Review: DOG COLLAR CUISINE by Adrienne Giordano

Another fun mystery with Lucie and the gang! This time we get to see O’Hottie get involved in the screwball investigations too. Dog Collar Cuisine by Adrienne Giordano is the 5th book in the series and they just keep getting better. I will admit sometimes I get frustrated with Lucie and her decisions but they always end up entertaining me and I am usually laughing or smiling as the story unfolds. Everything always works out in the end. In Dog Collar Cuisine I started to understand Lucie a little more.

Lucie is accused of stealing and blackmailing one of her clients. Of course she is not going to just wait around and let the police figure out who stole the recipe from Antoine, the famous chef. She is going to find out on her own to clear her own name. This time she pulls in her family, friends, and detective boyfriend, Tim. It is a hoot!

Giordano does a fantastic job with this series. Each story is hilariously original and will have you literally laughing out loud. She sprinkles in some heartfelt family moments along with fun romance. The characters in this series are unique, quirky and downright lovable.

If you are looking for an entertaining, witty, mystery, give Dog Collar Cuisine a read! While it is part of a series, each book has its own plot/mystery and is solved in one book.

Title: Dog Collar Cuisine (A Lucie Rizzo Mystery, #5)

Author: Adrienne Giordano

Category: Mystery

Source: ARC received from Author

 

Review: BITE THE DUST by Cynthia Eden

It’s been a little while since I have read paranormal romance, and every time I have a craving I turn to Cynthia Eden. She gives me that paranormal fix in exactly the right way. Bite The Dust, the first book in the Blood and Moonlight Series was just what I needed. Eden does a spectacular job of writing her paranormal beings a little bit different in each story including their legends and myths. It’s not the same old story with different characters. They are unique.

In this story, Aidan (alpha werewolf) fears that Jane (local homicide detective) will become something that will result in her death by himself or his pack. He can’t let that happen. Jane doesn’t want his protection and wants to find the culprit of all of this chaos and end him, regardless of the fact that he is a Master Vampire who is also after her. She wants justice. Aidan and Jane are quite a force on their own but when you put them together, they are unstoppable.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bite The Dust. The plot is intriguing which has you flipping pages, the villain is crazy, the intimacy between Jane and Aidan is off-the-charts steamy, and the ending will have you pleased and frustrated at the same time. This series is a trilogy so the story continues. There isn’t a cliffhanger with this book, but there are still some unanswered questions that will have you running out to buy the next one so beware!

Book Source: Purchased from Amazon

Review: LINKS by Lisa Becker

In Links by Lisa Becker, Charlotte Windham has finally escaped her geeky and awkward past with the publication of her first novel.  Except her past comes roaring back at her when she runs into her high school crush, Garrett Stephens. Garrett is now a famous professional golfer and a serial dater. He wants Charlotte in a bad way but she wasn’t born yesterday and insists on them just being friends. The more time they spend together as friends the more their friendship threatens to morph into something serious.  Can Charlotte trust Garrett with her heart?

This was my first book by Lisa Becker but it definitely won’t be my last. At first I was a little concerned about the alternating first person POV but Becker meshes them together perfectly to give insights into each of her characters.  Her snappy dialogue between Garrett and Charlotte had me smiling and laughing to myself.

I loved how Becker perfectly captured Charlotte ‘s insecurities.  Despite her recent success, Charlotte is still that introverted geek that doubts her self worth. Charlotte simply can’t believe that someone like Garrett would want her and it almost sabotages their relationship.

At first I wasn’t sure if I would like Garrett.  He was extremely cocky and all about chasing that next female conquest. The more time he spent with Charlotte though, the more I liked him. By the end of the book I was cheering him on in convincing Charlotte to commit to a permanent relationship.

Links by Lisa Becker is a standalone novel. Becker has spun a wonderful story about second chance romance that will have you smiling and wishing this was a series. If you enjoy contemporary romance, this would be an enjoyable book for you.

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In high school, Charlotte Windham was a typical student going through an awkward phase — glasses and all. She harbored a crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob everyone can’t help but fall for during that unfortunate ugly duckling phase of one’s teen years. Flash forward fifteen years later, and Charlotte and Garrett have a second chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett called her in high school. In short, she’s a catch now and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart! Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario. A now successful professional golfer, he’s recently suffered a major setback in the form of a possible career-ending injury. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?

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Lisa Becker is a romance writer whose previous novels include Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click. The books, about a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.” The first in the series was optioned for a major motion picture.

Lisa’s writings about online dating have been featured in Cupid’s Pulse, GalTime.com, Single Edition, The Perfect Soulmate, Chick Lit Central and numerous other book blogs and websites.

As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a rush.” Lisa is now happily married to a man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone!

Q & A with Lisa Becker

Tell us about your newest release.

A light-hearted, second chance romance, Links explores what happens when nerdy girl Charlotte Windham reconnects with her unrequited schoolgirl crush, star athlete Garrett Stephens, 15 years after high school.

Did you have an unrequited crush in high school?

I’m not too ashamed to admit I had such a fierce crush on a boy, I willingly sat with him in the bathroom at parties while he puked up wine coolers, just so I could spend time with him. Thankfully, that soul-crushing time in my life in over, but I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if I came upon that secret crush today as a confident, successful woman.

Can you tell us more about the main character(s)?

Charlotte Windham was a typical ugly duckling in high school — glasses and all. Highly intelligent and immensely talented, she’s become a breakout success with her best-selling novel, The Crossing Guard.  In school, she harbored an unrequited crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob and star athlete who’s gone on to become a professional golfer suffering a possible career-ending injury. The book explores what happens when these two former classmates have a chance encounter in a Los Angeles restaurant, 15 years after high school. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?

Imagine Links would be turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?

I would love to see someone with the emotional range and depth of Maggie Gyllenhaal to play Charlotte. I think she could make her come across as vulnerable, successful, intelligent and passionate. For Garrett, we would need someone who is classically handsome and oozes charm. Matt Bomer, who pulled that off perfectly on White Collar comes to mind.  If he’s not available, let’s just say, I would love to be at the casting call for that role.

You have also published other books, can you tell us more about them?

I’m most known for the Click trilogy comprised of Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click.  The series follows a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles with the entire series unfolding in emails between our heroine, her friends and her hilarious dates. Fraught with BCC’s, FWD’s and inadvertent Reply to All’s, readers will cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends. And ultimately, they will root for Renee to “click” with the right man.

What do you have in the works?

I’ve just wrapped up a contemporary romance called Starfish, which examines the unlikely relationship between a regular girl and a touring guitarist in a band. When it comes to romance, you just can’t pass up the idea of falling in love with a rock star.

How can readers connect with you?

I love hearing from readers, especially when I’ve brought some humor, heart or happiness into their worlds with my writing. You can find me here:

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Review: WILD ZONE by Skye Jordan

Hot hockey guys and delicious food. Who wouldn’t want to read about that? Wild Zone by Skye Jordan is a delectable sexy story filled with everything you expect in a Skye Jordan book. It has the engaging plot, flawed characters, fun dialogue, and insanely hot intimate scenes that have you hanging on each word written.

Wild Zone is the fourth book in the Rough Riders series, but each is written so you can read it as a stand alone. In this one we are treated to Tate and Olivia’s story. They are both struggling with trust issues. Tate is dealing with lingering self-esteem issues after catching his ex-wife cheating on him and Olivia is still nursing the hurt of something kept from her by those closest to her. When the two of them meet for the first time, you just know the chemistry is going to be off the charts.

Jordan writes this erotic tale in such an emotional way that your heart is pulled all over the place. The feelings of each character jump off the page and you feel along with them, whether it’s happy, sad, frustrated, or turned on. I so enjoyed Olivia’s fresh personality in Wild Zone. She was pretty straight forward and to the point. With some prodding, Tate went after what he wanted and they tried to make things work even through the huge obstacles thrown their way. They were both unique characters that you don’t read in traditional romance. They almost felt more real than most. I loved every minute of it!

Wild Zone is a quick, sexy, contemporary romance story that whisks you away from reality and lets you enjoy the life of Tate and Olivia for a bit. I highly recommend you give it a shot.

Title: Wild Zone (Rough Riders, #4)

Author: Skye Jordan

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Review: EVERY LITTLE KISS by Marina Adair

Every Little Kiss by Marina Adair is contemporary romance at its finest. It is the perfect blend of flawed but brilliant characters, an engaging plot, sexy loves scenes, conflict, and is topped off with a scene stealer superdog! It had me flipping pages so quickly I could barely control myself. Not only did I love the dialogue between main characters Ford and Liv but I found myself laughing out loud at the scenes with Ford and his boss/friend Harris. So funny.

I didn’t get the chance to read the first book in the series yet, but I didn’t feel as though I needed to in order to enjoy Every Little Kiss. They seem to be connected by the town they live in and the characters. Ford and Liv’s story stood on its own. Ford is in Sequoia Lake to battle his demons. Liv is in Sequoia Lake because she wants her son, Paxton, to get to know his Dad who passed away a couple of years ago when Paxton was a toddler. His Dad and Liv’s deceased husband grew up in Sequoia Lake. She is surrounded with memories and finds it hard to move on. Enter Ford. He shakes things up quite a bit.

Adair entertains me from beginning to end with her stories. While Every Little Kiss is a heart warming romance, is has some real underlying emotions to it. Some of the things that tug at my heart are the loss and grief that the main characters feel in addition to worrying about what the future holds. There is also real joy and happiness along with passion. It’s fantastic. The romance is fun to watch, the pacing is great and I found myself not wanting it to end.

Every Little Kiss is a captivating romance with a hot, sexy, hero and a heroine that can hold her own against just about anyone. It’s a page turner from start to finish and will have you sighing happily at the end. I now want to go back and read the first book in the series!

Title: Every Little Kiss (Sequoia Lake, #2)

Author: Marina Adair

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC received via NetGalley

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