Thursday, November 26, 2015

Review for Rekindle the Flame by Kate Meader - 4 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Chicago firefighter Beck Rivera always knew his destiny would be defined by two things: his dream to follow in the footsteps of his legendary foster father Sean Dempsey and his teenage passion for heiress Darcy Cochrane, the one girl who could both stoke and cool his fire. Loving her meant setting her free and breaking her heart—and his. But when a chance reunion at his family’s bar, sparked by a drunk Santa, places her in his path again, destiny can no longer be denied.

The last thing heiress-turned-tattoo-artist Darcy Cochrane needs is the rollercoaster of emotion stirred up by her first love: sexy, gorgeous man-on-fire Beck Rivera. But he always had such talented hands. And more talented lips. And...maybe one time can’t hurt. Then she’ll send him packing like he did to her all those years ago. But Darcy and Beck soon discover that nothing ignites holiday flames like rekindling a lost love...

MY REVIEW -

This was a good short story, and I really enjoyed it! I love 2nd chance at love stories, so this one was interesting for me. I liked Darcy; I liked that she's got a bit of a wild side, but she's still conservative in ways. I did like Beck too, but some of the word choices for him were odd, and also some of the other parts of the story had odd word choices. I still liked Beck, but the way he speaks didn't gel with me. Beck and Darcy have some steamy moments, and I liked how Beck wouldn't give up. I always like the addition of hot firemen, so that was a plus, and I do look forward to some of their stories in the next books in the series. This was cute, fun read, and definitely enticed my appetite to read more books in the series!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review for Filthy Rich by Virna DePaul - 5 bees knees!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Cara Michal has had to fight every step of the way to earn her place in the glittering seven-figure world of Wall Street. Years ago her hardworking father, a small-time investment adviser, was humiliated and wrongfully accused of fraud. Now Cara is at the top of her game, trying to support not only herself but her mother and brother. The occasional night out dancing soothes Cara’s soul, even as a bitter need for revenge against the man who destroyed her father makes inner peace elusive.

Then, in a moment of heat, Cara kisses a sexy stranger at a party—only later to discover that the man is Branden Duke, her new boss, an infamous operator with a wicked reputation in bed and on the Street. Branden is a man who seemingly has it all—except a woman who connects with him on a physical and emotional level. Now that he’s found Cara, he’s not sure he can let her go, even if he should.

In spite of herself, Cara is drawn to this charismatic guy. He is a challenge like none she has ever faced in her life. Their passion for each other is unquenchable, surprising them both with its ferocity. Even as Cara wonders if she can trust this man with her heart and soul, the ecstasy of their love cannot be denied. But when the past threatens the present, the two are faced with a truth from which they may never recover.

MY REVIEW -

Going into this book I was thinking it would be one of those books that have too much sex and not much of a storyline; I based this off of the title, but I was happily surprised that it wasn't! Not that those books don't have their charms, but I found this book to be refreshing. Don't get me wrong there is definitely some heat and spice in this book, and this book also surprised me in being somewhat light hearted. I love strong, sweet alpha males, but they are usually tortured somehow, and they are really gruff and a bit dark, and I do enjoy that type of guy, but I loved that in this book the guy was funny and he didn't brood, and he had a close relationship with his family, and even though he was a generally happy guy, he still was a hot alpha male, who definitely scorched the pages! Branden was the whole package! Cara was terrific as well! She's intelligent and strong, and she has a mind of her own. Cara and Branden have tons of chemistry together, and they are really cute and adorable with each other. I loved the mystery aspect, and I really enjoy the overlay of danger added to the story with the mystery stalker. This book is told in both of Cara and Branden's perspectives, and I love when authors to that; it makes the story seem fuller. This book is a complete story with no cliffhangers, so I love that. Also, there is the possibility of some great books with some of the side characters, so I'm going to be on the look out for that possibility. I loved this book, and I definitely will read more books by Virna DePaul!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Review for Every Little Kiss by Kim Amos - 4 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

TURN ON THE CHARM

Eternal good girl Casey Tanner moved to White Pine for a fresh start. Her mission: to finally have fun. And a fling with a reckless bad boy is the very first item on the to-do list she pretended not to make. After one long, lingering look at a sexy firefighter, Casey has found her man.

...AND TURN UP THE HEAT

Getting women into his bed has never been a problem for Abe Cameron. Letting one into his heart is an entirely different matter. But just one kiss, just one touch, just one smile from beautiful Casey has this lifelong bachelor flirting with the idea of forever. And Casey's refusal to settle down only makes Abe more determined than ever to win her heart. Now the one woman who can't be caught is the only one Abe can't live without...

MY REVIEW -

So...the book I just read right before this one has the same type of scenario that's in this book, and I have decided that I don't like that scenario. The scenario is when the main characters, or just one of the main characters decides that sex without any commitment is a good idea, and everyone will be totally happy with the situation, but of course they aren't because guess what! emotions are part of sex, so then problems arise. Also, why does every guy need to sleep with tons of women! Can't we just have a hot guy that doesn't need to have sex with a whole bunch of women; I guess not because it's in every dang book I read! Okay enough ranting. So, I tried to look past not enjoying the problem maker in this story, and I actually did enjoy the characters, so I still went with a 4 rating. I haven't read the previous books, which I've decided I like because this book is about Casey, and it seems that she wasn't very likable in the previous books, so it was good to not have preconceived notions about her, and I liked her. I do plan to read the previous books because I like the storylines for the previous 2 books, and I did mostly like Kim Amos' writing. I loved the way the characters meet in this book, I'm always down for hot firemen, and I did think they had some great chemistry, and the romance scenes had some spice. I did think it odd that Abe made such a turn around, and I did get frustrated with Casey because I feel like she needs more conviction. I liked Casey and her sister's relationship, and I like the other ladies in Casey's circle of friends; they have a fun dynamic, and add some humor to the story. I look forward to the previous books, and the future books, and hopefully we won't have anymore books with the sex with no strings storyline.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review for Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne - 3 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.

Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.

MY REVIEW -

This sort of missed with me, and I wanted to like it more because I actually did like it, but it just fell a bit flat for me. I liked Penelope, I liked that she was genuine and a tomboy, and she's a smart woman. I also liked Cole, he was fun and mostly sweet, and I think they were cute together. I don't like that it seems all the guys in this series sleep with lots of women, and it also seems that in the series (Sex, Love, & Stiletto)the guys from that series also seem to be the same type of guy that sleeps with lots of women before finding "the one", and I don't like that. I haven't read that series, so I don't know those characters stories, but they are in this book as side characters. I don't like the storyline where the characters try to do the sex without feelings thing, so that aspect was unenjoyable for me, and I don't like how wishy washy Penelope and Cole were with their feelings for each other. Everything seemed to just take too long to get moving. I am interested in Jackson and Lincoln's stories, so I'll probably check out those books, and I really like Lauren Layne's writing style. This book was cute and fun, and I liked the sports angle, so even though this didn't completely enthrall me, I still enjoyed it, and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review for How Forever Feels by Laura Drewry - 5 bees knees!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Maya McKay’s heart is as big as Jack Rhodes’s shoulders are broad. Their chemistry is out of control, but it could never work between them because Jack is more than just best friends with her cheating ex-husband—they’re like brothers. Maya, the sensitive, practical florist, has given up on love and is ready to settle for like. But now that Jack’s around again, he’s stirring up old feelings—and turning Maya’s fantasies into irresistible reality.

Jack blew his chance with Maya years ago when he stepped aside for his best friend, Will, and he’s still kicking himself about it. Maya was promised forever once before, and she got burned. But when Jack realizes that second chances aren’t going to fall out of the sky, he seizes the moment—and the woman he’s always loved—to show her how forever truly feels.

MY REVIEW -

This was really cute and sweet, and I loved it! I haven't read the first 2 books in this series, but I read the previous book, and I loved that one too! I think it's ok to read these books as standalones, but there is some mention of previous characters, so you may want to read the other books first. I really liked Maya, she's fun and smart, and she's strong. She stands up for herself without being over the top about it. Jack is adorable, and I like that he's a sweetheart and a nice guy, and I like that he has a sense of humor. Maya and Jack are cute together, and have great chemistry, and I liked that they are friends before they evolve into more. The romance between the two was refreshing, and they had some spice when it was needed. I really enjoy the secondary characters, and the depth of the relationship between the friends. It's nice to see such a close support system. I was disappointed with Jack's "family", what Genie did was horrible, and Will isn't any better. I'm glad Jack has Maya in his life; he needs someone to put him first. I think this is a wonderful series, and I look forward to more books by Laura Drewry.

Review for Until We Break by Jaime Howard - 3 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

When Sloane Avery stops to help a stranded driver, she finds more than a broken down car on the side of the road. Luke Evans is faster and sexier than her Maserati, but with her heart still on the mend, she’s not interested in taking him for a test drive. Despite their initial disdain for each other, emotion and passion simmer, complicating their fragile friendship. But when a tragic loss and devastating betrayal send them spiraling, their growing love isn’t enough to save them.

That was five years ago, practically a different lifetime and definitely a different Sloane. Before she’s been hardened by booze, sex, and as much distance as she could get from the past. Now, called home on a family emergency, she’s determined to hold onto her heart the next time she sees Luke.

Except Sloane’s not the only one who’s changed. Luke’s turned his life around. Only the reappearance of Sloane and the reminder of his biggest mistake can put a dent in his plans. Luke is set on fixing what he’s broken. But with her emotions boiling to the surface, Sloane needs to decide if falling in love is life’s greatest gift or its cruelest joke.

MY REVIEW -

hmmm...this just wasn't for me. There's too many things in this story I don't like. I'm going to have to give spoilers because I just can't express what I disliked without doing so. I'm going to write some stuff I liked first before the spoilers. I liked the writing style, just not the events in the book. If I take out all the stuff I didn't like, I do think the relationship between Luke and Sloane was sort of sweet. I also think a lot of people would actually like the story, and not mind the things I did because the story was interesting, but it was tough for me to continue because I disliked so many things. Even though I liked the writing style, I'm not sure I'll continue with this series, or others by this author, but you know maybe because hopefully they all won't have the things I really didn't enjoy about this book. I'll have to look up some spoilers to check.



Okay those spoilers are starting now! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!!!!



Cheating, sleeping around, the main characters both sleep with other people for most of the book, the female lead is so broken she ends up sleeping with tons of guys and becomes a bitch, the male lead is in a committed relationship with someone else for the whole 2nd part of the story, there's a jump in the story to 5 years later after the event that makes the female lead leave town; the event is that the male lead sleeps with the female lead, and then sleeps with her sister less than 24 hours later, of course he was hurting, and he didn't know how the female lead felt, but come on!, also the end was very abrupt, the leads get together for only a few pages in the end. I'm sure there were some more, but I'll leave it at that.

Review for Darker the Release by Claire Kent - 4 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Kelly Watson got involved with mogul Caleb Marshall for all the wrong reasons: namely, to prove that he murdered her father twenty years ago. But Caleb is hotter than hell, the sex is mind-blowing, and Kelly’s afraid that she’s falling for him despite her chilling suspicions. Now, the more time she spends in his arms, the more she risks betraying her identity and losing her heart. The only way out is to discover the truth before Caleb figures out who she really is.

Caleb’s feelings for Kelly are taking him into uncharted territory, replacing his weakness for call girls and one-night stands with a hunger for something real. Still, the ruthless businessman in him can’t resist looking into Kelly’s background. When his investigation suggests that he’s not the only one with something to hide, Caleb is forced to decide if he can trust someone who’s been telling him lies. For the first time, Caleb understands how intimacy can be so tempting—and, in the wrong hands, so dangerous.

MY REVIEW-

I really enjoyed this! I'm surprised I actually feel that way because what Kelly is doing is truly depressing! Her character, as in how she is as a person, is seriously lacking, and I had a hard time wanting her to be happy, but even with her doing this really awful thing, I still sort of liked her. I guess I get she's just lost, and doesn't have any self worth. And knowing what she was up to really put a pall over the intimate scenes with Caleb. There was an immense amount of sex scenes, and although they were hot and spicy, I do feel there were too many, and since there were so many, with the pall and all, I couldn't enjoy them fully, but as I said they were hot and spicy, so it wasn't all bad. There were a lot of sweet moments in this book between Caleb and Kelly, and I felt that their connection was genuine; two seriously closed off people, who are in major need of a deep connection. Caleb was great, and I like that sort of closed off alpha male character, so that was intriguing for me. I liked the alternating pov's, and I liked that this seemed like a conclusion for the story; I hate when stories drag on for no purpose, so I think this one wrapped up nicely. I didn't like some of Kelly's actions with Jack; I felt that was really unnecessary, and really didn't help endear Kelly to me. You definitely need to read the first book before you read this one, or you will be lost on a lot of the story development. In the end, I'm glad I read this series; the 2 books that is, and I enjoyed the growth the characters went through.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review for Once Kissed by Cecy Robson - 5 bees knees!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Tough-as-steel cop Curran O’Brien is quickly rising through the ranks of the Philadelphia police department. But when his rookie partner is almost killed under his watch, Curran just wants to prove he still has what it takes to walk among Philly’s finest. So he’s pissed to be stuck on a cushy security assignment for the DA’s office . . . until he gets a good look at the sweet, straitlaced intern he’s supposed to protect—but not touch.

Tess Newart recognizes Curran instantly. How could she not? Back in college she tied this former frat boy to the bed with her argyle socks! That sizzling one-night stand was the only indiscretion Tess ever allowed herself. She has survived law school so far, despite being pushed to succeed by her overbearing father. Now that she’s interning on a major case against a ruthless crime boss, she won’t jeopardize her career by giving in to temptation again. She just never expected temptation to look so damn hot in uniform.

Tess knows her father has other plans for her, and they don’t include Curran. But soon she’s falling for him all over again. And when danger emerges, Curran will prove just how good a bad-boy cop can be.

MY REVIEW -

I really enjoyed this! I'd say this book is a 4 rating, but I gave it a 5 rating because I love the potential for all of the upcoming books in this series! I'm really looking forward to reading them! I loved getting glimpses into the characters that will be in the next books. I did like the set up for this book, but I would have gone with a 4 because I can't stand when characters are too scared to stand up to their parents, so I knocked a point off. I did like Tess outside of that scenario though, and I liked Curran; he was a little dopey, but I thought he was fun, and when he needed to be he turned on the alpha. Curran and Tess had some really sweet moments, and the sex scenes were steamy. I liked the bodyguard routine; the dangerous situation added some nice mystery to the story, and I liked that Curran needed to deal with some PTSD type stuff. I didn't necessarily like how Curran and Tess originally met, since I didn't really like college guy Curran. I liked how this book was in dual perspective, and I really liked how the ending developed. This is another great series by Cecy Robson! I generally really love any of Cecy's books! So I definitely recommend Cecy Robson's books!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Review for Everything I Left Unsaid by Molly O'Keefe - 4 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.

And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.

His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.

MY REVIEW -

This was almost a 5 rating for me, but I just didn't find Annie quite to my liking. I liked her, but I just didn't like her thought process, but I suppose that's because she was raised in a sort of sheltered life. I wasn't quite sure if it was a cult, or if it was just a religious town, but she was definitely closed off from people who should've looked out for her, and because of that she made bad choices, and she didn't have the opportunity to grow; she's still a bit childish, even though she's 24, and so I had a difficult time dealing with her immature decisions. Another thing I didn't love, is when she goes to her neighbor's work place; I don't want to spoil it, so I won't say what her neighbor does, but that whole scene was just very unappealing to me. Dylan was an interesting character, he's sort of a recluse and an alpha, but he also has problems and demons in his life, and he's not really dealing with them, so he's closed himself off emotional from a lot of people. Both Dylan and Annie are secretive. Annie is secretive, but I thought she chose the wrong people to not be secretive with, so there's another thing I wasn't in love with about her. I liked how Annie and Dylan first are introduced to each other, the whole finding a phone, and getting to know some mysterious guy on the other line is interesting; it's risky, but unique, and they do have some spicy scenes; a lot of self pleasure, but still spicy. I liked how the story evolved, and I'm glad I have the next book in the series because I would have hated to wait with that cliffhanger in this book! I did enjoy the mysteries in this book, and I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to know the answers! I look forward to the next book, and I'll check out any other books of Molly O'Keefe.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Review for One Touch More by Mandy Baxter - 5 bees knees!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Strong, relentless, and lethal, he plays every angle to trap the worst criminals. But for the one woman he can't resist, he'll break all the rules…

For hotel manager Tabitha Martin, bad boys usually spell disaster. And her new guest promises just that, with his formidable build, tattooed biceps, and quiet take-no-mess attitude. Tabitha is already putting everything on the line to escape her vicious drug-dealing ex's control for good—but a single sizzling moment in “Damien Evans'” arms has her wanting all the trouble he can give…

He's been undercover too long and likes living dangerously too much. U.S. Marshal Parker Evans figures maybe that's why he doesn't immediately put Tabitha in custody. Sure, she's his one chance to finally take down a major drug ring. But every minute he protects this mostly innocent blonde leaves his heart all too vulnerable. And the cost of desire could be a deadly endgame…

MY REVIEW -

I really enjoyed this! I was going back and forth between a rating of 4 or 5, but ultimately I decided for a 5 because I was invested the whole time, and I didn't want to stop reading, so that's definitely a good sign. I was originally thinking of the 4 rating because I wasn't really connecting with Tabitha because I just didn't think she was making wise choices, so she was coming off as a bit weak to me, but I still liked her, and I get that she's trying to be helpful. I don't really like when people do unlawful things because they are in a tight spot, but I get where they are coming from, and I try to give them the benefit of the doubt. Damien was great! I loved his wounded tough guy character, and I enjoyed the undercover scenario. I like secret good guy storylines. Tabitha and Damien had some spicy chemistry, and the sex scenes were really good. The whole situation of Damien being undercover and trying to catch the bad guy while his feelings grow deeper for Tabitha when he really shouldn't be getting involved with her, was intriguing for me, and I zoomed through this book because I wanted to know how it would end. I look forward to reading more from Mandy Baxter. This is the first book I've read by her, and I will definitely check out some others. Great read!

Review for The Bad Boy CEO by Sugar Jamison - 5 bees knees!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Colt King has spent his whole life trying to prove he's not the trash his hometown of Destiny, Nevada, thought he and his brothers were. As soon as he was old enough he left town, vowing to make a name for himself and never looking back at the place that looked down on him. But that plan goes out the window when his ailing elderly aunt asks him to come home.

He begrudgingly returns to help the woman who raised him. But he's no longer the poor kid from the bad part of town. He's the ruler of a custom car empire and a financial genius. He arrives expecting a boring stay, but when he walks into his childhood home to find a woman in nothing but her underwear pointing a shotgun at his face, he knows his trip home will be a memorable one. With his aunt sick and forcing him to help her restore her fledgling hair salon, he has more than enough on his plate. Colt has no idea that her sexy tenant, Zanna, is going to be the cause of his many sleepless nights.

Zanna Jacobs came to the ghost town of Destiny to stay out of trouble and stay the hell away from men. She's got a serious thing for bad boys that's she trying to kick, and when she lays her eyes on the brutishly handsome Colt, she knows he's got bad news written all over him. He's not the typical thug she goes for: He's too clean cut, too good looking, and too cold--and when he comes to take over her salon, she's not going to take it. Zanna decides to show him exactly who the boss is. Colt is used to people following his orders, and when Zanna challenges his every word he finds her infuriating and incredibly sexy. He can't keep his hands off her...and knows that once he returns to Las Vegas, all bets are off...

MY REVIEW -

I thought this was really great!! I really liked Zanna; she was smart and tough, and I like how she stands up for herself and doesn't hold her opinions in. I like honesty in characters, and I like when characters don't play tons of games with each other. Colt was also great, I like that he's a bit stiff and controlled; it makes it more satisfying when they can't maintain their composure, and go off the rails a bit. It's good that he wasn't a man slut because I am getting really tired of that type of male character. I loved his family dynamics, and I am really looking forward to his brother's books; I'm not huge on the finding out you have a mystery child storyline, but I'll get past it because I like the characters. I like the setting, I enjoy small town stories because I like quirky side characters. Zanna and Colt are very steamy together, and the scenes were scorching! Zanna and Colt's meeting scene was great, and I liked how they evolved. There wasn't a lot of meat to this story, but this is a fairly short book, so it didn't really bother me, and I enjoy books that are mainly about the development of a connection between 2 people, and there was enough content to be good, and the characters are terrific, so that added a lot to the story. Great story with potential to be a great series! I loved Sugar Jamison's Perfect Fit series, and this series seems to be another series by her that I will love as well.