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Guest Review: Just One Spark by Jenna Bayley-Burke

Posted May 3, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Just One Spark by Jenna Bayley-BurkeReviewer: Tracy
Just One Spark (Just One... #1) by Jenna Bayley-Burke
Series: Just One... #1
Also in this series: Just One Spark
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Publication Date: April 9th 2018
Format: eARC
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 260
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two-stars

Hannah Daniels reads steamy romance novels to forget her last trip on the love roller coaster shredded her heart and tossed it like confetti. Her instincts about men stink, but at work they’re on point. Only her busy schedule means she reads whenever she can make time. Like at the laundromat while sitting on top of a washing machine. Don’t judge.

Firefighter Mason McNally has searched his whole life for a woman who stirs his soul. When he finds her, she’s nose-deep in a racy paperback atop a vibrating washer. Her beauty, boldness, and raw sensuality ignite his interest. But there’s a problem. He’s forgotten he’s wearing a wedding ring.

No amount of hasty explanations that it’s for his brother’s psychology experiment convinces her to give him a chance. But he’s rushed into fiery situations before, and this woman is totally worth the risk. He’ll just have to prove to her that first impressions can be wrong and their spark of attraction is oh so right.

Hannah is in the laundromat when she meets Mason.  Unfortunately Mason had been participating in an experiment for his psychologist brother and was wearing a wedding ring.  Hannah tells him off for hitting on her and even though Mason says he’s not married, she doesn’t believe him.

Hannah had been dating previously but then found out that the guy was married with a family and she was crushed by what she thought of as her own stupidity.  She doesn’t trust men in general right now and is just interested in her career.

Mason is determined to talk to Hannah once again so he basically stalks her until he can find her, but fails.  It’s through Hannah’s married sister that she ends up meeting Mason’s brother and then is re-introduced to Mason.  They find out that they are neighbors in the same building and he lives right above her.  Despite Hannah’s decisions to take things slowly they can’t seem to keep their hands off of each other.  For Hannah, however, this is just the beginning of what might be a lasting relationship.  For Mason this is the beginning of forever. He wants her and he’s not about to let her go.

This starts off as a decent story, although Mason’s stalking is a bit creepy.  Unfortunately all I ever really felt for this couple, as the book moved on, was awkwardness.  I never felt comfortable with the pair and I think it was because of Hannah.  I found her to be incredibly irritating.  She was stubborn, grated on my nerves and at times she was down-right mean to Mason.  He had his issues but overall he was a nice guy who seemed to truly care about her.  He deserved way better, imho.  Throughout the whole book Hannah never tells Mason she loves him.  Never.  I found that extremely odd in a romance.

There were some parts of the book that were better than others but I found them few and far between.  I didn’t realize as I was reading the book that I had read it before.  I think I must have blocked it, or something because only one part really made me think, “Have I read this before?”  According to Goodreads I read it 4 years ago but sadly I didn’t like it any better this time around.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Just One…

two-stars


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Guest Review: Just Married by Jenna Bayley-Burke

Posted September 1, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Just Married by Jenna Bayley-BurkeReviewer: Tracy
Just Married by Jenna Bayley-Burke
Series: More Than Friends series
Publisher: Swerve, St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 30th 2016
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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three-half-stars

Seattle attorney Miranda Rose arrives in Las Vegas determined to keep her best friend-with-benefits from making a costly mistake – marrying some stranger just to save his family trust. But once there, Miranda discovers she’s the surprise bride! One red-hot honeymoon later, they’re back to their over-scheduled lives on opposite coasts. But a marriage of convenience with regularly scheduled sexytimes turns complicated when Miranda gets the shock of a lifetime: she's pregnant...with twins.

Miranda has always wanted a family of her own, but her infertility made it impossible. Besides, Callum’s difficult upbringing places him adamantly in the no-kid zone. Now she must decide between the man she’s been in love with for years and the children she’s longed for. Or will Callum surprise her yet again and come through when it matters most?

Miranda has been in love with her friend with benefits, Callum, since they were in law school together.  She’s never told him and never plans to.  When Callum calls her up and tells her he’s getting married in Vegas Miranda is crushed but grudgingly agrees to attend the wedding.  Little did she know that she was the intended bride.  She’s pissed but as it’s to keep his cousin from taking over the company and selling it off she finally agrees.

Mira and Callum agree that their lives won’t change.  She’ll continue being a lawyer in Seattle and he’ll continue running his 20 companies from New York – they’ll see each other once a month.  That’s a great plan until Mira gets her annual checkup by her OB/GYN and discovers she’s 3 months pregnant! With her endometriosis she thought she couldn’t get pregnant and she’d been religious about taking the pill.    She’s not sure how to tell Callum as he never wants children. To say he takes it badly is a huge understatement.  He’s determined to get her to live in New York and she’s determined to raise the kids in Seattle by herself.  She’d rather be on her own with twins than for them to grow up thinking they’re unwanted.  Their differences may never be worked out!

I really liked the characters and their predicament.  IMHO Miranda was right on the money by saying she wanted to have the kids on her own without Callum.  He didn’t want kids, didn’t know anything about them, and wasn’t interested in learning.  If it was me I’d tell him I didn’t need him either.  Luckily for Mira Callum finally came to his senses but it took a lot of arguing to get there.  That was a bit heart-wrenching for Mira but it was written well.

Callum was hard-headed and determined to get his way.  I was happy that he finally realized what he needed to do and got it done.  The unfolding of the story and his realizations were engaging and I really enjoyed reading about it all.

It was a fast read and it just took a couple of hours out of my afternoon. Overall I found this to be a really cute story that put a smile on my face.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Just One Spark by Jenna Bayley-Burke

Posted December 1, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Just One Spark by Jenna Bayley-BurkeReviewer: Tracy
Just One Spark by Jenna Bayley-Burke
Series: Just One... #1
Also in this series: Just One Spark (Just One... #1)

Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Format: eARC
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two-stars

 

Hannah Daniels reads steamy romance novels so she can forget her lack of a personal life and the fact that the one time in her life she took a risk on love, her heart was left in pieces. Her busy schedule means she reads whenever she can make time. Like at the laundromat while sitting on top of a washing machine.

Mason McNally has waited his whole life for a woman who stirs his soul. When he finds her, she s nose-deep in a racy paperback, perched atop a vibrating washing machine. Her beauty, boldness and raw sensuality definitely stir something in Mason. But there s a problem. He s forgotten he s wearing a wedding ring.

No amount of hasty explanations that it s for his brother s psychology experiment keeps her from disappearing. Now he s consumed with finding her again and convincing her that her first impression was wrong, and their spark of attraction is oh so right.

Mason sees Hannah in the laundromat and knows immediately that she was the woman for him. Unfortunately for him he’s wearing a wedding ring because he was helping his brother with an experiment – he’s not really married. Hannah thinks that Mason is married and hitting on her and she’s disgusted – no matter how good looking she thinks he is.

A short amount of time goes by and Mason’s brother, Derek, meets Hannah at a party at her sisters house. Once Derek connects the dots and realizes that this is the woman that his brother has been trying to find he arranges to have them meet. From that moment on Mason doesn’t want to let Hannah out of his sight. Of course she has a very demanding and rewarding job which she loves but she works long hours which doesn’t let them spend a lot of time together.

Though Hannah is leery to start up with Mason she believes that they can have a sex only relationship and it will work. Mason, however, wants a lifetime and convincing Hannah of that won’t be easy.

Hannah has serious trust issues. She was dating a guy and was totally giving him her heart and was planning on getting married to him. Her sister and brother-in-law, however, didn’t like him and hired a PI to investigate him (which I have such an issue with). What they found is that her fiance was already married – with 2 kids! Hannah now believes that her judgment is completely skewed and she trusts no man to be honest with her. Though she really likes Mason she can’t give him her whole self because she just can’t trust him – or any man for that matter.

Mason is ready to settle down. He knows that Hannah is his soul mate right after meeting her and he’s not afraid to go for the gusto. It’s almost to the point of ridiculousness how he’s constantly around her and even when he hears her moving around her apartment (coincidentally he lives right above her) he immediately runs down there – almost every time. He invites himself in, is completely forward, wants to spend every minute they’re not working with her – and this is after they’ve known each other like a day. Quite frankly if a guy did that to me I’d escort him out of my house. Go stalk someone else, please. I think the author here was going for committed and sweet and it came out totally creepy.

Hannah was skiddish and distrusting, Mason was ready to marry her the first hour he met her and between the two of them I couldn’t see the good in the relationship – couldn’t see the love. I didn’t connect with either character on any level and almost stopped reading a time or two when they started to annoy me, but I kept reading. I was kind of happy they worked it out in the end but even then Hannah was hesitant to commit and sadly that just didn’t scream HEA to me.

Needless to say I wasn’t a fan of this book. I guess it was ok but I can’t say I recommend it.

Rating: 2 out of 5

two-stars


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