Bred by Ginger Scott #bookreview

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BRED
A coming-of-age romance inspired by Great Expectations
By Ginger Scott

Mature Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Release day: May 10, 2019

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1da74-bred_ebookMy life was irrevocably changed the moment I stepped foot inside Elena Alderman’s grand front doors.

A lifeless tomb on the edge of Chicago’s South Side,
the Alderman home sat in one of the city’s oldest and wealthiest neighborhoods, and Elena Alderman was the queen.

She was also mad.

Not the kind of madness that’s readily apparent. No, her psychopathy was far more surgical—more…insidious.

She was surrounded by beautiful things—most notably her grand piano and her adopted son, Henry.

I fell in love with both.

My gift blossomed when my fingers touched her black and white keys. But my
life began when I became haunted by the boy. Henry Alderman was a
handsome blend of arrogance and seduction, and as we grew up together, I
found it more and more impossible to separate him from my thoughts. I envied
his life. I imagined how my name—Lily—would look with his. I became his
closest friend…and more. I gave him my kiss, locked away his secrets, and
loved him even when it was hard to.

But we were just a game. Elena Alderman made the rules. And when she
decided to change them, she broke everything.

Almost.

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My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

From the start, there was a lot of angst and mystery in this coming-of-age story set in modern-day Chicago. The romance between Henry and Lily is built very nicely and is, in my opinion, pretty realistic for a first-love type of story.

The overall story is unique and bittersweet. It’s angsty and heartwrenching while also sweet and full of that kind of young love you can’t stop reading. The messiness of the relationships made the story more exciting. The plot was intriguing and a slow build. The whole mystery factor coupled with suspected betrayals and twisted games was very interesting. It gives you high hopes.

Most importantly, it’s got what I love in a good romance and that’s character development, how they change and grow. The characters are so very well-written. They are complex with deep flaws and fears. Lily and Henry are both orphans, but their circumstances are very different. Henry has been bred to be a winner, with room for little else. He hides his emotions and is secretive and lonely. His manipulative, jaded adoptive mother makes it difficult to have real friends. Lily is a girl with a tragic story. She is an average girl, going through hard times and never giving up. You can’t help but root for her. Their dialogues were great, I loved Lily’s sassiness.

Overall this contemporary retelling of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations was an intriguing read, a classic tale of star-crossed lovers foiled by evil external forces, that got me hooked from the start. But the pacing was a bit slow for my liking.

Many thanks to the author and Wordsmith Publicity PR for my copy of this book.

 
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Excerpt 

(Copyright Ginger Scott, 2019)

“You know this stuff…” he starts, but I interrupt with an emphatic shake of my
head. When his fingers splay out over my back I freeze. I follow the path my
book takes back to the place it started in front of me as Henry slides it in place,
flipping open to the chapter I’m trying to memorize. Knelt down next to me, he
leans closer, resting his right arm next to my left one—we are touching.

I swallow. I’m going to fail. I cannot memorize something like the varied
historical degrees of differences between a Protestant hell and a Lutheran one
while the master of all hotness is sharing a desktop with me. My arm hairs are
literally electric, standing up and reaching to plant themselves in his skin.

I’ve gone completely primal—my body convinced that I am the gatherer in need of
this hunter.

“Look,” he says, leaning in even closer and reaching to flip the pages. I barely
register the movement of his thumb under a bold section of words. When his
eyes catch mine still stuck on his face, I jump in my seat a little.

“Sorry,” I say, clearing my throat. “I’m just overwhelmed. Maybe a little slow,
too, from being in here so long.”

It’s partly true, but I’m also just crushing. Crushing—that’s what Nicki calls it.
She rolls her eyes every time she catches me doing it too, then labels it with
that word. I crush in the dining area. I crush between classes when Henry pokes
my arm with his index finger as we pass in the halls. I crush when I watch him
sprint across the lawn every day at three in the afternoon, late for rowing. It’s
literally become how I know it’s three o’clock! My body just instinctually
glides toward my window at exactly 2:59. Pathetic!

At this point, we should just say that I’m crushed rather than crushing. Crushed
and utterly destroyed of all pride.

I am gatherer.

“What you need to do is make up a rhyme. Something that will help you keep
all of the key words in your brain so when it comes time to write them down in
order, you’ll have them there.”

I draw in my lips and let the acid climb up my throat.

“I don’t even understand that. Ugg, I’m hopeless,” I say, letting my head fall
flat against the book. I bounce my forehead there lightly while I eke out a
desperate laugh at my own expense.

“You aren’t hopeless.” I feel the warm breath from his chuckle and smell the
mint of his gum, and it’s intoxicating enough without his touch, so when the
warm hand slides the hair from my cheek I go full hypnosis. His fingers trace
my jaw, and my head lifts from the light pressure of his hold. For a moment, I
believe in myself just because of the look in his eyes when our stares meet.
He’s dead serious—and God, the way he’s looking at me, hair all tousled,
smile soft and true, cheeks lifted as if they’re glad to see me.

Like a drunk, I lean closer, my lips parting and ready—my mind imagining
everything I’m about to feel—Henry’s mouth on mine, the graze of teeth
against my lips, us standing as his arms sweep around my back before his
hands rush up my spine into my own messy hair.

None of that happens.

I get an inch away from his mouth, my eyelids fluttering with nerves and
uncertainty whether they should close or remain open, and Henry turns a few
inches to his left, stiffening and backing away just enough to keep me from
making this worse—as if I can make this worse somehow. The rush of heat that
coats me isn’t from passion—it’s from humiliation. My eyes remain open just
long enough to see the movement in his neck as he clears his throat. His
soft smile is replaced with a hard line, drawn under the pity that slants his eyes.
I think I understand hell a little better now. It helps that I’m in it.

“I’m just tired. I…” Why I try to speak, I don’t know.

“It’s fine.” His voice is laced with discomfort. In one blink I erased everything
that was easy between us. All because of my damn fantasies.

Fine. That word—so short, so four-lettered. Such a lie. I ruined everything.

About the Author

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-
nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting
on the Sidelines, Going Long, The Hail Mary, Blindness, How We Deal With
Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before,
Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My
Breath, A Boy Like You, A Girl Like Me, Memphis and Cry Baby.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often
blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher,
pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for
newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the
stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and
towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball
diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering
on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in
Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork’em, Devils).

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No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman #newrelease #bookreview

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A lady with a love potion. A Duke who takes it by mistake. Romance and mischief ensues when plans go awry in No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman.

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No Other Duke But You CoverLady Delilah Montebank has her marital sights set on the Duke of Branville. There’s just one problem: he barely knows she exists. But no matter, she’s got a plan to win him over with her charm, her wit—and perhaps the love potion she has in her possession wouldn’t hurt her cause…

Lord Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley, thinks his best friend Delilah’s quest to become a duchess is ridiculous.

He’s always said he’d rather give up all the brandy in London than commit to one person for life.

Besides, he knows that Delilah’s love potion can’t possibly win over Branville…since she accidentally gave it to him instead. But perhaps this is the excuse he needs to show her he’s always loved her…

Delilah can’t believe she gave the potion to the wrong duke. Then again, Delilah could do a lot worse than win the hand of her handsome best friend.

Could it be that the right duke has been before her eyes all along?

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My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

The romance element of this book was good, but the plot was a bit thin for my liking. Delilah and Thomas were very comfortable with each other and I loved how well they knew each other. Having been friends since childhood, they share a close bond and deep affection. Where Delilah is gregarious, exuberant in nature, Thomas is quiet and patient. Delilah enjoys making matches for others and she didn’t spare a thought to her own. Thomas is convinced they are a perfect match and he has been waiting the right time to make his move. But Delilah is unpredictable, and he is afraid of losing his best friend.

I loved Thomas. His character is genuine and consistent. He is also very endearing. The smoldering banter was somewhat lacking between these two though. They were a cute couple, although I wanted them to realize they were made  for each other sooner.

All in all, this story is refreshing all while being cute and entertaining. Like all the other books in the series, this is a well-written and lighthearted story. I enjoy Valerie Bowman’s writing style. And she never fails to deliver a very satisfying happy ending.

Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book!

Excerpt

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

Delilah glanced up and down the dim hallway. It was well past three in the morning, she was still
dressed in the pink ball gown she’d worn to the party, and she clutched the small vial of Cupid’s
Elixir in her sweaty, guilty palm. She pressed her back against the shadowed wall not far from the
Duke of Branville’s bedchamber. She could do this. More importantly, she would do this. She’d come
this far, hadn’t she? What did a little sneaking about in the middle of the night matter?
She’d got detailed instructions to Branville’s room from Derek, who thankfully hadn’t asked
any questions about why she wanted to know. According to him, the room was four doors to the
right, just past the staircase on the third floor. The third floor was where all the bachelor gentlemen
were sleeping. It would be a complete scandal if she was found lurking about alone at this time of
night, but she’d waited until the household seemed quite asleep and then waited a bit longer for
good measure. Anyone who saw her now would be skulking about themselves, which meant they
would hardly be in a position to judge her. She briefly wondered if she’d run into Lavinia.
It was not as if she was out to do anything particularly scandalous. It was more silly and
frivolous than anything else. She’d simply die, however, if Branville woke up and asked her what she
was doing sprinkling pixie water in his eyes. She’d already decided to pretend as if she were
dreaming, thinking she was Puck in the play. Sleepwalking. That would make all the sense in the
world. Wouldn’t it? She swallowed hard. Probably not, but she wasn’t about to let the fear of being
caught stop her. Besides, all of her and Lucy’s matchmaking had turned into a colossal mess. If a
spray of perfume could sort it out, so be it. Of course, Delilah’s conscience reminded her that she
hadn’t offered any of the perfume to Rebecca to use on Thomas. She didn’t want to even
contemplate that. She’d already shared it with one other person, and that made her guilty enough.
The image of Madame Rosa’s disapproving, craggy face had haunted her all evening.
Delilah shook off the thought and turned her attention back to the matter at hand. Pressing
her empty palm against the darkened wall, she inched her way along until she came to Branville’s
door. She felt like a spy. This was how professional spies did such things, wasn’t it? Too bad she
was too embarrassed by her actions to ask the veritable house full of professional spies who
happened to be asleep behind other doors right now.
She transferred the vial into her opposite hand and slowly reached to grasp the door handle.
The metal was cold in her bare hand. She’d discarded her gloves, deciding that they would make her
actions more clumsy. The last thing she needed tonight was to be more clumsy than usual.
Decidedly, she needed to be less so.
She clutched the door handle like a lifeline and closed her eyes, steadying her shaking
fingers on the knob. She was close, so close. Praying that the door wouldn’t squeak, she turned the
handle slowly. The only sound was the thumping of her own heart in her ears.
When the handle was turned as far as it would go, she pushed it, praying fervently that it
wasn’t locked. It took a moment before she realized the door was opening. Its hinges silent, merci a
Dieu. Completely silent.
She slipped inside the cool, dark room. Steady, deep breathing came from the bed. Thank
goodness, she hadn’t woken the duke with her entrance. She could barely see a thing, but she didn’t
dare light a candle. A tiny stream of moonlight filtered into the room through a small opening in the
curtains on the far window. She used that to identify the hulking bed in the center of the room. She
tiptoed over to it slowly, taking care in case there was anything to trip over. No doubt she would find
it if there was.
She made it to the foot of the bed without incident and paused, trying to quell her nerves and
dispel her guilt. She clutched the vial more tightly in her palm, shaking with fear and anxiety. Now
that she was here, she had no earthly idea how to drop liquid on a man’s eyes without awakening
him. Besides, how much of it was she supposed to use? Surely not much. She would employ the
tiniest drops possible so as not to disturb him, but she also needed to ensure the perfume touched
his eyelids. Tricky business, this being a fairy. She had a sudden appreciation for Puck.

Holding her breath, she lifted her skirts with her free hand and tiptoed to the right side of the
bed. Because it was summer, the bed curtains weren’t drawn. The window was open, and a slight
breeze blew through the crack in the curtains.
The outline of the duke’s body was barely visible in the moonlight. He was turned away on
his side, his back to her, his face toward the window. She would have to lean over his body to
sprinkle the elixir on his eyes. The bed was tall. She must carefully climb up to do this task properly.
She only hoped she didn’t jostle the mattress enough to wake him.
She waited in silence for a few moments to ensure his breathing remained steady, then she
carefully lifted first one knee and then the other, bracing them on the mattress and pulling herself up,
still clutching the vial. She winced as he moved slightly in his sleep, but he kept his face turned
away. Blast it.
Once she was fully atop the bed, she paused and hoped the hammering of her heart didn’t
wake him. He smelled good, a combination of soap and maleness that she wanted to breathe in.
There was something vaguely familiar about his scent.
Shaking away that unhelpful thought, she moved gingerly across the mattress on her knees
until she came to a stop at his side. His shirt was off. The beam of moonlight hit his smooth, muscled
arm. She swallowed. The man’s chest was positively swoon-worthy. She took a deep breath to calm
her nerves and uncorked the vial. Then she carefully leaned over as far as she could to locate his
eyes. They remained shrouded in the dark, but she took a guess as to their general direction and
tipped the little vial as slowly and carefully as she could. He turned then, and she was afforded
enough light to see that the first tiny drop of liquid did indeed fall directly onto his eyelid.
He blinked, and she held her breath. When he settled back into sleep, she closed her eyes
and said a brief prayer that she would get away with it a second time before tipping the vial once
more to allow another tiny drop to fall on his other eyelid.
He blinked and rubbed at his eyes while Delilah held her breath again, paralyzed with fear.
Soon, he settled back into his pillow and his breathing returned to its steady pace.
She pressed a hand to her throat. It was over. She was done. All she had to do was extract
herself from the bed and the room without being seen or heard. The difficult part was behind her.
Still praying he wouldn’t stir, she backed away from the duke. Slowly. Slowly. She’d nearly
made it to the edge of the bed when he flipped over to face her. A beam of moonlight slid over his
sleeping features.
Delilah gasped.

From No Other Duke But You. Copyright © 2019 by Valerie Bowman and reprinted with
permission from St. Martin’s Paperbacks.

 

About the Author

Valerie BowmanValerie Bowman grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels.
After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got.
Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her mini-schnauzers, Huckleberry and Violet. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

Worship (Sinful Series #2) by Trilina Pucci

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Title: Worship

Series: Sinful #2

Author: Trilina Pucci

Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: March 3, 2019

 

 unnamed (32)Book Two, in A Sinful Series, brings you an intense, taboo love story, and an even hotter ALPHA. Meet Luca King— broody, powerful and a man who’s never refused.

There are only two reasons a man falls to his knees: prayer and pussy.

And I sure as hell don’t pray.

But for this woman, I’d fall on my knees to worship every single, gorgeous part of her body.

And claim her as mine, knowing I shouldn’t want to keep her.

Because we’re all wrong, too complicated, too explosive….too sinful.

I want what I can’t have.

But I’ll take it anyway because Gretchen Andrews has done the one thing my wife never could….she’s made me love her.

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 My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

For the most part, I enjoyed this story, it was one of those books that once you start reading you don’t want to put down. It started great, I loved the way this story jumps right into the action while also building the intense chemistry and connection between Luca and Gretchen. Both of them were likable characters. While I enjoyed most of their story, I did feel that some threads were resolved too easily. I would have expected more angst. In addition, I’m not a huge fan of OW drama.

Two words can define Luca King : intense and broken.  He is married, but his baby girl Ella is his only reason for happiness. He allowed himself to be vulnerable and his wife hurt him deeply. He feels undone and trust is hard for him. Gretchen gives him a reason to believe again. From a romance perspective, Luca and Gretchen are well matched. I was a bit disappointed with Luca in how he handled matters with his wife, though.

I liked Gretchen. She is conflicted. She is attracted to Luca but she doesn’t like that he makes her into a person she doesn’t want to be. Gretchen and Luca have an intense relationship with great chemistry and some incredibly sexy scenes. I was captivated and intrigued by them. Luca’s world is dangerous, he seems to have lost his resolve to turn his back on the mafia world he was born into. I loved seeing the two of them together and could tell that their feelings for one another were genuine.

Many thanks to the author and Give Me Books Promotions for my copy of this book.

Excerpt

Luca’s hand pulls away from my chin, and he takes my glass, putting it on the table.

“How I see it is you need to stop assuming the worst and trust me to care for you, and the only way for us to do that is to make sure you get what you need, over and over, until you take it for granted.”

He’s talking about more than just sex, even though I love the “over and over” part. I didn’t trust him; I prolonged this moment as much as his stubbornness did. But I did it by way of mistrust, assuming he wouldn’t do what we both needed.

“So, you want to teach me a lesson in trust?”

The desire in my voice gives away my readiness.

He nods.

“I paid a helluva price almost losing you. What price should you pay for not trusting me? Huh?”

The tumbler he’s holding runs up my leg, and I can feel the coolness through my jeans. Luca leans close to my cheek and whispers, “Choose your fate. Do you want to be fucked or loved, Angel?”

I close my eyes, knowing they aren’t mutually exclusive, but for us, they have very specific meanings. He knows I need the connection between us, the aggression and anger we’ve both felt to play about in the sheets.

His breath is warm against my skin as he keeps whispering.

“Maybe we play your favorite game, Angel. I’ll hunt you…here.”

He brings the glass between my legs and runs it up, rolling it over where my clit is throbbing. My breath hitches.

“Do you trust me?” he asks seductively.

He sets his drink down and begins to gather my T-shirt, tugging it up.

I look around, worried about being caught.

“Luca, someone could catch us. The wall is all glass.”

The minute I say it, I know I failed my lesson. Luca doesn’t stop or change expression as he pulls my shirt up and over my head, leaving me exposed in just my bra.

“Take them off, or I will,” he directs in his deep gravel, indicating my jeans.

I’m not a submissive girl. But when he does this, gets sexually dominant, I feel understood. I’m a powerful woman, and I need a man who can handle me, break me, and make me feel devoured. Luca was made for me. He crosses his arms over his chest.

“The longer I wait, the longer you wait to come. Get ’em off,” he growls. Holy hell, I’m wet. Rough Luca is my favorite Luca.

I reach slowly for my button and pull it open, challenging his patience by lowering the zipper only a fraction.

“You know, I’m not wearing underwear,” I lie.

The thought of being fucked out here where someone could catch us makes me nervous, even if I’m supposed to trust him.

“When I pull off these jeans, everyone will see what’s yours…you sure you want to share?” My voice is a purr, and he bites his lip, gripping his bulge.

I know I’ve won. No fucking way is he willing to share me with prying eyes.

Right as I feel victorious, Luca shakes his head and says, “So fucking stubborn,” then grabs me by the waistband of my jeans and jerks me forward.

“Luca!” I yelp and laugh.

He pushes his hand down the front of my jeans, and I gasp, silenced. Grabbing my tiny lace G-string, along with the few hairs I have down below, he tugs me closer, and the sensation makes my pussy slick with need.

My back arches from being pulled forward.

“Little liar,” he whispers knowingly, and I whimper.

Pleasure grips my body as his hold tightens.

“You definitely need a lesson in trust. Maybe I’ll take it out on your ass or maybe in your ass. Here’s the game, baby: I catch you, I pick.”

His hand retreats as he takes a step away from me.

I’m breathless. My entire body is on fire. This man speaks to every filthy fucking piece of me.

“What’s the second choice? What if you don’t catch me?” I ask hungrily.

A slow smile grows on his gorgeous face. Luca takes out his phone from his pocket and presses a button, laughing to himself.

The light that glowed from inside the house begins to fade as heavy black shades roll down, and I hear a click as the door locks. He was never going to let me be seen. But now, I’m on my own.

  

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Trilina PucciTrilina is an author, wife, and mama to three rowdy kiddos. When she isn’t making grilled cheese sandwiches, she can be found writing saucy novels that titillate and excite her readers.

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The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy #newrelease #bookreview

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A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy. THE RISK takes you back to the world of hot hockey players, feisty heroines, bro banter, and steamy scenes… 

Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.

For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.

That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

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My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

The “enemies to lovers” trope is one of my favorite. This novel does deliver on the banter, rivalry, friendship. I couldn’t put this down because Elle Kennedy’s storytelling is addicting, but at the same time, it left me feeling a little bemused. I didn’t really feel the romance all that convincingly, despite the dual POV. Separately, Jake and Brenna were really interesting characters, but there was just no emotional connection between them. The story was cute and entertaining, and had a quickly-paced narrative with plenty of sharp and witty back-and-forth dialogue that I enjoyed.

Jake Connelly and Brenna Jensen don’t get along. Jake is the captain of the Harvard hockey team. He is disciplined, ambitious and is a notorious player off the ice. Brenna is the daughter of the head coach of Briar hockey team. Her end-game has always been to become a sports journalist, but it’s a tough route for a woman. I liked her determination to pursue her dream.

Jake and Brenna’s relationship is tumultuous, Brenna is averse to womanizers and they are both competitive. Jake proves to be difficult with his mood swings, but in essence, he is a good guy. I have to say that he did not come across as a douche at all.

I have a fondness for light, sports-themed romances with a lot of humor, and most of this book gave me several hours of reading entertainment. I enjoyed the story and liked the characters.

Many thanks to the author for my copy of this book!

In-ten-tion by Ava Harrison

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Title: in·ten·tion: a novel

Author: Ava Harrison

Release: February 6, 2019

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42373465-in-ten-tion

 

Blurb:

in·ten·tion AMAZONI had it all.

Dream job, fancy apartment, great family.

But there was one thing I didn’t have.

Would never have.

Then he showed up.

Rich.

Arrogant.

Condescending.

He came to me with an ultimatum, and I had no choice but to agree. I needed to convince the world that I was Nathaniel Harrington’s girlfriend so his legacy would stay intact.

Spending time with him would be difficult.

And fooling the world would be even harder.

But persuading my heart into thinking that his kisses meant nothing and that his gentle touches were all in my head, would be impossible.

I was falling for him.

But fate had other plans.

Our time was limited.

Because I knew the truth.

A truth that would end us.

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My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

This story was an entertaining read filled with humor and sexiness. The chemistry and the fierce way the characters personalities were portrayed lit up the page in the best way. These two characters perfectly collided into each other’s world and it was such a fun, light hearted read. They are both smart, stubborn and competitive.

Nathaniel Harrington is a British playboy best known for his endless string of conquests. He is also heir to his family fortune and has bought the company where Madeline works on a whim. He intends to prove he can manage it on his own. Nicknamed the Ice Queen, Madeline has no life outside of her work. She is determined to make her dreams come true and she is not afraid to work hard to do it. Nathaniel and Madeline’s personalities are polar opposites and the banter between these two is sassy, clever and fun. Madeline doesn’t take her new boss seriously and has no intention of being nice to him. But despite taking an instant dislike to each other, their chemistry is off the charts.

Nathaniel has the sexy confident charm that is so hard to resist and he is not a bad guy.
While Madeline tries to stay professional and protect her heart, she finds it harder and harder to deny her attraction to Nathaniel. It was wonderful seeing her lose some of her stiffness because of him.

I loved the enemies to lovers storyline, it was just what I needed. Even though I tend to prefer romance books with more depth, there was something really refreshing about this story.

Many thanks to the author and Enticing Journey Book Promotions for my copy of this book.

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About the Author

Ava Harrison is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author.

When she’s not journaling her life, you can find her window shopping, cooking dinner for her family, or curled up on her couch reading a book.

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The Bastard by Lisa Renee Jones : Review

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Title: The Bastard
Series: The Filthy Duet #1
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Release Date: November 14, 2018

I’m the bastard child, son to the mistress, my father’s backup heir to the Kingston empire. He sent me to Harvard. I left and became a Navy SEAL, but I’m back now, and I finished school on my own dime. I’m now a few months from being a billionaire myself. I don’t need my father’s company or his love. My “brother” can have it. I will never go back there. I will never be the mistake my father made, the way he was the mistake my mother made.

And then she walks in the door, the princess I’d once wanted more than I’d wanted my father’s love. She wants me to come back. She says my father needs to be saved. I don’t want to save my father but I do want her. Deeply. Passionately. More than I want anything else.

But she’s The Princess and I’m The Bastard. We don’t fit. We don’t belong together and yet she says he needs me, that she needs me. We’re like sugar and spice, we don’t mix, but I really crave a taste. Just one. What harm can just one taste do?

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My Review

Rating : 3,5 Stars

Eric Mitchell wanted to be a part of the powerful Kingston family but they never made him feel like he belonged, he is the bastard son. Harper is part of the Kingston clan. These two characters have some history. The attraction between them is strong, but Harper can’t bridge the distance between them and they have been going their own separate ways. There are many questions and unspoken words between them and it complicates their connection. A threat to Harper brings them back into each other’s lives.

The deeper you go into the story, the more you want to understand what is really going on. I am still not sure what is going on and why Harper is targeted. I really want to learn the reasoning behind Eric’s intense hatred of the Kingston family. The author does a great job keeping you in the dark where he’s concerned while still revealing enough to keep you turning the pages.

Overall, while I liked this book, there were times when I lost my focus. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of this story but the romantic aspect fell flat. I was hoping for an intense and exciting read and more often than not, I was debating on what I really felt while I was reading. However, there was a twist at the end which has me excited for the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see how this series will end and get all the answers to my questions.

Many thanks to the author for my copy of this book!

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b3054-lisa2brenee2bjones2bheadshot2b-2b375New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles.

The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists.

Lisa is also the author of the bestselling WHITE LIES and LILAH LOVE series.
Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine.

In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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Beautiful Sinner (Devil’s Rock #5) by Sophie Jordan

Locked in with the town bad boy . . .

Most women would be scared, but Gabriella’s only worried about resisting Cruz Walsh, who’s even hotter than he was back in high school. Cruz was wrongly accused of the high-profile crime for which he was imprisoned; Gabriella’s desperate for the scoop that will get her career off the ground and get her out of Sweet Hill, where everyone still remembers her as “Flabby Gabby.” Being stuck in a supply closet with Cruz is the perfect opportunity to land an interview. What Bri doesn’t count on is Cruz taking “up-close and personal” to a whole new level.

If there’s a silver lining to the hell Cruz went through, it’s that losing his freedom put everything in perspective. Maybe starting over someplace new would be easier, but after years locked up, Cruz values his family—and his true friends—more than ever. So he’s back home, facing the gossip, dodging reporters . . . and face-to-face with Gabriella Rossi. They’ve both changed: Bri wants a story and Cruz just wants her. Another thing he’s learned? Don’t let a good thing slip away.

About the Book

Beautiful Sinner
by Sophie Jordan

Series
Devil’s Rock Series

Genre
Adult
Contemporary Romance

Publisher
Avon Books

Publication Date
October 30, 2018

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My Review

Rating : 3.5 Stars

I started off really enjoying this book, but it started to fizzle a bit toward the middle. It was still a good read, but I thought it could have been better, I wanted more of a story, more of a romance between Cruz and Gabriella.

Cruz Walsh was the town bad boy and went to prison for the murder of Gabriella’s cousin. After seven years in prison, he was exonerated for a crime he didn’t commit. He grew on the wrong side of the tracks, he was poor and, all his life, he has been judged for his family name. I loved this character so much, he is loyal and protective. Cruz endured years in prison, yet he doesn’t begrudge anyone for it.

Gabriella and Cruz’s relationship was seven years in the making. He was her first crush, her first kiss, but she never expected to see him again. She is a journalist, though and she wants his story. But she must choose between her attraction to him and her career. Betraying Cruz’s trust would boost her career.

Cruz was all brooding sensuality but Gabriella was a tough heroine to like. Their story was smoking hot, with many intense and erotic scenes. And yet, I felt that something was missing, the emotional aspect of the story seemed underdeveloped.  I felt like I didn’t really get to know Gabriella and Cruz because their relationship felt shallow and too focused on sex.

My favorite part of the book was actually getting a glimpse at Piper, Cruz sister’s life. “Beautiful Lawman” is on my TBR, and I will read it soon.

My honest review is based on an advanced reader copy provided by the publisher. Thank you for reading!

Excerpt

“How long have you been wanting to kiss me?”

It was tempting to fling the truth at him—the truth that they had already kissed. It would feel good to catch him off guard and watch him absorb that fact.

She couldn’t do it, of course. After the satisfaction of shocking him wore off, she’d be left with the awkwardness of him knowing she was the idiot who had kissed him in the boathouse while he thought she was someone else.

“You were stroking my lips,” he reminded.

“I was checking to see if you were breathing.”

He whirled her around, sending her colliding into his chest.

“Oh!” Her hands came up to his chest, palms flattening on the very body she had only moments ago felt at her leisure. Now it felt different. Now he was awake. Alert . . .his eyes as sharp as a hawk’s gaze on her. Now his heart pounded swift and hard beneath her touch.

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About Sophie Jordan

SOPHIE JORDAN grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s the New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author of more than twenty novels. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with anything that has a happily ever after.

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