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Guest Review: Protecting What’s His by Tessa Bailey

Posted April 29, 2013 by Ames in Reviews | 0 Comments

Ames’ review of Protecting What’s His by Tessa Bailey.

She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.

The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come…

Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain—Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste.

And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.

I liked Protecting What’s His despite a few problems. The heroine, Ginger, is fed up with her old life in Nashville. Her mother is an addict and she’s been taking care of her younger sister forever. She’s the one who makes sure there’s food on the table. And when she sees the wad of cash in her mom’s purse, she thinks about how that can provide a new life for her and Willa, her sister. So she grabs the cash and heads to Chicago. She finds a nice apartment that would have been out of there budget otherwise and has a run-in right away with her neighbor.

Derek Tyler is hungover and heading to a funeral for a fallen cop. He’s definitely not in a receptive mood to some loud girls moving in next door. So his first impression? Not the greatest. Derek and Ginger butt heads immediately. But there’s a heavy dose of attraction thrown into that mix that heats things up quickly. The more Derek gets to know Ginger, the more he wants her. And he realizes pretty quickly that she’s not like any woman he’s known before and that he’s definitely rusty on the relationship stuff. For her part, Ginger wants Derek but because of how her mother was when it came to relationships, she has a very real fear of ending up like her and she doesn’t really trust herself enough to go for it.

I liked that Ginger’s fear of commitment had a solid basis. Her mother is definitely a screw up and Ginger doesn’t want to end up that way. She wants to provide a safe and supportive environment for Willa to finish growing up in – a far cry from the first 17 years of Willa’s life. But Derek gets in through that armor around her heart, something she denies.

And Derek. He was never interested in relationships in the past, but Ginger changes that for him. And he’s a strong alpha hero. As a cop (lieutenant in fact) he has the possessive, take charge streak a mile wide. Which was hot. As much as he tried to take over Ginger’s life, she gave him attitude and definitely kept him on his toes. That balance is important – Ginger is no dishrag. She’s got a spine of steel and she’s not afraid of Derek seeing it. I really liked the dynamic between them. Derek isn’t perfect though – he definitely makes his mistakes, but he’s new to the relationship game. And the sex? Hot stuff! LOL

My issues were somewhat minor. The length felt too short. So that kind of rushed things. Like I felt they fell for each other a bit fast. Despite that I don’t doubt that they did fall in love. And there’s a pretty pointless scene with a woman from Derek’s past. Other than that, I enjoyed this book. 4 out of 5.

This book is available from Entangled Publishing. You can buy it in e-format here or here.

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Guest Review: The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca

Posted April 22, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca.

Seeing Adam Waters is the last thing veterinarian Megan Young expects. Ex-Marine. Ex-boyfriend. And still extremely dangerous territory. But Adam doesn’t know the secret Megan has been keeping from him. The secret that was created three years ago, after their last night together…Adam returns to Raven’s Cove to sell his home in a final break with the town and memories that haunt him. The problem is that his attraction to Megan is as blazing hot as it ever was. But when a vicious smear campaign against Megan turns ugly, Adam learns the truth he never knew—he has a son. Now the only way Megan can protect her child is to strike a bargain with Adam. And it’s a bargain that looks a lot like blackmail…

Megan is a Vet who is on her way out of the office when the man of her dreams walks in with an injured dog. The man is Adam Waters and yes he was the man of her dreams once, before he left her 3 years prior with no contact info. Megan has mixed feelings about seeing Adam again but the physical attraction is still there for both of them.

Megan decides that’s it ok to get a tad bit involved with Adam she doesn’t want him to know that when he left 3 years ago he left her pregnant. She knows that Adam is emotionally unavailable and had said in the past that he never wanted to get married or have kids and he was very adamant about that. Now Meg wants to get a little closer to the man to see if he still feels as strongly about being the lone wolf.

Adam is a tortured soul. We know that his parents, who are now deceased, were horrible to him and we get small clues throughout the story as to why but we don’t get the whole story until almost the end of the book. Suffice it to say that he is an island and is completely emotionally locked down. When he eventually finds out about Cole his is beyond pissed that Megan never contacted him. He feels a responsibility to his son, Cole, but he knows he can’t be the father that the boy needs…or can he?

While Megan and Adam are trying to work through their many feelings, Megan is being framed for a dog kidnapping. She is accused, which she knows is ridiculous, but she has no idea who would set her up like that.

The story was very sweet in a kind of angsty way. Megan was a pretty upbeat woman in general but Adam was really damaged by the way he had been raised. I felt so very sorry for Adam, especially after reading about the cause of it all. His parents were horrible people and I didn’t like them at all!

The romance in this book was almost something that happened in the background while the rest of life was happening, but it worked. Between Adam dealing with his anger over Cole and Megan dealing with whoever was trying to frame her, they because closer to each other. They saw in each other someone that could enrich their life and I was happy to see that they each decided to take a chance.

Adam was the owner of Once a Marine Security and he had ex-Marine’s who were in his employ. I couldn’t help but wonder if this will be the start of a series where we get to read about the rest of the secondary characters, Hunter, Griff, Cooper, Logan and of course Adam’s best friend’s widow, Sienna. I think it would be a good series and one I would definitely read.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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

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Guest Review: From Here to Eternity by Paige Cuccaro

Posted March 17, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Tracy’s review of From Here to Eternity by Paige Cuccaro.

Love never dies…but apparently Rachel has.

Waking up to her obituary in the news and no recollection of the past few weeks, Rachel turns to her husband, Nate. He is the inventor of CYANAs–vessels that look exactly like humans and can store a person’s memories…and maybe even the soul. But the answers Nate has are not the answers Rachel wants to hear.

When he arrives home, Rachel doesn’t recognize the man who claims to be her husband. But there’s something about him that tugs at her heartstrings, even as her distrust grows. Can Nate convince Rachel to fall in love with him all over again? Especially once she realizes what he’s done…and what it means for their future?

In a futuristic world with advanced technology Rachel Burns’ husband has created a way to almost completely recreate a human being. When Rachel wakes up one day she knows something’s not right. She can’t quite put her finger on it but she knows that something’s wrong. Using her Connect Wear glasses (which are used to read a web paper and to make phone calls) she finds her own obituary. That freaks her out to be sure. Rachel knows she just needs to talk to her husband and best friend, Nate, as he will have the answers. When she calls her husband though he doesn’t sound like her husband.

When Nate rushes home Rachel is wary of the man. He says he’s her husband Nate but he doesn’t look like the man she remembers, even though she’s not sure she can remember exactly what Nate looks like. When Nate starts to explain things to her Rachel’s not sure she wants to hear what he has to say but she’s doesn’t know what else to do.

Nate, who is this brilliant scientist, has made a robot-like beings called CYANA’s (CYbernetic ANthropoid Automatons) that can look exactly like humans and even have their memories – they have everything of theirs, right down to their DNA. Rachel actually did die and Nate downloaded her memories into a CYANA. Rachel, however, has a real issue with a robot taking over her life. Yes, she feels like herself but she can do things she never had before and that freaks her out. Even before her death she had an issue with the moral ramifications of what he was doing (even though there were no actual working models of the CYANA’s) and now she was a machine. Nate is so happy to have her back but Rachel’s holding back.

Then there’s Nate’s work. He works at a university and technically the equipment he uses belongs to them – which would include Rachel. Not only that but if word got out about her she would be questioned, examined, poked and prodded like a “thing” rather than a human and Nate won’t allow that. He plans to protect her at all costs.

This was a really interesting story. I’ll admit that science isn’t really my thing but thinking about the possibilities and yes, the moral ramifications of the CYANA’s really got my brain moving. I think I might have felt like Rachel did at first – which was to be freaked out that she was dead but yet…alive, kind of. Rachel had to really examine what makes up a human – is it just blood and bones or is it what’s in your mind? Since she had all of her memories what did that make her? IDK – I’m not sure I’d made up my mind by the end of the story.

Besides Nate having to get Rachel to believe that all would be well and that he was who he said he was there were other issues as well. Nate has a huge secret that comes out but I won’t tell you what it is.  There was an issue with the CIA and the CYANA’s but that’s kind of an addition to the story that could have been left out, imho. IDK, maybe the author was thinking of future books and it ties in but it just seemed superfluous to me. There was also a nosey reporter that I wanted to kick as he was a bit too nosey.

The story was very short (at just 86 pages) for such an intricate subject but it was good. I liked the characters and setting, the subject and the action. I did feel a bit disappointed in the end as I would have liked to have learned more but it was still pretty satisfying.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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

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Review: Hushed by Kelley York.

Posted November 30, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 7 Comments

Main Character: Archer
Love Interest: ??
Series: None
Author: Website|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads

He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

I knew going into this book that it was going to be a pretty dark and deep read but I wasn’t quite prepared for how dark and deep, it really was. Archer and Vivian are best friends. Vivian grew up with some pretty crappy stuff happening to her and when Vivian needed Archer the most, he wasn’t there for her but he’s spent every single day after that horrible event, protecting her. He’s been saving her when she needs saving, protecting her when she needs to be protected and always just…there. He’s in love with her but they’ve only ever been friends and it’s not until he meets Evan and starts learning for himself that he’s worthy of so much more than the broken friendship he has with Vivian that he starts to realize how much Viv has used him over the course of their friendship.

It’s while he’s with Evan that he learns that there is more to life than protecting Vivian. More to life than always hanging around Viv to make sure nothing bad happens to her. He can’t protect her from everything, especially when she won’t let him in but that doesn’t stop him from trying.

When I put this book down after reading the last word, I was pretty taken aback at how disturbing this story was. The lengths to which Archer went to protect Vivian had my eyes popping out of my face and rolling around on the floor. Archer took loyal to a whole other level, a level that scared the crap out of me. He was such a disturbing character, one that stayed in my thoughts long after I finished the book.

The relationship between Archer and Vivian was one of the most unhealthiest relationships I’ve ever read about. The drama throughout this entire book was raw and gritty, violent in its telling and yet I couldn’t stop reading it. The pages flew right by as I turned them on my nook, anxious for what was to come next. The telling of this story is really dark but was so real that I could totally see everything happening as their described in the book.

Getting to know Archer, Vivian and even Evan was one emotional roller coaster after another. The characters were twisted and the story was emotional and gripping. I couldn’t put it down, it was one of those books that I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. I had to know what happened next and my eyes couldn’t read the words fast enough.

It’s been a while since I’ve read something this dark but the emotions and the raw telling of the story between these characters kept me coming back for more. There was so much going on and yet, it was easy to keep up. I have never heard of this author before but I know that I will definitely be reading more by her in the future.

I can’t really pinpoint what it was about Archer that I liked. Realistically, I shouldn’t have liked him at all because he was a murderer. On top of that, he was mean. He had a very abrasive personality, one that was very dark and just, well, mean but for some reason, I liked him. I won’t say that I connected with him (it’s hard for me to say that I connected with a murderer) but the author did a fabulous job of making me understand him, sympathize with him. The complex relationship he had with Vivian and the things he did for her made the story come alive. He did things that normal people would never think to do but he had reasons for doing everything he did.

Overall, this story was gripping and it was raw but it was refreshingly honest and captivating. Like I said earlier in this review, I couldn’t put this book down and I’m mighty curious about reading more from this author so kudos to Kelley York on writing a novel that captured my interest and held it until long after I finished the story.

..and that’s your scoop!

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Review: Lucky Girl by Cate Lord.

Posted September 28, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Rowena’s review of Lucky Girl by Cate Lord.

Hero: Nick Mondinello
Heroine: Jessica Devlin

Jessica Devlin isn’t looking for love. Heartbroken after being dumped by her unfaithful ex-fiancé, she’s determined to have a fabulous time during her vacation in England where she’ll be maid-of-honor at her cousin’s wedding. After working overtime as beauty editor of Orlando’s O Tart magazine, avoiding dating, and putting on ten pounds, Jess is ready to toss her past like an empty lipstick tube and party like a single gal. But when she steps into the church on her cousin’s wedding day, she sees the one man who could sabotage her plan—James-Bond-gorgeous Nick Mondinello. She’s never forgotten the London marketing exec who held her in his arms after her beloved grandfather’s funeral two years ago. Ambitious, and lusted after by women everywhere, Nick is completely wrong for guarded, Plain Jane Jess. Could Spy Man Nick ever fall for her? Nope. Not unless Jess is one lucky girl.

What a fun book this turned out to be. It wasn’t a book that took itself too seriously but it was still an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. Jessica Devlin is a beauty writer for a beauty magazine in Orlando, FL who is on her way to England for two weeks to attend her cousin’s wedding and to take a much needed vacation from her life. The last time Jess was in England was for her grandfather’s funeral and she was there with her ex-fiance. Her ex-fiance did a real number on her and she’s focusing all of her energy on moving on from him. This trip to England is her way of getting away from it all and to play up the single card.

She’s ready to have a real good time when she gets to the wedding and when she runs into the one person that she humiliated herself in front of the last time she was in England, her good time stutters. I say stutters because it didn’t go away completely, it just stalled for a quick minute or two. Jessica is hoping against everything that Nick, the hottie who held her hair back while she threw up outside the pub two years ago, won’t remember how she sobbed her grief over her grandfather’s death and then threw up all over the place but she’s not that lucky because he tells her in no uncertain terms that he knows her.

The start of her vacation doesn’t go as planned when Jess gets it into her mind to go after Nick since he seems interested in her but when some other gorgeous woman slithers herself into Nick’s arms, Jess’ plans take a back seat because well, she’s got her pride and all. So she goes about her business and with the help of her cousins, Charlotte and Anna, she starts to really get into her vacation. She spends time with family, she has girly nights with Charlotte and Anna, she hangs out and she even goes out with a guy named Troy from the wedding. Things are going well for her if only she could forget about hottie Nick and if only he’d stop showing up everywhere she is. Especially if he’s going to stare intently at her every time they bump into each other.

The romance that comes together between Nick and Jess was fun. Oh my goodness, their names are Nick and Jessica and I’m totally having flashbacks to Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. That just made me laugh, sorry. Anyway, Nick and Jess were a lot of fun to get to know. Nick was a sexy beast and I wanted to do him every which way and Jessica had me laughing all throughout the book. The way that she just went about everything was so much fun to be apart of and I was delighted to have read this book.

This is one of those quick summer reads that fans of chick lit and contemporary romances will enjoy and I’m glad that I picked it up for review.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Entangled Publishing. You can buy it here.

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