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Series: Love and Games

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel HarrisAccidently Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris
Series: Love and Games,
Also in this series: Taste the Heat, Seven Day Fiance
Published by Entangled Bliss on 14 July 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians
Pages: 266
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: Taste the Heat, Seven Day Fiance, The Fine Art of Pretending, You're Still the One, The Natural History of Us

Place(s) Traveled To: Las Vegas, Nevada / / Magnolia Springs, LOuisiana // Nashville, Tennessee // Opelousas, Louisiana

First Line(s): Sad eyes tracked Sherry’s movements as she said good-bye to the man in her life.

Accidentally Married on Purpose is the third and final book in Rachel Harris’s Love and Games series and deals with Sherry Robicheaux, sister to Cane and Colby. Sherry is a little more innocent and wild than her older siblings as she has been sheltered from the troubles that plauged their parents marriage. As such she is more carefree and despite being an adult there is a distinct vibe in Cane and Colby treating her like a child still. So when the opportunity comes up for Sherry to travel to Las Vegas to oversea a catering gig for Colby’s restaurant she jumps at the chance. Wanting in part to have a fun time in Vegas and also to show her family she’s not quite the flake they often think she is. Enter in one of my favorite romance novel tropes…nay…make that TWO of my favorite tropes….the quicky wedding AND a rock star story. *swoon*

While I enjoyed Taste the Heat and Seven Day Fiancethe previous books in the series, I wasn’t head over heels in love with them. There was just something about the main characters that I just never connected with. But the moment I saw the synopsis for Accidentally Married on Purpose I knew that this was the Love and Games book for me. And it was. I just loved Tyler and Sherry and thought that they worked really well together even with their unconventional start. They complemented each other personality wise and their chemistry just sizzled off the page. Though I will admit there were times in which I wanted to smack them both upside the head when they were being all stubborn and such. I swear these two were perfect for each other, fell hard for the other and then worried abour rejection so failed to communicate. And as a result….they almost lost a good thing.

Once I started reading Accidentally Married I couldn’t put it down. I just kept turning the pages because I needed to see how it all ended and then I was left with this void because it was over. This book gave me all those happy heart achy feels that I love and it is my favorite in the series. I just adored Tyler and Sherry and really hope to see a spin off series with a character that we meet in this book because then we’d get more Tyler and Sherry. Or at least I hope that we’d get more Tyler and Sherry as I am going to miss these characters now that their story is over. Accidentally Married on Purpose is definately a book that I would recommend to all who love a good romance story. The conflict isn’t as annoying as in Seven Day Fiance and I understand where both Sherry and Tyler were coming from. This is one that I will most likely read again and be sad that I can’t read it again for the first time.

*happy sighs*

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: Seven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Seven Day Fiance by Rachel HarrisSeven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris
Series: Love and Games, Book 2
Also in this series: Taste the Heat, Accidently Married on Purpose
Published by Entangled Bliss on 14 October 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Parents, People & Places, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Pages: 211
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger PR
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Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: Taste the Heat, Accidently Married on Purpose, The Fine Art of Pretending, You're Still the One, The Natural History of Us

Place(s) Traveled To: Magnolia Springs, Louisiana // Bon Terre, Louisiana

First Line(s): Shivering as a cool November air kissed her exposed skin, Angelle Prejean quickened her pace across the Magnolia Springs Banquet Hall parking lot.

Seven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris is the second book in her Love & Games series and follows Cane Robicheaux who we first met in Taste the Heat, along with Angelle Prejean. Angelle is shy and awkward and she’s head over heels in like with bad boy, commitment phobic Cane Robicheaux. Otherwise known as your typical romance novel trope. Another common trope used in Seven Day Fiance was the fake relationship, for which I’ve always been a bit partial too. I always love that push and pull between the characters as they fight for what the reader knows is inevitable…that they are destined for a HEA. So even though I am over the good girl/bad boy trope I am able to over look that for the trope that I do like. Plus, Cane Robicheaux really isn’t your typical bad boy, he’s just got some issues from his past that he never worked through as his role models weren’t always the best. 

For the most part I liked Angelle and I liked who she was with Cane. I liked how he made her be a better her than she was alone just as she made Cane a better Cane. What I didn’t like was the stupid ass decisions that Cane made in the story and just how quickly everyone jumped to the worst case scenario. That scene really bugged me because yes, as a reader wer knew what a jerk he was acting like, but he left all of his things and was only gone a few hours and suddenly the entire town had turned on him. Way to have trust there Angelle and company. I mostly liked Angelle but she annoyed me at times as she could be a bit too naive and was a little too quick to judge. This after Cane put his entire life on hold just to help her save face with her parents who she had been lying to for months. I thought that was really sweet of him all things considered. And Cane was a nice guy throughout most of the book so that seen when he had a personality transplant just came out of no where. One thing I hate in books is conflict just for the sake of having conflict. Its stupid and pointless and what is wrong with just bringing two people together in their HEA? Why do they need all that extra drama??

Because Cane and Angelle had enough to deal with without the drama. There was Cane’s hangups with relationships thanks to his parents and there was Angelle’s crazy involved parents. There was enough drama without adding more and for me it just took away from the story. It pull me out of the fun heart-achy read that Seven Day Fiance was up until that point. Angelle and Cane had a lot of chemistry and they just sizzled on the page and so they didn’t need extra drama. Plus with this drama coming near the end of the book it meant that the HEA portion of it was rushed. I did like this one better than Taste the Heat but I’m not head over heels in love it with it either. I like the town of Magnolia Falls and I enjoyed seeing Bon Terre but I am not sure how often I’ll re-read this story and if I do I’ll probably skip the pointless drama scenes and just stick with the HEA, feel good, make my heart ache ones.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review2 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Taste the Heat by Rachel HarrisTaste the Heat by Rachel Harris
Series: Love and Games,
Also in this series: Seven Day Fiance, Accidently Married on Purpose
Published by Entangled Publishing on 08 July 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 220
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger PR
Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: Seven Day Fiance, Accidently Married on Purpose, The Fine Art of Pretending, You're Still the One, The Natural History of Us

Place(s) Traveled to: Magnolia Springs, Louisiana // New Orleans, Louisiana

First Line(s): When the bright red and white Taste the Heat banner fluttered in an abrupt and unseasonable gust of wind, then collapsed onto her head in an undignified heap, Colby Robicheaux figured it had to be an omen.

Just a few days ago I was saying how books with a widow/widower MC were a turn off for me so it might come as a surprise that shortly after that I found myself reading about one in Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris. Now, based on the synopsis its not entirely clear that the hero of this story is a widower but its not long before this is mentioned in the text of the book. You can be sure that there was an eye roll on my part and some serious consideration on putting this one aside. But I am trying to branch out more with my books so I decided to stay with it.

Overall, I enjoyed Taste the Heat and for the most part I liked the two main characters, Colby and Jason. Of the two though, Colby did annoy me the most. She was just a tad too stuck in the past sometimes and it affected her personality. She did start to get over some of her issues but it all just seemed to happen a bit too fast to be real. I know if a book that there isn’t a ton of time to accomplish things but it did feel a bit rushed. Her and Jason’s relationship also felt a bit rushed. Oh, it started off a good pace and then BAM! there was love and it almost gave me whiplash.

Taste the Heat also had a lot of secondary characters which can sometimes take away from the main story. Fortunately, in this book the secondary characters only add to the overall story. Jason’s daughter, Emma, was adorable and fun and Colby’s siblings also added some entertainment to the story. I’m also hopeful that the next two books in this series follow them.

Taste the Heat wasn’t a perfect story but it was a quick read and I read it in one sitting over a couple of hours. Its a fast paced contemporary that allows you to escape for a bit without requiring much thinking. Its a perfect brain candy/beach read when all you want to do is just hunker down with a book and forget the world around you. There is no super complex mystery or plot and while I often prefer more of a romantic suspense over a straight romance this one hit the spot right when I needed it. It was a nice distraction from everything going on in my life right now.

I enjoyed Rachel Harris’s writing and I do think that she’s an author to watch. I look forward to reading her two YA books and in seeing what she comes up with in the future for her more adult stories.

Love and Games Series Order
Book 1: Taste the Heat
Book 2: Her Fake Fiance (Oct 2013)

Book 3: Untitled (Early 2014)

Related Posts: Learn about the setting of Taste the Heat

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