Tequila High by Michelle Leighton ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@mleightonbooks)

I am a huge fan of Michelle Leighton and I am so happy that she's brought us a light and sexy read, Tequila High! I smashed through this one, like devouring a shot of Tequila myself! 
Tequila High
Title: Tequila High
Author: Michelle Leighton
Series: 100 Proof #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 18th 2018

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Haley Brandt isn’t the one-night-stand type, but too much tequila and a man with two sinfully black eyes left her breathless and willing to break her own rules. Her only solace was the fact that she’d never see him again.

Until the next morning when she finds out he’s her ride out of town and back to the ranch where she grew up.

Nixon Holt works with Haley’s father, so Haley makes her position clear—she doesn’t get involved with ranch employees. Ever. At nineteen, she’d learned her lesson the hard way, and it became her one unbreakable rule.

But Nixon makes his position clear, too: He’s going to wear down Haley’s defenses and he won’t stop until she breaks all her rules for him. He’s well on his way when Haley finds out the one thing that could make her hate him. Nixon is left with two choices: walk away or break all his rules for her.

Michelle Leighton is one of my all time favourite authors, so when she brings out a new book you know I am going to snap it up. Once I got my hands on Tequila High, you can bet that I devoured it during every spare moment that I had! It was a lighter read than the last few books she has written, full of sexual tension and amusing moments that will leave any reader wanting more!

Right from the opening chapters, I knew I was going to enjoy meeting Haley and Nixon! They had immediate chemistry, and although neither of them were looking for anything serious, I could see that they had a taste for one another that would keep them wanting more. Hayley spent a bit of time trying to keep Nixon at arms length, but she soon realised he wasn't going to stay away, and the flirting games began!

I loved that all the sisters and their father had a strong bond, despite Haley being away for so long. She returned home and I could see that they would do anything for one another. I liked the way that Nixon had a good relationship with them all as well, but he only had eyes for Haley. The way he became possessive of her and defended her when she needed it made me realise what they had was real, even though he didn't know it at the time. He really was a great guy, who thought he was happy until Haley turned his world upside down!

Tequila High was such a delightful read. It wasn't always smooth sailing as a few demons resurfaced to try and derail these lovebirds. However, a love like these two had was unbreakable and even time didn't diminish that fact. I'm so excited that Michelle Leighton has introduced us to a new cowboy to love, since my first read of hers was The Wild Ones (gotta love Trick!), and I've always wanted more! I can tell you that she sure delivered this one perfectly... and I want to come back to this world again! I hope we get to see all the girls fall in love and decide which direction their careers will take them!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

I have two swoons today... one was a intense kiss. The other sexy flirting!

“Just hold still.” I fist my hands in the soft material of his shirt and haul myself up onto my tiptoes. The moment I smash my mouth to his, chaos explodes all around us. It’s like fireworks in my ears. Cheering and whooping, caterwauling and howling. I feel like Rachel when she kissed Ross for the first time and the studio crowd went wild.
After a few seconds, I lean back, smiling and satisfied by my courageous efforts. Before I can pull away, though, he stops me. “Wait.”
I pause, looking up at him. His eyes pour down into mine like sweet, thick molasses. And just like that, I’m caught. Stuck. Held breathlessly.
Two words ripple through the fireworks. A warning. A taunt. “My turn.”
They land in my stomach with a boom.
One palm rises to the side of my neck, his thumb by my ear. He gives me the space of three erratic heartbeats to protest before he bends to press his lips to mine. I don’t protest because I can’t. I want this. More than I can remember wanting anything in recent years.
And he gives it to me.

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“Do you know what time it is?”
“I do. Do you?”
“Yes, it’s six forty-five. Way too early to be up exercising and grunting.”
“Early mornings are the best time to grunt. And exercise, too, for that matter.” He gives me a wink that nearly blows my robe open.

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
M. LeightonNew York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a rarely ever comfortable speaking about herself in the third person, but here goes. Michelle is a former nurse who has always harbored a passion for the written word, a weakness for alpha males, and a profound love of all things romantic. Never in her wildest dreams did this Yankee-turned-Southerner imagine her life as it is today. She has the best job in the world, a husband who treats her like a princess, and a dog that's so smart she may one day write a novel, too. You can often find Michelle hidden away in her cave, crafting a new story, or out in the sunshine enjoying some quiet time with her man. Movies, wine, and good food are frequently thrown into the mix, and exercise on days that start with Q. She loves laughter, chocolate, the color red, and you can find out more about her at www.mleightonbooks.com. Sign up for her newsletter here: http://smarturl.it/MLeightonNews
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Other Reviews from M. Leighton
The Way We Burn
The Dandelion
Dashing through the Snow
Levi's Blue
The Empty Jar 
The Beautiful Now
Tall, Dark, and Dangerous
Strong Enough #1
Tough Enough #2
Brave Enough #3
Pocketful of Sand
Pretty Series
Wild Ones Series 
Wild Child #1.5
Bad Boys Series
Madly Series
Madly #1
Madly and Wolfhardt #2 
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Prom King by Penny Wylder ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@PennyWylder)

Penny Wylder is a new to me author and I decided to give Prom King a go. It was a quick read, plenty of smexy moments with a little drama thrown in.
Author: Penny Wylder
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 10th 2018

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He was the hot popular guy. I was the nerdy girl with a fantasy crush. All of my childhood, I was invisible to Adam Carlisle. That was fine, because I was too shy, and too smart, to think I had a chance with the most popular guy in school.
Until someone crowned him prom king...
And me queen.
But it was only a cruel joke that ruined my self-esteem and broke my heart.
Ten years later and my friend begs me to attend our school reunion with her. I'm older, wiser, but still a nerd. This event is setting off my anxiety.
I want it to be over.
Then... I see him.
My prom king.
Adam is hotter than ever. But what really gets my attention?
He's staring right at me.
I'm not invisible anymore.
What happens when my fantasy crush becomes reality?

This full-length novel is all about second chances, true love, and a crazy hot alpha realizing that the nerdy girl is his modern day Cinderella. NO cheating, lots of kindle-melting action, and always a happily ever after!

If you are looking for a whirlwind, second chance romance with lots of intimate moments then this is the read for you. There was a bit of drama thrown in to stir the plot, but overall it was and entertaining and sexy read.

Ollie struggled with what happened in her high school days, but had grown into a successful and happy woman. However, her friend Lorraine talks her into going to their high school reunion and Ollie becomes the nervous girl she once was. When she crosses paths with Adam, her high school crush, and realises their feelings were mutual, they were quick to hit the sheets!

I really enjoyed watching Ollie and Adam’s relationship blossom, and they fell for one another hard and fast. There was a little drama, as I mentioned and it made me roll my eyes at times, like seriously, your a grown man, fix your mistakes! But in the end I loved how Ollie fought for what she wanted and wouldn’t back down.

Prom King was a pretty light read that I devoured in two sittings. There was a lot of sex once these two got started, so if you like that in a read, you’ll devour this book. For my first Penny Wylder read, I was quite impressed, and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

Just a couple of little moments that made my heart flutter a little 😜

“I’ve been thinking about you, Ollie.”
I try to ignore the way my breath catches in my chest. “Probably just the reunion. I imagine you’ve been thinking about everybody in our class.”
“No. I’ve been thinking about you for a long time. I actually never stopped.”

Kindle Pg 91

“You can let me go now.”
“Why would I ever do that?”

Kindle Pg 96

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Happily Ever Afters are always better when they're a little dirty. Jump right in and leave your panties at the door!

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The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@LaurenBlakely3)

I always enjoy a Lauren Blakely read and I snapped this one up a little while a go, and I decided it was time to dive in! This was a good read, but didn't blow me away as I hoped.
The Sexy One (One Love, #1)
Title: The Sexy One
Author: Lauren Blakely
Series: One Love #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 17th 2016

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From NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy new standalone romance…

Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move...
1. She works with me every single day.
Did I mention she's gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?
2. She works in my home.
Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means...
3. She's the nanny.
And that makes her completely off-limits... But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her. All of her.


The other nannies in this city don't call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.

I can't risk my job for a chance at something more... can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either...

Abby had been working as a nanny for a while, looking after Hayden. She had a crush on Simon, but never acted on those feelings. However, Abby and Simon kind of connected while they watched an eagle family grow online. Their attraction continued to intensify until they both combusted.

Simon interacting with his child was definitely swoon worthy, and Abby had her own sweet relationship with Hayden which was sweet to watch. I Liked how they both easily worked together, both having Hayden's best interests at heart.

I liked that they both had close friends that they could turn to for advice and support. Abby was a bit younger than Simon and an impulsive moment was a big hurdle for both her and Simon, and impacted her relationship with a few people. However, I liked how Simon stood up for Abby when she needed it.

I’m really not sure how I felt about this book, it was a bit of a meh read for me. I liked the characters enough, but I didn’t really connect to them like I hoped I would. The Sexy One was a sweet romance, with a couple that bonded well together. They were both smart and had a lot in common and despite the 8 year age gap, they made their relationship work. 

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

I picked three little teases today, mostly from Simon's perspective. I liked how he was all alpha male and was willing to put his heart on the line!

I’m totally the motherfucking hunter, and this is my prize for the woman I so badly want to woo.

Kindle Loc 305

I inch closer, our faces nearly touching. I can feel her breath on me. Our noses brush, then I slant my mouth to hers. Our lips touch, and it’s like a world that was ordinary has now turned extraordinary.

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“I will. I’ll tell you what’s happening to me, and it’s this,” he says, stopping to take a breath, holding my gaze. “I’m in love with you.”

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
Lauren BlakelyA #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs.With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books.

In December she’ll release UNZIPPED, a fun & sexy romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

Other reviews featuring Lauren Blakely
The Real Deal
The Knocked Up Plan
Big Rock
Mister O
No Regrets series
The Start of Us #0.5
The Thrill of It #1

Every Second with You #2
Caught Up In Love series
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P.S. I Miss You by Winter Renshaw ~ Review & Quote-tastic (#WinterRenshaw)

This was a fun, light read that I really enjoyed. I liked watching the attraction between Melrose and Sutton grow!
P.S. I Miss You (P.S. #2)
Title: P.S. I Miss You
Author: Winter Renshaw
Series: P.S. #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 3rd 2018

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Dear Melrose,

The first time I met you, you were a stranger. The second time, you were my roommate. The third time, you made it clear you were about to become the biggest thorn my side had ever known.

You sing way too loud in the shower and use all the hot water.

You’re bossy as hell.

You make my life all kinds of complicated.

But no matter how hard I try, I can’t stop thinking about you.

Truthfully … I can’t stop wanting you.

I was going to tell you this. I was going to sit you down, swallow my pride, hang up my noncommittal ways and show you a side of me you nor anyone else has ever seen before … but then there was a game-changing confession; a bombshell so nuclear it stopped me in my tracks.

How I didn’t see this coming, I’ll never know.


P.S. I miss you.

It'd been a while since I've read a book by Winter Renshaw, and the P.S. series has been on my radar for a while so I decided to snap this one up. This book had me a little annoyed about some aspects, but overall it was quite enjoyable, and I definitely would read more in this series!

This book had it's good moments and it's not so good moments. I really enjoyed the enemies to lover aspect, as I watched Melrose and Sutton bicker with each other. I could see that their attraction was growing and I couldn't wait for them to fall for one another.

What I didn't like was how Melrose was so hung up on Nick, he was a bit of a jerk actually and should've stayed, firmly, in the friends column! I also didn't like how easy it was for Sutton to step aside when things got hard. He did it a couple of times and I was like WTF! Fight for her you jerk!

Other than that I did enjoy this read, I liked meeting Sutton's brother and watching both Melrose and Sutton interact with him. It saddened me that Sutton carried so much guilt when it came to his brother, but Melrose helped him see that he was a good person and could do so much for him. I liked the change in Melrose, and seeing her fall for someone that wasn't Nick. I really hope I can read more from this world in the future! 

I've got two little teasers today... as he Sutton realises that Melrose is someone he wants.

I fully expected to meet a Bel-Air princess today, a junior Paris Hilton with an entitlement complex. What I got was a whip smart beauty who wasted no time putting me in my place.
And that’s … if I’m being completely honest with myself … really fucking hot.

Kindle Loc 283

“Go upstairs.” Sutter leans in and speaks against my ear, voice low despite the fact that no one else can technically hear us. “I’m not done with you yet.”
I bite a half-smile and linger, debating whether or not to indulge his wishes. But it doesn’t take long for me to accept the fact that I want this release as much as he does.
“Fine,” I say. “But only because I want to. Not because you’re telling me to.”

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Winter RenshawWall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Winter Renshaw is a bona fide daydream believer. She lives somewhere in the middle of the USA and can rarely be seen without her trusty Mead notebook and ultra portable laptop. When she’s not writing, she’s living the American dream with her husband, three kids, and the laziest puggle this side of the Mississippi.

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Good Time by Jana Aston ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@JanaAston)

I had a fabulous time reading this one! It was light, quirky and damn funny! I cannot get enough of Jana's writing, and I am on edge waiting for more! 
Good Time
Title: Good Time
Author: Jana Aston
Genre: Romance
Published: November 6th 2018

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There’s one thing you should know.
I wasn’t that drunk.

I was more than sober enough to put a stop to it.
The truth is, it was my idea. I’m the one who suggested it.

I knew it was crazy, but it’s not as if I’d be the first girl to get married on a whim in Las Vegas. I wouldn’t even be the last girl to get married on a whim in Las Vegas.

So what’s my excuse? I liked him. I liked the idea that he’d be stuck with me, just for a little bit.

Because nothing good ever lasts, so you might as well have a good time while you can.

GOOD TIME is a standalone romantic comedy set in the same world as Good Girl.
This is Payton & Vince's story.

What a freakin' entertaining read Good Time was! It was just what I needed to brighten my hectic week. It was hilarious right from the beginning and I loved watching Payton's big personality click with Vince, and also Canon. It was an addictive read that I legiterally could not put down.

Payton was priceless! I loved the way she saw the world and did things a little unconventionally, like sampling a life coach. She was quite spontaneous and she had a personality that was infectious, and you would always have a good time with her. Although, underneath all that bravado was a girl who did question herself at times, and whether she did the right thing or not.

Ahhh Vince! It was fun getting to know him through Payton. He didn't reveal all of himself to her, but the more I learned about him, the more I liked him. I could see that he was intrigued by Payton's quirks, and after the whole marriage debacle, he kept coming back for more!

This book was packed with amusing situations from cover to cover. It crossed over with Good Girl, so I could see a few scenes from that book from a different perspective. I loved seeing Lydia and Rhys again, but also Canon! He is the one I want to see in his own book.

Jana Aston is one of my go-to-authors when I'm after something a little quirky, naughty and packed with humour, so it didn't surprise me that she delivered all that and more with Good Time! She's a master of Romantic Comedy and she always brings me characters that are unique and comical to read about! Bring on your next book Jana, I want Canon! 

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

This was the perfect build up to the perfect moment!

“You look at me like I’m interesting. Or at the very least pretty.”
Somewhere in this exchange he’s stepped half a foot closer, but he’s still not touching me.
“You like my ass,” I add in a last-ditch effort because he’s neither saying anything or kissing me.
He moves another inch closer and smiles. I have to tilt my head back to meet his eyes and I’m holding my breath because sexual tension is tense.
“I look at you that way because you’re nuts and I never know what’s about to come out of your mouth.”
“Oh.” Oh. I blink. Wow, did I get this wrong. My cheeks heat in embarrassment and I drop my gaze to his shoulder. I’m still really into the way the jacket fits him. Perfectly cut, the seam running from to neck to sleeve really does it for me, so there’s that.
“And because you’re beautiful.”
Oh. Okay. We’re doing a mixed signals thing. I bite my lip and risk another look at him.
“Game-changing beautiful.” The words are whispered against my ear. “Possibly crazy, definitely trouble.” This whispered against my lips.
And then he kisses me.

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Jana AstonJana Aston likes cats, big coffee cups and books about billionaires who deflower virgins. She wrote her debut novel while fielding customer service calls about electrical bills, and she's ever grateful for the fictional gynecologist in Wrong that readers embraced so much she was able to make working in her pajamas a reality. 

Jana's work has appeared on the NYT, WSJ and USA Today bestsellers list, some multiple times. She likes multiples.

Other reviews featuring Jana Aston
Good Girl
Sure Thing
Wrong Series
Wrong #1
Right #2
Fling #2.5
Trust #3
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The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@katee_robert)

This was a fun beginning to a series that I can't wait to get more of! It was intense, and I loved how even though Teague and Calli were thrust into the marriage, they actually fell for one another.
The Marriage Contract (The O'Malleys, #1)
Title: The Marriage Contract
Author: Katee Robert
Series: The O'Malleys #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 2nd 2015

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert begins a smoking hot new series about the O'Malley family-wealthy, powerful, dangerous and seething with scandal.

Teague O'Malley hates pretty much everything associated with his family's name. And when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a "business" alliance, Teague's ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then Teague actually meets his new fiancée, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight still left in her big blue eyes, and vows he will do everything in his power to protect her.

Everyone knows the O'Malleys have a dangerous reputation. But Callie wasn't aware just what that meant until she saw Teague, the embodiment of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch sizzles through her. But the closer they get, the more trouble they're in. Because Callie's keeping a dark secret-and what Teague doesn't know could get him killed.

I actually got this one as an audio-book freebie, and I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was intense, the chemistry was hot, and the suspense had me on edge! These Mafia reads really hook me, and I like that this one had a real danger element in it! I was on edge and experienced a few tough times for all families involved.

Both the O'Malley family and the Sheridan family were hard core families and were willing to remain strong by forming alliances. Even though Teague and Callie weren't ready to be married, they were willing to do anything to try and prevent war.

I liked how quick Teague and Callie formed their connection, and how their life paths took a turn they didn't expect. They were craving company from one another although they hadn't been together long. They both faced some tough times and I thought they were stronger together.

I really enjoyed the narration by Charlotte North, she portrayed all the characters well and drew me into the world and kept me hooked. I enjoyed Katee Robert's writing style and the emotion she wove through the pages as well as showing me the connections that all three families have. I'm looking forward to how some of these relationships will develop in future books, as they were intense in this read!

This was an interesting little twist, I hope it has you intrigued.

“Didn’t arranged marriages go the way of the dinosaurs a couple decades ago?”
“Maybe for other families. Not for ours.”
He knew that. Fuck,he wished he didn't know it so well. The rules of polite society were different for his family than they were for your average Joe. He’d learned a long time ago that the money and connections came with more strings than a spider’s web. And walking away wasn't an option, because that same money and those connections would be ruthlessly deployed to bring any prodigal sons or daughters back into the fo1d—whether they wanted to come or not.
Teague took a healthy swallow of the whiskey. “You can’t seriously be asking me to marry some woman I‘ve never met from a family we were raised to hate."
"I‘m not." Aiden paused, and it was like the whole room held its breath. "Father is.”

Audiobook 20 minutes 

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Katee RobertNew York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee.

Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it "a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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