5/5, ebook, Erotic Romance, Holiday Romance, review copy

87103899From Amazon:

Their First Christmas, Bound Together…

All Jude wants for Christmas is Rori, all to himself. It’s their first holiday season as a couple, and staying home, seeing friends and family, means they’ll be surrounded by the memory of Rori’s late husband. It’s time for Jude and Rori to create their own traditions. Time for them to fully explore their most intimate desires to dominate and submit.

Rori is thrilled when Jude whisks her away to a luxury resort in the mountains. Spending Christmas away, just the two of them, is the perfect time to show him she’s ready to give herself to him completely…

BELIEVE is a continuation of the story in SECOND CHANCES. I really think you have to read SECOND CHANCES to love BELIEVE. These two characters go through a lot in SECOND CHANCES. I love Jude and Rori and was so happy when I heard there was going to be another book about them. BELIEVE is about both Jude and Rori coming to terms with their relationship and letting the other know that it is forever. They have no doubts, but are still a little haunted by Zach’s memory. BELIEVE is like a snapshot of what happens after the initial story ends. The couple still has struggles and still has to work to keep their happily ever after. This story is very hot, but for me the emotion between the couple was much more important. I love the connection that Jude and Rori have and was happy to visit this couple again!

the book girl gives BELIEVE a 5/5

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4/5, ebook, Erotic Romance, Holiday Romance, review copy

87103887From Amazon:

Naughty is Nice

Newlyweds Leah and Brandon Long are finally taking a honeymoon. But just a few days into their Christmas-in-Vail vacation, Leah takes a tumble on the slopes, severely spraining her ankle. Being stuck indoors isn’t so bad though: the luxurious chalet boasts a hot tub and cozy fireplace. Besides, sitting with her feet up while Brandon serves her in every way a man can serve a woman is exactly how both of them like to spend their time.

Leah would be in heaven, if only Brandon didn’t insist on playing with the dynamic of their relationship. With kinky sex and deep conversation the only things on the agenda, Leah can’t avoid the discussion of how things might change. Will she be ready to take their marriage to the next level in the New Year?

I enjoyed UNWRAPPED, but I think it helped that I had read the books featuring Leah and Brandon. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I hadn’t read those. We are thrust into Leah and Brandon’s first Christmas as a married couple. Instead of spending it with his family, they decided to take a vacation together and focus on being together. There is a lot of kinky sex in this book, but it is perfectly countered with emotional moments. Leah and Brandon are each trying to put the other first (even when it is something they don’t enjoy doing) and they learn to blend their desires to find a middle ground.

the book girl gives UNWRAPPED a 4/5

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5/5, Contemporary Romance, ebook, Holiday Romance, review copy

87103893From Amazon:

Big Star, Small-Town Christmas

Country singer Riley Jensen would never have returned to her small Missouri hometown if her publicist hadn’t come up with the scheme to tape a Christmas special there. So she never would have known that the man who broke her heart at eighteen—causing her to flee to Nashville—was now a widower with a seven-year-old daughter. Riley has ten years of angst-filled hit songs and Grammy awards to prove she doesn’t need Ethan Kent. But suddenly, she can’t help thinking of all she gave up by running away…

Ethan Kent knew Riley had the talent and the drive to make it as a singer. He also knew she wasn’t going anywhere if she stayed in their nowhere town for him. Then one night and one huge mistake sent her running on the road to fame. Which doesn’t mean he ever stopped loving her…

But with so much separating them, can Riley and Ethan find their way back together one magical country Christmas?

Jaci Burton is one of my favorite authors. I love the way family plays an important part in her books. (The Demon Hunters and Rough Riders both have a family theme – even if it isn’t a biological family). I loved Ethan’s family in this book. They way they open their arms up to Riley after her ten year absence and the way the interact with each other is fantastic. They don’t automatically take Ethan’s side and really seem to care about Riley as much as they do Ethan. Ethan’s daughter, Zoey, is beyond adorable. I love the way she always calls Riley – Riley Jensen.  Plus, I’m really hoping that we get books with Ethan’s brothers as the heroes – I want to know what happens to Brody and Wyatt. There is a lot of back-story to this book and I really liked the way the past was woven into the present. There was no info dump, which can happen in a novella length story. Riley and Ethan both have a lot to overcome in a short time, but true love has a way of finding them even after everything that has happened. ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS is a story with a lot of heart, emotion, and romance – exactly what a Christmas romance should have.

the book girl gives ALL SHE  WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS a 5/5

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5/5, Contemporary Romance, ebook, Holiday Romance, review copy

87103881From Amazon:

House-sitting for her parents seemed like a good idea, until the microwave blew up and the lights went out.

Now Chloe Burke thinks upgrading the electrical system of her childhood home while they are away would make the perfect Christmas gift. Fortunately, there’s an electrician in town who can get the job done by the holidays.

Scott Quinn has wanted to get his hands on the Burkes’ wiring for almost as long as he’s wanted to get his hands on their daughter. Chloe didn’t notice Scott back in high school, but she’s noticing him now, and soon they’re indulging in a little festive fun: no strings, no expectations. After all, Chloe plans to get out of this goldfish bowl of a town and back to her real life in Boston by New Year’s.

But Chloe and Scott discover they enjoy each other’s company just as much out of bed. Could their holiday fling turn out to be the real thing?

HOLIDAY SPARKS is a sweet, romantic holiday story. Scott Quinn used to fantasize about Chloe Burke in high school and she didn’t even know he was alive. Now, years later, he is answering her emergency call for an electrician at her parents house and they are the ones giving off sparks. I really like the ugly duckling turned hunk story line. Chloe and Scott are a fun couple, but even knowing that their would be a happy ending I wasnt’ sure how it was going to work. Ms. Stacey managed to suck me in and make me care about her characters a lot within the space of a novella. I wanted to know that Scott and Chloe were going to make it and be happy beyond their Christmas fling.

the book girl gives HOLIDAY SPARKS a 5/5

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3/5, Contemporary Romance, ebook, review copy

772653961From NetGalley:

An impossible demand…

Max Jernigan is ready to close the most important business deal of his life-all he has to do is agree to one request from Grayson Crowell: impregnate the mogul’s daughter.

No way can Max do this. He’s a decent guy. But he would love a child. He just doesn’t want a wife.

An impossible man…

C.C. Crowell gave up on dreams of a family after Mr. Worse-Than-Wrong broke her heart. Hiding behind spreadsheets, boring suits and an icy attitude, she’s more than a little suspicious when arrogant, handsome Max is suddenly chasing her. But she can’t deny their chemistry. Until she learns about the deal and plans to pay Max back0 in kind….

I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed it while reading (which is very important), but thinking about it for the review there were some things I realized I didn’t like. The thing I think bothered me the most was Max’s past is mentioned in a round-about way, but he never discussed things with C.C. They mainly have sex and she tells him things about her past. Also, Max changes his opinion on marriage and love so quickly that it is unbelievable. He goes from never wanting to be married to head-over-heels in love in the span of a few weeks. The ending was also very abrupt. But, with all those negatives I still enjoyed the book while I was reading it and would like to read more by this author.

the book girl gives THE SWEETEST DEAL a 3/5

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5/5, Contemporary Romance, ebook

84195030From NetGalley:

One-night stand + two percent condom failure rate = happily ever after?

Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he’s more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn’t gone so badly…

Beth’s tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she’d see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can’t say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room. Then she slips out before breakfast without leaving a note and, despite their precautions, pregnant.

Kevin quickly warms to the idea of being a dad and to seeing where things go with Beth. After all, he’s not the player she thinks he is. But she’s not ready for a relationship and, given his reputation, it’s going to take a lot to convince her to go on a second date with the father of her child..

I love the Kowalski’s and was very excited to find another book about one of the Kowalski men. Kevin was funny and sweet in the first book and that carried over to UNDENIABLY YOURS. Ms. Stacey has a fantastic way with dialogue – the men sound like men. Keven and Beth are a fun. I really liked how it wasn’t a let’s get married because we’re pregnant kind of book. Beth knows her mind and doesn’t let Kevin run over her no matter how much easier it would be to let him in. I hope there are more stories focusing on the Kowalski clan.

the book girl gives UNDENIABLY YOURS a 5/5

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5/5, ebook, Erotic Romance, review copy

2e456c71-2033-4e9d-8152-eb46908d021fimg100From Carina Press website:

Ten years ago, Rori Simon left town shy, unattractive and with zero self-esteem. Now she’s back, older, stronger and finally loving herself—and it shows. Hot men are soon knocking at her door, including Jude Callahan, the bad boy who starred in her teenage daydreams…and her adult fantasies.

Jude can’t believe the sexy, confident woman before him is actually Rori! She’s gotten under his skin like no other woman has…and she brings out secret desires he can’t resist. He wants to dominate Rori with every fiber of his being. Wants to own her and pleasure her. To cherish her as he makes her his.

Rori discovers she likes being controlled. She also knows Jude is not a one-woman man. Everything changes when she meets Zach Helm. Edgy, sensual Zach knows just what she needs, and before long, she’s in love. Jude watches them together and wonders if he’s lost his chance forever…

Previously published, newly revised by author

I am a huge Lauren Dane fangirl and I was really excited when this book showed up on NetGalley. I immediately downloaded it to my Kindle and started reading. This is a fantastic erotic romance. The couples in the story are into D/s and Ms. Dane knows how to write that type of relationship well without going overboard. SECOND CHANCES is a very hot book, and has a lot of heart as well as heat.

SECOND CHANCES is full of fantastic characters. Rori is great and “watching” her get a happily ever after was very satisfying, but for me Jude stole the show. In the beginning Jude is a complete jerk, but just because he’s been allowed to get away with it for so long. The women in town allow him to treat them like crap and keep coming back for more. Rori isn’t like those ladies and Jude just messes up over and over. Rori gets tired of his behavior and kicks him to the curb. She meets Zach, the younger brother of a high school friend, and they hit it off immediately. Jude realizes the error of his ways and grows up while watching Rori and Zach relationship takes off. His growth and their relationship follow the same arc. Zach is interesting, but his character wasn’t as developed as Jude’s and I just couldn’t feel much of a connection to him. If I hadn’t been able to read something redeemable about Jude I probably would have felt differently about Zach.

This story is very emotional and had me in tears in several places. (And there is one part of the story that had me bawling.) That is my favorite thing about a Lauren Dane book – the emotion. I don’t think I’ve read any of her stories without at least tearing up at one part or another. The stories come to life and the reader cares about what happens to the characters – good or bad.

SECOND CHANCES is perfect and helped tide this fan over until INSIDE OUT is released in November!

the book girl gives SECOND CHANCES a 5/5

SECOND CHANCES will be released by Carina Press on October 25th. You can pre-order at the link below.

Carina Press

5/5, ebook, Erotic Romance

646af194-2741-463d-847d-89836762a30aimg100About the book:

“Tell me what you want. Talk dirty to me.”

Biologist Nora MacGregor is frantic when she loses her dissertation notes on female sexuality-and some very personal fantasies. Then a sinful stranger calls with a wicked proposition: if she talks dirty to him, he’ll return her notes, page by page. “James” allows Nora to explore her deepest desires and challenges her clinical ideas about sex. But James can’t give her the loving touches she finds in her budding relationship with Dr. Jarod Reed.

Jarod seized an opportune moment to fulfill his desire for Nora by becoming the mysterious James. While the anonymous, erotic phone sessions are unforgettable, Jarod longs to tell Nora he wants more than just talk. But how can he confess his deception without it costing him the chance to make their fantasies a reality?

Another fantastic read from Carina Press. I seriously haven’t read a book published by Carina that I haven’t loved. This was a fantastic romance. I loved how James/Jarod brought out everything that Nora was trying to keep buried. The two sides to the same man was extremely sexy. He was able to give her exactly what she needed. Nora in turn gave James a chance to be more than what he had been in the past. He could talk dirty and get away with it as James. Another HOT book from Carina!

the book girl gives TALK DIRTY TO ME a 5/5

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5/5, ebook, Erotic Romance

3d77a4be-75a2-43b5-b66d-82c41efe58f4img200About the book:

Coming clean never felt so good…

Grant and Vivi Michaelson share everything in their marriage: love, commitment-and their wildest sexual desires. But their relationship is tested when Vivi admits she wants a threesome with Grant’s old friend Cade, proposing their annual trip to the lake as the perfect opportunity to fulfill her fantasy.

All three of them are aroused by the idea. Vivi and Cade have long felt a smoldering attraction to each other…and Grant and Cade have hidden an illicit desire for decades. Going through with the ménage will test their boundaries, reveal old secrets…and maybe tear them apart. After all, there might be room for Cade in bed, but is there room for a third in their marriage?

There are three words to describe this book – HOT, HOT, and HOT! This was one of the first books I downloaded to my new Kindle from NetGalley. I read it in one sitting. Hotness aside (and remember this book is HOT) there is a lot of emotional stuff going on too. I loved the way each character was really thinking about how their actions were going to impact their relationships with one another. This wasn’t just sex for fun. The dynamics between these three are fantastically written and I will be buying more from this author.

the book girl gives COMING CLEAN a 5/5

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