Deal Makers by Laura Lee Review + Giveaway

 

 

Title: Deal Makers

Series: Dealing With Love #3

Author: Laura Lee
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 4, 2019
Blurb
I’VE OFFICIALLY SCREWED THE POOCH.
I mean, not literally, because that would be disgusting. But I did break one of the cardinal rules of Bro Code, which is equally appalling. You see, I fell in love with my best friend’s sister after he explicitly forbid me to go near her. As if that weren’t bad enough, I went ahead and married her while sh*tfaced in Vegas.
I know that I should get an annulment and forget the whole thing ever happened, despite the fact that our wedding night was the hottest thing I’ve ever experienced.
The last thing I should do is go back for seconds.
Or thirds.
Or…you get the point.
And what I definitely shouldn’t do, is say f*ck the consequences and give this marriage a real shot.
But here’s the problem with that: I’m pretty sure that Charlotte Harris is the one. And if that’s the case, nothing is going to keep me away from her. Not even her brother.
*Deal Makers is filled with lots of laughs, drunken shenanigans, and a sexy romance. It is the third installment in the Dealing With Love series but each one can be read as a standalone.

My review:

Charlee and Drew barely know each other, but they have been fighting an attraction to each other since they met a few months prior at the engagement party of Drew’s sister, who is also one of Charlee’s close freinds. Drew is the best friend of Charlee’s brother Brody, who has forbidden them from seeing each other. Not wanting to jeopardize their friendship, and respecting the ‘bro code,’ Drew agrees. Now the whole bridal party is on a weekend trip to Vegas, where Charlee and Drew end up drinking too much and waking up married. After a panic, and realizing they don’t have time to get an annulment before heading back to Seattle, they decide to keep the marriage a secret from everyone (especially Brody) and take care of it once they are home.

Back in Seattle, firefighter Drew and chef Charlee blend into each others’ lives perfectly. Every time they are together they end up forgetting to take care of the annulment and grow closer to each other. Finally, after several weeks, it all comes to a head with Brody, who is still insisting they cannot date each other.

What I liked: Charlee and Drew were both great characters. They really are good for each other. I also liked the other characters, especially Devyn, Riley, and Rainey. Another aspect that was entertaining was the lack of “fourth wall.” Drew and Charlee both address the reader directly and it’s actually quite entertaining.

What I didn’t like: Brody’s over the top protectiveness and ultimatums. He was an ass, and his excuse was way too flimsy for me to believe that everyone accepted it so easily.

Overall: Cute, fun read.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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Author Bio
Laura’s passion has always been storytelling. She spent most of her life with her nose in a book thinking of alternate endings or continuations to the story. She won
her first writing contest at the ripe old age of nine, earning a trip to the state capital to showcase her manuscript. Thankfully for her, those early works will never see the light of day again!
Laura lives in the Pacific Northwest with her wonderful husband, two beautiful children, and three of the most poorly behaved cats in existence. She likes her fruit
smoothies filled with rum, her cupboards stocked with Cadbury’s chocolate, and
her music turned up loud. When she’s not writing or watching HGTV, she’s
reading anything she can get her hands on. She’s a sucker for spicy romances,
especially those involving vampires, bad boys, or cowboys!
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Washed Up Royal by Kim Karr

 

Title: Washed Up Royal
Author: Kim Karr
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 4, 2019
Blurb
From New York Times bestselling
author Kim Karr comes a dashing new, sexy standalone royal romance.
A simple notification turns my world upside
down…
The tabloids are reporting I’ve taken the crown and run. (Not entirely true)
As you might have guessed, I’m not an ordinary girl and I don’t lead an ordinary life,
But that doesn’t mean I always follow the rules.
This time, though, I feel compelled to obey. Which means I have to find a king, 
To sit alongside my throne, or lose it all.
With only the clothes on my back, I head to the land of majestic playboys, where a royal rebel strides right into my life. With his sultry eyes and sinful lips, He turns my
world right-side up.
The press is calling him washed up.(I think he’s anything but)
Gorgeous, sexy, irresistible, And utterly charming, He’s exactly what I’m looking for.
Everything is almost too perfect, Too easy.
Until I discover this hot-blooded royal has a reason for being here. 
And it’s more than just me.
That thing I said about easy, turns out…
Nothing ever is.
My royal rebel has a name. It’s Prince Adrien Laurent. My name is Princess Victoria Blanchette. And this is our story.

 

My review:

After the death of her father, Tori ends her engagement to her prearranged fiance. After learning she *must* be married to assume her position as queen, she secretly travels to a borrowed vacation estate in Rhode Island with her best friend and personal assistant, Rachel, determined to find a husband before Parliament resumes session at the end of the summer. Rachel has lined up a series of interviews with eligible princes, hoping Tori will find one she likes well enough to marry.
They get delayed overnight in an airport in Paris, however, and while Rachel is visiting her family Tori experiences the wholly non-royal activity of a one night stand with Adrian, whom she thinks is a professional soccer player. She and her lover don’t exchange more than first names, but they are both captivated by each other. In the morning, however, she must catch her plane and go find a husband, so she leaves him without a trace.
Of course, being a romance novel, she learns that Adrian is none other than Prince Adrian, and he is one of the princes Rachel has lined up to interview with her. Ecstatic at finding each other again, the rest of the interviews are cancelled, and then the hard part begins.
What I liked: This is like a grown-up Disney Princess story and it’s great. All of the elements are there – the sheltered but strong minded princess, the playboy prince, the commoner best friends, the villainous relatives, the mystery and intrigue, and the royal wedding. This is definitely a modern story, though, with gossip blogs, Twitter streams, and 24/7 news channels.
What I didn’t like: The whole side plot of who is trying to kill some of them and why could have been expanded quite a bit to add so much more depth to this story. It was a fun read, but could have been more.
Overall: A nice, fun vacation read. Princess Victoria is charmingly sweet and the happily ever after suits her perfectly.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥
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Author Bio
Reader * Chocolate Lover * Writer * Coffee Lover * Romantic
* Beach Lover * Yoga Beginner
Kim Karr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eighteen
novels. Best known for writing sexy contemporary love stories, she enjoys
bringing flawed characters to life.

Her romances are raw, real, and explosive.

Her characters will make you laugh, make you cry, make you feel.

And her happily-ever-afters are always swoon worthy.

From the brooding rock star to the arrogant millionaire. From the witty
damsel-in-distress to the sassy high-powered business woman. No two storylines
are ever alike.

Get ready to fall in love.

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