BOOK REVIEW: FORBIDDEN PROMISES BY KATEE ROBERT “THE O’MALLEYS SERIES #4”

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Title: Forbidden Promises
Author: Katee Robert
Publication: May 30th 2017
Pages: 336
Synopsis:

All Sloan O’Malley ever wanted was a simple life—and now she’s finally got it. She’s left everything behind in Boston—her family, her money, even her name—and set herself up in a tiny seaside town in Oregon. What she doesn’t plan for? Her mysterious and painfully attractive neighbor, Jude.

Jude MacNamara has been many things in his life—pampered son of a prestigious family, only surviving heir to a lost legacy, hit man—but now he’s out for revenge on the man responsible for the death of his father and brothers—Colm Sheridan. He’s tracking Colm’s sister when he encounters Sloan living with her in her beach house. He’s a patient hunter and he’s willing to sit back and wait for his prey…he just doesn’t expect for this woman to give rise to emotions he hasn’t felt in years.

He doesn’t want to see Sloan hurt, but in order to protect her, he will have to turn his back on the one thing he’s spent his life pursuing—revenge. Even then, there’s no guarantee either one of them will make it out alive.

MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

REVIEW:

I received a copy of this book from Forever Romance in exchange for an honest review.

I just want to start off this review by giving a fair warning that I did not know that this book was part of a series and while I believe you can read it standalone, it’ll be like me, where you’ll be slightly confused and be caught up in characters you didn’t know existed.

Furthermore, I want to give a warning that I read this book without the right mindset. I didn’t feel like a crime/thriller/suspense romance novel so it was really hard for me to push through and finish this book.

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Book Review: Frozen by L.A. Casey

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Title: Frozen
Author: L.A. Casey
Publication: April 19th 2016
Pages: 274
Synopsis: There’s one must-have toy this Christmas, and Neala Clarke has told her niece Charli she’ll get it for her. Never mind that she’s got less than a week and it looks like everywhere is sold out. She’s promised Charli a Fire Princess doll—and Neala is a woman of her word.

Darcy Hart is a people-pleaser. So when his adorable six-year-old nephew, Dustin, asks for a particular doll at the last minute, he says yes. Luckily for Darcy, there’s one left in stock at the local toy store. Unluckily for Darcy, he’s not the only person who wants it—and his rival is the one woman who’s immune to his charms.

Neala and Darcy have loved to hate each other since they were kids, and they’re both willing to do whatever it takes to get that doll. This can’t possibly end well for both of them…can it?

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much @lesliesbookblog for the nomination! I’m so honored! If you haven’t followed her yet, definitely give her one, and check out her gorgeous instagram too. That’s how we first met.

Rules:

– Thank the person who nominated you.
– Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
– Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

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1.) Do you like going into books completely blind or do you prefer having an idea or a sense of understanding of what you’re about to read?

I tend to like to know what I’m reading because then I would know if it fit my preference at the moment. I’m a strong believer that our perspectives and opinions of books are affected by how we feel at the time of reading. So, if I want to read a mystery because I’m feeling kind of dark and gritty, I’ll pick one off the shelf and read that instead of forcing myself to read a new release of some book.

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[Book Review]Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Garcia Williams

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Title: Sincerely, Carter

Author: Whitney Garcia Williams

Publisher: Whitney Garcia Williams

Publication: April 30th 2015

Pages: 237

Synopsis: Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend…

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

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Inside Out Book Tag

Hi guys!

I felt that my blog is more focused on book reviews right now which is fine because that’s the whole point of a book review blog but I wanted to change it up and maybe post some things that are fun to read.

So here’s a book tag I took from booksbiscuitsandtea. You can find her original post here.

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Inside flap / Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough (Discuss)Inside flap / Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough (Discuss)

I have to admit that I skim the summaries sometimes and depending on the situation I’m in, I may get really confused by them. If it’s noisy on the street, I may think a female character is having a relationship with her brother because I’m confused. I know! It’s horrible. But I blame it on mostly not having enough.

New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback, or hardcover?

I bought a new tablet so I’ve been addicted to using it to read! It’s just easier to hold, turn around in my bed, readjust my sleeping position, or just tapping to skim boring pages. But I really enjoy buying physical books. I love owning them and holding them in my hands. I prefer hardcover because they’re so glorious. It just sucks that it’s expensive.


Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why)

I have no need to make notes. Ha! I usually just remember tidbits I liked and disliked and discuss about them in my reviews.

In your best voice, read for us your favourite first sentence from a book.

how do i do this lmao??

Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

Personally, I tend to read a lot of romance novels so it’s weird for me if I read a romance written by a male. However, when reading a young adult novel, I have certain expectations for books written by male and female. For male, I tend to lean towards books featuring quirky boys who find themselves in hilarious awkward situations. I expect to laugh, to groan from all the sexual jokes, and giggle at how ridiculous they are sometimes when they’re with their friends. For female, I expect more romance and more friendship bonding.  Majority of my books are written by females so I guess I tend to really like female authors!


Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

Hell yeah! Why not? Sometimes I’m so unsure of what will happen or who will the main hero be in a story, I flip ahead. I have no shame.

Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

My shelves are a mess. I tried to organize them by genre and type of sub-genre but after I take photos for my instagram (remarkablylisa), they’re a mess.


Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

Of course. Who hasn’t? In a world where our attention span is literally as fast as a notification popping up on our phones, who doesn’t judge something by cover first when picking out books to read their summaries? We simply don’t have time to waste on uninteresting covers.

Take it outside to read, or stay in?

Let me sleep in my bed while reading and I’ll be happy.

Book Review: The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S.Grey

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Title: The Allure of Julian LeFray

Author: R.S. Grey

Publisher: Createspace

Publication: June 29th 2015

Pages: 366

Synopsis:

From: JosephineKeller@LLDesigns.com
To: LilyNBlack@gmail.com
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.

I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all…

XO,
Jo

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Book Review: The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Bell

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Title: The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart

Author: Anna Bell

Publisher: Zaffre Publishing

Publication: March 10th 2016

Pages: 432

Synopsis: A hilarious new romantic comedy for fans of Lindsey Kelk and Jane Costello from Anna Bell, the bestselling author of Don’t Tell the Groom. Abi’s barely left her bed since Joseph, the love of her life, dumped her, saying they were incompatible. When Joseph leaves a box of her possessions on her doorstep, she finds a bucket list of ten things she never knew he wanted to do. What better way to win him back than by completing the list, and proving they’re a perfect match? But there’s just one problem – or rather, ten. Abi’s not exactly the outdoorsy type, and she’s absolutely terrified of heights – not ideal for a list that includes climbing a mountain, cycling around the Isle of Wight and, last but not least, abseiling down the tallest building in town …Completing the list is going to need all Abi’s courage – and a lot of help from her friends. But as she heals her broken heart one task at a time, the newly confident Abi might just have a surprise in store …

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Book Review: Sustained by Emma Chase [The Legal Briefs Book 2]

Sustained (The Legal Briefs, #2)

Title: Sustained

Author: Emma Chase

Publisher: Gallery Books

Pages: 272

Synopsis: A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

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Book Review: Overruled by Emma Chase [The Legal Briefs Series Book 1]

 

 

Title: Overruled

Author: Emma Chase

Publisher: Gallery Books

Pages: 272

Synopsis: Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled Series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs Series.

As a DC defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing – with his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes – he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart and mother of his beloved ten-year old daughter. Jenny is getting married — to someone who isn’t him.

That’s definitely not part of the plan.
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Sofia Santos is a city raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her “friend with mind-blowing benefits” begs for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him – to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi – to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves.

Her head tells her she’s crazy…and her heart says something else entirely.
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What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.

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Book Review: Billionaire Without a Past by Carol Marinelli

Billionaire Without a Past (Irresistible Russian Tycoons #3)

Title: Billionaire without a past

Author: Carol Marinelli

Publisher: Harlequin

Pages: 192

Synopsis:

When one night isn’t enough…  

Nikolai Eristov lives by one rule: never look back. The inscrutable tycoon has buried his past so deep that, to the outside world, the only thing driving him is his personal chauffeur.

Until Nikolai meets elegant ballet dancer Rachel Cary at a wedding… Behind her practiced smile and innate sensuality, he glimpses a woman running from shadows as dark as his own.

One electric night together leads Nikolai to promise Rachel two weeks of exquisite pleasure. Except for the first time, this indomitable billionaire lied. Because two weeks isn’t nearly enough!

Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

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