I have read and loved two other books by the author before so I was curious to read Hollywoo***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
I have read and loved two other books by the author before so I was curious to read Hollywood Playboythe minute I read the synopsis. Needless to say, Hollywood Playboy might just be Natasha Madison’s best book yet. If I could rate the book any higher I would, this story has everything you would want in a book and so much more.
A the beginning of story we are introduced to Jessica Hawthorn, the biggest entertainment journalist in Hollywood. She is well connected in town and if there is something going on she is the first to know before any story gets published. Now although she is good at getting the juicy Hollywood scoop, she didn’t always wanted to be in the entertaiment industry. She once thought she would be reporting on stories that made a different so she started working as an entertainment journalist to get some experience under her belt, little did she know that she would be the best seven years later.
She is at work when she gets called in by her boss who informs her that one of the biggest production companies is throwing a huge press junket for Tyler Beckett’s new film, Adrenaline Rush. It’s supposed to be one of the biggest box office hits ever and her boss wants them to be at the forefront of the promotion. The production company has selected a number of journalists to go on a thirty day tour around the world and they want her to be part of it, including her boss. Jessica is immediately put off by the offer, she dislikes Tyler so much that she tells her boss repeatedly that she doesn’t want to go. He is always making her job harder by being a step ahead of her whenever she tries to publish whatever story she has on him. Jessica finds him irritating, but she has no other choice but to go on the tour. It is there that she finally gets to see the real Tyler in action and her opinions of him start to change. He might be Hollywood’s bad boy, but with her he is sweet and attentive. But their journey around the world comes with twists and turns as they have to face the reality of their relationship and question the motives of those around them. In the end, they will have to decide if pursuing something more is worth it or not.
I absolutely loved this story, like I’ve said many times already, it truly was a wondering read. It got me hooked until the very end. Tyler Beckett is everything in this story, he’s to wealth and fame. But he has humble beginnings that make him that much more attractive. His relationship with Jessica might not have started on a good note, but it’s her attitude that attracts him to her the most. He starts to notice the little details that make her who she is and he wants nothing more than to make her his. Being famous comes with a price and he is about to find out just how much he might have to give up to get what he wants. All in all, I would highly recommend reading this story and any others by the author. The ending will most definitely leave you wanting more more. It’s a must-read! :)
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While glamorous, the Upper East Side is full of betrayal and deceit and Cruel Fortune is by far***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.***
While glamorous, the Upper East Side is full of betrayal and deceit and Cruel Fortune is by far the juiciest book in the Cruel Trilogy.
It’s been a year since the events that transpired in Cruel Money and Natalie has managed to do something that she always wanted to do from the very beginning, to publish a book. But signing with a New York publishing house has its drawbacks as she will be expected to go back to the place she vowed to never return. With just a few days from the official launch, Natalie finds herself back in the city and back into the world of wealth and glamour. She never expected to fit seamlessly, but she soon finds out that there are a lot more secrets and lies that revolve around everyone she knows. Natalie will have to face new challenges as she finds her way through all the treachery that is the Upper East Side.
I’m still trying to process what just happened in the book, just when I thought it was going to go a certain way, the author completely blew my mind with the direction she took with this book. The storyline felt fresh and captivating at the same time. K.A. Linde has managed to deliver a great story filled with suspense, romance and lots of twists to keep you wanting for more. I cannot wait to read what happens in the final book, Cruel Legacy. It’s going to be epic! <3
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K.A. Linde has completely outdone herself in her latest release, Cruel Money, where she expl***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
K.A. Linde has completely outdone herself in her latest release, Cruel Money, where she explores the lives of the privilege of the Upper East Side. It’s the perfect read for those that love the glamour of New York city and a bit of mystery.
It all starts on a beach in the Hamptons, where Natalie Bishops finds herself taking care of the Mayor of New York’s summer house. After traveling to different places watching over people’s homes as her main job, Natalie is still hoping to become an official published author. But it’s her recent rejections that have her feeling angry and upset. Her life back in Charleston is not one that she wants to go back to and vacation home-watching is the perfect fit for her to be in different places by herself and be able to write. Yet, little does she know that her life was about to change forever the minute she sees her one-night stand, Penn.
Ever since she left Paris six years ago, Natalie is still angry at the way she was treated and left without answers. She wasn’t expecting to ever see Penn again, but she is quickly thrown into his world as she meets the rest of the crew. They have wealth, power and they are able to hold secrets to cover their backs. Yet, the more time she spend with Penn the more she wants to be with him, but she is not ready to live in his world.
Penn Kensington has it all, the looks, wealth and power that comes with being the Mayor’s son. But it’s the very same power that have prevented him from being himself around people. He knows that his name means something in the city, but he doesn’t want to be part of that all. As a philosophy professor he has managed to stay under the radar for some time, but it’s his sudden visit to his family home in the Hamptons that have his life changing from left and right. Penn never expected to see Natalie again, but when he finds out that she is going to be taking care of his house, he makes it his mission to make things right with her even if it means holding a big secret from her. A secret that could destroy them if she ever finds out.
I’m absolutely in love with this story! It had me hooked from beginning to end. I’m so glad K.A. Linde released a prequel to this story, One Cruel Night, because we get to find out how Natalie and Penn truly met. It’s a must read if you’re about to read this book or before reading the second book in the trilogy. Aside from delivering great characters, the story reminded me of Gossip Girl, it has the same vibe with all the glitz and glamour of New York’s elite. There are so twists in the story as well as drama and lots of steamy scenes to keep you wanting for more. Penn is not your typical wealthy playboy, instead he loves philosophy and has a cute puppy to take care of. At the same time he knows how to play by the rules when it comes to socializing with the rich and powerful. On the other hand, Natalie is “fresh meat” within the wealthy circles and she is willing to experience new things, but she is no fool. She quickly finds out who her friends are and who aren’t. But she is shocked to find out Penn’s secret and that leaves her making a huge decision in the end. All in all, I would highly recommend reading this book it has everything you could possibly want romance, drama and betrayal in the very glamour city. :)
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I absolutely loved reading this book! From the intriguing synopsis to the sexy cover, I couldn't pass on the opportunity of reading this book. Nico anI absolutely loved reading this book! From the intriguing synopsis to the sexy cover, I couldn't pass on the opportunity of reading this book. Nico and Emma's story was a quick romance filled with steamy scenes and lots of twists to keep you reading until the very end. Nico is your typical billionaire playboy who has it all while Emma is a translator who loves her job very much. When the two decide to help each other out to achieve different goals they soon realize that achieving each other's goals might hurt one another in the process. They will have to face their pasts in order to create a brand new future together. If you love a friends-to-lovers story with a twist then I would highly recommend reading this book (the ending in particular was my favorite!) :)
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I absolutely loved reading Boyfriend for Hire, it was witty, charming and swoon worthy!
At the beginning of the story we get to meet Nic Evans, a twenty-eight year old male escort who has been working for the Allure agency for six years. In that time he has become one of Chicago’s most sought after male escort. But that’s not what he wants to do in the future, in fact he hopes to one day save enough money to move on to something else. Even though he has it all working for the company, he doesn’t have a serious relationship and his job plays a major role in that. Yet, it’s a last minute job that has suddenly piqued his interest when he is hired to escort a woman to wedding without her knowing that he is an escort. He accepts, but little did he know what his life was about to change forever.
After Elle Alexander finds out that her ex boyfriend has already moved on and gotten himself a date for her brother’s wedding, she doesn’t know what to do. But her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Christine, already has a date for her ready to escort her to the wedding without feeling left out. All that Elle knows about her mystery date is that he is a college friend of Christine’s. Yet the minute she sees him walk in to the cocktail reception she is immediately taken by his looks. He is strong and extremely good looking. Nic becomes her protector for the day and she can’t get enough of him. It is the minute she tries to get close to him that he pulls back right away and she doesn’t know why. She wonders if it’s her, but things get even more complicated when Christine warns her about Nic and his “non dating life.” It’s evident that they are both hiding something and Elle has to make a choice of whether pursing a relationship with Nic is worth it or not at the end.
You are going to fall in love with Nic, he is kind, smart and funny. He is the protector that Elle needs at the moment and the guy who helps her see just how wonderful she is herself. There is a lot of doubt that Elle has and that was due to her previous relationship, but when Nic comes around he shows her that she can be and do anything she wants. They make a cute couple and their interactions were fun and steamy to read. I would highly recommend it if you want to read a cute romance with a sweet ending. I cannot wait what happens next to some of the secondary characters in the book. :)
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I’m always excited to read any of Kendall Ryan’s books, they are full of swoon worthy character***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.***
I’m always excited to read any of Kendall Ryan’s books, they are full of swoon worthy characters ready to sweep you off your feet and Finding Alexei did not disappoint at all.
It is outside a topless bar that Alexei sees Ryleigh for the first time. She is arguing with a guy and he feels the need to protect her. Although they’ve never met before, he knows that she is in trouble and offers her a ride home. It’s on the way there that she tells him about her car not being able to work and the fact that she now has to take care of a two-month old baby all by herself. Alexei feels overly protective after hearing her story but gets angry when he sees the conditions that she is living under with the baby. He offers to help her until she can figure out what to do and that’s when they end up as roommates. Having three sisters and six nieces/nephews, Alexei is very good with babies and he immediately forms an attachment to the baby (Ella). But as he starts to spend more time with Ryleigh, Alexei realizes that he can’t let them go and he has to figure out a way to prove to her that he truly wants them in his life before it’s too late.
Ryleigh’s life hasn’t been easy, not having family around and being the only child she is basically on her own. Her life truly changes when her ex-roommate leaves her baby behind for Ryleigh to take care of without any explanation at all. Although she wishes to do something else with her life, working at a topless bar pays well even though she doesn’t like dealing with touchy customers. It was shock when Alexei came to her rescue and an even bigger one when she finds out that he is non other than Alex Ivan, pro football player for the Chicago Hawks. Even though his career screams of wealth, she is not one to like him because of it. On the contrary, his lifestyle makes her uncomfortable and that makes her even more adamant about proving to herself that she doesn’t need his help. But after seeing him with Ella, she quickly gives him and accepts what he has to offer on temporary basis. Their chemistry is off the charts, but Ryleigh knows that she could end up getting hurt if she opens her heart to him.
I truly loved reading this book! Ryan managed to deliver such a swoon worthy hero who will melt your heart and sweep you off your feet right away. Alexei is the typical alpha male who is protective yet a big softy when it comes to those that he loves. Being good with babies gives him extra points with Ryleigh and he is ready to help her out without asking for anything in return. On the other hand, Ryleigh is a strong heroine who is willing to do anything in order to protect her friend’s baby. She knows that until she finds Ella’s mom, she will need to provide for her and she accepts Alexei’s help. They get to know each other better as they share their pasts and future goals. We get to meet other characters as well and understand different points-of-view. All in all, Finding Alexei was such a great read. I do wish the author could have extended the story a bit more, but it all works out at the end with such a great epilogue. I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a quick and sweet romantic read! :)
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