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    5 "Smuckers" Stars!

    This was a great read! I mean, really, a lot of fun, a lot of attraction, a lot of heat, and a touch of sadness. It starts out slow, but before you know it, things are happening left, right, and centre, and the juggler keeps tossing in new balls and throwing out other ones Vicky is surviving and making her way in New York with her 16 year old sister, Carly. There is a lot that can get her down, but she stays positive and upbeat about what they have in life. She hints at, and we soon realize, bad things have happened to her, but she keeps that pushed away. Through her love of animals, she ends up coerced into befriending an old lady and her dog, Smuckers. This leads to life changing circumstances and the man she never, ever, ever, and she knows this, ever, should be attracted to, Henry. Despite all the evers, the attraction is too much and she can't stay out of the pull of him, and decides to give in, for a bit. She knows life isn't what it seems, and it will all fall apart, but she can have some fun for a bit. No harm, no foul, right? Henry can't believe the travesty his life has become after his mother passes away. The dog Smuckers, and his handler, Vicky, hold everything he has built in their paws and hands. The fact that Vicky seems so genuine, true, and honest, only messes with him more. And the attraction, well, he has never felt anything like this before. The more he gets to know her, with a purpose to uncover her lies, the more he feels for the person. That is dangerous, but he doesn't care, he knows that, while he thought she was one thing, the person he knows is completely different. He lets himself fall, and then he lands with a thud. He isn't down though, he dusts himself off and is earns his reputation to close the deal Like I said, you'll laugh a lot, the attraction between these two will leap up and spark you as well, and have a few tissues for the last bit, and then wallow in the HEA - woof, woof!
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    Slow burn to an HEA you will love!!

    I REALLY enjoyed reading this book. It's an enemies to lovers story you are going to love!! The story is interesting from beginning to end and for those people that feel it's important for an HEA, this is the book for you!! The slow burn drove me crazy but I enjoyed every moment of it!! I laughed out loud and there was tension that made me catch my breath and my heart beat faster, not to mention the very hot, pulse pounding sex!! I definitely recommend this book and I have to say, even with the HEA I would love for the story to keep going!! It's been mentioned and bears repeating, I want some Smuck U merchandise pronto!! (You will understand when you read the book.) I really hope this convinced you to one-click this book because it's worth every penny!! Enjoy!!
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    An unexpected gem!

    This book is way more than the contents of its blurb. It was gorgeous and funny and heart tugging and I immediately want to read it again!
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    Great Enemies Romance

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This was the first time I read this author and the story was beyond wonderful, on a scale of 1-10 its a 20. I LOVED it so much!! Now, you might wonder why I have never read this author before, well its because I do not like Mafia stories and she has written a lot of them. This is NOT a drama or a Mafia story. It is a character driven romance and it is so great because the character and story is really wonderful. The heroine is named Vicky and Vicky is a 20 something woman who is taking care of her sister Mandy, who is 16. Vicky was once Vonda and something terrible happened to her. After she grabbed her 9 year old sister and then found a place to live in NYC. The story starts when Estrella, a woman who loves her dog, Smucker's and who stalked until they became friendly with Vicky is dying. Vicky promised to care for Smuckers when Estrella died. Henry is Estrella's estranged son, and well once Estrella dies, she makes sure Smuckers and Henry get involved, which means he gets to know Vicky. I loved these two together. They really are very similiar and I loved every minute of them learning about the other and falling in LOVE. But both Vicky and Henry have secrets and well when all their secrets are exposed well it sorta broke my heart. But I kept reading and I fell even more in love with this book. This was a very original book, with lots of humor related to Smuckers, wonderful characters and a totally fun plotline. I beyond loved this book and am very impressed with this author.
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    Superior romantic comedy

    I first heard about this book reading Kaetrin's 10 best reads of 2017, I loved the quote so took the plunge and got the book. Vicky Nelson lives a fairly precarious life in Manhattan, pet-sitting and selling her quirky custom-made jewellery on Etsy. She is the sole carer for her 16 year old sister Carly. Oh, and she has also been suckered into pretending to be a dog whisperer for a cantankerous old woman called Bernadette Locke and her dog Smuckers. Vicky has a mysterious past, he real name is Vonda and she and Carly have fake identities after an incident in which Vonda became reviled nationwide, the details of this incident gradually unfold through the book. When Bernadette dies she leaves her controlling shareholding in Locke Worldwide to Smuckers, Bernadette's son Henry, the CEO of Locke Worldwide, and nephew Brett suspects Vicky is a grifter and try to buy her off, unfortunately Vicky has had enough of rich, entitled, arrogant men trying to buy her off and digs her heels in. Soon Vicky and Smuckers are attending Board meetings, Smuckers ensconced on his custom-made throne, being condescended to. Vicky knows she needs to give the shares back to Henry, she never imagined Bernadette had money, let alone a controlling shareholding in one of the largest construction companies in the country, but the most she hoped from Bernadette's will was some assistance with Smucker's upkeep. Henry and Brett design a two-pronged attack to wrest control of Locke Worldwide from Smuckers' little paws: Brett will hire an investigator to dig up dirt on Vicky to assist in a competency hearing, and Henry will go on a charm offensive. Of course the inevitable happens, opposites attract and Henry and Vicky fall in love. But she knows he will hate her once he finds out her real identity and how will she feel when she finds out about his plans with Brett? Whilst I don't think this would necessarily have made my top 10 for 2017 I did thoroughly enjoy this, particularly when Vicky explains that most of New York has another name for Locke Worldwide and all of the ludicrous dog-whisperer nonsense. Vicky's secret is fairly well signalled through the book, although the exact details are shocking. I also liked the way that the necessary moment of tension is built, ebbs and flows and finally comes right out of left-field, just when the reader has forgotten the looming issue and is feeling safe. Finally, I liked the way in which reconciliation is achieved - it's not fast! Overall, a solid four stars. Maybe if I weren't in a book funk it could have scored higher. Highly recommended and I will look for more books by Annika Martin.
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