Publisher: Momentum Books

Guest Review: Wish List by Belinda Williams

Posted May 25, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Wish List by Belinda WilliamsReviewer: Tracy
Wish List by Belinda Williams
Series: City Love #4
Publisher: Momentum Books
Publication Date: May 26th 2016
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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three-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Could the wrong man on paper be the perfect man in real life?

Cate Harmon likes lists. While this may serve her well as a financial planner, her girlfriends think that creating a checklist for her ideal man is going a step too far. But she has one, and she’s sticking to it.
Cate has always dreamed of starting a family and settling down and yet she’s the only one of her close knit friendship group still unattached. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to lower her standards.

Enter Dave, a reformed bad boy with gorgeous hair and eyes the wrong color. Dave doesn’t tick any of the boxes on Cate’s list. It’s unthinkable that she would develop feelings for him, and yet … Cate finds herself being drawn to Dave in a way she’s never felt before.

Will Cate confront the reasons behind her list? Or will she risk losing a man who could be better than any list she could ever dream up.

Cate is the last single woman in her group of friends. She feels a bit lonely at times, especially since her roommate doesn’t spend too much time at their place now that she is engaged. One night Cate just wants to let some tension go and decides on a long bath. This leads to a broken water heater and a call to the plumber. The plumber is one hot man who helps Cate when she burns her foot and even takes her to the hospital. He’s very sweet but not her type.

Cate has a wish list of things that she looks for in a man and Dave the Plumber doesn’t have any on those things…no cool British or Irish accent, not a college grad, doesn’t like sailing, and he’s not left-handed. These are pretty specific things but they’re what Cate wants…or does she. She’s incredibly attracted to Dave but she’s not sure they could work. Her friends give her grief over her list and try to make Dave and Cate work but Dave’s father will do just about anything to break them apart.

This was a cute contemporary romance set in Sydney, Australia. I thought it was pretty funny that Cate wanted a man with a British or Irish accent when I’m thinking Dave with his Australian accent would be just fine. 🙂 Anyway, Cate soon learned that you can’t go by lists when your heart is involved and I loved that she grew a bit during the story.

Cate was a bit uptight but her friends weren’t so I knew that they saw something in Cate that I wasn’t seeing. As I hadn’t read any of the previous books in this story I wasn’t sure how Cate had been in those books. She had had a shit childhood and the list had helped her feel in control of her life. Dave helped her see that he was all she needed and she could still be in control…but in a relaxed way.

Dave was a pretty great guy. He had his moments of manly stupidity but I really liked him for the most part. He was definitely the strong silent type and this at first led Cate to believe that he wasn’t interested in her when in fact he had been interested from the first moment he saw her.

I liked that the pair got to know each other in the book and it was nice to see that relationship growth throughout the story. If you like a sweet contemporary this would be a good one to pick up.

Reading Order

The Boyfriend Sessions
The Pitch
Modern Heart
Wish List

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Waiting for April by Jaime Loren

Posted February 10, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Waiting for April by Jaime LorenWaiting for April by Jaime Loren
Publisher: Momentum Books
Publication Date: February 12th 2015
Format: eARC
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Time Travel
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four-half-stars

April Fletcher has died nineteen times... but she doesn't know it.As far as April is concerned, she's just a normal seventeen-year-old, looking forward to spending spring break with her friends and going to college in the fall. April doesn't know she has never lived past her eighteenth birthday, nor does she realize that Scott Parker, her best friend, is actually her childhood sweetheart and fiancé from her very first life.For nineteen-year-old Scott Parker, spending quality time with his soul mate has proved difficult ever since her tragic death in 1729. Since then he has lost her an additional eighteen times—each of her deaths more devastating than the last, and each of her births wiping the slate of her memory clean. Unable to save her but unwilling to give up, Scott has to hide the fact he's immortal—and will be until April confesses her love again.But this time, things have changed. April has denied her feelings for him, is dating someone else, and with her eighteenth birthday fast approaching, their friendship is falling to pieces. Fearing their souls are irrevocably drifting apart, Scott must race against the clock to win her heart and save her life.Or risk losing her forever.

Tracy’s review of Waiting for April by Jaime Loren

(Love, love, love this cover.  So simple, yet beautiful.)

Do you ever read a blurb for a book and you’re just SO intrigued by it you can’t get it out of your head? This is what happened to me with Waiting for April. I like paranormal books but this one sounded very different and I wanted to know what the heck was going on with Scott and April.

Well, it appears that Scott and April fell in love but then she died before her 18th birthday. Scott was grieving but then realized that he became invulnerable. Weird, to say the least. Scott was then pulled to different places at different times when April was reincarnated – as herself. She would have same shape and birthmarks as well as the same length of hair and to top it all off, she’d have the exact same name. Every time she came back Scott tried to save her from dying but it never happened.

This time is different though. Many different events occur and much information is passed along and Scott just knows in his heart that this time he’ll save April’s life. He just doesn’t have a clue how he’ll make that happen.

I really can’t tell you all that much about the story without giving a truckload of info away and that’s part of the books intensity. I really loved the writing in this story as it kept me turning page after page to get more info on Scott and April. I adored the way that Scott loved his girl. Some might have said that it bordered on obsession after all those year (yes, he’d been alive for 300 years) but he was alive for her so how could he not be there for her and love her to the depth of his soul?

The story had many twists and turns and I have to say that in the last 3 or so chapters it went from “a strange set of events” to a whole new level of fantastical. The fact that so many things were brought to light yet not fully explained by the last page of the book, however, left me with a huge feeling of frustration and I hate feeling like that! (Who doesn’t, right?) Anyway, I’m hoping that the sequel doesn’t take forever to release as I really want to know what happens with not only Scott and April but a whole lot of other secondary characters as well.

If you like a bit of the bizarre paranormal but a well written book then this one is definitely one you won’t want to miss.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This title is available from Momentum Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

four-half-stars


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Review: Lick by Kylie Scott

Posted August 1, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Lick by Kylie ScottReviewer: Tracy
Lick: Stage Dive 1 by Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive #1
Also in this series: Lead: Stage Dive 3, Lick (Stage Dive #1), Play, Deep
Publisher: Momentum Books
Publication Date: July 1st 2013
Format: eARC
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Evelyn Thomas's plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll's favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

Evelyn Thomas has a plan. She’ll finish her architectural degree, work at a mid-level architectural firm – moving up to a more prestigious firm eventually and then start her own consultancy firm when she’s about 35. Then she would have time for a relationship and kids. Of course this plan gets shot to hell as Evelyn gets taken to Vegas for her 21st birthday and wakes up the next day married to a rock star. Oops.

The problem with getting really drunk is that sometimes you have a hard time remembering things. Unfortunately this happens to Ev and she’s can’t actually remember getting married to David, the lead guitarist in the band, Stage Dive, or even meeting the man. David does not take this information well and he storms off promising a quick divorce. Ev heads home to Portland thinking she can keep this info from her parents but the paparazzi take that decision right out of her hands as they hound her, having found out about the marriage already.

David comes to her rescue and flies her to LA to try and protect her. They end up in his home in Monterey getting to know each other and Ev decides that she actually really likes David, a lot. She makes a decision, along with David, to stay married but while they’ve also decided on complete honesty, David is keeping some serious secrets from Ev. When those come out – as secrets always do – Ev decides that she can’t trust David and leaves him. He doesn’t fit with her life plan anyway, right? Fortunately for Ev, David doesn’t give up that easily.

When I was perusing the Amazon sight and found this book I was thrilled. Woman wakes up after a drunken night in Vegas and is married with no memory of it? SOLD! I have no idea why that scenario appeals to me so much, but it does. (I try not to analyze these things too much, ya know? lol) This story hit the nail on the head for me right away. The initial scene with Ev and David, with her trying to figure out why this gorgeous guy is helping her when she feels vomitous is priceless – I loved it. The book went up and down from there but I couldn’t seem to put it down.

Ev is young and while she had her whole life planned out she was never that gung-ho on the plan. This detour with David makes her really look at her life and she finally decides that the plan was more her father’s than her own. I was quite happy when she figured it out and stood up to her parents. Her parents weren’t ones to take their little girl doing something on her own and I loved seeing her stand up to them about her plan as well as David. She was a good person who had a good head on her shoulders.

David was…gorgeous. The way he’s described in the book had me wiping a bit of drool off my chin, I must admit. He really was a good guy who was messed up for a bunch of different reasons. I think he had kept things to himself and private for so long that he thought keeping things from Ev was better for her. He got a swift kick when she gave him the what for. While he didn’t react like I hoped he would he certainly made it up to her at the end – at least imho.

The secondary characters in this story were almost as fascinating as the MC’s. I loved hearing about Ev’s roommate, brother and her friends at the coffee shop where she worked. Of course David’s family and bandmates had their own type of appeal and I appreciated that we didn’t get too in depth with them as I felt that it could have taken away from Ev and David’s story.

I’m looking forward to reading more in this series and I hope I like them just as much as I did this one.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Kylie Scott

four-stars


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