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Plotting to Win tells the tale of a group of hopeful authors competiThanks to NetGalley for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Plotting to Win tells the tale of a group of hopeful authors competing in a reality show where the winner will get a one hundred thousand dollar publishing contract for The Next Bestseller.
Meet Felicity James and Victor Guzman, two of the seven competitors vying for the big prize. Victor and Felicity have on and off screen chemistry that brings big ratings for the show. They each have their own reasons for competing in the show, yet because it is still a competition and only one person can win, their relationship is filled with secrets and insecurities.
The story was fun and fast moving. I enjoyed all the various characters in the story along with the reality show premise. I thought it was imaginative and while doubtful a show about writing would do well on American television, I enjoyed the various challenges and imagery of the reality show. The relationship aspect of the story fell a bit flat for me. It felt rushed and a bit forced. All in all, an interesting premise with an average execution.
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Lover Undercover was my first Samanthe Beck story and I quite liked it. T3 1/2 stars
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Lover Undercover was my first Samanthe Beck story and I quite liked it. The story is about Kylie Roberts, the quiet, reserved yoga teacher who is persuaded by her lively and outgoing twin sister, Stacy to fill in for her at work. The only problem with this? Stacy is a stripper and while both sisters look alike, their personalities couldn't be any more different.
But Stacy makes a lot of money dancing at the club and Kylie knows they won't be able to make rent without her added income. Of course once Kylie starts standing in as her sister at Deuces, bad things start happening to the men who behave badly during her sets.
She meets detective Trevor McCade accidentally on her first night on the job when his buddies buy him a lapdance she awkwardly delivers. When she's witness to a dead body outside the club after shift, her twinly deception suddenly begins to unravel.
I enjoyed this story quite a lot. There was suspense and sexy times all rolled into one. The main thing that kept it from being a solid 4 for me was the cheese-tastic last few chapters. I rolled my eyes more than once and while I love a good HEA like the next person, it was too gooey for even my sweet tooth. Will have to check out Beck's other titles, as the writing was solid and entertaining....more
Swoon... the last 50 pages turned this book around for me. I had started setting annoyed and antsy, but the end really sealed it for me. Great snarkySwoon... the last 50 pages turned this book around for me. I had started setting annoyed and antsy, but the end really sealed it for me. Great snarky banter. Lovely, light read....more
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First - I F-Loved this book. I enjoyed the plot. The hero was solid and tough, but hiThanks to NetGalley for a chance to read this insanely hot read.
First - I F-Loved this book. I enjoyed the plot. The hero was solid and tough, but his soft gooey side was so, so lovely.
The story revolves around Erin Coffey, a nurse who is just about to start her first real job at a state mental health facility after spending the last six years taking care of her ailing grandmother. She will be working with highly unstable and possibly dangerous patients, but it is near her sister and nephew and with a stable income and insurance, she doesn't feel like she has any other choice.
On her first day she meets Kelly Robak, an orderly at the facility who you could easily mistake for a prison inmate instead. He's huge, muscular and doesn't ever seem to be shaken up by any of the difficult patients he tends to. The pair eventually speak, and the sparks fly between them.
I enjoyed the banter and back and forth between the pair. I loved that Kelly was tough and strong and manly, but was still soft and gooey on the inside. Erin was strong and independent and after taking care of her wayward sister for much of her life, she had this extreme sense of responsibility that felt real. I liked that Erin stood up for herself and her family in the best way she knew how. I could relate to not wanting to need anyone, even though your life is so much fuller and richer when you finally let them in.
And let me tell you, when these two finally hit the sheets - Holy moley is it hot and steamy. While Kelly first portrays this dominant side of himself, you soon find out that what he really wants is to be able to trust someone enough to not NEED to be in control. Something he eventually gets from Erin.
I loved this story from start to finish and highly recommend it for anyone wanting a sexy and smart read. Cara McKenna has written a book with not only crazy hot smut, but an interesting plot and well rounded characters you will end up falling in love with. ...more
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This story could have been extremely interesting. An heiress hiding oThanks to NetGalley and Loveswept for this book in exchange for an honest review.
This story could have been extremely interesting. An heiress hiding out in a small beach town in the Baja Peninsula meets a cop hiding out from his own past. Sounds intriguing right? Yeah, unfortunately that wasn't the case.
People are hot on Judith's tail, and through much of the book you think she's in serious trouble. That is until she finally tells her reluctant lover, Paul, the truth about why she left. Needless to say, this big plot reveal left me scratching my head about what the big deal was. It made the heroine seem like a wishy-washy child who didn't have the balls to stand up for herself.
Then there's Paul. A cop running from his past, and again his back story felt forced and not as complicated as everyone made it out to be. The dialogue felt as forced as the plot.
All in all, a sub-par read that left me wondering where the author went so wrong. ...more
3 1/2 stars Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This book had a lot of potential - Hot MMA Fighter falls for an imperfect3 1/2 stars Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This book had a lot of potential - Hot MMA Fighter falls for an imperfect heroine. Unfortunately what could have been a great book, just fell a little bit short for me.
Caitlyn has recently lost eighty pounds and while her friends keep telling her she looks fantastic, her self confidence still hasn't caught up with her new look. Dante is the MMA fighter with the heart of gold type of character. He's a bit gun shy after having been hurt by an old love. I really wanted to like this pairing, but there was a LOT of scheming that mucked up much of the plot for me and I just didn't believe someone would want to be with a person who was so into mind games.
Caitlyn can't believe someone like Dante would want to be with an overweight girl like her and Dante can't figure out what her problem is. He doesn't understand her intense self esteem issues, not only made up in her mind, but perpetuated by verbal barbs thrown by Dante's old flame and a competitor intent on bringing Dante down inside the octagon or out of it.
All in all, a decent read, but really could have been tightened up and been a better read....more