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Man Candy: A Real Love Novel - Jessica Lemmon

Dax Vaughn needs a break from his life.  His father recently passed away and he has been stopping his life to take care of his mother.  Now he just needs some quite time and has rented a cabin at Grand Lark Retreat in Tennessee for two weeks.  On the day Dax arrives, he stops at the bar/restaurant on the property and is immediately taken by the bartender/waitress who just showed up and getting chewed out by her boss.

Becca Stone has been wandering through life aimlessly.  She is not sure what she wants to do in her and has tried multiple jobs.  Now she's back in her hometown, living and working for her brother, Tad.  Tad is beyond irritated with his little sister and just wants her to grow up.  After Tad "fires" Becca yet again at the bar, she decides she is going to check out the hot guy sitting by himself.  Maybe she find a quick one-night stand.

Things escalate pretty quickly between Dax and Becca and what was suppose to be only one night is quickly turning into more.  Neither of these two expected the explosion that happened when they hooked up but neither of them can deny it.  Dax thinks he may have actually found someone he could have something real with.....too bad Becca is used to just running away when things get good.

It was great watching the relationship between Dax and Becca play out.  It was a tough rough road, mostly for Becca but it was sure worth it in the end.  Their happy ending was just perfect!  

I really love this series.  If you are looking for some fun, enjoyable, hot stories, give this series a try!

End Game - Lisa Renee Jones

This book picks up right where Bad Deeds ended.  

After the gun goes off, chaos erupts.  Shane feels like his life is imploding.  Afterwards, Shane has to deal with the darkness that is consuming him.  He wants revenge in a big way and he wants to fight for Emily and Derek.  Shane is tired of all the bad in his life and has decided he is going to remove it all one way or another.

There are many twists and turns in the final book in the Dirty Money series, but it sure makes for an awesome read.  I could not put this book down because I needed to see how everything was going to play out and I was not disappointed.  It is real difficult to try and write this review without giving away some major plot points, but all I can say is read this entire series, in order.  You will NOT be disappointed.

Wicked Choice - Sawyer Bennett

Rachel Hart is a bad a$$ mercenary with the Jameson Group. She has never wanted to be that female who settles down and raises a family, but rather the carefree adrenaline junkie looking for her next fun time. After Rachel barely escapes from a life and death mission with her co-worker Bodie Wright, Rachel's emotions are running high, along with a buzz she has from the four shots of bourbon she drank. When Bodie comes to check on Rachel in her hotel room, things quickly from a professional relationship to a lust filled one. What neither of them expected was that this hook up would 1.) knock their socks off and 2.) end up in a pregnancy that neither of them wanted at this point in their lives. After some long discussions, Rachel agrees to carry the baby, but wants nothing to do with raising it. Bodie has decided that he wants this baby and will raise it on his own, but secretly hopes that by the time the baby is born, Rachel will change her mind. In the meantime, they both agree to keep a physical relationship and since they both love their memberships at The Wicked Horse Vegas, it starts to make things more intense. As Rachel and Bodie start to spend more time together, Rachel starts to rethink all the things in her life that she always thought that she wanted and Bodie starts to think he may have just found all the things he has wanted in his life. I really enjoyed Rachel and Bodie. Rachel was such a strong willed female and because of her past, she was very closed up. Bodie on the other hand was such an open and loving guy. Together these two made such a great pair and I really loved the road these two took to get to their happy ending. I'm also excited to see that there will be more books in this series as well as a new spin off series!

Rugged Texas Cowboy - Lora Leigh

This book has two shorter stories included in it, Cowboy and the Captive and Cowboy and the Thief.

In Cowboy and the Captive, Luc Jardin is ready to seek revenge on Miss Maria Catarina Angeles after the stunt she pulled that almost got his best friend, Jack Riley killed.  Maria's brother, Joe ends up meeting Luc and together they decide that Luc will kidnap Maria and have her work off her debt.  What Luc doesn't realize is that he is actually kidnapping Maria's twin, Melina.  Of course Luc doesn't believe Melina when she tries telling him that she isn't Maria.  That's when the fun begins.  I really enjoyed the way these two pushed and pulled with each other.  They didn't want to like the other but then you don't always get what you want! ;)  I really enjoyed these characters and this story line.

In Cowboy and the Thief, Jack Riley is in Ireland visiting his friend, Joseph Manning.  What he didn't expect was to be captivated by his daughter, Angel.  After some fun sparring back and forth, the sparks begin to fly.  Joe thinks Jack just might be the one to bring the fire back into his daughter.  When Joe ends up selling Jack the Irish torque, Angel is furious, but Jack refuses to give it back.  Angel decides that she is going to steal the torque back from Jack once he's back in Texas.  Too bad he was waiting for her!  I really enjoyed the sparring between these two and it was interesting how the Irish history came into play.

The Duchess Deal - Tessa Dare

Emma Gladstone is tired of being pushed around. She may be just a seamstress but she is a damn good one. When an ex-bride-to-be doesn't pay her for the extensive wedding dress she made, Emma decides to confront the jilted Duke of Ashbury to get her final payment. What Emma didn't expect was to get roped into a marriage with the Duke.

Ashbury needs a wife right now who can produce him an heir and when Emma shows up in a wedding dress he makes up his mind and offers to help Emma with her financial problems if she will agree to be his duchess. Because of some other circumstances, Emma reluctantly agrees but she has some of her own stipulations to their marriage.

After spending more time together, Emma and Ashbury start to find a common ground and finally start to have feelings for each other. What started as a strained union, quickly turns into something more.

I just loved both of these characters. Their banter was so great and funny, I found myself laughing out loud often. I really loved Emma's stubbornness and the way she was able to finally get Ashbury to fall in love with her. Overall this was a wonderful book and I would highly recommend it!

Marked for Death (Blind Jacks MC) (Volume 1) - J.C. Valentine

Tiffany is a nurse who moves every few years to try and stay off her ex-husband's radar.  On the last night of her job at a hospital before moving to a new location, she ends up treating Ryder, a sexy as sin biker who has been shot.  The attraction between these two was off the charts and Tiffany feels a pull towards Ryder that she hasn't felt in a long time.

When the crazy biker who is trying to kill Ryder shows up at the hospital, Tiffany jumps into action to protect him.  Spending time alone Ryder while protecting him has Tiffiany's hormones running on overdrive.  Quickly things turn romantic and Tiffany realizes that just maybe she has found a new life that she doesn't want to run away from.

In typical J.C. Valentine style, there is a final showdown that ends completely not how I would have thought but just perfect for these two.  I look forward to more in this new series.

Van - Sawyer Bennett

I just adore this series!  Every hockey player's story have been awesome so far and Van Turner's story is no exception.

Van is currently living with his teammate Lucas Fournier.  When Lucas' little sister Simone comes to temporarily live with them, that is when the fun begins.  Van and Simone are both emotionally guarded and emotionally explosive people and when these two finally hook up....WOW!

Van likes to act like an a$$hole and pretend that nothing bothers him, but in reality, that is not true.  He has a whole past history that has bothered him so much he was withdrawn socially from anyone.  Too bad Simone doesn't care about how Van acts, she just wants Van.....ANYWAY she can get him!

It takes one, stubborn, pushy female to finally get through to Van, but when Simone finally does....it was well worth it.  I just adored Simone.  She is such a strong female and goes after what she wants even if it isn't the normal thing to do.  Van may have seemed like not the world's best guy, but after realizing about his past, you can certainly understand why he is like he is.

Overall I loved the explosive journey these two went on to get to their happy ending.  These two were so hot, it was crazy!  The epilogue was even perfect too, although I must say I never would have guessed at that ending!

Cuffed by His Charm: A Dirty Little Secrets Novel - Stacey Kennedy

This is the 4th book in the Dirty Little Secrets series and we finally get Gabe O'Keefes's story.  Gabe may be rich and likes his sex a little dirty (why else would you own a sex club?) but what most people don't know is that enjoys being a pub owner and serving beer, not the CEO to his huge company.  They might not also know that Gabe has been lusting after McKenna Archer, a bartender that work for him.  Since Kenna is an employee, she is hands off but when she ends up as the source for all the personal leaks of Gabe and his best friends to Gotcha! magazine, all bets are off.

Damn, you do not want to cross Gabe when he is not happy!

It quickly comes to light that Kenna's brother Evan is behind all the leaks and not Kenna, which leaves Gabe feeling a little guilty.  When Kenna realizes something is wrong regarding her brother, Gabe and his friends step in to help.  It was a twisty, turnie ride these two had to go on to find Evan and stop the leaks.  I really loved how Gabe helped Kenna even though he'd rather have her brother rot in hell for the things he did to him and his friends.  Overall, this was another great addition to this series with all your favorite alpha DC men back together.  I really liked how loyal Kenna was, especially to her brother, even if he didn't always deserve it.  And I really enjoyed the happy ending that Gabe and Kenna finally got!

Restrained Under His Duty (Dirty Little Secrets) - Stacey Kennedy

This is book 3 in the Dirty Little Secrets series and Ryder's story.  Ryder has been lusting after Hadley Winters for a long time but since he is her father's bodyguard, it has to be hands off.  Too bad Hadley doesn't see it that way.  She has tried anything and everything to be with Ryder.  While info regarding Ryder and his friends keeps getting leaked to the tabloid paper Gotcha!, the latest one is regarding Ryder and Hadley, and then a sexy photo of Hadley bound and gagged with two guys has been brought to light.  Ryder promises Hadley he will put a stop to this so it doesn't come to her father's attention but of course that means that they must spend more time together.  Ryder realizes that there is a bigger story underneath everything and is stepping up security for Hadley and her dad.  Just when Ryder thinks things are looking up....Bam....his world starts to unravel!  It takes Ryder's security team, his best friends and a leap of faith to fix his problem and get the one thing that he didn't realize meant so much to him before....Hadley.

I really loved this book.  Great characters and a great plot that kept taking me in a different direction than I though it was going to go.

Rock Solid - Carly Phillips

This is the 4th book in the Book Boyfriend series and we finally get Connor Prescott's story.  Out of all the four guys, Connor was the one who was looking for love, babies and the white picket fence...problem was he never met the girl that he'd want all that with.  Connor doesn't believe in one night stands, but after getting stranded in Denver because of a snowstorm, his life is about to change.

Something about the mysterious woman is pulling him towards her and quickly things begin to ignite.  After a fun dinner in the airport, and realizing that Katie doesn't have anywhere to sleep because all of the hotels are booked, he offers her the second room in his suite to which she reluctantly accepts.  Connor learns that Katie had her heart broken while in Denver and wants to just make her happier.  Katie decides she wants Connor instead.  Pleading with him they agree to one night, but no sharing last names or even any personal information.  Connor wakes up the next morning wanting to continue things with Kate back in Chicago but finds out she has left.

Imagine his surprise 3 1/2 years later when Katie shows up at his office explaining that he's a dad to 3 year old Leah and she finally found out who he was because she saw his picture on the cover of Chicago Magazine.  Considering Connor has never forgotten Katie, he takes this a great sign....the family he always has wanted.  Katie is just not sure of the situation.  All the men in her past have always proven to be jerks and Katie is not sure that she wants to drag Leah through anything.  Over the course of time Connor and Katie spend more time together, along with Leah.  Problem is is that Katie is not ready to fully commit and Connor is getting tired of waiting.

It took a long time for Connor and Katie to find their happy ending but it was so worth it!  I really loved Connor...such a great, perfect guy.  It was understandable how Katie was being based on her past, but at times I wanted to kick her in the butt and say guys like this don't come around that often!  Then there is Leah...she was such a fun, cute little girl!  Overall, this book was a great ending to this series and I'm sad it's over.  I sure hope Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde are putting out another series together!

An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly) - Lauren Layne

If you are only going to read only one Christmas book this season, read this one.  Great story of best friends to lovers during the Christmas season.

Kelly Byrne is a school teacher and is finally on Christmas break.  She splits her time between Manhattan, NY and Haven, which is in upstate New York.  Kelly is on her way to her house in Haven to spend time with her best friend Mark Blakely who lives next door.  While on her trip home, a psychic tells the superstitious Kelly that she has already met her one true love and she will find him again before Christmas.  Kelly decides to make a list of all her ex's and is determined to hunt them all down before Christmas.  What Kelly doesn't know is that her bestie Mark has been in love with her for years and he is not happy with her plan to find her ex's.

Through a series of LOL moments, Kelly reconnects with her ex's, while at the same time the sexual chemistry between the her and Mark is really heating up!  Mark needs to decide if he wants to push Kelly for something real between the two of them or just let her go for good and move on with his life.

I just adored Mark and Kelly.  Mark is such a great guy and the type you want to marry.  Kelly was so fun and quirky you couldn't help but just want to be friends with her.  The road to their happy ending was perfect!  I loved this book and just couldn't put it down!

Christmas in Kilts: A Highland Holiday Box Set - Bronwen Evans, May McGoldrick, Lecia Cornwall, Lavinia Kent, Terri Brisbin

This was a delightful book that included 5 different stories that dealt with Scotland during the Christmas season. Each story had a great alpha Scot and a female ready to make them work for their love. A Highlander's Hope by Terri Brisbin is about a Scott, Iain MacKillop who is widowed and now in love with another clan's town whore, Robena MacKendimen. Iain knows that most people wouldn't be too happy if he were to marry Robena, but he has made it his mission to do just that! Boy I loved Iain! Such a great alpha. Robena seemed like such a sweet lady and she deserved happiness too! A Highland Christmas Wager by Lecia Cornwall is about a Scottish lady, Maighread MacLennan having to unexpectedly stop at a laird's castle for safety from the snow storm. Too bad the laird is someone from Maighread's past. What Maighread didn't expect was that there would be two other Scots there with all three of them vying for her attention....and the best man did win! I loved the guy she ended up with. A Scot For Christmas by Bronwen Evans was a fun story about longing for your brother's best friend. I LOVED this story! Fiona Mackenzie has long wanted Dougray, the Earl of Lorne and now that he is a widower, Fiona is hoping he can give her one gift that she really is hoping for. these two were great together! Leftover Mistletoe by Lavinia Kent was a fun and heartwarming story. Emma Spencer's life as she's known it has been ripped from her after her father's death. On her way to her Uncle's place she shares a ride with a strange man and the two ended up stranded together. James Barran can't believe his bad luck. Of course a forced circumstance leads to just what James needed! Sweet Home Highlands by May McGoldrick is a story about Captain Gregory Pennington being hired to escort 4 adults and one child to Sutherland. Along the way Penn falls hard for Fie and her ward, Ella. Along the way these two fall in love and find their happy ending. I just adored Ella. She was such a blast for a little kid.

Right Where We Belong (Silver Springs) - Brenda Novak

Savanna Gray's life is unraveling apart.  Her husband has been arrested for attacking three women and is currently in jail.  When Savanna starts to believe that her husband is actually guilty, she files for divorced and heads to Silver Springs, CA to live in the house her parents left her and her brother.  
She knows the house needs a lot of work, but Savanna feels she can handle in.  As soon as Savanna arrives late at night with her two kids, she meets Gavin Turner, her next door neighbor, make that sexy next door neighbor.  Spark fly immediately, but Savanna knows she needs to keep her distance with everything going on in her personal life.  Funny how good intentions don't seem to work out.  Gavin finds himself coming to Savanna's aid any chance he can and the more time they spend together, the stronger their feelings are.

For once in his life, Gavin has found someone who really interests him.  Just when Gavin's life looks like it can't get any better, his past shows up to haunt him.  It takes a great leap of faith from both Savanna and Gavin to get to their happy ending, all while trying to deal with a few things from their past.  There is a little bit of suspense added to this story and I can admit that it kept me on the edge of my seat with my heart beating a mile a minute!  Overall, I LOVED this book.  Gavin was such the perfect guy for someone like Savanna, even with all that had happened in his past.  Savanna was such a strong heroine, especially with what was going on in her life.  Together these two just made each other better.  Read this book...you will not be sorry!

Adam (7 Brides for 7 Soldiers Book 2) - Roxanne St. Claire

This is book 2 in a fun new series from multiple authors.  Each book revolves around a different guy from the town of Eagle's Ridge, Washington.

Adam Tucker thought he was going to be in the Coast Guard for life, but after he failed to save a teenage boy from drowning, he left the Coast Guard and headed back home to Eagle's Ridge.  There Adam and his twin brother Zane are running A to Z Watersports.  Adam is also in the process of opening a youth adventure camp to try and help troubled teens.  Zane loves to bet anybody for anything so he bets Adam that he will not get his camp ready in time for opening day.  Of course Adam takes that bet and is surprised when Zane sends a pretty interior designer his way to help him.  As soon as Adam sees Jadyn, whose real name is Jane, the sparks fly.  What Adam doesn't know is that Jane is hiding out, per the FBI, from something that she shouldn't have seen back in Miami, FL.  Jane doesn't want to get too close to anyone in Eagle's Ridge since she won't be there long, but of course the more she is around Adam, that feeling changes.  The more time Adam and Jane spend together, the more they both open up about things in their past.  When the past comes back to haunt them, it takes a huge leap of faith with both of them so they find their happy ending.

I just adored both of these characters.  I loved how open and honest Adam was.  I really enjoyed how all Jane wanted in life was to belong somewhere and how she finally found it.  I even really liked all of the secondary characters and it will be fun to see how each of their stories will play out.

Wicked Envy (The Wicked Horse Vegas) (Volume 3) - Sawyer Bennett

Avril, Dane and Andrew have been best friends since their college days and now they all work at Caterva BioTech, a company that Dane started.  Avril finds her boyfriend of three years in their bed with some other woman and kicks him out of their home.  Beyond pissed, Avril decides that she wants to have a little fun in her life and asks Dane to take her to The Wicked Horse Vegas as his guest because she is ready to explore a few things.  Dane has always had a crush on Avril but has always kept things in the friend department, but against his better judgement he takes her there, along with Andrew.  After one night, Avril is addicted and wants to go back.  Not so much Andrew.  Dane and Avril start spending a lot of time together at the Wicked Horse Vegas and things progress quickly.  Avril wants Andrew more in her life and the next things you know, they are all three together!  It takes a lot of soul searching, but the three of them eventually figure out a way to make them all happy.

I just loved Dane....such a great alpha with a little bit of a sad childhood thrown in.  He really has done well for himself.  Andrew is just the perfect, sweet guy that everyone wants to be friends with.  Avril is very strong and determined when it comes to business but in her personal life she was more wishy washy.  It took a cheating boyfriend to turn her into the true woman she was meant to be!

Overall, this was a fun, sexy read that I couldn't put down and another great addition to such a fun series!

The Inn at Blue Hollow Falls - Donna Kauffman

What a fun, delightful story.  Stevie Franklin, Sunny Goodwin's best friend is coming to Blue Hollow Falls over the Christmas Holiday to help her friend set up the orchids for her new program in the old Victorian greenhouse she inherited.  Stevie isn't close to her family and would rather be working during the holidays and thought being with Sunny would be perfect.  What Stevie didn't expect was big, gorgeous and hunky Noah Tyler.  Noah owns the Inn at Blue Hollow Falls and is one of Sawyer's good friends.

The first meeting between Stevie and Noah was great and of course there was instant attraction.  Stevie ends up staying at Noah's inn since the broken water pipes at Sawyer's forced her to find somewhere else to stay.  While at the inn, a huge snow storm hits and Stevie and Noah are snowed in along with his guests.  Stevie jumps right in to help.  This constant closeness is causing some interesting feelings between the two of them that they both thought they'd never find.  It was fun watching this Christmas loving guy with a huge family slowly get Stevie to love the holiday season just like him.

If you are looking for a fun, quick Christmas story, you will really enjoy this one!