Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: The Duke in My Bed by Amelia Grey


HERE COMES THE GROOM

As a notorious member of the Heirs’ Club, Bray Drakestone can’t resist a challenge from one of his well-heeled colleagues—especially when it involves money and horses. But the friendly wager takes an unexpected and deadly turn. Bray is forced to agree to marry one of his challenger’s five sisters—sight unseen. Now gamblers all over London are placing bets on whether Bray will actually go through with it…

THERE GOES THE BRIDE

Miss Louisa Prim, the eldest sister, doesn’t care a whit what the reckless rogue at the Heirs’ Club promised her brother—she has no intention of marrying the future Duke of Drakestone. Bray, however, sees her rejection as another challenge. He bets that the fiery Miss Prim will not only agree to marry him, she will propose to him! With four sisters behind her, Louisa knows she can’t lose. But why does her opponent have to be a divinely handsome scoundrel? And so sweetly, irresistibly seductive…



First, I love the cover.  All that purple!  Second, the exclusive I got at Heroes and Heartbreakers really sold me on this book.  I couldn't stop thinking about what was going to happen next.

In The Duke in My Bed, Ms. Grey has taken a very prim young woman and a rakish man and changed their outlooks toward the other.  Their futures are entwined based upon a deathbed promise, one which Bray has no intention of keeping.  Louisa plans to live her life caring for her younger sisters, and as the blurb says, she isn't going to marry Bray, promise or not.  

Throughout the course of the narrative, we see their respective opinions change.  Louisa watches Bray with her sisters; Bray cannot stop thinking about Louisa.  Their involvement with each other begins with a promise yet morphs into so much more.  Their romance is a sweet one -- Louisa protests a bit too much at times -- but I thoroughly enjoyed watching them fall in love.

(A very special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Duke in My Bed.)

Friday, January 2, 2015

Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Sugar's Twice as Sweet by Marina Adair



He's trouble she doesn't need . . .
Thanks to a cheating fiancé, Josephina Harrington's perfect life just crashed and burned. Moving in with her overbearing parents is definitely not an option. No, she needs to prove she can make it on her own. And she will-by turning her great-aunt's old plantation house into a destination getaway. She's just not expecting her contractor to be so hands-on-and so totally irresistible.

. . . but everything she wants
Bad-boy golf champion Brett McGraw figured his hometown of Sugar, Georgia was the perfect place to lay low and get his life back up to par. The leggy blonde with a pint-sized pup is the kind of sweet 'n sassy trouble he never saw coming. She doesn't know a nut from a bolt and before long, he's renovating her house . . . as she steals his heart. Can he convince Josephina that his womanizing ways are in the past and he's ready for forever?



I'm a big fan of sports romances, so I was interested in a headstrong golfer sent home to cool off and hide out following an Internet scandal.  That Brett and Josephina knew each other as kids was a neat connection too.  Unfortunately, Sugar's Twice as Sweet started strong, but the story seemed to go on and on. 

Exactly how many bad things can happen to Joie in her quest to make her great-aunt's home a B&B?  (Hint:  a LOT!)  The elderly ladies had a weak excuse to make Joie's life in Sugar, Georgia miserable, and the fact that Brett's grandmother was one of those causing havoc put him squarely in the middle between family and a possible romance.  Not very sweet, Granny!

Sugar on Top (April 2015) features Glory and Cal, both introduced here.  I may decide to pay another visit to Sugar, Georgia to see if life there is any sweeter for a homegrown couple. 
 

(A very special thank you to Forever Romance, Grand Central Publishing, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Sugar's Twice as Sweet.)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Last Cowboy in Texas by Katie Lane

 

THE LAST COWBOY IN TEXAS by Katie Lane
December 16, 2014

NO SAD SONGS HERE, DARLIN'

Country music princess Starlet Brubaker has a sweet tooth for moon pies and cowboys: both are yummy-and you can never have just one. Now Beckett Cates may not be a cowboy, but he certainly has the heart, soul-and body-to whet her appetite. He's a sexy ex-Marine with a touch hotter than the scorching Texas sun and arms strong enough to catch her when she lands into trouble.

Playing bodyguard to America's sweetheart isn't easy for Beckett. But falling for her sure is. Unfortunately, Starlet has a reputation for keeping a guy or two wrapped around her finger and Beckett refuses to be anybody's backup. So now it's up to Starlet to prove that she's put her cowboy-crazy days behind her. Otherwise, she'll be singing solo instead of living in harmony with the man who's loved her even before her fame and fortune.

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Katie Lane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas and Hunk for the Holiday series. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she isn't writing, enjoys reading, going to the gym, golfing, traveling, or just snuggling next to her high school sweetheart and cairn terrier Roo.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review: Broken Open by Lauren Dane


Beyond passion. And beyond their control…

Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood's life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she's finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex….

Then she met him.

Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn't the man of Tuesday's dreams. He's a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It's primal. It's insatiable. And it won't be satisfied until they're both consumed, body and soul….



I knew Tuesday and Ezra would have off-the-charts chemistry, simply because that had been the case when they circled each other in The Best Kind of Trouble.  And I didn't disagree they would find their happy ending together, given they had both overcome serious heartaches in their respective pasts.  The main issue I had with Broken Open was the amount of outside interference that seems to propel the narrative.  Yes, Tuesday and Ezra get to know each other and ultimately fall in love, but Tuesday's former in-laws and her parents and his parents and his brothers and her best friend and the racist at the feed store are all involved in their path of romance.  It started to become too much, and I wondered where Tuesday and Ezra -- and their feelings -- were in all the external conflicts. 

I am looking forward to Back to You, the final book in the series.  Fingers crossed Kelly and Vaughn find a way to be together again.     

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Talk Dirty to Me by Dakota Cassidy



Notorious mean girl Dixie Davis is back in town and it's payback time. Literally. Dixie is flat broke and her best—make that only—friend, Landon, is throwing her a lifeline from the Great Beyond. Dixie stands to inherit his business… if she meets a few conditions:

She's got to live in Landon's mansion.
With her gorgeous ex-fiancé, Caine Donovan.
Who could also inherit the business.
Which is a phone sex empire.

Wait, what?

Landon's will lays it out: whoever gets the most new clients becomes the owner of Call Girls. Dixie has always been in it to win it, especially when it comes to Caine, who's made it clear he's not going down easy. (Oh, mercy.) Can Dixie really talk dirty and prove that she's cleaned up her act? Game on!



Dixie is a mean girl, and all of Plum Orchard, Georgia knows it.  When she slinks back into town following a disastrous business deal, she's greeted with a proposition from her deceased friend, Landon, who has also tossed Dixie's ex-fiance' into the mix -- and back into Dixie's life.

It took me a long time to connect with Dixie and Caine, even though I knew they were going to get over their past/problems/pile of crap and get a HEA.  Something about the two of them, either separately or together, turned me off.  Yet I kept reading. 

The secondary characters get the standing O from me: Em, Landon (who's there in spirit), Sanjeev.  I am going to purchase Em's book, Something to Talk About, but I'm not certain if I will continue with the series beyond that.    

(A very special thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Talk Dirty to Me.)

Review: Talk This Way by Dakota Cassidy



If life is like a box of chocolates, Cat Butler has tasted them all—and decided on none. It's no wonder she can't keep a job, even though her mother's health depends on it. Just when she finds herself up a creek without a paddle—again—a benevolent friend throws her a lifeline. In the form of a job at, of all places, a phone sex hotline. Not exactly what she had in mind, but if it pays the bills for her mom's expensive nursing home, what's the harm?

Successful entrepreneur Flynn McGrady knows a thing or two about responsibility. So when his mother has a stroke, he knows the right thing to do is relocate to Atlanta to be near her while she recovers. He's got a plan for everything—except for feisty Cat, who finally gets his mama to talk again. Talk dirty, that is, and he's not pleased. Cat is gorgeous and sassy to boot...…too bad she's not the type to settle down.

Cat and Flynn may have bigger fish to fry, but the sparks between them are hotter than hell. And when they finally give in to temptation, the results are explosive. Can a girl who follows her heart and a guy who follows his head find their way to forever?



After starting Talk Dirty to Me, I felt confused about who Landon is and what he means to the town of Plum Orchard, Georgia.  I was pleased to have found the novella, Talk This Way, introducing the series, which gives a bit about Landon's background, though the story isn't specifically about him. 

Cat and Flynn's relationship is primarily about misunderstandings.  Their conflict -- and attraction -- builds through various misunderstandings, especially concerning Flynn's mother's behavior, which is a direct result of something Cat does.  It's a cute premise, and one that serves the second purpose of introducing the reader to the origin behind the Call Girls.  
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