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Happy Book Birthday & #ARC Review of Approaching the Bench (a Conflict of Interest novel #3) by Chantal Fernando! @ChantalFernando


Title: Approaching the Bench
Series: The Conflict of Interest Series #3
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 19, 2018
A tenacious, resilient female judge must find a way to work with her carefree clerk as they find themselves in danger when a fugitive sets his sights on revenge in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando’s sexy and thrilling Conflict of Interest Series.Trinity Williams, known as “Medusa” for her stony expressions and unyielding reputation, constantly has her guard up—how else is the youngest female judge in the country supposed to survive in such a male-dominated profession? She made the decision long ago that laughter and a carefree attitude have no business in a courtroom and achieving her professional goals is the only thing
she has left. It’s just her luck that her new law clerk, Callum Hopkins, believes the exact opposite.Callum Hopkins thinks that nothing should ever be too serious in life—why can’t he mix business with pleasure? When he first starts working for his hot new boss, they clash at every turn. He makes it his mission to get Judge Williams to see things his way for once.But when Callum finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as an escaped convict comes after Trinity, he realizes it’s not all fun and games anymore. Now in witness protection together until the authorities can catch the fugitive, this unlikely pair must learn to trust one another and work together to stay alive. Far away from the courtroom, Trinity and Callum are suddenly free to stop butting heads, and stop fighting the growing attraction between them.

With suspense and plenty of chemistry, Approaching the Bench proves once again that “Chantal Fernando knows how to draw you in and keep you hooked” (Booklist).

I know.  Isn’t the cover awesome?  The blurb intriguing?  Or maybe just because I read the other two books in the series that I couldn’t resist?  The latter would be the answer.  Plus, I just love Ms. Fernando’s writing style.  Plus, her lawyers couldn’t be sexier.  What really drew me to this one is Trinny.  I just had to read her story and understand why she was the way she is.   Plus, I knew that Callum would be a fun hero.  I wasn’t wrong in my assessment of Callum but he had a surprising depth to him.  Trinny.  I just loved her and I got her.
Let me explain.  I worked for years in a very male-dominated world and had to prove myself over and over again the powers to be that I was good at my job and worthy.  I worked my tail off and when it was all said and done, I was lonely.  Just like Trinny.  No boyfriend, no real relationships except my family.  That’s when my now husband walked into my life and I realized that my work shouldn’t define who I was but my relationship with him would.  I was in my 30’s when it happened, just like Trinny.  Why yes, there is an age difference, with Trinny being the elder.  I loved that aspect of their relationship.  Callum opened her up and Trinny reminded him of the seriousness of what will happen in the aftermath.
The mystery/suspense element is good.  Not heavyhanded even though I figured it out fairly early but I was stunned at the end with the accomplice.  I didn’t expect that and it had just another layer to Trinny and who she was and what she has become as a person.  Bravo, Ms. Fernando.  Bravo.  While the book is a bit shorter than Seducing the Defendant, Ms. Bravo fleshed out a marvelous story about two people that were drawn to each other and put in an awful situation and found love in the end.
Callum’s brother Justin, father and his friend Eddie were excellent secondary characters.  If I had one thing to complain about is that I missed the other characters from the other two books.  Hunter’s book is next and I can.not.wait.!  Do yourself a favor and pick up this series.  You will not regret it.


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New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty years old and lives in Western Australia.Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon’s Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

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ARC #Review and Happy Book Birthday to The Wrong Kind of Love (Jackson Harbor #1) by Lexi Ryan! @writerlexiryan @writerlexiryanv


The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan
Publication Date: February 12th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance


From New York Times bestseller Lexi Ryan comes a sexy new standalone romance novel about a runaway bride, a single dad who’s sworn off love, and the kind of family secrets that can threaten to break even the deepest bonds.
You never forget your wedding day. Or the moment your twin sister pukes on your bouquet and confesses she’s pregnant . . . with your fiancé’s baby.

I wanted to get away, to hide until my heart mended. I found myself in a strange town with a mysterious stranger whose talented mouth and hands almost made me forget it was supposed to be my wedding night.

Afraid to go home to face my broken life, I pretend to be my twin so I can take her job in Jackson Harbor caring for a six-year-old girl. Imagine my surprise when I find out my new boss is my mysterious stranger—Dr. Ethan Jackson.

I never meant for Ethan to discover my secrets. I never meant for them to matter. But the longer I work with him and his sweet daughter, the harder I fall, and the clearer it becomes that I’m not the only one carrying a secret that could tear us apart.

Get ready to fall for the boys of Jackson Harbor in Lexi Ryan’s sexy new contemporary romance series. These books can all be read as standalones, but you’ll enjoy reading them as a series!


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Where has Lexi Ryan been all my life?  I know.  I live under a rock most days.  Plus, since I’m not one of the “popular” blogs nor do I live on social media, I miss out on certain authors and books.  When I got the opportunity to read Nic and Ethan’s story, I jumped on it.  I dove in head first because, of course, I didn’t know what to expect.  Honestly, I read this book in one sitting.  Yes, one sitting.  I become so engrossed that I got up one time to use the bathroom and that’s it.  It’s been a while since a new author has done that for me.

There is something to be said about the blurb, too.  Ms. Ryan took a touching subject and made it somewhat heartbreaking but funny at the same time.  And I really don’t think that I even like Ronnie even after I read the book but I will definitely give her a chance if she pops up again.  I just felt like Nic should have said something earlier.  I can’t stand heroines that have siblings that are douches and Ronnie is a douche.  In the end though, Nic finally said her peace but I still don’t trust Ronnie.  Anyway…my one compliant if any.

Ethan is a dream.  But he is flawed.  Damaged and unable to let go.  The subject or secret that Ethan and Nicole both deal with in the book is beautifully written.  Ms. Ryan writes it with understanding and depth that isn’t heavy handed.  Plus, Ethan has his own problems with his mom and how he lives day to day.  Oh yes, Ethan’s side of the story is more complicated with all the secrets that are going on.  But oh the payoff in the end is definitely worth it.  I honestly didn’t expect to fall for Ethan’s entire family but I did.  We get to know Levi, Jake (*swoon*), and Shay pretty well and I can’t wait for thier books.  Okay, maybe not Shay’s (*sad face*) but the brothers will bring some serious sexiness to them.  Ethan might have the job and the only grandchild but he isn’t perfect.  I like not perfect heroes.  They don’t have to have the standard romance hangups like addiction, abuse, etc.  I just like a man that is dealing with grown up issues.  And yes, what Ethan and Nicole are dealing with is grown up.

All that said, I will read anything that Ms. Ryan will write.  Her style, humor, emotions and how she immediately made me care for the characters is something that I look for in any book but with Ms. Ryan…just wow.  I know, I need to get out more and I’m trying.  Another thing really struck me with Ms. Ryan is that while we get to know the secondary characters pretty well, they don’t overpower the story.  Teagan!!!  OMG!!!!  No filter.  Ava and the turkey baster in the bar.  Jake with his goat cheese balls.  Levi having the hots for Nic just to piss off Ethan.  But again, they don’t overpower, just enhance the story in ways that a lot of authors just don’t get when dealing with a large family.

My heart aches in places that I didn’t think it would.  Ms. Ryan had me sniffling, laughing and sighing in the end of Ethan and Nic’s story.  I never once felt sorry for either one of them but I felt like they were the ying to each other’s yang.  It just took a while to get there.  And a couple of lies.  Good lies.

I know I tell you to go out and read the book that I review but seriously…if you have never read Ms. Ryan, you need to.  She just “got” me when it comes to the trope, the characters, the emotions, sexy times, well…everything.  I can’t wait for the other brothers books to release.  I’ll pre-order.  And no, I never pre-order anything.



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Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. A former academic and English professor, Lexi considers herself the luckiest girl around to make a living through storytelling. She loves spending time with her crazy kids, weightlifting, ice cream, swoony heroes, and vodka martinis.

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Happy Book Birthday to Love Struck (the Donovans #6) by Nana Malone @givemebooksblog @NanaMalone

Title: Love Struck
Series: The Donovans #6
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary/New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 7, 2018
Just call him a rule breaker…
Zephyr Donovan knew the sacred rule. Never date a student. With the demons in his past, all he wanted was a fresh start. He wasn’t looking for trouble. But trouble tasted so damn good.
There are reasons for the rules…
Malia Adams had a complicated life. Well, actually it was pretty simple. Survive. Stay off the streets by any means necessary. And that was a nightly struggle. She didn’t have time to get involved with anyone.
Especially not the one person she can’t have.
All he needs to do is stay away. All she needs to do is forget him. Too bad that was all easier said than done.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion, and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter, and puppy in sunny San Diego.

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