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Guest Review: Love Taker by Erin McCarthy

Posted February 28, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Love Taker by Erin McCarthyReviewer: Tracy
Love Taker by Erin McCarthy
Series: Nashville Nights #3
Also in this series: Heart Breaker
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: February 28th 2017
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three-half-stars

The Nashville Nights series is burning up backstage in this sensual friends-to-lovers novel featuring a good-guy cop and a woman who’s been looking for Mr. Right in all the wrong places.

Pretty-boy musicians are a fixture of the Nashville country scene—and Elle Hart, hairdresser to the stars, is beginning to think that they’re all total pricks. Elle’s dating choices have been a disaster, but at least she has Tucker. Though he’s easy on the eyes, no one would ever accuse Jason Michael Tucker of being a pretty boy. The humble and handsome sheriff's deputy from Elle’s hometown has always been there to comfort her—until the evening their friendship unexpectedly leads to the best sex Elle has ever had.

Tucker has been lusting after Elle since they were an item as teens, but he knows that their wild night of passion is a one-time thing. He’s an old friend, nothing more, and they’re too different to become a couple just because they’ve knocked boots. After all, she hates being back in their hometown, and he’s not so fond of the big city. But when Elle comes to Tucker with news that changes everything, he must help her come to grips with her traumatic past—or risk losing her forever.

Tucker and Elle had dated in High School.  They really liked each other but when her family moved from their small town of Starkey, Kentucky to Nashville they became just friends.  They’d remained friends although Tucker really wanted more.  He was always there for Elle but one night when she had just gotten home from a date  – one who had verbally hurt her – Tucker drove the four hours to Elle’s place to comfort her.  One thing led to another and soon they were sleeping with each other.

Tucker’s elated until Elle tells him she has a date that night. She assumed he’d want to keep their friendship tight and he’d assumed this meant a huge step in “together” direction.  He finally realizes that Elle won’t ever want him for more than friendship so he starts to date.  He likes the woman he’s dating and is thinking of taking things further when Elle shows up to tell him she’s pregnant.  Now that time has passed Elle realizes she feels more for Tucker than she thought but now Tucker isn’t sure he wants to go that route with a woman who hadn’t ever seen him for who he was.

This was a cute story.  I liked the friendship between Tuck and Elle even though it had its ups and downs.  Even though they each reacted differently to her pregnancy than I thought they would they were both happy about it. A portion of the story focused on Elle and her family and how they’d grown up in the Starkey and how that affected their lives.  I liked that bit of background that we got on her and her family.  I wish would could have gotten the same bit of in depth background on Tucker but that didn’t happen.

The end of the story seemed a bit abrupt to me.  Decisions had been made between Elle and Tucker and their future – and this was done so that they could make a clean start together.  Tucker wasn’t a Nashville kind of guy and Elle absolutely did not want to move back to Starkey.  After a particular incident, that all changed and Elle made the decision for both of them to stay in Starkey.  It seemed rushed and not so well thought out on her part – more of a highly emotional decision.  I know that it was supposed to be the big gesture from her to Tucker but it rang false to me – especially after how adamant Elle had been to stay out of Starkey.  IDK, it was sweet on one hand but on the other it just didn’t make sense to me.

The story was sweet and cute for the most part and I always enjoy a good contemporary from McCarthy.  If you’re looking for a story with not too much angst then this would be a good one to pick up.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Heart Breaker by Erin McCarthy

Posted May 16, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Heart Breaker by Erin McCarthyReviewer: Tracy
Heart Breaker by Erin McCarthy
Series: Nashville Nights #1
Also in this series: Love Taker
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: May 17th 016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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three-half-stars

Self-made singer/songwriter Jolene Hart loves everything about being on top in Nashville. Well, everything except her very public breakup with Chance Rivers, her sexy masculine other half. Once the hottest duo on the scene, they turned Music City on its ear. Now their careers are as cold as their relationship. Which is why their manager has practically locked them in a remote cabin with nothing but a guitar, a bed, and time to do what they do best: make some beautiful music together.

As Nashville royalty, Chance has big boots to fill—and the pressure that comes with ’em. He fell hard for Jolene, but he couldn’t handle the spotlight, the crowds, and the fights that made headlines and killed any notion that love and success could go hand-in-hand. Still, Chance is more than willing to rekindle the one thing that worked: the wild passion behind their hit songs. Soon they’re making up for lost time, in the steamiest ways possible. But Chance finds himself wishing for the impossible: that their intimate hideaway could last forever.

Jolene and Chance came together as a writing couple and then started a relationship.  They didn’t let one get in the way of another (or so they thought).  Eighteen months in, however, they had a huge blow up and broke up.  It’s now been 4 months and their agent is throwing them together – despite their animosity toward each other – to write the second album that they are contracted to do.  She ends up sending them about an hour away from Nashville to a secluded cabin so they can work out their differences and write their album.

They don’t spend much time together before they realize that they do need to work out their issues so that they can make the album.  They are each still attracted to the other so each knows that they’ll end up in bed together – and yes, they were right. The problem is with the couple is that they can’t seem to trust their own feelings – nor that of the other person.  Can they not only become friends, but lovers once again?

This book started out wonderfully for me and I just knew it was going to be a total keeper.  Unfortunately, neither of the main characters could get out of their own way.  The constant push and pull of the relationship drove me a bit batty and I got frustrated with both of them.

Jolene had come from nothing.  A trailer park with no money and an abusive father.  All she wanted was to go to Nashville and make a living so that she didn’t have to worry about food or money ever again.  Yes, she loved to sing and write songs but that wasn’t what it was all about.  It was about surviving.  She loved the spotlight because it kept her in the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Chance came from money and from a famous family. He was paraded around by his famous father and grandfather to show everyone how wonderful he was but they didn’t pay much attention to him other than that.  He didn’t care for the spotlight because he knew he could make it as a songwriter even without the spotlight.  The fact that Jolene always wanted to be in it drove him nuts.

When this pair finally say their I Love You’s to each other they certainly had NOT worked everything out.  It kind of came out of the blue and I wasn’t sure why it happened when it did.  They then went and ignored the issues that broke them up in the first place and were focusing on sex.  It was an odd relationship.  There was, of course, the obligatory issues that broke them apart again but that was done well imho. In the end they finally got back together but even then I didn’t think they had communicated all that well.

Don’t get me wrong, the story isn’t bad, it was just frustrating for me to read.  There were some funny parts in it as well but it really focused on the romance between the two.  I’m hoping the next book in the series isn’t quite as volatile and more on the sweet romantic side as I know how well McCarthy can do that.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Final Lap by Erin McCarthy

Posted October 30, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Final Lap by Erin McCarthyReviewer: Tracy
Final Lap by Erin McCarthy
Series: Fast Track #8
Published by Berkley, Penguin
Publication Date: October 7th 2014
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four-stars

At a friend’s lavish wedding, Harley McLain and her twin sister, Charity, meet sexy stock-car driver Cooper Brickman. The more reserved Harley is immediately smitten—until he hits on her twin. But Harley has had enough of being the “nice” girl, and after trading dresses with Charity, she seduces Cooper for a night of wild sex.

What was supposed to be a one-night fling gets complicated when Cooper needs a nanny to look after his kid sister—and is convinced sweet, dependable Harley would be perfect for the job. She can’t resist the money—or Cooper’s hot bod. But when her deception is revealed, will it destroy her dependable image—or will he finally realize how sexy sweet can be?

Harley McLain has always had a crush on driver Cooper Brickman so when she meets him at a friend’s wedding she’s so excited. I mean every girl dreams of meeting their prince charming, right? Why couldn’t it happen to her? Unfortunately when Harley tells Cooper that she’s a nanny all he’s interested in telling her is about his little sister who has been living with him and how he has no idea what to do with her. He doesn’t have kids of his own so having a 12 year old around the house is confusing. Harley’s a bit disgusted when her twin sister, Charity, walks by and she sees lust in Cooper’s eyes. WTH? I mean they’re identical twins so why would he look at Harley as a mother figure and Charity as someone he’s interested in having sex with? Talk about confusing.

Charity is a bit put out with Cooper and everyone else who doesn’t see beyond her boobs. She has a brain, ya know? Charity and Harley decide to switch dresses and therefore switch identities. Harley wants to see what will happen with Cooper if she acts like Charity. Well, a lot, it turns out. Cooper has had a lot to drink but when Charity starts coming on to him he’s all in and they end up in her room spending the night together. Harley wants to tell Cooper the truth but after he falls asleep she just doesn’t know how. She doesn’t know how to tell her sister either and ends up leaving her in the dark. Not a good decision, that one.

Cut to two months later and Harley is now working as a nanny for Cooper and his sister (who’s actually 13). She finds she really likes his sister, Mary Jane, but has a hard time thinking of Cooper as her boss. She really likes him a lot and the more time they spend together the more she likes HIM and not the driver persona she’s had a crush on for a while. Cooper is sending signals that he likes her as well but when Cooper finds out about the switch he may not want her around any longer.

This was a great final book in the Fast Track series. We only get one romance, but both Harley and Charity finding their HEA’s.

Harley and Cooper were so cute together. I did have a bit of an issue with Cooper at first when he kept thinking of Harley as more maternal. Maybe she was, but she was a woman as well. The fact he could lust after Charity and not Harley confused me and we find out later in the book that it confused the hell out of him too. How can he like Harley when he slept with Charity? He shouldn’t, but he does.

When he finally comes clean to Harley about how he slept with her sister, Harley is so relieved because now she can tell him it was actually her that he slept with. Only…he then tells her how horrible of an experience it was to sleep with Charity and Harley is so embarrassed! How can she come clean about her feelings and tell him the truth when he thought sleeping with her was so awful? I wouldn’t have wanted to either!

Despite the deception they manage to work out their issues. There was another zinger right at the end of the book that I thought was a bit too overly dramatic but I got over it. 🙂

The other couple was Charity and Jeff Sterling. Though there’s not a lot of them in the book together but what was there was very sweet and I wish we could have gotten more of their interactions.

Overall a really good book. I’ve enjoyed the Fast Track series and will miss reading about all of the lively characters that we’ve come to know and love.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Review: True by Erin McCarthy

Posted October 8, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: True by Erin McCarthyReviewer: Holly
True by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #1
Also in this series: Shatter
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 320
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three-half-stars

A New Adult novel from USA Today bestselling author Erin McCarthy
When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.
Tyler has told Rory that he’s not good enough for her. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t seem to stay away from her, and even when Rory knows she should push him away, something about him makes it nearly impossible for her to resist—even though her heart is at stake…
Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…

Since Rowena and Tracy both reviewed this book already, I’m just going to jump right into what I liked and what I didn’t.

I really liked Rory and Tyler. They were both caregivers in their own way and took care of each other. Rory was such a cute little nerd. I loved how logical she was. Growing up with just her scientist father really stifled her, I think. She was funny and irreverent but only around those she was truly comfortable, like her two roommates, Jessica and Riley. They saw how she really was and wanted to see her gain some confidence, which is why they hired Tyler to take her virginity after she confesses she still has it. 

Tyler, it turns out, has been eyeing Rory since he met her. He thinks she’s funny and quirky and wants to get to know her better. Because she’s shy and always acted reserved around him, he never pursued it. Now that he took her home and spent some time with her, he really steps up his game. He’s had a pretty rotten upbringing with an alcoholic, drug addict mother. He’s trying to pull himself out of the mire and take care of his younger brothers – with the help of his older brothers – but it’s hard. He doesn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to a relationship, but Rory makes things better for him. He was pretty great, honestly. He did his best to be responsible and take care of his mom and brothers. He made some mistakes along the way, but he was kind and respectful and I really liked him.

The problem with the book is the roommates.  A) they paid someone to have sex with her. Hello. And b) they did this after she was almost raped. The first is a problem, but the second nearly killed the book for me.

Rory was at a party waiting for her roommates to finish banging their guys in the bedrooms when the guy she’s waiting with – and kind of fantasizing about – starts in about how much he wants Jessica and then starts kissing Rory. She tries to pull away but he doesn’t realize it and essentially forces her into almost giving him a blowjob. Like, his dick was out of his pants and he was shoving her face toward it while she was struggling to get him to stop. At that point, one of the guys, Tyler, comes out of the bedroom, sees what’s happening and puts a stop to it.

Rory is understandably upset. She almost just had her face raped. Her roommates come out and are like, “OMG! That’s horrible! OMG! Are you okay!?! OMG!” as they should. Except then Rory says she wants to go home and they’re like, “Oh. Okay. It’s too cold to go outside but I’m sure Tyler will drive you home. Buh-bye.” Y’all, I’m not even playing. They flat told her it was too cold to go outside and she should catch a ride with a stranger she knew nothing about, alone. After she was almost raped.

When she gets home she’s pretty drunk and ends up passing out. When she wakes up, the same random guy is sitting on her bed watching her sleep. He was just, you know,making sure she was okay. When she questions him about her roommates he says they went to get breakfast, no big deal. Hey, she was almost just raped. Let’s leave her alone with a random guy, right? The same random guy who was screwing one of the roommates the night before and who, unbeknownst to Rory, they’ve now hired to deflower her.

My head almost exploded. I’m not even kidding.

I kept reading because it’s revealed shortly thereafter (they think Rory is asleep and talk about the situation while she’s in the room) that they paid Tyler to sleep with her. I wanted to see how Rory would react and what would happen. While I’m glad I continued on with the story since Rory and Tyler turned out to be great characters together, I don’t know that I want to continue on with the series. Neither Jessica nor Riley earned feelings of goodwill from me and I don’t know that I can stomach reading their books. I’m reserving judgement for the time being.

The other thing I disliked was how abruptly the story ended. I actually expected the next book to be a continuation of this one, based on the way it ended. I would have liked to see a bit more of their relationship after they reconciled. A novella about them wouldn’t be remiss.

While the actions of the secondary characters really marred my enjoyment, I can’t deny I liked both Rory and Tyler, and the way their relationship progressed. It was kind of sad, emotionally charged, sweet and entertaining, all at once.  

3.5 out of 5 

(I probably would have rated this 4.25 without the roommates)

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Shatter by Erin McCarthy (+ a Giveaway!)

Posted September 16, 2014 by Tracy in Giveaways, Reviews | 5 Comments

Reviewer: Tracy
Shatter by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #4
Also in this series: True

Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
Genres: New Adult
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four-stars

Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again…

While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.

With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole…

 

Tracy’s review of Shatter (True Believers #4) by Erin McCarthy

Kylie is not really an incredibly impulsive person but when the chance to sleep with her tutor, Jonathan, comes up, she takes it. She’s emotionally unavailable as she is still distraught over finding her best friend and boyfriend had slept together. She doubts her choices now as she thought she was in love with Nathan and he turned out to be an ass. What does that say about her?

Jonathan knows it’s wrong to sleep with Kylie as he’s her tutor but he can’t seem to help himself. He’s intrigued by her from the first minute he sees her and can’t get her out of his mind – even when they don’t see each other again.

Cut to a couple months later and Jonathan is in the coffee shop where he and Kylie studied only he is now shell-shocked.  Kylie has told him that she’s pregnant and he’s dumbfounded. He doesn’t handle things well and Kylie walks out. Jonathan starts to rethink his education choices – stop at Masters or go for the Doctorate? – as he knows he now has to provide for his child. He wants to be in the baby’s life and as he spends more time with Kylie he knows that he wants to be with her as well – permanently.

Life has a way of throwing curve balls at people, however, and Kylie’s not sure, when it comes right down to it, if Jonathan is with her because of her or because of the baby. She pushes him away in an attempt to save her heart but she’s already fallen for him.

This was another great book in the series. I really loved Kylie and Jonathan together. He was the hot nerd guy that I always love to read about (and look at). An amazing brain, glasses and tattoos – what’s not to love? On top of that he was a really fantastic guy. Yes, he had his issues – don’t all men? – but he worked through them and I think it made their relationship, in the end, that much stronger.

Kylie was wishy-washy at times but I had to give her kudos for all the emotional (and physical) crap she went through in the space of a year. If that didn’t show her strength, I don’t know what does. I could completely understand her doubts about Jonathan – not because he deserved it but I think I would have been doubting my judgment as well after what she went through.

I really like books where at least one of the characters is “normal”. Let me explain. Kylie came from a good home. She had 2 parents who loved her – siblings and they weren’t poor. She didn’t have a whole lot of angst in her life from her childhood and was really a pretty optimistic person. I know a lot of people don’t care for people who are dark and riddled with issues but when I read a book with a character like Kylie I just love it that much more. There are a crap-ton of people in the world like Kylie who still can get hurt and bounce back, who can still have boy/girlfriend issues and still be an interesting person – with an interesting story! I think in this case Jonathan had enough of the parental issues for both of them.

Overall I found this to be a really great read. It kind of sounded like this was the last book in the series as things seemed to be wrapped up with the couples, but I’m not sure. If it was up to me I think I’d have the author keep going as it’s just so good. 🙂

Rating: 4 out of 5

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four-stars


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