Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review: Heartbreakers and Heroes, novellas from Codi Gary, T.J. Kline, and Hayson Manning

"Not everyone feels trapped by the place they grew up." - Ashlynn Marks (How to be a Heartbreaker)

Heartbreakers and Heroes
Authors: Virginia Nelson, Jennie Marts, Carmen Falcone, Veronica Forand, Codi Gary, Christine Glover, T.J. Kline, Jodi Linton, Sharla Lovelace, Michelle Major, Hayson Manning, Heather Long
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Source: Author for Review

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Get your hands on twelve sexy heartbreakers and heroes, a brotherhood bound by their troubled youth. A tragedy reminds them of the mentor who taught them all the rules to become a man. But some of them haven't been following the rules...

These twelve new novellas from USA Today bestsellers and your favorite contemporary authors are sure get your pulse racing and heart pounding.

HIDING WITH THE HEARTBREAKER by USA Today bestseller by Virginia Nelson 
Rule: Protect the innocent.
Making people laugh for a living is easy, but when a beautiful stranger needs Aloysius Sutton's help, he has to find a way to become Jude's hero.

HOW TO UNBREAK A HEART by USA Today bestseller Jennie Marts
Rule: If you love her, don't let her go.
Solitary cowboy, Trip Turner finally has a chance to correct the mistakes he made when he let the woman he loved walk out of his life twelve years ago. But now that Bre Wilson is back, will he be able to unbreak her heart?

SECOND CHANCE HERO by Michelle Major
Rule: A real man doesn't build himself up by tearing someone else down.
Travis Jackson might not be the white knight Hailey Moore needs, but he'll risk his future to win her heart.

Rule: A real man always puts his best foot forward.
Zeke always planned to steal her heart, but she left him on base. It’s the bottom of the ninth, and Charity is up to bat. Can she tell her two-all stars the truth or will a foul end her best chance?

HERO IN DISGUISE by Sharla Lovelace
Rule: A real man doesn't buy respect, he earns it.
Billionaire playboy Jake Jericho thinks he has it all, until one phone call reminds him otherwise. Can one week in disguise reform this trust fund playboy, or will his deception destroy the only real love he's ever known?

Rule: Never leave your woman unsatisfied.
Can Stefano and Roxie resist the heat flaring between them or will working together force them to face their rocky past and give them the happily ever after they deserve?

Rule: A real man never kisses and tells.
When an A list actor returns to his hometown, old wounds and fresh gossip emerge... along with a second chance at love, if he's brave enough to stick around.

Rule: A real man never breaks a woman's heart.
Can Olympic mountain bike champion Ryder Bennett and his public relations rep Addison Carrington keep things professional between them this time around, or will they risk a sexy scandal for a chance at love?

HER UNWANTED HERO by Veronica Forand
Rule: A real man always helps someone in need... he may be the only one who does.
A disenchanted police officer must choose between keeping a woman's affection or keeping her alive.

Rule: A real man never lies, especially to a woman.
Ty Preston ran out on the woman he loved twelve years ago, but now he's back to prove he's a changed man. However, Rayne can't risk getting her heart broken by the cowboy again.

Rule: A real man never falls for his friend's sister... ever.
She's about to change this playboy's rule book.

Rule: A real man never touches the hired help.
Can Savannah teach serial heartbreaker Walker to be domesticated in ten days and convince them that maybe they can have s shot at a 'them' or can Walker convince Savannah there can be a 'them' on his terms only?

For this review, I will only be talking about the three novellas in the Heartbreaks and Heroes box set that I have read at this point. I will continue to review the novellas should I read more in the future... I will say this, though. I love that the novellas are all connected by a youth camp that each of the twelve heroes attended years prior. That connection gives the reader a bit more background information without taking up too much time in each of the novellas. It also makes the box set more cohesive and it flows better from novella to novella. If I do have the opportunity to read the remaining novellas, I will definitely pick it up again. Until then, here are my thoughts on How to be a Heartbreaker by Codi Gary, Once a Heartbreaker by T.J. Kline, and Tutoring the Heartbreaker to Love by Hayson Manning.

To me, novellas fall into two categories: novellas I wish were longer and novellas that have the perfect length. Codi Gary's How to be a Heartbreaker has the humor and sexiness that I love with her books, I just wish it was longer so I could spend more time with Bash and Ashlynn. They were funny and adorable together. The build-up towards their reconciliation was perfect. It wasn't rushed and the characters were able to explore their feelings. However, I felt the ending was a bit rushed, which was another reason why I wanted it to be longer. Fun novella in a new setting, one that I hope Codi explores again in future books.

There is just something about a hero that comes home just to win over his heroine. In T.J. Kline's Once a Heartbreaker, Ty Preston is on a mission to prove how much he loves Rayne. His determination was sexy as hell. Rayne is a strong, independent woman that worked hard to get where she's at. I loved that both characters were not afraid of challenges, whether it be in their relationship or in another aspect of their lives. What I loved most about this novella was how it re-introduced me to the author's writing. I've read T.J.'s books before, but I'm a bit behind in her newest series. Okay, I'm a lot behind... After reading this novella, it just made me want to go back into the worlds she created and I hope to pick up her books again.

Tutoring the Heartbreaker to Love was my first time reading Hayson Manning. I must say... I'm hooked. I loved that Walker wants to make things better for Savannah while trying to insert himself into her life. That annoys Savannah to no end, but although she wouldn't willingly admit this, it does take a weight off her shoulders and allows her breathe a bit easier for once. I loved how Savannah doesn't dance around her desire for Walker. She wants him, even if it is for only two weeks. Hayson's writing style is sexy and fun. There were some lines that had me rolling (i.e. cock insurance). The fast pace was quick enough to move the romance along, but didn't feel rushed. I definitely look forward to checking out more of Hayson's works in the future.

Hayson Manning writes fun and flirty romances with spicy flavor. She loves Princess Bride, hates peas and believes wine goes with everything.

Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of sexy small-town love stories, including the exciting new Heart Of The Storm series. She's proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her retired husband, a tricked-out golf cart, and two crazy dogs.

A Golden Pen winner in romantic suspense, Veronica Forand is an attorney and a novelist. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.

Books for sale. Snark for free. Virginia Nelson is the USA Today Bestselling author of The Penthouse Prince.

Christine Glover is a Linda Howard Award of Excellence winner and the author of sensual, sizzling, and emotional romances. When she's not writing you can find her cooking gourmet food and desperately seeking a corkscrew.

Michelle Major is the best selling, award winning author of over a dozen sweet and sexy contemporary romances. 

Carmen Falcone writes sexy, edgy, emotional romance. She's addicted to happy endings, sunshine and Ryan Gosling. For more info, please visit

Jodi Linton writes sexy westerns and edgy contemporary romances. She loves cocky heroes and has a cowboy boot addiction.

USA TODAY Best-selling author Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship, and intrigue. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. 

Codi Gary writes contemporary romances with laughs, grand-gestures, and blush-worthymoments. She loves swoon-worthy heroes and has a major Hulu addiction.

T.J. Kline writes sexy, contemporary romance that will make you laugh, cry and feel all the emotions in between. When she's not writing you can find her laughing hysterically with her family or chasing around her menagerie of animals in Northern California. 

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