Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Release Day & Review: Hornet's Nest by Jaycee Ford

 BOOK:  Hornet's Nest
AUTHOR: Jaycee Ford
SERIES: Love Bug Series - Book Three
GENRE:  Contemporary Romance 
RELEASE DATE:  February 3rd, 2014

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Katherine Klein has been warned: Stay far away from Lance Walton. After one night in the country, the quintessential city girl has the unwanted attention of the infamous country boy. For months, she’s been dodging his advances, but a moment of weakness changes everything.
Lance Walton felt immediately drawn to Katherine from the moment she knocked on his best friend’s door Christmas morning. Winning over this city girl is a mountain of a task for any country boy, but Lance is up to the challenge. He never expected the morning he left her naked at The Inn would be the last time he would see her.
In the aftermath of her bad decisions, Katherine returns to the city. Haunted by what they shared and all she lost, she vows to never return to the country. But the country finds her unexpectedly when Lance shows up in the most unlikely place. But does he have the country boy charm to break through the walls of her heart and outshine the big city competition?

Her eyes shot over to me. I smiled holding out another glass for her. She didn’t appear to be drunk by any means. Something told me that this girl could hold her liquor. Her hand reached out, taking the glass from my grip. When our fingers touched, I knew. I knew she couldn’t deny what was happening between us. There was something definitely happening between us; something that had never happened before … except for once. I turned my head and found my pregnant ex-girlfriend on the lap of my best friend a few tables down. My heart hurt, I could admit that. But seeing two people I truly loved being undeniably happy made it all worth it. I gave them hell and I wished I hadn’t, but things were right with the world now. I was happy enough for them.
            “Would you like to sit?”
            Yep. Things were right with the world now.
            I sat down next to Katherine in a wooden folding chair. The distance was too great, so I adjusted my chair, becoming almost flush with hers. I draped my arm around her and rested it on the back of the chair. I stared out over the dance floor and could feel her eyes question my arm around her. She would just have to get used to it. I planned on touching a lot more than just her shoulder.
            “So, what has you all mopey?” I asked as I continued to watch Jordan and Tom’s first dance.
            “I’m not mopey,” she shot back, proving that she was in fact mopey.
            “Says the girl who already downed a bottle of champagne before the first dance is over.” I glanced at her, and her eyes fell on me. In that moment, I knew why she was upset. I looked at Jordan and Tom dancing and then back at Katherine. I squeezed her into a half-ass hug and said, “Think of it this way, beautiful. You didn’t lose a friend. You gained me.”
            She laughed while elbowing me in the stomach, and said, “I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.”
            Katherine continued to laugh until she caught my eye. I leaned in close to her, slowly brushing my nose against her cheek until my lips reached her ear. The breath caught in her throat.
            “I’ll prove to you how good it can be.”


This is the 3rd book in the Love Bug series and my personal favourite. We follow Lance, Olde Town's biggest player cowboy and Katherine, Jordan's best friend from Charlotte. Can they find happiness together like their best friends?

Both protagonists know all about one another before they set eyes on each other, so Katherine is determined not to fall for this cowboy's known charm. However with a lop-sided grin and green eyes it is going to be difficult to resist such a gorgeous man. Lance has always had an eye for a pretty girl, and he's gotten to know most of them in his town since messing up his relationship with the only woman he's ever loved. Is he going to follow his friends and find the perfect woman for a happy ever after?

The pair finally meet in person under unforeseen circumstances, with Katherine trying to not fall for Lance's country boy charm. Besides, she's a city girl living and working in Charlotte! She has a sassy mouth and is an equal match to anything Lance says. He knows that they appear opposites, but so are his parents, so he feels confident that he can find happiness with this auburn haired accountant. Nothing is clear cut and lines of communication cease, lead to confusion. Luckily, stars begin to align when Lance begins an accounting job, unbeknown to him that it is the same company Katherine works for. Will Katherine resist Lance's cowboy charm once more?

In the previous books in the series, Lance is portrayed as a Jack-the-lad guy, but just below the surface we glimpse a man who has loved and lost before – he has a big heart and knows that his past behaviour and reputation could ruin his chances with Katherine. I love his determination in his attempt to win Katherine over, even when she delivers devastating information which rocks him to the core. Somehow, three words let him know what he missed and what he wants in the future. But underneath all the bravado is just a guy trying to protect, charm and win his girl's heart.

What I singularly love most about the three books in The Love Bug Series is how each time-line is close together, giving the readers the opportunity to see some scenes from more than one point of view. It adds greater depth and understanding to pivotal plot-lines which makes this a truly 5 star series.

***arc received courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review***


 Book #1 Watching Fireflies

A suspenseful, romantic story set in South Carolina.

Who would have thought that turning up at her new home a day earlier than planned would result in Jordan Hawthorne being the one who has a surprise? Suddenly her life turns on its head, forcing her to leave Charlotte NC, her ex-fiancé and her dream job. She finds herself in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, hoping that after hiding out here for a semester or two in her new job at the local community college, she can go back to Charlotte and re-build her life and career.

The weight of responsibility has been on Tom McCloud's shoulders for many years as he runs his late grandparents' farm. He doesn't have a lot of spare time but when he does, he like a whiskey and a woman and definitely not looking to settle down. Doing a maintenance job for his aunt results in him seeing a gorgeous,naked guest in the bathtub. Are his playboy ways about to end?

Tom has got to be THE most polite cowboy ever. His naivety when it comes to dating is so endearing. He's clueless but you can't ever doubt his enthusiasm to get to know this stunningly beautiful woman who is new in town. Jordan's reactions to Tom are likewise adorable as she keeps Tom on his toes, showing she doesn't take any cr*p. Mistakes and misunderstandings are a given, but neither loose focus on their growing love for one another.

The author has written a wonderful introduction to this colourful southern town. As well as our protagonists, we have a host of other characters that add further a dimension to the overall plot, increasing the overall appeal of the book. The sexual tension between Jordan and Tom is sizzlingly hot, leaving no doubt in our minds that these too are destined to be together... once a skeleton from the past is taken care of. There is romance, hot sex, humour, angst and heartbreak, combining to make this a fabulous début novel, leaving me thirsty for more.

4 Stars

***arc received courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review***


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Book #2 Dragonfly Awakening

This is the second book in The Love Bug series and in this book we follow Paul and Ellie story.

I'm was surprised by our protagonists back-story, because their “relationship” is so much more than we are previously lead to believe. This is a story of two people that have been in love with one another for ten years, but because Ellie dated Paul's best friend Lance in High School, being together is never going to happen because of the guy code bros before hoes!

After completing her internship Ellie decides to take matters into her own hands and buys a shop in Olde Town to set up her clothing/design company. The motivation for the move from Manhattan is to see Paul again and pick-up after a brief interlude some months earlier. Will the gamble pay off?
Unrequited love is the heartbreaking theme and at times I just wanted to knock both Paul and Ellies's head together ask why they are not together? The short answer to that is called Lance and it is amazing how one person can have such a hold on his best friend and ex-girlfriend for such a long time. It is very clear to everyone, including Lance that Paul and Ellie have had mutual feelings for each other, like forever. However, Lance still harbors strong feelings for Ellie too and would love an opportunity to mend their broken relationship.

With the time-line running concurrently with Watching Fireflies, we are treated to an alternative point of view during a couple of scenes which brought the book more alive for me. I love how the author has written all of the characters. The focal point might be Ellie and Paul, but we also catch-up with Tom and Jordan. Add to the mix a colouful array of supporting characters and you have a fun packed, sexy story.

5 Stars

 ***arc received courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review***

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Jaycee Ford grew up chasing street cars around the city of New Orleans. After doing a four year stint at Louisiana State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and fled for the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. New Orleans beckoned her home again where she put her love of the foothills into a series of romance novels. In between writing, she’s found behind her desk at a top rated law firm … or still chasing street cars.


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