True Love – Brenda Jackson

Synopsis:

Corporate executive Shayla Kirkland has landed her dream job with one of Chicago’s top new firms, Chenault Electronics. Now she’s in a perfect position to destroy the company for unjustly ruining her mother’s career. But she never expected that handsome CEO Nicholas Chenault would spark a passion that challenges her resolve—and makes her surrender to the most irresistible desire….

The Review:

This is another hit from Brenda. Nicholas and Shayla have a very interesting relationship. The plot of this story is a bit cliché. Person goes undercover to destroy a company or operation and they end up falling in love with the owner. So the plot isn’t very unique, but Brenda delivers with the sensuality and her descriptive writing. It’s a great book but not one of my favorites from Brenda. So I give this book a 4 out of 5.

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It had to be you – Francis Ray

Synopsis:

IT HAD TO BE HER

Most musicians would do anything to work with the hot, young record producer known as “Rolling Deep.” R.D. can pick and choose any artist he wants—and he wants Laurel Raineau. A classical violinist, Laurel plays soaring music that touches R.D. to his very soul. But the last thing Laurel wants is to work with someone whose exploits with the ladies appear in the tabloids every week.

IT HAD TO BE…WHO?

Not one to take no for an answer, R.D. keeps trying—and failing—to let Laurel know that he’s not the player he’s made out to be. So he introduces himself to her by his real name, Zachary Wilder, hoping to win her over. But it’s Zach who falls under this beauty’s spell. Now it’s only a matter of time before Laurel learns who the man she’s losing her heart to really is—but can she walk away from a passion that feels so right?

The Review:

I usually enjoy all the books I read from Francis Ray. Especially the ones in this series however, this book didn’t do it for me. I didn’t really feel connected to the characters at all, the chemistry was off and I felt that at some point Francis didn’t know how to end the book so she just kept writing. In fact, I was only halfway through the book and I couldn’t wait for it to end. I only finished this one because I love to finish what I start. I’d give this book a 1 out of 5. If you’re new to Francis Ray do NOT start off with this book because she’s much better than this.

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In another Man’s Bed – Francis Ray

Synopsis:

When Justine Crandall walks in on her husband of six years with another woman, she flees their home, declaring she’ll never see him again. And her wish almost comes true when his car careens off a cliff in his pursuit of her. Hours later she finds herself in a hospital, faced with a terrible choice. Will she disconnect his life support because he was a liar and a cheat, or because it’s the humane thing to do? Or…should she keep faith that he’ll revive from his coma? In the meantime, an old love reappears, making the decision even more difficult, pitting her heart against her conscience. Justine finds that soon she must choose: be with a man who truly loves her and puts her first, or honor her marriage vows?

The Review:

I love Francis Ray’s writing. I usually don’t deviate outside of reading her Grayson family series. I took a chance on this one and to me it was not worth it. Francis Ray is an excellent author but it was just not good for me. I found myself not being able to fully connect with the characters. Justine’s love connection with the other guy just did not impact me at all. The only interesting part of the story was her dealing with her ever persistent mother in law whom insisted that her son will come out of the coma. That part of the story was a page-turner! I was just waiting for her to just snap and curse her out! Anyway, I feel that it was sad that out of the whole book that only Justine’s frustrations with her husband’s mother seemed to make this story a bit decent since it was supposed to be a love story. Overall I honestly would not recommend this book. Especially if you’re new to Francis Ray’s writing, this book does not portray her skills to the fullest. I’d give this book a 3 out of 5.

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Naughty or Nice – Eric Jerome Dickey

 

Synopsis:

Each of the Mcbroom sisters has her own problems. Frankie, the oldest, is never satisfied. Can anyone give her what she wants? Middle sister Livvy, saddled with a cheating husband, has begun an affair of her own. But her being wronged doesn’t exactly make her sideline lover Mr. Right. Then there’s baby Tommie. She was treated badly by a man she trusted. Can an older man show her what love is about?

Frankie, Livvy, and Tommie are there for each other all through the drama—and in the process, they discover what family, sisterhood, and love are all about….

The Review:

So I usually love and enjoy Eric’s books but this time I really just couldn’t get into it at all. This book had potential like many other books in terms of the plot, but it fell through for me because the characters and dialogue didn’t capture me. This is truly my least favorite from Eric Jerome Dickey. I finished the book simply because I like to finish what I start other than that it was disappointing. I won’t even rate this one. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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So You Call Yourself a Man – Carl Weber

Synopsis:

The acclaimed national bestselling author of such smart, sexy novels as The Preacher’s Son and Player Haters returns with a tale of three best friends who’ve grown from boys to men together. But now that they’re each either married or about to be, they’re coming up against some of the real tests of manhood… James Robinson and his wife, Cathy, have had their rough patches. But seven years into their marriage, things are better, and hotter, than ever—until the not-so-distant past catches up with James. During a particularly rocky period, James hooked up with a woman on his UPS route, and he wasn’t just delivering packages. Now, three years later, the fling has come back to haunt him—with a baby in tow. James has to decide whether to tell his wife, or keep the affair a secret and give in to his ex-mistress’s outrageous child support demands. The choice might not be so tough if he wasn’t falling in love—with his newfound son.

Meanwhile, James’s best friend, Brent Williams, has got his own romantic complications. He’s a fine brother who’s had women throwing themselves at him all his life, but it’s taken Brent a while to find someone who wants him for the man he is on the inside. He thinks he’s found her in his fiancée, Alison Jones. The plus-size beauty isn’t his usual type, but more important to Brent, she’s a born-again Christian, like him. They seem like a match made in heaven until a sexy third party threatens to come between them—someone Brent has been praying to resist.

Ever since he got married and moved to Seattle, Sonny Harrison has missed his friends in New York. But that’s going to change now that James has pulled some strings and gotten him a job at UPS. There’s just one problem—Sonny’s wife. When Sonny tells her the good news, she promptly sends him packing. Sonny’s heartbroken—until he reunites with his high school sweetheart, Tiffany. But his quick devotion soon turns suffocating—and scary. Tiffany wants out, but the harder she tries to end things, the harder Sonny hangs on. As his behavior becomes more and more obsessive, Brent and James may be the only ones who can intervene. But will helping Tiffany mean losing their friend forever?

The Review:

This is another page turner from Carl Weber filled with lots of twists and turns just like any typical Carl Weber book. I have to say though that this didn’t quite have me engrossed or enthralled as his other books. I really just couldn’t get into it. So overall I’d give this book a 3 out of 5 only because the plot had potential and it definitely kept me on my toes like any books from Carl Weber but it seriously wasn’t his best. I wouldn’t recommend this one if you’re just starting to read any of his books.

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Surrender – Brenda Jackson

Synopsis:

When it comes to love, never say never…

After a childhood spent moving from army base to army base, independent-minded Nettie Brooms is determined to secure a stable life—and never become involved with a military man. Then she meets incredibly handsome and charming Ashton Sinclair, a dedicated colonel in the U.S. Marines whose intent on capturing her heart—no matter what it takes. Now Nettie’s wondering how a man she swore she would avoid could so easily test her resolve by igniting an irrestible passion she can’t walk away from.

The Review:

This is one of my favorites from Brenda. Ashton and Netherlands story is so romantic and passionate. I love how Ashton wore Nettie down but in a seductive manner. Brenda yet again delivers vivid and sensual hot images in this book with her writing. My only flaw with this book is the second story of one of Nettie’s employees falling in love as well. I didn’t mind the falling in love part of course but from what I read it happened within a weeks time and the story just didn’t captivate me like Nettie and Ashton’s did. For that I’ll give this book a 4 out of 5 star rating. But I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone.

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Brenda Jackson – Taste of Passion

Synopsis:

Attorney Mackenzie “Mac” Standfield swore off love when her heart was shattered into a million pieces. But there’s one man who has manged to tempt her beyond—rodeo star Luke Madaris. Although five years have passed, Mac discovers when she runs into Luke again that the sexual tension is just as charged as ever…

When Luke gets injured in a rodeo, he knows the only place where he can recuperate—without being smothered by his worried family—is at Mac’s place. After all, like Mac, he has no interest in any romantic entanglements…untill being in such close quarters with Mac forces Luke to confront a desire he can no longer fight…

With each passing day, Mac and Luke come to realize that their smoldering attraction can be put out only if they surrender to it. But what Mac doesn’t realize is that once you give yourself to a Madaris man, there’s no turning back…

The Review:

Brenda delivers another hit with this one. Brenda yet again has hot, romantic and steamy love scenes that are just amazing. I like how both Mac and Luke are resolving their qualms about love through each other. They both have trust issues of the opposite sex but their sizzling chemistry just buries all of that. I loved this book and I’d give it a 5 out of rating. I’d definitely recommend it.

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