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Book Review: ‘Confessions of a Naughty Nanny’ by Piper Rayne

Title: Confessions of a Naughty Nanny (The Baileys Book 6)

Published: 7th January 2020

Author: Piper Rayne

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Twitter: @PiperRayneRocks

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Blurb:

When a famous music producer moves to Lake Starlight it can’t just be a coincidence. It’s the universe helping to move things along in the right direction so that Griffin Thorne can discover me.

I have to confess—I’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Confession #1: I may have overhead that he was in search of a nanny. What can I say? My brother has a big mouth.

Confession #2: It’s possible I helped along the assumption that I had nanny experience. Hey, babysitting my nieces and nephew counts, right?

Confession #3: There’s a good chance I oversold my qualifications. But my Grandma Dori backed me up, so it’s not completely my fault.

And it worked. He hired me. Only for me to find out that he left the business.
I guess it’s on to Plan B.

When he accidentally overhears me singing, I expect nothing from him. Then he asks to work with me on a song for our town’s Founder’s Day Parade and it feels like a dream come true. Until…

Confession #4: I’ve fallen for him.

 

Review:

Interesting getting inside Phoenix’s head to see what makes her tick. She wants to make it as a singer but doesn’t want to admit to her family that she couldn’t make it in LA on her own and that’s why she came home. Comes across as immature to begin with in her plan of action of getting close to Griffin. He might be new to Lake Starlight but not new to the music business and in need of a nanny. Can you guess how she wants him to notice her? Though to be fair Dori did play a hand in selling the idea that she was a nanny and not just watching her nieces and nephew.

Bad news for Phoenix is that Griffin is out of the music business. He just wants a fresh start for him and his son Mav in Lake Starlight. A place where hopefully he can start acting like a little boy again and not so focused on his phone. Though should an 8 year old really have one? I guess it’s more to do with how he has been brought up by that point. New place, new people, new school, and now a new nanny, will they all cope? Her duties will mostly entail dropping Mav to and from school, cooking and a bit of cleaning. Did I mention it was a live in position? Seems both might soon be having a problem with that fact, how long before they stop fighting what they are both clearly feeling?

Family duty for Phoenix is always on her mind, as with all the Baileys, with the Founders day coming up and having to sing. It’s when Griffin hears her voice that things change. Mad for a moment in thinking she’s using him but agrees to help after her quick sort of reason. It’s when he starts helping with her voice that the walls come down and we see more of the real Phoenix and not what she shows everyone. She evolves throughout the story the longer she is in the carer mode. Has a connection with Mav, as well as his dad, growing more each day, wanting to look out for them. Did like the hike where cards were put on the table – think he liked being a bad cliché by having the hots for the nanny.

Starting something that is doomed to end when secrets are revealed, or if/when Phoenix wants to try and make it again in LA. Her confidence got knocked more than her family realised and putting herself out there again is scary. Not as much with Griffin in her corner. But will he stay there?

Love all the other Baileys making appearances throughout. When it rains it pours comes to mind when three of them have interesting announcements to make at the end. Dori is her classic self. Loved when she was trying to get a certain persons head on straight and started going off on tangents to help but realising some of those will be for other people later down the road. She really does have it all sorted out with how to pair up all her grandchildren. Might have a tricky job with the next one though. Juno my girl what have you done. I really need to know what’s going on in your head. You’ve had the perfect guy waiting for so long and have both always pushed the whole ‘we’re just friends’ thing forever and a day. Just when you get your head out of the sand you might see that your window has closed shut.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Wildfire Marketing Solutions for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Demise of a Self-Centered Playboy’ by Piper Rayne

Title: Demise of a Self-Centered Playboy (The Baileys Book 5)

Published: 19th December 2019

Author: Piper Rayne

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Twitter: @PiperRayneRocks

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Blurb:

You might be wondering how you’ll know when your playboy ways are coming to an end. For some it might be an unexpected pregnancy (ahem… you know who), for others it might be finally landing the one woman you’ve always wanted (cough… I won’t mention any names). For me, it was the death of my mentor and the subsequent reading of his will.

The signs were there, they always are. But I didn’t notice them until it was too late, and my demise was complete.

Demise Sign #1 – You find yourself thrust into the land of responsibility and you don’t immediately hightail it out of town.

Demise Sign #2 – Despite being stuck with the world’s biggest Jekyll & Hyde, some sadistic part of you actually enjoys spending time with her.

Demise Sign #3 – Your family suddenly stops wanting to weigh in on every decision in your life.

Demise Sign #4 – Somehow you end up being the voice of reason in your tumultuous partnership.

Demise Sign #5 – You start thinking of other people before yourself.

Demise Sign #6 – You agree to put yourself in the middle of an Alaskan reality TV show that has both of you sleeping in the same tent.

Demise Complete.

 

Review:

Denver has been such a funny character that I couldn’t wait to get inside his head and find the woman who was going to put a stop to his playboy ways. Seems Cleo is that woman but things don’t go as smoothly as you would think. First off she hates his guts so its not so good that her late father Chip left his business Lifetime Adventures as a 50/50 share between the both of them in his will. They are about to be business partners with no way of not being around each other. What could possibly go wrong – or maybe right in certain circumstances?

Now Cleo really doesn’t come across great to begin with at all with how she acts around Denver, and a few others. She has such a chip on her shoulder with wanting to prove that she can do this on her own that she comes across as a stuck up rich girl just trying to ‘play’ boss. She didn’t have the closest relationship with her father and I think she resents the fact that he was close to Denver. Kind of shoving it in her face with both being left the business. Thing is said business is failing and they need to work together to find a way to save it or that’s it for Lifetime Adventures. Might be time to take a few adventure trips of their own to move the business in a new direction, you never know what revelations might come up to the surface with spending more time together – especially with sleeping in the same tent. That’s not the only thing coming up to the surface with chemistry bubbling away – helps when Denver doesn’t have his shirt on.

Now I may not have liked Cleo to begin with but that does change once you get inside her head a little. When she gets off her high horse and starts to act like the ‘real’ her – with a little help from Denver – you can see why he might be starting to fall. He’s not the only one. She’s just a little lost, not really knowing where she truly fits in and where could feel like home. Perhaps with spending more time with Denver she can get to see that Lake Starlight could be that home – with him added on as a bonus.

Love that Dori always has to play a part with getting people together. Even when you don’t see her you know she is pulling the strings somewhere with getting all her grandchildren happy and paired off. The rest of the clan pops up throughout but this time around they are not telling Denver what to do with his life but making him decide for himself. Time to grow up and take charge, you might end up liking the results. Another great read from a series I really like.

4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Christmas with a Spy’ by Cynthia Eden

Title: Christmas with a Spy

Published: 27th September 2016

Publisher: Hocus Pocus Publishing

Author: Cynthia Eden

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Blurb:

Heat up your holiday with some sexy suspense…

Everyone in town thinks that Jemma White is as sweet as the delicious treats she makes at her chocolate shop—but they’re wrong. Jemma is ready to let her wild side out, and she’s just found the perfect man to make all of her fantasies come true.

Grayson Cole is a too-sexy-to-be-true stranger who has escaped to Holly for the holidays. He is her perfect temptation, and Jemma can’t wait to steam up the cold winter nights with him. But when danger from Grayson’s past follows him to town, she realizes that the man she is falling for has been keeping some very dark secrets…secrets that may just get them both killed.

Author’s Note: CHRISTMAS WITH A SPY is a sexy holiday romance with a touch of suspense. It was originally published as THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS in the ALL HE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS collection back in 2015, but it is now available as a stand-alone title.

 

Review:

If you’re looking for a sweet like chocolate Christmas reading treat then this could be the short book for you. Chocolate, romance and bit of danger thrown in for good measure, what’s not to like. Who wouldn’t want a hero to come rescue them when the need arises?

Jemma is all ready to close up her chocolate shop having had enough for one day when something sweeter than everything combined walks right in. A fantasy come to life in the form of Grayson. He might just be meeting a friend but soon sees the merit for them picking this shop in town. One look at this handsome stranger and she is starting to want to let her hair down and have a little fun. Good job he feels the same by asking her out.

Grayson might seem sweet and sexy but he has a secret, one that might be about to bring some trouble to the quiet town of Holly. He needed a break and when an old friend, the Sheriff, told him to come if he ever needed to get away he finally jumped at the idea. Never more glad after seeing the lovely Jemma. He can see that she has some secrets of her own and longs for her to trust him and tell all.

Chemistry flying as high as the sparks but nothing ever runs that smoothly. Danger following one or the other causes a stir so I guess it’s a good job Grayson has that protective streak in him as it looks like he’s going to need it to keep Jemma safe.

A fun quick read that had romance and suspense mixed together to create an interesting story. Chocolate too and that can’t hurt! Getting you hooked on the town and making you want to get to know all the other people in town, especially the Sheriff. Time to book a trip to Holly soon I think.

4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Class is in Session’ by Laura Westbrook

Title: Class is in Session

Published: 1st June 2019

Publisher: Lakewood Hills Publishing

Author: Laura Westbrook

Twitter: @WestbrookWriter

 

Blurb:

He only has eyes for her, but will he cross that line in order to claim her?

At nineteen years old, Kara wants one thing, and that’s graduating college in three years. She’s failed the last history class with a different professor, and she needs this time to be different. Her future career is on the line.

Jack Howard knows how to keep his classroom under control, yet under all those layers is a man who knows what he wants. The day Kara walks into his classroom, he has a hunch she’ll be trouble. He knows she’ll be all he thinks about. With her short skirts and long legs, keeping his history notes straight might be a challenge this semester.

This is the last thing he needs…and yet, exactly what he’s been waiting for.

If you enjoy steamy romance stories with alpha men, guilty pleasures, happily ever afters, no cliffhangers, no cheating, and a touch over-the-top, then you’ll love Class is in Session. Get your fix with a story that hits the spot and doesn’t take all year to read.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a teacher in it. Short, sweet and spicy when it comes to this read. Kara’s meeting with her professor Jack turns out a little different than expected.

So Kara has a bit of a soft spot for her History professor and tries to get to the front of class whenever she can. Mainly just so she can stare a bit and not so much to get picked on to answer questions. Stress of life and all its troubles put a strain on her revision time. His is one of her favourite classes and she loves that she gets to call him Jack, only person in the class to do so. He also appears to be interested in her life outside of the classroom too. Can you guess why?

So a trip to his office after class fills in a whole lot of blanks as to how he feels and what he wants them to be. He’s just hoping that it matches what she wants. He may come across as a little bit manipulative in how he gets her alone, and later what they get up to, but I think that feelings had started to progress for a while on both sides before bringing them together when the time was right. Seems our professor is pretty much in love with Kara and wants nothing more than to start a relationship with her.

To say that Kara is gob smacked would be putting it mildly but that gets pushed aside the moment he kisses her. Once that line has been crossed there is no turning back, not that it looks like either of them want to any time soon given what then takes place in that office. Time to take things slow now professor if you want her to think this is about more than just trying to get your leg over. Good job someone knocks at just the right – or maybe wrong – time. All I’ll say is that that must be some placed bookcase to keep more than one thing hidden.

I feel like as a reader we have come into the story right near the end so you have to imagine how the connection has slowly been forming for months before this point. A few more chapters before the start might have flushed out the characters a bit more to get inside their heads but for a short read it was fun all the same.

4 out of 5 stars

I am a Beta reader for the author and received this ARC for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Cupid’s Anonymous’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Cupid’s Anonymous (Cupids Book 1)

Published: 16th July 2019

Publisher: Lila Monroe Books

Author: Lila Monroe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lilamonroebooks

Twitter: @lilawrites

 

Blurb:

Rule #1 Don’t get hit by your own arrow.

I’m a professional Cyrano – minus the honking great nose. Need a love note, raunchy sext, or apology letter so epic that your other half will forget you hesitated a beat too long when you asked, ‘does this make me look fat?’? I’ve got you covered. But when my most frequent client, the annoyingly charming (or is that charmingly annoying?) Dylan Griffin comes to me with an unconventional new job, I discover that three little words can add up to one BIG complication…

Because Dylan doesn’t want help seducing another swimsuit model (for once in his life). He wants my help winning over his high-school crush (aka, his one true love) – and he’s prepared to make it worth my while. Throw in a summer Catskills trip that’s equal parts ‘Dirty Dancing’ and dirty-talking, and this Cupid is soon out of her depth – and head over heels with the last man I expected. But can I find the right words when it comes to my own heart? Or will this happily ever end in disaster?

Find out in the sparkling new romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monro

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book your mum would love. Classic fun romcom read, what’s not to love.

Poppy is your personal Cyrano – need a helping hand finding just the right words of love, or maybe just an apology, she’s your girl. Her best and most frequent client is Dylan, someone who seems content to plough through most of New York, one right on from the other. He owns the Griffin hotels and thinks he has finally made something of himself. This all comes to a head in his mind when at a party he sees someone from his past – Jasmine, his unattainable dream girl. A crush from his geeky school days where he couldn’t string two sentences together around her – not much has changed with that then. Step in Poppy to the rescue. If she can make Jasmine fall in love with him he will give her $50k. Talk about an incentive – she could use the money to really push her business. But Jasmine is a hard nut to crack and her and Dylan just don’t click at all. Something him and Poppy seem to do in spades without realising it. That is until a drunken night out ending in a heated make out session clears that up. Well for a moment until they decide that it shouldn’t have happened and she should get back to helping him.

Help he needs with the week ahead at his new hotels soft opening that he invited Jasmine to. He needs his romance guru Poppy along for the ride. An all expenses paid trip away in luxury hotel, yes please. Trying to stop thinking about a devil of kiss while getting said hot lips to click with another, not so good for Poppy. She does want to help him and Jasmine but the more she does the more they seem to pull apart leading him back to Poppy. Mainly to apologize with wine and cake when he’s messed up – yes please! They just act themselves when together, no front, so you can see the almost kisses again a mile off. Nothing runs smoothly for long, especially when ex’s pop up – hello falling on your ass a lot!

Seems the moment Dylan stops looking at what he thought he wanted and starts to see what is right in front of him the better because you know from the heat they are putting off its going to be hot. Shame old insecurities and long pauses rock the boat. Clear heads needed to see what they really want. Can Dylan find the right words on his own to get the one he really wants?

Great chemistry between Poppy and Dylan, started with friendship leading to more, even though they weren’t looking for it. Probably why they worked well as there was no pretending to be someone they weren’t, as they have known each other for a year. Clicking with how their minds work without truly seeing it to begin with. The drunken night that changed it all was their starting point to something great. Well as long as they don’t put up barriers to stop themselves finding the real thing.

Dylan’s friends Kyle and Sarah were fun. Loved it when Sarah gave him a piece of her mind. Just the right push he needed to get his head out of his ass and fix things. Loved Poppy’s friends April and Natalie too, going to be fun getting to know them more in next books. Another fun, sexy, romcom read that is sure to entertain so I think it’s time I moved onto the next.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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