Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review | A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S FLING by Eliza Walker

Published by Jack's House Publishing
June 21, 2016
Adult Romance

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Summary:
The show must go on, but the price of admission could be her heart.

Sick of her vagabond life in a Broadway touring company, Nicola is ready to settle down. She wants nothing more than to park her suitcase in California, put out feelers for local auditions, and leave her past firmly behind her.

Too bad her past comes knocking on her door her first day home. All six-foot-three, beautiful man of her past named Max. Stupid Max. The mistake Nicola just can’t seem to stop making.

Even before Nicola—fiery, quick-witted, beautiful Nicola—slams the door in his face, Max is in trouble. She will always be the one who got away. Three times. Which makes convincing her to play Titania to his Oberon a bit…awkward.

Though she has zero desire to re-re-rekindle an old flame, Nicola can’t turn down the chance Max is offering: a lead role with the West Coast’s premiere Shakespeare company. But when their first rehearsal kiss disintegrates into a passionate liplock, she’s questioning her sanity and tempted to jump ship—before Max can break her heart again.

Now it’s up to Max to convince her that the torch he’s been carrying is actually an eternal flame.
 
My thoughts... 
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book a lot.  I think part of that enjoyment comes from the fact that I just recently took a semester of Shakespeare in college.  That being said, I don't think you have to have that experience to enjoy this book, it just enhanced the content for me personally.  I will definitely be looking out for the other books in this series to be released.

Max and Nicola are both actors who have a past that goes back to high school.  Nicola has been touring with a musical theatre company for the past 5 years and has decided that she wants to stay in one place for awhile.  She is literally unpacking in her new apartment when Max knocks on her door and pleads with her to step into the lead in a Shakespeare play the company he works for is producing as the centerpiece for their summer show. 

It's been years since she's done Shakespeare and never on this scale so she says yes not realizing that she has her work cut out for her.  She needs to impress the company owner who is used to playing the lead as well as a new director who has her eye on Max.  Max is quite literally a changed man and it's not long before Nicola realizes that even though it's been years she hasn't gotten over Max.  As they rehearse for opening night they work through some of their old issues while they decide whether or not they are meant to be together.

The characters are very well developed and the story was filled with fun Shakespeare bits and quotes.  The supporting cast was great as well and will make reading this series even more fun.  This was an excellent first novel by Eliza Walker I can only imagine how good the next one will be!

XOXO, 
Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.* 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review | EVERYWHERE AND EVERY WAY by Jennifer Probst

Published by Gallery Books
May 31, 2016
Adult Romance


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Summary:
Ever the responsible eldest brother, Caleb Pierce started working for his father’s luxury contracting business at a young age, dreaming of one day sitting in the boss’s chair. But his father’s will throws a wrench in his plans by stipulating that Caleb share control of the family business with his two estranged brothers.

Things only get more complicated when demanding high-end home designer Morgan hires Caleb to build her a customized dream house that matches her specifications to a T—or she’ll use her powerful connections to poison the Pierce brothers’ reputation. Not one to ignore a challenge, Caleb vows to get the job done—if only he can stop getting distracted by his new client’s perfect…amenities.

But there’s more to icy Morgan than meets the eye. And Caleb’s not the only one who knows how to use a stud-finder. In fact, Morgan is pretty sure she’s found hers—and he looks quite enticing in a hard hat. As sparks fly between Morgan and Caleb despite his best intentions not to mix business and pleasure, will she finally warm up and help him lay the foundation for everlasting love?
My thoughts... 
This is the first Jennifer Probst book I have read and I loved every minute of it!  I can't wait to read the next book in this new series.  I have another of her series sitting on my bookshelf right now that I know I will be picking up very soon.

I have never seen Property Brothers, but this book made me want to go look it up on Netflix and start watching!  Caleb is the brother who stayed behind to work with a controlling father when the other two brothers decided to cut ties after the death of their mother.  Now in an unexpected turn of events he and his brothers have to work together and turn a profit for a year in order to keep the family business.  Caleb meets Morgan when she approaches him to build a house for her high profile celebrity clients.  She makes him a deal that he quite literally can't refuse even though he really, really wants too.  Morgan is a very well put together woman who favors the color white, but when it comes to her job she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty.  This is something that quickly endears her to the Pierce Brothers crew .

I really liked all the characters in this book.  They are all really likable and that's such an important part of the creation of any new series.  All of the brothers are fantastic and I believe we have already met both of the women who will be the other 2 Pierce brothers' love interests and they are fantastic as well.   They have another partner in the business, an architect, and I am fairly certain he will have his own story as well, at least I hope he does!

I loved this book!  I started reading it and couldn't put it down.  I finished it in just a couple of hours.  I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series, especially since I know it's going to be Dalton's book!  If you are looking for something quick and sexy, but still a little emotional to read then I highly recommend this book.

XOXO, 
Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.* 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Release Spotlight | DESIRE AFTER DARK by Marie Force


Synopsis: Tobias “Slim” Jackson has the perfect life as a pilot on Gansett Island in the summer and in Florida in the winter. He’s happiest when he’s in the air, or at least that was the case before last summer when he met Erin Barton, Gansett Island’s newest lighthouse keeper. Now he can’t seem to find his usual enthusiasm for flying, winter in the sunny South or anything that doesn’t include her. 

Erin has been stuck on pause since she lost her twin brother. She’ll tell you herself that her life has been a hot mess since Toby died. After dropping out of law school, she’s flitted from one pointless job to another, existing rather than truly living. Then she comes to Gansett Island to take over as the new lighthouse keeper and meets Slim, who happens to share her beloved brother’s first name. That small coincidence is enough to convince Erin that she needs to spend more time with the dashing pilot—except for the fact that he’s spending the winter more than a thousand miles from her.

Now Slim’s come home to Gansett for the holidays and to hopefully pick up where he left off with Erin. He’s got twelve days before he’s due back in Florida to finish out the remainder of his winter obligations. A lot can happen in twelve days, but will it be enough to convince Erin that it’s time to start truly living again? Read Slim and Erin’s story and catch up with the rest of the Gansett Island cast in Desire After Dark!

Author bio: Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.2 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series from Berkley Publishing as well as the new erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. 

Her goals in life are simple--to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news. 



Marie's social links:
Twitter: @marieforce
Instagram: @marieforceauthor

Desire after Dark buy links:




Just a quick note...
This is not a standalone book, this is book 15 in The McCarthys of Gansett Island Series.

XOXO, 
Shelly

Monday, May 23, 2016

Have No Fear, I'm Still Here!!! ♥

Hey All!

I know it's been a minute, (okay, maybe like 3 months), but I promise I'm still here! This semester was my student teaching semester for college and so that has been my main focus. However, graduation has come and gone and so I'm switching my focus! Here are a few things I hope to accomplish this summer:


    1. Push out at least two reviews a week. 
      1. I mean it when I say I've been reading some awesome stuff and as you all know, I always have an opinion to give. ;)
    2. Promote the new Young Adult blog Shelly has started. 
      1. Because Shelly and I are both going to be teachers, we wanted to create a resource that would be beneficial to both our followers and our students. So, a YA blog is in the works!
    3. Keep a monthly update on both Shelly and I's progress!
      1. I know I've been absent and it's time to fix that! 

Again, we love to hear from our readers and keep up-to-date with everyone! Please feel free to hit either Shelly or I up on social media or here on the page. And of course as always, keep reading! ♥

Victoria ♥

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