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Review: WRECKED by Shiloh Walker

So I finally read a Shiloh Walker book – Wrecked. I have been watching her name pop up around my reader/author community for the past year but just haven’t had the chance to snag one of her books to read. Wrecked was calling my name though. I saw it everywhere – twitter, facebook, blogs, etc. I couldn’t get it out of my mind, so I finally dropped everything on my TBR list that I had to read for reviewing purposes and read Wrecked. So glad I did.

15812177As my first book from Shiloh Walker I didn’t really know what to expect. I wasn’t sure if it would be really hot or really sweet or somewhere in between. It was both and I loved it. I loved the hot, hot scenes that were wonderfully done. I loved the sweet, romantic scenes that made me melt. The writing was easy to follow and the characters were well developed and made you feel their emotions as if you were in the story. Zach and Abby have been friends forever. They have always been there for one another through ups and downs. There are no judgments between them. Just pure, loving friendship. We get to see what happens when they take things a little further than friendship in this story.

When I picked up Wrecked, I was trying to figure out how a whole book that people are raving over could be based on the friends to lovers plot without sounding like a lot of other friends to lovers stories out there. Well, it worked. It wasn’t like other books with a similar plot.  It was different. It was really, really good and I honestly could not put it down. I read it in about a day even though I did have to sneak peeks at my phone throughout the day while I was at work or waiting for an appointment to read a few pages here and there.

There are so many things I liked about this story but I don’t want to spoil it for those yet to read it so I am trying to share enough but not too much in this review. I had some absolute favorite parts that have affected my personal life. There were times I was reading this book when I laughed, cried, and yelled in my head at the characters. The intimate scenes were very well written for the characters and the story. They were hot and romantic and I think they truly spoke to the love and respect that Zach and Abby had for one another. I am picky about the love scenes I read – I don’t like too many in a contemporary romance and I like them to have meaning, and these were good.

The secondary characters were enjoyable to read about as well. I loved Marin’s friendship with Zach and Abby and her ability to tell them both the truth no matter what they wanted to hear. I really liked Zach’s brother Zane’s role in the story. He was put in a tough position with Abby and it turned out so good. I really hope that there will be more books with these characters because I am not ready to let them go. Bottom line – if you are looking for a contemporary romance that is both sweet and hot at the same time, I highly recommend you try Wrecked by Shiloh Walker. You will not regret it.

Reviewed by Amy

 

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About the Book:

Title: Wrecked

Author: Shiloh Walker

Publisher: Berkley Books (Penguin)

Release Date: April 2, 2013

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

 

Book Summary:

In the nineties, Abigale Applegate and Zach Barnes were the most beloved sitcom child stars in the world. Then they grew up and left Hollywood behind…

Whatever happened to Abigale Applegate?

She’s been wondering the same thing.

With her Hollywood dreams long gone, Abigale now has a nice, neat, uncomplicated life—until the day her perfect fiancé needs to talk. Dumped, a little more than shattered, and totally confused, Abigale turns to Zach, her best friend since forever, to help her pick up the pieces. He does it with a gift—a copy of Wreck This Journal. She can vent her frustrations, and sketch out a new plan. Zach just hopes he’s part of it. Because he’s been in love with Abigale his entire life.

When the journal falls into Zach’s hands, he discovers Abigale wants a new man. And fast. Nothing more than a hot distraction. Zach has a strategy, too. He’s going to be that man. It’s his last chance. Abigale might be out to shake up her life, but Zach’s out to reinvent it. Now, all he has to do is convince Abigale that life can go as planned.

Interview & Giveaway: LOVE IRRESISTIBLY by Julie James

Update – Congratulations to Kate Kristan for winning the copy of LOVE IRRESISTIBLY! Thank you to all who participated.

Tomorrow is Release Day for Love Irresistibly by Julie James! If you like contemporary romance, you will love Julie’s books. Julie is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author that spent seven years in Champaign-Urbana at the University of Illinois for her Undergraduate Degree and Law Degree.  Since I live in the area, it has been so much fun reading her books that include references to the University of Illinois. Not many people reference Champaign-Urbana because, really, in Illinois it’s all about Chicago.

Julie was very sweet to take some time from her very busy schedule to answer a couple of my questions about her time at UIUC. She is also giving away a signed copy of Love Irresistibly to one lucky commenter, so don’t leave before you have left a comment. To read my review of Love Irresistibly, go to Magical Musings.

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Review: RESECUE MY HEART by Jill Shalvis

Happy Hump Day! Jill Shalvis is a contemporary romance author who writes some really great series. Her humor through her characters is awesome and I know when I pick up one of her books I will laugh often. I also have so much fun reading books with animals in them which is one of the reasons I started reading her Animal Magnetism series!  Rescue My Heart is the third book in the Animal Magnetism series.

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Review: A LOT LIKE LOVE by Julie James

If you are looking for a contemporary romance read with a touch of suspense, I highly recommend you try Julie James and her FBI/US Attorney Series. All of her books are so fun to read with great characters and witty dialogue!  My favorite of the series and one of my all time favorite contemporary romance books is A Lot Like Love. I loved this book. The characters are together for most of the book so you have a lot of great dialogue and depending on how spunky or smart mouthed they might be it is pretty entertaining to read. I love books about FBI agents, especially those going undercover. The wine aspect of the book was very interesting with great descriptions and it has encouraged me to try different wines.

In this story we find Jordan Rhodes in quite the predicament. She is offered a release of her brother, Kyle, from prison in exchange for working with the FBI on an assignment. She loves her brother dearly and agrees, even if she is ticked that the Feds put Kyle in prison in the first place. (You can learn more about that  in About That Night – Book 3). Nick McCall is the FBI agent picked to work with Jordan. From the beginning the story takes off and has you pulled in until the end.

I was impressed with Jordan’s strength and courage with regards to the situation she was placed. Her family has money but she doesn’t act like the spoiled heiress. She is a down to earth wine store owner who wants to make her own way. The love for her brother shows and I was glad to see it play out the way it did. While she was a confident, determined, businesswoman, she also knew how to let go and roll with things that came up.  I enjoyed the playful side of her – especially the hot tub scene. She had quite the power over Nick.

Nick was the typical alpha male. I love those alpha males that become puddy in a strong woman’s hands. There is just something about the heroine taming them that makes it so fascinating to watch. Jordan was definitely able to hold her own against Nick. While he had his typical alpha male moments he was also able to see beyond his own needs/wants. I thought it was great when Jordan tried to get him to tastes different wines and he refused to drink anything “pink.” The romance between Nick and Jordan was written into the story very well. There are some fun intimate scenes that are very appropriate to the story. This book has romance, a touch of suspense, great dialogue, wonderfully developed characters and a great plot that made it hard to put down. I highly recommend A Lot Like Love! 

Reviewed by Amy

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About the Book:

TitleA Lot Like Love (FBI/US Attorney Series, #2) 

AuthorJulie James

PublisherPenguin Group / Berkley 

Date Published: March 1, 2011

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

 

Book Summary:

The FBI wants her cooperation.

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

Agent McCall just wants her.

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more. . .