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The Best Friend Problem by Mariah Ankenman(Review Post)

Published August 12, 2019 by bookbesties

Prudence Carlson has been lucky in life. A fulfilling wedding-planning business run with her girlfriends in Colorado, plus the best guy friend ever in her firefighter bestie Finn. All that’s missing from it is a baby. Luckily, it’s the twenty-first century–Pru can take matters into her own hands. She doesn’t need to find true love to create the future love of her life.


Except all this talk of babies and insemination and…Pru and Finn cross a line they never expected to. Sure, one night of passion won’t change their close friendship. Until Pru goes in for a fertility check-up to find…she’s already pregnant. 


As best friends, Pru and Finn have survived college, new jobs, and bad breakups, but can they survive crib shopping, birth classes, and late-night cravings. Especially when Finn has never considered himself even remotely Daddy material?

 

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This was a new author to me and I love a friends to lovers story. I really enjoyed this story. It’s always interesting to see how deep the relationship is between friends. Pru has it all right now, two of the best girlfriends and a wonderful wedding business. Not to mention her other best friend Finn. She is ready for a baby and tangles her bestie Finn to help pick out a donor. After a night of celebration the morning brings to light the line that these two best friends have crossed.

Finn is a firefighter and is living his life of bachelorhood. Until Pru goes to her doctor and finds out her surprise is already on it’s way without having to use a donor.  Pru and Finn have a long history of friendship and have managed to be there for each other without crossing any lines. We all know that it’s just fun when the characters blur the lines. Finn was so sweet and thoughtful. Pru is very independent so she was all ready to deal with the pregnancy by herself. I love the banter between these two it flowed so well and you could really see the love they had for each other. The story was well written and I loved the banter with the two girl best friends. Overall great read and would definitely read any other books from this author.

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Damaris

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Bestselling author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and her loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious RWA Golden Heart and CRW Stiletto awards.
 
Whether she’s writing hometown heroes or sexy supernaturals, Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books. 
 
Mariah is represented by Eva Scalzo of the Speilburg Literary Agency.
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A little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian(Review Post)

Published August 7, 2019 by bookbesties

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A seductive thief

Lady’s maid Molly Wilkins is done with thieving—and cheating and stabbing and all the rest of it. She’s determined to keep her hands to herself, so she really shouldn’t be tempted to seduce her employer’s prim and proper companion, Alice. But how can she resist when Alice can’t seem to keep her eyes off Molly?

Finds her own heart

For the first time in her life, Alice Stapleton has absolutely nothing to do. The only thing that seems to occupy her thoughts is a lady’s maid with a sharp tongue and a beautiful mouth. Her determination to know Molly’s secrets has her behaving in ways she never imagined as she begins to fall for the impertinent woman.

Has been stolen

When an unwelcome specter from Alice’s past shows up unexpectedly at a house party, Molly volunteers to help the only way she knows how: with a little bit of mischief.

 

 

 A Little Light Mischief (The Turner Series, #3.5)A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my first time reading a F/F romance let alone a Historical F/F romance. I’m glad my first was written by an author I adore! As usual for Cat Sebastian the heroines are well written and have lots of character. I like how she made the intimate scenes between Alice and Molly more real to life rather than the crap you see in adult films, that was one of the biggest reasons I hadn’t yet read any f/f romance books. This book has adventure, strength, empowerment, and acceptance, all things that make up a great story.

As the daughter of a impoverish Vicar, Alice Stapleton,was not prepared for her new life as a lady’s companion. But her new position not only saved her from starvation, it led her to make friends withMrs. Wraxhall’s lady’s maid. Through her friendship with Molly she not only discovers her sense of self, she is empowered to stand up for herself and right the wrongs done to her in her past. Her friendship with Molly also gives her the confidence her to embrace other aspects of herself that she denied herself in the past.
Molly Wilkins needs her position as Mrs. Wraxhall’s lady’s maid and she is determined not to mess it up or let anyone get in the way, not even the very attractive new lady’s companion, who can’t seem to take her eyes off of Molly. Will sharing the thievery skills she acquired to survive in the past help her and her new friend gain their independence, or will they be caught red handed and lose it all?

I am glad this was my first f/f romance. Let me know what you think of it?

3 and a half

Danielle

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The Rouge King By Abigail Owen(Review Post)

Published July 30, 2019 by bookbesties

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A modern-day Game of Thrones meets JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series from paranormal author Abigail Owen.

Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who—and what—she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. Problem is, she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her.

As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.

But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.

 

This was my first time ever venturing into the world of dragons, but the blurp seemed interesting and this is a new to me author, so I gave it a shot. 

Kasia is a rarity in a world full of dragon, and wolf shifter’s as well as Vampires. on the run since her mother died protecting her and her sister’s from what they know as ruthless dragon’s who want nothing more than to use them for their own advances.

When Kasia can’t control her fire, which also allows her to see visions, she seeks help and winds up at a clinic where someone suspects what she is and rats her out. 

Brand has been a rouge dragon shifter all his life, ever since his parents were killed and wants nothing more than to be able to avenge his families death. He is known as ruthless and mean and will do anything to further is goal. When he is dispatched to retrieve Kasia for a king he hopes to align with to help him with his revenge, he finds he is the only one who can control Kasia’s fire when her visions start. Brand’s sole mission is to bring Kasia to the king and keep her alive and out of the clutches of other shifters who would want to do her harm all the while not trying to fall to his desires that he has for the phoenix. 

Kasia feel herself being drawn to Brand but know she should keep him at arms length, despite her ever growing feelings she has for him. When they fund themselves literally running for their lives from wolves, vampires and dragons the tensions between them come to a head, but now he has to hand her over to dragon king.

I found this story intriguing and I hate love triangles so I was a little concerned that it would be when Brand took Kasia to the Blue King but it’s done in such a way that it clearly isn’t a love triangle. I did find that the story was a bit longer than I felt (At the time) and I also thought the ending could have been shorter. Now looking back i get why the author put everything into the book(to build the world and relationship between the character) but I still felt the ending (which was a fight scene) was drawn way out. 

For that I gave this 4 1/2 stars because the story was great and I definitely want to go back and read her other sires, also in this world.

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Vonetta

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The Rouge to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret(Review Post)

Published July 30, 2019 by bookbesties

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The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule: Never fall in love with a client, which shouldn’t be a problem when one’s faking an engagement to the rogue across the street . . .

Ainsley Bourne needs the family business to succeed. But one obstacle stands in her way—Reed Sterling, the huge, handsome, former prize fighter and owner of the gaming hell across the street. His scandalous customers scare off all her marriage-minded patrons and since the devilish brute has no intention of relocating, she sets out to ruin his unsavory establishment. Yet when a vile suitor from her past reappears, Ainsley hastily claims an attachment to the first man who comes to mind . . . Mr. Sterling, to be exact.

Reed doesn’t know who is more surprised by Miss Bourne’s declaration. She clearly hates him, and he’d never admit their arguments simmer with unrequited attraction. Something about the pleading look in her eyes calls to Reed, and against his better judgment, he quickly plays the part of the besotted fiancé.

Pretending to be in love requires a convincing charade. But with each tantalizing touch and every scandalous kiss, Ainsley starts to wonder if Reed was ever really the enemy at all.

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The Rogue to Ruin (Misadventures in Matchmaking, #3)The Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OK so you guys know how much I enjoyed the first two books in this series and how much I have been looking forward to Ainsley’s story and the close to the Misadventures in Matchmaking series? Well I can say 100% that Vivienne Lorret did not disappoint! This was the ultimate finale book for any series. While this is in fact Ainsley’s happy ending we still get the perfect amount of little continuation tid-bits about Jacinda and Briar to make each of their stories come full circle, making this a beautiful end to the series.
Each of the Bourne sisters has their own strength and gifts that they bring to the Bourne Matrimonial Agency, but it’s the eldest sister Ainsley who has the taken on the task of holding everything together and making their dreams of a successful business come true. She isn’t about to let the gaming hell across the street with it’sunsavory patrons and infuriating owner stand in the way of their success. She has declared war against Sterling’s and is determined to see it’s doors closed forever until a threat from her past forces her to need the help of the man she is set to destroy.
Reed Sterlinghas one goal for his life, leave his mark on the world as the owner of “London’s most elite gambling club.” Will his plans be thwarted by the haughty, highborn, matchmaker that lives next door? Or will circumstance push them together in the most unexpected ways and turn them from enemies to passionate lovers?
This was such a fun story and the perfect ending to the series. I can’t wait for you all to read it!

Danielle

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This is Wild by Natasha Madison(Review Post)

Published July 30, 2019 by bookbesties
From the best selling series, Something So comes the spin-off Series This is…

Zoe
When you grow up surrounded by hockey players you know one thing for sure, I was never going to settle down with one.

Heck, I didn’t even know what icing was. I was too busy climbing the corporate ladder, becoming one of the most successful realtors in New York City.

I wasn’t interested in dating or anything that got in my way.

First, he was my client and then he became my friend.

Viktor
My parents told me I skated before I walked.
When I was eighteen I was drafted into the N.H.L third overall, playing in Los Angeles—the city of dreams.
What more could I ask for? I played hard, but eventually, I partied even harder.

Five years later I was traded a week after I entered rehab.

There was no time for anything except my health and making sure I’d come out on top. I had to be better.
There wasn’t another option.

One of the rules of recovery was ‘don’t fall in love’ and I made it a top priority. She was off limits in every single way.

Until it was too late

One night, one decision, one act can derail everything.

When push comes to shove, I’m only certain that, This is Wild.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Who doesn’t love a sports romance and at best a hockey romance. I love this family they are relatable and funny.
Fresh out of rehab from his addiction Viktor Petrov has a long road ahead of him. Viktor has a lot of changes going on including being signed by the NY Stingers and will be leaving his old team in LA. He meets the sister of the owner of his new team and also new realtor, Zoe. There is attraction at first sight but Viktor knows she is off limits and during his recovery period he does not need distractions. Zoe keeps telling herself that she won’t date a client and hockey players but why doesn’t she believe herself? Watch Viktor journey towards his first year of sobriety and now that him and Zoe are settled on being friends well let’s see if that lasts!

I love the chemistry with all the characters and the story just flows so well. I have enjoyed this series thoroughly! 5 stars all the way! Great read

Damaris

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possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her
characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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Brazen and the Beast(Review Post)

Published July 30, 2019 by bookbesties

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The Lady’s Plan

When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans. Plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune and to live her own life. But first, she has plans to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. She does not, however, plan to find the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin The Year of Hattie before it’s even begun.

The Bastard’s Proposal

When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him—especially when he discovers her plans for a night of pleasure…on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.

An Unexpected Passion

Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure: she won’t give up her plans; he won’t give up his power…but neither of them sees that if they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything…including their hearts.

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I am head over heels in love with The Barenuckle Bastards!!!!!!  Two books in and I am addicted to this series!  I can’t wait for the next book!    Another strong leading lady who refuses to let any man steal her dreams.  So much inspiration can be found in the determination, drive, and cunning of this single female character that I am interested to see who we meet next and how she will compare.  Writing an equally strong hero who is able to support such a lady is a major reason why I adore this author.  The fact that this leading male character has so much stand-alone character without over shadowing the leading lady makes this book a truly fantastic read! I loved every page of this book!

   Lady Henrietta Sedleyhas a plan and this will be the year of “Hattie”, where she achieves all her dreams.  She isn’t about to let an unconscious stranger on the floor of her carriage,on the eve of her birthday stop her from putting that plan in motion.  If only she knew how that one night and that one unconscious strangerwould change her whole life.

Saviour “Beast” Whittington is a Barenuckle Bastard and with that comes a certain level of respect.  Or at least it is supposed to, that is when he isn’t being kissed then thrown out of a moving carriage by a brazen Lady of London’s high society.  Convinced he must find her for the sake of his business, his employees, and his way of life he must find that Lady, he soon learns he must find her for  far more emotional reasons.

  Another incredible book by Sarah MacLean. I can’t wait to know what you all think of it!

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DANIELLE

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All it Takes by Kristen Proby(Review Post)

Published July 30, 2019 by bookbesties

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In Kristen Proby’s second novel in her Romancing Manhattan series, a playboy vows never to commit—until he meets the one woman he’s tempted to break his promise for.

Quinn Cavanaugh doesn’t do anything halfway. He drives fast, works hard, and plays even harder. And the word “commitment” doesn’t exist in his dictionary. He has no plans of settling down with one woman for he needs to be free to move on to the next big thing—whatever or whoever that may be. Each party knows the score going into it, and it’s all been working out fine. That is, until a sexy new colleague enters the scene.

Sienna Hendricks doesn’t give much thought to Quinn and the revolving door leading to his bedroom. She’s way too picky about who she shares her time or her body with and screwing around with a colleague isn’t part of her plan either. Quinn doesn’t intimidate her. And unlike most other members of her sex, she doesn’t melt into a puddle at his feet whenever he’s near. Most importantly, she has no issues telling him no.

But for a man who has the world at his feet, Quinn isn’t accustomed to being rejected. And he’s not about to let that change—no matter how persistent Sienna is. To his surprise, Sienna is everything he thought he’d never find. Pursuing her, and convincing her he’s changed, is going to be the biggest challenge of his life. One he’s completely up for….

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All It Takes (Romancing Manhattan, #2)All It Takes by Kristen Proby

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is part of the Romancing Manhattan series. I actually enjoyed this couple more than the first, even though the couple from the first book do show up in this book . Quinn is a very established and successful lawyer in the city. He likes his money and fast cars. He meets Sienna when he drops in to the Will reading of her grandpa. Did I mention that Sienna is also a lawyer?? When a property in the Will is in question they get thrown together to try to get the issue solved. Sienna is artistic and likes her hours where she works. Quinn is a total workaholic. Things heats up between these two the more time they hang out. Sienna is outgoing and loving and Quinn is manly and sweet and always ready to take care of people. It was a great story to add to the series!

Damaris

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