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: #Heart – Cambria Hebert

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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.