Review: The Girl He Wants by Kristi Rose

The Girl He Wants (No Strings Attached #3)
by Kristi Rose

It’s tempting to ignore your heart . . .

Boutique owner Jayne Grandberry may be great at getting customers to treat themselves, but she’s even better at resisting her own desires. For her, love is like a sinfully rich dessert—a fleeting pleasure that will just make her crash in the long run. She has no time for such distractions, especially since she’s trying to open up a second shop in Atlanta. But she finds herself tempted like never before when her friends set her up with Stacy Cunningham.

A financial wizard, Stacy gives off a definite nerdy vibe, but he has skills that a businesswoman like Jayne can appreciate—and an indulgent one-night stand shows her a wildly different side of him. There’s nowhere for them to go from there, since Stacy, a single father, has complicated written all over him. But he’s not willing to settle for second best. And he’ll have to wait for Jayne to discover what he’s known all along: that when you open your heart to love, there will be room in your life for anything .

This is the third book in the No Strings Attached series but can also be read as stand-alone.

 

Jayne Grandberry doesn’t do relationships. She’s okay with being single and more focused in building her clothing empire. She’s a boutique owner and also a personal shopper and she’s loving it. But when her finances doesn’t seem to cooperate with her expansion plans, she finally asks for help, from none other than her across the street neighbor and Math genius, Stacy Cunningham.

Yes, he does have the name of a girl, but there’s nothing effeminate about him. While he doesn’t do relationships either, he’s as loyal and loving to his daughter as much as possible. Sweet little Cordie might just be the missing bond between Stacy and Jayne, except the latter doesn’t like kids at all.

I had a good time reading about this No Strings Attached novel. The story may seem quite predictable but there’s still that urgency to read and finish the whole book so you’d know how these lovelorn characters would end up, together or not.

I actually liked the friendship between the female characters, seemed like everyone had problems with their better halves, except for the newlyweds, Josie and Brinn. The girls, Paisley, Heather, Kenley, Josie and Pippa all have helped her out through hell and high waters. Would love to be included in their circle and do yoga with them some time.

With Stacy and Jayne, it’s good that they let their relationship grow first from being friends, not rushed nor forced. Cordie was there to light up the mood and for that I loved her more.

 

Review: Untraceable by SR Johannes

UntraceableUntraceable (The Nature of Grace #1)
by S.R. Johannes

16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival.

When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father.

Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.

 

This book caught me by surprise. I thought I’d be reading another fancy lady in distress waiting for her father to come back. But it turns out, this lady, Grace, could hold her own. She didn’t believe that her father was dead. She’s quite tough, adamant, inquisitive, determined and one helluva girl. She sounds like a great heroine, if you think about it, but she’s got flaws too. Sometimes, I myself would like to kick her butt and tell her to just roll with it.

Anyway, this was a page-turner, I was like an energizer bunny that kept reading and reading until I get to the matter at hand. Her father’s disappearance isn’t the only mystery in the book. There’s the issue about animal poaching and the case of an ex-boyfriend she couldn’t forget nor forgive. Well, she got distracted by Mo, a British rogue who was “abso-bloody-lutely” attractive, if I may say so. But her spirits weren’t deterred and she didn’t let her emotions get the best of her.

The ending was something else! Actually, it was shocking and unbelievable. Grace finally got to the bottom of her dad’s disappearance. I really didn’t expect it to end like that, and this made me think of reading the next book. I liked the way SR Johannes kept up the pace and mystery in the story, it was worth reading until at the last chapter.

Sometimes you need to let go. Sometimes you just can’t.

 

New Release: Save Me by Logan Chance

Save Me, A Sex Me Novella

By Logan Chance

Cover by: Judi with Concierge Literary Designs

Release Date April 25th

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Synopsis:

A friends to lovers military romance.

Life changes us all. But, not as much as the military. Ryan Wagner is fresh
out of the service, and trying his hardest to settle into his life in
Miami.

The only souvenir from his time spent overseas is a shoulder injury which
brings him closer to his best friend.

Lizzy ‘Lizard’ Packer hasn’t seen Ryan since he left for boot camp. The boy
who left is nothing compared to the man who has returned.

As a physical therapist, Lizzy gets to rub her hands all over his strong
arms.

It’s just a friendship.

A friendship she’s cherished since she was a little girl.

But, when the lines blur and then become nonexistent, will she be able to
keep her feelings at bay?

What happens when life throws you a curve ball, and nothing is as it seems?

Sometimes you never truly see someone until it’s too late.

For others, sometimes seeing someone is all it takes.

But for these two, sometimes seeing is just an illusion that one day fades.

Follow along as these two try to help each other seek the answers they’re
both searching for.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Logan Chance enjoys the simple things in life. Star Wars, music, and pretty
girls. Always in trouble at school, he was made to copy the dictionary
while the others played. This began his word fascination.

With a love of words he then realized he loved stringing those same words
together to create stories to inspire all.

From Boston, and relocated to Florida, he lives out his days writing,
reading, and avoiding the beach.

Not afraid to tell it how it is, Logan is definitely a man of his own.


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Review: One Night With Her Bachelor (Montana 6) by Kat Latham

‘Tis the last book in the Montana Bachelor Auction series!

Yes, I’m able to do this Compete-A-Series challenge!

Let me just pat my back and indulge… Enjoy the rest of the weekend, people!

Title: One Night With Her Bachelor
(Montana Born Bachelor Auction #6)
Author: Kat Latham

ebook provided by Netgalley
Published by Tule Publishing

Molly Dekker hates being the town charity case, but when her son Josh is seriously injured she has no choice. She lets her best friend organize a bachelor auction to help pay her massive bills and make Josh’s life more comfortable. She can’t bid on any of the men, but a surprise bidder gives her a gift she never expected: a date with the man who saved her son’s life—the only one she’s in danger of losing her heart to.

Former Air Force pararescueman Gabriel Morales made a career of flying to the rescue, until a tragic helicopter crash stole more than his livelihood. Being auctioned off like a slab of beef isn’t in his recovery plan. But one look, one touch and one night unlocking Molly’s pent-up passion makes him realize how badly he needs to be rescued…and how badly he wants to rescue Molly right back.

Will Molly and Gabriel’s never-quit attitude have them rushing head-first into love? Or will Gabriel’s secret pain stall their relationship before it can get off the ground?

 

‘Tis the last book in the Bachelor Auction Series, but this is definitely not the least. For what it’s worth, I believe Tule Publishing saved the best for last. I loved every chapter of this book!

One Night With Her Bachelor finally relates the story of Molly Dekker, the single mom of young boy Josh, who was almost buried alive in an accident while on a camping activity. Josh was the main reason why Lily Taylor had set up the Bachelor Auction bidding in Montana, to gather the eligible bachelors on one night, to help out with Josh’s health care and ever piling bills. Of course, the ever nice kindergarten teacher Molly doesn’t want to ask for money from anyone else, so Lily, her best friend comes up with the bidding idea.

Gabriel Morales, former Air Force, a wounded warrior and a recluse, was actually the one who helped saved Josh when the young boy fell on the mine shafts on that fateful camping day. He has lived alone in his cabin and didn’t like coming out at all, as his past kept haunting him. When Lily tells him that he’s one of the bachelors up for the bidding, I thought he was going to refuse and decline. I was ecstatic to learn that he has finally agreed and soon came out from his solitary, shaved his beard, cut his hair and looked every bit of a gentleman.

Of all the Bachelor books I’ve read in this series, I think this one by Kat Latham is my favorite. I enjoyed every minute of Molly, Gabriel and Josh. Theirs is a kind of family love like no other. The emotional build-up among the characters were quite intense, heart-breaking and sweet at the same time. I am a mother myself and seeing my children hurt equals to the whole world collapsing on me, that’s why I could very much relate to Molly with her passion to give everything to her child. (The only difference is I am happily married, so I have a strong support system). Molly finally finding Gabriel is such a reprieve. I really rooted for them. For me, they are perfect for each other and seeing them with their own happily ever after was enough to make me feel wonderful deep inside. I think, author Kat Latham has that effect on me with her books. So far, this is my favorite Bachelor story.

 

NOTE: I received this book as well as the rest of the Bachelor Auction series for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Other books in the Montana Bachelor Auction Series:

Bound to the Bachelor (Bachelor # 1) 

Bachelor at Her Bidding (Bachelor # 2)

The Bachelor’s Baby (Bachelor # 3)

What A Bachelor Needs (Bachelor # 4)

In Bed With The Bachelor (Bachelor # 5) 

Throwback Thursday: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Throwback Thursday is a new meme created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) as her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago. I started joining last week and I loved the idea so I am participating again.

Today, it’s Agatha Christie’s turn for some mystery and suspense. Here’s one of my favorites from her Hercule Poirot series, Murder on the Orient Express.

 

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Title: Murder on the Orient Express
Series: Hercule Poirot #10
Author: Agatha Christie

“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…

I’ve read books featuring Orient Express, and I’ve always been intrigued with its reputation. The first time I heard about this was on the book, Dracula by Bram Stoker, if my memory serves me right, where Dracula escaped to Paris using the renowned train. When I got this book in College, I knew I had to read it because it involved murder and mystery and mayhem.

This had been one of my favorites from Agatha Christie. I liked Hercule Poirot not only for his wit but also for his abrasive personality. This dapper Belgian detective was quite a character, who had the audacity to refuse a certain malevolent millionaire Samuel Ratchett, simply because “I do not like your face, Mr. Ratchett,” he says. Ha! Burn!

I’m sorry if I seem to have enjoyed that particular scene, I was just amazed by Christie’s protagonist’s over-the-top personality. Well, of course, the dead man happened to also be a kidnapper, so I couldn’t blame Poirot if he wasn’t as enthusiastic as he was when he first met him.

Furthermore, the way Poirot handled the murder scene investigations was impressive and meticulous. He used his charm and wit to his advantage in order to solve the case. Every chapter, my guesses shift from one person to another, until that moment when it hit me, I never guessed the murderer correctly.

Overall, I thought this was a well-thought up mystery that only Agatha Christie could deliver. I wouldn’t get tired reading her books!

Review: In Bed with the Bachelor (Bachelor Auction 5) by Megan Crane

Complete-A-Series Challenge: Montana Born Bachelor Auction series

Fifth book in the bachelor auction/bidding series: In Bed With The Bachelor


Title: In Bed with the Bachelor
Series: Montana Born Bachelor Auction #5
Author: Megan Crane
Published March 20th 2015 by Tule Publishing

Jesse Grey, notorious bachelor and one of Seattle’s foremost construction tycoons, has been roped into participating in the Marietta Bachelor Auction thanks to an expertly executed guilt trip laid out by his family.

Michaela Townsend already has a fiancé and certainly doesn’t need another man in her life. So when her family buys her surly, sexy Jesse at the auction and wrangles him into driving her from Montana to Seattle, she’s appalled yet disturbingly attracted.

As far as Jesse is concerned, Michaela is forbidden fruit. Even though he knows her fiancé isn’t all he seems, Jesse would never take what didn’t belong to him. But how long can he resist the one woman he shouldn’t touch?

Michaela was engaged to be married and her relatives bought her a bridal shower gift she’d never forget. Her gift – was Jesse Grey, one of the bachelors from the recently concluded Bachelor Auction Bidding in Montana. Jesse was forced to join the bidding by his uncle and was attracted to Michaela but had to keep his distance knowing fully well that she’s about to be tied to someone else. Things were about to change when they got snowbound & stranded in hotel halfway to Seattle. A night that would awaken their desires & change their lives forever.

This had been a totally romantic read. Although at fist I was put off by Michaela’s blabbermouth, Jesse was there to sweeten the deal. He’s the perfect man to wake up Michaela from her nightmare of a fiance. I love these two characters. I liked that Michaela finally saw the light after getting engaged to one of the most abominable man I’ve read about. Jesse is her match and that’s the way it should be.  Their love story is beautiful and sizzling, something nice to read at night!

One more bachelor book to go!!

 

Release Day Blitz: The Boy Friend by Mika Jolie

The Boy Friend by Mika Jolie

Date of Publication: April 25, 2017

According to the law of attraction, women and men can’t be friends.

Contrary to this myth, my friendship with Coriander Phillips does not rest on unrequited love or un-actualized lust. We’ve been inseparable since the day I pulled one of her pigtails and she punched me in the gut.

She’s hilarious, fun to hang out with. Together, we’re like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, wings and beer. A match made in heaven.

She’s the bomb.

Did I mention she’s smokin’ hot? I’ve checked her out…maybe once or twice. Hey, I’m a guy.

Seriously, no awkwardness, no secret yearning for our relationship to escalate beyond the purely platonic. I’m the boy friend—the loyal shoulder she cries on, the dispenser of coffee, sympathy, hugs, advice, and affection with no expectations.

Until the invisible line between friends and lovers became blurry.

Now I want more. I want her.

All I have to do is convince her we can be more than friends.

Right?

If only it were that easy.


 Mika Jolie

Mika Jolie lives in New Jersey with her Happy Chaos—her husband and their energizer bunnies. A sports fanatic and a wine aficionado, she’s determined to balance it all and still write about life experiences and matters of the heart. Let’s face it, people are complicated and love can be messy. When she’s not weaving life and romance into evocative tales, you can find her on a hiking adventure, apple picking, or whatever her three men can conjure up.

She loves to hear from readers. Connect with Mika on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Amazon.

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