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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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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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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
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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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Wounded Angel – Stacy Gail – 4 Stars

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

Wounded Angel – Stacy Gail – 4 StarsWounded Angel Series: Earth Angels #3
Published by Carina Press on May 27, 2013
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A descendant of the Angel of Vengeance, Nate da Luca was gifted with an uncanny ability to find things. It made his job as a detective a breeze—until he learned the hard way that some things should remain hidden. After that, his powers vanished, along with his belief in himself. Which is going to make tracking down Gabriella Littlefield for his latest client a challenge.

Personal trainer Ella Little paid a hefty price for her life—now all she wants is to live it in peace. Then a sexy hulk of a man turns up in her gym, reigniting desires she thought she'd left behind along with her real name and hair color.

Desires she can't deny even after she discovers Nate's no stranger to her dark past.

Before he can convince her the attraction is mutual, Nate's going to have to earn Ella's trust. But a demon is playing for keeps in the world of humans, using Ella as bait, and the last thing they have is time.

My Thoughts:

Another wonderful entry in this series about the hidden offspring of angels and humans.

Ella only wants to live her life in peace without having to be confronted by the evil that made her run and hide.  She knows the monster is dead but when she meets our hero she is forced to confront not only her own fears but that the monster she thought was dead might not truly be gone.  She’s strong but is so unwilling to trust anyone that she lives an almost half-life full of fear and distrust.  As she has to confront long dormant sexual urges she also is fighting her own inner demons that keep her from fully letting this man in to her life and her heart.  I liked how she had made a new life for herself but that she also was strong enough to recognize the fear for what it was and not let it win.  After surviving a killer and running away from the life she once knew she also lost a major part of herself and until Nate has been unwilling to let her guard down even the tiniest bit.

Nate is struggling to figure out exactly what he is now that his powers have seemingly left him.  He is hired to find the victim of a serial killer in order to give her funds left for her by a member of the psychos family but discovers not only her but a side to himself that he was never willing to acknowledge until it is forced out of him under extreme circumstances.  As you get to know him and what makes him tick you can’t help but be drawn to him and want to help heal this wounded warrior.  He’s so convinced that he has nothing to provide from a  supernatural standpoint that he puts himself on the line in other ways to help this woman he found when she was taken.  I loved how much he needed Ella but I also loved that we got to see him really work through issues that have kept him bound for his entire life.  Seeing him come in to his own and start to trust in himself was wonderful to read and I appreciated the time we got to spend watching him work things through.

The bad guy in this is one creepy demon and getting glimpses of the others via the Web was a nice treat.  I cannot wait for more from this series and I have to thank Stacy for writing yet another fun tale.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for providing me a copy of this story in return for my honest review.  I greatly appreciate it!

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Dream Nights with the CEO – Kathy Lyons – 3.5 stars

June 1, 2013 Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Dream Nights with the CEO – Kathy Lyons – 3.5 starsDream Nights with the CEO Published by Brazen, Entangled Publishing on May 27, 2013
Pages: 276
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Hotel chain CEO and millionaire Wyatt Monroe is a stick in the mud. Sure, he's hot as sin, even with the tie, but free-spirited assistant Megan Bradford refuses to jeopardize their perfect working relationship. Why mess that up with sex? She knows he's the love 'em and leave 'em type, and she's determined to find a family man. Wyatt would never cross the line between boss and employee with Megan, no matter how hard it might be to resist the temptation. But when they visit a mysterious B&B in a bid to acquire the property, he starts having erotic dreams about the sexy brunette that make it hard to resist her in daylight.  Soon the line between reality and dreams further blurs when they learn they were sharing the same erotic dreams…

My Thoughts:

Wyatt is very career-driven and tends to focus on what he’s doing more than living life.  He’s been having some crazy dreams about sexy times with his assistant but while they are steamy he just can’t make the move he wants to.  He’s always been attracted to her but is unable to take the chance on making a move.  He’s very understanding about practical things but not so good at the intangibles in life.  As he realizes that there is more in life than just work he becomes someone I would love to know.  He has a secret thing for comics so that was fun to see but the rest of his life made me sad for him as one should not be happy living that way.

Megan was always free-spirited but after a meeting with Wyatt when she was working at a B&B he took over made her rethink her priorities.  She understands him better than anyone but still has those moments when her fanciful side comes out.  She’s had these sexy dreams about a mystery man but never figured out it was Wyatt until they stumble on the fact that both of them are dreaming the same things at the same time.  She’s more willing to accept the paranormal than Wyatt but the good news is this made them both make a move they wouldn’t have normally made.  I enjoyed watching their interactions and especially enjoyed how good she was at managing his obsessiveness.

The moments they were together in the dreams were fun but I enjoyed the give and take that went on between the two of them as it showed that they were truly equals.  Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

three-half-stars

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Skin in the Game – Jackie Barbosa – 4 stars

May 31, 2013 Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Skin in the Game – Jackie Barbosa – 4 starsSkin in the Game by Jackie Barbosa
Series: Play Action #1
Published by Brazen, Entangled Publishing on March 27, 2013
Pages: 250
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four-stars

Angela Peterson was always the quiet, shy kid growing up in Harper Falls, crushing on the high school quarterback and honing her football strategy skills. Now grown up and coaching the high school team, she’s shocked when that same sexy quarterback returns to Harper Falls asks her back to his hotel room. And then tries to steal her job.

Injured NFL quarterback Cade Reynolds is in Harper Falls to take over as interim head coach, and he never thought the tall, blond bombshell he propositioned would offer up any resistance. Not to a repeat of the amazingly wild night they shared and certainly not to his coaching position.

But the Harper Falls High Eagles are Angie’s team, and even the hometown hero won’t take that away from her, no matter how hot he is. As the two engage in a battle of wits and wills, this is one game neither is prepared to lose.

My Thoughts:

Cade is only back in town for a couple of weeks as a favor to his old high school coach and to give him time to finish healing from an injury.  He’s still hoping to get back to being the quarterback for an NFL team but owes the man who was a surrogate father to him the world.  He’s intrigued by a woman he meets while out for coffee and they engage in an incredible one night stand.  He’s not happy when he wakes up the next morning and she’s run off but when he finds out that she’s the assistant coach for the football team he’s supposed to be head coach for he just can’t believe his luck.  It starts out with him being a bit pissed off and wanting to get even with her for leaving him but as he spends more time around her he’s a goner.  He’s smart, alpha and yet has enough sense to figure out what is truly important in life.  I loved how he took other people’s thoughts and future in to consideration before he made a decision except in typical romance land fashion… neglects to complete think his decisions through and their impact on the heroine.  He’s redeemed though as he never hid anything from her but he just needed a nudge to do the right thing.

Angela has always had a thing for Cade but back in high school she was always the nerdy girl who happened to be big in to sports and he was the high school star quarterback that was nice enough to let her talk about how the team could improve.  She’s always wanted to be the head coach and is not too happy when Cade comes in to take over the team while the head coach is out for health issues.  She’s used to fighting the prejudice that comes with being a female trying to coach a male dominated sport but she’s smart and has a natural head for the game.  She decides that the one night stand she had with him should be it for them but as Cade keeps pushing for more and more time with her she can’t help but indulge.  After all she knows he is really trying to get back in the NFL and she just won’t fit in there as she only wants to stay in their small hometown and coach for the team she loves.  She’s got an entertaining father and some issues with believing in herself but this isn’t a turn off and isn’t something that feels like whining.  She’s very practical and does have trouble taking help but when it is offered in such a way that it makes sense she’s willing to back off and listen.

This was a very nice read that I have to thank Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for.  I loved the story and appreciated the chance to read it in exchange for my honest review.

four-stars

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