Donna Reads: Real Sexy (Real Dirty Duet Book 2) by Meghan March

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In this conclusion to the Real Dirty Duet, country music star Boone Thrasher is arrested and framed for something he didn’t do, and his bartender girlfriend Ripley Fischer must go against her own family to save her man; At an open mic night it’s discovered that Ripley has real singing talent, and she must decide whether or not she wants to be famous; The twenty year old unsolved murder of Ripley’s mama is finally solved; and Ripley and Boone really steamed up the pages with their over the top sexy romance. There’s also all kinds of fun and mayhem involving families and exes. 

This installment to the series wrapped up most of the loose ends rather nicely. 

I both read the ebook and listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed this sexy conclusion. I’m officially hooked on Ms. March’s books. 

Donna Reads: Real Dirty (Real Dirty Duet Book 1) by Meghan March

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Boone Thrasher is country music’s bad boy. He thought his life was perfect until he’s jilted by the woman he planned to ask to marry him. Ripley Fischer is a bartender at a failing Nashville bar, famous for being the place where her mother and her famous lover were murdered many years before. Ripley struggles to keep the bar going, and she has vowed that she will never get involved with anyone famous. When she meets Boone, she doesn’t expect to like him. He’s brash, arrogant and cocky. Boone is surprised to find himself attracted to the mouthy, prideful bartender. 

I really enjoyed this start to the duet. Ripley has had a difficult life. Her father is a real piece of work, and her cousin is unbelievably awful. The only bright spots in her life are her friends and the foul-mouthed parrot who was gifted to the bar. I laughed out loud at the things Esteban, the parrot said. Boone was wonderful. He’s sweet and he’s such a great guy. He doesn’t expect to be attracted to Ripley, but he quickly decides she’s someone he needs to get to know better. I liked the way he looked after her and took care of her.  

I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed the narrators. Both were great.

The only thing I disliked about the book is the cliffhanger ending, but I’ve already downloaded and begun book two. 

Donna Reads: Jordan Reclaimed (Preload, #1) by Scarlett Cole

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Last September after I read the third installment in Ms. Cole’s Purest Hook series, I swore off her books. I really liked Dred, the lead singer for her fictional metal band Preload, and I felt his inclusion in the Purest Hook series as the hero in book three didn’t quite do him justice. Preload is a band comprised of five guys who grew up in a group home, and they all have serious issues. I bought Jordan Reclaimed when it was first published but was almost afraid to give it a try. I shouldn’t have waited. I read it in less than a day, and I loved it. 

Jordan Steele is the bass player for the band and perhaps the most seriously damaged one in the group. Because of Jordan’s issues and fear of abandonment, the five guys live together in one house. Dred has recently become engaged to Pixie and will soon be moving out with her and his daughter. Jordan is struggling to adapt to this upcoming change.

Aleksandra Artemov is a dancer with the National Ballet. Jordan sees her practicing one night while he is out walking, and he can’t forget her. Lexie has issues of her own. Raised by her domineering, abusive, widowed, ex-dancer father, she has learned to deprive herself and keep tight control over everything in her life – her schedule, her body, her food intake, and her dance routines. Constantly told by her father that she is too fat and not good enough, she pushes herself hard. She never expected to attract the attention of the big, tattooed rock star who never thought he was good enough for anyone. 

I really enjoyed this one. I couldn’t put it down. I loved how Jordan and Lexie grew as people as they became a couple and fell in love. 

Drama Queen 

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Well, we’re home again. No blood pressure was taken today. They shaved a patch on her foot, but she was having no part of the little Velcro blood pressure cuff. 

They even tried bringing her into the room with me and having me hold her. She didn’t bite or scratch me, but she was hissing and howling. She gets so mad when we’re at the vet. The vet said the blood pressure read wouldn’t have been accurate so they skipped that part and just did the exam and the blood draw. 

She’s glad to be home again.