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Mini Review Round Up (7)

Posted October 19, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Reviews | 4 Comments

Mini Review Round Up (7)Something about You by Julie James
Published by Penguin on March 2, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 307
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Fate has thrown two sworn enemies...

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends with a death. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and for nearly ruining his career.

Into each other's arms...

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it's no joke; the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

2017 is the year of the re-read for me because I’ve been re-reading a bunch. I re-read the two books that I’ll be reviewing today for my book club. My book club is freaking awesome. We don’t read any of those Oprah book club books that depress the hell out of me (well, the ones that I’ve read). We read, for the most part, romance novels. My favorites. Each month, a different member of our book club picks a romance novel that they want to read together and we read then discuss. Having a romance novel book club that meets once a month brings on so much flippin’ fun.

Anyway, we read this book and it was met with a lot of praise. This was a fun romance with great characters and a romance that hit all of the right buttons. I still feel a bit let down that we didn’t get any scenes with Jack and the family that he wanted to spend more time with but other than that, this was a solid romance with a suspense plot that will have you turning the pages faster than you can read.

I adored both Jack and Cameron and enjoyed seeing them come together in love. I loved seeing them hate each other and then go soft for each other. The passion and the chemistry was sizzling in this one and it’s always a treat to read.

My Rating

4.25 out of 5

Mini Review Round Up (7)A Lot Like Love by Julie James
Published by Penguin on March 1, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 259
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

The FBI wants her cooperation...

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city's top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there's only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother's release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

Agent McCall just wants her...

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This "date" with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they're both determined to pull off even if they can't be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick's investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they're a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.

This was another re-read for my book club and I do believe it’s a done deal. This is my favorite book in the FBI-US Attorney’s series. I just adore the hell out of Nick and Jordan. Nick is seriously my kind of hero and I just love how large and in charge he was. I also liked how well Jordan suited him. How they suited each other.

Nick and Jordan have to pretend to be together to trap the bad guy and get Jordan’s brother out of jail. They were supposed to pretend to be together but when feelings start cropping up, things start getting real and I enjoyed the hell out of Nick and Jordan’s adventure to true love. There’s lots to recommend this story. Charming characters, a strong heroine and a hero that is swoonworthy plus a romance that sizzles. This one is a book that I plan on re-reading over and over again over the coming years. I just love this book a lot.

My one gripe remains the same gripe from my other reads of this book. I really wish we had gotten to see Nick interact with his family. It was great hearing about his siblings and parents from Nick himself but gosh I would have loved a trip to New York to visit his Ma and deliver his birthday gift to her. An introduction of Jordan to the family. That would have been the icing on this great cake. Still, this book was the bomb.

My Rating

4.5 out of 5

FBI-US Attorneys Series


four-stars

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Week in Review (56)

Posted May 1, 2017 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments

So…have you guys missed me? 🙂 I completely disappeared for the last few weeks and I don’t have an excuse for it either. Sorry guys. I just needed some space from blogging and I think that’s out of my system because I’m energized again and am working on some stuff so fingers crossed that I’m back…for good. How has everyone been?

This week, I was fortunate to hang with my bestie Holly and attend a book event at our coolest place on earth, The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, CA. She drove down to attend the Julie James book signing and that was an amazing time.

Julie mentioned a book that she thinks would be an awesome novella and if she gets the time to write it, she’d like to. It’s a story about a girl who shared season tickets to the Cubs but broke up with the boyfriend that she shared the season tickets with and the ex-boyfriend sold his tickets to one of his friends that the girl hates and she has to sit next to him at all of these games. It’s a hate to love romance and I’ve got my fingers crossed that Julie writes it because dude…that sounds like my kind of romance right there.

Some other highlights from this week:

My nephew Jarred and his girlfriend are expecting and yesterday was the gender reveal and they’re having a baby boy!! Jarred is a die hard L.A. Kings fan so his sister Jenna did a fabulous job of incorporating his love of hockey into the gender reveal (she wrapped a baby Kings jersey and wrapped a baby hockey stick in blue tape). It was a good time and we’re super thrilled for Jarred and Mandi…and also my brother Mel and his wife, Krista.

My niece Meghan’s basketball banquet was this week as well and she impressed the hell out of me. When her coach was talking about her, he listed off her accomplishments and her season and career stats and you guys, Meghan is legit. She is the only female in the history of her school to rank in the top 10 of every single category in her sport, she was a 2 time (back to back) Conference Player of the Year, she ranked 9th in the state for 3 point shooting and just a bunch of other amazing accomplishments for our Meg.

That’s it for my real life updates for this week…now on with the books.

Currently Reading

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen…

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

I finished reading Moon Called last week and I really enjoyed so I couldn’t wait to jump into this one. I had planned to read this after reading a couple of review books but I couldn’t stay away for too long. I had to read this one now. I have a girl crush on Mercy and I really, really want more Adam and Samuel so I’m jumping right into this one. I’m not even sorry either. Ha!

What I Read

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5

Book Boyfriend of the Week


Adam Hauptman from Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Adam is all that and a bag of chips and I dare you to tell me otherwise. Haha.

What I Reviewed

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven | 4 out of 5
Retro Review of Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann | 4.75 out of 5
Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (Joint review with Holly) | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

Nothing. I sucked.

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre

Posted September 28, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is:

September 28: Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre

–What books do you think are good to introduce people to your favorite genre? If you have more than one favorite genre, feel free to split it up to cover both.

My favorite genre is contemporary romance. It doesn’t really matter if it’s Young Adult, New Adult or Adult. I just love contemporary romances so this was pretty easy for me. Here are the books I would place on my starter kits to introduce new readers to my favorite genre.

1. The Deal by Elle Kennedy (New Adult).

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Is it really a surprise that this book is in my contemporary romance starter kit? I mean, I feel like I talk about this book every week. I would apologize to you guys but…eff it, I love this book and it belongs in my starter kit. I’ve started my friends off on their reading journey with this book and I haven’t had any complaints yet. Lots of love for this book, author and series.


2. Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James (Adult).

No woman could resist him—except the one he wanted most…

Cool, Calm, Collected…

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her—not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his role in his next big legal thriller, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms. Even if he is the Jason Andrews.

Confident, Famous, Irresistible…

Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize she may just be his perfect match.

This is a good choice for new to romance readers. Some people that love romantic comedy movies but don’t really know how they’d like those steamy sexy time scenes. This will introduce them to the character development that we love so much in romance novels without all of the steamy scenes. Some people need to work themselves up to that stuff and this works out perfectly for those guys.


3. The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen (Young Adult).

There are alternate cover editions for this ISBN here and here.

A long, hot summer…

That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.

But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl’s world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to question her sheltered life.

Is it really always better to be safe than sorry?

This book hits me in the feels every single time that I read it because it’s a character driven book that has a cute romance that gets me every time. It also makes me want to read more of the same every time I re-read it so it’s a favorite of mine to recommend because I’m always hopeful that others will love and want to read more books like it.


4. After the Kiss by Lauren Layne (Adult).

Lauren Layne kicks off her Sex, Love & Stiletto series with a delightful short novel! In After the Kiss, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.

Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.

Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants.

Lauren Layne is an author that needs to be read by everyone interested in contemporary romances with compelling characters, strong friendships and all around great romance. She is one of my favoritest authors ever and she contemporary romance game stays strong with every new release. After the Kiss is a great place to start anyone Lauren Layne’s reading adventure.


5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Young Adult).

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

This is another fabulous contemporary romance for young readers that I fell in absolute love with. I highly recommend this book for any of you guys who wants a cute young love romance to read. So good!

What books would make it on to your gateway to your favorite genres list?

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Eye Candy Friday: Nick McCall

Posted September 2, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

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This week’s Eye Candy Friday is coming a little late because I couldn’t make up my damn mind on who I wanted to feature this week.

Nick McCall is an FBI special agent in A Lot Like Love by Julie James. He won me over throughout this book because he was funny, he was protective as crap and I loved his gruff nature.

His sense of humor is all over this book and he was a huge reason why I loved this book so much. He’s actually my favorite hero out of all of the heroes in this series. He’s that lovable jerk that you can’t help but want.

He said things like this that cracked me up:

“Jack leaned over, “Ever get the impression that these women are way out of our league?”

“I shot the last guy who said that to me.”

He thought things like this that just kept right on making me love him:

“Nick watched as Jordan sipped her wine and made The Face- the seductive, the hell-with-wine-you-should-see-what-I-look-like-having-sex face. At least that was how he interpreted it.

Watching her with a predatory gaze, the douchebag grinned.

Apparently, he had a similar interpretation of The Face.

Something inside Nick snapped.

That was his fake girlfriend in there. Sitting at the table where they had just shared cheese fries the night before. And if she thought she could throw scorching hot sex-looks to any pansy-ass scarf-boy who wandered into her shop, she had another thing coming.

He had a look of his own to show the douchebag.

It was time to break out the don’t-fuck-with-me-face.”

And then he said things like this, that made me want him to choose me. Love me. Haha, sorry got my Meredith Grey on there for a minute.

“He gripped her shoulders determinedly. ‘I should’ve told you this earlier, Jordan. Now that I’ve got my chance, you’re going to hear it whether you like it or not. You came into my life and messed the whole thing up and now I’m screwed. Because I’m in love with you. As in balls-out, head-over-heels, watching-Dancing-with-the-Stars-on-Monday-nights, wine-and-bubble-bath kind of love. Hell, I think I’d even wear a scarf indoors for you.”

Nick is reason enough to check out this book but I promise the book is just as great as he is. Julie James has a really great knack of writing smart romances with fantastic characters and Nick is just one of the many reasons I love her stuff. Nick is the kind of hero that we all read romances for. He’s strong, he’s protective and he loves with all that he is and that’s only a small part of why he’s this week’s Eye Candy Friday.

This is my Nick McCall:

Nick McCall

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Love him!

Buy the Book


A Lot Like Love by Julie James
March 1, 2011
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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I’m Waiting on Another Book From

Posted August 10, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

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So, I saw this on A Mismatched Reader today and it looks like something completely doable and fun to bring to the blog so I’m going to start participating in this (let’s see how long this lasts, ha!). It’s actually hosted by Booktuber Sam at Thoughts on Tomes and you can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This week’s topic discusses authors we’re waiting on more books from. It was super easy for me since there are a lot of authors and books that I’m looking forward to.
 
 


1. Julie James.

Julie James writes smart contemporary romances with strong heroines and swoon-worthy heroes and she’s taking a lot longer writing her next book that was supposed to come out this year but got pushed back to next year and got a new title. That book is The Thing about Love and it’s the next book in her FBI/US Attorney’s series and I’m super stoked about it. I just know that it’s going to be a great one.


2. Jen Frederick.

I love Jen Frederick’s books. I’m completely addicted to them and I’m super anxious for the next book in both her Woodlands series (Adam!) and her Gridiron series (Ace ??!!@#@#$%@) We’ve got a few months before either of those books come out and I’m counting down the days, hours and minutes until they do. I’m mighty curious to see the redemption of Asshole Ace from Jock Blocked and I’m super excited to meet Knox’s twin brother Ty and see him in his element at his school. On the Woodlands side, Adam! Super sexy, bad boy tattooed Adam. I want! *swoon*


3. Elle Kennedy.

There are quite a few books that I’m waiting on from Elle Kennedy. The Goal is one, the last book in the Killer Instincts series (*sob*), the next book in the Outlaws series and that’s not even counting the book that I’m so thirsty for that she co-wrote with Jen Frederick, Twisted Palace.

I love me some Elle Kennedy and I need to know what went down with Tucker…and Sabrina. I need their story like yesterday and I think it’s probably one of the most anticipated books by me this year. I love this series and I already know that I’m going to love it (I mean, come on…it’s an Elle Kennedy book)…I just need it to be on my kindle app already.


4. Lauren Layne.

Someone Like You is the last book in the Oxford series and I’m looking forward to it because…LINCOLN!! It’s freaking Lincoln Mathis’ book. The guy that we’ve been swooning over ever since the Sex, Love & Stiletto’s books. Or, actually since his best friend Cole’s book (Irresistibly Yours, Oxford #1). He’s the extremely good looking bachelor that bangs all the girls and stays friends with them afterward. There’s always someone new and there’s a reason why Lincoln won’t commit to anyone and in freaking December, we’ll finally find out why. Yippy skippy!


5. Cora Carmack.

It’s been a year since All Played Out came out and I have been super anxious to get my hands on Stella’s book because Stella! OMG Stella! I need to know that she’s okay, that she ends up with someone deserving of her greatness and I really need to see everyone else from this series that I have grown to care for and love the hell out of.

I can honestly go on and on about this topic, list at least 6-7 more authors off the top of my head but this is a Top 5 not a Top 20 so I’ll cut it out but seriously, these authors are my go to authors. I love their stuff so I’m really looking forward to their books. I just wish they wrote faster. 🙂

Are there any authors that you’re waiting on books from? What books are you waiting on?

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