Evers & Afters by J.H. Croix

4 STARS

Release Date: February 16, 2021

SYNOPSIS: An ex-military pilot and a sunshiney barista take opposites attract to the next level.

I’m blaming it on the porcupine who broke into Cammi’s coffee truck. If that didn’t happen, I never would’ve kissed her. I’ve spent years ignoring the spark that flares any time I get close to Cammi. I don’t do romance, and I don’t lose control. Ever. One kiss will never be enough though. Not with Cammi. I can’t stay away from her. She’s sultry, sassy and a little sweet. In more ways than one. But I’m not the guy for her. I’m cynical and jaded, and I came to Alaska to escape the ghosts of my past. I’m not planning to fall for a girl who’s looking for a fairy tale. Except my plans don’t seem to matter anymore. Only winning her heart matters. 


This is Book 2 in the Dare with Me Series!


REVIEW: This was a cute, low-angst, quick read. This is my first book by this author and I would definitely pick up another book from J.H. Croix. I enjoyed seeing Elias and Cammi interact throughout the book. They each have their own issues they were working through which propelled the story and how they came together. Cammi is just so sweet, but also total goals. She owns her own business and tends to be a ray of sunshine. When I found out about Elias’ ex, I understood his reluctance to get into another relationship. These characters were just great people and so deserved their happy ever after. The side characters brought a lot to the story as well and I’m interested to see how their stories play out in the other books!

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USA Today Bestselling Author J. H. Croix lives in a small town in the historical farmlands of Maine with her husband and two spoiled dogs. Croix writes steamy contemporary romance with sassy women and rugged alpha men who aren’t afraid to show some emotion. Her love for quirky small-towns and the characters that inhabit them shines through in her writing. Take a walk on the wild side of romance with her bestselling novels!

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Like You Want It by Jillian Liota

5 STARS!!!

Release Date: March 25, 2019

SYNOPSIS: “Sometimes, wanting someone just isn’t enough.” I don’t want to believe those words. Because I’ve never fallen for someone like Fin Callaghan. And I can’t imagine that this feeling isn’t enough.

CARLY – To say my first interaction with Fin leaves much to be desired is an understatement. He infuriates me, barely speaks, and glares at me all the time. Not to mention he thinks I’m a mess. It isn’t in my plans to start to like him. To fall for him. To want something more. But Fin’s past is filled with a pain that makes any kind of us impossible. He can’t seem to figure out what he wants, and truthfully, neither can I. All I know is that I want more than what he’s willing to give.

FIN – All I should be focusing on is my family as we try to sort through the wounds left by our past mistakes. I have more than enough on my plate, have sacrificed too much to fracture my focus. I shouldn’t allow a woman to get in the way. Especially one like Carly Palmer. She’s different. Wild. A bright burst of color in my world of black and white. Before I know it, she’s all that I want. All I can think about. But it doesn’t matter. I’ve been through betrayal that still singes my skin, eats at my soul. I won’t allow it to happen again.


Like You Want It is the second book in the 
Like You series and is a standalone novel.


REVIEW: This was a story that didn’t know I needed. This story resonated with me Down in my soul. I laughed, I cried, and I highlighted so many damn quotes. The characters we’re messy and flawed in very realistic ways, and it was such a joy to go on the journey with them as they grew through what they were going through.

Carly is one of those people you might find kind of annoying, but you also wish you could be her. Her optimism is like the sun, and she takes the time to really think about the whole picture. I love her friendship with Susie, and how Carly builds her up and supports her. Carly is really good about being selfless. Her friend Dina is hilarious and brash, and I’d love to get to know her more.

That brings me to send Fin, who I want to call something else, but don’t want to give it away. Just wait until you hear Carley’s nicknames. Fin is dark and broody and definitely flawed, but his journey of growth in the story is so fulfilling. It was so satisfying to see the different sides of him show up throughout the story. With his and Susie’s family, there are issues but there is so much love and loyalty. The family dynamics for both characters were so realistic and really added to the story.

I think what made this book really impactful, is all of the wise words throughout the story. There is an open communication portrayed in a very realistic way, where characters struggle to have it, but eventually get to it. The relationships just become so healthy, and it really is wonderful to see that depicted in a book. The positive portrayal of therapy in this book is like a breath of fresh air. The therapist has this magnificent line when someone thinks therapy isn’t going to work for them—it wasn’t therapy is good for everyone and I won’t spoil for you because it’s so good, but it just made me say, “YES, that right there, YES!”

This story has so much damn heart, and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a romance with ALL THE FEELS.

Thank you so much to Jillian Liota for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.


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Jillian Liota is a Southern California native currently living in Kailua, Hawaii. She is married to her best friend, has a three-legged pup with endless energy, and acts as a servant to two very temperamental cats. Jillian has authored eight novels in contemporary and new adult romance, and has had her writing praised for depth of character, strong female friendships, deliciously steamy scenes, and positive portrayal of mental health. Her second book in the Cedar Point series, The Opposite of Falling, releases October 5th. She has a master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and she is passionate about all things improvement, development and organization. She’s also a big fan of taking walks with her husband, reading romance, watching a handful of horrible reality TV shows, and exploring the island she calls home. Check out her Contact page for more information on how to connect.



 

The Lying Season by K.A. Linde

5 STARS!

Release Date: February 4, 2020

SYNOPSIS: Walking away from Sam Rutherford was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s been five years since that day, and I’ve given up on looking for love. My focus is on my career. And it’s paid off—I’m successfully managing the reelection for the mayor of New York City. Then Sam walks into my office as the new legal counsel. Which means I have to see him every single day from now until November. We vow to remain professional, but it’s a small office. The sly glances and his blistering charm are unavoidable. It all feels so familiar. Too comfortable. After what happened the first time…I should know better. If I’m not careful, he’ll break my heart all over again.

And I don’t know if I can survive Sam a second time.

REVIEW: K. A. Linde was a new to me author, and I am so, so happy I found her. This book was exactly what I want in an adult romance. The author’s own experience on a campaign added so much to the storyline. It just felt real and there was so much emotion! The characters are so human. Gah. I could NOT put it down. If you like second chance romance, you need to read this one! AND I’m SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED for the sequel to this one. I just know it’s going to be as amazing as this one.

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Operation Bailey Wedding by Piper Rayne

5 STARS!

Release Date: July 23, 2019

SYNOPSIS

No one could have guessed a marriage could sprout from a one-night stand, but Holly Radcliffe and Austin Bailey appear to be written in the stars. From the backseat of Austin’s Jeep to the altar they come. The town of Lake Starlight along with the Bailey’s are prepping for the event of the year, but as usual things never go smoothly with these nine siblings and let’s not forget Grandma Dori! 

This is a novella in the Bailey series! 

REVIEW

This series has been so much fun so far, and I love getting more of the Bailey family! Grandma Dori is a real gem, and I love her appearances. We get Holly and Austin’s meet-cute and story in Lessons from a One-Night Stand, the first book in the Bailey’s series, and it is so awesome to get to see their wedding in this novel. Of course this story contains shenanigans, sass, and all the wonderfulness that is the Bailey family! I am counting down the days until book 4: Falling for my Best Friend’s Brother (October 17th 2019). Don’t forget to visit the Lake Starlight Buzz Wheel for all the good gossip.

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Dirty Flirty Enemy by Piper Rayne

5 STARS!!!

Release Date: July 16, 2019

SYNOPSIS

He’s the arrogant Manhattan realtor with billboards advertising his six-pack more than his expertise in negotiations.

I’m the competing broker who stupidly moved across the hall from his office.

From day one, I’ve been his sworn enemy. Okay, so I might have accidentally stolen one of his clients. Well, is it stealing if the client comes to me?

Even our vicious banter and loathing gazes can’t hide the chemistry between us. Who can blame me? He has enough charisma to make every hot-blooded woman in the city melt with a single word.

Just when I think a mutual respect could be born between us, the biggest developer in the city offers us an opportunity that pits us against each other.

Time to forget Carmelo Mancini’s dreamy eyes and tight abs.

Game on.

REVIEW

Piper Rayne. Seriously, how do they keep writing stories that just suck me right in and give me all the feels?! I loved this enemies to lovers story so damn much. Bella is recovering from a trauma that has her carving out her own independent way of life. Carm is just baffled by his brother Enzo falling head over heels in love with Annie (Sexy Filthy Boss review here), and just does not think it will happen to him. You know what’s going to happen when they get thrown together, but Piper Rayne does such a wonderful job at still making the story so intriguing! I just needed to know what their journey was going to throw at them. I read this in one sitting, and loved every single moment. It gets so steamy and Carm can actually be a total book boyfriend qualifier, despite his rocky start. I DEFINITELY recommend this book, this series, and really this author duo!!!

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Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates

4 STARS

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Publisher: Harlequin

SYNOPSIS

Gold Valley’s wildest cowboy has finally met his match…

Jamie Dodge is confident she knows everything there is to know about cowboys. She grew up surrounded by them, after all. But somehow her new boss, champion saddle bronc rider Gabe Dalton’s brand of cowboy charm has her interested in all kinds of things she never has been before.

There are a million reasons Gabe should ignore his attraction to Jamie. He needs her horse-training skills on his family’s ranch…and the Dodge brothers would happily hurt him for touching her. Forget kissing her. He’d be a dead man. But Jamie’s tough-talking attitude masks an innocence that tempts him past the breaking point…and soothes the restlessness that’s dogged Gabe his whole life. Has this cowboy finally found a place he wants to call home?

REVIEW

 What I love about Maisey Yates books, is I know what I’m getting myself into, specifically sexy and multilayered cowboys!! I’m also here for the female leads that read as tomboys.I love that Jamie has that type of personality, and I love her independent nature. Although at times, it also makes me frustrated with her. I’d say one of the nice things about this book is that its an easy read, but can still stir up some emotions in the reader! If you love Maisey Yates, this book is for you!

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Unbroken by Jay Crownover

4.5 STARS

Loveless, Texas Series Prequel

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Publisher: Forever Yours

SYNOPSIS

When rodeo star Crew Lawton loses everything in a bad bet, he has no choice but to take a new job to pay off his debts – even if it means becoming the face of an expensive male skincare line. Crew is used to getting sweaty and rustling in the dirt, not posing for photo shoots. And he’s certainly not used to being bossed around by a woman who doesn’t even know the difference between bulls and broncs. But Crew owes money to dangerous criminals, and he’ll do anything Della says in order to pay them back and keep them far away from his family in Loveless, Texas…

The launch of her new men’s line for her family’s company means everything to Della Deveaux, and she’s not willing to let some rugged, arrogant cowboy ruin her campaign. Crew Lawton is the last man she would have chosen to represent her chic, sophisticated brand. Unfortunately, her father already invested millions in Crew’s stupidly handsome face. Yet the more time they spend together, Della and Crew realize that opposites do attract. But when the time comes for Crew to face his past mistakes, will he be able to protect his family…and the woman he’s come to love?

REVIEW

This was a novella, and I would have LOVED a full length. Crew and Della are such interesting characters, and while Jay Crownover does a good job introducing enough about both to get readers invested, I would have loved to learn more about them. I want more Crew, I want more Della, I want the past that made them who they are, and I want their budding relationship. I just really enjoyed this book, and it made the Loveless, Texas series that much better! I’d definitely recommend reading this one, and then Justified!

Review for Book 1: Justified here!

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The Marriage Effect by Karla Sorensen

5 STARS

Release Date: June 12, 2019

Publisher: Dutch Girl Publishing

SYNOPSIS

Logan Ward doesn’t want any more women in his life.

Being a football player and legal guardian to his four younger sisters means his playbook is full. However, one of them just landed in the hospital, which gives his brother the shot he needs to challenge Logan for custody.

Legal counsel says there’s only one thing Logan can do—find himself a wife.

Paige McKinney doesn’t always think things through.

Like walking away from her modeling career without a thought of what might come next. She really doesn’t think it through when she proclaims herself Logan’s fiancé at the hospital, simply because the sexy—albeit grumpy—football player forgot his cell phone at a party and security won’t let her pass. It’s not her fault it was overheard by the worst possible person.

A bargain is struck, and a fake marriage is the perfect solution. But the simple solution creates a whole new problem: they’re not as different as they seem. The reluctant groom has fire inside him, and his impetuous bride is about to light the match.

REVIEW

Love, love, love this one!

I could not put this book down. Seriously, Logan is everything I could want in a book boyfriend. He’s delicious, and loyal, and caring, and perfectly imperfect. Paige is strong, caring, and smart. I mean I just fell utterly in love with them together, and how they interacted with Logan’s sisters. Every Ward added something magical to this story, and I just had to devour it. I mean I liked the first book in the series a lot, but I am head over heels in love with this one! Go read it and be happy! 

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Fight Dirty by Emily Goodwin

5 STARS!

Release Date: June 27, 2019

SYNOPSIS

Owen Dawson is one of Eastwood’s most eligible bachelors. He could have any woman he wants, but when it comes to settling down, he only has eyes for Charlie Williams, and he blew his chance with her years ago. While Owen is busy trying to convince everyone—and himself—that the playboy life is for him, Charlie is trying to put her life back together.

After discovering her fiancé was cheating on her, Charlie packs her bags, leaves her fancy New York job, and goes back to the one place she never thought she’d return to: home. Determined to start over and stay far, far away from men, the last thing Charlie needs in her life is her first love, Owen…and the old feelings that come rushing back the moment she lays eyes on him.

While Charlie swears to avoid romance of any kind, Owen is willing to do whatever it takes to prove he’s a changed man and win Charlie back…even if it means fighting dirty.

REVIEW

If you’ve seen my previous reviews for this series, then you know I’m completely invested in the Dawson family. And once again the Dawson Family unit is a character in and of itself that brings so much to the story. Their gatherings are full of chaos in the best way, I’d love to be apart of the mess. Readers get to see the charming and ridiculous antics of Owen in the first four books, and I was so looking forward to seeing him change his manwhore ways. The chemistry between Owen and Charlie is as hot as ever, and it made for one fun ride. His single-minded pursuit is just so appealing to me as a romance reader, but I also love how his confidence slips at times making him more realistic. I was just so happy at the end of this book, and I’d definitely recommend it!

Now my fellow Dawson family readers, have we started a petition for Dean’s divorce and new love story yet?! Why yes, that sounds like a horrible sentiment, but his wife has just kind of sucked in every book, and I just feel like Dean, being a Dawson, deserves so much more. Only time will tell if Emily Goodwin will give us all what we’re hoping for!

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Reviews for the previous books in the series:

Book 3: Side Hustle

Book 4: Cheap Trick

Cover Reveal: Wild Steamy Hook-Up by Piper Rayne

The White Collar Brothers Series

Release Date: August 27, 2019

Review for Book 1: Sexy Filthy Boss

Review for Book 2: Dirty Flirty Enemy

SYNOPSIS

He’s the quiet brooding guy who’s owned my heart since I was sixteen but has refused to claim it. 

I’m the naïve woman who believes that someday our time will come.

I just didn’t realize that someday would include waking up in Vegas with a raging hangover and a ring on my finger.

If we believed in fate, maybe one of us would’ve trusted that something more powerful than ourselves interceded because our love is one of tangled vines. As twisted and frayed as they’ve become over the years, they’ve never broken. 

An annulment seemed like the easy way out. We should’ve known it wouldn’t be fate that intervened, but our Italian Mamas. They can deliver Oscar-worthy performances when heaping on the guilt.

We thought it’d be easy to pretend to be a happily married couple in front of our families for three months and then say we gave it our best shot and go our separate ways.

But nothing is easy when it comes to Dominic Mancini and me. Nothing.

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