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Friday, July 1, 2016

ARC Review: Profited by Lacey Black

I think this was my first book by this author and I really liked it. I’m a sucker for a “baby you didn’t know about and now you want both of us” book but it has to be done in the right way. The right way is a way that gives us a plausible reason why the dad did not know about the kid that does not make us want to drop kick the Mom.

In Profited Dani and Reid hook up one night when they are both beginning as adults. Right from the beginning of the book there is some indication that Reid has somehow sold his soul to the Devil. I liked that the issue was kind of mysterious though and we didn't completely know what was up with Reid until closer to the end of the book. I loved the instant chemistry between Dani and Reid. Even though their night together was just a hookup, I felt the intensity of their feelings for one another and I was into it.

So fast forward about 8 years, Reid has taken over the world, Dani is the mother to his son and Reid has no idea his world is about to get turned upside down. Reid was a complete A hole when Dani re-entered his life but I really liked his aholeishness. Reid was bossy and in charge and he could not resist Dani. I don't know what weird childhood issues I suffer from but I love an alpha hero who is rude but also obsessed with his woman. I really enjoyed the get to know you phase between Dani and Reid. Dani is strong and independent but not ridiculous about it. Dani wants what is best for her son and right away starts facilitating the relationship between him and his Dad. As if Reid's personality wasn't enough, his relationship with his son is just so endearing. He was seriously making my womb tremble with how much he loved his son.

It was kind of crazy that Reid and Dani really didn't acknowledge that a relationship was happening between them and yet it was. I knew Reid was hiding some crazy ish and I kind of guessed what it was. Of course Reid handles everything horribly. Hey he was an emotional cripple. However, I appreciated that he pulled it together in short order and we got our HEA. This book is well worth the read, especially for those of you who already like these themes!

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Feature and Giveaway: Profited by Lacey Black

One night. Let go. Be free.

Even at an early age, Reid Hunter’s future was already planned out. Though he was groomed to become successor of the family business, he quickly discovered his destiny wasn’t through his family’s legacy, but to build his own empire. His plan: takeover Vegas, one building at a time. Known as a hard, no-nonsense man, inside the boardroom and out, Reid isn’t prepared when he comes face to face with a woman from his past. The only one with the ability to make him question everything he stands for.

Raising a child is hard. Raising a child as a young, single mother is downright difficult. Yet Dani Whitley has managed to put herself through college, purchase her own home, and raise the unexpected, but greatly adored son she created while in college, after one night with a gorgeous stranger. Knowing nothing but his first name, Dani has managed to push all thought of Reid out of her mind until one day, nine years later, she is forced to face the man himself. Ruthless and callous, Reid Hunter is nothing like the young man she met at that music festival all those years ago. Yet Dani is still drawn to him, more than she was before.

Sin. Money. Success. Profits. That’s the foundation of Las Vegas. But what happens when one day you realize that it’s not enough? When the greatest thing you could profit is bigger and better than money: love.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

ARC Review: Saddle Up by Victoria Vane

Saddle up for another hit by the talented Victoria Vane! The fourth in the Hot Cowboy Nights Series stars Keith (Two Wolves) Russo, the sexy horse whisperer who has a talent for flare and bedding the ladies. For years, he spends his time on the road as an Equine Behaviorist, using his Native American background, and his undeniably good looks to draw in the crowds. By doing so, he is able to teach people about proper handling and interaction with horses. What he didn’t expect, however, is that his interests in fame, women, and power would come back to bite him in the ass.

Enter: Miranda Sutton. She’s a sweet girl, an aspiring filmmaker, and one who wants to make a difference. Under the direction of her boss, she films Keith during one of his clinics, only to find out that said boss Bibi decided to use the recording to her own advantage. Once Keith loses all credibility, he is forced to go back to the beginning. He’s angered his family through his exploitation of his heritage, and is trying to find himself again. Keith is a drifter, a wild, yet simple man. However, he has no intentions of falling in love for the woman who comes back into his world unexpectedly. Especially the one who he feels helped destroy his reputation.

Miranda may have filmed Keith, but she wasn’t the one doing the editing or videography. The thing is, Miranda is tired of feeling useless, of not helping anyone, or making any changes through what she actually gets to film. Bibi uses her, and Miranda wants to prove her worth. So she sets off on her own, determined to make a documentary about Wild Mustang roundups, hoping to make a difference and possibly establish her career. She heads to Nevada to do her own work, and take a risk. Guess who’s there? Keith, the Mustang Wrangler, the former Native American Gigolo (as he was dubbed after his fallout thanks to Bibi), and he has no intention of making Miranda’s life or attempt at filmmaking any easier after her part in his demise.

These two clash. They fight. They have a fire between them that is undeniable. A huge triumph for Victoria Vane and her ability to make passion and connection steam up the pages no matter the circumstances. Keith shot to the top of my list as my favorite cowboy read this year. I love the Native American references, and I love his gift with the horses and how well the author presented them to the readers. Miranda, I couldn’t get enough of either. Why? Well, because she has heart. Heart is at the core of any character that any reader may fall in love with. If I can love the male and female lead, then I get to experience a wonderful story by watching them grow together.

Keith changes. He learns. He grows. He finds himself, and Miranda finds where her heart belongs. Their adventure in the desert was fun, steamy, and oh-so-sexy. Once Miranda sees and learns about the issues surrounding Wild Mustangs and how these Wranglers and Ranchers are trying to save them, she becomes a lover of horses more than she ever thought possible. She also finds that being a part of helping and saving them is what she is meant to do. Keith realizes that while Miranda might be stubborn, a little naïve, and a lot sweet, she really is just a great woman with a big heart.

The two of them embark on a journey that brings them together while saving the Mustangs, and tears them apart through their differences of beliefs, only to help them mend and find one another in the end. Keith realizes that as a Horse Whisperer, he will always be happy, that he is meant to help them, and guide them. The way they come together to build a sanctuary is remarkable. I applaud Victoria Vane for the whirlwind of emotions she creates throughout the book. I also applaud her ability to be detailed, honest, refreshing, and factual. I learned interesting facts about my home state that I never knew. I also enjoyed every minute of reading the book and seeing the story unfold.

Every character was rich, and played their part perfectly. The villains in the book were nasty (as not just because some of them were relatives of Miranda), and I had no idea what to expect. Tonya and Huttsi, and Kenu (Keith’s family) always had his best interests at heart and gave him great advice that he needed, even when he wasn’t sure how to interpret their wise words at the time. Jo-Jo, Miranda’s grandmother was a firework, and I just loved her. I honestly cannot wait to see what’s next. Maybe we will get a spin-off? Maybe we will see some of these wonderful characters again? I don’t know, but one thing is for sure, I will always be attached to each and every one of them. I even had the waterworks drawn from me at the conclusion of this story. As usual, the author gave me another reason to love her work.

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Review: Third Base by Heidi McLaughlin

After finishing Third Base by Heidi McLaughlin I don't really know where to begin. There were things that I liked here, and several things that I didn't. My feelings are so mixed that I feel like I am still trying to figure out exactly how I felt about this one overall. This book is a standalone story with no cliffhanger and is the first in her Boys of Summer series.

Ethan Davenport is a major league baseball player for the Boston Renegades. While he is a starter, he hasn't quite reached superstar status yet. That doesn't stop him from getting what he wants though, and he has never had an issue getting the girl. But there is one girl that he wants to know more about, and she always sits along the third base line behind the enemy dugout. When it becomes more than he can stand, he asks the usher to bring her to him after a game. Daisy Robinson intrigues him, and the more he learns about her the more he wants her. But Daisy has secrets and they could change everything. 

I loved that this book is told from Ethan's POV. I happen to really love when an author gives the hero's POV whether by itself or told along with the heroines. I felt like it really fit this story to be told entirely by Ethan's POV, and I am not sure that I would have liked it done differently. I did have a bit of trouble with Daisy here though, and even though I liked her and Ethan I didn't really feel like I was that invested in them. I wasn't really feeling the emotional connection between them, and that had me struggling to stay interested at times. There was also some things that bothered me when it came to Ethan's behavior with his ex/best friend that I felt were cheating and he didn't seem to feel guilty or sorry at all. In fact he seemed more concerned with her feelings than he did with Daisy's and I didn't like that at all. While I did feel his chemistry with Daisy and I do enjoy some angst, I didn't like how it all went down and it made me mad.

I did think that this book was slow at times too, and that didn't help with my already waning interest. There were times that I found myself wanting to skim or put the book down and walk away, and I didn't expect that here at all. I did like that Ethan wasn't in college about to make it big or a huge superstar though like you often see with sports romance stories. It was nice to see him already in the bigs, yet not a huge star. The other thing that I will say is that for me, Daisy's secrets weren't hard to figure out. I had pretty much guessed everything early on, and while that didn't stop me from continuing it did change the way I experienced this story. There were things that I liked here, and I am a fan of Heidi's. This wasn't my favorite story by her though, but I know I will read more from her in the future.

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Feature and Giveaway: Happy Ever After in Christmas by Debbie Mason

It's beginning to look a lot like love . . .

As her thirtieth birthday approaches, deputy Jill Flaherty decides it's time to live a little. When she walks into Sawyer Anderson's bar in her sexiest dress, she's not thinking that he's her brother's best friend or about the many women he dated during his years as a pro hockey player. All she's thinking is that it's finally time to confess to her longtime crush how she truly feels.

Sawyer is done being a player on and off the ice. Yet no one in the small town of Christmas seems to believe he's ready to settle down, not Jill, and certainly not Jack, who is determined to keep Sawyer from breaking his little sister's heart. But as Sawyer and Jill's relationship heats up, can he prove that he's her happy ever after?

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