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Summer Challenge Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

Posted August 8, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 3 Comments

Summer Challenge Review: Sustained by Emma ChaseReviewer: Casee
Sustained (The Legal Briefs, #2) by Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Also in this series: Overruled (The Legal Briefs, #1), Sustained (The Legal Briefs, #2), Appealed (The Legal Briefs, #3), Sidebarred (The Legal Briefs, #3.5)
Published by Gallery Books
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Point-of-View: First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 267
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four-stars

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I'm going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal's office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

This was an interesting book. Not only was it written in first person (which I don’t particularly enjoy reading), it was written solely from the hero’s point-of-view. One of the reasons that I don’t enjoy first person is because I like rotating points-of-view. It just makes it more interesting when I can get into multiple characters’ heads. There are very few authors that can hold my interest from one point of view. I’m relieved happy to say that Emma Chase is one of them.

Jake Becker seems like a world class a-hole when the book first starts. A world class man whore a-hole. The guy has no illusions about himself. He knows what he wants out of life and what he wants from women. From life, he wants everything. From women, he wants nothing but sex. He’s seen one of his colleagues fall into domestic bliss and is certain that life is not the way for him. That is until Rory McQuaid picks his pocket. Then his whole life is turned upside down. He finds himself in the middle of a family of seven, suddenly a father figure for six orphans. Lusting after the kids’ guardian makes Jake feel like the lowest of the low, but he is attracted to Chelsea McQuaid like he’s never been attracted to anyone before. He’s actually interested in what comes out of her mouth, not what her mouth can do to him. Which is all together new for him.

As Jake gets in deeper and deeper, his commitment to his work lessens. Suddenly he is his domesticated colleague, which freaks him the hell out. He tries to run like hell in the opposite direction. Problem…not only can he not stay away from Chelsea, he can’t stay away from the kids. He’s found himself attached to the six rugrats. They’ve wound themselves throughout his life and around his heart. It’s only when he starts to consider the serious damage he could do to their lives that he really reconsiders being in them at all.

I found this book thoroughly enjoyable. Watching Jake fall for this broken family was really heartwarming. That he was so opposite of a family man made it all the better. Late in the book, the kids were taken away from Chelsea. I was wrecked reading about it. I almost, almost ugly cried. Then after, when Riley confronts Jake about leaving them? Wowza. Intense stuff. Emma Chase did such a fabulous job of getting all the characters feelings to the reader even though the book was only from Jake’s POV. I commend her for that. I also commend her for keeping this reader engrossed in the book and wanting more.

Oh, one more thing? This book was fucking steaming hot. Yup.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Legal Briefs

four-stars


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Joint Review: Hot Single Dad by Claire Kingsley

Posted August 8, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Joint Review: Hot Single Dad by Claire KingsleyReviewer: Holly and Rowena
Hot Single Dad (Book Boyfriends 3) by Claire Kingsley
Series: Book Boyfriends #3
Published by Self-Published
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017
Point-of-View: First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 268
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Reasons I need to stop fantasizing about Linnea:

1. She’s too young for me.

2. She’s my daughter’s nanny.

I could stop there, couldn’t I? I’m already a cliché. The single dad who’s hot for the nanny. But it gets worse.

3. She’s my sister-in-law.

My wife died when our daughter was a baby, and Linnea was just a quiet teenager. I barely knew her. When my in-laws insist she move to Seattle to be my live-in nanny—after a string of caregivers who didn’t work out—I reluctantly agree.

I wasn’t counting on the smoking hot blonde with sinful curves, kissable lips, and shy smile.

Linnea is perfect for my daughter—fun, patient, and kind. She might be perfect for me too, but I can’t think that way. She needs to live her own life, not be saddled with my insta-family.

Being around her is a special kind of torture, but I have to keep this infatuation to myself. I can’t fall for my daughter’s nanny.

But it might be too late.

Rowena: Holly and I have been digging the Single Dad romances lately so when Hot Single Dad came on to our radar, we knew that we were going to read it and read it together. Claire Kingsley is a new to us author and we were happy to dive right in.

Caleb is a single Dad who works long hours at the hospital and needs a little help caring for his young daughter. When his late wife’s parents offer the services of their other daughter, Linnea, Caleb isn’t wild about the idea but he doesn’t turn them down. He figured he would get the help he needed and his young daughter Charlotte would get to know her Aunt Linnea. He didn’t figure that Linnea would turn his world upside down and that he would be so attracted to her. When Linnea returns that attraction, things get really interesting.

What a cute story this turned out to be. What did you think, Holly?

Holly: I was a little hesitant about going into this book because the blurb mentions an age gap and I hate when that’s the main focus of a story. That ended up being a small part of it, however, and I thought the story was really cute.

Rowena: Not me. I jumped right in and was super excited about it. While I didn’t LOVE it and want to shout about my love from the rooftops, I still really enjoyed the book. Caleb and Linnea’s romance was sweet and I liked how it unfolded. I loved seeing both of their relationships with Charlotte and gah, this book was just oozing sweetness.

Holly: I liked what a great dad Caleb was. He wasn’t some inept fool who needed a woman to do everything for him. He had it all handled, he just needed a babysitter for when he was at work.

Rowena: I agree with you about Caleb. He was a great father to Charlotte and I really liked that he loved spending time with her and treasured the time he had with her. He didn’t let Linnea take care of Charlotte while he was home. He didn’t lean on Linnea for anything. He took being a Dad seriously and he tried the best he could. What’s not to love about that?

What did you think about Linnea’s parents and that whole thing?

Holly: I didn’t like her parents at all, and that the aspect of the book that left me the least satisfied. The resolution with them left a lot to be desired.

Rowena: Same. I thought the Mom was really dumb and that part of the book was so small that it didn’t feel necessary.

Their awkwardness with each other when their feelings are first brought out into the light was cute. It could have easily been super cheesy and not fun but I enjoyed that. I really enjoyed how they became a team where Charlotte was concerned and I liked the relationship that Linnea formed with Charlotte.

Were you at all itchy about Linnea being Caleb’s sister in law?

Holly: I expected to feel kind of skeevy about the sister-in-law thing, but I didn’t. Maybe it was the way it was written, but the focus wasn’t on it so much that I felt like it was a huge deal. You?

Rowena: It didn’t bother me any. I enjoyed Caleb and Linnea together and the way that they were with Charlotte. They were two good people who fell in love with each other and I dug their story.

I give this book a 4 out of 5. You?

Holly: I’m giving it 3.5. As sweet as the story was, I felt a little disconnected from it somehow. I enjoyed it, but I had to reread it before we began our discussion.

Holly’s Grade: 3.5 out of 5
Rowena’s Grade: 4 out of 5

Book Boyfriends


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Review: Marked by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted August 3, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Marked by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Marked (Dark Protectors, #7) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #7
Also in this series: Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Fated (Dark Protectors, #1), Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2), Hunted (Dark Protectors, #3), Consumed (Dark Protectors, #4), Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5), Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6)
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp.
Publication Date: December 22, 2014
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 288
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four-stars

“If you want hot, sexy, dangerous romance…this series is for you.” —Paranormal Haven

Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice…

Love is about to start conquering…

“Paranormal romance at its best!” —Cynthia Eden

“Hot and fast from beginning to end.” —Kate Douglas on Fated

“Sizzling sex scenes and a memorable cast.” —Publishers Weekly on Claimed

Janie has been prophesied by oracles and seers and witches to change the supernatural world as everyone knows it. The Kurjans oracles have said that Janie will be the savior of their race. The demons seers have said that Janie will bring death and destruction to their race. The vampires don’t care about any of that, they just want to protect her as they have been doing since Talen rescued Cara and Janie from the Kurjans when she was four years old.

As a child, Janie built a world that she could access in her dreams. It was there that she first met Zane. As a child, he was her best friend and she his. Then their respective responsibilities start weighing on each of them and they don’t see each other for years in their dream world. By the time they see each other again, they are both adults and Janie no longer has to go to sleep into her dream world. Nor does she have to get an invitation to bring someone into her world.

The third visitor to their dream world is Kalen the Kurjan. Also known as The Butcher. Also known as the ruler of the Kurjans. It is Janie that Kalen has been prophesied to mate with and he has been waiting for her for twenty years. Going into her dreams has been a nice distraction while she was growing up, but Kalen is ready to physically take her for his own.

After decades of war between the races, the time for peace talks is finally upon them. Deep within the core of the earth, the vampires, witches, demons, and Kurjans meet. They all have demands of each other and it’s clear that peace won’t come easily. Janie is at the peace talks and it’s readily apparent that she knows her fate very well may be to die to bring peace. Then Zane walks into to the talks. In the flesh. With Suri, the ruler of the demons. The demons that tortured her uncle Jase for five years and almost killed him.

Zane has a plan and it definitely includes Janie. It also includes keeping Janie away from Kalen. Killing his once. Saving his mother and brothers from his uncle. Just little things like that. He has a few things to do, Now that the vampires know who he is, they want to kill him. Then he accidentally mates Janie and all hell breaks loose.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I adored Janie at the beginning of this series. She was such a sweetly serious little girl. Then she turned into a little brat. I guess I can understand that, but it was annoying as hell. Redemption came when she was willing to die to bring peace between the four races. In my opinion any way. I could never figure out who Zane was and was (of course) surprised that he was part demon. It was perfect.

I did end up liking this book more than I thought I would. The closure between Zane, Janie, and Kalen was perfect. I had always been fascinated by Kalen and I think what happened and all that transpired between the three of them ended in the perfect way. I still love, love, love this series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dark Protectors

four-stars


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Review: The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely

Posted August 2, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: The Real Deal by Lauren BlakelyReviewer: Rowena
The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Point-of-View: First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
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four-stars

Get ready for your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL!

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn't been on Craigslist since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn't even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family's summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can't handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the Craigslist ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she's ready to pay to play.

Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I'm the REAL DEAL.

Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He's this close to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He's no gigolo. Please. He's something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April's new beau -- the bad boy with the heart of gold.

Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents' inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.

She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.

He didn't expect to have the time of his life at her parent's home.

They didn't plan on loving every single second of the game.

But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?

This is the first book that I’ve read by Lauren Blakley and it was a good one. Her writing style was comfortable and easy to follow along with and her characters charmed me right out of my socks, especially Theo.

So April and Theo meet when April hires Theo to be her boyfriend for her family reunion. She loves her family but their matchmaking shenanigans are driving her crazy so she figures if she brings a boyfriend to the family reunion, everyone will lay off. They mean well but they want her to move back home to their small town but she loves being in the big city and she loves the job that they don’t understand so she brings a buffer who ends up being way more than she thought.

Theo has bills to pay and his bill-collector is breathing down his neck so he bartends and does a lot of odds and ends jobs to keep everything together. This next job of pretending to be the bad boy boyfriend at a family reunion will make him enough to finally get over this hump he’s been and he’s eager to get started. He was expecting to play nice and he was expecting to be whatever the client needed but he wasn’t expecting to be so attracted to his client but when he meets April, he keeps forgetting that she’s a client. They’re so in tune with each other that their relationship feels real from the very beginning.

Overall, this story was sweet and I enjoyed getting to know both Theo and April. April’s personality really shined and I thought she was a great heroine. I adored Theo as well and wanted very much to hear his sexy voice. LOL. This book was a lot of fun and if I had a gripe, it would be that their romance never felt fake. Right up at the beginning when they showed up at the family reunion, sparks flew and they just fell in line with their story but even in the privacy of their bedroom, they acted like a real couple. They slept in the same bed like it wasn’t a big deal like it didn’t register with either of them that they were strangers. It was all, good night sweetie, I call first dibs on the shower in the morning. I was able to get over that (I do enjoy a fake romance story) because I was enjoying the chemistry and just them as people so it ended up not being a big deal but still…

This was a solid romance and I enjoyed it.

Grade: 4 out of 5

four-stars


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Review: Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted July 31, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Provoked by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #5
Also in this series: Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Fated (Dark Protectors, #1), Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2), Hunted (Dark Protectors, #3), Consumed (Dark Protectors, #4), Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6)
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 336
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four-stars

A Time For War…

A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan  pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war…A Time For Love…

Amber enjoys her life of chaotic freedom and has no intention of falling in line just because a sexy-as-sin vampire insists on order.  Unfortunately, he discovers she may be the only hope they have of finding his brother, and there’s no way he’s going to let her go—even if it means mating her to gain her cooperation.  The two are as different as can be, yet when the dominant Kane and the untamed Amber finally unite to rescue Jase, they just may find that opposites really do attract…Includes a preview of Rebecca Zanetti’s exciting new series, The Scorpius Syndrome


85,800 Words.

Based on the summary of this book, I did not expect to like it as much as I did. Amber Freebird? A vegan eating pacifist? Really? For a Kayrs vampire? Insane. Especially for Kane Kayrs, unarguably on of the smartest beings on the planet. Kane doesn’t like disorder; Amber is nothing but disorder. Kane loves eating meat; Amber loves tofu. Kane will not let his mate run headlong into danger; Amber would run into danger every day. Opposites attract in this case.

Kane went looking for Amber because they need her to fight the demons. There are very few demon destroyers left in the world since the demons hunted them down and killed them. They are the only ones that can combat the brutal psychic attacks that demons can send to a person. When Kane finds Amber, he is shocked that he found her first. She gives off so much power, she’s like a beacon telling the demons “Come kill me”. He has no idea how she has stayed hidden for so long, but he has her now. He also doesn’t think he wants to let her go.

Amber is not having any of it. Kane is crazy as far as she’s concerned. With all his talk about vampires, demons, the Realm, and witches, Amber is certain he belongs in the psych ward, not on the streets. For his own good of course. She has no plausible explanation for attraction to the crazy man. The problem is that he won’t go away. Then demons attack and she realizes that he’s not so crazy after all. Going on the run is the last thing that Amber wants to do. Her grandmother is in the hospital after a bad spill and she doesn’t want to leave her. Kane, of course, takes care of that and they are soon on their way to the Kayrs bunker.

I found it vastly amusing that Kane wanted to keep Amber out of danger, yet she had to go each time to help with the demon attacks. Amber is a pacifist, dammit. She doesn’t want to be fighting. Their story was a sweet one. I did find it sad that Amber thought she wasn’t good enough for Kane because she wasn’t educated enough. Kane handled that like a pro and it made me like him even more.

We also get an intense look into what Jase Kayrs has been going through and man, it isn’t pretty. I can’t wait to read how he overcomes his imprisonment. This was another great book in the series. This title is so perfect for Kane and Amber because Amber does nothing but provoke Kane. And he loves it. Kudos to Rebecca Zanetti.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dark Protectors

four-stars


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