Review: The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon

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THE BASTARD BILLIONAIRE is hot yet sweet, with sympathetic, unforgettable characters you root for. I was so invested in Eli and Isa’s story that I was disappointed when I reached the end!

Eli is a bear to work for, but Isa stood her ground and wouldn’t let him run her off. I love that while Eli was attracted to Isa’s beauty, it was her fiery spirit that captivated him and “felled” him. Because of Eli’s insecurities due to his prosthetic limb, the story was full of angst and bittersweet longing on his part, yet Isa’s ready acceptance of him–all of him–finally made him realize there’s this woman who didn’t care about his missing limb, because she saw him–the man underneath the physical attributes. Although of course, aside from his missing leg, he was all man, every mouthwatering, muscled part of him.

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Review: Love Story by Lauren Layne

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LOVE STORY is a hot, sexy romantic read with unforgettable characters and plenty of angst. Ooh, the angst! I love it and I love this story a lot. This is definitely going on my keeper shelf!

I’ve read a lot of Lauren Layne’s books, ever since I first read and loved Isn’t She Lovely. I don’t remember what POV she used in that book, but as for the others, i find those books which she’d written in first person points of view to be the more unforgettable ones. I thought they came across as more intense and made me feel more. Then again, perhaps it’s the theme: both are friends/enemies-to-loves, which I love.

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Review: At Close Range by Laura Griffin

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When you read a Laura Griffin work, you know exactly what you’re getting, and that’s pulse-pounding action and excitement, as well as a hot and sizzling romance. There seems more of the romance in this book, and I, for one, am ecstatic about it.

The mystery and danger is closer to home this time, with a double murder, and the change from the terrorist plots of the previous books that I’ve read is a welcome change. Scott and Daniele’s chemistry is hot; I’ve always loved the trope of the hero falling or having the hots for the best friend’s little sister, and Ms. Griffin didn’t disappoint. I love every scene they had together–the intimacy, the conflict, the angst.

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Review: Romeo & What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff

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ROMEO AND WHAT’S HER NAME is unexpectedly funny and sweet contemporary young adult romance.

Emily Stein is crushing on Wes Rosenthal, and what better way to be close to him than to be the understudy of Juliet to his Romeo? However, she didn’t think she’d have the chance to actually play Juliet, plus she was kept busy by Amanda–who was playing Juliet–doing errands, and so she didn’t have a chance to really learn her lines. On the fateful day, Amanda wasn’t able to go on stage, so guess who had to take her place?

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Review: Dear Jane by Marissa Clarke

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DEAR JANE is a funny, laugh-out-loud yet sexy romantic read!

For some reason, Jane Dixon couldn’t get a second date. All her first dates end in disaster. So, she was happy when colleague Eric Blackwell says that any guy would be ecstatic to get a date with her and promised to set her up with his friends. Too bad Eric himself didn’t seem to be interested.

Eric is more than interested, but there’s a non-fraternization clause at the office, plus, Jane seem to see him only as a friend…

I love the story’s slow build-up, how Eric and Jane became friends even as Eric sets her up on dates, and the “debriefing” after each date, which was hilarious. And then, I love how hot they are together, how their chemistry just sizzled. All is not smooth sailing, but I love what Eric did to win her back. Marissa Clarke is a new-to-me author, and I’m definitely watching out for her next books!

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Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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I am lost.

WINTERSONG is magical, with a fairy tale atmosphere that is heightened by the lovely, lyrical writing. Though there are echoes of Labyrinth (my favorite childhood movie!), the author took it beyond that to create a story and characters that are unforgettable and that will live in you long after you have finished reading the book. I can say definitely that WINTERSONG is a book that will go on my keeper shelf and that I will reread over and over until I have wrung the last bit of magic from it.

Told from the first person of view, Liesl or Elisabeth makes an engaging, self-aware narrator, and from her narration, we see how she grows from girl to woman, not just in terms of physical, but also in her emotional and mental maturity, in the self-actualization that she attains at the end. Her realization that she is “Elisabeth, entire”. The author takes us on this strange, wondrous, compelling journey, and while more astute readers may guess there’s only one outcome to this story, yet the journey to that end is filled with growth and realizations that both characters (Elisabeth and the Goblin King) would not have attained without these experiences.

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Review: Playing with Fire by Kate Meader

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PLAYING WITH FIRE is the magnificent, hot hot hot follow up to Flirting with Fire. What makes it hot? Dominant hero, saucy-mouthed heroine, power games in and out of the bedroom. Combine that with witty dialogue, and you’re in for an amazing ride you don’t want to end!

When firefighter Alexandra Dempsey saved major Eli Cooper’s life, it helps bring up his ratings in his bid for re-election. And the fake dating’s a win-win. But what happens when the fake turns all too real?

I’ve read a lot of books, and it’s rare to find one where both the hero and the heroine are larger than life. Rarer still for me to love both so much that I wish the book would just go on and on and on. (Ms. Meader, that’s a hint for Eli and Alex to have meaty cameo roles in the next book, if not a novella.) In some books, the hero would overshadow the heroine or vice-versa, but not so here! They’re both just so loud (in a good way) and bold and they’re just perfect for each other. Continue reading