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Book Review: ‘The Playboy’s Convenient Bride’ by Kristin Frasier and Haylee Delane

The Playboys Convenient Bride

Title: The Playboy’s Convenient Bride

Published: 25th February 2016

Author: Kristin Frasier and Haylee Delane

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Kristin-Frasier

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hayleedelane

Synopsis:

The worst thing they could do was fall in love.

An urgent engagement …

Billionaire playboy Garrett Sutherland needs a fake fiancée fast. If he doesn’t pretend to mend his womanizing ways, his grandfather will block him from running the family corporation.

Garrett’s college tutor, Astrid Cooper, is the perfect choice. Astrid’s smart, ladylike, and honest, but her crappy car just broke down and her mom’s house is facing foreclosure.

A reluctant pairing …

When Garrett’s grandfather announces their wedding, the faux couple are compelled to go through with it. The heat between them could melt an iceberg, but both of them fight the attraction — Garrett doesn’t want to be tied down, and Astrid doesn’t want a husband who can’t be faithful.

A minefield of emotion

Once they’re on their honeymoon, they can’t hold out anymore … but when tender feelings mix with the mind-blowing sex, they’re in the danger zone. Can Garrett truly change? And when his playboy ways come back to haunt him, can Astrid forgive him?

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – a book set in a different country. Playboy Garrett turns over new leaf when he realises what has, or more importantly who has, been in front of him all along, Astrid.

So Garrett is your everyday playboy who has been aloud to get away with anything and everything for a while now. That’s all about to change though when his grandfather sees a picture of him at a party not looking his best – drunk, shirtless, girls partially dressed in the back ground and people taking drugs. After his parents died his future got pushed up a bit. Where he thought he wouldn’t take over the family business as CEO until his late 40s, now it’s right out of college at 21. Well it would have been a slam-dunk until his grandfather threatens to pass him over completely. He needs to see someone who is mature enough to take control and right now that’s not him. Being put on the spot he says that if his fiancé can deal with his parties then he should be too, those girls weren’t with him and he split a drink on his shirt. The lies are rolling off his tongue and when his grandfather asks for a name the only one that comes to mind is Astrid, the girl whose been helping tutor him for the past 6 years. When his grandfather says he wants to meet her he knows he might be in trouble. He just has to find a way to convince her to pretend to be his fiancé for a little while, compensating her for doing it. Its funny when he goes to get her a ring, from Tiffany’s no less, as he goes for something that would suit her completely and when he thinks about her wearing his ring it shocks him when he finds he really likes the idea.

When we first meet Astrid she’s not having a good day. First her mother tells her that she cant afford the mortgage anymore so might have to move if they cant get some money fast and then her car breaks down on the way home. She needs a miracle and she’s gets her wish in the shape of her friend/tutor buddy/guy that’s hotter than hell and makes her weak at the knees. When Garret asks if she will be his pretend fiancé and meet his grandfather for dinner in exchange for fixing her car and letting her keep the engagement ring (which will be enough to save her mums house) she reluctantly agrees. I mean its only one dinner, right? Wrong as now his grandfather has met her he wants her to attend all the dinner events he has lined up. His grandfather can see Garrett has changed when he is around Astrid and says that he will gladly give his grandson the position after he has married Astrid – which they just happened to say would be at the end of college.

Now Astrid is in a bind, as she has to decide if she wants to go all in and marry him. He says they can divorce after a year but that’s a lot longer than just the original dinner. She soon finds herself walking down the aisle for her fake wedding but the thing is it feels anything but fake, especially when Garrett kisses her, which he does a lot. How is she meant to cope on her honeymoon when all she wants to do is jump her husband? She doesn’t know how he feels though which is frustrating. So she goes on the offensive making a bold first move, and oh boy does she get one hell of a reaction. Wowzer they are beyond hot together. But is this just a honeymoon tumble or can this really work. They both need to express their feelings more if they want to see what has been there all along.

Nicely paced storyline with some great fun characters. You can see how great they are together as a couple right away and you are just waiting for the characters to catch up.

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4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Odin’ by Michelle McLoughney

Odin

Title: Odin Gods of Wrath Security and Investigation (Gods of Wrath Security Agency Book 1)

Published: 29th November 2015

Author: Michelle McLoughney

Facebook: www.facebook.com/michellemcloughney

Twitter: @michellesinhell

Synopsis:

Navy SEAL Odin Byrne believes in two things, the SEAL code of honor and the ability of his Team. When he loses one of his brothers-in-arms, he loses a part of himself. Starting afresh with his Team and back home in Boston, Odin has only one focus, his uncle Declan’s security and detective agency, ‘The Gods of Wrath.’ A new team member is the last thing Odin wants, especially an ex-con who is hot as hell and mouthy to boot. Fighting for control of his agency, his heart, and his damn hormones, isn’t easy. When a new case threatens those closest to him, Odin must work with his adversary to bring a murderer to justice. Simple, apart from the memory of his lips on hers, and that one hot night.

Jasmine McCarthy is starting a new life in Boston. After three years in an Irish prison for a crime committed by her ex-husband, she craves a new start, a new chance. When her friend Declan Byrne gifts her a part of his agency, Jasmine see it as her duty to join the team and follow his wishes, regardless of the opinion of her formidable new boss, Odin Byrne. The pig-head arrogant Ex-SEAL would be a lot easier to ignore, if she hadn’t already had a taste.

Jasmine and Odin want nothing more than to stay the hell away from each other, if only chemistry and fate would play ball…

Review:

Hot to start with and then just kept getting hotter! Loved every second of it. Once I started I couldn’t put it down – happily hooked!

Who would have thought flipping a coin in a bar to decide if you want to stay and have a drink with a really hot stranger could end up changing your life, but that’s exactly what happened to Jasmine. After the hell she went through with her ex you can see why she would keep her distance from men but something about Odin (or O as she calls him to start with as that’s all she wants to know) makes her take a chance. One drink soon turns into another and she soon lets go and decides to take what she wants for once – that just happens to be O for one night of hotter than hot fun. She couldn’t be happier with the outcome to start with but when tragedy strikes its ugly head everything gets put into a blender.

After meeting J a hot stranger at a bar and having one of the best nights he can remember in a while Odin is loathed to just let her go. But when he comes back to an empty room he thinks it’s for the best, he doesn’t think he will ever see her again anyway. But tragedy and fate have other plans in store for the pair of them as they are about to be thrown together whether they like it or not. To say that Odin and his family/team mates are shocked that his uncle Declan gave away 10% of his company (Gods of Wrath Security Agency) to a total stranger would be putting it mildly. When Odin finds out that it’s to an ex con who is non other than J his hot one night stand – who incidentally he can’t stop thinking about – he doesn’t know how to handle it.

Jasmine is determined to keep a secret as to how she knew Odin’s uncle to herself, as it means so much to her and how her life turned around because of it. Only problem is that the GOW team, and especially Odin, want to know and then want her gone. Well Odin may keep saying that he wants her gone but with his mixed signals you can see why Jasmine would be so confused – “stop kissing me then!”

Once Jasmine makes it very clear that a payoff won’t make her go away she decides to honour Declan’s wish and start working at GOW. Odin decides that she should shadow him, which brings them that much closer within the working environment. Being in such close proximity to each other at GOW you can see the chemistry come alive once more – well it never really left – but Odin is holding back from wanting to start something with her. When he makes a mistake with how to handle her growing feelings for him though he might just be putting her life in danger. All Jasmine wants to do is feel a worthy part of the team. Going out alone to prove herself to the team though might not be her smartest idea and could end up being her biggest mistake. It might just get her killed – let’s just hope Odin can get to her in time.

The case that Odin and Jasmine are working on did seem to take a bit of a back seat at times and could have been pulled forward for more of a focal point. I do feel that the ending was a little rushed but maybe that’s just me wanting to keep reading about them that made it seemed rushed. Great characters though, lots of different personalities that seemed to work well together nicely – setting the scene for what’s to come further down the road for them all. What a great start to the series. I now cannot wait to see what the rest of the characters get up to!

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5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Be My Book Boyfriend for my honest review.

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