Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sons of Broad Opens with a Bang! (Review)

In the sultry streets of Charleston, one family, ruled by its powerful, take-no-prisoners sons, has risen to the top. But a merciless enemy is out to destroy them…and everyone they hold close…

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Tilly Brock has learned—the hard way—how to take care of herself. Once a pillar of Charleston society, her family lost everything in the wake of a shocking scandal. And then Tilly lost the only boy she ever loved.

Keaton Benedict is Charleston’s most notorious bachelor. But in spite of all his advantages—the money, the women, the family name—he longs for more: the heart of the young woman he still can’t forget.


When Keaton re-enters Tilly’s life, after all these years, she is torn between feelings of doubt and desire. Can they put the past behind them and learn to love again? Tilly is willing to try. But Keaton is afraid that a vengeful enemy is watching—and waiting to destroy them. Can the rekindled flame of their love defeat the deadliest rival and light their way forward in the darkest night?
Darkest Night
Sons of Broad #1
Tara Thomas
Pub Date: 2/27/18
St. Martins Press
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Rating: 5/5
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Tara Thomas opens the Sons of Broad series with an astounding bang! Darkest Night takes the shape of a romantic thriller as two childhood friends reconnect amid death and danger. Keaton Benedict walks into Tilly Brock's life, years after her father was accused of stealing from the Benedict family business. Things fall back into place as their connection proves to be as strong as ever.

Darkest Night is a fast paced read that has as many surprise twists as it has interesting characters. Told from multiple perspectives with distinct voices, the story gives readers a bird's eye view of the plot. When Tilly's co-workers start showing up dead, and she and Keaton receive threats, the story takes a dark, dangerous turn. As it progresses, a man known as The Gentleman is shown to be the mastermind behind most of the events around the Benedict family. This story gives you just enough information to suspect and not enough to give the full plot away. Throughout the entire story, the attacks seem random and increasingly targeted toward Keaton and his brothers, but it becomes obvious that a large unknown force is looking to take them out.

Though we don't get all the answers raised in Darkest Night, the rest of the Sons of Broad series will no doubt provide them. I can honestly say that not knowing everything makes me even more eager to jump into the next book! It's not the same as being left on a cliff hanger, because a lot of the plot is resolved and just enough left open for further exploration. Romantic suspense fans of Katee Robert and B.J. Daniels will love taking on this new series!
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Sons of Broad Series


  Book 2: MAR 2018          Book 3: JUN 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

Mister Tender's Girl (Review)

How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?

At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice’s own father in a series of popular graphic novels.

Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear…

Inspired by a true story, this gripping thriller plunges you into a world of haunting memories and unseen threats, leaving you guessing until the harrowing end.
Mister Tender's Girl
Carter Wilson
Pub Date: 2/13/18
Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 3/5
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Mister Tender's Girl started off strong and finished with a deflated bang. Alice Hill was attacked by twin girls who were influenced by Alice's father's hit graphic novel character, Mister Tender. Over the years, the tragedy haunted Alice and destroyed her family. Now living in America, her brother is in his twenties but still dependent on their mother, and though Alice has her own business she suffers from panic attacks and paranoia.

The premise of the story is what drew me in. The first few chapters intrigued me and made me think Alice was a flawed, but kick-butt character who rose from the ashes of a tragedy and learned to survive. Well, that's only partially true. When an unpublished and unfinished copy of a Mister Tender graphic novel turns up in her coffee shop, Alice learns that though she changed her name and moved across the pond, she's not as under the radar as she thinks. Trouble has been following her all along and now it seems that Mister Tender has found her. A series of events put Alice in a hard place and she flounders until she decides to seek out the identity of this character who doesn't exist in real life. The search is fruitless and it's only at the near end of the novel that a real clue appears.

The story rambled to a conclusion that was quite blah. It came to a screeching halt after a fast-paced scene that was rushed and equally disappointing. Questions were definitely answered, but after making it this far into the story without giving up hope that it would surprise me, I expected a bit more from this big confrontation.

I didn't get a sense of being drawn in and intrigued as the story progressed. I just wanted to get to the bottomline of the story and everything in between was just filler. I didn't hate Mister Tender's Girl, it just didn't turn out to be the story I expected.
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The First Kiss of Spring (Review)

Spring has come to Eternity Springs in The First Kiss of Spring, the newest installment in this New York Times bestselling series by Emily March.

Life could be a dream...

Goal-oriented and gorgeous, Caitlin Timberlake's dreams took her to the top of the corporate ladder in New York City. Now years later, her goals have changed. She wants to come home to Eternity Springs and build a business and a family of her own—with the new man in town. So what if sexy mechanic Josh Tarkington wants nothing more than a fling? Caitlin is a patient woman who knows how to work hard and strategize to win what she desires. She desires Josh. Unfortunately, he has other plans.

If only things were different...

Josh craves Caitlin and all she has to offer. However, he is a man with secrets. He has worked hard to overcome his tragic past, but he's afraid to risk having a future because he knows trouble is never very far away. When a selfless act brings that trouble to his door, he stands to lose everything he cares about—including Caitlin. Will her love and the healing magic of Eternity Springs be enough to save him?
The First Kiss of Spring
Eternity Springs #14
Emily March
Pub Date: 3/27/18
St. Martin's Press
Genre: Romance
Rating: 5/5
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Emily March welcomes spring with a dazzling romance set in Eternity Springs, a town of healing and new beginnings. Caitlin Timberlake is ready for a change of scenery from her big New York job and single life. After meeting and connecting with Josh Tarkington at her friend's wedding in Telluride, she is even more determined to see her dreams realized and snag her dream guy.

The First Kiss of Spring is filled with layers of pain, love, and hope. Caitlin's move home comes as a surprise to her parents and she has to convince them that she's serious about starting a business in Eternity Springs and hopefully starting her own family one day. When Josh finds out that Caitlin is starting her business next door, he knows his carefully created life is about to come crashing down. In most romances, the man usually pursues the woman but Caitlin flips the script by pursuing Josh with single-minded focus. It's fun to watch him try to resist her while she's basically got him wrapped around her finger!

This story is full of highs and lows that kept me turning the pages. When Josh gets hurt in a selfless act, he starts to relive his past which is presented in journal entries throughout the story and gives insight to his determination to not get involved with Caitlin. From the first chapter, I knew this wasn't going to be the average romance, and Emily March did not disappoint. With every turn in the novel I never knew what direction it was going to take or whether there could really be a happy ending to this story. I'm definitely sticking with this series as it continues and will get caught up on everyone's previous stories. It's a whole romantic world to explore! The Eternity Springs series is perfect for fans of RayAnne Thayne, Robyn Carr, and Jen Gilroy!
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Friday, February 23, 2018

In Love With the Crazy Love Series: Fake Wife (Review)

This marriage is strictly business... until the temptation gets way too real.

Corbin: I loved my grandma, but I don’t need her money. All I care about is keeping the house—the only place that’s ever felt like home. That, and screwing over my dad, who wants to turn the property into a mall. There’s only one catch: To receive my inheritance, I have to get married within six months. Me, the guy who’s never dated a girl for more than six minutes. Now I need to find a woman I can trust. So when I’m rear-ended by a Prius, I figure it’s a sign that I’m supposed to meet gorgeous, down-to-earth Teagan Monroe.

Teagan: First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible . . . yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules . . . and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancĂ©.
Fake Wife
Crazy Love #1
Stacey Lynn
Pub Date: 1/9/2018
Genre: Romance
Rating: 5/5
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Stacey Lynn dives in with a romance that forces two strangers into a marriage arrangement that benefits them monetarily but turns into so much more. After Teagan is blindsided by job loss and a cheating boyfriend, she literally runs into rich, handsome Corbin Lane.

Corbin has just learned the terms of his beloved grandmother's will. In order to inherit his safe haven, her home in Cannon Bluffs, he must marry within six months. Getting his car run into by Teagan is kismet because she has no home and needs money, and Corbin needs a wife. They both know it's crazy but once the ball gets rolling the two only have to worry about the chemistry sparking between them.

Fake Wife changed my perspective of the fake wife trope. It's so excellently written and I haven't read any similar books that top it! Teagan and Corbin are such realistic characters. When they made mistakes I wanted to yell at them until they worked out their problems. There's actually a scene where Teagan and Corbin experience miscommunication and everything almost falls apart, but Teagan thinks it through before leaving. That was so unexpected because sometimes our heroines are irrational and make hasty decisions. Teagan, though, is the kind of heroine I would like to see more often, a little more rational and less dramatic. I definitely can't wait for the next book in the Crazy Love series, Knocked Up!
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In MAKE ME WANT, Lucy a bold and confident lawyer seeks the help of her good friend Gideon to reawaken her passion in the bedroom. Fans of Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz or Expecting a Royal Scandal by Caitlin Crews will want to one-click this sizzling matchmaker romance. 

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Make Me Want
Make Me #1
Katee Robert
Pub Date: 3/1/18
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“I want everything.”

She’s taking control. And it’s driving him wild!

Lucy Baudin’s ex did a number on her self-esteem, but it’s time for her to regain control. In her job as a lawyer she’s bold, confident. But in the bedroom she needs inspiration to reawaken her inner seductress. Asking her friend Gideon Novak for help seems wrong…yet so deliciously right!

Copyright © 2018 Katee Robert

“What the fuck, Lucy?”
“You know exactly what I’m talking about.” He pulled her dress up, though he didn’t need the confirmation. “You come in here with that cock tease of a dress and you aren’t wearing panties.” Jealousy and desire twisted viciously through him. “Were you going to give Aaron a little show?”
“Oh, please. Give me a little credit.” She lifted her chin. “I’m proving a point. You, Gideon Novak, don’t get to make my decisions for me. I appreciate your help, but that’s where it ends.”
She didn’t want him.
He was good enough to fuck but not good enough to listen to.
He kept a white-knuckled grip on his temper because having a knock-down, drag-out fight here and now wasn’t an option for either of them. Not to mention the fact that he didn’t have a right to be pissed. She’d laid out the terms that first day and if he chose to ignore them, that was on him—not on Lucy.
It didn’t make how shitty this situation was any easier to swallow.
Gideon stepped back. “The table. Bend over it.”
Her eyebrows inched up. “You can’t be serious.”
“As a fucking heart attack. I told you what would happen if you showed up like that, and you were all too eager to pick up that gauntlet. Choices have consequences, Lucy. This is one of them.”
She backed toward the table. One step. Two. “The consequences being that you’ll spank my ass red and then fuck me right here.”
She wants it.
It didn’t soothe his temper. If anything, it ratcheted it up a notch. She might want it but she didn’t want him. “The table.”
Lucy turned and, prim as a princess, bent over the table. She seemed to consider and then lowered her chest further until the top half of her body was flush against the polished wood. The position left her ass in the air and had her skirt riding up so he could see how turned on she was by this.
“Which part is getting you?” He stood between her and the door and pushed her dress the last few inches to bare her completely. “The spanking, the defiance, or the fact that we’re in an unlocked room where anyone could walk in—including your fucking date?”

She tilted her ass up, just a little, an offer that made his mouth water. But it was her words that sealed her fate. “All of the above.”

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About Katee Robert
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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