Gianluca is getting an intern. He needs one. What he does not need is Callie. Young, inexperienced, AMERICAN Callie. But she's far too attractive for him to keep his mind off her for long, and eventually as things are bound to, their attraction has to be consummated. What's to come of it? Are they falling in love as Callie thinks? Or is he just using her for fun the way it appears to her?
I admit, I was put off by this story for awhile. Gianluca was so obnoxious - from his oddly stilted and old fashioned way of speaking, to his unacceptable behavior toward Callie at first. But eventually, once he started showing more of his true self, I started to settle into the story and really liking them together. And I love Callie, she was adorable from her first scene. Taken as a whole, this is a mostly good story with a wonderful heroine and a not as equal hero who mostly redeemed himself by the end.
Take the Chance is a collection full of emotional, moving love stories.
The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry: 5 stars The Gravity of Us is such a beautiful, emotional love story. Brittainy Cherry has done it again, made me cry, made me swoon and made me fall in love! Graham and Lucy are adorable together, and their journey is something I'll remember for a long time.
Forever Right Now by Emma Scott: 5 stars Darlene has moved to San Francisco to make a fresh start. Meeting her grumpy new neighbor and his beautiful little girl just might help her with that fresh start, but only if Sawyer can accept her for who she is, past and all.
This story made me shed so many tears I can't even tell you. It's a moving, wonderfully told story of acceptance and moving forward. This is definitely going on my favorites shelf along with Gravity of Us.
After We Fall by Melanie Harlow: 4.5 stars Rich city girl Margot's meeting with damaged broody farmer Jack couldn't have gone any worse. He's still stuck, grieving the loss of his wife, his attitude toward everyone, toward life, is awful, and he doesn't want Margot trying to help his family's ranch with PR work. But will her warmth and brightness find their way past the walls around his heart?
This one is a doozy. Jack is such an ass at first, he's just so damaged and mired in grief that he doesn't know how to get himself out of it. Thank God Margot found him because she was the balm he needed to his wounded soul. I love this opposites attract love story! (the gorgeous Joseph Cannata on the cover doesn't hurt either...).
Pucked Love by Helena Hunting: 4.5 stars Darren is mysterious and seemingly cold and closed off. Charlene is put off by his demand on their very first date. But they get past it and immerse themselves in a relationship, a first for both of them. But she's holding herself back a little, and Darren knows better than to push her too hard, for fear of her running. Will she stay? Come to him when she's ready to give him all of herself?
I've so loved the Pucked series. Some of the heroes I wasn't too fond of, same with some of the heroines, but I can safely say I love both Darren and Charlene. She's his firefly and he's her rock. An opposite pair to be sure, but a great one too. If you have not put yourself into this hockey world, I highly recommend you do so, now!
Tripp is a single McGrumpster of an athlete when he meets a shy woman named Chandler at his brother's wedding. He's not impressed by her and she's definitely not impressed with him. Unfortunately (fortunately) they keep seeing each other because his brother's marrying her cousin. Somehow they start uh something, not sure what to call it, and it seems to be going well. Or is it? Is it just in Chandler's mind that they're moving forward? It's not as if Tripp communicates in much other than grunts. Yep, he's a zero talker who only communicates with himself, in his own head. Sigh...
But along the way the two fall in love. The only thing is, he has to take his head out of his ass, get some blunt advice/help from his teenaged neighbor, before he'll acknowledge what he has, could have, with Chandler. Will she give him a second chance to win her back?
God two people could not be more different, but more perfect for each other. He's so stoic and unemotional and she's just so much sass. They're freakin hilarious together and have sparks flying all over the place whenever they're in the same vicinity. This is a funny, snarky, sexy story in true Sara Ney style.
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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!
When Jonah comes to Simone's rescue in a set of scary, unusual circumstances, the bond they forge that day will be tested many times over, but never broken. Through it all, Jonah will protect his newfound love, and Simone will prove to herself and her family just how strong she is, show strength she had never before known she had.
I am so in love with this world that Audrey has created. The family, the foster sisters who are full sisters at heart, their mom, and now Jonah filled me with warmth as I read every page. And I fell hard as Simone and Jonah fell hard for each other. I cannot wait to read each sister's story, I know they're all going to be as moving and amazing as Simone and Jonah's love story.
Benji's been warned by his best friend Sawyer that his sister is evil. So confronting her when she slinks in looking for Sawyer doesn't go well, especially when Benji finds out she's going to be his new boss...
Hm, I'm of two minds about this one. On one hand, Benji is actually a sweetheart hiding under his grumpy, hurt exterior. He made the story for me. On the other hand, Rae drove me nuts. I appreciated the epiphany she FINALLY had near the end, but it felt like too little, too late. But, aside from disliking Rae's character, I liked the rest of the story. It's sweet and entertaining. Perfect for when you're not looking for a really deep, dark read, but want something light to entertain for an hour or two.
Kenna has been burned badly by taking a chance, so since then she's gone the safe route. Then she meets Crosby, a man who craves his freedom with no strings. She gets under his skin, and he drives her nuts. Sounds like the beginnings of the perfect opposites attract romance. But, things will not be that simple, because not only are there people who don't want them together, people who want something Kenna has, but Crosy's fear of being tied down is practically psychopathic in nature, and pushing Kenna away is a given. What will Kenna do then? Walk away with her heart in tatters, looking for a place to shelter until she can emerge again? Or will Crosby come to an epiphany on his own?
Dang....Perfect Wreckage hurt my heart a little. Kenna and Crosby both had so much baggage, and it was painful reading as that baggage took its toll on both of them, on their budding relationship. I just knew they had a bright, happy future somewhere on the horizon, but getting there was a bitch quite honestly. But, as is the usual with Catherine Cowles' writing, I loved it. I loved them, I loved the people around them who loved them, and I cannot wait for more of this world she has created.
Julia has made a life for herself in Texas, away from her hovering family. She has a group of friends whom she loves and who love her, and life is good, even if she feels a bit out of place, a fish out of water New Yorker stuck in Texas. Then she meets the man sent to make a recommendation to the board of her company that will not just affect her and her livelihood, but more significantly, all the people the foundation helps.
Rocco is only in Texas to help figure out where his company should make cuts, and if they should open themselves up to the public in an IPO. In doing so, he meets a breath of fresh air named Julia. And his life isn't same after. But whatever they start has an expiration date because he cannot stay in Texas permanently, he has to get back home to help save his sister and niece from their abusive parents.
I really enjoyed this opposites attract story. Julia is so refreshing, such a spitfire, and Rocco is perfect for her, even with all his baggage. Oooh boy that baggage, he had a lot of it and it caused him no amount of pain, caused Julia pain, too. I'm glad he was paired with Julia, because she really was a balm to his pained heart. Opposites attract has never been so entertaining, sexy, so heartwarming than in Here to Stay.
Simon takes one look at his new company's chief engineer, and he's smitten. She's the opposite of his normal sophisticated type, but she's a goddess with messy hair and a grease stain on her face.
Maggie doesn't have a whole lot of experience with men. She works, a lot, she hangs with her brother, and that's it. So when Simon worms his way into her world, she's unsure how to take it. Until he needs her. Then she takes charge of caring for him. Will she get her heart broken if he has to move back to his hometown? Or can they find a way to keep their worlds intertwined?
I LOOOOVE this story. Maggie and Simon are a study in contrasts, but make for a fascinating couple with intense chemistry. I love the way she seamlessly slid into his world, and I love the way Simon stuck up for her when she needed it the most. And I absolutely adore that ending scene - it's funny, it's sweet, and heartfelt, the perfect way to end their awesome story.
I'm not sure if A.M. plans on writing more stories about these characters, but I sure hope so because I definitely want one about Maggie's brother *HINT HINT*
As soon as Reed lays eyes on the adorable guy so obviously out of place in the club where he's with his friend, Star, he wants him. Offering to buy him a drink should be just the thing to get him into his bed for the night. But something happens when they kiss and Jonah takes off. Reed's upset but chalks it up to one of those things. And then he walks late into class and lo and behold guess who his class TA is? Yep the adorable guy from the club. Only he's not the awkward, shy guy from the club, but rather a stoic, stern man with confidence standing in front of the classroom...
Jonah has never felt as if he fit anywhere, as if he belonged. Starting college at 16, a wunderkind with overachieving academics for parents, did nothing to develop his social skills. Now at a tender age of barely 21, he's well on his way to becoming the professor he's always wanted to be. Then a beautiful, tatted up man lays his first kiss on him at the club, and he's never the same after. Especially when that same guy walks late into his very first class as a TA...
Oh God but I loved this story. Jonah is so adorably awkward and inexperienced, but he brings Reed to his knees and has no idea how or why. And poor Reed, adrift with no idea what he wants to do with his life. I so love that he found an anchor with the beautiful soul that is Jonah. Two people could not be more perfect for each other than these two! This is a story of growth and acceptance and love. It's the best yet of this series, and I am definitely looking forward to more of the residents of this building.
When Mandy decided to get away from the paparazzi intent on splashing her latest horrible breakup for the world to see, to her friend's family home, she certainly didn't expect his brother, Dante to be there, and she certainly didn't expect him to lay out a proposition in exchange for her staying there: do every single thing Dante orders her to do, without complaint, or she ends up with some nice pink lines on a certain part of her body. That the proposition leads to feelings, decidedly unwanted feelings on Dante's part (or so he acts like) is the least of their problems, though, when Mandy's past comes back to bite them both in that same part of her body.
Whew, this one is H O T!!!! Like 5 alarm hot! There is some serious electricity between these two who don't start off on that great of a foot at first. Dante is cold af on the outside, in stark contrast to Mandy's all over the place mess of a personality. Opposites attract is afoot here, in a hot, entertaining way. These two may not have been my favorite Crowne couple (that honor is reserved for Logan and Ella in Crowne of Lies), but I still really liked these two and their sexy game of begging and control.
Nolan is the last person Gabi expected to become friends with. He's a fashionable billionaire playboy and she's just Gabi, hockey player extraordinaire who could care less about fashion, but deeply cares about the kids she coaches, and where her career is heading now that she's retired professionally. As the two frenemies become more friend than enemy an attraction burns between them. But can these two opposites possibly make a relationship work when she might be leaving for a new job, and he's very definitely sticking around trying to prove himself at the family's legacy corporation?
I adored this twist on the billionaire/sports romance. I love that Gabi is the athlete and Nolan is the metro fasionista. And I love that the slow burn turns hot at the right time and burns hot enough to melt the ice in Gabi's rink. Sports and romance is certainly done right in this frenemies to lovers slow burn romance.
Garrick is determined to get back on his feet in top physical form so he can resume his smokejumping duties. Then a scared dog shows up on his porch, and his hot neighbor offers to help him with the dog. Will this be something neither was looking for? Love? Commitment?
Rain is a free spirit. He floats around without putting down roots. When he meets a gorgeous man needing help with a scared dog, suddenly Rain might be thinking of staying put for awhile. But is helping Garrick and falling in love with him going to be enough to keep him around?
I liked this story, but have to admit that I didn't love it. Parts of it were great - Rain's genuine, sunny personality, the secondary cast. But I don't know, perhaps the connection between Rain and Garrick wasn't as strong or as passionate as I was hoping for. Something didn't quite get me cheering, but all in all, it was entertaining and sweet and Rain was a standout.
When Lanie and Brix are approached by their judge/friend about helping a child stricken with cancer, it brings about all Lanie's memories of the horrible time in her childhood when she was battling cancer herself. It also brings out her protective maternal instincts. And, most importantly, it brings her together with her brother's brother-in-law, doctor Brix. Can the free spirited Brix and the ever so careful lawyer, make a relationship work?
This is a sweet, emotionally touching, heartwarming and sexy love story. Brix and Lanie are perfect for each other in all the best ways that opposites can be. She grounds him, and he lifts her up. The give and take, the emotions they share, all combined to make a fabulous, touching story that I won't soon forget.
Rune's hookups have been progressively getting hollower and hollower. It's not until he meets a sweet bit of sunshine named Callum that he finally understands why sex is no longer working to fill the hole inside him.
Callum's found a new home, a new family, and new friends in the US after his family disowned him for being gay. But he's still the shy inexperienced guy he always was. That's why he knows that he is far, far out of his new friend's league. Rune is as different from him as night and day. He's a world reknown model and playboy. So what could he possibly see in a shy, inexperienced, and sweet Irish boy who favors expensive silk bow ties? He just doesn't realize that it's his sunny nature and big heart that call to the hollowness inside Rune. Can these two opposites hope to be more than just friends?
This is such a sweet opposites attract little story. Callum and Rune are adorable together as they explore their friendship, their new feelings and attraction, and Rune's epiphany regarding why sex had stopped working for him. I think Callum was my favorite part with his sweetheart personality and his preference for bowties. Gah! So sweet! Paired with broody, sexy Rune just made this story everything a good romance should be - sweet, sexy, and enough depth to satisfy those of us who prefer characters with substance.
Eve's desperate when she obtains a job at the club that will change her life. But, she's not a submissive, will never submit to a man after having grown up with a father who took, took, and took from her. She might find herself playing a game of sorts with the owner, Chadwick, but she will never, ever submit to him. Or will she?
Chadwick is not known for his loving personality. No, he's a controlling man, in and out of the bedroom. Eve's sass calls to him, demanding to be tamed. Will she ever submit to him?
First, I have to be honest and say that I think I wasn't really in the right frame of mind for BDSM when I read this, so take my review as you will. I found myself irritated to no end by Chadwick's controlling personality. He felt like a standard issue Dom, with no life to his personality, no substance, nothing to make him stand out from every other Dom that litters the genre. Every time he treated Eve coldly, I just rolled my eyes and wanted her to defy him for good and really leave. So why was I able to give this 4 stars and not lower as I first thought of rating it? Well, because I really liked Eve's personality. Now she had substance and depth and was interesting, and grew a ton during the short time period. So she alone was the reason for the high rating. If not for her, if I rated it on Chadwick and the less than entertaining (to me) storyline, I for sure would have rated this a lot lower.
Melanie is on vacation in Montenegro when she decides to take a step outside her usual comfort zone when she meets a gorgeous local, Theo. She'[image]
Melanie is on vacation in Montenegro when she decides to take a step outside her usual comfort zone when she meets a gorgeous local, Theo. She's introverted, shy and has always felt plain until this gorgeous man takes an interest in her. Will a whirlwind romance be enough to make them both happy? Happy enough for her to stay?
I liked the setting and the characters of this short little novella. It did feel a bit rushed, though, and not a whole heck of a lot happened. The scenes are closed door/fade to black, which did not help in the general feeling of not much happening. Perhaps if there were more descriptive scenes and more detail added, it would have felt much more well rounded. But all in all this is a sweet, if incomplete feeling, story.
Jericho may look like a tough badass, but in reality he's a gentle soul looking for love with someone who understands you cannot judge a book by its cover. When he meets Brees at a local dogshow, it seems he just might be the man Jericho has been searching for all along. But there's danger afoot, and Brees is supposed to marry a woman his father wants him to, so it may not be that easy. Can Jericho live up to his appearance and protect Brees when he needs it most? Will Brees stand up to his father?
This is sweet, entertaining fun. The mystery is interesting, there's a great secondary cast, and Jericho and Brees are the cutest pair of opposites that I've read in a long time. Plus there are dogs!!! What more could you ask for in a great story?
Maverick was not expecting someone to knock on his door late one night. And he definitely wasn't expecting a beautiful man with pain in his eyes to be cuddling a baby under his rain jacket while standing on his doorstep. His protective instincts roused immediately, though, and Jonah and baby Gracie burrowed their way into his heart right then and there.
Those protective instincts mean Maverick and his club will protect them, and that's everything to Jonah. But what about when the threat is resolved? Does it mean Jonah and Gracie pack up and leave the man and the family they've come to love? Does Maverick feel the same way about him that Jonah does about Maverick?
I loved this installment of the MC and the men who populate it. Jonah and Maverick are a pair of opposites who mesh together seamlessly. The big bad bald biker who looks scary but is a gentle lamb with his elegant Jazz and his baby Gracie. Folding them into his heart and his MC family was great reading and just makes me love this series even more.
Ariana has finally come to Jersey from Vermont, where she's been distancing herself form her kooky family. But her twin's missing, and she wants answers. If that means coming home and having to face her demons, face herself, so be it. She didn't know she'd literally run into someone who'd understand her feelings of not belonging within her own family. Didn't know that the gorgeous leather jacket wearing someone who rescued her would also be the one she'd have to leave because she still couldn't accept herself.
Quinn never had a biological family other than the drug addict mom whose body he found when he was a teen. So when he met Connor, the two of them made each other into a family. And then he met the young, troubled girl, Sam, whom he is trying to find a permanent home. He didn't even realize he was looking to add to his family when he meets Ari. So when he sees someone who looks exactly like Zoe, the woman he helped disappear, he isn't prepared for his visceral reaction to the woman Zoe had always said was conservative and never fit into their family. He knows she's not Zoe, not just because Zoe's safe somewhere else, but because his body and soul never reacted to her the way they did when Ari runs headlong into danger by looking too much like her twin. So now this Detective will not only have to protect Ari but find a way to protect his heart when she walks away with it when she goes back to Vermont.
This is a sweet story. It's much different from Carly's other series like Dare and the ones she coauthors with Erika Wilde, in that it's not quite as sensual, and I can tell it's an older work of hers, but it still stands the test of time because it's got her signature touch of suspsense, layered, likable characters (especially Quinn and Sam), and has a whole cast to explore their stories. I admit I wasn't especially fond of Ari's tendency to run, but I understand because her family is a lot to take in, being con artists and this side of shady. And I'm glad Quinn helped her find acceptance within herself. Now I'm looking forward to her sister Zoe's story with Sam's Uncle Ryan, Summer of Love.
Jessie and Colt's meeting is less than impressive. She's determined not to give into the chemistry between them, just as much as he's determine[image]
Jessie and Colt's meeting is less than impressive. She's determined not to give into the chemistry between them, just as much as he's determined to get her to give in. Billionaire or not, though, Jessie's not one for swooning over some guy...
This is a sweet read with a few heavy topics. I like the Native tribe theme, and how it's treated. And I loved them together.
Dusty and Brandon have been crushing on each other all without the other knowing it. Dusty will never make a move, though. He turns into a stut[image]
Dusty and Brandon have been crushing on each other all without the other knowing it. Dusty will never make a move, though. He turns into a stuttering fool when he's near Brandon. Brandon, though, after having rescued Dusty's cat during a fire in their dorm, is decidedly not as shy as Dusty. Now the two just have to enjoy each other as they fall in love. And deal with the fallout once Brandon's not so pretty past is revealed.
This a hot and sweet story of two opposites. I love how well these two fit together, even as different as they were. But most of all I love Brandon and how he grew and opened up near the end. He and Dusty really are perfect for each other.
Yeah he sorta lied, OK, he definitely lied, to the gorgeous woman he'd been talking to on the dating app. But only because he knew if he posted a real pic of himself in all his hot, tatted up glory, she'd take one look at never have talked to him. But now they're finally meeting in person, and exactly what he was afraid of happens. Danni sees that he's not the polished suit she thought and takes off. Thank God karma loves Trick and he finds out she's actually his best friend's little sis. Or perhaps not so thankfully because if her brother finds out what he really wants to do (has done) to his sis, he'll kill him!
Well, I identified with this in more ways than one. 1) my brother is one of the most overprotective alpha nut brothers in the history of all brothers when it comes to his baby sister, so I understand Trick and Danni's aversion to Zach finding out. 2) I had the hugest crush on my brother's best friend once upon a time. But that's where my identifying ends because I could not stand Danni. She was a complete judgy snobby bitch. So what if Trick wasn't some posh suit, he was a serious sweetheart inside where it really counts, and she couldn't let herself see it because she was too stuck up. Yuck. That being said, the story itself is pretty great, and the chemistry between these two is fire. There may have been almost too much sex, but they had to do something to get past Danni's bitchy attitude, right? So 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 for the official rating seems fair.
Maxx needs someone to help him organize his business, his life really. He thinks he's hired a man to come in to do the bookkeeping for his garage, the cooking and cleaning, and whatever else a Guy Friday does. Then in waltzes a feisty redhead named Charly. Oops, she's a woman. But not so oops because Charly brings Maxx's frozen heart back to life and gives him a reason to fight back against the grey and dark he's been in for a long time now.
What do you get when you pair one broody af grumpster with a sweet spitfire? Charly and Maxx and their irrepressible humor, witty, barbed dialogue, and holy smokes chemistry. I loved them. I loved their story. I loved everything about them and can only wish there were more coming about them!
Harley is finally living her dream - opening up her own bakery, with 3 investors, though. At least 2 of the brothers are sweethearts. The other? Ford? He's a pompous rich jerk. Oh well, Harley has too much going on to even worry about her partner, even though he drives her nuts with his stuck up attitude and annoying habit of dropping by the bakery every morning just to annoy her with his demand for black coffee. Sigh...
Ford is not used to thinking about women when he could be thinking about his company. Harley takes entirely too much space in his thoughts. Harley with her snarky attitude and annoying habit of putting him in his place. No matter, he'll just have to deal, as the two have somehow become friends.
Does their antagonism just mask a deeper attraction? Feelings beyond just snark buddies and business partners?
I really liked this first installment of the Montgomery Brothers series. Ford and Harley are so much fun together, especially when she takes none of his bs and puts him in his place. And he loves it! I'm not sure if Jack or Harrison is next, but regardless of which brother's story is coming, I will definitely be reading it.
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