Review: The Last Wingman by Daisy Prescott

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Title: The Last Wingman
Author: Daisy Prescott
Series: Wingmen #6
Publisher: Self-published by Daisy Prescott
Publication Date: March 7, 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: 4 stars

Jonah Kingston is the last wingman standing.

June Moxee doesn’t care if he’s the last man on earth.

I haven’t exactly avoided relationships, but love has never been a priority. Solitude doesn’t bother me and being alone doesn’t mean being lonely. Until she moved to the island and I had to reconsider everything.

June seems content running her yarn shop, knitting with the local church ladies, and avoiding me. She’s a temptress in a handknit sweater. And for some reason, she’s not a fan of mine. It might be the tattoos. Or the beard. Or the fact that we’re polar opposites.

A woman has finally caught my attention. Too bad she thinks she hates me.

Good thing I’m stubborn enough to try to change her mind.

The Last Wingman is the sixth standalone, lighthearted small town romance in the Wingmen series. You do not have to read the previous books first to enjoy this book.

Review:

The Last Wingman is the story of Jonah and June. Jonah is the beared and pierced and tattooed looking bad boy (who is really not a bad boy in the least) and June is the adorably quirky owner of the local yarn shop who I’m 100% sure buys her entire wardrobe off of ModCloth.

I do like Jonah and his story with June however, I do wish that we got a little bit of June’s point of view. Not to say that Jonah’s wasn’t good. It was. I enjoyed it. But I feel like the story would have been a bit more complete if we were able to get even the smallest glimpse into what June was thinking or how she was feeling about everything, especially when they first started interacting with each other and when they got into their fight.

I loved the setting. I have such a weakness for little island towns and their locals. Anytime there is a book with a summer beach town, sign me up. I adore those settings and they just make my little heart so happy. It makes me wish I was living there and in my opinion, it makes the story that much more enjoyable.

Overall, it was a decent read. I managed to get through it in a day and it was pretty interesting. Jonah and June were cute and will probably have the most adorable hipster wedding one day in the future.

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About Daisy Prescott:

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Daisy Prescott is a USA Today bestselling author of small town romantic comedies. Series include Modern Love Stories, Wingmen, Love with Altitude, as well as the Bewitched and Wicked Society series of magical novellas. Tinfoil Heart is a romantic comedy standalone set in Roswell, New Mexico.

Daisy currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband, their rescue dog Mulder, and an indeterminate number of imaginary house goats. When not writing, she can be found in the garden, traveling to satiate her wanderlust, lost in a good book, or on social media, usually talking about books, bearded men, and sloths.

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Review: Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey

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Title: Hotshot Doc
Author: R.S. Grey
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Self-Published by R.S. Grey
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 4 stars

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.
I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

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“I think I’m losing it. I wonder if repressing sexual attraction can turn you into a crazy person.”

Hotshot Doc follows Bailey, a surgical assistant, who is the legal guardian of her younger sister after their parents pass away. When the novel begins, Bailey finds out that the surgeon she has been working with for the past few years is going to retire so she is in need of a new surgeon to work for in order to keep her job.

Enter Dr. Matt Russell who can’t keep a surgical assistant to save his life. He’s gone through so many, definitely making them cry during each of their short stints working with him. He’s in need of a new surgical assistant after his most recent victim quit (working with Matt gave him a stomach ulcer!!!) and Bailey really needs that job to keep a roof over her and Josie’s heads. And so begins the perfect Grey’s-type romance. Makes sense considering the sisters are obsessed with Grey’s and marathon the show together.

My favourite thing about Bailey was how awkwardly relatable she was. Being that lost for words around someone as hot as Matt? Girl, same. Literally. My other favourite thing about Bailey was her relationship with her sister. No matter what, she always took into account what would be the right thing for her. And even when she started dating Matt, she never put Josie off to the side or forgot about her just because she had a guy in her life.

“Standing close to him in a quiet hallway was thrilling in the same way a death-defying rollercoaster is thrilling… maybe one that hasn’t been inspected in a while, made of rickety wood and squeaky iron bars. I was fairly sure I wouldn’t survive the ride, but something made me want to step right up anyway.”

As per usual, R.S. Grey knocks it out of the park with her hilarious one-liners and steamy romance. I’m convinced that if she tried her hardest, she couldn’t write a bad book. She is the ultimate queen of rom-coms and it’ll be pretty dang hard for anyone to ever knock her off her throne.

My one issue (the smallest thing really) is that I was expecting more of the romance. It’s clear the novel was supposed to be enemies-to-lovers, but it seemed like it developped kind of quick. They were enemies for about .2 seconds and then it was overshadowed by their respect for each other career-wise and the fact that the only reason they were staying away from each other was because it may not have been the right decision for Bailey to make when she had to take her job and Josie into account.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. R.S. Grey is still the queen of rom-coms and that isn’t going to change any time soon. I don’t think it was her best, but it was still pretty dang good.

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About R.S. Grey:

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Review: Five Reasons to Go by Candace Knoebel – Blog Tour

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Title: Five Reasons to Go
Author: Candace Knoebel
Series: The Risky Hearts Duet #2
Publisher: Self-published by Candace Knoebel
Publication Date: October 25, 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: 4 stars

One day a week. That was his rule. And it was also our downfall.

My marriage to Hank was one of convenience. When I got pregnant at sixteen, he took me in and kept a roof over my naïve head. We had an agreement—we could sleep with whomever we wanted so long as our children were kept in the dark. It worked great… until it didn’t.

Cocky Jack Swanson was never supposed to be mine. His marriage was open, but his heart was guarded… until he slowly let me in, revealing an alluring man with a painful past. With him, I felt what love could be. I felt wanted… needed. I’d never wanted to fall in love… but then I did.

And now… the rules have changed.

Jack isn’t the same man I fell for. Broken and gutted from his divorce, he’s a shell of who he once was. Sullen and worn down. I know I can bring the good in him back out, if only he’ll let me in. If only he’ll just stay, instead of giving me all his reasons to go.

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Going into this book I was excited because I loved the first one, Ten Reasons to Stay. I wanted to know the story of Jack and Jess and what their storyline was during the time of Corinne and Cole. I was also the smallest bit apprehensive as well because in the first book I hated Jack and Jess with a passion. I was worried I might not like this book because I didn’t like them. Let me tell you right now, that is not the case.

Everything about Jess’s story had me loving her from the start. The fact that she was able to be this incredible person devoting her life to her children and other women no matter her situation with Hank was admirable. She was such a strong female character.

In Ten Reasons to Stay, I wanted to push Jack in front of a truck. I couldn’t stand him. He was a crap husband to Corinne. Although I wouldn’t excuse him completely, I did understand him much better in Five Reasons to Go. And I will say, without spoiling anything, that the character development Jack goes through in this book is top notch.

Jess’ kids were the best. At the end of the day they always had Jess’ back no matter what and recognized how much of her life she devoted to making sure that they were happy and weren’t subjected to the things going on between her and Hank. She wanted them to have the most normal childhood and I’m glad they appreciated her and the good man that Jack was as well.

Comparing the writing to the first book, I didn’t like this one as much. The super loved up moments between Jack and Jess or the sad moments when they were apart were written so dramatically. At many points it felt like every second sentence was a simile and it was killing me. They love each other or they’re sad not being together. We get it.

At first I got a bit scared with the plot because it went over the moments that coincided with Corinne and Jack’s story so quickly. But the more I read the novel and realized how much of Jack and Jess’ story came after Corinne and Cole, I understood. As I read further into the book, it made complete sense, and I’m glad that she ended up writing their story this way.

My one thing with the pacing was that sometimes it seemed to go by slow and at other times the book was skipping ahead by weeks or months. It was a little bit everywhere during the beginning when it briefly went over the parts that coincided with Ten Reasons to Stay and then really jumped back and forth when it was about two years after the first novel.

Overall, I would say this was a good finale to the Risky Hearts Duet. Despite a few issues with the writing and the pacing, it helped put the whole story together in a satisfying way.

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About Candace Knoebel:

Candace Knoebel is a hopeless romantic with an affinity for whiskey and good music. Her love of words began when she met the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs. She’s a self-proclaimed Lost Girl. Words are her mirror.

With two completed series, her work ranges from  paranormal to contemporary, all centered heavily around romance. Currently she lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and has just completed her fifteenth novel, Ten Reasons to Stay.

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ARC Review: Only You by Marie Landry

41578092Title: Only You
Author: Marie Landry
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Self-published by Marie Landry
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 4 stars

Ivy’s new boss is sexy, Scottish…and comes with an expiration date

When Ivy reluctantly takes a new part-time job, it’s a means to an end. Doing this favor for her pain-in-the-neck roommate means Ivy can have her apartment to herself again much sooner. The last thing she expects is Hugh—the hot Scot who just happens to be her new boss—asking her out on a date. And then another. And another.

Something about Hugh makes Ivy want to let her guard down and open up, which would be perfect if he wasn’t possibly returning to Scotland in a matter of weeks. But maybe that doesn’t matter. Maybe Ivy can learn to live in the moment and have a little fun, even if it means setting herself up for heartache later.

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Going into this I was a little hestitant because I’ve never read a holiday book before (except a YA one when I was a teenage and my lord, was that ever bad). Holiday romances have the stereotype, to me at least, of being way too cheesy. Don’t get me wrong, cheesy can be good, but we all have our limits and with the holidays it can go overboard real quick. I am happy to report that this book was the perfect amount of holiday romance goodness

My one small issue with the characters is that they felt a little under developed. I wanted to learn more about Ivy and Hugh. Especially Hugh. All he had going for him was that he was a hot, rich Scot with a very charitable and generous heart. It would have been nice to know more than what any non-spoiler synopsis could tell you.

The other characters that made an appearance throughout the story were decent. They were basically there to offer their guidance and advice when it was required. Except Celia. I loved her and Ivy’s storyline throughout the book.

I liked the writing. The descriptions of Santa’s Village were exactly what I would imagine any Christmas amusement park to be. It made me wish there was one like that where I live and definitely helped me get into the holiday spirit.

Like any Christmas movie, Only You had the same kind of layout. It was very much based solely on the romance, the holiday spirit, and everything working out perfectly. This was such a happy book in terms of everything that happened. Even the things that were supposed to be sad didn’t feel all that sad to me.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was more or less what I expected of a holiday romance, and if you’re looking for a quick read for the upcoming holiday season, then I would suggest picking up this one.

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Marie Landry’s life revolves around books; when she’s not writing them, she’s reading them, taking pictures of them for bookstagram, or blogging about them. An avid reader from a young age, she loves getting lost in characters’ worlds, whether they’re of her own making or someone else’s. She particularly loves coming-of-age stories with as much of an emphasis on self-discovery as on romance…but don’t leave out the romance!

When not doing bookish things, Marie can be found daydreaming (in general, but often about traveling through Europe), binge-watching shows on Netflix, and taking photographs. She lives in a cozy apartment in Ontario, Canada with the best roommate ever, and only sometimes imagines it’s actually a flat in London.

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Review: A Brand New Ending by Jennifer Probst – Blog Tour

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Title: A Brand New Ending
Author: Jennifer Probst
Series: Stay #2
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an electronic copy from the author/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 4 stars

Ophelia Bishop was a lovestruck teenage girl when she and Kyle Kimpton chased their dreams to Hollywood. Kyle’s dreams came true. Ophelia’s did not. When Kyle chose his career over their relationship, Ophelia returned home to rural New York to run the family’s B & B—wiser, and more guarded against foolish fantasies. Now Kyle has come crashing back into her life, and all her defenses are down.

Kyle can’t think of a better place to write his latest screenplay than his hometown. After all, that was where he met the heart of his inspiration—his first love. He knows the damage he’s caused Ophelia, and he wants a chance to mend their relationship. If anyone can prove to Ophelia that happy ever afters aren’t only for the movies, it should be him.

As much as Ophelia’s changed, she still has feelings for Kyle. But her heart has been broken before, and she knows that Kyle could run back to Hollywood at any time. She gave up her dreams once, but maybe she can dare to change her own love story…one last time.

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A Brand New Ending is a second chance romance about Ophelia Bishop, a B&B owner in rural New York, and Kyle Kimpton, a Hollywood screenwriter. They knew each other since they were young and fell in love one summer. After high school, they ditched their plans of college to go off to Hollywood together and realize their dreams of being a screenwriter and a signer. Kyle’s plans worked out for him, but Ophelia’s didn’t. She returned home to run the B&B.

Fast forward ten years after they left, and Kyle has returned home to find some inspiration to write a new genre of screenplay (romance) after feeling like writing basic action movies has sucked all of the creative energy out of him. He comes home to find the passion in his work again. And hopefully get Ophelia back.

I enjoyed Jennifer Probst’s writing. She has such a captivating writing style and knows how to write scenes that combine sexual tension and emotion into one beautiful package. I definitely plan on reading the first book about Ethan and Mia and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

Not going to lie, one of my favourite parts of the plot was the side story with Kyle and his father, Patrick. The Kyle and Ophelia aspect of the story was so obvious every step of the way, as is the way with a lot of second chance romances I find. However, the Kyle and Patrick aspect was constantly interesting to me. I wanted to know everything about their past and how they would end up in the end.

The pacing was good. Because it’s a second chance romance, the love is already there, so it’s not really insta-love. And with all the time that passed between when Ophelia and Kyle saw each other, it made sense to let her guard down as quick as she did. It’d be more alarming if she still had that kind of a grude after eight years.

Overall, I enjoyed A Brand New Ending. I thought it was a good second chance romance with beautiful writing. I would highly suggest picking this one up if second chance romances are your thing.

Jennifer ProbstAbout Jennifer Probst:

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at http://www.jenniferprobst.com

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