2.5 Stars

Bartender, PI by Ethan Stone Review

   Bartender, P.I. by Ethan Stone 2.5 Stars! 

When hockey star Linc Carpenter is banned from playing his beloved sport, he starts over slinging drinks in Tampa. He’s inept as a bartender, so when the opportunity arises to train as a private

investigator he takes it. He’s not very good at that either, but he still manages to get hired to follow fashion mogul Quentin Faulkner.
Linc’s incompetence is a hindrance, but Brady Williams, Faulkner’s studly bodyguard, may prove to be his undoing. Brady is drawn to Linc, despite his bungling, and that stupidity may be just what’s needed to solve the case and save their lives.

Review

This is a ridiculous book. It is slap stick funny.

The opening scene is crass and the hero isn’t too bring.

And yet… lol …it was a silly, shallow, quick read that I enjoyed.

The heroes are just so good natured.

The Red Scot (A Curvy Girls Club Novel, #1) by Twyla Turner Review

The Red Scot (A Curvy Girls Club Novel Book 1) by Twyla Turner  2.5 Stars! 

She’ll be the greatest fight of his life…

Bradyn ‘The Red Scot’ MacTavish is the best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world, despite his humble beginnings as the fat kid growing up. A tragedy that befell his life changed him and made sure that he never felt helpless again. He spent years making a name for himself in the octagon as an alpha beast, but when it comes to the ladies he is a fumbling mess. Always feeling like the unpopular kid. The day that Payton Bailey walks into his gym changes everything.

When it comes to men, Payton is as clueless as she is with social cues. She prefers to stick with what she knows: Sci-Fi, comic books, video games and web design. After a heartbreaking incident her freshman year of college, she was never able to look at big muscular men the same way again. So imagine her surprise and absolute fright when she catches the eye of the massive, hulking MMA fighter, who she secretly nicknames The Red Giant.

The computer geek has done her best to avoid, ignore, and even maim Bradyn but the stubborn Scot has no intentions of letting the skittish lass slip through his fingers. And with the help of her three friends, he just might win the fight of his life.

Review

I enjoyed this book a lot but there are writing errors and almost all the tropes of the book are heavy handed.

What saved it was fun dialogue, a great circle of friends, a wonderful sweet hero, and a geeky heroine.

Our hero and heroine are both shy which is fun. The hero is very self aware and kind. The heroine has PTSD from a past attempted rape.

The hero’s lovely wooing of the heroine plus the fact that that he is a super hot Scot let me enjoy the book despite the telling passages, lack of complexity, and typos.

Her Pregnancy Bombshell (Summer at Villa Rosa #1) by Liz Fielding Review

 Her Pregnancy Bombshell (Summer at Villa Rosa)  by Liz Fielding  2.5 Stars

Expecting her boss’s baby! 

Pilot Miranda Marlowe is too sick to fly her plane, and she must face the truth: she’s pregnant! She knows well enough that her boss, Cleve Finch, is still grieving for his late wife, so to think, she heads to her sister’s new inheritance, Villa Rosa.

Despite the spiders and dust, the Mediterranean palazzo is as gorgeous as ever. Until Cleve turns up with a dramatic offer: a convenient marriage as soon as it can be arranged! It may be the sensible answer…but is it enough for Miranda?

 

Review

I was enjoying this romance with its look at grief and comfort between two pilots.

The heroine has been in love with the hero since she was 18. He married another. The book opens with him in deep grief and the heroine comforting him physically.

She gets pregnant. I like very much what a respected pilot and airplane designer the heroine is. I like the setting of the the crumbling Italian Villa the heroine flees to (and the hero follows) to sort out what do to with her life now.

Then, for me the book goes south. The secondary characters don’t work well for me and worse the mystery of why the hero and heroine weren’t together misses the details I want and the details I get make me dislike almost everyone in the book.

Well written but it lost me. I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.

Pursued (Brides of the Kindred, #6) by Evangeline Anderson Review

  Pursued (Brides of the Kindred Book 6) by Evangeline Anderson 2.5 Stars

Elise is fractured inside, stained by a past she refuses to remember.
Merrick is scarred both inside and out, a half-breed with a brutal background, at home nowhere in the universe.

Now they are tied together by an unstable bond which could kill them both.
Their journey will take them to the lawless planet of Rageron—the wildest of all the Kindred worlds. There, in the deep blue jungles of an alien world, Elise must bare her soul and relive the horror that nearly killed her. Can she and Merrick make each other whole or will Elise run from her pain?

If she does, Merrick cannot help but chase her…Elise is being Pursued.

 

Review

The basic romance here between two very wounded people is engaging. I like the heroine doesn’t just magically get over her past.

However, she does a lot of stupid stuff.

The book gets a bit tedious after a while when the characters stagnate.

There are also too many characters that don’t have meaningful contributions to the story.

So, I want to like this series but it isn’t working for me.

Divided (Brides of the Kindred, #10) by Evangeline Anderson Review

   Divided by Evangeline Anderson 2.5 Stars 

One girl who was supposed to be a nun

Two hot twin warriors separated at birth

Both of them want her
But neither one can have her alone.
Because with Twin Kindred, it takes two…

How does a girl who’s about to take her vows as a nun wind up with two hot warriors to pick from?

That’s Becca Malone’s problem. After eating a piece of bonding fruit cake, she wound up with Far and Truth, Twin Kindred warriors who were separated at birth and never formed a proper Twin bond. Because the twins hate each other, Becca feels free to choose between them…until the three of them fall into a vision of unspeakable terror…a vision that is about to come true if Far and Truth don’t quickly form a bond. And guess who has to be the bridge between them?

Becca is scared to death she’s going to wind up bonded for life and Far and Truth aren’t too thrilled about the prospect of sharing her. But when the ominous vision sends them on a trip to a rogue planet where the inhabitants live out their lives in a strange, mental internet called the Mindscape, they have no choice but to come together in the most intimate way possible.

Becca comes to realize she can’t choose between the light twin, sweet and gentle Far and the dark twin, intense and passionate Truth. But how can she be with both of them at once when the twins have sworn to be forever…Divided?

Review

Part of me really liked this book…conceptually. The world building is good and the cultural adjustments as well overcoming personal prejudice is compelling.

But the angst just goes on and one. And it the same dang thing over and over. I didn’t like any of the characters by the end of the book. I sympathized with them but I wanted the to heal and grow and fall in love but instead the book felt like a dirge to me.

I don’t like hang wringing angst in books much. I don’t mind that things are hard and take a long while to move past but this is too much of the same thing for me to really enjoy the romance.

The Billionaire and the Virgin (Billionaires and Bridesmaids, #1) by Jessica Clare Review

 

 

2.5 Stars

Waitress Marjorie Ivarsson is the picture of naiveté. Raised by her grandmother, she’d rather go to bingo than go dancing. But when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid in her friend Bronte’s destination wedding, she finds herself venturing into new and exciting territory. The wedding is set on the billionaire groom’s private island and Marjorie is fascinated by all the new people she’s meeting.
Most fascinating of all is the man she saves from almost drowning in the blue waters of the island lagoon. She might even have a bit of a crush on him. Unfortunately, she’s not the only girl who finds him so intriguing. Hot shot television producer Robert Cannon has a reputation for womanizing, drinking, and partying to excess. They couldn’t be more wrong for each other…so why are they constantly drawn together like magnets?

 

Review

I love the idea of this heroine. A heroine who loves things not of her generation. I also liked that the hero didn’t care about her height in fact loved it.

I don’t mind the hero’s self absorbness at first and like the scene where they both quit pretending to be what they are not.

However, the heroine’s lack on confidence begins to grate and the hero is too much of a jerk and the mess goes on too long to be fun and it is just doesn’t work for me.

I like this author and will try more of her books but this one was a no go.

Brukr (Dragons of Preor, #8) by Celia Kyle and Erin Tate Review

2.5 Stars

He’s willing to lose his honor to claim her, but first he must save her.

The Preor emperor bestowed honors on warrior Brukr sen Zak’lu centuries ago—honors he does not deserve. Since then, he has fought to prove himself worthy of the emperor’s support. He works to protect and care for the females within Preor Tower no matter how difficult they make his task. One female constantly disregards orders and makes his duty nearly impossible. Hannah—with her flowing hair, teasing smiles, and generous curves—torments him with what he cannot have. He aches for her like no other, his dragon rages when he leaves her side, but without the Knowing stretching between them he cannot claim her. Or can he?

Genetic modifications have changed Hannah’s appearance, but they can’t change her past. To atone, she steps into the spotlight as a spokesperson for Cole-Daven and moves into Preor Tower. Every day she struggles to convince other humans to accept Cole-Daven’s treatment for Pol Mutation. She also fights her attraction to one specific alien Preor. They’re not mates, but everything in her craves the large, muscular, deliciously tempting dragon shifting warrior.

With her exposure to the public, Hannah now has humans after her. Some want to possess her, others want to torture her, and many want to kill her. That is unacceptable to Brukr and he will tell them so… with his war blades.

Review

There is everything to like about this hero. He is steadfast, respectful and protective.

The cause of his self esteem issues could have been revealed much earlier in the look so that we could see the hero work through them. As it is, they are just annoying angst.

I like the heroine as well until I find out her secret and reasoning for a set of things and then I am just annoyed as all get out. It would have been a much more intersting read if she just trusted the people she had every reason to trust and then the story could have been about dealing with her stuff.

There is a plot twist that is interesting but not enough to save the book for me.

There is just too much energy in the wrong places.

Making the Play (Hidden Falls #1) by T.J. Kline Review

Review:

Making the Play (Hidden Falls) - T. J. Kline

Grant McQuaid has dedicated his entire life to his football career. Now an injury threatens his place on the team and he’s forced to return home to rehabilitate. But when he meets his “biggest fan,” a precocious, blue-eyed, hearing impaired boy named James—and his beautiful mother, Bethany—Grant begins to question whether football is the future he still wants.

Bethany Mills has been doing just fine since her husband walked out on them… and she definitely doesn’t need another man to disappoint her—or her son. But when James runs into his hero at the park, Bethany admits there is a void in her son’s life that she just can’t fill. Her attraction to the handsome football star is undeniable, but a man in the limelight is the last thing she wants for herself, or James.

Grant doesn’t want to subject Bethany to the chaos of dating a professional athlete. But the more time he spends with her and James, the harder it is to resist making a play for her heart…

 

Review

I wanted to like this one. I didn’t.

 

The heroine is too prickly for too long and beats the same drum of resistance. The hero is a guy going through a career change and well developed. I liked the child character a great deal and everything else about the book but I couldn’t buy the romance. The writing is well done but not the development of the heroine.

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The Alien’s Pregnant Mate: (Celestial Mates Book 2) by Marla Therron Review

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Alien Romance: The Alien's Pregnant Mate: Scifi Alien Abduction Romance (Alien Romance, Alien Invasion Romance, BBW) (Celestial Mates Book 2) - Marla Therron

Bright and earnest Erena has trained all her life for this. One of only five people chosen to leave Earth behind and embark on the first ever manned mission beyond Earth’s solar system, she’s the best humanity has to offer.

But after only a few months out, Erena’s ship is attacked by beings whose purpose she can only guess. She and the other female crew member are dragged away, while the male crewmen are killed before her eyes.

Confused and afraid, Erena finds herself being sold in an alien black market as a rare novelty. Sold to a strange but captivatingly handsome alien named Shang, Erena struggles to defend herself, find her crew, and get home.

But soon, she finds she must also resist the attraction she feels to her new owner.
Though she tells herself it’s only sexual, with every day they get closer and Erena’s determination to get home begins to waver, especially once she discovers cross species impregnation may not be as impossible as she thought…

 

Review

 

This one wins an award for a truly terrible title. These Alien Romance titles are worse than Mills and Boon titles or just the same which makes keeping track of what you’ve read impossible and makes you question why the hell you are reading that.

 

No matter. Brain Candy!

 

This wasn’t bad and it wasn’t good. The heroine is smart and earnest. The world needs to be much more developed but it is a quick read if you are craving alien romance junk food.

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Confiscated Bride by Yamila Abraham Review

Review:

Confiscated Bride - BBW SciFi Romance - Yamila Abraham

Ambassador Janel is proud to have finally brokered an alliance with the powerful Haraden. What cinched the deal? The Haraden warriors want brides. Since war ravaged her planet’s male population they actually have a surplus of women looking for husbands. It seems like a win-win.

General Kordan, the austere Haraden negotiator Janel spent days wearing down, approaches her out of the blue. She’s not married—and the warrior general has his eyes on her. For some reason, she feels compelled to go to him.

Unfortunately her timing for a visit to a Haraden home world could not have been worse. Was she being courted or confiscated

 

Review

Sigh. Just when this romance was really going to take off and we were going to get couple time, cultural adjustments, and courting, the plot turns into betrayal on a global scale lameness.

 

Bummer.

 

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