Tuesday, December 7, 2021

REVIEW: Lucky by Marissa Stapley

OUR REVIEW:


I took a chance Lucky because I needed something different and it was a nice escape. The novel switches between the current day narrative of Lucky and that of her past and upbringing. You quickly learn that Lucky isn't really a grifter at heart--she was a victim of her upbringing and really only used crime as a last resort. Poor Lucky. It seemed that all she wanted was to live in one place, grow roots, have a normal life, and find out more about her mother. At every turn, though, she was thwarted. At first her father denied her the normalcy she desired. Later it was her slimy significant other. 


As her story unfurls and the past and the present meet in her narrative, everything about who she is, where she is, and why she is becomes glaringly clear and you just can't help but hope she'll find a way to make it out unscathed. 


While I was ultimately happy with how it all ended, I was a little bemused at the almost deus ex machina type of ending. All in all, though, a good read. 


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SYNOPSIS:

A thrilling roller-coaster ride about a heist gone terribly wrong, with a plucky protagonist who will win readers’ hearts.

What if you had the winning ticket that would change your life forever, but you couldn’t cash it in?

Lucky Armstrong is a tough, talented grifter who has just pulled off a million-dollar heist with her boyfriend, Cary. She’s ready to start a brand-new life, with a new identity—when things go sideways. Lucky finds herself alone for the first time, navigating the world without the help of either her father or her boyfriend, the two figures from whom she’s learned the art of the scam.

When she discovers that a lottery ticket she bought on a whim is worth millions, her elation is tempered by one big problem: cashing in the winning ticket means she’ll be arrested for her crimes. She’ll go to prison, with no chance to redeem her fortune.

As Lucky tries to avoid capture and make a future for herself, she must confront her past by reconciling with her father; finding her mother, who abandoned her when she was just a baby; and coming to terms with the man she thought she loved—whose dark past is catching up with her, too.

This is a novel about truth, personal redemption, and the complexity of being good. It introduces a singularly gifted, multilayered character who must learn what it means to be independent and honest...before her luck runs out.

Monday, December 6, 2021

NEW REVIEW: Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas


OUR REVIEW

Devil in Disguise
 is the first novel I've ever read by Lisa Kleypas and zomg! why haven't I read her before? I absolutely loved the characters in this novel and can only assume that many of the secondary characters have had their own novels.


Merritt, our heroine, is such a strong and progressive character who comes from a strong and progressive family. She's loved and supported in all of her 'unconventional' pursuits and the community at large seems to have nothing but respect for her. There are so many things to adore about her, but I think that I really loved how capable and calm she was in every situation that seemed to cross her path. She's astute, patient, kind, and wonderfully stubborn and therefore makes the perfect match for Keir. 


Keir, our lovably gruff Scotsman, is our hero and he's also easy to love. He's grumbly and surprisingly traditional even though he's open and accepting. His inability to resist Merritt is fun and his eventual capitulation is everything. 


Their love story was very easy to get caught up in and the dialogue, comedic banter, and, well, everything, made this novel hard to put down. I really can't wait to read more of Kleypas's backlist; I have no doubt I'll enjoy reading more of these characters. 


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SYNOPSIS:

New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steamy romance between a Scot with a mysterious past and strong-willed lady looking for adventure—and love. 

“The devil never tries to make people do the wrong thing by scaring them. He does it by tempting them.”

Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed beauty who runs a shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible.

From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed.

So far, neither of those is going well.

Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals the secret of his mysterious past. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt.

Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves . . . even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

REVIEW: Dream Keeper by Kristen Ashley

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OUR REVIEW:


I have so enjoyed the Dream Team series and I'm seriously hoping that the epilogue of Dream Keeper is hinting that the series has a few more books in it. 


In this fourth stand alone in the series we get to see how Pepper and Auggie are going to work through all of the things that have kept them apart. I particularly enjoyed their journey because Kristen Ashley didn't make their HEA the main conflict and so we got to enjoy their being together for a longer part of the novel. I also liked how she made Pepper and Auggie so similar in so many ways and that their differences balanced them all out. I guess what I'm saying is that they fit together like two puzzle pieces and it worked for me. 


In this fourth novel, as with all of them, I suppose, a main source of conflict is family. Both Pepper and Auggie have some seriously messed up parents and because of that, they have tried to live in polar opposition of the way they were brought up. This commonality gave us an opportunity to see how they cared and comforted each other and just emphasized what we already know: family doesn't have to just be through blood ties; family can be of your own choosing. The family that Pepper and Auggie have chosen are awesome and throwing little Juno in the mix elevated the love and fun in this novel.


I also enjoyed the extended cast of characters who showed up and the ending of Dream Keeper promises that what's about to happen with the dirty cop case is going to be verrry interesting. I'm so here for it.


If you love KA and you've loved this series, you're going to love Dream Keeper. 


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SYNOPSIS:

Spinning off from the bestselling Dream Man and Rock Chick series, this is the emotional and steamy contemporary romance fans of the Dream Team series have been waiting for!

He’s perfect—but he can’t be hers.

Pepper Hannigan is determined to keep any romance off the table—and out of her bedroom—while her daughter Juno is still young. Sure, a certain handsome commando is thoughtful, funny, and undeniably hot, but Pepper’s had her heart broken before, and she won’t let it happen again. Not to her or her little girl, even if this hero could melt any woman’s resolve.

Augustus “Auggie” Hero can’t deny his attraction to beautiful, warm-hearted Pepper or how much he wants to make a home with her and her little girl, but Pepper’s mixed signals have kept him away. That is, until Juno decides to play matchmaker. Her efforts finally bring Pepper into his arms, but they expose the danger Pepper is in. To protect Pepper and Juno, Auggie will have to live up to his last name and prove happy endings aren’t just for fairy tales. 

COVER REVEAL: The Plight Before Christmas by Kate Stewart

 

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π“π‘πž 𝐏π₯𝐒𝐠𝐑𝐭 𝐁𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 π‚π‘π«π’π¬π­π¦πšπ¬, a romantic dramedy by USA Today bestselling author Kate Stewart, is releasing on December 19th! Mark your calendar and add it to your TBR! 


πŸŽ„ This is an un-EX-pected, Christmas themed, 2nd chance romance.

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πŸ”₯ Slow Burn

🎁 Heartwarming feels 

😍 Swoon and 🌢Spice and everything nice but most definitely on πŸŽ… Santa’s NAUGHTY LIST!!


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BLURB:

Clark Griswold was onto something, at least with his annual holiday meltdown. And since the last three weeks of my life have been riddled with humbug—another breakup, a broken toe, an office promotion I deserved and didn’t get—I’m not at all in the mood to celebrate nor have the happ, happ, happiest Christmas EVER. 


When Mom insisted that we all gather at my Grandparent’s ancient cabin for an old school family Christmas, I fully intended to get into the holiday spirit with the help of the three wise men, Johnnie Walker, Jack Daniels, and Jim Beam. But those boys did absolutely nothing to offset the shock or temper the sting of seeing my EX on our doorstep the first day of our holiday soiree. 


Apparently, Santa missed the memo, and this elf is pissed.


Stuck for a week with the man who obliterated my heart nearly two decades ago, I did the only thing I could do and put on my game face, thankful for the home advantage.


I knew better than to drink that last cup of eggnog.


I knew better than to get tongue tangled beneath the mistletoe with the only man to ever break my heart.


I knew better than to sleep with Satan’s wingman on the eve of the Lord’s birthday.


I could blame the nog. I could blame the deceitful light blue eyes, thick, angelic hair, and panty evaporating smirk…but mostly, I blame Eli because he always knew exactly which of my buttons to push.


I foolishly thought a family Christmas filled with nostalgia was going to turn my inner Scrooge around, but this year’s festivities went up in flames. Leave it to the ghost of my Christmas past to be the one to light the match. 


Fa la la la la la, FML. 


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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

REVIEW: Rake I'd Like to F

 

       
  RAKE I’D LIKE TO F… Release Date: November 30th   

The follow-up to 2020's USA Today bestselling Duke I'd Like to F..., this anthology is bursting with wicked rakes, searing romance, and a swoon-to-spice ratio guaranteed to make your pulse pound!   
  Authors: Nicola Davidson 
  Adriana Herrera 
  Eva Leigh 
  Joanna Shupe 
  Sierra Simone   
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OUR REVIEW:

This anthology is exactly the naughty escape you'd want it to be. Following the lead of the first anthology, this one features a little something for everyone. Each of the authors delivered on the things they do best--each story highlighting their style and flair in writing absolutely rakish men and their lovers. Whether you're looking for a broody artist, a broodier highwayman, a seemingly spoiled duke, a writer looking for his muse, or a most notorious rake, you find it here. Not only are the rakes interesting but their counterparts all provide the most delicious conflicts...and all of this in mere pages. 

It shouldn't be surprising with the all star line up of talent writing these stories, but honestly, I was surprise at how much I wanted each of these shorts to be fully fleshed out novels. Each set of characters were interesting and unique and while I was completely satisfied with every story, I wouldn't mind seeing more of all of them.

Need a quick historical romance fix? Look no more--Rake I'd Like to F is exactly what you need. 
  

  Blurb: He's a legend in the raking...   The Last Crimes of Peregrine Hind - Sierra Simone   Peregrine Hind, known to all as the bloodiest highwayman ever to bedevil the road, seeks only one thing—revenge against the Dartham family. And so when a robbery sends the second Dartham son and notorious rakehell Alexander Dartham tumbling to Peregrine’s feet, it seems like fate has given Peregrine his vengeance at last. Except then Alexander offers him a desperate bargain: to kidnap him instead, so Peregrine can harvest a generous ransom from Alexander’s family first. Peregrine agrees, but he’s in no way prepared for a captive like Alexander, who insists only on the softest beds and the finest wines…and who enjoys being tied up a little too much…   Two Rakes for Mrs. Sparkwell - Eva Leigh   The last thing Mrs. Vivian Sparkwell wants is to tie her life to another stifling husband. But thanks to the surprise terms of her last marriage contract, if she refuses any reasonable offer to wed again, she loses her widow’s portion. What she needs is a thorough and public ruining to make her would-be suitors cry off. Who better to provide the necessary scandal than notorious rake Rushton Cantley? Yet when Rush proposes that his friend, gaming hell bruiser Jack Morgan, join in on the ruination, Vivian can’t decide if she’s shocked—or aroused. How far is too far when infamy is on the line?   A Rake, His Patron, & Their Muse - Nicola Davidson   London playwright and notorious rake Lennox Townsend is renowned for bold melodrama and bolder pleasures. When he loses interest in both, his shy yet devoted patron Lord Jonathan Grant escorts him to a country boarding house managed by repressed widow, Mrs. Viola Prescott. The trio soon surrender to sizzling—and forbidden—passion, made sweeter as each share their deepest secrets and find acceptance of their true self. Yet cold reality is ever ready to intrude, and they know happiness is fleeting. Or is it?   Monsieur X - Adriana Herrera   Joseph Cantor Marshall never imagined reaching the pinnacle of artistic success would be so… uninspiring. Desperate for a spark of excitement he attends the notorious masked soirΓ©e at the most exclusive sex club in Paris. The moment he walks in he’s entranced by the mysterious X, the embodiment of the painter’s darkest fantasies. But X is as slippery as he is tempting, and soon Marshall’s days and nights are consumed by growing desire for his elusive lover. Will falling for X prove to be Marshall’s undoing or his greatest masterpiece?   Sold to the Duke - Joanna Shupe   Though she once lived a life of privilege, Lady Eliza is now destitute and desperate to care for her ill sister. She decides to sell the one thing of value she has left: her virginity. At the auction, a shocked Duke of Blackwood recognizes Eliza and refuses to allow her to fall into the clutches of a depraved bidder. But his role of noble rescuer is upended when the proud beauty insists on giving him his money’s worth… 

    
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