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Posted on Feb 10, 2016 9:38:18 AM PST
kathy brown says:
I finished Ninja At First Sight: An Origin Story (Knitting in the City) by Penny Reid yesterday and loved it.

It's a prequel (194 pages) to Happily Ever Ninja (Knitting in the City Book 5) (NOT FREE), but I think it can be read as a standalone. There isn't a cliffhanger, the couple's story just continues in the next book. It's a really sweet story with witty banter and many funny moments. I would recommend and it's still free.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 7:37:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 27, 2016 12:34:10 AM PST
zoey says:
Love and Second Chances recent freebie and a recommend

A feel good romance about a couple who are in their mid 30s and married for 16 years and with four children. They have drifted apart in the last year. He has worries about the family business that he recently inherited after his father passed away. They have had little to no smex in the last year. She thinks he no longer wants her. She has self confidence issues with weight gain from the children and with the recent birth of child number four. She also recently had a friend pass away.

The other woman appears early in the book and pursues the H. She makes it look like the H kissed her. The h thinks he kissed the ow and goes nuts and asks for a two week break. She wants to work out and make herself feel good again. Her request sets the H in motion to woo her during the break.

I like the dual point of views. I also like that the H knows it is his fault that the h has low self confidence so he goes all out to win her back. The other woman incident happens early in the book. The H does have some tenting action when he first meets the ow and does say she is gorgeous, but it stops there. There is no cheating. The H is working his way back to earning the h's love in the remainder of the book. You can tell from his thoughts that he is so in love with his wife.

I would recommend. It is a feel good romance that reminds all couples to not take each other for granted and that "I love you" every now and then goes a long way.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 6:19:59 PM PST
AGReads says:
Kiss a Girl in the Rain (Take a Chance, Book 1) by Nancy Warren. A 4-star read for me.

This was a cute, easy romance. The H is a corporate lawyer who is quickly burning out. Events that happen around his 35th birthday convince him to leave the firm and take off cross country on a motorcycle to fulfill a bucket list he wrote when he was 12. In the middle of nowhere only a couple days into his trip, a stray dog runs in front him and strands him in a tiny town for a few days. He meets the h, the town doctor who took over her grandfather's clinic. It's a case of insta-lust with the guy she thinks is a drifter until he takes her to dinner and they learn more about each other.

The book has some interesting quirky characters, including his hippie parents and ten siblings, the dog who refuses to leave him, and the townspeople. It looks like the next book in the series is about the H's hippie sister, and I plan to read it. There were a few minor writing problems but mostly where it just needed to be smoothed out a little. The grammar was surprisingly good for a freebie, with only a couple of errors that really stood out. There is one detailed smex scene which, really, should have been scaled back because it felt crude compared to the rest of the book and wasn't very skillfully written. If you can skim through it, the rest of the book is good.

Overall, I enjoyed this one and look forward to reading the others.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 4:46:33 PM PST
zoey says:
Royal Pain (A Royal Affair Book 1) was free last year; doing some deleting and forgot to post this last year

It was royally painful. A slow and tortuous skim. There was really no one to root for in a rather strange story portrayed as a romance. The odd cast of characters included a smothering mother, a mama's boy for a hero, a psycho ex girlfriend and a so-so heroine. I really disliked the hero. He did not have a backbone and was a very weak character throughout the story. I was especially perturbed by this particular thought he had after he has had smex with the psycho ex....

"I didn't bother using a condom because I knew I was her only. She couldn't get pregnant because I had her tubes tied." WHAT? How does he make that happen? Is that by a royal decree? Oh yeah, he is royalty of some sort. The ex was a woman he picked up from a bar and he had a 7 year smex relationship with her. Her constant interaction with the hero throughout the book took away all the romance from the story. As for the rest of the ends in a cliffhanger...

Spoiler **************************************************************************

Those tubes somehow became untied.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 6:17:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2016 6:18:06 PM PST
Banana Boat says:
Wow, That's horrible. Good for a laugh but no more than that. You get kudos for even taking the time to skim.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 6:09:51 PM PST
zoey says:
For The Love Of Amy: The Blackwell Series still free

Got a headache from are a couple of passages for entertainment value...

Max leans forward in his seat. "Well, I had a DNA took for Mia, and I sold the businesses. I then confronted Julia's father who was not at all pleased, he reembursed everything I paid to Julia, as for her I never want to see her again, she is nothing on you Amy, and please understand that I stayed with her for the only reason that she was going to stop access to my daughter as well as cause problems for my dad's business"

"What you want proof of how I feel about you, jeasus Amy I can't sit in a room with you without sporting a hard on, you make me feel young and carefree, and that I can do or conquer anything. You brought me through greeving my father, gave me the strength to pull my family back together, to let go of my fathers business, you rescued the catering. I was a mess before I met you and don't think it hasn't gone unnoticed.

"I kept them all Amy, you are everything to me and I may not have shown it but I held these close to my heart, to get me through when you wern't there, when I pushed you away" He gased into my eyes, pleading.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 10:27:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2016 1:33:58 AM PST
zoey says:
Dearest Clementine: Dearest Series was free early last year

I just got around to reading this book. My friend recommended it and I have been putting it off since I'm not big on the college setting. However, I got sucked into a NA kick over the holidays. Have to say, I really enjoyed the story.

The h suffered a traumatic incident in her freshman year and has kept to herself the last three years. The H meets up with the h and remembers her from his freshman English course. He was interested in her, but she dropped out early on. He pursues her when they meet again and tries to break down her barriers.

The story and characters were very well developed. There was not the over the top angst that I generally see with the new adult genre...meaning no one was pregnant and no meaningful op whom tries to cause trouble. There was just a hint of angst and a measure of suspense which I enjoyed. The author did a very nice job of developing the relationship between the two characters in a college setting surrounded with supportive roommates, beer and homework. The H was such a great guy. Yup, fell in love with him.

The pov was primarily from the heroine. The last chapter was from the hero. Sigh...

Wanted (Wanted Series Book 1) still free

This was another NA book recommended by a friend. I wound up reading books 1-4 in the series. I also liked the hero in this book. He was a good ole Texas guy with all the southern charms. He wore his heart on his sleeve for the h and it was insta love for both him and the heroine. He was a sensitive football player whom cried a couple of times throughout the story. I found that sweet. I especially liked his povs.

The H falls in love with his best friend's younger sister. The siblings father ran off when they were younger and they were brought up by an alcoholic mother. The h is emotionally insecure because of the rantings of her alcoholic mother. Her brother has problems with people leaving. Most of the book is devoted to the H trying to win the h's love during life on campus. The story is from multiple povs.

Povs from primary hero and heroine and then povs from heroine's brother and her best friend. Her brother and her best friend are also a couple and they get their own story in sequel. Lots and lots of angst with couple 2 in book one.

I wound up reading all 4 books because our library carried them and I got sucked into the second couple's angst from the first book.

I liked the males lead more than the females in the entire series. Heroine #1 was very insecure and needy. Heroine #2 was generally obnoxious and at times deserved hero #2's verbal abuse. I also wanted to beat the hero #2 at times because he was relentless in hurting heroine #2.

The story is very focused on smex and lots of f bombs by all characters.

It is not a bad read if you like drama and angst and love among football, horses and s'mores.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 2:46:53 PM PST
Almost in Love (Clover Park STUDS, Book 1) by Kylie Gilmore. I'm only about a quarter through it, but I'm loving it. The H is so sweet and so funny. You can't help but love him and hope the h does too.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2016 11:48:32 PM PST
B. Lim says:
zoey glad you think is cliffy too. I know my English is bad but I know how read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2016 10:42:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2016 1:44:16 AM PST
zoey says:
B lim- you are right. The ending sucked big time. It needed a new hero or a part 3. I also thought it was a cliffy.

Eta: not sure why ammy deleted my reviews that b lim referenced:

DiMarco's Secret Love Child: Part One (The DiMarco Dynasty Book 1)

DiMarco's Secret Love Child: Part Two (The DiMarco Dynasty Book 2)

Bottom line is that they were not a recommend.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2016 10:15:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2016 10:15:30 PM PST
B. Lim says:
zoey I bought both series box set for .99 cent and didn't even read it cause the ending suck. I thought it was cliffhanger but the author claim finish series. I can't get a refund because I didn't like it according to Amazon service.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 9:51:01 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2015 10:50:31 AM PST
MagicRose99 says:
I believe she does have a bundle with all three books. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2015 10:41:25 AM PST
zoey says:
I think the author combined all books into this one because the book I read has a cute proposal at the end.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2015 10:34:05 AM PST
MagicRose99 says:
Not to be disagreeable, but the first book ends with her still thinking her BFF is in a relationship with the H. Second book clears up the misunderstanding and moves on from there...

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 9:41:50 AM PST
AGReads says:
The day before Christmas, Harlequin offered Happy New Year, Baby Fortune! (The Fortunes of Texas: Welcome to Horseback Hollow Book 1) for free. It was awful, so bad in fact that it was a DNF for me. The dialog is wooden and juvenile, and there were a few cases of words used incorrectly and incorrect or awkward sentence structure. When the first smex scene occured, it was so badly written it was cringe worthy. I can't believe a professional editor let this one pass.

There is also a scene where the h leaves her baby with H even though he knows zilch about babies and the first and only time he held the baby before this, he held her out at arm's length and had no idea why she was squirming and fussing. So the h leaves her baby with him, and then suddenly he knows how to change diapers, feed correctly, etc. The book is a major trainwreck from the first page. If I had paid Harlequin the $3.99 regular price for it, I would have demanded a refund, something I have never done before.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2015 9:11:11 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2015 9:39:57 AM PST
zoey says:
The book is a standalone and has a cute hea.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 5:04:56 AM PST
MagicRose99 says:
Just a warning, Three Lousy Dates: A Novel has a cliffy and continues in books two (Three Dumb Questions) and three (Three Little Words)

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 7:01:24 PM PST
zoey says:
Three Lousy Dates: A Novel still free

Pretty fun read. The story is based on "The Bachelor." The bachelor..aka the H.. goes on three dates with each of the contestants. The h and her best friend decide to sign up after a night of alcohol binging while watching a marathon of the show from the previous season. They get selected based on their drunken responses to the show's questionnaire. Misunderstandings occur and not smooth sailing for the two main characters.

Best scenario from the story...

This was from the beginning of the show between the h and her bestie when the Bachelor is first introduced to the contestants. The horde of females are swarming all over the Bachelor. The h and her friend are deep in discussion...

"Look at `em go!" I commented, watching the women with fascination. "They're like wild animals hunting for prey," I marveled as I watched one woman hungrily circle the man -presumably to check out his ass -before moving in for the kill.

"They're a little scary," Michelle chimed in, every bit as transfixed as I was.

"Ha! They're more than a little scary. If I was that guy I'd be wetting myself right now," I decided. "Those women are going to eat him alive. Look, one is trying to slip her hand in his pocket! Can you believe that? `Hi, nice to meet you, let me fondle your d***.' I mean, who does that?"

"You're just mad you didn't think to do it first," my best friend teased. "Well you do know what they say about a nice firm d*** shake, don't you?" I joked.

A recommend. It would have been better if there were POVs from the H too.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 4:12:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2015 10:39:33 PM PST
zoey says:
Girl of Mine recent freebie

A recommend. The story is broken out into the present, the past and the days leading to the wedding. The story focuses on two relationships. One with the H and the h and one with the H and his childhood friend. Circumstances forces the H to call off the wedding 30 days before the event. He then takes off to the military but returns a few weeks later to plea his case when he finds out that the h is engaged to his friend. Circumstances also forced the h to accept the proposal. It was a well written story with quite a bit of flashbacks. I normally do not like a lot of flashbacks, but the format of the past and present had a good flow.

The story hooked me from the very beginning when the H returns to find out why the h got engaged. The h, however, chose to avoid him. He winds up kidnapping her and handcuffing her to his truck so she would listen to him as to why he called off the wedding. I was afraid this was going to be a love triangle, but thankfully it was not. Just a whole lot of guilt and sympathy for the friend.

A good read.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2015 12:41:16 AM PST
Try The Escort by Ramona Gray, similar premise, and free to read

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 5:10:45 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 24, 2015 3:31:50 PM PST
zoey says:
Dear Laren (Back to Us Book 1) today's freebie

The title of the book refers to the letters the H writes to the h during the ten years they are apart. The prologue opens with the two having just graduated from high school. They had dated throughout most of high school and the h receives a Dear Laren letter from the H. The H breaks up with the h because she has an opportunity to leave their hometown and attend med school. He knows she will not take advantage of the opportunity if they stay together so he leaves her a letter breaking up with her and heads off to boot camp. She leaves for med school and he enlists in the military. They lead separate lives, but all this time the H is writing letters to the h that he never mails.

The story opens 10 years later. The H returned to the hometown after a couple of military tours and now resides there. The h returns to town to escape an abusive fiancé. The H has never been able to move on or forget the h. He knows it. His family knows it. The h also has a difficult time moving on. They meet up again and try to rekindle their relationship. The psycho fiancé makes a couple of appearances. They share their bittersweet memories of their time apart. She and her moments with the abusive fiancé and he and his time in Iraq.

It was a very simple story, but I enjoyed it. It had potential to be a lot more. The story was too short to show any character and relationship development. Since the couple was apart for 10 years, they needed time to reconnect and get to know each other again. The reunited too quickly. I also wanted to learn more about the characters. I liked the hero. I liked reading his letters. A lot of the H's emotions were conveyed in his letters. He was not wishy washy with his feelings for the heroine. He said this by the second chapter to his brother...

"Whatever, man, you are avoiding the question. I know it took you a long time to get over her. Seeing Laren again had to bring some of that back," he said matter-of-factly.

"You are wrong, bro," I state. "No, I think I am right, and I think it hit you hard.

"I mean you are wrong about taking a long time to get over her. I never got over her."

I would recommend this book. I look forward to more of the author's work. An added star for the letters.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 3:32:20 PM PST
zoey says:
Finding Our Way recent freebie; has a HFN with a mild cliffy to next book

The book opens with the heroine who has been in love with the H, her brother's best friend, since she was 12. She attacked him with a kiss at 15 that shook him (he was 18) to the core just before he left for college.

The book continues to her high school grad night. She was 18 and just graduated from high school when the H showed up with a pregnant OW on her grad night. She learns that they are engaged. She is heart-broken and leaves for college with her best friend.

The story really begins here since most of the above is covered in a chapter or two. She is now a sophomore and she has been avoiding the text messages and calls from the H asking to talk to her. He knows that she has been avoiding him and effectively traps her on her flight home for the holidays to get her to listen to him. He reveals the story behind the pregnant OW and how he was the only one that did not realize how much he cared for her until she was gone. The rest of the story follows the H's efforts on winning her heart and trust in them as a couple. He was one possessive and jealous hero and he pretty much wore his heart on his sleeve once he realized the depth of his feelings for her. He was my kind of hero. The H's best friend and brother round out the cast. The best friend is a hoot. The OW does make a couple of appearances but only to embarrass herself.

I really enjoyed the story and would recommend. This book was better than the sequel.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 4:31:04 AM PST
Robin Wilson says:
I just read this and can recommend it: A Wish For Adam Kincaid by Kelly Hunter...still FREE.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2015 1:13:18 PM PST
Julie says:
I enjoy the whole series!
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