Monday, February 27, 2017

{Excerpt} New Release Review | The Hot One by Lauren Blakely

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“Lauren Blakely is the QUEEN of sweet, fun, and steamy reads… Her books are utterly addictive.” ~ Angie’s Dreamy Reads

Tyler Nichols. Oh. My. God. The title is definitely apropos. This man is over the top HOT in oh so many ways. The Hot One is a read-in-one-sitting kind of story.” ~ Naughty Girls and Their Books

I agree 100% with my fellow bloggers! I didn't expect anything less from Lauren Blakely. She's been knocking out endless hit novels lately. This new standalone is a second chance romance that's hot! Hot! HOT!
Told in dual POV, this slow burn story has it all. Humor, wit, sexiness... you cannot go wrong. One-click and get ready to swoon!

A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely… 

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?
Yeah. I'm that guy. But the instant I run into her again I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.

Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you've got to play to your strengths when you're fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I'm prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.

He's the one who got away . . . 

The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he's not . . .? I've tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I'm cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what's the harm in giving him a week to prove he's changed in the ways that matter?
After all, how do you resist the hot one . . .?

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{Review} New Release | Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins

Title: Something in the Way
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. 

                                                               My older sister saw him next.

Slow burn? Check. Angst? Check. Forbidden? Check. 

This story is set in the 90s and begins with a sixteen year-old heroine called Lake. Don’t let her age deter you from reading this. There’s a buildup in this first book. We see Lake grow up, and create a friendship with twenty-three year-old, Manning. There’s attraction bubbling between them, but clearly not able to be acted upon.

SOMETHING IN THE WAY dares to defy. It pushes boundaries with its forbidden love aspect. The fast, but steady pacing allows for the reader to feel every word and every action. The tension and connection between the characters is palpable.
I immediately fell for these characters. At one point, I realized they were no longer just characters, but people. I cared about them and I was deeply invested. Not only was there a slow burn relationship forming between them, but also between the story and myself. I hated, loved, respected…so many feelings were invoked. 

Yes, you will get serious feels on nearly every single page.

Hawkins creates a story that incorporates everything she does best. Her writing is poetic and intoxicating. I knew going in that this was a three-book series, but that cliffhanger ending still hit me HARD. I’ll be tossing and turning until May when we get the next book in the series. Maybe in that time, I can recover from SitW and prepare for the next one.

There are three books total in this series, so get ready for it. Trust me, Jessica Hawkins will make it worth it!

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that's what you'll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

#XOXperts Review | The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) by Thea de Salle

Title: The King of Bourbon Street
Series: NOLA Nights, #1
Author: Thea de Salle
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star
Pages: 304
Format: eBook

Hotel chain mogul Sol DuMont is about to learn that some of life’s biggest surprises come in deceptively small packages—namely a petite heiress named Rain who’s hell-bent on upsetting her family’s expectations—in this first book in the all new series by Thea de Salle, set against the sultry backdrop of New Orleans.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sol DuMont is a divorcee and the owner of a mid-sized hotel chain in New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina, his father’s death, and the decision that he and his ex-wife Maddy are far better off friends than lovers, he’s lost interest in almost everything he held dear—parties, people, and pushing limits.

All his limits.

Then Arianna Barrington checks into his hotel.

Twenty-four-year-old Arianna “Rain” Barrington could have been society’s sweetheart. Her family is moneyed, connected press darlings, and make sweeping headlines from coast to coast for reasons both good and bad. But when her mother shoves her at Charles Harwood—the obnoxious, entitled heir of Harwood Corp—to cement a billion-dollar business merger, Rain does the only thing she can think of to escape: she creates a scandal so big Harwood doesn’t want her anymore before fleeing to New Orleans for much-needed rest and relaxation.

All she wants is jazz piano, beignets, and to sail the Mississippi. What she gets is Sol DuMont, a whirlwind affair, and a hands-on education in sex, power play, and pushing limits.

All her limits.

The King of Bourbon Street was full of explosive and steamy sensuality. 

I had never heard of Thea de Salle before and this book was a nice introduction to her work.

Rain is done with her uptight family. Scandal has hit them hard, and the shame that arises from it is ruining their elite status. Rain is ready to get out from under her mother’s thumb, so she heads to New Orleans for some fun. There she meets the recently divorced hotel owner, Sol. She enters his life at the most perfect moment. He’s immediately intrigued by her, and her mere presence revitalizes him. 

I was never able to completely connect with this story. I needed more of a stronger storyline, because it didn’t feel like it reached its full potential. From the beginning, I found Sol to be off-putting, but I had hopes I would grow to love him. Sadly it never happened.
The chemistry and sex scenes were fiery hot for sure, but the characters never caught nor kept my interest. I wish there had been more depth to their relationship, and it wasn’t just all about the sexy times. It would’ve been nice to see more of them, but the relationship moved too quickly for my liking.
The end left me a bit wanting, as well. I think because I found their relationship lacking in certain areas, I wasn’t ready to let them go. I wanted and needed more of them.
I did enjoy the secondary characters in this story. They supported the main characters and helped guide them through their ups and downs. They were all nice highlights for the book.

If you’re in it for the steam, go for it. This book is filthy and just for you.