Smooth Talking Stranger

Jack Travis was astonished when a woman and a baby showed up at his office claiming the child was his. Jack knew he was not the father but instead of sending them away Jack helped them. He wanted to keep Ella and Luke close to him.

Ella Varner always helped her sister which was why she ended up taking care of her nephew, Luke. She was out of her depth but was determined. Ella will end up getting help from an unexpected source, Jack.

Smooth Talking Stranger is the third book to the series Travises by Lisa Kleypas. I really loved this book. For me this series gets better and better. Hopefully the last book will keep going with the trend.

For me this was all about character development of Jack and Ella. These two characters very much had commitment phobia. Yet they were placed together and feelings towards each other started to take form. I really loved Jack. He was a dater of women but from the moment he saw Ella he wanted her, and for more than one night. I liked how he handled Ella with care and truly wanted her for her. He was very persistent. He was also very patient when helping with Luke. Ella character was a fixer. She tried to help her sister but it never really helped, though she always tried. That is why she helped take the baby Luke. She was very determined especially keeping away from Jack. I liked that she did try her best to stay away from him and didn’t just jump in his bed. Their courtship was a slow seduction that is until Jack made it clear to Ella with what he wanted.

Ella’s mother was a piece of work. She was all about herself and very manipulative especially when it came to Ella. I liked that Jack was able to handle her but it broke my heart how she couldn’t truly love her daughters. Then there was Tara’s character who started the whole mess. It wasn’t that I disliked her greatly but she did think more about herself than others. I will say that she made up for her mess at the end.

Now the mystery behind Luke’s father was very easy to figure out once the players were introduced, but I enjoyed the mystery behind it.

I am reading the last book to the series next.

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Blue-Eyed Devil

Hardy Cates was a self made man and always wanted more and he did all he could to get it. Then he found a woman, Haven. She was a woman he could not get but with her divorce Hardy was going to go after the woman he wanted.

Haven Travis had thought she married for love but she had been wrong. Now with a broken marriage behind her Haven will try to get her life together. She wasn’t expecting Hardy to come into her life.

Blue Eyed Devil is the second book to the series Travises by Lisa Kleypas. After I had finished the first book I was apprehensive about reading this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this book. I picked up the book and kept reading from start to finish.

Hardy’s character was much better in his own story. I liked that there was no flirtation between him and Liberty. I didn’t want his pursuing of Haven to be tainted by that. I felt that he had matured some and wasn’t as cruel. Though he was still certainly rough around the edges and that will certainly help when he is needed by Haven. Now Haven’s character was the one that truly drew me into the book. I was drawn to her because of the mistake she made and cringed every time she was hurt. What I liked was she finally got the courage and changed what needed to be changed. She took her life back.

The villain is clearly Nick, Haven’s ex, who is a piece of work. He is an abusive man who wants only to have someone to beat down on. The other villain was Vanessa who seemed to be cut from the same cloth as Nick. I wouldn’t lie, I was pretty happy that there was some justice for their cruelty.

I am reading the third book next, Smooth Talking Stranger.

Dirty Sexy Inked

Mason Kincaid was ready for a hookup in Las Vegas but that will be stopped when he finds his best friend dancing on a bar. Mason will take Katerina away from the bar and before he could stop himself he will make his move. The move will change everything between them and will have Mason thinking of his future.

Katerina Sands has loved her best friend since she had met him. She never thought it would come of anything but with a one night stand everything changes. Katerina knows she had to distance herself but will be surprised when Mason doesn’t allow it.

Dirty Sexy Inked is the second book to the Dirty Sexy series by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. I really enjoyed this book, possibly more than the first book, but to be fair the brothers are all very different with their personalities. What pulled me into the story was without a doubt the characters of Mason and Katerina.

Mason’s character was what you would considered a manwhore and he was very good at it. He was also crude and did whatever the hell he wanted. I liked when as the reader you got to read his thoughts, without those thoughts I don’t know if I would really love Mason. Because of those parts I wanted Mason to find that love he was afraid to reach for. I wanted him to be courageous and declare himself to Katerina. Mason will have you swooning when he steps up. Now Katerina’s character had my heart breaking for what had happened to her years ago. Mason and Katerina were very similar with a crappy childhood. I liked that Katerina moved on with her life and was making the best of the situation. What I didn’t like was she was sitting on the sideline and getting her heart broken every time that Mason was with another woman. I wanted her to tell him how she felt.

I am getting addicted to this series and will be reading the third book next.

Ride Rough

Maverick Rylan was on a mission to protect the woman he loved even if she didn’t want him. He saw that Alexa was in a tough situation, though she had not connected the dots yet.

Alexa Harmon had everything she wanted or at least she thought. She will start to notice changes in her fiance which will start to scare her. She will find help with her ex and his motorcycle club.

Ride Rough is the second book to the series Raven Riders by Laura Kaye. I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first book. For me it started out a little slow and the battle between this other gang really didn’t add to the story, at least I thought. It wasn’t like the Churchgang which was in Hard Ink series. I think the best part of the book was Maverick’s character.

Maverick was a man who would do anything for those who he loved. He had made a mistake five years ago and didn’t fight for Alexa, well he is making up for that time missed. I loved the interaction he had with her cat, Lucy. It was adorable. Alexa’s character was a battered woman in an abusive relationship. She was using the classic lines that it wasn’t the man’s fault. She did this too herself. Now her relationship wasn’t really about physical abuse but verbal abuse was there and Grant was very intimidating. Though it will get to physical abuse but it is more subtle than a beat down. You wanted Alexa to fight and to step away from him and to believe in herself. She will make the decision on her own but with the help of Maverick.

The third book is coming out this October which I am looking forward to reading. The book will feature Cora and Slider.

Between Us: Reid and Lola’s Story

Reid McDaniels was in Vegas to make a name for himself, along with his brothers. Reid was looking forward to this new life and then everything stops when his life will be turned upside down by first Lola and then a blast from his past.

Lola Taylor was a showgirl but she wanted more. She was doing what she needed to do to make enough money to make the move to New York. She was doing her best but then she will get sidetracked when Reid comes into her life.

Between Us: Reid and Lola’s Story is the third story to Christine Bell’s series McDaniels Brothers. I really enjoyed this story. I don’t know if I have a favorite McDaniels brother because they are equally interesting characters but the all shared the traits of being kind and strong men. They are the ones you want in your corner.

Reid’s character was certainly a Boy Scout, as Lola referred to him, but he is much more. He is that sweet next door neighbor boy who had a bad boy streak. He wanted to do what was right even though it would hurt him. I liked that he was still sweet, his mother had not been successful in destroying the kindness in his soul. Lola’s character was another who had seen heartache and was doing to best to avoid that, though that shields her heart against truly making a connection to anyone. Lola will take the chance with Reid, her speech to him was sweet and it felt from the heart.

Sherri McDaniels story line for me was very predictable, but I have to say I would have been disappointed if her story line went any different. She was a vile character and it was shown through her actions perfectly.

I enjoyed reading each brother and the conflict they had felt from their tormented childhood. The McDaniels Brothers was very entertaining to read.

Trust Me: Matty and Kayla

Matty McDaniels took care of his brothers which was why he was allowing himself to be blackmailed by the neighborhood gangster. He would become Mick’s fighter for a year which would pay off his debt. Matty thought it would be easy, but he wasn’t counting on Kayla James.

Kayla James was good at her job and was now given more work when Mick was expanding to legit fighters. She was excited to work in the sport, even though she wanted to be the fighter. Kayla will become hesitant when she meets Matty.

Trust Me: Matty and Kayla is the second story to the trilogy the McDaniel’s Brothers by Christine Bell. After finishing the first book I was really looking forward to reading Matty especially as he was being forced to continue his association with Mick. I really enjoyed this story. It was frustrating that I couldn’t just sit down and read the story. I have been too busy with work but every time I pick up the book I was brought back into the story.

Matty’s character was someone who was a fighter, in the literal sense, and as a job. Matty had a terrible childhood, along with his brothers, but he kept going and providing for his brothers. He never lost himself to violence or drugs, like his parents. I wanted Matty to have his chance at a career as a fighter. You knew that he would but with the roadblock that was coming his way it would hurt him. Kayla’s character surprised me. I liked her immediately with her strength of character. She too was a fighter. She had a horrible childhood but fought against all that came her way. I wanted Kayla to get her chance at being a fighter, to live her dream.

The romance between Matty and Kayla was intense. It was a fire that burned between them and it burned brightly. It was sad with how they were each were broken in the relationship department but they healed each other. It was a slow heal with lots of bumps in the road.

The villain was of course Mick and the outcome did surprise me. I was happy with it but can’t help but wonder if the McDaniel’s are done with Mick. There will be an issue in Reid’s story with a character that is going to destroy the brothers, which I read in the epilogue. I am reading Reid’s story next which will end the trilogy.

Fix You: Bash and Olivia

Fix YouOlivia Beckett loved her boyfriend but found that he was changing before her eyes. No longer was he smiling and laughing but now had a cruel smirk and a violent streak. She will be saved one night by a man who worked at a college bar. Olivia’s life will be quickly spinning out of control but she will find a way to survive with Bash’s help.

Sebastian “Bash” McDaniels wanted out of Boston and he was going to get there with his boxing career. Though things will get complicated when he goes out of his way to help a girl who was being abused by her boyfriend.

Fix You: Bash and Olivia is the first book to the series the McDaniels Brothers by Christine Bell. This was a free book on amazon and it was a really great book, in fact I loved it. I sat down and read through the book in one sitting.

Olivia’s character was a sweet young woman who was in a bad relationship. Now even though she did not get away at the first sign of trouble, she did her best to get help. While doing that she grew more of a backbone. Bash’s character was a man who had a troubled past but was doing his best to make something of himself. I liked that Bash thought to help Olivia with no hesitation. He just went in and helped. It was unfair with how Bash was treated but understandable since Andy’s father was important in society. Now with Bash and Olivia I loved how they came to be. They were completely the opposite of each but they worked in the sweetest way.

Andy, Olivia’s boyfriend, was a piece of work. He was certainly the villain of the story and I was really hoping that Christine Bell would make sure that Andy got in trouble. I really loved the surprise at the end which gave the justice that was needed for Bash.

Since I loved this book so much I bought Matty’s and Reid story. My reading is going a little slow right now with tax season but I will be reading Matty’s story next.