Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is sweetlittlelieslife on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

Fall for him—hard . . .

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .

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OMG I haven’t laughed so much reading a book in a long time! Pru, Finn, all of the characters – are a complete hoot in a story that didn’t miss a beat! Their witty dialogue was completely entertaining throughout! Pru’s inner dialogue often had me in stitches 😀 At no point was I disappointed. Jill Shalvis is my go-to author for this very reason. I always finish one of her novels with a smile on my dial and darn it, have a book crush by the end of the read 😀 Awesome reading from start to finish!
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America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

americasfirstdaughterFrom her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.

It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William’s wife and still be a devoted daughter.

Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father’s reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

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This review was difficult to write as I knew it would be a long one, and one that’s been shortened even from the original lol 😛

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie was, although at many times, full of hypocrisy and questionable decision making by the characters within, there were also some likeable facets to the novel. Perplexing at times, given today’s views as opposed to what was the norm of centuries ago. A story that was captivating and also stunningly well written.

While Patsy’s character had many happy moments, her devastations were, more often than not, one after the other and left this reader thinking if Patsy would ever get a moment when something would work in her favour. 🙁 Her character was strong, and at times just as hypocritical as her father. I did shed a tear for Patsy’s character though. She by far had the most challenges to contend with. Patsy’s character I found the most happiest early on in the read at the convent or in France generally, but the devastations that arose after her return to Virginia were completely mind bending.

Sally’s character too I felt was quite left unaccounted for as she never really got her true freedom.

The two biggest stand out, likeable characters for this reader, who incidentally were secondary characters in the story, were William Short and Lafayette.

So many references within the story I took offence to – but that’s a perspective of today’s time frame, where society has progressed so much more than in the 1700’s.

This book thwarted me with the changing actions and portrayed emotions at every turn I actually had to take a step back from the book, I felt that churned up for and over the characters while reading it.

I really enjoyed reading the story, even through my many emotional feelings throughout the book. The writing style, character portrayal, calamities, challenges etc were written flawlessly by the authors throughout the novel. Put it this way, it left me talking about the book way into the night, and still today and am so glad of some of the progress society has made for the many folk of today.

The story and characters engrossed me from start to finish – even if I didn’t like what some chapters held for its characters or what the characters were necessarily doing, but the overall story depicted was stunningly written, especially for it to grab this reader and cause the emotional, turbulent twist of emotions that often had me in queasy tied up knots. (Lol) ?
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5 Stars

 

 

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Hard Ever After by Laura Kaye

Justice served. Honor restored. Team reunited.

After a long battle to discover the truth, the men and women of Hard Ink have a lot to hardeveraftercelebrate, especially the wedding of two of their own–Nick Rixey and Becca Merritt, whose hard-fought love deserves a happy ending.

As Nick and the team shift from crisis mode to building their new security consulting firm, Becca heads back to work at the ER. But amid the everyday chaos of demanding jobs and their upcoming nuptials, an old menace they thought long gone reemerges, threatening the peace they’ve only just found.

Now, for one last time, Nick and Becca must fight for their always and forever, because they know that when true love overcomes all the odds it lasts hard ever after.

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The Hard Ink team return in the wedding of all weddings between Nick Rixey and Becca Merritt! Nick and Becca’s characters have had standout moments throughout the Hard Ink series. Their happily ever after in this novella is a cherry on the proverbial cake moment, given all the challenges these characters have had to face in the series. The Hard Ink team of course also make an appearance which brings out the smiles with their antics and comical dialogue between them 🙂
A bit of drama and lots of celebration and merriment, Hard Ever After made for a good read and a fitting finale to the Hard Ink series by author Laura Kaye.
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4 Stars

 

 

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Best Worst Mistake by Lia Riley – Book Review & Excerpt Spotlight Tour!

Best Worst Mistake by Lia Riley is the third book in the Brightwater series by Lia Riley that entertained this reader from start to finish. It was a feel good read that warmed the heart with characters who were funny, strong yet vulnerable and charming from start to finish.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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BestworstmistakeSometimes the worst mistakes turn out to be the best…

Smoke jumper Wilder Kane once reveled in the rush from putting out dangerous wildfires. But after a tragic accident, he’s cut himself off from the world, refusing to leave his isolated cabin. When a headstrong beauty bursts in, Wilder finds himself craving the fire she ignites in him, but letting anyone near his darkness would be a mistake.

After her Hollywood life went up in smoke, Quinn Higsby decided to leave Tinseltown behind and returned to Brightwater to care for her ailing father. Spending her days in a small bookstore, her peaceful existence is up-ended by a fascinating but damaged man. Quinn is determined to not to be scared off by Wilder, not once she’s experienced the heat of his passions.

But when an arsonist targets the community and Wilder is accused, he must confront the ghosts of his past. Will his desire for Quinn flameout or will he be able to tame the wildness inside and rekindle a hope for their future?

Title: Best Worst Mistake
Series: Brightwater #3
Author: Lia Riley
Release Date:  October 20, 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse

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Excerpt – Best Worst Mistake by Lia Riley

It had been a while since he’d been in the company of any woman who wasn’t a medical professional or intimately involved with his brothers. Also, as much as he didn’t want to admit it, he had a type and this forward, strong-looking woman fit it right down to that thick wavy brown hair pulled back at the nape of her long sexy neck.
Necks were underrated female geography. He loved how they tasted when he kissed them there, how they smelled as he nuzzled.
Equally fascinating was her lush mouth, how the corner remained quirked on one side despite the natural pout, as if in perpetual secret amusement.
This woman was bright, spunky, and happy, despite her father’s miserable situation. His heart sank. He had nothing to offer someone like her, not when his whole world had burned to a cinder.
He shook himself inwardly, not moving a muscle. No point succumbing to the ugly truth, however true. Maybe he could pretend to be a normal guy for the night. Normal except for the scars, the missing leg, and the fact he hadn’t spoken to a living soul since Sawyer dropped off his groceries six days ago, and was tongue-tied around strangers at the best of times.
Shit.
What would Archer do? His younger brother was good with people, especially the ladies. He’d navigate this situation like a pro.
She gave him a tentative smile, probably because he was staring at her like a loon.
Compliments. Women like compliments.
“Your teeth are real white,” Wilder blurted. Goddamn it, the words hung over them like a comic strip balloon. He wished for a string to grab on to, so he could stuff the idiocy back into his mouth, swallow it down.
“Excuse me?” Her shoulders jerked as her lips clamped, clearly not anticipating the awkward flattery.
At least he hadn’t said how much he liked her neck. Yet.
Damn, this was a mistake. He wasn’t good with people. Didn’t like people. Didn’t need people.

​About The Author

liarileyLia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn’t mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.

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If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins – Book Review!

ifyouonlyknewThe drama, hilarity and tears of sisterhood are at the heart of the thoroughly captivating new novel by New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins — a funny, frank and bittersweet look at marriage, forgiveness and moving on.

Letting go of her ex-husband is harder than wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate expected…especially since his new wife wants to be Jenny’s new best friend. Sensing this isn’t exactly helping her achieve closure, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she’ll start her own business and bask in her sister Rachel’s picture-perfect family life…and maybe even find a little romance of her own with Leo, her downstairs neighbour, a guy who’s utterly irresistible and annoyingly distant at the same time.

Rachel’s idyllic marriage, however, is imploding after she discovers her husband sexting with a colleague. She always thought she’d walk away in this situation, but her triplet daughters have her reconsidering her stance on adultery, much to Jenny’s surprise. Rachel points to their parents’ perfect marriage as a shining example of patience and forgiveness; but to protect her sister, Jenny may have to tarnish that memory — and their relationship — and reveal a family secret she’s been keeping since childhood.
Both Rachel and Jenny will have to come to terms with the past and the present, and find a way to get what they want most of all.

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Reading If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins sucker punches you right in the solar plexus. It highlighted a myriad of emotions and events filled with characters that elated, shocked and also exasperated this reader. Characters that completely weaved their way into your heart, having this reader getting caught up in the emotional story. Emotions flowing from the pages ranged from deliriously happy to hilariously funny as well as dramatically heartbreaking.
The book touches on many serious events/scenarios, but the back dialogue from the characters at numerous moments have you laughing out loud and even cheering for some of the characters 😀
This book left me talking about the characters and their journey throughout the story long after finishing the book. It’s a story that can be read again and again and if the story kept going, would still be as entertaining 😀
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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