The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

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The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Amanda Quick, the bestselling author of ’Til Death Do Us Part, transports readers to 1930s California, where glamour and seduction spawn a multitude of sins…

When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool…

The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn’t resist—especially since she’s just a rookie at a third-rate gossip rag. But now Irene’s investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment.

Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician—until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can’t let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago…

With Oliver’s help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past—always just out of sight—could drag them both under…

This book had me in awe of the author. Talk about incredible writing! Amanda Quick literally takes the reader back in time to the 1930’s. Of all of the books I have read, this one truly transformed my entire surroundings into California, and the Hollywood scene, of the past. It was a remarkable experience.

Our heroine, Irene Glasson, is the rookie with a gossip paper. But her latest story about a dead actress connected to a famous actor has touched the wrong nerve with the wrong people.

One of the biggest factors that I enjoyed about this story is that while there are many twists and turns, I never felt confused or lost. In the past, I’ve somewhat stayed away from books considered in the historical genre because there is usually a language difference, on top of the names and locations maybe not being as familiar, thus making it harder for me to keep track of all of our players in the book. The fact that in this story, Irene Glasson isn’t even Irene Glasson, the above mentioned point is even more true for me.

I really enjoyed this story. It kept me on my toes the entire time. You aren’t really sure who is good and who is bad in this story. Someone you think is good can end up doing something entirely heinous and the bad ones are only worse.

If you enjoy historicals, or you enjoy Amanda Quick already, you will enjoy this story a lot. I have only read a few books from this particular author and I have always found myself transported back in time and I’ve loved it every single time.

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Blow by Heidi McLaughlin

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Blow by Heidi McLaughlin

Meet the complicated men behind the sexiest boy band in America! In Blow, the start of an emotionally charged series from bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, an insatiable heartthrob gets blinded by the spotlight—and learns to fight for love.

Bodhi McKnight has always had everything handed to him on a silver platter: fame, success, money, girls. The raven-haired, blue-eyed hottie is the son of Hollywood A-listers, and when he’s asked to join the boy band Virtuous Paradox, his star shoots even higher. But so do expectations, leading Bodhi down a destructive path of addiction—until a drop-dead gorgeous guardian angel shows him her sizzling brand of tough love.

When Bodhi ends up in rehab, he doesn’t expect to meet someone as cool and down-to-earth as Kimberly Gordon. Although he’s enjoyed the company of beautiful, charming women before, none of them have tried to get to know the “real” Bodhi. But Kimberly isn’t fazed by his stardom. She’d rather go horseback riding, teach Bodhi to play guitar, or ask him about his feelings. Soon Bodhi realizes he’s fallen head over heels for her. He just hopes that he’s strong enough to protect what they have from all the pressures and temptations of the outside world.

This book was so many things. Amazing, eye-opening, heartbreaking, unexpected. I hope I do justice with this review because I really loved this book.

I’m trying to phrase this a certain way but I keep doing it wrong, so I’ll say this: this author absolutely nailed addiction and how it can affect people. We see Bodhi go through a lot in this book; from being on a month long cocaine bender to severe withdrawls and back to being healthy. Its an incredible journey and its written beautifully.

One scene that I can’t stop thinking about is when Bodhi is having hallucinations. The scene is overwhelming and, as the reader, you really don’t realize that Bodhi is having the hallucination until things seem too weird to be real. The reason that scene stands out to me is because the hallucination overtakes both Bodhi and the reader so quickly. I could feel his panic and terror as I read that scene.

As a blogger, I read a lot of books (obviously). I try to stay impartial but at times, I do start to guess where a story is going. This book was truly enjoyable to read for me because while the author stayed true to romance and the rockstar love story concept, she managed to turn things around so the story stayed fresh. I can say with absolute confidence that I haven’t read a book like this before.

This book made me have a lot of admiration and respect for Heidi McLaughlin. She tackled the subject of addiction and did it flawlessly. She also managed to take ideas that we might already have read and twist and turn them many different ways. The reason this is so special is that she wrote this in such a way that its entirely different and everything still makes total sense.

I have so much more I want to say but if I keep going, I will end up giving you the whole story. This is one of my all-time favorite stories. Hands down. I cannot recommend this story enough. Even as I am wrapping up my review, I can’t stop thinking about how much I enjoyed this book and I am resisting the urge to keep going on and on about all the different little facets that I admired. This book is a definite must-read!

Dirty Talk by S.L. Scott

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Dirty Talk by S.L. Scott

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One month.

 One movie.

 One shot at a second chance.

 I fell madly in love at first sight with Jane Lewis.

The girl with bright green eyes, a pretty smile, and great ass owned my heart. I thought she was happy with the status quo, but ten years later, I foolishly let her go. Despite dating other women, no one compares to my first love. We are meant to be together, and I’m going to try my damnedest to convince her of that.

Luke Anders tricked me. The deal was sealed before I knew he was behind it.

We agreed to be just friends. Simple. Easy. But it’s not just the weather that’s hot in Texas. I was a fool to think I could resist him. He knows how to work his charms and those kissable lips, that great jaw, and biceps. We are here to work, but he has become downright distracting.

I’m strong. I can handle one month of his flirtatious sexual torture. But if I happen to fall in bed with that sexy bastard for a night, or three, does that make me weak? Asking for a friend, of course.

I guess I’m about to find out when love gets messy, it’s not just the talk that’s dirty.

Luke Anders is finally here! FINALLY!!! So I’ve known about this book for awhile, and I got to meet S.L. Scott back at Love-N-Vegas back in August and she is just a sweetheart.

So now that Luke is here…I am so freaking pumped to review this book.

Based on the synopsis, you know this is a second chance love story. But Jane and Luke are so different than what one would expect. I have to start this out by saying that I normally don’t really care for second chance love stories. I don’t hate them or anything but I usually want the characters to have closure and sometimes, I feel like second chance love is done almost too easily. I think if you go to the extent of breaking up with someone and then try to get them back, years later, you’ve got some baggage accumulated.

I feel like S.L. Scott really nailed this aspect of the book. Luke and Jane both have things that they need to say, but are leaving unsaid for the sake of the other one. But they both still care deeply for each other. Another aspect that I respected that the author included is that they both have to forgive each other for their time apart.

At some point, Jane and Luke have to confront what went wrong and what part they each played, not just what the other person did. The reason this was valuable to me is that, to me, true love isn’t just about the other person. It’s about loving yourself, but also seeing yourself and being aware enough to realize how your actions affect the person you love.

Obviously, the book is titled “Dirty Talk”, but I actually think its done in sort of a tongue in cheek way. I thought it was sweet how Luke and Jane could talk dirty to each other, but again, this is a part where I felt the author made it dirty enough to be authentic to them. To expect Luke or Jane or bust out tons of dirty talk at the drop of a hat to each other wouldn’t have made sense for their characters. I also enjoyed that this couple will indulge in new things but its always done in a caring way.

Its not like we see “public” Luke and then “dirty” Luke, and the same for Jane. Yes, the characters may explore with each other or push some boundaries but S.L. Scott always made it make sense for them. It was absolutely believable and made sense.

I would completely recommend this book. I loved reading it, and obviously, as a blogger, I read a lot. But of everything I’ve read, this is one of my favorites just because the characters maintain who they are throughout. We see flashbacks in the book and I enjoyed seeing the adult Luke and Jane remembering the kids they were. Even though they’re in Hollywood now, they still are the same people. Seeing their love story come full circle actually brought me a lot of happiness. I left this book feeling satisfied and though it may sound off, fulfilled.