Category: Contemporary Romance

Review: When Things Go Wrong by Lacey Silks

Posted March 22, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 4 Comments

family couple in a winter clothesTitle:  When Things Go Wrong
Series:  Prequel to Cheaters Anonymous
Author:  Lacey Silks
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Published:  March 8, 2015
Publisher:  MyLit Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Lazy eyes, scarred lip and brow, muscled and tattooed, Julia’s high school best friend, the one who made her heart go pitter-patter, had definitely changed in the past five years she hadn’t seen him.

Being stuck with her mom and boyfriend number one hundred at an exclusive ski resort doesn’t seem as daunting when Julia runs into the gorgeous and enticing Scar Wagner. And when fate forces the couple much closer than Julia would ever allow a man to be, she can’t help but wonder whether it’s time to give relationships another try.

After all, when things go wrong, they turn out right.

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Review: Up to Date by Susan Hatler

Posted March 22, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Up to DateTitle:  Up to Date
Series:  Better Date Than Never (Book 8)
Author:  Susan Hatler
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 31, 2014
Publisher:  Hatco Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

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?

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Review: One Night With Her Bachelor by Kat Latham

Posted March 19, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

One Night with her BachelorTitle:  One Night With Her Bachelor
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auction (Book 6)
Author:  Kat Latham
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 27, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating: 5 star
Source:  NetGalley

Cover Blurb:

Bid on a date with this wounded warrior for an unforgettable night of adventure. Aim high—and bid higher!—because no one comes close to local hero Gabriel Morales.

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?

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Review: In Bed With The Bachelor by Megan Crane

Posted March 18, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

In Bed with the BachelorTitle:  In Bed with the Bachelor
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auction (bood 5)
Author:   Megan Crane
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 20, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Our latest bachelor has enough family in Marietta to qualify as an honorary native, but hails instead from Seattle, WA, which is where he’ll fly you for a glamorous weekend on the shores of the sparkling Puget Sound. Jesse Grey will treat you the way a local boy turned construction tycoon should: five star accommodations, gourmet dinners, and celebrated Washington wines. We just can’t promise he’ll smile much. Or at all.

Sold to the highest bidder!

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?

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Review: The Almost Wives Club by Nancy Warren

Posted March 14, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

The Almost Wives ClubTitle:  The Almost Wives Club – Kate book 1
Series:  The Almost Wives Club
Author:  Nancy Warren
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 15, 2015
Publisher:  Ambleside Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Kate Winton-Jones is marrying one of America’s most eligible bachelors. Edward Carnarvon III is rich, handsome and hers. But at the final fitting of her wedding gown, one of the seamstresses pricks her and a tiny blood spot appears on the outrageously expensive gown. Its famous designer fires the clumsy seamstress on the spot, whereupon the girl puts a curse on the dress and storms out. Kate doesn’t believe in curses. She’s modern, American and in love with the perfect guy. What could go wrong?

But that very evening she meets a man who makes her question her future. And then she discovers that Edward has been hiding a secret or two… and before you can say, “This dress is so cursed,” she’s on the run from Edward, his family, her mother, the paparazzi and the person she thought she was.

When the man who discovers her hiding place turns out to be the last man she should trust, it’s time to throw her cautious good sense out with the satin shoes she won’t be wearing. Playing it safe hasn’t done her much good. Maybe it’s time to play by a new set of rules. Her rules.

Sometimes Prince Charming is the one who turns out to be the frog, and true love appears in the most unexpected places.

Follow the cursed dress through five sets of bridal hands as four more women join The Almost Wives Club.

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Review: Until You by Jeannie Moon

Posted March 14, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Until YouTitle:  Until You
Series:
Author:  Jeannie Moon
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 17, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He’s obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous. But there’s also something sweet about David, so Kate—who hasn’t done anything spontaneous in a very long time—accepts his invitation.

It is, after all, her fortieth birthday.

However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it’s in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it’s just too risky.

But meeting Kate has been David’s lightning strike. She’s the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her.

So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice.

And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to.

Read on for my thoughts on Until You.  No true spoilers, promise.

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Review: His Outback Cowgirl by Alissa Callen

Posted March 14, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

His Outback CowgirlTitle:  His Outback Cowgirl
Series:  The Wildflower Ranch #4
Author:  Alissa Callen
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 18, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Australian cowgirl, Bridie Willis, travels to Montana to meet her half-brother and to escape the pain of losing her father. Headstrong and determined to live life to the full, she plans to spend the summer photographing wild animals in the back country.

Cowboy, Ethan Morgan, has been shaped by a childhood spent on the run. Cautious, steady and conservative, he must ensure the risk-taking cowgirl he is entrusted to babysit doesn’t come to any harm.

But the biggest challenge Ethan must face is to accept how Bridie makes him feel. And the biggest risk Bridie must take is to trust in her heart.

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Review: Deja Date by Susan Hatler

Posted March 13, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Deja DateTitle:  Deja Date
Series:  Better Date Than Never #9
Author:  Susan Hatler
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 22, 2015
Publisher:  Hatco Publishing
My Rating:  4 star
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Melinda Morgan commits to running her favorite neighborhood bakery when the owner, who’s like a second dad to her, falls ill. Then she finds out his adventurous son, Nate Carter, is back in town. Nate was Melinda’s first kiss and greatest heartbreak all rolled into one, yet he’s still as charming as ever.

When Melinda learns Nate’s dad is selling his bakery, she realizes her dream to own the bakery herself. But in order to access her inheritance funds, she must first complete her father’s Carpe Diem list, which challenges her to take risks she normally wouldn’t—like only dating someone who leaves her breathless.

Nate wants a second chance with her and she finds him nearly impossible to resist. Could he be the key to completing her dad’s list and saving the bakery? And can he help her do both without breaking her heart all over again?

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Review: Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks

Posted March 12, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Stealing HeartsTitle:  Stealing Hearts
Series:  Magnolia Bay #4
Author:  Erika Marks
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 9, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Bartender Mick Atwell has one more commitment before he leaves Magnolia Bay for Colorado: help his best friend, Tim, get his new wine bar POUR ready in time for its Valentine’s Day grand opening. But when Tim’s little sister Lucy breezes into town unexpectedly from New York for a visit, Mick doesn’t see how they’ll keep to their tight schedule—any more than he sees how this beautiful, spirited woman could possibly be the same irresponsible “kid” Tim has been complaining about for years…

Despite her carefree smile, Lucy Waverly hasn’t come back to Magnolia Bay for a vacation—she’s come home to hide. After discovering her boss at the gallery is selling forgeries, she needs to lay low and figure out a plan to get herself out of this dangerous mess—a plan which can’t include falling for her brother’s sexy best friend, no matter how safe he makes her feel, or how his smoldering eyes turn her inside out.

Mick has one foot out the door, but when Lucy’s troubles follow her to Magnolia Bay, they are thrust together to keep one step ahead of danger and get POUR open in time. Soon the man who lives by his plans is wondering if the woman who lives by chance may not be worth breaking his rules for.

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Review: The Millionaire by Victoria Purman

Posted March 11, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

The MillionaireTitle:  The Millionaire
Series:  Hot Aussie Heroes (Book 4)
Author:  Victoria Purman
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 1, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Renowned photographer Chris Malone is fed up with fame and disaster. All he wants is anonymity and a chance to recharge. Suburban journalist Ellie Flannery has other ideas. If she can just convince her long-time idol to support her favorite cause, she knows her fund-raiser will be a huge success.

After refusing at first, Chris decides to co-operate. When he’s forced to defend his own reputation as well as his family’s, he decides he wants something from the idealistic and sexy-but-doesn’t-know-it Ms Flannery Ellie in return: her heart.

But Ellie has scars that no one has ever seen, and she doesn’t want to open herself up to anyone, much less a man with such an unflinching eye for the truth. Can Chris convince her to strip herself bare, in more ways than one?

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Review: The Playboy by Madeline Ash

Posted March 10, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 2 Comments

The PlayboyTitle:  The Playboy
Series:  Hot Aussie Heroes (Book 3)
Author:  Madeline Ash
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 21, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Wanted: Sexy sun-kissed surfer for hot summer fling.

Innocent Alexia Burton needs to become sexually confident for an upcoming acting role, and that means taking a lover.

Someone she’s attracted to. Someone who’ll teach her what she needs to know, but not ask for more than she’s prepared to give. She needs to learn the intensity of true desire and then have him walk away.

Parker Hargreaves is determined to make amends for treating Alexia badly all those years ago. He’s changed and wants her to think better of him. If that means letting her sharpen her sexual moves on him, so be it. He’ll do it. His playboy reputation certainly won’t suffer.

He just doesn’t count on walking away being so hard.

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