Monday, July 23, 2018

Perfect Set - Melanie Jacobson

Synopsis: Bree's just moved to Huntington Beach to work for a Sports magazine. Her assignment to get through to reporter-hating beach volleyball Olympic medalist Kade is going to be a challenge. But, determined to show her worth and get a great story, she dives right in. If only they hadn't started off on the wrong foot the first time they met. Kade's past mess-ups have made him weary of the press but he might make an exception for the tenacious reporter who keeps tracking him down.

Review: Melanie Jacobsen always writes a good story. Her characters are fun to meet and their relationships are always an adventure. I only wish she wrote faster and her kindle book prices weren't so high! Bree is driven and confident. Her baggage adds depth to her character. Her friends and family round out the cast of characters nicely. Kade is a good Hero. He's been burned and doesn't warm easily. He's focused, driven and sure of who he is. They make a great couple. 

A good clean, chaste, romance with no crude language. Something that seems to be getting harder to come but these days. 

Readers should know that although this is an LDS (Mormon) couple, there is little to no reference to beliefs, doctrines etc. There is some mention of culture (single adult and women's groups, for example) but it's minimal and not essential to be familiar with it to follow the story. 

Amazon $10.99

Monday, July 16, 2018

Moonstruck - Sariah Wilson

Synopsis: Maisy's father is a musician who's got more kids and baby-mamas than he can count.  She's watched her mother put up with his antics and she's determined not to follow her example. That conviction starts to waiver after she unintentionally gets rock star Ryan's attention at a meet and greet her friend drags her to. Ryan's got plenty of women falling at his feet so he's more than a little intrigued when Maisy isn't one of them. He's pretty sure he can melt her icy exterior when he invites her and her brothers to open for the remaining dates on his national tour. 

Review: Not really a sequel in the #Lovestruck series but the characters in the first book make a cameo appearance which is fun. I like Ryan a lot. I think he's a great hero. Maisy is a little harder to like but they have good chemistry and the story is well told. While this is a clean read, there's a lot of physical interaction between them that looms large and, I'd argue, pushes the line on being "chaste". But, the first book did that too, so this shouldn't be a huge shock to Wilson's fans. Maisy is also really hard in the beginning and uses some language that seems to be coming into fashion but is less than tasteful. Conservative readers may not appreciate these two elements of the story. It's kind of a shame, because it doesn't last long (the language anyway) but may be just enough to turn readers off of an otherwise great summer read.

Amazon Pre-order $4.99

I was given an ARC to review.

Friday, July 6, 2018

It Was Always You - Judy Corry

Synopsis: Lexi's a band nerd. Noah's her brother's best friend and NOT a band nerd. Noah's offer to pretend to be her boyfriend for a week to help her save face is nothing short of heroic. Everything works out just fine until it doesn't. Falling for his friend's little sister was not at all in the plans. Neither was sleeping on her closet floor when he finds himself homeless. Turns out, Lexi might end up being his heroine afterall.

Review: A solid addition to the Ridgewater High series. There are sneak peeks at characters from previous books but this story stands alone nicely. Lexi and Noah make a good couple and it's fun to watch their tale unfold. A good YA romance. Parents might want to read prior to sharing with younger readers. There's some intimacy (though the book is definitely clean) and sneaking around that might be a concern. Judy Corry does a good job of capturing the high school experience without being too gritty. 

Amazon $2.99

I was given an ARC to review.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Narcissistic Tendencies - Jennifer Peel

Synopsis: Kate is tasked with being Nick's relationship manager when he signs up for Binary Search's matchmaking help. It's not her usual role with the company and she's not exactly thrilled to be working with him. Nick, on the other hand, is more than happy to be her client and sees no problem introducing her to his teenage daughter and widowed father - who promptly endear themselves to her. The actor/screenwriter just needs to find a way to  convince her to like him too.

Review: This third installment in the series features couples from the first two books in a prominent way, which is kind of fun. The relationship that Kate develop's with Nick's daughter is endearing and adds a lovely dimension to the one she's trying not to develop with him. He's definitely a worthy Hero and she sure gives him a run for his money. Which, of course, is how Jennifer Peel makes you stay up way too late and get way too little done in a day. A solid contribution to the series. 

Conservative readers might like to know that, while this is a clean read, the level of intimacy between this couple pushes the line on what might be considered "chaste".

Amazon $3.99