Almost Bad Boys Series (Almost Matched #1, Almost Broken Up #2, and Almost Too Far #3 ARC) by Angela Orlowski-Peart (Reviewed by Gladys)

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Title: Almost Matched (Almost Bad Boy Series. #1)

    Author: Angela Orlowski-Peart

    Published Date: November 08, 2013

    Genre:  Contemporary Romance / Ckick-Lit

    Rating:

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   ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

   Synopsis

Would you take another shot at love? Or just settle on a friend with benefits?

THEIR HEARTBREAKING PAST WILL MOVE YOU. THEIR PASSION WILL MAKE YOU BLUSH. THEIR ANTICS WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD.

Twenty-five-year-old Natalie Davenport lugs substantial baggage. One boyfriend after the next has been a total disaster, leaving Natalie distrustful toward the male population in general. So when Colin Hampton crosses her path, she’s cautious. Her heart (and some other body parts!) nudges her to go for it, while her head wants her to run for the hills.

Colin is one of those gorgeous guys who attract women, no matter the age or marital status. With a successful career at a popular Seattle radio station, hard body, and charming personality, he is the complete package. But something dark lurks in the corners of his soul; some murky experience that has changed him—maybe for the better, but maybe for the worse.

Will he steal her heart and stomp over it like other guys did?

Will she let him into her heavily fortified world despite herself?

Or will they settle somewhere in the middle—establishing the emotional boundaries to protect them from falling in love?

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This contemporary romantic comedy blends humor, sensuality, and angst, with zany characters and witty dialogue.

***Warning: contains sexual situations (some quite vivid!), profanity, and a high dose of sarcasm. Oh, and there is a lot of appletini and beer drinking.  May not be appropriate for readers under 18 years old. Not intended for prudes and killjoys with no sense of humor***

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***Gladys, #NerdGirlOriginal’s Review***

Sigh… There are moments I was totally into the book and then there were moments that I wanted to throw my kindle on the floor in frustration. Shrugs.

Don’t get me wrong, Peart is a fab writer, but the whole girl friend bonding time was stretched out too long. We know Natalie has friends. BUT IT KILLED ME! It could have been shorter with the same effect. Natalie has a awesome relationship with her friends Ali, Caroline, and Jena BUT there was too much focused on them for what it seemed forever. I wanted more of her and COLIN!

The story begins with our main character, Natalie, booking it to work. Sweaty, gross, and about 15 minutes late for a meeting to advertise with one of the hottest radio station in town. Her phone rings and her partner/best friend who was off today was actually at work taking care of the situation until she arrived. She gets there and needs to change. She strips off her blouse, clean off and notice in her closet that the secretaries messed up and put Ali ‘ s clothes in her closet. Sigh… In her bra and mini skirt she tip toes to Ali’s office. And Ekkkkkkkkk…. A totally drop dead gorgeous man walks out of the conference room (Colin) and sees her in her bra! AND OF COURSE SHE IS BUILT AND HAS A D CUP!!

TA DA…

Let the cat (Colin) and mouse (Natalie) chase begin…

BUT

Natalie has major demons. Just old bad breakup with boyfriend demons so she is hesitant to start a relationship with Colin. He is too good looking to NOT be a jerkface. COLIN HAS THE REALLY HARSH DEMONS. Harsh ones (you don’t find out right away) and you feel for him. Can Natalie let him in and be OK with it. Can she handle the darkness in him. She can handle the fire she feels when they are together! The sex scene are not vulgar but are eyebrow wagging. Hot hot hot… Is the sex worth it for her to stay??

Almost…

Peart has the potential to enhance this novel. Taking out the Girl’s pow wow at Caroline’s house is a perfect start! Her writing is simplistic but it flows in a way that will keep the readers captivated. I enjoyed it and the chemistry that Allie and Colin shared. I have my cap on and will wait until I read the rest of the series to see if I tip it.

So translation i give it a 4.

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Title: Almost Broke Up (Almost Bad Boy Series. #2)

    Author: Angela Orlowski-Peart

    Published Date: January 21, 2014

    Genre:  Contemporary Romance / Ckick-Lit

    Rating:

    1 star1 star1 star1 star

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   ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

   Synopsis

NEW ADULT/ADULT CROSSOVER ROMANTIC COMEDY NOVELLA

How far would you go to protect the one you love?

The terrors of Colin’s past are revealed and accepted by Natalie. Her doubts about letting him into her life are finally disbanded and replaced by a sense of security and commitment. But Natalie doesn’t know that Colin’s past hides more dark secrets unknown even to him.

When a delusional psychopath threatens Colin’s life, things quickly become complicated. Natalie’s stubborn character and desire to kick ass won’t let her step aside and allow the authorities to handle the danger. She gets herself tangled up with street hoodlums, befriends a Russian mobster’s high-maintenance girlfriend, and becomes expert at picking locks and hiding evidence.
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This contemporary romantic comedy/mystery blends humor and sensuality with enough thriller elements to make you clutch the pages with terror. The offbeat characters and witty dialogue from Almost Matched are here to stay.

**Warning: contains sexual situations, profanity, and a high dose of sarcasm. Oh, and the appletini is still the drink of choice.
May not be appropriate for readers under 18 years old. Not intended for prigs and sourpusses who get easily affronted**

***Almost Broken Up is the second installment in the Almost Bad Boys series, and it comes after book one, Almost Matched. The books in this series should be read in order. They are not stand-alone books***

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***Gladys, #NerdGirlOriginal’s Review***

Almost Broken up begins with a flashback of the fatal night that still haunts Colin. It takes you through his pain and paints a realistic picture of the anguish and hurt he went through. As morbid as this sounds, this part of the book pulled me in. It made Colin seem real to me. Tragedy seems to do that! Sigh… Natalie has her work cut out for her.

So… the rest of the book is comical with a lot of funny antics. Now if you like that kind of thing you will enjoy this book. Peart pulls stories from the weirdest directions and somehow makes it work in the end. It becomes an ah-ha moment, for me at least, which totally pulls EVERYTHING TOGETHER. But not how I would expect it to be. She introduces new characters, a blast from Colin’s past and a Russian mobster’s wife. The later introduction and story line didn’t make much sense to me but it did tie in a little later on in the book.

With all of this said, Colin and Natalie goes through ups and downs… Ahem… Literally! The sex scenes are steaaaaammmmyyyyy!!! I did love them soooooo!! They were realistic and not too over the top!

Even though some of the story lines were going in weird directions the author did bring it together in the end (neatly I may add). Her writing style again is simplistic but entertaining. I give this book a 4.

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Title: Almost Too Far (Almost Bad Boy Series. #3)

    Author: Angela Orlowski-Peart

    Published Date: Set For March 30, 2014

    Genre:  Contemporary Romance / Ckick-Lit

    Rating:

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   ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

   Synopsis

NEW ADULT/ADULT CROSSOVER ROMANTIC COMEDY NOVELLA

A martini glass of sizzling romance, a jigger of suspense and crime, perfectly shaken with a twist of wacky humor.

Where would you draw the line between love and justice?

When Colin’s feisty great grandma Helga mysteriously disappears, Natalie and the gun-toting Svetlana rush to the rescue. With the help of Russian mafia goons and Natalie’s girlfriends, they get more than they bargained for. Natalie invites trouble into her life all over again. She could find herself questioned by the police, or worse, her relationship with Colin could become rickety once more.

And so the race begins: with grandma Helga on the loose, Colin turns to the police for help, and Natalie is a stiletto heel tip outside of the law. But being in the wrong has never felt so vindicated.
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**Warning: due to sexual situations, nasty language, and a high dose of sarcasm this book may not be appropriate for readers under 18 years old.
Not intended for prudes who get easily affronted**

***The books in the Almost Bad Boys series should be read in order. They are not stand-alone books:

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Just like book 2, Colin and Natalie ‘ s story begins where they left off. They are happy, in love and of course sexually charged. This time the book takes an intentional trip through Colin ‘ s past by taking Natalie home for his grandmother’s 85th birthday.

Simple right?? Tsk… tsk… you would think so but stories never are. This twist is kinda fun but like the others pulled from a weird direction. You see a different side to Colin. Making him more (if you could even get better) perfect then before. No wonder we swoon for the sexy male, authors write them to be perfect. But is he too perfect. Not really because like in book 1 and 2, he is flawed.

We do also see why Colin loves Natalie and her friends. He is related to a bunch just like them. In this installment a pair goes missing. Sooooooo Natalie calls in the calvary and Colin relatives help as well. Well the hilarity ensues…

Fluidity is the key for me. Is the story line fluid? At times, but I felt the need to just wonder but that’s just me. Did it captivate me? Sure in a humorous sort of way, but I was expecting more of the blossoming love affair between the main characters. Is Colin going to need “more” TLC because of his past? I think so, trauma like that just doesn’t go away! So… dear author will there be more? I give this book a solid 4 because I did Laugh out loud, and the characters have grown on me. I will tip my Nerd Girl hat to you…

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