Review: Mackenzie Fire by Elle Casey

25943218Title: Mackenzie Fire

Series: Burn Not Shine, #2

Author: Elle Casey

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Still bitter about his failed engagement and life on the family ranch, Ian MacKenzie has been cranky for nearly three years. His brother Mack’s married bliss hasn’t helped, and now his pregnant sister-in-law’s airhead best friend is coming for a visit.

Candice arrives to help with the new baby, even though it means swapping her Louboutins for snow boots and her flat irons for flannel. She’s far from prepared for the freezing cold and she certainly wasn’t expecting the sizzling heat of her attraction to a certain green-eyed cowboy. Ian may be rude and infuriating, but he looks sinfully good in those jeans of his.

The two clash at every turn, but there’s one thing they can both agree on—if they do give in to their undeniable chemistry, then it’s just a fling…because he’s a country boy and she’s a city girl, and their zip codes are on opposite sides of the map.


5 / 5 Stars


 

This book is the funniest book I’ve read in a long time. I can’t even tell you how many times I laughed out loud. Candice was such a hoot. Her city slicker attitude combined with her Google obsession was hilarious. I kept waiting to see what crazy thing she was going to do next! I loved her loyalty and plans.

Candice was the perfect match for cranky Ian. I loved the playful side she brought out in him. It was fun to see her egg him on and him react. They were so dang cute and funny together.

If you want a romance that is going to make you laugh, look no further. This one is hilarious. It’s the second book in the series, but I think you could read it as a standalone. You might miss out a little on the backstory, but I’m sure you would still laugh a ton.

Mackenzie Fire is one of those books that I will be recommending to people for a long time.

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Review: That Girl, Darcy by James Ramos

27242522Title: That Girl, Darcy

Author: James Ramos

Publication Date: October 20, 2015

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED that geeky guys never get to date the pretty girls with permanent scowls.

To Elliott Bennett, life is simple. It’s all parties, skateboarding, and arguing over who would win in a fight between Hulk and Superman with his friends. It’s his senior year, and he wants nothing more than to soak up his final year of freedom before real life begins.

That is, until Darcy Fitzwilliam and her best friend Bridget move in to the only mansion in the neighborhood. When Elliot meets Darcy at a party, he finds out that she isn’t into skateboarding (which he lives for), she hates science-fiction (which he loves), and she thinks his friends are a pack of morons (which, honestly, might be half true)—and yet, there’s something irritatingly intriguing about her.

When Elliot’s cousin Jake starts to date her friend Bridget, it complicates Elliot’s plans to ignore the scowling Darcy for the rest of the year. Why is Darcy so . . . ugh? Elliott doesn’t know, but for some reason, is determined to find out—even if she doesn’t know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars.


5 / 5 Stars


I’m going to admit something a little troubling. I can’t remember reading Pride and Prejudice. I know I’ve read it, it’s been too long. But that doesn’t matter because it’s not Jane Austen’s novel I’m reviewing. It’s James Ramos’ and it was phenomenal!

In That Girl, Darcy, Elliot’s world is turned upside down when Darcy Fitzwilliam and her best friend Bridget move to town. Darcy is snooty and judgmental — Elliot can’t stand her. But then his cousin Jake starts dating Bridget and Elliot is forced to spend time with Darcy.

The more Elliot finds out about Darcy, the more he wants to know. He’s convinced it’s because she’s a puzzle he wants to figure out. That has to be it. He couldn’t possibly like her…

I’m pretty sure I had a smile on my face the entire time I read That Girl, Darcy. There were so many outstanding things about this book! It was fun. It was fast-paced. It was both humorous and insightful. I could go on and on!

My favorite thing about That Girl, Darcy, though,  was the characters. The characters were well developed and each had such a different personality. I loved them all!

Elliot, being the main character, stood out the most. He should have been a boring character because he just went with the flow and was in a state of avoidance all of the time, but he wasn’t. His indecision over what path his life was to take after high school and his frustration over how he felt about Darcy felt so real. I loved reading his point of view. I could even identify with some of his feelings of being “lost” as an adult.

Another character that really stood out for me was Christian, the head of the school newspaper. I enjoyed Elliot’s interactions with him. He was such a pompous jerk. His declarations and conversations were hilarious.

Honestly, I’m shocked this is Ramos’ first novel. His writing in That Girl, Darcy is so eloquent and smart. I can’t wait to see what he’ll write next.

**I received a copy of That Girl, Darcy from Ryan Mendenhall and Goodreads First Reads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Series Review (PART 2): Calendar Girl by Audrey Carlan

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This review is a continuation of the Calendar Girls series I began yesterday. You can find the review for books 1 – 6 here.

Series Title: Calendar Girl

Books: JulyAugustSeptemberOctober, November and December

Author: Audrey Carlan

Publication Dates: January 15, 2015 – December 29, 2015

Publisher: Waterhouse Press

Genre: Erotic Romance (PLEASE NOTE: Unsuitable for audiences under age 18 due to foul language, graphic sex and some violence.)


 

I decided to review the Calendar Girl series in two posts instead of each separate installment because  it seemed an easier way to put my thoughts together. I flew through each book and it didn’t make sense to stop and review in between when there was more of the story to read. I would have done one post, but it would have been SUPER long! This is the second part of the review.

The Calendar Girl series is about Mia, a young woman who has become an escort (not a call girl!) in order to pay off debts her comatose father has incurred. Each book is titled by month and detail Mia’s monthly assignments. It’s important to read them in order, as each book has a little surprise of its own that would be ruined if you read them out-of-order.

Here we go again…


 

25791683 July 

5 Stars

Hip-hop, Miami heat, and the Latin Lov-ah.

The second half to this year-long journey has taken me to Magic City…Miami. I’ve been hired by the nation’s top hip-hop artist, Anton Santiago. His name is as sexy as he is, and it rolls off the tongue the same way his muscled form rolls to his music. He goes by the name Latin Lov-ah, and boy does he work that title from his rock-hard body, Latin hip-hop fusion dance moves, to the way he beds his women.

He’s raw, dirty, and one hundred percent player…and I want to wrap my naked body all over him and forget about everything.

Every word that comes out of his mouth is a siren’s song.

Every thrust of his hips draws me closer.

Every breath against my neck sends me into a tailspin of need and desire.

After what happened in June, I need to rip the bandage off. Move on. Anton could be just the thing I need to get my groove back.

I was hired to play the part of a seductress in Anton’s new music video, but, in the end, I’m the one being seduced.

***
In the seventh book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Miami, Florida. Still on her mission to save her father, she is hired to be in a hot new music video where her unique look and recent popularity will prove invaluable.

My review:

After the ending of June, I was wondering where the story would go. I actually really liked how it moved on and showed how Mia dealt with everything that happened in June. I was also happy to see Will show up again and how he and Anton helped Mia through a tough time.


 

26007992 August

5 Stars

Pretending. I’ve always been good at pretending.
Being someone else is easy, and that ability has served me well these last seven months.

This time, I’ve been hired to be the long lost sister of oil tycoon, and down to earth cowboy, Maxwell Cunningham. Recently, Maxwell’s father passed away and in his last Will and Testament he dropped a bomb no one saw coming.

One of the richest men in the world, left forty-nine percent of his company to a sister my client never knew he had. A woman named Mia Saunders.

Maxwell has a year to find this sister or he loses almost half of his empire to a greedy board of investors. Somehow, he found me and here I am.

Sharing in family dinners, pretending to be someone I’m not and fooling bigwigs left and right. Only I’m finding myself falling in love with a family I can never have. One that will hurt to leave.

Stetsons, soul-searching, and sisterly duty all come into a sharp tangle with twists and turns I never saw coming.

***

In the eight book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Dallas, Texas. Still on her mission to save her father, she is hired to be the long lost sister of Maxwell Cunningham, one of the newly richest men in America.

My review:

Ooo! I really like where the story is headed now! Maxwell and his family were so sweet!


 

26523227 September

4 Stars

Vegas, Viscous Exes, and Ventilators.

My life felt like a fast ride on a too short highway. Coming home should be roses and rainbows, but nothing that comes out of the desert blooms free. I was most certainly not free. I’d missed my payment to Blaine, owed the last client a hundred grand I didn’t have, and my father was on his deathbed. To make matters worse, Wes was missing in action. As in, no one had seen or heard from him in three weeks. Devastation didn’t begin to explain where my mental state was at.

Like anything life had thrown my way, I pulled on my big girl panties, not the sexy lacy ones I enjoyed teasing my guy with, but the kind that said, “This ass means business.”

I had no choice but to make the decision I made.

My ex, the man that ruined the concept of love for me, put my father in the hospital, was about to get everything he ever wanted…at least that’s what I led him to believe.
***
In the ninth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia rushes back home to Las Vegas, Nevada. Things have taken a turn for her father, putting her into debt up to her eyeballs.

My review:

The story takes a turn in September that I didn’t see coming. It was an emotional book for both Mia and the reader. It was good, but was more family oriented.


 

26523230 October

5 Stars

Silicone, surgery, and Hollywood starlets.

The land of the stars was beckoning and I answered its call. Now that I was free, well, as free as anyone could be, I decided to pursue something for me. To grab life by the horns and ride that sucker until I found my place within it. That decision brought me back home to Malibu, California, where I awaited the beginning of this next phase in my journey.

The job? Create a segment surrounding Living Beautiful for celebrity doctor and daytime television guru, Dr. Hoffman. The man was known for his cunning wit, good looks, and no nonsense lifestyle. In a city that was filled with plastic Barbie dolls, and nothing you touched was real, I set out to find beauty. And in doing so, I found a lot more that, for me, for the man I loved, and for the rest of the nation.

***
In the tenth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is settled in her new home in Malibu, California. Now that her debt has been paid, and the threat from her ex is gone, she no longer has to live life as an escort. Only life has thrown her some new challenges to round out her year.

My review:

Mia’s popularity is finally catching up to her and she’s got a new job. She’s also got a lot on her plate to deal with when it comes to Wes. It was a little bit heartbreaking and made me worry a bit about them.


 

26523232 November

4.5 Stars

Life, Love, Laughter.

Three things I never expected to experience in the month of giving thanks, but that is just what I received. Wes had survived Hell on Earth, and was back where he was meant to be…in my arms and my bed. For good. There would be no breaking us apart after the trauma we experienced up to this point.

My new job with Century Production sent me to the big apple to interview celebrities for a special segment on being thankful. What is a girl to do when she has an entire host of celebrity friends from her past year of travels? You better believe I called up my friends Mason Murphy, all-star pitcher for the Red Sox, and Anton Santiago, the Latin Lov-ah, to participate. They were all too happy to oblige, only my guy’s feathers were a bit ruffled by the ease with which they came running.

Add in my new family and you’ve got a fairytale Thanksgiving. Except for one tiny detail…the single seat at the table, left open by the hole in my heart that only one person could fill.
***
In the eleventh book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is off to New York City to film a segment for her new job. Now that her debt has been paid, and the threat from her ex is gone, she no longer has to live life as an escort. Only life has thrown her some new challenges to round out her year.

My review:

Getting to see a whole lot more of Wes and Mia together in this installment is a huge plus! Wes is working through his issues, but his new found jealousy is a huge problem. I’m nervous to find out what’s really causing it. I’m still really loving where the story is headed. I’m going to miss it when it’s over.


 

26879258 December 

5 Stars

Mountains, miracles, and marriage.

I had no idea what to expect when the producers of Dr. Hoffman sent me to the pristine white mountains of Aspen, Colorado. As the town of Aspen is known for being a winter haven for uber-rich Americans, I knew this desert cactus was going to be way out of her element. The ace up my sleeve however, was a high-class movie-making surfer whose family owned a cabin in those snowy hills. With him by my side, I’d make the most out of the experience.

The job was assigned under unusual circumstances. An anonymous mountain man paid a hefty fee to persuade the producers of my show to send me out for a segment on local artisans. Suited up in my parka and Ugg boots, I put the warmth of the California sun in the rearview mirror and headed to a winter wonderland.
With my newfound family in tow, I was prepared to celebrate the best month the year had to offer…until the one woman who drastically changed my life all those years ago appeared like a shadow out of pure frosted air, shattering my soul all over again.

In the twelfth and final book in the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is off to Aspen, Colorado to film a segment on local artists. Prepare to be wowed as Mia’s journey merges into the ending everyone has been waiting for.

My review:

December was a great end to an amazing series. It brought Mia’s year full circle in an interesting way. I especially loved the extra epilogue, a “Where are they now?” type of chapter.


My final thoughts on the Calendar Girl series…

4.75 Stars!!!

This series is freakin’ addicting. It’s over 1300 pages long and I’m pretty sure I read it in 4 or 5 days. I couldn’t put it down. Mia’s journey throughout Calendar Girl was so much fun to read. It was humorous, sexy, intense, romantic, erotic, heartbreaking, heartwarming and entertaining. I enjoyed the story so much and I’m sad it’s over. I would highly recommend this series to romance readers. I’m definitely going to be checking out Audrey Carlan’s other books in the future.

 

 

 

Series Review (PART 1): Calendar Girl by Audrey Carlan

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Series Title: Calendar Girl

Books: JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril, May and June

Author: Audrey Carlan

Publication Dates: January 15, 2015 – December 29, 2015

Publisher: Waterhouse Press

Genre: Erotic Romance (PLEASE NOTE: Unsuitable for audiences under age 18 due to foul language, graphic sex and some violence.)


 

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Ashley told me I needed to read the Calendar Girl series. She had seen ads for it on Facebook and had heard it was “the next Fifty Shades of Grey“. Ashley had just started the series and was immediately hooked. We usually have the same taste in books, so was nice enough to loan me her Kindle copies of each book as she finished them.

I decided to review the Calendar Girl series in two posts instead of each separate installment because  it seemed an easier way to put my thoughts together. We flew through each book and it didn’t make sense to stop and review in between when there was more of the story to read. I would have done one post, but it would have been SUPER long!

The Calendar Girl series is about Mia, a young woman who has become an escort (not a call girl!) in order to pay off debts her comatose father has incurred. Each book is titled by month and detail Mia’s monthly assignments. It’s important to read them in order, as each book has a little surprise of its own that would be ruined if you read them out-of-order.

So, here we go…


24283477January 

5 Stars

It’s really simple. I needed money. A lot of money. One million dollars to be exact. The amount didn’t matter. All that mattered is that at the end of that price tag held my father’s life.

No money. No life.

The time limit was one year. On January 1st I had to pay up or my Father was going to be killed.

When you’re faced with an ultimatum like this, you do whatever you have to do.

And that’s exactly what I did.

The job…Exquisite Escorts. My role, serve as high priced arm candy to anyone that can afford the $100,000 price tag for a month of my company. Sex is optional (for me) and a 20% increase on the price.

***
Mia Saunders just barely escaped a paltry life back home in Las Vegas until she gets the call that her Father has been beaten to within an inch of his life for not paying his gambling debt. Problem is, the lone shark is her lousy, ruthless ex-boyfriend. Another guy in a long line of men she’d fallen head over heels for. Not anymore.

Mia’s mission is simple. Serve as a high-priced escort for her Aunt’s company and pay monthly against her Father’s bad debt. A month with a rich man who she doesn’t have to sleep with if she doesn’t want to? Easy money. At least that’s the way it was supposed to go.

Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia, told from her perspective as she continues her journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.

There’s not much info on January in this description besides the debt and becoming an escort. In January, Mia also goes out on her first month long assignment. She’s to be the “girlfriend” of a popular movie writer, Wes. Mia can’t help but be attracted to the sexy writer and quickly decides there will be some “extracurricular activities” on this assignment. What Mia doesn’t count on is completely falling for her first assignment. It makes leaving at the end of the month that much harder.

My review:

I loved, loved, loved the start to this series! Mia was hilarious and I couldn’t help fall in love with Wes myself. I was sad when she had to move on to her next assignment. I wasn’t sure the rest of the series could be as good or top January.


24514594 February

5 Stars

A muse. Me. The motorcycle riding, ass-kicking, concert t-shirt wearing chick from Las Vegas, is a world-renowned French artist’s muse. For a month.

I had no idea when I took the escort job with Exquisite Escorts I would be standing naked in front of a blank canvas in a Seattle warehouse.

“Love on Canvas” he calls his exhibit, a combination of photographic stills and paint entwined to create the most awe-inspiring pieces the world will ever see. Except every last one of them features me and a moment in time where I was vulnerable.

Alec Dubois played on those vulnerabilities, teaching me lessons about love and life that would stay with me through the rest of my days.

***
Mia Saunders continues her mission to bail out her comatose father whose life is on the line to a dangerous loan-shark who happens to be Mia’s ex-boyfriend. For this journey, she serves as a high-priced escort to French artist named Alec Dubois in Seattle, Washington.

My review:

I shouldn’t have been afraid of what was to come next for Mia! Her assignment in Seattle (I love my home state settings!) was just as good as her assignment in January. While I thought it might bug me that Mia was jumping in bed with another man than Wes, it didn’t because of her connection with Alec. He taught her so much about herself through his art. I liked the way Mia grew in this one. Although, I wasn’t sad to see it end because I couldn’t wait to see what was in store next for Mia!


 

24980433 March

4.5 Stars

A fiancée. I’m going to Chicago to pretend to be some Italian Stallion’s future wife. Why a massive hunk, boxer, and rich restaurateur needs a fake bride is beyond me. Then again, I’m not paid to know why. I’m paid $100,000 to be his escort, or in this case, the woman he’s supposedly “going” to marry.

The moment I met Antony “Tony” Fasano, I thought I might have lost my ability to breathe. In my twenty four years of life, I’d not seen anything like him. Clad only in a small towel precariously dangling from his hips–water droplets streaming down every inch of his muscular frame–I knew right then and there, I’d finally seen male perfection in all its raw glory.

What happened next blew me away. It was now abundantly clear why he needed me…a fake fiancée.

***
Mia Saunders continues her mission to save her comatose father from her dangerous, loan-shark ex-boyfriend. This month, she serves as a high-priced escort to a restaurateur named Anthony Fasano in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois.

My review:

I’m not going to say too much about March because I don’t want to give the surprise away (even though I guess it right off the bat). It was a fun read, but not as exciting as the rest of the series so far. I did love the new role Mia seems to be taking on as the series progresses, though.


 

25157544 April

5 Stars

Baseball, beer, and a hot boy. Nothing can beat that. Until I meet Mason “Mace” Murphy the next “it” pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and my client. He’s immature, arrogant, sexy as sin, and the last man that’s going to get into my panties. He’s not used to hearing the word no from women, so I’m going to spell it out for him.

N = Not going to happen.

O = Out of your league buddy.

I was hired to cuddle up to the annoying, beautiful athlete, and give prospective advertisers and fans a different view of this hot-shot professional baller.

Only he’s everything I detest in a man all wrapped into a dream package. Baseball player, talented, athletic body, sculpted face, and ass you can bounce quarters off of. Unfortunately, he also believes he’s God’s gift to women, a man-whore, throws money around like it grows on trees, and conceited. The challenge for him, to break down my defenses and get in there. My challenge, avoid hopping in the sack with him at all costs.

***
Mia Saunders continues her mission to save her comatose father from her dangerous, loan-shark ex-boyfriend. This month, she serves as a high-priced escort to a professional baseball player named Mace Murphy in Boston, MA.

My review:

I loved April simply because I loved Mason. The cocky baseball player was so crude and cocky. I found myself laughing at his stupid comments constantly. As for Mia, I like her more and more with each book. Her growth as a person continued in this one and I really felt for her.


 

25409003 May 

5 Stars

Swimsuits, sun, surfing, and a sexy Samoan. I headed to the island of Oahu, Hawaii to meet with cutting-edge swimsuit fashion designer, Angel D’Amico, to serve as head model for the “Beauty Comes in All Sizes” swimsuit campaign. The designer wants to show the world that beauty is not just a size two. My curves got me into this gig, and, the moment I laid eyes on my modeling “partner,” I’d never been happier with my buxom form.

Tai Niko had everything the average man lacked. Height, broad shoulders, a nipped in waist, square pecs, tree trunk thighs, and a look that rivaled “The Rock.” The part that made me drool and weakened my knees, was the thick, intricate tribal tattoos running down the entire left side of his muscled frame from shoulder to ankle. The design was unlike anything I’d ever seen, and I couldn’t wait to trace the tips of my fingers over every inch.

***

In the fifth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Oahu, HI. Still on her mission to save her father, she embraces the model life to prove beauty really does come in all sizes.

My review:

May might just be my favorite book of the series besides January. I loved the tropical setting of Hawaii and Tai. His dominance in life and the bedroom made me smile. I also liked getting to know Mia’s sister a little more in this one.


 

25610306 June

4 Stars

Politics, phallic statues, and pretty women.

Literally everywhere you look, you see an old man and a gold-digging cling-on wrapped around their wrinkly arms.

Luck had not gone my way when Warren Shipley, one of the nation’s wealthiest men hired me to play arm-candy in order to save face with the other one percenters he did business with. At least that’s what I thought when I arrived in Washington, DC, until I was met by old man Shipley’s debonair and insanely handsome son. Aaron Shipley was notably the youngest senator in the history of politics voted Senator of California at the tender age of thirty-five. Single, beyond rich, and the face of every political magazine around the US. Women everywhere wanted a taste of that power.

Me, I’d always thought politics were boring…boy was I wrong. Democracy had never been more exciting.

***
In the sixth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Still on her mission to save her father, she embraces the life of a gold-digging whore to allow her client to get close to other very powerful men.

My review:

I hate to say it, but June might be my least favorite book in the series so far. It was fun to see Mia give Warren a lessen or two on how to treat someone you love, but his son was a little too creepy for me.


The Calendar Girl series so far…

If I had to rate the entire series so far, I would give it 4.75 Stars. I’m absolutely addicted to the series and I love Mia’s journey so far. She’s learned so much about herself and had a bunch of sexy fun along the way. At this point, I’m still hoping her journey takes her back to Wes in the end. My only big complaint about the series would be skeezy Aaron Shipley. His character made for an interesting story, but he creeped me out a little too much! 

Check out Part 2 of the Calendar Girls series review tomorrow, Saturday, January 30th.

 

 

 

ARC Review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

27252717Title: The Score (Off Campus #3)

Author: Elle Kennedy

Publication Date: January 11, 2016

Publisher: Elle Kennedy

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Note: FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY (sex, drugs, alcohol and foul language)

Goodreads Synopsis:

He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.


5 / 5 Stars


Last summer, I read The Deal and fell in love with cocky womanizer Garrett Graham. I loved the book so much I immediately downloaded a copy of The Mistake. I didn’t think there was any way I could love John Logan as much as I loved Garrett Graham, but I was wrong. Since then, I’ve been impatiently waiting for The Score. Because if Elle Kennedy could make me swoon over Garrett and Logan, I could only imagine what she was going to happen when I met Dean Di-Laurentis.

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I have to admit I was shocked by the beginning of the story. I knew Dean was going to be the kind of guy that was down for anything sexually — I just didn’t imagine the story starting out with one of his escapades (one word: threesome). I immediately wondered if Dean was going to be able to win my heart the way his friends had. It’s not that I thought there was anything wrong with his sexual prowess. I was just worried that his overt cockiness might make him unlikable.

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Luckily, I was wrong. Not only was Dean gorgeous, he was kind. He lived life by his own rules and was upfront with his motives. His honesty was one of his best qualities.

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I loved the way Dean’s attraction to Allie started off sexual, but then slowly turned into something more. It felt real, like something that could happen to anyone. I appreciated the way Elle Kennedy had him facing his feelings head on and that there wasn’t any denial of his feelings for Allie. (You see that a lot in romances with cocky alpha males.)

The Score wasn’t totally focused on Dean, though. Allie was just as important of a character as Dean. She may have been a relationship kind of girl, but she was also strong on her own. Allie knew what she needed and wanted out of life. She wasn’t about to let a man tell her what to do.

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Together, Dean and Allie’s chemistry was off the charts! Their sexual exchanges were steamy and oh so sexy. I enjoyed the way they could be themselves with each other and make their desires known. It made their entire story that much hotter.

Not only was The Score a steamy read, it was also humorous. There were so many times I found myself laughing. Allie and Dean had such witty dialog! I loved it!

If you’re a fan of New Adult contemporary romances, I would highly recommend The Score and the rest of the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy. They’re so much fun to read. I can’t wait for the next book, The Goal about Tucker.

**I received an ARC of The Score from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in this series:

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Review: Yes, My Accent is Real by Kunal Nayyar

23492688Yes, My Accent is Real…and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You

Author: Kunal Nayyar

Publication Date: September 15, 2015

Publisher: Atria Books

Genre: Memoir, Humor

Goodreads Synopsis:

Of all the charming misfits on television, there’s no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theory — the sincere yet incurably geeky Indian-American astrophysicist — ranks among the misfittingest. Now, we meet the actor who is every bit as loveable as the character he plays on TV. In this revealing collection of essays written in his irreverent, hilarious, and self-deprecating voice, Kunal Nayyar traces his journey from a little boy in New Delhi who mistakes an awkward first kiss for a sacred commitment, gets nosebleeds chugging Coca-Cola to impress other students, and excels in the sport of badminton, to the confident, successful actor on the set of TV’s most-watched sitcom since Friends.

Going behind the scenes of The Big Bang Theory and into his personal experiences, Kunal introduces readers to the people who helped him grow, such as his James Bond-loving, mustachioed father who taught him the most important lessons in life: Treat a beggar as you would a king. There are two sides to every story. A smile goes a long way. And, when in doubt, use a spreadsheet. Kunal also walks us through his college years in Portland, where he takes his first sips of alcohol and learns to let loose with his French, 6’8” gentle-giant roommate, works his first-ever job for the university’s housekeeping department cleaning toilets for minimum wage, and begins a series of romantic exploits that go just about as well as they would for Raj. (That is, until he meets and marries a former Miss India in an elaborate seven-day event that we get to experience in a chapter titled “My Big Fat Indian Wedding.”)

Full of heart, but never taking itself too seriously, this witty and often inspiring collection of underdog tales follows a young man as he traverses two continents in search of a dream, along the way transcending culture and language (and many, many embarrassing incidents) to somehow miraculously land the role of a lifetime.


5 / 5 Stars


I’m a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory and Kunal Nayyar. I’ve seen him on a couple of talk shows in the past and enjoy his humor. I have wanted to read Yes, My Accent is Real since I heard it was coming out. I was super excited to find it under the Christmas tree this year.

Yes, My Accent is Real is humorous and fun to read. It’s filled with interesting and heartwarming stories of Kunal Nayyar’s past. My favorite stories were about his college years in Portland, Oregon and how he got his big break.

Kunal Nayyar comes across so personable in this (not a) memoir. It felt like I was his new friend and he was telling me about growing up. The only books I can compare it to are Mindy Kaling’s and Tina Fey’s. If you liked those, you’ll love Yes, My Accent is Real.

Review: Nuts by Alice Clayton

25056208Nuts (Hudson Valley #1)

Author: Alice Clayton

Publication Date: October 20, 2015

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she’s back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?


4.5 / 5 Stars


I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Nuts but it wasn’t to be laughing constantly. I’ve read books about chefs before and I’ve always had a hard time getting past all of the food/cooking descriptions. While there were a ton of those in the book, they didn’t bore me or take away from the romance. They actually added to it.

When Roxie loses all of her big shot California clients, she’s stuck returning to her small hometown in New York to run her mother’s aging diner. Returning is the last thing Roxie ever planned on doing. She’s going to make the best of a horrible situation and make some fun changes in the diner. Plus, finding a hot farmer and a little summer lovin’ might be just what she needs until she returns to L.A.

What Roxie doesn’t count on is falling for super hot and sexy farmer Leo. It’s just supposed to be a summer of casual sex, but there’s something about Leo that makes Roxie want more.

Roxie and Leo’s chemistry was off the charts! Their intimate exchanges were hilarious, too. I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many sexual references to produce in my life. And while I did get bogged down by the food descriptions every once in a while, Alice Clayton made up for it with a fast-paced love affair that I couldn’t put down. It was just so much fun!

If you’re looking for an incredibly fun contemporary romance, Nuts should be on your TBR list. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series about Natalie and Oscar.