Review: Sin’s Haven by Carlene Love Flores

Happy Friday!  I hope all of you have had a great week and like me are looking forward to the weekend.  Well, I have a great book to start off your weekend.  This is the third book in the Sin Pointe series that I am reviewing and I loved it.  Not to mention Ben is one of my favorite characters anyway.  He finally gets his awesome HEA and it’s totally well deserved.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have an awesome weekend guys and don’t forget there are only two more days left to vote for me for Blogger of the Year.

19056863Book Blurb:

When Sin Pointe webmaster, Benjamin Wright, is publicly humiliated on his birthday, he knows he’s never gonna be able to show his face around the guys again. But an angelic hostess who lets him sleep it off at the club seems surprisingly eager to help him out. Is his luck changing or does she just feel sorry for him?
Hazel Temple, bagel mistress by day and club hostess by night, feels horrible for inadvertently playing a part in Ben’s embarrassment and vows to make it up to him—by telling him they had a sizzling hot one night stand. Still recovering from losing her fiancé to suicide, she worries about Ben when he discovers her lie. Is she bound to hurt the men she cares about?
A Sin Pointe camping trip provides Hazel her chance to get Ben’s groove back.
Will her webmaster be the one to rock her world?

Review:

It’s Ben’s thirty-first birthday.  He and everyone else in the Sin Pointe family have high hopes for him and the special girl who will be joining them.  Unfortunately, things don’t turn our quite the way they expect.  In fact, it ends up with Ben being broken-hearted and drunk.  Normally this would be a sad ending except for the gorgeous singer/bagel server, Hazel, that performed for Ben’s birthday.  There attraction is almost instant but their pasts hold them back from fully realizing the potential.  Ben must move passed the six years of waiting for his girl and Hazel must move passed her ex-fiancee’s suicide.  Can the two of them heal each other and monopolize on the connection they have or will a lie and some pain keep them apart?

I loved this book.  This is another great addition to the Sin Pointe series.  All of my favorite characters are back with lots of teasing for Ben.  This book did seem shorter than the others though.  I would have liked to have seen more especially since I am a huge Ben fan :).  Hazel was the perfect girl for Ben.  Her character had just the right amount of what Ben needs.  Again, I felt we could have gone further into her story.  When the story ended with the camping trip I was a bit disappointed and wanted to know more and only one steamy seen with Ben was just not enough for me.  Overall, I loved this book and can’t wait for the next in the series.  If you’ve been keeping up with Sin Pointe you will definitely want to pick up Ben and Hazel’s story.

Review: The Next Breath by Laurel Osterkamp

Happy Monday!  I know that for those of you on the East Coast of the USA we are getting quite a bit of snow and the rest of you are getting to enjoy your Monday without the white stuff.  Today I am bringing to you another great book by Laurel Osterkamp.  In this book you will see some familiar faces from her book The Holdout.  This book was a very emotionally charged read.  Your heart is broken in many different ways and be very prepared to go through a few tissues by the end.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great week ahead.

23208650Book Blurb:

Robin loves sweet, responsible Nick, with his penchant for Beethoven and Ben Folds Five. But she also still loves her college boyfriend Jed, an irreverent playwright plagued with cystic fibrosis. Now Robin is struggling to reveal her secrets and confront her past, as she finally performs in the play that Jed wrote for her, eleven years ago. Will Robin have the strength to keep her promise and stay true to her heart?

Alternating between present-day scenes, college flashbacks, and segments from Jed’s play, this tear-jerking yet uplifting tale illustrates how life is finite but love is infinite, and the road to recovery begins with the next breath.

Review:

Robin knows she loves Nick, but she also knows that he doesn’t know everything about her.  He doesn’t know her past pain and why this play is so important to her.  The love she still feels for her college boyfriend, Jed, plagues her dreams.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t feel she can tell Nick about Jed or that she will probably always love him.  Her dreams and memories continue to come back to her all they while she is trying to deal with her relationship with Nick.  Can Robin reconcile her feelings and memories of Jed and still have a future with Nick or will all be lost to the past?

I think this was probably the most emotionally touching book I’ve ready by Laurel Osterkamp.  She masterfully balances the past and the present while showing us Robin’s heart.  You won’t be able to not shed a tear while reading this.  It is emotionally powerful and it brings to light the pain and suffering someone with cystic fibrosis goes through.  The love triangle of Robin, Nick and Jed is very well conducted.  Though it’s not a current triangle anyone who has loved someone in the past knows that they will always have a piece of your heart no matter the way you separated from them.  I think this story had an honest feel that really draws you in and helps you to relate to the characters.  If you are looking for a good read that will definitely leave you with a book hangover then you need to pick this one up.  The more books I read by Laurel Osterkamp the more I love her writing.  I know you will feel the same after picking up The Next Breath.

Review: The “She” Stands Alone by Nadine C. Keels

Happy Friday!  I hope you are all like me and can’t wait to get to the weekend.  I am going to start your weekend off with a cute novella by Nadine Keels.  The “She” Stands Alone is part farmer in the dell and part woman empowerment.  This is definitely a short novella that will give you a break between reads.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Hope your weekend is fun and if your lucky like me (insert sarcasm) you will be getting snow.

22840673Book Blurb:

She can’t seem to catch any guy’s notice for anything. No, a pick-up pitch from a stranger gawking at her around Pump #2 at the gas station doesn’t count. And that attractive salesman at the one-stop-for-all-you-want store in town shouldn’t have been flirting with her in the first place, being ultra customer-friendly in an establishment notorious for its pathetic customer service.

Now, is this young woman’s dateless predicament unfixable? Not in the least. New plan: Sheridan Jones is going to date herself.

Ahh. The romance.

Review:

What happens when the sexy man you’ve been dating all through college leaves you for his true love that left him in high school?  If your Sheridan, you find yourself becoming what seems like invisible to the opposite sex and develop an addiction to books with sexy heroes and heroines.  But, this doesn’t solve your dating problem.  So, try something new…date yourself.  Almost as soon as Sheridan decides to date herself,  a man that’s been around starts to show interest.  Now, Sheridan must decide open herself up again or keep dating the one person who hasn’t let her down.

This was a cute little novella.  I think most women will read this and be able to relate to Sheridan in one form or another.  Her trials on how to get through her personal life and the decisions that she makes are at times comical and awkward but totally fun and real.  I think the dilemmas Sheridan goes through I have gone through on more than one occasion.  Unfortunately, I didn’t necessarily have the same about of fun but could probably deem them comical and awkward.  Nadine Keels really created a story that is short on length but big in heart.  Definitely a quick read that you won’t regret picking up.

Review: Chasing Midnight by Shyloh & Alex Morgan

Hello Everyone!  I know this post is super late this week but unfortunately my little guy has been incredibly sick and my work had been equally busy.  But, better late than never I am here to share Chasing Midnight with you.  Chasing Midnight is a multifaceted story that illustrates small town life in Georgia and the sexual escapades of some of those inhabitants.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Thank you all for being patient with me.  Also, don’t forget to vote for The Book Maven for blogger of the year here. 

22699851Book Blurb:

Quinn Mason is a young Southern gentleman. Perhaps, gentleman is a stretch for how he lived his earlier years. He was the kid whose life seemed charmed, a popular athlete in high school who won a full scholarship. Life was on track for him until the death of his parents. In one terrible moment, Quinn went from having everything being everything for his young siblings. He left college, and used the money from his parent’s life insurance policy to buy a bar. The bar supported him and the kids, affording him the ability to give for them the life they were robbed of, even sending them to college.

Mhisery Bellemy has returned to Midnight, reluctantly. Her mother died, and she is left to take care of her drunken father, and the family cafe´. She had escaped the small town’s clutches as soon as she was of age, and swore never to return. Now, her siblings have turned to her, leaning heavily on her for help. The woman who got out of town and made a life she loves is now forced, by the bonds of family, and the weight of obligation, to return and give up what she had worked to build for herself.

These two are unlikely to cross paths, but chance throws them into the right place at the right time. Quinn’s brother is the catalyst that brings Mhisery into Quinn’s line of sight. And that’s all it took, one look and he knows he has to have her. The golden boy athlete is now drawn to the tall, tattooed woman stepping off the last bus into town.

Will Quinn ever have the woman he desires, and make her his own, or will she return to the life she loves far away from the small town of Midnight, and Quinn, or will she stay and make a life with the man she loves?

Chasing Midnight tells a story of love, friendship, and sacrifice. This talented duo, Shyloh & Alex Morgan, will rip your heart out and have you falling in love with the inhabitants of this quaint, quirky, town. Welcome to southern seduction, and the town of Midnight, where the Darkest Desires of Dixie become a reality.

Review:

Mhisery left Midnight, Ga hoping to never have to return unless on very special occasions.  That all changed when her siblings called begging for help with their alcoholic father.  She knows that no isn’t an option when they have been dealing with this for so long.  So, Mhisery finds herself back in the backward thinking small town of Midnight.  When Quinn sees a gorgeous but pissed woman step off the bus in Midnight he can’t take his eyes off her.  He feels the uncontrollable need to know her.  When he realizes its Mhisery he convinces himself that he needs her no matter what anyone may think.

When Quinn starts pursuing Mhisery with a passion this is like a high school dream come true for Mhisery.  Her high school crush wants to be with her and what would hurt with a fling for the small time she will be in town.  Unfortunately, Mhisery finds herself being drawn in by Quinn and begins questioning if she wants to stay or go.  Can Quinn convince Mhisery to stay in the town she hates or will Mhisery break both their hearts and fly back to the big city?

This was a very entertaining read.  The characters are addictive and very relatable.  You can definitely find yourself wanting to visit this small town with all these incredibly sexy southern males.  This book will give you all kinds of really interesting sexual ideas.  I know I was taking mental notes.  Unfortunately, regardless of these fantastic traits in this book there were some things that bugged me.  It may have just been the writing style but the dialogue felt disjointed in some areas.  Also, though most of the side characters were entertaining (Chance, I’m talking about you)  I felt some of the side stories weren’t necessary to make the main story move forward.  It was almost like intermissions here and there.  I don’t mind multifaceted stories with multiple characters tales being told but they have to all help the story move forward and I didn’t always feel that way with these stories.   Overall, the steamy scenes, hot males and fun characters made the story worth finishing.  I look forward to reading the next book in this series though I hope some of the dialogue issues are smoother this time around.

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Review: Ashley’s Dream by B.R Kingsolver

Today I have the great pleasure to bring to you B.R Kingsolver’s contemporary romance, Ashley’s Dream.  This was a wonderful story.  The characters are realistic and entertaining.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  OH and if you didn’t know already The Book Maven is up for blogger of the year.  The link to vote is here and my interview is here.

23556381Book Blurb:

Can a woman have both love and her dreams?

Ashley isn’t looking for love. Her dream is to travel the world, and getting tied down by a man doesn’t fit into her plans. Relationships always get so complicated, and men always lie. It’s better just to have some fun and no one gets hurt.

When she graduates college and the job offers don’t come rolling in, it’s life as usual: working as the manager of a college town bar and spending time with her friends. But a tragic event puts romance in her path, and she takes a chance on her white knight.

Things are not always as they seem, and Jeff has secrets. Her friends try to tell her something isn’t right, but when Ashley is with him her common sense is smothered by his kisses and soft endearments.

When Jeff’s deceptions are revealed, his hot roommate Ryan steps in and tell Ashley that he loves her, but she pushes him away. Then the job offer she has always wanted arrives, and her heart is torn between love and following her dream.

Review:

Ashley’s dream is to travel the world.  She has decided that nothing will get in her way.  The problem is she isn’t being hired by any of the resorts she’s applied to since graduating college.  So, she decides to take a job managing the bar she’s worked at for her college career.  Though temporary she still gets to use ideas that she has learned.  While Ashley is singularly focused on her career her love life has taken a backseat and her relationship have just consisted of a friends with benefits angle.  This has worked until one night a devistating event turns her world on its side and she falls for her knight in shing armor.  Unfortunately her knight isn’t all he’s cracked up to be and its really his roommate who is the real catch.  But, after her many disappointments and constant drama can Ashley open herself up to love and possibly a career or will she decide they are mutually exclusive.

This was a good story with equally good characters.  You get drawn in by the drama and the sexy love story.  I found myself liking the supporting characters a bit more than Ashley.  Here character started to get a bit annoying after awhile.  She does eventually redeem herself but I found her decisions at times to be contridictory.  At times it was difficult to empathize with her but thanks to the supporting characters and especially Ryan they kept the story entertaining and meaningful.  This was probably a longer book than it needed to be and I felt like it dragged in parts but when the characters finally start learning lessons and becoming more rounded then it takes off and keeps you on the edge of your seat.  Overall, this is an entertaining book.  It is definitely different from Kingsolver’s Telepathic Clans Series.  B.R Kingsolver brings her unique storytelling ability to the contemporary romance genre.  This book is a nice addition to that genre.

Review: Pierced Love by T.H Snyder

This is the next book in my one-click freebies.  T.H Snyder has been an author on my TBR list for a long time.   I finally picked this Pierced Love and I was floored.  This is her only young adult romance but it is a touching and very poignant one.  My heartached and broke for Zar but there is always that fantastic bit of sunshine in books like this and in this one that ray was Loudon.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

18367412Book Blurb:

Zar Evans is not your typical high school senior; in fact she is anything by normal. Dressing to the trendiest Goth fashion, Zar wears nothing but black from head to toe. Not that this warrants unwanted attention, but she is also top in her class and is looking at a full academic scholarship to Iowa State in the fall.

Loudon Clarke is an all star athlete. He plays three varsity sports and has the world in his hands. Except for one thing; Loudon is failing majority of his subjects. He is about to be suspended from the basketball team risking his athletic scholarship.

Zar and Loudon would normally never cross paths, until these two are brought together when Zar’s brother proposes to Loudon’s sister. With an upcoming wedding and a lot of planning Zar and Loudon are stuck with one another regardless of their differences.

Zar has hidden behind the pain she deals with on a daily basis for years. Loudon has never had to feel pain nor the ignorance of his peers. Can opposites really bring these two together or will they be pulled even further apart.

Only one thing is for sure, it is impossible to fight the connection of pierced love when one is willing to change for happiness.

Review:

Zar has dealt with the pain of being an outcast throughout her high school career.  It’s finally her senior year and if she can just get through this then she doesn’t have to deal with this anymore.  But, even though she is determined to power through she still feels that pain every day of the taunting and name calling.  So to escape all of this she decides to drive an hour away to clear her head.  After she is sufficiently relaxed she goes to a pizza shop.  Being her typical self conscious self she notices the guys that come in but tries to keep her head down.  That is until she locks eyes with one of them and feels an instant connection.  Unfortunately, she soon leaves and doesn’t expect to see him again.  That is until her brother gets engaged and she meets his fiancée’s family.  Here she comes face to face again with the cute boy from the pizza shop, Loudon.  Loudon felt the same instant connection and couldn’t get her out of his mind.  When they meet again he realizes that he will do anything it takes to get to know this girl better.  Zar doesn’t make this easy on Loudon and when her secrets come to light bad things happen.  Can they get past her pain or will it rule them like it rules her?

This was truly a very poignant novel.  Anyone who has been bullied will relate to the anxiety and panic that Zar feels on a daily basis.  The torture that she goes through is graphically told and you really feel like you are right there next to her.  But, when she meets Loudon and she feels hope for the first time you feel that too.  This was just such a moving story that is filled with pain because even when Zar and Loudon are their happiest there is still that fear that taints their relationship.  That fear that Loudon and her family will find out about what she is called and how she is treated.  I think this book wasn’t just about the emotions though.  The story and characters were well written and really gave an accurate portrayal of the family of a bullying victim and the changes that happen when people open up and seek help when things like this happen.  Overall, this was one of the best reads I’ve gotten my hands on.  I would recommend this to anyone who wants an emotionally poignant experience.

Review: Tattoo Thief by Heidi Joy Tretheway

Today’s one-click freebie review is Tattoo Thief by Heidi Joy Tretheway.  If you’re looking for a new rocker romance with some steam, I have found your book.  This fun, sexy read makes a rock star seem human and fallible.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.

18463818Book Blurb:

22-year-old Beryl doesn’t know why Gavin Slater trashed his penthouse, abandoned his dog and fled the country. But as his house sitter, she must pick up the pieces for the front man of the white-hot rock band Tattoo Thief.

When ultra-responsible Beryl confronts the reckless rock star, she wants to know more than just what to do with his mess. Why is he running? What’s he searching for? And is he responsible for the death of his muse?

New York newbie Beryl must find her footing in Gavin’s crazy world of the ultra-wealthy to discover her own direction and what can bring him back.

Review:

Beryl is stuck.  She is the manager at her local coffeehouse and cant seem to see a way out.  That is until her dad’s friend comes back to visit and offers her a job in NYC.  Though reluctant at first, Beryl agrees and soon moves to the big city.  Unfortunately, when she arrives things don’t end up the way she plans.  Her roommate situation falls apart and she finds herself staying at a cheap sleazy motel.  Not only is her living situation horrible so is her first task as assistant to a property manager.  She is responsible for cleaning the destroyed mess of an apartment that a spoiled rock star wrecked.  But, when he boss has the idea for her to branch out and begin house sitting her housing problems are solved.  While living at the rock star’s apartment she begins an email correspondence with him.  Initially it is only to confirm what his needs for the apartment are, but this grows into much more and soon Beryl knows his darkest secrets and is begging him to come home.  But, can her rock star really change or will he fall right back where he was when she first walked into his apartment?

This was an addicting read.  So much so that I had to talk myself out of reading the next book right away.  I totally fell for Gavin.  He is definitely a hot rock star and will be in line with my other rock star book boyfriends.  What I think really made this book stand out though was that they don’t meet until three-quarters of the way through the book.  Their relationship builds through email and chat.  It felt much more organic than some of these rock star romances that start backstage and end happily ever after.  I also really liked the parallel evolution of both Anna and Gavin.  They are both stuck at some point but manage to change and grow into poignant characters that you care about.  I truly can’t wait to get my hands on the next book and meet more of the boys from Tattoo Thief.  It will be a fun ride that is going to suck me in all over again.  I am definitely glad I one-clicked this freebie.  Thank you Amazon!

Review: One Night with the Prince by T.M Mendes

Happy New Year to you all!  I hope it has started out well for you.  I am starting out my new year on here with some reviews of fantastic one-click free finds I found on Amazon.  These are books that sounded good and knocked my socks off.  Today I am reviewing One Night with the Prince by TM Mendes.  Despite its title this is a pretty tame book.  Though it’s a bit tame the story is fantastic, fun and very addicting.  I couldn’t put this book down.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to pop over this week for more of my wonderful one-click freebie finds!

23374904Book Blurb:

The rules were simple: 15 girls were chosen from royal bloodlines to be with the Prince. They are given one night each with him, and in the end he shall choose a bride and make her Queen. So how did someone from Montana, USA get involved in something that was supposed to be for those chosen? Anna sure doesn’t know, but she knew that she had to stay away from the Prince as much as she could. With her mischievous ways and un-royal manners, she was sure that the Prince wouldn’t pick her. But what if the Prince was as determined to be with her as she was determined to stay away from him? Experience “One Night with the King” meets “Princess Diaries” told with humor in this romantic comedy for all ages and find out what happens when a person goes from nada to royalty.

Review:

Anna is definitely not a fan of rules.  In fact, if she can pull a prank and break some rules that is when she is having the most fun.  This Montana girl has pulled more pranks in her high school career than her principal can count but still seems to maintain a flawless grade point average.  So, when Anna is yet again suspended she finds herself bored and listening to the radio.  Anna tunes in just in time to enter a contest and wins a trip to another country.  Since she is suspended what better way to use her time than to travel to a far off place.  Unfortunately when she arrives it’s a bit less exciting than she thought and while trying to shop she is mistaken for one of the 15 young ladies in a competition for the Prince’s hand in marriage.  While Anna is trying to explain the mistake she makes waves with her very unroyal behavior and outspoken ways.  This makes the prince even more intrigued.  But, when Anna meets the prince she realizes that he is the last person she wants to be around and tries all she can to stay away from him.  The only problem is he is as stubborn as she is and will try anything to get close to this feisty girl from Montana.

I adored this book.  I have read Kiera Cass’s Selection series and this is a bit reminiscent of that.  Though I do feel that the heroine of Anna is more entertaining and fun.  You can see immediately why the people around her love her compassion and her heart.  Her character is only one of the many fantastic characters.  Zach is definitely a good opposite to her.  He is also the character you see the most change out of.  It is fun to see him change and evolve to a great leading man.  We can’t leave out the friends of them.  Missy, Danny and Dem are all memorable and adorable.  You can’t help but laugh out loud with some of the shenanigans they all get into.  This really was a fun love story with lots of swoon-worthy moments and laugh out loud pranks.  Overall, I would whole-heartedly recommend this book as a refreshing read that will brighten your day and wish you’d have your one night with a prince.

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