Tag: contemporary romance

Mar 24
{ARC Review} Must Love Cowboys by Cheryl Brooks @SourcebooksCasa @CherylCatMaster

{ARC Review} Must Love Cowboys by Cheryl Brooks @SourcebooksCasa @CherylCatMaster

Must Love Cowboys is the second book in the adult contemporary series, called Cowboy heaven by Cheryl Brooks. Each of the books can be read as standalone, and this is the first title from the series that I have read. It takes pace at a ranch that really does seem like cowboy heaven. There are tons of single cowboys all living under one roof. While I loved the cowboys, obviously, I really liked the mystery plotline that ran throughout the story. Tina shows up at the Circle Bar K ranch on a mission to deliver some letters to her grandfather’s best friend, and when that friend almost dies, Tina stays on for a little while to take his place as the ranch cook. Cooking for a big group of cowboys with seemingly never ending stomachs, sounds like an awful job to me, but it is Tina’s dream job. I loved seeing how excited she was over coming up with meal ideas and how excited the guys were to eat her… Read more »

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Jan 20
{Review+Giveaway} Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

{Review+Giveaway} Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

Not Okay, Cupid is the first book in the High School Heartbreakers series by Heidi R. Kling. Not Okay, Cupid is a young adult contemporary romance that I think would be fitting for a younger, young adult audience. The end of the book ended up being pretty cute, but it was a rough start for me. The book is told in dual narrative between Hazel and Felix. I really liked the dual narrative, and I really enjoyed Hazel and Felix. They were both good people and good characters, their voices just seemed so young and impulsive. (which I guess they are.) I think a lot of people will enjoy this cute story of wanting to get revenge on your friend and ex, and ending up falling for the guy helping you enact said revenge. (I bet you can guess why revenge was needed…her best friend and ex boyfriend got together behind Hazel’s back.) But to set the scene, we were 4 percent into the book when Hazel and Felix walk… Read more »

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Dec 28
{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} With Every Breath by @LiaRileyWrites @ForeverRomance

{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} With Every Breath by @LiaRileyWrites @ForeverRomance

With Every Breath is first book in the new adult series, called the Wanderlust series. It takes place at the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile. I love to hike, so a hiking romance novel is right up my alley. With Every Breath is the story of Auden and Rhys. I absolutely loved the romance and the setting of this story. I could not put this book down. In fact, it was one of my favorite reads of the year. Auden and Rhys each have different reasons for their hike in Patagonia. Auden just landed a writing internship with an outdoors magazine and she wants to interview hikers to upgrade her internship to a paying job. Rhys has a big secret that has been haunting him. More and more of his story unfolds as With Every Breath unfolds and his story really gripped my heart. I felt for him so much, because his past was consuming him. Auden sees him and sees what his past is doing to who… Read more »

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Dec 22
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Marriage Contract by @katee_robert @Barclay_PR

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Marriage Contract by @katee_robert @Barclay_PR

The Marriage Contract is the first in a new contemporary romance series, called The O’Malleys by author Katee Robert. I have read one of Katee’s books in the past and really enjoyed the steamy romance, so I couldn’t wait to try out her new series. I enjoyed getting to know some of the O’Malleys, and this is a series that I will be keeping my eye on. This series follows the three powerful Boston families- the O’Malleys, the Hallorans, and the Sheridans. Politics is a main focus on the story in The O’Malleys book one- The Marriage Contract. And as you can guess, when politics are involved, things can get a little intense. And they certainly did in this book. But the intensity was paired really well with a kick ass romance, so no complaints here. The Marriage Contract focuses on a couple from two of the three families. Callie Sheridan and Teague O’Malley. And as you might have guessed, this powerful “marriage” leaves the third family out in the… Read more »

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Dec 17
{Review+Giveaway} Come Back to Me by Mila Gray @MilaGrayBooks

{Review+Giveaway} Come Back to Me by Mila Gray @MilaGrayBooks

Come Back to Me is the first in a new adult contemporary romance series, called (you guessed it)-Come Back to Me by Mila Gray. Mila Gray is the pen name for Sarah Alderson’s new adult and adult books. I have read and really enjoyed some of Sarah’s other books and I have to say this author is immensely talented. I have read a side splitting-funny book (The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft)) as well as a mystery/thriller (The Sound). And now she brings us a heart wrenching love story in Come Back To Me. I love how talented and versatile both Mila and Sarah are. 😉 Even though all of her books are very very different, they are each so wonderfully well done. When I first found Come Back to Me, I read the summary and filed it away in my brain as a tear jerker, and to only read when I was in the right mindset. (Is that strange that I like to be prepared for potentially… Read more »

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Nov 25
{Review+Giveaway} Stupid Love by Cindy Miles @cindymilesbooks

{Review+Giveaway} Stupid Love by Cindy Miles @cindymilesbooks

Stupid Love is the third and final book in the New Adult contemporary romance series, Stupid in Love. Stupid Love is the story of Memory and Jace. It is a companion book to Stupid Girl, and Stupid Boy, but like the first two books it focuses on a new couple. This is a very popular trend in new adult. Series books, each featuring a novel that “stands alone” about a different couple. While I typically like series to follow the same characters, I do enjoy romances in this vein if the characters are well done and if each book is able to feel complete on its’ own. Cindy Miles does an excellent job with each of those things, and it is for those reasons that I love her Stupid in Love series so much. Stupid Girl made my favorites of 2014. I loved it so much! I really liked Stupid Boy a lot too, but it was hard to recreate the love that I felt for Olivia and Brax, the… Read more »

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Nov 20
{Review+Giveaway} Use Somebody by Riley Jean @rileyjeanreads

{Review+Giveaway} Use Somebody by Riley Jean @rileyjeanreads

Use Somebody is a standalone new adult contemporary romance from author Riley Jean. If you like long standalone books, this is a great one for you! I personally love standalone books that are longer in length because I feel like I really get a chance to know the characters. Similarly if you crave really emotional romances, this is the book for you. Use Somebody takes you on a slow burn journey that ends up being really beautiful and completely satisfying. It is one of those books that will leave you with a smile on your face. But it didn’t start out that way for me. I spent probably the first 15-20% of the book totally confused. I didn’t really know what was going on. I knew the story was about Scarlett but the story jumped in time and after the time jump Scarlett seemed like a completely different person. I had no idea what happened or even who the guy was in the beginning of the book. I kept expecting… Read more »

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Nov 10
{Review+Giveaway} Cadence by Lisa Swallow @lisa_swallow_au

{Review+Giveaway} Cadence by Lisa Swallow @lisa_swallow_au

Cadence is the first book in a new adult series, called the Ruby Riot series. Ruby Riot series is a rock star romance that is a spin off of the Blue Phoenix series. I have not yet read the Blue Phoenix series, but I absolutely love love love how the author worked the spin off series in. Ruby Riot is a newer rock band on their way up the charts, and they are touring with the hugely popular Blue Phoenix. And if that isn’t a cool enough tie-in, Cadence brings together the two rock groups from the separate series together via Blue Phoenix’s drummer Bryn’s younger sister Tegan joining the tour. And guess who she has her eye on? That’s right- Jax of Ruby Riot. I thought that was a really, really inventive way to both tie together two different series, but keep them separate enough that they have no problem standing on their own. Tegan is her own woman. She speaks her mind and has no problem holding her… Read more »

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Nov 09
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Right Kind of Mistake by Rebecca Thomas

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Right Kind of Mistake by Rebecca Thomas

Right Kind of Mistake is a flirty, sweet and fun new adult contemporary romance that centers around hockey players. I loved Cam and Haylie’s story, even though it did feel a little short to me. I would love to see a full length novel about them. If you like novella length stories that are not part of a serial (they feel complete on their own) then Right Kind of Mistake is exactly the book for you. I loved the characters and the romance. Haylie is a college student that has been burned by her hockey player ex- boyfriend and Cam is his teammate that has had eyes for Haylie for as long as he can remember. I loved how sweet and pure Cam felt towards Haylie. It made me like him almost instantly. Even though it took Haylie much longer to warm up to him, it was fun watching Can try and win her over. My only qualm with Right Kind of Mistake was the length. I thought it was… Read more »

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Nov 06
{Review} The Best Medicine by Elizabeth Hayley @EHayleyAuthor @SignetEclipse

{Review} The Best Medicine by Elizabeth Hayley @EHayleyAuthor @SignetEclipse

The Best Medicine is the first book in a new series by Elizabeth Hayley. I really enjoyed The Best Medicine and I am even more excited for the next book, which is the main character’s best friend, Quinn’s story. The Best Medicine is a supremely sexy read with a surprising amount of character depth. I think there was a wonderful balance of character backstory and in the moment fun romance between Lauren and Scott. Lauren, the main character and I had a rocky initial meeting with one another. The book opens with this whirlwind scene where I honestly did not know what to think. There was a lot going on and I didn’t know if Lauren was spontaneous to the point of flippant immaturity or if she just had the worst luck imaginable. Either way, I was wary. But after the first chapter, the whole tone of the book changed. I am not joking- Lauren seemed like a different person from there on out. We saw glimpses of her slightly… Read more »

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