Thursday, 27 April 2017

Review: Tara Sue Me's "Master Professor. (Lessons From The Rack #1)."


Synopsis: 

Students are begging to be held after class...

Andie Lincoln is madly in love with Terrence Knight--her childhood friend-turned-Hollywood's newest golden boy. But he's a Dominant and wants her trained as a submissive before he'll consider a relationship with her. He enrolls her at the RACK Academy with strict instructions for her teachers: Do whatever you need to, but don't take her virginity.

Fulton Matthews, the director of incoming students, is enthralled by Andie. Though he questioned her enrollment at first, watching her discover her submissive nature is hotter than his most intense fantasy. Under his control, her sexual awakening brings him to his knees.

Yet they can go only so far. Andie belongs to another, and Fulton is bound by a contract that strictly forbids relationships between teachers and students. But when Terrence comes to collect his prize, Fulton discovers it's not easy to let Andie go. . .

Review: Jo 

"Kiss me like I've never been kissed 
and kiss me so I forget every kiss except yours.

After enjoying "The Submissive" series, I was looking forward to this new book and the start of a brand new series. It sounded like my kind of read so I couldn't wait to get started. Unfortunately it didn't quite deliver in the way that I had hoped. Don't get me wrong, I did like Andie and Fulton's story, I just didn't love it as much as I thought I would. 

The story follows Andie's journey into the world of BDSM when she enrols in an exclusive training academy. This is where she meets her sexy tutor, Fulton. I did like Andie, she seemed like a nice enough character, but I was quite surprised at how confident she was when it came to her sexual awakening, especially because she was a virgin. Andie was not afraid to act on her desires, that's for sure. When it came to Fulton, I found that he was a bit of a disappointment. He wasn't nearly as masterful or sexy as I had expected a Dominant to be. I obviously had set my standards on Tara's previous Dom's and so sadly Fulton didn't quite get the reaction from me that I usually would. I was hoping that I would go all weak in the knees over him, however this never happened. 

The story itself was a good one, I enjoyed the premise and looked forward to Andie and Fulton's affair play out and at times I enjoyed what I was reading. At the beginning I liked Andie and Fulton together and I was intrigued as to what would happen between them. However for me their feelings for each other grew far too quickly. It wasn't quite insta-love but it wasn't far off and I felt that for Andie and Fulton, this didn't work and I found myself thinking that it wasn't very believable. I failed to feel any chemistry or excitement between the pair. It was a shame because I truly wanted to love this one. I was also surprised at the lack of erotic scenes considering the subject of the book. I think I counted three sexy scenes in the entire story, and I was fully prepared for a steamy read. Lol! 

Overall this was an okay read but it didn't make me fall crazy in love. 

"You will always be my beacon of light and my heart's home." 

"Master Professor" gets 3.5 hearts from me.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Review: JA Huss's "Turning Back (Turning # 2)."

Amazon.com:   http://amzn.to/2ow4jXD
Amazon UK:    http://amzn.to/2ooWSRT

Synopsis:

I lived in the dark for three years. My whole world revolved around the whims and happiness of three men. It was just a trip into the forbidden. A way out of a bad situation and forward into nothingness. 

Quin, with his easy smile and charming good looks. He was always there for me... Until he wasn’t.

Smith, and his dispassionate attention. He was never there for me and he never regretted it.

Bric, the one who listened, but only to himself. Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and self-serving. He was never the one I wanted.

And now he might be the only one I have left.

It was good while it lasted, I guess. But it could’ve been so much more. It could’ve been so much better.

And that’s why I’m turning back.

Review: Surj 

One week and we are caught in her web. She is a spider wrapping
us up in silk. We are the food that feeds her. 

Seriously, JA Huss can do no wrong in my eyes and is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and an automatic one click. I can't claim to have read all of her books but those that I have read have been mind blowingly amazing... unconventional, uncomfortable at times, challenging on my thought processes  but bloomin' brilliant all the same and this latest book in the "Turning" series is no exception. I'll be honest, the reason I read the first instalment in this series was because I was looking for a red hot read and this author sure knows how to deliver when it comes to nookie and kink. The reason I picked up "Turning Back" was because I had become so invested in "Turning Point" club and its members (namely Smith, Bric, Quin, Chella and of Rochelle) that there was never a single doubt in my mind that I wouldn't continue with their story. It was a given, a dead cert so to speak. 

I know not one good thing will come from this decision to turn back
but I can't stop it now. 

Well JA Huss definitely brought her A game again with this one. She delivered a story that was phenomenal. It was engaging, it was intriguing, it was provocative and it was definitely evocative. My oh my it was a damn fine specimen of literature that was difficult to put down. I loved that it was different to "Taking turns." Don't get me wrong, it still had its fair share of the hot stuff but this was so much more emotional than the first book and the pace much slower and to be honest, that was fine considering the direction the plot was taking. Quinn, Bric and Rochelle's story wasn't one that could be rushed, there was too much involved and so much at risk at the same time. I was curious to see how the author would pen the change in dynamics when it came to the "game" but I have to give it to her because she did a sterling job, my thought processes working over time with how things may or may not work out. 

I have been so lonely for so long I forgot what it feels like to have someone. 

In "Taking Turns," I thought I'd managed to get a pretty good handle on who these characters were, especially the Smith, Quin and Bric. I thought I'd managed to suss them out but "Turning Back" was quite the eye opener because I discovered I didn't actually know them all that well at all. Each of the characters has a history. Each of them has their own story to tell in terms of how they ended up down their chosen path. Prepare to have the life squeezed out of your little hearts ladies because their stories are not what you think. In fact, these characters are not what you think and each book will shine a whole new light on who these men really are. We've seen Smith have his moment in book one. I'm not going to tell you who gets their moment in this book but it was definitely not expected but equally made me understand his character all that more. 

I wonder how much I should tell her. If I tell her why I play the game
then she'll know what a fuck up I am. She'll see through me. She'll see everything. 

Well, that's all you're going to get from me when it comes to "Turning Back." I could write and write and write about this book and it's characters but I won't because i'll probably put my foot in it. But know that this was another hands down ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️   from me. 

Excerpt:

Quin takes off his tie and throws it on the floor, his fingers already unbuttoning his shirt. He and Rochelle stare at each other for a second, but then she unties the belt of her robe and lets it slide over her shoulders.

Her body is so fucking hot. She’s all curvy now from having the baby. And her tits are huge. Her nipples large and round. So different than they were before.

I walk up behind her and start playing with them, studying Quin’s face as he watches us. He walks forward, taking his shirt off and dropping it on a chair as he passes. His hands cover mine and we play with her tits together.

“See,” he says, leaning down to whisper in her mouth. “All better now. Last night is over. Let it go, Rochelle. Just be here with us and let it go.”

“I want to,” she says. “But I need you to know—”

“Shhh,” Quin says, silencing her lips with a kiss. “No talking. You need to behave or I’ll have Bric bend you over and spank your pussy.”

His threat to her excites me. I’ve never played too hard with her. Never did much more than introductory bondage. But I’m totally up for making changes. “Feel free to mouth off, Rochelle.”

She laughs and reaches up, slipping her hand around the back of my neck to draw me closer. Her head tilts and I start kissing her neck. Quin’s hands are still on mine, both of us vying for the privilege of playing with her tits. Quin continues kissing her lips, but he slips his hands from under mine and reaches for my suit coat, pulling it down my shoulders. I let it slip to the floor and back off one step so I can loosen my tie.

Quin grins at me, even as he kisses Rochelle.

This part, at least, feels very familiar.

“Tie her up,” Quin says.

I squint my eyes at him for a second. 

“Tier her up,” he repeats. “I want her tied to that bar.” He nods his head up towards the ceiling at the metal pipe bars I have hanging in various places over the bed, indicating the one that runs lengthwise from the foot of the bed to the head. “You have rope here?”

“Well,” I say, looking around. “Sure.”

“Tell him what you want, Rochelle,” Quin says. He’s grasping her face between his thumb and fingers, holding her tight as he makes her look in my direction. “Tell him.”

I think I’m a little startled at this new development. “Rochelle?”

She looks at Quin, then me… and nods. “OK.”

“You know what he’s doing?” I ask her.

She nods. 

“What am I doing?” Quin coos in her ear as he resumes playing with her tits.

“Punishing me,” she says.

He chuckles. And then he gets dead serious and says, “Fuck, yes, I’m punishing you. But it’s your choice, Rochelle. So if you’re not into it, just say so.”

“And don’t blame you tomorrow if it all goes to shit?” she asks.

I have to hand it to her for not cowering.

“If you think multiple orgasms is ‘going to shit,’ well. So be it.” Quin waits for her answer. He wants to hurt her right now. And he’s going to use me to do it because he’s not into the punishment stuff—and I am.

I let go of Rochelle and walk over to one of the bedside tables. Inside is a coil of soft rope, some lube, a blindfold, handcuffs, and a few other essentials.

I get the rope, slip the lube in my pocket, and close the drawer, uncoiling the rope as I walk back over to them. “How do you want her?” I ask.

“Hanging. Heels high.”

“Jesus, Quin,” I say.

He shrugs at me. “She can say no.” He turns to look at Rochelle. “Do you wanna say no?”

“I’ll let you know when to stop,” she says. Defiance is written all over her face. He’s challenging her to tell him no. She’s challenging him to keep going.

Quin grins. “Good. Then let’s begin.”

Well, this is about to get interesting.

Stepping closer to Rochelle, I grab the two ends of the rope together, then slide it through my fingertips until I find the center point. “Have I ever tied you this way?”

“Once or twice,” Rochelle says. She looks at Quin. “But never to a bar above my head. And never on tiptoes.”

Quin just smiles. 

“Make a fist and put your wrists together,” I say. She obeys and I begin looping the rope, tying it off with a square knot. I hand the other end to Quin’s outstretched hand. He reaches up to the bar positioned over the end of the bed, loops the rope around it, pulls—so Rochelle has to go up on her toes—and then ties it tightly to the metal pipe.

Rochelle lets out a small squeal and when I check her, there’s fear in her eyes.

God, I love it.

And she knows it. She knows how much I enjoy the bondage.

“You deserve this,” I tell her. “Don’t you?”

She nods her head and says, “Yes.”

“You were very, very bad when you left last year, weren’t you?”

“Yes,” she says again. Her eyes leave mine for a moment to look for Quin.

He’s sitting on the end of the bed, his pants open, fisting his cock. “Keep going,” Quin says.

I place my hands on Rochelle’s hips and turn her. She swivels on her toes, until she’s facing the bed. And Quin.

I want him to see her reactions. 

I want her to see his too.

“How many spankings do you deserve, Rochelle?” I ask her.

“As many as pleases you,” she replies.

I almost laugh. Where the hell did she learn that answer?

But Quin clears his throat, telling me to stay professional.

Fine. He wants her punished, I’ll punish her until he’s had enough.

Author Bio: 

JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Blog Tour: Brittainy C Cherry's "The Gravity of Us (Elements #4)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Brittainy C. Cherry's "The Gravity of Us (Elements #4)."


Synopsis: 

Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.

I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.

Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.

Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.

Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground. 

Review: Jo 

"Loving Lucy Hope Palmer wasn't a choice. It was my destiny." 

I have loved Brittainy Cherry's work ever since reading "Loving Mr Daniels." I have devoured every novel written since, falling in love with this authors beautiful words over and over again, but this book is hands down my most favourite from Brittainy and will be on my top favourite reads list from this year for sure. My heart is so full of love. Graham and Lucy's captivating story had me hooked. Each time I put my kindle down, I was desperate to pick it back up again so I could return to the story. I could have easily read it in one sitting if real life hadn't got in the way. Damn you real life!! Lol! 

"She wore her heart on her sleeve, 
and I kept my heart wrapped in steel chains deep within my soul." 

My first impressions of Graham were not the best. He came across as the coldest of all Brittainy's previous characters, however I was very quickly changing my opinion about Graham. This poor man had completely closed himself off from any kind of emotion. His life was a dark unfeeling place which made me so sad. His brokenness made my heart bleed. The only emotion he ever expressed appeared to be anger. As I continued to read and the more I got to know this wonderful man, the more I fell deeper in love with him. By the time I had reached the halfway mark, I was well and truly smitten with Graham and I became hopeful for his future with Lucy. 

"I wanted to taste her lips and breathe in a part of her soul
 as I gave her a glimpse of mine.I didn't just want to be her friend-no. 
I wanted to be so much more." 

Lucy was a character that effortlessly stole my heart. She was just so sweet and lovely and was without a doubt the heroine of this story. After first meeting Graham and Lucy, I wondered how this couple could work. I couldn't comprehend how two very different people could fall in love, however once I had discovered what the future held, I was reassured and absolutely loved the direction in which the story was playing out. I loved how Lucy was the one to help Graham and be his saviour. Graham's world was completely changed by her. I was ecstatic with Graham and Lucy's relationship and the transformation that Graham made. My smile just got bigger and bigger with each new chapter that I read. 

"If love came with a timeline, Graham Russel would've always held my heart." 

As always, the writing was simply flawless. This author continues to amaze me with the way in which she writes. I loved each and every sentence and found myself highlighting almost every single page. I never fail to be in awe of Brittainy Cherry's enchanting words. She slays me every single time. Brittainy could not have written a more gorgeous story. Graham and Lucy's story was sheer perfection. Their love made my heart soar. 

"I'd died a million deaths before I gave living a chance, 
and my first breath of life was taken from her lips." 

"The Gravity of Us" gets 5 hearts from me.



Excerpt: 

Lucy

We didn’t know how to act with one another after our first kiss. Our situation wasn’t the norm when it came to building a relationship. We did everything backward. I fell in love with a boy before our first kiss, and he fell for a girl who he wasn’t allowed to have. Our connection, our heartbeats, matched one another in our fairytale world, but in reality, society deemed us as an awful accident.

Maybe we were an accident—a mistake.

Maybe we were never supposed to cross each other’s paths.

Maybe he was only meant to be a lesson in life and not a permanent mark.

But still, the way he kissed me…

Our kiss was as if heaven and hell collided together, and each choice was right and wrong at the same exact time. We kissed as if we were making a mistake and the best decision all at once. His lips made me float higher, yet somehow descend. His breaths somehow made my heart beat faster as it came to a complete halt.

Our love was everything good and bad wrapped in one kiss.

A part of me knew I should’ve regretted it, but the way his lips warmed up the cold shadows of my soul…the way he left his mark on me…

I’d never regret finding him, holding him, even if we only had those few seconds as one.

He’d always be worth those tiny seconds we shared.

He’d always be worth that soul-connecting feeling we created when our lips touched.

He’d always be the one I spent my nights dreaming of being near.

He’d always be worth it to me.

Sometimes when your heart wanted a full-length novel, the world only gave you a novella, and sometimes when you wanted forever you only had those few seconds of now.

And all I could do, all anyone could ever do, was make each moment count.

After we went home that night, we didn’t talk about it at all. Not the following week, either. I focused on Talon. Graham worked on his novel. I believed both of us were waiting for the right time to come up for us to speak about it, but that was the tricky thing about timing: it was never right.

Sometimes you just had to leap and hope you didn’t fall.


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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Review: K Bromberg's "The Player (The Player # 1)."

Amazon.com:  http://amzn.to/2p9co5L
Amazon UK:   http://amzn.to/2oOpGUx

Synopsis:

Baseball has never been sexier in an all-new novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg.

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.

So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in the renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him. 

Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on. 

And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to side in the club’s best interest if he’s ready to play. 

But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat or is one of them bound to get burned?

Review: Surj

Well I'm sure this won't be the first or the last time you hear this but K Bromberg seriously knocked it out of the park and scored a home run with this one. Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking, I sound cheesy as hell considering the subject matter at the heart of "The Player" but I just couldn't help myself... sorry!!!! Lol. Whether you're a fan of this author or a virgin to her work, I have every faith you are going to love this new sports romance. Not only did "The Player" give me an insight into baseball as a game but it also showed me just how ruthless a sport it could be, where injury can potentially cost you your career and loyalty means nothing when there's a risk you'll affect the bottom line. Throw into the mix, two characters who I absolutely adored but who came with their own truck load of baggage and I fell in love with this book. 

The worst part about telling yourself lies is you know the real truth. 

Easton and Scout (loved the names BTW) were two people who were living in the shadows of their parents, desperately trying to live up to expectations but never quite feeling like they made the grade. On top of that, they both had their fair share of secrets which felt like they were carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. Both characters had so much to lose and I truly felt for them.  I loved how Kristy wrote each of these characters. Despite everything, the strength that each of the characters showed and the fact that despite everything, they really could hold their own, and it was difficult not to be in awe of them. 

Duty wars against desire. 
Promises made battle against personal wants.
Responsibility clashes against recklessness. 
Selflessness is pitted against selfishness.

Easton's character surprised me at every turn. I'm so glad he wasn't a "player" in the conventional sense of the word. Not at all. He may have had a reputation as a bad boy but actually what I found was a man with a heart of gold. He was a little bit battered and bruised both physically and emotionally but nothing a touch of tender love and affection couldn't fix. Seriously ladies, you are in for such a treat with Easton, he really was a diamond of a guy. 

Scout's character was caught between a rock and a hard place. I would not want to be in her predicament that's for sure. With so much going on in her life, it felt like such an uphill struggle for her at times. To top it off, despite her strength and a fighting spirit, there was also a stubborn streak and a fiery temperament that often didn't help her cause. Lucky for her because Easton was a patient man who was persistent when he had his sights on something or someone. 

I'm breathless. I'm stunned. God I'm fucked. 

Scout and Easton were so good together. They were the comfort that each craved and they provided support and words of wisdom when it felt like the light at the end of the tunnel was getting farther and farther away. But equally, there was the banter they shared and the sizzling chemistry that grew hotter and hotter with the turn of every page. 

I had no idea this was part of a duet so imagine my surprise when I got to the end and hit "THAT" cliffy. Don't worry though because the conclusion to Easton and Scout's story is out in July so not long to wait. 

Is there anything this man can do to make me not like him? 
Because I'm beginning to think he might need to do that, 
I I don't start believing he hung the moon. Or stole my heart. 

This was a perfectly paced, flawlessly written first part in "The Player" duet which gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


About the Author: 

New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love. 

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow. 

Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. 

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written. 

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Blog Tour: Kylie Scott's "Twist (Dive Bar # 2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Kylie Scott's "Twist (Dive Bar #2)." 

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Synopsis:

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he's been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they're emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets... apart from the one that really matters.

And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.

Review: Surj 

Aww, having just finished Kylie Scott's "Twist," it's only reinforced that I really can't get enough of this author's humour. I have a big, cheesy grin on my face, my heart feels full to bursting and I feel completely satisfied that I've read a bloom' good book. Before I continue though, I would like to say that in my opinion,  the concept for the story line wasn't necessarily an original one. However, I do feel that this author definitely put her own spin it, switching things up a bit and allowing the characters to put their own stamp on the plot, adding their own brand of uniqueness to ensure the book kept me hooked. 

With all the body-shaping underwear, lip gloss, heels, and tiny dress, 
you could almost say I’d been fibbing about who I was. His lie, however , 
left my Spanx and push-up bra way behind.

"Twist" was a prime example of when online dating can go horribly wrong but ends up being oh so freakin' right. Now I'm not condoning what Joe did but bless him, I loved his reaction when the proverbial hit the fan. Joe was definitely not a conventional kind of guy. Oh no, Joe owned his mistake, was completely guilt ridden by what he had done and tried desperately to make amends. He really was one in a million and had a heart of gold. However, Alex was not going to let him get away with it quite so easily. After all, she felt humiliated. Alex wasn't one for relationships. She didn't do commitment. She was a one night stand, scratch the itch kind of girl so when she took a chance and stepped way out of her comfort zone, the reality of the situation truly felt like a slap in the face. 

Once my guard was down, due to complete and utter exhaustion, 
Joe had cuddled me. It was terrible, disgusting. Fingers caressing me, 
lips pressing soft kisses to my shoulder and the back of my neck. 
Normally I’d never allow it, but it felt so good.

Alex's character was fantastic. She was strong and funny but equally there was a bit of a vulnerable side to her that I completely got. Joe really was the perfect match for her because he was everything she didn't realise she needed in a man. He was always there for her, supporting her and encouraging her and helping her realise her potential but doing it in a way that wasn't over bearing or domineering. How could I not love that. 

“Who needs that much hair? On your head, your face, 
the bits on your chest … it’s all too much.” 

His brows drew tight. “That so?”

“Why, I bet there’s a jungle down there. Tell me, Joe, 
have you had any complaints? Is the tiger getting lost?”

The push and pull between Alex and Joe made for compulsive reading. The banter between the two, Alex's inner conflict that came with a healthy dose of sarcasm and wit. And not forgetting of course the should they? Shouldn't they? Will they? Won't they? And this was a truly fab read. 

This wasn't just a light hearted, funny read though. There was a side order of angst and heart break which balanced things out and slotted in perfectly. Oh and not forgetting the guest appearances of many a character I'd grown to know and love from previous books in this series and the "Stage Dive" series. 

Alone was safe and oh so comfortable. 

Another great addition to this series. Roll on Eric's story in "chaser." that will definitely be an interesting one. 

Joe and Alex get ❤️❤️❤️❤️ in "Twist." 


Author Bio:

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/




Thursday, 13 April 2017

Review: Alice Clayton's "Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #2)."


Synopsis: 

Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is...cheese.

Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.

Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be...love?

Review: Jo 

I loved every single minute of reading this book. The story itself was so much fun, however what sold this book to me was the heroine, Natalie Grayson. Alice Clayton has created a character that was completely entertaining from start to finish. If you are looking for a book that will put a great, big smile on your face, this is one that will do just that. 

".... He slung one big arm around my shoulder,
grabbed my bag and put it over his other shoulder, and said, 
“Let’s go make some cheese.” In the history of romantic opening lines,
 it probably wouldn’t make anyone’s top-ten list, but it was music to my ears." 

City girl Natalie was strong, independent and sassy. She loved her life, which was filled to the brim with everything that she could ever want or need, except for a gorgeous man to share it all with. The lack of that special someone didn't seem to bother Natalie, although she did have a huge crush on certain dairy farmer and I was excited to see what would happen there. Natalie was winning at life and I admired her for how brilliant everything seemed to be. I loved how Natalie was so easy to relate to, being a curvy size eighteen, I envied her confidence when it came to her body and her appearance. Natalie also had a fab sense of humour, making me chuckle time and time again. 

"I could live with big thighs and a grabbable ass. 
Live without Roquefort? Perish the thought!"

Oscar, the dairy farmer and country boy was extremely sexy to look at, but was also a little bit moody and aloof. I know that most of us girls love our book boyfriends to be closed off and mysterious, and I was curious to know more about him, however I didn't fall head over heels in the way that I usually do. Don't get me wrong, I did like Oscar and some of the things he did or said made me swoon, he just didn't melt my heart in the way that I wanted. For me, this story was all about Natalie. To be honest, I think I developed a bit of a girl crush. Natalie was the star of the show in my eyes. 

"I did love a guy who didn’t need a thigh gap."

I missed out on reading the first book of this series, however that didn't matter. This book can easily be read a standalone if you so wish. In my opinion, one book was not enough, it gutted me when this one ended so I cannot wait to read both "Nuts" and the upcoming release "Buns." With Alice Clayton's fantastic writing, lovable characters and witty humour, they are sure to be as fabulous as this book. 

“In case you haven’t noticed, my attention is focused right now on one woman only. 
And she’s pretty much got me twisted up in knots, 
in all the best kinds of ways.”

"Cream of the Crop" gets 4.5 hearts from me.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Blog Tour: Monica Murphy's "Forever (Friends #3)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Monica Murphy's "Forever (Friends #3)." 


Synopsis: 

She’s all I could ever want… 

I have a reputation around school. Cold. Untouchable. Unfeeling. Only one girl could ever make me want to change and that’s Amanda Winters. Too bad I broke her heart and drove her away. 

So to get through the rest of my days in high school, I tell myself I need to focus on more important things. Like taking our football team to championships. Get accepted to the college of my choice. And finish my senior year without wanting to run away from my problems. 

But your problems chase after you no matter where you go. And it’s a lot harder when you fight them alone. The longer I go without Amanda, the more I miss her. Her smile. Her laughter. The things she said. How she looked at me like I was the only person who mattered. The way she made me feel… 

Why can’t I have everything, including the girl? I’m determined to make things right. And make Amanda mine… 

Forever. 

Review: Jo 

I have been on #TeamTuttle ever since reading the first book in this series so I was excited to get started on this story. I was eager to discover how Amanda and Tuttle's relationship would play out. I was also looking forward to discovering more about Tuttle. He had been so secretive and closed off about his life and he was obviously struggling so I was hoping that this book would give me the answers to all of Jordan Tuttle's problems. 

"I can't think of anyone else. Just Amanda." 

From the very start of "Forever", I was plunged straight back into the angsty world of teenage hormones. I was immediately gripped by what was happening with Amanda, Tuttle and their friends and I felt as though I was watching some high school drama on TV. I was mostly interested in what was happening between Amanda and Tuttle and I never stopped rooting for them during the course of the story. Whilst watching the couple's story play out, I found myself feeling sorry for Tuttle and I was willing Amanda to give him a chance. Amanda wasn't going to make it easy for Tuttle and I knew that it was a good thing that she was no pushover, however I'm so much of a softie, especially when it came to Jordan Tuttle. I have always believed that Tuttle's heart was in the right place and it was clear to see that he had it bad for Amanda. More than anything, I just wanted the pair back together again. 

"I don't want to live my life without you in it." 

As well as Tuttle and Amanda, this story saw the development of a few new couples. The love lives of these characters piqued my interest, so I would love to read more about them as well as more from Amanda and Tuttle. I want to know how their relationship progresses through their college years and they become adults. Amanda and Tuttle made such a gorgeous couple that it would be a shame to leave their story with this book. 

"I just want to melt into him. 
Hold on to him and never let go." 

Amanda and Tuttle's book was everything that I wanted. It was full of sweetness and swoons and had an ending that made me sigh. I was more than happy with how Monica Murphy delivered this story. 

"Forever" gets 4.5 hearts from me.

                                                 
 


Excerpt: 

I’m walking through the senior parking lot when I spot Jordan standing near his black Range Rover, leaning against its side. He’s wearing a white Henley shirt, his arms crossed and his biceps bulging beneath the long sleeves. The breeze ruffles his dark hair across his forehead and he stares off into the distance, every inch the troubled, broody boy that he is.
He looks so freaking good, I’m momentarily distracted by him. I stop and stare, my lips parted, my breath becoming shallow. It’s still hard for me to believe that this guy, this gorgeous, sweet, annoying, smart, strong, wonderful, awful boy likes me. That he might even care about me.
“Hey.” His deep baritone knocks me from my daze, and I head over, stopping just in front of him. “Where’s Livvy?”
“She made last minute plans. With someone else.” I don’t say anything else. Livvy’s secret isn’t mine to tell, and I’m afraid if I start talking about it, I’ll get really pissed. So I leave it alone. “Guess I don’t need to drive your car after all, but thank you for offering. I sense it was huge deal.”
“It is,” he agrees, tipping his head toward me. “But you’re worth it.”
Oh. He says things like that and I’m left speechless.
“You don’t have any plans?”
“No.” I shake my head, feeling tongue-tied.
Jordan grabs my hand, lacing our fingers and giving them a squeeze. “Then let’s go to lunch together.”
“Don’t you want to stay here?” He usually does. He’s always out at the quad, holding court over his loyal subjects. I used to sit out there with him, with all of them, just basking in his presence. But once we had the so-called breakup of our so-called relationship, I stopped going. One, because I couldn’t stand to be near him knowing he wasn’t mine anymore. Besides, most everyone who would hang out with Tuttle is annoying. Frustrating. Awful.
All of the above.
“No, not if I can sneak off campus somewhere with you.” He tugs me closer, his expression serious, his voice low. “Let me treat you to lunch, Amanda.”
When he talks to me like that, looks at me like that, I tend to give in easily.
“Okay,” I say softly, a jolt pulsing through me when he runs his thumb over the top of my hand. Sometimes the simplest touch has the most devastating effect.

About the Author:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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