Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Book Review: Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

Meet Cute
by Helena Hunting
Release Date: April 9, 2019
Source: Publisher
Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran - quite literally - into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either...

Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can't help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn's new celebrity client, there's even more at stake than Dax's custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she'll be promoted to partner.

The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?


When I go into a Helena Hunting book, I typically expect a fun romance that will put a smile on my face. Based on this cover, that's what I thought I was going to get with Meet Cute. Unfortunately, the story inside was much more serious and not as lovable as I thought. 

When Kaitlyn literally ran into Daxton on the first day of law school, they sparked a friendly rivalry their entire time in school. Until Dax betrays Kaitlyn and they never speak again. Eight years later, Dax falls back into Kaitlyn's life and needs legal help. Kaitlyn wants to say no, but she finds herself becoming entwined in Dax's life with no sign of leaving soon. 

When this book started and showed us how Dax and Kaitlyn met, I thought it was so cute. Then, when they met again 8 years later and Kaitlyn hated his guts, I thought I was in for a super fun enemies to lovers romance. Then, the serious plot point was thrown in and the rest of this book was about Kaitlyn helping Dax through a really tough time in his life. I had a really hard time connecting with the characters and really caring about their romance. I didn't buy their emotions and it felt cliche how Dax didn't want to have a serious relationship because of a certain thing that was currently happening in his life. 

When it came to the plot, I was annoyed by how predictable the story was. I could tell a certain twist that was going to happen about 50 pages into the book, and that twist didn't come until over 300 pages in. I was waiting and waiting for the reveal that was supposed to be a "huge shock" at the end. I was more bored than not by the end and was not a fan of how serious this book turned out to be. 

Overall, this book just didn't have the sparkle Helena Hunting's books normally have. The romance fell flat and I wasn't that interested in the lawyer plot line with the predictable twist.



Sunday, April 21, 2019

Hot to the Touch by Jaci Burton

Hot to the Touch (Brotherhood by Fire #1)
by Jaci Burton
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Source: Publisher
Firefighter Jackson Donovan doesn't look back—as a rule. So when his past comes roaring back to life in the form of not-so-damsel-in-distress Becks Benning, the last thing he wants to do is relive old times. No matter how tempting she makes it seem...

Now thanks to his two interfering brothers, Becks is living with them while she looks for a new place and tries to pick up the pieces of her tattoo business that went up in flames. Which means a grown up, smokin' hot Becks is in his house, sharing meals, and digging up old wounds. And despite his better judgement, the more time he spends with this smart, artistic, incredible woman the more he wants her in his bed—and his future.

Becks always had it bad for Jackson. Unfortunately for her, not much has changed—he's still honorable, hard-working, sexy as sin—and closed off. But there's more than one way to get to a man's heart and if Jackson doesn't want to recall old memories, she'll just have to help him make new ones. Because now that she's found Jackson again, she's not letting him go.


I really love shows that have to do with police officers and firefighters, so when I saw Jaci Burton was writing a new series about firefighters, I knew I had to get my hands on it!

Jackson Donovan became a firefighter with his two brothers after they were rescued from a fire when they were little. Jackson hates thinking about the past and where he came from, but when he rescues a woman from his past from a fire, Jackson isn't sure he can ignore his past anymore. Becks is forced to relocate when her tattoo shop and apartment are ruined from smoke damage from a fire. When she has nowhere to go, Jackson and his brothers offer their home to her. Becks finds herself falling for Jackson all over again, but he's closed off and isn't opening his walls up anytime soon.

I really love a book where the couple is forced to live together, so it was super cute when Becks decides to move in with Jackson and his three brothers. There's definitely no avoiding each other now! I enjoyed learning about their history as Becks made them revisit where they all came from. That being said, the rest of the book was a bit slow and we rehashed Jackson's inability to think about the past over and over again. 

The romance was cute, but aside from that, this fell a bit flat. I did enjoy Jackson and his brothers and the set up for the next book sounds very intriguing. As for Becks and Jackson, I was left wanting more of their current lives and less of them trying to confront the past when Jackson so obviously didn't want to. I also wanted much more firefighter action than we got. We got a few scenes of them on the job, but the rest of the time was slow paced and harder to get through. I definitely want to continue on in this series, but this first book didn't do it for me as much as I wanted it to.




Saturday, April 20, 2019

Book Review: Fumbled by Alexa Martin

Fumbled (Playbook #2)
by Alexa Martin
Release Date: April 23, 2019
Source: Publisher
A second chance doesn't guarantee a touchdown in this new contemporary romance from the author of Intercepted.

Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she's built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it's all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he's moved on.  

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they've suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they'll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.



Berkley Romance has been KILLING it with the romance these past few years. I absolutely loved Intercepted by Alexa Martin when it came out last year and I was so excited to pick up Fumbled. This was another romance in the Intercepted football world and I couldn't wait to dive in. 

Poppy Patterson left everything she knew when she was 16 and pregnant to give her unborn child the life he deserves. She's worked hard and now she has a life she's proud of and a little boy who is living the life he deserves. When her high school boyfriend shows up where she works, Poppy isn't too keen to let him back in when he hurt her so much right before she left all those years ago. TK Moore is a professional football player and is living the dream he worked so hard for in high school and college. When he sees Poppy for the first time in years, all of those old feelings come rushing back. Both Poppy and TK can't seem to stay away from each other, but can the secrets and betrayals from years ago hurt any chances of them finding happiness again? 

In the beginning, I have to say, I wasn't the biggest fan of TK. Once he learned the truth about why Poppy had left, though, I really started to love his character and how he was with Poppy and her son. The romance was so sweet and I loved how Poppy entered the world that we were introduced to in Intercepted when Marlee started to date Gavin. The women of the Denver Mustangs are definitely characters and I really enjoyed how Poppy found some women to really bond with and become friends with. 

The romance was one of my favorite parts of this book, but I also loved the important discussions surrounding football that Poppy and TK had. Football was such an important part in TK's life that it was hard for him to face Poppy's fears about the dangers football can have for its players. Football became a burden on their relationship and forced them both to make some important decisions. 

While I really enjoyed Intercepted, I LOVED Fumbled. I was obsessed with the romance, Poppy's dedication as a mother, and all of the side characters who entered Poppy's life throughout the story. Every sports romance fan needs to pick up Alexa Martin's books!





Thursday, April 11, 2019

Cover Reveal: N9ne by TM Frazier

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Nine: The Tale of Kevin Clearwater, the highly anticipated new standalone from USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier is coming June 18th and we have the sexy cover!

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Nine lives.
Nine inches.
One chance to make her his.
Preppy's brother is about to live up to the family legacy in more ways than one.
This is the story of Nine, The Tale of Kevin Clearwater.


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About the Author

T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier never dreamed that a single person would ever read a word she wrote when she published her first book. Now, she is a five-time USA Today bestselling author and her books have been translated into numerous languages and published all around the world. T.M. enjoys writing what she calls sexy‘wrongside of the tracks romance’ with morally corrupt anti-heroes and ballsy heroines. Her books have been described as raw, dark and gritty. Basically, what that means, is while some authors are great at describing a flower as it blooms, T.M. is better at describing it in the final stages of decay. She loves meeting her readers, but if you see her at an event please don’t pinch her because she's not ready to wake up from this amazing dream.

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Release Day Blitz: Praying for Rain by BB Easton

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BB Easton is a masterful storyteller at her very best with Praying for Rain. It's a story I'll remember always and reread often.” -- T.M. Frazier, USA Today bestselling author


Praying for Rain, an all-new powerful and emotional love story from BB Easton, is available now!


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With only three days left until the predicted apocalypse, the small town of Franklin Springs, Georgia, has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, abandoned homes, abandoned businesses, and abandoned people. People like Rainbow Williams.
Rain isn’t afraid of dying. In fact, she’s looking forward to it. If she can just outrun her pain until April 23, she’ll never have to feel it at all.
Wes Parker has survived every horrible thing this life has thrown at him with nothing more than his resourcefulness and disarming good looks. Why should the end of the world be any different? All he needs are some basic supplies, shelter, and a sucker willing to help him out, which is exactly what he finds when he returns to his hometown of Franklin Springs.
As society crumbles, dangers mount, and secrets refuse to stay buried, two lost souls are thrust together in a twist of fate—one who will do anything to survive and one who can’t wait to die.
Perhaps, together, they can learn how to live.
Before their time runs out.

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About BB Easton

BB Easton is a best-selling, award-winning author, artist, psychologist, wife, and mother who loves drinking, cursing, and staying up late mining for humor in the darkest of places. BB began painting as a pierced, punk ass teen, but decided to pursue a career in school psychology due to her compassion for those with mental illness and a desire to work with children with autism. Unable to turn off her creative side, BB decided to take a few years off to raise her two small children (Baby BB and Mini Ken) and indulge in all of her artistic whims, primarily having pink hair and writing embarrassingly candid novels about her delinquent past and deviant sexual history. Her husband is suuuper excited about it. 

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Book Review: Praying for Rain by BB Easton

Praying for Rain (Praying for Rain #1)
by BB Easton
Release Date: April 11, 2019
Source: Author
With only three days left until the predicted apocalypse, the small town of Franklin Springs, Georgia, has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, abandoned homes, abandoned businesses, and abandoned people. People like Rainbow Williams. 

Rain isn’t afraid of dying. In fact, she’s looking forward to it. If she can just outrun her pain until April 23, she’ll never have to feel it at all. 

Wes Parker has survived every horrible thing this life has thrown at him with nothing more than his resourcefulness and disarming good looks. Why should the end of the world be any different? All he needs are some basic supplies, shelter, and a sucker willing to help him out, which is exactly what he finds when he returns to his hometown of Franklin Springs.

As society crumbles, dangers mount, and secrets refuse to stay buried, two lost souls are thrust together in a twist of fate—one who will do anything to survive and one who can’t wait to die. 

Perhaps, together, they can learn how to live.

Before their time runs out.


Honestly, the only reason I read this book is because I read my first BB Easton book last month and loved it. When I saw this book, I didn't even look at this synopsis. I went in blind and was BLOWN AWAY. 

In three days, the world is going to end. Rain is biding her time at home, trying to get through each day until the end. Until Wes Parker falls into her life. Wes knows he's going to survive the end of the world. But when he runs into Rain, all of his survival plans find themselves changing...

I love how so many authors are branching out from the typical contemporary novel. This book is a pre-apocolyptic survival romance and I WAS LIVING FOR IT. From the beginning, I really loved Rain's character. She was just trying to live day by day until it all changed when she ran into Wes. Their relationship was so fun from the start and I loved their chemistry that they were both trying to avoid. This was definitely a slow burn as the two were trying not to make romantic connections when the world was going to end so soon. And Wes was determined to survive. 

Since this is a survival story, there were so many instance where I didn't know what was going to happen next or how Wes and Rain were going to get out of a situation. I ended up flying through this book in one day because I literally couldn't put it down. I was obsessed with Wes and how much he found himself caring for Rain when he really didn't want to. AND THAT ENDING. There were so many twists and turns that I didn't see coming and I just couldn't process the end. What's going to happen next!?!

If you want a fresh, unique romance that will keep you on your toes, you have to pick up Praying for Rain. The romance will make you swoon and you won't see what's coming next!



Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Cover Reveal: Pretty Reckless by LJ Shen

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Pretty Reckless, the first standalone in the highly anticipated All Saints High series from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is coming April 29th and we have the gasp-worthy cover!

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In most places, high school is a zoo.
But All Saints High? It's a lawless jungle.
All the cool kids wear the same brands.
Have the same hair.
Same shoes.
Same cars.
Same hookups.
Same fucking makeup artists, hair stylist and harem of preppy help.
Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy.
But Daria Followhill? She's the OG.
Girls want to be her.
Guys want to be INSIDE her.
It really doesn't get better than this for Queen Bae, does it?
Until HE shows up, turns her kingdom upside down, and breaks her crown...
HE is not what you think.
SHE is not what you expect.
You're probably thinking in an obvious direction, but let me assure you, this is not where this story is going.
Let the (power) games begin...

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Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs
Model: Austin Victoria

About LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people's’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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