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Review: The Hazards of Sleeping With a Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Title: The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend
Series: Hazards #5
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: March 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there’s no turning back.

When Kyle’s life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.

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REVIEW 

Jade and Kyle have made an appearance through the series and I love both of them. I am so happy that Alyssa shipped them together ;)

Although they have major chemistry, Jade and Kyle have never broached the subject afraid of destroying their friendship. They are very comfortable and honest with each other for the most part. However, they have both been shaped by past events and the burden of the secrets they carry. Insecurities stemming from their families tug at the heartstrings and ultimately cause barriers to a deeper relationship.

Neither Kyle or Jade see themselves clearly. They are both truly wonderful people and need to realise their own worth.

The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend is a very fast read touching on a lot of themes including tragedy, depression, guilt, regret and irrational blame. Ultimately, the foundations of any relationship whether romantic or platonic provide the support we need as individuals. The saying ‘stronger together’ would most definitely apply to Jade and Kyle.

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About THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND

Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there’s no turning back.

When Kyle’s life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.

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Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand. 

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Review: Easy With You by Kristen Proby

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Title: Easy With You
Series: With Me in Seattle #8.5
Author: Kristen Proby
Publisher: Self Published
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Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Nothing has ever come easy for Lila Bailey. She’s fought for every good thing in her life during every day of her thirty-one years. Aside from that one night with an impossible to deny stranger a year ago, Lila is the epitome of responsible.

Steadfast. Strong.

She’s pulled herself out of the train wreck of her childhood, proud to be a professor at Tulane University and laying down roots in a city she’s grown to love. But when some of her female students are viciously murdered, Lila’s shaken to the core and unsure of whom she can trust in New Orleans. When the police detective assigned to the murder case comes to investigate, she’s even more surprised to find herself staring into the eyes of the man that made her toes curl last year.

In an attempt to move on from the tragic loss of his wife, Asher Smith moved his daughter and himself to a new city, ready for a fresh start. A damn fine police lieutenant, but new to the New Orleans force, Asher has a lot to prove to his colleagues and himself.

With a murderer terrorizing the Tulane University campus, Asher finds himself toe-to-toe with the one woman that haunts his dreams. His hands, his lips, his body know her as intimately as he’s ever known anyone. As he learns her mind and heart as well, Asher wants nothing more than to keep her safe, in his bed, and in his and his daughter’s lives for the long haul.

But when Lila becomes the target, can Asher save her in time, or will he lose another woman he loves?

REVIEW 

I love love love the With Me in Seattle series and was overjoyed Asher had his own story. Kristen Proby weaves true fairytales for people like me. The people who have had failed relationships and poor family bonds. You may be asking why I think that Kristen’s writing is perfect for people like me – well it’s because it gives us HOPE of the happily ever after and the possibility of being adopted into such a warm, loving family.

Easy With You lives up to its title; everything about Asher and Lila’s meetings and subsequent relationship is natural and falls into place without effort.  Even the things that they were convinced they didn’t want, occurred naturally. I loved how the relationship between Lila and Asher’s daughter, Casey, was so instinctive and utterly adorable.

The thriller elements of the plot were well executed and added another dimension of tension to the narrative. Although I did guess who the perpetrator was, the portrayal of sociopathic tendencies was chillingly depicted.

Having read both the With Me in Seattle series and Easy Love, I was thrilled with the inclusion of the characters from both series, Matt from Tied with Me and Kate and Eli from Easy Love. The cross-over with the plots was effortless :)

As you would expect from a novella the pacing is incredibly fast. This does not however, diminish any aspect of the story, every facet is carried out beautifully.

If you are already a fan of Kristen Proby’s then you are going to adore Easy With You. If you are new to her writing then this is a terrific introduction and sure to make you an instant devotee.

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Title: Easy Love
Series: Boudreaux #1
Author: Kristen Proby
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: March 2015
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hard working, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who.
Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat.

Eli’s southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she’s coming to know intimately. He’s generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate’s cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can’t resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has.

But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli’s empire comes to light, and it’s time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he’s fallen in love with by his side?

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Seriously I want an Eli – OMG just the thought of his accent makes me melt ♥ Eli is so attentive; the chemistry between Kate and Eli is instantaneous and combustible. Although both have an underlying vulnerability due to past relationships.

The sensitive subject of domestic abuse is highlighted within the narrative. The portrayal isn’t dulled allowing the reader to feel the true devastation on a person’s self-belief and confidence while forming a link to the characters.

Kate is a corporate spy hired by her best friend to uncover the culprit of an embezzlement within their company. It just happens that Kate’s best friend also happens to be one of Eli’s sisters.

In true Kristen Proby style the foundation of the story centres around the large Boudreaux family; tight-knit and full of love, I would definitely love to be a part of this family :)

The New Orleans setting is three-dimensional with the descriptions and atmosphere Kristen creates within the narrative. Although she doesn’t glamorize it, portraying both the good and bad aspects of the area.

Easy Love is one of those books you wear a goofy smile over your face while reading. A serious case of the warm and fuzzies :)

Review: Losing Us by Jen McLaughlin

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Title: Losing Us
Series: Sex on the Beach
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: March 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

When it all comes crashing down…

Everything I thought I had with Austin Murphy—safety, stability, the normalcy I crave but my celebrity lifestyle rarely allows—was ripped away in one night. I wanted to surprise him, but the joke was on me. Now I don’t know if I ever really knew him at all.

Someone has to pick up the pieces…

Mackenzie Forbes was everything I ever wanted and the one person I didn’t deserve. When a past mistake costs me the girl I love, I’ll do everything I can to get her back. We both have demanding careers and family secrets darkening our pasts, but I need Mackenzie in my future.

Sometimes everything you have to give just isn’t enough…

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 REVIEW 

I will admit I was terrified to start reading this story. I love both Mac and Austin, they are perfect together, so I really, really didn’t want anything to happen to their relationship.

The story takes a look at coping with life in the public eye and the additional pressure it can put on relationships. Mackenzie has been burned by the paparazzi in the past and understandably apprehensive regarding the media and her relationship with Austin. She has tried to guide Austin having spent her life in the public eye, however, Austin doesn’t fully take on board her advice leading to a tenacious situation.

Tension was already high with the sense of foreboding I had before I even started reading, so when events played out at the beginning I felt as if my heart was in a vice. I felt Mackenzie’s actions were completely justified, protecting herself had to be a top priority.

Without trust you have nothing, trust is essentially the core of any relationship but more so if you live your life in the public eye and endure large periods of time apart. I’m not sure I could handle the pressure and moments of insecurity.

Mackenzie projects an image of self-confidence but she has her own insecurities exasperated by the incidents within the plot. Personally, I’m not sure if I could make myself vulnerable again.

I kinda hated Austin at times, his lack of discretion caused a tremendous amount of hurt. Also his constant flirting was unnecessary as much as he tried to justify it. The insight into his upbringing did make me understand him better and aid winning me over. The way he views Mackenzie was equally heart-warming and heart-aching.

While I enjoyed Losing Us  I need an epilogue set a few years later in order to fully punt the demons raised in this book to rest ;)