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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: ‘Talk Nerdy To Me’ by C. M. Owens

Title: Talk Nerdy To Me (The Sterling Shore Series Book 12)

Published: 30th May 2018

Author: C. M. Owens

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CMOwensAuthor

Twitter: @cmowensauthor

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Synopsis:

Despite the fact it seemed like Base Masters was all over Sterling Shore, I’d never really known much about him, aside from random factoids. Things like…he’s a semi-estranged cousin of one of my brother’s friends, plays guitar in a local band, and he doesn’t get mentioned much unless he’s on stage.

Until…he decided I was going to be his first real-life muse, moved himself into my spare room, and started splashing the walls with pictures of my face next to his lyrics…

His weirdness differs from mine, but he’d be a perfect candidate for my hymen situation. Then I could finally move on to the next personal challenge on my list. The only problem is that he’s yet another man afraid of a virgin.

I genuinely never expected it to be so difficult to lose one’s virginity. I think the world has filled me with false expectations of debauchery coming so easily.

The human element always messes up the plans in my head.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by an author who uses initials in their pen name. Another great read by one of my favourite authors, with a series I love. Can’t wait to see how it all ends with the wedding we have been waiting for. This is very much part of a series so I would recommend that they be read in order and not as standalones as you may not get certain ‘in jokes’. Characters from all previous books pop up in this one so you may get a bit confused with who they are if you haven’t read them. But as the series is so great you should check it out anyway!

Britt and Base is the story I’ve been very excited to read. Mainly to get inside this girls quirky head to see what makes her tick and how she really views those around her. She is one weird and wonderful girl – elf ears and mystical fantasy to comic-con superhero extremes. Don’t worry because Base is just as quirky when he starts to see her as his muse – talk about ‘in the zone’. Almost stalker-ish at times but he somehow manages to make it come across as artistically charming.

Britt just wants to lose her virginity without any drama or feelings getting involved. She has seen what has happened in the past with all those around her so just wants the deed over with. Seems to be having a bit of trouble in that regard though as men seem to want to run the other way – protective brother and would be uncles having something to do with that. Now you may think that she isn’t completely aware of some of the things they do but it seems she has a certain way of getting back at them. Past books moments will have a bit more clarity and humour to them. She feels like an odd ball trying to find her way in a confusing world. She has plans and thinks things through with logic to get the answer she seeks but the human element seems to keep messing with her. Namely when Base comes onto the scene. When she asks him for a favour, I think you what that is, she is a bit hurt that he turns her down. She just needed a bit of girl talk to find out ways to get what she wanted. The fact that most wanted to come round to check in on said shirtless, sweaty, Greek god in training was neither here nor there. Doesn’t take long before that situation is taken care of and both seem to be on the same page. Well to start with anyway. Plans are one thing but when feelings get involved the human element always seems to change the direction you thought you were on.

All Base seems to be able to focus on at the moment is trying to get his band a contract deal. They know that they are good enough but need the next big break instead of just doing local clubs – even though Dane’s is a good gig. It’s at one of these gigs that he comes across Britt, taking the wrong idea from his inability to ask a direct question. She may have caught his attention then but it’s not until another strange encounter that he starts to fixate on her. Cosplay in the park where he finds that he does like the look of elf ears on a girl, helps Britt’s costume leaves little to the imagination too. He can see she has a story behind her eyes and longs to find out more. Once he has a muse in his head his musically mind kind of takes over and he loses a bit of focus on what he should and shouldn’t be doing. Now Base wouldn’t have thought saying no to taking someone’s virginity would get him on every Sterling female’s shit list, but that’s just what happens. It seems that he might think he is doing the right thing but he is actually messing it up. Taking advantage of Britt’s kind nature by taking over her spare room so he can be close to his muse as it helps the lyrics come out. Not a lot of give a take to begin with so you are glad when he sees sense. Hot and steamy fun soon to follow and with emotions off the table everything should be hunky-dory right? Well you know nothing is going to go that smoothly so hold on for the ride.

I wouldn’t say Base is a full alpha man, yet, more like alpha man in training. So he’s got a bit of work to do before he gets to the likes of say Kode or Rye. He was fun but not my favourite alpha with a soft side hottie – top three would have to be Kade, Kode and Mav – OMG I loved his book so much! That’s not to say the other men is this series aren’t all swoon worthy because they are when the need arises but they stand out a little more than most.

I think what made this book for me was the crossovers with all the other characters from the previous books. Whether it was a one on one with Britt and Harley (loved their chats, especially when she starts talking about a certain shirtless wearing sweaty band member at her apartment), the group BBQ (these Sterling men will do anything to keep Britt innocent, not that it works on Base though) or the girls lunch (now that was fun, talk about dropping in a conversation stopper – ‘oh he took my virginity 3 weeks ago’ before deciding what to eat, shocked faces all round wanting to know as many details as possible). They all bring together a series of some great characters in new interesting ways.

Now seriously will our man Kode ever catch a break to get a ring on his girl Tria or will it be a twist with her asking him? Now that he wouldn’t see coming after all his procrastinating with when to ask her. Liked that we got introduced to some new characters in the form of Base’s band members – Randy, Taylor and Sticks. All interesting characters who bring a certain something to an already brilliant series. OMG I loved it when they went to Britt’s talk. The fact Randy was taking notes was brilliantly funny. Note to self, next time you are asked to go to a talk make sure you ask what it is about first or you may wish a hole would open up so you could hide in it. Another great read and now I can’t wait to read the finale. You are left on a bit of a cliff hanger as you are wondering what might happen next with the wedding we have been waiting for. Kade and Raya are where we started so it’s only right that they end it off too. Happily ever after? Here’s hoping that goes for more than just them.

5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Outside the Lines’ by Anne Malcom

Title: Outside the Lines (The Sons of Templar MC Book 2.5)

Published: 12th February 2016

Author: Anne Malcom

Facebook: www.facebook.com/annemalcomauthor

 

Synopsis:

My life’s not easy. I’ll tell you that now. It’s not neat. I don’t fit into society the way most people expect me to and I don’t color studiously between the lines, outside the lines is where I reside. The fringes of society is where I found my place, with the Sons of Templar MC. The life they lived gave me everything I wanted, and everything I needed. Most importantly, it gave me something I’d been lacking for over a decade—family. A place to belong.

Club girl—that was my title. There were other words for what I was, but I preferred the less derogatory version. Sure, I’d love to be an Old Lady. It’s the dream. But, as someone who escaped into fantasy worlds when life got too much, I knew the difference between dreams and reality. I had resigned myself to the fact, I’d always belong to the club. It didn’t mean I didn’t crave one man in particular to claim me. To put me on the back of his bike and ride off into the sunset with the man who’d captured my heart the first day I saw him—Hansen. The dream where he’d finally see me and make me his, existed strictly in Macy’s world of wonder. Until now. Until somehow my fantasy world and reality world collided and he looks at me in the way I’d dreamt of for a year.

Fairy tales usually had neat and happy endings once the hero and heroine got together. This wasn’t a fairy tale. Hansen wasn’t your traditional hero and I was the furthest you could get from a heroine. I feared my past might dictate my future. That my world outside the lines would go from messy to complete disaster.

 

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book under 200 pages. Sometimes it’s more fun to live just outside the lines. Something Macy has grown to do and Hansen is starting to embrace. From club girl to Old Lady, how will our girl Macy handle the change after the breath-taking kiss that started it all?

Macy isn’t all sunshine and rainbows but she does bring a smile to those she meets. She found a family in the form of the club and felt like it sort of fitted what she needed. She doesn’t get treated any less by the men – well maybe one of them, Hammer – but seems to think this is the life that she is meant to live. She has a darker past that has put her on the path she finds herself on but she wouldn’t change it, especially as it led to Hansen. Now he might be the only guy from the club that she really wants but he seems to stay away, something she can never be too sure about. He likes to send mixed signals, more so when you see his face almost explode when one of the guys asks her to go some place private. It confuses her to no end, as she can never figure him out. It seems change is on the way though as he is about to make a stand. The morning after having fun with one of the brothers you would think she would be feeling satisfied. Not so much after Hansen startles her in the kitchen early the next morning and kisses the life out of her. Just when she thinks that this could mean something he turns and leaves. If that wasn’t confusing enough for the next week the guys at the club give her a wide berth. Thinking this could be their way of pushing her out she panics and can only think of one thing that links the timing – Hansen and his panty dropping kiss.

Hansen is a hard guy to get a feel of to begin with as he likes to keep his emotions close to his chest. You can see he is struggling with what he feels for Macy but doesn’t think to make a move. Then he has the nerve to be pissed off that his brothers get to have her and not him. It all changes after a kiss, one that he had been holding out on for a year. One taste and he knew that she was for him and that from that moment on no other would have her but him. He just forgets to mention this to her first, and then there is the trouble with the Cali Templars and Amy needing to be rescued. So it kind of puts their bubbling heat of passion on hold for the time being. Once they leave though Macy is the first thing on his mind. Once he realizes that this is the life she is happy with, being part of the Templars, he knows he needs to change her role within them. He can feel the tension rising and knows he needs to stake his claim before he loses out. The moment she gets caught up in a bar fight seems to be the best move to kick start him into action.

A hit to the head and Macy might think she is dreaming when she wakes in Hansen’s arms in his bed, with his naked chest and everything, yum all round. He may be asleep but she can’t miss this chance as she has been pining for him for a year. Asleep he may have been but the moment she moves across him and her lips are close his resolve doesn’t last. One kiss and that’s it, he makes it very clear from that moment on she is his and not just as a club girl but as his Old Lady. Something she has longed for but never thought she would become. She might have wanted it but the getting it is a bit harder. When they are in the bubble of passion at his or hers it’s great but her past keeps coming back to cause her trouble in her mind. The transition is hard but Hansen doesn’t see a problem with it. Her past is the past; he just looks for the future. Shame her past is a darker one that comes back to haunt her. Will her new family be there to help or cast her aside?

Jagger was cool and clearly cared for Macy, he knew that she deserved more than what she thought she was worth. Grim was a hardass but you would expect nothing less from the clubs President. Hammer was a bit of a dick but maybe there’s more to him than meets the eye. Arianne was a laugh and clearly in tune with Macy enough to know what she wants and how to help her through things. It was an interesting novella showing a different side to the biker romance. Nothing ever runs smoothly and there are always going to be troubles along the way with this pairing – or with any of the Templar guys that is as they really do love fiercely when they claim you as their own – but sometimes to go outside the lines is more fun.

5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Once Upon a Kiss’ by Claire Delacroix

Title: Once Upon a Kiss

Published: 16th November 2014

Author: Claire Delacroix pseudonym for Deborah Cooke

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorClaireDelacroix

Twitter: @cooke_delacroix

 

Synopsis:

For over a thousand years – so legend has it – the brambles have grown wild over the ruins of Dunhelm Castle. Many believed that the thorns were a sign that the castle was cursed, so no one dared to trespass, and the secrets that they protected and concealed have remained hidden – until now…

Armed with a pair of gardening shears, Baird Beauforte is determined to clear away the brambles that hinder the development of his resort, and he won’t let local superstition deter him. Dunhelm Castle is supposed to be the latest jewel in the Beauforte Resort chain, but the renovations can’t be finished if the workmen are frightened of a so-called curse. To dispel any lingering fears, Baird decides to vanquish the briars himself. What he never expects is to find a mysterious slumbering beauty…

Aurelia is like no one he has ever met before. Upon awakening, she demands to know his identity and why he is in her father’s castle! Bemused by her claim of being a king’s daughter, he is certain he has never met this “princess” before, although something about her rouses a haunting sense of familiarity. Soon, dreams plague this by-the-book businessman…dreams that feel more like memories. And Baird begins to wonder if he can claim his heart’s princess – now and forever – with a kiss…

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that has a castle in it. One that has a very interesting tale attached to it. Time and fate will always bring the souls of the past back to where they began so they can truly end happily ever after in this present day look on the tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Dunhelm castle A.D. 800 is where our princess Aurelia falls into a slumber only to awaken 1200 years later with true loves kiss. Her father Hekod’s castle is under siege by the evil Bard, son or Erc. The man who killed her brother and now wishes to claim her and the castle. Aurelia wants to help her father and knows her skills are the best with a bow. But on a second shot she pricks her finger and soon feels herself being pulled away and under into a deep sleep. It seems the stories and curse she never took much faith in were true. Now she just has to wait to see how the story ends.

Baird is at the location of the new holiday development for his company. Something drew him to purchase Dunhelm castle and calls to him to stay. The renovations are under way but there is one area the builders are reluctant to go near. A place full of vines in a dark shadowed area that appears to have superstitions and curses attached to it. With a pair of shears and a lot of determination he manages to uncover a set of stairs leading down to a chamber. This is when Julian, his lawyer and friend, makes an appearance, comically complaining as he goes, just wanting them to hurry up and get back to the States. He might not want to be there but seems was needed as he finds a release to open a door to reveal a hidden crypt. One that just so happens to have a beautiful women sleeping in the centre of on a stone bed. Baird feels compelled to get closer to her and almost loses control with his need and desire to wake her up. A kiss comes to mind and when her head slowly turns towards him he knows there is no holding back. A kiss to wake and connect with a stranger, one that has some very strange ideas on what’s going on and who everyone might really be.

Waking up Aurelia doesn’t think any time has passed at all. Or if it has, well then maybe a few days or week at most to start with. The last thing she remembers is the castle being under siege and her father being in danger. When the stranger in front of her – handsome one mind you – says his name is Baird she just automatically thinks he is Bard, son of Erc. Means she has an automatic dislike to him, well tries to anyway. She never met the real Bard so has nothing to go on. Just that the castle belongs to her father so is dismayed when Baird says he owns it now. She just thinks that he must have staked a claim to it and now fears for the lives of her people. She doesn’t think she can trust Baird at all but has a strange pull towards him. Same goes with his friend Julian who, because of his lack of hair, she thinks is a monk, one that uses a lot of powerful magic. Seems neither of them really took much notice when she first spoke as they didn’t have a clue what she was saying but after hearing them speak she managed to pick up their language in no time. She was gifted with the use of tongues so can speak any language needed. You would think that the moment she gets outside and sees the changes to the castle she would know a lot of time had passed but she just keeps putting this down to magic. She just wants to find her father and figure out what happened to her home. Something Baird feels compelled to help her with.

Baird can’t believe his luck with how he feels about Aurelia from the moment she woke up. Shame he now thinks she has lost a few marbles as she thinks she is a Viking princess and that her father owns the castle. He just thinks that something bad must have happened to her or her father to make her regress into a fantasy world to protect memories she isn’t ready to remember. Little does he know that she speaks the truth and that danger could fall upon them all if they do not remember their past lives that are about the effect their present ones.

I found it a bit amusing that Aurelia thought that Julian’s power of magic was so advanced that she wrote off seeing a car, helicopter and then electricity as nothing short of magical. The part where her and Baird butt heads about her having a bath and not understanding how the taps worked made me laugh a lot. Also laughed with how Aurelia sees Baird’s interior designer Marissa. The way she sees things are from a Viking perspective so for someone to dress as Marissa does and act around Baird that she must be a mistress who has his ear. Now Marissa in general was just a right pain throughout, so annoying with most of the things she says. For some reason, maybe something to do with the past, she thinks that her and Baird and meant to be. She gets a reality shock when it becomes clear that the only woman for him is Aurelia. Well if they can all figure out what is really happening around them that is. They might have a connection building between them but neither can be sure what the other is really thinking. They need to believe in each other and the past to be able to see their future.

Superstitions hold truths and if they want to be able to close the past and finally live they need to look back and finish what they started. Seems Ursilla might have a little helping hand to do with this, or more like talking riddles with a twinkle in her eye and a tale to tell. One they all need to listen to if they want to get their happily ever after. Fun read with lots of laughs along the way and an interesting look at how the story could be told in a present day setting.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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