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Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Not from a charity-auction date she didn’t even bid on and especially not with Nationals first baseman Cole Collins, the guy she obsessed over as an awkward teenager. She won’t get involved with a notorious player, no matter how attractive Cole is.Cole Collins is up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties, he’ll need some positive publicity before he can make the roster. His agent, Frank, pitches Liza as the perfect prop…only Cole didn’t account for Liza no longer being just a teenager with a crush. She’s gorgeous and smart and he’s instantly hooked.
When Frank makes Liza a deal she can’t refuse—a bet she will fall in love with Cole or a cool half mil goes to charity—the game is on. But neither bet on the real feelings that surface. Could a fake fling turn into an official forever?
- Publisher: Entangled: Bliss (March 11, 2013)
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BQMOGKQ
- FTC Disclosure: Copy provided by NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read with characters that were easy to fall in love with. Liza first met Cole when he was a teenager attending her family’s baseball camp. She crushed on him then and but they’ve lost contact over the years. When her mom bids and wins a date with the now famous baseball player Cole Collins Liza is determined it will only be one date and nothing more. With all the things she’s been through she has no desire to move on, which shouldn’t be a problem given Cole’s player reputation.
Cole has worked hard to make it pro and everything is at risk if he doesn’t get a new contract. When his agent comes to him with a plan to have a “pretend” serious relationship with Liza he’s a little concerned but agrees to go through with it. He doesn’t plan on actually having an interest in Liza.
Lots of baseball talk in this book and considering I’m not into baseball I could have done without all the details. But the story is well written and flows nicely.
Rating: 4 meows
USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane delivers a second serving of sexy in her new Delicious novel, in which taste and temptation make up a sweet recipe…
Mary Whaley has her hands full running a successful catering company and overseeing her supper club. She has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought. When she meets ridiculously hot and very dirty rock star Damien Hurley at her friend’s engagement party, the attraction she feels is overpowering—and she isn’t about to deny herself.
Damien is used to a hard and fast life. He and two of his brothers started a band when they were fresh out of high school—then they hit the big time and stayed there. He’s also a legendary madman on the stage and in the bedroom. But when he meets Mary, something clicks, and the bad boy starts thinking he may have finally found something good.
What begins as a series of fleeting trysts soon gets much more complicated. Damien can’t figure out why Mary doesn’t want more from him. And before long, it’s Damien who wants more from Mary. But it turns out Mary is no stranger to celebrity news, and he’s got a very big job ahead of him: proving that he’s worth more than a one-night stand…
- Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425256081
- ISBN-13: 978-0425256084
- FTC Disclosure: Received my copy via NetGalley for the purposes of an honest review.
This is the very first Lauren Dane book I’ve ever read and I was pretty impressed. First of all, when I requested it from Net Galley I didn’t realize it was number 3 in a series. It didn’t matter; Lauren did a really good job of making this book independent.
Mary is such a down to earth person, a caterer who is just getting her business going. (By the way I probably gained 10 pounds while reading this book…Mary’s food sounded SOO good.) Damien is a famous musician, well known for his wild and crazy nights. Not only will Damien have to prove he’s capable of more than a one night stand but will Mary be able to deal with the media and the damning pictures and phone calls that comes along with dating a celebrity. Her thoughts are, “I think he’s a drummer in a rock band who drinks a lot, parties a lot, has a lot of women and shows up in the tabloids on a regular basis. I don’t even really follow the celebrity news and I know these things. I just have no desire for that. At all…”, “Anyway, I’m not going to marry him, for heaven’s sake. I’m going to fuck him and let him make me laugh and enjoy his company. I’m not stupid.” But when Damien comes around saying things like “There’s only one woman I want in my bed. One. You. Mary Whaley, curly- haired goddess of the kitchen. Dirty talking, horny, cock hungry, beautiful, beautiful woman. Mine.” Who could resist? Certainly not me…
Totally loved this book. The only thing that’s keeping me from giving this a 5 is a few repetitive comments in the beginning of the book. I got tired of hearing things like this…”Not that he was complaining or anything…”, “Like she’d complain…”, “You’ll hear no arguments from me.”, “She had no complaints about that part. Not at all…”, “As if she’d say no?” “Not that she had any complaints…” That’s really the only complaint I have.
I’m looking forward to reading more from Lauren Dane.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 meows
Good Morning Everyone!
I hope all had a Merry Christmas, or whatever you celebrate, and have not quite lost your passion for the Christmas holiday, as I have just read a very cute short story about Santa. And an elf. And a candy cane.
Fifty years ago, “Nick” vowed never to be alone on Christmas Night again after Mrs. Claus left him. He dieted, shaved, and dyed his hair and, with his charm and appeal, made his way through the naughty list. Now, Nick finds himself alone on Christmas Night, Ms. “I-Starred-in-Three-Movies-Last-Year” cancelling their date at the last moment.
Tinsel, Nick’s assistant elf, struggles to find Santa a date and ignores calls from his unfaithful gift wrapper of an ex, prompting Nick to invite Tinsel to an impromptu Christmas dinner. Amidst burgers and merlot, they enjoy each other’s company and begin to wonder if there’s more to their relationship than boss and subordinate.
I really liked the twist up on the orginal story of Santa – what happens when he gets divorced and lives in a New York penthouse complete with a personal assistant? I loved the banter between Nick and Tinsel, there was a honest feel for their relationship. Did I just say that about an elf and Santa? Yes, I did. This short story still managed to have a scene that made me giggle though.
Tinsel hit off his cell and slipped it into his pocket effortlessly. “I spoke with Jack. He said he’ll keep the frost on New York until the end of March, though if you want an early spring, he’ll speak with the groundhog. I remembered how much you detest dealing with that furry beast.”
Nick smirked. “How much I detest dealing with the ‘furry beast,’ or how much you detested dealing with the ‘furry beast’?”
Tinsel returned the teasing grin. “Considering I make some of your most important decisions, sir, I assure you, you detest dealing with the furry beast.”
Nick nodded and once more gazed out at the cityscape. “Good to know.”
Clearly Tinsel is the only real glue in this new Nick’s life, but he has been there for 500 years, so losing Mrs. Claus 50 years ago was just a blip on their time together. This season though…Santa is looking at Tinsel with a new light and liking what he sees. Very cute story, with a rendition of “Up on the Housetop” I will never forget, along with a use of a candy cane I was very impressed with.
Quick, cute read with a nice little twist on tradition. Oh, and the last few sentences cracked me up.
*I received this book from Torquere Press, Inc. for review.
3 1/2 (I still can’t bring myself to cut those cute cats in half.)
Small Town Sire (Texas Sirens #1) by Sophie Oak
Jack Barnes and Sam Fleetwood have been best friends since they met in foster care. They share a business as cattle ranchers and a house. All they need now is a woman to share. The men are sure they’ve found that woman when Abigail Moore returns to Willow Fork, TX.
Abby left her hometown twenty years before under a cloud of scandal. She’s raised a daughter, forged a new life for herself, and is ready for the next phase when she meets the handsome cowboys. They’re a dream come true; Jack is the sexy Dom, and Sam the playful lover. It’s everything she’s ever fantasized about. There’s only one problem. She’s still not welcome in Willow Fork, and someone is willing to kill to keep her away
When I started this book I walked into it blind. I seriously picked the book from the title, and nothing more. I have never read Sophie Oak, and I had no clue this was going to be a menage book (yes, I really didn’t even see the cover!). As soon as I started reading, I got sucked in though, because the story was written very well.
Abby Moore is an outcast to the extreme in her hometown of Willow Fork. As a teenager she was a little wild, and got blamed for a tragic accident that she wasn’t the cause of. Run out-of-town and pregnant to boot, Abby pulled herself up by her bootstraps and moved on with her life as best she could. Twenty years later, she returns to help her mother and finds the world might have moved on, but in small town Texas, people have long memories and are better at holding grudges than accepting change. She has no idea the change about to come into her own world though, and it’s coming in the form of two hot cowboys.
Jack Barnes and Sam Fleetwood are the best of friends, cattle ranchers and looking for a woman. For them to share. When they run into Abby, she consumes their thoughts and they put a plan into motion. Wooing Abby is a sensitive thing, and the dating is going to make Sam go crazy. Jack, the level-headed left brain, is always in control. In response to Sam’s rushing, I really liked what Jack said.
“No, Sam. You asked me to give this a chance, and I’m giving it the best chance I can. She’s not a one night stand,” Jack said firmly. “She’s nervous now. We need to set this on the right footing. We need to let her know we’re going to treat her like a lady. Let’s ask her out to the ranch. We’ll have a nice meal and show her around. She’ll see how serious we can be.”
Sam looked disappointed, but he rarely argued. “All right. I’ll follow your lead, but damn, Jack, don’t take too long. I’m likely to die of sexual frustration.”
The dating was funny, due to misconceptions and assumptions, mostly on Abby’s part. From the asking of the date (I laughed out loud at this point) to the “time for a new plan” (that had me rolling) I was easily caught up in the world of Abby/Jack/Sam. Things don’t go that easy though – I mean how does a woman with a grown child decide to become the meat in that kind of manwich? Abby makes the choice, but it seems like it’s not only her past that will haunt them. All three have baggage, and we all know it’s easier to carry when there are strong hearts there to help with it. What could be better than two cowboys and a trauma nurse to mend a trio of broken hearts?
What I liked: Two major things:
1) The relationship between the boys. They we perfectly matched and to quote the book “Sometimes it felt like they were two halves of a whole person—Jack the serious half, while Sam was all about the light.”
2) The drama from the past. I really loved the Ruby Echols, and the parts written from her point of view were extremely well done.
What I didn’t like: Well, it’s small and nit-picky-ish, but right at the start of the book Abby is introduced as Abby Moore, then just a few pages later, she is called Abby Barnes. It made me double take and go back to reread to make sure I had got her name right to start with. I told you it was nit-picky.
Overall I really enjoyed the ride this book gave, and I liked the way it was written. For those of you interested, it is a menage book, contains some mild BDSM, detailed sex scenes and some very sexy cowboys.
3 1/2 Meows
(that cat was too cute to cut in half)