Friday, March 31, 2017


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The first time I saw Will Munroe I had him pegged as a typical LA douchebag—a little too handsome, a little too rich, a little too into his probiotic kale smoothies. The next time I ran into him—at his daughter’s parent/teacher conference (me: teacher, he: parent)—I noticed his steel grey eyes, his hard chest under a crisp white button down, and his suggestively bare ring finger. I was hooked.
If life really imitated art, he’d have swept me off my feet and taken me right there on the principal's desk. Instead, we are stuck in our assigned roles. He’s the workaholic single dad of a precocious girl child, and I’m her fiery substitute teacher. Never the two shall meet. Enter one zany, yurt-dwelling ex-wife, a stock market that never sleeps, and some over-the-top, A-list fundraisers, and I've got plenty of drama ahead. Better to keep my hands to myself.

But when Will asks me out for a pancake breakfast, how can I resist? My heart (and my stomach) say yes, but am I willing to risk my job for a short stack and a romp in the hay? A slow, sensual, mind-blowing romp in the hay…

But where there’s a Will…




At first it took me a little bit to get into this book. It was a bit slow moving at first and the characters thoughts just kept going so I got lost a few times. But the further I read and the more I got used to the writing style, the story drew me in. 

Will is a devoted to his job and his daughter. He is good at what he does but spends too much time on it making his marriage suffer. He seemed like the normal parent while his ex seemed a bit strange, to me anyway. She was more into the whole natural stuff, yoga, meditation and sending their daughter to a school focused on that lifestyle. It took me a little to get used to that idea. His ex tries to dictate how to raise their daughter while he will do anything to make her happy. 

Chelle is used to moving from town to town since that was how she was brought up. Now she is a traveling theater teacher. Though she feels that at hat point in life where she should start to settle down. She needs 'to secure a job in order to settle. Feeling unsettled hers of, she pours her heart into what she loves best and hopes this last school gives her the break she deserves. If not, it's back to mom and dads she goes. 

Will and Chelle meet when Will's daughter overexpresses herself. I find this odd since she is just finding who she is. They're just preventing that for her. Wills daughter and Chelle gravitate themselves to one another. Will ends up helping Chelle by volunteering.  His initial reaction towards her was not a peasant one. But as they spend more time together he sees a completely different person. One he actually likes. So he woos her with food. 

I was able to get used to his exes lifestyle while reading and instantly fell in lov with Will because of his love for his daughter. He will do anything for that girl. And Chelle... you can defiantly sense his true feelings for her. It was like instant for him. That's saying something considering he just got out of a relationship. Chelle, her love for her work and the students are clear. You can help but cheer for her to get something steady. I loved the funny banter between the two. Chelle isn't intimated by Will at all and will just tell you exactly what's on her mind. 

They fall into a nice comfortable routine. But what happens when her insecurities come Back? It all is starting to seem like the past. Will that prevent them from moving forward? Or will  she be proven wrong? Or what happens when the ex comes rolling back? Will they be able to continue their relationship because of the school? Or will all their attraction have to come to an end? 

This review was done by Jenn. I received an advanced copy for my honest review. 


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Poppy Dunne writes books with relatable heroines who speak their minds and whose riotous inner dialogue reflects their complex characters. Her goal is to deliver a story that has equal parts heart, romance and humor. Her heroes are swoon worthy, yet hold on to your suspension of disbelief, because they pick up their own socks and cook.
In her free time, she looks for hobbies other than Netflix and procrastinating to fill out this author bio. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.


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Wednesday, March 29, 2017


The Hard Truth About Sunshine
By Sawyer Bennett
Release Day: March 28

New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett has written her most gripping and poignant tale yet. Provocatively heart-breaking, audaciously irreverent and romantically fulfilling, The Hard Truth About Sunshine exposes just how very thin the line is between a full life and an empty existence.

An angry, bitter amputee.
An optimist losing her eyesight.
A dying kid.
A suicidal thief.
Four people with nothing in common but their destination.

Despite having narrowly escaped death’s clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It’s only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life.
What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again… can he learn to love again?
He’s about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can’t decide whether she wants to live or die.
They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love.
And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all.
The hard truth about sunshine…

Warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse.

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Wow... Where do I even begin with this book?! This is absolutely unlike any other book that Sawyer Bennett has written.the Hard Truth About Sunshine completely captivates you from the very beginning. Reading this book will give you an  intense ride in such a good way. It's raw, packed with many emotions, nitty gritty and will leave you completely speechless but yet having a different perspective on life. 

Christopher Barlow has seen and done things we all wish to not. He can't undo them, yet he has survived the worst of it. When he reached the bottom everyone he loved left him leaving him empty and without any hope. You can't help but feel bad for him while reading his story. He used to live life with a purpose. Now after hitting the bottom, everything came tumbling down. Not caring about life and sometimes wishing it ended. When one situation puts him in a group of others. 

The people who make up this formed group come from completely different backgrounds but yet they must make a trip together for Christopher to get out of trouble. It was what started as the dying kids wish to see the other end of the world. At the start of this trip, Christopher hated every minute of it. I mean who wants to drive across country with a soon to be blind girl, a dying kid and a suicidal? That doesn't sound like any type of fun but it needed to be done.  

It's starts off a a race to get to the end to get to over with. But as we hear each of their individual stories you can't help but feel. Ore connected to each of them. I loved how Sawyer was able to me me feel as if I had known each of them and she made me feel like I was part of their journey. What is supposed to start off at as just a race to get to the end, ends up being a journey of four strangers finding themselves. Finding one another together. They give each other hope, courage, love and a whole new type of friendship.  

We watch the four of them open up to one another, learn from one another and learn about themselves. They help one another chip through their tough barriers and to find a new purpose. I enjoyed watching them bicker but I also loved watching them go through their journey. Even the happiest of them all has a story behind them. Who knows? The happiness could just be a front. Life is short. Live life to the fullest. Your cup may be half empty, but there is someone with a half full glass that can help you fill yours. Everyone has their own demons in life, but it really is how they rise above it. You can choose to live or you can choose the latter. Some outcomes are beyond your control, but how you get through comes from you. The past does not define you. You define you future.  

This book definitely got to me, in a good way. I had no one favorite character in this book, I fell in love with them all. This one is a book to stay with me for a long time. I will definitely be looking at life in a brand new perspective. Reading this book will definitely show you the hard truth about sunshine.

This review was done by Jenn. I received an advanced copy for my honest review. 


Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. 

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. 

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017




Author: Rachel Lacey
Series: Risking It All, #2
On Sale: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $6.99 USD

The second book in Rachel Lacey's irresistible contemporary romance series about three foster brothers who return to their hometown to open an extreme sports business, perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins, Rachel Gibson, and Jill Shalvis!


Emma Rush can't remember a time when she didn't have a thing for Ryan Blake. Haven's resident bad boy is just so freakin' hot-with tattoos, a motorcycle, and enough rough-around-the-edges sexiness to melt all her self-control. Now that Emma's over being a "good girl," she needs a little help being naughty . . . and she knows just where to start.

Before Emma's brother enlisted in the military, he made Ryan promise that he would protect her from everything--including himself. When her brother doesn't come home, Ryan needs to turn his screwed-up life around to honor his pledge. But he knows he's still not the right kind of guy for someone as sweet as Emma. Only he can't stop wanting to be with her. Wanting her. Falling in love with a good girl may be the craziest risk this bad boy can take . . .




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I'm going to be honest and say that this book had a bit of a slow start for me. As I progressed and got over that hump,  I reached a certain point the story started to consume me. This is part of a series, though it can be read as a stand alone. I had no issues following through.

Emma and Ryan have know each other for years. I mean Ryan and Emma's brother have been friends for years and there hasn't been a day Emma hasn't crushed on him. But he thinks of her as his best friends little sister. The no no zone. They're much older now and she's a grown woman but yet Ryan still does not want to cross that line because of her brother. 

Emma is tired of being a girl who sticks to the rules and doesn't cross them so she enlists Ryan to help her with that. She wants to live life to its full potential. Ryan on the other hand has reservations of helping her. Yes, he has know her since she was a little girl, yes she has matured into a fine woman, but he will never forget the promise he made to his best friend who was also Emma's brother. He could never betray him that way. But Emma is persistent and chips away at Ryan. 

They have both had to sacrifice a lot and have had to mature quickly. Ryan has regrets on a lot of his decisions in the past. But he has come to learn from them and is now a better person because of it. Though it's because of his past he has closed himself off to a lot of things and a lot of feelings. Their backgrounds are so similar which is what makes them click. The chemistry between the two of them are inevitable and clearly visible to their close friends. But they put it aside and remain just friends as they help Emma come out of shell and find herself. 

They fall into a natural routine with one another. One that semi borders a relationship but they're afraid to sprout that word. What will happen when Emma's lifelong dream is about to come true? Will it ruin what she has formed with Ryan? or will she be able to create a completely different future for herself? What sacrifice is she wiling to make? Will Ryan let his loyalty to Emma's brother stand in the way to his true happiness? Or will this be another regret added to us list? 

This was defiantly a quick fun read for me. Two adults who rekindle their childhood relationship. We watch both Emma and Ryan find who they truly are while working together. They skirt the line several times and contemplate bringing their newfound relationship to light. Sacrifices need to be made again, but some of them are well worth it. I truly loved the closer it group that they have. They're definitely a fun bunch.  

This review was done by Jenn. I was given an advanced copy for my honest review. 


Ryan Blake held a bottle of Maker’s 46 in his right hand, a tumbler in his left. With a flick of his wrist, he tossed the bottle. It flipped once before landing back in his grip, top down, ready to pour. He filled the tumbler, set a napkin on
the bar, and placed it in front of the brunette on the other side. “Bourbon, neat.”
“You’re good.” She picked up the glass and tipped it in his direction. “Not what I was expecting in this little bar in the middle of nowhere.”
“I try,” he said with the friendly, semi-flirtatious smile he always used on single ladies seated at his bar. She wasn’t wrong. The usual clientele at The Drunken Bear had little use for fancy liquor or bartending tricks, but the trio in front of him were tourists looking for a good time, and he’d see that they had one.
“You were just about to tell me about this tattoo.” She placed her hand on his biceps, fingering the eagle he’d had inked there after he flew this coop ten years ago.
“That’s right.” He shifted backward so that her hand slipped to the countertop. He encouraged flirting—it led to better tips and made the night more interesting—but this chick was getting a bit too friendly, considering the diamond band on her left ring finger. “This one was for spreading my wings. Thought I’d fly far away, and yet, here I am back in Haven.”
“You’re from here then?” one of the other women asked, shamelessly ogling the tattoos on his arms while giving him an eyeful of cleavage.
“Born and raised. Moved around a lot, but I can’t seem to shake this place. It’s in my blood.” Once upon a time, he’d been hell bent on getting as far away from this sleepy North Carolina mountain town as possible. Spent the better part of a decade drifting from place to place, taking with him only what he could carry on his bike. Funny how things came full circle. He picked up an empty pilsner glass another patron had left behind.
He turned at the familiar voice to find Emma Rush stand- ing there, one hip propped against the bar, and he damn near dropped the glass. Emma’s trademark ponytail and jog- ging pants were nowhere in sight. Tonight, her blond hair cascaded over her shoulders in shiny waves, her blue eyes sparkled at him from behind a tasteful—yet sexy—amount of makeup, and her red top was tucked into a pair of jeans that fit her like a glove. He swallowed past the sudden dry- ness in his throat. “Hey, Em. What brings you out tonight?” “Girls’ night,” she said with a smile, gesturing to her friend Mandy, who stood by the door talking on her cell phone. Emma slid onto an empty barstool. “I wasn’t expect-
ing to see you.”
“I’m still here a few nights a week.” His new business
venture—Off-the-Grid Adventures, an extreme outdoor sporting facility he’d opened with his good buddies Ethan Hunter and Mark Dalton six months ago—was finally bring- ing in enough income that he soon wouldn’t need to bartend to pay his rent. “What can I get you?”
“Untapped amber ale, please.” She watched while he filled a frosted mug. “Thanks.”
“My pleasure.”
She lifted the mug to her lips and took a long drink. “Damn, that’s good,” she said with a happy sigh, setting it on the bar.
“Always been more of a pilsner guy myself.” He tried not to stare as she licked froth from her upper lip.
“Hi, Ryan.” Mandy stepped up to the bar beside Emma. He leaned back, tearing his gaze from Emma’s lips. “Hi.”
Emma turned to her friend with a smile. “Ready to get a table?”
“Yep,” Mandy said. “Have fun, ladies.”
“We will.” With a wave, Emma walked off after her friend, and damn, those jeans cupped her ass like perfection. No doubt about it, Emma looked
tonight. And his thoughts were way out of line. He’d promised Derek he’d look out for his little sister, not drool all over her.
“Your girlfriend?” the brunette at the bar asked, eyebrows raised as she sipped her bourbon.
Ryan cleared his throat and dragged his eyes away from Emma. “Just a friend.”
“Mm-hmm.” The brunette gave him a look that said she didn’t believe him.
He turned to check on his patrons at the other end of the bar, but his attention was once again diverted by Emma— or rather, the preppy-looking businessman she was talking to now. Ryan couldn’t make out their conversation, but the guy wore an irritatingly smug smile, and Emma didn’t look at all happy to have bumped into him.
Ryan moved down the bar, chatting and pouring drinks as he went, all the while keeping an eye on Emma. She was deep in conversation with the businessman, although the guy seemed to be doing most of the talking. Emma smiled and nodded. She glanced up and met Ryan’s gaze, rolling her eyes at him with a smile while her companion kept on talk- ing.
Next thing Ryan knew, the guy had slung an arm around her shoulders, gesturing wildly with his free hand while Emma subtly edged away from him.
Ryan was around the bar and across the room before he’d even realized what he was doing. “Everything okay over here?”
Emma shrugged out from under the guy’s arm, but her smile wasn’t nearly as warm or genuine as the one she’d given Ryan a few moments ago. “Yep.”
“We’re fine,” Obnoxious Dude answered. “Who are you?”
“Ryan Blake. And you are?” “Tristan Farrell.”
“Tristan and I are . . . old friends,” Emma said.
By old friends, Ryan assumed she meant former flames. And since she clearly wasn’t enjoying his company, it was time for Tristan to leave. Ryan crossed his arms over his chest and stared him down, waiting for the loser to get the message. It didn’t take long.
Tristan backed up, his eyes darting toward the front door. “Well, it was great seeing you, Emma. Take care.”
“You, too.” She watched as Tristan left the bar then turned to Ryan. “Forgot how much I dislike that guy.”
“He hassling you?”
Her eyes rounded. “No! Just talking my ear off, really.
Sorry to distract you from your duties at the bar.”
“No problem.” Keeping an eye on his patrons was part of the job, although he was probably feeling more protective of Emma right now than the situation called for.
“Right, well . . . looks like my table is ready.” She waved over her shoulder as she walked away.
Ryan headed back behind the bar, turning his attention to the trio of tourists and their mostly empty cocktails. “Any of you ladies ready for a fresh drink?”
As it turned out, they all were. While he mixed their cock- tails, he allowed his gaze to roam over to Emma’s table. She was deep in conversation with her friends Gabby, Carly, and Mandy, all of whom he knew, none of whom made his gut tighten the way it did every time he looked at Emma tonight.
He had no idea where this had come from, but he had to get over it, pronto. Emma wasn’t interested in a player like him, and even if she were, she was off limits. He’d made a promise to her brother when Derek went off to war, and Ryan had no intention of breaking it.

Rachel Lacey is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She's been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.



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