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BABY MINE By Kennedy Fox(REVIEW POST)

Published April 23, 2019 by bookbesties

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I saw her first.
Blonde. Gorgeous. Feisty.
I was smitten.

But it didn’t matter because she chose him and he was my best friend and roommate. I’d never be able to compete with that, so I pushed her away instead. It was easy when she lived hours away, and I didn’t have to see her every day, but then she moved in with us.
Now, I’m screwed.

To her singing in the shower every morning, dancing in the kitchen while she makes coffee, and doing yoga in our living room, I can’t stop thinking about her in all the wrong ways. She’s not mine and never will be, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to push her against a wall and claim her mouth.

She’s constantly on me for making messes, bringing chicks home every weekend, and being a smartass when their PDA gets on my nerves. Considering neither of them know how I feel, it’s not fair for the way I act toward them. I should move out so I can get over her for good; however, the selfish part of me can’t let go.

And then the unthinkable happens…
When my best friend dies in a motorcycle accident, the two of us are left to grieve our loss together. Instead of pushing her away, I pull her closer.

Just as we come to terms with our new reality, she finds out she’s pregnant with his baby.
And I’m left to make the hardest decision of my life.

**BABY MINE is an angsty, emotional, slow-burn romance wrapped up in a heartbreakingly delicious love story. It’s book 1 in the Hunter & Lennon duet of the Roommate Duet Series and must be read first.** de441-kflogo-nametitle8c084-amazonlink2

I had so many mixed emotions when I read the synopsis for this duet and I was so nervous because it seemed like a love triangle and I tend to shy away from those.

Hunter meets Lennon and feels a connection right away, except he finds that his best friend, Brandon beats him to the punch. What’s a best friend to do other than step aside and let the two be happy, all the while longing to be the one to make her smile and laugh right? But when the best friend dies leaving behind a a tone of grief and feelings unsaid, what now? Hunters swoops in with the intentions of helping his grief and Lennon’s so they can lean on each other, but when they both find out a life changing event, the vows to be more than just a shoulder to lean on. 

The banter between these two is filled with emotions and it’s breaks my heart for Hunter because you can really feel the restraint in him and the hurt that is left behind along with the guilt he feels about his feelings about his best friends girlfriend.

Kennedy Fox is so good at giving us real situations and sometimes they are not the textbook ones you want to see but it is real. In life we want everything cookie cutter and packaged in a bow, and this is not that books. It’s raw and emotional and honest. This book will tear you apart and leave your emotions all over the place. Great first book for Hunter and Lennon! Original, real, angst and surprises is what you will find with this book. I can’t wait to see what happens with these two because the tension keeps you guessing and classic KF, there is a book two coming that I know that they will soothe that slow burn they built in Baby mine, but they will make us suffer a little longer until, hopefully an HEA.

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Damaris

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A Duke in Disguise(Review Post)

Published April 16, 2019 by bookbesties

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One reluctant heir

If anyone else had asked for his help publishing a naughty novel, Ash would have had the sense to say no. But he’s never been able to deny Verity Plum. Now he has his hands full illustrating a book and trying his damnedest not to fall in love with his best friend. The last thing he needs is to discover he’s a duke’s lost heir. Without a family or a proper education, he’s had to fight for his place in the world, and the idea of it—and Verity—being taken away from him chills him to the bone.

One radical bookseller

All Verity wants is to keep her brother out of prison, her business afloat, and her hands off Ash. Lately it seems she’s not getting anything she wants. She knows from bitter experience that she isn’t cut out for romance, but the more time she spends with Ash, the more she wonders if maybe she’s been wrong about herself.

One disaster waiting to happen

Ash has a month before his identity is exposed, and he plans to spend it with Verity. As they explore their long-buried passion, it becomes harder for Ash to face the music. Can Verity accept who Ash must become or will he turn away the only woman he’s ever loved?

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    Another strong leading lady by Cat Sebastian!  To say I am in love with Verity is an understatement.  She is strong, self-aware, independent, and witty- everything I love in a heroine.  Ash is the hero of my dreams.  His sense of personal honor and duty endeared him to my heart.  The dynamic of deep friendship turned romance, lends to a playful yet intense relationship that has become one of my favorites of the year.  

  Verity Plum’s world revolves around her business and keeping her brother out of jail for treason.  John “Ash” Ashby is an illustrator/ engraver who is best friends with Verity and Nate Plum. Upon his return to London, a side illustrator job crosses his path with Lady Caroline Talbot who turns his whole world upside down.  Meanwhile an attempt to keep Nate out of trouble pushes Ash and Verity to face their feelings for each other. What is to come of their budding romance when Ash accepts his new world?

  I enjoyed these characters, their romance, and this story so much!

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Danielle

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An Accidental date with a Billionaire(Review Post)

Published April 16, 2019 by bookbesties

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Samantha Matthews turned her back on her wealthy family to focus on social work. Those who know her think she’s the heart of kindness. Those who know her really well know she’s in a never-ending battle to make up for the harm her family’s companies inflict on the world. Which is how she finds herself at a charity bachelor auction of all places.

But oops, she was supposed to bid on her bff’s brother as a favor and accidentally bid on the wrong guy. Sue her for not being able to tell one stick-in-the-mud CEO from another.

Backstage, she goes to tell him not to worry about having to go through with a date or anything, but the oafish billionaire cuts her off dismissively. Looks her up and down, hands her a card with his assistant’s contact details, and reminds her that sex is definitely off the table.

Oh, she’ll call the assistant all right and have her make sure he wears jeans and comfortable shoes and to pick her up at seven a.m. The only “hammering” this guy is going to be doing is at Habitat for Humanity.

Too bad he turns out to be nothing like she expected.

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This was a new author to me.
Samantha is at the charity auction to help her friend Izzy and agrees to bid on Izzy brother. She is surrounded by a crowd that used to be her scene before her parents had some indiscretions. Now she works to redeem herself by working as a social worker and agreed to do a favor for her friend. Taylor is a wealthy businessman who has worked hard to get where he is at and agrees to this charity auction. Samantha can’t believe she didn’t bid on the right one and is immediately put off by Taylor’s attitude. At first both parties judge each other without giving each other a chance. I did have a hard time connecting with the book and its H and h. While the banter between the two was good and parts of it did drag a little fore me. I did find Samantha was a bit stubborn but, that didn’t take away from the story line. In all it was an ok read.

3 and a half

Damaris

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Advice from a Jilted Bride by Piper Rayne(Review Post)

Published March 21, 2019 by bookbesties

What’s a girl to do after being ditched at the altar by text message? That’s right. Text. Message.

How does she pick up the pieces and move on? I’m no Dear Abby but here’s a little free advice…

Advice #1 – First, purge your apartment of all things him—by tossing his belongings off the balcony.

Advice #2 – Do not, I repeat do not, throw anything out into the hallway because you’ll injure your hot new neighbor.

Advice #3 – When said neighbor brings over Chinese Food do not let him stay and keep you company. It’s awkward when you realize he’s your boss.

Advice #4 – Accept his offer to help you with your side business but think twice before using a date to his sister’s wedding as collateral.

Advice #5 – Investigate who your mystery neighbor really is. Don’t trust his word even if he’s the world’s best kisser.

If you listen to nothing else, pay attention to that last one. It’s the most important and will save you a lot of heartache.

Xo,

LOVESICK IN LAKE STARLIGHT

This is book 2 in this series and technically can be read without reading the first, Lesson From A One Night Stand but its better after having read the first.

This is another great read from the PR Duo and it does not disappoint. First I will say that this story was a switch up from the author because it was a slow burn and friends to lovers in the sense the characters marinated for awhile with their attraction. But, as always, Piper Rayne did it well!

From the first book, we all know that Brooklyn’s fiance was not liked by the family and we see why in the opening of this story. On her 2nd most crappiest day she(Brooklyn) meets her new neighbor. Wyatt is not looking for any distractions and is ready to get in and out of this little town in Alaska so he can prove himself to his dad who owns a chain of hotels. He must learns the different jobs there and he goes undercover. Brooklyn is heart broken and now trying to navigate out of the fog. Her and Wyatt have cute banter and the attraction is definitely mutual. I liked the way the bond develops slowly between these two. It will have you turning the page and rooting all the way! Again cant say enough that you add the dynamic of the Bailey family(introduced in the first book) and there are non stop laughs! You get all the great feels with Brooklyn and Wyatt! Cant wait for the next sibling in the Bailey family!!

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Damaris

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