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No Ordinary Billionaire by J.S. Scott

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Summary: Dante Sinclair never cared about his family’s money. All the young billionaire ever wanted was to be a cop; and now that he’s a homicide detective in Los Angeles, he’s a damn good one. But when he is injured and loses his partner in the line of duty, he returns to his vacation home in Amesport, Maine, to recover.

Sarah Baxter, a brilliant young doctor still struggling with her stifled upbringing, has recently moved from Chicago to sleepy Amesport to escape her past, hoping to find peace. When Sarah is assigned to Dante’s case, there’s an instant heat between them. They couldn’t possibly be more different, yet their igniting passion is impossible to ignore. As new feelings awaken within Sarah, her haunted past returns, threatening her once again. But can Dante overcome his grief and discover the secrets Sarah is hiding in time to protect and rescue her?

My Review: This was a really light and fluffy romance novel.  I enjoyed it completely.   I loved how Dante was not an asshole and treated everyone like a jerk but suddenly changed his ways for the love of his life.

People  liked Dante from the beginning and that was refreshing.  This felt like a realistic love story to me, well realistic in the sense that a billionaire fell for one of us mere mortals. 🙂

Although technically I am still waiting for my billionaire to still show  up.  I suspect I will be waiting for a very long time.

This book did have a little insta-love action but overall it did not feel forced which was very nice.  I was pulling for them almost immediately and I will read the next book in the series so I wasn’t turned off too much, plus this book lead right into the next book 🙂

Overall this is a very cookie cutter romance, but it is still great writing and great writing is always enjoyable.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Summary: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

I decided that it was time to push through this book, I stopped reading before not because it is a bad book, but because it makes me sad.  This book is a work of fiction for me, but there are millions of women around the world that do not have basic rights because of religion.  I avoid religion talks because it is such a complex issue, but that doesn’t mean a book can strike a cord with me and make me not want to read it.

I can’t believe I did not finish this book the first time I tried to read this book. This is a dystopian world that I feel can happen and that is the crazy thing. It really is a book that will mess with you head. For speculative fiction there are circumstances in this book that are currently happening. Now I am knocking religion or anything… that is not what I am doing here… but this book’s world is a result of religion extremism and we do experience this everyday in our world.

There isn’t much I can say about this book that has not already been said, but I can tell you this book is amazing and I can’t believe I did not finish it the first time around. Amazing read.

Note: I tagged this book as set in Maine, this is a fiction world but it is noted in the historical section at the end of the book the area use to be “Maine”

Ghosts of Kingston Cottage Revenant Investigations by Libby Bishop

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Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mystery
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Date of Publication: November 13, 2015
ASIN: B017Y1ZD72
Number of pages: 85
Word Count: 25,335
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Book Description:

Medium and paranormal investigator Arabella Pierce is sent with her crew to Kingston Cottage, a haunted Maine seafarer’s cottage on an isolated island. For this investigation, her boss has stuck them with skeptical reporter Lucas Brown. Though he’s hot as they come, Arabella can’t trust a man whose sole job is to discredit her and the work she does. Not after what happened with the last few skeptics…

All Lucas may want is the truth, but that doesn’t change her feelings towards him. And when the ghosts appear, she and Lucas must work together—in tight quarters—to convince the resident ghosts to move on before a storm strands the entire crew on the island. Can Arabella put aside her prejudices long enough to see what the ghosts are trying to tell her? And if she does, will she and Lucas have a shot at a lifetime?

My Review: 

So this book was so much fun, I loved the fact that she was a paranormal investigator, sure it happens from time to time in PNR but truth be told not as well as this.

I loved Arabella & Lucas’s dynamic.  It didn’t feel over the top and over done.  I really enjoyed the steam that developed and seriously I really need to stop reading about all of these hotties.  It makes me want to pack my bags and move to these places cause I am not 100% these dudes exist in Dallas. 🙂

This book was a fun short read and I enjoyed every single moment of this fun ride.  It was full of twist & turns and oh yeah… some hot steamy scenes!

Go read this one friends I promise you will not be disappointed!

(sorry for the late review, I just got back from being out the country but I think my next stop is going to be Maine)

Excerpt:

“And what investigation are we doing? You didn’t say.”

“Kingston Cottage.”

Arabella stared at him, shocked. “Are you serious?”

He nodded. “The owners contacted me last week, and informed me they need to sell the house as soon as possible. They want to put it on the market this month, due to personal reasons. In order to do that, they need to know what’s inside … and how to get rid of it.”

“No one has ever been allowed to investigate it…” she trailed off in awe.

Folger smiled. “Until now.”

She couldn’t help but return his smile. The feeling of a fresh, no-one-else-has-done-it kind of hunt was too much of a thrill to pass up. Historic Kingston Cottage was located on a small island, all by itself, and had been rumored to be haunted since before Arabella was born. She had seen pictures and taken boat rides past the island, but she’d never set foot on the private property.

“When do we have to be at the docks?” she inquired as she stood, grabbing her coat off the back of the chair.

“Seven o’clock tomorrow morning. Don’t be late. Dustin is taking you over. But, Arabella—” She looked at him, knowing that tone. “It’s just going to be you, the reporter, Nick, and Lena. I need the rest of the crew on a different hunt.”

She paused at the door. Nick was one of their tech guys, and Lena was a lead investigator, like Arabella. Five more investigators rounded off the team. But the more she thought about Folger’s decision to use a small crew, the more it made sense, especially within the limited space of the cottage. “Nick and Lena,” she began, “do they know about the … ‘reporter’?”

Folger rolled his eyes, clearly hearing the quotation marks in her tone.

“Yes. I asked them not to speak of it until I talked to you myself. I think that was best, don’t you?”

Arabella chose to ignore the rolling eyes. “And the reporter?”

“He’ll be there at seven sharp as well. His name’s Lucas Brown, and he’s a serious reporter.”

She nodded slowly, not really believing him. “I’ll check in when we get there.”

“Please do, and be sure to pack extra clothes. You know how storms brew up suddenly here. I don’t want you all stranded without necessities. The owners left you some food. Expect to be on the island at least three days, maybe four. Oh, and there’s also a generator in the basement if you lose power.”

“Good to know, and it was nice of them to leave some food.”

“Yes. They’re good people.”

She found it a bit strange that the crew wasn’t going to meet the owners before the investigation, and stranger still that she had never met them. Noble was a small town along the central Maine coast—it was pretty rare not to put a name to a face.

“Oh, and Arabella,” Folger called as she left his office. “Try not to push him into the bay.”

 

About the Author:

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Libby Bishop is a paranormal romance/erotic romance author.

She loves reading, movies, Lindt dark chocolate, autumn, the SyFy Channel (Haven and Bitten!), and spending time with friends and family. She has one fat, fluffy cat who thinks she’s queen of the house…and really, she is.

She also writer dark fantasy/horror under the name October Weeks.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review, as always the opinions are my own. 

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Consumed by Skyla Madi

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Set in: United States- Maine
Summary: Olivia James has never been one to walk on the wild side, at least not until she meets Seth Marc—a cocky, sexy fighter at her father’s gym. He’s infuriating, nauseatingly addictive and she just can’t seem to shake him. He’s only been in town a short while and his name is already on everyone’s lips. He’s the kind of guy moms’ warn their daughters about—the kind that leaves a trail of shattered hearts behind him and he has Olivia in his sights.

Olivia has never met anyone as confusing as Seth and his hot and cold attitude constantly sends her reeling. She’s never wanted anyone’s touch so badly in her life, but having recently come out of a long term relationship diving into another is something she’d prefer to avoid.

Determined for his touch, but not to let him under her skin, Olivia embarks on the most thrilling ride of her life.

In a continuation of being obsessed with fighter romance books this month, let me share this one, set in Portland Maine.

First, after Delirium also set in Portland Maine, I am kinda itching to go there. I am not sure if it is worth traveling to but I do want to visit.

OK back to the book. This book was most excellent. I read a lot of books (well listen lately) and this was the first time that I felt an author did an absolutely amazing job at matching personalities and making their relationship feel realistic. Sure it was a whirlwind romance, but it had a very real feel to it and I have to give the author credit for that. So great job!

I found Olivia likable and believable, I felt drawn to her even though there is a 10 year old age gap between us.

Oh Seth… yeah Seth is someone I would have fell for in my college years, I am not even going to lie. What can I say back then I had a bit of a thing for boys with great bodies and tattoos. (I know major spoiler alert huh?)

This was a great book that I enjoyed from start to finish and I am very excited to give the next book a go. I am going to wear myself out on fighter romance books, but by the end of all these reviews, I promise you will be curious.