Review ~ Recipe For Love by Dyann Love Barr

RecipeForLoveBook: Recipe For Love


Author: Dyann Love Barr

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-ARC

Page Count: 334

Published: Entangled Publishing, November 19, 2014

Source: Publisher

Eat. Love. Murder.

Sparks and insults fly when Celebrity Chef Tilly Danes matches wits with the annoyingly sexy Jordan Kelly. As members of the judging panel for the Culinary Channel’s Personal Chef Showdown, they agree on only one thing:  Maxwell Etheridge, the third judge on their panel is an arrogant pain in the butt. Neither one would mind seeing him strung up like a ham hock. When their nemesis shows up not only dead but also missing an important body part, Tilly and Jordan are thrust smack in the middle of TV’s most shocking homicide…

Everyone is a suspect: the show’s host, the contestants, and even the victim’s lover. When Tilly and Jordan are pulled deeper into the investigation, those pesky sparks of antagonism transform into undeniable, incredibly inconvenient, red-hot attraction. And if they thought the sparks were hot while fighting, the heat between the sheets is an inferno. As the bodies start piling up, Tilly and Jordan must find the killer—and a recipe for love—before they become the murderer’s next course!


As sister of a gastronomy graduate and a lover of murder mystery, I had to read this book. Not only the cover looks delicious, but the idea of two chefs trying to solve a murder was most compelling.
Restaurant owners, celebrity chefs Jordan Kelly and Tilly Danes are called to be judges for a cooking competition. They’ve known-and competed with- each other for years, so by the time we’re involved in the story, they already had a relationship albeit a contentious one. Things get more complicated when the third and final judge on their panel is killed and the evidence suggests that someone from the inside is responsible.

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Review ~ Chasing The Runaway Bride by Susan Meier

ChasingTheRunawayBrideBook: Chasing The Runaway Bride

Series: The Donovan Brothers #2

Author: Susan Meier

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-ARC

Page Count: 265

Published: Entangled: Bliss, November 17, 2014

Source: Publisher

From cold feet to hot-blooded…

Former Marine and current rancher Cade Donovan left his hometown looking for a fresh start. But then Cade inherits the grocery store that his grandfather won from the O’Riley family in a poker game more than thirty years ago. The same store that caused a bitter feud between the two families. And worse still, Cade has to return home to confront his past—and share his inheritance with the enemy…the all-grown-up and sinfully tempting Piper O’Riley.

After ditching two fiancés at the altar, Piper has a reputation for being the town’s runaway bride. The irony is, Piper is woefully inexperienced when it comes to real, true physical attraction. And working with Cade is torture. The kind that can keep a girl up all night imagining naughty, delicious things. Things that Cade is more than happy to show her…

It’s all fun and sexy games…until the truth of why Cade left town comes out.


As much as I loved the first book, and as much as I wanted to love this one, unfortunately I can’t say that it impressed me. I’m a big fan of bickering love. I love the tension that it builds, later that tension leading to passion and finally to reluctant love. I’m sad to say this, but I saw none of that in this book.

Cade is a Marine-turned-rancher who comes back to his hometown to take care of business after his grandfather’s death. He avoids his hometown like the plague because that’s where his abusive father lives-though his father had been dealt with in the previous book and now everyone knows what kind of scumbag he is- and also because he’s left a pregnant woman at the altar and the whole town seems like they shunned him. Piper is a long time resident, but she has her own reasons for avoiding people, mainly because she’s already left two men at the altar herself, and now dubbed as the ‘Runaway Bride’ of town. Add to that the feud between their families and the gossip mill, and you’ve got the whole story.

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Review ~ Alex by Sawyer Bennett

AlexBook: Alex

Series: Cold Fury Hockey #1

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 224

Published: Loveswept, October 14, 2014

Source: Publisher

Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy . . . not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.

As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people—like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries—and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships . . . or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy façade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.


Well, here’s a sport I know I’m interested in now. I like to watch all sports really, and I do like variety in my romances, so here we go. Hockey players make good heroes? We’ll see. But I can say they had a pretty good start with Alex.
Despite the fact that this book surprised me with its fist person point of view, I found that it actually suited the story well. I’m not a big fan of this kind of narration in general, but when done right, it can help a lot in getting to know the characters well. And since the book dealt with a delicate matter like addiction through some side characters, I think it was the right choice to let Alex and Sutton voice their own feelings themselves. Besides, I think it’d be fun to read a series with heroes and heroines talking right at us, don’t you think?

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Spotlight ~ Review & Excerpt ~ What To Do With A Bad Boy by Marie Harte

WhatToDoWithABadBoyBook: What to Do With a Bad Boy

Series: The McCauley Brothers #4

Author: Marie Harte

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-ARC

Page Count: 384

Release Date: November 4, 2014

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Source: Publisher


Every time Delilah Webster runs into Mike McCauley, he practically bites her head off. The rough-and-tumble contractor clearly has baggage. Del has her own emotional scars and knows she’s better off keeping her distance, but Mike’s temptation in jeans and a T-shirt and she’s always been good with her hands…

There’s something about the strong-willed mechanic that sets Mike’s motor running—and scares the hell out of him. Mike has loved and lost and will never hurt like that again, even if that means walking away from a woman who makes him feel alive for the first time in years.

When a simple kiss turns hot and heavy, Mike discovers he can’t stay away, no matter how certain he is they’re destined to crash and burn…



Hmm, what to do with a bad boy indeed? Answer, lots. How about what to do to get your own bad boy? Charm his sweet kid so you’re all he talks about? Wear your brow piercing so it glints in every light and turns your bad boy on all the time? Be strong and kickass so your cousin’s favorite romance author makes you her next heroine? Know how to fix cars and swear like a sailor? None of the above. Be yourself. Unless you’re Del, then you can do all of the above and get your own Mike McCauley, aka Papa Bear- that’s me by the way, not the book. He was built like a tank and a good father, and if this was a shifter book he’d be a bear for sure. Don’t ask me where that came from because I have no idea.

I adore this series, so if this was the last book, I’m sad to see it end. But what a way to end it. Of course it was going to be the single dad to be the final one to get on the love boat. And of course it was going to be with someone who’s strong enough to carry him over.
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Review ~ Desert Bound by Elizabeth Hunter

DesertBoundBook: Desert Bound

Series: Cambio Springs #2

Author: Elizabeth Hunter

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 280

Published: October 14, 2014

Source: Publisher

Can you turn the clock back on your first love? Would you even want to try?

Alex McCann and Teodora “Ted” Vasquez left Cambio Springs together. Ted came back. Alex didn’t.

Now, years later, the future alpha of the McCann wolves has returned with plans to bring new life to the dying desert community. Plans that could change everything for the isolated enclave of shapeshifters in the California desert. Some love the plan. Others hate it.

As the town’s doctor and one of the strongest daughters in the cat clan, Ted has her own concerns about exposing her community to outsiders. The two former lovers are at each other’s throats. And everyone is watching to see what happens.

But when murder once again strikes Cambio Springs, can they overcome their past to help the community they both call home? And can the love they shared once burn again when so many stand against it?


Before I get to my review, I just need the answer to this one important question, like yesterday. When is the new book out? And since the answer to that question is not going to be ‘hey, it’s already out, here you go’, this’ll bring me to another important question, which is how the hell am I going to wait until the new book comes out. But you’re not interested in that story, so let’s move on with my review.

Since this was the second book, and I’m obsessed with series reading order, I read the first one before this, and I was so immersed in the story and the characters and the world building in general, that I didn’t even pause for a second before I picked up this one, let alone wait to write a review. It was that good. Cambio Springs is like a dream come true for me since it mixes paranormal elements with small town romance which are two things I like to read about the most. A small town full of shifters of all kinds and lots of action and smokin’ hot romance. I’d ask what can a gal want more, but we all know the answer to that is one of her own. And I know you’re probably not interested in this story either. But you should be interested in Desert Bound. In this whole series.

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