Review ~ My Stepbrother The Groom by Lexi Maxxwell

MyStepbrotherTheGroomBook: My Stepbrother The Groom

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Author: Lexi Maxxwell

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 264

Published: Sterling & Stone, March 23, 2015

Source: Publisher

He’d be perfect if he wasn’t getting married … and if he wasn’t about to become her stepbrother. Romantic humor has never been so deliciously tempting. It’s been a rough day for Ella Roberts.

First, her social-climbing mother Valerie dragged her to yet another wedding — something that always reminds Ella that real life offers few happily-ever-afters.

Second, Valerie’s goal isn’t to have fun at the event, but to schmooze clients for the family wedding business that Ella’s hated forever.

And third (after too much wine, and being mocked by her black sheep sister for “letting Mom bind you with her bitch chains”), Ella gets a text from her latest disposable boyfriend, Chase: NOT WORKING OUT. SORRY. I HAVE YOUR GYM SHOES.

But things are finally looking up. The handsome, charming, successful man Ella meets at the bar fills her with flutters and makes everything better. Gazing into Nathan Hayes’s kind blue eyes, Ella can almost believe that love at first sight is true after all.

It’s too bad that in just two months, Ella’s mother will be marrying Nathan’s father … in a double wedding with Nathan and his fiancee Natasha.

She should run from her feelings for Nathan. She should back away and find a new mediocre man to amuse her. But Ella’s been unlucky in love too many times to ignore what she feels … and so for Ella, “taboo” turns to “game on” instead.

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I know this book is shelved as a romantic comedy, but unfortunately for me, it was neither romantic nor a comedy. Sure, I laughed a few times at the very beginning, to a few inner monologues of Ella, but that was the extent of the comedy. She quickly became too childish and too immature, and too odd to relate to her in any way.

I like this kind of lightly taboo stories. Nothing between actual family members, but stepsomethings via marriage or other. They provide a healthy relationship with just enough of delightful sexual chemistry and charge. But did I get that in this book? Not at all. I’m really sorry to say that from its cover to its plot I had high hopes for this book, but the characters turned out to be extremely disappointing, the plot the weakest I’ve ever seen, and the ending, unfortunately, was something I looked forward to while reading for those exact same reasons.

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Review ~ Forward Pass by Desiree Holt

ForwardPassBook: Forward Pass

Series: Game On #1

Author: Desiree Holt

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 260

Published: Lyrical Press, July 7, 2015

Source: Publisher

Shay Beckham grew up idolizing her brother’s best friend, star quarterback Joe Reilly. There was no one in their Texas town who had the moves to match Joe on or off the field. Years later, he’s still a player who has what it takes to drive any hot-blooded woman wild. But Shay isn’t a kid with a bad case of hero-worship anymore. She’s grown-up and independent, with her feet on the ground and a serious head on her shoulders. If she could just say the same for Joe.

It’s been fifteen years, but Joe Reilly hasn’t forgotten the skinny little kid who used to follow him around like a shadow. What he can’t get over is that the skinny shadow has grown into one hell of an incredible woman. One any man in his right mind would kill to get his hands on. And one who seems to be completely immune to him. He knows he and Shay could have something special together. If he could only convince her he’s about more than just the game.

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So far in my romance reads I have judged by the cover, I was surprised in both good and bad ways, I have been let down by many factors, but this book was by far the top of my disappointment list. The cover is lovely to look at, the plot seemed like it was tailored for my tastes what with childhood crushes and ex sports player renowned playboy. But none of these came to fruition. If you’re a lover of contemporary sports romance like me, and love bits of the action in your read, then let me warn you beforehand, this book had no sports at all regardless of being shelved as sports romance. Sure, the hero was an ex player, and yes, he was involved with some charity work for youth who’re interested in playing, but we got to see none of that. In fact, I wouldn’t be lying if I said most of our time was spent in the house the hero and the heroine shared, let alone involving the sport or any kind of socializing.

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Review ~ No One Like You by Kate Angell

NoOneLikeYouBook: No One Like You

Series: Barefoot William #4

Author: Kate Angell

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 320

Published: Kensington, April 28, 2015

Source: Publisher

For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step–and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter.

Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan’s two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it’s Atlas who won’t budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she’s calling the dog out–unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they’re feeling is a game-winning grand slam. . .

No One Like You

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If someone asked me to describe this book in just one word, I think it’d be disappointment. Starting from its cover-and that saying goes both ways, I know- with its plot about a baseball player needing a personal assistant, adding to the mix his four dogs, I thought I got all the ingredients for a good read. And that was the problem with this story. All the ingredients were present, yet the end result was not tasty.

For a book whose hero is a baseball player, for starters, this story had very little baseball in it. Almost all the sports related scenes were skimmed over which is not something I’d like in my sports romance. If there will be no sport present, then what’s the point of me reading this subgenre? I kept waiting for more details during competitions but unfortunately all I got was a summary and a pat on the head and thanks-for-coming-see-you-next-time.

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Review ~ Just The Way You Are by Beverly Barton

JustTheWayYouAreBook: Just The Way You Are

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Author: Beverly Barton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 353

Published: Zebra Books, January 27, 2015

Source: Publisher

Mary Beth Caine has always been the good girl in her small Mississippi town. But when a big, protective, shamelessly sexy stranger offers to console her on the night of her disastrous engagement party, Mary Beth lets him–only to discover that Parr Weston also happens to be the older brother of her fiancé, Bobby Joe.

Parr left Mississippi after years spent holding his family together. Now that he’s back, he can’t steal Bobby Joe’s woman, and he sure can’t offer Mary Beth the tidy happily-ever-after she deserves. But everything about the petite beauty–from her flame-gold hair to her artless sensuality–makes him crave her more. Love or lust, right or wrong, all he knows is that nothing has ever felt like this before, and walking away will be the hardest thing he’s ever had to do. . .

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I honestly, honestly don’t know where to start with this book. I think the saying, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ was meant for this one. You guys know I can be shallow at times when it comes to covers, and I admit I was first attracted to this book because of it. Reading its plot-and even though yours truly isn’t much of a fan of love triangles- I wanted to give it a chance. Unfortunately though, it wasn’t a very pleasant experience.

I love small town romances. The southern charm. It usually feels like home to me, these people connecting with each other and being a big family. Sadly for me, the characters in this book lacked that southern charm that I was looking forward to. The hero and the heroine were not likable people at all. They meet while the heroine, Mary Beth, is engaged to the hero’s younger brother, and though I could understand an undeniable spark that they had to fight-and eventually lose- against, but they made things out in such a way that not only I couldn’t feel sorry for their predicament, but also I secretly wished some sense would be knocked into them.

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Review ~ Zoey And The Nice Guy by Carter Ashby

ZoeyAndTheNiceGuyBook:  Zoey And The Nice Guy

Series: Big Girls Panties #1

Author: Carter Ashby

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-ARC

Page Count: 304

Published: November 18, 2014

Source: Publisher

For Zoey Odell, the definition of family is her two best friends, Maya and Addy. So when Maya makes the decision to leave her abusive husband, Zoey is only too happy to lavish her with support and a temporary home. Unfortunately, taking in her best friend also means seeing more of that no good do-gooder, Kellen Bradley.

For Kellen, the definition of family has just been shattered. After finding out that his brother is an abusive monster, he can’t help but question himself and his parents. The one thing he knows for certain is that he’ll do anything to take care of his sister-in-law and her children. For them, he would walk into gunfire, pass through the flames of hell…even go head-to-head with Zoey Odell.

Zoey has no intention of letting him in, but Kellen is done taking her crap. Life has just gotten real and he’s more than ready to shed his nice-guy image. When he finally stands up to her, Zoey starts seeing him in a new light. As the attraction turns mutual, she finds it more and more difficult to hide behind her carefully formed walls. And Kellen is finding himself more and more driven to tear those walls down.

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Zoey and The Nice Guy is a story about a young woman named Zoey who has a job, a place of her own, two best friends since high school, and Kellen, aka The Nice Guy, who is a young man with his own freelance job, his own place, his own one friend and sister in law. When I read the synopsis of this book-and what can I say, when I looked at the cover- I had such high expectations. I expected a funny, bickering, enemies to lovers story but I’m very sad to say that I got none of that. This book had touched so many real life issues but completely failed to give them the necessary attention and care that they needed. A woman’s physical and sexual abuse was swept under the rug for the sake of Zoey and Kellen’s romance, a terrible mother and her daughter’s abandonment issues were laughed off, and as much as they were made out to be, I saw no real friendship between Zoey and her two best friends, at least not my idea of friendship.

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