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Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night ~ Stacy Reid

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Title: Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night (Rebellious Desire)
Author: Stacy Reid
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Historical Romance, Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Date of Release: November 13, 2017
Pages: 258
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

 

There is something to be said for those who live their lives for others and those who live their lives based on what is expected of them. Both Rhys and Georgiana have such experiences, and it makes them crave what the other has. Georgiana has a title and a place in the world. Rhys has wealth and freedom. Naturally, it draws them together. All it took, a missing nursemaid. Georgiana only hires the best to look after her young Duke son, Nicolas. One day, while out in the park with Nicolas, she goes missing. Georgiana is convinced something has happened to her. When the runners on Bow Street can’t get you answers, you get answers from Rhys. But be forewarned, his help comes at a price! And you better be sure you can pay it! Oh, he doesn’t want money. He has enough of that already. You can pay him in secrets and favors.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a REALLY good historical romance and I’m glad I took a chance on this one! Stacy Reid is new to me and I fell in love with this book immediately. Rhys had the bad boy image while having a heart of gold. Don’t get me wrong, Rhys is a dangerous man, but never towards those who can’t defend themselves. Georgiana is no pushover! She must decide will she put her heart before the reputation of the family in a time where people can be unforgiving if you make the wrong move. I loved every moment of this book. Their chemistry was swoon-worthy and I needed more. I would love to have a book featuring a few of the secondary characters to see how everything ended for them. We shall see!

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The Fortune Teller’s Garden ~ Frances DeleCourt Winters

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Title: The Fortune Teller’s Garden
Author: Frances Delecourt Winters
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing, LLC
Date of Release: October 15, 2014
Pages: 148
Format: Kindle (The Romance Reviews)

Quite the most charming story I’ve read in quite a while.

Keighley’s grandmother is a renowned fortune teller. She and her grandmother had different styles of reading fortunes and she’s quite lonely. She’s quite great at telling others what they need to hear, but you know how it is… you know what’s good for others, but not for yourself. In walks Connor Jakes, a journalist, dead set on exposing Keighley as a fraud. The problem… there was a spark.

I thought this was quite magical. Their interactions were beautiful. While everything between them was subtle, it was sweet. It was a fun read and I adored every minute of it.

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New Tricks ~ Kelly Moran

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Title: New Tricks (Redwood Ridge , Book #3)
Author: Kelly Moran
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Date of Release: September 26, 2017
Pages: 216
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Welcome back to Redwood! Oh how we have missed you! We get to catch up with town favorites, such as Cade and Avery, Flynn and Gabby, Drake plus Zoe… Can you smell the love in the air? For Zoe and Drake, it’s… well, complicated. Zoe has had a crush on Drake since they were teenagers, but as fate would have it Zoe’s best friend, Heather, acted first. I would say the rest was history, but there is way more to this story. Drake and Heather fall in love and marry, while Zoe sits on the sidelines and a be the great friend everyone knows she is.

Fast forward… Heather has passed away, Drake is living his life day-to-day without really living, and Zoe has put her life on hold to take care of her mother… but who is taking care of Zoe and Drake? Drake has always been great with doling out awesome advice when it comes to other people. Can he take advice when it comes to him?

Man does this story pull at your heartstrings! You know that Drake and Zoe deserve happiness and you want them to find it with each other. This story is charming, funny, and endearing. I had to fan myself when Drake started flirting… Hopefully the next book will be a “Where Are They Now?” and maybe even a Hallmark or Lifetime movie… I really need both of those in my life right now!

 

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Dirty Little Secrets ~ AJ Nuest (Book Review)


Title: Dirty Little Secrets (A Likely Story , Book #2)
Author: AJ Nuest
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance Suspense
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Date of Release: June 27, 2017
Pages: 246
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Xander and Charlie are on separate missions that could come back to haunt them. They have known each other for a long time and Xander has loved her from the beginning. Coming together after Malcolm’s death is a perfect time to reveal your feelings for each other, but it may come at a cost. Someone is after Charlie due to her latest heist and someone wants revenge against Xander. Could they be connected? Can they help each other? Will love prevail? As they race against time to find out who is after them, their connection grows stronger and it’s beautiful to watch.

AJ Nuest can weave a story that hooks you from the first page. She has a way of bringing each character to life in a way you feel like you know them. You root for Xander and Charlie to not only bring down the bad guys, but to realize their feelings for each other. This is an awesome story that is beautifully told. I always look forward to hearing AJ has a new book coming out. This is the second book of the series and so far it’s my favorite one. There is a third book to this series, and if it’s half as good as this one, my day will be made!

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Mister Catfish ~ Alice Grace

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Title: Mister Catfish
Author: Alice Grace
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Bic Wall Press
Date of Release: June 23, 2017
Pages: 74
Format: Epub (Alice Grace via AXP)

Catfish: someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.

There’s always some danger when meeting someone online. They could be crazy/dangerous or genuinely a nice person. It’s a gamble really. That was a risk Nicole was willing to take!

Matt just wanted to meet a nice girl without having to worry about his twin brother who is the complete opposite of Matt. A funny story ensues as you watch the story unfolds. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was engaged from page one. This story constructed in a funny and adorable way. A great story of mistaken identity!

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The Rancher’s Son ~ RJ Scott

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Title: The Rancher’s Son
Author: RJ Scott
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: LGBTQIA, Mystery, Romance
Publisher: Love Lane Books Limited
Date of Release: June 26, 2017
Pages: 200 (6 hr, 25 min)
Format: Audio (Signal Boost Promotion)

Ethan, a cop, has been looking for his brother, Justin, and friend, Adam, for 12 years after they mysteriously went missing without a trace. While dad has given up searching, Ethan refuses; which causes strife and tension between the two of them. Ethan receives word, while at work, of an attack with a few code words that he had flagged. Instead of finding Justin, he finds Adam… with no recollection of who he is or what happened.

As Ethan takes Adam back to Crooked Tree Ranch, Adam has random memories and feelings about himself. Ethan is reminded of the young boy he fell in love with and I wanted so much for more to happen, but Ethan is an honorable man. Once at Crooked Tree Ranch, there isn’t a shortage of people who are helping Adam remember, but will he remember? Will he be the guy Ethan once knew? Where is Justin?

I thought this story was quite lovely. The interaction between Ethan and Adam was beautiful. Ethan wasn’t pushy, as is the case in most stories. It was a slow build, which is perfect. The narration was perfection. Sean Crisden was absolutely fantastic with the personalities he gave each character. I haven’t read book 1 of this series, so book 2 does leave some unanswered questions. All that means is: STAY TUNED!

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On the Plus Side ~ Alison Bliss

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Title: On the Plus Side    (A Perfect Fit , Book #2)
Author: Alison Bliss
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Forever
Date of Release: June 27, 2017
Pages: 336
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

I know it’s early in the series, but this is my favorite book in the series… So far! Valerie is smart, sassy, curvy, and sexy. She’s confident and she wants Logan. Logan is sexy, inspires loyalty… and the best friend of Val’s brother. They were attracted to each for a long time and the results are off the chart chemistry!

This story gave us steamy and sensuous romance and I wanted more! Those live scenes were great. Val being comfortable in her own skin was awesome and I loved that. What drove me bonkers was Val’s over-protective older brother. As someone who has a protective older brother, I completely understand her plight! She handles him well and she earned her golden ticket to heaven!

This series is awesome and I can’t wait to read more!  I hope this series NEVER ends!