My Bestie’s Ex by Piper Rayne(Review Post)

Published February 18, 2020 by bookbesties

 

I can’t borrow him.

He’s not a sweater or a skirt.

 

He’s not even her favorite dress—the lucky one she wears on first dates. The one she probably wore on her first date with him.

 

In my defense, I didn’t know who he was. To me, he was a cool, calm, confident stranger. He was perfection for the entire hour and a half train ride while the concrete jungle turned into a rolling green landscape.

 

To an outsider, we probably appeared more friends than hopeful lovers. But my blush came quickly, and his dimples indented with every smile. We definitely shared a spark of what could be.

 

Too bad I didn’t know who he was before I fell for him, because he can’t be mine.

 

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Piper Rayne starts off a new series and of course it’s a win. This duo work well together and really know how to warm us up and really bring us in to feel like we are part of the clan. I love the side characters which of course gets you excited for the next books in the series.
 I was a bit hesitant because of the title and thought okay this is different. One, I love The Mancini family so of course I enjoyed Blanca. Loyal and a breath of fresh air. Ethan is a bit hard to pin at first but he resists the attraction between himself and Blanca. Then when you think you are on cloud 9 the wrench is thrown into the mix and there are some decisions to be made and that HEA is in jeopardy. Overall I enjoyed meeting the rooftop crew the banter is funny and you can tell everyone has a great bond. I can’t wait to see more especially Rian book!

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Damaris

 

 

 

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). 

 

 

 

A little about us…. We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both marries to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

 

 

 

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Fake it Til you Break it by Meagan Brandy

Published February 12, 2020 by bookbesties

Release Date: February 4 

From USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Meagan Brandy comes a new standalone, fake relationship romance with a twist! 

 

Fake.

That’s what we are.

 

That’s what we agreed to be.

 

I thought it would be harder, convincing everyone our school’s star receiver was mine and mine alone, but we played our parts well.

 

So well, the lines between us began to blur until they disappeared completely.

 

The thing about pretending, though, someone’s always better at it, and by the time I realized my mistake, there was no going back.

I fell for our lie.

And then everything fell apart.

It turned out, he and I were never playing the same game.

He didn’t have to break me to win.

But he did it anyway. 

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This was a new author to me so I was very interested as I love a enemies to lovers trope. I was thinking at first YA ok let’s see how this goes! At first glance I was on the fence with how to feel about Nico. My first impression is broody and a bit of a jerk. Right from the jump the dynamic between Nico and Demi was interesting and you can feel the tension. Demi has a crush on a fellow guy but he doesn’t see her. Nico decides to help her get seen. They are both neighbors and do not like each other. At least so it seems. The silly thing is when you start seeing someone in a different light and now feelings start to change. Nico is a bit rough at first glance but he starts to win you over once you start peeling back the layers. Demi has her own hang ups in life but Nico is there to help. Demi is sweet but strong and they both at first seem like opposites but really compliment each other. I enjoyed this read and would like to check out some of her other books.

 

 

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Meagan Brandy is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of New Adult and Sports Romance books. Born and raised in California, she is a married mother of three crazy boys who keep her bouncing from one sports field to another, depending on the season, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. 

 

Starbucks is her best friend and words are her sanity.

 

 

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A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane (Review Post)

Published February 4, 2020 by bookbesties

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A generation past, the western realms were embroiled in endless war. Then the Destroyer came. From the blood and ashes he left behind, a tenuous alliance rose between the barbarian riders of Parsathe and the walled kingdoms of the south. That alliance is all that stands against the return of an ancient evil—until the barbarian king and queen are slain in an act of bloody betrayal.

Though forbidden by the alliance council to kill the corrupt king responsible for his parents’ murders, Maddek vows to avenge them, even if it costs him the Parsathean crown. But when he learns it was the king’s daughter who lured his parents to their deaths, the barbarian warrior is determined to make her pay.

Yet the woman Maddek captures is not what he expected. Though the last in a line of legendary warrior-queens, Yvenne is small and weak, and the sharpest weapons she wields are her mind and her tongue. Even more surprising is the marriage she proposes to unite them in their goals and to claim their thrones—because her desire for vengeance against her father burns even hotter than his own…

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 A Heart of Blood and Ashes (A Gathering of Dragons, #1)A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok, here it is, fair warning that this book is NO WHERE NEAR what I typically read and review for y’all. Originally this book was presented as a Viking story, so as your Historical Romance Book Bestie I took it on. After reading this book I will tell you that this is not a Viking book at all but rather it is a barbarian book full of warriors, battle, sex, enemies turned lovers, and sweet revenge. While this is wildly different from my normal reading material that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this book and the adventure it took me on. This is book number one of the series: A Gathering of Dragons. It is also the first book I have read by this author. I enjoyed how this author made both men and women equals. Both sexes were represented with matching strength, intelligence, and value to their people. This was done with such skill that unless a description or the pronoun of a character specifically designated a gender I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish one from the other. To me that shows the author’s close attention to detail as well as her creativity and ability to create and maintain a world and society different than the norm. I am truly impressed with this author in that regard. Again, while this book is very different from what I primarily read I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Upon learning of the murders of his parents, Ran Ashev and Ran Marek, the Parsathean queen and king, Maddek wanted nothing more than vengeance upon those responsible. While the alliance council has forbade him to take up arms against Zhalen, King of Syssia and his son’s, no one has said he cannot find his vengeance through Zhalen’s own daughter.

Yvenne is the direct descendant of Syssia’s most revered warrior queens, and as such upon reaching a queen’s age or delivering a child she may claim the Syssian throne and save her people from her evil father and brothers. It is with this knowledge that she risks her life to offer an alliance through marriage to a warrior who would see her dead before he heard her words.

Will he help her become the warrior queen her people need? Will her lessons give him the heart of a king? Will their alliance built on a foundation of mutual hate turn them from enemies to more?

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.

stars 4

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Danielle

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Ignite on Contact by Jaci Burton (Review Post)

Published February 4, 2020 by bookbesties

512a2QWMssLNew York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton is back with a friends-to-lovers romance sure to melt hearts as one smokin’-hot fireman turns up the heat on love.

Relationships. Firefighter Rafe Donovan avoids them whenever possible. He loves dating women, but he makes sure they know up front that he’s in it for fun, great sex and nothing more.

Fun. As an ER nurse and official caretaker of her disabled grandfather, Carmen Lewis doesn’t have time for fun. But Rafe has been there for Carmen–and her grandfather–time and again, and he’s clearly interested in her. She knows he’s a player, but she’s tempted by his charm and incredible body. And maybe a little fun isn’t a bad thing, as long as she keeps her heart away from this fiery game she’s enjoying with a very hot man.

Love. It doesn’t take Rafe long to realize that until now he’s only been playing at romance. With Carmen he feels searing passion and heart-tugging emotion for the first time. Now he has to convince Carmen that what they have together is the real deal.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book 2 in the brotherhood by fire series and I was first introduced to Rafe in book 1 of the series.
Rafe is a sexy firefighter, who is not looking for anything serious and enjoys the life he lives. Carmen is his next door neighbor and also the nurse who is there when Rafe is brought in to the ER following an accident on the job.
With some time off after the accident Rafe is restless but starts to spend time with Carmen. They both have their own issues that they are dealing with, but are drawn top each other. Rafe is sweet and Carmen has feelings for her hot neighbor. As they spend time together you see the chemistry spark up. The question is can they both get past their issues to make things work? This romance is sweet and it builds. The way Rafe is with Carmen and her grandfather makes you fall for him. I have enjoyed the series so far. Another well written romance by Jaci Burton that will have you smoldering.

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Damaris

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Vendetta Road (Torpedo Ink Book 3) Review Post

Published January 29, 2020 by bookbesties

51vysYOyQtL#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan pushes the limits in her next novel in the Torpedo Ink series.

Isaak “Ice” Koval is on a club mission when he sees a woman who stops him dead in his tracks. Soleil is a sweet, sexy, girl-next-door type. She’s an innocent who should be nowhere near the rough-and-ready world of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. But Ice knows Soleil belongs with him—and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

After a life of drifting from one thing to the next, Soleil Brodeur is determined to take control of her life. When her breakup with her manipulative fiancé turns ugly, Soleil searches out the stranger who offered her a lifeline and ends up in a Las Vegas biker bar where she meets a gorgeous, dangerous man straight out of her most secret fantasies.

High on adrenaline, she finds herself falling faster than she thought possible. But Soleil knows little about the territory she’s stumbled into, and even less about what it really means to be Ice’s woman.…

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This is my second time reading CF and while I found the book enjoyable, I think it would have better enhanced my reading experience had I read the books before this.

I found this book to have such a broad range of emotions invoked during my read; distress and horror at what has been endured by the MC and elation at their calling and endeavor to change the world one child at a time. Essentially, the club Torpedo Ink, are hunters of human traffickers and pedophiles following their own nightmarish experience into the world.
When Ice see’s Soleil it stops him dead in his tracks, literally.

I love Ice. Absolutely adore him. He is one of my top male characters overall. He is Alpha male without being demanding in a negative way. He isn’t smothering and negligent of his woman’s needs and wants, but rather sets out to give her the world while making her his. I love his attentions, how he always needs to touch her or have her close, he is supportive of her sharing, and he is this bad ass biker with lethal skills and finesse.

Soleil Brodeur is not a brain dead-“I can’t do anything on my own” person. She reached out for help because she recognized her limitations, but dealt with things on her own terms. She is not allowing herself to be controlled and demeaned by anyone. Living the dream world as a millionaire, with this super hot biker with a proclivity for public sex; hot public sex too!

I did have to force myself through quite a bit of repetition of the characters, they had to keep saying the same things, mentioning the same problems, and voicing the same intentions over and over. If I didn’t like it so much, I may not have read through the book.

But love it, I did. 

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Heather

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Bastard Bachelor Society by Sara Ney(Review Post)

Published January 28, 2020 by bookbesties

 

What is the Bastard Bachelor Society?

 

It’s a gentleman’s club—like the dignified men of the past used to have.

 

Except, we’re not gentleman, and we’re not dignified.

 

We’re ineligible bachelors; bored, jaded and not looking for relationships. Quite the opposite actually 

 

We’re so committed to being single, we’ve created a high stakes bet to see who can remain single the longest. Rules are involved. Prizes.

 

Laugh it up, but I’m no loser. 

 

Enemy number one to my single status? My irresistible neighbor, Abbott Margolis. She with her evil cat Desdemona, and Sexy AF pencil skirts. She’s kind and beautiful and hilarious. We can’t get involved, no matter how much her meddling grandmother pushes us together. But if I was going to lose this bet for anyone? It would for Abbott. 

 

Let’s face facts: I’m a bastard, unwilling to settle down. 

 

Especially when there’s a bet to win.

 

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A long time fan of SN books, I was excited to for this new series! So, what happens a when you have a group of friends who are wanting some must have items the others have?

The BBS, better known as the Bastard Bachelor Society.

Brooks is a successful guy post breakup and not looking for love so he gets together with his two buddies to cook up this “society” of bachelors. But little does he know that temptation was right under his nose in the for of Abott , his cute new neighbor. Abott is successful in her life and sassy and independent and thinks her neighbor is cute and the attraction is def there.  Too bad for her the rules are rules and Brooks HAS to be hands off to stay in the BBS.  I really like Abott and how strong of a character she is. Brooks had me yelling at him through my kindle lol but the story flowed well. This will make you root  for HEA all the way. I am also intrigued on the other two friends so I am hooked to wait for the next story in the series!

stars 4

 

 

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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

 

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Never Kiss a Duke: A Hazards of Dukes Novel by Megan Frampton

Published January 28, 2020 by bookbesties

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A disinherited duke and a former lady are courting much more than business in the first novel in Megan Frampton’s newest titillating series, Hazards of Dukes.

Everything he had ever known was a lie…

Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, has a title, wealth, privilege, and plenty of rakish charm. Until he discovers the only thing that truly belongs to him is his charm. An accident of birth has turned him into plain Mr. de Silva. Now, Sebastian is flummoxed as to what to do with his life—until he stumbles into a gambling den owned by Miss Ivy, a most fascinating young lady, who hires him on the spot. Working with a boss has never seemed so enticing.

Everything tells her he’s a risk she has to take…

Two years ago, Ivy gambled everything that was precious to her—and won. Now the owner of London’s most intriguing gambling house, Ivy is competent, assured, and measured. Until she meets Mr. de Silva, who stirs feelings she didn’t realize she had. Can she keep her composure around her newest employee?

They vow to keep their partnership strictly business, but just one kiss makes them realize that with each passing day—and night—there’s nothing as tempting as what is forbidden…

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This book is so much fun! It has literally everything I look for in a good book; a strong, smart, independent leading lady matched by a handsome, determined, and slightly lost in life leading gentleman. As well as gambling, life altering events, and last but not least a steamy romance. This couple had me laughing and crying along within minutes of their first meeting. Their individual stories created a unique dynamic to their romance that has made this book unforgettable.

Miss Ivy Holton, is determined to give her sister Octavia the future that she didn’t have. After her father carelessly gambled away her future forcing her to do the same to win it back, failure is not an option. Never again will she allow a man to jeopardize the things she hold dear. So when a very handsome gentleman customer starts vocalizing his observations on how she runs her club, in the middle of her gaming floor she quickly has him evicted and doesn’t expect to see his face again. Little did she know that he would not only return, but he would come back with creative ideas on how to bring in more business, and that she would end up hiring him. Will she be able to maintain an employer/ employee relationship or will she give in to desire and gamble with her heart?

Sebastian de Silva, Duke of Hasford, has his whole world turned upside down when not only his title but his entire way of life is suddenly taken away from him. But rather than wallow in the loss or take the offered support of his family and friends he is determined to make his own future and to learn how to be independent. A chance meeting with an intriguing gaming club owner presents the opportunity he needs to do just that. Not only does she become his employer and his landlord, she becomes a valued friend. Will they take their relationship past working and friendship risking it all or will they play it safe?

This book drew me in from the first page right to the last and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!

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DANIELLE

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