Sunday, May 20, 2018
eARC Book review: The Hitwoman in a Pickle (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman #18) by J.B. Lynn
eARC provided by author
What kind of trouble is Maggie in this time?
The klutzy contract killer must enlist the help of both her psychic friend, Armani, and her ever-growing collection of talking pets, as she desperately searches for not one, but two, missing relatives.
At the same time she’s trying to keep the peace in her crazy family and complete an unwanted assignment from mob boss, Delveccio, which could end with her on ice.
And oh yeah, she’s got a date with a certain hot manny.
Maggie and friends follow a crazy and convoluted path to try to save the day, but will an unexpected enemy get the upper hand?
Maggie as always is juggling a lot of balls in the air. The woman has the craziest life and although most of us don't have the same issues she has I bet many can relate to juggling. Her menagerie of talking animals is growing too. Each is frustrating but vital to Maggie. Maggie's mom disappears yet again which leads to more questions and more trouble. Finally Maggie goes on a date with Angel. Which of course does not go as planned. Mayhem follows her everywhere. Like every installments of this series there's a bit of everything going on in this book. You'll definitely laugh but there is always suspense and danger mixed in and lot of craziness and secret's revealed. If you really enjoy a fun read this is a excellent series. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys shorter but packed full of entertainment books. I have never read one of these and not laughed. Excellent story telling that leaves you primed for the next book.
Find out more about this series and JB Lynn here www.jblynn.com
Friday, May 18, 2018
eARC Provided by author
Ivy Field's heart nearly broke when she left Heart Falls, but her high school sweetheart insisted she follow-through on her dream of becoming a teacher. She thought that meant putting their relationship on hold briefly, but it's taken eleven years to return. Now she's back, no longer a painfully shy young girl but a confident woman who knows exactly what and who she wants--a home and a family--with too-sexy-for-his-boots Walker Stone. He was her first; she wants him to be her last.
Walker "Dynamite" Stone was still reeling from his parents' unexpected deaths when Ivy left. He let her go, throwing himself into work on the Silver Stone ranch and dangerous living on the rodeo circuit. But lately Walker's adrenaline junkie ways have crashed--he's having panic attacks. Potentially devastating to his budding music career, they're a deadly handicap when shooting for eight seconds aboard an angry bull. He needs to learn to face his fears to save the family fortunes. If he succeeds, this time Walker will be the one to leave Heart Falls, and Ivy, behind.
Will Ivy and Walker have to give up on forever, or can they turn this rancher's song into a winning duet?
This is the second in Vivian Arend's spin off series from the Coleman's six pack ranch series. Ivy left town 11 years ago to chase her dream. Walker had to let her go. This is one of those second chance love stories. Ivy and Walker have some secrets in the years since they were last together and while Ivy knows what she wants for her future Walker is unsure. The one thing he does know is he wants Ivy. I really loved this story. Ivy has some issues with her health and Walker totally gets her even after being apart for 11 years he remembers what she needs. Walker is having some problems with anxiety and panic attacks and Ivy helps him figure out what's going on. It's so sweet how they are there for each other. Ivy is there to stay but Walker is still trying to figure out where he belongs still. His heart says with Ivy but he feels he needs to help provide cash for the family ranch. The question is how he can do that and be with Ivy. By the end of this story you get all the squishy good feelings. If you have not read a Vivian Arend book this is a good series to start with. I can't wait for the next story.
Find out more about this series and Vivian Arend here www.vivianarend.com
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Available May 15th 2018
eARC Provided by Publisher through Netgalley
Barrett: As a former pro football star, I’m used to playing the field. After injuries cut my NFL career short, my second act as a broadcaster ended on live television when a hot mic picked up a little verbal . . . indiscretion. But this latest publicity stunt might just land me back on top—much to the chagrin of Catarina Everhart, the prissy, beautiful journalist who’s been assigned to date a bad boy (i.e., me) and write about it. Catarina swears I’ll never touch her, let alone kiss those full lips of hers. Based on our chemistry, I’m not buying it. . . .
Catarina: Barrett Fox seems to be doing everything in his power to make me hate him. The cocky egomaniac is infamous for his bad behavior, and now, thanks to my boss’s harebrained schemes, he’s apparently my problem. As one fake date leads to another, I start to see a different side of Barrett. He’s close with his family. He does volunteer work. And, okay, he kisses like a dream. Am I really dating Barrett Fox? Or is he playing me? Because suddenly I’m risking my reputation—and my heart.
Barrett is a former pro football player who really puts his foot in it when he says something inappropriate while working as a commentator at a game. Like really inappropriate. The kind of thing that gets you fired. Now he's writing a dating column as the bad boy of football with Catarina who is the essential good girl of journalism. Their fake dating leads to real dating and that's when things get complicated and truths have to come out between them. I have to confess i had a hard time warming up to Barrett. I got there but it took a while. I think it takes a while to figure out Barrett and who he really is. He's revealed to the reader a little at a time. He brings out a bit of the crazy in Catarina she didn't know she had. She opens him up to being himself and letting her in. I think there was some rough spots for me in this books but it was all pulled together for me by the end. I literally saw both Barrett and Catarina grow through this book. Sometimes it takes meeting the right person for that to happen. Good ending.
Find out more about this series and Jessica Lemmon here www.jessicalemmon.com
Friday, May 4, 2018
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley
What do you do when a "fake" relationship is so much better than the real thing?
Hope Donnigan is finlly getting her life together. She's working a job she likes, has some amazing friends, and is steering clear of Mr. Wrong. Now if only she could get her mother to understand that. Maybe a hot tattoo artist from the other side town is just the ticket to teach her mom a lesson.
J.T. Webster fell for Hope months ago at his sister's wedding. So when she propositions him to be her fake boyfriend to get her mother off her back, he's all in. The only problem is J.T. had no idea their pretend relationship would be better than anything real he's ever had...
Hope Donnigan has no time for dating. She's off men at least for now since all her previous relationships didn't end well and she can't seem to pick the right guy. Problem is her mother is pressuring her and in general harassing her and trying to set her up with what she thinks is the right men for Hope. To teach her mom a lesson she's going to use J.T. Webster to get her to see she can handle herself. J.T. is more than willing to help out if it means spending time with Hope. They begin a pretend relationship that's never really pretend. I'll start with this is my first Marie Harte book so i'm coming into this without having read the other books in this series. It didn't seem to be a problem in following along with the story. I enjoyed watching Hope and J.T. get to know each other and fumble around trying to find their way through their relationship. They had a lot of chemistry which was obvious from the beginning of the book. In the end this book made me want to go back and read the previous two. I'm glad I took a chance on this new to me author. Excellent read!
Find out more about this series and Marie Harte here www.marieharte.com
Thursday, April 26, 2018
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley
Available May 1st 2018
Gavin Boudreau lives for the job, but he also believes in “work hard, play harder.” As the youngest guy in Ladder 37, he figures he’s got plenty of time before settling down becomes a priority. Soft, pretty women who aren’t looking for promises are exactly his type, and he’s comfortable with that. Working with a gorgeous EMT isn’t going to change who he is.
The last thing Cait Tasker needs in her personal life is a firefighter whose challenges on-scene have been a thorn in her side from minute one. Her plate’s too full for a man anyway. Back in her childhood home to help her family cope with an unexpected tragedy, she’s got enough to handle without throwing a hot, testosterone-laden fireman into the mix.
As long days on the job lead to long nights together, Gavin and Cait will discover how far temptation can take them—and what happens when the one you thought was all wrong for you turns out to be the person you can’t live without.
Gavin is the youngest guy in his fire house. He's just doing his thing and living his life thinking he's got plenty of time to be single. Then he has a run in with EMT Cait Tasker. Cait has moved back home with her mom and step brother to help out since her step father passed away. Throwing all in with helping her mom and step brother cope she doesn't have time for a man. The sparks fly though whenever Cait and Gavin are in the vicinity of each other. I fell right into this book. I loved both Cait and Gavin. The guys from the firehouse and Cait's partner were awesome secondary characters. Gavin and Cait try to navigate their relationship at the same time dealing with busy dangerous careers and Cait's troubled family. It not always easy but it is interesting. The author drew me into this couple and got me invested in what happened with them. Of course with all the drama there was also plenty of laughs to make it a well rounded romance. I can't wait to read the next installment.
Find out more about Shannon Stacey and this series here www.shannonstacey.com