America’s Next Reality Star by Laura Heffernan

America's Next Reality Star

Title: America’s Next Reality Star

Series: Reality Star #1

Author: Laura Heffernan

Release Date: March 7th 2017

Pages: 256

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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SEEKING THE SMART ONE

Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.

Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .

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Jen is jobless, homeless and newly single, but despite that she’s going to have an amazing summer, because she’s going to spend it on national TV. Jen likes the reality show Fishbowl because there are a lot of puzzles in addition to other tasks. The grand prize is $250, 000, which would be very useful for her. When Jen and other contestants arrive at the Fishbowl set, it all gets real, there are people in whom she can find good friends and people, who want her off the show as fast as possible. Will Jen win the show and get the amazing grand prize?

I’ve never read a book about a reality show and therefore it was such a unique story. I really enjoyed  Jen’s journey from the casting until the end of the show. I liked that there was such a colorful cast of characters and enough tension, drama and romance, but not over the top silliness that can be found in reality shows on TV. I also liked the fact that there were a lot of mental and physical challenges and the plot was not wholly built on the relationship between the characters. While reading the book I thought I knew what the ending might be, but it totally surprised me in a good way. All in all I found the book entertaining, well written and a pleasure to read.

 

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Maybe This Love by Jennifer Snow

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Title: Maybe This Love

Series: Colorado Ice #2

Author: Jennifer Snow

Release Date: May 30th 2017

Pages: 304

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Sports

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THE GAME OF HIS LIFE

Hockey player Ben Westmore has some serious skills—on and off the ice—and he’s not above indulging in the many perks of NHL stardom. When a night in Vegas ends in disaster, he realizes two things: 1) it’s time to lie low for a while, and 2) he needs a lawyer—fast. But the smoking-hot woman who walks into his office immediately tests all his good intentions.

Olivia Davis doesn’t need anyone derailing her career—or her dreams of starting a family—least of all a skirt-chasing player like Ben. But soon he’s unleashing a full-court press to convince her that he’s the real deal. She’s slowly falling for his sweet, rugged charm, but with so much on the line, Olivia has to decide whether Ben can truly change—or if he’s just playing the game.

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Ben is a professional hockey player, who has skills on and off the ice. He knows he can have any woman he wants and quite often he takes advantages of it. When he suddenly hears what he had done on New year’s Eve, he’s in big trouble and needs a lawyer to take care of the situation. He’s not a big drinker, but a moment from his past hit him hard and drunken night out led to a mistake he never meant to make. Olivia is a divorce attorney for professional athletes and she’s worked hard to get where she’s now. Concentrating on work didn’t leave time for her personal life, but being in her 30-s, she longs for a family, especially because she doesn’t have any family members herself. When Ben and Olivia meet there’s instant chemistry, but considering the circumstances, they just can’t be together at the time. Fate on the other hand has other plans and they start to bump into each other and as they spend more time in each other’s present, feelings are starting to develop.

It was my first book by Jennifer Snow and even though it’s the second book in the series it can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed this book and I definitely want to read about the other Westmore brothers. It’s a well written book that makes you devour this sweet romance. It has a great storyline, characters and romance. I loved seeing both main characters open up to each other and working through their issues towards the ir happily ever after. I’m really happy I decided to read this book, because I found a new author whose work I enjoy.

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Playing by the Rules by Rosa Temple

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Title: Playing by the Rules

Author: Rosa Temple

Release Date: February 15th 2017

Pages: 295

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance

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On the 3rd of August, I died. Well, not literally, but it felt like my life was over. Melodramatic? Me? Just a teensy bit…

When workshy socialite Magenta Bright learns that inheritance comes with one horrific condition, she mentally kisses goodbye to the money. Get a job and keep it for a year? Not likely.

Naïve CEO Anthony Shearman is persuaded to hire her as his PA, and Magenta decides to stick it out, if only because of her sexy boss. But between the bitchy receptionist, Anthony’s beautiful fiancée and not having a clue how to be a career girl, Magenta barely makes it to the end of her first day.

So, just 364 to go then…

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Magenta is a 28-year-old woman, who hasn’t held a job longer than a few months. Her parents and sisters have helped her and she didn’t find anything wrong in that situation. It all changed, when her grandmother passed away and left money for all her granddaughters, but Magenta was the only one, who didn’t get the money that easily, she gets the money when she has had the same job for a year or when she turns 45. Magenta finds the situation unfair, but she needs the money and therefore has to find a job. That’s when her sister comes to the rescue and got Magenta a job interview. The job is absolutely perfect for her, as the boss is new to the job as well. Anthony took over the business after his father, even though he had other career choices in his mind. Magenta and Anthony start working together to build up the firm, because it wasn’t in a good place. Magenta and Anthony have a great work relationship, but they both feel attracted to each other as well, although there’s one problem-Anthony is engaged! Can Anthony and Magenta save the firm and will they eventually learn that they are meant to be together?

It was a funny and well written book that keep you turning the pages. I have to admit I didn’t really like the main character Magenta very  much at the beginning, but she grew so much throughout the book that I ended up liking her a lot. All in all it was a lighthearted and fun book that keeps you entertained.

Just for the Holidays by Sue Moorcroft

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Title: Just for the Holidays

Author: Sue Moorcroft

Release Date: : May 18th 2017

Pages: 400

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

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In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is, until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy.

Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for – but it’s the one she’s got. With her sister Michele’s family falling apart at the seams, it’s up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.

But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can’t help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with…

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When Michele asked her sister Leah to come along with her family to a vacation, she hesitated a bit, but decided to go. Michele and her husband are getting divorced, but with two teenagers, she needed her sister to be there for everyone’s sake. In France Leah is thrown into a situation she never expected-her sister is pregnant and went away for a while with the father of her child while Leah has to take care of the rest of the family. As one situation happens after another, there’s one thing that brightens Leah’s days and that’s a handsome neighbor Ronan, who has a teenage son himself. How’s the vacation going to continue and what happens afterwords they leave France?

It was my first book by the author, but definitely won’t be my last, I really enjoyed the writing style and how the characters and the setting was brought to life. It shows a real family with real issues and how life is with teenagers. It’s a great summer read that whisks you away to France. If you like emotional family story in a gorgeous setting it’s a great book for you.

Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer by Sue Watson

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Title:Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer

Series:The Ice-Cream Café #1

Author: Sue Watson

Release Date:May 11th 2017

Pages: 302

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

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Ella’s life just hit rock-bottom, but can a summer by the sea mend her broken heart? When life gives you lemons… make ice-cream!

Life hasn’t always been easy for single mum Ella, but she has just hit an all-time low; she’s jobless, loveless, very nearly homeless and, to make matters worse, now the owner of a pocket-sized pooch with a better wardrobe than her.

Packing her bags (and a bigger one for the dog), Ella sets off for the seaside town of Appledore in Devon to re-live the magical summers of her youth and claim her portion of the family ice-cream business: a clapped-out ice-cream van and a complicated mess of secrets.

There she meets gorgeous and free-spirited solicitor, Ben, who sees things differently: with a little bit of TLC he has a plan to get the van – and Ella – back up and running in no time.

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Ella is a single mum, whose children are about to fly the nest and discover the world by themselves. When Ella hears about her aunt’s death, she goes to Appledore to attend her funeral and there she finds out that her aunt has left her an ice-cream van. She makes a decision to go back to Appledore for the summer and have time for herself. Ella wanted her mother to come with her, but she refuses to go back to Appledore and Ella figures there must be a reason, but her mum refuses to talk about it. Going to Appledore was suppose to be a fun summer adventure, but in time secrets are slowly unveiling. What is Ella’s mum hiding from her?

It’s a well written and fun summery book. I liked that fact that there were lough out loud moments, but it also deals with more serious topics and there’s also the mystery that wasn’t unveiled until the very end. The setting and characters were superb, I liked the Italian vibe to it. Reading this book and not wanting and ice-cream is impossible! I really enjoyed reading about Ella’s summer and can’t wait to be back at Appledore.

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Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett

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Title: Sex in the Sticks

Series: Love Hurts #1

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: May 2nd 2017

Pages: 245

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

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Valentine French may be the sassiest dating columnist in New York City, but the abundance of metrosexuals in her adopted metropolis is seriously cramping her style. Where are the beefy all-American boys? Hoping to find some inspiration, Val heads to Alaska, where the men outnumber the women fifteen to one and wrestle grizzly bears for sport. Or so she can only imagine. Suddenly the most eligible bachelorette in a town full of horny lumberjacks, Val is writing her best columns ever. But if she doesn’t get her nose out of her laptop, she just might miss out on Mr. Right.

Logan Burke is the sheriff of the little podunk town that Val finds so charmingly backward. He’s not that different from the guys she’s using for her little experiment; it’s just that one date would never be enough for Logan. As he listens to Val complain about love over beers in the local tavern, he realizes that she can’t see the forest for the trees. Because if she would ever give up her Prada bags and fourteen-dollar martinis, Logan would give her the only luxury that matters: his heart.

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Valentine is a dating columnist whose blog is successful, but lately she’s lacking inspiration, because she is getting tired of the same type of men in New York City. When her cousin suggests that she should go to Alaska to find dating inspiration there, Valentine quite likes the idea, especially because there are more men than women. When she arrives in Alaska she meets Logan,a local sheriff and Valentine realizes the life there is not what she had expected. Valentine and Logan couldn’t be more different, but sparks are flying from the first moment they meet. Is the spark going to last, when things get tough between them?

It was really fun and entertaining read, I very much enjoyed the location in Alaska and the characters, who didn’t fall flat at all. I didn’t like Valentine very much at first, but throughout the book I warmed up to her. I can’t say the same about Logan, he was a great hero from the beginning. Overall I enjoyed it and I’m excitedly waiting for the second book in the series.

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It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley

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Title: It Happened on Love Street

Series: Everland, Georgia #1

Author: Lia Riley

Release Date: April 25th 2017

Pages: 368

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

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The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .

Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal’s plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn’t an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man’s best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland’s hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he’s been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper’s determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .

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Pepper moved to Everland for a job position that was actually given to somebody else before she even got to the town. Pepper is in a new town without a job, but luck seems to be on her side, when she bumps into a local vet Rhett, who offers her a job. Being a dog walker is not something Pepper would have wanted, especially because she is afraid of dogs, but there’s not much of a choice. There’s chemistry between Rhett and pepper since they met, but because of Rhett’s past, he wants to keep things rather private. Pepper didn’t plan on staying in Everland, but after meeting Rhett can she actually leave  him and the town?

It was the first book by the author and enjoyed this small town romance. I liked how things progressed between Rhett and pepper and the cute dogs. It offered several lough out loud moments, but it wasn’t very believable how easily Pepper got over her fear of dogs. Overall it was a sweet story and I definitely want to read the next book in the series.

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