Review – Concealed Desire by Eden Summers

Concealed DesireBlurb
Since her first day at work, Beth Graison has been in love with Dean Sutherland—the “Son” in Sutherland & Son. Although he’s an unrepentant player, there’s an unmistakable connection between them, and she knows he feels it too. But she’s not about to risk her career for any man, especially one with an office right down the hall whom she works with every day.

Dean Sutherland doesn’t do love, but he does do women. And he hasn’t felt more than sexual attraction for any woman until Beth. Entirely feminine, smart, and with a natural beauty beyond compare, she makes him think about all kinds of uncomfortable things—like a future and happiness—things he knows from experience are pure fiction.

When his father, the “Sutherland” in Sutherland & Son, propositions Beth to be more than just an employee, Dean can’t keep her at arm’s length any longer. But he doesn’t expect the scorching kiss they share, or the idea that forms when he holds her in his arms. Can he stop his father’s manipulating game by making the first move on Beth? Or will his reputation as a womanizer make him just one more Sutherland she wants to ignore?

Eden Summers pulled this book off perfectly. I was grinning from ear to ear and Dean’s tongue-in-cheek humor and bawling at the misconceptions Beth had because of her insecurities and the circumstances. It’s a rare book that will find you both wanting to laugh and cry. This is one of those rare gems. Ms. Summers brought a new refreshing book into the sometimes monotonous world of contemporary romance. Sometimes the same scenarios over and over get tiring and boring. This was a breath of fresh air.

The one thing I didn’t understand was Steve’s note. Did he have feelings for Beth? Why would he do that? I didn’t understand that and unless I missed something, I felt I was left with questions. I mean I understand that Dean talked to him, but what would possess him to write a note like that if he knew what she really meant to him. It was just a minor thing, though and didn’t really bother me that much at all.

I love that he reformed once he realized he could have the one girl he wanted, the one that would complete him. Dean was just a softy romantic under all his playboy ways.

Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Slinky

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Review – One Night with a Cowboy by Cat Johnson

One Night with a CowboyBlurb
One Sweet Ride…
Oh yeah. A single look at the leggy blonde in the stands and Tucker Jenkins is ready to buck all night long. It’s time to forget all about his cheating ex and his usual hands off policy.

One Hot Night…
Becca Hart is an East Coast professor. Not a buckle bunny. But no degree can prepare her for the moves of the sexy bull rider she hooks up with at her first rodeo…or the shock of finding him at her first Oklahoma State University staff meeting.

One Happy Ending…
Tuck knows it’s all about holding on, no matter how wild the ride. Now he just has to convince Becca that a rough start out of the chute doesn’t mean they aren’t a smokin’ combination…

Oh my! I’m a born and bred Oklahoman so I love books focused here. And this one was  a showstopper. Amazingly hot! Boy, I have never met a cowboy like Tucker. I wish I would’ve. Yummy! And can I just say a big Hell Yeah! On the cover.

So Becca loses her job and her man (of 2 years) in one day – hell basically in one hour. She sulks for a while and her sister applies to a job in Oklahoma for her. When they call for the interview, she decides she might as well go, but her sister is coming with her. They go to the rodeo and find some yummilicious cowboys.

I love one night stand stories that end up being more. I also love the fact that Cat didn’t do the norm and have the heroine turn up pregnant. I love that outcome too, but I don’t think it would’ve went well here.

Cat drew me in and made me love all of the characters, secondary too. I love a book that doesn’t have a villain just the couple working out everyday problems. This was one of those books. I can’t wait to read Two Times as Hot, Logan and Emma’s story, in October (really – October!).

One Night with a Cowboy left me wanting to go to the rodeo and save a horse. Hehehe.

Rating: 5 stars
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Review – Close to You (A Laurel Heights Novel) by Kate Perry

Close to YouBlurb
When Treat Byrnes walks into her bookstore café, Eve Alexander wants to eat him up. Bad boy isn’t her usual flavor, but for the sexy contractor, she’s willing to take a walk on the wild side.

Treat meets Eve on a reconnaissance mission for his mother, who owns a neighboring teashop, but he keeps going back to Eve for her sweet smile and sassy shoes. He has a history of falling for damsels-in-distress, but Eve doesn’t need rescuing. Not even when her cafe is sabotaged.

But when Treat finds out the saboteur is his own mother, he knows he has to do something before things go too far.

This is the second book in the Laurel Heights series and the second book of Kate Perry’s that I’ve read. Perfect for You, the first book in the Laurel Heights series was the first. I loved both of these books and will definitely be reading the rest of the series (see my review for Perfect for You here). Close to You was a really good and quick read. I love that I didn’t find typos and grammatical errors. It’s so refreshing to read a book and not want to mark it up. I find that this is the case with both of the books I have read by Kate Perry. Her stories flow together seamlessly and the words just meld so well.

I love the conflict and how it’s resolved. Kate Perry drew me in and had me feeling betrayed and pissed right along with her characters. I feel like I could walk out my door and meet Treat or Eve either one. The secondary characters are the same. She makes everyone seem so real. I love when an author does this and find that it’s much rarer than you would suspect. Kate Perry is fast moving up on my list of favorite authors. I can’t wait to read more from this series.

Rating: 5 stars
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Review – Falling for Her Fiancé by Cindi Mason

Falling for Her FianceBlurb
Danielle and Wes have been best friends since college, so when Wes needs a date for his sister’s wedding and Dani needs a partner for her company’s retreat, they devise the perfect plan: a fake engagement to get through both events unscathed. Adrenaline-junkie Wes can prove to both his ex and his family that he’s well and truly moved on, and serious-minded Dani can prove to her boss that she’s worthy of the promotion he seems to only want to give to a family-oriented employee.

But amid the fake swoons, fake kisses, and forced proximity, neither expects the very real feelings that develop. There’s nothing more dangerous than falling for your best friend…but what if the landing is worth the fall?

This contemporary romance combines two different mainstream themes currently hot in contemporaries. We have fake engagement and friends to lovers. The author did both awesomely. She included all the drama and tough decisions you think you would encounter in going from friends to lovers, not wanting to lose the friendship, etc.

Falling for her fiancé had me laughing, crying and wanting to slap some sense into a certain hero and heroine. The way they both kept being so wishy-washy was driving me crazy, but I could completely understand because the author drew me into their drama so completely. I felt like I was there experiencing Dani’s feelings. I couldn’t imagine all the stress she was under. Moving to a town where she really knew no one once her and the boyfriend she moved for broke up, she was trying so hard to get the promotion that was open at her job so she could help her mom with her abuela’s hospital bills.

Wes just got out of a long relationship, one where he had been engaged. He was tired of his family looking at him like he wasn’t over his ex-fiancé, he was, really. I love that it just took one real kiss for the two to realize they were in love with each other. I also loved how much they each fought it. I don’t like the books where the relationships are super easy. I want some angst and troubles popping up. I want to want to pop the hero and heroine upside the head. I don’t know if that makes me bad or not, but ehhh it’s just what I like.

This book was a lot of fun and a nice easy read. I had no problem keeping up and was immediately drawn to the characters. I will definitely be trying more works by this author.

Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Slinky

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Review – One Night Stand by Parker Kinkade

One Night StandBlurb
Amanda Martin has the worst taste in men. After being cheated on not once, but twice, she’s lost all faith in men … and in herself. Determined to regain her confidence, Amanda decides to have a one-night stand. No relationship, no promises, no threat of being hurt again … just sex. What she doesn’t anticipate is meeting a handsome-as-sin stranger who will give her pleasure unlike any she’s ever known.

Joe Sterling has spent his life avoiding relationships, his former job as a military sniper not allowing for such commitments. Now he’s come home to Texas, to let go of the past and to prove he is more than the killer he’s been trained to be.

When Amanda’s life is threatened, Joe’s killer instinct is tested while Amanda struggles to protect her heart. Will they succumb to their overwhelming desire for each other, or lose it all by letting the past dictate their future?

I read about this book on several of the blogs I followed and the premise and reviews as well as the teasers and excerpts. I couldn’t wait to read it. I just bought it today and have already read it. I devoured it. Couldn’t put it down.

Amanda has had bad luck with relationships. She’s two for two. Two serious relationships and two cheating exs. Her friend Samantha’s advice? Get laid! I love Samantha. She is the secondary character you can’t help but love and rejoice that this is a series and there’s a chance (a strong chance) that she will get her own book. Here’s an example of her humor:

“Oh my God. Is that him?” Sam demanded from the speakerphone.

“It’s him,” Joe said dramatically.

“Holy shit,” she groaned, “I could come from just hearing your voice. Say something else!”

See, a riot a minute. She fits Amanda perfectly. Amanda is sometimes too serious for her own good. In fact, after one night she’s already having to remind herself that it’s just sex and Joe doesn’t want anything else from her. Of course, with sex like she was having, who’s gonna say that’s bad.

Joe raised his brother from the time he was ten until he left for the military at seventeen. He comes back and avoids all relationships. He’s not the settling down type. Well, until he sees the spitfire in his bar slug a drunk who had gotten to handsy with her. Here’s a part of the scene where she propositions him:

“Are you sure you’re okay, Mandy?” His voice was hoarse. His fingers were stroking her palm as he continued to hold her injured hand. She desperately wanted him to be stroking her somewhere else.

It’s now or never.

“That depends.” Amanda gave him a seductive smile. “You wanna get out of here?”

I love the sense of humor the author gives her character and the background noise of the secondary characters Caleb and Samantha have me waiting very impatiently for the next book in the Martin Family Saga. I can’t wait to read more from this author. She was new-to-me and is very promising based on this one book.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Slinky

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Review – House Rules by Chloe Neil

House RulesBlurb
In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

At the tender age of 27, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal —tested like never before.

It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.

Chloe Neill is one of my favorite authors. She is one of the authors whose books greeted me out of my ten year reading hiatus about two and a half years ago. Chicagoland Vampires was the second series I read coming in from above spoken hiatus and I am thrilled she will be the first review on my site. And I was thrilled to know that someone could write and make the characters come to life and feel as if you would meet them in the street. As I continued to read the series, Ms. Neill continued to draw me in. I couldn’t wait for the release of House Rules.

Merit is the heroine I see myself being. She is secure in herself, even if she doubts her and Ethan’s relationship every now and then (with what they’ve been through who wouldn’t). This book just continued the story and picked up right where Biting Cold left off.

Merit and Ethan once again face the GP and this time it’s to disband from them. They expect the GP to do something, they just had no idea what. Ethan formed a team of vampires to help with the transition, on this team was Lacey Sheridan. Lacey fancies herself in love with Ethan and does everything in her power to try to make Ethan see Merit is all wrong for him, while of course, she is his perfect choice. While the house is already consumed by the drama of the GP, she reveals one of Merit’s secrets to him causing even more strife. You don’t know until the end if the couple is going to overcome the issues Lacey brought forth. You never know with these two and that’s precisely what I love.

Normally, I am a happily ever after kinda girl, but with Chicagoland, I just roll with the punches. I bawled my eyes out when Ethan died in Hard Bitten. How could Chloe do this to me I wondered. What is Merit to do? Where is her happily ever after. Then Chloe brings Ethan out of the ashes and all is well (as well as can be expected that is). This series is a rollercoaster of emotional torment. I don’t know if I will ever be ready to get off. I can’t wait to see where Ms. Neill takes us next in Biting Bad (which I’ve already preordered). I don’t know how I will wait until August 6th, but hopefully I will make it. This book rocks. If a fan of Chicagoland vampires, you will not be disappointed. If this series is new to you, may I suggest, read the series in order. It will be so much better for you!

Rating: 5 stars!
Reviewed by Slinky

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