Scotland or Bust by Kira Archer

Scotland or Bust

3.5 Stars

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Entangled: Indulgence

Date of publication: June 11th, 2018

Genre: Humor, Romance

Where you can find Scotland or Bust: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

After dumping her boyfriend, Nicole Franklin impulsively jumps on a plane and heads to Europe. Sure, money and a job would have been nice to line up first. Even a visa, for that matter. So now she has to play tour guide at an Outlander experience for the most obnoxious man on the planet. Until she stumbles into the wrong bed in the middle of the night and wakes up in Harrison’s arms. Now his family thinks they’re engaged, and the entire village is betting on how long before she’ll be running for the hills.

Harrison Troy has a reputation in the town for burning through assistants. And the bubbly new one he’s just hired is likely no different. But his family quickly has them “engaged.” He should be upset, but she’s the perfect buffer for his interfering family. She says she doesn’t need another man in her life–even if he comes with a castle–and that’s fine with him. So why can’t he stop thinking about the woman who is charming everyone in the town, and maybe even him?

My review:

When I started reading Scotland or Bust, I was excited. I mean, hello Scotland. I have a slight obsession with Scotland. I **might** have watched Braveheart a gazillion times. And I might pick up any romance (well, any book) that has Scotland the background in the book. So, needless to say, when I saw that Scotland or Bust was set in Scotland, I jumped on it.

My excitement over reading the book faded as I read the first chapter. Harrison was a complete and utter idiot (the nicest word I could put down). Nicole came across as too trusting. I mean, who would say yes to an offer of employment from a complete stranger. And then drive away with him? Not me, that’s for sure. It is safe to say that by the middle of the book, I was ready to DNF it. It was too much. But the author did manage to pull me back in.

Nicole was way too trusting for me. Like I said above, who gets into a car with a stranger and agrees to be his temporary assistant. I did like that she took Harrison’s family’s eccentric in stride. I mean, her first sight of his grandmother was her naked on the castle ramparts. So, yeah. I also found fault with her uprooting herself to work in Europe. It isn’t that easy in real life.

I didn’t care for Harrison. There had to be a reason why he went through as many assistants as he did. They don’t up and quit on you for no reason. I also didn’t like his disdain for his family. They embarrassed him. Half the book was him making excuses to Nicole about why his family was the way they were. He blamed his grandmother being Scottish as the reason. Also, I thought that his dislike for the Outlander series a bit much. I mean, that series was his bread and butter. He shouldn’t have been that outspoken about his dislike. It made him seem like a jerk for 90% of the book.

I actually liked Harrison’s family. They were one of the more real families that I have read in a book in a while. I laughed when reading his scenes with his grandmother in it. She was a free spirit. I did find it weird that she ran around naked but other than that, she was great. I almost broke a rib laughing when she gave Harrison her engagement ring to give to Nicole. Which she kept under her boob. I understood Harrison’s reluctance to give Nicole a boob sweat covered ring.

The villagers were an eccentric lot. I did get a giggle out of the bet that was being placed on how long Nicole was going to stay with Harrison. I also laughed when they turned the bet into how long the engagement would last. Resourceful people…lol.

There was chemistry between Nicole and Harrison. From the kiss that they had on the airplane (granted it was to “helpHarrison with his fear of flying) to the end of the book, it was there. The sparks that those two threw were off the wall. Which lead to some pretty hot sex. Those sex scenes were insanely hot.

The end of the book had your typical HEA. The author did a great job of wrapping all the storylines up. I was happy with how it ended.

What I Liked About Scotland or Bust:

A) That it was sent in Scotland

B) Harrison’s family

C) Nicole and Harrison’s chemistry

What I disliked Scotland or Bust:

A) Harrison’s disdain for his family

B) Nicole being too trusting

C) Harrison’s disdain for The Outlander

I would give Scotland or Bust an Adult rating. There is explicit sex. There is language. There is mild violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

There are no trigger warnings for Scotland or Bust.

I would reread Scotland or Bust. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank Entangled Publishing, Entangled: Indulgence, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Scotland or Bust.

All opinions stated in Scotland or Bust are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Scoring off the Field (WAGS: Book 2) by Naima Simone

Scoring off the Field (WAGS, #2)

4 Stars

Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC, Entangled: Brazen

Date of publication: March 12th, 2018

Genre: Romance

Series: WAGS

Scoring with the Wrong Twin – Book 1 (review here)

Scoring off the Field – Book 2

Where you can find Scoring off the Field: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Tennyson Clark is getting a life. First step: quitting her job as assistant to Dominic Anderson, star quarterback for the Washington Warriors, her best friend … and the man she’s been secretly in love with for years. But since the gorgeous, if overprotective playboy has only ever seen her as his BFF, she’s finally ready to relinquish her tattered fantasy and move on. Enter steps two and three: new job and new man.

Football is Dominic’s life, and with his contract soon up for renewal, all his focus needs to be on the game. But Tennyson—dependable, logical Tennyson— is making that next to impossible with her mysterious new job and her sudden interest in online dating. He doesn’t do relationships. But the thought of another man touching her sexier-than-hell curves has him suddenly wanting more from his best friend.

Indulging in hot, dirty, what’s-my-name sex with no strings and lots of benefits is simple, uncomplicated…until it’s not.

Each book in the WAGS series is STANDALONE:
* Scoring with the Wrong Twin
* Scoring Off the Field

My review:

 

I was excited to read Scoring off the Field. I had enjoyed reading Scoring with the Wrong Twin and I figured that Tenny and Dom’s romance would be next. I wasn’t wrong and what a romance it was.

Scoring off the Field had a pretty straightforward plot. Tenny is Dom’s PA and best friend. She also has been in love with him for years. She decides that she has had enough and that she needs to go on with her life. That leads to her giving her notice to a very surprised Dom. Dom realizes that Tenny means more to him than he cares to realize. But can he convince her of it? Can he make her realize that his feelings for her are genuine?

What made this book fun to read is that the characters had a friendship of many years before they took things to the next level. The ease that they both have with each other made the romance more believable. I like it when the main characters have a history together. It adds a depth to both of their characters that aren’t there if there are two strangers meeting. Dom and Tenny’s relationship was one of those relationships.

I liked Dom, even if I wanted to shake some sense into him for about 90% of the book. He was your typical man. Can’t see what he had until he almost loses it. I didn’t like that he ran hot and cold with her at points in the book. Kept measuring every woman up to his college girlfriend. Again, I wanted to shake some sense into him. His backstory made me want to cry. Having lost a parent the same age he did, I can understand his feelings. I can also understand why he felt the need to protect a young Tenny and how that molded his life.

Tenny was such a doll in this book. She was sweet, kind and she was heads over heels for Dom. I thought that her background was tragic. I can’t even begin to comprehend how a mother could do that to a child. Made me angry to read that. No wonder she had a fear of hospitals!! I also understood why she was afraid to let Dom know how she felt about him. She got rejected when they were in college and she did that. So she wasn’t willing to let herself get embarrassed like that again.

The romance was cute but I wish more time was spent building it up. The book went from Dom and Tenny being best friends to lovers within a few chapters. I kind of felt cheated that there wasn’t any more build up. But, Dom and Tenny were friends before lovers so I can get why the author chose not to have an extended build up. Still, I wish it was there.

The sex was beyond hot. Once the weirdness of being together like that wore off, Dom and Tenny were like freaking bunnies. The sex they had wasn’t boring sex, it was adventurous sex. They did it everywhere. My Kindle was fogging up from the heat those two generated.

The end of the book was great. I loved the way that Dom apologized to Tenny. Talk about perfect!!!

What I liked about Scoring off the Field:

A) Hot sex

B) Relatable characters

C) Dom and Tenny’s relationship

What I disliked about Scoring off the Field:

A) Dom being clueless about how Tenny felt about him

B) Tenny’s and Dom’s childhood

C) Dom’s treatment of Tenny in the hospital.

I would give Scoring off the Field a rating of Adult. There are graphic sex and language. No violence.

There are trigger warnings in Scoring off the Field. They are the death of parents and child abuse by Munchausen’s Syndrome. There are no details given about Dom’s parents’ death other than they died in a car crash. But there are details given about Tenny’s child abuse. So if those trigger you, I suggest not reading the book.

I would recommend Scoring off the Field to family and friends. I would give a heads up about the trigger warning. This is a book and a series that I would reread.

I would like to thank Brazen, Entangled, Entangled Publishing LLC and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Scoring off the Field.

All opinions stated in this review of Scoring off the Field are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Scoring with the Wrong Twin by Naima Simone

Scoring With the Wrong Twin

4 Stars

Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC, Entangled: Brazen

Date of publication: January 15th, 2018

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 175

Where you can find Scoring with the Wrong Twin: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves … again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister. 

After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances—and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another…and another…and another…

Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good.

Trigger Warning: talk of bullying

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His Convenient Husband (Love and Sports: Book 1) by Robin Covington

His Convenient Husband

3 Stars

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Indulgence

Date of publication: October 9th, 2017

Genre: Romance, LGBTQIA

Number of pages: 175

POV: 3rd person

Series: Love and Sports

His Convenient Husband – Book 1

Where you can find His Convenient Husband: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

NFL football player Isaiah Blackwell lost his husband three years ago and is raising their teen son alone. He lives his life as quietly as his job allows, playing ball to support his family but trying not to draw unwanted attention. His quiet life is shaken up when a mutual friend introduces him to Victor, a visiting principal ballet dancer who is everything Isaiah is not.

Brash and loud, Victor Aleksandrov has applied for political asylum to avoid returning to Russia, where gay men are targeted and persecuted. He’s been outspoken about gay rights in his home country, and if he doesn’t get asylum, going back to Russia is a death sentence.

Their one-night stand turns into a tentative friendship, a relationship they both agree is temporary… until Victor’s denied asylum. Isaiah can’t offer Victor a happily ever after, but he can propose something that’ll keep Victor in the US and safe… marriage He just doesn’t expect his new husband to dance away with his heart.

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Catching the Player (A Hamilton Family Series: Book 1) by Diane Alberts

Catching the Player (A Hamilton Family Series)

3.5  Stars (rounded up to 4 for Goodreads and Amazon)

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Indulgence

Date of publication: October 9th, 2017

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 190

POV: 3rd person

Series: The Hamilton Family Series

Catching the Player – Book 1

Where you can find Catching the Player: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):

It all started with a bet…

Kassidy Thomas decided to stop hiding behind her past, and start living, but she didn’t quite bet on that start including her singing a horrible song in front of the handsomest bachelor in the NFL, Wyatt Hamilton. She also doesn’t think he’d then consequently ask her out on a date, but turns out when you’re actually living life…crazy things happen.

He needs to win…

Wyatt Hamilton is a player in every sense of the word. Married to the game, he has no interest in relationships, love, or even second nights with the same woman. But from the second the girl-next-door beauty Kassidy knocks on his door to deliver a singing telegram, nothing goes as planned. He can’t stop thinking about her, and keeps showing up on her doorstep for more. That is, until the unthinkable happens…

And all bets are off.

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69 Million Things I Hate About You (Winning the Billionaire: Book 1) by Kira Archer

69 Million Things I Hate About You

4 Stars

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Indulgence

Date of publication: October 9th, 2017

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 228

POV: 3rd person

Series: Winning the Billionaire

69 Million Things I Hate About YouBook 1

Where you can find 69 Million Things I Hate About You: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

After personal assistant Kiersten Abbott wins sixty-nine million dollars in the lotto, she suddenly has more than enough money to quit her impossibly demanding job. But where’s the fun in that? She decides to stay and exact a little revenge on her insufferable ass of a boss. 

Billionaire Cole Harrington quickly figures out something’s afoot with his usually agreeable personal assistant. When he finds out about the office pool betting on how long it’ll take him to fire her, he decides to spice things up and see how far he can push her until she quits.

The game is on, with everyone waiting to see who will crack first. But the bet sparks a new dynamic between them, and soon they realize they just might have crossed that fine line between hate and love.

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Blog Tour: Project Pandora (Assassin Fall: Book 1) by Aden Polydoros

Title: Project Pandora

Author: Aden Polydoros

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Entangled Teen

Date of publication: August 1st, 2017

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

Number of pages: 300

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find Project Pandora: Barnes and Noble |KoboAmazon 

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.

Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?

In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass…

 

Trigger Warnings: Murder, child abuse

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