I started the year so well, February I had no unfinished reviews as the month started. But then I got behind, and I began March with three. One of them was part of a blog tour, so it is already done. But here it is over halfway through the month, so I thought I'd better get a few of these past due reviews, plus a few from this month done. These are all pretty much adult romance, but not all five fit the same category under that heading. So that's why the generic title for this post. Oh well, let's get to it!
The Spring Girls by Anna Todd:
Published: January 2nd, 2018
Source: Purchased paperback
My rating: 4 stars
If you've followed my blog for a while, you know that I loved the whole After series by Anna Todd, and so I'm excited to read any and all books that she puts out. To be honest though, I've never actually read any of the Little Women books. So while I know the characters basically from being a reader, the story itself wasn't anything I knew exactly. However, I really enjoyed this book despite not knowing the original. It did not make me want to go back and read it, but the way it ended, I really do hope for a sequel. What was really cool was that only 22 pages in, they mentioned my friend's bar in New Orleans, Spirits on Bourbon, and it was a location used for one of the character's jobs in the book. About a fourth of the way in, I was already hooked. There were definitely parts that I was crying a bit during. And at the end, there was a twist I did NOT see coming. Another great story from a great storyteller, Anna Todd. Here's hoping there will be a sequel!
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
Four sisters desperately seeking the blueprints to life—the modern-day retelling of Louise May Alcott’s Little Women like only Anna Todd (After, Imagines) could do.
The Spring Girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—are a force of nature on the New Orleans military base where they live. As different as they are, with their father on tour in Iraq and their mother hiding something, their fears are very much the same. Struggling to build lives they can be proud of and that will lift them out of their humble station in life, one year will determine all that their futures can become.
The oldest, Meg, will be an officer’s wife and enter military society like so many of the women she admires. If her passion—and her reputation—don’t derail her.
Beth, the workhorse of the family, is afraid to leave the house, is afraid she’ll never figure out who she really is.
Jo just wants out. Wishing she could skip to graduation, she dreams of a life in New York City and a career in journalism where she can impact the world. Nothing can stop her—not even love.
And Amy, the youngest, is watching all her sisters, learning from how they handle themselves. For better or worse.
With plenty of sass, romance, and drama, The Spring Girls revisits Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, and brings its themes of love, war, class, adolescence, and family into the language of the twenty-first century.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon:
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: June 1st, 1991
Source: Purchased paperback
My rating: 5 stars
So of course I had been wanting to read these for about a year. I'd purchased the boxed set for my sister-in-law for Christmas back in 2016. Then when I switched my cable from U-verse to Direct TV this past fall, I was lucky enough to get a free trial of Starz. So I decided to start watching the tv show first. Of course I fell in love. I started reading the book about the same time, however the book is so long that I didn't finish it until a while after I'd finished all three of the seasons of the show that are out. I loved the book just as much though. I felt like the show did a pretty good job of following the book. Obviously there were things that were left out of the show, and they also had to change some things in the show just to make it work as a tv show. But overall, I was very pleased. I found myself going back and rereading scenes over and over that I really enjoyed. And while I found myself kind of skipping over some of the details and descriptions as I read, like I used to do when I had more time to read, I'm okay with that. Because I know that this is a book I will read over and over. I didn't think I could love Jamie any more than the show made me love him, but I was wrong. Boy was I wrong. I can't wait to have the time to pick up the next book in the series. I'm now converted to a huge fan of both the books, and of course the show. Loved it, loved it, loved it! If you haven't tried it yet, you need to soon. And because I love Jamie so much, I've got to share a gif from the show.
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
#Player by Cambria Hebert:
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: March 6th, 2015
Source: Purchased audio from Audible
My rating: 5 stars
I've really enjoyed this series, you can read my review of book one and two at these links: #Nerd and #Hater. Book two definitely ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, and it was so frustrating that my library did not have it for me to download. So when I resubscribed to Audible, I decided to just go ahead and buy this next one. And honestly, I loved it. First off, is there such an alcoholic beverage as Smurf Balls? Because I want to try it. I'm hoping to get to meet the author at Book Bonanza in Denver in July, so maybe I'll ask her for the recipe. And then there was BBFL - Big Brother for Life. Then, there are the little intros to each chapter, and the one for chapter 33 is something that I know I've posted myself on Facebook or Twitter many, many times, and that is:
“The most annoying sound in the world is a morning alarm. #firstworldproblems”
I love that this book totally wrapped up Rimmel and Romeo's story, but I want to read more from the Hashtag world, especially to hear BBFL Braeden's story. So I'll be listening to that one somewhere down the road! I definitely recommend this series.
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
Players gotta play.
Hate is like a poison. It contaminates everything.
So does doubt.
Even though I deny what I overheard, even though I insist it isn’t true, the seed of doubt has been planted. I can’t help but be tormented with the endless what-if’s that have taken over our lives.
Romeo and I were happy in love. The future stretched before us brighter than any star in the darkest sky. Now everything is broken. Literally broken. Romeo’s entire career is at stake, my entire future is threatened… and my past?
It’s coming back to haunt me.
To haunt us.
Romeo says we’re in this together and right now the only sure thing is us. But how far can a love so new be pushed? The lengths we will have to go to save each other puts everything at risk.
Romeo is a #player but how much of the game can one person play?
The Player by K. Bromberg:
Genre: Sports Romance
Published: April 17th, 2017
Source: Received audiobook from author
My rating: 5 stars
Let me tell you something about this author, she really knows how to get you with a cliffhanger! I had assumed, yeah-yeah, I know what assuming does, that this was going to be a series where each book was about a different player on the team. Just so you know, I was wrong. The way this ended, GAH! The narrators were some of my favorites, Andi Arndt and Joe Arden. I had to stop in the middle to listen to another audiobook by the author that I was supposed to review by a certain date. But when I started listening to this again I was hooked right back in. Not to mention I'm still a little unsure about Santiago. I thought maybe one thing was going to happen, but then at the end there was a whole twist that I did NOT see coming. And wow was it a good one. Of course I had already used my February credit on the Meghan March audiobook I'm listening to currently, so I had to wait for my March credit to get the sequel to this one. Which I cannot wait to get started on and find out what is going to happen!
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
Baseball has never been sexier in an all-new novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg.
Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.
So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in the renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.
Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.
And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to side in the club’s best interest if he’s ready to play.
But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat or is one of them bound to get burned?
Son of Kong by T.S. Joyce:
Genre: Shifter Romance
Published: August 23rd, 2017
Source: Purchased paperback
My rating: 3 stars
So, no, I'm not a normal fan of shifter stories. And this one didn't really turn me into one. It wasn't horrible, but it really wasn't that good. I only bought it because, well, because of the cover model, as well as I was meeting the author at the Kinky in Kansas City romance author convention earlier this month. Plus, the people in line in front of me were going on and on about how much they loved her books, and the people in line behind me. I did purchase one with the same cover model last year when I met her, again, the only reason I was in the line was to meet him really. Okay, but on with my review.
Like that one former author friend of mine that didn't like my reviews of her books, I have some of the same issues with this. It definitely needed some extra editing. But when you're self-publishing, you don't have to do that I guess. I have been lucky enough lately to read a lot of self-published books where the authors took the extra time or spent the money to have someone do that for them, and it really makes a difference. The story was okay, not horrible. One of the characters made me laugh, Nox, I think probably who was the main character of the first book in the series. And there were things left for the next book that while I am kind of interested in, I don't think I'll ever read on. At least I doubt I'll have the time. I do need to share the picture of me with the cover model and author here. I did also pick this one, because hey, son of King Kong? Just sounds like fun.
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
Torren Taylor has a gorilla problem. The birthmark on his back says he is supposed to be the new Kong, but he wants nothing to do with his people. Shunning their traditions means his silverback is out of control and on a one-way track to crazy-town. He accepted his shortened life a long time ago, but right now all he wants to do is live long enough to for a couple last bucket list items. When a rare beauty shows up at his door and offers to keep his animal steady for two hundred bucks a week, well, he’s mighty tempted to pay to prolong his life. Especially if it means spending time with Candace, who seems to have a knack for calming dominant men. She’s a good girl gone bad, and he wants to corrupt her even further. But something’s brewing against his crew, and drawing her in closer will put her at risk. And now Torren is torn on one important decision: be selfish and live longer, or shorten Candace’s life with the danger building around the Sons of Beasts.
Candace Sumner needs a change. She’s back in Foxburg paying off big debts and taking desperate measures to do so. She had to give up her dreams to come back to her hometown, and now she wants a break from the monotony. And maybe a friend or two wouldn’t hurt either. An offer to keep a local silverback shifter steady sounds like an adventure, but when she sees Torren for the first time, her plans at aloofness are squashed. He is the type of man who is the perfect combination of sweet and deadly that could finally make her feel safe in her life. Too bad he’s going crazy, and his crew could go down in flames at any second.
Candace wanted an adventure, but she didn’t bargain for love, betrayal, and a group of the worst-best friends a shifter like her could ask for.
Content Warning: Explicit love scenes, naughty language, and piles of sexy shifter secrets. Intended for mature audiences.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
We are thrilled to be bringing you the release of Samantha Chase's GLAM SQUAD and GROOMSMEN today! This brand new story set in the Enchanted Bridal world is sure to please any and all lovers of contemporary romance. Be sure to grab your copy today!
About GLAM SQUAD AND GROOMSMEN
Penny Blake loves her job with Enchanted Bridal. She gets to model wedding gowns and help brides plan for their big day. And yet…she’s wanting a little more. Besides wishing for her own happily ever after, she has big dreams of making her own contribution to the business in the form of her own glam squad. Her bosses all think it’s a great idea, but right now she’s needed in other ways – like helping out with the groomsmen.
Was there any greater form of torture than having to help your sister plan her wedding?
That’s what Spencer Buchanan is facing and although he goes into it with a bit of an attitude, running into the girl who got away – three times! – suddenly made this whole wedding planning thing a lot more bearable. Moving back home was never part of his plan, but once Spencer sees Penny again, all bets are off. And having her help him with his fittings on his tux turn into his favorite pastime ever!
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For a minute, he thought she was going to scream and the expression on her face said that she certainly hadn’t been expecting him. Actually, he hadn’t been expecting her either. His plan had been to come in for a tuxedo fitting – something he was seriously jumping the gun for Eva’s wedding – and figured it would be a legit excuse to see Penny. He’d casually stop in at the bridal shop and say hello and then…
“Spencer? What are you doing here?”
He gave her a lopsided grin. “Doing a test run on tuxedoes to help Eva and Brett out.”
At first he didn’t think she believed him, but then she visibly relaxed. “Oh. Okay.”
“So what are you doing in the tuxedo shop? I didn’t think you worked in here too.”
She quickly explained about the owner needing to get home to a sick child – again – and then she stepped away and began to explain to him about the tuxedo options that had been pulled for him.
If he didn’t know any better, he’d swear she was nervous and that pleased him a little. If she was nervous around him, that meant that she wasn’t unaffected by him – or by their kiss.
Good to know.
Because kissing Penny had been all he could think about all week. He should be back in Atlanta right now.
But he wasn’t.
He should be working on reports for the building he was designing.
But he wasn’t.
What he was doing was trying on tuxedoes when he didn’t need to just on the off-chance he could see her again. How twisted was that?
By now Penny was standing next to a dressing room and holding a tuxedo hanger in her hand. “Martin already placed a shirt and shoes in the fitting room for you,” she said, “and this is the first tux he pulled for you to consider based on your measurements.”
“I never gave him my measurements,” Spencer said.
He nodded. “All I did was call and ask if I could come in and try some on,” he explained. “No one asked for any sizes or measurements. I guess I can try this on and we can go from there, right?”
Then he watched as her shoulders sagged and she sighed. But she immediately went back into sales mode and gave him a nice but professional smile. “Okay, we’ll need to get your measurements first. No need for you to try to fit into a suit that isn’t your size. That’s just crazy.” She stepped away and hung up the suit she had in her hands. “Why don’t you step up on the platform over there by the mirror and I’ll go get the measuring tape.”
Wait…measuring tape? Couldn’t he just tell her what size he normally wore? That would certainly make things easier – especially since Brett hadn’t made any decisions on tuxedos and he wasn’t planning on ordering anything tonight. Then again, if he did happen to go in that direction, there’d be no need for him to stand up on the platform for measurements. And that would mean…
“Just step up on there and face the mirror,” she said. “I’ll need to make a note of your shirt and sleeve size, waist, outseam…”
Then he felt bad for giving her extra work. “Wouldn’t it be easier to give you at least some of my sizes so you don’t have to go through all of this?” he asked and hated that he was quite possibly depriving himself of some extra time with her.
“Under normal circumstances, yes,” she explained. “But for this sort of thing, we require specific measurements. Every designer is cut just a litter differently so it makes everyone’s job easier to just go by what the measuring tape says.”
“Ah…gotcha.” Doing his best to hide a grin, he simply stood and did as he was told as Penny’s hands roamed all over him – in a completely professional way – as she took the needed measurements.
Best. Friday. Night. Ever.
At first, he felt all kinds of wrong that even though there was nothing sexy about what she was doing, it was still mildly arousing – her hand skimming down his leg…her arms wrapped around him to get his waist measurements…
He cursed the fact that they were in the middle of a tuxedo shop and that he had on so many damn clothes!
Once she was done, she moved around the shop and pulled tuxes in his size and then sent him back to the dressing room to start trying them on.
They didn’t talk about much – she kept all of the conversation focused on Eva and Brett and their wedding and tuxedo style questions. Not that he cared. Basically, this was all going to be Brett’s decision and right now, Brett had no idea that Spencer was even looking at tuxes.
No one did.
If his sister caught wind of what he was doing, he knew he’d get her approval and possibly her help. And as much as he knew he was going to need some of that where Penny was concerned, he wanted to do it in his own time and in his own way.
He just never thought trying on tuxedos was a length he’d ever have to go through in order to spend time with a woman.
“Let me know how that first one fits,” Penny called out to him.
And as he closed the dressing room door, he figured he had at least an hour to try to break down some of her defenses and convince her to go out with him again.
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Friday, March 16, 2018
Blog Tour with Author Interview: These Vengeful Souls (These Vicious Masks #3) by Kelly Zekas and Tarun Shanker
Title: These Vengeful Souls
Authors: Kelly Zekas and Tarun Shanker
Series: These Vicious Masks #3
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: February 20th, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
England, 1883. On the run with the grieving Sebastian Braddock, Evelyn wants two things: to be reunited with her friends, and to get revenge on the evil Captain Goode. Not only has he misused his and Sebastian’s powers to rack up a terrible death toll, but he’s also completely destroyed any hope of Evelyn or her friends regaining the life they once knew.
Evelyn is determined to make Captain Goode pay for what he’s done, but is her revenge worth risking the lives of Sebastian and her friends? Or is it better to flee the city and focus on staying alive? And with the Captain spreading lies about Sebastian in an attempt to flush them out of hiding and turn the populace against them, does she even have a choice at all?
1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
We usually spend a decent amount of time texting bits of ideas for characters, plots and broader themes. Once we land on something we love, we start a shared Google Doc and write down everything we can think of - still texting, but whenever an idea pops up we will throw it onto that general document. Then it’s a lot of brainstorming sessions using Facetime to create a vague outline. Kelly would happily jump into the draft at that point, but Tarun won’t start drafting until he has a pretty solid, well-filled outline with an idea of what each chapter will be. Then we each draft the chapters we want to do and edit the other’s chapters in between!
2. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
We often get ideas from reading and watching movies–whether it’s something we loved that sparked a new idea or thinking about a totally different direction a story could have gone in.
3. What kind of research do you do for the history of the time periods where your stories are set?
Libraries, libraries, libraries. We would be nothing without the e-library programs. We try to read a decent amount of non-fic and fic set or written in the time period and then if we need a specific topic we’ll dig further into that with primary sources. One of our favorite things to research, though, is words and phrases. We love looking at Google Books or the Oxford English Dictionary, then selecting pre-1900 to see if something was used. It’s surprising how old some words are!
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Read constantly within the genre you’re writing. Know it intimately. Then go read plenty of things outside your genre. Finish things, even when it feels like crap. You can make it less-crap in the next draft. Discuss books and movies with others, especially writers– it might often help you figure out what works or doesn’t work in your own writing.
5. What are your favorite:
Kelly: Too hard! Recent YA favs are: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson
Tarun: Too hard indeed. I’ll say Oscar Wilde and leave it at that.
Kelly: Buffy, The Good Place, Crazy-Ex Girlfriend
Tarun: In the Mood for Love has been my favorite movie forever. Happy Endings for TV show. I still miss it.
Kelly: If it has lyrics that are incredibly sad OR a female vocalist is very angry at an ex … I probably love it.
Tarun: David Bowie, Soul and R&B, (classics like Ray Charles and Earth Wind and Fire to current stuff like Frank Ocean and Ella Mai)
Kelly: Popcorn, chocolate chips and anything left over in the cabinet, really.
Tarun: Cake, cake, and when I’m in the mood for a change, cupcakes.
Tarun is a writer living in Los Angeles whose idea of paradise consists of kung-fu movies, David Bowie and chai tea. Since completing his first horrible screenplay in high school, he’s written everything from one-act plays and film criticism to humor pieces and strongly-worded emails. He’s also magnetized, crushed and burned the hard drive where that first screenplay can be found.
Kelly is a writer and actor living in NYC. YA is her absolute favorite thing on earth other than cupcakes and she has spent many hours crying over fictional deaths. She also started reading Harlequin romances at a possibly too early age (12?), and still loves a good paperback romance.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Title: The Hook-Up Experiment
Author: Emma Hart
Genre: Adult contemporary romance
Release Date: March 13th, 2018
1.Hate-screw my high school nemesis.
2.Remember to hate him.
3.Prove my brother wrong.
It should be easy.
As the owner of Pick-A-Dick, New Orleans’ premier hook-up website, my job is simple. Connect two people for a no-strings, no-expectations hook-up. The plus for my clients is that I’m the one who gets to sift through the dick pics—except this time, they're required.
My problem? My brother, co-owner of Pick-A-Dick’s sister dating site, doesn’t believe it’s possible to hook up with someone three times and not fall in love.
I disagree. I know it’s possible.
And my disagreement is exactly how I end up reconnected with my high school nemesis, Elliott Sloane. The guy who asked me to junior prom and then stood me up. Who egged my car when I rejected him, and convinced my senior homecoming date to ghost me.
It should be easy to hate-screw him. If only he was still that person, instead of a hot-as-hell single dad, working as a builder to make ends’ meet, fighting for custody of his daughter.
Not to mention packing in the pants department...
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“Is she okay with that juice?” Peyton watched her go.
I selected the Blu-ray from the cupboard and shot a smirk her way. “Sorry to break it to you, but you’re getting a juice box.”
“I can live with that.”
I turned away and hit the eject button on the player. “You didn’t have to say yes to her, you know.”
“Of course, I had to. Have you seen those eyes? How do you say no to her, ever?”
“I think of all the times she screams and swings her arms like a tiny terrorist, and it’s pretty easy.” I put the disk in and turned around.
Peyton had one eyebrow raised. “See, now, I’d think that’s reason to say no.”
“It depends on the day. Sometimes it results in her being put to bed to calm down, which means she ends up taking a rare afternoon nap, and I get some peace and quiet.”
“That’s a thing around her? She was talking to me for thirty minutes flat about what I did and didn’t like.”
“Only thirty minutes? Lucky you. She has about three hours of material of that.” I took a seat on the sofa, making sure to leave space between us for Bri. “Did she get started on hedgehogs yet?”
Peyton looked a little confused. “Hedgehogs?”
“YouTube is the devil.”
“That…was quite the jump in subject.”
I laughed as the main menu music hit on the TV. “I’m going to preface this by saying kids are weird.”
“Some get that from their parents.”
I blinked at her for a second. She wasn’t wrong if half these people who had a mini-career opening fucking toys on YouTube were parents.
“There are a bunch of stupid videos on YouTube, and apparently, watching people open toys is thrilling.”
Now, she looked really confused.
“And on one of those she watched, the person had a pet hedgehog who wasn’t having the nonsense of her opening a Hatchimal on camera, so it stole the egg.”
She blinked several times in quick succession. “I have no idea what you just said, and if I’m honest… Please don’t explain it.”
I laughed and hit play on the TV.
“Here’s your dooce-box,” Briony said, handing Peyton two. “And das mine. I can’t do the straws.”
“Oh. Right. Okay.” Peyton looked at the two juices that had been thrust at her.
Smiling, I took one from her. I pulled the straw off the back, out of the tiny plastic slip, and poked it through the foiled hole in the top. “There you go,” I said to Briony. “What do you want for dinner?”
She put the straw in her mouth and pursed her lips as she sucked the juice up. Peyton watched her, lips twitching, as she put her straw in place.
“Pizza!” Briony announced.
Oh no. I’d eaten too much pizza lately.
Was there such a thing as too much pizza?
Maybe if the toppings were changed up…
“Peydon, do you want pizza?” Bri asked, leaning right into her.
“I like pizza,” she replied, smiling sweetly down at her. “What’s your favorite?”
“I like spots and cheese.”
I coughed on my water. “Pepperoni,” I explained. “They look like spots on the pizza.”
Peyton’s eyes met mine for a minute. Silent laughter shone back at me. That really was toddler logic at its finest.
“You know,” she said, looking down at Peyton. “Spots are my favorite, too!”
Once again, Briony gasped. “Reawy?”
“Really, really. I love spots.”
It might have been a mistake introducing these two. Not only was my daughter becoming increasingly obsessed with someone who seemed to be a brunette, adult version of her…
No, that was the problem. Peyton was the brunette, adult version of Briony, attitude and all—and if there was anything my daughter didn’t need, it was someone who could teach her a thing or ten about sarcasm.
“I’ll order pizza,” I said, going to stand.
“Oh, you got it last time. I’ll go call them.” Peyton put her juice on the side table and tried to move, but Briony stopped her.
“No. Mimi told me that only gentlemen buy dinner. Princesses sit and look priddy.”
Peyton looked down at her. “Sit and look pretty? I like to buy my own pizza sometimes, and that’s okay.”
Without missing a beat, Briony said, “Princesses sit and look priddy so the mens buying dinner don’t know dat we can kick dere butts.”
About the Author:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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Title: Two Wedding Crashers
Author: Meghan Quinn
Series: Dating by Numbers #2
Genre: Adult contemporary romance
Release Date: March 11th, 2018
Source: E-galley from InkSlinger PR
My rating: 5 stars
I don’t know what love is anymore.
Well, that’s not entirely true, but I’m going to tell you a little secret: I’ve lost the spark.
You know the kind of spark I’m talking about?
Where butterflies take flight in your stomach from two hands innocently colliding. Or catching your breath when you first meet someone attractive. Yeah, that spark.
Except I haven't felt that feeling in forever; there is nothing left inside of me.
Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem--but I’m a writer on a serious deadline, and my editor is breathing down my neck for a romantic, Nicholas Sparks type love story. No pressure, right?
That's how I find myself flying across the country to crash a wedding in the name of research, dress and heels stuffed into my small suitcase.
It should be the easiest book research ever. Drinking some free champagne, basking in the love of two strangers, and tapping into my romantic side. That will be a breeze. I'm a pro. I can handle this.
Until I mistakenly end up in the wrong hotel room, naked as the day I was born, with the sexiest human I have ever met staring me down, wondering what I'm doing taking a shower in his bathroom. I don't think calling it research will get me out of this pickle.
Chills scream their way down my arms and legs, my nipples pucker, and just like that, with one word, all humor vanishes from our little conversation and awareness of this all-consuming man wrapped around me hits me hard.
Gathering myself, I say, “Tell me something Chris and Justine know about you.”
“Hmm.” His thumbs hook under the waistband of my shorts, playing with the lower part of my hipbones. His touch spurs on my pelvis, needing to rock, begging for him to go lower. My toes curl in my sandals and my back slightly arches, reaching for more. “Something they know about me.”
His mouth doesn’t stray from its position against my ear, and his hips start to slowly move underneath me, his legs tangling with mine. Involuntarily, one of my hands hooks the back of his neck as I hold on tightly to him, feeling like I need support from the onslaught of sensation I’m feeling.
I hear him say something, but it doesn’t register in my brain, which has turned to mush as his thumbs stray from my hipbones to right above my pubic bone.
There is no denying how turned on I am, how wet I am from his mere touch, how much—despite my reservations—I want this man.
With each stroke, my head turns farther and farther to the side until our noses are touching, Beck’s head bends forward to meet me halfway. My eyes flutter shut for a brief moment before I open them and am captured by those flecks of green and gold.
The air stills around us, our breath mixing, swirling between us, our lips so close.
One swipe of this thumb.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t focus.
Another swipe, my head leans even closer, my tongue wetting my lips.
One more swipe . . .
My heart hammers in my chest, my skin prickling with awareness.
Beck brings his mouth even closer, only a whisper away now, and he waits.
His breathing feeling erratic beneath me.
And I’m gone.
I bring my mouth to his, slowly parting my lips ever so slightly, just enough to maneuver my mouth across his.
A low, provocative moan escapes Beck as one of his hands snags the back of my head and holds me in place, almost as if he lets go, I’ll disappear.
Needing more, I shift on his lap so I’m straddling him once again, my hands on his bare chest, feeling the powerful sinew that holds him together.
Our lips press and mold, mingling, taking, begging . . .
Beck’s tongue runs against my bottom lip, eliciting a moan from deep within me, lighting a fire so hot, so wild, my hands start to travel up his neck to his cheeks where I grip him, positioning his head so when I open my mouth, I can expertly dive my tongue onto his.
He groans, his lap shifting against mine now, his hard-on pressing against my wet and throbbing center. I match his rocking, using my position on his lap to take advantage of his length I can feel through his board shorts.
This is exactly what I didn’t want to happen, but God, am I happy it has. Maybe I really should live in the moment, maybe I should take advantage of the opportunity, maybe I should…
I loved the first book in this series, Three Blind Dates, and so I jumped when the opportunity to review the second book came along. Just like the first one, this one was so good! In fact I liked it even better than the first one! We got to see our rebel from book one, I guess spoiler alert, that means Beck wasn't the one Noely chose in that first book. In this book he ends up crashing a wedding with his best friend and his best friend's wife. He figures he can use the weekend to have fun and find a hook-up with no strings kind of girl.
Rylee is crashing the wedding with her friend who is invited and her friend's husband, along with the third friend who is part of their little writing group. Rylee is a romance writer who has kind of lost her "mojo" She can't quite write about romance, she hasn't had any, nor sex, for awhile, and it is totally stifling her creativity. We hear that she's had a hard year, but it isn't until later in the book, in a very pivotal moment between Rylee and Beck, that we find out why her year has been such a rough one.
Of course as you may guess, Rylee and Beck do have fun, and while both set out to just have fun, Beck begins to think he wants more with her. There is something about Rylee that tells him maybe she is the one. But he has his own past, and his own issues, which we learn about pretty quickly in the story.
So many cute parts of this story. Go ahead, I dare you not to google baby red pandas when they do in the book. (Although I still say baby dachshunds are way cuter). There's a part when Beck is telling Rylee everything he's going to do to her when they get back to the room, and she doesn't hear a word because she's suddenly been struck with inspiration for a new story. When he realizes she didn't hear anything, he just lets her go on and tells her she'll just be surprised later. And then there were the tears at the end, when her situation hit really close to home with me and my own situation.
Only one complaint, she mentions her "inner goddess". No, just no. Don't go there. :-) Anyway, you need to read this series, you don't have to read them in order, although it was nice to know Beck a bit from the first one. And now I am looking forward to book three and who it will be about.
About the Author:
Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.
Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.
Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!