Someone Like You (Oxford #3)

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Author: Lauren Layne
Published: December 6, 2016
Pages: 228

Stars: 3 out of 5

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Links to Other Books in Series:
Irresistibly Yours
I Wish you Were Mine (Oxford, #2)

Synopsis:
Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

Review:
You know what they say about forbidden fruit.. Well, that’s Daisy. Emma’s identical twin sister. She is tough, gorgeous, and broken. Lincoln on the other hand is a tight box of secrets. Secrets even his friends don’t know about. But somehow Daisy is able to uncover these secrets within days of knowing him. Lincoln is the flirt, the kind of guy who can easily put a room at ease. If you’ve read the previous two books in this series, then you know just how good looking Lincoln is. But like Daisy, Lincoln is broken. This book is about finding the courage to fix what’s broken. 

One thing both Lincoln and Daisy have in common is the masks they wear and hide behind. When both Lincoln and Daisy meet, the encounter is both flirtatious with an acknowledgment of the walls or boundaries each other put up. Not at all what I expected in the opening chapter. 

The tone of this book is heavy and the chapters are tinged with sadness as you turn each page, waiting to discover the hidden secret. And when it comes, there is no triumphant moment. Because Lincoln’s secret is heartbreaking. Part one of the book is mostly heartbreaking. The ending brought tears to my eyes. 

Part two of the book starts off on a lighter note. I found myself smiling and enjoying the possibilities to come. But then we get a closer look into Daisy’s secrets and I find myself feeling a mix of hope and sadness. I honestly can say part two flew and by the end I had mix feelings. I really wish I could say more here, but that would be giving too much away. 

The rest of the book flows in a similar way, happy moments sometimes tinged with sadness. The sex scenes are hot and fun. And as far as Lincoln goes, there is only so much understanding I can give. Simply put, he messed up. And I don’t think I would be as understanding as Daisy. There was one scene at the end of the book with Kate’s voice (can’t say more without giving too much away) that had me rolling my eyes. 

Overall I enjoyed the book but this wasn’t my favorite book in this series. I probably won’t ever buy this book because it’s more of the read it once and that’s enough. The book just had too much sadness and not enough sassy banter.

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Throwback Thursday- I Wish you Were Mine (Oxford, #2)

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This weeks throwback is, I Wish you Were Mine. This is the second book in the Oxford series. This series was first published back on October 6th, 2015 with Irresistibly Yours. I Wish you Were Mine is an emotional romantic comedy that is sure to draw you in.

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Synopsis:
A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

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My Thoughts and Review:
Normally I don’t write what my first impression of the book was but the prologue has me a little baffled. While I’m reading it, all I can think is ‘please don’t let this book be a sappy love story where the main character has unbelievable low self esteem.’ And then you read the last sentence in this section and I had to stop and put the book down. The entire conversation between Molly and Jackson has a different meaning and just Wow..

Mollie and Jackson’s story is complicated and dramatic. There is nothing simple about what they go through but it is highly entertaining to read.

Jackson is a 37 year old NFL star. Personally, I’ve never been the type to be attracted to professional sports players. But the way he is described is little mouth watering delicious. Fast forward and Jackson is a walking shell of his former self. My heart just ached for him and everything he went through. Especially everything with his ex-wife, Madison. Did I mention said ex-wife is Mollie’s sister and Mollie has been in love with Jackson from the very beginning of her sisters marriage to Jackson.

Jackson is the definition of a tortured male. He is charming, smart, loving, yet he carries his demons on his shoulders. He went from confident star football player to a journalist who is completely unsure of himself, uncomfortable in a suit and his own skin, and so lonely. His ex-wife ruined his reputation and Jackson’s low self-esteem keeps him from correcting the lies she told everyone.

And then there’s Mollie. Mollie has always been there for Jackson. Even though he was married to her sister, she was the one he went to for help, support, and friendship. Mollie struggles with her attraction to Jackson knowing she shouldn’t want him but unable to stop. Mollie is the nerdy science girl who talks about mating rituals when she gets nervous. She is the complete opposite of the type of girl Jackson would normally go for. But somehow, she has transformed into the sexy girl next door and everything Jackson needs. Unfortunately, her manipulative sister tries extremely hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Oh, the drama. Normally I don’t want this much drama in the books I read but surprisingly (well, I guess knowing who the author is, maybe not) I was addicted to the book from the very beginning. I couldn’t put the book down and finished it in a couple hours. The flow of the book was amazing and the chemistry between Mollie and Jackson is hot. And the sex was exciting and enticing to read.

Although this isn’t a favorite book, this series could become one of my go-to’s when I’m looking to read a fun romance

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Awesome Quotes:
“Jackson, you can’t just go around asking strange women to move in with you.”
“Why not? You need a place to live. I have three extra bedrooms. And you’re hardly strange.”
“That’s true. We’re practically family,” she muttered.
“Practically. But not.” Something in his tone had Mollie’s head snapping up.
Something low and a little bit sexy.
They weren’t family. They weren’t related.
Jackson leaned forward, his gaze strangely intent. “Come on, Mollie. What do you have to lose?”
As she stared at the man she’d once harbored an unhealthy crush on—a crush she was no longer at all sure had dissipated—she realized that the answer to his question was everything.
She had everything to lose.”

“Someday, Mollie Carrington, men aren’t going to need to be bribed to dance with you. They’re going to fight for the honor.”

“Mollie pivoted on her seat and glared at him. “Jackson Burke, do not pull that shit with me. You’re thirty-five years old. I’m willing to bet that every man in this bar wants to be you, and every woman wants to—”
He lifted his eyebrows, and Mollie hesitated only slightly before she forced herself to finish the sentence. “Mate.”
Jackson burst out laughing. “You still do that?”
“Do what?”
“Talk about animal mating rituals when you get nervous.”
“I’m not nervous! Why would I be nervous?”
He was studying her. “You tell me.”
“Don’t be weird,” she muttered.”

“Mollie chewed her lip, and he felt a strange satisfaction at seeing her caught in turmoil. Mollie had seemed so confident, so sure of herself and everyone around her. He liked that he could put her off balance, just a little bit. Because God knew she’d been knocking him off balance all night.
“Madison would kill me,” she said quietly.
He met her eyes. Held them. “Do you care?”
It was a big question—a bold one. And from the way she looked at the floor, he could tell that she knew he wasn’t just asking about Madison’s feelings on the roommate situation. He wanted to know how much his ex-wife still had her claws into Mollie.”

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it! Happy Reading 🙂

 

Author Spotlight: Marie Lavender, Directions of the Heart

 

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Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN, Marie Lavender has published over twenty books and is a Top Ten Author on AuthorsDB.com. Two of her books (Second Chance Heart &Little Magick) placed in the Top Ten on the 2015 P&E Readers’ Poll.

This week I had the privilege to talk with Marie Lavender about her upcoming book, Directions of the Heart, and ask her a few questions regarding her book and what it’s like being a writer. I especially loved what Lavender said when I asked her about her books message. 

When did you first discover you wanted to be a writer and why writing?
I think I was nine when I began writing stories. I had ideas in my head well before that, but at least that age was when I knew to get them down on paper in order to make room for the rest. Writing makes me feel a certain freedom that nothing else can; with my stories, I can encounter new worlds and fall in love with my characters just like my readers do.

Tell us about your book and why you wrote it?
With Directions of the Heart, I wanted to cover aspects of PTSD that people don’t usually talk about, the darkness that we sometimes go through in our minds after experiencing various traumas. I also wanted each character to take an emotional journey, one that was unique yet easy to relate to.

What message or lasting thought do you hope your readers will take away from your book?
I think one message is that we don’t have to be silent about our pain. I think a lot of people stay silent about their traumas, and it’s a personal choice, sure, but I think it only makes their shame or agony grow. I want survivors of trauma to know it’s okay to ask for help, and to find someone they can trust to talk about it with. Bad things happen sometimes in life, but we don’t have to go it alone.

What author and/or what book has had the greatest impact on your life?
I can’t name a specific book (I have so many favorites), but I do admire Nora Roberts for not holding back about anything in her writing. That fearless approach has inspired me to do the same in my own projects.

Can you offer any advice for beginning writers or those trying to get published?
Be patient with however long the journey takes, but don’t be afraid to try new things, to put yourself out there in order to meet your writing goals.

Beside your book, are there any other books you would recommend reading this summer?
If you like vampires and magic, and you’ve never even heard of these books before, I’d recommend P.C. Cast’s House of Night Series, a YA paranormal saga. Think high school drama meets the supernatural. I have a pile of other books waiting on me; I just haven’t gotten to them yet.

 


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Published: July 25, 2017

Pages: 346

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Synopsis: Embark on a remarkable journey of drama, romance, and passion… In all of these amazing stories, there’s one burning question…is love worth the risk?

Without You
Reece and Jenna are two childhood friends separated by time and distance. Can they find a way to heal their bond, or perhaps forge a new one?

Strange Heat
Spurred by her friend’s close call, Victoria decides to take a risk and prove the lifestyle she led was her downfall. But as Tory sinks deeper into the tumultuous abyss of desire with the mysterious Rick, can she climb back out before it’s too late? Or does she even want to?

Memories
Struggling to run her family’s farm on her own, Sadie takes on a hired hand, Matt. As they grow closer, so does the danger. Someone wants her legacy. Can they combat this new threat, as well as the demons of the past, before Sadie loses everything, including her life?

A Touch of Dawn
Caitlyn thought she’d be in the dark forever. But with the light came Jack, the police consultant who found her. Can they take a journey of healing together, or will Caitlyn retreat into the darkness of her mind, where she lived for so long?

(CONTENT WARNING: With an abuse awareness theme in this collection, there may be triggers here for past trauma sufferers. However, HEAs are guaranteed.)

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8Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, dramatic fiction, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several multi-author anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Blood at First Sight Series and The Code of Endhivar Series.

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I hope you are able to check this book out. If you do, let me know what you think! Have a Great day 🙂

Curious- Which plan do you use???

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I get this post is possibly odd and has nothing to do with what I normally post but I’m just not sure what I want to do…

Right now I have the free plan and it’s ok. I mean I like it enough but I don’t love it. I am wondering if I could get more out of my blog if I switched to one of the other plans.

What plan are you using? Is it worth the upgrade?

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Author: Vi Keeland
Published: July 16, 2016
Pages: 319

Stars: 4 out of 5

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Synopsis:
The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression. I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date. He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice. So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date. When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked. When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out. But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting. When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again. I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

Review:
The book opens up with a funny but awkward first date gone bad and this is where we meet Reese and Chase. Reese is a young woman who is sassy but sweet. Chase is  an attractive man with the confidence to match his looks. And somehow he is also the guy who saves Reese from a boring date. The stories he tells are laugh out loud embarrassing. But by the end of the first chapter, I was unsure with the characters departure. They each came with a date but the hug Chase gives Reese is an insight on the sexual tension between the two. 

Four weeks later and the two meet again. I must confess, the writing isn’t the best but the dialogue is fantastic. I have not laughed over a book like this in so long. I will say, Chase’s hugs in the beginning of the book are strangely intimate for two people who technically know nothing about each other. 

As the book progresses, some of what happens is predictable but I wasn’t exactly sure which direction the author was going to take once Chase and Reese got together. The ending wasn’t my favorite and I think Reese deserved a little better than what she got. But still, the ending was fun. The epilogue was great. The one complaint I have is the book just stopped. I didn’t feel like there was a true ending. Everything was moving along, you turn the page to find the answer and instead of an answer you get the end of the book.. Seriously! It would have taken three more lines to bring closer to this book but the author decides to just end it. 

Walking away from this book, I really enjoyed it. I really needed the laugh and let’s not forget about the sexy banter between Reese and Chase. God, I absolutely loved it! Don’t get me wrong, there are some real cheesy scenes and a few cringe worthy ones. So buyer beware. This book was probably a solid 3Star book. But the timing was perfect and that added the extra star.

Throwback Thursday – Miss Match (Miss Match #1)

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Welcome to the sexy, crazy, wildly unpredictable world of modern matchmaking, where fixing up strangers is part of the job—but falling in love is an occupational hazard… This weeks Throwback is of Miss Match (Miss Match #1).

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Synopsis:
He’s The Perfect Catch.

Blake Donovan is tall, handsome, rich, and successful—so why would a guy like him need a matchmaker? Andrea Dawson has no idea, but a job is a job. After being blackballed from a career in marketing, Andrea agreed to use her unique profiling skills to play matchmaker out of pure desperation. But when she meets her highly eligible—and particular—first client face to face, she wonders what she’s gotten herself into…

Is She His Perfect Match?

Blake knows exactly the kind of woman he’s looking for—and it’s the total opposite of Andrea. Though smart and undeniably sexy, she is simply too headstrong for a man who’s used to being in charge. Still, Blake’s blood pressure rises whenever she’s near him. How can he explain the smoldering attraction that sizzles between them? And how can Andrea deny she’s feeling it, too? Maybe, just maybe, they’ve finally met their match…

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Thoughts on the book:
I found myself laughing throughout the entire book. The book was funny and exciting. The writing style was easy to fall into. The only thing I found difficult was the author switched POV in the middle of the chapter without warning. You’ll be reading Andrea’s POV and then all of a sudden you are in Blake’s mind. Somewhat confusing but still somehow easy to follow once you figured out the pattern.

Blake has such a detached approach to finding a girlfriend/wife. It’s almost like he is dealing with a job and not human beings. It’s almost comical if not completely sad how he goes about this. Andrea is down on her luck. Living with her sister for the past nine months, she has been unable to find a job. Now that her sisters hours were cut, she is forced to get any job she can. The thing is, she in unemployable because of the last position she was in. Therefor she is forced to accept the job as Blake’s match maker.

Blake’s character comes across as arrogant, pig headed, and demanding. But really he struggles with expressing himself, especially when it comes to emotions, and he is afraid to open himself up. Andrea is confident in her ability to read people but when it comes to her job skills or future, she is timid and skittish.

I loved the way Andrea puts Blake in his place. Although at times plot became somewhat childish and completely fictional, it was still a fun read. One I would recommend if you are looking for a good laugh, smile, or relaxed romance.

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Quotes:

“calling Donovan a pig was rather unfair to the noble swine.”

“But I’m being logical. My future wife needs to be logical.” He pointed at her open notebook. “Write that down. It’s a new requirement.”

“A feminist?” Blake said the word with equal exclamation, equal questioning. “God, that’s even worse.”


Let me know if you have read this book and what you thought, Happy Reading 🙂

Tuesday Talk- Gaps in Authors you read

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

I was updating my Alphabetical Book Review Page and noticed I have not reviewed any books from authors whose last name begins with: Q U X

Are there just not that many authors with last names that start with Q U or X?

I’m curious, those who have an alphabetical section, do you see gaps or letters that have no reviews behind them?

And honestly does anyone even look at alphabetical lists? I could be completely wasting my time.

I guess this Tuesday is one for ponder. Happy Reading everyone 🙂