Minute Reviews [7]

Posted December 8, 2015 by Kim in 4 Stars, 5 Stars, In Review, Minute Reviews / 1 Comment

Minute Reviews

It’s time for another installment of Minute Reviews! Somehow I’ve allowed myself to get SERIOUSLY behind on reviewing again – I blame it on binge reading while I was fighting off a sinus infection – and I figured some bite sized reviews were in order to help me catch up. Today’s Minute Reviews is a bit of a mishmash, so bear with me. 🙂

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Minute Reviews [7]Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor
Series: The McKinney Brothers #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 7, 2014
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: eBook, 312 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.

They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.

But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

In Review: My Thoughts

I bought Claudia Connor’s Worth the Fall back in 2014 when it was on sale. A number of my friends sang its praises so I couldn’t resist. Of course, I got distracted by other books and didn’t get around to reading it until this year. As I do. It was beautiful. I loved the writing and the story and, most of all, the characters. It was sexy without being overly graphic, more about the WANT and passion than the explicit words and dirty talk. (Not that I don’t LOVE dirty talk, but it just wouldn’t have fit with these characters.)

Worth the Fall was emotionally-charged and powerful. I was immediately sucked into Abby and Matt’s story. It was impossible NOT to fall in love with both of them at the start. Abby’s kids were charming and I enjoy watching Matt with them. I loved the way this little family came together and even when times got tough, I loved the story. Such a fantastic, heartwarming book.

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About Claudia Connor

Claudia Connor is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of heartfelt contemporary romance. Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, but spends most of her time typing out the love stories of the almost real people that live in her head. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

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Minute Reviews [7]How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 9, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Format: eARC, 198 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

When Rochelle Ransom auditioned for the dating show Luring Love, she had big plans for winning the prize money to help her favorite charity–and if she won the hot bachelor's heart, even better. But at the last minute she finds out the hot bachelor is her ex-boyfriend, Grant Drake. Desperate to keep her distance from him, she'll do anything–and everything–to get voted off.

Years ago, Rochelle broke Grant’s heart, and he's out for revenge. There's no way he'll vote her off.

After all, vengeance is a dish best served red-hot...and on live television.

When her hilarious antics to get kicked off the show escalate, Grant’s reminded why he fell in love with her the first time. Now he isn't sure which might be more fun... Seeing how far Rochelle is willing to go to get away or how far he will to keep her forever.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

This one was cute and sweet. I’m not big on reality shows in … reality … but I do tend to like the drama they provide in books books. Plus, sometimes I want nothing more than an antagonist love story and Rochelle and Grant definitely provided that here. Added bonus: it’s a second chance romance, so I’m all over it.

Neither Rochelle nor Grant were immediately likable to me, but I grew to really enjoy both of them. By spending time reading from both of their POVs, I understood each of them better. Rochelle was a good, strong, feisty woman. She wasn’t on the dating show to find love, but to raise money for a reason close to her heart. Grant was trying to move on and happened to agree to this dating show, but his heart really wasn’t in it once he saw Rochelle. She’s the one he wants, even after all this time. He was a sweet guy.

How to Lose a Bachelor had a lot of really fun (and mortifying) moments and I breezed right through it. It read like a romantic comedy movie and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is, surprisingly enough, my first Anna Banks book but I guarantee it won’t be my last. I hope she continues to write adult contemporary romance for Entangled’s Bliss line.

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About Anna Banks

Anna Banks is a young adult author whose primary goal is to entertain smart, funny gals like herself. You can expect her works to be centered around a love story, freckled with humor, and seasoned with sarcasm.

Anna grew up in a small town called Niceville (yes, really) in the Florida Panhandle. She now lives with her husband and daughter close to her hometown. The youngest of seven children, she was spoiled beyond comprehension growing up. Before she started writing, Anna worked as a banker and a waitress. She loves old movies, fried chicken, and Simon Cowell, but loathes exercise, licorice, and haters.

She also spews sarcastic, romantic fiction under pen name Anna Scarlett.

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Minute Reviews [7]Always by Lynsay Sands
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: November 24, 2015
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eARC, 400 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands returns with the unforgettable story of a reluctant bride and groom who soon find common ground in the bedroom...

Bastard daughter to the king, Rosamunde was raised in a convent and wholly prepared to take the veil... until King Henry declared she would wed Aric, one of his most valiant knights. Suddenly she found herself promising to love, honor, and obey.

Rosamunde's education had not covered a wedding night, but the handsome warrior she was now bound to seemed intent on giving her a lesson in the art of pleasure. In no time, Aric was certain she would surrender to the irresistible passion he promised.

And while Rosamunde's spirited nature often put her at odds with her new husband, his mastery in seduction was quickly melting her resolve—and capturing her heart.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Always is my first Lynsay Sands book and after enjoying the humor and the romance, I’ll be going back for more soon. No doubt.

This book was hilarious. Like, unexpectedly laugh out loud hilarious. Sure, some of the scenes were probably a little over the top, but I still enjoyed them. The matchup between the innocent, about to be a nun Rosamunde and Aric, who had had his fair share of lovers, was more perfect than I could have imagined. I enjoyed watching them get to know each other. Rosamunde was a great heroine and I loved watching her come into her own, not only finding something real with Aric, but learning more about herself along the way. It was fun to watch Aric submit to his growing, and semi-unwanted, feelings towards her.

While Always was predictable and sometimes over the top, I had a good time reading it. It was funny and held my interest. The romance was sweet. The characters were believable. It might not be one that sticks with me for a long time, but I definitely enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Lynsay’s books in the future.

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About Lynsay Sands

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus.

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Minute Reviews [7]Corrupt by Penelope Douglas
Series: Devil's Night #1
Genres: New Adult, Dark Romance
Publication date: November 15, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 461 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Erika

I was told that dreams were our heart's desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend's older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He's handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college's basketball team and now gone pro, he's more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid...For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I've graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven't stopped watching Michael. He's bad, and the dirt I've seen isn't content to stay in my head anymore.

Because he's finally noticed me.

Michael

Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother's girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven't had her body, I know that I have her mind. That's all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.

Unprotected.

The opportunity is too good to be true, as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they're out.

We've waited. We've been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

*Corrupt is a STANDALONE dark romance with no cliffhanger. It is suitable for ages 18+.

In Review: My Thoughts

I’m gonna keep this review short and sweet because I don’t want to run the risk of spoiling anything for you if you’ve not yet read this. If you’re undecided whether or not you want to read it, believe me when I say you do. As long as you like darker reads and aren’t put off by menage. (More specifically ONE menage scene, but still.) I know that’s a hard stop for some people. This definitely isn’t a book for everyone.

Corrupt was complete and total mind fuckery. It started a little slow, but it picked up pretty quickly as I tried to figure out what exactly was going on in the present and what in the world happened in the past. The book was dripping with sexual tension and it exploded with some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve ever read in a non-erotica book. I’m talking “reading at lunchtime in my office, blushing bright red and hoping no one walks in so I have to form coherent sentences” HOT. THAT HOT.

But this one is more than just sexy times. It’s suspenseful and twisty and dark. The characters were complex and intriguing. My mind worked overtime as I tried to figure out what was happening. I seriously loved everything about it. I read on Facebook that Penelope is considering writing a book for Kai, my third favorite character, and I could do cartwheels over this. I hope she will and that Will and Damon’s books aren’t too far behind. While this portion of the story is complete (and there’s no cliffhanger), I think there’s a lot of story left to tell when it comes to the other Horsemen.

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About Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas is a writer in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to "just get the degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, The Originals, and she shops at Target almost daily.

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Minute Reviews [7]Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters #4, Addicted #3.2
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 19, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 599 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

With a seven-year age difference, Ryke & Daisy have faced an uphill battle in the eyes of the world and their families. Known as the most adventurous, fast-paced couple — their next step has always been elusive to the rabid media.

Behind the scenes, heartbreaking troubles continue to test Ryke & Daisy’s resilience and shape their future together.

They promise:

To never slow down.
To never compromise who they are.
To never abandon their love for each other.

But preserving their happiness also means adding more risks. Ones that Connor Cobalt wouldn’t even take. As a professional free-solo climber, Ryke is no stranger to risk, but his next step with Daisy wagers more than just his health.

With their lives on the line, Ryke & Daisy head towards the vast, wild unknown in this epic final conclusion to the Addicted series.

In Review: My Thoughts

I can’t believe this series is over. *sobs* Ok, I mean except for the epilogue novel but still. It’s over. *sobs again* If you follow my reviews at all, you know how much I have loved this series and how addictive (see what I did there?) it was for me. These books have meant so much to me personally and will forever have a special place in my heart and on my bookshelves. This series is easily my favorite since Harry Potter. No exaggeration. So, it ending was totally bittersweet for me.

I was so worried about Long Way Down as I started hearing more about it. Ryke and Daisy are my favorite couple. I shipped them from the very beginning when it was taboo because of their age difference and her, uh, you know, being illegal for him to touch. When they finally got together in Hothouse Flower, everything seemed right in the world. (Or the Addicted world, anyhow.) But as they continued as secondary storylines in subsequent novels, I got really worried about them. She was having health problems. Ryke was reckless at times. There was so many directions their story could’ve gone and many of them would’ve just flat out broken my heart.

But this book? This book was perfection. Absolute and total perfection. No review can do it justice. I laughed and cried. My heart was shattered and then put back together again. It was brilliant and beautiful and everything I wanted – and some things I didn’t even know I wanted/needed. I was thrilled to see my six favorite characters together again, and while they were fighting some tough things, they weren’t doing it alone and that made my heart happy. But I’m still sad it’s all over. What will I do without the Calloway sisters and their amazing men? Yep, you guessed it… reread. Forever.

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About Krista & Becca Ritchie

Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins. They write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on Twitter and their website: kbritchie.com.

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  1. I love these short reviews! Sometimes when I binge read romance novels I just get so swept up that I don’t feel like I can write a long review because I read them so fast. I am definitely buying Corrupt and saving that for a rainy day!