Friday, September 30, 2016

Catch Me, Cowboy

Book Review of Catch Me, Cowboy (78th Copper Mountain Rodeo Series)

Title: Catch Me, Cowboy

Series: 78th Copper Mountain Rodeo Series

Author:  Jeannie Watt

Date Published:  September 6th 2016

Date Read:   September 29, 2016

The Blurb:

She will not be his second choice… 

When champion bronc rider Ty Harding returns home after four long years on the road, the first thing he does is look up Shelby O’Connor—the woman who begged him to stay. The woman he still loves. 

Horse trainer Shelby O’Connor truly believes she’s over Ty—until he shows up on her family ranch and turns her world upside down. Shelby isn’t a big one for second chances, but she’s all about proving that she and Ty are done. But when she discovers that Ty plans to head back out on the rodeo circuit, despite his injuries, she has to come to terms with the fact that maybe she isn’t as over him as she thought she was. And now she has to decide what to do about that. 

Will history repeat itself, or will Ty and Shelby get another chance at love

My Review

4 Unresolved Issues Stars

Some Spoilers

Catch Me, Cowboy the 1st book in the 78th Copper Mountain Rodeo Series was a great read. Sexy cowboys, second chance love, and a sweet Gramps what's not to love? 4 years ago Shelby and Ty broke up and it hurt them both. He wanted her to come on the road with him while he was in the rodeo and she wanted him to give up the rodeo and stay. They went their own way. Years later Ty is back in town and he wants to pick up where he left off with Shelby. 

"Four years is long time. I've never stopped thinking about you." She stared at him for a moment. Was he honestly going here? Trying to pick things up again? "Are you saying that you made the wrong choice four years ago? When he'd chosen rodeo over staying and making a life with her? "I made the only choice I could." The only choice he could make was rodeo? A spark of anger flickered to life. "But now that your career is over"-ended by a mare who'd gone down and crushed him more than half a year ago-"you're back?" She let out a snort. "I can't tell you how much I appreciate being your contingency plan."-Ty and Shelby

From the start of this book it was clear to see that Ty and Shelby were still in love with each other. They were both deeply hurt over their break up. For the first few chapters I was right there with Shelby, angry at Ty for choosing the rodeo over her. I wanted her to give him hell. To keep him at arm's length, and she did. But as the story went on I found out that he wanted her to go with him and that if she didn't go he still wanted to be together. She was the one that made him choose her or the rodeo and then broke it off with him. That was when I softened on Ty. 

"For the record, we are not getting back together, and if that hadn't been your intentions then I misread the situation and I apologize." "You didn't misread." Not one bit. "And you've made your feelings on the matter damned clear." "I'm glad we understand each other." "We don't." -Shelby and Ty

Ty was so sexy. After 4 years he still loved Shelby and wanted her. He was stubborn and he was going to do his best to win her back. I love that he was true to himself and was honest with Shelby. As the book went on I was more on Ty's side. 

"Do you want me to admit I made a mistake? Even though we both had shit to work out and it probably wasn't a mistake? Is there something about hearing those words that makes everything better? Because, if so, I'll say them. I made a mistake. But so did you. I think we could have worked our way through things if you hadn't slung ultimatums at me. It didn't have to be all or nothing. Other people manage relationship while they're on the road."-Ty

Shelby was scared. She lost her mom and watching Ty riding scared her. So she pushed him away. I can understand it but at times I was frustrated with her. She was very strong in some ways but she had major abandonment issues. She loved Ty and it showed but she was so scared to lose him that it was like she was straddling the fence when they got back together.

"Sometimes you got to cut loose and take a risk." "I did. And the aftermath was not pretty." She lifted her chin to meet his gaze. "I ached for you, Ty. I'd wake up in the middle of the night wanting you so badly. It really, really hurt." "Yet you never called me."-Ty and Shelby

Ty and Shelby together had an undeniable connection, but they had some major relationship drama. Some push/pull in this book but it wasn't over the top. I really liked Shelby's Gramps. I thought he brought something special to the book. I was disappointed that even though they loved each other, I don't remember any I love yous being said. I really enjoyed this quick sexy cowboy read. I liked the rodeo aspect of it. I kept hearing Garth Brooks's song Rodeo in my head the whole time I was reading this book! And the ending was very cute!

"I'm not leaving you, Shelby. Whether or not I ride, I'm not leaving you."-Ty

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Childish Games

Book Review of Childish Games (Meet The Shepards Series)

Title: Childish Games

Series: Meet The Shepards Series

Author: Jacqueline Francis

Date Published: August 2016

Date Read:   September 28, 2016

The Blurb:

Tyler is the millionaire boss.
Jordan is the insubordinate accountant.
Tyler has no charm.
Jordan has no tact.
Tyler lost his girlfriend. 
Jordan lost her brain-to-mouth filter.
So now Tyler is single.
And Jordan is single.
And that’s about the only thing they have in common. 
But Tyler doesn’t want to be single. He wants his ex-girlfriend back and getting her back entails the execution of an incredibly childish plan. There is a problem, though. There’s only one way this dumb plan will ever work. He needs another woman. And believe it or not, his pushy, facetious, offensively sarcastic accountant is his best option.
Maybe he should have thought this through…

Warning: Contains an extremely WEIRD male lead. If you’re looking for an office romance with a brutish alpha male, you won’t find it here. Read at your own risk.
This is a full-length, contemporary romance (no cliff hanger). For adults only due to foul language and sexual content.

My Review

5 Roman Stars


"Wow, Tyler. That's....pretty wild," she said with a hiccup of a laugh. "Are you mocking me?" She tried to hold back a smile. "No. Why would I do that?" "I'm sure I heard a distinct mocking tone." "I'm sure you are mistaken," she said, lifting the menu up to hide her face.-Jordan and Tyler 

Let me just start this review by saying this book totally surprised me. After reading the blurb I had this idea in my head of how the book was going to go. I figured that Tyler would go on some dates with Jordan. As was the plan he and his buddy Matt came up with to make Tyler's ex jealous. It would work of course, but then Tyler would end up falling in love with Jordan. Then Tyler would do something stupid like go back to his ex ripping Jordan's heart out. He would then realize a day or two later that he was actually in love with Jordan and not the ex and go beg his way back. Hea the end. That was what I figured I would get. I also figured I would be getting a 3 to 4 star read as long as there was no cheating or extreme cowardly behavior(my two biggest pet peeves) because I read book one in this series and knew this author had a great sense of humor and that I enjoyed her writing style.

"I'll have the veal," Tyler said firmly. She looked up at the waiter and smiled, her amusement threatening to brim over. "He's off the chain tonight!" "You are mocking me."-Tyler and Jordan 

I was so wrong. The plot took a different route. The funny thing is that at the end of the book the author put a little note saying that she intended to do just as I thought, and make Tyler go back to his ex, but that Tyler in her head just wouldn't do it. And that the story played out different than she had outlined. And I am so glad that it did! Instead of Tyler dating Jordan like I thought. He went on 2 non-dates with her. He tells her they are non-dates just to say thanks for her work. He doesn't touch her, kiss her or nothing on these non-dates. I was glad of this because it felt less like he was using her. Then When he starts liking Jordan he tells Jordan that he needs time to think. That he is just coming out of a 3 year relationship. He tells her he doesn't do hook-ups or flings. That he wanted to be sure of what he wants before he starts anything with her. Totally bringing up my respect for Tyler again. So when they fell in love in this book I knew Tyler was all about Jordan. I had no doubts. Then when his ex does come back he didn't choose or want her. He was Jordan's man period! And I enjoyed that so much! It gave me something different. Something unpredictable and much more enjoyable then what I thought I was getting!

"Have you ever laughed so hard you farted?" Tyler's mouth dropped open and he started at her with a gob smacked expression. "What?" "Have you ever....laughed so farted?" "Jordan, I don't feel comfortable-" "Answer the question," she said, pointing her knife at him like she was going to use it as a weapon.-Jordan and Tyler 

Jordan OMG Jordan. I have a mad girl crush on her. I loved every single thing about Jordan. From her filthy mouth, to her sarcastic snarky attitude, she was perfect! She had no filter and just said what she thought! I love that there were just so many sides to Jordan. Nerdy Jordan, smart mouth Jordan, homicidal Jordan, sexy Jordan, playful friend Jordan, loving Jordan, and vulnerable Jordan. There was nothing about her I would change. Nothing! I felt the same way about Tyler. He was so different and I loved him. Nothing about him was predictable which made him fresh and exciting. He was an oddball. He did not talk about his feelings at all, he was set in this ways, and very controlled. He liked what he liked and he didn't want to rock the boat or try new things. He was socially awkward and not so great with communication outside the corporate world. Which made Tyler funny without even trying. I loved that Tyler had integrity. He didn't sleep with Jordan or start a relationship with her until he was sure that he wanted her! Tyler was also caring, sexy, and smart. 

"I thought Aquarians are supposed to be insensitive. You going soft on me, Jordan?" "Ugh! Fuck. I am." She dropped over onto the sofa and threw her arms out on either side of her. "Just have sex with me and make me forget all this soppiness." "You're damaged goods, Roman,"-Tyler and Jordan 

"Why is your girlfriend absconding?" "She's not absconding," Matthew answered. "She's pissed off so she probably just went home early." "Well, I found this note on her desk that says..." Mervin looked down at the piece of paper in his hand. "I'm absconding. Fuck you! Her words, not mine."-Mervin, Matt and Jordan(by note) 

Tyler and Jordan were great together. A bit of an odd couple. Like oil and water they were so different that they clashed all the time and it was extremely amusing. But it also worked really well for them. They just fit together so nicely. Had a closeness that felt real. I loved how Jordan pushed Tyler out of his comfort zone. Made him try new things. Changing Tyler, making him a better man. But Tyler was still Tyler at his core. He maintained all the things about him that I loved and respected. I also loved how accepting of Jordan Tyler was. He didn't care that she put her foot in her mouth a lot, had crazy friends or was a goofball. He fell in love with her all of her. The sexual tension in this book was off the charts. And when they did get together hot dayum but Tyler could put it down! Mister Stiff shirt Evans had a dirty side and I Loved it! Jordan was a wildcat but with her personality that wasn't much of a shock. 

"You have no idea what you do to me. These last few felt like I couldn't breathe. You stripped the very air out of my lungs. And when you told me you love me, it weakened me, made me feel like my whole world would collapse if you weren't in it... and I didn't want you to know that....but now you do. You mean everything to me. You're strength and weakness at the same time. I feel so out of control when I'm with you...I feel more out of control when I'm not."-Tyler 

Of course I got to take some time to talk about the awesome supporting characters in this book. Matt, Tyler's best friend of 19 years was just great. The bromance that him and Tyler had was so cute. The way they could pretty much read each others minds was funny as hell. They would have whole conversations by just saying each other's name or one or two words.

"Matthew." "Tyler." "Matthew." "Tyler?" "Matthew..." There. He got it. "Are you gonna be my wing-man tomorrow?" He heard a sigh on the other side of the phone. "I'll be there, Ty."-Tyler and Matt
His smile disappeared when Matt stepped into his office. "Matthew." "Tyler." "Trouble?" "Fremont." "Bad?" "Got it covered. Victor?" "I'm on it." "Lunch meeting?" "Tomorrow." Tyler nodded his head towards her. "Jordan." "Gemma. Thursday?" "Sure." "See you later,Ty."-Tyler and Matt

Gemma and Neil Jordan's two besties were off the charts crazy and hilarious. They had such big personalities. I just couldn't help but love them and want them as my own besties! The shit that came out their mouths had me rolling. My God they were crazy!

"C'mon," Neil coaxed. "We could have some beers, some Rohypnol-" "Isn't that a date-rape drug?" Tyler cut in. "It isn't rape if you yell surprise first." A sick smile twisted on his face. "Surprise!"-Neil and Tyler
"Names like sweetheart and baby make me cringe," Gemma explained. "And most guys only call you that so that they don't have to remember your actual name." "I think pet names are sweet," he countered. "That's where you and I differ, Neilums. You see, if I am taking the time out of my very busy schedule to ride a man's cock....that bitch better know my name!"-Gemma and Neil

This whole book was super funny. I giggled, laughed and smiled so much my face hurt. I laughed so much that my husband kept asking me what was so funny. I would then read him the parts that made me laugh, and it made him laugh too. There was some push/pull in this book with Tyler wanting Jordan, but wanting to be sure that he was over his ex. But the angst of this book was balanced well with the humor so it was never torture. I also was surprised and absolutely loved how Tyler won Jordan back (because she found out that he took her on the first few non dates to try to win his ex back and she was hurt and doubted his feelings for her)  it was over the top, crazy funny, and also not something I ever read before. Their hea was perfect. I have to say I truly enjoyed ever single minute of this read. It was one of those books I loved so much, I wish you could wipe it from my mind, so I could reread it and enjoy it all over again for the first time. I really liked the cover it was very cute! The author also gave a peek at Kevin's book to come and I am really looking forward to reading it. I have a soft spot for grumpy assholes and Kev seems like he is going to have some real asshole moments. *Claps hands* Can't wait! Also I really hope Matt gets his own book maybe with Gemma? 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Slow Burn

Book Review of Slow Burn (Colorado High Country Series)

Title: Slow Burn

Series: Colorado High Country Series

Author: Pamela Clare

Date Published: September 19th 2016

Date Read:   September 24, 2016

The Blurb:

Victoria Woodley is done with men. Fresh off a dating nightmare, she flies from her home in Chicago to Scarlet Springs to take part in her best friend’s wedding. Who picks her up at the airport? Eric Hawke. Of course. She made a fool of herself over him last time she was here. He’s cocky, charming, and sexy as sin. But the fact that she’s attracted to him is all the proof she needs that he’s bad news. She would ignore him if she could. But he’s the best man, and she’s the maid of honor. She can’t just tell him to jump in a lake—especially not when her lips are locked with his.

Eric isn’t looking for a relationship. Between running the firehouse and volunteering for the county’s search and rescue team, he has enough on his plate. He doesn’t need to get tangled up with a woman from the big city, especially one whose idea of roughing it is going without designer coffee. Yet from the moment he looks into Victoria’s big brown eyes, the attraction he feels is too strong to deny. Faster than he can imagine, the spark of desire that has smoldered between them since the first day they met will flare into full-blown passion. 

But can Eric convince Victoria to set aside her doubts and trust him with her heart before their time together runs out?

My Review

5 Firemen are my favorite color Stars

Mild Spoilers & firemen gifs

"Oh, my God!" she whispered. "I'm being carried by a fireman!"-Victoria

Oh My Gawd!!! I loved this book!. I have been dying for Eric and Vic's book since I read Barely Breathing(book 1) back in May. It was everything I hoped for and more. I have had people tell me this series is just so different from Pamela Clare's I-team series. Well I haven't read that series yet(it's on my tbr list) so I don't know what it's like. I know it's suppose to have a lot of action in it and suspense. And while I enjoy action with my romance too, this series to me was more like a pure romance. Where the story's main focus is on the love and relationship of the main couple. Both books in this series have been sweet, very romantic, lower on angst, and high on super hot men in uniforms. And boy do I have a weakness for men in uniforms! 

Sorry I think my brain stopped working for a minute there! Is it hot in here?

Eric really stood out to me in book one and I couldn't wait to get my hands on his book. He was so yummy. Eric was this sexy fireman with a heart of gold. He was cocky, playful, and outgoing. He was respectful to his mama, brave, loyal, caring, and he really knew how to work his hose! lol. 

"Bumper stickers? I put them on my truck because I think they're funny, not because I'm advertising." "I'm surprised you don't have one that just says, "Hey, I'm a fireman. Want to play with my hose?" He laughed. "That's pretty good. Do you want to play with my hose?"-Victoria and Eric

"How about we fuck until we break this bed?"-Eric

Victoria (Vic) was sassy, outgoing, and fun. She had been hurt really bad by a guy she was dating in a way that would mess anyone up. It almost ruined her life, but Eric helped her to open up again and reclaim her life. Vic was a little scared and insecure at times, but it was totally understandable. Vic and Eric has some burning heat. Pamela Clare really knows how to bring the passion. I loved every single minute of their relationship. I felt really connected to them as a couple and I was deeply invested in their HEA. 

"Firemen are my favorite color."-Victoria

"Just do something for me before you go. It will only take a few minutes." "Sure." His lips curved in a sexy grin. "Sit on my face."-Eric and Victoria

I love that this book has so much romance to it. In some books the couple's love almost feels like a side story to the plot but not with this book. Their love is front and center and there is plenty of relationship build up. And never once was I bored or did I feel like the book dragged. It grabbed my attention and held it til the last page. Even then I wanted more. I loved getting to Catch up with Austin and Lexi. I loved getting to read all about their wedding. I really liked Chaska, Sasha, and Jesse. I am hoping they each get their own books but I am hoping for Chaska's book first! Eric and Vic's HEA omg swoon. It was so good and sweet. I enjoyed every minute of this book including all the minutes I drooled over that cover! OMG that cover is hot! I can't wait for the next book.

"Oh, come on. I haven't had you inside me for thirty-six hours, and I'm dying. Isn't it your job to save people?" "Well, if it's a matter of life and death...." He pulled his T-shirt over his head, revealing that amazing torso of his. "You just lie back. I'm a professional. I'll take care of everything."-Victoria and Eric

Friday, September 23, 2016

In Safe Hands

Book Review of In Safe Hands(Search and Rescue Series)

Title: In Safe Hands

Series: Search and Rescue Series

Author: Katie Ruggle

Date Published: October 4th 2016

Date Read:   August 03, 2016

The Blurb:

In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...

It's all come down to this...

Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she'll never be a part of the world...until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search and Rescue brotherhood apart for good.

My Review

4 Leaving Home Stars

Some Spoilers

Wow...... In Safe Hands started out right were Gone Too Deep left off. I wasn't 22 pages in when Ms Ruggle started dropping bombs left and right. I was straight trippin'! As the plot for the series flows from book to book I would read this series in order, although I think if you tried to read them as standalones you would still be ok. The action in this book was great. Some of the revelations were crazy. I so never saw them coming. 

I liked both Chris and Daisy. One thing I really like about all of Katie Ruggle books is all of her heroines are funny, and very unique. Daisy was no exception. She was a total shut in having not left her house in 8 years since she watched her mom get murder. She had issues and they were understandable but I felt myself get angry at her father who let her live that way for 8 years. Daisy was sweet, shy and playful. She knew she had problems and I loved that she braved her fear and started working on getting better. I did have a little bit of trouble relating to her because I felt 8 years was too long to not deal but I still really liked her. Chris was great. He was sexy and sweet. Loyal and trusting he was everything a good cop and hero should be. I loved that he didn't push Daisy about not leaving the house. He was loving, comforting, and accepting of all of her even her faults and over the top fears. 

Chris and Daisy had a super slow build up in their relationship. They both had guilt over her mom's death and it held them back. But they had such a close friendship and chemistry that their love felt real. I don't want to give away too much of the plot because it's a shocker but the two bad guys were super creepy. I don't know which one was worst but I do know that the fire starter was giving me creepy chills every time there was a scene with him.

What a great read. Action everywhere, the romance sweet, the girl bonding was awesome, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I will say that I wished for more when it came to the ending. I think it could have wrapped up better. Other than that I loved this book and the whole series. I am so glad I got Gone Too Deep from Netgalley, fell in love with George, and got turned onto this series and author. I can't wait to get my hands on more books of her!