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Book Review: ‘Very Irresistible Playboy’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Very Irresistible Playboy (Billionaire Bachelors Book 1)

Published: 22nd January 2018

Publisher: Lila Monroe Books

Author: Lila Monroe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lilamonroebooks

Twitter: @lilawrites

 

Synopsis:

A hot & hilarious STANDALONE romantic comedy for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lauren Blakely, and Julia Kent! Now a USA Today bestseller!*

Hot bachelor Max Carlisle is heir to a media empire, tabloid catnip, and… wants to hire me to be his fake fiancée. I know what it takes to keep a billionaire in line, but signing up for seven days in close quarters with this Very Irresistible Playboy? It’s just asking for trouble. The kind of thrilling, reckless trouble I could use a little more of since my career is currently ass-backwards in a mud bath with six shih-tzus (don’t ask).

So do I:
a) Take the job, and bicker wildly every step of the way?
b) Embark on a mad-cap treasure hunt to claim his billion-dollar inheritance?
c) Try my hardest not to fall head-over-heels in love with him and wind up having the best sex of my life?
d) All of the above?

Something tells me I’m about to be way out of my league… and under the most handsome, infuriating man I’ve ever met. But with a fortune on the line, can we beat out his crazy relatives to win the prize? And will our fake relationship be game over at the finish line?

 

Review:

Taking a job with a difference to lend a helping hand ends up leading to one hell of a fun adventure treasure hunt with passion and heat thrown in for good measure. Hallie say hello to hot bachelor Max, and get ready for an adventure.

These books always have to have a funny first encounter with the leads. Hallie is at a very interesting wedding where the bride and groom are having a lot of fun, just not with each other. Each to their own ideals when she gets told how things really are by a devilishly handsome guy called Max. Cupcake stealth mode to keep them going before the food gets served but it’s when he needs her to help him out with something that things get interesting. He might have asked her for a drink – she’s working so no – but mainly it’s so he can hide away from the bride’s mother who wants him. Sure way to do that would be a hot kiss. Fan me down, now that’s a first impression. The one good thing to come out of a very strange wedding, as she soon ends up in a lake with dogs – read to find out.

After needing new camera equipment due to the strange wedding Hallie knows she needs a job stat. This is where she encounters Olivia who runs The Agency – a high-end company that helps the high flyers out. Need a pretend girlfriend; someone to go to functions to network with the right people, a trust fund problem that needs a helping hand, then this is the place for you. Seems Olivia thinks Hallie is the perfect person for a new client of hers and as she’s down on her luck job wise – camera went in lake with her – she agrees to at least meet the guy. The job would be to spend a week in Palm Beach with him as his girlfriend, along with his family, to help smooth the waters between them and big him up when the need arises, no funny business at all – it’s not ‘that’ kind of agency. The Carlisle’s, as in Carlisle Publishing, could be the foot in the door she’s been waiting for to become a fully fledge photographer, not just an assistant. This job comes with a big paycheck, $50k big, something she needs to really think on. Olivia thinks she’s perfect for the job because she’s almost been doing something like it for years with being a PA for Jack Callahan, so she knows how to run interference when needed. With the week that’s coming she’s going to need all she’s got.

Talk about getting a shock/nice surprise when she sees who the client would be. With the chemistry between them is the job wise to take? Doesn’t take long for Max to get her to say yes, though both are wishing the ‘yes’ were to something more after only a short time with each other. Anyone fancy a treasure hunt? I have a feeling this one is going to get interesting very fast with what’s at stake. Max might like the thrill of the chase with women but this is something else at stake. He wants to do it for one reason, the look of excitement on Hallie’s face when they get a clue right. A madcap adventure is on the cards, one they both seem to love. Their chemistry won’t be denied for too long though and lines are soon to be blurred in the best way possible. Hello hot fun times on this weeks’ getaway! Love the line: “So much for staying professional. But fuck, if that’s what breaking the rules feels like, sign me up for more.” What happens when the games end and real life comes knocking? Living in a fantasy is fun but can it become a reality.

I like how all the stories link in with past ones. A linear world they all belong in. Hallie’s old boss Jack is from Perfect Match and when she mentions her brother it’s from Christmas with the Billionaire. Fun how everyone is connected from one book to the next but not completely like it is a series. Another fun read with an amusing treasure hunt along with some hot passion thrown in for good measure.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Christmas with the Billionaire’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Christmas with the Billionaire (Lucky in Love Book 6)

Published: 28th November 2017

Publisher: Lila Monroe Books

Author: Lila Monroe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lilamonroebooks

Twitter: @lilawrites

 

Synopsis:

Spice up the holiday season with the hilarious new holiday novella from Lila Monroe.

Dressing up as a sexy elf to sing Christmas hits isn’t exactly the glittering Broadway career I had planned. The only thing more humiliating than my outfit is coming face-to-face with Oliver Gage, the sexy big-shot theatre producer who just crushed my dreams. He’s arrogant, infuriating… and did I mention how sexy he is?

I’ve sworn never to get comfy on the casting couch, but when we’re snowed in together upstate, it’s looking like a pretty good place to spend the night. Soon, sparks – and my panties – are flying.

Who said Christmas only had to come once a year?

 

Review:

Spicing things up this holiday season? Well Jill is about to make one hell of an impression on Oliver. Seems a little Serendipity was on the cards on and off the stage with these two.

Auditioning is hard enough at the best of times but when the people who asked you in for a call back are ignoring you it gets a lot harder. At this point Jill has had enough, she has spent years honing her craft for this. Think it’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back and she all but lets the director and producer have it. She makes an impression all right as stunned silence follows her outburst. Not her best move when Oliver is the one person who could make or break her career. Storming off back into the snowy night to wallow would be good but when a job comes in, one to pay the bills, she can’t say no. Well who wouldn’t want to be a waitress/singer/dancer for a well off Christmas party? As long as there isn’t a costume she will be fine – hello sexy elf!

Oliver is trying to get his next production off the ground but can’t seem to cast the right person. At a networking do a waitress starts to draw his eye. He feels he knows her from somewhere and gets a little amused when he realizes she is the woman who gave him a piece of her mind earlier. The outfit is something that might take a while to get out of his head but it’s her voice that holds him when all of the ‘elves’ start to sing. She is clearly the best of the bunch, which is making him question why he didn’t give her more of his attention at the audition.

Now two encounters is one thing but a third really is Serendipity. While on the way back from the party, as the train stops due to bad weather, they find themselves stranded. He can’t just leave her there when he has somewhere that he can take her. Love the line she comes back with though after he asks her: “All right, I’m coming. But if you’re taking me back to your murder den, I’m just saying there better be food.” Glad she had her priorities straight. Lots of funny, witty one-liners like that from both which made me laugh throughout.

Luckily Oliver has somewhere for them to go – his parents place. Well with the whole family there you know questions are going to arise and the first would be to assume that Jill is his new girlfriend. When he is about to say no Jill takes the lead saying they are for a little funny payback. Seems this is the start of a funny few days, as they can’t get back to the city due to the weather. A few laughs with his family are fun to start with but when they are shown to a guest room to share it seems a little too real for Jill. She doesn’t know him, and even though you could cut the sexual tension with a knife, she doesn’t plan on sharing a bed. Well not yet anyway. That tension is going to explode and when it does you know they will see fireworks. Thing is what about when the bubble bursts on their snowed in break and the real world comes into play?

Jill might want to get a great part but not to be seen getting it that way. She wanted him for him, not what he could do for her career. He wants her and is willing to stand aside so she can get the job of a lifetime. Seems they both want each other but is it enough? Let’s hope some Christmas magic can sprinkle its dust on these two with their Serendipity ways. Another fun, flirty read by one of my favourite chill out reads author. On to the rest is my motto.

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: ‘Holy Crap! The World is Ending!’ by Anna-Marie Abell

Title: Holy Crap! The World is Ending! How a Trip to the Bookstore Led to Sex with an Alien and the Destruction of Earth (The Anunnaki Chronicles Book 1)

Published: 26th December 2017

Publisher: Alien Abduction Press

Author: Anna-Marie Abell

Facebook: www.facebook.com/booksbyanna

Twitter: @writtenbyanna

Instagram: www.instagram.com/booksbyanna

 

Synopsis:

End Times Are Here! Now you can eat whatever you want and not care if you gain weight.

Autumn, a food and wine obsessed ad executive (who for the purpose of this retelling asked to be portrayed as drool-inducing hot with kick-ass ninja skills), has just been handed the task of saving all of humanity.

Here’s the deal. The president has just announced that the Earth is going to collide with a rogue moon, and in the process, our entire planet is going to be smashed to bits. As one would expect, upon hearing this news, humans went ballistic. No car was left unrolled—but oddly enough, Taco Bell remained open and made unfathomable profits in the last days. Apparently, Doritos Locos® Tacos were a popular last meal.

After drinking a bottle of wine and inhaling a wheel of Brie cheese, Autumn hijacks a spaceship and races to save her fellow humans with the help of her unbelievably sexy alien boyfriend and her kleptomaniac friend with fire-retardant hair. The task is simple enough, just loot the Ark of the Covenant from a secret government bunker under a department store in Arkansas and use it to convince the entire human race to come together in one giant group hug. No problem, right? Along the way, Autumn will discover just how sheltered people are from the truth of extraterrestrials and their power to either protect us or destroy us.

Stupid government.

Grab a bottle of wine, a spaceship full of snacks, and prepare to take a ride on this humorous chick lit romantic sci-fi paranormal adventure. If you crave a little sexy time in your reading, are into Ancient Aliens, conspiracy theories, UFOs, are curious if we were genetically engineered (like the Sumerian cuneiform texts claim), and are dying to find out the meaning of life, then this book is for you.

 

Review:

I think the title kind of says it all really so just hold on for a fun filled ride with lots of food thrown in for good measure – you’ll get that when you read it! You will find that Autumn likes her ‘what if’ questions. Not simple ones either, more like ‘what if flaming cats came out of his eyes’, you know that sort of thing.

So Autumn gets a shocked first encounter with ‘Mr. New Age’ at the bookstore. He seems to be a little different than other guys she’s met. Well with him being part of an alien race called Anunnaki from Nibiru, or what we call Planet X, it would kind of make sense. Seems this planet comes close to Earth every few thousand years. Just not as a good omen as last time it caused the great flood – you know the one with Noah. Now this race it seems appeared to have created humans – among other mythical creatures that is; mermaids, centaurs, unicorns and dragons to name a few. Creative bunch you could say. Meeting once would be a chance encounter but more than once, along with a feeling of being watched, you know that Autumn is going to want some answers to why she feels so connected to someone she doesn’t know.

Seems Rigel, aka Mr. New Age, has a bit of explaining to do about light beings and why he seems to be keeping an eye on her. His kind first came to Earth to mine its gold and that’s why they created the human race, to mine for them. They also realised that if they ingested the gold in liquid form then they could live longer and eventually morph into light. Nice quick way to get around it seems.

Seems their souls are calling each other, connected in a way that pulls the other near. Out of body experiences to get closer to the other? Hot connection to the extreme. Well this kind of connection between them might have to take a back seat though when her over active mind starts ticking things over. Namely by finding out said Planet X is coming in close again to Earth. So what if the Anunnaki have decided to fix another mistake in their design by wiping the humans out again so they can start the whole process over – the flood 2.0?

Some research is in order and this is where her bookstore buddy comes into play. ‘The Hair’ come ‘Zarf’, though real name Devon, is there to lend a hand – even if he thinks her a little strange with what she is looking for. Quick off the mark giving a space name when she asked, as she had been wanting to find out information on light beings. He’s Zarf and she’s Zooloo and both as quirky as the other. Looking into Greek myths to see what happened when a God would punish someone for breaking a rule is enough to make her question whether she should really see Rigel again. An Anunnaki and human cannot be together, not anymore anyway as they know what a possible outcome would be. Half gods, half humans – Nephilim – with none of the humans’ compassion but all gods’ strength and height. Something that could fight them it seems. Also seems all Anunnaki have gifts, not good when directed at you.

Myth goes that God created the universe down to a tee but to do so he had to create enough of a spark – hello big bang. This in turn split his soul in two. Great Prophecy says that these two souls will be drawn back together to create balance, for the universes to become one. They would tie back together with one blue light and one gold so the Creator would be made whole again. The thing is Autumn has a blue soul. Would this be the start of the Prophecy or the start of a terrible downfall?

Inanna was an interesting character who is the enforcer of the no mating rule between humans and the Anunnaki. She shows up at just the wrong time for Autumn’s liking. Sparks and souls were literally flying. Autumn’s best friend Emma seems to take her crazy explanations in her stride. Oh sure ok you met an alien, the race that created us, had an orgasmic kiss/soul explosion and the world might be coming to an end. Ok let’s eat while we can. Enlil on the other hand is a right dick who clearly isn’t on humans’ side. He just wants them gone, no matter what the prophecy could mean. The fact Autumn could be a part of it just winds him up even further. Good job that Inanna seems to be coming round and might be able to help. Enki needs to help too by finding another loophole like he did with Noah and his wife with the Ark – one that won’t end with a sacrifice.

Space ship to fly and Devon is like a kid in a toyshop begging to be allowed to play with it. Fab four at the end trying to save the world – Autumn, Rigel, Devon and Inanna. Shame Enlil is finding loopholes to slow them down – post-it notes are funny though.

A race against time to save the human race, let’s see if they make it? A funny, sci-fi, comedy read with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. The power of the pinecone might be what saves the day but what is the price and are they willing to pay it? Got going a bit more from half way onwards but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘The Ghostwriters’ by Mickey J. Corrigan

Title: The Ghostwriters

Published: 2nd September 2016

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Author: Mickey J. Corrigan

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/5828647.Mickey_J_Corrigan

 

Synopsis:

She’s funny, cynical, and kinda crazy, but she knows how to tell a story.

A struggling writer living in Manhattan, Jacy McMasters is the first to admit she’s a terrific liar and a screw-up. Then the ghost of the famous novelist JD Balinger asks her to “channel” a follow-up to his classic coming of age book, The Watcher in the Sky. Along with her new boyfriend, a bear of a man who has no patience for mind games, the ghost in Jacy’s head forces her to confront a lifetime of secrets—dark secrets. Secrets she’s been keeping from herself.

 

Review:

So our girl Jacy has kind of hit rock bottom in a drunken wasteland of despair. While on another drunken night out she gets a helping hand by a friendly older guy called JD. It seems he has a proposition for her. A way to get her out of the rut she has found herself in and try to make something of her life. He wants her to help him write the sequel to his first worldwide hit. He just so happens to be the author of her all time favourite book. She is to ghostwrite the book for JD, as he can’t do it himself. You see well, he’s dead, so is contacting her through his spirit self. Seems her drunken stupor opened a way for her to connect with those on the other side. Now Jacy is either going to have to believe the ghost in front of her or she’s got to think of herself as crazy and having a mental break. It wouldn’t be the first time but this feels different and she really does want help. Wanting it and getting it are two different things and at the beginning it doesn’t take long before she falls back on old habits. Namely getting drunk and letting her ex Austin use her for only one thing. Talk about being an utter dick! You are glad when she sees the light but not everything is rosy for her.

To create the story she needs to fully embrace JD and let him write through her. They might clash on lots of things but he is trying to get her to see that she does have something to say. She has a lot of material to work with – the crazy antics of her family being top of the list. He just needs her to embrace it to see it.

Not quite over her drunken ways though she ends up meeting a nice guy while out, Firth. I say when out but she remembers nothing of the night, just the morning after at his place. He seems to think he knows her somehow and whenever they meet again suggests that he wants her to open up like she did before. He doesn’t want games, he wants the real thing and he thinks that might be her. Only problem is she holds too much back for fear the pain will take over. Everyone has always tried to control her so she pushes back and rebels – drinking and sleeping around being the main players. But with Firth it’s different. He’s nice and that’s something she isn’t used to. He understands she is writing a book with someone but doesn’t know the whole ghost part. Trust me its not going to go down well when she starts talking about it. I liked that when he had a cat that needed help he thought of her, as every writer should have a cat by their side – or you know on their laps, over their arms so they can’t write – when typing away at a computer. The story is coming along but her life seems to take a turn. Family troubles are key but what are they really? A health spa retreat to help or could it hinder when you need some alone time? Can she find her way back to who she was or try to be a better version of herself? The self those close to her saw in her potential.

Loved the back and forth antics between JD and Jacy. They seemed to click in a weird way, which was fun. The twist can be seen fairly soon but its still interesting to see how everything comes full circle. Connection with Firth was real and only when she let him in did she get what she truly wanted. Does grip you quite quickly with the style of writing and story itself. Once I started I couldn’t seem to put it down so it’s well worth a look. A ghost writer helping her ghostwrite a masterpiece to help her move on. Helps others too.

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: ‘Sex God’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Sex God (All-Stars Book 4)

Published: 19th February 2018

Author: Katie McCoy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiemccoyauthor

 

Synopsis:

My brother’s best friend is a sex god, and it’s time to even the score…

Austin James was always my #1 crush – and off-limits – until a college hook-up showed me he was every bit the playboy his rock-star reputation promised. Now, he’s back after a mysterious break from the spotlight, offering an exclusive profile that could make any journalist’s career.

And he picks me.

Two weeks to land the scoop of a lifetime? I’m not about to let a little unresolved sexual tension stand between me and my big break. OK, a *lot* of sexual tension.

Can I figure out Austin’s secrets – before they break my heart? And will this off-limits romance find a way to become something real?

Find out in another hot standalone romance from Katie McCoy!

The All-Stars Series are hot standalones featuring sexy alpha men finding their HEA!
1. Royal Player
2. Hot Bachelor
3. Heartthrob
4. Sex God

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book published in 2018. Fun, sexy, rock star ride our girl Mia gets taken on. She gives as good as she gets but can she keep what she’s always wanted?

So Mia is having a dry spell in the romance department as well her career not quite going in the direction she wants. Writing top 10 fluff lists at Chatbuzz not being quite the journalistic career she thought she’d have. So when she’s out with her friend in a club and darts off to the bathroom, VIP one mind you, what she overhears is the closest action she’s had in a while. Seems a woman is getting some attention with some magic hands and all Mia can think of is when are they going to be done so she can escape. Thinking she’s free and clear she leaves only to meet said magic hands owner. Said owner who just so happens to be her past collage crush. Austin James, aka rock super star, sex god, her brother Luke’s best friend and the only guy to ever kiss her so passionately she thought she’d melt from it. Too bad that’s as far as it went.

So Austin gets the shock of his life when the only woman who ever really got to him catches him in a position he really wishes he hadn’t been in. Talk about bad coincidences and from the looks of Mia she isn’t impressed. He needs to see her again and knows just the plan. Austin is a rock star who is about to launch his solo career. His manager Zoey knows he’s going to need to do some promotion before releasing the album so he suggests an expose with Chatbuzz but only if Mia does the interview. He needs someone who will focus on him and the music and not keep bringing up why his band Method of Madness broke up. Now he might say he wants to be interviewed but coming round to actually answering any questions seems to be a hard concept. He’s holding himself back and from what Mia can see putting on a persona whenever he is out. He shows a different person depending on who comes up to him. But who’s the real Austin?

Mia is getting to the end of her tether with how he is acting, big break or not with this interview she all but snaps at him that he is nothing like the guy she used to know. One she used to have faith in. Needless to say he finds a way to show her one thing that hasn’t changed, if anything he’s got better at. Another kiss to revival the first and cut through the sexual tension. Well maybe if he hadn’t said straight after that it was a mistake and shouldn’t happen again. Seems she may be getting under his skin again, only fair as he is under hers. He finally agrees to really be interviewed but in a more relaxed setting – his cabin in a mountains. Talk about taking risky chances with the chemistry that’s been building from the moment they met. Everything comes to ahead after a hike in the mountains followed by a rainstorm. Wet clothes need drying off as well as them warming up, you know the heat is coming. After a shower Mia gets drawn to the music Austin is playing on his piano. Dressed in only a dressing gown sitting beside him you could cut the tension with a knife. One look, a touch and then they snap. Talk about heating things up to boiling point. Start of something real or a bit of fun? Mia can never be sure with how hot and cold Austin goes. Especially when her brother Luke comes on the scene. Austin can’t seem to get rid of his guilt for getting with his best friends little sister and until he does no one can move forward.

Thought Mia’s friends were a right laugh and Austin’s manager Zoey is clearly someone who runs the show in the best way. When Luke’s not being an idiot he’s fun too. Another fun, steamy read with amusing characters throughout.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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