Review: Reasonable Doubt, Vol. 1-3 by Whitney G.

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Series Title: Reasonable Doubt

Books: Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three

Author: Whitney G.

Publication Dates: March 24, 2014; May 19, 2014; August 25, 2014

Publisher: Whitney Gracia Williams

Genre: Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance

PLEASE NOTE: Unsuitable for audiences under age 18 due to foul language and graphic sex.


I was recently asked to participate in a Book Blitz for Whitney G.’s Reasonable Doubt Volume One. I signed up immediately because I loved, loved, loved her New Adult book Sincerely, Carter. I’m not sure why, but I hadn’t looked into Whitney G.’s other books. (I’m disappointed in myself!) So when I saw this series, I knew I had to read it. Plus, the first book was FREE on Amazon.

After reading all three volumes of Reasonable Doubt, I decided that it would be easiest to review all three books at once. The three volumes are short stories that could make up one book.


20761374 Reasonable Doubt, Volume One

My cock has an appetite.

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar… (Although, that’s a story for another day.)

As a high profile lawyer, I don’t have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online.

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats.

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less.

At least it was , until “Alyssa”…

She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades.

But then she came into my firm for an interview—a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed…

5 / 5 Stars

I’m not going to lie, I loved this short story about a self-proclaimed man-whore (Andrew) finding out the woman he’s been communicating with (Alyssa) is not who she said she was at all. It was funny and super sexy. I liked how everything in this story played out. I especially loved the cliffhanger! I wasn’t expecting it at all, which is surprising since I knew there were three volumes. I had to download the next book immediately!


20980373She lied to me…
She betrayed the one rule that I’m most adamant about: Honesty. Complete and utter fucking honesty.
I really wish she was someone else—someone who didn’t have the ability to make me feel, someone I could easily discard like the hundreds of women before her.
She isn’t.
I’m drawn to her like I’ve never been drawn to a woman before—completely captivated by the very sight of her. But unfortunately, with my past slowly re-surfacing for all of the world to see, I’ll have to find a way to let her go.
She can never be mine.

4.5 / 5 Stars

Same jerk, more sex. And I loved it.

Volume Two continues the story immediately following what happened in Volume One. The plot gets thicker and the sex gets…way more frequent and hotter. There’s also lot of back and forth between Andrew and Aubrey over what they want from each other. It was a lot of fun to read, but not quite as exciting as the first volume.


21857294 I hate him…

I hate that I fell in love with him, I hate that he didn’t love me back, and I hate the fact that I just made a life-altering decision just so I could get the hell away from him.

He’d always said that he was unchangeable, heartless, and cold…

I really should’ve believed him…

 

5 / 5 Stars

Ugh. This conclusion. Just.Too.Dang.Perfect.

Andrew has messed things up with Aubrey so badly, she’s done with him. He thinks he fine with that — until he realizes he’s not.When Andrew tries to win Aubrey back, she doesn’t make it easy for him. Plus, all of Andrew’s secrets are coming out. This book was packed full of action and, man, was it hot!


Thoughts on the entire series?

I loved this little series. It was so much fun, I read it in one day. I love Whitney G.’s writing and the characters she creates. If you like erotic romances, I would suggest trying out the first volume because FREE on Kindle!

 

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Review: Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

25943219Title: Shine Not Burn

Series: Shine Not Burn, #1

Author: Elle Casey

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Andie Marks, known as “Party Girl” in her college days, is now a whip-smart lawyer on the fast track to success. Determined to move on from a bad break-up, she joins her girlfriends for a wild bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas, promising to let her hair down just this once.

Vegas is a blur of cocktails and blackjack, and in the middle of it all she meets Mack, a real-life cowboy with a winning hand and an irresistible body. They get lucky in the casino and luckier back at the hotel, a hot night of passion that was definitely not part of Andie’s life plan.

By dawn Mack is gone and all she has to remember their one-night romance is a hangover and a pile of casino chips. Or so she thinks…


4 / 5 Stars


 

Shine Not Burn is a incredibly fun story about what happens when a bachelorette party trip to Vegas goes wrong — or maybe right.

Andie’s a straight-laced lawyer with a life plan. She knows what she wants and it’s not going to Vegas, but Andie can’t let her best friend down. Too bad it costs her Luke, her long-term boyfriend.

In order to get her mind of Luke, Andie sets out looking for a one-night stand. She finds that in a sexy cowboy named Mack. They spend a passionate night Andie won’t soon forget.

But the next morning, Andie does just that. Everything that happened in Vegas stays in Vegas until a little surprise pops up in the future.

Shine Not Burn was such a cute, fun, sexy, steamy read. It’s filled with Elle Casey’s great writing and amazing humor.I loved the characters, especially sexy cowboy Mack. It’s only downfall was that it was predictable, but that’s not surprising considering it’s a “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” type of story.

Shine Not Burn is a contemporary romance that will put a smile on your face.

 

Review: Six of Hearts by L.H. Cosway

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Series: Hearts, Book #1

Author: L.H. Cosway

Publication Date: July 26, 2014

Publisher: CreateSpace

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.

I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.

I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.

Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.

But most of all, I put on a good show.

The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.

Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.
I want it for all six of us.

She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this–if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.

So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.

You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.

I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.

So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.


3.5 / 5 Stars


Six of Hearts is one of those hard books to review. There were many great things about it, but there were also some things kept it from being amazing in my opinion.

I’m going to start out with what I didn’t love: how long it took me to get sucked into the story. It wasn’t until Chapter 8 that I was truly engaged in it. Prior to that, I debated not finishing the book. Part of that was being annoyed at Matilda’s lack of confidence until then. I understood it, but it made her character seem younger than she was supposed to be. I also couldn’t decide if Jay was a decent human being underneath his cockiness until then. Once they started to connect and their romance started to bloom, I started to enjoy the novel more.

Matilda and Jay’s romance was super sweet. They took it at slower pace than what you normally see in this genre and it was refreshing. It fit Matilda’s shy personality well and brought out Jay’s good qualities.

Another thing Six of Hearts had going for it was it’s uniqueness. It was unlike New Adult romance I’ve ever read. While it features two broken characters falling in love like many novels in the genre, it’s unique because the main character’s love interest is an illusionist. I can honestly say it’s the first time I’ve come across that. It added a new spin to the romance and I loved that. It was fun to read about the illusions Jay created.

I also really enjoyed the mystery of Six of Hearts. Some of the revelations I could see coming, others were a complete surprise. The surprises made it so much fun to read.

So, while the beginning was super slow for me, I did end up enjoying Six of Hearts.

 

 

Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Publisher: Gallery

Synopsis:

Jake Becker is a hot-shot Washington D.C. defense lawyer on his way to making partner. His cold demeanor helps him win cases. It also helps deter women that think he could be more than a one-night stand.

Jake’s not interested in having a wife or family. Having a girlfriend isn’t even on his radar. He’s content with a revolving door of women and his busy work life. Or so he thinks until Chelsea McQuaid and her seven nieces and nephews bump into his life.

All of a sudden, Jake finds himself involved in the McQuaid’s family life. If he’s not saving one kid from trouble, he’s taking one to a class. And it’s all worth it to see Chelsea McQuaid smile.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Sustained was so much fun to read. I absolutely adored it. I loved that the story was told from Jake’s POV. His thoughts were hilarious! I loved how cocky and sure of himself he was. I also loved the sweet side of him that wanted to help Chelsea and the rest of the McQuaid family. I would have fallen in love with him too, if I was Chelsea.

I also loved each and every one of the McQuaid kids. Emma Chase created an amazing and fun bunch of kids. I don’t think I could pick a favorite if I tried. Their interactions with Jake were so much fun to read.

This book was just so sweet! I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary romance that will leave them in a happy mood.

ARC Review: The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams & Lauren Willig

The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig

Publication Date: January 19, 2016

Publisher: NAL

Synopsis:

In 1945, it’s rare for women to be doctors. Dr. Kate Schuyler must dedicate her life to medicine to be taken seriously. She works in Manhattan at an old mansion that has been turned into a hospital.

When injured Captain Cooper Ravenel arrives at the hospital, Kate can’t help but be drawn to him. She feels like she’s known him forever. The feeling is intensified by a portrait in the captain’s possession. A portrait that looks very much like Kate. Not only does the woman look like Kate, she is wearing a ruby necklace exactly like the one Kate’s mother gave her.

As Kate and Cooper start to search for the truth behind the mysterious painting, they begin to uncover stories of the past. The stories involve Kate’s grandmother Olive, her mother Lucy and the wealthy Pratt family.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Karen White is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is beautiful. I love how she mixes past and present, mystery, romance and history all into one amazing story. I was very excited to read her collaboration with Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. I haven’t read these authors before, so I was excited to read their work in combination with an author I love.The combination of the three authors was seamless. Honestly, I couldn’t even tell the story was written by three people.

The Forgotten Room was so interesting to read. I loved the way the three different characters and time frames were woven together. It kept my attention and kept me wondering what had happened in Olive’s Gilded Age and Lucy’s Jazz Age. I wanted to know how all three women were tied together. The authors did an amazing job doling out pieces of information a little at a time to keep the story fresh and entertaining.

My favorite thing about this book was that not all of the secrets were easy to guess. Just when I would think I had something figured out, I would learn something that changed how I saw the characters.

If you’re looking for a wonderful historical romance / mystery to read, I would highly suggest The Forgotten Room.

**I received an electronic copy of The Forgotten Room from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.