Minute Reviews [16]

Posted May 29, 2017 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review, Minute Reviews / 1 Comment

Minute Reviews

I am *this close* to getting caught up on reviews, so it seemed like the perfect time to do another Minute Reviews post and knock out a few of them. Here we go!

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Minute Reviews [16]Nine Kinds of Naughty by Jeanette Grey
Series: Art of Passion #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Format: ARC, 384 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
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Lexie Bellamy can handle a boardroom. Relationships, however, are a minefield that always blow up. When a business trip takes her to Spain, Lexie knows she'll have no problem closing the deal. But spending uninterrupted one-on-one time with her crazy-hot coworker might be more than she can take.

At the office, Lexie gets to call the shots. But this trip is the perfect opportunity for Dane Huntley to show his gorgeous boss how good it can feel when someone else takes charge...

Miles away from home, giving in to Dane's naughty commands feels so easy. But when the trip is over, Lexie's determined to go back to their professional relationship. Dane, though, has other ideas. He'll have to prove that what they've found together is real... and he has no intention of letting go.

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

Nine Kinds of Naughty was a nice twist on the workplace romance trope, in which the woman is the boss and the man her assistant. Think The Proposal, but hotter. And with BDSM. 😉 At work, Lexie was in control. Outside of work? She gave that control up to Dane… and they both loved it. So did I.

Jeanette’s writing is addictive. She has a style all her own and I inhale her words like they’re the air I need to breathe. I really liked both Lexie and Dane. The sexy times were hot AF, but there was more to their story than that. The romance was so freaking good. I was solidly behind these two and loved every minute of their story. I even got some feels I didn’t expect. Excellent read!

FAVORITE QUOTES

“It’s my job to know what you need. Even when you don’t.” 

“Everything is about sex, except sex, which is about power. You get off on giving it up. I get off on taking it.” 

Like a phoenix. She rose. And he lifted her until she could soar. 

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About Jeanette Grey

Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When none of that panned out, she started writing.

Her sexy romances run the gamut from secret billionaires to broke college kids, and from athletes to high-tech futuristic military heroes. What ties them together are Jeanette's love of love, her snarky sense of humor, and her passion for infusing her stories with just the right amount of heat.

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Minute Reviews [16]Pretty Face by Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 20, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: eARC, 222 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne Flame

It's not actress Lily Lamprey's fault that she's all curves and has the kind of voice that can fog up a camera lens. She wants to prove where her real talents lie—and that's not on a casting couch, thank you. When she hears esteemed director Luc Savage is renovating a legendary West End theater for a lofty new production, she knows it could be her chance—if only Luc wasn't so dictatorial, so bad-tempered and so incredibly sexy.

Luc Savage has respect, integrity and experience. He also has it bad for Lily. He'd be willing to dismiss it as a midlife crisis, but this exasperating, irresistible woman is actually a very talented actress. Unfortunately, their romance is not only raising questions about Lily's suddenly rising career, it's threatening Luc's professional reputation. The course of true love never did run smooth. But if they're not careful, it could bring down the curtain on both their careers…

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

I picked up Pretty Face shortly after finishing Act Like It earlier this year. The latter was every bit as charming and romantic as the former. I’m so glad I listened to my romance-loving friends who insisted that I give Lucy’s books a try. She’s got a wonderful, fresh voice and is absolutely a new favorite find for 2017.

Lily and Luc have this great hate-to-love slow burn thing going on and it totally worked for me. I found Lily easy to connect with. Who hasn’t had a moment (or many) where she wanted to be seen and recognized for who she is and not just what’s on the outside? Luc was the perfect combination of grumpy and swoony (eventually). I enjoyed the smiles, chuckles, swoons and feels this one delivered as I read. I was addicted to the setting and all the characters. I can’t wait to see what she gives us next with this series. I’ll be along for the ride for sure!

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Should I apologise? should you apologise? Or should we just call this the National Day for Wildly Inappropriate Behaviour and move on?” 

“It’s second nature to pull apart a performance, isolate and slice out the dead wight, piece it back together. I also know what it feels like when there’s that very rare click and it’s just—right. It works. From the first line of the first scene. It doesn’t often happen onstage, and I didn’t expect to ever experience it offstage.” 

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About Lucy Parker

Lucy Parker lives in the gorgeous Central Otago region of New Zealand, where she feels lucky every day to look out at mountains, lakes, and vineyards. She has a degree in Art History, loves museums and art galleries, and doodles unrecognizable flowers when she has writer's block.

When she's not writing, working or sleeping, she happily tackles the towering pile of to-be-read books that never gets any smaller. Thankfully, there's always another story waiting.

Her interest in romantic fiction began with a pre-teen viewing of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (Firth-style), which prompted her to read the book as well. A family friend introduced her to Georgette Heyer, and the rest was history.

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Minute Reviews [16]Every Little Thing by Samantha Young
Series: Hart's Boardwalk #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Berkley
Format: eARC, 352 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

Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content—her successful business, a close circle of friends, and her steady boyfriend…even if their romance feels staid after ten years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey’s blindsided by a betrayal, she’s shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy.

Vaughn admires Bailey’s free spirit, independence, and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn’s painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.

Once Vaughn begins to realize he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he’s never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they’ve found together only comes around once in a lifetime.

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

I’d been waiting to get my hands on Bailey and Vaughn’s story since first being introduced to them and their antagonistic ways in The One Real Thing. I have a thing for antagonistic romances and I had pretty high hopes for theirs. Of course, Samantha Young delivered. But then, I shouldn’t have expected anything else from her. There’s a reason she’s one of my favorite, auto-read authors.

Samantha gave good enemy to lovers with Bailey and Vaughn. I thoroughly enjoyed the progression of their relationship throughout this book — bumps and all, and even when it gave me FEELS. There were plenty of bumps in their relationship, so there was also a fair bit of angst. It wasn’t overdone though. It felt real to them and their story. Between her past and his stance on relationships, there was plenty to overcome. I was totally sucked in to the story, the swoons and the sexy times. I just loved it all!

If you love small town romances, with their quirky characters, nosy neighbors and chill vibe, you need to be reading Samantha’s Hart’s Boardwalk series. You won’t be disappointed. I know I’m already anxiously waiting on the next book in this series!

FAVORITE QUOTES

“I bet you’ve thought about it. Fucking the hostile Princess of the Boardwalk into submission.” 

“Alright, fine, sex with Vaughn was goddamn mind-blowing. Hate sex: who knew?” 

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About Samantha Young

Samantha is from a small town in Central Scotland and is known for her romantic stories set in her beloved home country. She is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author. When she's not writing books, she's buying shoes she doesn't really need and searching for nooks and crannies to shelve her ever-expanding book collection.

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Minute Reviews [16]Madly by Ruthie Knox
Series: New York #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: eARC, 273 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Allie Fredericks isn’t supposed to be in Manhattan, hiding in the darkest corner of a hip bar, spying on her own mother—who’s flirting with a man who’s definitely not Allie’s father. Allie’s supposed to be in Wisconsin, planning her parents’ milestone anniversary party. Then Winston Chamberlain walks through the door, with his tailored suit, British accent, and gorgeous eyes, and Allie’s strange mission goes truly sideways.

Winston doesn’t do messy. But after a pretty stranger ropes him into her ridiculous family drama with a fake kiss that gets a little too real, he finds out that messy can be fun. Maybe even a little addicting. And as the night grows longer, Allie and Winston make a list of other wild things they could do together—and what seems like a mismatch leads to a genuine connection. But can their relationship survive as their real lives implode just outside the bedroom door?

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

I’ve been waiting for Madly FOR AGES. I was late to the Ruthie Knox party, but I fell in love with Truly back in 2015. Since then, I’ve been stalking Goodreads and other sites, waiting to find out when Madly would *finally* be published. You can imagine how excited I was to see it up on NetGalley for request… and how much more excited I was when I was approved.

I absolutely adored Allie and Winston and their story. From their first meeting in the bar where she was spying on her mother to their decision to continue the night at his apartment, I was sucked in from the very start. It was all swoons and cheesy grins as they made their list of sweet and sexy things and, naturally, began checking things off. Despite the big age difference here, these two just worked so well together. They complemented each other perfectly, which made them so easy to cheer for. This book was a joy to read. The only thing that took away from it, in my opinion, was Allie’s mother’s story. I just didn’t care that much about that for the bulk of the book. I understand why it was important, but I’d have personally been happier with more Allie and Winston time. Regardless, this was an excellent read and one that I’m likely to reread in the future.

The next book in the New York series is slated for release in September 2017. I’m keeping my fingers crossed it stays that way, because I can’t wait for more of this series, these characters and Ruthie’s writing.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Because you never know when the person you meet at a bar might turn out to be the most interesting thing to happen to you in all your life.” 

They’d made a list of ways for two people to belong to each other, and so he belonged to her a little more tonight than he had yesterday, and the day before. Just as she belonged to him. 

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About Ruthie Knox

USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were finalists for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. Her four-book series about the Clark family of Camelot, Ohio, has won accolades for its fresh, funny portrayal of small-town Midwestern life. Ruthie also writes New Adult romance as Robin York. She moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from you, so feel free to drop her a line

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