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: Anonymous Acts by Christina C. Jones

anonymousactsTitle: Anonymous Acts
Author: Christina C. Jones
Published: December 15, 2017
Publisher: Warm Hues Media
Pages: 364
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: A
Purchase: Amazon

summary from Goodreads:
What’s done in the dark…

Murderer is a title she never expected to wear. Friend? Sure. Boss? Hell yes. But murderer? Never. If only she hadn’t threatened exactly that, just before someone winds up dead, and her fingerprints are all over the murder weapon.
Always comes to light…

All he wanted was to live a quiet life, without all the danger and darkness of his past. Those plans are blown when he’s accused of a crime he has nothing to do with, leaving him with a hard decision… remain in the shadows, or do what he can to help a friend?

When other crimes start stacking up – the handiwork of an anonymous suspect with an unknown vendetta, they’ll discover something that flips their worlds upside down…

A murder accusation may be the least of their worries.
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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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Review: Merry Christmas, Baby by Alexandria House

merrychristmasTitle: Merry Christmas, Baby
Author: Alexandria House
Published: December 11, 2017
Pages: 22
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: B

summary from Goodreads:
Having to work on Christmas Eve is bad. Having to work the graveyard shift on Christmas Eve is worse. Having to work the graveyard shift on Christmas Eve when your life is a mess? Well, that’s some BS. There doesn’t seem to be a Merry Christmas in store for Sunday Marks, but maybe one call can change that.

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Review: Love, Lies, & Loyalty by Shelia Sewell

loveliesloyaltyTitle: Love, Lies & Loyalty
Author: Shelia Sewell
Published: October 25, 2017
Pages: 174
Publisher: Self
Genre: Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: D

summary from Goodreads:
Sheree, the outspoken teacher. Shaina, the unhappily married housewife and mother. Morgan, the career-driven attorney. Maven, the bonafide hood girl turned business owner. Best friends for over two decades.

Every Friday night you can find Sheree, Shaina, Morgan, and Maven sitting at their reserved VIP table at Rico’s, the most popular thirty plus lounge in the city. The girls enjoy exquisite cuisine and specialized cocktails while dishing about life, love, and relationships.

There’s usually no room for secrets among these friends because they’ve shared everything: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright scandalous and illegal. But that is all about to change.

Life has a way of bringing trouble right to your front door, and that is exactly what happens to these women. The past comes out to play and wreaks havoc on the present. Old flames burn out, new ones ignite, and everyone gets burned in the process.

When secrets and lies threaten the bond between these friends, will the loyalty and the love they have for each other be enough to see them through? Or will the reservation at Rico’s be put on hold forever?

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Review: Dance with Me by Alexia Daria

dancewithmeTitle: Dance with Me
Series: Dance Off, #2
Author: Alexia Daria
Published: December 12, 2017
Publisher: Swerve
Pages: 308
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: C+

summary from Goodreads:
Natasha Díaz is having a day. She’s trying to prove she can make it as a professional dancer, but she’s overworked, out of cash, and her roommate has just moved out. When she comes home to find a hole in her ceiling and her bedroom flooded, she’s desperate enough to crash with the one guy she can’t quit. She accepts his offer with one condition: no sleeping together while she’s living with him.

Dimitri Kovalenko has never lived with a woman before. But when Tasha’s in need of a place to stay, he suggests she move in without a second thought. He accepts her condition, hoping she won’t stick to it. They’re good together, both in the ballroom and the bedroom. Since their first dance, she’s never been far from his thoughts. Sure, she’s a pro and he’s one of her show’s judges, but they’re not currently filming, so no one needs to know.

Living in close quarters shows Dimitri a side of Natasha he’s never seen before, and he likes it. A lot. Too bad she’s doing everything in her power to keep him at arm’s length. When an injury forces Natasha to take it easy or risk her ability to dance, it’s his chance to show her that the rules have changed, and she can trust him with her heart.

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