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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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Fae Spark #review #amreading

Fae Spark 

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Synopsis
Eero is a fae man that is ready to choose his companion to have his children. In this world, fae choose human women to bear their children. This is an enviable position for most women because having a fae child means that they will be taken care of and be able to live in luxury the rest of their lives. Fae men usually choose their consort based on looks alone, but Eero also wants someone who he believes will genuinely love and care for their children.
Liana is a human woman and the chosen consort of Eero. She does not want to be chosen by any fae to be a consort. Mainly she believes that she is not the skin tone or body shape that could attract any fae man.

Opinion
The story started really strong and I was drawn into the world that the author created. But (and you know I am about to let the other shoe drop now) Liana was a tremendously stubborn woman. It was draining.

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She signed the contract to accept Eero and be his consort, but then she spends the majority of the book resisting him. She knew she thought he was attractive, but she acted like she had to fight the impulse at every turn.

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I could tell that she had low self-esteem because she did not believe that someone who looked like her could attract someone who looked like him. There were some mentions of her skin tone and body size as if she had a complex because of her looks. Eero thought they belonged together, but I felt that she did not deserve him.

Do not get me wrong, I am all for the big brown girl to get the hunky hotty.

However, in this case, it was infuriating to me that she would repeatedly be overly negative to him when he was trying to get her to understand why he thought there was a connection. How much disses can one guy take? If she could only get it through her thick head that he was not with her just to have a baby!

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TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
If the story had stopped after the first few chapters, I would have said unequivocally BUY. But with the rest of the story, you might find it as tiresome as I did. I kept reading because I was hoping it would get better. There were some interesting side plot lines that peaked my interest, but I am not sure it was enough to make up for Liana’s bad attitude.

Book details
Series: Mates of the Fae
Publisher: Hard Candies Publishing; 2 edition (May 5, 2016)
Publication Date: May 5, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

 

When Time Stops #Dragon #Shifter #Romance #review

When Time Stops: Dragon Shifter Surprise Pregnancy Romance

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Synopsis
Aeon is a time dragon living in France. His brothers tricked him out of protecting the family’s lair and treasure for the year. He decides he will use the time to travel. At his first stop, he visits on of the family’s many night clubs. He meets Isobel and they have a one night stand.

Isobel is on her honeymoon vacation minus the groom. He left her at the altar. She is determined to have some fun. The hot and heavy attraction with Aeon fits the bill. After their night of fun, Isobel is kidnapped and made the prize in a dragon tournament.

Aeon usually avoids these tournaments because he thinks they are too barbaric for modern times, but he enters because he feels that he owes it to Isobel to win her freedom.

Opinion
This book brought the dragon heat early! From the moment they saw each other in the night club, I could feel the intensity of their connection radiate off the page.

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I still don’t understand how a time dragon can bend time, but it worked for the story.
Isobel held her own despite everything her narcissistic mother, philandering fiance, and the whole kidnapping ordeal with a lot of horny dragons drooling over her.

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All the dragon fighting brought a medieval vibe to the story even though it happened in modern era. Throughout the different challenges, nothing goes totally as expected. There were even a few plot twists that threw me for a loop.

Like WHAAA?

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I am talking about things in addition to the surprise pregnancy. It is too cute when she tells him that she is pregnant. That makes me smile just thinking about it.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass
BUY. This book has everything for me. Love, action, dragons, strong heroine

Book details
Print Length: 405 pages
Series: Not that I could tell but I wish it was
Publication Date: August 14, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

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Alpha Geek #shifterRomance #amreading

Alpha Geek ♥♥♥

Synopsis
Scarlett is a lioness shifter and her lion says that Knox is her mate. The problem is that Knox is a human and Scarlett is afraid her lion will break his puny body.
When Knox is attacked and fighting for his life, a scientist injects him with a cocktail of alpha animal shifter DNA to try to save him. Not only does Knox survive, all his alpha animals agree that Scarlett is their chosen mate.

Opinion
While I understand Scarlett’s hesitation for not wanting to mate with Knox before his change, I wonder how a human man/female shifter couple is any different from a shifter man/female shifter combination. It seems that shifter men don’t have any issue with choosing a human female. Thinking logically, it would seem that it should go both ways.
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Before the change, Knox was cute. After the change, Knox was HAWT!!! Plus his potty mouth had no filter as he described in detail what he wanted to do to Scarlett.
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The story had a few inconsistencies in the plot line and that is the main reason why I did not give it a 4th heart. For instance, I had a hard time picturing the whole scene leading up to Knox’s attack. For someone who had a lot of security, how were they able to get away with it without having any witnesses?
Plus, the villain was so predictable that I could not understand how Knox did not see that coming. As much of a genius as he was supposed to be, he was kind of dumb at times.
In the end, Scarlett ends up being the delicate one in the relationship because Knox is a strong multi-animal alpha.

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TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY. Even with the plot issues and being a little corny at times, HOT ALPHA Knox’s dialogue makes up for it. I seriously had some weird (in a good way) dreams after reading this book.

Book details
Heat Level: Smokin with explicit language 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 115 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1537466178
Publisher: Latin Goddess Press Inc. (September 27, 2016)
Publication Date: September 27, 2016

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