Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Liar, Liar, Hearts on Fire (Bro Code Book 3) by Pippa Grant

Liar, Liar, Hearts on Fire
The lies will come back to bite you every time...

Never borrow pants from your brother. Especially if he’s a size smaller than you are, because all that pressure in the junk will short-circuit your brain.

And you’ll lie to a woman in a club about your real name.

Leave her unsatisfied after making out in a bathroom.

Then find out that she’s the one thing standing in the way of your dreams. And she very much doesn’t like being lied to.

Now I have to convince Lila Valentine—the woman I can’t stop thinking about, my biggest regret, and my new boss—that I’m what’s best for the baseball team she’s inherited.

If we can’t work together to save the Fireballs, the commissioner’s forcing a sale and moving them across the country.

I’ll do anything to save my home team.

But the one thing I can’t do?

Keep my hands to myself.

Which would be fine, if she hadn’t been telling me lies this whole time too.
This book is the third in the Bro Code series and I loved it so much I read it and then automatically read it all over again. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy and I still pre-ordered the book which is OUT TODAY if that tells you anything about how much I loved it. Tripp and Lila meet-cute (if you want to call it that) in a club after she has a drink thrown in her hair and he gives her his brother's name (I can't wait for Levi's book BTW) and they officially meet for the second time in a business meeting that... let's just say it doesn't go as planned.

This book is centered around a baseball team that Lila inherits (GO FIREBALLS) and I really love baseball so this got me. And it is so hilarious that I laughed out loud at multiple points (the ducks!). What I liked most about it is that they are so flawed and yet so wonderful. Tripp is a major germaphobe because of his wife's death and he has a lot of issues revolving around it. Lila has a hard time trusting anyone because of how she grew up. They have some animosity because Tripp wanted to buy the Fireballs but Lila wants to turn the team around and they have some very different ideas on how to do that.

Beyond the humor, we get to see two people connect and even though they make some mistakes (no cheating or anything, don't worry) you truly see the beauty in these characters. I loved them and I wanted to give them both (and Tripp's adorable kids) so many hugs. We also see their strength. Tripp's strength lies in taking care of his kids and moving on from his wife's death, while Lila's strength lies in everything she has gone through since she was a kid.

I heart this book so hard. I loved it so much I put aside doing stuff for my classes and stayed up way past my bedtime so I could finish reading it in one sitting. I have a 5 year old, this rarely happens. Plus, have you looked at the cover? His eyes alone make me swoon. Also, if you read Stud in the Stacks (also where we first meet Lila) we finally find out more about Buck Tickle and those ridiculous books Knox's grandma loves. It. Is. Amazing. If you like rom coms and, like me, basically love anything by Pippa Grant, do yourself a favor and get this book.

Free on Amazon KU.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Humbugged by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente

"A mall Santa broke my heart, stole my coffee mug, and killed my reindeer dreams."

He’s the world’s most alpha Marine and the last man I should be letting jingle my bells this holiday season. 

So why does Clint O’Dell keep running through my thoughts wearing nothing but a Santa hat? And why do I stupidly agree that we should be Christmas friends with benefits?

Someone must have spiked my eggnog. 

I don’t do Marines. 

Or Santas. 

I learned my lesson about both the hard way. 

But when Clint steps in to rescue me—from a murderous goose, a rogue reindeer, and the ghost of Christmas Right Now causing trouble in my bakery—I can’t help but wonder if we’re meant to be more than friends. 

If maybe Clint is the holiday miracle I’ve been praying for…or if all the magic will disappear with the season.

Humbugged is a laugh out loud holiday romp featuring a Marine with a heart of gold and a baker in need of a hero. Complete with the world's most awkward Christmas caroling, a photoshoot with furry friends, and more naughty baked goods than is good or decent.
This is the 4th book in the Happy Cat/O’Dell brothers series that I've reviewed previously.

I have to start out by saying that Clint is my favorite O’Dell brother. He’s a cute (HOT), funny marine who protects Noelle from animals and possible ghosts. Noelle has had a hard time since moving to Happy Cat between being a magnet for animals and with her cakes and cookies having trouble staying in one piece.

We first see Noelle in Blake and Hope’s book (Hitched) as she delivers an unfortunately broken cake and later is swarmed by hungry raccoons. They are super cute together. Based on how she appeared in Hitched, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like her, but Noelle is a brave woman who made the choice to move forward and try to be happy despite some struggles. Clint calls her Cupcake and it is adorable. Seeing their relationship progress gave me the feels in all the best ways. I got an early copy for a review and I can’t recommend this book (and series in general) enough..

Like the other books in the series it is full of humor and animal fun. There is also a running theme of Chuck Norris type memes and jokes that cracked me up throughout. Some of my favorite quotes include these gems:
"Have you tried one of Noelle's chocolate chip cookie bars yet? Not to meme myself or anything but I baked them with a single smolder."
 "Though how we got on this subject, I have no idea."  "You threatened my carrot. My carrot was unafraid. Flirting ensued."
Plus many more... but if I put in that many in I would no longer be quoting, I would just be copying and pasting the entire book and if I recall correctly that is illegal. A funny, cute, holiday cheer filled read.

You can get your copy on Amazon! You have to buy it when it first comes out but it should be on Kindle Unlimited soon! Maybe just buy yourself a Christmas gift and buy the entire series? They're all so good and cute and funny that you'd really be doing yourself a favor and if you can't treat yourself at Christmas are you really doing the holiday season right?

Monday, November 25, 2019

Tis the Season for Christmas Romance Novels

Guys. It isn't even Thanksgiving yet and I've already started with the Christmas romance novels. Because they are freaking adorable! It's like Hallmark but in book form and much more dirty. I love it.

My latest read was the Reindeer Falls series by Jana Aston. They're short and sweet and can probably all be finished in a day if you're determined. The female characters, the Winter sisters, are funny and have Christmas themed names (Holly, Ginger, and Noel). I love me some good Christmas feelings and reading these made me want to put up a tree and I haven't even gotten a new one yet (my pre-lit tree died last year and I mourn it's poor fake tree death).

The Boss Who Stole Christmas is about Holly, who thinks her young, hot boss is a Grinch. Oh boy will she find out otherwise.

If You Give a Jerk a Gingerbread is about Ginger and a baking competition she entered and she starts out thinking one of her competitors is a jackal. However, he is very cute and persuasive.

The One Night Stand Before Christmas is about Noel who wakes up to Santa's suit on her floor. Noel and Santa got a little naughty and took holiday spirit to a whole other level.

Christmas fun all around!

As usual with most books I read these days, the series is free on KU, otherwise if you would be buying the books right now it's $6.97 for all 3.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Love Me Tomorrow by Maria Luis

They call her America’s Sweetheart.
And me? I’m the so-called “inked god” she dumped on TV.

I’ve tried to forget her. I’ve tried to move on.

Until I discover that her family is opening a new restaurant next to my tattoo parlor.

If I were a gentleman, I’d offer my congratulations and go my own way.
If I were a gentleman, I’d let her be . . . but I’m not.

Savannah Rose may claim I’m nothing more than a friend, but that slight hitch in her breath whenever I get too close says that America’s sweetheart is nothing but a liar.

All it takes is one scorching kiss, and I vow in her ear: “You’re going to beg. Beg me to touch you, beg me to give you more, and if you’re real good, maybe I’ll do it all over again before you have to beg for that too.”

I’m no gentleman.
But Savannah Rose? She’s no one’s sweetheart but mine.

LOVE ME TOMORROW is a steamy slow burn romance with a splash of the forbidden. It's the third and final book in the highly anticipated series, Put A Ring On It, and can be read as a standalone.
This is the last book in the "Put a Ring On It" series. We first met Owen in Tempt Me With Forever (a NOLA Heart Novel) which focuses on Owen's brother Gage (who we see more of in this book... yay!) and what happens at the very end leads into this series.

Savannah feels bound by duty to family and doesn't see herself as being able to be with Owen. She's dealing with not only coming off of the reality dating show the series is named after, but with trying to be there for her sister who was hit with some devastating news right before the show was set to film.

When Owen showed up the first day of filming he is devastated when she kicks him off almost instantly. They have a history but her sense of duty to family keeps her from going after what she wants. When her father wants to expand their business Savannah and Owen are forced to see each other more than either would like at first.

It is steamy and kind of angsty. I love Savannah's cute jerk of a cat, Pablo and some of the scenes involving him are hilarious. Savannah is for sure a cat lady and Owen doesn't know what to think about that (other than a real annoyance for Pablo). Savannah and Owen both have secrets that put a strain on their relationship and it is in the time they spend together and the truth behind those secrets that will ultimately bring them together and make them stronger.

I loved finally unmasking who "Celebrity Tea Presents" is that we see in the first two books Hold Me Today and Kiss Me Tonight. I recommend the entire series and reading from the beginning because it lets you get to know each of the couples, but I will say that Dom and Aspen  in Kiss Me Tonight is still my favorite.

The entire series is available on Kindle Unlimited.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Caught in the Flames by Kacey Shea

I love firemen.

Heroic. Selfless. Brave.

Not to mention the uniform with those damn sexy pants…I can’t get enough.

Imagine my surprise when local fire captain, Chase Matthews, wanders into my yard on moving day. I’ve hit real estate gold. Hot as sin with that all-knowing smirk creates an instant spark. Welcome to the neighborhood never looked so good.

But dating a firefighter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Chase keeps me at distance even when I attempt to break down his walls. A friendship with the nosy eccentric woman down the street reveals there’s more to Chase than he’s willing to share. I’m playing with fire and bound to get burned.

Secrets unfold.

Truths are brought to light.

Can I handle the heat? Or will my love for this man prove that sometimes even good girls have to burn down the house?
This standalone contemporary romance by Kacey Shea took a turn I wasn't expecting. It's not the typical romance where you have one hero. There is a bit of a... love triangle? I guess that's the closest thing to call it. But trust me, I was happy with how this story ended. I was annoyed with Callie at times for some of her poor decisions, but I also understood where she was coming from.

I loved the characters even when I didn't particularly like them. That's hard to do in a book. The older lady Callie befriends is amazing and I loved her so much. There were plenty of moments that made me laugh and more that had me sighing or swooning. There is some mystery- what is Chase hiding? Who is that bitchy pancake girl? And how in the hell did Callie's house catch fire?!

Worth the time and the read.

Click here for your copy-- Free on KU
The second book in the series, Caught in the Lies, is released on October 3rd. It's prequel/short story One Hot Night is also available (for FREE)!