Definitely, Maybe in Love, by Ophelia London

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Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Warnings: None
Publisher: Entangled Embrace

Blurb:

Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.

“Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.

Henry is Spring’s only hope at publication, but he’s also the über-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite. Too bad she can’t help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. As they work on her thesis, Spring finds there’s more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.

Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.

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I received this book from Entangled Publishing. It doesn’t influence my review.

First of all, when I read that this book is a modern-day kind of Pride and Prejudice novel, I knew I had to read it. I’m a sucker for such stories and even if more often than not I’m disappointed, this time I’m most definitely in love with this novel!

I had an amazing time reading this book, so much that I ended up reading all day Sunday. Needless to say that I was thrilled that I had nothing else to do, nothing that was of importance that is. 🙂

The author gave a real voice to Spring – I’m in love with that name by the way – and it was really pleasant to ‘see’ how she changed throughout the story, how she opened up to Henry and how she tried to get up when she was crushed. Spring is the kind of female character I love in this genre of book because even if she is strong, she also has her failure. And it’s for the best!

Henry is an amazing character. It took me a little while to understand him and that is thrilling, believe me. His banters with Spring and how he loves to press her ‘buttons‘ is fun and quite hilarious at times. I was never bored when these two were together.

The plot itself is flawless. Granted, I would have loved to see more of Spring and Henry’s parents, but to tell you the truth, it’s not even needed. The secondary characters are well-rounded and bring something to the story, the scenes and twists are kept together perfectly to keep the reader enthralled and my Pride and Prejudice fan self was in heaven with the little tid-bits making me think about it. Not much or else it would have been too predictable, but just enough to make me sigh contendedly several times.

This novel is not a ‘copy and past’ story of Pride and Prejudice, but it is an amazing tribute that I recommend you to read. It’s one of the best books I read this year.

There are quite a few very sweet scenes, some that have the kind of kiss you love to read about and enough angst between Henry and Spring to make me happy.

Now, I’m sure to read more books written by this author. The voice of this novel still blows my mind. I’m a happy girl and my fan self is very happy. And good news for you! This novel is now available!

Here are all the links you need:

Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FIL6S7U/
B&N- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/definitely-maybe-in-love-ophelia-london/1117003657
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18114819-definitely-maybe-in-love

Who is going to read this one? If you had read it already, what do you think about it? Hot Stuff or not? 😉

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Review: Playing Dirty (Stargazer #2), by Jennifer Echols

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Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Warnings: A few sex scenes and drugs is mentionned several times.
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 448

Blurb:

A public relations expert tries to prevent the breakup of a raucous country band and corral their wild—and very sexy—lead singer in book 2 of the Stargazer Series.

As an expert in public relations crisis management—that is, babysitter to the stars—Sarah Seville just spent nine months in Rio trying to keep rock singer Nine Lives out of jail long enough to record his new album…and barely succeeded. Now she needs a triumphant success so she can keep the Manhattan-based job she loves. Trouble is, her new assignment is to travel to Alabama to prevent the breakup of the raucous country band The Cheatin’ Hearts, headed by sexy Quentin Cox. As she edges closer to Quentin, she discovers layers of secrets. It seems Quentin is taking the spin doctor for a spin.

The Cheatin’ Hearts have stayed on top of the charts two years following three rules. Rule One, no drugs. Rule Two, no sex with other band members. Rule Three, no sex with record company spies. Quentin figures he’d better follow the rules, because he made them. And because if you break a rule, you’re out of the band. But he can’t resist the record company’s beautiful PR agent, and inevitably he breaks Rule Three with hot Sarah Seville. As he falls for her, he finds out that she has plenty of secrets of her own, and one of them comes knocking on her door: what really happened to her in Rio.

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I received this book after I requested it on Netgalley for an honest review.

When I saw that Jennifer Echols wrote this novel, I had to read it. I always enjoy reading her books and Playing Dirty is not different.

If I’m not mistaken, it’s her second adult romance – the books in this series can be read as stand alone books – and let me tell you, it’s a success. While it took me a little while to warm up to the story and the characters, once I did I couldn’t wait to read more chapters until all the secrets were revealed and played out. For that, the title is fitting!

The whole novel takes place in a short span of time, roughly ten days, so the attraction between the main characters – Sarah and Quentin – is quite fast and my taste is more into slow building kind of attraction so it took a little time to warm up to these characters, but that’s where the author is quite the genius here because the use of the mind games and secrets make it believable and I ended up falling for them all.

But even if I loved this book and the characters – even the secondary ones – I must say that I’m a little disappointed that the whole crazy twist at the end of the novel wasn’t more intense and edgy. I think that it would have deserved a few more scenes to get us, the readers, biting our nails until the end. Please, tell me I’m not the only one or I’m going to think that I’m a blasé reader.

I enjoyed reading these scenes between Sarah and Quentin while they were trying to hide behind another persona and yet unraveling in some little thrilling ways to each other, sometimes without the other really knowing it. It was both sweet and thrilling and it hooked me maybe around 25% or 30% of the Netgalley copy I have.

The chemistry between these two wasn’t always obvious in a way. That’s why I’m not rating it five stars. In this genre, I need to be enthralled, I need to feel the chemistry and here, I couldn’t sometimes. Also, once they opened their eyes, it was “too easy”. I’m picky, I know.

But you know what? There’s one character that has me more interested and it’s a secondary one. Martin. I can’t develop much or else there would be spoilers, but I would LOVE to read his story next.

So yes, this book is great, hot, fun and quite thrilling too and I think you should read it. Is it a book I will remember in a year or so? Probably not, but to tell you the truth, this novel has not that kind of pretence.

In the end, I can affirm again that Jennifer Echols is on my auto-buy list. I always know that I will have a great time with her books – the ones for adults and for teens.

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Review: Moan For Him, by Terry Towers

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Category: Adult.
Genre: Erotica.
Warnings: taboo relationship, lots of sex scenes, violence. For readers over 18.
Publisher: Soft And Hard Erotic Publishing
Pages: 390

Blurb:

She has always wanted him. There has only ever been one man who has filled Nikki’s fantasies. Hometown hero, Special Agent Grant Rivers. When Grant takes her out for a night on the town, for her nineteenth birthday, Nikki decides it’s time to take matters into her own hands and make her fantasies a reality. He can’t deny her After being away for a number of years Grant is shocked to see the girl he’s once known has turned into a sexy and seductive young woman. And she has her mind set on him! While his will is strong, there is something about the dark-haired beauty that he finds impossible to resist…

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I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Moan For Him is a collection of novellas. It is something I see more and more.

It was my first time at reading a serial kind of story because I find it too expensive, and now, I think it’s not my thing.

While the author’s writing style is great for an erotica book, I couldn’t connect with the characters or even the story. I’m not fan of taboo stories, but when I read that Grant Rivers was not blood related to her because he had been adopted, I was more open to read this niece/uncle story, and I was expecting it to be more used for a better edge that would have been very interesting.

I’m quite disappointed that this story is only about sex and not about characterization too. I read erotica books from time to time and while in these books sex scenes are ever present, I also need some kind of characterization. And when this story is about a taboo relationship with an ‘uncle’ who works for the CIA, I was expecting way more.

Is it because it’s a serial and not just a novel? Maybe, I’m not sure, but I can say that I finished it because I received it from Netgalley and not because I purchase it myself. I can’t rate it badly because the writing style itself is great for an erotica book and because the steamy scenes are well done, but I don’t like the fact that it takes a toll on the overall story.

Nikki is a character that is too juvenil for me, even more so knowing that she’s dating a man over fifteen years older. I couldn’t relate to her and that bothered me.

Grant is quite a likeable character, but his status as Nikki’s ‘uncle’ is not used enough. It would have been really interesting to see him struggle a little with the fact that he’s always seen Nikki as his niece. It would have given him more depth.

Also, I really hate the fact that their family’s take on their relationship is not more present. That is quite a deal breaker for me because it kept me from being swept in the story.

Too many things are overpassed because it’s a serial and not a unique novel, and it frustrated me. I couldn’t feel Nikki and Grant’s seperations because of his work, I couldn’t fear for them when things got dangerous, couldn’t dread their family’s reaction because too many stuffs are not included or are not detailed enough for my taste.

In the end, it could have been an amazing and very thrilling story, but I think that the fact that this story is a serial is not working for me. Even if I read erotica books I expect very much from the plot and the characters. Do I expect too much? Maybe…

If you like serial stories, maybe you will enjoy this one. Let me know what you think about this one!

What do you think? Grant Rivers: Hot Stuff or not? 😉

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2.5 – 3 stars.

Review: The Wager (The Bet #2), by Rachel Van Dyken

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Category: Adult, but can be read by New Adult readers.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Warnings: None
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 256

Blurb:

THE WAGER

Lose a bet, lose your heart…

What is it about a junior-high crush that can send an otherwise intelligent woman into a tailspin? TV reporter Char Lynn wishes she knew. Jake Titus is too rich, too handsome, too arrogant: a trifecta that once lured Char into the best night-and worst morning-after-of her life. Now they’ve been thrown together in a wedding party. It’s awkward, but survivable . . . until Jake stops acting like a jerk, and starts acting like the man she’d always hoped he could be.

If watching your brother marry your best friend is weird, being attracted to your best friend’s other best friend is downright bizarre. Unfortunately for Jake, Char hasn’t forgotten how he once tossed her aside. Worse still, Jake’s already-nutty grandma is even crazier about Char. Cue meet-cute shenanigans and all manner of meddling, and somehow, Jake’s falling. For Char. Now all he has to do is make her believe it . . .

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About the Author:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at http://www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-…

Author’s website

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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

The Wager is the second book in The Bet series, but this time around we have Jake Titus’ story, the younger of the two Titus brothers. We hated him in The Bet, but I’ll be damned if you won’t love him after reading The Wager!

It’s not often that I laugh while reading a book, but when it happens, it’s amazing. Jake and Char are the perfect couple, making it impossible to be bored. At every page, there was something new happening and even if the whole book is a fun and light romance, there are a few scenes that made me swoon and almost made me cry. That Jake is an amazing character.

And Grandma! Seriously, it’s impossible to find a more hilarious, crazy and sassy character in a book. And she’s eighty-six! Who wouldn’t dream of having such a grandma? That lady is the heart of this series and just for this character you should read these books. In The Wager, she doesn’t disappoint one bit.

The author’s writing style is still flawless and perfect for such a story. I can’t find a single thing to criticize, and yet I’m trying to find something! This book is a real must-read for me. 🙂

I was also pleased to see a few scenes between Kacey and Travis. It was sweet to see them again and believe me, there’s one scene so beautiful between these two, that you will want to read it.

So yeah, this review is all gushy-swoony, but I can’t help myself. I’m in love with this novel, I’m happy that I read it and I’m, for sure, a fan of this author.

How can’t I when The Wager is well written, the plot well-built and the characters so very charismatic? I needed and wanted a light and fun read and I had it without it being too much or ridiculous.

I recommend this book and the previous installment too. You won’t be disappointed if you’re looking for a light and fun read with a great chemistry between the characters.

I wanted to add quotes to this review to give you an idea of why I laughed so much, but it was too difficult to make a choice. As it is, I would have to put the whole thing in my review!

Who read this series? The Bet? The Wager? Hot stuff or not? Which one is your favorite: Jake or Travis?

Let me know. 🙂

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Review: The Virginity Mission, by Cate Ellink

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Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance, (Erotica?)
Warnings: Open door sex scenes.
Publisher: Harlequin Entreprises Australia
Pages: 100

Blurb:

It’s lust at first sight when Mac sees Jason shirtless and sweating on the back of a truck.Jason is the army sergeant assigned to support the six‐week scientific expedition that Mac isparticipating in, and might just be the perfect candidate for another journey of discoverythat Mac is desperate to undertake — sex.

Fraternisation between students and staff might be strictly prohibited, but everybody knowsfruit always tastes better when it’s forbidden.

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About the Author:

Cate Ellink became intrigued by the erotic when her grandfather used to pass books to her father saying, “Don’t let the girls read page X.” Although her mother and sisters never bothered to chase those pages, Cate always did. Invariably, her imagination was better than what she read.

While pursuing a career in science, Cate amused herself by writing about ordinary events and giving them an erotic twist. It’s taken more than a few years to bravely expose her mind to the public. While the events in her stories may have occurred, it’s highly likely that her imagination is far more exciting than the reality.

Cate lives near the beach in NSW, Australia, with a long-suffering husband.

Author’s website

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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

The blurb appealed to me when I was looking for books to request on Netgalley and I must say that I was expecting something else.

The writing style of the author is quite flawless so I can’t – and won’t – rate The Virginity Mission badly. That being said, I didn’t enjoy this story all that much. Half of the time I was bored, missing something to make this whole book more addictive.

There are too many descriptions and while I love descriptions, this time around I think they mostly broke the rhythm of the story. The whole expedition thing could have been more thrilling and even interesting to see more of the interactions between the people in Mac’s group. Instead there are more descriptions.

Also, we still don’t know a thing about Fiona. There were a few hints about her character and I thought that there would be more about her, but not at all, which means that I don’t understand her purpose all that much.

The chemistry between Mac and Jason was good enough, but nothing that will stay with me now that I’m finished reading. It’s too bad because when you’re reading that kind of book, what you’re primarily looking for is a strong and sizzling kind of chemistry between the lead characters. At least, that’s what I’m looking for.

I hate writing such a review because the author is really talented, but I think the plot and characterization are a miss for me. It happens and believe me, it’s difficult for me too.

This novel is not long, the writing is great and maybe Mac and Jason’s story will win you over more than it did it for me.

Let me know what you think about it. 🙂

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Review: Strip Me Bare, by Marissa Carmel

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Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Warnings: several sex scenes.
Pages: 227

Blurb:

“I may have had more lovers than you, and I may take my clothes off for countless women, but you are the only one who can strip me bare.”

Do you ever stop loving someone just because they’re gone?
Five years ago Ryan Pierce disappeared from Alana Remington’s life without leaving so much as a post-it note behind. He was the one she gave her heart to, her soul to and her virginity to. So imagine her surprise when she finds him dancing at one of NYC’s hottest male reviews as Jack the Stripper.
Ryan never stopped loving Alana, and now that she serendipitously dropped back into his life, he’s vowed never to lose her again. But being together has its costs, and challenges Alana isn’t sure she can handle. She finally has Ryan back; but how in the world is she supposed to share the love of her life with half of the women in New York City?

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About the Author:

Marissa Carmel has loved writing ever since a young age. She has a duel degree in History and Political Science, but took as many creative writing classes in college as she could. She spent most of her twenties bartending which is where she met her husband and a multitude of interesting people. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s hanging out with her family, experimenting in her kitchen or doing yoga on the living room floor.

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Strip Me Bare is a stand alone book with one hot male stripper!

It took me some time to really warm up to the writing, the characters and the way the plot was going, but once I did, I was happy I decided to purchase this book.

The first half of the book is good, but there’s nothing to talk about. Alana was a little bit annoying and I couldn’t feel one thing for her and it worried me and Ryan was far from a male lead character I liked. I felt off about him, but I slowly warmed up to him and I’m glad I did. 🙂

Maybe it’s just me because it took me a while to enjoy this story, but I think the writing got way better in the second half of the book. Things were more described, feelings too and I felt more invested in the story and in the characters’ life.

The idea of a male stripper and a young woman studying law is a wonderful idea and just for that very reason, I’m glad I read Strip Me Bare. I enjoyed the way the author put Ryan’s life style into Alana’s and it was great to see her struggle sometimes. Damn, I don’t know how I’d feel in her shoes!

There are a few swooning lines I enjoy and a few I think are a little over the top. Don’t mind me though, maybe I wasn’t in the “romantic” mood.

I’m always fond of angst in books, I swear I’m not that weird in real life, and I must say that I almost regret that there’s not more angst with Ryan’s mother or Alana’s father. It feels a little unresolved in a way, but I’m being picky because I’m pretty sure I’ll be the only one feeling that way.

So overall, it’s a good book in the genre, one I think you’ll enjoy. Pick it up!

Who read Strip Me Bare? Hot Stuff or not? (I think Ryan is pretty hot… Just saying).

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Waiting On Wednesday #2

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The book I’m eagerly waiting for is from the author of Pushing the Limits. I loved that book so much that from now on all of her books are on my auto-buy list. 🙂

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Blurb:

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

Coming out November 26th.

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What is on your Waiting on Wednesday?