2 Book Lovers Reviews
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Preston’s Honor was every-
thing that I’ve come to expect
from a book by Mia Sheridan.
Whenever I sit down to read
one of her books, I never feel
as though I’m merely reading
the words on the pages. She
pulls me into the story, I am
able to visualize it all
unfolding, and I feel every
Preston’s Honor is a friends-to-lovers story, it’s a second chance romance, and it’s a story that is relevant in society today. It’s a multi-layered story that is poignant, beautiful, and touching.
- Wardrobe Malfunction - By Samantha Towle - Romantic comedy!
- Goalie - By M.E. Carter
- Black Hearts (Sins Duet #1) - By Karina Halle - Dark romantic suspense!
- Where Promises Die - By R.C. Stephens - Second chance/forbidden romance!
He's got one shot to make it right...
He's Landon Rhodes.
The Renegade they call Nova.
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.
They say a girl broke him once--
That's why he's so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.
But I'm that girl.
They can call me his curse all they want.
He and I both know the truth--
He's the one who destroyed me,
And I'm too smart to let that happen again.
- Pretty Face - By Lucy Parker
It's not actress Lily Lamprey's fault that she's all curves and has the kind of voice that can fog up a camera lens. She wants to prove where her real talents lie—and that's not on a casting couch, thank you. When she hears esteemed director Luc Savage is renovating a legendary West End theater for a lofty new production, she knows it could be her chance—if only Luc wasn't so dictatorial, so bad-tempered and so incredibly sexy.
Luc Savage has respect, integrity and experience. He also has it bad for Lily. He'd be willing to dismiss it as a midlife crisis, but this exasperating, irresistible woman is actually a very talented actress. Unfortunately, their romance is not only raising questions about Lily's suddenly rising career, it's threatening Luc's professional reputation. The course of true love never did run smooth. But if they're not careful, it could bring down the curtain on both their careers…
- Lost In Between (Finding Me Duet, #1) – By K.L. Kreig
We all have one.
That magic number that will get us to agree to do anything, be anything.
Don’t sit on your gold-plated high horse and say you don’t because you do. Everyone does. Each of us has something we covet enough that we’d sell ourselves to have it.
What’s my tipping point, you ask? Apparently a cool quarter mil will do the trick.
What does one do for 250 large, you wonder? Anything the infamous, gorgeous playboy of Seattle wants. For the next four months I’ll be Shaw Mercer’s arm candy, his beck and call girl, his faux girlfriend. I’ll be his to command, mold, push and pull in any direction he sees fit.
I’ll fight falling into bed with him. I’ll fight falling in love with him even harder. I’ll fail at both. And when my past and present collide in the most unexpected of ways, I’ll learn that while one man’s love for me has never died, the only man’s love I really want will never be mine.
- #1 Crush – By T. Gephart - Hollywood romance!
- The Do-Gooder – By Jessie L. Star
Lara Montgomery is no good. Having been scorned by her classmates since high school, she’s used to it. From where she’s sitting, the one with more notches on the bedpost has more fun anyway. At least, that’s what she tells herself.
Really, a small part of her hopes that her massive amounts of bad karma can be neutralized by wearing her Do-Gooder hat—that thing she does where she’ll complete one good deed for anyone who asks. And she does an amazing job at it, if she does say so herself. Still, there’s one thing she knows she can’t make better, no matter how many problems she solves for other people: on the night her brother died, she was off hooking up with his not-so-single best friend, Fletch.
It’s been three years since that night, and Fletch just wants her to let it go. To him, her persistence with the good deeds only serves to remind everyone in their small university town about what they did. As it is, they can’t help but get into a heated argument every time they run into each other on campus. And yet, neither of them can seem to stop that pesky electricity that runs between them whenever they get too close….
- Entwined (Bound Together, #3) – By Lacey Black
In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had.
Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her.
- Damage Control: A Dirty Money Novel – By Lisa Renee Jones
- Unstrung – By Laura Spinella
Even as a violin prodigy, Olivia Klein courted trouble. But when her marriage to high-stakes investor Rob Van Doren takes another wrong turn, Olivia acts out once too often. A night of bad behavior results in community service hours. Time is to be served with Theo McAdams, an inner-city teacher whose passion for music eclipses Olivia’s. As she inches toward a better place, life surprises Olivia in the form of her first husband—baseball legend Sam Nash.
Years ago, Olivia fell in love with Sam. Their impulsive marriage imploded with a fateful car crash and harsh parting words. Olivia never expected to see him again. But now Sam is back, and he wants her forgiveness. He also wants to recapture their volatile love affair. Olivia is torn between rekindling romance and saving her marriage. To her surprise, it’s the presence of the young music teacher—and the lessons from a reckless past—that may bring harmony to Olivia’s off-key life.
- Havoc (Mayhem #4) – By Jamie Shaw - Rock star romance!
- Saved by Darkness (Darkness Series #6) – By Katie Reus – Paranormal romance! Ian's story.
- Royally Matched (The Royally Series #2) – By Emma Chase
- The Truth About Lennon – By K.L. Grayson
Lennon Barrick-St. James is making headlines as New York City’s hottest new socialite. Only she isn’t new at all. One well-intentioned night gone horribly wrong has landed the daughter of vice presidential candidate Christopher St. James on the front page of every newspaper and magazine in the country.
Forced by her father to stay out of the limelight, Lennon flees to the quiet town of Heaven, Texas, where she vows to lie low and avoid men. Well, except for the sexy biker she just ran off the road—she definitely won’t be avoiding him.
Noah Cunningham already has one girl in his life, and he sure as hell doesn’t need another. Especially the beautiful and sinfully sweet angel that just descended upon the quiet little town he calls home.
The only problem is that the more time he spends with Lennon, the more he wants to be with her. And that’s just not going to work for Noah. He’s already been burned once, and he’s not so sure he’s ready to go down that road again.
Noah has spent the last five years putting his life back together after secrets and lies ripped it apart. So what will happen when he learns the truth about Lennon?
- The Bad Boy’s Girl (The Bad Boy’s Girl Series #1) – By Blair Holden
Tessa O'Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn't prepared for is for Jay's brother, Cole, to return to town and change the life she's always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy. But the guy that's come back is like no one Tessa's ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she's long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel.
- Going Down Hard (Billionaire Bad Boys, #3) – By Carly Phillips - Stand-alone.
Derek West rose from poverty to take the tech world by storm. He's sexy, confident and gets any woman he wants. And who he wants is Cassie Storm, the rich girl he's never been good enough for.
She's desperate to save her family's company and there's only one man who can help. But Derek isn't interested in helping. He wants to possess both the company and the woman he's never been able to forget.
His plan? To seduce her out of his head. Except once he's had a taste of Cassie, he doesn't want to let her go. Her family remembers where he came from, and they won't allow it. When the truth about their pasts comes to light, though, it may be Cassie who's going down hard.
- Sex Says – By Max Monroe – Romantic comedy. Stand-alone.
My name is Lola Sexton, and I’m a sex addict.
Okay…that’s a lie.
Truth is, I’m a serial dater turned dating and relationship columnist for the San Francisco Times. My readers call me Sex. Sex Says.
I love my job.
I love my life.
And I hate Reed Luca.
My name is Reed Luca, and I’m a liar.
Ironically, that’s the truth.
I’m 31, and my occupation is…well, complicated.
My favorite kind of woman comes in all shapes and sizes, but always has a big brain.
I’ve never hated anything.
Lola Sexton hates me.
Luckily, it’s a thin line between love and hate, and with my help, pretty Lola will only be able to straddle that line for so long.
- Pucked Off (The Pucked Off Series #6) - By Helena Hunting - This book can be read as a stand-alone.
February 17th, 2017
I’m a sucker for a good zombie book; put a new twist on it and I’m in; put David Moody’s name on it and you better get out of my way. I love the concept behind the creation of this series. Timothy W. Long, David Moody and Craig DiLouie will each write individual books in this six-book series. It’s a fantastic way to get introduced to some new authors, enjoy a fun, fresh story and have something to look forward to.
See my full review...
February 13th, 2017
Upcoming Release: The Front: Red Devils
By David Moody, Craig DiLouie
& Timothy W. Long
Releasing Feb. 15th!
The undead Nazi army continues its march across Europe in the thrilling sequel to Screaming Eagles!
The German stranglehold on the town of Bastogne has been released, only for the living dead to rise up and take their place. A ragtag group of men fight their way out of the chaos and make a frantic escape from the rubble and ruin...
February 10th, 2017
You might think that a man my age doesn’t read Laini Taylor, and you’re partially right, a man my age doesn’t normally read Laini Taylor. If it hadn’t been for one particular thing catching my eye, I might not have read Laini Taylor. And I firmly believe that any man who hasn’t read Laini Taylor is missing out on something very special.
See my full review...
February 6th, 2017
Upcoming Release: Hell is Open
By Gard Sveen
Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Sixteen years ago, rookie cop Tommy Bergmann was on the scene when a teenage girl’s mutilated body was discovered in the woods. Schoolteacher Anders Rask confessed to the murder, along with five others. He was sentenced to live out his days in a mental institution outside of Oslo, and the case appeared closed. That is, until now…
January 31st, 2017
This is a return visit to Iceland for me. A new author, a new setting with a new protagonist and a whole new set of problems. I enjoyed my first couple of literary visits to Iceland, so I thought that it was about time to explore a little bit more of the island.
Siglufjordur, a small community in the extremities of Iceland. The setting of Snowblind struck a chord with me...
January 24th, 2017
It…What can I say about It that hasn’t already been said? Which superlatives haven’t already been used to describe Stephen King’s writing? I’ll keep it simple and straight to the point…I loved It. It, in my humble opinion, is one of the best books ever written. You should really read It. I should have read It years ago.
See my full review...
January 16th, 2017
Upcoming Release: Snowblind
By Ragnar Jonasson
Release Date: January 31st, 2017
Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors--accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.
Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik--with a past that he’s unable to leave behind.
When a young woman is found lying half-naked inthe snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theater, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life.
Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness--blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose.
Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from the extraordinary new talent Ragnar Jonasson.
January 10th, 2017
Whenever there is one of these books, you know the ones, where the movie rights are sold as soon as the book comes off the press, I am two things: intrigued and skeptical. Intrigued - what is it about this book that has captured so many people so quickly? Skeptical – what did the marketing machine do to get this book out to so many people so quickly?
January 6th, 2017
The B movie, we all have our own definition of it. For me, the B movie is a film that is shorter, quicker to the punch and something that I would go to when I just want to have a little bit of fun. Hunter Shea is a master of creating the literary equivalent of the B movie. Loch Ness Revenge is a perfect example of this art.
See my full review...
December 30th, 2016
It's the time of year for reflection on the past year, for making lists and planning for the new year. I always find it hard to just pick a few books, but this year it seemed to come together faster than years past. Yes, there were a few books that were, perhaps, better written than others, but the books on this list were the ones that really touched me. Enjoy!
December 23rd, 2016
2016 has been an exciting reading year, filled with some great books. It only seems fitting to close out the year with an interview with David Moody. Autumn had its 15th anniversary, and the whole Year of the Zombie. I'm looking forward to a great new year of reading in 2017. See you in January with my favorites of 2016!
December 20th, 2016
There seems to be a new trend (or at least new to me), where there are two storylines going on at the same time. One is the main story, which kicks off with a strong start that leaves the reader wondering what the hell is going on, a start that feels like I’ve been dropped right in the middle of the story (which is actually the situation); the second storyline is a flashback...
December 19th, 2016
Greg - The zombie apocalypse is upon us. Who is your fictional zombie-killing partner of choice (from television or the movies)?
Wayne - I’d go with CJ from the Dawn of the Dead remake. Love that guy! Such a brilliant anti-hero, made that film for me.
December 13th, 2016
This is exactly what I needed, a fun little trip through the zombie apocalypse. Can you say that the apocalypse is fun and that you need to spend some time with zombies? Why not!
I like to have books like this in my book pocket. Sure, it’s been a while since I read Until the End (Quarantined #1), a couple of years actually...
December 12th, 2016
Greg – Before One of Them, I’ve had the pleasure of reading two of your books, Sick Bastards and Tortured. I’ve been nagged by a particular question. Does your mum know what you write?
Matt - My mum reads pretty much everything that I do. I did get uncomfortable when she read the erotica (Sexual Healing and Sexual Tension) that I penned though.
See the full interview...
By Katy Regnery
What he's reading!
What she's reading!
February 21st, 2017
February 21st, 2017
Jericho’s Razor is the most fun that I’ve had reading in quite some time. The story kicks off in high gear and never really slows down. It felt like a much more developed book than one of merely 167 pages, and I want more.
Jericho Sands is a fantastic character. He has some baggage, a lot of baggage; he has some enemies, some really nasty enemies, and in the end, he is his own worst enemy.
Hell Is Open
By Gard Sveen