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Sweet Spot By Rebecca Jenshak (Review Post)

Published May 28, 2020 by bookbesties

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A hot-headed college golfer falls for her swing coach in this fun and sexy sports romance.

Lincoln Reeves may be a pro golfer and revered swing coach, but when I meet him, he is just one more person telling me I’m not good enough.
So, I do what any girl in my position would do. I tell him to get lost and take his arrogant, annoying smirk with him. I never expect to see him again. I certainly don’t expect to run into him that same night after one too many tequila shots.
Turns out that he’s kind of a big deal. Okay, fine, a really big deal. In fact, he might be the one person who can take my game to the next level.
Convincing him to help will be difficult.
Not throwing my club at his handsome face when he makes me work harder than I thought humanly possible will be excruciating.
But not falling for him will be the hardest thing of all.

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I just recently started reading books from this author and every time its been a hit. Surprise this was another great read for me. Sports romance is definitely a specialty for Rebecca. This one was a first for me as it involved the sport of Golf! 
  Keira was doing great on her golf team until one slip up that has changed her coaches demeanor and has left her watching from the sidelines. She knows that she is in the top three and she just needs her coach to realize it. She has one run in with swing coach hottie Lincoln Reeves and she is not a fan at first.
  Lincoln helps the boys golf team and ends up meeting kiera which has him intrigued from first sight. He ends up taking her on as a client to help her get noticed by her coach and the more time they spend together there are more than golf clubs swinging! The only issue are the hangups that Lincoln has from his failed marriage.  Can these two get a hole in one?
Definitely loved these two and lincoln had his moments where i wanted to give him a smack but i enjoyed the build between them. A must read!
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Damaris

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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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When You Wish Upon a Rouge: A Debutante Diaries Novel by Anna Bennett

Published May 28, 2020 by bookbesties

51GeI8ZI66LOnce upon a time in Anna Bennett’s When You Wish Upon a Rogue, three young ladies vowed to record their first London seasons and to fill in the gaps of their educations.

She knows what she wants.

Miss Sophie Kendall is happiest arranging the secret meetings of the Debutante Underground, a group of women who come together to discuss the weekly advice column The Debutante’s Revenge. What makes Sophie most unhappy is her impending march down the aisle to a man she does not love. But her family’s finances are in increasingly dire straits.

He makes an offer she can’t refuse.

Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire, hasn’t slept in weeks. Desperate to escape his manor house and its haunting memories, he heads for one of his abandoned London properties. There he meets a beautiful, intriguing woman—trespassing. Reese is far less interested in Sophie’s search for a secret meeting spot than he is in her surprising ability to soothe his demons. So he strikes a bargain with her: his shop in exchange for spending one night a week with him.

Is this love for real—or just a dream?

Sophie never expected this to happen. But she cannot deny the fire Reese sparks in her—and soon their shared desire burns bright. Sophie is irrevocably promised to another. But maybe these two ill-fated lovers can find a way to risk it all—all the way to happily ever after…

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This is the first book by this author I have read and it was wonderful! I LOVE The
Debutante’s Revenge column and what it stands for and I can see myself being a faithful
member of The Debutante Underground, but shhhhh……the first rule of The Debutante
Underground is you don’t talk about The Debutante Underground. This book is everything I love about historical romance novels and more! It has a strong heroine and a strong hero to both see her worth and help her grow. It has the potential for scandal, total ruination, and desperation as well as hope, dedication, and a happy ending. I am impressed that this author used a soldier’s PTSD to build the foundation for a romantic relationship in a H.R. book. To that I say, “Bravo!”

I read this book in one sitting because I fell head over heels for the characters and couldn’t put it down, I hope you feel the same.
Miss Sophie Kendall created The Debutante Underground in response to the success of
The Debutante’s Revenge, a printed column she and her best friends, Fiona and Lily created. She decided readers of the article needed a place where they could secretly meet and discuss the article and anything else, they felt so inclined to bring up. The only problem is she needs to find a convenient location that can easily hold the growing meetings where no one would notice the members coming or going. A tip for a possible new meeting space from one of her members finds her looking into an abandoned tailor’s shop.

That’s where she meets Mr.
Peabody, the shop owner. Who as they share a cup of valerian root tea and discuss the shop falls fast asleep. With no hope that he will rent the space to her, the last thing she expected was to meet him in the garden of a ball or the scandalous offer he makes her.
Henry Reese former Major in the 41 st Foot, hasn’t slept in weeks. As a matter of fact, he
hasn’t been able to sleep for more than a few hours since leaving the front lines, when his beloved brother Edmund died, to take his role as the new Earl of Warshire. One evening after being plagued with nightmares as he restlessly wanders through the old tailor’s shop he owns; he comes across a most unexpected intruder. A lady. Who after a cup of tea and in the middle of a conversation, miraculously helps him not only fall asleep but stay asleep, waking up more rested than he has been in months. He is certain she is the key to the return of his sleep and is desperate for more. Surely that is the only reason he would ask her to spend the night with him, right?
I love this book and am a fast becoming a fan of this author.

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It’s Really 5 1/2 stars!!

Danielle

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Nothing Compares to the Duke By Christy Carlyle (Review Post)

Published May 28, 2020 by bookbesties

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Christy Carlyle concludes her Duke’s Den series with this sparkling romance about two reluctant allies intent on following the rules and breaking every single one.

His Only Regret…

Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lives his life by four words: Enjoy All, Regret Nothing. He’s devoted to the pleasure of his wild soirees, reckless behavior, and shocking the ton with his interests in trade. The debts that come with his title don’t fit the carefree lifestyle he’s created and when he’s forced to return to his family’s estate, he’s also forced to confront his one and only regret: the beautiful girl he left behind.

May Be Falling in Love…

Arabella Prescott has been the belle of more balls than she cares to remember. After three seasons and five rejected proposals, she’s done with the marriage mart. Bella’s hopes to live a comfortable life, alone, come crashing down when her parents demand she marry. But her salvation may come in the form of the man she hates the most.

Bella has never forgiven Rhys for what he did to her, but desperate times call for fake engagements. With a few dozen rules, their scheme begins, but it’s not long before the former enemies find themselves breaking every single rule, including the most important of them all: don’t fall in love

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Welcome to the third book in Christy Carlyle’s The Duke’s Den Series! Finally, we get to
know the third and most carefree member of The Duke’s Den, Rhys and see him get his happy ending. This series has been so much fun to read and I have loved every page of it! This book simply adds to that love and enjoyment. I am so happy that this series is based on the leading male characters and their stories as opposed to many historical romance books/ series being based on female characters. Seeing these strong men fall in love and only get stronger through the love of their interests is a welcome change from the norm.

While Arabella “Bella” Prescott loves her life with her parents writing is her true passion
and she is close to having her first puzzle book published. She is completely content to spend the rest of her life as a spinster, living in the country with her family and writing her books. She thrives on structure, order, lists, and creating the riddles and puzzles that will fill her book. That is until her father is given an offer he should not refuse. Taking the professor job in Greece is not only her father’s dream job it would be good for his failing health too. She will never be able to publish her book from Greece and her parents are convinced that they cannot leave her
in England unless she is married or at the very least engaged. Too bad there is only one man who she would have ever considered marrying, and he carelessly broke her heart. Will fate find a way to make all her dreams come true or will she sacrifice it all for the love of her father? Rhys Forester, Duke of Claremont lives a life of scandal in fact it’s what he has become known for. Little do his friends know that his seemingly carefree life is really his attempt to
shirk the responsibilities of his dukedom. When a bank note he issued to help fund an
investment gets returned his best friends and co-investors of The Duke’s Den make him face reality and put him on a mission to find out where all his money has gone. His investigation leads him back to his childhood home at his country estate where he suspects he will find the person who has been mismanaging his money. Sadly, numbers have always been a struggle for Rhys, and he is going to need help going through the ledgers to figure out just where the money has gone.

There is only one person he trusts with the job, unfortunately he disappointed her deeply when they were younger, and he is sure she still hates him. He is determined to make amends with the one woman who has ever seen him as more than scandal and a title and who can truly help him? Will his determination pay off or will it end up in heart break? I really hope you all enjoy this book as much as I did!

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Danielle

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A Royal Kiss & Tell by Julia London(Review Post)

Published May 19, 2020 by bookbesties

51Y11yQGueLEvery prince has his secrets. And she’s determined to unravel his…

Every young man in London’s ton is vying for Lady Caroline Hawke’s hand—except one. Handsome roué Prince Leopold of Alucia can’t quite remember Caroline’s name, and the insult is not to be tolerated. So Caroline does what any clever, resourceful lady of means would do to make sure Leo never again forgets: sees that scandalous morsels about his reputation are printed in a ladies’ gossip gazette…all while secretly setting her cap for the rakish royal.

Someone has been painting Leo as a blackguard, but who? Socially, it is ruining him. More important, it jeopardizes his investigation into a contemptible scheme that reaches the highest levels of British government. Leo needs Lady Caroline’s help to regain access to society. But this charming prince is about to discover that enlisting the deceptively sweet and sexy Lady Caroline might just cost him his heart, his soul and both their reputations…

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This is the second book in the series but the first book by this author I have read and I am very impressed!  So much so that I made it a point to find and add the first book in the series to the top of my TBR list.   I read this book in one sitting and was completely captivated from the first page.  It has fashion, danger, scandal, romance, betrayal, and heroism from an unexpected source.   The author did such a great job building the characters that I felt like I knew them and I could see them vividly in my mind as their story played out.  I really appreciate that this author wasn’t afraid to include political corruption, human trafficking, and sexual slavery (all of which may be considered taboo topics) in this book to add an edge to this story that goes well beyond the typical historical romance scandal.  I find this change from the norm to be both exciting and refreshing, and honestly has made me a big fan.

               The very fashionable Lady Caroline Hawke, has no short supply of potential suitors.  That is when she is at home in London, but she isn’t in London, in fact she isn’t even in England.  She is in Helenamar, Alucia with her brother Beck, to attend the grand wedding of her dearest friend Eliza Tricklebank to Prince Sebastian Chartier.  Who says she can’t do her best to catch the eye of the Prince’s younger brother while she is there?  Sadly Prince Leopold seems to be not only immune to her attention and flirting but to be completely put off by it.  Well just wait until she crosses paths with him again on her own turf!   She will see to it that he isn’t received in any home or invited to any society events!

               Prince Leopold Chartier of Alucia, is a second son who relishes holding that place in the world.   His title opens all the doors of society both at home in Alucia and in London while his birth order allows him to live a life free of any real responsibility.   He fills his days in London with friends, fun, and little worry until his father decides to use him to form a political alliance by arranging for him to marry Lady Eulalie Gaspar, daughter of the Prime Minister of Wesloria, without consulting him first.  Add to that some disturbing information that was dropped in his lap at the same time and that life of luxury is over.  His return to London to tie up loose ends and investigate the validity of the accusations of human trafficking made against his future father in-law turns into a chaotic mess when all of his invitations dry up and he is no longer received in the homes of society after his name is associated with a scandal involving servants.   The last thing he needs is the distracting sister of his only remaining friend, Beck Hawke getting in the way.

               I really enjoyed this book and love the heroine so much! I hope I get to share more books from this author with all of you in the future.

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Danielle

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The Rival Roomies by Piper Rayne (Review Post)

Published May 19, 2020 by bookbesties
Release Date: May 12

I’ve loved him from afar.
 
Though most times he’s only a foot away. 
I’m smart enough to know he’ll never be anyone’s forever.
He checks all the bad boy boxes. 
Tattoos. Check. 
Motorcycle. Check. 
Chip on his shoulder. Check check.
If he wasn’t my neighbor and friend I may have thrown myself at him. Okay, yeah. I wouldn’t. Because guys like Dylan don’t want a woman who writes kid’s math textbooks under him in bed. Instead, I pathetically savor morsels of moments where I have his sole attention.  

 

That was until his archenemy moved in with me. Now suddenly, Dylan’s moving in too and warning off the first guy in a long time who’s showing me interest. Could he finally see me as more than a friend, or am I just a prize to win and show off to his enemy?


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This was definitely the book that I couldn’t wait for and i was highly excited to see it in my kindle. Dylan and Rian are great friends and secretly have liked each other. Rian doesn’t think that her good girl persona would ever be something Dylan would want. Dylan thinks that Rian is too good for him and he does not want to lose their friendship. What happens when a old friend turned enemy moves in as the new roommate with Rian that has Dylan moving in also. May the best man win.

I loved Dylan with his sexy bad boy persona but inside he is a teddy bear. The relationship between him and Rian is sweet and flirty. You want the issues to just disappear so these two can just be together because they seem so right. Rian is smart and funny and can bake her butt off so what is there not to love? This was a great swoon worthy , friends to lovers romance that will have you smiling all the way.

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Damaris

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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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Shadow Flight by Christine Feehan(Review Post)

Published May 5, 2020 by bookbesties

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Chicago’s Ferraro crime family will do anything to protect one of their own in this thrilling entry in the Shadow Riders series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

Nicoletta Gomez was a terrified teenager when Taviano Ferraro and his brother saved her life. Ever since, she’s been trying to rise above what was done to her, molding herself into a survivor under the protective eyes of the Ferraro family. All the while, she’s been falling hopelessly in love with the man who knows her darkest secrets.…

With one look, Taviano knew that Nicoletta was his, just as he felt their shadows connect. But no matter how much he wanted to claim her, he knew she needed time to become her own woman. When Nicoletta once again finds herself in the sights of dangerous men, a split-second decision has Taviano breaking all of the Ferraro family’s rules to keep her safe. And as far as he’s concerned, the reward is more than worth the risk.

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I have not been able to read a Shadow Riders book since Stefano and Franchesca, who brought me into this series.  Being introduced to the inner selves of Nicoletta and Taviano brought me many details I was missing when I finished the first book and a renewed love for the Ferraro family.

I am a huge supporter of what they do as their “family business” and the care and protection they offer everyone they are close to.  Just being involved in something as horrific as Nicoletta was, then to find a family bring her in and act as an actual family to her was extremely emotionally supportive.

Slight spoilers if you have not read the book yet…

But, the love and respect Tavino showers on Nicoletta as they grow close as well as trusting her with his deep, dark secret was very well emoted.

I have my own personal reader-issues with the repetitiveness in Ms Feehan’s books, along with the same personal trauma affecting all her characters.  Otherwise it was excellently written as always.  The characters had enough depth to where I was satisfied reading about them, but not overly bored trying to keep things straight from their past.

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Heather

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The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham(Review Post)

Published April 29, 2020 by bookbesties

The Rakess: Society of Sirens, Volume 1 by [Scarlett Peckham]

Meet the SOCIETY OF SIRENS—three radical, libertine ladies determined to weaponize their scandalous reputations to fight for justice and the love they deserve…

She’s a Rakess on a quest for women’s rights…

Seraphina Arden’s passions include equality, amorous affairs, and wild, wine-soaked nights. To raise funds for her cause, she’s set to publish explosive memoirs exposing the powerful man who ruined her. Her ideals are her purpose, her friends are her family, and her paramours are forbidden to linger in the morning.

He’s not looking for a summer lover…

Adam Anderson is a wholesome, handsome, widowed Scottish architect, with two young children, a business to protect, and an aversion to scandal. He could never, ever afford to fall for Seraphina. But her indecent proposal—one month, no strings, no future—proves too tempting for a man who strains to keep his passions buried with the losses of his past.

But one night changes everything…

What began as a fling soon forces them to confront painful secrets—and yearnings they thought they’d never have again. But when Seraphina discovers Adam’s future depends on the man she’s about to destroy, she must decide what to protect… her desire for justice, or her heart.

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Let me introduce to you an author who is new to me and who I can’t wait to read more and share more of her work with you. This book is one heck of a way to start a series!!
Whew!!! In most H.R. books it’s usually the hero who is dark and brooding or has a
heartbreaker reputation, but in this book it’s the complete opposite! The hero in this book is the one who’s reputation is put in jeopardy by the heroine.

IT IS SO AWESOME!!!!!

She is such a bad girl and I fell in love with her from the moment I met her. I was moved by her courage, her drive, and her strength. I really appreciate how raw and exposed the author made her in order to really draw us into her world. This story isn’t about a woman scorned who is out for revenge. This is a story about a woman scorned who is out to create a revolution and it is
incredible! What do we want? Equality for women!!! Seraphina Arden is the voice of the Society of Sirens. As such she has an obligation to finish writing her memoirs so they can be used to further the cause. In order to meet her publishing deadline, she returns to her childhood home, the place that started it all, in the hope that it will remind her of the events, emotions, and injustices that set her on the warpath for change. Even though she may be away from the entertainments of London, that doesn’t mean she is ready to give up her hedonistic ways or the vices that help her keep her demons at bay. When she meets the handsome architect living next door, all she wants is a little no strings attached fun to distract her from the chore of being in this place and reliving these memories. Will her reputation precede her and ruin her plans to seduce him? Or will she finally see that “nice” isn’t so bad after all?

After the loss of his beloved wife, Adam Anderson is focused on making a name for his architecture firm and guaranteeing its success so he can give his children the best life possible. That’s how he and his family found themselves in Cornwall for the summer, living right next door to a sultry author. He is here for business. This is just one more commission on his way to bigger and better things for his firm and his family. He cannot afford to let an improper proposition from The Rakess distract him from his goals, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be neighborly and be her friend, right?
While I enjoyed this book tremendously, I will give you all a little warning; as you all know I am a historical accuracy nut, and this book did really well in that realm except for one word, used in one dialogue: “bejesus”. The part of the story that the conversation takes place in is set in 1797 and the first known use of that word is not until 1861. I know it might seem like I am nit-picking since it was just one word and it was only used one time, but when I read it, it jarred me right out of the amazing world the author worked so hard to create, and I wanted all of you to be warned. That being said I like this book and these characters so much and I truly cannot wait for the next book in the series!

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Danielle

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