Review: ‘Dating You Hating You’ by Christina Lauren – a battle of wills for a job

Format: e-book, paperback, audible
Format read: audible
Series: Standalone
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contempory Romance
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I have read a lot of Christina Lauren books in the past, but this is the first one that I got on audiobook. I gotta say, that I am glad that I did. I think that if I read the book I would have been sorely disappointed but the two narrators definitely brought a whole new element to the story that made me enjoy it in the end.

The story touches on a lot of things that are relevant today. Like what it’s like to work in a work place, especially as a woman. You get to see both sides of the perspective and there were times that I was just as frustrated as Evie was towards Brad. I have no idea how she was able to last so long without complaining to HR. When Carter finally comes to his senses and sees that is like a ‘duh’ moment because it does take him most of the book to actually realize it.

For the romance side, it’s actually pretty slow for the first 70% of the book. It’s a lot of back and forth between Carter and Evie as they try to fight for the same job, but when they finally get it together, there is a lot romance for the remainder of the book. In some ways, I liked seeing the development of their relationship but in other ways I didn’t. There were times that I did not like Carter’s character because he was so oblivious to the world and how crass he was towards Evie at times. But then again, we know the backstory to stuff so maybe that’s why I got frustrated.

I don’t know.

Even so, I did like this book a lot more as an audiobook then I think I would have if it was a book. Shayna Thibodeaux and Deacon Lee definitely brought this book to life and made me like it more.

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‘Wanderlust’ by Lauren Blakely is available now on audible!

Available exclusively in audio for the first six weeks – and narrated by Richard Armitage and Grace Grant – comes a breathtaking new romance from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely that will sweep you away! Get an exclusive interview with Lauren with your Audible purchase! Grab your copy of this swoony and romantic Audible Original today!


They say Paris is always a good idea…

You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can’t even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let’s not even mention how I’ll ever make it through a day at my new office.

Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he’s charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me. Soon, I can order a croque monsieur hold the ham, discuss perfume with my co-workers, and barter at the outdoor market. I can also tell the sexy Brit by my side how much I want him to kiss me under the streetlamps.

Except there’s a catch – Paris might be all we have.


One more assignment before I can take off on my big adventure…

And it’s a good farewell gig too since my newest client is a fetching American who loves to explore the cafes and cobbled streets while I teach her the language of love. We fall into a fast and flirty friendship, but Paris has a way of making lovers out of friends, and soon we’re spending our nights together too – très risqué. The trouble is, my wanderlust is calling to me, and soon I’ll be traveling the globe to fulfill a promise I made long ago.

What could possibly go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nothing…unless one of you is leaving.

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School is back in session on the cover for Emma Chase’s new book ‘Getting Schooled’

We are so thrilled to reveal the cover for GETTING SCHOOLED by Emma Chase, a brand new standalone releasing on audible February 27th and everywhere else June 26th!

Head of the class…

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy — he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school…

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances — that she’d prefer to never speak of again — have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.

Just like old times…

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance – and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled — hard — by love.

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June finds herself forcing to face her past in first ‘Until June’ by Aurora Rose Reynolds excerpt

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June Mayson and Evan Barrister’s whirlwind courtship resulted in a secret marriage right before he left for boot camp. Evan knows deep in his gut that June is too good for him, but after getting a taste of the beautiful life they can have together, he’s unwilling to let her go. June promises to wait for him, knowing neither time or distance will ever change her feelings for Evan—that is until she’s served with divorce papers while he’s overseas and she’s forced to let him go.

Her marriage and divorce a well-kept secret, the last person June expects to run into when she moves back to her hometown is Evan. Angry over the past, she does everything within her power to ignore the pull she feels whenever he is near. But how can she ignore the pain she sees every time their eyes meet? How can she fight the need to soothe him even if she knows she’s liable to get hurt once again?

Is it possible for June and Evan to find their way back to each other again? Or will they be stopped by an outside force before they ever have a shot?

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Looking at my reflection in the mirror across from me, I cringe. My hair is a disaster, there are bags under my eyes, and the nightgown I have on isn’t even one of the cute ones I normally wear. It’s the one my sister, December, got me as a joke, but I wear it occasionally, because its comfortable, even if it was made for a woman three times my age. Resting my elbows on the desk in front of me, I run my fingers through my hair, pulling the strands back away from my face.

“I hate men,” I whisper into the empty interrogation room, where I was told to wait over an hour ago after the police kicked in my door and dragged me from my bed. Lifting my gaze, I look at myself in the mirror again and vow that whenever I get out of the mess my ex-boyfriend has gotten me into, I’m going to learn how to be a lesbian, even if I’m not sure that’s actually possible.

“June Mayson.” Turning my head, I look over my shoulder at the now open door behind me, and my eyes meet those of a man who reminds me of my dad. He looks to be in his mid-forties, and is one of those men time has been kind to. He’s built, with dark hair that’s cut short and parted on the side. His eyes are a blue that stands out against his dark lashes and tan skin. “I’m Officer Mitchell, and this is Officer Plymouth.” He nods behind him and is followed in by a man who must be playing the roll off ‘Bad Cop’, judging by the frown on his face and the look he gives me when our eyes meet. Time hasn’t been as kind to him; he looks like he has enjoyed one too many beers. His middle is soft, and his skin doesn’t look healthy.

Nodding, I cross my arms over my chest and run my hands down the bare skin of my biceps that’s chilled from the cool air coming from the vent above me.

“Would you like something to drink?” Officer Mitchell asks as he walks fully into the room.

Shaking my head, I mutter, “No, thank you.”

“Hot chocolate?” he offers, and I feel tears burn the back of my eyes. Since I was little, whenever I was having a bad day, my dad would offer me hot chocolate. His hot chocolate has magical powers that always make everything seem okay, but I doubt police station hot chocolate would have the same effect.

“No, thanks. I’d just like to know why I’m here,” I tell him as he takes a seat in the metal chair across from me and places a thick folder on the table between us.

“We may be here awhile, Miss Mayson, so I’d like you to be comfortable,” he says gently, and I look at Officer Plymouth, who is leaning against the wall, then back to him.

“I don’t mean to be rude, Mr. Mitchell, but I’d really like to get to the point. I have class in a few hours and I’d really like to make it on time.”

“I’m afraid you’re probably going to miss your class today, Miss Mayson.”

Closing my eyes, I open them slowly and ask, “Can I get a sweater?”

Surprisingly, Officer Plymouth slips off his suit jacket and walks it over to me, placing it around my shoulders.

‘Thank you,” I whisper up at him, and his eyes soften around the edges. Pulling my eyes from him, my gaze goes back toward Officer Mitchell.

“How long have you known Lane Diago?” Officer Mitchell asks, and I sit up a little taller.

“I don’t know anyone by that name,” I tell him, and he opens the file folder, fanning out a few pictures of my ex-boyfriend, Aaron, and me directly in front of me. Each of them were taken while we were a couple, showing we had been followed more than a few times. Him coming to my apartment…him kissing me outside my car…at the store, walking hand-in-hand down the aisles…at the movies…out to dinner…both of us doing normal couple things.

“You mean Aaron?”

“That what he told you his name was?” he asks, and I nod looking up at him.

“I’ve known him for about a year,” I whisper, dropping my eyes to the pictures again, realizing I actually didn’t know him, since his name isn’t even Aaron.

“How long have you two been dating?” he inquires, and my eyes drop to the pictures once more.

“We dated for about four months. I broke up with him a month ago,” I tell him truthfully as a feeling of sadness hits me unexpectedly. I wasn’t in love with Aaron—or Lane. Not even close. But I cared about him, and believed he cared about me as well. That was, until he sent me a text to meet him at his house. When I got there, one of his roommates let me in, and I found him up in his room with Susie Detrei’s mouth around his cock, proving I was wrong about him.

“You were close,” Officer Mitchell states, and I nod because we were, or I thought we were. “Can you tell me who this man is?” he asks, pulling out a picture of Aaron’s—Lane’s cousin, or at least the guy he told me was his cousin.

“Aaron…I mean Lane’s cousin Cody. He lives in Mississippi,” I tell him.

“Did you ever overhear them talking?”

“Overhear them talking?” I ask, looking at a picture of Cody and Lane sitting in what looks like a bar, Lane with his favorite beer in his hand, and Cody with a short, wide glass with dark liquid and ice on the bar top in front of him, and his hand wrapped around it while he laughs at something.

“Overhear them talking about anything out of the ordinary?”


“Are you sure about that?”

“Maybe if you told me exactly why I’m here, I can give you the information you’re looking for.”

“Lane Diago’s uncle is one of the biggest distributors of illegal narcotics in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and South Carolina.”

“What?” I whisper as my eyes focus on one of the pictures of Lane and me standing outside my apartment. I was wearing a short colorful summer dress and gold strappy sandals, and Lane had on a pair of black cargo shorts and a plain white tee. His head was bent toward mine, my hand was resting against his chest, and his was wrapped tight around my hip. It was our third date and our first kiss. I had waited forever to even go on a date with him, because I wasn’t ready for a relationship. I finally gave in to him, because he was so persistent. He asked me out every time we saw each other, and he was always dramatic in the way he did it.

“Did you ever see—”

“I never saw anything,” I cut him off. “Lane didn’t even smoke pot, and almost everyone I know smokes pot,” I whisper, pulling my eyes from the picture to look at him.

“You two were together a lot. He would have you drop him places. My men saw you on more than one occasion.”

“To friends’ houses,” I tell him, suddenly finding it hard to breathe. “If he asked me to drop him to a friend’s or to run him somewhere when we were going out, I would do it, but I never saw him do anything illegal.”

“Do you understand you can go to prison if we find out you spent any of the money he earned from selling drugs on things for yourself.”

Laughing, I cover my face with my hands and lay my head on the table while I try to pull myself together. I probably shouldn’t be laughing right now but its either laugh or cry.

“What do you find funny about this?” Officer Plymouth asks, and I lift my head to look at him.

“I paid for us to do things more than once, and he even asked me for gas money a couple of times. I never, not once, took money from him, not even for a coffee,” I tell him, and his eyes go to Officer Mitchell, who mutters, “Fuck.”

“He cheated on me a month ago, and I haven’t talked to him since then,” I tell him, and he shakes his head.

“We have time stamps for phone calls between the two of you over the last month.”

“Did you ever look at how long those calls lasted?” I ask, knowing that if he did, he would know we didn’t actually talk. “He called. He called over and over. Finally, I had to pick up to tell him to stop calling me. I didn’t want anything to do with him a month ago, and I sure as hell don’t want anything to do with him now.”

“Another fucking road block,” Officer Plymouth grumbles, and my head swings to him.

“I’m sorry. I swear that if I knew anything, I would help you out, but I don’t. Lane never told me anything, and I sure as hell didn’t see anything. If I had, I would have talked to my uncle about it.”

“You’re sure you didn’t see anything, hear anything?”

“I’m sure,” I tell him, wishing I did know something, not because I’m a rat, but because I know what drugs can do to people. I know not everyone dies from using drugs, not everyone’s life goes to shit from using them, but my best roommate freshmen year of college overdosed and died, and that was only after she turned into a completely different person. Someone I didn’t like much. Someone I couldn’t trust. So, there’s no way I would ever protect anyone who is responsible for supplying those drugs, no matter how much I care about them.

“Would you be willing to get back in with Lane?” Officer Plymouth asks, bringing my attention to him. My heart flips in my chest at the thought, but I don’t get a chance to answer, because someone bangs hard on the glass mirror in front of me, causing my image to go funny.

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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who’s husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it’s beauty.






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Review – ‘Kaleidoscope Hearts’ by Claire Contreras – beautiful story of two people getting a second chance at love

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Format: e book, paperback, audible

Format read: audible

Series: book 1 in Heart series

Rating: 18+ sexual content, language, themes


In the first book of the series, we follow Estelle as she tries to move on from the loss of her fiance, Wyatt, and finds solace in the person that she could never get over. Her brother’s best friend, Oliver.

There is a little back and forth in this novel, as we get the history of the two characters through Oliver’s eyes and I actually enjoyed it. Usually, I don’t like it when we only get a few chapters from one person’s point of view and then most of it from another’s. But Contreras does a good job at explaining the way Oliver acts in the present based on what happened in his past.

Oliver does some pretty messed up things to Estelle in this story and I wondered at times why she would still be in love with him, but I love how she sticks up for herself. I love how, unlike many other stories where the guy really treats the girl bad, she just doesn’t give in to her feelings and makes him prove that he’s not the guy that broke her heart.

The writing style is so realistic that they sound like a group of your friends who are telling you a story. They have inside jokes and old stories that give the character substance. The history of the characters allow them to come to life and be a part of the story and they don’t just get overlooked as secondary parts of the story. The friends of the main character shape who they are and, in reality, usually help (or embarrass them) with a person they like.

If possible, I would get this book for audible. Christy Carlson Romano (yes the very same person who was Ren Stevens on Disney’s Even Stevens) was amazing as the voice of Estelle. The way that she was able to bring the emotions into the words that she spoke, whether it was laughter, sarcasm, or pain, you felt it right along with the story. It made the story feel more real for me and I wish that she would read all the books I listen to you.

This a great book that I recommend for anyone who likes a tragic love story about two people who are meant for each other and have to fight through life to have that.

Rating: A

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Review – ‘Stepbrother Dearest’ by Penelope Ward – A solid start that leads to a slow finish

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Format: e book, paperback, audible

Format read: audible

Series: stand-alone

Rating: 18+ sexual content, language, themes


In the first book of the series, we meet Greta who is adjusting to life with her new step-father when she learns that her new step-brother is going to come spend the year with them. She wants to not like him, especially since he’s mean to her, but both of them can’t control the connection they have even through the years of time.

I wanted to like this story, I really did, but there was so many ups and downs that I just couldn’t really get into the book enough to say that I ‘loved’ it. First off, the way that Elect treated Greta was more than just mean. He was pretty much a bully and what’s worse is that Greta just kept going back to him making me think she’s a bit of a masochist.

I started to like when we start to see why Elec is the way that he is. He is a lot more complex than on the surface and shows the reader why he is swoon worthy. He has his moments that he can still be an a-hole, but overall you get a feeling of liking him before you go to the second part of the book.

The second part with filled with some much angst that you start to have anxiety attacks as you wait for them to get together. (This is not really a spoiler alert. You could figure this was the way of the book just by reading the blurb.) At times it gets frustrating, but not in a bad way, because of the situation that Elec and Greta find themselves in.

The ‘climax’ of the book was long and really dragged on. We basically got retold the whole story but from Elec’s point of view. I would have liked to have seen more of their time apart as Greta tries to move on and have Ward do what a lot of other authors are doing, release a full length novel from the man’s point of view separate from the main book.

I listened to this book on and it’s the only reason that it didn’t go below three stars. The woman who read the book was able to really capture that angst and longing that Greta has for Elec, but the story just didn’t interest me enough to move it past three stars.

Rating: C

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Review: ‘Uncivilized’ by Sawyer Bennett – a woman tries to civilize and uncivilized man


Format: paperback, audible

Format read: audible

Series: standalone

Genre: Romance


In this story we follow Mora as goes to Brazil to bring back a man, Zacharias, who got left behind after his parent died. He has grown up in that culture and is reluctant to come to America but after spending some time with Mora in the U.S. he sees that there is more to life then what he thought he knew.

Holy moly with the sex scenes in this story. They are literally too hot to handle especially in a public place. Having to listen to Kirsten (Mora) and Lee (Zac) voice the characters, it’s enough to have you blushing and wanting more. Even though it’s only them narrating the story, you can hear them connect and really bring the story to life.

Lee does an extraordinary job at voicing Zac. He was the perfect man for the job. He is able to capture that tough, I don’t give a crap attitude, sarcastic, I do what I want kind of personality that is Zac. He made me laugh out loud as I heard some of his thoughts and it made me believe that this is something someone in his position would think.

Kirsten does a good job at capturing all the many levels of Mora. Whether it’s her love for Zac, her passion for her job, or the patience she has for Zac’s adjustment to the new world.

For the story, there is A LOT of scenes, but it wasn’t too over the top where it was on every page. Bennett still was able to develop the characters and show them slowly but surely falling in love.

I would recommend getting this book for audible because I think that it adds an element of realism that you don’t get when you just read it. I know if I just read it I probably wouldn’t have liked it as much.

Rating: B+

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