COMMANDER IN CHIEF is the conclusion of the White House duet and must be read in order.
Matthew Hamilton has won the election, he's now the President oCOMMANDER IN CHIEF is the conclusion of the White House duet and must be read in order.
Matthew Hamilton has won the election, he's now the President of the United States. But Charlotte, the woman he'd been having an illicit affair with while campaigning, has been gone for two months. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and well...it seems they may be right.
Here's a bit from my review of book 1: "I was enthralled with the sense of forbidden-ness, the taboo feeling of an office romance."
And while the very beginning has a bit of that forbidden-ness, the romance between Matt and Charlotte blossoms into something else altogether. This second part has more of a John F. Kennedy/Jackie Onassis kind of romance. You know: the young, hot, swoon worthy President and the stylish, sophisticated First Lady. They both still maintained the characteristics that I loved about them in the first book, buttoned up and elegant in public, downright wickedly sexy behind closed doors.
Admittedly, I'm not politically savvy but it was really interesting getting a glimpse into the inner workings of the White House, even if it was fictional. This book managed to bring out the patriotism in me...I want Matt Hamilton for President, LOL! Honestly, this book was more like an extended epilogue. Matt and Charlotte find their HEA relatively early in the story but it was still fun to read about their struggles in the political spotlight.
This book was a lighter read, without the taboo quality of book 1 but still swoony. It was 4 & 1/2 stars for me, rounded up because I loved the hero so much! Told from dual POVs with a happy ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book....more
HOOK is the third book in the Men of Inked: Southside series. The series follows the Gallo family but it can still be enjoyed alone.
Angelo Gallo is aHOOK is the third book in the Men of Inked: Southside series. The series follows the Gallo family but it can still be enjoyed alone.
Angelo Gallo is a widow and father of two young, adorable kids, Tate and Brax. He's been trying his best to keep his life together after the death of his beloved wife, Marissa. Then the sassy, sexy Tilly Carter opens a cupcake shop next door to the Gallo's bar. She's also a widow and struggling to move on from the death of her beloved husband, Mitchell. Being widows ties them together but are they strong enough to move on from the past?
I'll say straight out that this is my favorite book from Chelle Bliss so far! By the end of the PROLOGUE I was crying. And maybe it's because I'm going through similar circumstances right now as my husband is battling cancer just like Angelo's wife in the story. But whatever the reason, I was almost immediately enthralled with Angelo and his struggle to accept a second chance. Imagine how hard it must feel to lose someone you love with all your heart. When is it ok to move on with your life after the death of a loved one? How long should you grieve? Is it ok to still love your partner or spouse long after they're gone? These are the kind of questions that both Angelo and Tilly were asking themselves and it was a heartwrenching, enlightening, beautiful story to watch unfold. I thought the pacing of the plot was perfect too. This is a slow burn, which I enjoy, but sometimes the romance takes so long to happen that I'm yelling at my kindle to get on with it already! Not with this one. No, I think Ms Bliss did a fabulous job writing Tilly and Angelo's romance. They were both incredibly strong and courageous and I know that I'll be thinking of this book for a long time.
This story tackles some tough issues like opening your broken heart and accepting your past. It's about second chances and learning to love again. Keep your tissues handy if you're a softie like me! Told from dual POVs with a delightfully bittersweet ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book....more
SPURRED FATE is the second book in the Black Claw Ranch series. It has recurring characters but can stand alone.
Joss Warren is newly divorced and lookSPURRED FATE is the second book in the Black Claw Ranch series. It has recurring characters but can stand alone.
Joss Warren is newly divorced and looking for a fresh start in Bearden, a small town known to be a haven for shapeshifters. Joss has hidden her badger half her entire life and she's wanting to learn about her true nature freely now that she's unattached. But things change quickly when she finds her mate in the handsome cowboy, Hunter Shaw.
Hunter is ornery on a good day but he's been searching for his mate his whole life. Regardless of his violent past and the ex girlfriend who won't leave him be, the moment he sees the beautiful badger, Joss, he knows he has to claim her. You know, usually, the hero is reluctant to be caught in a serious relationship so it was refreshing to have one who desperately wanted the happy ever after! Yes, he was cranky and fought with his clan quite a bit but he was a bear shifter and a cowboy; rugged and tough. Joss was his opposite...feminine, sweet. But she had a spine of steel underneath that becomes evident the longer she stayed in Bearden. Joss softened all of Hunter's jagged edges and he was so flippin' sweet and attentive to her. SWOON! They had a whirlwind romance but it was filled with moments of witty banter and sexy connections.
I also wanted to note the side characters because I loved the extra layer they gave the story. The other bear shifters in the clan and Tansey, Joss' friend, gave some comedic relief that I enjoyed. Plus, Hunter's father, Noel who was funny and charming. In the end, I was eager for another visit to this extraordinary shifter town! Told from dual POVs with a happy ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book....more
MR. PRESIDENT is the first book in the White House duet. This is a political romance and it ends in a cliffhanger!
Matthew Hamilton is a man who's spenMR. PRESIDENT is the first book in the White House duet. This is a political romance and it ends in a cliffhanger!
Matthew Hamilton is a man who's spent his entire life in politics. His father was a former president, who was assassinated during his second term of office. Matt knows how hard it is to be the head of state but he's determined to get into the White House, to make a change in his country. Charlotte Wells is the daughter of a senator and met a younger Matt when she was still a child. She harbored a crush for him for many years but she also believed with all her heart that Matt Hamilton would be a fabulous president. Joining his campaign was supposed to be simple, just a way to support Matt but when he meets Charlotte again, it's obvious that nothing will be simple between them.
Let me begin by saying that I don't really read political romances, its just a personal preference. But I enjoy reading books by Katy Evans and the blurb intrigued me enough to give this one a shot. I'm so glad I did because I loved so many things about this story! I was enthralled with the sense of forbidden-ness, the taboo feeling of an office romance. One of the things that endeared Matt to the public was the fact that he was a single, young, attractive candidate so him having a relationship with an office intern could have hurt his chances of becoming president (this sounds a little familiar 😏).
Matt was caught in a political spotlight but behind closed doors, he was sensual, wicked in a way that melted Charlotte's panties and her heart. He was charming, smart, a strong hero that totally made me swoon! Charlotte also grew up sheltered by politics and the quest to be "perfect" in the public eye. She had this slight naiveté about her, a sweet innocence that drew Matt to her. Don't get me wrong, she wasn't a "woe is me" kind of girl, no she was strong in her beliefs, in her faith in Matt. Charlotte was smart and classy and I think she fit perfectly with him. There's a slow build up between them, a touch here, a glance there so that when Matt and Charlotte finally come together, it's explosive!
I found myself absolutely captivated with this book. There's some easy drama, nothing too angsty but a whole lot of swexy romance! Told from dual POVs with a sad cliffhanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book....more
JUST A KISS is a holiday novella. It's part of The 2019 New Years Eve Kisses Collection but is a standalone.
Asher Kyle is the twin brother of Aiden, wJUST A KISS is a holiday novella. It's part of The 2019 New Years Eve Kisses Collection but is a standalone.
Asher Kyle is the twin brother of Aiden, we met him and Hadley in DONUT OVERTHINK IT (but Ms. Tessier does a great job of connecting the two stories so you don't need to worry about getting lost). Andrea Stikes is Hadley's best friend. She works two jobs to support her sick mother. Asher is a big time lawyer. They come from different worlds and should never have met. But a one night stand at Hadley and Aiden's wedding leaves them both wanting more.
Asher is definitely the lighter half of his twin! Yes, he can still be a big sexy jerk but we don't see too much of that (maybe because this is a slightly shorter story?). Mostly, he's determined to capture Andrea's heart in an over the top, round about way. Andrea is a hard worker, an awesome daughter, she knows her mind and what she wants. I liked both Asher and Andrea, they were great together when they weren't fighting each other. But I wasn't a huge fan of the games they played! It just seemed kinda childish after awhile. Having said that, if this was a full length novel and had more time for the characters to develop, I know I'd enjoy reading their story!
Overall, this was an enemies to lovers, opposites attract that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a sexy shortie. Told from dual POVs with a sweet ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book....more
FATHER: MEN OF THE CLOTH -TRISTAN is the first book in the Forbidden Priest Romance series. This is my first read by author Lark McCaffrey and actuallFATHER: MEN OF THE CLOTH -TRISTAN is the first book in the Forbidden Priest Romance series. This is my first read by author Lark McCaffrey and actually, I believe this is her first published work.
Father (Tristan) Cleary is an ordained priest in the Catholic church. He's heard "the call" to God since he was a child. Then he met the beautiful Kadence. They grew up together and Tristan was willing to give up the priesthood for her, he even thought they'd be married. But fate and Tristan's twin brother had other plans. Eleven years later, Kadence is back in town, wanting to make amends. Can Father Cleary practice what he preaches and forgive Kady for tearing them apart years ago?
First of all, a warning: if you find the idea of a priest falling in love and breaking his vows to be upsetting, skip this one! Yes, this might be considered taboo!
Now, here's what I found weird. I had absolutely no problem at all with Tristan rekindling his romance with Kady. No, what freaked me out was that under his robes, Tristan or, er...Father Cleary was tatted, pierced, wore leather, rode a motorcycle and had a mouth to rival a sailor! I often say, "don't judge a book by it's cover" but geez, I had a tough time getting over the whole "holy father" stigma so what the hell does that say about me, LOL!?
Anyway, once I got over that, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Tristan was in a huge personal crises because how do you decide if you love someone more than you love your God? If he left the church to live a life with Kady, does that make him a sinner in the eyes of God? And if he chooses the church over Kady, is he strong enough to be faithful to God? So many tough questions that really just tore him in different directions! And then there was Kady. There was more to her story than what you first think. She was almost naive at times, tough at others. Their romance was insanely spicy and I ended up really rooting for this unorthodox couple!
Overall, I think this book was a good start to what I hope becomes a great series! Told from multiple POVs with a happy ever after. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book....more
DONUT OVERTHINK IT is an office romance novella and a sexy standalone.
Aiden Kyle and his twin brother, Asher, are defense attorneys. They're rich, smaDONUT OVERTHINK IT is an office romance novella and a sexy standalone.
Aiden Kyle and his twin brother, Asher, are defense attorneys. They're rich, smart and great at what they do. Hadley Burns is Aiden's secretary. She's a hard worker, easygoing and has a sweet tooth for donuts. Aiden and Hadley are extremely attracted to each other but office relationships are forbidden. They resist it until Hadley runs into trouble. Will one night together satisfy the pull they have towards one another?
Friendly warning/small spoiler: The cover and title might make it seem like a lighthearted romantic comedy but it's not. Also, Aiden is an asshole.
Let me elaborate. In the beginning, Aiden is the quintessential anti-hero, he's bossy and rude, constantly forcing Hadley to work long hours. Really, he's more like an overgrown child...punishing Hadley because he can't have her. There's a lot of push and pull between them. Honestly, it took me awhile to warm up to him. But then the twist is introduced and suddenly, it makes sense! We get some of Aiden's background and he becomes more human, approachable. I'm glad I ploughed through until this turning point because once Hadley and Aiden come together...WOWZA, their chemistry is crazy hot and the more affable Hadley was able to smooth all those jagged edges of Aiden's personality!
There's a bit of suspense, a sense of impending doom that runs throughout but it mostly just acts as the catalyst for Hadley to reach out and grab Aiden. After an unsure beginning, Shantel Tessier managed to successfully endear Aiden to me and I ended up enjoying this quick, steamy office love affair! Told from dual POVs with a happy ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book....more