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Mon
Nov 14 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Kristen Callihan’s Managed (November 14, 2016)

Managed by Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan
Managed (VIP #2)
Plain Jane / November 14, 2016 / $14.00 print, $3.99 digital

It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big...ego.
I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London.
That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me.
I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming.
If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool façade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.
Let the battle begin…

The VIP books are fast becoming one of my favorite series. Idol was first, and Managed is second. While Managed can definitely be read alone, and I usually am all for picking up and starting ​series ​wherever you like, I think it'd be really good to read Idol beforehand. First of all, it's an excellent book. Secondly, it just makes this book so much more because ... well, Gabriel Scott is one scary badass motherfucker. You do get that in Managed, but it's tempered by the delight that is Sophie Darling. And my god does everything about her fit her name. 

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Tue
Nov 1 2016 8:30am

First Look: Beth Kery’s Looking Inside (November 1, 2016)

Looking Inside by Beth Kery

Beth Kery
Looking Inside
Berkley / November 1, 2016 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

If you like beautifully written, human, emotional stories that are perfectly nuanced, this is the book for you. Looking Inside has it all. Readers of contemporary and erotic romance, this is the book you've been waiting for. 

Trey ... might be the most perfect romance hero ever. I mean. Ever. He's a business mogul—but it's believable because he's in tech. Or, that's how he made his money. The how and why of it also makes sense—he was interested in music and connection, and combined the two. (Is it a bit of a rip off Facebook? Yes, but hey—at least it's believable and everyone is always telling me to suspend disbelief for romance, so there you go. This is me... suspending disbelief.) He's self-deprecating, but self-aware too. He's a good guy—and written very realistically. 

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Thu
Oct 20 2016 8:30am

Lauren Blakely’s The Sexy One is Actually Adorable

The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move...

1. She works with me every single day.

Did I mention she's gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?

2. She works in my home.

Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means...

3. She's the nanny.

And that makes her completely off-limits...But it doesn't stop me from wanting her. All of her.

***

The other nannies in this city don't call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around. 

I can't risk my job for a chance at something more...can I? But I don't know how to resist him much longer either...

The Sexy One is a really fun, feel good read. The book can be read as a stand alone, but it exists in the same world as Big RockMister O, and Well Hung. You meet Simon and Abby and they're just kind of ... adorable. What I liked about this book is how very sweet it is. Sure, it's sexy, and there is crazy chemistry—but the focus is the relationship. It's two really good people developing a romantic relationship. They've gotten to know each other because—as it says, Abby is Simon's employee. She's the nanny for his five year old daughter Hayden. While the relationship could be extremely problematic, what helps is that the book starts seven months after the business relationship began. 

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Tue
Sep 13 2016 3:30pm

First Look: HelenKay Dimon’s The Talented Mr. Rivers (September 13, 2016)

The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon
The Talented Mr. Rivers (Tough Love #2)
LoveSwept / September 13, 2016 / $3.99 digital

I don't read many romantic suspense novels, but I read ones HelenKay Dimon writes because I expect her to do a good job. That holds true with The Talented Mr. Rivers, which I enjoyed very much. In fact, while I was reading it, I thought “this is basically the perfect romantic suspense novel.” I liked that both our heroes are alpha males, and there's some questionable aspects of their characters. There was an extra layer to the characters that skated the edge. You couldn't flat out say they're good, wholesome guys. You have Hunter Cain, who is a chameleon, but in the end, a German secret agent, and then there's Will Rivers, the son of a crime lord (albeit one who was rather removed from his family). ... The former was the bodyguard of the latter. It's basically a mess from the start, and it's fantastic. There's so much conflict going on that has to be resolved, objectively. Then you throw in all the emotional upheaval and the always complicated aspect of trying to form a lasting romantic relationship, and you have a page turner that will be difficult to put down. 

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Tue
Sep 6 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Sarina Bowen’s Rookie Move (September 6, 2016)

Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen
Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1)
Berkley / September 6, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

Rookie Move is so heartfelt. Not exactly the first thing that generally comes to mind when you're talking sports romances but ... it's just such a great story. Leo Trevi might be the most constant romance hero there is out there. Both our hero and heroine are 24, and generally I scoff at that sort of thing—even more at high school sweethearts, which is what Leo and Georgia were ... but in this case? It works. It makes sense. They were together for two years, separated for six years ... and then meet again at the beginning of the book. (For those who really hate math, they began dating when they were 16.)

The book echoes their relationship in many ways. Things are very slow and prickly at first... and I think the issue and reason for it is Georgia herself. The storyline follows her progression and growth as a person. At the start she's kickass, has a high powered job she's very good at ... but closed off. You would never say it—never even think it about her ... but she's in stasis. She's a little bit broken. I do want to note that Rookie Move itself starts a smidge slowly, so give it a chance. (Or at least, I felt that way. I might've already had my hackles up though because of the heels thing that opens the book.) However, it makes sense that cautious interaction and pacing is necessary because of the way Georgia and Leo split up (and why). Both are a little bit stuck in their hurt, and have to address their issues before moving on. The culmination of Leo's journey breaks your heart a little. He's just such a good guy.

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Fri
Sep 2 2016 11:30am

We Accept Katee Robert’s Indecent Proposal

An Indecent Proposal by Katee Robert

We've got more O'Malley's! An Indecent Proposal by Katee Robert, features Cillian O'Malley and Olivia Rashidi, who I can't really describe without spoilers, so this is going to be fun and exciting. If you loved book two (The Wedding Pact), I think you'll love book three even more. I do want to note that the blurb/back cover copy is a tad misleading because Olivia is... not exactly what I would call a “mob princess.” At all. 

​You wouldn't think so at first glance, but Cillian and Olivia's story is rather romantic. Of course, couched in the criminal underworld, and all that entails—but with that in mind ... there are a lot of sweet moments. What's nice is the balance, because you know you're going to get dark and gritty from the story, but from the start, Cillian is captivated. Olivia is a prickly bitch, and with good reason. Her defense mechanism doesn't work with Cillian, and the two of them connect. Aside from her messed up family, she has to be a mama bear, and protect her young daughter. (And oh, the scenes where Cillian interacts with Hadley. It's precious.) 

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Tue
Aug 23 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Wild Embrace (August 23, 2016)

Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh
Wild Embrace (Psy/Changeling Anothology)
Berkley / August 23, 2016 / $16.00 print, $11.99 digital

The “alpha author of paranormal romance”* presents a stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible...

Echo of Silence

In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander...

Dorian

A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play...

Partners in Persuasion

Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate

Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries...

​We're back into the Psy/Changeling world! I love the vignettes Nalini Singh sends in her newsletters, and actually, the first Psy/Changeling story I ever read was Nate and Tammy's story—also a novella—so I'm especially fond of these. Some authors do better writing longer stories, and something seems like it's missing if they try to write something shorter. Or vice versa. Not so here—Singh is equally gifted at writing stories of all lengths—she writes what fits for the characters.

I want to be clear—all of these stories can be read as a stand alone. You don't have to have read any of the previous Psy/Changeling books or stories. If you have, you'll know more about the cast of [secondary] characters. If you haven't, you'll definitely be able to figure it out, and everything necessary is laid out.​

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Tue
Aug 2 2016 10:00am

First Look: Lorelei James’ Just What I Needed (August 2, 2016)

Just What I Needed by Lorelei James

Lorelei James
Just What I Needed (The Need You Series)
Signet / August 2, 2016/ $7.99 print & digital

I am so excited to talk to you all about Just What I Needed  by Lorelei JamesSo excited! It is the second book in the Need You series, and it is by far and away one of the best books I've read this year. I talked about the first book, What You Need, back in January (although technically I read it in December...), but Just What I Needed even topped my love of that one. Ms. James is on a roll with these books, y'all. I think any lover of romance would enjoy (these) books.

First of all, let’s talk about these characters. Not only are Trinity and Walker extremely dynamic—well developed, great personalities, realistically flawed—the secondary characters jump off the page as well. Trinity has a smaller circle, but the Lund family. My goodness. It was great to see that both Trinity and Walker have their issues, and it was a balanced relationship. In fact, at one point, Walker thinks to himself that he knows Trinity doesn't need him—she's a strong independent woman. But, he'd just like it if she needed him a little bit. (Spoiler: she does.)

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Tue
Jun 7 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Kristen Callihan’s Idol (June 7, 2016)

Idol by Kristen CallihanKristen Callihan
Idol (VIP series # 1)
Plain Jane / June 7, 2016 / $4.99 digital

Libby—

I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won't leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he's slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.

He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he's theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?

Killian—

As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.

Until Liberty. She's grouchy, a recluse —and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who've screamed my name. 

The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I'm not willing to leave her. I've got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

really liked this book. Kristen Callihan's Idol is a beautifully written romance, and I had the biggest smile on my face after I finished it. Then I immediately went to social media and told everyone they wanted this book. I love me some rockstar romances, but I think Idol belongs with the others at the top of the pack.

[There is one quibble...]

Thu
May 5 2016 3:30pm

So Good, So Sweet—So Right with Rebekah Weatherspoon!

So Right by Rebekah Weatherspoon

First comes love. Then comes…the most ill timed proposal in history? 

Kayla Davis never dreamt she’d meet sexy, considerate, and seriously sweet Internet billionaire, Michael Bradbury, but ten months after Michael went from Sugar Daddy to for real boyfriend she can’t imagine spending another day without him. Cohabitation is totally working—throw in a puppy or two and Kayla has her happily ever after wrapped up in a perfect little bow. 

Until she finds out Michael might have bigger plans for their future, like marriage, kids, and ownership of a professional sports team. Kayla is more than ready to join Michael on this amazing ride through the next chapter of their lives, but first she needs to catch her breath and see if Michael is ready to be a part of a team and not just the boss.

I loved the first installment. I even wrote a post about it. I don't think I realized it was a serial, effectively, until now, but what helps is that each part can stand alone, or end where it does. I would definitely recommend reading So Sweet, though, because it gives all the background. This story hits the highlights, so if you didn't care to read from the start, you wouldn't have to, but I think you'd miss a lot. Also, you should just read it if you haven't already because it's a great story that was highly recommended to me. (Which is why I picked it up, because otherwise? Sugar Daddies/Babies...not my thing.)

Back to the stories. I actually want to re-read them back-to-back now. I'm also—now make sure you're sitting down here—hoping for more. I know. Someone go check and see if the sky has fallen. Lime wants more of not just a series, but a serial. Maybe someone go find a priest—I may have been possessed. ;) I've also heard from Ms. Weatherspoon that there will be more. I fully expect to see more of the secondary characters, and a wedding. Imagine the wedding of two incredibly down-to-earth, yet wealthy individuals that have also basically become public figures. Good times.

[You can't help but want their life...]

Tue
Apr 26 2016 8:30am

First Look: Katee Robert’s The Wedding Pact (April 26, 2016)

The Wedding Pact by Katee Robert

Katee Robert
The Wedding Pact (O'Malley's #2)
Forever / April 26, 2016 / $5.99 print & digital

Carrigan O'Malley has always known her arranged marriage would be more about power and prestige than passion. But after one taste of the hard-bodied, whiskey-voiced James Halloran, she's ruined for anyone else. Too bad James and his family are enemy number 1. 

Hallorans vs. O'Malleys—that's how it's always been. James should be thinking more about how to expand his family's empire instead of how silky Carrigan's skin is against his and how he can next get her into his bed. Those are dangerous thoughts. But not nearly as dangerous as he'll be if he can't get what he wants: Carrigan by his side for the rest of their lives.

The best and worst thing about this book is that basically it happens in a vacuum. Let me explain—Carrigan and James are enemies not only because of their families ... but also because James had previously kidnapped Carrigan and his father was going to kill her. ... Yeah, normally I'm a big proponent of reading as you wish, and following series orders at will. While Katee Robert's The Wedding Pact technically can be read alone, I'd strongly advise reading The Marriage Contract (which was one of my top reads in 2015). 

[So where do we sign the license...]

Mon
Mar 28 2016 4:00pm

First Look: Kimberly Dean’s Courting Suspicion (March 29, 2016)

Courting Suspicion by Kimberly Dean

Kimberly Dean
Courting Suspicion (Courting #4)
Mischief / March 29, 2016 / $3.99 digital

It's difficult to run when you want to get caught. Book Four of the Courting Series.

Washington DC's elite escort service, Luxxor is known for its beautiful companions and its discretion. Nina Lockwood — classy, gorgeous, and whip-smart — has spent years building this risky business, but everything is put in jeopardy when a bull-headed, sexy detective starts poking around.

Josh Morgan is the last man on earth she should be attracted to, but Nina can't help it. A romance with a member of the Metro Police would be reckless, but she fantasizes about taking on her role of a D.C. madam in a more personal and pleasurable way.

Josh has always been suspicious of Luxxor but is more intrigued by the mystery of the woman who runs it. He knows she's hiding secrets and he wants to discover each and every one of them — in uniform or not.

But when a Luxxor escort is found in a compromising situation with a prominent politician, the true cat-n-mouse game begins. Can Josh and Nina lower their guards to trust one another and give in to the attraction they both feel? Or will their suspicion minds keep them from seeing the true conspiracy going on behind the scenes?

Courting Suspicion is the book I've been waiting for in this series. It's one of the best books I've read in 2016, and I loved both Nina and Josh. I want to be Nina, or if I can't, I'd love to be friends with her (or someone just like her). If you have (a) Nina on your side, you're golden. While Courting Suspicion is the fourth book in the Courting Series, I think it can be read as a stand alone. Of course, the other books (Courting TroubleCourting Innocence) help with context, but they aren't necessary. In fact, I think book three (Courting Danger) might hold the most weight, and it's the one of the series I haven't read (yet)—I've even read the novellas one and two (Courting Jealousy). I do recommend reading the other books first though.

[You haven't been courted right yet? ...]

Mon
Jan 11 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s The Score (January 11, 2016)

The Score by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy 
The Score (Off Campus Series #3)
Elle Kennedy / January 11, 2016 / $4.99 digital

He knows how to score, on and off the ice 

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands. 

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

I've read both Elle Kennedy's The Deal and The Mistake and I just knew I had to read The Score and see our resident playboy manwhore Dean Di-Laurentis fall head over heels in love. (He's unapologetically a player and loves those titles.) It's basically my favorite thing when such heroes are brought to their knees. However, Dean falls in love pretty easily. He doesn't resist it, and he pursues Allie with an impressive single-mindedness. Allie Hayes is kind of a badass. While it's never thrown out there like Dean's personality and reputation, Allie is going to be a big name in the acting world. She's got the talent and the opportunity.

[Dean is back and he's grown up ...]

Sat
Jan 9 2016 2:00pm

What You Need is a Self-Conscious Alpha: Lorelei James’s Brady Lund

Both our male and female protagonists experience significant growth in Lorelei James's What You Need. I liked that Brady seems to be your (dare I say stereotypical?) alpha male tycoon on the surface … but no! He has vulnerabilities and insecurities. In fact, he's rather awkward, conscious of the fact, and self-conscious about it. And for Lennox, that she didn't run from who she was. She has changed, grown as a person, and has decided she wants to be part of corporate America … but she doesn't cut herself off from people in her past. (Well, the ones that shouldn't be excised.) Maybe it was just me, but I didn't get such a “bad girl” vibe from her. 

I liked that that was the focus of the book. The people, and the romance. There weren't a lot of extraneous factors or manufactured drama, just real life. Which I always maintain is interesting and crazy enough. Especially when you're working for a major company, and one of you is the CFO, and you're trying to establish a (romantic) relationship. Especially when mothers are involved. One mother is terrifying but good, the other is terrifying in terms of the mess she might make. And bad. What You Need is a workplace romance. What I found enjoyable is that it's not your typical office romance. Lund Industries doesn't have a no fraternization policy ... but Ms. James still addresses the pitfalls of what is effectively a boss/employee relationship. 

[An alpha male who can be tamed ...]

Mon
Dec 28 2015 10:00am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 4

Playing By the Greek’s Rules by Sarah Morgan

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 4 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to check out Part 1Part 2, and Part 3:

Miss Bates:

When H&H asked me to pick the best three romances I read in 2014, I agonized. I penned lists. I culled lists. I whittled lists. I wrote long- and short-lists. This year, my top three romances danced in my head like seasonal sugarplums! I knew exactly who they were and why I loved them. Here they are, in no particular order other than the mental sugarplum one.

Sarah Morgan’s Playing By the Greek’s Rules is a brilliant riff on the opposites-attract trope. Lily Rose, former-foster-child, waif-heroine is made of loving, empathetic steel. Her sunny ways and self-soothing personal philosophy break down the walls of Jericho around pragmatic, commitment-phobe hero Nik Zervakis’s heart.

[The final best reads of 2015 ...]

Tue
Dec 1 2015 1:30pm

First Look: Beth Kery’s Glow (December 1, 2015)

Glow
Beth Kery
Berkley / December 1, 2015 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

Alice Reed never dreamed she’d escape the stigma of her disturbing past. That’s why she was shocked when, out of the blue, she was recruited to join the elite Durand Enterprises by the enigmatic CEO himself, Dylan Fall. The erotic charge between them was fast and deliciously forbidden. But as Alice opened up to worlds she’d never known, everything changed once again with a stunning discovery: there’s much, much more concealed in the shadows of Alice’s troubling childhood, and her life is about to change forever.

Now, with another piece of the puzzle of Alice’s identity revealed, a mysterious adversary plots to destroy it all—and Dylan is determined to protect her. But as Alice’s sexual addiction to Dylan turns helplessly to love, she can’t help but wonder: how deeply can she really trust him? What were his true motives in drawing her close to him? And what other secrets does he know about her past that even she has yet to learn?

You want to read Beth Kery's Glow. And even luckier for you - if you haven't read Glimmer yet you can immediately glom Glow and read the complete story. The second book in a duo logy is always difficult - you're not quite sure how things are going to go, what crucial details you might have forgotten, or if you're as invested in the story. I have to say that I was a bit apprehensive starting this story, but I quickly got wrapped up in the world of Camp Durand and the company. 

[Life changing sexiness is taking place here ...]

Sun
Nov 1 2015 9:00am

First Look: Kristen Callihan’s The Game Plan (November 1, 2015)

The Game Plan (Game On #3) by Kristen Callihan Kristen Callihan
The Game Plan (Game On #3)
Kristen Callihan / November 1, 2015 / $3.99 digital

A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter's focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she's also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law's best friends. That ends now.

Fi doesn't know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he's a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she's left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away; they live vastly different lives in separate cities. And Dex is looking for a forever girl. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he's her forever man.

​ Whoa. So I (obviously) got an ARC of this book, and I didn't see the cover until after I read it. ... I don't normally do this but ... let's all take a moment and admire that cover, shall we? And also how very much it fits the story. Yes. 

[A moment of silence for that cover...]

Fri
Oct 9 2015 12:00pm

Sugar Baby in Love: Rebekah Weatherspoon’s So Sweet

So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon

So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon is just so cute. It's a fun story that will leave you feeling good after you've finished it. Although So Sweet is a novella, Weatherspoon balances things nicely—there's just enough realism to let you believe this totally unbelievable situation maybe might could happen. Really. There's a refreshing frankness to Kayla, and the tone of the story that makes it almost—almost—tongue-in-cheek. It's just a grand jaunt and you'll want to be along for the ride.

I really enjoyed So Sweet, and I still like it even upon discovering that this story is a continuation. (I am firmly entrenched in team “give me a stand alone story.”) The will satisfy, and it could work, but I'm glad there will be more. Kayla and Michael are honest from the start and don't play games. What also helps is Michael is … basically perfect. It might seem a tad skeevy he's dating someone so young, but that's taken care of with the whole sugar baby aspect—you expect it and that helps the reader move on. Also because he's actually not at all creepy.

[It's sweet with the right bedroom temperature ...]

Mon
Oct 5 2015 12:00pm

First Look: HelenKay Dimon’s Mine (October 6, 2015)

Mine by HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon
Mine (Holton Woods #3)
Berkley / October 6, 2015 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

She doesn’t depend on anyone for anything. He intends to make her his completely.

Natalie Udall thought her position at the CIA was secure—until protecting her team earned her an armed escort into certain danger. Natalie can’t stand the idea of being secreted away in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, especially since it means sharing close quarters with the controlling bodyguard enlisted to keep her alive.

Gabe MacIntosh joined the military to support his son, trained as a sniper and dealt with death on a regular basis. Now retired and operating a security firm, his first assignment is to protect a CIA agent on the run. She’s strong willed and difficult—and all Gabe can think about is exerting his domination and stripping her of every expectation she has.

Natalie has no intention of giving in to Gabe’s straightforward demands of dominant sex with no attachments—even though the very idea of giving up control thrills her like nothing ever has…

I loved this book. Loved. It. I was in New York over the summer, and everyone asked me what the best book I'd read lately was. Had I read Mine before my trip, I would have told them this. This bookJust thinking about it makes me smile. Mine is one of the best books I've read this year, and honestly might be the best book. 

[Everyone must read this ...]

Tue
Aug 11 2015 8:30am

First Look: Lisa Kleypas’s Brown-Eyed Girl (August 11, 2015)

Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas
Brown-Eyed Girl (Travis Family #4)
St. Martin's Press / August 11, 2015 / $25.99 print, $12.99 digital

Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn't believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can't resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.

After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can't afford distractions. She's been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.

But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he's not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.

The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most.

You know when something is so good you don't see the point in trying to convince others because it's so obvious? That's how I feel about Brown-Eyed Girl. I read this book in a morning and considered re-reading it immediately upon finishing it.  I don't think I've read anything by Lisa Kleypas since the last Travis book was published (and I loved Smooth Talking Stranger too)—and it was like a homecoming. Reading this book made me happy. The story is simple enough—but not. Lisa Kleypas is a beautiful writer, and you're immediately drawn into the story. Even someone who doesn't love first person narratives will like this story, because Ms. Kleypas has such an effortlessly engaging style.

[And Joe is the perfect hero...]