Book Review: The Real Thing

This sassy, spirited baker is fine with heat—

but is her fake fiancé too hot to handle?

THE REAL THING
Sugar Lake #1
Melissa Foster
Releasing Sept 5, 2017
Montlake

 

Bakery
owner Willow Dalton’s friendship with Zane Walker has always been a bit
complicated. Now a scrumptiously hot A-list actor, Zane’s always had a
reputation as player. He’s arrogant, and he’s definitely not boyfriend
material. Sure, he did Willow a favor by agreeing to take her virginity before
college, but is that reason enough to go along with a fake engagement a decade
later—even if it comes with a real diamond ring?
 
Zane should
have known better. Nothing involving Willow has ever been easy. Still, he knows
her better than anyone, and becoming America’s hottest new leading man means
cleaning up his reputation. An “engagement” to curvy, sass-mouthed Willow is
the perfect PR move . . . provided no one gets hurt.
 
Now Zane
and Willow’s little white lie has turned into an irresistible recipe for sweet
temptation. And soon no one will be able to tell the difference between their
fake engagement or the real thing—including them.
**THE REAL
THING is being published by Montlake (an Amazon imprint) and won’t be available
on other ebook retailers, but you can download a FREE ereader app to read
it HERE, order the paperback.
 

My Review:

I literary jumped at the opportunity to read a book by Melissa Foster that would be the first in a series. I have read some others by her, but I always got involved in the second or last book. It’s ok, just that I hadn’t had that feeling of knowing everything there is to know about the characters, be those main or not. So here I am, reviewing the first book of the “Sugar Lake” series.

Zane and Willow come together by means of a lie. Zane is back collecting on a favor he did for Willow in college, when she asked him to take her virginity. And how could he refuse her? She was his best friend’s sister, a pretty hot sister I might add. Now he’s back asking her a favor in return. Zane has become this big actor, hunting for a role in a romantic comedy and looking to clean up his reputation. The best way to do that is to show the media he is a serious guy, involved in a serious relationship, with a nice girl from a small town. But what to do when the lie becomes truth?

Willow has trusted Zane even since college, when she decided he was the one to offer her the lovely memories of the first night with a boy. Their invisible bond has always been there since that time and once they are united again, sparks become full flames. Still, when Zane realizes she is the one for him, he must fight for her trust with all his weapons. There are issues no be solved between them, she is not willing to leave her bakery, he has a successful career in Los Angeles. The way they connect, their interaction, this is what kept me reading this book until the end.

This was a quick read for me. I didn’t even know when time flew by. I was right there with the characters, I suffered with them and felt the butterflies again. I am giving this book 5 stars with all the love of reading! And this is my favorite, out of all of Melissa Foster’s series. I think the writing for this one is really amazing! Please give it a go if you are a Romance addict like me! Enjoy J

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Melissa Foster is a New
York Times
 & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes
sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with
emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last
page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family
oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading
about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.
 

 

 

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Book Review: Sunsets at Seaside

Dive into the Newest Sweet with Heat Romance!

 

SUNSETS AT SEASIDE
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #4
Addison Cole
Releasing Aug 23, 2017

 

 
Jessica
Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and
practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she
escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in
Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or
missing it altogether.
 
For the
first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world,
billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape
and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his
plans.
 
From the
moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused
Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and
Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s
business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he
proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make
matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is,
turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal
information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his
heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.
 

Sunsets at Seaside is the sweet edition of
the steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets
by Melissa Foster.

 

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My Review:

This book had me from the very first page. I loved the writing so much! It was fun, crazy at times and it’s a story of coming together, building a relationship. It’s great for a summer read, it’s great if you are a romantic or a dreamer, it’s just great anyway!

Let me start by mentioning that it’s my first book in the series (quite unhappy for that) and while I had no problem understanding the story, it was a little bit difficult to get to know all the previous couples and the connections between them. This was the only part were I struggled a little.

Our main characters meet while both are taking some time away from their jobs. Somehow, most of the romance happens when you take time away from work J Jamie is a self-made billionaire, looking from some time away from his company and wanting to spend more time with family and friends. Jessica is a musician, looking to decide if this is really what she wants to do in life. If the first always had time for business, never for family, the second always worked to fulfill their expectations. But summer is all about letting go and falling in love J

They slowly build a relationship that will soon become more than they expected. But what to do when reality knocks on your door? Will you risk anything for something that may or may not be true? This is what our characters will have to decide. Their faith and trust in their feelings will be put to trials.

As I was mentioning, I was grabbed from the very first pages. The opening scene, were Jamie and Jessica meet is a laugh-out-loud and the attraction between them is pretty much obvious. We have here an amazing writer! But you already Knew that…

All in all, 5 stars and an encouragement to read the book, and the series (which is something I have to do as well! ). Jump in with your comments and thoughts!

 

Addison
Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling
and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet
contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh
language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful
love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay. 
   
 

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Book Review: Check My Heart

About the book:check my heart

 

Title: Check My Heart

Author: Christi Barth

Published: July 17th 2017

Source: ARC received from Tasty Book Tours, in exchange for a review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

The death of his little brother turned Kurt Lundquist’s world upside down. He channeled his grief into skating his heart out–and ultimately leading his hockey team to win the championship. Now, all he wants to do is throw a party with the Cup in his brother’s honor. He’s got no clue where to start…until he runs into the gorgeous hospice nurse who took such great care of Jasper. She’s waaay off limits, but he’s desperate, and hires her to help him.

Lisette Broussard’s heart broke a little more every time a patient died. Losing the brave brother of a hockey star was the last straw. Learning a new specialty was supposed to change her life for the better, but it used up her savings. Then the slam dunk job with the New Orleans championship hockey team mysteriously disappears. So she jumps at Kurt’s offer of a job, no matter how temporary. No matter how…dangerous, given how much she’s always crushed on him. No matter how risky it is to fall for Kurt, since he’ll always associate her with the grief of losing his brother.

But the more time they spend together, the deeper they both fall. Kurt’s heart begins to thaw…and then heat. Lisette can’t resist him, and throws caution to the wind. She’ll take whatever time he gives her. Can they move beyond the pain of the past and focus on a future together?

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My Review:

 

„Check My Heart” by Christi Barth is a very intense story in which the main characters are brought together by the very thing that keeps them apart. It is a very quick read and for me it was perfect for a summer evening.

Kurt Lundquist is still mourning the loss of his brother, doing his best to accomplish his desires, even after his passing. He never imagined meeting Lisette Broussard again. She as well is followed by little Jasper’s death. This determines her to switch her career from hospice nurse. So both our main characters are looking for a new beginning, Kurt thinking of giving up hockey as well.

I loved the attraction between them, though I was not quite comfortable with the way things got back to normal after a hot moment. Their relationship starts with a lot of sexual tension. They still hold respect for Jasper’s death and to them, this is an obstacle that is hard to overcome, in their opinion. But this reason is exactly what brings them together, since Kurt hires Lisette to help him plan a party for Jasper’s team mates from his school’s hockey team, as was his wish.

The writing is very easy and the emotions are well expressed. The sadness, the intensity of their attraction, but as well the willingness to start over are well presented. The plot is not rushed at all and everything evolves at a normal pace.

Suffice to say that I quite enjoyed this book and the main characters. This is a clean romance, very suitable for a summer evening, while dreaming of your own “special someone” J I love Christi Barth’s writing and I do hope I’ll read more books by her. Till the next one, 4 stars go to “Check My Heart”

About the Authorchristy barth

USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series.

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world. For information on books, new releases and more, visit her Website.

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Book Review: Carson

She needs to move forward with her life, 
but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?
CARSON
Bad Boys After Dark #3
Melissa Foster
Releasing July 11, 2017
World Literary Press

 

Second chances really do exist…



As the founder of a multimillion-dollar international security business, Carson Bad exposes secrets for a living. He knows better than to forge relationships built on them. But for years he did just that with his best friend, and secret lover, Tawny Bishop. She brought a sense of calm and understanding to his life–in and out of the bedroom. Until one fateful night when a knock at the door changed everything.



Tawny is no longer a naive college student. She’s a sought-after perfumer living in Paris. She has plenty of resources at her fingertips, and lots of lonely nights to think about the only man she’s ever loved–the one she ran away from all those years ago. She needs to move forward with her life, but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?



Maybe showing up in the middle of the night unannounced isn’t the best route to unraveling the past and figuring out her future, but Tawny has played it safe for ten long years, and it’s only made her long for the man she never should have walked away from. Now she’s back in Carson’s life, and he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only he knew what that mistake was…

 

My Review:

As always, Melissa Foster has her way with words! She adds something magical, that brings out the emotions, not only in her characters, but in us readers. I cannot get enough of her writing!

This is my first book from the series, but the book can be easily read as a standalone. There is no connection (or only minimal) to the other stories, so no need to read the first ones. However, if you are a fan of Melissa’s writing, just go right in J (like I will do, for sure!). So Carson and Tawny have this connection that was born years ago, when they started sharing Sunday nights. Immature and maybe unsure about each other’s feelings, they stop pursuing it. However, both know for sure that maybe the only real moments they had were when they were together, the only moments where comfort set in.  What would possibly have gone wrong to make them stop?

Reading Carson’s story, I have a lot of conflicting feelings. As I mentioned, the writing is beautiful so no need to insist on praising it. But the plot is too much centered on the hot scenes between the main characters and does not have this solid build. I would have expected a deeper conflict between the two, or inside their hearts. Also, most of the part (if not completely), Carson is to be blamed or he takes the fault. But in reality, I believe things could have been settled in a much simpler way.

Well, taking into account I did feel all these emotions and the abundance of feelings the main characters shared, especially for the remarkable way in which the book is put in words, I am going with a 4 stars (3.5 actually).

 

Melissa Foster is a New
York Times
 & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes
sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with
emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last
page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family
oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading
about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.
 

 

 

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Release Blast + Review: Digital Velocity

The deadliest weapons are the ones we never see.
DIGITAL VELOCITY
McAllister Justice #1
Reily Garrett
Releasing July 10, 2017
The deadliest weapons are the ones we never see.
 
Keyboard prodigy, Lexi Donovan has risen from teenage orphan
of the streets to complete independence with little help along the way. When a
pervert threatens her friend, she sends an anonymous message to police, leading
to a firefight that leaves a cop wounded.
 
Detective Ethan McAllister’s well-ordered life turned upside
down the day an obscure text message led to a sexual predator’s identity and
arrest. Since then, Callouston PD’s finest can’t trace the elusive hacker. The
latest tip leads him to a brutal mutilation and a riddle  indicating the identity of the next murder
victim.
 
The dark net houses a playground for the morally depleted
and criminally insane. When Lexi discovers the killer’s digital betting arena,
she finds herself centered in a cyber stalker’s crosshairs, a psychopath
bearing equal talent.
 
Street life strengthened Lexi while toughening her
protective shell, but nothing could shield her from the shrewd detective
forging a path to her heart.
Digital
Velocity
 is a fast-paced
romantic suspense thriller that sophisticatedly weaves drama, excitement,
grit, raw emotions and mystery. Garrett takes her readers on a journey
where suspense and romance are taken up several notches as she unfolds and
reveals the identity of a murderer that is on the loose. With her vivid prose,
Garrett entices readers to see the bond that is brewing between Detective
Ethan McAllister and his unlikely informant.
” – RT
Book Reviews
 

My Review:

I am no stranger to Reily Garrett and I have mentioned this in so many of my other reviews. I was lucky to be first approached by this amazing author to review some of her other titles and now I am even luckier to be part of a blog tour promoting her new series. As other books by her, “Digital Velocity” is a great combination between passion and mystery. She has a way of building our suspense and keeping us fully emerged in her story!

So in book 1 of “McAllister Justice” Series, we meet detective Ethan McAllister and Lexi Donovan. While he has a prolific career and has managed it all on his own, Lexi has had to deal with street life and now all she wants is to live in the shadows. Their interaction starts anonymously, when Lexi starts sending him tips of criminal activity. But when her info results in Ethan getting shot and Lexi’s protector dead, things kind of get turned upside down. She will have to learn to trust other people, and Ethan will have to face feelings he was never ready for.

As I was mentioning, what I mostly like about Reily’s writing is this way of building the story around the action and the characters at the same time. I mean the mystery or the plot related action evolves in the same manner as the romance between the main characters. They just move hand in hand. As the action becomes more intense, the characters become more engrossed in each other. You don’t go all the way into finding out who the killer is only to be reminded in the end that “hey, there was something going on between these two”.

One other aspect that I noticed specifically tied to “Digital Velocity” is that the mystery surrounding Lexi is kept during most part of the narration. We get to understand what Ethan feels about her, in all the ways he seems attracted to her, but we don’t have such insight on Lexi. She is a mystery as well, one that will unfold gradually as well.

Suffice to say that I liked the story very much. There is no news in that. I said it so many times, I am a fan of Reily Garrett and I cannot get enough of her books! I am so excited to read what else is in store of the McAllisters! In the meantime, have fun reading “Digital Velocity” J

 
Reily is a
West Coast girl transplanted to the opposite shore. When she’s not working with
her dogs, you can find her curled up with a book or writing her next story.
Past employment as an ICU nurse, private investigator, and work in the military
police has given her countless experiences in a host of different environments
to add a real world feel to her fiction.
 
Over time,
and several careers, many incidents have flavored the plots of her stories.
Man’s cruelty and ingenuity for torment and torture is boundless, not contained
by an infinite imagination. Witnessing the after-effects of a teenager mugged
at knifepoint for a pair of tennis shoes, or an elderly woman stabbed
repeatedly with a screwdriver for no apparent reason, left an indelible
impression that will forever haunt her subconscious. In counterpoint, she has
observed a woman stop her vehicle in severe, snowy weather to offer her own
winter coat to a stranger, a teenager wearing a threadbare hoodie. Life’s
diversities are endless.
 
Though her
kids are her life, writing is Reily’s life after. The one enjoyed after the
kids are in bed or after they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the
time she kicks back with laptop and lapdog to give her imagination free rein.

 

In reading,
take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and
bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions of them over a coffee
with your best friend (even if he’s four-legged). Life is short. Cherish your
time.
 

 

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Book Review: Preservation

Riley Walsh has spent a lifetime flying under the radar. 

One woman — and a wild weekend — is about to change everything.

PRESERVATION
The Walshes #7
Kate Canterbary
Released June 13, 2017
Vesper Press


Two lonely hearts.

Just once, she’d like
to be someone’s first choice.
She’s strong-willed
and spunky, but she’s left picking up the pieces from her ex’s lies and
manipulations, and daydreaming about taking a scalpel to his scrotum.
Flying under the radar
is what he does best.
He’s laid-back and
loyal, but he wants the most off-limits woman in his world, and nothing will
ever make that a reality.
An arrangement of
mutual benefit.
Two months, four
dates.
Five, if things go
well.
Five at the most.
But possibly six.
Definitely no more
than six dates.
Only the appearance of
a romantic relationship is required, and they expect nothing more from their
time together. There will be none of those
benefits involved.
One wild weekend.
 
After waking up in bed
together—very naked and even more hungover—the terms and conditions of their
arrangement no longer apply. Now they’re faced with something riskier than
exposing their fake relationship:
letting go of the past and zipping up the future.
Some things have to
fall apart before they can be put back together.

My Review:

I am in love with this book! It was crazy, all the way ! This is my first book by Kate Canterbary and I can tell you it will not be my last. Her writing is absolutely fantastic! She has that thing that it’s needed to give true meaning to words and fill with emotions every line. I was so captured by how well she expressed each character’s feelings that I managed to finish this book in one day. I just could not stop!

This was also my first encounter with the series, but I did not feel that I’ve missed some parts of the story. Riley is so complex and he has it all: The looks, the wits, the charm, the fun, the passion. With his tumultuous past, he still managed to make something in life. He has found someone who matches his personality completely. When I was introduced to our heroine, I had my doubts. She seemed weird. But she was indeed an explosion of traits that stand next to Riley’s.

The connection they have, the dialogue between them, all evolves in such a beautiful manner. They explore each other, they push each other’s limits until will realize they are more alike than they could ever imagine. The author has created an amazing pair! This couple is one of my favorites indeed!

I am really sorry I was so late introduced to this series. I would have wanted to read it earlier in my book blogging activity. But guys, if you like this kind of stories, this book is amazing! And I heard amazing things about the other couples Kate Canterbary has created. 5 full stars, obviously!

That’s it for now, read and enjoy J

Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since. Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

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Book Review: The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

When
the truth comes out, Edward may have a few 

surprises of his own for the new
Mrs. Rokesby.

 THE GIRL WITH THE MAKE-BELIEVE HUSBAND
Rokesbys #2
Julia Quinn
Releasing May 30, 2017
Avon Books

While you were sleeping…

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in
the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in
with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option
three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to
health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best
friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He’s unconscious and in desperate
need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier’s life, even
if staying by his side means telling one little lie…
 
I told everyone I was your wife
When Edward comes to, he’s more than a little confused.
The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would
recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not
recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be
true, even though he’d always assumed he’d marry his neighbor back in England.
 
If
only it were true…
Cecilia risks her entire future by giving
herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward
may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.
 

My Review:

This is not my first novel by Julia Quinn and it will definitely not be my last! As usual, her stories are great and one can relate to the characters. The writing is aligned with the period where the action occurs and there are as well moments that will for sure bring a smile.

Cecilia has never met Edward Rokesby, but they have shared some lines in letters she addressed to her brother. They have started a long distance friendship and at some point in their letters, they became attached. But when her brother went missing and Cecilia’s future was in danger, she goes out looking for him. To her surprise, she ends up tending for Edward in a hospital and assuming a pretend role of a wife. When he wakes with no memory of the past few months, she will have to find the perfect moment to reveal the truth to him. But his name open up so many possibilities to find her missing brother and Edward’s heath is still fragile, that finding this moment never seems to be the right one.

A book full of funny moments and dialogues, “The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband” offers us some glimpses inside military camps, the newly discovered territories from the New World and the life from that time. Cecilia is a respected woman, but without a husband she has no means to support herself, especially since her father left everything to the care of a shady cousin. She finds the courage to travel across the ocean, never even imagining ending up next to officer Rokesby. The attraction they feel for each other seems sudden, but they had so many letters exchanged, that the feeling has grown up in time. So for Edward it would seem logical that his best friend insisted on a marriage between him and his sister.

The conflict building up inside Cecilia’s soul was very well captured in words. I could very much relate to her and I could understand the difficulty of her choices. And spending time with an attractive man would make things much more complicated, or maybe pretending to be a wife comes much more easer. All these secrets will come to light in a great ending – my favorite scene from the book!

All in all, I loved this story and if you are a fan of historical romance or romance in general, I am sure you have read at least one book from Julia Quinn and my review will come as a confirmation. If you have not yet enjoyed one of her titles, please do start with this one, as it will for sure be to your liking.

Enjoy J

 

Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.


 

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