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The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout(Review Post)

Published October 8, 2019 by bookbesties

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#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with The Burning Shadow, the steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

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The Burning Shadow (Origin, #2)The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy CRAP this book was good! So many turns and WTF moments and the surprise ending that I DID NOT see coming..just wow! Jennifer has hit this one out of the park!

I have been a long time fan of this author and this world and diving back in gave me all the feels. This book pics up right were the last book(The Darkest Star) left off. After having discovered the truth about herself Evie is thrust into living a life she has no idea how to live and feelings she has no idea how to navigate. Luc is still by Evie’s side and as the feelings she has for him grows, so does her confusion on who and what she is…to him, to herself, to everyone.
Evie thought things would die down after the showdown from the last book, but when people start mysteriously getting sick she learns that it was only just the beginning.
Armentrout has outdone herself in this fast paced, can’t put down goodness! I found myself Laughing, crying and thoroughly SHOOK, with twist and turns I didn’t see coming. Armentrout has woven suspense, action and FEELING into a great sequel with a promise of more and exciting things to come.
This is how you write a freaking sequel!!
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Fake Date by Monica Murphy(Review Post)

Published September 18, 2019 by bookbesties

51ne+huw84L._SY346_“This book was like the best sort of dessert. I. Am. Addicted.” – #1 NYT Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken

Working at Bliss, Sarah Harrison deals with all sorts of–interesting clientele. Yet no one sparks her interest more than Jared Gaines, the ultra-rich, ultra-sexy businessman who frequents her shop, buying delicate little “gifts” for the women in his life.

But one day, Jared sends her a gift from Bliss. Then another–and another. So when Sarah walks into his office demanding to know why he can’t stop sending her gifts, he makes her an offer she somehow can’t refuse: be his fake girlfriend for the weekend while attending his brother’s engagement party.

Next thing Sarah knows, she’s in San Francisco, pretending to be in love with Jared. Not that it’s a hardship. Once you get the man away from the office, he’s much more relaxed. Sweet. Funny. Even…thoughtful? Oh, and sexier than ever, of course.

Their pretend relationship feels very real, very quickly. Soon Sarah’s in over her head. Could what she and Jared share turn into something real? Or is it all actually…fake?

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 Sarah works at a lingerie store and she has a certain customer by the name of Jared that comes in and he is bothersome but so handsome. Jared has been making purchases frequently but when he sees a chance to grab Sarah attention he goes for it. He needs a date for a family function and tag she is it. Sarah’s banter with her friends is funny and makes you want to be part of the friend group. The banter between Jared and Sarah is exciting. I found him to be a little mysterious at first and its interesting to see their relationship change. This is a great read all the way . It has a great flow to the story and well developed characters and cant wait for the next victim in this friend group!

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Damaris

 

Call Her Mine by Melissa Foster(Review Post)

Published August 15, 2019 by bookbesties

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Two besties and a baby make for an instafamily and a surprising romance in a delightful series by Melissa Foster, the New York Times bestselling author of the Sugar Lake novels.

Ben Dalton has always been honest, except where his heart is concerned. He’s been in love with his best friend—saucy, smart-mouthed Aurelia Stark—forever. But Ben’s a planner, and timing has never been on his side. When he finally decides to make his move, Aurelia beats him to the punch with a move of her own—to a different town.

Aurelia loves her new life in the charming town of Harmony Pointe. She has a great apartment and her very own bookstore, and best of all, the sinfully hot, commitment-phobic friend she’s crushed on for years is no longer just around the corner. Maybe she’ll finally be able to leave her unrequited love behind and move on.

But when a baby is left on Ben’s front porch—a baby that is presumably his—Aurelia is there for him. Neither one knows the first thing about babies, but how hard can it be? Ben and Aurelia are catapulted into a world of love, laughter, and tracking down the baby mama, and it might even add up to a very happily ever after… just not one either of them expects.

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 Call Her Mine (Harmony Pointe Book 1)Call Her Mine by Melissa Foster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Friends to lovers is always a great story line.
Ben has been pining for his best friend and waiting for the right time to tell Aurelia that he has been in love with her . Aurelia has the hottest best friend named Ben and it’s been hard to be around him while he goes out and has his one night stands.
Aurelia is strong and independent character but has such a soft spot for Ben. Ben is sweet and sexy and in this story the teddy bear comes out. She has moved to a new town and is about to open a bookstore and try to move past her feelings. Ben never has great timing when a present is left on his doorstep and now as he comes clean with how he feels will Aurelia be able to return his feelings? As they try to navigate their friendship and life they hope that the odds are in their favor.

Love this story they have a special bond and it’s frustrating and heartwarming at the same time. The cover is so hot and that alone should make you read this story! Great read and a definite one click.

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DAMARIS

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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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

About the Author:

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. 
 
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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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The Tip-Off by Rebecca Jenshak(Review Post)

Published July 26, 2019 by bookbesties

🔥🔥 The highly-anticipated third book in the Smart Jocks series is LIVE! Gabby and Zeke’s story is finally here!!! One-click today! 🔥🔥

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I’ve spent years hiding in the shadows.

He’s spent his whole life chasing the bright lights of the NBA.

We have nothing in common, except for the fact our friends ditched us for spring break.

I have a bucket list for my senior year at Valley U.

He’s the only person I know on campus.

I’m ready to start checking things off my list.

Frat party: Check.
TP the baseball house: Check.
Goat yoga: Check.
Skinny dipping: Check.
Falling for Zeke Sweets, Valley U’s MVP: Not going to happen.

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This author was new to me when I started this series and I love her style of writing. In this series it’s a great group of friends that one by one start to fall.

Zeke is your top NBA draft pic and Gabby has a college bucket list. Zeke has been working hard and making sacrifices with the end goal of making it to the NBA until Gabby comes into his life and starts to change his perspective. Zeke has been low key not into big parties and has had great self discipline. After several years of online classes after her accident Gabby is finishing her last college year on campus and making a new norm for herself. Zeke only has room for friends and is not looking for any distractions as the draft is near and he might just make it……..

 The relationship between these two is subtle and a bit of a slow burn. Gabby goes through a lot of different emotions after she was scarred after her accident. Zeke is a pleasant surprise, gentle and caring. If you love sports romances this book and this whole series would be a great series to read. Now cant wait for Nathan story next!!

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Damaris

I can’t make out her form until I’m halfway down to the water. She sits on the dock, feet dangling above the water. She’s so fucking beautiful and innocent and I want to ruin her and worship her all at the same time. I’m not going to do either of those things, though. I’m going to stick to the path. The path doesn’t include dating. The path doesn’t even include fun most days and Gabby deserves days that are all about fun.

She turns her head as I get closer and there’s that big Gabby smile pointed right at me. “Hey.”

“Hey, yourself. Whatcha doing down here all alone?”

“I thought we could cross skinny dipping off both our lists.”

My brows raise. “What about your tattoo?”

She shrugs. “It’s been a week. I’m willing to risk a quick dip if you are.”

I rub a hand over my chin. I’m not ashamed of my body, but I’d also prefer not to have my black ass photographed if one of my teammates happen to stumble upon us. Last year one of the sophomores got drunk at a party and passed out naked in the bathroom. I have no idea why he was naked in there, but the photos of his hairy ass were everywhere. My ass is baby smooth and awesome, but I still don’t want it on display.

“Well, come on before someone sees us.” She’s unbuttoning her shorts and pushing them down while I stand there gawking. The sight of her bare legs puts me in motion. Just not a part of me I want in motion right now. I turn around, give my dick a little pep talk that includes promises I won’t be a celibate asshole forever, and then undress to my boxers.

“You decent?” I ask over my shoulder.

“No. Oh my God, don’t look.” She laughs, I hear her footsteps on the dock and then a splash. A few seconds later, she calls, “Your turn.”

I push my boxers down and then hold my hands over my junk, semi-erect still because promises be damned, and take two large steps before jumping in beside her. Her happy squeals direct my entry into the lake as I clear the water from my eyes. We’re treading water buck naked not two feet from one another. It’s a little trippy. I haven’t spent time with a girl naked like this in… well forever. If I’m naked and this close to a girl, it’s for one purpose and though I’m a gentleman, of course, it’s not about anything but carnal desires being met. Thrusts and grunts and release.

I don’t think it would be like that with Gabby. No, I know it wouldn’t be like that, which is another reason it can’t happen.

“So now what?” she asks, suddenly looking a little nervous.

“Far as I know, this is all there is to it. How do you feel?”

“Naked.” She laughs. “But also like a rebel.”

She splashes water at me playfully and I do it right back.

“Think anyone can see us?”

I shrug. “Maybe. Do you want them to see you?”

“God, no,” she says too fast. The excitement in her eyes is a dead giveaway. I think Gabby likes the thrill, the possibility of being caught, and God help me because I want nothing more than to keep her safe while she explores every sordid fantasy.

Rebecca Jenshak is a self-proclaimed margarita addict, college basketball fanatic, and Hallmark channel devotee. A Midwest native transplanted to the desert, she likes being outdoors (drinking on patios) and singing (in the shower) when she isn’t writing books about hot guys and the girls who love them.

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Operation Bailey Wedding(Review Post)

Published July 23, 2019 by bookbesties
No one could have guessed a
marriage could sprout from a one-night stand, but Holly Radcliffe and Austin
Bailey appear to be written in the stars. From the backseat of Austin’s Jeep to
the altar they come. The town of Lake Starlight along with the Bailey’s are
prepping for the event of the year, but as usual things never go smoothly with
these nine siblings and let’s not forget Grandma Dori!

This is a novella in the Bailey series!

If you have been reading the Bailey series then you will enjoy this Novella of Austin and Holly’s upcoming nuptials. The book starts several days before the big day and I love how each chapter is from the different siblings.

If you have been reading the Bailey series then you will enjoy this Novella of Austin and Holly’s upcoming nuptials. The book starts several days before the big day and I love how each chapter is from the different siblings.

To see each of their POV I think was a great idea. This book just makes you fall even more for this great big family. I have always loved The Baileys they are so relatable, warming and inviting.

To see each of their POV I think was a great idea. This book just makes you fall even more for this great big family. I have always loved The Baileys they are so relatable, warming and inviting.

You get a little more glimpse of Sedona and Phoenix and of course you can’t forget about Grandma Dori who is still up to her shenanigans! I love the writing style of their books because they flow so easily and always makes me excited for the next book. Soooooo…. you will definitely want to read all pages till the end because the sneak preview well….😁😁😁 Thanks for another 20 star read!

Damaris

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