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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Veritas by A.L. Woods

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Veritas 
(An interconnected standalone)

Publication Date: October 6, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Enemies-to-Lovers/Single Dad/Contemporary Romance

Author: A.L. Woods

Review Rating: 4.5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:

Veritas was a mixed bag of emotion for me and those emotions centered mostly around Maria.

I didn’t like Maria for the first quarter of the book. She’s harsh, closed off, so deeply seated in her trust issues that I honestly didn’t think she’d ever turn around for anyone, but…and this is a big but…I understood where she was coming from and this is why I continued to root for her. Why I continued to read and finish the book. There are redeeming qualities from her abrasive, cold demeanor and once that shell comes off Maria is just a woman like the rest of us.

Maria not only works in a man’s world, she works in a misogynistic, patriarchal, man’s world as a lawyer. To top off her daily work life, she also comes from a heritage where women have their place and she shouldn’t push for more, want for more, or be seen beyond their womanly assets. Maria is constantly bombarded by the men she works with as a lawyer, and she is bombarded by her Portugese family. If there is one thing I hate in this world it’s when women are told we are to limit ourselves based on our gender. Again, this was a big reason why I rooted for her, I understood Maria for pushing back against the glass ceiling and wanting more out of life. I just hated that she put boundaries on her heart to do it, but I’ve personally known many powerful women just like her who have done the very same thing. Men in her very same position seem to sacrifice the way women do and as much as I wish for the world to change, we still have a long way to go.

Jordan came into this book with some trust issues as well, but he was much more self aware of where his stemmed from. He’s been divorced for several years, he’s a single father, and he’s a successful lawyer. Is this the very cliche I mentioned above, perhaps, but he was much more likeable from beginning all the way to end even with the burdens he had to bare. I can’t say if it was being a single dad that drew more empathy, his failed relationship or his strong personality of never giving up that exactly pinpointed his likable personality, but the combination of Jordan was intoxicating. The man knew how to push Maria’s buttons and between the two of them they were a good match.

I will say I hated the way Maria treated Dougie. I realize his character was a means to an end in the overall story, but the poor guy really gets the dumped on. Perhaps he will get his redemption story in the future.

Veritas was full of steam, like uber hot steam. It also had a lot of family and other tie ins to past storylines. I’m fairly new to A.L. Woods so the characters weren’t old friends to me, but I wasn’t lost either. This can be read as a complete standalone.

Synopsis:

𝐀 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐲 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐞𝐬-𝐭𝐨-𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐝 𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫, 𝐀.𝐋. 𝗪𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬…⁣

𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘢⁣
It was supposed to be a fling.⁣
A one-night stand. ⁣
Then Jordan Kovacs asked for more.⁣
A date. I don’t date—I f*ck. ⁣
While he showered, I left. ⁣
The end. ⁣
Or so I thought. I have a problem.⁣
My ex-f*ck buddy is getting married. ⁣
And I can’t get out of going—long story.⁣
I need an arrangement I can understand from a man who only had me for a night.⁣
But Jordan has other plans for me.⁣
Things that will tip the scales in his favor.⁣⁣

𝘑𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘯⁣
A tryst was what she was looking for. ⁣
A date was what I wanted.⁣
A chance. ⁣
I understand Maria Tavares. ⁣
She’s a beautiful lie. ⁣
Now she needs something from me: a favor. ⁣
So I’ll function in a way she can understand: an arrangement. ⁣
Three months. ⁣
All in. Strings attached. No interferences. Titles exchanged. ⁣
The plan is simple, with only one rule—veritas.⁣
Let’s see if Maria’s ex-f*ck buddy understands that, too.

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Review – Attachment Theory by Kayley Loring

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Attachment Theory; The Brodie Brothers #2 
(An interconnected standalone within a series)

Publication Date: October 7, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Romantic Comedy

Author: Kayley Loring

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:

Grinning, giggling, smiling, snorting, let me count ALL the ways that Kayley had me enjoying Attachment Theory. I can guarantee that every positive and happy emotion flew out of my mouth and showed on my face while reading, it was absolutely delightful.

Attachment Theory is fun, light hearted, and contains one of Kayley’s swooniest hero’s to date. It was easy to get attached to Dylan Brodie, although I admit I fall pretty easy for ALL of Loring’s leading men, but Dylan – by far – was the dreamiest and easiest one to fall for.

Dylan Brodie is a man who loves love. I’m not talking about in the sheets, nakey time love, although he is a master at that as well (didn’t I mention he’s full-total swoon worthy). No, Dylan is a relationship guy. He is a guy who likes to be needed, a guy who likes affection, and who wants purpose with the girl he’s dating. To top off his superior love skills, Dylan also likes his family, even when they pick on him, he’s laid back, easy going, and just extremely likeable. Dylan Brodie is the total package and I totally adored him 10,000%, except for one teeny tiny flaw. He’s a bit of a serial dater, and his relationships only last as long as his acting jobs do. Dylan has a habit of falling for his leading co-star, but once you get to know Dylan, I think that flaw might be based more on the shallowness of the women he dates and not due to Dylan himself. I could be biased, but I’ll stand by my decision.

Scarlett Shephard is kind of a hotmess who is also extremely likable. She’s a single mom with the most adorable little boy, Noah. While Scarlett is just trying to keep her life together and Noah on track to do his homework, her son unknowingly befriends Dylan when Dylan visits Noah’s school for career day. They bond over a lost kitten, whom they name Mr. Noodles, and since Dylan is basically a child himself their friendship is born and Mr. Noodles comes home to live with Dylan. Scarlett unknowingly becomes Dylan’s therapist, is fate playing her hand with the Shephard family? I believe so. I love fate. Dylan is looking to solve his serial relationship problems, but it’s hard to help the gorgeous man when they can barely contain their attraction to one another, which is a huge ethical problem for Scarlett. Can the issue be solved if Dylan finds another therapist or will Scarlett dump him before they ever really dated?

This story is so funny and filled with tons of chemistry, it was impossible to put down. Add in hilarious, meddling parents on both Scarlett and Dylan’s sides of the family, meddling texts from Dylan’s siblings, and so much humor from beginning to end, I loved it extra hard!! Do yourself a favor and pick up this book because Kayley Loring never disappoints.

Synopsis:

Dear Mr. Brodie,

I hope this email finds you well.
Your well-being and personal growth are of the utmost importance to me, as a therapist.
As such, I have decided it is in your best interest to continue individual therapy with another practitioner.
This is due to the potential for boundaries being crossed between us.
Attached is a list of colleagues I would recommend for you.

Sincerely,
Scarlett Shepard, MS, MFT

Dear Scarlett,

Cool.
Consider our sessions terminated.
Now I can tell you how beautiful you are and how attracted I am to you.
Let’s start crossing boundaries over dinner tonight.
You’ll say it would be unethical, and I’ll point out that we’ve only had a few sessions.
You’ll cite the age difference, and I’ll tell you how hot it is that you’re six years older than me.
You’ll say you’re a mom, and I’ll remind you that I think your son is awesome.
We don’t have to discuss my former attachments to former co-stars ever again.
This is due to the fact that clearly my only personality issue is that I’m irresistible.

Yours in well-being and personal growth,
Dylan Brodie, W.M.H.T.A.T.Y.E.H. (Way More Handsome and Talented Actor Than Your Ex-Husband)

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Cover Reveal – Savage Hearts by JT Geissinger

You thought you knew where this was going…

Savage Hearts, the highly-anticipated third standalone in the Queens & Monsters mafia romance series by JT Geissinger is coming November 19th and we have the dreamy cover!

Savage (adjective):
1) Not domesticated; wild and untamed
2) A brutal or vicious person
3) Malek Antonov

When my older sister calls out of the blue to announce she’s getting married, it’s a shock. She’s
not the settling-down kind, and we haven’t spoken in almost three years.
Even more of a shock? Sloane wants me to visit her and meet her new fiancé. Curious, I decide
to take her up on the offer.
I should’ve known something was wrong when she wouldn’t tell me where I’d be going. I
should’ve known things were odd when she sent a private jet to pick me up. But there’s no way
in hell I could’ve ever guessed what would happen when I finally meet her fiancé.
Declan O’Donnell.
Head of the Irish Mob.
Target of a savage Bratva assassin who wants revenge for the murder of his brother.
Now, I’m thousands of miles from home, I’m smack in the middle of a mafia war, and I’ve got a
Russian assassin who’s decided he likes the looks of me.
They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
They never met Malek Antonov.

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About J.T. Geissinger

J.T. Geissinger is a #1 internationally bestselling author of twenty-seven novels. Ranging from funny, feisty rom coms to intense, edgy suspense, her books have sold over five million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages.
She is a three-time nominee in both contemporary and paranormal romance for the RITA® Award, the highest distinction in romance fiction from the Romance Writers of America®. She is also a recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book and the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy.
She’s a Southern California native currently living in Nevada with her husband and rescue kitty, Zoe.

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New Release – Forbidden to Love by Siobhan Davis

Forbidden to Love is mafia romance at its best.” -J.A. Owenby, International bestselling author

Forbidden To Love, an all-new dark, forbidden romance set in the same world as Condemned to Love by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Siobhan Davis, is available now!

Natalia Mazzone has grown up knowing she is promised to a made man. As the only daughter of one of New York’s most powerful mafia dons, she knows she can’t refuse. It’s her duty, and she would never dishonor her beloved father.

But the man she’s promised to is a monster. And there is nothing but torture, pain, and heartache lying in wait.

So, she grabs happiness when she finds it—in the somewhat reluctant arms of Leonardo Messina.

Leo is her brother’s best friend. A soldato for the Mazzone famiglia. A man with strong ambition and an even stronger resolve. He won’t allow them to give in to temptation, so Natalia is forced to love him from afar.

Until one forbidden night changes everything, and she readily hands Leo the key to her heart.

Leo risked everything for the one woman he can never have. He doesn’t regret it. It saved Natalia from a life of hell, but his actions set her on a different course.

One that doesn’t involve him.

Years have passed, and his feelings remain the same. Yet he keeps his distance, dedicating himself to his new role as underboss to Bennett Mazzone, while the love of his life is married to another man.

Until a twist of fate puts Natalia in his path again, and this time, he is powerless to resist.

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About Siobhan

Siobhan Davis is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Top 10 bestselling romance author. Siobhan writes emotionally intense stories with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She has sold over 1.5 million books and her titles are translated into several languages.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She lives in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.


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