Friday, June 30, 2017

Blog Tour Review - A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes @BarnesSophie @AvonBooks @TastyBookTours

I am very happy to be a part of the blog tour for A Most Unlikely Duke.  This was the first time the I have read anything by Sophie Barnes and I was very impressed by her style of storytelling.  Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win a copy of this wonderful book. 

A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes
Series: Diamonds in the Rough #1
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Date Read: June 27, 2017
Length:  384 pages
Source: Edelweiss
He never thought he’d become a duke, or that the secrets of his past will cost him his greatest love...

Raphe Matthews hasn’t stepped foot in polite circles since a tragedy left his once-noble family impoverished and in debt. The bare-knuckle boxer has spent the last fifteen years eking out an existence for himself and his two sisters. But when a stunning reversal of fortunes lands Raphe the title of Duke of Huntley, he’s determined to make a go of becoming a proper lord, but he’ll need a little help and his captivating neighbor might be just the woman for the job…

After her sister’s scandalous match, Lady Gabriella knows the ton’s eyes are on her. Agreeing to tutor the brutish new duke can only lead to ruin. Although she tries to control her irresistible attraction to Raphe, every day she spends with him only deepens her realization that this may be the one man she cannot do without. And as scandal threatens to envelope them both, she must decide if she can risk everything for love with a most unlikely duke.
My Review

Sometimes the right book shows up at just the right time.  I didn't even realize that I was in the mood for a historical romance until I started reading this book and I couldn't put it down.  I have never read anything by Sophie Barnes before picking up this book but since this was the start of a new series, I decided to take a chance.  I am so glad that I did because this story was a lot of fun.

The characters in this book were wonderful.  Raphe was my favorite character in the book.  I always seem to like characters that are a bit of an outsider which definitely describes Raphe.  When he learns that he has been named a Duke, he is shocked since he has spent the past 15 years supporting his sisters as a dockworker and boxer.  When he shows up to take on the role, he doesn't quite fit the mold.

Gabriella spends her days trying to make her parents happy.  They are pushing her to marry someone that they think is respectable and are hoping for a match that will benefit the family.  They don't bother to ask her what she wants in life.  Gabriella loves studying insects and is herself often considered an outsider.

I really liked Raphe and Gabriella as a couple.  They really seemed to understand each other and worked hard to help each other through several situations.  There was a lot of respect shown between the pair and I really liked their chemistry.  This wasn't a really steamy romance but I didn't miss the heat.  It was fun to watch this pair fall in love and fight to be with each other.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  There was always something exciting happening in the story plot-wise and all of the characters were very well done.  I am very much looking forward to seeing some of the secondary characters again when the next book in the series is released.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.
About the Author

Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Spotlight Tour Review - A New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns @_debbieburns @SourcebooksCasa

A New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns
Series: Rescue Me #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: July 4, 2017
Date Read: June 24, 2017
Length:  325 pages
Source: NetGalley
First in a fresh contemporary romance series from award-winning debut author Debbie Burns.

Every heart has a forever home.

Megan Anderson loves the animals at her no-kill shelter. She’ll do anything for them—even go toe-to-toe with a handsome man who’s in way over his head. She’ll help him sort out his troubles, but getting too close to an adorable puppy’s human counterpart? Been there, done that, got burned.

When Craig Williams arrived at the local shelter for help, he didn’t expect a fiery young woman to blaze into his life. But the more time they spend together, the more he realizes it’s not just animals Megan is adept at saving—she could be the one to rescue his heart.

Soon, Craig and Megan find that the magic of unconditional love can do anything…even lead to their forever home.
My Review

I really enjoyed this book.  I was pleasantly surprised very early in the book when I realized that the story was set in St. Louis.  It is always a lot of fun to find some familiar places worked into this kind of story.  I really liked how much of a role the shelter played in the story.  The animals and the shelter are a big part of this one.  This was a really well told romance that had a very realistic feeling.

Megan and Craig meet in a rather difficult situation for both of them.  Let's just say things don't go too well for either of them at their first meeting.  They both really show how mature they are and their second meeting is definitely improved.  They find themselves really being drawn to each other as they spend more time together.  Their relationship really moved at a natural pace.

Megan works at a no-kill animal shelter.  She is actually the one who is running the place on a day to day basis.  She has a lot of responsibility to deal with and her job can be really tough at times.  I loved all of the staff at the shelter and the animals really were wonderful.  I thought it was a whole lot of fun having so many animals play an important role in the story.

Craig has had more than his fair share of heartbreak.  He really was such a good man.  He is very focused on being a good dad to his children.  He wants to do whatever is in his power to make their lives better.  He isn't really looking for a relationship when he meets Megan but knows he needs to take a chance.

I really liked the characters in this book.  Megan and Craig were both incredibly likeable and they seemed so perfect together.  I could totally see this pair together for the long haul.  There are a few dramatic moments and I liked how everything worked out in the end.  Nothing in the book was overly drawn out and the pacing of the story was very well done.

I would recommend this story to fans of contemporary romance.  This was a really heartfelt romance with characters that have been through a lot.  This is a debut novel from Debbie Burns and I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the next book in this series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley.


About the Author

Debbie Burns resides in St. Louis, Missouri. A New Leash on Love is her first contemporary romance and has finaled in multiple contests. Her writing commendations include first place awards for short stories, flash fiction, and longer selections from the Missouri RWA and the Missouri Writers’ Guild.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Audiobook Review - Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Narrated by Michael Urie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Date Read: June 20, 2017
Length:  8 hours 4 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
Named to the American Library Association’s Reference & User Services (RUSA) Listen List!

Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart. When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.

The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details.

We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.

For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.

Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

Remember the last book you told someone they had to read?

Lily and the Octopus is the next one.
My Review

Why is it that every dog book that I read leaves me in tears?  I am a huge dog lover so I am always drawn to this kind of book even though I know that I will be a mess before it is over.  But the journey is usually worth it in the end and this book was no exception.  So many things in this book reminded me of my own special dogs and I really enjoyed getting to know Lily and Ted.

My sweet Hershey
Lily is a dachshund and more importantly, Ted's best friend.  They have been through so many things together during their 12 years together.  They have a routine and enjoy their time together.  This story takes you through so many of their milestones with each other including Lily's adoption, Ted's relationships, and health issues.  I loved Lily and Ted's conversations with each other and could totally relate to them since I often converse with my own dog pack.

I spent most of this book being reminded of all of the dogs that I have been lucky enough to have in my life.  I grew up with my Tiger dog who turned out to be a wonderful dog that I still love immensely even though she has been gone for over 20 years.  As an adult, Hershey blessed my life.  I was able to have her for a best friend for 13 ½ amazing years.  She was a very intelligent Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix and the perfect member of our family.  She died in September 2015 and we still miss her so very much.  We currently have 3 dogs in our family.  Our Cookie is a Chow mix that is still going strong at 12 years of age.  We added two puppies to the mix in late 2015 and our Stella and Molly are still keeping me on my toes.

Michael Urie was a fantastic narrator for this story.  He did such a great job with both Ted and Lily's voices.  I have to say that they way he delivered Lily's lines were exactly how I would imagine my dogs would know, if they could talk.  This was an emotional story and he really captured all of that emotion.  I honestly don't know how he managed to deliver parts of this book without breaking down because I had tears streaming down my face just from listening to it.

There were some parts that I didn't care for as much.  Some of the parts involving the octopus just seemed to pull me out of the story.  I was always able to jump back in when the book switched gears but it would lose me a bit during those scenes.  That is really my only complaint regarding the book and it is really just that the book chose to go in a direction that I wouldn't have went.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I do think that the audio is a fantastic way to experience this story and do recommend it.  I did make the mistake of listening to this book at work.  I quickly figured out that I had to stop and finish it at home or I would have been a blubbering mess at the office.  So choose your listening or reading place well...and bring tissues.  I would definitely read more from Steven Rowley in the future.
About the Author

Steven Rowley has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his boyfriend and their dog. Lily and the Octopus is his first novel. Follow him on social media @MrStevenRowley.

Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Releases - June 27, 2017 #newreleases #newbooks

It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:

Unsub by Meg Gardiner

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.

Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.

The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.

Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.

Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss?

The Child by Fiona Barton

Find it at:
The author of the stunning New York Times bestseller The Widow returns with a brand-new novel of twisting psychological suspense.

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn house by house into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women and torn between what she can and cannot tell.

A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
He never thought he'd become a duke, or that the secrets of his past would cost him his greatest love...

Raphe Matthews hasn’t stepped foot in polite circles since a tragedy left his once-noble family impoverished and in debt. The bare-knuckle boxer has spent the last fifteen years eking out an existence for himself and his two sisters. But when a stunning reversal of fortune lands Raphe the title of Duke of Huntley, he’s determined to make a go of becoming a proper lord, but he’ll need a little help, and his captivating neighbor might be just the woman for the job…

After her sister’s scandalous match, Lady Gabriella knows the ton’s eyes are on her. Agreeing to tutor the brutish new duke can only lead to ruin. Although she tries to control her irresistible attraction to Raphe, every day she spends with him only deepens her realization that this may be the one man she cannot do without. And as scandal threatens to envelop them both, she must decide if she can risk everything for love with a most unlikely duke.

On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
The second book in a laugh-out-loud new contemporary romance series from Alison Bliss!

Big girls don't cry. They go after what they want.

Thanks to her bangin' curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie's luck that the object of her lust-filled affection is also best friends with her overprotective brother. But Valerie's determined to get Logan's attention . . . even if it means telling a teeny little lie to get a job at his new bar.

Logan can't remember a time when Valerie didn't secretly fuel all his hottest fantasies. Now the curvaceous she-devil is working behind his bar, tempting him every damn night. It's only when he finds Valerie's naughty things-to-do list that Logan decides to break every rule in the book-by making each red-hot deed a reality.

No one warned them that they were going to fall this hard. And no one warned them that sometimes the smallest secrets can have the biggest consequences.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Review - Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final Girls by Riley Sager
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Date Read: June 23, 2017
Length:  352 pages
Source: First to Read
Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancĂ©, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.
My Review

Meh.  I am so incredibly disappointed by the fact that I didn't really care for this book.  Based on the description, I was so sure that I would fall in love with this book.  I do think that my opinion will be in the minority with this book.  Based on all of the reviews that I have seen so far, most people are really enjoying this book and I predict that it will be very popular.

I didn't hate this book but I didn't really like it either.  This was one of those books that I really didn't connect with any of the characters and by the time the big twists started happening, I just didn't care what happened.  The book was a bit different than I expected.  Since the description mentions a horror movie-scale massacre, I expected the book to be pretty gruesome.  I wanted gruesome because I am weird like that.  There are a few more bloody scenes but not like I had thought it would be.

This book is told from Quincy's point of view.  Quincy is a Final Girl which means she was the only survivor from a nightmare that killed her friends.  She is deeply affected by that night years later.  I just never liked Quincy.  Not at all.  Since the whole book is told from her point of view, it was really hard to enjoy the story.  Most of the book is really about what is going on in the present time period with Quincy and Sam, another Final Girl.

I am not going to be recommending this book but I do think that a lot of readers will like it a lot more than I did.  There were a few twists that I wouldn't have ever been able to guess and the premise was pretty interesting.  This is the first book by Riley Sager that I have read and I would be open to trying his work again in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Dutton via First to Read.
About the Author

Final Girls is the first thriller from Riley Sager, a pseudonym for an author who has previously published under another name. Riley is a native of Pennsylvania, a writer, editor, and graphic designer who lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Sunday, June 25, 2017

2017 Blogger Shame Challenge Mid Year Check In

Blogger Shame 2016

2017 Blogger Shame Challenge hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup

Visit The Herd Presents to see more about this challenge.

I just realized that I should have posted this check in at the beginning of the month.  Leave it to me to be late with a challenge that is supposed to help me get caught up.

I have read 5 books that count towards this challenge.  I started the year out pretty well squeezing 2 old review books in my reading schedule in January, 2 during the month of March, and 1 in April.  And then nothing.  Hopefully, I can get back on track and read at least 5 more books towards this challenge before the end of the year.

Books Read for the Challenge

Until Tomorrow by Annie Kelly
Out of Frame by Megan Erickson
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
And I Darken by Kiersten White
City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett 
(click the links to read my reviews)

A big thank you to Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup for hosting this challenge!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #75

I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality

It has been a really quiet week with my daughter away at camp.  Driving from St. Louis to Bloomington, Indiana and back in a single day to get her to camp was exhausting on Sunday and we are making the same trip today to pick her up.  She will only stay home for a single night before she head off to drum major camp which thankfully is only for a few nights and close to home.

Please be patient with me since I am traveling this weekend.  I hope to catch up on comments very soon!

Digital Books

The Sea King by C.L. Wilson (Edelweiss)
So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn (NetGalley)
Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain (NetGalley)
Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin (NetGalley)
The Address by Fiona Davis (First to Read)
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (Kindle Purchase)

I have to admit that I was really surprised to get approved for The Sea King so quickly.  I am looking forward to it.  I can't wait to read So I Married a Sorcerer and downloaded the book as soon as the widget hit my email.  I have been wanting to read Theresa Romain so I am happy to have one of her books for review.

Print Books

Dark Saturday by Nicci French (Won - LibraryThing Early Reviewers)
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (Blogging for Books)

I was so excited to see Ink and Bone offered on Blogging for Books.  I can't wait to get started on this series.  Nicci French is an author that I have wanted to read for a while so I am looking forward reading to Dark Saturday.

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Audiobook Review - How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland
Narrated by: Allison McLemore
Series: White Trash Zombie #4
Publisher: DAW / Audible Studios
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Date Read: June 14, 2017
Length: 14 hours 44 minutes
Source: Purchased - Audible
It’s zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party. It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking to rescue her friends - and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction.
My Review

I liked this book but not nearly as much as I thought I would.  I actually listened to about an hour and a half of this audiobook several months ago and found it just wasn't working for me so I decided to try it again later.  I started over from the beginning this time and was able to make it through the book but still had some trouble with the first part of the book.  The story did really pick up and by the end I was really enjoying myself but that beginning was rough for me.

I think that the beginning of the book had too big of a focus on Angel's internal dialogue.  I love Angel but I have to tell you that she was starting to drive me crazy.  Some of her actions seemed a bit childish to me and I kind of wanted the other characters to tell her to snap out of it.  Once the action really got going I didn't have any of these issues so maybe the balance was just off at the beginning.

This book did have a lot of things going on and once the action got going it seemed to move pretty fast.  There were a few revelations that I found completely surprising and look forward to seeing how they impact future installments.  Angel proved that she can hold her own in a fight and is able to make really good decisions very quickly.  The big twist was a pretty big surprise for me which was a definite plus.

Allison McLemore does such a wonderful job in narrating this series and this book was no exception.  She is the voice of Angel to me.  She is able to perform a large cast of characters quite well making it easy to follow along with conversations.  She reads the story at a very nice pace making it very easy to listen for hours at a time.

I would recommend this series to others.  This is the fourth book in a series that I think is best read in order.  I thought that this was a good installment, not my favorite, but still good.  I do consider 3 stars to be a good rating.  I look forward to reading more of this series very soon.

The Series

Book #1 - My Life as a White Trash Zombie - My Review
Book #2 - Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - My Review
Book #3 - White Trash Zombie Apocalypse - My Review
Book #4 - How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back
Book #5 - White Trash Zombie Gone Wild
About the Author

Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line, uses "y'all" for second-person-plural, and otherwise has no southern accent (in her opinion.) She attended college at Georgia Tech where she earned a BS in Applied Mathematics, and after graduation forgot everything about higher math as quickly as possible.

She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can't rollerblade to save her life.

She presently lives in south Louisiana with her husband and her daughter where she is deeply grateful for the existence of air conditioning.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blog Tour Review - I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne @_laurenlayne @TastyBookTours @readloveswept

I am really excited to be a part of the review tour for I Knew You Were Trouble.  Lauren Layne has become a go to author for me anytime I am wanting to read a fun and sexy kind of romance.  Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win an audiobook CD of the first three books in this wonderful series!

I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #4
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Date Read: June 20, 2017
Length: 215 pages
Source: NetGalley

New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.
My Review

I really enjoyed this enemies to lovers story.  This was a pretty quick read and I found myself flying through this fun little book.  This is the fourth book in the Oxford series and while fans of the series will enjoy seeing some of their favorite characters, this book could easily be read as a stand alone novel.  This was one of those books that I could just totally lose myself in and ended up reading it for hours at a time.  It definitely lived up to all of my expectations.

This book is about Taylor and Nick.  The book starts out with short chapters showing some of their history with each other which I thought really set the stage of the book quite well.  Taylor is planning to move in with her boyfriend, Bradley, but is surprised to find a break up note at the new apartment.  When Taylor starts looking for a roommate, Nick decides to taker her up on it and the stage is set for a whole lot of fun.

I thought that Taylor and Nick had wonderful chemistry together.  Each of these characters had some very painful moments in their past that really shaped how they deal with life.   It became quite apparent that Taylor was very misunderstood because of how she was raised.  Nick is a really good guy and sometimes others have taken advantage of his kindness.  These two just seemed to fit together perfectly once they gave each other a chance.

I really liked the way this book was written.  The characters were wonderfully developed.  Their chemistry with each other was intense and their banter was a lot of fun.  I liked the fact that it took this pair some time to really get together since it felt more realistic.  I must admit that I was pretty sick of Bradley before the book was over but Taylor and Nick seemed to feel the same way so I guess that is okay.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This is a fun little book that tells a really wonderful story.  Lauren Layne is one of my go to authors when I am in the mood for contemporary romance and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley

Oxford Series
Book #1 - Irresistibly Yours - My Review
Book #2 - I Wish You Were Mine - My Review
Book #3 - Someone Like You - My Review
Book #4 - I Knew You Were Trouble 


About the Author

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook


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