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Then Came You by Jeannie Moon

The suicide of her sister leaves Mia DeAngelis with her ten-year old nephew, Ben, in her care, so she makes the move to Compass Cove, Long Island, the idyllic small town where Mia and her sister used to spend a few months every summer with their grandmother. A librarian at the local college, Mia believes it is the perfect place to raise Ben, even though he seems to have trouble fitting in. During an argument with Mia, he takes off to the football field where he meets the college’s coach, Adam Miller.

All curves and totally different from the type he usually dates, Mia is a knockout, and Adam offers to help her and Ben shop for a bike. The chemistry is undeniable from the start and with Mia, Adam sees he could have the family he never knew he wanted. When an issue with Mia’s adoption of Ben arises, Mia is torn between what is the right thing to do and what is best for Ben, and Adam’s stance could jeopardize their relationship.

Moon (Daring the Pilot) creates a strong sense of home and a convincing love story with moderate love scenes that will overcome even the most cynical of readers.


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Royally Romanov by Teri Wilson

Lucky to be alive, an attack near Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral left Maxim Laurent with temporary memory loss. The only item he has in his possession is a leather journal that claims he is Maxim Romanov, descent of the Russian Imperial Romanov and grandson to Anastasia, who purportedly could have escaped execution and lived in exile.

He visits a local bookstore where author and assistant curator at the Louvre, Finley Abbot, is holding a book signing about her book on Romanov history. Finley agrees to help Maxim in his quest for answers. There’s chemistry between the two, even at first sight, but her interest in Maxim and in learning the truth causes a conflict of interest that might jeopardize her career.

As Maxim slowly begins to regain his memory, he discovers he might not be the person he claims and will have to hide the truth to protect the woman who has captured his heart.

A contemporary retelling of Anastasia chalk full of elegance in the most romantic city in the world is a delight in this second book in The Royals series. Wilson (Royally Roma) crafts love scenes that are sexy and passionate and align perfectly with the backdrop and absorbing plot that will have wide appeal.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | July 7, 2017


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Tempting Levi by Jules Barnard

Although an injury left him unable to fight fires anymore, Levi never expected to trade in his work boots for a suite and tie, but the death of his father left Levi Cade and his four brothers in charge of their family’s luxury resort, Club Tahoe. His new assistant is Emily Wright, the younger half-sister of his ex, Lisa.

Apparently his father had mentored the young girl and stipulated in his will that she would be assisting Levi after his death. Emily has held a secret crush on the sexy Cade brother who is now her new boss, but she is nothing like her curvy sister, who is the type that attracts him. Besides being beautiful in her own way, Emily is intelligent and her fresh ideas might help save the failing Club.

That is, if Levi can keep his hands to himself. But Levi can’t offer a commitment, and Emily wants so much more that to be a one-night stand. It might take losing her for Levi to see that this Wright sister is the one for him.

In this offshoot of Barnard’s “Men of Lake Tahoe” series, Barnard (Cocky Prince) cooks up a dreamy lead man in a exquisite locale who falls for the nerdy girl next door. The tension between the Cade brothers adds to the entertaining, although predictable, plot. The ending perfectly sets up the next book, featuring third-oldest Cade brother, Wes.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | June 23, 2017


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Crazy For You by Rina Gray

Overworking her body, Charlotte Jones passes out at the nonprofit where she teaches dance. Yankees playboy pitcher Jake Ross happened to be nearby admiring her moves and rushes to her side. At the hospital, Jake poses as her boyfriend so the staff will let him in.

With a multi-million dollar endorsement on the line from a family-oriented company, Threx isn’t sure they want a notorious ladies man to represent their brand. His publicist Gina suggests Jake and Charlotte continue the “relationship” ruse so Jake can secure the contract. In return, Jake offers to be Charlotte’s personal trainer so that she loses the weight the right way. Although she is protective of her heart, Charlotte is falling hard for Jake even though she knows it is not forever.

When a stalker, who may be one of Jake’s former lovers, threatens Charlotte, Jake finally realizes he will do whatever it takes to protect the woman he loves.

In this series finale, Gray’s (It’s Been You) romantic set up starts strong but falls flat with a predictable and cliched subplot (the stalker uses cut-up magazine letters to draft the threats), and the readers will figure out the culprit early on. This is standard fare that most readers have seen before.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | May 19, 2017


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Fifty Shades Darker

Ana Steel (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) are back and hotter than ever. We start the movie with Ana and Christian still broken up and both are miserable. But when Christian shows up at Jose’s photography show, Anna agrees to have dinner with him. As they talk, Christian agrees to throw out all of the rules and have a normal relationship with Ana.

Ana is happy. She is working her dream job at a publishing house and has Christian back. The only thing is that a girl keeps appearing who looks similar to Ana. Christian soon realizes that it is Leila (Bella Heathcote), a previous submissive who is having issues since  her boyfriend died in a car accident. And lets not forgot Mrs. Robinson (Kim Basinger). She finally makes an appearance and it does not go over well. Will Ana and Christian be able to maneuver through this new relationship or is it doomed before they even start?

I don’t care what anyone says, I like these movies and books. This one follows the book pretty well and I enjoyed it. The last one, Fifty Shades Freed, hits theaters in February 2018. Also starring, Marcia Gay Harden, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, and Max Martini. Rated R


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La La Land

Mia (Emma Stone) wants to be an actress. She works as a barista and goes on as many auditions as possible. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a jazz musician. He lives and breathes jazz. He wants to open his own club one day but until then he takes any gigs he can get. Their first couple of meetings don’t go well but they find themselves attracted to each other. They fall in love but the demands of their careers pull them apart. Does love conquer all or will their careers keep them apart?

I do not understand how this movie won so many awards! It was so boring. I love a good love story but this one just didn’t do it for me. I enjoyed the majority of the musical numbers but did not like the ending. I would only only recommend this if you are curious about why it got so much hype. Also starring, J.K. Simmons, John Legend, and Thomas Everett Scott. Rated PG-13


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Allied

As Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) parachutes into the Sahara desert for an assignment, he’s probably not thinking that he’d meet the love of his life today. In fact, when he meets Marianne (Marion Cotillard), a member of the French Resistance and his partner for their top secret mission, he’s not quite sure what to make of her. But, as they play the roles of man and wife for their mission, they get to know each other well, and by the end, they’ve fallen in love. Once back in England, the two marry, and Max continues to work for the military. Despite the war raging all around them, everything seems to be going well for the young couple – a beautiful home, a new baby. And then Max receives a phone call that may change all of their lives forever – Marion is suspected of feeding information to the enemy. Now, in a mad rush for time, Max becomes desperate to prove her innocence.

I really wanted to like this movie much more than I did, but it really fell flat for me. The story line was good, but it felt rushed at times, and I just wasn’t feeling any chemistry between Pitt and Cotillard. It seemed like the director was trying (and failing) to capture the look and feel of an older classic film, but with modern special effects. It’s not a horrible movie – the story is compelling, but overall the movie is just kind of blah. Rated R.