Wednesday, November 30, 2016

❤️REVIEW: "Back to Good" by Laura Benson (Contemporary Romance)

by Laura Benson

Publisher: Laura Benson (self-published)
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: October 31st 2016

Alpha Male, Bad Boy/Rebel, Enemies to Lovers, Rock Star, Stuck with You, Not Quite a Love Triangle, Trigger: Drug abuse
Description from Publisher:
Charlotte Banks (Charlie) is newly graduated from college and working in public relations. She is given a case that is just a bit too close to the heart. Joey Carino is a rock god, but now with his life spinning out of control, it's up to Charlie to try and save his reputation with his record label and his fans. However, dealing with Joey means dealing with Matthew Johns, Joey's best friend and Charlie's worst nightmare.
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My Musings:
The push and pull between Matthew and Charlie will have you on the edge of your seat and yelling at these two to get it together! (In that really fun way, of course.)

Charlotte (Charlie) is given her first solo PR client and... it's her ex-boyfriend/high school sweetheart who broke her heart. Worse, Joey (her ex) is managed by his best friend, Matthew, who hates her and has basically always been a jerk to her. Matthew has grown up in all the right places though, and it gets increasingly hard to ignore the sparks between them.

There is a lot of drama with this one, and a lot of moments that, as I said, will have you shaking your fists at just about every character, but that makes for a fantastic read and some sexy moments!

Definitely recommended for anyone who enjoys an "enemies to lovers" story with dollops of heat!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author
Laura Benson was born in 1968, during a year of terrible strife.

She is a wife and the mother of two daughters, one stepson, and the grandmother of precocious 8- month old. With Two basset hounds and the Arizona dust, she can't seem to keep her floors clean.

Her penchant for wine has gotten her into more than trouble than necessary. Especially when she is with her friends.

Originally from Massachusetts, she made her way out west in 2013 and hasn't looked back. The lack of blizzards is big bonus to living in Arizona.

She started as a blogger in 2008, attended many book conventions and author signings and is ready for this new part of her life.
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REVIEW: "One Sexy Mistake" by Sarah Ballance (Contemporary Romance)

by Sarah Ballance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 29th 2016

Series: Chase Brothers, #5
Standalone: Yes

Sweet Romance, Nerdy, Borrowed Time, Nice Guy, Stuck With You, Strong Heroine, One-Night Stand Gone Wrong
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Description from Publisher:
Olivia Patton's life just imploded. One night with sexy hacker Grady Donovan seems like the perfect, ego-soothing plan—until an epic snowstorm shuts down the city and thwarts her morning-after escape. Now the only walk-of-shame she'll be taking is right back to Grady's door.

Forced to actually talk, Grady and Olivia realize they can't stand each other. Forget another round in the bedroom—if it wasn't his apartment, she'd shove Grady outside to freeze. But with all the blistering sexual tension flying around, a second night with the hacker might be exactly what she needs...if they don't kill each other first.

Each book in the Chase Brothers series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
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My Musings:
This was a lot of fun! Perfect pacing, funny, great characters, chemistry.

The entire premise of being stuck with a one-night stand due to snow isn't new, but Sarah Ballance definitely does justice to that trope. Grady is done with high maintenance women who, ultimately, make him feel like a failure, so he tries Tinder... and meets Olivia, who wants a no-strings rebound to help her forget that she was fired and dumped just 2 months before.

The awkwardness of their meeting is awesome and will make you laugh as you squirm a bit. I've never done the Tinder thing, but would absolutely have lived that scene if I had. Between that and Grady & Olivia's exchange before meeting, the tone is set for a light-hearted, funny, sexy read.

I loved Olivia's feistiness and straight-forward personality and thought she did girl nerds proud. Grady said he wasn't romantic, but he was obviously in denial because he was thoughtful and everything you want from a rom-com hot nerd!

This is fairly short (about a 90-minute read for me), but everything you want out of a feel-good rom-com!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Sarah Ballance
Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids, but nevertheless, you’ll find her writing sexy contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing until they throw her out.
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