His Maid

HIS MAID                                                             MEGHAN WHITE


 Hearing Mr. Stephan on the second floor I hear another voice as well. His brother must be here.

“Jasmine this is my brother Brandon. You are to call him Brandon since we are both, Mr. Stephan I don’t want any confusion.” He grins at me as they come into view.
The twinkle in his blue eyes tells me that he’s teasing me, but at the same time, he’s being serious.
“Yes, Mr. Stephan.” I nod my head.
“The rooms all set up?” He asks, raising his eyebrows.
“You know it is. I just got done.” I smile at him.
Brandon has the same wavy hair as Mr. Stephan and his eyes are just a little lighter. He’s a little taller, which I didn’t think was possible. He wears a suit.
“I’m a lawyer. Maybe not as rich as my brother,” He looks around, “but, I’m not poor either.” Brandon tells me.
“It’s nice to meet you. My name is Jasmine.” I introduce myself even though he’s already heard my name, I want to make sure that he doesn’t forget it.
There’s nothing worse than someone forgetting your name when they are trying to ask you something.
“Jasmine is such a pretty name.” He tells me, taking my hand and kissing the back of it.
Mr. Stephan’s smile is no longer there. I can see his ears getting red. A tell-tale sign that he’s getting upset.
I don’t see it very often unless someone doesn’t show up for a party, meeting, or the job that he has going on.

MY REVIEW

A short steamy sexy read of Seth Stevens an extremely wealthy artist who has a maid, Jasmine that lives in the house. Both seem to have an attraction to one another but neither has ever acted on it. But suggestive stares with smirks tend to make each believe this may be the case. Yet, neither wants to ruin a good working relationship.

It is not until Seth’s Brother, Brandon comes for a visit, that things get tense. You see the first thing Brandon does upon meeting her is kiss her hand. Jasmine noticed Seth’s posture change, his smile was gone and his ear went red all signs of his anger. Telling Jasmine that these two man-boys like to get each other’s goat.

When Seth’s regular model can’t make it Brandon pushes challengingly for Jasmine to be his model for obvious reasons all while she is in the room. She can’t understand why so, how obvious can they be? Well, she’s about to find out...

This was a good book of how our siblings know our weaknesses and can either help us using them or not. Brandon’s were harsh and insensitive too. Yet, for the most part, help Seth move forward. But, it works out after all. Received during July-Aug. book giveaway.

Daddy Comes Home

 DADDY COMES HOME                                    SUZANNE HART


Something is pulling me back.
Like a magnet.
I am powerless against its force.

Four years ago I left my miserable town and I never went back.
Now, a billion dollars richer I have to return and sift through what I’ve left behind.

Leah Evans. Green eyes, long blond hair.
She wasn’t supposed to be here.
She was supposed to be gone from this place.
Just like me.

I had her once.
We were teenagers then and I am itching to have her again.
But she is avoiding me… she is hiding something.
I can feel it in my bones.

I am determined to find out what she’s keeping from me.

MY REVIEW


When you find your true love at six and by the eighth grade after admiring to liking Leah, her art, and her brains for so long. Then, that year you figure out she’s going places, therefore telling yourself she’s too talented and far too intelligent for the likes of you. So, rather than feeling inferior or appear less than to her, you ignore her like you don’t even know her.

Being the golden boy, the captain of the basketball team, and the star carries a lot of pressure. He dated the cheerleaders because that is what was expected of him. Although truthfully, he wanted to be dating Leah. No guts no glory, wow, could account for the chip on her shoulder when he bounces back in after so long and no word. Because one drunken night after a party he takes her to his house, his room, and does a hit and quit and skips town two days later.

But yeah she should have divulged her secret to you after so long ago he skips. Not! See how and what happens to make this couple come full circle. Is it real, can she trust him? You’ll need to read to find out. You won’t regret what you did. Received during July-Aug. giveaway.

Forbidden Fake Fiance (Forbidden Bad Boys)

 FORBIDDEN FAKE FIANCE                          HOLLY JAMES


I shouldn't have asked him to be my Fake Fiance because when he looks at me and touches me, FAKE feels REAL.....


Reasons why this is the worst day EVER!!

1. I went for a hike, fell, and knocked myself unconscious.
2. As luck would have it (sarcasm), Josh Dalton, my annoyingly arrogant fireman neighbor, found me and saved me.
3. Did I mention that in my semi-conscious state, I asked him to be my fake fiance?


Yep...worst day EVER!!

I shouldn’t have asked him to be part of this ridiculous deal.

Because when he looks at me and touches me, FAKE feels REAL.


But in a moment of weakness, I torch any chance of true love.


Will he forgive me or has the hope of rekindling the flame gone up in ashes?


FORBIDDEN FAKE FIANCE IS A SCORCHING 35000 WORD NOVELLA FROM THE FORBIDDEN SMALL TOWN BAD BOYS SERIES. IT IS A HOT AF SMALL TOWN, NEIGHBOR, FORBIDDEN, FAKE FIANCE ROMANCE THAT WILL LEAVE YOU WONDERING IF FAKE IS REAL. NO CLIFF-HANGERS, NO CHEATING, JUST HEAT!

Look for the second book of this series --> Forbidden Roommate

MY REVIEW


Allie is a yoga instructor who transplants herself to a town where not many know much about her other than she is beautiful, friendly, flexible, yet someone who sticks to herself. Allie decided that she wanted to break away from her family’s way of life of being judged by others by wealth, pedigree, and standing. She does want to see them for those things that truly count for inner wellness.

She needs to find her true self after college. So, she leaves Malibu and heads to Eden Lake more mountains living clean air, and fewer people. More of a zen feel. Her next-door neighbor is a homegrown boy. The playboy of Eden Lake and a firefighter too. She knew his type and planned on staying far away from him. He and his brother are very friendly. In fact, his older brother, Wyatt is the sheriff in town. Nice looking but no sparks but damn she gets a spark from Josh. Does not make her happy especially when he is in her yoga class for first responders to help reduce stress.

It’s not until Allie decides to go hiking alone which is a no-no and Josh sees her car there alone and it is starting to get dark. Mind you he had just offered to take her on this same trail the day before so he knew it was new to her so he stopped his jog to investigate. Good thing because she had fallen and injured herself, she was out cold. Leading to her asking him to be her fake fiancĂ© for her cousins' wedding.

This story is funny, intense, a life lesson, and sad all at the same time. But most of all you get your HEA. The way the author takes you through it, it makes it more believable that’s for sure and she does a beautiful job of it. Received this during July-Aug. book giveaway.

My Brother's Best Friend

 MY BROTHER'S BEST FRIEND                         ALEXA HART


MY REVIEW


Connor and Vance have been friends for as long as Meadow can remember. But while she is in college Connor had become a womanizer. Maybe being a fitness trainer has something to do with that and the new body he is sporting. She didn’t know, but not having a steady boyfriend after being dumped, a year ago may have something to do with that.

Her awareness of him is astute now that is for sure. Not to mention Connor’s reputation proceeds him. So, when her besties, Hannah, Meg, and Katelyn start talk about finding her a rebound one and done her thoughts shoot to Connor because she couldn’t possibly think of having the experience with anyone as they suggest, if she didn’t share a personal connection with them or that she was in love with them.

When sparks start to fly one morning when Connor realizes that his friend Vance’s baby sister has a figure to die for as well as breast. He wanted to know when she got those because he didn’t remember them. One kiss set fire through both of them that said that it was not a harmless little kiss. For Connor, it was the most disturbing he for the most part is a one and done. With Meadow that kiss carried weight. He couldn’t stop thinking about her. And he truly found that comfortable.

This was such an endearing story of two people who took a chance on the feeling they got while being together. Finding out that taking the crazy chance on love was scary when thinking about others and their reaction but not how they felt for one another. Totally taken in by this story and the bonds of friendship that holds this couple and trio together of two good friends, siblings, and two lovers.

A book received during July-Aug. book giveaway.

Fantasy Hockey

 FANTASY HOCKEY                                           JAYMEE JACOBS


Sydney can't believe that famous hockey player Joshua Green is a regular at her favorite coffee shop, and she's astounded when he approaches her. Before long, he whisks her away on an adventure that rivals her secret fantasy.

MY REVIEW


A hockey fan realizes her hockey crush gets his coffee at the Starbucks she goes into just about every morning and afternoon. She figures out his pattern and hangs just in case. After weeks of seeing him, it’s her Bigfoot t-shirt that gets him to talk to her. An old case of boy meets girl. Josh seems genuine.

This pink hair and all knowledgeable hockey girl is who captures his heart. Turns out he has even noticed her in the stands. As much as she is willing to sluff off part of the afternoon spending time with him, Sydney still knew she needs to put school first.

Cute story but predictable. Almost, didn’t expect the end. Not bad. July-Aug. book giveaway.

Ellie (Curvy Girls Can, #5)

 ELLIE                                                                   SADIE KING

Ellie

Only Brennan Jacobs could make me agree to a five-mile fun run. I’ve had a crush on him ever since I can remember. 
But this body wasn’t made to run. The training is grueling, the other runners are mean, and every time I see Brennan I’m hot and sweaty, and not in a good way. 
But I’m determined to finish, no matter what the cost. 

Brennan
I’m back from the military to look after Mom, and I’m at a loose end. When I set up a charity fun run in Dad’s memory, one of the perks is getting to spend time training with Ellie Smith.
She’s smart, she’s funny, and she may just be running away with my heart.


Ellie is book five in the Curvy Girls Can series. Short, sweet, and steamy insta-love stories about women with big curves, big attitudes, and big dreams and the alpha men who are man enough to love them.

High heat, oh so sweet, and always with a happily ever after. Each book in the series is standalone. No cliffhangers.

PAT'S REVIEW

Ellie always had a crush on Brennan the older neighbor boy from across the street since she was eight, and he stood up for her against her bully. Until the day he left to join the military when she was fourteen and he was eighteen only getting glimpses of him when she was home from college and him on leave. Unfortunately, this time his father has passed away. His mom being wheelchair-bound and a younger brother to be raised he felt the ten years he gave serving would now be better served with his family.

Ellie being a curvy girl she’s allergic to exercise. So, of course, walking home from the local market on a small incline to her childhood home she is sweating bullets. Her clothing sticking to everything meaning curve and bump. When a car pulls up across the street and out steps yup, Brennan. She’s looking so closely she runs into a tree, of course, that’s when he notices her. Runs to greet her.

He is excited to see her talking about how long it’s been. She gives her condolences about his father which saddens him but he tells her although he was unable to attend due to being on a special mission he was pleased to hear she went and that means a great deal to him. After his mom call for the groceries and before stepping in he calls out to her letting her know how pleased he is to see her again.

The next day forgetting he is around she goes to get her dad the paper out of the mailbox wearing her robe when she notices in the distance someone jogging and taping something to the mailboxes. She knows it’s him. Before she can make it safely back inside he calls to her. Saying he’ll be sponsoring a 5k fun run for prostate cancer in honor of his dad. He asks her to join. She says she will sponsor him but she’s never done one and she can’t even begin to imagine that it would ever be fun.

He says he will be starting training runs and that all levels of runners will be coming he’s sure. Nope! No, as low as her but Brennan kept back with her until she needs to walk to breathe. Telling him other runners needed encouragement he said ok but he would stop at a mile mark to cheer her on again. For Brennan, he was figuring out she is as sweet and humble as the girl she always was. But so interesting, intelligent, funny and someone he wants in his life.

See the plans to bring this together or does an old bully of Ellie’s pull the rug out from under them both before it can be explored. Free on kindle unlimited.

Promises in the Dark (Detectives Kane and Alton #10)

PROMISES IN THE DARK                                D.K. HOOD


 The young girl pushes against the backseat of the family sedan, fighting to free herself from the crude ties restricting her hands and feet. As the car speeds toward the edge of town, she looks back at her family home and watches in horror as it suddenly explodes in a mass of flames. Trembling with fear, she turns toward the driver and hears only laughter. She knows that the worst is yet to come...


Detective Jenna Alton surveys the charred remains of the large suburban home, stopping to pause at the three lifeless bodies of the Woods family. Jenna knows she's looking for a serial killer, but her priority is finding the missing teenage daughter last seen on the night of the inferno.

Days later, Sophie Woods's body is discovered floating in a shallow pool of crystal-clear water - known locally as Dead Man's Drop - but Jenna still doesn't know who would target the quiet family in such a brutal attack.

Delving into the family's past, she makes a shocking discovery - a link between the killer and someone connected to her deputy David Kane. If Jenna is right and the killer is back and seeking revenge, then she must act fast to keep her deputy safe.

When another girl is taken, Jenna and David follow the trail into a network of underground caves on the outskirts of town. With little time before the killer claims his next victim, they race into the pitch-black tunnels, unsure whether they have just walked into the killer's trap. Can they find the girl in time and escape the caves without the killer chasing them down?

PAT'S REVIEW


This book opens with a bang and really doesn’t stop until the end. After the opening pages with the man driving away with a young girl in the back seat of his car, then she hears the explosion of her home you the reader know you are in for a ride. Really though it only gets better. For after that it is not Jenna and Dave, but Jo and Cater the new team and they call in Wolfe. Jenna and Dave well at least Dave is bored and soon they are called in to help Jo and Carter.
When later it is discovered that who was thought to be the D.C. bomber who killed Dave’s wife and changed his life forever. Was not the person, no that person they think or at least Carter thinks is the man who destroyed this family’s home and took the young girl. Dave goes into a metal funk turning white and Jenna helps to say he gets migraines at times. He doesn’t even know how Carter got some of the information he has for it was to be classified way above his pay grade.
Once the girl is found at the bottom of the falls this sets off another set of events and throughout this story, they are steps behind the person. You feel like you the reader should know who the person is and will be surprised when you find out. I also thought Carter would make the connection with Kane but never did. You finally get an end to Dave’s past he can bury finally his wife. Maybe, just maybe there might be something with him and Jenna for he did not like Carter sniffing around.
Another fantastic story that will keep you wanting to stay up late at night at least I did read this book once you start. Again, all of the characters are good and very much worth the read. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

His Maid

HIS MAID                                                               MEGHAN WHITE   Hearing Mr. Stephan on the second floor I hear another...