Review: Renegade by Chantal Fernando + Giveaway

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Title: Renegade
Author: Chantal Fernando
Series: Knights of Fury #2
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: November 18, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 2.5 stars

New York Times bestselling author of the Knights of Fury MC series Chantal Fernando is back with trouble in the form of a renegade.

Good girl Isabella wouldn’t miss the birth of her sister’s baby for the world. So when her car breaks down and one of the bikers next door offers her a ride to Vegas, it’s too tempting to pass up. Besides, she can think of worse travel conditions than wrapping her arms around Renny, otherwise known as Renegade.

Tall, dark and handsome, the man is pure sex on a Harley.

Between wild parties and rumbling motorcycles, living next to the Knights of Fury MC has always left Isabella curious, but after a night in Vegas, she gets a firsthand taste. Drinks in the club surrounded by burly bikers soon turns into a series of daring decisions, which don’t seem so bad until she wakes up the next morning. Married. To Renny.

Could she be more of a cliché?

Nothing complicates an annulment like lingering temptation, especially when Isabella and Renny give in to their need, putting their marriage where their mouths are. But as Isabella learns what outlaw life is really like, she’ll have to decide if she’s in love with a biker—or in over her head.

Review:

This was my first time reading an MC romance. They’ve stood out to me for a while as something that I wanted to read and would probably enjoy, but I never picked one up until now. Unfortunately what I was expecting and what I got were two pretty different things.

My main issue was the characters. Isabella and Renny didn’t pique my interest at all. I was more invested in the side characters and their stories as well as Skylar and her story (which would have been a part of the first novel in the series). I was more looking forward to what was going on with Ariel and her disgusting baby daddy as well as Trade. Like give me all the details of Ariel’s life because I would read that book in a heartbeat. I mean their dad was also a massive ass, but I bet his story would have been a page-turner too.

With the plot, I found that things happened and resolved themselves in about 5 pages every single time. That made it much more difficult to care about Isabella and Renny because I knew everything would be fine in a couple minutes. Reading an MC romance, I was expecting things to be crazy and intense and to have my heart racing with the promise of action. Unfortunately with quick resolutions, I never seemed to get that.

Overall, I would say this was a clean MC romance. The guys were way nicer than I was expecting (although very possessive) and there wasn’t a large amount of edge-of-your-seat action. So if you’ve always wanted to read an MC romance, but were looking for something that’s low-intensity to dip your toes in, then read this one.

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About Chantal Fernando:

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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty-six years old and lives in Western Australia.

Her published novels include four books in the Resisting Love series – Chase, Kade, Ryder and James; the New York Times Bestselling novel Maybe This Time and its follow up, This Time Around. Her latest releases include Toxic Girl, Saxon, and a USA bestselling biker romance novel Dragon’s Lair.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

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Review: Suddenly Mine by Samantha Chase – Blog Tour

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Title: Suddenly Mine
Author: Samandtha Chase
Series: Montgomery Brothers #9
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from InkSlinger PR/the author in exchange for an honest review on this blog tour

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Rating: 2.5 stars

New beginnings are irresistible…

Christian Montgomery is burnt out. The family business is his entire world, and Christian has never stopped trying to atone for a mistake made years ago. His only break from grueling work is sitting on his beachfront deck, watching the California surfers, and wishing he could be that carefree.

Sophie Bennington was happy living in her small Kansas hometown…until she learned her entire life was a lie. So she hightailed it to the West coast, where she loves to surf, even though she’s no good at it, and she’s hoping to start a new career.

A chance encounter shows Christian and Sophie that no matter what happened in the past, the future is bright and new…but only if you have the courage to open your heart…

Review:

Both Sophie and Christian were alright characters at best. They seemed quite basic to me, and I never got into their romance or either of their stories. I think both of their personalities didn’t spark anything in me as a reader and it made it hard to follow their romance and root for them. One moment he had a far away crush on her, the next moment they’re dating and it’s just like, “oh, sure, that’s cool?”

In terms of the other characters, I honestly liked Christian’s mom and his uncles the best. I mean, his uncles could have done way more to put their brother in line, but I digress. Point is, when any of these people made an appearance, those were the only times I was interested in what someone had to say.

With the plot, sometimes it felt like either things were dragged out or skipped over. With the things that were going on, I never felt fully satisfied as a reader. It just felt like something was missing.

However, Samantha Chase is a good writer. Sure, I was not at all vibing with the main characters, but she does have a nice writing style. The writing itself has a natural flow about it.

Overall, this just wasn’t the book for me. It wasn’t really my style of romance. It wasn’t bad by any means, just not what I was looking for.

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About Samantha Chase:

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Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Review: Fortunate Encounters by Caterina Passarelli – Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Title: Fortunate Encounters
Author: Caterina Passarelli
Series: The Signs Series #1
Publication Date: September 20, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour

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Rating: 2.5 stars

Sitting at the wrong table turned my life upside down.

I was supposed to be on a date with one man but made a huge mistake—a mistake I keep bumping into all over New York City.

Clark Chambers is arrogant, straightforward, devastatingly handsome, and takes what he wants. And right now his sight is set on me.

But he only wants friends with benefits. And I’d rather eat dirt than agree to that.

After an “enough is enough” moment, I turn to the Universe for help & ask for a special sign.

And it’s just my luck … looks like rabbits & romance really do mix!

Review:

Juliette is a high school English teacher who is an avid user of online dating apps in search of her Prince Charming. All she seems to have found are absolute duds who usually leave her with a less than memorable first date. On yet another first date, in a bar that was almost impossible to find, Juliette sits down at a table with a man who scolds her for being late. She’s annoyed but slightly intrigued at this handsome man in front of her.

Two minutes later, her real date shows up and she realizes she sat down with a man named Clark by accident. Of course, they keep running into each other. And eventually Clark proposes they have a friends with benefits arrangement because neither can seem to get each others minds off the other.

This book was pretty short, and because of that, neither Juliette nor Clark were characters who were all that developed. Juliette was a basic heroine with nothing much to her and Clark was afraid of relationships with no real reason behind it. Usually the guys have some trauma of a previous relationship that messed them up real bad. Clark just wants to sleep around and never get attached.

The romance for me fell pretty flat. I didn’t feel the chemistry between Juliette and Clark at all. I wasn’t invested and wasn’t their biggest cheerleader like I would be for the couples in romance books I’m reading. Even the sex scenes were a little bland for me. There was nothing about their love story that kept me on the edge of my seat.

The plot somewhat confused me in the sense that the bunnies thing from the synopsis wasn’t a part of the story until really late in the novel. I kept trying to figure out what bunnies had to do with anything, or if it was supposed to be a cat because there was a sign that involved a cat earlier in the novel.

Overall, this was a romance novel that wasn’t anything to write home about. The writing was good, but the plot and the chemistry just fell flat for me.

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About Caterina Passarelli:

Former TV News Producer turned Romance author, Caterina Passarelli has always had a love for words. From real-life Detroit crime to fictional love stories around the globe, she hopes to take her readers on a fast-paced adventure. Caterina is the author of five titles in multiple genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense. When she’s not writing about alpha males and strong, sarcastic women, she is the CEO of an online fitness coaching company. Caterina is the fur mom to her three-year-old rescue dog, Piper, who she spoils uncontrollably. She loves hearing from her readers on her Facebook page!

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