Review – Falling for His Best Friend by Katee Robert (@entangledpub, @katee_robert)

Falling for His Best Friend (Out of Uniform, #2)Falling for His Best Friend by Katee Robert
My rating: 3 of 5 gargoyles

This was a great book. I liked the use of Avery’s Asian background to help set the tension between the hero and heroine. While I’ve seen characters with non-good-ol’American backgrounds, this is one of the best uses of such a background I’ve seen. I really enjoyed Avery.

Sheriff Drew…now why can’t I have a hunky sheriff like him to want to make me pregnant (well, other than the fact that I love my actual husband and have three children already, but, besides that point…).

I’m writing this some months after I read the book, and other than the really big influence of Avery’s family over her actions, I don’t really remember that much of the story, which is why I ended up only being able to give it three stars. This is unusual, because I know I love Ms. Roberts’ work most of the time.

So – it’s a good story, just not a spectacular one (IMO).

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Review – Shatter Me by Tori St. Claire (@claireashgrove, @entangledpub)

Shatter MeShatter Me by Tori St. Claire
My rating: 4 of 5 gargoyles

I enjoyed this book a lot. I thought it took a different perspective/idea on the whole military guy and the girl back home.

Alex was a fascinating, complicated guy. He had a thing for his best friend’s wife, but never acted on it, never said anything…and then lost said friend in combat, in a fashion that he felt he should have died rather than the friend. So of course that, along with a commitment to make sure said wife and love interest is okay, keeps him from moving on that attraction, even after she’s no longer married.

I’m more conflicted when it comes to Reagan, because I’m not quite sure how/why everyone was so sold on her being nutsoid. I get her dead husband’s family, because who wants to believe a son is a sick, abusive jerk? But the rest of the town? I don’t know….I did like that she was putting her life back together after her husband’s death, and that she was willing to look at Alex as a man she could be with and trust.

These two were put through the wringer when it came to finding their HEA, but I think Ms. St. Claire really pulled it off and I was glad to read this through the very last page.

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review – The Millionaire Daddy Project by Roxanne Snopek (@entangledpub)

The Millionaire Daddy ProjectThe Millionaire Daddy Project by Roxanne Snopek
My rating: 5 of 5 gargoyles

This book was thoroughly enjoyable. I really fell hard for Dane, even if I felt he was a bit ridiculously over-the-top on his food snobbishness. I’m sorry, but the little girl is just that…and he expected her to instantly adore gourmet mac & cheese?! Granted, that was definitely a stumbling block to his growth as a human being, but still it really grated on me and is probably the only thing I didn’t enjoy in this book.

I loved seeing the growing heat and attraction between Dane and Pamela. These two really deserved each other and I was happy to see how Dane grew into the man that Pamela really deserved. He was a good man, just not set up to be a daddy, though that was hardly his fault that the mother of his child never mentioned the child to him.

I also liked the subplot Ms. Snopek included which led to the discovery of the little girl’s grandmother and how the grandmother tied into the continuing growth of Dane’s actual business – in other words, I really felt like Dane came across as a full person, not just a romance hero. He had a business that he’d worked hard to develop and I enjoyed seeing that business grow as the man himself did and as Dane dealt with the consequences of a business decision he makes very early on.

So – definitely check this out. Plenty of giggle-worth (in good ways) moments, and if you’re a food snob/conneissure, you’ll probably enjoy some of the food descriptions. Lord knows I wanted his mac and cheese somethin’ fierce.

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review – Atlas by Isaac Hooke (@isaachooke)

ATLASATLAS by Isaac Hooke
My rating: 5 of 5 gargoyles

I have this book to thank for my current interest/yearning for non-romance books. This was a spectacular sci-fi book that takes place on a future Earth. The book itself started somewhat slowly, but for me that absolutely worked. A lot had changed in the world to get to the point where the story could take place and Isaac Hooke really helps you get to know the world and to understand why the protagonist would do what he does (join the American military because he wanted to eventually be a citizen).

The true action/evil alien part of the story doesn’t come until very, very late in the book itself. And again, that pace really worked for me. I loved seeing Rade grow as a person and then go off world to fight the aliens. I think it plays off very nicely current political concerns (the Korea threat, whether you believe them a threat or not currently, it’s definitely seems plausible that the future could evolve as Mr. Hooke portrays it).

Ultimately, I couldn’t put this down and definitely recommend this book and the other two in this particular series to anyone who likes military and/or sci-fi books!

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Cover Reveal – Tessa Bailey’s Boiling Point (@mstessabailey, @entangledpub)

Get ready for Boiling Point! The next installment in Tessa Bailey’s thrilling Crossing the Line series.  We hope you love the cover as much as we do!

Cover - Boiling Point

Release date: January 26, 2016

About Boiling Point:

Falling for a con man is the most dangerous game of all…

Con artist Austin Shaw’s been in disguise so long he’s not sure where his fake identities end and he begins. Now that he’s been strong-armed into working for a specialized undercover unit working with the Chicago police—criminals with unique “skills”—the last thing he needs is to risk his iron control. Especially when it comes to a certain stunningly sexy hacker who tempts him with every look of disdain.

Polly Banks will never, ever trust a con man. On the trail of a ruthless crook who destroyed the only family she’s ever known, Polly is unnerved by the shadow who follows her every move. The one who makes her pulse pound and breath short with lust. Austin. He’s infuriating, enigmatic, and pure sex appeal, and she’s determined to resist him.

But an untrustworthy man of disguise can become anyone he wants…including a man that Polly must trust if she’s to escape their dangerous game alive.

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 About Tessa Bailey: Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband of seven years and three-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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