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Book Review: It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

 

Okay, full disclosure I think I am officially a Jenny Holiday fangirl. It kind of snuck up on me and I didn’t see it coming but here it is. I read Famous and Infamous (and really enjoyed both!) and then bought her 49th Floor series when it was on sale because the stories were very inclusive. I was not disappointed and that sealed the deal but her Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series has delighted me to no end. Continue reading “Book Review: It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday”

Book Review: Making Up by Lucy Parker

Right away let me say how much I am in love with this cover! The lighting on it is breathtaking and highlights the couple so beautifully. It also give a vague vibe of the setting very well – which is London in a Cirque du Soleil type show. Which is something Parker does so well, create incredibly unique settings that I don’t read much and I really appreciate that! Continue reading “Book Review: Making Up by Lucy Parker”

Book Review: Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

I’m pretty sure my Sarina Bowen love is established for all here in the blog so I won’t bother reiterating it and boring all of you yet again…but I love her writing. Brooklynaire is loosely attached to her Brooklyn Bruiser series – in that it’s connected to the series and those who’ve read the previous books have been wanting this book BUT if you picked this book up cold, never having read the earlier ones you would be completely fine. I think that is incredibly smart and must have been so hard to do! This couple wasn’t so established that fans were dying for them, but just teased enough that we wondered. I love that a new reader could pick this up and not really be missing anything. I know that is a constant question, at least in the romance community, and here is a deft way to answer that. Continue reading “Book Review: Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen”

Book Review: Whiskey Sharp – Unraveled by Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane is one prolific author. She’s one of those writers that if you’re looking for a trope you can find it. Witches? Diablo Lake. Shifters? Diablo Lake and Cascadia Wolves. Rockers? Hurley Boys. Small Town? Petal Georgia. Menage? Err, there’s a few actually but I’ll go with Brown Family. My point is that she writes across genres and tropes and writes them all really well. I’ve read almost all of her works and I’d say about 90% of them worked for me and when an author has as much out there as Lauren Dan that’s a really impressive stat! Continue reading “Book Review: Whiskey Sharp – Unraveled by Lauren Dane”

Book Review: Ryan’s Bed by Tijan

Tijan is the queen of what I would consider New Adult drama and her newest is no different! I define NA by what the characters are going through and dealing with so while the main character in question here may be in high school I felt like everything taken into consideration meant this has a more NA than Young Adult feel to it. Continue reading “Book Review: Ryan’s Bed by Tijan”

Book Review: On Davis Row by N.R. Walker

On Davis Row is a really well-written book with themes about getting a second chance at life and overcoming societal expectations as well as your own.

 

Noah begins his role as a Parole Office almost as Suzy Sunshine wanting to make a difference in all of his parolee’s lives. He believes in what he’s doing and that people can turn their lives around. When he meets CJ Davis, a parolee who is coming up on the end of his parole time Noah wants to do everything he can to have him make more of his life in the future. But CJ is incredibly resistant…his entire family is in prison, he can barely read, and no one believes he can do anything with his life. Least of all himself.

Every time I hugged him, he held on for dear life. I loved it, truly I did, but it tugged at my heartstrings, reminding me of all the things he’d missed. Of all the things he’s been deprived of.

What I loved so much about this book is that the angst level is what I would consider medium. I don’t always love high angst, I have to really be in the mood for that kind of book. My heart can’t always take the drama that comes along angst, but this level was perfect for me. It definitely had some and I wouldn’t ever say it was a smooth – sailing relationship type of book by any means but the angst level was just right. Most of the angst comes from CJ and his family. The tension slowly builds throughout the book in such a slow burning way that by the time it came to a head I was more than ready for it to happen.

Fierce, strong, safe, and everything — everything — I needed. I melted against him and could literally feel him mending the broken pieces of my heart, putting me back together again.
I didn’t ever want to let him go.

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Melinda

Title: On Davis Row

Author: NR Walker

Release Date: November 27, 2017

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Book Review: Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai followed up her seriously amazing first book in the Forbidden Hearts series with another stunner here. When I say this series is not to be missed I am not exaggerating! I am always recommending it. It has everything from star crosses lovers to forbidden lovers to some crazy good family drama. Drop everything. DO IT.  Continue reading “Book Review: Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai”

Book Review: Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh has a new series people!! This is not a drill! And it’s so GOOD! You can’t go wrong with a Nalini book. Continue reading “Book Review: Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh”

Book Review + Blog Tour: Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

Title: Nobody But You (Cedar Ridge #3)

Author: Jill Shalvis

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Melinda

You know when you’re in the mood for a light-hearted romance? Something funny, not too serious, but with a happily ever after where the main characters have some heat? Yeah, I get in those moods quite a bit and Jill Shalvis is high up there on my list of authors to go to for that! Continue reading “Book Review + Blog Tour: Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis”

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