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Review: All I Ever Wanted by Luann McLane

Posted August 14, 2017 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: All I Ever Wanted by Luann McLaneReviewer: Holly
All I Ever Wanted (Heartthrob #1) by LuAnn McLane
Series: Heartthrob #1
Published by Pocket Star
Publication Date: July 24th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 288
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two-half-stars

From author LuAnn McLane comes the first in a brand new series featuring the sexy Heart brothers: formerly the members of the cult-phenomenon boy band Heartbeat, they’re all grown up and back together for one last reunion tour….

When Grady Heart, former lead singer of the cult-phenomenon boy band Heartbeat and eldest of the brothers, decides to bring the group back together for a highly anticipated reunion concert, he doesn’t expect to be met with so much resistance from his brothers. He also doesn’t expect them to hire his ex-girlfriend and ex-Heartbeat choreographer Arabella York to help the band rock some new dance moves.

Back in Heartbeat’s glory days the brooding bad boy fell hard for Arabella; the studious, stable dance teacher tamed Grady’s wild side but her lack of trust in him eventually drove them apart. Although their chemistry burns hotter than ever, Grady tries to keep his relationship with Arabella strictly professional this time around but in his heart, he might just still long to find out what could have been.

Grady Heart and his brothers were a wildly popular teen boy band. They quit performing when their mother got sick. Now that she’s gone, Grady is organizing a benefit reunion concert in her memory. All his brothers are on board, but there’s a problem…the slick dance moves they used as teens just aren’t possible now that they’re adults. Grady wants everything to be perfect since this is such an important cause. Even so, when his brothers suggest they contact their old choreographer, Arabella, Grady refuses. She broke his heart once. He isn’t willing to give her a second chance. Too bad for him, his brothers go behind his back and call her. Faced with the prospect of spending time with the woman who disappeared without backward glance, Grady admits he still isn’t over her. But he’s not going to give her his heart again.

Arabella is in a financial pickle. She opened a string of successful fitness studios, but she got in over her head and expanded too quickly. Now she either needs a serious infusion of cash or she’s going to be forced to take on a demanding partner who wants to rebrand her entire operation. But facing bad boy Grady Heart again after he ruined her for love isn’t high on her list of fun things to do. Still, she doesn’t have much choice if she wants to save her studios. Now she just needs to keep a calm head around Grady. There’s no way she’s going to risk falling for him again. She learned the hard way the rockstar life is not for her.

I really struggled with this book. I like rock star romances and figured a light boy band second chance love story was right up my alley. Sadly the brothers seemed to suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome. Despite all being in their late 20’s-early 30’s, they still acted like teenagers. The heroine was just as bad. Between her refusal to talk things out like an adult and the way she ran every time something got hard, I had a hard time buying that she was an adult with a successful string of dance studios under her.

I really believed Grady cared for her, but I wasn’t as convinced of Arabella’s feelings. She was closed off and ran at the first sign of trouble or drama. Because she didn’t stick with him, despite her saying she loved Grady, I didn’t buy it.

The premise was good, and I enjoyed some of it. I may continue on with the series.

2.75 out of 5

two-half-stars


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Guest Lightning Review: Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night by Kate Noble

Posted September 22, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Lightning Review: Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night by Kate NobleReviewer: Tracy
Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night by Kate Noble
Series: Winner Takes All #2.5
Also in this series: The Dare and the Doctor
Published by Pocket Star
Publication Date: September 19th 2016
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three-half-stars

Cecilia Goodhue is a schoolteacher with a past, living with her sister and her husband in a tiny English village. Resigned to a quiet life, Cecilia is surprised when she finds out that her young cousin has run off with a man of no means.

Cecilia had once been a teenaged girl who also fell for a young man’s charms—only to be devastated by his betrayal. Determined to not let her cousin meet the same fate, she heads off to London to but is shocked when her investigation leads her right to the front door of the very man who broke her heart: Theo Hudson.

Together, they reluctantly embark on finding her cousin and returning her to her family. During their searching in London, it soon becomes clear that they both remember their short-lived romance differently and perhaps now, years later, they have a fresh chance at love.

There’s not much to say about the premise of the story as the blurb says it so well.  This was a cute story though. There wasn’t a lot of angst, there wasn’t a lot of drama and it was a sweet reunion story.  Once Cecilia and Theo had figured out that they’d been lied to by their fathers ten years earlier about why the other wanted to marry them, all was well.

Parts of the story were pretty funny and I enjoyed laughing throughout the book.  I haven’t read books 1 & 2 in this series but I didn’t feel that I needed to in order to enjoy this novella.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Review: From this Day Forward by Lauren Layne

Posted June 7, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: From this Day Forward by Lauren LayneReviewer: Rowena
From This Day Forward (Wedding Belles #0.5) by Lauren Layne
Series: Wedding Belles #0.5
Also in this series: To Have and to Hold (Wedding Belles #1), For Better or Worse (Wedding Belles #2), To Love and to Cherish (Wedding Belles #3)
Published by Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star
Publication Date: June 6th 2016
Pages: 128
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Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in this prequel to USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s The Wedding Belles series about three high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding—but their own.

Up-and-coming wedding photographer Leah McHale’s career is on the rise–thanks in no small part to the Wedding Belles, the elite New York wedding planning agency that always throws top-tier business Leah’s way. So when one of the Belles asks Leah to fill in at the former First Daughter's wedding, Leah is overjoyed to say yes–until she finds out who she’ll be working with.

Jason Rhodes is the one man who was able to capture Leah’s heart and, once he had it, promptly stepped all over it and left her broken. Now he’s working side-by-side with her at the biggest wedding of the season and Leah is determined to give him the cold shoulder. Despite his persistence, she is not going to fall for his charming, impish ways again. Not even if he still has that killer, irresistible smile...

This was a quick but enjoyable romance that set up the Wedding Belles series pretty darned well. For such a short story, I didn’t feel like Jason and Leah were robbed of a full length novel. Their story was short but sweet and I’m looking forward to more from these characters.

Jason Rhodes and Leah McHale had a thing good thing going last year but when Leah shows up at Jason’s house and a woman answers the door wearing the shirt that Leah bought for Jason, she bolts because she aint no fool and Jason is obviously cheating on her!

Jason tries to explain but Leah doesn’t want to hear it. There’s nothing he can say that will change what she saw with her own eyes so Leah dodges his phone calls, his messages and she tries to move on with her life but when they’re thrown together on a work project, Leah can’t avoid him. Jason still wants Leah as much as he’s always wanted her but he’s pissed at her for bolting without hearing him out. He thought they had a good thing going but she wouldn’t even let him explain anything and he’s tired of being the guy that everyone suspects of all bad things first.

I thought Jason did a great job of winning Leah back and even though I was a little peeved at Leah for not even trying to hear him out (for over a year!), the way that they came together was sweet and for such a short romance, the romance was just as steamy as if this was a full length story. It was a delightful introduction to a series that I’m looking forward to. I recommend!

Grade: 4 out of 5


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Review: Saving Grace by Kristen Proby

Posted January 6, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Saving Grace by Kristen ProbyReviewer: Rowena
Saving Grace by Kristen Proby
Published by Pocket Star
Publication Date: November 30, 2015
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two-half-stars

Sparks fly like snowflakes when a klutzy but gorgeous novice crosses skis with a hot resort owner in this tempting tie-in to New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby’s popular Love Under the Big Sky series!

Grace Douglas is on a practice run for her friend Cara Donovan’s bachelorette party ski weekend in Aspen. The problem is, despite living in rugged and picturesque Cunningham Falls, Montana, Grace is the clumsiest person ever born. To prepare for the trip, she is taking lessons at a local ski resort. She just prays that they have an ambulance on standby.

Sexy hotelier Jacob Berkley is ready to play ski instructor, but he quickly discovers that the best place on the mountain for Grace is in the lodge with a hot toddy. Her sense of humor and easy laugh quickly pull him in, and soon he’s determined to help her get off the bunny slope for a fun vacation with her friends. He just didn’t expect their steamy chemistry to trigger an avalanche of desire straight to his heart.

This was a short contemporary romance that didn’t take me very long to dig in to.

The story starts out with the heroine and a bunch of her friends are hanging out and her friends have gotten the klutzy heroine some ski lessons at the local resort so that she can learn how to ski from a professional before they turn her loose in Aspen for one of their bachelorette weekend away.

So our heroine, Grace heads up the mountain for her weekend ski lessons and is really impressed with her ski instructor. He’s hot, he’s got good hands and he’s really helping her get a hold on this skiing business. She’s just about ready for that trip to Aspen.

When Bax asks her out to dinner, Grace is hesitant because she really shouldn’t but he’s sexy and he’s mighty interested in her so she caves because….why not?

Bax is intrigued with the girl who mistakes him for her ski instructor. Right from the very beginning, he’s interested in everything about this girl so when he asks her out and she turns him down, he’s bummed. But she changes her mind and Bax realizes that he doesn’t want to stop seeing this girl so he ups the charm.

I’m not really sure where to begin with this review. I mean, I liked it but I didn’t love it. I’m not sure if I couldn’t connect with both Grace and Bax because there wasn’t enough page time to do it or what but for some reason, Grace’s clumsiness and her sassy personality made me roll my eyes and then there was Bax. He’s a super rich guy who owns the resort and some hot to trot lady comes up and he’s so taken with her that he immediately wants in…on everything.

Things just happened so fast and the cheese came on so strong with this story that I spent pretty much the entire book rolling my eyes. I just didn’t buy the instant romance, the clumsy/sassy heroine didn’t do it for me and while it wasn’t a bad premise, I feel like this book would have been so much better with a longer story. Everything was too wham, bam, thank you ma’am for me.

Grade: 2.5 out of 5

two-half-stars


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Guest Review: True Divide by Liora Blake

Posted December 9, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: True Divide by Liora BlakeReviewer: Tracy
True Divide by Liora Blake
Series: True series #3
Also in this series: True Devotion, True Divide, True North, True Devotion
Published by Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 19, 2015
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four-stars

What do you do when the one boy you were never quite able to forget lands on your doorstep?

Lacey Mosely feels stuck: in her rural town of Crowell, Montana, at her job as manager of The Beauty Barn, and in her lackluster love life. Enter Jake Holt, one-time misfit and Lacey’s secret high school love. Ten years later, Jake is a private pilot whose travels take him all over the world, and once he shows up in Lacey’s life again—at the most unexpected time—he can’t seem to stay away. Now it’s up to Lacey to decide if she’s ready to let go of the past…and take a leap of faith for love.

Lacey Mosley was born and raised in Crowell, Montana. As much as she feels stuck there she can’t imagine leaving. She has worked at The Beauty Barn since she was about 16 years old and now works there as a manager for her elderly boss.

When she takes her sister to the hospital to have her baby her brother in law has to fly in from Los Angeles as the baby comes a couple of weeks early. When Lacey sees who the pilot of the plane is she’s shocked to see that it’s Jake Holt, the boy she’d had a hidden relationship with during her senior year of high school. Jake was the bad boy skater and Lacey was the good girl cheerleader but they came together and made it work. When Jake left for parts unknown the day after graduation Lacey was shocked and stunned and now that he’s back in town Lacey’s not sure she wants to get involved with a man who she knows is just going to leave once again.

Jake needed to get out of Crowell as he felt like he was suffocating. He had lived an interesting yet hard life for a while but then got his pilot’s license and life was pretty good at the moment. He never forgot Lacey and wants to start up another relationship with her. Lacey never stopped loving Jake but again, she doesn’t want to get involved with a man who wants nothing to do with Crowell. When she finds out that The Beauty Barn will be hers for good Jake’s not sure he can handle being stuck in a small town with small-minded people. Can their love withstand the trials of each of them living in different states, or will it fizzle to nothing once again.

The final book in the True series was a good one. Lacey and Jake’s story was sweet and almost seamless for most of the book. Sure, Lacey didn’t want to get involved with him again but she can’t get past the feelings that never died for him. Their affair is fun and I loved their email conversations when they weren’t together. Jake was such a good guy and sent Lacey special gifts when he couldn’t be with her on certain occasions – it was all very romantic.

Jake could be a bit of an ass at times but truly once he figured out what he was saying would hurt in a way he didn’t intend he apologized immediately. It didn’t take the sting away completely but I liked that he was intelligent enough to realize his stupid mistakes.

The end was wrapped up a bit too quickly for my liking but I was happy that they managed to work out their differences. I’m sad to see this series end but hopefully we’ll get another great one from Blake sometime soon. 🙂

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars


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