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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Thanks For Last Night by Lauren Blakely

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Thanks For Last Night; Then Guys Who Got Away #3 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Lauren Blakely

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A fun, steamy, friends-to-lovers romance. While both Ransom and Teagan are competitive in nature and love ribbing one another with lots of innuendos, they’ve never crossed the line that lays the foundation of their friendship. That is until one night where a bet is placed and a very steamy kiss is involved. Can they keep the lid on the desire they’ve always harbored for one another or can they sample the goods for just one night and go back to being friends the next day?

While their friends are all rooting for them and have zero issues with them dating, it’s Teagan and Ransom’s own hangups with their pasts and boundaries that cause them to hold back. Thanks For Last Night is a sweet, steamy, not filled with a ton of angst romance that slots in nicely to round out this series. I always love the comfort of reading Blakely books for those very aspects.

While most books of Blakely’s can be read as standalones I feel this book will read better if you’ve read her previous books in the series. Why? Ransom and Teagan are the last standing single people among their group of friends. It probably wouldn’t be a problem if they were dating other people, or if they weren’t so well matched together, but their group of friends who have all paired off and all previously fallen in love within the same circle. Their group of friends all consist of  each prior book in this series and recent interconnecting series. While this can be read as a standalone, it will give you the warm fuzzies as all the couples keep popping in, especially near the end. All the updates are amazing and my smile only kept getting bigger as I was reading.

Synopsis:

A sexy new friends-to-lovers standalone!

Let me list the reasons why dating a sexy, charming, pro hockey star is a bad idea:
1. He’s one of my closest friends
2. All our friends are friends
3. The wounds I’ve got from past relationships go deep. And so do his.

We’re both devoutly single — it’s just safer for the heart that way. But there’s no reason not to bid on the gorgeous, clever athlete at the charity auction this weekend. If I win, it’ll be a friendsdate.

And I do win.

I win him big.

And hard.

And all night long.

The trouble is . . . what happens in the morning?

Preorder Available NOW!
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✦ Apple ➜ https://blkly.pub/AppleThanks
✦ Nook ➜ https://blkly.pub/NookThanks
✦ Kobo ➜ https://blkly.pub/KoboThanks
✦ Google ➜ https://blkly.pub/GoogleThanks
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Book Reviews, Suspense/Intrigue Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Gold Mine by Skye Warren

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Gold Mine; Diamonds #2 
(#2 in a series)

by: Skye Warren

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Intense suspense, twists and turns, and steamy hotness! Gold Mine is a twisty-turny plot of who to trust, who’s the bad guy, and who will come out the winner in this game of love.

Holly Frank is in trouble or she is trouble. The men in her life can’t make that distinction and Gold Mine has amped up the stakes even more. As the danger rises it gives Holly even more trouble to escape from, but she keeps questioning if she really wants to run away. Her heart is entangled, even when her brain says it shouldn’t.

From the beginning of the story Holly Frank comes across as the pawn in this international game of diamond heists and spy espionage, but she takes no prisoners in the game of love. She is discovering what she craves and those cravings revolve around a dominant Elijah North, but does he want her as much as she wants him?

In the cat and mouse game between Elijah, Adam and the Lieutenant Colonel who keeps a tight leash on Elijah, who will win at the end of this battle?

This is an amazing addition to the series with high stakes and a riveting plotline.

Synopsis:

Holly Frank is in trouble. The deadly kind.

She and her sister must evade the authorities and the criminals who want them dead. Including Elijah North. The man who took her heart in Paris, her body in a prison cell, and her trust without remorse.

He’s determined to keep her safe. Even if that means losing her forever.

Adam Bisset has his own dark agenda.

She’s caught between the two men, torn apart with every sensual push and pull. Each touch is a lie, each whispered tenderness a trap—but she can’t resist them.

Their lies are tearing her apart. Her enemies are catching up with her. And when she’s taken captive again, she finds out secrets to unravel it all.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Hard Checked by Stacey Lynn

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Hard Checked; Ice Kings #4 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Stacey Lynn

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So many feels!! Stacey Lynn writes big, bad sports players with these huge hearts and broken souls who need their hopes and dreams rebuilt like no other. Sebastian completely tore me apart and Gigi helped put him and me back together!!

I love love. It’s no secret. It’s one of the reasons why I love reading so much, but most certainly one of the reasons why I read the genre I do. In real life when I meet people I adore hearing their own personal love story just as much as I love reading new ones every day. In Hard Checked you get two and a half stories in one book, but just like life you aren’t one person living life all by yourself. People come into your life affecting how you live your life, your moods, the direction you may want to take, so on and so forth. In Hard Checked we begin with Sebastian facing changes which include the end of his marriage and we meet Gigi who is home from traveling abroad after she has come out of an amblicle divorce herself.

These two have very different experiences when it comes to marriage, family, life in general, but Sebastian and Gigi are drawn together at first by an underlying chemistry, but the attraction grows in their continued friendship.

While Sebastian is struggling with the dissolution of his marriage he seeks out answers, friendship, honestly he doesn’t really know, but Gigi gives him a sense of peace while he is truly downhearted at losing the one woman he’s ever loved. Sebastian has only ever dated his wife. He’s only ever been with one woman, so the thoughts of his wife leaving him have truly left his heart broken and his mind reeling. This is the one story that weaves in and out throughout the book and while you are rooting for Sebastian and Gigi your heart is also completely breaking for Sebastian over what he’s lost in his marriage. He’s completely torn in two even spending time with Gigi, but I promise you there is no cheating in this book and their friendship and ultimately relationship grows organically. Stacey Lynn is a masterful genius at pulling heartstrings over every emotion when it comes to this big strong hockey player.

We get glimpses into Gigi’s history and what her marriage was like, which is the half story I was alluding to, but her experience jumping into the commitment world was completely different than Seb’s. Gigi is much more of a free spirit who has a huge open heart, making her a great bartender who’s never met a stranger. She’s there to listen and offer up advice if Sebastian is looking for it, but more than anything she enjoys spending time with him which she will take over nothing at all. When things progress pass the friendship zone, she knows it could never be something serious, as they are just friends but maybe destiny has other plans for them.

Hard Checked is a touching, very emotional story that by the end will warm your heart and bring a huge smile to your face.

Synopsis:

Getting served divorce papers was not how I planned spending New Year’s Day.

I probably shouldn’t have gone to my favorite bar and gotten wasted trying to drown my sorrows.
I definitely shouldn’t have spent the night passed out in the bed of the bartender’s daughter, Gigi.

And the absolute last thing I should have done was let my guard down and start having fun. Now I’m thinking of her all the time… fantasizing about the things I want to do to Gigi.

I’m in the middle of the best hockey season of my life. I need my head in the game and my focus on the playoffs – not play house with the gorgeous bartender who makes me feel more alive than I have in years.

Finding someone new so soon after a failed marriage isn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever done.

But it just might be too late. I’ve been checked hard into the boards, right off my skates, and I’m not only spinning out of control…

I might just be falling in love all over again.

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Teaser Reveal – Thanks for Last Night by Lauren Blakely

THANKS FOR LAST NIGHT (The Guys Who Got Away Book 3) by Lauren Blakely
Release Date: September 16th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes an all-new sexy friends to lovers romance! Thanks For Last Night is coming in Audio on September 15th and eBook on September 16th!

Preorder TODAY!
✦ Kindle ➜ http://blkly.pub/KindleThanks
✦ Apple ➜ https://blkly.pub/AppleThanks
✦ Nook ➜ https://blkly.pub/NookThanks
✦ Kobo ➜ https://blkly.pub/KoboThanks
✦ Google ➜ https://blkly.pub/GoogleThanks
✦ Amazon PB ➜ https://amzn.to/2OZ2Sgt
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✦ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53912936-thanks-for-last-night

Blurb:
A sexy new friends-to-lovers standalone!

Let me list the reasons why dating a sexy, charming, pro hockey star is a bad idea:
1. He’s one of my closest friends
2. All our friends are friends
3. The wounds I’ve got from past relationships go deep. And so do his.

We’re both devoutly single — it’s just safer for the heart that way. But there’s no reason not to bid on the gorgeous, clever athlete at the charity auction this weekend. If I win, it’ll be a friendsdate.

And I do win.

I win him big.

And hard.

And all night long.

The trouble is . . . what happens in the morning?

Preorder TODAY!
✦ Kindle ➜ http://blkly.pub/KindleThanks
✦ Apple ➜ https://blkly.pub/AppleThanks
✦ Nook ➜ https://blkly.pub/NookThanks
✦ Kobo ➜ https://blkly.pub/KoboThanks
✦ Google ➜ https://blkly.pub/GoogleThanks
✦ Amazon PB ➜ https://amzn.to/2OZ2Sgt
✦ Sign up for an audio alert when live: https://www.subscribepage.com/LaurenAudio

About the Author:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, ultra-steamy romance for her Lauren Blakely After Dark line. She’d love to give you a free book today!

Check out her web site to grab your free read: https://laurenblakely.com/one-free-book

 

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