Romance Guest Review: Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin

Forever My Girl (Beaumont, #1)

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.

And now I’m going back.

After ten years.

I hope I can explain that after all this time.

I still want her to be my forever girl.

Title: Forever My Girl
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Publisher:  Bandit Publishing Company
Format: ebook (Kindle Edition)
ISBN: 0988695103
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: December 26th 2012
Number of pages: 302
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Review by Melissa

First book in the Beaumont series, Forever my girl is a story about second chance love. It’s cute,  simple and a fast read. There’s not too much drama and I think it’s more realistic in some situations where you’d expect angst and jealousy to take over the emotions of the characters, making them act foolishly, instead of the mature grown-ups they’re supposed to be. I enjoyed the constant flashbacks of Josie’s and Liam’s high school years, how they fell in love and the activities they did together with their best friends. I found it to be beautiful and almost picture perfect.

But, there were some things I couldn’t slide down concerning the characters’ thoughts and actions. Liam left to pursue his dream, and I’m okay with that. The pressure and high expectations for him was too much when it isn’t something you really want. Yet, there could have been other ways to do it. Communication is of essence here and he clearly wasn’t very good at it (stage and songwriting is a completely different matter, he rocks). He seemed to be too possessive of Josie, always stating “my girl” “my girl” over and over again, when he had no right. And, what I thought to be too perfect was how easily he accepted he had a son with Josie, how he figured it out. He didn’t even doubt it for a second, and I know the kid looked exactly like him, but normal people always doubt this kind of things. Liam was trying TOO hard to have a connection with Josie, a reason to stay close to her and win her back.

On a side note, I heard Forever My Girl has been optioned to be a movie! Despite this book not being one of my all time favorites, I am looking forward to seeing it on the big screen.

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Series in Order

#1 – Forever My Girl
#1.5 – My Everything
#2 – My Unexpected Forever

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Review: Retreat Hell! She just got here by Heather Long

   

Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here (1 Night Stand, Always a Marine, #2)

 

Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here by Heather Long

e-ARC provided by the author for a review
Always a Marine #1
Publisher: Decadent Publishing, LLC
Format: ebook
ISBN: B007WMZC8O
Genre: Erotica
Release date: April 21st 2012
Number of pages: 50
Add it: Goodreads
 
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Book Blurb:

She’s one of the few…

Jazz has been one of the guys for over a decade, serving her country with distinction, but she longs to explore her femininity, to be desired as a woman, to flirt, cavort and fulfill every sexual desire. When her mother, of all people, signs her up for a 1Night Stand, she’s not sure whether to be exhilarated or pissed. She flew all the way to Las Vegas on the promise of a total escape, to be Jasmine for just one night, because tomorrow, she plans to re-up for another five years.

They’re two of the proud…

Logan Cavanaugh grew up across the street from his best friend and ‘brother’ Zach Evans. Inseparable, the two shared everything until a year before when an IED attack took out the Humvee they traveled in with Colonel Dexter. Zach suffered a concussion, but Logan’s injuries were far more extensive. After a year of physical therapy, he can walk, but he’ll never run or love a woman again, or so he fears. Logan seemed ready to accept his impotence until Zach came home. Now the ‘brothers’ are in Vegas to meet the perfect woman, the woman who can heal Logan’s confidence and masculinity.

They’re all Marines…
They’ve shared everything, but will one night be enough?

My Thoughts:

This book is more intense than the first in this series. There’s ménage. But we could all she how nicely treated the story is handled.

 

Jazz is trying to feel more feminine and decided to have an 1 Night stand with her most desired fantasy. Two men pleasing her and making her feel sexy and the best women in the world. She’s a Marine and is used to deal with men all day.

 

Logan is trying to make his friend Zach feel alive after an incident with and IED. They had a few threesomes before and now Zach is having problems to go back to his sexual life after years of fisicoteraphy.

 

I loved how Jazz understood the emotions and feelings going on the date and tried to make things better and funnier. Logan is the best friend ever by helping his friend. Zach really needed this night and everything was perfect and really sexy. Loved.

Books in this Series:

#1 – Once her man, always her man
#2 – Retreat Hell!! She just got here

Review: Once her man, Always her man by Heather Long

   
Once Her Man, Always Her Man (1 Night Stand, Always a Marine, #1)

Once her man, Always her man by Heather Long

e-ARC provided by the author for a review
Always a Marine #1
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781613332603
Genre: Erotica
Release date: April 7th 2012
Number of pages: 39
Add it: Goodreads
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Book Blurb:

Fulfilling a favor and executing a business plan, Luke Dexter arrives at Dallas’ Sybarite Club for a one-night stand. He never imagined he’d come face to face with the woman he left behind a decade earlier.

Rebecca Rainier fell in love with Luke Dexter in high school and was crushed when he dumped her to join the Marines after 9/11. Set up on a 1Night Stand by her business partner, nothing could prepare Rebecca for who her date is.

Can Luke and Rebecca bridge the pain of a decade-long abandonment, in one cold Texas night?

My Thoughts:

This is not my first read in this series, but don’t worry they are all good stand-alone. Several short books with very spicy encounters. I love a good erotica, but these books are mostly all about a good sex and a fun night.

 

These one was actually a good surprise because the two characters had a relationship while in high school and previously had feelings for each other. Rebecca is very successful in her job but is still in love with her high school boyfriend, so since him no boy has ever made her feel the same way. A friend of her made her sign for the 1 Night Stand program for a night of fun.

 

Luke left town and joined the army but now he’s back and never considered that the women meeting him for a 1 Night Stand would be his ex-girlfriend. So now he has one more chance to make things right and this night is all about forgiveness.

 

I loved the way both characters are still in love and trying to understand how to move forward after all these years, plus the sex was crazy good.

Books in this Series:

#1 – Once her man, always her man
#2 – Retreat Hell!! She just got here

Review: Small Town Christmas by Jill Shalvis, Hope Ramsay and Katie Lane

Format Read: e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher

Series: -|-
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Romance > Contemporary Romance
Release date:  November 1st 2011
Formats Available: e-Book, kindle, nook
Number of pages: 136

Purchase information: Jill Shalvis Website, Hope Ramsay Website, Katie Lane Website, Goodreads, nook

Book Blurb:

Three heartwarming holiday stories
to prove that love is the greatest gift of all

Kissing Santa Claus
NASCAR driver Logan Perrish returns to Lucky Harbor, Washington, with love in his heart and a ring in his pocket. But can Sandy Jansen forget the past and give him a second chance? Or will Logan be spending another Christmas alone?

I’ll Be Home for Christmas
After ignoring the advice of Miz Miriam Randall, local matchmaker, Annie Roberts expects another hum drum holiday in Last Chance, South Carolina. But when a stray cat arrives in the arms of Army sergeant Matt Jasper, a calico named Holly just may be the best matchmaker of all.

O Little Town of Bramble
All Ethan Miller wants for Christmas is to celebrate in Bramble, Texas, with family and friends. But when his childhood neighbor, Samantha Henderson, comes home for the holiday, Ethan realizes that the girl-next-door could be the girl of his dreams.

My Thoughts:

Kissing Santa Claus by Jill Shalvis
I haven’t read any books from Jill Shalvis so this short story was a very welcome good start. I have all her books and will try to read them during this winter, because I think her stories are made for a cold day with a hot cocoa, snuggled on the couch. Some romances are definily made for lazy days and from this read I diecovered that Jill books are the perfect fit for a fun and romantic reads.

This story is set during the christmas and is very sweet. Lucky Harbor sounds like a place where everyone knows each other life. Sandy Jansen is the town clerk and she had a fling for about a week five months earlier with NASCAR race Logan Perrish, but she never forgot him and the fellings he’s brought to her heart.

I loved how Logan decided to follow his heart and try by any means to get Sandy in his life permanetely, and Sandy is such a nice girl to she get her fellings get the best of her and they struggle a little but Logan is determineded, so very nice to follow how they find a way to stay together.
I’ll be home for Christmas by Hope Ramsay
Matt Jasper has left the army and now is trying to deliver a last guy from his best friend in the army to the grandmother, but things are not so easy and start to have a hard time finding her. And now is where the story really picks up. Matt tries to find the grandmother and deliver the present, and his last source is the town church, where he finds a stray cat, and a very beatiful woman.

Annie Roberts is fighting her fellings on this christmas. Her mother died few months before and she’s trying to change her life and start new, after so many years taking care of her mother. So when this lost soldier enters the church, she decides to help him and the cat.

Another story set on a little town during Christmas eve, but this didn’t get the same apeal as the first, I don’t know if it the fact that they suddenly became in love with each other or the end. It leaft me hangin’. I was expecting at least some kiss from the characters, I didn’t feal the love or even the passion. I couldn’t really connect with this story.
O Little Town of Bramble by Katie Lane
Third and last story on this anthology is set on Bramble, Texas. Sweet and handsome farmer Ethan, has never been good with women, but Sam is his best friend and they’ve been apart for years since she’s gonne to college.

Sam returns to town for a few christmas days and Ethan knows this is his last chance to charm Sam and make her stay for good.

This was a short and fun story and I quite enjoy, the city is all crazy about christmas and the nativity scene has made them a little crazy. Sam and Ethan is sweet and very romantic love, loved the wway the author made them be together to resolve their problems. I could really feal inside this crazy little town.

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Challenges:

The BLI Holiday Reading ChallengeThe Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

Review: Avenger’s Angel by Heather Killough-Waden

Avenger’s Angel by Heather Killough-Walden
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback,
416 pages
Read: October 24 to 25, 2011
Release Date: November 1st 2011

Links:
Heather Killough-Walden – websiteTwitter
Amazon – KindlePaperback
Book Depository – Paperback
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Why I Started This Book:

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Summary:

When four female angels were created for the archangels Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Azrael, a chaos spurned by jealousy erupted, and the archesses were secreted to Earth. The four favored archangels followed, prompting a search that has last millennia. But for Uriel, the former Archangel of vengeance, the search ends the moment he lays eyes on Eleanor Granger, his one true arches. Can he protect her from the danger lying in wait for her-and win her heart?

Characters:  

  • Eleanor Granger
  • Archangel Uriel 

My Thoughts:

I had this book on my wishlist for a while and when discovered that NetGalley had an ARC off it, you call tell now the hapiness alround here. It amazing but angels books are not really my favorite to begin with, I usually find that the stories are really lame or it misses some more details than the rest, but this one took my breath away and keep me reading all night long.

First thing that I loved where the characters, and their discriptions, we can really have a good vibe cause we know so much about them. The author gave us a deep knowledge about the archangels lifes on earth and how the keep trying to protect the humans from dangerous andd themselves.

The loved the archangels, but the one that I less liked was Uriel and his the principal character for this book. I feel so bad for Azrael and how much he suffered when first caming to Earth. They’re all so good that I can understand The Old One feeling like they deserve some good afterwards. Sammael deserves some good girl at the too, cause is not his fault he was replaced! And he’s such a good bad guy, lol.

Okay back to the love birds. Eleanor is superwoman, she has some powers and put her at risk especially since she cure people, and some bad guys are following her since her childhood, so when first descovering Uriel is after her because she’s different, things get a little complicated. But Uriel is a nice guy and he suffered is this book, so in the end they found love.

I recommend this book for everyone who loves angels, someone who’s trying to escape the zumbys and vampires around. It’s really sweet and with a lot of action too, the perfect mix.

Other Reviews:

A cupcake and a latte

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Series:

  1. Avenger’s Angel
  2. Messenger’s Angel (release date: June 21st 2012)

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On my wishlist #2

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where we list all the books we desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It’s also an event that you can join in with too – Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own ‘On My Wishlist’ post. If you want to know more click here.



Kiss of Snow(Psy-Chalenging #10)
Nalini Singh
Publication date: May 31st 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 432
Gollancz

Summary:
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s exhilarating world of shapeshifters and psychics is “paranormal romance at its best” (Publishers Weekly). Now comes the story of an alpha wolf named Hawke used to getting exactly what he wants–and of the only woman who dares tangle with him.

Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight… 

The Iron King(The Iron Fey #1)
Julie Kagawa

Publication date: February 1st 2010
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 363
Harlequin Teen
 
 
Summary:
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Entwined
Heather Dixon
Publication date: March 29th 2011
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 480
Greenwillow Books
 
 
Summary:

Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it’s taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.
But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.