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Review: Undeclared by Julianna Keyes


Burnham College #2

Ever since I finished Undecided by Julianna Keyes last summer, I’ve been anxiously waiting for Kellan’s book. When Julianna Keyes started writing on her FB page about her writing process for this book, well, it made me even more excited! (I definitely recommend those posts by the way. They are a fun behind-the-scenes development of a book.) I was wondering how Kellan would be redeemed because in the first book, while he seems like a nice enough guy, he was pretty wild and committed to not settling down.

Summer is coming to an end Kellan is back in his hometown for a short time. While visiting the local pool, he sees his neighbor and childhood best friend, Andi Walsh. She also happens to be the women who he lost his virginity with. It almost seemed like something might be developing between them when all of a sudden, Andi stopped speaking to him. Kellan was hurt but didn’t know how to make an overture to her to ask for forgiveness. He left and went to college in Oregon, while Andi was stuck in their small hometown.

Finally, Kellan is getting the chance to talk with Andi again, to maybe make things right between them. But somehow, even after a shared moment before Kellan leaves for his third year at Burnham, things don’t seem quite right. Kellan has quite a few unresolved feelings and when he sees Andi on campus, those feelings loom large in his mind.

Andi accepted a volleyball scholarship to Burnham but did not tell Kellan. He cannot believe how bad things between them truly are if Andi cannot even tell him that she is now going to the same school. And when she tells Kellan that what she wants is the same thing he wanted his first year, a chance to be someone new, to live and experience different things, well, Kellan is a bit jealous. Andi has always been his in some way.

As the school year gets underway, Kellan has some hard truths to face about what he wants for his future (including how he can avoid his annoying school counselor, Bertrand), what he wants with Andi, and if he can reconcile the playboy college guy of the past two years with who he truly is.

I really was not sure what my reaction to Kellan would be as the story started. I didn’t dislike him in the first book but I am also a bit over the big man on campus college storyline, so I was very pleased that Undeclared did not veer in that direction. It is in fact quite clear in the other direction as Kellan does a hard examination of his own life. Kellan matures throughout the course of the book. It’s a gradual thing so you won’t be surprised by some of the dumb things he does initially but I really liked that he was trying to be someone he himself would like.

The story is told solely through Kellan’s point of view but I didn’t find that to be a detraction in terms of understanding Andi. She’s always been the tomboy, the second-class person compared to Kellan’s star persona. She wants something different and she deserves something different. Even Kellan recognizes that. I think it was difficult for him to accept that at first though because Andi has always been so much his, the champion of his life. It is superbly selfish of him but then, he’s a twenty-one year old and I accepted that he would still have some selfishness about him.

I really liked Andi. Despite her athletic ways, I connected to her quieter personality, her need for deep connections with those closest to her, and her need to make a life for herself outside of her hometown. I also thoroughly approved of an action she took late in the book. I mentally gave a fist pump in fact. I think in the beginning she was perhaps too easy on Kellan but she wised up quickly and was able to convey that his treatment of her better improve, NOW, or there would not even be a friendship to salvage.

Undeclared is another shining effort from Julianna Keyes. I loved seeing Nora and Crosbie again (he’s still up to his illusions!) but I fully loved getting to know Kellan better. There is a lot of depth and heart to him, if only he isn’t afraid to show it. I’d hate for Julianna Keyes to give up writing contemporary romance but man oh man, there is no doubt in my mind that she has really mastered New Adult. I just plain love her books and Undeclared joins that list.

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Bad Nanny Blitz



Bad Nanny 
by C.M. Stunich
(The Bad Nanny Trilogy #1) 
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance

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“He’s a bad boy … and a nanny.”

Holy sweet baby Jesus.

I don’t know anything about taking care of kids.
I pierce nipples, navels, and noses for a living.
I’ve never even held a baby before. Not once. Never changed a diaper or cleaned up a skinned knee. Hell, I don’t even want kids. I’m more of a drifter, a once in a lifetime lover, and then I move on.
Family? Commitment? Nuh uh, no way.

Tough sh*t, though, because my brother and his kids need me. Desperately.
I never thought to wonder if I might need them, too.
That I might need her, this strange woman I met at a playground.
Brooke Overland.
She doesn’t know I’m not a professional nanny, but what am I supposed to do now?

She hired me; I took care of her sister’s kids for her; I f*cked her.
My life is so screwed-up.

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cmC.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.

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Review: Your Tempting Love by Layla Hagen


In the mood for a straightforward, guy meets girl, they connect and fall in love? Look no farther than Layla Hagen’s new release, Your Tempting Love. Victoria Hensley is an interior designer who has recently opened up her own business with her best friend. Right now, word of mouth is their best advertisement and that is how she connects with Christopher Bennett. She recently worked on his sister’s home and since Christopher liked it, he is eager to work with Victoria. He doesn’t realize quite how potent she is as a woman however until they meet in person and the chemistry ignites between them.

Their flirtatious banter is off the charts, even as both realize that maybe what is happening is a little bit outside the realms of professionals working together. Christopher can’t seem to help himself. The more he is around Victoria, the more he wants her. When he learns his sisters are trying to set him up with Victoria, his interest should have died down. But that just isn’t happening. The more time he spends with Victoria and her family, the more invested he is in her. Perhaps this die-hard bachelor is ready for a serious connection?

Victoria is just trying to get by lately. After the death of her parents, she gained sole custody of her seventeen-year-old sister, Sienna, and her two younger adopted brother and sister. Add to that a growing business and Victoria has no time to fall in love. She’s been burned before by getting interested in clients on more than a professional level so she wants to avoid that trap at all costs. But being around Christopher and not reacting to him as a woman to a man is hard, especially when she sees how wonderful he is with her family. But can Victoria let down her guard and trust her instincts that Christopher won’t just be another wham bam thank you m’am type of guy?

Your Tempting Love is the first book I’ve read by Layla Hagen, and the first book I’ve read in the Bennett family series. But I jumped in and had no problem with connecting with Christopher and Victoria, or Christopher’s extended family. Right off the bat, these two have great chemistry. I admit, sometimes I had a little secondhand embarrassment for Victoria and the things she let slip to Christopher, but he was always sweet about her banter. His open personality just swept her in!

Victoria is a great character. I really admired her for taking care of her siblings, while grieving for her parents, and working to start her business. She has a good head on her shoulders and though she is aware of some of the professional mistakes she has made in the past, that isn’t stopping her from being successful now.

What I liked most about this book is how simple and ordinary it felt as a love story. They meet, they flirt, they realize they really like each other and eventually fall in love. There aren’t huge obstacles along the way but there are enough conflicts to keep the story interesting. Lest I make this seem like it’s boring, I promise, it is not! It is a sweet love story and something I didn’t even realize I was in the mood for. This is a great modern contemporary romance!

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Christopher Bennett is a persuasive man. With his magnetic charm and undeniable wit, he plays a key role in the international success of his family’s company.

Christopher adores his family, even if they can be too meddling sometimes… like when they recommend him to employ Victoria Hensley’s decorating services for his new apartment in an attempt to set him up with her. Christopher isn’t looking to settle down, but meeting Victoria turns his world upside down. Her laughter is contagious, and her beautiful lips and curves are too tempting.

Victoria Hensley is determined not to fall under Christopher’s spell, even though the man is hotter than sin, and his flirty banter makes her toes curl. But Christopher is her client, and she knows better than to get involved with clients. Besides, Victoria isn’t looking for love. After her parents’ death, Victoria is raising her much younger siblings, and she can’t afford any mistakes.

But Victoria and Christopher’s chemistry is not just the sparks-flying kind, but the downright explosive kind. Before she knows it, Christopher is training her brother Lucas for soccer tryouts and reading bedtime stories to her sister Chloe.

Victoria wants to resist him, but Christopher is determined, stubborn, and oh-so-persuasive.

When their attraction and connection both spiral out of control, will they be able to risk it all for a love that is far too tempting?

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Layla Hagen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She fell in love with books when she was nine years old, and her love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

She writes steamy and romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

She is represented by fabulous Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)

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Royally Matched Release Day!




Royally-Matched-3D-bookSome men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.



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Sarah stands up and presses her lips against mine. And it’s so unexpected, so surprising—I freeze up. But only for a moment. As her mouth gently moves over mine, I begin to thaw. She’s so fucking soft, her taste so very sweet. The kiss is almost chaste—at least it’s the most chaste I’ve ever had. Unpracticed.

And yet, it still manages to make my heart pound against my ribs like an animal in a cage.

“What are you doing?” I whisper, when she pulls back just a little.

“I’m distracting you.” She looks up at me uncertainly. From behind those ridiculously prim little glasses with those big, dark eyes that could bring me to my knees. “Is it working?”

My tongue traces my lower lip, craving more of her.

“I’m not sure. Keep trying—I’ll let you know.”

She smiles quick and relieved . . . and then she reaches back up, wraps her arms about my neck, and kisses me.

Her two lips envelop my lower one, then the upper, all eager, pleasing sweetness. My hands find Sarah’s lower back and I pull her in close, tight against me. Slowly, I open my mouth and she mirrors my movement, opening for me. And it’s good. So very, very good.

It’s like my blood has turned to gasoline, and the touch of her wet, warm tongue is the spark.

I delve deeper, kiss her harder—more demanding—taking the lead. I cup her head in my hands, holding her still while I plunge and devour. A moan seeps from her lips and I devour that too.

But then, breathing harshly, I tear my mouth away.

“Sarah, maybe we shouldn’t. Maybe we should just—”

“I’m sick of being afraid, Henry. And I’m so tired of being alive . . . but not really living. I’ve wanted this for a long time. I want . . . you.” It’s only then that hesitation dims her eyes. “Do you want me too?”

I grip her arms. “More than I’ve wanted anything or anyone in my entire life.”

She takes my hands in hers, lifts them and presses my palms to her breasts. They’re soft and full and absolutely perfect.

“Show me.”

Beneath her robe, her bedclothes are paper thin. I trace my thumbs across her nipples, feeling them harden and peak. I want to suck on them until she’s mindless. I want to lick every inch of her skin and watch her flush with desire.

I wrap my arms around Sarah and lift her right off her feet. With a groan, my mouth is back to hers. Her small pretty hands cup my jaw as I carry her toward the bed. I stop against a wall on the way, knocking a frame sideways, lifting her leg in one hand and wrapping it around my hip so I can thrust against her.

There’s so much I know—deviant, filthy, lovely moves. And I want to teach her every damn one.












Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.


Review: Tapped by Liz Crowe



Tapped by Liz Crowe is an erotic romance. When brew master Austin meets Evelyn, he is instantly smitten. One hundred percent insta-lust. The bad thing is he is recently kind-of, almost engaged to another woman. His attraction to Evelyn takes him by total surprise.

Evelyn wants nothing to do with Austin. She knows he’s a playboy and the golden boy of the micro-brewing world. She has worked hard to make a name for herself in the profession and to her, Austin has just gotten by on his name and family alone. There’s some truth to this but Austin has definitely worked hard to become a talented brew master. He studied in Germany and knows his beer. He also happened to share a lot of sexual experiences with his friend, Ross, another brew master.

When Evelyn and Austin start a relationship together, it is not easy. Between Austin’s family expectations (especially his mother who is not the nicest to Evelyn), Evelyn’s own doubts about their relationship lasting, and Austin’s unrequited feelings for Ross, they do not have an easy road. When Ross enters Austin’s life again, things only get more complex.

I will be honest. Tapped was only an okay read for me. I had a hard time investing in Austin and Evelyn’s relationship as I couldn’t quite understand the instant attraction they had to each other. Evelyn in particular I had a hard time connecting to, much as I tried. But Austin’s instant love baffled me. He had barely met Evelyn and suddenly he was realizing that there is no way he can marry this other woman, that after a lifetime of sexual experiences, Evelyn was the one for him.

Add in Ross, who complicates their relationship even more, and I just felt very distant from these characters overall. I liked the business aspects of this book though. The author clearly did her research into the brewing world and that showed.

While Tapped was not the strongest book for me, I firmly believe that for every book there is a reader out there and I know this book will resonate with other readers.


The Brewing Passion Series #1
By: Liz Crowe
Releasing February 14, 2017
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When wealthy brewery owner Austin Fitzgerald meets sexy saleswoman Evelyn Benedict, angry sparks fly. They seem destined to clash, until a hot hookup in a cold beer cooler changes everything.

For Austin, it’s a life-altering moment that sets him on a path away from his birthright, while Evelyn must face her fears about committing to a man considered the playboy of the micro-brewing world.

The power of preconceived notions nearly tears them apart—until they meet up with brew master Ross, who opens their eyes to a deeper, even more erotic connection.
But three strong personalities don’t always make for the best emotional mix and when a simple misunderstanding causes chaos, it’s up to Ross to somehow repair the tattered shreds of their relationship.

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liz_pic-1Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance: Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

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Excerpt Reveal: Royally Matched by Emma Chase

I am INCREDIBLY excited for the publication of Emma Chase’s new book, Royally Matched. It is the sequel to Royally Screwed (which I LOVED!). I’m thrilled today to be bringing you a new excerpt from Royally Matched.

Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all royally-matched-for-webresponsibility dumped in his regal lap. He’s not handling it well. Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own: Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition. A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart. While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye. The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor. But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.  As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

Royally Matched is available on Tuesday, February 21, 2017! You can purchase a copy at any of the following places:

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“Are you a virgin?” I ask.
“Well . . . yes.”
“Then why are you complaining? You qualify.”
Sarah’s eyes flash with annoyance. “Because I’m more than my hymen, Henry! To base the value of an accomplished, intelligent woman on a flimsy piece of skin is degrading. How would you feel if your worth rested on your foreskin?”
I think it over. And then I grin. “I’d be all right with that, actually. I’ve heard it was an impressive foreskin—all the nurses were fawning over it. It’s probably being showcased in a museum right now.”
She stares at me for a beat, then she laughs out loud—a rich, throaty, sensual sound.
“You’re a terrible human being.”
“I know.” I shake my head at the calamity of it all.
“And you’re an even worse feminist.”
“Agreed. That’s something I need to work on. You’ll help me, won’t you? We should spend as much time together as possible—every minute of the day and night. I’m hoping you’ll rub off on me.”
Sarah pushes my shoulder. “You’re just hoping I’ll rub you off.”
Now it’s my turn to laugh. Because she’s not even a little bit wrong.
“But there’s never been anyone? Really?”
Sarah shrugs. “Penny and I were tutored at home when we were young . . . but in year ten, there was this one boy.”
I rub my hands together. “Here we go—tell me everything. I want all the sick, lurid details. Was he a footballer? Captain of the team, the most popular boy in school?”
“He was captain of the chess team.”
I cover my eyes with my hand.
“His name was Davey. He wore these adorable tweed jackets and bow ties, he had blond hair and was a bit pale because of the asthma. He had the same glasses as me and he had a different pair of argyle socks for every day of the year.”
“I am so disappointed in you right now.”
“He was nice,” she chides. “You leave my Davey alone.”
I shake my head. “So what happened to old Davey boy?”
“I was alone in the library one day and he came up and started to ask me to the spring social. And I was so excited and nervous I could barely breathe. And then before he could finish the question, I . . .”
I don’t realize I’m leaning toward her until she stops talking and I almost fall over.
“You . . . what?”
Sarah hides behind her hands.
“I threw up on him.”
And I try not to laugh. I swear I try . . . but I’m only human. So I end up laughing so hard the car shakes and I can’t speak for several minutes.
“Christ almighty.”
“And I’d had fish and chips for lunch.” Sarah’s laughing too. “It was awful.”
“Oh you poor thing.” I shake my head, still chuckling. “And poor Davey.”
“Yes.” She wipes under her eyes with her finger. “Poor Davey. He never came near me again after that.”
“Coward—he didn’t deserve you. I would’ve swam through a whole lake of puke to take a girl like you to the social.”
She smiles so brightly at me, her cheeks maroon and round like two shiny apples.
“I think that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.”
I wiggle my eyebrows. “I’m all about the compliments.”


About the author:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEmma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Review: Royal Affair by Parker Swift


Today, I am lucky to be participating in the launch day blitz for Parker Swift’s new book, Royal Affair. I am the biggest fan of contemporary royalty romances. And coming from a long history of loving historical romances focusing on Dukes, well, Parker Swift’s new book Royal Affair was heaven-sent for me.


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Lydia is a nanny for the summer. She’s anxious for the summer to come to an end, even though the kids she’s watching are very sweet. But soon she will be in London working in her dream job, fashion. But before that happens, she catches the eye of Dylan Hale when she is visiting one of his Canadian estates. But surely a guy as sexy as Dylan, a future Duke, would never be interested in her.


Once she has arrived in London, Lydia is pleasantly surprised to see Dylan again. He asks her out and the attraction between them proves to be off the charts. But while Dylan wants to be with Lydia, he does not want a relationship. It has to be sex only. Lydia is not sure if this kind of arrangement is for her but to say the sex is phenomenal with Dylan is putting it mildly. It isn’t easy, being Dylan’s secret, but Lydia does find being with him sexy. Unfortunately, she is developing feelings and it doesn’t seem like Dylan is following. Besides that, how would Lydia even fit into his rarefied world of privilege, legacy, wealth, and royal connections? Lydia doesn’t know what their future may hold but then again, maybe they do not even have a future.

Perhaps one of the most important things to note about this book is that Lydia and Dylan’s story does not end in Royal Affair. This is the first book in the three part Royal Scandal series. So, don’t go into the story expecting a happily-ever-after right away. I have no doubt these two will get there but it will take some work.

Dylan is kind of mysterious. We learn he is a very successful architect, he’s a darling of the royalty circuit, and his parents are desperate to marry him off. He also loves his sex kinky. He’s domineering in bed (though this book is not a BDSM story by any means). He likes control and he’s only too happy to help Lydia explore sex. It’s hard to tell how he feels about Lydia throughout the story. Clearly he is attracted but do his feelings run deeper? Parker Swift teases and tempts readers into trying to figure Dylan out. I admit, I wish he had shown his feelings a bit sooner but there are moments throughout the story where his actions do show his emotions.

I liked Lydia. She left the United States with pain in her past. She’s excited to be working in the fashion industry in London. And no, Lydia isn’t a designer. She’s working on the business side of things and I really found her job and passion interesting in the story. I loved that she was willing to take a chance and live somewhere so far from home (in NYC). Of course, she does some issues with her dad to deal with (fairly common I suppose) but she was still brave and willing to give London a try. And hey, she landed herself (kind of) a Duke so things are looking up.

I will be interested to see how things progress for Dylan and Lydia in book two, Royal Disaster which comes out in April. Judging by the title, it isn’t going to be an easy path for these two.

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ROYAL AFFAIR by Parker Swift (February 2017, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99; Royal Scandal Book 1)

One seriously sexy son-of-a-duke . . .

Behind the posh British accent, Dylan Hale possesses a down-and-dirty sexiness. Off-the-charts gorgeous, a ruthless architect . . . and did I mention he’s a future duke? Every time we touch, it’s wildfire. All need and lust and heat. But Dylan has rules: just sex, no one can know, and in the bedroom he gets complete control. All I have to do is follow the rules, because falling in love with Dylan Hale is all it would take to screw everything up . . . royally.

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Parker Swift grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and then grew up again in New York, London, and Minneapolis and currently lives in Connecticut. She has spent most of her adult life examining romantic relationships in an academic lab as a professor of social psychology. Now, she’s exploring the romantic lives of her fictional characters in the pages of her books. When she’s not writing, she spends her time with her bearded nautical husband and being told not to sing along to pop music in the car by her two sons.

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Review: My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

notsoperfectI’m just going to say it. My (Not So) Perfect Life is just pure fun! If you’ve ever been a fan of Sophie Kinsella, you are in for a treat. I’ve liked her books since the very beginnings of the Shopaholic series so I was so happy to see this book show up for review.

Who wouldn’t love a perfect life? I know I would! No more bills, chores, lots of fun times with friends, no weight gain?? It sounds amazing but as we all know, that is not reality. Katie Brenner is determined to make her life in London utterly amazing. After growing up in farm country in England, she wants something different. She is sure that her her current job will yield something a lot better. After all, she works with the very talented Demeter. Sure, Demeter is a bit bossy, a bit forgetful and sometimes just downright mean, but Katie (or Cat as she goes by at work) is sure that Demeter will be the perfect mentor for Katie’s future success. Unfortunately, things definitely do not go as planned. Soon, Katie finds herself sacked and back home in the country. To make matters worse, soon Demeter shows up, family in tow, ready for a relaxing time in the country at her father’s rustic resort, the place where Katie is currently working while she is on “sabbatical” (or so she tells her Dad). Before Katie realizes it, she is learning that the perfect life does not exist. You just have to make the best of what you have.

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors to reach for when I need a pick-me-up or a lighthearted book I know will end well for the main character. I didn’t even have this book on my radar until it showed up on Netgalley but I am glad I gave it a chance (especially because her last book wasn’t the best for me). Katie is very similar to me. My instagram sometimes tries to be cooler than I actually am. While I’d love to have a sort of active social life, I’m more of a homebody than anything. Katie wants to excel at her job (again, me) but that’s not always easy when coworkers get in the way. Katie’s life has lots of ups and downs, much like real life, so her experiences really resonated with me.

I also enjoyed her time back in the country as she tries to get her life back under control. Her relationship with her dad is super sweet and I really liked the effort she made to make his “resort” a success. While Katie tries to reach high in life, I never thought of her as a snob at all. Yes, she’d love a custom made coat but she’s not afraid of hard work at all. She is bright with good ideas, she just had to learn to speak up when the time was appropriate.

And of course, like all great Sophie Kinsella books, there is a sweet romance. Katie meets Alex while employed under Demeter’s reign and she is smitten. He is kind of like a little kid in that he loves trying out all kinds of crazy new gadgets and toys but he also has the appeal of a gentleman in how he treats Katie.

There is just a lot to like in this book. It has Kinsella’s trademark humor and yes, her slightly stereotypical characters. But those elements don’t really bother me. I always know what I’m getting when I read one of her books and there is great comfort in that fact. This book has a lot of re-read potential too! So, all in all, I’d say that My (Not So) Perfect Life is pretty much all around fantastic. If you’ve liked Sophie Kinsella’s books in the past, chances are you are going to really enjoy this story too.

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Review: The List by Tawna Fenske


It’s NOT good when your computer freezes. Anyone who has ever spent time on a computer know this immediately. But it is even worse when your computer has frozen on an image of your made up “Fucket List” (bucket list, but with sex). That’s the dilemma Cassie Michaels finds herself in when she brings her computer to Hot Swap and meets Simon Traxel. To Cassie, Simon is just the tech guy helping her out. It doesn’t hurt that he is very easy on the eyes. What Cassie doesn’t realize is that Simon is the very rich owner of Hot Swap. All Cassie knows is she needs her computer fixed.

When Simon unexpectedly delivers her laptop right to her home, before Cassie quite realizes it, she is having sex with Simon. He is “Crazyhawt sex with a dark-haired, anonymous stranger with great abs”, item number four on her list. It is impulsive and unexpected but these two are wildly attracted to each other and the sex proves to be incredibly hot. Before he quite knows what he is saying, Simon proposes that he work on the Fucket list with Cassie. She agrees, as long as he is in agreement that this does not mean that they are in a relationship of any kind. Simon is all too happy to agree to that. He doesn’t do relationships.

And so it begins. Tawna Fenske does a great job of showing how early on in the book, sex between Simon and Cassie is just that, sex. They both respect and like each other but there is no trying to learn anything about each other. That does change of course. They both have growing feelings though they are loath to admit it.

Simon believes he cannot have a relationship. He has a sister, Junie, with Downs Syndrome. He wants to focus solely on her and he is afraid she will become attached to a woman who will no longer be in his life. And, he’s found as of late that most women just want him for his money. They expect a lavish lifestyle when in reality Simon enjoys his business and he wants to spend as much time as possible with Junie.

Cassie is convinced she does not want a relationship. Cassie is a soil scientist and loves her work but she often feels like one of the guys. She invented the Fucket List in the beginning to show her sisters that she can be just as crazy and girly as they are. She wanted to make them a tiny bit jealous. Cassie loves her sisters, Missy and Lisa, but they don’t have much in common. Or so she thinks anyway.

I just LOVED Cassie. There aren’t enough female scientists in contemporary romances. She is incredibly smart, she has a fabulous sense of humor, and while she is shy in the beginning about her desires, soon enough she has no problem telling Simon what she wants with him when it comes to sex. I loved the conversations that Simon and Cassie would have because they both are a little dorky and big into science so it was nice to see that flow so easily between them when they were getting to know each other.

I admit, I was frustrated that Simon hid the truth about his wealth from Cassie for so long. It was hard to see a character I liked acting so dumb. Clearly, Cassie wasn’t after him for his money but he continued to hide that from her. I feel like Cassie deserved a bit of a medal at the end for accepting his apology and letting him try again. Of course, I did want them to have a happy ending so I can’t complain too much!

Overall though, this book was just really fun to read. I zoomed through it really quickly in one sitting. The dialog is smart and funny, the love scenes are incredibly sexy and, perhaps even better, at times really humorous! There is a kitchen scene that had me laughing out loud. I felt incredibly pleased for these characters when the story ended and that was just a really nice feeling.

The List is the first book I’ve read by Tawna Fenske but I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this story. I can already tell I will be seeking out more books by this author. If you’re in the need for a smart and sexy story that will leave you happy at the end, I definitely suggest The List.

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It all starts with a list.

A sex list.

Cassie Michaels comes up with a list of naughty experiences to impress her sisters and finally convince them—and herself—she’s not just a boring soil scientist. Unfortunately, it also makes Cassie a liar if she doesn’t tick off at least some of the kinky exploits before her sister’s bachelorette party. Luckily, she’s found just the man to help her, starting with number four—sex with an anonymous stranger.

As the owner of a chain of computer shops, Simon Traxel doesn’t deal with mundane repairs, but when a brunette with killer green eyes and a list of sexploits frozen across her computer screen shows up at one of his shops, he’s ready to get a little hands on.

Simon’s more than willing to have some fun helping Cassie turn her made-up adventures into reality. Between steamy public romps that go hilariously awry, and sexy antics with kitchen utensils, getting through a to-do list has never been this much fun. But nearing the last few items means nearing the end of their time together, and Simon isn’t ready to let her go…

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Tawna Fenske is a USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Her offbeat brand of romance has received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, one of which noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year.

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Review: The Failing Hours by Sara Ney



SO GOOD. SO GOOD. If you’re anything like me and really love a hero who is a jerk, you are going to fall hard for The Failing Hours. Zeke and Violet are about as opposite as it’s possible to be in terms of temperament and joy of life. At least so it first appears. Don’t worry, there is a lot more to Zeke beneath the surface.

Violet is supposed to be tutoring Zeke but she purposefully misses their first appointmenthtdad-2-bn-kobo after seeing him in the library because his size and his scowl intimidates her. When she finally gets up the nerve to have their first tutoring session, Zeke is much as she expected. Sarcastic, snappy, and angry. There is no way love is going to blossom between this pair.

That is before two young kids, a meddling wrestling coach, and Violet start to win Zeke over, slowly but surely. That isn’t to say that Zeke does a complete 180 in this book because he definitely does not. Even at the end, Zeke has some things to work through. But his heart does soften and he does realize he is in love. This is a big deal for a guy who has been the forgotten child of his parents all his life, shuffled between relatives. He’s never had a family and to say he has a chip on his shoulder would be putting it mildly.

Violet actually comes from somewhat similar circumstances as Zeke. Her parents died when she was four and she too was shuffled amongst adults. But her attitude is a lot different. She is determined to make a success of her life, to have close friends, to find happiness. I hate to say it, but kindness exudes from her pores. I was a bit worried that she would end up being somewhat spineless but no worries. When Violet needed to stand up for herself, she did with resolution and grace. I particularly appreciated how she took a stand at the end. I won’t say much more but Violet proves that she holds herself in great esteem, as she should.

Sara Ney does a fantastic job at crafting the love scenes too. I almost feel like Zeke had a few purple prose moments in how he felt about Violet during their sex scenes. It was somewhat comical in that respect, seeing this angry man becoming rapturous over a woman.

I don’t think I ever actually reviewed the first book in this series, The Studying Hours (it is fantastic by the way, thanks Andi for introducing me to the series). The characters from The Studying Hours make appearances in this book but it’s quite nice because it shows how deep the stakes are for Zeke if he doesn’t moderate his attitude a bit. And it was just nice to see Oz and Jameson again.

I truly felt like Sara Ney wrote this book purposefully for me because she hit all my reading sweet spots. A somewhat introverted heroine, an angry, douchebag of a hero, and a wonderful love story that unfolds between them. (And while I say Zeke is a douchebag, make no mistake, he is not truly CRUEL or god forbid, abusive in any way. He just has a bit of a mean streak that needs tempering).

Also, I have to mention how much I loved Zeke and his little, the boy he is paired up with for a mentoring program. This kid gives Zeke so much crap but man oh man, they really learned to like each other. And there is a part at the end, oh goodness, where Zeke explains how much this boy has influenced him and it just the sweetest thing.

So yes, I loved Zeke, A LOT. I loved Violet too but I guess for me, Zeke turned out to be the star of the show so to speak.

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screen-shot-2016-05-17-at-11-35-28-amPurveyor of all things witty & romantic, I love: iced latte’s, traveling, and bright, bold colors. On any given day, you can find me in my office, lovingly gazing at my bookshelf or shuffling my Bic felt-tip pen collection. I love hand writing letters, and sarcasm.

I live in the midwest, but “Will Write for Travel,” and believe everyone should follow their dreams, no matter how big or small. My favorite authors include Cindy Miles, S Walden, Suzanne Enoch, Tessa Dare (to name a few). I am a glutton for Historical, RomCom, Sports and MC romance.

One husband. Two daughters. Plenty of chaos.

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