Two Reviews of GATOR by Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey

Another double review coming to you today! Candy and I (Amy) both read and reviewed Gator by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey and here is what we thought about it…

Review by Candy

30230607Gabriel “Gator “ Moreno receives a phone call from his childhood friend, Manny Cortez asking Gator to return to Florida to protect his baby sister. While Gator gave up his criminal leanings and became a Navy SEAL, Manny stayed in Florida, living a life of crime and now he has ticked off the El Rey drug cartel. Gabe can’t say no to Manny so he heads down to Florida to see what he can do to help out his friend.  Alysa Cortez never imagined that Gabe would return to Florida or that she would still have feelings for him after all these years. Angry at Gabe after she assumed he turned on Manny when the two got arrested as teens, she really isn’t happy that Gabe is back in town. Will Gabe be able to protect Alysa? Can the couple work past their issues and years of separation to find true love?

I am always excited when I get my hands on a book by these two authors.  I always know I am in for a well researched book with strong characters and a lot of heat. Gator is another example of the fantastic writing this duo produces.

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Review: FINDING ABIGAIL by Carrie Ann Ryan

In Finding Abigail by Carrie Ann Ryan, Tyler Cooper is the town sheriff of Holiday, Montana and he’s also a cupid. Yes, that kind of cupid. Tyler has known since he was a kid that it was his destiny to become one and now that destiny has been fulfilled. His bow and arrows come with a warning: only his true love can see them and he shouldn’t prick himself with the arrows or he’ll become obsessed with finding his true love. When Abigail Clarke comes to say goodbye to him since she is leaving town, two things happen. One, Abigail sees the arrows and two, Tyler accidentally pricks himself.  Now Tyler is trying to convince Abigail not only that he loves her but that she shouldn’t move away. At the same time a dark force has arrived in Holiday and it will stop at nothing to deny Tyler his happiness. Can Tyler defeat the evil Aeneas and convince Abigail to stay?

16033880I originally downloaded this book to my Kindle in July 2015 and it’s been languishing in my TBR pile. As part of the #forgottenbookchallenge, I am trying to read more and one click less. If you are interested in this challenge, search for the group on Facebook. Anyone is welcome to join!

I thought I was going to be really annoyed with Abigail when I first started reading this. She seemed like such a doormat and her reason for moving away was because she didn’t have a man. As the story progressed though, the author really developed Abigail. She had given everything to the town, volunteering at every event and getting nothing in return  (not even a thank you!). She was also completely ignored by Tyler unless he needed something. Abigail had been in love with him for years and his rejection hurt the most.

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Review: THE REVERSE OF PERFECTION by Christi Barth

The second book in the Bad Decisions Series, The Reverse of Perfection by Christi Barth is a wonderfully entertaining novella that packs a lot into such a short book. Two people are teetering on the edge of failure in their professional lives, but are also finding love in the process. We read about jealousy, passion, betrayal and a host of other emotions in The Reverse of Perfection.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00011]I enjoyed watching the dynamics between Dylan and Ariel and being taken behind the scenes with more rock stars! While sometimes things seemed to move quickly, I had to remind myself that this is a novella, so the build up in a relationship is much quicker than that of a full length novel.

Barth did an excellent job giving the two of these characters depth and the plot overall was interesting to me. It’s not one I have read about before. The chemistry between the two was tangible, as was their passion,  which lead to some hot scenes. What I adored the most about these two was the respect for one another which was so palpable you couldn’t help but root for Dylan and Ariel for a happy ever after!

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Review: NEED YOU FOR MINE by Marina Adair

I had such a good time reading Need You for Mine by Marina Adair! It was entertaining from start to finish. I don’t know why I waited so long to read one of Adair’s books, and I realized how much I was missing out. It is my understanding that Need You For Mine is the third book in the Heroes of St. Helena series, and while I can’t wait to go back and read the first two books, I don’t feel as though I had to read the others to get swept away in Need You For Mine.

27225867Adam and Harper are the stars in Need You For Mine and what stars they were. I adored both of their personalities. Harper is a rock star. From how she handles herself when she was joyful  and challenged professionally to how she held up when her heart was broken. She taught me a lot about being a better person. I fell for Adam right away, too. There was so much more to him than what the public saw and was pulling for him too.

Need You For Mine was so much more than just a contemporary romance story. We get to watch two characters mature individually and grow as a couple. The chemistry between the two was palpable and the intimate scenes were hot. From their first kiss to their last one in the book, I was hooked.

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Excerpt & Giveaway: DOG COLLAR COUTURE by Adrienne Giordano

So Many Reads is excited to be a stop along the Dog Collar Couture by Adrienne Giordano! If you haven’t read any books in the Lucie Rizzo Mystery series, you should start now. They are so much fun!

About the Book

Dog Collar CoutureTitle:  Dog Collar Couture (Lucie Rizzo Mystery)

Author: Adrienne Giordano

Release Date: May 10, 2016

PublisherSilverHart Publishing

Genre:  Mystery

Buy Links:  Amazon / iBooks / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

Book Summary:

Mafia princess turned canine couturier Lucie Rizzo knows dogs are woman’s best friend. Thanks to her fashion-forward four-legged clients, Lucie’s dog walking/designer pet accessory business is booming. And for once her love life isn’t far behind.

Lucie devotes her days to building the Coco Barknell brand, but her nights are all about roguishly sexy Tim O’Brien. At least they will be if she and Detective O’Hottie finally take their relationship to the next level. But bring an Irish cop home to her mobster father? Fuggetaboutit.

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