MAKE ME FALL #2

MAKE ME FALL                                EMBER LEIGH

There’s one rule in my family.

Stay away from the Daly brothers.

We were raised to know them as users. Manipulators. But I only ever saw Connor as the enigmatic senior hottie who dropped into fifth period to teach us about the perils of drunk driving.

When my first big girl job out of college ends up with us working at the same company, it’s heartthrob city all over again. Except he’s way ahead of the game. Successful, talented, put together. I’m just a frumpy twenty-something in a quarter-life crisis who doesn’t know a glue stick from a makeup highlighter.

He would never want me, even though he’s all I ever wanted in secret. So when we cross paths one night at the bar and one drink leads to another, he slaps me with an offer I can’t refuse.

Accompany him back to Bayshore, flight included.

Only stipulation? Pose as his girlfriend.

Our families will flip, but I’m not strong enough to say no to those baby blues, especially if it means I’ll have a chance to go on vacation with my adolescent heartthrob.

We’ve got two weeks to prove we’re head over heels for each other.

Which is just enough time to make me fall?

MY REVIEW:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  The characters are well rounded.  Amusing and full of angst I loved the family dynamics and drama.  As well as the constant need for coemption.
     With all their many flaws imagined or real the kept moving forward.  It wasn’t easy to overcome, and it was sometimes at the expense of the other.  This book starts out with two high school acquaintances who now both live in San Diego and work at the same company as well.  Connor Daly was one of five handsome brothers but the one that Kinsley Cabana had a crush on.  Yup! Since she was a junior and he was a senior.
     Now, she is twenty-five and still gets carded because she looks like a twelve-year-old.  She is so bummed this whole adulting thing is eluding her, and her degree feels wasted.  So, a Rum Chata it is.  She notices him, go sit at the bar after being at the table for a meeting.  He looks down.
     The server lines up three shots in front of him and hits all three one after the other.  She decides to investigate the new adult her.  She finds out his grandma died back home in Bayshore, Ohio their hometown.
     Going home means dealing with Granny’s death but also jumping into the cesspool of competition father so brutally stirred up and still does with all his sons.  Connor comes up with a plan. One that he feels is brilliant. 
     Since he just broke up with his girl, he needs a fake one.  There is at least a three-decade feud going on between the Daly’s and Cabanas, Kinsley’s the one to help him make his mark.
     He can bring home a girlfriend which none of his brothers have, piss off his parents because she is a Cabana, and rub his ex in it with Kinsley her underling at work where there is no love lost between them.  Plus, since he hates flying alone, he will pay for her ticket, but she needs to stay at her parent’s place with minimal PDA.  Win-win.
     Things don’t go according to plan and the plain Jane wallflower becomes his ray of sunshine.  She teaches him to laugh again, to enjoy life again, his plan hits its mark (brothers, parents, and ex) but he questions it.  His cutthroat ways he now questions too.
     For Kinsley, the fake becomes too real.  Lines are blurred and emotions are toyed with.  How can this woman whose past relationship left her voiceless ask if anything is true or ask for what she wants?  When the man she is with is using sexual warfare.
     I enjoyed the transformation that each character goes through. Like watching a caterpillar become a butterfly.  But oh, those bumps were harsh getting there.  A sexual couple just so you know. 
     I give this: 5 ++++ stars.  Provided my netgalley.com.
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HIS BEST MISTAKE #1

HIS BEST MISTAKE                          LUCY KING

Is it too much to ask for a relationship that works?

When Stella Grant realizes her perfect romance is a lie and that she's the other woman, she flees to her remote cottage in the Highlands to lick her wounds.

Billionaire currency trader Jack Maclean has nothing but contempt for the woman who stole not only his sister’s fiancĂ© but quite possibly a family heirloom to boot. Nonetheless, he wants answers and he intends to get them. A quick trip north should do the trick. Never in a million years could he have predicted a kamikaze sheep and inclement weather would leave him stranded.

Jack might be gorgeous but Stella isn’t in the market for a man, especially one who hates her. No matter how attractive he finds her Stella is the very last person Jack should want. The trouble is, they’re all alone and the chemistry is irresistible, and, well, what happens in Scotland stays in Scotland, right?

MY REVIEW:

I enjoyed this story so much.  It’s about two wounded souls who find themselves after a one and done becoming so much more.
     Jack is a widower four years now and he is in the midst of his wife’s anniversary passing week.  When his distraught sister needs him.  Her fiancĂ© has cheated on her, but she believes it falls in the lap of a woman called Stella.  So, he tracks her down and is on his way to get some answers.
     Unfortunately, he wrecks his car, and she is the one that helps him out of his not so graceful entrance.  Not good, making him angrier when they walk back to her cottage.  He pelts her with angry heartless questions.  Actually, accusing her is more like it, of being a whore who steals other women’s men on a regular basis.
     When she’s let say his peace, Stella lays into him.  Saying she too, was a victim and that how is it that he could find her but not Brad who he told her his name was Ben by the way.  She said she even asked him if he had a girlfriend to which he answered, no.  By the time she finished, he believed her.
     One thing leads to another that night as the storm rages on outside as well as inside between them.  Because while angry they both realized within themselves there was a sexual attraction.
     One kiss, and it was on.  Stepping back, she wonders what is happening when he says it would amount to anything but a one and done.  She said she had never done one before, but she was game.  Three times later. 
     When his car alarm goes off after it had reset itself.  You see, after the accident, the electrical turned the whole car system making it not able to drive.  They wake in a start he says he will go out for her to sleep and he will try and turn it off.  When she wakes in the morning he is gone.
     Four weeks later when morning sickness hits it’s a good thing she knows who he is.  After, checking eight times to be sure she swears she will love this babe no matter what he wants to do.  But she knows she will have to tell him.  He will either be in or out. Not a problem either way.
     Can they make it work when they have skeletons lurking and one of them doesn’t want to open up to the other?  A good story filled with emotion a real depiction of what you can believe happening. 
     I give this: 5 stars.  Free pick on Amazon.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

IF IT'S ONLY LOVE #6

IF IT'S ONLY LOVE                          LEXI RYAN

I don’t regret much.

Not my decision to enter the NFL draft before finishing college.
Not fighting custody of my daughter—even if, biologically speaking, it turns out she’s not mine.
And certainly not seducing my buddy’s little sister ten years ago.

But when it comes to Shayleigh Jackson, my no-regrets attitude stops there. I screwed up royally where she’s concerned. Then I made another mistake when I let her shut me out of her life.

Now after more than a decade living in different time zones, I’m coming home to Jackson Harbor. My first priority is getting my daughter away from the media circus in LA, but the moment I see Shay, I know I’ll stop at nothing to win her back.

So what if she won’t speak to me? So what if she’s changed? So what if she’s fallen for some douchebag professor? I’ve never gotten over her and I know she feels the same about me. I’ve let her go twice. I won’t make that mistake again.

If It's Only Love and all other books in this series can be read as standalones, but you'll enjoy reading them together.

The Boys of Jackson Harbor
1 - The Wrong Kind of Love (Ethan’s story)
2 - Straight Up Love (Jake’s story)
3 - Dirty, Reckless Love (Levi’s story)
4 - Wrapped in Love (Brayden’s story)
5 - Crazy for Your Love (Carter’s story)
6 - If It’s Only Love (Shay’s story)
 

MY REVIEW:
     What’s it like to basically love someone all your life?  That is the question both Easton Connor and Shayleigh Jackson are asking themselves a regular basis lately.
     Easton or East for short. He is four years older than Shayleigh or Shay for short.  East is her older brother, Carter’s best friend.  Although, he was friends with all six of her brothers.  Shay always had a special place in East’s heart being the only girl.  When she was scared, had scraped her knee, or just needed to vent he was there for her.  The summer she wore that first bikini he was lost.
     He was told by Carter and not so nice that she was his baby sister and off-limits.  So, he was biding his time.  The night he was drafted in the NFL Shay is who he wanted to talk with and who always calmed his anxiety when it all got to be too much.  Going to L.A. he would have to figure life out another way.
     Life changed in L.A.  His love for Shay didn’t, he was homesick.  On New Year’s he came home he was back with his extended family which meant Shay.  They had their first kiss being she was eighteen.  She had school he had football.  That night after fooling around she said she would apply for UCLA. Shay was beyond smart.
     He rejected that idea when she presented it over text as they were talking. To her, he was rejecting her for the first time.  Reinforcing that her curvy girl body was just plain fat to him.  She would not measure up to the new beautiful people he was meeting in L.A.  All the models and actresses she was seeing in the magazines.
     She needed to distance herself.  The same thoughts he was having is to step back to let her have her dream.  She had higher learning and her dream school picked since she was in grade school, he couldn’t be selfish. Instead of telling her that he just said no.
     These two characters have many character flaws that cause you to pause and wonder how they cope.  The issues they have to face in their lives are difficult, some are extremely sad, but a lot are funny too.  I really enjoyed the family dynamics that singles outs the romance between Shay and East.
     I give this: 5 stars. Provided by netgalley.com.
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THE BAD TWIN

THE BAD TWIN                                AVERY SCOTT

Being the good twin isn't all it's cracked up to be. Abby Levesque knows that better than anyone. While her sister drifts through life carefree, Abby's left to clean up her messes. The latest mess? Hudson Quinn— the hot, angry billionaire on her doorstep demanding she accompany him to Paris. He's obviously mistaken her for her twin, Gabby, who happens to be his assistant. Too bad Gabby is nowhere to be found. If Abby wants to fix her sister's latest blunder, she'll have to pretend to be someone else for two weeks—preferably someone who isn't wildly attracted to her mercurial boss…

As far as Hudson's concerned, his sexy-but-flaky new personal assistant is just another in a long line of terrible decisions and failures in his life. But he's working on the deal of a lifetime—a deal that could change everything for him—and he needs her help to close it. The last thing he ever expected was to connect with her on a soul-deep level.

Falling in love wasn't part of the job, and when Hudson finds out who she really is, Abby's terrified he'll never forgive her. With a billion-dollar deal—and both their hearts—on the line, can Abby convince Hudson she's the right twin for him?

MY REVIEW:

I really enjoyed this story.  The child-like experience that Abby gets and shows at the joys of having her childhood dream come true is fun to read.
     It is in a way, Beauty and the Beast, as far as emotions and personalities go.  Hudson has a lot to prove to his overzealous father.  There is a darkness hidden inside Hudson that brings a shadow to his eyes when his family is mentioned.
     When Abby and Hudson first meet it is not under the most ideal circumstances.  He had just hired her identical irresponsible twin sister to work for him, three weeks ago.  Now, he shows up at their home irate that she is not packed, dressed and at the airstrip already.  He gets pissed and says if she is not on that plane in a half-hour, she will not get paid, the bonus and she will face a lawsuit.
     Abby knew they needed that money to make the two months back rent they owed.  With herself being laid off, what could she do but wing it?  When she finally gets ahold of Gabby, she’s in Tenn. With a new roadie boyfriend.  She would never make it there in time.  She asked what work she was supposed to do in Paris she said translate and carry papers.  Nothing really.
     So, Abby thought maybe.  But when the boss shows up in her bedroom and starts packing for her she is realizing she’s going to Paris.  She was now playing the part of her sister like the old days.  But what was she supposed to do for this sexy beast of a man?
     There are a lot of cute moments in the book and so worth the read.  I enjoyed Abby’s, 'never give up attitude' and being there for those she loved, even if it meant she lost what she needed for herself at times.
     I give this: 5 stars. Provided by netgalley.com.
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NEVER ENOUGH #1

NEVER ENOUGH                              KELLY ELLIOT

Longing to forget the pain of his wife’s death, Brock Shaw has immersed himself in the one thing that lets him escape the guilt. Bull riding. But life on the road means leaving his young son at home with his parents. They want him to give up his career and be a father to his child, but Brock needs the adrenaline to get through each day…or so he thinks.

Lincoln Pratt needs a fresh start. As a top interior designer in Atlanta, she has everything she could ever want, but she’s always at her father’s mercy. Something’s missing, and Lincoln knows she’ll only find it somewhere far away—like the rolling pastures of Hamilton, Montana, where she meets the irresistibly mysterious Brock.

In Brock Shaw, Lincoln sees the part of her that’s missing. In Lincoln Pratt, Brock sees the part of himself he thought he’d lost. But the pain of his past binds him. Can he let himself love again?

MY REVIEW:

  The flames these two made on their first meet-cute, as they say, is oh so good.  Lincoln had just bought the ranch that used to be owned by Brock and his former wife, Kaci.  She had never met him during the sale because he is a famous bull rider in the PBR and is on tour.
     His brother TY and parents handle the sale.  It was a week later, and Ty brings Brock’s son with him, Blayze with him to deliver the pie his mother made for her.  To welcome her as a neighbor.  Brock gets home early and finds out Blayze is at the old ranch, so he heads over there.
     When he sees him in the barn, he heads in.  He catches sight of the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen with the greenest eyes ever also.  If that wasn’t enough to piss him off lusting after a woman after what a mess, he made of his first marriage.  Him overhearing her asking Blayze, “I bet you really miss your mom, huh?”
     When he barks at her for pumping him for personal information it startles her so back, she falls on her rear.  When she gets up, she comes up fighting.  Not to mention she orders him off her land.  When his brother comes out to check on the loud voices, he is not happy to see and hear Brock has pissed off Lincoln.
     He made sure to tell him, wait till mama finds out.  She’s already upset with your not getting off the tour to raise your son.  Brock is obsessed with the rush he gets from riding bulls that he can’t stop because then he would have to face his past.  Not to mention he would have to live a new normal.
     See how this guilt-ridden single father finds love even though he doesn’t think he deserves it.  I wish we got a better hint as to what happens to Ty, Dirk, and Kaylee. Hopefully, we will get a book two.
     I give this: 5 stars. Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

A FAVOR FOR A FAVOR #2

A FAVOR FOR A FAVOR                       HELENA HUNTING

When I joined Seattle’s NHL expansion team, I thought it was the start of something great. But nothing ever goes the way you expect. Take my introduction to my new neighbor. She came rolling in on the hot mess express at midnight, making a racket while she tried to get into my team captain’s apartment. Did I mention that he’s married to a woman who definitely was not her?

Imagine my surprise when I end up with an injury that has me out of the game for weeks, and she’s the one to offer to help me. I should probably add that she’s not the captain’s mistress. She’s his sexy, pastel-haired younger sister.

So we come up with an arrangement: she rehabs me so that I can get back on the ice sooner, and she can add a professional athlete that isn’t her brother to her client list. Seems simple enough. As long as I can keep my hands to myself and my hormones in check.

 MY REVIEW:
     This is the second book in the series.  I have to say Helena didn’t disappoint.  The characters were just as entertaining and fast-paced funny as in book one.  You get to catch up with some of the characters from the last book which is nice.
     Like Violet, she is still as off the cuff as ever.  That’s what makes her Violet.  This book, however, has to do with Rook’s sister Stevie who we meet in the first book which was centered around her big brother RJ and his now-wife, Laney.
     Stevie has now gotten her masters in physiotherapy with a specialization in sports rehab.  Top in her class which landed her the primo job right in the same town, Seattle as RJ and his family.  She even got her ex a job there.  Yup! Her ex. She now has to work with the sleazeball.
     You see she has been steel in California and arrived at their new place in Seattle two days early. Joey was on the new sofa RJ bought them boinking someone other than her.  On Stevie’s birthday no less.  Needless to say, she calls RJ who gave her the penthouse to he had per his contract for a year which sat empty.  They had bought a house.
     By the time she gets there, it is midnight.  The one piece of luggage she did get was thrashed so getting it to the door is not easy or quiet.  Not to mention the key code is not working.  When from behind her a booming voice comes “What the hell’s going on?”
     She explains but Bishop, Mr. Joyful Boxer Man is more annoyed.  This could be intimidating if she wasn’t so tired, overwhelmed, and now also annoyed.  Then, Mr. Joyful starts insulting her but she’s so tired she is missing it.  Because at the moment she’s working on embarrassment.
     But when she does, she can give as good as she gets.  So, they part with insults flying.  As things are tense for sure they are also, days that are followed with underwear shows that become sexually charged.  Very funny.
     See how to single, fearful, grumpy people can turn their lonely lives into HEA.
     I give this: 5 stars. Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943

FIRE AND FORTITUDE                         JOHN C. McMANUS


John C. McManus, one of our most highly acclaimed historians of World War II, takes readers from Pearl Harbor—a rude awakening for a military woefully unprepared for war—to Makin, a sliver of coral reef where the Army was tested against the increasingly desperate Japanese. In between were nearly two years of punishing combat as the Army transformed, at times unsteadily, from an undertrained garrison force into an unstoppable juggernaut, and America evolved from an inward-looking nation into a global superpower.

At the pinnacle of this richly told story are the generals: Douglas MacArthur, a military autocrat driven by his dysfunctional lust for fame and power; Robert Eichelberger, perhaps the greatest commander in the theater yet consigned to obscurity by MacArthur's jealousy; "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell, a prickly soldier miscast in a diplomat's role; and Walter Krueger, a German-born officer who came to lead the largest American ground force in the Pacific. Enriching the narrative are the voices of men otherwise lost to history: the uncelebrated Army grunts who endured stifling temperatures, apocalyptic tropical storms, rampant malaria, and other diseases, as well as a fanatical enemy bent on total destruction.

This is an essential, ambitious book, the first of two volumes, a compellingly written and boldly revisionist account of a war that reshaped the American military and the globe and continues to resonate today.
 

PAT'S REVIEW


A book that takes you through the beginnings of the war in the Pacific. What the author focuses on is the Army's role and though most people think of the Pacific being fought by the Marines and the Navy the Army had a role in it as well. You are brought through the fall of the Philippines, Bataan, Corregidor, though the 4th Marines would be the first-ever to surrender they inflicted enough damage to the Japanese had to commit another division to the invasion and this would later delay their invasion of Guadalcanal, and New Guinea. Not in the book the 4th Marines commander burned the regimental flag before surrendering so the enemy would not have it.
The author brings up General MacArthur and all of his dealings with other generals and how he would get rid of them if they got better press than he did. He would even deny medals. In my own personal opinion, I felt he should have been court-martialed like other leaders because he disobeyed direct orders and had all planes lined up in a row instead of being apart the day of the attacks. Yet nothing happened to him. Then throughout the Pacific, he would continue to send men into battle without a thought of the men or the men leading them. When the battle was over, he would take credit without ever stepping foot out of Australia.
The author also does a good job of showing was the reader what it was like for the troops in the Pacific. For the people that had never read anything about it, they come to find out that they were fighting with World War one type weapons and ammo. That they made it work knowing that the people in Washington were more worried about Europe than they were about them, though they were sending them into battle as well. The men on Wake island fought with WWI weapons and lasted until the last man. The author leads you up to the Island of Tarawa and though I had only ever read the Marines story. The Army story is just as devastating as the Marines and that Island was a horrible loss of life that most people don’t know about. Overall a good book, like any history book a few parts, dragged but I got what the author was putting across. Some of the other though I read about them before it was good to see them from a different point. A very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

MAKE ME FALL #2

MAKE ME FALL                                 EMBER LEIGH There’s one rule in my family. Stay away from the Daly brothers. We were raised...