Man Crush Monday

Man Crush Monday #10

This is my tenth installment in my Man Crush Monday meme.  Since I read mostly romance, I thought I’d share some of my “book crushes” with you, and possibly introduce you to some new reading material.

My Man Crush Monday for this week is Mack “Gavin” Mackenzie from Shine, Not Burn by Elle Casey.

Synopsis from goodreads.com: Andie Marks, known as “Party Girl” in her college days, is now a whip-smart lawyer on the fast track to success. Determined to move on from a bad shine not burnbreak-up, she joins her girlfriends for a wild bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas, promising to let her hair down just this once.

Vegas is a blur of cocktails and blackjack, and in the middle of it all she meets Mack, a real-life cowboy with a winning hand and an irresistible body. They get lucky in the casino and luckier back at the hotel, a hot night of passion that was definitely not part of Andie’s life plan.

By dawn Mack is gone and all she has to remember their one-night romance is a hangover and a pile of casino chips. Or so she thinks…

Mack meets Andie on his first night in Vegas and he’s instantly smitten with her.  Mack is a cowboy who runs a ranch in Baker City, Oregon.  He waits the next morning to hear from Andie, but she never contacts him.  Mack was such an awesome guy.  He took what he wanted and I loved it.  This book sat on my kindle for a long time before I read it, and I really regret that.  This was a great book with a great male lead, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Happy reading!

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

 

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Taking on a World of Words blog.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

what i'm currently readingGrin and Beard It by Penny Reid.  I loved the first book in this series, and the second book is really good so far.  I love the heroine, Sienna.  She is hilarious!  She’s like a Latina Melissa McCarthy!  It’s so funny and sweet.

grin and beard it

What I recently finished

Mackenzie Fire by Elle Casey.  The second book in the series wasn’t nearly as good as the first, but I loved the heroine.  She was smart, funny and very brave.  Ian was kind of a brooding asshole for a part of the book, but he grew on me.

mackenzie fire

what I plan to read next

Ryker by Megan O’Brien.  Looking forward to finishing this series.  I love these alpha male MC members.  Then I think I will read the Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.   This book is on a lot of TBR’s.

rykerunexpected everythingWhat’s on your list?

Happy reading.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday #11

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Taking on a World of Words blog.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

what i'm currently reading

Charged by Jay Crownover.  One of these days I’m going to read the Marked Men series.  I haven’t gotten there yet.  But I really liked Built and I’m liking Charged as well.charged

What I recently finished

Axel by Megan O’Brien.  The third book in the Ride series, which I didn’t know existed until a few weeks ago, was great.  I love her alpha males.  I recommend this series.

axel

what I plan to read next

I plan to read Mackenzie Fire by Elle Casey unless I can get my hands on Grin and Beard it by Penny Reid.  But it’s one of those two for sure.

mackenzie firegrin and beard it

What’s on your list?

Happy reading.

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Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – “Beach Reads”

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish Blog.

This week’s topic is:  This week’s topic: Beach Reads Week — top ten great beach reads, ten books I plan to read on the beach, ten beach reads for those who don’t like typical *beach reads*, ten authors who are my go to for beach reads, etc.

This, for me, is really my June TBR, but I’m going along because I don’t characterize books into category like “beach reads”.  When I’m on vacation, I’m going to read books that interest me.  Here is my list in no particular order.

Books I plan to read this summer:

virgin romanceThe Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn.  I read a little of this and shelved it, but then I read The Mother Road by this author and loved it, so I’m going to give this one another shot.

 

wrong number right guyWrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey.  I don’t know much about this book other than it’s by Elle Casey, who wrote Shine, Not Burn (which I loved).  So I’m going to give this book a shot.

 

unexpected everythingUnexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.  I stumbled upon this book on goodreads, and I’ve never read this author, but the book sounds fun and there are dogs involved.  That’s all I need to hear:)

 

undeniably youUndeniably You by Jewel E. Ann.  Another book I stumbled upon which features dogs.  Never read this author either, but it sounds fun (despite the cover).

 

grin and beard itGrin and Beard It by Penny Reid.  I’m especially excited about this book, which I will likely read in the next week.  I loved the first book in the series, and I’m glad this book isn’t about Beau.  I hope there are 10 books in this series:)

 

talon securityCrave by Megan O’Brien.  New series I just discovered by the author of a really good MC series (see below).  I’m excited to hit this book.

 

rykerRyker by Megan O’Brien.  The 4th and hopefully not last book in the Ride series is about Ryker (which is a really popular name for men in books..).  Even though Ryker is a youngin, I’m sure he will be quite the alpha male:)

 

mackenzie fireMackenzie Fire by Elle Casey.  I finally bought this book and I’m so excited to read it.  I loved the first book and I regret that it sat on my shelf for so long.

 

 

easy kissesEasy Kisses by Kristen Proby.  Kristen Proby could write a phone book and I would read it. She is absolutely one of my go to authors.  I’ve read all the books in this series and will continue to do so.  She has the second book in her Fusion series coming out in August and I’ll be all over that too!  That makes 10!!

What’s on your list?

Happy reading.

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Romance Books

Book Review – Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

Goodreads Summary

Andie Marks, known as “Party Girl” in her college days, is now a whip-smart lawyer on the fast track to success. Determined to move on from a bad break-up, she joins her girlfriends for a wild bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas, promising to let her hair down just this once.shine not burn

Vegas is a blur of cocktails and blackjack, and in the middle of it all she meets Mack, a real-life cowboy with a winning hand and an irresistible body. They get lucky in the casino and luckier back at the hotel, a hot night of passion that was definitely not part of Andie’s life plan.

By dawn Mack is gone and all she has to remember their one-night romance is a hangover and a pile of casino chips. Or so she thinks…

Rating 

4 out of 5 stars

Review 

This book has been sitting on my kindle for a few years.  I don’t know what prompted me to read it, but I am so glad I did, because I freaking loved it!

Shine Not Burn is the story of Andie Marks, a young lawyer who goes to Vegas with her girlfriends for a bachelorette party.  While there, she runs (literally) into Mack Mackenzie, a real life cowboy from Oregon.  Andie and Mack hit it off immediately, and one thing leads to another.

I can’t give too much away without spoiling the book.  The characters in this book were great.  I loved Mack. Andie was a little annoying at parts, but she was an overall likable girl.  Andie was a girl with a plan, and she was very rigid about her plan.  Her mother made terrible choices when it came to men, so Andie felt she needed to protect herself – hence the list.

I loved her two friends, Kelly and Candace, and her legal secretary, Ruby, and I LOVED Mack’s family.  Especially Mack’s parents, Maeve and Angus.

Someone else described this book as “Sweet Home Alabama meets the Hangover”.  I would say that’s an accurate description.  If those two movies appeal to you, then you will like this book.  There is a sequel that I’m trying to get my hands on too.

Happy reading.

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