Lovers & Liars by Jean Joachim

Movie Lovers by Jean Joachim

This fourth installment of Jean’s Hollywood Hearts series is the story of Grace Brewster and Jake Matthews.  Grace, the sister of movie and Broadway star Cara Brewster, and an aspiring screen writer, has been betrayed and broken by Hollywood movie mogul Gunther Quill.  Hoping for a fresh start, Grace moves to New York to live with Cara, resuming her job as Cara’s assistant.  Shortly after her arrival, Cara sets Grace up on a date with her handsome co-star, but is he the man Cara thinks he is?  Will Grace open up and trust him or break his heart and destroy what could be love?

Jake Matthews, a movie and Broadway star from a small town, has been a ladies man for some time.  Lately, though, that life has lost its’ appeal.  Now, he is looking for someone to settle down with.  When he meets Grace Brewster, he thinks he has blown it after their first date.  But has he?  Can he change her mind about him?  Or will her lies close his heart off for good?

This book broke my heart!  So many twists and turns!  I had a hard time putting this one down.  One thing I love about this series, besides that it is always intriguing, is that characters from previous books return in subsequent ones.  Jean has produced a book that is hot and sexy, yet sweet and tender all in one.  An excellent read that I highly recommend!

5 stars

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First Rapture by Alexandra Ivy

This contemporary novella is the story of Madison Philps and Luc Angeli.  Madison, now a fashion model and agency owner, was once a poor, lonely teen in love with the Dark Angel, Luc.  On her eighteenth birthday, her only wish was for Luc to take her innocence, to be her knight in shining armor.  Luc granted part of her wish, taking her innocence and walking away.  For years, Maddy has been unable to love another, and has plotted her revenge against the Dark Angel.  Can she carry it through, or does she still love him?  Is Luc really her Prince Charming?

Luc Angeli, better known as the Dark Angel in Las Vegas, is also known as a womanizer, a take ‘em and leave ‘em guy.  But is he really?  The night he spent with a young, lonely girl eight years ago haunts him still.  Now, he finds himself unable to continue the lifestyle he has led.  But, he can’t commit to anyone, either.  When Maddy suddenly reappears in Vegas, Luc hopes to win her back.  But, did his betrayal all those years ago ruin his chance with her?  Can he prove that he has changed and win her heart?  Is she his Cinderella?

This novella is something totally different from what I have read from Ms. Ivy, having only read her paranormals.  I was swept away immediately into the story of Maddy and Luc.  The story was truly enthralling, from Maddy’s crush, to her heartbreak and eventual attempt at revenge.  I LOVED this book, and look forward to more from Ms. Ivy.  Great characters and plot development.  Totally amazing work.

5 stars

Movie Lovers by Jean Joachim

This fourth installment of Jean’s Hollywood Hearts series is the story of Grace Brewster and Jake Matthews.  Grace, the sister of movie and Broadway star Cara Brewster, and an aspiring screen writer, has been betrayed and broken by Hollywood movie mogul Gunther Quill.  Hoping for a fresh start, Grace moves to New York to live with Cara, resuming her job as Cara’s assistant.  Shortly after her arrival, Cara sets Grace up on a date with her handsome co-star, but is he the man Cara thinks he is?  Will Grace open up and trust him or break his heart and destroy what could be love?

Jake Matthews, a movie and Broadway star from a small town, has been a ladies man for some time.  Lately, though, that life has lost its’ appeal.  Now, he is looking for someone to settle down with.  When he meets Grace Brewster, he thinks he has blown it after their first date.  But has he?  Can he change her mind about him?  Or will her lies close his heart off for good?

This book broke my heart!  So many twists and turns!  I had a hard time putting this one down.  One thing I love about this series, besides that it is always intriguing, is that characters from previous books return in subsequent ones.  Jean has produced a book that is hot and sexy, yet sweet and tender all in one.  An excellent read that I highly recommend!

5 stars

Memories of Love by Jean Joachim

In this third installment of the Hollywood Hearts Series, Jean tells the story of Cara and Grant, star-crossed lovers who first fell in love seven years prior to the beginning of the story.  Cara, an aspiring actress, leaves New York, and Grant, for Los Angeles to begin her movie career.  Grant fears that she will find other men as well as a career, and breaks off the relationship though he loves her deeply.   Both are hurt and angry when they part, and neither know that there is more heartbreak to come from their relationship.

Grant moves on, or tires to, and marries Evelyn.  He finds that he has a daughter with Cara when she becomes ill and can no longer care for her.  Evelyn agrees to raise the little girl, and they become a family.  But, does Cara ever really leave Grant’s mind?  Does little Sarah accept Evelyn as her mother?  Is Evelyn completely honest with Grant and does she really accept Sarah?

Through twists and turns, drama and heartache, will these star-crossed lovers find their way back to each other?  Or will the people in their lives prevent them from the happiness they both deserve?  Will Sarah finally get to know her real mother?  Or will tragedy part them forever?

This book is amazing!  It has elements of romance, drama, and intrigue.  I highly recommend it.

5 of 5 stars.

Red Carpet Romance by Jean Joachim

This contemporary romance is the story of Quinn Roberts and Susanna Barnes, set in New York and Hollywood, it is a modern twist on a Cinderella story.

Quinn Roberts is handsome, sexy, single and a movie star. And…he finds himself with a 5 month old boy he calls junior. What does a movie star know about babies? Nothing. So, needing help, he hires a nanny. The moment Susanna Barnes enters his apartment, he feels that there is something different about her, he’s drawn to her in a way he never has been to another woman. But, she’s here to take care of Junior.

Susanna Barnes is starting her life over after a tragic accident changed everything. Taking a job as a nanny seemed like a simple way to start. But, her job turns out to be anything but simple. Working for a movie star puts her in the spotlight in more ways than she ever imagined. And, she is drawn to Quinn in ways she has never been to another man. But, she is the nanny, she can’t become attached to him, or his baby, can she?

This book brings many twists and turns, as well as a cast of family and friends, and some unexpected heroes and villains into the lives of Quinn and Susanna. Can they each learn to trust and follow their feelings in order to find the happiness they both deserve? Or will the obstacles and people who try to get in their way win and stop them from their happiness?

Jean has once more delivered a wonderful read! Very enjoyable with endearing characters that are well developed. The plot flows very well from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book!

5 of 5 stars!

Now and Forever 3: Blind Love

Review of Now and Forever 3: Blind Love – by Jean Joachim

Now and Forever 3: Blind Love is a Contemporary Romance with lots of twists! It tells the story of members of the Caldwell family of Willow Falls. Willow Falls, sounds like a nice, quiet town that would be full of romance and love, right? It is. But, there is so much more! Intrigue, murder, blackmail, and lies abound in this small college town in New York along with strong family ties and love.

Come along for the ride with Mac, Callie, Peter and Sam as they try to find love, keep love and fight for what is right. Along the way, meet others who are looking for love, too. Lara, Jakub, Marcia, and Pat. But…who will cause problems for all of them? What evil lurks that will threaten their happiness? Will love conquer all? Will justice prevail?

Jean has woven a lovely story of love and romance along with elements of intrigue that keep the reader interested and on the edge of their seat, always wanting more! Lovers of Contemporary Romance will find something to love in this book, and more. Mystery lovers can also find something to enjoy here, as Jean has blended mystery and crime into this very enjoyable story. I look forward to more of this series and plan to go read the others as well!

5 of 5 stars!

A Christmas Favour by Sascha Illyvich

A Christmas Favour by Sascha Illyvich is a contemporary erotic romance, the story of Christian and Angela. Best friends since childhood, they have spent Thanksgiving and Christmas together for years, finally admitting that there was something more between them than friendship. But then, miles and work got in the way, and they grew apart. Christian finally has a chance to be closer to Angela. Can he admit what is most important to him before he loses the one thing that truly is? Can he put his ghosts behind him before they destroy his happiness? Will Angela allow Christian back into her life or has she moved on? Can she forgive him for what she sees as his choice to ignore her for what she thinks he feels is more important?

This is a lovely story of a star-crossed couple who have trouble making decisions that will lead to their ultimate happiness. Set against the backdrop of Christmas, it is a story of love, loss, heartbreak, and happiness. I had never read anything by Sascha Illyvich prior to this novel, but will definitely be adding more of his work to my TBR list!

5 stars!