Review: Perfectly Loved (Perfectly #3) by Lacey Silks



Title:  Perfectly Loved
Author: Lacey Silks
Publisher/Year:  MyLit Publishing 2/21/16
Length:   221 pages
Series:  Perfectly #3


“She was nothing I expected and everything I wanted.” – Dave

I’m a scorned woman and no one, except him, knows it.

My first lover.
My best friend’s brother.
A mouth-watering piece of art I can’t stop staring at.

He’s the ice-cream to my tongue on a hot day.
Water to my dehydrated body.
And a perfect release for my pent up desires.

But we’re far from a fairy tale.
He can be the knife to my heart.
Acid to my skin.
And darkness to my eyes.

He destroyed me.
Broke my soul and stole my faith.

Now he wants to put me back together and I’m not sure if I’m strong enough to resist him.

My Thoughts

I think that we all felt like we knew where things were going to go – these 2 had an obviously connection that pretty much was unbreakable.  that being said, it takes us through most of the book to understand why and why not – as far as ‘could their relationship truly work’.

Throughout this 3rd installment, we learn more and more about how David and Millie came to be connected, and it was done through a series of flash backs from both of their POVs.  i don’t know that Ms Silks has ever really done that for us before, but i really enjoyed it.  It adds a depth to the story and the relationships that we would not have had otherwise.

We see Millie’s troubled life – we see how she was bounced from foster home to foster home, and how she was abused, or neglected at each.  It’s only through the friendship of David in high school that we see hope – that Millie realizes that maybe it’s ok to be just a little bit open to someone else.  And it’s through David that she meets her best friend in April – a girl who saves her in a sense – and gives her what she didn’t have at least in friendship and material things in a girl.

There were a lot of under currents in this final story as well.  We get the constant reminder of Mrs Bowers – the grandmotherly type who lives in the cabin down the road from David’s family’s cabin, and we learn bits and pieces about her past that really begins to make you scratch your head.  It’s not an ending that we all didn’t see coming for miles, but its a nice one.

The twist that i don’t know that i expected was how intermingled the Savages were.  We know that Millie was spooked and running because Mark Savage was let out of jail early and he had a vendetta against her, but the ‘why’ behind it all, FAR FAR more complex than we ever thought – and i was impressed how well our author wrote that one in.

All in all, there was a great mix of anxiety, fear and passion / romance to make it a well balanced book.  I’m a bit sad that it’s coming to an end, but in the final notes, we see that there’s something AMAZING coming out later this year from Lacey and i can’t wait to see what that is.  Have a great week all!

Review: Perfectly Kissed (Perfectly #2) by Lacey Silks


Title:  Perfectly Kissed
Author: Lacey Silks
Publisher/Year:  MyLit Publishing 2/18/16
Length:   43 pages
Series:  Perfectly #2


There’s not really one available anywhere so i’ll just go into my thoughts

My Thoughts

We’re in this continuation of the series of sorts-  however where we get in this next book – laying out how April’s life has changed and then getting further into the story of Millie and Dave i’m confused but i’ll get over it.

We learn that Dave is April’s sister, and Millie is her best friend. so their lives are intertwined forever.  The challenge though is that there’s this tension between Dave and Millie – we know that they were the true love for each other but right now it’s not the right time, and while it’s christmas, there’s hope that something could happen, but knowledge and understanding that it probably won’t.

So this is a novella – a quick read as a segue into the next installment where we’ll probably get a bit more into the depth of what Dave and Millie had and what it can or can’t be.  Not much more to elaborate on here i’m sorry to say, but Ms Silks never disappoints, so i’m sure the next book will give us exactly what we need.  Happy Sunday All!

Review: Beautiful Burn (The Maddox Brothers #4) by Jamie McGuire


Title:  Beautiful Burn
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 1/25/16
Length:  304 pages
Series:  The Maddox Brothers #4


Fresh out of college, Ellison Edson has fallen through the cracks of rock bottom. While staying in her family’s vacation home in Colorado, her behavior has finally gained the attention of her parents-but not in the way she hoped. Cut off from the millions she’s always taken for granted, and left alone to fend for herself, Ellie spirals further out of control, making a mistake she can’t take back.

Like his twin brother Taylor, Tyler Maddox is a member of the Alpine Hotshots, fighting wildland fires on the frontline. As arrogant as he is charming, Tyler’s nomadic lifestyle makes it easy to contain his relationships to one night. When he meets Ellie at a local party during off-season, her extreme personality and dismissive attitude fascinates him at first, but as his feelings deepen, Tyler realizes that the crippling inner demons of the woman he loves might be the strongest enemy any Maddox has ever faced.

My Thoughts

i’m a bit sad to see this part of the story ending, since i feel like there’s been some great stuff learning all about the Maddox brothers but so be it.  The difference in this book vs some of the others though is that we see aside from the beginning of the story, we’re jumping back into scenes from the other books, seeing how everything is actually intertwined.  So that being said, we get to finally connect some of the dots from the past stories and see how they all play out.

In this 4th installment, we get to see how Tyler gets his happily ever after, especially since it was teased a bit from when Travis and Abby actually had their wedding.  We saw that he had someone with him, and now we get more context to it all.

Tyler – one of the twins is also a hotshot- one of the elite fire fighting crew and it’s through that where we get to see more and more about who he is, how he’s different than Taylor (his identical twin) and how he feels about his own emotions and getting to be in love.

Then there’s Ellie, and i think that there’s the expected yet unexpected about her.  She’s an heiress of sorts, yet she’s also using that as an excuse to be a bit too much of a party girl who doesn’t care who she tramples in her path.  When her family stages an intervention and cuts her off, well it’s up to her to survive and fortunately, there are a few kind folks in the town that understand her and want to see her succeed.

So…throughout this story, we see a lot of the expected Maddox fighting come out – we know everyone’s background from Travis’ story.  we also see that he’s a protector and the best person from inside, thanks to his father, and that’s something that Ellie needs. It’s because of Tyler and Jojo – the girl she works for, that Ellie’s able to find her place and worth, but of course it comes with stress and pain.

Different than the other books though, we definitely see a more sexy side coming from our author – usually it’s very very PG and in this installment, things are getting racy.  There are moments when we get to see how there’s real chemistry between these 2 and that’s written in a way that we never really got in the past books.

I guess what we continue to get here is the same amazing story of family and love – and how it’s important to allow someone to help you out and support you.  Ellie needed it here more than anyone, and i think that it’s something that we see from the characters in the other books in the series too.  Tyler wants to have something of his own, someone to love and he’s kind of at odds with himself about it because it’s taking what he’s known and flipping it.

While we’re now done with all of the brothers, it looks like there’s a new series that picks up with Darby and Trex so that means that maybe we’re not really done with these guys.  I can only hope that we get more of them, and even if it’s in a spinoff of sorts – i’d be ok.  On that note – enjoy everyone and have a good weekend!

Review: Mastered (The Enforcers #1) by Maya Banks


Title:  Mastered
Author: Maya Banks
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 12/29/15
Length:  326 pages
Series:  The Enforcers #1


What he wants, he takes with no remorse or guilt.
She stood out in his club like a gem, unspoiled and untouched. A lamb among wolves, she clearly didn’t belong. Drawn to her innocence he watched as she was surrounded by men who saw what he did—but no one but him could touch her. He summoned her to his private quarters. He sensed her fear. He also recognized the desire in her eyes. And he knew she wouldn’t leave before he possessed her. She had no need to know his secrets. Not until he had her under his complete and utter control.
What he wants, she isn’t sure she can give him.
The moment he told her want he wanted, she couldn’t resist. Instinct told her to run, but her heart said stay and walk the fine line between pleasure and pain. Though she wasn’t sure she could ever completely surrender, the primal part of her wanted to try, even knowing this man could break her in ways she never imagined. Because once he possessed her, he owned her and it would be too late to turn back. She can only pray that he doesn’t destroy her in the end.

My Thoughts

I don’t know that i’ve ever come across a book by Ms Banks that i haven’t loved and this intro to The Enforcers series is definitely on my list of great stories.  The interesting thing here is that at the end of the book, there’s a whole ‘explanation’ about how this series came to be, and how this book was supposed to complete the story of Evagenline and Drake,but there was too much there, and there was a need to make a continuation into book 2.  So, we are left on quite a cliff hanger that’s somewhat reminiscent of the cliffhanger from book 1 in FSOG  but still, a great way to keep me interested.

What threw me off at the very beginning of this series are the names of all the characters – we have Lana and Nikki who are mains from other series that i’ve read and i kept wanting to make some connection here with those folks and this story, but obviously that’s not the case.

In any event, we learn that Evangeline is coming off a breakup from a guy that she thought was ‘special’.  special enough to lose her virginity to, and yet he didn’t find that to be so special and dumped her immediately after.  It’s only when her girls get her all dressed up to make him see what he’s missing that her life takes a turn.

As expected, he responds to her being there in a less than savory way, trying to be forceful with her physically while throwing insults at her too.  If that wasn’t enough, Vangie feels like she’s so out of place and just wants to run, but at least some huge badass security guys come to her rescue (unbeknownst to her from Drake’s direction) and bring her back to his sanctuary – his office – a place that no woman has ever been allowed.

This of course is where everyone’s beginning to wonder what’s gotten into Drake since he’s acting out of character, and yet Evangeline is being given the world and aside from her friends, everyone seems to be ok with it.

The path that we take in this story is an interesting one.  Ms Banks makes a big point to introduce us to all of the men who work for Drake and their personality nuances from one another.  We’re also given O information about his past and the pasts of his men that of course makes Vangie more curious to get to know things.

What im surprised about i have to say though is the pace in which Evangeline gets used to what he’s got to offer her sexually and how well she adapts.  The other thing that i’m VERY surprised about is that he’s quite the dom personality, the kind of guy that seems like he’d kill anyone who touches her, yet there’s a scene that he actually shares her.

We almost never see that happen, at least not this early in a series, so it was a surprise, but it was really hot.  The chemistry that we see from these 2 is intense and i think that there’s so much more to see since the way that this first installment ended was on an explosion of sorts – there were things said and done that you have to wonder if they’ll ever come back from, and i think that it’s part of the intrigue that will make me want to keep reading.

So on that note – i need to track down the release date of the next one and then count down the days!  Happy Tuesday everyone!

Review: The Gold Coast (John Sutter Series #1) by Nelson DeMille


Title:  Gold Coast
Author: Nelson DeMille
Publisher/Year:  GrandCentral Publishing 3/28/91
Length:  550 pages
Series:  John Sutter Series #1


Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world. Told from Sutter’s sardonic and often hilarious point of view, and laced with sexual passion and suspense, THE GOLD COAST is Nelson DeMille’s captivating story of friendship and seduction, love and betrayal.

My Thoughts

Well, You guys are all probably scratching your heads as to why i’ve read and reviewed this one.  I am too.  To be completely honest, it wasn’t something that i was looking forward to at all!  Let’s go back a few days to Monday night when i was out drinking with my friend, and he some how managed to start debating books with me – like he reads nearly as much as i do.  So, somehow several drinks into it, he’s made me this list of books i HAVE to read, and therefore, yup – this is the first on that list.  His taste is sooooo clearly not mine, but there you go.

So in this first installment to the John Sutter Series, we’re introduced to the man himself, a guy who lives on the ‘Gold Coast’ of Long Island, the north shore, in a place where old money rules, and you have estates with names and not numbers.  his wife of course is the reason for this wealth, her family is OLLLLLLLD money.

Anyhow, it’s through a series of unfortunate events for Mr Sutter, that he ends up in hot water with the IRS, his wife (although she hot watered herself too) and any number of people in the town that life continues to step on him when he’s down.

Through a ‘friendship of sorts that he’s developed with his neighbor, Mr Bellarosa, who happens to be the head of the New York Mafia family, well, you can only imagine how his life is going to get exciting really quick.

The first few hundred pages are blah in my opinion, but that’s mostly because it’s not my style.  In my eyes, it only really gets interesting when Frank is arrested, and we get to see John sort of do his best to get him out on Bail, and then see what happens from there.  There was the air of ‘no fear’ that Bellarosa had, that he was untouchable because that was the way of things, and John had this perpetual fear of everything, so it balanced the pair out.

There are a lot of deaths as excepted in this mafia thriller, but also a lot of heartache and some interesting friendships forged along the way.  I can’t honestly say that i have any interest in continuing the series, but i think that i’ll be coerced along the way at some point.

On that note – happy saturday all!

Review: Calendar Girl: December (Calendar Girl Series #12) by Audrey Carlan


Title:  Calendar Girl:  December
Author: Audrey Carlan
Publisher/Year:  Waterhouse Press 8/3/15
Length:  110 pages
Series:  Calendar Girl Series #12


Mountains, miracles, and marriage.

I had no idea what to expect when the producers of Dr. Hoffman sent me to the pristine white mountains of Aspen, Colorado. As the town of Aspen is known for being a winter haven for uber-rich Americans, I knew this desert cactus was going to be way out of her element. The ace up my sleeve however, was a high-class movie-making surfer whose family owned a cabin in those snowy hills. With him by my side, I’d make the most out of the experience.

The job was assigned under unusual circumstances. An anonymous mountain man paid a hefty fee to persuade the producers of my show to send me out for a segment on local artisans. Suited up in my parka and Ugg boots, I put the warmth of the California sun in the rearview mirror and headed to a winter wonderland.

With my newfound family in tow, I was prepared to celebrate the best month the year had to offer…until the one woman who drastically changed my life all those years ago appeared like a shadow out of pure frosted air, shattering my soul all over again.

In the twelfth and final book in the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is off to Aspen, Colorado to film a segment on local artists. Prepare to be wowed as Mia’s journey merges into the ending everyone has been waiting for.

My Thoughts

Well, we all knew that this was going to come to an end, and it’s really a shame as it was a nice series, with all of the character’s stories woven into one another.  In this final installment, we get much of what was to be expected, resolutions for most, introductions for some, and a realization of what you actually wanted in life from others.

We see this last month taking Mia and crew to Aspen to work on segments for her new role on the Dr Hoffman show.  It’s of course under the guise of Mia NEEDING to go becuase an artist pays her a lot of money to be there, but when she arrives, she deems ti to be under different circumstances and is about to leave.  Ironically, it’s day one when they set foot in town that Mia feels like she sees a woman that she recognizes – as her mother.  then the woman disappears, and the story begins to unfold.

We learn that YES it’s her mother, and well, that means that Max and Maddy are en route much faster than expected to get to the bottom of things.  It’s also interesting to me to see how the siblings embrace (or not) this new information.  there’s a split house, one who’s more than happy to get the story, one who’s willing to be ok with it and one who wants NOTHING to do with her.

Well, of course it’s Mia who’s got the anger, and it’s served well since she’s the one that actually had the longest time with her mom, and now that’s all gone.  So the journey that we go on in this story is one of finally finding family, and deciding if you want it, and then getting closer with your NEW family, the one that you actually want.  I think that the mix of how this all plays out is really nice – especially with the undercurrent of the holidays and what that should mean.

Add to that, we have the wedding planning for Mia and Wes which actually seems to be going ok, once Wes gets past his recent bouts of jealousy and the idea that some of her past clients are going to come.  Then we also get to see how Gin’s story plays out too.  She’s certainly got her hands full with Tao – Tai’s brother – but what does that really mean since he’s a Hawaii guy and she’s not.

We have a nice closure to the story – with the appropriate levels of passion and heat that we’ve come to appreciate throughout the series.  There are often times when Mia reflects on whether they will always share that same level of interest in each other, and i think that it’s safe to say that YES they will.

In addition to the epilogue (which is from Wes’s perspective) we get a ‘far far future’ glimpse of all of the other folks that we’ve met throughout the series.  It’s nice to see where they all end up, even for some of the characters that we cared less for.  At least there are no strings hanging after all this.  although i would have been ok with the idea of a spin off series.  So…now i’m left to wonder what to read next since this took up a nice 2 weeks of my time to read.  have a good night (or morning) all!!!

Review: Calendar Girl: November (Calendar Girl Series #11) by Audrey Carlan


Title:  Calendar Girl:  November
Author: Audrey Carlan
Publisher/Year:  Waterhouse Press 8/3/15
Length:  111 pages
Series:  Calendar Girl Series #11


Life, Love, Laughter.

Three things I never expected to experience in the month of giving thanks, but that is just what I received. Wes had survived Hell on Earth, and was back where he was meant to be…in my arms and my bed. For good. There would be no breaking us apart after the trauma we experienced up to this point.

My new job with Century Production sent me to the big apple to interview celebrities for a special segment on being thankful. What is a girl to do when she has an entire host of celebrity friends from her past year of travels? You better believe I called up my friends Mason Murphy, all-star pitcher for the Red Sox, and Anton Santiago, the Latin Lov-ah, to participate. They were all too happy to oblige, only my guy’s feathers were a bit ruffled by the ease with which they came running.

Add in my new family and you’ve got a fairytale Thanksgiving. Except for one tiny detail…the single seat at the table, left open by the hole in my heart that only one person could fill.
In the eleventh book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is off to New York City to film a segment for her new job. Now that her debt has been paid, and the threat from her ex is gone, she no longer has to live life as an escort. Only life has thrown her some new challenges to round out her year.

My Thoughts

Well, we’re in the final bits of the series, and i think that everything is starting to get fully resolved and finalized.  It’s sad to see this series come to a close, but i guess that it had to happen sometime right?

In this November installment, we see the family going out to Texas for Thanksgiving, which we learn was Mia and Maddy’s FIRST thanksgiving.  Real on that is.  Before that though, we get to see Mia doing what she loves – working on segments for her show in NYC – where she gets to really involve regular people and do something nice for them, while also getting to see Anton and Mason again.  Two friends that she’s come to have a really true affection for.

What happens in NYC though with Wes is quite interesting, and not all that unexpected.  Throughout the past story or 2, we’ve seen that he’s having a lot of trouble coping with what he went through, night terrors and the sort.  and while Mia has taken on the responsibility of helping him get grounded again, it’s truly taking it’s toll.  Another symptom that’s been coming up a lot too is that he’s become incredibly jealous and out of no where with people that he knows already that aren’t a threat to his relationship.  Mia’s about at her breaking point at several different moments, and it’s going to be a fight i think to get them back to a good place.

At least things begin to settle down once they are in Texas, and i have to say that the strength of this family bond is something that makes you really jealous if you have a family that isn’t quite as supportive.  It makes me wish that mine sometimes were more like how Max is – i have brothers, but none of them care for and protect me like he seems to do for his new sisters.  It’s sad, but very happy for the story line.

Anyway, we see that there’s an urgent call for the girls to go back to Vegas, something to do with their father, and i guess that we’ve just got one more month to see how all that will play out.  Will they have their father back, and if so, in what capacity?  Will they all get their happily ever after?  And, what’s the request that’s sending them to Aspen?  it seems like a big deal, but with no real information.  (i’m guessing Alec or something, but that’s just me).

Sadly, just one more month to go and then it’ll all be wrapped up.  So…i’m onto December.

Review: Calendar Girl: October (Calendar Girl Series #10) by Audrey Carlan


Title:  Calendar Girl:  October
Author: Audrey Carlan
Publisher/Year:  Waterhouse Press 8/3/15
Length:  120 pages
Series:  Calendar Girl Series #10


Silicone, surgery, and Hollywood starlets.

The land of the stars was beckoning and I answered its call. Now that I was free, well, as free as anyone could be, I decided to pursue something for me. To grab life by the horns and ride that sucker until I found my place within it. That decision brought me back home to Malibu, California, where I awaited the beginning of this next phase in my journey.

The job? Create a segment surrounding Living Beautiful for celebrity doctor and daytime television guru, Dr. Hoffman. The man was known for his cunning wit, good looks, and no nonsense lifestyle. In a city that was filled with plastic Barbie dolls, and nothing you touched was real, I set out to find beauty. And in doing so, I found a lot more that, for me, for the man I loved, and for the rest of the nation.

In the tenth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is settled in her new home in Malibu, California. Now that her debt has been paid, and the threat from her ex is gone, she no longer has to live life as an escort. Only life has thrown her some new challenges to round out her year.

My Thoughts

Well, this series is going in a different direction than we started, and while it’s not bad, part of me wishes that we would get to continue on the monthly journey that we saw before, since it was really quite interesting to see all the different men and scenarios that Mia got herself into.  The good thing though, is that they ALL continue to intertwine and weave throughout the series – so there’s never someone that you’ll miss for long.

In this 10th installment, Mia is back ‘on the job’ but it’s not at all the type of job that she’s had before.  she’s working on a segment to a talk show and it’s nice to see that she finally gets to do something that was in her realm of expertise before all this began.

While that’s going well, and presents a lot of interesting opportunities for Mia in California, there’s still the issue of what happened to Wes and Gina and the crew that they are coping with.  or not as it seems in many cases.  The two i mentioned have PTSD in a way that’s really hard to get on with their lives as normal, and it forces Mia to be stronger than she’s ever had to be, and while she’s happy to do it, it’s still a position that she shouldn’t have been put in.

The good thing for her though is that she’s been able to find an opportunity to bring Ginelle out to Cali so that she could have her rock, her best friend with her, and that’s exactly what she needs at this point in time.  I can’t wait to see the shenanigans that they get into.

The nice thing that we continue to get from Ms Carlan though, is some really heated sex.  I mean, it was clear from the very first moment that Mia and Wes have amazing chemistry, but the fact that we continue to see that evolve and get really steamy and heated each time they come together, well there’s something special there.

I’m kind of sad to see that the series and year are winding down, especially since i’m so fascinated by all of these characters and stories – and i hope that the closure that we get is fitting for the story itself.  At least we’ve got 2 months left right?  Have a good night all!

Review: Calendar Girl: September (Calendar Girl Series #9) by Audrey Carlan


Title:  Calendar Girl:  September
Author: Audrey Carlan
Publisher/Year:  Waterhouse Press 8/3/15
Length:  122 pages
Series:  Calendar Girl Series #9


Vegas, Vicious Exes, and Ventilators.

My life felt like a fast ride on a too short highway. Coming home should be roses and rainbows, but nothing that comes out of the desert blooms free. I was most certainly not free. I’d missed my payment to Blaine, owed the last client a hundred grand I didn’t have, and my father was on his deathbed. To make matters worse, Wes was missing in action. As in, no one had seen or heard from him in three weeks. Devastation didn’t begin to explain where my mental state was at.

Like anything life had thrown my way, I pulled on my big girl panties, not the sexy lacy ones I enjoyed teasing my guy with, but the kind that said, “This ass means business.”

I had no choice but to make the decision I made.

My ex, the man that ruined the concept of love for me, put my father in the hospital, was about to get everything he ever wanted…at least that’s what I led him to believe.
In the ninth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia rushes back home to Las Vegas, Nevada. Things have taken a turn for her father, putting her into debt up to her eyeballs.

My Thoughts

Well, we finally get to find out what happens when Mia’s world comes crashing down on her.  She’s back in Vegas after she found that her father had taken a turn for the worse, and if that weren’t enough, it means that she’s not able to work for the month – she missed getting to her next client, and she owes him the $100k that she would have made.  This also means that she’s deeper in the hole with Blaine, and we all know that he’s not willing to make compromises.  She’s forced to strike a deal with him that’s not at all something that’s good for her.

On top of that, she’s been apart from Wes for too long and that’s wearing on her.  It’s after a few weeks of silence that she truly begins to worry, and when she learns what’s happened, well, that takes her stress level from a 9 to a 90.  There’s little information to go off on where he is, and she’s relying on past contacts (i.e. Warren Shipley) to see what he can do.

Add to all that the fact that both she and Maddy are building their family with Max, well, i think that he’s really stepped up in this installment, and we get to see him for the man he really is which is really really nice.  I think that it’s something that Mia and Maddy really needed in life and it’s great that they finally get it now.

So all that being said, there’s very little heat or passion in a real sense here.  A few kidnappings, beatings, and a lot of blackmail and fear.  There’s also still too much uncertainty of what this will all mean to Mia at the end of the year – but we know that it’s more about the journey to her than anything else now that some of her pain points are being taken care of.

Very different from the last installments, but that’s really good since i think that we need such diversity in this series that’s based on 12 installments.  On that note, happy valentines day, and i hope that you guys have a nice sunday!

Review: Calendar Girl: August (Calendar Girl Series #8) by Audrey Carlan


Title:  Calendar Girl:  August
Author: Audrey Carlan
Publisher/Year:  Waterhouse Press 8/3/15
Length:  122 pages
Series:  Calendar Girl Series #8


Pretending. I’ve always been good at pretending.
Being someone else is easy, and that ability has served me well these last seven months.

This time, I’ve been hired to be the long lost sister of oil tycoon, and down to earth cowboy, Maxwell Cunningham. Recently, Maxwell’s father passed away and in his last Will and Testament he dropped a bomb no one saw coming.

One of the richest men in the world, left forty-nine percent of his company to a sister my client never knew he had. A woman named Mia Saunders.

Maxwell has a year to find this sister or he loses almost half of his empire to a greedy board of investors. Somehow, he found me and here I am.

Sharing in family dinners, pretending to be someone I’m not and fooling bigwigs left and right. Only I’m finding myself falling in love with a family I can never have. One that will hurt to leave.

Stetsons, soul-searching, and sisterly duty all come into a sharp tangle with twists and turns I never saw coming.


In the eight book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Dallas, Texas. Still on her mission to save her father, she is hired to be the long lost sister of Maxwell Cunningham, one of the newly richest men in America.

My Thoughts

Well, if things were weird before, this next installment is VERY weird.  As the summary tells us, Mia has been hired to play the long lost sister of an oil tycoon, and well, things begin to be stranger and stranger.

The nice thing to the beginning of this next book is that we spend a lot of time in Malibu with Wes.  I think that the way that their relationship is progressing is something quite special.  they’ve opened themselves up to something more, and assuming that they can put aside what it is that Mia actually does for the next few months – well hopefully that means that things will blossom as needed.

On top of all that, the sex is AMAZING between them.  I mean, there’s something to be said about constantly going back to the same character with new moves, and that’s what our author gives us.

Then back to Dallas, we see that Max is going through this process since his father left 49% of the company to this missing sister, and well, Max has secrets of his own about this.  We get the full story throughout this interesting bit, and i think the twist at the end is even more interesting – there’s so much more to the past that anyone knew and that means that there’s so much more to learn about everyone.

Add in the issue of her father being in a home and having his own medical emergencies, well i think that we’re about to see things get even more complicated.  so onto September – can’t wait to see what the fall brings us!