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Review: Easy Kisses by Kristen Proby

Posted July 12, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Easy Kisses by Kristen ProbyReviewer: Casee
Easy Kisses by Kristen Proby
Narrator: Rachel Fulginiti, Sebastian York
Series: Boudreaux #4
Also in this series: Easy Love, Easy Charm, Easy Melody
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Escape
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hours and 19 minutes
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

The Boudreaux Series. Sexy. Intriguing. Easy.

Simon Danbury, an internationally sought after motivational speaker, helps women from all walks of life with love, self-esteem, dating and career building skills. Handsome, witty and wealthy, Simon seemingly has everything a man could want. But appearances can be deceiving. While Simon may have the answers for millions of women all over the world, when it comes to his own love life, he’s a giant, sexy mess. Divorced, and convinced that he’ll never love again, the very last thing he expects is one Charly Boudreaux.

Charly doesn’t want to be at this seminar in the middle of nowhere, but her sister made her go. She’s the one who has her life together. Great career, amazing family, nice home, and loyal friends. So what if she doesn’t have a man? She doesn’t need one. If she’s learned anything in her almost thirty years, it’s that men are more trouble than they’re worth. And they have a nasty habit of breaking your heart into a million tiny pieces. So she’ll sit through all of Simon’s touchy feely crap and go home and get on with her life. Except Simon isn’t really spouting crap, and when he smiles at her, the butterflies are ridiculous.

Never mixing business with pleasure, Simon finds Charly, a bright spot in a universe that’s been dark for too long. But will he be able to resist her? And why would he want to?

Kristen Proby is a new-to-me author this year. I have throughly enjoyed the Boudreaux family. They are so close knit and their closeness just flows through the pages. Each of them would do anything for the other and it just comes through to the reader so well that it’s hard not to sigh when all of them do get together or they all get protective of one another. It all comes from a place of love. Never anger, never jealousy.

Charly Boudreaux is the Boudreaux that seemingly has the perfect life. She owns her own home, has a successful business, and has a wonderful family. She’s never been married but she knows that she’ll know when she meets “the one”. The one that is meant to be hers forever. In the meantime, her sister Savannah has talked her into going on a women’s retreat in Montana. It’s sort of a self-help, find yourself kind of thing. Charly didn’t want to go, but she’s determined to make the most of it. She certainly doesn’t expect Simon Danbury, the man who owns and runs everything.

Simon has never been attracted to a client. He has made it his mission in life to help other people, specifically women. When he meets Charly, he’s instantly attracted to her but knows he can’t do anything about it. He won’t take advantage of a client, one that he can clearly see needs his help even if she doesn’t see it. His plans go on the wayside when they have the conference ends and they end up in bed together. Too soon, they’re addicted to each other.

Everything is going along swimmingly until you bring in Charly’s ridiculous notions of waiting until she falls in love at first sight and Simon’s extreme jealousy. It’s a powder keg waiting to blow. And when it does blow? Well, it’s rather spectacular. I did like this book and I understood the jealousy, so it didn’t take away from the book at all. I really enjoyed listening to Simon and Charly’s book.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

Boudreaux

four-stars


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Review: Easy Melody by Kristen Proby

Posted July 11, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Easy Melody by Kristen ProbyReviewer: Casee
Easy Melody by Kristen Proby
Narrator: Rachel Fulginiti, Sebastian York
Series: Boudreaux #3
Also in this series: Easy Love, Easy Charm, Easy Kisses
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Escape
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 265
Length: 7 hours and 51 minutes
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three-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

The Boudreaux Series: Sexy. Intriguing. Easy.

Callie Mills never intended to return to New Orleans and the life she left behind more than a decade ago. There was no need to open old wounds when she had the life she’d worked hard for in Denver. But when she’s fired from her awesome job in Colorado and her father dies, she has no choice but to return home to run the derelict bar left to her in the heart of the French Quarter. Callie must not only face bad memories but turn The Odyssey into something she can be proud of.

And who better to help bring in crowds of people than Declan Boudreaux?

Declan is a sought-after musician who knows he’s good at what he does and loves doing it. Known to pack the house, he also loves women and doesn’t expect to be knocked back a step by the beautiful new owner of The Odyssey. Callie is sharp, gorgeous and funny, and makes him yearn for something he never has before… Commitment. But when Callie’s able to turn the business around with renovations, making it one of the hottest bars in the Quarter, will she sell out and leave her past behind once and for all, or will Declan be able to convince her that’s she’s where she needed to be all along…in his arms.

I had high hopes for this book after Easy Love and Easy Charm. Unfortunately it didn’t quite meet my expectations. I listened to it on audio and was happy with that aspect. It was the immaturity of the characters that I had an issue with.

Declan Boudreaux is a popular musician in New Orleans. He can bring in a crowd. That is exactly what Callie Mills needs for the rundown bar she inherited and is now running in the French Quarter. She’s determined to turn the bar around and for that she needs Declan. She never intended to fall for the guy.

Declan takes one look at Callie and all coherent thought flies out the window. He’s a love ’em and leave ’em type of guy, but all his hookups know that up front. When he meets Callie, he’s not sure he wants to leave her at all. After an amazing night together, it gets weird. They decide to be friends and it’s just plain awkward.

Declan isn’t sure that he wants to settle down even though Callie isn’t thinking of settling down at all. Declan is totally in his head and he lets his brothers get into his head with their teasing. So he decides not to call Callie. She takes this badly and it all spirals down from there. Immature. It just goes around and around until the ending. I felt that they did grow, but the jealousy was ridiculously overplayed and I found myself rolling my eyes more than once. Overall, it was disappointing. Still, I loved being back in the Boudreaux world.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Boudreaux

three-stars


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Review: Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

Posted May 28, 2019 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Storm Cursed by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly
Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Mercy Thompson #11
Also in this series: Frost Burned , Night Broken, Shifting Shadows, Blood Bound, Fire Touched, Silence Fallen , Moon Called, Blood Bound , Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed , River Marked , Frost Burned, Night Broken, Fire Touched, Storm Cursed
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: First
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Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Length: 10 hours and 15 minutes
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

In this powerful entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves...

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.

And a coyote shapeshifter.

And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn't stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word.

We will die to keep it.

Storm Cursed is the 11th installment of the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I listened to the audiobook. It’s my first Briggs audio and I have to say, I loved the narrator. Lorelei King did a wonderful job as Mercy. It was very well done.

Since Mercy claimed the tri-cities as Pack territory some months ago, the Pack is constantly called out to deal with magical creatures. In this book, it’s goblins, pygmy zombie goats and black witches. Adam is away on business quite a bit, so Mercy and the Pack are left to deal with things on their own. Luckily Mercy has strong allies and good friends, because she’s going to need them.

It’s difficult to review Storm Cursed, because of spoilers. I will say, I loved seeing Mercy interact with the pack more, and school some of them on things they should already know. I loved the tender moments between Adam and Mercy. They’re such a strong couple, and I love seeing them interact with each other. We see more of Mercy and Stefan. Their relationship is strained now, but still strong. A lot of our usual players were missing here – No Jessie, no Charles and Anna (which seemed a bit odd, given the circumstances), very little with the rest of the Pack, but I didn’t really notice their absence until I’d finished the novel and thought back on it. I was wrapped up in the story as it was being told.

Creepy, action-packed, full of mystery and suspense, all dosed with sweet, tender moments between Adam and Mercy and spiced with a bit of humor. Briggs did it again. Storm Cursed does not disappoint.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Mercy Thompson

four-stars


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Featured Review: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Posted January 9, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 3 Comments

Featured Review: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope WardReviewer: Casee, Holly & Rowena
Hate Notes by Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
Narrator: Sebastian York, Lynn Barrington
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Escape
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
Length: 8 hours, 17 minutes
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three-half-stars

From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes an unexpected love story of secondhand hearts and second chances…

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.

Something blue.

I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.”

Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.

The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.

He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.

But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.

Something new.

But I have no idea how this one is going to end...

Hate Notes is a for real, standalone book. After catching her fiancée cheating on her, Charlotte goes to a wedding dress shop so she can sell her one of a kind dress. While in the shop, she sees a gorgeous dress with a note pinned in it. It’s obviously written from a groom to his bride. It’s also obvious that it didn’t work out. Charlotte is a romantic. She is determined to meet the man that wrote the note. She goes on a mission to do exactly that.

Casee: Lets get this party started. I know we all loved this book. Well, that’s probably too strong of a term. I really enjoyed Charlotte. A lot. Nothing ever got her down for long. She didn’t hold grudges. She just loved life. She believes in love and fairytales. She believes that she will find a man that will pin a note like the one she found in her wedding dress one day. She never gave up. I usually find heroines like this a little too much, but I didn’t in this case.

Holly: Love? Snort. This book was tolerable at best. Charlotte was a total Pollyanna. Everything was happy and roses. On the one hand, I admired her indomitable spirit. On the other, her constant turning-of-the-cheek, especially when it came to Reed, was kind of annoying. He was so mean to her, yet she would forgive him every time. Even without an apology. I didn’t get it.

Casee: I don’t remember it the way you do. I remember him apologizing all the time, which got so annoying because he kept doing the same thing over and over. I remember thinking that it was getting old that he kept apologizing and she kept forgiving him. That was about the only thing that bothered me about her. Maybe I didn’t look at her as a Pollyanna because I read a book around the same time that had a real Pollyanna. I just didn’t see her that way. I just saw her as optimistic. Glass half-full. That type of person.

I did think Reed was a douche and honestly was beginning not to like him at all until his problem was revealed. I thought his attitude toward life only had to do with his fiancee dumping him. I think that he had a right to be as bitter as he was, though it did go too far at times.

Holly: He thought about apologizing all the time, but he rarely did. He would always think “I shouldn’t have said those things” and he’d head to her office to apologize and then he’d just antagonize her again. I did a quick search. He apologized on page twice. There’s mention that maybe he apologized more, but it was off page. I don’t know, maybe I should have cut him more slack based on how and why his engagement ended, but I couldn’t seem to forgive him. I figured out before it was revealed why he was acting the way he was, so maybe that’s why I couldn’t get over it?

I actually liked Charlotte until she decided to “fake” a broken ankle to get Reed to spend more time with her. I mean, he was hot, sure, but he was a total dick. Why would she WANT to spend time with him? It just didn’t make sense to me. If a dude blew that hot and cold with me, I’d want him to stay away from me. I wouldn’t make up excuses to spend time with him.

I liked Reed’s grandma a lot, though. She was really great.

Rowena: Like Casee, I remember Reed being an asshole and then going to her to apologize, only to be an asshole again so I often wondered what the point of those apologies were. It was annoying but I understood why he was trying to keep Charlotte at a distance so it didn’t bother me in the end. Sure, at first there was a lot of distrust because of what went down with this ex but as they got closer, his problem kind of made sense to me. He was keeping her at arms length because he didn’t want to bog her down with his problems.

This wasn’t the most perfect of romances but I did enjoy it.

Holly: I’ll be honest. This probably would have been about a 3 star read for me if it hadn’t been for the epilogue. That kind of killed the story for me all the way around. The note sewn into her dress exactly matched the note he wrote for his ex-fiance, which was such utter bullshit. She was a total bitch. If there needed to be a note to bring things full circle, he could have at least signed it a different way. Then the dance with his daughter – it just didn’t work for me.

Rowena: Reed and Charlotte took turns getting on my nerves but in the end, I was glad that they finally got over themselves and got together. I thought Charlotte was more of a glass half full kind of gal than Pollyana and I enjoyed her character even though I thought she was pretty crazy at times (the whole signing up to view a penthouse she couldn’t possibly afford thing was kind of dumb). Reed was a dick but I understood what motivated him both in the beginning and the end and he made up for being an ass to me so I wasn’t too mad when all was said and done.

I actually liked the epilogue. I loved seeing how their relationship came full circle and the note that she found and wanted for her own, was finally hers and hers alone. That note brought her to him and I took him giving it to her in the end as his way of making sure she knew that it was meant for her all along.

This one gets a 4 out of 5 from me.

Holly: I get where the authors were trying to go, but unfortunately the story missed its mark with me. I didn’t understand why Reed was so horrible or why Charlotte let him get away with it.

I’m giving this 2.5 out of 5.

Casee: I liked the epilogue too though it was sad. I really enjoyed how Charlotte tried to get Reed to enjoy life. He needed someone like her in his life.

I’m giving it a 3.5 out of 5.

Final Grades

Casee: 3.5 out of 5
Holly: 2.5 out of 5
Rowena: 4 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Review: One More Time by Laurelin Paige

Posted December 12, 2018 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: One More Time by Laurelin PaigeReviewer: Holly
One More Time by Laurelin Paige
Narrator: Erin Mallon, Rupert Channing
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: May 2, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Escape
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 180
Length: 5 hours and 42 minutes
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three-stars

Available in audio-first on 1/30/2018, a scorching, heart-tugging new standalone by New York Timesbestselling author Laurelin Paige! Ten years ago, we were the toast of the town.Tanner's acting career had just begun. He was hotter than the stage lights, and twice ascaptivating. The gorgeous Australian A-lister was everyone's teenage dream. And he'd pickedme. Or so I thought, until he proved to be as false as everything else about Hollywood. Now I'vefinally scored the perfect opportunity to star in a major film. The kicker? Tanner will be my co-star. I don't know if I can do this one more time….*Right now, we're the talk of the town.Jenna's even more beautiful than she was the last time we were together. And just like before, Ican't keep my hands off her. She still doesn't know the truth. The secret of what really happenedback then. Now I have the length of this shoot to convince her to rewrite our script. But if I haveher one more time, will once ever be enough?

Jenna and Tanner (Janner) were the Hollywood’s “It” couple 10 years ago. They loved each other fiercely, until the day Tanner betrayed Jenna and ruined it all. Now they’re working together on a feature film that’s sure to give Jenna the boost her career needs. If only she can keep it together.

Tanner’s been wanting to explain what happened for almost a decade, and this movie gives him the perfect chance..Or it would, if Jenna wasn’t so bent on keeping him at a distance. Still, they have chemistry in spades and he’ll work that with everything he has if it means getting a second chance with the only girl he’s ever loved.

This was a cute reunited lovers story. I thought the miscommunication was kind of annoying, and there were a lot of gratuitous sex scenes considering the length of the novel. I would rather have seen more of them together outside of bed, getting to know each other in the present and rebuilding their friendship. Still, I can’t deny I enjoyed the romance. Tanner was especially sweet when it came to Jenna. The way he championed her, and really respected and cared for her, made me a little melty. I’d have liked to see Jenna fight for them more, but I liked her overall and I was glad to see them end up together.

3.25 out of 5

three-stars


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