Genre: Contemporary

FOREVER WITH YOU by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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FOREVER WITH YOU by Jennifer L. ArmentroutForever With You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Wait for You #5
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary

Forever With You is book 5 in Jennifer Armentrout’s Wait For You series and can be read as a standalone.

 

Neither Stephanie Keith nor Nick Blanco do relationships.  Yet, after their one-night stand they cannot seem to get enough of one another.  Then, the unthinkable happens, changing Stephanie and Nick’s lives forever.  Will Nick react badly once he learns Stephanie’s news?  Will their supposedly, non-existence/newly found relationship survive or is all hope lost?

 

For some unknown reason, I had a hard time connecting with this book.  I really cannot pin point a specific thing; but, Forever With You just did not grab and hold tightly to my attention.  I am sure that fans of this series will disagree; but, Nick comes across as being a womanizing playboy and Stephanie is bit too whiny for my taste.  There are some highlights in the storyline that brought forth some emotions and the couple’s sexual encounters are steamy, naughty, and enjoyable.

REDEMPTION by Kate Douglas

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REDEMPTION by Kate DouglasRedemption by Kate Douglas
Series: Intimate Relations #2
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Lola Monroe is a receptionist at a modeling agency.  That is, until she is fired for arguing with her boss on whether a certain model scammed the agency—a model who just happens to be her friend and roommate.  However, except for the worry on income, Lola has no regret leaving that job.  It is just the first of the life-altering changes that will come to Lola in the next day or so.

 

Ben Lowell is a soldier who has been hiding from himself and his family because of a past action of which he couldn’t face the outcome.  But after several years, Ben has to face the destruction he caused.  First, he has to find his younger brother, something easier said than done. Ben doesn’t locate his brother right away, but he is sent to his girlfriend, and when he goes to introduce himself, he comes face-to-face with Lola and her sister—An interesting start to say the least.

 

Lola knows that a face can hide all sorts of things and while Ben isn’t one of the beautiful people she sees in her daily life, for some reason she allows Ben into her house.  Later, Ben and Lola get closer when she learns just why Ben is really here and what happened all those years ago.  Now firmly in Ben’s corner, Lola is surprised to find herself falling for the rough and ready soldier.  Just as it appears Ben might be able to begin the next part of his life without any guilt, Ben discovers that he is being watched and so are the girls.  Ben has no idea why he should be under watch or why the FBI is going to get involved however, what he does know is that nothing is going to harm Lola or her sister or anyone else in his personal circle.  As the facts become clear, the threads unravel not only why Ben is being watched, but that a good friend has also been mixed into the nastiness unknowingly.  The plot is becoming clear and Ben is just the man to make sure all the bad guys are caught and that all his friends and especially Lola, his love, are safe when the dust clears.

 

A soldier with a guilt ridden past meets a down-to-earth woman just as passion and suspense descends upon them in Redemption.  I loved how Lola gave it to her petty little boss when he suddenly decided to change facts, because there was money involved.  I also loved how she also helped Ben as he came to make things right after running for many, many years.  Ben might not have acted honorably on a certain night, but he is finally ready to set the facts straight and move forward with his life.  Ben and Lola might have been an unlikely couple at first for me, yet I came to love them together as the book rolled along.  As I turned the last page and found out not only the entire truth that tore Ben and his brother apart, but also just who was behind the danger to Ben and the others, I wanted to see the next story right away.  Besides hoping who the next couple will be in that book, I also want to see how the first two couples are doing.  Redemption is an unusual love story with a second chance thread that has touches of suspense, passion, brotherly love and, of course, a great love story.

INTIMATE by Kate Douglas

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INTIMATE by Kate DouglasIntimate by Kate Douglas
Series: Intimate Relations #1
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Jacob “Jake” Lowell is a well-known photographer who is hunting for the perfect model for a new assignment he has.  The client is a friend, but also a wealthy person who is in the process of kicking-off two new projects.  One of them is very intimate jewelry and Jake knows exactly the type of model he needs, if he can just find her.  He is down to his last agency when lightning strikes and she appears in front of him.

 

Kaz Kazanov is a model with great business sense, but when something happens that could have gotten the boss behind a shoot in trouble, somehow it ends up with Kaz losing not only that modeling job, but also her modeling agency.  Kaz is beyond furious when she storms out to see her roommate, totally missing the other person in the room.  Kaz is wondering what she is going to do when she gets a phone call with an offer that could be the answer to her job questions, if she can trust such good fortune.

 

Jake and Kaz immediately take off to get to the winery where the pictures will be taken. It doesn’t take long before they feel attracted to the other and with the atmosphere that happens for the shots to get the correct feeling that attraction quickly moves to passion.  However, while this is going on, some strange accidents and messages begin to happen.  Jake is afraid he knows where they stem from—a very dark secret from his past—but he can’t figure out how could be behind them or why.  Life is definitely fast-moving and so is the romance between Kaz and Jake, and it seems like everything both of them come into contact with professionally is turning to gold.  Yet, just as the jewelry kickoff is about to happen, the very reason Jake and Kaz met, hurtful misunderstanding places both Kaz and Jake into deadly danger.  Time is of the essence and Kaz’s life is in the balance.  Will Jake be in time?

 

What starts out as a horrible day turns into a blessing and then a romance when a model and a photographer just click a shoot in Intimate.  I could tell it was just meant to be when Jake walked into the same agency that Kaz was about to go storming out of.  I thought their romance was just like a dream during their original shoot and loved watching it as it went along.  When I learned of Jake’s past background, I hurt as he was forced to live it again, but I cheered when Kaz accepted all of him.  Another cheer happened when Kaz and Jake won the day and came out the winners—both personally and professionally.  Intimate has a quiet erotic feel that just wraps around you with the additions of humor, friendship, and suspense.

SIRE by Kate Pavelle

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SIRE by Kate PavelleSire by Kate Pavelle
Series: Steele City #4
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

Three Rivers Academy will be a fresh start for Robbie Kowalski who leaves behind the hated nickname Lummox because his old school couldn’t see past his large, clumsy size.  The son of a carpenter, Robbie’s obtained a partial scholarship with excellent grades and impressive science projects so that he can attend the affluent high school.

 

Coming from a family of lawyers and high achievers Brent Kenson is well aware of what’s expected of him.  Unfortunately for him, Brent would rather spend every waking hour at his uncle’s ranch, Blue Heron Acres, where they raise and train valuable show horses.

 

A teacher pairs the two teens for an assignment and the boys begin to connect as friends.  Robbie accepted his sexuality years ago, though it’s something Brent’s having a harder time grappling with.  Curiosity has them taking that first step of kissing on a visit to the ranch.  As the days pass their friendship deepens, but it’s too soon for Brent to share secrets that are tearing him apart.  Rob will need all the help he can get to catch Brent before he falls too far and makes a decision no one can live with.

 

Sire takes an excellent look at teenage issues where angst and drama go hand in hand with joy and harmony.  On the cusp of manhood, sexuality and family expectations weigh heavily for Brent and Rob.  A tough, taut plotline leads the main characters on a rough personal journey.  Emotionally intense Sire doesn’t pull any punches, yet in the end manages to shine.  This standalone story is a welcome addition to the series.

THE PLUMBER by Serena Yates

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THE PLUMBER by Serena YatesThe Plumber by Serena Yates
Series: Workplace Encounters #9
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

Privilege and wealth meant little to Steve Hayes, who left the restrictive ties his family held to become a social worker. His career choice infuriated his parents who then turned their back on him. It saddened Steve greatly that his younger siblings chose money over acknowledging their brother, especially as he was the only one who showed them love and affection.   Nowadays he’s too busy as the home manager for the Safe Home for Girls and Boys to worry about the past.

 

Becoming a plumber wasn’t the career choice Will Kovar’s parents wanted for their son. It caused some problems between them though eventually they thawed and accepted his decision.  Years of hard work and long hours made Will’s business Total Plumbing Solutions a success.  The downside is his lack of social life.  There aren’t enough hours in the day.

 

An emergency call from a children’s home has unexpected results when Will meets Steve for the first time.  The two lonely workaholics feel a connection and make an attempt to see where things can go.  As attraction evolves into something stronger negative rumors about the Home puts Steve’s future in jeopardy.  Worse, it may be that Will is involved.

 

Good intention and wicked dealings arise for The PlumberWorkplace Encounters offers a sweet and hot romance in the ninth story of the popular series.  Decent, honorable main characters work their lives away until love enters the picture.  A feel good, generous romance The Plumber features a heartwarming love story.  The expected villain is unmasked and the plotline is wrapped up at the very end.  Steve and Will are the heart and soul of The Plumber.

RAINBOW OVER CEDARWOOD by Megan Slayer

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SWEET AND SOUR SOAP by Susan Laine

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ROGUE ALPHA by Carole Mortimer

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REPEATING LOVE by April Kelley

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MY PRINCE by Anna Martin

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HEALED HEARTS by Logan Meredith

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Player’s Challenge by Koko Brown

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PLAYER’S ULTIMATUM by Koko Brown

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HARDER THAN WORDS by Carrie Ann Ryan

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HOT DREAMS by Rachelle Chase

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CRASHED OUT by Tessa Bailey

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DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly

DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly

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FIGHTING DIRTY by Lori Foster

FIGHTING DIRTY by Lori Foster

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BOWERBIRDS by Ada Maria Soto

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MAKE ME SOAR by K. C. Wells

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