May 25, 2013

REVIEW: Play with Me (With Me in Seattle, #3) by Kristen Proby




"I'm so in love with you, Megan, i can't see straight. You mean more to me than anything. More than my family, more than football. More than anything."
― Will Montgomery, Play With Me.





Kristen Proby has done it again. I've been so busy since the year started that it took me a while to get to this book but I liked Will from his first introduction and was totally excited for his story. I was not disappointed. I actually wished it was longer.

 Will Montgomery is Jules brother, one of them, from the second novel "Fight with Me" and Megan McBride is an old friend of Jules and Natalie, from book one, from college. Will is a big time football star. He's gorgeous, talented and super rich and he's also an arrogant ass . . . well that was Megan's first impression.

Megan is a nurse in the cancer ward at a hospital who had been trying repeatedly to get Will's football team to come and see the children at the hospital. She got repeatedly shut down so when she finally sees the man himself on a happenstance she is anything but civil.

Will is naturally confused at her reaction but intrigued with the auburn haired beauty with the rocker chick edge. He's never been affected by a woman in this way before and so he's persistent to pursue it.

This novel was great. It had everything that I look forward to in Kristen Proby's novels since reading "Come Away with Me." It was romantic, steamy as all hell and funny too. I swear I laughed out loud a couple times. This bunch of friends and family were terrifically entertaining.

One thing this novel proves is never judge  a book by its cover . . .
Meg judged Will from the moment she met him and was surprisingly proven wrong by him being anything but the arrogant footballer she expected him to be.

It was a rough start for these two but Will never gave up because he knew Meg was different and even her insecurities couldn't stop her from being with him. Their chemistry was sizzling and couldn't be denied. 

“When I take you, you’ll know exactly what we’re doing, what you’re feeling, and I won’t stop until your legs are shaking and the neighbors know my name.” 

― Will Montgomery, Play With Me.

There were a couple of humorous moments but the funniest part for me, the scene that made me laugh out loud and cover my mouth with my palm because my family would have probably thought I was cray-cray, was the scene where the boys pick up the girls from Jules' bachelorette party. OMG . . . these women were so funny ― unnerving the guys with all their sex talk. It was hilarious.

“Meg, how do you spell c*ck?”
“I don’t know,” I wrinkle my forehead in thought. All my words are gone. “Shit, I have ‘nesia!”
“Shit,” Brynna replies. “I think you spell it c-*-c-k. But you’re not supposed to spell it, Jules, 
you’re supposed to suck it.”
“Sonofabitch,” Caleb mutters and answers his ringing phone. “Hi Will. I sound like this because 
these drunker than f*ck women won’t stop talking about sex…”
― Meg, Jules, Brynna, Caleb, Play With Me.

Most of the drama to their relationship laid with Meg's insecurity of the her loved ones always leaving her - her deadbeat mother and her foster brother Leo. She had issues with expressing her feelings into words for Will because she felt he'd leave her if she did. But Will understanding her insecurity though not completely knowing the entire story always made her know where he stood in their relationship.

“You are mine, damn it. I will protect you from anyone and anything, do you understand?” His eyes are narrowed, one mine. “I don’t need your permission to make you safe.”
“You are mine, Megan McBride. Don’t ever forget that.” 
― Will Montgomery, Play With Me.

I truly loved this book. I think I loved this one the best and that's a tall claim because the previous books in this series were stellar as well. 
Will became my new book-boyfriend. I loved how he wasn't afraid to express his feelings. How much he doted on Meg and didn't blink after saying 'I love you' first when she couldn't say it. He was patient, kind, loving and everything Meg needed in a partner. He did everything to be there for her in every way and damn . . . where's my Will? I know, I think I said the same about Luke in my review for "Come Away with Me" *sheepish smile* but I can't help it.

A truly terrific and well written third installment in an already great series. Leo and Sam's story is next in "Rock with Me" and I'm really looking forward to Caleb and Brynna. That will surely be one hot story!

5/5 stars

It's a MUST- READ!




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Book 4
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May 24, 2013

REVIEW: The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken



“I’m gonna marry her.”
“I’m older. She’s going to marry me.”
Jake stuck out his tongue then brushed the dirt off his pants. “Wanna bet?”
“Yeah!” Travis sneered. “I do. A million dollars!”
“Fine!” Jake spit on his hand and held it out. “Shake on it. Blood oath.”
― Jake and Travis, The Bet





It all started with a bet. A bet when they were children. For the little girl that they both wanted. This book seemed like it would have been a love triangle from the Prologue but it wasn't. It really wasn't.

Travis and Jake Titus grew up with Kacey and Jake had always been her best friend while Travis had been the bane of her existence. They both liked her but only one of them was the right one for her.

Time passed where these three haven't been a part of each other's lives for years but when Jake and Travis' grandmother takes ill it brings them all back together. Some things have changed while others haven't Jake and Kacey are no longer best friends, they haven't spoken for a long time since the 'incident' while Kacey still hates Travis. Kacey had always loved Jake while Travis has secretly pined for Kacey all his life and watched his brother get all her attention.

Jake- I really wanted to like even one thing about him but zilch. Nothing. He couldn't even be a good friend after dragging Kacey there to his family home to portray a farce of a relationship in front of his grandmother and to improve his tarnished reputation inn public. There were times when he'd consider that his actions towards Kacey were wrong that maybe she could be good for him but soon after he'd discard the thought and justify his actions to himself.

Kacey- I really liked her. She was a strong heroine even in the face of having lost her family and having to be around Jake for an entire weekend pretending to be in love with him when she really hated his guts for what he did. Then there was Travis who tortured her since she was little and he was gorgeous now and she didn't know how to deal with that.

Travis- He was a breath of fresh air. Yet another Travis to love. He has loved Kacey his whole life but has always been second fiddle to his brother. It didn't help that she loathed him since they were children. To be fair he did torture her but his reasoning was childish (he was a child) and endearing. 

"He knew for a fact Kacey loved princess stories. She would talk about how girls are supposed to be treated like princesses, and boys are supposed to be princes.
But how was he supposed to be a prince when there were no dragons to slay? How could he prove himself when there were no monsters?

Good thing he was the smartest kid in his class. He knew just what to do. All he had to do was cause the trouble and then save her from it. "
― Travis, The Bet



But now was his chance. She was here and his brother didn't deserve her. This was his chance to tell her how he felt and how he always felt.

"He'd wanted her more than Anything. His entire life. How many people could actually claim that? That for their entire existence, the one person they wanted to share eternity with, had never changed, never faltered. Her. It had always been her . . ." 
― Travis, The Bet

This story was funny and romantic and gave me another book-boyfriend to drool over. I laughed a lot at Kacey and Travis snarky comments and constant bickering. It wasn't what I expected as I said, I thought that it would be somewhat of a love triangle but no there was no question of Jake ever being in the picture. He didn't deserve her nor could he be what she wanted. They weren't right for each other. Travis however, he has always loved her. Even though she hated him, he loved her and he never stopped. 

"Everything I do, everything I've done in my life, it’s all because of you.” 
– Travis, The Bet


I loved their grandmother, sneaky sentimental old gal she was totally doing what her crazy grandson couldn't muster up to. I recommend this book if your looking for a light easy read, I found it totally worth my time and it would be worth yours too!

“Yes, I'll marry you.....Satan."
"Awww, see? We already gave pet names!” 
― Kacey and Travis, The Bet


Travis won the bet and he got the girl ;)
5/5 stars


Right now "The Bet" by Rachel Van Dyken is $0.99 get it here while it lasts!

May 21, 2013

REVIEW: One Week Girlfriend (Drew+Fable, #1) by Monica Murphy


“This isn't a game to me, Fable. This is my life. And I want you to be a part of it … I want you and you only. I’m not sharing you with anyone else.” 
― Drew Callahan, One Week Girlfriend


“I always want him. Always. 
It’s always like this between us, too. We come together and we simply…combust. So easily. Beautifully. Does he even know how he affects me? Does he realize how my heart now rests in his hands? I belong to him completely” 
― Fable McGuire, One Week Girlfriend


It's always a great feeling when you pick up a book and can't put it down. It was the immediate effect with this book for me. I loved it from start to finish. These two broken souls giving each other hope and faith that they can be happy. That being any kind of happy for them is possible ― with each other.


The story is told from both the POV of Drew and Fable. Fable is a simple barmaid with a bad unearned reputation and a really messed up family situation  Every cent she works for in her low paying bar job is accounted for to provide for her and her thirteen year old brother Owen. Her parents? She's never know her father and her mother might as well not be there at all because Fable practically handles everything. Her drunken mother can't keep a job or choose the right man.

Drew Callahan on the other hand has it all put together ― or so it seems. Unlike Fable, he's in college because he can more than afford it and he's a star footballer with a bright future ahead of him. So why does he need little ordinary old Fable to pretend to be his girlfriend for a week when he goes home to his parents?

This book is filled with angst and emotions run high throughout. Drew has deep dark secrets that he can't handle and he needs Fable. He barely knows her but he desperately needs her because there's something about her that makes him forget even for a little while.

These two can't understand the connection brewing between them in such a short period of time. Why they seem to need each other. With the two of them having their own dramas to deal with it's easier with each other. Drew's skittish because he doesn't believe she can handle his secrets even though she desperately wants to be there for him.

“There’s no going back,” he whispers … “Once I am inside you, you’re mine.”
“I want to be yours,” I answer in a breathy whisper. “I want to belong to you, Drew. Only you.” 
― Drew and Fable, One Week Girlfriend


I tell you Monica Murphy is one to watch. This book was too good. I read it in no time because I just needed to know where things would end up. This book tugged at my heartstrings and I loved these characters flaws and all. 

I'm really trying to be spoiler free on this review and it's hard but I will say that this is a MUST-READ

(PS- I'm in cover lust over this gorgeous cover! Beautiful right?)

5/5 stars!





Be sure to also check out the sequel 

Second Chance Boyfriend (Drew+Fable, #2)

Their story's not over yet.





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quotes Candy likes


"I am obsessed with you, angel. Addicted to you. You're everything i've ever wanted or needed, everything i've dreamed of. You're everything. I live and breathe you. For you."— Sylvia Day