Fiancee for Hire is the second book in the Front and Center series, but...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Fiancee for Hire is the second book in the Front and Center series, but each book is a complete standalone. I have not read the first book, Marine for Hire yet, but now that I caught a glimpse of the characters that it is about, I can't wait to read it! I am really loving series that have each book work as a standalone that focuses on a different set of characters. The overall series links together by the character connections. It is pretty cool. I normally never read a series out of order, but I have noticed that I have been doing it a couple of times lately with series that are structured like this, and each time has been a positive experience and left me wanting to read the other books. Fiancee for Hire is no different. I loved it and I can't wait to read Marine for Hire. Tawna Fenski writes a great romance.
Mac is a serious work work work guy. And his work is top secret and super high risk, so when he needs a Fiancee that is quiet and compliant for his next job to work, his sister thinks it will be hilarious to suggest her best friend, Kelli. Kelli has had a crush on Mac since they were teens, and she is anything but quiet and submissive. But she is just what Mac needs to shake up his life. As you can guess, this book is a lot of fun. Tawna Fenski has a knack for setting up funny scenes. I can see her working on movies or tv shows with ease. Fiancee For Hire would be great as a movie.
Neither Mac nor Kelli are the long term commitment type, which makes their story all the more interesting. You can see their tensions warring with their attraction towards each other. The more they get to know the other, the more nervous they get. I loved watching Kelli at the pet clinic. I thought it was great how much her job as a surgical vet was worked into the story. And I loved watching Mac watch her be badass in her own way. Mac is so used to be the big bad Marine, so I think he was both surprised and impressed when he watched Kelli save so many animals doing her thing.
Fiancee For Hire is a funny, sweet, yet sexy read. I really enjoyed it. I think entangled's Lovestruck line is one of my favorites yet. I have read two titles from the line so far and both of them are exactly as they were advertised. As great and satisfying romances. If you are a romantic junkie like me in the summer, or anytime really, you need to check out Fiancee For Hire and Entangled's whole Lovestruck line! I can't wait to see what books they have for us next, and I can't wait to read the next Front and Center book in the series.
Meeting his Match is a standalone title, as well as the first book in t...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Meeting his Match is a standalone title, as well as the first book in the Match Me series. It is from Entangled's Lovestruck line and I think I have found one of my new favorite imprints from Entangled. These books are perfect for when I am in a romantic kind of mood. Ok, let me set the stage for you. Reagan sends her successful professional Matchmaker of a best friend down to help out her brother in law find his soul mate. Caine is a complete workaholic, and hasn't really made time for anything else in so many years. I really liked the premise of the story, it was simple, but it worked oh so well.
Addison is a force of nature. She just sweeps into Caine's life and kind of starts mixing everything up. I loved it. It was exactly what he needed. She really was like a breath of fresh air in his life. I was immediately drawn to the fire that they each brought out in the other. Addison has her own sad past that has clouded her view of love. She saw her grandparents beautiful marriage and her grandmother also told her that everyone got their one true sole mate and once you found them, that was it. That was the only person you were meant to have. Addison found her soul mate in her high school sweetheart. She was married to him young and completely happy...until he died overseas. Now she thinks her chance for love is gone, so she sets other people up. She is a very thorough match maker. She even bought Caine a whole little group of fluff ball puppies to make Caine more approachable, and she named them after the ninja turtles. How can you not love that??
I loved Caine. He is a guy that knows what he wants and he is not afraid to put in the hard work for it. He is charming. And when he turned that charm on Addison, I have no idea how she held out as long as she did. Ummm hello...I just want to put in him a room with me and have him call me Darlin' all day. Yep, that would be great. At first him and Addison completely butt heads, but eventually he comes to like her. And then the real fun begins. Addison puts the breaks on big time, and Caine is so adorable in his attempts to convince her. I just really loved their dynamic. Their chemistry jumped off the page. The story is swoony and sweet and hot at the same time. It is a great story to make you feel good. I loved the dual point of views, and I loved how Addison affected Caine thinking. It was great to see how invested in her he was. Caine makes the list of my book boyfriends for sure.
Meeting His Match is a great premise for a series of standalone romances. I really want to see the story on Caine's brother. It would have to be a prequel story I guess, so I am not sure how that would work, but his relationship with Reagan is something I want to find more about. Then again, I want to see more of Addison and Caine (and all those cute little puppies!) so I am going to need a bunch more books. Yep, please get on that Katee.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**A Beautiful Thought is the 5th book in the beautiful series, but it can...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**A Beautiful Thought is the 5th book in the beautiful series, but it can be read as a standalone. I haven't read any of the other books in the series yet, and I was not lost or confused at all while reading A Beautiful Thought. I think it is a testament to a good writer when they can write books that really standalone but also work as part of a series. It would be really easy to throw some carry over from previous storylines and confuse new readers, but Alicia Rae did a great job of keeping mentions relevant to this book and anything that wasn't was fully explained. She made it easy to just pick up this book before reading any of the others. I kind of got a glimpse of who the couples were from a couple of the previous books, and now I want to read Lily's story.
Gail is such a kind hearted individual. She is so giving to other people, and I loved the close bond that she had with her family. I loved watching her with Lily's daughter as well as with her younger sister Caroline. It is so admirable what she was doing for her. I really liked that Damon appreciated Gail's heart as well. I really liked Gail and Damon as individuals as well as together. I do, however, wish there was a little more build up between the two of them before they jumped into a semi-relationship. Gail needs a roommate because of some financial pressures in her life and Damon is looking for an apartment. Lily throws the two of them together in a bit of matchmaking. And pretty much right after they start living together, they act on their attraction. It was a bit of insta love. That was my only hold back with this story. I wanted a slower buildup, but once I got over that they were involved early on, their story was really sweet.
There are plenty of roadblocks thrown in their path to keep the story interesting. I thought that A Beautiful Thought was a kind of typical adult contemporary romance, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. The dual narrative point of view really worked for this story, and allowed the readers to get to know both Damon and Gail very well. If you are a fan of contemporary romances, check out any book in the Beautiful Series. I would suggest starting with Gail or Lily's story.This review was originally posted on Book Briefs(less)
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Breathe Annie Breathe is the 5th book in the Hundred Oaks series, but i...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Breathe Annie Breathe is the 5th book in the Hundred Oaks series, but it can be read as a standalone. I am going to tell you guys a dirty dirty secret of mine...I haven't read the books in the Hundred Oaks series yet. Shh! Please don't throw tomatoes. I have the first two books sitting on my kindle, but review books just took over my life and they just haven't been read yet. BUT, the good news is, I can attest that Breathe Annie Breathe can completely be read as a standalone. And I loved it! I am completely kicking myself in the butt for putting off the rest of the series for so long. I will be reading the rest of the books as soon as possible.
Annie is a tough young lady. That is what struck me the most about her. She had this amazing sweet sweet boyfriend for most of highschool, and he died. And she is carrying around guilt for that. I just felt awful for her. Before he lost his life way too soon, he was training for a marathon. So in his honor, Annie decides that she is going to train and run the marathon in his honor. Just reading about it made me tear up. I loved that this is how she chose to honor him. And I loved how the whole town got behind her. That takes strength and dedication. She signed up for a training coach.
I loved how the book progressed through her weekly runs with her running group and coach. It was nice to be able to meet some of the other runners in her group and get to know them a little as well. Liza was a nice surprise. I'm glad that the love interest was not her training coach, but rather his younger brother- little adrenaline junkie that he is. Their friendship was interesting to say the least. I loved watching the two of them interact. Jere is so fantastic with Annie. Kind and patient, I was so impressed with him.
I completely see what all the hype is with Miranda's books. She is just a talented author. She writes characters that you just want to grab lunch with, be friends with and hug. I want to hug all of the characters. Annie comes such a long way from page one to the end of the book. Watching her life progress is such a treat. I also really appreciated the fact that we got to see her go from high school to college.
I can so see why this series is a must read for young adult. It is everything that I want my young adult books to be. Fun, moving, detailed and developed. The main characters shine just as must as the secondary characters. You will love Annie and Jere. If you are like me, and you are one of the few people left on this earth that have not discovered the magic of Hundred Oaks, don't wait any longer! Grab Breathe Annie Breathe and fall in love. She even made me want to run... and that is no easy feat. I am going back to read the rest of the books now!
The Reality of You was a fresh, fun and just all around great new adult...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Reality of You was a fresh, fun and just all around great new adult contemporary romance. It is told in dual narrative between Naomi and Reese. I really loved the unique setup. Geeky ex-soccer star hasn't dated anyone since her jerk of an ex broke it off years ago. The one bright spot in her day is stalking watching this hot guy come back from lunch every day at her office. Her roommate wants to get her out of her funk and over her little crush, so she arranges Naomi to be his temp for a week when he is scouting a hotel in Puerto Rico. Tons of hi-jinks ensue, and their adventure is off. Just pure romantic comedy fun. I mean it, this book is seriously funny.
It took me a while to warm up to Naomi. I was slightly worried that she just wouldn't be a character that I particularly cared for. She just seemed whiny and ditzy for a good amount of the beginning of the book. I was worried that she was just going to be an airhead, but I was pleasantly surprised when she found her voice around Reese. Turns out, he just makes her seriously nervous and uncoordinated. It was kind of adorable looking back. (only after I knew what she was really like though. haha) Once I warmed up to her, I was her biggest fan. It was around the time that I saw her play soccer, and tell Reese off. I wanted to high five her!
Reese is a complicated guy too. At first he comes off as an arrogant pretentious snob. And he does have a bit of pretension in him, but he is so much more than that. Watching them open up to each other was my favorite part of the book. I feel like they each went into this with different expectations and Reese really surprised me. But watching them open up and show the other their true self made me swoon inside, and made me feel a deeper connection to the two of them.
The Reality of You is a great book. I loved the storyline. I loved the romance, and even though I had a little speedbump in the start, I loved both of the main characters. Naomi kind of brought Reese back down to earth. It was so funny how she teased him for his "prep school talk". She sucked the pretentious out of him little by little. If you are looking for a romance that is both hot and sweet, as well as funny, The Reality of You is the book for you. It is a read that you will easily be able to lose yourself in for a few afternoons.