Author: Andrea Laurence

STIRRING UP TROUBLE by Andrea Laurence

STIRRING UP TROUBLE by Andrea LaurenceStirring Up Trouble by Andrea Laurence
Series: Rosewood #3
Published by Pocket Star Genres: Contemporary
Source: Author

Maddie Chamberlain needs to sleep.  Having to be up before the crack of dawn to start baking requires that she goes to bed early at night.  However, sleeps never comes during the week due to the intolerably loud music coming from the town’s bar across the street.  Deciding to take matters into her own hands, Maddie calls the law enforcement every night to complain about the noise violation.

 

As the owner of Woody’s, Emmett Sawyer does not understand why Maddie Chamberlain moved into a house across from his bar when she knows that bar business means keeping late hours and playing loud music.

 

Things goes from bad to worse when Maddie and Emmett’s never-ending conflict results in a court appearance and the judge sentencing them to several weeks of working together on community service projects.

 

I have never loved to hate someone so much; yet, that is precisely how I felt about Maddie.  While, her reasoning is valid concerning the noise violation; her snooty manner leaves a lot to be desired.  I really like how Emmett did not allow her snobbish ways to intimidate him.  As a matter of fact, his nonsense, carefree ways makes Maddie change her outlook on life by making her realize how cruel she has been.  Seeing Maddie come to this conclusion changes my opinion of her and makes her a likable character.  The romance between Maddie and Emmett is spicy hot.  As you can imagine, their love journey is not an easy road traveled.  But watching them give into their attraction is humorous and sweltering all at the same time.  By far, the most entertaining part of the storyline is the mystery of the Penis Picasso.  I laughed for days!  Stirring Up Trouble is filled with humor, love, and a battle of wills.  All in all a good read.

BACK IN HER HUSBAND’S BED by Andrea Laurence

BACK IN HER HUSBAND’S BED by Andrea LaurenceBack in Her Husband's Bed by Andrea Laurence
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
Source: Author

Annie Baracas will do whatever it takes to free herself from her spontaneous disaster marriage to Nate Reed.  Even if it means pretending to be a happily married couple in the public eye.  Easy, right?  Wrong!  Especially, since Annie has been in denial of her true feelings towards Nate for the past three years.

 

Nathan Reed knows the prefect way to seek revenge against his estranged wife and catch a notorious thief in the same process.  Nate knows that Annie wants a divorce and he will sign the paperwork if she agrees to his terms – temporarily resume the role as his wife and spy on her fellow poker players in order to eliminate a crook from his casino.  In the meanwhile, Nate will get to make Annie pay for leaving him three years ago without any explanation before he finally sets her free once and for all.

 

I found Back in Her Husband’s Bed to be a passable read that I believe could have been a bit more captivating.  I guess I wanted Nate’s revenge to be little harsher than it really was.  At first, I did not like Annie’s character; however, after her past was disclosed, I gained a better understanding of her behavior and started to like her.  On the flipside, I really enjoyed Nate as the hero.  His charming, dominant personality captured my attention from the start.  I just wished his retaliation plot towards Annie would have been more devilish.  I can admit that I was shockingly surprised by the identity of the poker tournament cheater.  I never suspected the villain until the revealing.  Nevertheless, the overall storyline was not bad and I did want to see how everything would pan out because I do love second chance romances.

FACING THE MUSIC by Andrea Laurence

FACING THE MUSIC by Andrea LaurenceFacing the Music by Andrea Laurence
Series: Rosewood #1
Published by Pocket Star Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher

ReviewedbyVanessa

Reeling from pain and heartache, Ivy turned it into a chart-topping song and catapulted her career into the stratosphere.  Her hit song, ‘Size Matters’, brought her to the top of her game, but happiness has eluded her and bouncing around from one bad relationship to another has given her great material to write songs about, but the latest foray into love has backfired for Ivy.  Forced by her manager to work on something new and help in a charity event, Ivy has returned home to her small town.  She hasn’t been back since she left, and she’s not looking forward to seeing her ex or all the questions about the ‘size’ of something either!

Blake was on the road to a great NFL career, and he wanted his girlfriend Ivy by his side.  The long distance romance these young college sweethearts had embarked upon was proving very daunting.  When Ivy couldn’t get to Blake, he made a mistake and got caught.  Not fighting for them, he let her go.  Soon, an injury took him out of the game and Blake has been home ever since.  Having to live down a certain top-selling song, hasn’t helped much either!  However, now Ivy is back, and feelings that Blake and she thought were long buried are reemerging.  Yet, outside forces are scheming to keep them apart.  Will they let down their guard enough to work past the hurts from before, or will Blake let her run from him again and not fight for their love?

Facing the Music is an entertaining, sweet romance with incredibly likeable characters!  Blake and Ivy proved that they weren’t perfect and managed to wound one another in selfish choices that they made years ago.

Facing the Music felt very contemporary and reminded me of a well-known artist of today, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.  I liked that both Blake and Ivy grew over the years and that some jealousy was still evident because of a past hurt in Facing the Music. However, I did find that I was curious about some other aspects of their lives apart in Facing the Music, and I thought perhaps that they would explore that, but they didn’t.

HIS LOVER’S LITTLE SECRET by Andrea Laurence

HIS LOVER’S LITTLE SECRET by Andrea LaurenceHis Lover's Little Secret by Andrea Laurence
Series: Billionaires and Babies
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher

ReviewedbyVanessa

Gavin and Sabine were together three years ago, but he couldn’t fully open up to her, and she never felt comfortable in his world…so Sabine cut her losses.  Discovering that she was pregnant with his child, Sabine chose to not tell the wealthy ex and continued on with her life.  However, fate had other plans and Sabine’s secret was soon revealed.  Reeling from a recent discovery that he has a toddler roaming around, Gavin is set on making demands.  Will Sabine give in to his demands or stand her ground?

His Lover’s Little Secret is an enjoyable attention-grabbing tale.  Sabine was a strong woman who made some assumptions and realized that she had a bit of reverse snobbery going on in the past and infiltrating the present.  Gavin found that he could have many things if he would just work and open up in His Lover’s Little Secret.  I liked watching these characters grow through His Lover’s Little Secret as they learned where they failed in the past and continued to tread into the present.  Ms. Laurence developed both Gavin and Sabine, but I found that I sympathized with Gavin more than Sabine, who seemed to make some assumptions in His Lover’s Little Secret.

THIRTY DAYS TO WIN HIS WIFE by Andrea Laurence

THIRTY DAYS TO WIN HIS WIFE by Andrea LaurenceThirty Days to Win His Wife by Andrea Laurence
Series: Brides and Belles #2
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Vanessa

Attending a ten year class reunion, BFF Tyler Dixon and Amelia Kennedy elope.  After a fabulous one night, busy businessman Tyler is off jet-setting and Amelia returns to real life.  Attempting contact with her errant hubby to obtain their quickie divorce, Amelia discovers something life changing!  Tyler isn’t so easily persuaded to give his BFF a divorce. Now he wants to try to hang on to what they’ve got and make a go of it.  However, Amelia sees things differently, but she agrees to a trial period of one month.  Will Tyler be able to convince Amelia that they have what it takes, will she even buy it, or will these two lose more than their matrimonial state?

Andrea Laurence’s stories always seem to have something more going on below the surface and Thirty Days to Win His Wife is no exception.  Ms. Laurence delves deeper into the characters and doesn’t fail to disappoint.

Tyler and Amelia seemed perfectly matched in Thirty Days to Win His Wife, but Amelia had some other plan wrote for her HEA.  It’s a plan that she hadn’t fully explored as she only saw things from the “perfect” side, and she wasn’t willing to realize that that beautiful image had some hardships along the way in Thirty Days to Win His Wife.

Amelia saw what she believed was Tyler getting his way in all things, but she hadn’t seen that there is another side to that image, and a secondary character opened her eyes to that truth in Thirty Days to Win His Wife.

At times I found it hard to like Amelia, because Tyler was just so wonderfully fabulous—all that and a bag of chips, too!  He has Amelia’s number, and he pushes her some in Thirty Days to Win His Wife, but when he thinks all is lost, he clears the field.  Tyler doesn’t give up without a fight, and he intends to win this round to achieve their HEA in Thirty Days to Win His Wife!

BACK IN HER HUSBAND’S BED by Andrea Laurence

Nate Reed needs his estranged wife’s help in catching a thief.  Dangling signed divorce papers before Annie “Barracuda” Baracas’ face is just the ticket to get her help as well as closure for their relationship.  Annie had committed the ultimate betrayal when she left Nate with no explanations shortly after their whirlwind marriage began.  NowContinue Reading

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