Minute Reviews [26]

Posted May 12, 2018 by Kim in 4 Stars, 5 Stars, In Review, Minute Reviews / 2 Comments

Minute Reviews

Hey hey! Anyone in the mood for some short and sweet Minute Reviews? If romance is your jam, check out the five reviews I’m sharing today. I have everything from young adult to historical romance for you.

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Minute Reviews [26]Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #4
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: ARC, 400 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
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My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

A woman who defies her time

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

A man who breaks every rule

As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett's skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he's ever known.

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 should’ve reviewed Hello Stranger long before now. I read it before release, totally fell in love with it and even met Lisa Kleypas for the first time on release day. This book was absolutely delightful — everything I love about historical romance wrapped into one book. Please don’t take my lack of a review before now as a sign I didn’t enjoy the book.

I loved Garrett from the first time I met her, so I was thrilled to get her story. What a woman! I love how many unique heroines there are in historical romance and, to be honest, Lisa’s are always some of my favorites. A woman doctor back in the 1870s? Who’d have thunk it? Ransom was so swoony I didn’t know what to do with myself. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about him as a match for Garrett, but it worked so well. They balanced each other out perfectly.

I loved every little thing about Hello Stranger. The characters, the slow burn romance, the feels and swoons. It was an absolute gem. Now, I’ll be (im)patiently waiting for West to get his own book and HEA.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“As you said, Doctor… there’s a part of every man that’s untamed and unsubdued.” 

“Even a high-minded woman can appreciate a fine pair of… what did you call them? Quadriceps?”

“I wouldn’t be nice. I’d bring you to the edge of wanting, and keep you there ’til you were cursing and screaming your pleasure for all the neighbors to hear. And after I’d brought you to a long, hard come, I might turn you over my knee for being such a noisy lass. Is that what you want? To spend all night in bed with a big, mean bastard?” 

“I’d love you night and day, if I could. There’d be no limits for us. No shame. You and me, in the dark… that’s all I’ve ever wanted.” 

“I prefer you to everything.”

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About Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Minute Reviews [26]Virgin Territory by Lia Riley
Series: Hellions Angels #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eARC, 149 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Reading Challenges: 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Patrick “Patch” Donnelly has what it takes to be the best goalie in the NHL…if only he could learn to control his temper. When Coach orders him to get his head in the game with private yoga classes, Patch isn’t having it. There’s no way this tough Boston guy would be caught dead downward dog-ing his way to inner peace. But if he refuses, he risks his starting position and the dream he sacrificed everything for, including joining the priesthood.

Yoga instructor Margot Kowalski is over men. After yet another toxic relationship, she’s eager to forget love and focus on growing her business. Doing the Hellions head coach a favor by helping out a troubled player can't hurt, and it might give her career a high-profile boost. But free-spirited Margot is soon charming the pants off Patch. Literally. Her sassy combination of sweet and sexy proves irresistible to the goalie. Before Patch can give into temptation though, he’ll have to confess his biggest secret:

He’s a virgin.

But Patch is hiding more than sexual inexperience, and his dark past soon threatens to destroy his shot at true love.

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

Man oh man do I love me some Lia Riley. I wanted to get my hands on Patch since I first met him in Mister Hockey. I mean, a badass ginger hockey player who was going to be a priest earlier in life and so he just happens to be a virgin? Come on. This is Kim catnip. And let’s take a minute to appreciate that cover while we’re at it, ok? H.O.T.

I absolutely adored Patch and Margot’s story. It was fun to watch Patch get all worked up over Margot. He was all in for her the first time they met, which might come off a little instalove for some people, but it didn’t bother me a bit. It totally worked for them and their story. Patch might’ve been a virgin — correction, a virgin who had never even as much as kissed a woman — but he knew passion and when it came right down to it, he had the moves. His temperament was nicely balanced by Margot’s more chill disposition and I really enjoyed them together.

Virgin Territory was another great, entertaining story from Lia Riley. She’s one of my go-to authors when I want some swoons and steam. This was a super quick read, too. I thoroughly enjoyed all the Hellions Angels books and can’t wait to see what’s next for her!

FAVORITE QUOTES

“All I’m saying is that if you have to slut-shame to make yourself feel better, then you’re doing life wrong.”

He was a twenty-five-year-old virgin… a virgin’s virgin. He’d never gotten to first base, let alone scored a home run. No kissing. No nothing.

“I want to kiss you everywhere. Map your skin with my mouth. Memorize every last part.”

Him. Her. Him. Her. Two beats of a heart. Two bodies made one.

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About Lia Riley

Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn't mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.

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Minute Reviews [26]Second Chance Charmer by Brighton Walsh
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 19, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 342 pages
How I got it: From the author
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My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

He was the resident bad boy.
Finn knows what it's like to have next to nothing, growing up so far from the wrong side of the tracks he couldn't even see them through his trailer window. Ten years later, he's no longer the boy who ran off. He's a man with something to prove.

She is small-town royalty.

Willow's already had her heart broken once, and she has no interest in going through that again. Which is why all her walls are firmly in place when her ex--the one who left in the night without a word--comes strolling back into Havenbrook, all cockiness and charm.

Their love was doomed from the start.

Small towns have long memories, and the mayor is no happier to see Finn now than he was then. Especially when his precious daughter is involved. But no one makes decisions for Willow, and as long as her walls stay up, her heart is safe. Maybe she can have just a little fun...for old time's sake.

In Review My Thoughts

After a year with no new Brighton Walsh books (though I loved her London Hale releases!), I was thrilled to learn she was releasing a new book early in 2018. I read it pretty much as soon as I got my hot little hands on it. (I just, uh, sucked at getting it reviewed. Are you sensing a theme?) I totally adored Finlow and the southern, small town setting totally worked for me.

I can always count on Brighton to bring the heat and the swoons — and I know she’ll always leave me with a happy ending and very little angst along the way — and Second Chance Charmer was no exception. Of course, I’m a total sucker for a second chance romance, so it was pretty much a foregone conclusion I’d fall in love with this book. I did. 1000%. Finn and Willow had a complicated past, but there was no doubt they were meant to be. Without spoiling anything, oh did he pine for her while they were apart. *swoons all over the place*

This book just flat out made my heart happy. It was the perfect combination of swoons and super sexy times. Finlow FTW!

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Stop lookin’ at me like that, or I’m gonna start thinkin’ you want more than you’re saying.”

“Seems to me you might need a little reminder to fly.”

And every year on her birthday—the same day they’d gotten tattoos in the first place—he went and got another root added at the bottom of the tree. He might’ve spent his years being thousands of miles away from her, but she’d been stamped on his heart—and his body—forever, her very essence permeating down to his bones.

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About Brighton Walsh

Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.

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Minute Reviews [26]The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: ARC, 304 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Reading Challenges: 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:

Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?

In Review My Thoughts

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart has been on my TBR for ages. After seeing one of my favorite authors — one who has recommended some amazing books to me in the past — talk about her love for it on Instagram one day, I decided it was high time to read it. (Especially since she isn’t really a big YA reader.) I knew this one had to be something special. And guess what? It absolutely was.

Bex and Jack’s story was so sweet. I loved how they come to meet each other — YA has some of the best meet cutes, no? — and how things progressed with them. Something sparked when they first met each other, but the real good stuff built over time and was even tested along the way. My feelings about these two, however, were never in doubt. I shipped them so freaking hard. I loved how Jen mixed their romance with a hefty dose of coming of age and serious character growth. This book delivered the feels and the swoons and was an absolute delight.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Feeling alive is always worth the risk.”
“Feeling alive is merely a rush of adrenaline.”

“What do I want? I want to call you every five minutes. I want to text you good night every night. I want to make you laugh. And I want you to look at me like you did that first night on the bus.”

My hands snaked around his back, and he pulled me closer. And then he was kissing me like we were both on fire and he was trying to put the flames out, and I kissed him back like an arsonist with a pocketful of matches.

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About Jenn Bennett

Jenn Bennett is an award-winning author of several young adult books, including ALEX, APPROXIMATELY and STARRY EYES. She also writes romance and fantasy for adults. Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award, and been included on Publishers Weekly Best Books annual list. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two dogs.

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Minute Reviews [26]Scoring with the Wrong Twin by Naima Simone
Series: WAGS #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 15, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Format: eBook, 236 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
Reading Challenges: 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:

Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves… again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister.

After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances — and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another... and another… and another…

Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good.

In Review My Thoughts

I’m not even sure when Scoring with the Wrong Twin first hit my radar, but if I had to guess, it was on or near release day. While I can’t remember for sure, I’m going to assume that smoking hot cover had something to do with catching my interest initially, too. (I mean, hello!) But as often happens, it fell off my radar and I moved on to other books. Then I read an article Naima Simone wrote about diverse books and I bumped it right on up to the top of TBR. I’m really glad I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Though it’s been awhile since I read an Entangled Brazen book, my appreciation for them hasn’t waned a bit. They’re perfect for when I want a quick and sexy read with substance and a guaranteed HEA. (Note to self: read more Brazen.) I also love a good sports romance, so there was no way I was passing up the chance to read about the super hot tight end (oh yeah!) Zeph. He was all kinds of hot and amazing. And Sophie was no slouch herself. I liked the mistaken identity storyline, even though I suspected the misunderstanding/misdirection would cause some drama before it was all said and done. But mostly I liked the seriously smoking hot connection between Zeph and Sophie and the way everything progressed between them.

This was a great read. I finished it in two sittings and enjoyed it so much. This was my first Naima Simone book, but it won’t be my last. I haven’t yet made time to read the second WAGS book, Scoring Off the Field, but it’s all queued up for when I have some extra reading time.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“I can give you a tour. Or I can take you to the bedroom and bury my face between your legs. Your choice.”

“You make me want things I shouldn’t. That I know better than to take. Wanting you makes me selfish.”

“Never apologize for the inexcusable, abusive actions of other people. You might’ve gone through hell, but you came out strong. Beautiful. The toughest, most indestructible swords are forged in the hottest fires. And the longer they remain in, the more resilient and shatterproof they are. That’s you.”

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About Naima Simone

USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights— writing sizzling romances with a touch of humor and snark.

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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2 responses to “Minute Reviews [26]

  1. I’ve heard mostly good things about Hello Stranger, although I have heard that there are some issues with it too. I haven’t read it yet, but i want to. I am a bit behind on that series, though. I’ve only read Marrying Winterbourne, but I did love it. I have also heard good things about Virgin Territory, too. I need to read all the books!
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