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.

 

 

Start Again by J. Saman

Summary

Kate Taylor had the perfect life. That is until an accident took everything she had away. For two years she has been living moment to moment and day to day. She’s lost and can’t seem to find her way back. Finally, in a last ditch effort, she decides to leave town in search of a fresh start. In walks Ryan Grant. The perfect man with dark hair and sexy green eyes. Doesn’t hurt that they have smoldering chemistry either. Too bad Kate’s heart and mind are trapped in the past.

Ryan Grant is stuck in limbo, floating through life with work as his only focus. Probably because he’s been betrayed a time or two by the people he thought he could trust. Needing a change, he plans on moving his company west to Seattle. There is just one big problem. He doesn’t fly. So when a girl from his past offers to drive him across the country, how could he say no? Katie is his dream girl after all. Always has been.

Warning: There is strong language and moderate sexual content.

Characters

I liked Kate/Katie. She was very honest with everyone around her and with herself…most of the time. She knew herself well enough to know what her weaknesses were. I really appreciated that Ryan wasn’t perfect. Yet his flaws were deep or overpowering, they simply were. The author did a great job creating believable characters and even jumped back and forth between them in the chapters. The secondary characters were given enough of a personality to be interesting, but still managed to remain in the background.

Plot

Unique idea for a romance. Not the losing one’s family and having to start over part, but the cross country road trip. Made for an interesting read on top of the romantic aspect of the story. The aspect of loss was portrayed well, with Kate being constantly drawn back into the past. There were a few lines that really stuck out as powerful, making for a good plot.

Overall

The writing was easy to follow and had very few editing errors. The flow was easy and each chapter clearly started with whose perspective you were in. I appreciated that very rarely would the POV’s observations would cross over and make me think how the character knew that. It showed a clear ability to delineate each personality and each person. I guess the part that I noticed right off the bat was I wasn’t flipping through pages and just couldn’t wait for the end – it was a steady read that was enjoyable but didn’t really draw me in and invest me in the plot/characters. I enjoyed every minute but I didn’t have to know the ending.

Rating

4 stars

Great romance, liked the plot and characters, and had a satisfactory ending. Overall good romance and if you like the genre I’d recommend this one to you if you like stories about new beginnings.

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

Sunset Reads: William & Cristina by D.C. Triana

Summary

Within the doors of Sunset Reads William Jameson has come home to take over his mother’s New York publishing house after her death. He’s ready to turn things around when an electrifying encounter with the company’s sexy bestselling author makes him change his priorities to more sensual plans. While his cruel stepfather has decided he wants control of the company, William tries to remain focused as images of soft brown eyes and sensual lips continue to keep him up at night.

Cristina Cruz suddenly finds herself with part ownership of Sunset Reads. Not only has the previous owner left her with part of the publishing house, but also at the mercy of her son William, the company’s handsome new CEO, who seems to be determined to drive her crazy. Not only is he annoyingly attractive, but his alluring blue eyes continue to send shivers down her spine. Working side by side with him becomes all the more torturous as his enticing looks and their heated encounters send her senses reeling.

Characters

I really, really, really wanted to like these characters. Half the time Christina was running around throwing things and acting like a toddler in the middle of a tantrum and it just drove me nuts. I won’t even get into her super dumb moments. William was worse. He acted all over the place that he didn’t really have a personality because the moment I thought I knew who William was he would do something else. It was like the author wanted him to be too many things at once, many of which were contradictory, and it created an all over the place character that didn’t feel very believable. Christina was at least consistently crazy. Also I felt like Alyssa was more of Christina’s best friend based on what happened throughout the book, but apparently Layla was. The bad guy was the most consistent character in the entire book…and that says something in it of itself, but he too was a little over the top. Adele is great, the best character in the entire book.

Plot

Super cute idea, very romance vibe, but very contrived. The entire plot, sometimes unbelievable, forced the two characters together, again and again. For a debut novel it really wasn’t bad but the characters just ruined the plot for me. I love novels about writers, but it is a risky territory. The author did decent but there were times that my belief that Christina was a ‘bestselling author’ fell through.

That being said excellent sex scenes. Some of the banter between William and Christina were excellent. Some of the interactions of characters that weren’t between William and Christina were heartening. This book had some really good parts, which I could see all the potential of what this novel could have been.

Overall

The authors overuse of exclamation points and ‘…’ is what finally did me over. The writing was mostly sound but this book needs work. Perhaps it was the non-stop high emotions that really did me in. If you need lots of emotions in your books, this is a great book for you. For me it was just awful. If you want non-stop romance, argumentative banter, and over the top plot line, this is the romance for you! And I don’t mean that sarcastically, I know a few people who would love this book, it was just not for me. The author’s ability to put emotions onto the page to such an extreme really is a talent.

Rating

2 Stars

I didn’t like it. I didn’t hate it, but there wasn’t enough to like and this book needs too much work. I left this book feeling disappointed and annoyed. However, if you like highly emotional romances with over the top plots, this book is for you.

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