Romance

Book Review: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

4 of 5 stars

Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward team up to bring us an enjoyable story of two people finding their soul mate.  The story moved along and didn’t drag you down with tedious transition details. The main characters have easy to like personalities that come through in the writing. I read this one in two days.

**Potential Spoilers**

Here is the set up. Charlotte recently went through a breakup and had to also leave her job. She brings her wedding dress to a second-hand store and leaves with another dress she couldn’t walk away from. Inside the dress is a blue note from a man to his bride to be. Charlotte embarks on a journey to find this man. And so the story unfolds. Reed is successful in the field of real estate. He recently went through his own break up and is adamant he will not enter into another relationship (you’ll have to read to find out why). After meeting Charlotte, this all changes.

You’ll enjoy this one!

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Book Review Halfway to The Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost

 

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If you’ve seen my Goodreads “read” shelf, you’ll notice I have an affinity for vampire romance. Why? Not exactly sure except they are usually action packed, and drag you into a different world for a while. Here are comments on my most recent find.

You had me at “Hallo, Kitten”! This book is so action-packed and there is no “good place to stop”. Very hard to put down! The plot moves along at just the right pace. I really liked the dialog and snarky comments from the characters. Shall I say it really sucks you in? 🙂 I couldn’t resist.

Quick summary: Cat is half human and half vampire. She has dedicated her life to hunting vampires (I won’t tell you how she became a half-breed, or why she hunts them, you’ll have to read to find out). The good stuff starts when she gets tangled with one captivating Master Vamp. Her adventures, private moments, and close calls keep this story moving. I never like to write too much about the plot of stories because isn’t that why we read, to see how it unfolds?  I know, this story may sound far-fetched, but this book will grab your attention.

I’m already through book 2 and started book 3. Will add a “roundup” post when i’m through with the series. I might have to read slow because I am really enjoying these books.

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Review of “The One You Fight For” (The Ones Who Got Away Book 3) by Roni Loren

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The One You Fight For is the third book in a very interesting and unique series. The stories revolve around a group of four women – Olivia, Rebecca, Taryn and Kincaid –  who are survivors of a school shooting. They come together ten years later, during the filming a documentary about the tragedy. The first book, The Ones Who Got Away, was very good, and the second book, The One You Can’t Forget, was even better. I was very excited to read this third installment.

The couple in this story has a giant obstacle in the way of them getting their Happily Ever After: Taryn’s little sister Nia was killed in the shooting, and Shaw’s brother Joseph was one of the shooters. Of course, when they first meet, neither of them knows who the other is. When they discover their shared history, it’s too late because an emotional connection has been made. The solution? Call it a temporary fling, (Sure, because that always turns out the way it’s supposed to!)

Even though this story deals with a very heavy subject, it is surprisingly sexy and often funny. It’s full of twists and turns, and has a great cast of characters. It starts off a bit slowly, because there’s quite a bit of background to get through before the action really starts. It’s worth hanging in there for, though, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Kincaid’s story is the only one left to tell, and I have a feeling Roni Loren saved the best for last!

Thanks to #netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this title.

Buy The One You Fight For on Amazon

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Free book alert!

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I’ve blogged about one of my favorite authors, Penny Reid, before. In case you missed it, you can read my Author Spotlight here.

At that time, her wonderful book, Beauty and the Mustache, was free. If you didn’t get hooked at that time, you’ve got another opportunity! The book that started it all for me, Truth or Beard, is now free! Download it on Amazon here.

Please do yourself a favor and download this book, even if you don’t have time to read it now. You’ll have time to read it later, and you won’t regret it! It will start you down the road to becoming a member of the Penny-verse, and it’s a fun place to be!

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Hoops Holiday release day

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So the thing you need to know about Kennedy Ryan is that she writes books that deal with DEEP subjects. You don’t read a Kennedy Ryan book for a feel-good romance. You read a Kennedy Ryan book for real people dealing with real, heavy subjects…and to see them overcome their difficulties.

The first KR book I read was Long Shot. Wow, is that an amazing book but boy, it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s not your average romance book. Without spoiling anything, it deals with a pretty heavy subject, but it’s also a story full of hope.

Hoops Holiday includes a novella called Full-Court Press, which is a continuation of Kennedy Ryan’s Hoop series. It also includes some extras from both Long shot and Hoop Shot. I love authors offer us bonus content that can’t be found anywhere else! (Makes me feel special!)

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New Release Monday: Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Ryan

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HOOPS Holiday, a Christmas bundle featuring all-new, never-before-published content by Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

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MacKenzie Decker was a question Avery never got to ask, much less answer.

They met when she was a young reporter fueled by ambition, and the ink on Deck’s first NBA contract was barely dry. Years later, they’ve climbed so high and lost so much, but one thing hasn’t changed. The attraction that simmered between them in a locker room before is still there. With success like theirs, everything has been possible . . .

except them.

But that was then.

The only question is…what about now?

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Grab your copy today for only 99¢ or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2S1Q20Q

Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/HoopsHoliday

Add HOOPS Holiday to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2EU5RVg

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Review of “My Favorite Half-Night Stand” by Christina Lauren

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5 of 5 virtual stars

“I have never read anything like this.”

I say the same thing every time I finish a book by Christina Lauren.

I said it about Roomies. I said it about Beautiful Stranger. I said it about Love and Other Words.

It’s a pattern.

The premise of Half-Night Stand may be familiar to you: two people, who have been friends for years, realize that they’re in love with each other.

I have read some terrific Friends-to-Lovers books:

Head Over Heels by Serena Bell

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

Some Sort of Crazy by Melanie Harlow

But I have never read a FtoL book like this.

The main characters are Millie and Reid. And Ed. And Alex. And Chris. A friend group that includes four guys and one girl. At first, I thought, oh no, I’ll never keep track of that many main characters. But I did!

Chris has it all together.

Alex is a player.

Ed is a 30-year-old kid who only has beer in his fridge, and answers the door in his bathrobe. (Ed is my spirit animal!)

Reid is loyal, and hard-working, and passionate.

And then there’s Millie. She’s quirky, and closed off, and not comfortable talking about her feelings. (Millie. Is. Me!)

These five friends are generally satisfied with their lives. They have jobs that they enjoy, they have a group of good friends, they have a comfortable routine. The shenanigans begin when one of them decides that they should bring a “plus-one” to an upcoming event, and figure the best way to find one is by using a dating app. This is very relevant to today’s environment, as it seems to be the only way to find a partner in this day and age. (I love that this book delves into this topic, as I’ve had some experience with online dating in the past few months, and I haven’t found many books that even bring it up as an option! People in books seem to meet other people “the old-fashioned way.”)

Each of the friends has a different experience with the dating app, called IRL. When Millie is matched with one of her best friends, she starts to look at her relationship with that friend in a different light.

I always see something new when I read Christina Lauren book. We see the group text conversations among the gang, each accompanied by an icon of each character. I’m a very visual person, so it helped my brain to have a picture to connect with each member of the friend group. This is unique, and fun, and very Christina Lauren.

With every CL book I read, I fall more in love with the style of this writing duo. They are clever, the sexy times are steamy, and they always make me cry at some point. If you haven’t read a Christina Lauren book yet, please pick one up and be sure to tell me what you think!!

Buy My Favorite Half-Night Stand on Amazon