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Down & Dirty - Tracy Wolff

Man, I loved this book! I just adored the heroine, Emerson Day. She is funny, quirky and doesn't take crap from anyone! She is also smart and sensible. On Emerson's first day of work at her new job as a real estate agent, everything that can go wrong, does...car breaks...Uber late...and it's raining. Finally getting to work by Uber, Emerson steps out of the car on to the curb. A huge, black truck quickly pulls into the spot the Uber was just in and sprays a water puddle all over Emerson....and this is where the fun begins! Enter Hunter Browning....gorgeous, cocky quarterback for the San Diego Lightning and driver of said truck. As Emerson is giving Hunter a piece of her mind, Hunter is really enjoying the sight of her in her white, wet blouse....and really enjoying her smart mouth!

Imagine Hunter's surprise when he finds out that Emerson works at the same company that is trying to find him a house. Instead of having to deal with the handsy owner, Kerry, Hunter insists that Emerson helps him. Wow....these two just exploded with the amount of electricity they were producing! Between Emerson's smart mouth and Hunter's cocky attitude, it was just a matter of time when these two would combust.

I loved watching Emerson realize that there is more to Hunter than what he lets people see....especially the whole story line involving his sister and her two kids. I also enjoyed how Hunter was able to bring more life into Emerson's world. The story line these two went through to get to their happy ending was filled with so much emotions....I was laughing, crying and even swooning at times. Overall this was an awesome story, which such fantastic characters and I couldn't recommend it more!

A Counterfeit Heart (Secrets & Spies #3) - K.C. Bateman

It is hard to believe this is only the third book released by this author....she is that good!  K. C. Bateman develops such wonderful characters and creates such a fun, beautiful romance that entwines itself with events that had really happened in history that you feel like you are living in that moment.

In this story, the heroine, Sabine de la Tour is leading a double life in France.  To most people, she works in a print shop, but her best friend, Anton Carnaud, also knows that she is the mysterious Phillipe Lacorte, the notorious French counterfeiter.  As one of the best counterfeiters in the world, Sabine can forge passports, official documents and even produce currency.  Problem is, is that Sabine tends to be too honest and doesn't want to help the really bad people....which is why her and Anton are on the run trying to get to England so Anton can escape to America.  Sabine needs to get some authentic money quickly to help Anton escape and has come up with a plan to do it....she just needs to expose herself to Richard Hampden, Viscount Lovell, the spy who has been trying to catch her alter ego.  

The first meeting between Sabine and Richard was priceless.  There is nothing better than a female who is both smart and sassy especially when standing up to an arrogant male like Richard.  Such great laugh out loud parts to the story!  Of course it doesn't hurt when the chemistry between Sabine and Richard is off the charts!  They both know that they cannot trust the other, but that can't stop their growing lust!  When Richard finally accepts that Sabine is Phillipe Lacorte and agrees to do business with her in exchange for the money she needs, Sabine thinks she has the upper hand.  Too bad Richard throws a wrench in her plans by forcing her to stay with him in his house.  

I just adored these two.  It was obvious these two would end up together and when they did, it was explosive.  I really enjoyed the plan of Richard's that Sabine had to help with. It was fun watching them have to work together to get to the same end result.  And their final happy ending was just perfect for them!  Overall, this was a fantastic story, with such wonderful characters and I just couldn't put it down.

No One but You: A Novel (Silver Springs) - Brenda Novak

Sadie Harris is struggling to make it on her own after she served her husband Sly divorce papers but she has had enough of the way he treats their 5 year old son, Jayden.  Unfortunately, Sly is a cop in their small town of Silver Springs and he has blocked every attempt she has made at trying to better herself.  With no other choice, Sadie decides to answer a newspaper ad placed by Dawson Reed.  Dawson needs someone to help take care of his mentally challenged sister, Angela.  Dawson also was just recently released from jail.  He was charged with the brutal murder of his adoptive parents, but was ultimately found not guilty.  Of course, most people in town still think he really is guilty.  

Sadie quickly realizes that Dawson is not at all what she expected him to be.  He is actually very nice, sweet and caring.  Dawson needs Sadie's help so he can bring his sister home from facility she has been in for the past year and Sadie is grateful for the job.  Of course, Sly tries to stop her from working there.  Sly always likes to have total control over Sadie and he is having a hard time dealing with the fact that she wants a divorce.  Dawson quickly comes to Sadie's defense which irritates Sly even more.

Between the town treating Dawson poorly and Sly trying to make life miserable for Sadie, they bond quickly as "the outsiders" of the town.  Dawson and Sadie quickly form a great relationship.  They both are attracted to each other, but neither one of them will act on it.  Just when their lives are starting to move forward, disaster happens and Dawson and Sadie rely on each other more for emotional support.  I loved how these two got together over similar problems and ended up helping each other and ultimately finding love in the process.  I really enjoyed the suspenseful part of this story....it really kept me reading to see what was going to happen next.  I also really enjoyed the part of the story about who really killed Dawson's adoptive parents....it was a great tie-in!  Overall another really great story in the Silver Springs series by Brenda Novak.

Shacking Up - Helena Hunting

This is the first book by Helena Hunting I have read, and I've got to say I loved it!  Such great characters and a laugh out loud entertaining story!  I will certainly read more from this author.

Ruby Scott is having a hard time making it on her own as an actress and dancer but the last thing she wants to do is leave New York City and go back home to Connecticut to work for daddy at his pharmaceutical company.  Ruby is hoping for her big break at her audition the next day because she really needs the money.  For now, Ruby is at her best friend, Amalie "Amie", engagement party and at least is getting to eat some real food instead of the ramen noodles she has been living on.  Ruby decides to head home, stopping at the restroom first.  On her way out, she runs into a nicely dressed, huge, sexy guy and almost falls over.  He thinks she is his date coming on to him and starts kissing her and Ruby ends up kissing him right back.  When said date shows up things go to hell.  Ruby finally leaves, gets home and falls asleep thinking of Awesome Kisser.  The next day Ruby wakes up not feeling too well....and tanks the audition in a unique way!  She also finds out she is being evicted from her apartment because daddy stopped paying the rent!  Amie stops by after Ruby is feeling better and convinces her to come to dinner with her.  She is meeting her fiance, Armstrong and his cousin, Bane.  Amie explains that Bane is leaving the country for a few weeks and needs someone to help take care of his two pets and that maybe Ruby can just stay at his place while he is gone.  Imagine Ruby's surprise when Bane is actually Awesome Kisser!

When Bane hears the story about how he ruined Ruby's audition, he agrees to let her stay at his place while he is gone since he feels guilty.  Two days later Ruby packs up her apartment and moves in....now the fun can begin!  These two are still very attracted to each other but since Bane is leaving, they don't act on it....but the verbal sparring is great!  

Bane leaves the country and these two continue their sparring through texting.  This quickly changes to phone calls and then video chatting.  Over the course of next 5 weeks these two spend most of their free time talking and getting to know each other.  As the days go by, their feelings are becoming more intense.  I just adored the relationship these two were forming just based on phone calls.  It was fun watching their feelings change.  The way Ruby was with Francesca and Tiny was great!  I loved how fun it all was.  Bane is getting anxious to get back home to spend some quality time with Ruby, while Ruby knows she needs to find some type of job so she can move out of Bane's place by the time he gets back.  Ruby finds a job, but doesn't admit to Bane what type of job it really is.  By the time Bane gets back, the sexual tension between these two is about to explode.  I really liked these two together.  I loved the part where Bane found out where Ruby was actually working!  It was great watching these two slowly build up being a real couple, and having to deal with some real issues and I just loved how their happy ending came to be.

New Leash on Life - Roxanne St. Claire

Chloe Somerset has come to Bitter Bark, NC at the request of her Aunt Blanche, who is the mayor of the town. She has asked Chloe to come up with something that would make Bitter Bark a fun and new travel destination. After Chloe's first meeting she walks around the town trying to get ideas and stops in at the Bitter Bark Bar. There she meets Shane, a dirty, attractive man that she ends up kissing and feeling more sparks than she thought she would! After the way Chloe's mom was, she does not like anything dirty! I just loved Chloe and Shane's banter back and forth. It made for some great humor and sizzling attraction. What Chloe didn't realize is that Shane is a Kilcannon, one of the family members that run Waterford Farm. After talking with Shane, Chloe has an idea to change the name of the town to Better Bark and make it the first dog friendly town that families could travel to where they are encouraged to bring their pet!

Shane doesn't know what hit him, but he is interested in Chloe....problem is he doesn't know where she is from or where she lives. By a luck of fate, Shane figures it out and volunteers to take his dad's place on the committee who will vote on Chloe's idea. After meeting up with Chloe again, Shane realizes that she is not a fan of dogs....and that is a red flag in Shane's world. After some prodding, Shane gets Chloe to keep a friend's dog, Daisy, for a few weeks....but it's not just any dog...it's a pitbull which Chloe isn't too thrilled about, but ends up agreeing to it.

Since Shane wants to spend time with Chloe, he agrees to help her with her plan to convince the town that they should change the name to Better Bark. Of course in true Roxanne St. Claire style, this is not an easy task. There are hurdles Chloe needs to overcome every step of the way, but Shane is there all to willing to help! When it becomes obvious that someone is sabotaging their efforts, Chloe and Shane have to really step up the battle. I just loved interactions with Chloe, Shane, Daisy and the rest of the town. It was fun seeing Chloe slowly change into actually liking a dog. The final confrontation was fun and interesting and really kept me guessing as to who the culprit was...and the happy ending between Shane and Chloe was just perfect! Loved it!

Overall, I really enjoyed these characters and the path they went on to get to their happy ending. It was a fun ride all the way to the end!

Going In Deep - Carly Phillips

Well we met Julian Dane in Going Down Easy when he played games with Kendall Parker to get back at his one time partner, Kaden Barnes, who is in a relationship with Kendall's twin sister, Lexi.  I would NEVER have thought that Carly Phillips' would be able to redeem Julian after all the crap he pulled but I actually did end up liking Julian and even rooting for him to win Kendall back.

Shortly after Julian hurt Kendall, he realized what a horrible thing he did and tried everything to get her to talk to him.  Finally, 9 months later he gets to talk to her after finding out that she works at For Paws, a not-for-profit animal shelter in Midtown Manhattan.  Their first meeting didn't go exactly as Julian was hoping, but he wasn't giving up.  I really loved how Julian owned up to his hurtful actions and when he finally explained to Kendall all the reasons behind his behavior, I actually started to feel sorry for him.  It seems there really is a nice guy deep down inside of Julian.

I really enjoyed how these two people, both with some major issues, really worked through their problems and eventually came together.  It had to be so thrilling for Kendall to stand on her own two feet and take back complete control of her life.  It was also hard for Lexi to have to give up that control that she has had for so long looking after her twin and letting Kendall live her own life.  I really loved the heartbreaking story these two had to go through to get their happy ending.  It was so emotional as times but well worth it to be finally at peace with their lives.  I also just adored Steve and Waffles....these two sounded so fun to be around!

Sex in the Sticks: A Love Hurts Novel - Sawyer Bennett
OK...after reading this book I am even more excited that I am actually going to Alaska in 2018!

Valentine French comes from a family of money....a LOT of money. She had to get a college degree in order to get her trust fund, but since then she has never really worked...she has just run a dating blog, much to the chagrin of her upper crust parents...and let's just say that if Val can rile her parents by what she puts on her blog, all the better. The only person who understands her is her cousin Jeremy. Val is tired of all the metro sexual guys that she has gone on dates with in New York City. They all seem more into themselves than her. When she's complaining to Jeremy about these dates, he suggests she go some place totally different than NYC and try dating the guys there....it would certainly make for some great blogs! Jeremy suggests Alaska. He was there a year ago for a bachelor party and he can attest that the guys there are nothing like NYC guys. Val lets Jeremy set up her reservations and she heads to Alaska.

OMG! Imagine a NYC socialite in rugged Alaska. The scene where Val gets off the boat in Alaska was laugh out loud funny. Right away Val is helped by the city's mayor, Logan Burke and she is instantly attracted. Too bad he doesn't seem to return the attraction, but he does end up driving her to where she is staying...and it's not a 5 star hotel like she expecting.

I just loved watching Val try to navigate to the ways of Alaska. It was a hoot watching all these guys fall over backwards for Val....everyone but Logan. It was fun how Logan always seemed to "pop" up just when Val needed him. These two were explosive together. They had such a fun time hanging out together and it was great watching their feelings change. I just LOVED this book. It made me laugh and swoon. And I really enjoyed the path the Val and Logan had to take to get their happy ending! It was just perfect! Great start to a new series!
 
 
 
Mister Moneybags - Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland

These two authors never disappoint!  I picture the two of them plotting out their story, laughing, thinking what's the craziest things we could do to our couple and then they do it!

Bianca George had volunteered to interview Dexter "Mister Moneybags" Truitt for an article in Finance Times where she works.  No one knows her real reason for volunteering but she was selected to interview the reclusive man who is finally revealing himself to the world.  On the elevator ride up to his company's floor, the elevator stops working, the lights go out, and the fun begins.  This scene was hysterical...I couldn't stop laughing.  Dex has a smarta$$ quality to him which I just loved.  Dex is really enjoying conversing with Bianca and is very interested in her until he realizes that she is the one that will be interviewing him and her opinion of him isn't very favorable...so what does Dex do????  Pretends to be someone else...Jay.  Dex ends up cancelling the interview with Bianca but agrees to an email interview instead.  This emailing turns into texting every night at 11:00 pm.  Bianca is getting to know the real Dex and actually liking him....all the while....she is going on dates with Jay.  The different situations that "Jay" went through was too funny.  It was even funnier that Dex was jealous of Jay!  LOL.  Of course all secrets eventually get exposed and that's when the real fun begins.  The path these two had to take to get to their happy ending was just crazy.  Just when you'd think you had the story figured out...BOOM....here's a new curve.

Overall, I just adored this book.  The characters were so fun and real and the story was wonderful.  I've loved every book these two authors have released and they are now an auto buy for me.  Great job.....LOVED IT!

Hot for the Fireman - Gina L. Maxwell

I just adore Gina L. Maxwell's books!  She has a way of writing something serious or sweet and then POW...laugh out loud funny!  It's usually best not to drink anything while reading her books!

Boston firefighter Erik Grady had some PTSD issues from his 10 years he spent in the Army where he was a Lieutenant.  Erik has kept his PTSD under control until a recent incident on the job triggered an episode.  Now Erik is bound to desk duty until he goes through the proper therapy he is required to do.  Erik is used to being in charge and having his men follow him and not working is showing weakness, something that he hates.  After leaving a bar one night with his friends, Erik stops at a convenience store to pick up some alcohol.  In the store he see the most gorgeous female he has seen in a while and he is intrigued.  She is on the phone with a friend stating what she wished a guy would just do....

Next thing you know, Erik is talking with said girl and they decide to have a one-nighter and boy what a nighter it turns out to be.  The morning Erik wakes up and the woman is gone.  Lucky for him he ends up getting her name from the hotel worker since she ended up paying for the room with her credit card.  Imagine Erik's surprise when this woman is the same woman he has to have therapy with!!!!

Olivia Jones normally doesn't do one night stands and then to see this man, standing in her office is just too much to handle.  Since Erik isn't ready to give Olivia up, he convinces her to let her uncle take his case and then she will go on three real dates with him.  After the three dates if she doesn't think they should continue, he will stop pursing her.  Oh, boy.....let's just say that Erik can be really convincing when he needs to be.  I just fell in love with this character.  He was sweet, sexy and all alpha and a fireman to boot! ;)  Olivia really had no choice, but to fall hard.  I really enjoyed the time these two went on dates.  It was so fun seeing what Erik was going to come up with next.  Such a thoughtful guy which made it all that much harder having to see him go through PTSD.  It's such a tough illness that often gets overlooked.  Gina L. Maxwell did a great job showing you how this disease affects people.  It made you really root for Erik to overcome his battle.  It was a tough road to get to Erik's happy ending with Olivia but it was worth it!  I just really liked the way these two characters were with each other.  I also can't wait for Dozer and Angie's story!  That one seems like it will be explosive!

Sit...Stay...Beg - Roxanne St. Claire

Roxanne St. Claire has started a new series and this is book 1. The entire series will revolve around the Kilcannon family. Daniel Kilcannon is morning the loss of his wife Annie and wishing that his 6 adult children could find the same type of perfect love he did. While he is enjoying everyone being home for the funeral, he wishes they all lived back in Bitter Bark, North Carolina. Daniel's 83 year old mother, Gramma Finnie, tells her son to give the kids a reason to "come home". Daniel is a veterinarian and has always loved dogs. Even his family and friends call him The Dogfather! Then an idea hits him...what if he turned part of his 100 acres of Waterford Farm into a world class dog training and rescue facility and have each of his kids own a part of the company and help run the facility! Of course all the kids love the idea and finally come back home.

Garrett used to be on the west coast where he developed an app for posting pictures of your animals that caught on very fast. After selling his company and their app, Garrett is more than set for life and he jumps at the chance to come back to Bitter Bark where he can get away from the media that have made his life a nightmare. Garrett refuses to discuss what happened so imagine his surprise when little Jessie Curtis shows up at the farm wanting to interview him for her job at Inside the A List and his father is encouraging it! Jessie was best friends with Garrett's younger sister, Molly, and always had a huge crush on Garrett. She even let him feel her up in the barn when she was 15!

After Garrett reluctantly agrees that's when things get fun! Jessie gets to spend time with Garrett and is slowly getting him to open up even against his own plans! I just adored their time together. The chemistry these two had was sizzling...guess things do get better with age! ;) Throw in Garrett's big and crazy family, a certain dog named Lola (who actually stole the show and made me cry for her) and these two reluctant characters who have both been searching for something permanent in their lives and you have one awesome story! I just loved their happy ending....so perfect!

Great start to such a fun family! I can't wait to read each of the Kilcannon's stories!

Sex in the Sticks: A Love Hurts Novel - Sawyer Bennett

OK...after reading this book I am even more excited that I am actually going to Alaska in 2018!  

Valentine French comes from a family of money....a LOT of money.  She had to get a college degree in order to get her trust fund, but since then she has never really worked...she has just run a dating blog, much to the chagrin of her upper crust parents...and let's just say that if Val can rile her parents by what she puts on her blog, all the better.  The only person who understands her is her cousin Jeremy.  Val is tired of all the metro sexual guys that she has gone on dates with in New York City.  They all seem more into themselves than her.  When she's complaining to Jeremy about these dates, he suggests she go some place totally different than NYC and try dating the guys there....it would certainly make for some great blogs!  Jeremy suggests Alaska.  He was there a year ago for a bachelor party and he can attest that the guys there are nothing like NYC guys.  Val lets Jeremy set up her reservations and she heads to Alaska.

OMG!  Imagine a NYC socialite in rugged Alaska.  The scene where Val gets off the boat in Alaska was laugh out loud funny.  Right away Val is helped by the city's mayor, Logan Burke and she is instantly attracted.  Too bad he doesn't seem to return the attraction, but he does end up driving her to where she is staying...and it's not a 5 star hotel like she expecting.

I just loved watching Val try to navigate to the ways of Alaska.  It was a hoot watching all these guys fall over backwards for Val....everyone but Logan.  It was fun how Logan always seemed to "pop" up just when Val needed him.  These two were explosive together.  They had such a fun time hanging out together and it was great watching their feelings change.  I just LOVED this book.  It made me laugh and swoon.  And I really enjoyed the path the Val and Logan had to take to get their happy ending!  It was just perfect!  Great start to a new series!

Walk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly) - Lauren Layne

Party girl, Georgianna "Georgie" Watkins has a wonderful life. She is a pampered heiress, especially since her grandma left her a nice trust fund, and has never had to work a day in her life. She is also an only child with two very well off parents. The most Georgie has to ever worry about is what to buy when she goes shopping or which fundraiser she should be helping out at. While this may sound like a great, her dating life is anything but. It's always the same type of rich, cocky guys which completely bore Georgie. Now, the guy who lives in 79B in her apartment building whom she sees every morning at 5:00 am when she is just getting in from a night of partying does pique her interest. Andrew Mulroney is a very successful divorce attorney and likes his routine life. Out the door every day at 5:00 am to work out at the gym, then off to the office where he spends most of his time, then back home to start the routine all over. What he doesn't like is the bubbly Georgie, or Georgianna as he prefers to call her....or does he? While these two may be polar opposites, they are just drawn to each other. Georgie purposely comes home every morning just before 5:00 am with a dozen donuts for the doormen, just waiting for Andrew to show up. Andrew secretly enjoys sparring with Georgie every morning, although he'd never admit it. The conversations between these two are perfect, laugh out loud awesomeness! Then finally one day the sparring turns to an earth shattering kiss...which just happens to get photographed by the paparazzi and their world explodes! I really loved these characters. They were both so fun and entertaining. I really enjoyed how they balanced each other out so well. While Georgie is outgoing and friendly, Andrew is quiet and reserved. I just adored this story line and couldn't put this book down...it was THAT fun! So if you are looking for two great characters and a wonderful, laugh out loud, swooning story....I highly recommend giving this book a try!

Ain't He Precious? (The Sex and Sweet Tea Series Book 1) - Juliette Poe

This is a new series by Sawyer Bennett's alter ego, Juliette Poe.  This is the first book in her new series Sex and Sweet Tea.

Trixie Mancinkus is from North Carolina and is a sweet, southern type of girl from the town of Whynot.  Trixie ended up going to Harvard and became a lawyer.  While in law school Trixie met Ryland Powers and the two quickly became serious for three years. They made plans to get jobs in Boston and still be together.  Just before graduation, Trixie tells Ryland that she can't stay in Boston and that she is moving back to Whynot, NC and she wants him to go with her.  Ry is conflicted but ends up staying in Boston and they break up.

Fast forward 11 years....Trixie has called Ry out of the blue because she needs help on a case and now that he is a big time lawyer she thinks just having him on the case will help her client.  Ry agrees and flies down to Whynot for the first time ever.  Let's just say that Boston and Whynot are polar opposites.  I just adored how Ry looked at how different life was in the south.  It made him realize that maybe he was missing out on something....a life.  Of course seeing Trixie again was just icing on the cake.  All those old feelings came back quickly.

I loved watching these two rekindle what they had.  It was so sweet and romantic.  I just adored Trixie's family.....they are a hoot...especially Pap!  I really enjoyed the path these two had to take to get back together.  If you are looking for a sweet fun story...give this one a try!  Great start to this new series!

Faking It - Carly Phillips, Erika Wilde

I just devoured this book. I started it around 11:00 am and finished it at 11:00 pm the same day.....I loved it! In the book Big Shot, we met Max Sterling.....he is Wes Sinclair's business partner. Max is also a confirmed bachelor. Sure someday he'd like the whole family, house and kids stuff but for now he is content with his life, at least until Hailey Ellison walks into it.

Hailey is looking for a high end building for her matchmaking company. She is very picky and has a list of certain criteria that are a must. Too bad she's engaged based on the diamond on her left hand and Max doesn't mess with women who are taken....no matter how much they turn him on.

After three months of looking, Max has found Hailey the perfect building. When they go to lunch to celebrate they run into one of Hailey's clients who believes that Max is Hailey's fiance....unbeknownst to him! That's when the fun begins! When Max realizes that Hailey is not engaged and not even dating anyone he has made it his mission to make Hailey his.

I just adored Max and Hailey. What started out as a pretend engagement quickly changes into something real for both of them. Since Hailey has some skeletons in her closet, she doesn't believe that Max could really be that into her and she thinks that he is just putting on a great show. Max starts to realize that Hailey has some insecurities and he is trying really hard to reverse them.

These two had a fun ride to get to their happy ending....Max's well off family....Max's crazy ex that he only dated 3 times...as well as all of Max's friends and Hailey's best friend. This was a wonderful story that I highly recommend!

Faking It - Carly Phillips, Erika Wilde

I just devoured this book.  I started it around 11:00 am and finished it at 11:00 pm the same day.....I loved it!  In the book Big Shot, we met Max Sterling.....he is Wes Sinclair's business partner.  Max is also a confirmed bachelor.  Sure someday he'd like the whole family, house and kids stuff but for now he is content with his life, at least until Hailey Ellison walks into it.

Hailey is looking for a high end building for her matchmaking company.  She is very picky and has a list of certain criteria that are a must.  Too bad she's engaged based on the diamond on her left hand and Max doesn't mess with women who are taken....no matter how much they turn him on.

After three months of looking, Max has found Hailey the perfect building.  When they go to lunch to celebrate they run into one of Hailey's clients who believes that Max is Hailey's fiance....unbeknownst to him!  That's when the fun begins!  When Max realizes that Hailey is not engaged and not even dating anyone he has made it his mission to make Hailey his.

I just adored Max and Hailey.  What started out as a pretend engagement quickly changes into something real for both of them.  Since Hailey has some skeletons in her closet, she doesn't believe that Max could really be that into her and she thinks that he is just putting on a great show.  Max starts to realize that Hailey has some insecurities and he is trying really hard to reverse them.  

These two had a fun ride to get to their happy ending....Max's well off family....Max's crazy ex that he only dated 3 times...as well as all of Max's friends and Hailey's best friend.  This was a wonderful story that I highly recommend!

Hot Property - Carly Phillips

This is the 4th book in the Hot Zone series but it can be read stand alone.  

In this book we finally get to see who John Roper, center fielder for the New York Renegades, and Micki Jordan's best friend will end up with.  In Hot Item we met Amy Stone.  She is Spencer Atkins niece.  Amy and John seemed to be hitting it off good at Sophie and Riley's wedding until John's date intruded.  Amy deciding she needed a big change in her life decides to move to New York and be a PR agent for the Hot Zone.

As Amy is settling in she is finally given her first client....John Roper!  John is coming off of crappy World Series game where he was also injured but instead of concentrating on himself getting better, he is being pulled in many directions by his own family.  After John is shocked to see Amy in New York, Amy explains to him that he needs to stop caving in to his family and start working on himself.  At the same time John wants to work on Amy! ;)

When John doesn't tell his family that he can't be in the middle of every issue they have, Amy takes drastic measures and kidnaps John away to Brandon Vaughn's lodge in upstate New York without letting his family know where they are.  I loved how Amy got rid of John's phone...priceless!

As the two of them are at the lodge, that's when the fireworks finally explode.  Amy is used to being the good girl and has to work hard to curb her wild tendencies.  John tends to go with the flow and just have fun.  Together they balance each other out very well.  I just adored the things John would do with Amy.  These two really meshed well together.  

Add in both of their crazy families....Amy's mom was once arrested for indecent exposure along with her aunt, while John's mom is a famous actress who is past her prime but still acts like she isn't, his sister who is trying to plan a small wedding which her mom keeps trying to change and then his brother who would rather just get money from John instead of growing up and being an adult.

Overall this was a fun story that had me laughing out loud at times along with swooning at others.  Great characters and a great story!