Review: Beyond the Limit

Book CoverBeyond the Limit by Cindy Dees
My Rating: 1.5-Stars
Genre: Military Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Formats: eBook ($6), Paperback ($7)

I was really excited by the blurb for Beyond the Limit. A SEAL team is tasked with training women to prepare for becoming the first Navy SEALs—something that platoon leader Griffin Caldwell doesn’t believe is possible, and something that Navy media officer Sherri Tate believes she can prove.

The hero was obnoxious about women in the first chapter, but I let it slide. Second chapter, let it slide. But when it takes 15 of the 25 chapters for Griffin to show some sign of change that is never truly achieved? Unforgivable.

I was torn on whether Beyond the Limit was a 1-star, 1.5-star, or 2-star read for me. After a couple of days of reflection, I decided that it’s a 1.5-star book. There is so much more bad to discuss than good. Continue reading “Review: Beyond the Limit”

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Review: One Night of Passion

Book CoverOne Night of Passion by Erica Ridley
My Rating: 4.5-Stars
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: May 12, 2019
Formats: eBook ($3), Paperback ($9)

One Night of Surrender is the third book in the Wicked Dukes Club series, co-written by Darcy Burke and Erica Ridley.

With the two most eligible bachelors now off the marriage market, Thaddeus Middleton is on the hunt for a wife. With a promised inheritance coming to her in a few years, Priscilla Weatherby is playing a game of pretending-to-but-not-really-looking-for-a-husband.

One rejected invitation to a dance changes everything for this pair. Continue reading “Review: One Night of Passion”

Review: One Night of Surrender

Book CoverOne Night of Surrender by Darcy Burke
My Rating: 4.5-Stars
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Formats: eBook ($3), Paperback ($10)

One Night of Surrender is the second book in the Wicked Dukes Club series, co-written by Darcy Burke and Erica Ridley.

Isabelle and Valentine were once lovers from different walks of life, separated by life and duty. Both are widows of unhappy marriages. Neither wants to relive the experience again.

Financial troubles led Isabelle to become a governess, and when the family she works for lodges for a temporary stay at Valentine’s townhouse in London, the two are reunited. Isabelle tries to avoid Valentine, while Valentine is thrilled to see his former love interest and pursues her. She finally opens up, and as they uncover each other’s pasts, the two must reconcile what they are willing to let go of if they want a future together—especially after Isabelle’s employer puts her life into sudden upheaval. Continue reading “Review: One Night of Surrender”

Review: Tumble

Book CoverTumble by Adriana Locke
My Rating: 4.5-Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Formats: Kindle Unlimited, eBook ($4), Paperback ($9)

Tumble is a second-chance romance story in the rural town of Dogwood Lane. Neely has lived in NYC for years and returns home after leaving her job, where she is reunited with Dane, her former boyfriend. Their breakup had been bad, and with so much time lost, both characters need to learn to forgive in order to move on.

The romantic part of their reunion took longer than I expected, but after finding out what drove Neely away, I can’t blame her for being hesitant. I also would not have been as forgiving as she was. The biggest hangup in present-day Dogwood is that Neely and Dane had are not talking to each other and not being proactive enough to reach for what they care for the most. Every story needs its conflict, but I was disappointed in these two for their lack of agency (and very disappointed in Dane for what he did in the past, regardless of the result). Continue reading “Review: Tumble”

Review: Three Little Words

Book CoverThree Little Words by Jenny Holiday
My Rating: 4.5-Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Formats: eBook ($6), Paperback ($6)

Three Little Words is book #3 of the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly trilogy. Out of the three books, I found this one to be the best.

Gia and Bennett are strong and likeable characters. They have some great character development throughout the book. Both have realistic battles they need to overcome, and they both needed a shove from someone outside their bubble. Three Little Words is a book about life changes, and what can happen when you upend your world to move onto the next stage of life. The epilogue was a great point to wrap-up the entire series, and left me feeling satisfied about my journey with these bridesmaids. Continue reading “Review: Three Little Words”