Hidden Miles- Claire Kingsley

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.

But maybe we both need saving.

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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.

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99% Mine- Sally Thorne

Darcy Barrett has traveled the world, and knows unequivocally the best man in the world is her brother’s best friend, Tom Valeska but because of this, he is off limits (along with the fact he is engaged to his very long term lady friend). Darcy returns to her home town to work on the house her grandmother left her and her brother, only to discover Tom will be the project manager of the renovation. Can she resist her attraction when in such close quarters on a daily basis?

After the absolute LOVE I felt for Sally’s debut novel, The Hating Game, I was curious to see if she could do it again. Surely it would be impossible to top that exquisite example of what a romantic comedy should be. And guess what? I liked 99% Mine even better!  The author has an entirely unique voice, one that in turn makes me laugh and cry back to back. Her words make me feel all the feelings. I am a fast reader and sometimes I’m not sure if I always pick up on every emotion because I’m tearing through, but even with the speedy flow of this book I still felt it all. The love, the passion, the humor … ugh. I didn’t want the book to end. I can’t recommend this (or The Hating Game!) highly enough. 5/5 stars, but would rate higher if I could.

Work In Progress- Staci Hart

ARC REVIEW

Do you ever have trouble reading a book because you love it so much you have to keep putting it down so it doesn’t end? Yeah, that.

Amelia Hall has never been kissed.  She rarely goes out, and keeps close to only her fellow Red Lipstick Coalition babes. When she meets sexy bad boy of the publishing world Thomas Bane, he challenges her in ways she couldn’t turn down: marrying him to help clean up his reputation in exchange for an opportunity for the job of her dreams.

Amelia is a compelling character, not one I can necessarily relate to on a personal level, but one I can certainly understand what drives her choices.  Tommy, however, is the perfect book boyfriend. He’s a hot, broody bad boy with a heart of gold. He lays all his cards out at the beginning, which I appreciate. I don’t always need a ton of angst and guessing about intention. I enjoyed the slow burn relationship, the pacing felt real. I really liked the way the characters brought out the best in each other, especially Amelia’s change into a more confident adult.  The sparks between them were evident at the start, but Tommy’s patience and understanding were really the hot part to me.

I highly highly recommend this one, or any other book by Staci for that matter. It’s just a perfect example of what a contemporary romance novel should be: full of heart, heat, and humor.  5/5 stars

Official Synopsis:

I never thought my first kiss would be on my wedding day.

But here I stand, clutching a bouquet of pale pink roses behind the doors of a Las Vegas chapel, and at the end of the aisle is the absolute last man I imagined would be waiting for me.

Thomas Bane.

Bestselling author. Notorious bad boy. Savagely handsome, dark as sin, chiseled as stone. And somehow, my soon-to-be husband.

Marry him, and I’ll land my dream job. Save him, and I’ll walk away with everything I’ve ever wanted. All I have to do is remember it’s all for show. None of it is real, no matter how real it feels.

But first, I have to survive the kiss.

And with lips like his, my heart doesn’t stand a chance.

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Nothing Personal- Karina Halle

Nove Lane lives in paradise, but her life is anything but perfect. Her less than stellar boyfriend cheated on her on vacation, and when she returns to work she discovers that A. Her boss quit unexpectedly B. His position is being filled by the very man who caused her to flee to paradise in the first place.

This is a bit of a departure from Karina Halle’s normal work. It’s sillier, lighter, and genuinely pretty darn funny. The sparks between Nova and Kessler are great (I love a good fight-turned sex scene) and I love the sweet emerging relationship between Kessler and his son. Sometimes it’s nice to have an angst free romp and let a book whisk you away to a fantasy land. If you like a good rom com with a side of paradise, I highly recommend it. I aloha this book. 5/5 Stars

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Release Date: December 26, 2018

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ARC REVIEW

“Am I a bet? Am I a fucking bet?” is not a quote from this book, of course, but the line from the iconic 90s movie She’s All That was playing on repeat in my head as I read this book.  I’m going to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, but rest assured the leading man of this book, Sam, makes his bet for much more noble reasons that Freddie Prinze Jr’s Zack.

Sam is a player with a heart of gold. He’s never committed to a woman before, but actually seems to like and respect them.  He’s the perfect book boyfriend for so many reasons (talent, charisma, and good looks is just the tip of the iceberg with this one). Val would love to commit to a man, but would have to over come her insecurities and find one first.  She is very relatable with her insecurities about her curvy figure, just as most women have struggled with body issues and self acceptance. Sam begins to help tutor her to make her more comfortable with all things man related- flirting, dating, kissing (and more?).

I loved the relationship between the two and the sparks between them were seriously h-o-t.  The book is over all fun and flirty, its a great example of what a romantic comedy should be. It’s a quick read due to the fun nature you’ll just want to keep reading to keep the (dance) party going. You get to see your old favorites in the Red Lipstick Coalition (first seen in Staci’s book Piece of Work) including Rin and Court. I loved this book! 5/5 stars.

Released: 10/11/18

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Official 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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A Nordic King- Karina Halle

Five Stars *****

“I am a king. And I belong to you in ways I never thought possible. More than I belong to my country, more than I belong to the people, I belong to you.”

First of all, what’s not to like about this book?  A hot, jerky, widowed king with a secret. A younger, feisty, Australian nanny with a questionable past.  Add in cute kids, a teacup pig, travel, European cities, forbidden romance.  There is also plenty of humor and hot sex.

Aurora wasn’t expecting her new nanny job to be with the royal Danish family, and King Aksel didn’t want her there. The two clash in the beginning and sparks continue to fly throughout. Together they find common ground, orgasms, and redemption.

This fairy tale set in the modern world will make you swoon, as will the chemistry throughout. The general theme may seem familiar but the book is written so well you won’t mind.  Do not hesitate to check out Karina Halle’s latest release. She continues to be one of my favorite authors for good reason.

 

Release Date: September 21st 2018

Kindle Unlimited: Yes