ARC Review: Wedding Date Rescue – Sonya Weiss

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Wedding Date Rescue – Sonya WeissWedding Date Rescue
Author: Sonya Weiss
Series: Fire and Sparks #1
Published by Entangled: Bliss
Published on: February 27th 2017
Genres: Category Romance, Contemporary Romance
Source: NetGalley
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Hero: Kent Wakefield
Heroine: Casey Bradford
Trope: Friends To Lovers, Pretend Relationships

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As a Firefighter, Kent Wakefield has been burned before, and not just by fire. So when Casey Bradford, his best friend’s off-limits, gorgeous little sister, asks him to be her fake boyfriend, he flat out refuses. He doesn’t do relationships, real or otherwise. But when his well-meaning, marriage-pushing mother corners him about his cousin’s wedding, he panics and tells her he has a date.
After being left at the altar, Casey is out of options. She needs a boyfriend ASAP or she can kiss her dreams good-bye. Who better than her brother’s emotionally unavailable best friend, Kent. She may have nursed a childhood crush, but this arrangement will be purely platonic…that is until he kisses her and suddenly it gets a lot harder to remember it’s all pretend.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe with exceptions. H and h have been in relationships with other people throughout their friendship.
Cliffhanger: No
Ending: HEA

This is a light and sweet friends-to-lovers story that I definitely enjoyed. I feel like I’m winning in the chance department because the two new-to-me authors that I took a chance on turned out pretty great. I’m really glad the publisher approved me for an ARC of this book. It’s my first book from Ms. Weiss, and I tell you now, this definitely won’t be the last.

I really like both main characters. The heroine was driven and career-oriented, but she was also soft and warm. The hero was a troubled firefighter who’s been through a tragic event where he lost someone and almost died himself. I like that their friendship saw both of them during their lowest times. I like the banter between the two protagonists. Another thing, I really enjoyed the secondary characters. I can’t wait to read more about the other firefighters, especially the heroine’s brothers.

Ms. Weiss has written a quick, easy, and enjoyable book that not only captures a reader’s attention through its entirety. It also introduced you to interesting characters that will surely pique your interest and will want any reader to watch out for more. I know, I myself will be waiting for the next books.

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m a freelance writer and ghostwriter. My published clips include feature newspaper articles, magazine articles, essays, children’s short stories and writing projects for business clients. I’m also a columnist at Families Online Magazine.

My fiction has won honorable mention in various contests and I was the first place winner of Harlequin’s ‘The Baseball Diamond’ writing contest.

I’m represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency.

ARC Review: Kissing Her Enemy – Coleen Kwan

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Kissing Her Enemy – Coleen KwanKissing Her Enemy
Author: Coleen Kwan
Series: Pine Falls, #2
Published by Entangled: Bliss
Published on: February 27th 2017
Genres: Category Romance, Contemporary Romance
Source: NetGalley
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Hero: Logan Wright
Heroine: Amber Miller
Trope: Second Chance Romance

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Amber Miller has worked hard to get her small business thriving. Now the Wright family wants to tear down her store to put up a mega center. What’s even worse, the guy who broke her heart in high school is the new CEO of Wright Inc. He’s just as infuriating now—and just as tempting—as he was back then, but she isn’t giving up without a fight.
Logan Wright is back in Pine Falls for one reason: to turn his dad’s failing company around. His plans should put them on the upswing. But he didn’t count on Amber Miller standing in his way, as fiery and stubborn as she was years ago. And the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to resist falling for her again. The only problem is he’s everything she doesn’t want.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe with exception. H and h has something going on in HS before a misunderstanding tore them apart. Both have been in relationships with other people during separation, although none were mentioned in the book, and there was no OW/OM drama.
Cliffhanger: No
Ending: HEA

This is my first book from Coleen Kwan. I took a chance on this because the blurb sounded very promising. It’s a good thing the publisher approved me for an ARC thru NetGalley. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. Before, when I used to read books from Entangled, I seldom give a rating of 4 because I always end up wanting more out of the book that the author failed to give. But I changed my expectations this time. I knew that this book would be within the category romance type, so it’s going to be quick, light, and easy. It won’t take me through a roller coaster of emotions. It won’t give me ups and downs and over-the-top drama. And by changing my expectations, I found that I really liked this book.

Both main characters were developed characters. The heroine comes from the wrong side. Her father had a wife when he got her mother pregnant. Her mother didn’t move on and was happy just being a poor man’s mistress. She was too focused on her looks and her happiness. She wasn’t a very good parent at all. But the heroine loved her all the same. The hero’s parents were the typical rich couple who looked down on almost everybody beneath them. But the hero was loyal to them all the same. The main conflict of the book, aside from the MCs having an unfinished business was the fact that they were rich and poor, or something like that.

I think that after this book, I will be looking into more books from Ms. Kwan, particularly the first book in her Pine Falls series. While I love complex stories, sometimes, books like this are like a breath of fresh air. It is, without a doubt, a great way to pass the time. Light, quick, easy, and full of sweet and funny moments. That’s what I got from this book.

 

 

 

 

 

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Coleen Kwan writes contemporary and steampunk romance for Carina Press and Entangled Publishing.

Coleen has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.

Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching The Office.

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.