Fight or Flight- Samantha Young

Samantha Young has consistently been one of my favorites since I first read On Dublin Street  6 years ago. It was the first time I realized romance could be more than paperbacks my mom would buy when I was a kid and I would sneak as I got older.  I’ve read the full On Dublin Street series multiple times as the series continued to roll out.  I love the way she combined angst, love, and Edinburgh. I love Scotland, and Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been, so I was curious if I would love her writing as much when my one of my favorite places wasn’t a main character.

Fight or Flight kicks off in Arizona, where Ava and Caleb first meet as Caleb steals the last first class ticket on their flight. They have several other less than stellar encounters throughout the airport, only to discover they are seated next to each other on the plane where their dislike of each other fully comes to head.  During a layover in Chicago they decide to give in the passion they feel for one night then go their separate ways, but happenstance bring them together again through a mutual friend.  Although they may not like each other personally, they do enjoy each other in bed so they agree to spend the nights together while Caleb is in town on a business trip. How long will they be able to continue the arrangement without their dislike turning into like?

I liked this book a lot, although Ava and Caleb both irritated me at times (Ava especially in the beginning and Caleb towards the end). Ava is a type A, everything in its place, doesn’t own jeans, Interior Designer. Caleb is an arrogant, bearded, tattooed, successful Scot. They both want to be in charge, and both are unwilling to fall in love and try a real relationship after being burned in the past. The sex is seriously steamy, and the B characters are well developed (hopefully a sequel with Harper and Jamie to come).  This was funnier than I generally expect the author’s books to be, although there is still plenty of angst as per usual.  I’m giving it 4 stars because the characters were both pretty unpalatable at times and it lessened the over all enjoyment. 4/5 Stars

Release Date: 10/9/18

Kindle Unlimited: No

 

The Royals Collection- Louise Bay

Every book in the Royals Collection by Louise Bay can be read as a standalone, with no confusion or missing information at all. However, it personally drives me crazy to read any books that are even slightly related out of order. I don’t want to find out a couple has ended up together in another book before reading their story, even if it has no weight or bearing on the story I am reading. That being said, since these are not listed as a series on Goodreads since they are standalones, I read the fourth book in the series first and still managed to enjoy them all, even with the chaos (this is chaos for me) of reading them in a willy-nilly order.  I just found out a fifth book in the series so to make sure I had my head on straight I re-read the first four books to prepare myself.


King Of Wall Street-  Max King, King of Wall Street and oldest sibling in the King family, keeps his work and personal lives separate, until Harper Jayne joins his firm and suddenly he can’t help mixing business and pleasure.

I liked this book a lot and was certainly willing to read the rest after reading this one. Although the sex was hot, there was just something about Max that I didn’t fall in love with. I didn’t hate him he just wasn’t one of my book boyfriends. Harper also bugged me when she totally overreacts due to her daddy issues.  I get it, we all have flaws and so should our characters, but something about these two that just didn’t quite click for me. That didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the book, I still liked it quite a bit. I always enjoy a forbidden office romance and the fact that Max was a single daddy.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this. 4/5 Stars


Park Avenue Prince- Self made billionaire Sam Shaw spends his life with walls built around him, never letting any one new in. Old money Park Avenue princess Grace Astor wants a different life than what she grew up with and is determined to make it on her own. When she finds herself running into Sam, she realizes he may be the only one who can help her save her fledgling business, and Sam soon realizes Grace may the only one who can break down his walls.

This is my favorite of the series. There is something about a broken but loving and willing to try man (especially a rich one!) that really gets to me. His haunted past held him back previously from trying anything serious with a woman but the way he is drawn to Grace and the things he does to romance her are seriously hot. There is a ton of humor and redemption in this book. 5/5 Stars


Duke of Manhattan– When Ryder Westbury realizes he is at the brink of losing everything important to him and his family due to an old rule in his family’s trust, he realizes that Scarlett King might be the only woman who can help them. Scarlett King is about to lose the business she has spent the last two years after a devastating divorce, and Ryder offers her the money to save her business. The only catch? She’ll have to marry him and become the Duchess of Fairfax.

I love anything to do with England and the British aristocracy so this book was right up my alley.  The book goes back and forth between New York and England which are two of my favorite places in the world so I’m always happy when stories feature them. The chemistry between the two characters is strong and I loved Ryder’s family in England. This is definitely a light fun read. 4.5/5 Stars


The British Knight – Violet King was feeling lost in the world and unsure what do with her life. When her sister’s sister-in-law offers up her London townhouse,  she decides to give it a go and ends up with a job at a handsome, frustrating boss. Alex Knightley has always been determined to be the best at his job, just like his father was before him.  Nothing comes before his career- until he meets Violet King.

This one fell somewhere in the middle for me.  I love London, and there are some hot scenes, but the whole thing sort of fell a part for me when Violet overreacted to being let down- once. Instead of giving him a second chance she just overreacts and runs and I found myself annoyed with the whole thing. I still enjoyed the book but Violet is not my favorite character. 3.5/5 Stars 


The Earl of London– Darcy Westbury wants to find love, just as long as it doesn’t interfere with running her estate, helping her village, and keeping up with her family’s traditions. Logan Steele has something to prove after his father ruins his family’s legacy. After buying back his Grandmother’s estate, he needs to build something new. The two new neighbors find themselves butting heads over Logan’s proposed development, and they have to work together to find common ground.

I liked this one because there was actual conflict on each side that was believable and understandable.  The attraction between the characters was evident throughout.  There is plenty of humor, romance, and angst and the plot line remains interesting. I did struggle a bit to like Logan. I like a reformed playboy, reluctant to fall in love type hero but honestly he was just an ass about it and the way he spoke or internalized about women and his mighty sexual prowess was just gross to me. I can see how some people might like this overly confidant pompous type of guy but it does not work for me. I don’t mind dominant but not in this case.  I still enjoyed the book as a whole but Logan’s attitude definitely took me out of it.  However I did like Darcy quite a bit so it raised the overall level of enjoyment for me. 3.5/5 stars  

Overall Ranking 

  1. Park Avenue Prince – 5/5
  2.  Duke of Manhattan – 4.5/5
  3. King of Wall Street – 4/5
  4. The British Knight- 3.5/5
  5. The Earl of London- 3.5/5

 

 

Player- Staci Hart Cover Reveal

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I don’t know about you but I am psyched for the next Staci Hart book! For years she’s been one of my favorite authors and probably what brought me into the Contemporary Romance world when I read With a Twist a couple years ago.  You can be guaranteed this book will be filled with hot sex, romance, humor, and a generally good plot- just look at that cover alone! I loved that Piece of Work took us into the world of fine arts and travel, so I can’t wait to read more about the musical world as well.  This is coming soon in just slightly over two weeks and I can’t wait.


Official Information:

Player, an all-new sexy, standalone romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is coming October 11th!

Player by Staci Hart

Publishing Date: October 11, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Photographer: Periwinkle Photographer


Synopsis:

He’s a player.

He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.

Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?

I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.

But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.

There’s so much I don’t know.

Like the fact that I’m only a bet.

But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.

And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.


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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.


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