Naked men is a fantastic name for a series, just saying. This is book one and it’s about Griffin. He’s always helped people, from a bus crash with his friends to the latest reckless stint that has him suspended. Chloe is a normal girl, doing normal things without leaving her comfort zone. That all changes when she meets Griffin…
Griffin has a hero complex, he likes to save people and I adore that about him. He’s funny, flirty and takes an interest in Chloe. He has some moments where I just want to slap him in the back of the head though. Chloe is trying to overcome her past or rather, hide from it. She doesn’t like adventure and she prefers boring and normal. It is fun reading how Griffin takes her out of that narrow look on life. Sometimes Griffin and Chloe’s reactions are too…harsh. It sort of diminished my love for them. I did love the whole ‘naked men blog’. I enjoyed this story!
Risking it All is a recommended read. I look forward to reading more in this series.
Best friends forever, until they were more. This is the story of Ward Cantrell, the jock who made his town proud till he fell from grace. He lost the town’s respect and he lost his girlfriend, Piper. She also happened to be one of his three best friends. He wants to get his girl back, so he comes up with a 30 day ‘date me and I’ll let you have my land’ plan to win her back since she’s in a bind and needs his land. Piper is the good girl from the town’s wealthy family, the girl who always wants to please. She’s still wary of Ward, he’s hurt once already. But to keep a deathbed promise to her Grandfather she’ll go around her family’s wishes and work with Ward. She’ll agree to his plan, because she needs his land. It’s not like she doesn’t still love him, but making him work to get her back won’t hurt him. The journey they take back to each other has its obstacles. Some citizens of the town go out of their way to snub Ward. And Piper’s parents have kept secrets from her. There are outsiders wanting to buy land from Ward to start windmill farms, and Ward’s sister adds her own angle to the mix.
The author's writing is smooth, the story flows. Her writing has humor and silliness. There are serious moment and those hurtful ones as well. They are blended together seamlessly. Her characters are well rounded individuals and believable. Her secondary characters in this story are warm, supportive, snarky and fun. They back Piper and Ward up, but will verbally slap them silly when they need it. Her descriptions and details of small town life are real. You get pulled into the story and lives of the people you meet in Seneca Lake. I started reading and before I knew it the story was done, it’s an easy read. Worth the read if you are a fan of the series, and like a very gentle romance.
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Casey Hobbes was rescued from a dangerous cult as child. Her stepmother got her away just in time, and the small town to which they escaped has encompassed and protected them all these years. But Casey, understandably, has trust issues. She’s been in hiding for years to protect her identity as well as protect her stepmother from prosecution. She’s only told her best friends about her past and that time in her life has never been discussed again. Casey’s a serial dater, never allowing anyone to get too close. Enter Zane Buchanan a charming professor, whose love of learning embraces everything, but his specialty is researching and exposing dangerous cults, and his holy grail is finding the lone survivor of the Sunshine Seekers Cult.
They don’t know each other’s secrets, but they do know the attraction between them. I liked this book and recommend you give it a look. Maybe the heat between the two (pun intended) at their first meeting is a little quick, but Ms. Barth has drawn three dimensional characters who have their faults, as well as a small town with all of the baggage that goes along with everyone knowing more about you than you like. It was fast paced and the plot was a new one for me – cults and their ramifications on the followers. You’ll enjoy this one.
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It’s been a long time since I adored a story as much as I did, a Matchless Romance. Full of endearing characters with layers like sponge cake, decadent, rich, and completely satisfying. This story will fulfill are your romance needs. Ms. Barth wrote an intelligent, wit filled, humorous love story I couldn’t put down! Tabitha is the type of heroine I could get behind. In control of her own life, passionate, intelligent, and giving, the type of woman we all aspire to be. Despite having it together on her surface, she has a surprising past that surfaces later and catches you unaware. The twist is one of many in the book that really make it unique. From the moment Tabitha is practically run over by Drew, a hopelessly awkward, logical, sexy, and fit video game designer, their chemistry vibrates right off the page. In trouble with his boss because his interaction with women is less than stellar, and has run off potential clients, Drew is in desperate in need of help. So running into Tabitha, who happens to be a matchmaker seems like fate. He convinces her to take him on and polish his rough edges. But there’s one major problem, their attraction to one another. The pull between them is unstoppable , and it’s like watching a ticking time bomb as they maneuver their way toward d-day, his meeting with potential investors. God, I can’t gush enough about Drew. I enjoyed seeing him get himself in to scrapes Tabitha, and his geek charm allowed him to slid out of by the skin of his teeth.
Entertaining, exciting, and sweet this is a great read for romance readers of all genres, but especially those like me who have a soft spot for geeks. I actually worked for a video game company before, and I have to say, Ms. Barth got the environment spot on. While there isn't an abundance of sex or a lava like heat quality, the meaning behind it trumps any explicitness she could’ve added, but didn’t need. I highly recommend this one.
Friends to Lovers, blew me away completely. Just when I thought I had a handle on what was going to happen, a crazy new twist popped up out of nowhere! Up until the very end I wasn’t sure the happy ever after would arrive! Ms. Barth had complex characters with full, fascinating lives that intertwined and separated, contrasted, and melded. The end result was a beautiful tapestry of richness that welcomed you into their close knit circle, taught you new things! I’ve never known a manager of a high end hotel, or had a close friend who ran a florist business, but now I feel like I do. One of the most impressive things about Ms. Barth did was peel back the layers of her characters one piece at a time. Every chapter I think I learned something new, and fell a bit more in love.
I loved the heroine. Daphne Lovell was amazing, though she didn’t know it. Raised by her father along with four brothers after her mother died, she’s not the average love interest. Action movie addicted, sports loving, floral designer with a wicked sense of humor and a laid back attitude. I know, what’s not to love! Her flaws were real and relatable and I straddled the line between wanting to shake her and hug her. In lust with her best friend, Gibb she takes the plunge during a black out on new year’s eve and kisses him. The problem is the man has no clue it’s her. Determined to let the event pass over, but craving more, she finds herself stuck between a rock and a hard place. A very sexy, British hard place. *licks lips*. The main issue, Gibb is a flight risk. Voted Chicago’s most eligible bachelor his bedroom is a revolving door. I could go on forever, but then I’d ruin all the surprises.
The hero made me want to slap him at first. The British Don Juan seemed to be fixated on conquests, and flippant about the notches on his bed post. Then Ms. Barth put a whammy on me, revealing the cause for the behavior. Grab your tissues and get ready to want to give someone a piece of your mind. I got on board with Team Gibb fast after that. The Charming Hotel Manager from across the pond is the walking wounded. God bless his heart. * Holds a hand to her chest*. In the end watching him grow, and open up was both intense and greatly satisfying. I stayed up late to read this page turner in one sitting, and I highly recommend it to fans of romance. Part Romance, part mystery , and adventure, this story offers up everything you could want.
Love at High Tide
Author: Christi Barth
Page Count: 178
TBR Reviewer: Jessica
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Heat:2 - Flirty.
Love at High Tide is a light hearted fun story that makes for a perfect summer poolside read. Darcy is a cultural anthropologist fresh out of grad school but on the fence about what career path she's ready to take next. Trying to get away from it all and looking to relax and figure out her next move, Darcy decides to spend a few days at the beach with her best friend Trina. During an almost drowning, Darcy finds herself rescued by super hot cop, Cooper. Cooper is also on a break from his career in law enforcement, still recuperating from an injury he received in the line of duty, the same incident that claimed his partner. Sparks fly, but with their futures uncertain, the fate of their relationship is up in the air.
This was a very light read, full of quirky humor and some steamy romance. The romance aspect of the story was slightly overshadowed by the mystery of the plot. Rather than sit on the beach everyday, as the best friends had intended, Darcy's eccentric friend, Trina, drags her along as she tries her hand at private investigation, where she insists on spying on another beach goer, convinced he's a criminal. This story line allows for some seriously funny dialogue, clever banter between characters and some added mystery and action.
The writing in this book is clever and smart. While the book is relatively PG, light on the steam and heat, it's heavy on the humor, fun and is definitely one sexy beach read.
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