Friday, January 28, 2022

Caught by Elise Faber {teaser}

Caught by Elise Faber releases on February 1st! Caught is the FIFTEENTH book in the Gold Hockey series. Fifteen. That is just wild.

Get ready for this instalove story between Charlie and Kacee. It's going to be intense. I just know it.



It had been love at first sight…or at least love at first sight of a toppling, glittering, unfortunately-shaped mascot.

Semantics.

Charlie had been spending time in San Francisco with his sister—who was a publicist for the San Francisco Gold hockey team. And by spending time with her, he meant he was licking his wounds and trying to pretend that he hadn’t just had his heart broken.

But it was really hard to pretend he was fine when he was surrounded by happy couples.

He didn’t know what the hell was in the water, but the freaking Gold seemed to breed happy endings like some people bred…horses? Hot house roses? A never-ending supply of hard seltzers in his fridge?

Whatever. The point was that he’d been alone and heartbroken…

Until that giant, glittering gold mascot had toppled over, its head falling off to reveal the woman within.

To reveal Kacee.

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USA Today bestselling author, Elise Faber, loves chocolate, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team—the Sharks!—are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise changes her hair color more often than some people change their socks, loves sparkly things, and is the mom to two exuberant boys.

She lives in Northern California. Connect with her in her Facebook group, the Fabinators or email her at elisefaberauthor@gmail.com.


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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Big Deck Energy by Kim Loraine {cover reveal}


Big Deck Energy is a steamy stand-alone novel in Kim Loraine's Anything For Love series featuring a strong heroine, a hero with a hot AF British accent, and lots of flirty banter.

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This all-new sexy forbidden sports romance is coming March 14th!


A sexy, mistaken-identity, forbidden sports romance!

After my last romance turned into a dumpster fire, I did the only reasonable thing–I swore off men for all of eternity. So my bestie said she did the only reasonable thing–she signed me up for a freaking dating app. I thought it was a joke. But after too many martinis, I committed a cardinal sin. I slid into the DMs of the first eye-roll inducing profile I found – @BigDeckEnergy.

With a name like that, how could I resist giving him a piece of my mind?

I never expected him to write back. I also never expected to like him.

His body? Sexy as hell.

Handle? Cocky.

Accent? Did I mention he’s British?

Personality? Funny, sweet, and witty.

Everything was falling into place until it all came crashing down and I remembered why I’d written off dating in the first place. Because Ethan Byrne wasn’t just @BigDeckEnergy. He was a pro hockey player. #41, the center for the Seattle Cyclones, to be exact. He also happened to be my brand new client, and completely off-limits.

Too bad I already knew exactly how big his deck really was.

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Kim Loraine was raised a Navy brat but spent most of her life growing up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. A proper Washingtonian, she's addicted to coffee, doesn't let a little rain ruin her day, and thinks the sun is a gift from God. When not chasing her three little minions around, Kim spends her time writing, reading, and binge watching Doctor Who.

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Broken Boys Despise Deceit by JB Heller {a review}

Broken Boys Despise Deceit by JB Heller is a new adult, second chance, love triangle, contemporary romance involving a friends with benefits arrangement gone wrong.


Broken Boys Despise Deceit is the third book in the Broken Boys series, and can be read on its own or enjoyed in series order. Now pay special attention to that "enjoyed in series order" comment. If you want the full effect of story, you really do need to go and read the first two books. Trust me on that. Otherwise there could be a little confusion. Especially when it comes to Kass.

Typically this is where I would recap the story. But honestly, the description that JB Heller has created, perfectly sets the stage. It tells you what you need to know without telling you the full story. So I apologize, but I'm going to skip the recap this time around. I'm afraid of spilling too many details, when in reality it's best for the reader to experience this book just knowing what the description says. Does that make sense? I think it does.

Broken Boys Despise Deceit was a quick read, but definitely had some harder topics discussed throughout. From Scout's traumatic past, to the health issues that Mase's dad was facing, to the emotional issues that both characters were dealing with, it was just a lot. Kass definitely has some issues as well, but his were not as pronounced as the other two. I enjoyed just about every moment of it. I will admit tears fell a couple times, but I chalk that up to me being an emotional reader.

Mase struggles with wanting a happily ever after. Quite frankly he doesn't believe in them. 

"Finding a decent woman is like finding Willy Wonka's golden ticket."


But it has been years since he's witnessed what a loving relationship could be. So he doesn't have that exposure. He doesn't have the knowledge of what a true love can be. Mase is perfectly content keeping it to friends with benefits. Nothing more is needed. That is until he catches feelings, and it freaks him out.

Speaking of a FWB relationship, that is exactly what he and Scout have had for the last year. It's working out great for both of them. That is until one night when everything changes. 

Mase and I, we're like two forces of nature coming together to create a beautiful cataclysmic event. It's big, it's beautiful, it's loud, it's completely devastating, it's us.

Friends, we are getting our moment of conflict early on in this book. And everything that happens after this point is just setting the ball in motion. Things are about to change, and no one is really going to be the same. Is that a bit dramatic? Eh, maybe. But it's also truthful. Once you read the book, you'll understand.

Now you're probably wondering, where does Kass come into play in this story? Well...Kass arrives on scene right after the moment of conflict. It's who Scout calls when she needs a ride to urgent care. She tried calling her bestie Chance, but Chance was a bit "busy" with Carter. Kass has had a crush on Scout for a while now, but she doesn't feel the same way.

I wish I could fall for someone like Kass. He's sweet, caring, and kinda sexy in a hot nerd way.

So when she turned to him in a time of pain, that relationship, that friendship, changed. And what transpired has the potential to change her friendship with Chance as well. Therefore it's of no surprise what Scout chose to do next.

And what happened next changed Mase completely. He became more focused on helping train Zeke, and he started going rounds with Trick. It worked out well because Trick had some issues he needed to work out in the ring as well, so having Mase to spar with worked out perfectly. As Mase deals with his dad's declining health, his time at the gym increases even more so. Then there's the fact that only ONE person knows where Scout is, and all that person will say is that she's safe and doesn't want to be found.

Flash forward a year. Chance and Carter just received news about a baby girl, and Mase is excited to be an uncle. Although he has no clue what to do with a baby.  Carter tells Mase all about the baby, and how she has down syndrome just like Carter's sister Bella. Mase is overjoyed about his best friend's news, and decides to do a little shopping to spoil the baby. Zeke tags along for the adventure, and he also let's Mase know that Milo, his partner, is offering to do pallative care for his dad. So when the time comes, he has someone in his corner. While the guys are finishing up their shopping spree at Target, a woman walks by with a baby strapped to her chest. Mase would know that woman anywhere. It's Scout. Of course right when they are beginning their conversation, two things happen. One a panic attack sets in, and two Kass appears and asks a question.  From that scene on Scout, Mase, and Kass become a team. They have a mission to accomplish, and it's going to a bit of time to figure it out. Of course they also need to talk to Chance about it all.

That reconnection scene in the Target parking lot doesn't quite sit well with me. The way it all played out just had Scout on the defensive. I don't care for how Mase or Kass acted. All they could think about was themselves. They didn't stop to think about Scout, or little Harley. I'm glad Zeke was there though as he was the only one in control. The other two were just focused on if Harley was theirs or not.

I will say I did like how Scout handled the difficult conversation. She could have easily chose not to share that with the guys. She could have easily just done the test, and said she'd be in touch. Instead they became a team.

The first scene at Carter and Chance's house brought on a little laughter. It lightened the mood just a smidgen. Especially since everyone knew that Chance could sniff out their story, and she did. Chance was immediately curious, and was not taking no for an answer. 

The second scene at Carter and Chance's is where the truth came out. Everything was revealed, and it truly was a judgement free zone. I think that Chance was just so excited to have her best friend back in town. She needed her. She missed her. And now they were both moms, and they could do this together.

The scene at the gym brought on the tears. When Trick said what he did, and when Zeke went to call Milo, the tears just started flowing. What can I say, I'm an emotional person.

Mase's community, his surrogate family, now gathered around him. Together they remembered, they celebrated Mase's dad. They gave him the send off he deserved. All his pain was over, and now it left Mase to grieve. Thankfully he had his friends by his side. Of course the fact that his relationship with Scout was getting back on track was just a bonus. These two were going to get their happily ever after. It may have taken a year apart for it to happen, but it was happening.

As for Kass, well, his story is yet to be told. But it is the next book in the Broken Boys series. So stay tuned for Broken Boys Crave Chaos. It's rumored to be releasing on April 12, and it is available for preorder.


Loved this book. I will say love triangle isn't my favorite trope, it's actually towards the bottom of the list, but this book was still good. I hope you'll pick it up and give it a read. Thank you for taking time to read my thoughts on Broken Boys Despise Deceit.

Laura
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Friends with benefits are all fun and games until someone goes and catches feelings… 

Unfortunately, that idiot would be me. I didn’t know how or when it happened, I just knew I couldn’t let it change things between Scout and me.

But with one wrong move, the choice was taken away from me and she skipped town without so much as a goodbye.

For over a year I’m left wondering what made her run. But nothing could have prepared me for the truth. I hate secrets and despise lies, yet she’s guilty of both.

I need to figure out how to trust her again because there's only one thing I know for sure right now... I can't let her slip through my fingers a second time. 




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JB Heller is an average Aussie housewife and Mumma in her early 30's. She lives on a mini farm with her family and a few cows, sheep, a parrot, cats, fish, dogs, and a butt load of chickens. It's JB's dream to one day add a llama to the mix and an alpaca or two.

She writes across several genre's including RomCom, Romantic Suspense and Contemporary. You can always expect a healthy dose of heat, intrigue and wit in her stories.

Monday to Friday you can find JB glued to her laptop weaving words or trolling Pinterest for her next potential muse. Come the weekend, it's family time. (And of course lots of reading and Netflix binges.)

Want to know more about JB? Check her out, you’ll be guaranteed a good laugh if nothing else.



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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

My Famous Frenemy by Piper Rayne {a review}

My Famous Frenemy by Piper Rayne is the sixth book in the Greene Family series, and it is all about Posey Greene and Gavin Price. This small town, slow burn romance just released on January 25, and I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy. Friends, this book was so good. Now maybe I'm a little biased because I am in love with the Greene family (the Bailey family too), so it takes a bit to find fault. So please keep that in mind as you read my thoughts.

If you are new to the Greene family series, then you may not know that Posey owns the local hair salon, and that is where this story opens. I can't say it's where it begins, because TECHINICALLY, Gavin and Posey's story began at the Greene Family Summer Bash. It was in that novella that Gavin ran Posey off the road. Posey though has known about Gavin Price for years. When she was younger, she had a major crush on him, and she dreamed of having a family like The Carters (which was the tv show he was on). So as this story opens, Posey is busy cutting hair, and the ladies who are in the salon are gossiping all about Gavin Price. All is going well until he walks in the door. Gavin is hoping that Posey can squeeze him in for a quick cut. It is then that the ladies begin working on fixing these two up. Suddenly Posey's schedule opens up. Gavin had plans though for showing up at her shop. He was going to ask her out, but his courage tanked when he saw the crowd. It finally happens though. He asks her out, and she agrees. However it is also that day that he finds out Posey's mom is running for Mayor. He can't ruin their first date by telling Posey he is also running. But that will all come out soon enough, and when it does, this slow burn romance becomes a hate to love romance. Can they put politics aside to get to their happily ever after? What will it take for them to come together? Gavin doesn't want to give up his dreams, and Posey doesn't want her mom to give up hers. So what will happen?

I said it before, and I'll say it again, I love the Greene family. I love Sunrise Bay. I LOVE THIS SERIES.

Gavin and Posey’s story was a bit of slow burn mixed with hate to love, and I’m here for it. There were times throughout the book where my heart cracked a bit. It wasn't a full break, but the cracks were forming. Especially when Gavin had this thought:

Hopefully, one day she'll find a guy who treats her as special as she is. Who worships her body, whispering how amazing she is. Someone to hold her hand as they stroll through downtown, showing her off because he's the lucky bastard who got her.

Too bad that guy won't be me.


Oh Gavin! My heart.

Then when I think these two are finally getting somewhere, Piper Rayne threw another curve ball. They shared this steamy kiss, only to have Posey run! Which then brings on another banter session where Gavin mentions Eli winning her.

"Win me? I had no idea I was like a stuffed animal in one of those claw games. Tell me, am I just hanging out on top or am I wedged between a stuffed pig and a stuffed bear?


Posey had me laughing with that line. But in a way she's right. Still though she KNEW what Gavin meant, she chose to go on the defensive.

Gavin was not backing down though. HE KNEW Posey was his forever person. He just had to wait for her feelings to catch up, or for her to finally stop driving this wedge between them. That wedge was really the mayoral race, and Posey's dedication to her Mom. 

Their story really picks up steam (ahem) while they are at Northern Lights Retirement Center. That's right, they end up with Ethel, Dori, Midge, and the rest of the crew. That entire scene had me laughing out loud. I expected nothing less from that group. They definitely bring the comedic relief. It was that "one bed trope" scene that changed everything with their relationship.


Our gazes lock for a moment, and there's so much emotion between us that I could drown in it. If we don't make it, I'm walking away broken for sure.

Now as Posey and Gavin's relationship grew, Piper Rayne pulled us slightly off course. In the back of my head, I saw this coming. I did. I felt something major was about to occur. And when it did, my emotions were all over the place. On one hand it changed the outcome of a different storyline. On the other my head just went to all these "what if" scenarios. Piper Rayne wrecked me a bit with that side story, and I am still not certain how to process it. I am looking forward to seeing how it is resolved in the next couple of books.

Back to Gavin and Posey though. While that storyline did affect them, it wasn't directly about them. The scene at Truth or Dare Brewery has jealousy making another appearance. Except this time it is Gavin who is jealous, and with the push of the Greene siblings, he finally says enough is enough.

"I'm not sure how much longer I can do this."

"Do what?"

"I can't watch a guy flirt with you and do nothing about it. Do you know how badly I wanted to slam you against the wall and kiss the living shit out of you right in front of him?"


"I can't do it. I want to hold your hand in public. I want to kiss you whenever I want. I want Eli f-ing Easton to know you're mine." 

 

After that dialogue took place, I thought things were improving. I thought they were headed the right way, and this relationship wasn't going to be in secret any longer. Yet Posey was still not putting herself first. She wasn't willing to take it public yet. She needed to have a different conversation first, and that was with Mom. But before that conversation could happen, a Greene family meeting had been called, and it was urgent.

Here comes the conflict friends. And hold your hats because it's a doozy. Gavin is hurt beyond belief and makes the choice to leave. He's headed to California to take care of a few things that need attending. That leaves Posey to figure things out. She needs to make some choices that aren't necessarily going to be easy. 

"You're really that mad?"

"Yes, if you hadn't noticed, I am."

"I don't understand why."

"Because you're going to sabotage my happiness. Do you not see that? You know the mayoral race is important to me."

"But my mom..."


Before Gavin leaves town though, he makes a pit stop at Marla and Hank's home. He just wants to make sure Posey has someone in her corner, because she needs a shoulder. Marla's words to Gavin had me feeling the mom mode that she was in.

"I know I'm not your mom, but I'm going to tell you what I would tell my boys. Do not run away. What ever happened is not unfixable."


It was advice he needed to hear, but yet he pushed on, and went with his original plan. Thankfully we didn't have to wait long for a resolution to this conflict. And how everything concluded was what needed to happen. Of course this resolution also had Xander present. Xander has changed a lot over the course of the last couple books, and isn't for the better. His story, when it releases, is going take us on an emotional journey. I'm sure of it.

Before we get to Xander though, we get to go on vacation with the entire Greene family. I already know this book is going to be full of shenanigans. Especially if Ethel is in attendance. 

Absolutely loved My Famous Frenemy. I fell hard for Gavin and Posey, and their journey towards their happily ever after. Of course my heart also broke in the story for another reason, and it's still in mending mode. I don't think it will fully heal until Piper Rayne finishes that storyline. Oh, and the fact that a few Bailey's made frequent appearances had me smiling. Love seeing them outside of their series.

If you like small town romances that feature slow burn and hate to love, then you need to read My Famous Frenemy. This book is an easy read with a good amount of steam, and the story just holds your attention.

Go read the book, and come talk to me about it. Thank you for reading my thoughts on My Famous Frenemy.

Laura

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Photo: Wander Aguiar Photography


Hollywood heartthrob, Gavin Price invaded our small town, Sunrise Bay, like he owned it.

Gavin was my biggest celebrity crush when I was young. He bears the charisma of an easygoing boy-next-door mixed with a rule-breaker personality both in person and on screen.

For a moment, I thought maybe my fairy godmother sent him to me.

Until he decided to run against my mother for mayor.

Everyone in our town knows my mom’s happiness comes before my own, so I take it as my personal mission to show him who really runs this town.

I just didn’t realize that being my mom’s right-hand woman would put me in such close proximity to him. Very quickly, I question whether he wants to win the mayoral race or me.


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Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we're not one 
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A little about us.... We both have kindle's full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too. 

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Notes on Love by Naaz Spencer {a review}


Notes on Love is the first book by Naaz Spencer, and it is NOW AVAILABLE!
For those who do not know, Naaz Spencer is the pen name of author Zavi James. Zavi typically writes darker romance, whereas Naaz will be a bit more rom-com/traditional romance. Notes on Love is the first book in the Seven Deadly Sinclairs series, and features the story between Seth Sinclair and Kiran Jafri.


I am all for a good workplace romance, and this one was decent. I liked the concept for the book, and Kiran definitely intrigued me. Kiran has been through so much in her life, and she's worked hard to get to where she is. From becoming a single mother five years ago after the loss of her husband, to starting her own business, and relocating to London, she's giving it her all. Then there is Seth. His fiancee broke up with him, and that caused Seth to escape for the last six months. Now though he's back at his family's company, and is ready to resume his life. Except there's a new person at the company, and he can just tell she's going to shake things up. But how much? What impact will this have on his life?

One thing I wish I had known, before picking up this book, was that Notes on Love is a slow burn. An extreme slow burn at that. For me it was almost over done. It's not even that it's a slow burn, I can deal with that (even if I don't prefer it), but it was that I didn't feel the connection between Seth and Kiran. So here I am reading this romance, but not feeling it. I am not wowed by their relationship, nor was I really all that curious about what their moment of conflict would be. (which, it was what I expected.) So that was a bit of a bummer for me. 

I was confused by the Sinclair family though. Are they famous? Why does the paparazzi care about who they are? Why was Seth's breakup with Anna such major news? I need more of a backstory on the family so I can better understand. I mean it's obvious that they are well off financially since Seth was able to just travel for half a year.

Now don't get me wrong, the story was decent. The side characters captured my attention, and have me a bit fascinated. I enjoyed the connection that Seth had with Maaz and Shah. That warmed my heart a bit. Once that trust was established, that bond grew.  Oh, and Kiran was more interesting than Seth.

Notes on Love is a solid 3 star read for me. Will I continue with the series? I don't know right now. Maybe if Aiden or Noah were to be the next story released. But honestly I'm not 100% certain that this series is for me.

Do I recommend it? Always. A rating is subjective and personalized. No one person is going to have the same feelings or thoughts regarding a book. That's the joy of reading, and talking about books.

Thank you for taking time to read my thoughts about Notes on Love. If you've read it, or plan on reading it, I'd love to talk about it with you to get your takeaway.

Laura


Seth 
Six months away, nursing heartbreak, and my father plucks a ray of sunshine from the sky and puts her in the office opposite mine.

Kiran Jafri is the one thing I hate - happy.

She’s an explosion of colour in one gorgeous package and I should stay away.

But Kiran’s warmth is all I’ve ever craved and avoiding her isn’t an option.

The more I learn about her, the more complicated it gets.

I’ll figure out a way to prove this is worth it.

Kiran 
Moving to London is a fresh start.

New office. A personal assistant. And a stunning boss who is missing a heart in his chest.

Seth Sinclair is the office grump and fate seems to throw us together.

No matter how hard I try, I can’t stay away.

He’s something I want when I definitely shouldn’t.

It’s too complicated and I can’t trust myself not to mess up.

But Seth’s reminding me of one thing I thought I lost - hope.

Is it really possible for me to have it all?




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Naaz Spencer is the pen name of Zavi James.

Naaz Spencer spends most of her time rushing around a laboratory and trying to make people believe she has her life in order. After a near death experience, she decided to flex her fingers and take a stab at writing as that had always been her childhood dream. Now, she splits her time between experiments and fictional worlds and enjoys getting people to swoon and cry over her creations.

When she’s not writing and working, she can be found traveling across the world in a bid to find inspiration and unleashing her chaos on social media.

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