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Review: Complications by Cat Grant

Tired of taking a backseat to his lover Eric Courtland’s burgeoning political career, Nick Thompson decides to call it quits. A devastated Eric seeks consolation in liquor—and the arms of college friend Ally Taylor.

Their passionate rebound affair deepens into something more. Still, Ally’s thrown when Eric proposes marriage, with no mention of love. His wealth and connections would certainly help her career, but is their intense physical connection and Eric’s promise of fidelity enough?

Ally soon finds herself falling for her husband, and he for her. But the growing bond between the newlyweds is threatened when Nick re-enters the picture. Secrets, lies and betrayal will add up to heartbreak for everyone—unless Eric can bring himself to choose between the man he’s loved for over a decade, or the wife he can’t bear to hurt.

  • Publisher: Cat Grant Books; 2nd edition (January 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • ASIN: B00B6N97KE
  • FTC Disclosure: my copy provided by the author for the purposes of an honest review

I fell in love with Eric and Nick in By Chance. While their relationship hit a very rocky patch in Strictly Business, I had hoped for them in Complications – I should mention that my chance is the only Cortland Chronicles story that I did not go into blind. The author’s note from Cat mentioned that these novellas are prequel to what will eventually be a triad, but that’s all I know.

That being said… I never got the vibe between Eric and Ally that they would end up together in By Chance. Honestly, I felt as though Nick and Ally would begin the triad. But after Nick dumps Eric and disappears for all intents and purposes, I felt like it was right for Eric and Ally to cling to each other.

Ally all but disappeared during Strictly Business and I would have liked a bit more in-depth description of what she was up to during the time lapse. I found myself a bit confused as to why she was living on her friend’s couch and having so many issues with her job. If that had been explained just a little more, it might not have felt so convenient for Ally need a place to stay.

Still, the feelings between Eric and Ally felt genuine. When he promised to love her and always tell her the truth, I believed it. I wanted their relationship to work. So when Nick came back into the picture, I wasn’t sure what to think. On one hand, I love Eric and Nick as a couple, but on the other, I love Eric and Ally together too.

But when Eric and Nick carry on an affair, it made me angry. Yes, I love them together, but Eric made a promise to Ally when they took their vows and he broke that trust. My heart aches for her and I can only imagine how she is going to react in the next book. If I were her, it would probably involve a 45 and some jail time. But I’m jealous that way.

I’m intrigued to see where this goes. There are two more installment in the Courtland Chronicles and I am excited to see what happens between Eric, Nick, and Ally.

Rating: 4

Mama Kitty

MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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Review: Beer & Groping in Las Vegas by Angela Quarles

Beer And Groping in Las VegasCan a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment. Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams. It’s granted. She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel. But when they meet, they’re surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past. Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

  • Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing (December 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ASPY0G2
  • FTC Disclosure: Received this book from The Romance Reviews for the purposes of an honest review

The book has a cute premise, but the story is largely told rather than shown. I tried to keep an open mind because it is a novella and there were likely word count restrictions, but Mirjam kept outright telling the reader what happened in the past. The fact that the hero and heroine knew each other previously made the story easier to buy into (one night of hot sex leads to happily ever after) but I wish we could’ve seen more between them. More talking, them dating in the future, something. There just wasn’t enough for me to fall in love with them as a couple.

Rating: 2 stars

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Mama Kitty

MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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Review: Anything for You by Jessica Scott

Anything for You (Coming Home, #1.5)Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison has spent a year recovering from his combat injuries. A year spent in the arms of the woman of his dreams. But loving Jen comes with a price: every time he touches her, he faces the uncertain fear that loving her might mean losing her forever.

Jen is a breast cancer survivor and with Shane, she’s found a man who loves her despite her scars. But her scars may be too much for their love to survive.

As their love grows, so does the risk to Jen’s life. And Shane must make the toughest decision any man can make to save the woman he loves.

ebook, 42 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Jessica Scott
ISBN13 9781301165766
FTC Disclosure: received from the author for the purposes of an honest review

 

Warning: Some spoilers

Usually with romance, you don’t get to see what happens after they ride off into the sunset together. It kind of makes me sad – especially when the characters are ones that stick with me like Shane and Jen from Because of You. Jessica Scott has a way of writing characters become very real to the reader and you genuinely care for them well before the final pages. I loved revisiting Shane and Jen and seeing them go through the trials and tribulations of actually being in a relationship.

Jen battled cancer and the chances of it returning (especially if she gets pregnant) are far too high for Shane’s liking. So even though she desperately wants a baby he makes plans to have a vasectomy without consulting. To me honest I felt like this was shady on Shane’s. Yes, I know he just wants to keep her safe, But this is a major life decision for both of them. If he gets a vasectomy they will never be able to have children.

When she finds the paperwork for his vasectomy she is understandably upset. I don’t know if the reason that it blew over as easily as it did was because this is a novella and therefore there are work restriction. But I do about that it blew over a little too quickly. When someone feels betrayed the way that she did you don’t just get over it in a single conversation. You are lucky if you get over it in a month. However that being said, I still enjoyed seeing Shane and Jen again I hope to see more of them in future books because I know that Jessica Scott is working on other novels in this world.

Rating: 3.75

Mama Kitty

MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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Review: For the Love of Mollie by KT Grant

For the Love of MollieMollie McGree is on a mission to seduce her best friend, the sexy masseuse Juan-Carlos. But she wants to lose a few extra pounds first. She joins a gym run by self-made millionaire and personal trailer, Conner Bean. Conner thinks Mollie doesn’t need to lose any weight, and is perfect the way she is. He plans to seduce the curvy Mollie by giving her his own special training sessions in passion and desire.

Soon Mollie is enjoying a no-holds-barred love affair with the vibrant and skilled Conner. But self-esteem issues on her part, as well as her unresolved feelings for Juan-Carlos, cause her to second guess Conner’s motives. Conner will stop at nothing until he claims Mollie’s heart for his own.

ebook, 115 pages
Published August 7th 2010 by Decadent Publishing
ISBN13 9781936394036
FTC Disclosure: Copy given to me by the author for the purposes of an honest review

Mollie is a tad overweight and is determined to shed the pounds so she can land the man of her dreams. She joins a gym and feels intimidated by the gym bunnies there (who hasn’t been there?) but she keeps at it. I really liked that about her –  it’s not easy to keep doing something when you’re already insecure and feeling ridiculed. When Mollie meets Connor, the owner of the gym, there is an instant attraction on both their parts – although she finds it difficult to believe that someone as hot and in shape as Connor could ever be interested in her. I like the fact that KT Grant kept Mollie true to herself . She didn’t develop self-esteem overnight even after her first night with Connor, she wonders why he’s with her and what’s going on. Slowly but surely, she finds the confidence she’s been lacking and turns into someone that I admire.

My issue with where the love of Molly is that it happened too quickly. Granted, it is a novella, so there were word count restrictions, But the jump from Juan Carlos to Connor felt rushed. I would’ve liked to have seen more of her internal struggle with these new feelings for Connor when she’d been lusting after Juan Carlos for so long.

Overall it’s a cute sexy read. I would recommend For the love of Molly when you’re in the mood for something light and fun.

Rating 4 stars

Mama Kitty

MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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Review: Play with Me by Alisha Rai

Play With MePlaying for a night…or for keeps?

Jewelry designer Tatiana Belikov may have matured enough to curb her impulsive nature, but wickedness is still her best accessory. When family troubles bring her to Las Vegas and face-to-face with the man who knows all her darkest desires, resisting temptation is futile. A night of no-holds-barred sin? Jackpot.

Once Wyatt Caine had nothing to offer Tatiana except his heart, but time has changed his fortunes. Now he’s the king of vice, and the king always gets what he wants. Especially when all he wants is her, all grown up and ready to play every dirty game he can devise.

They ignite like fireworks on the Strip, blazing hot enough to melt the best intentions. But their roll in the sheets turns into a roll of the dice, and when morning comes, Wyatt and Tatiana are left wondering whether to walk away…or go all in.

I won my copy of Play With Me through a Twitter contest Alisha Rai hosted a while back. My school schedule has been so hectic that I haven’t been able to read much lately, so when I found myself stuck waiting for my car to be worked on without internet access or my school books I figured this was the best time to read something strictly for pleasure.

I love the former lovers finding their way back to each other trope, so this book was right up my alley.

I was hooked from the very first paragraph of the story. “I want to keep you bound to my bed forever. Black leather ties encircling those dainty wrists, those slender ankles. Stretched wide for me. You’d never be able to escape.” *fans self* Tatiana and Wyatt have serious chemistry even before they’re officially on screen and it only gets hotter from there!

They were together for years in high school and college, and were each other’s firsts. The intensity of their feelings hasn’t waned a bit since breaking up, and even though it’s only supposed to be a one night stand, it didn’t feel like either one of them would allow it to stay that way for long. I didn’t really get why they went their separate ways despite the way they felt for each other, so I’m hoping that will be explored a bit more when the second book is released.

It does end with a HFN ending -which I don’t usually care for- but knowing that there’s another installment coming that shows us what happens “after the sunset” (as it were) makes me happy.

Rating: 4 stars

Mama Kitty

MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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This is why P!nk is epic.

Happy Friday everyone!! I know updates have been lacking, but school is in full swing and we all know how crazy things get when you’re doing midterms and finals and every little thing in between. 19 more weeks and I’m DONE!

Anyway, I was lurking on Twitter and saw that HuffPost had tweeted a link to something that happened at a P!nk concert. She’s been one of my favorite singers for many years now, and I wanted to see what was so newsworthy.

Apparently, someone was fighting near a little girl at P!nk’s concert and it upset the little girl so much that she was crying. When P!nk noticed, she stopped in the middle of the song and asked if everything was okay. See how awesome she is?? She cares about her fans, she has a kickass attitude (I want to be her when I grow up!) and she has an absolutely beautiful voice.  Is it any wonder why I love her so?

 

 

Mama Kitty

MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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Music Monday: I pray for you by Jaron and the Long Road to Love

I’ve had this song stuck in my head for DAYS. Well, by the time this posts, it will have been weeks. And I’m pretty certain it’ll still be stuck in my head. It’s one of those catchy tunes that you just can’t stop singing no matter how many of  your favorite songs come on. And I’m okay with that. Because I love this song and I’ll sing it over and over and over… Also? It’s the perfect song for when you’re in a crappy mood and you want to say Eff You without actually saying it.

 

Mama Kitty

MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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Review: Once a Marine by Cat Grant

Once a MarineLove is a battlefield.

Discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, former Marine major Cole Hammond is struggling to find a new identity. But PTSD casts a pall on everything, and his hard-nosed, homophobic father can’t even bear to look him in the eye. To top it all off, he’s pretty sure he’s flunking out of law school.

Marc Sullivan is a kind, sensitive romance author-slash-waiter with a thing for men in uniform. Cole’s not wearing his anymore, but there’s no mistaking the warrior Marc meets in the diner one rainy afternoon. Cole’s sexy smile and Carolina drawl prove irresistible, but Marc’s played this game before, and he always loses. Once a Marine, always a Marine, and if there’s one thing Marc knows about such men, it’s that they all leave him in the end. It doesn’t help that Cole’s practically closeted in public, or that he refuses to seek treatment for his PTSD.

But like any good Marine, Cole’s willing to fight for what matters. And like the characters in Marc’s stories, he’s certain that if they try just hard enough, together they can find their own happily ever after.

  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • ASIN: B0060OTERA
  • FTC Disclosure: Copy provided by the author for the purposes of an honest review

I love Marines. I can’t help it. All my years int he Nay has be trained to love a man in uniform. So when I saw that Cat Grant had written about a Marine, I was all over it like a fat kid on cake.

Cole was discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) and is having a difficult time adjusting to civilian life. When he meets Marc, there’s an instant attraction. But years of hiding who he is have made it difficult for Cole to be open about his sexuality. This makes Marc understandably upset, since he ends up feeling like Cole’s dirty little secret. It was great to watch them work through their issues, although sometimes I felt like they were too quick to fight When Cole had to go home to take care of a family emergency, Marc got upset. With how close Marc is to his own mother, I felt like he should have understood more.

Overall, it was a good story. The characters kept me engaged  and I was invested in them all the way through. I felt a genuine connection with Marc and a kinship with Cole, and love them both.

Rating: 4

Mama Kitty

MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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Music Monday: Marry You – Glee cast version

Last week, I showed you the song from the Glee wedding episode that’s become Monkey’s and my song. This week, the song I’m using is the one that plays any time PK calls me (“Awww”). This is also my chance to show you my ideal wedding, which is how Kurt’s dad and Finn’s mom were married – Glee style. Yes, I’d love the singing and the dancing and the gorgeous colors and… all of it. At some point, PK and I are going to have our “big wedding” and ideally I’d love to have a wedding like this, but talking him into it might take a bit of work… until then, I’ll watch this video and dream.

Mama Kitty

MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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Review: By Chance by Cat Grant

By Chance (Courtland Chronicles)A life of wealth and privilege doesn’t equal happiness—just ask Eric Courtland. Growing up with a cold, unfeeling father and unstable mother has taught him exactly what he doesn’t want out of life or love. The troubled young man prefers a solitary life and is content to keep it that way until a campus emergency saddles him with an unwanted roommate.

Popular, wholesome, straight Nick Thompson is far more temptation than Eric’s prepared for, but Nick’s warm, easygoing manner gradually cracks through Eric’s prickly protective shell.

After Eric suffers a traumatic attack, their friendship gives way to an intense passion. Eric’s no stranger to casual sex, but what he feels for Nick is something deeper, and more fragile.

Independent Eric doesn’t know the first thing about being in a relationship, much less with a lover who can’t even admit he’s gay. But conservative Nick can’t seem to find his way out of his own personal closet.

Rock, meet hard place.

  • Publisher: Cat Grant Books; 2nd edition (November 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • ASIN: B00AEB5ECE
  • FTC Disclosure: copy provided by the author for the purposes of an honest review

At first, I didn’t care for Eric. I get wanting time alone and the fact that he’s rich enough to be able to bribe his way into a private room but to throw a fit the way that he did when Nick was assigned to his room made me want to punch  him in the throat. I ended up falling in love with both Eric and Nick, even through their stupid movies (namely Eric’s) and I cheered them on. When the novella ended, I found myself sad because I wanted to read more about Eric and Nick. So, when I found out that this was just the first part of a series, I cheered! Then I ran to read the next one because, let’s face it, I’m an addict.

Rating: 4.5 of 5

Mama Kitty

MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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