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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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Book Review: ‘Heartthrob’ by Katie McCoy

Title: Heartthrob (All-Stars Book3)

Published: 28th November 2018

Author: Katie McCoy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiemccoyauthor

 

Synopsis:

Move over, Colin Firth – there’s a new Darcy in town!

Jax Hawthorne is Hollywood’s sexiest bad boy. I’m a glorified secretary who thinks color-coding my library is a wild Friday night. So when he shows up after all this time wanting to make good on our childhood deal to tie the knot, it’s not because he can’t resist my perfect credit score.

He needs a fake girlfriend to rehab his reckless image, and I’m the (safe, sensible) girl for the job. I would be insulted… if the proposal didn’t come with an all-expenses-paid trip to England while he shoots a new movie version of ‘Pride & Prejudice.’

Goodbye, my dumpster fire of a dating life. Hello, steamy nights with a chiseled hunk who knows all the right moves.

Soon, I’m knee-deep in the English mud – and on-set drama. But all our fake-smoldering is getting my very real panties in a twist. It turns out, Jax is so much more than just a reckless playboy. He makes me want to forget our ‘arrangement’… and break all the rules.

Can our pretend romance turn to something real? Or will scheming actresses, control-freak PR crews, and a pesky little thing called love ruin the best (fake) relationship of my life?

 

Review:

Another fun, feisty, hot little read to blast through in a few hours. Jax Hawthorne, Hollywood’s sexy bad boy, needs an image makeover to land the role of a lifetime. With a little help from an old childhood friend he might just get that.

Penny almost feels like she is scraping the barrel when it comes to dating and the more blind dates or internet dates she goes on the more she thinks she should just give up. One last shot is what she thinks, mainly the try and get her ex out of her head, but she should really just listen to her gut. Her current ‘date’ seems to pale in comparison the moment things get a little too handsy but thankfully Jax is there to intervene when needed. She recognized him the moment she got to the bar with her friend but didn’t think for a moment that he would recognize her. It seemed a lifetime ago that they were kids playing together to escape their parents but she still remembers the pack that they made. The one that said that it they weren’t married by the time she was 25 they’d marry each other. His reasoning that friendship is better than love. Well that thought comes right to the front of her mind when he steps in – can you guess her age people? Seems he wants to catch up but she just wants to leave, well until her ex and the girl he dumped her for turn up. Seems Jax is a very convincing fake date to get her ex all flustered. Seems faking a date is one thing that could lead to something a lot more interesting.

Jax has wanted to land a must-have role for a while but the producers are concerned with his wild, bad boy image. They need to see that he has changed his ways and what better way to do that than by getting serious with someone. Well as serious as a fake relationship that is, but the woman has to be a safe bet, calm with no drama. While he is away on the set of his new film version of Pride & Prejudice she would be there to show off to the press to create the perfect romance love story. A film our very sexy leading man plays the delectable Mr. Darcy. The first person that comes to his mind is Penny. He might first just be thinking she is the safe bet, someone who might be interested in an all expenses paid trip to England, but somewhere deeper he is thinking about the woman herself. Not in a fake way at all.

A deal is struck but its not long before their ‘fake’ relationship starts to feel very much like a ‘real’ one. Let’s just say that teasing the guy while playing pool with unbuttoning your dress is one sure way to get a reaction out of him. One she very much enjoys. The thing with the fake relationship is that Penny can never really see whether the time they spend together is because he does want to be there or if there might be some press around who can capture the moment. Lines are soon very much crossed and when they are things get a whole lot hotter. The chemistry was building right from the start and you knew it wasn’t going to take much to push them over the edge. With his image being front-and-centre in his PR Stella’s mind though you know she is always going to be thinking of the best angle to sell her product – that being Jax. Whether Penny gets caught in the crossfire is not her problem it seems but its whether Jax can see through all the fakeness to what’s really in front of him that things might start to change. Whether he can handle what’s real or not is something else entirely.

Another great read by Katie that will have you stitches one moment and fanning yourself down in the next. Thought Morgan was a right laugh and great friend for Penny so hope she pops up in future books, or has one of her own. Couples from the first two books make an appearance which was fun as its always good to see them after their own story ends. Penny and Jax have some hard choices coming there way, let’s see if they make the right ones.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Eye on the Prize’ by Dmytro Holmes

Title: Eye on the Prize: A Novel

Published: 12th February 2017

Author: Dmytro Holmes

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/16371508.Dmytro_Holmes

 

Synopsis:

The story of Mikai, a talented young boxer, and Caitlyn, the beautiful woman he falls in love with. Full of action and passion, the fast-moving plot, with its twists and turns and cast of dramatic characters, all connected in intriguing and unexpected ways, keeps the reader guessing right to the end. The obstacles Mikai faces in the boxing ring mirror the difficulties he (and Caitlyn) have had to overcome in the past, and the continuing struggle that faces them in their desire to have a future together.

 

Review:

One, two, punch with this read. Hooks you in right from the start to see how it will play out. Dark gritty feel in parts but its needed to show you how far they’ve come out the other side.

Mikai has had a hard life growing up with not much outlook on life. That is until he stepped into a boxing gym and met Joe his soon to be trainer. Joe was like a father figure right from the start and soon took him under his wing. Seems he’s good at spotting someone with potential and that’s what he saw in Mikai. He took to boxing like a duck to water but to make big money off this sport you need to start at the bottom no matter how many times you win. On a winning streak but needing money his agent Miles (when you learn more about him you will agree with me that he is a piece of shit that deserves everything he gets) tells him to get a job, one that won’t interfere with his training. Seems his size and muscles help him land a security job. Easy enough to do for a couple months but turns into something harder and more tempting when he bumps into Caitlyn. From the moment he saw her something seemed to click (for her too if only she would admit it) and he knew he wanted her. Bit of a problem with wanting her though, that being the rock on her engagement finger.

Now to begin with you might think that she just wanted a bit of fun before settling down but the further in you go the more you understand her. She has had a very hard life and because of it has almost been programmed into having bad relationships because she doesn’t know what to do if someone is generally nice to her. She craves Mikai as much as he does her but won’t force something to happen. All it takes is one very nice dress and he all but pulls her to him. A few weeks of passion with a connection she never thought possible to keep her going down the path she set for herself with Patrick (a complete dick who got what he deserved).

You can see how much it pained Mikai to know she wouldn’t choose him no matter how much she wanted him. Seems this takes him to a very dark place for a long time with drinking, doing drugs and placing bets in the wrong places. All triggered with her wedding date. When something goes sideways he calls Miles to help. ‘Help’ is not what I’d call it but he doesn’t think he has a choice. He knows he needs to put Caitlyn behind him but time doesn’t seem to be helping at first. He needs to get his act together and the respect back off Joe to get his boxing life back on track. If only his love life was that simple. The woman he loves is married to another and he would do anything to change that. He might just get his chance when their paths cross again. She is in a loveless marriage where she is more property than person and it’s not till seeing Mikai again that she wishes she chose a different path.

Rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish with a group of characters interlinked more than they know. You are cheering when certain ones get what they deserved and hoping that these two damaged lost souls can find their way back to each other where they belong.

Side note: There is a name swap of fathers. Should be Michael but near beginning in flashback talk with Mikai it changes to Dave.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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