Emmie Elliot walked back into her hometown determined to sell her grandmother’s bookstore, but she could not take that step. She decided to keep the store open and was going to take on a tenant, which was when she would be meet Miles Oxford “Ox”, who was a tattoo artist in need of space to rent. They made the rules to keep everything platonic right before they opened but those rules were meant to be broken.
Ink: A Love Story on 7th and Main is the first book to the book 7th and Main by Elizabeth Hunter. I was recently recommend to read this book and I am glad I did, I loved this book. It was right up my alley. I am a lover of books and have a tattoo, in fact it is a book tattoo. I loved the concept of a bookstore with a tattoo artist. By the way I really love the cover of the book.
Emmie was a great character. She seemed buttoned up, but she had a many layers and you were at times cheering for her to not give up. The attraction between them was steamy and pretty perfect. Now Ox was a pretty fantastic character although he could be dense when it came to doing the right thing with Emmie and it was those little thing which kept them from getting truly close right away.
I am looking forward to reading Hooked which is the second book to the series.
Summer Michelle’s dream is to become a singer and she is getting a big break. It is down to two singers who will be the opening act for a big pop star, but then threats start to happen. Summer will be told that she will be given a bodyguard and it is none other than her old bodyguard, the man that she had an affair with four years ago. She hopes that they can get a second chance but will have to get Ben’s trust again.
Ben Hollander had been fired from his last job because he had been caught having an affair with a contestant. Now four years later he will be guarding her once again but he will not let it get physical. He doesn’t want to be like his father, though Ben will have to fight hard to resist as Summer will pursue him.
Rock Me is the first book to the series Bodyguard Bad Boys by Carly Phillips. Carly Phillips is an author I can rely on to write a fun and quick novel that has elements of love/lust and some danger in them. This was a great first book to the series. I have a definite soft spot for bodyguard books.
I was apprehensive because I thought Summer was going to be a diva and was the one to turn in Ben but quickly found out that was wrong. Summer was a young woman who just wanted to be a singer. She fell for Ben but things got in their way. I liked that they got a second chance to try again. Ben was definitely guarded but when you find out about his past it was understandable. I thought Ben should have put up a little more of a fight to resist Summer but he didn’t.
The threat was interesting because I had guessed right away the person but then I wasn’t sure as Carly Phillips wasn’t giving away too many hints.
Wes Sinclair was adamant about winning the bet which he won fair and square. When he won he got Natalie to be his slave for two weeks. He will find ways to drive Natalie crazy but she will turn the tables on him until they both give in to desire.
Natalie Prescott was determined to win the bet she made with Wes but in the end she will lose, though things will quickly change between them. Natalie will find herself losing the bet but getting much closer to Wes.
Big Shot is the first book to the series Book Boyfriend by Carly Phillips. I really enjoyed this light and steamy read from Carly Phillips. Its a book that you can just sit down and read and enjoy the banter between Wes and Natalie.
Wes was an egotistical male but you could not help and like him. I wanted him to take a chance and just be honest with Natalie but it is hard to cross that boundary. I was cheering for him especially when he showed his gentler side, he was a true romantic at least when it came to Natalie. Natalie was a determined woman who wanted to do all that she could, she wanted to be the best. Like Wes, I wanted Natalie to open up to him about her feelings and tell him once and for all how she felt. Although I did like that she was not waiting for him, she was doing what she could with her life.
I really liked the cross over with the Dirty Sexy series. It was fun to read about the Kincaid brothers. It actually makes me want to reread their stories.
Paige Walker had been the sick girl in her hometown. Paige wanted a fresh start in New York and she was making it but then her dreams will be crushed. She will rely on her friends for help to get her dream on her own. She will get help from her friends, Frankie and Eve as well from her brother Matt. The one that she will be hesitant to ask for help will be the man she loved since she was a teenager, Jake Romano.
Sleepless in Manhattan is the first book to the series From Manhattan with Love by Sarah Morgan. I had seen this book when this series started but I wanted to wait for several books to be finished. I thought this was a sweet story. Its a story of second chances and your heart will melt when Jake finally realizes what he was missing.
I liked Paige’s drive for organizing. I am completely the same with organizing the things in my life. I thought she was brave to try and not because she survived surgery but because starting a business is not an easy task. I liked that she was nervous, excited and scared as hell throughout the story. It felt real. The romance between Jake and Paige was not there but that is because Jake could not let himself be with Paige that way. Though things will change and Jake will finally let himself want Paige but it will still take a while for him to open his heart up all the way.
I am interested in reading about Frankie and Eve who are the best friends of Paige and who are part of the business.
At the end the book there was another story, Midnight at Tiffany’s. This was a prequel to the series From Manhattan with Love. This book is about Matilda who is an inspiring writer who is looking to get a chance to get her book published. She is working as a waitress to pay the bills which is when her life will get changed forever. She will meet Chase the man whose brother has a publishing house but she did not know the man was Chase.
This prequel which is a novella is a sweet and very short. You get everything you want all wrapped up in a bow. I of course want more detail but I was satisfied with how the story was written.
The second book is Sunset in Central Park which I will be reading next.
Rita Lucero was at her ex’s, Phillippe Renier, bakery to finally get him to sign the divorce papers but she will quickly find that would be impossible. Phillippe was found dead with a chef’s knife in the chest at his bakery. Rita will have to find out who would want to kill her ex which will be difficult when everyone was hiding something.
A Sheetcake Named Desire is the first book to the series A Piece of Cake Mystery by Jacklyn Brady. I am trying another mystery and I have to say I really enjoyed this story. I just sat down and read. It was quick and fun and full of mystery that was kind of quirky.
Rita’s character was a pastry chef who had her own business but her life is interrupted with the abrupt departure of her husband. I liked that Rita was an amateur sleuth and she wasn’t always right. In fact she was letting her emotions get in the way at times when she was trying to solve her ex’s murder.
With mystery books I love trying to guess who had killed whomever. With certain mystery’s I can guess pretty easily. For this book I was guessing throughout the book and was not guessing right on the actual murderer. I will say that my suspicions on other parts of the book I was guessing right, at least to a point. I liked that the book had me actually thinking and coming up with questions as I was reading the book.
I will definitely be coming back to this series. I am curious to read how Rita’s life will be changed and what other murders will happen. Also if there will be anything happening with the bartender or the detective. The romance reader is always looking for some romance in the book. I don’t know if that will happen and even if it doesn’t I have a feeling I will like this series.
Grace Wheaton was the assistant curator to the Marshfield Manor but that will quickly change when the curator will be shot dead in the manor. Grace will work with the police to find out who was behind the shooting and if he was the real target.
Grace Under Pressure is the first book of the series Manor House Mystery by Julie Hyzy. I have been searching for mysteries to read. I am trying to broaden my range of books other than romance. I came across this cozy mystery and I have to say it hooked me in right away. It dragged a little for me in the middle but I was all in with this mystery.
Grace’s character was a woman who was very much into procedures and she wanted to prove that she could do a good job. In other words Grace was good in a tricky situation. I liked her role in the book, she was almost a private investigator but she had to be with the incompetent police. The other side characters were intriguing. There was Bennett who owned the manor and Frances who was the long time administrative assistant. These two characters will no doubt be in the other books. Then there was Jack Embers who is the mysterious gardener. His presence in the book was also intriguing because his family had founded the town. There is not a lot with Jack in the book but I look forward to knowing more about him.
There was a good twist that I didn’t see coming which I thought was interesting. The twist wouldn’t be resolved in the first book and I feel it is going to be a question mark until there is solid proof.
One thing that I didn’t feel was needed was Liza’s part, Grace’s sister. Liza isn’t mentioned much but you know she is flighty and selfish. Spoiler alert she married Grace’s ex. That part was two lines, not much to go one but I looked at the summary’s for the other books and it looks like Liza will be in those stories causing trouble. So I guess Julie Hyzy was setting up Liza’s character for future story lines.
I am definitely going to check out the second book to the series. Hopefully it will be as good as the first, if not better. I am not always one for a series with the same main character because it can get stale pretty fast. Although with Grace she was pretty entertaining to read.
Liberty Jones had dreams of leaving, but when circumstances change her life is forever altered. Liberty does her best to do everything she could for her sister. Their lives will change when Liberty meets the Travises family but things will get complicated when her past shows up.
Sugar Daddy is the first book to the series Travises by Lisa Kleypas. I liked this book a lot. I found it dragging a little in the beginning but it was needed as you got to know Liberty’s character.
Liberty’s character was interesting. She was kind and tried her best especially with her sister. Where many would give up, she kept going. What drove me a little crazy was her obsession with Hardy. It was annoying as she kept comparing every man to one heated kiss she had received from Hardy years ago. I almost wanted them just to have sex so it would be over and done with. I figured once it was done they would figure out they wouldn’t last. Of course I was glad they didn’t as that would really end Liberty and Gage.
The Travises family were good people and very wealthy, but they were hiding something and that will connect them to Liberty. The hints are there and pretty easy to figure out. Within the family I really liked the father, Churchill. He was a kind older man who wanted friendship from Liberty. Gage, Churchill’s son, wanted more from Liberty. I liked Gage for the most part. He grew on me as he interacted with Carrington and Liberty.
Throughout the book I didn’t really like Hardy. He wasn’t a character I was rooting for. Yeah I am happy he helped Liberty in her childhood but he truly was ruthless and I think cared more about himself. Not sure how I am going to like him in the next book but I will try it out. I am reading Blue-Eyed Devil next.
Clay Kincaid helped those who needed it, but he didn’t like being acknowledge for his good deed. He will find another woman to help but something about Samantha will have him wanting more.
Samantha Jamieson had enough of her controlling parents. She wanted a way out so she ran away from home hoping that she could experience life. She will get some help from Clay.
Dirty Sexy Saint is the first book to the series Dirty Sexy by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. I really enjoyed this first book to the series, it stayed true to its title. I had read some of Carly Phillips but I really fell in love with her writing when I read the Dare to Love series.
Clay’s character was certainly a saint when helping others but he was more a sinner when it came to women. Clay had a bad childhood but despite it all he wanted to tried to help those around him. I liked that he gave Samantha a chance even though he knew that she didn’t belong, which will in turn help her make a decision. Samantha’s character was a very privileged woman. She had everything she wanted except for freedom. I liked that she wanted a way out. She wanted to be her own person, not just a member of her family. She might not have excelled perfectly at the new job but she was excited to learn.
Her family were a bit much with wanting to keep her in that perfect life they had planned out for her. I did like that not all was lost for Samantha to have a relationship with her family.
The Duke of Griffin needed a chaperone for his sisters and he immediately found one with Esmeralda Swift. He was determined she would be the right one. The problem was he started to feel things for Esmeralda and he needed to be clearheaded with a possible threat to his sisters.
Esmeralda Swift was working hard to keep the agency afloat. When The Duke of Griffin comes for employment her prays are answered. Though the job will get tricky when Esmeralda will start to have feelings for her employer.
Last Night With the Duke is the first book to the series The Rakes of St. James by Amelia Grey. This was a cute romance that was very quick to read.
I thought that Griffin’s character was wonderful. He was a rake but those were the old days. Now he just wanted to make sure his sisters had a chance in society. I liked that he took the situation seriously and wanted the best for his sisters. I also liked that his wanting of Esmeralda was more sweet. He didn’t act the rake he had been and rush her to the bedroom. Esmeralda’s character was all about business and keeping herself and sister safe from the poorhouse. She took her work seriously and I liked that she didn’t given into Griffin the moment the attraction was known between them. It was sweet as they became friends, then something more.
The scandal that happened with Griffin and his friends was a mistake and one that was making things difficult. It was cruel but no one had been ruined. Now with Griffin’s sister’s making their coming out he had to protect them from possible threats of ruination. I will say the threat was more overplayed in the book, that I had wondered if anything would happen.
The next book to this series will be coming out December 2017.
Kenna Sloane has been dealing with her own personal demons and she needs a way out. Kenna will take a chance and step back into her old world with the Blasphemy club. She knows that Griffin will be the man to help her.
Griffin Hudson had lost the love of his life, he just had not known it at the time. Now with her back Griffin will do all that he could to keep her.
Bound to Submit is the first book to the series Blasphemy by Laura Kaye. I really enjoyed this book. I got my first look into this Blasphemy club with Hard to Serve which was a cross over story from Hard Ink series. I thought that Laura Kaye did a fantastic job on getting to that emotional drive in the characters. I am not always a fan of the dom/sub play but Laura Kaye really can write it well.
Throughout the story Kenna is battling with survivors guilt. I truly felt her struggles through the book and the triumph that happens towards the end. Kenna’s character was a strong woman who has lost who she was. She was brave enough to try and find that woman again. Her interaction with Griffin was intense and it helped break down a few barriers she was holding on to. Griffin’s character was a Master in the club and he knew that he had made a mistake five years ago. I liked that he owned up to that mistake and that he treated Kenna with the same care and love he had before. Of course his love was all about bondage but that was what Kenna wanted and needed.