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Book Review: The Way You Tempt Me by Elle Wright

Title: The Way You Tempt Me

Author: Elle Wright

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: 7/28/2020

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About The Book

The heir-apparent to Pure Talent, ex-playboy Xavier Starks had it all figured out. With an engagement to Hollywood’s hottest actress and his innovative expansion plans, he can finally prove to his dad, Jax, that he’s responsible enough to step into a leadership role at their company. Until a jilting-gone-viral puts Xavier back in the relentless social-media spotlight, out of the running for partner—and in competition with the last person he ever expected: his very-grown-up childhood friend and girl-next-door . . .
 
With her acclaimed sports talent roster and unparalleled instincts, agent Zara Reid knows she can take Pure Talent to the next level. To make the most of her mentor Jax’s faith in her, she’ll go head-to-head and scheme-to-scheme with Xavier to prove she’s got what it takes. But suddenly, long days working too close together turn into reckless, insatiable nights. Now, being co-workers-with-benefits means Zara and Xavier must face their secrets, dare to trust—and negotiate the toughest game of all—love.

My Thoughts

I like stories that introduce me to characters and make me believe they should be together. This is true with Xavier and Zara in The Way you Tempt Me, a contemporary romance with steamy scenes, bold characters and interesting sub plots.

Xavier’s engaged only to find out his fiancee is due to marry someone else. Zara is up for a promotion only to find out a co-worker stole her presentation along with her promotion. Zara decides to take a position at Pure Talent to run their sports division after being passed over at her previous job. She finds out her friend, Xavier wants the sports division and they’ll have to work together. Zara’s best friend, Skye is there to help her transition into her new role.

This book had some interesting characters. Xavier needs to deal with his short fuse and learn to not react to everything that upsets him. Zara is the character I was drawn to because she stood her ground. She was making sure not to get screwed over by anyone else. She also works well when thrown a curve ball. Skye is the mediator in the story and I hope to learn more about her.

It’s a typical ending, which most romance books have, but it’s the journey Xavier and Zara took me on with their friends with benefits situation that kept me enjoying the book. If you like romance with a hint of drama and hot love scenes this book is for you. I’m looking for to reading the next book in this series.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Book Review & Spotlight: Forbidden by Adrienne Woods

Forbidden: A Red Riding Hood Retelling

by Adrienne Woods

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance

This is not The Little Red Riding Hood we grew up with. 



Supernatural races—vampires, werewolves, witches, you name it—all exist.

Eighteen-year-old Rue Chaperon and her family belong to an elite hunting society, the S.H.A—Supernatural Hunting Association—and what the Chaperons hunt best are werewolves.
 When a new hunting group convinces the Chaperons to team up with them and try a different approach to hunting the supernatural by taking out the Alpha, it sounded like a great idea.
Taking out the Alpha meant they’d eradicate the entire race.
Piece of cake, right?

But nothing is ever easy when you’re a hunter.


A Little Red Riding Hood retelling with a spin that will make you believe not all fairytales were meant for children.

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Forbidden is a paranormal romance based off the red riding hood fairytale. Ru and her family are hunters and have been hunting werewolves. Hunting them believing they are killing humans. A new group of hunters lead by a guy named Collin, approach Ru’s family wanting them to join forces. Collin and his crew have a hidden agenda and Ru’s family has some secrets of their own. Ru is just not aware of these secrets yet.

I like this author’s take on the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale. The essential parts of the fairytale like the red cloak and there being a wolf is true to the story, only Ru’s not going to grandma’s house in this one. The reveals were timed perfectly and the dynamics between Ru and her sister, Liz, brought the much needed tension to the story. The love interest and hint of romance was not over the top and complemented the storyline. The ending has me wanting more. This book is perfect for lovers of fairytales and paranormal fantasy stories.

I will definitely read more from this author.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Adrienne is a USA Today Bestselling author.

She’s been in love with books all her life and knew at the age of 13 that she is going to be a writer one day.

That dream happened ten years ago and she started to pen her stories down on paper. Firebolt, her debut novel, was released 4 years after that, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Now she almost has 15 novels under her belt, and it doesn’t look like she is going to stop soon.
Go to her books to discover her series and those that still need to come.

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Book Review: She’s Obsessed by Nick Haskins

Title: She’s Obsessed

Author: Nick Haskins

Genre: Urban Fiction

Publication Date: 7/30/2020

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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About The Book

In the suburbs of Chicago, Jayceon and Leah were all set to start their new lives together as husband and wife. In Jace, Leah thought she married the perfect man until she accidentally stumbles across his deleted secret that quickly turns her sanity, and their marriage, upside down.

The night before Jayceon marries Leah, he hits the record button on his iPhone when the curvaceous dancer—Jessica Fox—from his bachelor party makes her way back to his hotel suite. Soon after, the nasty recorded mistake comes back to haunt Jace, and the stripper, in the worst way possible.

The life Leah planned with Jace rapidly spins out of control when she becomes obsessed with the X-rated video, and the girl in it. Leah will do whatever it takes to right her new husbands wrong, even if it means getting rid of Jessica Fox for good . . .

My Thoughts

Jayceon aka Jace’s slip up comes back to bite him in this urban fiction novel. Sometimes having strippers at a bachelor or bachelorette party may not be the right entertainment. The characters figure this out a little to late.

This was a typical novel about man doing things without thinking and the wrong person finding out about it, his wife. I will say Leah’s reaction was unexpected and she may have taken it to far. I can relate to her, but the reaction was a little extreme. It was hard to believe Jace didn’t think about photos and videos on his phone being in the cloud. It was also hard to believe he didn’t know that his wife had some serious issues. Jayceon would step up at time but I wondered if he was scared of his wife. I will say that Leah was a determined character and willing to take care of anything that got in her way.

It was a fast paced book and true to Haskin’s writing style. Some of the descriptions leaned toward erotic romance and took away from the story in some areas. Overall, the storyline was interesting and Leah’s character kept me reading. If you like books with drama and nice twists, She’s Obsessed is for you.

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Book Review & Spotlight: Casket Case by Lee James

Casket Case

The Cynthia Shade Mysteries Book 1

by Lee James

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Cynthia Shade. That’s her name. She has ADHD and cynophobia. That’s just a fancy way of saying she’s terrified of dogs. Not all dogs mind you, just the tiny ones that come at you with their razor-sharp fangs and frenzied eyes. To make it worse, she can’t find a job, rather, she can’t keep a job, and she’s about to be evicted. Just when she gets a glimmer of hope she’s blackmailed into trying to solve a murder.

Wait-what?

Cue the handsome sheriff who awakens real interest in perpetually single Cynthia, and a cast of crazed suspects. One of whom is determined she doesn’t make it out of this adventure alive.

This was a fun cozy mystery about a broke caterer trying to get her food truck up and running, but stumbles into solving a murder.

I’m a sucker for a good mystery and this was a good one. I enjoyed the characters, and the plot was very interesting. Cynthia’s fear of dogs had me cracking up. The dynamics between her and Sam was the main reason I kept reading the book. The supporting characters helped move the story and I am glad the author didn’t let the spark of romance between Cynthia and the sheriff Arric take over. Sam was an aggressive older lady that was very convincing.

Cynthia’s mother and sister did get on my nerves trying to make her do what they wanted instead of letting her find her own path. I will say at her age she should have found a career a while back.

This was a fast-paced book with small clues, rich characters and the right number of potential suspects. I didn’t figure out the killer until the last few chapters. If you like cozy mysteries with a little bit of humor, then this book is for you. I myself will definitely read more mysteries by this author.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

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Lee James writes stories of hope and redemption. Whether it’s fantasy, mystery or historical fiction, her beautifully awkward characters traverse a dark labyrinth on their journey to a hopeful end. She is vehement about the importance of creating and preserving the sanctity of the written word. In that vein, she supports literacy programs and her local libraries. Most importantly, she supports her fellow writers. When not writing, she enjoys photography, watching The Simpsons, and of course, reading.

 

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