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Sweet Heat at Bayside - Addison Cole

Sweet Heat at Bayside is the perfect book about love, friendship, and family.     Never is there a doubt that these Bayside friends and family will protect, love, and help you with whatever you need.    Most of the time you do not even need to ask, they just do it and instinctively know what is needed at any given time, even if it is to leave a person alone to figure things out themselves.       The heat part of the story is my favorite.  Addison Cole writes a clean and steamy story.    She leaves some of the story to the readers imagination but leads them right to the edge before letting them go.    

 

While this is part of a series it can be read easily as a stand-alone story.   Each book is its own complete story with the characters from other books just checking in to let the reader know what is going on with them.   The past characters are just as fun to read about as the characters that the book is actually focused it.   You learn about babies, weddings, and anything else that is happening.    

 

Sweet Heat at Bayside tells the story of Drake and Serena.    They have been friends since childhood, best friends for many years, and have worked together for 4 years.    Circling each other, feeling the heat between them, but never acting on it is how their relationship has been.    The timing just never seemed right to move their relationship to the next level.    Yet, with Serena moving to Boston for a new job it is time for Drake to let his feelings out and oh was it wonderful.   There was no easing into it, no doubt of feelings, and no going slow.    Drake just jumped right in, took what he wanted and Serena loved every minute of it.    

 

As I am a big Addison Cole fan, I thought I knew what to expect.    She managed to surprise me with how much control Drake kept when it came to pushing Serena in their relationship.    He could have asked her to stay, asked her to move back, and Serena probably would have but he respected her so much that he never did.   He let her spread her wings, find her way, and supported her with each step.  

 

Pick up this book and the rest of Addison’s books.   They are sweet with heat.   They have amazing friendships and wonderful relationships.

I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh

Let Me Lie is a true psychological thriller.     The suspense, the mystery, the secrets all feed into the story keeping the reader guessing as to what will happen next.  There were so many twists and turns that I found myself wanting to skip ahead and see where they were heading.    And oh the lies… so many lies.   Lies on top of lies on top of lies.     Sounds like it could get confusing but it was just the opposite.    They all played into the story perfectly. 

 

The story is told from multiple points of views.   I loved that one of the points of view was unidentified.   This kept me guessing as who was telling their story without revealing themselves.    From the different voices it was fun to try to tell who was lying, who was telling the truth, and who was telling the story as they knew it whether truthful or not.  

 

If you are looking for a psychological thriller full of twists and moment that will make you stop and think…Let Me Lie is the book for you.    

One of my favorite series

Not Quite Crazy - Catherine Bybee

I am hooked on the Not Quite series.    This one was like a fairy tale.   Girl works while raising her best friends son, stops to help a stranger during a snow storm, and stranger changes her life.     The catch?   The stranger is her boss and CEO of a private jet company.  

 

The stranger is Jason Fairchild.   He lives to work.    Until a fateful night when Rachel Price gives him a ride after is Audi swerves into a snow ditch.   Immediately when these two met the reader could feel the attraction.   I knew their story would be interesting, fun, and sexy.    I loved that Jason immediately took into account that Rachel was a mom.    He made plans, dates that included Owen.    He connected with Owen just as quickly as he connected with Rachel.     

 

Not Quite Crazy is a fun and fast read.   The storyline was enjoyable, quick, and easy to follow.   There was flirting, sexy fun, and family time.   Add in some drama, some family discord, and some scary mom moments and it is the perfect story.      There are twists and turns throughout the story that changes some of the storylines from where I thought they were going to go but the ending was perfect.    I ended with hope for Owen to be happy and a full heart for Rachel to be living life her way with Jason who is going to give her the world.   

 

I definitely recommend picking up your own copy of Not Quite Crazy.

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding - Rhys Bowen

3.5 stars

What a hoot of a story. Georgie is getting married to Darcy and neither of them has much money. When she is offered the chance to live at a grand estate she jumps at the chance. Little does she know what she is moving into.

The beginning of the book moved a little slow. I wasn’t sure where it was heading and was anxious for it to get there. Maybe because I wasn’t familiar with the characters since this was the first book in this series that I have read I missed out on some of the story but I do not feel that was the case. Anyways, once Georgie moved to the estate the story flew. I was excited to learn what new trouble she would find, what she would do next, and what her housemates a.k.a employees were going to do next.

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding is a great historical fiction. There is plenty of laughs, plenty of fun, and some history. I recommend picking up your own copy.

Driving Whiskey Wild - Melissa Foster

My Thoughts…

 

The Whiskey Family is tough, tattooed, and run a biker club.   I love everything about them.     Along with all of that they are true to themselves, have strong family values, and work hard for what they want.    Driving Whiskey Wild is Bullet’s story.     He is fighting so many demons.   PTSD from what he saw and experienced in war is the cause of many of his issues.   Bullet just needs the right woman to help him beat those demons.  

 

I like that both Bullet and Finlay have experienced life.   They have had rough times and still managed to come out on the otherside.   They are not privileged, they have had to work to earn their way in the world.    They both have reasons for not feeling like they could be loved again.    Together Bullet and Finlay just make sense.   They can understand each other, support each other, and love each other because they are alike in so many ways.   

 

If you are familiar with Melissa Foster and are looking for a sweet, loving, tender book Driving Whiskey Wild is not it.   This is a hardcore, in your face, tough book.   There are many sweet, loving, and tender moments but there is also a lot of swearing and hard conversations being had.     

Hearts at Seaside - Addison Cole

AUDIOBOOK NOTE…   Melissa Moran is a newer narrator to me but I am a huge fan of Addison Cole.  With Addison Cole’s words and Melissa Moran’s voice this is the perfect audiobook.    I could feel the story coming to life as I listened.   The characters were real and their emotions came through in the words. 

 

Sweet with Heat is the perfect description for this book.    Jenna is hooked, for many many years on Pete.    Pete is hooked on Jenna for just as long.    Why haven’t they got together???    Jenna gets shy around Pete leaving him to believe he just might be too much for Jenna to handle.    That sentence cannot be farther from the truth.    They belong together. No doubts.  No questions.  

 

I loved how Jenna went after a construction worker to make Pete jealous.   That construction worker ended up being sweet, attentive, smart, and almost perfect for Jenna.  The only problem with Charlie is that he wasn’t Pete.    For anyone else he would have been the perfect man.    I liked that Addison Cole did not make Charlie a hunky, brainless, boring guy.   She made him a guy that would be perfect for the Seaside Girls.     All of that being said, I LOVE Pete’s reaction. 

 

Both Jenna and Pete have known each other for what seems like forever yet there are things that they still have to learn about each other.     Pete’s dad is a functioning alcoholic and he has been keeping that a secret from almost everyone.     Opening up about that to Jenna was a tough scene, which was handled with so much care that I had no doubt that together Jenna and Pete could find the answer to save Pete’s dad and not make it an issue in their relationship.      Jenna’s mom is also a “problem” but more like an embarrassment to Jenna.    Jenna is worried that her mom will show up and embarrass her in front of Pete and the Seaside crew.      By the end of the story I had no worries that they could handle anything thrown at them.

 

 

While each book in this series is a standalone story, it is fun to see the characters from previous books make appearance and catch up with what is happening in their lives.    The next book is Amy’s story with Tony and I can’t wait!

 

Rescued by Love - Melissa Foster

AUDIOBOOK NOTE...What an amazing narrator… BJ Harrison is wonderful. He has a great cadence in his voice, a perfect tone, and wonderful feelings with his words. He tells that story of Addison and Jake perfectly. He takes Melissa Foster’s words and makes them come to life. While listening to the story I feel the characters come to life, their stories become realistic, and leave me wanting for so much more.

Addison and Jake are one-night stand pros, no feelings involved, no worries about the next day. That is until they hook up together. After circling each other with innuendos for months it finally happens and it is more than they ever expect. The “rules” are broken and everything changes for them.

I am not big on one night stands but it seems to work for them. I enjoyed the circling of these two and it was impossible not to feel the sparks between the two of them well before they hooked up. The heat and attraction was amazing,

The Child - Fiona Barton

The main characters of The Child are all intriguing.    There is Kate the reporter following up on a story of a baby’s remains found buried during a construction dig.    Angela is the mother of a baby that was kidnapped from the hospital just hours after her birth and has never had closure.   Emma is a surprise POV; she lived at the location that the baby remains were found.     I found it interesting how different their lives were yet together the stories all came together perfectly.

 

There were secrets, intrigue, and surprises that I never saw coming.   The mystery was not hard to solve but with each different twist and turn I learned more about the various characters.    I was invested in Kate getting her story, Angela getting her closure, and Emma coming to terms with her teenage years.   There is so much more to this story than meets the eyes.  

 

The ending was the surprise.    The Child is certainly a psychological thriller that kept me on my toes.    I could not put the book down.  

Girl Unknown - Karen Perry
3.5 STARS 

As I read Girl Unknown I knew there was more to the story. There had to be a catch with Zoe. I had so many guesses and loves trying to follow the clues. Karen Perry threw so many twists and turns into the book that I knew the truth was buried in there somewhere. 

My struggle was David and Caroline. Their marriage was troubled before Zoe entered the picture and when she came into their life it became even more troubled. I didn’t like that David didn’t even consider Caroline’s concerns about Zoe. He didn’t put any thought into them, didn’t try to understand where Caroline was coming from, and just brushed her off. I got it, Zoe is his daughter he wants to love and trust her yet the signs were all there that she was trouble. 

The ending was the wonderful. When I got to the last few chapters I could not stop reading. The pace picked up, the secrets were shared, people were held accountable for their actions, and the final twist…never saw it coming.
More Than You Know (The Harrisons) - Jennifer Gracen

Nick is a hero.   Not because he is a Detective in the police department but because he is willing to donate his marrow to a little boy that he doesn’t even know.   Well, maybe he doesn’t know them but there is a very good reason that his marrow is a match to this boy.      I love this twist.   Sure, I knew it was coming.   It wasn’t a surprise but it was perfect.  The fact that he ends up related to the boy only endears him to me even more.   With all the drama, and oh was there drama, surrounding the fact that he is a long lost Harrison he never lets it get between the real reason that he is in New York.   

 

Then he meets Amanda.    Everything he thought he knew about love gets twisted around.    She pushes, she pulls, and she retreats in reaction to his tough, alpha exterior.    But she is perfect for him.    If only they would both open their eyes are realize it.    They both need to get over themselves and open their hearts to a love so perfect that it would be so sad to not accept it.  

 

It Might Be You is a love story.   There is romance, there is heat, there is love but it is also a family story.   A story of finding a piece of yourself that you didn’t know was missing, a story of finding out the truth about yourself, and a story of opening your heart to love.    

 

 

This is a story that is perfect with a mug of hot cocoa and cuddled under a warm blanket.

Good Little Girls - Rita Herron

This is the story of Tinsley and the Skull.   The Skull kidnapped Tinsley leaving her with panic attacks and unable to leave her cottage on the beach.     The anniversary of her kidnapping is approaching and the Skull wants her back.   

 

I love that the detective that saved her in the first book is still around and still protecting her.     With each panic attack, he comes to her rescue and never makes her feel bad about it.   He respects her boundaries, he holds her when she needs it and listens to her talk.     There was a simmering attraction between them that intrigued me.  I was definitely cheering for them to come together or at least spend more time together. 

 

While the story focuses on Tinsley, the secondary characters got storylines also.   Their stories were just as suspenseful as the main story and I am hoping that there could be more of them in future books in this series.   

 

Rita Herron has made The Keepers a MUST-READ series for me.     I recommend starting with book one and just keep on reading.   

Claiming Felicity (Ace Security Book 4) - Susan Stoker

Ryder is alpha hot!     He has all kind toughness but beneath it all he is a softy with a huge heart.     Castle Rock, Colorado is where he meets Felicity while he is meeting his ½ brothers for the first time.    Imagine that stress and then he walks in on all the drama surrounding Felicity.    Talk about a lot going on in his world.     But he manages to keep it all together, open his heart to his new family and to find the love of his life.  

 

The brother’s in this story are all alpha males.   I loved that they questioned Ryder when he arrived but accepted him as their brother when it really counted.    They opened their homes, their families, and their business without ever doubting Ryder’s reliability.   It was wonderful to see a man who had no family get accepted into a large, loving family. 

 

The storyline of Ryder and Felicity was intense.    A woman on the run, a man wanting to taunt her and kill her, and in walks her hero.    It was refreshing to see Felicity not fall apart, she stood strong, accepted help, and stayed involve in saving her own life.   Felicity is a strong character that had a rough life but managed to find happiness in an unlikely place.    

 

I am new to the Ace Security series and am excited to read more about these amazing brothers.     I am also excited to learn more about the Mercenary Men and their stories.  

Small Town Rumors - Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown wrote a book set in small town USA.   Everyone knows what everyone else is doing and they are happy to spread the gossip around the town.    The original story changes as the gossip is passed from person to person and many times it gets blown entirely out of proportion.     This is exactly how a small town is.   

 

Jennie Sue is a unique and strong character.   She is the daughter of the queen and king of the town and she turns up her nose to that.  I like that she knew she didn’t want to be like her mother yet she took a chance with Percy to try to live that life.   I also like that it didn’t turn out well for her, I know that sounds bad but she was so unhappy and now that she is divorced from him she is so much happier.     The town of Bloom, Texas should have turned its back on her but instead, those who are below her mamma’s station in life welcome her with almost open arms.    While those who are her momma’s friends want to make her into one of their own without seeing how that is exactly what Jennie Sue (Southern name at its best) doesn’t want. 

 

The characters that welcome Jennie Sue home and help to handle the twists and turns in her life now that she is home are perfect.     They are open, they are welcoming, and they are accepting.    They let Jennie Sue be who she has always wanted to be and encourage her to grow in that.    I love that and hope that if that was to happen in my town I’d be one of those welcoming people.   It gives me something to strive for.  

 

Everything about this book is perfect.    A perfect summer book with a wonderful small town setting, and characters that I loved that I definitely recommend.

The Sometimes Sisters - Carolyn Brown

So many families are broken apart by circumstances beyond the kids controls yet the kids feel the brunt of it.    With the Sometimes Sisters the family has Granny Annie keeping them together until their lives spiral out of control and they stay away to deal with their own lives.  

 

The Sometimes Sisters is a story of three sisters who have grown up and are now hiding out from life at Granny Annie’s.    They fight, they point fingers but most importantly they protect each other and stand up for each other.    Each of the sisters is working through their issues and must have the support of the other sisters to find their way out the other side of life.     

 

Zed, Granny Annie’s forever friend, is the angel in this story.     He is carrying on Granny Annie’s legacy after she passes by taking care of her granddaughters.     He deals with the drama, the tears, and the love of these grown girls.    Many men, especially those not related by blood, would have ran away as far as they could get from all their problems but he stood strong, supported, loved, and gave them the gentle pushes in the directions needed to heal themselves.  

 

I loved reading about these Sometimes Sisters becoming Forever Sisters.   Carolyn Brown in a must read author.   I definitely recommend picking up your own copy and enjoying meeting these wonderful characters.   

Sweet Passions at Bayside - Addison Cole

Emery’s best friend moves away and she makes the hard decision to start her yoga business over and join her.  She starts on her way and has to detour to Dean’s house, which is wonderful since they’ve been talking to each other nightly since they met at Christmas time.    Instant sparks, heat, and attraction.   There is no doubt that there is something between them but Emery has rules against dating friends.    I LOVE that Dean decides rules shmules… he doesn’t follow her rules and pushes her to go against her own rules and date him.     The three outings (they were not dates) were so original, so loving, so fun, and so amazing that I was jealous that no one ever made that effort for me.    These outings also gave her a glimpse into his life, his family, and his career while allowing her to open up letting him in little by little.    

 

Oh my… these characters are so wonderful.   They are not perfect, they are real, they have feelings, and they are friends of mine.  With each Love in Bloom book that I pick up I am excited to see what happens, to see what characters are introduced, and to see what characters come back into the series so that I can catch up with their lives.        Their relationships with each other are so real and full of feeling that I can feel the love between them.   They are more like families then friends and there is never a doubt that they have each other’s backs.    

 

 

Addison Cole writes this series so that the characters and settings are familiar but each book is its own story.   There is an ending to each book and each book starts with a new couple to explore.    The series can be read in any order and are wonderful no matter where you start your reading.    I can guarantee that once you start reading you will not be able to stop.

Sweet Love at Bayside - Addison Cole

Oh My Goodness…another winner from Addison Cole.    The writing of this book is wonderful, sweet, sexy, and perfect.     The amazing friendship, the beautiful setting, and the oh so sexy Rick Savage make this a book that I could not put down.     I was so into this story that I read it early in the morning, middle of the afternoon, and late at night.   I just could not put it down.   

 

There is enough heat in the story to make the reader blush yet leave the juiciest part up to their imagination.    I loved the teases at Rick and Desiree’s relationship and how they were managing to become a hot steamy couple.   The idea that the better their relationship was meant the better the friends were fed gave glimpses at the heat that happens between them.  

 

Lizzie made me laugh, while she had an extremely small part of in the story she was the one who set it all in motion.   She sent cryptic notes to both her daughters making them rush to the family home in Cape Cod.   Then she ran leaving them with a mess and Cosmos.        While she will never earn a mother of the year award she did make Desiree and Violet come together after years of being apart and she inadvertently got Rick and Desiree to meet each other again.  

 

Addison Cole is so talented and I am so excited to continue this series.    If you are looking for a sweet friendship, heated relationship, and a wonderful story this is the book for you.