R E V I E W ➠ Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis



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Piper Manning’s about as tough as they come, she’s had to be. She raised her siblings and they’ve thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and then she’s free.
When a massive storm hits, she runs into a tall, dark and brooding stranger, Camden Reid. There’s a spark there, one that shocks her. Surprising her further, her sister and brother return, each of them holding their own secrets. The smart move would be for Piper to ignore them all but Cam unleashes emotions deep inside of her that she can’t deny, making her yearn for something she doesn’t understand. And her siblings…well, they need each other.
Only when the secrets come out, it changes everything Piper thinks she knows about her family, herself…and Cam. Can she find a way to outrun the demons? The answer is closer than she thinks—just as the new life she craves may have already begun.

RELEASE DATE: January 21, 2020

I love my family, but I don’t like them sometimes…

Not my first read by the author and she happens to be one of my very firsts I have read many moons ago. This is book #4 and I have read not all but the previous books in this series. And this one, I have to say REALLY TOOK THE CAKE! Wow! Just plain wow, the mind-game in this, just when you think one thing a 4th comes along followed by the 3rd. It has twists, strong and brave heroine, romance, suspense, secrets…mystery….will have you reading faster to find out what just happened, type of book.

A full family dynamic (which if you’ve read any of Jill’s book you know that most will revolve around that) in a good way that is. This time the heroine is a self-less woman, always caring for the others and putting herself last. Well she is finally starting to maybe give herself some time when she runs into a handsome stranger on top of her siblings coming back, and when it is all mixed…everything and everyone is a lot more closer than you think. All the characters are very relatable and the plot smooth…all I can say is: BEAUTIFUL STORY and a heartwarming ending.

A MUST READ!
Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #3 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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Wildstone Series


R E V I E W ➠ Making You Mine by Melissa Foster



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Knox Bentley never liked the pomp and circumstance that came with being wealthy. He’d distanced himself from his pretentious family and their fortune as a young adult and found his own path to success. But even with the world at his fingertips, he realizes something is missing, and after a long stay overseas, he finally knows exactly what it is. His no-strings-attached hookups with Aubrey Stewart, an exquisite and stubbornly independent blonde, are no longer enough for him. They connect on every level, but Aubrey is a fierce businesswoman with a new movie channel on the horizon and no time for much else. She is the deal he can’t close, the precious jewel even his billions can’t buy. Now that he’s back in the States, he’s determined to show her that what they have goes beyond the bedroom and finally make her his.

RELEASE DATE: January 22, 2020

Not my first read by the author, she happens to be my top #5 favorites & I also have read all the previous books in this series! What a fun & sexy one this was! Honestly, I don’t think I disliked anything! Knox and Aubrey were the perfect couple, highly recommend this one in the series!!

Knox and Aubrey what can I say besides that they both pour their hearts out in this and when TRUE love happens…this is how it goes. I think this book should have been naked TRUE LOVE because I can’t stop with the swoon in this, the passion…the EVERYTHING! Don’t want to give out too much, Aubrey is a woman who just wants to be…wanted and saved. And Knox is a manly man who falls hard, and is ready to be there for Aubrey in every way. Melissa Foster really brought out the swoon in this, the heart and feelings…if you’ve never read MF books, I say START because each book is something new and amazing in it’s own.

TOP 2019 MUST READ list!
Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #5 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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The Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls Series


R E V I E W ➠ Crossing The Line by Kendall Ryan



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Recovering from a pulled groin muscle isn’t exactly how I planned to spend my much-needed summer vacation.
But I’ll admit, being nursed back to health by my gorgeous friend Bailey, who’s just graduated from medical school, doesn’t exactly sound like a hardship.
We spend a week together at my family’s beach house, a week of swimming and barbecues, a week of entertaining my little cousins and sleeping right across the hall from each other. A week of watching Bailey grow closer with my mom and sisters, and my wacky but lovable grandma. A week of enjoying Bailey tending to me—which is saying something, because it involves a lot of shoving ice packs into my underwear and taping up sore muscles.
She’s funny and kind, and after just being myself for the first time in a long time, I find my walls come tumbling down. But when Bailey says she’s not looking for a relationship, I’m bound and determined to be more than just the fun hookup who sprained his groin a second time—this time with her.

RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2020

“You”ll have to work for me.”
“Then buckle up, sweetheart, because I’m damn good at working hard for what I want.”

Not my first read y the author, she happens to be one of my very first & early reads back too many moons ago. Also, I have read every single book in this Series. I have to say that each has it’s own story but interacts so well together, it’s like living through a lifetime of amazing characters. So I would recommend reading from Book #1 but they can be read as stand-alone’s.

We have the hero a member of the Hockey Team (from the previous books too) named Asher and the heroine is Bailey who is friends with all the girls in the group. They have never really noticed each other until recently, well more likely Asher noticed Bailey but she never returned any interest that he has noticed. So one summer when Asher want’s to go to his grandfather’s reunion, he isn’t allowed because of the recent injury, team management saying that if he traveled away, there must be a nurse present. Who better than Bailey who by the way offers herself for the job. She is finishing Medical School and it only makes sense. Hesitant a little but Asher takes her up on the offer and this ride, well let’s just say that myself was not ready for it, I thought I had t all pegged out but nope, the author has some tricks up her sleeve with this one. What has poor Bailey gotten herself into, being that close for a period of time with the man who is a man-whore, someone she has put in a category of off-limits because of his ways. This really truly is a fun ride to take, I don’t want to say too much to ruin anything, as always spoiler free review’s but something about this was just so sexy, sweet and romantic!

Rating: 4.5★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #4 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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HOT JOCKS SERIES

R E V I E W ➠ Herd That by Lani Lynn Vale



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His Wranglers fit him like a glove. A really tight, leaving nothing to the imagination, glove. Codie wants nothing more than to shove that Wrangler-covered butt straight into the mud.
Ace Valentine has a smart mouth, a devil-may-care attitude, and those wicked eyes aimed directly at her.
She doesn’t know what to do with that kind of attention. Especially not from the sweet-talking man that has no problem charming every woman that enters his orbit—everyone but her, at least.
Ace isn’t sure why Codie Spears had her panties in a twist when it comes to him, but every snub and insult she hurls his way brings him closer and closer to falling for her.
He’s not sure what it is about the town’s bad girl that draws his attention, but every encounter they have leaves him wanting her until there’s nothing else left to do but have her.
The only thing is, she’s been convinced by everyone around her that she’s not good enough. Tell a person that she’s a piece of trash enough times, and eventually she’ll start to believe it. It’s going to take a lot of smooth-talking and gentling on his part to get her to see that she’s worth it. And once he has her where he wants her? Well, she’ll make a mighty fine rancher’s wife.

RELEASE DATE: January 21, 2020

If his face was anything like his butt, he’d be breathtaking.

-Codie

“And I don’t fucking care if ya’ll think she’s a troublemaker. She’s my troublemaker.”

-Ace

Not my first read by the author, she is one of my TOP FAVORITES! And this new Series starts off AH-MA-ZING. If you love Cowboy romance with a tiny, quirky and sassy heroine & a sexy as ever, strong, smart-mouthed cowboy who has a body to die for…this is for you! I am always excited about Lani’s books and this one was one of them!

You have Ace Valentine, a man who wen through so much as a child meaning the incident I can’t say because it will ruin the book, but let’s just say that things he saw and endured, is something that not everyone should in their life. But he grew up to be an amazing man who works hard and has his own. He is strong, works all day and even has side jobs to keep his ranch going with his brothers, until he is met with little Codie who isn’t little no more. Well physically she still is, by god this little one is barely five feet tall. He towers over her by over a foot. See, they both went to high school and have grown up in the same town in TX. Codie was a big trouble maker, hence her leaving but only to come back because of her family. When a 14K Bull is purchased and a trailer needed to be parked….they didn’t know it then but they were made for one another. The story is adorable, in a sense that there is a lot happening, little bit of danger, little bit of enemy to lovers, 2nd chance for sure and small town vibe. You get both POV’s and also some previous Series characters that tie all in.

Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #1 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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R E V I E W ➠ This Is Forever by Natasha Madison



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Becoming a teen mom at sixteen was not what I expected, but then again, neither was being a single parent. Still, I wouldn’t change my past because that boy is my world.
Hockey is the only thing my son seems to care about, so I work two jobs to make sure he can play. I’d do anything to make sure he doesn’t suffer because of the bad decisions his father made.
When he won a whole summer of hockey training, I knew in my heart he was going to have an amazing time.
What I wasn’t prepared for was meeting his new summer coach.
He was magnetic, powerful, and a player—in all forms of the word.
If my life had taught me anything up to this point, it was how to avoid making bad decisions, and Justin Stone was the definition of a bad decision.
I could never be a woman his family approved of. Even if I wished I could be.
Justin
Growing up as the son of a hockey God is one thing. Growing up as the brother of a second hockey God is another. I had big skates to fill, so it was a good thing I loved every second of it.
Summer was my off time, my time to let loose, but when they ask me to coach a hockey camp for underprivileged kids, I couldn’t say no.
But when she walked in holding a little boy’s hand, my heart stopped beating. Or maybe it started for the first time.
They were a package deal, and I knew this—wanted it more than I’ve ever wanted anything. It didn’t take long to realize that no matter what happened,
I would do anything to protect them.
She is the only one I want to be with.
When push comes to shove, I have to prove to everyone that this is my choice, and This is Forever.

RELEASE DATE: January 14, 2020

“I want to take you into my arms, put my hands on your fae, and kiss the ever.loving shit out of you.”

-Justin

This tiny woman who comes at me with guns blazing and ready to go to war doesn’t even know how much she is worth.

-Justin

Not my first read by the author, one of my favorites! And I also have read the previous books in the series. And that series already contains some TOP 2019 reads for me, and I have to say that THIS ONE TAKES THE CAKE. Something about Justin being the youngest and a single mom to a kid who worships Justin as the player and adores him as a man. This will melt your heart!

I don’t know where to start with this so a little about the other books, they are all about the Stone family and let me tell you, all are different in the same if that makes sense. You get an amazing sports romance form all of them and what’s best is that, these are the re-read type of books…at least to me. I can’t wait to start from Book #1 again! You just get so invested in this Series, it’s like living it and everything sticks with you!!

In this one you have Justin Stone who is the youngest in the Stone family and also the sweetest. He meet’s Caroline the heroine once and that’s all it took for him. What happens next is: friends-to-romance, an adorable and the most sweetest child alive Dylan (heroine’s son) some danger, lot’s a SWOON in all the directions, hardship, sexy moments, stealthy kisses, laughter, love OH THE LOVE this one is unbelievably family oriented and will seriously melt your heart. You will laugh, worry, cry, sizzle and happy tears cry in this one. A DEFINITE MUST READ, hence it being on my TOP 2020 and my very FIRST one of 2020 as well!!

TOP 2020 MUST READ!
Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #4 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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This Is Series

R E V I E W ➠ Bourbon Love Notes by Shari J. Ryan



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In a split second, life can steal a last breath … and derail all future plans.
While flying home after a phone call that left me heartbroken, a row to myself would have been ideal. Instead, I was unknowingly sitting shoulder to shoulder with Brett Pearson; a strikingly attractive single dad and ex-Marine. I could have pretended not to notice the man, but there was something familiar about him.
It didn’t take long before I pieced together where I knew him from or why he was back in my life.
With chaos holding me hostage, I wanted to hide but couldn’t avoid Brett, our old family friend, and my teenage crush, because he kindly offered to help out with my family’s business—The Barrel House.
Handling my father’s distillery would be a distraction from my brutal reality. Except, I never paid close attention to the art of making bourbon, unlike Brett, who was full of bourbon knowledge. He offered to teach me a thing or two, but all I could focus on was the way his lips moved when he spoke to me.
I needed to grieve, and my head was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but my heart was splitting at the seams.
Bourbon was spilled, drinks were shared, but could passion ignite from a dying last wish?

RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2020

“She must have been some girl,”
I tell him, trying to breath after the statement.
Brett’s lips curl into a small smile. “You sure are,” he says.

This is a NEW to me author and books! What attracted me to this book was the Blurb and then of course the cover, it’s a sweet but sexy one if you know what I mean so I thought I’d love to give it a try. It was definitely right up my alley, and the beginning was promising for me but unfortunately it slowed down until about 50-ish % meaning, the story felt more the cause to me than anything else. The slow burn, was a REALLY SLOW BURN and I mean some like that and that’s fine but for me, I need a little bit more. Aside from that:

The story is based on the heroine who moved away form her childhood home, and is with a man who she was sure would be the one. When an incident happens back home, and she decides on a whim to leave. When she comes back home she runs into a handsome man who looks very familiar. After she arrives home and finds out what is going on, things only go down for her. The hero is a handsome, sexy, sweet oh so sweet single dad. He is in a sense alpha but mostly very sweet and kind. His daughter is the sweetest and this story really all together is SWEET. Watch out for the tear jerker too. It hinted for the heroine’s sister and hero’s brother, but I am not sure, this is my first read by the author.

Rating: ★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥
Type: Standalone
Recommended: ☑
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R E V I E W ➠ The Fight For Forever by Meghan March



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You can only keep what you can protect.
That’s all I’ve ever known. It’s the way I’ve lived my life.
Now, everything I never knew I needed is at risk, and I’m not letting anyone take it from me.
I won’t let anyone take her from me.
They say love is a battlefield, so I’m ready for war.
This time, it’s the fight for forever.

The Fight for Forever is the final book in the Legend Trilogy and should be read after The Fall of Legend, book one and House of Scarlett, book two of the utterly addictive Legend Trilogy.

RELEASE DATE: January 14, 2020

THE. CONCLUSION. IS. HEREEEEEE!! & IT WAS EVERYTHING & MORE!! Obviously this is not my first read by the author & I have read Book #1 & Book #2 in this trilogy, that is explosive and a TOP 2019 MUST READ!

This trilogy will have you never wanting to read another, because not only does this end with a BANG but the conclusion is perfect in every sense. Action packed mystery, the sexiness and of course my absolute favorite character couple!! You get a lot more history here, that’s how it feels to me but I definitely do not want to spoiler alert you because if anything, this trilogy is going to be FANTASTIC to binge read. The fight in this *sigh* the love between these two and the events, ON YOUR TOES type of reading! Just be prepared because just when you get a little more comfortable, BAM the author takes you by surprise. Meghan’s writing, I can’t keep expressing it enough how much it brings me into the story, I feel like I am living it!! Hands down one of my favorite Meghan March Trilogies and I hope she gives us more in the future.

TOP 2019 MUST READ!
Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #3 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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THE LEGEND TRILOGY

R E V I E W ➠ Come Back For Me by Corinne Michaels



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One night, eight years ago, she gave me peace.
No names.
No promises.
Just two broken people, desperate to quiet their pain and grief.

In the morning, she was gone and had taken my solace with her. I left for the military that day, vowing never to return to Pennsylvania.

When my father dies, I’m forced to go home to bury him. At least I’ll finally be rid of his farm, which is grown over and tangled with memories I’ve fought to forget.

And that’s when I find her. She’s even more beautiful than I remember and has the most adorable kid I’ve ever seen.

Years have passed, but my feelings are the same, and this time I refuse to let her go. They say you can’t bury the past, and they’re right. Because when long-ago secrets are exposed, rocking us both to the core, I have no choice but to watch her walk away again. . . 

RELEASE DATE: January 7, 2019

Night after night I would replay it in my head, dreaming of my angel who came down from heaven, making me want to keep fighting.

-Connor

Not my first read by the author, she actually is one of my very first reads. When I say that I mean, I started reading Romance back in 2010/2011 and so her books even many moons ago have been a favorite of mine. This I was super excited from the moment I read the blurb and knowing Corinee’s style, eeekkk I was giddy!

What a ride this was, I was not prepared for the emotional and heartbreaking in the beginning, then when you think you’re slightly thinking you got this..BAM, another secret comes out and you get sidetracked. This had it all, romance, betrayal, mystery, little bit of suspense, heat and so much cuteness. Again, I never do give spoilers and therefore will not say too much but this will bring it all out in you. The heroine and hero meet and have one of the most magical night together, what happens after that is…un-explainable, but I will say that you will lose yourself in this and LIVE IT!! Watch out for that #bookhangover

TOP 2019 MUST READ!
Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Standalone
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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R E V I E W ➠ Biker Beloved by Audrey Carlan



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The day I found out I was going to be a father was the scariest, most shocking moment of my life. Worse, my brand new baby girl was dropped off in the arms of my motorcycle club, abandoned by her mother while I was fighting in Afghanistan. Of course, I did what I had to do, and returned home as soon as possible. At this point in my life, women were the last thing on my mind. I could easily pick up one at the bar or partake of the many club girls vying for The Pride’s attention.
Then she entered my sights.
Anya Markova.
It was her eyes I noticed first. Bright blue and haunted. They spoke of a sadness I wanted nothing more than to whisk away. My first attempt at wooing her didn’t go well. Anya wasn’t the type of girl I could just pick up. She was the type I’d need to court…relentlessly.
When I found out Anya was my daughter’s much-admired ballet teacher, I knew exactly what I had to do—and I wasn’t above using my daughter’s love of her new teacher to make it happen. Because throughout my years in the club, serving my country, traveling the world, I’d never met a woman who made my soul sigh the way she did.
Now, I’ll stop at nothing to make this stunning ballerina my old lady.

RELEASE DATE: December 30, 2019

“You curse a lot.”
I smiled wide. “Yeah, babe. Maybe I need to posh prima ballerina to help me cure me of my nasty habit.”

Not my first read by author, she is one of my very early reads. That said I also have read Book #1 in this series and LOVED IT. They are on the shorter side but packed with everything you need. I just needed more, gah! SWOON & ALPHA on this one. Also you get a little of this in Book #1 and I would recommend reading that first but you can read this as is, just would ruin the first part for yourself.

Anya and Whip are polar opposite. One if a prima ballerina turned teacher and the other a former Military current biker badass. They first meet at Whip’s bar and from there on, he can’t get her out of his head. Fast forward to a few days and bam they meet again and it’s then Whip realizes who Mrs. M his daughter has been calling, is.

Whip is handsome,, rough and so beautiful with his daughter. He isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind and knows what he wants and goes after it. Anya on the other hand has always lived under her mother’s eye where she was prepped to be the next world ballerina, therefore she doesn’t have a lot of experience. So when you put those two together, it’s so polar opposite that it is BEYOND BEAUTIFUL.

Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #2 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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R E V I E W ➠ Always Mine by Kennedy Fox



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College parties, beer, and one-night stands—that was my life.

Now, I hunt down criminals, ethically or not, but if no one’s asking, then I’m not telling. Drinking and women are still included, though I can’t seem to forget the girl who almost gave me her virginity. She would’ve until I realized she was too young, and I wasn’t looking to get thrown into jail.

In a twist of fate, we’re reunited, except she’s no longer underage but still equally off-limits. After ignoring her relentless advances, she starts to wear me down. I only have so much willpower when she’s around, running her smart mouth and showing off her impeccable dance moves.

Just when my restraint starts to crumble, my poor choices finally catch up with me, putting us both in danger.

There’s no easy way to explain why I betrayed her, but I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even if it means breaking her heart. 

RELEASE DATE: January 7, 2019

Not my first read by the ladies & so far I have been trying to keep up with every book they put out since I started reading them. This one is a duet, the ladies are known for this. So, you know what that means!

The start of this is fast and also dies fast! In the end, I for one am glad that Maddie came to her senses and spoke up! And Liam, you little shit…can we please smack him for being too harsh!! Also this setting is when Maddie is very young and you get a glimpse of the young previous duo’s characters too. That said, I hope by now everyone that really follows my reviews understands that I have one main trigger and one trope I can’t seem to get into reading. This doesn’t have a trigger but it is more towards the YA romance and that’s just not for me. It’s beautifully written I just personally don’t enjoy that style.

When a year passes Maddie and Liam run into each other again and it gets hot, as in the arguing type of hot. Maddie is a strong young woman and want’s to for once in her life do what she want’s not what she is told. (she is also young and wild too) And Liam well he is the bad boy from the start who likes to party, have fun and a different woman each weekend, even if he couldn’t stop thinking about the girl who almost gave him her virginity, he knows she is way off limits even at her age now.

They both play a dangerous game of cat and mouse and Maddie is very good at it, leaving Liam to want to throttle her as well as fuck her. So there is that! It’s cute she calls him HULK and is a feisty little tiger that Liam doesn’t know how to tame. Maddie is the youngest in the group and of course she is Lennon’s little sister so if you’ve read the previous books, you get a gimps of her. She definitely knows how to be a bad girl but also a young woman with dreams and hopes and hurt too. Deep down this is a very EMOTIONAL book with some suspense, mystery and danger. There is a lot you will not expect to happen and I teared up at a few scenes, I just aside me having an issue with Maddie being young and immature because well she is young can’t blame her, I felt for her through it all.

Rating: 4.5★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #2 of Duo
Recommended: ☑
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