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Mr. President

Mr. President (White House Book 1)by Katy Evans

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Overview by Amazon:

He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?

I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.

He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.

Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.

Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist.

We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt’s chance at the presidency on the line.

Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.

This book came out in the fall.  I must have been so wrapped up in the reality show of the campaign for President that I missed this book.  To be honest, I found this book hard to read at times.  It was nothing to do with the writing or the story.  It was a sadness because we are not living in normal times.  This book was like an alternative reality where the good guys win and the government isn’t a kakistocracy or kleptocracy.

What works well in this book is the writing.  Katy Evans alternates point of view which is very effective for understanding the relationship between Matt and Charlotte.  Charlotte has admired Matt and his father, the former president for years.  It would be so easy for this book to have transgressed into Fifty Shades of Grey territory with the ‘inner goddess’ subconscious comments.  Charlotte’s girlish remembrances are used effectively to further the plot and her commitment to the campaign, rather than detract from the story.

In my mind, I saw Matt like JFK Jr.  A charismatic and charming leader who is unfailing in his energy, passion and love of country.  Running as an Independent candidate, his bachelor status makes almost as much news as his platform.

Charlotte is the daughter of a Democrat Senator.  She is from the appropriate pool of women that Matt should be dating from, yet he remains single.  Many hot looks and late nights at the campaign office turn Matt and Charlotte into more than work colleagues and former children of politicians.  I totally enjoyed how they had to sneak around to be together and find moments alone to have some pretty passionate encounters.

What also works in this book is the campaign trail.  With the recent election so fresh for the world, the nuances of primaries, debates and campaign speeches, it was not foreign to read about it.  Anyone who watches the news knows how grueling the campaign trail can be and this book really highlights the rigors and stresses of the job.

There is a second book in the series, which I have not read yet, but will be getting to as soon as possible!  This book was really enjoyable and make me wistful for a man like Matt in the White House.

Top Ten Tuesday – Best of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  Each week features a different theme that can be applied to whatever genre of books you like to read.  This week the theme is the best books of 2015!  What a fun topic – and really hard!  I have read so many books this year and it has been hard to whittle the list down to ten (so there may be more!)  What is the best book you have read this year?

Hero by Samantha Young

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I loved this book!  It is on my all time top ten list!  The characters are fantastic, the sex is off the charts and the plot is wonderful!  I can’t say enough positive things about this book and how emotional it made me!

The Striker by Monica McCarty

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I have been in love with the Highland Guard since I picked up The Chief years ago!  This book was fantastic!  I adore Monica McCarty’s writing and the intense research she does for each book!  I highly recommend this series!

The Inevitable Series by Janet Nissenson

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I found this series this year and the WHOLE series kicks ass!  Sexy, smart and emotional the series has it all!  Janet Nissenson is a fantastic author and I can’t wait to read more from her!

Must Love Chainmail by Angela Quarles

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No one writes time travel as well as Angela Quarles!  Her first book, Must Love Breeches was amazing and the follow up was just as great!  She is hard at work on Must Love Kilts, which will be a MUST read for me!

A Stolen Season by Tamara Gill 

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Having a blog has introduced me to sub genres of romance books and one that I have really embraced is time travel.  This book by Tamara Gill has haunted me since I first read it!  It is just so good!  A mash up of historical/contemporary and time travel romance it has something for everyone!

Manwhore by Katy Evans

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This was a really great contemporary romance that has shades of Crossfire and FSOG.  Smart and sexy business man falls for the ingenue!  SEXY and hot!  Great story and really well written!

Chasing Fire Series by Ann Marie Walker and Amy K Rogers

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This series was fantastic!  Reunited young lovers, boardroom drama and off the charts sex!  That is not all however, the author have crafted wonderful characters and great plot!

Beauty From Pain series by Georgia Cates

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This is one of the only books on this list that was not published in 2015, but I discovered this author through the Sin Trilogy.  I LOVED this series and tore through the books!  It’s similar to Crossfire, but honestly, it’s better!!  Lots of sex, a hot Aussie and a singing angel!

Forbidden:  Her British Stepbrother by Lauren Smith

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Lauren Smith is outrageously talented!  Lawyer by day, author by night, she is fearless!  Lauren writes contemporary romance, historical romance, gothic novels and more!  While I have never really been interested in the stepbrother/sister genre, I couldn’t turn down an Lauren book.  I am SO glad I didn’t!  I have read the first two books in this series and I am DYING for the last one!  I need to know what happens!  Really, really great series and I highly recommend!

Sex, Love and Stiletto Series by Lauren Layne

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I found this author on Netgalley through her latest series, Oxford Novels, but I quickly consumed her backlist!  This series features sexy young professional ladies and the men they end up with!  What I love most about these books is that they are humorous, sexy and really well written!  Great male characters that make you think differently about office romances!

The Rogue You Know by Shana Galen

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I actually loved both books in the Covent Gardens series, but this one was based on my favourite Disney movie, so any chance to share it!  The story parallels the awesome movie Tangled, so you know you are getting a story with a strong female lead and a naughty gent!  Wonderful and consistent storytelling is Shana Galen’s strength!

Finding Fraser by kc dyer

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I know this isn’t the typical book I review here, but this book was just amazing!  The whole time I read it, I just kept thinking – why didn’t I think of this concept??  The heroine ditches her life to head to Scotland to find her own Jamie Fraser.  Ummm….YES!  Hilarious, sweet and sometimes sad, this book is like a Bridget Jones diary, a dash of Julie and Julia and of course, Outlander!  If you are a fan of the book or the series, than you need to read this book!

Hannah and the Highlander by Sabrina York

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I just got the next book in this series and I am so excited to read it over the holidays!  Sexy highlander, a strong lass and a passion that burns!  If you are a fan of kilts, then this is a great book to read!

Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeanette Grey

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This is a great book!  It’s not YA, but they are young characters.  It is set in the most romantic city in the world, Paris.  But what happens in Paris, doesn’t stay in Paris.  Seven nights and days spent in the city turn the characters lives upside down.  I loved going along on this whirlwind adventure!

Top Ten Tuesday – Duos

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new theme to apply to whatever genre of books you like to read.  This week’s theme is great!  If you could get authors to write books together, who would you pair up?

I think this is perfect because one of the series I am reading right now is by two wonderful authors, Amy K Rogers and Ann Marie Walker.  The Chasing Fire series is amazing and the final book will be out very soon!  There are some authors that write together.  VK Sykes is actually husband and wife duo, Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes.  I think this is amazing that a husband and wife write together and still stay married!  I can’t even write a grocery list with my husband without an argument.

So here is my dream list of who I would love to see partner up and write awesome romance books!

1.  Lauren Smith and Madeline Martin

Both authors are outstanding and I think they could come up with a great plot and some amazing characters.

2.  Suzanne Enoch and Shana Galen

Both authors write excellent Regency romances with a suspenseful plot.  I can’t even imagine how off the charts a story would be with these two creative minds!

3.  Suzanne Enoch and Samantha Young

Suzanne Enoch created the most amazing character Samantha Jellicoe.  She’s sassy and feisty and oh so much fun!  I desperately want her to write another book with this character.  Samantha Young’s book Hero features a character so much like Sam Jellicoe that it would be awesome for these two to get creative together!

4.  Judith McNaught and Kathleen Woodiwiss

I know that this is never going to happen considering Judith no longer publishes and Kathleen has passed.  But could you imagine what a book written by these two dynamos would be like??

5.  Tamara Gill and Angela Quarles

Both women write excellent time travel novels.  I would love it if they teamed up and wrote a version together!

5.  Lisa Kleypas and Stephanie Laurens

These authors have created some of the very best series I have ever read.  The Cynsters and the Wallflowers were seminal in cementing my everlasting love of historical romances.

6.  Lauren Layne and Janet Nissenson

I have recently discovered both of these authors and their books have made me LOVE contemporary romance.  I want to read everything these authors have written and if they were to write together it would be magic on the page!

7.  Katy Evans and Meredith Wild

Both authors write excellent contemporary romance novels that burn up the pages.  I probably don’t need to elaborate further on this…

8.  Monica McCarty and Kerrigan Byrne

Monica McCarty writes outstanding Scottish historical romance and I recently read Kerrigan Byrne’s Highwayman.  I think the two of them would make a great duo!

9.  Georgia Cates and Nalini Singh

Georgia Cates writes great contemporary romance and her Sin series was fantastic!  Nalini Singh is a very established author and I think they would be an awesome duo as their writing would compliment each other well.

10.  Katherine Bone and Elizabeth Cole

Katherine writes amazing books that feature pirates and Elizabeth creates outstanding mysteries.  Just think of what they could come up with together!

What duos would you like to see?

Top Ten Tuesday – Auto Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  The idea is that there is a different theme each week that can be applied to whatever genre of books you enjoy reading.

This week’s theme is which authors are on your auto buy list.  Last week the topic was authors that I have read the most from.  Check it out here.  Obviously, those authors are on my must buy list, but after starting this blog I have found so many new authors.  So I thought this week, I would highlight authors that I have gotten to know over the past year that have fast become favourites.  You should check out these authors – some may be familiar and some may be new, but they are all great!

1.  Lauren Smith

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2.  Madeline Martin

madeline martin

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3.  Christi Caldwell

christi caldwell

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4.  Elizabeth Cole

elizabeth cole

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5.  Angela Quarles

angela quarles

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6.  Julie Johnstone

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7.  Kelly Bowen

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8.  Katy Evans

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9.  Samantha Young

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10.  Sabrina York

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Manwhore +1

Manwhore +1 by Katy Evans

manwhore +1

Overview by Amazon:

Billionaire playboy? Check.

Ruthless businessman? Check.

Absolutely sinful? Check.

Malcolm Saint was an assignment. A story. A beautiful, difficult man I was supposed to uncover for a racy exposé.

I intended to reveal him, his secrets, his lifestyle–not let him reveal me. But my head was overtaken by my heart and suddenly nothing could stop me from falling. I fell for him, and I fell hard.

Malcolm Saint is absolute Sin, and I’ve become a hopeless Sinner.

Now that the assignment is over, Saint wants something from me–something unexpected–and I want this wicked playboy’s heart. But how can I prove to the man who trusts no one that I’m worthy of becoming his plus one?

I devoured the first book in this series, Manwhore.  I fell in love with Malcolm and the relationship he developed with Rachel.  The plot was just so wickedly smart.  Rachel is doing an expose on Saint, but never plans to enter into a relationship with him and to fall in love.  The first book ends with things blowing up for Rachel.  The truth comes out and she loses the man of her dreams.

This book opens with Rachel still reeling from losing Malcolm.  She wrote her article, essentially a love letter to Saint.  It was depressing that it was four weeks without him.  Four weeks after a devastating breakup is the point where you start to realize it’s over.  I felt the depth of emotion that Katy Evan’s pours into Rachel.  It leeches out of the pages and it made me feel such angst for Rachel.

Rachel is in full breakup mode.  She can’t write, she can’t sleep and she can’t stop the recriminations from crushing her spirit.  Eventually she breaks down and stalks Saint on social media.  Although she doesn’t find anything about other women, it seems the whole world is aware of her betrayal.

Eventually Saint calls her to meet.  She is surprised to find that it’s a business meeting, not an opportunity to plead her case.  He wants her to join his new company that is expanding into the news.  As desperately as Rachel wants Saint, she can’t work for him.  I really don’t know that I could be strong enough to say no.  When she declines the offer, it becomes a challenge that he can’t resist.

And so begins the reunion between the two.  Saint can’t seem to stay away from Rachel.  He finds ways to bring her around – in public no less.  Eventually, once things have become so hazy with lust, the two give in.  What I really like about the love scenes between these two is that it’s just straight up great sex.  No kink, no BDSM, no powerplays, it is just really, really great sex.  They fit together really well as a couple and I felt the emotional pull between them. The witty banter between the two and the sexy, smouldering looks that Saint sends her way just give me a thrill.

What I love about these books is that Katy Evans succeeds at this genre more than EL James or even Sylvia Day.  She has created complex characters and plot that are fascinating, and yet while there is conflict it doesn’t defy belief.  The story is realistic and relatable.  I adore Saint and Rachel.  Both characters are immensely likable and they are not so broken as people that they need someone to fix them.  They are strong and their need for each other comes from their desire to be with the person they love.

I was really surprised once again by this series when I got to the end and there was an epilogue.  It seems that once again Katy Evans leads the way.  This will not be a trilogy or a quintet of stories.  There are two books in the series and she has given a very satisfactory ending to the lives of Saint and Rachel.  She didn’t feel the need to stretch out the plot or invent more conflicts for the two to jump through.  I really admire this, because I was completely expecting to wait another couple of months to find out what happens next, and realistically it would have been expected in the current publishing landscape.

This is a great series.  Well written and executed with truly likeable and interesting characters.  I loved how relatable this series is to the reader and I just couldn’t put this book down!

Top Ten Tuesday – Best of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  Each week features a different theme and whatever genre you are into, it works!  So this week’s theme is the top books I have read so far in 2015.  I have to say the past month’s worth of top ten topics have been somewhat repetitive, but hey, I am always up for sharing great books with others!

Here are some awesome books I have read so far this year:

hero

Hero by Samantha Young

You REALLY can’t go wrong with this book.  It has all the things I really love – a super hot businessman, quick and smart dialogue, great setting and awesome chemistry.

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How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly

I just read this book and I found it so much fun!  I have a serious crush on Highlanders and this book fed my obsession.  This is the best one so far in the series and I really loved the characters!

hardwired

Hardwired Series by Meredith Wild

I read the first two books a couple of years ago, but recently caught up on the whole series.  This series is like taking the best elements of Fifty Shades and Crossfire and coming up with a unique and interesting concept.  Great series!

taming the rakeTaming the Rake by Monica McCarty

No list would be complete without some love sent to Monica McCarty.  I just adore her books and this Regency one is a departure for her, but not to worry – it’s excellent!

manwhore

Manwhore by Katy Evans

Loved this book and I can’t wait for the net one to come out!  Check out this book and the best part is that there is more to come!

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A Highlander’s Passion by Vonnie Davis

If you haven’t checked out this series yet, get on it!  It’s got shapeshifters in it, Highland men and awesome sex.

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While you were Spying by Shana Galen

I have huge love for Shana Galen’s books.  I have an ARC of her latest and it’s literally killing me that I have so many books to read for a deadline that I can’t get to it yet.  Her series are awesome and this new one is fantastic!

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Deception of a Highlander by Madeline Martin

I recently found Madeline Martin through Lauren Smith and I am so glad she connected us!  Madeline is an amazing author and a really nice person.  I love her books and I want everyone to read them so they enjoy them as much as I do!  The second book in the series comes out in August!

2acfd-the-gilded-cuff-by-lauren-smith-300x456The Gilded Cuff (Surrender Series) by Lauren Smith

I love Lauren Smith’s books.  Her League series is just awesome and I am despairing that the next one is still a ways away!  I love her gothic novel and her erotic series is just smoking hot!

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Books So Far in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week features a different meme about reading. It’s so much fun because it breaks up the majority of my posts which are reviews.

This week is SUPER fun as it’s my choice! I decided to review the top books I have read in 2015 so far. Hopefully this will add more books to your to be read pile. Like always, I want to hear what you think. Are any of these books on your list? Did I miss something? Fill me in!

So far this year I have read 52 books! I have probably read more, but that is how many I have read and reviewed for this blog. So there is A LOT of choice! Here we go…

Hero by Samantha Young

hero

Earl’s Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen
earls just want to have fun

A Highlander’s Passion by Vonnie Davis
a highlanders passion

The Gilded Cuff by Lauren Smith
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Manwhore by Katy Evans
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Taming the Rake by Monica McCarty
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Remind Me by Ann Marie Walker and Amy K Rogers
remind me

The Scoundrels Lover by Jess Michaels
the scoundrels lover

A Stolen Season by Tamara Gill
a stolen season

Mad, Bad and Dangerous in Plaid by Suzanne Enoch
mad, bad and dangerous in plaid

Deception of a Highlander by Madeline Martin
deception of a highlander

Manwhore

Manwhore by Katy Evans

manwhore

Overview by Amazon:
This is the story I’ve been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I’m the one discovering him…or if he’s uncovering me.

Late last night I saw this book being promoted on Twitter.  I went to Amazon and downloaded it knowing that it was a mistake to do so at 11:30 at night.  I stayed up until almost 2 reading until I absolutely had to get some rest.  I finished the book tonight (don’t judge – I’m a speed reader) and needed an hour or so to process what I read.

There has been a huge amount of books in the ‘billionaire – young woman’ trope since the release of Fifty Shades of Grey.  Personally I have never met a billionaire, let alone a hot, young one, but this is a fantasy.  I can get down with that.  The Crossfire Series and Hero have captivated my attention and I really expected this book to do the same.

While the story was interesting and definitely had my interest, it was different than the other books in this genre I have read.  Rachel is a writer and HE is her topic.  She needs to expose his life and secrets in order to save her job and the publication she works for.  This deceit is extremely well explored in the book, as I feel that I know Rachel’s conscience as much as she does.

This genre predictably has hot and detailed love scenes, emotional gymnastics and pursuit.  I have come to expect those things in the billionaire books I read.  All of those things are present in this book and well developed.  What is different is the abovementioned.  Usually the female lead is sweet, biddable, a survivor of some sort and not sexually experienced.  Rachel was a very interesting character.  She has abandonment issues due to her father’s death when she was a baby.  She longs for the positive father/brother/daughter relationships she witnessed growing up.  She has never had a real relationship where she put her heart on the line.  Her writing and friends have been her life for years.  She is involved in community action against violence (which works its way into the plot ingeniously).

I liked Rachel very much.  She was in an impossible situation, which she agonized over.  Her relationship with Malcolm Saint was the stuff of dreams.  She seemed to be playing hard to get, but we know that it is professionalism and fear.  She is naturally skittish around men, but watching her blossom due to Saint’s attentions was rewarding.

Malcolm Saint was pretty much born a celebrity.  Coming from a socialite mother and rich father, he has lived with the press intruding on his life.  He has been called flattering and not so flattering adjectives to describe his behaviour.  With his best buddies he frequents night clubs, yachts and the hottest restaurants.  He has had multiple, and I really should say hundreds of lovers.  The women fall all over him, sycophants who want the publicity, the prestige and his attention.  He is stunningly handsome with a physique that would rival David Gandy.  The author is very descriptive when it comes to his eyes and they are almost like another character, they are so expressive.  He lives a playboy lifestyle and has never dated or done ‘serious’.  This changes when Rachel dances in and out of his life.  It was thrilling to read the pursuit.  He chases Rachel with witty words, sexy zingers and smouldering glances.

I liked that Saint was not one dimensional.  His relationship with his parents is explored.  He is not the ruthless business man everyone thought, but rather an astute and intelligent player.  He was not malicious, but determined and charitable.  I liked that there was positive things about him and that he was not a jackass that I had to fight to find redeemable.

The title of this book is in reference to how Saint has lived his life.  It’s a strong title and one that is meant to elicit a response from the audience.  However, this title didn’t work for me.  I didn’t see Saint as a ‘manwhore’ and if the series progresses where I think it will go, than this moniker will be very outdated.  But it’s eye catching and provocative.

The first kiss the two share was so hot and electrifying I honestly felt like I was the one being kissed.  They don’t fall into bed immediately but when they do, it is outstanding.  I like that there was no kink in this story.  It didn’t need it and it would have been overkill to have added another element to the story.

This book was well written.  Descriptive prose and great dialogue make the characters come to life.  I have to say that I liked the characters (although his best friends had better shape up) and felt an emotional connection to the plot.  When the ‘crisis’ occurs, I truly understood the heartbreak and panic seeping off the pages.  I’m really glad that I found this author and this story.  The next book in the series is coming out in July and I have already added it to my list!