REIVEW & GIVEAWAY: Landing the Air Marshall by Jennifer Blackwood

Friday, September 30, 2016

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Landing the Air Marshal

by Jennifer Blackwood Snowpocalypse #1 Publication Date: September 12, 2016 Genres: Adult, Entangled: Brazen, Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis: It was meant to be a one-night stand. One wicked night with an irresistibly sexy passenger. That’s all Air Marshal Gage Michaels can afford–his career comes before everything else. Too bad the snowpocalpyse of the century has different plans for him and Abby Winters. Before the night’s over, they find themselves snowed in at the most luxurious hotel in the city.Abby’s scouting job of a NYC penthouse should be quick, simple, and definitely shouldn’t include a sexy-as-hell man messing up the 3000 count sheets that will be featured in her company’s next blockbuster hit. Not when she’s up for a promotion that could skyrocket her entire career in the film industry. Still, she can’t refuse what the weather gods so obviously want her to have. She’ll give in, just this once. Leaving is tougher than either of them could have imagined. But they’re two people who have nothing in common, living on opposite coasts. There’s no way they can ever be together. Right?

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My Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:
This is the first book that I've read by Jennifer Blackwood and I really ended up enjoying it.  Landing the Air Marshall was a quick, steamy and fun romance.

Abby is a workaholic, control freak who is absolutely terrified of flying but wants to see the whole world.  Gage starts off as a man that has no time for romantic entanglements but starts to rethink his life and his wants as the story goes on.  They live on opposite coasts so they both agree to a no strings attached time while they are together but both end up wanting more.

The chemistry between the two of them was off the charts hot!  This is a Brazen title by Entangled so if super steamy moments aren't you're thing then you are probably going to want to skip this one because they go at it like bunnies!

My only criticism is that I wish things were tied up a little better at the end.  We are left with a really sweet epilogue but the MCs still have no idea where they are going to live...after a year of being together.  Things like that bug me a little bit but may not bug other people as much. 

** I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  **

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ABOUT JENNIFER BLACKWOOD

Jennifer Blackwood
Jennifer Blackwood is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.

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Review: Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Title: Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky
Author: Holly Martin
Series: A Town Called Christmas, #1
Genre: M/F Romance
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: September 22nd 2016
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Synopsis:
This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts…

Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.

So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.

But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.

Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?

My Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

My Review:
I have read 4 of Holly Martin's books before this one and was absolutely crazy about them so I snatched this one up as soon as I saw it on NetGalley.  Unfortunately I didn't end up loving it as much as the others.  Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky is the first book in her new series, A Town Called Christmas.

Piper has a lot of emotional baggage due to how she was raised (She was abandoned by her real mother, then adopted by a family where the "dad" didn't want anything to do with her) and also by the accident where her father lost his life.  She was under the impression that Gabe was cheating on her and that his family rejected her so she lived her life traveling place to place and never stopping too long or making any lasting relationships.

Gabe was heartbroken when Piper left him and decided he was never going to open his heart to another female again, so he only has meaningless flings but never anything lasting relationships.  He has a little girl from one of his past relationships that he has taken full responsibility for and is very protective of.

What I liked:
- I really the fun Christmas holiday feel of the town.  It sounds like somewhere I would really love to go one day.  Holly Martin has a way of describing a place so vividly that you can almost see it.

-Once Gabe's brother Luke stopped acting like a jerk, I ended up really liking him and can't wait for his story.

- I really like Piper.  She was really sweet with Gabe's daughter and had A LOT of patience when it came to Gabe's untrusting family.  (I would have left if people treated me the way they did her)

Things I did not like:
- I got really sick of everyone tearing Piper down for mistake she made 12 years ago for over half of the book, even when it was made clear that it was a big misunderstanding.  It got really old.

- I couldn't handle Gabe and his hot and cold attitude towards her.  She left 12 years ago and yes, it broke your heart but that makes her completely unfit to be around his daughter for any short period of time?  Really?

-The way Gabe handled the conflict at the end made me want to hit him.  He accuses her of running away and does the same himself?  Yep, sounds about right.

- We constantly have to hear about Gabe and his man-whoring ways after Piper left, because it "helped him get over her", and then Piper hasn't had sex since she was with him....12 years ago.

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Meant to Be by Jenna Harte

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Will they both allow resentments and misunderstanding spoil 
their chance of discovering what was meant to be?


MEANT TO BE
Southern Heat #2
Jenna Harte
Releasing Sept 27th, 2016
Penner Publishing


Charming and sexy, detective Mitch McKenna lets women into his bed—not into his heart. When his first love left him in a lurch, crushing his soul, Mitch swore off relationships and love. After all, any woman who chooses what her parents want over what she wants is not worth fighting for.

Or is she?

Successful New York doctor, Sydney Preston left the only man she ever loved to follow the path that her parents paved for her. When a tragic incident at the hospital threatens her life, Sydney moves to Virginia to rekindle the spark with her ex-fiancé.

But Mitch isn’t interested in reigniting the flame that fizzled out long ago. Will they both allow resentments and misunderstanding spoil their chance of discovering what was meant to be?



The warning grew more intense until Mitch couldn’t help but turn around and stare right into the beautiful hazel eyes of Sydney Preston.
His heart stuttered in his chest as a wave of conflicting emotions; anger, love, bitterness, joy crashed through him. His first instinct was to leave, which only pissed him off. He’d stared down insurgents in the Middle East. He could survive seeing Sydney Preston. Another, equally strong, part of him wanted to touch her, to hold her close and see if she felt as soft, smelled just as sweet as he remembered. But he wouldn’t succumb to her charm again. Like a steel gate, everything inside Mitch closed.
“Doctor Preston is our new OB/GYN from New York. She’s helping out at the free clinic, too. Doctor Preston, this is my husband, Kevin, and our friend Mitch McKenna. They’re Charlotte Tavern’s finest police detectives. But watch out for Mitch, he’s a real ladies’ man.”
The hazel eyes that had once captivated him flashed with surprise and maybe panic. But then it was gone, replaced by a blank smile.
“Hi.” He choked out the word, not wanting to appear rude. At the same time, he wasn’t going to go out of his way for a chummy reunion. She didn’t deserve his recognition, so he wasn’t going to give it.
Her head tilted to the side, and a slight smirk crossed her lips. “Actually, we’ve met.”
“Really?” Jenny’s voice suggested intrigue and delight at the prospect. “Where?”
“We went to college together.” Sydney held his gaze. If she wouldn’t flinch, neither would he.
“Oh, wow. Hey, maybe you know his old girlfriend. Poor Mitch lost his heart to her, and she crushed it like a bug.”
“Honey.” Kevin patted Jenny on the back, while casting Mitch an apologetic smile.
Mitch didn’t know if Kevin was intervening because he knew no man liked to have his emotional history laid out in public or if he recognized there was something more between Sydney and him. Probably both. Kevin was observant and insightful, which is what made him a skilled detective, one that Mitch was grateful to have as a partner.
“What?” Jenny blinked up at her husband.
“Yes, I knew her.” Sydney’s tone was matter-of-fact. Mitch’s eyes narrowed with scrutiny as he waited to see if she was going to admit to being the one who squashed his heart.
Jenny turned her attention back to Sydney. “Was she a real bitch? I heard she came from a rich family that didn’t like Mitch. But what’s not to like, right? I mean, he’s as yummy as cherry pie.”
“I thought that was me.” Kevin pouted.
“You’re peach pie, my favorite.” She smiled coyly at Kevin, who gave her wink. Mitch imagined there was a story there but blocked his brain from filling in the details of what it might be.
“Speaking of peach pie, why don’t we go to the cafeteria and get some,” Jenny suggested. “We can let Mitch and Doctor Preston get to know each other.”
“I don’t need to get to know Doctor Preston. I’m sure I’m not her type.” He knew the minute it was out of his mouth that Jenny would reprimand him.
“Why, Mitchell McKenna, your mother would light you up if she knew you were being so rude. I’m so sorry Doctor Preston—”
“It’s okay.” Sydney waved the comment away, much like she’d waved him away ten years earlier. “I have to check on Mrs. Warner anyway. You go enjoy your pie.”
She said it with such smoothness, it highlighted Mitch’s bad manners. But he didn’t care. Let Jenny and Kevin think he was a heel. He knew the truth and Doctor Preston knew the truth. She didn’t deserve his time or attention. Not anymore.
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Sydney walked, back straight and chin up, until she turned the corner. Then she sagged against the wall, hoping her legs would still hold her upright. Her hand shook as lifted it to cover her thundering heart. Over the last ten years, she’d imagined what seeing him again would be like. But what actually happened had never been in any of the scenarios she’d considered. Not that she’d thought he’d take her in his arms, confess his undying love, and kiss her senseless as he used to do, although, admittedly, she’d always hoped that would be his response.
He was still ridiculously handsome with his bronze wavy hair and emerald eyes. But gone were the affable smile and charm, replaced by eyes that were as hard and cold as his welcome.
She hadn’t considered that he’d pretend to not know her. It showed just how deeply she’d hurt him. Even so, she wasn’t going to let him get away with it. She was in Charlotte Tavern for one reason only: to fix things with Mitch McKenna. Sure, they still might not have the future they’d once planned, but at least she would address the regret and hopefully make amends. Life, she’d recently learned, was too short to not live it to the fullest without guilt and unresolved issues.
“Are you okay, Doctor Preston?”
Sydney looked at the nurse approaching her.
“Yes, Meg. Just a little tired.”
“I have Mrs. Warner’s meds. I was just taking them to her.”
“Actually, I’m on my way to see her.” Sydney pushed off from against the wall, grateful for the distraction.
“She has such a cute baby.” Meg walked alongside Sydney. “Not all babies are cute.”
Sydney agreed, although she was surprised to hear Meg say it out loud. “No. But they’re all a gift.” A gift Sydney knew she’d never have.


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Jenna Harte is a die-hard romantic writing about characters who are passionate about and committed to each other, and frequently getting into trouble. She is the author of the Valentine Mysteries, the first of which, “Deadly Valentine,” reached the quarter-finals in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award in 2013. She is also the author of the contemporary romance series, Southern Heat, with includes Drawn to Her, and upcoming September 2016 release of Meant to Be. She has a bundle of stories filled with romance, mystery and even time travel rattling around in her head and is eager for the day when a device is invented allowing her to download what’s in her brain onto her computer. When she’s not telling stories, she works by day as a freelance writer, author, blogger and online entrepreneur. She lives in central Virginia with her husband, two college-bound children and a two fat cats.

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Q&A with Jenna
What is the hardest part of your writing process?
My biggest challenge is that my first drafts are pretty weak and I worry I won’t be able to fix them. Especially in romances, the snap and crackle required between characters is usually nonexistent in my first draft. I’m also weak on descriptions (setting and facial). So during revision, I spend a lot of time going through my thesauruses to find the right words to express what I see in my head.
How do you develop your characters? Are any of them like you or people you know?
Like my weak scenes and descriptions in early drafts, my characters are often flat when I first start writing. They deepen during the writing process. That means, they’re not really based on anyone in particular. However, Tess Valentine in the Valentine mysteries likes old R&B music and chocolate, as do I. And she’s not very tall. Neither are two of the characters in the Southern Heat series. I’m not very tall either. Technically, I’m short.


You are both traditionally and self-published. How did you decide what route to take for your books?
For the most part, the decision to self-publish the Valentine Mysteries came from an inability to get an agent to take a chance on the concept. Several liked the first book, but pushed me to sell it as a stand-alone romance. I always knew I wanted to do a mystery series featuring a romantic couple. I knew I couldn’t be alone in that, but agents and publishers are sensitive to book stores, and no one felt it fit well into the mystery-lane, and romances don’t usually continue with the same couple. I’ve started to see some change in this, but at this point, with five books and a novella, and a sixth book in the conception stage, it will remain self-published.
For Southern Heat, a series of interesting events happened. The first was that I had this old romance sitting on my hard drive (it was so old it mentions dial-up Internet). I thought would be a fit for a Harlequin line, but at the time they only took snail-mailed manuscripts, so it sat. But then a few years ago, I noticed an online pitch contest with Harlequin Blaze and thought, what the heck, and entered. I won one of the five spots, which lead to a request for the first three chapters. The problem was, the book was far from done, so I spent the next few weeks getting it finished and revised. Harlequin then asked for the full manuscript, and then it sat for nearly two years. I finally got an agent, who was able to get a response (no), but she helped me beef up the story and sold it a few months later, as a series.
Both traditional and self-publishing have their positives and negatives. What many new authors don’t get is that it doesn’t matter what route you use, marketing is the key success in writing.


The Southern Heat series is a departure from your mysteries. What made you decide to write them?
The first book, Drawn to Her, I wrote so long ago, I’m not sure where the idea came from. When the Harlequin pitch contest came about, I decided to try and sell it. To be honest, I’m not much a contemporary romance reader. I usually prefer romantic mystery or suspense. So this series is quite an anomaly for me. When it became a three book deal, I already had ideas for the other two stories, one of which has a bit of suspense. Moving forward, my ideas are for the Valentines, a traditional cozy, and possibly a paranormal.


What authors or books do you enjoy reading?


I’m a huge J.D. Robb fan (married couple solving mysteries). I also like Sandra Brown and Linda Howard...mostly their older stuff, but I haven’t had a lot of time for pleasure reading, which is why I’m not caught up on new books. I like to listen to audio books when I run, and Linda Howard is good for that. Bella Andre’s Billionaire stories have been good in audiobook too.


What is next for your writing?

I just sent final copy edits back on Meant to Be, book two in the Southern Heat series and I hope to have book three, Wed to You, finished in the next couple of weeks (it’s due July 1). I’ve promised Valentine fans a new book this fall, so I’ll be working on the sixth full-length Valentine mystery. After that, I have a traditional cozy mystery I’ve already started that I plan to complete, and hope my agent will like enough to sell.


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Review: Sparking the Fire by Kate Meader

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Title: Sparking the Fire
Author: Kate Meader
Series: Hot In Chicago, #3
Genre: M/F Romance
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: September 27th 2016
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Synopsis:
Actor Molly Cade, America’s fallen sweetheart, finally has her shot at a Hollywood comeback with a dramatic new role as a tough-as-nails firefighter that promises to propel her back to the big time and restore her self-respect.

Wyatt Fox, resident daredevil at Engine Co. 6, needs a low-key job to keep him busy while he recovers from his latest rescue stunt. Consulting on a local movie shoot should add just enough spark to his day. Especially when in struts Molly Cade: the woman who worked his heart over good, and then left him in the Windy City dust.

Their story is straight out of a script: irrepressible, spunky heroine meets taciturn, smoldering hero. But these two refuse to be typecast, and when the embers of an old love are stoked, someone is bound to get burned…

My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

My Review:
Sparking the Fire is #3 in Kate Meader's Hot In Chicago series, but it is the 5th book (the were a couple little novellas hidden in there too!).  My favorite is still probably Gage and Brady's story (#1.5), but I really enjoyed this one too.  I thought it ended the series well and tied up any lose ends that may have been there in previous books.  Each book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading them all so you get the whole Dempsey family experience.

I have to be honest,  at first I was really not sure about Molly at all.  I thought I was going to hate her, but she grew on me as the story went on.  The chemistry between them was really hot but they didn't jump each other right away, it was more of a slow burn, I guess.  Wyatt is the definition of "strong and silent" type.  He is the quiet one and a bit of a loner.  He cares very deeply for his family but has a hard time showing it.  I loved seeing him slowly open up as the story went on.

I really loved that the characters from previous books still play a big role in this one, especially since it is the last of the series.  It was nice to see everything resolved and get once last glimpse into their "happily ever afters" before the series is over.  I didn't want it to end!  I loved this family of misfits!  Highly recommend this series if you are looking for a new one!

**  I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  **

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Review: She's My Kind of Girl by Jennifer Dawson

Monday, September 26, 2016

Title: She's My Kind of Girl
Author: Jennifer Dawson
Series: Somthing New, #4.5
Genre: M/F romance
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: September 27th 2016
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Synopsis:
In high school, they’d burned fast and hot. Now is their chance to find out if the sparks that linger will ignite a whole new flame.

The only thing Darcy Miller ever wanted more than gorgeous troublemaker Griffin Strong was to shake off the dust of small-town Revival, Illinois, and head to the big city—even if she had to leave him behind. Ten years later, Darcy is the ultimate New Yorker, writing a sex blog and living on designer cocktails and the pulse of urban life. That is, until she hears that Revival plans to seize her mother’s house right after the holidays, thanks to the new mayor—who is none other than Darcy’s ex…

Griffin couldn’t have asked for a more dangerous Christmas gift. Curvy, sassy Darcy is every bit as delectable as the wild child she was in high school—and just as determined to stir up problems. But Griffin learned long ago to straighten up and fly right in order to make changes in the town he loves. Keeping his reputation wholesome is a big part of that. If only Darcy didn’t make him want to take his place on the naughty list with her, right under the mistletoe…

My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

My Review:
She's My Kind of Girl is part of Jennifer Dawson's "Something New" series but each book can be read as a standalone with no cliffhanger and a HEA.  This is only the second book in the series that I have read, but I still really enjoyed it.  Although I do have to admit that I think I liked the other one (The Name of the Game, #3) maybe just a teeny bit better.  This one is a very quick read at a novella length so I read it all in one sitting.

Darcy is an award-winning author and blogger living in New York City.  When her mom calls her to come down to her old hometown to help save her house she is less than pleased.  She is even less happy to find out that her first love is now the town mayor and is the one responsible for her mother losing her house.

Griffin is very much the reformed bad boy.  When he and Darcy were dating they drove the town's people crazy with their shenanigans, but once his mom got sick and he had to look out for his younger brothers he decided to grow up a bit.  Now he is very involved in making the town succeed and become a better place for everyone.

I really loved how Darcy said pretty much anything that was one her mind and wasn't at all afraid to let you know how she felt about something.  There was definitely a ton of chemistry between the two of them, but I guess you could say this one is more of a slow burn romance.  It takes a while before they are finally "together".

** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **

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Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post

Saturday, September 24, 2016


I am linking up again this weekend with Tynga at Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer for Sunday Post to share all of the books I picked up this week, and share my posts for the past week, and also share what's coming up soon!  Last week was my first time linking up and I met so many new bloggers and added so many new books to my TBR list.  Can't wait to see what everyone is up to this week!

For Review:
Hooked on Love by Jennie Marts
Pull Me Close by Sidney Halston
Kinky Sprinkles by L.A. Witt
A Heap of Texas Trouble by Carolyn Brown
Tempting Tristan by Melissa Foster

Freebies from Amazon:
In Safe Hands by Leslie North
A Christmas Homecoming by Melissa McClone

Bought:
Overexposed by Megan Erickson
Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan
The Score by Elle Kennedy

A Week in My Life:
I had a bit of a slow reading week because I was struggling with migraines, so now I'm trying to catch back up on my reading.  I am way behind, so I am going to slow down on requesting books for a while, I think.

I've also been getting really excited about Fall so I started hanging up all of my Fall/Winter clothes and packing up my Summer clothes.  I did the same in my daughter's room and gave all of her clothes that she no longer fits in to a friend.  So lots and lots of cleaning and organizing this past week.  Nothing too exciting.

Last Week's Posts:
Single Player by Elia Winters (Review) - 4/5 Stars
Anchor by Nicole Blanchard (Review & Giveaway) 4/5 Stars
Southern Nights & Secrets by Robin Covington (Review) - (DNF @ 56%) - 2 Stars
48-Hour Hookup by Sarah Ballance (Review & Giveaway) - 3.5/5 Stars

Coming Up Next:
She's My Kind of Girl by Jennifer Dawson (Review)
Sparking the Fire by Kate Meader (Review)
Meant to Be by Jenna Harte (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Kinky Sprinkles by L.A. Witt (Review)
Landing the Air Marshall by Jennifer Blackwood (Review & Giveaway)

What new books did you get this week?

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: 48 Hour Hookup by Sarah Ballance

Friday, September 23, 2016

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The 48-Hour Hookup

by Sarah Ballance Chase Brothers #4 Publication Date: September 12, 2016 Genres: Adult, Entangled: Lovestruck, Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis: Who knew a sweaty photo would be good for business?
Now unwanted booty calls are coming in as fast as work orders, and Liam Chase needs to get away. Cue a job upstate. His new client is hot as hell, but he left NYC to escape attention, not to hook up with the city’s “Runaway Bride”.
With three disastrous relationships under her belt, it’s clear Claire Stevens’s judgment sucks. And what’s she’s feeling for America’s newest sex god? Obviously another hormone-fueled mistake.
But when she accidentally fells a tree on his truck, leaving them stranded in a winter storm with a chocolate-snatching raccoon, there’s something to be said for body heat.
Too bad neither can trust their explosive chemistry…
Each book in the Chase Brothers series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order: Book #1 Five Things I Love About You Book #2 For Seven Nights Only Book #3 The Three Week Arrangement
Book #4 The 48-Hour Hookup
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My Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:
Claire is a tv news reporter who has a good reason to be a little cynical of men after her most recent failed relationships blew up in her face. She caught her soon-to-be husband with his pants down with the caterer right before their ceremony, then found out the second guy she trusted and was going to marry was only with her to further his career. Since then she has been referred to as "The Runaway Bride".

Liam has his own version of viral fame.  While out on a job as a HVAC repairman, someone snapped a picture of him looking "hot and sweaty", and has since been dubbed the "Hot HVAC Guy".  The fame has been driving him and his family crazy with fake repair calls.  When a call that will take him out of the area comes in, he jumps at the chance to get away for a while, and Claire ends up being the client.

They are both very attracted to each other, but agree that nothing can happen between them because it would just cause another media sensation if people saw them together.  I thought the story started to drag a little bit at this point, and at times I found Liam to be maybe a little too awkward.  I don't know if it was just him or if it was them together but something just seemed "off" to me sometimes.  Liam had really sweet moments with Claire, but also plenty of moments where he puts his foot in his mouth or made me want to shake him for being a dummy.

This would be a great read for right before Christmas.  It was a nice end to the Chase Brother's series too.  It sort of wraps everything up in a way.  This book is #4 in the series but each book can be read as a stand alone.

**  I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  **


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Synopsis: California landscape artist Estelle Donovan hates big cities. Between the grime, the smell, all the drab concrete, and the suffocating summer heat, how can anyone breathe? Housesitting her brother's New York apartment, complete with broken elevator and smoking air conditioner, is her kind of hell. It's only for two weeks, though. What could possibly go wrong? Dumping a jar of pickles on the hot girl at the grocery store wasn't Crosby Chase's finest hour, nor was getting bitten in the butt by the demonic cat on her fire escape. But he is going to change her mind about his beloved city, damn it. In fact, if they could just make it five minutes without falling into bed, he bets Estelle he can find five things she'll love about New York. Falling in love wasn't part of his plan. And with an entire country between them, Crosby realizes he doesn't need five reasons to make Estelle love New York. He needs one big reason to make her stay...
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Synopsis: Kelsie Reed is over bad luck and bad men. Newly dumped, she’s now the pathetically single maid of honor in her sister's wedding—and her ex is the best man. Her bad luck continues when a plumbing meltdown in her apartment sends her sexy neighbor running to her rescue. He’s got "serial dater" written all over him, which is unfortunate because the man is hot. Sawyer Chase loves women, but settling down? He’ll leave that to his brothers. But when Kelsie confesses she’s a dating disaster and is about to become the laughing stock of her family wedding, Sawyer takes control. He's got one week to teach her how to land the man of her dreams, and he’ll do it on her terms: no touching, no kissing, and definitely nothing more. But some rules need to be broken, especially when, for once, there’s something on the line worth fighting for…
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Synopsis: Ethan Chase isn't interested in dating. After losing the woman he loved more than life itself, he'd much rather ride solo, but his family is dead set on fixing him up. To get them off his back, he hooks up with ultra-adventurous, ultra-temporary adventure photographer, Rue Campbell. All he has to do is survive three weeks in her orbit and he'll be single again, only without the pitying looks and pressure to move on. Rue is literally counting the days until her plane leaves New York City. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but being Ethan's pretend girlfriend can't hurt, right? Wrong. With Ethan, there's no faking anything—in or out of the bedroom. With the sheets burning hot and the clock ticking on their arrangement, Rue realizes she's falling for a man guaranteed to derail her goals...and break her heart.
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ABOUT SARAH BALLANCE

Sarah Ballance
Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids, but nevertheless, you’ll find her writing sexy contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing until they throw her out. To learn more, visit http://sarahballance.com.

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Review: Southern Nights & Secrets by Robin Covington

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Title: Southern Nights and Secrets
Author: Robin Covington
Series: The Boys Are Back In Town, #4
Genre: M/F Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: September 19th 2016
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Synopsis:
Being a doctor is everything to me, but I’m not going to let bureaucrats tell me how to practice medicine. It’s about saving lives no matter what, screw them and their paperwork.

When the one woman I could never forget, Ginger Crawford, shows up as my boss all bets are off. The heat between us is tough to ignore but I have to if I want a future at this hospital. It isn’t easy. Every time we argue, I want her even more.

But I’ve got secrets she can never know, and she’s always going to be way too good for me. So it’s best if she hates me…at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

My Rating:
DNF @ 56%

My Review:
I'm sorry, I really hate to not finish books that I've been given for review but I tried to push myself through this one and unfortunately I couldn't do it. I couldn't stand the male MC at all! This is a second chance romance, and we are told that he coldly broke up with her and then proceeded to sleep with her roommate...which he makes sure she walks in on.... Yeah, I'm sorry there isn't really any coming back from that. Supposedly he did it for her on good because he wasn't good enough for her. He  regrets it and comes from a tough upbringing and we are supposed to feel bad enough about it that we let go the fact that he's a disgusting manwhore?? Sorry, I couldn't.  This one just wasn't for me.

**  I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  **


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