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Review: DARE TO RESIST by Laura Kaye

Title: Dare to Resist (Wedding Dare, #0.5)

Author: Laura Kaye

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Reviewed by Amy

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Talk about a hot book! Colten and Kady (aka Cupcake) burn up the pages in Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye. They have such great banter, playful interactions, and off the charts chemistry.

Colten and Kady grew up together as he is her older brother’s friend. Life happened, they went their own ways, and then find themselves at a business meeting stuck in a hotel together. They both want each other bad physically, but don’t act on it for a number of reasons. When they both figure out they want the same thing, watch out. I blushed a little, got a little fidgety, and ended the book with a big smile.

If you are looking for a quick, hot, sexy read, give Dare to Resist a try!

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Review: BLAME IT ON THE KISS by Robin Bielman

Title: Blame it on the Kiss (Kisses in the Sand, #2)

Author: Robin Bielman

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Reviewed by Amy

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Blame it on the Kiss by Robin Bielman was such a fun story to read. It’s that light-hearted, sweet, sexy, contemporary romance that takes you away from reality and lost in a love story. Bielman writes so effortlessly that you find yourself flipping pages and before you know it, the story is over. Her characters are flawed, yet as dreamy as romance characters should be. Blame it on the Kiss is the type of story that will have you wanting to snuggle up against your significant other and improving yourself. It is a fabulous story.

Bryce and Honor are the couple in the story and are quite compatible. Their camaraderie was easy and I enjoyed their interactions. Their affection for one another is easy and light. Bryce was the perfect match to Honor letting the relationship progress at her speed while encouraging her along the way in little ways. The result of the respect this couple has for one another certainly showed in the bedroom. Their physical chemistry is off the charts hot! Bielman provides the perfect amount of show in these intimate scenes to flow with the story.

If you are looking for a fun, take-me-away romance story, give Blame it on the Kiss a read. It will leave you with happy sighs and a full heart. I can’t wait to read the other books in the series!

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Review: SPICED by Jamie Farrell

Title: Spiced (Misfit Brides, #6)

Author: Jamie Farrell

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC received by Author

Reviewed by Amy

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If you haven’t read Jamie Farrell yet, you are missing out. She writes wonderful stories filled with humor, heartache, passion, and hope. Her characters are always unique and I love living life with them. Spiced is the latest in Farrell’s Misfit Brides series and as you can imagine from the title is deliciously sassy and entertaining! Pepper and Tony, the main characters, had me both laughing and tearing up at times. They are both such fighters but even the best fighter can feel defeated sometimes.

Pepper and Tony are two people I did not imagine working out as a couple based on my idea of what a romance hero and heroine should be, but I should not have doubted Farrell’s storytelling. Spiced just goes to show that what one thinks they need in life to feel safe and secure and what their heart needs can be different things. I ached for what Tony and Pepper were going through personally as they battled demons and feelings of failure and inadequacy. The story of these two characters alone was amazing. When you put the two together into a romance, it was fan-freaking-tastic.

One of my favorite things about the book was watching Tony interact and handle Pepper’s family and Grandmother. What a riot they all were! That alone kept me turning pages. I like my romance books to have some heat physically and Farrell didn’t disappoint. The intimacy between Tony and Pepper was hot, perfectly timed with just the right amount of show. Farrell has quite a talent at balancing out the sweet and sexy scenes.

I have read the other books in this series and loved seeing many past characters in Spiced! What a treat especially my favorite couple – Will and Lindsay! I also give Farrell a thumbs up for picking Tony’s career. So much fun. If you like contemporary romance that is light-hearted, makes you laugh, sexy, and leaves you with a smile on your face, give Spiced a read!

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Review: KING OF CLUBS by Sandra Owens

Title: King of Clubs (Aces & Eights, #2)

Author: Sandra Owens

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: NetGalley

Review by Candy

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Undercover FBI Agent Court Gentry has what he thinks is a perfectly good life. He enjoys his job and gets to work with his brothers on a daily basis. The only thing really lacking in his life is a woman he can love. Six years ago, Court met what he thought was the perfect woman on spring break. Lauren Montgomery was everything he could want and even though they had only spent a week together, Court knew he was in love. Without any explanation, Lauren broke off things when she returned home. Now Lauren is back in his life since her best friend is his sister in law. Lauren thought she was doing what was best for Court by protecting him from her violent ex-husband. Court doesn’t see it that way and is determined to protect Lauren from the scum bag this time around. Will Lauren allow the Gentry brothers to keep her safe? Will Court and Lauren get a second chance at love?

The Gentry brothers should be classified as lethal weapons. I thought Alex was potent book boyfriend material but Court might just be a slight bit more potent. Owens has created a powerful hero in Court, with his love for Lauren and his strong moral code.

Lauren’s story was hard to read especially when Owens wrote about her marriage. Lauren was so innocent when she met Stephen, her ex, and he treated her so cruelly. What she suffered through that ended when Stephen landed in jail broke my heart. I loved how Lauren put her life back together after that encounter and has become a successful and strong woman.

The chemistry between Lauren and Court is intense. In the previous book, Lauren and Court spent their time snapping at each other. In this book, once they admit they still have feelings for each other, all bets are off. Court certainly knows how to make Lauren happy both inside and outside the bedroom.

King of Clubs by Sandra Owens is the second book in the Aces and Eights series but it can be read as a standalone. Just like the first book, Owens has created another hot alpha male hero who will stop at nothing to protect his love interest. If you like contemporary romance or romantic suspense, this book and series would be a good read for you.

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Review: ALL THERE IS by Violet Duke

Title: All There Is (Juniper Hills, #1)

Author: Violet Duke

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: NetGalley 

Review by Candy

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After surviving a fire that destroyed her family and left her young step-brother dead, Emma Stevens moves with her sister to Juniper Hills for a fresh start. In this small town, known for producing luxury and unique yarns, Emma doesn’t have to worry about her past. When her bakery floods after a broken pipe, a strange contractor shows up to place a bid on doing the repairs. To Emma’s horror, the contractor is none other than Jake Rowan, who started the fire that cost Emma her family. Jake served his time for a crime he didn’t commit by trying to protect his brother, who was thought to have a better future than Jake did. Jake had no idea that Emma even lived in Juniper Hills and is ready to leave town as soon as he realizes who she is. Emna convinces Jake to stay to not only fix her bakery but to remodel the library that her sister works at. As Emma and Jake become reacquainted with each other, the attraction they felt as teenagers reemerges. Can these two move on from their pasts and find happiness in each other?

Jake’s story was very hard to read. It angered me that his father thought so little of Jake that it was okay if Jake went to juvenile hall for a crime he didn’t commit. To top it off, Jake suffered even further by his own mother refusing to even visit him while he served out his sentence.

Emma’s story is filled with survivor’s guilt. When the fire broke out her and Jake went back in the burning house to rescue her sister and step-brother. Unfortunately her step-brother dies in the fire and Emma is riddled with guilt that she didn’t do enough to save him. It takes talking with Jake about that night to understand that there wasn’t anything she could do.

All There Is by Violet Duke is the first book in the Juniper Hills series. Duke has written a powerful story about forgiveness and moving on when tragedy strikes. If you enjoy contemporary romance, this would be a good read for you.

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