Twist (Dive Bar #2) by Kylie Scott

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Twist
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Dive Bar #2
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they’re emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets… apart from the one that really matters.

And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.

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Review

So, basically, I’m an idiot.

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Gemini by Penelope Ward

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Gemini
Author: Penelope Ward
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Diner waitress Allison Abraham had no idea her mundane life was about to dramatically change the day she serves a devastatingly handsome customer.

Allison is immediately captivated by the mysterious man who stared through her soul with his electric blue eyes. After he abruptly leaves the restaurant, she can’t get him out of her head.

She has no idea that he had actually come on a mission to find her.

Cedric Callahan wasn’t expecting to fall in love at first sight with the pretty waitress he’d set out to find. In fact, she was the last woman on Earth he should be having feelings for. But his selfish heart had other plans. Feeling compelled to know her before revealing himself, he makes her believe their meetings are coincidental.

After a passionate romance ignites, Cedric’s lies and secrets are finally revealed, changing both of their lives forever.

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Review

I’ve read a handful of books by Penelope Ward and I’ve come away from most feeling the same thing… they are almost really great, but mostly just ok.

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King of Wall Street by Louise Bay *First Read from This Author*

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: King of Wall Street
Author: Louise Bay
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
I keep my two worlds separate.

At work, I’m King of Wall Street. The heaviest hitters in Manhattan come to me to make money. They do whatever I say because I’m always right. I’m shrewd. Exacting. Some say ruthless.

At home, I’m a single dad trying to keep his fourteen year old daughter a kid for as long as possible. If my daughter does what I say, somewhere there’s a snowball surviving in hell. And nothing I say is ever right.

When Harper Jayne starts as a junior researcher at my firm, the barriers between my worlds begin to dissolve. She’s the most infuriating woman I’ve ever worked with.

I don’t like the way she bends over the photocopier—it makes my mouth water.

I hate the way she’s so eager to do a good job—it makes my dick twitch.

And I can’t stand the way she wears her hair up exposing her long neck. It makes me want to strip her naked, bend her over my desk and trail my tongue all over her body.

If my two worlds are going to collide, Harper Jayne will have to learn that I don’t just rule the boardroom. I’m in charge of the bedroom, too.

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Review

I’ve been putting off reading this book for awhile because I felt, just by the title, that I knew exactly how it would play out: a hard-working woman has a love/hate attraction to her a-hole boss (who is also a womanizer) while he is thinking about how annoying she is because she’s beautiful and he wants to sleep with her until, eventually, they fall in love.

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The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: The Juliet Spell
Author: Douglas Rees

Synopsis:
I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.

I didn’t get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren’t any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I’d cast the next best—a Fame spell. Good idea, right?

Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William’s younger brother.

Good thing he’s sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play…and—ahem—maybe a little bit hot. But he’s from the past. Way past. Cars amaze him—cars! And cell phones? Ugh.

Still, there’s something about him that’s making my eyes go star-crossed…

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Review

I’m not swooning over this book but it was an easy read.

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Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Gentleman Nine
Author: Penelope Ward
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Growing up, the three of us were friends.
He was the nerd.
I was the playboy.
She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.

He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.
Amber never knew how I felt.
They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.
When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.
One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.
Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.
Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.
She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel.
When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

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Review

I loved the premise of this story, it had so much potential, and it started off great… it just didn’t quite live up to what I was hoping it would be. And I’m not entirely sure why.

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American Prince by Sierra Simone

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: American Prince
Author: Sierra Simone
Series: New Camelot Series
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
I’ve been many things.

I’ve been a son and a stepbrother. An Army captain and a Vice President.

But only with Him am I a prince. His little prince.

Only with Maxen and Greer does my world make sense, only between them can I find peace from the demons that haunt me. But men like me aren’t made to be happy. We don’t deserve it. And I should have known a love as sharp as ours could cut both ways.

My name is Embry Moore and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States…for now.

This is the story of an American Prince.

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Review

WHY DIDN’T I LOVE THIS?

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Colossal – How big is too big? by Lexie Renard

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Colossal – How big is too big?
Author: Lexie Renard
Format: eBook Given in Exchange for an Honest Review by the Author

Synopsis:
Ashley has had bad luck in the dating world, as she is only aroused by men who are extremely well endowed. Zach is a shy guy who is afraid to scare or hurt women with his massive appendage. Through the help of a sassy drag queen and some random luck, this sweet couple might have a chance together, if they could stop being so timid and get things out in the open.

Will they ever get together and consummate their attraction? And is it even physically possible?
Come on, this is a romance story. There will be hot sex and a happy ending at some point.

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Review

Rating this book was really difficult for me.

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The Redemption (The Club #3) by Lauren Rowe

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: The Redemption
Author: Lauren Rowe
Series: The Club
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
“There’s never been a love like ours and there never will be again. We’re the greatest love story ever told. Our love is so pure and true, we’re the amazement of the gods.” – Jonas Faraday

In this heart-racing installment of THE CLUB SERIES Jonas Faraday continues his quest to overcome his demons. But is he fated for a lifetime of heartbreak and tragedy—or will he finally find his redemption?

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Review

This is the first of Lauren Rowe’s books that wasn’t a win for me. It was bound to happen at some point, right? And, you know what? That’s ok.

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Lick (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Lick
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive Book 1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

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Review

Anytime I read a 3-star book, I always question myself.

It makes me wonder if maybe I’m not fully paying attention or if the timing was wrong… sometimes those things play a part, I’m sure.

For this particular book, it just didn’t do it for me and I don’t think it was timing.

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Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Four Letter Word
Author: J. Daniels
Series: Dirty Deeds Book 1
Format: Audiobook Purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.

Which four letter word will change their lives forever?

Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words “wrong number” in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend’s heart but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.

Brian Savage is living a life he’s quickly come to hate-until Sydney’s wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .

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Review

I find that less and less I pick up books based on synopsis alone – without recommendations from Goodreads friends and fellow book bloggers, but the premise of this book definitely caught my attention. Even though I hadn’t heard any buzz about this book, when I saw it was on sale on Audible, I decided to give it a try. (It also helped that SebYo was one of the audiobook readers!)

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