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Review: Going Down Fast by Carly Phillips

I am so unbelievably excited to be able to review yet another Carly Phillips’s book because she is one of my all time favorite authors. Going Down Fast was such an entertaining read and a wonderful addition to this series.

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Billionaire Bad Boys #2
October 11, 2016

Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.

Lucas Monroe dropped out of college only to become a multi-billionaire and tech world God. He can have any woman he desires in his bed, but the only woman he’s ever wanted is off limits and always has been. When Maxie Sullivan finds herself in dire straits, the only man she can turn to is the one she’s always secretly loved: her childhood best friend.  Can they trust their hearts and make a future, or will their complicated pasts stand in the way?

This bad boy is going down fast …

And going down fast has never felt so right.


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Going Down Easy
Billionaire Bad Boys #1

easy_amazonBillionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.

Billionaire Kaden Barnes has a reputation for being difficult and always getting his way.

Enigmatic and exacting, he’s unable to keep an assistant for long. Enter his newest hire, Lexie Parker. She’s no-nonsense, efficient and all business… She’s also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden’s dirtiest fantasies.

As their passion for each other reaches a boiling point, neither can control the explosive outcome when they finally give in to their desires. He may think he’s calling the shots, but for this bad boy, going down easy has never felt so good.


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Carly headshot smallAbout the Author:
After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at

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Nothing is sexier than a tech guy who has worked hard to shed his old geek identity who also happens to be a multi-billionaire. After being introduced to Kaden in the first book, I was so excited to meet Lucas who is just as appealing if not more because of his determination to strip himself of who he was when he was younger. Goodbye geek who found solace in video games to forget the bullying from his older brother, hello gorgeous hunk who has made someone of himself and now wants to go after the one person he has always wanted: Maxie, his best friend.
It’s not exactly easy as Maxie was married to his older brother, the same brother who tormented him for most of his life, before he died in a car accident. This piece of the story just added to the dynamic in this book because it was not your usual in-love-with-my-best-friend-for-my-whole-life storyline because Maxie was someone else’s before they finally gave into their feelings for one another and that someone was Lucas’s brother.

I really enjoyed the lead up to Lucas and Maxie finally getting together because Lucas’s brother caused so much trouble both when he was alive and even after his death. It was sweet to see them decide that it was finally their time to be together and to move on even if Lucas’s parents at first disapproved given their connection to one another because of Maxie’s marriage to Lucas’s brother. Their relationship was very emotional charged as they have years of feelings built up as well as Maxie’s journey to overcoming the loss of her child whom she was pregnant with in the prologue of the story.

The only issues I had with this story was again like with the first book in this series is that it was just too short for me. I wanted more! I would have loved to see this story stretched out a little more because certain elements in this book seemed to happened too fast and I would have loved to have them spaced out a little more. Other than that it was another satisfying read by Carly Phillips.



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Not Quite Perfect Blog Tour

It’s been a while since I have had a chance to post as grad school has my attention most of the time but I have taken some time out of my hectic schedule for a few blog tours and this is one of them.

I would just like to thank the author for reaching out and letting me be a part of this blog tour, I really appreciate it. Now to tell you about Not Quite Perfect, a romance spanning across the USA from coast to coast.

Not Quite Series, Book Five
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
September 20, 2016, First Edition
Paperback & Kindle

With true love, there’s no such thing as a safe distance.

Mary Kildare knows how to read people. It’s both why she makes a great therapist and why she refuses to trust the average bachelor. Staying fiercely independent has been her primary relationship strategy—until wealthy playboy pilot (and commitmentphobe) Glen Fairchild reappears in her life. After a yearlong teasing tug-of-war, Mary and Glen test the waters of attraction, only to find that their physical chemistry runs deeper than flirtation.

At first, a bicoastal romance suits them both—especially since Glen can swoop in and whisk Mary away on one of his company’s planes. But no matter how close they get, they’re still three thousand miles apart. And when Mary’s life is threatened, Glen realizes the one luxury he doesn’t have is time. Can he close the distance between them before it’s too late?


Praise for the Not Quite Series

“Bybee’s magnetic fourth Not Quite contemporary proves that romance can happen in the most unlikely places…The love scenes are sizzling and the multidimensional characters make this a page-turner. Readers will look for earlier installments and eagerly anticipate new ones.” — Publishers Weekly on Not Quite Forever

” Not Quite Dating offers a sweet and satisfying Cinderella fantasy that will keep you smiling long after you’ve finished reading…” — USA Today, Happy Ever After

“Bybee’s gift for creating unforgettable romances cannot be ignored. [Not Quite Enough] will sweep readers away to a paradise, and they will be intrigued by the thrilling story that accompanies their literary vacation.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

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& USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.


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While this is the fifth book in the Not Quite series by Catherine Bybee, it was the first book for me that I had read by her. Because it is the fifth in the series and there are obviously characters who have already had their own stories told in the series that return, it took me a little bit to understand how the connection between everyone came about. Once I was able to have a bit of grasp on that, I was able to enjoy the story so much more and even wonder how some of the couples mentioned got together. It is this large cast of characters and their tight knit connections to one another that was an added bonus of this book because it made you invested and wanting more.
Now before I get too carried away, let’s focus on back to the couple in this wonderful story, Mary and Glen, who obviously stole the spotlight. Now these two met about a year before the story presently takes place and it was not love at first sight more like bicker at first sight. Though there was obvious chemistry between the two, Mary and Glen continued to banter back and forth each time they would see each other but never fully acting on it until now. It only took Mary’s best friend Dakota’s “graceful” fall down the stairs and into labor to set the wheels of this coast to coast romance in motion.
I have to say that Mary and Glen’s banter back and forth really drew me into their story and maybe that’s just because I love when the two main characters don’t get along at first. But there were times where I was grinning like an idiot and holding back laughter from the things that were said between the two of them. The moment that really just hooked me in was the bikini scene because I had the feeling what happened was going to happen but when it did the reaction from both sides were equal parts hilarious and hot.
Besides the banter and obvious attraction between Mary and Glen, I really liked how this romance that happened from one coast to another felt entirely realistic. Long distance relationships are hard to navigate, and I guess it helps that Glen is the CFO of Fairchild Charters and therefore has access to planes and is a pilot himself that obviously makes it more plausible but I loved the timing of their relationship. They actually dated instead of getting caught up in the chemistry they have for one another from the very beginning and it just really added to the pacing of the story that I really appreciated.
There is so much more to say about this wonderfully romantic and at times hilarious while also being hot story that I would be here for a while. But I will say if you like characters who butt heads in the beginning, female characters who are strong willed and independent as heck, and a romance that is adorably cute, then pick up Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee