Release Day Review: Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey

Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: May 10th 2018
Links: Ebook • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

If there’s one author that I know I can count on to deliver a laugh-out-loud, hilarious, fun romantic comedy, it’s R.S. Grey. She nails the humor in her books every time, from the funny banter to the crazy situations that the characters (mainly the heroines) end up in. Meredith was such an endearing heroine and though the hero was hard to like in the beginning, Jack grew on me in the end. If you’re looking for the perfect rom-com with cowboys, look no further than this one.

Jack breezes right past me and stomps into the shack so heavily that the fragile walls quake. It’ll be a fitting end, both of us suffocating under the rubble. Just as we’re gasping for our last breaths, I’ll offer to make peace, and very quietly, he’ll whisper back, Go to hell.

This quote perfect describes the kind of relationship our dear hero and heroine have, at least in the beginning. Meredith dumps her cheating husband and her cushy life, and the only place she can find a job is on the very hands-on ranch her sister works at. Jack sees her as a pampered baby, and though he’s not off the mark, Meredith is determined to be the best housekeeper she can be. To say they get off to a rough start would be an understatement – Jack is arrogant and judgmental, and no one fires him up like Meredith. He doesn’t take it too far, but it was hard to like him in the midst of all his asshole-ness.

Slowly, though, as Meredith and Jack get to know one another (thanks to a scheming grandmother and the constant proximity on the ranch), the two form a sort of truce. They becoming friendlier and start to understand each other better. Of course, they try to ignore the underlying attraction between them, but has that ever worked out for anyone? One thing I was surprised by in this book in the best way possible was that the romance was actually a slow burn. There’s lots of delicious tension between Meredith and Jack, but R.S. Grey tortures us a little by making their romance a slow and sweet one. I’m glad about the pacing of the romance – it made it that much more enjoyable and believable.

I adored Arrogant Devil. It’s got cowboys, humor, and an independent heroine. There wasn’t much more I could ask for. This was a fantastic Southern rom-com that I highly recommend for when you’re in the mood for something light and funny!


lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Also by R.S. Grey

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey  
  
  The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey The Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey
 

Scoring Wilder: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Settling the Score: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Out of Bounds: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
With This Heart: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Chasing Spring: EbookPaperbackAudibleGoodreads
A Place in the Sun: EbookPaperback • Goodreads
The Allure of Julian Lefray: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
The Allure of Dean Harper: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
The Duet: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
The Design: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Anything You Can Do: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudibleGoodreads
The Foxe & the Hound: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
The Fortunate Ones: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
The Beau & the Belle: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads


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Release Day Review: Jock Row by Sara Ney

Jock Row by Sara Ney
Series: Jock Hard #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: May 3rd 2018
Links: Ebook • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

Scarlett is always the sensible one: The sober driver. The planner. The one holding your hair back while you’re worshiping the porcelain gods.

Week-after-week, she visits Jock Row with her friends—the universities hottest party scene and breeding ground for student athletes. And if keeping her friends out of trouble, and guys out of their pants, was a sport, she’d be the star athlete.

Being a well known jock-blocker gets her noticed for all the wrong reasons; just like that, she’s banned from Jock Row. NO GUY WANTS A GIRL AROUND WHO KEEPS THEIR JOCK FRIENDS FROM GETTING LAID.

“Rowdy” Wade is the hot shot short-stop for the universities baseball team—and the unlucky bastard who drew the short straw: keep little Miss Goody Two-Shoes out of the Baseball House.

But week-after-week Scarlett returns, determined to get inside.

I had a huge smile on my face the entire time I was reading Jock Row. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this book – I had expected a good sports romance (it’s Sara Ney, after all), but I wasn’t sure what kind of hero we would be getting. Would he be a douchebag, like Sara’s previous series? Or someone even better? Turns out Rowdy Wade is as sweet as they can come – I adored his and Scarlett’s slow burn romance. Jock Row is perfect for friends-to-lovers fans, for when you want to feel that anticipation of the main characters realizing how much they’ve actually fallen for each other, and moving on to something more. If there’s a college romance you need to read this year, let it be Jock Row!

This is why I keep coming back—this moment right here. The intense way he’s watching me right now, like I’m pretty and interesting, even in these ridiculous clothes. The way his deep voice vibrates in my chest and awakes those damn butterflies every time he speaks.

Scarlett and Rowdy’s meet-cute has got to be one of the most unique I’ve read in new adult romances. Scarlett is not at all a party girl and couldn’t give a crap about them, but she tags along with her friends to Jock Row, where are the jocks live, so she can get out of her apartment. When a few jocks think she’s a buzzkill, they send someone to kick her out of the house (because that’s what they do) – and it’s none other than the baseball team captain, Rowdy Wade. They’re both annoyed at the other but they don’t leave each other either once they step outside the house. Instead, they get to talking, exchanging quips and funny stories, and getting to know each other. Scarlett is relatable and witty, Rowdy is charming and adorable, and the two of them made such an endearing couple.

Take is slow, my brain tells me.
Run with it, and run as far as you can go.
I’m an athlete—a champion.
I play hard and jock harder, and these little games I’ve started with her?
I’m playing to win.

The growth of their friendship felt so genuine and real, and it felt so natural for that friendship to develop into something more. Every Friday for weeks, they’ll meet up in front of the party house just to talk, play games, eat. They are ADORABLE as friends, but as more? It’s combustible. I couldn’t get enough of Scarlett and Rowdy and the way grew to like each other, and then love each other. They had me smiling and giggling because they were just too cute. Right now, I can’t wait to see what else is in store for us in the Jock Hard series!


lacey


Reading Order: Jock Hard series

 

#0.5 ~ Switch Hitter: EbookPaperbackAudibleGoodreads
#1 ~ Jock Row: Ebook • Goodreads

Reading Order: How to Date a Douchebag series

   

#1 ~ The Studying Hours: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ The Failing Hours: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ The Learning Hours: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4 ~ The Coaching Hours: My Review • EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads


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Release Day Review: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: April 10th 2018
Links: EbookHardcover • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Love, loss, friendship, and the betrayals of the past all collide in this first women’s fiction novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Autoboyography, Dating You / Hating You).

The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.

My very first 6 star review of 2018 (and the first in a while) has to go to Love and Other Words, a gorgeously written love story by one of my favorite authors, Christina Lauren. I can’t remember the last time I was this wholeheartedly obsessed with a book. I finished L&OW last week and I’ve yet to stop thinking about it. The storytelling was incredible, the blend of past and present seamless. I couldn’t get enough of Macy and Elliot. If there’s one book you need to read this year, let it be this one.

I adore second chance romances – it is one of my go-to tropes, but I admit there have been few and far between that have been done perfectly. With second chance romances, I need angst, heartache, but most of all, I need to believe in the love that still exists. L&OW was everything I wanted in a second chance romance – and also so much more. Told in alternating chapters of Then and Now, we have teenaged Macy and Elliot who meet, connect, become best friends, and fall in love for the first time, alongside their adult counterparts, who reunite for the first time in eleven years and fall in love for the second time.

The way Christina Lauren handled the alternating chapters was stunning – each chapter connected, despite the eleven year difference in timeline. My heart was full from the beginnings of first love between Macy and Elliot, yet I loved even more that the foundations of their all-consuming love was built on friendship. I hurt and hoped for these two characters in the present timeline, as Elliot fights for the only woman who has ever held his heart. I can’t even tell you how in love I am with this man. He’s bookish, nerdy, a writer, and knows Macy is his one and only soulmate. There is no other woman for him, and he is not letting this chance to make her believe in love again go.

I read L&OW in one sitting. I literally could not put this book down, nor did I want to let the characters go by the time I got to the end. Elliot and Macy’s love story of friendship, heartbreak, and second chances absolutely stole my heart. Theirs is a love that is tender, raw, and beautiful beyond words. This book is now my favorite read of 2018 so far – it is pure perfection.


lacey


Also by Christina Lauren:

  

Dating You / Hating You: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Autoboyography: Ebook • Hardcover • Audible • Goodreads
Roomies: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads

Reading Order: Beautiful Bastard series

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren Beautiful Bitch by Christina Lauren
Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren Beautiful Bombshell by Christina Lauren Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren Beautiful Beginning by Christina Lauren
Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren 

#1 ~ Beautiful Bastard: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Beautiful Bitch: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Beautiful Stranger: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Beautiful Bombshell: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Beautiful Player: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3.5 ~ Beautiful Beginning: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3.6 ~ Beautiful Beloved: My Review • Ebook • AudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Beautiful Secret: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4.5 ~ Beautiful Boss: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#5 ~ Beautiful: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads

Reading Order: Wild Seasons series

 Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

#1 ~ Sweet Filthy Boy: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Dirty Rowdy Thing: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Dark Wild Night: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Wicked Sexy Liar: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads


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Release Day Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: February 13th 2018
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

They called themselves “the lucky ones”

They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She’s determined to find out what really happened that fateful night — was it an accident or, as she’s always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she’ll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

I love Tiffany Reisz – she’s an auto-read for me, because her storytelling and writing never disappoint. She doesn’t write traditional romances, and honestly I wouldn’t even categorize The Lucky Ones as a romance, but I love her books despite, or even because of, that. This latest book of hers is set along the coast of Oregon – you almost feel as if you’re transported to the Gothic mansion and can feel the breeze of the Pacific. The Lucky Ones honestly gave me the chills as I was reading – it’s mysterious, suspenseful, Gothic… TR constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend this book if you love the author or anything related to mystery!

Too many secrets in this house.
So many they were starting to feel like…
Lies.

Thirteen years ago, Allison was living the perfect life with her adopted family, the Capellos. Dr. Vincent Capello was a renowned brain surgeon with a habit of fostering and adopting troubled children and giving them a life they never thought they’d have – becoming “the lucky ones.” But one mysterious night, Allison was shoved down the stairs and nearly died. She was taken away to live with her aunt, never to contact her beloved family for thirteen years. Now, she gets a letter in the mail from her foster brother, Roland, telling her that Dr. Capello is on his deathbed. She returns to the home she had the happiest days of her life in – and the darkest. Will she discover what truly happened the day she nearly died… or was murdered?

This was the kind of suspenseful novel where I literally had no idea where the author would take me next. It’s a wild, chilling, mind-blowing read – I couldn’t put it down! I won’t tell much more of the story because this is one you have to experience for yourself. Just know that Tiffany will take you on a thrilling, wild, mysterious adventure along the Oregon coast.


lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Also by Tiffany Reisz

Standalones

  

The Bourbon Thief: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
The Night Mark: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
The Lucky Ones: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads

The Original Sinners series

The Saint by Tiffany Reisz The Angel by Tiffany Reisz The Prince by Tiffany Reisz The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz
The Saint by Tiffany Reisz The King by Tiffany Reisz The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
The Mistress Files by Tiffany Reisz 

#1 ~ The Siren: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ The Angel: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ The Prince: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ The Mistress: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#5 ~ The Saint: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#6 ~ The King: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#7 ~ The Virgin: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#8 ~ The Queen: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Novella ~ The Mistress Files: Ebook • Goodreads
Collection ~ The Confessions: EbookPaperback • Goodreads


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Release Day Review: The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney

The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney
Series: How to Date a Douchebag #4 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: February 5th 2018
Links: EbookPaperbackGoodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

THERE ARE NO DOUCHEBAGS IN THIS STORY.

Well, there are, but they’re not who this story is about.
This story is about me—the coach’s daughter.

When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university’s take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie—living with my father would be temporary, and he’d make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone.

Wrong on both counts.

ASSHOLES ALWAYS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH.

A bet is placed, and I’m on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first.

Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more.

And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could.

It was a bittersweet moment when I realized we wouldn’t be getting anymore douchebags after The Coaching Hours. The How to Date a Douchebag series has been one of the most fun and entertaining new adult college romance series that I’ve read in a while. If you haven’t had the chance to read this series and you love anything NA, I highly recommend doing so – the writing, characters, humor, and steam are top notch. I always get addicted every time I start one of these books!

This final Douchebag book was everything that went against the title of the series, because there really are no douchebags in The Coaching Hours – or I should say, the hero is definitely not a douchebag. He is the epitome of a nice guy, and I fell for him as hard, if not harder, than the previous douchebags in the series. I won’t spoil who the hero is, but if you’ve been following the series, let’s just say you’ll be happy with who he is, because I definitely was.

The main characters were perfect for one another. Theirs was a slow burn, friends to lovers romance that I simply adored. They become roommates after the heroine needs a place to stay, both thinking they’ll keep things platonic, but boy were they wrong. The chemistry between them had me on fire – honestly, I think this was the hottest book of the series. I’m a sucker for the friends to lovers trope, and Sara Ney handled this one flawlessly. I couldn’t get enough of the story and I couldn’t put it down. If you’re a fan of the series, trust me, you need this final Douchebag book in your life!


lacey


Reading Order: How to Date a Douchebag series

   

#1 ~ The Studying Hours: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ The Failing Hours: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ The Learning Hours: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4 ~ The Coaching Hours: EbookPaperbackGoodreads


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