Breaking the Rules (Uniformly Hot!) by Tawny Weber

Breaking the RulesTitle: Breaking the Rules (Uniformly Hot!)

Author: Tawny Weber

Publisher: Harlequin Blaze

Pages: 216

Formats Available: $3.99 Kindle and Starting at $0.01 Mass Market Paperback

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I read this book in paperback edition via my grandma. She reads books from the Harlequin Blaze section and then passes them on to me for me to read. I knew this book was going to be good since it had a soldier in it but I didn’t realize just how well I was going to like it!

Max is a Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army. He’s the leader for his small but great EOD team. While on a mission in Afghanistan, his team is ambushed. Only one person was hurt, his friend Rico. Rico ends up getting a medal while in the hospital. Rico knows that Max is going home on R&R and that he’ll be in the area of his sister and her business. Since Rico is laid up in the hospital, he asks Max to check in on her and make sure she’s doing okay. Max agrees since he thinks it’s his fault he assessed the situation wrong and Rico was laid up with his leg injured.

Fast-forward to Max making it back to the states. Before going home, a place he really loathes, he stops into the gallery where Sophia works to check on her. He ends up chuckling right from the start. Sophia and her assistant are trying to get a huge four foot penis sculpture back into the case that the unloaders thought would be nice to unload. The girls can’t get it and Max manages to wrestle it back into the crate while the assistant calls the movers to come take it back where it came from since they had told the sender they didn’t want it many times before.

Max ends up taking Sophia to the restaurant across the street as her thank you to him for helping them get it packed away again. Max learns that Sophia is the owner of the art gallery and is trying to change the direction after her late husband had made everything go in a sexual direction. She wanted the former glory of the gallery back and was determined to get it back one way or another. But things start going wrong from the start.

Sophia and Max are both attracted to each other. Sophia doesn’t want anything more than a fling which is what Max wants. But things get complicated between them. Things start happening at some of the gallery shows and Max ends up bringing in a few of his Army buddies to run security at a big event. They are both shocked as to who the culprit is and it’s not whom either had suspected before or the reason why they were trying to shut the gallery down.

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I enjoyed reading this book. While the characters played war with their emotions, you could really tell what they wanted though. Neither was willing to give up on what they wanted until their hands were forced. Max is definitely a guy I wouldn’t mind having around if he were real. 😉 Sophia is a head-strong character that doesn’t like being bossed around. Max is very stubborn and loves bossing people around but that comes from his military training and his job.

Definitely worth reading if you like HEA (Happily Ever Afters) and romances.

4/5 🌟

 

 

 

Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash

Monsterland

This book was ah-freaking-mazing. The way it ends, it leaves it open to make it into a series and I really wish the author would! There are so many unanswered questions and not enough answers! This book contains action, adventure, horror, zombies, vampires and werewolves. A great read for sure.

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Description on back of book:

The Scariest Place on Earth

All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by actual werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

Wyatt, Melvin and Howard, three unpopular high school friends are stuck in Copper Valley, California. Nerdy Howard is oblivious to social cues, Melvin is an oddball outcast, and Wyatt is in love with the unattainable Jade- the most popular girl in school.

Due to a fortuitous circumstance, they are invited tot he star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

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The answer to the question posed in the description is A LOT. And I mean a lot. I started reading this book last night and made it to chapter 19 before crashing and finished the rest today. I just can’t even process what I’ve just read! lol. I wish it was longer. I felt it was too short and could have been longer.

I do like this author. I hadn’t read his works before but I was given this book and since it’s one of my favorite genres, I decided to give it a chance. I am glad I did. Vampires, zombies and werewolves in one book! My dream come true! The characters are likable (most of them anyways). The author uses such descriptive details that you can actually image everything happening as you’re reading.

At His Service (A Playboys of Boston Novel) by Suzanne Rock

At His Service

I received this book in a prize pack I won from Night Owl Reviews. 🙂

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Karin Norell is an intern at the Palazzo hotel in Boston, owned by the Perconti family. She used to work at a hotel owned by Stone Enterprises and was dating the man who owned them. But she found out he was cheating on her and she left after quitting her internship there. After talking to her professor, they got her the job at the Palazzo. Once she graduates, she wishes to manage hotels and run them.

Karen’s day starts out bad. Several people from housekeeping have called in so she is forced to grab a cart and head up the penthouse that belongs to the Perconti’s. Leo Perconti, the one in charge of all of the Perconti family holdings, is going to be arriving to go over the books with his brother who runs the hotel. The numbers just aren’t adding up and Leo wants to get to the bottom of it.

After being caught in the Perconti penthouse when she should have long been gone and after witnessing a conversation between Leo and another brother, she ends up in more trouble than she bargained for. His brother had promised to send him a woman that would show him a good time. Leo mistakes Karin for that girl. After the real girl shows up, Karin escapes into an elevator wrapped in nothing more than a bed sheet. Luckily for her, Leo didn’t know that she worked for him so her job was safe, for the moment.

Things go from bad to worse. Leo likes Karin, which he isn’t sure he likes or not. After a scandalous photo of them having sex on the penthouse balcony appears in a paper, everyone is wanting to know who the maid is that is sleeping with the boss. Only the housekeeping manager knows as he is one of Karin’s best friends and she tells him everything.

Eventually, the staff want to go on strike and they do it right before Arianna Perconti’s wedding which is supposed to happen in the hotel. Karin is brought into the crossfire because she now had a new position as Leo’s personal assistant and was living in the penthouse with him and rarely was seen out of it. They wanted ALL contact between the two to stop and for Karin to assume her old position. So that’s what happened. Karin learned by watching the press conference that Leo would have nothing else to do with her.

But what do Karin and Leo really want? What do the rest of the Perconti siblings want and how can they help Leo when he tells them some things he’s been hiding from everyone for a long time?

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This was a great book. I was captivated from start to finish and read it in a few days. (I would have read it in one but I was helping watch my best friends youngest and oldest kids as the middle one was in the hospital for a week.) I honestly loved reading this book and will be checking into more books from Suzanne Rock as soon as possible. Her writing style is one that I like and is easy to get lost in the words and imagine you’re seeing it while reading it. Highly recommend this book to readers of romance and/or erotica.

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389 pages

$7.99 Kindle

$7.99 Mass Market Paperback

 

Thrill Me (Do Not Disturb #2) by Isabel Sharpe

Thrill Me - Isabel Sharpe

 

May has just been dumped by her boyfriend, Dan. While working, she is enticed by a client of one of her bosses. He wants to meet her at HUSH hotel and have a week of fun filled bedroom activities. He pays for May to get to New York and he pays all the expenses at the hotel. May boards the airplane and goes to New York. While on the train afterwards, she notices that Trevor isn’t in their agreed upon compartment and she thinks it’s for the best that they not meet until the hotel anyways. She arrives and checks in followed by going up to the room.

She checks the voicemail and realizes that Trevor has an unspecified unavoidable appointment that he couldn’t get away from but he would appreciate her staying the week anyways. She calls her friend Ginny who convinces her to stay the week and enjoy herself. Going to the bar that night, she meets Beck Desmond, an author. He asks her a personal question, for research for his book, and she says she’ll think about it. Later, she decides she’s going to go ahead and do it.

Things heat up between Beck and May during the week. She was acting like someone she wasn’t during part of it but she opens up to him and he doesn’t back down from her. In a four or five day time period, they both fall in love with each other. But will it survive Dan showing up at the hotel and jealous ex’s of Beck’s?

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This was a good book. My grandma gave me the paperback book to read because she’s read it before. She likes passing on her books to others to read when she’s finished. I’m glad I took this one and read it. And oh my. A few of those parts were hot and steamy. LOVED this book. (I wish something like this would happen to me. LOL)

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244 pages

$3.99 Kindle

Starting at $2.08 Paperback

Starting at $0.01 Mass Market Paperback (This is the version that I have.)

I paid: Gift from grandma

The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide by Triumph Dining

gluten

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. It came in the actual paperback edition instead of Kindle.

I’m glad I came across this book. We’ve been trying to go gluten-free for a while now because we think gluten is what is causing some of my daughter’s health issues. Gluten is becoming one of the most common things to cause illness. I have a few friends who have Celiac disease and I know it is hard on them when something is marked gluten-free and it actually isn’t.

I was kinda skeptical when I signed up to review this book thinking it was going to be cheesy and it really wasn’t going to help at all. I figured, yeah the cover says 52,000 products but were there really going to be that many listed and is it going have the stores that I shop at in there? The answer to both of these questions was yes. I loved this book from the moment I started looking at it, realizing it was better than I thought it was going to be and a lot more helpful than I realized.

I love the way this book is set up. It is broken down into eleven different sections. Each section then is broken down further and each store lists the brand (whether it be store brand or name brand) and specific product that is gluten free. There are 52 THOUSAND products listed in this book. I couldn’t imagine going to the store and looking at multiple packages of items that are labeled as gluten-free when they really aren’t.

This book will DEFINITELY be staying around and will be making each shopping trip to the store with us. I would HIGHLY recommend getting this book. It might be an expensive book at $6 for Kindle or $24/$25 for paperback but I assure you, this book IS WORTH every penny.

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533 pages

Amazon Kindle: $5.99

Amazon Paperback: $23.95

Publisher’s site: $24.95