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New Release/Review: Addiction (Bayfront Billionaires, #5) by Calista Fox

Addiction (Bayfront Billionaires, #5) by Calista Fox
Published by Swerve on July 3rd 2017
Pages: 131
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Everyone loves a secret…

Liv Tyner has an ultra-sexy one she’s been keeping all to herself. A sinfully delicious, forbidden secret that has inspired endless fantasy material late into her lonely nights. But when that secret is suddenly staring her in the face—in the form of two fantastically built and wildly successful men—not only does Liv have trouble keeping her one-time-only love triangle under wraps, she also longs for a repeat performance.

Step-brothers Nate Dalton and Tristan Reeves have built a global communications empire that laid the groundwork for their ten-year homecoming to Bayfront. But more important than success is winning the love of the one woman neither has gotten off his mind or out of his system no matter how much time and distance spans between them—sensational and highly addictive Liv Tyner!

As a slow seduction begins and all their juicy secrets are revealed, can these star-crossed lovers find themselves in the right place, at the right time, to make a more permanent love connection?

Addiction is the fifth installment of the Bayfront Billionaires by Calista Fox.

I enjoyed Addiction. Tristan and Nate are really good friends, but aren’t completely compatible that you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. Even though these two had it rough in school being the nerds, they did well for themselves in the long run. Liv was the popular girl in school turned actress. Eve though this was a quick book, I felt like it was on repeat. The lack of confidence wasn’t appealing and I wish they didn’t continue to dwell about past experiences. However, aside from when they re-hashed the past, I found the connection between all three of them great.

I would recommend reading the whole series since you might get a better understanding of the characters who make an appearance. – Reviewed by Julianne

New Release/Review: The Bet by Elizabeth Hayley

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New Release/Review: The Bet by Elizabeth HayleyThe Bet by Elizabeth Hayley
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Published by Swerve on June 27th 2017
Pages: 274
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Jace "the Jet" Benning is a legend on the football field. And off. He has the arm, the charm, and the reputation of being the hottest player in the league.

Too bad Dr. Alessandra Mastrazacoma is not impressed.

With a busy schedule and a bruised heart, Alessandra doesn't have time to date, but when she is lured into making a friendly bet with her best friend, she finds herself agreeing to go out with the next guy that asks...and to give him three shots, three dates, before pulling the plug.

Jace also has a friendly wager with his friends going, and it involves making sure the slightly klutzy, but very pretty, doctor will be his date to the biggest night in sports. With two wagers and two hearts on the line, will Aly and Jace win or are they betting to lose?

The Bet is exactly what you expect. It’s funny, sweet, and has some great lines. A doctor with zero, yes- zero, sports knowledge and an NFL player together because of a bet. Different reasons and different situations make it fun and keep you pressing to read more.

James stole the show. Seriously, if it wasn’t creepy, i would keep him. Sigh, great kid.

I have a feeling others will fall. Gabe is going to be highly entertaining to watch him fall for someone other than a bimbo for a night. I hope he falls hard. – Reviewed by Rebecca

New Release/Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

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New Release/Review: The Thing About Love by Julie JamesThe Thing About Love by Julie James
Published by Berkley on April 18th 2017
Pages: 368
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Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.
FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.
For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .

The Thing About Love is the first Julie James book that I have read and I am somewhat conflicted about it. I like books that have depth, complexity & especially strong female characters as well as male characters who are not just Alpha God-like GQ models!  Certainly, FBI agent Jessica Harlow is a well-established operative as is John Shepherd and the key ingredient to their relationship is that around six years ago, they were at the Academy together.   Back then, they only had three things in common; they both came from Chicago, were the brightest candidates in their class, and they appeared to dislike each other, intensely!
Harlow and Shepherd are assigned to a case that requires them to work undercover as business partners who travel to Florida, with plans to open a new restaurant, in order to prove that the local Mayor is corrupt.  The case takes up around 60% of the book, around 400 pages and provides ample opportunity for the two characters to quibble endlessly with each other and this banter, coupled with continual sarcasm gradually becomes the essence of their mutual attraction.
“The Thing Called Love” is, for me, a charming romantic comedy, rather than a whirlwind, intensely passionate romance that is so often found today.  The love affair creeps up on the couple, with plenty of reminiscing from both points of view, to their early days as recruits where they saw things quite differently. Julie James uses a deft hand to highlight these differences before turning them into positives to be cherished.  This was a slow burn and while I love the current Romance genre, Jones has written a pleasant love-story, full of sass and sarcasm but lacking the spice I have come to expect in a 21st century romance.   – Reviewed by Morilyn
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