REVIEW: The Final Score by Jaci Burton

Book CoverVeena’s review of The Final Score (Play By Play) by Jaci Burton
Contemporary Romance published by Berkeley 12 Sep 17

Mia Cassidy is all grown up with her very newly established Sports Management agency.  It’s inevitable that she runs into college friend Nathan Riley, who’s coming into his own as the quarterback for the local football team.  Since both are currently single and with no entanglements, they decide to go the friends-with-benefits route in order to preserve their friendship and scratch their itch.  While I enjoyed their romance, I did feel that the friends-with-benefits saga lasted a lot longer than it should have, and what’s this about Mia unilaterally decided what’s best for them as a couple!!!!????

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REVIEW: The Scholarship by Jaime Maddox

Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Scholarship by Jaime Maddox
Contemporary Lesbian Romantic Suspense published by Bold Strokes Books 05 Aug 17

There’s a widely-held fascination with the solving of decades-old crimes, not that I’m immune to such interests myself. Often the smallest piece of additional evidence, or one new pair of eyes to look over the existing evidence, seems to be all that is needed to bring the culprit to justice or to exonerate those wrongfully accused. These cases, however, can also serve to remind us that even in this ultra-connected age it’s perfectly possible for individuals to lose touch with former good friends or to be completely unaware of events that unfolded shortly after they moved away from a former home. Such is the case for Ella Townes, who spent a number of childhood summers staying with her grandparents and hanging out with her best friend at their respective lakeside homes. Now an adult, Ella takes a new job close to where her grandparents used to live, only to learn that the friend with whom she hoped to reconnect died while still a teenager: the victim, so everyone assumes, of a burglary-turned-violent.

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REVIEW: Running Into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Book CoverTabs’ review of Running Into Love (Fluke My Life, Book 1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Contemporary Romance published by Montlake Romance 26 Sep 17

It’s probably best if we get right down to it. The title of this book comes from the fact that the heroine literally runs right into the hero while she is running in a busy NYC park with her eyes closed. I’m trying to think of a more ridiculous meet cute, but I’m seriously drawing a blank. I mean, it’s so absurd and the title is so silly that it feels like it should be a parody. It also doesn’t make a single lick of sense. Why was she running with her eyes closed? Is this something she regularly does? Why is this cute?!? Who knows, it’s never addressed. If you’re wondering if this is a sign of more vague ridiculousness to come, why yes, yes, it is.

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REVIEW: Pretty Broken Hearts by Jeana E. Mann

Book CoverKristie J’s review of Pretty Broken Hearts (Pretty Broken, Book 3) by Jeana E. Mann
Contemporary Romance published by Ishkadiddle Publishing 26 Sep 17 

If I were told to describe this book using only one word, that would be tender.  It only took me a day and a half to read this one, because I was enjoying it so much.  I’ve read and very much enjoyed books where the hero is suffering from Asperger’s, a form of Autism with some OCD thrown in.  All the those I’ve read are very intelligently written.

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REVIEW: Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels
Contemporary Holiday Romance published by Kensington 26 Sep 17

I’m not a great fan of reading Christmas stories in September, although I seem to have picked up a few books recently that culminate in families getting into the festive spirit; it seems that holiday books are coming out ever earlier, and so I may have little choice in the matter if I’m to keep up with new releases from favourite authors as well as from those new to me. Fern Michaels falls into the latter category, although she has an extensive back catalogue. This early seasonal offering would appear to be a standalone, so I get to sample an author I’ve not encountered before without worrying how many of the background characters would be instantly recognisable to regular readers.

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REVIEW: Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery

Book CoverVeena’s review of Second Chance Girl (Happily Inc, Book 2) by Susan Mallery
Contemporary Romance published by HQN Books 26 Sep 17

We’re back at Happily Inc., the premier wedding destination in America.  Maya is marrying Del Mitchell, bringing the Mitchell family and other familiar characters from Fool’s Gold to celebrate. Like a true fairy tale, we get to meet the wolf and see the darker underbelly under all the sparkle and light.  Readers who enjoy a meaty tale will enjoy all the facets of this story that showcase Ms. Mallery’s talent.

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REVIEW: His Toughest Call by Joss Wood

Book CoverSandy M’s review of His Toughest Call (Pytheon Security, Book 2) by Joss Wood
Contemporary Romance published by Tule Publishing 23 Aug 16

I love an alpha hero and I love a heroine who can stand up to him and not be TSTL while doing it. Since I’ve been having issues finding good reads recently, everything came together for me in this second book in Joss Wood’s Pytheon Security series. I’m going to be hunting down the first book right after I finish this review.

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REVIEW: House of Cards by Garrett Leigh

Book CoverStevie‘s review of House of Cards (Porthkennack, Book 4) by Garrett Leigh
Contemporary Bisexual Romance published by Riptide Publishing 15 Jul 17

I’m thoroughly in love with the shared-universe town of Portkennack, and eagerly anticipate each return visit and every new inhabitant to whom we are introduced. Those who come to Porthkennack generally find healing and solace, no matter what their problems or which issues they are running from, while those who take in the newcomers commonly find their own burdens lightened and realise new ways of looking at their lives. Not that life in the town is perfect; it has its own share of problem families and other sources of tension.

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REVIEW: Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

Book CoverKristie J’s review of Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Contemporary Romance published by Amazon Digital Services 16 Sep 17

I love this writing duo, have all their books and as soon as I see there is a new one can’t purchase it quick enough.  And when I saw the preview for this book it looked delicious.  I got notice it was out at 8:00, had it purchased by 8:02 and started reading it by 8:30.

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