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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ARC Review: Unpredictable by C.A. Harms


Unpredictable is the first book in the Key West Series by C.A. Harms. This series is a spin-off of her Southern Boys series, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book! I loved Jett when he was first introduced in Loving Colt, and I really liked getting to know him better. If you haven't read the Southern Boys series yet, you do not need to have read them in order to enjoy this book. I will say that they are all fantastic stories though, and it was really fun to see how Jett was when we first met him and how he was in this book. If you can I would absolutely recommend reading those books first and then reading Unpredictable. 

Quinn Tucker and Jett Jameson met at a beach party and ended up spending the night together. But when Jett woke up the following morning, Quinn was gone. When she suddenly shows up to interview for a job at his restaurant, he views it as the perfect opportunity to get a second chance with her. Though Quinn tries to keep Jett at arm's length, he continues to pursue her. Quinn's life is messy and complicated, but Jett means to show her that he doesn't care about any of that as long as Quinn gives them a chance. But as things continue to spiral out of control for Quinn, she finds out that sometimes the things that are the most unpredictable end up being exactly what you need. 

I loved Jett. When he was first introduced in Alex's story, I knew there was so much more to him. He was such a great brother, but you could tell that he didn't have much of a life outside his family and his work. So when he first met Quinn and the sparks flew, I knew that their connection was special. He was so great with her (except for one incident, but it was understandable that he would be upset in that case) and I loved seeing how patient he was with her. He knew that she had a lot going on and though he wanted to know everything, he didn't push her more than she could handle. He let her take the time she needed and was just a constant source of support for her. Quinn had a tough life, and she was dealing with so much on her own. My heart broke for her and everything that she had been through, and I was so glad that she had her best friend and Jett to lean on. As she started to let Jett in more, there was such a shift in her character and I really liked seeing her start to live her life for her. She was able to put herself back together and finally do what she wanted to do for the first time, and it was really great to see her have someone who loved her unconditionally. They had great chemistry and the attraction was clear from the start, but what I love about books by C.A. Harms is the fact that each couple has such a strong natural connection and that was no exception here. 

Overall, this was another really great read from C.A. Harms. I liked Jett and Quinn a lot and their story was such a journey. I will admit that it took me awhile to warm up to Quinn, and she wasn't my favorite heroine. But I did like her and Jett as a couple, and she really grew on me as the story progressed. C.A. Harms has become a go to author for me when I want a really great contemporary romance. Her characters are all different and real, and the stories are always beautiful and emotional. I know that she will continue to be an author that I look forward to more from, and I am already anxious for the next book in this series. I highly recommend anything by C.A. Harms, because I really think that you can't go wrong with any book that has her name on it.

**ARC Provided by Enticing Journey Book Promotions**

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Review: For Love of the Duke by Christi Caldwell


I have to start out by saying that this book, For Love of the Duke by Christ Caldwell, has a beautiful cover. I've always admired the cover artwork for the Heart of a Duke series. You know those thumbnail sized renditions you see on your favorite internet book shopping site? That is what I admired. But for this book, I have my own copy of the beautiful artwork on a trade paperback book. It is so lovely, I hated to read the book, as in the process, I might accidentally damage the cover.

But I decided not to judge the book by the cover and finally, I opened the book and started reading. As it turns out, the story is just as beautiful as the cover!

A fateful day at the Frost Fair brings Lady Katherine Adamson and Jasper, the 8th Due of Bainbridge, together. As soon as they meet it is more than evident that neither is impressed by the other and therefore have no reason to ever associate with one another again. Surly Jasper and critical Katherine part after their introduction. But of course, that is not the last time they will see each other.

Both Katherine and Jasper are damaged. Katherine's father died and left the family destitute, so she never wants to be in such a position that it could happen again. And Jasper's wife died in childbirth, so he swears never to marry again.

This is a romance, so we all know that Katherine and Jasper are going to change their minds. But the question is, how will it happen?

As it happens, Katherine and Jasper share a love of poetry. Not just any poetry, but Wordsworth. Another fateful meeting in a bookstore that has one copy of a book of Wordsworth's poems is the beginning of the courtship. Not that Katherine or Jasper would have called it courtship. But as the reader, I can call it whatever I want.

I love that a book is the catalyst that brings them together. More than once. And whether they want to or not! Eventually, they spend enough time together to form a fiery friendship based on poetry and not a little chemistry. This leads Katherine to suggest an arrangement. In historical romances, 'arrangement' is another word for 'marriage of convenience'. As quickly as the arrangement is accepted by Jasper, Katherine discovers that what he accepted is not what Katherine intended.

Jasper is comfortless, yet caring. Katherine is desperate, yet strong. Both are lonely. When they are together, arguments are often followed by kissing. Either way, sparks fly! The courtship has its ups and downs. The ups are hopeful and sensuous. The downs are frustrating and heartbreaking. All together the ups and downs kept my eyes glued to the pages of my book with the beautiful cover.

Most historical romances I read have something else to recommend them. An element of suspense, mystery, magic or monsters. For Love of the Duke is just romance. That's all. Romance. Which is why I am surprised to give it 5 stars. Odds are, I will even read more from Ms. Caldwell.

So there it is. For Love of the Duke. Beautiful cover, beautiful story!

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ARC Review: Dare to Hold by Carly Phillips


I’ve read Carly Phillips before and have really enjoyed her books. I’ve read a couple of the Dare books and really enjoy the Dare family. Dare to Hold was a tough one for me. There were some parts I liked and some I had a hard time with.

Just like all her previous books, Phillips writes a very chemistry filled book with plenty of time spent together with the hero and the heroine. When the story begins Meg is pregnant. She’s made bad decisions in the past and now she is alone and pregnant. This is not the worst of her problems. Meg has a bad habit of falling for the wrong guys. She especially likes to pick goes that are not only jerks but also violent. Meg is determined to turn over a new leaf. She goes out with her friends and decides that she is not going to worry about men anymore and she is going to be independent.

The hero, Scott Dare, is like the previous Dare brothers. He is successful and completely alpha male. She is also mending his heart over his divorce. His ex-wife used Scott and he is determined that no one will ever play with his heart and his emotions that way again.

The story had a lot of potential and for the most part I really enjoyed it. One big issue I had was Meg. I really wanted to like her more than I actually did. Not even ten pages into the story she is in bed with Scott even though she turned over a new leaf and decided to be independent. I had a hard time believing that she learned from her mistakes. My second big issue was the forced connection between them. Maybe because I did not read the story where they meet to me they were complete strangers. So yes, he is the cop that helped her when her ex left her badly beaten and in the hospital but that really is all the interaction they had. I would have liked to have seen more history. If they had more interactions. The rest of the story pretty much progresses along the same way. After they spend the night together they just incorporate into each other’s lives but not really knowing each other.

Aside from these issues I was happy to see that Scott and Meg were able to open up to each other and really get to know each other. Meg has a lot of obstacles to overcome and Scott helps her but she also helps him with his unresolved issues. The Dare’s continue to be a fun family to learn about and I plan to read more books by Phillips.

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RFTC Hall Pass Event with Robin Bielman


When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts all of her story ideas.

She is a 2014 RITA® Finalist, loves to frequent coffee shops, and plays a mean game of sock tug of war with her cute, but a little bit naughty dog, Harry. She cherishes her family and friends and loves to connect with readers. Get the scoop on Robin, her books, and sign up for her newsletter on her website at robinbielman.com.

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ARC Review: Kyle's Return by L.P. Dover


Kyle's Return is the fifth book in the Gloves Off series by L.P. Dover, but this book can be read as a standalone. I would recommend reading this series in order though to get the full experience. Kyle has come so far since the beginning of the series, and I really think that it adds a lot to this book if you are able to see just how much he had to come back from. This book was great, and am so glad that I got to see a different side to Kyle. 

Kyle Andrews is known to be a manipulator, and did whatever it took to win. But after being wounded in a fight, Kyle's whole life changed. Two years after being left with no feeling below the waist, he is now able to walk again and is determined to start making up for his past. His first step is to set things right with the only family he has left, his sister Kacey. When Kyle ends up meeting Megan at the gym his soon to be brother in law owns, he finds out that she isn't like others. Megan is slow to trust Kyle, but offers him a chance to prove that he is worth a second chance. Megan sees that he isn't as bad as he was known to be, and soon their connection begins to grow. But Kyle's past isn't all these two have to fight, and when Megan's shows up it could destroy everything she has been building with Kyle. 

I really liked Megan. She was such a great heroine. Strong and determined after everything she had been through. She wasn't weak when she had every reason to be terrified, instead she turned her life around and found a way to help others like herself without letting her fear control her. She made Kyle work for it, but yet she also believed in him and supported him when no one else did. She showed him that he deserved a second chance, and she helped others to see it too. I really liked that she was willing to take a chance on him after all that she had been through, and her belief in him really showed that there was good inside him and that he was taking things seriously. Kyle had so much to make up for, and I absolutely hated him when we first met him in this series. I had thought that Camden had a lot to come back from, but Kyle had just as much of an uphill battle if not more of one than Camden did. But Kyle really had changed, and I did believe that he was a better person than he had been before. Kyle and Megan had such a great connection and a ton of chemistry. I thought that they were perfect together, and they just fit one another. 

Overall, this book was a great addition to this series and I really enjoyed the story. I was glad to see some familiar faces, and especially enjoyed seeing more of Tyler and Kacey. L.P. Dover has done a great job with this series, and I love seeing how each of the couples are doing as this series continues. But what she has managed to do with characters such as Kyle and Camden is something that I find so interesting. L.P. Dover takes these characters that are complete jerks that you can absolutely hate, and then turn their lives around in a way that makes you end up loving them just as much as their heroines do. I love her books and her characters are always so unique and different. If you haven't read this series yet, you are definitely missing out. I have loved each book of Dover's that I have read, but I have to say that this series has probably been my favorite. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next, and I know I will be reading more from her in the future.

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