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Book Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren (9781501165832)

51Yr-LgxTbL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_Holland Bakker was a stalker.  Not the scary type, but the music enthusiast type.  She took the long way to work every day just to see the subway musician play his guitar with lovely abandon until a homeless man pushes Holland onto the subway tracks and changes her life forever.

Calvin McLoughlin is a Julliard graduate from Ireland with an expired visa playing guitar in the subway and in various unknown bands in New York.  He is in America illegally and calls the police anonymously to help the beautiful young woman who fell on the tracks.

Fate brings Holland and Calvin together to help Holland’s uncle, Robert, who needs a musician fast to save his show.  What can be done to keep Calvin in America legally for the job of his dreams?  Holland owes Robert for giving her a job and how bad would it be to be married to Calvin, the man in her dreams?

This is not just another romance novel and believe me, I have read my share of them.  The story is unique, the characters are diverse and believable, and it is told without the saccharin and obnoxious love words found in other romances.  And I would like to add that the humor is subtle, but very effective.

Thank you to Ms. Lauren, Gallery Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book Review: 69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer (Kindle eBook)

51A8kEE2YoL._SY346_Kiersten Abbott receives her new job by default.  Sexy Cole Harrington, president and founder of Harrington Enterprises, let his first assistant go because he wanted her to attend a conference on the same weekend as her wedding.  As second assistant, Kiersten’s work is cut out for her as he looks at her and says, “Let’s hope you last longer than the last three.”  Little did Kiersten know her luck would change for the good when she wins the lottery along with her friends.  Just to add some retribution for the long hours and no appreciation she receives from her new boss, she decides to make his life miserable by creating the Termination Pool at work to see how long it takes for her to get fired.

Cole Harrington is wondering what is wrong with his usually competent new assistant and learns about the office pool to see how long it will take him to fire her.  No one outsmarts the boss so he joins the pool and plays along with his “sexier than hell” assistant.

The sparks fly between Kiersten and Cole and the lengths she goes to get herself fired are hilarious and very creative.  This is a laugh-out-loud romance that is sexy and sweet.  Ms. Archer creates a new and refreshing plot that made this old romance reader long for more!

For more information about the author and her works, please visit her website at https://kiraarcherbooks.com.

Thank you to Ms. Archer, Entangled Publishing, LLC, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book review: Just One Night, Part One: The Stranger by Kyra Davis (9781476711102) E-book

e28876ffd2150755973366b6667434d414f4141Kasie Fitzgerald’s best friend, Simone, takes her to Vegas for one last fling before she ties the knot.  Kasie feels out of place in the tight red “bandage dress” that Simone lends her, but she meets a mysterious stranger who gives her a night of unforgettable pleasure.  “This man, he’s not like the man who raked my body with his eyes, all conceit and sleaze.  This man isn’t pushing his agenda on me.  He’s drawing out mine; reading my movements, my smiles, the quick path of my eyes. Tonight I’m the girl who is going to sleep with a stranger.”  But what about her fiance Dave.  “This isn’t the woman I’m supposed to be.”  Or is it?

All I can say is hot, hot, hot!!!  An erotic ride where Kasie battles with her desires and weaknesses which leaves you breathless and only makes it worse with the cliffhanger at the end.  Can’t wait to get my hands on Part 2.

Thank you for Ms. Davis, Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for giving me this opportunity review this very hot book.

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Book review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (9781848450776) E-book

Echo and Noah are two lost teenagers who just want to “find normal again”.  Echo was one of the popular girls in school until she lost her brother from the war and an incident she can’t remember with her mother changed her life completely.  Echo’s thoughts are “My father is a control freak, I hate my stepmother, my brother is dead and my mother has… well … issues. How do you think I’m doing?”

Noah was part of a happy family until tragedy struck and he lost his parents in a fire and he and his two younger brothers were thrown into the foster care system which separated him and from his brothers.  Noah’s thoughts are “‘Good.’  That is if you considered your foster mom and dad getting into a screaming match and throwing everyone’s gifts into the fireplace a good Christmas.  I’d always dreamed of spending my Christmas in a hellhole basement watching my two best friends get stoned.”  Can Echo and Noah ever trust adults again?

Echo and Noah meet each other through their new high school clinical social worker, Mrs. Collins.  She recommends that Echo tutor Noah in some subjects.   They are total opposites, (Echo with the popular girls and Noah with the stoners), but do opposites really attract?  They push the limits to find peace in their lives and to find common ground with each other.

The reader will feel all of the emotions that the characters feel and more.  All of the characters are very believable and the storyline is important for all ages.

Check out Katie McGarry’s “Two Essential Ways to Build Your Characters” at http://harlequinblog.com/2012/07/two-essential-ways-to-build-your-characters/  Great ideas!

Thank you to Ms. McGarry, Harlequin UK and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity review this book.

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Book review: Consent to Love by Abby Wood (9781426893551) E-book

The story between Ana and Kane is nothing new.  She is the naïve 24-year-old who is looking for love and happiness and he is the strong silent Native Indian type intrigued by her charms.

I felt the writing was hurriedly put together and it had more sex scenes than actual character-building content.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the sex scenes, but I wanted balance within the story. Seeing Ana grow more intellectually and socially was helpful, but Kane seemed to stay the same and in my experience those kind of relationships can end in resentment and disappointment.

This was a quick read; but, unfortunately, this was not one of my favorites and I was hoping for much more.

Thank you to Abby Wood, Carina Press and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book review: On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves (9780142196724) E-book

T.J. (aged 16) is in remission from cancer and Anna (aged 30) is a teacher who is hired to tutor him due to the year he was not attending school for his medical treatments.  They are flying to a summer rental in South Asia where T.J.’s parents are waiting for them and the seaplane they are on crashes into the Indian Ocean near a deserted island.  T.J. and Anna learn to survive with many hardships on the island for 3 years when the 2004 South Asian tsunami hits and they are rescued and placed back into reality.

The book is tastefully written in light of the May/December “romance” which doesn’t physically start until T.J. is 19.  I think Ms. Graves does an excellent job in creating the bond between the main characters during their residence on the island and she does just as well explaining their difficult transition back to their former lives with the “frowned upon” way they feel about each other.   Do they end up staying together?  Read it and see.

I want to thank Ms. Graves, Penguin Group and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book review: A Cold Creek Reunion (The Cowboys at Cold Creek, #10) by RaeAnne Thayne (9780373656615)

Taft hadn’t seen Laura in ten years when she left him practically at the altar and left town. Now she is a widow and back in town with two children, one with Down’s syndrome, to help her mother get her motel back in good working order. Laura’s cold shoulder to Taft is a challenge and his closeness with Laura’s children may be the key to thaw her out.

Will he find out why she left so suddenly ten years ago and can he make amends for the past?

I have read Harlequin books since I was in my early teens and jumped at the chance to read #10 in The Cowboys at Cold Creek series. I was not disappointed. This is a nice story with good, strong characters and I would like to go back and read more about Taft’s family and the tragedy that led to his misunderstanding with Laura.

Thank you to Ms. Thayne, Harlequin and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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