Sheets and Secrets ~ Book Review

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Sheets and Secrets

by Liv Moore

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Ellie has realized becoming a stay at home writer has proven to be more challenging than rewarding. Living on the outskirts of the city with no potential job on the horizon, Ellie is left with too much time on her hands and not enough money. When a spot opens up at the strip club down the street where her roommate works, she jumps at the opportunity. Plus, she is in desperate need of some writing inspiration.
What could possibly go wrong?

Kason has dated the wrong type of women his entire life. Being a cop, he’s seen what goes on in the background of the clubs. After what happened years ago, he swore he would never get involved with a stripper ever again.
Until he meets Ellie.

Will Ellie be able to keep Kason and her job a secret? Will Kason run away from his past, or accept it and let Ellie in?

Will danger find them tangled between their sheets and secrets?

*Sheets and Secrets is a STANDALONE novella with some violence, suspense, sexual conduct, and language. As always, a HEA. Ages 18+ only.


My Review: 4 Stars

Good debut novel by a new to me author. I think it’s best described as a romantic thriller.  I really liked the writing style. The characters were engaging and held my attention. The story line is easy to follow. Good quick read with HEA. I would recommend.

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With Him by T.N. Williams ~ Book Review

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With Him

by T.N. Williams

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Blurb:

Leah is running to escape her life full of lies, secrets, and abuse. She’s running to find herself again, and letting nothing get in her way. That is until Dace gives her no other choice but to stay. Will her past let her break free, or will his past break her completely?

How can she truly trust a man she barely knows and trust her own feelings after being closed off for so long. Can Dace be enough to show her how to love again. Will Leah be able to find her happiness with him?

This is a standalone novella. The following story contains strong language, mature themes, and sexual situations. This story is intended for adult readers.


My Review: 4 Stars

Good book with a fast pace. It has an interesting story line with complicated characters. If you’re looking for a short story with and unexpected twist and no cliff hanger, this is worth the read.

Infinity ~ Book Review

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by Jo-Anne Joseph

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Blurb:

LEAH
He came into my life expectedly.
Falling in love with him was not part of my plan.
But I did, deeply and irrevocably.
It was both the worst and best decision of my life.
But he gave me no choice but to walk away.
I spent my life since justifying it with being young and immature. But I knew it wasn’t true.
When he reentered my life by chance at a time when nothing made sense, I thought fate was playing a cruel joke.
He saved me.
He destroyed me.
But unknowingly, he revived me.

LEO

Falling in love with her was never in my plans.
I had plans, big ones, but she became everything.
I lost her, and along with her, my willingness to love and be loved.
I swore I’d never again give my heart to anyone.
When we’re thrown together once more, I know fate is messing with me.
But when I laid my eyes on her again, all I wanted to do was give.
I wanted to give so much more than I had to offer.


My Review: 5 Stars

Very Emotional story.  Leah & Leo are not your normal best friend’s little sister union.  This is a story of how a first love can stand the tests of time, even through distance and space.  There is so much I wish I could say, but it’ll give the story away.

So I’ll just say this…I sat for four and a half hours nonstop reading this heart wrenching story.  As sleepy as I was, I could not stop reading.  There are some books where you can stop and come back to later and this, for me, is not one of them.  The characters are easy to relate to.  The story line flows well, is believable and will have you rooting for the main characters throughout.  I cried myself awake, yes awake.  Definite must read by a new to me Author.  Great Debut!

An Amorous Dance ~ Book Review

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An Amorous Dance

[The Rabourn Theater 2]
(BookStrand Publishing Mainstream)

by: Jessica Lauryn

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Blurb:

When Hannah Rabourn, daughter of Rabourn Theater’s late owner, is attacked, a surge of flashes prompts her to consider that her father may have been murdered. Hannah’s antagonistic stage director insists her subconscious is merely seeking closure. But as she and Evan become close once again, Hannah’s suspicions about the past deepen, and she wonders whether the man she’s falling in love with for the second time knows more than he’s letting on.

Evan Masters’s dreams were shattered when theater-owner Baron Rabourn destroyed his budding acting career. Having forged an alliance with Rabourn’s former partner, Evan assumed a mission to transform Rabourn Theater into what it always should have been. Fellow conspirators believe Rabourn’s daughter is the key to power, and Evan is the means by which to achieve their ends.

But Evan’s feelings for Hannah are stronger than he believed. And when he realizes Hannah’s life is in danger, he must decide between his passion and his heart.

 **An Amorous Dance, and all stories in The Rabourn Theater Series, are stand-alone titles**

My Review:

First, let me begin by saying, I’ve never read theatrical suspense. I’m skeptical about whether or not It’ll hold my attention.

Hannah & Evan share a love that neither one of them are willing to admit to. They’re both equally passionate about the theater which, both draws suspicion and keeps that spark alive between them. I loved the way they didn’t want to love and the way they hated. The tension between them is palpable. I felt like I was in every scene.

In the beginning, there are many characters introduced; but as the story goes on I began to understand why. Pay close attention, because each character has a purpose. The author did a great job making each character seem as if they were in some way involved in Hannah’s father’s death. It’s very well written. It definitely kept me intrigued until the end.

For those looking for a good suspense novel to keep you guessing, with intense romance; I definitely recommend. Are you a fan of the theater? Yes? Then, you must read this book!

The Corner Office – Review

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 The Corner Office by Katerina Baker

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Tara Johnson’s sacrifices are about to pay off: a senior executive at thirty-five at a Fortune 500 company, she’s one of the two finalists in line for a Managing Director position. Unfortunately, her rival of fifteen years, the charming, infuriating Richard Boyd, is just as qualified, and unlike her, he’s willing to cross pretty much every line to get what he wants.

Of all the things Tara stored in the attic to make it to the top, it’s her personal life she misses the most. That is, until she starts a steamy affair with sex god Aidan, her direct report. Interoffice relationships with a subordinate can mean the end of a career, and when Richard finds out, it’s the perfect opportunity to take his high-heeled nemesis out, especially since he’s still nursing a grudge against Tara for rejecting him years ago.

But Tara’s increasingly domineering lover has his own dark secrets, endangering more than just her career. As her liaison spirals out of control, salvation will come from the man she always thought she hated, and perhaps the only one to truly understand her.


My Review:

This is your average office romance with a twist I did not expect.  It’s one of those stories where you think one thing is going to happen and then it doesn’t.  Tara & Richard are both very strong willed characters who are up for the same position.  Their relationship, I wouldn’t call it hate, but definitely not love.  Tara’s budding relationship with Aidan is the opposite.  Their relationship proves that while office romances can be fun and exciting, they can cause more problems than not.  Tara, as strong as she is, is not perfect.  She makes mistakes, just like the rest.  I like that the author focused on women’s rights in the workplace.  I loved the meetings and encouragement.  If you’re looking for an easy read that focuses on women in the workplace, this is the one.  I enjoyed reading it  It’s definitely not what I expected.

Back On Track Series – Book Review

Perfect Timing: Back on Track Book One by [Layne, JC]

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Jes Harper loves her life. Being the production assistant for one of the most sought after producers in the music industry, Brett Winters, she gets to spend her time doing what she loves – listening to music. Working with the musicians is fun, too, but after being burned by them twice before in love, she’s sworn them off for anything more than friends. But, Brett’s best friend is back in town and perfect in every way, and he could change her mind…if she’d just let him.

Mitch Lansing has lived the musician life – the drugs, the women, the partying – but he’s over that now. At 40, you tend to want to settle down, even if you’re a musician. He’s happy to be back home with his best friend, Brett, and recording his own music. One look at Brett’s assistant and he knows he’s found the perfect woman for him…if he can just convince her of that.

When coming on strong doesn’t work, Mitch decides to take it slow and vows to not give up. Day by day, piece by piece, he chips away at the wall around Jes’s heart. Can he prove to her that not all musicians are the same? Or will a ghost from his past ruin everything for them both? The other musicians from her past broke her heart…Mitch could shatter it completely.


My Review:

Jes & Mitch are both strong willed characters.  Neither one of them is willing to give in to the other at first.  I could relate to Jess’ character, having been hurt before.  Mitch is fun and flirty and crazed.  He’s a musician.  Fanning myself.  I had no problems following the story line.  Overall this was a good start to the series.

Purchase Link: Perfect Timing B1




Missing a Beat: Book Two of the Back on Track Series by [Layne, JC]

Missing a Beat: B2 (Back on Track Series) by JC Layne 

How can life be so unfair?

Mitch finally got the girl of his dreams. Jes finally realized that not all rock stars were the same. Finally, life seems to be back on track for them both, until a force hell bent on tearing them apart deals a devastating blow.

Now, Jes has been wounded badly and is fighting for her life. Mitch is afraid that just when he has found the one, she will be taken from him. A ghost from his past has reappeared and is trying to take the most precious thing in his life. He won’t allow it to happen, he can’t.

As they wait for news of Jes’s fate, Mitch, Brett and Becca will stop at nothing to make sure that whoever is responsible for her attack is caught. But this ghost has more sinister plans; plans that can change their lives forever. Can they stop her before she finishes the job?


My Review:

This is an interesting followup to the first book in the series. It took an unexpected turn.  Unlike the first book, this one is more intense. The characters are a little more developed. It’s a love story with a little bit of thrill. It’s an enjoyable read.

Purchase Link: Missing A Beat B2

Caden – Review

 
 
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Cover Model: Jonny Sobel
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Cover designer: Rebecca Pau from The Final Wrap
 
 
Caden

 

I knew she was the one the moment I laid eyes on her.

 

She’s everything I’ve ever wanted, and I never dreamed of
finding her in my hometown. Savannah Owens seems lost and wants to find a place
where she feels as if she belongs. What she doesn’t realize is she’s already
found it. When I uncover a long buried secret, I know it’ll change everything
Savannah and I have. Secrets never stay hidden, and once the truth about
Savannah’s past is revealed, I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her and make her
mine forever.
Savannah 

 

All I’ve ever wanted was to find a place where I belong. 

 

A place that I actually fit in and don’t feel like an
outsider. When I met Caden Harlow, I thought I found my home. He’s everything I
need to make my life seem almost perfect. No matter how much I try to stay
away, something always pulls me back to him. But the urge to get the answers
I’ve longed for, outweighs my feelings for him. I have to find the truth, if
only to put an end to my insecurity of never being wanted and truly loved. 


*** This can be read as a standalone. *** 
 

       
 
Book #1: Carter
The Harlow Brothers Series (Standalone)


 

Carter

She was the one for me.

The one that I knew would be mine forever until I made the biggest mistake. I pushed her away and I’ve regretted that decision ever since. I’ve tried to move on, tried to put the memory of her behind me, but she’s always consuming my thoughts. Now, she’s back in our hometown, trying to rebuild a new life. I know she’s keeping secrets. She tries to hide them from me, and I will do whatever it takes to prove that I’m the one she needs. Because Shelby Ross is the other part of me that I can’t live without and I refuse to let her go again. 

Shelby

He broke my heart.

I never thought I would be able to pick of the pieces he left behind. When he let me go, I ran away from it all, thinking it was the easiest thing to do. But, running has a price and I’ve paid it in full for years. Now, I’m back where it all began, back to putting my life together and starting over. It should’ve been easy, but Carter Harlow is reawakening long buried emotions that I thought were gone. He wants to make me his again. I can’t let that happen. He ruined me, broke me, and I’m afraid I’ll never survive it a second time around.

 



 
 
Brie Paisley is a
small town gal from Mississippi. She always wanted to write at a young age and
was always filling journals with her thoughts and short stories. Brie started
with the idea of Worshipped a year ago and with the encouragement of her husband
and sister in law, she was able to write her first book. When she is not
writing, you can find her reading a good book, painting, scrapbooking, or
watching a good movie with her husband and her boxer.


 
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My Review:

It’s rare to find two people so much alike that get along so well. I’m a stickler for accents. So the first time Caden spoke, I knew I would love it. I know I can’t actually hear him, but I can imagine. Caden is sweet, strong, loving, almost perfect and he would do anything to win the woman of his dreams. Savannah is broken, strong willed, and confused. She tries hard to resist the pull between them. You should definitely read this book. It’s full of shock and awe. You will fall in love with the Harlowe brothers and will definitely want more.

I received an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Say You’ll Stay – Book Review

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NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY & WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER

From New York Times Bestseller, Corinne Michaels, comes a new second chance standalone romance.

One word.

Stay.
It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was seventeen years ago.

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .


My Review:

I want to start by saying, Wow! A word I don’t use lightly.  I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this book.  How often do you get a second chance at love?

A word of caution…I listened to this book on audible.  I would advise to anyone listening, to not listen to the beginning while driving.  It is a very emotional beginning.  I loved Zach and Presley’s story.  I cried, I laughed, and I got angry.  I even dreamed a little.  This book caused so many different emotions.  It’s believable and I felt like a fly on the wall.  I didn’t agree with the way Presley handled a certain situation, but that’s life.  I loved Zach’s accent.  Who doesn’t like a good ranch man?  If you don’t mind a good cry in the midst of all the laughter, you will not be disappointed.

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The Playmate – Book Review

The Play Mate by [Ryan, Kendall] The Play Mate (Roommates) (Volume 2) by Kendall Ryan

His best friend’s little sister is all grown up … and ready to play in a whole new way.

Smith Hamilton has it all—he’s smart, good-looking and loaded. But he remembers a time when he had nothing and no one, so he’s not about to mess up, especially with his best friend’s little sister. That means keeping Evie at arm’s length … even though the once pesky little girl is now a buxom bombshell. A sexy blonde who pushes his self-control to the limit the night she crawls into bed with him.

Evie Reed knows she’s blessed—with an exclusive education, a family who loves her, and a new job managing social media for her family’s lingerie company. But she wants more, like a reason to wear the sexy lingerie herself. She has just the man in mind to help with that. She’s crushed on Smith forever. Surely tricking her way into his bed will force him to see her in a new, adult way.

Except that when Evie’s plan leads to disaster, she and Smith must decide—ignore the attraction sizzling between them, or become play mates and risk it all.

Don’t miss this sexy friends-to-lovers romp—get your copy of The Play Mate today! This is book 2 in the Roommates series from NY Times bestseller Kendall Ryan, but each book can be read as a complete standalone as they all feature brand new couples to fall in love with.

Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/2rWZXu8


My Review:

Evie and Smith’s story is entertaining, especially the way it all began. This is a good best friends to lovers story. Their back and forth relationship will make you laugh. It’s an enjoyable read.

 

Clemency – Book Review

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Clemency by Leah Parker

They say everything happens for a reason. I say that’s a lie.

What reason would there be for one of the only people I love to die?

On the day of her best friend’s funeral, Gaia Terrone meets QuillenJacobs in the most unusual of circumstances. When Gaia makes the decision to follow after Quillen, she had no idea just how far she’d be following him.

Determined to learn more about her, Quillen sets out to capture Gaia’s heart, but the guilt of the past holds him back.

When the truth is finally exposed, Quillen is faced with the reality that it may be too late. With the truth of their pasts threatening to keep them apart, Quillen fights to capture the heart of the woman whose eyes haunt him at night.

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Leah resides on the coast of Massachusetts. She’s been an avid reader since fourth grade when she fell in love with the “Dear America” books and Harry Potter. When she’s not writing, she’s likely reading. Though she doesn’t much believe in fantasy, she does make an exception for all things Disney. Leah received a degree in psychology this past May, and she has absolutely no idea what she wants to do with it. She enjoys wine, Italian food, candles, coffee, and being outside.

She hates cold weather, long pants, staying in one place for too long, and going to bed (though she does love sleeping.) Leah has always had a passion for writing, but it wasn’t until the Winter of 2015 that she finally got an idea in her head for her first novel, Clemency, which she wrote the following Summer. She is currently working on her second novel.

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My Review:

Very good debut novel. Gaia & Quillen’s relationship is…complicated. Their pasts are troubling. Their connection was not instant, but was one that grew from a friendship. Their story and the background behind it, is real and draws you in little by little. The author did a great job relaying this story. It touched on several different issues that people can relate to, and the eye opening ending was one that even I didn’t foresee coming. You should definitely give it a try.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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