Friday, February 27, 2015

Want Me by Cynthia Eden

Release Date: January 27th, 2015

Author Info: Goodreads, Website, & Twitter

Pages: 140 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating:  5-Stars!

She doesn’t play it safe…

Sophie Sarantos has a weakness for dangerous men. She doesn’t like safe lovers—she likes men with a wild, rough edge. But Sophie may have attracted a lover who is too dangerous, even for her. Someone is stalking Sophie, slipping into her home, watching her day and night. The stranger seems to know all of Sophie’s darkest secrets, secrets that should never be revealed.

Out of options, Sophie turns to ex-solider Lex Jensen for protection. Lex is part owner of VJS Protection, Inc., and Sophie hires him as her bodyguard. She thinks Lex is one of the “good guys” out there, but she couldn’t be more wrong.

He doesn’t play at all…

Lex has his own secrets. Dark, deadly secrets. And as his feelings for Sophie grow, Lex knows that he is going to have to stop pretending to be a gentleman and, instead, he’ll have to show Sophie who he really is. A man trained to kill. A man too used to evil. A man who will take any risk…as long as he can claim Sophie.

Because there is one thing that Lex wants in this world…one person he desires above all others…Sophie. And no one will hurt her, not on his watch. 

When I started this book I didn't realize that it was the second in a series. Thankfully these books (or at least this one!) can be read as a stand-alone! I loved everything about this book, except how quickly I got to the ending. The author does an amazing job weaving a great story of suspense & seduction. The storyline was great and kept me guessing, I kept making guesses about who the stalker was, but I was never really sure if I was right. I LOVE a book that can hold my attention and keep me wondering if my guess is right! 

Now for the characters, I absolutely loved them all! Sophie was tough and smart & I loved the way she interacted with every character. Lex was strong and sexy and exactly the kind of guy I'd want protecting me! All of the other characters, regardless of the part they played in the story, were really well developed & I am excited to read the next book & explore more of the characters! I would absolutely, 100% recommend this book! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Baby Twins to Bind Them by Carol Marinelli

Release Date: March 1st, 2015

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Pages: 264 pages


Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 2-stars

The ultimate baby bombshell!

For delicious Dr Guy Steele, life is all about the flirting and never about forever! It’s the only way to avoid discussing the painful issue of his infertility. So a fling with Candy Anastasi, the sexiest nurse in the hospital, is the perfect solution…right?

Candy’s desperate to take her mind off her good-for-nothing ex — and six weeks of the best sex of her life is the ideal distraction! Until she realises that she’s fallen for Guy…and that she’s pregnant — with twins! Could her double baby bombshell ultimately bind her to Guy…forever?

 This is the first Harlequin Medical book that I have read and I'm not sure why I waited so long. I liked the medical aspect of the book, even if I wasn't a huge fan of the rest of it. I thought the story was fine, nothing spectacular but nothing awful. The characters were kind of boring and the storyline was nothing to get excited about. I don't think I would recommend it, but I'm sure plenty people will like it. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Billionaire's Bridal Bargain Lynne Graham

Release Date: March 17th, 2015

Author Info: Twitter, Website, & Goodreads

Pages: 192 pages

Genre: Romance

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 5 stars

To love, honor…

Cesare Sabatino never intended to marry. But if his thoughts did ever stray in that direction, the lucky woman's answer would have been a resounding "yes". Imagine his surprise when Lizzie Whitaker turns him down on the spot!

…and possess?

To get his hands on her Mediterranean island inheritance, Cesare must wed innocent Lizzie…and ensure she's carrying his heir! Luckily the formidable Italian is legendary for his powers of persuasion. With Lizzie desperate to save her family's farm, it's only a matter of time before she gives in…and discovers the many pleasurable benefits of wearing this tycoon's ring. 

Cesare & Lizzie were so different that I wondered how they would manage to connect, but once it started I was hooked! Cesare needs to get his hands on that island, even if only temporarily & Lizzie is determined to make sure her sister has more chances in life than she ever did. Once the two reach an agreement Lizzie is taken on the adventure of a lifetime and she finds herself in situations she had never even dreamed of. 

Before Cesare & Lizzie realize it, they are involved in a relationship that is becoming all too real, something that neither of them thought would happen. Can they make it work, regardless of their differences? 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Breathe by Abbi Glines

Release Date: June 4, 2013

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Pages: 333 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 3 stars

Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.

This is the first book I've read by Abbi Glines & although it got better the more I read, I just was not a huge fan of the writing style. I thought the story had great potential, and I did really enjoy the storyline but the writing just wasn't as good as I'm used to reading. I don't think I will continue with the series. 

*I got this book from my local library. Don't you just love a good library find?!?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Italian's Deal for I Do by Jennifer Hayward

Release Date: March 17th, 2015

Author Info: Goodreads, Website, & Twitter

Genre: Romance

Pages: 192 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars

The Irresistible Italian: Married for Business

He's conquered global markets and immeasurable hearts, but to regain control of the fashion empire that's rightfully his, Rocco Mondelli must prove his playboy days are over. His secret weapon? Supermodel-in-hiding Olivia Fitzgerald…and the power to ruin her if she refuses to play his loving fiancĂ©e!

But returning to the world stage revives Olivia's old demons, and instead of walking down the aisle toward her gorgeous groom—she flees! The world holds its breath: Can the indomitable Rocco get his wayward bride to the altar on time?

The world's sexiest billionaires finally say "I do"!

I read this book straight through, because I didn't want to put it down. The chemistry between Rocco & Olivia jumped off the pages! I loved the complexities of the characters & how they each had their own issues but figured out a way to lean on each other to get through them. What started as a business deal quickly turned into much more & it definitely made for a great read! 

*We received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. We were not compensated in any way for this review.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Princess's Secret Baby by Carol Marinelli

Release Date: February 17th, 2015

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Pages: 192 pages

Contemporary Romance

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4-stars

A Princess for the Playboy

The Princess of Surhaadi is desperate to escape a life lived in the shadows of her family's past. One misguided night of rebellion later and Leila's world comes crashing down thanks to two little blue lines on the pregnancy test!

When James Chatsfield—world-renowned bad boy and soon-to-be father —hears the shocking news, he knows he needs to act, and fast! He'll propose to protect his heir, but will Leila ever believe he sees her as more than just the mother of his child? 

Leila left home after years of being neglected and unloved, always failing to live up to the memory of the sister her parent's naively thought was perfect. Now she wants to live a little and experience the life she has been missing. Unfortunately, her sheltered life has not really prepared her for what things are like outside of the palace. She quickly adapts as best as she can, mostly because she has to. After a fateful night with James Chatsfield, her life will never be the same. 

James had plans to continue seeing Leila. Unfortunately since he didn't know much about her he was unable to track her down after their night together. All that changes once the press gets a hold of the story & James is shocked to discover he is going to be a father. Now he must do everything he can to make sure he has a place in his child's life. 

I liked the storyline, I loved James, but Leila was just a little too stuffy and spoiled in my opinion. I definitely enjoyed the book & plan on reading more by this author!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

For All Time by Jude Deveraux

Release Date: July 1st, 2014

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Genre:Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance

Pages: 400 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 stars 

The wedding of Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery is a glorious affair at an elegant little chapel in the woods, followed by dinner and dancing, all while moonlight blankets the festivities in a romantic glow. While most guests are fixed on the happy couple, Jared’s cousin Graydon can’t look away from a bridesmaid, Toby Wyndam. It’s not just her quiet beauty that enthralls him or the way she makes him laugh. Toby possesses the truly remarkable ability of being able to distinguish Graydon from his identical twin brother, Rory. According to family legend, such a gift marks her as Graydon’s True Love.

But Graydon knows there is no possible way that they can ever be together, for he is heir to the Lanconian throne and is to marry a noble woman who has been chosen for him. Yet, intrigued by Toby, he asks her to help him hide on Nantuck for a week away from regal responsibilities. In exchange, he’ll assist her with planning acclaimed novelist Victoria Madsen’s lavish wedding. Since they both know their union is impossible, the pair promises that they will never be more than just friends.

But there’s more going on between Graydon and Toby than her unique power to tell him apart from his twin. At work are forces beyond their control, which are ruled by time itself. Combine that with the magical island of Nantucket, and a seductive spell is cast over Graydon and Toby. If they are to be together, they must change what once was, as well as what will be.

The second book in the Nantucket Bride's trilogy, I must admit I didn't love this book as much as I loved the first one but it was still great. I absolutely love Toby & I like how she didn't let Graydon's identity intimidate her, nor did she let his bodyguards/friends. The length of this book and the time-travel aspect made it take me a little longer to read, but it was definitely worth it. I can't wait to read the final book in the trilogy, which is supposed to be out this summer!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Undeniably Yours (Kowalski Family Book #2) by Shannon Stacey

Release Date: November 1st, 2010

Author Info: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

Pages: 381 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 stars

Related Books: Exclusively Yours (Book 1), All He Ever Needed (Book 4)

One-night stand + two percent condom failure rate = happily ever after?

Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he’s more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn’t gone so badly...

Beth’s tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she’d see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can’t say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room. Then she slips out before breakfast without leaving a note and, despite their precautions, pregnant.

Kevin quickly warms to the idea of being a dad and to seeing where things go with Beth. After all, he’s not the player she thinks he is. But she’s not ready for a relationship and, given his reputation, it’s going to take a lot to convince her to go on a second date with the father of her child...

I absolutely LOVE this family! Shannon Stacey has done an incredible job creating a family & storylines that are impossible to put down! I really loved Kevin but I had my moments when I was not a huge fan of Beth. I wish she wouldn't have given him such a hard time, as it was clear that he wanted to make things work with her. I think my favorite parts were when ever the Kowalski's interacted with each other. I'm excited to read more in this series!

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Wedding Trap by Adrienne Bell

Release Date: July 2nd, 2013

Author Info: Goodreads

Pages: 166 pages

Contemporary Romance

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Beth Bradley has a problem. Everyone is expecting her successful music executive boyfriend, Charlie, to be her date for her best friend’s wedding. There’s one hitch: Charlie doesn’t exist. Unless she can think of something fast, she’s headed for the most humiliating weekend of her life.

Alex Tanner has a problem. The former Navy SEAL's search for a double agent lands him at the Kensington Hotel, and he needs a cover to finish the job. When the sexy maid of honor blackmails him into pretending to be her lover, he thinks he's been handed the solution.

Except Beth has a way of stumbling into trouble, and when the man Alex is hunting starts targeting Beth, Alex has to decide between duty and the woman who has stolen his heart.

When Beth asks Alex to pretend to be her boyfriend Charlie, who doesn't actually exist, she has no idea who he is or why he happens to be at the same hotel her best friend is getting married at. Alex takes advantage of Beth's desperate to give him a cover to investigate but the two quickly find things heating up, in more ways than one. When Beth catches a glimpse of the man Alex is trying to catch, she finds herself in danger & his top priority is keeping her safe. 

I thought this book was cute, funny, & a quick read! Beth had lied to everyone (except her best friend) about her current boyfriend and her ex, Spencer, was determined to catch her in the lie. Alex was perfect & quickly charmed everyone. I loved the chemistry between Beth & Alex and I liked the excitement of trying to catch the criminals!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Release Date: January 18th, 2011

Publisher: William Morrow

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick-Lit

Pages: 385 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 5 stars!! 

R.S.V.P. to the most riotous wedding of the year . . .

Lucy Jorik is the daughter of a former president of the United States.

Meg Koranda is the offspring of legends.

One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible—Ted Beaudine—the favorite son of Wynette, Texas. The other is not happy about it and is determined to save her friend from a mess of heartache.

But even though Meg knows that breaking up her best friend's wedding is the right thing to do, no one else seems to agree. Faster than Lucy can say "I don't," Meg becomes the most hated woman in town—a town she's stuck in with a dead car, an empty wallet, and a very angry bridegroom. Broke, stranded, and without her famous parents at her back, Meg is sure she can survive on her own wits. What's the worst that can happen? Lose her heart to the one and only Mr. Irresistible? Not likely. Not likely at all.

Having just finished my first book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, I was anxious to read another! This book caught my eye, so I thought it would be the perfect second book to read from this amazing author! It wasn't exactly what I was expecting- it was so much more amazing than I could have anticipated. Phillips does so a great job with not only her storylines but with her characters! Every character has something unique about them that makes you fall in love!

From the very first page I loved Meg & as soon as she met Ted part of me was hoping that they would somehow end up together! I love how she grows & matures throughout the book but I hated how the townspeople blamed her for every little thing that went wrong. I loved her reactions to all of them & I love how, as her relationship with Ted changed, she was trying to take the blame for things that weren't her fault. Their arguments and chemistry was amazing & entertaining!

I loved everything about this book! The characters were funny & quirky, the storyline kept my interest and I devoured this book in a few hours because I couldn't put it down. I wanted to live in this story! By the time I finished I found myself wondering where Phillips' books had been all my life!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Stripping the Billionaire by Noelle Adams

Release Date: September 9th, 2014

178 pages

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4-stars

For the last eight months, Mandy has lived across the hall from a caveman.

He won’t trim his beard, he mostly talks in grunts, and he’ll hardly emerge from his cave of an apartment. Ben might be a grumpy mess, but she kind of likes him anyway. She’s not attracted to him, of course. Not at all. Those stray feelings are merely a fluke. She’s looking for a man who has it all together, and Ben isn’t even close.

Benjamin Damon is heir to a billion-dollar corporate empire, but he has put his family and that whole lifestyle behind him. No one knows who he is now—not even his pretty princess of a neighbor who refuses to leave him alone.

When she ropes him into taking her with him to work on his mother’s historic Savannah home, he knows it’s a mistake. Mandy represents the world he’s tried so hard to escape, and he can’t let one woman strip him of the new man he’s tried to become. The more he’s with her, though, the more he wants her. Despite his best efforts, he’s falling for her hard—and dreading the day she finds out all of his lies.

As you can probably tell from the rest of my reviews, I'm a big romance fan! I have not read anything by this author nor did I read the other books in this series (I discovered after reading it that it was book 4.) As far as I can tell, it wasn't necessary to read the other books but I wish I had because I think I would have really enjoyed them. I thought that the storyline was really good, which is something that is sometimes lacking in a romance. I would definitely recommend it, although you may want to check out the other 3 books first!