Review: Fanning the Flames, by Victoria Dahl

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Part of a series? Yes, but the next book will feature new characters.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category: Adult.

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Pages: 61

Blurb:

Burning for you

Some men are off-limits. Close friends of your ex-husband, for instance. Or firefighters who work in the same building as you. Yet despite her best judgment, librarian Lauren Foster can’t help noticing fire captain Jake Davis whenever he jogs by…shirtless. They’ve always been friends, but all it takes is one not-so-chance meeting at a local bar and one not-quite-innocent walk home to ignite a fierce, uncontrollable desire between them.

Widower Jake Davis has tried to ignore the spark he feels whenever Lauren’s around, but once he sees her curves in a little black dress, there’s no turning back. No matter how often she says she’s all wrong for him, the sexy, outspoken divorcée is driving him wild in the best possible way. Maybe she’s just blowing off steam. Or maybe he can convince her to fan these flames into something deeper, hotter and truer than they ever expected….

 

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REVIEW:

 

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

This book isn’t a novel, it’s a novella of a decent size. It’s a fast read, well-written and sweet. I didn’t blow my mind, didn’t make me fall for the characters and didn’t make me feel like I couldn’t put it down. It was just a nice read.

 

The characters are more mature in age than I’m used to and it’s an agreeable change, but unfortunately, other than the mention of both characters’ age, mention written repeatedly to the point of making me roll my eyes a couple of times, I couldn’t exactly see it.

Also, the characterization didn’t convince me all that much. Lauren said several times that she’s not a “nice” woman, that she’s not girlfriend material, but then her words and actions later on contradict that affirmation. Since it’s a novella, we can’t see the build up, the evolution. It put me off a little.

The plot itself is pretty straight-forward, easy and without real threat for both characters or any consequences. Is it because this book is a novella and not a full length novel? Maybe, but in the end it bothers me a little bit.

Though, the connection between Jake and Lauren was nice to read about even though I had a hard time believing it fully close to the end. The writing style helps a lot to win me over some since Victoria Dahl seems to be pretty at ease in this genre and this atmosphere.

Is this book on your TBR? Do you like firefighters? What do you think about Jake?

 

RATING:

3

Review: One Night With a Quarterback, by Jeanette Murray

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Part of a series? Yes, but the next installment will feature another set of characters.

Cliffhangers? No.

Category: Adult.

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Publisher: Intermix

Pages: 274

Blurb:

She’s daddy’s little girl…or she would have been, had he known she existed. Cassie Wainwright thought her father—head coach of the Santa Fe Bobcats—ignored her purposefully. Come to find out, he had no clue she’d ever been born.

Now Cassie is determined to meet the man who’s always been missing from her life. Her mother warns her, being the long-lost daughter of a well-known NFL coach won’t be easy, but Cassie’s determined to stick it out. And before her life turns upside down, she wants one more night of fun.

Starting quarterback for the Santa Fe Bobcats, Trey Owens is tired of being in the limelight. Lucky for him, the beautiful brunette he meets at the club isn’t a local. She has no idea who he is…and she’s down to party.

Tomorrow, Cassie will think about her father. Tomorrow, she’ll think about her future. But tonight is for herself and the hottie she found on dance floor. It’s a matchup made in heaven—if only for a night…

 

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REVIEW:

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

If you’ve been following my reviews, you must know by now that I’m a huge fan of sports romance novels. Sometimes these books disappoint me, but this time around it did not. 🙂

I’ve never read a book by Jeanette Murray and yet this one isn’t her first one, but now I know I’ve been missing out on something.

It took me a chapter or two to truly be sucked in the story. I think it’s because I’ve been reading many books using the first person narration, so getting used to third person narration again took me a few pages, but I don’t think it’s the author’s fault or her book.

The writing style is basic, simple and perfect for this type of story. No need to use some flourish when the story is pretty straight-forward, very much contemporary and just sweet with some sexy scenes quite tame.

I enjoyed every characters, loved the dialogues and I wanted to hug the main characters for their grown-up attitude. Let me explain.

Usually in romance novels we often find adult characters behaving like teenagers when it comes to drama. It’s always entertaining, don’t get me wrong, but it’s very nice to read about real grown-up characters from time to time and I particularly enjoyed the way the author juxtaposed Cassie’s adulthood and the way she’s forced into hiding things to her father like a teen would do. It’s well-done and in a way you can perfectly understand her even though I wanted to slap her a couple of times, which means that I was truly into the story.

Trey is a perfect male character. I loved his POV, the way he’s really down to earth, caring and so sweet! I melted pretty soon. 🙂

In this book there isn’t that much drama when I think about it, but it was a very nice read, something that took me out of my book funk and I look forward to reading the next installment with another set of characters.

What do you think of Trey? Who is reading, or finished reading, or is planning on reading this book? What do you think about it?

 

RATING:

4

Review: Perfect Kind of Trouble, by Chelsea Fine

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Category: New Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 336

Part of a series? Yes, but can be read as a standalone

Cliffhanger? No.

Blurb:

Sometimes when perfect falls apart, a little trouble fixes everything . . .

Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her late father-a man she barely knew-leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief . . . until she learns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the form of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father’s protégé. To see any of her inheritance, she’s forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla’s seen his type before. But Daren isn’t who he seems to be . . .

Struggling to make amends for his family’s mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He’s beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner’s princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she’s just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla’s dad could have left them . . . was each other.

 

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REVIEW:

 

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

I’ve heard about this series before, but never gave it shot. You know how it is, you have so many books on your TBR that sometimes some books just slip by you.

While I didn’t read the first installment from this series, I didn’t find it annoying. Each book features a different set of characters which makes it very easy to pick just one of them if we feel like it.

I enjoyed reading this book, maybe not as much as I thought I would, but still. The writing is flawless, easy and even if I think some dialogues sounded slightly fake, I can honestly say that the author has a real touch with her craft.

The characters’ development is slightly lacking. Maybe it’s a matter of personal taste, but I think that the author could have went even deeper into the main characters psyche. After all, with the family’s betrayal they both went through, it would seem logical if it impacted even more them.

I’m not stating that their past isn’t getting in their way, but somehow I find it too fast and easily overcome. I like the “sweet“ message of the book that fits perfectly with the tone of the book, but somehow the angst falls flat for me.

I really like the small town atmosphere in this book. I’ve read books with a small town romance, but I couldn’t always feel the small town atmosphere. In this book, I could feel it even though it’s not overdone and not cliché.

The few twists weren’t that surprising and the stakes weren’t that high – or maybe the consequences were too overlooked – but I wasn’t bored while reading. I enjoyed the way the characters were slowly, yet fast, turning around.

The ending is quite fast and some things could have been more developed to better add some tension and a real fear/empathy for the characters.

In the end, I enjoyed this book but I think I was expecting something that’d make me more emotional. I couldn’t fully connect with the characters and yet I enjoyed their story, their journey.

I’ll keep Chelsea Fine on my list of authors to keep an eye on. 🙂

Who read this book? Or the first one in the series? What do you think of Daren?

 

RATING:

3.5 to 4

Review: Being Kalli, by Rebecca Berto

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Category: New Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Self-published.

Pages: 267

Part of a series? No.

No cliffhanger.

Blurb:

At nineteen, Kalli Perkins knows her place. It lies between beer-breathed college guys, younger guys, business men, men twice her age, and sobering up before arriving home, so she can tuck her little brothers into bed. She and her brothers have a mother, but they might as well not when she’s as high as the sky, or drunk, or sleeping, or not sleeping.

Burdened with a dark secret not even her best friend, Scout dares ask about, Kalli lives for the moment. When she’s at a party with Scout and her good friend, Nate, she’s up for body shots, and gyrating, public sex, and more.

So what’s one kiss with Nate? What’s dropping to her knees between his legs and betting him she can blow his mind?

It’s nothing to Kalli—that night. But there’s something she didn’t count on. Nate. He may be more “normal” than she is, but he has a dark past of his own. He’s very capable of satisfying her, not only under her clothes, but in her heart, too.

She just doesn’t know it yet.
Recommended for mature readers due to explicit and confronting content. | This book is published in Australian English and includes relative diction.

 

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REVIEW:

I got this book for free on Amazon. For a free book, it’s not a bad one, but for some reason I couldn’t fully get into this story even though some scenes are truly heartbreaking.

Kalli is an interesting character with enough of a fucked up life to make the story interesting. I love flawed characters, the broken ones, but for them to win me over, I need to understand them fully and feel for them. I didn’t here.

To me the writing was inconsistent. There are a few typos and since I couldn’t fully delve in the story, I focused more on these.
Some key scenes were well-written, but they were followed by weak ones, written almost as if the author hadn’t been ready to dig deeper. It was cut short emotionally speaking.

The romance while not the main focus, was too downplayed. I couldn’t see the connection between Kalli and Nate. I wanted to and I think there could have been one epic love story if only we could feel their connection growing and growing. I felt more things while reading about Kalli and Scout’s friendship than I did while reading Nate and Kalli’s one.

If you like steamy scenes, you should be happy. There aren’t that many, but the few ones present were well written and didn’t break the rhythm of the story. They even helped understanding Kalli a little more.

Kalli’s mother is a character I’d have loved to see more. If only her psyche would have been more developed, I’m sure in turns it’d have helped Kalli’s characterization.

I was expecting a lot from this book after reading some amazing reviews, but it fell short to me. There’re everything to make it a hit book and yet the emotion is lacking, the intense connection between the characters not fully there and the writing not polished enough to grab me like I was expecting.

I wanted an emotional slap and I ended up barely missing a heartbeat.

What do you think about this book? About Nate?

 

RATING:

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