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ARC Review | The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy

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SYNOPSIS

A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy. THE RISK takes you back to the world of hot hockey players, feisty heroines, bro banter, and steamy scenes…

Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.

For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.

That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

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After months of waiting for the release of The Risk, it has graciously landed on my Kindle app. All thanks to Nina Bocci for the ARC. Thank you. Thank you. As I publish this post, maybe The Risk has reached your Kindles too! All the waiting for its release is worth it, I tell you.

I’ve been an avid reader of Elle Kennedy since she released The Deal and the rest of her Off-Campus Series. I love the way she writes, how real and fun her stories are. She got me so hooked with her college and hockey-based stories, friendship and couples and so there were no questions asked when she dropped Briar U series. I know I need to read it. I know I need to sign up for the ARC of this book.

The Chase, the first book of Briar U series, was an okay read for me. I wasn’t that crazy over Summer and Fitz. Me thinks that I should reread it and thoroughly reflect on my thoughts about it once again, though. But one thing that I know and clearly remember about that book was – how I was seriously teased by Brenna Jensen and Jake Connelly. Every time they show up, I just want them to go and make out already. That’s how high the tension between them is. From that point, I know and I’m very confident that they’d be taking the next story of the series. Because how can Elle Kennedy waste such characters and steam like that, right? The exact moment they encountered each other, I know they were going to be such an explosive duo. The question left there is – how will their characters get tangled up?

Kennedy drops The Risk’s synopsis and all I focus on is “I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend. For every fake date…he wants a real one.”. Basically, aside from Enemies to Lovers trope that would fit them, we also get fake dating. Imagine the tension from all sides and the headlines: Brenna Jensen, the daughter of Briar U’s hockey coach, goes out on a date with Jake Connelly, Harvard’s team captain and star foward, her enemy (her hockey team’s rival).

The Chase perfectly built up the tension, chemistry and burn that exists between Brenna and Connelly and it was so easy to slip into The Risk. She’s feisty. He’s cocky. Together, they are such a riot. We already have a grasp of their characters and making every scene that transpire between them a very anticipating one. Every scene feels like it is a climax.

Please proceed with caution as some parts may have the teeny tiniest spoilers.

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Blog Tour {REVIEW} | Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart

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It’s not you. It’s me.

No, seriously. It is me. Not only does my name literally mean “unfortunate,” but that’s the story of my life.

Everything I touch turns to cr*p. An apartment fire—that I swear I was not responsible for—means I’m living back at home with my s*x-mad parents. Yay, me!

Which is why I need my new job as personal assistant to Cameron Reid to get back on my feet. Three months in this job and I can move back out and, hopefully, remember to turn off my flat iron once in a while.

Ahem.

On paper, my job is easy. Make coffee. Book appointments. Keep everything in order.

Until I walk in on my boss, half-naked, wearing nothing but the kind of tiny white towel that dreams are made of.

Now, nothing is easy—except our mutual attraction. But he’s my boss, and you know what they say about mixing work and pleasure: unless you do p*rn, it’s just not worth it.

Or is it?

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It all started with an awkward encounter with THE boss and the WOULD-BE personal assistant…

Emma Hart hits it big with her latest release, Catastrophe Queen, and making it my first five star read for the year 2019. With the perfect dose of romance and comedic scenes, this book and its characters easily wormed its way into my fluffy heart. I love the lightness, fluffiness, quirkiness, humor, sarcasm and everything else about it. 

“I don’t like it described any way, but if you ask Jade, I’m either a hot mess, a walking disaster, or a catastrophe queen.”

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Cover Reveal | The Last Post by Renee Carlino

A brand new  evocative and poignant standalone from USA TODAY Bestseller Renee Carlino releasing on AUGUST 20th, 2019! 

In this evocative and poignant novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Blind Kiss and Wish You Were Here, a young widow in the midst of grieving her late husband through Facebook posts learns to heal and fall in love again. 

“See you on the other side.”

Laya Marston’s husband, Cameron, a daredevil enthusiast, always said this before heading off on his next adventure. He was the complete opposite of her, ready and willing to dive off a cliff-face, or parachute across a canyon—and Laya loved him for it. But she was different: pragmatic, regimented, devoted to her career and to supporting Cameron from the sidelines of his death-defying feats.

Opposites attract, right?

But when Cameron dies suddenly and tragically, all the stages of grief go out the window. Laya becomes lost in denial, living in the delusion that Cameron will come back to her. She begins posting on his Facebook page, reminiscing about their life together, and imagining new adventures for the two of them.

Micah Evans, a young and handsome architect at Laya’s father’s firm, is also stuck––paralyzed by the banal details of his career, his friendships, and his love life. He doesn’t know what he’s looking for, only that there is someone out there who can bring energy and spirit to the humdrum of his life.

When Micah discovers Laya’s tragic and bizarre Facebook posts, he’s determined to show Laya her life is still worth living. Leaving her anonymous gifts and notes, trying to recreate the sense of adventure she once shared with her late husband, Micah finds a new passion watching Laya come out of the darkness. And Laya finds a new joy in the experiences Micah has created for her.

But for Laya, letting another man in still feels like a betrayal to her late husband. Even though Micah may be everything she could wish for, she wonders if she deserves to find happiness again.

Written with Renée Carlino’s signature “tender and satisfying” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Maybe in Another Life) prose, this warm and compassionate novel shows us how powerful the courage to love and live again truly is.

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Blog Tour {EXCERPT} | Room Mate by Katie Ashley

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From the time I was a kid, I knew I wanted a job helping people. After serving in the Rifles regiment of the British Army, I focused my civilian career on becoming a bodyguard to the rich and famous. For a Cockney Brit, I never imagined a twist of fate landing me a position in the United States Secret Service and protecting the President’s son. But then my boss made an unexpected request: leave my current placement to move in with his only daughter to give an added layer of protection against the threats she had been receiving. I’d never lived with a woman who was off-limits to me. It wasn’t just that Caroline had a boyfriend. She was my best friend’s sister, and my boss’s daughter. But the longer we’re in such close quarters together, the greater the temptation grows, but I know I’ll lose everything if I pursue her.

Growing up as the only girl and with two overbearing older brothers, I’m no stranger to being overprotected. Just as I finished up college and prepared to truly dip my toes into the adult world, my father was elected President of the United States, which added a whole new level of protection with the Secret Service team attached to me. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly be more smothered, I began receiving threats, and my family decided it wasn’t enough to just have an agent living down the hall from me. Nope, I was to have one move in with me, and not just any agent, but Ty Frasier—my brother, Barrett’s best friend, and my brother, Ty’s, head agent. While most women would enjoy living with a sexy, buff Brit, having a roommate threw a wrench into all my plans. Especially when I began noticing Ty was so much more than a hot guy.

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After we spent a considerable amount of time perusing the aisles of the Piggly Wiggly, Caroline was finally finished, and we made our way to the checkout. In true small town fashion, she struck up a conversation with the middle-aged cashier. While she appeared utterly charming, I probably came off as an ass because I kept looking around and narrowing my eyes at anyone who might look suspicious. Especially the male middle- aged cashier who seemed utterly enthralled by Caroline.

At the sight of us coming out the mechanized doors, Stuart began easing the SUV closer to our place on the curb. After popping the hatch, Caroline wheeled the cart over to the back of the SUV. Just as I was about to start helping her with the bags, I heard a shout behind me. “Hey! Come back here.”

Whirling around, I saw a man waving wildly at Caroline. “Fuck! Assailant!” Stuart shouted.

I shoved myself between the man and Caroline, shielding her from him. Grabbing her by the waist, I hoisted her up and threw her in the back of the SUV. “Omph!” she cried as her body bounced on the carpeting of the hatch. After slamming the door, I stepped back just as Stuart screeched away from the curb.

Now that I knew Caroline was safe, I turned my attention back to the man. Hurling myself at him, I took him down to the curb. “What are you doing?” he demanded.

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Book Review | Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey

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About HOTSHOT DOC

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s-ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway…half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.

I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?

Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

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About R.S. Grey:

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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“My insides are made of ooey-gooey mush.”  (Bailey Jennings) Well, that’s certainly me before, during and after reading the Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey.

If you’ve been with me and my reading journey for quite some time, you must know that I truly enjoy and love R.S. Grey and her books. (I need to collect her books in physical format soon. I must save up first. Haha!) I’ve been with her since what, Scoring Wilder days? and ever since then have read her releases. Gobbled them up. There might have been some hits and misses along the way but I couldn’t deny the fact that R.S. Grey is one of my go-to and trusted authors. Especially, someone who takes the romantic-comedy genre seriously. She knows me and her readers so well. She knows the perfect formula to get the “kilig” out of us.

…and she got me, once again, with Hotshot Doc.

Surgeon. Surgical Assistant. Hospital. Enemies-Lovers. You got to give it to this author for really exploring (and even combining) a lot of fun and exciting tropes out there. Mind you, she really gives justice to every single bit of it. Hotshot Doc was a combo of electrifying friction between the main characters, Bailey and Matt, and that freakin’ slow buuuuurn. The build up of their relationship was an interesting read, considering they still have to work through their work relationship before even progressing to that other type of relationship. Their personalities couldn’t be more different than what was portrayed and resulted with me being eager to know how their dynamics as workmates and as ahem lovers will progress.

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