Month: June 2018

Review: Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis

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Review: Rainy Day Friends by Jill ShalvisRainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #2
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on 19th June 2018
Genres: Contemporary Women, Romance, Women's fiction
Pages: 384
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Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis' moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship
Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife. 
Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person?  Can she even trust herself?
Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.
Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Brown changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.

Rainy Day Friends is the second book in the Wildstone book series, a women’s fiction series by Jill Shalvis but they can each be read as standalones.

Lanie Jacobs still getting over her dead husband’s betrayal decides to take a job at the Capriotti Winery to redesign their brand. Hoping to somehow get her life back together, maybe get a new start. Lanie because of her childhood and her now dead’s husband’s behaviour has become jaded, closed off and doesn’t want to get close to anyone now. She didn’t count on the Capriotti family with their vibrant personalities, loving and all too nosey behaviour to make her feel like maybe she could belong.

Mark and his twin daughters, the son of her boss makes it harder for her maintain her distance from the family and the love she feels for them. We see her walls come down and fall in love again and learn to accept certain things she has trouble with before.

I really liked Lanie, I felt for her. Her parents never made her feel like she wasn’t worth anything, basically made her feel unwanted from as long as she could remember. Then her finding out that her husband betrayed her by marrying other women because while there relationship wasn’t in a good place at the time of his death, Lanie did trust him. Finding out the truth about his other live and wives made her loose her ability to trust. Spending time with Mark and his daughters opens up her heart again.

I liked Mark, he was a single dad doing his best for his two daughters even though he had no experience in rearing children but he loved them and they loved him.

The romance was done well to an extent. It could have been executed slightly better in my opinion, it is a woman’s fiction so I wasn’t expecting much romance to begin with but since Mark and Lanie’s relationship was given importance from the get go, I wanted a bit more development than I got.

I did like how Lanie while adamant that she wasn’t nice etc would still help people, took care of other and couldn’t help but fall for the entire family.

Quibbles: I might be the only one but when the whole River thing went down and the rest of the family just gathered around her, which was great for her because after all she was the one who was pregnant but I felt that because of her said condition Lanie didn’t get the support she deserved…or maybe it wasn’t personal for them like it was for Lanie so they found it easier to forgive but it made me annoyed on Lanie’s behalf. Another thing was, I, myself suffer from anxiety so it great that the heroine had it as well and they had quotes on the start each chapter related to it, however it was never actually was a part of the storyline which considering that each chapter had a quote related to it was disappointing ? It was never actually explored so they felt redundant. I think my enjoyment was the book really affected by River and Lanie’s relationship, I mean maybe if they had spend more time together I would have enjoyed it more but it just didn’t work for me, what with all the lies River told and then expected Lanie to raise her child ??

I love Jill Shalvis’s writing, she is one of the great contemporary writers I’ve had the privilege to read and her characters are multi dimensional and her stories easy to get lost into. That said while I enjoyed this one, I didn’t completely love it because of said issues.

Overall, I did quite enjoy the book, it has trademark Jill Shalvis humour and romance and think its a pretty decent woman’s fiction book, focusing on different relationships, friendship and otherwise and trying to learn how to trust and forgive. 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Review and Giveaway: The Varlet and the voyeur by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

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Review and Giveaway: The Varlet and the voyeur by Penny Reid and L.H. CoswayThe Varlet and the Voyeur by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #4
on 11th June 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Sports
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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He kept his salacious secret for years. But soon, everyone is going to be reading about it in their morning paper…
THE VARLET (and the VOYEUR) William Moore is a long way from home. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he’s now the most well-respected member of the Irish rugby team. But appearances are often deceptive, and Will isn’t the clean-cut, all-American good-guy everyone imagines him to be. He’s got a secret, one that will tarnish his reputation forever.
THE VOYEUR (and the VARLET) Josey Kavanagh is a self-proclaimed mess, but she’s finally get her shi…uh, act together. She’s set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, but there’s one teeny tiny road bump. Her living arrangements are coming to an abrupt end, leaving Josey homeless and in need of a job to pay her way through college.
THE PLAN What he needs is a companion to keep him on the right path. What she needs is an apartment with free rent. Will is convinced Josey will make the perfect companion, since she’s brutally honest and basically ‘just one of the guys.’ Josey is convinced she can ensure Will doesn’t succumb to his voyeuristic proclivities by keeping a scrupulous eye on him. Except, what happens when the varlet is tempted by the voyeur, and vice-versa?! Perchance something very, very volatile. And vexing.
The Varlet and the Voyeur is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the 4th (and last) book in the USA TODAY bestselling Rugby Series

I loved Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway individually and their books together. They write such beautifully unique couples, funny and lovely romance that you can’t help but adore. I was really excited to read the next book in their rugby (and sadly the last) while I did enjoy it, it wasn’t the love I felt for the earlier books in the series.

William Moore is the Oklahoma farm boy in the Irish rugby team, he’s quite and well liked. He’s a gentleman and compared to the rest of the team seems like the best mannered guy around. He has a secret which is him being a voyeur, something he has hidden from the public eye because of his profession.

Josey Kavanagh is still living with their parents, finding out about their financial troubles gives her push finally needed to stand on her own feet. Josey is an socially awkward, no filter from brain to mouth girl. She’s funny and lovely and now the babysitter to Will to stop his voyeuristic tendencies.

I enjoyed their friendship and you see them their development from strangers to friends to lovers and being in love. Their relationship was cute. I really liked Will, he was the one who made the book for me. He was just a nice guy that I wanted to see get his HEA.

Quibbles: Theres several things that I wished were done better….Firstly Will’s voyeurism its just never dealt with ?? It’s just a huge question mark left over after I finished the book? Its made out to this huge thing at the start of the book but by the end theres nothing ….Josey though her behaviour with Will, she would push in the friendszone as soon as they were done having sex but then she blamed him and it was just confusing because she pushed him away how was he supposed to know that she love him when her behaviour was to the contrary. I wish there was more development between them, because after they become lovers it just sort of halted.

I really wanted to love to this book, I feel like I’m in the minority though since my friend really enjoyed and loved the book so it’s more of a personal thing. The book still has that Penny Reid/LH cosway humour and uniqueness, it was just Josey made me question so many things about them as a couple.

Overall, I did enjoy the book, it has funny moments and some great scenes, the couple had great chemistry but as a whole I didn’t feel the love I usually do for the couple and duo’s book.  

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About L.H. Cosway

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

About Penny Reid

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

Q and A with Author R.C. Ryan and a giveaway

Q and A with Author R.C. Ryan and a giveawayCowboy on My Mind by R.C. Ryan
on June 26th 2018
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A heartwarming western romance about a cowboy who gets a second chance with the first love he couldn't forget in the rugged beauty of the Montana mountains. . .
Don't miss this special 2-in-1 edition that includes a bonus western romance novella by Sara Richardson!Once a bad boy...Ben Monroe was the ultimate bad boy-and everyone in Haller Creek knew it. But now as a sheriff's deputy, Ben spends his time breaking up bar fights rather than starting them, and staying away from trouble...until Becca Henderson comes back into town. She's just as beautiful as Ben remembers-and just as far out of his reach.Coming home is exactly what Becca Henderson needed. A place of her own, a successful new business, and a chance to reconnect with the sexy cowboy she had a crush on in school. Ben has always blazed his own path and never let anyone stand in his way. It excites-and scares-her. But when an unexpected threat surfaces, Becca will see just how far Ben will go to protect the woman he loves-and fight for their chance at forever.

Summer Q&A with R.C. Ryan

All-time favorite beach read?
R.C.: Bridget Jones’s Diary. Pure fun.

Sun bather or a shade dweller?
R.C.: Shade. I garden in the mornings, before the sun gets too high. In the heat of the day I write, often under an umbrella on the patio.

What is your favorite food to snack on while you write?
R.C.: Saltine crackers and cheddar cheese. Yumm.

What is the craziest thing in your browser history that you’ve researched for a book?
R.C.: How many things can go wrong while delivering a calf.

What’s one personality trait you share with the heroine of your latest book?
R.C.: Like Becca, I’m a sucker for a cowboy.

Cowboy on My Mind by R.C. Ryan will be available on June 26, 2018.

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About R.C. Ryan: New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan has written more than ninety novels, both contemporary and historical. R.C. Ryan is a pseudonym of New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ryan Langan. For more information on R.C. and her books, please visit RuthLangan.com.

Release Day: The Varlet and the Voyeur by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

Release Day: The Varlet and the Voyeur by Penny Reid and L.H. CoswayThe Varlet and the Voyeur by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid
Series: Rugby #4
on 12th June 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Romantic Comedy
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He kept his salacious secret for years. But soon, everyone is going to be reading about it in their morning paper…
THE VARLET (and the VOYEUR) William Moore is a long way from home. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he’s now the most well-respected member of the Irish rugby team. But appearances are often deceptive, and Will isn’t the clean-cut, all-American good-guy everyone imagines him to be. He’s got a secret, one that will tarnish his reputation forever.
THE VOYEUR (and the VARLET) Josey Kavanagh is a self-proclaimed mess, but she’s finally get her shi…uh, act together. She’s set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, but there’s one teeny tiny road bump. Her living arrangements are coming to an abrupt end, leaving Josey homeless and in need of a job to pay her way through college.
THE PLAN What he needs is a companion to keep him on the right path. What she needs is an apartment with free rent. Will is convinced Josey will make the perfect companion, since she’s brutally honest and basically ‘just one of the guys.’ Josey is convinced she can ensure Will doesn’t succumb to his voyeuristic proclivities by keeping a scrupulous eye on him. Except, what happens when the varlet is tempted by the voyeur, and vice-versa?! Perchance something very, very volatile. And vexing.
The Varlet and the Voyeur is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the 4th (and last) book in the USA TODAY bestselling Rugby Series

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L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

About Penny Reid

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

Release Day: Order of Protection by Lexi Blake

Release Day: Order of Protection by Lexi Blake

Release Day: Order of Protection by Lexi BlakeOrder of Protection by Lexi Blake
Published by Berkley on 5th June 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romantic Suspense, Suspense
Pages: 336
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A sexy and suspenseful new contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake where love and law entwine for a conviction of the heart.
To high-end defense attorney Henry Garrison, Win Hughes is a woman he met during one of the most trying times of his life. She's soft and warm, and he finds solace in their brief relationship. But Win has a secret. She's actually Taylor Winston-Hughes—born to one of the wealthiest families in the country, orphaned as a child by a tragic accident. Win moves in the wealthiest circles, but her lavish lifestyle hides her pain.
When her best friend is murdered in the midst of a glittering New York gala, Win's charged with the crime, and the only person in the world she wants to see is Henry.
Henry is shocked at the true identity of his lover, but he can't reject the case. This trial could take his new firm into the stratosphere. Still, he's not getting burned by Win again. And yet every turn brings them closer together.
As the case takes a wild turn and Win's entire life is upended, she must look to the people she's closest to in order to find a killer. And Henry must decide between making his case and saving the woman he loves...

 

About Lexi Blake

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.