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Happy Release Day & ARC #Review of Christmas with the Billionaire by Lila Monroe! #romanticcomedy #newrelease @givemebooksblog @lilawrites

 

 

Title: Christmas with the Billionaire
Author: Lila Monroe
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 30, 2017
Blurb
Spice up the holiday season with the hilarious new holiday novella from Lila Monroe.
Dressing up as a sexy elf to sing Christmas hits isn’t exactly the glittering Broadway career I had planned. The only thing more humiliating than my outfit is coming face-to-face with Oliver Gage, the sexy big-shot theatre producer who just crushed my dreams. He’s arrogant, infuriating… and did I mention how sexy he is?
I’ve sworn never to get comfy on the casting couch, but when we’re snowed in together upstate, it’s looking like a pretty good place to spend the night. Soon, sparks – and my panties – are flying.
Who said Christmas only had to come once a year? 

Ever just need to read a cute, sexy, funny as hell story?  Throw in Christmas, a heroine that is just too funny for words and a hot hero in the mix?  Look no further than this book.  I will admit that it is a bit short for my taste but I loved every word.  Ms. Monroe is the queen when it comes to shorter works with actual character depth, emotions and doesn’t overdo the smexy times.  Yes, folks, there is an actual plot to the book.  Heck, the book could have not even had the sex in it and it would have been just as awesome.  I know, then why bother to read the book?  Let me tell you why you should.

Oliver and Jill.  Plus, I could live a little through Jill.  My childhood dream was to dance on Broadway and Jill gets to do that, or at least try.  Jill is just one of those characters that you can identify with from the first page.  Likeable, relatable, wished you had her Brooklyn address and the feisty, snarky mouth to go with all that.  Plus, come on there is a scene in the book that we ALL wished we could tell our boss.  Plus, in the end, she kinda made Oliver actually work for it.  I knew that was coming but I really liked how she stood her ground with him.  She is the perfect partner for him in the end.

Oliver.  I just love that name.  Of course, Oliver Hudson has that name, I could lick him all over.  And yes, that’s who I pictured in my mind when it came to the character.  Plus, I liked that even though he had money, he never really mentioned it and threw it around.  Sure he was a Broadway producer but he is also very down to earth when it comes to his personal relationships.  Loved the scenes with his family and his sister is a hoot.  Sure there is a bit of instalove in the book but you don’t have to worry about the genuine feelings that Oliver has for Jill.  He realizes that she isn’t the typical actress/starlet that he has dated before and gotten burned by.  I liked his openness with Jill in the end.  He made me love him even more.

Overall, I really liked this Christmas themed story.  But then again, Ms. Monroe is fast becoming an auto-buy author for me.  I love her writing style, voice and above all, her ability to make me care about characters in a short time.  A lot of authors can’t do that but she can.

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Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.
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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of I’ll be Home for Christmas (an Out of Line novella) by Jen McLaughlin w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @DianeAlberts

You read that right, guys!!! A new Finn and Carrie novella from Jen McLaughlin and the Out of Line world is hitting the virtual shelves TODAY, and you can read it for only 99 cents RIGHT NOW! We all know that the holidays are right around the corner, and what better way to spend it than with some of your favorite characters?

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When we last saw Finn and Carrie in Blurred Lines, she was pregnant and they were happily married. Time has passed, a baby was born…are they still happily married? Time to find out in I’ll be Home for Christmas!

 

 

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Nothing could make me leave my family alone for Christmas—except maybe my father-in-law. I swore to Carrie I’d make it home in time, and I’m keeping that promise. One way or another…

I’ll be home for Christmas.

 

Some promises can’t be kept, and sometimes things just don’t work out. Finn is my world, my life. But when my worst nightmares come true, I’m faced with the impossible truth. Without him…

I’m lost.

 

 

Get it TODAY for 99 cents–and happy holidays from Jen McLaughlin!

 

I will have to admit that it has been a while and a few books since I read about Finn and Carrie.  Like, forever ago it seems.  In fact, after reading this gem of a novella, I’m going to go back and re-read the series from the beginning.  Just reading about Finn, Carrie, Riley, Noelle, Marie, Ben and Hernandez brings back so many emotions, smiles, swoon worthy moments and the perfect HEA’s for the couples.  Of course, since I know Ben’s story is up next, I’m sitting here waiting impatiently now.

What makes this book for me are the relationships that have grown over time and flourished.  It’s wonderful to see Riley and Finn actually being friends, all things considering with Carrie all those years ago.  Plus, just knowing the Finn and Carrie are happy now with their kids is just awe…It’s not all unicorns and rainbows though.  Carrie’s dad asks Finn to be a bodyguard one more time for him but this time, all the guys go with him.  Carrie’s not so sure this time and when Finn pinky promises his daughter, your heart will melt.

I loved how the girls rallied around each other when they thought the worst at happened.  Carrie’s come a long way in dealing with her issues.  Plus, knowing that she had your love for Finn to keep her going was priceless.

Overall, even if you haven’t read the other books in the series, you won’t be lost.  Ms. McLaughlin does a great job of telling you what happened in the other books but just enough to wet your appetite for more.  *wink*  This story is spicy (Facetiming will never be the same again) but is also full of love, laughter and friendships.  Plus, Susan is just a cute kid.  Pick this one up.  It’s just what I needed to kick off my holiday reading this year.

 

 

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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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Happy Release Day to Seducing the Defendant (the Conflict of Interest series #2) by Chantal Fernando @givemebooksblog @ChantalFernando

 

 

Title: Seducing the Defendant
Series: The Conflict of Interest Series #2
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Gallery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Blurb

New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns to her latest, steamy Conflict of Interest series with this electrifying tale of murder, justice, and intense attraction.Jaxon Bentley is a hardnosed criminal lawyer whose entire life revolves around his work. He’s been asked to represent Scarlett Reyes, a woman accused of murdering her police officer husband in cold blood. All the evidence points to Scarlett being guilty and Jaxon is sure it’s an open and shut case.

But when he meets his client, he can’t help but feel that she’s innocent and that there’s more to the story than meets the eye. With a bit of digging, he uncovers a connection to the notorious Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and realizes that Scarlett’s case is a complicated and difficult one. It certainly doesn’t help that the two share an immediate and passionate attraction. Will Jaxon be able to prove Scarlett’s innocence or are the two doomed to fail both in court and as a couple?

 

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I know what you are going to say?  Or maybe not.  I just love Ms. Fernando’s writing.  Keep in mind that this is only my 2nd book to read by her and yes, it’s one of the best books of 2017.  There is something to be said about an author that grabs your attention and doesn’t let it go.  I will admit that I read some of the reviews of this book that have come across my computer through other blogs and not a lot of them liked it as much as I did.  Here’s why:
1.  Insta love – I didn’t feel like Scarlett and Jaxson had the whole insta love thing going.  In fact, I felt like Scarlett held back until about 3/4 of the way in the book.  Sure, they had sex, a lot and went out on dates but it seemed like until Demon came around that she finally was able to truly love Jaxson for everything that he was and his past.
2.  Scarlett – I really thought that she was a great heroine.  She is definitely stronger than she thought and as she makes girlfriends in the book, she is finally able to do things her way and without judgment from her partner.  Her group of friends is diverse and the scenes at the strip club are hilarious.
3.  Jaxson – Besides being too sexy for his shirt and a brilliant attorney, he’s really a softie.  I didn’t figure out a plot point in the book but it explains why Jaxson could be, at times, closed off and why he resisted Scarlett at first.  There were tears in my eyes near the ending of the book for him.  Ms. Fernando does a great job through the last chapters of the book showing us what he is really made of and how early events in his life shaped him to be the man that he is today.
4.  The plot – I will admit that the plot is pretty simplistic but then again, this book is about the characters, not what the blurb tells you.  This is a great character study on the growth of Scarlett after the death of her husband and Jaxson dealing with the death of a loved one.  After all the years of isolation that Scarlett death with, it was like she had to learn to be herself again.  Finding friends, who to trust and how to be free.  I admit that I loved Scarlett.  She’s a feisty one and watching her relationship grow with Jaxson is a delight.  Jaxson’s growth is less subtle but it’s there.
5.  Secondary characters – I loved every single one of them.  Kat, Hunter, Tristin, Callum, Valentina, Faye, Gwen, and Dex.  Oh yes, the MC club, Wind Demons is here, too.  I haven’t read the books but I did buy Faye and Dex’s story because I just fell in love with Faye.  Demon…man, I teared up.  You just have to read it to understand.  I can’t wait to read Callum’s book next.
Overall, I loved the book.  I love Ms. Fernando.  What draws me to her books are the characters.  They are strong, flawed and relatable.  This book deals with some subject matter that may be sensitive to some but Ms. Fernando deals with it beautifully.  I can’t wait until February.

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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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