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4 Stars
This one was a surprise!
Just To Be With You (The Sullivans, #12) - Bella Andre

Just To Be With You (The Sullivans, #12) - Bella Andre 

 

I thought this was cute. I've always liked the books in this series. I was a little skeptical with this one. Tatiana was so incredibly young, I wasn't sure she was going to be a good match with Ian. 

But I was wrong. I loved these two together. And Tatiana was so much stronger than I gave her credit for. Her sister, Valentina sheltered her a lot so I didn't think she really had a back bone but, she definitely had the strength to deal with the force that is Ian Sullivan.

I just love this series and will definitely be continuing on with it. 

Review
2 Stars
Wasn't a fan...
Spicy Lasagna Murder: Book 13 in The Darling Deli Series - Patti Benning

Spicy Lasagna Murder: Book 13 in The Darling Deli Series - Patti Benning 

 

I wasn't a fan of this one. I typically like cozy mysteries but this one I thought was hampered by the author's writing style.  It seemed too simplistic and the entire time I was reading, I kept thinking of different (better) ways the author could have said something.

 

Calling our main character "the deli owner" seemed too impersonal and it was done numerous times throughout the 150 page book.  Also the dialogue was off to me for some reason.

 

Needless to say, I couldn't rate this one that high.  But, it was free (Kindle Unlimited) and it was short, so I can't complain (too much).

Review
3 Stars
Putting on my "Mom Hat" here...
My Heart and Other Black Holes - Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes - Jasmine Warga 

 

Fair warning, I'm putting on my "Mom Hat" here for this "young adult" book.  

 

I thought that this book was very good, VERY good for the first 95% of the book then it shifted on it's head.  I was so impressed by the author's ability to really describe the depth of depression that some people feel.  That all consuming blackness that they can't see their way out of.  

 

It was hard seeing two teens experience something like that.  Especially when they had family and they just seemed either oblivious or impotent to help them.  But they found each other and that was great.  I felt like was something positive even though their relationship wasn't healthy at all.

 

But then, at the end of the book, I felt like where the author could do some tremendous good with her message, she just really punked out!  She went into such detail about the depression and the willingness to want to end it all, but didn't go into what could be on the other side with work and commitment to recovery.  That was more like a "fade to black" sex scene.  You figure it out.

 

I thought that was irresponsible.  I thought that she could have really done something good here.  Really helped someone going through something like this.  But, you can't fall in love and just think everything will be fixed.  Like everything else, recovery is work.  You are just fixed overnight or maybe not even in six weeks like in this book.

 

I wish that had been handled better.  I would want someone to explain that to my teen.  I was glad that Aysel found something to live for, but we take that and build on it.  That's not everything.  What if it doesn't work out?  Will she go right back to wanting to kill herself?

 

So, that's why I could only give this *3 STARS*.  I think the beginning was *5 STARS* material but the end just totally screwed it up for me.

 

***In all fairness, I have to say that the author does say exactly what I'm saying about the long road to recovery in her author's note, but I felt like it would have done more good in the actual story.***

Review
5 Stars
Veronica is a hoot!
A Perilous Undertaking - Deanna Raybourn

A Perilous Undertaking - Deanna Raybourn 

 

 

So entertaining!  I read and listened to this one, but seriously, the narrator OWNS this series.  She's so great with all of the voices, I can't even do them justice in my head.  I love when that happens.  LOL

 

Anyway, Veronica is up to her old tricks and brining Stoker along.  I love the chemistry between those two.  And the "will they or won't they" suspense is definitely keeps me intrigued.

 

I truly hate Veronica's "family" for all the hoops they are making her jump through.  I wonder what's going to happen down the road with that.

 

And, I just KNEW who the killer was, but didn't know how to put it all together.  Loved the way it just all fit when it was all said and done.

 

I can't wait to see what's going to happen in book 3.  I hope I don't have to wait too long for it.

 

Review
5 Stars
Can't go wrong with this series!!!
Imitation in Death - J.D. Robb

Imitation in Death - J.D. Robb 

 

Another great installment to the series.  The murder was very convoluted.  I thought I knew who the murderer was but then there would be all these other things that would make me start suspecting someone else.  

 

And Roarke!  His vulnerability during this one was heartbreaking.  I'm glad something good came out of it though with him meeting his family.  

 

And lookout Detective Peabody.  I loved what Eve did there at the end.  It should be interesting to see Eve and Peabody working together as partners instead of Lieutenant and Aide.

 

I just love this series.  I can't wait to get to the next book.  

Review
4 Stars
This was a difficult one to read...
Falling Down - Selena Kitt

Falling Down - Selena Kitt 

 

*3.5 STARS*

 

 

This was a difficult one to read.  Lindsey was so incredibly screwed up.  It wasn't easy to like her but once you realized all that she had been through, her actions were understandable.  It's really too bad that she really didn't have anyone to stick up for her until she met Zach.

 

I figured this one was just going to be a bonk fest and that's what I was prepared for, but it was more than that, and there was also a pretty intense scene that could definitely be a trigger for people.

 

I liked Zach's character but I wish the story and the relationship between Lindsey and Zach could have been developed a bit more.  Things were wrapped up much to quickly for my taste.

Review
4 Stars
CUTE!
Rookie Move - Sarina Bowen

Rookie Move - Sarina Bowen 

 

I didn't go gaga over this like I did with the IVY YEARS series, but I thought it was cute. I'm a sucker for second chance romance and I was glad to see that Georgia and Leo got a shot to be together again.

I was a little ticked at her for almost screwing it all up...AGAIN, but I was glad that Leo was so freakin focused on not letter her get away for a second time.

I enjoyed the other characters and hope to get to know them better. I even hope to see Silas again. He got a bum wrap at the end. I'm thinking that there may be something between Becca, Georgia's roommate, and Nate, the team's owner. I look for more clues to that in the next book.

I listened to this one on audio and it was done by two new to me narrators. I thought they did a great job. 

Review
4 Stars
So, I went through it with this one!
Marriage Games - C.D. Reiss

Marriage Games - C.D. Reiss 

 

This author took me all the way through it with this one.  I mean, my emotions were all over the place.  I would like one character, then I would hate them, then I'd go back to loving them again.  I was so trying to figure out how this thing was going to end, but I didn't quite expect the way the whole thing went down.

 

I was a bit ticked off at Adam and his whole imperiousness.  I was mad that he never just talked to Diana.  They would have been able to avoid all of this crap if the man had just communicated!  And then at the end!  GAH!!

 

There is no way I'm going to be able to stop here.  I have to know what happens.  I'm sure I'll be informed more surprises.

Review
4 Stars
I may be in the minority here but...
Perfect Chemistry  - Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles 

 

I amy be in the minority here, but I thought this was sweet and engrossing YA novel. I didn't mean to read it in a few hours, but once Brittany almost ran Alex over with her car, I just couldn't seem to put it down.

It was cheesy at times and very predictable, but it still didn't stop me from enjoying every minute of it. I really loved the Fuentes family and Brittany's sister, Shelley. I'm not sure how accurate the portrayal of gang life was since I've never been in a gang or known anyone in a gang, but it certainly seemed to have a grain of truth in it to me. Especially, when dealing with burying the people you care about due to gang violence. 

I thought that the intimacy between Brittany and Alex was handled well overall, nothing too detailed but it wasn't overly innocent either. And I was happy to see that epilogue. Very cute way to give us a glimpse into their future. 

I'm definitely going to pick up the next book in the series. I'd love to see more of the characters from this story. 

Review
4 Stars
Wasn't my favorite of the series...
Take Me On - Cherrie Lynn

Take Me On - Cherrie Lynn 

 

*3.5 STARS*

I've really been a fan of this series, and I was looking forward to reading this book. It's been a while since I've returned to the series and I was in a challenge that gave me just the excuse I needed to get to it. And while it was good, I felt like I didn't truly connect with the characters for some reason. It was the first time that happened to me in this series. Maybe because I have "known" them as long? I'm not sure.

I was a bit disappointed not to feel the connection that I've felt with other books in the series but it was still a pretty good (not to mention hot) romance. 

Review
4 Stars
I laughed a lot with this one!
Cleat Chaser - Celia Aaron, Sloane Howell

Cleat Chaser - Celia Aaron,Sloane Howell 

 

 

This was really cute. I enjoyed it even though I knew, just KNEW what was going to happen with the new pitcher on the team. I wasn't happy with the way Easton handled it, but it all worked out in the end. Lots of funny moments, and lots of hot ones too. 

I'm definitely going to continue on with the next book. 

Review
4 Stars
Nine kinds of Naughty = All Kind of Fun!!
Nine Kinds of Naughty - Jeanette Grey

Nine Kinds of Naughty - Jeanette Grey 

 

I picked up this book not knowing that it was part of a series, but I had read a previous book by this author and enjoyed it so much that I jumped at the chance to read something by her again. I am happy to say that NINE KINDS OF NAUGHTY did not disappoint. With it's perfect balance of story, romance and sexy times, I was captivated from beginning to end.

This is the story of Lexie Bellamy and Dane Huntley. Lexie is a corporate executive in her family's company and Dane is her assistant...her really hot assistant. Lexie has been involved with a coworker before and it didn't turn out well at all, so she knows that Dane is strictly off limits.

When a business trip puts them in close quarters, things heat up and a world that Lexie never knew she was meant for is opened up for her. Dane shows her his dominant side and she quickly finds she wants to submit to him.

And while she is in charge at work, she's more than happy to let him be in charge in bedroom. But, what happens when they have to go back to real life?

So, yeah, this was not what I was expecting at all, but that's ok because NINE KINDS OF NAUGHTY was a little slice of BDSM heaven. There wasn't anything heavy in this book, so it more BDSM-lite, but I loved Dane's brand of loving dominance. It was totally swoon worthy. And it completely fit with the story. 

My heart really went out to Dane though, he was having a rough time and thought that he had found his solace in Lexie. But then things went south and he was alone again. It was terrible and I wanted to strangle Lexie. He didn't handle things the best either but I thought she was being very unreasonable. It really is my only complaint about the story.

But, the fact that I had such strong opinions about this is really just a testament of how invested I got in the story. The characters and the writing made it impossible for me not to get sucked in.


NINE KINDS OF NAUGHTY is the third book in the Art of Passion Series, but the first two books are about another couple so this one can easily be read as standalone. I didn't feel like I was missing anything by not having read the first two books. I think I will go back and read them when I get the chance though because now I'm curious about how that couple got together. Jeanette Grey is not an author I have a ton of familiarity with, but I'm 2 for 2 with her books now, and I'm interested in seeing if I can keep up the trend.



*Advanced Reader's Copy provided by NetGalley and Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Review
4 Stars
Obviously I like it Dirty!
Dirty English - Ilsa Madden-Mills

Dirty English - Ilsa Madden-Mills 

 

 

*3.5 STARS*

 

 

This is my second book this week with "Dirty" in the title.  Clearly, I'm in a dirty mood this week.

 

But, this one has been on my radar for a while because it kept coming up when I was searching for kindle unlimited choices.  So, I decided to go ahead and read it (well, I listened to it).

 

This book has a lot of similarities to another New Adult book I read a few years back about an underground fighter who fell for the "good girl".  But, it also was different as well, so I wasn't put off by the similar premise.  I actually liked this one more than that other one and wasn't having any conflicted feelings about it.

 

Elizabeth and Declan had a very fiery relationship, with a lot of ups and downs but I did like them together.  I thought that they were good for each other. 

 

I wasn't sure about the whole Colby thing.  It was weird the way that it happened and was resolved so quickly that it didn't seem to fit.

 

But other than that, I loved the dirty talking Brit and the girl who was named after a Jane Austen character.  I hope to see more of them in the next book in the series.

Review
4 Stars
Continuing this series is a must!
Chasing Nikki - Lacey Weatherford

Chasing Nikki - Lacey Weatherford 

 

*More like 3.5 STARS*

 

Aww man. That was so mean! I can't believe this. Poor, poor Chase. Life just really kicks some people in the nuts, doesn't it?

Anyway, I thought it was a sweet coming of age story with a whole lot of tragedy mixed in. Of course though, I'm going to have to go to the next book, like immediately! I have to see what happens next.

Review
4 Stars
Cute, fun, and yeah pretty sexy!
The Sexy One - Lauren Blakely

The Sexy One - Lauren Blakely 

 

A man who's a great father is pretty much my weakness.  So, having sexy Simon, single dad extraordinaire be front and center of a book was my idea of book lust.  And this story didn't disappoint. 

 

Simon and Abby were adorable together but I loved the way they didn't play games.  Simon wasn't down for that when he had a daughter to think of, and that just made him all the more sexy to me.  

 

I was also surprised because I thought that things were going to go south when Abby answered the door in a way that I'm sure left everyone surprised (don't want to give away too much), but they powered through.  It was happy to be wrong with where I thought the story was going to go.  This couple acted much more mature than what I'm used to.  Hooray for that!

 

And the ending was so sweet, it really made me sad to have it end.  This book was short. So, if I had anything to complain about, it would be that.  I wanted more of these two.  I hope to see them again in future books.

Review
4 Stars
Sometimes, you need to get a little dirty...
Dirty (Dive Bar) - Kylie Scott

Dirty (Dive Bar) - Kylie Scott 

 

I was so excited that Kylie Scott was starting a new series, and DIRTY did not disappoint.  Lydia and Vaughan were so great together that I was able to easily put aside my reservations about the whole insta-love thing that was going on.  I do wish their relationship had been developed a bit more before they had their HEA, but I still really enjoyed it.

 

I loved everyone associated with the Dive Bar.  Nell, John, Pat, Eric...all of them were just great icing on the my already delicious cake.  I can't wait to see more of those guys in future books.

 

And I have to make note of the fact that Vaughan was indeed dirty--deliciously so.  He was so good with he sexy times that seriously, I'm not sure how Lydia was able to hold off on jumping his bones as long as she did.

 

I listened to this one on audio and my girl Andi Arndt owned the narration on this one.  I love her and she really brought this one to life for me.

 

So, I guess it's obvious that I'll be continuing on with this series.  I can't wait to see what everyone will get up to next.