The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis Review

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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a captivating story of love, second chances and new beginnings…

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A guy stood on the other side of the glass, mouth grim, expression dialed to Tall, Dark and Attitude-ridden. He was something too, all gorgeous and broody and –hold up. There was something familiar about him, enough that her feet propelled her forward out of pure curiosity. When it hit her halfway to the door, she froze, her heart just about skidding to a stop.

“Keane Winters,” she murmured, lip curling like she’d just eaten a black licorice. She hated black licorice. But she was looking at the only man on the planet who could make her feel all puckered up as well as good about her decision to give up men.

In fact, if she’d only given them up sooner, say back on the day of the Sadie Hawkins dance in her freshman year of high school when he’d stood her up, she’d have saved herself a lot of heartache in the years since.

On the other side of the door, Keane shoved his mirrored sunglasses to the top of his head, revealing dark chocolate eyes that she knew could melt when he was amused or feeling flirtatious, or turn to ice when he was so inclined.

They were ice now.

Catching her gaze, he lifted a cat carrier. A bright pink bedazzled carrier.

He had a cat.

Her entire being wanted to soften at this knowledge because that meant on some level at least he had to be a good guy, right?

Luckily her brain clicked on, remembering everything, every little detail of that long ago night. Like how she’d had to borrow a dress for the dance from a girl in her class who’d gleefully lorded it over her, how she’d had to beg her foster mother to let her go, how she’d stolen a Top Ramen from the locked pantry and eaten it dry in the bathroom so she wouldn’t have to buy both her dinner and his, as was custom for the “backward” dance.

“We’re closed,” she said through the still locked glass door.

Not a word escaped his lips. He simply raised the cat carrier another inch, like he was God’s gift.

And he had been. At least in high school.

 

 

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If she has her way…

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her…

…He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him…

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice…

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but he doesn’t even remember her. How can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish–and let the mistletoe do its work…

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Review

The Trouble with Mistletoe is the 2nd book in the Heartbreaker Bay series.  Willa runs a pet shop South Bark.  One morning Keane drops by with his Aunt’s cat hoping for daycare services on short notice.  But he wasn’t expecting Willa and is instantly captivated with her personality and big heart.  Willa however isn’t as sold on Keane as they have a history that Keane doesn’t remember.  When the truth comes out about what really happened back in high school, Willa drops her guard and decides to see where things go with Keane.  With Keane, Willa is finally seeing that she is worth a lot more than she thinks she is and doesn’t know if she is actually capable of loving someone.

This is a sweet romance with some very hot scenes, one including their first time together.  And yes, it isn’t always the guy who makes the mistakes and needs forgiveness.  I always have loved reading Jill Shalvis with just how easy she makes love story jump off the pages. The  Trouble with Mistletoe is a great easy read, one that I couldn’t put down and devoured in a couple hours once I started reading.

 

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21st Century Once Upon A Times – Review

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Theory of A Dreamer – Review & Excerpt

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Bea’s Book Nook – Review & Excerpt

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A Literary Perusal – Review

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Books, Coffee & Passion – Excerpt

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Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents – Excerpt

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Writing My Own Fairy Tale – Review & Excerpt

Southern Yankee Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Talking Books Blog – Review & Excerpt

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Books and Things Blog – Review & Excerpt

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BFF Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

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Oh My Shelves – Review

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October 6

BJ’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

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Books Need TLC – Review

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Shopping for an Heir by Julia Kent Review

Shopping for an Heir by Julia Kent Review
Gerald Wright works for billionaires. He never imagined he’d become one.The former Navy Seal is a chauffeur by day, artist by night, so when hotter-than-ever ex-fiancée Suzanne Dayton interrupts his nude model sculpting class to serve him with inheritance paperwork from a man he’s never heard of, he assumes it’s a joke.Turns out the joke’s on him. There’s just one catch. A big one.And it might be Suzanne — in more ways than he ever dreamed.* * *Shopping for an Heir is the 10th book in the New York Times bestselling Shopping for a Billionaire series by Julia Kent.

Shopping for an Heir is the 10th book in her Shopping series.  Gerald Wright has been the security/chauffeur for the McCormick’s, and he shows the sensitive side he has through sculpting and his art classes.  He is the benefactor of an artifact that he helped smuggle into the country years ago to keep safe.  Suzanne Dayton is Gerald’s ex who he broke things off with 10 years ago and hasn’t seen since.  She is now a lawyer that is charge of making sure that the instructions with the inheritance has been carried out.  For the both of them, the past and the present collide, as they realize those sparks have never stopped between them.

I absolutely love this series.  The cast of characters are wonderfully flawed and never to fail with the hilarity of situations they find themselves in. Though we don’t deal with the main characters of the Shopping Series, they do make appearances along with Marie and newbie Agnes who proves herself just as feisty as the other characters.  Julia interweaves both seriousness and comedy in this book with the discussion of PTSD that Gerald has gone through from his days in service.  I love how she brings it to attention without making it too heavy or weighted down. I give this book 4 1/2 stars.  I loved how seamlessly the story flowed and introducing new and old characters of the series wasn’t that far of a stretch.

If you love a slew of great characters and situations that you wonder can happen in real life, then the Shopping series is for you.  I love the expansion into the series with Gerald and Suzanne’s story, and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

 

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Gerald Wright works for billionaires. He never imagined he’d become one. 

The former Navy Seal is a chauffeur by day, artist by night, so when hotter-than-ever ex-fiancée Suzanne Dayton interrupts his nude model sculpting class to serve him with inheritance paperwork from a man he’s never heard of, he assumes it’s a joke. 

Turns out the joke’s on him. There’s just one catch. A big one. 

And it might be Suzanne — in more ways than he ever dreamed. 

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He leaned in, kissing her softly. Smoochy stirred, sat up, and toddled off, jumping off a very distracted Gerald’s lap.

 

“Let’s take this,” she said, breathless between kisses, “one step at a time.”

 

“Define ‘step.’”

 

“Spend the night with me.”

 

“I like that step.”

 

“Make me breakfast in the morning.”

 

“Is that step two?”

 

“Sure.”

 

“I always respond well to a clearly defined set of procedures.”

 

“How about a map?”

 

“Even better.”

 

Neither one moved. The offer, once accepted, was almost enough. Acting on it felt so big. So was he, though. As she crawled into his lap, connected to him by their eager mouths, she pulled her skirt up so she could straddle him, his arms wrapping around her waist. The heat of sinking into him, the intimacy of having his body so close, made her mind rest.

 

Her body took over.

 

“You taste so good,” he murmured between kisses, his hands sliding up her spine in tandem, then moving across her shoulders in synchronized perfection to remove her suit jacket. The shiver she gave came less from the temperature change and more from the delicious feel of how he touched her. With Gerald, a touch wasn’t just the stroke of a finger, the brush of a palm, the flick of a tongue, or the thrust into her. Never one to waste movement, he reveled in it, living fully in dimensions she couldn’t even see.

 

He pulled her shirt out from her waistband just as she returned the favor, seeking the raw warmth of his skin. Her hands flattened against his thick shoulders, the connection grounding, her body moving in a slow, involuntary rhythm against him as he kissed her hard.

 

So hard.

 

As he cupped her breasts over her bra, her nipples tightened, the ache spinning down in a spiral, tearing through years of pain and craving. Her breath hitched and his kiss became more urgent, his intent clear. It was so good to kiss a man who knew how to hold her just so, who used a feather light touch where she wanted it, and who pressed where a tighter squeeze made a difference.

 

Gerald had been joyfully unrestrained in bed, hours of pleasure unending, as if there were no events marking time— no final orgasm, no steps in a schematic— but only the undefined fuzzy logic of imperfect art played out in moans and sighs, in the light stroke of a fingertip against responsive flesh, in the wave of tongue against arched hips and the push and pull of love cried out in ecstasy.

 

In minutes, they would be back in that dimension. S

 

he shivered with anticipation.

 

“What are we doing?” she whispered, the tone playful, his hands sinking into her long waves.

 

“Whatever it is, it’s been a while,” he rasped. “I’ve missed you. I’ve missed this.”

 

 

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About Julia Kent

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge, and new adult books that push contemporary boundaries. From billionaires to BBWs to rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every book she writes, but unlike Trevor from Random Acts of Crazy, she has never kissed a chicken.

Behind Closed Doors by J.L. Berg Blog Tour Review

Behind Closed Doors by J.L. Berg Blog Tour Review
My name is Roman Cavenaugh and I’m kind of an asshole. 
Running a company isn't easy, especially when everyone expects you to fail, so being a jerk? It comes with the territory. 
I don't have time to mess around, and I sure as hell didn’t see her coming.
Cara Hamilton—she was supposed to be off limits…a temporary employee brought in during my assistant’s maternity leave. 
But, in the blink of an eye, she became so much more. 
An obsession I couldn’t shake.

So yeah, I may be an asshole, but now, I finally had a purpose, and soon, she would be mine. 
All’s fair in love and war…
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Roman Cavanagh is known for being an arrogant conceited jerk.  But he’s had to prove himself his whole life to his father, now taking over the company that he was never even considered to do. He is brother to Jude who was in J.L. Berg’s previous books Within and Beyond These Walls.  This is a complete standalone and you don’t need to read those previous books.

Cara Hamilton is trying to find her footing after following her boyfriend to NYC.  She accepts a temporary position as Roman’s secretary, as his regular one is out on maternity leave.  She is a free spirit and is someone who actually stands up to Roman when he is acting like an arrogant jerk.  Slowly she works past the walls that Roman has erected to protect himself and they find themselves in a boss/employee friendship.  Through this friendship, Cara’s eyes are open to her partner’s true colors.  Soon lines are blurred and the consequences of those actions have to be faced by both.

This isn’t the typical guy meets girl, or girl meets guy, falls in love and have their HEA.  This is a story that both Roman and Cara delve deeper into themselves and see parts they don’t like and work to change that for the better.  When they realize their feelings run deeper than just boss/employee or even friendship, they fight to show the other that they are the one they are meant to be with.  I am being vague because there is a twist in BCD that you have to read to find out yourself, so there will be no spoilers here.

I love J.L. Berg and have since I first read When You’re Ready.  She has a way of getting into your head and pulling at the emotions that you didn’t even know that they were there. Or she taps into an emotion that you don’t want to confront but you have no choice but to confront.  I love that about her and this is a perfect book to start with if you have never read her before and then move onto her other series.

I give it 4 ½ stars, I really wanted to give it 5 but sometimes with Roman I was put off more often than not with his behavior.  But this is a book that will stay with me and I will reread at some point, and I think it will be the same for you if you decide to give this book a go.

 

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About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Bad Judgement by Meghan March Book Review

Bad Judgement by Meghan March Book Review
A sexy enemies-to-lovers STANDALONE romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.He’s arrogant.She’s self-righteous.I hate him.I want her.I’ve been turning him down for two years straight.Every shut-down makes me work harder.I’m not a one-night stand kind of girl.She doesn’t realize I won’t settle for only one night.He’s a distraction I don’t need.She’ll say yes eventually because I’m not giving up.***“My final ruling is that Bad Judgment is Meghan March’s best work yet.”—USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier"We absolutely couldn't get enough of this fresh storyline, the insanely combustible steam and a gripping ending you will NOT see coming!" —The Rockstars of Romance“Meghan March’s writing is so addictive. From the very first page she sucks you in, and that’s exactly what happened with Bad Judgment. It was sexy, angsty, and consuming. Another fantastic read from Meghan. PS, thanks for keeping me up late at night.” —Author Meghan Quinn
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If you haven’t read a book by Meghan March by now, then Bad Judgement is an excellent choice as it is standalone romance.

Justine Foster is in her final year of law school and just learned that her scholarship is not being renewed for the last year. Her only options come in the form of stripping or tutoring Ryker Grant, the guy who has been asking her out for the last 2 years. While one seems to definitely be a bad judgement call, you don’t know all the facts yet that go into the deal with Ryker to say which one is worse.

I loved the interaction between Justine and Ryker from the start. She wasn’t one to put up with his bull****, and often times called him on it. While Ryker first wanted to get with her cause of her looks, soon he realizes there is more to her than just looks.

Everything though isn’t as it seems when it comes to their relationship. There are things they are both keeping from each other, that can destroy everything before it gets off the ground. What choices do they make lead to bad judgement that can spell disaster for their lives and careers? And once the decision is made, is it enough to make up for that bad judgement call?

The twists that Meghan is known for in her books are present here literally up to the last couple chapters, and I love that in this story. You are kept in the dark on what is going to come and once it’s brought to light, it’s not something you would have thought of, at least not at first. That is one thing that keeps having me come back and back to her books. I also love the panty-melting inducing love scenes between Justine and Ryker. You could feel the sexual tension way before their first time and it only gets stronger from there.

This is a great book all the way around, and especially if you’ve never read Meghan March before, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants real characters that want to do the right thing even when bad judgements and decisions happen, like it does to any of us.

Mr Corporate by JA Huss Book Review

Mr Corporate by JA Huss Book Review
Weston Conrad is the best headhunter in the business. That handsome smile goes a long way towards convincing most people to trust him with their future.
I’m not most people. I’m his direct competition. And it doesn’t hurt to be just the kind of woman he’s been looking for.
I’m gonna flash you these legs, Weston Conrad.
I’m gonna wear low-cut shirts and micro-mini skirts.
I’m gonna dazzle you with wit and conversation and kiss those lips like they’re exactly what I’ve been waiting for.
So don’t hate me when you figure out my secret.
You understand, right? You’re Mr. Corporate and this is just business.
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I’m in love with this series by Julie, just like all her books. She has this thing for writing a standalone and it having it’s own story, but then have that standalone be part of a series with an overall story arc to it. Julie is doing it again with her Mister (Mr.) series.

The story takes place on a deserted island in the exotic Exuma Cays. Look at this yumminess. Nice place to be deserted, right? Let’s just take a moment and have a mini vacation right now…..

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Okay. Back to business. Victoria and Weston have been sent to the island via a wild goose chase. They are both sent to head hunt the same guy, and he is supposed to be on his island, but he’s not. After they seen a massive storm brewing and acknowledge that their pilot isn’t coming back for them, they are forced to face reality. The reality is their relationship, their businesses and their life in general.

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“Mr. and Mrs. Corporate. It’s just business, Mister style.”

I’m not sure what to ever say in a review. You don’t want me to wrap the story up. That’s why you’re reading it, right? When I read a review, I want it to be short and sweet, but I see others write these long diatribes and I don’t know how they do it. I’m going to try and meet in the middle.

What I like about the writing in the story is that it is faced paced. Lots of up and downs, and there is alway this question lingering that you just can’t figure out. It’s mostly because of lack of information, not because you can’t put two and two together.

I didn’t find myself bored like I sometimes do with other romance books. It fits the formula, but there is something about Julie’s writing that makes it fresh, and I just can’t figure it out. I find myself rating a lot of books 3 stars because while they are okay, they aren’t great, and they aren’t bad. They were just boring.

Mr. Corporate had that give and take with the relationship; which I want to add that Victoria/Tori was my least liked heroine to-date. Ugh. I was so tired of her by the middle of the book that I was wondering what the hell Weston saw in her. She is a real bitch. Her lack of trust in Weston was beyond being independant. It was a whole level of she needs to see a counselor.

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Weston has to be a masochist to be able to take that, and for the length of time that he did. To have to be constantly reassuring someone and arguing about having a little faith in him has to be exhausting. Christ.

“I just need you to now that…I love us. And if you think we even have the slightest chance at making this work, then please, just give in to me. I promise to be careful with you. I promise to go slow. I promise everything. I promise to be patient, and I promise to listen to you. I will do anything-whatever it takes-to make you mine forever.” -Weston

Moving on from the one thing I had to tell you about. We got to see some cameos in this book, either by name or in person. You will have to read to find out. I found that to be uber exciting.

Would I recommend this book to you to read? Absolutely. It’s really a great book.

Well, why the hell did I give it 4.5 stars instead of 5? Because only books that blow my mind, make my heart feel like it is going to burst or makes me think about it for days get a full 5 stars. I just don’t give them out that much. Other reviewers give those reviews 6 stars, but in my world 6 stars don’t exist. 5 do, so I give Mr. Coporate 4.5 stars because it’s that good. A unique story and plot that is fast-paced, a little sexy and a whole lot of lie. A fantastic combination to keep any person reading. A must read!

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About JA Huss

JA Huss is the author of the Amazon bestselling Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.

Review: Find Her by Lisa Gardner

Review: Find Her by Lisa Gardner
Flora Dane is a victim.  Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home. Flora Dane is reckless.  . . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.
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Lisa Gardner’s latest book, Find Her, is a book that keeps your heart pounding and keeps your mind working the whole time you are furiously turning the pages. Find Her is a book that seems pulled straight from the horror of the news and brings you into the Monsters that you haven’t even imaged. It is also a book that has great safety for women so they can learn preventive measure to keep yourself away from a predator. As a women you will find yourself learning skills that you can use if you ever find yourself in the position of being kidnapped and held captive. I would even say, Find Her is a book women can read to save their life.

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About Lisa Gardner

New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of eleven bestselling suspense novels.
Readers are invited to get in on the fun by entering the annual “Kill a Friend, Maim a Mate” Sweepstakes, where they can nominate the person of their choice to die in Lisa’s latest novel. Every year, one lucky stiff is selected for literary immortality. It’s cheaper than therapy, and you get a great book besides. For more details, simply visit Lisa’s website.
Lisa lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family, as well as two highly spoiled dogs and one extremely neurotic three-legged cat. Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations.

Tamed by Emma Chase | 4.5 Stars | Book Review

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Book Blurb:
In the third unforgettable book by New York Times bestseller Emma Chase, Matthew Fisher—the best friend of Drew Evans from Tangled and Twisted—wants to settle down, but he’ll have to overcome the mistrust of the colorful and unique Dee Dee Warren.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: girl meets player, they fall in love, player changes his ways.

It’s a good story. But it’s not our story. Ours is a lot more colorful.

When I met Dee, I knew right away that she was special. When she met me, she thought I was anything but special—I was exactly like every other guy who’d screwed her over and let her down. It took some time to convince her otherwise, but it turns out I can make a convincing argument when sex is at stake.

You might know where this story’s headed. But the best part isn’t where we ended up.

It’s how we got there.

Here’s a fun excerpt:

We return to Alexandra’s side and I can tell by his expression that he’s going to ask to be excused again. But then, Drew seems to decide on a different strategy. He smiles deviously. “Hey look—Squeaky’s here.”
“Who?” Alexandra inquires.
Drew gestures with his wine glass. “Curly haired brunette, in the blue dress near the bar.”
Lexi’s head bobs until she spots the lady in question. “That’s . . .Alyson Bradford.”
Drew shrugs. “She’ll always be Squeaky to me.”
“Why do you call her squeaky?”
Mentally I shake my head. Because Alexandra should’ve known better.
“She squeaks when she comes.”
“What?”
Casually, Drew explains, “Like a dog’s chew toy.” He holds up his hand, opening and closing it. “Squeak, squeak, squeak, squeeeeeak. At least she did when we were seventeen, but I don’t think that’s a condition she’d outgrow.”
“How do you know that?” Alexandra asks, expectedly grossed out. “When did you have sex with Alyson Bradford?”
Drew looks to the ceiling, recalling the event. “Um . . .junior year. It was in the dark days following our loss to St. Bartholomew’s in the playoffs. I wouldn’t say she was my rock bottom, but she was close.”
Lexi turns away. “Eck . . .forget it, I don’t want to know.” If it’s one thing The Bitch can’t stomach, it’s detailed stories of her brother’s sex-capades. Which is precisely why Drew says, “She also does this nasty thing with her tongue . . .”
Alexandra clasps her eyes shut. “Alright! You know what? Fine—if you want to go that badly, then go. If you want to leave me in my hour of need . . .”

She never should have given him an out. Drew smiles brightly, puts his glass on the tray of a passing waiter and kisses her cheek. “You’re the best sister ever. Bye.”

Book Review:
Matt and Dee Dee’s story. We always knew they were both a little crazy, and this shows how fun and crazy they really are. Emma interweaved their story with Drew and Kate’s without retelling the story. All the little words unspoked between the couple, we get to learn about. All their kinkiness, we learn about. It really is a fun read.

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren | 4.5 Star Book Review


Summary
One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away

Review:

**May contain a teeny tiny spoiler**

I went into Sweet Filthy Boy with an open mind. I didn’t even read the blurb before starting it.
Sweet Filthy Boy was a fantastic read. A heroine with Daddy issues, but yet was lost and drifting in her life. A hero who outwardly had it all, but inwardly had his own struggles.
Sweet Filthy Boy is hot. Seriously hot. Not just the normal romance sex scenes. We have naughtiness in this book….and costumes. I love a good role play.
I really did wonder what the solution to the big problem would be, and I think the authors came out with a brilliant one. I had a huge grin on my face during the dance scene. I’m sure my imagination didn’t do it justice.
Something I don’t always see in books and I did find in this one is that the hero and heroine make each other better. They lift each other up. The story isn’t wrapped up in chemistry or pregnancy. They make each other think about the future and help each other through it. Even while they are both ignoring the present, they seem to still think about their future. Relationships should be about making each other better and I love this aspect of the book.
Honestly, Sweet Filthy Boy gets 4 1/2 stars from me, but there isn’t that option here on Goodreads. I save 5 stars for something with an amazing twist that I just didn’t see coming. Fantastic job ladies. This is a great read.

Bio / Social Media
Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.
You can follow their shenanigans at:
@lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff andWattpad for short stories and sneak peeks!
For official information about their books, events, interviews, movie news and more, follow @beautifulbastrd.


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Synopsis

Born to a prestigious political family, Avery Adams plays as hard as he works. The gorgeous, charismatic attorney is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation. When some of the most prominent men in politics suggest he run for senate, Avery decides the time has come to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. With a strategy in place and the campaign wheels rolling, Avery is ready to jump on the legislative fast track, full steam ahead. But no amount of planning prepares him for the handsome, uptight restaurateur who might derail his political future.
Easy isn’t even in the top thousand words to describe Kane Dalton’s life after his father, a devout southern Baptist minister, kicks him out of the family home for questioning his sexual orientation. Despite all the rotten tomatoes life throws his way, Kane makes something of himself. Between owning a thriving upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and managing his long-term boyfriend, his plate is full. He struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. The last thing he needs is the yummy, sophisticated, blond-haired distraction sitting at table thirty-four. 


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Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.
Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com

Author Interview:
Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? 
Depends on the day and how many drinks I’ve had and how many clothes they are making me wear that day. 

Do you have a book boyfriend and if so, who is it? 
Currently I’m in a relationship with Avery Adams and Kane Dalton, I get to be in the middle.

Favorite drink while working? A strong one. 

Cliffhangers or no cliffhangers? (do you like to use them) 
Well, if I’m being honest… 

Music/TV or Silence? What are you listening to while you write? *Cue music* “Meet me at the ice cream shop and I’ll buy you an ice cream!” followed by howls from my dog Chester the Boston Terror. My writing partner and I are always in contact and my dog is obsessed with singing to her ring tone. 

Here is the Ice Cream Truck Song by Cazwell http://youtu.be/2w02QxQZGQc

What is your guiltiest pleasure? No judging here on Chapter Break. The official answer is chocolate, but the one my husband doesn’t need to know – I buy five to ten books every week. 

What is the best advice you ever received? 
It’s better to ask for forgiveness than for permission. 

What is one thing you do better at than most? 
Make penis jokes on cue. There always seems to be one on the tip of my tongue.

What is one thing that you do worse at than most? 
Opening mac and cheese boxes. “Press thumb here and open “ IS A LIE

Last words or words of encouragement? Anything else we would love to know? 
Thank you for allowing me to spend a little time with you today, it’s been a pleasure. I’m going to leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss. 

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”


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