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!

Review: Up to Date by Susan Hatler

Up to Date
(Better Date than Never #8)
by Susan Hatler

Ginger knows that practical choices guarantee a stable life, which is why she chose a career as an office manager. Her job provides a steady paycheck, but it also has her snoozing at her desk. She wishes she’d pursued her passion for interior decorating rather than business.

She’s also trying to forget Greg Shaffer—the gorgeous emergency room doctor she met at a dance club last month. Her dad was an emergency room doctor and the stress of the job turned him into a raging alcoholic, which didn’t exactly create happy childhood memories.

Ginger believes donating her decorating services to her friend’s charity auction is the perfect fix for both her problems. She’ll get a break from the daily grind, get her creative juices flowing, and stay so busy she’ll finally forget about Greg.

But then Greg ends up buying the condo right above her. Even worse, he deliberately wins the bid on her auction item. Greg seems determined to prove to Ginger that practicality has nothing on passion. And as Ginger brings beauty into Greg’s world, how can she possibly resist the beauty he brings to hers?

Ginger Nielsen wasn’t happy with her office job anymore, answering to phone calls, locating budget-friendly janitorial services, informing co-workers to fill out paperwork for office supplies. Yes, such a mundane boring job, but she endured because it paid the bills and her sister’s whims. But all she wanted to do was create paintings, craft some art and design houses, but her mother didn’t approve because it won’t get her anywhere.

Enter amber eyed emergency doctor and gorgeous male specimen named Greg Shaffer and Ginger almost fell in love. Almost, but she didn’t pursue any feelings for him because she was afraid Greg would turn up into her father – no time for family, drowned his problems in misery and alcohol. No, she didn’t want that same experience ever again. So she turned down his advances and rejected any future feelings for him.

I love love love every book Susan Hatler writes. Everyone ends up with someone, happily ever after as they say, but each got a different story to tell. I am loving all her other series, and Up to Date doesn’t disappoint. Although at first I was having second thoughts about Ginger because there was so much negativity going on with her life. She’s not satisfied with her job and she’s so quick to think worst about other people, specifically Greg. In my mind, I was screaming at her, telling her to grow a backbone and all. In the end though, I smiled and sighed with satisfaction.

Susan Hatler sure knows how to appease my heart and I am always grateful for all the wonderful stories she writes. Would never get tired of reading all her books!

Review: Kiss Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

Kiss Me at Willoughby Close
(Willoughby Close #4)
by Kate Hewitt

 

Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

After her husband unexpectedly dies, Ava moves to Willoughby Close, trying to keep her chin up and herself to herself as she’s always done—not answering questions, not making friends, and not seeing much of a future. Her marriage was far from perfect, but it offered her a much-needed security that has now been ripped away. She’s not sure what to do now that she’s thirty-five, widowed, penniless… and unexpectedly pregnant with her late husband’s child.

Jace Tucker is the over-the-top sexy caretaker of Willoughby Manor, and he can see beneath Ava’s glamor girl act to the hurt she’s been hiding for so long. She has secrets for a reason—and so does he. The last thing she needs right now is a fling with a man who hides a past as regrettable as her own.

But with a baby to think about, and neighbors determined to be her friends, Ava finds herself starting to change and even more alarmingly, beginning to hope. Can Willoughby Close work its everyday magic on a woman like her? And when the past comes calling for both her and Jace, will they have to answer for their previous mistakes?

It was a sweet and charming story about a widow looking for a clean slate but afraid to trust people. And finally, the handyman/groundskeeper of Willoughby Close, Jace Tucker, had snagged himself quite a catch; if only she’d look her way.

I love the slow and burning romance between Ava Mitchell and Jace, it was a bit consuming on Ava’s end because she wasn’t that trusting and believing in other people after she’d been tagged as a gold digger by her stepchildren and had been ranked same with his late husband’s housekeeper. Yeah, her insecurities almost sucked out her life so I couldn’t blame the other tenants when they touted her as arrogant and quite full of herself. Eventually though, an olive branch was extended and Ava slowly picked up her life. Jace Tucker was definitely the man for him.

I am enjoying the Willoughby Close series and I can’t wait to read the next one! Kate Hewitt spins tales that are highly dramatic but also sweet and hot and fun to read! The kiss at the end is definitely worth it!

Review: Single Dad’s Fake Bride by Nikki Chase

Single Dad’s Fake Bride
A Virgin and Billionaire Romance
by Nikki Chase

My billionaire boss wants me to marry him.
But this is no office romance. This is just pretend.
Or at least it’s supposed to be… until feelings get involved.
Now I want him and his daughter to be my real family.
But I have a secret that could destroy everything.

Ethan Hunter is a self-made billionaire. He also happens to be devastatingly handsome. My knees go weak when he looks at me with those piercing blue eyes.

Now he’s in trouble. Because of his bad reputation, he could lose custody of his daughter.

And by some strange twist of fate, I’m the only person who can help him… by pretending to be his wife.

But here’s a secret: he doesn’t know who I really am.

Yes, I’m his sweet, innocent assistant during office hours, but I’m also an undercover journalist. I only started working for Ethan to dig up some dirt on him.

So I marry him. That makes me both a virgin and a married woman, which is weird. But hey, many journalists have done crazier things to get the inside scoop.

Then I move into Ethan’s swanky penthouse apartment and things start to unravel. Everything feels too real. I have a plan, but my heart won’t stick to it—and neither will my traitorous body.

I want this fake life to be my reality. But what will happen when Ethan finds out the truth about me?

Ethan Hunter isn’t on the hunt for a wife nor a mother for his child, Penny. But a grueling interview and an extremely worried daughter soon find him in a predicament and is forced to marry his PA, Megan Jones.

Megan is hesitant at first with the situation, but with a secret mission up in her sleeves, she agrees to being Ethan’s fake bride and puts her plan into action.

What she doesn’t expect is falling in love with her boss and his daughter. She needs to do her revenge, but it seems fate has other plans for her.

Single Dad’s Fake Bride is an entertaining read. Fast, furious and fiery and oozing with combustible heat. Megan fits Ethan’s life perfectly, and he’s definitely more than the man she thought he was. Penny, the daughter, was such a darling, a troublemaker maybe, but is absolutely a character to love. Once again, Nikki Chase has delivered a story that’s not only poignant but also entertaining, dreamy and delicious. A great bedtime story for hopeless romantic readers!

Review: Royally Matched by Emma Chase

Royally Matched (Royally #2)
by Emma Chase

Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

 

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

Omg, my heart..i never cried for a royal before. Ever. Until I met Prince Henry..

Two weeks ago, I read Royally Screwed by Emma Chase and found Prince Nicholas quite the man. I thought he was the best thing that’s happened to a royal.. Honest, funny, charming, crazy in love. But when dashing prince Henry came to the rescue, life became even more exciting and fun!

In Royally Screwed, Prince Nicholas relinquished his title to Prince Henry and deep inside, I thought that was a big move, a big leap of faith. The mighty prince brought to his knees by a commoner. I thought that was so sweet.

 

In Royally Matched, Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook took his responsibilities in stride, not really serious in politicking and matters of the crown. Until a reality TV show got him chasing skirts of royal blood. A non-disclosure agreement was all he needed to sign and all the pretty girls would be frolicking his bedroom at night.

If only everything about reality TV were true.

Lady Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Titebottum had this fear of public speaking. She would never dream of facing a hundred people and talking to them in public. No, she would rather hide in her nook and read Jane Austen novels than do the project that was assigned to her by her boss. But when a TV producer came knocking at their door and convinced her sister Penelope to join Matched: The Royal Edition, Sarah Titebottum agreed to chaperone her sister and fulfill her Act of Royalty instead of getting back to work.

If only she could get around the Royal Prince and dodge his every move. But when Henry met Sarah, he was intrigued by her. He wanted to discover everything about her, what made her tick, what books she read, what she wore underneath her black gothic dress. What he didn’t anticipate was him slowly falling for this timid, mysterious royal and willing to forget everything just to hold her tight and protect her from the villains of the world.

In the grand scheme of things, this reality TV show should solve all Prince Henry’s quest for a future Queen. But in the end, getting royally matched was the last thing he could ever hope for.

I love, love, love Prince Henry, and I would do everything for him. ‘Cause all of me loves all of him, all his curves and all his edges, all his perfect imperfections…. (I made you sing, didn’t I?)

“No, you don’t understand—”
“I understand perfectly. What you don’t seem to comprehend is that Sarah is my best friend. The only one I’ve got. I’m not fucking helping you. Piss off, Princess.”
He turns to walk away.
And I shout, “She’s hurt!”
That makes him pause mid-step, his back stiffening.
“I haven’t just made her angry, I’ve hurt her terribly. She’s still hurting . . . and I can’t stand it, Willard.” My hands find their way into my hair.
I move in front of him, bending my knees to catch his eyes, which seems quite apropos.
“Help me make it better. Not for me, but for her. Please.”

Sarah’s love for books gently rubbed on Henry and I thought that was so sweet. I am all for a guy who knows how to appreciate the written words, the texture of books, the smell of pages. Ahhh, it’s divine.

“The only thing that smells better than a new book is an old one.”
I put the book down.
“This isn’t it. She’d want a book that’s been read—dog-eared and held and sighed over—not one that’s been caged in glass its whole life. She’ll want one that’s been loved.”
Ever so slowly, Willard smiles. “There’s hope for you yet.”

Their slow burn romance got me really giddy and hopeful. I was dreamy eyed every time Henry comforted Sarah. I was in a roller-coaster of emotions whenever Sarah went catatonic. I was tickled to the bones when Henry spurt words I could only her from Casanova’s mouth.

I would give up a crown for her. I would give up my name, my title—I would trade my country, forfeit my birthright, lie, kill, cheat, and steal, for this. For her.

“If anything happens to you, I’ll die. I’m not exaggerating.” My voice is strangled and wetness trickles from my eyes and I don’t give a damn. “You are woven into my soul and you are wrapped around my heart. And if anything happens to you, both will wither and die and I won’t even care.”

The ending…

It may be quite expected, but it was definitely off-the-charts romantic. Absolutely up on my alley. I swoon and sighed and smiled and swoon again. Could this be love?

Emma Chase, I love you too… Please don’t stop writing royal stories and romances, okay?

 

P. S.

 

 

I  buddy read  this  awesome book  with  my  book  club gal, Blessie aka iBlessth13th, of  Mischievous Reads...

 

 

Review: Shut Up and Kiss Me by Jessica Lemmon

Shut Up and Kiss Me (Lost Boys #2)
by Jessica Lemmon

Cade: I tried. I really tried. I should be out of this small town by now, finishing my law degree and partnering up with my buddies, but I couldn’t resist one last street race. Now I’m sidelined in the hospital, and while my injuries will heal, I’m not so sure my voice will return. What kind of attorney can’t talk? Yeah, exactly. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to come back from this… until Tasha Montgomery reawakens every competitive bone in my body.

Tasha: I nearly watched Cade Wilson die on that lonely stretch of road. He’s damn lucky just to be alive, even if he doesn’t realize it. I know he’s destined for bigger and better things, but I don’t mind helping him get there as he relearns everything he took for granted. Cade’s a good student, a real perfectionist; I can tell how much his stutter bothers him. But when he lets his kisses do the talking, everything else disappears. And one day, maybe he’ll be able to tell me that he wants me—as much as I want him.

O.M.G..

This was really something I won’t forget and would still be rereading in the months to come. Holy guacamole! I was at a loss for words after reading this book.. Just like Cade Wilson was.. But now that I have recovered, let’s proceed with this kissing stuff..

 

I mentioned in my Instagram post before, it has been such a long time since I read a story about a man having difficulties with his speech. Last time I read one was years ago, with Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday, which is my all-time favorite book by CoHo. Ridge and Sydney’s unforgettable romance got me speechless in the end.

Shut Up and Kiss Me left me breathless as well. I thought Cade Wilson deserved what happened to him, because he was quite the rude annoying bad boy in the beginning. Oh boy, I was a fool thinking about it. I was so wrong and judgmental and quick to assume the worst about Cade. Thank goodness, Tasha Montgomery shed the light for me.

Tasha may be the rich girl on the block, with a father giving everything she needed and wanted. You’d think he was a doting loving father, but let me tell, he wasn’t at all, not even close. And Tasha didn’t want to be dependent on him all her life. She wanted to prove that she could be someone else and could stand on her own, without her father’s wealth and indiscretions.

Cade was in a horrific car accident that left him speechless… literally. He stopped talking when he began to form speech defects, like stuttering and faltering on words. So his father had hired Tasha to help him with his issues. Except Tasha wasn’t a speech therapist, no, but she went above and beyond to help Cade regain what he lost.

Slowly Cade recouped and recovered, but his anger management issues caused him to falter and attack Tasha, verbally, painfully. All hopes for a better Cade Wilson were lost, and I couldn’t blame Tasha for giving up hope.

This story was beautifully written and the characters were amazingly depicted. I loved the angst and trepidation that Cade protrayed. I loved Tasha’s stubbornness and tenacity with her patient’s situation. I loved how they both endured the unnecessary burdens they  were struggling with. I loved how the author made the scenes go from dramatic to crazy and then steamy and sweet, leaving the reader gasped for breath and tongue-tied.

And yes, this is probably one of my favorite reads this year. Shut Up and Kiss Me is the second book in the Lost Boys series, but I assure you I will read the first one soon and then the next books to come.

Now, I have to say bye for now and let me and my hubby get back to kissing please… Hmm, where were we, hon?

 

Review: EXPOSED – Unbearable Passion 3 by Scarlett Avery

Book Title: Exposed
Series Name: Unbearable Passion, Book 3
Author: Scarlett Avery
Genre: Billionaire Romance Series/Erotic Romance

When a man truly loves a woman he’ll do anything in his power to win her back.

The romantic adventure between Bryce and Sofia intensifies and it becomes clear it’s much more than a business arrangement in this sensual, sexy and steamy love story.

Tragedy strikes and Bryce is stuck in Silicon Valley desperately trying to dig his company out of a PR nightmare.

Stranded alone in Manhattan, Sofia is forced to accept work with another client who whisks her away on a two-week business trip to South America.

Has Bryce lost his Sofia forever?

He exhales sweet hot breaths into my mouth as he kisses my lips hard. It’s as if he’s ready for a second round of a steamy romping session before he catches his flight. I don’t want him to leave, but I know that I cannot ask him to stay longer or for him to take me with him.

He turns me around so I can face him, gently brushes the hair off my face, as he softly kisses the tip of my nose.

* * *

Bryce and Sofia had become physically distant for the meantime in this third book. Van Linden had no choice but to go and oversee his company’s problem on another state. And then a really unfortunate tragedy befell his friend, so he had to be away for a while. What with all the controversy surrounding his friend’s personality, he hardly had time to be with Sofia. Gosh, he missed her so much!

 

But the lady in waiting had to eat and earn and pay bills! So Sofia had no choice but to accept another escort job, much to Bryce’s consternation. That, and the fact that they’re both unreachable due to communications failure, had almost put Bryce to the brink. Now he’s wondering whether he’d still see his ladylove and if so, would Sofia still have the hots for him?

Oh.. My G.. I thought this book could not get anymore steamier than ever. Everytime Bryce and Sofia are alone together, I have expected a lot of sparks and explosions and groundbreaking scenarios. Scarlett Avery did not disappoint. Even though their alone time together was lesser compared to what they’ve done on the other books (really sexy erotic time together, I must say), the author made sure that the main characters couldn’t and wouldn’t take their hands and limbs off each other. (insert evil grin here!)

And also, now that Bryce knew Sofia’s real name and identity, I had this feeling that it won’t be long before her sister would finally learn about Sofia’s real job. Ohhh! I’m so excited for this! Can’t wait to get my hands on the last book in the series!

Also reviewed Book 1 in the series – Never Say Never