Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey Book Review

Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey Book Review

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Blurb

In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man…

King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time—in bed and out—and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is.

Now, Hannah’s in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she’s nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye… yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can’t deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost. 

Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and… and… man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she’ll choose him instead?

Triggers

This book is rather light but there are some subjects that may be considered sensitive to some.

  • Alcohol
  • Profanity
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes
  • Slut-shaming / Toxic Masculinity

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Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun Book Review

Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun Book Review

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Blurb

The author of the “swoon-worthy debut” (Harper’s Bazaar) The Charm Offensive returns with a festive romantic comedy about a woman who fakes an engagement with her landlord…only to fall for his sister.

One year ago, recent Portland transplant Ellie Oliver had her dream job in animation and a Christmas Eve meet-cute with a woman at a bookstore that led her to fall in love over the course of a single night. But after a betrayal the next morning and the loss of her job soon after, she finds herself adrift, alone, and desperate for money.

Finding work at a local coffee shop, she’s just getting through the days—until Andrew, the shop’s landlord, proposes a shocking, drunken plan: a marriage of convenience that will give him his recent inheritance and alleviate Ellie’s financial woes and isolation. They make a plan to spend the holidays together at his family cabin to keep up the ruse. But when Andrew introduces his new fiancée to his sister, Ellie is shocked to discover it’s Jack—the mysterious woman she fell for over the course of one magical Christmas Eve the year before. Now, Ellie must choose between the safety of a fake relationship and the risk of something real.

Perfect for fans of Written in the Stars and One Day in December, Kiss Her Once for Me is the queer holiday rom-com that you’ll want to cozy up with next to the fire.

Triggers

Here are the potentially sensitive content that I observed while reading:

  • Anxiety (Social Anxiety)
  • Alcohol
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Hypothermia
  • Profanity
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes

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Tangled in Tinsel by Trilina Pucci Book Review

Tangled in Tinsel by Trilina Pucci Book Review

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Blurb

Imagine being snowed in with four hot successful men.
P.S. they’ve all played the hero in too many of your naughtiest dreams.
Problem is, you work for them, and that makes them off-limits.
Except now they’re looking at you like you’re Santa’s cookies.
And they definitely want to take a bite.
Talk about making you reconsider your life choices.
These four are aiming for Santa’s naughty list, and I’m pretty sure I’m getting:
Jace
Reed
Alec
…and Cole
for Christmas.

It might’ve started as a decorating job.
But it ended Tangled in Tinsel.

Triggers

This book is very spicy and is intended for audiences 18+! There is not a content warning of any sort for this one so I’ve included the potentially sensitive topics I observed while reading:

  • Alcohol
  • Degradation
  • Group Sex
  • Profanity
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes

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Drama King by Penny Reid Book Review Template

Drama King by Penny Reid Book Review Template

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Blurb

Stuck with her off-limits, taciturn, hunky movie star client during a sudden snowstorm on Christmas Eve, an extremely capable and highly professional bodyguard must keep him alive and warm without letting the tension building between them get too hot.

Bathsheba (Beth) Ryan can’t thank her best friend enough for helping her land the job of her dreams. After being relegated to second-string security for politicians in DC, being hired as an undercover personal security specialist by a giant Hollywood studio is exactly the kind of action she’s always wanted.

Until she meets her first assignment.

Cyrus Malcom can’t thank his agent enough for arranging a blind date with seemingly the woman of his dreams. After spending the past several years playing all the parts and climbing all the ladders, the lonely mega movie star finds himself actually enjoying a night on the town for the first time in ages when he meets the gorgeous, funny, and genuine Ryaine O’Rourke.

Until she shows up at his studio meeting the next day with a completely different name.

A world-wide press tour and too many late-night parties later, Beth simply needs to get through a short, one-day visit during the Christmas holiday, and then she’ll be free of Cyrus Malcom’s confusing hot looks and cold shoulders for good.

But just as they leave the airport, it starts to snow . . .

‘Drama King’ is the second book in the Three Kings Series, is a full-length, contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a complete standalone.

Triggers

Penny Reid does give a potential trigger warning list at the beginning of this book. I’ve included what she specifies plus any that I observed while reading:

  • Accidental Drug Interactions
  • Alcohol
  • Animal Death (wild)
  • Assault (Mobs of fans / inappropriate touching / groping in a crowd)
  • Car Accident
  • Childhood Abandonment
  • Death of a parent
  • Drunk person (female) getting aggressively handsy with a sober person (male)
  • Drunk Driving
  • Hypothermia
  • Profanity
  • Religion (Catholicism, briefly)
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes
  • Snakes
  • Snowstorm (getting stuck in the snow)
  • Violence
  • Walking in unexpectedly on someone naked

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Now Live! Drama King by Penny Reid ❤️

Now Live! Drama King by Penny Reid ❤️

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NOW LIVE! Drama King by Penny Reid is available to enjoy and enjoy I will! Keep reading to learn more about this holiday romance!

Blurb

Stuck with her off-limits, taciturn, hunky movie star client during a sudden snowstorm on Christmas Eve, an extremely capable and highly professional bodyguard must keep him alive and warm without letting the tension building between them get too hot.

Bathsheba (Beth) Ryan can’t thank her best friend enough for helping her land the job of her dreams. After being relegated to second-string security for politicians in DC, being hired as an undercover personal security specialist by a giant Hollywood studio is exactly the kind of action she’s always wanted.

Until she meets her first assignment.

Cyrus Malcom can’t thank his agent enough for arranging a blind date with seemingly the woman of his dreams. After spending the past several years playing all the parts and climbing all the ladders, the lonely mega movie star finds himself actually enjoying a night on the town for the first time in ages when he meets the gorgeous, funny, and genuine Ryaine O’Rourke.

Until she shows up at his studio meeting the next day with a completely different name.

A world-wide press tour and too many late-night parties later, Beth simply needs to get through a short, one-day visit during the Christmas holiday, and then she’ll be free of Cyrus Malcom’s confusing hot looks and cold shoulders for good.

But just as they leave the airport, it starts to snow . . .

Drama King’ is the second book in the Three Kings Series, is a full-length, contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a complete standalone.

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Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan Book Review

Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan Book Review

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Blurb

Their love was supposed to last forever. But when life delivered blow after devastating blow, Yasmen and Josiah Wade found that love alone couldn’t solve—or save—everything.

It couldn’t save their marriage. Yasmen wasn’t prepared for how her life fell apart, but she’s finally starting to find joy again. She and Josiah have found a new rhythm, co-parenting their two kids and running a thriving business together. Yet like magnets, they’re always drawn back to each other, and now they’re beginning to wonder if they’re truly ready to let go of everything they once had.

Soon, one stolen kiss leads to another . . . and then more. It’s hot. It’s illicit. It’s all good—until old wounds reopen. Is it too late for them to find forever? Or could they even be better the second time around?

Triggers

Kennedy Ryan is well known for her books having some intense topics involved. She does have a content warning at the beginning of the book. I have included those topics plus some other sensitive content I observed while reading:

  • Alcohol
  • Depression
  • Discussion of complicated grief
  • Divorce
  • Loss of a loved one (past, off page)
  • Miscarriage/stillbirth
  • Passive suicidal ideation (no attempt)
  • Pregnancy
  • Profanity
  • Sexually explicit scenes

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Credence by Penelope Douglas Book Review

Credence by Penelope Douglas Book Review

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Blurb

From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Douglas, comes a new standalone!

Three of them, one of her, and a remote cabin in the woods. Let the hot, winter nights ensue…

Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore.

As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.

And as a part of them.

She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he…

He’s going to keep her.

*Credence is a full length, stand-alone romance suitable for readers 18+.

Triggers

There were no triggers listed in my ebook but Penelope Douglas might have some on her website. Here are some of the sensitive topics that I observed:

  • Alcoholism
  • Animal Death
  • Blood
  • Bullying
  • Child Abuse (not from main characters)
  • Cheating
  • Fire
  • Polyamory
  • Pregnancy
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Assault (potentially DubCon)
  • Sexually explicit scenes
  • Slut shaming
  • Suicide
  • Violence

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Shattered Vows by Shain Rose Book Review

Shattered Vows by Shain Rose Book Review

Blurb

I’ve traded my hand in marriage for six months to save my city.

To Sebastian Armanelli:
Most powerful man in the city…
And the hottest one-night stand of my life.

My new husband promises to be a gentleman by day and play his part. But in the dark of night he’s commanding, ruthless.

And possessive.

I’m starting to feel he can’t share what’s his.
And that now includes me… his lawfully wedded wife.

USA Today Bestselling Author, Shain Rose delivers a standalone arranged marriage romance where a grumpy mafia boss will wed a free-spirited surf girl and make sparks fly.

Triggers

Shain Rose provides some trigger warnings on her website for her books so I’ve included them here in addition to any other sensitive content I observed:

  • Alcohol
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Death of a Loved One
  • Murder
  • Profanity
  • Steamy Sexual Scenes
  • Violence

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