Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn

5 STARS!!!!

Release Date: October 14, 2019

Publisher: Entangled: Amara

SYNOPSIS

There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.

So when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party… You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the fact that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me.

There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again… right?

Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?

Oh my God, I wish I knew…

REVIEW

I fell in love Avery Flynn after reading Parental Guidance which is the first book in the Ice Knights series. She writes such a good story, plus she can make me laugh hysterically. This book was no different. Tess is such an endearing character, and that opening scene is absolutely amazing. I just was so excited to see what would happen throughout this whole story. Also, we get introduced to Cole in the previous book and his shit show of a relationship history, which made me so curious to how that was going to play into things. Let’s just say that both of these characters are flawed and wonderfully human. I am so excited to see where the rest of this series goes!

Thank you so much to Entangled and Wildfire Marketing Solutions PR for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Read my review for Book 1: Parental Guidance!

Wild Steamy Hook-Up by Piper Rayne

5 STARS!

Release Date: August 27, 2019

SYNOPSIS

He’s the quiet brooding guy who’s owned my heart since I was sixteen but has refused to claim it. 

I’m the naïve woman who believes that someday our time will come.

I just didn’t realize that someday would include waking up in Vegas with a raging hangover and a ring on my finger.

If we believed in fate, maybe one of us would’ve trusted that something more powerful than ourselves interceded because our love is one of tangled vines. As twisted and frayed as they’ve become over the years, they’ve never broken. 

An annulment seemed like the easy way out. We should’ve known it wouldn’t be fate that intervened, but our Italian Mamas. They can deliver Oscar-worthy performances when heaping on the guilt.

We thought it’d be easy to pretend to be a happily married couple in front of our families for three months and then say we gave it our best shot and go our separate ways.

But nothing is easy when it comes to Dominic Mancini and me. Nothing.

REVIEW

Dom’s story was pretty much what I thought it would be! There were times where I wanted to shake the crap out of him and Val. I mean dear lord. But that is what I love about Piper Rayne books, they elicit so much emotion in me. I want to strangle the main characters while still rooting for them at the same time. It’s damn genius. This slow burn was perfection, there is just something about two characters that have a ton of history, yet can’t get it together! As per usual with Piper Rayne books, I would definitely recommend this romance read!!

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Don’t forget to check out the other Mancini Brothers:

Book 1: Sexy Filthy Boss

Book 2: Dirty Flirty Enemy

The Highland Earl by Amy Jarecki

4.5 STARS!

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

SYNOPSIS

Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Outlander in this action-packed Scottish romance where a marriage of convenience leads to secrets that could be deadly.

With two young sons to care for and a large estate to run, John Erskine, the widowed Earl of Mar, needs to remarry as quickly as possible. And beautiful Lady Evelyn Pierrepont would be the perfect match. But there’s more behind the English lass’s calm demeanor than she’s letting on, including a smoldering allure not even John can ignore.

Evelyn has no desire to wed the rugged Scottish earl, but at least she’ll be able to continue her work as a spy-as long as her husband never finds out. Yet the more time Evelyn spends with John and his boys, the fonder she grows of their little family, and the last thing she wants to do is put them in danger. As alliances shift and enemies draw closer, soon everything they hold dear is at risk: their lands, their love, and their very lives.

REVIEW

The fact that Evelyn is a spy was what initially intrigued me and had me picking this one up! It did not disappoint. This historical romance has the slowest burn during this marriage of convenience. I enjoyed watching both characters get to know each other, and how Evelyn’s relationships with John (the Earl of Mar), and his sons develop. All the twists and turns and connections between different characters kept me guessing the whole way. I loved the use of the historical era in this one also, and that’s not just because I have a thing for highlanders. Haha. Although this is one great highlander, who is as caring as he is hot. Don’t get me wrong he has his faults, but he figures it out. Evelyn is definitely a match as a caring woman, even if she is a little on the naive side but it works for this story. If you like highlanders, romance, historical romances, I definitely recommend this one!

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Justified by Jay Crownover

5 STARS!

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

SYNOPSIS

The New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series delivers a romance about a rugged Texas sheriff who must protect the woman who was once his sworn enemy…

Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he’s determined to do everything by the book–until he’s called to Aspen Barlow’s office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn’t the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge…

Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she’ll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there’s a thin line between love and hate… because there’s nothing Case wouldn’t do to keep her safe.

REVIEW

While I figured I would like this book, I was pleasantly surprised at just was a great romantic suspense this really was. It also made me mad that I hadn’t read the prequel novella, Unbroken–which is now on my TBR! This story really showcased the why behind the character’s actions that often go unseen. As human beings, I believe that many of us assume the reasoning behind others’ actions, and often time incorrectly. Justified showed the real and lasting impact of problematic assumptions, which I deeply appreciated.

I also found all of the characters to be very enjoyable. Aspen is just so sweet and strong. I just felt that when she did stand up for what she wanted, she came across as not only powerful, but so caring. She was dealt a crap hand, and yet she perseveres. Case is a stubborn man with a heart of gold. He is so blinded by his own hardships he fails to see the bigger picture. You may think that would make him less endearing, but you’d be wrong! He is fighting his demons, caring for his town, and finding the truth–which makes for a great growth arc. Not to mention his relationship with his son Hayes pulls at all the heart strings. I loved Hayes so much, and I hope we eventually get his story (possibly with a girl that doesn’t really fit in in Loveless, Texas). Lastly, let’s not forget that Case has some awesome siblings! His brother Crew’s story is the novella I mentioned earlier, and I’m really hoping we get Kody’s story in the next book. I’m assuming there will be lots of Hill (the hot lawman) and Shot (the hot motorcycle gang leader), which should make for one hell of a story!

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Stay by Tia Louise

4 STARS

Release Date: June 11, 2019

SYNOPSIS

Stephen Hastings is a control freak. 
He’s arrogant. He’s smart as a whip and sexy AF.
He has too much money. He’s bossy, and he’s usually right. 
All I saw were his clear blue eyes, tight ass, and ripped torso. 
I gladly handed him my V-card that night, ten years ago. 
I was so stupid. I swore I’d never be that stupid again…

Emmy Barton works for a dry cleaner? 
Yes, that Emmy Barton—long, blonde hair, bright blue eyes, pretty smile… 
Sexy little ass. Smart mouth.
She was the only girl who interested me, but I was leaving to be an officer in the Navy.

Now I’m home, running my business, my life is perfectly ordered until I bump into her, divorced and struggling to make ends meet. 
I hate seeing her like this. I hate that she married Burt “The Dick” Dickerson. What an asshole.

She says she hates me, but when we fight, it’s all heat and lust.
I won’t leave her this way. 
She will let me help her and her son. She will stay… 
It’s a thin line between love and hate, and this line is on fire.

(STAY is a STAND-ALONE enemies-to-lovers, second-chance, marriage of convenience romance. No cheating. No cliffhangers.)

REVIEW

I really enjoyed this fast paced and sexy romance read. The tropes are real in this one too, and I’m a fan! Second-chance romance, enemies to lovers, marriage of convenience, single parent romance, brother’s friend (although that isn’t a huge part of it). The chemistry between the characters is just yummy! This was my first Tia Louise read, but I’m kind of guessing the rollercoaster of emotions is her style. The author did a very good job of establishing enough of the backstory for the male lead before his questionable tryst with the leading lady, to keep me totally on board. I mean to take me from a place where I wasn’t sure about Stephen to rooting for him, is exactly what I want in a romance read. I absolutely love when my feelings about a character change as I read–it makes it more realistic for me.

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Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

5 STARS!

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Publisher: Avon

SYNOPSIS

After an injury ends Travis Ford’s major league baseball career, he returns home to start over. He just wants to hammer out his frustrations at his new construction gig and forget all about his glory days. But he can’t even walk through town without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there’s Georgie, his buddy’s little sister, who is definitely not a kid anymore.

Georgette Castle has crushed on her older brother’s best friend for years. The grumpy, bear of a man working for her family’s house flipping business is a far cry from the charming sports star she used to know. But a moody scowl doesn’t scare her and Georgie’s determined to show Travis he’s more than a pretty face and a batting average, even if it means putting her feelings aside to be “just friends.”

Travis wants to brood in peace. But the girl he used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman who makes him feel whole again. And he wants her. So damn bad. Except Georgie’s off limits and he knows he can’t give her what she deserves. But she’s becoming the air he breathes and Travis can’t stay away, no matter how hard he tries… 

REVIEW

Are you wondering if a book can be absolutely adorable and absolutely filthy at the the same time? Well the answer is YES, yes it can. This book was a wonderful surprise from the very first scene–which includes flying food and is my favorite by the way. You’ll see.

Georgie is a sassy, smart, little spitfire! Honestly, I just fell absolutely in love with her in this book. Her strength as she pursues her dreams and supports her friends is so inspiring. Which leads me to the female friendships that are developing in this story. These ladies are supporting each other, listening to each other, and rooting for each other. It’s beautiful really, and adds so much to the story. I can’t wait for book two–Love Her or Lose Her–where we get the story of the next strong lady in the group!

Travis Ford is one damaged man, and I’m here for the growth. You don’t get to choose your biological family, and you sure as hell can’t stop bad things from happening, but you can’t give up. We get to watch Travis figure this out and it’s so heart warming. Plus, his sexy side, I mean this book is STEAMY. I hope you’re ready for his filthy mouth!

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Snowed in with the Single Dad by Melinda Curtis

4.5 STARS!

Release Date: June 1, 2019

SYNOPSIS: Never trust a MonroeEspecially if she steals your heart!

To mayor and single dad Mitch Kincaid, Second Chance, Idaho, is something of a time capsule, and he wants to keep it that way. His problem? Gorgeous pregnant redhead Laurel Monroe, who, along with her family, now owns the town. But sometimes all it takes is an unexpected opportunity—and a snowstorm—to turn Mitch’s bad first impressions into a second chance at love!

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REVIEW

I love the small town romance! Seriously, the small town dynamics are so heartwarming. The characters are messy, and so easy to love. Laurel is in a wild predicament, but she’s so endearing. Mitch has a past that is impacting his views on the Monroes, especially Laurel. I seriously couldn’t put this book down once I got into it! I think my favorites are Odette and Flip, the older sisters which gruff personalities. I’m hoping they make more appearances throughout the series. I’ll definitely be keeping up with The Mountain Monroes!

Thank you to Harlequin Heartwarming and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!