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-Letter T- The Red Scot #swirlromance #IRromance @aprilAtoZ #atozchallenge

T is for Turner (Twyla Turner)

The Red Scot (A Curvy Girls Club Novel #1)

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Synopsis
When Payton comes into Bradyn’s gym, she might not like all the fact that there are so many big muscular men there but she has been assured it is a safe space for her to work out. Payton has been dealing with the aftereffects to a trauma that happened in college. Years later, she still has panic attacks and is generally skittish and wary of men in general.

Bradyn is a heavyweight MMA fighter who owns a gym. While he might be a beast in the ring, he is tongue-tied when it comes to trying to speak to women. This is doubly true when the woman in question is the most beautiful woman he has seen. However, every time he tries to talk to Payton, it seems that he scares her.

Thankfully, Payton’s three best friends are there to help along the relationship and give Bradyn the encouragement he needs to break down Payton’s walls and win her heart.

Opinion
I bought this book based on the review from Coco of My Reading Nook 
I don’t think I have read another book where the heroine was so fearful of the hero because of his physique. Given what Payton experienced, I can understand. It was at a very impressionable time in her life that everything happened. Besides her issues with muscular men, Payton was strong, opinionated and usually told it like it was.

I LOVED LOVED Bradyn. When she first walked into his gym, it was a wrap. He was down for the count. LITERALLY. When he worked up the nerve to talk to Payton, he was too cute, stumbling over his words because he was too nervous when trying to speak to her. Never mind the fact that when he would frown at his internal dialogue, Payton was misinterpreting it.

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Because of their respective communication issues, I am glad that Payton’s friends were perceptive enough to help them along. It was not that Payton was giving him mixed signals. She was giving no signal at all. However, they could see that there was a lot of potential if she would open up and give him a chance.

I loved her friends so much, I had friend envy. I especially liked the fact that they could call each other out on whatever they had issues with because nothing was off limits. I wish I lived closer to my besties so that we could go to lunch every weekend and talk about everything under the sun.

When Bradyn and Payton finally come together, I was cheering for both of them. Oh yea, he knew what he was doing. What Payton did not have in experience, she made up for it in enthusiasm.

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I do agree with other reviews that the villain/conflict was predictable. That was fine with me because all I really cared about was Bradyn and Payton getting their HEA. And the epilogue…BE STILL MY BEATING HEART. Because I am geeky girl too, it touched a special place in my heart. I loved it that much.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY. I believe this entire series will be a BUY for me and I am very excited.

Book details
Series: A Curvy Girls Club Novel
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 (it was slow getting started though)
Print Length: 269 pages
Publisher: Novels with Curves (November 18, 2016)
Publication Date: November 18, 2016

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-Letter S- Right to Bear Arms @aprilAtoZ #atozchallenge #bearshifter #romance 

S is for Savage (Vivienne Savage)

The Right to Bear Arms

Synopsis

Russell (Russ) is A bear shifter and retired from the army. He is also a widower. He keeps to himself because he still feels guilty that his wife died while he was far away on missions. He is going through the motions in living life.

Daniela is his neighbor and she has some problems of her own. She divorced her ex-husband after living with domestic abuse. She thought she was away from the situation, but her ex recently found out where she lives and is terrorizing her.

Opinion
This is a sweet bear shifter romance. I love how they interacted together. The romance part just happens. Nothing seemed forced or contrived.

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Daniela was empowered woman who was able to get out of a relationship with and abusive man. The author subtly made the point why it is so important not to put blinders on when seeing a distressing situation between an abuser in the victim. Supporting the victim can, in some cases, save a life.
I do not see this as a rebound romance because she was divorced and she knew that there wasn’t any love in her relationship with her ex-husband. I do not think this was a case of falling in love with the person who saved her because Russ helped her have tools to save herself. She was not sitting and waiting for someone to help her.

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TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY. This was very entertaining and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. ?

Book details
Print Length: pages
Series: Wild Operatives
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥

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-Letter R- Stavros Returns #tigershifter #IRromance #review @aprilAtoZ #atozchallenge



R is for Rose (
Dahlia Rose)

Army Beast Resurrection: Stavros Returns 



Synopsis
Although surviving an IED blast, Stavros, a tiger shifter, was severely wounded. He made his way to Alaska nursing these injuries. He does not contact his team because he thinks he is too damaged. While in Alaska, he meets Amari.

Amari is a fun loving sweet nurse falls hard for Stavros. She has to make him understand that she does not care about his scars. When Amari’s past threatened her life, Stavros needs to call his old team to help him before it is too late.

Opinion
The story was the standard beauty and the beast trope.

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I thought it was entertaining even though the villain was super predictable. The story was short and not heavy on character development. The story was a standalone romance but I think if you read the other books in the series, it will help you understand Stavros’ character.

I did not read the other books, but I did think it was necessary for Stavros to swallow a lot of pride when he has to ask his brothers for help. I knew he would since that was essential to the plot.

The story loses a heart ❤️ because it could have benefited from an editor. A few examples include: Kindle location 469 (you’re and your) 758 (finding and funding) and 784 (in and on).

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TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
Borrow. I think the story was too short and as mentioned the typos need to be corrected. This is a book I’m paying for, not a text message that I am trying to decipher.

Book details
Series: Army Beasts
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥

Print Length: 51 pages

-Letter P – REKINDLED @AprilAtoZ #atozchallenge #firefighterromance

P is for Paige (Paige Tyler)

REKINDLED (Dallas Fire & Rescue)

Synopsis
Jax is a firefighter who just saves his best friend’s sister from a hotel fire. He thinks Skye is sexy but did not make a move because he fears what his best friend would do to him.

Skye is trying to start a new business in her hometown while trying to steer clear of her overbearing brother. She convinces Jax to help her when she needs a place to stay. While in close proximity, their emotions reveal feelings that they have had for each other for years but never before acted on them.

Opinion
This is my kind of book! My favorite trope is friends to lovers!
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Jax and Skye were not besties, but friendly to each other. I still count this as a friends-to-lovers story because they knew each other for a long time before they got together. Plus they knew each other on a level outside of the romance. I believe this will contribute to a higher level of relationship success.

While I don’t mind violence (not gratuitous) in the story, I did not want Jax and Skye to have any conflict. The stalker aspect of the story was a bit over the top for me considering how sweet their love story was. I felt traumatized, like I had been the one kidnapped.
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Other than that, the story flowed well. Skye’s brother Dane was super protective, but knew when to back off. Once they got together, he was pretty accepting of their whole romance. I hope the author has plans to write his story in a future book. It will be on my TBR list.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY. Jax is a HOTTIE FIREFIGHTER. Need I say anything else?

Book details
Print Length: 167 pages
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
Series: Dallas Fire & Rescue
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥

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-Letter N- Big Bear Daddy #bearshifter #romance @AprilAtoZ #atozchallenge

N is for Nowlan (Anya Nowlan)

Big Bear Daddy (Sweetwater Father Bears Book 1)

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Synopsis

Jessy is looking for her sister and niece. Knowing that her sister has gotten into some trouble, she wants to help anyway she knows how. Her search leads her to Colt.

Colt is sheriff in the town where Jessy’s sister left her baby Lana. After fostering her for almost a year, he decides to adopt. Deciding it was best, Colt moves to Wyoming to live among his bear shifter clan to raise his daughter.

Opinion

The story was basic. I think it was predictable. I figured out who was the villain before he was revealed in the story.

I felt like the story had an awkward quality as Jessy and Colt tried to figure out how they were going to proceed with custody of Lana. It is a good thing that they had enough chemistry to get together, instead of just hooking up.

I think the story would have benefited from more character development. Everyone seems bland and two dimensional.

I did not think that the bear shifter aspect added to the story. The author could have easily left that out and the story would have not been much different.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BORROW. I liked the story but something was missing for me to get excited about it.

Book details
Series: Sweetwater Father Bears
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 121 pages
Publication Date: November 3, 2016

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