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Blitzed by Alexa Martin (Review Post)

Published December 5, 2019 by bookbesties

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“Definitely a must-read!”—La La Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

Maxwell Lewis has to make the play of his life in order to breach the woman of his dream’s defenses in this new football romance from the author of Fumbled.

Brynn Larson owes a lot to reality television and professional athletes. Her bar hit new heights of success after becoming a local haunt for the Denver Mustangs players and their WAGs. But although she’s grateful, that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. And that’s exactly what she would be to ever consider dating a professional athlete. Even if it’s Maxwell Lewis, whose shy smile makes her wonder what going on behind those beautiful brown eyes.

Maxwell knew from the moment he met Brynn that she was going to change his life. It was only a matter of time. But when he finally makes a move, fate conspires against him and everything goes wrong. Now he has to show her that their potential is real. Too bad for him, Brynn isn’t fooled by his glamorous NFL life, and when ghosts from both their pasts make a sudden reappearance, she must decide who she can trust. But when the person she’s most afraid of is herself, navigating life’s tackles is harder than anticipated.

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I have read all the books in this series and I have enjoyed them immensely. Brynn own the bar where all the wives of the Mustang football team hang out. All the ladies have become close and it’s nice to see old characters from the other books. Brynn has some past issues with abandonment but she is a strong character. Maxwell is quiet and shy despite being a big guy on the team. He has had a thing for Brynn and the ladies think it’s time for Brynn to get a man especially by the name of Maxwell. He himself has some trouble and it adds a little more issues for a happily ever after. This is a slow burn that was cute and Maxwell was adorable. this one fell a little slow for me, but I did enjoy it Overall.

3 and a half

Damaris

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The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard(Review Post)

Published November 27, 2019 by bookbesties

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THE BEAST OF BESWICK by #AMALIEHOWARD

Beauty and the Beast meets Taming of the Shrew in this laugh-out-loud and heartfelt #RegencyRomance.

Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and snarling at anyone who gets too close. With a ruined face like his, it’s hard to like much about the world. Especially smart-mouthed harpies—with lips better suited to kissing than speaking—who brave his castle with indecent proposals.

But Lady Astrid Everleigh will stop at nothing to see her younger sister safe from a notorious scoundrel, even if it means offering herself up on a silver platter to the forbidding Beast of Beswick himself. And by offer, she means what no highborn lady of sound and sensible mind would ever dream of—a tender of marriage with her as his bride.

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As you all know I became a big fan of this author after meeting her at Shameless BookCon 2018. Since that initial meeting I have greedily searched for and read every historical romance book with her name on it. With that being said, THIS IS MY FAVORITE AMALIE HOWARD BOOK (so far at least)!!!!! From start to finish I was completely hooked. I started this book after chatting with the author at this year’s Shameless BookCon and experiencing how excited she was about it and why. The story is a mix of Taming of the Shrew and Beauty and the Beast. This leading lady or “Beauty” as you will, is so sassy and self-aware. Her “take no sh!+” attitude and determination to save her sister from her vengeful ex-fiancé, makes her one of my favorite heroines for 2019!

After having her reputation ruined and the death of their parents, Lady Astrid Everleigh and her younger sister, Isobel find themselves in the country, secluded from society, and at the mercy of their greedy Uncle Reginald and Aunt Mildred. But Astrid has a plan! In one year she will be of age to inherit the remainder of her inheritance and give her sister the opportunity to have the proper coming out she deserves. When Astrid’s scorned ex-fiancé, Edmund Cain, Earl of Beaumont, uses her Uncle’s greed as a means to have his ultimate revenge. Astrid is forced to find a creative way to thwart the plans of a monster by seeking the assistance of a “beast”.

Having been severely scarred on both his face and his disposition, Lord Thane Harte, the seventh Duke of Beswick, chooses to live a very secluded and solitary life on his country estate. Aside from his staff, his favorite aunt, and a select few “friends” he does a very good job avoiding other people. That is until a smart mouthed, bluestocking, spinster barges her way into his home and issues him a most unconventional “business” proposition. Will he leave his life of seclusion behind and take her up on her offer or will he slam the door in her face?

Obviously I loved this book! And as always I am excited to see what all of you think of it as well.

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Danielle

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Diamond in the Rouge by Wendy LaCapra(Review Post)

Published November 26, 2019 by bookbesties

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Diamond in the Rogue will captivate you! It is sensual, lush, beautifully romantic, and I recommend it! -Stacy Reid, Author of the House of Calydon Series

In an act of revenge, Lord Rayne kissed Lady Julia and was sent packing to America. But now he’s back to settle his affairs and give away his sister in marriage, until he meets up with the alluring yet innocent Lady Julia again. He doesn’t regret their first kiss, but he was never good enough for her.

Lady Julia had two years to forget the moody and mercurial Earl of Rayne. But one look, and she knows they’re meant to be together. Be damned with his and her brother’s objections, she’ll just jump on the back of Rayne’s departing carriage and compromise them both thoroughly.

Only, Julia never expected her forbidding Lord to be so good at resisting temptation…

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I was so very excited to read this book for a couple of reasons; first- the author herself asked me to read and review this book (yes I totally fan girled over that), second- I really enjoyed the previous book in the series and couldn’t wait to see what the author had instore for this next book, and third- once I discovered this was Rayne and Julia’s story I was beyond stoked. After meeting these two characters in the last book and the hints about what broke up a long time group of best friends and forced Clarissa’s brother Rayne to flee to America I was praying it would be a good as the last. Let me tell you all this book was better than I ever imagined! I couldn’t put it down. This book has all the things I adore: A strong and sassy leading lady, a dark and brooding hero, and some seriously steamy love scenes (please remember this is a historical romance and while most love scenes can be pretty vanilla these most definitely were not). I can honestly say this is one of my favorite books for 2019!!! I can only hope we get to see how Farring’s story plays out in the next book.

Graham Laithe, Earl of Rayne has spent the last 2 years in America working very hard to forget the biggest mistake of his life. When he is forced to return to England for his sister’s wedding and to settle his affairs, the last thing he wants is to face his once bet friends or see the one woman he can never have and the cause of all his troubles. Will he be able to successfully part ways with his sister and his life in England as he plans or will he find himself with a reason to stay?

Lady Julia Stanley has a personal rule of never making the same mistake twice. Just as she is prepared to give up on finding love of her own, she is challenged by a dear friend to break that rule. Faced with the prospect saving the only man she loves from his own self-destruction, she forms a risky plan involving disguise, kidnapping, and possibly pirates to take her own destiny in hand and fight for the love she thought was lost. Will she succeed or will all her efforts leave them both heartbroken all over again?

This seriously is one of my favorite books of 2019 and I can’t wait to see how all of you like it.

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Danielle

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Demise of a Self-Centered Playboy by Piper Rayne (Review Post)

Published November 26, 2019 by bookbesties

 

 

You might be wondering how you’ll know when your playboy ways are coming to an end. For some it might be an unexpected pregnancy (ahem… you know who), for others it might be finally landing the one woman you’ve always wanted (cough… I won’t mention any names). For me, it was the death of my mentor and the subsequent reading of their will.

 

The signs were there, they always are. But I didn’t notice them until it was too late, and my demise was complete.

 

Demise Sign #1– You find yourself thrust into the land of responsibility and you don’t immediately hightail it out of town.

 

Demise Sign #2– Despite being stuck with the world’s biggest Jekyll & Hyde, some sadistic part of you actually enjoys spending time with her.

 

Demise Sign #3– Your family suddenly stops wanting to weigh in on every decision in your life.

 

Demise Sign #4– Somehow you end up being the voice of reason in your tumultuous partnership.

 

Demise Sign #5 –You start thinking of other people before yourself.

 

Demise Sign #6– You agree to put yourself in the middle of an Alaskan reality TV show that has both of you sleeping in the same tent. 

 

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20 stars? All the stars???

Okay, every book I say ‘oh this is my favorite’ and then they come out with the next book and boom I have a new favorite. Denver is the twin brother to Rome from a previous book in the Bailey series and he is a known playboy with a adventure side. He is a bush pilot and has been helping his friend Chip with some of the adventures he does for his company. Now after some life changes we find Denver and Chip’s daughter Cleo to now be co owners of Lifetime Adventures. Well so many questions like can they both be serious and pull this company together? Will either one of them pay attention to what is sparking between each other? Can Cleo tame the bad boy of Lake Starlight? Well I must say the title speaks volumes. I thought I was excited for Rome but ladies Denver was unexpected and melted my heart with every chapter. I loved Cleo spunk and her dialogue with Denver. Again I can’t say it enough how these ladies write these stories and you just want to be part of this family. So many laughs and I love the dynamic. It is a sure winner every time. There are some moments that my heart breaks for Cleo. Her and Denver are much alike in ways and seeing them navigate life and trying to see if they fit was a great ride. There are not enough stars! My favorite series from this Author!

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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 married 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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Lip Smacker By Alison Bailey(Review Post)

Published November 26, 2019 by bookbesties

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Logan Heath was the sweetest and most beautiful boy I had ever seen. He was popular, smart, and the star quarterback of Fort Johnson High. Every girl in school followed him around in hopes of getting his attention. I was no different, except that I admired Logan from afar. With him being a superstar junior and me being an awkward freshman at a new school, our coupling was a mere pipe dream.
Implementing my top-notch investigating skills I learned from reading The Nancy Drew Mysteries, I followed Logan’s life from high school through his college career, and then some. Fearing that my stalker-ish tendencies were becoming more of a mental health issue, I purposely lost track of him five years ago. I admit since that time I have thought of Logan. And when I say thought I mean he has popped into one or forty R-rated dreams of mine.
The day he walked into my bakery, butterflies fluttered in my stomach, tingles tingled my skin, and a sequence of R-rated dreams flashed through my head. But I was no longer that awkward teenager, too scared to speak to him. I had grown into a confident woman. A woman who wanted to admire Logan Heath up close and personal. Unfortunately, from the very beginning, Logan wanted something from me that I was not willing to give him.

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Okay,  let me start by warning you that this is a new to me author. I have seen the blurb on my Instagram feed and when I saw a chance to review I said why not? The cover is cute, I love the colors, they are inviting and at first reading the title it made me think of those lip balms that kids loved and they came in different flavors, just me?   Well as you can see I did give it a good rating so I would say yes it was my jam. First paragraph had me a little iffy, there was a lot of monologue and Lip Smacker, yes that is the name because trust me it’s a lot easier than her real name “Elipheleta!” Not only does she have a unique name she is a bakery owner with a witty grandma as her sidekick. She meets “the closer” who is Logan and he works for the investor who is trying to buy everyone out! Logan also happens to be the football god from her high school who she continually spent some of her high school years drooling over. The crush is still there and as much as she wants to hate him the attraction for her is there. Well folks he is here to woo her out of her building that is if Lip doesn’t give him a run for his money! It’s cute and she is so random and funny pretty sure that is why I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh and I was mesmerized to keep turning the pages. Baked goods, laughter, a little sadness and some sexy scenes are a great recipe for a hit!

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Damaris

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My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh(Review Post)

Published November 26, 2019 by bookbesties

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n the first book in Eva Leigh’s new Union of the Rakes series, a bluestocking enlists a faux suitor to help her land an ideal husband only to be blindsided by real desire…

Lady Grace Wyatt is content as a wallflower, focusing on scientific pursuits rather than the complications of society matches. But when a handsome, celebrated naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, for once, to be noticed. Her solution: to “build” the perfect man, who will court her publicly and help her catch his eye. Grace’s colleague, anthropologist Sebastian Holloway, is just the blank slate she requires.

To further his own research on English society, Sebastian agrees to let Grace transform him from a bespectacled, bookish academic into a dashing—albeit fake—rake. Between secret lessons on how to be a rogue and exaggerated public flirtations, Grace’s feelings for Sebastian grow from friendship into undeniable, inconvenient, real attraction. If only she hadn’t asked him to help her marry someone else…

Sebastian is in love with brilliant, beautiful Grace, but their bargain is complete, and she desires another. Yet when he’s faced with losing her forever, Sebastian will do whatever it takes to tell her the truth, even if it means risking his own future—and his heart.

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This book owns my heart!!!!!

Not only does this follow a friends turned lovers trope but THIS IS A STORY WERE 2 NERDS FIND LOVE!!!! The female lead in this book is intelligent, independent, and compassionate, everything I look for in a heroine. I loved watching her nurture the leading gentleman as he grows into his full potential. The fact that the author wasn’t afraid to write a hero for this book who is not a typical Historical Romance leading man makes me eager to read more books by her. Getting a candid view of the Seb’s struggles with selective mutism and how he overcomes the obstacles it presents was very refreshing and endeared him to my heart. This is one of those books that I immediately grin when I hear the title or think of the characters. I love this book so much.

Sebastian “Seb” Holloway is the impoverish son of a miner who prefers science and observing societies over interacting with and being a part of them. So much so that unless someone is a member in his very small circle of friends they could be lead to believe him to be brainless and odd. But those closest to him know he is loyal, intelligent, and devoted to his study of anthropology, if only he could just get over his in-ability to speak to strangers. He would do anything for his friends especially, Grace, including sacrifice his heart by pretending to be a rake and court her so she can gain the notice of the man of her dreams.

Lady Grace Wyatt spends more of her time in the Benezra Library than attending society functions. If she had her way she would stop attending society functions all together and spend her time in the field studying her beloved reptiles. But being a woman born of the ton there are certain expectations she must uphold, like getting married. There is only one man she could ever see herself happily marry, Mason Fredericks. Too bad he sees her as merely a scientific colleague and not a woman. That is until she convinces her dearest friend Sebastian to transform himself into a rake and “court” her with the intent to make Mason take notice of her. Will their crazy plan succeed or will it be her eyes that are opened to another’s potential?

I truly loved this book! I hope you do too. NERD LOVE WINS!!!!

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DANIELLE

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The Play Maker (The Sideline Series Book 1) By L.M. Carr

Published November 5, 2019 by bookbesties

 

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Playing football ruled every decision Julian MacIntyre ever made, including leaving his high school sweetheart behind to follow his dream. Sidelined by an injury on the field, he’s now making a huge comeback to the NFL as the league’s youngest head coach.

He wants it all. The glory, the job and the girl he walked away from years ago.

As one of the top sports reporters, Addison Hamilton has made a name for herself in a male-dominated industry. Proven to be a hard-nosed journalist, she asks the tough questions, but when given the opportunity to interview the man who broke her heart, is she willing to cross the lines of professionalism to get the answers she needs?

 

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At the knock, I grab the cash and open the door.

“Hi.”

My mouth drops open and my eyes grow wide. “Julian?” I stammer. “What are you doing here?”

“I wanted to see my girl.” He holds up the takeout bag. “I have food.”

I snatch the bag, then step into the hall, looking around. “Nope. Don’t see your girl anywhere.”

“Funny.” Julian places his hand on my abdomen and guides me back into the apartment, an amused look on his face.

Walking backward, I stop and turn from him when my feet feel the transition between hardwood and tile. I distance myself from him and hurry into the kitchen to gather dinnerware.

“Have you eaten?”

I get no response.

“Hello?!” I ask, glancing over my shoulder, catching him staring at my ass. “Take a picture. It’ll last longer.”

My comment jars him and he looks up at me, a smirk on his face. “I don’t need to take a picture.” He taps his temple. “I’ve got an image of that perfect ass right here.”

I snort. “Are you hungry? There’s more than enough for two.”

He nods, striding over to where I stand with two dishes in my hands.

“I am hungry, but not for food.”

Julian extends his arms and places them onto the countertop, caging me in. He leans toward my neck and inhales, making my eyes close. “You smell good.”

“I just showered,” I reply breathlessly, desperate to maintain my composure, quickly losing the battle.

His body flush against mine, his erection presses into my stomach as he dots the skin of my neck with soft kisses until he reaches the corner of my mouth.

“I love you,” he murmurs.

My body stiffens and eyes shoot open. I shake my head as I try to refute his words, but he covers my lips with his, staking his claim. I feel the flames ignite in the pit of my belly as he clutches my face, deepening the kiss. My lips part, welcoming his tongue into my mouth.

Kissing Julian is unlike anything else I’ve ever felt. I lose all sense of awareness as he continues his relentless, yet gentle pursuit to drown me in his affection. The feeling of his tongue tangling with mine adds fuel to the fire simmering in my core.

He lowers one hand to my waist, gripping it firmly to pull me even closer, causing my back to arch. Unable to stand on my weakened legs, I raise my arms and rest them on his shoulders. A loud crash suddenly stills our kiss.

“What was that?” I mumble against his mouth.

Pulling back, a grin appears. “The dishes…”

I raise my gaze from his eyes and notice my hands empty, the plates shattered on the floor. I smile. “It’s your fault. You can’t kiss me like that when I’m in the middle of something.” I lower my arms and walk to the closet, grabbing the broom. “You turn my brain to mush.”

“And what about your body?” he asks with raised eyebrows.

I quickly sweep up the pieces and place them into the trash, then put away the broom. “I think you already know the answer to that.”

 

Julian MacIntyre, known as the play maker was a star in the NFL and had success, but at the expense of walking away from his high school sweetheart Addison. Addison has a lock on her heart and plays it safe when it comes to relationships. Her heart has never healed from that one true love, Julian. Fast forward to the present and after a injury, next best thing “J Mack” is back in the NFL and Addison is the hot journalist who is picked to do a interview. Now she must face Julian and things are about to get live! The chemistry was sweet between these two even though at times, Addison was frustrating. The navigating of old feelings with the new wrapped in a football theme was great. This was a great second chance romance. Must read.

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Damaris

 

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Living in Connecticut, L.M. is an educator by day and writer by night. She’s a lover of chocolate and Hallmark movies; they come a close second to her husband and three kids.

Her work is considered realistic and relatable Contemporary Romance with an element of suspense.

To date, nine titles have been released since 2015.

The Giving Trilogy follows a school teacher and a single father.

The Stones Duet (Casting Stones & Conquering Stones) details the journey of a war veteran and his search for unconditional love.

From A Distance, inspired by true events, is about unrequited love that is found in an unexpected place.

Love Lyrics & Lies tells the story of following your heart versus following your dream.

The Love Duet (Entitled & Entrusted) is about earning love and protecting it.

The Play Maker offers a second chance at love when a football player comes back for the girl he loves.

L.M. Carr is a lover of “Happily Ever Afters” because the world is filled with enough sadness. Reading is an escape in which anything is possible. But like in reality, stories sometimes take you on a journey through Hell before you can reach Heaven.

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