Review: 30 Days – Christine d’Abo

Review: 30 Days – Christine d’Abo30 Days
Author: Christine d’Abo
Series: 30 Days #1
Published by Kensington
Published on: July 28th 2015
Pages: 320
Narrator: Zoe McKay
Length: 9 hours and 15 minutes
Genres: Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
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Hero: Alyssa Barrow
Heroine: Harrison Kemp

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For years, Alyssa has been going to bed with a memory. Is she ready to wake up with a fantasy?   Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mate, but not Alyssa Barrow. She met Rob at nineteen, and they were set to live happily ever after—until he became ill. In his final days, Rob urged his beautiful, young wife not to abandon happiness—or pleasure. He even left her a special gift, a sexy game plan to help her move on: Thirty cards with instructions for thirty days of passion. You’ll know when the time is right, he’d said. Now it’s two years later, and when Alyssa meets her hot new neighbor, Harrison Kemp, she begins to think the right time is right now…   From his sculpted thighs to his devilish grin, Harrison is the kind of man women want. Before she can lose her nerve, Alyssa tells Harrison about her long-ignored cards…and asks him to help her fulfill them. It’s a favor he’s more than happy to, um, perform. With his skillful touch, and the hot press of his lips against her skin, Alyssa finds herself re-awakening to life—and a host of other sensations. But what began as not-so-innocent fun soon grows into true intimacy, and Alyssa realizes she’s opening herself up not just to sex…but to love. When it comes to a future with Harrison, what’s really in the cards?   Saucy, heartwarming, and insightful, 30 Days explores the agony—and the ecstasy—of starting over, and how a little encouragement, and a little courage, can go a long way…

 

 

 

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I think this book has a very good premise. I found it bittersweet and touching that the heroine’s dead husband himself was the one helping her to move on. I feel sad because it’s not easy losing the person you love. I feel hopeful too because nobody should live the rest of their lives without having someone to share it with.

30 Days is an amped up chick lit. When I say amped up, I am referring to the sex part. This is a woman’s journey from losing a husband to going through the sex cards he left her and finally finding a man she could have another shot at love with. Sadly, the core of the book was the thing I liked the least about it.

Everything was seen through the heroine’s POV. I would have liked to know more about the hero as well. I would have liked to get a bigger view of the love story. The fact that all I could read about was the heroine made me feel like I was forced to like her and see things her way.

Having said all that, I will still say that it was a good, solid read that I quite enjoyed. I’ve read other books from this author before, and I know she writes really steamy scenes, and she’s great at those. The same is true in this book. There’s supposed to be a second book, and based on this book alone, I’d say the next installment is very much worth reading too.

 

 

 

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A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.

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Review: .38 Caliber Cover-Up – Angi Morgan

Review: .38 Caliber Cover-Up – Angi Morgan.38 Caliber Cover-Up
Author: Angi Morgan
Published by Harlequin Intrigue
Published on: January 17th 2011
Pages: 219
Genres: Category Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Hero: Erren Rhodes
Heroine: Darby O’Malley

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Undercover DEA agent Erren Rhodes was used to working alone. So the very idea of teaming up with Officer Darby O’Malley to ferret out a killer wasn’t exactly how he thought this critical mission would go. But thanks to information only the beautiful cop possessed, finding whoever was responsible for shooting Erren’s friend made Darby a valuable–and irresistible–partner. Digging into the case, though, revealed a far-reaching conspiracy…and angered all the wrong people. Now, trying to bring a killer to justice while keeping Darby safe was making Erren remember why he was better off on his own. Especially when Darby made him long to hole up with her in the safe house and never let her out of his sight.

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe 

Cliffhanger: No 

Ending: HEA 

 

Harlequin Intrigue is probably my least favorite line out of all Harlequin’s imprints.

There are, however, some books from Intrigue that I like. This one, unfortunately, is not one of those. I like it, but I think this only rates three red hearts from me.

Sure, the plot is interesting, fast-paced, and action-filled. It just wasn’t what I fancy. You see, I usually like books with internal conflicts rather than those where the main antagonists were real people who interacted with the protagonists.

There’s nothing wrong with how the book was written. I actually commend Angi Morgan for not writing a cheesy romance novel disguised as a cop drama. In fact, the balance between romance and action was great. It’s just sad, though, that these books aren’t really my type.

 

 

 

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ANGI MORGAN writes Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publisher’s Weekly best seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book.

Hill Country Holdup went on sale the very night it won the Golden Heart award. HCH was a 2010 Romantic Times First Series Book, a Bookseller’s Best First Book & Best Short Contemporary nominee. Her second Intrigue, .38 Caliber Cover-Up, is a Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence & Daphne du Maurier finalist. The Cattleman is a 2015 RT Best Series Intrigue nominee.

Review: …or Something – Debra Kayn

Review: …or Something – Debra Kayn…or Something (Ronacks Motorcycle Club #1)
Author: Debra Kayn
Series: Ronacks Motorcycle Club #1
Published on: August 16th 2016
Pages: 288
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Hero: Battery
Heroine: Bree
Trope: Older Man-Younger Woman

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He took her away from the carnival. She was sixteen years old. Thrust into an unfamiliar way of life with the president of the Ronacks Motorcycle Club; Bree Walsh manifests an unusual connection to the older, sexy, powerful biker until every neglected emotion from her childhood resurfaces. Intense, all-consuming, and unfathomable, Bree pushes the boundaries with Battery only to find herself caught in the most painful and raw existence she’s ever known. One moment in time changed Battery’s life and set him on a masterminded course that would come full circle before he was ready. The president of Ronacks MC has shaped his life around his club, his family, and Bree. But when everything he’s worked hard to achieve starts crumbling and the dangers become real, he refuses to lose and desperately risks everything, including his obsessive heartache named Bree.

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe with Exceptions. 

Cliffhanger: No 

Ending: HEA 

 

 

I liked some books from this author, so I had high expectations. I especially enjoyed the Moroad Motorcycle Club, so when I saw that Ms. Kayn had a new series coming out, I dived in. I guess it’s my fault if I’m disappointed. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but there was just so many things that didn’t click for me. I could list them all, but it’ll be a waste of time. Listing them, going over them won’t change my rating, anyway. Let’s just say I’m not going to continue with this series. I’ll still check out future books from Ms. Kayn, just not this particular MC right now, or in the foreseeable future.

 

 

 

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Debra Kayn is the author of the Bestselling Bantorus MC series, Moroad MC series, Red Light: Silver Girls series, Hard Body series, Playing For hearts series, and a huge backlist of books.

She lives with her family in the Bitterroot Mountains of beautiful Northern Idaho where she enjoys the outdoors, the four seasons, and small-town living.

Review: #Bae – Cambria Hebert

Review: #Bae – Cambria Hebert#Bae
Author: Cambria Hebert
Series: Hashtag #7
Published on: September 12th 2016
Pages: 334
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports Romance
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Hero: Roman “Romeo” Anderson
Heroine: Rimmel Hudson-Anderson

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BEFORE ANYONE ELSE
Happily-ever-after.
That’s what happens when you get married.
Right?
Turns out sparkly rings, cake and a fantastic wedding do not automatically grant you that, not even when it’s all you truly want.
I’m even starting to doubt the bottomless, unconditional love I share with the man I married will be enough.
I can’t have happily ever after, know why?
Because I can’t give Romeo what he truly wants. I’ve tried. So hard. I won’t be happy unless he is and something is missing. Someone.
Paparazzi are in my face. The flashing cameras and prying eyes are everywhere. My secret is getting harder to hide, and I know the second the scoop is dished the grip I have on the fraying rope of that happily ever after will snap right in my face.
In our face.
I can’t let that happen. No matter what.

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe 

Cliffhanger: No 

Ending: HEA 

 

 

If you ask me, I’d definitely say that #Heart is how this series should have ended. However, I will never say no to another dose of Romeo and Rimmel and the rest of the gang. This book is a great bonus to the fans because this time, our beloved characters are already married, out of college, and living mature lives. Ivy and Braeden are very happy with Nova, and now we have R and R trying out for one of their own.

What I love about this book is that even if the story centered on R and R, the rest of the series characters still play a significant role. I love that Trent and Drew were heavily featured here. I like that even if everyone’s love lives are settled and happy, there are still other things going on in their lives that make things interesting. I really love what Ms. Hebert has done to this series. She went from a college fairy tale trope to a rocking new adult saga that so many people have fallen in love with.

 

 

 

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Cambria Hebert is a latte sipping author of the Heven & Hell series, the Death Escorts series, and the Take It Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book.

If there was one thing I’d learned over the past few years, it was life wasn’t easy. In fact, at times, it was f*cking brutal. Family was supposed to be the exception. Family was supposed to make life easier. It wasn’t always that way.

Guess that’s why the six of us formed our own family. A family by choice and out of loyalty.”

Review: #Holiday – Cambria Hebert

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Author: Cambria Hebert
Series: Hashtag #6.5
Published on: December 3rd 2015
Pages: 86
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports Romance
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Hero: Roman “Romeo” Anderson
Heroine: Rimmel Hudson-Anderson

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Givers gonna give…
Twas the night of game day,
And all through the town,
Lacey glittering snowflakes fluttered around.
They clung to the roads, concealing everything with white.
It was a beautiful #holiday sight.
The paparazzi were out without any care,
In hopes to catch Romeo and Rimmel, rumored to be there.
When out on the road there arose such a clatter.
The Hellcat spun out, but it shouldn’t matter.
I pulled out my cell to dial in a flash.
But the battery was dead. What useless trash.
The moonlight glistening on the new fallen snow
Made us forget we needed a tow.
For the season was upon us. Our family was alight.
Our #holiday was destined to be merry and bright.

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe 

Cliffhanger: No 

Ending: HEA 

I don’t think that whatever took place in this novella was in any way significant to the series as a whole, or even if there’d be future books to look forward to. However, as a fan of the series, as someone who has loved and followed Ivy, Braeden, Rimmel, and Romeo, this novella is like a balm to a thirsty soul. It’s great to read about them again and hang out with them and the entire family. It’s only a bonus story, so while it will definitely entertain the series’ followers, I still feel that I haven’t gotten enough of the fantastic four.

 

To be honest, I really didn’t expect to love this series as much as I do. On paper, the first book promised only an ordinary story that’s been used many times. However, there is something about the way Ms. Hebert weaved the story and all the characters together that made me fall in love with these four protagonists. I can just see myself revisiting them every now and then.

 

 

 

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Cambria Hebert is a latte sipping author of the Heven & Hell series, the Death Escorts series, and the Take It Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book.

Review: #Heart – Cambria Hebert

Review: #Heart – Cambria Hebert#Heart
Author: Cambria Hebert
Series: Hashtag #6
Published on: November 4th 2015
Pages: 528
Narrator: Chandra Skyye, Eric Michael Summerer
Length: 12 hours and 32 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports Romance
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Hero: Roman “Romeo” Anderson, Braeden Walker
Heroine: Rimmel Hudson, Ivy Forrester

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Lovers Gonna Love… Family isn’t always defined by blood. Sometimes family is born of love… Loyalty… And choice. Sometimes the bond that comes from someone having your back through the shittiest of times is stronger than anything you get from genetics. And sometimes you find that piece of your soul you didn’t even know was missing. I’m a lucky guy like that. I found a love that will never fade. I found a group of people who aren’t just my friends. They’ve become my family. There’s only one place to go from here. I’m gonna bind myself to Rimmel in every possible way. I’m gonna bring our family even closer together. The past has taught me it won’t be easy. Especially when faced with repercussions from a night that ended in death. But that’s okay. Family doesn’t quit each other. Love like ours never dies. Happily ever after isn’t just for storybooks.

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe 

Cliffhanger: No 

Ending: HEA 

 

If there wouldn’t be any other book in this series after this, I’d die happy. That’s because this book is the best culmination of the love stories of four amazing characters that Ms. Hebert created.
Ivy and Braeden have both overcome so much. From sniping at each other, semi hating each other, to falling in love and losing friendships, to surviving rape trauma and a near death tragedy. And now, Braeden is struggling with the aftermath of what happened in the previous book. I really feel bad for him. He’s had a lot to bear. First, the knowledge that Ivy was raped. He had to watch her suffer, but he couldn’t bear to tell her the truth because he felt like it would wound her more to know that she was assaulted instead of it just being a drunken mistake. It made the whole thing darker, more evil, more traumatic. So he bore the secret. Then now, with what happened with Zach, he had to live with it too. I love this couple because they were both very protective of each other.

Rimmel and Romeo have also come a long way. From just being a jock and a nerd, they are now one of the strongest couples that I’ve ever read about. There was never any doubt that they loved each other, that they were going to fight for each other and for their families, both in blood and by choice.

I love the way this book ended. And can I just say that even if I didn’t know about the Gearshark series, View Spoiler » And Ms. Hebert teased that story in a way that made me excited and thrilled to get to their own book.

I really am glad I picked up #Nerd when I did because it opened doors for me and I met so many wonderful characters. I am now one of Ms. Hebert’s big fans who will be vigilantly watching out for her new releases.

 

 

 

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Cambria Hebert is a latte sipping author of the Heven & Hell series, the Death Escorts series, and the Take It Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book.

Review: #Poser – Cambria Hebert

Review: #Poser – Cambria Hebert#Poser
Author: Cambria Hebert
Series: Hashtag #5
Published on: August 8th 2015
Pages: 702
Narrator: Jillian Macie, Shaun Grindell
Length: 12 hours and 20 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports Romance
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Hero: Braeden Walker
Heroine: Ivy Forrested
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Posers gonna pose… I am a man who had nothing but found everything. I’ll never go back to nothing ever again. I vowed to protect her, and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. The pictures I stumbled upon haunt me still. The secret I shoulder is heavy. They say secrets put distance between people, but the truth is far more destructive than keeping it hidden will ever be. I won’t ever tell. She can’t know. When I look in the mirror, my reflection is of who I’m afraid I’ll become, not the man I am. It makes me feel like a #poser, no better than all the others pretending to be exactly who they aren’t. How does a man keep it together when everything is unraveling right here in his hands? I didn’t start any of this. I never asked for it. But it came knocking. When secrets and threats knock, I open the door. Because the best way to take down a #poser is to be one.

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe
Cliffhanger: No
Ending: HFN 

I’ve been waiting to get into this book the moment that Braeden discovered that Ivy was raped and that what happened with her and Zach was far from consensual. I couldn’t wait to read how they were going to deal with things once the truth came out. Ms. Hebert never fails to put a bit of suspense and thrill into her books, even when the story drowns in sweetness that I could feel my tooth start to ache.

Anyway, the reason I couldn’t give this book a full five stars is that I just didn’t enjoy the chapters with Zach’s POV. I mean, yeah, it made me understand where his rage and hate came from. But maybe that could have been achieved by a simple narration by someone else instead of having to read his thoughts and his hatred of the series’ main characters.

I also don’t understand why Braeden kept Ivy’s assault a secret. Yes, he had his reason, but I would have thought that seeing Ivy become very tortured by something she couldn’t understand would have prompted him to tell the truth. Stat. Fortunately, he more than redeemed himself because he remained strong for Ivy, even when she didn’t want to see him or talk to him.

I really love Ivy and Braeden, and this story just made me love them more because of the things they had to endure. Yes, Romeo and Rimmel also had issues, but those seem little when compared to Ivy’s trials alone. I really am glad that after everything that happened and after all things that were done to them, these fantastic four always end up as survivors.

 

 

 

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Cambria Hebert is a latte sipping author of the Heven & Hell series, the Death Escorts series, and the Take It Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book.

“I love you so much, B.”

“Times two, baby,” I murmured. “Times two.”