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Making It Last – Ruthie Knox – 5 stars

July 10, 2013 NetGalley, Random House, Read in 2013 0

Making It Last Published by Loveswept, Random House on July 15, 2013
Pages: 136
Format: eBook
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five-stars

In a brand-new eBook original novella, RITA finalist and USA Todaybestselling author Ruthie Knox takes her spectacular Camelot series to new heights with a tale of desire reinvented.

A hotel bar. A sexy stranger. A night of passion. There’s a part of Amber Mazzara that wants those things, wants to have a moment—just one—when life isn’t a complicated tangle of house and husband and kids and careers. Then, after a long, exhausting “vacation” with her family, her husband surprises her with a gift: a few days on the beach . . . alone.

Only she won’t be alone for long, because a handsome man just bought her a drink. He’s cool, he’s confident, and he wants to take Amber to bed and keep her there for days. Lucky for them both, he’s her husband. He’s got only a few days in Jamaica to make her wildest desires come true, but if he can pull it off, there’s reason to believe that this fantasy can last a lifetime.

My Thoughts:

Ok…  I’m going to admit something that anyone who follows my blog already knows –

I’m a huge huge huge Ruthie Knox fan girl.

Ahhhhh that feels better to finally get that out in the open…  LMAO

Please read the other books in this series before you read this one.  Tony and Amber play a part in every story and this is an amazingly heart-wrenching read that hits very close to the heart of any married or long-term couple.  Have tissues available and make sure you won’t have to be any where until you have a chance to recuperate from this read.

Amber should be happy.  She knows she should be happy but she is having trouble living up to the facade she believes people expect of her.  I mean she loves her kids and her husband but something is wrong that is shaking her to the core.  She wonders does her husband really love her or is this the way it ends with mad lust/love dying to being just two ships that pass sometime during the week but really seem to have no soul deep connection.  You feel her pain coming off the page as she struggles with what the economy and life has done to her self-worth and marriage.  When Tony leaves her behind at the resort for some “her” time she’s lost without any idea how to get her self back and starts to really look at if she’s willing to deal with living a half-life back home or not.

Tony is in pain wanting nothing more than to make Amber happy.  He’s been working himself to the bone to try to have it all.  The amazing company, home, marriage and all the trappings of success while feeling like he’s trapped in a never-ending downslope.  The economy has severely impacted his construction firm and losing the help of his brother seems to be throwing the final nail in the coffin.  He leaves Amber at the resort in hopes that she’ll return to him healed and happy but is forced to realize that maybe he needs to be there with her to save the stagnant pool their marriage has become.  This is a man who is deeply in love with his wife but is so caught up in wanting to give her everything he has lost sight of what maybe is all she ever needed…

I’m going to stop here as you need to read this wonderful story (wiping tears as I write this) and blubber like most of us that have been lucky enough to read this early.  I cannot stress enough that Ruthie has captured the essence of a marriage at a crossroads where both parties have to decide on what the path forward will be – stay married or divorce?

Ok enough blubbering and say many thanks to NetGalley.com and the wonderful people at Loveswept who were nice enough to give me a chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  This was an amazingly heart wrenching wallop to read and I really cannot stress enough that you have tissues available.

I’d really love it if you would share your thoughts once you read this amazing story as I found it immensely real and true to life.

 

 

five-stars

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Love At High Tide – Christi Barth – 3.5 stars

July 10, 2013 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Love At High Tide – Christi Barth – 3.5 starsLove At High Tide Published by Carina Press on July 8, 2013
Pages: 183
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three-half-stars

Darcy Trent is lucky Cooper Hudson is on hand to sweep her off her feet—literally—when she nearly drowns while swimming in the ocean. But life-saving aside, Mr. Perfect's timing stinks: Darcy's career is about to take her to the complete opposite side of the Atlantic. Still, a little summer loving with the tall, blond and sexy former cop is far too tempting to pass up.

When his plans to enter the Secret Service went south thanks to a bum knee, Coop retreated to the family beach house to mull his future. Romance is the last thing on his mind, until he fishes a curvy brunette out of the sea. Now, spending time in Darcy's arms seems like the ideal distraction, even if it is just for a week.

But with Darcy's departure date fast approaching and their careers on the line, can they realize in time that their beach fling might become the real thing?

46,000 words

Darcy is not having a great day.  Her friend has talked her in to going in to the water and she ends up swallowing more than she really wants to.  The only good part of it is running in to a handsome man who saves her.  She’s trying to decide what path her life should take and also working hard at keeping her friend from getting herself killed in the latest career attempt.  What follows is a fun time watching Trina and Darcy avoid getting caught by the bad guy as Trina tries to be a private eye while Darcy tries to get more time with the amazing man she was washed in to.  Darcy has her issues to work through with her family and her attempts to do what will get her validation from them versus what could get her happiness for herself.  She struggles with this over the entire story and yet it didn’t detract from it because she is surprisingly honest with herself about the whole thing.  There is no real woe is me thing going on but instead it is an attraction that may be more than she expected to have in her life.

Coop is at a major crossroads in his life.  He is a cop but had a bit of a crisis when his partner was killed by a stupid act.  He was injured in this but the worst blow to his self-confidence was being unable to join the Secret Service.  When he gets to rescue Darcy he’s glad for more than one reason, she intrigues him and as he spends more time around her he finds himself wanting more of her.  He knows that this is a week-long fling but is he really willing to let her go at the end of the week to follow the “dream” opportunity?  He was a wonderful hero for being so patient with the distractions that keep him from spending as much private time with her as he would like but he also really did listen to her amazingly silly friend.  I adored his interactions with them and especially appreciated that he really did listen even if it didn’t seem like he was.

This was a fun read and would be perfect for a beach or poolside distraction.  Thanks to Carina Press and NetGalley.com for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

three-half-stars

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The Story Guy – Mary Ann Rivers – 5 stars

July 7, 2013 NetGalley, Random House, Read in 2013 1

The Story Guy – Mary Ann Rivers – 5 starsThe Story Guy Published by Loveswept, Random House on July 8, 2013
Pages: 120
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five-stars

In this eBook original novella, Mary Ann Rivers introduces a soulful and sexy tale of courage, sacrifice, and love.
 
I will meet you on Wednesdays at noon in Celebration Park. Kissing only.

Carrie West is happy with her life . . . isn’t she? But when she sees this provocative online ad, the thirtysomething librarian can’t help but be tempted. After all, the photo of the anonymous poster is far too attractive to ignore. And when Wednesday finally arrives, it brings a first kiss that’s hotter than any she’s ever imagined. Brian Newburgh is an attorney, but there’s more to his life . . . that he won't share with Carrie. Determined to have more than just Wednesdays, Carrie embarks on a quest to learn Brian’s story, certain that he will be worth the cost. But is she ready to gamble her heart on a man who just might be The One . . . even though she has no idea how their love story will end?

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from the Loveswept title Flirting with Disaster.

My Thoughts:

I swear to god this story will make you cry and yet leave you happy at the way it ends.  I really cannot wait to see more by this author as for such a short story it has such an amazing amount of angst and heart you just can’t help but want more.

I’m going to keep this review short in order to not give away the full story but it is such an amazing glimpse at two people with major issues in their lives – one at a crossroads where she thinks she should be happy and one thinking he’ll never be able to have happiness for himself.

Carrie pretends to be completely happy in her life but deep in her heart she knows she’s missing something important.  She’s happy to be a librarian, friend to a small group of people and loving daughter but recently her thoughts have been increasingly drawn to finding something…  she isn’t sure what but she does find herself wondering what is missing in her life.  I mean she shouldn’t complain but there is just this emptiness she can’t quite put her finger on.  She impulsively answers an ad for a regular Wednesday only date for just kissing in a public place and finds more than she ever thought possible.

Brian is kept a bit of a mystery in the beginning but is also at a point in his life where something has to give.  He puts the ad out there in the paper and has a had a couple of Wednesday meeting with people who have answered the ad but as he asked for they have led to nothing more than just kissing with no strings or other entanglements.  When he meets Carrie we get an amazing story of a man who is so far beyond incredible you can’t help but want to pull him to you and smother him with love and affection.  He’s just that kind of guy even when he is pushing her away he is calling to something deep in her soul that just won’t let this incredible man go.

Ok…  I’m promising myself to stop here because you really just need to read this to understand why myself and others have fallen in love with Ms. Rivers and why you should as well.  I mean I want a longer story from her because this one just took my breath away at the amount of heart is contained in so few pages.  I can’t imagine how much more we might see from her in a longer format.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Random House/Loveswept for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  Please revisit my site on Friday, July 19th for a visit from Mary Ann Rivers.

five-stars

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Life of the Party – Kate Davies – 3.5 stars

July 6, 2013 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Life of the Party – Kate Davies – 3.5 starsLife of the Party Published by Carina Press on July 8, 2013
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three-half-stars

Book three of the Girls Most Likely to…

In high school, Tess Bonham was the ultimate party girl. So it's ironic that building a successful party planning business has resulted in all work and no play. But Tess loves her job—most of the time. Planning her own ten-year reunion weekend promises to be the highlight of her career, even if making it perfect for her former classmates means she won't actually have time to enjoy it herself.

Hotelier Jeremy Wright has wanted Tess for years, and he's tired of never fitting into her overbooked calendar. So when she's short-staffed, Jeremy jumps at the chance to help out with her reunion during the day—if Tess surrenders the nights to him. He's got plans for a private party, and she's the guest of honor…

Tess should say no. But she really, really wants to say yes. Spending time with Jeremy reminds her just how much fun life can be. But she's not sure she can be "just friends" once she knows how amazing the benefits are…

This is a really nice conclusion to the series where the last of the trio finds her match in a man she’s convinced could never really want her.

Tess is used to being the party planner but never the person who is anything else.  She’s been overlooked most of her life by men and has convinced herself that this is all she will ever be and not to expect anything more.  She’s also normally a doormat when it comes to other people and takes on more than she should be responsible for.  It took a bit for her to come out of her shell and realize what she was letting others do to her but when she does she comes out swinging at everyone who she has allowed to hold her down.  I liked her strength and especially liked who she becomes as the book moves on.

Jeremy has been quietly attempting to get Tess to notice him as more than just a man she works with but he just can’t seem to tell if she is interested in him at all.  He finally decides to make a move on the woman who has been torturing him for months but knows if he lets her in on exactly what he wants from her (everything) she’ll find a way to shut this down before it even has a chance to start.  He’s amazingly supportive of her but when she says something that reminds him of his past and the way other women have treated him he breaks.  Even with what happens late in the book you know he is truly a good man who always follows through on a promise even while dying a bit inside as he does what is right.  I liked his strength and  willingness to work within the boundaries Tess sets on their relationship while still working on getting her to change her mind.  He’s so sexy and sweet but has a quiet strength in everything he does and it shows to everyone who pays attention.

This was a nice read with a touch of heat but we also get to see a bit of the other two couples as this takes place during the same time frame.  I’m glad we got this and wouldn’t mind a later book to show the three couples down the road.  Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  I have enjoyed the series and will keep an eye out for more by Kate Davies.

 

three-half-stars

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Lick – Kylie Scott – 4 stars

July 6, 2013 NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Lick – Kylie Scott – 4 starsLick Published by Momentum on July 1, 2013
Pages: 286
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four-stars

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

I have to start this review with a bit of advice – Keep reading even when both characters piss you off at the beginning.  The payoff is worth it.

Evelyn is a bit surprised when she wakes up in the morning with a strange man in her room in Vegas and in her bed.  She’s even more shocked when she discovers that not only is she suffering from the worst hangover ever but…  she’s married.  She can’t remember anything about the previous night and the way her new husband reacts to her memory loss is just a bit harsh.  Her plans for a quick private annulment go up in smoke when her marriage becomes public fodder as she has managed to hook up with a major rock star.  As she tries to come to terms with this news she is forced to take him up on his offer for a place she can stay as they make their annulment final.  After a major issue with the way she’s treated by not only him but his attorneys and handlers she runs away only to be rescued by another band member who shows her the only kindness she’s seen since she woke up the morning after.  She’s got major issues with her own self-worth and also seems to find her new husband incredibly compelling when he finally speaks to her one on one and decides she wants to see what is really between them before she calls the marriage completely off.  We get some back and forth between the two of them as they both struggle to figure things out but I liked that she wasn’t willing to completely take him at his word after his initial treatment of her post-hangover.

David is pissed off the morning after his impromptu wedding.  He’s not exactly the best man to ask about having a relationship and trust comes hard to him but once you get past the asshole image that he initially presents to Evelyn in LA you’ll fall in love with him.  He’s such a lost soul who desperately needs someone to love him for him and not the rock star god image people have of him.  He’s hard to get to know as he keeps a ton of secrets from Evelyn and it causes most of the tension between them.  I appreciated that once he realized what he was doing to her with his cold shoulder the man stopped and tried to look past his hurt to try to prove what made them both make the choice to get married.  He goes through the most incredible changes as the book progresses and while you might be a bit frustrated with him as he doesn’t seem to completely get why she might have issues with some of his behavior but when he gets it…  he really gets it and I adored that he admitted his part in the whole problem while also making her realize that some of his reactions initially were due to hurt that she couldn’t remember how much they connected.

I have to say the one person who almost stole the book from the main pair…  Mal… *sigh* I am going to say I cannot wait for his book to get here as he will be an awesome read.  He’s such a good guy in this and I can’t wait to get to see more of him in the future.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Momentum for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  It was a very good read and I can’t wait for more.

four-stars

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Into the Fire – Amanda Usen – 4.5 stars

July 5, 2013 Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Into the Fire – Amanda Usen – 4.5 starsInto the Fire Published by Entangled Publishing, Indulgence on June 10, 2013
Pages: 201
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four-half-stars

Jackson Calabrese has a lot of nerve. He beat Lila Grant in the Culinary Academy competition using her recipes. Now, he’s opening a restaurant and wants her help? Fine, she'll fix his menu, but it's going to cost him.

Heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire, Jackson can buy anything he wants, except creativity, so he buys Lila's instead. He can craft perfect paella, but to take New York by storm he needs her innovative spark.

Skillets aren't the only things hot in the kitchen, and an uneasy truce ignites into passion. They’re great in bed, but Jackson doesn't trust her, and Lila is contemplating revenge. The restaurant opening approaches, the menu is completed, and the tables are set for one final act of betrayal. How can love bloom in the midst of such a hot mess?

My Thoughts:

I have to say this was a steamy quick read with a main pair that sizzle when they are near one another and a hero that really needs to learn his own true value.

Lila just wants to win this last competition in culinary school so she can pay off some student loans and have a better starting point post-graduation.  The night before the final round she’s at a party and ends up spending time with the school’s resident golden boy who she’s secretly crushed on for years.  They’ve been jockeying back and forth for supremacy of their class but the sparks that are flying tonight are of a sexual nature and not a competitive one.  They have a hot interlude in which they share their plans for the competition tomorrow but Lila ducks out in the morning before he’s even woken up and then falls apart the next day as they compete.  She’s angry at him for stealing her idea but she struggles on as a caterer and still works to pursue her dream of making it as a chef one day.  She’s strong but doubts her own worth at times just because of the money struggle and I liked how once she realized what was going on between her and the hero she really did fight for what was right even at what seemed to be the expense of her happiness.  She’s a bit hard on him at first but you can understand why and when the truth really comes out about why he took her idea and ran with it I wanted to cheer because this is a couple who really do balance one another and dear lord the chemistry was off the charts.

Jackson has always seemed to live a charmed life.  I mean he is the heir apparent to a restaurant family that seems to have the golden touch.  He’s shocked when he runs in to Lila at a party and ends up spending a rather steamy night with her.  In the morning when she disappears before he even wakes up he’s shocked but when she shows up for the competition and doesn’t prepare what he expected her to he gets angry.  He tries to find her again but she doesn’t show up for graduation and he has to do a bit of sleuthing to find the woman that intrigues him more than she should.  When he finally finds her at a catering company he talks his buddy in to hiring the firm just so he can try to see what happened but what he doesn’t count on is the incredible spark that flies between them.  He does a lot of stupid things to push this connection away and not fully explore it but as he comes up with a deal that will help him maybe finally find something for his father to be proud of he has to give in.  He’s a very misunderstood person who reacts out of hurt and lets his past experiences with his father and others cloud his judgement of Lila but she does the same at every turn as well.  They both have such mountains of hurt to overcome and learn to trust one another but when push comes to shove at the climactic scene near the end  you wonder has he truly learned anything at all or will he let his own self-doubts and past hurts drive away the one person who really understands him?

Very hot read with some incredible descriptions of food that will make you want to run to the nearest restaurant to have some incredible food.  I found myself wanting to indulge many times as I was reading this so make sure to read it on a full stomach.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

four-half-stars

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Finding Master Right – L.A. Witt – 3.5 Stars

July 2, 2013 NetGalley, Read in 2013, Riptide Publishing 0

Finding Master Right – L.A. Witt – 3.5 StarsFinding Master Right Published by Riptide Publishing on June 17, 2013
Pages: 170
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three-half-stars

It's all fun and games until somebody falls in love.

Chase has just arrived at a much anticipated leather convention, and he’s about to lose his mind. Not only is his ex attending, but Chase is also rooming with Derek, a submissive he’s been dying to top. Although Derek is in search of a Dom, he made it painfully clear when the two of them hooked up for a very hot—but very vanilla—night just before the convention that he wasn’t interested in submitting to Chase.

Derek isn’t stupid. No matter how desperate he is to submit to Chase, he wants no part of a rebound relationship. As long as Chase is still pining after the sub who broke his heart a few months ago, Derek’s keeping him at arm’s length. Besides, there’s another Dom at this convention, the gorgeous Master Raul, who Derek is determined to attract.

But when Chase and Derek are confronted with all their kinks, from ropes to leather, bondage to flogging—not to mention each other—they can only ignore their mutual attraction for so long.

I have to admit to struggling a bit between rating this a 4 or a 3.5 star read mainly because I really did enjoy it but I sort of wish the pair had more page time once they both opened up to one another.

Chase is definitely a Dom and knows what he wants but what he wants is sharing a room with him at a leather convention and has his sight set on conquering another Master.  While Chase did get a night of amazing sex with him it just isn’t enough especially since it was only vanilla while what he craves is to see him on his knees serving his Master.  Chase is also still dealing with the bad breakup with his ex who also happens to be there but he gets an amazing chance for closure at this event and I must say I adored seeing him care for the man who is not only his best friend but might also be his true other half.  He really has to work hard to open up and I have to say I liked that he really didn’t jump in to anything but at the same time it did make parts of the book drag.  I also truly loved how we got to see exactly what he was feeling during those moments we were in his headspace as it did make the pacing seem realistic.

Derek is definitely a submissive who adores pain.  He loves to be used by the Dom he is scening with but has always had his eyes on Chase.  He gives in to his lust with Chase by having a single night of scorching vanilla sex but knows what he really wants from Chase is to be mastered.  He’s also aware of the fact that Chase is still struggling with the end of his last relationship and isn’t willing to be the rebound guy for someone he truly cares about.  He’s open about what he wants and needs from his partners and while he wants to play with a lot of partners we see that what he really craves is something that only a single man can give him.  He struggles with his feelings for Chase while still being open to playing around but when he is forced to look inwardly realizes the only reason why the times he’s had at the convention were perfect were when Chase was in the room and acting as his center.  He’s afraid to lose something so important to him but thankfully we get to see that he is willing to take a risk to get what will hopefully be the one thing he truly needed.

The buildup to their relationship is a bit slow at times but because we do get to see both sides struggle with their feelings and pasts I think it did work.  I really have to thank Sarah at Riptide again because she put L.A. on my radar as an author and now the staff at Riptide Publishing are awesome resources to feed my new addiction via NetGalley.com.  Thanks to both Riptide and NetGalley.com for a chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  The two men were angsty goodness so I greatly appreciated it.

 

three-half-stars

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Talking Dirty with the CEO – Jackie Ashenden – 4 stars

June 23, 2013 Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Talking Dirty with the CEO – Jackie Ashenden – 4 starsTalking Dirty with the CEO Published by Entangled Publishing on May 13, 2013
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four-stars

Gadget journalist Christie St. John is more geek than chic. But when research for an article she has to write on online dating leads to the bed of the hottest guy she’s ever met, she knows that if the geek is to keep the hottie CEO, she’s going to have to come out of her digital shell.

Tech mogul Joseph Ashton never expected an Internet blind date to end in the best sex of his life. Yet as the chemistry between him and Christie burns out of control, he can't help but think this woman is out for his money like all the rest. She claims she wants his heart instead – but that’s the one thing he can never give.

My Opinion:

I have to say this was a fun read that made me laugh a few times with the things that both of the main pair said/did.

Christie is used to everyone not having high opinions of her.  She doesn’t fit in to the typical female mold and her own family doesn’t know what to do with her so why should she think that she’ll ever find a man that will accept her for who she is nerd and all.  She’s surprised when she starts to talk to another online gamer and even more surprised when she agrees to meet him face to face.  This surprise turns in to a massive case of lust when she sets her eyes on this gorgeous hunk of a man but their first encounter leads her to panic and run.  She’s understandably shocked when she finds out his real identity but as they spend time together she wants more than he believes he is able to ever give.  He helps her overcome her issues but can she reach through to him?

Joseph is an incredibly brilliant man but he has one major issue.  He’s notoriously bad about remembering anything if he gets in a zone working on something that catches his attention.  He’s always felt like he hurts those around him with his ADHD and OCD tendencies but in reality people who know him and truly love him have learned how to cope with this behavior.  Joseph is shocked when he meets a woman that not only gives him the best sex he has ever had in his life but that he finds himself able to focus on her without a burning need to crawl out of his skin.  He’s willing to work on helping her realize how amazing she is and that she deserves more than her family has ever given her but he isn’t quite as willing to believe that he won’t hurt her by his own tendency to forget things that are important to others when he gets distracted by some new shiny.

I liked this in the humor and real feelings that were invoked as both of the main pair work through issues they’ve had since childhood but it does start a bit slow so please hang in there.  The relationship was deeper than I originally thought so that was a wonderful thing.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

four-stars

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Flirting With Disaster – Ruthie Knox – 5 stars – Contest

June 11, 2013 Contest, NetGalley, Random House, Read in 2013 4

Flirting With Disaster – Ruthie Knox – 5 stars – ContestFlirting With Disaster Published by Loveswept, Random House on June 10, 2013
Pages: 342
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five-stars

In the latest eBook original novel in Ruthie Knox’s scorching-hot Camelot series, a no-strings fling looks an awful lot like falling in love—or flirting with disaster.

Fresh out of a fiasco of a marriage, Katie Clark has retreated to her hometown to start over. The new Katie is sophisticated, cavalier, and hell-bent on kicking butt at her job in her brother’s security firm. But on her first assignment—digging up the truth about the stalker threatening a world-famous singer-songwriter—Katie must endure the silent treatment from a stern but sexy partner who doesn’t want her help . . . or her company.

Sean Owens knows that if he opens his mouth around Katie, she’ll instantly remember him as the geeky kid who sat behind her in high school. Silence is golden, but he can’t keep quiet forever, not with Katie stampeding through their investigation. It’s time for Sean to step up and take control of the case, and his decade-old crush. If he can break through Katie’s newfound independence, they just might find they make a perfect team—on the road, on the job, and in bed.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: How to Misbehave, Along Came Trouble, and About Last Night.

My Thoughts:

I have to keep this review short because otherwise I would never stop writing this down.  This is a very nice story where you will want to hurt the hero for being so hard for his lady love to understand but when you find out why he is the way he is you just want to cuddle him.

Katie is at a crossroads in her life.  She’s now divorced from her disaster of an ex but she can’t quite decide where to land now.  She’s intrigued and pissed off by her brother’s recent hire as she’s convinced he hates her.  I mean he never talks to her so what else could it be?  As she works to become something she can be proud of she tends to put her natural caregiving tendencies down as she feels like it has made her a doormat in real life.  She’s very smart but because of past bad choices she doesn’t trust anything her gut tells her instead trying to be something/someone she isn’t.  Since Judah has decided to hire the company but only if she works his case she decides why not have a torrid fling with a rock star.  I mean hell why shouldn’t she have the same fun most men have?  She does a lot of silly stuff as a result and what she finds as time passes is her natural abilities are worth more than she ever thought and the man of her dreams has been there all along provided they both wake up.

Sean is in severe lust/love/oh what ever you want to call it with Katie.  She’s the only one who makes him feel more than just lust but she also has this ability to get behind the control he has lived his life with for decades.  He’s a thinker and doer but needs someone to make him face ghosts in his past so he can really be free of some horrible things.  He does everything to push her away as his life is back in California not in Camelot but he wants her so badly he ends up letting her in to places others have never been close to.  He is such a great man and I adored how much he struggled with his stuttering in the face of Katie but I really loved how much he was able to help her believe in herself.  He’s such a supportive person and watching him bloom while he helped Katie become who she was meant to be was very sweet/heartwarming.

As always I adore Ruthie and cannot thank NetGalley.com and Random House enough for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

 

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five-stars

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Deep Deception – Cathy Pegau – 3.5 Stars

June 4, 2013 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Deep Deception – Cathy Pegau – 3.5 StarsDeep Deception Published by Carina Press on May 27, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley.com
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three-half-stars

Colonial Mining Authority agent Natalia Hallowell doesn’t always play by the rules, but she wouldn’t compromise a case either. Put on administrative leave under a cloud of accusation, with no support from her boss, Natalia seeks a little anonymous companionship at her favorite bar. But she’s surprised when the woman who catches her fancy starts buying her drinks.

Desperate, Genevieve “Gennie” Caine had no choice but to seduce, drug and tie Natalia to the bed to get her attention. With the Reyes Corporation after something she has, Gennie needs Natalia to open an investigation and distract them long enough for her to get off Nevarro.

Natalia doesn’t trust Gennie—despite the growing attraction between them—but the corporation’s suspiciously high profits convince her that they must be hiding something. But she has no idea just how deep the deceptions run…

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting read that is well-paced with strong female leads.

Natalia is having one of the worst days in memory when she meets an interesting woman at a bar.  She is intrigued and soon enough they are on the way up to the woman’s hotel room when she’s drugged and tied up.  When she wakes she is understandably pissed and isn’t quite willing to listen to what the woman has to say.  The next day however she has nothing on her hands but time to see if what the woman says is true or not but doesn’t expect it to pan out.  After getting put on suspension for suspicion of taking a bribe to look the other way while a company perform illegal activities she decides to truly look at what is happening at an outlying mining operation but only to prove the allegations and give her a chance to have something else to do than obsess over her potential career ender.  She’s torn when she goes undercover doing the same job her family did for generations but at the same time this makes her learn more about someone who will become her everything in life and show her what it means to really live again.

Gennie just wants to get off-planet and give her kids a chance to live a life where they aren’t constantly looking over their shoulders for her deceased former lover’s family.  She knows they had him killed and now they want to take her kids from her by any means necessary.  She turns to Natalia out of desperation and instead finds someone who could be her partner in not only uncovering the secrets she has bits and pieces of but also in life.  She’s not easy to get to know because she’s so worried about keeping her kids safe that she just can’t trust but she’s smart and strong enough to face her fears over and over in order to make them be safe.  I liked how she was willing to cross lines in order to protect her kids but I didn’t like how long it took for her to finally let Natalia in.

They both have major issues that get worked out in the book and I enjoyed seeing them come to an agreement even when they really didn’t trust one another.  Their chemistry is definitely off the charts but it does take a bit for them both to really let each other in and start to think as a team.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  I enjoyed it!

 

three-half-stars

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