Tag: contemporary romance

BLOG TOUR: Sexy as Sin by Julie Kriss

Book: Sexy as Sin

Series: Filthy Rich #2

Author: Julie Kriss

Release date: 3 December 2019

Main characters: Ava Winters, fashion stylist and Aidan Winter’s sister; Dane Scotland, Aidan’s best friend and co-founder of Tower VC group.

Blurb:

The assignment should be a fashion stylist’s dream. Dane Scotland—brilliant programmer, millionaire, partner in my brother’s company—is going to a big-money meeting, and he needs to look the part.

The problem? Dane doesn’t want a makeover. He’s grumpy and reclusive, and his wardrobe consists of two pairs of old jeans. He doesn’t want me anywhere near him.

Did I mention that he’s my brother’s best friend? And that no one knows exactly what Dane and I got up to ten years ago?

The nerd I knew is gone—Dane ditched his glasses and bulked up. Now he’s six-foot-plus of hot genius, but I can be professional. I can definitely keep my hands off him. Again.

But when he looks at me like he used to, like no one else ever has, the only thing I want is to lose control.

Dane and I gave each other our first taste of heartbreak. Are we destined for another round?

Why you should read it: my, my, my! This series keeps getting better and better, hotter and hotter! I loved Filthy Rich for its dialogue and characters with depth and Sexy as Sin is no different. Dane and Ava have history – and this makes their story so intriguing and hot. There’s pathos, there’s pain and there’s yearning. I loved this story and I devoured it in hours. Ava is damaged but not broken. She’s determined to sort out her life before pursuing anything with Dane. Dane is a pretty straightforward character. He hides his vulnerability under his surly exterior, but he feels plenty. What can I say? I didn’t want the book to end!

Dane’s arm came around my waist and a growl came from his throat. He’d never made that sound before—possessive, primal, male. I shivered at the sound of it. But his free hand came down over mine, stopping its progress. “You know what I want,” he said roughly, his voice low. “You, in a bed. All mine. No one around and no time limits. So I can do anything to you I want, for as long as I want.” He let go of me, slid back, his heat leaving me. “Nothing else will ever fucking do.” And with that, Dane stood and silently left the room.

What you may not like: It was over too quickly! Nah, it was just right. I don’t have a single negative thing to say about this story. Just bring on more of this stellar series!

Rating: 5/5 for a truly enjoyable read. Next up is Samantha’s sister Emma and bad boy Noah’s story in Dirty Talk

BLOG TOUR: London Royal by Nana Malone

Book: London Royal

Series: London Royal duet #1

Author: Nana Malone

Release date: 22 October 2019

Main characters: Abena Nartey, budding photography student; Alexi Chase, a maybe-royal, hell-bent on forging a future where he’s not under his father’s control.

Plot: Abbie Nartey has begun to lose sense of who she is. Once spunky and vibrant, she’s become cowed and cautious. Having given in one too many times to a controlling and violent partner and her strict Ghanaian parents, Abbie decides enough is enough. After rejecting the career her parents believed appropriate, she arrives in London, having won a place on a prestigious photography degree. She’s scared, and is unsure of the future, but she has two friends on whom she can rely.

Alexi Chase is young, handsome, rich and bored. Bored of his social circle, bored of living under his father’s thumb. He has one shot to gain his freedom and he plans to take it. Meeting Abbie knocks him on his ass – literally. Despite the mutual attraction, Abbie is determined to stay boyfriend-free in London, as her last relationship was a disaster. Alexi believes he’ll never be able to form a fulfilling relationship due to the childhood secrets that still haunt him and only his brother knows about. So friends it is. Only friends don’t share kisses that literally rock their world…

Why you should read it: If the story sounds familiar, then it’s because these characters were first introduced back in the halcyon days of 2014. London Bound forms the basis on London Royal with some key changes complete with twists and turns here and there. I’m assured that book 2 London Soul will take these two characters to new places and new situations. The chemistry between Lex and Abbie is how I remembered it. It’s palpable and the sexual tension really gets ramped up to the max by the end of the book. Lex is a smitten kitten, but will his secrets come back to bite him?

What you may not like: I’m not sure. On the one hand, we’re revisiting a familiar pair of characters – if you read the book before will this enhance or reduce your enjoyment? I really don’t know – I’m conflicted about it to be honest. On the plus side, we’re getting more Lex and Abbie. I love them as characters and I love that we’ll get to read about them in exciting and dangerous settings. I can’t wait to see Lex unleash his alpha instincts!

Rating: 4/5 for a nice trip down memory lane and quite the cliffhanger!

Blog tour: The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan

Book: The Wrong Kind of Love

Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #1

Author: Lexi Ryan

Release date: 12 February 2018

Main characters: Nicole Maddox, the wronged would-be bride and incurable romantic, Ethan Jackson, her one-night distraction, who becomes so much more.

Plot: Nicole Maddox has always had a bad track record with love, but she keeps trying. When the most recent disaster involves her twin sister admitting she’s pregnant, and the father is Nicole’s fiancé – enough is enough. It’s time to get out of Dodge.

She grabs her sister’s bag by mistake but decides to hop on the plane her sister was supposed to take to her new life. A new town where nobody knows her could be just the thing.

Her first night in Jackson Harbor has her drowning her sorrows and also trying hard not to stare at the brooding-but-devastatingly-handsome-stranger in the bar. She doesn’t need any more issues with the opposite sex, but maybe he could temporarily distract her from her life that has just imploded…

When Nicole resolves to stick around in Jackson Harbor for a while to lick her wounds – an opportunity presents itself. A job as a nanny to a little girl, that her sister was supposed to be starting. Taking it means having to pretend to be her, a masquerade she’s not altogether comfortable with, but needs must. When her boss turns out to be Dr. Ethan Jackson – aka the brooding god in the bar, Nicole’s love life goes from complicated to impossible. Can she stop herself from falling and keep track of all the lies piling up around her?

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness! This book made me feel everything! Your heart will break for Nicole – she gets treated so badly, when all she ever wanted was a home, a family and love. You’ll laugh at the situations she finds herself in and you’ll swoon with her interactions with Ethan. (When they’re not killing each other.) This book had it all. I’d tear up one chapter, laugh out loud the next and fan myself in others. It also leads nicely into the other books which will feature Ethan’s brothers. (More hot demi-gods – help!) They’re all gorgeous!

What you may not like: It’s not all sunshine and roses. The book does deal with some very serious issues – depression is becoming ever more prevalent in our society and the way the author dealt with the subject matter in this book was smart and reverent. I don’t know what you wouldn’t like about the story – it was water tight in my opinion.

Rating: 5/5 for a gripping, romantic, sad and sexy story. I can’t wait for more in this series!

The Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne

the trouble with loveBook: The Trouble With Love

Series: Sex, Love and Stiletto #4

Author: Lauren Layne

Format: Netgalley ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Emma Sinclair has adjusted to life in the Big Apple. She’s barely recognisable as the North Carolina southern belle she used to be. Determined to shed her former life, she now has the unfortunate reputation for being…well, a little ‘cold’. A mystery even to her closest friends, Emma’s past is something she’s not comfortable discussing, however, when Alex Cassidy steps in as interim editor-in-chief of Stiletto magazine, any hope of avoidance proves futile. Alex isn’t just her boss – he’s her ex-fiancé, and he’s determined to get some answers.

Alex Cassidy is convinced he’s over Emma Sinclair. It’s been seven years since she threw her engagement ring at him and told him she never wanted to see him again. So how is it that she has a slightly different version of events? Alex wants answers, so when he assigns Emma an article about all of her exes, he isn’t quite prepared for the emotional fallout. Will these two ever find the closure they’re looking for, or will they just make the same mistakes again?

Why you should read this: If you’ve followed my reviews of the other three books in the series – you’ll love this one! In my humble opinion, this is perhaps the best one in the series. The sheer build-up and emotional angst, balances so well with the humour and the inclusion of some well-loved secondary characters. I adore this series for the friendships, the positive female characterisations and the smokin’ hot heroes. This book is no exception.

What you might hate: I don’t know how you feel about second-chance romances? Usually they irritate the hell out of me, but this one was spot on. We have a feisty heroine, who you’ll either love and empathise with or hate for being distant. I totally got Emma, so I love her, but depending on where you stand on this will probably affect your enjoyment of the story.

Rating: 4/5 – made me smile, laugh and feel good inside. Lots of great dialogue and banter. A great read.

The Trouble With Love is out on March 3rd.

Made For You by Lauren Layne

Made for YouBook: Made For You

Author: Lauren Layne

Series: The Best Mistake #2

Format: Kindle ARC

Review by: Onnica

 

Basic story: Brynn Dalton has it all it would seem. She’s attractive, refined and always does the right thing in the right situation. She also thrives on lists. She knows where she should be in life, but when her thirty-first birthday rolls around and her current situation doesn’t fit with her life plan, she’s about to meltdown. According to the list, she should have been married for a year and be about to start a family. With a boyfriend who’s perfect on paper, but can’t stir any emotion within her, Brynn is forced to re-evaluate her carefully planned life.

Will Thatcher left Seattle three years ago, after spending a hot if ill-advised night with Brynn. Unable to get her out of his system, even though she regrets their night together, he’s back for more. He’s determined to make the rigid and boring Brynn realise that he is the only man for her. If only he can get her to live a little and give him a chance…

Why you should read this: If you read book one, Only With You (and enjoyed it) you’ll really enjoy this story. For me, Brynn and Will are a more interesting and angsty couple than perhaps Sophie and Gray. Brynn is obsessed with keeping on track, living by the laws she’s made for herself. She’s uptight and prim, but she also has a heart and when you know why she is the way she is, you do sympathise with her. She’s so blind to the fact that Will is head-over-heels for her, which is pretty comical. Will is hot! Super-hot. He’s a fun character, with more than a little vulnerability under the surface. Great hero.

What you might hate: Ok, Brynn is pretty clueless, which you’ll either love or hate. She doesn’t think much of herself, therefore she can’t quite believe anyone would think much of her either. This may or may not rub you the wrong way, but I think Lauren Layne struck the right balance.

Rating: 4/5 for me. Parts made me actually quite sad, but the antics, the schemes and the drama that ensued really made me fall for this book and the characters in general.

Made For You is out October 28th.

No Weddings by Kat and Stone Bastion

noweddingsBook: No Weddings

Author: Kat & Stone Bastion

Series: (No Weddings #1)

Format: Kindle ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Cade Michaelson is a hotshot entrepreneur and Business major. Together with his sisters, they want to create an event-planning business called Invitation Only. They’ll provide top-notch parties for the privileged class they grew up with – but with one stipulation: they don’t do weddings. Cade has his own reasons for this – a past hurt that even two years later, he can’t seem to shake. For the business to fully take shape, they need a partner who will provide the desserts for each event.

Hannah Martin has recently opened her bakery and dreams of growing the business. After several careful negotiations with Cade, she’s tempted by more than the opportunity. After spending more and more time together, the pair realise just how much they’re drawn to each other, but are both aware of the implications and the impact it could have on business. Hannah is also nursing scars of her own and doesn’t want to be another notch on Cade’s bedpost. Just friends it is…

Why you should read this: This is book one in what is set to be a fun series. The attraction between Cade and Hannah is palpable and it gives a new meaning to the phrase ‘slow burn’. The dialogue is pithy and the husband and wife writing team made both the male and female main characters realistic.

What you might hate: For me, I’m used to a little bit more action in my books – even if it is the first in a series. We find out the character’s secrets and why they feel unable to move forward, but other than that…there’s not a whole lot that happens. Which is fine, if you want a break from machinating exes and villains but, it fell a bit flat for me.

Rating: I give No Weddings 3/5 – it was fun, sexy and very sweet in parts. Am I curious about the rest of the series? Not sure yet.

No Weddings is out on 8 September.

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No Weddings – Sep 8th
One Funeral – Sep 29th
Two Bar Mitzvahs – Oct 20th
Three Christmases – Nov 17th

Blog Tour: Only With You by Lauren Layne

Only-with-You-Blog-Tour

 

We’re so happy to be one of the stops on Lauren Layne’s blog tour. If you haven’t read Only With You yet, below is our review, a teaser and you could win a copy in our competition. Click here to enter.

COVER-Only with You

Book: Only With You

Author: Lauren Layne

Series: The Best Mistake #1

Format: Kindle ARC

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

 

Basic story: Sophie Dalton is drifting, or in the words of her loser ex-boyfriend, she’s floating aimlessly through life. Despite having two degrees under her belt, neither careers were what she wanted to do, so she’s a waitress until she figures things out. Her family treats her like the disappointment of the family – she’s nothing like her perfect big sister Brynne and her parents take every opportunity to hammer that point home. Things can’t get much worse for Sophie. Or so she thinks.

At a particularly tacky bachelorette party in Vegas, Sophie decides to channel her inner party girl and dress up. The plan backfires when a sexy, tall and brooding man in the elevator mistakes her for a hooker. Her already low opinion of herself plummets further. It’s time to re-evaluate her priorities and get her life back on track.

That horrible night comes back to haunt Sophie when her sister Brynne invites her new boyfriend to dinner. Grayson Wyatt is stunned to see her again, minus her hooker gear. Sophie cannot believe her bad luck. When she is inveigled into working for the jerk, things go from bad, to worse, to interesting.

Why you should read this: I’m a huge fan of Lauren Layne – she always nails the balance between light and fun reads but always brings an element of pathos to her characters. Sophie is a really fun character – she’s a people-pleaser with the ability to diffuse tense situations. She also has a very low opinion of herself. I felt for her at times – Grayson is really hard work and definitely not a people-person. I liked Grayson because he was different. He’s not a perfect character. He’s not an alpha with all the answers. He’s a bit of a disaster area really. No social skills and unsure of how to handle his attraction to Sophie. The tension between the two of them is off the charts. Prepare for a looooong wait before they sort themselves out though!

What you might hate: At times Grayson’s mixed signals gave me whiplash – one minute he wants Sophie, then he hates Sophie and thinks her sister is more his speed. He’s a completely hopeless character, but once he shows his vulnerability, you can’t help but root for him a little bit.

Rating: 3.5/5 for a fun, quick read with plenty of mind-games, banter and it also has some likable peripheral characters who we’ll see more of in Made For You, book two in the series.

Only With You is out on July 29th.

 Excerpt:

They grabbed their wineglasses and headed toward the

sound of Brynn’s smooth alto voice and the sharper squawk

that generally meant Marnie was in full-out “impress” mode.

Sophie hoped her sister’s new man-friend was adept at

flattery and pleasant niceties, because he was going to need

a hefty dose of social skills to maneuver his new girlfriend’s

overprotective father and eager-for-grand-babies mother.

She shuffled after Will into the “drawing room,” mentally

preparing herself for mind-numbing conversation with one

of Brynn’s adoring drones.

 Sophie halted to a stop so suddenly that some of her wine

sloshed over the edge of her glass and onto Marnie’s pristine

white carpet.

 Her mother made an exasperated sound, but a little

spilled Chardonnay was the least of Sophie’s worries.

 It was him.

 The man from the Las Vegas elevator standing in front

of her like some sort of icy-eyed ghost. And he had an arm

around her sister’s waist.

Oh, holy crap.

The aged gouda she’d just swallowed began churning in

the wine tsunami of her stomach.

Will pinched her upper arm none too gently, and Sophie

belatedly realized that her sister had finished introductions.

Everybody was staring at her, including Mr. I’m Not

Looking for an Escort Service. She had so not missed that

deadly sexy gaze. Emphasis on the “deadly” part. Still, it

was reassuring that he too looked a bit shell-shocked. He

didn’t say a word, but based on what she knew of him, she

didn’t really expect him to.

 The ball was clearly in her court.

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About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House (Loveswept).

After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Lauren moved to New York City where she now writes full time.

Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. She lives with her husband and plus-sized pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.

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Blog Tour: Addicted by Tracy Wolff

Addicted Blog Tour BannerBook: ADDICTED (An Ethan Frost Novel #2)

A Loveswept New Adult Romance

Author: Tracy Wolff

On sale: July 15, 2014

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“I’m allowed to be sorry that the woman I love has been through hell, I’m allowed to be fucking furious that my brother is the one who hurt you. And I’m damn sure allowed to want to make things better for you.” – Ethan Frost.

Blurb:

As Chloe Girard discovers, there’s love . . . and then there’s addiction.

Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He’s rich, gorgeous, powerful, one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.

But that’s not why I’m with him.

I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me. The way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.

But sometimes it terrifies me how much I crave him, how much I need him just to breathe. I always thought it would be my past that ruined us, but there’s a darkness in Ethan I never dreamed existed. Can we survive as his secrets surface—threatening to unravel us both?

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Review

I have been waiting to see what happened between Chloe and Ethan for months. If you’ve read Ruined, you’ll know that it ended on one hell of a cliffhanger and making us wait for months was just plain mean! Chloe and Ethan have an awful lot of baggage to work through and even though they love each other so completely, will that be enough to overcome the odds stacked against them?

Why you should read it: Addicted gives the reader the chance to get to know both Ethan and Chloe a lot better. I’ll be honest, I was not a huge fan of Chloe’s in Ruined, but in this conclusion to the story, she’s stronger, more open and she really comes into her own as a heroine. She is no longer in awe of the powerful Ethan Frost – he’s human, he’s vulnerable and he has a habit of keeping secrets from Chloe. The way she faces up to her problems, when before she would have just run away, really shows how she’s grown during their time together. I found I had a lot more patience with her this time around.

Ethan is the ultimate hero – he’s a philanthropist, he’s kind, patient and would do anything for Chloe. All you could want in a hero and buckets more. He’s tested in this book as his family is responsible for a lot of the past traumas Chloe has suffered. He’s determined to make it right, but doesn’t always go about it the right way!

What you might hate: I enjoyed this story more than Ruined, but you may be left exasperated by the back and forth between the couple. This is natural and I like that the characters even made reference to how much they keep breaking up and making up! The sex is off the charts hot in this book – normally I dislike that amount if I feel that it gets in the way of the story. I don’t feel that this was the case here, but some plot lines were left hanging and I felt like the author ran out of time to tie up loose ends. What happened to Brandon? Did Chloe continue with law school? It was a bit rushed in the end, which was a pity.

Rating: 3.5/5 for a satisfyingly hot conclusion and a pair of troubled yet loveable characters. And also kudos to Tracy for ending the series after two books and not feeling that pressure to trilogise! (Is that a word? It is now.)

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 ABOUT TRACY WOLFF

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff lives inTracy_Wolff Texas and teaches writing at her local community college. She is married and the mother of three young sons.

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Nowhere but Here by Renée Carlino

nowherebuthereBook: Nowhere but Here

Author: Renée Carlino

Publisher: Atria Books

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Kate Corbin is struggling under the weight of grief and finding her place in the world. She’s a reporter at a popular Chicago newspaper but according to her Editor, she’s lost her spark. With no family and few friends to speak of, she’s haunted by the idea that she’s all she has.

When her Editor hands her an assignment to interview the reclusive and enigmatic R.J. Lawson, she’s unconvinced she’ll be the one to draw him out. Fiercely private and media-shy, R.J. Lawson has granted a rare opportunity in allowing her onto the grounds of his winery.

After a disastrous journey to the vineyard, Kate meets Jamie, one of the winery’s staff who seems to do a bit of everything. They hit it off immediately, and when it becomes clear that R. J won’t be answering any of her questions, they spend more and more time together. Will Kate be able to find her spark again? Is she all she has? For the first time in her life, she is made to reevaluate her initial assessment…

Why you should read this: I was drawn to this story – not sure why, but I know that I like Renée’s writing style. I’d enjoyed Sweet Thing (all except for the heroine) so I knew that there’d be a strong story there. I really liked Kate – she’s depressed sure, but the way she phrases things and behaves made me smile. She was fun and the peripheral characters were well-developed too. I felt as though I knew these people. Jamie for me was a sweet, sexy and enigmatic character. I enjoyed the fun that he and Kate had together. For me it was the right balance of sexy and sweet. You’ll have to make up your own mind.

What you might hate: I hate schmaltz and sickly sweet stories. For me, the story was perhaps a little too neatly wrapped up at the end and I can see why some found it super-sweet, but I still loved it! Trust me, I’m not one of those people who cries at book trailers or wells up at the thought of her favourite book boyfriend. I just loved the underlying message in the book: you may feel that it’s safer to be alone, but it’ll suck. Big time!

Rating: I’m giving this a 5/5 which is rare for me I know. Perhaps if I’d been in a bad mood while reading it I would have felt differently? Who knows? It made me happy, made me smile and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nowhere but Here is out now.

Her Best Laid Plans by Cara McKenna

Her Best Laid PlansBook: Her Best Laid Plans

Author: Cara McKenna

Series: Cosmo Hot Reads (short stories)

Format: Kindle ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Jamie Webb is newly-dumped and in Ireland on a holiday that was supposed to be taken with her best friend. Alone in the middle of nowhere, Jamie is convinced that the trip will be a bust. The local pub is full of senior citizens and she’d happily drive to the nearest town if she could conquer a stick shift and face driving on the wrong side of the road.

Nursing her pint of Guinness and contemplating her luck, in walks the sexiest bartender she’s ever seen. It doesn’t hurt that he’s the only guy under thirty for miles. Connor Kelleher makes Jamie want to throw caution to the wind and go for it. She deserves a holiday fling. Nine days of flirtation and sex, then back to the real world. Each will be left with a warm memory. Connor is exactly what she is looking for – fun, cocky and he wants exactly the same as she does out of life. A no strings attached fling to turn a good holiday into a great holiday. But the more time the pair spend together, Jamie begins to wonder whether leaving will be that easy…

Why you should read this: If you haven’t read any Cara McKenna before, then you are in for a treat. The woman is super smart and writes male characters really well. She made Connor sizzle – he was the right blend of sexy, shy and cocky – such a great balance. Jamie was a likeable, funny heroine – she gave great banter and was someone we all know. The story is sweet, oh-so very sexy and just so much fun. She writes about Ireland with authority and the dialogue is authentic and spot on. I didn’t want it to end but I finished it with a great sense of satisfaction and a goofy smile on my face. I may have to return to Ireland sooner than I thought, if the male citizens are half this hot!

What you might hate: Absolutely nothing to hate on here – loved it! And yes, I have a huge need to go and buy Ms McKenna’s entire back catalogue!

Rating: Easily 5/5. It made me smile, feel warm and fuzzy when I really needed cheering up. Awesomely hot, hot, hot. Read it!

Her Best Laid Plans is out on April 15th.