BOOK REVIEW | HOT PURSUIT

Hot Pursuit

by Rebecca Freeborn (Goodreads Author)
 3.43  ·   Rating details ·  189 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews

Sarah Burrowes is left with a shattered heart and a huge mortgage after the love of her life abrubtly runs out on her.

An aspiring journalist, Sarah spends her days slaving away at a gossip magazine – far from her dream job.

Heartbroken and fed up, Sarah decides to take her career by the reins and lands herself the assignment of a lifetime in Europe. But there’s a catch – her boss pairs her with gorgeous but egocentric photographer, Nick, who just happens to be her ex’s best friend.

But when Sarah’s assignment takes a darker turn, she discovers there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Is she ready to risk everything to get the scoop?


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Sarah Burrowes is heart-broken, left behind by her boyfriend, with a mortgage she can’t afford.  Her dreams of being a journalist seem like a thing in the past and she spends her days working a column in a gossip magazine, that is going nowhere.  Her life is in ruins and she is lonely.  Till one night a chance meeting with a sexy stranger turns out to be the chance of a lifetime.

After a little white lie and begging Sarah gets that chance of a lifetime.  To bad her ex boyfriends bff Nick is assigned to be her photographer.  They had a one night stand that went bad and barely get along, now she has to spend her time working on this story together.  How will they not kill each other?

When the assignment turns a sinister corner Nick and Sarah find that getting along may just save their lives.

This book was full of twists and turns that will have you second guessing yourself over and over.  A well thought out plot full of comedy and suspense.  At times the plot was not written well, a bit choppy at times.  Even though I found some parts to be lagging, I still found it to be a very enjoyable read.  Nick and Sarah are wonderful characters that have amazing chemistry.  The ending leaves you hanging just a bit, but not like a cliff dive.  It leaves room to continue Sarah’s story further.  I would hope that Nick and Sarah continue together.

If you are looking for a steady paced read that will keep you guessing right up to the end, then this book is for you.  It has a thick and engaging plot, with fun and energetic characters.  Even though there were some slow spots in the story, it was still a fun and suspenseful read.

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4 star
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BOOK REVIEW | MR. NICE GUY

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Mr. Nice Guy

by

Jennifer Miller (Goodreads Author),
 3.27  ·   Rating details ·  79 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews

Lucas Callahan gave up his law degree, fiancée and small-town future for a shot at making it in the Big Apple. He snags an entry-level job at Empire magazine, believing it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a famous writer. And then late one night in a downtown bar he meets a gorgeous brunette who takes him home…

Carmen Kelly wanted to be a hard-hitting journalist, only to find herself cast in the role of Empire’s sex columnist thanks to the boys’ club mentality of Manhattan magazines. Her latest piece is about an unfortunate—and unsatisfying—encounter with an awkward and nerdy guy, who was nice enough to look at but horribly inexperienced in bed.

Lucas only discovers that he’s slept with the infamous Carmen Kelly—that is, his own magazine’s sex columnist!—when he reads her printed take-down. Humiliated and furious, he pens a rebuttal and signs it, “Nice Guy.” Empire publishes it, and the pair of columns go viral. Readers demand more. So the magazine makes an arrangement: Each week, Carmen and Lucas will sleep together… and write dueling accounts of their sexual exploits.

It’s the most provocative sexual relationship any couple has had, but the columnist-lovers are soon engaging in more than a war of words: They become seduced by the city’s rich and powerful, tempted by fame, and more attracted to each other than they’re willing to admit. In the end, they will have to choose between ambition, love, and the consequences of total honesty.

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I wanted to love this book.  I really did, but I just could not get there.  Now did I like it?  Well yes and no.  I liked the story plot line, but disliked the deliverance.  The book was very, very slow.  I had a hard time finishing it.

The characters although interesting were somewhat maddening as well.  I wanted to fall in love with Lucas and Carmen, and at times I thought I might, but then when I finished the book I felt unsatisfied.  As for the supporting characters, well I did not care for many of them.  I especially did not like the part in the end where Lucas, his ex and her fiance’ met to talk.  I felt like that was a forced issue in the story, more like a selfish act on Lucas’s part.

At times in the story I felt there were tidbits that just did not belong or useless information.  Like the bag of ties.  What was the purpose of the ties being left behind but never returned?  The big finale was not what I imagined it would be.  I was expecting Lucas, being a journalist, to do a huge write-up in Noser to out  his boss, with pictures of proof and all.  Or I expected jail time for Nick and Jays.

With the expectation of this being a rom-com book, I would have expected a happy ending, declaration of love or so some sort.   The ending of this book just left me feeling meh.  I was neither excited, happy nor content.  I just think it fell flat leaving me unsatisfied.

Overall the book has a good base line story.  Some characters were interesting.  There were some key parts of the story that were meaningful, even though they were not delivered well.  It did have some life experiences that made the book feel somewhat relatable.   I liked it well enough, but it was not a favorite.  Overall I have to give this book a 3 star rating.

*ARC provided by Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press

3 star

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RELEASE DAY BOOK REVIEW | THE BOSS

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The Boss (Fire’s Edge #1)

by

Abigail Owen (Goodreads Author)
 4.11  ·   Rating details ·  Ratings  ·  Reviews

Finn Conleth leads his team of enforcer dragon shifters with an iron fist and a cold heart. Every dragon seeks his destined mate, but the process to turn the woman he once thought was his killed her and devastated him. He will never risk his heart again. His team is his family now. When his body eventually gives out, he’ll leave, living his last days alone.

Delaney Hamilton moved across the country to escape the freak fires that plague her. But when another suspicious fire erupts and rapidly escalates around her, her hopes for a new life go up in smoke. She has no choice but to turn to the mysterious men who come to her aid.

Finn knows the fire is dragon-caused, which puts Delaney’s problems directly in his jurisdiction. No matter how her wounded grey eyes call to every part of him, he refuses to risk her life in the mating process.

Until another dragon threatens to claim Delaney for his own, and Finn has to sacrifice everything to keep her alive…

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Delaney Hamilton is on the run from a crazy stalker and the fires he sets.  She finally feels at home at her friends winery.  She just hopes that she is finally safe.  But then another suspicious fire has Delaney feeling that she may be the cause of the fires after all.  Scared and with no one to turn to, Delaney confides in the hot firefighter who saves her.

Finn is a hot dragon shifter who’s cover is a firefighter.  He runs the enforcer team located on the west coast.  When a fire at a winery turns out to be started by a dragon, he immediately goes on high alert.  What dragon would be stupid enough to set a blaze so close to his headquarters?  When he questions the beautiful young woman who was in the middle of this fire, he realizes she knows more than she lets on.

Fallon and Delaney go back to headquarters so he can question her more.  What he learns has him on edge.  A dragon has been wiping her memory and setting fires around her.  The question is why.  Does this dragon think she is a potential mate?  She can’t be.  She does not bear the mark.  Can Fallon find the rogue dragon and stop him before he kills her?

I read the prequel The Mate first and was supper excited about this.  I have to say I am not disappointed in this book at all.  It is an excellent start to the new Fire’s Edge series.  Abigail Owen has a best-seller series on her hands with this one.  So far the plot is exciting and thrilling, not to mention hot as hell.  Not just from all that dragon fire, but those hot and sexy fire fighters.  Oh my lord.  **fans self**  Those men are sexy as hell.

The characters in this book are so intriguing.  I am loving each and every one of them.  Delaney is a tough cookie, who is smart and independent.  Finn is very loyal, protective and possessive.  Delaney sure does give Finn a run for his money.   Even the supporting characters are awesome.

My favorite type of romances are fire fighters saving damsels.  So it is no surprise I wanted to read these.  With dragons as fire fighters who could go wrong with that right!?  This book had danger, suspense, love, hot sex, humor and lots of spunk.  I am no fan of dragon shifter books, but with this one I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.  I absolutely could not put this book down.  It was so thrilling.  There were times I was about to com bust.  I haven’t read a good paranormal in a long time.  This was a nice surprise.

Overall this book is amazing. With a steady pace, amazing characters and great world building, this book series is sure to hit the #1 spot.  I highly suggest you check it out!

*ARC provided by Abigail Owen

 5 star

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About Abigail Owen

Award-winning paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

Abigail also writes award-winning contemporary romance under the pen name Kadie Scott. (http://kadie-scott.com)

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BOOK REVIEW |GRAVES OF WRATH

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(City of Bones #1)

by

Lina Gardiner (Goodreads Author)
 3.41  ·   Rating details ·  29 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews

DEATH DEFINES HER . . . 

When Jess Vandermire, Captain of New York City’s Vampire Hunting team, learns that her brother, Regent, has been sent to Paris for three months by the Vatican, she’s devastated. Regent’s been too involved with vampires as a priest to go to Paris without fearing vampire retribution. He’ll need backup. Lucky for him, Jess and her partner, John Brittain, have some vacation time coming.

Once Jess and Britt arrive, they know something’s not right in the city. Women are being murdered, and the vampire population is on the edge of revolt. But worst of all, the City of Lights is home to a lot of shadows, ones that move—and kill—of their own accord. But Jess’s existence is rocked to the core when Regent comes across a life-changing, long lost family secret.

It’s starting to look like there’ll be no rest for the wicked.

City of Bones—some secrets don’t stay buried . . .

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Jess Vandermire is on a mission.  That is to protect her brother.  So when Regent is sent to Paris on a three-month assignment, she can’t help but follow him.  You better believe that where Jess goes, Britt is sure to follow.

Jess and Britt are glad they followed Regent to Paris, because things are not as the seem and they quickly learn that danger is lurking in the city.  Regent is tired looking and seems a bit off, the church is keeping big secrets, they run into another vampire who could be Jess’s twin and dangerous shadows are lurking everywhere.  Can the trio figure out what is happening before it is too late?

This is the first book in the series City of Bones.  This is a spin-off  from the Jess Vandermire series by Lina Gardiner.  Considering I have not read the original series, this first book felt like it was missing pieces of the puzzle.  At first I could not figure out that Jess indeed was a vampire, or why her brother was reverted to his youth.  I was a bit lost and confused at first.  Still feel as if I am missing chunks of the characters back grounds.

Overall the book was pretty good, with tons of action and mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat.  The story plot line was unique, even though the story felt a bit jumpy at times.  The characters are exciting, but I felt like we were missing too much of their backstories.  The book ended nicely, but there were things that went unresolved.  Leaving the reader wondering ?? well what was that all about ??  Maybe these things will be revealed in the next books.  We will have to wait and see.

If you love paranormal reads, then you may want to check this book out.  But my suggestion is read the original series first.  Maybe that will fill in the gaps of this book.

4 star

About Lina Gardiner

Lina Gardiner, author of the award winning Jess Vandermire Vampire Hunter Series has writing in her blood. Living in New Brunswick, Canada, a hotspot for legendary ghosts and tall tales of odd happenings has probably added to her love of a good mystery. That, and the stories her grandfather told in the “parlor” when their grandmother wasn’t paying attention, added to her love of storytelling, and the wonders of imagination.

Winner of the Prism Award, Best First Book, from FF&P (Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal Chapter of RWA).

Nominee for the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Awards.
Nominee for the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

Her books have been well received by such reviewers as Kirkus Reviews and USA Today’s HEA blog, including a 4.5-star rating from RT Book Reviews.

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Jess Vandermire Series

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BOOK REVIEW | CLUTCH

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Clutch

by

Lisa Becker (Goodreads Author)
 3.8  ·   Rating details ·  123 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.

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Caroline Johnson has always been obsessed with handbags.  So she pursued her dream and went to college at Harvard School of Business where she met Mike.

Mike Barnsworth III is a rich kid who doesn’t want to take over the family business.  He wants to own his own bar.  When he meets Caroline he immediately befriends her.

Mike has no trouble with the ladies.  His rule is no more than three dates.  Caroline on the other hand has nothing but trouble.  All she wants is to find someone she can hold onto, her “Clutch”.  Caroline’s only constant relationship is her best friend Mike.  So when Mike says he is moving to LA to start his dream of owning a bar, Caroline follows.  Friends till the end right?!

This story was hilarious.  A Friends to Lover romance.  These two characters were so enjoyable.  Mike with his smart banter and Caroline with her “handbags”, dates.  Each guy in the book is labeled a handbag.  I think my favorite was fanny pack.  Mike really did not like him.  The dude was creepy.   Doctor Bag was a class a jerk.  I could go on and on, but lets not spoil the fun.

Mike was an amazing and fun character.  He was sexy and smart.  Mike and Caroline’s friendship was strong and he always had her back no matter what.  Their witty banter will have you laughing out loud.  Almost like Will and Grace, except Mike is not gay.

Overall this book was so much fun to read.   A steady read that not only had humor, but had heart melting moments and many tears.  It was a unique style in the friends to lovers romance category.  I loved how the author created a handbag for each man Caroline dated.  A very short but easy read.  So is you are looking for a good time then this book is right up your ally.

*ARC provided by Netgalley, Lisa Becker & Xpresso Book Tours

5 star

About Lisa Becker

Lisa Becker
Lisa Becker is an award-winning romance writer who spends her time like she spends her money – on books and margaritas. As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone! You can share your love stories with her at www.lisawbecker.com
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