A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes by Helen Juliet 4 Star Review

  A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes by Helen Juliet 4 Stars! 

Nicholas Herald’s only job was to book the music for his sister’s wedding. So when the big day is only a week away and the job isn’t done, his options are running out fast. In the end he throws down his cash on a guitarist with nimble fingers and arresting eyes.

Fynn Dumashie is more than happy to spend time with Nicholas as they feverishly plan the wedding’s music together. But the closer they get to the event, the more Nicholas seems to want something more… If only he could stop fighting himself to ask for it.

With last minute cancellations, wayward family members, and a cat with a serious vendetta against happiness, they’ll be lucky if they make it to the wedding in one piece. Can Nicholas overcome his own fears to accept who he really is before he and Fynn part ways for the last time?

Review

Oh, I really loved this sweet romance. Both heroes are wonderful though we get to know Nicholas much better.

This is a madcap wedding romance as well as a coming of age story. It is filled with great characters and great moments.

We get a really engaging romance as well.

A great deal of fun.

Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers, #1) by Sarina Bowen Review

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Rookie Move (A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel) - Sarina Bowen

In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold…
 
Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

 

Review

 

Sarina Bowen writes wonderful couples that I really like and wish the very best.

 

This is the first entry in her new pro hockey series and its good. The sexual tension is off the charts and the sheer like between the characters let alone the love is grand.

 

However, I did get impatient with the book a bit. This series is a spin off from the Ivy League Years (id you haven’t read these books, go now). So, I knew Leo’s and Georgia’s backstory and have an idea about each character coming into the book. I think without this knowledge I would have been happier.

 

As it was I was restless with wanting them to deal with what was between them and then frustrated that Georgia hadn’t been doing more (or at least we don’t get to see it when they were apart) and Leo doesn’t seem to own up to his own very odd behavior with the ladies in the years since they have been together. I wanted that contended with as a series fan. It wasn’t. I wanted to move to the being together faster.

 

There is extra drama with the heroine’s father was not really needed and couple time could have taken its place.

 

There is an amazing scene that is so tender and real towards the end of the book that I loved when Georgia sees Leo’s pain and he sees his own pain. More of that please. This is where I would have liked the book to build from and not come to an end.

 

So, the pacing was off in places but still such great characters and writing.

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The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel by Vi Keeland Review

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The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel - Vi Keeland

The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room.

It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.
The famed quarterback decided to bare all.
And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets.
No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera.
The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby–screwing with me.
When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.
But I don’t date players.
And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football.
I’d date an athlete.
It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.
You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.

Brody Easton was the ultimate player.
Every woman wanted to be the one to change him.
But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.
Turned out, I was that girl.
Simple right?
Let’s face it. It never is.
There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…
And this one is ours.

 

Review

You know the writing is pretty good when I start liking a book where the hero is a fairly largely ego crazy jerk. And, of course, he is and he isn’t.

 

There is a lot of sorrow and goodness in this book and Keeland does a great job with characters that are more than one thing all at once.

 

The romance is sexy and engaging and the intersections with the hero’s and heroine’s past loves are well done though the hero’s is better handled in terms of creating connection for me than the heroine.

 

I can see how some could really dislike this book and never get over the rudeness of the hero early on in the book because it is well over the top and not called for given the heroine’s status in a male dominated profession.

 

There was some odd telling of the story from the hero’s ex love’s viewpoint that might be saying she will get her own book (and that would be good) but those chapters were painful for me.

 

The attraction between the hero and heroine is so physical and while they like each other a great deal too for me the love connection was a touch off.

 

But I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would and I am looking forward to more books by this writer.

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Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristina Ashley 5 Star Review!

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Rock Chick Reawakening - Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Reawakening shares the tale of the devastating event that nearly broke Daisy, an event that set Marcus Sloan—one of Denver’s most respected businessmen and one of the Denver underground’s most feared crime bosses—into finally making his move to win the heart of the woman who stole his.

Review

 

I like all the other rabid Kristen Ashley fans have been waiting for this book.

 

Daisy and Marcus. Sigh.

 

And it was wonderful. I think even if you hadn’t read the series, you would think it was wonderful But I have read (and reread Rock Chicks) and so I read this one twice in a row with pleasure.

 

Ashley does a great job telling the backstories of the characters we have known so long and showing Marcus fall hard and instantly and Daisy fall in love.

 

The sorrow of the events that marked Daisy are done it way that makes an argument for the senseless and the attack of power and misogyny that exits in sexual assault and the reality of living as a survivor and loving a survivor.

 

It is a love letter to all those who have suffered. T

 

he book is also just plain sexy fun with glitter, bell like laughter, hot looks, walk ons by favorite characters and the signature Ashley lush lush epilogue which takes this little novella into the land of fairytale in a good way.

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More Than You Know By Jo Goodman 99 cents!

More Than You Know - Jo Goodman

Vowing to reclaim his Charleston plantation following the War Between the States, Rand Hamilton turns to the only means remaining: the lost treasure that has cursed his family for centuries.

But to finance the expedition, he must agree to the terms of his wealthy London benefactor: allow the Duke’s bluestocking goddaughter to accompany him.

Wary of Claire Bancroft, Rand welcomes the haunted woman aboard his clipper ship, unaware she naively holds the key to the impossible riddle that will lead him to the glorious treasure—and a passion neither of them can deny.

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If I Had You by Heather Hiestand 99 cents!

If I Had You (The Grand Russe Hotel) - Heather Hiestand

Inside the glittering walls of a famous hotel, an ingénue experiences first passion . . .
 
As she stands before the gilded doors of The Grand Russe Hotel, Alecia Loudon is poised on the threshold of a profound awakening. It is the Roaring Twenties, and London is buzzing with opportunities for adventure . . . and indiscretion. The young personal secretary knows nothing of the ways of men, but a chance meeting with the hotel’s handsome night watchman sets her imagination afire.
 
Ivan Salter has noticed the quiet Englishwoman and wonders what delicate beauty might be lurking behind Alecia’s plain clothes. As the handsome Russian draws Alecia further into the hotel’s luxurious world, he introduces her to fine food, cool jazz, and forbidden assignations. Their dalliance is tested, however, by a surprising link between Ivan’s family history and Alecia’s bosses. Tangled up in international intrigue, the lovers must decide if their sparkling new romance is worth the cost . . .

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Takes Two to Tackle (Santa Fe Bobcats, #3) by Jeanette Murray Review

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Takes Two to Tackle: Santa Fe Bobcats Series, Book 3 - Jeanette Murray, Carly Robins, Tantor Audio

Football player Stephen Harrison has hit rock bottom—he’s fresh out of rehab, lost too much weight to be an effective offensive lineman, and has no support system in place. The Bobcats staff suggests he get a life coach to keep him sober and get him back into playing shape, but Stephen says his girlfriend will help. Too bad he doesn’t have one…

Luckily for Stephen, he does have a housekeeper. Margaret has always dreamed of starting her own elite cleaning service, and the money Stephen offers her to play the part of girlfriend is too good to pass up. But while Mags is helping Stephen bulk up and get ready for training camp, she can’t seem to block the feelings crashing into her heart. And one night of passion will pull both of their heads out of the game…

 

Review

 

This is the first book I have read in this series and my first book by this writer and I really enjoyed it.

 

The love story deals with addiction in a thoughtful caring way. It is a great sports romance. And the friends to lovers theme is well done.

 

Stephan is a wonderful hero with none of the alpha male man ho issues I dislike. He talks about his feelings. He has to as part of his recovery and has friends.

Mags is a wonderful working class heroine with her own support network and dreams. She is great.

 

Their relationship is honest and tender.

 

There, for me, is some silliness in the end which isn’t needed if they would talk to each other sooner and then we would get more after time as a couple that would make the book better but very good fun and love overall.

 

I recommend!

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First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars #8) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Review

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A star quarterback and a feisty detective play for keeps in this sporty, sexy, sassy novel—a long-awaited new entry in the beloved, award-winning, New York Times bestselling author’s fan-favorite Chicago Stars football series.

Piper Dove is a woman with a dream—to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham’s spotted her, and he’s not happy.

Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. “The fact is…I’m your stalker. Not full-out barmy. Just…mildly unhinged.”

Piper soon finds herself working for Graham himself, although not as the bodyguard he refuses to admit he so desperately needs. Instead, he’s hired her to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive new nightclub. But Coop’s life might be in danger, and Piper’s determined to protect him, whether he wants it or not. (Hint: Not!) If only she weren’t also dealing with a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a teenager who just wants to fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding Piper find her very dead husband.

And then there’s Cooper Graham himself, a legendary sports hero who always gets what he wants—even if what he wants is a feisty detective hell bent on proving she’s as tough as he is.

From the bustling streets of Chicago to a windswept lighthouse on Lake Superior to the glistening waters of Biscayne Bay, two people who can’t stand to lose will test themselves and each other to discover what matters most

 

Review

I love me some Susan Elizabeth Phillips and this book is just great.

What happens here, that always happens in a Phillips’ boo, is the hero and heroine come to deeply respect and value each other. They like and admire each other. They are also really hot for one another but that seems to follow this deep connection the Phillips does like nobody else. Sigh.

The hero and heroine a difficult people. They are cranky. I love them. They are both very witty and so much themselves. They meet in a moment where they are both struggling.

They both kick ass and are loyal and brave. But not so much with the emotionial bravery which lingers for a little longer than I would like.

The secondary characters are grand. We have the old crew show up. The opera singer needs her own romance please.

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The Perfect Fit (Riley O’Brien & Co., #4) by Jenna Sutton Review

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The Perfect Fit (a Riley O'Brien & Co. novella) - Jenna Sutton

What happens when an optimistic, young veterinarian and a battle-scarred Army veteran end up as roommates?

Zeke May has spent the past two years recovering from an IED attack and trying to adjust to life as a civilian. The veteran hiring program at denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co. offers a new beginning. The only problem is the high cost of housing in San Francisco, and Margo Lange could be the perfect solution.

Now that Margo has completed veterinary school, she’s ready to fulfill her dream of living in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, she’s drowning in student loan debt and the only places she can afford are dumps. Luckily, one of her uncle’s Army buddies needs a roommate.

Although Zeke’s place is a perfect fit for Margo’s budget, he is not what she expects. He’s much younger than her uncle, and he’s melt-your-panties hot. She doesn’t want to fall for him, but it doesn’t take her long to realize that Zeke is the perfect fit for her, regardless of their age gap. Too bad he’s so obviously still in love with his ex-wife…

Review

The romance was just just the right blend of funny, tender, sexy and real. I love low angst romance which is all about the couple.

 

Watching Zeke and Margo fall in love is a pure joy. I adore the Zeke is not a man whore. His not a man whoreness is beyond hot. They become great friends. There are things each needs to work through but in the end they are meant to be.

 

Love all the tropes are done so well but the writing is so crisp and the dialogue is lovely with all these little gems studded through the character development like the heroine’s thrift shopping.

 

The only thing that kept it from being a five star for me was that I wanted more of an epilogue though what I got was good, I just want more lushness in a final chapter or more epilogue.

 

I highly recommend. And it was free on Amazon as a gateway drug to this author. So, go get hooked!

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Once Upon a Rose By Laura Florand 99 cents! Excellent!

Once Upon a Rose (La Vie en Roses) (Volume 1) by Florand, Laura (2015) Paperback - Laura Florand

She stole his roses.

Fleeing the spotlight, burnt out rock star Layla—“Belle”—Dubois seeks refuge in the south of France. That old, half-forgotten heritage in a valley of roses seems like a good place to soothe a wounded heart. She certainly doesn’t expect the most dangerous threat to her heart to pounce on her as soon as she sets foot on the land.

He wants them back.

Matt didn’t mean to growl at her quite that loudly. But—his roses! She can’t have his roses. Even if she does have all those curls and green eyes and, and, and…what was he growling about again?

Or maybe he just wants her.

When an enemy invades his valley and threatens his home, heart, and livelihood, Matthieu Rosier really knows only one way to defend himself.

It might involve kissing.

And that might be just the start.

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