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Review of Devil’s Cut (The Bourbon Kings Book 3)

This third book in the Bourbon Kings series delivers a satisfying conclusion to the complex challenges faced by the Bradford family. The mystery is solved and unfinished business is resolved. This series is really good. One of the best I’ve read in a long time. So much suspense.  Bourbon, horse racing, murder, complicated relationships, and wealth set the stage for a page turner. J.R. Ward delivers another hit.

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Review of To Have and to Harley: Bikers and Brides #1 by Regina Cole

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4 of 5 stars

Bikers and Brides: it shouldn’t have worked, but it really did! The basic premise of this story is that Trey, the leader of a motorcycle club called the Iron Shadows, unwittingly becomes involved in the planning of his long-lost sister’s wedding, and recruits his fellow club members to help him out. His co-planner, Bethany, suspects that he isn’t really a wedding planner at all, and seeks to reveal him as a fraud to his newfound family. Of course, it’s not a spoiler to say that they end up falling for each other instead.

I don’t read a lot of MC books, and this concept is most definitely different than any MC  I’ve  read before. Reading about guys named Wolf, Ace, Flash and Doc try to figure out how to create invitations and assemble wedding favors was quite enjoyable. It should have been ridiculous, but Ms. Cole really makes you picture it and like what you see!

Every story has conflict, and a lot of it can be avoided if the characters just talked to each other. In this story, practically everybody is lying to everybody else, and it almost makes you roll your eyes and say “For Pete’s sake, just tell each other the truth already!”

I especially enjoyed getting to know the members of Trey’s biker gang, and anticipate each of them having their own Bikers and Brides book in the future.

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Review of: Love Like Ours (Sugar Lake #3) by Melissa Foster

 4 out of 5 stars

Love Like Ours was such a treat! So much so, it should come in a Sweetie Pie Bakery box!

The Dalton family returns in this third book of the Sugar Lake series. This time, it’s Talia’s story. The careful professor has been hesitant to date, but her sisters aren’t having it.  This loving tale reminds us that we never know what anyone else is going through in their personal lives. Will Derek’s interesting career choice become a deal breaker? It’s always hard to resist the magic of her mother’s love potions (much to the eye rolls of the family).

Melissa’s descriptions and word choice for character dialog is so realistic, you really get to know the characters and their different personalities. I smiled and giggled many times throughout the book. So many amusing scenes.  The romance is off the chart in this one. Page after page, I got sucked in and lost track of time! Another great piece of this book is how Derek’s drawings create a vivid mental picture of important moments of their story. So clever!

I hope we see more in this series because I would LOVE to know what will happen with Piper, and if Ben and Aurelia ever get their acts together. Will Fletch find a love interest? I’d also enjoy reading more about the success of Derek’s business venture in the future. So many places to go with this intriguing family.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“I don’t know, Teach. Is this like when adults offer kids candy to take a ride in their van? I’m smart. You’ve got to show me the candy first.”

“You can trust me to be careful with your heart.”

“Which one called you–the sugar pusher, the not-so-sweet mama, or the one who thinks s** is a breakfast entree?”  (this cracked me up)

“Life is short,” India said. “We capture the good times when we can.”

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Review of: Only for You (Sugar Lake #2) by Melissa Foster

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I love Melissa Foster’s books! She had me at Treat Braden! I loved the Love in Bloom Series and now made my way through her newest Sugar Lake books. I can’t wait for Book 3!! These characters are so wonderful and the stories keep you turning pages. I was rooting for them the whole way! I need more!

 

 

 

 

 

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Review of Dare Me Once (Angel Fire Falls Book 1) by Shelly Alexander

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have enjoyed Ms. Alexander’s writing in the past, but I think this is my favorite of her books. Start with a single dad of a special needs son, add in a supportive family and watch what happens when a beautiful young woman takes refuge in the family’s resort as a way to hide from her past.

Every story has a moment of conflict, so the characters can deal with it and get their happily ever after. I really dislike when the conflict is the result of a “misunderstanding,” and either one or both of the characters overreact. I sometimes see the situation coming and it always makes me cringe. There was no such issue in this story. Lily had a secret, and we always knew that Trace and his family would find out about it, most likely not from Lily herself; what we didn’t know was how they would resolve it so they could be free to have their happy ending.

Having a special needs son myself, I could relate to Trace struggling to care for his child and often feeling like he wasn’t doing enough for him. I enjoyed getting to know Trace’s brothers, seeing them work together to support their family’s business, and I look forward to Elliot and Spencer’s stories as the Angel Fire Falls series continues.

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Review of: The Fine Art of Faking It (Blue Moon Book 6) by Lucy Score

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Another fantastic visit to Blue Moon. This book was a combination of my two favorite types of stories: second chance romance and fake relationship, with the usual Blue Moon zaniness, swoon-worthy sexy times and laugh out loud moments that Lucy Score does better than anyone.

I love catching up with the other members of our favorite community and getting to see what they’ve been up to since the last book, but the stars of this show are Davis and Eden. They have a complicated history, which is something I always love, as well as a complicated present, since their families have been feuding for the past 50 years!

They are forced to spend time together through the shenanigans of the well-meaning but often ridiculous Beautification Committee. Things don’t go as planned, of course, but we are all better off for it!

Being a big fan of origin stories (especially Lucy’s Where It All Began, the Blue Moon prequel), I especially loved the bonus epilogue. Here’s hoping there’s plenty more Blue Moon in our future!

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Review of: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Love and Other WordsI don’t give many books 5 stars. This book is SO GOOD. Wonderfully written. I was eager to find out what happened next, turning page after page.  Many great memorable quotes. My heart was heavy and my eyes were nearly tearful the entire time. At the end, tears streamed down my face. Everyone needs an Elliot :). I’m going to read this one again because it is that good.  A wonderfully rare find.

P.S. I read this digitally, and had to go get the hard copy because I needed it on my shelf.

Definitely Recommend!

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