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Fearless: The Rosewood Bay Series, book 1 - Carly Phillips

OMG! I am in love with Kane Harmon. Talk about the sweetest, nicest, perfect guy!

After getting jilted and used by a summer vacationer to his little beach town of Rosewood Bay, Kane has stayed away from any type of relationships. The occasional hookup is fine, but that is it. He has enough to worry about with his gambling addicted father, his single mom sister and running his garage business.

When Kane goes on a tow truck run to pick up a female broken down on the highway, he is surprised to find Halley Ward. He hasn't seen Halley in years, since their emotional connection back in high school when he protected her from school bullies. Instantly attracted to Halley, and finding out that she actually still lives in Rosewood Bay, Kane starts to pursue her. Too bad Halley is not interesting in a relationship. Kane continues to insert himself into Halley's life because he can tell she wants more to her life than she currently has, but is afraid because of things from her past. Little by little Kane wears her down until she sees that having Kane in her life is a beautiful thing.

I just adored Kane. He was so patient and kind and just what Halley needed in her life. Halley had some horrible issues from her past but with Kane's help she was able to overcome them. Overall I loved this story. I sat and read it in one day because I could not put it down! And the sneak peek into Halley's sister Phoebe's story looks so fun! ;)

About That Kiss - Jill Shalvis

Ever since Joe Malone and Kylie Masters shared that earth shattering kiss outside of the bar, they avoid each other like the plague.  Neither of them ever expected a kiss would make them feel all those feelings.  Kylie couldn't understand why Joe wouldn't talk to her.  Joe Malone is a loner.  He was in the Army's special forces, did a stint in the MMA and now works for Archer at his security/investigation company.  Joe also is Molly's brother.

When Joe needs to get Molly a birthday present, a mirror that Kylie made at her woodworking shop, Joe must finally talk to Kylie.  I just loved the smart aleck banter between these two!  When something important to Kylie goes missing, she makes a deal with Joe....he helps her find her penguin and she will make Molly a mirror.

Kylie insists on being with Joe every step of the investigation.  This of course causes a lot of great moments between the two of them.  As they spend more time together, their feelings start to come out.

This was such a fun, sexy story.  I loved these two characters.  They were both stubborn but so great together.  The added mystery with the penguin was fun.  Overall, another great story by Jill Shalvis!

The Secret of Flirting - Sabrina Jeffries

I just adore Sabrina Jeffries' books.  They always provide great characters, a great story, great humor and this book is no exception.

Monique Servais is an actress in Dieppe and lives with her grandmother, who has developed dementia and it is getting harder to look after her while she has to work.  Her grand-maman was born into royalty, but left that life to marry her true love and thus was cut off from her family.  Now years later, the Count de Beaumonde, grand-maman's brother-in-law. was looking for Monique's help.  He would like Monique to pretend to be Aurore, the reigning Princess de Chanay.  If she could pull it off, he would take care of her grand-maman the rest of her life.  The real princess is ill but she needs to be in London because she is the front-runner to becoming the Queen of Belgium, which is seeking its independence from the Netherlands.  It would only be for a short time, and really what could go wrong!  ;)

What Monique did not count on while she was pretending to be Princess Aurore was to run into Gregory Vyse, Baron Fulkham, whom she met three years earlier and has not been able to forget.  Right away Lord Fulkham realized that it was Monique, but she kept denying it.  Now the game was on.  As Gregory and Monique spend more time together, their feelings for each other grow.  When an attempt on their lives happen, secrets start to unravel and Gregory and Monique have an even bigger issue on their hand.  Together they have to work to figure out who is behind all their issues and how they are going to solve their problems.

I loved these two characters.  Gregory's life has always been all about work.  Monique's life has been all about work and taking care of her Grand-maman.  Together these two find something wonderful that they were missing in their lives.  The mystery that they had to figure out to get to their happy ending was so fun and enjoyable.  It kept me constantly guessing at the end results.  Overall, I just adored this book and I highly recommend it.

Fearless: The Rosewood Bay Series, book 1 - Carly Phillips

OMG!  I am in love with Kane Harmon.  Talk about the sweetest, nicest, perfect guy!

After getting jilted and used by a summer vacationer to his little beach town of Rosewood Bay, Kane has stayed away from any type of relationships.  The occasional hookup is fine, but that is it.  He has enough to worry about with his gambling addicted father, his single mom sister and running his garage business.  

When Kane goes on a tow truck run to pick up a female broken down on the highway, he is surprised to find Halley Ward.  He hasn't seen Halley in years, since their emotional connection back in high school when he protected her from school bullies.  Instantly attracted to Halley, and finding out that she actually still lives in Rosewood Bay, Kane starts to pursue her.  Too bad Halley is not interesting in a relationship.  Kane continues to insert himself into Halley's life because he can tell she wants more to her life than she currently has, but is afraid because of things from her past.  Little by little Kane wears her down until she sees that having Kane in her life is a beautiful thing.

I just adored Kane.  He was so patient and kind and just what Halley needed in her life.  Halley had some horrible issues from her past but with Kane's help she was able to overcome them.  Overall I loved this story.  I sat and read it in one day because I could not put it down!  And the sneak peek into Halley's sister Phoebe's story looks so fun! ;)

Fighting Dirty (Blind Jacks MC) - J.C. Valentine, M. Carroll

The story of Ryder and Tiffany continues in this second book.  You should read Marked For Death before you read this one.

As Ryder and Tiffany are getting settled in a life together, she can't help wondering if she is really cut out for the biker lifestyle.  Tiff loves Ryder like no other man before, but certain things that she sees in the biker's way of living she is not too keen on...danger....violence....whores....etc.

When something happens to Darkness, president of the Blind Jacks, all hell breaks loose.  While trying to contain that situation, it becomes apparent that Tiffany's ex has found her again.  Not wanting to bring more problems to the bikers, Tiff makes a rash decision that almost pushes Ryder over the edge.  Tiffany finally realizes that her and Ryder really do belong together and together is how they confront her crazy ex-husband.

All the suspense leading up to the confrontation was really enjoyable and made me want to keep reading.  I really enjoyed the characters of Ryder and Tiffany.  They were both fun and believable.  I also loved the situation between Darkness, Sammy and Rose.  They added some extra fun into the intense drama with Ryder and Tiffany.

The V Card - Lauren Blakely, Lili Valente

This is a wonderful story of friends to lovers.

Caroline Jessica "CJ" Murphy has been friends with Graham Campbell for years.  After all he was her brother, Sean's best friend.  After Sean passed away suddenly, Graham has always looked out for CJ and been a big brother to her.

When CJ and Graham meet up for one of their usual Sunday brunch dates, they both have something they need to ask of the other.  Graham would like CJ to speak at a board meeting to help save the lingerie company that him and Sean started.  This was a perfect opportunity for CJ to ask Graham what she would like.....she would like him to help her lose her virginity and help her be more knowledgeable in that area.  Graham is shocked.....it's Sean's little sister....this goes against everything.  But CJ is so desperate she bribes Graham....she will help him if he spends the next week teaching her and helping her to lose her virginity and then she will speak at the board meeting.  After much soul searching, Graham agrees.

This story was so fun!  I just adored Graham.  To most people he was a playboy, but really deep down he is a great guy.  I just loved his lessons with CJ.  It was entertaining watching her open up and own her sensuality.  Even though CJ always had a crush on Graham, it was fun watching their friendship change to something more with each lesson they went through.  In the end they both got their happy ending that they didn't even know they were looking for!

Peep Show - Isabella Starling

This book was unlike anything I have ever read before. Yes, it was sexy hot, but the hero and heroine were both so messed up emotionally. There were parts in this story that were such an emotional read and at times I wasn't sure if could put myself through their heartbreak, but I am so glad I continued reading until the end.

Bebe Hall comes from a family of money and was always the good, little girl. When she went to college, she quickly became friends with Posy and Arden, cool girls who finally liked her. Together they got into all kinds of trouble until Posy's life unexpectedly ended. Bebe is now living in a shell of her former life, trying to forget what happened to Posy and spends most of her time drinking, partying, doing drugs and sleeping with any guy she can find.

After one night of partying, Bebe comes home to her apartment and notices a guy across the street having sex up against his window. This scene seems to draw Bebe in. The man, Miles Reilly, quickly notices Bebe watching and interacts with her daring her to go next. This starts the little game between Bebe and Miles.

Both Bebe and Miles live for this type of attention, playing off of each other. Both of these characters have such messed up minds it's crazy. As things progress, so does their friendship and relationship. On paper, these two should never be together, but in reality, these two are just what each of them needs. Their relationship was such an up and down roller coaster. It was like a train wreck, you just couldn't help but want to look.

Overall, I really loved this story. It was raw and emotional as well as sexy and hot.

Bought by the Boss - Stacey Kennedy

This book is actually two fun, sexy novellas. Liam Maxwell and Jackson Keller used to be best friends and college roommates at law school, but something happened in the past and now neither of them speak to each other. Each of them are successful lawyers in their own right, but they are still connected through their personal assistants, Aria Finley and Mallory Beckett. Liam has been secretly keeping his attraction to Aria, Jackson's assistant, under wraps for far too long. When a charity auction comes up and Aria and Mallory agree to be auctioned off for a date, Liam jumps at the chance to win Aria. Liam and Aria have always had a flirty relationship but have never acted on it since Aria is great friends with Jackson. Liam and Aria's time together was fun, sexy and very enjoyable. I really liked both of these characters. Aria is a strong woman who has no problem putting Liam in his place. Liam has wanted Aria forever and is willing to do anything to make her happy. Their happy ending was great! Unbeknownst to Liam, Jackson bid on Mallory to get back at Liam for bidding on Aria. What started off as a prank quickly turns into something else. Mallory is stuck between wanting to stay loyal to Liam, but also wanting a shot at Jackson. If only the guys could get past their issues and make up it would make Mallory and Aria's life much easier. These were two fun, quick, sexy reads. I thought for sure I knew how the story would finally end, but was wrong. Overall, it was a great read.

Full Exposure - Tracy Wolff

Serena Macafee is running from a tragic past that she would prefer to forget but can't. It's hard to forget being there while your twin sister was being murdered by Damien LaFleur. Instead she throws herself into her work as a photographer. Her latest assignment is with Kevin Riley, famed reclusive sculptor in the wetlands of Baton Rouge, who happens to be drop dead gorgeous and looks like he could provide her some extra benefits! ;)

After spending more time together, things quickly heat up between Serena and Kevin. Kevin realizes that he wants more from Serena than she wants to give but he is going to be patient. As Kevin tries to break through Serena's defenses, he realizes that someone is out to harm her. The incidents seem to be happening since Damien was recently released from prison. Serena and Kevin, along with the Baton Rouge law enforcement, try to figure out if Damien is really involved.

After a final, explosive ending, Serena and Kevin were finally able to have their happy ending. I really enjoyed Kevin. He was a sweet, caring guy who spoke French to Serena all the time.....so sexy! He was just the type of guy to bring Serena back to really living her life again. Overall this was a quick, interesting read with a twist of a mystery added in.

Reed: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey) - Sawyer Bennett

Reed Olson plays for the Cold Fury Hockey team.  He is a typical single playboy type of player.  He has one type....blonde, tall and busty.  Now that the season is over, after having just won their 2nd Stanley Cup, Reed is taking advantage of some fun time.

Josie Ives is an emergency room doctor and recently moved into her new place.  Josie is looking for some nice, quiet down time when she isn't working.  What she ends up getting instead is woken up by her new neighbor whose headboard keeps knocking against her bedroom wall.

Having had enough, Josie knocks on Reed's door at 1:00 am to confront him.  Instantly there is an attraction between the two of them which is surprising since Josie is short, petite and a brunette!  Reed wants to get to know Josie and goes out of his way to do so.  The more time they spend together as just "friends", the more both of them want more.

It was such fun watching these two fall for each other and boy did they fall hard.  I really loved Josie.  She was strong, confident and such a great person.  Reed was a typical cocky jock but for some reason he really wanted to be a better person around Josie.  I'm glad they got their happy ending and I can't wait to hear more about them in the future books.  I also enjoyed the little sneak peek into Reed's friend Marek.  His story sounds like it is going to be really fun!

Hidden Seams - Alessandra Torre

Wow!  This book just blew me away.  Talk about a crazy story!

Marco Lent is living a life he never imagined....having a career he couldn't have wished more for.  Too bad his life was a big lie.  Marco thought being Vince Horace's boyfriend in name only would set him up for life and just when the end is in sight, and he can have his real life back, a tornado in the name of Avery Hartsfield crashes into his world.

Avery was adopted by a wealthy couple but for some reason she rebelled.  At a young age Avery found herself on the streets of Detroit, MI after running away.  Learning to be tough she provided herself a comfortable life.  

Avery wanted to find her birth parents and was able to find her mom shortly before her mom died but she only had a picture of her dad that her birth mom gave her.  She didn't know the guy's name.    Imagine her surprise when one day on the TV she sees one of the men in photo from her birth mom and it's none other than Vince Horace, the biggest name in the fashion industry.  Too bad the TV was talking about Vince's death.  Deciding to see if she could find out more about Vince, Avery heads to New York City.  While there she "bumps" into Vince's boyfriend, Marco, but doesn't let on that she knows who he is.  One thing leads to another and BOOM...these two just explode.  As their lives are slowly meshing together in the utmost crazy way, they are just drawn to each other.  

Both Avery and Marco need to figure many things out in their crazy world and it really leads to a great story.  I just loved Avery and Marco.  They were both so flawed, yet so perfect.  It was crazy how they just fit together.  Overall I really LOVED this story and couldn't put it down.  Just when you think you have something figured out....nope....the author changes directions.  I highly recommend this book.  You will not be sorry.

The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

I kept hearing great things about this story so I decided to give it a try.  Boy am I glad I did.  This author has a great career ahead of her if this book is any indication!

Lucy Hutton is the executive assistant of Helene Pascal, who is now the co-CEO of Bexley & Gamin after the two companies merged.

Joshua Templeman is the executive assistant to Richard Bexley, and a general pain in the butt to Lucy.

The two of them hate each other and find different ways to piss the other off by playing games.  But other times, it's as if they want to like each other, but won't.  These games were pretty funny and laugh out loud at times!

When a newly created position of COO is up for grabs, Lucy and Joshua both apply and the competition is on!  Suddenly, Lucy is seeing Joshua in a new light and things take a very interesting twist.

I really loved both of these characters and diving into what drives them.  I just adored the path they took to get to their happy ending....it was just perfect!  I really loved this book and can't wait to read more by this author.

Do Over - Serena Bell

This was a sweet, sexy second chance story.

Jack Parker is a sexy guy who doesn't do relationships which Maddie Adams learned the hard way.    Five years ago Maddie showed up at Jack's door in tears and that night quickly resulted into their 4 year old son, Gabe.  All Maddie ever wanted was to be part of a family with Jack but he is too selfish to every be a husband and father.

Fast forward five years....Maddie is in a serious relationship and life is looking good until she walks in on her live in boyfriend with another female!  Maddie finds herself heading to Jack's house, where Gabe currently is.  After hearing Maddie's story, Jack offers to have Maddie and Gabe stay at his house until Maddie can get back on her feet.  Reluctantly, Maddie agrees, plus there will be no sex!

As Jack and Maddie spend more time together and Jack truly is being a dad, he realizes that maybe being a family isn't so bad.  When emotions between Jack and Maddie start turning deeper, Jack realizes what he really wants now in his life.....his family.

I really enjoyed this story.  It was a fun, sexy second chance story that had a wonderful happy ending.

Bad to the Bone - Roxanne St. Claire

Roxanne St. Claire has a way of bringing out your emotions with every book she writes.  I admit, I get teary eyed reading every one of Roxanne's books.  She even warned her readers that this one WILL make you cry and boy did it....big, sobbing crying involved in this one!  

Molly Kilcannon is a single mother who got pregnant her freshman year of college during her Thanksgiving break.  Molly had to leave UNC Chapel Hill to go to college locally but she managed to still become a veterinarian.  The only way Molly has been able to be the person she is now is because of her wonderful family.  Prudence "Pru" Anne Kilcannon is now 13 years old, beautiful and smart and Molly couldn't be any prouder.  Molly wished Pru's dad lived to have met his daughter, but unfortunately he died just after she was conceived.  No one in Molly's family knew who Pru's dad was except for her deceased mother.  Imagine Molly's surprise when Pru's dad is actually alive and well and back in Bitter Bark, NC.

Trace Bancroft was the "bad boy" of their high school years and the guy Molly crushed on.  He never forgot his special night with Molly, even when he had to quickly leave Bitter Bark and ended up in trouble spending 14 years in jail.  Now Trace is back with his dog, Meatball who is in need of medical attention.

The attraction between these two is still there in spades.  While Trace and Molly try to figure out their relationship, they realize they need to tell Pru the truth.  Trace is hesitant to tell Pru just yet and Molly agrees to wait until Pru's special project is finished.  All hell breaks loose one day and everyone's life is turned upside down.  It will take an act love and determination to fix everything.

It has been a while since I have sided with the underdog right from the beginning.  Trace has grown so much in the last 14 years.  He has owned up to his mistake and is trying to be a better man.  The way Trace feels for Molly is just perfect and real.  Throw in a newly found daughter and he is finally complete.  Molly was just wading through life, trying to replace her mom in everyone's life but never really taking time for herself.  Maybe deep down she knew it was Trace or no one!  And of course his dog, Meatball who was too cute!  By far, this is my favorite book in the story and my favorite cover!  I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!

Chasing Christmas Eve - Jill Shalvis

Colbie Albright is tired of having to run her mom and brother's lives.  All three of them are adults but ever since Colbie's father ran out on them, she has been the adult in the family.  Now that she is a best selling author, she needs a break from her life, her family and New York City.  Colbie decides to "runaway" to San Francisco, CA for a break.  Shortly after arriving, Colbie is walking through the district of Cow Hollow wanting to see the crazy famed love legend fountain when a huge dog runs into her causing her to fall into the fountain.  Guess who's walking the dog....Spencer Baldwin, one of San Francisco's top 10 most eligible bachelors!

Spencer lives a quiet, simple life.  He may be super rich from selling his company, but he has sworn off relationships after Clarissa did such a number on him.  He would rather just be alone and invent new things and hang with his best friends.  He never expected to meet a woman who has captured his interest in every way possible.  Spencer realizes that she doesn't know who he is and he finds that refreshing.  What he doesn't realize is that Colbie is actually famous too and since he doesn't know who she is, that is refreshing for her.

These two quirky people find an instant connection and decide that for the three weeks that Colbie will be in town, they will hang out.  Of course this quickly turns into much more, more than either of them ever thought could happen.  Now they must both decide if this connection is worth keeping.

I just adored both of these characters.  Spencer is my perfect type of guy.  Super smart, cute and just down right sweet and Colbie complimented him perfectly.  I loved their happy ending! 

Tempt Me (Bodyguard Bad Boys Book 2) (Bachelor Bad Boys) (Volume 2) - Carly Phillips

Austin Rhodes works at Alpha Security.  He is also a single dad to his six year old daughter, Bailey.  After being burned by his ex-wife, Austin has sworn off women in general.  Too bad his daughter's live-in nanny has caught his attention.  Austin knows that on paper, it's hands off of the nanny, too bad his brain keeps having other ideas.

Mia Atwood's life hasn't always been rosy.  She grew up in the foster care system but has never felt like part of a family.  The last employer she worked for was arrested for some shady business that Mia witnessed and then testified against him.  All Mia longs for is to be part of a loving family.

The more time Austin spends with Mia, the more he can't get her out of his mind.  The problem is, is that Mia is starting to feel the same way!  When danger from Mia's past comes back into her life, Austin steps up to protect her.  He also finds that he wants to have her in life in every way possible.

I really enjoyed these two characters.  Austin is just perfectly delicious!  He is an alpha, bad a$$ bodyguard, who is the perfect dad to Bailey.  Mia is a sweet, caring woman who just wants to belong somewhere and together these two are just wonderful.  When the two of them finally do get together, they are just explosive.  After having danced around each other for so long, you knew when they finally did get together that they were just going to ignite!  Overall, this was another great addition to the Bodyguard Bad Boys series.