The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Susan Meier

The Twelve Dates of ChristmasThe Twelve Dates of Christmas by Susan Meier
When entrepreneur Ricky Langley offers Eloise Vaughn the help she needs, in exchange for her attending twelve Christmas parties as his date, she can’t refuse. Yes, Ricky’s handsome, and devastatingly charming, but this is about business. If only her racing heart would get the message!

Ricky has his own reasons for hating Christmas. But with each date that passes Eloise opens his eyes to the spirit of the season…and opens his heart to a totally different future….

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting trope, rich businessman Ricky Langley asks Eloise Vaughn to be his date to twelve events during the Christmas holiday. I really liked the premise, it was set up nicely and both characters had redeeming qualities. It’s a squeaky clean romance with just a bit of sexual tension between the hero and heroine to keep it interesting. However, there was something missing that didn’t allowed me to fully connect to the story and then it sort of all came together very quickly at the end with no real justification or feeling of how the two got to their happily ever after so fast. Overall, it was a decent story- a nice Christmasy read.

I received a complimentary copy of The Twelve Dates of Christmas from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Texan’s Christmas By: Tanya Michaels

The Texan's ChristmasThe Texan’s Christmas by Tanya Michaels

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The last thing rodeo cowboy Daniel Baron needs is a commitment. After a lifetime of feeling like an outsider among his larger-than-life stepfamily at Roughneck Ranch, Daniel is ready to leave the ring—and Texas—behind forever. Except he can’t stop thinking about the woman he just met—beautiful, bighearted…and pregnant.

Of course Nicole Bennett is attracted to strong, sweet Daniel—he’s pretty much perfect. But he made it clear that he doesn’t want a family, the one thing Nicole’s dreamed of her whole life. Now, just as that dream is coming true, Nicole could lose the only man she wants to share it with…unless Daniel can find the courage to open his heart.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my second read in The Texas Rodeo Baron series and my first by Tanya Michaels, as each installment is written by a different author. I’m not sure if the mixing of authors is is a new trend or old, but it’s one that I’ve noticed a lot of lately. I think it’s neat way to offer individuality to characters that are prominent in each book, because each author writes and portrays them as they understand the character.

In the past, I’ve steered away from what I feel are cheesy titles “The Cowboys …”, “The Texan’s ….”, “The Billionaire’s …”, or “The Duke …” However after relenting and giving some of these a go, I find that my judging a book by it’s cover or um … title, is completely unfair. Most of them I enjoy very much, as was such, The Texan’s Christmas.

Tanya Michaels actually weaves a rodeo story into everyday life allowing even those that don’t particularly care for the cowboy themed storylines to enjoy it. Centered around the Baron family and their coming together at Christmas, it’s a story of understanding who you are and what you mean to those around you.

It’s a nicely written clean story that you won’t want to miss.

I received a complimentary copy of The Texan’s Christmas from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Texan’s Christmas releases today.  You can get it on Amazon here.

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REVIEW- Christmas on 4th Street By Susan Mallery

Christmas on 4th Street (Fool's Gold, #12.5)Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

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There’s nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool’s Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped… Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That’s why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool’s Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that’s magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.

Gabriel’s memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year’s eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle…and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can’t stop sharing.

Gabriel didn’t think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse….

 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Susan Mallery isn’t a new author to me. I’ve read several of her books and immediately fell in love with her style of writing. Christmas on 4th Street is only my second Fools Gold novel and is a wonderful addition to the Fools Gold series. With fun and entertaining characters, it’s not your average hot desirable man meets shy succumbing female.

I loved this story. Both characters were well developed and likable. It was light and funny at times, but then also heartfelt and emotional. Relatable and true to every day life, I can easily see Noelle and Gabriel living in small-town USA dealing with life as it is handed to them.

I would have given the story 4- 4.5 stars except the ending just sort of crept up and tadaa – ended. Not that it was a terrible ending, because you get the HEA, but it was built up and you think your going to start going down hill and the story will fall into place, but then you hit a plateau and it wraps up and came together very quickly. It’s still a very good read and a beautiful story. I definitely recommend it.

I received a copy of Christmas on 4th Street from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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WHAT ARE YOU READING?

WeHammersmithBookClub002lcome Back!  November’s post of What am I reading comes to you from  The Great Smokey Mountains.  This is one of my families favorite places to visit because it’s just a couple hours drive and there are endless things to do.  The kids usually keep us busy riding go-carts and wandering through museums, but since it’s just the main man and I, we are taking it easy and enjoying the view.  So, what am I reading?

WHICH NOVEL ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING & WHO IS THE AUTHOR?

With a Side of Bride #6 in the Sexy Series by GiGi Marie

WHAT IS THE OPENING LINE OF THE BOOK?

“We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments- the joining of two hearts.

WHAT ARE THE HERO & HEROINES NAMES OR MAIN CHARACTERS NAMES?

Patrick and April

WHAT IS THE 1ST SENTENCE  OF THE SECOND PARAGRAPH OF CHAPTER 9?

“I’m sorry, I didn’t want to have to do this.” Kat’s voice was soft but menacing as she looked down at the item in her hand.

WHAT’S NEXT ON YOUR TBR PILE? 

My Kindle and I have had a disagreement lately.  It keeps telling me I’m low on storage even though I scan and clean it regularly.  I’m sort of thinking it might have some issues, because surely I haven’t filled it full … okay, maybe I’m the one with issues.  I have a hard time passing up a good book and I’m constantly loading new ones thinking eventually I’ll get to them all.  This month, my goal was to make that little error triangle at the top disappear.  So, I hit my TBR pile hard and made a good dent in it.  And, yay!  More storage means more books right?

You’ll recognize a few of these left-over from last month, but I’m getting there.

Exposed Secrets by April Nichols Baker

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Susan Meier

The Texans Christmas by Tanya Michaels

One Frosty Night by Janice Kay Johnson

A Last Chance Christmas by Vickie Lewis Thompson

Hot Secrets by Lisa Renee Jones

The Fog by Shelby Nolan

The Harvest Club by Iona Morrison

So what are you reading?  I’d love to know …

 

 

Review- Christmas with a SEAL by Tawny Weber

Christmas with a SEALChristmas with a SEAL by Tawny Weber

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Subject: Navy SEAL Lieutenant Phillip Banks

Mission: Resist one saucy redhead’s attempts to de-Scrooge him…and seduce him!

Silversmith Frankie Silvera has lost her creative mojo. And she knows how to get it back—by getting her sexy on with a certain hot sailor. Just the thought of Phillip’s hard, Navy-trained body against her, and everything goes molten. He’s the “inspiration” Frankie needs for the holidays!

Navy SEAL Phillip Banks is the prince of protocol. But after his last mission went horribly off-course, all of that control has dissipated. Now he’s at the mercy of one very determined female who is pulling out all the stops on Operation Christmas—including red-hot lingerie and the promise of oh-so-wicked delights… But does giving in mean giving up everything he’s worked for?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read three or four of the SEAL series by Tawny Weber. A part of the Blaze imprint from Harlequin, these steamy reads cater to quick, highly attractive characters that like to stay busy-if you know what I mean.

There seems to be a trend with this series- uptight, over responsible SEAL meets quirky and fun heroine. With an instant attraction, they fall all into each other, while trying to keep it light. I have to say, this has been my favorite installment of the series, thus far. The heroine and hero are both nicely developed and intriguing, and you are introduced to some secondary characters that add a little depth to the story. It wasn’t all about the sex- not that it lacked, but there was more to it than that.

Fast, sexually energized, with fun characters, it’s a definitely a read you’ll enjoy.

I received a complimentary copy of Christmas with a SEAL from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Christmas with a SEAL releases November 1st and can be preordered on Amazon here

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REVIEW- A Husband for Danna

A Husband for DannaA Husband for Danna by Christina Lorenzen

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Runaway bride kidnaps runaway groom … what could be more interesting than that?

I was immediately intrigued with the runaway bride meets runaway groom storyline, as it puts a new spin on an old theme. A Husband for Danna did not disappoint. With well developed characters and a knack for writing descriptions that allows you to visually picture each scene as it unfolds, Christina Lorenzen, makes a splash into romance as an author to read. It’s a perfectly paced, beautiful, modest love story that leaves you racing to finish it up and then sad when it comes to an end.

You can find it on Amazon here.

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REVIEW- UNEXPECTED HONEYMOON

The Unexpected HoneymoonThe Unexpected Honeymoon by Barbara Wallace

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A holiday to remember…

Widower Carlos Chavez manages La Joya del Mayan, the most romantic resort in Mexico. On good days, the romance passes unnoticed; on dark days, it only reminds him of his loss.

But the honeymoon suite’s latest guest, Larissa Boyd, has rocked his steadfastness. Stunningly beautiful, she seems lost. And no wonder…she’s on a honeymoon for one!

The chemistry is instant – and their similarities run deep. Could it be that the two loneliest hearts on the island have found love…in the most unexpected of places?

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The gist of The Unexpected Honeymoon is like many. Girl get’s jilted at the alter, decides to follow through with her honeymoon plans and meets a hunky man willing to take her mind off of the reason why she’s there. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for these things. I mean who deserves a HEA more than a bride left at the alter? I can’t say that much sets this story apart from any of the others, but what I did enjoy, was that the circumstances didn’t leave the heroine jaded to the idea of romance, as well as, the authors style of writing that lets you understand the characters and their feelings without being overbearing or blatant. There was no constant hashing of how attracted the characters were to one another, or any explicit love scenes needed to drive home that they enjoyed each other’s company. The hints and feelings were subtle, yet perfectly conveyed. And I absolutely loved the intermingling of Spanish into the storyline. The only bad thing I can find to say, is that the last few chapters jumped a round a bit more than I would have liked. It almost seemed rushed, but overall it was still a very good story.

Old storyline, good writing, modest and likable characters.  Find it on Amazon.

I received a complimentary copy of The Unexpected Honeymoon from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review- The Ravishing of Beauty

The Ravishing of BeautyThe Ravishing of Beauty by Jessica Satin

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Warning: This story was written to unlock your darkest fantasies and innermost desires. It is not for the faint of heart and is not your mother’s erotica. All of the sexual descriptions found in this book are very explicit in nature. It’s not suitable for someone under 18 years of age. Read at your own risk.

Belle’s choice to become the Beast’s prisoner changes her in ways she never imagined.

After her Beast transforms back into his human form, they eagerly explore each other’s bodies. He can ram his fingers into her and probe his tongue deep between her lips. She can feel the warm bulge of his muscles and run her fingers through his red-gold hair, but it’s not enough. Their sexual affair began long before he was human, and Belle can’t help remembering what it was like to have sex with her Beast. She learned to love him through all the blood and sacrifice it required. Belle and Prince Adam must learn to find new ways to express their depraved desires

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hmm… Hmm… Hmm…

I don’t even know where to start. So how about …this is a retold erotica version of the story Beauty and The Beast. I fully understood that going into the story. I read the blurb. It said “this is not your mothers erotica.” Nope it is definitely not. I’m pretty sure my mother has never read erotica, in fact my mother doesn’t read and if she did, it would probably be some kind of love inspired stuff where they blush whenever they kiss. Okay, maybe that was harsh, because I like the modest love stories just as much as I like the steamy ones. However, I have to say that this story was new for me. I was definitely out of my element here. I’ve read some light BDSM and enjoyed it, but this goes beyond those limits. Unfortunately, it just isn’t my thing.

However, with those feelings aside, the story isn’t terrible and I am sure there will be loads that enjoy this sort of tale. For me it’s a matter of personal preference. Although there is a bouncing of POV changes that somewhat throw you at times, the writing is good. And the author definitely has a knack for sex scenes.

If you like S&M, then you’d probably love this. Or if you just want to try something different, then by all means it will definitely enlighten you.  Find it on Amazon.

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REVIEW-WITH A SIDE OF SEXY

With a Side of Sexy (The Sexy Series #1)With a Side of Sexy by Gigi Marie

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Working as a waitress in the sexiest restaurant in LA has its perks: hot bartenders, a steady flow of cash in your pockets, and a phenomenally exciting night life. But for someone like me, who takes pleasure in routine and order, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I’ve always liked things uncomplicated and safe. Safe, that is, until Patrick Rivers bursts into my life, causing my world to spin off its axis. What I did not know was with one small act of chivalry, my life would forever change because of the one thing I feared most—letting myself feel.

*This is an erotic novella with explicit sex scenes meant for mature audiences only. This is not a stand-alone book, but is meant to be read with the rest of the ‘Sexy Series.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must confess I was drawn to the title of this book for no other reason than it’s quirkiness. With a Side of Sexy is the first installment of six short novella length stories. One story in, and I’m hooked. It’s quick, flows easily, keeps your interest and is well written. There isn’t a lot of character development yet, which brings up some questions that aren’t answered in this installment, but the light banter between the two characters is funny and smooth and the steamy parts, are well, hot and steamy. With a slight cliffhanger at the end, I definitely want to read on.

This is a great story for anyone that wants a fast, enjoyable read.

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WHAT ARE YOU READING?

WeHammersmithBookClub002lcome back to, What I am reading? I’ve decided to keep this as a theme for my first post of each month.  The book reviews I post are usually done by request from either an author or as a courtesy to the publisher for a complimentary or advance copy that I’ve received, however I read more than what those entail and I’m going to try to gear this post to some of those lesser known titles or authors that I read.  Please note that whether I’m provided a copy or not, my reviews and/ or opinions are my own and will be honest.  However I do not believe in bashing an author or their work because I am well aware of the time, soul searching, and hard work that goes into writing and I honestly believe that if you are reading purely for enjoyment, you can usually find something good in almost everything written.

 

WHICH NOVEL ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING & WHO IS THE AUTHOR?

Moving On by Trisha Grace

Okay, I actually just finished this book, but since I have yet to start a new one and because I have a full weekend ahead, I’m writing this on Friday evening instead of Saturday like I usually do.  So it’s what we’re going with.

WHAT IS THE OPENING LINE OF THE BOOK?

“After what you’ve been through with your parents and grandmother, you shouldn’t have to be here,” William Hayes said through his oxygen mask.

WHAT ARE THE HERO & HEROINES NAMES OR MAIN CHARACTERS NAMES?

Kate & Tyler

WHAT IS THE 1ST SENTENCE  OF THE SECOND PARAGRAPH OF CHAPTER 9?

He looked over at Kate.

WHAT’S NEXT ON YOUR TBR PILE? 

Looking back on my list from last month, I haven’t made a very big dent in my TBR list.  If anything, I took on a few more reviews and then have books by friends that were recently published that I have added as well. The good thing about this, is that I’ve been writing more and when I’m writing, I don’t read as much.  Good for me, not so good for those I’ve promised reviews to.

The Ravishing of Beauty by Jessica Satin

The News Sorority by Sheila Weller

The Unexpected Honeymoon by Barbara Wallace

Exposed Secrets by April Nichols Baker

Christmas With A SEAL by Tawney Webber

Paper Love by Sarah Wildman

Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Susan Meier

The Texans Christmas by Tanya Michaels

One Frosty Night by Janice Kay Johnson

A Last Chance Christmas by Vickie Lewis Thompson

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

Hot Secrets by Lisa Renee Jones

A Husband For Danna by Christina Lorenzen

The Sexy Series by Gi Gi Marie

Well … that’s this month’s post of what I’m reading.  Hopefully I’ll be well onto my Christmas reads by the time next month rolls around, but who knows!

So what are you reading?  I’d love to know …