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New Release review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

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Title:  The Score

Series:  Off-Campus Book 3

 

Author: Elle Kennedy

Publication Date:   January 11, 2016

Genre: New Adult & College, Sport 

Pages:  Not enough…j/k…there are 350 pages of swoonworthy goodness

 

Rating:  5/5 stars!!!!

 

 

Synopsis:

 

He knows how to score, on and off the ice

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

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

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

 

 

Review:  

 

I have been waiting on this book for what feels like forever!!!  So, I will start my review with a small disclaimer…I love this series!!  Here’s a link to my post on book #2 The Mistake.  It should give you a little indication of how deep my love runs.  J
https://quesarasera1973.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/review-the-mistake-off-campus-book-2-by-elle-kennedy/

 

Listen.  I’ll be honest.  Elle Kennedy would have had to make Dean a priest and Allie a nun and then make then live in a convent in the obscure country of Lesotho (It’s a real country!  I promise.  Google it.)  Since she did not write the book with that scenario, understand that I love love loved it.

So, we met Dean in Book 1, The Deal (Garrett and Hannah’s book).  Dean was the fun-loving, substance-abusing manwhore roommate and fellow hockey teammate of Garrett.  Anytime he was mentioned outside of the hockey rink, he was always with and/or with at least one girl.  However, there was always this implied notion that made Dean was more than what he appeared.

Oh he was!  Dean is this complex man-child who lives life by his own rules doing whatever he wants whenever he wants with very few consequences.  You can’t help but love him from the start.

Allie is Hannah’s best friend and long-time Dean-hater.  She ends up spending a night with him in more ways than one and BAM connection.  She starts to realize there is more to Dean.

I refuse to spoil books for people, because that’s just not nice.  L  I won’t give to many details, but suffice it to say, we get to see the real Dean.  He’s still sexy, funny, sarcastic and free-spirited but what lies beneath the surface is absolutely swoonworthy!  The relationship between Dean and Allie is realistically real.  (That’s not redundant.  I meant to do that.  You’ll see.)

If you haven’t read the whole series, you can jump in with this book, but I recommend reading all of them (I believe if you surf on over to Amazon.com you can find books 1 and 2 at reduced prices.  Do it.  Peer pressure.  Do it now!!  You’ll thank me.)

P.S.  Sorry, Dean, but I will always love Logan more!  <3

 

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New Release Review: Running Wilde by Tonya Burrows

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Title:  Running Wilde

Series: Wilde Security

 

Author: Tonya Burrows

Publisher: Entangled: Ignite

Publication Date:  1/4/2016

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Pages:  190 pages

 

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

 

 

Where to buy:    Amazon   Barnes & Noble

 

Synopsis: All’s fair in lust and seduction…

Lark Warren can never stay one person for too long, so when her past starts to catch up to her, she hops the first bus out of DC, steals a new name, and goes deep into hiding in New Orleans. Unfortunately, all it takes is the wrong set of eyes to blow her cover. Enter Vaughn—the man she once let get too close to her real self.

Ex-Navy SEAL Vaughn Wilde has one objective: drive Lark back to DC to face charges for identity theft—which would be easier if he could forget the three lust-filled weeks he shared with her before she disappeared. With each passing mile, he can’t ignore the heat still sparking between them…or the fact he has led her enemies right to her.

Lark can’t stay with Vaughn, not when it will put him in the crosshairs of the dangerous man she’s spent the last five years running from. But Vaughn is determined to keep her safe—even if it means she’ll run off with his heart all over again.

 

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review:   Holy hotness, people!  Vaughn is all kinds of yummy, sexy goodness.  Wilde Security is a wild (pun intended) ride.

 

In this installment of the Wilde Security series, Vaughan comes home from the SEALs and starts working with his brothers in their security firm.  He can’t get the girl from his past, Lark, out of his head even after all these years.  Lark can’t away from her past either.  Vaughn searches for her and when he finally finds her they play a game of cat and mouse.  They want each other.  They need each other.  But they need to trust each other to come out of this alive.

 

This fast-paced, gritty, sexy novel will keep you up turning pages long into the night.

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New Release Review: Malibu Secrets by M. K. Meredith

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Title: Malibu Secrets
Series: Malibu Sights

Author: M. K. Meredith
Publisher: Entangled: Select Contemporary
Publication Date: December 14, 2015
Format: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 270 pages

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Where to buy:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Every girl has a secret (or two)…
On the verge of losing the Malibu home she inherited from her great-aunt, Addi Dekker is completely failing to prove to her family she can make it as a writer. Not exactly how a girl proves her independence. If she doesn’t want to give up her dream and go back to the soul-sucking job she just left, Addi has to swallow her dislike of Hollywood and rent the house out to the sexy-as-hell film producer.
And maybe (shhhh!) save money by secretly living there, too.
Roque Gallagher is pouring his heart and savings into his first independent film to make the industry acknowledge him for his talent and not just his family name. Addi’s home is perfect for the shoot, but she’s far too tempting. He’s never been able to handle work and a relationship, and this is the film of a lifetime. Between a shrinking budget and his director quitting, the last thing he needs is a sexy-as-sin tease like Addi. And he has a feeling there’s something she’s hiding…

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Malibu Secrets is an enjoyable, sweet romance about two people with something to prove who find they need each other. When their pasts and secrets threaten to ruin things, can they find support in each other?

Addi’s family thinks she’s irresponsible and out of control. Roque wants to make a name for himself in Hollywood without his family’s name or money helping him. Addi needs help to save her inherited house.  Roque needs to make his independent film perfect.  They need each other to succeed in proving their worth to their families, but secrets and lies get in the way.

I liked the book once it finally got going. It was a little slow in the beginning, but the pace picked up nicely as the book went along. Unfortunately, I didn’t really feel the connection between Addi and Roque. It was there, but I think it just needed a little kick.  However, there was a happily ever after that was satisfying, the writing solid and the characters likable.  The plot was unique and that is a good thing.

If you like romance, Hollywood and HEAs, then this book might be for you.

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New Release Review: The Fix Up by Tawna Fenske

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Title:  The Fix up

Series:  First Impressions

 

Author:  Tawna Fenske

Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck

Publication Date:  December 14, 2015

Format: eBook

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Pages:  191 pages

 

Rating:  5/5 stars

 

Where to buy:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble

 

Synopsis:  Uncovering this sexy geek’s charm is easy. Keeping her hands off of him is impossible.

While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto.

Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly’s rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she’s never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she’s just the woman for the job.

With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she’s starting to love?

 

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review:   Who doesn’t love a good nerd to stud story?  (Can’t Buy Me Love anyone?  Does that date me?  Probably.  J )  The Fix Up is sexy story that is full of sexy moments and witty banter that had me swooning one minute and laughing out loud the next.  Plus there is Ben…oh my, Ben!

 

I kind of love Ben.  Okay, not kind of.  I love Ben.  He is one naughty nerd.  He and Holly meet by chance and she agrees to turn him from nerd to hottie.  Holly is a PR specialist and Ben needs one.  He is adorkable and awkward, but under that geeky exterior hides an alpha just waiting to be released.  Perfect right?  Yes.  Yes it was.  There back and forth between Ben and Holly had me laughing out loud.  The attraction between then is hot and sexy.

 

I loved this book and think you will, too.

 

 

 

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New Release Book Review: Kiss Kill Love Him Still

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Title:  Kiss Kill Love Him Still

Series: standalone

Authors:  Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Genre:  New Adult, Mystery & Thrillers

 

Rating:  5/5 stars

 

Where to buy: Available now at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Independent Bookstores

 

Synopsis:  Jackson Landis kept secrets. It’s how he got girls into bed, the grades he wanted, and a reputation for being the life of the party.

But now he’s dead, and no one knows how or why. Especially not the four girls whose secrets he protected. Secrets so scandalous they could cause each girl to lose something valuable. Secrets so dark, someone may have killed for them.

The four girls – a campus drug dealer, an overweight bookworm, a closeted lesbian, and a spoiled princess have one thing in common – they’re terrified the things Jackson knew may not have died with him. As Reggie, Haddie, Val, and Livie try to piece together her own role in Jackson’s death, each girl realizes Jackson had some not-so-pretty skeletons of his own.

Which makes a girl wonder, who really wanted Jackson Landis dead?

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review:   One of the most refreshingly unique books I’ve read this year!

 

Told from four different POVs, Kiss Kill Love Him Still tells the story of Jackson Landis’s death from the prospective of four women who each had a different connection to him, but all loved him.

 

There are so many twists and turns in this book, it’s like an episode of Pretty Little Liars in your head.  Each of the four women were involved with Jackson in different ways (but telling you how would ruin the book for you).  By the time you are finished with the book, your head will be spinning.

 

If you are looking for something different, unique and highly-entertaining, then run out and get this book ASAP!

 

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New Release Book Review: More Than Once by Elizabeth Briggs

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Title:  More Than Once

Series: Chasing Dreams #4

Author: Elizabeth Briggs

Publisher: Victory Editing

Publication Date: 12/1/2015

Genre:  New Adult and College Romance

 

Rating:  5/5 stars

 

Where to buy:

Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

 

Synopsis:   She’s trying to be good. He loves it when she’s bad.

Andrew West is done being the nice guy. After a marriage proposal gone wrong, he’s started over in a new city and he’s never risking his heart again.

Becca Collins is done being the bad girl. After quitting the band she played bass for, she’s going to prove to her family that she’s really changed.

When Becca’s dumped by her boyfriend and fired from her job on Christmas Eve, all seems lost, until she runs into a former one night stand—Andrew. To impress her parents, Becca convinces him to pretend to be her perfect boyfriend for their holiday dinner.

After Andrew shows Becca he’s all bad boy in the bedroom, neither wants to pretend anymore. But when Becca’s invited to rejoin her band for a show and Andrew’s forced to face his ex, they both wonder if they’re ready to take a leap again—or if they’re doomed to fail in life and love a second time.

**A stand-alone holiday novel in the Chasing The Dream series!***

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review:   Andrew and Becca…gah, I loved them!! This book was so much more than I expected. A story of self-discovery and finding love. Andrew and Becca both suffer heartbreak and lose their sense of self. One night leaves an impression and leaves them wanting more. They go their separate ways but reconnect unexpectedly and begin a journey to find themselves in each other. I loved it! (I really need to read the first three books!)

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New Release Book Review: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

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Title:  Corrupt

Series: standalone

Author: Penelope Douglas

Publication Date: 11/15/2015

Genre:  Dark Romance

 

Rating:  5/5 stars

 

Where to buy:

 

Amazon.com

 

Synopsis:   From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Douglas comes a new dark romance… 

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I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He’s handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid…For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore.

Because he’s finally noticed me.

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Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.

Unprotected.

The opportunity is too good to be true, as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out.

We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

*Corrupt is a STANDALONE dark romance with no cliffhanger. It is suitable for ages 18+.

 

Review:  Penelope Douglas does dark romance like no other.  The author of the Fall Away series (Bully, Rival, Until You, Falling Away, and Aflame – if you haven’t read them, go do it…NOW…I’m serious!  Get your hands on those books…well, after you read this one.)

 

Corrupt is a dark romance…seriously, dark.  But oh, so good!!  Rika has secretly loved Michael for years, but was pushed together with his brother instead.  Michael shows no interest in Rika, until one night he takes her along with him and his friends for a night of mischief.  Michael and his friends are the town’s golden boys, practically untouchable.  Rika jumps at the chance, but things go badly.  Things happen (I can’t tell you what because I don’t want to spoil the mystery).  Three years pass and the boys return for revenge…on Rika.  What develops is a mysterious story of love, hate, misplaced blame and revenge…lots and lots of revenge.  Oh, and there is a deep, dark, forbidden romance, because it wouldn’t be a Penelope Douglas novel without a bit of dark romance and angry sex.

 

Warning…this is not a sweet, romantic book.  There are dark themes, borderline behavior and some steamy sex scenes.  I would not recommend this book for anyone under 18.

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Book Review: Better When He’s Brave by Jay Crownover

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Title:  Better When He’s Brave

Series: Welcome to the Point # 3

Author: Jay Crownover

Publication Date:  August 11, 2015

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Pages:  352 pages

 

Rating:  4/5 stars

 

Synopsis:  In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover’s third novel in her sexy, thrilling Welcome to the Point series, a woman’s search for repentance leads her to the one man from her past she can’t forget as they join forces to save their city—and the explosive love neither can live without.

Titus King has always seen his world in black and white. There is a firm right and wrong in his mind, which is why as a teenager he left behind the only family he’d ever known to make a better life for himself. Now a police detective in one of the worst cities in the country, he can’t deny his life has turned into a million different shades of gray.

The new criminal element in The Point has brought vengeance and destruction right to Titus’s front door, and walking the straight and narrow seems far less important now. The difference between right and wrong is nothing compared to keeping those he loves alive. To add to his already strained moral compass, the beautiful and mysterious Reeve Black has made her way back to town. This girl might be as dangerous to Titus as the guy trying to destroy the Point but he can’t walk away because he needs her—in more ways than one.

Reeve knows all about the threat trying to destroy The Point. She knows how ruthless, how vicious, and how cruel this new danger can be… and instead of running away, she wants to help. Reeve knows that she has a lot to repent for and saving the city, plus the hot cop that she hasn’t been able to forget might just be the only way she can finally find some inner peace.

With an entire city poised on the brink of war, Titus and Reeve stand in the crossfire—and it will take two brave souls to fight for the ultimate love.

 

Review:   I like the Welcome to the Point series better than the Marked Men series.  There.  I said it.  So shoot me.  😉

 

I have now read all three books and I can’t wait for more.  I REALLY want Booker’s story.

Better When He’s Brave is Titus’s story.  Titus the mostly straight arrow cop who tries his darndest to keep the people of the point safe from all the big bad.  His brother, Bax, and Bax’s friend, Race, are part of the big bad, but they are also family and have this sort of agreement with Titus.  However, someone is threatening Titus and more importantly, the girl Titus cares about, Reeve.

There is a lot of threatening.  A lot of I want you but I don’t.  Even more I want you, so why don’t you want me.  A few murder attempts, some bodily harm and a lot of serious danger.  Of course, there is the romance between Titus and Reeve to tie it all together.  Titus and Reeve are my favorite of all the couples in the Welcome to the Point series.  I think it’s because Titus is more real that Race and Bax and his reactions are more real.

Better When He’s Brave is the best of the series and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

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New Release Book Review: Tell Me You Need Me (Search and Seduce) by Joya Ryan

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Title:  Tell Me You Need Me (Search and Seduce)

 

Author: Joya Ryan

Publisher: Entangled Brazen

Publication Date: 11/16/2015

 

Genre:  Adult Contemporary

Pages:  132 pages

 

Rating:  4/5 stars

 

Where to buy:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

 

Synopsis:       A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Playing dirty can be the best kind of fun…

Chloe Franklin wouldn’t call herself a commitment-phobe, so much as she’s allergic to anything long term. She loves the sexy, sweaty, and intensely hot hours of the night that come before the sun rises, though. Especially when those nights are spent with Search-and-Rescuer Gage McGraw…

Gage loves his job, but there is one thing he’s starting to like more than the rush of a mission—a stacked blonde with a mouth that haunts his dreams. Every time he steps foot in the sleepy town of Beaufort, he hooks up with Chloe. But he’s tired of hooks-ups. He wants more.

Just the sight of Gage gets Chloe’s blood going. Hot, bothered, and finally naked, she’s ready for their night to start. But before he takes her, he whispers what his intentions really are…and then the games really begin.

 

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

                                    

Review:   Tell Me You Need Me is a steamy hot read from Joya Ryan.  Chloe and Gage hook up whenever he is in town, but he wants more.  Her…not so much.  The back and forth between the two characters was laugh out loud funny.  This is a short read at just 132 pages, but those pages are filled with fun, romance, and some serious hotness.

 

 

 

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New Release Review: The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

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Title:  The Game Plan

Series:  Game On #3

Author: Kristen Callihan

Publication Date: November 1, 2015

Pages:  323 pages

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

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

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

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

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Review:   The Game Plan is the third book in the Game On series and features Dex’s and Fiona’s story.

This is a bit different than the other books in the series.  When I read it, there was constant feeling of a quiet storm on the horizon.  I knew something was going to happen, but I was just too engrossed to see it coming.

There is instalust between Dex and Fi, and if you have read any of my previous reviews, you know how much I despise the whole instalust/instalove thing in books.  But here it worked.  It worked because the characters had history and because Dex has been harboring secret feelings for Fi for quite some time.  When these two characters get together its explosive but not in a blow things up kind of way, more in a my-heart-might-explode-from-the-emotion kind of way.  The pace of the book was almost perfect and the ending was just right.  Oddly enough, this series is like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  The Hook-Up (book 1) was Mama Bear, The Friend Zone (book 2) was Papa Bear and this book was Baby Bear…just right.

The Game Plan is a sweet and sensual read that you won’t want to put down.  There is a HEA and a satisfying epilogue that seals the deal.