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Book Review: Catching the Player by Diane Alberts (Kindle book)

51QHc5UMoGLKassidy Thomas’ life was about to change forever. After losing a bet with her brother, Caleb, she is destined to meet Wyatt Hamilton, star quarterback of the Atlanta Saviors. She doesn’t take risks and hasn’t dated for 4 years. He is never seen with the same girl twice and his only commitment is football.

Can she be his friend with benefits knowing that he has no interest in a relationship or love? Will he accept her offer knowing that he doesn’t date girls her type because “all his life, there’d been only one goal–to play ball”?

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Book review: Just Breathe by Janette Paul (Ebook)

cover24691-small Another contemporary romance, this time featuring Ethan Roxburgh, a cynical and “fabulous”  male millionaire and Dee Nichols, a free-spirited, insecure  yoga instructor.  Both are beautiful and both have emotional baggage so can their two very different worlds work together?

It’s a fast-paced, funny and sexy ride to see these two head-strong personalities manage their attraction while keeping their integrity.

Thank you to Ms. Paul, Random House Australia, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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