SPORTS ROMANCE (športni roman)

Warning Track by Carrie Aarons (Release Blitz)

⚾💙 NEW SPORTS ROMANCE 💙⚾
Warning Track is live! Carrie Aarons’ new Callahan Family series is here, and if you love sports romance, star-crossed lovers, and hunky athletes, then this one is for you!

This steamy story introduces us to a small Pennsylvania town that houses a professional baseball team, which has been run by the same family for generations. Warning Track features the team’s star player trying not to fall for the new female general manager!

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BLURB

Colleen Callahan is exactly where she’s always dreamt of being.

From a young age, she’s been groomed to take over as general manager of the Packton Pistons, her family’s professional baseball dynasty. Except she never expected her father would have to go to prison for the role to become hers.

The public, and even her own family, are counting on the first female to wear the title to fail. Hoping to wipe the slate clean and clear the club’s name, Colleen vows to put her job above everything else. Friends, a social life, her well-being, and most of all, love.

Until she meets the team’s new star player. Their chemistry is instant, igniting the stadium and her heart. But the last thing she needs is a distraction, much less a surly God of the clay diamond who seems to despise her.

Fate has other plans, though. If they’re found out, it could mean the end of both of their careers. Except hurtling so close to the danger zone has never felt more right.

Hayes Swindell would prefer hell over the place he ended up.

After a series of bribes and blackmail gone bad, the league’s most desirable veteran superstar finds himself playing on a team that he wants no part of. The family who runs this dynasty is corrupt, and he’s spent his career avoiding limelight exactly like this.

With a chip on his shoulder and the intention to hightail it out of Pennsylvania as soon as his one-year contract is up, he has no plans to fall for the very woman he should stay away from.

In his ten years in the league, he’s never once gotten bit by the love bug. But the moment he lays eyes on her, Hayes can see his days are numbered. When the forbidden happens, he has a decision to make.

Should they head for disaster together, risking it all, or course-correct and save themselves the ultimate price of heartbreak and scandal?

Read it now: mybook.to/WarningTrack

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes
books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she
prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship
with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her
husband, daughter, son and Great Dane/Lab rescue.

Author Links

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SPORTS ROMANCE (športni roman)

Warning Track by Carrie Aarons – Cover Reveal

Designed by Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations.

The first cover for Carrie Aarons’ new Callahan Family series is here, and it’s GORGEOUS! Warning Track releases on November 6, and it’s a contemporary sports romance that features the team’s star player trying not to fall for the new female general manager!

This steamy story introduces us to this world of a small Pennsylvania town that houses a professional baseball team, which has been run by the same family for generations. After being struck by scandal caused by an insider, they’re closing ranks. Drama, romance, familial bonds, sports – this series has it ALL.

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BLURB

Colleen Callahan is exactly where she’s always dreamt of being.
From a young age, she’s been groomed to take over as general manager of the Packton Pistons, her family’s professional baseball dynasty. Except she never expected her father would have to go to prison for the role to become hers.

The public, and even her own family, are counting on the first female to wear the title to fail. Hoping to wipe the slate clean and clear the club’s name, Colleen vows to put her job above everything else. Friends, a social life, her well-being, and most of all, love.

Until she meets the team’s new star player. Their chemistry is instant, igniting the stadium and her heart. But the last thing she needs is a distraction, much less a surly God of the clay diamond who seems to despise her.

Fate has other plans, though. If they’re found out, it could mean the end of both of their careers. Except hurtling so close to the danger zone has never felt more right.

Hayes Swindell would prefer hell over the place he ended up.

After a series of bribes and blackmail gone bad, the league’s most desirable veteran superstar finds himself playing on a team that he wants no part of. The family who runs this dynasty is corrupt, and he’s spent his career avoiding limelight exactly like this.

With a chip on his shoulder and the intention to hightail it out of Pennsylvania as soon as his one-year contract is up, he has no plans to fall for the very woman he should stay away from.

In his ten years in the league, he’s never once gotten bit by the love bug. But the moment he lays eyes on her, Hayes can see his days are numbered. When the forbidden happens, he has a decision to make.

Should they head for disaster together, risking it all, or course-correct and save themselves the ultimate price of heartbreak and scandal?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes
books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she
prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship
with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her
husband, daughter, son and Great Dane/Lab rescue.

Author Links

Visit Carrie’s website: authorcarrieaarons.com
Sign up for Carrie’s Newsletter: bit.ly/authorCAnewsletter
Check out Carrie’s books on Amazon: amzn.to/2Pn3XkR
Like Carrie’s Facebook page: facebook.com/carrieaarons
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HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

Honey and Flame by Gemma Snow

Honey and Flame (Masters of Mayfair, #3)

Title // Naslov: Honey and Flame

Author // Avtorica: Gemma Snow

Release Date // Datum izdaje: October 6th 2020 (6. oktober 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Tempted. 

Ever since she was old enough to walk, Marianna Dalton, daughter of the Marquis of Barrington, has been the prime example of prim and proper ladyhood, at her mother’s insistence. That is, until she poured a bowl of clotted cream over the head of a potential suitor, ignored her mother’s lecture on a woman’s role, and decided to be bold. 

And there’s no better place to be bold than a country house party. 

And no one better to be bold with than Nathaniel Colborne, Earl of Kendall, and her older brother’s best friend. Colborne is a scientist working to develop more effective honey harvesting methods, and he’s not a man to shy away from a hands-on experiment. 

Marianna becomes just that experiment, as they share late-night library visits, the ambrosia of sweet honey, and secret books of poetry inspired by Bacchus himself. Colborne tempts, promises, and seduces with his words, until Marianna can think of nothing more than demanding he act on those filthy vows and offer some relief to the elemental need burning hot between them. 

But all Marianna wanted was a chance to step outside the world she has always known, and this imagined bacchanal beneath the shadows was never meant to see the light of day. For what’s between them to go any further than scandalous missives and whispered fantasies, Marianna and Nathaniel must be willing to look at the evidence and act upon their findings…before the party ends, the letters burn, and they miss their chance forever.

My thoughts:

Out of all three currently released book (1-3), this one was pretty mild. It wasn’t as spicy as the first two and it had more erotic elements in the letters Nathaniel exchanged with Marianna than in the actual story.

So yeah, I requested the book because I loved the heat the previous books had but this one didn’t have it enough.

It was still a pleasant read, though. I liked it. 4 stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

ARC provided via BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

All Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne

All Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know, #2)

Title // Naslov: All Scot and Bothered

Author // Avtorica: Kerrigan Byrne

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 29th 2020 (29. september 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

He is first and foremost—at everything. A man who’s made his own way in the world through ruthless cunning and sheer force of will. A strong and imposing Scot who can turn on the charm but does not suffer fools. His title: Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. His name: Cassius Gerard Ramsay. His mission: To investigate the goings-on at London’s most notorious gaming hell, owned and operated by one of the most intriguing and desirable women he’s ever met.

IN THIS GAME OF LOVE, THE RULES DO NOT APPLY

Cecelia Teague was an orphan facing a rather dire future—until a secret benefactor from her mother’s scandalous past swept into her life. Sent to prestigious boarding school and later to university, Cecelia believed high society was at her fingertips…Then, from out of nowhere, she became the inheritor of a gambling establishment. Now Cecelia must live two lives: one as a proper lady who finds herself undeniably drawn to Lord Ramsay and the other as a savvy gaming hell owner trying to save her business from the very same man. He has no idea she is both women…and Cecelia would like to keep it that way. But what happens when consuming passion and escalating danger threaten to reveal the truth?

My thoughts:

Have I ever mentioned how much I loved Kerrigan Byrne’s writing? She is quickly becoming one of my favourite historical authors.

In this book we’re following the story of Cecelia, who is a gambling parlor owner, and Cassius, who wants to arrest the very same owner since the very beginning not knowing it’s Cecelia behind the mask.

But someone out there threatens Cece’s new secret and the only one who can help is the man who wants nothing to do with gambling…

I love how caring Cassius was even though Cecelia is a temptation to his beliefs. He still took her under her wing and did the same with the child she’s taking care of after the previous owner (her relative) died.

The tension between them is escalating quickly and when it reaches the tipping point… oh my, I won’t spoil that one! 🙂

My only problem with this book and the reason why I’m giving 4 and not 5 stars is that I feel like the heroine had secrets even after the hero shared all of his. It just didn’t feel right, it felt like she was leading him on.

Also, at the end of the book is not exactly known how the hero knew where she was. I wish the author would reveal how he found her.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

EROTICA (erotični roman)

Master & Marquis by Gemma Snow

Master and Marquis (Masters of Mayfair, #2)

Title // Naslov: Master & Marquis

Author // Avtorica: Gemma Snow

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 15th 2020 (15. september 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Erotica, erotični roman

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Blurb:

Promised.

Declan Dalton, the Marquis of Barrington, fell in love with Lady Elisa Remington when they were childhood companions running roughshod over the countryside, and he has dedicated his life to being the man she deserves ever since.

He’s traveled to the continent, fought for his country, managed his estates, and tried, in vain to stay as far away from her as possible. Because Elisa is worthy of so much more than a man like him, a man with dark, hidden, dangerous desires, a man with a secret room in his noble estate…a place where only the most hedonistic find their pleasure.

But when a war injury sends him home a decorated hero, Declan cannot keep his distance from Lady Elisa. He offers for her hand, intent on protecting her from the erotic passions surging within him—passions far more potent when she’s near.

Elisa is no man’s fool.

She has loved Declan for long enough to know he has a secret. And once she learns exactly what the Marquis is hiding, she’ll stop at nothing to prove her love for him. All of him. Because when the truth comes to light, it might just turn out that Lady Elisa’s own desires are far closer to the Marquis’ than he could have ever imagined.

And she’s willing to do whatever it takes for him to believe it…

My thoughts:

Okay, I have to admit I’ve read the second book before I have had my hands on the first one.

Just like Leather and Gold, I liked this one too.

I like how different this book was from other historical romances I usually enjoy. I was looking for something short and spicy and I’m glad I came across this book on BookSirens.

The same thing that bothered me in the first book, bothered me here too. I was hoping for more information regarding their relationship. There’s a huge gap between first two chapters. At first, they are in Society, almost strangers in the next, they are in a marriage. I would love to know how that happen. I would love the interactions between them that led them to being married. I really missed that.

In the following chapters, the story follows Elisa and Declan meeting each other’s fantasies in a series of very spicy, hot and sizzling chapters. I admit, when I started the book I almost didn’t want it to finish. It was really well written and I’m looking forward to see more about some other characters!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

ARC provided via BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

EROTICA (erotični roman), HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

Leather and Gold by Gemma Snow

Leather and Gold (Masters of Mayfair, #1)

Title // Naslov: Leather and Gold

Author // Avtorica: Gemma Snow

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 15, 2020 (15. september 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Erotica, erotični roman

Blurb:

Forbidden. 

If there was a single word to describe the desire Emmeline Westington Wright, widowed duchess of South Framley, felt for Captain Alexandre Pierron Simonnet, that would be it. Forbidden. Captivating. Tempting. Dangerous. 

She sent him away eighteen months ago, ostensibly in search of her errant brother, the Marquis of Fulton. But when Captain Simonnet returns to South Framley and the duchess’s estate, she must admit to herself that the errand was nothing more than a way to keep the devilishly handsome captain on the other side of the world…and her own wicked desires at bay. 

Now he’s returned home. And it could destroy them both. 

Because despite herself and her raging need, Emmeline’s want goes deeper than a salacious affair. And if she’s willing to share her secret room and most intimate needs with the man who knows and understands them and her better than anyone, she might just share something even more essential—and even more scandalous: her heart. 

But not even a duchess can hold an explorer’s attention for too long. Can she?

My thoughts:

In this short novella we meet Captain Simonnet and Emmeline. She’s a widowed duchess and as her rank would have it, anything she’ll do will be judged. So she can’t afford an affair with the handsome captain even though she suspects only he will fulfill her hidden fantasies.

Because what she wants is something deep, forbidden.

They are like cats and mice but when they agree on one night together and Emmeline shares her secret room, all bets are off.

It is a smutty novella so if you’re in for that, you’ll love it.

I personally miss maybe more mentions of the ton and what they thought of their relationship but since this book is more focused on the smut and not so much on the Society itself, I’m okay with that.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

ARC provided via BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

EROTICA (erotični roman)

Watch Me by Stacey Kennedy

Title // Naslov: Watch Me

Author // Avtorica: Stacey Kennedy

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 15th 2020 (15. september 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Erotica, erotika

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Blurb:

It’s her choice to play his game. If she says yes, there will be more on the line than just her pleasure.

Zoey Parker has a three-step plan for revenge. First, gain entrance to the ultra-exclusive, upscale sex club, Phoenix. Second, act out her wildest fantasy in front of powerful old rivals, proving that they didn’t break her. Third, disappear and never return. The only kink in her plan? Rhys Harrington, the owner of Phoenix and the one man she needs to stay away from…

Rhys’ high-end clients pay extravagant amounts to watch his stars indulge their desires. Rhys’ only rule? Watch, don’t touch. But one look at Zoey and Rhys decides to participate in the show himself. And when an undeniable passion ignites between them, Rhys knows he wants more. Except Zoey is determined to run… and he is determined to find out why.

When Rhys discovers Zoey’s secret, he shocks her by offering his protection… and a no-strings-attached relationship. But Zoey knows there will be more on the line than just her pleasure. Because Rhys’ sizzling touch doesn’t only capture her body, it also commands her heart.

My thoughts:

It’s been a long time since I read an erotica book.

Zoey has a secret. The only way to get get rid of it is to get an invitation to the exclusive club. She never expects for a club owner to notice her. But notice he did.

Rhys may like kinky stuff but he’s also kind and caring and he immediately takes a liking to Zoey. When he discovers her secret he will do anything to protect her and be there for her.

I love how he didn’t tell her what to do but was supportive enough that she got stronger and healed for her to do the right thing.

My first read by this author and I admit, it got me really curious about the next book – Archer and Elise’s book. From what I’ve seen, it will be hot 😉

Rating: 4 out of 5.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

Always the Bluestocking by Emily E K Murdoch

Always the Bluestocking (Never the Bride, #6)

Title // Naslov: Always the Bluestocking

Author // Avtorica: Emily E K Murdoch

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 10th 2020 (10. september 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Miss Mariah Wynn was adopted and has spent her life attempting to prove herself worthy. Intelligent and witty, it’s nonetheless not a good idea to let a gentleman know you actually have brains. After all, no one marries the bluestocking, even if she is beautiful and but twenty one.

One man who laughs in the face of bluestockings is Patrick O’Leary, Viscount Donal. He knows the woman’s place, and that is most certainly in the home.

Until, that is, he sees Mariah attending a lecture at his alma mater. A woman—at university. He’s determined she won’t get an education. She’s ready to face down any ignorant man, title or no. A battle of intellect storms while a battle of desire fights under the surface.

Will Mariah and Patrick have enough focus to argue while every bone in their bodies wants to make love?

My thoughts:

When I first read the blurb I fell in love with the book. I love how historical books present education and smart women and feminists and anything related to those three topics. I couldn’t wait to start the book.

Unfortunately, my enthusiasm slowly diminished. I thought the book will be about exchanging wits, maybe even Mariah dressing as a man just to get education. But after one encounter they liked each other immediately. Patrick didn’t like the idea at first but it was insta love between them and then he wasn’t as opposed to the idea of her attending lessons as he first was.

I am disappointed that I didn’t like the book as much as I wanted to. I really thought there would be more heat between them. I liked Mariah and her passion for getting women in Universities, however I didn’t like how easy it all felt. I also felt like some things weren’t explained thoroughly.

Her brother, for example, is a lord but Mariah is not living with him but is actually renting a house. I understand she’s adopted but since they are family I don’t exactly understand why he didn’t offer to live with him and his wife? It’s mentioned she’s adopted. However, one time it is said they like each other but in the other it said they were not on good terms sometimes. Was it because she was adopted? What was the matter with her and his brother? They tolerate eachother and sometimes I had this family vibes between them, other times it’s like they were strangers. I wish author would explain the situation more.

And what kind of hero leaves the heroine after some men harassed her just to return to his party?????

Like I said I like Mariah and what she was doing for women but I also think that at times she was mean. Maybe not on purpose but some words were really hurtful and I hated her for that.

Changing my 2.5 stars review to 2.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Poslednja skrivnost (Hotel Lavanda #2) – Sabina Štrubelj

Poslednja skrivnost (Hotel Lavanda, #2)

Title // Naslov: Poslednja skrivnost (Hotel Lavanda #2)

Author // Avtorica: Sabina Štrubelj

Release Date // Datum izdaje: 7. september 2020

Genre // Žanr: sodobni roman

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Opis knjige:

V nadaljevanju pisateljičinega prvenca Hotel Lavanda (2015) se vrnemo k Valentini, ki je pred letom dni za seboj pustila vse in se z obrobja Ljubljane preselila na jug Francije.

Zdaj se ji spet podira svet: po hudem prepiru je njen Michel izginil neznano kam. Za nameček se je vrnila še babica, da bi ji pomagala na recepciji, vendar ji je v resnici vse prej kot v pomoč – čudno se obnaša, izginja brez razlage, brska po sobah gostov, in kar je najhuje, pri vsem tem ji sploh ni mar, kaj vse to pomeni za ugled Hotela Lavande.

Valentina je obupana in spet polna vprašanj. Kje je Michel? Kaj ima za bregom babica? In kaj za božjo voljo se dogaja z njenim življenjem?

Se ji pridružiš v Provansi?

Moje misli:

Preden začnem z reviewjem – se še spomniš moje objave izpred nekaj let o prvi knjigi, Hotelu Lavanda? Spomin si lahko osvežiš tukaj.

Druga knjiga nas ponovno popelje v Provanso, kraj, kjer si je Valentina opomogla po razpadu zveze, našla novo ljubezen in ponovno zaživela.

Valentina se v tej knjigi spopada s težavami v njenem razmerju z Michelom ter nevšečnostmi skrivnostne babice, ki se ponovno vrne v Francijo. Že takoj na začetku knjige smo priča njenim nenavadnim a hudomušnim prigodam, ki bralca ponovno spomnijo na prvo knjigo.

Zgodba je polna skrivnosti. Kot bralec nisi nikoli popolnoma prepričan, kaj se bo skrivalo v naslednjem poglavju. Bo skrivnost razkrita? Ali pa se bo pojavila še kakšna nova? Vsekakor te zgodba pusti na trnih do zadnje strani. 

V knjigi gre za preplet sedanjosti in preteklosti, za preplet Valentinine in babičine pripovedi, preplet sedanjih in preteklih skrivnosti. Zgodbo popestrijo stari liki in osvežijo novi. Čudovito napisana knjiga nas ponovno popelje v s sivko obdano Provanso, na pot starih ljubezni in nepričakovanih skrivnosti, ki kar čakajo na to, da jih nekdo ponovno odkrije.

Poslednja skrivnost je vsekakor bolj pustolovska knjiga od prve. Vsako poglavje pričara neko novo avanturo. Poglavja so predstavljena iz Valentinine in babičine perspektive. Kot velika oboževalka romanov sem navajena knjige brati iz dveh perspektiv, vendar sta ti ponavadi iz strani glavne junakinje in junaka. Pogrešala sem Michelov pogled na njuno razmerje. Fokus te knjige je večinoma na babičini preteklosti, Valentinina ljubezen do Michela je bolj kot ne stranskega pomena. Čeprav – če gledam na celoto in glede na to, da je v ospredju babica, je logično, da bralci dobimo njen pogled.

Babica je iskriv, zanimiv karakter. Po eni strani mi je bila všeč že od prvih nekaj strani prvega poglavja, po drugi strani pa mi je šla na trenutke malo na živce. Zdi se mi, da bi bila lahko bolj iskrena do Valentine, ki je velikokrat morala popraviti babičine napake. Vsekakor ji je povzročala veliko nepotrebnih skrbi.

Valentina se tudi v tej knjigi sooča s težavami pri vodenju hotela, odštekano babico, ki se tudi v tej knjigi znajde v kar nekaj nenavadnih situacijah ter z njeno ljubeznijo do Michela, ki se znajde pred oviro. Veliko je razreševanja situacij, prevpraševanja na njen odnos do sebe in drugih in iskanja odgovorov na neznana vprašanja, ki se vedno znova pojavijo na obzorju. Karakterno je res en tak mozaik različnih čustev pa tudi bralcu se včasih zasmili, drugič se jeziš nanjo, tretjič bi ji najraje sam pokazal očitno rešitev, četrtič bi se smejal z njo, spet petič jokal. Ampak to so glavni junaki in njihove muhe, a ne? Včasih so ti všeč, spet drugič ne. 😉

Zaključek: 4.5 zvezdice za drugi del. Kolikor sem ugotovila, so bolj ali manj isti razlogi kot za prvo knjigo. Upsi 🙂 Če bereš komaj prvo knjigo, jo (vsaj kolikor jo imam v spominu) lahko zaključiš kar pri koncu le-te. Če si želiš nadaljevanje in bi ostal_a še nekaj časa fantazijsko v Provansi, preberi še drugi del. Ampak drugi del boš brez prvega težko razumel_a, ker se veliko stvari navezuje na Hotel Lavanda (prva knjiga). Tretji del pa bo še zelo zanimiv… malo se mi že sanja, kaj čaka Valentino… 😀

Velika hvala avtorici, da mi je knjigo poslala v predbranje!

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

When the Earl Met His Match by Stacy Reid

When the Earl Met His Match (Wedded by Scandal, #4)

Title // Naslov: When the Earl Met His Match

Author // Avtorica: Stacy Reid

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 14th 2020 (14. september 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

When Hugh Winthrop, the future Earl of Albury, decides to advertise for a wife in the London paper, he never expected an anonymous response from a woman who matches him wit for wit. Their back-and-forth letters on the true nature of love, something they disagree on wholeheartedly, leave him shocked—and intrigued. But then the woman he’s been corresponding with shows up on his doorstep, enticingly beautiful and offering a marriage of convenience in exchange for his protection…

Lady Phoebe Maitland expected to marry for love and nothing else, until the man she gave her trust betrayed her. The more intrigued she becomes by the mysterious and devastatingly handsome Hugh, however, the more she realizes he’s holding back from opening his heart due to long-held secrets she struggles to understand. As passion flares wickedly between them, their marriage bed is quick to heat up. But when Phoebe’s past threatens to destroy the fragile bond they’ve formed, even a budding belief in love might not be enough to save them.

My thoughts:

My first book by this author and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it.

I love heroes who are disadvantaged in some way but manage to make it possible and live their life fully. Hugh is mute so he seeks a wife in a rather unconventional way – by publishing an add in a newspaper. He doesn’t believe in love and wants to marry because that’s what his father wanted for him.

Phoebe isn’t loooking for love either because she was hurt by the worst possible way. She was intrigued by this man but she only wanted to give him her opinion on his add. This turns into some sort of friendship. When she suddenly shows up on his doorstep and offer him marriage, the only thing he is sure about is saying yes to this bold, courageous woman. Their relationship is not meant to become more than mere acquaintances but the more they spent their time together the more their feelings start to grow.

I really love all the sweet scenes and Hugh’s kindness. He was hurt by many people so he’s kind of a recluse but he still knows how to make a woman fall in love with him.

Okay, spoiler alert that I didn’t want to say at first but I can’t write a review without mentioning it briefly: Phoebe is pregnant before she met Hugh. He’s her last chance to give her child the best in the Society. I loved how Hugh accepted her and her condition without hesitation. But what I find missing is that the rest of her pregnancy is rushed in a book. I would love to know more about her time being pregnant but once they get married it’s more about jumping time (”weeks passed”, ”been here for months”). I feel like the author rushed this because she wanted to focus on the time after the baby was born and how they finally got together and were more connected. Even after her child being born, I was hoping for more mother-baby or Hugh-baby time but it ws only mentioned once or twice. The focus was more on their relationship with each other than their time as a new family.

What confused me a little, was the unexpected kidnapping. At first I thought it was a joke because it seemed odd that her brother would order a kidnapping of his own sister. Personally, I think she forgot him too soon because while his intentions were good, he was just too pushy and not understanding. He was thinking of himself. This could be easily avoided with a visit or several letters.

Overall, I really liked this book. I would love to have it on my shelf someday, possibly with some other books by this author 🙂 I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance, heroes with disabilities, scandals and secrets. This hero-being-mute kind of gave me some Archer vibes (Archer’s Vow by Mia Sheridan) and I think readeers who loved that one would like this one as well 🙂

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

The Dating Itinerary by Brooke Williams

The Dating Itinerary

Title // NaslovThe Dating Itinerary

Author // Avtorica: Brooke Williams

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 7th 2020 (7. september 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

As if it wasn’t bad enough to be deemed the “most single person” at her magazine’s office, budding reporter Penny has now been tapped to write a series of features called “The Dating Game.” From speed dating to Tinder, old-fashioned matchmakers to up-and-coming “dark dating,” Penny now has to go on a lot of dates. Silver lining: meeting new people should be fun, right? But running into her old rival, George, at her first dating event is decidedly not. Not only does the arrogant know-it-all have zero trouble attracting women, wherever Penny goes, somehow he just. Keeps. Showing. Up.

Geo knows he’s right on the cusp of writing success with the chance to have his own syndicated column. All he has to do is follow his agent’s ideas for showcasing different dating avenues, and he’ll pull in enough to help his sister’s non-profit women’s shelter get off the ground. Sure, his itinerary is starting to look strangely similar to his old rival Penny’s, but all’s fair in love and syndication, right?

The more they look for love in all the wrong places, though, the more they start to wonder if it was right in front of their noses all along. Still, the brutal dating scene just might end them, if these two don’t kill each other first.

My thoughts:

When I first read the blurb, I thought ”It’s like How to lose a guy in 10 days but with a twist!” They are both writers but they write the same thing from their own perspective. 

I feel like the mystery part of this book is not a mystery at all. They realise pretty soon why they meet each other so often. They start to work together and from enemies goes to sort of friends.

Maybe it’s because I’m used to characters basically jumping each other since the moment they met but this book just didn’t feel interesting. There were stolen kisses that were not acknowledged (they didn’t really talk what this meant for them, they just ignored anything happening between them). The quirky names the side characters had (her sisters were named Dime, Quarter and Nickel with last name Coyne, a matchmaker called Ivana Date) were supposed to make the book funnier but it kind of lost its charm because we never get to know why the four sisters were named that way. I’m sure there could be a lovely, funny story behind it.

There were a lot of scenes that could be better developed. I admit, I didn’t know if the main characters just kissed through the whole book or they slept together too. There’s a hint they might have done it but like I said, it is not mentioned. Through the whole book there are (too) subtle hints of what might have happened. There are words but no actions.

I really liked the whole dating thing and their dates. However, the whole book was just okay for me, a little too clean for me so the story for me is just mediocre.

I thought of giving it three stars but I am not satisfied with this book so I’m giving it a star less. 2 stars because it could be way better developed.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

The Roommate Problem by Mariah Ankenman

The Roommate Problem (Mile High Happiness, #3)

Title // Naslov: The Roommate Problem

Author // Avtorica: Mariah Ankenman

Release Date // Datum izdaje: August 10th 2020 (10. avgust 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

To Moira “Mo” Rossi, the world is full of sunshine, goodness, and happily ever afters—so of course she figures finding the perfect roomie will be easy. But after four creepos who ask if benefits come with the room and one woman who claims she’s a vampire, Mo is officially desperate. So what if the guy she agrees to on paper ends up being the Derrick Downer to her Sally Sunshine in person? She’s the queen of making lemonade.

August Porter expected his new roommate Mo to be like him—neat, practical, and oh yeah: male. Not the outrageous hippie with more stars in her eyes than there are in the sky. She’s infuriating, exasperating, his exact opposite in every possible way…and the bright ray of sunshine he didn’t even realize his gray world was missing. Suddenly, falling into bed with his roommate isn’t the worst idea he’s ever heard. Just falling in love with her is.

But one of them is keeping a secret that could turn their opposite attraction into utter disaster.

 

My thoughts:

Oh, these two were a fun pair. They couldn’t be more opposite: he’s grumpy, she sunshine all the time, he likes all things green, she loves anything with carbs, he likes tidy, she’s messy.

He wants to sell his grandmother’s shop and leave as soon as possible. He’s only a temporary roommate. When they begin sleeping together, this was supposed to be easy. No feelings.

Moira wants him to stay. At first, it’s because she needs a roommate. She adores his grandmother and disagrees with his plan.

What August doesn’t know is the secret Moira is keeping from him. The longer they stay together, deeper their feelings go and the harder it gets for Moira to tell him the truth.

I really like how they wanted each other to like things the other doesn’t. Being outside, eating cauliflower pizza… It was a fun, cute read.

4 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman), YOUNG ADULT / NEW ADULT (mladinsko leposlovje)

This is So Happening by Amelia Kingston

This is So Happening (So Far, So Good, #2)

Title // Naslov: This is So Happening

Author // Avtorica: Amelia Kingston

Release Date // Datum izdaje: August 4th 2020 (4. avgust 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman, New Adult, mladinsko leposlovje

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Blurb:

Jessica ‘Jessie’ Allen is sugary sweet and perpetually perky. Running on an endless supply of enthusiasm, she’s in constant motion. The people pleaser is running herself ragged to make other people happy—anything to avoid having to figure out what would make her happy.

Devin Bennett is her complete opposite, the immovable object to Jessie’s unstoppable force. The tall, tattooed and brooding mechanic hates change and the perky blonde co-ed shoving it down his throat. Jessie is drawn to him like a valley girl to an outlet mall, but Devin dodges her advances better than a UFC fighter. The longer she’s around, the harder it is to keep his hands off her perfect body and his lips away from her sassy mouth.

For the first time in her life, Jessie knows what she wants. Devin Bennett. And she’s not above torturing him with temptation to make it happen.

 

My thoughts:

Jessie Allen is used to guys being openly interested in her. Except Devin is not one of them. So she makes it her mission he will be. For the first time, Jessie is the one doing the chasing.

It’s so refreshing to see a woman going after a guy in a romance novel. It was so funny to read because Devin was this grumpy man who couldn’t stand her but at the same time wanted her so much. The chemistry between them was scorching hot!

Devin is avoiding her because he thinks this is only a game to her. But once feelings started to get involved…

I cannot mention it enough how much I loved this book. I need this book on my shelf, like yesterday. It’s one of the best enemies-to-lovers/opposites attract books I’ve ever read and definitely one of my top 2020 reads!

5 adoring stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

The Lord of the Highwaymen by Elizabeth Bramwell

The Lord of the Highwaymen (Hearts & Highways, #1)

Title // NaslovThe Lord of the Highwaymen

Author // Avtorica: Elizabeth Bramwell

Release Date // Datum izdaje: July 30th 2020 (30. julij 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Following his disastrous attempt to woo the woman he loves, the Honorable William Haddington and his friends retire to Brooks club to drown their sorrows, only to find themselves agreeing to a ridiculous wager: they must don masks and cloaks to begin temporary careers as highwaymen, or lose their fortunes to men they despise.

Confused and frustrated by the odd encounter with the man she adores, Lady Amelia Fellowes is in no mood to suffer fools when five well-dressed men try to hold up her carriage in the middle of Hyde Park. When a second group of thieves arrive moments later, her temper flares. After all, she knows better than to leave her fate in the hands of mere men, and decides to take charge of the situation. What she does not expect, however, is to recognize the handsome leader of one group of rogues, or that he will ask her to dance with him in the moonlight.

William, feeling brave behind his mask, takes the chance to flirt outrageously with the woman he has loved since childhood. Amelia is strong, intelligent, and permanently above his touch, but in his current disguise, he is free to treat her with the gallantry and romance he has always wished to show. When she responds to him in kind, he almost forgets why he’s dressed up as a highwayman in the first place.

The real criminals of the road, however, are not about to make that mistake.

 

My thoughts:

Since this is a novella (less than 100 pages), it’s really hard to write your thoughts because basically the blurb reveals everything.

Amelia is a widow but has strong feeling for William. He’s her friend, they always visit together museums because William loves antiques. He wants to confess her love to her on the ball but he’s not great at flirting.

Later in the night, he and his friends find themselves at the gentleman’s club and agree to a wager. It means that William has to rob people as a highwayman.

His fist victim is Amelia. From them on the story quickly ends.

I know I should expect that with novellas but this one for me was 3.5 stars. William is adorable at flirting but that ending was just too quick. I have so many questions with that wager but I didn’t get the answers I wanted.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

How to Steal a Thief’s Heart by Bree Wolf

How to Steal a Thief's Heart (Happy Ever Regency, #4)

Title // Naslov: How to Steal a Thief’s Heart

Author // Avtorica: Bree Wolf

Release Date // Datum izdaje:  June 25th 2020 (25. junij 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Devoted to the children at her orphanage, Miss Caroline Hawkins hides her beauty behind thick spectacles and drab clothing in order to remain unwed…and free to do as she pleases. While her parents would love nothing more than to see her well married, Caroline is determined to live life on her own terms, refining her disguise to perfection in order to scare off suitors. For years, she’s lived in the shadows of society, unnoticed by the crème de la crème of the ton

…until Lord Markham, aka the Black Baron, takes a closer look and realizes that there is more to mousy Miss Hawkins than meets the eye.

Pierce Byrne, Baron Markham, detests English society for their selfish disdain and complete disregard for others, and thus, to even the odds, to give back at least a little, Pierce dons a black mask at night and sets out to rob his fellow peers in order to do what is right…

…until one night when he comes upon yet another carriage and finds a highly unusual woman inside. A woman with a secret of her own. A woman he’s met before.

Determined to uncover her secret, Pierce follows her, and before he knows it, all he thought he knew is called into question, as a mousy wallflower upends his world…and steals his heart.

 

My thoughts:

I have read this book a long time ago and I’m only now writing a review. Oops, my bad.

This was my first book by Bree Wolf and I was honestly surprised how much I liked the writing. I like the idea of a nobleman being some sort of Robin Hood for the poor. Caroline is helping too but in her own way. She decided years ago that she wants nothing to do with being married at an early age and to put her time and money to people who need her most. Since she is single and doesn’t have a lot of money she tries to befriend old matrons of the ton so they’ll donate to her orphanage.

They are both hiding behind a mask with secrets only they know of. When one night both their worlds collide, feeling starts to resurface. But what happens when Caroline likes two men – one she met in the ballroom and one she met at night as a masked stranger? And of course, there’s someone out there who might threaten their love…

4 stars. I will definitely read more from this author!

The hint of a smile lingered on his lips as he looked down at her. ”How can anyone not see you?” he whispered as his eyes swept over her face. ”You’re mesmerizing.”

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Release Blitz: Nerdy Little Secret by Carrie Aarons

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Cover designed by Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations.

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BLURB:

I’m sleeping with the nerd.
The nice guy.
The science geek who wears periodic table t-shirts around campus.

That’s my dirty little secret, but it began long before he unknowingly transferred to the same college I attend. We met at the summer camp I was mandated to work at, and our hush-hush affair started behind the kayak cabin and in the darkened canteen long after our respective campers went to sleep.

When Mick Barrett, rockstar name a complete red herring, enrolls at Salem Walsh University, we’re both shocked the first time we bump into each other. And he’s … surprisingly cold. With goals and secrets of his own, Mick is closed off and uninterested, something I’ve never encountered from the opposite sex.

My bruised ego has no time to recover, however, when he discovers the real secret I’m keeping, one that’s even more detrimental than our steamy summer fling. Agreeing to become my tutor, and help me save my future, the glasses-wearing swimmer, with the body of an Olympian under that punny math sweatshirt, begins to grow on me. Again.

Except we both have bigger things to focus on than sneaking around. Plus, we’re not made for each other. He’s aiming to be the next doctor of our generation, while I’m just hoping to survive my Saturday morning hangover.

Too bad our bodies, and hearts, start to believe otherwise.
Which has me questioning; can my dirty little secret become a happily ever after?

 

NERDY LITTLE SECRET is now live, and this new release by Carrie Aarons is sexy, hilarious and spins the hot nerd trope on its head! You can one-click now or read it for free in Kindle Unlimited!

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Slim girl standing in denim shorts on one leg, gently kisses her boyfriend on beautiful desert background. Stylish young man embracing his girlfriend, posing near the highway in summer vacation.

 

About the author:

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Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her husband, daughter and furry son.

 

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Nerdy Little Secret by Carrie Aarons

 

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Title // Naslov: Nerdy Little Secret

Author // Avtorica: Carrie Aarons

Release Date // Datum izdaje: July 10th 2020 (10. julij 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman, New Adult, mladinsko leposlovje

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Blurb:

I’m sleeping with the nerd.
The nice guy.
The science geek who wears periodic table t-shirts around campus.

That’s my dirty little secret, but it began long before he unknowingly transferred to the same college I attend. We met at the summer camp I was mandated to work at, and our hush-hush affair started behind the kayak cabin and in the darkened canteen long after our respective campers went to sleep.

When Mick Barrett, rockstar name a complete red herring, enrolls at Salem Walsh University, we’re both shocked the first time we bump into each other. And he’s … surprisingly cold. With goals and secrets of his own, Mick is closed off and uninterested, something I’ve never encountered from the opposite sex.

My bruised ego has no time to recover, however, when he discovers the real secret I’m keeping, one that’s even more detrimental than our steamy summer fling. Agreeing to become my tutor, and help me save my future, the glasses-wearing swimmer, with the body of an Olympian under that punny math sweatshirt, begins to grow on me. Again.

Except we both have bigger things to focus on than sneaking around. Plus, we’re not made for each other. He’s aiming to be the next doctor of our generation, while I’m just hoping to survive my Saturday morning hangover.

Too bad our bodies, and hearts, start to believe otherwise.
Which has me questioning; can my dirty little secret become a happily ever after?

 

My thoughts:

I think this was my first book by Carrie and definitely the first time I’m participating in release blitz.

I liked the scorching chemistry that was present since the first sentence of the book. The heat these two have… wow, you need a fan when you just read the pages!

Mick is such a sweet, caring soul. At first glance, you’d think he’s a nerd but he is so much more than that. I liked Mick from the start.

(*also, he’s good outside the bedroom but inside…;) )

Jolie… Well, Jolie is in a completely another world. Although they complete each other like two pieces of the same puzzle, Jolie comes from a rich family. She’s struggling on her own, not with money but with proving other people wrong including Mick.

Honestly, there were times when I didn’t like Jolie. I thought of her as too pushy and at times also immature. When you think she acts like an adult she goes and does something incredibly childish.

All in all, a great 4.5 star read. I’d recommend it to readers who love New adult, geek vs popular girl romance or just need something quick to read. It’s an enjoyable read perfect for this summer.

 

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

Deception and Desire by Aubrey Wynne

Deception and Desire (MacNaughton Castle Romance, #1)

Title // Naslov: Deception and Desire

Author // Avtorica: Aubrey Wynne

Release Date // Datum izdaje: June 16th 2020 (16. junij 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Fenella Franklin is too tall, too intelligent, and has no title. Her talents lie in numbers and a keen business mind, not in the art of flirtation. When she becomes the object of a cruel wager during her come-out in London, she vows to put off the penniless noblemen vying for her sizeable dowry. But her season is cut short after her mother discovers the subterfuge, and Fenella retreats to Scotland.

Lachlan MacNaughton has neither the temperament nor the patience to be the next MacNaughton chief, preferring to knock heads together rather than placate bickering clansmen. He readily accepts a reprieve to help with the family’s textile mill in Glasgow. A sizzling chance encounter in the rain introduces him to the new female bookkeeper. His grandfather may want him back in the Highlands, but his heart has been lost in the Lowlands.

The attraction between Fenella and Lachlan sparks a passion not even two rebellious souls can deny.

But an innocent deception tests their newfound love and threatens the freedom they both crave.

 

My thoughts:

DNF @ 47 %.

From the beginning, this book didn’t suit me at all. Like one reader on Goodreads said, there is no plot. None. At least I haven’t found it. 

The book starts with Fenella in her season. Balls, gowns, gossip. She hates it all especially after one scandalous bet that left her humiliated.

When she arrived in Scotland, she decided to work. She’s good with numbers so she quickly becomes a secretary at the hero’s family mill. Now, this is where it gets interesting.

First, when the MCs meet it is on the sidewalk, it’s raining, one says hey, the other sort of grunts and the hero just kisses her. Because he found a drop on the corner of her lips fascinating. Just like that. After a brief kiss they each go their way.

In other historical romances I’ve read the meet-cute is always described in details for basically one whole chapter (okay not really, but you get my point). In this, it’s a couple of sentences and then it’s over. I was like WTF?

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What is a great swoon worthy moment in a movie, looked ridiculous here.

Second, when she’s in her interview she expressed herself and family as if his dad has passed away. He didn’t. The brothers misunderstood and she didn’t correct them. She tried and they cut her off but if you ask me she could correct them anytime later. This is not something you just forget to mention.

Third: As far as I understood, the hero is the eldest son and therefore should become the clan’s leader. Instead, he wants to become something else and let his brother do his job. Umm, I found this unbelievable?? In other books, this is kind of a must so this thing that he can do what he wants is just not right.

Anyway, I came to almost half of the book. The book talks about chemistry between the characters but if the author put so much time in describing the interior of the mill and leaves only a couple of sentences for the meet-cute you don’t really feel anything for the MCs. For me, the feelings were just words but I didn’t see any passion between them.

2 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

In the Dark with the Duke by Christi Caldwell

In the Dark with the Duke (Lost Lords of London, #2)

Title // Naslov: In the Dark with the Duke

Author // Avtorica: Christi Caldwell

Release Date // Datum izdaje: June 9th 2020 (9. junij 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Eight years ago, Lady Lila March retreated to the safe shadows of her family’s estate after a devastating tragedy. Weary of being a whisper of her former self, she is determined to brave the dangers of the outside world again. No man is better equipped to train her in the art of defense than the Savage Gentleman, East London’s undefeated street fighter.

Hugh Savage reigns as king—of the underworld. Physically invulnerable, emotionally battered, he has his reasons for bare-knuckle brawling. Though Hugh longs to break free of the ring and leave behind the brutal world of violence, he’s intrigued by the challenge Lady Lila poses. A mysterious lady of the peerage willfully descending into the dangerous rookeries? That bespeaks a woman with secrets of her own.

As their unconventional pact progresses, Hugh comes to admire the resolve in Lila’s heart. And beneath his hard surface, she sees a tenderness that touches her to the quick. They’ll soon discover how much they need each other—to face their pasts together, and to fight for a future they deserve.

 

My thoughts:

I’ve read Caldwell’s work before and as before, I feel like this one also showed a lot of potential and possible references for previous and future books. I prefer my books to not have as many references as this one had.

Since the beginning of the book I didn’t really know where to put this book. Don’t want to spoiler this book but they slept together after only knowing each other for a couple of days (at least that’s how I saw it) and then suddenly the book turned out to be a slow burn. There’s no much romance after that, no sexual scenes, nothing. I think they don’t even kiss (after they slept together I mean). It’s so unexpected and weird for a book to turn so dramatically.

I think I’m not spoilering anything since the title already mentions him being a duke. Apparently, he’s a long lost duke. When he suddenly raises to his title, the author doesn’t expand the scene. I was expecting the scene how he – a man from the bad side of the town, a man who never knew the privilege of being rich – adjust to the new properties, behaviour. I would expect amazement, fear, maybe some awkwardness but there’s nothing. How do one just suddenly becomes a gentleman with decent manners? He never had a proper education as far as I know. We’re just thrown into the scene where he’s already well adjusted in the manor.

Once he became a lord and plan a business with Lila I find it so weird when they talked how much money she will give to invest in business. They were working together. He was way wealthier than her. I was missing the equality specter in this situation.

I liked Lila’s sister but I admit, I wanted to like Bragger and Maynard too. But they were characters that were likable one moment and hateable the next (is that even the word? Hateable???). Anyway, I’m curious about them. However, they should be nicer to Hugh.

I wish I could give in the Dark with the Duke more than 3 stars. But lately, I’m very picky with my books and this one just  slowed me down. I don’t like books that are fast and slow paced. I loved how the author included Peterloo. I never heard of it before and at first, I thought it was part of author’s imagination but then I Googled it and now I’m glad I learned something new.

Basically, the reason why this book didn’t wow me is because I wanted more romance in the book and less ”I don’t want to make a Fight Society” thing.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Every Little Piece of Me by Lexi Ryan

Every Little Piece of Me (Orchid Valley #1)

Title // Naslov: Every Little Piece of Me

Author // Avtorica: Lexi Ryan

Release Date // Datum izdaje: May 19th 2020 (19. maj 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

The first time I saw Brinley Knox, she was crying, draped in a ridiculous pink tulle dress for her sweet sixteen, and cursing the boy who’d broken her heart.

I was the hired help, a teenage charity case.

She was the daughter of the wealthiest family in Orchid Valley.

I knew a girl like Brinley was off-limits. That didn’t stop me from kissing her. Or from deciding that if she were ever mine, I’d never let her go.

The last time I saw Brinley, she was sleeping, tangled in the sheets of my Vegas penthouse, my diamond glittering on her finger.

I returned three hours later to an empty bed, the ring on the dresser, and a goodbye note.

We haven’t spoken in the six months since, but I’m not the kind of guy who’d file for a divorce he doesn’t want.

Until I got this damn invitation, it never occurred to me that Brinley didn’t remember our impulsive Vegas nuptials.

It’s time to return to Orchid Valley and remind the bride-to-be that I promised her forever. And I’m a man who keeps his promises.

 

My thoughts:

While this book is wonderful and well written I just can’t get past the way it was written.

Half of this book is written in the past, half now. So that means almost every other chapter we get to see a moment from their past. Listen, I like seeing some things from the past that are meaningful to the characters but reading about that almost every chapter makes me want to put down the book. Not indefinitely but I just couldn’t read so fast as I’m used to. It slowed me down.

I feel like both the hero and the heroine could be more honest with each other. I mean, the guy left her alone for six months because he was giving her space but she didn’t even remember the wedding. There were always some secrets surrounding them.

She was always a good girl even though she was (well, her family) rich she was always kind. And I like that.

But I just couldn’t believe that after a tragedy struck she will do a complete one eighty and become so different. It was just a complete opposite to her character and I seriously couldn’t believe her actions.

Fast forward ten years, they get married and he has to fight for her. Until the last page of the book she never fought for him. I kind of felt bad for Marston.

So many negative things I could point out but I’d rather write some positive things: Cami, Brinley’s friends, the tension and chemistry between the MCs.

3 stars.

 

ARC also included a separate book, a prequel which was also filled with flashes from past to the present. I didn’t exactly like it took me more than one fifth of the book before I could start book 1. I know I could skip it but since I wanted a glimpse from the past I read it. If you consider reading Every Little Piece of Me I’d suggest the same.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

A Duke Will Never Do by Darcy Burke

A Duke Will Never Do (The Spitfire Society #3)

Title // Naslov: A Duke Will Never Do

Author // Avtorica: Darcy Burke

Release Date // Datum izdaje: May 19th 2020 (19. marec 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

After failing on the Marriage Mart, Jane Pemberton has two choices: submit to her parents’ edict to marry their boring neighbor or become a self-declared spinster and take up residence in the official headquarters of the Spitfire Society. It’s really no choice at all, and Jane is eager to embrace her newfound independence. She soon finds an unconscious viscount on her doorstep and nurses him back to health. When he offers to compensate her, she requests payment in the form of private instruction of a scandalous and intimate kind.

Having spiraled into a self-destructive abyss following the murder of his parents, Anthony, Viscount Colton, physically recovers under the care of an alluring spitfire. But it is her charm and flirtatiousness that soothes his soul and arouses his desire—until an extortion scheme forces him to face the sins of his past. Now, to save the woman who’s given him everything he lost and more, he’ll have to pay the ultimate price: his heart.

 

My thoughts:

I’ve read one of Burke’s books before and one thing I loved about her books is how quickly you’re engrossed into the story. Since the very first page, it’s nearly impossible to put down a book.

For me, the way they met is too early. Given the blurb you would expect for the meet-cute to happen later in the book, maybe a couple chapters in, but in this one it’s the first or second page. There’s no introduction to the scene, her situation (declaring a spinster and living in a house all on her own). We find that in the following chapters.

I talked to one bookstagrammer about this and she said I need to read the previous two books. This one is a standalone but apparently some clues about them are mentioned before. I still wish we get some of them in this book.

Once they meet, they start an affair. He’s a brooding hero, invested more in the past than his future so she brings a light to his days. I loved her determination.

I especially loved those little moments in between. They are mostly connected to her kittens, but hey, I’m a cat lover so reading about him going all love dovey on a pair of kittens is making me go all gooey. And probably every other reader, too.

When we’re introduced to the Vicar, the man behind the Society’s curtains, I admit, I got curious. I’ve been thinking if maybe, just maybe he’s not who he is supposed to be and when I read the blurb of the following books I knew I was right. I just wish his book would follow next. I would absolutely LOVE reading about him!

4 stars.

 

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Finding Mr. Right Next Door by Sarah Ballance

Finding Mr. Right Next Door

Title // Naslov: Finding Mr. Right Next Door

Author // Avtorica: Sarah Ballance

Release Date // Datum izdaje: May 11th 2020 (11. maj 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

For Lexi Dean, burning down her kitchen was disaster enough. Agreeing to move in next door with her totally off-limits best friend, Matt Freeman, until her house is livable again?

Utter madness.

They’ve always been close, but this is ridiculous. If she’s not bumping into him at the refrigerator, he’s at the front door giving her date the third degree. And slipping between his borrowed sheets? That’s about as distracting as listening to his shower run, because suddenly all she can think about is rivulets of water cascading down is spectacular body—the one he seems to be going out of his way to make sure she notices.

Not that it matters. He can flaunt his firefighter abs around her all he wants. They already share everything—their jobs, their friends, their backyard, even their dog—and that means only one thing: Lexi is not going to risk losing any of it by dipping a single toe in the temptation that is Matt Freeman.

Lexi may not know how to handle a fire extinguisher, but this is one fire that just might burn them both if they’re not careful…

 

My thoughts:

Okay, so maybe the previous read books have an impact on my reviewing but contrary to many other negative reviews on Goodreads, I actually liked the book. Maybe it’s because the previous books I’ve read didn’t suck me in the story enough and that one did.

It’s a friends to lovers story which is not at all my favourite trope but this one is done well. It makes me actually think that maybe I should read more books with this trope…

Lexi is a clumsy woman who after one unfortunate incident finds herself in the next-door apartment with his friend, Matt. Even though they are always together they never felt more than friendship for each other…

They both work at the fire station, they share a dog and their life is entwined since childhood.

Matt starts to see her as more than a friend once he thinks he has a chance to lose her…

One thing that maybe bothered me a little was that (at least that’s how I saw it) Matt was portrayed as someone who is constantly on dates and sleeping with women a lot while Lexi is not like that at all. Only when she suddenly decides to start an online dating, Matt starts to see her in a whole other way.

I probably should mention that once they do get together, their chemistry is hot and sizzling. The side characters bring another charm to the story, especially Matt’s grandma. She’s hilarious!

4.5 stars.

 

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

To Marry a Highland Marauder by Collette Cameron

To Marry a Highland Marauder (Heart of a Scot #7)

Title // NaslovTo Marry a Highland Marauder

Author // Avtorica: Collette Cameron

Release Date // Datum izdaje: May 12th 2020 (12. maj 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

She was in the wrong place at the wrong time…
All Bethea Glanville wanted was to enjoy Edinburgh’s High Society in peace. Instead, she accidentally uncovers a plot to overthrow the king and gets abducted by the conspirators. And the man who comes to her rescue? Her guardian’s rakehell cousin, Camden Kennedy. But her misfortune doesn’t end there. Now stuck with the infuriatingly attractive Scot and his band of dangerous mercenaries, the only way to salvage her reputation and guard her virtue is to announce her betrothal…to Camden.

He was in the right place at the right time…
As a covert agent for the Crown, Camden has assumed many identities. The one title he never expected to have? Husband. But that was before his mission to catch a spy led him to Bethea. A marriage of convenience is the best protection he can offer her. But who will protect him when the spirited, stubborn beauty eventually demands an annulment and leaves—taking his heart with her?

Their attraction is undeniable. But can a marriage that began for all the wrong reasons ever become something real? Or are Bethea and her Highland marauder destined to go their separate ways?

 

My thoughts:

I love historical romances and I was looking forward to a new author.

This is a fast book, there is a lot of stuff happening but the thing is, everything gets resolved quickly. There’s no drama, suspense.

I’d say more if I could but I can’t because it’s a short book. They are attracted since the beginning and once they’re married, it’s basically insta-love from then on. 

The ending is filled with the names I’ve never heard of but that’s probably because I haven’t read the previous books.

If you need something quick and easy to read, try this one. For me, it was too quick and not enough action or emotions. It’s not a memorable read and there could be so much more to the story, more developed than it was. A lot of questions were unanswered for me and even that little action that was mentioned wasn’t enough for me. It looked better than it was delivered.

3 stars.

 

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1)

Title // Naslov: The Tourist Attraction

Author // Avtorica: Sarah Morgenthaler

Release Date // Datum izdaje: May 5th 2020 (5. maj 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he’s stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless string of resort visitors who couldn’t interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way…

Two weeks in Alaska isn’t just the top item on Zoey Caldwell’s bucket list. It’s the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she’s smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham’s world, she may just find there’s more to the man than meets the eye…and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness.

 

My thoughts:

I don’t why, maybe it’s me and this whole world situation but this is the second book that didn’t impress me.

It started out great, it was very fun seeing these first interactions between Graham and Zoey and then it sort of went flat after that. There were still cute moments but there was always something that made them separate.

The story was very slow burn. I feel like I kept waiting for the story to keep up the pace but it never went beyond a few kisses few and there. I am disappointed because I couldn’t connect to the characters. I was hoping for more but the book for me is one of those cute reads that you read once, maybe remember a thing or two weeks later but never pick up again.

From the very beginning we’re kind of thrown into the moment where they meet each other for the first time. I liked the idea of two opposites – shy geeky girl and outspoken bartender who hates tourists – being drawn to each other. But it’s just not enough, you know? And don’t even let me start on this hate thing. Since the very beginning it was always this town versus tourist relationship. In fact, now that I think of, there were a lot of opposites thrown into this book. Besides the previous two, there was also Zoey, the average girl who is careful about her money and her rich friends who couldn’t be more different than her. Loud, uncaring, often drunk. Locals versus resort filled with tourists.

I did find it cute how the town sticked together. But I think their unwritten rules sometimes went a little too far.

I also think the ending could be better. We don’t exactly get the whole picture what will happen to the people after the Lana’s big plan. I also felt like the ending was too optimistic, kind of surreal.

3-3.5 stars.

 

There was one paragraph I liked so much I highlighted it:

”This isn’t some summertime romance. I’m not sixteen. I need more in my life, and I can’t just fall for you.”

”I never asked you to.”

”Darlin’, you might not be asking me to. But every time you turn those gorgeous eyes my way, you’re sure as shit daring me to.”

I do want to read more about Easton, though.

 

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Don’t Go Stealing My Heart by Kelly Siskind

Don't Go Stealing My Heart by [Kelly Siskind]

Title // NaslovDon’t Go Stealing My Heart 

Author // Avtorica: Kelly Siskind

Release Date // Datum izdaje: April 22nd 2020 (22. april 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

She wants to steal his Van Gogh. He wants to steal her heart.

Some people would call Clementine Abernathy a criminal. She considers herself a modern day Robin Hood, who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Not exactly on the up-and-up, but she knows what it’s like to lose everything. Her latest heist involves swiping a priceless Van Gogh from its owner, who’s supposed to be an egotistical trust-fund brat.

Turns out Jack David is a sexy, kind-hearted man…and Clementine is in trouble. Falling for her mark would make her the World’s Dumbest Conwoman, but Jack is charmingly persistent, always singing sweet songs in her ear.

And that earth-shattering kiss? She never stood a chance.

Now she’s imagining a fresh start with this dashing man, but that means telling Jack about her past. And other nefarious sorts are after the same painting. Too soon, Clementine learns what it means to risk it all for love.

 

My thoughts:

Can I just say I love the whole female Robin Hood part? Like totally badass.

She’s a thief, a lizard (okay, bearded dragons) and car lover. She knows what she wants and how to get it. But one thing she didn’t expect? Him.

Jack is this totally sweet, kind of awkward hero who loves his family, has no clue about cars, is very smart and caring and is also an Elvis fan.

At first, the blurb reminded me of one of Christina Dodd’s book. But only the female stealing from a rich guy part, everything else is completely different of course.

She’s helping the children by stealing priceless art but staying in this small town playing a role will present a whole new set of problems for her. And every day staying in Jack’s orbit will mean a new way to fall in love with him.

Did I forget to mention they may have more in common than we think?

Because they do. But you can’t play the role forever. And what will happen once Jack found out? Or when past collides with present?

Find out in this charming, entertaining new novel by Kelly Siskind. My first read by this author, I liked it very much even though I don’t know a lot of Elvis songs. I recommend it to all of you who need something warm and easy to read and especially to Elvis’s fans.

4 stars.

 

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese

Only When It's Us (Bergman Brothers, #1)

Title // Naslov: Only When It’s Us

Author // Avtorica: Chloe Liese

Release Date // Datum izdaje: April 1st 2020 (1. April 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

2 Frenemies.

1 Disastrous prank.
Ryder

Ever since she sat next to me in class and gave me death eyes, Willa Sutter’s been on my shit list. Why she hates me, I don’t know. What I do know is that Willa is the kind of chaos I don’t need in my tidy life.

She’s the next generation of women’s soccer.

Wild hair, wilder eyes.

Bee-stung lips that should be illegal.

And a temper that makes the devil seem friendly.

She’s a thorn in my side, a menacing, cantankerous, pain-in-the-ass who’s turned our Business Mathematics course into a goddamn gladiator arena. I’ll leave this war zone unscathed, coming out on top…And if I have my way with that crazy-haired, ball-busting hellion, that will be in more than one sense of the word.
Willa

Rather than give me the lecture notes I missed like every other instructor I’ve had, my asshole professor tells me to get them from the silent, surly flannel-wearing mountain man sitting next to me in class. Well, I tried. And what did I get from Ryder Bergman? Ignored.

What a complete lumbersexual neanderthal.

Mangy beard and mangier hair.

Frayed ball cap that hides his eyes.

And a stubborn refusal to acknowledge my existence.

I’ve battled men before, but with Ryder, it’s war. I’ll get those notes and crack that Sasquatch nut if it’s the last thing I do, then I’ll have him at my mercy. Victory will have never tasted so sweet.

 

My thoughts:

Give me a book about grumpy, silent heroes and I’ll read it. This one was no exception.

From the first to the last page I loved the banter, their easygoing nature and their ability to piss each other just enough before one of them loses their mind. I cannot tell you enough how much I enjoyed this book to the point I am still debating to buy it for my shelf.

But of course, I can’t go past some things that put my possible purchase into consideration.

First, even though the book is average length I felt like it was longer than it was and that’s because a lot has happened in this book. Like A LOT.

Okay, there’s nothing too much in this book (like pigs flying) but still a lot. Just made me slow down the reading even though I’ll read a book like that in two days.

Their chemistry is off the chart (seriously hot) but at the same time the author doesn’t put you completely out of misery. The hottest moments actually happened at the far end of the book which is not something I usually like but in this book it’s done right (but at the same time I wouldn’t mind if they were sooner in the book. Waiting till the almost last page is too long for me). So yeah, for a slow burn fans this one is a must read!

In short:

  • an average sized book that for me felt long because a lot has happened
  • very hot tension, hilarious banter but at the same time those sweet moments where you go all ”Awww” on characters
  • heroine was very independent but also sassy – there was one moment when I thought she could be more open about her feelings
  • hero is a grumpy, silent man but also such a kind person
  • a sports novel but sport is not really the main aspect, in fact the games are mentioned but not lived in the story
  • background drama, prepare tissues
  • lots of repetitive phrases – if I counted how many times lumberjack was mentioned it would probably be too many. But like I said, in other books it would put me off, in this one it was done right

All in all,  Avery solid read, will possibly read again (or even buy a copy) and definitely read other books by this author (especially this series).

4-4.5 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

The Break Up by Tilly Tennant

The Break Up

Title // Naslov: The Break Up (previously known as A Cat Called Cupid)

Author // Avtorica: Tilly Tennant

Release Date // Datum izdaje: March 26th 2020 (26. marec 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

Lara doesn’t have a back-up plan. So when her safe-bet boyfriend Lucien dumps her for her best friend, Lara’s world implodes. Life after the break up stretches bleakly ahead, lonely evenings on the sofa with only a bottle of wine and her grey cat Fluffy for company…

Down the road, Theo loves his job as a jazz musician, giving other people great nights out before coming home in the early hours and unwinding with his loyal cat Satchmo.

What they don’t know is that it’s the same cat.

And when they find out, standing in the streets in their pyjamas, both on the hunt for their lost pet, sparks of the wrong sort fly.

Lara can’t deny that Theo is one of the most gorgeous men she’s ever met, but she can see exactly why he’s still single. They do say opposites attract… but is she ready to move on? And when Lucien comes back into the picture, will she be tempted back to her life before the break up, or risk everything on the chance of something new?

 

My thoughts:

DNF @67%.

I can’t believe I’m doing this but after a long time I’m DNF-ing a book again.
I love the idea. The first thing (when a book was yet called A Cat Called Cupid) that I loved was a cat who brings two people together. As a cat lover, there’s nothing I’d love to read about more than a cat being the star of the book with a side of romance (on the human part, of course).

Sadly, this book didn’t deliver.
At the beginning what bothered me was the one year gap between first and second chapter. You kind of have to read in between because it is not mentioned. I’d much prefer if the first chapter was a prologue because a sudden jump into a year later just didn’t work for me, felt like we ”missed” an important part even though it’s not actually important.

The story itself – well, it doeesn’t actually begin until 25 % of the book. The first chapters were all about business, planning a wedding for a client and wondering where the cat may be. When finally the MCs figure it out the cat has (at least) two owners they hate each other at first and then they are already sleeping together. I usually don’t mind that but honestly, you kind of wonder what can happen now. I prefer at least some intimate moments between MCs but I didn’t get this in The Break Up. The remaining chapters (till 67 % where I am now) are basically about Lara worrying about her ex and where he might pop up. She says she’s over him but idk, her actions don’t really seem like that.
Very disappointed to put this ebook away but I’m just not feeling it anymore. To be honest, it kind of put me down because I was hoping for some humor, lightness, passion, romance so I kept reading for the sake of the cat but a book shouldn’t put you in a bad mood, right? You shouldn’t read it just because of the cat or because you want to finish it even though you’re not really reading the words but just going through the text, not really absorbing anything. It shouldn’t be like that but sadly it was for me.
I also didn’t like just one POV (hers) because it makes me feel not connected to the characters at all.

I can’t even recommend it. If you need a reason to read it, please read more positive reviews. I’m giving 2 stars.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

The Earl Not Taken by A.S. Fenichel

The Earl Not Taken (The Wallflowers of West Lane, #1)

Title // Naslov: The Earl Not Taken

Author // Avtorica: A. S. Fenichel

Release Date // Datum izdaje: March 17th 2020 (17. marec 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Finishing school failed to make a proper lady of Penelope Arrington. But as a Wallflower of West Lane, Poppy has a far more vital role—she and her three best friends have made a pact to protect each other from the clutches of dangerous, disreputable men. So when one of them is about to be married off to a duke sight unseen, Poppy makes it her mission to divine the prospective husband’s true character. If only she didn’t require the aid of London’s most unsuitable rake.

Rhys Draper, Earl of Marsden, has known the headstrong Poppy since she was a young girl naïve to the ways of men. To her eternal chagrin—and to his vague amusement—they have been at odds over the memory of their embarrassing first encounter all these years. Now, with his services in need, Rhys sees a chance to finally clear the air between them. Instead, he is surprised by the heat of their feelings. If the two do not tread carefully, they may end up in a most agreeably compromising position…

 

My thoughts:

I love any book that has to do with wallflowers but while I’d love to read about other stories in the series, I have to say I didn’t particularly like this one.

First, long paragraphs. This was the very first thing I noticed and if it weren’t for the story, I would never read it till the end. I hate long paragraphs.

Second: language. I’ve read my share of historical romances and while English is not my first language and I don’t know much about the language in that era, I do know that the language used in this book is a little bit too modern. It didn’t bother me a lot so this is not a reason for my lower ratings but I feel the need to mention it because some readers may not like it.

What I don’t like in this book is Penelope/Poppy. She is way too stubborn and refuses to change her opinion. She assumed the worst of the hero based on the one experience she (didn’t exactly) have with the hero years ago. YEARS! When they were both basically reckless and young.

She refuses to marry because she thinks all men are the same even though Rhys continuously showed her he’s different. There were many times when I was thinking why he still didn’t quit pursuing her because she was really immature for her age (21). Rhys was a complete sweetheart and did nothing to make her believe he was a rogue but she still called him that after one incident three years ago.

Penelope was just too rigid about her beliefs and the sudden turn of her feelings toward marriage at the end just didn’t do it for me. It was way too quick and didn’t feel like a progress of her character at all. It just didn’t feel like her too.

Also, her clumsiness is just too awkward. She falls everywhere and at first it may look cute and funny but when it happens so often it doesn’t amuse a reader anymore.

While the friendship she has with the other wallflowers is admirable I was hoping they would talk some sense into her. It was a miracle the MCs even had some alone time because The Wallflowers were together almost every moment. I am interested in the story of other women from this group particularly Nicholas/Faith and maybe Garrett/Aurora.

3.5 stars, first read by this author.

 

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries

The Bachelor (Duke Dynasty, #2)

Title // Naslov: The Bachelor

Author // Avtorica: Sabrina Jeffries

Release Date // Datum izdaje: February 25th 2020 (25. februar 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Lady Gwyn Drake has long protected her family’s reputation by hiding an imprudent affair from her youth. But when her former suitor appears at Armitage Hall, manhandling the heiress and threatening to go public with her secrets, it’s Gwyn who needs protecting. Her twin brother, Thorn, hires Joshua Wolfe, the estate’s gamekeeper, to keep her safe in London during her debut. As a war hero, Joshua feels obligated to fulfill the assignment he has accepted. But as a man, it’s torment to be so very close to the beauty he’s fought to ignore . . .

With handsome Joshua monitoring her every move, Gwyn would prefer to forget both the past and the parade of money-seeking bachelors at her coming out. But Joshua is unmoved by her attempts at flirtation, and the threat of blackmail still hangs over her. With danger closing in, Gwyn must decide which is the greater risk: deflecting a scoundrel’s attempts to sabotage her–or revealing her whole heart to the rugged bodyguard she can’t resist . . .

 

My thoughts:

Oh, boy, where to start…

I read books by Jeffries before but none of them got me so confused as this one.  Even though we get a family tree at the beginning this book is for me all over the place. This is my first book of this series and from the beginning, I didn’t know what to think.

First things first, if I got this right, the heroine’s mom married three times, once even with the hero’s father. So, she’s his stepsister but not blood-related. Hero’s sister is married to heroine’s stepbrother so again, they are relatives but not blood-related. See? I know there’s no incest but I just got so confused with all of them marrying each other and there were so many names that I just couldn’t follow along.

The hero is such a bae, really. I have nothing against Joshua. He has a lame leg because he was hurt in the war and thinks himself unworthy of Gwyn but does and says all those nice things to her…*sigh* 

Gwyn on the other hand…for a girl such age she is so whiny and naive words can’t describe. She wants Joshua but lies to him from the beginning and when I had hoped she will tell him the truth about her past what did she do? Oh, she told him, alright, she just didn’t tell him all. They could’ve been a couple waaay sooner if they just communicated better.

There were just so many things that could have been improved. With all those relations, secrets and lying I just didn’t feel connected to the MCs. I didn’t feel any passion between them because other things needed my attention so their relationship really wasn’t anything special and wasn’t even in the spotlight.

3 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Trouble by Adriana Locke

Trouble (Dogwood Lane, #3)

Title // NaslovTrouble

Author // Avtorica: Adriana Locke

Release Date // Datum izdaje: February 4th 2020 (4. februar 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

With his shameless grin and let’s-play swagger, carpenter Penn Etling leaves women wanting in Dogwood Lane. What do they get? Avery Perry knows: a one-night stand. She’s been there. She remembers every hot pulse as if it were yesterday. But Penn? He doesn’t remember a thing. Now he’s making new moves, and Avery’s not falling for trouble…again. Is she?

How could the beautiful stranger resist him? Avery is going to be a challenge for the bad boy. She’s the kind of woman who digs deep—deep enough to see there’s more to Penn than meets the eye. But first she has to give him a chance. She has to say yes. Could she also be the woman to make him change his playboy ways?

When these two come together, it’s hard to pull them apart. But with love and trust on the line, can Avery and Penn get what they both want? This time for keeps?

 

My thoughts:

I’ve been waiting for Penn’s book since book one in this series and I’m so glad I got the chance to read an ARC.

Penn was one of my favourite side characters since Dane’s book. I love his charm, humor, thoughtfullness. He’s funny, loud but not obnoxious. I love how he cared for other people. Avery came to Dogwood Lane to change the scenery. She knew what she wanted and I’m so glad that she didn’t fall for Penn immediately. I mean, yeah, he wanted her since day one but she turned him down which is something that doesn’t happen to Penn. Ever.

So they start as friends but we all know how that turns out eventually…;)

I love how this book turned out. It was a little slow burn which is not something I usually like but it was done perfectly in Trouble. I really recommend this book but if you haven’t read the previous books, my advice would be that you do that first.

5 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Firecracker by Kelly Jamieson

Firecracker: A contemporary romance

Title // Naslov: Firecracker

Author // Avtorica: Kelly Jamieson

Release Date // Datum izdaje: January 28th 2020 (28. januar 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

Arden Lennox’s charmed life may be in pieces, but she’d sooner get her hoohaw bleached than move back in with her parents. She’s no longer the prom-queen princess married to the football star. She’s a broke, penniless widow, and it’s time she stood on her own two feet.

An under-construction unit in a quaint Chicago brownstone is cheap (free), but it comes with an unexpected surprise. Tyler Ramirez, her brother’s gawky high school best friend, is now a smoking hot firefighter who spends most of his spare time in her unit hammering, drilling, and screwing. Usually with his shirt off—a temptation she has no intention of indulging.

Tyler can’t believe his high school crush is living right across the hall, or how fast his fierce lust for her comes blazing back. She’s still gorgeous—a little sadder, a little quieter, but still with the amazing smile and sweet body that fueled his awkward teenage fantasies.

Despite her best intentions, Arden can’t resist grown up Tyler but the sparks between them send her into full retreat. And by the time she realizes the heat between them could last a lifetime, it could be too late to tell him…

 

My thoughts:

While the book sounds exactly my cup of tea, I didn’t like it because the hero constantly talks about the heroine as ”the prom queen”. Like she is the perfect, porcelain doll afraid to break, a girl completely out of his reach. I was annoyed when that happened so many times in a book, I wanted to smack him.

I also feel like the heroine overreacted at times, she wanted the attention all to herself and I just… it was one of those moments you roll your eyes at the character’s action.

The last two chapters were just ”meh”. Not entertaining, and to be honest – I wouldn’t miss them if they were deleted. They didn’t add anything to the story.

Overall, this book could be so much better but for me, it just fell flat.

3-3.5 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

The Kissing Game by Marie Harte

The Kissing Game

Title // Naslov: The Kissing Game

Author // Avtorica: Marie Harte

Release Date // Datum izdaje: February 4th 2020 (4. februar 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

“I bet you a kiss you can’t resist me.”

Game on.

Rena Jackson is ready. She’s worked her tail off to open up her own hair salon, and she’s almost ready to quit her job at the dive bar. Rena’s also a diehard romantic, and she’s had her eye on bar regular Axel Heller for a while. He’s got that tall-dark-and-handsome thing going big time. Problem is, he’s got that buttoned-up Germanic ice man thing going as well. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Rena’s about ready to give up on Axel and find her own Mr. Right.

At six foot six, Axel knows he intimidates most people. He’s been crushing on the gorgeous waitress for months. But the muscled mechanic is no romantic, and his heart is buried so deep, he has no idea how to show Rena what he feels. He knows he’s way out of his depth and she’s slipping away. So, he makes one crazy, desperate play…

 

My thoughts:

I have to admit, I read this book in December, exactly a month ago but wasn’t exactly feeling the need to review. So on that note, I must say I don’t remember the book that much and apparently I didn’t make many notes.

Buuuuuut…

I do remember two things.

One was that the hero was German. I don’t know how German turned American do sound but I feel like the portrait of them in this book was very stereotypical. I just felt like the author used ”Ja?” (Yes?) in every sentence, insinuating this is how people from Germany talk. Maybe they do, who knows, I just find it annoying. Like maybe the author wanted to sound the hero German but in turn, she overused this word and make me wish Axel was anything but German. Anytime he said ”Ja?”, I was thinking of some cliché German character.

(*I now used the word German six times in the past paragraph, imagine seeing the same word on almost every page.)

The second thing was that the heroine’s mother had some problems in relationships in the past. One time, after she meets Axel, she was so upset over something and I remember Axel putting her in her lap. I know he is a good guy but this in any context just sound disturbing and wrong. He did it in front of the heroine, by the way, and she didn’t think much of it. I would understand anyone but the ”mother-in-law”. That… that’s just a no-no.

After reading some reviews on Goodreads to refresh my memory, I also have to mention Axel’s gifts to romance Rena. The thought was cute but some were just so cringe-worthy that I really didn’t know where he got them…or why he thought it would be cute. If he looked twice at what he purchased or asked on some advice from his friends I’m sure he would get the right ones since he didn’t know how to woo a woman.

First read by this author. I expected a lot more from the book but was a little disappointed. Although I’m rating it as 3.5 stars it feels more like 3. It had the potential to be a great book but the author didn’t develop some aspects and the result is a mediocre book for me.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman), LGBT

Someday, Someday by Emma Scott

Someday, Someday

Title // Naslov: Someday, Someday

Author // Avtorica: Emma Scott

Release Date // Datum izdaje: November 24th 2019 (24. november 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

Max Kaufman was kicked out of his home as a teen and his life has been an uphill battle ever since. From addiction and living on the streets, to recovery and putting himself through nursing school, he’s spent the last ten years rebuilding his shattered sense of self. Now he’s taken a job as a private caretaker to Edward Marsh III, the president and CEO of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Max soon learns Marsh’s multi-billion-dollar empire is a gold and diamond-encrusted web of secrets and lies.

The longer Max works and lives with the Marsh family, the tighter the secrets tangle around him. And his heart—that he’s worked so hard to protect—falls straight into the hands of the distant, cold, and beautiful son of a dynasty…

Silas Marsh is set to inherit the family fortune, but his father is determined his heir be the “perfect” son. Before Silas can take over the company and end its shady business practices, he must prove himself worthy…and deny his true nature.

Silas must choose: stand up to his father by being true to himself and his undeniable feelings for Max. Or pretend to be someone he is not in order to inherit everything. Even if it means sacrificing a chance at happiness and real love.

 

My thoughts:

Lol, I read this book in December and still haven’t managed to write a review. Laziness, I guess.

If you’ re following me for a while you know this wasn’t my first Emma Scott’s read (and definitely not last) and that I love her writing. She really knows how to write about emotions.

But I can tell you this was my first M/M read. Well, sort of. I read novellas before but never a whole novel. I don’t know why. But since my favorite author wrote it I gave it a chance.

I’m so glad I did.

Someday, Someday is a wonderfully written romance between Max, who has been burned before and now wants to live and love life fully and Silas, who was hurt in the past so badly, he can’t see through his pain.

Max saved him before it was too much. Before he would completely lose himself.

I feel like no matter what I say, I won’t say enough. I love how patient Max was, how he loved Silas’s brother unconditionally and I love Silas’s kind heart. He looked like he was made of stone on the outside but that was just his mask.

Okay, I may have said I basically loved everyone in the past paragraph but I can’t help it, it’s a beautiful story.

So if you’re like me, not really into M/M romances but a little bit curious, just a little, and don’t know with which book to start to satisfy your curiosity, this is the book to start.

I’m trying really hard to not spoil much or tell the whole story with my review so I’m gonna end the review here…

One teeny, tiny thing that bothered me was that in the end everything just falls into place. Not with them (of course they get their HEA) but with side characters. I know it’s fiction but probably not all people are that accepting, I’m guessing. But I still love the ending even though it was not what I expected.

5 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Snowed in With the Rancher by Mary Sue Jackson (Leslie North)

Snowed in With the Rancher

Title // NaslovSnowed in With the Rancher

Author // Avtorica: Mary Sue Jackson (Leslie North) 

Release Date // Datum izdaje:  November 25th 2019 (25. november 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

Olivia Wickham could never forget the cowboy she met on a cruise five years ago. The two spent a magical few days together before she was called home for an emergency, without giving him her number. She would have gotten over Tate McConnell—it was just a few nights of paradise, after all—if it wasn’t for two little things: her twin daughters, who were born as a result of those wonderful days. Though she searched for her lost romance in vain, she never forgot his mesmerizing eyes, and the way his smile made her melt inside.

On a trip to the wilderness just before Christmas, things take a scary turn when one of her daughters is injured on a snowshoeing tour and the little family is unknowingly left behind by the guide. When Tate shows up to save them, she instantly knows who he is—the father of her children, and possibly the love of her life.

Surprised is a mild term for what Tate feels when he realizes the woman he’s been sent to rescue is Olivia. He’d searched for her over the years, her smile and laugh invading his thoughts on lonely nights. When he learns the two little girls with Olivia are his, surprise makes way for shock. Now, with a major snowstorm coming their way, Tate has to quickly get them to safety inside a cozy little cabin in the woods. Too cozy, since Tate is adjusting to being a father and trying to fight his fierce attraction to Olivia. But since they’re snowbound, there’s nothing to be done but to let his feelings thaw a bit. Or a lot, since they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other every chance they have to be alone. When reality intrudes, though, real panic sets in for Tate. He’s been alone too long to suddenly be a big family man, even if it is Christmas time.

But when Tate finds himself alone on Christmas Day, he realizes being alone is, well, lonely. He can only hope he’s not too late to create his own Christmas magic.

(okay, I must say the blurb basically says it all, it’s way too long)

 

My thoughts:

Read this book a while ago but still haven’t written a review, oops.

Anyway, while the book was somehow a Christmas story and the book is well written, what bothered me here was the characters. Mainly, the heroine.

I’m probably spoiling a book (but hey, the blurb tells the whole story so I can’t really spoil much, right?) but Olivia expected too much from Tate. The man learned he was a father in a day or two after they (including children) first saw each other after years and already Olivia expects a family, a husband. I can’t imagine what was she going through, raising twins all on her own for almost five years, but I think it’s illogical to expect so much after a day they reunited. If she wasn’t expecting a fantasy, this book could turn out so different. It took her almost the whole book to realize she was irrational. No kidding, he was living on his own all that time, not knowing he was a father.

The second, very important part for me, that really bothered me (even more than the heroine) was the way we are told of important moments. For example, when Tate told his parents he has twins, we are not told the emotions of that moment. Was he nervous, were they shocked when they found out, first reactions? No. Instead the author cut this moment with ”Five minutes later the grandparents…”. We literally jump from Tate signing on Skype to ten minutes later when the grandparents found out. The exact same thing happen when they told the twins he was their father. Do we see the excitement, first reaction when they realize their father is in front of them? No, we are told how one of them asked how the babies were made. The twins were without a father for all this time and yet, it’s a moment that makes it as important as describing pouring milk into a mug. This IS an important moment but the author didn’t make it one which is why the story lost its charm for me. And the last situation was when the grandparents came to visit. We don’t get to see how they reacted when they first saw their grandchildren, no, the author jump from them coming to the house to the twins already sitting on their laps. It’s the first moments that would make this story a feel-good Christmas romance about family, love, reuniting, rekindling their love, it’s the first moment that counts in a story like this. Instead, for me, this was just a mediocre, 3 stars book.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

Kiss of a Duke by Erica Ridley

Title // Naslov: Kiss of a Duke

Author // Avtorica: Erica Ridley

Release Date // Datum izdaje: November 6th 2018 (6. november 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Lady chemist Penelope Mitchell took England by storm with Duke, a perfume for men that has women swooning at their feet. To prove the same aphrodisiacal potency of her upcoming version for ladies, the new perfume must cause a rake to fall in love with her in ten days. And she has just the man in mind…

Sexy pleasure-seeker Nicholas Pringle—known as “Saint Nick” for his wicked ways—wants to end the absurd cologne that has every young buck believing himself a ladies’ man. How hard can it be to charm a spinster into changing her mind? But when Penelope does the charming, this rakish scoundrel must decide between losing the war… or losing his heart.

 

My thoughts:

Oh, this book was so much better than the previous one!

I love how the pages turn basically themselves, I was so engrossed in the story, I couldn’t stop reading!

Nick came into the village to stop the spreading and produce of the cologne named Duke. He’s immediately smitten by the lovely chemist and can’t stop visiting her. Penelope wants to test the new cologne before it hits the market and what better than to test it on Nicholas?

Such a charming story that for a moment, I forgot this all happens in the village called Christmas! (where they celebrate Christmas all year long according to the first book)

I was very much relieved this book wasn’t so story focused on Christmas as book one. If you need a great, fast read that will make you swoon, I recommend this one!

4.5 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Nine by Elizabeth Reyes

Nine (Boyle Heights, #3)

Title // Naslov: Nine

Author // Avtorica: Elizabeth Reyes

Release Date // Datum izdaje: June 22nd 2018 (22. junij 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

After years of gravitating to douchebag players with no more to offer than a wildly good time and zero promises, single mom Drew has graduated to dating a real man. He’s the responsible, mature kind—willing and able. To offer her and her daughter a real future.

Then along comes Nine.

More like a ten, is her first thought when introduced to the tatted-up, foul-mouthed, unapologetic player. The guy might’ve been her kryptonite five years ago.

But she has a child to think about now.

With every new encounter she has with Nine, she begins to realize there’s so much more to him than just good looks and his bad boy image. She sees a vulnerability in him she never expected. Worse yet, he’s sending out vibes that whisper of promises he’s never made to any girl before.

Is she willing to trade in Mr. Perfect for someone who’s oneimpetuous decision away from proving that her first impression may have been heartbreakingly spot on?

 

My thoughts:

Elizabeth Reyes is one of my favourite authors. I have read three books from her 5th Street series and loved them all. Her stories are engaging, characters are well-liked and you can’t help but turn pages as you read. It’s almost impossible to stop reading once you start!

I have to say I didn’t read the previous books in this series (all of them are standalones though) but I wanted Nine since the moment I saw it on NetGalley.

The beginning was for me confusing. Maybe it would help if I read the two books before but since I didn’t, I had troubles understanding who is who because there were so many names. You kind of find out later on but it takes a couple pages to do so. I got a feeling like I was suddenly in a scene without so much as a proper beginning. It was like the story of the previous book was cut off and bam, the story continues in the third book with a completely different set of characters. This is how I felt.

Once you get a feel of the story, everything flows. You meet the characters, the side characters and how feelings started to mess with their heads. The MCs started as friends but slowly it turns into something more.

I love how they bickered, how they wanted to fight their attraction. It was a really fun read.

4.5-5 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

To Tame a Scandalous Lady by Liana De la Rosa

To Tame a Scandalous Lady

Title // Naslov: To Tame a Scandalous Lady

Author // Avtorica: Liana De la Rosa

Release Date // Datum izdaje: October 21st 2019 (21. oktober 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

In the wake of a fire that decimates his racing stock, Christian Andrews, the Marquess of Amstead, struggles to keep his family’s stud farm from slipping into ruin and painstakingly rebuilds the program. When one of his prime stallions is injured, he notices his new assistant trainer has a special way with the horses. As talented as the trainer is, once he realizes he is a she…and a very beautiful, spirited she at that…he should sack her before scandal breaks. But it’s only weeks before the high stakes race he’s counting on to build back his fortune, and Flora should be by his side for the win.

Miserable under the weight of the ton’s expectations, headstrong Lady Flora Campbell laments her privileged life in London. Embracing her dream of working with racehorses, she disguises herself as a lad and slips away to learn as much as she can from England’s premiere expert, Christian Andrews, never thinking of the scandal she courts but the glory to be had.

Although she develops a tendre for the dashing marquess, she can never let on that she’s not only a woman, but the daughter of a duke…

 

My thoughts:

Okay, first fo all, this was a new to me historical author so I didn’t know what to expect.

Flora is a duke’s daughter who loves horses. She loves horses but her status means she isn’t really in a position to work with them so to learn more about that she applies for a job in Amstead’s stables. Disguised as a man she gets to know the trainings, the horses and also their owner, Christian.

Christian wants to rebuild the stables’ glory by winning the race with one of his prized horses. He wants to bring investors to the stables so the scandal is the last thing he needs. When he realizes one of the trainers is actually a woman, his perspective about everything changes.

Flora wants to be equal in any relationship so for Christian to think of her as a lady, a delicate lady who belongs at the balls is unacceptable. What follows is a battle of wills, a friendship but also a forbidden relationship. Flora’s full identity is for him still a mystery.

One thing I noticed is that the way Christian found out Flora is actually a woman is very similar to the book I have read on Wattpad that was also a historical romance novel and where a woman also disguised as a man.

That was the only similarity to that book, by the way.

I was surprised how quickly he discovered but at the same time I loved that their relationship first began as boss-trainer than to woman-man, friends and at last lovers. I also couldn’t believe Christian never noticed that under all those clothes, with her feminine figure, voice, hair, is hidden a woman.

While I love the story and how well written it was, my issues with this book is that it put too much focus on training and horses and not their relationship. I mean, I felt like they didn’t really have any relationship up until 50 %. I wish it put more focus on the romance part.

I have still many questions about Flora, mainly about her past and previous relationship. But since this is a little too spoilerish, I am gonna put my thoughts on Goodreads and you decide if you want to know more about them or not.

4 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Her Wicked Libertine by Lisa Torquay

Her Wicked Libertine

Title // NaslovHer Wicked Libertine

Author // Avtorica: Lisa Torquay

Release Date // Datum izdaje: October 2nd 2019 (2. oktober 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

When a prudish spinster…
Miss Edwina Whitman had a repressively religious education. For her, a woman must endure a gentleman’s attentions. But when she sees herself face to face with a dark angel proposing the most wicked deal, she accepts it for her sister, who deserves a future. But the blasting libertine won’t allow her to think of king and country in his presence. In fact, she forgets even her own name when he touches her.
Meets a shameless libertine…
Harris Darroch is no hero. Not a romantic one in any case. His libertine reputation puts his heroic prowess exclusively in the bedchamber. And he will bed any and every willing woman in sight. But when a prudish lady approaches him to beg the writing off her father’s debt, he sees no reason not to enlist her buttoned up person to his bed for the trouble. Living in close quarters with her is building up a desire the likes of which he’s never seen before. Though wanting him, the little shrew remains aloof. Practicing his ‘convincing’ skills on her will be an utter delight!
Love will lurk in the shadows to catch them!

 

 

My thoughts:

Wow, this book. Just as the last book Her Wicked Earl this one was spicy too! In fact, I think it was even spicier than that one!

Edwina met Harris when she went to propose to him a deal in which she will repay her family’s debt monthly. Harris looked once at her and already decided she will repay him by being his mistress! Of course at first she wanted nothing to do with that. But given no choice, she relents…and oh what a sweet surrender that was.

I love how she stood for herself, how even when they became lovers, she still stood her grounds and how she will always fight him back. Their banters were wickedly hot!

Harris couldn’t believe that he can’t sway her with his wealth or looks so he was hooked with her from the start.

Lisa Torquay is definitely an author you have to start reading. Her books are scorching hot, fast reads and page-turners! A huge thank you to the author for contacting me again on Goodreads and sending me another ARC, I loved it just like the previous one!

5 delicious, spicy stars.

 

ARC provided by an author in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Slovenskim bralcem:

Zaradi povečanega števila ogledov obiskovalcev strani iz tujih držav bom od sedaj naprej revjuje pisala v angleščini. Glede na to, da le redko ”zavije” kakšen Slovenec na mojo stran, trenutno ne čutim potrebe po prevajanju knjižnih kritik v slovenščino. V primeru, da se iz strani bralcev pojavi želja, se bom k temu vrnila. Če kdo ne razume angleško, me lahko kontaktira in mu/ji določen review tudi prevedem. Hvala, ker me berete in upam, da ne bo to koga odvrnilo od spremljanja moje strani! 

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Blow Me Away by Christina Hovland

Blow Me Away (Mile High Matched, #2)

Title // Naslov: Blow Me Away

Author // Avtorica: Christina Hovland

Release Date // Datum izdaje: February 22nd 2019 (22. februar 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

Jase Dvornakov has always loved women, 80’s hair band music, and things that go boom. He used to disarm bombs in the Navy, but he’s back in Denver after a mission overseas went sideways and destroyed his future, including his marriage. Now he arranges flowers in his family’s floral business because flowers don’t explode.

Cookie-baker extraordinaire, Heather Reese, has had one too many rounds of heartache, so she’s sworn off men and prefers to spend her evenings binge-watching game shows. Plus her no-men rule gives her time to focus on her dream come true–Heather’s Cookie Co.–her very own bake shop with an underground following for naughty shaped treats. She refuses to be interested in the hot-shot florist across the street. He is trouble with a capital T. Sexy trouble, but still, a hook-up with Jase is a hard nope.

Desperate to avoid his family’s incessant matchmaking, a fake breakup with the beautiful Heather is just what the florist ordered. If his family believes Heather decimated his heart, they’ll leave him alone. Heather isn’t so keen on the idea, but Jase is determined to make it worth her while. When a pretend breakup becomes the real romance neither was expecting, together they’ll have to decide if it’s finally time to light the fuse on love…

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Jase Dvornakov je vedno oboževal ženske, glasbo iz 80ih in stvari, ki eksplodirajo. Včasih je deaktiviral bombe za mornarico toda sedaj je nazaj v Denver po misiji, ki se ni izšla in ki je uničila njegovo prihodnost, vključno z njegovim zakonom. Sedaj aranžira rože v cvetočem poslu svoje družine, ker rože ne eksplodirajo.

Mojstrici peke piškotov, Heather Reese, so že prevčkrat zlomili srce zato je moške postavila na stranski tir in raje posveti svoje večere gledanju igralnih šovov. Plus, njen nič-moških pravilo ji je dalo čas, da se fokusira na svoje sanje –Heather’s Cookie Co.– njena lastna pekarna, ki na skrivaj peče zelo poredne sladice. Zanika, da se zanima za vročega cvetličarja na nasprotni strani ceste. On je težava z veliko začetnico. Seksi težava, a še vedno afera za eno noč z njim je en velik ne.

Obupan, da se izogne nenehnim zmenkarijam, ki jih pripravi njegova družina, lažna zveza je točno to, kar si ta cvetličar želi. Če njegova družina verjame, da mu je Heather zlomila srce, ga bodo pustili pri miru. Heather ni ravno navdušena nad idejo toda Jase je odločen, da se ji bo odkupil. Ko lažna zveza postane prava, česar noven od njiju ni pričakoval, se bosta morala odločiti, ali je čas, da prižgeta iskrico ljubezni…

 

My thoughts:

I love Hovland’s writing!

I was expecting a hilarious read and that’s what I got.

It was a delight to read from the first sentence to the last page! His whole family, especially Babushka, are crazy! It is a fun of epic proportions, each chapter an unexpected surprise filled with misunderstood situations, grandma’s weird excapades and penis shaped cookies.

Don’t have a lot to say except that I recommend this book to nayone who loves to laugh during reading!

5 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Obožujem knjige te avtorice!

Pričakovala sem zabavno branje in to sem tudi dobila.

Bila je prava knjižna poslastica od prvega stavka do zadnje strani! Njegova cela družina, še posebno Babuška, so nori! Knjiga je zmes epske zabave, vsako poglavje je nepričakovano presenečenje prepleteno z narobe razumljenimi situacijami, babičinimi norimi dogodivščinami in piškoti v obliki penisa.

Nimam veliko za povedati razen da knjigo priporočam vsem, ki se radi smejite med branjem!

5 zvezdic.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman), YOUNG ADULT / NEW ADULT (mladinsko leposlovje)

Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Book 2) by Emma Scott

Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts, #2)

Title // Naslov: Long Live the Beautiful Hearts

Author // Avtorica: Emma Scott

Release Date // Datum izdaje: October 14th 2018 (14. oktober 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman, New Adult, mladinsko leposlovje

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Blurb:

Never again would I allow my heart to become the plaything of someone else.
Never again would I let a man (or men) come between me and my goals.
Never again would I love without feeling the fullness of that love in return.
Not until I knew it was real. And if that took me a lifetime to find, so be it.

Those were my vows, and after all that had happened with Connor and Weston, I was determined to keep them. To protect my heart.
And then he came home, and my vows became his promises.

He held my heart in his hands with reverence and care.
He helped me find my soul’s greatest purpose in life.
He loved me with a love so pure and vibrant, I knew I’d never feel anything like it in a hundred lifetimes.
It was real.

Until it wasn’t.
Until it all came crashing down when I discovered the deep love I thought I’d found was nestled in a web of lies—so soft and silken I hadn’t noticed it was there.
Until it was too late.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Nikoli več, ne bom pustila srcu, da postane igrača za nekoga drugega.
Nikoli več ne bom pustila moškemu (ali dvema), da pride med mano in mojimi cilji.
Nikoli več ne bom ljubila brez da bi se počutila tudi sama ljubljeno.
Vsaj ne dokler ne bi vedela, da je resnično. In če za to rabim celo življenje, da to najdem, pa naj bo.

To so bile moje zaobljube in po vsem, kar se je zgodilo s Connorjem in Westonom, sem bila odločena, da se jih držim. Da zaščitim svoje srce.
In potem se je on vrnil in moje obljube so postale njegove obljube.

On je držal moje srce v svojih rokah s spoštovanjem in skrbjo.
On mi je pomagal najti namen v mojem življenju.
On me je ljubil z ljubeznijo, ki je bila tako čista in živa, da sem vedela, da česa takega ne bom znova čutila v stotih življenjih.
Bilo je resnično.

Dokler ni bilo več.
Dokler ni vse šlo k vragu, ko sem ugotovila, da je globoka ljubezen, ki sem jo našla, nameščena v mrežo laži — tako mehko in svilnato, da je nisem opazila.
Dokler ni bilo prepozno.

 

My thoughts:

Book 1 left me with so many emotions and yet, I had to immediately start this book.

In this book, we follow the journey of love between Autumn and Weston, a journey that started with friendship but turned into so much more.

But how can it be true when it is all based on lies?

To know what it is about, you have to first read the first part – Bring Down the Stars (my review is here).

I have to say, just as in the first book, I didn’t particularly liked Connor in this book too. I understand why he did what he did after everything went down and he saw Weston for the first time, but at the same time I think he should be there for him. After everything Weston did for him I would at least expect some kind of gratitude.

Autumn was so strong in this book. I loved how invested she was in her friendship with Weston, how she wanted to help but at the same time not push Weston around.

And Weston, my Weston. What he had to go through is unimaginable. I’m so glad he found the light in his situation and that he and Autumn went through all together.

Emma Scott brings you a very emotional rollercoaster with these two books. I’ve been following her on social media so I know a little of what went behind this story. The Before and After of it. Thank you so much, dear author, for sharing this story of us. It was simply beautiful.

5 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Prva knjiga me je pustila s takimi čustvi a še vedno sem takoj po njenem koncu začela z branjem te.

V tej knjigi sledimo poti ljubezni med Autumn in Westonom, poti, ki se je začela z njunim prijateljstvom in prerasla v nekaj več.

Toda kako je lahko nekaj resnično, če je zgrajeno na lažeh?

Da bi zares vedel_a o čem govorim, moraš najprej prebrati prvo knjigo – Bring Down the Stars (moj review najdeš tukaj).

Moram reči, da kot v prvi knjigi, mi tudi v tej ni bil preveč všeč Connor. Razumem, zakaj je naredil, to kar pač je potem ko se je vse spremenilo in je videl prvič Westona toda še vedno sem mnenja, da bi moral biti tam zanj. Po vsem, kar je Weston naredil za Connorja, bi od slednjega pričakovala vsaj neko hvaležnost.

Autumn je bila tako močna. Všeč mi je bilo, kako globoko je bilo njuno prijateljstvo z Westonom, kako mu je želela pomagati brez da bi ga pri tem silila v nekaj, kar sam ne bi želel.

In Weston, moj Weston. Kar je on moral prenesti, se ne da predstavljati. Tako sem vesela, da je našel luč v svoji situaciji in da sta šla čez vse to skupaj z Autumn.

Emma Scott ti v tej knjigi prikaže en vrtiljak čustev. Sledim ji kar nekaj časa tudi na družbenih omrežjih zato malo vem, kaj se je dogajala v ozadju. Prej in Potem. Hvala ti, draga avtorica, da si to zgodbo delila z nami. Bila je preprosto čudovita.

5 stars.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman), YOUNG ADULT / NEW ADULT (mladinsko leposlovje)

Bring Down the Stars by Emma Scott (Book 1)

Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts, #1)

Title // Naslov: Bring Down the Stars

Author // Avtorica: Emma Scott

Release Date // Datum izdaje: August 19th 2018 (19. avgust 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman, New Adult, mladinsko leposlovje

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Blurb:

I fell for Connor Drake. I didn’t want to; I fought against it, but I fell in love with him anyway. With his words. With his poetry. With him. The gentleness and beauty of his soul that speaks directly to mine. He writes as if he can feel my heart, hear its cadence and compose the exact right lyrics to accompany every beat and flow.

I’m in love with Connor…so why do I feel an inexplicable pull to his best friend, Weston? Grouchy, sullen, brooding Weston Turner, who could cut you down with a look. Fiercely intelligent with a razor sharp wit and acid tongue, he’s the exact opposite of Connor in every way, and yet there’s electricity in the air between us. The thorny barbs Weston wraps around himself can’t keep me away.

But the more time I spend with these men, the more tangled and confused my emotions become. When they both sign up for the Army Reserves during a time of increasing strife in the Middle East, I fear I’ll never unravel my own heart that sometimes feels as if it will tear straight down the middle…for both of them.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Zaljubila sem se v Connorja Draka. Tega nisem hotela; borila sem se proti temu ampak še vseeno sem se zaljubila. V njegove besede. V njegovo poezijo. V njega. Nežnost in lepota njegove duše je nagovarjala mojo. Piše kot bi videl v moje srce, slišal njegov ritem in napisal točno pravo besedilo, ki bi spremljalo vsak utrip.

Zaljubljena sem v Connorja…toda zakaj čutim neraložljivo privlačnost do njegovega najboljšega prijatelja Westona? Siten in čemeren Weston Turner, ki te lahko poreže že s pogledom. Neizmerno pameten z ostrim smislom za humor in zbadljivim jezikom, je popolno naprotje Connorja, a vendar je med nama elektrika. Trni, s katerimi se je obdal, me ne morejo obdržati stran od njega.

Toda več časa, kot ga preživim s tema moškima, bolj zapletena in zmedena so moja čustva. Ko se oba prijavita v vojsko v času povečanih sporov na Bližnjem Vzhodu, se bojim, da ne bom nikoli razvozlala svoje srce, ki se včasih počuti kot da se bo raztrgalo direktno na dvoje… za oba moška.

 

My thoughts:

Oh, wow.

I knew I was getting an emotional story but this… Wow. No words.

I am not really a fan of love triangles,in fact, I don’t even know if I ever read one but this author really wrote it well.

Autumn meets two guys. She sees Connor first but Weston is the one who first talks to her. But when Connor tells him he found her cute Weston backs off. I think it’s because he feels like he owes it to Connor after everything he and his family did to him. When Connor starts to pursue Autumn, he feels helpless. Autumn wants romance and Connor… well, he sucks at it. So Weston helps him. Tells him what he needs to say and do.

And so the tangle of lies begins.

I fell in love with Weston. He was wounded in the past and all he wanted was happiness for people around him.  For his family, his best friend, the girl he liked. Because he felt Connor could give her what he never could. He was wrong, of course. His vulnerability made him much more likable than Connor.

To be honest, I didn’t particularly like Connor. Okay, yeah, he and his family helped Weston a lot but at the same time, I feel like he didn’t even realise how his actions affected Weston and Autumn. There were times when I didn’t believe Connor kind act, I kept waiting for the ”you owe me because I did this and that for you and your family so back off and do that” bomb. It didn’t happen, thankfully, but still… the actions speak louder than words and Connor’s actions were actions that put him in a better light, he was selfish. Meanwhile, it was Weston’s words that moved me.

Autumn figured it out that something is going on. After all, Connor was completely different in person than he was in letters. But the men put her worries to rest with more lies. I still think she could have figured all out somehow…

Anyway, a very touching story with ah unexpected ending… that continues in the next book so I started it immediately after finishing this one.

5 emotional stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Oh, wow.

Vedela sem, da je pred mano izredno čustvena zgodba ampak tole… Wow. Brez besed.

Nisem ravno navdušena nad ljubezenskimi trikotniki, v bistvu, sploh ne vem, če sem kdaj jih brala, ampak tegale je avtorica izredno dobro napisala. 

Autumn spozna dva fanta. Connorja vidi prvega vendar je Weston tisti, s katerim prvič spregovori. Toda ko mu Connor pove, da mu je všeč, se Weston umakne. Mislim, da zato, ker se mu zdi, da mu dolguje po vsem, kar je Connor in njegova družina naredila za Westona. Ko se Connor začne zanimati za Autumn, se počuti nemočnega. Autumn si želi romantike in Connor… no, on je pri tem zanič. Zato mu Weston pomaga. Pove mu, kaj naj reče in naredi.

In tako se začne mreža laži.

Zaljubila sem se v Westona. Bil je ranjen v preteklosti in vse, kar si želi, je sreča za ljudi okoli sebe. Za svojo družino, najboljšega prijatelja, dekle, ki mu je všeč. Ker misli, da ji bo Connor lahko dal, kar ji sam ne more dati. Seveda se je motil. Njegova ranljivost ga je naredila veliko bolj všečnega kot Connorja.

Po resnici povedano mi Connor ni bil pretirano všeč. Okej, ja, njegova družina je ogromno pomagala Westonu toda po drugi strani se mi zdi, da se sploh ni zavedel, kako njegova dejanja vplivajo na Weston in Autumn. Bili so trenutki,  ko nisem verjela Connorjevi neizmerni prijaznosti. Čakala sem na tisto ”dolguješ mi, ker sem naredil to in ono za tvojo družino zato se umakni” mino. Na srečo se ni zgodila, a še vedno… dejanja govorijo glasneje kot besede in Connorjeva dejanja so bila bolj dejanja, ki so njega postavila v boljšo luč, bil je sebičen. Medtem, so bila Westonove besede tiste, ki so se me dotaknile.

Autumn je ugotovila, da se nekaj dogaja. Konec koncev je bil Connor popolnoma drugačen v živo kot na papirju. Toda fanta sta njene skrbi dala na stran s še več lažmi. Mislim pa, da bi še vedno lahko nekako ugotovila…

Kakorkoli, zelo ganljiva zgodba z nepričakovanim koncem… ki se nadaljuje v naslednji knjigi, ki sem jo začela takoj po koncu te.

5 čustvenih zvezdic.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

London’s Late Night Scandal by Anabelle Bryant

London's Late Night Scandal (Midnight Secrets, #3)

Title // Naslov: London’s Late Night Scandal

Author // Avtorica: Anabelle Bryant

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 24th 2019 (24. september 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Chief Officer of the Society for the Intellectually Advanced, Lord Matthew Strathmore, Earl of Whittingham, takes his position very seriously. Not only does it distract him from the painful aftermath of a gunshot wound to the leg, earned most honorably, it is important work. So he feels duty-bound to question esteemed scientist Lord Talbot about a suspect article. Matthew dashes from London to Oxfordshire, despite wretched weather that only exacerbates his injury, reminding him he is far from the dashing gentleman he once was…
 
Theodosia, Lord Talbot’s granddaughter, has inherited his gift for inquiry, enjoying her pursuits safely away from the artifice of London society. But her identity as the true author of Talbot’s article is about to be exposed. And if Matthew expects a dour bluestocking, surprises abound. Not only do Theodosia’s botanical concoctions soothe his leg, he’s clearly attracted by her delicate beauty. But dare she hope for more? It will take an urgent trip to London for both to discover how passion and lasting love can ignite under the cover of darkness…

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Direktor Družbe za intelektualno napredne, lord Matthew Strathmore, grof Whittinghamski, svoje delo vzame karseda resno. Ne samo, da ga zamoti od boleče rane kot posledice streljanja, ki si jo je zaslužil na pošten način, to je zanj pomembno delo. Tako da se počuti dolžnega, da se prevprašuje o članku,  ki ga je spisal cenjeni lord Talbot. Matthew zbeži iz Londona v Oxfordshire, kljub slabemu vremenu, ki le še poslabša njegovo poškodbo, spominjajoč ga na postavnega džentlemana, ki je včasih bil…

Theodosia, vnukinja lord Talbota, je podedovala njegov dar za raziskovanje in uživa svoje aktivnosti daleč stran od umetne londonske družbe. Toda njena identiteta kot pravi avtor Talbotovega članka je ogrožena. In če Matthew pričakuje mrko izobraženo žensko, ga čaka presenečenje. Ne samo, da Theodosijine botanične spretnosti pomagajo njegovi nogi, je tudi očaran nad njeno lepoto. Toda ali ona lahko upa o kaj več? Potreben bo nujen izlet v London, da bosta oba spoznala strast in ljubezen, ki se lahko prižge v temi…

 

My thoughts:

My first read by this author.

I have to be honest, I was thinking about DNF-ing it most of the time.

I don’t know why is this happening to me for the last couple reads I got from NetGalley but I know for sure why this one didn’t work for me.

While it sounds exactly what I like to read (wounded hero, an intelligent heroine), this book focuses more on her worries over her grandfather than the romance itself.

I got the feeling that the author put quite a research into this story because everything was described into details. Everything.

There were some parts that didn’t intrigue me that much so I just skimmed the sentences.

The romance took around 10 % of the whole book. Maybe less. I like to be connected to the MCs, I like to see their relationship progress.

This book really didn’t suit me at all. I know the author probably took time with this book but it just didn’t work for me.

3 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Prva knjiga te avtorice.

Realno, sem že premišljevala, da bi jo pustila, ker mi stil pisanja ni bil všeč.

Čeprav obožujem knjige z ranjenim junakom in inteligentno junakinjo, se je ta knjiga bolj fokusirala na skrbi junakinjo za njenega dedka kot na romanco samo. 

Imela sem občutek, da je avtorica se res poglobila v zgodbo, saj je bilo vse opisano v detajlih. Vse.

Bili so tudi deli, ki me niso tako zanimalo, tako da sem samo preletela vrstice.

Romanca je obsegala vsega 10 % cele knjige. Morda manj. Sama se rada počutim povezano z junaki in vidim, kako se njun odnos razvija.

Ta knjiga mi ni ugajala. Vem, da si je avtorica najbrž res vzela čas za njo ampak meni preprosto ni bila všeč.

3 zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

Title // Naslov: How to Love a Duke in Ten Days

Author // Avtorica: Kerrigan Byrne

Release Date // Datum izdaje: August 27th 2019 (27. avgust 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

Buy here // Kupi tukaj: Amazon

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Blurb:

Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.

LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS

Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Slavna in briljantna Lady Alexandra Lane je vedno vedela, da mora paziti nase. Toda nihče ne bi pričakoval, da ima temačno preteklost – tako, za katero plačuje izsiljevalcu, da bi jo pustila zakopano. Sedaj, ko njeni družini grozi bankrot, se Alexandra spomni rešitve: poroka z najbolj premožnim samcem v kraljestvu. Čeprav ima sloves hudiča.

Piers Gedrick Atherton, vojvoda Redmaynski, išče maščevanje in prvi korak je zagotoviti si nevesto. Očarati žensko pa ni tako lahko za nekoga, ki je znan kot Strah Torcliffa. Potem pa v njegovo življenje kot strela vstopi Alexandra. Ko predlaga zakon, Piers ve, da tudi njo lovi preteklost. Toda njena nežnost, oster smisel za humor, neodvisna narava in  neverjetna lepota prebudi vsako poželenje znotraj njega. Naredil bo vse, da bi jo zaščitil.

 

My thoughts:

I have read one Kerrigan Byrne book by now and loved it but this was the first time I actually got her ARC. I was so excited when I got it!

The prologue of this book contains some heavy stuff (spoiler on my Goodreads) which made me pause reading for a couple days because it was so well written, so emotional I just needed some time for myself. So beware, this may be something you don’t like in your books but I promise you that’s the only time you’ll see this in this book.

But what follows is a beautiful story between two wounded souls.

Alexandra is quirky in her own way, extremely smart (I truly enjoyed when they tested how smart each other is) but haunted by the past and therefore very careful with her interactions with other people. 

As for Piers, I have read many, many historical romances but I have never met such a thoughtful, caring, kind person as he is. There are a lot of adjectives that could describe him and yet, it wouldn’t do his character justice. He’s scarred on the outside (just what I like in my HRs 😉 ) but unbelievably nice even though he’s the Terror of Torcliff. I’m so glad Alexandra looked beyond the surface and found how big his heart truly is.

The only minuses I found in this book are a few grammatical errors (dots missing at the end of the sentences, and she’s called Ariande) but since there’s a little less than seven days till the release, I’m sure this will be fixed. I also found that this book was for me maybe a little too long? Like so much happened in this book that just…wow.

Kerrigan Byrne writes to feed your soul, it’s like this book was exactly what I needed yet didn’t know I want. I have never encountered in books a marriage that will have to go through so much obstacles, a journey filled with love, laughs, passion, fear, sorrow and everything in between.

Guys, you need to read this book, period.

4.5 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Zaenkrat sem prebrala eno knjigo od Kerrigan Byrne in sicer Cestnega razbojnika ampak to je prvič, da sem dobila njen ARC. To je bil lep dan, ko sem ga dobila!

Prolog te knjige vsebuje težke stvari (spoiler najdeš na mojem Goodreadsu), zaradi katere sem se morala ustaviti in nehati z branjem za par dni, ker so bile tako natančno opisane, tako čustvene, da sem rabila čas zase. Tako da pozor, to je morda nekaj, kar ti ni všeč v knjigah toda lahko ti obljubim, da je to edinkrat, da boš o tem brala v tej knjigi.

Kar sledi je čudovita zgodba med dvema ranjenima dušama.

Alexandra je zabavna, na svoj način čudaška (na prisrčen način), neizmerno pametna (res sem se zabavala, ko sta testirala njuno pamet drug na drugem) toda lovi jo preteklost zaradi katere je zelo previdna v interakcijah z drugimi ljudmi. 

Kar se tiče Piersa, prebrala sem veliko, veliko zgodovinskih romanc pa nisem še srečala tako pozornega, skrbečega, prijaznega človeka kot je on. Veliko je pridevnikov, ki bi ga lahko opisali pa še vedno ne bi zajela bistva njegovega karakterja. Ranjen je na zunaj (točno to, kar imam rada v knjigah 😉 ) toda neverjetno ljubeč čeprav je Strah Torcliffa. Tako sem vesela, da je Alexandra videla, kako veliko je njegovo srce.

Edini minusi, ki sem jih našla, je nekaj slovničnih napak (par pik manjka na koncu stavkov in pa enkrat je Alexandra napisana kot Ariande) toda glede na to, da je še manj kot en teden do izdaje knjige v tujini, sem prepričana, da bo to popravljeno. Ta knjiga se mi je zdela tudi kanček predolga, ker se res veliko zgodi v njej, da sem bila na koncu že kar tako… wow.

Kerrigan Byrne piše tako, da nahrani tvojo dušo. Kot da je bila ta knjiga točno to, kar sem potrebovala pa vendar nisem vedela, da si želim. Nisem še srečala v knjigah zakona, ki bi šel čez toliko ovir, potovanje, prekrito z ljubeznijo, smehom, strastjo, strahom, bolečino in vsem vmes.

Ljudje, to knjigo morate prebrat in pika.

4.5 zvezdic.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Dangerous Desires by J.T. Geissinger

Dangerous Desires (Dangerous Beauty, #2)

Title // Naslov: Dangerous Desires

Author // Avtorica: J. T. Geissinger

Release Date // Datum izdaje: August 20th 2019 (20. avgust 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

Buy here // Kupi tukaj: Amazon

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Blurb:

With Nasir’s life on the line, Eva makes a deal with the devil. She slips away to return to Dimitri, the mob boss who held her captive for years, only to step into a new world of trouble. Abducted by one of Dimitri’s most cunning adversaries, Eva finds herself an unwitting pawn in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

When Eva disappears, Naz is prepared to do anything to find her. Tracking her to the remote regions of Portugal is just the beginning of the hunt. Bewitched by Eva’s beauty, the darkly seductive spy who abducted her now has more than business on his mind, but the only way for the trio to defeat Dimitri is to work together…despite the explosive desires threatening to consume them.

With a game so deadly and the stakes so high, Naz and Eva’s love will be tested in ways neither of them could foresee…or perhaps survive.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Z Nasirjevim življenjem na vrvici, Eva sklene dogovor s hudičem. Izmuzne se, da bi se vrnila k Dimitriju, mafijskemu vodji, ki jo je proti njeni vollji zadržal leta in leta, vendar stopi v nov svet težav. Ugrabljena iz strani Dimitrijevega enega najbolj pretkanih sovražnikov, se Eva znajde kot nenamerna figurica v nevarni igri mačke in miši.

Ko Eva izgine, je Naz pripravljen narediti karkoli, da bi jo našel. Izslediti jo v najbolj oddaljene kraje Portugalske je le začetek lova. Začaran z Evino lepoto, temačno privlačni vohun, ki jo je ugrabil, ima po ta novem več kot posel v mislih toda edini način, da premagajo Dimitrija je, da trojica združi moči…kljub eksplozivnimu poželenju med njimi.

S tako nevarno igro in visokimi vložki, bo Nazova in Evina ljubezen na preizkušnji na več načinov, ki jih noben od njiju ne predvidi…ali preživi.

 

My thoughts:

Okay, first a fair warning: This is not a standalone book and you cannot start this series with this book, you need to read the first one – Dangerous Beauty (my review here)!!!

So the book follows Eva’s journey after she left him. She wanted to go back to Dimitri because she wanted to protect Naz – I can understand that even though I’m sure Naz could offer protection to both of them. Unfortunately, she finds herself on the boat with the spy. Now, I don’t know about you but personally, I’d prefer if I didn’t know beforehand that he was a spy (the blurb is a little spoiler-ish) because then my reading experience would be different – if I didn’t see him as a hero too. He did some terrible things but when it’s explained (and of course, when you know he’s a spy) you easily forgive him.

Naz is pissed (what else, right?) and went to get her back. They reunite in Portugal (and the reunion is quite quick, I so wasn’t expecting such an easy reunion) and they are planning to destroy Dimitri. We’re left with that (huh, yes, for such a long book and me basically saying it all without – hopefully – spoil everything).

Buuuuuut….

I hate to say this but OMG, THAT ENDING. She did something so stupid, I’m pretty sure some readers would call her action TSTL. It’s THAT stupid, okay? Like when I was reading what she did I was like ”NOOOOOOOOOOOOO, DON’T DO THAT, HOW STUPID ARE YOU?”. I’m pretty sure I looked like this: 

Rezultat iskanja slik za why would you meme

With that said, you have been warned. It was a great read with not much action as the first book (I mean suspense and that not the sexual kind 😉 ) but I wish the blurb wouldn’t be so revealing and her action(s) wouldn’t be so stupid. Also, when I read the blurb it kind of hinted like there might be a twisted love triangle or a menage – there’s thankfully none of that (not that I mind it – I just wouldn’t expect it after the first book) …

3.5 stars.

I am curious how their story concludes so I’m looking forward to the final part even though trilogies with the same MCs are so not my cup of tea.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Okej, najprej opozorilo: To ni samostojna knjiga in s to knjigo se nikakor ne začne te serije ampak moraš začeti s prvo knjigo – Dangerous Beauty (moj review najdeš tukaj)!!!

Torej knjiga nadaljuje Evino pot po tem, ko ga je zapustila. Želela je nazaj k Dimtriju, da bi zaščitila Naza – to razumem, čeprav sem prepričana, da bi Naz lahko nudil zaščito obema). Na žalost se znajde na krovu z vohunom. Sedaj, ne vem kako je pri tebi ampak osebno bi mi bilo ljubše, če ne bi že vnaprej vedela, da je vohun (povzetek je malo spoiler-ish), ker bi bila moja bralna izkušnja drugačna – na njega ne bi gledala tudi kot na junaka. Naredil je nekaj groznih stvari in ko so razložene (in ko seveda že veš, da je vohun) mu zlahka oprostiš.

Naz je jezen (nič novega, kajne?) in gre za njo, da jo dobi nazaj. ponovno se srečata na Portugalskem (in njuno srečanje je zelo hitro, res nisem pričakovala tako lahke združitve) in skupaj začneta načrtovati, kako uničiti Dimitrija. S tem se zgodba zaključi (huh, ja, za tako dolgo knjigo in z mojim upajmo da ne preveč spoiler revjujem).

Todaaaaaa…

To nerada rečem ampak OMG, TA KONEC. Naredila je nekaj skrajno neumnega. Res neumnega, okj? Ko sem brala, kaj je naredila, sem rekla ”NEEEEEEEEE, NE NAREDI TEGA, KAKO NEUMNA PA SI?”. Moj obraz je zgledal nekako takole: 

Rezultat iskanja slik za why would you meme

S tem rečenim, bila si opozorjena. Saj knjiga je super z ne toliko akcije kot ta prva knjiga (ne v seksualnem smislu 😉 ) toda želim si, da povzetek ne bi bil tako odkrivajoč in njena dejanja tako neumna. Plus, ko sem brala povzetek, je malo namigovalo na ljubezenski trikotnik ali menage – nič od tega ni notri (me ne bi motilo, samo ne bi pričakovala po prvi knjigi) …

3.5 zvezdic.

Res me zanima, kako se njuna zgodba zaključi tako da se veselim zadnjega dela, čeprav ne maram trilogij.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

May Flowers by Mari Carr

May Flowers

Title // Naslov: May Flowers

Author // Avtorica: Mari Carr

Release Date // Datum izdaje: August 21st 2018 (21. avgust 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

The last thing Lochlan wanted in a new assistant was some inexperienced, gorgeous, submissive blonde. However, a promise to a friend ensures that’s exactly what he’s stuck with. 

May knows she’s out of her league, not only in her new job, but with her boss. He makes her want things she’s never considered—kinky, sensual, wicked things. 

When trouble at home shows Lochlan more about her life than May wants him to see, there’s no stopping the sexy protector suddenly determined to claim not only her body, but her heart as well.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Zadnja stvar, ki jo Lochlan želi za novo asistentko je neizkušena, prelepa, podrejena blondinka. A obljuba prijateljici zagotovi, da bo z njo ostal še nekaj časa.

May ve, da je njena služba in njen šef izven njenih meja. Zaradi njega si želi stvari o katerih prej ni nikoli razmišljala — nore, čutne stvari.

Ko težave doma Lochlanu pokažejo več o njenem življenju kot bi May želela, nič ne bo ustavilo tega seksi zaščitnika, ki si naenkrat želi ne le njnega telesa, ampak tudi srca.

 

My thoughts:

The writing kept me engaged in the book but all these BDSM elements kind of bored me. Maybe because I don’t read such books? (Yes, I do realize I requested this book on NetGalley and read the blurb but that was like a year ago so I think I wanted to read books like this one at that time but not anymore.)

Anyway, the heroine wants to take care of her family and doesn’t want any help from the hero, while all he wants is to protect her. Basically, typical BDSM book, I guess.

A big plus for me is that the whole book doesn’t revolve around bondage but it actually shows how close his family is and what a great character May is.

4 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Stil pisanja me je prepričal, toda BDSM elementi pa ravno ne. Mogoče zato, ker ne berem takih knjig? (In ja, se zavedam, da sem za to knjigo zaprosila na NetGalleyu ampak to je bilo približno leto nazaj, kar pomeni, da sem očitno to želela takrat brati sedaj pa ravno ne.)

Kakorkoli, glavna junakinja želi poskrbeti za svojo družino sama in ne želi pomoči medtem ko vse, kar junak želi pa je, da jo zaščiti. V glavnem, tipična BDSM knjiga, bi rekla.

Velik plus v celotni knjigi je definitvno to, da se zgodba ne suče samo okoli vezanja in tega ampak dejansko pokaže kako blizu je glavni junak s svojo družino in kako dobra junakinja je May.

4 zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Vicious by L.J. Shen

Title // Naslov: Vicious (Pogubna ljubezen)

Author // Avtorica: L.J. Shen

Release Date // Datum izdaje: March 27th 2018 (27. marec 2018), pri nas je izšla letos (2019)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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                                                                                                    Knjigarna Felix  (Slovenian edition)

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Blurb:

Emilia

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.

The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares.

He is a brilliant lawyer.

A skilled criminal.

A beautiful liar.

A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.

Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.

 

Vicious

She is a starving artist.

Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom.

Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down.

She paid the price.

Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate.

That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t.

So she hates me. Big fucking deal.

She better get used to me.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Emilia
Moški, ki me obiskuje v sanjah, me prav tako preganja v morah.
Je izvrsten odvetnik.
Izurjen zločinec.
Čudovit lažnivec.
Ustrahovalec in rešitelj, pošast in ljubimec.
Pred desetimi leti sem morala pobegniti iz mesteca, v katerem sem živela. Zdaj je prispel v New York in ne bo odšel, dokler me ne bo vzel s sabo.

Vicious
Ona je umetnica brez ficka.
Lepa in izmuzljiva kot češnja v cvetu.
Pred desetimi leti je nenapovedano vdrla v moje življenje in vse postavila na glavo.
Plačala je ceno.
Emilia LeBlanc je nekdanja punca mojega najboljšega prijatelja. Ženska, ki pozna mojo najtemnejšo skrivnost.
To bi me moralo odvrniti od lova, ampak me ne.
Pa kaj, če me sovraži.
Se bo že navadila name.

 

 

My thoughts:

I already read Dirty Headlines by her and LOVED it! I have a couple of her books on my app but I haven’t read them yet (I know, I know). I found this book a couple months ago on NetGalley even though it’s been released like two years ago. So hint: if you look through thousand ARCs there, you can find a hidden treasure 😉

Back to the book.

I had a feeling since the beginning that Vicious secretly liked Emilia. His actions said so. But he was also a bully to her, hiding behind his own pain. He was a domineering, bossy, angry boy who wanted to hurt her. Deep down though there was love.

Emilia was portrayed as a naive, sensitive but overall a happy kid, who in ten years just wanted to help her sister. She didn’t have other choice – and Vicious wouldn’t let her – but to work for him.

I loved this push and pull between them but sometimes I wish Emilia was stronger and she wouldn’t forgive him that quick. Honestly, the hero annoyed me at times because he was so demanding. That’s why I am contemplating between 4 and 5 stars, so I’ll give this book 4.5 stars. I need to read about other HotHoles, like asap.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Prebrala sem že Dirty Headlines in ljudje, morate začeti brati knjige te pisatreljice! Imam tudi nekaj njenih knjig na svoji aplikaciji ampak jih še nisem prebrala (saj vem, saj vem). To knjigo sem našla na NetGalley par mescev nazaj, čeprav je izšla v tujini pred dvema letoma, letos pa tudi pri nas. Torej nasvet: če pregledaš miljon ARCov na tisti strani, boš morda našla kakšen skrit zaklad 😉

Nazaj h knjigi.

Imela sem občutek, da ima Vicious na skrivaj rad Emilio. Njegova dejanja tako pravijo. Toda bil je tudi verbalno nasilen do nje, skrival se je pred lastno bolečino. Bil je oblastniški, gospodovalen in jezen fant, ki jo je želel raniti. Globoko pod vsem tem pa se je skrivala ljubezen.

Emilia je prikazna kot naivna, občutljiva a nasplošno srečno dekle, ki po desetih letih od srednje šole želi le pomagati svoji sestri. Ni imela druge izbire – in Vicious ji tudi ni dal nobene – kot da dela zanj.

Všeč mi je bil ta push&pull med njima toda včasih sem si želela, da bi bila Emilia močnejša. Po resnici povedano mi je šel glavni junak včasih na jetra, ker je bil tako zahteven. Zato se ne morem odločiti med 4 in 5 zvezdicami, zatorej 4.5 stars. Res moram prebrati knjige še o ostalih junakih, čimprej.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

The Hotter They Come by Roxanne D. Howard

The Hotter They Come (Romancing the Seas, #1)

Title // Naslov: The Hotter They Come

Author // Avtorica: Roxanne D. Howard

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 11th 2018 (11. september 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

Captain Jack Spencer owns and runs a whale watching company, Ahoy, Matey. When his business takes off, a jealous rival wants him and his company gone. Jack has no idea the delectable Piper Goldhirsch is tasked with scuttling everything he’s worked for – he’s too caught up in their magnetic attraction and her web of lies.

​Piper Goldhirsch, head reporter for the tabloid TV show Business Buster, is all work and no play. When she and the all too tempting Jack Spencer have a one-night stand that turns out to be the greatest sex of her life, she is haunted by the powerful magic between them. Sent undercover to expose his whale watching business, she is torn between her assignment and the first man she has ever wanted. With her happiness on the line, Piper has only one choice.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Kapitan Jack Spencer ima v lasti in vodi podjetje za ogled kitov, Ahoy, Matey. Ko njegov posel zacveti, se ga ljubosumni nasprotnik želi znebiti. Jack ne ve, da ima očarljiva Piper Goldhirsch nalogo, da uniči, vse, kar je ustvaril – preveč je zaposlen z njuno medsebojno privlačnostjo in mrežo laži.

​Piper Goldhirsch, glavna novinarka za tabloidni TV šov Business Buster, je samo delo in nič zabave. Ko imata ona in privlačni Jack Spencer avanturo za eno noč, ki se izkaže za najboljši seks njenega življenja, jo začne mogočna magija med njima loviti. Poslana pod krinko, da razkrije njegov posel opazovanja kitov, se znajde na precepu med njeno nalogo in prvim moškim, ki ga je kdajkoli želela. Z njeno srečo na nitki, ima Piper le eno možnost.

 

My thoughts:

Here’s the thing, I loved how this story started – masquerade ball? I’m in. But their one night stand was honestly cringe worthy. It all happened too fast (before the sex I mean), it lacked details and suddenly they started having sex. Like I need to feel the chemistry first, you know? Reading the sex part made me cringe and I just didn’t feel connected to the characters at that point.

I know I’m repeating myself from book to book but this one was short also. Too short. In fact, when I requested this book I didn’t even know it has less than 100 pages! I didn’t check on Goodreads. The story continues in the second book which -again- has less than 100 pages. I was not impressed with this and I was and still am pissed at an author to do that. Why not make one book with a decent amount of pages? Is it the need to make more money? Or the ”cliffhanger” so readers would want to know how their story continues?

I hate cliffhangers, especially if I am not warned in advance there is one (some books have that mentioned on NetGalley, this one didn’t). I would overlook the pacing of this book and give it 4 stars but this ending pissed me so much I am giving it 3 stars. I will not continue with this story, I am not interested in what happens to them and I will check the next time for cliffhangers if I’ll read a book by this author.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Stvar je taka, všeč mi je bil začetek zgodbe – ples v maskah? Štej me zraven. Toda njuna aferica za eno noč me ni navdušila. Vse se je dogajalo prehitro (pred samim seksom), manjkale so podrobnosti in kar naenkrat sta seksala. Najprej moram občutiti kemijo med njima, a veš? Ko sem brala o tem, se preprosto nisem čutila povezano z junakoma.

Vem, da se ponavljam od knjige do knjige toda tudi ta je bila kratka. Prekratka. V bistvu, ko sem zaprosila za ARC nisem vedela, da ima manj kot 100 strani! Valda nisem preverila na Goodreadsu. Zgodba se nadaljuje v drugi knjigi, ki ima -ponovno- manj kot 100 strani. To me ni pritegnilo in še vedno sem jezna na avtorico, da je to naredila. Zakaj ne bi naredila spodobne knjige s primernim številom strani? Je morda kriva potreba po več zaslužla? Ali cliffhanger, zato da bodo bralci želeli izvedeti, kako se njuna zgodba konča?

Sovražim cliffhangerje, še posebno, če na njih nisem že vnaprej opozorjena (nekatere knjige imajo vsaj opombo na NetGalleyu, ta ga ni imela). Spregledala bi hitrost zgodbe in ji dala 4 zvezdice ampak me je konec tako razjezil, da ji dajem 3. S to zgodbo ne bom nadaljevala, ne zanima me kaj se zgodi z junakoma in drugič bom dvakrat preverila, da ni cliffhangerjem, če bom brala še kakšno knjigo te avtorice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Ride with the SEAL by Leslie North

Ride with the SEAL (Norse Security, #1)

Title // Naslov: Ride with the SEAL

Author // Avtorica: Leslie North

Release Date // Datum izdaje: May 24th 2018 (24. maj 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

Buy here // Kupi tukaj: Amazon

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Blurb:

When ex-SEAL Camden Thursday enters the garage at two in the morning, he’s intent on grand theft auto. Instead he’s confronted with more than a hot car — there’s a sexy mechanic too. His high school crush, wrench in hand, projects a “Dangerous Curves Ahead” warning far more tempting than any joy ride, but Camden isn’t here to try the road less traveled. He’s here to jack a car and prove he can do more than manipulate computer code for the black ops service he works for: Norse Security. So while Camden is looking to get physical on this job, he was hoping for someone to punch, not someone to plunder…

Everly Knight is the baddest bad girl in town. As the daughter of a mobster and a name in the auto industry for hot cars, she could rest on her laurels and let her reputation proceed her. However, Everly has a deep dark secret: she wants nothing more than a shiny, new, legal garage all of her own. She’s just a few thousand away from cashing in and figures that one last illegal car theft could finance her legal dreams. That is until the geek from her past shows up as a hunky hero; letting Everly see that it’s possible to become more than just a tough girl.

Camden may be all muscle, but it’s Everly who can stall the entire operation. She holds him hostage and offers an ultimatum: Take her on the ride or find himself a sitting duck for the mob. It’s not a hard choice when the bombshell revs his engine. But with warring goals and secret missions, they’ll find themselves fighting for their futures and racing toward a love they never saw coming.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Ko nekdanji marinec Camden Thursday vstopi v garažo ob dveh zjutraj, je njegov namen kraja avta. Toda sooči se z ne samo lepim avtom – tam je tudi seksi mehankarka. Njegova srednješolska ljubezen, s frnacoskim ključem v roki predstavlja veliko večjo grožnjo in ga veliko bolj zanima kot katerakoli vožnja toda Camden ni tukaj da bi zašel na tisto pot. Njegov namen je ukrasti avto in dokazati, da lahko naredi več kot manipulira računalniške kode za Norse Security, kjer je zaposlen.

Everly Knight je najslabša punca v mestu. Kot hčerka mafijca in kot znano ime v avtomobilski industriji za vroče avtomobile, bi lahko počivala na lovorikah in pustila, da njen ugled govori zase. Toda Everly ima temačno skrivnost: ničesar si ne želi bolj kot sijočo, novo, zakonito garažo samo zase. Je le nekaj tisočakov stran od svojih sanj in zadnja nezakonita kraja avta bi lahko financirala njene zakonite sanje. Dokler se ne pojavi piflar iz njene preteklosti kot postaven mišičnjak.

Camdena so morda same mišice toda Everly je tista, ki lahko uniči celotno operacijo. Vzame ga kot talca in mu da ultimat: ali jo vzame zraven na vožnjo ali pa se znajde kot vaba za mafijo. Odločitev ni težka, ko Everly užge motor. Toda s spornimi cilji in skrivnimi misijami, se bosta znašla pred borbo za njuno prihodnost in proti dirki za ljubezen, ki je nista pričakovala.

 

My thoughts:

I adored the battle of wills in this story!

He was a geek in high school who turned out to be a hot ex-SEAL. She’s the girl who always got in problems. She’s also connected to the mob. In order to prove herself worthy of a new, just her garage she decided to steal a car from her dad’s garage. He wants to prove to the other colleagues in the company where he works, that he’s not just the brain but the muscle too.

When their dreams collide, they have to work together to escape the wrath of the mob. Naturally, it doesn’t go without obstacles… and heat between them!

While I loved the action and their sizzling attraction, I was hoping for more drama. It seemed like everything resolved quickly, so in the end, I was surprised I read this book in a matter of hours. The ending seemed to be a little rushed.

4 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Obožujem to vojno volj v tej zgodbi!

On je bil piflar v srednji šoli in je sedaj postaven nekdanji marinec. Ona je punca, ki se je vedno znašla v težavah. Ona je tudi povezana z mafijo. V želji, da bi se dokazala, da je vredna nove, popolnoma svoje garaže. ukrade avto izpred garaže svojega očeta. On želi le dokazati drugim, da ni samo pamet ekipe, kjer dela, ampak tudi moč.

Ko se njune sanje prekrijejo, morata začeti delati skupaj, da bi pobegnila pred jezo mafijcev. Seveda ne gre brez težav… in vročine med njima!

Čeprav mi je bila všeč akcija in njuna kemija, sem pogrešal več dramatičnih prizorov. Zdelo se mi je, da se je vse hitro rešilo tako da sem bila na koncu kar malo presenečena, ko sem knjigo prebrala v nekaj urah. Konec je bil tudi sam po sebi narejen bolj na hitro.

4 zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

No Prince Charming by Angel Payne & Victoria Blue

No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone #1)

Title // NaslovNo Prince Charming

Authors // Avtorici: Angel Payne & Victoria Blue

Release Date // Datum izdaje: November 21st 2017 (21. november 2017)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

Buy here // Kupi tukaj: Amazon

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Blurb:

Once upon a time, there was a girl who dressed up and went to a big party at the palace. When she was there, she met a prince. They danced and fell in love…

Damn good line. Too bad I don’t believe a word of it anymore.

My name is Claire Montgomery, and I’m not a princess. I’m a fighter. I worked hard to earn my place on the emergency image repair team for one of the biggest public relations companies in the country. We’ve been called to the renowned Chicago headquarters of Stone Global Corporation, where it’s our job to clean up a heap of the Stone family’s filthiest laundry. Our success will be the biggest victory of my career. I’m on my game. I’m ready.

Why doesn’t ready include a contingency plan for Killian Stone?

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Nekoč, pred davnimi časi se je deklo obleklo in šlo na veliko zabavo v palači. Ko je prišla tja, je spoznala princa. Plesala sta in se zaljubila…

Prekleto dober rek. Škoda, ker tem besedam ne verjamem več. Trdo delam, da si zaslužim mesto v reševalni ekipi, ki popravlja podobo v eni izmed največjih družb na področju odnosov z javnostjo v državi. Poklicali so nas v prenovljene prostore mednarodne korporacije Stone v Chicagu, kjer je naše delo počistiti umazano perilo družine Stone. Naš uspeh bo naša največja zmaga v zgodovini. Pripravljena sem na igro.

Toda zakaj nisem pripravljena na Killiana Stona?

 

My thoughts:

I have never before read any book by Angel Payne or Victoria Blue. So I started this book with no expectations.

I expected this to be some sort of retelling of Cinderella.

It was. Sort of.

I loved the writing and the story but what I hated was a HFN ending. I didn’t know the story actually continues in the second book! I am curious how their story progresses even though I hate cliffhangers.

4.5 stars for the unexpected ending.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Nisem še brala del teh avtoric, tako da nisem vedela, kaj naj pričakujem, ko sem začela s to knjigo.

Pričakovala sem moderno verzijo Pepelke.

Dobila sem jo. Nekako.

Všeč mi je bil stil pisanja in sama zgodba ampak ni mi bil všeč začasen konec. Sploh nisem vedela, da se zgodba nadaljuje v naslednji knjigi! Res me zanima, kako se njuna zgodba naprej odvija, čeprav sovražim cliffhangerje.

4,5 zvezdic za nepričakovan konec.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

The Perfect Catch by Cassidy Carter

The Perfect Catch: Based on the Hallmark Channel Original Movie

Title // Naslov: The Perfect Catch

Author // Avtorica: Cassidy Carter

Release Date // Datum izdaje: March 27th 2018 (27. marec 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

Buy here // Kupi tukaj: Amazon

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Blurb:

In the small town of Parker Falls, Jessica Parker spends her time serving pie and coming up with ideas to save the failing diner she inherited from her grandfather. A single mom to eight-year-old Wesley, she has enough to keep her busy well into the future. But when her old high school love, Chase Taynor, unexpectedly pops up, Jess finds herself thinking not of the future but of her past with the handsome professional baseball player.

After a few bad pitches leave his dream career in limbo, Chase slides back home to Parker Falls…although the town may not be as safe as he’d expected. As Jess and Chase reconnect, old feelings return in a major-league way.

With the possibility that Chase could return to the baseball diamond at any time, will their reunion be worth the risk to their hearts? Or will it be déjà vu all over again, with Chase choosing the limelight over the woman he loved before the fame?

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

V majhnem mestecu Parker Falls, Jessica Parker preživlja svoj čas s strežbo pite in ustvarjanjem idej o reševanju svoje propadajoče okrepčevalnice, ki jo je podedovala po svojem dedku. Kot mati samohranilka osemletnemu Wesleyu, ima dovolj zapolnjen čas še za daleč vnaprej. Toda ko se njena stara srednješolska ljubezen Chase Taynor prikaže, Jess začne razmišljati ne o prihodnosti pač pa o preteklosti s perivlačnim igralcem bejzbola.

Po nekaj slabih udarcih in s kariero na nitki, se Chase vrne nazaj v Parker Falls…čeprav mesto ni tako varno kot je pričakoval. Ko se Jess in Chase ponovno srečata, stara čustva ponovno pridejo na plan.

Z možnostjo, da se lahko Chase vrne na bejbolska igrišča vsak čas, bo njuna ponovna združitev predstavljala grožnjo njunima srcema? Ali pa bo to ponoven déjà vu, ko bo Chase raje izbral soj luči kot pa žensko, ki jo je ljubil pred slavo?

 

My thoughts:

This book was a little bit different than what I usually read. It was a very sweet small-town romance. I love small town romances even though that one was pretty clean. It was about old high school sweethearts and second chances.

Chase came home to recover after his career took an unexpected turn. He visited his parents and reconciled with Jess, who is now a single mother. He gets along well with her son too.

What I missed was more romance. Even though it was really cheesy – definitely like a Hallmark movie – I was hoping for more connection between MCs. The sparks were definitely there though.

I would watch this as a movie but as for a book, it went a little slow for more in the middle of the book.

3.5 – 4 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Ta knjiga se je malo razlikovala od knjig, ki jih običajno berem. Gre se o romanci v malem mestu. Take obožujem čeprav se v tej ni kaj pretirano ljubezenskega dogajalo. Gre se o srednješolski ljubezni in drugih možnostih.

Chase je prišel domov potem ko njegova kariera doživi preobrat. Obišče svoje starše, pri tem pa naleti na Jess, mati samohranilko, s katero ponovno vzpostavi odnos. Dobro se razume tudi z njenim sinom

Kar sem pogrešala je predvsem več romantike. Čeprav gre za zelo pocukrano zgodbo – vsekakor značilnost Hallmark filmov – sem upala na več stikov med glavnima junakoma. Vsaj iskrice so bile tam.

To zgodbo bi gledala na filmskem platnu ampak kot knjiga pa se mi je malo vlekla, vsaj na sredini.

3.5 – 4 zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.