Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Saved By The Rockstar - Michelle Pennington

Synopsis: Julie's a successful author who's got to start making appearances to promote the new movie one of her books has been made into. Despite the regular vlogs she puts out, she's deathly afraid of crowds and the public. When one of her fans turns out to be the sister of her latest crush, Julie suddenly finds herself conversing with famous boy-band lead singer Ryland Sterling. Texting and phone calls are one thing, meeting him in person will be something entirely different. Is she ready to be thrown into his world? Somehow he needs to figure out how to convince her there's no better place for her to be.

Review: Super couple. Both are grounded and living successful lives. Neither needs each other but both are so much better with the other. Really love how naturally their relationship develops. Not a lot of angst or misunderstanding. Just two people trying to figure out how to make their lives work together. A fun cast of supporting characters makes the book engaging. Ryland's relationship with his brothers is fabulous. Not sure I needed the drama at the end. But, it pulled things together and made some sense of plot points throughout the book. All around a great, quick read.

Amazon $.99

Monday, September 24, 2018

Lies We Tell Ourselves - Amy Matayo

Synopsis: Presley and Micah are childhood best friends. Lots of baggage and self doubt keep them from acting on their love for each other. Things become complicated when Micah meets Mara. Pressley knows Mara's not good for Micah but she knows he doesn't think she's good enough for him either. Micah and Pressley are messed up and need to figure themselves out before they can be good enough for anyone. At least, that's what they tell themselves.

Review: You can pretty much count on Amy to put out a great read. I was hesistant about this one because it sounded like it'd be pretty heavy and I'm not a huge fan of love triangles. But the triangle is pretty skewed so don't let that throw you. It is deep and a little dark but so very good. Pressley and Micah are both characters you want to know better. You feel for them and want them to get things figured out. No quick fixes or magic potions here. Just a lot of hard work and soul searching. Some forgiveness mixed in for good measure too. Definitely worth the read.

Conservative readers might not appreciate the abundance of innuendo and heavy make-out scenes. The book is clean but the characters' attitudes about intimacy are not particulary chaste.

Unfortunately, the text is also riddled with typos and proofreading errors. One of two you can overlook but there were enough to become a bit of a distraction.

Amazon $3.99

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Corporate Groom - Lucy McConnell

Synopsis: Kensington is an ice cream heiress in a fight with her sisters for control of the company after their father's death. In a last ditch effort to save it from being sold off, she agrees to marry Nash. Recently released ex-con, Nash, is just glad to have a second chance to prove himself in the business world. The chemistry between them is a definite bonus.

Review: That Kensington is the billionaire who needs help is a refreshing twist to Lucy McConnell's marriage-of-convenience stories she's come to be known for. Light, fun reads with couples you can easily root for. Kensington and Nash make a fabulous couple. He's a great Hero who truly sweeps you off your feet. Plenty of unrealistic situations but if you know these books, you won't be shocked and will be perfectly happy to let them slide to find out just how things work themselves out for these two. A great weekend read.

Amazon $2.99

Monday, September 10, 2018

Anonymously Yours - Rachel John

Synopsis: Chase has a long-time crush on his co-worker Ashley. When he learns their department is being down-sized, he knows he needs to do something to get her attention or he might never see her again. Ashley's baffled by the gifts she's suddenly receiving from a secret admirer. There are several possibilities, but she'd sure like it to be one guy in particular.

Review: Rachel John is quickly becoming a must-read. This third book in the series is a great addition. Glimpses of characters from earlier books add some depth. A solid Hero and Heroine with plenty of chemistry keep you up much too late. Realistic situations, good dialogue, and a good story make this a great contemporary romance. Clean and chaste. Easy to share with all your friends and family.

Amazon $.99

Man of My Dreams - Jenny Rabe

Synopsis: Rory works at the resort her late parents worked at. It holds fond memories for her so she puts up with a demanding boss with unreasonable requests. Dr. Camden has connections to the resort that aren't entirely clear to Rory but he doesn't want anything to do with Rory's crazy boss. He doesn't really want anything to do with Rory either but his heart has other ideas.

Review: A loose retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It's not immediately obvious that's where it's going but you can definitely see the connections. That said, it's a cute story with a solid couple. It's a little on the YA side so if you're looking for a realistic, deep, sophisticated read, this isn't likely it. But if you're looking for a light and easy one, this will certainly fit the bill.

Amazon $2.99

I received an ARC to review.