Hi, Y’all welcome back to my Valentine’s special month of love reviews. This week my guest is Lyssa Lane. After reading this book I found myself a new favorite author and ended up with 6 new books on my to-read list.
I asked Lyssa what one of her favorite Valentine Memories were, and she decided to let Smitty from My Favorite What If answer for her ( if you have read the book this will bring tears to your eyes so grab a tissue)…
“Hi, ladies, and Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your significant other treats you well today. Valentine’s Day is one of the few holidays that Caroline and I got spend together. I’ll never forget it because she almost burned our new house down! The girl knew I loved gooey butter cake but never made it before. Then again, she didn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so the fact that she even knew how to turn on the oven is kind of a shock. Anyway, she popped the cake in the oven right before I got home from work. I met her at the door with two dozen roses, Grandma’s cookies from the bakery on old Main Street, and a jug of chocolate milk. I know, not your conventional form of chocolate, but it was her favorite. Trust me, I got major brownie points for my sweets which… uh. Resulted in her forgetting about the cake in the oven. We were lying in bed together after she, um, showed me her appreciation when the fire alarm started screeching. I didn’t know what the hell was going on, but Care Bear took off to the kitchen to discover the cake a burnt ball of char. She was devastated by the disaster but to date, it is still one of my favorite Valentine’s moments. Love you, Care Bear! Now, I just have to figure out a way to top that with Sloan… gluten free energy balls?”
I am going to do this a little different. My review for each story will follow the blurbs below instead of at the end.
Catch My Heart
It is not a direct part of any series. It is a collection of five short stories with characters from my past books.
Pages,170 pages in paperback
genre Contemporary Romance
No one said love was easy. No one said love was perfect. No one said love didn’t hurt. No one said love would last forever.
Follow these characters from your favorite Lyssa Layne books as they experience Valentine’s Day in an unexpected, non-traditional fashion…
Love is a Fire/Burst Into Flame – Andy Garrity lost the love of his life almost three years ago. Giving in to his daughter-in-laws, he decides it’s time to get back in the saddle and go on a first date for the first time since high school. Before he even meets his mate, Andy’s having second thoughts and ready to pass on this opportunity at love.
My Review: 5 Meows
Andy Garrity’s story a charming tale of a man finally facing reality and moving on with his life …with lots of meddling and encouragement from his daughters in law. I have not read either of these books, but I have them on my to-read list now. I want to know so much more about his daughters in laws and this wonderful man.
Everybody’s After Love/My Favorite What If – James Paul and Brianna Rossi are expecting their second child in less than a month. Brianna can’t wait to have a daughter while James Paul is thrilled to have a new princess to spoil. Brianna has the perfect day planned for her husband until she’s blindsided in a way she never imagined.
MY REVIEW 5 meows
This story made me bawl my eyes out. I can’t say anything more without spoilers. I haven’t read these two books, but they are now on my to-read list.
Loved by the Linebacker – Recovering from a torn ACL, Blake Purser isn’t used to taking it easy. He also isn’t used to not having his best friend, Camila Lemos, spend more time with her boyfriend and his brother Evan than him. His long-time on-again, off-again girlfriend, Molly Feiser, is doing her best to entertain him during the off season but Blake isn’t prepared for her latest news.
MY Review 3 meows.
I haven’t read this story, but this bit made me not like Blake at all I will admit I put it o my to read list to see if he redeems himself or not.
Holding the Other – Lee Maverick and Miranda Wallen are the king and queen of country music. The married couple have ruled the charts for the last ten years and fans love the chemistry between them. Before the night is over, this Valentine’s Day will be one for the records.
My Review 4 Meows
I have to say that in this book I didn’t like Lee much. The story though is very good and shows us not all marriages is perfect. I did add this to my to-read list to see the outcome.
My Favorite What If – Sloan Talbott and Jacob “Smitty” Smith are spending their first Valentine’s Day as a couple. In the short time, they’ve been together, they’ve carved out the perfect nook for just the two of them. Having spent the last six months in Italy, it’s time they head back to the States and learn to be together with their meddling families surrounding them 24/7.
My Review 5 Meows.
I think this was my favorite of the five stories. The back stories of both Smitty and Sloan are intriguing and sad. I want to read their full stories and since this ended on a cliffhanger see the outcome. ( warning tissues are needed)
Love’s not easy. Love’s not perfect. Love hurts. Love doesn’t last forever. Can these couples endure love at its ugliest or will it break them down more than they can endure?
MY OVERALL REVIEW as you can see I found 6 new books I am dying to read. I hope you find some too!
Here is a little excerpt from My Favorite What If.
Sloan fingers walk up my chest, grabbing my shirt and forcing me to look down at her. Her eyes glimmer with sensuality and I know exactly where her mind is going. Leaning down, our lips barely touch and the passion is ignited. With a shrill squeal, I scoop her into my arms as though we’re newlyweds about to cross the threshold for the first time. Sloan nibbles on my neck and I moan as I walk us toward the bedroom, ready to christen our new bed.
“You gonna give me the chance to marry you and do this for real?” I ask, already knowing the answer.
“Not a chance in hell.”
I chuckle as I set her on the bed, tugging my shirt off. “I’ll get you to change your mind some day.”
Sloan pulls her own shirt off, leaving me licking my lips at the sight of her in just a black lacy brassiere. Teasing me, she runs her index finger from her collarbone between her breasts, licking her lips and keeping direct eye contact with me. The tip of her finger slips inside her bra and I bite my lip, wanting to replace her hand with mine, but am way too turned on by her own handiwork to stop her.
“Maybe one day, when we’re old and gray,” Sloan says, drawing out her words and speaking in barely a whisper.
She stands up, wiggling her hips and pushing her pants to the floor. Now she’s in just her black lace bra and thong. She turns her back to me, crawling over our king size bed and I reach out, running my hand over her perfectly tight runner’s ass. Sloan stops moving forward, placing her hand on top of mine and leaning up on her knees. Her back is against my chest, our bodies flush against each other’s and I squeeze my hand tightly around the handful in my touch.
“I don’t want easy right now, Smitty. I want you, me, and passion.”
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(you can read for free on KU so not listed anywhere else)
Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.
Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.
You can stalk—oops–Follow Lyssa
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Here is a list of the books featured in Catch My Heart (Amazon Links– click on title)
Go ahead and get them both at one time! Burning Lovesick
The next two have connecting Characters.
Holding the Other ( Coming 2016)