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BOOK REVIEW: Risky Play (Red Card #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

BOOK REVIEW: Risky Play (Red Card #1) by Rachel Van DykenRisky Play (Red Card #1)
by Rachel Van Dyken
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Synopsis:

Even one-night stands deserve a second chance in New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken’s novel of sporting desire.

What else can a virgin do when she’s ditched at the altar? Seattle heiress Mackenzie Dupont is treating herself to a single-girl honeymoon in Mexico and a desire to relinquish her innocence to a gorgeous one-night stand. Fake names. True pleasure. But when she wakes up alone, Mackenzie realizes just how much anger is left in her broken heart.

Suffering a tragic personal loss, pro soccer player Slade Rodriguez has his reasons for vanishing without a goodbye. Right or wrong, he’s blaming the beautiful and infuriating stranger he never wants to see again. They’re both in for a shock when Mackenzie shows up as his new personal assistant. And they both have a lot to learn about each other. Because they share more than they could possibly know, including a common enemy who’s playing his own games. And he’s not afraid to get dirty.

Now there’s only one way Mackenzie and Slade can win: to trust in each other and to stop hiding from the lies they’ve told, the secrets they’ve kept, the mistakes they’ve made, and the attraction that still burns between them.

Review:

Risky Play was an emotionally heartfelt story that started out with a bang.  It had everything I’ve come to love in a Rachel Van Dyken book. Characters that felt real, a story-line that pulled at my heart and scorching hot scenes that made me fan my face.  But there was also a strong hate to love vibe that made this story such a winner. If you’re a fan of sports romances, Rachel Van Dyken or hate to love romances then definitely pick this one up!

“More champagne?” He pointed to my hand still clutching the champagne with a vise-like grip.
“Yeah,” I croaked.
“Are you by yourself?” he asked a few seconds later.
“Yes.” Don’t cry. Don’t cry. Don’t cry.
“Do you want to be?” he asked softly.
I shook my head, no…
Just then he hopped over the partition, swept me into his arms, and lowered his head.

Six months after we watched Mackenzie be ditched at the altar, she treated herself to her honeymoon.  Alone. She met a man named Slade on the airplane and I absolutely loved how their time together progressed, eeks!  With fake names, a whirlwind day of fun and a night that was steamy and romantic, it was absolutely addicting watching them be together.  But that next morning, Slade left without a word.  While they never thought they would see each other again, one month later Mackenzie ended up being Slade’s assistant.  And it definitely wasn’t a warm and fuzzy reunion.

He was barely touching me, and my body hummed to life.
I stepped away.
I had to.
I didn’t trust him.
I couldn’t.

While Mackenzie was the heiress to one of the largest wine brands, she was completely down to earth and I easily connected with her.  She was kind, patient and I loved that she took risks and was brave.  But my heart hurt for her.  Mackenzie had been burned by men and never seemed to be enough for them.  So when Slade started using Mackenzie as an emotional punching bag, she held nothing back and stood her ground.  She didn’t understand why she was now hated. But she’d much rather spend her time with Slade, instead of going back to the winery.  Where she would have be around the man who left her at the alter.

“You’re making this harder than it should be.” I crossed my arms.
“And you make me harder than I should be. And yet, here I am.” He crossed his arms.
Don’t look down. Do not. Look. Down.
I gulped.
His smile broke out into a huge grin. “You were saying?”

Oh Slade.  He was such a complex man.  And one that I absolutely loved.  He was the number one soccer player in the world, but his trust was definitely jaded from his past and his fame.  But thankfully we got to see his softer side in the beginning. When he was in Mexico with Mackenzie, Slade was charming, seductive and fun.  But when we saw him a month later, he was cold and callous.  He could be so mean and hurtful to Mackenzie, it hurt to watch.  Since we alternated between Slade and Mackenzie, you’ll find out why he is the way he is.  He was so bad, but I also knew just how amazing he could be.

I had to convince myself that the man in Puerto Vallarta didn’t exist.
Because if he did?
I wouldn’t let him go.

As Mackenzie invaded Slade’s life, doing her job, I was so proud that she would continually throw Slade’s attitude back in his face.  She never took it lying down.  And probably the most amazing thing about Mackenzie is that she took a bad situation and found a way to be positive about it.  I absolutely loved her! As the story progressed, I loved seeing peeks of the old Slade. The one I fell so hard for. When his charming or seductive side would come out, I couldn’t stop the smiles.  But best of all I loved watching the moments when Slade was fiercely protective of those he cared for. It was crazy hot!

Her hands dug into me, clung to me like I was going to let her go, and it broke my fucking heart that she might actually think I would do that because of our history.
I wasn’t letting this go.
Her go.

While the sexual tension was absolutely delicious, I loved when Rachel Van Dyken took them a step further.  Not only was it seductive, but I loved how she could seamlessly lace humor into those moments. There was a shower scene that had me laughing so hard I was crying.  But outside of Slade and Mackenzie, there was also friendships that I adored reading about. Matt and Jagger were my two favorite side characters, you have to meet them!  Also you have to meet Slade’s dog, Alfie. He was such a cutie! So yes, I definitely recommend this book! Risky Play made me laugh, cry, smile and fall in love.  And it gave me ALL the tears with that ending. It was so perfect!  Now I can’t wait to read the next book, which is about Matt.  That man made me crack up and smile so hard, I can’t wait to hear every single one of his thoughts!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

BOOK REVIEW: Darker Water (Once and Forever #1) by Lauren Stewart

BOOK REVIEW: Darker Water (Once and Forever #1) by Lauren StewartDarker Water (Once and Forever #1)
by Lauren Stewart
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Synopsis:

Some fairytales begin with a kiss...

Laney
I finally get it. And to think, it only took my heart being pried out of my chest and stomped on five separate times by men who claimed they loved me. That’s got to be a record, right?
Let me put it as simply as I can.
Fairy tales aren’t real. Love is a lie. And, at least in my experience, sex never comes with a happy ending.
Fortunately, I still have a battery-operated boyfriend who’ll never fall out of love with me. I won’t walk in on him in bed with another woman either. Nope. As long as I keep supplying him with fresh batteries, B.O.B’s only purpose in life is to make me happy.
And, damn it, I deserve to be happy. I’m a nice person. I work hard. And, most importantly, I've learned my lesson:
I will never, ever let a man near my heart again.

Carson
My secret to happiness is to be completely upfront with what I want and, trust me, it has nothing to do with Laney’s heart. Her lips? Hell yeah. A few other parts of her body? You better f*cking believe it. But her heart? Nope. Not even a little.
Until it does…a lot.
Forget I said that. I don’t have feelings for anyone. They were all ripped out of me when I was a kid.
This thing between Laney and me could be great. But we have to follow certain rules. We have a good time—no dates, no sleepovers, no expectations. When one of us is ready for something new or if she starts getting too attached, we move on with no hard feelings. Win-win, and everybody’s happy.
I came into this thinking it would be the same thing as it had always been and that she was like any other woman.
It isn’t. She isn’t.
But how do I tell her she deserves someone better, someone who can love her, someone who’s not broken, if I can’t seem to let her go?

Review:

Darker Water was a steamy, heart-felt story that constantly had me smiling.  Just within those first few pages, I was already laughing and obsessed with our two main characters.  It all flowed so seamlessly and I devoured it in no time at all. Darker Water became an instant favorite and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t pick it up sooner.  Especially since I bought this book four years ago.

He was ten times more wicked than anyone I’d ever dated, the complete opposite of everything I used to look for in a man. Untamed, irreverent, demanding. Exactly what I needed. I wouldn’t fall in fake-love with a guy like this in a million years.

Laney Temple had sworn off guys, after having her heart stomped on again and again.  So when Carson Bennett barged into her life, she told him to go away. Their first conversation had me cracking up so hard and it’s going down as one of my favorite meet cutes!  You see, Carson knew what he wanted and it was Laney in his bed.  He didn’t do relationships and he was completely upfront with Laney.  It seemed crazy at first, but then it started to sound like the perfect situation.  But something got in their way and they parted, which left me begging for more!

“Do you ever think us spending time with each other is one big, drawn out lapse of good judgment?”
“All the fucking time,” he muttered, his lips grazing my forehead before he walked away.

From there, Carson and Laney started to meet for coffee which lead to them hanging out.  They weren’t dating, they weren’t having sex, they were actually getting to know one another.  So while a friendship and trust started to form, they struck a deal. Laney wanted to learn how to not mix sex and love.  And Carson had never been friends with someone he slept with.  And while neither of them wanted to get attached, it’s funny how life doesn’t always work out how you want it too.

“If I get you drunk, will you let me take advantage of you?” I teased.
“Alright, that’s it,” he growled. He took the dress box from me, picked me up, plopped my ass on a display of jeans, and nudged my knees apart so he could stand between them. “I tried to be patient. I really did, but this friend thing sucks.”
“Umm…” I took a quick breath when he put his hands on my thighs. “You know we’re in public, right?”

I. Loved. Carson.  If you love alpha males then you have to meet Carson.  He was addictive, seductive, powerful and charming without any effort at all. His words and actions had me melting into a puddle.  Even if he was kind of an ass at times, but that didn’t matter because I loved how kind he was to Laney.  I was so obsessed with him that I’ve already gone back and re-read so many of the scenes where he shows exactly who he was and what he could do.  Sigh.

“If I turn around now things are going to escalate, Lane.” I spoke with my eyes closed, my hands clutching the countertop. “So what would you say if I asked you how far you wanted to go with this?”
“I’d say, ‘Why are you asking me questions when you should be fucking me?’”

I loved Laney too!  She was brave, outspoken and I loved how she stood up for herself.  I had so much respect for her and her sharp mouth. So when Laney and Carson were together?  Be prepared to laugh, they were hilarious! They were so perfect together, especially when they crossed that physical line.  Those moments were toe curling and would leave the hugest smile on my face.  I loved how steamy and exhilarating they were *fans face*.

“Being with you makes me feel like I’m more of a man, because I know without a doubt that I would do whatever it took to protect you.” My voice caught. “So that’s what I’m finally doing. I’m telling you to go away.”
She lifted her head to say one word: “No.”

This book also had a strong emotional side and I kept hoping they’d see what I saw.  How much they deserved one another. So looking back, this book was a ton of fun. Darker Water made me laugh, smile, sigh and even tugged on my heart which made tears spill from my eyes.  Now I’m looking forward to picking up the second book.  It’s about Carson’s brother and just from the few glances we got of him, I can’t wait to learn all there is about Hayden!

BOOK REVIEW: Moonlight Scandals (de Vincent #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

BOOK REVIEW: Moonlight Scandals (de Vincent #3) by Jennifer L. ArmentroutMoonlight Scandals (de Vincent #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Synopsis:

It takes a fearless woman to love the most scandalous man alive in New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s breathtaking novel.

Even a ghost hunter like Rosie Herpin couldn’t have foreseen the fateful meeting between two mourners that has brought her so intimately close to the notorious and seductive Devlin de Vincent. Everyone in New Orleans knows he’s heir to a dark family curse that both frightens and enthralls. To the locals, Devlin is the devil. To Rosie, he’s a man who’s stoking her wildest fantasies. When a brutal attack on her friend is linked to the de Vincents, he becomes a mystery she may be risking her life to solve.

Devlin knows what he wants from this sexy and adventurous woman. But what does Rosie want from him? It’s a question that becomes more pressing—and more dangerous—when he suspects her of prying into the shadows of his past.

Now, the legends surrounding the de Vincents may not be myths at all. But if she’s to discover the truth, she must follow them straight into the arms of the man she can’t resist—the handsome devil himself

Review:
“The devil is coming.”

With its gothic feel and enticing story-line, Moonlight Scandals was a stunning conclusion to the de Vincent series.  This story was filled with characters I loved, some impressive twists and turns and it all made this book impossible to put down.  If you’re not familiar with this series, I recommend starting back at the beginning with Moonlight Sins. Each book weaves itself into the next and it’s an intoxicating ride getting to know each of the de Vincent brothers.  You don’t want to miss a single minute of it!

“Did you seriously just tell me I needed to get laid?”
Rosie rolled her eyes. “Did you seriously just prove what I said?”
A moment passed. “Are you volunteering?”

Devlin de Vincent, aka the Devil, intrigued me back in that first book.  And throughout this series he has remained the biggest mystery ever. He always came across as closed off and cold.  But from the moment he interacted with Rosie, in that last book, he came to life. Rosie was best friend’s with Devlin’s brother’s girlfriend.  So they were bound to run into each other, and each and every time they did I couldn’t hold back the laughter or the sighing. Devlin and Rosie were hilarious, swoon worthy and I was always begging for more.

What had she called him?
Ah, yes. A dickhead.
His shoulders lifted in a silent chuckle as he reached for his glass of bourbon.

If you love stories that are hate to love with fabulous banter, you’re going to love this book.  Devlin was definitely the king of assholes and Rosie had no problem putting him in his place.  She would go toe to toe with him and even tell him when he was wrong. So of course Rosie quickly earned my respect.  She was brave, fierce, loved her family, was a good friend and wasn’t scared of the infamous Devlin de Vincent. Yet each time they were together you could feel how much they physically wanted the other.  And when they finally did kiss or touch, it was like fireworks exploded.

“You want to kiss me?”she repeated, feeling foolish for even asking that question and for the flutter that picked up in her stomach.
That small grin appeared again. “I do.”He paused. “Very badly.”

I’ve been so curious to know more about Devlin.  Especially since he was the most secretive of the de Vincent’s, even his brother’s didn’t know his deepest and darkest secrets.  So when Devlin started to let Rosie see a tiny bit of who he was, oh he stole my heart even more.  But there was bumps because Devlin didn’t trust easily. He would act hot and cold towards Rosie, so that led to him making mistakes.  But the man knew how to ask for forgiveness and it was not only heartwarming but sexy as hell. And when you add in how Devlin fiercely protected those he cared for, I was more than obsessed with him.

She leaned in, kissing the center of his chest, through his shirt, and hell if that didn’t cause this weird pressure to clamp down on him.
It was unexpected.
Potent.
Confusing as fuck.

Moonlight Scandals had other moments in it that made me pause.  It was said that the de Vicents were cursed and that their land was haunted.  There were moments in the prior books that also made me pause, so I should have known better than read this book in the dark lol.  Especially since Rosie was part of a paranormal exploration team and one of her good friends was a psychic medium. When you tie that in with the bumps in the night and the sights of something that couldn’t possibly be there, well there was an eeriness in the air that you could feel.  Just by that second chapter I had chills racing down my arms and I even screamed out loud.

He dipped his head as his hand slipped down her stomach, resting just below her navel. “You make me want . . . so much, Rosie. You have no idea.”
She lifted her head, brushing her lips against his. “Show me.”

This book was so much fun!  There was a ton of secrets and everything gets spilled.  And while I guessed a few of the plots twists and was shouting out loud “I knew it!” there was one I didn’t even see coming.  Now I’m desperately begging, please let there be one more book. Please, please, please! But don’t worry, there was an epilogue at the back of this book that was everything dreams were made of.  Not only do we get a peek into Devlin and Rosie’s future, but also a look into Julia, Lucien, Gabe and Nikki’s futures and it was beautiful.  So yes, I definitely recommend this book and series to everyone who loves romance.

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Other Quotes I Loved….

Rosie allowed herself to be dickmatized— you know, when you were either hypnotized by how attractive someone was or you were hypnotized by their dick, which therefore allowed you to look past unsavory traits about the person. That was what she was doing right then.
 A douchebag was a douchebag, even if there were moments of nondouchery.
 “You know ,” she said, letting her head rest against the seat as she watched him. “You’re allowed to laugh and smile.”
His gaze shot to hers. “I know.”
“Do you?”
 His mouth moved over hers, and she could taste his desire in his kiss, feel it when his tongue moved across her teeth and then her tongue, and in the way his hips rolled into her as the hand that had been at her jaw slid down.
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***Each book can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed in order.***

Moonlight Sins #1
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Moonlight Seduction #2
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Moonlight Scandals #3
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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

JLA- Credit Franggy Yanez Photography# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis

I absolutely love this series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Playing for Keeps! So check out my review below and enter in a fabulous giveaway! Enjoy!

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill ShalvisPlaying for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7)
by Jill Shalvis
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Synopsis:

If you’re planning on falling in love…

When it comes to the confident, charismatic Caleb Parker, Sadie Lane feels the spark—the kind that comes from rubbing each other the wrong way. She’s yoga pants, he’s a suit. She’s a tattoo artist, he’s a straight-laced mogul. But after they accidentally co-rescue an abandoned dog from a storm, Sadie sees a vulnerable side to the seemingly invincible hottie.

you’d better be sure…

Caleb doesn’t do emotions. Growing up the underdog, he’s learned the hard way to build up an impenetrable wall. Perfect for business. Disastrous for relationships. He’s never worried about it before—not until he finally gets behind Sadie’s armor and begins to fall.

… someone is there to catch you.

Both guarded and vulnerable, Sadie and Caleb are complete opposites. Or are they? Shocked at their undeniable connection, can they ever admit to wanting more? That all depends on what they’re each willing to risk.

Review:

Playing for Keeps was a heartwarming love story where opposites attract.  With the help of their friends and a dog that quickly stole both of their hearts, destiny seemed to be in the air.  I absolutely adore the Heartbreaker Bay Series and I couldn’t wait to read Caleb and Sadie’s story!  While each book can easily be read as a standalone, I highly recommend starting back at the beginning.  You don’t want to miss a moment with this group of friends and coworkers.

He was everything she no longer let herself want.

Sadie Lane opened her heart up to us from that very first chapter.  The relationship she had with her mother was heart wrenching and she was jaded towards men.  But thankfully Sadie was working hard doing something she loved.  She was building up her clientele as a tattoo artist, but to make ends meets she also works at a spa.  Finances were tight and she was definitely struggling, so I found myself sympathetic to her from that very first chapter.

“Not interested,”said her mouth.
Her brain though, it was telling her a different story.
He just grinned. He knew. Dammit. She forced her gaze off his body and into his eyes.

One dark and stormy night, Sadie found herself helping Caleb Parker rescue a dog.  Caleb was someone who had been around Sadie for the last year.  They knew mutual people, worked near one another, but Sadie quickly labeled him Suits.  She didn’t ever stop to think that his past wasn’t just a golden spoon.  Or how hard he worked to get to where he was.  But when they both ended up rescuing a three-legged dog, Sadie named Lollipop, everything slowly started to change.

He’d taken Lollipop to a pet park. He held her hand whenever she got scared. Damn. The man was dangerous to her heart and soul.
Which made him the very opposite of perfect . . .

I have fallen for every single male Jill Shalvis has created, so of course I heart Caleb.  While he was in the Forbes top 100 and was labeled a billionaire, he was so much more than that.  Caleb was the most kind, patient, compassionate and thoughtful man ever.  He loved his family deeply and helped to take care of them.  They were such a huge part of his life.  And I loved watching how his sisters would meddle in his love life, whoops lol.  But Sadie intrigued Caleb from the beginning, and no matter what was thrown at them, he fought for them to be together.

“I keep telling you, there’s no this.”
“Are you sure?” Very slowly and carefully, clearly giving her plenty of time to get away if she really wanted, he stepped into her, making her extremely aware that she now stood hemmed in between the alley wall and his body, neither quite touching her.

Even though they now shared a dog, Sadie still had her walls up high and was closed off.  As they started to spend more time around each other, Sadie realized she judged Caleb wrong.  And while she started to share herself with him, it was not always easy.  You see, she lacked faith and jumped to conclusions at times with Caleb.  It hurt not only them, but me too.  Especially when she wouldn’t just take a breath and listen.  Thankfully Caleb had the most patience ever and thankfully Sadie knew how to apologize and step up her game.  Their road to a HEA was an emotional journey, but I kept faith that it would all work out in the end.

When he was gone, she looked at Lollipop. “Okay, maybe I see a tiny bit of why you heart him so much. But just a little bit, mind you.”

Luckily they both had help from their friends, Ivy, Rocco and Spence.  Plus Lollipop.  Lollipop was so important to this story.  Not only did she initially bring them together, but she helped them.  She got them to see each other in different ways.  She helped them  grow as friends and slowly into something more.  It didn’t even matter that she was really good at interrupting them lol.  Lollipop added a ton of heart to this story, she was the hugest star ever!  Just don’t tell Caleb I said that!

“Okay, fine,” Sadie said. “I know what I have to do.”
Ivy narrowed her eyes. “Do you really?”
“Sure.”
Ivy shook her head. “You don’t have a clue, do you?”
Sadie’s eyes filled. “No,” she whispered.
“You
follow your heart.”

So if you’re a fan of Jill Shalvis, this series or stories where a kind man, an adorable dog and a women who’s learning how to love and trust fill the pages then definitely pick up this book.  This story made me smile so much and this is completely random but I loved Sadie’s take on food.  I love that she requested In N Out, they’re my favorite burgers in the world, and I’m a huge sucker for muffins and everything else she loved  too!  Playing for Keeps was an adorable love story and I can’t wait to see who the next book in this series is about!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

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BOOK REVIEW: Loving Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #3) by Katy Regnery

BOOK REVIEW: Loving Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #3) by Katy RegneryLoving Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #3)
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Synopsis:

Ian Haven and Halcyon Gilbert haven't seen each other since Hallie's 17th birthday...
...the same day Hallie pledged she would never, ever speak to Ian again as long as she lived.

Hallie Gilbert has had an especially awful year. When her husband of five years left her, Hallie’s 4-year-old daughter, Jenny, essentially stopped speaking. Add to this, she had to sell her Boston apartment to pay her husband’s exorbitant credit card bills. What Hallie needs is an uncomplicated autumn at Colby Cottage, her family’s summer home in Sandwich, NH, where she and Jenny can re-group and figure out what happens next.

But Colby Cottage, located adjacent to the Summerhaven Camp, has not been well-maintained and Hallie finds it in such disrepair, it's almost unlivable. When nearby camp owner, Rory Haven, arranges for his brother, Ian, to handle renovations for Hallie, her plans for an uncomplicated autumn suddenly get a lot more challenging.

Review:

Loving Irish was a charming second chance story.  While each book could be read as a standalone, I definitely recommend going back and grabbing the first one, Fighting Irish.  This series was a lot of fun and you don’t want to miss a minute.  From that first book, Ian Haven captivated my attention.  I just knew his story would be something special.  So here are three of my favorite things while I was reading this story:

Both sides of the story:

Still looking deeply into his eyes, she reached up with a trembling hand and placed it in the crook of his arm, watching the worried lines smooth out on his handsome face and wondering if her heart could stand the risk of loving him out loud again.

Yes we got to hear the story from both Ian and Hallie’s perspective, but we also got to see their lives in the present and the past.  I was drawn to their back story.  Every few chapters we would go back ten years, when they were first together.  They were beyond adorable and it looked a lot like first love to me.  But as their past story unfolded, we got to that moment where everything went wrong.  It was heart wrenching to watch, but it added so much understanding into who they were now.  While their lives ended up spiraling into two different paths, they met again.  They were given a second chance and I couldn’t wait to see how they could get back together and heal from the past.

The heart of a child:

“’Night, ladybug,” he whispered.
He straightened up to find Hallie looking at him intently, her eyes liquid and vulnerable, her lips parted.

Hallie had a daughter named Jenny.  Oh my gosh I loved that child fiercely!  She was four years old and not only did she add a lot of heart, but she helped steer where the story went and I loved that!  Jenny quickly connected with Ian and I had so much fun watching their friendship flourish.  Not only did Ian give Jenny the nickname ladybug, but their relationship was beyond adorable and oh so memorable.  Jenny helped Hallie see Ian in a different light, and it was also heartwarming how Ian tried to help mend Jenny and Hallie’s broken relationship.  There were moments that I had tears in my eyes or I was clutching my heart.  This child was absolutely everything.

True second chances:

For the first time since that terrible morning, the future felt…hopeful. Like maybe, just maybe, there was another chance for them; like maybe fate wasn’t finished writing their story.

This story was not only about Ian and Hallie having a second chance at love, but it was also about them getting a second chance at life.  I loved watching them slowly find their way to happiness.  Because both of their pasts hurt my heart.  Ian’s past was filled with alcohol and Hallie’s past had a failed marriage where her husband devastated her in so many ways.  They both had a lot of work to do on themselves, individually.  And I loved that they found their paths.  To what they wanted in life.  To happiness.  But most of all I loved that Ian worked his hardest to try and redeem himself and find his way back into Hallie’s heart.  It was an emotional, hard journey and I loved every minute of it.

“Halcyon,” he said, his voice interrupting her awful thoughts. “I want you to know something.” He paused, the silence taut and heavy as she waited for him to continue. “I never stopped loving you. Never.”katy

Loving Irish was a story with a lot of heart.  If you adore second chance romance then definitely give their story a try.  I’m so very glad I did!

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