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So, I read this book…Double Down by Victoria Pratt

First let me start out with my disclaimer. lol I’m not a professional reviewer. Even though I’m an author, I also love to read. I read quite a bit and on occasion I like to share a book or novella that has really grabbed hold of me and pass it with along to my blog friends. 

Today I’d like to share Victoria Pratt’s debut mystery. This was a light hearted story kept me entertained and smiling. I believe this is the 1st book in a series, which is exciting.

MY REVIEW:

A quick paced, light-hearted mystery featuring a fast talking heroine and a sexy as sin hero.

I really enjoyed Double Down, which is the debut book by Victoria Pratt. The author did a fabulous job building her characters. I loved the quick dialogue, the fast paced story, and basically everything about the book.

Written in 1st person, I was sucked right into the story from the first page. I liked that Cassidy Jones was a strong main character who knew her mind, and didn’t let the fact that some of her male co-workers didn’t take her detective skills seriously.

When she got the chance to prove herself—by pretending to be a stripper in order to find a murderer—the fun began.

It didn’t hurt that she had a bestie that acted much like her, and when they were together their conversations were a lot of fun. They played off each other so well. Very entertaining.

And then there’s Lorenzo. I can sum him up in one word. YUM!

I can’t wait to see what happens to Cassidy next. Will Lorenzo be in book 2, or will she find another hottie? Will she move up in rank, tackle another case, keep her cockiness and her bestie?

I guess we’ll have to stay tuned …

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He’s her kind of danger…

Small-town-girl Cassidy Jones is a fast-driving, sharp-shooting, man-loving cop with a loud laugh. She’s also really good at her job—a fact that is completely irrelevant to the good ol’ boys at the station. So when a local mobster is murdered, and the Chief is forced to turn to Cassidy for help, she’s excited to get the opportunity to prove herself.

Sure, the only reason she’s going undercover is because she’s one of only two female cops on the force. Still, it beats the hell out of writing parking tickets. There’s just one little problem: she’s falling hard for Lorenzo, the mobster’s dangerously sexy brother—and possible murder suspect. With everyone at the station assuming she’ll fail, Cassidy cannot act on her attraction.

But when Cassidy’s instincts lead her to a shocking suspect, her reputation isn’t the only thing at stake.

 

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Title: Double Down
Series: Cassidy Jones, #1
Author: Victoria Pratt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 233 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63375-211-5
Release Date: October 26, 2015
Imprint: Select Contemporary

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Posted by on December 12, 2015 in So...I read this book

 

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So…I read this book

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I read just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board 🙂

Today, I’d like to share SNOWED IN, a novella I featured on the blog in February by author Sarah Title 🙂

MY REVIEW:

The first thing that drew me into wanting to read this story was the beautiful cover. I knew it would be a book that’d I’d enjoy 🙂This was a quick, fun, and cute read. From the first page I was pulled into the story and pretty much smiled through the entire novella. I read this in a little over an hour, but the story didn’t lack. I felt like I got to know the characters and I liked them. Gavin and Maureen had great chemistry, and the neighbor Pippa was too funny. I’d love a neighbor like her.

Lots of funny, cute, and sexy dialogue. My favorite line (and it was hard to choose because there were so many) was “She hated to see him go, but she loved to watch him leave.”

If you’re looking for a light read that’ll leave you smiling…grab this novella!

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Blurb

There’s nothing like a hot kiss on a cold day…

 

Librarian Maureen O’Connell might have predicted she’d find herself crying into the ice cream case at the supermarket after a bad breakup—but she definitely never imagined that a guy hot enough to melt the Rocky Road would flirt with her right there in the freezer aisle. Only Gavin Fraser isn’t a fantasy, he’s a mouth-watering new flavor…

When a freak snowstorm strands Maureen at Gavin’s after just one date, it’s a perfect excuse for something a lot steamier than hot chocolate in front of the fire. It’s definitely lust. Can it also be love?

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Posted by on March 7, 2015 in Day to Day Life

 

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So…I read this book

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I read just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board 🙂 I’ve always been an avid reader, but won’t be sharing every book I read on the site, only the ones that feel my blog readers would enjoy too.

Today, I’d like to share Best Man For Hire by Tawna Fenske. This is a cute, light hearted contemporary read from the Lovestruck line with Entangled Publishing. The best part as that this book is on sale for .99. I’m not sure for how much longer…so don’t wait to grab a copy 🙂

MY REVIEW:

Best Man for Hire was the first book I opened to read in 2015. Let’s just say I’m beyond happy to start out the New Year with Tawna Fenske’s latest release. I’m definitely a new fan. I really enjoyed her writing style. Lots of humor and several laugh out loud moments. The dialogue was quick, witty, charming, and fun-fun-fun.

I loved Anna Keebler and how she turned an average career of a wedding planner into something a little more wild by taking on clients who wanted something different. A wedding in the nude, a paint ball wedding, a red riding hood theme…that’s just a sampling of some of the weddings she orchestrated. Although she doesn’t feel marriage is for her because of some issues in her past, she enjoys giving others there happily ever after. I liked that she spoke her mind and wasn’t afraid to be herself.

Grant Patton comes from a family of military men and women. He’s not only the perfect gentlemen, but basically a perfect guy. Yep, he comes to the aid of old ladies and saves their cats from a tree, he can cook, is a artist of sorts, and keeps up on his housework…oh, and he always manages to say and do the right things. To bad something from his past haunts him. You guessed it, like Anna, he doesn’t feel a happily ever after with a woman of his dreams is in his life plan. Good thing he has a strong woman in Anna, because she’s going to help him see that everyone makes mistakes…even her. But, you won’t get any spoilers from me because their journey to discovering what they really want makes for a wonderful, fast paced read.

This book was chock full of great scenes and awesome secondary characters. Although this is part of a series, I read out of order and started with this book, but will have to remedy that and dive into the other books in the series. Each book can be read as a stand alone, so don’t worry if you want to read out of order as well 🙂 Some of the characters from those books appear in this story…and they were as much fun as the primary characters.

So, if you are looking for a light hearted, fun read with a strong dose of humor….grab this book today!!!

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So perfect he’s almost too good to be true…

Anna Keebler makes a living being unconventional. A wedding planner who specializes in more…unusual ceremonies, Anna’s client list includes everything from nudists to paintballers to Little Red Riding Hood enthusiasts. So when her photographer up and quits during a wedding blitz in Hawaii, Anna makes an unconventional decision. She hires a hot Marine to be her new photographer.

Little does she know, Grant Patton is the best man in one of her weddings. He’s so perfect he’s practically a Boy Scout—if Boy Scouts were big, ripped Marines with gorgeous gray eyes, and good at, oh, everything. Especially sex. In fact, his only flaw seems to be that he hates marriage as much as she does. But Anna suspects the sexy Boy Scout routine is a cover, and if he wants this thing between them to be about more than sex, Grant must reveal the dark past he’s fought so hard to hide…

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Front and Center stories by Tawna Fenske:

Book one: Marine for Hire
Book two: Fiancee for Hire
Book three: Best Man for Hire
and more to come!

 

Information:

Title: Best Man For Hire (Front and Center, #3)
Author: Tawna Fenske
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 233 pages
Release Date: December 2014
ISBN: 978-1-63375-188-0
Imprint: Lovestruck

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Posted by on January 11, 2015 in Entangled Publishing

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Sunday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited 🙂 I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I read just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board 🙂 And in fair warning, I have to let you know I’m on a huge reading binge right now, so I might be posting several books in the upcoming weeks.

Today, I’d like to share Six Days of Memories by Stacy Eaton. This crime/mystery novel is available for only .99. An unbelievable deal for what you’ll get.

MY REVIEW:

There were so many reasons to enjoy and love this story written by Stacy Eaton. First off Six Days of Memories starts out with action—and the ending hooks for chapter one and two MADE me keep reading even though it was well past the time I should’ve turned out the lights and called it a day.

I’ve always enjoyed a mystery mixed with a romance, and this story has them both and then some. The action is immediate, and the dialogue is fresh and fast paced with no wasted words. I was carried away on an interesting story between several characters that I got to know easily through Stacy’s writing style. The secondary characters were awesome, but I loved the main character, detective Natasha Foster. She’s strong, has a great sense of who she is and wants to be, holds an interesting job she excels at, and is honest with herself and everyone around her. I’m sure that the fact Ms. Eaton shares a career in law enforcement only added to the reasons I found Natasha so “real”. I also liked the hero, Jay. Stacy did a great job in making his amnesia believable without going over the top, and at the same time keeping his character strong, full of integrity, and most important—likable.

The bond between Natasha and Jay is evident the moment they share the same page. They are instantly attracted to each other, but Natasha has a job to do and that’s to help Jay figure out whom he is and if he’s involved in a horrific case involving a car crash, two dead bodies, and a duffel bag full of money. Jay has to keep his attraction to Detective Foster in check as well—even though it’s difficult. After all, he knows nothing of his past—is he married, does he have a girlfriend, a family—or worse yet is he a criminal? Any of these will automatically kill any chance at something more developing between him and Natasha.

And the tattoo bond between these two was just icing on the cake. I enjoyed that aspect of the story and the little reveal toward the end that explained how it came to be. Sorry, I won’t share too much about that because I don’t want to spoil anyone else’s discovery 🙂

Another thing I like when I’m reading a book—that this story had in spades—is while turning the pages I’m able to learn something too. This book gave me several insights, including—tattoos, tae kwan do, karate—and that the next time I make pancakes I need to add vanilla to the batter.

All in all, this story is strongly written with lots of twists and turns. There were a few times I wondered just how Ms. Eaton would make aspects of Jay’s past work out and give him the future he wanted and deserved—and needless to say she did an excellent job in accomplishing these tasks and still making you LOVE her characters.

Six Days of Memories is a book I know I’ll read again. Definitely one I recommend and will add to my keeper shelf.

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Detective Natasha Foster will put her job on the line to prove her gut feeling is dead on.

When Detective Foster responds to the scene of a crash, she finds the female passenger dead, a bag full of money in the back seat and a body in the trunk. It is only when the driver, whom she nicknames Jay, wakes up with no memory that she must go with her instincts and continue the investigation in a way that was never taught.

Jay finds himself lost, but drawn to the beautiful detective who steps above and beyond the call of duty. His need to know if he was a victim or the criminal pushes him to try and recall what happened and who he is. With the pull of a trigger, Jay’s memory will suddenly return and with it, the terrible truth.

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Author Genre: Crime, Thriller and Mystery

Website: Stacy Eaton
Author’s Blog: Stacy Eaton, Author
Blog: Amazon Author Page
Twitter: @StacySEaton
E-Mail: Mybloodrunsblue@aol.com
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Pinterest: Check Out Pinterest

Author Description: Stacy is a full-time police officer who enjoys crime scene investigation above all else, taking a passion in putting the pieces together to figure out the crime. She is also a business owner where she helps people get the awareness out for the causes they care most about. She is a mother of two, a son proudly serving in the United States Navy and a young daughter. Her husband is also in law enforcement. Stacy is also currently serving on the board of directors for her local domestic violence center. She is very much into photography and carries her Nikon Digital SLR with her almost everywhere, just in case. – See more at: http://hbsauthorspotlight.blogspot.com/2014/07/stacy-eaton-six-days-of-memories-is.html#sthash.TYs2uhWx.dpuf

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in So...I read this book

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Sunday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited 🙂 I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I read just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board 🙂 And in fair warning, I have to let you know I’m on a huge reading binge right now, so I might be posting several books in the upcoming weeks.

Today, I’d like to share Letters at Christmas, an historical novella written by Amber Lin that is available for only .99.

MY REVIEW:

This is the first book I’ve read by author Amber Lin. I was first drawn into the story by the beautiful beginning to the 1st chapter, and happy to find each chapter began with a little snippet even better than the chapter before. Very beautifully written pieces. As I read, it was easy to detect what each of those snippets were, and that made me enjoy them more.

Ms. Lin has a beautiful way of writing. She draws you into the scene with all five senses. Her descriptions are so well written, and her love scenes are sweet and erotic at the same time.

I really liked Sidony. She had a teasing quality to the way she handled Hale, even though she was angry over the fact that he’d stayed away longer than promised, and that he didn’t write as he’d promised. And Hale, let’s just say he is one of the sweetest, sexiest heroes. His depth of feeling for Sidony was well done. The love that this pair felt for each other was so strong, and you could feel it in every scene they shared. I’ve always been a sucker for a good reunion type story and I wasn’t disappointed.

And even though this story has Christmas in the title, it’s one of those sweet stories that can be read any time of the year. I really enjoyed the Christmas songs littered throughout the story as well—I wanted to break out the Christmas music and join the festivities.

This novella was packed with everything needed to help you connect with the characters, get to know them and their reasons for traveling the paths they did, and to root for them to work things out. I enjoyed this quick read—it was the perfect way to wind down after a busy day.

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London, 1815 Three London Seasons. Three Christmases come and gone. Jilted Sidony Harbeck is done waiting for the inconstant Captain Hale Martin to return. Despite their whispered adolescent promises, he never wrote her a single letter. Now the scoundrel has returned, professing his love and a thoughtless bet to woo her, but she only wants him to suffer. After three years at sea, Hale finally has the means to marry his best friend’s sister and the love of his life. But he only has three days to convince her of his devotion because he stupidly proposes a wager – he’ll convince Sidony to marry him by Christmas or he’ll leave her alone forever. When Hale sets out to seduce her, the stakes are raised by a passion so intense that Sidony must risk her heart no matter the odds.

Previously published in A Very Scandalous Holiday Anthology

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Information:

Title: Letters at Christmas
Author: Amber Lin
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 59 pages, novella
Release Date: July 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62266-743-7
Imprint: Scandalous

 

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Saturday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited 🙂 I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I enjoy just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board 🙂

Today, I’d like to share A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader.

My review:

I hardly know where to start with my review. I have heard so many good things about A Taylor-Made life for close to a year now and have had it loaded on my Nook for nearly that amount of time. My reading time is limited and I knew I wanted to read this book, but only opened it up recently. I could kick my own butt for waiting so long.

This is a story that has it all. Humor. Emotion. Love. Great plot. Characters you can relate to and love. Conflict. You name it, it’s in there.

I loved Taylor the main character. I loved her fun-loving personality and the way she tried to keep her spirits up even when things were at their lowest. She’s a strong young woman that is a perfect role model. I think she must have gotten a lot of that from her mom. Maureen…I smile just thinking about her. She’s the type of mom everyone would want in their corner. Strong and silent when needed, but not afraid to speak her mind and tell you like it is when it’s appropriate.

And then there’s Gavin. An amazingly sweet hero who is afraid to reveal to much of himself, but when thrown together with Taylor—and then her mom—can’t help but lower his guard.

There were so many times in reading this story I just wanted to reach into the pages and give Taylor and Gavin a hug. They were characters that jumped off the page and became friends. Friends I cared about.

This story tugged at my heart like no other story has in quite awhile. I laughed, I cried, I stayed up too late because I couldn’t put it down.

I highly recommend this book if you want an emotional read full of love. Even though I guessed at the outcome pretty early on, the journey getting there wasn’t one I’d want to miss. This was probably the best $2.99 I spent all year. Grab your copy NOW and don’t wait as long as I did to read this story. You won’t be disappointed.

Kary Rader, thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful story.

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Book Overview:

A terminally-ill computer geek must decide if he will give his love and his frozen sperm to save a cheerleader with leukemia.

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karyKary Rader is a stay-at-home mother of three, avid reader and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head.
Always creative, she’s drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn’t anything that can’t be accomplished with words. It’s the power of words that creates and destroys.
Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day’s work. And with the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.
Let the fantasy begin…

 

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2014 in So...I read this book

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Monday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited 🙂 I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I enjoy just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board 🙂

Today, I’d like to share JUST A KISS (An It’s in His Kiss Novella) by Ally Broadfield. This is a historical romance.

MY REVIEW:

This was a quick read that I really enjoyed. From the first page I was curious about the characters. Charlotte the heroine was instantly a favorite. She was a strong young woman of her era, not just a wallflower or a quiet mouse, she tended to do and speak her mind. But she did it all with style and the occasional spark of humor.

The hero of the story is Sebastian. Just the name does it for me. I can easily picture a noble gentlemen who loves and dotes on his grandmother, but at the same time as a reputation as a ladies man. Again, this character had a sense of humor and a quirky habit of making up words to describe feelings or instances that weren’t easily described.

My favorite secondary character was Sebastian’s grandmother. I think she was a woman ahead of her time, kind of like Charlotte.

The fun part about this short little story was that Sebastian and Charlotte started out as friends who were both in the same predictament. They each had a season to find a spouse. Charlotte’s story was more of a hard luck case, and Sebastian seemed to accept his fate in finding a wife to please his grandmother. In their attempt to help each other they grow close, share several fun meetings with engaging dialogue and easily pictured settings, and a romance is sparked.

I won’t give away to much of this well written story. My suggestion is to grab a copy yourself and get lost between the pages. You won’t regret it.

 

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Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she’ll be forced to marry her guardian’s loathsome cousin. With no title or dowry, she doesn’t have much hope of making a good match. Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, has been the most eligible bachelor on the marriage mart for more years than he cares to count and is very aware of his duty to marry a woman who will add to the wealth and stature of his title.

Sebastian makes Charlotte an offer she can’t refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.

 

Information:

Title: Just a Kiss (It’s in His Kiss novella)
Author: Ally Broadfield
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 137 pages
Release Date: April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62266-382-8
Imprint: Edge

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in So...I read this book

 

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