Wednesday, November 29, 2017

REVIEW: "Lips Close to Mine" by Robin Bielman (Contemporary Romance)

by Robin Bielmam

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 20th 2017

Series: Wherever You Go, #2
Standalone: Yes

Second Chances, Childhood Friends, Forced Proximity
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I wasn’t supposed to see Levi Pierce ever again. A few months ago, he charmed the pants off me and we spent one incredible night together.

End of story.

Only it wasn’t. Pretty soon everywhere I turn, I see him. Our best friends are dating. My mother mistakenly—and happily—thinks he’s my plus-one to my cousin’s wedding. And he’s the guy I have to work with on the most important job opportunity of my life.

Here’s my problem: I like Levi. I like his killer smile and his dreamboat eyes and definitely the way he makes me feel in bed. But I’ve sworn off relationships. So when the sexual tension reaches epic proportions and we fall back into bed together, I tell myself it’s temporary. When I start to feel more, I tell myself it’s over.

Only Levi isn’t a forget-it kind of guy. When his lips are close to mine and he swears he’s always wanted me, my defenses disappear. But some things in life just aren’t meant to be.

Or are they?

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Harper is a swim instructor with a traumatic experience in her past that haunts her several years later. Levi is a videographer who is slow to trust after getting his heart stomped on and then some by his ex. They knew one another as kids, then happened to meet again years later in a bar. They enjoy a passionate tryst and part ways. The two are forced to reconnect when Harper becomes a spokesperson for PSAs that Levi is filming, as if it weren't hard enough sharing close friends.

I thought it was really cute the way they were childhood friends who happened to bump into each other years later. The way their romance played out, and the way that they couldn't fight how they felt really made this a great read!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Robin Bielman
When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas.

She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.

She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

REVIEW: "Saving It" by Monica Murphy (YA Romance)

by Monica Murphy

Genre: Young Adult, Romance
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Standalone: Yes

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Eden: Josh Evans and I have been best friends forever. He knows all my secrets, and I know all of his. So when he randomly asks me to help him lose his virginity, I sort of flip out. That’s a question that sends your mind to places you’ve seriously never considered before. Like, you know. Having sex. With your best friend. Except Josh doesn’t want to have sex with me—he wants me to help him find a girl. A nice girl who’s funny and smart and cute. Except he already knows a girl just like that…

Josh: Eden Sumner is my best friend. So of course she’d be the person to help me find my perfect match, so I can drop my V card before I head off to college. Except the more we search, the more I realize that maybe the right girl has been by my side all along. I don’t need Eden’s help in finding me a girl to love. I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with Eden. But now she thinks I’m only after one thing…with anyone but her.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is what happens when American Pie meets Friends with Benefits. It contains two best friends, plenty of angst, and lots and lots of sex talk. Reading this might have you looking at your best friend in a different light!

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This book delivered exactly what fans of Monica Murphy's Young Adult romances expect: a fantastic glimpse into contemporary teenagers, with a realism that is seriously impressive! As someone, ahem, a bit older than 16 ;) I found myself thinking "Ohhh, I totally get Snapchat now!" Haha

Besides that, the fears, attitudes, joys, and angst of being a teenager are so vivid that I remember what it was like to be a young adult, and I appreciate the visit to this world. Josh and Eden are also so very relatable, and so obviously well-matched, that you really enjoy their story. There is a lot of build up just getting to know them and their other best friends (and the amusing attempts Josh makes at finding a girl to lose his virginity with), then some melodramatic angst only a teenager could pull off, and then a wonderful happy ending.

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About Monica Murphy
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

REVIEW: "“Forever Right Now" by Emma Scott (New Adult, Romance)

by Emma Scott

Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: October 24th 2017

Standalone: Yes

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“Ours isn’t a romance. It’s a love story.”

***STANDALONE new adult romance from the author of The Butterfly Project and the Full Tilt Duet***

Darlene Montgomery has been to hell and back…more than once. After a stint in jail for drug possession, she is finally clean and ready to start over. Yet another failed relationship is just the motivation she needs to move from New York to San Francisco with the hopes of resurrecting her dance career and discovering that she is more than the sum of her rap sheet. As Darlene struggles in her new city, the last thing she wants is to become entangled with her handsome—but cranky—neighbor and his adorable little girl...

Sawyer Haas is weeks away from finishing law school, but exhaustion, dwindling finances, and the pressure to provide for himself and his daughter, Olivia, are wearing him down. A federal clerkship--a job he desperately needs--awaits him after graduation, but only if he passes the Bar Exam. Sawyer doesn’t have the time or patience for the capricious—if beautiful—dancer who moves into the apartment above his. But Darlene’s easy laugh and cheerful spirit seep into the cracks of his hardened heart, and slowly break down the walls he’s resurrected to keep from being betrayed ever again.

When the parents of Olivia’s absentee mother come to fight for custody, Sawyer could lose everything. To have any chance at happiness, he must trust Darlene, the woman who has somehow found her way past his brittle barbs, and Darlene must decide how much of her own bruised heart she is willing to give to Sawyer and Olivia, especially when the ghosts of her troubled past refuse to stay buried.

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This may or may not have been the best for me to read two weeks after giving birth to my second baby, haha! As I have come to expect from anything Emma Scott writes, this is jam-packed with ALL THE FEELS. She has such a mastery with words that you laugh, cheer, cry, and sit at the edge of your seat waiting for everything to fall into place for these characters that seriously pop right out of the pages and become your new friends.

Anyone who has read The Butterfly Project (and if you haven't, what are you waiting for??) should be familiar with Darlene, who is friends with Beckett and more than a bit of a mess. She is a complete sweetheart and marches to the beat of her own drum (as a dancer should), but is also someone who makes bad decisions trying to fulfill needs and feel loved. Forever Right Now has her starting over across the country in San Francisco, 18 months clean and sober and trying to figure out how to be happy with herself.

And then there is Sawyer, whose life was turned completely upside-down when an old fling drops a small baby on him and runs off. He is the kind of guy that sows his wild oats, but isn't a jerk about it - just a fun, charming, sexy law student who is wicked smart (helped by his eidetic memory).

I loved these two from the start! They were fantastic individually, which works really well for the slow build up as they get to know one another and accidentally let their guards down. They are both so REAL and you can't help but want everything to work out for them.

I won't give too much away with this, but the twists and turns on the rocky road they travel is well worth a read!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Emma Scott
I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.
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