Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If You Can't Stand The Heat

If You Can't Stand the Heat is the first book I've read by Taryn Kincaid and I enjoyed it for the most part. This was a cute story and a quick read. I really liked the dynamic between Lu and Derek. She wasn't afraid to stand up for herself when he comes into her restaurant after writing a review that was making the place go under, and he was willing to stand there and take what she was dishing in order to talk with her. Both characters had strong personalities, but they blended well as a couple. I wanted to like this story more than I did tho. Unfortunately there was a lot of telling instead of showing in this story. I found myself wanting to see events play out instead of being told how they played out between various characters. If that had happened this book would have received 4.5 stars from me. The way it is, I can only give it 3 stars, but still recommend reading it because the story was good. *Note: A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.


Derek Dunne is a Cordon Bleu-trained food critic for the prestigious New York Monitor, whose scathing review of a popular Italian bistro has driven away all but the most loyal neighborhood patrons.
Lucrezia Serafina DiCicco is a clumsy business school drop-out, working as a chef and scrambling to keep her family’s restaurant afloat, after her father develops diabetes and is banned from his kitchen for his own good.
Now, with The Monitor folding, Derek is searching for his next career path and longing to get back to his first love—cooking—while Lu is desperate for an influx of cash to save the struggling restaurant even as her father puts his foot down regarding non-family employees.
Derek and Lu embark on a marriage of inconvenience to save the restaurant. But can Lu ever really trust the man who nearly destroyed her family and once noted her initials spelled “LSD” and her food was like a “bad trip?”
Or will it be their hearts on the chopping block?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sex on the Beach Series Teaser

Today is the big teaser reveal for the next books in the SEX ON THE BEACH series! This series includes the novellas FINDING YOU by Jenna Bennett, LOSING US by Jen McLaughlin, and CHASING ME by Jennifer Probst. This teaser reveal also includes the book trailers for Losing Us and Chasing Me.
The next installments in the SEX ON THE BEACH series
coming MARCH 3rd

CHASING ME by Jennifer Probst

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Quinn and James' Story Continues in Chasing Me... It was supposed to be a love story....

I knew she was out of my league but I didn’t care. Looking back, I wonder if I hadn’t pursued her, would things have turned out differently? Is it Fate that determines our choices in life? God? Free will? Or just plain old innate selfishness? I got her, of course. There hadn’t been a girl I wasn’t able to seduce. Problem was she seduced me right back, body, mind, and soul. She possessed me, tormented me, and showed me a world that was so bright and pure I was almost blinded. Didn’t she know after such a drug I could never settle for less? Didn’t she realize no matter how many times I screwed up, or broke her heart, or bent her to my will, I’d never be able to let her go? If I hadn’t known such intensity existed, would it have been better for both of us? True love, the real kind, isn’t nice and sweet and pure. No, it’s dirty, and sinful, and messy. It’s like ripping a chunk of flesh from your body and watching yourself bleed out in slow, helpless intervals until you thankfully pass out.

This isn’t a love story. But it’s the only story I got.

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LOSING US by Jen McLaughlin




When it all comes crashing down...

Everything I thought I had with Austin Murphy—safety, stability, the normalcy I crave but my celebrity lifestyle rarely allows—was ripped away in one night. I wanted to surprise him, but the joke was on me. Now I don't know if I ever really knew him at all.

Someone has to pick up the pieces...

Mackenzie Forbes was everything I ever wanted and the one person I didn't deserve. When a past mistake costs me the girl I love, I'll do everything I can to get her back. We both have demanding careers and family secrets darkening our pasts, but I need Mackenzie in my future.

Sometimes everything you have to give just isn't enough...


FINDING YOU by Jenna Bennett



Sex on the Beach, the do-over. I had a simple plan for what to do in Key West the second time around.

Testify at the trial of the rapist I helped catch last year. Make sure he gets locked away for the rest of his natural life, so he can never, ever hurt another girl. Wait for my BFFs to get to town, so we can celebrate. And stay far away from Ty Connor, because three months after breaking up with him, I still don’t know whether being with him is worse than being without him.

Spring Break, take two. All of the above? Out the window. Turns out testifying is a lot harder than I thought it would be. Not only is the rapist I helped catch last year not locked away for the rest of his life, he’s on the loose and looking for me. Oh yeah, and it’s definitely harder being without Ty than being with him, especially when I have to watch him with someone else. Welcome to my world.


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Knowing the Score

I was first introduced to Kat Latham with her book Unwrapping her Perfect Match, and I really enjoyed her writing style. When I was given the opportunity to read Knowing the Score in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance and I wasn't disappointed. Both Spencer and Caitlyn have been hurt in the past in ways that make being in a relationship difficult. Spencer was arrested for statutory rape at 19 (although the charges were dropped) during the biggest game of his rugby career thus far, and that caused him to be celibate during the season. Caitlyn came from an abusive household and was scared to fall in love and repeat the cycle. The pair decide to embark on a purely sexual relationship (so Caitlyn can lose her virginity) during the off season. Well, things don't work out as planned, but I'm not going to go into details about how. I loved this story because it was more complex than your average professional athlete finding love story. Both characters had ghosts, and Caitlyn had a job that was just as demanding as Spencer's job. Spencer was a guy I could fall in love with myself because he was sweet and patient with Caitlyn. He showed her that she could fall for him, even while fighting it. This book gets a 4.5 star rating from me, along with a definite recommendation to read.

Rugby player Spencer Bailey is determined to win a spot on England's World Cup team. But with a month break before the selectors start watching him, he's eager to have fun with a woman who knows the score: the relationship will end when rugby season begins. The lovely American Caitlyn Sweeney seems perfect for the role of temporary lover, since her visa will run out soon anyway.

Caitlyn works for an international disaster relief organization and can handle the world's worst crises, but she flinches from her own. Her past has left her with a fear of intimacy so deep that she has trouble getting close to anyone—until she meets sexy Spencer. His hot body and easygoing nature are too much for even her to resist.

Neither Caitlyn nor Spencer expects to fall hard for each other. But with their relationship deadline approaching, the old rules of the game seem less important than before…until past secrets surface, challenging everything they thought they knew about each other.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Finding Haven

I'm not sure what it was, but something about Finding Haven by T.A. Foster kept me hooked from the beginning. This is the first book I've read by T.A Foster and while I enjoyed it, the story wasn't fantastic. I'm glad I read the story, but it's not one I find myself thinking I'll read again. There was nothing wrong with it, but it also wasn't fantastic. I give this book 3.5 stars and do recommend it to those who are a fan of T.A. Foster, or who just want a light read.


May 2014


Power. Money. Control. Love.
He has all but one.

When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.

Is the cost of love, losing all control?


Author Information

T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos. 
Her long love affair with books started at an early age and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper. T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.  When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Bachelor's Baby

The Bachelor's Baby by Dani Collins was a sweet story about finding love after a one night stand results in pregnancy. Meg and Linc clashed from the moment they met, but they also knew that they were attracted to each other. Meg ends up making Linc mad when she suggests to Lily Taylor that Linc would be a good bachelor for the auction fundraiser that she is putting on. Well, this causes Linc and Meg to start trying to one up each other all culminating at the auction. After the auction, they end up spending the night together, and that's when the real trouble begins. This book was a quick and enjoyable read for me with one major flaw. I felt that the end was a little bit rushed. I would have liked to see their love unfold a little bit more before the story finished. I am giving this book 4 stars because it was a good story and an excellent addition to this series.


Your date with Bachelor #3 includes champagne and chocolate in the limo that collects you, a helicopter tour of Marietta and the surrounding mountains and valleys, and dinner at a five star restaurant in Great Falls. While oil baron Linc Brady wines and dines you, a main service will completely clean your home.

Who could resist this tempting offer, but Meg Canon plans to do just that. She is only home to clean out her childhood bedroom for her brother’s new step-daughter and then she’s outta her childhood small town and back to her life in Chicago, but when she meets the sexy, renegade millionaire while she’s stuck in the snow, sparks fly and Meg is tempted to maybe stay a little longer.

Linc Brady is new in town and happy to help a kid in need, but this? Technically he doesn’t owe Meg a damned thing after she bids on him, after setting him up for the Marietta bachelor auction in the first place, but her high-class city polish is his fatal weakness and makes her impossible to forget. When she agrees to come home with him, he makes it clear he’s a confirmed bachelor. This is a one-night thing. One night that turns into nine months and maybe a lifetime…?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bachelor at her Bidding

Bachelor at her Bidding by Kate Hardy is the second book in the Montana Born Bachelor Auction series, it is a cute story. Dr. Rachel Cassidy came back to Marietta after her marriage fell apart and she vowed to not date anymore. She felt that her friends, family, and work were enough for her. Well, she was surprised when her friends chipped in and bought her chef Ryan Hendrson for her birthday. Ryan agrees to come over and cook Rachel dinner on her birthday and while in her kitchen sparks fly. He doesn't want to date anyone because of a bad experience with his ex and the need to care for his ailing grandmother. I really enjoyed watching their love story unfold and when he screws up, Ryan does one of the most romantic things to make it up to Rachel. My heart actually skipped a beat when I read it. I give this story 4.5 stars and highly recommend it.

Your date with Parisian-trained chef Ryan Henderson promises you’ll get the best meal of your life cooked especially for you. His Red Velvet cheesecake is to die for – but we know he has even better desserts up his sleeve…

How to win a girl in ten cakes…

When Dr. Rachel Cassidy comes back to Marietta with a broken heart and a divorce under her belt, going to a Bachelor Auction fund-raiser doesn’t sound like her idea of a good time – and when her sister and friends “buy” her a dinner date with sexy Parisian-trained pastry chefRyan Henderson, that sounds even worse.

Ryan doesn’t have time for dating – he’s put his dreams to one side and come back to Marietta to look after his sick grandmother. But when he agrees to help a charity fundraiser by offering to cook a special meal to one lucky bidder, he gets more than he bargains for and discovers a woman he might just dare to let himself fall in love with.

Then tragedy strikes, just when Rachel and Ryan think they might have a future, opening up old scars and pushing them apart.

And if they’re to stand a chance of getting back together, then Ryan’s going to have to be seriously inventive. Can he win the love of his life with ten cakes?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bound to the Bachelor

Bound to the Bachelor by Sarah Maberry was an adorable, fast read. This story was a typical story of two people who avoid each other in order to deny their attraction, but it has a twist. I enjoyed how surly and sarcastic Lily & Beau were to each other in the beginning and then how their relationship transformed as they fell in love. The threat to Lily propelled the feelings of this couple, and helped move the story along while adding dimension at the same time. I also enjoyed finding out a bit more about Andi & Heath, who were in a previous Marietta book. I give this book 4 stars along with a strong recommendation to read.


Your date with Marietta local Beau Bennett includes a day on the slopes at Big Sky Resort, complete with a sumptuous meal in the Resort’s fanciest fine dining restaurant and door-to-door transport. Dig deep to secure the attentions of one of Montana’s most eligible – and elusive – bachelors.

Lily Taylor knows Beau Bennett dislikes her, but that won’t stop her from asking him to volunteer for the Bachelor Auction she’s organized to help her friend Molly provide for her tragically injured son, Josh. If Beau’s gorgeous face, piercing blue eyes and chiseled body inspires the women of Marietta to dig into their pockets for a good cause, then Lily will do whatever it takes to secure his participation.

Beau Bennett isn’t sure how he wound up on the auction block being eyed up by hundreds of eager women, but he knows who to blame for it – Lily Taylor, the sexy, distracting, off-limits best friend of his kid sister. As far as he’s concerned, the sooner this nightmare is over, the better.

The last thing either of them expects is for Lily to wind up bidding on – and winning – Beau, or that their date will lead to Beau stepping in to save Lily when her past comes back to haunt her. As Beau does his best to keep Lily safe, they discover that maybe they don’t dislike each other quite as much as they thought.

In fact, maybe it’s just the opposite…

Monday, February 16, 2015

Deputy's Bride

Deputy's Bride is the first book by Anita Philmar that I've read. This story was a short, hot read, but to me it seemed lacking in substance. This was definitely an erotic romance and sex took the majority of the book. There were some other things going on, but not to the point where I felt the story developed completely. That being said, if your only expectation as a reader is to read something HOT, you'll be very happy. I give this book 3 stars because I liked the eroticism of it, but the plot left enough to be desired that I don't feel it should get more than that.


A hot, historical western stand-alone story with a satisfying HEA.

Texas Deputy Bo Kildare is looking for a special kind of lady, one that is willing to meet his special requirements. No sweet little virgin will do, he wants a woman who knows how to please a man, perhaps two.

Recently widowed, Sarah Elizabeth Foster-LaFever has lived in the public eye for the last few years and wants out. Her reputation as Micah LaFever’s wife has left her penniless and without many viable options until Bo comes calling.

Now, she believes she found the perfect man until her past rears its ugly head. Can murder and corrupt dealings keep these two lovers from making it to the alter?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Losing It

Losing It by Cora Carmack is probably one of the best books I've read in a while. I was hooked into this story from page 1 and read all 29 chapters in one sitting. Bliss was funny and relatable, and Garrick was sexy and melted my heart. I honestly think I fell in love with Garrick at one point in this story and if he was a real person I'd probably fight Bliss for him. I found myself cracking up while at the same time cringing at the humorous things that happened in this book. Some readers have called it predictable, and while it does follow the expected plot, I still thought it was an excellent read. I'm not usually one for books in the first person, but I found myself alright with this story being written that way. I give this book 5 stars and HIGHLY recommend it to all contemporary romance readers. I'm looking forward to reading the next in this series as well as more from Cora Carmack.


Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible - a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

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From USA Today bestselling author Nicola Marsh - Walking the Line

Finn Ahearn’s Irish luck is about to run out...

Reformed Aussie bad girl Ellie is a decade older than Finn but that doesn’t stop the charming

Irishman from wooing her. Ellie doesn’t believe in the happily-ever-after dream any longer, not

since hers imploded a long time ago. But can a smooth-talking Irishman sway a hard-hearted

cynic to believe in love again?

From reader favorite Kelsey Browning - Amazed by You

Falling again for your first love...this time for keeps.

Author’s assistant Olivia McLaughlin must pull off an extravagant St. Patrick’s Day garden party

to win a coveted promotion, but her success hinges on landscape designer Cody Kavanaugh, her

old high school boyfriend. Now, Olivia must decide which she can’t live without—the job that

will make her a success or the man offering her a second chance at love.

From sizzling hot and bestselling Robin Covington - One Little Kiss

The best things start with one little kiss.

Trapped by a snowstorm in the same place at the same time, Leighton and Jonas must decide

if their hot night together was the end of their story or if they started forever with just one little


From RT Book Review Award nominee Avery Flynn - Big, Bad Red

She always gets her wolf...

There’s nothing little or naive about this Red Riding Hood. Red runs the biggest fencing

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possession of the Caladbolg sword things get hairy–as in hot, sexy Liam MacTíre the werewolf


From paranormal darling Sara Humphreys - Luck of the Irish

A leprechaun is powerless without his gold....

Banished to the mirrored realm for hundreds of years, Declan Aherne had nothing but time to

plot his revenge and mourn the loss of his beloved wife. But when a beautiful human woman,

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Her best friend is the best man for the job...

When her successful brother announces his plans for an impromptu wedding in Ireland, unlucky-
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tattered Loyalties

Tattered Loyalties by Carrie Ann Ryan was amazing! My heart went out to Brie and all that she had to face mating as a submissive to the pack's Alpha. Gideon wasn't thrilled with the idea of mating to a submissive, but when forced to choose between that and a mating forced on him by the elder council, he chose Brie. This book was fast paced and sucked me in from the beginning (I read until almost 2am because I couldn't put the story down). Normally I hate cliffhangers, but this book did it right. The cliffhanger wasn't within the love story, but was within a larger story line that I'm sure will travel throughout the series. For those who have read the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian, this is a similar cliffhanger to her books.  This is the first book bye Carrie Ann Ryan that I have read dealing with wolves, but it won't be the last. I'm now wanting to go back and read all of the books in the Redwood Pack series because this book is a  spin off from that one. This story gets 5 stars from me along with an absolute recommendation for all paranormal romance readers.


When the great war between the Redwoods and the Centrals occurred three decades ago, the Talon Pack risked their lives for the side of good. After tragedy struck, Gideon Brentwood became the Alpha of the Talons. But the Pack’s stability is threatened, and he’s forced to take mate—only the one fate puts in his path is the woman he shouldn’t want.

Though the daughter of the Redwood Pack’s Beta, Brie Jamenson has known peace for most of her life. When she finds the man who could be her mate, she’s shocked to discover Gideon is the Alpha wolf of the Talon Pack. As a submissive, her strength lies in her heart, not her claws. But if her new Pack disagrees or disapproves of fate’s choice, the consequences could be fatal.

As the worlds Brie and Gideon have always known begin to shift, they must face their challenges together in order to help their Pack and seal their bond. But when the Pack is threatened from the inside, Gideon doesn’t know who he can trust and Brie’s life could be forfeit in the crossfire. It will take the strength of an Alpha and the courage of his mate to realize where true loyalties lie.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Make Me Up

Make Me Up is the second book I've read by Avery Flynn. This book was fast paced while still being slow enough to develop a good story. Cam screws up pretty early into the book, but in a way that would only be a screw up to someone like Drea. She tries to break things off from Cam, but then her entire world gets flipped upside down and he is the only one sticking by her. I think my favorite line from this book is, "The others don't fucking exist." It just shows how despite everything going on, they're it for each other. I give this book 4 stars and want to go back and read the first 2 in this series.

Former special ops-turned private-investigator Cam Hardy leaves a trail of broken hearts wherever he goes. He's all charm and sex appeal, and who can blame him for putting it to good use? Besides, it works damn well on the stunning and tough-as-nails makeup artist Drea Sanford. Only this time, Cam may be in over his head...

Drea is trying to keep her naughty affair with Cam a secret. After all, he's Harbor City's version of a Casanova...if Casanova had a motorcycle. When Cam makes their hot little liaison known to the public, however, Drea vows never to have sex with him again. Then one of her clients turns up dead. Now Drea is suspect number one—and she needs Cam's help. But sleeping with him is one thing...trusting him is quite another.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Jake & Jax Double Release

Jake Mitchell has spent his whole life tied at the hip with his best friend and twin brother Jax. They’ve shared everything, except for women, which was easy since their tastes were so different.

From the moment she walked into the room Jake knew she was special, with her flowing brown locks, supple body, and a smile that could brighten any day. An accident leaves her vulnerable and in the arms of his brother. From that moment she’s in awe of Jax.

Jake tries his best to keep away from Reese Miller. He disrespects her and tells everyone how much she annoys him to make sure she stays at a distance.

Reese can’t stand that Jake hates her. She’s determined to change his mind, not knowing he’s desperately trying to protect his relationship with his brother, and his family.

When the two find themselves alone during a winter storm all bets are off, and what happens next could change everything, including the bond between two brothers.

Jax Mitchell isn’t the only one with his handsome face, though he wishes that were different. Everything’s changed in a short amount of time, after his twin brother came between him and his girlfriend, Reese.

With the hurt still lingering in every direction he turns, Jax picks up and moves to Kentucky to work on his uncle’s cattle ranch. It isn’t long until he meets someone that not only helps him get over Reese, but also encourages him to forgive his brother.

Can the twins make amends or has the damage that’s been done too much to forget?

Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author. She's best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.
She is married with two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing stories that come from her heart.