Bentley is a rookie player on the Austin Rattlers basketball team. He's young (although not THAT young), he's cocky, and he's immediately taken with one of the flight attendants on his first flight. Jolene's not having it, though, as she's been burned by her ex. But Bentley's persistence, and his sweet side, one that's masked most of the time, eventually wear her down and she gives into their attraction. But will living her life in the spotlight of the rookie's life be too much for Jolene? Will she use it as an excuse to end things to protect her heart?
This is a sweet sports romance, with great chemistry between the two leads, but I have to admit that Jolene frustrated me with her negative disposition and her fear of getting hurt. She's really the only low point, though, as everything else is great - the basketball, the chemistry, and especially Bentley, who's sweet, hot and has a vulnerable side that isn't found often in athletes in contemporary romance. This is a good addition the Vi and Penelope's Cocky Hero Club.
Kailani thought he was just the guy she was tutoring. She had no idea he was famous, that he held such power at her new school. But when he invites her to a party, her eyes are opened to the reality of Landon, of Black Mountain Academy. And she's never the same after that night, and not in a good way...
Now she's back here after 2 years of being gone. She's not the same girl Landon knew back then. She's confident, she's angry, and she's determined to make him pay, and to not let him break her like he did before. What neither knows, though, is that there are outside forces just itching to make life difficult for both of them, forces that don't want them in the same room together, let alone in love. Will Kailani and Landon make it through their anger at each other?
I ❤❤❤ this high school bully romance. It's sort of light on the bully, but rife with pain and betrayal, definitely a teen love story, with two fully drawn leads. Kailani and Landon are perfect for each other, even if they had to go through the most ridiculous obstacles and amount of pain to finally be together. Ashleigh Zavarelli is one of my favorite writers, and it's stories like Landon and Kailani's that put her on my favorites shelf.
Brigette has been invited to NOLA with her burlesque group. While there, she meets a gorgeous man named Henri. He's immediately taken with her, but she holds part of herself back. Why? Will she ever give herself fully to Henri? Or will she allow her fears and insecurities to keep her from experiencing true love with Henri?
The setting is gorgeous, Henri is beautiful, and the burlesque is entertaining. The story itself is fun. Unfortunately, I could not connect with Brigette, she was too fearful, and allowed it to overwhelm her personality. And, and this is my biggest gripe, I hated the third person POV. Sometimes I can read in this POV and not let it bother me. Here, though, it reinforced my disconnect with Brigette and hampered me enjoying what I can tell could have been a great story, could I have connected more with it.
Shelli and Aiden are finally getting married. It's been a long time coming. But the wedding planning is getting out of control, in Aiden's eyes, and she's turning into a horrific bridezilla. What's a guy to do?
This is an ooey gooey sweet (in most parts) epilogue to Aiden and Shelli's story. It's fun and cute and a good way to cap them off. I can't say it's one of my favorites of Toni's hockey series, or of hers in general, but it was a cute read that gave me a few laughs as I remembered my own wedding planning, remembering how my own mom turned into a stress-case bridezilla as she tried to plan the perfect wedding for her only daughter, while I was chill and didn't worry about much. I was Aiden and my mom was Shelli, and reading this little novela reminded me of that time. I can say I didn't enjoy how crazy Shelli got, and what a bridezilla she turned into, but her basic character is pretty great, and perfect for Aiden, who loves her with all his heart.
Nadia's been through it. Is still in it. Grief that is. Since her beloved husband passed, she's been spiraling in a cycle of grief, and she doesn't know how to get herself out of it. Then she gets something from her husband and it propels her into something that will change her life, if she allows herself to finally accept and let go.
Then comes the moving on part. It's this part that was hardest for me to read. Grief I can read, and understand. It's moving past that's so much harder. How does Nadia do this? Will she do it? What about losing a soulmate can possibly be acceptable? Gah!
In the end I can say I loved this story, though it broke my heart more than a little. This is a story of the entire cycle of loss: from the grief to the numbness to the anger and finally to the acceptance and the moving on. It's moving and beautiful and I'm glad I got the chance to read it even if it hit a little too close to home for my comfort.
Dani's new to town, hasn't made any friends, in a boring HR job, with only her not so energetic Great Dane puppy for company. It's while walking him that she meets Everest (Ever). He's mysterious and quite broody looking, and ends up watching as she changes her tire. But it's later when he saves her that things pick up and start with them.
Ever knows better than to take on someone else's problems while he's in town. But he can't just leave Dani alone. Something calls him to her and soon the both of them are falling. But revelations, twists and turns, will take their toll on this couple. Do they have what it takes to surmount those obstacles?
What an intense read filled with twists, with two great leads. I loved Dani - she's tough and strong, and I loved Ever too - he's broody and protective and not a tiny bit damaged. Reading as these two fell hard was emotional and tugged on my heart more than a little. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.
When a video of Olivia saving someone goes viral, it brings someone into her life that will change it irrevocably.
Nico runs the Miami cartel and when he sees Olivia in her viral video, he just knows she'll bring his rival out of hiding. And he'll use her to get what he wants, whether he's started to develop feelings for her or not. But will he make the ultimate sacrifice for her even after he finds out she's been hiding a rather significant secret from him?
Wow. Yep. One word. It's what I thought while I was reading. When I was done reading. Because Truth in Pieces is out of the box, twisty af, and so damn sexy and intriguing that I fell in love with Olivia and her very own anti-hero, alpha with a vulnerable side, Nico from their very first meeting. I think Olivia and Nico are fabulous, the life they created together is amazing, and I want a lot more in this world. Speaking of...there are two certain side characters that I would most definitely love to see get their own story *hint hint!*
Tate and Roman have been tasked with a mission. A seemingly innocuous mission - deliver two envelopes to Selene and Luca. Sounds innocent but there's an underlying element of seriousness that perhaps the third of Selene and Luca's trio may not react very well to. And cue the laughs because this is definitely the funniest and least serious of this series I have read, and I loved it!
Along the way Tate and Roman meet their own third, fall hard, and indulge in a serious attraction. Lots of laughs, love, and a little bit of action make Joyful Engagement one of my favorites of this series even though it's a bit shorter than the rest.
What happens when a one night stand you're never supposed to see again ends up in your band? If you're Grace, you fight the feelings tooth and nail because you have issues. If you're Slade, you do your best to get past her issues and show her you're not going anywhere. Who will win out? Grace with her abandonment issues or Slade with his persistence?
I knew who I was rooting for and I was glad he won out because Slade deserved all the happiness. This is a rockstar romance definitely, but flipped with the heroine being the mean girl and the hero being the sweetheart. It's an out of the box approach I really appreciated. I can't say I liked Grace much, though I did understand where she was coming from, but I loved Slade and the story itself. I am really looking forward to more Velvet Thunder now.
When her best friend, the best friend she's been in love with forever, asks her for help, Daisy knows she should turn him down cuz fake relationship? For a woman who's already in unrequited love with him?!? Yeah no. But of course she can't turn her best friend down, so agrees. Now to just keep her heart from falling and getting smashed into tiny pieces when it all ends, badly cuz we all know fake relationships can only end with someone or someones getting hurt, especially when it's two best friends.
I have one word for you - Daisy. Yep, she's awesome. She's sweet, she's smart, and she's the best friend a guy could ask for. So I'm glad that Piper gave her a truly perfect partner, one who's awesome himself. Ben may be a bit cocky, but he has a big, sweet heart, and is clearly in love with his best friend. I love the way their relationship develops, the way they obviously felt about each other, and how the love that developed was based on a years long friendship.
London's starting over because her ex stole all her money. So now she's waitressing at the club where the rich come to look down on everyone serving them. But when she meets a gorgeous guy there and spends the night with him, she is rethinking her view of rich guys with yachts.
Max is tired of living his life according to his stuck up father and stepmother's expectations. When he meets a gorgeous waitress, he starts envisioning his future with her. He's finally ready to break free from his father when his father's horrible attitude drives away the only chance he has at happiness. Will Max allow London to disappear, or will he go to all lengths to find her and let her know just how he feels?
Another sweet, steamy novella in the Dating series. Max and London are adorable together and had the best epilogue of the series yet.
Noelle is on a mission to get billionaire Malcolm to watch a video of her building, so he'll rethink his plan to tear their building down. Somehow, and in humorous fashion, she gets mistaken for his new "coach" and it's game on for Malcolm, because he has no idea what hits him when the slightly awkward but sweet letter carrier enters his life. She confuses him, confounds him, befuddles him and excites him. And of course he has no idea what to do with any of that. What will Malcolm do when he discovers Noelle's real identity? Will it end the good thing they've got going?
I always love it when a McGrumpster hottie gets brought to his knees and has no idea what's going on, let alone how to deal with it. Malcolm is glorious in his grumpy impatience, and even more magnificent when he's in Noelle's presence because this kind of awkward woman absolutely gets under his skin in the most delicious, fun ways and it's so entertaining to read as he falls and has no idea how or what or anything. I loved this sweet, funny, sexy story.
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Pierce and Leyla's marriage was so ideal. AT FIRST. Then he changed into someone she didn't recognize - cold, distant, and even cruel. So why won't she sign the divorce papers he draws up? And why does she agree to the stupid stipulations to his estranged father's will, which requires all of his children (and Leyla, as she's Pierce's wife), to live in the same house in his small town, before any of them receives their inheritance? Will this forced proximity be the second chance they need? Or just reinforce why they're divorcing in the first place?
Dang...but this one was a bit hard to read. Not that it wasn't well-written, it was just kinda painful to read as Pierce turned into a gigantic asshole with no explanation. I liked being inside his head once they moved in together, gave me a bit of understanding of his true self. But I have to admit I still didn't really like him. If I had been Leyla, I'd have divorced him in a heartbeat. But she loved him so of course she forgave him. I just wish he had really been more her equal, not so broken, not such a jerk. But aside from Pierce, I like this second chance story and am excited for the next brother's story.
When a pint-sized pixie social worker seems intent on digging beneath Loki's outer facade, it will be up to him to either allow her in and give into what could be the love of his life, or continue shutting her out and risk losing her, and not just because he pushed her away.
Loki's been feeling guilt for so long, he's no longer sure how to let himself live with others who want to know him. But Abby's so persistent, even to the extent of agreeing to a no strings fling just to be near him. But she's got her work cut out for her if she thinks she can get close to him.
I was rooting for Abby the whole way through, I thought she was a fabulous character who deserved the world. Unfortunately, I don't think Loki was good for her or good to her, in no way was he the match I wanted for her. He was rude, inconsiderate, and downright cruel, and not once did I think he redeemed himself, even after he pushed her away so viciously. Sigh...now I know power exchange often involves one party giving in to the other, well, it always involves that, but it's usually on an equal basis. Here I don't think the power was equal, nor do I think Loki saw her as anything other than a possession, and I cannot get past that. So 3.5 stars is all I can do here.
One damaged rockstar who enjoys the lifestyle. One equally damaged badass woman. Together the two are fire. Alas, they cannot really have each other, at least, not at this point in time. Will they ever be on the same page at the same time?
Dang but this one! Twisty, seriously emotionally intense, so sexy. I loved it. I loved Leo most of all, she's so strong, such a fierce badass. Perfect for damaged, vulnerable Art.
Dean loves riling up his business partner, Norah. She's already beautiful, but when he flirts with her and irritates her all at the same time, she gets this look on her face that does something to him. He's not sure what, just that he likes it. Still, when she proposes he go with her as her fake boyfriend to her parents' anniversary celebration, he balks at first. He's not the guy for relationships. He's too much like his father to make commitment work, and the last thing he'd want to do is hurt Norah. But she's so sweet, so beautiful, that he can't resist her plea, so agreeing is an obvious. And who knows, maybe they can have some REAL fun while pretending to be dating...
Dean and Norah are so much fun - their snarky banter is obviously masking deeper feelings, a strong attraction, from their very first interaction. I knew from the beginning that fake would turn very real, very quickly, and whew, was it hot! I hate that Norah got hurt when Dean's insecurities got the best of him, but the way he groveled was so perfect for Norah, and the ending was as sweet as the treats she bakes up in her bakeries. I can't wait to read more of this charming world Amy Daws has created.
A plea from his teammate/friend's sister and suddenly Dax is her new fake relationship. Somehow that fake might be turning real and neither Dax nor Isla is quite sure what to make of these feelings. And when his life starts changing, one of them will have to make a career-changing sacrifice if they want that real to stay real.
What a great idea to cross over these two series! And there couldn't have been a better couple to crossover with because Dax and Isla are amazing together. I especially like how Dax made her take a leap of faith with him, take her out of her rigid academic box that she'd been in for so long. Though the two may be very different, they fit into each other's lives seamlessly, with a lot of heart, and tons of heat. I am all for more Royal Protectors/Sidewinders crossovers now!
Can a mentally/emotionally/physically wounded SEAL and his PT make a relationship work? Will their demons make short work of what could be a beautiful love?
Wow. Bennet and Avery are an emotional powerhouse of a couple. I loved everything about this heartbreaking, beautiful love story with two fantastic characters whose chemistry absolutely fires up the pages.
A marriage of convenience to her friend's hot af baseball playing brother? ✔ Getting custody of her teenage sister? Soon to be ✔ Not developing feelings for her friend turned husband? Uh not so check...
Jaxon's off the diamond antics have gotten him in hot water so that now he needs something (someone) to help him repair his image. Macy needs to prove she's got a stable home life so she can gain custody of her teenage sister. So a marriage of convenience is just the right thing for both of them. Well, if they can keep their hearts out of the bargain...
Carly's at it again with these awesome Dares! I loved Jaxon and Macy. They're sweet together, as friends already, and then that chemistry?! Whew! Hot!!! As each Dare graces my Kindle, I swear I fall more in love. Jaxon is a sweetheart, and I love how he fell, unrealizing at first, for equally sweet Macy. Sweet and sexy engaging marriage of convenience, the perfect thing to end my day. And now I can't wait for little brother Braden's story when Dare to Stay releases.
ARC via Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an honest review.