Monday, 24 September 2018

Batch Reviews #7

Hard Sell by Lauren Layne (✮✮✮✮✮ - 5/5 stars)
Publishing Date: September 4, 2018
Publisher: Amazon Publishing - Montlake Romance
Pages: 252

My Review: I read the first book in this series: Hot Asset last month and I knew I instantly wanted to read the other books in the series. The next story is the haters to lovers trope and I'm always a sucker for that trope. This story follows Matt, who is also in the same Wall Street firm as Ian from the previously book. It was clear from the previous book that Matt and Ian's other best friend, Sabrina, had some tension between them. They are thrown together when Sabrina takes on Matt as a PR client and she has to fix his image. She is able to do this by pretending to be his girlfriend. However, not everything is for pretend. I loved seeing them come to terms with what was happening with their feelings, and just learning more about both characters. I loved seeing how they slowly began to fall in love with each other despite their rocky start. Again, the secondary characters made a big impact in the book and we got to see Ian and Lara again! I'm so excited for the next book because I definitely want more of this friendship and this world. I loved Hot Asset, but I loved Hard Sell so much more. *heart eyes*

Available for purchase at:
Chapters/Indigo, Amazon, Kindle, and Book Depository
Disclaimer: I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Up In Flames by Jennifer Blackwood  (✮✮✮✮✮ - 5/5 stars)
Publishing Date: October 9, 2018
Publisher: Amazon Publishing - Montlake Romance
Pages: 300

My Review: This is also a second book in a series! Clearly.. I like series that focus on multiple friend groups ;) When I finished Burning Up last month, I liked it but I didn't love it. I found the ending quite rushed and all of the protagonist's constant back and forth really annoyed me in some aspects. This book was totally what I wanted though! This story follows Erin's best friend, Sloane, and her relationship with Erin's brother, Reece. You got to see a bit of them in the previous book. You knew that Reece was protective of both his sister, and his bestfriend, Jake.. but you didn't really learn a lot about him. I loved learning his back story in this one, and learning that he is an awesome older brother to both Reece and Andie. He was able to support Andie in her difficult time of figuring out what to do in terms of college. You also see Reece having a difficult time at work, despite working with his bestfriends. The chief of their department clearly has it out for Reece and one of the many ways he has to make amends is volunteer to be auctioned off. The person that ends up bidding on him and winning is, Sloane. Sloane has always had an attraction to Reece, but something happens one night which makes her absolutely hate him. Again, here I am loving the haters to lovers trope. I loved their back and forth so much, because despite everything, you know that they deeply care for one another underneath it all. I especially loved their text message exchanges. There's also a few funny moments seeing Sloane navigate the online app dating world, and seeing what crazy tasks she gets Reece to do because of the auction. There is also a super awesome character named Peaches! She's a cute dog that Reece fosters for a bit and she made their story so much more special. Overall, I loved this book and I could not put it down. I loved their relationship so much that I didn't want the book to end. Again, if you like firefighters, a good friendship group, and some swoooony moments mixed with banter, definitely check this one out!

Available for pre-order at:
Chapters/Indigo, Amazon, Kindle, and Book Depository
Disclaimer: I received an advanced e-readers copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Intercepted by Alexa Martin (✮✮✮✮ - 4/5 stars)
Publishing Date: September 11, 2018
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Pages: 320

My Review: This is Alexa Martin's debut novel and one of the books I read with my #supersexybookclub gals this past month. I'm definitely growing to love contemporary sports romances a lot and this one follows Marlee, who has been with long time boyfriend, Chris. She's been waiting for him to finally pop the question, and she's been with him through thick and thin. However, she learns that Chris has actually been cheating on her. They've had rough patches in the past, and they actually broke up at one point (this point also coincides with a hot night she had with Gavin Pope), but there's really no coming back from it this time. Things become more complicated when Gavin (yes, the one she had the hot one night stand with), ends up being drafted to be on the same team as her ex, Chris. I liked seeing their relationship grow, but certain things about Gavin definitely bothered me. There are so many great moments where he stands up for Marlee, but he sometimes doesn't let her fight her own battles. Those moments came across as controlling in my opinion, and it felt like he didn't truly learn his lesson after everything was said and done. That being said, it was quite nice seeing how a relationship functioned over the course of a few months, since some romance novels often end once the couple finally gets together. Also as funny as some moments were, I found the hashtags to be a bit much. I get that they can be sprinkled throughout and it's definitely something that's part of Marlee's personality, but I found them to be quite annoying and I ended up trying my best to ignore the hashtags. Despite that, like I said, for a debut novel, it's definitely a strong one. I look forward to the next book in the series!

Available for purchase at:
Chapters/Indigo, Amazon, Kindle, and Book Depository

Cooper's Charm by Lori Foster (✮✮✮✮ - 4/5 stars)
Publishing Date: July 31, 2018
Publisher: HQN
Pages: 352

My Review: Another one of the books we read last month for #supersexybookclub and it's actually my second Lori Foster read ever. My good friend, Patty, is a big fan of hers and I honestly didn't realize how many books she had out. I really enjoyed Under Pressure - I love books with strong alpha male types and just by the description, Cooper sounded just like that. I'll admit too that the cover definitely drew me in because I am a big dog lover and I'm all for a dog being part of the story somehow ;) Anyways, back to the review. The story follows Phoenix Rose, who is trying to start her life over again after being attacked during a burglary. She finds solace at Cooper's Charm, a resort where people can also camp and RV. She takes on the job of groundskeeper and finds herself instantly attracted to Cooper, the owner of the resort. Cooper is also dealing with something dark from his past with the recent loss of his wife. I love that they both came together and were able to 'live' again after their tragic experiences. The definitely take front and center stage in the story. What is unique about this story is that there's two love stories at the same time. You also follow Ridley Rose, Phoenix's sister, who out of concern of her sister's well-being comes to Cooper's Charm and ends up taking the position of the housekeeper. There she's there to support her sister, but also find reprieve from her recent divorce. She finds herself drawn to the scuba instructor, Baxter. Their relationship seems purely sexual at first, but it's clear they've grown to care for one another. I loved seeing how they met and I instantly liked their dynamic. I will say that they didn't have as much in the book, since it was a lot about Phoenix and Cooper, so I kind of wish we got more of Ridley and Baxter. I also felt things were quite rushed towards the end and the pacing felt a bit off with how fast things resolved. I'm happy for HEA, but I guess, I would've liked more, especially for Ridley and Baxter. All in all, it was a good book! It had TWO swoony male leads and it definitely made me want to go away to a resort to just relax. I think there will be more in this series and I can't wait to read the next story! I hope it's about Maris and Daron ;)

Available for purchase at:
Chapters/Indigo, Amazon, and Kindle

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