I am a fan of Katee Robert and when I saw this title I knew I had to grab it! If you’ve read Katee’s contribution to the Wedding Dare Series, then you...moreI am a fan of Katee Robert and when I saw this title I knew I had to grab it! If you’ve read Katee’s contribution to the Wedding Dare Series, then you might recognize the names of our main characters in Meeting His Match.
First we have Addison St. Clair. She’s Regan’s friend, and she’s a matchmaker. She’s grown up believing in sole mates and that everyone only gets one perfect match in their life… and she had hers. So she gets that thrill of relationship firsts vicariously through her clients, and she’s successful!
Regan convinces Addison that she is needed to save her husband Brock’s older brother from a life filled with only work. So she is off to Tennessee.
Caine McNeil has spent his entire life trying to live up to the expectations that his father has laid out for him. We learned a bit about those in Seducing the Bridesmaid, but we find out all the dirty details in Meeting His Match. Caine is unhappy though, he’s not sure he’s doing what he’s loved, but his problem is that he isn’t sure what else he likes to do. He spends all his time at his office and with no one to go home to that’s easy to do and it’s possible he’s spent more nights on his office couch than in his own bed.
When Addison storms into his office demanding he start figuring out what he wants out of his life he’s prepared to send her away. But he can’t deny the chemistry that blooms between them and Roberts does an amazing job building the tension between these two.
And Caine… I don’t know what it is about this man, because I never thought I’d swoon over a well-placed “darlin” but he sure worked for me. From his initial stubbornness to his realizations about his feelings and coming to terms with them, as well as his own self-discovery, I really found myself falling for him right along with Addison.
No matter how much she denied it. And even though her feelings about sole mates frustrated me a bit, I was happy to see her make a few realizations of her own.
Robert has created a light, fun story with plenty of heat and swoon. If you’re looking for a quick, sexy read, make sure you grab this one as soon as it arrives.
Thank you to Entangled for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. (less)
I’ve been waiting patiently for this book for what seems like forever. When I saw it at BEA I flailed and then found myself waiting in a line I wasn’t...moreI’ve been waiting patiently for this book for what seems like forever. When I saw it at BEA I flailed and then found myself waiting in a line I wasn’t expecting to be in just so I could get it into my greedy hands.
This is the final book in the All Souls Trilogy and ultimately when I turned the last page I was happy with the story Deb Harkness gave us readers and fans.
There is very little I can tell you about this installment without spoiling this for you, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet and slightly vague – no details – sorry!
Let me just tell you up front what I took a star away for… I felt like there was a lot in this book that could have been omitted. I’m not going to get into specifics, and I guess the more I think about it, the previous books were probably similar so It’s not a horrible surprise that it was here as well, but I felt that there were just some things that really slowed the pace of the story for me.
Aside from that, one of my other major complaints over the entire series has been the vast number of characters in this story and I find it hard to keep straight who is who, especially if they are peripheral characters. While for the most part this book didn’t introduce us to anyone new, I still struggled a bit in remembering who was who.
Since there was such a big break between the release of book 2 and book 3 I struggled a bit to remember where I we had been left, so my biggest recommendation would be to go back and read the last few chapters of Shadow of Night before starting this one... Then dive in!!
Let me just tell you though, once I did get sucked back into Matthew and Diana’s lives I was completely entranced with the story again. Harkness weaves an amazing and captivating story filled with action and adventure, love and romance and memorable characters that will have you wishing this wasn’t really the end.
If you’re looking for something that will have you turning pages as fast as you can, wondering if these amazing characters will get their HEA and yet swooning at the love story being shared, this series is for you. *flail for every single time Matthew calls Diana ‘Mon Coeur’*
Thank you so much to Penguin for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. (less)
I LOVED Samanthe Beck's Private Practice, so when I saw her name on this upcoming title I knew I had to read it and so I ended up reading th...more4.5 stars
I LOVED Samanthe Beck's Private Practice, so when I saw her name on this upcoming title I knew I had to read it and so I ended up reading this series a bit out of order... The first novella in the Wedding Dare Series was a 5 star read for me, and Samanthe’s contribution lived up to my expectations!
Best Man With Benefits introduces us to Sophie, Colton’s shy sister. She’s never been big on socializing and her brother’s wedding week seems to be ALL socializing. From dance classes to scavenger hunts she’s determined to shed her old persona and get out there and meet and interact with everyone … that is until she’s faced with the reality of the situation.
Little does she know, her brother decided he was going to make sure she doesn’t hide in her room all week either. Enlisting the help of his best man and one of his best friends, Logan McCade, Colt asks him to keep an eye on Sophie. But Logan isn’t expecting to like Sophie as much as he does and the favor Colt asked ends up opening his eyes about a few things in his personal life … things he’s determined to change for the right girl.
I adored Sophie… she’s a little bit awkward, a little bit self-conscious and a little bit just like each and every one of us. It really makes relating to her so easy and I think that is what makes her so likable. I loved that while she wasn’t 100% secure in how she viewed herself, she was definitely trying to see the positive changes she had made.
And good lord Logan. That man won my heart. His determination to get Sophie to see herself like he sees her… *swoon*. I mean… the bathroom scene…
“Watch closely, so there’s no fucking way you can miss how indisputable beautiful you are, because I don’t intend to argue about this again. The next time I tell you you’re gorgeous, you’re going to say, ‘Damn right I am.’”
And then there was this…
“Hold them. Support them. Do as I say, because you’re only going to fuck me harder from here on out. Now –“ he gave her backside a quick swat – “get this sweet little ass moving, I didn’t tell you to stop.”
Oh... I didn’t mention that Logan is a talker… well, get ready, because holy crap.
“You need me to strip you naked, bend you over my bed, and slide my cock inside you until you forget what it feels like not to have me filling you. And once you’ve come so hard you can’t stand, you need me to flip you around, hike your legs over my shoulders, and do it again, head-on, until you scream loud enough to have management banging on the door.”
So yeah… the chemistry between these two was really well done, and as usual Beck does an amazing job writing some amazingly sexy, steamy scenes.
If you’re looking for something with tons of heat, a well-written story, and characters you’ll enjoy finding out more about, definitely pick this one up on its release date! Obviously you don’t need to read these books in order to enjoy them, but in all honestly, there’s no reason not to. Entangled has brought together some of my favorite authors here and I am incredibly excited to get to the rest in this series.
Thank you to Entangled for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts! (less)
When I heard Ann Aguirre was writing a New Adult I was incredibly excited. I love her writing and I always get excited when a favorite author tries a...moreWhen I heard Ann Aguirre was writing a New Adult I was incredibly excited. I love her writing and I always get excited when a favorite author tries a new genre.
I Want It That Way, yes I hope you’re singing the BSB song now too… introduces us to Nadia Conrad. Nadia and her three roommates are moving in to apartment 2B but it’s not going to be all fun and parties. She has big dreams and she’s determined to be successful. She’s taking a full class load and working part time and doing a student teaching practicum so she barely has time to relax, let alone date.
Ty, or Daniel Tyler, has his own problems… he works full-time and takes night classes all while being a single father to a 4 year old son, Sam. The arrival of 4 college kids upstairs isn’t his idea of a good thing. But he can’t seem to get Nadia out of his mind, no matter how bad an idea it would be to start any kind of relationship with her.
I love the premise of this and a single father doing everything he can for his son for sure makes me swoon, but for me, this story fell a bit flat.
I never really felt the chemistry between Ty and Nadia that I had hoped for. To be honest, for Nadia, who has never been in a serious relationship, I feel like she dove into her love for Ty a bit too early and with no real basis for her feelings except a few stolen moments together while chatting on a patio. So yeah… insta-love.
I liked the addition of some of the roommate induced drama… it actually provided the better parts of the story for me, and I’m really interested in Max specifically. He is intriguing and I really found his story the most interesting, even though there was only a little bit of it shared here.
Overall, I enjoyed this... it was a quick read, and while it didn't blow me away, I think If you’re looking for a good start to a new series in the new adult genre this could be it. Aside from continually humming the song that this title is borrowed from, I will definitely be reading book 2 in this series when it arrives. (less)
So, this was my first book in the ‘Bluebonnet’ series . I liked it well enough, but to be honest, I just didn’t love it.
Brenna is the unpredictable,...moreSo, this was my first book in the ‘Bluebonnet’ series . I liked it well enough, but to be honest, I just didn’t love it.
Brenna is the unpredictable, free-spirit and Grant… well, he’s not. He’s straight-laced and still mourning the death of his wife from five years ago. When Grant’s family shows up for an extended visit, and the pressure is immediately on him to move on, Brenna does the only thing she can think of. Pretend to be his girlfriend.
I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t read the previous novels in this series, because it’s possible, but I didn’t really feel any kind of connection for either Grant or Brenna here. By the end of the book they just felt so flat to me, and that’s even when all the secrets are revealed.
For Brenna, I guess I ultimately understood her issues… but I don’t know if it 100% made sense to me. (view spoiler)[ I get that the hoarding made her feel like she didn’t want to keep things… but why the aversion to relationships? That is what I just couldn’t grasp when everything was explained (hide spoiler)]
For Grant… I don’t know, I guess for still mourning his wife as much as he apparently did, I felt like he just jumped into bed with Brenna without a second thought. Add in the fact that after the first time they sleep together he’s pushing for a commitment… and It just didn’t really work for me.
That said, Clare does a great job with the chemistry between these two. There are some definite steamy and hot moments in this book! There are of course, the misunderstandings and the making up and it’s definitely a bit predictable, but it works for a lighthearted romance. For the most part, this was a cute read, and I can definitely see where this series will expand.
If you’re looking for a new series with a small town feel, and some definite steam, check out the Bluebonnet Series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
No surprises here you guys – if you’re a fan of Jill Shalvis then you’re going to want to read this book.
Shalvis consistently writes romance that isn’...moreNo surprises here you guys – if you’re a fan of Jill Shalvis then you’re going to want to read this book.
Shalvis consistently writes romance that isn’t too angsty or heavy and has the perfect amount of sweet and sexy... and Then Came You fits perfectly. While I’m a diehard fan of her Lucky Harbor series, her Animal Magnetism series is a close second on my list. In book 4, we meet Emily. She’s on her way to Idaho for her veterinary internship and Sunshine, Idaho is most definitely nothing like the LA office she was hoping to get placed at. Upon her arrival she’s immediately shoved out the door to help a sheep who is giving birth and runs into none other than her one time Reno fling… Wyatt.
So what happens when you find out you accidentally slept with your new boss... and it was amazing?
Neither is looking for anything permanent, Emily… because she’s already counting down the days until she can head home to take care of her father and Wyatt because he’s not going to get burned by a relationship again. (People can’t leave you if you never let them in to begin with right?)
Both decide to keep things professional, but they can’t deny their chemistry. I actually really loved Emily. I totally loved her awkwardness, but I think my favorite parts were when she just couldn’t deny her physical reactions to Wyatt. I definitely found myself chuckling at times. And Wyatt… *fans self*
He was built all big and rugged and tough. Great eyes, great smile, both of which advertised that he was up for anything, especially trouble."
Sign me up. Seriously, I think I need to find myself a veterinarian… I mean how Shalvis makes some of the things that these guys do seem sexy… I don’t know, but it’s a talent. But above all of that, these two were just sweet together and I loved all the different aspects of their relationship that we were shown…
“Was I loud?” Wyatt leaned over her and kissed her worried mouth. “I don’t know.” “How could you not know, you were right here.” He grinned. “Well, the first time, your legs were around my ears so I couldn’t hear.”
There’s a few small minor plots to add to the romance aspect of this story… Emily is living with her sister, who is of course dealing with some drama of her own, which adds a layer to the story. But there is also something a little more serious and is a bit of a mystery that happens as you get into the book. If you’re like me, you’ll have that mystery figured out pretty early on, but if you’re like me again, it won’t detract from the enjoyment of the story in any way.
I’ve said it before… and I’ll say it again. Shalvis is a master at what she does and it’s rare that I don’t find myself caught up in the relationships she crafts. Then Came You is the perfect summer read – light on drama and heavy on the romance. Make sure you find this one when it’s released in July!
Thank you to Penguin/Berkley Romance for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts! (less)
When Carolina, daughter of the President, and fixture at the white house finds her fiance cheating on her, she decides she needs to get out of town......moreWhen Carolina, daughter of the President, and fixture at the white house finds her fiance cheating on her, she decides she needs to get out of town... and that means she's headed to the family cabin. What she doesn't expect is a blizzard that traps her and her very sexy agent.
Jake can't deny that he is attracted to Carolina, but he has to keep his focus on the job... and what makes it worse is she's the job. Following in his father's footsteps he is one of the youngest agents to get this kind of detail and he's not going to blow it and disappoint his family.
While I thought this one was well written, I honestly wasn't all that invested in Jake & Carolina's story. For as much as I wanted to connect with them, I just felt that the build and ultimately the consummation was just a bit to tepid for me. I wanted more chemistry and more heat.
The story itself was okay ... both Carolina and Jake are pursuing things that they aren't all that personally invested in. They both want to be doing other things and Carolina is the first to admit it and move towards something she loves to do. And she just wants Jake to do something he loves to do as well, but will a push from Carolina be more than Jake wants?
You'll have to read to find out!
If you're looking for a quick read this definitely fell into that category for me. It looks like it's the start of a series about Carolina and her sisters if I'm not mistaken.
Definitely check this one out when it arrives at the end of May! (less)
Are you looking for a new paranormal/sci-fi series to sink your teeth into? Look no further because Trisha Leigh has the perfect start to one!
Gypsy h...moreAre you looking for a new paranormal/sci-fi series to sink your teeth into? Look no further because Trisha Leigh has the perfect start to one!
Gypsy has grown up as an orphan in a private sanctuary… one where she is among others of her kind … kids with genetic mutations that can affect them in many different ways. Those in charge have labeled them “The Cavies.” Her talent is what puts her into a category that those same people refer to as “inconsequential”. Her talent you ask? When she touches someone she can see the age they will be when they die. While a useful tool, it’s definitely not as significant as the talents of her friends who can be invisible, or have super speed, or could even kill you if they wanted to. But she feels at home amongst the others even if she doesn’t have as much power as some of them.
Suddenly, her world is rocked when the home she grew up in is found and secrets are revealed. Suddenly her and her friends are pushed into the real world to meet families they never knew, and adjust to a new life where no one knows about the powers they have... yet. But Gypsy has dreamed for as long as she can remember about experiencing a normal life … one where she isn’t tested and poked and prodded on a daily basis. One where she gets to attend a real high school and make normal friends, and among her small group, she’s the one most likely to succeed … she just has to make sure she doesn’t touch anyone and no one finds out what they can do.
Of course things don’t necessarily go that smoothly.
Someone knows all about them, and what they can do, and after each of them is attacked and injected with something their powers begin to change … some in ways they can’t seem to control.
When the cavies decide they need to know more… more about their origins, more about their history and more about the place they grew up, they find themselves in a web of lies and deceit not knowing who they can trust to help them unravel the truth, and then one of their own goes missing and it’s a race against time to rescue them that will have you on the edge of your seat!
I’ve been waiting patiently … (maybe not so patiently) for a new YA series from Trisha Leigh since the last page of her The Last Year Series. So when I begged her to let me read this one I was so excited when she said yes! Let me start by saying that this book has a definite X-Men feel to it, especially at the very beginning and I loved it. Our protagonist Gypsy, was so easy to like… she values her friendships and the relationships she grew up with, but you can feel her yearning for more with every page. When she finally gets her wish, she doesn’t just bail on those who have been such a big part of her life. She still treasures those connections and while she ends up making new friends, she never bails on those who are struggling to fit in.
I really loved both the old friendships that Gypsy has and the new ones she ends up making … And her relationship with her father was so wonderful! I loved watching them both kind of acclimate to this new position in their lives, forming that bond and learning to trust each other.
My only complaint… and I’m going to just get it out of the way, the first fourth of this book is a bit slow moving. Unfortunately I don’t think that there would be any way around this. Trisha Leigh does a wonderful job of building and creating the background and providing the information you need for the story, but I feel like that is what slowed the pace of the story. That said, once the action & suspense kicks in, it doesn’t really stop and it will have you turning pages as quick as you can.
There is a tiny bit of a romance that pops up in this story and even a bit of what MAY end up being a love triangle, but I say a bit of a romance because it’s just little teases here and there. Nothing full-fledged. But can I confide in you all… I wanted more kissing!! I know I know… part of the issue is Gypsy’s talent, which doesn’t really help with the romance. But I truly loved seeing her navigate and try to understand her feelings for both of the guys involved.
With a fun and interesting story, engaging, layered characters, and a mystery that will have you trying to figure out which team to be cheering for, Trisha Leigh has the start of an amazing new series that I can’t wait for more of. This one ends on a bit of a cliffhanger my friends, so consider that your warning, but you must pick this one up as soon as you can… I think you’ll love the amazing story that you’ll find! (less)
Initially what drew me to Dark Metropolis was the gorgeous cover – it really sets the tone for the time period of this story wonderfully well...more3.5 stars
Initially what drew me to Dark Metropolis was the gorgeous cover – it really sets the tone for the time period of this story wonderfully well. Dark Metropolis is set in an alternate Germany in the 1920’s and I think I might consider this paranormal in some respects simply because there are aspects of magic in this alternate world but if you know me I suck at categorizing books – The author has stated that she considers it “alt-world historical fantasy” so go with that! But there are also zombies.
Our main character Thea is sixteen and working in the glamorous Telephone Club trying to keep her life afloat while also dealing with her mother who is suffering from a magical sickness because she was bound to her husband and he has been missing for eight years. At her job she gets to meet the rich and famous but for some reason she has a strange connection to a boy named Freddy who, with his guardian sits at her table one evening.
When her friend Nan suddenly disappears, Nan is determined to find out what happened to her and despite only just getting to know Thea, Freddy is determined to help her get the answers she needs.
I will say that I really enjoyed the picture of 1920’s Germany that Dolamore created. It was for the most part creepy and spooky and the story itself felt a bit heavier than I expected. In all honesty, I didn’t even realize that this was set in an alternate past when I started but some of the hints to that fact can be scattered throughout.
The writing itself was well done and Dolamore does a great job pulling readers in with an easy style of writing that I think anyone will appreciate. She adds just enough suspense and drama to keep you wanting to turn the pages. We also get several different points of view with this story… and my only complaint about that is that there was no rhyme or reason to how it happened. I understand the need for it, I just wish that the chapters had flowed a bit more seamlessly for me.
The plot itself was a bit predictable, and maybe this is my fault for reading this right after I read another book that had me guessing on every page, but I was able to figure out most of the plot pretty early on. However… that didn’t detract from my enjoying the story.
Dolamore creates some intriguing characters in Dark Metropolis and while they aren’t all completely fleshed out as much as I would have liked to see, I still quite enjoyed them. Thea and Freddy, Nan and Siga I’m interested in learning more about them with the final book, and it will definitely be interesting to see what kind of impact Thea’s mother has as well.
If you’re looking for a book that offers a bit of fantasy, a bit of suspense and a bit of romance, then definitely pick up Dark Metropolis in June.
Thank you to Shanna @ A Book Vacation Blog for the giveaway!(less)
Really enjoyed the male narrator on this one. Definitely worth the listen and now I have to head on over to audible and get Into The Still Blue. Thoro...moreReally enjoyed the male narrator on this one. Definitely worth the listen and now I have to head on over to audible and get Into The Still Blue. Thoroughly enjoying the ability to listen to them all back to back! (less)
A few blogger friends have told me that I have to try Jay Crownover’s books and when I saw this on edelweiss I grabbed it.
So… I have to tell you some...moreA few blogger friends have told me that I have to try Jay Crownover’s books and when I saw this on edelweiss I grabbed it.
So… I have to tell you something. I almost flounced this book at about 8% in. Why you ask? Well, in all honesty, Shane Baxter is not the kind of guy I thought I was going to enjoy. He’s not your typical ‘hero’ … not one little bit. He’s bad and he’s dangerous and he’s the first one to admit he’s no good. He’s from the wrong side of the tracks and he’s just out of prison… he’s covered in tattoos and has a penchant for making bad decisions. He’s a criminal who doesn’t apologize for what he’s done.
So yeah… not someone I might daydream about and write his name on my “fictional characters I love notebook” with big puffy hearts around it. (which if you know me... I loooove my swoony boys)
But I didn’t stop reading, and I am so glad I didn’t. I ended up completely intrigued by the story that Crownover tells.
When Bax gets out of prison he’s determined to find out the answers to how he ended up there in the first place. His digging quickly leads him to Dovie Price. Dovie doesn’t fit in The Point, but she’s determined to stay and find her brother…. The only person who can help her do that is Bax.
Dovie has to figure out how to trust Bax to help her, despite being slightly terrified of him… She definitely never expects to fall for the scariest, sexiest guy in The Point.
Okay… I think what I loved most about this was the fact that while Dovie is inherently a good person… someone who helps when she can, doesn’t do illegal things and comes across as a complete innocent, she isn’t ever trying to change who Bax is. She isn’t ever making excuses for the things he has done. She isn’t in a relationship with him to change him. I think that is important to point out. She accepts him and his past and loves him for who he has become because of it.
But despite Bax being this big, bad, scary guy… he has another side to him. The side that buys a home for his mother even if she never once took care of him when he was younger… the side that is determined to take care of his best friend’s sister even if the things she’s digging into causes more trouble for him than he ever bargained for. See where I’m going?
This is a fast paced story from beginning to end… and there is the perfect amount of steam and romance to satisfy those of you who are looking for something to swoon over. You’re not going to find flowery words or sweet nothings here though be warned… but please know, I ended up enjoying every single second of this ride. I will definitely be checking out the books that follow and I’ll be loading Crownover’s Marked Men series to my kindle as well!
Thank you to William Morrow & Edelweiss for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. (less)