The Billionaire’s Touch by J.S. Scott – A Book Review

Book Title: The Billionaire’s Touch (The Sinclairs Book 3)
Author: J.S. Scott
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 22nd, 2016
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Premise: 

After a troubling childhood, wealthy Evan Sinclair likes his life orderly and controlled. He rarely gives in to spontaneous urges—until he begins a chance correspondence with a mystery woman who sounds like his complete opposite. She intrigues and amuses him, and the interest seems mutual…which is more than he can say for his current obsession, Miranda Tyler, the tough-as-nails, sexy schoolteacher who’s made it clear she’s not impressed—or interested.

Miranda finally has it all: a good job, friends, and the security of living in the quaint coastal town of Amesport, Maine. She even has an anonymous pen pal—a man she’s never met yet has bonded with almost effortlessly. The only thing unsettling her life is Evan Sinclair. The handsome billionaire is arrogant, pompous, and far too used to getting his way. Miranda tries her best to avoid him, until Evan’s steamy kiss turns her world upside down.

Soon their red-hot desire is scorching the sheets and has them both spinning out of control. But when secrets are revealed, will their insatiable attraction keep them together or force them apart? In J.S. Scott’s The Billionaire’s Touch, the eldest Sinclair just might have met his match.

 

My Thoughts:

 

After having read a few books which included billionaires in their plot, I thought way too many Authors trying to copy the success of 50 Shades Of Grey, by copying the style – which is not a good idea, because, in my humble opinion, the book was one of the worst once I have ever read, and I have read a lot of romance novels over the years. This book, on the other hand, was refreshingly not trying to be what should not have been, even though it had plenty of sex scenes hidden within. Nothing wrong with lovemaking and even though, I thought they could have used a few less scenes of the horizontal kind in this book, I was still smitten with the well-developed character and interesting, warm, and sometimes truly charming plot. I felt deeply for the scars that Evan had to bear, due to his cruel father, and even more so after what was revealed

I felt deeply for the scars that Evan had to bear, due to his cruel father, and even more so after what was revealed toward the last third of the book. J.S. Scott managed to make her male lead noble, without being unbelievable, his self-sacrifice a reason for his personality, and his  need for control, which gave him depth, likeability, and make for an interesting, emotional read.  Like I said earlier, the only thing that could have done better was the fact that there were almost too much sex too soon. Yet, it did not diminish my enjoyment of the overall story. Because this was my introduction to the Sinclair series, I am looking now forward to reading all of the other books about the brothers and extended family.

Because this was my introduction to the Sinclair series, I am looking now forward to reading all of the other books about the brothers and extended family.

 

 

The Billionaire’s Touch is available on Amazon now.

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Quick, Fun And Entertaining – “His Stubborn Lover” by Leslie North

Book Review: His Stubborn Lover

Title: His Stubborn Lover

Author: Leslie North

Publisher: CreateSpace

Publication Date: Sept. 24, 2015

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

A very quick, fun read, that could have been turned into a little longer novel, but it was perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon (while I was waiting for my computer to be fixed). The characters – Brock and Keira are charming, and their connection steamy. I would not recommend this book for anyone who is looking for something rated PG 13, but if you don’t mind the physical, is cute.

I am surprised to have not found this to be a Harlequin book, considering that it fits perfectly into what that publisher offers, so if you read their books, you will like this one.
I am planning on reading the next installment of what is promising an action filled, quick entertaining read.

The only downfall of this book was that the title does not fit it very well. It makes it sound a lot cheaper and less thought-through than it actually is.  I almost did not read it,  because of that,  but like I stated above, I was unable to work and needed something to read, so I gave this book a shot and was glad I did.

 

P.S. This book was provided to me free via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.

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Book Review: Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson

Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson

Title: Silver Thaw – A Mystic Creek Novel

Author: Catherine Anderson

Publisher: Signet Publishing

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 9th, 2015

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

After years of living in fear of her husband, Amanda Banning has left him and moved to Mystic Creek, Oregon, for a fresh start. But she’s having a tough time providing for herself and her six-year-old daughter. Writing her secret yearnings on slips of paper and sending them into the wind helps her cling to the hope that things will get better…and that she can find happiness again.
 
Jeb Sterling has no idea that the handwritten messages he finds scattered across his land are the first hints that his life is about to change. Nor does he understand why he feels so compelled to help Amanda Banning and her daughter when a cold snap leaves them temporarily homeless. Maybe he’s inspired by Amanda’s courage or perhaps by her beautiful brown eyes. Either way, the man who once renounced love suddenly finds himself willing to do anything for the pair. Amanda seems to have given up on her dreams, but Jeb refuses to quit until he makes her every wish come true.… (Synopsis by Amazon)

Every once in a while, a book comes along that grabs me from the first page and does not let go. I am sucked into the story, fall in love with the characters and get involved in the well-crafted plot, to the point where I do not want put it down until I savored every last word of it. I love that feeling, it is the feeling I am looking for every time I open a book, and sometimes, like today, I find it.

Silver Thaw, which is the first book of a new series (so happy to hear this is a series), is one of these books. Powerfully and emotionally crafted by Catherine Anderson, it introduced me to a writer, who manages to create characters, that are three-dimensional and real. Falling in love with Jeb right along with Amanda, the female lead, the author created a gently growing love story that is as charming as it is heart warming, making me long for a world with more Jeb’s, when there are too many men like Amanda’s ex-husband, Mark. I do not want to put any spoilers into this review, but the fear Mrs. Anderson described was real, raw and deep, just like the connection between the two main characters was. This is not a book with many explicit love scenes, there are not needed here, actually, they would have been completely out-of-place, but you have to read the novel to know exactly why.

I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance novels.It is available on Amazon now.

(Disclaimer: I purchased this book for myself. This is not one of the books I have received from publishers. But as always, all opinions expressed here are my own, and not influenced by the source of where the book came from)

His Very Convenient Bride – A Book Review

Title: His Very Convenient Bride
Author: Sophie Pembroke
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
Release Date: January 6th 2015
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Overall I really enjoyed the story. The characters are well crafted, likeable and with just enough back story, so that their reaction to a given situation makes sense. The story – a young woman, deciding to step into her sister’s place, in an arranged business marriage – is far-fetched, but entertaining, and delivered in a charming way. Up until the end of the book, after drama, and tension occurred, the book was well paced, an emotional rollercoaster ride, exactly what I hope for in a romance novel.
The part that kept me from giving it five stars though, was that at the very end, the Author rushed the happy ending somewhat, not enough to make it seem like she was running out of material, but just enough to be a little disappointed.
In short, if the Author works a little on her endings – and I mean, just extending them a little, for a better flow – I would have called this one of the best traditional romance novels I have read in a while.
Side note: This novel is tame in comparison with its contemporary peers. If you are looking for more steam of the physical nature, this is not your book. I personally think, this book did fine without the detailed description of love-making.

This book was made available to me, via NetGalley, in turn for an honest review. Thank you.

Once Perfect – A Book Review

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Title: Once Perfect
Author: Cecy Robson
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publishing Date: October 7th 2014
Rating: 2/5 Stars

“Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.

As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.”

While the premise of the book is quite promising, and I was looking forward to a steamy romance, I was instead confronted with a main character I could not connect with. Considering that the book is written in first person, a connection to the character from which viewpoint is written, is essential. That was not the case here. A flat story line with predictable circumstances added to my frustration. I would not recommend this book. The only reason I am not given it 1 Star is because I have read too many romance novels who try to copy the style of Fifty Shades of Grey, and the Author did not do that, and attempted to find her own voice. That is commendable.

Five Books You Should Read This Summer

Over the last few weeks I have come across quite a few gems of new arrivals, that you should not miss out on. Isn’t there something wonderful about reading on a hot summer day? To fill those days, check out the following fiction and non-fiction books, that are worth your time:

1. The Keepers by Rae Rivers – my absolute favorite new paranormal romance series this year!

2. Touched by Darkness by Catherine Spangler – another paranormal series, that is sure to keep you wanting for more!

3. Parker’s Passion by Sabrina York – now there is a hot one for not the not faint of heart! Steamy!

4. The Snow Queen by Linda Wisdom – a book that does not leave you cold. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon!

5. Manifest Moment to Moment – because not all summer reads have to be pure entertainment.

Which books are you planning on reading this summer? What is your absolute favorite so far?

 

Book Review: Parker’s Passion by Sabrina York

Book Review: Parker's Passion by Sabrina York

Title: Parker’s Passion
Author: Sabrina York
Publisher: Sabrina York
Publishing Date: May 4th 2014
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Finally an erotic romance that is not trying to imitate the 50 Shades of Grey. An enjoyable, steamy read, this book is an easy to devour novel for those who are looking for romance, but don’t mind the physical. Falling into one of the better books in the genre, this books only downfall is that it seemed a little rushed, but the characters are charming, the story line has not just action that contains itself in the bedroom, and it is sweet, with the happy ending every reader will be rooting for.
A hot book for a hot day.