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Dec
7

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Love Me by Christmas by Jaci Burton

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Love Me by Christmas by Jaci Burton Welcome to my weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook Review: Love Me by Christmas Author:  Jaci Burton Narrator: Samantha Cook Audio Speed: 1.5x Series: Standalone Genre: Contemporary Romance Source: Tantor Audio Ellie Washington lost the love of her life five years ago on Christmas eve. Pregnant and alone, Ellie moved in with her brother-in-law, who was also hurting from the sudden death of his brother. Nick helped raise his nephew, and the trio grew into a comfortable life. However, feelings have been changing over the past year, and now Ellie and Nick need to decide if they can take a chance on love. Love Me by Christmas is a...
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Aug
18

Review: All Wound Up by Jaci Burton

Review: All Wound Up by Jaci Burton All Wound Up Author: Jaci Burton Reviewer: Nima Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: Ok, this is book ten.  Burton successfully does what she’s done the entire series.  All Wound Up continues to deliver what her readers have come to love and expect with this series. More of the same isn’t a bad thing, especially if this is your reading groove.  For me, however, the Play-By-Play series has become formulaic.  Like other books in this series; All Wound Up is predictable with an anti-climactic finish. There’s nothing especially original about this plot, it’s the “nobody is good enough for my daughter” plot.  The fact that the couple in this...
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Mar
30

Review: Love After All by Jaci Burton

Review: Love After All by Jaci Burton Love After All Author: Jaci Burton Reviewer: Nima Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: I’m not exactly sure how to review Love After All, book 4 in the Hope Series.  It is a very predictable narrative because there’s virtually no plot.  Parts of it are even cliché for the regular romance reader. There is a quote from the book that sums up the plot in its entirety, “For them, it had just…happened.”  So why on earth did I give it a B+?  Why did I even finish the book? Because I just… liked it. Chelsea Gardner and Sebastian “Bash” Palmer have known each other forever.  Their love story is...
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Nov
19

Review: Holiday on Ice by Jaci Burton

Review: Holiday on Ice by Jaci Burton Holiday on Ice Author: Jaci Burton Reviewer: Nima Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Holiday on Ice is a little Christmas gift from Burton to her readers.  It’s the kind of little novella that you can pick up and finish during the holiday chaos when you just need a moment to yourself.  It’s a bit of Christmas spirit, a little winter fun, and a lot of steamy, um… recreation. Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer is on the New York Traveler’s professional hockey team with Drew Hogan of Burton’s earlier novel Melting the Ice. He has some recent history with Stella Slovinski who has just landed one of the dance leads in...
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Sep
26

Review: Hope Burns by Jaci Burton

Review: Hope Burns by Jaci Burton Hope Burns Author: Jaci Burton Reviewer: Nima Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Hope Flames, book one in the Hope series, brings Emma Burnett and Luke McCormack together in a romance that introduces us to the little town of Hope.  The time for the wedding has come and Emma’s little sister Molly is expected, finally, home for the festivities.  Hope Burns, book three, follows Molly’s journey through the healing of old wounds as she returns from a twelve year absence from family and friends to participate in the wedding.  Molly loves her sister, but does not want to return to Hope because it will mean seeing her ex-high school...
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Mar
27

Review: Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton

Review: Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton Hope Ignites Author: Jaci Burton Reviewer: Nima Rating:  B What I’m Talking About: Hope Ignites is the second installment in the Hope Series.  I like small town romances because they are full of unique details and quirky characters that make them relatable and fun.  Like the first story in this series, Hope Flames, the dogs are ever-present players which provide a certain continuity between books.  Main character Logan McCormack’s brother, Luke and his fiancée Emma, from Hope Flames, make appearances and it was good to check-in with them too. Logan McCormack is not just a country boy and the ranch he runs is not just the family homestead.  It’s...
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Feb
12

Review: Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton

Review: Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton Melting the Ice Author: Jaci Burton Reviewer: Nima Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: As a general rule, Jaci Burton’s books are worth buying just for the covers.  I think they need to generate a Play-by-Play Series calendar.  Her latest installment, Melting the Ice, should be February, not only for Valentine emphasis in the book and its not-so-coincidental release date, but to represent those cold, cold nights when you want someone like Drew Hogan warming your bed. Overall, I liked the book.  It was a very quick read, perfect for a single afternoon when you’re snowed in and can’t face the chores that never go away.  Unfortunately, that was...
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Jan
6

Review: Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

Review: Hope Flames by Jaci Burton Hope Flames Author: Jaci Burton  Reviewer: Nima Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Hope Ignites is the first full length novel in the Hope Series. We were first introduced to the little town of Hope, Oklahoma, in author Jaci Burton’s contribution, “Hope Smolders,” to the Hot Summer Nights anthology released in July of 2013.  According to her author bio, Burton resides in Oklahoma and repeats the success of authors like Ruthie Knox who imagined the little hamlet of Camelot, Ohio, the state of which she is a resident, in her Camelot Series.  As a reader, the authenticity of the author’s connection with the geographical area is apparent, and I...
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Sep
12

Review: Playing to Win by Jaci Burton

Review: Playing to Win by Jaci Burton Playing to Win Author: Jaci Burton  Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012 Publisher: Berkeley Trade Play by Play #4 ISBN: #978-0425247839 Genre: Contemporary Romance Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      Football star Cole Riley is notorious for doing as he pleases—on the field and off. He parties hard and fights harder, but if he doesn’t clean up his act, his career is over—so Cole reluctantly agrees to work with image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks. He’s not used to being told what to do, especially by some (admittedly hot) Southern belle. As for Savannah, she’s not convinced she can transform this cocky (and aggressively...
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