Hart of His (Cale & Mickey #2) by Annie Arcane

Summary

Moving in with Mickey Hart has taught me a few lessons.

523 square feet is really f*cking small. Sharing a bathroom is the worst idea ever when you’re a damn paraplegic. Never lie, no matter what. And one more thing…

I’m madly in love with this girl.

Warning: Strong language, mature content, drama, and angst included. Shirt sold separately.

This novella is an adult contemporary romance featuring a disabled hero who (still) happens to be a rich and sexy alpha male with a potty mouth.

Cale and Mickey: Book 2 of 4

Characters

It has been a while since I read the first book and it was nice to see Mickey and Cale again. They are very awesome flawed characters. Stubborn but sweet. Stupid but witty. Even with a second book, the characters stayed true to what I remembered about them and it was like meeting up with old friends and having them tell me what has been going on lately. I was also happy to see Cale’s brother has a few snippets in there too! Gotta love those sibling quibbles.

Plot

After the events of book 1, Cale and Mickey have moved in together. Life goes on but not without some bumps. That is what this book is all about: Bumps. Cale is still a butt-head and Mickey is still nearly unflappable. This is really about Cale coming to terms with what he wants for him and Mickey. He wants things a very specific way but Mickey isn’t going to just let him have his way – because, as previously stated, he is a butt-head.

Overall

The plot was a little jerky. I didn’t always follow what was happening from one chapter to another. At one point I was so confused that I went back and had to reread the end and the beginning – and I still wasn’t sure. Despite a few head scratches, the characters were wonderfully written. I found myself chuckling more than once. One of the many reasons why I finishing reading this is in just two days – most could probably do it in one.

Rating

4 Stars

This is a solid 4 stars. If you read the first book –  you will certainly enjoy the second one. If you haven’t read the first one but like the idea of this novella – go back – the first book was great!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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At First Light (Mount Kiernon #1) by Suzanne Paschke

***This book does not stand alone***

Summary

Having escaped the clutches of her abusive and controlling husband Cheryl Prescott flees the city she grew up in to live a new life under a false name. Years later when her car breaks down in the small town of Mount Kiernon, Cheryl – who is now better known as Sarah Walker – is forced to spend the night waiting for it to be repaired.

Discovering a town that is hurting as much as she is, Sarah decides to settle down and call the town her new home, opening a cafe along with her heart to the people of Mount Kiernon. As relationships with her customers grow, so do the feelings she has for the local mechanic, Jamie.

Will Sarah open her heart to let Jamie in, or will the new life she has built on lies crumble when her past threatens to return?

Characters

Sarah is a super strong, but damaged character. She is very emotional but is completely understandable. The author does a great job bringing back her to her struggles over and over again. Her internal struggles make her previous life seem real – so when Jamie comes along it makes sense that she isn’t ready. Jamie is such a heart throb! Love him. There was a bit of an issue with POV switching between Jamie and Sarah – sometimes in the middle of a chapter with no clear break. It was very confusing sometimes.

The supporting characters very much feel like a small town. I’ve visited a few small towns and they aren’t always as friendly but they are very similar to what the author portrayed. I really liked Jamie’s friends but some of the dialogue was a little too similar between characters.

Plot

I felt like the plot just went on and on. After a while it was a little repetitive and I couldn’t always understand why some parts of the story were told, while others were just skimmed over. I don’t know if all of the chapters actually advanced the plot, which made it difficult to hold my attention the entire time. The worse part was I expected some sort of resolution at the end for how long the book was and how much redundancy was built in – all to build the character up – but there wasn’t. This book cannot stand alone.

Overall

The writing could be fleshed out a bit, particularly the POV switches mid-chapter, but overall was enjoyable. The author did an excellent job with the main characters, and some of the secondary characters, but the dialogue could use some tweaking.  The plot could use some condensing – particularly pieces that didn’t advance the plot or were repetitive. Honestly I don’t know why this was split into two books…if it was for the cliffhanger at the end that is absolutely not necessary and is one of the biggest reason this book is getting the below rating.

The author brought a high level of emotion to this book. I was choked up more than once! I really rooted for Jamie and Sarah to work. This is for sure an unpolished gem that would really shine with some clean up. It was very sweet. I’d hope the second book gets more into Sarah’s strength and not so much her broken side. I’ll admit that sometimes Sarah’s actions really pissed me off but the author did a great job of having Sarah correct it quickly enough that she was quickly redeemed in my eyes every time – which is not easy to do so I applaud the author!

Rating

3 stars

This book has so much potential and excellent character development but needs to clean up. I also don’t think this should be two books based on the excess content of this book. That being said I absolutely love Jamie and Sarah and hope they get their happily ever after!

I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

The Last Resort by Ember Leigh

Summary

Rose Delaney is a baby bounty hunter, rescuing children from fugitive ex-spouses. All she wants is to return a recovered child to its mother and get back to her regimented solitary life. But when a snow storm leaves her and baby Emmy stranded, Rose has no choice but to lean on the ruggedly handsome rescuer, who thinks the baby is hers. Holed up in their mountain resort-under-construction and unable to contact Emmy’s mother, Rose’s priority is hitting the road—even if Garrett’s erotic touch entices her to ride out the storm.

Construction boss Garrett Galo loves his job, but he never imagined a perk like being snowbound during a whiteout with the sassy brunette he just rear-ended. He’s learned to stay away from women who want a family, especially when they come with a kid in tow. When passionate nighttime encounters flare between them, Garrett begins to question what he’d risk to keep Rose.

This isn’t the time or the place for romance—but will five days on a mountain make these loners reconsider giving in to love?

Characters

The two main characters are Rose and Garrett. Rose is the baby bounty hunter who has walls around her heart and the wish for a normal but not entirely normal life. She doesn’t want kids. Ironic since she saves babies but that complication is from her past. No spoilers – you’ll have to read it. Enter Garrett: Handsome, hotel renovator, and can nail fancy dives (former swimmer with the bod to prove it). There is really only one supporting character and that is Wesley ‘Wes’ who is Garrett’s brother. Technically Emmy, the baby, is also a secondary character – wouldn’t want to forget the bundle of joy!

Plot

There are two plots. The romantic plot, which plays it safe with a nice twist of being non-conforming. Also it ends with a realistic ‘happy for now’ ending which I really appreciated. I would have not enjoyed it as much if the author would have taken that extra step. The second plot is Emmy.  Rose is mid-way to bringing Emmy back to her mother from her deadbeat dad that violated their shared custody when a white out snow storm hits. Technically Rose isn’t working outside the law – just in a ‘gray area’ but she doesn’t trust the brothers and decides to pose as Emmy’s mother. The plot continues from there and adds an extra zing to the story.

Overall

The book was easy to read and was enjoyable. Rose and Garrett are perfect for each other. They practically sizzle off the page. It is nice to get both Rose and Garrett’s point of view but there are a few POV issues where they cross over.

The plot was interesting and you really wanted Emmy to get home safe. The one things that stuck was some of the story line was just a little bit too convenient and the inner dialogue was repetitive. That were the only issues with the book though. Despite that it was a cute romance the was easy to read.

Rating

4 Stars

If you like romances that are for those that are non-confirming to societies expectations this is the right book for you! Interesting read but the inner dialogue and some of the plot was a little repetitive.

I received a copy of this in exchange of an honest review.

Some Like it Charming by Megan Bryce

Summary

Mackenzie Wyatt believes in two things: herself and her plan. And her plan is to keep her head down and to work hard until she can retire. Never mind that she doesn’t know what she’ll do once she retires– at least she won’t be working for the man anymore. Because even though he’s a gorgeous man, he’s still her boss and he likes to push her buttons.

Ethan Howell O’Connor’s charmed life comes to a screeching halt after his latest ex-girlfriend starts a fashionable trend in talking to the tabloids. Now all of Ethan’s old girlfriends are talking to the press, ruining his reputation, and wiping that charming smile right off his face. The only person that can brighten his black mood is the same person who can annoy him to kingdom come. He and Mackenzie have feuded since the day she was hired, but now Ethan’s starting to realize: maybe those sparks were hiding a blazing fire.

Mackenzie’s about to find out that sometimes a gorgeous man can come up with a plan all his own, and it’s a given that it’ll mess hers up.

Characters

The characters in this book just sizzle! Mackenzie is a complex but fascinating character. I love how independent she is! Ethan is such a charmer. 90% of the time he is as smooth as it gets. Their witty banter is amusing. This book was well named. Not to mention I loved Ethan’s grandmother and mother. Also Mackenzie’s friend Cassie is fantastic!

Plot

It is a romance. As the collection title says, this is a temporary engagement that sticks. Nothing earth shattering but there is an added complexity of Mackenzie’s past that I appreciate. It made both the plot more interesting and added an unique facade to Mackenzie.

Overall

I’ve read lots of Megan Bryce’s books, and really enjoy her books. You can tell this is one of her earlier novels, and that she is still coming into her own. The characters are fun and their interactions enjoyable. The plot does conform to a romance novel but has added complexity that is refreshing.

Rating

4 Stars

Great romantic read. It was an amusing read, great for an airplane ride or on a cold weekend. Enjoyable romance that is worth the read!

I read this on Wattpad.

Until We Lay (Scandinavian Winter Book 1) by Sara-Lisa Andersson

Summary

Supermodel Lainey Cartwright has the perfect life – stunning looks, lots of money, a killer career and a supermodel boyfriend. When she realizes that her runway days might be over and that her boyfriend is screwing her agent, the same agent that apparently has been robbing her blind for years, Lainey panics and runs away, out into the cold and rainy Copenhagen night.

Sociology student Palle believes that money is the root of all evil and is determined to do good and save the world as a social worker, despite the fact that no one believes that he has what it takes to handle the brutal reality of society’s darker side. When a real live damsel in distress crosses his path he seizes the opportunity to show everyone that they’re wrong about him. But is he wrong about her?

Characters

I firmly believe that the author doesn’t want you to like Lainey. Despite her negativity and somewhat selfish behavior I respected her. The author did a good job of creating a complicated character. Her history as well as her future drives her. Palle by contrast was a very naive character. His sweetness and interactions were believable and not overdone. I appreciated that he recognized his strengths and weaknesses. The author did a good job creating believable main characters. There really aren’t much in the way of supporting characters besides Palle’s mom.

Plot

A very realistic feeling plot that is both intriguing, but also entertaining. This is a steady book that doesn’t get too slow to lose the readers interest. Lainey’s history as an immigrant added an extra complexity that was welcome. I appreciated that her choices hurt her as much as helped her. In real life this is very much the case. It as also a different romance then I’m used to with Palle being the sweetie and Lainey the domineering personality. It was refreshing. Their romance and sensual scenes were sweet and endearing.

Overall

I loved the romance, the building to it. It was well written and easy to read. I appreciate the characters didn’t rush into anything and that the author waited. It was a very enjoyable romance. Not to mention the author did a great job playing to the setting.

That being said what I didn’t like was the ending. Without ruining anything that isn’t in the summary, Lainey is robbed by her manager. How they get the money back is just a little too convenient for my book. The problem steamed from how easy it was. As terrible as it is I wanted Lainey to struggle to get her money back but it just fell to a coincidence. Furthermore the resulting ending felt rushed. I did enjoy the very last chapter – that was a nice touch – but the lead up just kind of resolved everything and shoved you over the cliff to the end in one chapter.

Rating

4 stars

Great characters, interesting plot, and a sweet contemporary romance that just I felt had too much of a rushed ending to truly be a satisfying read. If you don’t want more information after they get together and are a ‘just get to the happily ever after already’ this book is for you!

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

Boring Is The New Black (The Fashionista and The Geek, Book 1) by Megan Bryce

Summary

Famous name? Check.
Famous face? Double check.
A life locked up tight? Lock and key.

The daughter of a famed supermodel, Nicole Bissette has unwillingly lived her entire life in the spotlight. And she’s learned that to keep unwanted attention from herself, it’s best if she never smiles, never laughs. Never lets anyone close.

Especially her employees. Especially that one employee who lives to make her laugh, who loves to see her smile, and who doesn’t seem to realize that he works for a fashion designer. Does he not know? Can he not see? Is that really what he’s wearing?

This fashionista is about to discover that love really is blind…

Characters

Nicole is an interesting character. She was unique and I instantly liked her. Flynn was just adorable – the perfect nerd! The whole opposites attract idiom came into play here.

Plot

It was an amusing romance. It wasn’t just about the romance but the characters came into play. It was interesting to see the take on what it was like to grow up rich and famous. Well to grow up in a house where your mother is rich and famous. Really put perspective on things for Nicole and Flynn.

Overall

It was a very interesting and engaging read. I particularly enjoyed Nicole coming to terms with everything. Not to mention the whole nerdy jokes from Flynn’s side were priceless! The two things I didn’t like were the ‘conflict’ in the middle about Flynn (hated it actually and made me lose all respect for him) and the sort of non-ending ending.

Rating 

3.5 stars (rounded up)

Great romance that I really enjoyed until the last few chapters. Couldn’t quite give it 4 stars since it felt a little forced near the end, but I’ll round it up to 4. I think I could of overlooked Flynn’s flake moment if there was an actual ending – but it felt rushed. Still love this author though!

I read this on Wattpad.

 

Dirty Like Me by Jaine Diamond

Summary

Struggling barista Katie Bloom doesn’t even know who Jesse Mayes is until she inadvertently wins the coveted role of sex kitten in his hot new music video. But by the time she’s in bed with him, she knows his reputation.

Love maker. Heartbreaker.

Making out with a stranger in front of a camera crew isn’t how Katie imagined herself getting over a broken heart, but when Jesse touches her, sparks fly. The sex is fake but the chemistry is real, and soon the steamy video is blazing up the charts.

Then Jesse makes Katie an irresistible offer: act as his girlfriend for six weeks while he promotes his new album. The only catch? Their sizzling make-out sessions will be for the cameras only.

Which is fine with Katie, since she’s not about to trust her heart to rock’s most legendary lover. Her body? Maybe…

Characters

Surprisingly the author did a wonderful job keeping a balance between bad boy Jesse Mayes who is a cocky rock star and the more sensitive and caring Jesse. The author developed a background that gave the perfect depth to this character. I wanted to dislike him – he normally isn’t my type – but I just liked him despite myself.

Katie started out as a great character. I liked her all the way up until she flakes near the end. I won’t say any more but I just sort of frowned through that part. It was crazy emotional – seemed to come out of no-where and isn’t fully explained until later. That being said overall I liked Katie as a character too.

Secondary characters were there as well – some interesting. I liked Katie’s friend/agent. She’d be a fun character to see in a future book.

Plot

It is a romance. Need I say more? Okay fine. This did have more substance but it wasn’t a complicated plot. It was a romance plot with a dash of drama and the conventional look at famous life and all its ‘baggage.’ For a romance it did what it was supposed to and I liked it.

Overall

Interesting characters, decent plot, and steamy sensual scenes. What more could you ask for? A better ending. The ending was going so well and then it was ruined. I don’t want to say too much but the decent story and the romance, plus the enjoyable characters wasn’t completely and utterly overturned by the ending but it was a disappointment for me. I verbally scoffed. So for me I just pretend it didn’t happen and the rest of the story is great!

Rating

4 stars

Interesting characters, decent plot, and steamy sensual scenes. Well worth the read. If you need a happily ever after ending this is for you. Sadly the ending goes too cliche for me and knocked this down a peg in my eyes. Still a very enjoyable read!

I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.