Wrong Brother, Right Match by Jennifer Shirk – a Review

Wrong Brother, Right Match by Jennifer Shirk – a Review


Wrong Brother Right Match

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Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. Perfect boyfriend. Except…when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.

Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother-it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator-the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months-his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more he wonders if her supposed “right match” might just be the wrong brother.



I’m so glad I had the chance to read and review another Jennifer Shirk novel.  I really enjoyed the first one I read by her, and Wrong Brother, Right Match didn’t disappoint. 

Wrong Brother, Right Match is a sweet, charming, feel good read filled with much romantic frustration for our hero Matt and heroine Kennedy.  Even though the story moves along at a brisk pace, I never felt rushed as I read along.  We had the chance to learn who Matt and Kennedy are. We see why Matt feels the way he does about relationships, but can’t stop thinking about the beautiful woman from the Vegas elevator, and how Kennedy truly believes in her computer software for matching the right couples, but is having troubles keeping thoughts about the handsome stranger out of her head since the Vegas incident. 

The overall story is heartfelt, and makes you want to root for Matt and Kennedy, but also feel sympathy towards Matt’s brother Justin who’s clueless to the whole situation, not realizing his brother is the guy who kissed his fiancée in a Vegas elevator all those months ago.  Ms. Shirk also brings her humour in this one thanks to the situation that Matt and Kennedy are thrown into.  They are trying hard to do the right thing, stay out of each other’s way and stop thinking about the other, but Justin is nowhere in site over the Christmas holidays due to his work schedule, and Matt is asked to step in and help keep Kennedy company while he’s away.  Yup, fat chance at keeping naughty thoughts about each other at bay.  Watching them try and fight their attraction, denying they are slowly developing feelings they shouldn’t be having about each other is quite comical at times, and at other times frustrating.  I was kind of hoping Matt’s brother Justin was having an affair so that it would’ve been easier for Matt and Kennedy to justify their growing feelings for each other, and for me to feel less sympathetic towards Justin but, nope, things can’t be that easy for all of them.  However, once the truth comes out and everyone is now on the same page, there is a little family drama between Matt and Justin, but in the end, all is forgiven and Justin steps aside and gives Matt the green light to go after Kennedy.   Matt and Kennedy get their HEA, and I absolutely loved his proposal to her.  It’s a perfect fit to their relationship, and it looks like his brother could possibly be on his way to finding true love with one of Kennedy’s staff members.

If you enjoy propping your feet up by the fire with a glass of wine and settling in to enjoy a good read that’s fun, and will warm your heart, then Wrong Brother, Right Match by Jennifer Shirk is the book for you. 

Until next time, happy reading and happy holidays!!! 

Reviewed by Marcie

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Wound Tight (Made in Jersey #4) by Tessa Baily-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

WOUND TIGHT (Made in Jersey #4) by Tessa Bailey-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

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Made in Jersey #4
by Tessa Baily
Release Date: December 5, 2016
Genre: adult, contemporary, M/M, erotic, romance

Wound Tight

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When CEO Renner Bastion walks into a room, everyone keeps their distance. Well, everyone but the sarcastic, tattooed, Boston-bred security guard whose presence has kept Renner in New Jersey longer than intended. As if the unwanted attraction isn’t unsettling enough, Renner finds out his protector isn’t as unavailable as originally thought.

Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first.

Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction.


REVIEW: WOUND TIGHT is the fourth and final? installment in Tessa Bailey’s contemporary, adult MADE IN JERSEY erotic, romance series focusing on the men and women in the blue collar town of Hook, New Jersey. This is CEO Renner Bastion, and US Army veteran/security guard Milo Bautista’s story line-both of whom we have met in previous story lines. WOUND TIGHT can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Renner Bastion is the step brother to Samantha Waverly whom we met in WORKED UP (book 3).

NOTE: WOUND TIGHT is a M/M story line with graphic same sex scenarios and situations.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Milo and Renner) WOUND TIGHT focuses on the building but forbidden relationship between US Army veteran Milo Bautista, and CEO Renner Bastion. Renner is a workaholic; a wealthy businessman who came to Hook, New Jersey to save a manufacturing plant that employs a majority of the town’s people. Renner is gay but his attraction to the manufacturing plant’s head of security is strictly forbidden as Renner is unaware of Milo’s sexual persuasion.

Milo’s interest in Renner Bastion goes beyond safe guarding the boss. Milo is a man who is uncomfortable with his attraction to men, and his preference seems to be leaning towards the man in charge. When Milo reveals his deepest secret, Renner offers to ‘aid’ Milo in the art of seduction knowing that his feelings for Milo may only go one way. What ensues is a developing friendship that soon leads to something more permanent for Milo Bautista and Renner Bastion.

The relationship between Milo and Renner begins acrimoniously. Renner is Milo’s boss and Milo’s carefree attitude gets under Renner’s proverbial skin. The two are constantly ‘butting heads’ as Milo insists on protecting the boss from the dark and dangerous life outside of work. It doesn’t help that Renner keeps himself secreted away from the people who work and live in Hook, New Jersey making himself persona non grata to his other employees. When Milo asks Renner to help him get over his fear of seducing a man, Renner hopes that Milo directs all that he learns towards the man, himself. The M/M $ex scenes are intimate and provocative. There is plenty of sexual tension between Milo and Renner.

Most of the previous story line couples play secondary and supporting characters including Samantha Waverly, and her husband Duke Crawford-Duke and Samantha are looking towards the future and adding one more to the population of Hook, New Jersey. I am still hoping that Tessa writes a series focusing on Duke’s four sisters-each recently divorced or struggling in their current relationships.

WOUND TIGHT is an emotional but predictable story line; a sweet romance between two men who struggle with who and what they are. The premise is moving and inspiring; the characters are passionate and encouraging ; the romance is intimate and intense. WOUND TIGHT and Tessa’s MADE IN JERSEY series are a moving and comforting look at a blue collar town and the people who live to love.

Reading Order and Previous reviews

Crashed Out
Thrown Down
Worked Up
Wound Tight

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Reviewed by Sandy

About The author

highres-MJB_5140.jpgTessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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Hit The Spot (Dirty Deeds #2) by J. Daniels-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

HIT THE SPOT (Dirty Deeds #2) by J. Daniels-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

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Dirty Deeds #2
by J. Daniels
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance

Hit The Spot

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Is this love or just a game?

Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he’s around, she’s determined not to be another meaningless hookup.

Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him-hell, most women do-but she won’t admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it’s time for Jamie to raise the stakes.

Jamie promises that soon Tori won’t just want him in her bed, she’ll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he’s found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what’s happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win?


REVIEW: HIT THE SPOT is the second installment in J. Daniels’ contemporary, adult DIRTY DEEDS erotic, romance series. This is professional surfer and surf shop owner twenty eight year old Jamie McCade, and diner waitress Tori Rivera’s story line. HIT THE SPOT can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous book is revealed where necessary. Some of the timeline runs parallel to the events of book one FOUR LETTER WORD.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Jamie and Tori) HIT THE SPOT focuses on the tumultuous relationship between surfer Jamie McCade, and waitress Tori Rivera both of whom we met in book one FOUR LETTER WORD. Tori is best friends with Sydney Paige; Jamie is best friends and business partner with Brian ‘Dash’ Savage –the leading couple in Four Letter Word. For close to ninth months Tori and Jamie have danced around one another in a game of palpable, angry sexual energy until Jamie has had enough of their back and forth, and takes the next step in a relationship based upon mutual hatred and attraction-Jamie’s obsession with Tori and his foul mouth make for some curious comments and story line moments.

Jamie is a rude, crude and obnoxious professional surfer- a manwhore- whose reputation and personality has rubbed our heroine in all of the wrong ways but Tori’s attraction to Jamie continues to grow despite their aggressive and sassy back and forth. Tori is a young woman determined to make it on her own whose most recent relationship ended when she discovered the man she thought she loved was already married with children. What ensues is the building love between Jamie and Tori-a love that will be tested time and again due in part to Tori’s inability to trust the man with whom she is falling in love.

Shay and Stitch-Tori’s coworkers at the diner-return as their ‘friendship’ continues to hit the skids. Tori’s boss Nate is more or less absent throughout most of the book. We are introduced to Jamie’s sister Quinn McCade, and their brother Dr. Travis McCade, as well as Tori’s parents Dee and John Rivera.

HIT THE SPOT is a sexy read about a man who makes no apologies for his behavior or his need for the woman that calls to his heart. There is plenty of cursing and vulgar language used by our story line hero. The premise is lighthearted, entertaining and erotic; the characters are colorful, charismatic and animated; the romance is sensational and inspiring. J. Daniels HIT THE SPOT is a riveting take on an enemy to friends to lovers trope that will seduce the reader in all of us.

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Reviewed by Sandy

Hit The spot Teaser

J. Daniels’s TOP FIVE SONGS that make the author emotional:

1. Say Something by A Great Big World.
2. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.
3. Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones.
4. Awake by Secondhand Serenade.
5. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley


Tori slapped the counter and gained everyone’s attention when she started yelling, “I did not run you over, Jamie! Jesus Christ! Quit spreading lies about me!”
“It ain’t lies if it’s true!” I yelled back, glaring at her.
A laugh bubbled in her throat. She tilted her head and stuck her hand on her hip. “Please. I’m sure you’re still able to bang everything with a pulse, as usual, which means you’re fine. Get over it, and grow some balls. I cried less when I watched Bambi the first time.”
“Who’s hungry?” Syd asked nonchalantly, moving behind her friend to round the island and stand near the stove.
I ignored her question because, what the fuck? Grow some balls?
“I gotta pair, babe,” I told Legs, reaching down and palming my shit. “You should know since you’ve been all up on ’em the past nine months.”
She rolled her eyes. “You’re disgusting.”
I felt my mouth twitch.
And that was when, for some fucked up reason, I reverted back to my old ways with Tori Rivera, forgetting all about how much I fucking hated her and instead going full-on, hell-bent determined to get an admission out of that smart-ass mouth.
“You want it,” I countered, tipping my chin up.
She wasn’t expecting that. No more than I was. It threw her off.
Her shoulders pulled back and her lips parted.
Then, maybe to cover her tell, or maybe she didn’t have control over what was flying out of her mouth either, I didn’t know, but she brought her other hand to her hip, glared at me with heat flashing in her eyes, tipped forward, and shot back with attitude, “You want it.”
Well shit. This was new. Legs was challenging me and she was doing it flirting. There was no doubt in my mind.
“Sorry, babe,” I said, keeping the smirk and letting go of my junk. “Not interested. I told you yesterday, I’m done waitin’ around. But you?” I pointed my beer at her. “You’ll be beggin’ for it before the month is up. Just watch.”
“Fat chance,” she snapped. “I wouldn’t sleep with you if my life depended on it.”
“Wanna bet?”
“Bet what?”
“What’s going on right now?” Syd called out, but I wasn’t pausing to answer her.
I smiled at Tori, then gestured between us, explaining, “First one to break and come crawling to the other person for sex, loses.”
“Are you serious?” She laughed, not in amusement but in disbelief.
“Yeah, I’m serious,” I answered.
“You want to bet me that I’ll want to have sex with you before you try and have sex with me?” she questioned, moving her finger between us. “You, the guy who has been hitting on me for nine straight months and has been rejected for nine straight months? You seriously think I’ll not only want to have sex with you, but I’ll beg you for it? Is that what I just heard?”
I nodded slowly. I had this in the bag. “A rule. No fuckin’ anyone unless it’s each other.”
Her eyes bugged.
“And no masturbating either,” I added, raising my beer and using it to gesture. “Since we both know when you do it you’re thinkin’ about me, and if you’re that fuckin’ horny you need to rub one out or you’ll fuckin’ explode, you can come to me, Legs, beg, and I’ll put that fire out for you.”

About The Author

J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series.

She would rather bake than cook, she listens to music entirely too loud, and loves writing stories her children will never read. Her husband and children are her greatest loves, with cupcakes coming in at a close second.

J. Daniels grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.


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12 Days of Bookmas with Jayne Ann Krentz – Day 9

12 Days of Bookmas with Jayne Ann Krentz – Day 9


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The Reading Cafe is thrilled to participate in The 12 Days of Bookmas with JAYNE ANN KRENTZ to celebrate the release of her latest novel, When All the Girls Have Gone. Jayne is answering a question, as well as giving us a book recommendation. Thanks to Berkley there is also a special Giveaway for you to enter below.

Jayne Ann Krentz

In which I answer the twelve questions that I am most frequently asked and recommend a book for that hard-to-buy-for person on your holiday list.


Question # 9:  What inspired the hero and heroine of your new JAK title, WHEN ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE?

I love to write stories about people who are in the process of reinventing themselves. Case in point, WHEN ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE.  The heroine, Charlotte Sawyer, and her step-sister, Jocelyn, are opposites in many ways.  Charlotte has always admired Jocelyn who is bold, attractive and strong. Charlotte, on the other hand, thinks of herself as the one-foot-in-front-of-the-other type.  The therapist she talked to after she got stood up at the altar told her that she needed to learn to be more spontaneous.

But Charlotte and Jocelyn share a strong connection and when Jocelyn goes missing it is Charlotte – the woman who doesn’t see herself as brave or reckless — who risks her life to find her.

The hero, Max Cutler, is a former criminal profiler turned struggling private investigator. His previous career went down in flames – literally – and now he is trying to rebuild his life.

WHEN ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE is all about family bonds, the kind that exist in families linked by blood as well as within the families that we create by choice. I hope readers enjoy it.

Day 9 Book Recommendation for Holiday Gifting:

I am fascinated by novels of romantic-suspense in which the danger lurks in the shadows close to home.  I know a lot of readers share that fascination.  If you’ve got one on your list I can highly recommend this book. This is absolutely terrific romantic-suspense.  Intense, gritty and, laced with occasion jolts of humor.

BECAUSE I’M WATCHING by Christina Dodd.


Release Date: November 29, 2016

When All The Girls Have Gone

Jayne Ann Krentz, the New York Times bestselling author of Secret Sisters, delivers a thrilling novel of the deceptions we hide behind, the passions we surrender to, and the lengths we’ll go to for the truth…
When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her stepsister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one of her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished.  
Beautiful, brilliant—and reckless—Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames—literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.   
After surviving a near-fatal attack, Charlotte and Max turn to Jocelyn’s closest friends, women in a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers. But what they find is chilling…
When her uneasy alliance with Max turns into a full-blown affair, Charlotte has no choice but to trust him with her life. For the shadows of Jocelyn’s past are threatening to consume her—and anyone else who gets in their way..

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Jayne Ann Krentz


Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. Learn more at jayneannkrentz.com and connect with her on facebook.com/JayneAnnKrentz.

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Cover Reveal: Entice Me by J. Kenner

Cover Reveal:  Entice Me by J. Kenner

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Stark Ever After Novella

By: J.Kenner

Release Day: Jan 17, 2017

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From New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner comes a sensually seductive novella starring fan favorites Damien Stark and his wife, Nikki Fairchild.

Includes a special preview of Anchor Me, the highly anticipated fourth full-length novel featuring Nikki & Damien as they begin the next chapter in their life together.

I didn’t understand passion until I met Damien, the man who turned my world upside down and swept me off my feet.

And though our life together feels perfect, we can’t escape our secrets–and the danger that continually threatens to surface.

But for one night, I seek a respite. A birthday wish for my husband, my lover, my friend—one absolutely perfect night.

It is my most ardent wish.

And I only hope that it will come true…

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J.KennerJ.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy,  and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.

Her books have sold over three million  copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas.  She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.



Island of Glass by Nora Roberts – a Review

Island of Glass by Nora Roberts – a Review


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As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there’s no one more familiar with the wild than Riley—and the wolf within her…

An archaeologist, Riley is no stranger to the coast of Clare, but now she finds herself on unsure footing, targeted by the dark goddess who wants more than the stars, more than the blood of the guardians. While searching through Irish history for clues that will lead them to the final star and the mysterious Island of Glass, Riley must fight her practical nature and admit her sudden attraction to Doyle is more than just a fling. For it is his strength that will sustain her and give her the power to run towards love—and save them all…



Island of Glass by Nora Roberts is the final book in her wonderful Guardians Trilogy. As in all of Nora’s trilogies, each book brings together the designated couple to fight against evil; but most importantly, the three couples become friends, and always work together throughout the series to complete their mission. In Island of Glass, Riley and Doyle take the lead in finishing off Nerezza, the evil witch.  A refresher to those who have not read this series:  The six heroes (guardians) have been brought together by goddesses to find the 3 missing stars (water, fire & ice) to be able to defeat the evil goddess who will do anything to stop them, and turn the world into darkness. The 6 are Sasha, the seer; Bran, the magician; Sawyer, the traveler; Annika, the mermaid; Riley, the archaeologist and werewolf; and Doyle, the immortal swordsman The final star, the Star of Ice, brings the six to Ireland, which is Doyle and Bran’s homeland. 

As they prepare for their final battle with Nerezza, we get to see the relationship between Riley and Doyle change, as they both discover their feelings, and the knowledge that they were meant for each other.  Riley has always been a leader, with her knowledge from being an archaeologist and her toughness with the wolf inside her.  She was such a great heroine all through the series, and I loved how close she became to her “sisters”, Sasha and Annika.  This wasn’t an easy romance, as Doyle had issues from his immortality, and closing his heart centuries ago.  But the friendships, closeness and loyalty for the 6, helped Doyle open his heart again, thereby opening his heart to Riley.

They searched in various parts of Ireland, especially by Bran’s home, but Nerezza was there with her beasts to try and stop them, coming very close to killing Riley.  The last 1/3 of the book was very exciting, with pulse pounding action that kept me reading into the night, as I could not put the book down.  I had to know how this would end.  To tell too much more would be spoilers.  I will say that Nora Roberts does a fantastic job writing this finale to a wonderful fantastic conclusion.   

If you have not started this trilogy, you are missing a gem, which you will need to start with the first book, Stars of Fortune.  This is a fantastic three books that give us wonderful characters, as they all bond into wonderful friendships and loyalty to each other.  You will eventually fall in love with all three couples.  If you enjoy exciting suspenseful, action filled stories, great characters & romances, and evil villains, you should be reading every trilogy by Nora Roberts.  She always gives us fantastic trilogies.

Reviewed by Barb

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More Than Anything by Kimberly Lang – Review, Interview & Giveaway

More Than Anything by Kimberly Lang – Review, Interview & Giveaway

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The small, waterfront town of Magnolia Beach, Alabama, gets its fair share of tourists breezing in and out, but one handsome visitor might just be tempted to stay…
Running the Bay Breeze marina means Shelby Tanner is used to fielding strange requests from vacationers, but she is still less than amused when she gets a call in the middle of the night to rescue a boat stranded nearby. The clueless sailor is infuriatingly inexperienced—yet also frustratingly attractive.
Architect Declan Hyde only planned on stopping in Alabama briefly on his move from Chicago to Miami, but Magnolia Beach is proving to be more captivating than he imagined. For one thing, there’s the sweet, Southern charm. For another, there’s the stunning tomboy who rescued him from the bay and keeps invading his thoughts.
As the time draws near for Declan to weigh anchor, he begins to realize that Shelby may have saved more than his boat that night—and leaving Magnolia Beach might set his lonely heart permanently adrift…



More Than Anything by Kimberly Lang is the 3rd book in her Magnolia Beach series.  Shelby Tanner is our heroine in this book, and we met her in the first book of this series.   Shelby runs the Bay Breeze marina for her family, and she loves her job, even if she is always on call.   In the middle of the night, she gets an emergency call for help from a vacationer stranded on a boat.  Declan Hyde, our hero, is the stranger who needs to be rescued by Shelby.  Declan comes across as a loner, since people in Magnolia Beach never see him, including Shelby.  Declan is an architect, who is starting a new job in Miami in a couple of months.  His friend loaned him the boat to stay on, and Declan keeps to himself, reading and watching tv. 

Shelby finds him strange, but is determined to teach Declan how to use the controls on the boat in an emergency.  What follows is a friendship that will blossom into a scorching romance.  Both Declan and Shelby know this is short term only, but they are enjoying the benefits.  Declan, with Shelby’s persuasion, gets himself out into the town and meets all the townsfolk, including the overprotective Tanner family.  It was fun to watch Shelby’s family; especially her brother and cousins who put pressure on Declan.  In time, Declan learns more about Shelby, her life as the only Tanner girl, and her secret plans to upgrade the marina.  Of course, Shelby never thinks anyone will pay attention to her, but Declan pushes and helps her to explore the possibilities for the future of Bay Breeze marina.

As things continue to get hotter between Shelby and Declan, their feelings for each other become stronger, thereby creating problems when Declan’s job sends him away from Shelby and Magnolia Beach. Will Shelby be able to forget Declan?  Will Declan miss Shelby and Magnolia Beach?

I really loved their romance, and Lang did a fantastic job creating such a sweet storyline.  More Than Anything was a fun, sweet, enjoyable romance, and the town of Magnolia Beach remains a fun place to visit.

Reviewed by Barb

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Interview 1

Hi Kimberly.  Thank you for taking the time today, to answer some questions for our members at The Reading Café.  We are always looking forward to reading about the author behind the book.

Kimberly Lang


Kimberly:  Hi there! I’m so happy to be here and will endeavor to be interesting (or at least entertaining!).




TRC:  Would you please tell us something about yourself?

Kimberly:   I’m a Sagittarius. I have a close, personal relationship with tea. I humor my dog’s neuroses a little too much sometimes. The Nerd Wars rage in my home (Liberal Arts Nerd vs. Science/Tech Nerd), and I think I am losing.  I love the soundtrack to The Little Mermaid.

TRC:  Did you always have an interest in writing?  When and how did you first start writing?

Kimberly:  Like many English majors, I always threatened to write a book, and I always said that book would be a romance. Although I’ve been telling myself stories for years, I didn’t start writing those stories until I was in my 30s. I guess it took a while for me to work up the courage. I have a background in dance, so I was already familiar with the idea of being “good, but not good enough,” and I think that worry held me back for a while. I finally submitted my first manuscript in 2004 and sold (a completely revised version of it) in 2008.

TRC:  More Than Anything, the 3rd book in your Magnolia Beach series, was released on Tuesday.   For our members who have not read this series, can you tell us the premise of the Magnolia Beach?

Kimberly:  It’s the lives and times of the good people of Magnolia Beach, a small town on the Alabama coast, where the men are all ridiculously good-looking — and single — Alpha males.  

TRC:  How did you come up with the idea of Magnolia Beach, and how many books are you planning for this series?

Kimberly:  The Magnolia Beach books give me the chance to celebrate everything I love about the South and poke fun at it, too. It’s all rooted in truth, so there’s both freedom and joy in writing what I know. As for how many books… Well, there are more stories to tell, so if the readers are willing to read them, I’ll be happy to write them.

TRC:  Can you please give us a brief description of More Than Anything?

Kimberly:  This is Shelby Tanner’s story, the one girl in a generation of Tanner boys, who meets a handsome recluse who’s only in town for a short while. He needs something to believe in, and she needs someone to believe in her.

TRC:  You write Contemporary Romance. Have you thought about writing in other genres?

Kimberly:  I read in many genres, especially historical, and while I toy with the idea occasionally, I don’t think I’ll try.  I love contemporary too much and have too much fun writing it to do anything else.

TRC:  What is your writing process?  Do you like to outline your story before you start? Do you have a specific place you like to write?  Is there a special time of day that works best for you?

Kimberly:  I am learning to outline. I’m not great at it yet, but I’m trying. For the most part, I write in the mornings, either at my desk (with Cupid snoring behind me under the printer) or curled up in the recliner. Wherever I am, I have to have my tea. 🙂

TRC:  What books, authors or people in your life have influenced your writing? 

Kimberly:  Professionally, I’m fortunate to have a supportive group of writer friends who offer both great advice and support and are definitely an influence. Creatively, Jenny Crusie, Julia Quinn, Julie Garwood, Linda Howard, and Linda Winstead Jones — that’s the kind of writer I want to be.

TRC:  When you are not writing, what other interests or hobbies do you have?

Kimberly:   I teach a combination yoga-Pilates class (it’s fun and it combats the time I spend — and the snacking I do —  in my chair). I love crossword puzzles, and one day, I am determined to learn to knit.

TRC:  Would you like to add anything else?

Kimberly:  I borrowed a song from Chapman James, a songwriter friend of mine, to use in the book because it’s perfect for Declan and Shelby’s story. “My Soul’s in Alabama” speaks to Declan because it helps him see what he’s leaving behind. It’s a beautiful song, and you can get a listen here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chapmanjames2



Favorite Food: Anything Mexican (please add extra guacamole).

Favorite Dessert:  Lemon things — lemon icebox pie, lemon bars, lemon cake with glaze…

Favorite TV ShowRight now, Jane the Virgin and Reign. I’m binging Reign on my own — it’s got royals and drama and romance and intrigue — and Jane the Virgin is something I’m watching with my daughter. It’s both campy and sweet, and we’re addicted.

Favorite Movie or TV Celebrity: Dame Maggie Smith.  She’s a genius in everything.

Favorite Fictional Character (not your own):  I’m loving Matthew from Jane the Virgin right now. He’s a sweet beta in an Alpha job and role. He screws up, but he owns it and his love for Jane is never in question.

Milk or Dark Chocolate:  Milk. I feel that dark requires a maturity I don’t have.

Dog or Cat:  It would break my Cupid’s heart for me to say anything other than dog.

TRC:  Thank you Kimberly, for taking the time to answer our questions.  We wish you the best of luck with More Than Anything

Kimberly:  My pleasure! Thanks for having me!

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Relentless (Fractured Farrells #5) by Mallory Crowe-a review

RELENTLESS (Fractured Farrells: Damaged Billionaires Series #5) by Mallory Crowe-a review


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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 6, 2016

Nathan has come to town for one reason: her.
And he’s not leaving until she’s his.

Nathan thought he’d be a happy bachelor forever, but things have changed. One by one his brothers have been falling prey to this whole “love” thing and Nathan has never come close to finding a woman who could tolerate him in large doses. Well, except for one. But this girl isn’t a fling. She’s long term, first class wife material. If he goes for her, it’s not for a one night stand. It’s for forever.

Katy Carey is busy. Too busy for love and much too busy for the assertive billionaire from her past who showed up out of nowhere and demanding they try to make things work. But as the Inn she manages starts to face one crisis after another, it becomes apparent that someone is trying to destroy the business she’s devoted her life and future to.

Now the man she just wanted to leave her alone ends up being a friendly ear, an ally and, scariest of all, her only hope.


REVIEWRELENTLESS is the fifth and final installment in Mallory Crowe’s contemporary, adult FRACTURE FARRELLS: Damaged Billionaires romantic, suspense series focusing on the Farrell siblings. This is businessman Nathan Farrell, and Inn manager Katy Carey’s story line. RELENTLESS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. The FRACTURED FARRELLS series is a spin off from Mallory’s BILLIONAIRES IN THE CITY series. You do not have to have read the original series to understand or comprehend the premise of the new series.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Nathan and Katy) RELENTLESS is a second chance, of sorts, between billionaire Nathan Farrell, and Seal Cove Inn manager Katy Carey. Years earlier, Katy had a wild crush on Nathan Farrell, her best friend’s boyfriend and the man who would break her sixteen year old heart. Fast forward to present day and Nathan Farrell feels he has been left behind. All of his siblings have found their happily ever after, and Nathan is caught in a perpetual circle of one night stands, or relationships of betrayal and pain. The one person who made him feel real; made him feel like he belonged is the young girl, now a woman, whose heart he destroyed years before. Enter Katy Carey, a small town Inn manager, and a woman facing threats from an unknown source. Nathan’s arrival at Seal Cove Inn comes with some unexpected troubles including a leaky roof, malicious damage and an expected murder. What ensues is the rekindling relationship between Nathan and Katy, and the search for a potential killer at the Seal Cove Inn.

The relationship between Nathan and Katy is one of second chances. Nathan walked out of Katy’s life years before, and in the ensuing time Katy has never forgotten the heartbreak and pain of the man that she once loved. Nathan’s determination to get Katy back into his life finds our hero make decisions that could affect their future together. The $ex scenes are intimate without the over the top graphic, erotic imagery.

All of the previous story line couples, and Farrell siblings play secondary and supporting roles including several employees of the Seal Cove Inn including front desk receptionists Sean and Sheila, as well as the Inn’s next door neighbor Levi Adams who may or may not be interested in Katy Carey.

RELENTLESS is a story of second chances; a romantic suspense focusing on Nathan’s need to forgive himself for the sins of his past; and moving forward towards a happily ever after. The premise is intriguing and heartwarming; the characters are spirited and energetic; the romance is passionate and moving. RELENTLESS is an intimate look at one man’s seduction of the woman he has always loved, and one woman’s need to make it on her own. Mallory Crowe’s amazing FRACTURE FARRELL series is a delightful look at family, friendships and happily ever afters.

I am looking forward to Mallory’s next spin off series- THE STOLEN HEARTS-and book one The Cocky Thief focusing on police officer Scott Hart-a character who was first introduced in the Fracture Farrells.

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Reviewed by Sandy