Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews


From Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author, the thrilling conclusion to her Hidden Legacy series, as Nevada and Rogan grapple with a power beyond even their imagination…

Nevada Baylor can’t decide which is more frustrating—harnessing her truthseeker abilities or dealing with Connor “Mad” Rogan and their evolving relationship. Yes, the billionaire Prime is helping her navigate the complex magical world in which she’s become a crucial player—and sometimes a pawn—but she also has to deal with his ex-fiancée, whose husband has disappeared, and whose damsel-in-distress act is wearing very, very thin.

Rogan faces his own challenges, too, as Nevada’s magical rank has made her a desirable match for other Primes. Controlling his immense powers is child’s play next to controlling his conflicting emotions. And now he and Nevada are confronted by a new threat within her own family. Can they face this together? Or is their world about to go up in smoke?


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Kris☆☆☆☆☆
Book #3 and some great stuff happens here! While the action slowed down a tad in this book, I still couldn't get enough of Nevada and Connor (aka Mad Rogan). Their chemistry is off the charts hot and Nevada always gives Connor a run for his money by not bending every time he expects her to! Their push and pull is perfection!

Connor's ex-fiancée, Rynda, comes to Nevada's firm because her husband is kidnapped. After Rynda's mother was found to be one of the co-conspirators in the treachery surrounding the Primes, Rynda is left in a magical exile. No one will touch her or her problems. Nevada is her last chance to find her husband, hopefully safe. Of course, as things become clear about Rynda's husband and his playing both sides, Rynda makes her play to get Connor back. This adds a nice edge of jealousy to the mix and I loved Nevada's inner thoughts and emotions playing out in the story. All the while the Baylor family is trying to make themselves into a Prime House and the trials, along with the alignments of other houses and politics of magic, this book gets into the thick of the hierarchy of the magic families and their alliances. We delve into the hidden talents of Nevada's sisters and cousins as they have to show their magical abilities. I'm really enjoying the world building and the characters emerging as friend or foe. Classic Andrews style!! Bring me #4!!


Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
I’ve been hooked on this series from the start and I devoured this third story in a single sitting as soon as it hit my Kindle. I love Nevada more and more with each book. In this third book, Nevada is calculated, fearless, and a little bit ruthless. Nevada grew into her powers in book two, and this time she is confident and poised as a Head of House making difficult decisions to keep her family safe.

I really enjoyed watching Nevada and Connor Rogan’s relationship develop in this story. Nevada establishes herself as Connor’s equal in the second book but in this story the two work to establish a balance between them and boundaries that allow Nevada her independence while satisfying Connor’s need to protect her. Connor’s gorgeous ex-girlfriend adds an interesting twist here and I loved the way Nevada dealt with the situation.

Nevada’s family might be my favourite part of these books. Before, we’ve seen glimpses of the magic powers her sisters and cousins possess but as the application to become a House progresses, we get to see them in action. I love the huge personalities in Nevada’s family and I really enjoy their underdog status. We get more of Nevada’s paternal family history in this book and both of Nevada’s grandmothers continue to entertain.

I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m going to end my review here. This series just keeps getting better and it is becoming one of my all time favourite Urban Fantasy series. (I just wish they could sort out the covers). I love these books so much and I can’t wait for the next one.


Rachael☆☆☆☆☆
I seriously hope we get more Nevada and Connor. I absolutely LOVE this couple. They quickly became not just one of my favorite paranormal couples, but my number one favorite couple. I love how strong they are individually, yet how much they put on the line when it comes to love and family. There is so much about this couple and their adventures that just snags me and drags me in each and every time I pick up one of their stories. The way they banter is hilarious and heartwarming at the same time. They couldn't be more perfectly matched. Connor breaks my heart because of what he's dealt with and how hard it has made him, but he simply melts for Nevada. I love it. Did I say that yet? I do. FAVORITE COUPLE.

Now let's not forget the super action-packed plot and the handful of sexy scenes. However, and this is shocking, the sexy scenes really only made me fall in love with them more because they are so lovable already it's fun getting that little peek into such private moments between such a power couple.

Nevada has grown so much through the series that at the end of this one you can't help but want to jump up and shout in support for her as she steps up and truly becomes the head of her house and faces the hard decisions. And then there is Connor, big, mean, Connor who is willing to tear his own heart out because he feels it is what is best for her. *melt*

See. I just can't put into words how much I've loved this series and these characters. Heck, even the secondary characters were amazing!


Jordan☆☆☆☆☆
I have enjoyed every book I've picked up from this author and especially the Hidden Legacy trilogy, which I'm obsessed with. Andrews keeps you in suspense and continues to crank up the heat with her characters, which is why we all can't get enough of Connor and Nevada. This author duo has a way of drawing you in and keeping you hooked to the very last page!

In Andrews' third installment, Nevada and Connor once again combine forces in order to navigate their way around messy House politics and find a way to help Rynda, Connor's ex fiancée, discover who might be behind her husband's kidnapping before it's too late.

Wildfire, book #3, was just as addictive as the previous two books and I could not put it down. I feel like book #3 has given me so many answers to all those burning questions I've had about Nevada's family history, but I still wanna know more. I hope Andrews' publisher might take pity on us and give us some more books because I could even live with a spin-off – I'm just not quite ready to say goodbye to all these phenomenal characters and the world of Primes! I've come to adore the whole Baylor family and I've really enjoyed seeing how Nevada has grown into her abilities. Although the Hidden Legacy series is only contracted for three books I will continue to hold out hope for more!

Another 5-star read for Ilona Andrews' Hidden Legacy series.


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Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) They have co-authored two New York Times and USA Today bestselling series—the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge—and are working on the next volumes for both. They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

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Misconduct by Samantha Kane


The Birmingham Rebels play both sides of the field, proving that the hottest action isn’t always in the arena.

Rookie running back Tom Kelly loves the perks of football stardom. Men, women—there’s no shortage of companionship for a pro athlete who’s hot, young, and willing, and Tom is definitely willing. But deep down he wants a committed three-way relationship, especially if the female in the middle is Carmina de la Cruz. The undeniably sexy Army veteran may not say much, but her body speaks loud and clear.

After a traumatic tour in Afghanistan, Carmina is struggling to regain her speech and rebuild her life. More than anything, she wants to feel like a woman again. Tom may be a wholesome All-American, but he knows just how she needs to be touched—and he’s not the only Rebel who arouses her interest. With his scorching intensity, Tom’s best friend leaves her wondering if two players might be better than one.

Danny Smith is no stranger to his team’s kinky reputation. He gave in to temptation once, but he’s not going down that road again. Sure, Carmina’s curves promise pleasure, but her eyes guarantee it comes with baggage—and Danny has enough of his own. Still, giving up control can feel so good. And when it comes to everything Danny craves, Carmina and Tom make the perfect team.

Misconduct is intended for mature audiences.


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Erica☆☆☆☆
4 Steamy stars.

I haven't read Samantha Kane for the better part of a decade, only having read the first in the Brothers in Arms series. I decided to read this on a whim, even knowing it's the fourth in a series. While I did struggle during the first few chapters, due to name-dropping and rehashing previous plot points, once I got a feel for the characters, I was able to read Misconduct as a standalone. However, I will be going back to the first of the series and reading onward, and I suggest doing the same. While it wasn't difficult as a standalone, I do believe the emotional punch would be stronger if read as a series instead.

Carmina, I related with the woman. She is a very deep character, suffering from trauma via IED, with only Sam and her surviving the attack. She's grieving the loss of her fellow soldiers, making strides during therapy, all the while silently mourning the loss of a potential partner. The insecurity, the feeling of her body not functioning as it should, leaves her feeling less than sexy, to the point it's impossible to climax. Carmina is sweet, strong, and caring, a good friend and a giving lover/partner.

Tom is the boy-next-door, who I assume in previous books looks a bit like a player/cad/tomcat. The bisexual man from the Midwest is exploring his newfound nature with great zeal. He's a sweetie, caring and giving, exactly the softer nature Carmina needs at first. But he's young, just now coming into his confidence.

Danny has issues, which I assume were explored in previous titles in the series. This book hits on the highlights, so it was without confusion, however it made for less of an emotional punch. More of a retelling vs an in-the-now emotional response. He's a strong character, just like Carmina, but he gets in his own way.

Without giving away plot points, the three of them come together, while unconventional, it works for all of them, drawing out what was always beneath the surface. Tom gains a rush of confidence, finally developing into the strong man he was always meant to become. He's the rock, the connector of the triad. The solid, stable one whose worth is tied to giving, taking care of those he loves, and being in control. Tom is the partner, best friend, and lover both Danny and Carmina need.

Misconduct was the perfect escape from everyday life, giving a few stolen hours of steaminess, while opening the eyes of the reader to new experiences and ways of life. Nothing felt forced or instantaneous (other than lust), the evolution fluid, humorous, and sensual. While this is most certainly erotic material, there is definitely a lot of emotions and character development on the pages.

After struggling in the beginning, I'm glad I continued on, and I look forward to starting the series from the beginning, seeing the evolution and journey of these characters and those who were name-dropped.

Highly recommend for fans of ménage.


Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This book takes Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and its associated issues and puts it front and center of this story. Don’t get me wrong, the romance is to die for, but the story within the story is what sets this book apart.

Carmina just wants to be normal, or as normal as she can be. Her TBI affects her speech as well as emotions. Luckily, she has a service dog that senses when she becomes overwhelmed. What she wants more than anything is have someone, someone to lean on, to be a part of something larger than herself.

Carmina likes Tom, he’s sweet and kind. Danny, on the other hand, is strong and a bit aloof. Tom wants Carmina, she sees him for him not just the football player and current man about town. Tom also wants Danny but he knows that with Danny’s issues, that is one man he may never have.

Danny is conflicted. How can he want something so much yet be repulsed at the same time? He wants the domination, the feeling of helplessness that being restrained would give him, but all he sees is the image of his best friend being assaulted.

Carmina, Tom, and Danny must trust each other to build a life that their issues can’t overcome.



Sarah☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars

Carmina’s story was everything I’d hoped for. After surviving a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan, the Army vet is struggling with PTSD and slowly regaining her speech. In book three, she was Sam’s Army friend but here she makes a fabulous leading lady. As with all the lucky ladies in this series, Carmina has two professional football players eager to help her get her confidence back.

Danny and Tom aren’t quite as interesting as Carmina. This series has a formula and by the fourth book it is pretty set. Danny and Tom are teammates and best friends but both would secretly like more. Danny is bi-curious but a bit nervous, Tom is more adventurous but afraid of scaring off his best friend. It may be a formula but it works and the chemistry between these three is very hot.

This isn’t a complicated story but it is very sexy and the characters are engaging and likeable. These three add a little bit of kink into their play, which is also fun. This story is probably more erotica than romance but it is well written and I did enjoy watching Carmina regain her confidence and Danny become comfortable with his sexuality.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars of sinful sexiness!

This is the fourth book in the series, and I would highly recommend that you read them in order. This installment has a number of references to previous events which have an impact on the storyline. That said, this is a cracking read in its own right.

The Rebels are a team where non-standard relationships are the norm. This makes for some loosening of the usual boundaries, but doesn't mean that normal is frowned upon either. Danny is a man who kept quiet about something and has felt guilty ever since. He is also a man who discovered that he liked being held down by another man whilst with a woman. Neither of these things sit right with him, and for me, the resolution of these issues was a huge part of the story. Sure, Carmen is fighting to regain herself after her brain injury, but she is much more attuned with herself and her desires than Danny is. Tom, on the other hand, is very clear about what he wants and will do anything to achieve it...

I loved every bit of this book – it had a really good element of sport in it and the issues that the players face in one game in particular. It reminds us of previous relationships and how they continue to thrive, and it gives us three individuals who together can be more for each other than apart.

Thank you, Ms. Kane.


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Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl. With a master’s degree in American history, she spent seven years as a high school history teacher before becoming a full-time writer and mom.

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Tempestuous Trio by Lola White


She couldn’t decide between them…

Orchid O’Neal is in love with two men. When Clint Bollinger, the man she’d thought she’d marry, leaves her behind at the Double O with Lowell Meeks, the boy she’s loved since childhood, she goes a little wild. Her outrageous behavior is shocking—and dangerous. Clint must return to set her straight and save her from herself, but when the three friends come together again, they realize that there was only one choice all along.

Reader Advisory: This book contains voyeurism.

Publisher's Note: This book is linked to The Double O Saga but is a standalone story.


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Rachael☆☆☆☆
While I don't normally read historical books, I decided to pick this one up because first off, it was a ménage and I love those kind of stories, but also because I'd read Salacious Sale and loved it.

This was a quick story to read about a woman who is madly in love with two men. The two men have a different kind of love for each other, but it is still very strong and they don't want to hurt one another in any way.

It was interesting to see how Lowell handled his pain at being left behind by his friend compared to how Orchid handled it.

The way the trio came together was sexy. I loved that the two men could talk about a situation that was highly unusual, but something they both wanted to experience. Although, I did feel like the whole reason for Clint returning was awkward, the rest of the story was pretty good.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is a short read, but one which packs a punch. It is set in the past, but really other than references to the saloon, it could have been last week.

If you like ménage relationships, and seeing how they develop, then you will enjoy this quick foray into the minds of three people who all love each other, but don't for a minute consider that they could all be together. Luckily fate (aka the author) intervenes and they get their hearts' desire.

Hot, sweet, and satisfying!


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I’ve always been a storyteller, just as I’ve always been an avid reader. I love stories that twist reality at its edges, and adore new takes on old myths and legends. I’ve travelled extensively, which has given me the opportunity to hear many legends from many cultures and I make use of these in my stories as often as possible.

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One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley


They couldn't be more opposite, the Hollywood actor and the hometown girl, but all they need is a little convention magic to become the perfect ship in Cathy Yardley's One True Pairing.

Jake Reese needs a decoy girlfriend. Fast. The lead actor of the popular TV show, Mystics, is tired of losing his shirt to overeager fans. Literally. Which is why a chance meeting with gothabilly bookworm-slash-barista Hailey Frost seems almost too perfect to be true. Hailey is not impressed with his TV fame and is desperate to save her family's bookstore. It's a match made in Hollywood, but as the two pretend to date, fan fiction becomes reality. Can this OTP become canon?

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Jake and Hailey make a strange couple. Jake is an up and coming actor. However, he has a family life that is less than ideal. His father is meddlesome and annoying, but I like how Jake was able to handle his own situations.

Hailey is running from something – but you don't really know what until you've delved into the story. She has a family who adore her and they would do anything for each other. Even though she is running herself ragged to keep her sisters and business alive, she isn't too proud to ask for help either.

When Jake and Hailey first meet, it's definitely a scene out of a movie – girl saves guy, guy is attractive and girl is pretty and sweet. However, as you read more into their story, you see that there is so much more to their characters.

I can't wait to see if the other members in this story get their own. It was sweet, funny and fairytale-like.



Cathy Yardley is the author of the Fandom Hearts series, starting with Level Up, and needs to get out more. When not writing, she's usually lurking on social media, playing Fallout 4, or watching D-list movies and adding to her unnatural mental store of character-actor trivia. She's a fangirl of Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, LOTR, and too many others to name. She lives with her family in Seattle. They are considering performing an intervention for her addiction to pop culture.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Erotic Experiments by Katie Allen


Science geek Claire spends most days in the confines of her laboratory, safely avoiding humans. So her world is sent into a sexy tailspin when a rare night out at the club starts with a game of Avoid Your Handsy Boss and ends with getting rescued by the most perfect male specimen she's ever seen.

Bouncer Ed can't get enough of Claire, or of watching his "little mouse" let loose when he touches her. Saving her once was easy, even fun. But his fiercely protective nature goes into overdrive when Claire's determination to reveal what's really going on in the lab endangers both their lives.

Being on the run isn't enough to keep Claire's hands off her beautiful protector, or to stop them from falling in love. But it isn't long before Claire discovers Ed is hiding a shocking secret of his own…

Publisher’s Note: Previously published as Experimenting with Ed.

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Mary Jo☆☆☆
The story premise is a good one, but somehow it just fell flat to me. Claire is a shy, nerdy lab assistant who meets Ed, the bouncer at the bar where her boss is trying to sexually harass her. Ed defends Claire and walks her home.

Something about Ed appeals to Claire and she can't stop thinking about him. Then someone tries to run her down with a car and set her apartment on fire. Ed is there for her, like a superhero.

There is a lot of action in just a few days, but we don't learn much about Claire's background, family, friends, or Ed's other than he has one friend named Darwin. Perhaps book two will have more answers than questions.


Rachael☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 Stars

I have to say that the beginning of this book was a bit odd. Well, not the very beginning, but the first few times we meet Ed I wasn't sure I liked him. He was... well, he was a bit creepy. However, the more we get to know him the more I really liked him. I felt like he had so much that we didn't get to see underneath his tough exterior. He's been through a lot and it's obvious that there is much to come in the series about what he and the other soldiers have been through.

Claire is a bit odd for not completely freaking out on Ed, but then again, she is a dork in her own mind and words, so it worked for me. She is silly and the complete opposite to the oh-so-serious Ed. It's cute watching her learn little tidbits about Ed and what he can do. Her reactions are awesome and made me love her. She's an oddball and it's always nice to see when an author can pull the silly/sweet/intelligent combination off.

The book is definitely action packed with some cute moments. While we don't necessarily get a ton of background on Claire, there is a reason why we don't with Ed... and it really didn't matter to me. We got to see our characters connect in ways that I didn't need to know their past because their present was enough of a connection to forgo it in my opinion.

I can't wait to see where this series goes for sure. There is a lot still to find out about the men and their situation.


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Claire is a geek. She works hard in a lab, loves her rats, and knows right from wrong. So, when her boss becomes a little too handsy after work one night, she gets out of there. Ed comes to her rescue and from then on, they are inseparable.

Ed is a strange character and I had a very difficult time connecting with him. He is blunt, stern, and very unemotional. He sees Claire from afar and just knows that he has to know her. He is intense and, despite his demeanor, ends up being kind of a giant teddy bear.

Claire is on the run from her boss and Ed is there, on the run from his own past. You catch a glimpse of his past, but are not really given very many details.

This was action packed and a short read. I wish that we had seen more of a conclusion, but overall, I really enjoyed this story. I can't wait to see what else this series will bring.



Katie Allen is the fabulously filthy-minded alter ego of romantic-suspense author Katie Ruggle. She lived in an off-grid solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (target shooting only, since killing anything other than paper makes her ugly-cry), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the police academy, Katie is a self-professed forensics nerd. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a badass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.

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Where I Need to Be by Jamie Hollins Blog Tour


When heroin stole James Foley’s wife and destroyed his marriage, he poured all his energy into raising his young son and running his auto garage. There’s no room in his life for anything else until Megan McKenna walks into his shop. He finds it impossible to resist the sexy school teacher.

After an ugly divorce, Megan lost her home, her job, and a big chunk of her self-respect. With her posh lifestyle now a memory, she starts over by indulging in an unexpected fling with a hard-bodied mechanic.

What begins as something casual turns into something meaningful. But how can their relationship survive when it’s built on half-truths?

James and Megan soon discover that being honest with themselves is just as important as being honest with each other. Only then will their relationship fire on all cylinders.

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Even over the wailing guitar of an old Chevelle song, James had no trouble hearing a deep rumbling and god-awful clanking outside the closed bay doors. After dusting off his hands on a shop rag, he turned down the radio in time to hear a car door slam shut.

It was half past eight o’clock on a Friday night. The shop was officially closed. He had half a mind to stay put and let whomever was out there figure that out on their own.

But when he heard the distinct clacking of high heels across his front parking lot, he changed his mind. Not because he knew it was a woman. More because he was hopeful it was one particular woman.

Reaching the front office door, he peered outside to see Megan McKenna scribbling furiously across a scrap of paper. Even in the partial darkness, he could see she was concentrating hard, biting her lower lip as she wrote the note. Something about her biting her lip sent all his blood rushing below his belt.

Jesus, he felt like he was in high school again. He had no idea what type of spell this woman had cast over him, but he found himself thinking about her too often. And looking at her now, he really didn’t have to wonder why that was.

She was fucking gorgeous.

She had the most gloriously long legs he’d ever seen, made even longer by her black patent leather heels. The remnants of the day’s light made Megan’s red cardigan and matching shirt glow above her tight black skirt. He was starting to think he was getting a thing for cardigans too.

Before he started to drool on the glass, he quickly unlocked the deadbolt and opened the door. Megan looked up, startled.

“Oh, my gosh,” she breathed. “You scared the crap out of me.”

“Sorry. Didn’t mean to scare you.”

That was true, but he liked the way her cheeks got all flushed.

She smiled. “I wasn’t sure what time you closed. When I saw the times on the door, I was going to leave my keys with a note in your drop box. I parked my car over there.” She turned and pointed to her Accord. It was kind of hard to miss. “I was on my way home from work and something broke, so I drove straight here.”

She sounded exhausted.

“What exactly happened to it?” he asked, stepping from the doorway and walking toward the car.

“I had just pulled out of the parking lot and made it about a block before I hit a pothole, and I heard this really loud bang followed by a high-pitched scraping sound. I couldn’t see anything out the back window, and it seemed like all my gauges were okay, so I continued driving.” She stopped beside where he knelt to look under the back of the car. “Within two blocks there was another awful sound, then all of sudden my car sounded like a helicopter.”

James knew even before he looked at it what had happened. “Your muffler fell off.”

Megan sighed. “Is that bad?”

He looked up at her from where he stooped on the pavement—trying not to check out her legs—and nodded. He stood up, dusting off his hands on his thighs. “I’m gonna have to order you a new muffler. I can probably have it here by Tuesday.”

His eyes got caught on where she was biting her lower lip again. “How much is that going to cost me?”

He pulled his gaze away from her lips and saw the worry in her expression. “You’re looking at anywhere between two hundred to two fifty for parts and labor.”

She looked back at her car and sighed. “I guess there’s no way around it, so go ahead. Do you need me to fill out any paperwork?”

“No. But I’ll need your keys.”

She dropped her keys into his grease-stained hands. “Thanks, Mr. Foley. Just give me a call whenever it’s done.”

She heaved her purse up her shoulder before giving him a tired smile and wave. James was too busy watching her walk away when he suddenly realized that she planned to walk home by herself.

“Megan,” he yelled. When she turned toward him, he asked, “How far is your place from here?”

“Oh, it’s just a few blocks. No biggie.”

She had just started to turn back toward the sidewalk when he had a completely stupid idea.

“I was about ready to head home for the night. How about I give you a ride?”

She regarded him for a moment before saying, “You know, after the day I’ve had, I think I’ll take you up on that.”




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary☆☆☆☆
Megan McKenna thought she had the perfect life, that is, until she walks in on her husband with another woman. Now that the divorce is over, she is putting her life back together, has a job teaching second grade starting the coming school year, and she just got accepted as a roommate. And hopefully the guy at Foley's Garage can fix the car she bought since it has a lot of problems.

James Foley has worked as a mechanic for as long as he can remember. He bought the garage from his dad when he was ready to retire and business is good. When Megan Dempsey shows up with a deadbeat car, he can't believe her rich husband would let her drive anything like that. So he will fix what needs fixing on her car and tell her what can wait and maybe he can learn her story.

As James and Megan get to know each other better and the attraction grows, they try the casual dating but both want more without pushing the other.

Can Megan make James see that she wants him and she is not trying to hide him from her family? Will James be ready for more of a relationship with Megan? Will they tell Cade, James' son, about them dating? Can they make a second time for them both work out?

I have loved this series and I thought The Best Part of Me (book 1) with Ewan and Quinn was my favorite but after reading this one, I think Megan and James is now my top favorite.

So if you are looking for a great series with love, heartbreak, laughter, and family, then this series is for you, so sit back and enjoy!


Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
This is a fantastic conclusion to a great series. In the first two books, Megan was this sister/cousin who moved away, built a perfect life for herself, and did everything right. In this book, Megan is still living away from her family but she finds herself rebuilding her life after a nasty divorce – a divorce she can’t quite bring herself to tell her family about. And no one is more surprised than Megan when the former ice princess finds herself falling for James, a single dad and local mechanic.

This is possibly a more reflective story than the first two. The author has captured the relief, fear, and self-loathing that anyone who has been through a divorce will immediately recognise. Both James and Megan bring baggage to a new relationship, but there is also joy in this story as Megan discovers her inner strength and creates a new and independent life for herself. I loved watching Megan go a little wild as she explored her freedom – Megan on the back of James’ bike, Megan at a rock concert, Megan hosting Thanksgiving for the staff at a tattoo shop – she’s an inspiring female lead and I really loved her.

Both James and Megan are wary of relationships. James’ priority is his son and Megan is focused on building a life for herself. But these two are brilliant together. There are a couple of seriously sexy scenes in this story but it is probably lower heat than the first two. I enjoyed the believable hook-up to happily ever after storyline and I really enjoyed the slow, sweet romance between Megan and James.

Readers need to read Megan’s brother Sean’s story in book two before starting this one. I was only able to understand Megan’s overwhelming fear of disappointing her parents because I’d seen Sean’s interactions with their parents in the first book. Sean’s perception of Megan’s life and Megan’s reality are miles apart and I really enjoyed the way the author explores sibling and parent/child relationships across these two books.

For me, the only thing that let this story down was the sickly sweet series epilogue at the end. These ‘few years later’ scenes are now expected at the end of any m/f romance series but I hated seeing such interesting characters (especially Darcy from the second book) forced into a bland, suburban, and domestic happily ever after.


Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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James and Megan are both starting over in a way. James had a rough start to his family. Despite having an amazing child, a son, he is still hurting over the fact that his wife turned to drugs and wasn't able to kick the habit.

Megan is a teacher who has never really struggled for anything. However, now that she finds herself on her own, without money, without a husband, and seeing what truly makes her happy, she is a little gun shy when it comes to relationships.

This was just an okay story for me. I liked that the characters weren't super young. I also liked that the characters had baggage and knew how to have adult conversations.

Overall, this was a sweet story and it was a quick read.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the third in the series, and whilst you could read it as a standalone (in my opinion) there are references to the previous couples, particularly towards the end of the book.

In this installment the focus is on Megan McKenna, who we met very briefly before, and who is married to a hot shot in Chicago. However, we very soon learn that is no longer the case, and she has fallen on hard times. She is inevitably struggling with her new normal, in as much as it was unexpected, but she is clearly a well-educated and self-sufficient woman.

James owns his own garage, and has worked on Megan's car before, so he is a little surprised to find her driving a beaten up old car. Until he finds out about the divorce... thanks to her ex-husband coming into the garage at the same time. She is, however, completely out of his league.

Fate has other ideas, and we get to experience a budding relationship, from both sides, as both struggle to deny the attraction, and remain casual. It is at times funny, but mostly rather sad, that two lovely people have been so damaged by spouses in the past that they are so reserved. As in many situations, communication would have saved a lot of heart ache, but that is what romance readers thrive on... and a good dose of hot and steamy passion – which these two are not shy of either!

The epilogue is both satisfying and leads one to think of what comes next too – which is both perfect and infuriating (in a good way!).

A satisfying and chemistry laden romance, with some great side characters such as Abel and Callie, and a brilliantly named guy called Poe!


Also Available in the McKenna Series

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Jamie Hollins was born and raised in rural Northeast Ohio. After graduate school, she embarked on a perilous career in Human Resources where she met plenty of real life characters. When she’s not writing or chasing after her toddler, she enjoys reading and golfing. Jamie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their dog, Winston.

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