Monday, March 2, 2015

Review--The Bachelor's Baby (Montana Born Bachelor Auction Bk 3) by Dani Collins

Who could resist this tempting offer, but Meg Canon plans to do just that. She is only home to clean out her childhood bedroom for her brother’s new step-daughter and then she’s outta her childhood small town and back to her life in Chicago, but when she meets the sexy, renegade millionaire while she’s stuck in the snow, sparks fly and Meg is tempted to maybe stay a little longer. 

Linc Brady is new in town and happy to help a kid in need, but this? Technically he doesn’t owe Meg a damned thing after she bids on him, after setting him up for the Marietta bachelor auction in the first place, but her high-class city polish is his fatal weakness and makes her impossible to forget. When she agrees to come home with him, he makes it clear he’s a confirmed bachelor. This is a one-night thing. One night that turns into nine months and maybe a lifetime…?


At the end of this trilogy, I am so bummed this is the last auction book (although supposedly there are three more). I really enjoy this particular plot so I cannot wait to stumble upon something like this again.

Meg Cannon is just licking her wounds in her hometown when she meets Linc Brady. Linc is a multi-millionaire who is looking for the peace and quiet ranching offers. When Meg bids and wins on Linc they share a passionate night that leaves them with a pregnancy. As Linc tries to convince Meg to stay with him, Meg wrestles with her feelings of only being wanted because of the baby.

This was actually the weakest book in the series, in my opinion. Instead of focusing on the romance the book instead focused on a bunch of smaller plots. There was the plot over Meg's past as a foster child. There was the plot over Linc not having relationships. There was the plot over Meg feeling unloved. There was the plot over the baby. In the end I was really unsure why Meg and Linc were even together. Instead of watching them fall in love I felt like I was told they were in love. Major bummer.

On top of that the author made a huge blunder in the first few chapters. In the first two books, the character Andie was mentioned as being married to Heath (Andie was Beau's sister and Lily's best friend). I think she was also pregnant. In this one her and Heath are not together yet but clearly flirt a bit. So major consistency issue. Now that happens from time to time with different authors but it was such a glaring error and I was surprised someone hadn't caught it (remember Sarah Morgan's Doukakis' Apprentice?). So that really irked me.

In general it was an okay story but not one I was ecstatic about. To me it was just the end of the trilogy (maybe not) and it bummed me out that it ended like this. Well onto the next one hopefully.

2.5 Stars
Published by Tule Publishing
March 6, 2015
117 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

Related Books

1. Bound to the Bachelor
2. Bachelor at Her Bidding


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Review--Love Me, Still by Maya Banks

Beloved mate to two wolves, Heather lived an idyllic life until hunters destroyed the pack’s peaceful existence. 

Believing their mate betrayed them and was responsible for their father’s death, Cael and Riyu cut Heather from their lives. But when they realize their terrible mistake, can they ever gain her forgiveness and win back her love?

I tend to shy away from shifter books simply because I hate the mate bond thing. I hate the "I tingle, you tingle, now we must be together forever even though we are strangers." I hate that. So I was hesitant about this even though I love menage romances. Well it was a cute story.

When the pack leader is attacked, Heather's mates cast her out as a traitor. Injured and reeling from the traumas committed to her she tries to move on without them. When another wolf returns and explains what actually happened Cael and Riyu have to try and win Heather back before the other wolf can claim her as his own.

I was amazed at such a story being jam-packed into a novella. It really surprised me because this world could have easily been a multi-book story. Not only could Cael, Riyu, and Heather's story started earlier with this functioning as a sequel, but the other wolves could have had their own stories. Instead we only got a glimpse.

The general plot was enjoyable for me because it contained a broken marriage. In essence that was what it was. It consisted of two men having to win back their woman when they behaved terribly. Much like some other works by Maya Banks, it was a delightful look at marriage not being the end of the courtship.

Really though, it was too short to be worth a deep look. While I loved the concept of analyzing a romance after the initial courtship, the characters were left with little development. There was little story and it only seemed to be building towards a sex scene towards the end. It was a bummer.

If you are looking for a non-paranormal romance with this plot, I'd try "Stay With Me" by Maya  Banks. That one is a great look at a marriage on the rocks.

2.5 Stars
Published by Maya Banks
February 4, 2015
65 Pages
Provided by--Me


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves--February 27/Weekly Wrap-Up




Look at me still managing to put up 5-6 posts a week. I also managed to read a bunch this week (yay). I'm working six days this week so that's fun. Honestly I have very little to say this week because I'm falling asleep as I'm typing this. How was your week?
Review

Library

 1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

2. Hot Finish (Fast Track Bk 3) by Erin McCarthy



3. Primal Bonds (Shifters Unbound Bk 2) by Jennifer Ashley

4. Tamed (Tangled Bk 3) by Emma Chase

5. Twisted (Tangled Bk 2) by Emma Chase 

Purchased

1. Just This Once (Escape From New Zealand Bk 1) by Rosalind James [FREE]

2. Holy Frigging Matrimony (Tangled Bk 1.5) by Emma Chase [$.99]





3. Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan [$3.99]

4. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger [$2.99]








Gifted--From a library friend [THANKS!]

 1. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

2. Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Bk 3) by Leigh Bardugo [Audio]

 3. Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin [audio]

4. The Chance You Won't Return by Annie Cardi [audio]

5. Uncaged (Singlular Menace Bk 1) by John Sandford and Michele Cook [audio]

Pre-ordered

1. Rock Steady (Chaos Bk 3) by Kristen Ashley [3.99]

2. The One You Want (Original Heartbreakers Bk .5) by Gena Showalter [FREE]







Weekly Wrap-Up

Review

1. Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound Bk 1) by Jennifer Ashley [4 Stars]
2. Sinful (Bitter Creek Bk 13) by Joan Johnson [3 Stars]
3. Bound to the Bachelor (Montana Born Bachelor Auction Bk 1) by Sarah Mayberry [3 Stars]
4. Bachelor at Her Bidding (Montana Born Bachelor Auction Bk 2) by Kate Hardy [3 STars]

Memes

1. Top Ten Tuesday--Favorite Female Characters (Television)

Books Read

1. Flirting with Fire (Hot in Chicago Bk 1) by Kate Meader
2. Breaking His Rules (Feeling the Heat Bk 4) by Alison Packard
3. Playing Knotty by Elia Winters
4. Primal Bonds (Shifters Unbound Bk 2) by Jennifer Ashley
5. The Woods, Vol. 1: The Arrow (The Woods #1-4) by Tynion James IV/Michael Dialynas

Currently Reading

Friday, February 27, 2015

Review--Bachelor at Her Bidding (Montana Born Bachelor Auction Bk 2) by Kate Hardy

When Dr. Rachel Cassidy comes back to Marietta with a broken heart and a divorce under her belt, going to a Bachelor Auction fund-raiser doesn’t sound like her idea of a good time – and when her sister and friends “buy” her a dinner date with sexy Parisian-trained pastry chefRyan Henderson, that sounds even worse. 

Ryan doesn’t have time for dating – he’s put his dreams to one side and come back to Marietta to look after his sick grandmother. But when he agrees to help a charity fundraiser by offering to cook a special meal to one lucky bidder, he gets more than he bargains for and discovers a woman he might just dare to let himself fall in love with. 

Then tragedy strikes, just when Rachel and Ryan think they might have a future, opening up old scars and pushing them apart. 

And if they’re to stand a chance of getting back together, then Ryan’s going to have to be seriously inventive. Can he win the love of his life with ten cakes?
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I'm a total sucker for auction/bet romances as I said in my review of book one. I couldn't help myself but read the rest of the trilogy back to back. For the most part I shy away from that and try to keep at least a week between books in a series so the story seems fresh to me. On the other hand, this trilogy has each book written by different authors.

Dr. Rachel Cassidy is back in town after a failed marriage. She's determined to find contentment with her small life. When her friends bid on Ryan Henderson as a birthday gift for her, she finds herself stuck with a prickly chef who does not have time for a relationship. Ryan is caring for his ailing grandmother when he finds himself fascinated with Rachel. Thus begins a friends with benefits relationship as they keep their time a secret as they wrestle with trying to find happiness.

I absolutely adore chef stories. There is something so erotic about mixing romance and food. I love the moments spent in the kitchen and I adore the moments when one of the character cooks for the other. Plus the erotic nature of feeding someone the food you made is just so sexy. So I was totally on board with this sexy book.

The b-plot was about Ryan taking care of his grandmother who was suffering from dementia. While I understand the importance of this story and the realism of Ryan's struggle, it didn't really fit with the romance. It created a conflict that seemed ridiculous to say the least and created a break up when one was not necessary. It bummed me out to say the least.

I would have loved to stay in Ryan's kitchen a little more or to find a Ryan of my own. He wooed her in the most romantic way (which I will not spoil). If you want a hot, sexy chef story than check this one out.

3 Stars
Published by Tule Publishing
February 27, 2015
133 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

Related Books

1. Bound to the Bachelor by Sarah Mayberry
3. The Bachelor's Baby by Dani Collins [Release Date: March 6, 2015]


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review--Bound to the Bachelor (Montana Born Bachelor Auction Bk 1) by Sarah Mayberry

Lily Taylor knows Beau Bennett dislikes her, but that won’t stop her from asking him to volunteer for the Bachelor Auction she’s organized to help her friend Molly provide for her tragically injured son, Josh. If Beau’s gorgeous face, piercing blue eyes and chiseled body inspires the women of Marietta to dig into their pockets for a good cause, then Lily will do whatever it takes to secure his participation. 

Beau Bennett isn’t sure how he wound up on the auction block being eyed up by hundreds of eager women, but he knows who to blame for it - Lily Taylor, the sexy, distracting, off-limits best friend of his kid sister. As far as he’s concerned, the sooner this nightmare is over, the better. 

The last thing either of them expects is for Lily to wind up bidding on - and winning - Beau, or that their date will lead to Beau stepping in to save Lily when her past comes back to haunt her. As Beau does his best to keep Lily safe, they discover that maybe they don’t dislike each other quite as much as they thought. 

In fact, maybe it’s just the opposite…


I'm not quite sure what Tule Publishing is but they started putting up a bunch of stories on NetGalley back in December. I snatched up some of the Christmas ones and then never actually read them. So I'm a terrible person. Regardless I was in the mood for some fun times and picked up the Bachelor Auction trilogy.  I'm a sucker for auction/bet romances because they put the couple in close proximity and create a bit of tension. This series did not disappoint.

Lily Taylor is determined to have an amazing auction fundraiser for a local family in need. She convinces a slew of eligible bachelors to be a part of it, including Beau Bennett. Beau and Lily have never seen eye-to-eye which surprises him to no end when Lily wins him in the auction. Lily wants to help a good cause and get rid of the money she doesn't want so she figures what the hell? When Beau realizes someone is targeting Lily, he's determined to keep her safe.

These are all relatively short novellas at just over 100 pages. It's the perfect length for a fun romance on a cold day (snow bad snow). Not only that but the men sizzle in these series. Beau Bennett is the hot, security firm type of hero who is often found getting sweaty during his workouts. Yum.

Lily was such a great heroine. She had a bad past but didn't let that keep her down. She knew some of the towns people could only see her as an ex-stripper but she was determined to be a good part of the community and give back to her friends. Go her. On top of that she had an unfortunate childhood but tried not to let that define her. She had issues sure but she wasn't going to let them stop her.

The conflict left a little to be desired. I understood the author creating an external conflict rather than an internal one. The problem was the stepbrother, stalker character actually detracted from the overall story. I wanted to spend more time with the romance and instead I had to deal with a terrible villain and a showdown that was unnecessary.

I cannot wait to read book two and share it with all of you. I really like the Montana series so far and I might go back and pick up some of the earlier books. I really want to read Molly's story so I might stick around to see what happens after the auction trilogy.

3 Stars
Published by Tule Publishing
February 20, 2015
113 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

Related Books

2. Bachelor at Her Bidding by Kate Hardy [Release Date: February 27, 2015]
3. The Bachelor's Baby by Dani Collins [Release Date: March 6, 2015]


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday--Favorite Female Characters


I opted to do favorite female television characters instead of book heroines. I tend to not love any book heroines so I figured I'll stick with my strong suit.


 1. Lorelei Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)

2. Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)


3. Felicity Smoak (Arrow)

4. Joan Watson (Elementary)


 5. Donna Paulsen (Suits)

6. Regina Mills (Once Upon a Time)

 7. Rory Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)

8. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

9. Echo (Dollhouse)

10. Chloe Sullivan (Smallville)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Review--Sinful (Bitter Creek Bk 13) by Joan Johnston

After a tragic accident takes Delta sergeant Connor Flynn's wife, he faces the toughest fight of his life-battling his in-laws for custody of his two young children. He needs a make-believe wife to take care of the kids while he runs his Wyoming ranch. Who better than a woman he already knows and likes-his late wife's best friend? Forced to live under the same roof, Eve must hide a love that has never died, while Connor fights his growing need for a woman who was forbidden fruit during his marriage. Can two lonely people set adrift by fate and haunted by guilt find redemption in the healing embrace of love?


So I'm a sucker for nanny stories. While this one is not particularly a nanny story, it hits all the right buttons. Instead of a nanny it is more of a friends to lovers story with some twists or turns.

Connor needs a wife. He has just returned from the army and has been granted custody of his two children who barely remember him. After his wife's death he has to prove he can care for two children who only remember their mother and grandparents due to his time abroad. In order to make it work he hires Eve to come and live with him as a nanny. She needs a place for her wild Mustangs and Connor is more than happy to oblige. When one lie spins into more, Eve and Connor find themselves engaged and looking towards being married for the future. Problem is they've been in love with each other for years and Connor's dead wife stands between them.

I really liked Eve in this story as she wrestled with her old feelings, new feelings, and worry about her own independence. Not only did she reveal she's had a thing for Connor for a long time but her she felt guilty for betraying her best friend in the present. She sat back and hoped she would find someone while her best friend was with the one she wanted to be with. It was a nice sentiment to show how loyal a friend could be even when they were miserable.

Connor was a great hero. He wanted to take care of his kids and that is so hot. His entire focus was on his kids and winning them back. That's a great thing to see in a book and I love the alpha male with kids story.

I did have a problem with the dead wife story. So Eve and Molly were best friends. When Eve played a prank on Connor years ago she inadvertently ruined her chances with Connor when he fell for Molly. Years went by and the two married while Eve looked on. Now after Molly's death, she still has feelings for Connor and struggles with them knowing Connor loved his wife. At the same time the reader discovers Connor had feelings for Eve all these years. He fell for Molly but he always wanted Eve and felt guilty for his feelings. While I'm sort of okay with that premise, this happened.

While that was a weird twist I thought it vilified a dead woman and also gave the couple an easy out. I'm not a fan of that at all. I would have much rather seen them come together now and fall in love than have this past stuff come up.

This was my first Joan Johnston and it was smack dab in the middle of the series. On the plus side it is the first one in her newish part of the series. It sets up future stories since Eve's father has, in essence, given away the sister's home in order to give it to his son. So clearly things are going to happen in the future. Plus there are three more brothers for Connor's family. So hopefully this series will improve. I think it is a worthwhile read and I hope you guys try it.

3 stars
Published by Dell
December 30, 2014/April 28, 2015[Pushed Back Release]
320 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

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1. The Cowboy
2. The Texan
3. The Loner
4. The Price
5. The Rivals
6. The Next Mrs. Blackthorne
7. A Stranger's Game
8. Shattered
9. Texas Bride
10. Wyoming Bride
10.5. A Bitter Creek Christmas
11. Montana Bride
12. Unforgettable
14. Shameless [Release Date: September 1, 2015]