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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ARC Review: Wednesday by Kendall Ryan

I was really excited when I saw that Kendall Ryan had a new best friends to lovers standalone story coming out and I couldn't wait to read it! Wednesday is not your typical friends to lovers story and there was a lot that I liked here. This one was really short though, and I did feel like the story suffered a bit because of the length. 

Chloe has been in love with her best friend Shaw for years. But they have only ever been friends, a status that was solidified when he got married. But when Shaw's wife is killed in an accident, Shaw copes the only way he knows using Chloe. He comes to her every Wednesday and they have sex, but that is all he gives her. Chloe hopes that by helping him heal that one day he will realize that there is so much more between them. But with each Wednesday that passes, Chloe knows that she needs more and by asking him for it she knows that she risks losing him altogether. 

I really wanted to love these characters, and there were times that I did like them. These two had a ton of chemistry and a lot of history. Having been best friends since childhood, the connection between them was already there and I felt like they fit well together. But most of this book, Shaw was a jerk and Chloe came off as a doormat. While I saw their friendship and the chemistry between them, the romantic connection was one I struggled with. I felt like we just didn't get the depth or development to really find it fully believable. I wanted to see that change from friends to more, and I felt like while they were connecting physically that was pretty much all it was until the very end here. Shaw was too closed off the entire story to really see anything more happen between these two than straight up sex. I wanted to see the feelings change and grow, and I just felt like we missed that here. 

Overall, this book was really hot! If you are looking for something short and steamy, Wednesday definitely has that. But if you are looking for a bit more with your heat, this one might come up a bit short. I think that Kendall Ryan is a great writer, and I enjoy her stories a lot. But I wanted more here and I felt like there was so much promise that just wasn't fully delivered on. Shaw and Chloe were great for one another, and I wanted to see them transition into a believable couple since it was clear that they always had feelings for one another. I think that had this one been a bit longer, it could have been a four or five star read that I really loved. This won't be the last I read from Kendall Ryan though, and I recommend giving her books a shot if you haven't already.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Feature: Wednesday by Kendall Ryan

Hard core fucking.

It’s not what I really want, but it's all he has to offer. He's filled with turmoil and heartache and regrets, but for two hours every Wednesday all he feels is me. How much I desire him, how desperate he makes me, how much I'd like things to be different between us. Real.

He used to be my best friend back before he got married. And now? Now, he’s a young widower. It'd be wrong on so many levels to expect something more from him. So I give him what he needs. Dark delicious fucking. But I know I can’t keep this up. I've already given him my body, my soul. I want him to have my heart. It might drive him away forever, but that’s a risk I’m forced to take.

Wednesday is an angsty romp told from dual points of view. If you’re in the mood for something quick and dirty, you’ve found it. Proceed at your own risk.

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Feature: Too Hot to Handle by Tessa Bailey

When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble…

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambĂ©ed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn't seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita's pretty certain she's gone from the frying pan right into the fire…

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he's about to be sorely tempted. There's something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn't just for tonight—he's forever.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

ARC Review: Dare to Take by Carly Phillips

I’m a huge fan of Carly Phillips writing and especially her “Dare to Love” series. I’ve read a few of the books in the series and they are all great reads! In “Dare to Take” Phillips continues with the Dare Family. In this story we meet Tyler Dare and Ella Shaw. Once again Phillips did not disappoint.

Tyler Dare was a great hero. I really loved his complexities and his all too human characteristics. Tyler and Ella have had underlining chemistry for years. We quickly learn that a drunken night that they shared together causes many problems for them in the years to come. Tyler carries a lot of guilt about that night. Because of his one night stand with Ella- his sister’s best friend- his and Ella’s relationship has been strained.

Ella was an equally great heroine! Ella naively believed that the one night stand she had with Tyler would mean more than it actually did. She carries anger and resentment towards him. Ella has always had feelings for Tyler so his behavior after their time together leads to a lot of hurt feelings on her part.

With a little help from Mother Nature and from Avery, Ellie and Tyler have a chance to rekindle old feelings. Tyler is ever the alpha as he tries to protect Ellie from the forces of nature and a stalker.

I really like both Ella and Tyler together. Their chemistry was fantastic. I loved to see that both were able to move past their mistakes and build a good friendship that eventually leads to more. Phillips also catches us up with past characters and we see some of the family members move on to big moments in their lives. As a fan of “Dare to Love” series I think that the stories get better and better and the chemistry never disappoints.

**ARC provided by RockStarLit PR**

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Guest Post with Author Barbara DeLeo and Giveaway

Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago, much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and is now living her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.

After completing degrees in Psychology and English then travelling the world, Barbara married her winemaker hero and had two sets of twins.

She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, with not a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.