REVIEW: Play On by Samantha Young

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Play On by Samantha Young
Contemporary Romance published by Amazon Digital Services 12 Sep 17

One of the best decisions I’ve made in my reading lately is to finally open a Samantha Young book. I’d seen her On Dublin Street series and wished I hadn’t found it so late in the series to get started. But her Hart’s Boardwalk series offered me the opportunity to discover Ms. Young is an author no romance reader wants to miss. Since reading her HB series, I’ve also started ODS. While I’m enjoying those books, the characters of Hartwell own my heart. However, Aidan and Nora in Play On have jumped very close to the top of my Samantha Young favorite list.

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REVIEW: Halfway There by Stef Nichols

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Halfway There (Sisterhood of the Halfways, Book 1) by Stef Nichols
Romantic Comedy published by Stef Nichols 01 Sep 17

I generally approach self-published debut novels with a high level of caution, although I know people who’ve chosen to go it alone after a lot of hard work and produced highly decent books. Likewise, much as I enjoy reading about rural intrigue when it’s written in ways that appeal to me, finding new authors in the genre can involve digging deep into a very mixed bag. All that said, I decided to give Stef Nichol’s first foray into writing about village life a chance, and overall I’m glad I did.

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REVIEW: The Time In Between by Kristen Ashley

Book CoverTabs’ review of The Time In Between (Magdalene, Book 3) by Kristen Ashley
Contemporary Romance published by Kristen Ashley 29 Aug 17

Kristen Ashley’s Magdalene Series goes out strong with this reunited lovers story. Recently widowed Cady Moreland has made her way to Magdalene, Maine to start a new life. Her new start, however, is purposefully in the same town as a long-lost love from eighteen years ago. Reconciling isn’t her primary purpose in relocating, but it’s definitely a major motivation. Sometimes you have to just move on from young love and sometimes you pack up everything and give it a go at age forty, even though it’s the longest of long shots. Will Coert, the dashing town sheriff, be able to put aside his anger and see that the best thing he ever had just walked back into his life? Well, duh. This is a Kristen Ashley book.

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REVIEW: Jordan Reclaimed by Scarlett Cole

Book CoverKristie J’s review of Jordan Reclaimed (Preload, Book 1) by Scarlett Cole
Contemporary Romance published by Swerve 28 Feb 17

Wowzers, where have you been, Scarlett Cole?  I was working yesterday with nothing to do, so I was checking out book lists by other readers on GoodReads with similar tastes as mine and came across this one.  The price was right, I hadn’t read any by this author, the storyline sounded good. So I took a chance.  I started it as soon as I got home from work and simply couldn’t put it down.  I ran out of juice on two iPads reading.  I ignored CNN, something I haven’t really been able to do since Trump entered the election (it’s like watching a continuous loop of train crashes.  You don’t want to watch, but it’s almost impossible not to).  This book blew me out of the water.  I read it until well into the night, knowing I’d be working the next day, but I couldn’t not finish it.  There are SO many things to love about it, I’m not even sure where to start. So I’ll start with Jordan, the hero.

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REVIEW: The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian

Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Ruin of a Rake (The Turner Series, Book 3) by Cat Sebastian
Gay Historical Romance published by Avon Impulse 04 Jul 17

I’ve read this series somewhat out of order, and in doing so missed picking up on a little of the continuity in terms of who the various characters are in relation to the main couple in each book. On the other hand, all three novels stand well enough alone in and of themselves, and so there’s no problem with a reader picking up this third instalment as their introduction to the Turner family and their various acquaintances. Indeed, this book has few direct links to the Turners, dealing as it does with collaborators and relatives of Lawrence, the Earl of Radnor, co-hero of the second book in the series.

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REVIEW: The Italian’s Virgin Acquisition by Michelle Conder

Book CoverLynne C’s review of The Italian’s Virgin Acquisition by Michelle Conder
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Presents 1 Sep 17

I just read a book (I know, shocking!) and finally, after so many disappointing reads, I got what I wanted. I closed the back cover with a happy sigh. This is what I want when I read a Harlequin Presents. A break from my life, a few hours reading something with characters I can like and situations that aren’t too wild or unbelievable. I loved it, and there’s only one grade for it.

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REVIEW: Can’t Hardly Breathe by Gena Showalter

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Can’t Hardly Breathe (Original Heartbreakers, Book 4) by Gena Showalter
Contemporary Romance published by HQN 29 Aug 17

While I enjoyed a few parts of this story, one major factor kept me from really liking it. Dorothea Mathis is one of those heroines who has had it rough – in high school, with her family, even an ex-husband. So she’s lived a little bit, and you would think that would help her later in life, but, unfortunately for this reader, she’s a heroine who rubbed me the wrong way on nearly every page.

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REVIEW: Irresistible You by Kate Meader

Book CoverVeena’s review of Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels, Book 1) by Kate Meader
Contemporary Romance published by Pocket Star 14 Aug 17  

Once upon a time, long ago, in a galaxy far away, I told fellow Duckie Sandy that I envied her for her overflowing pile of advance reader copies. Fast forward to today and I realize that one can really have too much of a good thing as I juggle with an overflowing pile of books approaching publication dates that need to be read and reviewed.  Then a shining nugget like this absolutely enchanting story comes along and makes my day.  The story flows well, invoking a wild range of emotions and gorgeous three-dimensional characters that sweep you along for a wonderful ride.

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REVIEW: So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks

Book CoverTabs’ review of So I Married a Sorcerer (The Embraced, Book 2) by Kerrelyn Sparks
Fantasy Romance published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 29 Aug 17

The telling stones have been indicating for months that something big is about to happen to Brigitta. Nonetheless, she isn’t expecting to find out that she’s a secret long-lost princess whose evil brother has sent his men to retrieve her. But that turns out to not be as big a problem as the wind sorcerer pirate who has just kidnapped her! Brigitta boards his ship armed with her wits, a secret power, a shapeshifter protector she doesn’t know about, and a nun companion hell bent on preventing any kind of ravishing whatsoever. read more…

REVIEW: Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters, Book 19) by Suzanne Brockmann
Contemporary Romance published by Ballantine Books 11 Jul 17

I’ve been reading a lot more contemporary romance lately, since the few historicals and paranormals I’ve picked up have been sadly lacking. Though it’s been a few years since my last Suzanne Brockmann book, I thought her latest would fit right in with all those other contemps I’ve been devouring. But I have to be honest…

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