ARC Review: Finding West by June Gray

findingwestfbeditFinding West by June Gray

Advance Review Copy provided by author

Available: August 20, 2013

Blurb:

Kat Hollister is a tomboy who lives in t-shirts and dirty jeans and doesn’t give a shit what the world thinks. She lives alone in a small town in Alaska and closes everyone out, with only her dog Josie by her side. For Kat, love and relationships are for the weak, and she is anything but.

Until one cold night when she finds a stranger stumbling on the side of a dark road, a man who has lost his memory.

She gives him temporary shelter against the snowstorm, but what she doesn’t count on is the friendship that blooms. This man—who has no identity—starts to teach her things about herself she never knew, and she begins to wonder if maybe she’d been wrong about love and trust all along…

So, what do you do when you’re not fond of people in general and you stumble upon a guy who doesn’t know who he is?  Well, you bring him home and figure out that people in general aren’t so bad if you open yourself up to the possiblities.  I’ll admit that Kat was hard for me to connect with.  But, I think she is that way just by her nature.  She has learned to rely on herself, convincing herself that she doesn’t need anyone.  They all leave anyway… right?

“West” comes  along and rocks her boat.  Her realization that having someone around isn’t such a bad thing, especially he’s a whole hunk of burning love. (and “burning” is the key word, here) Lots of hot and steamy lovin’ in this one!!  I enjoyed West’s tranformation from not having a clue as to who he was or why he was in Alaska.  These two truly lost souls find each other just as much as they find themselves.  West discovers that he really wasn’t that great of a guy to begin with and as a reader, I wonder, is who we used to be as important as who we are right now?

And our girl, Kat, never truly realizes how beautiful or smart and talented she is until West is around to hold up a mirror and point these things out. He gives her a lot to think about as far as how she has hidden herself under baggy clothing and has also hidden her talents away from everyone.

Now, the name of being  ” Straight Shootin’ ” I’ll say that this has a mini cliffhanger of sorts.  But, I didn’t feel like “OMG, I can’t believe she is going to leave us hanging like this.”  I felt like it was a realistic “wrapping up” to this “phase” of Kat and West.  And don’t worry, we don’t have to wait long to enjoy the continuation of this one.

“Heading East” will be released in November of this year!  Definitely, something to look forward to.

4 stars

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  This is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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Review: Friendly Temptation by Elaine Radley

friendlyedit  Friendly Temptation by Elaine Radley 

 Provided by author

Publication Date: June 13, 2013

Blurb:

Ever since Katherine Ainsley’s divorce, a hazy line has emerged in her relationship with best friend Dominic Corvalis—one teetering between companionship and lust. When he proposes a dare, she rises to the challenge, even after she finds herself in a place she’s never imagined. Besides, Dom is there to support and tease, and the sexual tension percolating beneath their naughty errand is simply too tempting to resist. Perhaps they are meant to be more than just friends. She’ll never know until she pushes him across that line…and into the bedroom.

Normally, I’d say that short isn’t a word I’d want to use to describe sex.  But I have to say that this short story/novella was AWESOME.  It was just right.

Dominic and Katherine are a fanfrickingtastic couple.  Some novellas feel too short, as if we are missing out on something.  But I did not feel that way about this one.  I knew how Katherine and Dominic felt about each other, it was conveyed in Ms. Radley characterizations and their interactions with each other.   It was a seduction via teasing and a dare.  It was lovely to read.

The sexytimes were steamy and passionate and I felt like I needed to go stick my head into the freezer.  Yes, it was that hot. Especially when it came to dessert!  So, go get yourself some ice cream and get this novella.  This friends to lovers story was served up perfectly by this format.  I do hope we get more from Ms. Radley!

4 STARS

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I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  This review is my own opinion and is not a paid review.