Review: Deal Breakers, by Laura Lee

Meet Riley (Rye) McIntyre – a freshman who apparently has led a pretty easy life. He’s popular, smart, and good looking, and used to getting all the girls he wants, until he sets his eyes on the beautiful yet down to earth, girl-next-down Devyn Summers. After a quick ploy to meet her, he realizes that not only she is beautiful, she is also a football fan and he persuades her grew to go on a date (no, not a date – a hangout).

In spite of his clear intentions to seduce her, Devyn is very clear from the beginning that she isn’t interested in a relationship since she has been through a few traumatic years and decides what she really truly needs is a friend. So, much to Riley’s dismay, Devyn friend-zones him right off the bat.

Through college they become inseparable and, in spite of Rye’s monthly conquests hating Devyn and Rye’s clear physical attraction to her,they manage to stay on a mostly friendly base. Until graduation, when Devyn decides it is time for her to find out what all the fuss is about before starting her marketing career and lose her virginity to the one boy she trusts – yeah, you guessed it, Rye! After spending a magical night together (the last one before they graduate and move away), Devyn realizes her feelings for Rye are much stronger than she anticipated, but he gets scared and they end up losing touch. And that’s when things get interesting. After five years apart, Rye is determined to get back together with Devyn, but she has kept a big secret from him that will do a one-eighty on their relationship.

This was my first Laura Lee novel, and I found myself very connected to these characters and truly caring about how their problems and their relationships. I especially loved the writing from Rye’s point of view, since it’s so hard to find an author that really nails a guy’s perspective. It’s not an incredibly original plot, but it is well developed, explored and I felt it had a great ending.

Recommended for: Readers of romance in general (there are some explicit sex scenes too)

Perfect place to read: Sitting in the balcony with a  glass of red wine (or maybe that’s just me)

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Review: Beautiful Surrender by Priscilla West (Surrender Series Book 3)

I guess I wasn’t kidding when I said I’d be reading the third book in the series very soon, huh? 🙂

I just love the type of books you take on a day out on the beach and you read between going for a swim, suntanning and taking a bite out of your snacks and you never really get tired of the book because it has a such a nice pace. And this is one of those books. Like the first two, I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t like the romance genre or if you’re not into sexy books – the language can be a bit rough – but overall, it was such an easy weekend read that I’d definitely recommend it to a few friends. This is the last book in the Vincent and Kristen series, and it does bring their story to a satisfactory conclusion. I liked how a few bits and pieces from the first book were explained in this last installment.

Recommended for: Women who like hot romance books, and who are drawn to adventurous billionaires

Perfect place to read: At the beach, as long as you don’t have people reading over your shoulder, haha

Rating: ♥♥♥½

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Review: Secret Surrender by Priscilla West

As soon as I finished the first book in the series (Forbidden Surrender, see review here), I knew I had to know more about Vincent and Kristen’s story.

The first book in the series, Forbidden Surrender, we meet Kristen, a financial analyst at a wealth management firm who tries to convince millionaire, adventurous, bad-boy Vincent Sorenson to be her new client. After the will-they-won’t-they of the first book (spoiler alert: they totally do, and it’s hot), this book starts off with Kirsten and Vincent trying to make their relationship work in spite of his hectic work schedule and both of their pasts.

I enjoyed reading this book, even when at times I felt like the story was starting to become a little predictable.

This story doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not: it’s a sexy, fun, quick summer read you will enjoy if you like hot romances. Priscilla West has a talent for writing hot male leads that make you wish they were real and yours.

If you don’t expect the book to change your life, and you like the genre, you probably won’t be disappointed and should definitely give it a try.

As for me, and since this books ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, I am definitely going to be reading the last book in the series – Beautiful Surrender – to find out what will happen with Kristen and Vincent very soon.

Rating: ♥♥♥½

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Review: Forbidden Surrender, Priscilla West

Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book tells the story of Kristen, a financial analyst who has the tough job of convincing the very sexy and incredibly rich Vincent Sorenson to let her company manage his wealth.
Although at first glance the book seems very similar to others in this genre (girl likes sexy mysterious billionaire who seems just out of reach for 75% of the book), I liked how real both Kristen and Vincent seemed and how the writing flowed so well. This book will make you fall in love with Vincent and make you wish you had a persuasive sexy billionaire with pierced nipples and an adventurous side to seduce you.
I am looking forward to the next books in the series!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Reckless by Priscilla West

I was a bit confused by Reckless at first. A few of the initial exchanges between Jax and Riley were a bit of a cliché (Jax’s shirt ripping in two and being chased by an angry mob, for instance), which almost made me give up on the book.

But then, it got way better.

“You’re dangerous,” he said with a low, intimate voice. (…)

He tilted his head, his lips hovering perilously close to mine. My pulse be at erratically. “So are you.”

Jax is the lead singer in a rock band, the Hitchcock’s, and he’s hot enough to make crazy fangirls climax from his voice alone. After an awkward and ultimately frustrating first encounter with Riley, she becomes the band’s new accountant who must, for the sake of her career, make some cuts on the band’s costs. One thing I really liked about Reckless was that Riley wasn’t the sweet, innocent girl you often see in these romance novels – she was flirty and strong and seemed to enjoy life and sex unashamedly.

“Ripe, tender – must be delicious,” he purred, arms crossed and stroking his chin. He nodded toward the fruit in my hand. “The plum, that is.”

Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable read and Jax was definitely a sexy book boyfriend. If you’re a fan of the romance genre and are looking for a new series, give this one a try. I am definitely going to be reading Fearless (the second book in the series).

Rating: ♥♥♥½

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