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Book Review: ‘All You Need is Love’ by Janet Nissenson

Title: All You Need is Love (Inevitable Book 1.5)

Published: 12th November 2014

Publisher: BookBaby

Author: Janet Nissenson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/janetnissensonauthor

Twitter: @JNissenson

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7375780.Janet_Nissenson

 

Synopsis:

Was the wedding of their dreams about to become a living nightmare?

For those who fell in love with Julia and Nathan in Serendipity, see how their story continues to unfold in this sweet, funny and sexy novella.

After overcoming all of the obstacles in pursuit of their happily ever after, Julia and Nathan are determined to plan their dream wedding in just six months time. But the path isn’t as smooth as they had hoped, with bumps in the road that include Julia’s bossy twin sister, a moody bridesmaid, and Julia’s own obsession with perfection. In the end, will love truly be all she and Nathan need, or will they need a little help from their friends along the way?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by an author you love but haven’t read. Come on you know you want to check out a great series so why not start with this one.

Have loved this series right from the start and love that we have a chance to go back and catch up with Julia and Nate to see how they pulled together a wedding in six months. Talk about stressful. Also great that it happens around all the other stories too. Cool if you’ve read them first because you can gauge why someone reacts a certain way. Also by what certain people are doing while the story focuses on the present and not where they might have snuck off. Lipstick being smudged by a certain hot devil perhaps! So I would almost say leave this till last. That way you get to start and finish the series with the same couple.

Oh the craziness that can happen with planning a wedding while trying to get it all done on your own. It was quite funny to see Julia get so flustered and unlike herself. She might have started out ok but nearer the date things started to take a turn for the worse. I mean she actually wore sweatpants people!! You know that she would have to have been almost too far-gone into bridezilla mode with planning to get to that stage. Good job her prince charming – with an idea from Ian and some little helpers – steps in to save the day by sweeping her off her feet and giving her back the calm she had been missing. Poor Nate was feeling a little neglected at the time but his first priority was always to be giving his woman back her peace of mind. Once she realized just what she’d been missing out on too – with having her head too full of wedding stuff – she made sure that they more than made up for lost time. Hot as hot as ever people. Though would you really expect anything less?

Loved Tessa and Ian’s story so it’s always good to catch up and see more of them. He is such a gentleman but you know the naughty things he gets up to with his very willing girlfriend. He likes that Julia gave her a few tricks too – flowers as a thank you anyone. Angela and her mystery devil man subtly play their parts within this one. From this you know their story is intriguing and you’d be right so hold on to your hats for this hot devil of a man. Now Lauren and Ben’s story is a lot longer than you would first think. Oh how our carefree girl seems to be one thing but we know is another. The life and soul of the party perhaps, just not with a new man in every place as she might make out. Her heart belongs to the man of her past which you hope soon with be part of her present – fingers crossed anyway. You just wonder how it took everyone else so long to put two and two together. She was kind of spoon-feeding them clues to her discomfort. Sasha pops up with bachelorette party with her calming presence, as does Courtney with her crazy coloured hair of the week; hope she pops up again with the gang because she’s a right laugh. Almost manages to drink Lauren under the table and that’s no mean feet.

So lets get ready for our happily ever after with a couple that was meant to be from the first look.

5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Masterpiece’ by Xavier Neal

Title: Masterpiece (Adrenaline Series Book 3)

Published: 28th August 2015

Publisher: Entertwine Publishing

Author: Xavier Neal

Facebook: www.facebook.com/XavierNealAuthorPage

 

Synopsis:

As Merrick McCoy, legendary street racer and infamous criminal, approaches the biggest moment of his life, he will have to make one final decision. Will he turn the dark tragedy his life has become into just another court statistic or will he take this chance to turn it into a Masterpiece?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a car chase in it. Well our boy Merrick is a legendary street racer so you now there has to be at least one time he gets a little fast behind the wheel. But is it a street race or someone chasing him? Either way you know he won’t get caught anytime soon.

Well I still don’t know whose ass to kick yet for Ben but I do know who needs to be taken care of so they can’t hurt my McCoy boys no more – none other than The Devil himself. Let’s see where his deeds take our boys and if they can get out unscathed.

So the McCoy’s are struggling to cope with Ben’s death. No matter what the police report says they know there was nothing wrong with his car to cause the accident. Someone just wants to make it look like it. Very emotional side you see of all of them, Knox (who I class as a McCoy anyway), Jovi and Halie also. They want answers but it seems that will have to take a back seat when the Devil comes back on the scene with unfinished business.

Jovi is getting ready to leave for college so is starting the pack up. She is trying to grow and find herself without living with her father’s restrictions. When she finds out about Ben’s death she knows she is going to the funeral. She just doesn’t expect her father to know anything about it. Seems he knows about the accident and is all for blaming the driver Ben McCoy. Thinking him no good. This just gets right on Jovi’s nerves and she just snaps at him. Letting it slip that she knew Ben and in the process letting Nadie in on the real identity of Merrick, Ben’s cousin. You know with him being a McCoy and all.

Having issues with her father is the least of her problems when Jovi spots a picture of the infamous Ghost in a photo in her fathers case files. Seems Ghosts build and the car he is in reminds her of a certain someone – namely her fiancé. To say this news doesn’t go down well would be an understatement. This would also be the moment the devil strikes.

To save his girl Merrick is willing to do anything, no matter the cost. How similar will our classic twist on Romeo and Juliet go? With the devil at their heels it’s all to play for. This might be the end to their story, which I have loved, but it’s the beginning for the rest of the family. I loved all the McCoy’s and can’t wait to check out their stories and get inside their heads. Loved the author’s style of writing with the different POV’s talking direct to the reader. Makes it a bit more fun with the journey you are taken on with them.

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: ‘Thrust’ by Sloan Storm

Title: Thrust (Fastlane Series)

Published: 19th January 2016

Author: Sloan Storm

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sloanstorm

 

Synopsis:

From the instant I met mysterious, hard-bodied Formula One driver Marco Rhys, he took charge – leading me on a red-lined, wild ride into his world.

But I’d vowed to never give a man control of my life. Ever. It was my unbreakable rule, a principle I promised to never compromise – no matter what.

So despite his rock hard abs, devilish good looks and charm to match, I felt sure I’d rise to the challenge. After all, I’d handled my fair share of billionaire playboys in my short career and never failed to deliver. I had too much at stake, and too much to lose if I failed.

If I couldn’t sign Marco to the investment firm I worked for, I could wave my dreams goodbye. Everyone who said I would never amount to anything would be right.

But I didn’t count on the unstoppable force of Marco Rhys.

Everything depended on our battle of wills. One of us would have to conquer the other – in the boardroom or the bedroom.

Which one of us would surrender first?

Why did I feel like it might be me?

The Fastlane Series books are stand alone romance novels featuring unique lovers and happy endings. No cliffhangers! Thrust is Marco and Dani’s story in the Fastlane Series.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set in a different country. From New York to Monte Carlo, what a fast ride Dani is taken on.

Dani’s career seems to be on the up when she goes along with her two bosses Bernald and Leopold to – hopefully – close a deal with Marco Rhys. He has just come into a lot of money and they are hoping to seal the deal to get him to invest with them. Seems they want to make the deal that much sweeter for Dani to get her to really go for it but in the process only seem to annoy her with it. Seems they think she has talent and want to make her a partner with the firm, which is great but only if she can land the deal with Marco. Seems they like to put strings attached to deals but only it seems with her. Double standards from the get go and the more they talk about how she is the right person to close the deal with Marco by any means the more she gets the underlining impression they really mean ‘by any means’. This gets her back up and she makes it clear that she is not going to sleep with him to get them what they want. Their backtracks give the impression that they shocked she would come to that idea but you know that what they are hoping will happen. She may say no now but the moment Marco walks into the meeting things take a turn in that direction with the heat coming off both of them.

Marco has had enough of investment companies hounding him from the moment his father passed away. He might have inherited a lot – billions to be exact – but he just keeps hearing the same pitch over and over again. Seems this one has caught his attention a little more with the introduction of Dani though. His interest now has nothing to do with where to put his money but something else entirely. He can see that she is interested from the moment he touched her hand. Her pitch like the others blurs together and its not long before he gets up to go leaving our girl to say ‘are you sure they is nothing I can do to change your mind’. Well her mind might have been innocent enough at that moment but his certainly isn’t when he invites her to an event he is going to that night. One look from her bosses and she knows she has to accept. Seems the game is on to close the deal but soon the tables are turned when her feelings come into play.

Once she gets to spend time alone with Marco she can see a different side to him than the man from the meeting. It doesn’t take long for her to loosen up and have fun, almost forgetting about the reason for coming and the signature sheet she has for him just in case. After getting a bit tipsy it seems Marco wants to get his Cinderella back from the ball but when she sees the direction of the car she knows that things are about to get complicated. More so when they get into his place and find another women on his sofa. Seems Marco has an ex, Serena, who can’t let go but thankfully leaves – well after being told to. You’d think the moment building between them would have been killed dead by that but it soon starts up again. The two of them together are like a ticking time bomb just waiting to go off. She knows she shouldn’t do this and even says so but with the way he looks at her she knows there is no way she can say no when all she wants to do is scream yes – and that she does!

Seems this is just the start of their passion but her job is always just there causing friction between them. He wants her to just be herself, forget about the job and let them have some fun. It’s not long before fun starts to have a different meaning when feelings get involved. When these two collide you know its going to be fireworks but not always in a good way when the past comes back to bite.

When Serena keeps popping up you know there is more to the story than just being an ex. Seems she does not take rejection well and feels the need to bring everyone down to with her and Dani in now in her line of sight.

Thought Dani’s family was very selfish with how they treated her, seemingly her whole life. Always taking advantage until the moment comes where you know she is going to snap.

Seems this Formula One driver who likes to live in the fastlane so lets see if Dani can keep up. Or better yet if he’ll grow a pair to pull over and pick her up for good. Another fun, fast paced read but this time without with guys on the track.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Sensational’ by Janet Nissenson

Title: Sensational (Inevitable #4)

Published: 6th November 2015

Publisher: BookBaby

Author: Janet Nissenson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/janetnissensonauthor

Twitter: @JNissenson

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7375780.Janet_Nissenson

 

Synopsis:

THEY SAY YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST LOVE…

Lauren McKinnon has always prided herself on never backing down from a challenge, living life to its fullest, and refusing to be ruled by her emotions. She is the quintessential wild child who became a bold, fearless woman, she doesn’t believe in regrets or second chances, and thinks that true love only happens in fairy tales. Except for the time it happened to her one magical summer. But unlike fairy tales, in real life love can also be cruel, and after having her heart broken Lauren has vowed to never allow herself to be vulnerable again.

Ben Rafferty has always been a loner, never truly belonging anywhere or to anyone, until the summer he visits Big Sur and meets the girl he immediately recognizes as his soulmate. But Lauren’s star shines far too brightly, and to stay with her means the real possibility of dimming that brilliant light. The decision to leave her behind will be the most difficult of his life, and for years later he’s left to wonder what would have happened if he’d stayed.

When their paths inevitably cross again, Lauren’s pride and refusal to forgive continues to keep them apart, as does the new woman in Ben’s life. As truths are eventually revealed, and emotions can no longer be denied, will Lauren and Ben finally find their way back to each other, or will they be destined to forever remain apart?

 

Review:

Clues in the title to how I feel about authors’ style of writing, sensational. Have loved this series so far and couldn’t wait to get to Lauren’s story. Knew it was going to be good from the get go but didn’t realize how long it would take for Ben to grow a pair to get his girl and then for Lauren to stop being so stubborn. But it’s the tension that makes a good story and helps build a more realistic one, so here goes.

Loved how this story was going on at the same time as all the others have been (Julia and Nathan, Tessa and Ian and then Angela and Nick). It seemed at first that they all were the ones that found true love first but in reality it was Lauren all along. She just hid it well from those around her and she was also the first one to suffer complete heartbreak, but we will get to that in a bit.

I liked that you got to start at the beginning with them and not present day so you could see how their lives, and lives of others’, slowly intertwined with each other. So we start in Lauren’s favourite place on earth. Her families place along the coast in Big Sur. One said place where she encounters a very handsome man, Ben. She just strolls on up in short shorts and a barely there bikini top, one he can’t seem to keep his eyes off, and informs him that he is trespassing. Ben just wanted to take a really good picture of the bay to go with a travel piece he was working on but when she sees the excuse of a camera he is uses she insists he use one of hers. He thinks she is a bit too trusting of someone she just met so I like it when she shows him exactly how she can handle herself no matter the situation. She saw something in him from the moment they met and knew what she wanted to happen from the moment he turned to look at her. As soon as she got him back to her place, with photos collected, he almost feels like he is home. Which was rare for someone who never really felt settled anywhere. You may say she pounced on him but it wouldn’t have been long before he made a move, she was just getting there first. What started as a possible one-night stand turned into a passionate escape from reality where time seemed to stand still for them both. Hot enough to build a campfire from. Young love almost too passionate to handle perhaps? It was this moment when Ben realized just what she might be capable of doing and knew, well thought he did anyway, that if he stayed she wouldn’t fulfill her dreams. So he does what he thinks is best, he leaves. Biggest mistake of his life, one he longs to take back.

You are in complete agreement with Lauren when you think of him as an asshole that doesn’t deserve her. Shame her heart doesn’t seem to get the message straight away. He might think that because she is younger than him that she would just bounce back and get with someone new within months but that was never going to be the case. From this moment on she kind of shuts down emotionally but never really lets on to the people around her. She may give off the impression in other books that she is wild and carefree but that only really applies to her career not her love life, or lack there of. Her career is all that she thinks about and years after her heartbreak thinking that she would never see Ben again she gets one hell of a shock on that front.

The same goes for Ben too when he finds out he is her new boss. Then lets rub some salt in the wounds by bringing up that he is seeing someone, Elle. Not that he is truly ‘in’ the relationship. Its almost like he feels responsible for her. She is a very highly-strung person who was never going to be more than his friend as his heart has only and will only ever belong to Lauren.

This isn’t a cheating book, as they then have to work together, along with all that tension, for the next couple of years. So when I say that you are just waiting for them to get their act together you are waiting a little while. The chemistry is as evident in present day as it was in the past but they hold back. Lauren would never go for someone who is involved with another. The longer they are in each other’s presence though the harder it gets to exist in Lauren’s eyes. She wants what she thinks she can’t have and if she had only let him explain earlier why he left then things may have sped up.

Seem history might be repeating itself when Lauren finally opens up to someone, her Aunt Madelyn. Loved the side romance story with her and how she was reunited with her lost love. She doesn’t want her niece to follow in her footsteps by waiting too long so its this moment that gives her the push she needed.

Another great read that brought together all the characters from the previous books and you can see what Lauren was really going through along their timelines which is cool. Can’t wait to get on with the rest of the series.

5 out of 5 stars

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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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