Minute Reviews [14]

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Minute Reviews

Ready for some more Minute Reviews? I am! I’ve been watching the number on my “needs reviewed” shelf on Goodreads get larger and larger as I struggle to write reviews so I decided it was time to do something about it. We’ll call this the “Books I Read and Adored Should’ve Reviewed Long Before Now” edition of Minute Reviews.

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Minute Reviews [14]Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey
Series: Wanderlove #2
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 2, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 247 pages
Narrator: Katie Schorr
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.

It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.

The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.

I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.

The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.

Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good.

In Review: My Thoughts

I can always count on R.S. Grey to deliver a great, swoony, sexy and fun book. This was never more true than with Anything You Can Do. In fact, if I had to pick a favorite of her books, this would be the one.

I LOVE the enemies to lovers trope and I’ve been lucky to read THREE amazing ones in 2017. This was one of them. I was literally laughing out loud with Daisy and Lucas’s hijinks, even if it was deliciously over the top at times.. I loved their banter and the way they played off of each other. Their chemistry was believable and the way things progressed between them was damn near perfect. Things got hot and sexy and the angst was on the low side, both of which were much appreciated by me.

This is one of those books I will reread many times in the future. It was light and fun and I just can’t recommend it highly enough!

FAVORITE QUOTES

I am the Annie Oakley to his Frank Butler and I firmly believe that anything he can do, I can do better.

“You listen here, Lucas Thatcher. I hate you, but you’re going to kiss me. You’re going to kiss me and you’re not going to stop.”

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About R.S. Grey

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things... everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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Minute Reviews [14]Next to Never by Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #4.5
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Penguin/InterMix
Format: eARC, 200 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Quinn Caruthers has several problems.

Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.

Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.

But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.

But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.

As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.

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

Hot damn. This was fantastic. I didn’t realize I missed the Fall Away gang quite as much as I did until I started reading this novella. What an introduction to the next generation of characters… all while reminding me just how much I loved the original gang. I cannot wait for more from this! I want EVERYONE’S stories.

One of the greatest thing about Next to Never is that it was a book within a book. I loved how we were introduced to the next generation by glimpses back in time at Jase and Kat’s story from decades ago. A story within a story is often hard to pull off, but Penelope rocked it. I was totally wrapped up in both Quinn’s story AND her parents. (As long as I didn’t focus *too hard* on the idea that she was reading a sexy story about her parents. Haha.) At 200 pages, it was a SUPER quick read, too. And it’s one that absolutely left me wanting more. I don’t know when Quinn’s story will be completed, but I will be waiting with total grabby hands until I find out if Lucas comes back and what happens when he does. (You can tell I’m shipping this hard, right? I’ll be so disappointed if I don’t get their story.)

FAVORITE QUOTES

“I’d crash and burn a thousand times just to have you.”

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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 [14]The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: HarperAudio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
Narrator: Katie Schorr
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

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

In Review: My Thoughts

Y’all, I loved this book. I loved this book SO VERY HARD. How hard, you might ask? Well, I started it on audiobook while I was on a flight from DC to Phoenix. I was that person literally laughing out loud on a plane, for no apparent reason, while playing games on my iPad and listening to it. I didn’t have a lot of audiobook time once I landed, so I promptly bought the book and proceeded to absolutely devour it. It was THAT GOOD.

I was hooked from the very first page (the very first word?) and I couldn’t get enough of Josh and Lucy. I love a good antagonistic romance and the way the enemies to lovers played out here was absolutely perfect. The fact that it’s an office romance didn’t hurt, either, since I do love those… particularly when it’s a story about the underlings and not some billionaire boss story. Josh and Lucy were charming and hilarious. Their banter made this book what it was. It’s what had me laughing out loud long before I was totally sucked in by the idea of a relationship between them. When things started heading that way, I was addicted to the sexual tension and couldn’t wait to see how everything would play out. The swoons and sexy times were like the cherry on top the already awesome sundae. Total perfection, IMHO, from start to finish.

All the buzz you’ve heard about The Hating Game is true. If you’ve not read it yet, what are you waiting on?

FAVORITE QUOTES

It’s a corporate truth universally acknowledged that workers would rather eat rat skeletons than participate in group activities. 

The energy that usually lashes ineffectively inside each of us now has a conduit, forming a loop of electricity between us, cycling through me, into him. My heart is glowing in my chest like a bulb, flashing brighter with each movement of his lips. 

“The trick is to find that one person who can give it back as good as they can take it.” 

If I ever thought I was an addict before, it was a vast understatement. I want to OD on him. By the end of this weekend, I’ll be legless in a back alley, unable to say my own name.

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About Sally Thorne

Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia, and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book—and it isn't always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.

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Minute Reviews [14]Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl
Series: Jackson: Girls' Night Out #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Format: eBook, 384 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

Librarian Sophie Heyer has walked the straight and narrow her entire life to make up for her mother's mistakes. But in tiny Jackson Hole, Wyoming, juicy gossip doesn't just fade away. Falling hard for the sexiest biker who's ever ridden into town would undo everything she's worked for. And to add insult to injury, the alluring stranger is none other than Alex Bishop--the son of the man Sophie's mother abandoned her family for. He may be temptation on wheels, but Sophie's not looking for trouble!

Maybe Sophie's buttoned-up facade fools some, but Alex knows a naughty smile when he sees one. Despite their parents' checkered pasts, he's willing to take some risks to find out the truth about the town librarian. He figures a little fling might be just the ticket to get his mind off his own family drama. But what he finds underneath Sophie's prim demeanor might change his world in ways he never expected.

In Review: My Thoughts

My first Victoria Dahl book! One of my author friends rec’d this series to me back in August, but I only got around to reading it in January. (Yeah, I know. It’s been months since I finished and failed at reviewing.) I really enjoyed it! I loved Sophie. A “good girl” with dirty fantasies? Who can’t relate to that? Alex was a super hot hero. They had wonderful chemistry that made it easy to look past their odd family connection from the past. I thought this one hit a couple slow patches, but things didn’t take too long to pick up again. The only thing I was a little iffy about at times was, I guess for lack of a better way to put it, Sophie’s kink. It doesn’t do it for me and I do not love THAT kind of dirty talk, but this wasn’t about me. Alex gave her what she wanted/needed, so who am I to judge that?

I have every intention of continuing on with this series! I’m excited to see what’s to come in the other books. Hooray for finding another awesome new-to-me author!

FAVORITE QUOTES

The black dress was modest. The neckline didn’t show even a hint of cleavage. Everything about her was modest. Everything except the truth.

“I can tell by how hard you sucked my thumb before you came that you didn’t get half of what you really need.” 

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About Victoria Dahl

Victoria Dahl lives with her family in a small town high in the Utah mountains. During the summer, she hikes and drinks margaritas (usually not at the same time.) During the winter she likes to curl up with a book and a cup of hot cocoa and think about all those poor, freezing skiers working so hard out in the snow. Victoria has published over twenty-eight books and novellas, including three USA Today bestsellers, and several of her books have been nominated for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in the romance genre.

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Minute Reviews [14]The List by Tawna Fenske
Series: The List #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 30, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Scorched
Format: eARC, 178 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
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It all starts with a list.

A sex list.

Cassie Michaels comes up with a list of naughty experiences to impress her sisters and finally convince them—and herself—she's not just a boring soil scientist. Unfortunately, it also makes Cassie a liar if she doesn't tick off at least some of the kinky exploits before her sister's bachelorette party. Luckily, she's found just the man to help her, starting with number four—sex with an anonymous stranger.

As the owner of a chain of computer shops, Simon Traxel doesn't deal with mundane repairs, but when a brunette with killer green eyes and a list of sexploits frozen across her computer screen shows up at one of his shops, he's ready to get a little hands on.

Simon's more than willing to have some fun helping Cassie turn her made-up adventures into reality. Between steamy public romps that go hilariously awry, and sexy antics with kitchen utensils, getting through a to-do list has never been this much fun. But nearing the last few items means nearing the end of their time together, and Simon isn't ready to let her go...

In Review: My Thoughts

Believe it or not, this is only the second of Tawna’s books I’ve ever read. This one was A LOT of fun, too. Rich, geeky guy meets smart, relatable woman and hot AF sexy fun ensues? Totally up my alley.

I absolutely adored Cassie and Simon. Their meet-cute made me smile and giggle. I enjoyed the chemistry they had right from the very start. I loved that he agreed to help her complete “the list” of things she’d told her sisters she’d already done. And ooooooh boy. What a list it was! Sexy times being spanked with a spatula in the kitchen sounds ok, so does roleplay. Beyond that? Maybe not so much for me. But, this isn’t about me and perhaps that’s why I enjoyed reading it so much. Ha!

The List was a great read and fun start to a new series by an author I’m happy I rediscovered. It was sexy and funny and low on angst. I really liked the characters and even the relationship Cassie had with her sisters. I’m looking forward to see what comes next in this series!

FAVORITE QUOTES

My dick responds like she’s called it by name and offered a Scooby Snack, and I realize I want her more than I’ve wanted anyone in ages.

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About Tawna Fenske

Tawna Fenske writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. She traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city's tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Bend, Oregon, where she'll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, float the river, or sip wine on her back deck.

Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves, which was nominated for contemporary romance of the year by RT Book Reviews. She also writes interactive fiction capers for Coliloquy and the steamy, heartwarming Front and Center series for Entangled Publishing. Tawna's quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from Kirkus Reviews, which noted, "Up-and-coming romance author Fenske sets up impeccable internal and external conflict and sizzling sexual tension for a poignant love story between two engaging characters, then infuses it with witty dialogue and lively humor. An appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness."

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