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#Review of The Billionaire’s Board (the Beguiling a Billionaire #1) by Lark Anderson w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @mims_words @lark_anderson #contemporaryromance #romanticcomedy

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When Remi Stone is promoted to director at Icor Tech by the INSANELY HOT, chiseled, PERFECT 10 CEO, the last thing she expected was for chaos to ensue. Boy—she should have been more prepared.

Who would have ever thought that being 23.7 hours early for a meeting would ever lead to a series of life-changing events that would see me influencing the course of a billion-dollar corporation—but I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s go back to the day AFTER my time-anxiety induced early bird mishap.

You see, I went into Icor Tech’s boardroom to present at the quarterly ‘Innovation Meeting,’ completely unprepared for all the enemies I was about to make. The board itself—and all the directors!

But that’s exactly what happened when the handsome, aloof, BILLIONAIRE CEO, Gabriel Icor himself, promoted me to director at 23 with NO FLIPPING WARNING!

Now, I have a bunch of seasoned board members thinking I’m an ‘upstart’ mouse. A bunch of employees angry their careers plateaued well before mine. And two insanely hot, crazy-successful, competitive, and ever charming businessmen courting me.

Oh, and get this—I’ve never so much as been on a date before.

What’s a girl to do? Well, I’ll tell you one thing that’s never advisable…

Accidentally blurting out you’re not wearing panties.

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“How the hell is this thing even real?” Sayo says, staring at the massive cat named Kibbles with disgust.

“Just don’t move too quickly!” I hold up a hand to advise caution. “You wouldn’t believe how fast she is.”

“What the hell did that girl feed it?”

“Actually, I called the vet, and it’s not Remi’s fault. She inherited the cat from her grandmother last year. She’s actually down five pounds. Maybe that’s why she has such a temperament.”

Sayo takes a step toward the beast, but a guttural hiss stopped her in her tracks.

“Are you sure you want to take care of this thing?” she asks.

“She’ll eventually go to a vet, but for now, it’s my…last connection to…”

All at once, we are silent. Sayo, Kibbles, and I stand staring at each other, not sure how to proceed.

Remi has no idea that I’m standing here thinking about her right now. That she hasn’t left my head. That I can’t sleep, and I’m now clinging to her obese cat like a security blanket.

Last night, in the desperate throws of sleeplessness, I decided I would try to cuddle the terrifying creature named Kibbles. I lured her to my apartment with Pounce treats, then nearly threw my back out lifting her, bringing her to my room, and hoisting her onto my bed. I work out pretty regularly, so the weight itself wasn’t an issue. It was how she jerked her solid mass of flesh that did me in.

It was a fight I couldn’t win, but I tried nonetheless. Now, my arms are covered in scratches, and a traumatized cat now stalks my apartment.

Oh, my word.  This book.  There is so much going on.  Intrigue, romance, finding friends, family secrets and a girl genius.  I smiled most of the way through this book just because of the outrageous situations that Remi and Gabe found themselves into.  Yes, I got this from the author’s website and it sums up this book.

Sorry, Ms. Anderson for taking the picture.  You said it perfectly.  I even said to myself, this book is hilarious and it was.  But underneath it all, it is a story about a girl being at the right place, right time and a boy that sees so much more in the girl that she sees in herself.  See Remi is a huge fish out of water in the world.  Her backstory is uplifting but sad in parts.  Not to mention that she has to deal with a 30 lb cat that hates her and she believes to be possessed.  Annalise and Meghan are just that girls that Remi needs to find herself as merely not as a mouse but as a person.  The scenes of the Porn Star and Remi are priceless.  Like rolling the floor priceless.  I loved how Ms. Anderson was able to go past their preconceived notions of each other and become friends.  I didn’t know what to think of Annalise in the being but I ended up loving her.  I can’t wait to see more from her.

Gabe is so confused in this book.  I won’t go into the gory details here but trust me, he has enough on his plate.  Remi walks in and is his world is totally turned upside down.  In a bad situation and falling in love with Remi is not what he had in mind but Remi is exactly what he needs.  His mother is a hoot and the relationship that he has with Annalise is golden.  You will understand once you read the book.  Plus, he really does love Remi in the end.  But how they get there is what’s entertaining.

The boardroom antics are classic.  I loved how Ms. Anderson brought the old with the new into the scenes and how Tom figured into the whole plot of the book.  The twist is phenomenal.  I never thought of that but Ms. Anderson did and she wrote those scenes brilliantly.  I literally had my bottom jaw slacked.  I just can’t wait to see what happens in a future book.

Peeps this book is just tons of fun.  It’s spicy but not overly.  Remember that Remi is a fish out of water so dating and sex are not on her radar.  The girls help her with that but in the end, Gabe is the one person to make Remi whole.  The book is fast-paced and just plain fun.  I think that you will love it as much as I did.  Spend an afternoon with Remi and Gabe and fall in love.

About the Author:

Lark Anderson was raised near Syracuse, New York. She joined the USAF at 19 as a Flight Manager and eventually discharged in pursuit of a college degree, eventually achieving her MBA.

Since her years in the Air Force, she has worked as a Claims Manager, a Business Analyst, an Editor, and a Web Page Designer, filling several roles, such as Fraud Investigator, Auditor, Graphic Designer, and Marketer.

Lark’s passion for writing manifested in elementary school, but she waited until she was in her 20’s to pursue her passion. Now, she writes and assists other authors in fulfilling their dreams full time.

Lark’s interests are broad. She likes her fantasy dark and her romance steamy! She plays Magic: the Gathering and LOVES going to cons and interacting with fellow geeks.

Currently, she is writing contemporary romance and is in contract negotiation to develop a sitcom she has been working on.

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#Review of On Ice, a Hockey romance by Trisha Harley McCarthy w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @authorthmccarth #hockeyromance

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Zoe Simmons receives a text on her wedding day. Her fiancé called off the wedding. No explanation and he is soon traded to another hockey team, the Detroit Steels. She is devastated and has an emotional breakdown. After a few months she returns to her lonely life. Numb and withdrawn, she throws herself into her work as an assistant to general manager of the NHL team The San Jose Otters. Fast forward three years, The Otters are contenders for the Stanley Cup that include a shocking trade, Killian “Ki” Connery. The man who left her at the altar in humiliation and shame. Another blow comes when her father, Jed Simmons, negotiated the trade of her former fiancé without telling her. How will she be able to endure being around the man her heart yearns for but her mind rebels against? Not to mention the scandal that is about to break opening up her private life to further scrutiny by the media?

Killian “Ki” Connery

The woman he loves jilted him at the altar and he is banished to Detroit to play for The Steels. The former star and captain of The Otters is crushed by the betrayal of his love he’s never gotten over. He survives through sheer will power and playing hockey while fighting the underlying demons plaguing him. Jesse Ward comes into his life and they become America’s Sweethearts of the media. Little does Ki know the part Jesse played in his breakup with his true love Zoe.

This story will keep you on your toes with an intense love story, challenges, betrayal and overcoming the odds that love conquers all.

Another great angsty book by Trisha Harley McCarthy, author of the acclaimed Granite Bay Series.

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I’d come to find out Killian Connery was a man of few words. Whether it was by elevating me to new heights of passion with his wicked tongue or by slamming an opponent into the boards, Ki was a larger-than-life. He was a guy men envied and women lusted after. After all, who could resist a six-foot four wall of muscle with mesmerizing, grey eyes and tousled, raven hair? His presence was so magnetic, it pumped up the fans before he even set foot in the ice rink. No one was immune, not even I when I first set eyes on him at the San Jose Otters training camp during his rookie year. Ever since then, I kept track of him, his career, stats, watched every game, and basically acted like your garden variety stalker on the sly. Luckily, one of my primary functions as assistant to the GM was maintaining the roster.

My heart lurched in my chest just thinking about the day I met the new rookie. I was in the owner’s box watching their practice and there came Killian Connery, sprinting across ice in that blue-and-white jersey that was almost too small for a man his size. He was a thing of beauty, if one could classify such a magnificent specimen as ‘beautiful’. Number 88 too as fate would have it—two times my lucky number. And fate didn’t stop there. I was in the manager’s office when Flynn Austin, captain of the Otters, came bursting through the door with Ki in his footfalls. Flynn was laughing at something Ki had said. The sheer size of the two defense players made the office look about as big as a shoebox.

 

Yall, this book is angsty that my head is still spinning.  As yall know, I can’t stand that but the way that Ms. McCarthy wrote Ki and Zoe’s story, it made complete sense.  It needed to be that way for these two to get together.  There is so much going on between them that drives them apart time and time again but the payoff is totally worth it.  Between the lies, betrayals, major family issues and then communication breakdown between Ki and Zoe…good law, the angst.

Ki and Zoe are a great couple.  I truly did love them from the beginning.  Ki reminded me of Mark Messier from the New York Rangers hockey team.  I’m a hockey junkie and I did work for the Dallas Stars when they won and then lost the Stanley Cup.  So I can be highly critical of hockey romances but Ms. McCarthy nails every aspect of the sport.  From the front office to the press, it is brutal.  Zoe knows this, as does Ki and they really do their best to avoid it but can’t.  Mix in Jesse, Zoe’s former best friend, and Flynn and are the lies to be believed?

Jesse is a piece of work, however, I loved how Ms. McCarthy does redeem her in the end.  Trust me, I didn’t spoil it because you just need to read the book.  She trusts the wrong person and when she figures that out, it’s game on for her.  Loved how she fought back when she realizes that and eventually helps Zoe and Ki find their way back to each other.  Flynn is another character that is a douche in the beginning but slowly redeems himself in the end.  Possible spoiler but something you need to know…after the breakup of Ki and Zoe, Zoe and Flynn date.  Normally, I don’t like a love triangle/quad but it works in this story.  Don’t be turned off by it.  Keep reading, it’s worth it.

The family issues are a doozy.  Jed is an ass and Ki’s mother needed to be slapped upside her head and in a way she does.  However, I would love a bit more of a comeuppance but I was satisfied in the end.  I won’t go into all of the family issues but damn.  The secrets and how Ms. McCarthy came up with everything is just WOW!  Like head spinning WOW!  That’s all I can say about that.  Anything more would be a spoiler.

Ms. McCarthy is a new to be me author and she knocked it out of the park for me.  Angst and all.  I read this book in one afternoon and I will definitely re-read it again.  It was that good and despite all of the head-spinning that I experienced, I can’t wait to read another book from her.  Plus, it has hockey players.  I’m a sucker for those.  Heck, we named our son after a hockey player.  Go figure.

About the Author:

Trisha Harley McCarthy is a certified Life Coach and prolific romance author specializing in fantasy, paranormal and contemporary genres.

Loving history, Trisha was captivated by being introduced to historical romance then became enamored with contemporary romance novels. Coming across fan-fiction and falling in love with the concept, Trisha began writing stories about characters in her favorite movie, Bridget Jones’s Diary. After receiving several positive reviews, she caught the writing bug and published her first standalone novel, Just As He Is, A Romance in 2012 followed by the Astral Realm Series, Written Among the Stars and sequel Beneath the stars released in 2014.

In 2015, release of Dimensions, a paranormal romance novel featuring other world encounters takes the readers on a fantastic journey of ordinary collides with extraordinary. Also, in a new direction, Trisha also wrote Indescribably Blue. a fictional account based on Elvis Presley’s death hoax conspiracy.

On a personal note, Trisha resides in Independence, Oregon with her husband Michael and their rescued chocolate lab, Elle. In her spare time, Trisha loves spending time on social media, travelling and reading her favorite authors!

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#Review of Waiting for a Miracle by Jennifer Wilck w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @JWilck #holiday #Hanukkah #contemporaryromance

Waiting for a Miracle

by Jennifer Wilck

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GENRE: Contemporary romance (holiday)

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BLURB:

 

Benjamin Cohen, a widowed father of six-year-old Jessie, is doing his best to hold it together through order and routine. The last thing he needs is his matchmaker mother to set him up with her next-door neighbor, no matter how attractive she is.

Rachel Schaecter’s dream of becoming a foster mother is right within her grasp until her meddlesome neighbor tries to set her up with her handsome son. What’s worse? He’s the father of her favorite kindergarten student! She can’t afford to let anything come between her and her dream, no matter how gorgeous he may be.

Can these two determined people trust in the miracle of Hanukkah to let love and light into their lives?

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Excerpt Three:

“Can I come in?” 

She stiffened. She was going to turn him down. But then, she stepped away from her doorway and motioned him inside. 

He stepped over the threshold. “I thought I heard you!” His mother’s voice over his shoulder made him turn. His stomach dropped. Just what he didn’t need. She peeked out of her doorway. “I thought I heard your footsteps on the stairs, but when you didn’t come to my door, I figured I was mistaken,” she said, walking into the hallway. “And then I thought I heard your voice, and I was right.”

He clenched and unclenched his jaw. “Hi, Mom. I’m here to see Rachel.” God, it was like high school all over again. 

His mother’s face brightened. “I see. Where’s Jessie?” 

“She’s at a friend’s house for a play date.” 

“So you’re having your own?” His mother’s raised eyebrow set his teeth on edge. She’d never been this excited, or sarcastic, about his dates back when he lived at home. Not even with Lauren. Guess this was her idea of progress. In his opinion, it needed work, preferably back in her own apartment. 

“We’re going for a walk,” he said.

“We are?” Rachel asked.

He turned toward her. “Please?” The last thing he needed was a witness. Especially when the witness was his mother. 

Her brown-eyed gaze shifted between him and his mother. “That’s right, Harriet, a walk. It’s a gorgeous day.” 

The sleet and cold were miserable, but he wanted to kiss her for going along with him. Not in front of his mother, though. And certainly not until he settled what happened between them. 

“You two have fun,” she said, her voice filled with glee. He clenched his fist so tight, it was a miracle his hand didn’t shatter.

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This is exactly what I needed to read after the holidays.  It’s sweet, relatable and it features a holiday that doesn’t get a lot of stories published.  But I digress.  Thank you Ms. Wilck and The Wild Rose Press for publishing it.  Plus, our heroine is a teacher, which I totally relate to.  And our hero, sorry to say, is a bit of grump.  Look I get the whole I’m just trying to keep it together but he really needed to lighten up some.  Heck, even his mother knew it.  LOL!

This is a shorter book but it still packs a punch.  I felt every emotion that Rachel and Ben had in the book.  From anger to loss, to that first kiss.  This is a sweet romance but I can still sense that what Rachel and Ben had was hot in spades.  Ms. Wilck does a great job of building it up and then letting me figure it out in my mind long after the book is done.  Some authors don’t do that but she does.  Bravo.  Jessie, Ben’s daughter, is an outright character, too.  She’s not overly cute but does seem to push her dad into Rachel at just the right moments and then makes him see reason when he makes a mistake.

Overall, I loved it.  I’ve read Ms. Wilck before so I knew her writing style and I love it.  Fluid, sweet, emotional, funny and relatable.  If you have never read her, please do.  You won’t be sorry.  And no, I didn’t think that Harriet was meddlesome.  I found her hilarious.  Ben just didn’t want to listen to his own mother sometimes.  Like most sons do.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Pretty soon, her head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Even as an adult, she thinks about the characters and stories at night before she falls asleep or walking the dog. Eventually, she started writing them down. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and her stories always end happily ever after.

In the real world, she’s the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men she knows. She believes humor is the only way to get through the day and does not believe in sharing her chocolate. 

She writes contemporary romance, some of which are mainstream and some of which involve Jewish characters. She’s published with The Wild Rose Press and all her books are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

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