REVIEW – THE MODERN GENTLEMAN by Meghan Quinn

SYNOPSIS

Have you ever hit rock bottom?

I embarrassingly have.

It’s why I’m wearing my girl’s decorative scarf over my head, clutching her lady drink to my chest, and singing ever so softly to Joni Mitchell while swaying back and forth.

This is what therapists refer to as LOSING IT.

Oldest story in the book: boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy screws up MASSIVELY, girl tells boy to suffocate in the fruits of his very own unborn children.

Heard it before? I’m sure you have.

So what’s so different about this story? Well, it’s about me, The Modern Gentleman, New York City’s top advice columnist, and my rather ungraceful downfall from my pristinely polished pedestal.

It’s about a girl I met who threw all my proven theories to the wind and left me awkward, needy, and absolutely head-over-wingtipped shoes in love.

This is a story about June Lacy and how she single-handedly dismantled The Modern Gentleman.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”She specifically told me to crawl into my own scrotum and drown in my sperm. I’m pretty positive when a girl wants my unborn children to kill me, she’s not going to want to talk to me again.”

 

 

”THE MODERN GENTLEMAN” was another extremely hilarious romantic comedy written by the Queen of RomComs – Meghan Quinn. I lost count of the number of times I found myself in a fit of belly-aching laughter. I was a goner for Wes Waldorf aka ”The Modern Gentleman” after we first meet him drowning his sorrows in a girly drink called the ’Mang-o-Rita”. A Hero who doesn’t care about being caught wallowing in a pity party for one, drinking a girly drink, wearing his woman’s scarf around his head, and listening to a sad Joni Mitchell song, is a book boyfriend that I know is going to steal reader’s hearts.

 

 

 

 

Wes has always been confident in his ability to attract the opposite sex. That’s why his relationship advice column is the breadwinner for the internet-based publication he works for. His boss has given him an ultimatum to change things up and write a series of articles on his real-life experiences in trying to win the heart of a woman he just met. At the time he’s not dating anyone and is only given three days to find a woman to woo. This amps up his anxiety levels because the alternative that he is faced with is being set up with the boss’s daughter.

Wes meets June Lacy, a quirky aspiring Broadway actress. June is like no other woman he’s ever dated and she is not easily wooed. She keeps Wes on his toes and has him acting like an inexperienced teenager. Wes’ game is shot. He suffers numerous embarrassing but supremely hilarious blunders. The entire time you get inside this character’s head and realize he is one truly amazing guy with a heart of gold. He’s falling for the girl but has kept his assignment for the magazine a secret. Can you see what lays ahead for Wes and June? It’s predictable and yet wildly entertaining. You’ll never guess all the ways in which Wes fails at trying to impress the girl spectacularly, but boy, will you find yourself in the midst of side-splitting laughter!! This is another book I’m adding to my long list of favorites by this amazing author.

 

 

 

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 5
Heroine: 4
Plot: 4.5
Angst: 4
Steam: 4
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

”THE MODERN GENTLEMAN” is currently available.

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REVIEW – THE HUNTER (Boston Belles, #1) by L.J. Shen

SYNOPSIS

Hunter

I didn’t mean to star in a sex tape, okay?
It was just one of those unexplainable things. Like Stonehenge, Police Academy 2, and morning glory clouds.
It just happened.
Now my ball-busting father is sentencing me to six months of celibacy, sobriety, and morbid boredom under the roof of Boston’s nerdiest girl alive, Sailor Brennan.
The virginal archer is supposed to babysit my ass while I learn to take my place in Royal Pipelines, my family’s oil company.
Little does she know, that’s not the only pipe I’ll be laying…

Sailor
I didn’t want this gig, okay?
But the deal was too sweet to walk away from.
I needed the public endorsement; Hunter needed a nanny.
Besides, what’s six months in the grand scheme of things?
It’s not like I’m in danger of falling in love with the appallingly gorgeous, charismatic gazillionaire who happens to be one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors.
No. I will remain immune to Hunter Fitzpatrick’s charm.
Even at the cost of losing everything I have.
Even at the cost of burning down his kingdom.

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

No one had ever touched me the way Hunter Fitzpatrick did—like the world was ending and we had to cram all our passion into one defined moment.

 

 

I am convinced that no one is better at writing romances with bad boy alphas as good as L.J. Shen. Every time I read one of her books, I start off thinking the Hero is an irredeemable villain who only has wealth and looks going for him, but by the end of her stories my original opinion is usually reversed and I’ve fallen for the character and his flaws. It always takes a Heroine who seems to be his polar opposite to help the Hero reach his full potential.

”THE HUNTER”, is a spin-off of the ”All Saints High” series and one of her earlier books ”Sparrow”. Hunter Fitzpatrick is one of the popular boys who ruled Todos Santos along with Vaughn Spencer and Knight Cole. At nineteen, Hunter is driven by pure hedonistic pleasures. He winds up being wrapped up in an embarrassing sex scandal, which has his father dragging him back home to Boston. Hunter is given an ultimatum to stay sober and to curb all sexual escapades for the next six months or he will lose his inheritance and his future position as a high ranking executive in his family’s company. His dad has arranged for Hunter to have a roommate who is tasked with ensuring that he doesn’t go back to his old self-destructive ways.

Sailor is the daughter of one of Boston’s infamous hitmen, Troy Brennan, and world-famous chef, Sparrow Brennan. It would appear that history is about to repeat itself for Troy and Sparrow’s spirited daughter. She is forced to be in an ”arranged” relationship with Hunter, in return her campaign to win a spot in the upcoming Olympics as an archer is funded by the Fitzpatricks.

 

 

These two are like oil and water from the word go, but slowly they come to realize that they are kindred spirits. We find out there’s more to the sexually promiscuous playboy than his good looks and the tiny red-headed spitfire has done the unthinkable—she’s taken residence in Hunter’s heart. Will he be ready to be in a committed relationship by the time the six months are up? Or will Hunter go back to his old bad boy ways, leaving Sailor’s heart torn up in pieces?

Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 4.5
Heroine: 5
Plot: 4
Angst: 4
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

THE HUNTER is currently available!

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REVIEW – A SECRET FOR A SECRET (All In, #3) by Helena Hunting

SYNOPSIS

From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting comes a new romance about trading secrets, breaking the rules, and playing for keeps.

My name is Ryan Kingston, and I’m a rule follower. I’ve never been in a fistfight. I always obey the speed limit. I don’t get drunk, and I definitely don’t pick up random women at bars.

Except the night I found out that my whole existence has been a lie.

I got drunk. And picked up a stranger.

Her name was Queenie, and she was everything I’m not: reckless, impulsive, and chaotic. We did shots and traded secrets. And ended up naked at my place.

She left me a thank-you note in the morning and her panties as a parting gift. But no way to contact her.

Six weeks later I’m sitting in the first official team meeting of the season, and there she is. I neglected to mention that I’m the goalie for Seattle’s NHL team.

And Queenie? Turns out she’s the general manager’s daughter.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

He’s the calm to my storm. My still lake at dawn. My king.

 

Ryan Kingston is the milk drinking, khaki & polo shirt wearing, straight-laced goalie of Seattle’s top-ranking NHL team. He quickly falls for the one woman who is his complete opposite and totally forbidden. Queenie Masterson is the definition of chaos. She’s also the GM’s only daughter. Their story is incredibly steamy while light on angst and Helena Hunting’s signature comedic sense of humor. King and Queenie fall into a passionate romance and are a perfect match. It’s only King’s crazy family and a secret from Queenie’s past that post a threat to their relationship. While I found the story to be entertaining, I wished for the usual laugh-out-loud moments that I am used to from this author.

 

 

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 4
Heroine: 4
Plot: 4
Angst: 3.5
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4.5

 

”A SECRET FOR A SECRET” releases on May 12th.

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REVIEW – ARTFUL LIES (The Hunt Legacy Duology Book 1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

SYNOPSIS

A brand new irresistible and passionate romance from the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of the This Man series

An irresistible connection, a desire that won’t let go…

When aspiring antiques dealer Eleanor Cole is handed the chance of a lifetime to work for the Hunt Corporation, the renowned antiques dealers, she doesn’t think twice. Only to discover she’ll be working up close and personal with the notorious and insanely irresistible Becker Hunt. He is a man famous for getting what he wants, and Becker wants Eleanor.

But as Becker pulls her deeper into his world, she discovers there’s more to him than meets the eye.

And falling for Becker goes from being foolish to dangerous…

Move over Jesse Ward and Christian Grey, it’s time to fall in love with Becker: the ultimate alpha hero!

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

’Shhhh’ His index finger comes up to his mouth and shushes me. It’s sexy as hell, even as a warning, but I still ignore it.

 

 

 

 

Get ready to have your heart stolen by another “over the top”, sinfully sexy and charismatic alpha hero created by the incomparable Jodi Ellen Malpas! Becker Hunt is a modern-day cross between Indiana Jones and JEM’s most unforgettable heroes, Jesse Ward & Miller Hart. It isn’t a surprise that she wrote “Artful Lies” right after she had written the ”This Man” and ”One Night” series. There isn’t much that I didn’t love about this book. The cover is gorgeous. The plot grabbed and held on to my attention from beginning to end. But most of all, I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Becker Hunt! Who would have thought a simple ’shhhh’ and eating an apple could be so freaking HOT?!!!

 

 

 

The push and pull, cat & mouse, combustible chemistry between Becker and Eleanor was addictive. I couldn’t get enough of their banter and steamy rendezvous! Their story is passionate, adventurous, and angst-filled. I have only one complaint, and it’s a HUGE one! How can JEM possibly expect us to wait until NOVEMBER to get our hands on ”WICKED TRUTHS”?!! This is cruel and unusual punishment.

Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 5
Heroine: 4
Plot: 4.5
Angst: 4.5
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

”ARTFUL LIES” releases on April 30th!

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REVIEW – MY FAVORITE SOUVENIR by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

SYNOPSIS

From New York Times New Bestselling authors Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

My planned trip for two unexpectedly turned into a trip for one. Rather than let my breakup get me down, I packed my bags and decided a week at a luxury resort was just what I needed.
But one calamity after the next, and suddenly I was stuck without a hotel room, along with a few hundred other people.
It looked like my fancy vacation was about to turn into me sleeping on the hotel lobby floor.
Until I overheard a gorgeous man pretending to be someone he wasn’t in order to steal a reservation from a guest who hadn’t shown up yet.
When I realized there were two rooms, instead of calling him out, I pretended to be his sister. That’s how the story of “Milo and Maddie Hooker” began.
We were the Hookers.
My depressing trip quickly made a U-turn into an adventure.
My fake brother spent the next few days showing me around his hometown. When it was time to leave, neither of us really wanted to go yet.
So, instead of flying back to our respective homes, we ventured on a road trip.
At every stop, we’d pick up souvenirs.
But as hot as our chemistry was, we never crossed the line.
Milo knew I’d just come out of a tough relationship and didn’t want to mess with a vulnerable woman.
So instead, at the end of our trip, we made a pact to meet again in three months.
It was always my intention to meet him.
But when I got back home, reality hit in a big way.
And I worried I may have lost my handsome stranger forever.
Was there a place for him in my future?
Or had the memory of him just become my favorite souvenir?

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}

I could feel the rapid beat of his heart through my chest…or maybe it was my heartbeat raging out of control against his. I couldn’t be sure because in this moment, there was no him and no me—there was only us.

 

 

 

Fans of this amazing writing duo are in for another fun and steamy good time with ”MY FAVORITE SOUVENIR”. In an overly saturated genre, I sometimes feel like I am reading the same story, just with different characters, but that was not the case with this book. I fell in love instantly with the plot and the Hero & Heroine. Their willingness to throw caution to the wind and live a couple of weeks being utterly spontaneous made this a thoroughly entertaining read for me. Milo and Maddie’s insanely hot chemistry made the slow burn almost unbearably painful but it ended up being well worth the wait. I had the storyline clearly laid out in my mind before I got to the halfway mark and truly never expected the twist that the authors threw in. It turned a 4.5 star read into a five star one instead.

Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 5
Heroine: 5
Plot: 5
Angst: 4.5
Steam: 4.5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

”MY FAVORITE SOUVENIR” releases on April 27th. It’s stories like these that help to make self-quarantining less of a hardship.

 

 

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REVIEW – WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Katherine Center

SYNOPSIS

From Katherine Center, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.

Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.

When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.

 

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

FIVE COLORFUL STARS*****

 

 

 

Katherine Center writes books that make people happy, and What You Wish For did exactly that, left me with the biggest smile on my face.

Sam is a happy librarian that loves her job at a school in a cute little town in Texas. She’s lived there for four years now and rents a garage apartment from her bosses, who are also the owners and founders of the school where she works. Max and Babette are not only her bosses and landlords, but they are also her best friends and her “adoptive parents “ in a way because Samantha doesn’t have any family and they have taken her as one of their own from the moment she arrived.

A terrible tragedy shakes their little community and they are forced to hire a new principal for the school at the start of the new year, turns out it’s someone from Sam’s past, and she is both excited and terrified to see Duncan Carpenter again.

Turns out Duncan is not the man she once had a crush on and remembered, something happened to him and he’s changed completely and now the man that used to be the center of Sam’s obsession will become her biggest nemesis. Duncan wants to turn her colorful world gray but if he thought she was going to let that happen he has another thing coming because she’s ready for a battle in which her main weapon will be… fun!

Reading this book was so much fun but also heartbreaking. I highlighted so many positive quotes that I feel like I want to print them all out and put all over my house to remember those beautiful and inspirational quotes forever. I must say our lives are going through a very challenging time right now during this pandemic but reading this book made me feel so happy and hopeful. This is an absolutely wonderful read.

REVIEW – KISS KING by Mickey Miller

SYNOPSIS

Imagine this:
Your chest overloads with butterflies while his strong hands press your arms over your head.
You stare into the eyes of the brutally handsome Campus King as you recoil, floored from the most passionate kiss of your life.
His words to you?
“Let’s just be friends.”

Have you felt a pull so strong to be with someone that it actually…terrified you?
For me, that person is Grant Taylor: Campus King. The man is tall, handsome, and thoughtful. A pre-ordained baseball god headed for the majors and a big paycheck.
Our plan to be ‘just friends’ is going perfectly fine until one fateful summer night, when the King kisses me on a balcony like I’m his Juliet.
I never thought I could melt just from a man’s lips on mine.

I never knew a mysterious man like Grant would be the one I fall for.
The more we try to stay just friends, the more he haunts my dreams.
The more he haunts my dreams, the more I want to give into temptation.
One night…I finally do.
And it’s everything.
But a romance as hot as ours never comes without complications.

When I arrived to college, I thought I knew who I wanted to be.
I thought I knew what love was.
Turns out, I knew nothing before I met Grant Taylor.
I never knew you could fall in love with your best friend.
Life will never be the same again.
Because I should have known better than to kiss the king.

 

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

4.5 Friends to Lovers STARS*****

 

 

 

What do you do when the one that makes your heart beat faster, your skin temperature race and the one to mess up your focus entirely, is your own best friend? That’s a big dilemma, and one both Grant and Maya are having in KISS KING.

Their chemistry is simply magnetic, they not only have intense feelings for each other but they have great trust in one another, and both are afraid to mess that up if they act upon their feelings.

Maya’s life is going through a transition since her parents announced their divorce. She now has to figure out how to pay for her very expensive tuition, and to pick a major once and for all. While Maya is pretty much confused about everything, there’s always one person by her side, willing to help, willing to support her in any way; Grant.

Grant is smart, handsome, and just a great guy. His instinct and sensibility are just as great as his sexy looks. He’s never really even thought about love or commitment, but one thing he is sure about is how much Maya means to him and he is willing to do anything for her.

If they finally decide to cross over to lovers’ territory, can they indulge in the delicious passion without messing up a beautiful friendship?

I’m a fan of college-themed romances so when the author offered me the book of course I accepted. I’ve been looking for a fun, sexy read to entertain me for the weekend, but honestly, this story gave me so much more than just a sexy smile. Yes it’s steamy, yes it’s fun, but it reads in a way that answers questions you have in your mind and maybe your heart, and perhaps were too scared to ask. These characters are complex, their many layers will resonate with you in one way or another. Because we’ve all been scared or confused about love, friendship, or about what move to make next in life. I love it when a story surprises me like this when it gives me everything I was hoping for and more.

Mickey Miller is taking readers on a beautiful and romantic ride with this story, and many parts of it will stay with you forever. The good news is this story is filled with other wonderful characters that promise to bring us new, and exciting stories, so enjoy and stay tuned for more from this author.

 

 

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MY PLAYLIST:

Magnetic by Phillip Phillips

American Beauty by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Love Me Back by Ritual – Tove Styrke
Beyond by Leon Bridges
Miss You 2 by Gabrielle Aplin & Nina Nesbitt
Why by Shawn Mendes
You and I (live version) by Tom Walker

REVIEW – SOUTHERN STORMS (Compass #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry

SYNOPSIS

All I wanted to do was run away, I never expected to crash into his arms…

After leaving the city life behind to escape my loveless marriage, I moved to small town Havenbarrow for a fresh start.

What I didn’t expect was to find myself drawn to the town’s black sheep.

They called him troubled. Cold. A man with a dark past.

What everyone seemed to miss about Jax was the splashes of light in his eyes. The random acts of kindness he performed when no one was watching. The way he made me smile and laugh.

Jax helped unpack the baggage I’d been carrying around with me. He was patient with my pain and gentle with my scars. He was the stillness during my hurricane.

Yet when both of our pasts came back to haunt our present days, we realized quickly that sometimes love stories didn’t end the way we’d hoped.

Sometimes you were left with only the damage from the storm.

*Book One in New Compass Series of Standalone Novels.
Coming April 2nd, 2020.*

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

REVIEW – THE TRADE by Meghan Quinn

SYNOPSIS

Can you pinpoint a time in your life where you realized you are completely and utterly screwed?

I can. I got the dreaded phone call, the one every baseball player hopes and prays never comes.

I was traded. Yeah, that phone call.

Traded from my long time team of over ten years. And not just to any team, but my childhood rivals; the Chicago Rebels.

Completely and utterly screwed, right? Wrong. The trade was the least of my concerns.

I met a girl. Natalie. Man, she’s perfect.

I swore I would never get involved with anyone during the season. Too complicated. But can you believe I have zero restraint when it comes to this girl? I couldn’t get her out of my head and the more I talked to her, the more I realized I needed her in my life.

So what’s the problem? Why am I screwed? Because, Natalie, the girl I can’t stop crushing on, yeah . . . she’s married.

At least, that’s what I was told . . .

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I love the way he feels beneath me, like an unbreakable stone. I love the way he holds on to me, as if he needs me to be connected to him. And I love the way he makes me feel, like I’m whole again. Beautiful. Precious. Wanted.

 

 

 

Every single book in this series has been an absolute pleasure to read. Meghan Quinn doesn’t seem to have it in her to write anything less than fabulous. ”THE TRADE” had the kind of slow burn that I love. The time it took for things to heat up between Cory and Natalie was a bit of sweet torture with never a dull moment. When they finally come together it was completely worth the wait. This is the one book in the series that didn’t drag out the angst. So for those of you who avoid angsty reads at all costs, I think you’ll find that you can handle the short amount of torment in this one

 

 

 

 

There also wasn’t a ton of laugh out loud moments, but the storyline and chemistry between Cory and Natalie were what made this one a winner! I hope that we get at least one or two more installments before we have to say goodbye to this series.

 

 

 

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 5
Heroine: 4.5
Plot: 4.5
Angst: 4
Steam: 4.5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4.5

”THE TRADE” is currently available!

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REVIEW – THE GUY IN THE MIDDLE (The Underdogs, #3) by Kate Stewart

SYNOPSIS

I was born to play and bred to win.

My priorities were instilled in me early on—family and football. Those ideals led me to TGU and a coach whose ironclad principles mirrored my own.

With one last college season to play, my goal was singular—get drafted. By realizing my NFL dream, I could save my family, our ranch, and the only home I’d ever known.

Two birds, one ball.

Playing hard was my only option, but there’s always a wild card.

For all of my planning and hard work, I never anticipated falling for the coach’s daughter. Harper was a fair catch, but who knew loving her could be the one play to throw my career before it started or that the weight of our secret would change the game.

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE++++++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”What if this moment, right here, is the moment that changes your life?”

 

 

 

 

FINALLY!! It’s been a LONG five months wait to get Lance & Harper’s COMPLETE story and it was so worth the agony! I love angsty sports romances and Kate Stewart took the angst to an almost unbearably painful level, but oh, was it the best kind of torture! Lance and Harper are two book characters you will find it hard not to love with all of your hearts. Their journey to a happily ever after is filled with incredible steam, heart, and so much emotional torment. The ”Underdogs” series is going up there as my absolute favorite by this amazingly talented author, and also as one of my top-ranked sports romance series of all time. It’s one I will be re-reading many times over!

 

 

 

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 5
Heroine: 5
Plot: 5+++++
Angst: 5+++++
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

”THE GUY IN THE MIDDLE” is available now! Add this to your TBR if you haven’t done so already!

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