Genre: Contemporary

A STROKE OF MIDNIGHT by Andie J. Christopher

I received this book for free from Reviewer in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Source: Reviewer
A STROKE OF MIDNIGHT by Andie J. ChristopherStroke of Midnight by Andie J. Christopher
Series: One Night in South Beach #1
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. Genres: Contemporary


 

New Year’s Eve in Miami. One night. No names. No going back. Workaholic, Alana Hernandez and former Navy Seal, Cole Roberts have a one night stand. Cole is seeking to soothe his injured heart, Anna is looking for a quick hook up, but ohhhh how life throws a huge wrench in their “perfect” plan when morning comes!

Stroke of Midnight is Ms. Christopher’s debut, and not only has she captured the flavor and spirit of Miami but she has written, in my opinion, a Hero and Heroine who experience a true and realistic romance. I thoroughly enjoyed “watching” Alana & Cole’s relationship unfold. The pacing and story flowed very well. Cole is a dirty talking hero who not only loves Alana very much, but is just as determined to show her that what may have started out as a one night stand, quickly became so much more for him. I felt like Alana and Cole could be a part of my inner circle, that’s just how authentic the romance feels.

Stroke of Midnight is a well written, sexy, hot romance that will have you not only laughing out loud but wishing for your very own Cole. I am eagerly anticipating Alana’s brother, Javi and her sister, Carla’s HEA’s. Kudos on your debut, Ms. Christopher and keep ’em coming! Stroke of Midnight is a perfect combo of romance with a dirty talking hero, a take charge heroine, hot sex & funny story, which I thoroughly enjoyed!

ROCK STEADY by Dawn Ryder

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Source: Publisher
ROCK STEADY by Dawn RyderRock Steady by Dawn Ryder
Series: Rock Band #2
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary


 

I haven’t read much of Dawn Ryder’s work but I just recently started her Unbroken Heroes series and loved it so I wanted to try her Rock Band series. Rock Steady is the second book in the series and I haven’t read the previous one, but I didn’t fall in love with Rock Steady like I hoped I would.

 

If you’ve read the previous book, Rock Me Two Times, you are familiar with the characters, but it if you are like me and starting in the middle you are just getting to know everyone for the first time. I have to say I had a hard time warming up to them and actually understanding them. In this story we meet Ramsey who comes off as god’s gift to women. He gets drunk and sleeps with a groupie only to discover she got back at him by taking him to get a tattoo of cherry blossoms. To me this sounded a little far-fetched, I mean could it could happen? Sure, anything is possible but getting a tattoo would sure as hell sober me up pretty fast.

 

After the whole getting the tattoo thing he meets up with the rest of his band, Toxsin and they agree he needs to get it fixed as soon as possible (duh) and they look for a tattoo shop that is open twenty four hours and there Ramsey meets Jewel, who will be his tattoo artist.

 

Jewel went to college and graduated with a marketing degree but she loves art so she is working in a tattoo shop. She is damn good at what she does, but her boss has a say so in what jobs she takes. When the band walks in the shop looking for someone to cover up the cherry blossoms on Ramsey, Jewel takes the job and covers it up with a bad ass tattoo. The next day her boss lets her go because he is jealous that she did the tattoo and didn’t call him which totally pissed me off but she gets a better opportunity. Ramsey offers her to go on tour with him and the band to expand the tattoo over the next four weeks and Jewel agrees. Sparks start flying between them, but Jewel is hesitant to get involved with Ramsey because of his reputation.

 

Honestly, this characters or the storyline did nothing for me. I didn’t understand them or their way of handling things. One minute Ramsey is a total womanizer and then the next he acts like a savior. His personalities were giving me whiplash through the entire story. Jewel I found a little on the annoying side, but I did appreciate her characters fire and drive to want to be the best and make it on her own no matter the cost.

 

As far as the Rock Band series goes I think I will have to pass on the upcoming books and stick with the Unbroken Heroes series. I may not have totally fell in love with Rock Steady but that doesn’t mean others won’t.

GETTING DIRTY WITH THE CEO by Mia Sosa

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Source: Publisher
GETTING DIRTY WITH THE CEO by Mia SosaGetting Dirty With the CEO by Mia Sosa
Series: Suits Undone #3
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary


 

When I first started The Suits Undone series I knew it would be a different kind of CEO type of book. These three CEOs may be rich but they are the most down to earth guys I have ever read about. Getting Dirty with the CEO is the third book in a wonderfully developed series that follows CEO Daniel Vargas and Publicist Mimi Pennington. If you haven’t read the previous books that’s okay because in Getting Dirty with the CEO Mimi gives Daniel a run for his money and sometimes literally.

 

Ever since Mimi met Daniel she lumped him in the same category as her father: arrogant, charming, and knows how to push her buttons like no one else can. Is he good looking? Absolutely, but after he rejected her in Puerto Rico she will never give him another chance. Now back home Mimi is up for a promotion to become partner, but in order for that to happen she must land Daniel’s company as an account. Things get more interesting because the attraction and need still sizzles between them but if Mimi gives into her desires she might lose everything that she has worked so hard for, but is Daniel worth the risk?

 

Daniel Vargas was intrigued by the spitfire known as Mimi since he first laid eyes on the beautiful blond. She’s funny, intelligent and has a smart mouth that he has to be ready for at all times. He didn’t purposely reject Mimi in Puerto Rico, he just wants more from her than one night and a notch on her bed post. Daniel promises that when she finally comes to him it will be worth it but since they have been back Mimi has been keeping her distance until Daniel bids on her package for charity and now all bets are off. He will take ten hours of Mimi’s time and try to win the one woman who he knows is perfect for him, but will he be able to keep her?

 

For me, Getting Dirty with the CEO was the best book in this series because it was Mimi’s story. From the very moment she was introduced I liked her. She was open, blunt, and funny. She had barbs for everything and she made Getting Dirty with the CEO entertaining and one story I didn’t want to end. Daniel was sweeter then I was expecting him to be. He saw through Mimi’s façade, called her out on her bullshit, and gave her shit right back. Daniel was her perfect partner and Mimi needed that. I loved the banter, jokes and especially the chemistry these two threw back and forth.

 

One of my favorite scenes in this story is when Mimi tricks Daniel into crashing a party only to find out it’s a bachelorette party. I couldn’t stop laughing and wishing I was there just to see how Daniel actually reacted. While the descriptions were good this was a moment I wished I was Mary Poppins and could jump into a book.

 

Mia Sosa also covered the topic of sexism in the work place and while I’m sure it happens every day somewhere around the world, it was a nice change of topics that I haven’t read about, if ever, in a romance. I didn’t feel bad for Mimi because she just seemed like one of those people that you knock down who will get right back up and hit you were it hurts. I applaud her for taking a stand and showing those people that she could be blond and beautiful but she can damn sure get the job done so I actually found her empowering.

 

The only issue I really had with this story was the ending. I found it ended more abruptly then I would have liked. Daniel and Mimi still had some things to get past and work on but then it ended and had me wondering if in fact they would work out. Regardless of the ending I really enjoyed Getting Dirty with the CEO. If you’re looking for a fun read that is sexy, sweet and funny I would suggest checking out this story.

A SPICED APPLE WINTER by Emma Cane

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Source: Publisher
A SPICED APPLE WINTER by Emma CaneA Spiced Apple Winter by Emma Cane
Series: Fairfield Orchard #2
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary


 

I really enjoyed the first book in this series so when I saw A Spiced Apple Winter was about Amy’s twin brother Tyler I was super excited. Tyler was an actor on a daytime soap that was cancelled, but when his parents retired, he and his siblings agreed to take turns coming home to save the Orchard. About six months ago he met up with Brianna in New York and they shared drinks and then had one night together. When they both wake up the next morning they both agree that it was a mistake but Tyler can’t get her off his mind and it doesn’t help that they don’t even act comfortable around each other anymore.

 

Things between Tyler and Brianna become a little more strained when Tyler’s ex costar comes to visit him running from a scandal of her own. They began to fake date and Brianna starts to think maybe everything that happened between them was all one sided on her end. The way the story is told you can see they are into one another but neither of them is making the next move which I was really desperate for.

 

A Spiced Apple Winter started out on the slow side for me and not much was really happening at first other than a few glances until Tyler finally tells Brianna that him and Gabby are fake dating and he can’t forget the night they spent together. I didn’t really feel a strong connection to Brianna and Tyler, I’m not sure if it had to do with them not getting together until maybe sixty percent in or the fact they didn’t really spend that much time together alone.

 

Brianna was a great heroine, she was sweet and was very close with her family. I did think at times she was taking on too much but I liked how she wanted to spend more time with her father since he has Alzheimer’s. Tyler was a good friend and I loved how he finally stood up and didn’t want to hide his growing relationship with Brianna. There were times I would get frustrated and wonder when he would man up and tell the world how into Brianna he actually was. Brianna said she wanted fun with him but I couldn’t help but feel a little bad for her. I mean she really hasn’t dated much and she really likes Tyler but she knows that eventually he will go back to acting and only visit like he did before.

As far as the romance went it was just okay for me. Nothing really stuck out and made it memorable. There were a few love scenes but they felt a little rushed. Sometimes I enjoy when the characters have the urgency to be with one another but other times I want it drawn out so I can get a feel for the feelings they are sharing on a deeper level. The story really started to take shape about half way and made me want to stick with it until the end. Brianna and Tyler started to have more of a connection than I thought when the story first started and as the story was coming to an end I started to enjoy it a bit more.

 

Emma Cane did a lovely job at having this story take place over the holidays. I really enjoyed how they dressed up for Halloween. Tyler and Brianna ended up matching which they didn’t plan but I thought it was cute.

 

I do like this series and love the whole siblings saving the Orchard idea and in the end I was glad I read A Spiced Apple Winter. I am excited to read more of this series and get to know the Fairfield siblings’ more. Noah was introduced in this story and he’s a chef so I’m intrigued to read more about him and find out who his love interest will be so just maybe his story will be next.

TEST DRIVE by Marie Harte

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Source: Publisher
TEST DRIVE by Marie HarteTest Drive by Marie Harte
Series: Body Shop Bad Boys #1
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary


 

Test Drive is the first book in the Body Shop Bad Boys series which is a spin off from the McCauley Brothers series and while we meet some brand new characters some of the previous characters make some appearances throughout the story. I really like that you don’t have to read the previous books to get totally engrossed in the Body Shop Bad Boys series and oh are these boys bad yet they are so good.

 

In Test Drive we meet Johnny who works in the garage as a mechanic alongside three other totally hot guys who are all bad ass in their own way. While Johnny is known for his playboy ways if he met the right woman he would change, but for the last four years he only has his sights set on one woman and after four years of asking her on a date he hopes soon she will say yes.

 

Lara is putting herself through nursing school while she bartends at night. She isn’t only beautiful and talented but she is driven to make a better life for herself. Lara also doesn’t have much time to date, but if she did she would definitely want to try it with Johnny. When Lara agrees to one date the sparks are flying and Lara realizes she just might be in over her head.

 

Already I am in love with Johnny and the other guys in the garage. They are close and I really enjoyed the banter between them. At first they come off crude but the way they soften up around Lara goes to show they have a deeper side to them and I honestly can’t wait to read each of their stories.

 

Marie Harte did an excellent job at bringing Lara and Johnny together. They were both different and lead very different lives yet during their relationship it showed a growth not only between them as a couple but within themselves. Over the time Lara and Johnny date they begin to learn more about one another and they start to fall harder. At first the story started out a little on the slow side but once it started moving I couldn’t get enough of them.

 

Test Drive is hot, sweet and had me begging for more! Ms. Harte brought the heat with the love scenes and the romance took center stage on what was really a fantastic read. The process between Johnny and Lara wasn’t rushed and actually took time even though they had been running into each other for the past four years. Johnny has such great qualities I wanted to clone him for myself. Lara was strong and yet I loved the way she leaned on him when she needed him.

 

While there is some drama it’s not the over the top drama that usually has me rolling my eyes. Test Drive also had humor and heart that has me looking forward to reading the next book in the series and learning more about these bad boys and the women who win their hearts.

FLY WITH ME by Chanel Cleeton

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Publisher FlyContinue Reading

DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Dawn Ryder

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Publisher DangerousContinue Reading

TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT by Erika Kelly

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Publisher TakeContinue Reading

ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE by Jill Shalvis

ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE by Jill Shalvis

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Publisher AccidentallyContinue Reading

ANYTHING BUT MINOR by Kate Stewart

ANYTHING BUT MINOR by Kate Stewart

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author AnythingContinue Reading

ON BROKEN WINGS by Chanel Cleeton

ON BROKEN WINGS by Chanel Cleeton

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Publisher OnContinue Reading

FACE-OFF AT THE ALTAR by Toni Aleo

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author FaceContinue Reading

WITH EVERY BREATH by Maya Banks

WITH EVERY BREATH by Maya Banks

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Publisher WithContinue Reading

More Than Anything by Kimberly Lang

More Than Anything by Kimberly Lang

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Publisher MoreContinue Reading

TAKEN by Cynthia Eden

TAKEN by Cynthia Eden

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Publisher TakenContinue Reading

SEAL OF A LIFETIME by Virna DePaul

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Author SEALContinue Reading

TOO WILD TO TAME by Tessa Bailey

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Publisher TooContinue Reading

ONE NIGHT WITH THE CEO by Mia Sosa

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Publisher OneContinue Reading

A WEDDING FOR CHRISTMAS by Lori Wilde

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Publisher AContinue Reading

ONE SNOWY NIGHT by Jill Shalvis

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Source: Publisher OneContinue Reading

Header Banner by Nit_Witty Copyright © 2014
Joyfully Reviewed
Site Design, Graphics & Maintenance
by Miranda Grissom