The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Synopsis:
24920901She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Find it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24920901-the-deal
Order it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RGyTGu

My Review:
4 stars — This book had so many Lenore things going for it, I think it only didn’t reach 5 stars b/c it suffered from a little bit of pre-reading hype….so I kept thinking things while I was reading it, and it took away from my experience.  (like I was told it was a hilarious book, and while I definitely thought it was funny, I guess I was expecting something else)

It took me a little bit to get into the book and to get hooked on Garrett and Hannah.  But once I did, I definitely fell in love.  There was so much more to the story than what I had initially expected, including some rough past experiences for both of our main characters.  And I thought that both situations were dealt with with respect by the author.  I know not every person reacts the same way after certain traumas, so it was interesting to read about how Hannah was shaped by her experiences.

And once I got to know Garrett and Hannah more, they both wormed their way into my heart.  I loved the way they interacted with each other, their banter in all situations was just so unique to them and had me giggling in my head.  That was probably my favourite part, their chemistry with each other.  Not just steam chemistry (though they definitely had that), but their friend chemistry.  I loved seeing them both caught off guard by the other and the relationship that was developing.

I appreciated that the obstacles that were thrown in the way weren’t dragged out and used to force them apart unnecessarily…that gets really old for me.  They were relatively upfront with each other, navigating their new relationship together as best they could.

So while my expectations got in the way of the beginning of this book, the book itself overrode my misgivings and took me on a sweet ride.  Will definitely be wishlisting more books by Ms. Kennedy.

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You for Christmas by Madeline Ash

Synopsis:
27387177Regan Case wouldn’t know the right side of the tracks if they ran her out of town. She’s lived hard since she ran away at sixteen, but eight years later, an accident has terrified her into pulling her life together. And that means finally going home for Christmas.

Taking her return one step at a time, she ends up on the doorstep of her sister’s best friend, Felix Nickson. The man indebted to her after she jammed ten grand down his trousers in high school and enabled him to escape his own demons. Felix agrees to let her stay, but doesn’t count on the chemistry that burns hot between them.

As they get into the Christmas spirit, he watches Regan’s shadows fade away and discovers that beneath her careless attitude, she is by far the bravest woman he’s ever met. He falls for her, fast and hard, but she fears she doesn’t deserve such a good man. A black sheep cannot change her colors.

Can Felix forgive her past or would asking for his love be one too many miracles this Christmas?

Find it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27387177-you-for-christmas
Order it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1mfkeov

My Review:
4.5 stars — OK, this one turned out to be a total Christmas gem!!  I had no expectations going into it, had never even heard of this author — just saw it on BookBub or something like that.  And it’s turned into one of my fave holiday reads this year!

This isn’t just some fluffy romance read either.  There are some dark issues that are dealt with, though you don’t find out exactly what happened until near the end of the book.  I thought Regan was written beautifully…you could really tell that she was struggling with something horrible in her past that had shaped her into the woman she became…and she was a very broken and troubled young woman.  Sometimes her rough edges were hard to handle, especially b/c you end up falling in total love with Felix (we’ll get to him), but in the end, from my completely inexperienced perspective, I thought she was portrayed and behaved exactly as someone with those past demons would.

Now onto the shining star of this book — FELIX!!!  I fell in love with him right from the prologue, with his shyness and inexperience.  He was just everything.  Patient, kind, though not without a rough edge or two in the beginning.  I just wanted to steal him away from Regan and hug him to death.  Maybe it’s b/c I have my own geek to love, but he was just everything I love in a book boy.

And their bantering back and forth was a HIGHLIGHT for me!  I absolutely love snarky wit and sassy comebacks, and the way they played off each other was delicious.  Heck, even at the end there was great interaction with all the secondary characters — which of course makes me want to read some of their stories, so wishlisted.

So basically, we have a holiday winner.  I even loved that it was set in Australia and you got to see how Christmas would be in their hot summer.  On a side note, as a Canadian, it was a little disheartening that it was all about ice and snow…;)

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The Artist’s Love (The Artist’s Touch Book 2) by S.H. Pratt

the artists loveSynopsis: Rissa Daniels is being stalked. Spencer St. George’s life is in danger. Their families refuse to tell them the secrets of the past that haunt their present and affect their future. With every passing day and each new discovery, Spencer and Rissa grow closer to each other and to the truth until Rissa’s stalker becomes larger than life, forcing Spencer to reevaluate their relationship and his place as a St. George.
Knowing that they will never be free from the dark menace that hovers over them without taking matters into their own hands, Rissa and Spencer make a decision that will forever change the future of their relationship. Long-buried secrets come to light, long-dead ghosts are allowed to rest in peace, and long-festering wounds are able to heal… but they are not without cost. Together, Spencer and Rissa face their fears head-on in the hope that their actions will stop their families’ pasts from destroying their future.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1U0q2gJ

Add it your TBR list on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26887783-the-artist-s-love?from_search=true&search_version=service

5 Stars

The story continues….. Dun dun duuuuuun.

This is when things get intense folks.  And it is pretty spectacular.  Rissa is like a bloodhound with a scent, she keeps digging deeper and deeper into her and Spence’s past.  I must say that I was a bit confused in the beginning about all the people in the past.  There were so many people involved.  The plot is pretty involved guys.  And the author really strings you along till the last minute, which made the ending that much more surprising.

I love Rissa’s self-confidence, she may show some nervousness a bit (particularly when meeting Spence’s grandparents), but in the end her courage and snooping skills really shine through.  She is able to maintain a femininity about her while at the same time not taking any shit from people.  A talent that is hard to achieve in my opinion.

Spence, ahhh Spence, he is such a great guy.  He seemed to always know what to say and rarely lost control; which to me is super attractive in a male lead.  He was like a beta-alpha.  I just made it up.  But it fits him.  Not very aggressive, but controlled and he knows what he wants and what he doesn’t. The man is one of the most loyal characters I have ever read; another attractive attribute in a male.

This isn’t just a love story, although I could have been content to just read about the evolvement of their relationship.  This story had intrigue, danger and suspense.  It was like a mystery and a love story all rolled into one!  I really can’t go in to detail because this is the second book and I am not really a fan of spoilers.  (cue the River Song tagline, “Spoilers”)

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Three Nights Before Christmas by Kat Latham

Synopsis:
27278596Have yourself a steamy little Christmas…

After three years in prison, freight train engineer Lacey Gallagher doesn’t expect this Christmas to be very merry and bright. At least chopping down trees for her brother’s Christmas tree farm will help her save money to get her life back on track. All her plans derail, though, when her new job puts her in territory patrolled by the man who haunts her dreams—the forest ranger who sent her to prison.

Austin Wilder isn’t thrilled about Lacey working in his forest—but he soon realizes he needs her help. His family is depending on him to restore an old steam train for a spectacular Christmas event, and train expert Lacey is his only hope of finishing in time.

Working together challenges every assumption Lacey and Austin have about each other, and they discover a desire hot enough to melt even the deepest Montana snow. But will the season of second chances be enough to mend the most hardened broken heart?

Find it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27278596-three-nights-before-christmas
Order it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1meyzl4

My Review:
3.5 stars — After reading His Christmas Gift by Sarah Mayberry, I knew I wanted to read the companion story about Sawyer’s sister, Lacey.  And it was a steamy, quick holiday read!  I loved the premise of the book — an ex-con (if wrongly convicted) being released after 3 years in prison, and her developing relationship with one of the officers who helped put her away.  I had a bit of a problem with how their relationship started — I guess b/c Lacey was already having hot sweaty dreams about Austin practically right from the start, and I just found it hard to believe that lust could overcome the circumstances surrounding who they are to each other.  But then again, my feelings for a person always influence how attracted I am to them.  And unless I’m remembering wrong (I feel like I’m getting a cold, so I’m not trusting my brain right now), the way he described her wasn’t all that attractive either.

So yeah, the start of their relationship was a bit harder to believe.  Once we got into them working on the train though, things started to pick up.  I still never felt completely invested, but I can’t quite figure out why.  On the other hand I completely devoured the book, so I’m a bit confused about how I actually felt in the end (hence the middling rating).

Lacey was an intriguing heroine — I really enjoyed how real her emotions were with coming to grips with being out of prison again.  She could sometimes be a bit crass, and I couldn’t decide if she made me laugh or cringe sometimes.  Austin was harder to get a read on, but what I did learn I liked.  And once their romance started to move forward, I enjoyed his sweet feelings for her.

I found the ending to be a bit unbelievable with his testimony…I give it a bit of a pass though, since it’s a holiday romance and I’m feeling generous.

All in all, a solid holiday read, it was just missing that extra oomph to push me into loving it.

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Marrying Mr. English (Part 2) by Katy Regnery

Synopsis:
26791540**This is the second of two novellas entitled MARRYING MR. ENGLISH. The first novella was included in the 12 CHRISTMAS ROMANCES TO MELT YOUR HEART anthology. This is not a standalone novella. You must read MARRYING MR. ENGLISH, Part 1 first!**

You’ve all met the children and Eleanora and Tom English…but how exactly did down-on-her luck waitress,Eleanora Watters, meet trust fund hottie, Tom English?

You won’t want to miss this Christmas novel in two parts (each a complete novella – the first is a “Happily for now” ending and the second is a “Happily ever after” ending) that tells the story of how Eleanora met Tom, while he was visiting Vail in the 1980s.

The first novella, Marrying Mr. English, Part 1, will be included in the 12 Christmas Stories to Melt Your Heart 12 Christmas anthology, which will feature twelve brand-new books and the proceeds of which will benefit The Autism Society of America.

Find it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26791540-marrying-mr-english
Order it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1J14sbh

My Review:
4.5 stars — So much goodness!!  The chemistry that started in part one in the anthology (you need to read that first) just continued and grew stronger in this second part.  I’m not always a fan of insta-love, it has to be done right — and Ms. Regnery definitely does it right.  I really believed in their feelings for each other, and even they were thrown for a loop with how fast those feelings developed.  And since they had such a fast start to their relationship, they ended up going through all those hurdles that new couples go through…just already married.  🙂  Eleanora was just as sassy as in the first part, I simply loved her.  And Tom made me melt on more than one occasion.  And as for the conflict that was introduced in the first part?  It resolved perfectly for me.

Even if you’re not a fan of the English Brothers series yet, this book showcases what Ms. Regnery brings to the writing table.  And for those that are already fans — getting that little glimpse of where the boys come from was so satisfying.

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12 Christmas Romances to Melt Your Heart by Various Authors

Synopsis:
26370721100% of the proceeds from sales of this anthology go to the Autism Society of America and straight into support groups for families touched by autism

Count down your Christmas holiday with a fantastic assortment of holiday romances written especially for this set. Humor, drama, suspense, and military heroes abound. Fall in love with new characters from a series you’ve never read and learn more about characters from your favorite author’s series you’ve been dying to hear about.

Each book is EXCLUSIVE to the anthology and NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED. Help us support a cause near and dear to each author in the set and to so many we love.

From NYT & USA Today Bestselling Authors & More!
~ Allie K. Adams​ ~ Merry TREXmas ~
Christmas turns to chaos when all the McKoys get together for the holidays. It takes a 12-yr-old autistic boy and his faithful companion to teach them all the true meaning of TREXmas.
~ Jami Davenport​ ~ Hearts On Ice ~
Drawn together by tragedy and broken apart by practicality, can two lost souls find each other again during a magical holiday season?
~ Riley J. Ford​ ~ Romance. Avalanche. Love. ~
Selma and Shaun decide to celebrate their anniversary with a Christmas ski vacation. When he reveals a huge secret he’s been hiding, she is crushed by an avalanche of emotions. She questions whether they’re meant to be together…until a real avalanche hits.
~ Geri Foster​ ~ Holiday Mischief ~
The five Avery Sisters create a little Holiday Mischief and find romance in the process.
~ Tammy S. Falkner​ ~ Yes You ~
You might remember them. They have two children named Reagan and Lincoln. Find out how their love story started in Yes, You. One bad boy, one good girl. The question – Who? Me? Yes. You.
~ Catherine Gayle​ ~ Mistletoe Misconduct ~
He says everyone deserves a second chance. She thinks it’s high time for him to turn that idea around on himself.
~ Tawdra Kandle​ ~ Underneath My Christmas Tree ~
When two hearts ignite, the most unexpected gifts can turn up under the tree.
~ Chris Keniston​ ~ Love Walks In ~
Annette Deluca believes you only get one chance at the love of a lifetime. It’s up to Michael Becker and his young autistic son to prove her wrong.
~ Katy Regnery​ ~ Marrying Mr. English ~
Long before the English brothers met their wives and girlfriends, their father, Tom, captured the heart of their mother, Eleanora. Travel back in time to Christmas 1981 and find out how it all began!
~ Krystal Shannan writing as Emma Roman​ ~ The Runaway Sleigh ~
Kidnapped from her front yard by Santa, a woman who hates Christmas finds unexpected joy in a holiday she swore to ignore for the rest of her life.
~ Becca Boyd ~ As We Dream By The Fire ~
Sadie never expected a handsome firefighter to crash into her living room on Christmas Eve, but when her tree catches on fire, he could save more than her life…
~Jodi Vaughn​ ~ Christmas In Cloverton ~
A blizzard, a lost cat, and a little bit of Christmas destiny gives Eliza a chance with the man she’s loved from afar for too long.

Find it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26370721-12-christmas-romances-to-melt-your-heart
Order it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RvWVEf

My Review:
3 stars overall — I bought this anthology for one specific novella, but I wanted to read them all b/c I’m a holiday season reader!  This was definitely a hit and miss set of novellas.  I think there were a few that were really merely fan service, and so were not as enjoyable for someone who hadn’t read the rest of the books in the series.  And then there were some I just simply didn’t enjoy.  But I found a few gems that were sweet and perfectly Christmas-y, and I left the book I’d been waiting for til the last and it was a perfect ending.  So here are my reviews for the individual stories:

Mistletoe Misconduct ~ Catherine Gayle​
3 stars — For a girl that hates cheating, reading about the aftermath of it happening was hard for me…I’m about as forgiving as Elaine originally was.  So there was that.  And apparently I’m also ageist b/c I found I wasn’t as sucked in to the romance of this older couple.  But maybe that wasn’t age so much as the story was just meh for me?  I don’t know.  It was nice, just not outstanding.

Hearts On Ice ~ Jami Davenport​
3 stars — I think I might have enjoyed this one more if I’d read the previous books featuring these 2 characters.  Not that you had to to understand the books (there was sufficient background).  I just didn’t feel invested in the characters.  But then again, that’s hard to achieve with a short story anyways.  Also, the one word steamy scenes (they made quick fun love; they made slow love) was kind of startling (disappointing — I’d rather have fade to black).  I wonder if it’s always like that in her books.

Romance. Avalanche. Love. ~ Riley J. Ford​
2 stars — Uh no.  Didn’t enjoy the characters at all.  I’m just not a forgiving kind of reader, and the hero’s behavior in the relationship was just atrocious (well, maybe not quite that strong of a word, but I can’t think of a better one).  I was also not a fan of his recklessness.  So when you don’t like the characters, there’s not much left, you know?

The Runaway Sleigh ~ Emma Roman​
3.5 stars — I was a little bit thrown by the heroine at first…that much anger and bah-humbug was kind of hard to fathom.  But otherwise I thought the story was quite sweet, and for a short story it had some good things going for it.  Peter was adorable.

Merry TREXmas ~ Allie K. Adams​
2.5 stars — first things first, for an anthology that’s named 12 Christmas *Romances* to Melt Your Heart, I kind of expect a romance you know?  And there definitely wasn’t one in this short story.  I think this one was geared towards readers of Ms. Adams series, b/c for the life of me I could not keep up with all the different characters, and even the shifting POVs.

Holiday Mischief ~ Geri Foster
2.5 stars — Another book with multiple POVs that I didn’t understand, and only a hint of romance near the end.  I just didn’t feel it that much.  There was a lot going on, so the plot wasn’t quite as clear.  The “Father” was quite the jerk too.

Yes You ~ Tammy S. Falkner​
3 stars — Had some uber sweet moments, but then mixed in some volatile moments that I was less sure of.  Everything happened kind of quick, but that’s the nature of short stories…

Underneath My Christmas Tree ~ Tawdra Kandle​
3 stars — a bit of a different take on a romance, with the girl wanting the no strings sex and the guy holding out.  I liked that even in a shorter story we could see the relationship sort of building over time.  I wish we’d been told what happened in Trent’s past that had him taking a break, but I guess that’s why there’s another story for them coming.

Love Walks In ~ Chris Keniston​
4 stars — OK, this one was just all sorts of sweetness and “awwwww” and laughing at the sassiness of Annette.  Loved how Annette and Mike interacted with each other, and thought the glimpse into life with an autistic child was well done (not that I would know, but you know).  Ended a bit abruptly though…or at least I wasn’t expecting to turn the page and have it be done.

Marrying Mr. English ~ Katy Regnery​
4.5 stars — Oh yes!!  This was the book I bought the anthology for in the first place, and Ms. Regnery didn’t let me down.  The chemistry between the characters was phenomenal — gah, I wanted more!  And Eleanora was delightfully sassy and strong willed.  Even though it was a fast romance, it didn’t feel that way b/c of all the time they spent together.  I found myself laughing and sighing and all sorts of goodness.  The great thing is that even though this is a 2-part story, this story ends off with a satisfying enough ending that you don’t *need* to read the 2nd part…though if you’re like me, you’ll want more.  I also LOVED the tiny bits of fan service with the hints of where the boys names came from.  Can’t wait to read part 2!

As We Dream By The Fire ~ Becca Boyd
4 stars — sweet and slowburning!!  At first I wasn’t sure about Sadie, but I warmed up to her.  She and Hudson had some great little bits of banter, and I could feel the feelings starting to develop.  🙂

Christmas In Cloverton ~ Jodi Vaughn​
3…maybe 3.5 stars — Cute characters, fun “pushed together” situation.  It had all the makings of a Lenore book, but I just ended up losing it nearer to the end.  Could be my attention just wandered for other reasons.  Still, I did like it…

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Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

cinder and ellaSynopsis: It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1PeEYII

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22724488-cinder-ella

5 Stars!!!!!

OMG, you guys!  This book was so fecking delicious!  I ate it all up so fast!  I just want to scream at strangers, “YOU ALL NEED TO READ THIS BOOK NOW! NOW I SAY!”

I really liked how real it was with regards to her accident and working through all of her problems both physically and emotionally.  It showed more than just her side, it showed her sisters side too, giving a great contrasting element to Ella’s POV. It was interesting to see the changes that occurred in her as time progressed.

I liked all the issues that it touched on.  Societies idea of beauty, bullying, dealing with someone who may be suicidal.  It wasn’t superficial at all.  I felt her helplessnesss, her hopelessness and her anger toward her father.  The bullying she had to deal with. The pain she felt going through the physical therapy. There was a lot of pain in this book, a lot of pain.

The author’s references to other books and movies were both mainstream and classic.  Great nod to Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, two of my favorite high fantasy authors. And OUAT, one of my favorite shows!   It added a nice layer to the background.  There was also some pretty good diversity in the book.  Her Chilean background was a prominent point in the book with relating to food and language. I really want that recipe!  The two dads as well represented more diverse family units than I usually see in a book as well.

Okay, my favorite part!  Location 3689 people, that scene is the bestest!  I’m leaving it at that.  Muhahahahahahahah.

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Collide (Blackcreek book 1) by Riley Hart

collideSynopsis: At ten years old, Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw collided mid-air when they dove for the same football. For three years, they were inseparable…until one day when Noah and his parents disappeared in the middle of the night.

Noah and Cooper never knew what happened to each other. Now, seventeen years later, after finding his boyfriend in bed with another man, Noah returns to Blackcreek looking for a fresh start. And damned if he doesn’t find his old friend grew up to be sexy as sin. Coop can’t believe Noah—the only person he trusted with the guilt over his parents’ death—is back. And gay… Or that Cooper himself suddenly wants another man in his bed for the first time.

There’s no denying the attraction and emotion between them, but can they overcome the ghosts of their pasts to have a future together?

This title contains two strong, sexy men, and a passionate friendship that transforms into a sizzling hot romance.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1ZgxVlC

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18773407-collide

2 1/2 stars

M/M Romance

Honesty time right? I don’t know if I liked it, but I don’t think I didn’t like it. I mean, the sex scenes were great, they were hot. That part was good.  The emotions that were described though, seemed lacking to me.  I don’t know, I finished the book, I didn’t DNF it so that says something right?

I don’t think I’m gonna read any more in this series.

They didn’t seem to really know each other that well. Only what they remember from 17 years earlier.  They kept referencing the past when they were 13 years old as if it was some major turning point in their lives.  I didn’t see it.  Not to mention A LOT can happen in 17 years, people change. I am not the same person I was that long ago. (Yes, I am that old)

It was hard for me to develop a connection to the Noah and Cooper.  They seemed so closed off emotionally.   Like they didn’t share too much of their feelings with each other.  They didn’t really open up to each other unless it was about their physical attraction.  And I need more than physicality.  Maybe that’s what the author was going for, if so, not my kind of book I guess.

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Opposition (Lux Series 5) by Jennifer Armentrout

OppositionSynopsis: Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

Get it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Mk78vq

Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13644055-opposition

4 stars

Last book in the series!  I finally finished it!

I think I have issues with finishing series. I was a little let down with how the book ended. It was a great book and a great ending. But I don’t know; I guess the climax is what kinda killed it for me. The other four books built up on each other and this one seemed to switch it up out of nowhere.  To focus on the aliens as the enemy instead of the government.  Which was what the previous books had as the main focus.

It seemed last minute to me.  I was all wondering how they were going to get and stay away from the government and BAM, other aliens came swooping in and stealing their thunder.  Maybe it’s because it’s the closing of the series and not just a book and I have higher expectations, IDK.

It had a great “love conquers all” theme going on but I was way more into the action and the struggle in this book.  The love kept becoming the focus and it kept getting in the way of the war that was fast approaching.

I’m glad I finished it, I may have to read it again to catch any nuances I might have missed.

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The Kent Brothers Trilogy by Jaci Burton

Synopsis:
23430310It Just Might Take a Christmas Miracle…

All She Wants for Christmas (The Kent Brothers Book One)
Country singer Riley Jensen would never have returned to her small Missouri hometown if her publicist hadn’t come up with the scheme to tape a Christmas special there. So she never would have known that the man who broke her heart at eighteen was now a widower with a seven-year-old daughter. Riley has ten years of angst-filled hit songs and Grammy Awards to prove she doesn’t need Ethan Kent. But suddenly, she can’t help thinking of all she gave up by running away…

A Rare Gift (The Kent Brothers Book Two)
With a disastrous marriage behind him, Wyatt Kent has no interest in getting involved with any woman, let alone his ex-wife’s younger sister. But when Calliope Andrews hires him to build an addition onto her day care center, Wyatt can’t help but notice her. But it’s going to take a Christmas miracle for Wyatt to put his trust in love a second time.

The Best Thing (The Kent Brothers Book Three)
A year ago, Tori let her guard down and Brody Kent slipped right in, planting one hot, unforgettable kiss on her in a dark corner at the company Christmas party. Though the kiss surpassed her wildest dreams, she can’t let it happen again�Brody’s got a reputation for loving and leaving. And he’ll have to get creative if he wants to convince Tori that he’s a changed man.

Find it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23430310-the-kent-brothers-trilogy
You can no longer order the trilogy on Amazon Kindle, but you can get each novella individually…
All She Wants for Christmas: http://amzn.to/1QLwUPu
A Rare Gift: http://amzn.to/1T0VYkT
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My Review:
All She Wants for Christmas:
(I read this in a previous year, so just copy and pasting my review plus one minor edit)
3.5 stars — Cute little read.  Reminded me of a Harlequin book, maybe a Superromance?  I know they’re unrealistic, but I enjoy the famous person loves normal person books, and the unfinished business from teenage past love stories.  So this one fit that bill.  Was there anything particularly remarkable and unique to this one?  Probably not.  But I’m not too fussy.  I liked Ethan’s family (except Wyatt), and Zoe wasn’t too annoying as a kid.  Ringing endorsement eh?  Maybe I should have rounded down, but now I’m too lazy, and I like Christmas books so whatever…

ON REREAD: rounded down.  It just didn’t capture me as much as the first time….

A Rare Gift:
3 stars — Classic Harlequin-esque romance — I actually enjoyed how forthright and confident Calliope was.  I had her pegged in a certain character stereotype, and she surprised me at every turn.  Wyatt had his good moments, though I’m not a huge fan of the taciturn and grumpy guy in general.  My major issue with the book was the ending — it felt HUGELY rushed and just read very fast for me (particularly the Cassandra/Wyatt resolution).  And then it was just bam bam bam, ending.  So it lost me there.  Ah well.

The Best Thing:
2.5 stars — definitely my least favourite of the 3 novellas of the Kent Brothers.  It felt like it jumped into the story real quick, and I was left feeling a bit of disbelief at the characters — they really went 10 months with a mean Tori??  It took them that long to say “enough is enough”??  So it started me off on the wrong foot.  Then I wasn’t really impressed with Tori herself, and her reasoning for behaving the way she was with everyone else.  Brody I get, but what did everyone else do to deserve her apparent wrath?

And then they got together and some of the lines felt cheesy to me…and yes, I know, it’s a Christmas novella.  But I just found myself going “really?” a few more times than I would like.

And then it wrapped up quickly too.  I don’t know what to say, I just wasn’t feeling this one…

So all in all the trilogy was just ok for me.  Had some heartwarming moments, but the novellas got less and less interesting as we went down the line.  😦

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