Bella Cove: A Second Chance Romance by Rochelle Katzman

Bella Cove: A Second Chance Romance

4 Stars

Publisher: TCK Publishing

Date of publication: April 24th, 2018

Genre: Romance

Where you can find Bella Cove: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

She Gets a Second Chance at Love, But Her Family’s Secrets Could Ruin Everything 
Kayla Conway is devastated when she is forced to leave her life and her fiancé behind in California to take care of her family. She must return to her hometown of Bella Cove, a small, charming town on Long Island to visit her grandma on her deathbed. Just before her grandmother dies, Kayla promises that she will help put the pieces of her family’s life back together. 

But when she makes that promise, she has no idea of the lies, deceit, and betrayal she will have to deal with. The grief from grandma’s death brings out the worst in her family. 

Two years later, her family is stronger, but Kayla’s passion for life seems to have died the day grandma left. 

When her ex-fiancé, Gabe Wademan, walks back into her life—not as her partner, but as her new landlord and neighbor—Kayla feels more alive than she has in months. 

But getting back together with Kayla is the last thing Gabe wants—he never forgave her for leaving him so suddenly. He demands explanations for her behavior two years earlier, but Kayla refuses to reveal her family’s deepest, darkest secrets. 

So instead, she makes it her mission to show Gabe she’s the same woman he fell in love with back at school—just a little older and a lot less naïve. And if he gives their relationship a second chance, she promises she’ll never leave him again. 

But when Gabe gets close to her family, Kayla is terrified that he will discover their secrets. How could he ever trust her again if he found out? 

He’s only been back in her life a few weeks, but Kayla doesn’t think her heart could handle losing him a second time. Especially since this time, it would be forever.

My review:

I had mentioned in another review how much I love second chance romances. It wasn’t any difference with Bella Cove. I loved reading about Kayla and Gabe rediscovering their love. After reading (and reviewing) a few books that were intense. So reading this romance was the thing I (and my brain) needed.

I liked Kayla. Her passion for anything that she did in life was a breath of fresh air. When the book starts, she had taken over a toy store. She threw herself into it so it could continue making a profit. What I liked is that behind that happy façade was a woman who was the backbone of her family. A woman who had to be tough. A woman who suffered immense heartbreak and loss. She had been tried by fire and came out this amazing person. But she was also tired of it all. She wanted her own life without the responsibilities of being the “family matron.” My heart broke for her because she couldn’t tell her family to start solving their own problems. She felt that she would let her Nana down.

I didn’t like certain members of Kayla’s family. Her mother, her brother, her SIL, and her father. For various reasons, they all earned my dislike. From the drama queen of a mother to the father who had no backbone, I felt bad for Kayla.

I wasn’t sure what to make of Gabe at first. All Kayla’s flashbacks of him made him out to be kind of a control freak. Also, the way he treated her when she told him that she was ready to come back was awful. She was going through a lot and he added to it. He also ran hot and cold with her, which confused me as much as it confused her. But, towards the middle of the book, I could see he was coming around. By the end of the book, I liked him. He was everything that he wasn’t when they broke up. I felt that he was worthy of Kayla.

The chemistry between Gabe and Kayla was intense. From the minute they first saw each other, after two years, you could see the sparks. The more interactions they had, the more the heat there was. I was surprised that they didn’t have sex sooner in the book.

The sex scenes were deliciously hot. I swear my Kindle fogged up from the heat that they generated. Kayla was also a bit of a horn dog later in the book. She had a liking for outdoor/public sex. I mean, they got it on behind boards at the house Gabe was building, which was right next to her parents. They also had sex in the front seat of Gabe’s truck.

The end of the book was everything a romance novel should be. Certain things should have come sooner, in my opinion. I loved the epilogue!!! Total happy ending there. I am hoping that there is a book 2. Kayla’s sisters and her unmarried brother need some action.

What I liked about Bella Cove:

A) Complex and well-written characters

B) Interesting storyline

C) Great world building

What I disliked about Bella Cove:

A) Certain members of Kayla’s family.

B) Gabe at the beginning of the book

C) Too much responsibility put on Kayla

I would give Bella Cove an Adult rating. There is language. There are explicit sexual situations. There is mild violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

There are no trigger warnings with Bella Cove.

I would recommend Bella Cove to family and friends. This is a book that I could see myself rereading.

I would like to thank Rochelle Katzman for allowing me to read and review Bella Cove.

All opinions stated in this review of Bella Cove are mine.

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

Catching a Witch by Heidi Eljarbo

Catching a Witch: A Novel of Loyalty, Deception, and Superstition

4 Stars

Publisher: TCK Publishing

Date of publication: August 1st, 2017

Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction

Number of pages: 284

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find Catching a Witch: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

What Would You Do to Save Your Best Friend from Burning? 
The year 1660 is when it all changed… 

That’s when a witch-hunter comes to Clara Dahl’s seaside village in Norway. She’s horrified to discover how fast her neighbors and friends are to turn against each other. She soon realizes her sleepy, little, picturesque corner of the world has been invaded by evil—and it has nothing to do with witchcraft. 

As neighbor turns against neighbor, Clara finds herself drawn into the fray, forced to do what she can to protect her friends and loved ones. An educated and upstanding minister’s daughter, Clara speaks out against the witch-hunter’s unjust treatment of those accused of witchcraft. She sees how he plays the villagers, using their superstitions and religious beliefs to make good people accept horrible things. 

When Clara’s best friend Bess is accused of being a witch, Clara must make an incredible sacrifice to save not only her friend but the entire town… before it’s too late. 

About the Book

In 1660, women had no voting rights, couldn’t own property, and were treated as second-class citizens. If that weren’t bad enough, many innocent women—especially poor women—were tried and executed for witchcraft. The people responsible for their deaths were often their own friends, family members, and neighbors. 

Catching a Witch is a story about a young woman who’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect the people she cares about most in this world. 

You’ll love this book if you enjoy… 

Historical dramas 
Witches and witch hunting 
Historical thrillers 
The history of religion and superstitions 
A story with a strong female protagonist fighting for what’s right 
Readers of similar books such as Year of Wonder by Geraldine Brooks, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe, The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare will love Catching a Witch. 

Scroll up and click “buy now” to help Clara save her village from evil.

Trigger Warning: abuse of women, some graphic death scenes

Resurrection: A Historical Adventure Novel (Legend: Book 3) by Kylie Stewart

Resurrection: A Historical Adventure Romance Novel (Legend Book 3)

Title: Legend

Author: Kylie Stewart

Publisher: TCK Publishing

Date of publication: September 10th, 2017

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 202

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: Legend

Set in Stone – Book 1 (review here)

The Duke’s Curse – Book 2 (review here)

Resurrection – Book 3

Where you can find Resurrection: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

“A matter of chance…” 
Avalon’s soul is whole once again, but the curse still remains. He must learn to control newfound powers in order to protect Alexandria from Mordred. But how can he protect her from a man set on destroying him completely? 

“A matter of choice …” 

Alexandria York has to make a choice—to forgive Avalon’s lies or walk away. Their bond not only flows through blood but now runs soul deep. The choice to stay with the man she loves could cost them both dearly. 

The Legend Series 

Avalon and Alexandria vow to stand together to face Mordred. When news of Lancer’s corruption reaches Caliburn Estate, they have to move swiftly to protect Alexandria before it’s too late. 

The Knights of the Round Table begin to assemble as they prepare for war. They soon discover the war isn’t just coming for them, but the entire world. 

The story of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table takes a modern turn, filled with adventure, love, and betrayal.

Trigger Warning: None

Risking Her Heart: A Contemporary Romance by Rochelle Katzman

Risking Her Heart: A Contemporary Romance Novel

Title: Risking Her Heart

Author: Rochelle Katzman

Publisher: TCK Publishing

Date of publication: May 12th, 2017

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 266

POV: 3rd person

Where you can buy Risking Her Heart: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Billionaire playboy.

He’s ruthless in business and in bed.

He’ll sleep with you, rip your heart out, and never commit.

He’ll charm you, seduce you, and set your world on fire.

He’ll make you feel as if you’re his woman then claim you’re only friends.

Friends, as in call once in a while. Not friends with the potential of more.

Drake doesn’t do more.

He’s the exact type of man Livvie needs to stay away from, especially with her destructive pattern of dating narcissistic men who refuse to be monogamous.

Until fate forces them to meet.

Livvie wins a one-week stay at Morganthal Winery, owned by Drake Morganthal. She doubts she’ll see him. And even if she does, there’s no way he’ll give a random raffle winner the time of day.

But she’s wrong.

From the moment they lock eyes, their chemistry is so intense, Drake has to have her. He makes his motives very clear.

Between his delicious wines and his gorgeous body, which she craves like a drug, Livvie has to decide if she’ll spend the week in his vineyard and his bed, or if she’s strong enough to turn away a man as addictive as Drake Morganthal.

Trigger Warning: 

Billionaire for New Year’s: A Steamy Erotic Romance by Em Brown

Billionaire for New Year's: A Steamy Billionaire Erotic Romance Novel

Title: Billionaire for New Year’s

Author: Em Brown

Publisher: TCK Publishing

Date of publication: April 5th, 2017

Genre: Romance, Erotica

Number of pages: 303

POV: 3rd person

Series: A Billionaire Erotic Romance Novel

Billionaire for Christmas – Book 1 (review here)

Billionaire for New Years Book 2

Where you can find Billionaire for New Year’s: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Two billionaires, a wedding, and plenty of heat to ring in the new year… 
Billionaire hotel mogul Rance Durand thought he had successfully seduced Audrey Jones into his life for good, but Audrey’s convinced their different backgrounds won’t mesh. Will they go their separate ways, or can he find a way to seduce her all over again? 

Smokin’ hot Charlene Jenkins is Audrey’s best friend, and she’ll do just about anything to see her friend happy—even if it means accepting a bargain with billionaire playboy Blaine Edwards, Rance’s friend, and colleague. 

Blaine wants Charlene to get Audrey to the New Year’s Eve of Erotica party, where Rance has a surprise in store for Audrey, but he may want something else just as bad: Charlene’s submission…in his bed.

Trigger Warning: None

Billionaire for Christmas by Em Brown

Billionaire for Christmas: An Erotic Billionaire Romance

Title: Billionaire for Christmas

Author: Em Brown

Publisher: TCK Publishing

Date of publication: February 6th, 2017

Genre: Interracial Romance, Erotica, Romance

Number of pages: 167

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads): 

Who knew a male escort could be so much fun?
Audrey Jones can’t believe her best friend gave her a gift card to a male escort service for Christmas. A successful finance executive, Audrey doesn’t feel like there’s anything missing in her life. But when she finds herself alone for the holidays, she decides to take a chance and embark on a personal journey that is both unexpected and highly erotic.

For billionaire Rance Durand, women have always come easily into his life, so why can’t he seem to get the time of day with the woman whose apartment unit is right next to his? When he overhears her calling the escort service, Rance decides to take their place, but he only has three days to seduce her.

More About the Book

In this contemporary erotic romance, billionaire bachelor Rance Durand, owner of a luxury boutique hotel, decides to impersonate a gigolo to seduce his workaholic neighbor. But what he thought would be a good joke turned into something he never expected.

When Audrey Jones, who hasn’t had the best luck with romance, decides to have a weekend of sex with a stranger, she gets the erotic experience of her life.

Neither expects to fall in love, but when Audrey is presented with a promotion that will take her across the country, both of them have a big decision to make.

This erotic billionaire romance book contains frequent and explicit sex scenes.

My review:

I used to have a ban on reviewing erotica. The reason: I was embarrassed about advertising that I read these books. Then one day, I had an epiphany. Why be embarrassed about reviewing books that have all sorts of sex in them? So I dropped my restrictions on no erotica and I am happy I did.

Billionaire for Christmas takes place over Christmas in San Francisco, which instantly I liked. San Fransisco is a city that I have always wanted to visit and seeing it featured in a book was awesome. Audrey and Rance did visit a few well-known areas (read the book to find out)!!

I really liked Audrey and how relatable she was. She was packing extra weight, she didn’t hold to her New Years Eve resolutions, she was very picky about men and she was a very hard worker. She also had a crazy bestie who gave her a gift card to an escort service. Which made me laugh out loud when I read that and made me wonder….if there even such thing as gift cards to an escort service. There probably is, now that I think about it….lol. I actually couldn’t believe that she called. But hey, she wanted to go out with a bang for her last couple of nights in San Fransisco. She asked for Denzel but instead got Colin (which made me laugh my butt off).

Rance was so hot but I wasn’t a fan of his deception at first. I mean, he lived next door to Audrey. How hard would it have been for him to actually just go, knock on her door and talk to her? But no, he had to pretend to be from the escort service. I was almost waiting for him to say her real name, not the fake one that she gave when they were having sex or out on dates. I did like that he was made to be a decent person too. He was the best man at his friend’s wedding, he had family that he talked to all the time in France (and yes, I read the book with him having a very slight French accent) and he was a great friend.

The sex scenes, they are written in great detail, were hot. Burning off the page hot. Like, fan myself because I was getting flushed hot. They had anal sex, vaginal sex, public sex (the one against the window….oh lordy) and unprotected oral sex (her going down on him). They couldn’t get enough of each other.

The ending, which was a HEA, had me going for a minute because I thought that it wasn’t going to be one. So I was very surprised when it ended up the way it did.

How many stars will I give Billionaire for Christmas: 4

Why: Besides the obvious hot sex, I thought that the backstory was fantastic. This is definitely a book that you should read at home, though. The sex scenes and there are plenty of them, are pretty descriptive.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes but with a warning about the ultra hot and very descriptive sex scenes.

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex and language

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

The Duke’s Curse (Legend: Book 2) by Kylie Stewart

The Duke's Curse (Legend, #2)

Title: The Duke’s Curse

Author: Kylie C. Stewart

Publisher: TCK Publishing

Date of publication: March 20th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Number of pages: 193

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: Legend

Set in Stone – Book 1 (review here)

The Duke’s Curse – Book 2

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Legend: The Duke’s Curse #2 Alexandria knows the truth behind the lies. Avalon is not human, nor is he immortal. He is neither angel nor demon. He is the once and future king. Now, more than ever, Alexandria’s artistic skills could grant them their first victory in battle. It is she who holds the key to end a curse born over a thousand years ago. Will she walk away from Avalon or stay? The choice is up to her, but more than one fate hangs in the balance now.

Avalon’s deepest fears lurk in every shadow. His past haunts him even in the light of day. Unable to protect Alexandria, he turns to Lancer for help. Debilitated under his newly arisen weakness, his only hope lies in Alexandria. Bound by chains of sin and shame, Avalon must fight to the death with who he once was to inherit his future. If he loses, it is Alexandria who pays the price. Can he trust her to save him from eternal darkness? Or will he lose her forever?

My review:

I was so excited when Kylie emailed the ARC for The Duke’s Curse in the Legend series. With the way book 1 ended, I didn’t think I could have waited. I am that into this series. Like I said in my review of Set in Stone, I am intrigued by the legend of King Arthur. Everything about it just captures my attention and I honestly can’t get enough of it.

What was great about The Duke’s Curse is that the author went into the relationships between Avalon/Arthur, Lancer, Vivian, Merlin, Morgan and Alexandria….past and present. The relationships between all the main characters are not what they seem, though. There were a few times where a character did something totally out of what I expected of them and it shocked me. It shocked me because it wasn’t what I expected out of that character and it went against what I thought of them. Kinda messed with my head….lol.

I did like that storyline where Avalon needs to get the missing part of his soul to heal himself. His illness (kind of like epileptic fits where he would go into himself and converse with his missing half….if that makes sense) brought him and Alexandria closer and you could see her opinion of him changing as his illness went on. Put it this way, I am Team Avalandria (hehe). Not Team Alexancer (I am killing myself over here).

Speaking of Lancer, he got on my nerves. He was obsessed with Alexandria (maybe too strong of a word but it went beyond being in love) and would do anything to keep her away from Avalon. Not that it worked. If anything, he pushed them even more together. There were points in the book where I just wished he went away. That’s how annoyed with him I got. But, he’s a major part of the King Arthur legend and a major part of this story. I just hope that he deals with whatever happens in later books.

The sex scenes between Avalon and  Alexandria were beyond hot. I think because Alexandria finally realized that she loved and was in love with Avalon. That’s what made the sex scenes very hot.

The end of the book was awesome and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I can’t wait to read book 3!!!

How many stars will I give The Duke’s Curse: 4

Why: The storyline was great and the sex hot. The only thing that drove me nuts was Lancer. I kinda wanted to smack him at times….lol.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex and language

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