Favorite Reads – Sunday, June 26th, 2016

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Favorite Reads This Week

My first love, before I thought about a career as a writer, was reading.  There is no rhyme or reason to which book I choose to read at any given time, but usually I find them through recommendations and reviews of author’s works.  As much as I love creating stories and characters, I sit down and devour romance books, averaging 4 a week.  Every once in a while I find a great mystery, but I mostly stick with romance.  Below are three books that I have enjoyed.  Happy Reading!!


Score by Christine Bell

Genre:  Romance

Blurb

Football players s*ck.

A bunch of cocky, lying cheaters who think they’re god’s gift to women, just like my dear old dad. I’ve managed to avoid them my whole college career until now >.< I just got assigned to be wide receiver Callum Samskevitch’s physical therapist.
Pro: It will be great to add to my resume.
Con: I have to see him. Every. Single. Day.
Which would be fine…if he wasn’t so dang sexy…

Cal

Football is all I’ve got, so when Coach saddles me with some frumpy PT student with a chip on her shoulder, all I can think is doom. I don’t have time for this. Not now. Not when my dreams are on the verge of being crushed. All that should matter right now is ball. So why can’t I stop imagining what Bee Mitchell is hiding beneath those baggy sweatshirts?

My Review

Gold star

I was hooked from the first moment you meet Bee and Cal. Their relationship starts with hostility, but when they slowly get to know one another, it blossoms into something that neither of them expected. The story is sweet and hot, and I loved it!


The Gauguin Connection by Estelle Ryan

Genre:  Mystery/Crime Thriller

Blurb

Murdered artists. Masterful forgeries. Art crime at its worst.

As an insurance investigator and world renowned expert in nonverbal communication, Dr Genevieve Lenard faces the daily challenge of living a successful, independent life. Particularly because she has to deal with her high functioning Autism. Nothing – not her studies, her high IQ or her astounding analytical skills – prepared her for the changes about to take place in her life.

It started as a favour to help her boss’ acerbic friend look into the murder of a young artist, but soon it proves to be far more complex. Forced out of her predictable routines, safe environment and limited social interaction, Genevieve is thrown into exploring the meaning of friendship, expanding her social definitions, and for the first time in her life be part of a team in a race to stop more artists from being murdered.

My Review

Gold star

While the book description interested me, the book itself was far more than I had expected. Genevieve’s development throughout the book as she accepts more and more people into her perfectly structured life is humorous while giving insight into the world of autism. While I enjoyed the mystery of the book, I really enjoyed the characters in Genevieve’s world and Genevieve herself. It’s a great read and I can’t wait for the next one!


The Contract by Melanie Moreland

Genre:  Romance

Blurb

A tyrant by day, a playboy by night. That is the reputation that precedes Richard VanRyan. He lives life the way he wants, no concern for the opinion of others. He cares for no one, is completely unrepentant, and he has no desire to change his ways.
Katharine Elliott works under Richard as his PA. She despises him and his questionable ethics, but endures all the garbage he sends her way, because she needs the job. Her end goal is far more important than the daily abuse and demands she tolerates from her nasty tyrant of a boss.
Until the day, he asks her for something she never expected. A new role with a personal contract— fiancée instead of PA.
What happens when two people who loathe each other, have to live together and act as though they are madly in love?
Sparks.
That’s what happens.
Can the power of love really change a person?
Will they survive the contract?
What do you do when the one person you hate the most becomes the one person you can’t live without?

My Review

Gold star

This was my first Melanie Moreland read, and I absolutely loved it. The relationship between Richard and Katy was written so realistically, that I was absorbed in the story from page one. Katy, Richard’s strong yet vulnerable PA didn’t fall for Richard right away. She got to know him, understood him and the reason behind his request, before she fell for him. Although Richard had always been an asshole to her, she took care of him, and slowly chipped away at the wall he built around himself and his heart. It was a great read, and I loved their world, their friends, and how the story developed. I highly recommend this book!!


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