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Review: Turn and Burn by Lorelei James

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About the book:

Tanna Barker is a world champion barrel racer. But her personal life has been less of a success, and she’s feeling adrift. After her mother’s unexpected death, her father has remarried, and sold the Texas ranch she called home. Now a rodeo injury has left the restless spitfire holed up in Muddy Gap, unsure what her next move should be.

Until she meets her match in a wild, wild cowboy

Veterinarian August Fletcher has always put his job first. He’s never found a woman who could handle his on-the-road lifestyle. But when sassy, sexy Tanna blows into town, he finally finds the woman of his fantasies. And there’s something between them, but she claims she’s been burned by love ’em and leave ’em road dogs before. How can Fletch prove that he’s in it for the long haul, and that their sizzling relationship is better than winning any rodeo medal? It’ll take some sweet persuasion to convince Tanna that Muddy Gap is where she belongs.

TURN AND BURN is a very hot book featuring two very independent characters – one that I loved and one that I tolerated to get more of the other. First, Fletch – I loved him. He’s a fantastic character – sexy, great with animals, and works hard to get the girl. His whole world is turned upside down when he finds the woman he had an amazing one-night-stand with (and who escaped without giving him her name) at his friend’s ranch. Instead of running from his feelings or ignoring them he goes after Tanna. He worries about how she will feel about his very busy work schedule, but he can’t let her go. I had trouble connecting to Tanna. She’s tough and fiesty, but she constantly push and pulls Fletch in different directions. Her accident has changed everything for her, making her afraid of the one thing that made her happy in the past, and she doesn’t really know how to cope. My biggest problem with her was the lack of emotion – I couldn’t tell at any time how she felt about things. Tanna is very cut off from her feelings and it hampers her recovery from the accident and her relationship with Fletch. The story also moves slowly with not a lot of action to help keep it going – the story is focused solely on Tanna, Fletch, and their relationship. The writing is good and the sex scenes are off the charts.

the book girl gives TURN AND BURN a 3/5

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Review: Crave by Monica Murphy

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About the book:

Billionaire Archer Bancroft always gets what he wants—and he’s wanted Ivy Emerson, his best friend’s sister, for far too long. Being forbidden and untouchable only makes her more tempting. When a million-dollar bet with his friends throws down a challenge—last bachelor standing takes all—Archer knows he can win. That is, until one enchanted evening with Ivy takes his heart for a ride.

Ivy knows Archer is nothing but bad news: infuriating, arrogant . . . and completely intoxicating. But despite her best efforts, she can’t seem to keep away. When a stolen kiss leads to a night of heated passion, Ivy realizes she’s in trouble and in head over heels.

But in the light of day, everything seems clearer, and Archer’s not so sure a one-night stand is all he wants. Concocting a plan to keep Ivy by his side, Archer might just be willing to lose this bet . . . and win the jackpot instead. 

I had a hard time enjoying this book. I think it was because of the two different first person points of view. I’m not a huge fan of books written in first person and when you alternate between two characters it is a bit much for me. Plus, Archer sounded more like a horny college guy than a grown-up billionaire. I did like the dialog between Ivy and Archer. I love it when a couple starts out bickering as a way to hide their real feelings. There was a lot of sex between Archer and Ivy and not a lot of scenes with them together doing anything else. I couldn’t really buy their happily ever after based on how they felt about sleeping together. I needed something more. I don’t think this is a series I will be continuing to read.

the book girl gives CRAVE a 3/5

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Trilogy Review: He Watches Me, He Touches Me, and He Claims Me by Cynthia Sax

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About the books:

HE WATCHES ME

She desires to be seen.
He wants to watch.

Anna Sampson has a naughty secret. Every night, she slips into her neighbor’s yard and swims naked in his pool. She fantasizes that the dynamic young billionaire watches her nightly nude aquatics, his brilliant green eyes gleaming with lust.

She discovers this isn’t pure fantasy. Gabriel Blaine has been watching her via his security cameras, and now that he has returned to L.A., he doesn’t plan to stop. That’s all he wants—to watch. Anna knows she shouldn’t allow him and she certainly shouldn’t want more, but she craves Blaine’s attention, needing his gaze fixed on her body.

HE TOUCHES ME

His touch enflames her desires.

Anna Sampson has allowed billionaire businessman Gabriel Blaine to watch her, all of her. And looking is all he’s done—until now. After giving him permission to touch her, Anna realizes she won’t be satisfied until she has all of this handsome and secretive man.

Soon she tempts him, shreds his control, and pushes him too far. Blaine’s reluctance to take her virginity frustrates Anna. He fulfills her fantasy, but what is their reality together?

HE CLAIMS ME

A billionaire’s desires and a virgin’s wish to be claimed come together.

Two men want Anna Sampson. Gabriel Blaine is powerful, intelligent, the CEO of a successful company, and a billionaire. He’s watched her, touched her, encouraged her to become a strong, independent woman, a woman unafraid of her desires.

Now secrets from the past are exposed, threatening Anna’s freedom and safety. Will the man she loves stand by her side, or will he desert her, leaving Anna once again to face the future alone?

The Seen trilogy follows the trend of billionaire finds pretty, young thing and they fall in lust with each other and it leads to love. I enjoyed all three books and liked that there wasn’t any BDSM in these – lots of sex, but nothing really kinky. Anna works hard at being invisible, but Blaine sees her and it doesn’t bother her. They have a connection that is instant and strong. Blaine is mysterious and sexy, but I didn’t feel like his character was ever fully explored. This was definitely Anna’s story. She is worried that Blaine will grow tired of her and leave her just like all of the other people in her life before him. All three parts are quick reads and flow really well into each other. I read them back to back and there was a little bit of repetitiveness to catch the reader up, but it wasn’t too much. This is the perfect trilogy for readers who like their romances more on the spicy side.

the book girl gives HE WATCHES ME a 4/5, HE TOUCHES ME a 4/5 and HE CLAIMS ME a 3/5

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Review: Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid by Tiffany Allee

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About the book:

Alice Shepard needs one thing: a date for her sister’s wedding. And not just any date. A hunk who will make her fiancé rue the day he left her for her best friend. Her drop-dead gorgeous neighbor fits the bill—even if he is a bit quirky and never comes out during the day—and Alice has downed just enough appletinis to ask him. But she makes it quite clear that there will be no funny business.

Spending a week on a cruise ship full of humans while sleeping close to his sexy next-door neighbor sounds like a helluva bad idea to vampire Noah Thorpe. But his friends need time to get him out of a shotgun wedding—a vampire bonding that will tie his fate to a female vampire he’s never met. And Alice’s offer comes at just the right time.

What could possibly go wrong?

DON’T BITE THE BRIDESMAID is a fun, flirty light paranormal romance. I really enjoyed Alice and Noah. Alice was wronged by her ex-fiance and wants nothing more than to show him that she’s moved on. Her sexy, mysterious next door neighbor Noah was just the man to do it with. Noah takes an instant dislike to the ex-fiance and his possessive side comes out in a big way. There are lots of sparks between the couple and their pretend romance quickly becomes a reality. My only problem with the book is the odd inclusion of Alice’s absent brother and his vampire ex, Olivia. They are used to explain some things, but they weren’t talked about earlier in the story – even though they are at the wedding of Alice’s other sibling, Cindy – and they aren’t mentioned after. I felt like I had either missed something (an earlier book?) or that there would be more about them later on in the story (there wasn’t). The writing was okay, the story moved at a quick pace, and the paranormal elements are light.

the book girl gives DON’T BITE THE BRIDESMAID a 3/5

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review: Bare It All by Lori Foster

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About the book:

As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it…until the sexy cop next door comes knocking. 

Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice’s secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire-and into the line of fire….

I’m a huge fan of Lori Foster and love *most* of her books, but BARE IT ALL just didn’t work for me. I didn’t connect with Alice at all and didn’t see her appeal to Reese. She didn’t have much life to her and even when she started opening up about her past and meeting new people she still seemed very one-dimensional. Reese was the typical alpha male – handsome, sexy, and honorable. It was hard to understand the attraction (beyond physical) he felt for Alice. The plot moved at a slow pace and took the backseat to the physical relationship between Reese and Alice. I did like the appearance of Trace from TRACE OF FEVER and Rowdy – I can’t wait to read his book. BARE IT ALL is full of hot sex scenes, a great supporting cast, and a great hero – I just couldn’t connect with the heroine of the story.

the book girl gives BARE IT ALL a 3/5

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Review: Flirting Under a Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase

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About the book:

Never Cry Werewolf

Brandee has been dumped in every way possible, but by text is the last straw. That’s it—she’s officially done with men. Unfortunately, she’s just been told her “soul mate” is the drool-worthy hottie all her friends call One-Night Nick.

Nick has been searching for true love for one hundred years. After all, werewolves mate for life, and he does not want to mess this up. As soon as he kisses Brandee, he knows she’s the one. But how will he convince a woman who knows nothing of paranormals that she’s about to be bound to a werewolf forever?

FLIRTING UNDER A FULL MOON is well written story with a hero and heroine that just didn’t work for me. Nick is the ultimate alpha male and at times he does things for Brandee’s “own good” that make him come across as a jerk. Brandee gets mad at him, but then he kisses her and all is forgiven. She doesn’t have much of a backbone. Nick goes from someone with the nickname “One-Night Nick” because of all his one night relationships to wanting to commit 100% to Brandee. Brandee doesn’t believe him at first and then BAM! she’s under his spell. There was no question of things not going Brandee and Nick’s way. Every situation Nick was in he was able to get out of easily and when they found themselves wondering about their future it was solved for them in a very convenient way. There was no mystery to the story. I loved the author’s writing style and the humor of the story, but the characters just didn’t work for me.

the book girl gives FLIRTING UNDER A FULL MOON a 3/5

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Review: Most Likely to Succeed by Kate Davies

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About the book:

Book one of the Girls Most Likely to…

Ten years after being voted Most Likely to Succeed, Kelsey Moore is still living in her hometown, still working in her family’s flower shop, and too embarrassed to attend her high school reunion. Only the chance to reconnect with her study buddy—and secret crush—Nathan Barrow tempts her to go.

Nathan isn’t sure why he came back for the reunion after spending the past decade working abroad. But when he runs into his former lab partner, Kelsey, he’s sure glad he did. The chemistry between them is as potent as ever, and when she offers him a weekend of wild, no-strings-attached sex, Nathan knows he’d be a fool to say no.

Nathan can’t be tied to one place for long. But the more time they spend together—in and out of bed—the more Kelsey wonders if their reunion could become something more permanent. That is, if Nathan is still interested when he finds out she’s been less than honest with him about her life since graduation…

21,000 words

While I enjoyed the characters, there was just something lacking in this story. I don’t think that there was enough time to make it believable that Kelsey and Nathan would actually continue to be a couple past their weekend fling. The story is well written and extremely sexy, but just not fleshed out enough. A lot of the time the Kelsey is interacting with her friends (who also have books that happen at the same time) which took away from what was happening between Kelsey and Nathan. Because I did like the characters I wish there had been more to this story.

the book girl gives MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED a 3/5

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Review: And the Miss Ran Away With the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle

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About the book:

Sensible gentleman of means seeks a sensible lady of good breeding for correspondence, and in due consideration, matrimony.

Which is exactly the sort of advertisement that makes practical to-a-fault Daphne Dale’s heart flutter. A sensible gentleman  in her estimation, is the perfect match,and she’s even more convinced once she’s exchanging sensibly romantic letters with her very appropriate suitor. That is,until Lord Henry Seldon strays into her path. He’s everything she’s vowed to avoid—a rakish charmer whose very touch seduces her practical sensibilities and her resolve.

Lord Henry Seldon was not amused when his nephew placed an advertisement to find him a wife. Yet he couldn’t resist replying to the note from “Miss Spooner.” And once he discovers he’s corresponding with none other than the disarming Daphne Dale, he finds it’s too late to disavow his heart. Now it is up to Henry to prove to Daphne just how insensible—and powerfully passionate—true love can be . . .

There were parts to this book that I loved (the sexual tension between Henry and Daphne) and parts that I couldn’t stand (the blasted feud between the Dales and the Seldons). I really liked the premise of the hero and heroine communicating by letter and not being quite sure when they met this person that they are so attracted to if they are the one who wrote the letters. Since neither Henry nor Daphne used their true name in the communications they aren’t sure if they are Miss Spooner and Mr. Dishworth. Once they find out that the other is a member of their families sworn enemy because of a (stupid) feud they both hope that the other isn’t who they have been writing to and falling in love with via post. The first half of this book is fantastic. There is such a pull between Henry and Daphne – a forbidden attraction. However, once they move on that attraction someone happens to the story and it starts to fall flat. The last part of the book is drawn out and boring. Henry and Daphne refuse to give up all of their secrets and it gets tiring. I will say that I loved the ending though. It has to be one of my favorite “wedding” scenes ever.

the book girl gives AND THE MISS RAN AWAY WITH THE RAKE a 3/5

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Review: A Risk Worth Taking by Victoria James

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About the book:

Interior designer Holly Carrington worked hard for her success. Then tragedy struck, leaving Holly the sole guardian of her infant niece. Now she’s swapped her designer purse for a diaper bag, and is going ahead with plans to renovate—and sell—her childhood home in Red River. But facing her past also means coming face-to-face with Quinn Manning all over again…

Quinn was the object of her girlhood crush—and heartbreak— and is more gorgeous than ever. He’s also the only person qualified to oversee the renovation. Now they’re butting heads every step of the way… and their attraction is more electrifying than ever! But once the house is sold, Holly needs to return to her real life. And falling for Quinn all over again is one risk she can’t take…

A RISK WORTH TAKING is a well written story, but it features a heroine I just couldn’t warm up to at all. Holly is receiving fantastic news when she gets the call that her sister and brother-in-law have been hurt. Her whole world falls down around her, but she has to remain strong for her niece, Ella. She returns to Red River to renovate the family home (that her sister and brother-in-law planned to live in) and sell it to secure Ella’s future. There she confronts the one man she couldn’t ever get over, Quinn, and her fears about everyone always leaving her. Holly got on my nerves…a lot. She tries to be Miss. Independent, but then makes many mistakes that wouldn’t have happened if she would have just listened to those around her. No one tries to take over her life, but she acts as if that is what will happen if she pays attention to good advice or lets someone help her. Her fear is founded in reality, but no matter how many times Quinn tells her that he won’t leave her and that he will be there she is still willing to throw away love and be alone. The romance between her and Quinn is sweet and sexy, and Quinn really is the perfect romance hero. He understands all of her fears and doesn’t give up on her. I really liked Quinn and the secondary characters in the story. I would love to read what was behind the odd behavior between Quinn’s brother Jake and Holly’s best friend. I would have enjoyed this story a lot if I could have liked Holly – she just wasn’t my type of character I guess.

the book girl gives A RISK WORTH TAKING a 3/5

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Review:Once Again a Bride by Jane Ashford

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About the book:

Pushed into a miserable loveless marriage, Charlotte Rutherford Wylde finds her late husband has spent her entire fortune and more astonishingly, he has an entire family that he never bothered to mention. 

The fashionable Wyldes are as surprised to hear of Charlotte’s existence as she is of theirs. To the charismatic Sir Alec Wylde, she is at first just another obligation in his overburdened life. But when they are thrown together to unravel the dangerous tangles the old man left behind, the two soon find that they only want to investigate each other.

ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE is a very well written regency romance that gives glimpses into life both upstairs and downstairs. There is definitely a Downton Abbey feel to the characters in the book. I just couldn’t love ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE. The story was fell flat in a lot of places and felt long. There isn’t much happening for most of the book and when the action did happen I didn’t care enough about the characters to care about the outcome. To me the romance between Charlotte and Alec was boring, but I did enjoy the romance between Charlotte’s maid, Lucy, and the footman, Ethan. Their relationship has a more desperate feel and was one hundred times more romantic. I was also entertained by Alec’s younger sister, Lizzy and her mischievous cat, Callie. There was just something lacking (for me) with the main couple and I couldn’t connect with them.

the book girl gives ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE a 3/5

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