Friday, May 30, 2014

Love For Beginners (An Under The Hood Novella) by Sally Clements & Hometown Love Boxed Set from Bliss with Reviews

Book Title: Love For Beginners
Author: Sally Clements

Book Synopsis:
She needs a lesson in love, and he’s the perfect teacher.
Mechanic Melody Swan is looking for a man who can share her hopes and dreams, but she swore she would never lose herself to passion. When sexy Heath Starr agrees to temporarily sub in the Under the Hood garage for his sister, Mel sees the perfect opportunity to enjoy being with a man without becoming attached.

Heath came to Meadowsweet to photograph nature, not find a hookup, especially since his last relationship ended in disaster. He vowed he’d never break another woman’s heart, and in turn, protect his own. Still, when Mel offers to serve as his outdoor guide, he can’t refuse.

Mel may say she’s only looking for right now, but her body is speaking a whole different language. And Heath’s viewfinder is drawn to her time and again. When the two find themselves isolated in a rustic cabin, they could both break their promises if they aren’t careful…

My Review: 4 1/2 stars
I really loved Mel's quiet insitence that she was not looking for a sexual relationship. I couldn't believe the things that her Mom would tell her about men, and then to find out the truth about everything! Damn! I loved that Heath had made up his mind what he was going to do about his family before he came to town and had a plan. I also loved how perfectly both Mel and Heath's plans fell apart when they were near each other, and then far apart. Nothing goes as planned and they both have to deal with the fallout. Mel and Heath have some fantastic chemistry, and when they do come clean to  each other at the end, fantastic! And in front of his family, no less. Sally writes the best stories, I know each time I read one of her books I'll have a good time while reading the book. Her story lines are fresh, her characters believable and it's so easy not to put it down. 

Author Bio: Sally Clements writes fun, sexy and real contemporary romance, partnering hot heroes with heroines who know what they want, and go for it!
She is a full-time author, who lives in the Irish countryside, and when she isn’t writing can usually be found in traffic, driving ‘Mum’s taxi’.
Always a voracious reader, she considers writing for a living the perfect job—the only downside is saying goodbye to her characters at book’s end!

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Book Title: Hometown Love Boxed Set
Author: Rachel Harris, Ophelia London and Kelley Vitollo

Book Synopsis:
**For a limited time only!**

Three novels that prove love can always be found right at home

There’s nothing quite like the comfort and serenity of returning home again, especially when combined with the sizzle and excitement of finding true love. This limited-edition contemporary romance boxed set from Entangled’s Bliss line features three fun and flirty small-town stories sure to make you laugh, sigh, and smile long after you’ve turned the last page.

Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris: Colby Robicheaux knows her brother’s best friend—delectable fire captain Jason Landry—is off-limits, and anyway, she’s only back home for a short time. Jason’s looking for someone to help him raise his preteen daughter, not a fling, but Colby’s all grown up and tempting as ever.

Playing at Love by Ophelia London: When Tess Johansson’s music program gets pitted against Jack Marshall’s football program in a battle for funding, she knows only one of them can win. Jack might be the summer love she never forgot, but her job means everything to her. Competing against the enemy was never quite this much fun.

Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo: Sidney Williams might have come home to her small town of Shamrock Falls, but it’ll take more than that to rekindle a broken friendship with her childhood best friend, Kade Mitchell. When friendship turns to sparks turns to more, will Kade be able to convince his best friend to gamble on forever?

My Review: 5 stars
This was an excelllent boxed set of books. The theme that ran between all three books was being in your hometown, either still or again. In Taste The Heat we meet Colby and Jason who are from the same hometown. Colby is back again, and has some things to get through. Jason not only helps her with that, but makes her fall for him again, and his daughter too. It's not all as easy as that, but very well done. In Playing at Love we meet Tess who never left her hometown and Jack, the man who broke her heart when she was 15 and he was 16. They are competing for funding for both of their programs at school. Initially, Tess doesn't want anything to do with Jack, but can't help herself. They fall for each other again, complicating matters. In the end, they both end up winners, but you'll have to read to find out how. In Lucky Break we meet Sidney and Kade, who are from the same hometown and used to be best friends. Until Sidney ran away after graduation without a goodbye or saying anything. Sidney lives in California and wants to be an actress, but goes home when things go south unexpectedly. When Sidney and Kade see each other again, it brings up a lot. Kade is angry, and Sidney is confused about the depth of his anger. They slowly get to know each other again, and when Sidney is offered everything she thought she wanted that's when she realizes what she truly wants, and goes after it. 
Three fabulous stories about love being found and re-found in your hometown. A great set for anyone to have. I enjoyed reading all three books, set in various places around the country. Get this set while you can, as I see that it's only available for a limited time. You really don't want to miss it. 

Author Bio: Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong families are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing.

A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations. She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches way too much Food Network with her amazing husband.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and losing herself in story. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

Ophelia London Bio: Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching art-house movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes. Ophelia is the author of ABBY ROAD; the Perfect Kisses series including: PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, and FALLING FOR HER SOLDIER, and the new adult DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE. 

Kelley Vitollo:  Kelley has been writing for as long as she can remember. She won her first writing contest in third grade for an essay she wrote on, “Tomorrow’s Leaders on the Move”. Like dreams sometimes do, they fell to the background for a while. She married her best friend, worked full time, and started her family. In 2004 Kelley, her husband and their new baby girl made a move from Oregon to Southern California and that’s when everything changed. As a stay-at-home mom for the first time, her passion for writing flared to life again.
Things haven’t been the same since.
With two incredible daughters, an awesome husband and her days spent writing what she loves, Kelley considers herself the luckiest girl in the world. She still resides in sunny Southern California, where she loves spending time with her family and sneaking away to the bookstore with her laptop.            

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