friends and eventually something more. It's super sweet AND super sexy. But considering the past they have, the truth is bound to come out and Kit knows this. What she isn't prepared for is how it does. Can they find a way to move beyond the past?
Chaos is an awesome rockstar romance! You're gonna be laughing and smiling and giddy all at once. Kit and Shawn have this amazing chemistry--as friends and something more (not to mention all the moments where it's below the surface). I enjoyed it all the way through, could barely put it down to take care of stuff in real life, it was just so captivating. Definitely interested in reading the rest of the Mayhem series and more by Jamie Shaw!
Jillian is determined to lose weight, so she decides to start using the equipment at the place she works when nobody will know she's doing it. That's when she runs into Seth. He's surprised to find her there, but when he finds out what her plan is, he wants her to achieve her goals. They become friends, with an underlying possibility of something more. It doesn't happen immediately, but when it does, talk about swoonage, people. Melting your heart swoonage. There are some speed bumps along the way, but their hearts will lead them in the right direction.
Chasing Jillian is a super sweet new friendship slowly turned romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the slow build. Seth and Jillian are adorable together, and the depth of their feelings shows in the way they interact and talk to each other. It was great to watch Jillian break free from her comfort zone with Seth's help. All in all, a great romance by Julie Brannagh! I'd love to get caught up on the rest of the Love and Football series!
I adore marriages of convenience. There's something about them...that initial resistance that turns into something more despite the character's attempts to squelch the feelings growing inside. Add in the fact that it's written by Noelle Adams and I'm totally there.
Deanna knows whats she needs to do to help her family and she agrees to marry Mitchell. It's not her first choice, but it feels like a necessary one. They come to an agreement ahead of time for this temporary arrangement so that they can each get what they need in life. As they live together and learn about each other, they each discover there's more to the other than they originally thought. They struggle with their inner feelings as much as with their undeniable lust. For Deanna, she can't cave in unless Mitchell has more to offer her. When the six months are over, what will they choose?
Hired Bride is a lovely southern romance with all the sweetness you could ask for. I loved the setting, the kooky nature of the families, and all those little hilarious moments. Deanna and Mitchell grew into their relationship organically, despite the obstacles. I can't wait for more of the Beaufort Brides series!
Michael and Mia don't start off on good terms. He's constantly calling the manager about issues he keeps having with her. In her defense, he's the one who makes all the noise first--what else is she to do but to make it clear that he's interrupting her life? Sadly, though, thanks to all of his phone calls, Mia gets kicked out of the apartment. Michael feels guilty about what happened because if it weren't for him, she'd still have a place to stay. So he offers to let her stay with him. And in return, he'll pose as her fiancé. They realize that this is all only temporary, but their first impromptu kiss keeps them from acting rationally.
Neighbors with Benefits was an adorable fake engagement and enemies to lovers story! I loved Mia--I mean she blasted Weird Al Yankovic to drown out the noises in the other apartment. What's not to love about that? I also really enjoyed how Michael grew throughout the story. The fact that he's pet-sitting Clancy, his therapist's dog, added to the change in him, not to mention had some pretty hilarious moments. All in all, I'm very pleased to see the Anderson Brothers series continue and can't wait to see the next one by Marissa Clarke!
Dani is blindsided by the presence of her ex, Jamie, when he shows up for her best friend Roxy's wedding. Roxy has this crazy notion that Jamie's anti-marriage commentary is going to get to her soon-to-be husband Kyle's head. So she asks Dani to keep him distracted, even though she knows how the relationship ended. Dani reluctantly does it "for the bride" but it's not easy at first. Eventually she and Jamie have time to talk through some things to where they feel like things have reached a good point between them. Which, in turn, brings about the sparks from before, causing them to dive into a temporary friends-with-benefits relationship. Only temporary just isn't going to be enough--not by a long shot.
Bridesmaid Blues is an entertaining and super cute read. Exes with unresolved issues and underlying feelings getting put into a situation where they have to be around each other is always amusing. Dani and Jamie clearly have chemistry and you want nothing more than for the two of them to realize this instead of playing around (even though that's kinda fun, too). I found myself both swooning and giggling over everything, and completely amused at the situation in general. This second chance romance by Boone Brux is worth the read!
This is my third Entangled Crush novel, and let's just say it's not going to be my last. I'm really enjoying the Backstage Pass series and meeting all the guys in the band. After reading Mia and the Bad Boy, I knew I had to get my hands on the rest of this series ASAP.
Daisy isn't too happy about tagging along with her dad on the Seconds to Juliet tour. She won a contest before to have Trevin escort her to homecoming, but he stood her up last minute and she's never forgotten. Once she's there, she realizes she has the chance for revenge. Unfortunately for Daisy, Trevin places a bet to get her to fall for him. She doesn't make it easy at first, but then she realizes her revenge could include leading him on. Somewhere along the way, they are discovering the other isn't as bad as they originally thought.
Daisy and the Front Man was a super sweet novel! Both Daisy and Trevin were amusing together, and so adorable. Not to mention all the other band mates--I can't stop giggling over all the humor throughout. I can't wait for the next Backstage Pass novel, and to see what else Rebekah L. Purdy has in store.
After incessant begging on the part of Allie, her roommate and friend, Cassidy reluctantly goes with her to Serve. Cassidy expects to just sit at the bar and wait for Allie since she's not a member, but then David joins her. The connection between them is obvious, even though anything beyond a brief rendezvous is made abundantly clear. Two weeks. That's all they have. David is determined to help Cassidy get what she needs, but to let anything last any longer for them would be trouble. He doesn't want her to find out the reason for his choices, but the truth will come out.
Bind Me Before You Go has the heat! I loved how open and funny Cassidy was--you can't help but enjoy her personality and want to be friends with her. And the chemistry between David and Cassidy is intense, drawing out all sorts of feelings. Despite the secrecy, you can sense that their passion goes far deeper for him as much as it does for her. Harper Kincaid delivers another great novel to the Serve series!
LOVED. I was so sad when it was over, I want to read more!
Full review to come.
My Thoughts (full review):
Loved this! I jumped into it and found a really intriguing story--one with a story line following a NASCAR driver and the PR girl who's trying to straighten out his image. I thoroughly enjoyed the racing aspect. It was unique and added to my interest in the book.
Vivian and Jarod don't get off to the greatest start. She's bad-mouthing him on the phone, making him unsure whether he can trust her to help him. After a little bit of sexual tension and some getting-to-know-you, they fall into some sensual moments together. Unfortunately, Vivian's attitude about the sport that is his life creates some more friction between them. As time goes by, Jarod teaches her about his love of racing and she begins to understand. Their chemistry never stops and eventually things are heating up again, and it seems that it might include more than just physical attraction.
Caught was an absolutely sexy and compelling book! I loved the dynamic between Vivian and Jarod and how it developed over the weeks they spent together. The romance was hot AND sweet and I couldn't get enough. The best part was that while the book was insanely sexy, there was a lot of heart. So much love for this book! Can't wait to read more by Clare James!
Seriously. My heart! This book pulled at my heartstrings and gave me heart flutters. I anticipated it being all sweet and cute and everything, but I didn't realize how much.
Watching the relationship between Annie and Sawyer develop is nothing short of beautiful. I loved seeing events unfold, how they handled themselves. The setting was perfection, and it added to everything in the best way. It was great to see their love build slowly over time, not just happening in a snap. There's so much charm to the story--not just the romance between Annie and Sawyer, but also the people of the town and Annie's son, Atticus. They all stole my heart!
Last First Kiss was such a gorgeous story. I laughed (THE COW), I teared up (Sawyer with Atticus and the puppies), and I fell in love along with them (with each and every kiss). Second chance romances always tug at the heart, and this one was no exception. This is the first book by Lia Riley that I've read and it most certainly will not be the last! Highly recommended!
After being completely blown away by Only Trick, I was very excited to get my hands on another book by Jewel E. Ann. I was drawn in quickly to the story of Vivian and Oliver and couldn't wait to see what was in store for them.
Vivian and Oliver have an embarrassing but adorable meet cute and eventually get to be friends, then more than friends. As time goes by, their relationship blooms into something deeper, and they get closer than ever. Their chemistry is hotter than hot! The problem is they both carry secrets and have things that happened in the past that are threatening to push their love aside. In the end they need to decide whether they can move beyond the past and have a future together forever.
Idle Bloom is a very emotional roller coaster of a story. You're pulled in from the start, and your feels get tangled up throughout. My only issue with the story is that it felt a little over dramatic at certain points with some overreactions. The thing that saved the way I feel for the story is that the love between Vivian and Oliver bleeds through the pages. Their whole story may have had ups and downs, but it remained sweet.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I picked it up. I've read and very much enjoyed other books by Zoe York, so I knew it would be good. I also knew it would be an emotional one from the first couple chapters.
Ryan lost his wife not long ago, leaving him to father their three children by himself. It's rough for him, because he feels guilt over her passing, along with having to help his children cope with the loss, too. When Holly comes into his life, the two of them have a connection. Not one of the instalove connections--just a friendly connection. They spend their time talking, and even though they're feeling the attraction, they're struggling with how to proceed. She's only there temporarily, he can't give her everything since he has to take care of his family first. Then they kiss... and everything changes.
Love on a Spring Morning is so sweet, and it touches your heart from the beginning. It was definitely emotional, but there was some humor sprinkled throughout that made me chuckle. Especially the scene where Ryan was talking with his daughter, Maya, about fairies. The rest of the Pine Harbour series is definitely up there on books I must read soon.
I really tried to get into this story. In the beginning, there were a lot of questions running through my mind. I wanted to understand what made Spook tick--why he avoided sex and why he's so insistent on avoiding Alle even though he's clearly as attracted to her as she is to him. Nothing was explained, nothing was referred to or implied. I just kept getting more and more frustrated with the almost-not-quite relationship between Spook and Alle because I had no clue what was happening. It got to the point where it was painful to read, but I pushed through, skimming through a lot of it to see if I would be given some sort of explanation. When I hit the end, I had to do a double take because there was no resolution or anything. It didn't even feel like a HFN. It's possible that given this book is part of a series that there will be a clearer view of Spook's deal eventually (or at least I hope), but as of right now I have no interest in struggling through to find it.
Pietro is taken in by Giovanni when he loses his parents. For years he grows up with Lucy and he feels extremely protective of her. When Lucy moves from Chicago to New York, Giovanni asks Pietro to move there to keep an eye on her. Pietro does so, despite knowing how angry Lucy would be if she knew her father didn't trust her to be on her own. Pietro and Lucy's friendship grows over time, and pretty soon when he "comes out to visit" her in New York, the underlying sexual tension between them comes out and neither one can deny it. There are some dangers for their families, though. Will Pietro and Lucy be able to get out of them with their relationship in tact?
Code of Honor was suspenseful and full of sweet romance. The passion between Pietro and Lucy is hot, and not surprising given how deep their friendship was before she left home. Part of the story wraps up in this book, but there's more to it coming in the second book since we're left with a cliffhanger. I'm curious so see what Missy Johnson has in store in the Spontiago Family series.
This one blew me away! I loved the story--the unspoken love, the underlying suspense, how everything progressed. It was perfection.
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I've really been loving the Lovestruck line from Entangled. Such sweet romances with lots of heart. Protector for Hire was, no doubt, full of so much heart that I was bursting by the time I finished.
Janelle is in hiding from her ex-husband. Once he's found and in jail, she'll be safe again. In the meantime, she's staying with Schwartz until the coast is clear. He's been hiding away himself, but for another reason entirely, one he can't let go of. Having Janelle around is a new thing for him since he's rarely around people. She gets under his skin in the best way possible, but he's unwilling to cross any lines--he's supposed to be protecting her, nothing more. It's impossible to resist the temptation, though. When the time comes for her to leave, will they be able to say goodbye?
Protector for Hire completely blew me away in all aspects--the love, the suspense, the build-up. Your heart goes out to Schwartz--all that's he's been through, everything he's struggling with. When the two of them open up, it brings on a mess of feelings so touching. Now to go back and read the rest of the Front and Center series by Tawna Fenske!