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Book Review: ‘Man Candy’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Man Candy (Billionaire Bachelors Book 4)

Published: 13th August 2018

Publisher: Lila Monroe Books

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:

What’s hotter than a sexy man and unlimited chocolate? Indulge in the delicious new rom-com from Lila Monroe!

Private investigator Nick Cameron is six foot two of chiseled, hunky trouble. He needs a fake fiancée to help him go undercover at the hottest candy company around, and he picks… me?!

OK, he thinks I’m the safe, reliable choice. But what he doesn’t know is that I’ve been waiting for the chance to get out from behind my desk and indulge my Bond girl fantasies. Goodbye, Moneypenny. Hello, femme fatale!

It’s my chance to take a risk and prove I’m more than just a secretary… but I didn’t bank on the sizzlin’ hot chemistry and Nick’s lick-able abs. And between our wild cover stories, after-hours investigation, and not-so-fake romps, the line between fiction and reality is melting faster than a Hershey’s kiss in the summer sun.

Can our delicious fake relationship turn into something real? Or will my sexy sugar rush crash before we can unravel the chocolate conspiracy? Find out in the latest BILLIONAIRE BACHELOR romance from Lila Monroe!

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with food in the title. Alice is about to see what all the fuss was about when she finally gets out from behind that desk. Doesn’t take her long though to realise that with fantasy and reality the lines can cross in the blink of an eye.

So Alice has been working The Agency for a while as the office manager / researcher for perspective clients – finding out all their secrets to see if they should work with them or not in the first place. She has longed to get out from behind the desk and take on a job by herself but has never really pushed hard enough for Olivia to take her serious. Seems her luck is about to change when a new client asks for her to be his ‘fake fiancé’. Only problem that could arise is that this new client isn’t a complete stranger.

The night before while out with her sister, after watching a Bond classic, she spots a mystery man at the bar. Someone she marks as a kind of Bond 2.0, acting all smooth and suave. After her sister leaves, and she finishes some work, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Especially when another man appears and they do a briefcase swap. Now caught in the mystery she can’t help but get closer, helps she was about to pay her bill. Her mystery man is even better close up and takes no time in talking to her. When talk about the Bond movie she just watched comes up so does Bonds women and how easy they fall for a kiss. Which leads Bond 2.0 to do just that, kiss her senseless, stating that she clearly looked like a women who longed to be kissed – true. It’s not until he leaves, calling her by her name, that she realises she never gave it. Our mystery guy is the new client who just happens to be a private investigator. Hello Bond mystery of her own. What could possibly go wrong?

Sweet as candy? It seems not with some secrets potentially being stolen from Lainey’s company – an old friend of Nick’s. It’s what Nick is investigating and to do so he needs a nice reliable fake fiancé who can help him infiltrate the CandyShack business. He thinks that from the start but soon starts to realise that Alice has a lot more to offer and he is only just scratching the surface. When Alice is told what the ‘stolen secret’ is, and how the competition could be about to launch it first, I think I’m on board with her reaction to the idea. A chocolate bar with a hollowed out centre filled with milk, coffee or champagne, to name but a few options. Messy while eating comes to mind. But is this really as cut and dry as Nick thinks? Seems Alice is quicker off the mark with thinking something just doesn’t add up with Lainey’s story. Whether Nick will listen is another matter entirely.

Now to get closer to the CandyShack people in the know they need to go to all the right parties, Alice being the arm candy to distract the wives while Nick gets talking to the higher ups. Seems Alice might need a little help in this regard when she says the wrong thing to someone and ends up making a bit of a mess. Good job Tiffany Trout – great name – comes to the rescue after her chocolate fountain stain disaster. She also just so happens to be the assistant to the CEO of CandyShack, Mr. Janssen. Bumping into her again ends up coming with a job offer. Looks like Alice is going further undercover to help, whether Nick likes it or not. Bond 2.0 might have met his match with how much fun Alice is having with this case. Snooping can be fun and you can find out all sorts of things, just not all candy related.

Catching Nick out when he is slinking around wearing black was always going to make Alice want to follow. A little snooping around the CEOs mansion and it looks like he has a partner this time. Almost getting caught has its perks is all I’ll say when they get trapped in a closet. This soon leads to thoughts going in new, hot, interesting directions for the both of them. One in particular is that Nick seems to really like her bunny sleepers. Mainly with thinking about them bouncing in the air while they … well he never finishes the thought but you get the drift. Thoughts are nothing compared to the real thing though, sparks are definitely flying around these two.

Interesting capers these two manage to get themselves into. Great chemistry right from the start, that just got hotter the more the lines blurred. There are only so many hot as hell kisses you can take before fantasy and reality collide. Sweet as candy in places too! Another great read from a fun hot series.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days’ by Lila Monroe

Title: How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days (Chick Flick Club Book 1)

Published: 24th September 2018

Publisher: Lila Monroe Books

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:

The only thing more hilarious than the movies is… real life?! Fall in love with the hot new romantic comedy series from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!

Stylist Gemma Jones is competing for a once-in-a-lifetime promotion. All she has to do is take some fashion-backward guy from geek to GQ-worthy. The only problem? The man in question is her hairy manwhore of a next-door neighbor. AKA Bigfoot.

Zach Morrison has zero interest in being Gemma’s makeover mannequin. Sure, it’s fun getting his smart-mouthed neighbor all riled up, but after cashing out of his tech start-up and going through an ugly break-up, he’s taking a permanent vacation. If he wants to wear sweatpants and sleep on a mattress in the corner of an empty apartment—

OK. Maybe he needs a little push in the right direction. But as Gemma races the clock to win her bet, she finds that Bigfoot’s been hiding a few things under his baggy flannel shirts. Like abs of steel, and a surprisingly big…

Heart. He has a big heart.

Soon, sparks are flying between this unlikely couple, but can Zach embrace a fresh start – however manscaped it might be? And will Gemma beat out her Instabitch rival for the top spot – and keep the truth about their bet from Zach?

Find out in the hot and hilarious new romance from “the reigning queen of rom-com”, USA Today bestselling author Lila Monroe.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book from a series new to you. Might be a new series, spin-off from Billionaire Bachelors series, but I knew I would love it as it’s from one of my favourite authors. I wasn’t wrong!

So Gemma has a bit of a problem with her nightmare neighbour Zach – aka ‘Bigfoot’ – keeping her up at night, and not in a fun way for her. She sees him as a bit of an out of work slacker who just wants to drift through life and a lot of different women. She is someone who really likes her sleep so when she doesn’t get it she gets cranky. Not good when there appears to be a new job promotion on the line. Seems her boss wants to expand her business out from just fashion advice to the whole lifestyle makeover. She needs someone to head this new franchise and it’s either going to be Gemma or her rival Arielle. So they both need to show her what they can really do. This is where the bet comes into play. Whoever wins will get the promotion because the other will drop out of the running. They each have to find someone to give a complete makeover to – clothes, lifestyle, house, everything. Well when I say find, I mean for the other person. Gemma picks a random (rude to Arielle) delivery guy they bump into and by pot luck (or disaster in Gemma’s case) when ‘Bigfoot’ appears at her office, upon seeing her reaction to him and his lack of style, you just knew that was who Arielle would pick. Cue nightmare about to happen when things get interesting with Bigfoot.

You shouldn’t really judge by face value, this is what comes to mind with Zach. Because what at first would make him seem like a video game playing slacker is actually someone who has taken early retirement. His friend Martin and him created an app that, once brought out, made them a lot of money. So he sees this time as an excuse to take an extended holiday while living on the basics and generally having fun with like-minded women. He also likes every opportunity he can take to annoy his neighbour. Which seems to be going in a new direction when she keeps showing up trying to get him to help with a project she is working on. She tells him that she needs someone new for her portfolio and would really like him to help her. She only has ten days to get this done so she really needs a yes to get started. A few days in and he might start to see the easiest way to get her off his back is to let her have the rains for a while. Let the fun begin.

Now the whole ‘Bigfoot’ nickname is because of Zach’s very unruly hair – head and face. He might agree to a haircut but it’s that beard that needs to come off. A battle of wills perhaps to see who will win that fight, though when Gemma sees him for the first time after said beard is vacant she realizes just what a gorgeous face it was hiding. That’s not all he was hiding when she helps him out with the correct clothes sizes too, hello muscles! With it starting out as just a job, even a bet, it didn’t seem to matter about him not knowing the real reason behind her needing his help but the more time they spend together the harder Gemma is taking it. Things are starting to heat up with lines getting crossed after finding more out about each other. Dig deeper to find out what really matters. A camping trip of sorts takes this couple to a whole new level. Caught outside in the rain, which in turn gets you very muddy after falling over in it, would of course see them wanting to jump in a lake to wash it off. Wearing a white t-shirt is also a sure fire way to turn up the heat when they are within touching distance too. Hello hot times to follow with a lot of orgasmic unicorns, because chemistry wow!

With the countdown for the bet being over and the job on the line Gemma is wanting it just to be over to she can tell Zach everything, hoping he will just laugh it off. But well if you have seen ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ well you will have a pretty good idea on how that might turn out. She just has to figure out what matters more and what is really on the line. Plus this new job might not be everything she thought it would be. Especially with what it might cost her.

Really liked Gemma’s friends, Eve and Zoey, and their whole ‘Chick Flick Club’ where they watch all the rom-com classics. Can’t wait for their stories next and where the series will go from here. Another fun, romantic, heated, read from a great author.

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: ‘Heartbreaker’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Heartbreaker (Rascals Book 3)

Published: 20th August 2018

Author: Katie McCoy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiemccoyauthor

 

Synopsis:

Five guys. One bar. And a whole heap of sexy trouble…

Liam Callahan is devastatingly handsome, infuriatingly aloof and… my new boss? Put that at the top of the list of ‘Things I Wish I’d Known (Before I Was Panting in His Arms During a Sizzling Midnight Make-out Session.)’

My bartending gig at Rascals was supposed to be a fresh start for me. Now I’m juggling drink orders AND red-hot sexual tension – but I refuse to let Liam’s smoldering stares throw me off my game…

Until one late night leads to another. And another. Liam has a reputation as Mr Heartbreaker, but he’s revealing a whole new side of himself: funny, playful, and most definitely NSFW. But this rascal has made a rule of never getting in too deep, and despite the real connection between us, something’s holding him back.

Can we find a way to put the past behind us and move on? Or will my new beginning end in heartbreak before it’s even begun?

 

Review:

Goes down as the first off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – The third book in a series. And what a series it is, great lines like this are to follow when the heat turns up with Liam and Juliet:

“This dress is gorgeous,” he murmured, his fingers teasing the neckline. “I’ll buy you another one.” Then, he ripped it straight down the middle.

Now our Liam is a very regimented man. He plans everything in his life to get out what he thinks is going to be the best option in everything – job, house, women, marriage. You may be thinking he just has a stick up his backside and needs to chill out and go with the flow, but he does have his reasons. When you learn a little more about his childhood you start to understand why he feels the need to control what he can as he knows first hand what happens when things get out of control. So you can see how meeting Juliet might be throwing him through a loop a bit with her being a little more impulsive and spontaneous these days. More so after the year she’s had.

Juliet was a renowned ballet dancer, but after an accident at a rehearsal a year before, that part of her life ended. She may be back on her feet, quite literally, but needs to be able to find who she really is again. Or more so, to find out who she is without dancing. She feels the need to try something new or just be impulsive for a change. This leads to going up to a very handsome stranger at a cool new bar – Rascals – to ask him to dance. Now dancing with a stranger is one thing but on her way out, while spotting him again, she ends up doing something even bolder – kissing him. This may have startled our mystery guy for a moment but that soon passes. Things may heat up to the point of dragging each other into the alleyway but hearing voices form the street stops that cold. Juliet thinks she will never see the guy again, or find out his name, but fate has other ideas. Seems leaving her card at Rascals leads her to a new job and maybe a new man!

When Liam walks into Rascals as sees that Juliet is working there you can almost see his mind trying to calculate how it happened and what he should do. He knows she isn’t really the right fit for him (he has a list!) but can’t seem to make himself stay away from her. Bumping into her while on a run is one thing but turning up to a cooking class she happened to mention is something else. Seems these two can’t really keep their minds, hands, lips – well you get the picture – off each other so you know it won’t take long for things to escalate.

Well that would go a lot faster if Liam weren’t the King of Mr. Hot and Cold with how he acts around Juliet. Let’s see how fast she can get rid of the cold part because when they get together it’s all about the heat. But when Liam’s ever loving ‘plan’ comes together in new ways you just hope he won’t take too long to see what, or who, should really be in the picture. If he can’t see it right away lets hope Sawyer can give him some much-needed advice to kick him in the right direction. Seriously at some points you will feel like smacking Liam over the head.

Rest of the gang is there too, which is good, so we get a bit of a catch up with how our first two sets of couples are going, Alex and Emerson, and Chase and Kelsey. This one also saw a bit more of Hayley while linking into what the other guys, Sawyer and Dante, are up to too. Let’s just say you can have a lot of fun on a boat out in the ocean – though Liam and Juliet almost have a bit too much in the water when no one was watching. There are lots of things to appreciate view wise – sea, sun, rippling muscles – you know the usual. Roof top movie night cool was cool too. Sawyer’s story is next which should be fun but I think I’m looking forward to Hayley and Dante’s the most. Clocked that pair would get together right from the start of the series.


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: ‘Wingman’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Wingman (Rascals Book 2)

Published: 25th June 2018

Author: Katie McCoy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiemccoyauthor

 

Synopsis:

Is this sexy bachelor ready to fall in love? Find out in the hot and hilarious new stand-alone romance from Katie McCoy!

Chase McKenna is the hottest bartender in the city… and he knows it. Sexy, charming, and abs for days? It’s no wonder every girl who walks through the doors is panting for him.

Except me.

I’m stuck crushing on my perfect boss, who has zero idea I’m even alive. I need a plan to catch his attention… and who better to teach me the tricks of seduction than Mr. Panty–Dropper himself?

The rules are simple: no strings, no stress, and definitely no feelings. But it turns out, Chase is way more than I bargained for, and as for the sparks flying between us…?

You can’t teach chemistry like this.

Soon, we’re throwing our lesson plan out the window — and our clothes right after it. We’re breaking all the rules, and my heart’s on the line, but now I’m wondering…

Must all good flings come to an end?Find out in the hot new romance from Katie McCoy!

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The Rascals Series:
Five guys. One bar. And a whole heap of sexy trouble…

#1 Rascal
#2 Wingman – June 25th
#3 Heartbreaker – Aug 20th
#4 Soulmate – Oct 15th
#5 Troublemaker – Dec 10th

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book a friend recommended.

So Kelsey is in a bit of a rut relationship wise. She has fantasized about her boss Justin for four years, convincing herself that he is her dream guy in the process. Dreams are great but also a bit of an illusion. He just doesn’t seem to notice her. So after another let down on the whole ‘will he finally see me as more than a colleague’ she drowns her sorrows in her favourite bar – Rascals. Just so happens to have a sexy distraction that makes a great dirty martini. Seeing Chase in action, flirting as he goes, gives her an idea. He’s the master of sexy and confidence, so why can’t he teach her too? Might have been a drunken request but come the break of day she means it.

Now Chase can’t really believe that Kelsey needs help in any way as she’s always managed to get his heart rate up. She can act cool and flirty with him when the banter starts but anyone else is a disaster. Seeing is believing and she does need a bit of help with her confidence. Lessons are fun and easy to start with but the longer they spend together the more sexual tension starts to build. He just does casual as that’s easy but it seems he’s hiding too due to a bad break-up. How long before he sees it?

When a deal to help her become sexier (well more confident in herself really) crosses a line you know things are going to get interesting. I mean lessons on how to flirt are one thing but with the chemistry firing between them it wasn’t going to be long before talking turned to doing. A touch to a kiss and to one hell of a fun time after Kelsey shows Chase something to make her feel sexy. When a guys’ reaction is on the lines of ‘Holy fuck, you look gorgeous’ you know you’ve hit the mark.

Chase is a bit of a tinkerer in regards to creating new ales. He has been working for months to get just the right taste for a big competition coming up. He wants his friends there for support but really its just Kelsey he needs to calm his nerves and cheer him on. If he wins you can just imagine the celebration they might have.

The moment the lines were crossed you knew feelings would soon follow. Whether either is ready for them is another matter entirely. They might think it’s just fun and will end but do they really want it to? From inner thoughts no but you can never be sure when past ghosts and dreams come into play. Can these two see through the crazy fun times to what’s real or will they lose themselves?

They need to be the person they have always been and stop hiding behind what they thought they wanted. Don’t go back or play it safe. Justin and Monica are just illusions for them. Let’s hope it doesn’t take them that long to figure it out when feelings start to creep in.

Side note: Kelsey’s mum was a piece of work. Can’t believe how she treated her and how it clearly affected how she saw herself. Glad Chase came to the rescue and also had her back.

Another fun read with interesting characters. They both seemed to be hiding feelings wise with what they really wanted. You know by what was right in front of them. Can’t wait to check out the rest of the guy’s stories. I’m pretty sure Dante is going to get with Emerson’s sister Hayley – she clearly wants him. Let’s see if he will finally notice.

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: ‘Wild Card’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Wild Card (Billionaire Bachelors Book 3)

Published: 11th June 2018

Publisher: Lila Monroe Books

Author: Lila Monroe

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Twitter: @lilawrites

 

Synopsis:

The Wedding Date’ gets a sexy twist in the new hilarious rom-com from Lila Monroe!

Is there anything worse than playing maid-of-honor to your bitchy college nemesis? Try it when she’s marrying your DAD! Olivia Danvers doesn’t know what she’s done to deserve this karmic retribution, but she needs a date to the wedding from hell – and fast. She’s used to matchmaking billionaires, but now she needs a Prince Charming of her own. Someone handsome and famous enough to make bridezilla and her minions drool with envy…

Someone like hottie ex-NFL star Ryan Callahan.

Ryan is looking for love. Well, the fake kind. He needs the perfect woman on his arm to woo investors for his superstar new business venture, but nobody is scoring that touchdown… until elegant, sophisticated Olivia comes to him with a proposition. She’ll play his perfect date – if he’ll play hers.

The deal is simple! Or is it? Take one week in the Florida Keys, a dose of sizzling sexual tension, a madcap wedding, and some seriously humid frizzy hair, and Ryan and Olivia have the recipe for disaster… or maybe the time of their lives.

But can Olivia let down her guard long enough to let Ryan sweep her off her feet? And will Ryan take his eyes off the (business) prize long enough to see what’s right in front of him?

Find out in the hot, delicious new novel from Lila Monroe!

BILLIONAIRE BACHELORS SERIES:
1 Very Irresistible Playboy
2 Hot Daddy
3 Wild Card
4 Man Candy (Aug)
5 Mr. Casanova (Oct)

 

Review:

So we finally find out a bit more about the brains behind The Agency – Olivia. Seems she her hands full with her latest client Ryan. No-one seems to fit the bill completely for what he needs. When she suddenly needs a plus one to an event she’d really rather not go to (you know the whole psycho ex college roommate Vanessa marrying her father kind of event – something he seems to do a lot) he might be able to solve it. Quid pro quo so to speak as he needs someone who will talk up his business around investors in Miami a few hours drive from the wedding. Seems fate wants them in the same place and after a while I don’t think they really mind with what the think about each other.

“The man has a body that should be sculpted in fucking marble and worshipped in pagan ceremonies” Needless to say she likes what she sees. The same goes for him. “When I met her, I thought she was an ice queen. Now all I want is to make her melt”.

Loved the chemistry between them. Slow burn but sparks coming at every turn the longer they are together. Smouldering kisses making her question her own rules on assignments. Pretend soon turns real and when it does fan me down they are hot together. Opposites attract and these two are perfect. Doesn’t take long for her to lower her guard around him either. Both letting the other see there is more than meets the eye.

The more they learn the faster they fall but you know things are never going to run completely smoothly. If its not the wedding chaos its the psycho stepmother/old roommate to be who seems to be a bitch to Olivia for no apparent reason at all. Not just that but Ryan has his new business to get investors for. The main investor Ryan wants is Mason Dubeck but it’s his wife Arianna who he might need to keep on side if Olivia is right. She is a right laugh, loved her from the start. Olivia is a pro but its the way she gets him to see that he’s got the skills if he just relaxes into it. She’s good at getting him out of his head and into the game so to speak. When a misunderstanding causes trouble though can they battle through together? Well you have to hope for it anyway.

I did think at times that her father could have noticed how Vanessa was really treating her. I mean come on she abandoned her on an island! Granted Ryan saved her and she got to spend time relaxing with him – aka staring at his torso wondering what it would be like to touch. Before things started getting interesting it seems both really liked to look. An ice queen for him to melt and that she does when he gets his hands on her.

Funny that Hallie makes an appearance. Also amusing how much she wants to say ‘I told you so’ in response to Olivia getting it on with her hot sports star. Sparks happened with her match so she just hoped it would happen with Olivia too.

Loved it right from the start, another fun, flirty, comical read with great characters. On to the next I think. Alice really wants to get out from behind that desk.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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