Friday, 8 December 2017

REVIEW - Miss Mechanic - Emma Hart



TITLE - Miss Mechanic 
AUTHOR - Emma Hart






Released December 12th



BLURB:


Two mechanics. One rivalry.
She’ll prove she’s as good as she says she is.
He’ll prove her place isn’t under the hood.
It’s over it.


“Don’t let the bastards get you down.”
For twenty-six years, I lived by my daddy’s motto. Which is why “Mechanic Wanted” is all it takes for me to apply for the job at the garage we once owned. 
And I meet the biggest bastard of them all.
Dexter Ryne. Hotter than Hell in July and a firm believer that my place is on reception, taking phone calls and looking pretty. Not getting dirty under the hood of a car. 
Determined to prove each other wrong, we make a deal.
I have three weeks to prove my worth as a mechanic. If I don’t, I’m on telephone duty.
If I do, he’ll accept defeat and make my job permanent. 
Now, all I have to do is fight my attraction to the cocky little… beep.
Problem is, an engine isn’t the only thing he knows how to make purr…


Johnaka's Review:


“A woman in a man’s world, 5 stars”

Women don’t belong in the garage, or at least women that look like Jamie. That’s Dex’s opinion and there is no changing that. A measly three weeks’ time won’t change that. Dex thinks he knows what he wants when it comes to a woman only for Jamie to blow those ideas out of the water. The sooner he accepts that the sooner they can be together, or so he hopes. Between her hot temper and his crazy family who knows how it will play out.

Jamie grew up working on cars. Motor oil runs through her veins. She was heartbroken when her family shop was closed. Now there is a new owner and he needs another mechanic, a position she’s more than qualified for. Jamie and Dex don’t start off on the right foot at all, both out to prove the other wrong. But somewhere along the line they not only earn each other’s respect but they start to *gasp* like each other! What will happen if that raging mouths collide in the bedroom?

I loved how strong and sure Jamie was of herself. Dex might have been stuck in his ways to start with but quickly changed his tune. I loved how these two communicated with witty, sarcastic banter. They were absolutely explosive. I laughed when they finally realized that maybe their families had it right all along. Seriously go one-click if you need a good laugh. Miss Mechanic was a quick read that left me satisfied at the end. I saw the story playing out in my head like a movie. To me it was realistic, and you’ll probably feel the same way. 


Star Ratings:
Plot - 5/5
Characters - 5/5
Heat - 5/5
Writing style - 5/5
Overall - 5/5





Review Tour - I Burned Down His House - Jessica Frances


Title: I Burned Down His House
Series: Love at Frist Crime Series
Author: Jessica Frances
Genre: NA Romance/Suspense
Release Date: November 28, 2017





She burned his house down, so he lit a fire between them that she could never extinguish.


So, I burned his house down.
It was an accident.
I mean, technically, the dog did it.
Well, the dog helped me to do it.
Did I mention it was an accident?
When circumstances mean I suddenly have a new housemate,
A man who is my ultimate fantasy,
And my entire world is turned upside down by new friends,
And a dog who likes to get me into trouble,
I have to wonder how my life got so crazy.
Add in my neighbor, who is under investigation;
Some unfinished business from the past, which just won’t go away;
Interfering family, who don’t know when to stop;
And mixed signals, making me wonder if fantasies really can come true,
And you have my new, hectic, crazy life.
But, when things take a dangerous turn,
And lives are on the line,
Will we all make it through in one piece?
Or is everything destined to crumble down around us?
Who would have thought that burning down a house would change everything so much?
Then again, as some people say: there is nothing quite like love at first … crime.







Trying not to feel like a loser that I have Joey’s number memorized, I dial, hoping like hell he picks up. It has to be in the incredibly early hours of morning, so there is every chance, if he hasn’t come home yet, it’s because he’s out with someone and won’t answer.

After five, drawn-out, torturous rings, he finally picks up.

“What?” he grumbles. I can’t tell if I woke him up, or if he’s just annoyed to be disturbed.

“Hey, Joey, it’s Teagan—”

“Who?”

I pause, annoyed I’m so forgettable he can’t remember who he gave his house key to! “Teagan Bevon, the woman who lives next door?”

“Oh … Oh!” There is finally recognition in his voice. “Right. Look, Teags”—he sounds so distracted I don’t think he even noticed he gave me a nickname—“I’m kinda busy—”

“But—”

“—so I’ll just see you later—”

“Wait!” I cry out, afraid I will hear the dial tone any second.

“Actually, you probably won’t see me later. I’m going to be—”

“I BURNED YOUR HOUSE DOWN!” I scream into the phone and am finally met with silence. “Joey?” I whisper, fearful he already hung up.

“Can you repeat that for me?” he finally gasps out.

“I …” Now I feel nervous. “I … umm … I accidently”—I use too much emphasis on the word, making me sound extra guilty—“burned down your house.”

“Are you okay?”

My heart skips a beat. I just told this man that I burned down his house and his first thought is if I’m okay?

“Some smoke inhalation, but nothing serious. I’m so sorry about your things—”

“How about Karma?”

“Karma got out fine. She’s with the Glovers,” So … maybe she’s not okay. The almost ninety-year-old couple may not be quite at the same speed as Karma.

As he sighs in relief, my hands begin to shake again. 

“Joey, I’m so sorry.”



This is an author to watch! I really enjoyed book one in this series so when this one came up for review I thought, why not? Now I did not read book two, but I don’t feel I really missed too much. While I am sure it was a great book, it did not take away from this book as this book has a separate plot. I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it. I also loved that we got to see past characters as well.

You can guess from the title what the main theme of this book is. The main female burns down her neighbours house. Feeling guilty, she offers him to stay with her. The problem is she is about to get way more than she bargained for. This is such a wonderful book. I love books with a bit of mystery and action. This book gave me this.

Teagan is such a beautiful character. She is witty and has a life force about her. I love how she is the one who gets sucked into this group of people and pulls out parts from them that they didn’t realize they were missing. I think she is a very important piece to this group of friends. Joey isn’t so bad himself. He is described as a hot Asian dude. Sign me up. He would probably be my book boyfriend from this group.

The heat in this book is not lacking. As you can imagine, two people who are virtually strangers moving into a house together can cause some tension. Thankfully, in this case, it is sexual tension. This translates into each and every one of their interactions with each other. It also is the catalyst that Teagan needed in her life.

I love the way this author writes. Just like the first book, I got sucked right into this world. I wanted to finish it in one sitting, but unfortunately I had to work. That did not stop me from thinking about it all day until I could get home and finish it. I bought book two so I can go back and read it too. That is how much I enjoyed this author.

In conclusion, this was one flipping amazing book. I do have to say the ending is a little bitter sweet, but it was totally worth the ride. I really hope this series continues and we get to see these characters a little more. I love the theme of this whole series. Love at first crime really has a ring to it.

Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5





Born and raised in South Australia, Jessica spends her days working in a bakery, afternoons catching up on lost sleep, and nights reading and writing. Writing has always been a passion of hers, however it wasn’t until recently that she decided to put pen to paper and make things official.





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Thursday, 7 December 2017

REVIEW - I Burned Down His House - Jessica Frances


TITLE - I Burned Down His House
AUTHOR - Jessica Frances







BLURB:


She burned his house down, so he lit a fire between them that she could never extinguish.


So, I burned his house down.
It was an accident.
I mean, technically, the dog did it.
Well, the dog helped me to do it.
Did I mention it was an accident?
When circumstances mean I suddenly have a new housemate,
A man who is my ultimate fantasy,
And my entire world is turned upside down by new friends,
And a dog who likes to get me into trouble,
I have to wonder how my life got so crazy.
Add in my neighbour, who is under investigation;
Some unfinished business from the past, which just won’t go away;
Interfering family, who don’t know when to stop;
And mixed signals, making me wonder if fantasies really can come true,
And you have my new, hectic, crazy life.
But, when things take a dangerous turn,
And lives are on the line,
Will we all make it through in one piece?
Or is everything destined to crumble down around us?
Who would have thought that burning down a house would change everything so much?
Then again, as some people say: there is nothing quite like love at first … crime.



Jennifer's Review:

This is an author to watch! I really enjoyed book one in this series so when this one came up for review I thought, why not? Now I did not read book two, but I don’t feel I really missed too much. While I am sure it was a great book, it did not take away from this book as this book has a separate plot. I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it. I also loved that we got to see past characters as well.

You can guess from the title what the main theme of this book is. The main female burns down her neighbours house. Feeling guilty, she offers him to stay with her. The problem is she is about to get way more than she bargained for. This is such a wonderful book. I love books with a bit of mystery and action. This book gave me this.

Teagan is such a beautiful character. She is witty and has a life force about her. I love how she is the one who gets sucked into this group of people and pulls out parts from them that they didn’t realize they were missing. I think she is a very important piece to this group of friends. Joey isn’t so bad himself. He is described as a hot Asian dude. Sign me up. He would probably be my book boyfriend from this group.

The heat in this book is not lacking. As you can imagine, two people who are virtually strangers moving into a house together can cause some tension. Thankfully, in this case, it is sexual tension. This translates into each and every one of their interactions with each other. It also is the catalyst that Teagan needed in her life.

I love the way this author writes. Just like the first book, I got sucked right into this world. I wanted to finish it in one sitting, but unfortunately I had to work. That did not stop me from thinking about it all day until I could get home and finish it. I bought book two so I can go back and read it too. That is how much I enjoyed this author.

In conclusion, this was one flipping amazing book. I do have to say the ending is a little bitter sweet, but it was totally worth the ride. I really hope this series continues and we get to see these characters a little more. I love the theme of this whole series. Love at first crime really has a ring to it.

Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5

Overall: 5/5





Wednesday, 6 December 2017

REVIEW - The Sounds of Secrets - Whitney Barbetti



TITLE - The Sound of Secrets
AUTHOR - Whitney Barbetti






BLURB:

I've been in love with him forever.

But to him, I've always been off-limits. Until the night that changed everything.

Maybe it was the alcohol. Maybe it was the secrets we shared. Maybe he finally opened his eyes and saw me.

By the time the sun rose, I’d lost him again, my heart shattering on his parting words: “It was a mistake.” So I ran. Ran until I was thousands of miles away, in a country I didn't know, surrounded by people who only made me miss him more.

I never expected him to follow me … or to pry more secrets from my soul. In exchange, he gave me more of his secrets too.

How was I to know it was the secrets we didn’t share, the words we didn’t dare utter, that would tear us apart?



Johnaka's Review:


“Secrets can confine us, 4 stars”


Everyone has secrets, some big, some small. Some of us accumulate secrets, we are the secret keepers, and that’s exactly what Lotte is. When people look at Lotte they see a sweet naïve girl.  But there is so much more to her than what meets the eye. The Sounds of Secrets is a story of Lotte really becoming a woman, accepting herself, and really falling in love.

Sam is Lotte’s brother-in-law’s best friend. He’s always liked Lotte but never felt like he’s good enough for her. See Sam has secrets of his own that bind him. But what will happen if he’s good enough? If his best friend would accept him with his little sister? Is Lotte worth the risk? Before any of that he has to share his secrets and that alone is scary.

I really enjoyed Lotte and Sam. Watching them accept who they are and the changes they need to make was refreshing. I enjoyed getting glimpses of Ame’s and his life as well. My only complaint is I wanted more at the end. The Sound of Secrets is more about them as individuals and finding themselves vs. them as a couple, so I wanted to see at the end the changes they made. 

If you want a easy read about ones who have their own struggles and find strength in each other than The Sounds of Secrets is definitely a read for you.


Star Ratings:
Plot - 5/5
Characters - 5/5
Heat - 4/5 
Writing style - 5/5

Overall - 4/5







Release Blitz & Review - The Sounds of Secrets - Whitney Barbetti




Title: The Sounds of Secrets
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 6, 2017




Blurb


I've been in love
with him forever.

But to him, I've always been off-limits. Until the night that changed everything.

Maybe it was the alcohol. Maybe it was the secrets we shared. Maybe he finally
opened his eyes and saw me.

By the time the sun rose, I’d lost him again, my heart shattering on his
parting words: “It was a mistake.” So I ran. Ran until I was thousands of miles
away, in a country I didn't know, surrounded by people who only made me miss
him more.

I never expected him to follow me … or to pry more secrets from my soul. In
exchange, he gave me more of his secrets too.

The more he let me into his heart, the more I loved him, but I’m afraid that
some secrets may be too big to overcome.









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Excerpt

I was going
to throw up from the nerves.
No, I told myself. No throwing up. Not
when you’re expecting Sam to come into your room any second.
But the
feeling was so strong. I popped a mint from my bedside table in my mouth, rolled
it around my tongue a few times, but the urge was still there.
Oh, shit.
Was this a mistake? Was inviting Sam into my room a big fat problem? I was
leaving for America tomorrow.
The printed
itinerary, neatly stacked on my chest of drawers laughed at me. What was I
going to do? I couldn’t let Sam come up here.
My hands
fisted in my hair as I berated myself for telling him to come. What was I
thinking? I wasn’t some sexual nymph, skilled in the way Sam surely was. I
wasn’t a virgin, but I hadn’t actually messed around with a bunch of guys.
I didn’t
know what to do. 
I walked to
the door, pressed my palm flat to it. I’d lock it. Then he couldn’t come in.
He’d walk away, and we’d forget this ever happened.
Look how well that happened the last time you
kissed him,
my
memory taunted me. Three years later, and
you’re still wondering ‘what if.’
There was
no reasonable escape from this situation. And, if there was, there was no
escape that would make me not obsess over the ‘what if.’
It’d be
okay, I told myself. Of course it would. Sex was nothing, right?
But I
didn’t even believe my own thoughts. My nerves battled with my own desire. I
couldn’t process a single thing.
I ran my
fingers over my eyebrows or, what was left of them that wasn’t colored in, at
least. I’d pulled so many out in the days leading up to the trip, needing some
control over this impending trip.
I trailed
my fingers to the sides of my face, tugging on my earlobes to ground me, and
then, in tandem, I pulled out a hair with each hand. The immediate relief was
nearly as intoxicating as the alcohol I’d consume in how it numbed my fears.
It would be
okay.
I took in a
cleansing breath, looking around my room for anything potentially embarrassing.
The blinds
were open, so I closed them, leaving my room in soft, muted grays aside from
the yellow lamp that lit up my dressing table.
My hand was
on the back of the lamp to turn it off when my door creaked open.
Sam stood
in the threshold, nearly taking up the entire space.
I switched
the light off.
It was only
a few loud heartbeats before he said, “Turn it back on.”
I
hesitated.
I couldn’t
see him, but I heard the creak on the floor by the door. “Turn it on, Lotte.”
Swallowing
hard, I did.
The room
was illuminated again in soft light, casting shadows into the angles of Sam’s
face—making him look exactly as he was: dangerous.





OUR REVIEW:

“Secrets can confine us, 4 stars”

Everyone has secrets, some big, some small. Some of us accumulate secrets, we are the secret keepers, and that’s exactly what Lotte is. When people look at Lotte they see a sweet naïve girl.  But there is so much more to her than what meets the eye. The Sounds of Secrets is a story of Lotte really becoming a woman, accepting herself, and really falling in love.

Sam is Lotte’s brother-in-law’s best friend. He’s always liked Lotte but never felt like he’s good enough for her. See Sam has secrets of his own that bind him. But what will happen if he’s good enough? If his best friend would accept him with his little sister? Is Lotte worth the risk? Before any of that he has to share his secrets and that alone is scary.

I really enjoyed Lotte and Sam. Watching them accept who they are and the changes they need to make was refreshing. I enjoyed getting glimpses of Ame’s and his life as well. My only complaint is I wanted more at the end. The Sound of Secrets is more about them as individuals and finding themselves vs. them as a couple, so I wanted to see at the end the changes they made. 

If you want a easy read about ones who have their own struggles and find strength in each other than The Sounds of Secrets is definitely a read for you.

Star Ratings:
Plot - 5/5
Characters - 5/5
Heat - 4/5 
Writing style - 5/5
Overall - 4/5


Author Bio


I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos - especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Coke. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.)

As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California and up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.

I write character-driven contemporary romance novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates.



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Blog Tour & Review - Only For You - Melissa Foster



Today we have the release week blitz for Only For You  by Melissa Foster! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!
 

Title: Only For You
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance



About Only For You:

Single mom Bridgette Dalton doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses—not even in her own flower shop. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t noticed Bodhi Booker. Her ruggedly handsome next-door neighbor would be the perfect candidate for a no-strings fling. Having loved and lost, Bridgette’s not ready to hand over her heart…but she could use a distraction.

Bodhi has one rule: never leave anyone behind. As a special operative, he knows that each new mission is more dangerous than the last. He’s never made a promise of forever to a woman, not even to the beautiful widow who has him tied in knots. And if there were anyone who could tempt him into putting down roots, it would be Bridgette and her adorable son.

But as his next deployment nears, they make a startling discovery. Their passion, meant only for the here and now, might already be blossoming into something more…

***

ONLY FOR YOU is being published by Montlake (an Amazon imprint) and won’t be available on other ebook retailers, but you can download a FREE ereader app to read it here, or order the paperback.

Get Your Copy Today!

 

Our Review:



“Love finds you no matter if your ready or not, 5 stars”


Bridgette knows loss. She lost her husband years ago when her son was a baby. Over time she has accepted it and moved on, trying to be the best mother she can be. Bridgette is focused on her business, son, and family, she has no time for a man. She hasn’t felt the desire to even be with one since her husband, which worries her family. She used to be full of life and mischief and now she’s hyper focused. Until Bodhi.

Bodhi only came to Sweetwater to fix up the house he bought for his mother. Thanks to a reliable source pointing him in the direction of the quiet little town he now knows his mother has a place to retire. At first, he sees Bridgette at the bakery, and he’s intrigued. As luck would have it she’s his mothers new neighbour. When he finds out she has a son, thing’s change. Not because he doesn’t like kids but because he lives a complicated life and doesn’t want to hurt Bridgette or her son. But sometimes the best laid plans don’t stick, you can’t stop fate.

I absolutely loved Only for You. I so got where both of them were coming from. Bodhi is private sector military, he never knows when he will be going, how long he will be gone, or if he will come back. I completely got that from where my husband is military. Bodhi and Bridgette knew their time was running out and I know that feeling all too well. I feel that pain before every deployment. 

Bridgette tried to be strong so her son didn’t know that anything was wrong and as a parent it's best but it's hard. I’ve been there and done that and reliving it in Only for You made me cry. How Foster described everything they knew was bound to happen was real for me. I hate admitting I cried because I NEVER cry in books, but to me that’s how I knew the book was good!

You will go through all the emotions in this story and pray they make it out on the other side together. Plans be d*mned! Scroll up to the top and one-click, you wont regret it. Just make sure you have tissues close.

Star Ratings:
Plot- 5/5
Characters- 5/5
Heat- 5/5
Writing style- 5/5

Overall- 5/5





About Melissa Foster:

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa's fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, and the Wild Boys After Dark. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented.Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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