Mini Reviews

Here are some quick reviews of books I’ve read the past month and a half. Life got in the way and I haven’t had much down time to read. I hate when that happens. 😦

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00066]The Follow 2: Blocked by Eliza David

King and Shauna are deep in their relationship. Things are going great for both of their careers. King is tasked with producing the soundtrack for an upcoming film. It’s a great opportunity but unfortunately he is experiencing writer’s block. This causes tension in King’s and Shauna’s relationship because Shauna isn’t familiar with the process that King goes through to create music. Things gets worse when King asks his former flame to help him write the song.

I loved revisiting King and Shauna. Both of them got on my nerves with their issues and juvenile ways. There was a lot of immaturity going on it’s hard to believe these people are professionals and in their early 30s. I enjoyed the book despite King and Shauna being too stupid to live. LOL! I will say that I felt like the author took the easy route with Shauna’s relationship with someone from her job. Made it too easy for King to be the good guy even though he was no way innocent in his behavior.

Rating: C+

princessofzamibiaPrincess of Zamibia by Delaney Diamond
Dahlia and Kofi had a whirlwind romance that ended in heartbreak and distrust. Kofi returns three years later to claim the heir to the Zamibia throne. He gives Dahlia two options: return to Zamibia with him or live without her son.

I love a second-chance romance and secret baby romance. My two favorite tropes. I would have liked it better if the hero wasn’t such a prick in the beginning. I didn’t like Kofi for most of the book. Yes he was hurt that Dahlia kept his son from him but he never gave her a chance to explain her side. Also, he doesn’t trust her due to some shady dealings done by her boss that Kofi thinks that Dahlia did. Again, Kofi would not listen to Dahlia or let her clear her name. His high-handedness was annoying. Yes he’s royalty but he was also an arsehole. The romance moves pretty quickly. There’s some added drama (which I thought was unnecessary) towards the end but alls well that ends well. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

Rating: C

somethingspecialSomething Special by Tiffany Patterson
We met Gabriella and Jamal in the Safe Space series. Their relationship was contentious in that series and nothing has changed. The sexual tension between these characters was off the charts. It got to the point where I yelled, stop arguing and bone already! I enjoyed this book a lot. I could not put it down. I loved revisiting Chanel and Xavier (from Safe Space series). I will say that the last bit of the book, the author added, in my opinion, unnecessary drama with a new character. I felt that it was out of the blue and interrupted the flow of the story. Everything was going smoothly and to throw this wrench in the plot took me aback. And then it was resolved rather quickly. Why add it at all? Thankfully it didn’t ruin the book for me.

Rating: B-

Review: Let Me Love You by Alexandria House

letmeloveyouTitle: Let Me Love You
Series: McClain Brothers, #1
Author: Alexandria House
Published: Februray 5, 2018
Pages: 322
Publisher: Self-published
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: C+

Favorite quote: “And this motherfucker is wearing gray jogging pants.”

summary from Goodreads:
Trying to put past hurts behind you is hard when your ex is a fool, but buoyed by child support and alimony, Jo Walker is moving forward with her life, pursuing a career, raising her little girl, and trying to live in peace. She believes she has all the bases covered in her world. But what about her heart?

Rap legend Everett “Big South” McClain is divorced, too, knows all about failed relationships, and has relegated his love life to casual connections rather than pursuing something real. That is, until he lays eyes on Jo.

She’s exactly what he never knew he needed.

He’s what’s been missing from her world.

Will she accept what he has to offer and let him love her?
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Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

weddingdateTitle: The Wedding Date
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Published: January 30, 2018
Pages: 320
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Rom Com
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: C-/D+

summary from Goodreads:
A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other…

They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…

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Review: Be My Forever Bride by Martha Kennerson

bemyforeverTitle: Be My Forever Bride
Series: The Kingsleys of Texas
Author: Martha Kennerson
Published: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani
Pages: 224
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: D

summary from Goodreads:
He vowed to love and cherish her…It was like something out of a fairy tale: being swept off her feet, then eloping with her one true love, Houston oil tycoon Brice Kingsley. Then a devastating diagnosis and a threat from her past forced Brooke Smith Kingsley to leave the man she loved. Now she has a chance to make things right, but only if she can keep her secret–and her distance–from her irresistible husband.Though he couldn’t accept Brooke’s reasons for running away, Brice never gave up on her or their marriage. And with the beautiful tax attorney back in his life, reigniting passion stronger than before, he can’t bear to let her go ever again. Even as a revenge-seeking blackmailer schemes to bring down the Kingsley empire, Brice will fight for their future–a love that’s for now and forever.

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Review: The Italian Billionaire’s New Year Bride by Scarlet Wilson

NYbrideTitle: The Italian Billionaire’s New Year Bride
Author: Scarlet Wilson
Published: January 1, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 256
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Rating: C-
Purchase: Amazon

summary from Goodreads:
“Ms. Gates, would you like to earn a quarter of a million dollars?”

Phoebe must be dreaming. She’s bowled over by gorgeous Italian billionaire Matteo Bianchi’s offer of redecorating a spectacular house in the Hamptons and a mansion in Rome…and Phoebe can’t refuse! It’s just what she needs to take her mind off losing her fiance.But when they’re snowed in together on New Year’s Eve, their attraction explodes like the fireworks outside. And as Phoebe works her magic across the two properties, Matteo wonders… Could he finally open his heart and make her his bride?

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Review: Overtime for Love by Synithia Williams

overtimeTitle: Overtime for Love
Author: Synithia Williams
Published: January 1, 2018
Pages: 224
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: C+

summary from Goodreads:
Desire is a game without rules 

Optimistic and hardworking, Angela Bouler prides herself on getting through life without asking for an assist. School, two jobs, caring for her nephew, Cory—she’s keeping all together…then Isaiah Reynolds bounces into her life. The Jacksonville Gators’ star forward is coaching at Cory’s summer camp, but guardians and mentors aren’t supposed to mix—and certainly not surrender to red-hot kisses…

Isaiah has an image of the perfect partner in his head, and it doesn’t quite mesh with Angela’s hectic life. Or her evening job serving drinks at a gentlemen’s club. But deep down, she’s the only woman who sparks a true connection. He’s expected to keep his image spotless, but instead he’s risking everything on a strong, sexy, complicated woman. Winning her heart won’t be easy, but it’s becoming the only play that really matters…

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Review: The Night Before by Jacinta Howard

nightTitle: The Night Before
Author: Jacinta Howard
Published: December 14, 2017
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 135
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: B

summary from Goodreads
Ava couldn’t believe she’d let her best friend talk her into coming to a mind numbing holiday party on the night before Christmas. As Ava counts the minutes before she can leave, all she can think about is how much she wants to snuggle up on the sofa with a crappy holiday movie and drink too much eggnog (with rum). That is, until an old classmate, Elias Young, sits next to her at the party. Elias is way too charming to be any good for her, but fate forces Ava to put that tired theory to the ultimate test. Is it happenstance? Serendipity? Or, is the night before Christmas also the night before everything Ava thinks she knows about love changes for good?

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