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Books Reviewed in 2020

Book Lovin' Mamas has reviewed 5 books this year.


January Reviews

Dark Desires by Aja JamesThe Mistake by Elle KennedyUs by Sarina Bowen, Elle KennedyKeystone by Katie DelahantySweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley

Romanceopoly Participant 2020

Romanceopoly 2020 Participant

FTC Disclosure

In accordance with the current FTC disclosure rules for bloggers & reviewers, the books you see reviewed on Book Lovin' Mamas are either purchased by us or procured from NetGalley, Edelweiss, or directly from the author or publisher in an exchange for an honest review.

Review: ‘Dark Desires’ by Aja James

Review: 'Dark Desires' by Aja James

Review: ‘Dark Desires’ by Aja James

Dark Desires

by Aja James
Published by Self-Published on April 5, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 331
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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Ryu Takamura is the Dark Ones’ Assassin. He has never missed his target…until now. Until her.
Ava Monroe is a talented geneticist who holds the key to the vampire race’s future…and perhaps her own as well.
Their attraction is explosive from the first. She would do anything to have him. He would sacrifice all to protect her.
But will their love triumph over seemingly impossible odds as they battle enemies new and old? Especially the demons from Ryu’s past? And deep within his heart?

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Review: ‘The Mistake’ by Elle Kennedy #RomanceopolyChallenege2020

Review: 'The Mistake' by Elle Kennedy #RomanceopolyChallenege2020

Review: ‘The Mistake’ by Elle Kennedy #RomanceopolyChallenege2020

The Mistake

by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #2
Published by Self-Published on May 6, 2015
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 296
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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He’s a player in more ways than one…
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.
Now he’s going to need to up his game…
After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

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Book Releases: January 14, 2020

Happy Book Birthday to the following Authors!

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Review: ‘Us’ by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen #RomanceopolyChallenge2020

Review: 'Us' by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen #RomanceopolyChallenge2020

Review: ‘Us’ by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen #RomanceopolyChallenge2020


by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Series: Him #2
Published by Rennie Road Books on March 8, 2016
Pages: 322
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?
Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.
Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.
Or can they? When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?
Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.

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ARC Review: ‘Keystone’ by Katie Delahanty

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ‘Keystone’ by Katie Delahanty


by Katie Delahanty
Published by Entangled: Teen on January 7, 2020
Pages: 390
Format: Paperback, ARC
Source: publisher
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When Ella Karman debuts on the Social Stock Exchange, she finds out life as a high-profile "Influencer" isn't what she expected. Everyone around her is consumed by their rankings, in creating the smoke and mirrors that make them the envy of the world.
But then Ella’s best friend betrays her, her rankings tank, and she loses—everything.
Leaving her old life behind, she joins Keystone, a secret school for thieves, where students are being trained to steal everything analog and original because something—or someone—is changing history to suit their needs.
Partnered with the annoyingly hot—and utterly impossible—Garrett Alexander, who has plenty of his own secrets, Ella is forced to return to the Influencer world, while unraveling a conspiracy that began decades ago.
One wrong move and she could lose everything—again.

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Book Releases: January 7, 2020

Happy Book Birthday to the following Authors!

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Let us know below if any other book(s) that have released January 7, 2020 and we’ll add them to our list above. 🙂 
Which book(s) are you most excited about that released today?

Cover Reveal: ‘Breathless’ by Lex Martin + #Giveaway

Cover Reveal: 'Breathless' by Lex Martin + #Giveaway

Breathless by USA Today Bestselling author Lex Martin is coming on February 18th! This is an all-new standalone romance in the Texas Nights series (each book features a different couple and are complete standalones).


(Texas Night #3)

Author: Lex Martin

Publishing Date: February 18, 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Trope: Boy Next Door, Friends to Lovers

Cover Designer: Najla Qamber

Photographer: Lauren Perry

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Review: ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Kristen Ashley #RomanceopolyChallenge2020

Review: 'Sweet Dreams' by Kristen Ashley #RomanceopolyChallenge2020

Review: ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Kristen Ashley #RomanceopolyChallenge2020

Sweet Dreams

by Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #2
Published by Forever on June 20, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 656
Format: Paperback, eBook, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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Welcome to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley's Colorado Mountain Series, where friends become family and everyone deserves a second chance.When you lose everything, anything is possible.
Lauren Grahame needs a whole new life. A simpler life. After leaving her cheating husband, she moves to Carnal, Colorado, takes a job as a waitress, and realizes she might have finally found the hometown she'd been searching for. Except things are about to get a lot more complicated . . .
Lauren's fresh start does not include her growing feelings for her boss, Tate Jackson. She'll take the new friends, the new job, not to mention the incredible banana bread from the local coffee shop, but love is not on the agenda.
However, the people of Carnal know chemistry when they see it, and they're not about to let Tate and Lauren miss their chance.

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Romanceopoly Challenge 2020 – January Picks

Romanceopoly 2020 Participant

I’ve decided to sign up for the Romanceopoly Challenge for 2020. Unfortunately, I failed horribly for the 2019 Challenge. I’m going to make up for it this year. <crossing my fingers>

As of right now I’ve chose the Adventurer Challenge and picked the Moon Pack for my challenge.

I went ahead and rolled the dice ‘4’ times for January and have my ‘Winter’ pick too. Here are the books I plan on reading in January. I also have ARCs I need to read in January too and I’m going to participate in the ‘In Death Series’ Challenge too since I’ve been wanting to read that series for a while now. Here’s hoping I don’t fall off my reading schedule though since my youngest Sidekick is starting up Travel Soccer and my oldest daughter will be finishing High School Soccer.

Here are the following squares that I managed to land on when I rolled the dice ‘4’ times with also my pick for the Winter Challenge:

1. [Flirts Corner] – Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley

2. [The Cobbles] – The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

3. [Rainbow Row] – Us by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen

4. [Campus Corner] – The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

5. [Winter] Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

Are you participating in the Romanceopoly Challenge? If you’re not then I highly recommend you do. It’s fun! 🙂

Review: ‘Bred in the Bone’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: 'Bred in the Bone' by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Bred in the Bone’ by Kendra Elliot

Bred in the Bone

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Widow's Island #4
Published by Montlake Romance on October 29, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 86
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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In the fourth Widow’s Island novella by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot, the truth of a twenty-year disappearance will finally come to light.
When the town drunk ends up dead in a hit-and-run, FBI special agent Cate Wilde expects that solving the case will be cut and dried. But evidence quickly surfaces that the victim was involved with another crime. A crime that has gone cold for twenty years. A crime of personal importance to Cate.
Cate’s best friend, Samantha, went missing at fourteen, leaving behind nothing except a jacket and an island full of unanswered questions. Samantha’s disappearance has haunted Cate for more than half her life, and she might finally be able to find some closure.
But not everything is as it seems. As Cate unravels what happened on that fateful day, she’ll discover that the community of Widow’s Island is full of secrets. Betrayed by someone she thought she knew, Cate will need to piece together the truth…before someone else gets hurt.

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