Minute Reviews [21]

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Minute Reviews

The year is rapidly coming to a close and I’m trying to get caught up on all the books I’ve read and not yet reviewed before it’s actually over. So, yay, more Minute Reviews!

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Minute Reviews [21]Played by Jen Frederick
Series: Gridiron #4
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 6, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 317 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

She's been playing it close...

Ara Martin and college football star Ty Masters have been best friends since the first day of school when Ty literally ran her over. She fell for him immediately, but having lived under the shadow of her famous father, she knows a relationship with irresistible Ty would only end in heartbreak. For four years, she’s kept her feelings hidden. But one drunken encounter weeks before graduation is about to expose Ara’s biggest secret and destroy her most treasured relationship.

He’s been playing for keeps…

Ty is about to be drafted into the NFL, but his personal life is a mess. He’s got an agent he doesn’t like, a brother who can’t stop offering his opinion, and a beautiful woman he craves but can’t have. He can fire his agent and ignore his brother, but he’s not sure what to do about Ara. Ty’s been able to run down every quarterback he’s faced, but his sexy, stubborn best friend keeps slipping through his fingers.

Luckily, he's not one for giving up, and once he gets his hands on her, he's never letting go.

In Review My Thoughts

So, I absolutely love sports romance and the friends to lovers trope — which I don’t think any of you will find surprising. Also unsurprising? I flipping loved Played. Ty was so darn swoony and amazing. Ara was a strong, smart heroine who I’d totally be friends with. I was here for every bit of the slow burn, the “will they or won’t they”, and the “how will this affect their friendship?”. I basically inhaled this book and have zero regrets. It was sexy and sweet and had all the feels I like in my reading.

I’ve read a lot of new adult romance and I just keep coming back to this series. I love the world and the characters in it and I appreciate that with each new couple, we also get to see cameos from some of our favorites as well. Jen could keep writing the Gridiron series forever and I’d eagerly devour each and every book she published. If you’re not reading it, you’re absolutely missing out and you should do something about that ASAP.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Fuck the friendship seal.”

This isn’t sex. This is communion.

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About Jen Frederick

Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at jensfrederick@gmail.com.

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Minute Reviews [21]Most of All You by Mia Sheridan
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Format: eARC, 352 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there's an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

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

It’s been ages since I finished reading Most of All You and I still struggle to put my feelings about it into words. It wasn’t the easiest book to read at times and heavens knows it dragged all kinds of emotions from me, but it was such a gorgeous and hopeful book. I just couldn’t help but love it. Everything about it. Even the really hard to read parts, because they all happened for a reason.

I’m not going to tell you much about this one. If you’ve ever read any of Mia Sheridan’s books, you know it’s best to go in as blind as possible and trust she’s going to deliver an amazing story. She’s never once disappointed me. In fact, it seems like more often than not she ends up telling me the exact story I needed — even if I didn’t know what I needed going in. That was definitely the case with Most of All You. It’s tough to beat out Archer’s Voice as my favorite of her books, but this one very well could’ve done it. (Ok and if not, it’s totally a tie for first.) It’s a beautiful book, one I truly think everyone should take the time to read.

FAVORITE QUOTES

Sometimes we wore such hurtful, limiting labels in this life, whether they’d been assigned by others or by ourselves. I’d felt damaged and ruined once, but I didn’t anymore. I was still a work in progress, but I wasn’t a victim. I was a survivor. 

“I knew you were an angel. I knew you were. Don’t cry, my angel. Don’t cry. Not for me.”

“I don’t create beauty, Eloise, I just reveal what’s already there.”

“I’m still a work in progress. I suppose I always will be.”
“We all are, sweetheart. All of us.”

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About Mia Sheridan

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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Minute Reviews [21]Bourbon Kingdom by Meghan Quinn
Series: Bourbon #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 5, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 321 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Under the neon lights of Bourbon, money is everything.
Justice, faith, and power. They’re the key to my empire and she holds them all in the palm of her hand. Falling for her was a mistake; she stole my heart and consumed me. I was addicted, and she left me weak and vulnerable to my enemies.
They’re everywhere.
Now she’s gone, turning to my enemy’s business partner; the man I’ve hated my entire life. She said she’s protecting me. She said it won’t be forever.
But how can I believe her?
Lies, deceit and deception. They’re the sins driving us apart.
In a city that never sleeps—in a place where scandal hides behind every dark corner, my Jett girl might never be mine again.

In Review My Thoughts

If I’m being totally honest, I was REALLY nervous going into this book, the third installment of the Bourbon series. I was worried Jett would go back to his previous, um, activities with Goldie out of the picture. I was afraid Goldie would get mixed up with someone else while she was away from Jett. Basically I was worried the couple and characters I’d grown to love over the course of this series would screw everything up and send me into a rage spiral. Thankfully that didn’t happen. What did happen? Well, you know I’m not going to tell you that. You’ll need to read and find out for yourself.

What I will say is Bourbon Kingdom was an excellent follow-up to Bourbon Sins and Bourbon Deceit and a damn near perfect ending to Goldie and Jett’s story arc in this series. This is one hell of an addictive series, y’all. I binged the first three books in it just so I could get all of Goldie and Jett’s story. I do still need to go back and read the fourth and final book, which is Kace’s book. Truthfully, I can’t believe I haven’t read it already. He definitely caught my eye and is totally worthy of a HEA of his own. Soon!

FAVORITE QUOTES

“You were right when you said she wasn’t Jett Girl material; she is so much more than that. She’s a complex twist of sunshine and rain, a bright spot on a dull day, a compact ball of fucking sass and defiance.” 

People of fortune see life through rose-colored glasses, but not me. I see through purple, green, and gold-colored glasses. I live life by three simple words: justice, faith, and power. Justice for those striving for second chances, faith in the people involved in my life, and the power of love.

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About Meghan Quinn

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Minute Reviews [21]The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 1, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 336 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…

James Ashwood.

He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.

Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.

On good days, I catch his sleek Porsche winding down the tree-lined drive. On better days, I steal a glimpse of his handsome profile as we pass in the hall. And on the absolute best day, I find him alone at the bar, looking for company.

“Come have a seat.”

Those four little words set me down a path I never could have imagined. Private planes, penthouse suites, and temptations around every corner make it impossible to keep my distance. His world feels decadent and wild—but overindulgence comes with a cost. Every kiss comes with strings. Every erotic encounter is a promise I’m not ready to keep.

When I pump the brakes, he hits the gas. James doesn’t want to go slow—he wants a commitment.

And the thing about the fortunate ones?

They’re used to getting what they want.

In Review My Thoughts

I can always count on R.S. Grey’s books to make me smile, laugh and swoon and The Fortunate Ones was no exception. I do love a good slow burn romance and that’s exactly what we got with Brooke and James. Despite the differences in their social stature and goals, I was shipping them hard from early on in the book. As much as I loved the romance, I also found I really enjoyed the character growth each of them experienced over the course of the story. A story that wasn’t without a few feels along the way, too.

The Fortunate Ones was another hit as far as I am concerned! I hope Rachel’s next book is about Brooke’s sister, Ellie, and Alejandro. I neeeeed this story.

FAVORITE QUOTES

When I make it back to the bar, I stuff the second hundred into the tip jar because I’m basically as generous as Jesus, except instead of turning water into wine, I turn misogyny into money. 

Can’t a girl break into a neighborhood, sneak onto someone’s property, and leave a gift without being noticed? Isn’t that Santa’s entire MO?

It’s a universal truth that all good ideas generated in the shower are forgotten as soon as the water cuts off.

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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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