First of all, I just have to say (nearly completely off topic) that I love the movieTwo Weeks Notice. I don’t normally like romantic comedy movies, and I don’t normally like Hugh Grant, but that particular movie really worked for me. I thought Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock were adorable together. So when I saw a book by the same name (it’s unrelated to the movie, BTW), and saw that it was written by Whitney G, an author I’ve read and loved in the past, I was all in. And boy, am I glad I gave this one a read. Here’s what I loved:
First of all, I owe the author and NetGalley an apology on this one. Somehow I failed to do a release day review. But hopefully what I have to say about the book will make up for my forgetful empty-headedness…
Second of all, this is one of those books that goes down a potentially bumpy road. There’s some stuff here that should have irked me, and in the hands of a lesser author, might have irked me. But because it was well written, with adorable characters and plenty of funny, sexy, emotional and heart-warming scenes, I ended up really enjoying it.
I’ll just go on the record right up front and say that I’m a huge Lori Foster fan. Her books have just the right blend of backstory, angst, sweetness, feels and sexy times to satisfy just about any romance reader.Cooper’s Charmis no exception, so it should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that I enjoyed this one a great deal.
If I had to classifyCooper’s Charm, I’d call it a feel-good read. There’s some horrible stuff that happened in the characters’ pasts, but it wasn’t harped on in such detail that it scared me or bummed me out or anything. Just the right amount of detail was given to let me get to know the characters, but there definitely wasn’t TMI. (I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate that. I hate TMI and have had more than one book that gave me nightmares as a result. I’m looking at you, Lisa Gardner.)
Hang in there with me on this one, folks. It’s going to get fangirly and gushy. I apologize in advance.
I loved everything about this book. I could probably end the review there. I loved the characters, the storyline, the dialogue, the author’s writing style...everything. It was a flawless read. But since that would make for a crappy review, here are some specifics about what I loved the most:
I think I’ve made it clear that I am both a fan of the fake boyfriend tropeand Lauren Blakely. So, when I saw a Lauren Blakely new release about a fake boyfriend on NetGalley? It felt like my birthday and Christmas all rolled into one. I about broke my finger 1-clicking that bad boy so fast. And I’m soooooo glad I did.
As with all her books, the banter between main characters April and Theo is all kinds of sweet and hilarious and hot. This author has a real talent for realistic, fun, flowing dialogue that very few others have. I enjoyed the hell out of every single back-and-forth between them.
I don’t normally like billionaire romances. There. I’ve said it. I’m sorry if that offends all the Christian Grey fans out there, but I can’t help it. I think there are just entirely too many unrealistically gorgeous, young billionaire heroes in romance land. Let’s face it--real life super rich dudes aren’t usually hot. Like, at all. (Sorry Bezos and Zuckerberg and Gates. It’s nothing personal.) But, while I don’t normally go for billionaire heroes, I DO love an enemies-to-lovers romance, and I DO love Annika Martin. So when I got the BookBub email saying this one was free, I downloaded right away. And if I could figure out who was responsible at BookBub for sending me that email, I would kiss that person right now. (Not with tongue or anything, but still, right on the mouth. I’m that grateful.)
There’s a reason (tons of reasons, really) why Jill Shalvis is one of my top 13 go-to authors, meaning that I can auto-buy anything she writes, and I’ll love it. No questions asked. She writes it, I love it. End of story. So, it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that this is yet another 5-star read for me, right?
What I love most about Jill Shalvis is that she writes low-angst, comfort reads. Her books are full of strong, relatable women, tough-but-somehow-still-tender-and-romantic alpha males, and laugh-out-loud moments. And even with all that, she still manages to hit you in the feels a time or two--but not in a way that wrecks you for days and leaves you in a book coma, unable to move on. When you pick up a Jill Shalvis book, you know you’re getting a feel good read, and I LOVE that.
There are a few things here that would have normally irked the crap out of me, but because I love this author so much, I was able to overlook them and really enjoy this story.
Here’s what went right:
Adorable hero Maverick is freakin’ adorable. He’s good and honorable and works so hard for the people he loves. What he’s willing to do for his sister is nothing short of awesome. Does he always make the most sensible choices? No. He’s a desperate kid. OF COURSE he’s not always sensible. But that just makes him more relatable. He’s also cocky without being an a-hole, confident without being smug, and sexy without being insufferable. He was a PERFECT new adult romance hero as far as I’m concerned.
I’m going to gush a little about this one, y’all, so be patient with me, OK?
First of all, I’ve loved this author since I readNice Girls Don’t Ride. I ADORED the first book in this series,The Ones Who Got Away. So when I saw this book on NetGalley, I clicked and begged for a copy faster than I’ve ever clicked before. I was expecting greatness, so the potential for disappointment was high. But it was even better than I expected. (Squee!!)
Publication date: 05/29/2018 Kindle Unlimited: No Cliffhanger: No
I love Helena Hunting. Her books have appeared on a crap-ton of our Friday “best of” lists. I’ve read every book she’s written, and I’ve enjoyed every last word. This one is no exception.
I would’ve read the book regardless of what it was about because, you know, Helena Hunting. But the fact that it was about a hero and heroine who flip houses? Score!! It’s like it was written just for ME! (I might have mentioned I’m an HGTV addict a time or ten, right?) And Pierce and Rian are good at what they do. I really enjoyed their competence porn.
This was TOTALLY not what I was expecting. After reading about Bane inScandalous,I was prepared for a sexy surf bum, and while Bane WAS a sexy surf bum, he was much, much more than that. So, so much more. Honestly? I’m still having a little bit of a book hangover from this one, mostly because of how much MORE Bane was than what I was expecting. Gah!
First of all, Bane’s an anti-hero with a twist or two (or ten). Like all of the Hotholes, Bane is confident and magnetic and powerful. He’s also a jerk with loose morals. (Super loose) But underneath all of that (and the beard and tattoos and attitude) is a pretty freakin’ awesome romantic hero who is just as broken and in need of repair as his heroine, Jesse.
This book could’ve gone terribly wrong for me. I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m totally over the billionaire trope.But, I ADORE the author, so I wasn’t about to NOT read the book when it came out. And as usual, I wasn’t disappointed.
First of all, just for the sake of full disclosure, this story was originally published in theRogue Desire anthology.But even if you read it there, it’s worth a reread, because there’s some new content added this time around.
Y’all know I have some issues with romantic suspense.But Kaylea Cross is one of those rare romantic suspense authors who always gets it right, in my opinion. The balance between sexy times and real mortal danger in her books is always perfect, the plots are twisty enough to be interesting but not SO twisty that I’m confused, and the heroes are alpha without being alphaholes. There’s a reason why this author shows up so many times on our Friday “best of” lists,and her winning streak is more than upheld inFast Fury. Here are the highlights:
I have a confession to make. I’m a grumpy old lady. (Shocking, right? You never would have guessed it, huh?) And in my capacity as a grumpy old lady, I get cranky when my favorite authors branch out into other genres or categories of romance. I want them to write what I want them to write, darn it! Is that too much to ask?