Showing posts with label book report. Show all posts
Showing posts with label book report. Show all posts

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Made the Grade: Hammered Series, Book 3 | #BookReview @quinnandelliott @cariquinn

Format Jess Read This Novel In: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1911 KB | Print Length: 252 pages
Publication Date: August 29, 2016
Publisher: Rainbow Rage Publishing | ASIN: B01L9Z51K8
Language: English | Main Genre(s): Contemporary Romance & Rockstar Romance
Jess Obtained This Book Through: Amazon


"Manipulated" [Hammered Series, Book 3] by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott

Author's Book Description : My name is Owen Blackwell, and I’m currently in recovery.

Not from what you think, though I do enjoy a bit of whiskey.

No, my issue is that I fell foolishly in love with my best friend. Oh, and she’s getting married.

So, in my eternal stupidity, I hooked up with a woman at our annual masquerade ball. You know what they say—the best way to get over a woman is to get under another.

Who is this woman, you ask? Calliope Templeton. She's unlike any other I’ve ever met. And believe me, as the guitarist for Hammered—only the biggest selling rock band out there right now—I’ve met quite a few.

Now I have to figure out how to convince her we’re more than just a one-night stand. She’s supposed to be my happily ever after.

And if necessary, I'm willing to show her just how resourceful one determined Irishman can be...

★-★-★-★-★-★

Manipulated is book 3 in the Hammered rockstar series. Our other rockstar series are also set in the Oblivion world.

★ Series Reading Order ★

- Lost in Oblivion -
  • Seduced (prequel)
  • Rocked
  • Rattled
  • Twisted
  • Untwisted
  • Destroyed
  • Consumed
  • Committed
  • Shattered
  • Fused
  • Owned
  • Merry Oblivion
  • Paradise in Oblivion
- Winchester Falls Trilogy -
  • Tangled
  • Torn
  • Tied
- Found in Oblivion -
  • Bedded Bliss
  • Triple Trouble
  • Dirty Duet
  • Lost Lyric
  • Perfect Pitch
  • Raw Rhythm
  • Finding Forever
- Hammered -
  • Manaconda
  • Manhandled
  • Manipulated
  • Maneuvered
- Rock Revenge Trilogy -
  • Rock Revenge
  • Rock Reclaimed
  • Rock Redemption
- Brooklyn Dawn -
  • Play Dirty
  • Play Fast
  • Play Mine

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My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! Callie (Calliope) has been trying to bring her life together ever since her divorce about a year ago, now she lands a job that could bring her photography career into the big time. Yet will Owen, the sexy bassist from the band she’s working with, add to her newfound happiness or brake everything she has worked so hard to accomplish?

I had never read this series before, but the authors have it set into their Oblivion Series’ world, and I had read a book or two from that “world” already, so I had a feeling I would enjoy this one. And I am happy to say I did enjoy it.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Idolizing In: West Hollywood Series, Book 1 | #BookReview @KylieScottbooks

- This was an ARC Read -
Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition & Paperback
File Size: 1648 KB
Paperback Print Length: 300 Pages
Publication Date: May 18, 2021 | Language: English
Publisher: Self-Published
ASIN: B092TSZ5C7 | ISBN-10: 0648457338
ISBN-13: 978-0648457336
Main Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Billionaire Romance, Erotic Romance & Fake Relationship
Format Jess Read This Novel In: eBook - MOBI File
Jess Obtained This Book Through: Kylie Scott's Review Team


"Fake" [West Hollywood Series, Book 1] by Kylie Scott

Author's Book Description : The newest romance from New York Times bestselling, Audie Award winning author Kylie Scott!

He walks the red carpet. She’s more familiar with vacuuming one.

When a scandal tarnishes the reputation of hot as hell A-lister, Patrick Walsh, he needs a reputation rescue, pronto.

Enter waitress Norah Peers–a nobody who’s average with a capital A. She’s available, dependable, and has sworn off men for the rest of her natural born life. In other words: the perfect match for a no-strings fake romance.

For the right amount of money, she can avoid waitressing and play the part of his dependable down-to-earth girlfriend. What she can’t avoid–dammit–is the growing steam between them.

But being hounded by the paparazzi and having her life dissected on social media is a panic attack in the making. And while Patrick might be a charming rogue on screen, in real life he’s a six-foot-two confusing, gorgeous, brooding grump, who keeps her at a distance . . . but also makes her feel like this bond between them might be more than just an act.

Being dumped on cue should be no big deal. Except being fake with Patrick is the realist relationship Norah has ever had. What’s a girl to do, but flip the script, and ask for a re-match made in Hollywood?

“Fake kept me up late reading because I could not put this story down. I adored Patrick and Norah, the fun, the banter … all the sweetness. Not to mention the heat! Kylie Scott delivers again!" – Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

“Kylie Scott has been one of my favorite authors for years. Her way with words, and her ability to make me fall in love with men I know I shouldn’t but do, anyways has always been the recipe for the perfect read for me. I absolutely loved Fake, and it was easy with brooding alpha Patrick and quirky lovable Norah. The two of them together are a match made in book heaven. I couldn’t put this book down once I started and know everyone will feel the same.” – Aurora Rose Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author

“Kylie Scott proves once again why she is one of my auto-buy authors. Fake is an absolute delight . . . for every woman who wished her celebrity crush would fall madly in love with her. Fake is romance gold from one of the genre’s best!” – Naima Simone, USA Today bestselling author

"Grumpy, megastar hero whose rare smiles bring out all the warm and fuzzies, and the upbeat, every girl heroine he never saw coming." – Ally Blake

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My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! This was the contemporary romance that I never realized I needed. I LOVED IT!! Though I was worried towards the end of this novel that it might be a

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Feasted On: The Virgin Hunt Games Series, Book 1 / Volume 1 | #BookReview @melteshco

- This was an ARC Read -
Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3440 KB | Print length: 220 Pages
Publication Date: January 18, 2021 | Language: English
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC : One Handed Reads
ASIN: B08SW7NDRZ | Main Genre(s): Science Fiction Romance, Erotic Romance, Dystopian, Royalty Romance, Paranormal Romance
Format Jess Read This Novel In: eBook - MOBI File
Jess Obtained This Book Through: NetGalley


"The Virgin Hunt Games" [The Virgin Hunt Games Series, Book 1 / Volume 1] by Mel Teshco

Author's Book Description : EARTH, YEAR 2324

Melody Simmons desperately needs to fill her bank accounts with credits that could help her family climb out of near poverty. And in the Virgin Hunt Games, that means enticing as many hunters as possible to bed her. The downside? Billions of viewers from all parts of the galaxy would be watching her fall from virtue with avid interest.

Alien Damon Banscott despises everything about the Virgin Hunt Games. Except the fact he can now legally destroy his enemy in the games. He is in this only for revenge. Then Damon sees one of the beautiful hunted and, for a moment, his heart stops beating. He’ll fight to the death before allowing another hunter to touch and deflower Melody.

But while the hunters get more credits by pleasing their captive mate sexually, the hunted women received more by finding their pleasure with any of the hunters who weren’t their assigned mate.

Let the games begin…

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My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars. This novel was a mixture of what I expected and what I had not expected. Also, even though I had not read the Hunger Games series I had watched the movie versions and can definitely say that this novel felt like an adult sexualized version of the Hunger Games – game-wise only as there was no similar plots – with a Cinderellaesque twist to it. THIS NOVEL WAS SOOOOOOOOOO HOT!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Spreading the Word: Spicetopia Series, Book 1 | #BookReview #PhoebeAlexander

Format Jess Read This Novel In: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2746 KB | Print Length: 238 pages
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Publisher: Mountains Wanted Publishing
ASIN: B07YCMBSFQ | Language: English
Main Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Billionaire Romance, Romantic Comedy
Jess Obtained This Book Through: Amazon


"Sugar & Spice" [Spicetopia Series, Book 1] by Phoebe Alexander

Author's Book Description : A billionaire undercover boss.
A single mom who’s totally off limits.
Temptation never looked so sweet...


Cy Sweet has always been the black sheep of his family, which is probably why he was chosen to go Undercover Boss in Sweetopia, his family’s theme park. Enticed by his father’s bribe, he dons an apron to serve pastries in Cotton Candy Castle, one of the park’s most popular attractions.

He’s tempted to blow his cover when he meets The Red Velvet Queen. Sure, she’s a costumed character and the jewels in her crown are fake, but she’s absolutely breathtaking. His desire only grows when he invents a baker’s dozen reasons to visit her every day…enough visits to discover her sweetness comes with a side of spice.

But they’re both in disguise. The Queen is actually single mom Jolie Cox, who relentlessly struggles to make a living for herself and her sons. And Cy is actually her boss, not to mention heir to the corporate empire she despises.

What will happen when their identities are finally unmasked?

Sugar & Spice is Book 1 of the Spicetopia Series. Though the series can be read in any order, here is the preferred reading order:
Book 1: Sugar & Spice (Cy and Jolie's story)
Book 2: Virtue & Vice (Moon and Katja's story)
Book 3: Fire & Ice (Neve and Enya’s story)
Book 4: Naughty & Nice (Micah and Natalie’s story)
Book 5: Dares & Dice (Tyler and Makenna's story)
Book 6: Loyalty & Lies (Calvin and Paisley's story -- crossover with Eastern Shore Swingers Series)


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My Book Review : DNF. This is another book that I picked up for FREE during the holidays and had hopes of enjoying it. Yet, at this time

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Made the Grade: Heart's Temptation Series, Book 7 | #BookReview @scarscoromance

Format Jess Read This Novel In: Kindle Edition
File Size: 818 KB | Paperback Print Length: 124 pages
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Publisher: Happily Ever After Books, LLC | ASIN: B07N8H28WS
Language: English | Main Genre(s): Historical Romance, Victorian Romance, Holiday Romance, Christmas Romance
Jess Obtained This Book Through: Amazon


"The Night Before Scandal" [Heart's Temptation Series, Book 7] by Scarlett Scott

Author's Book Description : What happens in a carriage doesn’t always stay in a carriage...

Lord Harry Marlow reluctantly attends a Christmas house party hosted by his brother and his sister-in-law, who also happens to be the woman he once longed to wed himself. He’s not pleased by the prospect of holly and mistletoe and merrymaking any more than he is with the reminder of the love he could have had. But his dismay doesn’t last for long when a mysterious stranger in the midst of a blizzard captures his interest.

Lady Alexandra Danvers is unabashedly eccentric. Nothing and no man interests her more than her scientific pursuits. Until she meets the sinfully handsome Lord Harry, that is. When sparks fly between the unlikely pairing, scandal isn’t far behind. Will Lord Harry and Lady Alexandra find true love together by Christmas day?

Length: novella

Note: Previously appeared in the collection "Seduced Under the Mistletoe." This is an extended version never before published.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars. One girl in men’s clothes wins over the younger brother of a Duke and in a turn of events their lives entwine for good.

This was a uniquely written historical romance that I did like a lot. I enjoyed how

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2020


It is Thanksgiving Day (the USA version of it at least) today! The tradition on my blog is to post a list of ALL the books I've read thus far this year that I've given my highest ratings to (5 out of 5 stars) today, which means I'm VERY Thankful for finding/reading them!

HOWEVER -- and it is a BIG HOWEVER -- this year has been hard for everyone. Myself included when it comes to promoting the books I have been reviewing. As if you look at my 2017 & 2018 Thankful Book Lists you'll see within my top write-up (like this one) that I say something along the lines of "because of life I have reviews but have yet to fully post them yet." This year is a LITTLE different because though ... that is still true ... my reviews ARE backlogged ... I had a catastrophe in March 2020 where I LOST ALL OF MY PREVIOUS REVIEWS. Yeah. If you want to hear ALL about it click here. BUT for 2020 specifically I was trying gather some "reading stats" for you, so out of those 19 books I know that 5 that I have no reviews for need to be on this list because I had rated them 5 out of 5 stars!

Yes this list is odd BUT other than the top three books within this list the others DO have reviews for them -- FULL REVIEWS COMING SOON -- so CHECK IT OUT! I DO RECOMMEND ALL OF THESE NOVELS!!

➡️ Also for the THIRD year running I have a We Are Thankful For Books collab video (at the bottom of this post) for you. In the video you'll see 5 Youtubers (including myself) talk about the books they are thankful for reading this year. Enjoy! 📚🥧

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Spreading the Word: Twins for the Billionaire by Sarah M. Anderson | #BookReview #SarahMAnderson

Format Jess Read This Novel In: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1049 KB | Print Length: 240 pages
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
ASIN: B06XW8JDZG | UNSPSC Code: 55111500
Publisher: Harlequin : Desire | Language: English
Main Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Family Fiction, Workplace Romance
Jess Obtained This Book Through: Harlequin.com


"Twins for the Billionaire" [Billionaires and Babies Series] by Sarah M. Anderson (aka Maggie Chase)

Author's Book Description : Seducing the Single Mom

Widowed mom Sofia Bingham needs a job—fast! Her babies won’t feed themselves. Working for real estate tycoon Eric Jenner is the perfect solution. But her childhood buddy is all grown up now…and tempting as hell. Surely one unforgettable night of passion wouldn’t hurt? After that, they can go back to being all business!

But Eric doesn’t agree that they should put their red-hot romance on ice. He can’t deny his connection to Sofia’s adorable twins—or his consuming desire for their mother. What will it take to convince her that he’s playing for keeps?

My Non-Book Review : So ... I am sorry. I read this novel in April 2018 and life happened along the way, which means I lost my original review and book rating. To find out more please check out this blog post. This novel might be reread and reviewed officially later so stay tuned. If you want to hear some of my thoughts about this novel check out my Week #11 of When & Where am I Wednesday video, which I recorded when I was in the middle of reading this novel in 2018.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Made the Grade: The Bourbon Brothers Series, Book 1 | #BookReview #ReeseRyan

Format Jess Read This Novel In: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1199 KB | Print Length: 240 pages
Publication Date: February 1, 2018
ASIN: B074SHPT4J | UNSPSC Code: 55111500
Publisher: Harlequin : Desire | Language: English
Main Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Diverse Romance, Family Fiction
Jess Obtained This Book Through: Harlequin.com


"Savannah's Secrets" [The Bourbon Brothers Series, Book 1] by Reese Ryan

Author's Book Description : Falling for the boss has big consequences in this story that launched The Bourbon Brothers series by Reese Ryan.

Savannah Carlisle has the perfect plan. By infiltrating the Abbott family’s Tennessee bourbon empire as their events manager, she’d be one step closer to claiming half of the business they stole from her grandfather. Now, she’s not so sure. Because sexy Blake Abbott, heir to it all, is simply intoxicating. He’s supposed to be the enemy. But after one long, stormy weekend trapped with him, her defenses fail her and she gives into temptation.

Now she’s pregnant with his child...

From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire—welcome to the lives of the American elite.

Don’t miss a single story in The Bourbon Brothers series from Reese Ryan:
Book 1 — "Savannah’s Secrets"
Book 2 — "The Billionaire’s Legacy"
Book 3 — "Engaging the Enemy"
Book 4 — "A Reunion of Rivals"


My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, Savannah wants to give her family a better life but while trying to unearth secrets she might just fall in love with her own enemy ...

First off, I want to state that this novel I originally read and reviewed in 2018, but because of recent life events my original review for this novel has been lost (find out the whole story on my blog). However, because I had read this novel during a readathon rating for this novel and a video sharing my thoughts is still available .... plus, it helps that I still remember this novel even though I read it two years ago. Therefore, my following review is based off of my recorded thoughts and what I can recall. Sadly, this novel was not one of my favorite reads and it is all because of

Friday, May 15, 2020

Disappointmentville: Starlight Grille Series, Book 3 | #BookReview #DelsoraLowe

- This was an ARC Read -
Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2535 KB | Print Length: 170 Pages
Publication Date: December 7, 2017 | Language: English
Publisher: Beach Plum Publishing of Maine
ASIN: B075TK7KYS | UNSPSC Code: 55111500
Main Genre(s): Holiday Romance, Contemporary Romance & Family Fiction
Format Jess Read This Novel In: eBook - MOBI File
Jess Obtained This Book Through: Prolific Works


"Moonlighting" [Starlight Grille Series, Book 3] / [A Serenity Harbor Maine Novella] by Delsora Lowe

Author's Book Description : A blast from the past, a ten-year old matchmaker with a valentine wish, an omission, and a villainous man... a recipe for disaster? Or love against all odds?

Tucker Benson’s decision to move to a new town, build a new business, and protect his daughter does not include finding a replacement for his cheating wife. But his ten-year old daughter has other plans.

And she’s found the one!

Mary Beth Walters’ life is up-to-the-brim full. When her high school crush, a single father, moves to town, she is tempted. Only problem is, he doesn’t recognize her. That could be a good thing. Or end in trouble.

When Tucker discovers the secret Mary Beth holds close to her heart, will love be enough to overcome broken trusts?

My Book Review : 2 out of 5 stars. This is one that I read in 2018 for the Contemporary-A-Thon readathon (round 2) -- view my readathon video if you are interested in hearing more of my thoughts -- however, at the beginning of 2020 I lost my official review for this novel. Yet from my readathon video I was able to get my official rating and brief thoughts. So, what I can tell you is if I gave this novel 2 out of 5 stars .... I really didn't mind this novel, it was an okay read, BUT

Friday, May 8, 2020

Made the Grade: House of Night Series, Book 9 | #BookReview #HouseofNight

Format Jess Read This Novel In: Hardcover
Hardcover Print Length: 323 pages | Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Griffin
ISBN-10: 0312650256 | ISBN-13: 978-0312650254 | Language: English
Main Genre(s): Young Adult Fiction, Vampire Fiction, Paranormal Romance
Jess Obtained This Book Through: Office Max in Sale Bin


"Destined" [House of Night Series, Book 9] by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Author's Book Description : Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – as long as he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow...

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia's handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there's the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more – or possibly less – than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there's something strangely familiar about him...

Will Neferet's true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox's humanity in time to protect him – and everyone – from his own fate?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, Zoey and her friends continue on fighting against Neferet and other Dark evils ...

This novel I read in 2018 and before I could post my “official” review, that review got accidentally deleted (find out the whole story on my blog). Therefore, I leave you with the videos I created while I vlogged my reading experience of this novel (below). In addition, I will say that I wish I had read this novel

Monday, February 24, 2020

Made the Grade: Tiny Treats 2: A St. Patrick's Day Collection by 21 Various Romance Authors | #BookReview

Format Jess Read This Novel In: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1693 KB | Print Length: 139 pages
Publication Date: March 1, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published | ASIN: B00U5GIL3W | Language: English
Main Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, Fiction Anthologies
Jess Obtained This Book Through: Amazon


"Tiny Treats 2: A St. Patrick's Day Collection" by Heather McGovern, Maureen Hardegree, Joan Kayse, D. B. Sieders, Jenna Bennett, Lindsey Brookes, Sophia Henry, Sydney Carroll, Lori Waters, Natalie J. Damschroder, Anna Sugden, Janice Lynn, Nancy Northcott, Monica McCabe, Jody Wallace, Tanya Michaels, Jeanne Adams, Sally Kilpatrick, Nicki Salcedo, Michelle Monkou, & Trish Milburn

Author's Book Description : "Tiny Treats 2: A St. Patrick’s Day Collection" is a multi-author collection of micro stories, tales that can be read in their entirety in only a handful of minutes. The stories in this anthology are set during St. Patrick’s Day in the world of each author’s respective books.

The collection includes:
"Love and Corned Beef" by Heather McGovern
"Haint and Begorrah" by Maureen Hardegree
"The High King’s Cauldron" by Joan Kayse
"Probability of Love" by D. B. Sieders
"Getting Lucky" by Jenna Bennett
"Her Pot of Gold" by Lindsey Brookes
"To Love a Leprechaun" by Sophia Henry
"Springs Love" by Sydney Carroll
"Pinch for Good Luck" by Lori Waters
"Lucky Enough" by Natalie J. Damschroder
"A Perfect Lucky Charm" by Anna Sugden
"His Good Luck Charm" by Janice Lynn
"Green Beer" by Nancy Northcott
"Blueberry Delight" by Monica McCabe
"Date at McCabe’s" by Jody Wallace
"Lucky in Love" by Tanya Michaels
"One Magic Kiss" by Jeanne Adams
"Green Beer and Shenanigans" by Sally Kilpatrick
"The Ides" by Nicki Salcedo
"A Gift from County Cork" by Michelle Monkou
"Lucky Day" by Trish Milburn



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My Book Review : For this full book I give it 3.4 out of 5 stars, each story was charming in its own way. I enjoyed the glimpses that we got of all the characters ... just some stories I wish were fleshed out a little more than others. Overall, I definitely recommend this anthology to any romance reader, especially for those who want to get into the "St. Patrick's Day spirit."


If you can't see/watch the above video then click here to watch it.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Made the Grade: Cowboys Online Series, Book 1 | #BookReview @janspringer

Format Jess Read This Novel In: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1610 KB | Print Length: 208 pages
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Spunky Girl Publishing / Self-Published
ASIN: B00OC79J3Q | Language: English
Main Genre(s): Erotic Romance, Ménage Romance, Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Jess Obtained This Book Through: Amazon


"Cowboys for Christmas: Moose Ranch" [Cowboys Online Series, Book 1] by Jan Springer

Author's Book Description : Book 1 of 5
Jennifer Jane Watson has spent the past ten Christmases in a maximum security prison. The last thing she expects is to get early parole along with a job on a secluded Canadian cattle ranch serving Christmas holiday dinners to three of the sexiest cowboys she's ever met!

Rafe, Brady and Dan thought they were getting a male ex-con to help out around their secluded ranch. The last thing they expect is an attractive and very appealing woman fresh out of prison. In the snowbound wilds of Northern Ontario, female companionship is rare. It's a good thing the three men like to share...

They're dominating, sexy-as-sin and they fill JJ with the hottest ménage fantasies she's ever had. Suddenly she's craving Cowboys for Christmas and wishing for something she knows she can never have...a happily ever after.

Cowboys Online Series
Book 1 - Cowboys for Christmas
Book 2 - Cowboys In Her Pocket
Book 3 - Loving Her Cowboys
Book 4 - Cowboys In Her Heart
Book 5 - Always Her Cowboys



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My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars ... it is a sweet erotica about three men who live a solitary life in the Canadian wilderness who quickly find that their new housekeeper is the one woman who holds the key to their hearts.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Idolizing In: St. Caroline Series, Book 2 | #BookReview #JuliaGabriel

- This was an ARC Read -
Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition, Audible Audiobook & Paperback | File Size: 2614 KB
Audible Audiobook (Unabridged) Listening Length: 8 hours 12 minutes
Paperback Print Length: 298 Pages
Publication Date: January 2, 2018 | Language: English
Publisher: Serif Books & Tantor Audio
ASIN: B078S2SRNR & B07PPWYG2R | ISBN-10: 1547270748
ISBN-13: 978-1547270743
Main Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Secret Baby Romance & Family Fiction
Format Jess Read This Novel In: eBook - MOBI File
Jess Obtained This Book Through: The New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America’s New England Readers’ Choice Contest - Jess was a judge. / Prolific Works


"Hearts on Fire" [St. Caroline Series, Book 2] by Julia Gabriel

Author's Book Description : Becca Trevor’s life is falling apart. She’s lost her job, her boyfriend’s in jail, and her mother’s quilt shop has just caught fire — with her in it.

To make matters worse, town golden boy Jack Wolfe has returned — looking better than ever ... but can their budding relationship survive the secret Becca’s been keeping for years?

"Julia Gabriel does an amazing job with this devastatingly heartbreaking love story." — RT Book Reviews, Top Pick


Becca never intended to come back to pretty little St. Caroline, Maryland and her family's quilt shop. Growing up, she was the wild child ... and the black sheep of the family ... and the girl who couldn’t get anything right.

And she definitely never intended to see Jack Wolfe again. Those fifteen minutes she’d spent with him at a graduation party seven years ago? Unforgettable—for a whole lot of reasons.

Jack was the golden boy of St. Caroline. Smart, Ivy League-educated, law school-bound. He’s home from California for a family emergency, a situation that would not be improved by the news that he’s not the hotshot corporate attorney everyone thinks he is. If he can keep his real job a secret until the end of summer, he’ll still be golden and no one else will be the wiser.

But Becca has an even bigger secret of her own ... one that will change Jack's life forever ...

The St. Caroline Series
Come to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and the 300-year-old town of St. Caroline, Maryland. Meet the Trevor family—Michelle, Dan, Becca, Charlotte, Natalie, Cassidy and Lauren—and their popular quilt shop, Quilt Therapy. Across town, the men of the Wolfe family have been the backbone of the St. Caroline fire department for generations—and Tim, Jack, Matt and Oliver are continuing the tradition.

The St. Caroline Series features emotional stories with relatable characters you'll fall in love with, true-to-life problems and triumphs, and sweetly sexy romance that leads to a happy ever after.

Book 1: Summer Again
Book 2: Hearts on Fire
Book 3: Two of Hearts
Book 4: This Reminds Me of Us



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My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! For a majority of Becca's life she has felt like she has never fit in (though some of it was her own doing) but she tried to make good choices for those around her most of the time. It all led her to keeping a huge secret from her family seven years ago. Now with her life in turmoil again she goes home to make amends. Yet the one person her "big secret" is all about, Jack, sets her life for another curve ball. Could everything finally be turning around for the better now? Or will fate decide to take away all of their options and throw them for a loop too?

Bare with me as I try not to give too much away. But oh my word!! In this novel you deal with loss (in quite a few different forms) while watching the characters deal with continuing on with their lives as their "worlds" fall apart around them. I know that might sound a bit overly dramatic for a contemporary romance novel but it's what this novel portrays Becca and Jack going through.

This was a riveting tale that I could not put down.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Feasted On: Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies Series, Book 1 | #BookReview @laratemple1

- This was an ARC Read -
Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition, Hardcover, Paperback & Mass Market Paperback
File Size: 2421 KB | Hardcover Print Length: 384 Pages
Paperback Print Length: 368 Pages
Mass Market Paperback Print Length: 288 Pages
Publication Date: November 1, 2017 | Language: English
Publisher: Harlequin : Historical
ASIN: B06Y5RPVJX | ISBN-10: 0263074641, 0263926141 & 0373299540
ISBN-13: 978-0263074642, 978-0263926149 & 978-0373299546
Main Genre(s): Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Format Jess Read This Novel In: eBook - MOBI File
Jess Obtained This Book Through: NetGalley


"Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress" [Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies Series, Book 1] by Lara Temple

Author's Book Description : Betrothed...to the wrong man!

Building a life away from her bullying family, schoolmistress Helen Tilney now needs to convince her childhood sweetheart she's a worthy bride. Standing in her way is Lord Hunter—the man Nell has just discovered she's betrothed to!

Hunter's offer of marriage to Nell came out of guilt, and now seems less than appealing! So when she asks for his help to win another man, he agrees. Until their lessons in flirtation inspire a raging desire that has Hunter longing to keep Nell for himself...

Book 1 in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies trilogy

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Four years ago, during difficult times in both their lives, Lord Hunter (Hunter/Gabe/Gabriel) decided to get into an agreement with Nell (Helen)’s father that stated that once she became 21 yrs old they would get married. Well it was an agreement that Hunter did in hopes of helping Nell’s life in the long-run, but it was also an agreement that Nell’s father never told her about until her 21st Birthday. Therefore, when Nell is informed about this change in her life she is not happy and finds a way to change her circumstances. Thankfully, Hunter agrees to the changes but everything comes at a price. Now they both have to decide what is most important to them and what are they are willing to sacrifice for their future “happiness.”

This was a VERY enticing tale about following your heart no matter the cost. In addition, I liked how Ms. Temple used various forms of PTSD with her characters and showing how they overcame those issues during that time-period (both good and bad ways).

Friday, January 10, 2020

Feasted On: The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Series, Book 1 | #BookReview @katehewitt1

- This was an ARC Read -
Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition & Paperback
File Size: 3703 KB | Paperback Print Length: 180 Pages
Publication Date: October 12, 2017 | Language: English
Publisher: Tule Publishing
ASIN: B074199G9Z | ISBN-10: 1947636553 | ISBN-13: 978-1947636552
Main Genre(s): Holiday Romance, Contemporary Romance
Format Jess Read This Novel In: eBook - MOBI File
Jess Obtained This Book Through: NetGalley


"A Vicarage Christmas" [The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Series, Book 1] by Kate Hewitt

Author's Book Description : Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters...

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage.

After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas... and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna's social capabilities to the test.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home... only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Ever since a tragic accident took place when Anna was young, she has struggled with crippling anxiety and stuttering issues. So much so that she has tried her best, in various ways, to hide it from everyone, even though she hasn’t always been successful. She has stayed away from her close-knit hometown for the past three years because of her issues. However, at her parent’s request, she returns home for the Christmas holidays, and into a world of drama that begins the day she arrives home. That happens to also be the day that she meets Simon, a man who has just moved to her hometown, who she spills a majority of her secrets too. Yet, Simon doesn’t stay a stranger for long, which leads Anna into a future she had never dreamed for herself ... but is it the better path for her or will it come at another cost?

This novel was not what I was expecting.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Disappointmentville: Christmas Mountain Series, Book 1 | #BookReview #CiaraKnight

- This was an ARC Read -
Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition & Paperback
File Size: 2627 KB | Paperback Print Length: 168 Pages
Publication Date: October 23, 2017 | Language: English
Publisher: Self-Published
ASIN: B076C8V8QK | ISBN-10: 1688285016 | ISBN-13: 978-1688285019
Main Genre(s): Holiday Romance, Contemporary Romance
Format Jess Read This Novel In: eBook - MOBI File
Jess Obtained This Book Through: NetGalley


"Homecoming for Christmas" [Christmas Mountain Series, Book 1] by Ciara Knight
(Originally published as "Homecoming in Christmas Falls" Book 1 of Return to Christmas Falls Series which is what it was called when this reviewer read it.)

Author's Book Description : Eight years after fleeing Christmas Mountain because of a high school prank gone wrong, Ashley Brooks receives a mysterious letter from her mentor asking her to come home. She arrives to face all she left behind—her family, her friends, and the rich boy she’d loved who would never date the girl from the wrong side of town.

Brent Donnelly, high school jock, brainiac, and dutiful son did everything right until the day Ashley returns to Christmas Mountain. With one look at the girl who got away he questions all his life choices, including following in his father’s footsteps in the family business.

Faced with a potentially devastating decline of tourism in their hometown, Brent and Ashley must work together to save the magic of their town, but when Ashley discovers he still has feelings for her best friend she must finally face the real reason she left Christmas Mountain—to try to heal her broken heart.

My Book Review : 2 out of 5 stars. The day of Ash’s (Ashley) high school graduation, she and her best group of friends pull a prank that lands them in jail. That incident changes her life drastically as she moves away from home without telling anyone, but her parents, the following morning and has stayed away from her hometown ever since. Now about eight years later, she returns home at the request of her high school mentor and in the process pick up the pieces of past relationships with friends and more. Yet, will she be able to reconcile with her friend and longtime crush, Brent, or will their insecurities and other people keep them apart for good?

I had been drawn into this novel’s book description from the beginning but what sealed me reading it was when I was looking for a novel to read for the 12 Days of Cozmas read-a-thon. And at first glance I thought this novel was perfect for me.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Disappointmentville: Pinecraft Homecomings Series, Book 1 | #BookReview #CherylWilliford

Format Jess Read This Novel In: Mass Market Paperback
Mass Market Paperback Print Length: 282 Pages
Publication Date: April 1, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0-373-89920-3 | Language: English
Publisher: Harlequin : Love Inspired
Genre: Amish Romance, Contemporary Romance, Christian Romance
Jess Obtained This Book Through: My Aunt Pam's Bookshelf located at my Parent's House


"Her Secret Amish Child" [Pinecraft Homecomings Series, Book 1] by Cheryl Williford

Author's Book Description : An Amish Second Chance

Newly widowed Lizbeth Mullet has a secret: she's never told anyone the true identity of her son's father. Not even now that she's come home to Pinecraft and the man in question is her new landlord. Fredrik Lapp may not know Benuel is his son, but the two soon form an unmistakable bond. And seeing Fredrik again stirs feelings Lizbeth had worked hard to bury. With Fredrick's affections resurfacing, too, the burden of Lizbeth's secret is only getting heavier. Revealing the truth could mean a lifetime of happiness together—or the loss of her second chance at forever.

My Book Review : 2 out of 5 stars. Lizbeth is an Amish widow who is escaping her life in Ohio and moving back to where she grew up in Pinecraft, Florida. While establishing herself back into the community she grew up her life takes a sudden twist when she learns that her feelings for Fredrik (her older brother’s best friend) is still there. But if they get to close her big secret will be exposed so would it all be worth the heartache?

This novel ... oh this novel ...

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Made the Grade: It Must Be Christmas: Three Holiday Stories by Jennifer Crusie, Donna Alward, & Mandy Baxter | #BookReview @JennyCrusie @DonnaAlward @MandyJBaxter

- This was an ARC Read -
Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition & Paperback
File Size: 903 KB | Mass Market Paperback Print Length: 384 Pages
Publication Date: October 4, 2016 | Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Paperbacks
ASIN: B01CXON5TS | ISBN-10: 1250106370 | ISBN-13: 978-1250106377
Main Genre(s): Holiday Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romance Anthologies
Format Jess Read This Novel In: eBook - MOBI File
Jess Obtained This Book Through: NetGalley


"It Must Be Christmas: Three Holiday Stories" by Jennifer Crusie, Donna Alward, & Mandy Baxter

Author's Book Description : Previously published stories from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie, Mandy Baxter, and Donna Alward, these hot romantic stories share the spirit of love this season. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when love is in the cold and frosty air―and desire reaches the boiling point...

Hot Toy
From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie comes a hilarious, sexy story about a determined shopper who grabs the last action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the arms of a sexy secret agent. Mayhem under the mistletoe ensues. Business as usual this Christmas season...right?

Christmas with the Billionaire Rancher
Nate wants to stay away from all the women who want his money in Mandy Baxter’s story set deep in the heart of Texas. But when gorgeous do-gooder Chloe Benson comes knocking at his door―in search of funds for her charity―Nate can’t ignore the passion he feels for her. Maybe love is priceless after all?

Christmas at Seashell Cottage
’Tis the season in Jewell Cove when local doctor Charlie Yang finds her quiet, steady life disrupted by both an abandoned baby in the nativity manger and ex-SEAL Dave Ricker. Are these turn of events too good to be true? Or is Christmas working its magic―for real?

My Book Review : For this full book I give it 3.25 out of 5 stars! Though I couldn't get into all of the novels that were included in this anthology, what I did read I enjoyed! All three are sweet contemporary small town romances that I recommend to those who are interested in that style of book genres.

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