Monday, June 27, 2016

Midnight Rescue by Elle Kennedy (Killer Instincts #1)

Abby Sinclair's deep undercover mission has taken a turn and lands her locked up and tortured in an underground Colombian Cartel prison.  Soon,  Abby is rescued by Jim Morgan's  team  of mercenaries. But Abby doesn't want to be rescued, for her getting captured was part of the plan. Now she needs to convince the team's wayward leader Kane to take her  back to Columbia so she can finish her rogue mission once and for all.

Abby Sinclair is a seductive assassin who hasn't had an easy past, so trust doesn’t come easy f. She and  Kane ( who also has trauma) are of the variety of hero and heroine who don't know what to do when someone else makes them have "the feelings". Yes, it's that instant one look and I can't take my eyes off of you kind of love, but since it went both ways it worked.

 While Abby and Kane are the main characters we get to see a ton of the side characters interact and clash with each other in a meaningful way.  I liked that Abby and Kane's friends aren't just filling the one dimensional RomCom best friend role.


Seriously I want Isobel and Trevor's book now ! I guess I'm not the only one because Isobel is described as being blonde with blue eyes, so for reasons she appears to be on the book cover.

I was nervous going into this book because I've had no so great experiences with romantic suspense, but I liked the capable characters Kennedy creates. Like most heroines in romantic suspense Abby has suffered from child abuse and those  portions were really hard to hear.

 I'm excited to continues this series  and I get the feeling we get to see the same cast of characters grow  with each book.

Midnight Rescue is a (super) dark contemporary suspense novel with very strong romance. Kennedy writes a gritter kind of RS, the intensity of some of the language threw me at first, but I liked it. It felt realistic.

Allyson Ryan is like a ninja narrator, because she's there but she''s also not there. She hits just the right balance of performing without going over the top.

Having read a few romantic suspense I feel like I'm starting to get a feel for the sub-genre.  I find I like the ones that are plot heavy, fast-paced and have a heroine who can hold her own.

P.S
Despite knowing the Colombian cartel sex trafficking is truth in fiction, I'm always going to side eye a book where  brown people are villians. Granted in this book the main villain is a white South African (and the evil Columbian is name "Blanco" which I find amusing.)  and many of the Colombians do have some agency. . . but still.


Public Affair, Secretly Expecting Audiobook

Public Affair, Secret Expecting


I imagine I'm going to DNF alot of these Presents category romances. I recently went through the stack I had from a library sale and found a few that were on Scribd audio !NGL, the audio performance for this book was really off. The voice the narrator does for the heroine Juno sounds like she has a cold and no tongue, and Mac had a nasally nearly cartoonish Irish accent. One of the reasons I listened to as much of this as I did was because I could tell the narrator was at least . . .trying. She is actually a great narrator, I listened to her portfolio and her American accent is amazing !

Anywho this book is about Juno, a 22 year old girl still getting over a bad relationship from when she was a teen. While planning her BFFs wedding she ambushes the groom's estranged-Irish-movie star-millionaire brother, Mac, and begs him to come to the wedding

Of course they have chemistry and someone gets a picture of them kissing. It's like boom, OMGF paparazzi everywhere. Mac spirits her away to his home in Laguna Beach to keep her safe from the attention. (You, know the forced-proximity for days route).


I was . . .. bored. The character's didn't do much for me, the plot was blase and I don't even think the  author put that much thought into the characters. Like Juno isn't a fashionista but is a boutique manager because.. . reasons. Also Mac is described as working when he is on a laptop. But he's an actor. How is that working ?

My main reason for DNFing this book is that at page 143 we had the public affair (I guess ?) but there was no SECRET EXPECTING I mean I know Harlquin is just using hook words, but come on ! I'm expecting a secret baby/pregnancy by at least by the 50% mark.


Side Note - I read Public Affair, Secretly Expecting  NOT Secret Baby, Public Affair. . . that's a different book. This honestly confused me when I was looking up publication information


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Romance Shelfie #2

Welcome to the post where I share what's new (and cheap!) on my e-reader this week !



I got 5.00 in the Amazon settlement which meant it was ebook shopping time ! 

Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
I've always felt  conflicted reading  M/M because of how much of it is written by straight women and I like that one is co-written by a gay author. I'm also interested in the video gamer / livestreamer aspect of this book...I kind of hope someone gets Swatted. Bonus; this book is still only .99

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston
I heard Shelly when she was on the Smart Podcast, Trash Books podcast and her series sounded pretty cool. I mean strong female characters with wings ? When I got the alert it was 1.99 I snapped it up !

Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
I don't know much about this book or author, but this book is about to be a movie and it's free right now. It's about a rockstar and I love a good I'm with the band book.

The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Britt
I haven't read a YA romance in a while so when this one showed up for .99 cents I decided to grab it. This book is a part of  Epic Reads Impulse, which is a line of short e-book original YA fiction,  it seems to have some Anna and the French Kiss vibes.

Risking it All by Tessa Bailey
I  see this author get rec'd a lot on Twitter. This book is the first in romantic suspense series about an NYPD cop and the heir to a crime enterprise. At 400 pages it's a lot longer than I am used to for romance but hey it's .99.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Her Secret Lover by Robin Covington

169 Pages | Entangled Publishing | Contemporary Romance | 1/18/16

This book has been my “little moments” book. I downloaded it on my phone and read it when I had a few moments to spare. I ended up finishing it during the hour long train ride from O’Hare Airport to Downtown Chicago and I got so caught up in it I missed a train stop ! 

This is my first book from Entangled's Lovestruck line and it reads like Harlequin categories but with a modern sensibility. Kelsey is a Las Vegas hotel concierge and Micah Holes is the romance novelist and heartthrob she’s been assigned to. From the first chapter their relationship becomes the sole focus of the story. Lots of steaminess, lots of fluffiness and lots of humor ensue.

This is apart of Entangled’s What Happens in Vegas series, where each book that takes place during one romance convention in Vegas. I think that part of the reason I purchased this was to temper how I felt about not going to RT. I always like to see how romance novels get talked about in romance novels.

Our hero, Micah,  kind of fell into writing romance and wasn’t totally into the whole "writing romance" thing and I was okay with that. It wasn’t too self congratulatory about the industry and that felt realistic. 

Overall I thought it was an enjoyable short read and if I would buy more of Covington's work if it passsed my way



Sidenote

I’m glad they changed the cover of this book because the woman on the original cover looked like a propped up corpse.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Top 5 Romantic Comedies with Jamie Wesley + Giveaway !

Today we have a guest post from Jamie Wesley, author of the One-on-One series, talking her Top 5 romantic comedies! 




OMG. My top 5 romantic comedies. Eep. Only five?! But there are so many to choose from. Okay, so here’s what I’m going to do. I’ll concentrate on teen romantic comedies. They’re so cute, and I adore them (in most cases more than their adult counterparts if I’m being perfectly honest). Wish me luck in only choosing five!

Clueless – I know the romance plot isn’t the central storyline, but the whole movie is sheer perfection, and my favorite part of any movie is always the romance even if the movie only devotes two minutes to it. And Cher and Josh are sooo cute.

10 Things I Hate About You
– a true blue romantic comedy. Heath Ledger (may he rest in peace) is so dreamy. And he sings! And the grand gesture at the end (no spoilers)! Who doesn’t love that?

Can’t Buy Me Love – I saw this movie when it came out in the late 80s when I was about seven and immediately developed a huge crush on Patrick Dempsey. I always peripherally followed his career from that point on and would get so excited when he would show up in movies and on TV shows. He was never a big star, but he worked. Then he joined some show called Grey’s Anatomy and everyone started calling him McDreamy. And I was like, “NO! He’s mine!” LOL

Bend It Like Beckham – A teen sports romantic comedy? As a sports fanatic, all I can is “Sign me up!” This is another movie in which the romance isn’t the central plotline, but we’ve already talked about how I feel about that. LOL. I love how their romance develops throughout the movie, and the look on his face when he sees her when she steps out of the hotel makes my heart sigh every time.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Young Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, and Shannen Doherty! And dancing! And the popular cool guy falling for the awkward, but cute good girl. What’s not to love?

Honorable Mentions (because I can’t help myself)

Teen Witch – cheesy, 80s goodness at its best!

Bring It On – There’s cheering and dancing and realizing that the not-so-popular guy is the right guy for you after all!

Okay, I’m done now. Or at least I’m going to make myself stop. What’s your favorite romantic comedy – teen or adult?

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Bio
Jamie Wesley has been reading romance novels since she was about 12 when her mother left a romance novel, which a friend had given her, on the nightstand. Jamie read it instead, and the rest is history. Her debut novel, TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD, was released by Entangled Publishing in 2014. She’s thrilled (and a little relieved) that this wasn’t her last book published.



She adores rooting for her hometown Dallas’s pro sports teams and her college alma maters, visiting Walt Disney World, and keeping up with pop culture. Want to know if your favorite TV show is going to be canceled or what the newest Disney attraction is? Ask Jamie. She'll probably know the answer. To be the first to hear about Jamie’s future releases, sign up for her mailing list here.

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About the Book



Once is never enough.

When filmmaker Christian Monroe runs into fiery—and frustrating—Elise Templeton at a party, the night quickly becomes the hottest one-night stand of their lives. But then her boss hires Christian to make a publicity film about Elise, and suddenly they’re in each other’s space. All day. Every day. And things are getting hotter…

Outside the bedroom, the two have nothing in common. Elise is focused solely on becoming the NBA’s first female general manager. And Christian learned long ago that being a work-a-holic—or being with one—is a recipe for disaster.
But the more Elise reveals her deepest desires and fears to Christian—something she’s done for no man, ever—the more Christian wonders how much longer he can keep his hands off the infuriating woman who rocked his world…




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Friday, June 10, 2016

Romance Shelfie #1

Welcome to the post where I share what's new (and cheap!) on my e-reader this week




The Way You Look Tonight by Bella Andre 
I picked this up because it was free on Amazon. I haven't dived into the Sullivan series yet, but I've heard good things plus I love books about large families. While this is the 9th book overall, it's the first book of the Seattle Sullivans cycle.

Burn by Erin McCarthy
I devoured McCarthy's Fast Track series, she did some fun things with race car drivers and the people they love, so I can only imagine what she is going to do with  a group of South Beach bodyguards. I hope there is a female bodyguard ! (Also, it's 2.99 right now)

Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler
A lot of authors I like on Twitter have been reccing this series, so I finally decided to check it out. Not to mention it's currently .99 !