Review: Even the Score (Tall, Dark and Texan, #1) by Kate Meader

Even The Score (Tall, Dark, and Texan, #1)Even The Score by Kate Meader
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Even the Score’ was just fantastic! I am completely and absolutely in love with this short read! It’s not a full length novel (more of a novella, really, at 200 pages) but sure gets your blood rushing, heart pumping and emotions spiriting out of control! For those in search of a short, emotion-filled, sexy read, I couldn’t recommend this any higher!
I am seriously, down-to-earth and on-cloud-nine in love with the romance reads published by Entangled Publishing! They publish such sweet and romantic or hot and sexy reads that I could abso-FREAKING-loutely NOT give each novel I’ve read so far a FIVE star! There is something wonderfully enchanting about their publications that I cannot resist!
This novel was spectacularly written! Such great story-telling and elegantly simple language that I cannot describe how much I loved this read! The Kate Meader has captured my heart, soul and mind with her touching and heartfelt first novella in the ‘Tall, Dark and Texan’ series! Each word was full of emotion and meaning. Reading this novella was like diving head first into the sizzling romance between Hunter and Tess!
And BOY was there romance passionate and intense! Whew! I loved, loved, loved their chemistry together! It was beyond explosive as made for quite the steamy read!
But what made it best was the authentic problems that the characters had to encounter and prove victorious over. Their romance was unbelievably challenging but made the whole reading experience so much the better because it brought around this whole BUCKETLOAD of deep emotions that basically permeated the entire novella.
I cannot recommend this novella enough and must commend the author on her spectacular first volume in the new series!
Congratulations to Kate Meader on publishing a sexy, romantic and completely authentic read! I can’t wait for book two!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Taking the Score (Tall, Dark and Texan, #2) by Kate Meader

Taking the Score (Tall, Dark, and Texan, #2)Taking the Score by Kate Meader

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Taking the Score’ is the second, steamy, EPIC read in the novella series, ‘Tall, Dark and Texan’! I loved this second volume because of the sexy-as-hell male lead, Brody (otherwise known as Broderick Kane III), and the touching and heartfelt trials and troublesome past of Emma Strickland.
The characters were so amazing! As I mentioned before, Brody was an amazing male lead because of the characteristics he possessed. He was strong and compassionate, giving and kind, protective and loyal despite all the hardships he experienced at the hands of his closest. Emma, on the other hand, was such an enigma and learning more about her was incredibly fascinating! We readers know her in the previous instalment as this prim and proper personal assistant to Brody with impeccable organisational skills and a steady, hard, work ethic. But as we delve deeper into her past she becomes more fascinating…I absolutely loved the character development!
The chemistry found in this novella was beyond crazy! I so admired the obstacles these two had to overcome to get to where they are now! Brody’s and Emma’s relationship was fascinating to watch plant and grow. Their entire interactions held so much raw POTENTIAL that tearing my eyes away from the page was near impossible.
The writing was incredible as always! Such professionalism and quality! It made the story so much better!
The pace was well set and never kept me bored! The plot was also so well structured! There was nothing that I could pick on about this book. Except for a few typos, which I hardly noticed. Weirdly, they made the reading experience sort of…endearing…
Congratulations to Kate Meader on publishing the second volume in the ‘Tall, Dark and Texan’ series! Can’t wait for the third!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: One Week to Score (Tall, Dark and Texan, #3) by Kate Meader

One Week to Score (Tall, Dark, and Texan, #3)One Week to Score by Kate Meader

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘One Week to Score’ was fabulous, brother’s baby sister and brother’s best-friend, beach romance! I really liked this read, not only because it was uplifting and NOT overly depressing, but because it worked. And there wasn’t a lot of those stereotypical or cliche scenarios and problems which usually appear (and ruin) a good romance read.
What I continue to love about this series is that the men are LEGITIMATE men. In the first novella, the guy was a bit of an Alpha, but the next two novellas where a lot more realistic. Sure, the guys were still manly, but they weren’t overly dominating. They weren’t oppressive and all alpha, if you get what I mean.
What I also continue to like about this series is their shortness. They were fun and easy and quick to read. There wasn’t anything that made me feel bored for their short length, and I would highly recommend these novella series to those who are going on a vacation or feel the need for something light and quick.
I don’t think I enjoyed this instalment as much as the second. Brody’s and Emma’s novella is and will always remain my favourite. I just connected with those two a lot faster and stronger than with Flynn and Olivia.
There was a good plot, despite my favouritism of the couples, and a very good, steady pace which revealed plenty whilst still keeping me intrigued.
A lot of the scenes were hot and sexy, so maybe keep these novellas away from prying eyes! 😉
This leads me to chemistry. I felt like Olivia and Flynn worked in that part, but I wasn’t sure whether they were the best suited? They seemed to care deeply about each other but I had some wariness as to whether they would work long-term.
I couldn’t spot any typos or mistakes in my ARC copy of the novella. I loved how neat everything was!
Congratulations to Kate Meader on publishing the final instalment in ‘The Tall, Dark and Texan’ series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Random Acts of Marriage (Wedding Favors, #2) by Boone Brux

Random Acts of MarriageRandom Acts of Marriage by Boone Brux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Random Acts of Marriage’ was…okay for me but I found the characters a bit…well, not to my taste. They just weren’t what I wanted them to be, and I guess that really brought down the overall rating for me. Just their whole personalities were subpar to me and didn’t allow me to strongly connect with either the story or them.
The novella was written quite well on the other hand and upped the ante for me. It was able to convey those emotions across to me (thank goodness or I would have perished a reader’s death) and made reading worthwhile. I can’t and shan’t say anything negative about this aspect of the novel because it was so well done. I liked how simple and flowing everything was executed.
A good setting and world-building for this instalment. I did feel confused at times because I started reading the second instalment instead of the first, (I know, I’m weird) so the fact that were was a wedding going on made me think that the couple getting married were the main characters in the first instalment but apparently they have NOTHING to do with the series. So, I guess this all the novellas are standalones through and through.
I felt like the whole plot was a bit unoriginal and that there wasn’t anything significant that made the novella outshine the others in the same genre. I mean, there was nothing that made me gasp or startle or laugh. It did garner some smiles and grins from me though! This novella could really use a splash of something exotic and spicy!
The chemistry between Kinni and Price wasn’t something to be marvelled at. I couldn’t really feel it and I didn’t understand why they got together and what made them tick together. I still don’t.
The characters weren’t anything surprising and original. I just…they felt like worn out pieces playing their parts as best as they could.
Overall, this was an okay, sweet read that was okay to get through but it didn’t keep me gripped or fascinated or riveted. Honestly, I found it easier to put the book down than to keep reading.
Congratulations to Boone Brux on publishing the second instalment in the ‘Wedding Favors’ series! Hopefully, book one will be better for me!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: The Best Friend Bargain (Kisses in the Sand, #3) by Robin Bielman

The Best Friend Bargain (Kisses in the Sand, #3)The Best Friend Bargain by Robin Bielman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘The Best Friend Bargain’ was a fantastically cute, romantic and uplifting novel about true love and its hidden roots in the most complicated of friendships: those between a man and a woman.
After having to read so many average, nondescript novels that I absolutely (nearly) died of bored, I was READY with an R to launch into something that would lift me up and fly to me cloud nine. I wanted humour and love, romance and passion. And I can always find that in a romance novel where the poor victims are a man and woman with best-friendship between them. I was so excited to read this novel because I strongly hoped that it would give me all that I wanted – and it did just that!
I loved the way the story was told! Such beautiful, flowing language that made the entire novel a pleasure to read is not something I as a reader come across every day. Every book is an investment were I trust that the author will leave me satisfied and yearning for more. Robin Bielman gave me exactly what I wanted and with such simplicity, too, that tearing myself away from the page became a hardship I tried not to attempt.
The characters were so natural and real, too, that reading about them and from their point of view gave me something to look forward to. As I read, I got to know these lovely people who touched my soul with their troubles and their happiness.
Danny and Olivia had such great chemistry on page that I gave them FIVE hot, blazing stars. Their romance was so touching to me! I loved that they progressed from their insecure selves to people who trusted themselves and each other to love and to trust. Danny is probably the epitome of my favourite male archetype in romance novels: he was caring and considerate, kind and trusting, compassionate and sympathetic, loyal and protective. He made my heart beat just that little faster!
I enjoyed that the author touched on those little everyday issues that fill out lives. Olivia had to battle with finding herself as a soon-to-be-single-mother. So many women find themselves alone and afraid that they will not be able to care for themselves and their child. Olivia’s issues captured that with an unfiltered lens and compassion. I loved following her story as she grew from a woman afraid and unsure, to one who knew her independence and worth. She realised that she would be okay by herself and didn’t need a man to care for her and her baby.
Danny also had an issue which made the novel so much more realistic, tangible and touching. He was born with a genetic disease that slowly took away his eyesight. His struggles to accept love when he would be at his most vulnerable made me feel so blessed with what I have today and the realisation that everybody fights a hard battle.
The pace was set so well! It was brisk but steady. Every moment was something fun or new and I never felt like I could zone out and fall asleep.
The emotions were so well conveyed! I loved it, I loved it, I LOVED it!
My first experience reading Robin Bielman’s books was absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! I really regret having not picked up books 1 and 2!
Congratulations to Robin Bielman on publishing the fantastically romantic volume THREE in the ‘Kisses in the Sand’ series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Keeping Mr Right Now (Kisses in the Sand, #1) by Robin Bielman

Keeping Mr. Right Now (Kisses in the Sand, #1)Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Keeping Mr Right Now’ was a spectacular first instalment in the ‘Kisses in the Sand’ series and one I am most definitely going to re-read! If you’re looking for something swoon-worthy, completely romantic and hot and sexy, this fantastic novel is a must beach-read!
Because I’m eccentric and weird, I read the ‘Kisses in the Sand’ series, BACKWARDS! I’ve read book three, ‘The Best Friend Bargain’, which has so far been my most favourite, I’ve read book two next, ‘Blame it on the Kiss’ next and found that I didn’t like it as much as book three, but I still gave it a FIVE star! But I must admit that ‘Keeping Mr Right Now’ has been my number one favourite out of the whole series!
I loved that I could relate myself more easily towards the female lead character, Sophie! I felt like I could bond more easily and experience the story through her eyes because she was character who was shy and insecure about herself. She was so compassionate and empathetic but she just didn’t have that self-confidence that would have accentuated her beauty – for she was in fact very beautiful! I loved that her first degree was in neurobiology but that she finally found her passion in event planning. Sophie seemed so real to me!
Robin Bielman is a very talented romance author who writes with such simplicity and such elegance that all the emotions needed to be carried across to her reader not only flood but TORRENT towards the reader! I am still in awe with the wonderful romantic and heartfelt story she has gifted me!
I absolutely loved the beach setting! I should learn to invest in more beach reads! I loved how this entire series centred on the little beach town of White Strands. And there was AMAZING imagery on behalf of the author when she wrote about it! I could smell the ocean and as an Aussie this was important to me. I could feel the sun beating down on my shoulders and the sea breeze ruffling my hair! It was an amazing experience getting to know this little town and I am so sad that the adventure for me and this series has ended. *weeps uncontrollably*
I loved, loved, and loved the sizzling and sparking chemistry between Sophie and Zane! There was so much passion and zest between the two that reading their story was like experience it firsthand! I grieved every time those two made a mistake and laughed out loud at some of their mishaps! I MAJORLY enjoyed getting to know them as they slowly let the other in and gradually fell in love!
Some of those scenes were hot hot HOT! So be warned! 😉
I greatly admired the author’s talent in creating her characters! They were spectacularly real and I cannot imagine a better cast for this series!
I also admired the fact that the author also touched on a couple of real life issues such as cancer and parental abuse. There wasn’t so much of it that it plagued the entire novel and drew away from the light and (mostly) easy romance but it definitely increased the authenticity of the story. Zane was the character who faced constant verbal abuse when he was a child and enjoyed how he grew and evolved as a person to finally let himself open up, trust and love.
The pace was great and there was not one moment where I got bored or uninterested! Every chapter held something previous and I was constantly eager to finish…just…one…more…chapter!
Congratulations to Robin Bielman on publishing such a fantastic beach read and the first instalment in the ‘Kisses in the Sand’ series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Blame it on the Kiss (Kisses in the Sand, #2) by Robin Bielman

Blame it on the Kiss (Kisses in the Sand, #2)Blame it on the Kiss by Robin Bielman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Blame it on the Kiss’ is the second, most funniest, romantic and swoon-worthy volume in the ‘Kisses in the Sand’ series and my second novel by Robin Bielman. I have loved this author’s writing so far, and this novel has captured everything I loved – and currently love – best about her writing. Highly recommended to anybody up for a read with a hot-as-hell, gentlemanly and intelligent men without all that alpha male shenanigans!
The author continues to enchant me with her lovely writing and prose! Her novels are so well written and reading them, so far, has been like gliding seamlessly and violently down from an airplane towards an end which will leave you with no regrets.
Robin Bielman has managed to capture so much of what I love in romance novels: That rush of falling in love as the precipice the main characters find themselves on just before the fall. She has managed to capture the turbulent emotions and the many, various doubts we humans often face about love. Reading her novels is like a breath of fresh air, and each time it’s something new.
I must admit that, of the two novels I’ve read by Robin Bielman so far, the first novel, ‘The Best Friend Bargain’ which is the third in the ‘Kisses in the Sand’ series, has been my favourite. I know! I seem to be going backwards! Reading book three before traveling onto book two then one! Maybe it was the cliche best-friends scenario, but I loved that novel best. It seemed to have touched me on a deeper level.
For those wondering if you should read books one and two first, before going onto book three, I would recommend reading whichever novel appeals best to you. I liked the sound of book three best, so I read that first. There was no confusion when some of the characters from the previous instalments returned but books one and two give you an insight into the presence of the many characters and may make the reading experience better for you.
Honor’s and Bryce’s relationship was one constantly plagued by the death of a best friend for Honor and an ex for Bryce. I loved how slowly the two progressed from her constant presence, which clouded their blossoming relationship with doubt and grief to one where their friend’s presence brought peace and acceptance…and finally love.
I enjoyed that the novel didn’t weigh too heavily on me. There are SOOOOOOOOOOO many novels out there that are all dark and gloomy and depressing. Seriously people! GAG me! It makes the reading a bit of a trial sometimes and sometimes a deterrent especially if I want something uplifting and happier…and with a darn happily ever after. Guys, read this if you want something relaxing and happier in your life. You won’t regret it!
This was a fairly short read for me! I absolutely zoomed through it! There was something about the language that made it easily to just keep reading, reading, reading and impossible to put the book down!
Congratulations to Robin Bielman on publishing a fantastic second instalment in the ‘Kisses in the Sand’ series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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