Sweeties for Sale

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Misadventures #4
Shayla Black
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, romantic comedy
Waterhouse Press
Oct 17 2017

An Overnight Billionaire…
When Carson Frost inherits a confectionary that rakes in billions but is too cash-strapped to last another sixty days, he agrees to take a loan from his late father’s rival. There are two catches: Carson has to sign over a permanent stake in the company and marry the man’s daughter.

Concocts a Fake Bride…
Two weeks before the wedding, he gets cold feet and claims he’s in love with someone else. The investor says he’ll still hand over the cash if Carson takes a stroll down the aisle—with the woman who owns his heart. Since he isn’t even dating anyone, Carson panics. Where is he going to find a bride willing to jilt him at the altar on such short notice?

And Whips Up a Little Love.
Ella Hope is an actress happy for any paying gig, but jilting a hottie in public isn’t what she had in mind. Still, she needs rent, and he’s in a bind. How hard can it be? While playing at matrimony, suddenly their intimacy isn’t so fake. Ella can’t help but fantasize that Carson is her groom and they will live happily ever after. But once his company is safe, will he want her anymore?

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Misadventures is a romantic series of spicy standalone novels, each written or co-written by some of the best names in romance. The stories are scandalous, refreshing, and, of course, incredibly sexy. They’re the perfect bedside read, a ‘quick blush’ for the reader who loves a page-turning romance.

A nicely written romance in this series where things are never quite what they seem at the start. Not forgetting that despite misunderstandings and misadventures it all ends OK – predictably.

The best in this series that I’ve read so far.

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Go where with you?

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Perfect Match series #1
Lily Zante
romance, contemporary, women's fiction,
Kindle

She's a high-flying career woman, ambitious and driven. He's a sexy struggling artist, and an escort by night...

A high-flying career woman with no time for romance finds herself at a loose end for her company's annual marketing convention. Partners are encouraged and Nadine Stefano has every intention of fitting the image she believes her boss wants.
Desperate to show that she's in a settled and happy relationship, only one major problem stands in her way: she's single.
Unless she can persuade the stripper she met at her sister's bachelorette party to be her pretend boyfriend-for one weekend only. Easy, right?

But Ethan Adams is something else. Not only is he five years younger, but he is also sexy as sin.

Theirs is a strong attraction, and the over-worked and uptight Nadine soon finds herself falling for the easy-going younger man.

What happens when a corporate high-flier with no time for men meets a gorgeous stripper who is sex-on-legs?

Nadine is career oriented, and as such working too hard for a personal life – she has so much to do she takes her work home every night. And even tries to work during her sister’s pre-wedding parties – even when such party includes male strippers! But she does notice Ethan, one of the performers, and when she requires an escort to a work conference, she remembers him, and hires him for the weekend.

The issue I had with this book was not the writing style or actual written content, but the unoriginality of the story-line. This whole ‘need a boyfriend /escort to an event – hire one’ is far from new. And the falling for a male escort too.

As the story is very standard and there is not even any humour, I got bored and stopped reading.

 

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Mountain Adventures for a City girl

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Misadventures #1
Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss
contemporary fiction, romance,
Waterhouse Press
(12 Sept. 2017)

Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again.

Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can't stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she's just a city girl--a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he's settled here to find.

When Madison discovers Luke's secluded cabin, he can't turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they're forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who's made him feel anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?

On retreat from her life, Madison ends up in the mountains of California ad encounters Luke.

Luke aims to live a solitary life as his military service induced PTSD and this makes his life around noise difficult.

They fall in lust.

Big time.

I had expected some humour in the story telling from the title but this was missing. And in reality, PTSD is not so easily overcome even for a short time, and just living away from people won’t fix it. So, some lack of psychological understanding of the syndrome by the author.

Otherwise, a nicely written romance of its type.

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Let’s Dress New York

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Rosie Nixon
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
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2017-06
384

Novice stylist Amber Green is taking on the glittering celebrity world of Manhattan one fashion disaster and wardrobe malfunction at a time!

When her TV producer boyfriend Rob announces that he’s been offered a job in New York, filming with the infamous Angel Wear lingerie models, Amber knows its her perfect chance to take the New York fashion world by storm.

But Amber wasn’t counting on unruly toddler photo shoots, clandestine designer handbag scams and a Hollywood star who is determined to wear as little as possible on the red carpet. Until she meets a disgraced former designer who could turn her career around…or leave it all in tatters.

Fun, adventure, glamour and high-fashion make this is the perfect feel good women’s fiction read.

A novel for those who love, and know their high end fashion. There are allusions to names and brands that you really need to read your Style pages regularly for his novel to make sense. And Selfridges is mentioned too!

Amber follows her boyfriend to New York when his job takes him there and sets herself up as a stylist to the stars and others. This novel is the second in a series but you don’t need to have the read the first, as for me at any rate, it stood alone.

Great fun to read and good writing of its type.

4 stars

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A Rock Star and Marriage

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Romance Island #3
Demelza Carlton
romance, contemporary, women's fiction,
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Six weeks away from marrying her high-school sweetheart, Flavia's life seemed perfect...right up until her fiancé cheated on her. In the spirit of revenge, she auctions her virginity to the highest bidder. One night and the rules are simple: no names, no kissing and definitely no romance.

Until Flavia arrives at Romance Island Resort, and meets the rock star who makes her want to break all the rules.

He's already won her virginity, but will he win her heart as well?

You cannot believe how this story begins! Not after reading book #2.

Just how innocent was Phoung really?

We don’t find out.

This book leaves Phoung’s story and continues with Jay and Xan Lane – the new manager at the resort – not quite what she expected when she agreed to become their marketing manager but …
Jay’s exploits are quite extraordinary in this story as he is feeling very down and quite amazed that Phuong could trick him the way she apparently did – and that he fell for it! Planning to marry her even.

Yes, Jay is even more of a douche than before, yet Xan still helps him out of his scrapes.

I think this is a nice series but that the books about the ‘Maid’ are better written. Still good frothy literature3 for light reading.

3 stars.

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