Friday, October 15, 2021

MESSING WITH THE BILLIONAIRE (MAID IN MIAMI #1)


When a case of mistaken identity goes too far…can this billionaire win the trust of a woman who thinks she loves the gardener?


TJ: Buying a winter home in Miami Beach has its benefits. Not only did I escape the pressure of being a hedge fund manager in New York, but when my housekeeping team shows up and an adorable bubbly blonde is in charge, I find I like the tropical sun even more. Sure, I let her believe I’m the gardener because the mistake was amusing, and she was amazing. I obviously planned to tell her when she says yes to our first date, but…I didn’t. For once, a woman is really into me without the trappings of my wealth and status. But the joke’s on me when feelings get real and telling her the truth could wreck the best thing I’ve ever had.


Lilly: It's official. I've met the perfect guy. At least, he seems perfect. He might not be the best landscaper in Miami, but he looks great in a sweaty t-shirt out on the lawns of my client’s mansion. For once, I’ve found someone who appreciates hard work and, like me, didn’t get anything handed to him. The only problem is...I think he's hiding something. Something big. I want to believe that the sweet and humble gardener I'm falling in love with is as real as he seems...but some unanswered questions make me wonder if this is all just too good to be true. Who is he and can I trust him with my heart?


Messing With The Billionaire is a laugh-out-loud rom com with a swoony closed-door romance and a heaping dose of sizzling chemistry. There is no cheating and no cliffhangers and this can be read as a standalone.


Maid In Miami:



When five best friends graduate from business school, it’s time for these girls to take on the world. As dazzling, eccentric, and spirited as the city where they all grew up, these dynamos head home to Miami with big plans to launch a high-end housekeeping company. Offering a mix of beauty, brains, and business savvy, it doesn’t take long for Maid in Miami to attract the most elite clients in the glamorous city. That means they are now the maids for billionaires, rock stars, athletes, and South Florida’s most charming bachelors. It turns out, a girl can clean, tidy, and make a place sparkle…until a heartthrob sweeps her off her feet. Then, things can get really messy.


Don’t miss Maid In Miami…unforgettable romantic comedies that will have you laughing, swooning, cheering, and mopping up some happy tears.


The Series:


Book 1: Messing With The Billionaire


Book 2: Messing With The Bad Boy


Book 3: Messing With The Bartender


Book 4: Messing With The Bodyguard


Book 5: Messing With The Ballplayer


Release Date: October 15, 2021

Palm Island Publishing

Maid in Miami #1

Contemporary Sweet Romance/Romantic Comedy

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Liza's Review:


Messing with the Billionaire is the first book in the sweet rom-com series Maid in Miami from Breezie Bennett. Five best friends decide to open a cleaning service for high-end clients together after graduating from UF. These best friends have really become more likes sisters with such different personalities, and I was hooked from the very first page.


When Lilly heads to meet with billionaire Theodore Rinehart, she is surprised to find him out, but TJ, his gardener, is there to get the message she stopped by to see Mr. Rinehart. Since he hires Maid in Miami, she is so over the moon, she isn't worried she only communicates with the boss via email. However, not only has Lilly met billionaire Theodore Rinehart, she is spending lots of time with him, since he is in fact TJ. 


I really enjoy a well-done mistaken identity story, and Ms. Bennett did a wonderful job with Messing with the Billionaire. Yes, TJ let the mistaken identity go on way longer than he should have, but it had to be refreshing for him to be dating a woman who only knew TJ the man, not TJ the billionaire. Lilly and TJ had such a wonderful connection, and really great chemistry as well. I loved they both opened up about themselves to one another, so much so that TJ shared a part of himself he hadn't shared with anyone else in his life. There were many laugh out loud moments in the sweet romantic comedy, not only with Lilly and TJ, but with Lilly and her friends. I loved the time Lilly spent with her friends every bit as much as the time she and TJ were together.


Messing with the Billionaire was a wonderful start to the new Maid in Miami series. Ms. Bennett once again delivers her readers a funny romance. While her prior books have been steamier than her new series, the romance is every bit as strong. I look forward to reading each book in this new sweet romantic comedy series by Breezie Bennett.


Rating: 4 Stars (B)


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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

JUST ONE CHANCE (KINGSTON FAMILY #3)


He thought she was the one…until she walked away. Now she’s back and he wants her more than ever.


As a former Marine, Xander Kingston’s writing keeps him sane. Bonus? His thrillers made him one of Hollywood’s most desired screenwriters—and also introduced him to a fledgling starlet who broke his heart. With his close-knit family in New York, Xander returned home and found peace. Until Sasha Keaton shows up at his Hamptons retreat. Now an A-Lister, she’s as beautiful as he remembers. And just as dangerous to his heart.


Sasha learned from watching her mother to never sacrifice her dreams for anyone—only to discover how empty life could be without the man she loved. Now cast in Xander’s latest movie, she needs his insight to play the part, but secretly hopes for a second chance.


Xander has built emotional walls to keep Sasha at a distance, but their physical attraction can’t be denied. When a stalker’s threats intensify, Xander moves Sasha into his house to keep her safe. Before long she's back in his bed and making inroads in his life.


But when the danger passes and the movie wraps, Sasha and Xander face a familiar choice—put career first or give love a fighting chance. 


Release Date: October 12, 2021

CP Publishing

Kingston Family #3

Contemporary Romance

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Liza's Review:


Just One Chance is the newest book in the Kingston Family series by Carly Phillips, and is a perfect second chance romance. Xander Kingston and Sasha Keaton haven't seen each other in years, until she is offered the role as the female lead in Xander's latest Steele series. When they were together before, Sasha was just starting out in Hollywood, and Xander was already a best-selling thriller writer turned screenwriter. Now Sasha is an A-list actress, and knows she needs to clear up things from the past so they can have a working relationship in the future.


I adored both Xander and Sasha and loved their chemistry was still there from the moment they saw one another again. I could see Sasha had matured while she and Xander were apart, but was still finding her footing when dealing with her mother and her agent. I felt like it took Xander longer than I expected to realize how young Sasha was when they originally dated, and how much pressure her mother placed on her to keep her career her main focus. While I hated Sasha and Xander started spending time together because of a stalker, I loved seeing each grow over the course of the story. Sasha and Xander gave me all the happy feels as a couple. Yes, they had some logistic issues with Xander's need to not be in the spotlight and Sasha being one of the top actresses in Hollywood, but I loved them together from day one.


I really loved the suspense element of Sasha's stalker. It made the situation intense at times without being over the top. Xander already had strong protective instincts when it came to anyone he cares about, but it his instincts were on high alert when it came to Sasha. I loved they were each so protective of the other. Sasha wanted to protect Xander every bit as much as he wanted to protect her. This story was total catnip for me. I love a second chance romance, and Sasha's and Xander's story was one I couldn't stop reading. The stalker reveal was spot on, and while I had an idea who it might be, I always love learning the crazy reasoning in the stalker's mind.


I have to say the biggest surprise in the entire story was Dash's insight about both Sasha and Zander and him being to one to step up and offer help to both Sasha and his brother. Let's get real....Dash has only really shown himself to be a rockstar man-whore, so I was totally thrown when he was the voice of reason. Seriously, it only made me even more excited to get his book!


Just One Chance was such a fun, sexy, and emotional story. Both Sasha and Xander are such strong individuals, and I absolutely adored everything about their journey to happily ever after. While Just One Chance is part of the Kingston family series, readers could totally pick it up and read it as a stand-alone story and fall in love with these characters.


Rating: 5 Stars (A)

Friday, October 08, 2021

HOLD ON TO MY HEART (MAINE SULLIVANS #4)


Ashley Sullivan’s whole world changed when she got pregnant at seventeen. After the father of her child ditched her and their son, she bypassed college, shelved her plans to see the world, and went straight to managing the family cafĂ© in Bar Harbor, Maine. For the next eleven years, she poured her entire heart into raising her amazing son, Kevin. But when her brother invites her to the grand opening of his new hotel in Vienna, she decides it's finally time to experience a little of the adventure she still secretly longs for. She isn’t planning on doing anything crazy, of course. Especially not something as wild and reckless as ending up in bed with one of the sexiest music superstars in the world...


Nash Hardwin has been on the road full time since leaving his rough childhood behind when he was sixteen. Beloved by millions of fans around the world, he’s never had a real home and never trusted anyone enough to fall in love. Not until he meets Ashley Sullivan. After she unexpectedly steps in to help him out of a very tricky situation, he ends up having the best day of his life with her in Vienna. Ashley is sweet, beautiful and intelligent...with the biggest heart of anyone he’s ever met.

When their perfect day together inevitably turns into an even more perfect night, there’s no denying that they make incredibly beautiful music together. But is there even the slightest chance that the small-town single mom and the road warrior rock star can make things work? Or will the realities of lives that are polar opposites make it impossible to hold on to each other’s hearts?

HOLD ON TO MY HEART is part of Bella Andre's USA Today and New York Times #1 bestselling series about The Sullivans. 

Release Date: October 6, 2021
Oak Press, LLC
Sullivans #22 Maine Sullivans #4
Contemporary Romance
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Liza's Review:

Bella Andre has done it again with Hold On To My Heart, her newest release in the Maine Sullivans series. I've wanted Ashley Sullivan's story from the moment she appeared on the page. I knew she deserved an amazing partner, and Nash Hardwin was just the man for the job.

Ashley Sullivan is a single mom of an 11-year-old son, who hasn't really ever traveled anywhere since she got pregnant in high school and her boyfriend basically abandoned both her and their son. Ashley was lucky enough to always have her family to support her and now runs the family cafe and shops, and really loves her life. When she gets the chance to go to Vienna for the opening of her brother Brandon's new hotel, she jumps at it, and makes all the plans to see everything she can in the 2 days she will be away. However, when word leaks out that Nash Hardwin is at the hotel, Brandon needs Ashley's help to get Nash away unnoticed, and her plans are pretty much thrown out the window.

I loved Nash from the moment he appeared on the page. He saw Ashley as a woman and not just a mom or sister as her family saw her. He seemed to just get her from the moment they met, and I loved that about him. He was also very up front about his past and the bad choices he made when he was younger. I loved the chemistry between Nash and Ashley, which was off the charts HOT! What I loved even more is they could talk to each other like old friends from the moment they met and each could be themselves. That type of connection is magical, and they had it in spades.

Ashley and Nash really were pretty opposite, so when Nash showed up in Bar Harbor, I had all the happy feels. I loved their chemistry and connection so very much. I also loved that Nash was super accepting of Ashley's son Kevin from the moment they met, and instinctively included Kevin in plans and treated Kevin as his own person. I loved that Kevin and Nash became friends so quickly. The only frustrating part of the entire story was Kevin's dad, Josh, being back in the picture...only when he felt like it. I really wanted to throat punch Josh more than a few times. He has never done right by Ashley or Kevin, but wanted to stir up trouble once Ashley finally found someone to love and who loves her. 

Hold On To My Heart was such a beautiful story filled with laughter, tears, and an incredible romance. I always say I'll savor each new book by Ms. Andre so it will last longer, and once again I ended up reading her newest story pretty much in one day. Ms. Andre pulls the reader into the story from page one and makes it almost impossible to stop reading until the end. I fell in love with the Sullivan clan from the very first book, and have loved each new installment every bit as much.

Rating: 5 Stars (A)

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Friday, October 01, 2021

HOT STORM (HOT STRIKE TEAM 2 #4)


She changed her name. Her look. Her location. But what if running away isn’t enough to save her?


Physical therapist Scarlett Reed is looking for a fresh start when she takes a job in another state. Her rules are simple: don’t get close to anyone, and flee at the first sign of danger.

Wounded soldier Malcolm McCoy plans to work hard in rehab so he can get back to saving the world. He isn’t looking for a relationship, but something about prickly Scarlett intrigues him more than it should.

When she needs a place to stay, Mal offers her the apartment over his garage—and finds it nearly impossible to keep his hands off his sassy, sexy neighbor. Scarlett knows she shouldn’t get involved, but a little friends with benefits action can’t hurt.

Or can it? Someone in Scarlett’s past circles closer, waiting for a chance to strike. Mal will do whatever it takes to protect her—but it might not be enough to survive what’s coming…

As soon as they think they’ve weathered the storm, they’ll discover it’s only beginning.

**Start reading the Hostile Operations Team Series - Strike Team 2 today and enjoy an action-packed, seriously romantic and steamy-good-fun military romantic suspense. Each book can be read as a standalone. No cliffhangers or cheating and a guaranteed happily-ever-after ending!

Release Date: September 21, 2021
HOT Publishing, LLC
Hostile Operations Team - Strike Team 2 #4
Romantic Suspense
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Liza's Review:

HOT Storm is the newest book from Lynn Raye Harris in her Hostile Operations Team - Strike Team 2 series. I adore this series of books, especially getting to see favorite characters in each new book. HOT Storm is Malcolm "Mal" McCoy's book, and I have to say I totally fell in love with Mal in this book.

Mal totally believes he is in love with his teammate's fiance, yet has a pretty strong connection to Scarlett Reed, his physical therapist from the moment they meet. Scarlett has moved away from all she has known because of her abusive ex-boyfriend, and isn't even going by her legal name. As her ex was military and in a special forces division, I worried she wouldn't give Mal a real chance when they first connected. I loved Mal seemed to help Scarlett come out of her shell a bit, and they had the best banter. I love a smoking hot connection between the main characters, but I also love when they can pick and joke around as well. Mal and Scarlett had it all...seriously smoking hot chemistry and all the jokes and laughter too. They gave me all the happy feels as a couple.

Scarlett's ex Josh was pure evil, and yet I knew he would show back up. I have to say I always hate the bad guy, but her ex took it to the next level. There was seriously no way Josh could ever be redeemed, and I was really hoping someone would put a bullet through is brain pretty much from the moment he appeared on the page. I loved how hard Mal and his team worked to find Scarlett and get her out of a horrific situation. Scarlett showed over and over again she was such a strong woman by not only surviving, but thriving after the hell Josh had put her through. 

Lynn Raye Harris continues to pull me into her Hostile Operations Team world and keeps me wanting more. While there were parts of HOT Storm that were really difficult to read, I still adored this story. Ms. Harris is a master with her romantic suspense stories, and I can't wait to visit with all my favorite characters soon.

Rating: 4 Stars (B+) 

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

BENEATH THE WRECKAGE BLOG TOUR

 

"This book has the perfect blend of small-town feels, an unputdownable mystery, and a love story that will have you cheering for the happily ever after. I loved this book!"
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Beneath the Wreckage, an all-new moving and incredible love story from bestselling author Catherine Cowles is available now!

It was supposed to be a summer we’d never forget.
Instead, everything was stolen from me.
The best friend who was more like a sister. The innocent way I looked at life.
Leaving me with only unanswered questions.

Returning to the island is the second chance I didn’t know I needed.
And Hunter is the surprise that knocks me sideways.

There’s a hurt in him that calls to my own.
A strength I find in sharing our scars.
Igniting a spark that turns to flame.

But someone isn’t happy about the world I’m building for myself.
And nothing will stop them from tearing it all apart…

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NIKKI'S REVIEW:

Contemporary/ Romantic Suspense 
4 stars= A

Beneath the Wreckage 

Wrecked series Book #5

Release Date: September 21, 2021

Review Copy Provided by the Publisher 


This series has captured me from the first page of the first book. I’ve fallen so hard for all of the characters. I love small town romances, and the “homey” feel that comes with them. Catherine Cowles is a master at writing these. I was eager to dive into this latest instalment.


I have wanted Hunter’s book since the beginning. He’s just this great guy that you can’t help but like. He’s everyone’s friend, and an amazing brother. I wanted him to have an equally likeable heroine to make him fall to his knees. That’s where Piper comes in. From the get go these two have great banter, and a friendship quickly develops…and a whole lot of attraction. Isn’t that the best kind of blossoming romances? I think so.


Piper’s story pulled me in right away. The book starts off with a bit of a bang and a tragedy. I seriously wanted to give this girl a big squishy hug.


This book is full of all the things that I love about romance novels. It’s got a character driven plot, amazing chemistry between the hero and heroine, a healthy dose of mystery, and ALL. THE. FEELS. Ms. Cowles is a pro at bringing out every freaking emotion. Do yourself a favour and start this series at the beginning with, Reckless Memories. I mean, they could all be read as stand alone books, but I really think the connection you develop with all of the characters, and their stories, makes the journey through the series just a little bit sweeter.