~Review~Cruising by Cate Ashwood~

 

36236330Title: Cruising
Author: Cate Ashwood
Page Count: 45 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: December 8, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Best friends Dylan and Jake have been inseparable since college, but Dylan has one secret he can’t bring himself to share with Jake—he’s completely, utterly in love with him.
Jake’s friendship is the most important thing in the world to Dylan, so as much as it hurts to see him with other people, Dylan keeps his mouth shut about his true feelings. When Jake wins a cruise to Alaska, he asks Dylan to go along, but what Dylan doesn’t know, is that there’s more on offer than a dream vacation.
Can Dylan and Jake sail off to their happily ever after, or are they cruising toward disaster?

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Short sweet, cute, hot and FREE, which is exactly what the doctor ordered. 😛

This little gem is a (best) friends to lovers story, and who’s not a fan of that!!?? It’s my absolute favorite trope!!

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~Review~Cowboy Up (Coming Home #3) by Harper Sloan~

 

36100636Title: Cowboy Up
Author: Harper Sloan
Series: Coming Home #3
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: December 19, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan returns with a passionate and breathless romance about the sparks that ignite when a cautious cowboy and a once-scorned woman open up to each other in the third installment of the Coming Home series.
As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there’s a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with disastrous end to his last relationship, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life.
Most of the time.
What he hadn’t counted on was cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping an abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis, a night she can’t stop thinking about.
So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it’ll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little…
Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?


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I am a huge fan of cowboys and a huge fan of Harper Sloan…

So…of course, I am also a fan of this new series of her. 😉 After enjoying the first two books, we have now come to book 3 in the series and it’s time for Clay’s story.

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~Pre-Release Review~So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2) by Kate Meader~

 

34951225Title: So Over You
Author: Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #2
Genre(s): Romance, Sport
Release Date: December 4, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s sizzling Chicago Rebels series. In this second entry, middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the Rebels….
Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won Olympic silver, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then… let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless.
Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual.
That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice…


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I am a huge fan of sport themed books and the hockey ones are my absolute favorite. I also have a big thing for Russian men…So, of course, I had to read this one.

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This is a series about three sisters, who have inherited the Chicago Rebels Hockey team from their father. Each book features a different sister. This time we get Isobel’s story. I did read the first book, but I think reading this one as a standalone, shouldn’t be a problem. 


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~Review~Hooking Up by Helena Hunting~

 

35048632Title: Hooking Up
Author: Helena Hunting
Publisher: Swerve
Page Count: 444 pages
Genre(s): Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.
Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.
They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical. 
Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is the next standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Helena Hunting, the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series and Shacking Up.


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When I requested this book, I had no idea that it was part of a series. Now this book can be read as a standalone, but both MC’s are introduced in “Shacking Up”.

Since the heroine, Amalie, plays a very big part in that book, I did something I normally don’t do. I stopped reading this book and started “Shaking Up” first. I have to be honest and say that, reading the first book, made me enjoy “Hooking Up” more.

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~Review~Whiskey Kisses by Anna Martin~

 

36422105Title: Whiskey Kisses
Author: Anna Martin
Length: 19,000 words
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: October 21, 2017
Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

In a small town about an hour’s drive outside Dublin, there’s a whiskey distillery. 

Jim has worked in the distillery as its business manager since he returned to his home town after getting his degree. Whiskey is a slow business and rural life is quiet, but Jim takes it in his stride. That is, until the handsome and mysterious Mr. Aiden Rooney moves into a room above the local pub and sets off a flurry of gossip. 
Aiden’s an artist, and his devil-may-care attitude is a revelation to Jim. But he still lives in a small town in rural Ireland, and he’s not even sure if he wants to be out and proud. The choices they make could change everything, if only Jim dares to follow his heart.


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An enjoyable short Novella…Perfect for a quick read!

Jim is in his late 20’s…He’s been to college, got his degree and now he’s back home in a small Irish town working as a Business Manager for a Whiskey distillery.He’s reasonably content with his life but he’s not out to his family or anyone in town so he’s conflicted when he meets Aiden, who is new in town.

Aiden is an Artist…Out and not ashamed of his sexuality at all, although he’s not about to flaunt it all around town.


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~Review~Racer (Real #7) by Katy Evans~

 

35633752Title: Racer
Author: Katy Evans
Series: Real #7
Page Count: 306 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 28, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A sizzling new standalone contemporary romance by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans. 
A bad boy with something to prove…A woman with a mission. 
The race of their lives…The love of a lifetime. 
I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted. 
He’s the fastest, fiercest driver around. 
Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep… 
but his smile sends me to my knees. 
The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He’s secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss…. 
This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I’m supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. But it’s an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation…or your curse. 
He says he wants me. He says I’m the One. But he also thinks he’ll break my heart, one piece at a time until it’s gone. 


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It has been a long time since I have read about Remy.

I am gonna be honest here and confess, that I have not read all the books in the “Real” series…yet. I’ve only read the ones about Remy and Brooke, but when I found out this was about “Racer”, Remy and Brooke’s son, I had to give it a go. 😉

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~Pre-Release Review~The Half Wolf by Jay Northcote~

 

36227588Title: The Half Wolf
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Page Count: 193 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Fantasy/Shifters
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?

Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.
Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?
Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.


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I am a big sucker for everything shifters, mates, biting, and mine. 😛

So when I found out Jay Northcote was releasing a shifter story I was on it like white on rice. 😉

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~Pre-Release Review~Cover Up (Skin Deep Inc. #3) by L.A. Witt~

 

35828316Title: Cover Up
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Skin Deep Inc. #3
Page Count: 306 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

After ten years of blissful marriage, Navy Pilot Nate Chandler is divorcing his cheating husband. Single for the first time in years, Nate is numb to all emotion and kisses any chance of another relationship goodbye.Not only is Nate struggling to get through this divorce, but his body is branded with a permanent reminder of his failed marriage: a matching tattoo with his ex.

Searching for a place to cover up his old tattoo, Nate finds himself at the Skin Deep, Inc., where he meets the young and charming cover-up tattoo apprentice, Lucas Brandt.From just flirty glances to steamy hot encounters, Nate and Lucas dive headfirst into a fling of hookups. But worried that he’ll forever be Nate’s “cover up” rebound relationship, Lucas fears that their love won’t be anything more than just skin deep. What was once just a casual attraction, Lucas now hopes to turn into a real relationship. But will he be able to convince the still tender-hearted Nate to fall in love again?

Third installment of L.A. Witt’s Skin Deep romance series, COVER UP is a story of passion, pleasure, and happily ever after.


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I have read the first book in this series, but I skipped the second. I will go back to read that one, If you are like me and don’t mind reading books out of order, no worries, cause this one can be read as a standalone. 😉

Nate’s marriage of 10 years has ended because his husband cheated on him. Now he wants the tattoo, that reminds him of his ex, to be covered.

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~Pre-Release Review~Royal Pain (His Royal Hotness #1) by Tracy Wolff~

 

35212286Title: Royal Pain
Author: Tracy Wolff
Series: His Royal Hotness 1
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 230 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

He’s a womanizer. He’s cocky. He’s not exactly a prince. Only he technically is. Meet your new royal obsession in this addictive novel from New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff.
Being rich opens a lot of doors. When you’re rich and royal, those doors lead to a new bedroom every night. I should know. The tabloids call me His Royal Hotness, Prince Kian of Wildemar. Women across the world see me as a naughty fairy tale, an image I’m happy to indulge. As the spare to the heir, I’m the prince with none of the power . . . and all of the perks.
Then my twin brother is kidnapped, and suddenly I’m the one who could be king. The crown chasers start circling—and yet it’s a luscious waitress who catches my eye. With a smart mouth and the curves to back it up, Savannah Breslin is as brazen as I’d expect an American commoner to be.
But Savvy’s not interested in playing Cinderella. As sexy as she is, she’s no stranger to heartbreak. Besides, a nice guy wouldn’t drag her into all the drama that comes along with royalty. Lucky I’m not a nice guy. And, as it turns out, I might not even be her first prince. . . 


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Now, this was a sweet, definitely hot fairy tale with a prince charming a.k.a “His Royal Hotness” and a common girl.

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Garrett was born to be King, to rule. It was in his blood after all.

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When the prince crown of Wildemar, Garett despaired tree mounts ago, his twin prince Kian took his place. Garrett was the first born and Kian the second. Since they were born, although they were twins, they were different.Garrett was born to be King, to rule. He was more malleable then Kian. He even wished to be the future king. And so it was very easy for him. He prepared since childhood for this. His country and other needs were first to him than his own. Wildemar comes first.

Kian, on the other hand, was the exact opposite.

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~Review~Hate to Love You by Tijan~

 

36135327Title: Hate to Love You
Author: Tijan
Page Count: 400 pages
Release Date: August 26, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, New Adult & College
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Rule #1: No hot guys. 
It might sound ridiculous. I get it. It kind of was, but college was supposed to be my sanctuary. It was my place to start over. The rumors, the whispers, and the jealousy I endured through high school would all be gone. 
No one would know me at college. 
Rule #2: No drama. 
I’d major in pre-law. I’d make a few loyal friends. Everything would be easy-breezy. No one was going to use me or hurt me. I wouldn’t let them. 
Rule #3: New year. New place. New me. 
Right? 
Wrong. 
And all because of Shay Coleman. 
Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. 
I hated him on sight . . . 
. . . and he was about to break all my rules. 
Hate To Love You is a full-length standalone. 
There are elements that deal with the dark side of college.


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I have been binge reading the “Fallen Crest”  series and when I was done…I didn’t want it to be done ;). So I figured, why stop here, why not continue on my “Tijan” streak. 😛

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Now I have to say…I really enjoyed reading “Hate to love you”…

But I am gonna be honest here and also say that, even though Kennedy and Shay were great, they were no Sam and Mason.This is probably because Sam and Mason have like 7 books centered around them, so I got to know them really well and I came to see them as a family of sorts.

Kennedy and Shay only have this one book, so things moved a bit faster between the two of them. Now, I am not a real big fan of insta-love but then again…this is college and I have a vague memory of things moving a lot faster when you are younger. 😛

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