Thursday, June 20, 2019

Review: The Greek's Bedroom Bargain (The Greek Island Millionaires Book 1) by Joanne Walsh

Infuriating, arrogant, demanding. And disturbingly sexy. Those were the first thoughts Frankie had about Greek millionaire and volunteer firefighter Nik Kontarinis, but she was not going to fall prey to his seduction plans. She was on the island of Kathos to lick her wounds and figure out her next steps, not to become another notch on Nik’s bedpost.

A villa restoration project presents the perfect opportunity for Frankie to reboot her business and her life. There is only one problem–she needs a business partner. When Nik offers her an opportunity too good to pass up, Frankie is tempted to accept. Except that Nik has set his terms and there are definitely strings attached.

Will Frankie give in to temptation and play?

My Review:

A steamy business proposition quickly escalates to much more. 

Frankie was licking her wounds while going through a divorce.  She left England to join one of her mother’s friends at her animal shelter in Greece.  When Nik, a millionaire night club owner/fireman, walks into the shelter with an injured dog, Frankie couldn’t help but be attracted to him, but she isn’t ready for a relationship yet.  Just looking can’t hurt, or could it?

Nik has the reputation of being a playboy.  He enjoys short term romances, the shorter, the better.  A woman on vacation is perfect for him.  He can be with them and then they go home.  No strings attached.  But, when Nik meets Frankie, she changes his entire attitude.  He could actually see them together long term.  When Frankie comes to Nik with a business proposition, he counteracts with his own proposition.  He will loan Frankie the money to buy her first home to flip, but she will need to be available to him, in any way he desires, until she sells her first property and pays him back.  This leads to a passionate affair that leads to feelings neither expected.

This book was a fun escape.  Through the writer’s words, I could easily picture the gorgeous scenery.  I really liked Frankie and Nik, but the secondary characters were an important part of the story too.  I became attached to them all and had a hard time saying goodbye when the book ended.  I’m glad this is just the first book in a series because I can’t wait to visit with everyone again.  There is also a running story, about one of Nik’s brothers who went missing as a child, that I hope will be wrapped up by the end of the series.  I am curious about what happened to him too. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Review: The Matchmaker's Match (Man's Best Friend, #3) by Nicole Flockton

Could the best man be her best option?

The last person Meredith Turner expects to see at her best friend’s wedding rehearsal dinner is the guy she had a one night stand with. What’s worse, Lincoln Forrest is the best man and as maid of honor, her partner. To add insult to injury, she has to leave the rehearsal dinner early, and Lincoln is the one to help her with a deeply personal problem. The aftermath of that night brings big changes for them both.

Lincoln Forrest has helped his best friend meet the woman of his dreams, but recently he’s made a series of bad decisions, the biggest being leaving his career with the Army. Now the former K-9 handler is looking for a new career and trying to get his life back on track. Helping Meredith in her time of need connects her to him more than he expected. On a mission to right the wrong he created, Linc will do whatever is needed. But when the attraction that first drew them together flares to life again, will the obstacles between them be too much to overcome? Or has the matchmaker met his match?

My Review:

This story had a lot going on, but in a good way.  It starts with a one night stand between Lincoln and Meredith in San Diego.   Little did they know they would soon meet again at a wedding in which they were both part of.  Both characters were at a cross road in their life, so it was fun to see how that played out along with their growing romance. 

This book kept me turning the pages anxious to see what happened next.  The author did a great job with the character development and keeping the story interesting while maintaining the romantic aspect of it.  It is part of a series, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Review: Closing the Deal (The Brides of Blossom, Texas #1) by Lenora Worth

Can discovering her past create her future?

Sarina Gabriel recently inherited a Victorian money-pit of a mansion. Logic dictates that she sell it, but, still grieving her grandmother’s death, she longs to keep something from her mysterious past. As she explores the house, she discovers some family secrets that just might put the historic mansion on the Hill Country map and give Sarina the roots she’s always wanted. But can she trust Drake Dunmore who promises to help her restore the mansion to its former glory, or will he break her trust and her heart?

Drake Dunmore knows a good deal in houses, and in women. He wants to buy Sarina’s historic mansion and develop the property. Confident, he sets out to charm and persuade the beautiful new owner, Sarina, to sell it to him. Funny thing happens. He falls for Sarina and volunteers to help her restore the mansion and discover her heritage. His father and his ex-girlfriend stand in their way. Can he prove to Sarina that he has her best interests at heart?

My Review:

When love becomes the deal, anything can happen. 

After Sarina Gabriel's grandmother suddenly passes away and leaves Falling Blossoms Inn to her, Sarina is left with a big decision.  Should she sell the inn and disappoint everyone in the town of Blossom, Texas, or should she stay and try to fix up the inn that so many people love?  

Drake Dunmore arrived in Blossom to convince Sarina to sell her grandmother mansion.  His father wants the land to build luxury condos on.  But Drake loves historic homes and dreams of owning his own one day.  He hates the thought of seeing this beauty tore down, but he does have a job to do.  As Drake gets to know Sarina better, he starts thinking more about his future and love and less about his father’s wishes. 

This is the first book in a new series and I can't wait to read the rest of the books.  I really liked Sarina and Drake's story.  I enjoyed the banter between them and the way they spoke in rhymes was different.  There was a little historic mystery to figure out and hearing the background of how Fallen Blossoms Inn and the town came to be was interesting.