Review of: My Fair Brady by K.C. Wells

TITLE: My Fair Brady
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Feb 19, 2019


A spur of the moment invitation changes two lives.
Jordan Wolf’s company runs like a well-oiled machine. At least until his PA, Brady Donovan, comes down with the flu and takes sick leave. Then Jordan discovers what a treasure Brady is and who really keeps his business—and Jordan in particular—moving like clockwork. So when Jordan needs a plus-one, Brady seems the obvious choice to accompany him. After a major shopping trip to get Brady looking the part, however…. Wow.
Brady has a whole new wardrobe, and now his boss is whisking him away for a weekend party. Something is going on, something Brady never expected: Jordan is looking at him like he’s never seen him before, electrifying Brady’s long-hidden desires.
But can the romantic magic last when the weekend is over and it’s back to reality?

Jordan Wolf is the CEO of his company. He’s successful, very successful and works hard for that. With the help of his assistant, Brady, Jordan has his weeks running smoothly. Until his PA gets sick and Jordan realizes how important Brady is to his company and his life. Brady didn’t expect that having flu would change his life forever.
My Fair Brady by KC Wells was a sweet and adorable book that I enjoyed a lot.

Jordan is the CEO of his own company. He’s powerful, hard worker and successful, but he never realizes that he can be all of that because Brady takes care of every aspect of his life. Jordan realizes soon that Brady is more than just a simple PA and at first tries to show him how grateful he is of his work until he meets the real Brady, the one in real life that he’s never met before. This Brady catches Jordan’s eyes and heart.

Brady is probably the best PA in the world, the fact he’s in love with his boss since he starts to work for him has nothing to do with his efficiently. Brady didn’t expect to see Jordan on his doorstep when he was sick, taking care of him. He didn’t expect to bond with Jordan more than their work relationship, and most of all, he didn’t expect to fall a little bit more in love with Jordan each time Jordan took care of him.

I adored these two men; they were so adorable, funny, sweet and just natural. Brady is funny and sassy; he doesn’t seem like that at first when he’s in PA mode. I love the fact that the reader meets this other side of Brady with Jordan. I loved Jordan too; he’s smart, kind and a protector. How he reacts to Brady’s absence is funny (the lunch episode made me laugh out loud), he’s completely lost without him, but when he starts to see the other side of Brady, he is hooked, just like the reader.

I loved how the author made the reader fall in love with the MCs at the same time they did. She didn’t just write their feelings; she showed them to us. I laughed and swooned for them all through my reading.

The book is only about Brady and Jordan’s story, no drama, no sub-plot. Just them and a piece of their life written with talent and it was very good.

I gladly recommend this book; it’s the kind of story that I enjoy to read and want to live.

4 OptimuMM for them.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: How to Be a Movie Star by T.J. Klune

TITLE: How to Be a Movie Star
AUTHOR: T.J. Klune
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Feb 12, 2019


Josiah Erickson wants to be a movie star. The problem with that is so does half of Los Angeles. But he’s on his way, what with memorable roles as a TV show background cadaver and a guy in a commercial for herpes medication. All he needs is his big break. And that break may come in the form of a novelist who goes by the enigmatic name of Q-Bert.
Q-Bert, who is ready to make his directorial debut in a film Josy would be perfect for. Q-Bert, who Josy may or may not have a friend-crush on, and potentially something more. Being demisexual can be confusing.
From the City of Angels to the small mountain town of Abby, Oregon, Josy will give his all to make sure his dreams come true—even the ones he never thought possible.

Oh my God, he did it again!

I just literally finished the book and I’m already suffering from a book hangover. This happens to me after every Klune book. I know I’m not alone when I say that Klune holds some kind of magic when it comes to romance. He grasps things that just make you reflect on that special event that’s so similar to what happened to you (and no, I’m not referring to turning into a gnarly wolf).

This is the second installment of the series, where again, we will meet Gustavo (!) and Casey, and Xander and Serge too…but also JOSY!!! I like him the best! Hands down, I swear he’s Klune’s best character so far! You will just fall in love with him during the second sentence in the book.

This is a funny book! This time the POV is from Josy who’s high more than not, and you can enjoy all the spirals of his mind. The book is hilarious, but at the same time, it’s a bit heartbreaking. That’s Klune for you ladies, gents or however you identify yourself, Repect!
As we know from the first book of the series, in this story too, opposite mets opposite. A lighter-than-sunshine hipster movie-star-in-the-making, Josy and an introvert suffering from anxiety and depression author, who writes monster porn (please don’t ask…), Quincy.

Josy is demisexual. At first sight, he wants to befriend Quincy so bad. But emotions get in the way, miscommunication gets involved, and he becomes a stalker. Shut up…it’s not weird!

And then everything just falls into place…right, like that ever happens!

I can promise you that you will enjoy every line of this book. I did. Tears are a must, but they will be happy tears!

Cognates to TJ again, and as I always say: there’s not enough stars in the sky to rate this book!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Whiskey and Moonshine by Elizabeth Noble

TITLE: Whiskey and Moonshine
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Noble
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Jan 15, 2019


Drunk on love.
Like a well-aged whiskey, master distiller and old-money entrepreneur Malone Kensington is elegant and refined. Unfortunately he’s also a perfectionist who is more dedicated to the success of his generations-old company than his own love life.
That company needs a public spokesman.
What Colton Hale lacks in sophistication, he more than makes up for with the charisma that’s allowed him to survive on the street from a young age and charm his way into the lucrative—if overwhelming—public position at the Kensington Distillery. When Mal takes Colt under his wing, hoping to polish off his rough edges, opposites attract and a passionate romance blossoms despite the differences in age and background. But can it survive a Kensington Board of Directors who believe Colt is nothing but a gold digger and a kidnapper determined to profit from the love of Mal’s life—dead or alive?

Malone Kensington is the owner of the Kensington Distillery and Still House. He runs his company with passion, he loves brewing his whiskey, but he’s very bad at socializing with any other human being.

Colton Hale has been on the street since he was 15 years old after his parents kicked him out for being gay. He survived as much as he could, until his last beating. Colton leaves Toledo with the hope to start over somewhere else. When he has the opportunity to become the spokesman to Kensington Distillery, Colt doesn’t back down and works hard to achieve his goal.

Malone will take Colton under his wing, helping him to become who he really wants, but the attraction between them is beyond a simple friendship. Mal and Colt will have to face the prejudice of their past, their fears, and all their difference to be together.
Whiskey and Moonshine by Elizabeth Noble was a sweet read that I enjoyed a lot.

Malone isn’t the typical “asshole” boss. He often referred himself like that, but I thought he was kind, gentle and protective of the people he loves. He’s funny and smart, and I love how he is with Colt, how he respects his boundaries and how he takes care of him. I completely melted for Malone.

Colton is adorable, strong, and brave. After what he’s been through, he still works hard to have a good and honest life. He is honest, I really loved it about him, and he doesn’t hide his past, what he had to do in order to survive on the street. He’s fresh and kind of naïve, but not so naïve either. I loved him, I loved his honesty, his kindness, and his strength.

The book and the plot were good, simple, well-constructed and easy to follow. The characters were adorable, and it was easy to bond with them and most of all to love them. I also love the writing, the author gave us a lot of details and description in the book, but it wasn’t boring or too long. I really enjoyed it. It was well described, and the author must have done a lot of researching before. I appreciated that.

It’s 4 OptimuMM for Mal, Colt, and their Moonshine.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Amber Krogh

Review: “The CEO’s Christmas Manny” by Angela McAllister

TITLE: The CEO’s Christmas Manny
AUTHOR: Angela McAllister
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 222 pages
RELEASE DATE: Dec 18, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 -paperback


Anything but business as usual.
Billionaire CEO Nic Price lives for his job. With sales down and grumbling from the board of directors—including Nic’s permanently dissatisfied father—the last thing Nic needs is distraction from the new manny, whose freewheeling approach to childcare is outlandish… and who makes Nic feel things he’s never allowed himself to feel.
Ex-teacher Sasha Lindsey is all about fun—that’s the reason people love him, so he has to be. After a bad break-up leaves him jobless and homeless, the live-in manny job with Mr. Price seems like a windfall. But his chemistry with Nic is off the charts, and he can’t afford another workplace romance disaster.
Can Nic leave his dominance in the bedroom and open his heart to the best thing that’s ever happened to him? Or will Sasha’s leap of faith backfire and ruin his chances at the family happily ever after he’s always dreamed of?

Nicholas Price is the CEO of the family enterprise. He lives for his job, he lives to meet his parents’ expectations, and he doesn’t have time for his nephew and niece that he raised since his sister’s death four years ago. Nic needs a nanny to take care of the children while he kills himself at work.

Sasha Lindsey is a passionate Math teacher who lost his job, home and boyfriend at the same time. He accepted the position as the manny for the Price’s family thinking it will help him to find a new job and stability in his life.
Nic and Sasha are meant to be together, but while one can gain everything, the other can lose everything. Does that mean they can’t find an equilibrium and be happy? That’s what they will have to figure out.

The CEO’s Christmas Manny by Angela McAllister is my first book from the author, and I liked it.
Nic is the perfect archetype of the billionaire CEO, cold, hard, and a workaholic. Four years ago, he became the guardian of his nephew and niece after his sister’s death, but Nic struggles hard with the kids. He’s completely lost, and through the years, he’s become a perfect stranger to them.

Sasha Lindsey is passionate about his job teaching Math, but because of his disastrous break up with his ex-boyfriend, Sasha lost everything including his job and home—except his truck. He accepted the position as the Manny because it was a perfect way for him to find his balance again. He didn’t expect to meet a broken family, sad and hurt kids and an iceman as an uncle. Sasha will work hard to put this family back together, help the kids and their uncle to become a family again.

I love Sasha more than Nic. I liked Nic, but he was a big A**** with Sasha and the kids. He was so mean and cruel that I want to beat him to death, but Nic had a lot of fears and trauma from his childhood and his parents, and thank god when he realized how wrong he was, he did everything to make it up to the people he loves. Sasha got me from the beginning, he’s so beautiful, generous and kind with everyone but himself. He’s a natural caretaker, he’s used to taking care of others, but no one did it for him. I really loved Sasha.

The book was good and the plot easy to follow. The only thing that bothered me was that the feelings weren’t well developed, the feelings between Sasha and Nic as well as the connection between Sasha and the kids. How Sasha bonded with them for example, or how Nic and Sasha realized they were falling for each other, all of this was a bit messy. We follow how hot they were hot for each other, but not much more actually, just like all the scenes with Sasha and the kids are with Nic with them (except for two).

The book was good, don’t get me wrong, but I missed a deeper connection between the characters that’s all. Anyway, I will read the next one in this series for sure, especially if it’s about Percy.

It’s 3.5 stars for the CEO and his Manny

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Purrfect Holiday” by Jana Denardo

TITLE: Purrfect Holiday
AUTHOR: Jana Denardo
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Adrian Nicholas
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 46 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book


A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar
Tony Gatti had his life planned: get his veterinarian license and go to work with his dad and uncle. Soon after achieving his goals, he learned the shadows and blurriness in his vision went beyond needing glasses. Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic mutation with no cure. With his sight almost gone, he moves into his grandmother’s St. Augustine, Florida, home with his guide dog, Raven, to start life over. Nonna Concetta thinks she knows the perfect job for him. Her vet is looking for someone to destress the cats at a local rescue.
Javier didn’t plan to hire a cute former veterinarian to fill the role of cat cuddler, but Tony couldn’t be more perfect. Worried his attraction is inappropriate and knowing the holiday season always depresses him, Javier wonders if he should ask Tony out, or if he’d just be spreading the gloom to someone who already has enough of his own. But if he takes the plunge, could it turn out to be the best holiday ever?

Purrfect Holiday by Jana Denardo is one of the short stories from the 2018 Advent Calendar—Warmest Wishes. This is the first book that I have read by Jana Denardo, but I look forward to reading more books by her. I enjoyed her writing style, character development, and the plot of the book.

This was a cute short story. I’m such an animal lover that I really enjoyed how Tony was able to turn his life in a different direction when he found out that he was losing his sight and got a job as a cat cuddler instead of being a veterinarian. The story doesn’t have any on-page sex, but there is some great chemistry between Tony and Javier. Great holiday cheer.

I liked Tony Gatti. He had his life all planned out. He was going to get his veterinarian license and go to work with his dad and uncle. But soon after achieving those goals, he learns the shadow and blurriness in his vision goes way beyond needing glasses. He has Retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic mutation with no cure. With his sight nearly over he moves to St. Augustine, Florida with his guide dog, Raven, to live with his grandmother, to start his life over. His grandmother Nonna Concetta thinks that she knows the perfect job for him. Her vet is looking for someone to destress the cats at a local rescue so that they can be adopted. I liked how he interacts with his grandma and how he doesn’t let his disability get him down.

I also liked Javier. He wasn’t planning to hire a cute former vet to fill the role of cat cuddler, but Tony couldn’t be more perfect. Javier wonders if he should ask Tony out, but he’s worried that his attraction is inappropriate since Tony now works for him. Javier also knows that the holiday season always depress him and he worries that if Tony says yes that he would just be spreading the gloom to someone who already has enough on his own. But if he takes the plunge, could it turn out to be the best holiday ever? I liked how Javier and Tony interact together and the chemistry that they share.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis