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Book Review: ‘Troublemaker’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Troublemaker (Rascals Book 5)

Published: 10th December 2018

Author: Katie McCoy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiemccoyauthor

 

Synopsis:

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

Dante Delgado is arrogant, mysterious… and sexy as hell. He’s also my brother’s best friend, which makes him seriously off-limits — until one of our infuriating fights turns into a steamy make-out session.

Now, all bets are off.

I know he’s trouble, but I can’t stay away. The chemistry between us is burning out of control, but Dante’s hiding something behind that bad boy smile, and his secrets could destroy us both.

Am I heading straight for heartbreak? Or can this troublemaker open his heart for the right woman?

Find out in the sizzling conclusion to the Rascals series!

#1 Rascal
#2 Wingman
#3 Heartbreaker
#4 Soulmate
#5 Troublemaker

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a one word title.

So we finally get the story that has been hinted at right from the start. You could see a mile off that Hayley was into Dante but he always kept everything so close to his chest that you could never be sure what he was thinking. Something that Hayley is adamant is about to change after getting a taste of what she has been dreaming about.

Hayley might be casually seeing Mike but it really isn’t going to go anywhere. He is the type of boyfriend her parents want for her but not really someone who she thinks she should be with. His kisses are nice but she wants spectacular – mainly she wants Dante as she’s sure his kisses are going to be in the spectacular spectram. The fact her words are soon to be ‘from the most epic, sexy, explosive kiss in my life’ you’d say yes to that. She’s wanted him forever and it seems the feelings mutual, so what’s holding him back.

Dante is our man of mystery that she really wants to solve. Her thoughts always seem to go to naughty places when she sees him. Well right before she wants to hit him over the head for being his normal asshole self. Now it seems said mystery man holds a poker game for a select few, not completely on the up and up though. So when Hayley walks in with her date Mike he’s none too happy she’s there. Unless he wants a scene though she’s staying to get some answers. In the end she just gets kissed the lovely hell out of which leads to more questions running round her head, mainly to him ghosting her for a while after the fact.

Dante has a reason for everything but he keeps it all close to his chest. Good intentions and motives to help others but he doesn’t always act the part. He helps out at his old gym with mentor Bull. As he’s getting on in years Dante wants to continue his work at the gym with young kids that are like he was at that age – angry with the world and needing some guidance, discipline, stability and support. Bull’s still good to give Dante advice to get his head on straight it’s just a shame it didn’t work with his foster brother Nicky. He was in and out of foster care, like Dante, but always has a way to find trouble, blaming Dante for all of it too. It’s this trouble that Dante thinks he has which makes him think that he doesn’t deserve someone like Hayley as she’s too good for him. That is about to change though if she’s got anything to do with it.

These two getting together was never going to be straight-forward, they were going to have some fun, or maybe chaos, along the way. Its like they are feeling each other out to see what next step should – more him than her – when really they want to just pounce on each other. She just needs to find a way to spend more time together – self defence training anyone? Getting all hot and sweaty in the gym is sure to lead to getting hot and sweaty somewhere else right? Though I’d say it might have more to do with a certain little black dress she wears just for him. One Dante is dying to rip off her – well unless she beats him to it. Let’s just say she won’t look at a poker table the same way ever again.

On a lighter note it turns out that Hayley is now the lead singer of a band called Purple Sunday. When she decides to make the next move and ask him on a date she gets him to meet her at their first gig. Its like she wanted something to connect them together with no-one else involved. I also liked that when she finally needed to talk to someone about Dante she picked Juliet. Funny for her as she always thought something was going on between them. To quote ‘You guys are always staring at each other.’

Their group get together’s just get more fun with each book. The rest of the couples together for a movie night where Dante and Hayley have to pretend they haven’t seen each other naked. That sounds like fun. More so when hot texts turn into sneaking away for a stolen moment where anyone could walk in, talk about heat rising. Yeah they weren’t going to stay long when they really needed to be alone together. Hot as hell comes to mind and with each encounter they just burn hotter.

Funny how its Dante that wants to tell Emerson and the others about them first, doesn’t want to lie and hide. Hayley knows how protective they all are and how they will butt in so wants it just between them for a little while. Fall out won’t be good though. The women will be all for it as they’ve figured out the chemistry long ago, the guys are just all oblivious. How long can they stay in their heated inferno before someone gets burnt?

Loved how all the couples are interlinked in each story. Emerson and Alex, Chase and Kelsey, Liam and Juliet, and Sawyer and Gabi. Took Dante and Hayley a little longer than most but worth the wait. Now that’s the way to make a good apology. Swoon worthy is all I’ll say. Seems these five rascals got more than they bargained for when they opened the bar. One by one taken down by love and, in the end, none of them minding in the slightest.

Great series from start to finish, lots of interesting, unique characters and couple pairings throughout. Also love how each series has a few characters that cross over into each other. Lets see what series comes next.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘The Girl of His Dreams’ by Janet Nissenson

Title: The Girl of His Dreams (Bachelor Book1)

Published: 21st May 2018

Publisher: BookBaby

Author: Janet Nissenson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/janetnissensonauthor

Twitter: @JNissenson

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

 

Synopsis:

He was convinced he’d be a bachelor for life. And then he met the girl of his dreams.

Jordan Reeves has fully embraced the carefree, uncomplicated bachelor life, figuring that the poor example he’d been provided by his parents of so-called marital bliss was reason enough to remain single. He’s more than content to date one woman after another and never even consider settling down, especially since the only female who’s ever seriously caught his attention belongs to another man.

But during a vacation in Hawaii, Jordan unexpectedly meets a woman who could very easily change his mind about the joys of bachelorhood. Aubrey Larson is young, gorgeous, fun-loving, and has a wicked sense of humor to match his own. She’s also a dead ringer for the woman Jordan’s had an admitted crush on for the past few years, enough to be mistaken for her twin.

Aubrey recognizes the handsome Doctor Reeves as a player of epic proportions the first time they meet, but even her usual disdain for that type of male can’t diminish the overwhelming attraction she feels for him. But as their relationship deepens, Aubrey has no idea that becoming involved with Jordan will lead to a startling discovery about her own past, and cause her to question his true feelings for her.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set somewhere you have travelled to. That being San Francisco a few years back which I loved.

Jordan is an OB/GYN who has a bit of an unhealthy infatuation with one of his patients, Tessa. Not good when she has just had her second child with her husband Ian Gregson – sorry mate but she is not even going to glance your way as we all know they are the perfect couple (from the book Splendor which I really loved, if you haven’t read check it out). Jordan’s good friends with Ian too, as they seemed to go to the same type of swanky functions, so all round it is a bit of a mess.

He is a bachelor supreme along with his mates Max and Finn who are all players to the ninth degree. Max seems nice enough so far but Finn is quite obnoxious. Their plan to help Jordan get over said infatuation is to take a holiday to Hawaii. They are thinking sun, sea and sex. Not necessarily in that order. It might help but he is starting to get tired of the game. That said the thought of long term almost gives him a panic attack. He might change his mind after two weeks in paradise.

When perusing the beach for possible bedmates Jordan has to do a double take when a new contender comes out of the water. Tessa 2.0 in looks so you know who he will pick. Yeah you know this is going to get messy. Loved that his ‘you’re my dream girl’ pick up line crashed and burned, well to start with anyway. Persistence is key with how he works to charm Aubrey into having lunch with him; can that charm work on dinner too?

Aubrey’s worked on the island for year and a half as a tour operator but her contract is soon to be up. After a great lunch and pending dinner date you can see her start to second-guess her decision. Well that’s something her two friends aren’t likely to let her get away with. She might want to cancel but they out-maneuver her by hiding her phone. Date with the hot doctor here we come.

The only problem with this date is that to begin with Jordan keeps thinking in lines of how similar she is to Tessa in looks. Personality wise they are completely different but looks they could be twins. The age difference between them is also playing on his mind. He might have ribbed Ian for the 15years between him and Tessa but there are 14 between him and Aubrey – 25 to his 39. Copycat romance might be on the cards?

Jordan might start out thinking he needs to spoil her but all she wants is him and not the flashy gifts or meals, showing the connection between them is strong. With him being a ladies man he is very experienced in the bedroom but even he was close to losing his mind when she got her hands on him. Explosive match that are surely to burn hotter the more time they spend together. Aubrey just has to push to the back of her mind about ‘how’ he would have gotten so good over the years. Either way it’s going to be two weeks in paradise where the heat is surely to be rising with these two. But what happens when he wants to continue off the island back home in San Francisco. With the ever-high chance of bumping into Tessa, or Ian for that matter, growing by the day can they hold on to paradise or will it burst around them?

I did like this start to the new series but not quite as much as the Inevitable one. I think it’s because it took me longer to like Jordan. Got my back up that he would even think he had a chance with Tessa. Crush from afar but because I loved her and Ian’s story so much I was already hating on him a bit. He does redeem himself with Aubrey after he realises that their looks are the only thing that’s the same. Also that after spending a short time with her Tessa was out of his mind. His and Aubrey’s connection from then on was magnetic. Aside from mind-blowing sex he could be quite the romantic. Drawn to each other more than they would have thought. Which is why they try to take their island bubble romance to the mainland. Ticking time bomb to find out why they look so similar and why he kept it from them. When the bubble bursts can he fix it?

Now I’m not overly keen on Finn at the moment so a bit unsure of how his book will play out but interesting to see how his priorities might change. Max is a mystery that needs looking into though.

Loved that we got to see Ian and Tessa again and that they have two little kiddies now. Amazing family unit and great couple. Aubrey is right about feeling an electric energy around them because if you’ve read Splendor (which you should as it’s great) you will know full well just what they get up to behind closed doors.

Not quite Inevitable standard because I absolutely loved all the characters in that series but not too far off. His ‘dream girl’ come to life.

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: ‘Mr Casanova’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Mr Casanova (Billionaire Bachelors Book 5)

Published: 29th October 2018

Publisher: Lila Monroe Books

Author: Lila Monroe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lilamonroebooks

Twitters: @lilawrites

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

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

 

Synopsis:

Fall in love with the new hot and hilarious romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!

Dashing TV star Luke Rafferty is Hollywood’s newest bad boy… at least, according to the tabloids. He’s been steaming up the screens as Dr. Casanova for ten years, but thanks to his ex-wife, some tricky contract negotiations, and that incident with the stethoscope (don’t ask), he’s suddenly on an extended vacation – with his heartthrob career on the line.

Enter Stella Hartwick.

A Hamptons local, she’s trying to get her home renovation company off the ground; winning the job for Luke’s new beachfront retreat would be her big break. And when she just happens to overhear his agent suggesting a fake relationship to give his reputation a swoon-worthy makeover, Stella sees the perfect solution to both their problems.

What’s a little fake smooching between friend(ly professionals)?

Stella is determined to keep her eyes on the prize renovation and her hands OFF the hunky actor wandering shirtless through her construction site. But Luke has other ideas. Midnight skinny-dipping ideas.

If only he wasn’t so heart-stompingly, panty-twistingly handsome…

Soon, sparks are flying, and they’re both forgetting their kisses are just for show. But can this fake relationship weather a very real tabloid storm? Or will past betrayals and the Hollywood spotlight drive them apart before their romance has even begun?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book from a ‘one click buy’ author. What is it about going out on boat trips and getting stuck on islands? Sure leads to fun times to be had in the sun. If you are looking for fun, flirty, hot reads then this is the author for you.

So it seems that when someone needs a little helping hand in the ‘fake’ relationship area for good publicity Olivia always seems to be in just the right place at the right time. Case in point with how she meets Stella through some friends while visiting the Hamptons and suggests that she could help her out financially if she wished. She might say no at the time but the offer seemed to stick in her mind and made her suggest something she wouldn’t have thought when going in to bid on a new house renovation project.

Stella has her own contracting business to renovate houses but seems to be constantly outbid on projects. Wouldn’t be so bad if the person was actually good at what they did or that they were her cheating ex fiancé. She originally started a company with her ex – but after finding his head between another woman’s legs – that fell apart as well as their relationship. She now has her own business, Hartwick Constructions, but is having trouble getting steady work. The latest dream job project she is really gunning for is the Sandy Lane house; she just has to convince the new owner that she is the person for the job. That is if she can stop drooling over him first.

Luke is in a bit of hot water publicity wise with all the fake stories his ex wife Avery is spreading. His role as Dr Casanova in a TV series called Heartbreak Hospital is the main area that has been hit. The papers report he went off the deep end after his divorce from Avery but as we know with would be clients of the Agency not everything is as it seems. His manager Quinn wants him to set up a meeting to help with his image by way of a fake relationship but he is reluctant to agree.

This conversation just happens to be over heard by Stella. Who after picking her jaw off the floor when she realises Luke, aka Dr Casanova himself, is even sexier off the screen. Sees that they could help each other out in another quid pro quo situation. She could be the pretend girlfriend to make him seem reformed in the public eye with a sweet new love interest and in return her firm could handle the renovation. A contract to dream about, the house not the man of course – well that’s what she keeps telling herself anyway.

With these books it always comes down to the first ‘pretend’ kiss. That first small spark that ignites something neither were expecting but both soon start to really want. Mixing business and pleasure is most definitely on the cards from that point onwards. But with him being an actor is it all real or fake? Something I’m sure will be running through Stella’s head at times.

The tension and chemistry between them started slower, as this was all happening while Stella was renovating the house. It was there just below the surface waiting to be pulled forward. They seem electric when they are close to each other, drawn together like magnets. They just have to be careful of what, or who, might pull them apart.

The difference this time with the couple involved is that the press is going to follow their ‘love story’ at every opportunity. Is Stella going to be able to cope with the stories told? I have a feeling that not all will be good ones – or even real ones – when ex’s are involved. The thing is Luke knows to take those stories with a pinch of salt but can’t seem to do it. Sees red and then turns into an asshole. He needs to do a big gesture to fix the mess he’s created. If his bachelor friend Fitz and sister Zoey can see things clearly why can’t he? Words of wisdom need to be listened to.

Now Fitz is going to be an interesting one to follow next. All this time it seemed that The Agency only helped men but it does have some female clients too. Seems Fitz might be about to change his mind about signing up.

Another fun, heated read with interesting characters that all interlink in different ways. What’s not to love? I’d expect nothing less from Lila Monroe’s books.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Soulmate’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Soulmate (Rascals Book 4)

Published: 15th October 2018

Author: Katie McCoy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiemccoyauthor

 

Synopsis:

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

Sawyer Landry is sexy, rugged, charming… and did I mention sexy? Back in college, we were best of friends – which meant I secretly hid an epic unrequited crush, while he dated every other girl on campus… and then told me all about it the morning after.

Now I’m back in Chicago for the first time in years, and Sawyer is determined to rekindle our friendship. I swore, I wouldn’t put my life (and heart) on hold for him again, but just one look at his handsome face and I know, he’s still the only man for me.

But this time, things are going to be different. No more sitting around, waiting for him to realize his dream woman is right in front of him. No, I’m going to make him see, I’m not just one of the guys anymore.

But can I really go from sidekick to soulmate? And will this playboy bachelor realize, true love is waiting – if he’d only take a chance?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a shirtless guy on the cover. Which safe to say is going to be most romance books out there, they know a good thing so why mess with it.

So Gabi is back in Chicago after five years hoping to land a new job at a cool library to do with event planning. Her time away after college was needed for her own peace of mind but she misses home and her mum so is back. All she is focused on is her, potential, new job but her best friend Emily has others ideas about what her focus should be on. They both need to meet someone new and interesting but can’t seem to find the time. Well fate has a funny way of sorting that one out.

Sawyer is a bit of a player who would run in the opposite direction if a women thought for a moment that they could have something serious. He can’t see it ending well due to bad examples he has seen. Doesn’t help his way of thinking when three out of four of his best friends are loved up to the ninth degree. Seems their new bar Rascals has brought them closer to getting their other halves. Can it work its magic on him too?

Gabi and Sawyer first met in college where they became fast friends and only that. Mainly due to Sawyer not really seeing her as a woman but as only a ‘friend’, not someone he’d sleep with. Not so good for Gabi because it didn’t take long for her to fall for him big time. When college was over she knew she needed to break the bad habit and stop all contact, easier as she moved away. Five years later she’s back, and as the fates would have it, gets saved by the one guy in Chicago she hoped to not bump into. Almost walking into traffic was a shock but looking up at the guy who saves her dam near stops her mind short – Sawyer. Seems he wants to start where they left off as friends but she has other ideas, well she’s hoping anyway. She doesn’t want to go back to being the friend who has to see him flirt and hook up with other woman right in front of her. Not again anyway. This time she’s going to make sure she gets his attention.

It’s a cool first meeting with all the gang from the bar – guys and girlfriends in tow. Though Rascals is closed for poker night Gabi’s still let in. Her plan, if the bar had been open, was to do something to make Sawyer notice her, like flirt with another guy. With Dante being the only unattached guy there – well until he and Hayley get their act together – seems fair game after Hayley gives the all clear. There are two words that are sure to make the game more interesting – strip poker. The whole jealously thing to get a good reaction from him works like a dream – well at least for moment anyway. It’s definitely a kiss worth waiting for, until he ghosts her after that is.

Group outings are good with this lot, great fun atmosphere. Sawyers nice, relaxing cabin is just the ticket. Shame he is ignoring her at the time, as he can’t handle that kiss it seems. Knowing she needs to force the issue with them alone, when everyone else leaves, she decides to be a bit sneaky by messing with his engine. Oh well I guess they will just have to spend the night together in the warm, cozy cabin. She wants him to talk to her but really talking is the last thing she wants to happen. A chemistry bomb slowly ticking away the longer they are alone, just waiting for its spark. A game of truth or dare could be just the ticket. Holy smokes there was clearly a lot of built up tension between these two because once those floodgates were opened nothing was holding the passion back. Can they just have a friends-with-benefits situation? Good to start with but how long can it really last?

Aside from the bar Sawyer has a very successful furniture business where he makes/restores custom pieces. It’s hard labour work so watching him work in his shop would get anyone’s pulse racing. Shirtless with low slung denim jeans molded to him and beads of sweat dripping down his back as he works away. Yep I would have jumped him too.

The passion is on fire with these two but Gabi is holding back something that could ruin them for good. With him being a commitment phobic she has to be careful not to say three certain words or he will run. His actions show his feelings are changing too it’s just he can’t, or rather won’t, see it for himself. How long she will be able to fool herself into thinking she can handle things as they are is anyone’s guess.

Oh man near the end you will want to snack Sawyer upside the head for how clueless he is. Luckily all the girls, guys too, do it for us. Let’s see how long it takes for the light bulb to go off in his head about what is right in front of him. They are meant to be but might need a little help getting there.

Another great read from a fabulous series. Really looking forward to Hayley and Dante’s story. Man alive the spark that sets them off is going to have to be big. Jealously might play a part too if the end of this book is anything to go by.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Lessons from a One-Night Stand’ by Piper Rayne

Title: Lessons from a One-Night Stand (The Baileys Book 1)

Published: 7th February 2019

Author: Piper Rayne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PiperRayne

Twitter: @PiperRayneRocks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorpiperrayne

 

Synopsis:

If you’re a guy like me, and you find yourself having banged your sexy new boss–the school principal–in the back of your Jeep one drunken night, here’s a few takeaways based on my experience…

Lesson One: Always get her FULL name.

Lesson Two: Consider asking what she does for a living.

Lesson Three: Find out why she’s moved to town. Get details. Details are crucial.

Lesson Four: Don’t alter her bio in front of an auditorium of high school students unless you know she has a sense of humor for that sort of thing.

Lesson Five: If you ignore Lesson Four, apologize instead of flirt when you’re sent to the principal’s office.

Lesson Six: NEVER sleep with her again.

Lesson Seven: Pay attention to this one–it’s the most important of them all.

Don’t fall for your one-night stand.

Class dismissed.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book published this year. Welcome to tranquil town of Lake Starlight where the Baileys are a well loved family. What’s more loved though is the towns gossip blog site Buzz Wheel. Read it fast though because it’s only up until midnight. Note to self: if you want to do something a bit impulsive – like hooking up with a stranger in a jeep – make sure no-one is around to capture the story or you might make a headline. Something that Austin and Holly are wishing they had done.

Austin is kind of seen as a bit of a saint in Lake Starlight. After his parents died he came back to help raise his brothers and sisters. His sister Savannah, only a couple years younger, would take care of the family business and he would look after the family. His main goal was to see all of them graduate school and go off to college. The last two, twins Phoenix and Sedona, are coming up to graduation and with this his own dreams are coming back into focus. He is the school coach but dreams bigger to be a college coach. His plan is to leave to pursue his own dream career now everyone has graduated. The only problem is that his dream will take him away from Lake Starlight. Is it time for him to chase a new dream though?

Holly has her own reasons for coming to this quiet little town and that’s due to who lives a few towns over – her father. Well father would imply that he was a part of her life but at this point he is simply part of her DNA. She wants to meet him but are her hopes a little too high for what she might get back in return? To do this she managed to get a job at Lake Starlight as the new school Principal until the end of the term. All would be great if she didn’t get a very embarrassing introduction to the schools pupils courtesy of the school coach wanting to get a laugh out of them. What makes matters worse is that he isn’t a stranger but in fact her one-night stand from a few days before. Shocked faces from both it seems when he sees her walk towards the front of the stage. I think they are both running through the last time they saw each other – namely the back seat of his jeep. Heated passion about hit the breaks?

Breaks are pushed down hard, as both know that the other doesn’t plan on sticking around for long – three months and then both will be gone. Holly might be clear that she doesn’t want anything to happen between them because of this but you can’t hide away from the chemistry that they feel. The town carnival is where things heat up. Pie in the face is ok if you promise to let to other clean you up afterwards. But a ride on a fairest wheel is the perfect way to build tension with every time you are out of sight from prying eyes. You can feel the heat rising between them with each rotation getting closer to kissing. They know what it feels like too with memories of the jeep – thought they were going to combust! Seems they think that if they go in with their eyes open and just keep things fun and secret – not wanting to get back on Buzz Wheel again – that they will be ok when its over in three months. Yeah good luck with that when feelings start creeping in!

Holly’s mum Karen was a bit of a whirlwind. Knew she’d be fun right from the get go. Loved Grandma Dori too and found she always had a few good words of wisdom – along with a handy golf cart – at just the right time. So the Bailey clan have arrived and I feel are going to be an interesting bunch to follow. Anyone else going to be steaming up jeep windows or are they just going to leave that to Austin and Holly. Well they are a very passionate, fiery couple.

Fun, interesting characters throughout that draw you in quickly. The town has a great vibe to it to. Makes you want to visit it.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the authors via InkSlinger PR for my honest review.

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