Review ~ Buns, Alice Clayton

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Like most books by Clayton, there is a lovely shade of humor throughout Buns, and, like most books by Clayton, there is also a lot of romance and hot sex. So yeah…it’s a win.

First and foremost, I have to say I freaking LOVED Clara. Determined, intelligent, flawed…she’s fantastic. I was able to connect with her immediately and we became besties by The End. I just understood her in a way you hope to when reading. I got her. And that’s a great feeling. Like you’re not alone, ya know?

Now, as for Archie, I dug the man. A touch stuffy and set on tradition, I really enjoyed seeing the many sides of Mr. Bryant. He is a fab character that tests boundaries, takes chances, and makes you think.

 

buns.jpgClara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

Review ~ The Butterfly Project, Emma Scott

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Emma Scott is my go-to author for emotionally poignant, utterly romantic, heartbreaking romances. I have never been disappointed after finishing a book from Scott, and I doubt I ever will. I adore stories with realistic characters – flawed individuals who are seeking a better version of themselves – and The Butterfly Project delivers that and so much more.

TBP is most definitely a romance, but there is SO much more to it than that. Self-acceptance and forgiveness are front and center, giving depth and heart to every event. While there were times I did pause reading, it was because I wasn’t in the mood for a fantastic book with heart. I wanted something either crazy or light, and I didn’t want my mood to hinder my appreciation for TBP.

So I paused.

Then, I came back when I was ready. And I am so glad I did that. I absolutely recommend The Butterfly Project (and everything else written by the author).

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“Where you are is home…”

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.

Review ~ Too Hard Too Forget, Tessa Bailey

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To be honest, I had trouble with this one. The writing was good, the characters were okay, but at the end of the day, I just could not get into the story. I never connected with the characters. And I think part of that is the issue of why Elliott couldn’t accept his feelings for Peggy. Imagine this…

You’re reading along, enjoying some angst, a little heat, and things really start to pick up. Now, take a bible and slap yourself across the face with it and stare at a picture of Jesus. While I appreciate that this is what was going through Elliott’s mind, I didn’t appreciate it in my own. I like a good Christian romance. I like a down-and-dirty romance. I do not like having a scene come to a screeching halt because of a character’s issues. A sudden stop is one thing, a total derailment is another. And the number of times I was derailed just killed the flow of the book for me.

Now, don’t go gettin’ all Negative Nancy on me, the story is interesting, and there are some super heartwarming moments. I liked the journey the H&h were taken on.

Overall, this is not a book I would jump up and down for you to read, but I wouldn’t rip the book outta your hands, either.

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This time, she’s calling the shots.

Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he’s been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy’s determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she’ll finally be able to move on.

In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist.

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There are three kinds of nerdy women in the world.

– The Sexy Nerd

– The Confident Nerd; and

– The So-Socially-Awkward-it’s-Painful-to-Watch Nerd.

You can probably guess which one I am. After witnessing me making a fool of myself, Chance Hoffman decided to take pity on me. He’s smart, sexy, charming, and totally out of my league… and for some unexplainable reason, he wants to help me. Who am I to say no? Besides, I need all the assistance I can get.

There are three things that make a woman irresistible.

– Confidence

– A Wicked Sense of Humor; and

– A Killer Rack.

Melany Fitzgerald had none of those things. Or so I thought… until I really got to know her. She’s the total package and she doesn’t even realize it. Now I’m stuck with the uncomfortable task of helping her land another guy, all the while trying to ignore the fact that I’m starting to fall for her.

She thinks she’s an ugly duckling and wants to become a swan. All I want is her. And I’m not giving up without a fight.

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Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.

In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.

Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.

 

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Coming Soon from Chelle Bliss

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A double cover reveal & preorder for Acquisition and Merger from USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss. The Takeover Duet releases in Fall 2017.

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A Driven CEO. A Ruthless Rival. And a Sexy, Uninhibited Weekend.

Ambitious, high-powered CEO Lauren Bradley is one press release away from catapulting her company, Interstellar Corp, to new heights. Her industry-leading team is on the verge of unveiling new, cutting-edge technology that will revolutionize travel as the world knows it.

The one thing not going according to plan…Lauren’s love life. But a hot hook-up with a stranger from the hotel bar could change everything.

When Lauren is ambushed the next morning, she comes face to face with Antonio Forte, the reclusive CEO of Cozza Industries, Interstellar’s biggest rival. Antonio’s arrogant, controlling, and sexy. She should know, since Antonio is the one-night stand she thought she’d never see again.

He makes it very clear that he wants Interstellar just as much as he wants Lauren and he’ll stop at nothing to make it happen. But she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her company―and the ground-breaking innovation they’ve discovered.

Neither of them will back down. Both are used to winning. But surrendering can be so delicious.

Let the games begin…

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Two Rivals. One Enemy. And an Ending No One Saw Coming.

When Antonio Forte met Lauren Bradley, he never expected that making the choice between a possible relationship with her or destroying her company in a hostile takeover would be a hard one. Antonio has always put business before pleasure, but for the first time, he wants both.

After proposing a merger of their two companies, Antonio is hoping Lauren accepts his offer so he can show her the world and together they can have it all.

In a world dominated by men, Lauren’s leery of anyone willing to show mercy―especially the very handsome, smooth-talking Antonio. Lauren doesn’t trust easily, especially when it comes to someone who is threatening to dismantle her company, but she’d be lying if she said she didn’t find his offer tempting.

After finally deciding the path she will choose, a bigger problem emerges―the real enemy is lurking in the shadows and closer than she ever expects.

Merger is the follow-up to Acquisition in the Takeover Duet.

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Chelle Bliss is the USA Today bestselling author of the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series. She hails from the Midwest but currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, and ex-high school history teacher. She loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers. To learn more about Chelle, please visit her website.

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