Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cross Checked (Shots On Goal Standalone Series Book 2) ~ Kristen Hope Mazolla

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One accident - a freaking car crash. That’s all it took to send my life into a tailspin.

Little did I know that out of the wreckage, everything would fall into place. I would get everything I had ever worked for.
Little did I know that I would find the woman who would cross check my life, flipping everything upside down.
Even though she's melting the ice that surrounds my heart, I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop. Will I ever be able to find my footing or am I destined to stay pinned against the boards?

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Cross Checked does include characters from Hat Trick, the first book of the series, but it can be read as a standalone. We do get glimpses of Brayden and Karla in Hat Trick, so I was anxious to read Cross Checked. I really enjoyed their quick sweet story.

Now it wasn’t always sweet for Brayden or Karla. Brayden had to take care of his sister while Karla was dealing with her own heartbreak at home. The car crash that crippled Brayden’s family also brought Karla into it. Even though they both were interested in each other, other circumstances were in the way. It just wasn’t their time.

Once Brayden and Karla connect, they spark. They have a good relationship and just get each other. Their friendship grows into more and helps each other through the drama. 
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dare to Dream (Carolina Beach Book 1) ~ C.A. Harms

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Amazon US

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After the sudden death of his wife two years ago, Darren Griffin has finally found peace. He has a good life, good job, two daughters he’d do anything for, and a beautiful home on the beach.
Greer Monroe is grieving the loss of her father. It’s the final rung on the broken ladder that’s become her life—crappy job, no friends, and a cheating ex-boyfriend. At the insistence of her aunt, Greer decides to spend some time at her family’s beach house.
When the glee-filled sound of children’s laughter dances through the breeze, Greer finds herself smiling again. The neighbor girls are carefree, depicting a life Greer has only dreamed about. Husband, children, happiness—a family. And their father, Darren, he’s everything a woman could ever want.
But it is, of course, only a dream.
She can’t stay at Carolina Beach, no matter how much she adores Darren and his daughters. She has responsibilities at home, a mother who needs her. Where there’s love, there’s heartbreak, and she can’t go through that again. And she sure as hell won’t do that to those little girls.
But Darren isn’t letting her go that easily. It’s been so long since he’s felt this way for anyone. Greer is his missing piece, a piece he never thought he’d find.
Saying goodbye is hard, but sometimes starting over is even harder.
Only when they dare to dream again, will they ever dare to love.

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I absolutely love CA Harms’ books. Her writing is smooth and all the scenes make you feel like you are there with the character. The stories are heartfelt and well told. Dare to Dream was another one I could not put down.

When reading the first chapters of Dare to Dream I was not feeling #TuckertheFucker. He just seemed like a shady playboy. At the time Greer needed him most, he was cheating on her with some skank. I was proud of how Greer handled herself. You could tell she was more mature than her now ex. I’m not sure I would have been as calm, but she had other things to worry about, now that she lost her dad. She was completely lost. When her aunt offers her a change and a break, she convinces herself this is just want she needed.

Darren is the epitome of a man. He’s a sexy, sweet alpha and an amazing father. Everything that would make any woman’s ovaries explode. He was a mess after he lost his wife, but had to pick up the pieces for their daughters. He’d do anything for them, again showing what a true man should be.

When Darren and Greer meet, or should I say stalk each other, they can’t tell what to make of each other. The laughing and happy family on the other side of the fence intrigues Greer. After realizing there’s no other woman, Greer can’t help herself fantasizing about the sexy Dad. Darren wants to know more about the beauty in the usually vacant blue house. She makes him feel things he hasn’t felt since his wife and his girls have latched on to her more than he expected.

There were things going against Darren and Greer. Darren’s guilt over possibly moving on from his wife, the two girls, Greer having to go back home to deal with the rest of her father’s belongings, her own grief and oh yes, dealing with Tucker.

Some of my favorite scenes are the way Darren and Greer are with the girls. They make me giggle and sigh at the same time. I love the mind of a child. They don’t hold anything back and when they answer cell phones on their own, answering questions honestly, well it just makes me fist pump ;-) The #SinfulSwivel is also another of my favorite scenes, because, well, it’s just HOT!!

This book made me laugh and cry. It spoke to me on a different level since I could relate to Greer’s situation. Losing your father, one of your biggest fans, your first Valentine, your protector, it’s devastating. Then to find a man you feel safe with and fall for faster than you could have imagined, it’s both scary and exhilarating. CA can relate all these emotions and connect with the reader on their own possible experiences. Just excellent!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Keeping Her Wet ~ M. Robinson

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A Novella from USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M. ROBINSON just in time to spice up your Valentines Day!

Ten couples.
Twenty characters.
Ten chapters.
A collection of ten hot scenes from all ten of M. Robinson’s standalone books. Each couple will have a chapter dedicated to them. New and never read before.

Sebastian and Ysabelle- The VIP Trilogy
Mika and The Madam- The VIP Trilogy
Devon and Brooke- Tempting Bad
James and Gianna- Two Sides Gianna
Lucas and Alex- Complicate Me (The Good Ol’ Boys)
Jacob and Lily- Forbid Me (The Good Ol’ Boys)
Dylan and Aubrey- Undo Me (The Good Ol’ Boys)
Austin and Briggs- Crave Me (The Good Ol’ Boys)
Martinez and Lexi- El Diablo
Creed and Mia- Road to Nowhere & Ends Here

*Note: You do not have to read the books above to read Keeping Her Wet!
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This book should have come with a hotness warning! I mean, oh my! All of M's characters in some super hot and steamy scenes. My Fav, El Diablo, makes two appearances and I loved it.

This is wall to wall sex and seduction. I could read about these couples all day and it was great to read all about how their lives are going. You definitely do not need to read the books in her series and the novella can be read as a standalone.  

I am a huge fan of M's and I love her dirty talking men. Totally yummy!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mack Daddy ~ Penelope Ward

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They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie.

Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right?
So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.

At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.
Everyone wanted a piece of the hot single father of the sweet little boy. I was riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more.
They didn’t know about our past.
He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.

As my friend Lorelai so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.

I was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with another man just to protect my heart.
Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.

And soon I might be breaking all the rules.

Author's note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel

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I loved Frankie and Mack. When Mack brings his son Jonah to the private school that Frankie teaches at you can see the instant sparks. Something happened in their past and it seemed like it did not end well. Mack is super-hot so every single mother wants him and Frankie is trying her best to stay away. She's the quirky, different, nerdy girl that Mack has a history with, but she’s the only woman he trusts with his son.

There are some characters in this book that I wanted to stab with a spoon, a rusty spoon. I mean they are vile, evil people. All I wanted was for Karma to come back and bite them big time. The pain and angst that Frankie and Mack had to go through was heartbreaking. They both had their own issues to work past and then add in these nasty people, I just wanted to hurt them.

I guess that’s why I loved the book so much. There was a ton of emotions in it and the love Frankie and Mack have is the real thing. The drama, hurt, and pain that Frankie, Mack and Jonah had to endure only made their story more special. I read the book in 1 day because I had to know what happened, but I also didn’t want it to end. Sigh. 
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