Category Archives: Romance

The Temporary Wife by Jeannie Moon

The Temporary Wife is a cute quick read.

My Review

When Megan Rossi is close to losing, Molly, the daughter of her best friend, she gets the limited offer from Jason Cambell.  After hearing all the reasons his parents think Megan should not be raising his neice, Jason decides to help fight back.  The offer, a temporary marriage with Meg receiving the house and custody of Molly at the end.  With that Meg agrees to be Jason’s Temporary Wife.

I really did enjoy this book, but I am a sucker for Cinderella reads.  Though Meg has another offer to help her fight for Molly, she does not want to have to borrow from her brother.  Even if the offer from Jason is not ideal, it si the best of the two and she knows it.

Jason and Meg make great characters with their “secret” past and hard to fight attraction.  But the character that stole the book for me would be Jason’s assistant, Harper.  Whether you are loving her or hating her, I really just wanted to know more about her.

About the Author

Jeannie Moon is a school librarian who loves that she has a job which allows her to immerse herself in good books and call it work. A native Long Islander, Jeannie still lives there with her family and a couple of well-behaved dogs and an equally misbehaving cat.

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Question for Readers?

How far would you go to keep the child that was left in your custody?

The Temporary Wife Book Cover The Temporary Wife
Forever Love Series
Jeannie Moon
Fiction
Penguin
May 21, 2013
E-Book
255
Nook Book

It was an offer she couldn’t refuse…from a man she couldn’t resist. Kindergarten teacher Megan Rossi is devoted to being a mother to her best friend’s five-year-old daughter, Molly. When the child was orphaned, Meg became the little girl’s legally named guardian—over the objections of Molly’s wealthy grandparents, the Campbells. Now the Campbells are petitioning for custody, and Meg is faced with a long and expensive legal battle. The last thing she expects is for her former high school boyfriend—and the Campbells’ estranged son—to offer a solution: marriage. Billionaire software developer Jason Campbell knows his parents don’t have Molly’s best interests at heart—it’s all about control for them. There is one way he can ensure that his sister’s last wishes are honored. He will offer Meg the protection of his name and lawyers until the custody arrangement has been finalized , then he’ll secure his niece’s future with a very generous divorce settlement. Jason’s considered all the scenarios, except one—that the sparks that once flew between he and Meg might reignite a burning passion. And that his confirmed bachelor heart might just melt away from the heat…

69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer

What do you do when your boss is insufferable and you have won the lottery?  Kira Archer has answered that question for you in her book 69 Million Things I Hate About You. I have just fallen in love with this book and can not wait to get my greedy little hands on book two in the series to see where the other characters go.

My Review

69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer is a little gem of a book I found on sale. YES, it was on sale when I got this book. The book had me laughing so hard I was bright red and not from embarrassment. I will admit, when I read that the description of the book about the female winning millions in the lottery, I was kind of happy about a female who was on a more of an equal footing when it came to the billionaire men in most of these romance novels. (I am still looking for my billionaire to sweep me off my feet, but my life isn’t a Cinderella story).

What also kind of excited me is all the things she did since she really did not care about keeping her job. As someone who works and needs to pay the bills, I have a plan for when I can finally quit work, all the things I have wanted to say to someone will just come spilling out of my mouth and as I leave the building I am going to play the “Cups Song” from Pitch Perfect as I leave. So, the things she wants to say and do to her boss, I get it and congratulate her on getting to accomplish those things.

While reading 69 Million Things I Hate About You, Kiersten has become my hero. She takes no hostages in her fresh start after winning the lottery. She has no problem getting back at Cole for everything that he has pulled over the years of her being his assistant.

Though everything she did after winning the lottery was in good fun, she never meant any major harm to him or his company. Doing things like not fixing his coffee instead fixing herself a cup and drinking it in front of him, sending him to a black-tie event in costume by switching the dates of two events. Nothing that would have a lasting effect on the business itself just a little mind game to him. But I think the best is the things she does to his yearly poker getaway with his friends.

But the question remains at what point is a harmless prank to far?

About the Author

Kira Archer lives in Pennsylvania with her hubs and two kids. And 3 ridiculous cats. She’s one of those people who laughs at inappropriate moments (especially overly emotional occasions like weddings or funerals), and she has an insanely overactive imagination which is great when she’s writing but not so great when she’s shutting all the lights off at night and then has to go up the stairs. She has a PhD in Procrastination (or would if there was such a thing and there soooo should be because she’s seriously at expert level here). And if she’s not writing, she’s reading, or thinking about reading or writing. And running her kids around because they are busy and she’s the taxi driver. She also writes historical romances as Michelle McLean.

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Question for Readers

What would you do if you won the lottery? Would you go out with a bang or just leave quietly?

69 Million Things I Hate About You Book Cover 69 Million Things I Hate About You
Kira Archer
Fiction
Entangled: Indulgence
October 9, 2017
Nook Book
260

“Sit back and enjoy the ride, because you're going to laugh your butt off!" - Brenda, AL. After personal assistant Kiersten Abbott wins sixty-nine million dollars in the lotto, she suddenly has more than enough money to quit her impossibly demanding job. But where’s the fun in that? She decides to stay and exact a little revenge on her insufferable ass of a boss. Billionaire Cole Harrington quickly figures out something’s afoot with his usually agreeable personal assistant. When he finds out about the office pool betting on how long it’ll take him to fire her, he decides to spice things up and see how far he can push her until she quits. The game is on, with everyone waiting to see who will crack first. But the bet sparks a new dynamic between them, and soon they realize they just might have crossed that fine line between hate and love.

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

I read Cinder & Ella back during summer (before the republish with the new cover) before I went back to school.  Let me start by admitting I just cried.  This was not just your average tears, no this was ugly crying.

MY REVIEW

Cinder & Ella is a Cinderella retelling on a very basic level.  There is a lot of parallels but there are also just as many differences.

Ellamara “Ella” is a book blogger, who lives with her mother.  When a car accident kills her mom and leaves her with major burns on her body, she is forced to go and live with her estranged father.  Brian Oliver “Cinder” is Hollywood’s latest teen heartthrob since landing the only role he really cares about.  Now he is also Hollywood’s bad-boy.  The management team wants to clean up his reputation with a fake engagement.  Can an email from an old friend change everything?

I love this book, so much so that I have read it a second time after finding out there was a sequel that just just came out.  I read this knowing that I was going to be red-eyed from crying non-stop.  There is something about Ella’s story that is sad and addicting.  I really hate reading these sad books normally because of the tear factor.  But this book I could not put down.  I have told many people about this book and gotten a few to read it (including mom and sister).

I love Ella in this book, she is a survivor, but even the strongest has a breaking point.  Ella goes through a lot of change after the accident.  Not just the physical.  There is an emotional battle.  On top of all of that, everything around her seems to be against her.  Even when she wants to give up you still love Ella.

About the Author

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

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Question for Readers

What is your favorite cry your eyes out book?

Cinder & Ella Book Cover Cinder & Ella
Cinder & Ella
Kelly Oram
Young Adult, Romance
Bluefields
August 15, 2014
e-book
254
Own - Kindle

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

The Billionaire Bad Boys Club by Emma Holly

I Sometimes wonder what brings me to books like The Billionaire Bad Boys Club by Emma Holly.  I may not know the full reason for my interest.  Maybe it is just something that my conservative heart could never do, but to each their own.  Yes, this book is a Menage.  This was not my first Menage book, but for some reason it is one of my most memorable ones I have read.

MY REVIEW

When as teenagers, next door neighbors Trey and Zane realize they have more in common than they originally thought, they help each other out.  Now working together, they own a business that is growing larger and more popular.  Then there is Rebecca, who gave up everything in order to raise her younger twin brothers.  She worked hard as a teen to not let anyone take the two boys away and split up their family.  While doing this she found and developed a skill and love for cooking.

Though a short meeting between the three has some effect on them it is not until years later that anything happens.  With her applying to be the chef at their newest business venture and her brothers making the “Men of Harvard” edition of their magazine, every aspect of her life seems to have The Bad Boys Club in it.

Character development is good.  You don’t just have this struggling cook with the billionaires.  You get a few glimpses of what led them down their life path.  My favorite character in this book will have to be Rebecca, as the oldest sibling I get the need to take care of the younger siblings.  I am just glad I was never put in this position.  I also like the struggle on Zanes part to be more accepting of what he feels.  It is probably the most important part of this book, though I do read it for the love story.

I was really satisfied with  The Billionaire Bad Boys Club.   It was a good read with a decent plot line and good characters.

QUESTION FOR THE READERS

Have you ever read a Menage book?  Was it on accident and what was your thought the first time you ever opened one up?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emma Holly is the award winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty romantic books, featuring billionaires, shifters, faeries and just plain extraordinary folks. She loves the hot stuff, both to read and to write!

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The Billionaire Bad Boys Club Book Cover The Billionaire Bad Boys Club
Emma Holly
Fiction
Emma Holly
October 24, 2012
e-book
242
Own - Nook

Self-made billionaires Zane and Trey have been a club of two since they were eighteen. They’ve done everything together: play football, fall in love, even get smacked around by their dads. The only thing they haven’t tried is seducing the same woman. When they set their sights on sexy chef Rebecca, these bad boys just might have met their match!

Blog Tour: Wooing the Wedding Planner

When I signed up to do the blog tour for Wooing the Wedding Planner by Amber Leigh Williams, there was no plans for the flu, Jury Duty and any other life disturbances but I got them all.  I did find time to read this book during the jury selection process.

I will admit, Wooing the Wedding Planner was a little slow to start.  It took me a few chapters to get into the book, but once I did it was a really good read.

MY REVIEW

When a lack of communication has Roxie agreeing to rent the house that Byron plans to purchase, they are sent on another plan of living together for a year since Bryon already lives in the garage loft.  Putting two people who already are attracted to each other in close proximity will lead to nothing but romance.

Overall I like the characterization of Roxie, she is a girl who has been to the low point in her life.  She may still struggle with the need to be accepted for who she is with the people in her life, but she knows what is really important.  With her romance with Byron she even discovers what she deserves.

The overall plot line is more believable than other romances out there.  Two people who live in the same town, know each other in passing and even find the other attractive being thrown together.  This is a very believable romance (more so than the billionaire stories I love to read).  Yes like all romances it also has a very predictable ending.  Something I have to thank Amber Leigh Williams for, my new dream wedding.

Question for the Readers

What is your favorite Harlequin Serial Read type?  Do you like the Super Romance like Wooing the Wedding Planner? Do you like another type?  My favorite is the Desire Reads, I like that Quick Romance getting swept off your feet.  Or do you not like to read Harlequin at all?  Let me know in the comments down below.

About the Author

Amber Leigh Williams is a Harlequin romance writer who lives on the US Gulf Coast. She lives for beach days, the smell of real books, and spending time with her husband and their two young children. When she’s not keeping up with rambunctious little ones (and two large dogs), she can usually be found reading a good book or indulging her inner foodie. Amber is represented by the D4EO Literary Agency.

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Wooing the Wedding Planner Book Cover Wooing the Wedding Planner
Amber Leigh Williams
Romance, Super Romance
Harlequin
January 1, 2017
e-book
384

No more wedding marches for her! Wedding planner Roxie Honeycutt can make happy-ever-after come true for anyone except herself. Freshly divorced and done with love, she's okay with watching clients walk down the aisle. What's not okay? Sharing a charming Victorian house with accountant Byron Strong. He's frustratingly sexy and determined to keep her confused. Roxie thought Byron's expertise was numbers, yet somehow he sees her for who she really is. Somehow he understands the hurt she hides behind a trademark smile. Suddenly romance is tempting again, even if it means risking another heartbreak.

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