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Buddy Review: Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins

Posted January 22, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Reviews | 2 Comments

Buddy Review: Right Where I Want You by Jessica HawkinsRight Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins
Published by Indie Published, 518 Books Inc on December 28, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating First Person
Pages: 398
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

There's a thin line between love and hate . . . and it cuts right through the middle of their office.

Bad boys? They run right over good girls like Georgina Keller. After a confidence-shattering breakup, she's determined not to let anyone at her new workplace push her around--least of all the brooding creative director, a "bad boy of publishing" who's made it clear she's enemy #1.

Sebastian Quinn's taste for fast cars, late nights, and beautiful women may have gotten him to the top of a leading New York magazine, but the reputation that made him is suddenly threatening to end his career.

Georgina can help Modern Man shed its bad reputation, but in order to do that, she'll have to start at the top--and no amount of rakish charm or inconvenient attraction will distract her.

Because if Sebastian gets her right where he wants her, it means she's going down.

It’s a brand spanking new year, which means more buddy reviews together with my favorite book peeps. Ames and I are going for 12 buddy reviews this year, to keep our long-standing buddy reads going. Right, Ames? First up on our review docket is Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins.

Georgina Keller is too nice, at least according to her best friend Luciano. After a disastrous relationship ends, Georgina realizes that to keep the peace with her ex-boyfriend, she became a bit of a pushover and is trying to become a stronger person, someone who says no and stands up for herself and those around her. She doesn’t have a problem being firm at work but outside of work? Not so much. When she meets Sebastian Quinn, things get turned all upside down.

Sebastian Quinn has had a very tumultuous year. He went from being at the top of his game in his career as Creative Editor of Modern Men magazine to barely holding things together now. After being included in a not so nice article that was published and put the reputation of the magazine at risk, Sebastian comes to work to find out that someone has been brought in to fix the magazine and if he doesn’t shape up, he’ll be shipped out.

Georgina and Sebastian battle at every turn but an attraction simmers below the surface with each turn and before they know what’s what, love is definitely in the air.

Rowena: This is the first book that I’ve ever read by Jessica Hawkins and I’m happy to report that it will definitely not be my last. I enjoyed this one. What were your initial thoughts, Ames?

Ames: I’m torn. I don’t know if it was my mood or if it was the book, but I just couldn’t get into this one. The writing was fine and I’ll definitely give this author another try, but I honestly couldn’t connect to the characters. I feel bad. It seriously had everything going for it though – taboo office-romance, enemies to lovers, a freaking DOG character that was fully fleshed out and not just a prop. All checks in the positive column…and yet I couldn’t get into it. But I did like Sebastian’s friend and co-worker, Justin. LOL

I wish we had seen more of Georgina’s work at the magazine. I thought that was interesting but we didn’t get any depth.

Rowena: Oh wow, you didn’t connect with the story or the characters? I enjoyed both George and Sebastian. I would have liked to get more from their lives outside of work. Like, it would have been fun to get more scenes with Luciano or even to get a scene or two with George and her family. I also would have liked to see more in-depth scenes with Sebastian and his friends and family. I felt like the entire book was all them, all the time but overall, I liked them so I wasn’t too mad about it.

I agree about Justin and the dogs though. They were great additions to this story. Maybe it was a mood thing for you. I thought the writing was easy to fall into and though this is probably not going to be a favorite of mine for the year, it was still a solid romance.

Ames: I feel you on the wanting more aspect of things. I feel like we got a glimpse of something happening and then we were moved onto the next scene. Honestly though, I think it just came down to Georgina and her character at the beginning of the book – I did not like how much of a doormat she was. Over coffee! First impressions you know.

However Georgina’s character did improve but the damage had already been done in my mind. This book wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t for me. I also felt like the sexism at the magazine wasn’t really tackled, or if it was it happened off page so we didn’t see if the guys were any better.

Rowena: Yeah, you’re right about the sexism at the magazine. I wish we had gotten so much more than we did get. It would have been nice to see it all with our own eyes instead of taking Georgina’s word for it. I wish that the book wasn’t so focused on Georgina and Sebastian alone but like I said, I still thought it was a solid read. I enjoyed what we did get and even though I was left wanting more, this book is still a solid 4 out of 5 from me. What about you?

Ames: This was a solid read so I agree with you there. I’m going to chalk this up to my mood. I’m going to give this one 3.5 out of 5.

Final Grades

Ames: 3.5 out of 5
Rowena: 4 out of 5

four-stars


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Eye Candy Friday: Garrett Daniel from Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

Posted January 18, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 14 Comments

As I mentioned last week, I’m making certain changes (or returning to my older ways) to the features that I want to track and do each week. Going back to Eye Candy Friday instead of Book Boyfriends will let me feature other boyfriends that I’m loving and wanting to spotlight right now. So this is the first of those posts. I promise, no more changing. This is it! Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Eye Candy Friday: Garrett Daniel from Getting Schooled by Emma ChaseGetting Schooled by Emma Chase
Series: Getting Some #1
Published by Emma Chase on June 26, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating First Person
Pages: 300
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Head of the class...

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and "cool" teacher in the hometown where he's not just a golden boy—he's platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then...Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school...

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself...on the other side of the country. But circumstances—that she'd prefer to never speak of again—have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she's facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore...and that's just the teachers.

Just like old times...

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance—and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or...these teachers just might end up getting schooled—hard—by love.

Today’s boyfriend is Garrett Daniels from Emma Chase’s Getting Schooled, the first book in her Getting Some series. Garrett Daniels is a high school football coach, who is teaching and coaching at his old high school and living his best life. He’s considered the best thing since sliced bread in his hometown and has created a pretty decent life for himself there. He’s happy, or at least as happy as he lets himself be until the one that got away, comes back home…and shakes up his life.

Garrett has a lot of Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights qualities to him and I freaking loved the hell out of him. I loved seeing him as a coach, a teacher and then as a man falling in love again with the girl that left him behind to chase her dreams.

There wasn’t a complicated past or even anything super extra about Garrett. He was just a regular man who lived his life the way that he wanted, did what he thought was right and did right by those he loved and cared about. Callie, the girl that broke his heart, was included in that…even after all of these years.

Here are some quotes from Garrett’s book that showcase just why I adored him so much. It’ll paint a better picture of just how awesome Garrett is.

“You were always my girl, Callie. Even after you weren’t anymore.”

“I have feelings for him. I always have … But these aren’t just leftover echoes of a sweet first love. This is something new. A throbbing, breathless attraction to the amazing man he’s become. I want to be near him, to know him, inside and out all over again.

And he feels the same way. Garret wants this version of me as much as he always did. Maybe even more.”

“What is this to you? What are we doing? What do you want?”

Garrett smiles that easy smile that makes me want to lick every single inch of his skin.

“This is you and me. The reboot. We’ll talk and laugh and fuck until we can’t move, and probably fight at some point, too. And we’ll… be.”

I reach for him. He releases my arms and rolls us to the side, my hands around his neck, my leg draped across his hip.

“As for what I want. I want you, Callie. For as long as you’re here. For as long as you’ll let me have you. I want all of you.”

Hero Casting

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Have you read Getting Schooled by Emma Chase? If so, do you love Garrett Daniels as much as I do? Share your comments below.

four-stars


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Book Boyfriend: Benito Rossi from Fireworks by Sarina Bowen

Posted December 7, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

This feature keeps changing because I’m trying different things out but I think I’m going to stick with this format from here on out. Thanks for coming along this ride until I figure out what the hell I want to do here. LOL.

Book Boyfriend: Benito Rossi from Fireworks by Sarina BowenFireworks by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #6
Also in this series: Speakeasy
Published by Indie Published, Tuxbury Publishing LLC on November 13, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating First Person
Pages: 343
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
four-half-stars

Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a pecker on the traffic map.

Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern that day created a perfect schlong?

Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s agreed to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont.

A quick trip. In and out. Much like - never mind. Skye can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and get back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy.

Except things go sideways even as she sets foot over the county line. Her step-sister is on the run from a violent drug dealer. And the cop on the case is none other than Benito Rossi, the man who broke her teenage heart.

His dark brown eyes still tear her apart. And even as she steels herself to finally tell him off after twelve years, the old fireworks are still there.

Things are about to go boom.

This week’s book boyfriend is Benito Rossi from Fireworks by Sarina Bowen. Benito is brother to Zara and Alec Rossi and he’s the one that has been holding a torch for the girl that got away. He served time in the military before returning home to become a detective. There hasn’t been a special someone for him because his person disappeared from his life on the night of his senior prom.

I knew that I would love Benito after meeting him in his siblings books. I knew that he was going to win me over in such a big way and Sarina Bowen delivered the goods because I wasn’t wrong. I adored Ben in his book so, so much.

When Ben sees Skye again for the first time since the night she disappeared from town, I was excited because he knew that he wasn’t going to let her run away again. They were due for some talking and he was going to make sure that it happened. He didn’t care that she had the worst possible timing or that she might be involved in an investigation he was heading up. This was Skye. His Skye and he wasn’t going to fail again.

Every single one of these quotes from Ben’s book had me swooning with delight because goodness, he was the bomb and I loved the way that he loved and cared about Skye. How he always cared about her.

“When Skye had come into my life, I’d wanted her from the first second. But we can’t always get what we want. I realized right away that Skye hadn’t needed a horny teenage boy trying to get under her skirt. She’d needed a friend and a protector. It had been easy to be her friend, and harder to keep her safe. Ultimately I’d failed at both, and that’s how I lost her. I can’t fail again.

But, Jesus Christ, the love of my life has the worst possible timing.”

“I will keep you safe and out of trouble if I can.”

I blink. It’s hard to focus on what he’s saying when our bodies are touching. He looks bigger and older but just the same, too. Except for that beard that briefly tickled my jaw. “What kind of trouble?”

“Doesn’t matter.” His voice is thick. “It never did. I’m here for that. I’m here for you.”

“I want the chance to prove you wrong. One chance. One night.”

“One night,” she says slowly. “For…” She doesn’t even finish the sentence. Sixteen-year-old Skye never said the word sex, and couldn’t refer to it without blushing. It appears that twenty-eight-year-old Skye is the same.

“Fireworks,” I whisper, trying not to scare her. “With me.”

If you’re looking for a great, steamy second chance romance, you should give this book a go. Sarina Bowen delivers the goods here and she’ll have you cheering for Benito and Skye to get together again. She’s really good at writing lovable characters with a sweet romance that will have you excited to turn the page. It’s no different with this book. Go forth and read…it’s good, I promise!

Hero Casting

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True North Series

Who is your book boyfriend this week? The guy that you have an insane crush on from the books you read? Do you love and adore Benito Rossi as much as I do?

four-half-stars


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