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.