Maybe Matt’s Miracle by Tammy Falkner

This family has one of the best house rules ever: if a woman punches you in the face, you have to marry her.

What’s it About? 

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What he needed was a miracle…Matthew Reed has seen his share of problems. But he’s a Reed and Reeds can overcome anything. Matt is content working in his family’s tattoo parlor with his brothers surrounding him. The only thing he’s lacking is the ability to have a family of his own. Then his battle with cancer leads him to meet a woman who just might need him as much as he needs her.

She didn’t need anything…Skylar Morgan is happy. She has a boyfriend. Sure, he doesn’t make her heart pound faster and he really doesn’t support her when she needs it. But she doesn’t need much. Does she? She’s happy to be self-sufficient and she’s happy that she doesn’t have a tremendous amount of responsibility. She’s educated, has a great job, and she has enough money for a lifetime. But what she lacks, she doesn’t even realize until she meets him. And them. The ones who change her life forever.

First Impressions

Within just the first few pages of the novel you can tell it’s going to have all the feels. We’ve got cancer, secret families, orphans, and absentee fathers trying to make up for lost time. I mean…pretty much the only thing missing was a love triangle or a stalker to really mix things up. The book begins with the funeral of Skylar’s half-sister, whose children are now under her care.

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Honestly, I was surprised there was no real adjustment period upon her getting three children dumped on her when she’s so used to being on her own. It really distinguishes it from your typical Kate Hudson rom com with shenanigans in abundance. On the one hand I found it remarkably refreshing to have such a strong lead female character who could still function as an adult even though her life has just been turned upside down. That being said, it was still kind of surprising that there was no big issue there from a story standpoint.

All the Cards are Played

There are two people who really help Skylar as she’s thrust into motherhood. This includes the eldest child of the three, Seth, stepping up to the plate. The other is Matt. Our charmingly sexy male lead. Pretty much from the get-go, Skylar and Matt lay all their cards out on the table in regards to what they’re expecting out of this relationship they have decided to explore.

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While I couldn’t help but feel it was markedly bizarre that he’s declaring she’ll fall in love with him and want to marry him before they’ve even gone out on a first date, you also feel a sense of admiration at the both of them for being upfront right away about what’s really important to them. Matt acknowledges that the chances of them being able to have a baby together are extremely slim due to the after effects of his chemo. Skylar admits that her nieces and nephew are now a package deal when it comes to dating her, and she wants to know if Matt will be bothered by being seen with them in public because they aren’t white. Her ex-boyfriend openly admitted he had a problem with people making assumptions about their mixed race, which I think we can all admit makes him the ultimate uber jackass of the year.

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Past Flames

I was surprised that the main point of conflict in this story really didn’t involve Skylar’s parenting, or the boyfriend who was mentioned in the synopsis. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, or questionable starts to relationships when one of the players is already involved with someone else. However, this novel did a grand job of making us immediately detest Skylar’s boyfriend, and see that their relationship was already starting to fizzle out. In addition, Matt doesn’t attempt to make any move on his feelings for Skylar when she’s dating someone else, and it’s Skylar who ultimately makes the decision to drop the douche-hole all on her own with no interference from Matt whatsoever.

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Instead, our conflict doesn’t really come until the very end of the novel when both Matt and Skylar attend the wedding of his ex who cheated on him with his best friend. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it was right around the time when Matt was first diagnosed with cancer. His family convinces him to attend the wedding as a form of closure. Now, I couldn’t help but draw an immediate parallel connection to Friends, and question whether or not he should have gone. Just like when Rachel debated going to London to attend Ross and Emily’s wedding. Personally, I found it rather weird that Matt chose to go. He doesn’t hide how much he hates these two people, and even though it’s no secret to them they still invited him to their wedding. Honestly, I think it would have been a better night for him to stay at home with Skylar and bang it out all night. So what exactly is the conflict? Matt forgot to mention the minor fact to Sky that they were attending his ex’s wedding. Can we say blindsided?!

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Series: The Reed Brothers, book 4. Happy to finally see Matt get his happily ever after.

Should you read it? The drama at the end with Matt confronting his ex was interesting, but I would have liked some more descriptions of Skylar’s adjustment to suddenly being a mother to three children. Something which surprised me was that my favorite moments in the book weren’t actually between Sky and Matt, though they did have some sexy scenes together. Instead, the heart-to-heart discussions between Skylar and her nephew Seth were outstanding. His difficulty adjusting to life without his mother, having to say goodbye to her for one last time as she dies from cancer…that tugs at the heartstrings right there.

Smut Level: We have a scintillating phone sex conversation, as well as a frenzied and passionate sex scene in a storage closet. Oh, and did I mention Matt’s one eyed snake is pierced?

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $4.99 Kindle Price. Night Shift Publishing. 316 Pages.

Calmly, Carefully, Completely by Tammy Falkner

Wow! I’ll admit, I had just a lukewarm reaction to books 1 and 2 in this series, but this 3rd book was just outstanding!

What’s it About?

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She’s been locked up even longer than he has. Peter Reed is fresh out of jail, fresh out of excuses, and ready for a brand new start. Reagan Caster needs to thank Pete for an act of kindness, but he wants more than just her thanks. Reagan knows how to protect her body, but not her heart. And her traitorous body responds to Pete in a way it hasn’t with anyone else.When Pete’s innocent flirtation becomes more, Reagan’s ready to accept what he has to offer. Pete assumes Reagan needs to be loved carefully and calmly. But Reagan knows she needs to be loved completely. Can he give her what she needs?

First Impressions

This is one of those books where our couple falls in love after spending just a week together in each other’s company. Now, normally I roll my eyes heavily at the unrealistic nature of such a thing, to the point where I even start to get a headache. However, when it comes to this novel I was shocked to find that it really didn’t bother me all that much. The reason for this is because their connection goes back two years, and has been building throughout that entire time, even if they weren’t physically together.

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Pete first came across Reagan when she was at her most vulnerable, in the immediate aftermath of her rape. Whether or not either was truly aware of it, this moment influenced their entire relationship, as it tested Pete’s true character in a way. He could have left her to fend for herself, or just handed her off to her friend and gotten the hell out of there. But he stayed. He comforted her. Protected her. In that moment an intense amount of trust was established. When they reconnect years later, they get to know each other beyond what happened that night, and it’s oh so wonderful.

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Heavy subject matter to be sure, yet I was surprised to find myself laughing and smiling my way through most of this read. Pete and Reagan have had a rough two years. He’s been in jail for having made a stupid mistake in an attempt to help his family, and Reagan has been trying to live her life again in spite of her fear of being touched by others. In each other they find they can just be themselves. They can be carefree. Reagan’s father, who carries a hatchet to cuff off the balls of any guy who gets close to his daughter, also means you can’t help but chuckle when he finds Reagan and Pete alone together so many times.

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Personally, I couldn’t help but completely fall in love with Pete myself. It’s not hard to understand how Reagan fell for him so quickly. From his interactions with Reagan, as well as his caring nature with the other boys at the camp who need his help, he constantly exhibits patience, kindness and warmth.

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Through his point of view we discover his utter fascination and attraction to Reagan, but he knows what she’s been through. He never tries to rush her in taking their physical relationship to the next level, and even takes a step back when Reagan voices that she wants more. He wants to ensure she truly knows what she wants, and isn’t just taking things further because she feels comfortable with him. I will say though I do wish the book took place over a longer period of time than just one week, so that it really would have felt like they were taking their time, rather than just saying they were.

Communication is Key

Some of the interactions between Reagan and Pete almost felt like they were engaged in a high school romance, even though both are in their early 20s. This was especially true when it came to their physical relationship, as Pete introduced her to things she had never experienced before. However, I will say they do have open communication, which I absolutely love about this author! Her characters actually talk to each other! I know, seems like such a novel idea. Both Reagan and Pete share their frustrations and concerns when they happen in real time rather than letting them ruminate over long periods to eventually explode in a giant argument of misunderstanding.

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I will say it can remove any sense of struggle or any problems in the plot, but I do appreciate it. For example, in this book we see that because Pete knows about Reagan’s past, he can sometimes treat her with too much fragility, as though she’s going to break. This especially comes out when they’re being intimate. So, Reagan opens up and tells him that she’s not made of glass, and he can be a bit more handsy in bed. And this leads to yet another aspect of Pete that I absolutely love: the man listens!

How Can I Have S’more If I Haven’t Had Any?

Now for my one complaint about Pete. It might seem small, but it just goes to show that nobody’s perfect. The man doesn’t know what a s’more is. What…the…fudge and marshmallow?! Ok, I know the guy grew up in the city, so I totally understand if he’s never eaten one, but how could he have no inkling of how they’re made, or what they contain? We’re only talking three ingredients here!! Has he missed every pop culture reference to their structure/design, or just ignored every s’more flavored candy or pop-tart?! How is this remotely possible?! You’re killing me Pete! (PS: if you understand The Sandlot reference here we can officially be best friends).

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Series: The Reed Brothers, book 3. Hands down my favorite book in the series so far. Can’t wait to continue on!

Should you read it? Fantastic read. These two have a connection that is so pure and deep. The novel is really an exploration of their developing relationship, so it doesn’t have the most dramatic plot, but you can’t help but fall in love with these characters. You’ll laugh, and by God if I didn’t get tears in my eyes one day listening to this on my walk to work. Also, my main complaint about the male lead is he doesn’t know what a s’more is. Not too shabby.

Smut Level: Actual sex doesn’t come  until the very end. He introduces her to other delights slowly throughout the entirety of the novel.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $4.99 Kindle Price. Night Shift Publishing. 264 Pages.

Smart, Sexy and Secretive by Tammy Falkner

I do not know how this girl does it! Not only does she have a hot-ass boyfriend who is completely devoted to her with every fiber of his being, but she’s also constantly surrounded by his four stunning and lovable brothers. Now that is one lucky girl!

What’s it About?

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Emily: I’m back in New York, ready to start my brand new life with Logan. Things are still up in the air between us, and it has been three months since I’ve even talked to him. But there’s one thing I’m certain of — I can’t live without him.

Logan: I need her like I need air. But now she’s back, and her dad and her ex-boyfriend are conspiring to keep us apart. We can do this, though. Can’t we? We can make this work? We have to, because I can’t imagine my life without her.

First Impressions

This book definitely had its sweet and funny moments, but overall I can’t say it was really necessary as a full-length novel. It’s a continuation of the story presented in book one, but it mainly deals with Emily and Logan trying to justify their relationship to her pain-in-the-ass father. When it comes to our two leads, their relationship is completely stable. They trust each other fully, even when faced with her dad’s crazy antics to try and split them up. I couldn’t help but feel that this story line could have been shortened considerably, and just tacked on to the end of book one.

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Dude, Are You Kidding Me?

Emily’s dad is one annoying son of a monkey, but I think what I found to be completely unbearable, not to mention slightly unbelievable, was that he was willing to risk his entire relationship with his daughter over something so stupid. For the second time! In the last novel we discovered that Emily ran away from her wealthy family in order to live on the streets of New York because he was trying to control her life. But at the end of book one she went back home to make amends.

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In this novel, Emily has moved back to NYC to be with Logan and go to Julliard, but her father tries yet again to control her life. He attempts to bring Emily and her ex back together, and insults Logan whenever possible because he’s not “one of them”. Have you learned nothing?! You just got your daughter back, and now you’re trying to split her up from a boyfriend who treats her with respect and is committed to her completely in order to be with a man who called her stupid. But oooooh, he has money, so he’s worthy of your daughter?! You’re just asking for trouble here buddy!!

The Best of the Best

The absolute best part of this novel was when Emily puts on a performance for school of a song which she created. The lyrics are intended for her dad, but she manages to create a project where Logan, who is deaf, can “see” her music. Not only was this a unique aspect of the book, but it was also one of the first times where we see Emily put a lot of thought and effort into her relationship with Logan. Before this it was always him making the big gesture. It’s also the first time I’ve ever had a narrator of an audio book sing to me. Only…slightly awkward.

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Series: The Reed Brothers, book 2. I’m really looking forward to future books which feature Logan’s brothers. Yummy!

Should you read it? I’m happy that Logan and Emily didn’t let her father’s plotting get in the way of their love. I will say though, this almost made the whole story lack any real struggle, and instead her father just remained an annoyance more than anything else. Sweet how things eventually come together, but again, I think all their issues could’ve easily been resolved at the end of book one by adding on an additional chapter or two.

Smut Level: One final scene that really gets the blood pumping.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 198 Pages.

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Tall, Tatted and Tempting by Tammy Falkner

You just gotta love a novel that starts out with the male lead having to rearrange his junk because of a massive hard-on. Literally nowhere to go from there but up. And yes, pun absolutely intended.

What’s it About?

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She’s locked up tight. But he might be the key. Logan Reed is tall, tatted and tempting. Kit’s a woman with a mean right hook and a secret. Kit wants a tattoo, but Logan sees more than she intends to share in the drawing of the tat she wants. He sees her in ways no one ever has. Logan’s not disabled; but he hasn’t spoken in eight years. He hasn’t needed to. Until he meets Kit. Logan doesn’t know everything about Kit. Kit doesn’t know anything about herself, until she has to sacrifice all she ever wanted to save what’s most important to him.

First Impressions

In spite of the rather unorthodox start to this novel, it really does draw you in with some unlikely characters who fall for each other. One is a deaf tattoo artist living with his many brothers. The other is a young girl living on the streets, playing her guitar to survive. He hasn’t spoken to anyone in years, yet when it comes to the mysterious Emily, he’s willing to let the words flow if it means spending more time with her. This novel also has a powerful ending as characters sacrifice their own happiness for others, and ends on a slight cliffhanger that will leave you wanting more. As for that big middle part of the novel? That’s where I was left feeling less than impressed.

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Putting Up with Secrets

Emily is hiding something big from Logan. Something important. Her very identity. Logan quickly realizes that Emily isn’t sharing everything with him, including her real name. Yet he is so enamored of her that he puts up with her secrets if it means she won’t run away from him and return to a life on the streets. Personally, I found her continual secrets and hiding the details of her past to be rather annoying. In addition, it made a large majority of the plot seem to be slow moving and kind of boring.

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Normally with books like this I feel as though we as the audience are privy to the secret details of the characters even if others aren’t aware of them. However, when it comes to this book, by keeping us in the dark as well for so long the story just sort of dragged on. Also, the fact that Logan was so open about his own past and family troubles, yet Emily remained close lipped made it kind of hard to like her at times.

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Series: The Reed Brothers, book 1. I’ll continue with this series. Can’t wait to get to the books featuring Logan’s many brothers.

Should you read it? There’s one main reason I’ll continue with this series, and that would be Logan. He got off to a rough start in this novel, yet he quickly redeemed himself as a sweet character with a penchant for sex. Unfortunately, Emily wasn’t my fav. Hopefully things will improve in the next book, as details of her true identity are now known to all.

Smut Level: The problem living with 4 brothers? Finding privacy to woo your girl. Guess the bathroom sink will have to do!

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. FREE. Night Shift Publishing. 201 Pages.