Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper

Kiss My Ash by [Harper, Leddy]3.5 Stars

Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper is a taboo/age gap romance featuring a mother in her 30’s and the 17 year old boy next door. Krista is a single mom that has put her life on hold for the past decade in order to put her everything into providing the best life for her 16 year old daughter. She finally purchases her first home and when she meets her new neighbor it isn’t anything like she expected.

Ash is hard to believe as a 17 year old. He reads much older, which is obviously part of the plot (Krista believes he is older than 17 at the beginning of their relationship). I enjoyed their relationship, but would have liked it better in a different context. All of that being said, this book wasn’t an easy one to put down. I enjoyed it and finished it within a couple of days. The epilogue was golden and really helped cement the story.

I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Title: Kiss My Ash
Author: Leddy Harper
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 9, 2018

Blurb

Ash Jenkins was the typical boy next door. Wait, who am I
kidding? There was nothing typical about that boy.
He was tall, ripped, and had the voice of a man twice his
age. Intelligent, sexy as sin, and barely legal.
Sent to live with his dad after getting in some trouble
with the law, he was definitely someone I needed to stay away from.
But he had his sights set on me, and he didn’t try to
hide it.
Did it still make me a cougar if I was the prey?

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Author Bio

Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.

She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.

The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

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Dirty Deeds by Stella Rhys (Irresistible #3)

Dirty Deeds (Irresistible Book 3) by [Rhys, Stella]4 Stars

I don’t generally like to jump into a series mid-series, but Dirty Deeds made it absolutely painless. Stella Rhys is a new to me author, but once I read the blurb for this one I couldn’t pass it up.

Dirty Deeds is definitely in the category of romantic comedy and I found myself smiling through many scenes. Even with the comedic value though, this couple has a difficult past to work through. Aly in particular is dealing with an issue that I haven’t seen touched on in a book before. Emmett is also surprisingly deep compared to how Aly thinks of him and working through the issues of their past brought them together. Long story short, this book is funny & HOT & just an all around good time.

This is a standalone within a series, and I never felt like I was missing out on something.

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Title: Dirty Deeds
An Irresistible Series Standalone
Author: Stella Rhys
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 4, 2018
Blurb

ALY
It’s been twelve years since I’ve seen him, but loathing Emmett Hoult
still runs in my blood. Thanks to the hell he wreaked on my teenaged life, I’ve
avoided the prick like the plague. But desperate times call for desperate
measures, and after a fire destroys my apartment during the most important week
of my life, I’m suddenly as desperate as they come.
Hence the roommate situation.
It’s his summer home. His family said he wouldn’t be around. They said
I’d never run into him.

But oh, did I run into Emmett Hoult.
And in the worst way possible.
EMMETT
I didn’t expect to see her ever again, let alone the way I
did.
But now that she’s back in my life, I’m not screwing things
up. She still hates me – I know that – but it won’t stop me from chasing
the only two goals I’ve made for this summer:
Making things right.
And making her mine.
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Stella Rhys is an author of contemporary romance and can’t
help but write it hot, steamy and borderline filthy (just kidding, it’s just
flat-out filthy). Writing aside, she lives for coffee, the Knicks, the Yankees
and cooking recipes way out of her league. She was born and raised in New York
and now lives there with her husband and charmingly entitled fur babies.
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Kiss Kiss Bang by Sidney Halston (Iron Clad Security #3)

Kiss Kiss Bang: An Iron Clad Security Novel (Iron-clad Security) by [Halston, Sidney]4 Stars

One thing I love is when a series of books is truly standalone and I can just jump in anywhere and not feel lost. Iron Clad Security is a great example of that, because I had never read a Sidney Halston book prior to Kiss Kiss Bang but I  was able to read this with no sense of loss. Even better is that I actually want to go back and read the other books that are earlier in the series.

The chemistry in this book was real and I LOVE good chemistry. Joey was such a great character and had pretty much every trait I love in a hero. My favorite moments were those where he was interacting with Livie’s daughter Sophie. His immediate love for her was swoonworthy. I had a harder time connecting with Livie. I’m not sure why but it wasn’t enough to detract from the book. I look forward to reading more from Sidney Halston.

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Mess With Me by Nicole Helm (A Mile High Romance #2)

 4 Stars

Mess With Me by Nicole Helm is the second book in her Mile High Romance series. It’s the first book I’ve ever read by her and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I stumbled across this book in Buzz Books 2017: Romance which includes excerpts from tons of soon to be released books. The sample from this book hooked me and I couldn’t wait to get my hands it.

With this being the second book in the series I was a little worried that I would be missing something, but this was a great “standalone” within the series. I could see how people that read the first book would love the scenes starring the first books couple, and there was enough tension between the next books couple that I would definitely be interested in checking that out too.

This wasn’t a perfect book, but it was perfect for me right now. I loved the light and fluffy aspects to it, and it was only when it tried to get a bit “deeper” that I wasn’t as impressed with it. I’ll definitely be checking out more books from Nicole Helm.

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Saving Mr. Perfect by Tamara Morgan (Penelope Blue #2)

4 Stars

I seem to have a soft spot for these Penelope Blue books. I’m pretty methodical when it comes to selecting the books I read. I hate it when I get one I don’t like, so I’m very selective. The thing with Stealing Mr. Right, was that it didn’t meet any of my usual book criteria, and I was STILL dying to read it. So I did. And I loved it.

Naturally, I couldn’t wait for Saving Mr. Perfect to come out. I wasn’t disappointed. I was laughing within minutes, and had to put the book down so my husband could sleep. This book is different though. It’s more heartfelt and not as crazy. Don’t read this book for the romance. Read it for the laughs, the banter and a bit of a crazy mystery. Don’t start with Saving Mr. Perfect. Start with Stealing Mr. Right. Relationship growth is a big plotline in this book and you have to understand Penelope’s relationships with people in the first book to see how they’ve changed (and how devastating it is). You can read my original review for Stealing Mr. Right here.

I think people that enjoyed the early Stephanie Plum books will feel right at home with Penelope Blue.

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How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks (The Embraced #1)

4 Stars

It has been way too long since I last read a paranormal romance, and it felt good to be back. How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days is the first book in Kerrelyn Sparks new The Embraced series. I haven’t read any of her books before, but enough of my friends have raved about her work that I was pretty sure she would be a hit for me.

This book was a perfect start to a new series. The world building was detailed and unique without getting bogged down with unnecessary information. It was funny, charming, and still had some heat. It did feel a little long, but it was a quick read because it was so engaging. The next book in the series will be So I Married a Sorcerer coming out at the end of August.

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Twist by Kylie Scott (Dive Bar #2)

4 Stars

I’m always searching for authors I can count on to deliver, and I think Kylie Scott will make the list. Twist is the first book I’ve read by her and the second in the Dive Bar series, but it was satisfyingly steamy with a healthy dose of humor.

This book was a great standalone, but I’m definitely interested in seeing the stories for other characters. I’m a little disappointed that we won’t get to see Nell & Pat’s story because they seem like such an unlikely couple…. and Pat sounds pretty hot. Small disappointment aside, I’ve already pre-ordered Chaser, the third book in this series, and hope I can find some room in my schedule to read Dirty soon.

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