The Marriage Effect- Karla Sorensen

(ARC REVIEW:) The Marriage Effect centers around two characters we’ve met previously in the Washington Wolves series, but can absolutely be read as a standalone. Logan Ward, football player, upstanding guy who’s always made an impression previously, and guardian to his four younger sisters, and feisty former model Paige McKinney, who’ve we’ve met previously as Allie, the owner of the Washington Wolves, best friend.  Logan finds himself in need of a wife to help maintain guardianship of his sisters, and Paige just so happens to find herself in need of a husband for her own reasons. She finds herself impetuously blurting out she’s Logan’s fiance in front of the worst possible person, and Logan and Paige quickly strike a deal. They get married as a means to an end, but soon realize they have more in common than they ever would have imagined.  

So, full disclosure. Do I love football? No, I do not. But do I love sports romances?  They are okay. But I sure love the Washington Wolves series, and The Marriage Effect has been my favorite of the series. Why? Because it’s not about the sport, it’s about the people, and their motivations, passions, and intentions. The sport itself is a background character, enriching the story but not overwhelming.

The spark between Paige and Logan is explosive, regardless of how hard Logan tries to fight it.  They balance each other out in the best possible way, and together on the challenges raising four teenage girls bring. There is emotion, drama, humor, love, and family. It’s a story of fighting for what/who you love, and the journey you take when falling in love.  I love that Paige is a fiesty, funny, take no shit kind of girl and that Logan is a strong, steady protector who loves hard if you’re lucky enough to be in his circle.

And hey, if this book is any indication, maybe I do like sports romances. Or maybe I’m just a big  fan of Karla Sorensen’s. 5/5 stars.


Blurb:

Logan Ward doesn’t want any more women in his life.

Being a football player and legal guardian to his four younger sisters means his playbook is full. However, one of them just landed in the hospital, which gives his brother the shot he needs to challenge Logan for custody.

Legal counsel says there’s only one thing Logan can do—find himself a wife.

Paige McKinney doesn’t always think things through.

Like walking away from her modeling career without a thought of what might come next. She really doesn’t think it through when she proclaims herself Logan’s fiancé at the hospital, simply because the sexy—albeit grumpy—football player forgot his cell phone at a party and security won’t let her pass. It’s not her fault it was overheard by the worst possible person.

A bargain is struck, and a fake marriage is the perfect solution. But the simple solution creates a whole new problem: they’re not as different as they seem. The reluctant groom has fire inside him, and his impetuous bride is about to light the match.

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Author Bio:

Well, let’s see … I’m a wife and a mother. If the things that I write bring a smile to someone’s face, then I’ve done my job.  I am obsessed with Outlander (both the books and the show). I’m almost exclusively a romance reader, which means some people will never consider me a literary snob. If I could meet one historical figure, it would be Jane Austen. I received my Bachelors in Public Relations and worked in health care marketing before I had my babies. I hate Twitter. I do it, but I hate it. Also, if you want to get on my good side, bring me wine and I’ll love you forever.

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Cheap Trick- Emily Goodwin

ARC REVIEW: Danielle and Logan are best friends. Nothing can happen between them because Danielle has plans to move on, live up to the expectations her family has placed on her to finish grad school and marry rich and join all the country clubs. Logan knows Danielle would be his forever girl, so he can’t make a move when she has one foot out of the door. When Danielle’s sister’s wedding approaches, Danielle asks Logan to pretend to be her fiancee to prove to her family she’s doing okay. Will they be able to continue to pretend they don’t have feelings for each other when they are put to the test at the destination wedding?

I loved this book so much. Generally I read as escapism, I don’t see myself in the heroines or make parallels to my life, but I was struck by Danielle. The lessons she learns and her character development were so striking to me, and it’s genuinely a lesson we could take to heart. It’s okay to be fulfilled in the life we have instead of striving for the “ideal.” You don’t have to follow the path your family sets, because there is just one life and you need to live it on your terms. If you’re constantly trying to live up to someone else’s standards, you’re always going to be struggling and feeling like a disappointment. This hit me on such a personal level!

Logan was an absolute dreamboat of a man. I want to go on a sexy jungle romp through waterfalls with him! He was so patient, encouraging, sexy, and funny. We’ve met his family before in other books, but this was a complete standalone (but always more enjoyable to read as a series so be sure to check out all Emily’s books).

Their relationship was so great and I enjoyed watching the growth from friends to lovers. Their sparks were H-O-T even before they were actually together. I’ve enjoyed this whole series so far, but this is my fav-fav-favorite book (so far! I have hopes and dreams for Own). 5/5 thoroughly enjoyable stars.

Well Suited- Staci Hart



Well Suited, the final standalone in the Red Lipstick Coalition Series from Staci Hart, is available now!

ARC Review

Well Suited, the final book in Staci Hart’s smart, sexy, romantic Red Lipstick Coalition series, is here! My heart needs time to recover and get used to the fact the series has come to an end (although I’m holding out hope for an extended epilogue like Happily Ever Habits was for the Bad Habits series). What I love most about the series is how authentic and modern the characters feel. They’re not sitting around waiting for a man to save them, they’re working jobs, chasing their dreams, and spending time with their best friends the realistic way that people actually do.

Katherine especially is not waiting for a man to complete her. She doesn’t believe in love or magic. As a product of two hippies who fall in and out of love all the time, she knows she can only count on herself and her rules. She cares about books (the classics!), her job, her friends. She’s startled to discover five weeks after a one stand with Theo Bane that she is pregnant. Theo Bane does believe in love and magic, and he knows he’s found it in his baby mama. Now he just needs to convince her.

I love this book so much. Theo is probably the perfect man. I know I said that about his brother Tommy in Work In Progress, but Theo is also perfect. He’s driven, sexy, loves to cook and care for those he loves, and wears the hell out of a bespoke suit.

Staci Hart is an incredible Contemporary Romance author. All her books are just exactly what I am looking for in a romance. Aside from the heat (and there is HEAT in this one), there is the warmth, humor, and girl power I’ve come to expect from her. They are just so compulsively readable I have to slow myself down to ensure I’m really absorbing what I’m reading. As sad as I am this series is over, I’m glad I got to experience it and can’t wait to see what Staci brings us next! 5/5 stars

Official Blurb:

Chemistry is my love language.

I’ve always been able to separate feelings from chemosignals. A shot of dopamine, a dash of serotonin, and a sprinkle of oxytocin—and bam. You’re in love.

And when egg meets sperm, you’re pregnant.

I couldn’t even be surprised as I stared down at the little blue plus sign, because I knew exactly when and how, and with whom it happened.

When: approximately five weeks ago.

Who: one night stand.

How: prophylactic malfunction.

The upside? I don’t have to go looking for a suitable mate.

Genetically, he’s the cream of the crop. His musculature is a study in symmetry and strength, his height imposing and dominant. He is a man who thrives on control and command, a man who survives on intelligence and resourcefulness. A perfect male specimen.

And the whole package is wrapped up in a flawlessly tailored suit.

I’m having this baby, and he insists we’re well-suited to have it together. And what’s worse? He wants more, in the way of love and marriage.

But love isn’t real. It’s just a product of chemistry.

And if he changes my mind about that, we’re both in trouble.

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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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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

Kindle Unlimited: Yes

Release Date: December 26, 2018