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Book Review: ‘Perfect Match’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Perfect Match

Published: 13th November 2017

Author: Lila Monroe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lilamonroebooks

Twitter: @lilawrites

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7109533.Lila_Monroe

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/Lila-Monroe/e/B00SRZKWN0

 

Synopsis:

“Stranded up a cliff-face? Check. Pants ripped open for all the world (and my sexy boss) to see? Double check. Never mind my professional reputation, the only thing I can think is: why, oh why did I have to wear a thong today?”

Jack Callahan has the hottest smile in tech. And as for his ass…ets – well, there’s a reason he’s the biggest playboy in town. But thanks to douche-bro investors and my snake of a college nemesis (don’t ask), he’s also my last shot to take my new dating app from kick-ass idea to world-conquering, million-dollar reality.

There’s just one problem: he doesn’t believe you can make a program for love.

With my future on the line, I set him a challenge: if I can use the app to find his soulmate, he’ll invest in my company. Simple, right?

Wrong.

It turns out, Jack’s cocky attitude pushes my buttons – in all the sexiest, most infuriating ways. My research tells me he’s the absolute worst guy in the world for me… so why can’t I keep my hands off him? And with my deadline approaching fast, how will I choose between my big break – or a broken heart?

 

Review:

Another funny, sexy, comical read with this one so if you love Lila’s other books here’s another one to check out.

McKenna has created a dating app with a difference, one that uses a mathematical algorithm to help you find ‘the one’. It’s perfect; she just needs the backing to see her creation go live – step in Jack Callahan. McKenna is one determined woman when it comes to getting an appointment with the one and only Jack Callahan. His is a very wealthy tech backer who likes to take risks on up and coming businesses so her hope lands squarely on him. Shame his views on dating apps aren’t good. If nothing else she knows she managed to make a lasting impression on him. Namely by stalking him to his rock climbing gym after her meeting seems to have been messed up. He might be intrigued that she’d follow him that far but if she wants to talk she has to join him at the top. Not good for someone scared of heights. Her view looking up at him might be one to make her pulse race but it’s her fear of having to look down that might make her pass out. He thinks she’ll either leave or climb, but why do either when a ladder is just as effective. He may be impressed with her skills but its not enough to sweeten a deal. He’s happy with his dating apps – the ones that they are good for hook-ups and nothing more. Be careful what you mention as McKenna’s computer savvy employee might be able to have some fun with that.

Jack is one smooth, sexy, confident man who is a bit of a distraction at first for McKenna but she still tries to put that aside to get the deal she needs. A way to have some fun to show him that her site is a whole lot better than some others out there is to play around with some of his chosen ‘dates’. After a few disasters it seems that he is finally available to listen. He gives her a chance for her to prove her app works before he backs her, one she may regret. She’s got 6 weeks to make him fall in love with someone else. Shame the longer she spends with him to get his profile perfect the more she starts to like him herself. An imperfect match but you know how the saying goes, opposites attract.

The chemistry between them is a slow burn as they start very much seeing the other as a business partner. But you know that’s going out the window the moment they have a few lingering looks, dates in the dark and traumatic events. Rock climbing when scared of heights just to play along with his games is not a good idea McKenna. Especially when wearing very tight gym gear and a thong – need I say more? It’s the moment the spark just explodes for them that things start to get interesting. To say he pounces on her after a whispered ‘Goodnight’ would be an understatement. She may want to keep things professional but their feelings can’t stay at bay for long. With the deadline looming for ‘the one’, the app and their passions you know its not going to be long before something, or someone, cracks under the pressure.

Loved McKenna’s friends/employees Riley and Warren and that characters from the others in the series pop up and are interlinked with each other. All books can be read alone but they are as fun and hot as each other so why not read them all.

I did think she forgave him a little too easily at the end after him acting like a complete asshole. He might have done a big gesture but I think a bit more explaining and groveling was in order.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Heartthrob’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Heartthrob (All-Stars Book3)

Published: 28th November 2018

Author: Katie McCoy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiemccoyauthor

 

Synopsis:

Move over, Colin Firth – there’s a new Darcy in town!

Jax Hawthorne is Hollywood’s sexiest bad boy. I’m a glorified secretary who thinks color-coding my library is a wild Friday night. So when he shows up after all this time wanting to make good on our childhood deal to tie the knot, it’s not because he can’t resist my perfect credit score.

He needs a fake girlfriend to rehab his reckless image, and I’m the (safe, sensible) girl for the job. I would be insulted… if the proposal didn’t come with an all-expenses-paid trip to England while he shoots a new movie version of ‘Pride & Prejudice.’

Goodbye, my dumpster fire of a dating life. Hello, steamy nights with a chiseled hunk who knows all the right moves.

Soon, I’m knee-deep in the English mud – and on-set drama. But all our fake-smoldering is getting my very real panties in a twist. It turns out, Jax is so much more than just a reckless playboy. He makes me want to forget our ‘arrangement’… and break all the rules.

Can our pretend romance turn to something real? Or will scheming actresses, control-freak PR crews, and a pesky little thing called love ruin the best (fake) relationship of my life?

 

Review:

Another fun, feisty, hot little read to blast through in a few hours. Jax Hawthorne, Hollywood’s sexy bad boy, needs an image makeover to land the role of a lifetime. With a little help from an old childhood friend he might just get that.

Penny almost feels like she is scraping the barrel when it comes to dating and the more blind dates or internet dates she goes on the more she thinks she should just give up. One last shot is what she thinks, mainly the try and get her ex out of her head, but she should really just listen to her gut. Her current ‘date’ seems to pale in comparison the moment things get a little too handsy but thankfully Jax is there to intervene when needed. She recognized him the moment she got to the bar with her friend but didn’t think for a moment that he would recognize her. It seemed a lifetime ago that they were kids playing together to escape their parents but she still remembers the pack that they made. The one that said that it they weren’t married by the time she was 25 they’d marry each other. His reasoning that friendship is better than love. Well that thought comes right to the front of her mind when he steps in – can you guess her age people? Seems he wants to catch up but she just wants to leave, well until her ex and the girl he dumped her for turn up. Seems Jax is a very convincing fake date to get her ex all flustered. Seems faking a date is one thing that could lead to something a lot more interesting.

Jax has wanted to land a must-have role for a while but the producers are concerned with his wild, bad boy image. They need to see that he has changed his ways and what better way to do that than by getting serious with someone. Well as serious as a fake relationship that is, but the woman has to be a safe bet, calm with no drama. While he is away on the set of his new film version of Pride & Prejudice she would be there to show off to the press to create the perfect romance love story. A film our very sexy leading man plays the delectable Mr. Darcy. The first person that comes to his mind is Penny. He might first just be thinking she is the safe bet, someone who might be interested in an all expenses paid trip to England, but somewhere deeper he is thinking about the woman herself. Not in a fake way at all.

A deal is struck but its not long before their ‘fake’ relationship starts to feel very much like a ‘real’ one. Let’s just say that teasing the guy while playing pool with unbuttoning your dress is one sure way to get a reaction out of him. One she very much enjoys. The thing with the fake relationship is that Penny can never really see whether the time they spend together is because he does want to be there or if there might be some press around who can capture the moment. Lines are soon very much crossed and when they are things get a whole lot hotter. The chemistry was building right from the start and you knew it wasn’t going to take much to push them over the edge. With his image being front-and-centre in his PR Stella’s mind though you know she is always going to be thinking of the best angle to sell her product – that being Jax. Whether Penny gets caught in the crossfire is not her problem it seems but its whether Jax can see through all the fakeness to what’s really in front of him that things might start to change. Whether he can handle what’s real or not is something else entirely.

Another great read by Katie that will have you stitches one moment and fanning yourself down in the next. Thought Morgan was a right laugh and great friend for Penny so hope she pops up in future books, or has one of her own. Couples from the first two books make an appearance which was fun as its always good to see them after their own story ends. Penny and Jax have some hard choices coming there way, let’s see if they make the right ones.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘The Sugar Baby Club’ by Teresa Lo

 

Published: 22nd March 2017

Author: Teresa Lo

Facebook: www.facebook.com/teresalowriter

Twitter: @teresalo_tweets

 

Synopsis:

Sick of “hanging out” and hookup culture, college freshman Jasmine Lewis decides to try out a new kind of dating—sugar dating. After watching a documentary about sugar daddies, she and her roommate Kita Okoye sign up for Searching Sweet Sugar, a sugar dating site that promises to change young girls’ lives for the better. After meeting a few salt daddies, terrible men who abuse the system, Jasmine and Kita land the sugar daddies of their dreams, men who shower them with money, Louis Vuitton, and vacations. Their newfound, glamorous lifestyle attracts the attention of girls in their residence hall, and soon, Jasmine and Kita find themselves running a make shift dating agency from their dorm room.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a beautiful cover. The cover is very creative and fun. When college guys just don’t cut it these girls start to look for something a bit more high-end. Sugar dating seems to be the way to go but that doesn’t mean a few salts don’t get in there too.

The story starts with Jasmine and Kita after a bit of a disappointing night out that ends with them being taken in by police after being found clearly tipsy back on campus. Bad to worse when Kita’s father starts pushing his weight around. Her dream of studying in Paris for a year being pushed right out the window when he refuses to pay anymore. Though really I think he was just waiting for her to mess up so she wouldn’t get to go. Dreams crushed she knows there’s no way to get the 40k needed but it seems Jasmine might have found a way. Mainly after she sees a website called Searching Sweet Sugar. Explaining just how much money and gifts they could get while being treated like a princess. An idea is born were they will sign up to see just what they could get. The sugar daddies range in ages from 20s to 60s and their wages increasing with age. Jasmine decides Paris seems like a good idea too as her prospects at school with art are failing. They have a year to make 80k. What could possibly go wrong?

Seems to get a good sugar daddy you have to go through a few salts. Those guys you just want to stay clear of but lessons need to be learned. A few weeks in and they seem to be doing ok with the treats they’ve been given – cash, shoes, diamond bracelets and a holiday to paradise. Trip not in vain it seems when a local guy gives them some sleepy powder that might just come in handy if they really don’t want to go there with a daddy. Its not long though before they seem to get attached to certain daddies – Jasmine with Matthew who wants a fairytale romance vibe and Kita with Tyson an artist in the making – but is that really wise when feelings get involved?

Britney’s soon to follow in with the fun that can be had but she may be feeling a little closer to Jasmine than her sugar daddies. Seems once word gets out more and more want to join them. Soon the Sugar Baby Club is born. Jasmine and Kita plan on helping the girls weed out the salts for a cut of what the girls might make. Got to get that Paris fund growing! With very strict campus policies though they don’t seem as clued in one what could go down if they get caught. What could possibly go wrong when these girls put their heads together?

Amusing comical read following these girls through the trials of sugar dating. Some fail some pass but all seem to get what they want out of it in the end. That goes for both parties too.

Side note: Eggs are funny for payback for whatever the reason so people should watch out.


4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Hot Bachelor’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Hot Bachelor

Published: 26th July 2017

Author: Katie McCoy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiemccoyauthor

 

Synopsis:

He’s off-limits… and we’re breaking all the rules!

I just landed my dream summer gig: working as a production assistant on TV’s smash-hit reality show, Ever After. Two months of sun and fun at the beach? Sign me up! Until the moment I come face to face with this season’s bachelor, racing’s bad boy Dash – aka, the mysterious hottie I just hooked up with at a creepy motel off the I-80.

Can you say, awkward?

Dash is sexy, charming – and totally off-limits. But the chemistry between us is way too hot to ignore. He’s playing to win, and he’s got his sights set on the prize: me!

Soon, the action is heating up off-screen. But between ratings-hungry producers, back-stage drama, and twelve of the most cutthroat glamazon contestants known to womankind, I’m in way over my head. Can I find my happily-ever-after, or will it be lights, camera, heartbreak?

The Bachelor gets a rom-com twist in Katie McCoy’s hilarious, sexy new read!
**HOT BACHELOR is a full-length standalone rom-com with HEA. This bonus edition also includes another full-length romance by Katie, GAME ON. **

 

Review:

Loved the book from start to finish. Comedy, banter, passion, romance and drama throughout, and that’s just off camera. What’s not to love when Dash and Paige get going with the back and forth? Ever After may be just a show but from the way things heat up between them the real happily ever after might be happening off screen.

Comical banter, frustration and passion are where we start from the plane to the car ride and then the motel room but it’s the ending that will make you swoon. Dash sure knows how to make up for his stupidity. Something I think we can all be very glad about. Spark from the start and both seem to be on a mission to get to the same place so it’s only right that they help each other out. No full names are given but with the chemistry building on the car ride when they get to the motel room – after she has been a bit freaked out by being by herself with what’s happening next door – she is all too happy to share for a bit. Seems sharing snacks isn’t all either of them want but it appears a phone call puts a stop to that with Dash having to dash off. Paige just thinks that the crazy trip with be a fun one to remember but she gets a bit of a shock when the suitor on the programme she has been hired to be a PA on is none other than her motel hook-up. Queue tension people this is about to get interesting.

You know reality shows are manufactured creations the producers want you to see but it doesn’t stop you craving them every now and then. Here we have a behind the scenes look at Ever After with Dash as the suitor with 12 women vying for his attention. Only problem is that it’s a red headed PA he wants but one who keeps trying to stay away no matter the pull they feel with each other. Well you know that won’t last.

The more they try to keep their distance the more fate and schedules seem to put them together. There’s only so much they can take before the tension makes them snap. A kiss is where it started and they sure go from 0 to 100 on the passion-o-metre. Which would be fine if they didn’t keep getting interrupted. Though every interruption is a bit funnier than the last when they try to stay a step ahead of being caught. Think they like the thrill of it to begin with but it’s hard for Paige to see where they might be going when she has to see him on the show. What’s real and what’s fake seem to be running through her mind. They were meant to be a bit of fun but the longer they spend together the closer they get. Telling each other things no one else knows. It’s like they have known each other forever but when the chips are down do they really know each other at all. With how quick one is to judge the other not so much. You just hope they will get their gear in order to correct their mistakes before its too late. We want a real happily ever after and not the shows ‘illusion’ version.

Side note: Patrick is a vial creepy producer that you wish Dash would just punch. His illusion for the show is all he cares about not anybody themselves. Well not completely true as he does care about himself.

Great characters that draw you in to a world of comical mishaps and there’s a lot of passion thrown into the mix too. First book I’ve read of Katie McCoy so would definitely want to check out any others.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Mr Right-Now’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Mr Right-Now

Published: 28th July 2017

Author: Lila Monroe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lilamonroebooks

Twitter: @lilawrites

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7109533.Lila_Monroe

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Lila-Monroe/e/B00SRZKWN0

 

Synopsis:

“I’m face-down in forty glorious inches of well-endowed cake, seriously reassessing my life choices, when suddenly I hear it. The voice that launched a thousand teenage boy-band dreams. My #1 crush, Drew Delaney himself.”

Ten years ago, Drew was boy-band royalty: the subject of a million teenage fantasies – and the guy next door. He was so far out of my league, I couldn’t see him for stars, but now I’m back in town for our high-school reunion, guess who I run into but Mr. Right-Now himself…

Older. Hotter. And still sexy enough to make me forget about the glittery white frosting currently smeared across my chest.

Sparks are flying, and so are my panties, and soon, our trip down memory lane has taken a detour to ‘oh my god, don’t stop!’ Population: me.

But can I turn Mr. Right-Now into Mr. Forever? Or will crazed fans, vicious yoga moms, and three dozen flesh-toned popsicles (don’t ask) doom our romance to the ‘Where are they now?’ section of MTV’s greatest hits?

You’ll be begging for a taste of Lila Monroe’s new sexy, laugh-out-loud summer romance!

Review:

So who’s up for a deliciously naughty sweet flavored read? Then check this out, it doesn’t disappoint. A comedy romance read at its best, trust me on this. Like many others I’m guessing I love the beginning. Cake creation disaster when a bit of a miscommunication turns one idea for a cake into something very naughty. A 40inch cock cake makes quite a statement but more so when you land face first into it after running down a corridor. Could it get anymore embarrassing for our girl Maggie? “I sit up, wondering how this moment could get any worse. Apparently, the answer is a metric fuck-ton.” The answer to that being a big fat yes when the one person who sees her is the one that still makes her heart, among other places, pulse.

Maggie Hayes is a creator of all sorts of naughty sweet baked goods. Seriously it will make you hungry just thinking about them, all I wanted was a cupcake. After her dream bakery in Manhattan shuts down from competition down the road she finds herself heading back home to her teenage room with her parents to regroup. She has no long term plans to stick around, just long enough to get a plan together. She soon finds being home has a very big perk though when her mother tells her Drew – her high school crush and old boy-next-door – is back in Philly too. Things might soon be looking up or I guess when you get to it down, as that’s the direction she falls into something sweet.

Drew Delaney was the boy-next-door turned boy band star that still manages to get her pulse racing with just the mention of his name. The first crush is usually the hardest to get over but when you see that said boy crush has turned into one hell of a hot man you can see why it might heat up again. Seems the cake disaster soon turns into something a whole lot sweeter. The moment Drew sees Maggie all grown up he wants a taste and not just one. He seems happy to be home in Philly building a new life behind the scenes with music, more so than he ever did when he was in the lime light but that call is never too far away. Coming home was what felt right to him with his career but it seems meeting that someone special might be what he was looking for all along.

Seems the cock-cake miscommunication turns into something good when Maggie’s certain skills are sort after. The naughtier the better they say and she can certainly think up some creative ideas. That’s not all she is creative with as her and Drew soon start reliving some high school pastimes – making out in the back seat of a car, under the bleachers, a school classroom. They might start out innocent enough but the pull and heat coming from those two you know it’s not long before the clothes started flying. Embarrassing moments do seem to follow them both but that just makes for a great funny read, wondering what they are going to get caught doing next. Chemistry and banter is off the charts for these two but is this just a bit of fun to pass the time or could it be for keeps? Mr. Right-Now or Mr. Forever?

Can’t have a funny comedy romance read without some drama too and it comes along for the ride trying to cause trouble. Lets hope this sugary sweet couple can stick together. Great side characters too with each of their sisters, his old band mate and her mother. She certainly tried to get her daughter to revert back to teenager mode when she came back to stay. Loved the bachelorette party and a certain favour she ropes Drew into helping with. She definitely returned the favour in kind. Couldn’t think of a better ending either, as cracking as the start. Another great read by Lila and I would definitely recommend her books.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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