Review: Power Tools and HotRods by Jayne Rylon

Note: I am reviewing BOTH series by this author, and have included the synopsis of the first book of each series. 

katesSynopsis: Nothing’s sexier than a man, or five, with power tools, so one could blame Kate for leaning out the window for a better view. The nasty fall that follows isn’t part of her fantasy–but the man who saves her from splattering the sidewalk is definitely the star. When Mike personally attends to her injuries, Kate has no choice but to surrender to the chemistry that’s been arcing between them since day one.

hotrodsSynopsis: Salome “Sally” Rider is flooring the gas pedal of her pink ’69 Mustang, desperate to outrun the memory of two of her fellow mechanics getting busy with some bar skank on the hood of a classic car… On her custom paint job no less. Eli “King Cobra” London and the rest of the thoroughly rattled Hot Rods are determined to show her in the sexiest possible way that she’s not merely an interchangeable part in their well-oiled machine. Yet just as Eli gets up the nerve to make a very indecent proposal, a ghost rises from her painful past threatening to slam the brakes on their future before they can get it in gear.

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Review: Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock

justfriends.jpgSynopsis: Jenny meets Chance for the first time when she is assigned as his partner in class, and they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie. Suddenly the whole school is now convinced she and the biggest heartbreaker have been best friends forever. It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow―especially when you really want it to be the truth. Through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are “just friends” but that might be the biggest lie of all. Continue reading “Review: Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock”

Review: Fire In You by J. Lynn

fire-in-you-2Plot: Jillian and Brock are thrown back together after their friendship had imploded. The story occasionally goes back to the past with Jillian’s memories so we slowly discover exactly what went wrong to have caused her to cut him completely from her life. Normally flashbacks annoy me, but in this I looked forward to them as my curiosity was killing me.

Setting: This novel takes place six years after the last book and we are back in Shepherdstown. Lima Academy built a satellite training centre near to where the owner’s daughter had been attending school and much of the novel takes place at that centre.

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Review: Forever With You by J. Lynn

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Author: This amazing author writes adult and new-adult novels under the pen name of J.Lynn and young adult novels under Jennifer L Armentrout. She lives in the States with her husband and adorable dog, Loki. When she isn’t writing, she is generally reading, working out, or watching bad zombie movies.

Plot: This novel is truly heart-wrenching, far more so than the previous books. I won’t get into that because of spoilers, but I may have shed a tear…

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Review: Dream of You by J. Lynn

dream of youPlot: Unlike the other novels, this novella cannot pass as new adult. Both characters are in their late twenties to early thirties, fully enmeshed in their careers, and have the adulating thing down. This storyline is a common one with the whole witnessing a murder and falling in love with your protector bit.

Cover: Given that this novella is found in an anthology, the cover doesn’t really fit the series. If there is a cover for this story that better fits I sadly did not come across it, as I don’t particularly care for the 1001 Dark Nights. Even though I adore pink, the overall aesthetic of this one is dark. I understand the look needed to be generalized enough for all the stories within, but this does not even catch the eye.

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Review: Fall With Me by J. Lynn

fall with mePlot: I was glad to have a book about Roxy, the supershort and bespectacled bartender who befriended Calla in the previous novel. This story was a little predictable, or perhaps the clues were just very clear as to what would happen next. However this novel makes you think about not just hate crimes, but that we should all pause before doing or saying something in anger as it may have an unexpected result we never anticipated or wanted.

Cover: I adore all of the covers for this companion series, but none more than this one. How often do you see books where either character has glasses? As someone who wears them myself, I love it!

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Review: Stay With Me by J. Lynn

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Plot: Calla has to deal with the fallout of her mother’s substance abuse and that alone would be difficult, but this novel takes the story to action-movie levels rather than being entirely believable. However, taking this story to the extremes makes it a bit more palatable as it is hard to face the reality that people like these characters do exist outside the pages of a book.

Setting: This novel moves the series away from the college campus in West Virginia to Calla’s hometown. It works wonderfully for the story, but after a quick peak it seems the next few books take place in this town near Philadelphia rather than returning to the school.

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