Tuesday, July 23, 2019

[Review] OPERATION BAILEY WEDDING (The Baileys, #3.5) by Piper Rayne

 


OPERATION BAILEY WEDDING
THE BAILEYS #3.5
Release Date: July 23, 2019
Source: Received an egalley in exchange for an honest review. 

DESCRIPTION

No one could have guessed a marriage could sprout from a one-night stand, but Holly Radcliffe and Austin Bailey appear to be written in the stars. From the backseat of Austin's Jeep to the altar they come. The town of Lake Starlight along with the Bailey's are prepping for the event of the year, but as usual things never go smoothly with these nine siblings and let's not forget Grandma Dori!

This is a novella in the Bailey series!

GET YOUR COPY NOW!



REVIEW

First Impressions...

Absolutely adorable! The perfect peek into what's going on with the three Bailey couples we already love, and a great sneak at what's coming up next for our other beloved Bailey family members! OPERATION BAILEY WEDDING was delightful and a treat for fans of the series! :)

This Book In 5 Words:

Sweet. Delightful. Adorable. Blissful. Lovely.

What Did I Like: 

- Getting to see what was happening with the three couples from the previous books: LESSONS OF A ONE-NIGHT STAND (Austin and Holly), ADVICE FROM A JILTED BRIDE (Brooklyn and Wyatt), and BIRTH OF A BABY DADDY (Harley and mystery-daddy ;D). The novella alternates POVs, so we got to see lots of what was going on with everyone and it was a wonderful combination!

- The fact that this centred around the first Bailey sibling wedding!!!I I love that we got to be a guest and also got to peek behind the curtain on Austin and Holly's wedding! It was so wonderful to see and I loved every minute of it.

- That we got a sneak peek at what's next! We got to see all of the Bailey siblings that haven't met their match yet...and there was a tease about what was going on with them all...can't wait to read all of their stories, especially what's next, FALLING FOR MY BROTHER'S BEST FRIEND...Savannah and Liam's story. ;)

What Didn't I Like:

- Nothing! I'm a mega fan of this series, so this was exactly what I was hoping for to tide me over until FALLING FOR MY BROTHER'S BEST FRIEND! ;)

Star Rating:

★★★★★

Read If You Like:

I would probably suggest you start this series from the first book rather than this novella, but if you're a fan of steamy rom-coms with a lot of heart, then I wholeheartedly suggest you check this series out!

Overall, I absolutely adored OPERATION BAILEY WEDDING! It was the perfect novella to tease us readers until the next book in The Baileys series is out. ;)


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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Have you started The Baileys series yet?
If you have, are you excited for OPERATION BAILEY WEDDING?
If you haven't, does it sound like a series you'd like?

[Release Day] OPERATION BAILEY WEDDING (The Baileys, #3.5) by Piper Rayne

 


OPERATION BAILEY WEDDING
THE BAILEYS #3.5
Release Date: July 23, 2019

DESCRIPTION

No one could have guessed a marriage could sprout from a one-night stand, but Holly Radcliffe and Austin Bailey appear to be written in the stars. From the backseat of Austin's Jeep to the altar they come. The town of Lake Starlight along with the Bailey's are prepping for the event of the year, but as usual things never go smoothly with these nine siblings and let's not forget Grandma Dori!

This is a novella in the Bailey series!

GET YOUR COPY NOW!



TEASER



ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

Connect with Piper Rayne:


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I loved that this little novella gave us glimpses of our three settled couples, and a sneak peek at our next Bailey couple, Savannah and Liam!!! :D

You can check out my 5-star review for OPERATION BAILEY WEDDING, HERE!

Have you started The Baileys series yet?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

[Review] DIRTY FLIRTY ENEMY (White Collar Brothers, #2) by Piper Rayne

DIRTY FLIRTY ENEMY
WHITE COLLAR BROTHERS, #2
Source: Received an egalley to give an honest reviews. Also purchased finished Kindle copy.
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Number of Pages: 284 (Kindle Edition)

DESCRIPTION

He’s the arrogant Manhattan realtor with billboards advertising his six-pack more than his expertise in negotiations.

I’m the competing broker who stupidly moved across the hall from his office.

From day one, I’ve been his sworn enemy. Okay, so I might have accidentally stolen one of his clients. Well, is it stealing if the client comes to me?

Even our vicious banter and loathing gazes can’t hide the chemistry between us. Who can blame me? He has enough charisma to make every hot-blooded woman in the city melt with a single word.

Just when I think a mutual respect could be born between us, the biggest developer in the city offers us an opportunity that pits us against each other.

Time to forget Carmelo Mancini’s dreamy eyes and tight abs.

Game on.

GET YOUR COPY NOW!



ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

Connect with Piper Rayne:


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REVIEW

First Impressions...

Well! The first book in the White Collar Brothers series was amazing, and so was this one!!! One of the things I love most about Piper and Rayne is the fact that their series continue to deliver. The sequels are usually just as good (or sometimes even better!) than the first ones, and DIRTY FLIRTY ENEMY was fantastic! Carm and Bella were absolutely amazing and their enemies-to-lovers slowburn was sooooo good! It was just the summer romance that I wanted!

This is how I imagine Bella reacted to Carm's billboards. haha 

This Book In 5 Words:

Sexy. Dynamic. Funny. Sassy. Flirty.

What Did I Like: 

- The characters! I absolutely loved Carm and Bella! Right from the start she was sassy and stood up for herself, and Carm was charismatic, undeniably sexy,...and when he wasn't being a snarky little brother and doting son, he was a bit of an egotistical douche...but it didn't take long to see a better side of him, and boy was that side sweet and absolutely wonderful!

- The romance! I absolutely loved seeing Carm and Bella's relationship grow! The slowburn was perfect, the drama was delicious, and the way that their relationship evolved was so satisfying! I loved every minute of it!

- The group dynamics! I'm always a fan of how Piper and Rayne weave their side characters into their stories, and DIRTY FLIRTY ENEMY had that, too! I loved seeing Carm's brothers and all of the friend dynamics, too...I'm expecting to love seeing even more of this in Dom's story, WILD STEAMY HOOK-UP, next! 

- The writing and the setting! The writing was as fabulous as usual, and the setting this time around was a lot of fun! Don't want to spoil it, so I'll just say that if it wasn't already summer, then this would be the perfect book to make me get into a summery mood! :D

What Didn't I Like:

- Nothing! While it didn't pack quite as an empowering punch as the previous book, SEXY FILTHY BOSS, it was still a wonderful, steamy and romantic read that I thoroughly enjoyed! :)

Star Rating:

★★★★★

Read If You Like:

- Sexy rom-coms with sizzle, heart, and some wonderful friend and family dynamics!
 
Overall, I loved DIRTY FLIRTY ENEMY! It was super sexy, fun, and packed full of Piper Rayne goodness!!! If you haven't checked out one of their books yet, then I really, really urge you too! If you like sexy rom-coms that sweep you into the story, then seriously, you'll love them! :D



What do you think?
Does DIRTY FLIRTY ENEMY sound like a romance you'd enjoy?

[Release Day] DIRTY FLIRTY ENEMY (White Collar Brothers, #2) by Piper Rayne



DIRTY FLIRTY ENEMY
WHITE COLLAR BROTHERS, #2
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Number of Pages: 284 (Kindle Edition)

DESCRIPTION

He’s the arrogant Manhattan realtor with billboards advertising his six-pack more than his expertise in negotiations.

I’m the competing broker who stupidly moved across the hall from his office.

From day one, I’ve been his sworn enemy. Okay, so I might have accidentally stolen one of his clients. Well, is it stealing if the client comes to me?

Even our vicious banter and loathing gazes can’t hide the chemistry between us. Who can blame me? He has enough charisma to make every hot-blooded woman in the city melt with a single word.

Just when I think a mutual respect could be born between us, the biggest developer in the city offers us an opportunity that pits us against each other.

Time to forget Carmelo Mancini’s dreamy eyes and tight abs.

Game on.

GET YOUR COPY NOW!



TEASERS




ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

Connect with Piper Rayne:


Join our newsletter, HERE, and get 2 FREE BOOKS!
 


Be one of our unicorns: http://bit.ly/2snaBtK


I loved the first book in this series, SEXY FILTHY BOSS, and boy did I love DIRTY FLIRTY ENEMY, too! The Mancini brothers are hard to resist and I can't wait for Dom's story next!!! 

You can check out my 5-star review for SEXY FILTHY BOSS, HERE, and my 5-star review for DIRTY FLIRTY ENEMY, HERE. ;)

What do you think? Do those teasers have you tempted?
Does DIRTY FILTHY ENEMY sound like something you'd like?

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

[Review] THE UNHONEYMOONERS by Christina Lauren

Source: Received an ARC from Indigo Books & Music
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Number of Pages: 400 (Paperback)

DESCRIPTION

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancĂ© is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of... lucky.

REVIEW

First Impressions...

I loved Ethan and Olive, and the story and premise were light, fun and rom-com perfection, but I have to admit that I was a little underwhelmed. The chemistry between Ethan and Olive was phenomenal and I loved their hate-to-love dynamic, but the sexy parts of the story just didn’t deliver and it felt like they were totally brushed over. I also wish we’d gotten more of Ethan’s POV—super weird to read a CLo book without dual POV to be honest. I do think this story was super fun and I would recommend it, but it’s definitely not my fave CLo book.

This Book In 5 Words:

Summery. Funny. Light. Sweet. Dramatic.

What Did I Like: 

- Olive and Ethan! I absolutely loved both characters. Olive was ridiculously funny, and I loved Ethan's brooding, kind of cool demeanor...especially when we got to see him warm up and be all charming...and drunk, goofy Ethan was absolutely adorable. :D

- The hate-to-love/enemies-to-lovers dynamics. I thought they were fabulous and the chemistry between Olive and Ethan was super sexy...I just wished that the actual romance aspects of the story followed through with this.

- The writing, banter and characters. I love Christina Lauren's writing! It always pulls me in and The Unhoneymooners wasn't an exception. They also write fabulous banter and wonderful characters. While I felt like it wasn't their strongest book, it did still have me smiling, laughing, and swooning.

What Didn't I Like:

- Not sexy enough. I'm getting sick of fade-to-black scenes in self-described romance books by authors known for their sex scenes...so this book was super disappointing when it came to that. It's Christina Lauren's least steamy book by far and I've honestly just gotten really disappointed with how their books have handled steam in the last while...where has it gone?!

- Not enough Ethan---why wasn't this dual POV throughout? CLo ALWAYS writes dual POV stories, but for some reason we only got Ethan's POV in the epilogue and I was super disappointed with that. I loved Ethan, and I loved Olive, but I wanted more of Ethan's POV.

- My least favourite CLo book so far. I honestly just felt like this book needed more in general. More steam, more Ethan, and honestly a few more passes through edits to tighten it up. The beginning dragged too long and the ending was too rushed. *shrugs*

Star Rating:

★★★.5 to ★★★★

Read If You Like:

Light-hearted rom-coms, hilarious banter, and the hate-to-love trope.

Overall, I really loved the characters in THE UNHONEYMOONERS and I thought that it was a funny, light-hearted read. If you love lighter, less steamy rom-coms then I definitely recommend this one!



What do you think?
Have you ever read one of Christina Lauren's books?
If so, which is your favourite?

Friday, July 5, 2019

[Blog Tour Review] SAY NO TO THE DUKE (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #4) by Eloisa James

Source: Received an egalley through Edelweiss.
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Number of Pages: 384 (Mass Market Paperback)

DESCRIPTION

One little wager will determine their fate—a daring escape or falling into temptation with a rakish lord.

Lady Betsy Wilde’s first season was triumphant by any measure, and a duke has proposed—but before marriage, she longs for one last adventure.

No gentleman would agree to her scandalous plan—but Lord Jeremy Roden is no gentleman. He offers a wager. If she wins a billiards game, he’ll provide the breeches.

If he wins…she is his, for one wild night.

But what happens when Jeremy realizes that one night will never be enough? In the most important battle of his life, he’ll have to convince Betsy to say no to the duke.

About the Author

 Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.

REVIEW

First Impressions...

This was such a fun story! 
Betsy and Jeremy were fantastic, and their chemistry was amazing!!! 
Really, really enjoyed this one!

This Book In 5 Words:

Fun. Feisty. Sexy. Delightful. Dramatic.

What Did I Like: 

- Betsy and Jeremy. I thought that they were both fantastic characters. Betsy was so funny and I loved whenever she had the chance to show her true self, and Jeremy was delightfully broody and sarcastic.

- The family dynamics. I still have to go back and read the first three books (I know...I know! haha), but I loved seeing all of the Wilde family dynamics, and I especially loved Aunt Knowe! :D

- The setting and writing. The setting was described so vividly that it was like I was actually there, and the writing itself was absolutely delightful! I couldn't put it down once I started!

- Super sexy! I loved the romance between Betsy and Jeremy, and all of the moments between them, whether they it was playful banter or physical interactions were absolutely steamy and dynamic!

What Didn't I Like:

- The pacing of the story felt a bit rushed. Betsy has turned down countless suitors by the time that the story starts in the present (many of which she doesn't even really know--bit weird *shrugs*), and she and Jeremy already have an established dynamic between them. I did like that they had a relationship already because their banter was fabulous, but I did feel like the story was very rushed because of it and because of the fact that it started with Betsy being proposed to by yet another gentleman...this time a Duke. Still liked it, but this knocked my enjoyment down a bit.

Star Rating:

★★★.5 to ★★★

Read If You Like:

Historical fiction with feisty heroines and the sarcastic heroes who love them just the way they are.

Overall, I thought that SAY NO TO THE DUKE was wonderful. I loved the characters, the romance, and all of the family dynamics, but the pacing kept me from loving this one. Definitely still recommend it to historical romance fans though, and I'm looking forward to going back to the rest of the series. :)



Are you a fan of historical romance?
What do you think?
Does Say No to the Duke sound like a story you'd enjoy?

Monday, July 1, 2019

[Cover Reveal] OPERATION BAILEY WEDDING (The Baileys, #3.5) by Piper Rayne



If you've been checking out my reviews for the last little while, you may have noticed me talking about one of my favourite romance author duos, Piper Rayne...and lately I've been raving about one of their newest series, The Baileys! Today I have a cover reveal for an upcoming novella in the series, OPERATION BAILEY WEDDING...which release on July 23!

So, here's the cover...keep scrolling for some book info and buy links! ;D

OPERATION BAILEY WEDDING
By Piper Rayne
Release Day July 23
No one could have guessed a marriage could sprout from a one-night stand, but Holly Radcliffe and Austin Bailey appear to be written in the stars. From the backseat of Austin's Jeep to the altar they come. The town of Lake Starlight along with the Bailey's are prepping for the event of the year, but as usual things never go smoothly with these nine siblings and let's not forget Grandma Dori!



This is a novella in The Bailey series!

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!




ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

Connect with Piper Rayne:


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This cover is so cute and pretty!!! I can't wait to read this novella--I'm thrilled that we all get to be guests at Holly and Austin's wedding! :D

Who else has been loving The Baileys series?
Any other Piper and Rayne fangirls out there? ;)