The Pebble Jar has got to be my absolute favorite book of this year. This book is the reason why the young adult genre is one of my favorite genres to read. Abbi is the girl we can all relate too. We were all her at one point in our awkward adolescence(if you weren’t, I hate you….j/k…sort of). I instantly fell in love with Elliot’s charm and quick wit. And Nonna…she was a treasure. This story is full of moments that will make you smile, laugh, get angry, and yes, even cry. Big, fat, ugly cry tears too.
The struggles Abbi faces were difficult to read at times, only because it makes you realize that the people you think will be around forever, won’t be. Be it a friend, a family member, or someone that you thought would never leave your side no matter what. Change is inevitable, no matter how bad we don’t want it to be.
This book should be read by everyone. It’s the perfect story of an evolution of friendship and growing up. You will laugh at Abbi and Elliot’s antics and cry at their heartache. I fell in love with them from the first page. It’s impossible not too.
Having recently returned to Thistle Bend, Colorado, Ellie London is working hard to make a living as an artist, and to get over her broken engagement. She’s focused only on guarding her heart and healing her mind . . . until a cocky, undeniably sexy out-of-towner rides in on his motorcycle. Turns out, Ellie might have just found the perfect opportunity to prove to herself that she’s over her cheating fiancé.
After his own engagement falls through, EPA Inspector Collin Cooper is eager for a change of scenery in Thistle Bend. His principle rule of the road is not to get too involved with a new woman—and yet he can’t resist beautiful, outdoorsy Ellie. But when a local river becomes polluted under Collin’s supervision, resentment floods the entire town, running even deeper with Ellie’s family. With his job on the line, Collin needs to find a way to set things right—and hold on to the woman who has captured his heart.
First things first… Thank you to Random House Loveswept and Netgalley for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this review.
This was a great story to show two people who were afraid of love that its ok to fall in love again. That not everyone is like the fiancé’s they left behind. Not everyone is out to either cheat on you or make you into something that you aren’t. If you have read my reviews on the other two books in Thistle Bend you know how much I actually love this fictional place in Colorado and the people in it. I would have really liked a bit more of the twins, but know they aren’t what this series is about. I just wish we weren’t saying good bye to it so soon.
I have to give this book 4 trusting kisses…
Happy Reading… Adri
Even as a Green Beret, Zane Redmond hasn’t faced a tougher mission than going home again. Loyalty to his brothers is the only reason he’s back in Texas, not that he intends to stay for long. Zane sure as hell isn’t going into the family business. One last bounty and he’s done—or so he thinks. Nobody warned him that his fugitive happens to be a red-hot brunette with a smart mouth, a body made for sin, and a brutal cartel on her trail.
Bad circumstances and worse choices have left Iris Callahan in a desperate situation. After getting arrested for a drug drop gone wrong, she skipped bail and hit the road to avoid testifying. Now the cartel wants Iris silenced forever, and she’s just lucky that Zane catches her before they do. Handcuffed to a bed, she surrenders to the cool-as-ice bounty hunter in order to survive. But as the chase heats up, Zane sneaks past her emotional defenses—and Iris is in too deep to let him go.
Nora Sutcliffe enjoys having tough guys at her mercy—preferably in handcuffs. The best fugitive recovery agent in the business, Nora always gets her man. But when her latest pursuit leads her to a notorious biker hangout, she’s reunited with “Smith”: the one man who was too hot for Nora to handle. Once upon a time, she was a rich girl and he was a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Now she needs his help, and she’ll do whatever it takes to get it.
Eight years ago, Smith let a pretty little Texas debutante break his heart. He picked up the pieces, went to hell and back with the army, then rode out of the darkness with a gang of outlaws at his back. The last thing he needs is a blast from the past like Nora, who has reinvented herself as a gun-toting badass with the stones to challenge him in front of the whole club. But if she thinks Smith will give up one of his brothers for a single night of pleasure, she’s in for a rude awakening.
Rush Redmond never expected freedom to taste so bittersweet. He spent eight years in jail doing someone else’s time, and for what? As an ex-con, Rush can’t work as a bounty hunter like his brothers—not in Texas. Better to drown his sorrows with a stiff drink and soft curves. Too bad the temptation he craves is a redhead with a badge: Ava St. George. Once upon a time, Rush would’ve done anything for the sheriff’s innocent daughter. Now he’s fighting the urge to let her sweet-talk him into some trouble he can’t afford.
Even though she’s a cop, Ava knows that sometimes justice means pushing the boundaries of the law. To track down her mother’s killer, she turns to the man with the county’s criminal underworld in his little black book. The boy she knew is still drop-dead gorgeous, with panty-dropping charm as smooth as his smile. But his sculpted arms and the menacing gleam in his eyes scream “Don’t mess with me.” Yet Ava needs Rush more than ever—in more ways than one.
First as always is my thank you to NetGalley and Random House Lovewswept for providing us with a copy of these books so that we could bring you this review.
These are the first three books in a fantastic new series by Jackie Ashenden that leaves you wanting more. None of these bounty hunters have had it easy… Hell the two Redmond men have had it harder than most of us can think and Nora had that life that everyone thought was easy until they really saw a day into her life. Nothing has ever been easy for them so its not surprise that their journey to finding love is full of pain and hard work. But they all do what needs to be done to get their goals accomplished.
I gave each of these books a combined 4.66 unlawful kisses…
Happy Reading… Adri
They’re going to claim her. Together.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Catherine’s life is in New York. The property she’s inherited is in Bridgewater, Montana. Going back to the town she visited every summer as a child stirs up long forgotten memories and a girlhood crush, on not one teen-turned-hot-cowboy, but two. Cousins Jack and Sam Kane. Fortunately for her, in Bridgewater, one cowboy’s never enough.
In this contemporary version of Vanessa Vale’s USA Today bestselling, Bridgewater Ménage series, Catherine is forced to choose the life she really wants: the big-city lawyer or the small town cowgirl with two men who want to take her for a very dirty ride.
I loved the fact that Vanessa Vale brought Bridgewater to the 21st Century and they still lived the same way they did when it was first established. It was a great book with awesome characters. The only thing I wish though was that Katie (Catherine’s) mom hadn’t forgotten who she was and where she came from it would have made for a much better relationship between them. Jack and Sam Kane were awesome in how they handled everything and how they interact with not only one another but Katie as well. They balance each other out nicely.
I give this book 5 modern kisses…
Happy Reading… Adri
As the chief of security for a prominent senator, Ryder Blackwood is stunned when an anonymous source sends him a compromising photo of his boss’s twenty-five-year-old daughter getting down and dirty in an underground sex club. If it gets out, the media firestorm could ruin her father. More troubling for Ryder is how arousing he finds the whole situation. He’s known Hadley Winters since she was a kid. And now she’s the woman in all his most private fantasies.
Wild behavior helps Hadley get through those painful, lonely nights, but she’s been waiting a long time for a man like Ryder to protect her from herself. Ryder is raw. He’s real. And he makes her feel safe. Now that they’ve both become pawns in a blackmailer’s dangerous game, there’s more at stake than her father’s political career. As the intimate threats tear apart a tender new love, Hadley is forced to trust Ryder with her life—and her heart.
As always thanks go first to Random House Loveswept and NetGalley for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this review.
I still think there is something going on with the 4 members of the DC… and we still haven’t gotten to the bottom of who is really behind the leak of all their information. Hopefully we get that final piece with Gabe’s story… but lets get down to Ryders… I like that Hadley is so bad ass and doesn’t give up so easily. She fights for what she wants and that thing is Ryder. Now she also has to deal with a lot of crap since her dad is the senator and all, but I think she fights through it all very well. The one that doesn’t fair as well through everything is Ryder actually. The guy carry’s a lot of guilt. He also carry’s a lot of responsibility with not only his job but his friends. I am glad that he learns a little of how to let go of some of it. The only thing I wish these books had was more BDSM.
I give this book 4 protective kisses…
Happy Reading… Adri
By day, Brooklyn Crenshaw goes to work and does her job. She’s a working girl who follows orders and stays off the radar. Oh, and she might have a crush on William K. Baxter from across the hall. Each time she passes his office—with his polished name plate on the window—her gut clenches with desire at the sight of him. But he never looks up, can’t possibly know who she is, and even if he did, her needs would send him running. Because they always ran.
At night, in private, she turns on her laptop so that her Sir can turn her on. Brooklyn’s never seen His face, but she knows His voice and the magic of His words. The arrangement works for her. Mostly.
As the office holiday party approaches, Brooklyn starts receiving Secret Santa gifts which suggest more than casual interest, Sir reveals his fondness for exhibition and voyeurism, and William K. Baxter finally looks up at her, and waves.
Brooklyn begins to question everything. Does she continue to follow the orders of a man who hides behind technology, but is always there, or does she take a chance on the man right in front of her who’s seen her at long last? Then there is the Secret Santa who seems to know what makes Brooklyn tick. So many decisions.
‘Tis the season… to be kinky.
3.5 to 4 kisses for this amazing author. Mrs.Hargrave has given us a fun, kinky, and overall an amazing novella. Love how Brooklyn and her Sir are written with such passion and insight into the bdsm community. Great quick and fun read to start off the new year.
A SEAL on a mission. A woman dealing with her family’s high expectations. A modern-day romance for the ages.
Lieutenant Zach Michaels is in the middle of the Korengal Valley. On the eve of a new mission, he receives a desperate letter from a young woman. After he discovers the letter belongs to another soldier, he takes on a new mission; making sure it finds it’s intended recipient.
Kennedy Forrester has spent her life pleasing others, specifically, her social ladder climbing mother. When an internet search done in hopes of finding love, introduces her to the charm and charisma of Lieutenant Michaels, she is tossed into a world she never dreamed existed.
As the two continue to correspond from half a world away, will either of them figure out the common link they share? With their lives interconnected, and his SEAL days in the past, can they find a balance allowing a blossoming relationship to thrive? Or will a new mission, one involving Kennedy’s safety, be too much for this new love to survive?
Signed, SEALed, Delivered is the first book in Cayce Poponea’s romantic suspense, the Trident Brotherhood series. If you like Alpha males, who will stop at nothing to protect the women they love, sizzling sex scenes, and the evil of the world getting their just rewards, then you will love this installment in Cayce Poponea page-turning new series.
I can easily give this book 4/4 kisses, would give it more if I could. Cayce writes such amazing characters that captures you from the start. I’m a sucker when it comes to any story that revolves around military aspects. We have Zach who is a Navy Seal and is overseas doing what seals do, and we have Kennedy who is looking for her place in the world. Their story is very unique, and if it wasn’t for a major mix up they may have never crossed paths. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Fooling Around comes a steamy novel about a pampered princess who’s starting over—and the hot guy next door who knows exactly how to melt that tiara right off.
Alison Davies used to just be a trophy wife. Now she’s just flat broke. Thanks to an ironclad prenup, she’s worse off than she was before the day she rushed down the aisle with a wealthy jerk eight years ago. After her steep fall from riches to rags, Alison refuses to shackle herself to any man who treats her like a possession—no matter how good he looks in a pair of well-worn jeans, or how his muscles ripple while he’s carrying her couch.
Underneath his rugged exterior, Rob West is a gentleman. So when he sees his beautiful new neighbor moving in, he’s going to help her out no matter how loudly she protests. In fact, Alison’s determination to go it alone just strengthens his resolve—and his desire to find out what makes her tick. But after one spur-of-the-moment tumble in the sheets, it’s clear that their connection goes way deeper. And that Rob won’t be happy until Alison surrenders to the passion they share.
As always I want to thank Netgalley and Random House Loveswept for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this review.
Though I will admit that the title kind of threw me off on how this book was going to be like I did enjoy it. I like how Rob is able to show her that there is more to life then the way that she grew up and that her first husband treated her. He shows her that she is more than just a trophy wife. I also really liked how Alison grew and changed throughout the book. She really grows as a character and becomes more. She learns to be independent but that just because she is independent that doesn’t mean that she cant also hold on to and get support from Rob.
I give this book 4 growing kisses…
Happy Reading… Adri
I’m falling for my best friend’s dad.
Moving back home was never my plan. Except here I am, struggling under my evil step-mom’s crushing thumb while I look for work. I feel just like Cinderella, but I never expected my best friend’s DAD to be my prince.
He’s just as hot now as he was when I was a teen; maybe hotter. He’s also rich and powerful, and when he offers me a job working under him at his company… I can’t say no. I don’t WANT to say no.
All our flirting is bad enough–we can’t get caught, my best friend would hate me–but then we go too far.
Hiding our relationship was one thing…
How the hell do I hide a baby?
Penny Wylder’s first full length novel! It’s all the fun and filth you expect, just a lot more of it! This story has a romantic core and a happily ever after that will make you melt.
Penny is one of my go to authors when I want a quick fun light hearted read. Here she gives us that and so much more with Lia’s and Beck’s story. Great story as always. I easily give Penny a 3.5-4 kisses for this book.