Thursday, May 27, 2021

Review: A Cowboy for April (Three Sisters Ranch, #4) by Jamie K. Schmidt

April Grayson is the responsible one in her family of wild, barrel racing rodeo stars. After years of keeping her sisters out of trouble, she’s finally earned some time to let loose. She indulges in a one-night stand with the cowboy she crushed on in high school. It’s as hot as it is memorable, but the next day she finds out Cole works for her new accounting client. He’s dead set against having one of the "Wild Grayson Sisters" working on Three Sisters Ranch.

Last Stand rodeo youth director Cole Lockwood loves horses, kids, and cowgirls—not necessarily in that order. Even though his night with April leaves him wanting more, his parents’ medical bills have him working 24/7. He’s tempted to go back to his professional gambling ways and enter a high stakes poker game, but April warns that’s a loser’s bet.

Cole and April strike a deal: she’ll teach him about managing his family's finances if he helps her overcome her fear of horses and learn how to be a little more reckless. Can this cowboy make a cowgirl out of her?


My Review:

Gambling on love.

April had a huge crush on Cole when she was in school, but didn’t dare make a move on him.  Years later, they run into each other at a bar and things got steamy in the cab of Cole’s pickup.  Days later, they find themselves working together and they pick up where they left off.  But April and Cole are total opposites.  April is the sensible one, when it comes to money.  Growing up poor taught her to make wise choices with her money.  Cole is a risk taker, especially when it comes to poker.  This starts to cause some tension in their new relationship and it is going to take some work to get them on the same page again.

This was a fun, fast paced story.  I enjoyed seeing how April and Cole's relationship grew, and survived, even when Cole goes a little crazy with his gambling.  This book is part of a series, but can be read as a stand-a-lone too.



Thursday, May 20, 2021

Review: Disaster Girl by Michelle Dayton

The only thing she knows better than walking into a disaster is digging herself out of one.

Tess Greene knows disaster—dating disasters, computer disasters, family disasters, you name it. But just when her life is finally almost perfect, she’s targeted by an internet celebrity who runs a revenge porn site admired by douchebags across the country. She has one month before the entire world will have an up-close-and-personal view of her sexual history. Tess has always handled everything on her own, but for this disaster, she needs backup.

Max Hampshire, a brilliant hacker, is exactly the lifeline Tess needs. What she doesn’t need is Max himself. She does not need his quick wit, sexy black-framed glasses, or all-around sweetness. The last guy who helped Tess left with his life crushed and his heart broken, so she knows that staying far away from Max would be safer for everyone.

But safety isn’t really an option when dealing with sleazy predators—or love…


My Review:

I couldn’t put this book down.

I was originally drawn to the title and blurb of this book, but I honestly didn’t know what to expect from it.  I was quickly pulled into the story and couldn’t wait to see how it ended.  Tess kicks butt.  Literally.  She is one tough girl.  When Tess found out a sex video, that she made years ago, was about to go live on a porn website, she recruited the help of a friend of one of her co-workers to hack into the website and delete her video.  Little did Tess realize, she would soon find herself falling for Max, even though he was totally opposite of the men she was usually attracted to.  The sex tape and new romance weren’t the only things going on in Tess’s life, she also had family issues that needed to be worked out.  This book is a good mix of rom-com, revenge and family drama.    

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Review: Don't Kiss the Bride: An Age Gap, Marriage of Convenience Romance by Carian Cole

I guess you could say I was a damsel in distress, and he was my knight in shining armor. 
But more accurately, I was a girl with a lot of bad luck, and he was a guy with a lot of muscles and tattoos. 

Jude "Lucky" Lucketti wasn't just a sexy, brooding construction worker. He was my own personal hero, showing up in all the right places at the right times. Like when my car broke down and I needed a ride home, and when I face planted on the sidewalk right in front of him and had to be taken to the emergency room. 

Those weren't exactly my best moments, but they were his. 

We became friends, and it didn't matter that he was sixteen years older than me. We had a lot in common--like our love of old rock music and vintage fast cars, and our aversion to relationships. 

When he approached me with a crazy idea to help me out with my many problems, I couldn't say no. 

The arrangement was supposed to be temporary. A marriage on paper and nothing else. 

It should've been easy, but it wasn't. 

Because here I am, eighteen years-old, still in high school, and married to a man I was never supposed to fall in love with. 

We had just one rule--no kissing the bride. 

But we broke that rule, and it sealed our fate forever.


My Review:

An exceptional love story.

Age is just a number.  When Skylar and Lucky married, it was because Lucky wanted to help Skylar out.  Who knew one kiss would ruin their plan of marriage in name only.  I had a hard time putting this book down.  I don’t think I have ever read a book so fast.  Then I wished I had taken my time and savored it.  But I just couldn’t wait to find out how their story would end.  There was a lot of push and pull in the romance department, but when Lucky and Skylar would give in to their temptations, neither held back.  Things heated up quick. 

Carian Cole has a way of bringing her characters to life and making her readers fall in love with them, flaws and all.  Her writing is so detailed that you can almost picture the scenes.