Review: Killer Heels by Tracy Tegan

Review: Killer Heels by Tracy Tegan

killer heelsReviewed by Cara Lynn

This was a short book compared to some.

Devlin Manning is a Hollywood actor. He has more girls throw themselves at him than he cares to think about.

And then he meets a girl that draws his attention who waits on him in a local coffee shop — and she disappears. All efforts to find her, to see her again, are in vain.

Then he sees her at the party of one of Hollywood’s most influential producers. Unfortunately Ray is connected to the mafia, and when Devlin returns later that night for his cell phone, he is mercilessly beaten. And how does it all connect with the woman who disappears again?

Later her friend tells Devlin that she has said (on a burner phone) that he is the only one that can find her. She is as enamored of him as he is with her, but she needs to be safe. So he begins the search in earnest.

I would call this romantic suspense, but there is really no sex in the book. If it’s going to be a gentle, almost unrequited love story, I was put off by him calling his member a c&*k. It didn’t seem like it fit.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Killer Heels

Review: Only with You (Best Mistake, Book 1) by Lauren Layne

Layne_Only With You_MM[1]Hero: CEO Grayson Wyatt is a reserved man (read socially awkward). He wasn’t always so reserved, once he loved somebody and was engaged. It didn’t last and what the lady had to say in parting was not kind. So when this ex-fiance’s doppelganger appeared in a Vegas elevator is it any wonder he was rude? Not to mention the woman dressed like a hooker.

Heroine: Waitress Sophie Dalton was dressed to kill for a slutty bachelorette party downstairs in the hotel. When a hot stranger snubs her in the elevator she is mortified. Nobody has held up a mirror like that to her and she didn’t like what she saw. So she makes an effort to change it. Even if her family thinks she inadequate to the task.

Review: They don’t expect to meet again but since both hero and heroine were in  Vegas on a trip, is it any wonder to the reader that they find each other again in Seattle? Grayson is kind of dating her sister. Her family wrangles a job to Grayson as his secretary. It’s a match made in heaven for readers who love enmity at first sight. Lauren Layne does an excellent job skirting around the issue of being with a sibling’s date. Grayson and Brynn have no chemistry and they only try to make it work because both feel it’s the right match compared to getting together with someone they’re more interested in – ie Grayson and Sophie, Brynn and Will (Made for You). I liked both the hero and the heroine and I thought they paired well. She makes him loosen up and he grounds her. It’s a good balance. I read it in a few sittings and was sad to part ways. One of my favorites published this year.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Only with You (The Best Mistake)

Audio Review: Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, Book 4) by Tessa Dare

any duchess will doHero: Griffin York has just been kidnapped by his momma. She’s a desperate duchess and wants grandbabies, but her son, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed. So they make a deal – he will pick one woman from the ladies present at the inn and if his momma can turn her into a duchess acceptable to the ton he will wed her. Who does he pick? The barmaid. Take that!

“Her – I choose her.”

Heroine: Pauline Simms is just trying to save money to open her own circulating library. She wants to remove both herself and her sister from under her father’s heavy handed rules. She can’t believe he’d sell her for five pounds to a duke. She’s determined to walk away with something from this ridiculous bargain and that is the finances to start her dream. So she agrees to being employed by the duke, take duchess training, and fail at it – but he can have a week – she needs to be home for her sister.

Review: This is a feel-good romance. You will laugh, you will sigh, and you’ll want it to last longer. Griff and Pauline together are a great match. They find the longer they are together the more they have in common. Pretty soon Griff isn’t thinking a week – he’s thinking a lifetime. Some of the best moments in the book are in Griff’s private thoughts as he finds himself thinking again and again “Her – I choose her.”

Pauline’s duchess training is similar to Eliza Doolittle’s. Pauline gets to practice her “H” sounds by reading “H” words from Bible. She adds a few in there to suit her mood too. She starts on her madcap adventure believing everything she does results in failure which should be a plus for her current assignment… except she wants to be told she’s doing well (at failing) and she wants Griff’s approval (and kisses).
You’re going to love Griff’s momma.

Narrator: Eva Kaminsky does a great job switching from a “low class” accent to an “upper-crust” accent. She brings a lot of liveliness to the story and is a refreshing narrator. I’d listen to her again.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove Book 4), Any Duchess Will Do (Audiobook)

Review: Cinderella and the Sheikh by Teresa Morgan

cinderella sheikHero: Sheikh Rasyn (Ra-sin) Al Jabar has no interest in becoming the next ruler of his homeland, Abbas in North Africa. He decides a Western wife will surely raise the country’s hackles and get him out of the line for succession. When he spies Libby, he thinks he can fulfill his desire to leave the throne and get pleasure out of the arrangement too. He puts on his most charming face and goes in for the kill.

Heroine: Libby Fay is working as a waitress at Hotel Scheherazade in very posh upscale Manhattan. She earns big tips from the wealthy clientele. Waitressing for Libby allows her to wait on people who need a little tender loving care (TLC). She feels that she makes people’s days easier. Growing up, she and her mom would play restaurant, and that’s when she found her calling. This job is the best job she’s ever had and she’s not about to mess it up for a playboy sheikh… even if he’s devilishly handsome and charming to boot.

Review: Libby is no fool. She doesn’t feel Rasyn’s attentions are genuine. He’s only just met her – how can he be in love with her? When he proposes marriage on the first “date” she’s floored. She doesn’t love him, why would she marry him? She says “yes” to help him save face, but an inch given is a mile taken with Rasyn. Twice in the novel, Libby’s mom provides the push to allow Libby to open up to Rasyn. First, he looks at Libby like her father looked at her mother… and then later when her mom asks if she ever gave her heart a chance to love Rasyn. I liked Rasyn’s line about not marrying a man you love, but marrying a man who loves you. I thought that was great! I also like how his plan to bring in an uncultured Western woman backfires. She’s genuine and kind which draws people to her. So while she makes social gaffs like he expected, their results are anything but catastrophic. Poor Rasyn.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Cinderella and the Sheikh (Hot Contemporary Romance)

Review: Rising Assets (Maverick Montana, Book 3) by Rebecca Zanetti

rising assestsReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review.
Colton Freeze is a good friend to Melanie Jacobs. Colton is very business minded and Melanie is one very busy lady. Who’s to say that men and women can’t be friends? But when you add a little something extra into the relationship, why not go for it!

This in not just a simple romance – there are parts that will tickle your funny bone. It makes for great visuals. It’s also interesting to watch good friends taking their relationship to the next level. But it’s not a smooth transition and at times it looks to be a little awkward.

Our author has also included some personal conflict and family issues that intervene. How these issues get resolved is what will have the reader turning the page. This is a contemporary story but if you love sexy cowboys then you will want to make sure to pick up a copy for your library.

Life and work sometimes gets in the way while you’re reading a book. In my case, it was very hard to find a place where I wanted to stop. This made it very hard getting to work on time or getting back to work after lunch. I think this book would be perfect on a cold and rainy day – you will want to cuddle in your favorite blanket with something that will heat your blood.

The one disappointment I had was that the ending came up too quickly – I just wasn’t ready for it. But isn’t that a good thing? This is what makes the reader want to continue reading this author’s work. It’s also incentive to go back and read the other two books, Against the Wall and Under the Covers, of this series. Plus it will get you ready if there is a fourth book in the series. This is a book that you can read by itself – didn’t find that you needed to read books one and two in order to understand Colton and Melanie’s story.

Buy: Rising Assets (Entangled Brazen)

Review: White Trash Damaged (White Trash Trilogy, Book 2) by Teresa Mummert

white trash damagedReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Cass Daniels is telling the reader her story (first person) – this is the second part. After reading the Prologue, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a series that must be read in order. It’s the appetizer and the rest of the book is the main course.

Tucker White seems to be Cass’s white knight or is he? Teresa gives her readers characters that aren’t anywhere near perfect. Readers can identify with them better when they aren’t so picture perfect. We seem to always root for the underdog – and most of us aren’t perfect either.

With Tucker’s profession, I found that I wanted to listen to some of his music. If you go to our author’s website, http://www.teresamummert.com and scroll down about half way, you will find a playlist. Before you start reading this book, make note of the music so you can listen while you read. Teresa must have done a lot of research in how a band functions while on the road or at the very least what they’re like at a concert. Either that or she has a great imagination.

One reason I know for sure that this trilogy must be read in order is because of the twins. If you haven’t read book one either, and like me want to know more about the twins, we’ll want to read White Trash Beautiful and see if we can get some information. I’d be interested to know what Teresa has in store for them in book three.

I found this a hard book to put down. Cass is a woman that you can relate to – her life has not been easy. Our author doesn’t glamorize the life of an up and coming band traveling around doing concerts either. It’s a tough life for all concerned. As fans, you only see what the people want you to see. Some things are kept private. But our author shows that they’re human just like you and me. We also never think about their manager – all a fan wants to hear about is the group’s music. And then there are times when we get too much information – think of what’s been happening in the media lately.

This is a story about real life. Books can’t all be about a couple being lovey-dovey and have sex on almost every page. If it were, you wouldn’t want to read it. We want something that is going to hold our attention from beginning to end and something that will tug at the heart.

Once you get to the ending, you will find that it sets you up for the final book in this trilogy – titled White Trash Love Song. It’s scheduled to come out in April 2014. I like to read in both e-book and paperback but I personally enjoyed this in the paperback format. You will also be happy to know that this book is available as an audiobook. So if you don’t have time to read, you can at least listen. And I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: White Trash Damaged

Review: The Newcomer (Thunder Point, Book 2) by Robyn Carr

newcomerReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This story picks up right where The Wanderer left off. We see that Hank Cooper is watching his girlfriend, Sarah Dupre, paddleboard. What a perfect read to take to the beach. It has you wishing that you could sit on that beach, have Robyn handy, and watch the boats or even someone on a board as you read about some of the inhabitants of Thunder Point.

Another couple that we met in book one is Mac McCain and Gina James. They’ve both been friends for years, have been married before, and both have children. Robyn reminds her readers how tough first and second love can be. When the kids are that young, boys and girls think differently – girls think of forever after and we all know what boys think about. Then we sometimes have parents that are totally clueless when it comes to their children. And then when the parents find love the second time around, job and family can get in the way.

One thing that I love about Robyn’s books is that she writes about characters that a reader can connect with. In this book it was Gina’s daughter, Ashley. I live in the state where a young woman killed herself because of bullying. But what Robyn doesn’t do is let this subject overtake the whole story. It is a very important subject but it sits in the background because otherwise the love story would get lost. But it also leaves me hoping that at some point we’ll see Ashley’s story so that I know that everything turned out all right for her.

Family is at the center of this story too. Robyn shows how strong a family can be in the face of adversity. As a member of a family, we need to make sure we pay attention to the people around us – recognize the signs of people needing help. You are also reminded that when you’re feeling down, or can’t stand yourself, remember your friends (your true friends) are there no matter what – and if you’re down, they will lift you up. A good song to think of is Wind Beneath My Wings. I always thought of this as a great “friend” song.

The Newcomer is a great follow up to book one. It also builds the anticipation as to what Robyn will have in store for her readers in book three. And the great thing is that The Hero will be coming out in September – I can’t wait.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: The Newcomer (Thunder Point)

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Review: The Officer and the Secret (Semper Fi, Book 3) by Jeanette Murray

the Officer and the SecretReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This is the third book in Jeanette’s Semper Fi series. The books in this series are stand alones but if you love military romances I hope you will read all the books. I tried to find out if there will be a book four in this series but was unsuccessful.

Captain Dwayne Robertson is a Marine who’s coming home from his last deployment. When you read this you will think he is a solitary man. Isn’t that sad for a soldier to come home to be alone. During the Gulf War, I had a chance to welcome home our soldiers at our local base. It was an honor and privilege. I still have the undershirt that I had some of the returning soldiers sign for me. If you ever get the chance, take advantage and shake the person’s hand that helps to keep our country safe.

Veronica Gibson has been talking to Dwayne via Skype while he was away. They forged a friendship that seems a little awkward since his return. Jeanette has made these two characters polar opposites. Dwayne is all alpha male and Veronica is shy and introverted (even though she is fighting to change that). Makes you think of the saying about opposites attract.

It’s interesting to watch how Veronica experiences things. We get to see things from her perspective for what we take for granted. Jeanette also includes a very real problem for a lot of people in the military – PTSD. She doesn’t get preachy but she shows the reader that it is a serious problem and that you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help – it is not a show of weakness.

Our author also shows her readers that you need to learn to take chances. You might miss out on finding the love of your life if you don’t take a chance. You need to learn to get out of your comfort zone. Otherwise, how can you experience some of the things going on around you?

If you like military men, you will love Dwayne and his crew. If you like quirky love interests, you will love Veronica. You will want to make sure to read this book if you like love stories where the characters have to work at their relationship. Jeanette kept me interested from the first sentence. You’ll also get your HEA ending.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Officer and the Secret (Semper Fidelis. Always Faithful.)

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