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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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1001 Dark Nights: The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout(Review Post)

Published July 28, 2019 by bookbesties

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From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next installment in her Wicked series.

As Caden and Brighton’s attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

 

 

The King (A Wicked Trilogy #3.6)The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A year is a long time to wait for a continuation of a story and sometimes I find myself having to re-read the previous book to get myself back in the world. I didn’t have to do that with this book and that was a plus for me. While this is a continuation of the first book, The Prince, it didn’t feel as if I forgot anything and the story kind of jumps right back into it.

Caden is now King of the Summer Fae and with that comes certain duties he has to withhold for his people. Brighton thought at one point they were friends, more than friends until he cut her off so she continues on in her quest to find the Fae responsible for killing her mother and nearly killing her.
Everyone seems to forget that Bri is a member of the order and when she is outed for hunting, everyone strongly encourages her to stop. Bri is angry that one one believes she is strong enough to kill an Ancient, including the King and when he drops a bomb on her about part of his duties, she is more determined than ever to prove everyone wrong. But when Bri’s life is put in peril she realizes just how strong she is and how wrong she was.
Although this book is a novella it doesn’t read like one and I guess that has more to do with there being more to the story. There was so much feeling in the scenes with Brighton and the King it was pouring off the pages. And man, the sexy times were REALLY sexy!
The story doesn’t have a cliffhanger per-say, but it does leave you wanting more, like NOW!

Great job once again Jennifer, but also boo because now I have to wait a whole year! 🙂

Vonetta

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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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Highland Solution by Ceci Giltenan (Review Post)

Published July 23, 2019 by bookbesties

Laird Niall MacIan needs Lady Katherine Ruthven’s dowry to relieve his clan’s crushing debt but he has no intention of giving her his heart in the bargain.
Niall MacIan, a Highland laird, desperately needs funds to save his impoverished clan. Lady Katherine Ruthven, a lowland heiress, is rumored to be “unmarriageable” and her uncle hopes to be granted her title and lands when the king sends her to a convent. King David II anxious to strengthen his alliances sees a solution that will give Ruthven the title he wants, and MacIan the money he needs. Laird MacIan will receive Lady Katherine’s hand along with her substantial dowry and her uncle will receive her lands and title.
Lady Katherine must forfeit everything in exchange for a husband who does not want to be married and believes all women to be self-centered and deceitful. Can the lovely and gentle Katherine mend his heart and build a life with him or will he allow the treachery of others to destroy them?
Highland Solution is a romance about a married couple and thus contains several mildly explicit love scenes, as one might expect to occur in married life. If you want more steam than that, you might be disappointed. If you prefer to stay out of the bedroom this title is available in an Inspirational version.

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WARNING: This book is a run read Alert!!!

This is another new author I discovered while researching the attending authors of the Space Coast Book Lovers event your Book Besties attended. As you all know I get quite a bit of Highland romance books to read and review and no matter how many I read I always start them with a little apprehension as to how thickly accented they will be written and if the author is going to be able to give the story its own originality.

This book was beyond expectations! There was the perfect amount of brogue used to enhance spoken dialogues without overdoing it and making it slow to read. As for the story’s own originality; the characters, and how their personal back stories affect their romance is both unique and refreshing. We don’t often see a historical romance, high born, heroine who comes from a place of physical abuse nor an author confident enough in that character to write about the mental and physical effects of that abuse. As a survivor of abuse this heroine not only speaks to my own life’s journey but the fortitude of Katherine’s character and the strength of her love for her fellow man/ woman is deeply inspiring. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book and I loved it from start to finish.

Lady Katherine Ruthven has dedicated herself to tirelessly protect her people from her cruel uncle at all costs. Sadly when her uncle buys favor with King David II her only options are to marry a stranger or join a convent, neither of which will protect her people, so she chooses to keep some of her freedom and marries the dark, and brooding Highlander. Will her choice to marry this stranger lead to a happy ending or will she face a life of continued abuse at the hands of her new family?

Niall MacIan, Laird of Clan MacIan is desperate for money when he meets with King David II to ask for a loan. Due to high debts of his own the king has no money to lend but he does offer another way for the Laird to get the money he needs, all he has to do is marry the very wealthy Lady Kathrine Ruthven and turn over her title and lands to her uncle. Will his new wife be just as conniving and manipulative as every other woman he has ever met or will she be as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside?

I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to get my hands on the next in the series.

Danielle

One Fine Duke (Review Post)

Published July 23, 2019 by bookbesties

USA Today bestselling author Lenora Bell returns with her third book in the sexy School for Dukes series.

Ready.
Raised in the countryside by her overprotective uncle, Miss Mina Penny’s dream of a triumphant London season is finally here. She determined her perfect match long ago: Rafe Bentley, the wickedest rake of them all. There’s only one very large, very unyielding obstacle: Rafe’s brother Andrew, the reclusive Duke of Thorndon.
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This was supposed to be simple. Duke goes to London. Duke selects suitable bride. Love match? Not a chance. But when Drew meets Mina, she complicates everything. How can a lady armed with such beauty and brains fall for his irresponsible degenerate of a brother? Drew vows to save her from heartbreak and ruin, no matter the cost.
Desire!
But Mina is no damsel in distress. She’s daring, intuitive, passionate…and halfway to melting Drew’s cold heart. And although Mina thought she knew exactly what she wanted, one breathtakingly seductive kiss from Drew changes everything. Now Mina must decide between long-held dreams and dangerous new desires. Could her true destiny lie in the arms of a duke?

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Another wonderful book by the amazing Lenora Bell, I couldn’t put down! I adored how this hero is bewitched by the fact that this heroine treats him rudely and doesn’t simper at him like all the other debutantes. Add to that romance danger, suspense, and spies it’s no wonder this book was such a fun read. I can’t wait to read where the next adventure takes us!

Miss Wilhelmina Penny, niece or Sir Malcolm Penny has plans, BIG plans. She is determined to follow in the footsteps of her diseased parents. Marrying London’s most notorious rake, Lord Rafe Bentley and joining him as a member of her uncle’s network of spies is her goal. Much to her dismay her uncle has decided that he wants her to marry a Duke, and not just any Duke, the Duke of Thorndon, Lord Rafe’s older brother. Will her uncle’s plans for her ruin her chance at the life she has planned for herself, or will all her dreams come true?

Andrew Bentley, Duke of Thorndon, used to be a notorious rake. But since he removed himself to the country and has become somewhat of a recluse those days are well behind him. When he is forced to return to London to protect his sister and clean up whatever new mess his brother has made he decides he should do his duty and find a wife. His first ball back and he is completely bored until he meets the one debutant who isn’t wowed by his title and seems to be put off by his mere presence. When her plans to marry his disaster of a brother force them to work together he finds himself completely enchanted. Will he pull out his arsenal of rakish ways to seduce her and win her affections, or will his past get the better of him and force him to push her away?

I really, really enjoyed this book. I can’t wait for the next one!

Danielle

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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