My Bag Of Books

Here is a love of a good read. Life is too short to waste time and money on bad books.

Professional Reader

 

Colton (Kentucky Green) by Olivia Sands

 

A new to me Author. The storyline has potential, there is a large cast of characters, mostly brothers and sisters, so a treasure of future books. Much of this focused on misunderstandings and although, at the beginning of the book, the decision was made to talk about these, it really did not happen until the end of the story. If you are looking for a sweet romance, with a small amount of bite, this is your book. 

SPOILER ALERT!

Really?

Stella and Dane: A Honky Tonk Romance - Deanna Roy

I normally do not post spoilers, heads up, this review has spoilers.

Had a little trouble with this one.

Ok, they know each other for two weeks, he goes to prison for 12 years and she works in a diner for those 12 years waiting for him, then, on his release, meets him on a motorcycle in a wedding dress. Where are the classes she wanted to take?  The improvement of circumstances, she certainly had time for?  Throughout the whole story, I kept shaking my head, going, “really?”  I have enjoyed this author’s books, this one was a disappointment. 

His to Tame by Elena Aitken

 

Eye rolling paranormal adventure. We return to Grizzly Ridge, with a bang, a mountain lion shifter gone wrong, fated mates, fated son, the requisite miss understandings and a bit of a cliffhanger ending. A good read, although the melodrama was thick. 

Storm Crused by Patricia Briggs narrated by Lorelei King

Storm Cursed - Patricia Briggs

I love Lorelei King as a narrator, the story left a little to be desired. It is a rehash of the past stories, nothing really new. I rated this four stars because I enjoy the writing, but kept saying throughout, “really?”  Same ol, same ol. 

The Angel of Death by Blair Babylon

 

The technical detail is outstanding in this fast paced procedural. Angel Day, a sniper extraordinaire, finds herself in a untenable situation as she faces terrible decisions made by those dear to her. This story also ties to characters in her other books. Excellent story, hopefully there will be more. 

 

COVER REVEAL

Title: Cupids Anonymous

Author: Lila Monroe

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Cover Design: British Empire Designs

Release Date: July 16, 2019

 

BLURB

 

Readers around the world are raving over USA Today bestselling author Lila Monroe's hilarious romantic comedies. Now fall in love with her brand new sizzling standalone - perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Christina Lauren!

Poppy Hathaway is a professional Cyrano - minus the honking great nose. Need a love note, raunchy sext, or apology letter so epic that your other half will forget you hesitated a beat too long when you asked, 'does this make me look fat?'? She's got you covered. But when her most frequent client, the annoyingly charming (or is that charmingly annoying?) Dylan Griffin comes to her with an unconventional new job, Poppy discovers that three little words can add up to one big complication. 

Because Dylan doesn't want help seducing another swimsuit model (for once in his life). He wants Poppy's help winning over her his high-school crush (aka, his one true love) - and he's prepared to make it worth her while. Throw in a summer Catskills trip that's equal parts 'Dirty Dancing' and dirty-talking, and this Cupid is soon out of her depth - and head over heels with the last man she expected. But can she find the right words when it comes to her own heart? Or will this happily ever end in disaster? 

Find out in the sparkling new romantic comedy from Lila Monroe!

 

 

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43747479-cupids-anonymous

 

 

PRE-ORDER LINKS

 

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Kobo: http://bit.ly/2VHxKqI
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2vz3K1A
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2GPY48Q

 

 

AUTHOR BIO

 

Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.

 

 

AUTHOR LINKS

 

Website: http://www.lilamonroebooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lilamonroebooks

Newsletter: http://www.lilamonroebooks.com/newsletter

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lilawrites

 

 

Wow, the audio book is so hot, steam is curling through my ear buds. Almost better than the written word. Lol.

Hustle by Chelle Bliss

Reblogged from My Bag Of Books:

Hustle  A fun romp with a bite of steam. This is an entertaining read. There could have been a little more depth and the antagonist was left unfinished, so perhaps to reappear in another story at a later date?  There is romance, a small amount of angst and fun, romantic, steamy interactions between Bianca and Vinnie. Enjoy this one. 

 

Shopping for a Baby’s First Christmas by Julia Kent

 

A spinning maelstrom of Jacoby fun. As always with this series,  I laughed out loud until I hit a spot that hurt my heart. This one spun a little out of control, not unexpected, but totally entertaining. 

Release Day!

The Unexpected Shelter by Abby Tyler

Reblogged from My Bag Of Books:

 

This one is tied for first place in my Applebottom society favorites. The story is fun and sweet, filled with dog fun and mayhem, then there is the life experience of dealing with the growing and overwhelming problem of dementia. All these books are easy reads, this one hits home for those of us who have lost someone to this heartbreaking disease. The romance and HEA are there along with our furry friends. Don’t miss this one. 

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

 

An involved who-done-it, very intricate and enjoyable. We meet Inspector Venn, who solves the mystery, which involves his family discord, his husband and the entitled surrounding cast of characters. Very well done, a little dry in places. Good read. 

New book by Julia Kent

Fluffy - Julia Kent

 

 

RELEASE BOOST

Title: Fluffy

Author: Julia Kent

Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 30, 2019

 

An all-new STANDALONE from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent

 

It all started with the wrong Help Wanted ad. Of course it did.

I’m a professional fluffer. It’s NOT what you think. I stage homes for a living. Real estate agents love me, and my work stands on its own merits.

Sigh. Get your mind out of the gutter. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll wait.

See? That’s the problem. My career has used the term “fluffer” for decades. I didn’t even know there was a more… lascivious definition of the term.

Until it was too late.

The ad for a “professional fluffer” on Craigslist seemed like divine intervention. My last unemployment check was in the bank. I was desperate. Rent was due. The ad said cash paid at the end of the day.

The perfect job!

Staging homes means showing your best angle. The same principle applies in making a certain kind of movie. Turns out a “fluffer” doesn’t arrange decorative pillows on a couch.

They arrange other soft, round-ish objects.

The job isn’t hard. Er, I mean, it is — it’s about being hard. Or, well… helping other people to be hard.

Oh, man…

And that’s the other problem. A man. No, not one of the stars on the movie set. Will Lotham – my high school crush. The owner of the house where we’re filming. Illegally. In a vacation rental.

By the time the cops show up, what I thought was just a great house staging gig turned into a nightmare involving pictures of me with a naked star, Will rescuing me from an arrest, and a humiliating lesson in my own naivete.

My job turned out to be so much harder than I expected. But you know what’s easier than I ever imagined?

Having all my dreams come true.

 

 

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43561153-fluffy

 

 

VIEW ON BOOKBUB:https://www.bookbub.com/books/fluffy-by-julia-kent

 

 

PURCHASE LINKS

 

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UK: https://amzn.to/2HDeox5
CA: https://amzn.to/2CTYGbq
AU: https://amzn.to/2sU966r
B&N: http://bit.ly/2DHqWQj
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2TmpND1

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2sXc7D7

Google Play: http://bit.ly/2sVxlkC

Audible: https://adbl.co/2KRgFGR

Paperback: https://amzn.to/2DBcbhs

 

 

Excerpt:

 

“I can't tonight. I have a date,” I blurt out, remembering David. The dating app. The asshole who isn't an asshole.

 

Yet. I haven't met him, so that judgment remains withheld.

 

“A date?” Will asks, intrigued.

 

“Yes. A date. You know, that thing where you go out with someone who has no intention of really getting to know you and you spend the entire time eating bread that doesn’t taste as good as your date claims and trying to decide whether to initiate rescue-text sequences with your mom.”

 

“That’s your idea of a date?”

 

“That is my actual experience of every date I’ve had since college.”

 

“You’re dating the wrong guys.” He holds my gaze for just a little too long. I look away.

 

“I have to keep fishing in the pond if I ever want to catch a different one.”

 

“If that’s the way you talk to your dates, I am beginning to understand why they all turn out so badly.”

 

“Hey!”

 

“What?”

 

“Don’t accuse me of being a bad date. I’m a great date! I Google the guy in advance and read his LinkedIn profile. I make sure I don’t wear super-tall heels in case he lied about his height on his dating profile. I pretend to care about all his hobbies and don’t reveal that I’m secretly tallying all the micro-aggressions he’s sending my way during appetizers and wine. And if he makes it to dessert, well–” I falter.

 

“You never make it to dessert, do you?” Will asks, eyebrows up. He drops them quickly, wincing.

 

“I–well–it’s not that I don’t. He doesn’t!”

 

“He ditches you?”

 

“No! No! It’s just that he always has a thing.”

 

“A thing?”

 

“A work emergency. Or a dog with a twisted bowel. Or a grandma in the ER.”

 

“How many guys used the twisted-canine-intestine thing?”

 

“Three.” I sit down and sag against his teenage desk, elbows sliding forward, fingers deep in my hair. “I looked it up. There’s an entire subreddit devoted to inventive ways to get out of a bad date.”

 

“And yet here you are.” He leans against the edge of his desk. “Trying again.”

 

“I’m a masochist.”

 

His eyes gleam. “Maybe you should start your dates with that line. ‘Hi. I’m Mallory Monahan. I’m a masochist.’ You’d definitely make it to dessert.”

 

AUTHOR BIO

 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three sons in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down.

 

 

AUTHOR LINKS

 

Website: http://www.jkentauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jkentauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jkentauthor

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2PIBi9n

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jkentauthor

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/julia-kent

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jkentauthor

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Julia-Kent/e/B00A99V268

 

The Unexpected Shelter by Abby Tyler

 

This one is tied for first place in my Applebottom society favorites. The story is fun and sweet, filled with dog fun and mayhem, then there is the life experience of dealing with the growing and overwhelming problem of dementia. All these books are easy reads, this one hits home for those of us who have lost someone to this heartbreaking disease. The romance and HEA are there along with our furry friends. Don’t miss this one. 

Release Day!

Fluffy - Julia Kent

Another laugh out loud, fun filled fest by Julia Kent. I loved this book and laughed through most of it. The romance, slapstick comedy and interactions abound with the author’s signature snark and wit. Have fun with this one, well worth the read.

Release Day!

Fluffy - Julia Kent

Title: Fluffy
Author: Julia Kent
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2019

 

An all-new STANDALONE from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent

It all started with the wrong Help Wanted ad. Of course it did.
I’m a professional fluffer. It’s NOT what you think. I stage homes for a living. Real estate agents love me, and my work stands on its own merits.
Sigh. Get your mind out of the gutter. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll wait.
See? That’s the problem. My career has used the term “fluffer” for decades. I didn’t even know there was a more… lascivious definition of the term.
Until it was too late.
The ad for a “professional fluffer” on Craigslist seemed like divine intervention. My last unemployment check was in the bank. I was desperate. Rent was due. The ad said cash paid at the end of the day.
The perfect job!
Staging homes means showing your best angle. The same principle applies in making a certain kind of movie. Turns out a “fluffer” doesn’t arrange decorative pillows on a couch.
They arrange other soft, round-ish objects.
The job isn’t hard. Er, I mean, it is — it’s about being hard. Or, well… helping other people to be hard.
Oh, man…
And that’s the other problem. A man. No, not one of the stars on the movie set. Will Lotham – my high school crush. The owner of the house where we’re filming. Illegally. In a vacation rental.
By the time the cops show up, what I thought was just a great house staging gig turned into a nightmare involving pictures of me with a naked star, Will rescuing me from an arrest, and a humiliating lesson in my own naivete.
My job turned out to be so much harder than I expected. But you know what’s easier than I ever imagined?
Having all my dreams come true.


GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43561153-fluffy

VIEW ON BOOKBUB: https://www.bookbub.com/books/fluffy-by-julia-kent

Join the Fluffy Release Party on May 2: https://www.facebook.com/groups/laughyourwaytolove


PURCHASE LINKS

US: https://amzn.to/2TlLHq4 
UK: https://amzn.to/2HDeox5 
CA: https://amzn.to/2CTYGbq 
AU: https://amzn.to/2sU966r 
B&N: http://bit.ly/2DHqWQj 
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2TmpND1
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2sXc7D7
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2sVxlkC
Audible: https://adbl.co/2KRgFGR 
Paperback: https://amzn.to/2DBcbhs

 

Excerpt


“I can't tonight. I have a date,” I blurt out, remembering David. The dating app. The asshole who isn't an asshole.

Yet. I haven't met him, so that judgment remains withheld.

“A date?” Will asks, intrigued.

“Yes. A date. You know, that thing where you go out with someone who has no intention of really getting to know you and you spend the entire time eating bread that doesn’t taste as good as your date claims and trying to decide whether to initiate rescue-text sequences with your mom.”

“That’s your idea of a date?”

“That is my actual experience of every date I’ve had since college.”

“You’re dating the wrong guys.” He holds my gaze for just a little too long. I look away.

“I have to keep fishing in the pond if I ever want to catch a different one.”

“If that’s the way you talk to your dates, I am beginning to understand why they all turn out so badly.”

“Hey!”

“What?”

“Don’t accuse me of being a bad date. I’m a great date! I Google the guy in advance and read his LinkedIn profile. I make sure I don’t wear super-tall heels in case he lied about his height on his dating profile. I pretend to care about all his hobbies and don’t reveal that I’m secretly tallying all the micro-aggressions he’s sending my way during appetizers and wine. And if he makes it to dessert, well–” I falter.

“You never make it to dessert, do you?” Will asks, eyebrows up. He drops them quickly, wincing.

“I–well–it’s not that I don’t. He doesn’t!”

“He ditches you?”

“No! No! It’s just that he always has a thing.”

“A thing?”

“A work emergency. Or a dog with a twisted bowel. Or a grandma in the ER.”

“How many guys used the twisted-canine-intestine thing?”

“Three.” I sit down and sag against his teenage desk, elbows sliding forward, fingers deep in my hair. “I looked it up. There’s an entire subreddit devoted to inventive ways to get out of a bad date.”

“And yet here you are.” He leans against the edge of his desk. “Trying again.”

“I’m a masochist.”

His eyes gleam. “Maybe you should start your dates with that line. ‘Hi. I’m Mallory Monahan. I’m a masochist.’ You’d definitely make it to dessert.”

Release Day!

Fun And entertaining.

Reblogged from My Bag Of Books:
Getting Hot with the Scot - Melonie Johnson

This fun romp of a book is well written and easy to read. The circle of good friends and the added romance of a foreign fling makes this story easy, humorous and heartfelt. There is drama and steam, but the author does not extend it to the breaking point (the point of throwing the book down in disgust, because the drama drags on and on and on).  Read this one, as you sip an adult beverage with your feet up, and enjoy. 

Release Day!

Nothing But Trouble by Amy Andrews

Reblogged from My Bag Of Books:

 

This book starts with a “bang”. The interactions between the main characters is fun. The story got a little long. The two love interests got lost, they circled, smacked together, circled some more. The story is a good read, fun, steam, humor and romance (toward the end). Good, entertaining read.