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Review: Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Posted on May 26, 2017 with No comments


A brand new stand-alone romantic comedy from the bestselling, award-winning team of Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy.

Hosting her brother's wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning's life. Already the family screw-up, she can't afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate's gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he's the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he's facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he's really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you've got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.




4.5 STARS



Can I just say how much a love the writing collaboration between Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I loved their M/M HIM series (Him & Us). Ryan Wesley (AKA “Wes) and Jamie Canning were the characters from that series and when I found out that this spin-off series (which can definitely be read as a standalone) was going to feature Blake Riley (one of Wes' hockey teammates and one of my favorite side characters from the HIM series) and Jess Canning (Jamie Canning’s sister), I was so excited! You do get the story of their first “hook-up" in more detail in “US”, but even if you didn’t read the HIM series, it won’t take away from the enjoyment of reading Good Boy.

The book starts out at the wedding of Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley and Jess is the wedding planner. She’s been going through different jobs like they’re going out of style. While planning her brother’s wedding and all the stress that comes with it, she realizes this isn’t for her. Even though the wedding turns out wonderful, she’s so distraught about letting her family down again. Not only dealing with that, she has to deal with Wes’ Best Man, Blake Riley. That one-time “hook-up” with him is all it can ever be, but every time she looks at him (even when he’s driving her crazy) she can’t help but think about how hot he is or how good the sex was. Blake isn’t giving up on getting another chance to be with Jess. He’ll show her that one time is definitely not enough for the two of them. Jess ends up moving to Toronto (where Blake, Jamie & Wes live) from CA to go to school for what she now knows is the career path for her. Now that they’re in the same city, let the fun times begin…
Blake was hurt big time by his ex five years ago and has had major trust issues ever since. He’s not looking for another relationship and Jess isn’t either. She’s never had a long-term one and she sees Blake as just a fun time. But the more time they spend together, the more those lines get blurred. She sees that there’s so much more to Blake than what you see on the surface. I loved their chemistry together. It’s definitely a hot one!
This book had me hooked from start to finish. Hot scenes, laugh-out-loud lines, lovable characters and an all-around fantastic read, I can definitely recommend this one. I also have to give a “shout-out” to Blake’s mother’s character. You will love her! 









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Publisher: Rennie Road Books / Elle Kennedy, Inc
Pub Date: January 31st, 2017





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Early Review: The Nanny Arrangement (Country Blues #2) by Rachel Harris

Posted on May 18, 2017 with No comments

ARC Review of  The Nanny Arrangement (Country Blues #2)

by Rachel Harris

Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.


Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…


With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song. 

4 STARS

 STAR

Friends to lovers has always been one of my favorite tropes and when I saw that Rachel Harris had a new book coming out I jumped at the chance to read it.

Hannah and Deacon have been best friends for 10 years. Hannah has always loved Deacon as more than a friend, but never revealed her feelings.
After returning from a year in Paris to heal some wounds from a broken heart and work as an Au pair, she vows to change things in her life, including getting Deacon to see her as more than just a friend and start "Operation Find My Happy" She takes a job as a nanny for Deacon's son who she adores, while the band he's in is on tour. His son's mom (and ex-friend of Hannah's) ran off right after the baby was born a few years prior. Traveling with them on the tour bus, it's the perfect opportunity to see if there could be more between them.
Hannah is a strong, sweet and honest person and has always been there for him. Deacon has always cherished their friendship and can't imagine his life without her in it. Can she show him they could be so much more than just friends? Will he take the chance?

I loved their story. Sweet, swoony and just the right amount of angst. I even got a little emotional at the end.

While there are characters from past books [Accidentally Married on Purpose (Love and Games #3) / You're Still the One (Country Blues #1)], this can be read as a stand-alone. I highly recommend this and the other books! Love these characters!

**Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC through Net Galley for an honest review**











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Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)
Pub Date: May 22, 2017





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Exclusive Alien Education Excerpt #2 & GIVEAWAY!

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It’s a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, in part because Kitty’s been tapped to represent Earth in the Galactic Council. Kitty feels that’s a bad idea, and she might be right.


When her first official TV morning show goes awry, it’s only the quick thinking of the actor determined to make the “Code Name: First Lady” movie a reality that saves the day. It also forces Kitty to work with Hollywood.


Meanwhile, the Embassy Daycare kids are all about to enter “real school”—and none of them want to go. They may have grounds to be concerned because many of the other students and their families seem shady, and everyone seems to have an evil agenda. 


Dealing with the assimilation of the aliens who have come to Earth, while fending off advances from a variety of Hollywood types, seems like Kitty’s biggest challenge. But then she and Jeff discover that Stephanie Valentino—Jeff’s niece and the true Heir Apparent to the original Mastermind—is back.


Can Jeff and Kitty thwart the most insidious attacks yet, while keeping tenuous peace on Earth and goodwill toward all sentient species going? And can they also find time to be part of the most truly terrifying organization they’ve ever encountered—the school’s parent-teacher association?













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CHAPTER 2
There I was, in my pink linen suit, taking down what looked like a terrorist six years ago. The start of Operation Fugly and my new life, really.  
“I’m just amazed you were so brave on the spot,” Kristie said as everyone watched me slam my Mont Blanc pen into someone’s back.
In real life that had been a superbeing, and I’d put the pen into the jellyfish-like thing on its back, between its wings, into what I later found out was a parasite, at least as far as Centaurion Division was concerned. I’d discovered what parasites really were during our last fun frolic with world- and galaxy-ending danger, but that wasn’t important now. Ah, the good old days, when Christopher and the Imageering team were able to change images on the fly. Missed those days. A lot. I wouldn’t be here right now if those days hadn’t been taken away from us.  
   “I’m just amazed that anyone ever buys linen,” was the only thing I could think of to say. “Seriously, I didn’t sleep in that suit, it just looks like it.” 
This comment earned roars of laughter from the studio audience, Kristie, and Adam. Apparently my role was to keep it light and keep things funny. Go me.  
The scene shifted. Now we got to see me giving the eulogy for Michael Gower at the end of Operation Infiltration, which I still considered our darkest day. This wasn’t a funny moment, and I was relieved that no one was laughing. We didn’t stay on this too long, thankfully. But what we moved to made me cringe inside.     
Sure enough, there it was, the impetus for all the Code Name: First Lady crap. I was on a Harley, Jeff was in a helicopter, leaning out to grab me off said Harley. It looked like an action scene out of any movie you’d care to name.
“So,” Kristie said, as the screen went blank and she turned back to me, “as we’ve seen, you’ve been on television a lot.”
“Not intentionally.” Adam chuckled. “I need to ask the question that’s foremost on everyone’s minds, Kitty. When is Code Name: First Lady going to hit the screens?” Well, at least he wasn’t asking me about being Queen Regent anymore.

Hoped I had a poker face firmly in place. “I really think that’s a joke, not something that’s seriously being considered by anyone.” This was a lie, because, sadly, I knew it was something that was being heavily pursued by at least one Hollywood studio.








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