BOOK REVIEW: Wrapped Up in You by Cyn D. BlackBurn

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Title: Wrapped up in you
Author: Cyn D. BlackBurn
Publication: November 13th 2017
Pages: 220
Synopsis:

For Officer Justin Weaver, Christmas is the most hideous time of the year. To improve his “holiday cheer,” he’s been put on Officer Kringle duty, collecting toys for the Ho-Ho-Patrol.

It’s a week in holiday hell.

Worse, it comes with an elf—his little sister’s gorgeous best friend—but Lilly Maddox isn’t so little anymore. And as an annoyingly festive reporter looking to make her mark, she’s there to document his every move.

Justin’s always had a thing for Lilly, but he refuses to go there with her. Ever. Not after watching what his mom went through as a cop’s wife. But now that they’re trapped in his squad card, avoiding her just got a lot more complicated…

MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

I was provided an arc in exchange for an honest review.

Wrapped up in you must be one of my favourite holiday reads so far this year. Given the fact that I didn’t actually read that many holiday romances so far, this still tops the list. And I’ll explain why.

First, the writing was really fun and easy to slip into. You start off with getting to know the loveable cop, Justin, who just wants a break from all the buzz about how cops need to be seen more friendly. In order to make them appear more public friendly, cops are forced to wear Santa outfits and interact with the newscaster of a big local television news channel.

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BLOG TOUR + BOOK REVIEW: From This Moment by Melanie Harlow

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From This Moment, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone from USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Harlow is available NOW!

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From This Moment by Melanie Harlow

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: October 10th, 2017

It was like seeing a ghost.

When my late husband’s twin brother moves back to our small town, I want to avoid him. Everything about Wes reminds me of the man I lost and the life we’d planned together, and after eighteen long months struggling just to get out of bed, I’m finally doing okay. I have a new job, an amazing support group, and a beautiful five-year-old daughter to parent. I don’t want to go backward.

But I’m drawn to him, too. He understands my grief and anger and guilt like no one else—and I understand his. Before long, that understanding becomes desire, and that desire becomes uncontrollable.

He says he doesn’t care what people think, and love can never be wrong. But life has taught me its cruelest lesson–love doesn’t always win.

If only my heart would believe it.

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BOOK REVIEW: This Baby Business by Heatherly Bell

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Title: This Baby Business
Author: Heatherly Bell
Publication: October 1st 2017
Pages: 384
Synopsis:

Strictly business…or is it?

Air force pilot Levi Lambert has seen plenty of danger—but his infant daughter might be the death of him. Fortunately, Levi’s found the answer to his sleep-deprived prayers: his next-door neighbor! Carly Gilmore is willing to be his nanny…until a small white lie turns their arrangement from business to very personal.

The fake engagement was intended to keep Levi from losing custody of his baby girl, but is causing all sorts of new problems. Not only does Carly attract trouble like bees to honey, but there’s the little matter of Levi’s smokin’-hot attraction to her. The last thing he needs is to fall in love…

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MY RATING: 3.5 /5 STARS

MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This Baby Business was the first novel by Heatherly Bell that I have read and it certainly will not be last. After being contacted by Heatherly on twitter to review, I must say I was a little bit skeptic. AND NOT BECAUSE IT WAS HEATHERLY. IT WAS SIMPLY BECAUSE…it came from Harlequin Super Romance.

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BOOK REVIEW: If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow

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Title: If You Were Mine
Author: Melanie Harlow
Publication: February 28th 2017
Pages: 293
Synopsis:

Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.

Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.

He wasn’t supposed to kiss me.

My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.

We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life.

One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.

We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.

But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.

I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could.

All he has to do is stay.

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

This is my second read from Melanie Harlow and I must say it followed the troupe of fake boyfriend and followed basically most of the cliches that are known to all romance readers. So, in short, If you Were Mine was kind of a snore fest sometimes.

And the reason why I’m going to say this was a basic read was because I cannot even tell you what happened in the book without a quick glance at the synopsis.

*takes a quick glance*

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BOOK REVIEW: After We Fall by Melanie Harlow

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Title: After We Fall
Author: Melanie Harlow
Publication: November 28th 2016
Pages: 355
Synopsis:

Jack Valentini isn’t my type.

Sexy, brooding cowboys are fine in the movies, but in real life, I prefer a suit and tie. Proper manners. A close shave.

Jack might be gorgeous, but he’s also scruffy, rugged, and rude. He wants nothing to do with a “rich city girl” like me, and he isn’t afraid to say so.

But I’ve got a PR job to do for his family’s farm, so he’s stuck with me and I’m stuck with him. His glares. His moods. His tight jeans. His muscles.

His huge, hard muscles.

Pretty soon there’s a whole different kind of tension between us, the kind that has me misbehaving in barns, trees, and pickup trucks. I’ve never done anything so out of character—but it feels too good to stop.

And the more I learn about the grieving ex-Army sergeant, the better I understand him. Losing his wife left him broken and bitter and blaming himself. He doesn’t think he deserves a second chance at happiness.

But he’s wrong.

I don’t need to be his first love. If only he’d let me be his last.

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ACTUAL RATING: 3.5/5

This was my third read from Melanie Harlow. I have yet to review the previous books I have read: If You Were Mine & From this Moment but I’ll get on it shortly. A quick summary of my reviews will be that I’m not really that impressed about the conflicts Melanie created for characters to not be possible to be together. And I’ll explain.

Okay, so since this was my third read, I must say that this was one of the more interesting ones simply because of Jack. I don’t know what to tell you except I guess I really like rude pricks like Jack and bubbly characters like Margot. I was digging it. I just had to keep reading to see how Jack and Margot interacted with each other. One, who was colder than ice. And the other one who was like what is your problem dude?

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BOOK REVIEW: Top 10 by Katie Cotugno

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Title: Top 10
Author: Katie Cotugno
Publication: October 3rd 2017
Pages: 320
Synopsis:

Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of friends. Introverted, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ryan is a star hockey player who can get any girl he wants—and does, frequently. But against all odds, they became not only friends, but each other’s favorite person. Now, as they face high school graduation, they can’t help but take a moment to reminisce and, in their signature tradition, make a top ten list—counting down the top ten moments of their friendship:

10. Where to begin? Maybe the night we met.
9. Then there was our awkward phase.
8. When you were in love with me but never told me…
7. Those five months we stopped talking were the hardest of my life.
6. Through terrible fights…
5. And emotional makeups.
4. You were there for me when I got my heart broken.
3. …but at times, you were also the one breaking it.
2. Above all, you helped me make sense of the world.
1. Now, as we head off to college—how am I possibly going to live without you?

GOODREADS / AMAZON / KOBO

MY RATING: 4/5

I received an arc from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

Let’s start this review off with me saying that I love Katie’s works. I adored How to Love, and yes, 99 days was kind of problematic, and I didn’t really read her other release from this year, Fireworks, yet but I still hold onto the fact that she will be one of my automatic buys. Have you seen the cover designs of her books? Granted, I shouldn’t be purchasing a book based on it’s cover art because the graphic designer does not affect the contents of the book but fellow booknerds, we know we’re on the same page when we say a prettier cover definitely holds our interest.

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BOOK TOUR + BOOK REVIEW: Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery

 

 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool’s Gold romances Susan Mallery, comes the second standalone title in the Happily, Inc. Series—YOU SAY IT FIRST! You’re invited to visit Happily, Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale. Where people live… wait for it… happily ever after.

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SECOND CHANCE GIRL Synopsis:

From the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Susan Mallery, read the second irresistible installment in the Happily Inc series!

Mathias Mitchell’s easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California—the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his “no promises, no pain” lifestyle. Yet he can’t stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes.

Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she’s not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising—and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she’ll always come first in his heart?

Don’t miss You Say It First, the first book in the Happily Inc series.

 

MY RATING: 3/5

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is my second Susan Mallery book and I must say her writing is simply addictive. Second Chance Girl tells the story of Carol who has low self-esteem and doesn’t see how she could ever attract a man like Mathias ever. It just doesn’t seem to be plausible since Mathias is super attractive and Carol doesn’t see herself especially attractive in any sort of way.

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BOOK REVIEW: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Without Merit
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication: October 3rd 2017
Pages: 359
Synopsis:

In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

I was generously provided an ARC from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

Where do I begin with a Colleen Hoover book review? If you’re new to Colleen Hoover and have not read any books of hers then you probably need to grab a seat, drink some water, and get comfortable because there is ALWAYS so much to discuss. Her plots and characters are not something easily digested in on sitting. Most of the times, it leaves you thinking and thinking about motivations of characters, their flaws, and their actions. You have to kind of look at everything layer by layer in order to really appreciate something Colleen Hoover writes. This review won’t probably do it justice because I’m sure I’ll forget to express something but I’m going to try my best.

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BOOK TOUR + REVIEW: Fraternize (players game #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Fraternize, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is available NOW!!

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Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: September 12th

Genre: Contemporary Romance

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken kicks off a brand-new series in which romance is a game and love is a touchdown.

Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…

No fraternizing with the players.

Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.

Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.

MY RATING: 2/5

I was provided an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first Rachel Van Dyken novel and after seeing her works on multiple sources of social media platforms, I was more than excited to have a chance to review her works. First of all, look at how gorgeous this cover is. It screams romantic comedy and exactly what I was looking forward to curling up in bed for. While, this book intended to invoke this sort of emotion within me, I must say, I was pretty disappointed.

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BOOK REVIEW: Royal Attraction by Tiffany Truitt

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Title: Royal Attraction
Author: Tiffany Truitt
Publication: September 18th 2017
Pages: 268
Synopsis:

Alexandra Ryans’s life has been anything but normal. Some might even call it a fairy tale. As the daughter of the former U.S. ambassador to England, she grew up within the palace walls, best friends with the three young princes. Adored by the press and the British people. What more could a girl want?

If only the press knew the real story behind her relationships with the Dudley boys. Then, they’d really sell some papers.

Oliver Dudley, youngest son and third in line for the throne, loves everything about his life. The fame. The parties. The women. The utter lack of expectations and responsibilities that come with being last in the line of succession. But while the world thinks he has everything he wants, there’s one thing he was never able to call his own—the beautiful and spunky American Aly Ryans. But how can he convince her when she hates everything about his life? And what is he willing to give up to get her?

MY RATING: 5/5

I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Where do I start with how amazing this book this was?

While I confess that I have a weird infatuation and love for the Royal Family (hello, Kate Middleton!), I’m obsessed with books about royalty as well. Enter Royal Attraction with characters like the womanizer, Oliver Dudley, and the misguided, Aly Ryans. Both have grown up together as best friends behind the palace doors. While Aly loved or adored, Oliver’s older and much more responsible brother, Aiden, Oliver was secretly falling in love with Aly as the years pass by. When one night spent together forces Aly and Oliver to confront their feelings for each other, Aly decides to flee, opting for the easier solution to things. After all, running away is easier than trying to figure out what feelings they have for each other.

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