Cat's Books: Romance

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The Queen & the Homo Jock King – TJ Klune 99 cents! S0 funny!!!

The Queen & the Homo Jock King (At First Sight) - T.J. Klune

Do you believe in love at first sight?

 

Sanford Stewart sure doesn't. In fact, he pretty much believes in the exact opposite, thanks to the Homo Jock King. It seems Darren Mayne lives for nothing more than to create chaos in Sandy’s perfectly ordered life, just for the hell of it. Sandy despises him, and nothing will ever change his mind.

 

Or so he tells himself.

 

It's not until the owner of Jack It—the club where Sandy performs as drag queen Helena Handbasket—comes to him with a desperate proposition that Sandy realizes he might have to put his feelings about Darren aside. Because Jack It will close unless someone can convince Andrew Taylor, the mayor of Tucson, to keep it open.

 

Someone like Darren, the mayor’s illegitimate son.

 

The foolproof plan is this: seduce Darren and push him to convince his father to renew Jack It’s contract with the city.

 

Simple, right?

 

Wrong.

Miss Truelove Beckons by Donna Lea Simpson 2.99! Love this author!

Miss Truelove Beckons - Donna Simpson

When Truelove Becket’s betrothed went missing in a naval battle, she vowed never to marry unless she found someone she loved as much. In the seven years since then, the quiet vicar’s daughter has lived a simple and contented life helping the poor people of her village. But now another man has asked for her hand in marriage and, unsure if she is ready to commit to him, she agrees to accompany her beautiful cousin Arabella on a trip to visit friends so she can take time to think it over.

Viscount Drake cut a dashing figure when he returned from war to a hero’s welcome, but the Battle of Waterloo left him a shattered and haunted man. As his dreams are invaded by the terrors of war he becomes a sleepless shell of a man, and as his torment grows he begins to wonder if marriage to the lovely Arabella will help restore him again. But as Arabella coquettishly flirts to secure Drake’s hand and his riches, it is the pretty and practical True he turns to for solace. 

With the weight of her marriage proposal bearing down on her, True finds herself irresistibly attracted to Drake’s quiet dignity and genuine distress, just as he finds himself drawn to her honest nature and soothing compassion. When a spark of passion ignites between these two who have both lost so much to war, they will have to confront their biggest fears—and everyone else’s plans for their futures—to discover if love can truly cure all ills.

The Accidental Baker by Clare London 4 Star Review!

The Accidental Baker - Clare London

Donnie Watson's baking disasters are legendary, but this Easter, his mismatched chocolate eggs bring accidental but astonishing results to four downhearted gay men. The chocolate sweets spill onto the pavement of a small parade of local shops—and go on a matchmaking tour like no other! From a bankrupt and betrayed baker, to a homeless but hopeful man, to a conceited bar owner in need of a reality check, and finally to the hapless but caring Donnie himself. 


After all, Love means you can have chocolate too!

 

Review

 

This is such a wonderful collection of romantic Easter themed inter connected stories.

Rarely, do you get each story this good with such a range of characters from a New Adult Autistic hero and to a bitter baker to a Vet. 

So good!

Scandal by Amanda Quick $1.99!! Adore this silly romp!

Scandal - Amanda Quick

rFom a stately country house in Hampshire to the dazzling drawing rooms of London society comes an exquisite tale of an elfin beauty, a vengeful lord, and a wild, sweet love that is sheer poetry.

With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood–until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heels in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But Simon Augustus Traherne, the mysterious Earl of Blade, is not at all what he seems.

Driven by dark, smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul, Blade has all of London cowering at his feet, but not Emily . . . never Emily. For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms, she knows the real reason for his amorous suit. And she knows that she must reach the heart of this golden-eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known.

Offensive Behavior by Ainslie Paton 99 cents!!

Offensive Behavior (Sidelined Book 1) - Belinda Holmes, Ainslie Paton

veryone is virgin at something

This is the story of a man who's never done it, and a woman with the experience to teach him how. 

Reid McGrath is drunk and intends to stay that way. It's what a man does when the world he built gets ripped out from under him. He's staked a claim on the back booth at Lucky's where he can fixate on a dancer who makes him wish things were different.

Zarley Halveston dances under shimmering lights in a barely there costume, but it's not the gold medal life she trained for. She expected to stand on an Olympic podium, instead she glitters under disco lights, gyrating on a chrome pole.

Zarley can't see the brooding man in the back booth, but she knows he's there. He's toxic, but it's not her job to care, until the night he collapses at her feet and she has to choose to step over him or help him up. 

Reid thought he'd hit bottom when he was fired as CEO of his own company, but knowing he'd needed the kindness of a stranger, and realizing she was the dancer he'd lusted after was a new low.

Question: What do a fallen golden girl turned exotic dancer and a sacked, socially awkward tech tycoon have in common? 

Answer: A deep understanding of the whiplash sting of failure, a need to re-build their dreams and the sexual education of a frustrated geek.

Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds by Kris T. Bethke Review

Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds - Kris T. Bethke

ill Grant only attends the PFLAG meeting because his mother guilts him into it. But the instant he hears the night’s speaker, Will is glad he showed up. Joshua Rhinehardt is dynamic and engaging. Although Joshua isn’t physically Will’s type, Will can’t get the man out of his head.

Joshua may be comfortable in his own skin, but it isn’t often men like Will are attracted to him, and he's not comfortable changing for someone else. He wants to make a life with Will, but his own insecurities keep getting in the way. 

Will’s unwavering acceptance helps Joshua see that when two people connect, physical appearance just might not matter at all.

 

Review

 

This is a really sweet romance with nice dating. Will is lovely as he finds himself attracted to Josh who is not his usual type. Josh is wonderful, a baker and a big beautiful man which is a kind of hero I love

Josh has self esteem issues around his looks. Will really finds his verve with Josh. 

The story format doesn't allow the depth to deal with these topics I would have liked but it is a nice read with a very nice connections between the leads. 

Freeman By Clare London 99 cents!!

Freeman - Clare London

Freeman's return to the city is quiet, without fuss. Another client: another case. He’ll source what they need and be on his way. But he's been missed by more people than he thought: his ex-wife, his ex-lover, and his ex-business partner. And at least one of them wants him the hell gone again.

Freeman – private, controlled – just does his job. But when he strikes up an unusual friendship with the young runaway Kit, trouble comes looking for both men, ready to expose secrets that can destroy their fragile trust. Yet, for Kit, Freeman's more than ready for the challenge.

Harmony and High Heels By Tracy Wolff and Katie Graykowski 99 cents!

Harmony and High Heels (The Fort Worth Wranglers) (Volume 2) - Tracy Wolff, Katie Graykowski

Harmony Wright is a bad girl living a good girl’s life. From the time she was born, she’s always been the good twin. The ladylike twin. The twin her high society (or at least as high society as you can get in San Angelo, TX) mom likes to parade in front of all her garden club friends. She’s gone along with it, too—wearing pearls and Chanel when ripped jeans and motorcycle boots are more her speed. But when Harmony takes off for an extended visit with her twin sister, Lyric, she leaves her good girl persona in the dust …

Dalton Mane knows what it is to be bad and he’s more than ready for the peace that comes with living the good life. Once the crown prince of a powerful biker gang, Bastards of Hell, he walked away from it all when tragedy struck. Now the general manager of the Fort Worth Wranglers, he spends his time wheeling and dealing in the sports world and all while keeping an entire team of football players in line. 


When Harmony crashes into Dalton, his tidy little life is over. Will he give up everything to keep Harmony out of trouble?

Deception By Amanda Quick $1.99! I love this book!

Deception - Amanda Quick

Saddled with raising her three hellion nephews, unmarried Olympia Wingfield spends all her spare time studying ancient legends, that is until the boys' new tutor, handsome Jared Chillhurst, arrives. 60,000 first printing. $60,000 ad/promo.

Penelope By Anya Wylde Free1 Love this book! So funny!

Penelope ( A Madcap Regency Romance ) (The Fairweather Sisters) (Volume 1) - Anya Wylde

Leaving behind the rural charms of Finnshire, Miss Penelope Fairweather arrives in London with hope in her heart and a dream in her eye. The dowager, no less, has invited her for a season in London, where she will attempt to catch a husband.

Thus begins our heroine’s tale as she attempts to tackle the London season with all her rustic finesse. Unfortunately her rustic finesse turns out to be as delicate as a fat bear trying to rip apart a honeycomb infested with buzzing bees.

What follows is a series of misadventures, love affairs, moonlit balls, fancy clothes, fake moustaches, highwaymen, sneering beauties, pickpockets, and the wrath of a devilishly handsome duke.

Back Check by Kelly Jamieson 1.99!!!

Back Check: An Aces Hockey Novel - Kelly Jamieson

Tanner Bennet hates weddings. They just remind him that he simply isn’t cut out for any kind of healthy, committed relationship—never has been, never will be. After getting rejected by the girl he thought was “the one” all those years ago, he made a huge mistake and married the wrong person. Now that the divorced heartbreaker has reluctantly agreed to be a groomsman for one of his NHL teammates, the last thing he expects is a chance at redemption with the one that got away.

After Marc Dupuis of the Chicago Aces hires wedding planner Katelyn Medford, she discovers that her big break comes with a twist: a reunion with her college sweetheart. The way she dumped Tanner still haunts her. Eight years—and three broken engagements—later, Katelyn knows she’ll never have that kind of innocent, wide-eyed passion again. Still, she and Tanner soon generate enough body heat to burn up the sheets. And even with Tanner’s career with the Aces up in the air, Katelyn’s wondering whether the time is right to let him in for real.

A Novella Collection by Courtney Milan $2.99!!

A Novella Collection - Courtney Milan

Four previously published novellas…available now at one low price.

The Governess Affair

Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was sacked. Now she's demanding compensation from the man responsible: a petty, selfish duke. 

But it's not the duke she fears. Hugo Marshall handles all the duke's dirty business, and he's been ordered to get rid of her by fair means or foul. If only he didn't find her so compelling...

A Kiss for Midwinter

Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. Still, no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the dark secret that nearly ruined her life. But someone else knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him...or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way...

What Happened at Midnight

Fleeing the consequences of her father's embezzlement, Mary Chartley takes a position as a lady's companion, only to find herself a virtual prisoner at Doyle's Grange, her employer's house. And then the nightmare truly begins: the man she loves, who also happens to be the man from whom her father stole, shows up at her door seeking recompense. And she has no way to pay him...

The Lady Always Wins

Railway financier Simon Davenant has waited seven years for a second chance with Virginia Croswell, his childhood sweetheart and best friend. He's not about to let his impending financial ruin destroy the opportunity.

This time, he'll do anything he can to secure her hand in marriage--even if it means losing her heart for good.

Summer Stock by Vanessa North Free!

Summer Stock - Vanessa North

Tabloid scandals have driven TV star Ryan Hertzog to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where he’s hiding out doing summer stock at his cousin’s seaside theater. When a hookup with local handyman Trey Donovan results in Ryan being photographed butt naked, he vows to keep his pants on and his hands off Trey. How was he supposed to know Trey would turn out to be the summer stock set builder?

Trey isn’t looking for a relationship; he’s still recovering from the emotional fallout of an abusive marriage. But Ryan’s laughter draws him in again and again, and he’s not about to say no to fooling around.

As the summer heats up, the paparazzi catch Ryan in increasingly compromising situations. Ryan might be too much drama for a summer fling—and Trey might be just an intermission from Ryan’s Hollywood life. But if they take their cues from Shakespeare, all’s well that ends well.

Blink by Rick R. Reed Review!

Blink - Rick R. Reed

Life can change in the blink of an eye. That's a truth Andy Slater learns as a young man in 1982, taking the Chicago 'L' to work every morning. Andy's life is laid out before him: a good job, marriage to his female college sweetheart, and the white picket fence existence he believes in. But when he sees Carlos Castillo for the first time, Carlos’s dark eyes and Latin appeal mesmerize him. Fate continues to throw them together until the two finally agree to meet up. At Andy’s apartment, the pent-up passion of both young men is ignited, but is snuffed out by an inopportune and poorly-timed phone call.

Flash forward to present day. Andy is alone, having married, divorced, and become the father of a gay son. He’s comfortable but alone and has never forgotten the powerful pull of Carlos’s gaze on the 'L' train. He vows to find him once more, hoping for a second chance. If life can change in the blink of an eye, what will the passage of thirty years do? To find out, Andy begins a search that might lead to heartache and disappointment or a love that will last forever….

 

Review

 

I enjoyed this book but it really didn't feel like a romance because the heroes didn't even met up again until almost the end of the book.

I love the completive tone of the book as it thinks about dating as an older man. I do like that aspect of the book and all its nuances but I want more of their love story and time together. 

We end with a HFN and I think they are both worth more than that.

Better Than Friends (Better Than, #3) by Lane Hayes 3.5 Stars Review!

Better Than Friends - Lane Hayes

When Curt Townsend, a successful young DC lawyer, attends his first gay wedding, he doesn’t expect anything more than a great evening out spent celebrating two lucky guys willing to commit to one another. He certainly doesn’t anticipate meeting someone like Jack Farinelli. Fourteen years Curt’s senior, Jack owns two businesses: a gay bar and a motorcycle shop. He’s gorgeous and self-assured, but Curt is positive they have nothing in common. 

Jack is comfortable in his own skin. He’s attracted to Curt’s quick wit and easy manner but most of all, to their unexpected mutual love of baseball. As they forge a friendship based on their shared enthusiasm for the sport, they begin a journey which reveals how their differences might be the catalyst behind a growing attraction. Both men have experienced their share of pain, but they realize they need to set aside the past and learn to trust in a future if they are to have one together.

 

Review

 

I really enjoy Lane Hayes writing. Curt and Jack are flawed and while the sexy starts pretty early the romance its slower. 

What they want from each other is unclear. Curt even dates someone else (but doesn't sleep with him) for a while. 

The fun of this book is in the opposites attract and the coming into really loving each other as well as the circle of friends.

Listed By Noelle Adams 99 cent!

Listed - Noelle  Adams

They make a deal to get married, for the last three months of her life.

Just before her eighteenth birthday, the doctors tell Emily she has three months to live. Not much time to complete the bucket list she's had since she was twelve. The first item is the hardest--"Get married"--so she turns to the only man she knows who can help.

Paul, a barely reformed bad boy, has inherited a fortune from his mother, but his life is defined by his conflicted relationship with his father--a white-collar, organized-crime boss who, thanks to Paul, is being brought up on federal charges. Without Emily's testimony, his father might walk, so Paul agrees to her unconventional proposal. He'll be her husband for her last three months.

They agree that she'll testify against his father and he'll help her complete her bucket list. It's not supposed to be a true marriage. No consummation. No future. No love.

No love.

She's supposed to die, after all, and love might not be enough.