Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Fictional Boyfriend Tag

I was tagged in this one at the start of the year or the end of last year—I can’t remember who tagged me—then my computer died and I completely forgot about this one until I found a rough draft while I was going through my flash drive. I’m also unsure about the origin of this tag, so if you know please leave it in the comments below.

So, this one was fun to do but it was a bit harder than I thought it would be.

The Most Romantic BoyfriendAbe Cameron from Every Little Kiss by Kim Amos. He’s just super sweet and super romantic.
The Dark & Moody Bad Boy with a Good Side Arrow from Arrow’s Hell by Chantal Fernando. Arrow will forever be my favorite of the Wind Dragon men. He’s definitely dark and moody but he has a heart of gold. Think Jax Teller.
The Paranormal Boyfriend—Kendrick from White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley He’s a protective single father of two adorable tiger cubs and he adopted a wolf cub. There’s no competing with him.
The Boyfriend you Want to TameLucas Donahue from Dare to Run by Jen McLaughlin. He’s a bit gritty and tainted but would be the one I’d want to Tame—or turn legit.
The Boy you Friend-ZonedJustin Sloan from Cider Brook by Carla Neggers. He’s such a nice and interesting guy but just not my type.
Your SoulmateGrayson Beaumont by Waking up with A Billionaire by Katie Lane. He’s kind, caring, artistic, and just an overall great guy.
The Boyfriend you would Elope withGriffin from Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely.  Not only is a handsome beast, he can speak French. Plus, we could wander the globe.
The Boyfriend you would Venture Anywhere with Ethan Hunter from Run to You by Rachel Lacey. He’s a sweet and sexy former Olympian who started his own adventure center so I feel like he’d be someone you could have fun venturing around with.
The Boyfriend you want to be Stranded on a Deserted Island with—Why do I have this uncontrollable desire to say Dick Cheney, the vampire, from Molly Harper’s Half-Moon Hollow series? Probably because he’s shady enough to know a way and/or a guy who could get me off of said deserted island.
The most Bad Ass BoyfriendIan Iskander from Memoirs of a Dragon Hunter by Katie MacAlister. A little bit dragon, a tad bit demon, and a whole lot of sexy badassery.

I’m not going to tag anyone but if you want to participate, please feel free to do so.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely

A British accent is my weakness...

Good thing I can avoid that kind of temptation in my new job in Paris. And when my company hooks me up with my own personal translator, I should be on the fast track for success. Except, he's charming, witty, and, oh yeah, he just so happens to be British, which means everything he says melts me.
Don't mix business with pleasure. I do my best to resist him as he brings the city to life for me. Soon, I can navigate the streets, discuss perfume with my co-workers, and barter at the outdoor market. But I also learn how to tell the sexy man by my side how much I want him to kiss me under the streetlamps.
Except there's a catch — I can't have him.
One more assignment before I take off on my big adventure...
And it's a good farewell gig too since my newest client is a fetching American who loves to explore the cafes and cobbled streets while I teach her the language of love. We fall into a fast and flirty friendship, doing our best to resist each other. But you know what they say about best intentions. Soon we're spending our nights together too, and I don't want to let her go. The trouble is, my wanderlust is calling to me, and before we know it, I'll be traveling the globe to fulfill a promise I made long ago.
What could possibly go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nothing...unless one of you is leaving.
Publisher: Audible  | Narrators: Richard Armitage and Grace Grant | Length: 8 hrs 48 mins | Genre: Contemporary Romance | Source: Publisher | Rating: 5 Cups

Challenges Read For: Literary Pickers  - Patio Furniture
Oh my goodness! I loved this book. It was sexy, flirty, and downright delicious.
Here’s what’s going on. When Joy stumbles upon a sexy man with a British accent her first day in Paris, she’s hooked and is determined to learn more but when she discovers Griffin’s been hired by the company she works for to be her translator, she’s determined not to mix business with pleasure. Although she just can’t seem to shake the attraction she has to Griffin and soon he becomes too much to resist. Griffin has a plan: one more job then he’ll be free to fulfill a promise he made but Joy’s making him rethink everything. And the longer he’s around her, the harder it is to walk away.
Griffin and Joy were amazing together. They fit perfectly into each other’s lives but it took them a bit longer to realize that it would actually work.
Joy’s been hurt before and she’s decided to put her career first. She’s in a new city, a new country, and she wants to finally do all the stuff she’s promised herself she was going to do. She’s such a fun, spunky, and honest person. Griffin’s loyal, especially to the promises he made to his dying brother, promises that that will take him away from Joy. He’s had his life mapped out for the last few years and he wasn’t expecting Joy to show up and shake up his plans. Now he’s conflicted because he wants to honor his brother but he also wants to follow his heart and stay with Joy.
The romance in this one was slow and steady but the chemistry was there from the start. They were both trying to figure things out and finally realized they were better together.
I loved how Paris came alive in this book and it really added a magical quality to it.
I enjoyed the narrators. Richard Armitage just has this amazing voice that makes me hooked on whatever he’s saying. I’m fairly sure I could listen to him read the phonebook and not grow board. It took me a bit to warm up to Grace Grant but once I did so, I really enjoyed her narration.
Overall, this book definitely earned top marks with me. It was funny, sexy, flirty, and full of romance.

What’s your favorite book set in Paris?

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Memoirs of a Dragon Hunter by Katie MacAlister

Dragon Hunter Wanted:  Sword supplied. No experience necessary. 

One moment, I was a normal (if somewhat germaphobic) math teacher getting ready for summer vacation. Then my sister died in a pile of black ash, leaving me with a sword... and her destiny as dragon hunter. It turns out there's a whole other world out there filled with demons, dragons, and spirits. Now my job is to protect mortals - and I haven't got a clue what I'm doing.
Then there's tattooed hotness Ian Iskander. Part dragon hunter and part demon, Ian's got some seriously creepy business associates and keeps trying to steal my sword. So why do we keep getting lost in hungry, crazy-hot kisses? Ian is the only person who can help me figure out who - and what - I am. But trusting a half-demon is dangerous... because when you play with dragon fire, someone always gets burned.

Series: Dragon Hunters #1 | Publisher: Forever | Genre: Paranormal Romance | Source:  Publisher | Rating: 4 Cups
Challenges Read For: Bad Boys of Romance  Literary Pickers  - Tortilla/Flat bread 

I haven’t laughed this much while reading a book in a long time. Seriously, why haven’t I been binging on Katie MacAlister books?
Here’s what’s going on. When Veronica becomes a dragon hunter thanks to a tag-you’re-it style sneak attack from her dying estranged sister, she’s not really sure what to think or how to handle it. And she can’t imagine the amount of germs that come along with all the things in the beastie world. As if things aren’t complicated enough, the handsome devil who tried to steal her sister’s sword just so happens to be her upstairs neighbor.
Ian has his own problems—he happens to be in servitude to the creepy, and annoying, demon lord Anzo—so he’s not too thrilled when he realizes he has a new breed of dragon hunter on his hands. He’s also not too thrilled to discover he’s rather attracted to her and she seems to return the attraction. Although they both soon discover dating in the paranormal world can be a bit tricky and Ian’s harboring a few secrets that could shatter Vernonica’s world.
Oh my goodness, this book was just what I needed. Veronica and Ian were just too much, but in the best possible way.
So, Veronica’s a teacher who is wanting to be a writer. She’s also a massive germaphobe—I can so relate to that— who is slightly OCD about things so it was interesting watching her in sticky—pun intended—situations. She’s also had a bit of a rocky home life growing up. While it wasn’t dwelled on, it was brought up a few times.
I just found Ian to be irresistible—and rather yummy. He’s a bit broody—and I do love me a broody hero—and he’s struggling to deal with what he considers his dark side but, come on, the guy rescues animals, how dark can he be?
Ian and Veronica just gel well together. She’s always spouting off these amazing one-liners and he’s just such a play-it-straight type. I also liked how baffled they made each other. Neither was sure what to do with the other and they took some time figuring it out.
While I did enjoy this one, there were a few things left open—I’m guessing they’ll be cleared up in the coming books—, a few things were a drawn out longer than they should have been, and because it was told from Veronica’s POV, it didn’t feel as fleshed out as it could have been. Still, it was a fantastic read that I know I’ll read again.
I just have to add that I loved MacAlister’s take on her dragons in this one. I always find her paranormals to be so unique and it always makes for an interesting read.
Overall, this was my cup of tea. It was a nice, fluffy, funny, and snarky paranormal romance that had me laughing out loud in public