A Summer Scandal by Kat French

REVIEW

Loved this book. As is the way with Kat French’s book I became completely engrossed in the characters and their lives. Violet is the woman I think many of us wish we could be. She is not happy to just let life pass her by or take the easy and safe option. Don’t get me wrong, safe and easy are often the better option but in this case I think Violet would most definitely have had a miserable life if she stayed on the path she was on.

Cal is lovely and, despite the brief episode in the middle of the book, I’m glad he finally came to his senses. The black sheep from the the privileged family, his line of work had me laughing when it was revealed. Violet took it all in her stride and although she was momentarily surprised it didn’t last long. The use of the pier was awesome.

This book was filled with love, whether it be open or concealed, real or illicit, it is there. There are mysterious elements at play as well and the intriguing plot line had me wondering what was going to be revealed next.

Loved the ending….very fitting.

This is an ARC review courtesy of Netgalley

Synopsis

Summer has never been so scandalous…

When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier in with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?

When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?

Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?

Sexy, sassy and full of heart, Kat French is back in a new summer sizzler

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35886940-a-summer-scandal?ac=1&from_search=true)

Shopping for a Billionaire’s Baby – Shopping for a Billionaire #13 by Julia Kent

REVIEW

I really didn’t think it was possible to love a book couple as much I do Declan and Shannon.  Having read about this couple’s bizarre beginnings, their ups and downs, their unfortunate events that have had me laughing, their tender heart-felt moments that have brought tears to my eyes, and now to be witness to them extending their family unit has been a very emotional journey.

But this IS Declan and Shannon so we know that it is not going to be plain sailing, and WOW! what a tidal wave they find themselves riding.

There is honestly so much I want to say but I try really hard not to give away any spoilers in my reviews, so here goes:

Shannon and Declan have decided to have a baby (no spoiler, it’s kinda the whole point of the book) and as a mother I can say that I was there with her through each phase – the agony of trying to conceive followed by disappointment, morning sickness, food cravings, feeling horny, swollen ankles, being related to a whale, and let’s not forget those all important mood swings (just to keep our husbands/partners on their toes!).  Shannon, bless her heart, doesn’t do things by half either but Declan is on hand to help her through each stage.  I fell just a little more in love with Declan during this book and you will understand what I mean when you read it, his letter to Shannon was so beautiful I may have let a tear slip out. I was completely taken with the ending, could see it happening but did not expect the full extent of what did occur, or the emotional reaction between James and Declan in the hospital.

I don’t think I will be able to look at a piece of clay in quite the same way again and don’t even mention the word ‘Unicoga’ – I’m still giggling at that whole mess up…only Marie! She teaches me something new every book.

Speaking of, Marie is at her classic best again in this book.  Whether it is organising Shannon’s baby shower or posting ads on Facebook, she never fails.

Dave is an intriguing character, I do hope we get a bit more of a backstory of him at some stage.

I know there are more books to come in this series and to be honest I don’t think I can ever envision it ending. Great to see all our favourite characters from the series so far – Andrew and Amanda, Marie and Jason, James, Pam, Carol, Amy, Hamish, Josh, Greg, Gerald and Vince, with a surprise appearance from a familiar face of a different series.

If you have never read this series, START. It is an hilarious romantic comedy that will have you addicted from the very first page.

This is an ARC review although the book is currently available for pre-order and will be released on 24/04/18.

Thank you Julia, you did it again!

Synopsis

You know what’s even better than marrying a billionaire? Having his baby.

We’re ready. We’ve studied and planned, read all the birth and labor books, researched parenting classes, consulted our schedules, and it’s time.

And by we I mean me.

Declan’s just ready for the “have lots of sex” part. More than ready.

But there’s just one problem: my husband and his brother have this little obsession with competition.

And by little, I mean stupid.

That’s right.

We’re not just about to try to bring a new human being into the world.

We have to do it better, Faster, Stronger.

Harder.

McCormick men don’t just have babies.

They engage in competitive billionaire Babythons.

I thought the hardest part about getting pregnant would be dealing with my grandchild-crazed mother, who will go nuts shopping for a billionaire’s baby.

Wrong.

Between conception issues, my mother’s desire to talk to the baby through a hoohawcam, a childbirth class led by a drill sergeant and a father-in-law determined to sign the kid up for prep school before Declan even pulls out, my pregnancy has turned out to be one ordeal after the other.

But it’s nothing — nothing — compared to the actual birth.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36433312-shopping-for-a-billionaire-s-baby)

Big Rock – Big Rock #1 by Lauren Blakely

It’s not just the motion of the ocean, ladies. It’s definitely the SIZE of the boat too. 

And I’ve got both firing on all cylinders. In fact, I have ALL the right assets. Looks, brains, my own money, and a big c*&k.

You might think I’m an a*&hole. I sound like one, don’t I? I’m hot as sin, rich as heaven, smart as hell and hung like a horse.

Guess what? You haven’t heard my story before. Sure, I might be a playboy, like the NY gossip rags call me. But I’m the playboy who’s actually a great guy. Which makes me one of a kind. 

The only trouble is, my dad needs me to cool it for a bit. With conservative investors in town wanting to buy his flagship Fifth Avenue jewelry store, he needs me not only to zip it up, but to look the part of the committed guy. Fine. I can do this for Dad. After all, I’ve got him to thank for the family jewels. So I ask my best friend and business partner to be my fiancée for the next week. Charlotte’s up for it. She has her own reasons for saying yes to wearing this big rock.

And pretty soon all this playing pretend in public leads to no pretending whatsoever in the bedroom, because she just can’t fake the kind of toe-curling, window-shattering orgasmic cries she makes as I take her to new heights between the sheets.

But I can’t seem to fake that I might be feeling something real for her.

What the fuck have I gotten myself into with this…big rock?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26252659-big-rock)

REVIEW

One of the funniest yet sweetest friends to lovers book I’ve read in while. It’s so nice to have a male lead who is not pretentious but knows what he can offer a woman.

This story is told from the POV of Spencer Holiday. Spencer loves his family and wants to do what’s best for them and, although it may not be the brightest idea he’s come up with, getting engaged to his best friend Charlotte seems to solve his playboy problems. Charlotte is more than happy to play along with his plan for her own benefit.  They already share a deep connection that just grows stronger when they pretend to be engaged but they still try to fight their attraction for fear of ruining their friendship and working relationship.

An entertaining love story with some hot, hot, sexy moments.  I will admit that it did take me a while to start reading as I had a few problems getting past the front cover! 😉

Looking forward to reading the rest in series, especially if they are all as fun as this one.

Wedding Bells at the Dog & Duck: The perfect springtime romantic read – Dog and Duck by Jill Steeples

Ellie Browne is looking forward, with her partner Max, to hosting Christmas Day lunch at The Dog & Duck, but heavily pregnant now and with a snowstorm brewing outside, it seems that things might not go quite to plan.

After the dramatic events of the holiday season, Ellie settles into her new life at Max’s country mansion Braithwaite Manor, juggling work and family as best she can. When she’s asked to help organise a summer wedding for one of her best friends it’s only natural that her mind turns to her own, non-existent, wedding plans! 

With Max decidedly lukewarm on the whole subject and other family complications threatening to disrupt life further, Ellie fears there’ll never be wedding bells at the Dog & Duck after all.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36320756-wedding-bells-at-the-dog-duck)

REVIEW

Funny and heart-warming continuation of Max and Ellie’s story at the Dog and Duck.

With the imminent arrival of their first child Max wants to get married but for reasons of her own, Ellie does not.  When assigned the role of wedding planner for her best friend, Ellie finds herself surround by all things romance and soon feels the bug, however Max seems to have gone right off the idea.

Ellie and Max are such a wonderful couple.  They are not massively into personal displays of affection and even moments of jealousy and soon brushed aside.  They are definitely a couple who will stay the distance, even if the bells are not ringing for them this time.

A feel-good story full of laughs, romance and caring with a few surprises along the way.  This book is just what you need when the sun is shining on a chilly Spring day.

Izzy As Is by Tracie Banister

The party is over for bikini model Izzy Alvarez. For six years she’s made a good living by flaunting her God-given assets on runways and in front of cameras, but now as she approaches the big 3-0, the bodacious Latina is shocked to learn she’s aged out of the profession that’s kept her in mojitos, mani/pedis, and designer thongs. What’s a girl with a taste for the finer things in life and no marketable skills to do?

Getting a regular job is too boring to even consider, so Izzy decides to follow in the footsteps of her newly-engaged frenemy and become a trophy wife. Although she’s desperate and too broke to get a chipped nail fixed, Izzy still has standards for her future husband, which means no uggos, no vertically-challenged guys, and no geezers who need to pop a blue pill to perform in the bedroom. Enlisting the aid of her computer whiz nephew and her closest pals, Izzy goes on the prowl for a rich, marriage-minded man, encountering likely candidates in a lot of unlikely places.

The high life she’s dreamed of may be within reach when Izzy meets a charming, successful man who’s not only hotter than a steamy summer night in Miami, but ready to settle down. Now all Izzy has to do is make sure her loud, crazy Cuban family doesn’t scare off el hombre perfecto—oh, yeah, and squelch those pesky, romantic feelings she keeps having for the sweet, cash-strapped guy she’s known forever.

Will Izzy’s hunger for money win out, or will her fiery heart demand to be heard?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37801330-izzy-as-is)

REVIEW

Hilarious from start to finish. Izzy is a great character who, as a model,  has always used her perfect body to get what she wants, but when she finds out that her age is now against her she takes matters into her own hands….time to get a rich husband!

I thought that Izzy’s self-absorbed and superficial attitude would make her really annoying. It turned out that this part of her character just makes it funnier when she had to deal with various situations that arise, such as dealing with a mother who joins her son on your date, or when your fiance is being a tiny bit neglectful. FYI, Izzy doesn’t like being neglected!

I love all of her friends and family.  The dynamic between Izzy, Pilar and Ana is brilliant, throw in a mother who has a flair for the dramatic and you’ve got yourself one crazy family.

I’ll be honest, I thought Eduardo was just a bit too perfect, even for Izzy, and I felt that despite his money he wouldn’t make her happy.  It didn’t help that I already had a bit of crush on Zane!

Topaz, Nacho and Zane are the ultimate friends.  Standing by Izzy through thick and thin.  The connection between Izzy and Zane is undeniable and I don’t think anyone will be surprised by the outcome…although there are some definite surprises ahead.

I will have to read Pilar’s story soon – In need of Therapy

 

 

 

 

The Misters Series, Five,  and Mr & Mrs by J. A. Huss

Ten years ago the lives of five wealthy and respected college students was turned upside down by an accusation of rape. Dubbed the Misters of Brown, Mr Perfect, Mr Romantic, Mr Corporate, Mr Mysterious and Mr Match have managed to keep under the radar but now they are finding their pasts are coming back to haunt them.

Finding love was never in their futures but, as each Mister finds a woman, can he keep her from the danger that follows him.  Can coming back together to save their women (and their women saving them!) bring an end to their past and finally put their ghosts to rest.

Danger, mystery, lies and betrayal blend together with love, romance and friendship to make a compelling series that should not be missed.

Joining the Misters is Five, who appears frequently and plays a major role throughout the Mister series.

Finishing the series in a spectacular way is Mr & Mrs.  All the Misters are getting married. One island, six grooms, six brides, children, kittens and pigs, what could possibly go wrong?!

REVIEW

Fantastically brilliant from start to finish. All seven books read in 2 weeks proves that I could not put them down.  As soon as one was finished it was straight onto the next.  More of the plot and mystery is revealed with each book and although they are classed as a standalone…seriously, why would you only want to read to one?

To get the most out of this series they really should be read in order although I am undecided where I would put Five.  His book brings a lot of answers and although it is labelled 0.5 and is technically a prequel, I read him after Mr Match but before Mr & Mrs as his book brings a lot of answers that could potentially spoil elements of the Mister books.

The female characters are all perfectly matched to their Mister and the connection between each is….HOT!  Hot Kisses, Hot Sex, just HOT!

If you have never read this author before then I can highly recommend her.  She has lots of series and most seem to be connected.  I would suggest reading The complete Rook and Ronin series first (see blog post) as the Mister series does contain some of their children but in all honesty it is not essential. There is a very good chance that if you read this series first you will want to go back and find out what happened with the Flynn’s, the Shrike’s and the Aston’s anyway.

So much potential for future books…Can’t wait to see what comes next!

Thanks Julie for bringing us these wonderful characters.

 

Right – Wrong #2 by Jana Aston

Everly Jensen believes that there is one perfect, right man out there for her and his name is Finn Camden, her brother’s best friend.

Since the age of six, Everly has planned her life around Finn, going to extreme lengths to gain his attention. During one of her many ploys, Everly comes face to face with the most annoying, intrusive and captivating man she has ever met.

Will Everly get her man? and which man will it be?

REVIEW

Loved this book as much as the first.

Everly is a brilliant character.  She works with Sophie at Grind Me and appears frequently throughout “Wrong”.  She is completely obsessed with her brother’s best friend, Finn Camden and will literally do anything to get his attention but everything she does seems to push him further away.

Sawyer Camden has heard all about Everly and her exploits from his younger brother, and when he finally meets her his interest is piqued.  Knowing that Finn is completely wrong for her, Sawyer sets out to prove that maybe she should be setting her sights on the right brother.

I found this story to be more comical than the first and no less addictive.  As it progresses it gains in seriousness and I’ll be honest, you could be laughing one minute and close to tears the next.   It is very well written with the character developments and connections working really well. Sophie and Luke both make appearances along with some new characters, namely Chloe (Trust) and Sandra (Fling).

I would highly recommend this series if you like hot me, hot sex, and a good storyline.