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BOOK REVIEW: Boyfriend Material (Hawthorne Univeristy #2) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

BOOK REVIEW: Boyfriend Material (Hawthorne Univeristy #2) by Ilsa Madden-MillsBoyfriend Material (Hawthorne Univeristy #2)
by Ilsa Madden-Mills
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Synopsis:

Can this hockey player prove he’s boyfriend material?

#1 Amazon bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers an all-new, heart-wrenching enemies-to-lovers sports romance...

Skyscraper cheekbones, lush lips, and magnetic topaz eyes.
I’m talking about Eric Hansen.
Rich prick.
Glorified hockey star.
Thinks he’s amazing.
Yeah. The Golden Boy and I are well acquainted. In prep school he trampled on my heart and kept right on going.

Three years later, he’s living the high life with frat parties and puck bunnies at Hawthorne University. On the other hand, people barely notice me. I’m the nobody, surviving in the seedy part of town as I struggle to keep my head above treacherous waters.

The avoidance game we’ve been playing on campus was working—until he rescues me from a bad guy and claims he wants to help me more. Hello. I don’t need a knight in shining armor. This girl saves herself.

Yet, he keeps showing up just when I need him, and I'm not sure how long I can ignore the undeniable spark between us.
(It’s not even a spark; it’s a full-fledged blazing fire.)

Can Eric prove he’s boyfriend material, or will this be a game we both lose?

*Boyfriend Material is an emotional (and steamy) new adult college romance perfect for fans of enemies to lovers or second chances. It's a stand-alone story about a new couple although reading Boyfriend Bargain (Book 1) may enrich the reading experience.

*Please note the trigger warning inside the book.

*Included in the HEA (happily-ever-after) is a 4,500 word epilogue about the couple in the future.

Review:

We have a history, a backstory that craves to be rewritten, and maybe this is how we do it.

Boyfriend Material was an angsty new adult read that I devoured in a day!  With characters that leapt from the pages, a story-line that pulled at ones heart and sizzling scenes, this book had it all.  If you love enemies to lovers or sports romance, you will want this one on your tbr!

A butterfly is proof that you can become something new.
It’s rebirth and transformation.
Something beautiful.
Ethereal.
Someday that will be me.

Julia and Eric’s best friends ended up together, in Boyfriend Bargain, yet they tried their best to avoid one other.  Btw you don’t have to read that book to enjoy this one, but I can’t recommend it enough!  When Eric and Julia were younger, Eric destroyed her heart.  Years later with them both at college, Eric ended up saving Julia not once but twice.  And those heart stopping moments led their enemies to lovers relationship to start to forge a tentative friendship. Yet they both had so many obstacles in their way.  Not only between the two of them, but also within themselves.

“Can we wait a minute and just sit here? I-I don’t want to let you go just yet.”
My heart skips a beat. We’ve turned a corner somewhere.
I sense it.
She senses it.
If the blush on her face is anything to go by.
“Then don’t,” I say softly.

Julia was head strong, confident, likeable and was just trying to make ends meet while in college.  She had a psycho ex Parker, who I wanted to see pounded down into the ground or destroyed, and a mom whose story will hurt your heart.  I liked Julia right away and I wanted her to have some happiness or lightness in her world.  And who would have ever thought she could get that from Eric?!  The boy who had broken her heart.

“I guess your life isn’t as perfect as I thought.”
He laughs harshly, then sobers. “Uh, no.”

Eric Hansen was a star hockey player at college, yet he definitely had demons from his past that haunted him. His relationship with his dad hurt, and the expectations that were pushed upon him seemed impossible to reach.  With hockey and friends, he was able to push through each day.  But when Eric saw Julia in trouble, his past is what led him to helping her.  He couldn’t deny he felt something towards her.  Or that he was awful to her in the past.  So the more they ran into one other, the more he realized he wasn’t able to get her out of his head.

I may not have wanted a knight in shining armor, but he is one regardless.

Boyfriend Material definitely felt darker and grittier.  There were intense moments that I didn’t know if Eric would make it out okay.  Characters that were pure evil.  And as someone who can’t handle certain sexual assault scenes, I was able to read the one in this book and it left me hoping for retribution! I wasn’t sure where this story would lead me.  There were so many emotional struggles, but through it all Eric and Julia had their friends who had their back no matter what.  Reece, Boone and Eric’s puck game had me cracking up!  But ironically, Eric and Julia were able to find solace within one another at times.  Their past didn’t matter in certain moments.  They defended the other.  And I kept wondering and hoping when they would actually become more.

“We’re rewriting the past,” I say without meaning to, but there it is, out there in the universe.
“Julia . . .” he murmurs and I imagine I see a dawning in his depths.
A new beginning. Endless possibilities.
Am I crazy?
He growls as he kisses me hard.

Boyfriend Material brimmed with emotions that were raw and real. With off the charts chemistry, seductively sexy scenes, moments of redemption, this book was so easy to binge!  If you’re looking for a new adult story that has sports and enemies to lovers laced throughout the pages, check this one out!  And the epilogue?!  Oh my heart, it was everything!  We also got to see characters from Boyfriend Bargain and you won’t be disappointed!  Don’t mind me as I’ll be patiently waiting to read whatever Ilsa Madden-Mills writes next!

PS Can Boone and Reece get their own books please?

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

 

BOOK REVIEW: Boyfriend Bargain (Hawthorne University #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

BOOK REVIEW: Boyfriend Bargain (Hawthorne University #1) by  Ilsa Madden-MillsBoyfriend Bargain (Hawthorne University #1)
by Ilsa Madden-Mills
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Synopsis:

Wanted: one hot guy with rock-hard abs and a big stick.

Broke and desperate, Sugar Ryan has no use for arrogant, bad-boy athletes…until she’s forced to bargain with the cockiest of them all.

If only he knew she was alive. Her mission? Get on this hockey player’s radar any way possible. Zack Morgan is the king of the ice and the bedroom, but nothing prepares him for the mystery girl who shows up everywhere he does—frat parties, his favorite bar, and finally his front door with an offer he can’t refuse. The only rule in her boyfriend bargain: no falling in love.

But after one (um, two) smoking-hot hookups, he’s done with pretending and vows to make their fake relationship real. Too bad she can’t trust a player with a reputation for breaking hearts.

Will this hockey star score his forever girl, or will this boyfriend bargain end in heartbreak?

Review:

He’s the king of the ice, and I’m just… no one.

Boyfriend Bargain was an emotional read that was filled with fabulous angst, friendship, forgiveness and love. This New Adult story was beyond sexy and the characters were so easy to click with.  Plus the story line was so easy to devour.  If you love sports romance with fake dating, then make for sure this one is on your tbr!

“There’s something going on between us that’s…I don’t know…interesting. I knew it the moment I saw you.” He pauses. “I want you.”
I want you.

Zack Morgan, aka Z, was the star hockey player at his college.  He was already picked up to play pro, but he stayed another year to finish out his schooling and to take his team to the championships.  Yes he was the ultimate player, but Z also stole my heart.  We learned from the beginning that he had severe anxiety coupled with panic attacks.  The guilt from his past was destroying him from the inside out.  Z was drowning, and not only was it crushing his ability to play, but it threatened to take everything away from him.  Z was the ultimate tortured hero.

Zack Morgan is an inferno that will burn me up. There’s something about him that makes me lose my breath. And that…that must not be allowed.

Sugar Ryan desperately needed Z to be her fake boyfriend.  He was the key to get what she wanted.  And while Sugar was self-sufficient and had the hugest heart, she struggled with insecurities from her past.  I liked her so quickly and I loved that she matched her lipstick to her mood!  When Sugar and Z met, it was like fireworks exploded and electricity crackled between them.  The pull they had for one another was intense.  And all consuming.  So when Sugar proposed her fake dating plan to Z, he was all in.  He couldn’t seem to get enough of her!

I’m toeing my boots off and shoving down my leggings and underwear. He’s watching me, his hand palming his cock. With a growl, he picks me up, cupping my ass in his hands. He’s rough, his fingers digging into my skin, a man who knows what he wants, and I moan in anticipation. This is the fastest, craziest sex I’ve ever had, but I know what to do. My legs wrap around him and hang on tight. 

Z was the ultimate player and Sugar had no desire to get attached to him.  Even when Z could be so smooth, Sugar kept her walls up high. Neither of them could deny though that they intrigued one another.  So the more time they spent around each other, they couldn’t help but forge a friendship.  Or keep their hands off of each other.  There were so many moments between them that were explicit and scorching hot!  But there was also lots of angst too, and it was so much fun!  With their fake relationship, the line of what was real and what was pretend seemed to blur at times. And on top of that, Z was playing a dangerous game in regards to his past.  That’s not something I can talk about, you have to discover on your own, but I was so nervous for how it would play out!

“We were supposed to keep this unemotional,” she says quietly.
“I don’t even care about that bullshit bargain. This is about you and me.”
“It’s not bullshit to me.” Her voice is flat.

This story also had side characters I adored, who had Z and Sugar’s backs.  Eric was one of my favorites, and I was beyond ecstatic to hear that he was getting his own bookBoyfriend Bargain was so easy to read and I loved that there was jealousy, vulnerability and emotions that neither of them saw coming within the pages.  Z and Sugar both had emotions towards their pasts that they had to face head on.  So watching them help each other with their struggles touched me.  And getting to hear the story in both of their voices added a richness to their story.  Through it all, I was cheering for Z and Sugar to get the HEA they both deserved!

She’s just a tiny bit intimidated by me when she’s the one who’s got me by the balls.
I’m going to make her mine. She just doesn’t know it yet.

Boyfriend Bargain was a fabulous new adult story that was filled with all of the drama and angst.  With laughter sprinkled throughout the story and heartfelt moments, this book was a lot of fun!  And the epilogue at the end?!  We get to see into the future and anyone else who loves epilogues is going to absolutely LOVE this one!  If you’re looking for a sexy, sports romance to pick up, definitely give this one a try!

 

Other quotes I loved…..

I tug at a strand of his hair. “I like how you look at me like you might die if you don’t fuck me.”
His lashes flutter. “I like it when you say fuck.”
“Fuck me then,” I say.

 

We take off across the quad and I know people are staring at us, but  ignore them completely, not caring that he’s all that and I’m just…me.  The world is topsy-turvy, and even though I don’t know which way is up or down, I do know that my heart is having a hard time telling him no.

 

“Don’t be afraid of falling, okay?” I make eye contact with her, and I don’t think I’m talking about skating anymore. 

BOOK REVIEW: Cinder-Nanny by Sariah Wilson

BOOK REVIEW: Cinder-Nanny by Sariah WilsonCinder-Nanny by Sariah Wilson
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Synopsis:

What could come between a nanny and an earl in a fairy-tale love story? A reality check―in an endearing and witty romance by Sariah Wilson, the bestselling author of Roommaid.

With her sister’s medical bills mounting, Diana Parker can’t say no to a high-paying opportunity like this: accompany a wealthy couple to Aspen and nanny their precocious five-year-old son for three months. Necessary qualifications? She must know how to ski and teach math, speak fluent French, excel at social graces, and hold a master’s degree in childhood development. Who’ll be the wiser that Diana’s only skill is packing for Colorado?

So far, so good―having a con woman for a mother has turned out to be a benefit, even if Diana has complicated feelings about telling lies. But she’s doing this for her sister. And the perks―like a ticket to a lavish charity fundraiser, a new gown, and a Prince Charming–adjacent earl named Griffin Windsor―are pretty irresistible. Diana can’t deny the Cinderella vibe.

Wary of gold diggers and scandal, England’s most eligible bachelor is nevertheless falling for Diana, and sweeping the not-quite princess off her feet.

The warmer their relationship becomes, the slipperier the slopes are for Diana. Sooner or later, she’ll have to come clean. When that happens, does an honest-to-goodness happy ending stand a chance?

Review:

Cinder-Nanny was a heartwarming story that was filled with charm, romance and hope!  With a unique twist on elements reminiscent of Cinderella, I fell so hard for this book.  If you love adult romance that will leave you smiling the whole way through, you definitely need Cinder-Nanny in your life!

“How does someone like me get the fairy tale?” I asked. It felt like I had lifetimes of bad karma to work through.

Diana Parker was in a predicate.  Her sister needed a lifesaving procedure, and the answer to their prayers was a job that covered the cost of the surgery!  Yet Diana didn’t exactly qualify for that job.  She didn’t know French, or how to ski, or have the background that the parents were looking for.  But Diana was determined to fake it all in the name of saving her sister.  While she was trying her best being a nanny to a wealthy couple, it led her to meeting Griffin Windsor, an earl.  And total prince charming!

I knew what I should do. What the smart thing would be.
No one had ever accused me of being smart, though.

I wasn’t sure what to make of Diana at first.  Her mom was a con artist and used her as a child running her cons.  Now as an adult, Diana tried her best to go through life being honest. Yet with this new job, she was lying through her teeth.  And while she felt like Robin Hood, the moment she met her clients she realized her mistake.  They were amazingly, kind people.  But here was where the ‘I absolutely love Diana moment happened’.  She felt guilt.  She tried better than her best.  And every single time her heart was always in the right place.  I loved watching her grow.  I loved rooting her on!  And I kept my fingers crossed that she would get a happily forever too.  She was so hard on herself and she more than deserved it!

“I don’t believe in fate.” Karma, yes. But fate? Fate was a fickle wench who had no place in my life.
“One doesn’t have to believe in something for it to be true.”

Griffin Windsor was beyond sigh worthy.  I fell hard for him the first moment he appeared on the pages.  He was suave, charming, sexy, and enticing without even trying.  He was England’s most eligible bachelor and the moment he met Diana, they clicked.  The way they met and their banter was not only fun but absolutely smile inducing!  I truly couldn’t ever stop smiling when Griffin was around.  And he made me laugh.  While there was a strong chemistry between them, Diana knew she needed to keep her head down and focus on being a good nanny to help her sister out.

It felt as if his nose grazed mine, but the sensation was so fleeting that I couldn’t be sure. “Just friends, huh?” he asked.
“Just friends,” I whispered.

Griffin and Diana’s time together revolved around Milo, the boy Diana was a nanny to.  Who I loved, quirks and all ♥!  He was so adorable, and I loved his friend Sophie too!  Watching Diana help Milo warmed my heart and I loved seeing her help him grow! So as the kids were painting, skiing and having play dates, it felt so effortless for Griffin and Diana to become friends. And when they even got an alone kidless dinner, eeps I loved it all! I kept hoping they would push that line past friendship! Because anytime they were together, it was all so addictive and played out like I was watching a movie.  You know, every single time I pick up a Sariah Wilson novel I think that!  Each of her books play out like I’m watching movie, and one that I would love to watch again and again and again!

“Am I alone in this?” he asked. “In what I feel—this connection between us?”
I knew the answer I should give him.
I also knew the answer that I wanted to give him.
Ducking my head, I went under his arm. I walked around to the other side of the door, placing it between us. I couldn’t say what I wanted to say with him being so near.
“You’re not alone,” I whispered to him, then closed it.

While I smiled so much, there was also emotional moments in the pages too.  And I bawled my eyes out later in this book.  I did not expect it to be that emotional, or who it was with, but this book had so many wonderful and emotional surprises.  I loved the references to Cinderella and how this was a very modern day twist on that classic!  And HEA lovers will rejoice with this story!  There was an epilogue set in the future that was everything we could have hoped and dreamed for!  So if you adore smile worthy, sweet, adult romance you definitely need to put this one on your tbr!

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

BOOK REVIEW: Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills

BOOK REVIEW: Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Beauty and the Baller was such a wonderful story! Check out my 4.5 Star Review below, enjoy ♥!

BOOK REVIEW: Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-MillsBeauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills
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Synopsis:

An NFL quarterback turned small-town coach gets sacked by a Texas beauty queen in this swoony, passionate romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills.

Gorgeous, talented, and brilliant, NFL quarterback Ronan Smith has the world in his hands. But after losing his career and his fiancée in a car accident, he falls into a pit of grief and bad choices. When a mysterious girl shows up to his party, he feels drawn to her and makes her his…for one night.

Former beauty queen Nova Morgan is on a mission. Scantily clad as a princess from a galaxy far, far away, she sneaks into a high-profile party to capture the attention of her favorite quarterback. But her hopes crash after an awful one-night stand.

Fast-forward two years. Broke and desperate, Nova returns home to Blue Belle, Texas, where, by a cosmic twist of fate, her broody neighbor is none other than Ronan, the shiny new football coach everyone adores. But he has no idea who she is.

The booster club keeps shoving women at Ronan to keep him in town. His solution? He proposes fake dating to Nova. But things heat up for real under these Friday-night lights when he realizes she’s the one who slipped away.

Has this jaded beauty found her forever baller, or will his past keep them apart?


Review:

I want to touch the stars, even if I get burned.

Beauty and the Baller was a sexy, swoony, angsty read!  With a spunky cat, a lovable heroine and a sexy hero, this book was a lot of fun.  Add in fake dating, small town charm and a wonderful HEA and this book was such a beautiful love story.  If you like sexy, adult romance then you definitely need to check this one out!

“I like seeing you squirm,” she murmurs.
“Why?”
“Payback.” A slow blush works up from her neck to her face as she mutters something under her  breath.
“What was that?”
She clears her throat. “Just . . . life has a funny sense of humor.”

Ronan Smith had a tragic past.  His fiancé was killed in the car wreck that also killed his professional football career.  While still struggling a year later, Ronan found himself having a one night stand with someone he actually felt a connection to.  Too bad for Ronan, Nova Morgan saw it as a horrible and left before he woke up.  I just want to say I screamed noooooo out loud over something that went down, so I got why Nova bailed afterwards….you’ll see lol.  Two years later, fate had them both living in the same small town, neighbors and unable to escape one another at every turn.

I’m Ronan Smith and . . . I pause as clarity runs through my head. I want my life back, no matter what that may be.
Closing my eyes, I touch the ring around my neck.
Today is when everything changes.

Ronan was in Blue Belle Texas coaching their high school football team.  With the small town scared that they could lose their coach, they went to unimaginable lengths to keep him.  Especially their attempts to set him up with every single female.  So when Nova re-entered his life, he didn’t remember her.  He just knew that she wanted nothing to do with him, unlike everyone else.  So when he proposed that they fake date, to solve both of their problems, I was so happy when she said yes!  Yes Ronan had some growing to do, but I absolutely loved him.  Jaded characters always sneak so easily into my heart.  And when Ronan started to show us little bits of himself, I just knew he was so much more than meets the eye.

“Everything will be fine. We’re different flowers from the same garden, but we’re perfect together. Mama always said so.”

Nova was completely unique.  She was someone who knew what she wanted and went after it, like dressing up in the past as a Star Wars character to win over Ronan for their one night stand.  She loved telling us about the outfits she was wearing.  She had so much sass.  But her life completely flipped upside down when she gained custody of her high school aged sister, since her mother passed away.  While trying her best to raise Sabine, Nova definitely had her hands full.  This story was an emotional journey for Nova too, and Ronan helped play a big part of that.  But Nova had no problems pushing Ronan’s buttons.  And telling him when he was being a jerk, I actually clapped out loud in one scene lol.

I literally have no idea what I’ve gotten myself into. On the outside, I’m cool, but on the inside, I’m quivering with uncertainty.

The way the fake dating played out was so much fun!  The touching.  The kissing.  Showing the town that they were together.  And time and again they crossed that line of what was real and what was fake.  Because Ronan and Nova definitely wanted to rip each other’s clothes off.  The passion between them was so intense.  And when things did develop between them, it was extremely sexy and hot!  But Ronan was terrified to feel and he didn’t want to love.  His past still haunted him.  Except when he was around Nova, it was impossible not to feel.  And for Nova, each time Ronan showed a true piece of himself to her, it was hard to keep him away from her heart.  It didn’t matter that they didn’t want anything to happen, there was no stopping it!

My head tells me to keep the walls up around us, but the other side of me—my stupid, weak heart—clamors to tell him things.

This story was rounded out so well with some fabulous side characters.  I’m looking at you Skeeter, Sabine and Sonia!  And I loved the feel of the small town charm that was laced throughout this story.  Plus not only did Nova and Ronan’s love story cause me to laugh so much, but I even shed a tear.  Beauty and the Baller was a wonderful, adult romance that many will fall hard for!

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

About Ilsa Madden-Mills:

Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

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The Christmas Pact & Scrooged by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

The Christmas Pact & Scrooged by Vi Keeland and Penelope WardThe Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
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Synopsis:

From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a standalone holiday novella.

Eggnog. Check. Roaring fire. Check. Hot romance book. Check!

Riley Kennedy’s emails keep getting crossed with her male colleague, Kennedy Riley. The infuriating man forwards them along with his annoying commentary and unsolicited advice. At least she never has to see him in person, since they work in different locations…until they come face to face at the office holiday party.

As luck would have it, Kennedy turns out to be outrageously handsome…though still a jerk. Yet somehow he’s able to charm her out on the dance floor—and convince her to participate in his crazy scheme: he’ll go home with Riley for a Christmas party and pretend to be her boyfriend, if Riley agrees to be his date to a wedding. It sounds easy enough. Little by little, however, the act they’re putting on starts to feel like so much more than a Christmas pact—and Riley’s about to learn there’s more to Kennedy than she ever imagined.


Review:

The Christmas Pact was a fabulous, quick story that was oh so adorable.  With wonderful chemistry, adorable situations and characters that were so much more then meets the eyes, I fell in love with this novella.  If you’re looking for a heartwarming story that also has fake dating in the pages, you definitely need this book in your life!

“My apologies. Let’s start over. I’m Kennedy Riley. Pleasure to meet  you. Um, what’s your name again?”
Smartass.
I glanced over his shoulder  and pretended to wave at someone. “Oh gosh, I see someone I actually  like over there who I need to speak to. I’d say it was lovely meeting  you, but I’m a terrible liar. So instead, I’ll just say Merry Freaking Christmas.”

With similar names, and their work emails keep getting mixed up, there was no way Riley Kennedy could get away from Kennedy Riley.  Especially when Kennedy would forward Riley her emails, while also letting her know all of his thoughts on her life.  Even if they were infuriating to her.  So when their paths crossed in person at a Christmas work party, sparks flew!  And it led them pretending to be each others significant others over the holidays, around each others families.  What started out in jest ended up turning into so much more.

Kennedy looked into my eyes and I couldn’t look away. It was like he was  seeing me for the first time, like he’d finally found the missing piece  of my puzzle and things suddenly made sense.

While I thought Riley needed to live a little and Kennedy needed to pause sometimes, they both exceeded my expectations.  Their back stories, as we got to know them, made them leap off of the pages.  And while I liked them both individually, together they were so much fun.  I loved their antics and make believe around Riley’s family.  I laughed out loud and loved the chemistry between them!  But by the time they got to Kennedy’s family, it felt like there was so much more between them.  Because what happens when fake dating doesn’t start to feel fake anymore?  I’ll say that I got tears in my eyes and loved these characters.  The Christmas Pact ended with a fabulous happily ever after and left a smile on my face.  I’ll definitely be picking up more books from these two authors!

The Christmas Pact & Scrooged by Vi Keeland and Penelope WardScrooged by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
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Synopsis:

New York Times Bestselling Authors, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward bring you three sexy short stories to heat up your holidays!

Sexy Scrooge

The last thing I needed was to share an Uber with Scrooge—a cocky lawyer on a snowy Christmas Eve. It was bad enough I was on my way to court for the gift of eviction.Although maybe today wouldn’t turn out so bad after all.The Sexy Scrooge and I started to connect as we trudged our way through a storm. Our ride was about to end. But would I ever see him again?

The Merry Mistake

Note to self: Ask Santa for glasses this year. When I accidentally mistook a gorgeous man resting outside my building for a homeless person in need of lunch, we got into it. I’d only been trying to do a good deed around the holidays, but he called me righteous. I called him something far worse. If only I didn’t have to see him again. But fate had other plans.

Kissmas in New York

It was just supposed to be a simple kiss with a stranger. I'd done it to prove a point—that I hadn't lost my sense of adventure. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. Maybe I'd get something in my stocking after all this holiday season...

Reviews:

Sexy Scrooge: 5/5 Stars

Sexy Scrooge was absolutely adorable and lots of fun!  I couldn’t stop smiling and it was a cute story about finding luck and having a little faith.  I easily could have read more!  But as super quick Christmas stories go, this is one of the best!

It just goes to show that with a little luck, fairy tales can come true, despite Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Merry Mistake: 4/5 Stars

The Merry Mistake was a cute story about mistakes and good deeds!  This one had a heartwarming aspect with an ailing father.  And I loved how even though there was a little hate going on between the couple, there was no denying that they definitely wanted each other!  While Piper was a little obnoxious and assumes in the beginning and Mason could be kind of a jerk, we got to see exactly who they were and it made so much sense.  I ended up really liking the both of them and hoping for them to end up together!

She leaned in. “Can I tell you a secret?”
“Yeah.”
Her breath brushed against my cheek as she said, “I still sort of think you’re an asshole.”
Shaking my head, I laughed. “You’re nothing if not honest, Piper.” I lifted my brow. “And you might be right.”

Kissmass in New York: 3/5 Stars

Kissmass in New York was the possibilities of taking risks and changing your life.  While this was my least favorite of the three stories, it still had a lot of heart.  I just wasn’t as okay with everything ending with a HFN since so much was still left up in the air.

Within seconds, it became demanding as something inexplicable ignited between us. Soon, our tongues were colliding. We might have just met, but this just felt right—like I was made to do this.

If you’re looking for something that’s quick and will give you some romance cheer around the holidays, then definitely give these quick little stories a try!  They all end in happily for nows and I’m glad I picked up this book!

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