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Review: Slow Ride Home by Leah Braemel

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About the book:

Book one of The Grady Legacy

Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family’s legacy, he’s forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O’Keefe. Ben’s never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago—or forgiven himself for letting her go.

Allie thought she’d moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she’s become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben’s sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories…

Allie has every intention of leaving Bull’s Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie’s lost her heart.

SLOW RIDE HOME is a sexy contemporary romance. Ben and Allie share a past that ended on a bad note and seeing each other again has brought those feelings – both good and bad – back. I really liked both of the characters in this book. In the past they really loved each other and it is obvious from the very beginning that they are still insanely attracted to each other. Their relationship quickly heats back up, but they find themselves wondering if they are only together for the sex or if they could build something more. I loved their relationship and how it moves from sex to so much more without either Ben or Allie really realizing it. They come to mean so much to each other. They are able to help each other get passed the past and deal with the upsets of the present as a unit. The sex in the story is a little on the kinky side and it fits Allie and Ben’s relationship perfectly. SLOW RIDE HOME is the perfect read to heat up a cold winter night.

the book girl gives SLOW RIDE HOME a 5/5

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Review: Have You Any Rogues? by Elizabeth Boyle

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About the book:

The Seldons and Dales have been mortal enemies for centuries …

But that hasn’t stopped the roguish Crispin, Viscount Dale, and the impetuous Lady Henrietta Seldon from waging their own battle … of the heart. Every stray glance, every chance encounter threatens to reveal the secret passion that keeps drawing them together.

But finally, after years of flirting with disaster …

Crispin and Henrietta find themselves locked in a wine cellar, and now there is no denying the love and loyalties that have lured them in and torn them apart time and time again. Will this one last chance—this tempting night of desire—ignite a fire that will never be extinguished, no matter the price?

 HAVE YOU ANY ROGUES? is a tale of second (and third…and fourth) chances at true love. Henrietta and Crispin met when they were both young and full of dreams. Instantly smitten they knew they were meant to be together, but their families are enemies and pull them apart. I love how each time the couple is reunited their connection is just as strong as it was the last time they saw each other – no matter how many times Henrietta has been married or how many women Crispin has supposedly seduced. Their love is the ultimate true love. HAVE YOU ANY ROGUES? is a sweet, romantic story with some very steamy scenes between Crispin and Henrietta. I loved every moment of the story!

the book girl gives HAVE YOU ANY ROGUES? a 5/5

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Review: Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey

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About the book:

Adrian Blackstone built a million-dollar business with hard work and determination—and by remaining professional at all times. Denying his longtime attraction to his beautiful executive assistant hasn’t been easy but it’s necessary. She’s indispensable, and he can’t stand the thought of losing her if things didn’t work out.

For more than a year, Rachel Carter has been quietly dreaming of all the ways she’ll never seduce her sexy, buttoned-up boss. She’s worked too hard to get where she is to cross that line, no matter how badly she’d like to act on her fantasies. But then a wicked snowstorm leaves them stranded in a romantic winter wonderland…

What begins as a single kiss and a few bad Santa jokes turns into a weekend full of breathless passion and hopes for something more. But with Monday comes a return to their complicated reality—and Adrian must prove that promises made are promises kept, especially at Christmastime.

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I adored this book. The story jumps right in and never slows down. Even though the story is short, it doesn’t feel incomplete or like it is missing anything. (When I saw the word count I was surprised it was that short!) The chemistry between Adrian and Rachel is evident from the very beginning of the story. I really enjoyed how they both worried about what their relationship would be like when they got back to the real world and had let that fear keep them from acting on that attraction for so long. It made their weekend fling seem like so much more than a three night stand. Their problems with reconciling their romantic relationship and their work relationship take a little time, but work themselves out quickly. The writing is excellent. SNOWBOUND WITH THE CEO is the perfect book for a cold winter night.

the book girl gives SNOWBOUND WITH THE CEO a 5/5

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Review: Sins of a Wicked Princess by Anna Randoll

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About the book:

In the scorching finale of Anna Randol’s wickedly tempting Trio series, the Wraith takes on a mission— and a princess— he’ll never forget . . .

Ian Maddox, aka the Wraith, is happy to leave his life as a spy— as soon as he discovers who’s been trying to kill his friends. All clues lead him to the bedroom of an exiled princess. Yet Princess Juliana isn’t the simpering royal he expects, and this irresistible beauty agrees to give him the information he seeks . . . for a price.

Princess Juliana has never cowered—not even as she fled her burning castle in the midst of a rebellion—so she won’t tremble before the darkly charismatic man who appears in her bedchamber and holds a knife to her throat. Instead, she bargains with the infamous spy to help her retrieve sensitive documents and restore her kingdom. But Juliana quickly finds that Ian is no humble servant, and she never imagines that lessons in thievery will lead to schooling in seduction.

I’ve loved this series from the beginning and have especially loved Ian. The way he protected Madeline and Colin in the previous books and made sure that they were never exposed to the very worst of what the Trio had to do made him a real hero in my eyes. I wanted him to get his happily ever after, but the heroine of his story would have to be really special. Luckily he found Princess Juliana. I loved her almost instantly. She’s been kicked out of her country, after her parents were murdered, and now has to find a way to gain back her place as ruler while dealing with both the French and Spanish. She’s strong enough to take on Ian and his moody behavior. I love them together – they make each other better. Ian gives Juliana the confidence she needs to step-up and do what needs to be done for her country and Juliana makes Ian realize that he’s more than what he’s done in the past. SINS OF A WICKED PRINCESS is the perfect ending to the Trio series.

the book girl gives SINS OF A WICKED PRINCESS a 5/5

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Review: It Happened Under The Mistletoe by Valerie Bowman

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About the book:

When Oliver Townsende escapes to his friend’s house for a Christmas party, he intends to avoid the hordes of marriage-minded misses who have been dogging his steps in London ever since he inherited a dukedom. He soon learns a bit of Yuletide peace and quiet is too much to ask for. When he encounters Miss Cerian Blake, who’s dodging her own unwanted set of admirers, the two decide to join forces and fake an infatuation to keep their suitors at bay. But when a bough of mistletoe becomes involved, will their Christmastime prank turn into a love to last all seasons?

I am a HUGE fan of any type of holiday themed romance story and IT HAPPENED UNDER THE MISTLETOE is a perfect holiday themed novella. Oliver and Cerian are an awesome couple. I love how similar they are – usually it is opposites that attract. They are both trying to avoid the men/women who are after them for the title(Oliver)/money(Cerian) and what better way to do that then to pretend to be a courting each other? Oliver and Cerian have major chemistry and the help of a certain feline that helps them to their happily ever after. I finished the novella with a smile on my face. If you are looking for a quick read with a holiday theme this is the perfect novella.

the book girl gives IT HAPPENED UNDER THE MISTLETOE a 5/5

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Blog Tour Giveaway, Excerpt and Review! Barefoot by the Sea by Roxanne St. Claire

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A Barefoot Bay Novel

When you think you know your heart’s desire . . .

Tessa Galloway is a gifted nurturer-her verdant garden at Barefoot Bay’s new resort is living proof. If only the woman who can grow anything could grow what she wants most: a baby. Her friends think the right guy will come along, but Tessa doesn’t want to wait. All she needs is the perfect donor to make her dream come true. Then John Brown is hired at the resort. If anyone could make beautiful babies, it’s this gorgeous, mysterious man. So why does Tessa suddenly find herself wanting so much more?

Can you give up all your dreams for love?

It’s been three long years since John Brown had to leave his old life. Forced into the witness protection program, he’s desperate to be reunited with his toddler twins. When he gets that chance, there’s a catch-he must prove he’s got a steady job and a new wife. Landing a gig as a chef in Barefoot Bay is easy enough. And falling for lovely Tessa is even easier. The hard part? Can he win the heart of a woman who prizes honesty-when the truth may shatter it?

Review:

I have loved this series from the very beginning and patiently waited for Tessa’s story. I loved every word. Tessa has supported her friends and stood on the sidelines while they have fallen in love, had babies, and moved on with their lives. All she wants is a baby, but she doesn’t want to wait for Mr. Right to comes along. Tessa has come across cold sometimes in the previous books, but in BAREFOOT BY THE SEA we really get to see just how hurt she has been in the past and how she is just trying to protect herself. John is wonderful, except for the lies he has to tell. I just wanted him to open up and tell Tessa the truth so much earlier than he does. With her belief in honestly above all else I knew that she would be devastated by his lies even if they were for a legitimate reason. BAREFOOT BY THE SEA is the perfect ending to this series.

the book girl gives BAREFOOT BY THE SEA a 5/5

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Excerpt:

“Prosciutto eggs Benedict?” she asked, finally tearing her gaze from him to Lacey Walker, who’d been interviewing him while he cooked in the kitchen for the last

hour. “That’s not on our menu.”

“It could be. John, this is Tessa Galloway, but…I be- lieve you two have already met.” Lacey could barely hide the amusement in her voice, but Tessa didn’t look too amused.

“Hello again, Tessa.”

“Hi.” She gave him a not-too-friendly smile, brushing some hair off her face that revealed a smudge of dirt on her cheekbone. She crossed her arms as if she didn’t want to be forced to shake his hand. Or maybe she was covering up more dirt on her shirt. Woman needed a shower. And just the thought of that made him need one, too. Ice-cold.

“Um, Tess.” Lacey gave a quick brush to her own cheek to silently tell her friend about the dirt.

“Oh, oh.” Tessa wiped her face, then glanced down self-consciously, giving him a chance to check out her long, tanned legs and clunky work boots. Damn if they weren’t cute as hell on her. “I didn’t know we were interviewing.”

He shrugged. “No big deal.”

An unreadable response crossed her face as she took a step closer, the light of the kitchen hall catching the golden threads woven into her chestnut-colored hair and highlighting the rise of color under her sun-warmed complexion.

“No, it’s not,” she agreed quickly. “Absolutely no big deal.”

Except, by the look on her face, it was a huge fucking deal and no doubt his disappearing act in the bar would cost him the job. Damn it.

“Tessa runs our on-site farmette,” Lacey said quickly, trying to fill the gaping silence between them. “So she’s always involved with what goes on in the kitchen.”

Which meant she could put a freeze on his hire right this minute. Unless he won her over,

which might take some doing, but he needed this job.

Lacey nudged her closer, and he silently thanked this enabler who was on his side.

“So you can consider me a supplier,” Tessa said, her color returning to normal and her voice finally finding some volume. “For the kitchen. And food. And…stuff.”

More nervous than normal, then, which he’d use to his advantage. As she came closer, he dipped his head slightly. “I love working directly with a supplier.”

“Good, that’s good.” Lacey put a hand on her friend’s shoulder and urged her even closer. “That’s why I’ve asked Tessa to be part of this hiring decision.”

“I don’t remember you saying you were a chef,” she said.

“I didn’t,” he admitted. “But I can cook.”

“He’s being modest,” Lacey said. “He can more than cook and you’ll never guess who sent him our way.”

Tessa raised an eyebrow that said she had lots of ideas—the devil, perhaps?—but didn’t answer.

“Charity Grambling,” Lacey said.

“Really?” Tessa seemed surprised, a smile pulling.

“Then maybe you’re a spy or planning to poison our guests.”

He shook his head. “Neither. Is the local shopkeep an enemy of the state?”

“She didn’t want me to build this resort,” Lacey said as they all walked toward the kitchen. “She thought it was competition for her daughter’s motel, the Fourway.”

He snorted. “Hardly. And I say that as a paying guest.”

“You’re at the Fourway?” Tessa asked.

“We’ll have to do something about that,” Lacey said confidently.

He turned in time to catch Tessa give a wide-eyed “What the hell” look to Lacey, who shook her head quickly.

Screw it, he didn’t have time to dick around. If he couldn’t work here, he needed to move on. “Excuse me, ladies,” he said, pausing at the kitchen door. “But if you’re going to kick me to the curb, then let’s not waste anyone’s time.”

“Okay,” Tessa said.

“No way,” Lacey countered.

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Review: The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale

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About the book:

Lady Emma Avery has accidentally announced her engagement—to the most eligible man in England. As soon as it’s discovered that Emma has never actually met the infamously attractive Duke of Ashbrooke, she’ll no longer be a wallflower; she’ll be a laughingstock. And then Ashbrooke does something Emma never expected. He plays along with her charade.

A temporary betrothal to the irreproachable Lady Avery could be just the thing to repair Ashbrooke’s tattered reputation. Seducing her is simply a bonus. And then Emma does what he never expected: she refuses his advances. It’s unprecedented. Inconceivable. Quite damnably alluring.

London’s Least Likely to Misbehave has aroused the curiosity—among other things—of London’s most notorious rogue. Now nothing will suffice but to uncover Emma’s wanton side and prove there’s nothing so satisfying as two perfect strangers . . . being perfectly scandalous together.

I loved this book! Emma and Ashbrook are wonderful together. I loved how their accidental betrothal comes about and they each plan to use it to their advantage. Emma is such a fun character. She doesn’t simper or fall to “the Ashbrooke effect” (even though she kind of wants too) and Ashbrooke can’t help but be drawn to the one woman who doesn’t seem to want him. I loved their bantering and all the motions they go through for their faux engagement. There is a wonderful ease to their relationship…until they realize that the feelings they have been pretending to have just may be true. I really liked that the hero is the one who is turned upside down the most and has the more emotional story line. Emma falls just as hard, but Blake seems to be on more of a roller-coaster. I can’t wait to read the contemporary series that mirrors this historical (THE BAD BOY BILLIONAIRE’S WICKED ARRANGEMENT) and the next historical in this series (WALLFLOWER GONE WILD).

the book girl gives THE WICKED WALLFLOWER a 5/5

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Review: The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn

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About the book:

He thinks she’s an annoying know-it-all

Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she’s long since tossed them out the window. Besides, even if Hugh did grow to enjoy her company, it wouldn’t matter. A reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now, unable to run, ride, or even waltz, he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.

She thinks he’s just plain mad

Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought three years earlier, the one that forced her cousin into exile, nearly destroying her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn’t matter. She doesn’t care that his leg is less than perfect, it’s his personality she can’t abide. But when the pair is forced to spend a week in close company, they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless.

I loved this book! Hugh and Sarah are both so deliciously mean to each other in the beginning. Sarah takes out her frustration of missing her first season (and the fourteen(!) matches that were made that year) because of the duel fought between Hugh and Sarah’s cousin, Daniel. Hugh just thinks Sarah is overly dramatic and obnoxious. They snap and pick at each other every time they are in the same room with each other. When Sarah’s cousin Honoria asks her to sit by Hugh and to “babysit” him during her wedding Sarah can’t say no (even though she wants to). I love the tension between Hugh and Sarah. Their barbs between each other quickly turn into something more. While on their way to happily ever after trouble comes in the form of Hugh’s father and his vendetta against Sarah’s cousin, both Sarah and Hugh realize they are something more what others believe them to be. Sarah won’t let Hugh be defined by his injury and through her dealings with Hugh and his father Sarah comes into her own. THE SUM OF ALL KISSES has humor, romance, and of course a Smythe-Smith musical. The book is a perfect addition to the series.

the book girl gives THE SUM OF ALL KISSES a 5/5

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Review: Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt

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About the book:

WHEN A MASKED MAN . . .

Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe-and won’t back down . . .

MEETS HIS MATCH . . .

Artemis Greaves toils as a lady’s companion, but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress. When the Ghost of St. Giles rescues her from footpads, she recognizes a kindred spirit-and is intrigued. She’s even more intrigued when she realizes who exactly the notorious Ghost is by day . . .

DESIRE IGNITES A DANGEROUS PASSION

Artemis makes a bold move: she demands that Maximus use his influence to free her imprisoned brother-or she will expose him as the Ghost. But blackmailing a powerful duke isn’t without risks. Now that she has the tiger by the tail, can she withstand his ire-or the temptation of his embrace?

As a huge fan of this series I was a little skeptical about another book featuring another Ghost of St. Giles. I was worried that it would be too much like the previous two books in the series, but it isn’t. There are a lot of differences between the Duke of Wakefield’s Ghost and those before him. His reasons for being the Ghost are his own and dive him in everything he does. Artemis is a very strong character too. She’s been thrust into the role of companion for her flighty cousin even though it isn’t what she planned for her life to be. Yet, she doesn’t feel bad about where she has ended up, she just lives her live in a way that makes her the most content. These two set sparks off each other from their first meeting, but Maximus is determined to marry Artemis’s cousin Penelope and Artemis knows that she isn’t the “right” bride for a duke. I love how even though they think they aren’t meant to be together they still gravitate toward each other over and over. Artemis is the only person who will talk to Maximus like a man instead of as a duke. There is action, mystery, and romance as Maximus and Artemis work their way toward happily ever after. If you are a fan of the series this is a can’t miss addition. If you haven’t read any of the previous books, this story can stand alone.

the book girl gives DUKE OF MIDNIGHT a 5/5

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Review & Giveaway – His For Christmas by Jennifer Haymore

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About the book:

Sweet, shy Lady Esme has a little-known pastime-penning scandalous stories! But society must never find out or she’ll be ruined! Fortunately, her dear friend, bestselling author Jennifer Haymore, is happy to share Esme’s sensual tale of lost love and second chances . . .

HIS FOR CHRISTMAS

Lady Amelia Witherspoon simply must get home to her beloved family on Christmas Eve. So when a terrible storm threatens to leave her snowbound, she refuses to admit defeat-even if that means sharing a carriage with Evan Cameron, the last man she ever hoped to see . . .

Evan can’t fathom why his oldest friend is as icy to him as the winter wind. All he does know is that Amelia is still the loveliest, most tempting woman he’s ever laid eyes on. Their only option is to take refuge together at a nearby inn, sharing the one remaining room. Evan promises to be a gentleman . . . but it’s a promise neither of them wants him to keep.

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HIS FOR CHRISTMAS is a hot, romantic novella. The attraction between Amelia and Evan is off the charts and I loved the way they over come their past to find their way to happily ever after. The story moves at a very fast pace and is a very quick read. The story is still very fulfilling and complete. I especially loved the way the romance between Amelia and Evan comes full circle. Even certain important events repeat themselves in slightly different ways. HIS FOR CHRISTMAS is the perfect read for a cold night!

the book girl gives HIS FOR CHRISTMAS a 5/5

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