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May 6, 2015

Quick Hits: A Midsummer Night's Romp by Katie MacAlister + Rescuing theBad Boy by Jessica Lemmon


I'm still being a lazy pants so here's another edition of lazy reviews. It's just so pretty and warm outside, frolicking in the sun has been distracting me from my blogger duties so forgive me for slacking off. Anyway, I loved both of these novels, they've been the perfect companion to my afternoons in the park.



A Midsummer Night's Romp | Ainslie Brothers 2 | Katie MacAlister
Contemporary Romance | Signet | May 5, 2015
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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S ROMP is leaps better than the first novel. Not that The Importance of Being Alice was bad, it was a silly and funny case of insta-love, however it was more entertaining than romantically sweeping. Its sequel has a more substantial plot and Katie MacAlister gave the illusion that the romantic development between Gunner Ainslie and Lorina Liddel was drawn out despite having met and fallen in love in only a week's time. 

I love the flirty banter and the romantic tension between Gunner and Lorina and as per the usual case in KMacAlister's novels, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S ROMP is abundant in awkward scenes and comedic reliefs. Aside from the wonderful romcom, I also loved the treasure hunting angle. Ainslie Castle is home to ancient Roman Villas and from the artifacts unearthed, there seems to be a treasure buried underneath the rubble. Unfortunately, someone got greedy and Gunner and Lorinda fell victim to the perpetrator's schemes. They eventually caught the culprit and on the big reveal, the motives and mystery behind it all is rife with broken hearts and intrigue. So if you read the first one, was slightly underwhelmed and unmotivated to continue, I suggest you take a second look, Gunner and Lorinda just might win you over.






Rescuing the Bad Boy | Second Chance 2 | Jessica Lemmon
Contemporary Romance | Forever | May 26, 2015
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I am in love with this series! Second Chance is really sticking to it's series name because the stories so far have been oozing with sweetness I can't handle the love fest! It's so good it's almost painful at times! So the prologue of RESCUING THE BAD BOY had me fuming because Donovan Pate is a jackass. I mean I don't like virgins, although Sofie Martin is not of the slutty type, still Donny took it to Asshole Level! The upside is, we know how these types of stories work. We know that Donny is going to eat his words with a side of Great Romantic Gesture, he will be beg and grovel for Sofie, and although we also know that our lovely heroine won't be able to resist him, watching it unfold with all the delicious drama and sexy times in between is nothing short of enthralling. 

Jessica Lemmon enriched the present by cleverly using the rich histories behind the characters and their relationship to up the stakes and contrast the past with the present. Donny and Sofie's do-over started antagonistic because of that night and both are still haunted by that fateful evening. However the attraction between them is so undeniable, it was just a matter of time before they tumbled in each other's arms and set off fireworks on Pate Mansion. Now after everything was said and done, I didn't buy Donny's reason or justification for being such an asshole to Sofie. His dad abusing him when he was a child didn't have anything to do with him hating Sofie for giving him her V-Card and walking out on her like she had the Ebola Virus. Obviously it was enough for Sofie and I applaud her for her it. The girl's a saint! I hold grudges so I think I would put Donny through more Hell before I can consider his slate clean. 

It goes withouth saying that I am a fan of Second Chances and RESCUING THE BAD BOY is a solid follow-up to Bringing Home The Bad Boy. It's the nail to my Jessica-Lemmon coffin. The novels are devoid of unnecessary angst, juvenile conflicts, the characters act like adults, and the themes and situations are of the mature kind. This series is a favorite now which explains my super early review. I'm an eager beaver, no shame in that!





And I'm a few hours early, but I can't wait to share my Thirsty Thursday Hungry Hearts (by (Un)Conventional Book Views entry for this week! 

S'mores anyone?






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45 comments:

  1. Oh yay! I had a good time with MacAlisters too :) Can't wait to read Lemmon's. Book one was so dang good. So glad to see you loved it :D

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    1. I'm sure you will love Lemmon's latest.

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  2. Rescuing the bad boy is my kind of read. Sounds fun.

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  3. Whew! Chocolate never looked so good and absolutely decadent! Hugs...

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  4. The awkward scenes supplemented by the funny sounds great

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  5. Rescuing The Bad Boy looks really good. They man on the cover isn't so bad either. :-) I may have to take a peek at this one.

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    1. The series is wonderful, spice up your reading life, Lekeisha!

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  6. Katie MacAlister sometimes works for me and sometimes doesn't. I guess sometimes I don't quite click with her humor or it's just too ridiculous. But sometimes I really love them. So I'd consider reading this!

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    1. I guess you have to be in the right mood to read her book. Humor can be like that

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  7. I love Karie MacAlistster but I have only read her PNR books so I'm quite curious to try her with contempory romances too mainly if it's that good! thanks for the reviews!

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    1. I will hve to try her PNR, I hope it's funny too!

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  8. Both sound great and have fun titles :) Great reviews!

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  9. Oh these two books sounds really good! In summer I am more in the mood for contemporary romances and these sound interesting, so ll check them out. I've never eaten s'more to be honest, they are not common here.

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    1. I don't do holiday reads but I definitely read more contemporary stuff over the spring/summer

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  10. I'm interested in the first book. I did read The Importance of Being Alice. I loved the writing but I was underwhelmed overall so I would like to give the series another chance. I do like MacAlister.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  11. Both of these sound dreamy! I've been meaning to read Bringing Home The Bad Boy for a while. Man, I'm lazy... Both reviews are awesome, Braine, as per your usual :)

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  12. I don't blame you for being out soaking up sun, I am doing the same thing. I read the Importance of Being Alice, but I haven't tried the Second Chance series. Now I want to.

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    1. It's... tamer than Alice. Not as silly, has more substance

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  13. Darn it Braine, I HAVE A WEAKNESS FOR SECOND CHANCE ROMANCES and Bringing Home the Bad Boy sounds like so much fun! I don't like jackasses either but I will definitely have to look into the book either way because I haz a need!

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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  14. Both of these sound good. And oooh I like the names Gunner and Lorina :)

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  15. I still need to get started on the Jessica Lemmon series. So many share about their goodness. Katie's books are funny, but I have to be in the mood for them.

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    1. You will love Lemmon, and MacAlister is an acquired taste I guess lol

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  16. I have Rescuing the Bad Boy and cannot wait to dive in. I loved book one :)

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  17. I've had my eye on the Second Chance series. Great to hear that the second book was an awesome read!

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  18. I never read anything this author, so I went to check for audios, Midsummer Night's romp is there, but the one I'd love to listen to (Bringing Home the Bad Boy) is not. It's going on my waiting list. She's got 3 pages of audiobooks, and I can't believe I never listened to any of her books.
    Thanks Braine :)

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    1. Lemmon? Well you must listen to Lemmon Second Chances series. you'll love it!

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  19. Incidentally, my new favourite addiction from Sbux is a s'mores frap. Daymmm.

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    1. Think of this scene every time you grab one

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  20. Nice to see you enjoyed the first book and the second one blew you away!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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  21. Those s'mores sounded almost like a smexy experience, Braine, I'm still laughing :)

    Have a great weekend, chica :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  22. Both are new to me but sound like stories I'd enjoy. Love your lazy reviews Braine!

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