Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Not Quite Perfect (Not Quite Series Book 5) by Catherine Bybee - Review


New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee delivers the fifth heartwarming, flirty novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series.

Mary Kildare knows how to read people. It’s both why she makes a great therapist and why she refuses to trust the average bachelor. Staying fiercely independent has been her primary relationship strategy—until wealthy playboy pilot (and commitmentphobe) Glen Fairchild reappears in her life. After a yearlong teasing tug-of-war, Mary and Glen test the waters of attraction, only to find that their physical chemistry runs deeper than flirtation.

At first, a bicoastal romance suits them both—especially since Glen can swoop in and whisk Mary away on one of his company’s planes. But no matter how close they get, they’re still three thousand miles apart. And when Mary’s life is threatened, Glen realizes the one luxury he doesn’t have is time. Can he close the distance between them before it’s too late?

My Review:

This is the first book in the “Not Quite” series that I have read, and I can assure it won’t be my last. 

Extremely independent Mary didn’t like Glen in the beginning of the book.  It took her best friend Dakota having a baby to finally bring them together.  Mary and Glen live on opposite sides of the country, but Glen, being a pilot, he is able to come and go as he pleases.  He also whisks Mary away for out of town dates.  Mary knows what they have won’t last long as Glen is known for changing women often, so she enjoys it while it lasts.  But what Mary didn’t know was that Glen was falling hard for her.  The glitz and glamour of Glen’s life was one thing that Mary liked, but it was how Glen came to her aid when a stalker destroys her home that made Mary really fall in love with him.    

This book had it all wrapped up in one fabulously told story.  Romance, suspense, great characters and the perfect plot hooked me from the beginning. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Marrying His Best Friend (The McKinnon Brothers Book 3) by Jennifer Gracen - Review


Single mom Maura Callahan never anticipated that at age 29 she’d be living with her mom in the suburbs, raising her young daughter, Chloe, and working a job that pays the bills but not much else. Her daughter is worth the struggle– and she still has her best friend Aidan, who makes her laugh, keeps her on her toes, and provides the oh-so-toned shoulder to cry on when necessary.

Aidan McKinnon, exec at a high profile social media company in the heart of Dublin, has longed to change his bestie status with Maura for years, but it seems Maura’s relegated him permanently to the friend zone. Still, she and Chloe are his world. But when Chloe’s father shows up out of the blue and demands shared custody when he’s never once met the little girl, Aidan sees a way to finally have what he secretly wants most while ensuring Maura and Chloe’s safety… and the diamond ring is just the beginning.

Will Aidan’s fiercely protective, knight in shining armor proposal of convenience end up starting the love of a lifetime?

The McKinnon Brother series
Book 1: All I Want for Christmas
Book 2: The Doctor's Love
Book 3: Marrying His Best Friend

My Review: 

In this friends to lovers story, Maura is a single mother living with her mother and doing her best to give her young daughter Chloe the life she deserves.  She never told Chloe who her father is because he was abusive while she was pregnant and she fears what he might do if they ever met. 

When Maura’s ex shows up after five years and wants a relationship with his daughter, Maura’s best friend Aiden comes up with a plan where they can marry and Chloe will be protected once she is adopted by him.  Aiden has always loved Maura, but he kept his feelings to himself. 

When Maura’s ex starts stalking her and Chloe and she keeps it a secret from Aiden, it could threaten the relationship that Maura and Aiden have.  Aiden takes things in his own hands at this point and it worries Maura.  How will their friendship and newly found romance survive?

This book was well written and you couldn’t help but feel sad for what Maura was going through.  All of the changes at one time would be more than I could handle.  But Maura is a strong woman and takes care of herself and her family.  Aiden has his job cut out for him trying to get Maura to trust him and I enjoyed seeing how he earned Maura’s trust.  I enjoyed this book a lot.  The characters felt real and so did the issues they faced.  The story moved along quickly with no down spots. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Breaking Good by Madeline Ash - Review


He wasn’t good for her. He never would be.

At eighteen, Stevie Case finally surrendered to her attraction to bad boy Ethan Rafters, sharing one night with him before she graduated and he skipped town on a one-way road to destruction. Years later, Stevie has hit back life’s curveballs and is no stranger to hard work, but when she finds herself working for Ethan, who’s turned his life around, her world shatters not only because their chemistry is still fierce and undeniable but because fate separated them before she could tell him he has a son.

Ethan desperately wants to be a good father and a partner yet he believes he’ll never be normal. The chaos that defines his life has destroyed his relationships, yet Stevie’s acceptance of his flaws tempts him with a life he thought impossible.

Dare he risk Stevie's life of hard-fought stability for his own chance at happiness?

My Review:

He wasn’t good for her.  He never would be.  But maybe if he really focused, it just might work out.

Stevie Case and Ethan Rafters were total opposites in school but they were still attracted to each other.  The night before Ethan was to leave town, him and Stevie finally got together.  It was the night Stevie's life.  She ended up pregnant. 

Eight years later, Stevie and her son Zach are vacationing in Byron Bay.  To help pay for some of the expenses, Stevie answers an ad for a painter.  Little does she know, the house she will be painting in belongs to Ethan.

Ethan never forgot Stevie.  When he hires her, he thought they could just pick up where they left off. Then he finds out Stevie gave birth to his son.  Ethan has no idea how to handle this life changing news.  He doesn't know how to be a father.  But with a little determination, they just might be able to find a way to make it work and become a family.

I enjoyed this reunion story.  The characters felt real and had flaws and insecurities that needed to be overcome.  The book was fact paced and well thought out.  I think any romance fan will enjoy this book.

His Montana Rescue (Montana Lakeside series Book 3) by Vella Munn - Review


Former firefighter Echo Rose may have recovered from the injuries that nearly ended her life but the emotional scars still linger. She now devotes herself to protecting wildlife and sheltering her heart until local contractor Rey Bowen reminds Echo that life can offer so much more.

Rey Bowen is not the only one at Lake Serene with secrets and a desire to reboot his seriously derailed life. Meeting Echo reminds him that life can sparkle with joy and laughter and passion, but can he show the cautious Echo how to love again even as he struggles to trust his heart?

The Montana Lakeside series
Book 1: Romancing the Montana Bride
Book 2: Redeeming her Montana Love
Book 3: His Montana Rescue
Book 4: Saved by the Montana Hero
Book 5: Coming soon

My Review: 

A wonderful addition to the Montana Lakeside series. 

Echo Rose and Rey Bowen didn't like each other when they first met.  She is just doing her job trying to keep the risk of fires down and wants to protect the wildlife in the area.  He has a job to do and didn’t need a nosey ranger sticking her nose in his business.  As the contractor in charge of the renovation at the resort at Lake Serene, he just needs to get the job done on time.  

Soon, Echo and Rey start seeing eye to eye and become friends.  They both felt the need to protect their hearts and didn't plan to have a relationship, but when their new friendship becomes more, neither of them expected how serious it would become.  Will they be able to come to an agreement where they can do their jobs without any conflict?

The descriptions in this book felt real and it made me want to pick up and head the Montana mountains.  This novella was set at a good pace and kept me interested to the end.  The characters were well defined and their stories were told well.   

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Lost Cats and Lonely Hearts Club by Nic Tatano - Review


Step away from the cat videos on YouTube and put your reservation for the cat cafe on hold because this is a must-read for cat lovers, rom com enthusiasts and hopeless romantics…
Swapping Prada for purrs…
While covering a story, feisty network reporter Madison Shaw gets more than she bargained for when she rescues a box of orphaned kittens. Suddenly the glamazon of the Manhattan news room is doing two am feedings to keep these furbabies alive!
This is certainly a change of pace for the high maintenance workaholic she’s become and taking care of the kittens makes Madison realise how far off track she’s come—after all, she was a stray once too…
When a video of her caring for the kittens goes viral, she knows her image as a hardnosed reporter is shot to hell. What Madison doesn’t expect is the media circus that propels her and the kittens to stardom. And the domino effect that has on her, her career and her love life—especially when she meets sexy Officer Nick Marino…!

My Review:

A purr-fectly heartwarming story.

While news reporter Madison Shaw is covering a story about the demolition of a stadium, four orphan kittens were discovered along with their mother who had died.  Madison was reluctant to take them, but when she couldn't find anyone to help and the shelters were closed for the weekend, she decided to care for them herself.  Having been dumped by her mother when she was an Infant, Madison knows what it is like to be abandoned. 

The kittens change Madison's life after a video of her feeding them goes viral.  She was a hard-nosed reporter who most people didn't like.  But the kittens brought out a surprisingly softer side of Madison.   They help Madison become a better person, find true love and break a big case that she had been working on.

This book was entertaining and very well written.  I especially loved the fact that one of the rescued kittens was a special needs baby.  It brings attention to animals that aren’t perfect and shows how they are all equally lovable and make great pets.  I would definitely recommend it to any animal lover or romance and chick lit fan.