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Review of The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca

The Baby Bargain

The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Marine, Adult Fiction.

Published: March 2013

Length: 184 pages (e-book)

3 out of 5 Stars (It was a cute read)

I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about this one, but the plot was interesting and kept my attention.

Megan is a veterinarian who is being accused for stealing a show dog by an influential man in her town. She seeks the help of an old love, Adam. Adam does not know that Megan has been keeping the fact that they have a 2 year old son. Once Adam finds out the child, he wants to protect his family, but he is not sure if he can be a father especially with the secret he has been holding.

I was a little nervous that we would not find out about the child, Cole, until closer to the end of the book, but that did not happen. As soon as Adam found out about his “C-Man” (I loved that nickname that Adam gave his son) the story took off.

Megan was a great heroine. She was sweet and understanding, but strong at the same time.  I was upset with the fact that she did not tell Adam about Cole until he was 2 years-old.  I think a man should always know. However, we learn what happened in her life with her father so I kind-of understood her fear.  That whole story line about Megan’s father was believable.  Usually when an author tries to write a story to make the readers understand the character’s angst, it is not so believable.  This, I was able to understand and see how that could truly make her feel that Adam would  do the same.

I thought the scenes between Megan and Adam were enduring and passionate. They were pretty hot. The author did a good job allowing me to experience their passion and love for one another.

I liked the suspense part of the story.  I loved that Adam was the protector, but then I was disappointed because he seemed to “run” every time anything got hard.  The miscommunication of him “thinking” what he thought Megan was thinking or feeling about him got on my nerves in the end.  I want a man to act like a man and not be afraid to confront the issues.

  • Did I skim? No
  • Did I connect to the characters? Yes. It was easy to.
  • Pace of story: Pretty. I have to be honest I thought it was going to drag, but I liked how the author took us and made the reader understand Megan and Adam’s love before Cole was introduced to the story.
  • Positives: It was written well.
  • Negatives: I hated that Adam basically waited until the last minute to tell Megan about why he was having those bad dreams.  It honestly pissed me off.  I liked Adam, but wanted to throw an apple or something at him so he would wake up and see him holding stuff in was only making things worse.
  • Do I recommend? Overall, if you are looking for a simple cute love story with a bit of suspense, I recommend. It was a cute story even though the story got a little too sappy for me towards the end. However, I did not feel like I wasted my reading time.

Happy Reading

Book/Format: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review.

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Review of Fighting for Flight By Jamie Salsbury

Fighting for Flight

Fighting for Flight (Fighting #1)  by Jamie Salsbury

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, UFL Fighter, Erotica, Suspense.

Published: February 2013

Book Format: Amazon Kindle

3.5 out of 5 Stars (The series has a lot of potential)

I started by loving the Prologue, it sucked me in, but then somewhere along the way the story lost me.

UFL fighter falls for a cute, sweet girl who mechanic.  Jonah Slade, a famous UFL fighter slash playboy, hires Raven Morretti to help him fix up an old car. Jonah finds out that Raven’s mother is a prostitute and a daughter of a well-known pimp, Dominick Moretti, in Vegas.  However, Jonah can’t seem to stay away or fall in love with Raven.   Jonah has to make big decisions about his career when Dominick tells Raven’s his plans for her when she turns 21.  Will Jonah risk everything to save Raven?

First let me start by saying I love these types of stories, but I had a few problems.

The love story between the characters was too inst-love for me, too much…too soon.  The minute they saw each other they fell in love hard and fast.  I don’t mind when the couple find immediate attraction to each other, but it should not be the first minute that they see each other.  However, saying that though, I want to add that the first initial love scene between Raven and Jonah were beautiful and hot.  It was VERY well written.  And don’t get me wrong, I loved how Jonah loved Raven.  She deserved it, but I wished it wasn’t so sudden.

Raven best friend, Eve, I had a huge problem with her.  In the story, Eve, finds herself a boyfriend.  Later Raven finds out that Eve was telling this boyfriend all of Raven’s personal information. I mean everything. I won’t tell you more about who the boyfriend was and all the circumstances that followed Eve’s big mouth, but I have a problem with that. Desperate or not to have or keep a boyfriend, your friends should not be telling the guys they are having sex with your personal business. And what a “dumb” girl Eve was not to question why her “boyfriend” was asking about her friend.

I loved Blake, Jonah’s best friend. LOVED that playboy! I want him to have his own story.  However, here is my plea to the author…I DO NOT want the story to be between Blake and Eve.  Blake was “smooth” talking playboy in the book.  He made me laugh out loud. I loved all his one liners and I loved that he had a huge heart when it came to people he cared about.  However, Blake’s big thing was he never slept with women who had kids.  SO I am hoping that the author, in Blake’s book *hint, hint* meets a girl who is strong, but is having a hard time but also has a child.  She could be waitress or do some other legitimate job in the casino. BUT this girl for Blake has to be independent and not take his crap but sees what the good person he is. I want this relationship to be about friendship and love.

  • Did I skim? A little. Some of the dialogue needed to be smoothed out.
  • Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes
  • Pace of story? Okay
  • Positives:  I loved the concept of the story.  I think this author has a lot of potential. If she writes another book and especially if it is about Blake, I will probably be the first one to buy it.  I think I loved Blake a little bit more than Jonah. Jeez, I really do have a thing for bad boys…Blake was HOT!!
  • Negatives: I did enjoy the story overall, it did lack “something” in certain scenes.
  • Would I recommend?  Bottom line, I am giving this book 3.5 stars, but I do RECOMMEND IT. Overall, it was a cute story, AND if hear that the next story if about Blake, I want to be the first one to read it.

NOTE: I see that since I wrote my review that Jamie Salsbury is having a sequel about Blake!! *squee*

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Series Reading Order:

Fighting for Flight (Fighting #1)

Fighting to Forgive (Fighting #2)

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Review of Truth and Author Interview Aleatha Romig

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Review

Truth (Consequences #2) by Aleatha Romig

Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Dark, Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction.

Published: October 2012

Length: 468 pages

5 out of 5 Stars (It was a really good sequel…loved!)

I am always so leery of sequels.  Many are just “fillers” until the third book in the trilogy comes out.  I hate that.  However, that was not in the case with Truth the sequel to Consequences.

Synopsis: When Claire finally is released from jail and from Anthony Rawlings, she makes it a mission to rebuild her life.  After being under the control of Tony for so long, she knows it will be a struggle, but one she cannot fail at. How easy will that be when she knows that Tony likes to control everything in his life and even though she is no longer “in” his life, she knows that Tony will not give her up that easily.   However, what Claire begins to learn is not everyone is fooled in the façade that Anthony Rawlings put out for people to see.

The second book in the Consequences series was so well written, so original; I loved the twists and turns.  Just when I thought I had everything figured there was an unexpected twist.

I am emotionally invested in the lives of Claire and Tony.  I don’t know if I will regret saying this, but I started to like Tony. Yes, I know!!!  I saw him as a different man, but not sure if I am blinded by all his “everything.”   Readers, you know what I mean!!!!

And what an amazing job the author did by having me change my opinion about certain characters.  I can’t believe I started hating some and loving others. Maybe I am suffering Stockholm syndrome??!!  Can I get that as a reader????

My favorite… favorite scene in the whole book is the scene when Claire meets Tony at the restaurant for the first time after she has been released from jail. I read Truth twice already and that is still my favorite scene in the entire book.  That scene was just so…Tony.  I don’t want to give away specifics but from the minute Claire walked into the restaurant to the end it was everything I could see Tony do.  I seriously love and hate that man.  I need help!!

Hours after finishing the book, I was thinking about the characters.  I rarely say this about a book, but I am not sure if I want an HEA with this series.  The ending had me asking “what just happened???” And this is why I loved the book.  I love that I am not sure which way I want the story to go.

  • Did I skim? No. So much happens in this book, you can not skim.
  • Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes!
  • Will I reread? Already have and probably will again before Convicted comes out.
  • Positives:  Well paced. The sequel did not disappoint.
  • Negatives: My only gripe is that we have to wait for the release until the end of 2013/beginning of 2014.
  • Do I recommend? Yes. I loved it!!!!

 

Author Interview (Part II)

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Aleatha Romig

What was the hardest part about writing Consequences and Truth?

The hardest part was writing a trilogy and not knowing I was writing a trilogy! I wrote Consequences as a standalone book.  I left it “open”.  However, I had no idea where it would go. Then with Truth and now with Convicted, I have to check dates and work diligently to be sure everything fits together.

How long did it take you to write Consequences and Truth?

I wrote Consequences slower, it was all trial and error.  Truth, once it started flowing, which was about 5 – 6 months into it, I wrote the entire manuscript in four months.

Did you learn anything from writing Consequences and Truth? If yes, what was it?

OMG! I’ve learned SO much.  I’ve gone to seminars and workshops. I’ve talked with talented amazing authors. I’ve listened to readers and reviewers.  The entire process has been one big education. I’ve learned to know the rules and know when to break them.  Value others opinions but write for me.  If I don’t love what I write, no one else will.

Did any parts or scenes of Consequences and/or Truth come from personal experiences or of experiences of other people? 

There are a few snippets here and there.  However, most of the material is from fiction, books, TV shows, and movies… all woven together.

Did your husband and children read your books? If yes, what were their reactions to the story?

My husband is my “sounding board”.  I often read scenes to him. My children have not read, but they know the story. We’ve had many dinner discussions regarding Claire and Tony.

Is there a meaning behind the cover of Consequences and Truth?

Yes, at the end of Consequences, the note in the box says, “You’re just a piece of the puzzle”.   The entire book is a puzzle for the reader to put together. Remember, things are not always as they appear.  And Truth, I wanted to stay with the “game” theme.  The entire book is like a chess match.  I also like the inclusion of Claire’s pearl necklace.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Follow your heart and get a good editor!

Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you! I could never have imagined how loving and outgoing readers could be.  I’m enjoying every minute of this fantastic ride.  Please continue to tell others about my books.  Word of mouth is still the best recommendation.

What is your favorite movie? Favorite book?

One of my favorite movies, I’ve watched so many times I know by heart is: Overboard with Goldie Hawn.   Favorite book, I always say: Gone With the Wind.   Truly, there are too many to pick one!

What is the most shocking thing a fan has asked you since Consequences and Truth have been published?

That! lol   Nothing comes to mind.  Maybe I’m not easily shocked.

Will Convicted be the last book in the series?

Yes, it’s time to move on.  However, no matter how many more books or series’ I write, Tony and Claire will always be special – they’re my first.  You always remember your first!

When will Convicted be coming out?

The release date isn’t set.  I’m hoping for late 2013 / early 2014.  We’ll see!

Thank you for this interview. I cannot tell you how excited I am for the release of Convicted.

Thank you so much for having me here! And thank you for telling people about my books! I’m very excited about Convicted too… I promise more twists and turns! I have a reputation to maintain.

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Series Reading Order:

Consequences (Consequences #1)

Truth (Consequences #2)

Convicted (Consequences #3)

 

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Review of Turning Point (The Kathleen Turner Series #3) By: Tiffany Snow

Turning Point 3

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Fiction.

Release Date: February 19, 2013

Length: 444 Pages

10++++ Stars (I LOVED!!!)

The third book in Tiffany Snow’s, Kathleen Turner series, did not disappoint. I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed this book.

I am ecstatic that there is going to be book #4 and I already loved the first chapter that was the preview in back of the book.

When I finished Turning Point, I immediately when back and read my favorite scenes.  I did not want this book to end.  I could not put this book down.  It was such an amazing read.  I cannot think of the proper adjective to describe or tell you just how much I loved this book.

Like in most sequels, I thought that this book would start out slow.  NO, this one does not.  Tiffany Snow has such a great imagination that there is not one dull moment.

I first was introduced to Tiffany Snow’s Kathleen Turner series when I went away with my husband on his business trip and was stuck in the hotel room because of bad weather.  While my husband was in all-day conventions, I had nothing to do. So, I randomly purchased some books.  One of them was No Turning Back. I never heard of No Turning Back or Tiffany Snow.  I don’t know what made me purchase it. The minute I started, I could not put it down.  As soon as I was done with No Turning Back, I immediately picked up the sequel, Turn to Me.  That was another amazing read.  I was actually glad I was stuck in the hotel room while there was a storm outside and no one to interrupt me. I don’t think I even ate until my husband came back from his meetings and asked if I was hungry.

My love letter to Tiffany Snow: This is going to be a shameless letter to you. I do not know how to tell you what an amazing writer you are.  I hope there are 100+ books in the Kathleen Turner series.  This is hands down my favorite romantic suspense series and you are one of my top 5 favorite authors.

Plot: Kathleen Turner is promoted from working as law-firm-runner at her boyfriend’s, Blane Kirk’s office to work with Blane’s brother, Kade, as an investigator.   Kade is a well-known assassin-for-hire who also happens to have some interest in Kathleen.   Kade and Kathleen go on a lead to solve an old case only to come across some people who are willing to kill just so they are not found.  Meanwhile, Blane is defending a ruthless man who is accused of raping a woman.   Kathleen, Blane and Kade must atone for the sins of the past and the present. The fallout will force Kathleen to a turning point…in her career, and her life.

This book carries everything you need in a story to be satisfied.  There will be no regrets reading this book.  You will not feel like you wasted your time.

If you like romance with a bit of suspense, you will love this book. And if you think that you are not into romantic suspense novels, you will be after reading this incredible book.

  • Did I skim? NO
  • Did I fell connected to the characters? Yes.
  • Did I look forward to returning to the book when I had to stop? Yes.  I asked my husband to make dinner for the kids and put them to bed so I can finish this awesome book.  I could not stop reading.
  • Will I re-read? Yes. I already re-read my favorite parts.
  • Pace of the story? Perfect.
  • Will I read the sequel? YES. Without a doubt. Is there someone I can bribe to get book #4 now??!! How will I be able to wait until December???!!!!
  • Positives:  The story never got dull.  There was always something happening. Great writing.
  • Negatives:  It ended. I did not want it to end.  I cannot think of anything negative except that I will have to wait until December to read book #4.
  • Ending/Cliffhanger:  AWESOME!!!  I already read the Epilogue three times.  10+ stars.

Series Reading Order:

No Turning Back2No Turning Back (The Kathleen Turner Series #1)

Turn to MeTurn to Me (The Kathleen Turner Series #2)

Turning Point 3Turning Point (The Kathleen Turner Series #3)

Out of TurnOut of Turn (The Kathleen Turner Series #4) – Expected Publication: December 17, 2013

Thank you to Amazon Publishing and Net Galley for providing a copy for an honest review.

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Review of Red Zone (Daniels Brothers #2) By Sherri Hayes

RedZone

3 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, Suspense

Length: 221 Pages

Published: February 7, 2013

Gage, a professional football player has been getting death threats from an unknown stalker.  Rebecca, a FBI agent is hired to investigate and protect Gage.  Gage is a player and Rebecca is a very guarded person.  However, they cannot resist their mutual attraction.

This story is told through both POVs which I really liked. I really liked Gage.  I thought he was a good person who loved his family and was a stand-up guy, who was also a hot, professional football player. I have a love for contemporary romances with hot sport players.

I liked Rebecca but then she got on my nerves a little.  At first, I understood Rebecca’s reasoning for not wanting to start a relationship with Gage, but then it got a little silly and when she finally realized that she should give Gage a try, I was over it.

I love when there is sexual tension, but this one either took too long or just came at a weird time in the book.

I liked the characters, I liked the plot, but I think the execution of the two could have been better.

Overall, this is a very sweet contemporary romance with a little bit of suspense which I enjoy in novels. It was fun trying to figure out who was threatening Gage. I always do enjoy a “who done it.” 

Did I skim? A little. I got tired of Rebecca’s silly thoughts about how she should not be with Gage.  I felt bad for the guy after the while.

Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes

Do I recommend? If you are looking for a sweet romance with some suspense, yes.

Ending? It was nice and sweet.

 
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Review of Wild Man (Dream Man #2) By Kristen Ashley

Wild Man

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Erotica, Suspense.

Published: October 2011

Length: 343 Pages

3 out of 5 Stars (It was not my favorite Kristen Ashley book, but she is still one of my favorite authors!)

I love Kristen Ashley.  She is one of my favorite authors.  However, this book was not a favorite of mine.  It started out good, but then nothing happened until the very end.  Plus, it was very similar to another book written by her.  I like that Kristen Ashley writes about strong, controlling alpha males.  However, I like these men to have different stories.

Tessa O’Hara married the wrong type of guy and stayed married to him for 10 years.  An undercover DEA, Brock Lucas, is assigned to investigate Tessa and see if she is involved in any of her ex-husband’s drug dealings.  Tessa does not discover that Brock Lucas is an undercover DEA until after she spends 4 months with him and falls in love. Brock knows after a short time of meeting Tessa that she has nothing to do with her ex-husband drugs, but after all those months of lying to her, how can he make her see that he has begun to care for her to?  Plus, Brock has some history and secrets he is keeping from Tessa.

This story sounded interesting.  Just the type of description I expect from a Kristen Ashley novel.  However, it was dry. There was sex, but it was just okay.  The book felt like parts were taken out of other Kristen Ashley’s books.

Did I skim? No

Did I feel connected to the characters? A little. They were similar to other Kristen Ashley characters.

Do I recommend? I would not recommend this specific Kristen Ashley book.  However, there are others that I would highly recommend. I am still going to buy and read all of Kristen Ashley books!!

Ending/Cliffhanger: It was okay.  I was exactly how I expected it to end.

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Sequels:  Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) – Published: July 2011

Law Man (Dream Man #3) – Published: February 2012

Motorcycle Man (Dream Man #4) – Published May 2012

 

 

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Review of The Gamble By Kristen Ashley

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1) by Kristen Ashley

The Gamble

4 out of 5 Stars

Published:  April 2011

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Erotica

Length: 555 pages

Nina Sheridan’s takes a timeout from her clueless, cold fiancé and heads to Gnaw Bone, Colorado.  When she arrives to the A-Frame that she rents for 2 weeks, she meets Max, the owner. Max tells her there was a mistake and kicks her out of the house.  With nowhere to go, she goes back out in the snowstorm, gets stuck in the ditch only to  wake up in the morning in Max’s bed sick with the flu.  Max ends up taking care of Nina something her “safe, but uncaring fiancé would never do.  Nina ends up staying in Max’s house and meeting all the interesting people of Gnaw Bone. The first week, Nina is in Gnaw Bone, a murder occurs to the most hated man in town.

I have to say, Kristen Ashley is one of my top 5 favorite authors. I really liked this book and recommend it.  Whenever I read a few bland books, I know I can pick up a Kristen Ashley book and enjoy a good read.  The Gamble was a GREAT read!

I do like a little drama when it is in an erotica romance and this drama was just enough for me. It had me in tears and I loved it.  I love when there is enough angst to cause my heart to ache a little.

The Gamble was steamy and sexy.  Also, I liked that the sex did not happen on day #1.  Sometimes, the anticipation is worth it.  It makes it hotter.

Did I skim?  No.  After I finished the book, I went back and reread my favorite parts.

Did I feel connected to the characters? YES.

Will I reread? Yes

Did I think about the book after I was finished? Yes

Do I recommend? YES

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Sequels: Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain #2) Published: April 2011

Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain #3) Published: October 2011

Breathe (Colorado Mountain #4) Published: July 2012

Colorado Mountain (Colorado Mountain #5) Expected Publication: 2013

 

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