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: After the Rain by Renee Carlino

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Title: After the Rain

Author: Renee Carlino
Publication: November 11th 2014
Pages: 304
Synopsis: From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a deeply emotional contemporary romance about the second chances waiting beyond the shattered dreams of youth.

Under the bright arena lights of a rodeo show, young Avelina Belo falls for a handsome cowboy with a larger-than-life personality. After a whirlwind courtship, she happily moves away from her family in northern California and settles into married life with her cowboy on a seven-thousand-acre cattle ranch in Montana. One freak accident later, Avelina’s hopes for the future come to an end.

Nate Myers graduated from UCLA medical school at the top of his class, ready to follow in the footsteps of his father, a superstar cardiothoracic surgeon. Six years later, Nate’s career is being ruined by a malpractice suit. Questioning himself for the first time, he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch to visit his uncle and gain perspective. There, he meets a beautiful young woman named Avelina who teaches him more than he ever knew about matters of the heart.

MY RATING: 1/5 STARS

REVIEW:

I’m being very, very, very generous when I’m giving this book a 1/5 stars because let’s just start off that it started off well…enough. It’s written in both perspectives of Avelina and Nate which was promising to me because I like dual perspective stories.

However, there was just so many things wrong with this book.

Let’s begin with how Avelina’s story was written in a summary format. For the first couple of chapters, the author was summarizing her life instead of telling me her story. It made the story so boring and I felt so bad for her character because it had so much potential to leave an impact. Instead, it was just pointless for me to read.

I’m also going to talk about how Avelina basically had such a wild background I was shocked that it happened by chapter 3 or somewhere in the near beginning. She fell in love with her husband, Jake, and marries him very early on in the relationship and then tragedy strikes. A horse falls on top of Jake. You read it right. A horse falls on top of Jake as he’s trying to save Avelina from being trampled on. Fine. Let’s just say we believe it and then we move on. I expect death at this point because the way the author is describing how a thousand pound animal just falls on top of you, it’s reasonable. HOWEVER, NO. THIS WOULDN’T BE THE 1/5 STAR STORY UNLESS…

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Book Review: Maybe This Love by Jennifer Snow

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Title: Maybe This Love
Author: Jennifer Snow
Publication: May 30th 2017
Pages: 304
Synopsis:

THE GAME OF HIS LIFE

Hockey player Ben Westmore has some serious skills—on and off the ice—and he’s not above indulging in the many perks of NHL stardom. When a night in Vegas ends in disaster, he realizes two things: 1) it’s time to lie low for a while, and 2) he needs a lawyer—fast. But the smoking-hot woman who walks into his office immediately tests all his good intentions.

Olivia Davis doesn’t need anyone derailing her career—or her dreams of starting a family—least of all a skirt-chasing player like Ben. But soon he’s unleashing a full-court press to convince her that he’s the real deal. She’s slowly falling for his sweet, rugged charm, but with so much on the line, Olivia has to decide whether Ben can truly change—or if he’s just playing the game.

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The Colorado Ice series
Maybe This Kiss
Maybe This Time
Maybe This Love
Maybe This Summer
Maybe This Christmas

MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

REVIEW:

An Advanced Reader Copy was provided to me by Forever Romance in exchange for an honest review.

Hello, welcome back to another small town story novel about two opposites that find their lives crossing paths and ultimately falling in love. Let’s begin by first introducing our hunk, Ben Westmore.

Ben’s a big shot hockey player that is about to lead his team into the Stanley Cup finals. He doesn’t need distractions (I know, we’ve read it before but i love this concept) and especially doesn’t need his lawyers telling him that the little drunken mistake has led him to an actual WIFE. Yup, Ben got drunk and now his childhood friend, Kristina Sullivan, claims that she’s his wife and she intends for him to fulfill his role…

Or so we think.

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Book Review: It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley

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Title: It Happened on Love Street
Author: Lia Riley
Publication: April 25th 2017
Pages: 368
Synopsis: The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .

Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal’s plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn’t an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man’s best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland’s hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he’s been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper’s determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Review:

I was provided an advanced reader copy of this book by Forever romance books in exchange for an honest review.

Let’s start off this review by stating that this is a contemporary romance novel with a happily ever after, a strong heroine, and a gentleman who falls head over heels for the heroine. It’s a small town romance so you can expect the fluffy bits  and not much of a more complicated plot than that.

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Book Review: Stubborn Hearts by Melanie Munton

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Title: Stubborn Hearts
Author: Melanie Munton
Publication: April 26th 2016
Pages: 128
Synopsis: What they say is true…never get involved with someone you work with.

David Edelman was an arrogant prick. At least that’s what Claire Stevens thought. She didn’t have many enemies but if she were forced to make a list, he would certainly be at the top of it. So, when she walked into her new job and saw him standing there, she’d been two seconds away from turning tail and running. But she needed the job and she never backed away from a challenge.

Claire Stevens was a stuck-up brat. He couldn’t believe that out of all the people in the city, she was the one hired to be his new assistant. The woman who drove him crazy. It was campaign season and this election was the one he and Clay had been working toward. He couldn’t allow his frustrating and maddeningly gorgeous assistant to distract him.

But then one night, that all changed.

It was just supposed to be a no-strings-attached, never-to-be-repeated-again kind of night. They weren’t supposed to actually feel anything. They weren’t supposed to remember how each other felt. And they sure as hell weren’t supposed to want to do it again.

But they did.

And they denied it, they fought it. But after a while, it wasn’t enough. They knew they were going to have to face up to their feelings. They were going to have to stop fighting and give in. Which wasn’t going to be easy. For Stubborn Hearts, it never was.

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Book Review: Mr and Mrs by Alexa Riley

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Title: Mr and Mrs
Author: Alexa Riley
Publication: April 10th 2016
Pages: 94
Synopsis: Phillip has been married to Molly for a year. He’s beyond obsessed with his new wife, to the point that he has to hold his true feelings back. If she knew how crazy he is for her, she might push him away.

Molly is feeling distance growing between them, and she’s worried she’s not enough. One night she walks in on Phillip, and it changes everything.

When Phillip discovers Molly was in an accident and now has amnesia, he’s going to do all he can to make her fall in love with him again. Holding nothing back this time.

Warning: It’s just as crazy as it sounds and just as over-the-top ridiculous. If you want to get silly with us and spend a little time away from reality, grab this one up!

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Book Review: 1981: Jesse’s Girl by Lindy Zart

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Title:  Jesse’s Girl

Author: Lindy Zart

Publisher: WaWa Productions

Publication: February 26th 2016

Pages: 96

Synopsis: The road trip from Minnesota to Pennsylvania and back is meant to be the final adventure before four friends go their separate ways in the fall.

Except nothing goes as intended, beginning with the unexpected addition of Catherine Tate, Jessie Keller’s new girlfriend. Sam Kent denies his attraction to her while simultaneously deflecting unusual interest from his pal Hannah Lopez. Dickie Dean is the socially inept book lover who surprises them all.

Amidst a malfunctioning vehicle, being caught in the middle of a robbery, beer drinking, mosquito attacks, and other teenage drama, the five experience courage, broken hearts, fear, and laughter. Most importantly, they make memories.

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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: Knot a Liar by Rose Ann Bridges

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Title: Knot a Liar

Author: Rose Ann Bridges

Publisher: Summer 365 books

Publication: March 16th 2016

Pages: 188

Synopsis:

 The truth could ruin everything!
Jodi wants to come out on top for once. Her rival has just gotten married and that calls for drastic measures for their upcoming high school reunion. But when a fake relationship leads to a fake engagement, that leads to more trouble than she signed up for. What is it about Sam that keeps Jodi agreeing with his crazy plans? And how will they get out of this mess if she can’t say no to him?
Sam wants to help this pretty lady in distress. But his protective nature only lands them both in hot water. Scrambling for a solution, he gets Jodi to go with his plans, especially once his parents think he has finally tied the knot.
With no way out, or so they think, Jodi and Sam keep devising plans which only dig deeper ditches. But the deeper the ditch the tighter the bind and they find that walking away is easier said than done.

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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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