Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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TITLE: Ugly Love

AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover

PUBLISHER: Atria Books

NO. OF PAGES: 337

GENRE: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

DATE READ: January 12-13, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

REXY’S RATING: 4 stars

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It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

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TITLE: It Happened One Wedding

AUTHOR: Julie James

PUBLISHER: Jove

NO. OF PAGES: 292

GENRE: Romance, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, ChicLit

DATE READ: June 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”

After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, she’s thrown in to close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…

BUT HE MAKES IT HARD TO SAY “I DON’T”

Special Agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…

REXY’S RATING:5 stars

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Love Irresistibly by Julie James

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TITLE: Love Irresistibly

AUTHOR: Julie James

PUBLISHER: Berkeley Sensation

NO. OF PAGES: 274

GENRE: Romance, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, ChicLit

DATE READ: June 14 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

HE’S USED TO GETTING WHAT HE WANTS…

A former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.

AND WHAT HE WANTS IS HER.

A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love . . .

REXY’S RATING: 4 stars

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About That Night by Julie James

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TITLE: About That Night (FBI/ US Attorney # 3)

AUTHOR: Julie James

PUBLISHER: Berkeley Sensation

NO. OF PAGES: 284

GENRE:  Romance, Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction, Chiclit

DATE READ: June 6-7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

He’s Playing Games

Though Rylann Pierce tried to fight the sparks she felt for billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes the night they met, their sizzling chemistry was undeniable. But after being stood up on their first date, Rylann never expected to see him again. So when she finds herself face-to-face with Kyle in a courthouse nine years later, she’s stunned. More troubling to the beautiful assistant U.S. attorney is that she’s still wildly attracted to him.

But She’s Making The Rules

Just released from prison, Kyle Rhodes isn’t thrilled to be the star witness in a high-profile criminal case—but when Rylann comes knocking at his door, he finds she may be the one lawyer he can’t say no to. Still as gorgeous and sharp-tongued as ever, she lays down the law: she doesn’t mix business with pleasure. But Kyle won’t give up on something he wants—and what he wants is the one woman he’s never forgotten.

REXY’S RATING: 5 stars

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A Lot Like Love by Julie James

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TITLE: A Lot Like Love

AUTHOR: Julie James

PUBLISHER: Berkeley Sensation

NO. OF PAGES: 274

GENRE: Romance, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Chiclit

DATE READ: June 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

The FBI wants her cooperation…

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

Agent McCall just wants her…

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.

REXY’S RATING: 4 stars
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Something About You by Julie James

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TITLE: Something About You

AUTHOR: Julie James

PUBLISHER: Berkeley Sensation

NO. OF PAGES: 307

GENRE: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction, Chic-Lit

DATE READ: June 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

Fate has thrown two sworn enemies…

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends with a death. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and for nearly ruining his career.

Into each other’s arms…

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke; the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

REXY’S RATING: 5 stars

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Hot Rocks by Nora Roberts

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TITLE: Hot Rocks

AUTHOR: Nora Roberts

PUBLISHER: Jove

NO. OF PAGES: 320

GENRE: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

DATE READ: May 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *my own*

Laine Tavish runs from her past in her new life as the proprietor of the antique shop “Remember When’. When an enigmatic stranger named Max Gannon makes her acquaintance, it’s up to her to dig up why he’s a figure from her past life. The answer lies in a hidden fortune that may bring consequences that can shake her whole life.

REXY’S RATING: 3 stars

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