Review: FREE (Black Ops) by Riley Edwards

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FREE – A Black Ops Romance
by Riley Edwards

He was my first love…
I wanted him to follow his dreams. I wanted him to escape the life he hated. I thought I was doing the right thing by not telling him how I truly felt. Until it was too late, and my silence turned into my biggest regret.

Twelve years ago, Shane Owings died, taking my heart with him. I was left devastated and broken hearted. Time didn’t heal, as the years went on I only missed him more.

She was my best friend… the only woman I ever loved.

When I ran off to join the Army, I left behind everything I had ever loved. I thought I was doing the right thing, but my good intentions quickly turned into my biggest regret.

Every year on the anniversary of Shane’s death I watched as Lillian Nelson visited Shane’s grave and spilled her secrets to a dead man. Each year I hoped she wouldn’t be back, that her heart would finally heal and she would move on. But year after year she was back. So many times I wanted to reach out and comfort the beautiful woman, but I knew she would never forgive me. It was my fault Shane was dead.

Until… A terrorist shows up looking for revenge.

I had to come out of the shadows and protect the one woman I had no business falling in love with.

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved reading military romances. When FREE fell on my lap, I knew I had to grab it and devour it. And I wasn’t disappointed. From start to finish, this Black Ops romance by Riley Edwards held my interest and captivated me.

Shane Owings died twelve years ago, and Lilian Nelson’s life had never been the same ever since. They were best friends, joined by the hip, defied their respective parents and had dreamed of a future free from the cruelties of the world. Until Shane was killed in combat and Lilian’s heart shattered like glass.

Year after year, Lilian visited Shane’s grave and narrated how her life has been since his untimely demise. Then two men in black pursued her and attempted to kill her, for reasons she didn’t know. Suddenly, Carter Lennox, her knight in shining armor came to her rescue. Who was this man and what did those men in suits wanted from her?

I tell you, this book is explosive. Carter Lennox is badass and cunning. His comrades, Clark, Levi and Jasper were a group of soldiers who would always protect Lennox no matter what. And Lillian, sweet, loving and confused, had the shock of her life and almost broke down. My heart went out for her and I was amazed at how strong she’d been all throughout the story.

Riley Edwards never fails to amaze me. She gives the readers a wonderful read about hot and gorgeous protective Alpha men and awesome kick-ass women. This may be my first Edwards book but it definitely won’t be the last!

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Review: Read, Write and Love at Seaside by Addison Cole

Read, Write, Love at Seaside
(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #1)
by Addison Cole

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

In READ, WRITE, LOVE at SEASIDE…
Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

An author who writes shirtless, living in a pristine cottage with white walls and immaculate surroundings. A man who is quiet, organized and plans everything. That’s Kurt Remington for you.

Then a free spirited, bikini-clad woman with a loud mouth, sexy body comes rushing by on the beach looking for her dog, splashing water and leaving sand trails on the deck. That’s Leanna for you.

Two extreme opposites, a laptop with thousand word counts, and a basketful of jam and baking soda are all it takes for one exciting summer Kurt and Leanna won’t ever forget!

My heart went yada-yada and skipped like there’s no tomorrow after reading Read, Write, Love at Seaside. Addison Cole put two opposing characters together and the impact was like fireworks in the sky – sparkly, bright, beautiful. The other girls in the book were golden! Bella and Jenna and Amy seemed like a bunch of lovely meddling ladies who are endearing and funny and truly loving. And Kurt – he is exemplary! He’s probably my newest book boyfriend this month (Yay!)

Love this book heaps! Cole’s writing was great although the pacing was a little slow. Nevertheless, this has been a really lusciously sweet story and I’m loving it! (Can’t wait to read seductive Bella’s story!!)


 

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster.

Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of Melissa’s steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

Addison Cole writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Review: Black Lies by Alessandra Torre

Black Lies
by Alessandra Torre

 

Brant:
Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years. Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.

Lee:
Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his body. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.

Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.

If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.

Brant Sharp made millions at the age of twenty out of his basement tinkling with his computer. A genius introvert who only entertained female guests that his aunt Jillian approved of, he lived a rather extraordinary life in a plain surrounding. Decent, reasonable, focus, quiet. Until her met the extraordinary Layana Fairmont.

But there’s another guy in Layana’s life – Lee. Seductive, arrogant, out of control, jealous. Brant’s extreme counterpart, but Layana still fell for him despite his flaws.

Two different men, one confused heart, one deceptive aunt. They all lived in lies, and through those lies, will they all survive?

This has been literally mind-blowing!

Victory is mine. I grinned, giving myself a virtual high five, and put my Mercedes into drive. Pulling onto the screet, I headed south. Maybe after my massage, I’d swing by my boyfriend’s office. Drop off a sandwich for him. Celebrate my victory with the other man in my life.

Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.

Normally, I don’t read books with cheating spouses/lovers. I couldn’t tolerate the audacity of the person committing infidelity and dishonesty. When I saw this book, I didn’t exactly read the synopsis nor any reviews about it, I just downloaded it on a whim because it was by Alessandra Torre. (Yes, I’m a fan!) So I went blind going through the book.

Somehow after reading the prologue, I had second thoughts reading the book. But I told myself, I’d be a fool if I let a measly paragraph decide my reading. Plus, this is a Torre book, and I’ve never been disappointed by her before. So armed with a coffee and donut on my side table, I devoured every page of Black Lies.

“He was everything I didn’t expect. Quietly confident, Unassuming, Gorgeous.”

And boy was this an unassuming gorgeous book! I couldn’t stop reading right after the first chapter. At the back of my mind, I already knew that Layana was going to be a cheater, but something told me to give her the benefit of the doubt. I wanted to know why would she resort to that tactic and how could she sleep at night knowing this predicament.

This has been mentally exhausting, and if you know me, I was already formulating a lot of hypothesis on my mind, digging into Brant’s, Lee’s and Lana’s skulls. And I was rewarded when I got the lies right. Yep, I already had an idea about the secrets surrounding the characters, but I wasn’t prepared with the consequences it had entailed.

Did I like the book? Yes! Did I enjoy the clusterfuck of events? Yes! Did I love Brant or Lee? Yes and yes.. Who would I choose then? I have no idea, but hear me out. I wouldn’t mind getting tangled with both of them too. Lucky Layana indeed!

 

 

Review Tour: Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham

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Leave the Night On
A Cottonbloom Novel
by Laura Trentham

coffeesynopsisdLove, betrayal, and sweet revenge—life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .

Sutton Mize is known for lavishing attention on the customers who flock to her boutique on the wealthy side of her Mississippi town. So when she finds a lace thong in her fiancé’s classic cherry-red Camaro, she knows just who she sold it to: her own best friend. In an instant, Sutton’s whole world goes up in flames. . .

Wyatt Abbott has harbored a crush on Sutton since he was a young kid from the other side of the tracks. He witnessed Sutton’s shocking discovery in the Camaro at his family-owned garage—and it made him angry. What kind of man could take lovely, gorgeous Sutton for granted? But then Sutton comes up with an idea: Why not give her betrothed a taste of his own medicine and pretend that she’s got a lover of her own? Wyatt is more than happy to play the hot-and-heavy boyfriend. But what begins as a fictional affair soon develops into something more real, and more passionate, than either Sutton or Wyatt could have imagined. Could it be that true love has been waiting under the hood all along?

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Sutton Mize brought her fiance’s Camaro to the Abbot’s Garage to have it checked, but found an incriminating evidence inside the car – a laced thong that didn’t belong to her, but to her best friend.

To save face, she told her ex-lover that she’d been dating the hunky mechanic Wyatt Abbott and stirred gossip around Cottonbloom. It wasn’t until they realized they were using each other to get what they needed.

This is just the kind of sweet and exciting story I need to read after a stressful day. Wyatt Abbott could be my newest book boyfriend and stress-reliever. Gotta love a man who knows cars and cherish ’em. Although, despite the fact that I’ve read multitudes of stories about pretend lovers ultimately falling in love in the end, it was their journey on how they realized their feelings for each other that really get me everytime.

Sutton and Wyatt are from opposite sides of Mississippi but this didn’t hinder them from taking chances on their feelings. Thanks to Sutton’s cheating fiance and conniving best friend, she found herself crying in the arms of Wyatt, her childhood friend and apparently a longtime secret admirer.

Wyatt Abbott really got me, hook, line and sinker. I thought he was quite naive in love, despite his reputation as a ladies man. Sutton is a little snob, due to her lavish upbringing. I wasn’t quite smitten with her in the beginning but she earned my trust at the end of the book.

Cheers to another great story from the Cottonbloom series by Laura Trentham! Can’t wait to read Jackson’s story next!

I received this ARC copy of Leave the Night from St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley.

 

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An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. The first two books of her Falcon Football series were named Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. Then He Kissed Me, a Cottonbloom novel, was named as one of Amazon’s best romances of 2016. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she’s shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

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Review: My Creative Billionaire 1 by Ali Parker

My Creative Billionaire 1
by Ali Parker

Being rich means living up to the expectations of others… even when you don’t want to.

Matt’s always known what it was like to live on the high end of society, and where his brother and father love it… he hates it. A creative at heart, he’s forced into the world of Accounting to help stand beside the family name and build an empire from the ground up. His true passion is art, life and love.

Erica is the Chief Advertising Officer for Bryant Accounting Firm and has had her eye on the CEO’s son, Matthew for quite some time. He’s a bit docile in public, and often plays the fool, but something tells her that a very different man exists just beneath the surface. She’s willing to wager her career by taking Matt beneath her wing, and hopefully to her bed.

Matthew Bryant is a billionaire who doesn’t need a job, but he’s got that creative streak on him that can’t be ignored. Working with the beautiful Erica should be easy, but sketching her and spending a weekend with her made it all the more complicated for him, especially with his burgeoning feelings. But like any other coward in love, he is afraid to pursue her.

Ali Parker did it again, and the force is definitely with her. I was surprised at Matt Bryant, all along I thought he was the dominant alpha male like his brother Damon whom I loved in another book. But Matt is a dear. I adore his silliness and creativity and flaws. He’s imperfect but he’s not annoying. I love him for who at what he is. I just wish Erica could see beneath his stature and talk to him, instead of just leaving a note then moping around, second guessing his intentions.

Overall, this was another exciting book in a series and I can’t wait to read Matt’s next move.

Review: The Playboy Prince and the Nanny by Donna Alward

Prince Diego Navarro is the “spare” to his brother’s “heir”. While Raoul performs his crown prince duties with the appropriate sense of nobility and poise, Diego’s garnered a bit of a reputation as a playboy – despite the good he does behind the scenes with his favorite charities.

But when tragedy strikes and his sister-in-law is killed in a car accident, Diego knows it’s time for the playboy to step up. If not for his brother, then for his niece and nephew, who now find themselves without a mother.

Which is where Rose Walters comes in.

Rose isn’t intimidated by money or glitz. The veteran nanny has worked for the rich and minimally famous, but a manor house is no comparison to a castle… or the handsome princes who live there. However, the worst thing she could possibly do is fall for the gorgeous playboy with a surprising heart of gold. He’s a prince; she’s the help. He lives in the tabloids; she loves her privacy. But when her two darling charges start to play matchmaker, Diego and Rose don’t stand a chance.

The Playboy Prince and the Nanny is the first book in Donna Alward’s royal duology.

I was quite surprised when I learned something about royals that I don’t normally read or heard on the news. All I thought, if there’s a “party” prince in the midst, you’ll expect scandals and controversies abounding his surrounding him and his life alone. But we or I rather, do not see or know half the story behind it.

Oftentimes, we thought that the first born royals or the ones next in line to the throne are the ones responsible and polite and always in charge of everything that surrounds the royal family. We expected them to be accountable. And we always assumed the worst about the brother or sister of the heir. That they’re just happy-go-lucky, carefree, attention seekers. What we fail to notice is that it’s their way of diverting our attention away from the other family members.

Such is the case with Prince Diego Navarro. He’s got that infamous reputation of being an international playboy, partying night after night with different girls. When his sister-in-law died in a car accident, it was expected that his older brother, Prince Raoul to keep his family intact, his kids attended to and glued together despite everything. But the truth of the matter was, he was losing himself to the tragedy and it was no other than Prince Diego who took matters into his hand.

And that’s where Rosalie came along. A dispute with her other siblings led her foot to other houses, taking care of other families’s children. It wasn’t a big deal first when she landed the job at the Royal Castle to take care of Raoul’s kids, but all her thoughts and opinions about the royal family changed when she met the party prince.

Soon Rose realized, what you see wasn’t exactly what you get. There was more to Prince Diego than the eyes could see.

So far, it has been a great journey getting to know the princes of Marazur. One needs a strong and powerful heart when dealing with death, abandonment, responsibilities and criticisms. I am glad that the characters in this book are flawed but relentless, unconventional but dedicated. Prince Diego was a revelation, Rose was invaluable and those little children were precious. The romance was on point and adventurous, and definitely unforgettable. Donna Alward did a great job with this duology and I am looking forward to more beautiful books in the future!


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Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence
by Kasie West

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Charlie may not be your typical female heroine, but she definitely caught my heart when she struggled between being a tomboy and acting weird wither her brothers’ best friend and boy next door, Braden. Her mom died when she was six and she never had a motherly figure attend to her girly needs ever since. Running at night kept her from having nightmares about the night her mother died. Growing up, she became close to her brothers and father and Braden while they treated her like one of the boys.

Until one night when she poured out her heart and worries and secrets to the boy next door. This began their late night conversations and the start of Charlie’s conflicting feelings for him.

This is my first book by Kasie West and I’m loving it. I’ve been dying to read a book by West because I’ve heard rave reviews about all her books. On the Fence didn’t disappoint. The characters were believable, their conversations light and straight to the point, and those nighttime talks over the fence really got me giddy and excited. The makeup scenes were fantastic and really funny, but had also been eye-opening to Charlie, thank goodness! Two of the other minor characters that I loved were Skye and Mama Lu, they were like the ray of sunshine that Charlotte needed to brighten up her day. I hated it when she lied about her mom though.

Braden of course was definitely likeable and yes, he’s the perfect boy next door you’d love to grow up with. Their relationship was one for the books.

Hoping to read the other stories by West, this has been really such a great and charming read! I don’t know why it took me so long to start reading this book. I’ve been so left behind!