Review: It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

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I don’t usually give 2 stars, especially when it’s a trope that I love–best friend’s brother to lovers. But there’s just something so wrong with this book that I didn’t enjoy reading it at all. I even flipped the pages just so I could get to the end, and even then, it wasn’t satisfying at all.

The role reversal was refreshing though–Noah was the serial monogamist, while Wendy didn’t believe in relationships–but even that failed to save this story.

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Three Chapter Test: Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London

The Three Chapter Test was created due to the mountain of books I have in my Kindle, and because in contrast to that, there’s so little time. So, in order to get to the books that I want to read, or that intrigue me and capture my imagination and attention, I decided to do a Three Chapter Test on the books. Meaning, I must read at least the first 3 chapters or 17% of the book, whichever comes first, in order to make a more or less informed judgement on whether to continue or to abandon.

So, here goes:

Title: Bad Bachelor
Author: Stefanie London
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy Link: Amazon

Plus Points:

  1. Before I even got to Chapter 1, I was hooked! There’s some sort of Prologue written by someone behind the Bad Bachelors App. It’s both funny and intriguing, piquing my interest at once.
  2. The hero and heroine haven’t met yet by the end of Chapter 3, but already I’m anticipating their meet-up. Which brings me to the 3rd point below…
  3. The author’s writing is engaging and interesting. Normally, if the main characters haven’t met by the second page of Chapter 1, I’d be itching to rush the pages until I get to the page where both of them are on-scene or else ditch the story and read another one. But not here! It only proves that both Darcy and Reed lead full, interesting lives, even before they met “the one”.
  4. I love the use of technology in the dating process. It’s very modern and up-to-date, especially in today’s world. Plus, I love all things geek, so I’m definitely digging it.

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Review: Bachelor Games by Daire St. Denis

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It’s no secret that I love geeks, and heroine Becca Evans is a brilliant scientist.

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BACHELOR GAMES is a fun and sexy romp. I thought I knew how the story’s gonna go (based on the blurb), but I’m glad to see the author prove me wrong. I love the unpredictable twists and turns (and it took me awhile to guess at the secret about Grace), the exciting chemistry between the couple, and the hot, hot sex scenes.

I love that Becca and Calum met at the airport and that they had that delightful and exciting interlude in the airplane before they arrived at the island. I love how they connected on the plane, and I believe that’s the basis for their relationship. Where they started, definitely. Continue reading

Three Chapter Test: Army Ranger with Benefits by Donna Michaels

The Three Chapter Test was created due to the mountain of books I have in my Kindle, and because in contrast to that, there’s so little time. So, in order to get to the books that I want to read, or that intrigue me and capture my imagination and attention, I decided to do a Three Chapter Test on the books. Meaning, I must read at least the first 3 chapters or 17% of the book, whichever comes first, in order to make a more or less informed judgement on whether to continue or to abandon.

So, here goes:

Title: Army Ranger with Benefits
Author: Donna Michaels
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy Link: Amazon

Plus Points:

  1. I love the fake dating trope! So this is already a win!
  2. The author’s voice is light and engaging, enticing me to forget about chores and work and just continue reading.
  3. Her characters are funny and relatable.
  4. Though this is the 4th book in the series, it’s perfectly okay to read this without having read prior books in the series. I wasn’t confused at all, and the short interaction we see between Vince and his friends just showed me how supportive his friends are of one another.
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Review: One and Only by Jenny Holiday

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Another superb offering from Jenny Holiday!

It’s no secret that I love Jenny Holiday’s books (49th Floor Novels). So it’s an auto-reflex to snatch this one up, especially when the hero and heroine promised to deliver sparks of the clashing kind. I’m happy to report that the author exceeds expectations and more. Jenny Holiday is a superb storyteller and she presents the romantic journey of Cam and Jane in a clear manner that is every bit as thrilling and fulfilling as her previous books. Not only do Cam and Jane develop as a couple, but their individual ARCs were fulfilled as well.

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Review: Shake Up by Joyce Palmer

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Most of the stories I’ve read are new couples falling in love; hardly do I read about an established couple encountering problems in their marriage and trying to find their way back to each other. So I went into SHAKE UP with an open mind and not a lot of expectations, and I’m happy to say I enjoyed this story a lot.

John and Lacey are great characters, both individually and together as a couple. John came across as a dominant, and he has definite ideas about a woman’s place in his life and household, but when Lacey bucked against this, when she decided to work at the DEA as an undercover agent, the couple ran into problems that might seriously wreck their marriage. However, John and Lacey loved each other too much to give up just like that. Continue reading

Review: 50 Hours by Loree Lough

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50 HOURS is a powerful, uplifting story about hope, friendship, love, courage, and the amazing resiliency of the human spirit.

Franco’s life changed the moment he served his 50 hours community service at Savannah Falls Hospice. Before that, he was an angry man who grieved his wife’s death, especially on the day of her death anniversary. When he arrived at the hospice, he was determined to keep his head down and finish his service so he could get on with his life. But the moment he heard a woman (Aubrey) being bullied, he couldn’t help but go to her aid, despite it being unwanted and could potentially get himself in trouble (entering a resident’s room is against the rules).

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