(ARC REVIEW) Gin Fling returns us to the world of Bootleg Springs and the Bodine family, and it is a gosh-darn delight. I love this family and this town so much. There is so much humor, heart, family, and moonshine throughout the first five books, with a mystery unraveling across each. It’s so rare to find the perfect combo and balance between mystery, humor, and romance. I’m not sure how much to say without giving away the plot of the overarching mystery, but let’s just say it took another intriguing turn this book and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the 6th book to come out next month.
Jonah is my favorite Bodine so far, but I’m willing to fall in love with Gibson next as well. I’ve been anxiously waiting for Jonah’s story from the beginning, and he did not disappoint. He is such a calming presence,and the perfect balance to Shelby’s more unsettled lifestyle. He’s supportive without overwhelming or overpowering. I was so glad he got some of the answers he was looking for. Shelby’s on her own journey and I always appreciate an intelligent, confident weirdo.
Do yourself a favor and check out not only this book, but the four before it, so you too can travel to the world of Bootleg Springs. 5/5 Stars.
Everly Dalton has the worst luck with dating. After a string of truly terrible first dates, she decides to take a break from dating and focus on her friends and her career as executive assistant to billionaire Shepherd Calloway. Shepherd is a cold and demanding boss, but Everly can handle him. When Shepherd finds himself in need of a faux girlfriend to outwit an ex-lover, he calls his assistant to step in. Will Everly and Shepherd find their fake relationship is not so fake after all?
Everly and Shepherd are perfectly opposite. She is warm, bubbly, and friendly. She’s the type to do anything for anyone, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness. Shepherd thinks he’s genetically predisposed to be cold and unfeeling, just like his mother. The transition to his demeanor as Everly starts to melt his hard candy coating is a joy to witness.
The “side” characters are a delight as well, I love a group of strong women and her friends did not disappoint. Shepherd’s father and brother are both quite lovely. I didn’t care for Everly’s sister (I won’t spoil why) but suffice to say she put Everly in a terrible position with no thought to the ramifications.
Check it out if you like grouchy men, martinis, strong females, hilarity, love, families, or any combination of these. 5/5 Stars
“When I kissed you last night, I wasn’t pretending.”
Everly Dalton is a walking, talking, martini-drinking dating disaster. Forget kissing frogs. She can’t even get past the first date. But at work, she’s a badass—the longest-running assistant billionaire Shepherd Calloway has ever had. Her coworkers wonder how she handles the big bad wolf—and never gets bit.
Shepherd Calloway isn’t interested in being anyone’s sugar daddy. Tired of women who only want him for his money, he swears off dating, determined to focus on running his empire. Until his gold-digging ex hits him where it hurts, putting him in a difficult position.
His solution—to have Everly pose as his live-in girlfriend—is obviously crazy. But the timing is uncanny. It just so happens Everly needs a favor from her boss—a big and awkward one—and this could ensure everyone gets what they want.
Besides, Everly can totally survive a few months of faux romance.
Except there’s a problem. Shepherd is supposed to be a single-minded, unemotional robot boss. Not an actual human with a heart and morning wood. Between the awkward bed-sharing and tingly fake dates, lines are blurring. And as Everly gets to know the real Shepherd, she discovers there’s more to the man behind the bank account.
“The covers moved, and I felt his weight slide onto the mattress. Oh my god, I was in bed with my boss.”
Everly Dalton is a walking, talking, martini-drinking dating disaster. Forget kissing frogs. She can’t even get past the first date. It’s enough to make even the perpetually optimistic Everly want to give up on love.
At work, however, she’s a badass—the longest-running assistant the intimidating billionaire Shepherd Calloway has ever had. Her coworkers wonder how she handles the big bad wolf—and never gets bit.
When Shepherd comes to her with a completely inappropriate offer—pose as his live-in girlfriend for a few months—she agrees. Live in his palatial penthouse and go on fancy dates with her sexy as hell boss? Why not? She can totally survive a few months of faux romance.
Unfortunately, Everly’s terrible dating luck extends to her new fake relationship. Shepherd is supposed to be a single-minded, unemotional robot boss. Not an actual human being with a heart and morning wood. Between the awkward bed-sharing and tingly fake dates, lines are blurring. And as she gets to know the real Shepherd, she discovers there’s more to the man behind the bank account.
So much more.
Their relationship is fake—every touch and heated glance just for show. Everly is not going to fall for her boss. There’s too much at stake.
Until faking it gets all too real. T
Heat, Heart, & Happily Ever After Claire Kingsley writes sexy contemporary romance and romantic comedies. She loves sassy, quirky heroines, swoony heroes who love their women hard, panty-melting sexytimes, romantic happily ever afters, and lots of big feels. She can’t imagine life without coffee, her Kindle, and the sexy heroes who inhabit her imagination. She’s living out her own happily ever after in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three kids.
This is obviously a story written as a treat for fans of the series already, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it on its own. But considering I am a huge fan of the series, I loved it. It doesn’t have an overly elaborate plot, but it is a sweet story about two characters we’ve grown to know and love throughout the series and how they get their HEA. Ben is such a strong, steady character I especially enjoyed learning more about him and his backstory. It wraps up the series in a lovely, soft, romantic way.
There is also bonus content at the end that sets up the author’s next series which I am very much looking forward to.
I very much recommend this if you’re a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed.
And if you’re not a fan of the series (yet)? Now’s the time! The full series is available now on KU and it is so worth your time. It’s got romance, heat, mystery, humor, and an awesome family dynamic.
ARC Review: I’ve been waiting VERY impatiently for this one! I have loved the previous books in the Miles Family series but I knew this was going to be my favorite one from the time Leo was first introduced. And I was right (of course). The yearning, the heat, the heartache, the broken man ….Ohhhh man did I love this book.
It is the perfect mix of humor, drama, and romance. It could have fallen into the angsty-angst pit very easily but it rises above and tackles very real issues of PTSD and physical abuse without making you feel bad while reading. Sometimes overly-angsty books really drag me down while I’m trying to enjoy them, but this was thoroughly enjoyable throughout, even during the tough parts.
I loved seeing the rest of the family that we’ve gotten to know and love over the course of the previous books in the series, and the subplot pertaining to their father is finally resolved satisfactorily.
Obviously I love this book. If you love romance, do not hesitate to get this book. In fact, read the whole damn series. You won’t regret it. 5/5 stars
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“I wasn’t ready for this. Hannah deserved a man who was whole, not a broken shell. But I couldn’t resist her. Couldn’t resist this. It felt too good.
And would that be so bad? To have something that felt good for once?”
My name is Leo Miles, and I’m not a hero.
I came home broken—wounded and scarred. It’s been five years, and I haven’t left my family’s land. Not once. It’s not much of a life, but with the way I look now, I prefer to stay hidden.
My only reprieve is her voice. I put on my headset, log in to my game, and she’s there. We talk while we play, sharing everything but our personal details. She’s my best friend—my happy place—even though I don’t know her real name.
Until one day, I hear a voice I recognize. She’s here, at my family’s winery. Meeting Hannah Tate in person rocks my world. And discovering she’s in trouble—serious trouble—changes everything.
Hannah is my every fantasy come true. And this badass gamer girl is determined to break through my defenses. But between the mess that is my life, and the threats to my family’s safety, I can’t be anyone’s hero, least of all hers.
Claire Kingsley writes smart, sexy romances with sassy and often quirky heroines, swoony heroes who love their women hard, panty-melting sexytimes, romantic happily ever afters, and ALL the big feels.
She can’t imagine life without coffee, her Kindle, and the sexy heroes who inhabit her imagination. She’s living out her own happily ever after in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three kids.
The Miles Family series brings us the story of four siblings living and working at their vineyard. Written by Claire Kingsley, this is a fun, sexy series with a lot of heart. My only complaint? I found the series before the fourth book was released, and now I can’t wait for Leo’s story! He’s the most intriguing of all the siblings and I’m counting down until it releases in March.
The series starts off with Broken Miles, about the eldest Miles sibling, Roland, and his return the family’s vineyard in the Cascade Mountains. He’s spend the last four years working hard in San Francisco, proving to himself he doesn’t need his family or their expectations about him working at the family business. After receiving an emergency call from the sibling he trusts the most, he returns home to try to clean up the mess his deadbeat father created of the vineyard’s finances. He finds himself getting closer to his ex-wife, who is also employed at the vineyard. If you love second chance romances, this is a hot one for you- Roland and Zoe have serious sparks.
Next up we have Forbidden Miles, about the baby (and only girl) of the family, Brynn, as she falls in love with her brother’s best friend. This is a sweet romance novel with minimal angst but plenty of heat. If you love forbidden romance, this ones for you.
Most recently, we have Reckless Miles, about the family goofball, Cooper. Cooper is always up for a good time, moving from woman to woman, until he meets Amelia at a bar, still in her wedding dress after being left at the altar. After spending a steamy night together, he suggests they spend the next couple weeks together, since she would have been away on her honeymoon. This is a perfect romantic comedy!
Now bring on Hidden Miles, Leo’s story, releasing March 2019. I can’t wait!