Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: Royal Player, by Katie McCoy

Charlie Davenport is the bad boy of British tennis - and third in line to the throne. He’s a beast on the courts, and a wild animal in bed (according to all the tabloids). Girls are lining up for chance at his crown jewels, and when I stumble into the wrong Wimbledon dressing room and catch a glimpse of his game, set, AND match, I can see why.

So what’s a little good luck kiss between f̶r̶i̶e̶n̶d̶s̶ strangers? 

I know better than to get involved with a bad boy like Charlie. But now he’s on a winning streak, he thinks I’m his lucky charm - and you know what’s luckier than a kiss?


Suddenly, I've got paparazzi on my trail, exes coming out of the woodwork — and you don’t know ‘cutthroat’ until you’ve seen a pack of hungry socialites set loose near the Royal Family.

I’m in way over my head, and even worse - I’m falling in love. Can this American girl win her Prince Charming? Or will we both crash out of the championships in flames? 

3 out of 5 stars

When I read the synopsis for this book I just had to say yes to reading it mainly because not only do I enjoy a good love story especially those involving princes but when I'm not reading I love playing tennis!  

The story starts out with our heroine Emmy having just landed in London, for her first trip abroad.  She's en route to meet her best friend where they will be working the tea tents during Wimbledon to make a little extra cash to fund this adventure abroad.  Before she knows it she is off on her first mission to serve tea, finds herself lost and accidentally ends up in a very naked Charlie Davenport's locker room.  It's a great meet cute!  Needless to say Charlie is intrigued - all it takes is one spark - one interaction and he has to have more.

Charlie is the black sheep of the royal family so to speak.  While he may not be the man the tabloids portray him to be he has decided to embrace the reputation they've given him.  This has always worked for him, except now he has a certain American girl he cannot get off his mind, one who perhaps give him a purpose, a reason to show the world his true nature - and let me assure you it is swoon worthy.  He is protective, genuine, has a natural philanthropic heart and when he let's himself love it's fierce and he especially isn't the type of guy who plays games.

Emmy tends to keep her true personality hidden.  She's been burned before and never wants to experience the heartache that seemingly goes hand in had with giving your trust away so she protects herself at all costs.  Sometimes without even realizing it.  She's artistic and passionate and has this innate ability to see the good in people.  She is the kind of character who easily draws others near - she is kind, she has a sense of self confidence she isn't afraid to let loose when it's needed and while she comes across as this perfect wholesome girls she also knows how to let loose and have fun!

So why only 3 stars?  Overall I enjoyed the story but it felt too much like too many movies I had already seen before.  While I don't mind a predictable story this one just felt too easily figured out.  It started out and wrapped up very quickly without really even giving me time to settle into a pace that allowed me to feel connected to the characters and their story.  I know mutual attraction was there but I would have enjoyed seeing the author expand on the how's and why they fell in love because it's like one minute they meet and the next true love is being declared without really any build-up.  My final thoughts would be to say Royal Player is a very sweet story with minimal conflict - so if that's your thing then don't think twice about taking a chance on this story.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Cheater's Regret, by Rachel Van Dyken

Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall—but so does kissing him.
Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation—true—but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.
He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.
Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something—something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…
4.25 out of 5 stars
When a new RVD book pops up on my  kindle I get a little giddy!  I love her stories and style of writing.  I mean talk about taking a chance on writing a series based on a word that when many of us see we would perhaps just pass on reading because honestly not everyone is up to reading the angst that usually comes in a story where the characters are cheating.  However, RVD has managed to take a word with a serious negative connotation such as cheater and forces us to examine the possibility that maybe there is another side, a different emotion associated with cheating that doesn't necessarily come from a bad place.
If you've read book one in the Curious Liaisons series then you are familiar with the main characters of Cheater's Regret, Austin and Thatch.  However, no worries if you haven't read Cheater because book two can absolutely be read as a standalone.  The story starts with a heartbroken Austin, her unexpected one night stand turned real life romance with plastic surgeon Thatch comes to a screeching halt when she sees him lip-locked with another woman.  What's worse is Thatch not only breaks her heart but makes Austin feel as if it's all her fault while simultaneously pushing her as far away from him is possible.  Are you intrigued yet?  Wait it gets better because what you don't know about Austin yet is she is strong and a woman scorned is a force to be reckoned with.  She may still be head over heels in love with Thatch but she isn't going to let him get away with such careless behavior.  She will get answers, she will find her closure and then she will move on.  But does she really want to move on?  
Thatch's character caught me by surprise.  I won't lie, I didn't totally love him in book one and his introduction in book two doesn't do him any favors.  But, the more I got to know him I realized he was nothing like I first expected.  Apart from a bad decision based on a need to protect someone he cared about he was a surprisingly honest, loyal man who did something stupid because he thought he knew best, he thought he was protecting the girl he loved - clearly men don't really understand how us women think or tend to feel!  He's someone who was dealt a crap hand in life, who lost his innocence and was forced to deal with an adult situation way to early and perhaps has too many secrets he feels responsible to keep and thus doesn't really see a clear picture - doesn't really know the best tools to use and certainly doesn't realize it's okay to put himself first occasionally.
Austin's character perfectly encompasses a scorned woman - out for revenge.  Is this a good idea?  No not really, revenge never really is.  We think it's going to make us feel better but oftentimes it just leaves us feeling worse.  But, it's this path of revenge which open the story telling doors  - it's this path that provides the perfect opportunity for Austin to perhaps see Thatch in a different light and honestly this is the meat of the story.
I totally enjoyed watching these two deal with one another while trying to keep their feelings neutral. I also rather enjoyed watching Thatch's motives come to light and I loved watching Thatch accept which circumstances cannot be changed and embracing those which can.  These two make such a cute couple and by the end of the book I was grinning from ear to ear and swooning over the love between them.  I wouldn't give any hesitation to recommending you buy and read this book!  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: Royally Screwed, by Emma Chase

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you. 

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants. 

Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There's a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they've traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven't chopped anyone's head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner. 

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

5 out of 5 stars  

There are many things in my life which I enjoy, 2 of which are: 1 - A good romance book that leaves me with all the feels and 2 - A Hallmark movie with the ability to suck me in with all their HEA and predictable goodness.  You know what I'm talking about I mean it is one of the most watched channels from November 1st to January 1st with women.  It's hands down my favorite "TV season" of the year.  I cannot help myself, I ALWAYS fall victim to their sappy predictable plot lines with perfect happily ever afters because who doesn't love a good love story?  Well, Royally Screwed gave me the best of both and completely made my week!  I knew even from the first page I was going to devour this book in one sitting and absolutely love every minute.

Nicholas is the Crowned Prince of Wessco and as perfect as that sounds, it most assuredly has its disadvantages.  Other than Christian Grey, I don't know of anyone else who requires women sign a NDA prior to sex.  Then there is the fact Nicholas truly has no idea if people aka women want him for himself or for his money and power.  Then there is the pesky detail of  having very little say in whom he is going to marry.  Love doesn't really matter because if said woman is gong to be queen there is a huge royal check-list of requirements, each of which she must meet.  So basically he has a crown, tons of money, and a tiny bit of power but essentially no true say in the direction of his entire life and unfortunately that's bound to effect his level of happiness. 

Enter Olivia Hammond;  loud, hardworking, blunt, New Yorker.  Olivia had no idea who Nicholas was when he walked into her pie shop, but it was certainly one of those defining life moments she isn't ever going to be able to forget.  She challenges Nicholas and empowers him to be the person he wants to be, to be the best version of himself.  Of course he can only spend at most 5 months with her before he must return to his reality, pick a woman who meets all the royal requirements, marry her and produce and heir. 

To make the most of their short time together he whisks her away to Wessco and his Royal life.  Needless to say the Queen isn't happy and will not budge - responsibilities are just that and as far as she is concerned love or not those responsibilities must be met.  What will happen?  Can love conquer all?    

This book was pretty much perfection for me.  It has everything I love, nothing I hate and even a few twists and surprises!  Royally Screwed was the perfect amount of humor, drama and heart.  Job well done, Emma!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Review: The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken

She's no Sleeping Beauty. And he's definitely no prince . . . Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again-her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot's whiskey-augmented grandmother "buys" Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he's at her door. Impossibly charming. Impossibly sexy. And still a complete and utter jackass. Bentley's just been coerced by his grandfather to spend the next thirty days charming and romancing the reclusive red-haired beauty who hates him. The woman he abandoned when she needed him the most. Bentley knows just as much about romance as he knows about love-nothing. But the more time he spends with Margot, the more he realizes that "just friends" will never be enough. Now all he has to do is convince her to trust him with her heart . . .

4.5 of 5 Stars

It is rare that I ever close a Rachel Van Dyken book and find myself even a little disappointed.  Unfortunately I was very on the fence when I finished The Bachelor Auction, book 1 of this series.  I loved the humor and the characters, but it was a tad too over the top at times even for me.  With all that being said I have to admit I was a little nervous starting book 2, The Playboy Bachelor.  You see RVD is one of my favorite go to authors and I didn't want a book I just sort of enjoyed I wanted it to be one I totally loved.  Guess what?  I am more than thrilled to report The Playboy Bachelor was everything I hoped it would be and all that I love in a Rachel Van Dyken book!  In fact, I can't seem to wipe the smile off my face and it's been hours since I finished reading it!

Bentley Wellington is a cocky, hot, jackass of a millionaire who seems to do nothing other than get wasted and screw his way through life.  Obviously, there is a back story and a reason for his self-destructive ways, but you don't immediately know what they are and I found myself wondering if he would ever be able to redeem himself.  Having finished I'm really not sure why those thoughts ever crossed my mind.  Rachel ALWAYS writes characters I love and Bentley Wellington is no exception.  He will worm his way into your hearts as well, I simply guarantee it!  You'll find he is actually this incredibly sensitive, loyal, decent man who is scared to put his heart on the line because putting it all out there means risking his life spiraling out of control.

Margot McCleery is Bentley's former BFF and her red hair reputation is no joke. The girl has a temper, and I love it.  She is a successful, regency romance author which a huge pile of her very on baggage.  Imagine a reclusive who never leavers her house.  Now imagine a concerned grandmother desperate for anything that will bring the "life" back into her granddaughter's eyes and a grandfather desperate to make amends for poor decisions while raising his grief stricken grandchildren.

Next imagine the fireworks that occur when these two are stuck together in Margot's mansion for 30 days after a discarded friendship and years of silence.  To say Margot and Bentley have a love/hate relationship is an understatement.  I loved the emotions, the POV, the characters and the plot line.  Sure, parts of it were predictable, but they were so good, so swoon worthy you don't mind because your spending your time reading for the enjoyment that comes from being engrossed in a good rom-com.  You can almost always guarantee a HEA with Rachel, but the journey to the end is simply delightful.  I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book and highly recommend you one-click it for yourself!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson

I’ve sworn off men.

All men.

Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it.

I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions.

The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd.

The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five course monstrosities.

Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine’s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me.

So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him.

I want the opposite.

Review:  4.5 of 5 Stars

I have to confess that I have been in a total funk.  Work has sucked the life out of me, hell, life has just been blah lately.  So when I realized that Rachel Higginson was getting ready to release a new book, I asked for a copy to review.  And she was gracious enough to oblige me!  As soon as I could, I jumped right into this book, and I have to say....I adored it.

Vera Delane is an enigma.  She is confident but unsure.  She is creative but doubts herself.  She is someone that has been through hell in an abusive relationship and blames herself.  But, despite all of her low self-esteem, Killian Quinn makes her brave and bold to stand up for herself.  

Speaking of Killian, he is the smoking hot chef from Lilou, the acclaimed restaurant across the street from Vera's food truck.  Does he critique her food?  Yes.  Is he a total douche at time?  Absolutely!  But I love his character!  He pushes Vera to be a better her.  And isn't that what all our relationships should do?  

I loved everything from the food aspect, to the ties to NC and even the predictability of parts of this story. It was such a nice reprieve from reality and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone!  Great job, Rachel!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: Sex (Hollywood Love Book 4), by Jillian Dodd

From USA Today bestselling author Jillian Dodd comes the addictive Hollywood Love series. Follow the lives and loves of those who work at Captive Films. Hot, successful, playboy Riley Johnson, whose business success far exceeds his success in love. Movie star, Keatyn Douglas, whose epic love story has spawned a series of books and movies. And Dawson Johnson, who joins Captive with a tragic past. Expect lots of drama, sex, and tabloid-worthy events.

Meet Riley Johnson. CEO of Captive Films. Hot. Rich. Privileged. Seriously Single.
There could never be a reality show about my life. It'd just be work and sex. Lots and lots of sex. No breakups. No fights with friends. Zero drama. Drama's for the movies. Not for me. I'm Riley Johnson. And I've got it all. Brand new jet. Exotic cars. Luxury penthouse. Black card. A different aspiring actress (or two) in my bed every night. I run Captive Films. Where we leave you begging for more. Or maybe that's just me.
My life is perfect. . . Until she walks back into it.

This is a contemporary romance series featuring characters from the USA Today bestselling series The Keatyn Chronicles.

4.25 out of 5 stars

It's always so easy to get sucked back into the lives of Keatyn, Riley, Dallas and all the other Eastbrook alum. This series, written like a TV show should actually be brought to live as a TV series because it's truly fantastic, night time soap material. If I'm going to complain about anything it's that these installments never feel long enough and leave me always wishing for more story, but then again it does keep me coming back, eager for the next release and I'm sure that's the point.

So what's new...I'm even more frustrated with Riley, desperately wanting him to actually grow up and think with his heart and not his well...fill in the blank. Right now his character is sort of self centered and honestly it's not a good look for him. I enjoyed the Katie and Knox storyline, even if it was completely over the top, but even I can admit that proposal was spectacular!  And Dawson and Vanessa, let me just say they are becoming truly one of my favorites, I'm loving their "scenes" and the direction their storyline is taking is simply perfect, I couldn't be more excited these two are finally getting on the same page!

What I'm looking forward to is Riley eventually finding out the truth about Shelby and hopefully Ariela finding more of herself. I feel like with this book we see her just starting to realize she needs to find herself, to make decisions based on what she wants and not just what she thinks is going to make a man happy.  Don't get me wrong I want her and Riley to end up together but I don't want it to be because she is desperate to have him and would be willing to overlook everything just to be with him, and I feel like she is realizing the same. She doesn't owe Riley anything, since the moment she showed back up into his life she's been very truthful and now it's time to go after her own dreams and find a man who is going to love her flaws and all. Fingers crossed that HEA will eventually be with Riley.

Like I said earlier I wish this book hadn't ended because I wasn't ready to leave these characters or their drama, I've said it before and I'll say it again - guilty pleasure! If you haven't read any of these books you're missing out and should give this Jillian Dodd series a chance. These characters are so easy to love and it doesn't take any time to get sucked into their storylines. It has and will always be one of my favorite escapes from reality!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken

Lucas Thorn wasn’t born a cheater. All it took was a single moment—say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his wedding—and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundays—God’s day and all), and his rules are simple: No commitments. No exceptions.

But a certain smart-mouthed, strawberry blonde vixen is about to blow that all to hell.

Avery Black has never forgiven Lucas for cheating on her sister. And suddenly being forced to work with him is pretty much a nightmare on steroids. Of course, it does afford her the opportunity to make his life as difficult as possible. But no good revenge scheme comes without payback. Because he didn’t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.
Now Avery’s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, it’s definitely not because he’s falling in love… 

4.5 out of 5 stars

Honestly, I've really enjoyed most every book I've ever read by Rachel Van Dyken.  Of course for me some have been better than others, but I attribute that to personality and what I look for in a book.  Rachel is amazing at writing Rom-Com - hand's down my favorite.  Inevitably she always manages to not only keep my attention but I also find myself literally laughing out loud more in her books than with any other author.  Some of her books are over the top and I have to just know that is her style and keep going.  I enjoy some craziness but not when it overpowers the storyline.  All that being said I just have to tell you that Cheater is the absolute perfect mix of romance and comedy and while some things are over the top, it isn't too much, its actually just the right amount!  I promise I'm not exaggerating, I genuinely loved every single minute of this book and it will be one I read and read again.

Some people will look at the title of Cheater and automatically decide this book is not for them.  I urge you to put your preconceived notions aside and give it a chance.  Is there angst?  Yes, but it's not the kind you'll be expecting.  This book is not a love triangle and it really isn't necessarily about a character who just took on the label and ran with it.  

Lucas Thorne was labeled bad guy for "cheating" on his fiancĂ© with her sister - yikes he kind of does sound like a bad guy!  Obviously there's more to his side of the story, but instead of trying to explain Lucas just decides since everyone thinks he already is a cheater he might as embrace the role.  He has a different girl for every day of the week and they all know about each other, therefore none of them can be angry.  This routine has worked for many years, it's the prefect solution for keeping emotions in check and attachments at arm's length.  But that was all before before Avery Black's reappearance into his life, before she took a wrecking ball and destroyed all the walls he was working so diligently to keep built. 

Avery Black is the youngest sister to Lucas Thorne's ex-fiance.  She accepts a job as a paid intern only to find out she will be the assistant to the devil himself - clearly she wouldn't have even applied if she knew the Lucas Thorne would be her boss!  I love Avery.  It's that simple, the girl has wit, guts, is compassionate and kind, quirky and fun with a heart of gold.  She is the total package and when the two are first re-connected sparks fly, it's clear she and Lucas have some sort of history.  Avery has this pull on Lucas he can't seem to push away nor can he stay away so when the inevitable web of deceit tangles the two it is pure Rom-Com gold from there.  

If you are looking for a fun, light-hearted read that will keep you smiling, this book is for you.  Don't let the title scare you.  You are going to love Lucas Thorne - hands down this will without a doubt make the short-list as one of my most favorite RVD books.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: The Young Wives Club, by Julie Pennell

In Toulouse, Louisiana finding your one true love happens sometime around high school. If you’re lucky, he might be the man you thought he was. But as four friends are about to find out, not every girl has luck on her side in this charming debut novel perfect for fans of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Desperate Housewives. 

Laura Landry’s quarterback husband was her ticket out of Toulouse. But when a devastating football injury sidelines him, they’re forced to move back to the small town she was so desperate to leave. As Brian starts drinking instead of rehabbing his knee, Laura must reevaluate what her future looks like…and if it includes her husband.

For years, Madison Blanchette has been waiting for bad-boy musician Cash Romero to commit to her. When wealthy George Dubois asks her out, she figures she may as well wait in style. Life with George means weekend trips to New Orleans, gourmet meals, and expensive gifts. At first she loves how George’s affection sparks Cash’s jealousy, but when George proposes to Madison, she finds herself torn between two men…

All Claire Thibodeaux wants is to be the perfect wife and mother. If she can do everything right she won’t end up like her mom, a divorced, single parent trying to make ends meet. But when Claire’s husband Gavin, a well-respected local pastor, starts spending late nights at work and less time in their bed, she can’t help but fear that history is about to repeat itself…

Gabrielle Vaughn never thought she’d end up with someone like her fiancĂ©. The son of a prominent congressman, Tony Ford is completely out of her league—which is why she lied to him about everything from having a college degree to the dark truth about her family. She knows she has to come clean, but how do you tell the love of your life that your entire relationship is a lie?

As these young wives come together to help each other through life, love, and heartbreak, they discover that there are no easy answers when it comes to matters of the heart.

4.5 out of 5 stars

When the opportunity to read The Young Wives Club showed up in my inbox I couldn't say no.  The synopsis sounded really good, I love "southern" themed books and seriously if someone is going to compare it to The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, a book I totally loved, then how could I not take a chance on this new author?

There are so many things I enjoyed about this book.  I loved each girl and their individual storyline's but what I thought added depth and humor, what kept me hooked, was the friendship between each of them and seeing their stories weave in and out of one another.  What's even better is Julie Pennell does this effortlessly, making it very easy to follow along and not feel lost.  Four girls, each of them young, each of them in love, and each of them with their own set of unique challenges.  Their stories perfectly capture the essence of what those first few years of marriage are like, you know once the "fantasy" of it all wears off.  

It's a story about being honest with yourself and your spouse.  It's a story about the importance of not loosing yourself once you say "I Do."  It's a story about digging deep and pressing forward when things get tough, when life suddenly takes you down a road far, far away from your dreams.

I found The Young Wives Club to be a fun, easy, somewhat predictable (which I didn't mind at all) and very heartwarming read.  My absolute favorite part of the book was the ending.  Julie Pennell executed it perfectly.  I "turned" the last page and closed the book with a huge grin on my face, with the idea to start giving the book as a bridal gift!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: Surrender (Careless Whispers #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Chris and Sara from Inside Out return in the explosive finale to Ella's story from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones with the third book in the sexy, suspenseful Careless Whispers series.

Passion burns fiercely hot between Ella Ferguson and Kayden Wilkens, the man who held secrets and lies in his hands, and then allowed them to fall into hers. But even though he has become her anchor—helping her recover from amnesia after finding her unconscious in an alley, and allowing her into his secret world—all is not what it seems. Kayden still has secrets, and pieces of Ella's past are still shrouded in the darkness of her mind, while the powerful man who hunts her will not stop until she is his. In this final, explosive novel in the Careless Whispers series, Ella discovers that while her life with Kayden didn't begin in that dark could easily end there.

4.5 of 5 Stars

It is no secret around the blog that we LOVE Lisa Renee Jones.  In fact, Denial, the first book in this series was one of our top books in 2015.  We are huge fans of the Inside Out series and knew part of Ella's story from that series.  But we really found out what was going on when the first book Denial released.  Once we realized the mystery surrounding her disappearance and were introduced to Kayden Wilkens we were hooked.  Obviously, you need to read these books in order.  So if you haven't read the first two in the series, kindly go one click them first!  And get the Inside Out series as well if you haven't read it.

Surrender picks up where Denial left off.  Ella is continuing to regain parts of her memory but it appears as if she is subconsciously blocking pieces as well.  Kayden is the leader of the Underground, an elite group of treasure hunters that have many resources to help Ella.  But what will happen if she is actually a part of the CIA and they are supposed to be enemies?  It seems the more information Ella remembers the more she wishes she didn't remember.  Meanwhile Kayden and Ella's bond continues growing stronger and more than anything Ella want's to believe that whoever she really is, whatever her background truly is that when the truth finally comes out she and Kayden's relationship will be not be affected, only stronger.  She loves this man and above all else she wants to spend her life with him...swoon!

Sara and Chris make an appearance in this final book and we couldn't be happier!  But Ella is extremely worried that her best friend is going to get caught in the cross hairs of the French and Italian Mafia.  I for one loved seeing the two series crossover, it was such a fulfilling experience seeing everything come full circle.    

This intense book is a race to find a rare 3 Billion dollar butterfly necklace while weaving memories into the present.  It is a roller coaster ride of emotions trying to unravel the secrets and determine who she can actually trust.  Ella struggles with trusting her gut while having flash backs.  Even I was doubting characters who I felt solid about in the previous two books! Lisa Renee Jones excels at keeping her readers hooked taking them down pathways you never really see coming.  It was the perfect conclusion to an fantastic series.  Don't delay, one click and enjoy the mystery, intrigue and love story that only Lisa Renee Jones can execute!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review: My Lucky Days by S.D. Hendrickson

He was an up-and-coming country singer.
She was the last girl you'd ever see in a bar.
But one night, under those neon lights,
Lucky and Katie found each other.

Beginnings are always exciting.
Always fun. Always hopeful.

Katie was in her last year of college.
Lucky was still playing local stages.
She fell for his voice. She fell for his words.
They fell in love.
It was beautiful.

But time changed their world.
She was alone. He was on the road.
Life happened.
And that love was torn apart.

Endings are always painful.
Always heart wrenching.
But not always final.

One day, Lucky came back to Katie.
And this is their story.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Okay, okay, I admit it.  I am a sucker for sweet, genuine love stories that involve musicians.  I don't care if it is a rocker like Kellan Kyle or a country music singer like Lucky in this book, I fall so hard for them!  My Lucky Days is especially heartwarming for me because every chapter has a song reference at the top and being the huge country music fan that I am, it was such a wonderful touch.  The book has it's own playlist for every chapter.

The heroine of the book, Katie, is such a wonderful character.  I adored her personality and the way she is fiercely independent.  She is selfless to a fault.  As a college senior she is level-headed and smart.  Even though she came from a family with money, the one thing she never had was a home.  One evening she has a chance encounter with an up and coming country music singer and her life is forever changed.

Meet Landon "Lucky" Evans.  Lucky is one of the best characters I have read in a long time.  He is sweet, attentive and can make a girl swoon with a single text message.  I adore his back story and the fact that he loves with every fiber of his being.  Of course the guitar playing and singing don't hurt his case either!

I already knew that S.D. Hendrickson is an amazing author.  I fell in love with her writing style and story telling ability when I opened The Mason List, so I had extremely high hopes for My Lucky Days.  I was floored by my love for My Lucky Days.  All of the characters had such wonderful personalities and I felt a true connection to them and their story.  You will laugh and cry in this story.  While it is somewhat predictable, it is so well written that I did not mind that at all.  Well done, S.D.!