The Billionaire’s Unexpected Baby by Kira Archer – a Review

The Billionaire’s Unexpected Baby by Kira Archer – a Review

 

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One minute, pregnant Leah Andrews is throwing up over the side of a yacht andthe next, she’s married to party boy Brooks. It’s an arrangement born of sheerdesperation to save her job, but now the tabloids are all over them, their friends are running a pool betting on whether they’ll actually stay married until Baby Day, and worst of all, she and her new husband might just be falling for one another. But they belong in opposite worlds. It’ll never work.

Billionaire app developer Brooks Larson lives his life on the light side. Until he tries to play hero and claims to be Leah’s husband. Now he’s up to his ears in Lamaze classes, baby powder…and unexpected marital bliss. But he’d make a rotten husband and horrible father. Leah and the baby deserve so much better. Add in major baby daddy drama and the whole situation is the worst idea EVER. But sometimes those bad ideas might just be the best ones.

 

 

Review:

The Billionaire’s Unexpected Baby is the second book in her Winning The Billionaire series by Kira Archer.

 Leah Andrews life has taken an unexpected turn.  Pregnant (from a one night stand) and on a trip with friends for her god daughters christening she meets billionaire bad boy Brooks Larson.  Not long after their return home, Brooks slip of the tongue almost costs Leah her job at the private Catholic school she was just hired at to be a literature teacher. With no other alternative – Brooks tells Leah’s boss that she won’t be a single mother – they are getting married. And so out of necessity comes a marriage. A marriage that for all practical purposes is fake. Except neither Leah nor Brooks can deny their feelings for each other.

While Brooks has never been looking for any kind of relationship, Leah makes him think about his future. A future he wants her included in.  But the fact that Leah is pregnant with another man’s child doesn’t matter much to Brooks. That is until Brooks sees who it is – Marcus Cassidy.  An old college friend of his who stole an app idea out from under Brooks and ran with it.  While Brooks is fullfilling his obligation of pretending to be Leah’s husband his life becomes overwhelmed with baby preparations. But Brooks isn’t sure he is what Leah or her baby need in their lives. So much so that he decides to walk away – thinking he is saving her from himself. Little did he know that Leah wishes him to be her husband for now and forever. She loves him as much as he loves her. Can they make it work, even with Marcus in his childs life? Can they move beyond the fake marriage and make one of love and happily ever afters?  

I love the complexity and stubbornness of both Leah and Brooks. Even though Brooks is a billionaire – he turned out to be kind, sweet and very compassionate.  Leah is a strong, independent woman. And she will do whatever it takes to have this child and raise her properly.  But when she almost loses her job – she has no choice to go along with the plan of faking their marriage. And what ensues is beautiful and wonderful. Watching Brooks develop and open himself to the idea of marriage and kids was magical and fulfilling.  He made me laugh and smile to myself on several occasions throught the book. 

This is a stand alone book which was just wonderfully written so that if you haven’t read the first book – you will now want to! The passion and love between Brooks and Leah was delightfully written and made this a quick read. Only because I just didn’t want to put the book down without finding out what would happen next!  

Reviewed by Erin

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Brazilian Surrender by Carmen Falcone – a Review

Brazilian Surrender by Carmen Falcone – a Review

 

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Psychology student Camila Duarte is finally on her own, living in NYC and away from her overprotective brothers. Her serenity quakes when she receives terrorizing letters. When the threats ramp up, she hires the best problem solver in the business to protect her and look for the criminal.

After losing his wife and kid, Jaeger Bauer left the NYPD and has one simple rule: don’t get attached. A job is just a job. Working close to Camila, however, puts his remarkable self-control to the test. He wants to pursue her, even though they are complete opposites and want different things. As the stakes get higher, Jaeger needs to choose between protecting his client…or surrendering to desire and jeopardizing the entire mission.

 

Review:

Brazilian Surrender is the final novel in the Brazilians Series by Carmen Falcone.  

Camila Duarte finally got her wish.  Living on her own, away from her overbearing brothers. She has moved to New York with one intention – succeeding on her own volition! 

Living in New York she is finally doing her internship in Psychology at a hospital she loves. She has an amazing job, a great apartment that she shares with her roommate Zoe and her family is thousands of miles away in Brazil. For once she is doing things on her own, on her terms. That is until she starts receiving anonymous letters from a stranger telling her to leave town. At first she doesn’t think much of it but as they become more frequent and more volatile, she realizes she needs to tell someone. She knows she can’t turn to her brothers – they will either make her come home or show up in New York, neither of which is what Camila wants. She knows she can’t go to the police, because of how famous her family is in Brazil, which will only bring them bad press they don’t need.  Who better to tell than her beautician Gesa.  Gesa tells Camila to contact her nephew, ex NYPD officer turned security firm owner Jaeger Bauer. 

Jaeger Bauer has one rule since losing his wife and son and leaving the NYPD – do not get emotionally involved with anyone. When he agrees to meet with a friend of his Aunt’s he has no idea what he is getting himself into; nor if he will even take the job. From the moment he met Camila every being in his body told him not to take on her case.  But the attraction is too much and he gives in and goes against everything his brain is telling him and takes the case. Realizing that he wants nothing more than to protect Camila he slowly begins to let down his guard and allows Camila into his heart!

Jaeger knows from the moment he meets Camila that taking her case on will be risky. His body immediately responded to her presence.  Something he hasn’t allowed with any woman since his wife and child were killed. But Camila completely mesmerizes him. Her beauty, grace and vulnerability are nothing compared to how strong, independent and determined she is to make it on her own, outside of her famous family. But can he protect her and protect his heart at the same time? Can he allow himself to love and care for another again? 

What an amazingly hot, intriguing and suspenseful spicy romance.  The forbidden love that Jaeger feels he no longer deserves is like a thickness in the air that encompasses you. You feel his sadness and grief and fear of allowing himself to care for someone again. Completely overwhelming and deliciously spicy all at the same time. All the books in this series are standalones, but crafted and written so well that you do not need to read the other books to understand the dynamic and what is going on.  But also so hot and sexy that you want and need to read the other books just to complete the entire story, because Brazilian Surrender leaves you wanting more. 

Reviewed by Erin

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Swan Song by Charlotte Wilson – a Review

Swan Song by Charlotte Wilson – a Review

 

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LOVE AND LONGING IN THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF LONDON

When iconic ballerina Beatrice Duvall died, a nation mourned – and a legacy was born. Sixteen years later, her daughter Ava comes to London to take part in a high-profile tribute to Beatrice, and to learn about the mother she never knew.

There’s just one snag: the tribute is a ballet, Swan Lake. Which is infinitely painful for Ava, because she can’t dance. Won’t dance. Not since she quit the Royal Ballet School last year and walked away from everything that defined her.

But this is London, colourful and crazy, and with actor Seb at her side, there’s so much to discover. Like Theatreland razzmatazz and rooftop picnics and flamingo parties. And a whole load of truths Ava never knew about her mother – and herself.

When the time comes to take the stage, will Ava step out of the shadow cast by her mother’s pedestal? And who will be waiting for her there, in the bright lights?

A coming-of-age novel about family and first love, in the city of hopes and dreams.

 

 

Review:

Sixteen year old Ava Hadley has always lived in the shadow of her mother, Royal Ballet Principal ballerina Beatrice Duvall. It’s been sixteen years since her mother passed away, and she is now in London to represent her family at high profile tribute to Beatrice. Ava realizes that this trip will give her the opportunity to learn more about the mother she has never known. But she isn’t quite sure what London will bring.

Upon arrival in London she is meant to stay with her mother’s best friend,  Thisbe and her two sons – Noah and Seb. But th moment she arrives – everything is strangely familiar to her.  Is she ready to learn things she never would have imagined about her mother? And in learning more about mother, does she find herself? 

I enjoyed the character of Ava from the moment I met her, as she is young, spunky and full of life.  Ava was once on her way to becoming an amazing dancer her like her mother, but she walked away from it all.  Being in London, in the place where her mother was so fabulous and revered,  she learns more about her mother.  She begins to step out of her mother’s shadow and into her own!   Ava explores the woman her mother was, and the reason behind her death, and as the reader, you too want to know.  The story is gut-wrenching and devastating all at the same time;  pulling us in as the story unfolds!

Seb Wright is a wonderful, energetic character. And exactly what Ava needs. When she isn’t sure of her place and where she is supposed to be – he knows exactly where that is and is there to remind her. A friendship that spans the test of time! 

Swan Song by Charlotte Wilson is a wonderful story of finding yourself, stepping out of your parent’s shadows and just being who you are supposed to be!  Highly recommend coming of age, theatrical, magical, ballet romance! I would love if this story continues, if we could continue on with the beauty that Ava becomes. 

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27 Hours by Tristina Wright – a Review

27 Hours by Tristina Wright – a Review

 

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Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with her best friend, Dahlia. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn his colony’s darkest secret.

To save everyone they love, they’ll both have to commit treason.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, these four runaways must stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, or the things they fear most will be all that’s left.

 

Review:

27 Hours is the first book in the Nightside Saga by Tristina Wright

This YA book has one of the most complex and diverse set of characters that I have ever had the privilege of reading.  27 Hours tells the story of teens who were raised and brainwashed to believe that the indigenous species (gargoyles) that occupies their colony on a moon in space called Sahara are bad.  The story begins with Rumor Mora who lives in HUB2 with his father being attacked by gargoyles.  While overcome by gargoyles and dragons his father tells him to escape and warn Epsilon the nearest colony.  Leaving his father was one of the hardest things he has ever done but he knows it is what he needs to do.

As we walk through the continuing story we meet several of the teen protagonists.  Rumor Mora who we find out is bisexual, arrives in Epsilon and gets acquainted with an old ex-girlfriend, Dahlia.  Dahlia Adams, who’s mom is chief medical officer at Epsilon is bisexual and trans.  We then meet Nyx Llorca, who is deaf, pansexual has two secrets – the moon speaks to her and she is in love with her best friend Dahlia, yet she is afraid to tell her how she feels.  Jude Welton, a forest-rebel is gay and he can see people’s emotions and intentions as colors surrounding them.  Braeden Tennant, the colony commanders son is asexual and by far one of my favorite characters.

The plot slowly unfolds and there ensues a war between humans colonizing Sahara and its indigenous beings known as the chimera (gargoyles).  The story develops deeper as the protagonists begin to learn that the chimera are people after all thanks to Jude, a forest rebel who dwells among the chimera. The characters are all on the LGBT spectrum hence making this one of the most if not the most diverse book I have ever read.  You come to find out that the chimera are clearly intelligent, sympathetic beings and not the savages that the humans have been led to believe they are.  While having 27 hours to save Sahara they also have time to build relationships and friendships. 

27 Hours is clearly written as a story for our times.  Blending the effects of racism, prejudices along with the many folds of the LGBT spectrum.  I would recommend this to any young adult that loves sci-fi and is looking for a book that explores inclusion and acceptance.

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Royal Attraction by Tiffany Truitt – a Review

Royal Attraction by Tiffany Truitt – a Review

 

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Alexandra Ryans’s life has been anything but normal. Some might even call it a fairy tale. As the daughter of the former U.S. ambassador to England, she grew up within the palace walls, best friends with the three young princes. Adored by the press and the British people. What more could a girl want?

If only the press knew the real story behind her relationships with the Dudley boys. Then, they’d really sell some papers.

Oliver Dudley, youngest son and third in line for the throne, loves everything about his life. The fame. The parties. The women. The utter lack of expectations and responsibilities that come with being last in the line of succession. But while the world thinks he has everything he wants, there’s one thing he was never able to call his own—the beautiful and spunky American Aly Ryans. But how can he convince her when she hates everything about his life? And what is he willing to give up to get her?

 

Review:

Alexandra Ryan is the daughter of an American Ambassador, and one of the King of England’s most trusted friend and advisor.

When Aly’s life takes a drastic turn and she loses her mother at a young age. Her father is asked to move into the royal palace and aid the King.

This means Aly’s life becomes meticulously intermixed with the royal princes.  Growing up within the Palace afforded Aly a lot of luxuries she would not have had living a normal life.  But it also brings with it the press, and they are ever watching and scrutinizing every move. But, it also gave her three best friends in the royal princes.  They were all always there for each other.  In fact as a small girl Aly always saw herself falling for the oldest prince – Aiden.  Aiden was thoughtful, kind, and artistic.  And he was always there for Aly. But when Aiden goes off to college and returns on break something has changed.  Aiden is no longer the young, artistic kid – he has come back an all business, proper Prince.  And the change in Aiden crushes Aly.  She turns to one of the other princes – Oliver.  But when Aiden catches Oliver and Aly together all hell breaks loose. And Aly is feels like she is the cause of all the problems and her only option is to leave the palace and what better place to make a clean break than the United States. 

Aly decided to enroll in school and hopes that she can continue on with her life – leaving the royals to their own business. A few years pass and now that Prince Fredrick is getting married and she has been summoned back to the royal palace.  Her life in the states has not gone quite as well as she had planned. She has dropped out of school, had an affair with a professor that she did not know was married and the last thing she wants is to be brought into the limelight of a royal wedding.  She begrudgingly returns.

When she does she soon realizes that it has always been Oliver. Even before she knew it herself it has always been him. But Oliver has his own trouble and trials. He is always in the press and it isn’t always good. Aly isn’t sure she has a place in their life anymore and as soon as the wedding is over she is returning to the States.  But things don’t go as she has planned – and Ollie is bound and determined to convince her to try and make it work with him! Can they live happily ever after? Will Ollie still want her after he finds out the truth of what happened in the States? 

A true fairy tale romance! While it takes them a few years to come around,  it certainly makes for an amazing read when they do! I loved every single character and their relationship to each other!

Aly is strong willed and fun. While she grew up in the palace she remained true to herself! I loved how she interacted with everyone! And you want   nothing than for her to get the fairytale ending. At first Ollie came across as a cocky ass. But he slowly grew on me. His intentions with Aly were always pure and he truly loved her. You could feel it. Every prince in this book had a charming quality and truly seemed down to earth! Great read and truly heart-warming fairytale! 

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Hard Run by Sheryl Nantus – a Review

Hard Run by Sheryl Nantus – a Review

 

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When Skye Harris shows up on the Devil’s Playground’s doorstep asking the Brotherhood for help with a gang taking over her hometown, it’s time for Finn Storm to step up. The bikers might be tough but he’s tougher – and armed with Brotherhood tech and a warrior’s heart he’s going to get the job done, no matter what or who stands in his way.

The one weak spot in his plan is in his heart––Skye gets under his skin like no other woman has and she’s not going to let him take all the danger on his shoulders alone. But when she’s caught in the crossfire Finn has to decide whether to follow his heart or his carefully crafted plan to not only clean up the town but heal his soul.

 

 

Review:

Hard Run by Sheryl Nantus is book two in her Delta Force Brotherhood series.

Skye Harris wants revenge! Her one mission in life is taking care of her younger brother Robby. since their parents were killed in an accident when they were younger. She has sacrificed a lot to get him through life and keeping him in one piece.  They struggle to make ends meet and keep their head above water.  That’s when Robby makes the wrong decision.

Trying to get some extra money, he does a side job for a local MC gang. When it doesn’t end well, Robby ends up in a coma after being attacked and forced with an overdose of heroin.  Skye has one thing on her mind… revenge!  When one of the nurses from the hospital hands her a Delta Brotherhood card and tells her to come see them. Skye heads to Vegas and enters a club called The Devil’s Playground.  Not knowing what to expect she soon finds The Brotherhood.

Finn Storm is a member of the Delta Force Brotherhood.  He has been on multiple deployments but nothing has his him quite as hard as the life his mother turned to while he was away. A twisted back led her to seek treatment, which led to pain killers and everything  escalated from there. When the doctors told her no more pain meds, she took to the streets to find her fix. Finn’s mother dies of an overdose before he can get to her. This is how Dylan knows that Finn is the perfect person to take on Skye’s job.  But while Skye is out for death, The Brotherhood shows her the way to get revenge legally.  The moment Finn sets his eyes on Skye he knows that she will be a handful. 

The chemistry that forms between Skye and Finn is combustible!  I couldn’t wait for Finn’s story it, and it did not disappoint! If you love suspense, drama, intrigue and hot blood boiling romance this book is for you!  Fast paced- especially when Finn infiltrates the MC gang.

I loved Skye’s strong will and her fight that led her to the Brotherhood. I believe even without the Brotherhood she would give as good as it gets! But when she meets Finn and realizes that it’s ok for her to be happy too – everything changes. Will Finn survive what he is heading into to protect her? 

Finn Storm is a strong willed military man.  He has suffered in his own life, things he keeps locked away, but can one woman change that for him. Could she hold the key to release his heart?

Hard Run was such a warm, sweet, loving story! Absolutely can’t wait for the next one! 

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Ten Days With The Highlander by Hayson Manning – a Review

Ten Days With The Highlander by Hayson Manning – a Review

 

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Go-getter Georgia Paxton has ten days to acquire a quaint hotel in the Scottish Highlands for her travel accommodation company before she’s off on her next grand adventure. Too bad the sexy, broody Scot who owns the place is dead against the idea…and that she’s in very real danger of losing their little bet to see who can convince whom first.

There’s no way Callum MacGregor is going to let the gorgeous American turn his tiny hometown over to bored tourists looking to satisfy their Outlander fantasies. He only has ten days to convince her to slow down and see the magic of the town and its people. If he succeeds, he won’t have to run her out of the county. But if he fails, Georgia might run off with his heart.

 

Review:

Ten Days With The Highlander by Hayson Manning is a Contemporary Romance. Georgia Paxton was born to roam.  Raised by her hippie parents she is never content to stay in one place too long.  She is also corporate America.  Her job with LiveAbout –  a destination vacation company.  She travels from destination to destination acquiring properties. She is the big gun.  The one they send in to close the deal. Her newest assignment is Glenlagen, Scotland.   How hard can this assignment be?  Just like all the others, get in, get out and close the deal. 

Callum MacGregor was once corporate America but it turns out it wasn’t for him.   He has come back to his roots in Glenlagen, Scotland.  He has bought the local pub and an old manor house and turned it into a hotel. The pub has been fully renovated but the hotel is a work in progress.  He is all about community and what it means to be a part of this amazingly magical place.  He watches out for his neighbors that’s what community does.

I knew the moment Georgia pulled into the hotel and met Callum that things were going to be quite interesting.  I loved the mix of Corporate America versus hometown morals and values. Georgia is there to convince Callum to sell her company his hotel as a resort destination.  But Callum likes things just the way are and does not want to open his town up as a tourist destination. He is happy and content with the way things are in his life.

Georgia is adamant about the fact that she will never settle down and start a family.  Her life is about movement from one place to the next and she is content with that.  The moment she encounters Callum she begins to see another side to her corporate lifestyle. Callum is the perfect mix of Scottish delish!  He is rugged and hard working and nothing means more to him than family and friends.  He steps up and watches out for his neighbors and makes sure everyone is taken care of in his small quaint town.  The town is magical.  From the moment the author begins to describe it, it is magical and exactly where you want to take your next vacation. Callum begins to show Georgia that there is more to life than making money.  That settling down and enjoying the little things can make for a happy and content life. 

The mix that both main characters bring to the story is wonderfully written and I would have loved for it to continue on.  One of my favorite parts of the story was the mention of Coupon, PA which I grew up 9.5 miles from.  Always fun to read of places you are familiar with. Loved the story, loved the setting and all of the characters.  I hope that this story continues as there are several secondary characters I would love to read more about.  Wonderfully written and filled with magical folklore and delicious sounding foods. If you want to take a trip to a magical Scotland town with wonderful characters and an even more wonderful love story – this is the book for you!

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One Week with the Marine by Allison Gatta – a Review

One Week with the Marine by Allison Gatta – a Review

 

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Best friends with benefits…

Avery Forrester has never been the type to settle down—not to one place, not to one job, and certainly not to one man. Still, when her long-term best friend with benefits comes home on leave with a plan—including marriage and children—she realizes she’ll have to do something drastic in order to keep him. Luckily, drastic is what she does best.

…isn’t enough anymore.

U.S. Marine Holden Morris has never backed down from a challenge. And this time, that challenge is persuading wild child Avery Forrester, the woman he’s loved his entire life, to marry him. He wants the whole deal—a wife, a family. But convincing her to become a military wife won’t be easy. Then again, he knows Avery—in every way possible. Armed with that kind of knowledge—carnal and otherwise–how can he possibly fail?

 

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One Week With The Marine by Allison Gatta is part of her Love on Location series.  Avery Forrester lives life by her own rules.  Everything she does is on her terms. She has protected herself and her feelings for many years and her relationship with her best friend Holden has been one with a long with-standing arrangement.  Best friends with benefits. No strings attached.  But this time around something has changed. While Avery’s body and heart are telling her one thing, her mind is doing its best to protect her. But is she willing to lose the one constant that has been there for her since high school. 

Marine Captain Holden Morris has made up his mind.  On leave this time around he is going to visit his best friend with benefits,  Avery. But he is bound and determined to change their arrangement into something much more permanent!  Never one to fail a mission – will he be able to win her over in the short time he has on leave?

The relationship between Avery and Holden is one of true friendship.  But changing from an arrangement to something more permanent won’t be the easiest thing to accomplish! Avery is stubborn and protecting her heart from the fiasco of a life her mother had. She will do anything to protect herself! But in doing that it may cost her the one thing that means the most to her – Holden.

The story flowed nicely although at times I found Avery’s stubbornness grating. It takes her quite a long time to come around and admit what she wants.  The story is sweet and comforting. And you know that inside Holden’s arms is exactly where Avery should be.  And in the end when they finally come to a mutual agreement, one that both of them want, you are happy and over-joyed for them.   It truly was a warm and lovely story with a happily ever after.  Look forward to this series continuing.

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