Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Randy Murphy

Hennessey on the RocksHennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a great illustration of loving through obstacles and disappointments. Jonathan and Charlotte (Charlie) are real, faulty, proud, and stubborn characters. Their lack of communication is by far the biggest obstacle I could see. They have a deep and abiding love for each other and their kids, but neither wants to open up and be vulnerable. This story is not a high pace action romance, but instead presents realistic problems and issues sprinkled with the joy and love of adorable kids. There is plenty of humor mixed into to keep it from being dark. This story will take you through many emotions, but it you will definitely be rooting for the parents to wisen up and take advice from their kids.

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The Sound of Love (The Sound series #1) by Maria Watts – Review by Jana Teppih

The Sound of Love (The Sound series #1)The Sound of Love by Maria Watts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started reading and the first chapter build my expectations very high. I kept reading and … got more and more frustrated… I kept shaking my head and thinking to myself what the heck… and then, I put myself into the shoes of a 16-year-old sheltered girl who gets pulled into this crazy narcissistic life that seems so fascinating and cool on the pages of a tabloid but in reality is something completely different.
I loved how Maria Watts took the naïve Nina through the steps one needs to take when growing up, the contradictions, the peer/partner pressure, sticking with your principles, insecurity, self-esteem … we could go on and on. I think that Nina could actually be a sort of a role model to those young boy band fans as she is crazy about Chris (and has feelings for Nathan that she is in denial about) and wants to get to know him better and on a deeper lever but still sticking to her guns and not succumbing to the pressure (to have sex).
I did not like Chris very much as he was the stereotypical narcissist hyped boy band member who feels he is entitled to whatever he wants, though we did not get to know a lot what his story is, how he got to where he was… we could share his confusion and his abusiveness but there was no clear progression or growth and maybe it was not needed as for me the story was more about Nina and her self-discovery and growth and the Chris served more like a landscape that it happened on.
I wish that every girl who has a poster of a handsome guy on their bedroom wall (ceiling) and dream about him, would read this book as I think it gives a good glimpse into the reality and they could learn a lot from Nina without needing to suffer so much themselves.

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Tell Me Something (Something, #1) by Aubrey Bondurant – Review by Jana Teppih

Tell Me Something (Something, #1)Tell Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tell Me Something sucks you in from the first chapter, it keeps you on your toes and it is hard to put the book down as you want to know how do those 2 hard headed aka independent and strong willed people figure out a working relationship.
The author was able to find a great balance between cute and light-hearted and ‘sturm und drang’ making it an enjoyable read.
Haylee came across independent and strong mostly though at times I got pretty frustrated with her responses in certain situations that were pretty straight forward. At those moments I reminded myself that she is young and has lost her parents and is in the process of finding herself and her way out there.
Josh was complicated, he reminded me some of the other contemporary romance heroes out there being both in control (or wanting to be in control) and vulnerable. He comes across very human with his flaws and shortcomings and his fears and reactions in different situations.
It is a good story and even though it is quite many pages, it does not feel long. Plan with some extra time to give Haylee and Josh and their relationship a chance, there is something we all can take away with us into our relationships. I am looking forward to the next book as there are quite a few intriguing characters in this book that deserve their own story!

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Tell Me Something (Something #1) by Aubrey Bondurant – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

Tell Me Something (Something, #1)Tell Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tell Me Something is the first book in the Something series by Aubrey Bondurant. Written in first person, we follow Haylee’s story as she takes a new job as Josh Singer’s assistant. This was my first read of the author’s work and I would definitely recommend it to others.

Twenty-two year old Haylee Holloway has experienced more than her fair share of grief in her short life. Moving to LA for a fresh start, she takes an assistant job to help save money so she can fulfil her dream of going to Law school. The last thing she expects is to step in at a work photo shoot, as the model, in front of the owner of the company she works for. Josh Singer is private, intense, hard to read and completely captivating. His smouldering eyes and sexy voice has Haylee hooked from the moment she meets him. Knowing her dream, her makes her an offer; work for him to save enough money for school. Haylee’s answer is easy, but one thing isn’t: how does she spend so much time with her hot boss and keep her hands off him? Frustrated with the mixed signals Josh is giving her, Haylee finally makes a decision. Blurring professional boundaries may not be a good idea, but they say it’s only temporary. But will either of them accept that maybe things were never supposed to end?

This book brings together a whole range of different factors from across the romance genre. It packs a real emotional punch in places, while creating some really hot and passionate scenes, too. That was not was I was expecting when I started Tell Me Something (although I can’t tell you what I was expecting!), and it was a welcome surprise. I loved the whole premise of the story, as I felt a over-done subject (‘it’s only a temporary arrangement’ kind of thing) got a complete overhaul in this version. The emotion the story drew out (I was not expecting it to be so heart-breaking in places!) was not only varied but extreme; one minute I was laughing, the next I was shouting at the book. I love rollercoaster reads, and this is definitely one of those. To see how things turn out, you’ll have to read it yourself, but I don’t think you will disappointed with Haylee and Josh’s outcome!

Speaking of the two lead characters, I have to say how much I enjoyed reading about them. It was immediately obvious what a strong, independent and ambitious woman Haylee was, and I absolutely love this. This is just how I liked my female leads, so I knew I would fall in love with her (and I did!). Although she had faced some tragedy, she had picked herself up and moved on, which I admire and only adds to her believability and realness. As for Josh, what a complex character! At times, I had no idea what was happening with him and this made me so angry; like Haylee, I just wanted to shout at him. But over the course of the story, I began to like him more and more as we found out more about his past and background, explaining why he is the way he is. I loved the scenes they shared together, and often found myself reading faster so I could get to their next interaction!

Overall, Tell Me Something is a really great read. I love the unique plot, complex characters and the wonderful way the author writes. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and will definitely be recommending this to my friends!

Review by @ashleighw

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The Sound of Love (The Sound Series #1) by Maria Watts – Review by Tracy Manderson

The Sound of Love (The Sound series #1)The Sound of Love by Maria Watts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Sound of Love by Maria Watts
4out of 4 stars
This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Watts and I didn’t know if I liked the story or hated the story. This book makes you keep reading, and the story makes you absolutely frustrated, then it makes you laugh, and maybe even cry. I loved the ninety’s and the boy bands some of the music today stinks compared to the ninety’s.
The story starts off nice and sweet and then you watch them grow and we see them exploring more mature and darker issues.
Nina Bains is a normal schoolgirl from Southampton. She is a typical teenager going to school, hanging out with her friends and fantasizing about Chris Mulligan, one of the lead singers of the Funky Guys.
Nina has the chance to meet and get to know Chris personally. They fall in love and their two worlds collide with such a force that Nina is knocked out of her everyday life before she even realizes what is happening. As she is drawn more and more into Chris’ world, she suddenly finds herself on tour with a boy band phenomenon in a whirlwind of fancy hotels, tour buses, venues, fans, groupies and music. Soon she realizes all that glitters is not gold and she has to question everything she once believed in.

Can Chris and Nina understand the meaning of love? Will she risk everything to love Chris? Will Nina become something she doesn’t like while on the road?
The characters where written well and the way Ms. Watts wrote Nina’s character was real she was intelligent and mature for her age. I was Nina once I fantasized about my favorite boy band and I probably do the same thing Nina did.
Tracy Manderson

Review by @tracym

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Chasing You (Thirsty Hearts Series, #4) by Kris Jayne – Review by Jana Teppih

Chasing You (Thirsty Hearts Series, #4)Chasing You by Kris Jayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chasing You by Kris Jayne is the fourth of the series but it is the first one I read.
It was hard to get into the story at first as it felt like a tennis match and both Alexa and Graham seemed not to want to acknowledge what they really want and kept snapping at each other. Once I got further into the story and let myself go along on a ride, I started to relate to Alexa and her resistance to any kind of personal commitment – it is so much simpler to commit to one’s carrier and friends than one’s romantic interest as it makes us vulnerable and tests our trust.
I liked that it was not a wham-bam thank you ma’am story, I ended liking the long way it took for Alexa and Graham to get together as this is how it is also in the real life out here – we might dream of someone sweeping us off our feet but very often the deep and lasting relationships are built long and slow.
On the surface the story might seem fun and sexy but Kris Jayne manages to create different layers and touch upon important issues that we encounter in our daily lives – stalking, lack of communication, assumptions when it comes to other people’s actions, disconnection when 2 people go at different pace in a relationship…
It is a good read, put aside some time, pick up a glass of wine and enjoy the hours!

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Maggie by Mya O’Malley – Review by Jana Teppih

MaggieMaggie by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Maggie by Mya O’Malley is the first book by the author that I have read. The story pulls you slowly in from the first chapter on. It does not start at all like your everyday ghost story so you relax and go with the flow rolling your eyes when Naomi goes to another awful blind date and deals with a horrible and abusive ex.
At the same time, you can feel something creeping in from the side with the objects moving on their own and shadows blinking in and out. I love how Naomi has such an open mind and instead of being weary of the cemetery and all the spirits inhabiting it, she looks at it as a source of inspiration.
The author has an amazing ability to blend the romance and paranormal and I can see how even the ones not believing into paranormal might be thinking “maybe it is possible” if they really allow the story to come alive and be honest with themselves. I love that it is not a ghostly love story but something deeper and more meaningful.
The story keeps you captivating and at the edge of your seat until the last page – I loved the way Mya weaved different stories into the main story, it never got boring or let you down.
I can see myself going back and re-reading Maggie and also reading other Mya’s books.

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Fat Girl (Romance in Rehoboth #1) by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Shannon Fowler

Fat Girl (Romance in Rehoboth #1)Fat Girl by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fat Girl by K.L. Montgomery is a story, well more like a diary or a column in a paper, about a woman named Claire, who is separated from her husband. She thinks it is due to her weight. She’s the mother of a teenager and works hard at her job. She is turning 40 and really wants to change her body, her mind and her life and ends up changing her heart as well.

“All I need to do is find my own path to happiness. I have all the ingredients I need: a family, amazing friends, a job I love. The only thing that has been holding me back all this time is me. I haven’t let myself be happy.”

O.M.G. I’m a fat girl too!! Of course I already knew this but I swear Montgomery was in my head and heart while she was writing the “fat” parts of this story. While this “story” is a real eye opener, it was also entertaining. Claire is funny, outgoing and sarcastic! She grows a great deal and realizes two things: everyone’s fat is different, and even though we shouldn’t care what others think about us everyone still wants to be accepted and receive unconditional love.

“The point is being healthy, happy, and above all, yourself. Not making yourself crazy trying to be someone else’s idealized version of yourself,”

K.L. Montgomery is a new to me author so I’m not sure how her other books are written but this one hits the spot. Its funny, endearing, and honest. This story is definitely worth a read no matter what size you are!

Review by @shannonlovesbooks

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Beats of Life Perception Book 5 by Shandi Boyes – Review By Heidi Eich Wooding

Beats of Life (Perception #5)Beats of Life by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beats of Life by Shandi Boyes is the fifth books is the fifth book in the Perception Series, and WOW another book that will kick your socks off. While each book in this amazing series are great I have to say that this one ranks closer to the top. Nothing like a great rocker book and add in second chance romance to spice it up even more! SHANDI BOYES I have become addicted to RISE UP, the boys, and the girls that steal the hearts of these sexy guys that you have created for us.

Slaters life is the band! His brother, his bandmates, and his drums is all he needs. Add in the amazing life of a star, rock and roll, and groupies He is the bad boy drummer all the girls want to tame! Out of nowhere he comes face to face with Kylie, the one person he loved even more then his music. Two years ago Kylie left, completely gone and without a trace. Emily, needing an assistant for the upcoming tour, she asks Kylie, which at first she turns down. Once Slater sees that Kylie is struggling with money, he basically makes her take the job. Slater still angry, tells everyone to stay away and he does also, breaking her heart in the process. Thrown together a few times, they both open up and share an EPIC kiss. What will happen when Slater finds out why Kylie walked away, will he be able to forgive her tearing him apart? Will Kylie be able to love without holding back?

This book made me laugh, made my scream, and made me cry and I have to say that I enjoyed every single second of it. Each book in the series gets better and better. Each book I have been able to read in over a day but this one, I read in one sitting. While this can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend that you read all the books to understand the band and FULLY experience RISE UP! I give this book 5 stars and can’t wait to read more. I hate that at some point this series will stop, but the boys of RISE UP have left a mark in my heart and in my mind!

Review by @heidiew1977
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Emma ( Angel # 2 ) by Tracy Lorraine – Review By Nicole Alamillo

Emma (Angel, #2)Emma by Tracy Lorraine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emma: Angel book # 2 by Tracy Lorraine
I give it 5/5 stars

** This is the fourth book in this series. It can be read as a standalone. But I highly recommend you read all the books in proper order. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. You’ll absolutely love this series just as much as I do!!

Oh man, This story is simply phenomenal !! It has taken me a couple days to compose what I want to say in this review. This book has made me think and feel things, in more ways than I can truly understand. Out of Abbi, Molly and Emma… I definitely connect more with Emma than any other character. We have a lot in common. I feel a lot like she does, in the book. Which is a bit difficult to say out loud.
Emma is a beautiful woman, as she is on the outside as she is on the inside. But one thing… she doesn’t see herself as beautiful on the outside. She think she’s overweight and plain. She feels she isn’t good enough… not pretty enough, and not skinny enough.
She is still dealing with the aftermath of losing her twin sister, Hannah. She is trying her hardest to deal with all the grief and sadness as best as she can. She moved to a new house and she’s even in the process of writing her very first book. She is doing the very best she can. She feels she doesn’t need a man in her life to be happy. She is quite content with being single. Until Ruben…
Ruben doesn’t have the best reputation with woman. He’s often known as a womanizer. He even knows about his reputation and doesn’t even care. He feels like he only has one use for woman… he uses them and then disposes of them. Until he meets Emma…
This is a story about Emma and Ruben’s journey. It is like riding an emotional roller coaster. You’ll laugh and then cry. There’s a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns in this book. You will not be disappointed in any way whatsoever!!
I have read this whole series. And I have to say Emma, is my absolute favorite… so far!! Emma and I are a lot alike in many ways. This book made me feel things I haven’t felt in years.
Tracy Lorraine has a way of writing … that sucks you in immediately. Once you start reading , you have a difficult time putting the book down. I adore books like that!! She is an amazing author,with such a talent at writing about these characters with such depth and attitude. I seriously can not wait to read the next book. I’m patiently waiting on pins and needles over here!! Keep up the wonderful books and characters. I can’t wait to read about Connie’s story.

Reviewed by @nikkismiles40