THE BET                                                  RACHEL VAN DYKEN
Posted:  Sept. 9, 2014

The Bet (The Bet, #1)"I have a proposition for you." Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus's mouth. It's been years since Kacey's seen her childhood friend Jake, but the minute Jake mentions his ill grandmother, Kacey is ready to do anything for the sweet old woman. And if that means pretending they're engaged for her sake-so be it.

But Kacey wasn't counting on Jake's older brother Travis still being there. She calls him "Satan" for a reason: she's never forgotten the way he teased and taunted her. Yet when they meet again, Travis's gorgeous smile is a direct hit to her heart . . . and Kacey's more confused than ever. As the days pass, only one thing starts to become alarmingly clear-she never should have accepted Jake's deal . . .

Read back in July of 2013
     I did not just love this book, I beyond loved this book. I laughed so hard at the triangle friendship and love affair without a love affair. They each had, without having one, until the choices were finally made at the end. The childhood antics as well as what they get themselves into as adults were so funny that I had to catch myself laugh hysterically out loud.
   In the very next moment feeling so sad for what the emotions meant to one of the other characters in the same scene. This is one of the most endearing books with one of the most loving and funny cast of characters that I cannot wait until the next book comes out The Wager.
    Kacey is the girl next door to Travis and Jake his little brother by two years. Kacey is Jake's best friend that Travis has loved forever. But with his stuttering problem and his little brothers charm and dashing good looks Travis has never felt he had a chance. But when the boys were 8 and 6 years old they made a bet after once again when Travis had made Kacey cry, trying to rescue her with a fabricated rescue situation he created and it backfired again. They bet that when each one of them grew up they would be the one to marry her and the other would have to pay the winner a million dollars.
     Will it be the dashing Jake or stuttering Travis? You will have to read and see.  I gave this book 5 stars.  PROVIDE BY NET GALLEY.


ALL OVER YOU                                        BEVERLEY KENDALL
Posted:  Sept. 9, 2014

All Over You (Unforgettable You, #1.5)New Adult Romance
Due to language & sexual situations, recommended for readers 18+ yr. 
Warning: The sensuality level of this short novel is high

An ex is an ex for a reason

To Rebecca Winters, it’s not just a saying or the title to a catchy tune, it’s a rule she staunchly lives by. Especially since the break up with her ex. What’s the point in trying to fix the “unfixable”? Besides, only a girl hell-bent on more heartbreak would go back to the guy who bailed on her when she needed him most. But saying no to Scott is becoming more difficult than surviving the breakup itself. And unfortunately for her, the kind of pressure he's exerting is making her rule all too easy to break.

Scott Carver has given up trying to get over his ex. He’s still in love with her and their year apart has done nothing to change that. Yeah, he knows he screwed up. Just how royally, he wasn't aware of until now. So when Becca agrees to give him a second chance, he grabs on to it with both hands. But it’s clear the only way things will ever truly be right between them is if he comes clean…about everything. He can only pray the truth doesn’t send her running—for good this time.

Read this back in July of 2013 
Wish there was a little bit of a tell about what happened from the book before this one felt a little lost.

This was a very interesting and complex story about a relationship between a couple that had a yearlong relationship and ends up breaking up over a miss-communication problem. When a trust is broken can a relationship survive? This couple Rebecca and Scott have issues within their families that cause them to view things in their own world differently therefore making them react to situations with caution, lack of trust, and secrets in order to protect either others or themselves. Which in the end causes more problems. I have to say this was a story that was about 140 pages long on my phone but it was a lot for that small amount. The characters you could get fully invested in and they were believable and you could put yourself in their place. But I have to say I did not see some of it coming so that was good to. I think you will enjoy this book and this love story of young love and what secrets can lack of trust can do but if you open up what it can accomplish.   5 stars  Net Galley provided.


Worth The Fall
Claudia Connor
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 Sometimes when we’ve been hurt and our hearts have been injured our spirits broken, we can close ourselves up.  That is exactly what Abby Davis has done her whole life or at least since the age of five.
     She has been let down, left behind, and made to feel like she’s just not enough to be loved and be around for.  She ended up married to Josh an older man who came family less like herself.  He was so wrapped up in making a buck he never noticed she would gladly give it all up to have him around for her and the family they had.  Four beautiful children later and one on the way he dies in a plane crash when her lawyer husband who would jet set off to work with the rich and famous clients he had.
     Seven months later it was summer and best friends Angie and Joe had bailed on coming with her and the kids to the beach resort they had made plans for with all their kids.  She, Annie her eldest, Gracie, 3 ½ and Charlie 2 ½were all building a sand castle or at least trying.  Not Jack, he was going to be able to play football this year so he timed out of castle making to throw the football around alone.  At the same time out swimming to let off some steam is Matt McKinney, 34, a bachelor and a Navy SEAL.  As he is swimming, Jack, beans him square on the back, a total lucky shot.  Good shot thought Matt, Jack looking unsure waits to see what Matt will do.
     Matt gets out walks over to Jack and tosses him the ball.  It hits him in the chest and drops.  Matt thinks, “Butterfingers.”  Then gets mad at himself for thinking that but all the brothers he has it is natural to jab one another and throw out barbs.  When Jack looks up and says he can’t catch.  Matt says that’s okay his dad will teach him to throw and catch not to worry too much.  Jack looks up at him again and says, he can’t throw either he’s dead.
     Now Matt feels horrible so he says he’ll work with him for a little while and he tosses back and forth with Jack.  He is really bad at both throwing and catching but Matt loves that he’s got all heart for it.  Jack’s so excited that he yells to his mom to see she waves at him and Matt.  Matt waves at her but can’t really make her out for she is kneeing in the sand with her back to them but it’s weird he feels a spark.  He is caught off guard no one has ever given him that feeling.  Then she comes over to chit chat and he gets this overwhelming calm he has not had in almost two years.  He had only a week left on leave and planned on leaving but now he didn’t think so with her alone with the kids and this feeling of calm with her and the kids…
     I totally enjoyed this story.  The children steal your heart from the get go.  You will feel the anguish that little Annie feels from your heart to your toes and back again.  Jack was such a little GI Joe spirit who looks up to this hero from the sea he found.  Then there’s Gracie the free spirited love child who just tugs at your heart.  Matt is just this man that wants to love and be loved and this story tells that simple story of two people who find it when they were not looking and the pureness of it.
     The relationship between Matt and Abby was an interesting mix of trust issues, fear, unbelievable soul binding love, and friendship.  Promises made and promises broken.  I give this 5+ stars.  Provided by net galley.
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Claudia Connor attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and spending her days putting on paper the stories in her head. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

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