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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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Author Bio
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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#Review of The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @meredithschorr @MeredithSchorr #RomCom

The Boyfriend Swap

by Meredith Schorr

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GENRE: Romantic Comedy

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BLURB:

Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure. Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flaky actor beau.

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.

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Excerpt One:

“Give the idea a minute to percolate,” Sidney said calmly. Her mouth remained in a straight line, indicating she wasn’t joking.

My stomach quivered with unease, but I took calming breaths to settle down. According to Anne Marie, Sidney was very opinionated and sometimes wouldn’t shut up until she got her way. I’d just let her keep at it until her throat hurt or she passed out from too much wine.

Sidney continued, “If left to our own devices, the holidays are going to blow chunks, but if we pool together, we’ll all be better off. And it’s only for a few days. It’s the perfect solution to our mutual problem.”

I stood from the table and removed a bottle of water from the refrigerator. I poured a glass and placed it in front of her. Hopefully she’d take the hint. The wine was clearly going to her head.

“What do you say?” she asked the minute I sat back down.

The girl had to be on more than fermented grape juice. Hallucinogenics maybe? Whatever influence she was under, she clearly believed her ludicrous plan had merit and I was going to have to put my foot down. “I say that I’m a grown woman and shouldn’t need to lie to my parents about who I’m dating.”

Sidney nodded. “I agree. You shouldn’t.”

A breeze of relief zipped through my core. “Glad we’re on the same page.”

“You shouldn’t have to lie, but in our case, we sort of do. If we want to make it to the New Year without requiring a straitjacket, that is.” She smiled, a slick grin I was certain both assured her clients and put the fear of the devil in her adversaries in equal measure.

 

Where do I start with this gem of a book?  Seriously?  The premise sounded like a true winner and it really was.  I loved Robyn, Perry, Will, and Sidney.  But I did have my favorites.  Anna Marie is a hoot, too but I’ll get more into the secondary characters later.  What truly sets this book apart from any other chick lit/rom-com is that its clean.  I know, right?  I’ve read some really good rom com’s lately but this one is clean.  Sure, sure, the couples before the swap engage in the bedroom but we never see it and its only in passing do we even hear about.  Your’ grandmother can read this book or even better a teenager.  Did I miss it?  Nope, not one bit and you won’t either.  This is a story about two couples that need to grow up, figure out what they want in life and how they are going to achieve it.  With or without their current partner.

Robyn and Will stand out for me because of the trope, childhood friends to lovers.  Robyn and Will have a chemistry that is just there on the edge but neither one of them want to step off.  Robyn has had it in her head about Will since she was a teen and doesn’t want to spoil that image or fantasy.  Will, on the other hand, just to figure out if Sidney is the right woman for him.  You will cheer this couple on from the beginning.  I loved these two and their romance is a slow build with a broken heart or two.  I won’t go into anymore because of spoilers.  Let’s just say that I’m very satisfied how it…

Sidney and Perry are a completely different story.  If I had to pick the couple that needs the most work, it would be them.  Take an alpha female with severe daddy issues and pair her with a wannbe actor and its a recipe for diasater.  I never laughed so hard at them.  Perry is trying to shake her up and boy does he.  Sidney doesn’t know what to do and the pantry scene is priceless.  I saw it coming but I still loved it.  It finally showed a Sidney that I liked.  I didn’t like her very much until then.  She’s got a bunch of issues to deal with and when she FINALLY tells her dad “sorta” off, I cheered for her.  If I had one compliant, I would have liked to see where she and Perry ended up.  The scene at Lord & Taylor is just too funny.  Cherry Bomb!

Both girls have family issues that they need to take of in the book and with the help of their ‘boyfriends”, they succed on some level.  Peeps, this book is chopped full of laughs, two couples that shouldn’t be together but are and some major growing up for the girls.  Ms. Schorr has written a winner of a book.  I highly recommend it.  Plus, it has Lord & Taylor.  I know, I live in Texas but we had L & T in Dallas when I was growing up.  I used to get my hair cut there and my first ever Victor Costa party dress was bought there.  And yes, I still have the dress.  😉

I can’t wait to read another book from Ms. Schorr.  I loved her voice, style and most of her characters.  Anna Marie and both sides of the family are great, too.  James is a hoot for Robyn to sound off to and the two guys at the beach were priceless.  Pick this book up.  Tell your friends.  And then tell what book of hers next to read.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

A born-and-bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing romantic comedy and humorous women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hardworking trademark paralegal and her still-single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan, an avid runner, and an unashamed television addict. To learn more, visit her at www.meredithschorr.com.

 

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Happy Release Week & #Review of Miss Fix-It by Emma Hart! @EmmaHartAuthor @inkslingerpr

 

 

One handywoman.

One single dad.

One set of twins.

And the wall isn’t the only thing being drilled…

I learned the hard way that being a handywoman isn’t easy. The questions, the stares—the assumption I’m the proud owner of a cock and balls. Not that it matters. I’ve proven over and over that I’m ready for anything the judgmental asses throw at me.

Except the hot, single dad of twins who just moved to town.

Brantley Cooper gets the shock of his life when I show up on his doorstep to fix up his kids’ new rooms. His son is confused why ‘the pretty lady has a drill,’ and his daughter has a new obsession—me.

On paper, my job is easy. Go in, do their bedrooms, and leave.

In theory, I’m spending eight hours a day with a guarded, sexy as hell guy, and I’m staying for dinner more often than I’m eating it alone, on my couch, with Friends re-runs.

I shouldn’t be staying for dinner. I shouldn’t be helping him out with the twins. I shouldn’t be falling in love with tiny toes and dimpled cheeks.

And I most definitely should not be kissing my client.

Oops…

 

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“Deal with it,” I echoed, my mouth dry. “What exactly do you mean by that?”
He glanced at my mouth.
“Okay, but, um, here’s the thing.” I couldn’t breathe. I sounded like a panting idiot trying to get the words out between each short, sharp breath I took. “This,” I motioned between us, “is bad.”
“Bad.” His lips tugged to the side.
“Yes. Because,”—help. Someone help—“because this isn’t allowed. Company rules. No cavorting with clients.”
“No cavorting with clients.” That half-smile turned into a full-blown grin. “That’s very…proper.”
“Well, I can’t exactly put, “No sleeping with the clients” now, can I?”
“You could have, but it would have been unfortunately precise.”
“I should change that.”
“I disagree.”
I licked my lips. “You should agree. Because this is—”
“Bad. You said.” More lip twitching.
“I thought you were sorry you made it awkward by kissing me.”
“That was before I found out you were attracted to me. Now, I’m a lot less sorry I kissed you.”
Oh. Well. Fair enough.
“Should I take back my acceptance of your apology?” I asked.
“You should stop talking and see how you feel when I’ve kissed you again.”

 

This book had me laughing so hard in parts.  Yes, laughing.  Like out loud.  The snark, the kids, the hot dad that didn’t have a clue and especially Kali, our heroine.  She absolutely has no filter as does her stepmom.  Those two had me in stitches most of the time when they were together.  But let me back up and tell you I liked about the books.

  1.  Kali – She is strong, sexy without even knowing it, good at what she does and is set in her ways about no children.  I know, right?  Hey, I have friends that never wanted children and it works for them.  Heck, I even have a BIL & SIL that never wanted them.  I admire anyone that has that conviction.  Me, I love kids.
  2. Eli & Ellie – I swear their antics were hilarious.  I have twin aunts so I got the whole twin thing.  Plus, the dialogue that Ms. Hart wrote with them…Priceless.  I will say that Eli was my favorite.  He just captured my heart from the beginning and how Kali was able to communicate with him is wonderful.  Ellie is all over the place and a couple of times I thought she needed a good spanking but that’s just me.  Ms. Hart writes them not just as a plot element but as real characters.  To me, that is brilliant writing.
  3. Brantley – He isn’t the clueless father that some authors will use to make the heroine fall in love with him.  He is still grieving over the loss of the children’s mother but it’s not sad.  He thinks about what the “ifs” but also looks to the future…with Kali.  His feelings are real, relatable and let’s face it.  He’s hot.  I got the sense that he was hesitant in the beginning with Kali but once he faced his feelings for her, it was on.
  4. The plot – Its a basic simple plot but the layers that Ms. Hart wrote in it are beautiful.  Single dad, adorable kids and a reluctant heroine?  Been done but Ms. Hart gives us the emotions of will Kali be good enough with the children?  No, she won’t take the place of their mother but she has doubts.  The scenes with her stepmother are cry-worthy.  Her step mother tells Kali about her own feelings when she came into the picture and it really helps Kali in her thought process and how she sees herself with Brantley and the children.
  5. Dialogue – Snarky, emotional and laugh out loud funny.  This book is just hilarious when dealing with subject matter that is also heart-tugging.  Ms. Hart does a wonderful job of balancing the two.

I have to admit that this is my first book by Ms. Hart.  I know, sometimes I live under a rock but it won’t be my last.  I loved her pacing, dialogue, and her characters.  It’s a book that I think everyone should read.

 

 

emma

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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