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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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What is your favorite cry your eyes out book?

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Cinder & Ella
Kelly Oram
Young Adult, Romance
Bluefields
August 15, 2014
e-book
254
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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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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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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.

Lord Sebastian’s Secret by Jane Ashford

I remember at one time loving historic romances, though I don’t read them often Lord Sebastian’s Secret did catch my eye.  Lord Sebastian hiding his difficulty in reading so that he is not thought to be dumb.  I really did enjoy Lord Sebastian’s Secret, which was gotten through Netgalley or an honest review.

My Review

It has been a while since I have really gotten into reading historical romances, but it is one of my challenges to myself this year.  So seeing this book available on Netgalley seemed like a sign to me.  Though this was the third book in The Duke’s Sons series.  (I found out after reading it.)  You really do not need to read the others before hand.

Though the center of this story is Sebastian and Georgina, the things other characters cause is even better.  My favorite is the younger sister who is after something of her own.  The house guest Mr. Mitra are just as interesting and causing of trouble.

Overall this was an OK of a book.  Not perfect but good none the less.  At times hard to read and very slow going but when something interesting happened it got good.

Question for Readers

Have you read the previous books in this series?  What are your favorite Historical Romances?

About the Author

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was entranced by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has lived in New York, Boston and LA. Today, she is somewhat nomadic.

Jane has written historical and contemporary romances. Her books have been published in England, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden, Slovakia, Denmark, Russia, and Latvia, Croatia and Slovenia as well as the U.S. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews.

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The Duke's Sons
Jane Ashford
Romance, Historical Romance
Sourcebooks Casablanca
January 3, 2017
Ebook
384
Netgalley

The Billionaire’s Christmas by JS Scott

I will admit The Billionaire’s Christmas by J.S. Scott has come up on my “Books you may like” list on Amazon many time over the last few years.  But it really made its way onto my TBR list when my mom bought Amazon Unlimited.

*Side note the Amazon Unlimited is on a family amazon account that everyone uses not just me*

My Review

Emily has made the biggest mistake of her career, dating the wrong guy.  Now said wrong guy has robbed The Youth Center she is the director of just in time for Christmas.  To fix her mistake Emily goes to The Beast, Grady Sinclair, to save the Youth Center’s Christmas Celebration.

This was my first Sinclair story, aswell as my first book by J.S. Scott but I have completely fallen in love.  The cuteness of the story is great and it ever has a little mystery mixed in with the search for the stolen money.  No the stolen money is not a main focus but it does give a good twist.  No the main story line is Grady wanting Emily to show him what is so good about Christmas.

Question for Readers

What is your favorite Christmas themed Romance?  Have you read or plan to read The Billionaire’s Christmas?  Leave me a comment down below.

About the Author

J.S. Scott is a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic romance. She’s an avid reader of all types of books and literature. Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary erotic romance stories and paranormal romance erotics. They almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she just can’t seem to write them any other way! She lives with her husband in the picturesque Colorado Rockies.

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The Billionaire's Christmas Book Cover The Billionaire's Christmas
The Sinclairs
J.S. Scott
Romance, Contemporary Romance
Montlake Romance
October 14, 2014
Ebook
102
Kindle Unlimited

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